Experience classic radio at church event

Shepherd of the Hills Church, 401 Grizzly Peak Blvd., brings back the golden days of radio at 7 p.m. Oct. 25, when it presents a CBS Radio Mystery episode and some short comedy surprises. The family event kicking off the week leading up to Halloween is open to the public and the church will provide popcorn and refreshments.

Find classic radios at CHRS swap meet

The Vintage Radio Swap Meet at the historic KRE studios, home of the nonprofit California Historical Radio Society at 601 Ashby Ave., is 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 2. This is the place to buy vintage radio equipment and related items and admission is free. Details: www.californiahistoricalradio.com.

YMCA hosting Halloween Carnival

Families can get an early start on trick-or-treat fun at the Halloween Carnival from 5 to 8 p.m. Oct 25 at the Berkeley YMCA, 2001 Allston Way. Come in costume and enjoy the carnival games, bounce houses, pumpkins, swimming, prizes and more. Admission is $5, which includes a goody bag.

Halloween and Day of the Dead festivities set

Celebrate Halloween and Day of the Dead at the Ecology Center's South Berkeley farmers market on Adeline Street at 63rd Street from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 29.

The cross-cultural celebration will include live Aztec dance and Caribbean music (Asheba), free costume making and face painting for all ages, a Day of the Dead altar, sugar skull decorating, and hands-on activities with Science@Cal.

Details: EcologyCenter.org/fm or 510-548-3333.

'Religion or Science' is topic of free program

"Tomorrow's World: Religion or Science?" is the discussion topic at a free program from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 30 in the Maude Fife Room on the third floor of Wheeler Hall on Bancroft way at UC Berkeley.

The keynote speaker will be Khaleel Mohammed, professor of religion at San Diego State University, joined by panelists Jalees Rehman, associate professor of medicine and pharmacology at the University of Illinois at Chicago; Zakyi Ibrahim, associate professor of comparative religion at Cal State Fullerton; and moderator Shabina Hussain, a public health consultant with extensive clinical experience as a physician in the developing world.

Snacks and refreshments will be served.

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 first come, first served.

Pickup 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 ckelly@stmchs.org.

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.

-- Chris Treadway