Man shot in South Berkeley on Aug. 3

Police are investigating the Aug. 3 shooting of a 24-year-old man in South Berkeley, a police department spokeswoman said.

At 9:35 p.m., multiple 911 calls came into Berkeley police dispatch reporting loud noises near Sacramento Street and Alcatraz Avenue, police said.

Officers on patrol in the area heard the shots and had begun an area check when they were flagged down by a person who said a man had been shot in the 3200 block of Sacramento Street, police said.

The victim had a nonlife threatening gunshot wound and was transported by Berkeley Fire crews to an area hospital for treatment, said Berkeley Police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coats.

No arrests have been made and police do not yet have a motive in the shooting, which is under investigation, Coats said.

Anyone with information should call Berkeley police detectives at 510-981-5741 or 510-981-5900. Callers can call in anonymous tips to the Bay Area Crime Stoppers Tip Line at 800-222-8477.

High-tech freeway signs being installed

Construction crews this week started the highly visible installation of new "smart" electronic signs along Interstate 80 from the Bay Bridge to Carquinez Bridge.

Motorists are advised that some nighttime lane closures on I-80 will be necessary over the next few months during installation of eleven 25-foot tall sign frames stretching part way across the freeway. The first sign will be placed in Richmond.


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Expected to turn on in early 2015, the signs will flash information about traffic accidents, blocked lanes and travel times on the busy stretch of highway between Emervyville and Crockett.

The signs are part of the $80 million I-80 smart corridor project, said Ivy Morrison, a project spokeswoman.

The project is funded by state transportation bonds, and transportation sales taxes from Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Farmers market will celebrate a decade

The North Berkeley farmers market invites the community to dress up and help celebrate its 10th year from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 14, when there will be birthday cake and live music by Dewayne Oakley and Christopher Lowell Clarke at the market at Shattuck Avenue and Rose Street. For more details call 510-548-3333 or visit ecologycenter.org under the "Food" button.

Youth musical production set

Young people in the TeenStage (grades 7-12) program at Berkeley Playhouse will present "Shrek, the Musical" in performances this weekend at the Julia Morgan Theater, 2640 College Ave.

Clay David directs the production based on the animated feature film. Performances are at 7 p.m. Aug. 8, 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 9 and 2 p.m. Aug. 10 and tickets are $15 to $20, available by visiting berkeleyplayhouse.org/teen-shrek/ or calling 510-845-8542, ext. 35.

Public can report some crimes online

Reports on certain types of crimes can be submitted to the Berkeley Police Department through an online system.

The department's Online Crime Reporting System may be used to report incidents such as harassing phone calls, identity theft, theft, auto burglaries, and vandalism to a home or vehicle.

Reports can be submitted at www.cityofberkeley.info/onlinereport.

"Upon completing the online report, users will immediately receive a temporary case number, the department stated in an announcement. "Reports are reviewed within two business days. Upon approval, you will receive a new case number and a PDF copy of the report you filed, which you may use for your own purposes."

Russian Program presenting puppet show

A free puppet show of the traditional Russian fairy tale "Kurohka Ryaba" will be presented by the Russian Program "Krugozor" Puppet Theater at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 21 in the meeting room of the South Branch Library, 1901 Russell St.

After the show, families are invited to stay for tea and a chance to learn about the Russian Program and families, and its new classes and location for the fall semester. For more details visit www.russianprogram.org for more details or send an email to russianprogram@firecrackerforum.org.

Country Joe headlines benefit show

Berkeley music legend Country Joe McDonald will team with Bob Reid at a concert to benefit Earth Island Institute at 7 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Richard & Rhoda Goldman Theater at the David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way.

Tickets are $25 and all proceeds go to Earth Island Institute.

"Joe has been a longtime, tireless advocate for Vietnam veterans, nurses, as well as for animals and the environment," says the institute. "He performed at the recent Earth Day concert, 'Kiss the Sky -- Orca Freedom Concert,' which raised awareness and support for orca organizations, including Earth Island Institute's International Marine Mammal Project."

For tickets or more details on the show visit www.eii.org/CountryJoe/.

-- Kristin J. Bender, Denis Cuff and Chris Treadway

Peace Lantern Ceremony is Aug. 9

The annual Bay Area Peace Lantern Ceremony, held in remembrance of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, will be held 7 p.m. Aug. 9 at the north end of Aquatic Park. Those attending can begin arriving at 6:30 p.m. to make lanterns and socialize.

The ceremony will include music and cultural performances, messages from the mayors of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, and remarks by a survivor of the bombing. A symbolic floating of lanterns on the park water at 8 p.m.will "reaffirm our commitment to building a better future."

Details: www.ProgressivePortal.org/lanterns.

-- Kristin J. Bender, Denis Cuff and Chris Treadway