A gala concert and book-signing event at 7 p.m. May 24 will mark the 30th anniversary of The Crowden School, the unique music-oriented program in Berkeley billed as the first of its kind in the United States.
The celebration at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus "will premiere a new work by Crowden alumnus Samuel Carl Adams. It also features performances by former Crowden students and faculty, including: the Baumer String Quartet (Nathan Olson, Aaron Requiro, John T. Posadas, David Requiro), Bonnie Hampton, Emil Miland, and Kenneth Renshaw, as well as Anne Crowden's daughter, Deirdre Cooper."
The concert will tell the story of school founder Anne Crowden and her "journey in 1965 from Scotland, via Amsterdam, to Berkeley against a background of local musical, social and political events of the time."
In 1983 Crowden founded the day school that offers both academics and an acclaimed music program for students in fourth through eighth grade.
At intermission there will be a signing of the new Berkeley Historical Society book "You've Got to Make It Happen!: Anne Crowden's Musical Legacy in Berkeley and Beyond."
Details and advance tickets are available in the events section of the school website, www.crowden.org, or at the door.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: St. Jerome School, 320 San Carlos Ave. in El Cerrito, holds its Spring Carnival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 18. The event will include food, games, arts and crafts, eco-friendly activities, vendors and a raffle.
Those attending are encouraged to bring their bicycle and wear cycling attire.
The blessing will also be open to those who don't want to attend the service.
It's important to note that secure bike parking will be provided, the church says.
On a side note, more than a quarter of Berkeley workers get to their job on foot (17 percent) or via bike (8.1 percent, according to a new report by the U.S. Census Bureau. Berkeley is ranked second among mid-sized U.S. cities in commuting-by-foot and third in commuting-by-bike.
Eakle is the jazz violinist who presents the popular jazz series and often jams with the evening's artists. This time around he will perform with his own group in a program of "straight ahead jazz on the violin" combining the influences of Django Reinhardt and Thelonious Monk.
Performing with Eakle will be Jonathan Alford on piano and Alex Baum on bass.
Tickets are $15 in advance at prjazz.org, or $20 at the door.
Along with the RVR's own stock, "Every year on our anniversary we have a bunch of locomotives from our sister railroads Hillcrest and Wahtoke (located in Fresno) and Glenwood SouthPark and Pacific (private) up for our celebration," which means plenty of picture- taking opportunities.
For those who have yet to see the delights of the 1.25-mile railway, it's at Grizzly Peak Boulevard and Lomas Cantadas Road in the Berkeley hills.