Stolen motorcycles found during search

Berkeley detectives serving an arrest warrant Aug. 6 at a North Oakland home for a man wanted for attempted auto burglary found two stolen motorcycles on the premises, police said.

One of the motorcycles recovered was reported stolen in Berkeley in 2009 and the other was taken from Hayward, although when the theft happened was not immediately confirmed.

Arrested by Berkeley police on suspicion of vehicle theft, attempted auto burglary and violating probation was Warren Horton, 25, who was found about 7:15 a.m. at his home in the 500 block of 62nd Street in North Oakland, police said.

Berkeley police spokeswoman Officer Jennifer Coates said Horton was sought in an attempted auto burglary case that happened July 11 at a garage in the 2400 block of Durant Street. The break-in failed but it was captured on video in the garage which led police to identify Horton as the suspect, Coates said.

The investigation is continuing.

Berkeley Relay for Life needs support

The first-ever Relay For Life of Berkeley, a 24-hour fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, starts at 10 a.m. Aug. 16 at Martin Luther King Jr. Middle School, 1781 Rose St.


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As the week opened, eight teams had registered and any and all support is welcome in the form of teams or donations. The fundraiser for American Cancer Society research and programs celebrates the lives of those who have battled the disease and those it has claimed. Cancer survivors walk the first lap. Walkers circle the track relay-style, there is entertainment all day and a Luminaria Ceremony is held at sundown.

For details visit www.relayforlife.org and enter "Berkeley" into the "Find an event" search field.

Youth dance program starts new session

The fall session of Kathryn Roszak's "Dance On Center" program in downtown Berkeley for children and teenagers starts on Aug. 18. The program features creative movement and ballet classes at various levels for ages 4 through teenage. Children enrolled in ballet will perform in the program's annual "Nutcracker" staging. The program, taught by professional dancers and choreographers, emphasizes creativity and choreography for young people.

For details contact Roszak at 510-233-5550 or kdance@sonic.net, or visit www.dlkdance.com.

Talk on native plants scheduled

Bart O'Brian, new head of the Tilden Botanic Garden, will discuss growing native plants at a program at 10:30 a.m. Aug. 23 at the Native Here Nursery, 101 Golf Course Drive in Tilden Regional Park. A $10 contribution for admission is requested. For details visit nativeherenursery.org.

Free screening of climate change film set

The documentary "Climate Refugees" will be shown at a free screening at 7 p.m. Aug. 15 at the Ecology Center, 2530 San Pablo Ave. The documentary on the consequences and devastation of climate change was filmed in 10 countries. Details: ecologycenter.org/events/.

Spots open for St. Mary's golf tournament

The deadline to enter the Phil Doran Memorial Tournament, the 30th annual golf invitational benefiting St. Mary's College High School, is Sept. 2. The tournament, named for the late Berkeley police Capt. Phil Doran, a 1963 St. Mary's grad, is set for Sept. 15 at the Richmond Country Club and the single-player entry is $225, which includes barbecue lunch and reception following the tournament.

There will also be a silent auction and nongolfers can attend the "19th Hole" social at 4:30 p.m. in the clubhouse for $25. For details to register call Joanne Marchetti Howe at 510-559-6227 or visit www.saintmaryschs.org.

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.

-- Harry Harris and Chris Treadway

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/.

-- Harry Harris and Chris Treadway