Free compost available for residents
The city's Parks Recreation and Waterfront Department will have free compost for residents available on Oct. 26, the final distribution of the year, at the Marina, 201 University Ave., across the street from the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel.
The self-serve event is weather-permitting and residents should bring identification, shovels, containers and safety gear. Compost is available firt come, first served.
Pick-up trucks must tarp their loads. Details: 510-981-6740 or www.cityofberkeley.info/marina
Dinner theater show at St. Mary's High
St. Mary's College High will present the play "You Have the Right to Remain Dead" on Oct. 25 and 26 and Nov. 1 and 2 in the auditorium at the school, 1294 Albina Ave.
The performances will be in true dinner theater fashion, featuring a catered, sit-down pasta dinner or appetizers during the 1950s-era whodunit murder mystery based on the 1958 film "The Long Hot Summer."
The audience will get to actively help solve the murder and the ending changes nightly.
Only 100 tickets will be available for each performance and the Oct. 26 show will include prizes for audience Halloween costumes (must be appropriate).
Ticket prices: Friday shows with served appetizers and dessert are $15 adults 18 and older, $10 students and children. Tickets for the three-course catered dinner show are $25 adults 18 and older; $15 students and children. All tickets are advance sale only.
For tickets and details contact Caiti Kelly at 510-559-6250 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AC Transit meetings on fare structure, pricing
AC Transit invites bus patrons and the public to a community meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14 at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. to discuss a new fare structure now under consideration.
Changes in the proposal would include introducing a local day pass and eliminating transfers; adjusting local pass prices; and offering discounts on local Clipper fares.
The day pass would allow unlimited local rides all day for $5 for adults and $2.50 youths, seniors and the disabled. The pass would be available with either Clipper Card or cash.
"No fare increases are being proposed," according to the district. "All cash fares would remain the same for both local and transbay services."
The Berkeley meeting is one in a series being held by the transit district in communities in its service area.
A meeting will also be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 16 in the Richmond City Council Chambers, 450 Civic Center Plaza.
A detailed outline of the fare proposal is online at www.actransit.org.
Talk about Mideast conflicts set on Oct. 16
The Israel Committee of Congregation Beth El and Kehilla Synagogue's Middle East Peace Committee will co-host "The Two-Sided Story" a talk and Q&A with Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin, both of whom lost a child as a result of the Israeli-Palestinian conflicts.
The event, open to all, is at 7 p.m. Oct. 16 at Beth El, 1301 Oxford St., Berkeley.
The talk will focus on preventing further bereavement for families on both sides and to promote peace, tolerance and reconciliation.
Donation requested of $10 to $15.
Author/activist Penny Rosenwasser will hold a book release event from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Kehilla Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont.
She will discuss and sign her new book "Hope Into Practice, Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears."
Refreshments will be served and free event is open to all.
Golden Gate Fields will host 10 K run event
Golden Gate Fields is holding a 10K run on Oct. 19 that features a finish on the racetrack itself. Entrants into the first-ever Let's Go 510 10 K run will be given a commemorative medallion and admission to the races that day.
The run, which starts at 10 a.m., benefits the Alameda County Community Food Bank.
"All runners will start at Golden Gate Fields, run along the Bay shoreline and finish on the actual racetrack -- a privilege exclusive to this event," says event organizer Brazen Racing.
For details or to register, visit letsgo510.com.
Grant applications for UC Berkeley fund
UC Berkeley is now taking applications for grants from the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund, a $253,000 pot of money for arts, culture, community safety, economic development, environmental stewardship and education projects in Berkeley. The fund makes grants to 20 to 25 projects each year.
Applications are due by Dec. 9.
A workshop for applicants is set for Oct. 30 at the Berkeley Skydeck, 2150 Shattuck Ave. For more information on the workshop and the application process visit http://communityrelations.berkeley.edu or call 510-643-5299.
-- Linda Davis and Chris Treadway