Car club holding benefit for pediatric ward
The West Side De Berkeley Car Club is set to host a picnic at the Berkeley Marina Sept. 13 to raise funds for Kaiser Oakland's Pediatric ward.
The picnic will be from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and attendees are asked to donate $6 for adults and $4 for children for barbecue hamburgers and hot dogs and side dishes. There will also be activities including volleyball and face painting.
"The hospital does a great job helping the kids with their illnesses, but they don't have resources for games and toys, and that makes a big difference in these kids' lives," said Anthony Vasquez, a representative of the club, which was founded in 1978. An assortment of classic and custom cars will also be on display at the fundraiser.
Vasquez said 100 percent of donations will go to Oakland Kaiser Pediatric Ward.
Measure D backers hosting programs
Backers of Measure D are holding a series of talks to present their case for approving the tax on sugar-sweetened beverages that will be on the city's ballot in November.
"The Science of Sugar and its Bitter Impact on Health," a talk at 7 p.m. Sept. 4 at the Hillside Club at 2286 Cedar St. will feature Robert Lustig, John Swartzberg and other speakers presenting their research on sugar consumption and health consequences.
"Soda and Kids" is the topic of a panel discussion moderated by Anna Lappe at 4:30 p.m. Sept. 13 at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St. The presentation is hosted by MomsRising, the Berkeley Federation of Teachers, Berkeley Youth Alternatives and the Malcolm X School PTA.
All ages are welcome to attend the "Soda: the Series" programs, sponsored by the Berkeley Healthy Child Coalition, Ecology Center, Public Health Institute, Prevention Institute and Small Planet Institute.
More details and a list of upcoming events in the series are online at www.sodaseries.org
Brazilian Day Festival on San Pablo
BrasArte is hosting the Bay Area Brazilian Day and Lavagem Festival a daylong celebration with music and dance on Aug. 31 at the steps of Casa de Cultura, 1901 San Pablo Ave. at Hearst Street.
The theme of this year's celebration of Brazilian Independence Day is world peace and wellness and the event will also salute the late Brazilian choreographer Jefe Guimaraes.
"The streets outside Casa de Cultura will be physically transformed into a marvelous world filled with large white paper flowers, images and altars, Brazilian music, Samba de roda, Capoeira roda, food and arts vendors, a children's zone, a caiprinha lounge and a beer and wine garden."
The festival schedule includes free dance classes by select BrasArte instructors from 9 to 11 a.m., main stage performances from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., and the Lavagem procession and blessing at 2 p.m.
BrasArte will also host a pre-festival workshop series prior to the festival with Danda da Hora and Slleyk da Bahia from 1 to 5 p.m. Aug. 30.
Library programs look at women and sports
"Strong Girls Rule," a three-installment film series at the Berkeley Public Library, will celebrate "exceptional local athletes and women's sports programs."
The series opens with a screening of the feature-length documentary "Maidentrip" at 3 p.m. Aug. 30 at the West Branch, 1125 University Ave., followed by a discussion with Cal Sailing Club Commodore Stephanie Evans.
Before the screening there will be a program of nautical knot tying led by the branch's teen librarian.
Details: 510-981-6241 or www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.
The documentary "I Just Wanna Ball" screens at 3 p.m. Sept. 6 at the South Branch, 1901 Russell St., followed by a discussion with the film's director, Robert Bowden, and members of the McClymonds High School Lady Warriors basketball team.
The new documentary "Derby Crazy Love" will be shown at 3 p.m. Sept. 13 in the third floor Community Meeting Room of the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.
Green building author in appearance here
Author David Gottfried, founder of the World Green Building Council and the U.S. Green Building Council, will discuss his book "Explosion Green" at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 4 at Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, 2904 College Ave. Details: bit.ly/1t2Ooev.
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. 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.
-- Chris Treadway