Price to park at many BART stations rising

The cost to park at several BART stations throughout the system is going up this month.

On Jan. 13, parking fees at the Fremont, Union City, San Leandro, Fruitvale, Lake Merritt, Pittsburg/Bay Point, Pleasant Hill, Walnut Creek, Lafayette, Orinda, and Rockridge stations will bump up to $2 per day from $1.50.

The fee will increase to $3 at the Daly City station, up from $2.50.

Prices at the Dublin/Pleasanton, West Dublin, Castro Valley, El Cerrito Del Norte, El Cerrito Plaza, North Berkeley, Ashby and MacArthur station will increase from $1.50 to $2 on Jan 27.

The West Oakland station fee will reach $6, a 50-cent increase.

There will be no price changes at the Glen Park, Richmond, South Hayward, Bay Fair, Colma, South San Francisco, San Bruno and Millbrae station parking lots.

BART officials said their policy caps the parking fee at $3 except at the West Oakland station. Usage is evaluated every six months and determines if fees should increase or be dropped.

Revenue from the parking fees goes to an account used to improve station access, such as shuttle programs, and station improvements, according to BART officials.

New addition to city's beer brewing scene

The Bay Area's newest craft brewery is serving up sour brews.


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The Rare Barrel opened a public tasting room in Berkeley just in time for New Year celebrations. The tasting room, open on Fridays and Saturdays for now, serves up sour beers, a style that's increasingly popular among craft beer aficionados and known for having a tart and acidic flavor distinct from your traditional lagers. Jay Goodwin is the brewmaster behind concoctions that use raspberries, apricots and strawberries.

The tasting room has 12 taps, including two guest beers and wine, and serves a light menu of salad and paninis. It's open Friday from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturday from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. at 940 Parker St.

Free health care information session

A Covered California certified educator will explain the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act and answer questions at a free program at 2 p.m. Jan. 10 at the Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave.

"Get information on the new health insurance marketplace, Covered California, like who can enroll, which plans are in your area, and what penalties or deadlines might affect you," states the announcement.

For more details call 510-981-6195.

Dance institute holding winter open house

Luna Dance Institute, 605 Addison St., is holding a free winter open house from 9 to 11 a.m. Jan. 11.

The family event will include a morning story period in the library, free dance classes for all ages, a chance to visit the studio and facilities, refreshments, prop play and prizes.

Details: jperena@lunadanceinstitute.org, 510-883-1118 or lunadanceinstitute.org.

Learn about life of Mayor J. Stitt Wilson

The life of former J. Stitt Wilson, who became the first Socialist mayor in the United States on his election in April 1911, is the topic of a free talk from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Jan. 11 in the third Floor Community Meeting Room at the Berkeley Public Library at 2090 Kittredge St.

"A former minister who preached the social gospel, his two years as mayor were only a small part in a life dedicated to creating a cooperative society in which 'every person in the world can attain to the highest development of his being,'" is the library's description of the mayor.

The speaker is author Stephen Barton, who is working on a biography about Wilson (1868-1942).

The program is presented by Friends of the Berkeley Public Library. Details: 510-982-6148.

Free presentation on historic Hearst Ranch

The history and sights of the sprawling 82,000-acre Hearst Ranch in Central California, which includes the landmark Hearst Castle, will be the topic of a free discussion and slideshow presented by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17.

The speaker will be Victoria Kastner, author of the book "Hearst Ranch: Family, Land, and Legacy."

Admission to the talk at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave., is by reservation only, which can be made at landmarkheritage@att.net.

Winter session classes at Berkeley Rep

A winter session of 47 classes available for youths, teens, and adults interested in the stage starts this week at the Berkeley Rep School of Theatre, 2071 Addison St.

Classes are for all ages and abilities, from beginners to professionals. Financial aid is available for youths under 18.

For more details on classes or affordable outreach programs for local schools call 510-647-2972, e-mail school@berkeleyrep.org, or visit berkeleyrep.org/school.

-- Heather Somerville and Chris Treadway