"Phantom Tollbooth" on stage this weekend

The 1961 children's classic tale "The Phantom Tollbooth" will be presented by Stage Door Conservatory at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 2 and 3 at the Ward Nine Chapel Auditorium, 1501 Walnut St.

The youth cast is directed by Arlene Hood, with choreography by Russell Wright and musical direction by Theresa Ames.

Tickets or more details are available at 510-521-6250, stagedoorconservatory@yahoo.com or stagedoorconservatory.org. Tickets will also be available at the door starting an hour before showtime.

The Friday performance will be preceded by a performance of "James and the Giant Peach"at 6:30 p.m. by Kids on Stage. A $5 donation is requested for "James and the Giant Peach" and those attending will receive a $5 off tickets to "The Phantom Tollbooth."

Meeting will discuss council redistricting

A meeting on the current City Council redistricting process will be hosted by the Berkeley Chamber of Commerce Government Affairs Committee from noon to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 5 at the chamber office, 1834 University Ave.

The council is currently reassessing and finalizing district boundaries as required by the city charter.

Councilman Gordon Wozniak, council staffer Kristin Hunziker, and Eric Panzer, author of one of the redistricting proposals, will discuss the potential consequences of redrawn districts, the city's process and the redistricting proposals under consideration, including a "student-oriented" district on the south side of the UC campus.

To register for the discussion visit http://bit.ly/160ivpl

Clothing designer opening new store

Local women's clothing designer Stella Carakasi will open a new store at 1370 10th St., next to the Stella Carakasi Design House.

The Stella Studio will showcase the latest Stella Carakasi collection, host trunk shows and sample sales, and serve as a gathering space for local community events. The grand opening was July 31.

The Stella Carakasi collection, a division of Berkeley-based hemp clothing company Two Star Dog, launched a year ago, and features women's clothing that combines European influences with California's relaxed style.

The clothes are made from organic cotton, bamboo and hemp.

There is also Stella Carakasi Boutique at 5410 College Ave. in Oakland.

Burton brings its snowboard gear to area

Burton Snowboards will open two new stores in the Bay Area just in time for ski season.

Burton, which makes snowboards, boots and bindings, as well as clothes and luggage, will open flagship stores in Berkeley and San Francisco this fall. The retailer is hoping to become the shopping destination for the thousands of Bay Area snowboarders and skiers who travel to Lake Tahoe every winter to hit the slopes.

The 1,500-square-foot store planned for San Francisco's Haight-Ashbury district will sell limited edition products, artist collections and special collectible Burton items.

The larger, Berkeley store at 1840 Fourth St. will have a wider selection of Burton products year-round. The 2,300-square-foot store will open in October

Boyle to speak at benefit event

Father Gregory Boyle, the founder and director of Homeboy Industries of East Los Angeles, will speak at a fundraising event for St. Vincent de Paul of Alameda County at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Saint Mary's College High School, 1294 Albina Ave.

Boyle, former chaplain at the Islas Marias Penal Colony in Mexico and Folsom Prison and the pastor of Dolores Mission Church in Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, is the author of The New York Times Bestselling book, "Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion."

Tickets are $40 for reception; $25 for general admission (program only); and $15 for youth, 18 and under (program only), available at http://svdpalameda.eventbrite.com/.

Reunion celebrates Pacific Coast League

The late Dick Dobbins, a Berkeley native, was among the foremost collectors and compilers of artifacts from the golden age of baseball's Pacific Coast League during its glory days from 1903 until the arrival of Major League Baseball on the West Coast in 1958.

The 19th annual Northern California Dick Dobbins PCL Player and Family Reunion will be held 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 24 at Ryan O'Connell Hall, 575 West Estudillo Ave. at San Leandro Boulevard in San Leandro.

Admission is $24 with lunch (RSVP by Aug. 18) or $8 without.

To reserve a seat send a check made out to PCLHS to 420 Robinson Circle, Placentia, CA 92870. For more details call Mark Macrae at 510-538-6245.

Peace lantern ceremony will be held on Aug. 3

The Bay Area Peace Lantern Ceremony, a memorial observance of the World War II atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan in 1945, will be held 6:30 to 9 p.m. Aug. 3 at the north end of Aquatic Park near Interstate 80.

Details: www.ProgressivePortal.org/lanterns.

-- Heather Somerville and Chris Treadway