Traffic lane shift on I-80 for Caltrans work

Traffic lanes are being shifted on Interstate 80 in Alameda and Contra Costa counties to accommodate initial construction for the Integrated Corridor Mobility project.

Lanes have been re-striped and mobile information signs put in place to warn drivers of the shift to the right at several locations on the Eastshore Freeway between Powell Street in Emeryville and Potrero Avenue in El Cerrito, Caltrans announced last week.

The realignment is needed to create space for foundation work along the median that will allow installation next year of electronic information signs that are a cornerstone of the project.

Similar work will be done at locations along I-80 between Emeryville and Crockett.

Upcoming work will include closure of the Ashby and University Avenue onramps from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Sept. 24.

Caltrans reminds drivers to slow down in construction zones.

The Integrated Corridor Mobility project is intended to improve safety and vehicle flow on the congested I-80 corridor using automated, integrated technology to manage traffic and provide motorists with real-time information.

Learn more about the project at www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/projects/80icm/.

Registration opens for 2014 at St. Mary's

St. Mary's College High School has opened online applications for the 2014-15 school year. The school is hosting an information night for seventh- and eighth-graders and parents from 7 to 8:15 p.m. Sept. 23 on the school campus, 1294 Albina Ave.

The school also has opportunities for fall campus visits and informational morning coffees, as well as the annual open house on Nov. 24.

For details visit www.saintmaryschs.org or contact Linda Yaris at 510-559-6240 or lyaris@stmchs.org

Fukushima disaster is topic of forum

Cecile Pineda, author of the book "Devil's Tango: How I Learned the Fukushima Step by Step," will be the guest speaker at a dinner forum being hosted by the United Nations Association, East Bay Chapter at 6:15 p.m. Sept. 24 at Bacheeso's, 2650 Telegraph Ave.

The cuisine is Mediterranean. The book will be available at the UNA East Bay Dinner Forum.

A contribution of $20 for members of the UNA East Bay Chapter, $25 non-members, and students $10, payable by cash or check, will be asked at the door. Space is very limited and advance registration is required. For reservations, call 510-717-5204 or e-mail unaeastbaydinnerforum@gmail.com.

Centennial presentation on Rose Walk

"The Rose Walk Story, Step by Step: Berkeley's Rose Walk Centennial, 1913—2013" is the topic of a free fireside meeting talk at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. The speaker will be John Underhill, grandson of W.W. Underhill, who helped oversee the building of Rose Walk, designed by Bernard Maybeck in 1913.

Underhill will discuss the history of Rose Walk, the Euclid Avenue neighborhood, Codornices Park, and the Rose Garden.

'Unbuilt San Francisco' exhibition at UC

Five venues are participating on the "Unbuilt San Francisco: Ambition and Imagination" exhibition, including Wurster Hall Gallery at UC Berkeley, which will feature items from the archives of the College of Environmental Design.

The display of "visions for the region that never came to pass" is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through Nov. 8.

Details on the exhibition and participating venues are online at www.archandcity.org/unbuilt.

Taste of Berkeley benefits Ala Costa

Ala Costa Centers, a nonprofit organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities, is holding a Taste of Berkeley community fundraiser from noon to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 at its offices at 1300 Rose St.

Along with food, wine and beer from Berkeley vendors, the event will feature live music from local artists and DJs.

Proceeds benefit programs for students with disabilities. Tickets are available at taste_of_berkeley.charityhappenings.org or contact Development Coordinator Courtney Bracke at courtney@alacostacenter.org or 510-856-6771 for details.

Free program on return of urban farming

A panel discussion on "Resurgence of Urban Farming in Berkeley" will be presented from 2 to 4:30 p.m. Sept. 22 at the Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center St.

The program, hosted by the Berkeley Historical Society, is in conjunction with the exhibit Berkeley: From Farm to Urban Farming, 1850-2013.

The documentary "Edible City" will be presented by local filmmaker Andrew Hasse and Joy Moore will moderate a panel that includes author and Merritt College instructor Christopher Shein of Wildheart Gardens; Spiral Gardens Urban Farm founder Daniel Miller; and Terika Franklin of the Berkeley farmers market.

Admission is free, though donations are welcome.

Details: 510-848-0181 or www.BerkeleyHistoricalSociety.org.

-- Chris Treadway

BAHA Arts & Crafts lecture series opens

"Living with Arts & Crafts"is the theme of the fall lecture series hosted by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St.

The series starts with a talk at 7:30 p.m. Sept. 26 by Kirby William Brown and Riley Doty about the California Faience company, a prestigious Berkeley ceramics manufacturer of handcrafted tiles and pottery from 1913-59.

Brown is the grandson of California Faience founder William Bragdon.

Tickets are $15 per lecture or $40 for the series of three, available by mail or online at berkeleyheritage.com/ticket_order.html.

Give Scottish country dancing a fling at new class

A nine-week introductory Scottish country dancing class, with live music, begins on Sept. 13 and continues through Nov. 8 at 2138 Cedar St. The class meets from 8 to 10 p.m. and the cost for the series is $30. "Learn the basic steps and figures of the traditional social dancing of Scotland, and put them to use in fun dances dating from the 1700s to the present, say the organizers. "You don't need to bring a partner or a kilt; you do need to wear flat non-slippery shoes." The series concludes with a dance party. Details: dnewitt@sbcglobal.net. A class for ages 7 and up is also available. Contact boldmary@aol.com for more details on the youth class.

Flamenco Festival coming to La Peña Cultural Center

The Bay Area Flamenco Festival brings Spain's greatest flamenco artists to Northern California, and the eighth annual edition kicks off with the riveting Concha Vargas. Since her debut at the Gypsy flamenco festival El Gazpacho de Morón at age 11, she has collaborated with the art form's most formidable figures and became a full-fledged star in her own right through a featured role in the flamenco opera "Camelamos Naquerar." She'll be joined by a group of musicians and dancers from Spain at 8 p.m. Sept. 21 at La Peña Cultural Center, 3105 Shattuck Ave. Tickets and details: www.lapena.org. The festival runs through Oct. 6 with performances at La Pena, Kuumbwa and Berkeley's Freight & Salvage. More information is at www.bayareaflamencofestival.org

Historical walking tours return for fall

The Berkeley Historical Society has announced its schedule of fall walking tours, which starts with "New Deal Nexus in Berkeley" at 10 a.m. Sept. 21, led by Harvey Smith. The outing will cover downtown buildings of the New Deal era, including Berkeley High School, the Community Theater, Civic Center Park, the art in the downtown post office art, the Old Farm Credit Bank Building, and a mosaic mural on the Cal campus.

On Sept. 28 Daniella Thompson of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association will lead Architectural Tour of North-Central Berkeley, covering the neighborhood north of University Avenue between Shattuck Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Tours start at 10 a.m., last about two hours and are limited to 30 paid participants. Prepaid reservations are required and can be made at www.berkeleyhistoricalsociety.org/walks.html.

-- Chris Treadway