Klezmer festivities planned at Saul's

Saul's Deli, 1475 Shattuck Ave. at Vine Street, is going klezmer crazy.

Dave Rosenfeld and Mike Perlmutter play klezmer from 6 to 8 p.m. each Monday and "Kugelplex makes a special appearance in the series on Dec 17."

This weekend is Saul's Latke Tent and Beer Garden on Dec. 8 and 9, with Perlmutter playing klezmer from noon to 2 p.m. both days. On Saturday he will be joined by Jeanette Lewicki (accordion and singing) and Richard Saunders (bass). On Sunday his guests will be Rick Elmore (tuba) and Aharon Bolsta (drums).

The deli will host its annual Christmas Day klezmer street party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 25, with more klezmer music, dancing, and latkes.

Buy Local bicycle shopping tour planned

Buy Local Berkeley and the East Bay Bicycle Coalition are offering to assist holiday shoppers with a bicycling tour from 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 of selected business districts that will start at Peet's Coffee on Fourth Street and stop at businesses where Buy Local Berkeley Coupons are available.

"Find green, one-of-a-kind discounted gifts, or just come along for the ride and free treats," say the organizers.

In the event of rain the ride will be rescheduled for Dec. 15.

To RSVP send an email to buylocalberkeley@gmail.com. For more details visit www.buylocalberkeley.org.

Information Night at Berkeley High School

The Berkeley High Information Night 2013 for all incoming families will take place on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 from 7-9 p.m. in the community theater on the Berkeley High School campus. This is not a repeat of the Nov. 7 meeting.

During Information Night, representatives from departments and our learning communities will make presentations and be available to answer questions. The evening will start promptly and parking can be challenging. Please plan accordingly.

All incoming students and families should plan on attending. Please note, all students must be accompanied by an adult. This is an important step in learning about Berkeley High's many elective choices and learning community options so students can make an informed decision about Berkeley High School. There will be no makeup for this event.

Artisans Open Studios tour is back

Business districts and cities are promoting the idea of shopping local for the holidays and beyond and gift buying doesn't get much more local than handmade art and craft items made by area artists.

That's what you'll find at the 22nd annual Berkeley Artisans Holiday Open Studios, a free self-guided tour that starts this weekend and continues from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. each Saturday and Sunday through Dec. 24.

More than 100 artists and craftspeople will be at their studios and galleries to welcome visitors and discuss fine art pieces of all types, as well as textiles, jewelry, leather bags, recycled art, sculpture, photography, paintings, mosaics, stained glass, original prints and works on paper, musical instruments and artisan wines.

"All work is handcrafted, and many pieces are one-of-a-kind," says the Berkeley Artisans group, adding that "Many studios are in the same building, or are clustered within walking distance from one another."

A free map and directory of participants is available online at www.berkeleyartisans.com or can be picked up at Berkeley Artisans, 2547 Eighth St.

Donation provides free youth flu shots

The pharmacies in the Target stores at 1057 Eastshore Highway in Albany (510-982-0513), 1400 Fitzgerald Drive in Pinole (510-222-9281) and 4500 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond (510-253-1001) are among the locations where families can take children age 4 through 18 for a free flu vaccination now through Dec. 31.

The vaccinations offered by the Shoo the Flu campaign were made possible through a donation by the Page Family Foundation set up by Google co-founder Larry Page and his wife, Lucy.

Health officials recommend that everyone 6 months and older get a flu vaccine each year.

Free vaccinations are available all Bay Area Target stores. For more details visit shootheflu.org.

Workshop on making Albany streets safer

Albany is hosting its Complete Streets Community Walk and Design Workshop from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 8. The walk will start at San Pablo Avenue and Buchanan Street, with discussion in the multipurpose room at Ocean View Elementary School, 1000 Jackson St. The session is a follow-up to an introductory presentation held Thursday on ways to make San Pablo Avenue and Buchanan Street "easier and safer to walk, bike, ride the bus, and drive along."

Walkable communities expert Dan Burden will lead the event with a team from Nelson\Nygaard Consulting Associates.

Children are welcome and food and refreshments will be provided.

-- Chris Treadway