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Fun February East Bay Events

A few weeks ago I found myself at the Berkeley Rep Theatre. Now for those of you who are not aware, the Berkeley Rep has had a number of hits over the years. Coming Home is playing through February 28th and has an amazing cast of characters. Because of the size of the theatre, every seat in the house has an unobstructed view of the stage. Isn't it time you treat yourself to a little local talent? More about this production and other event in the east bay below.

Sustainable Business Association Networking Lunch
The SBA is a membership organization for companies committed to greater environmental and socially responsible business practices. Their members are a diverse community of over 100 sustainable businesses in the Bay Area.
Fri, Feb 5, Noon
Mandarin Garden Restaurant, 2025 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley

Lunar New Year Bazaar
This celebration, held in the heart of Oakland Chinatown, welcomes the new lunar new year: the Year of the Tiger. The event features vendors selling traditional new year decorations, flowers, gifts, candies, and other items of interest. There will also be continuous live cultural entertainment featuring dragon and lion dancing, martial arts, Chinese cultural music, and a Little Prince & Princess Contest.
Sat-Sun, Feb 6-7, 10am-5pm
9th St at Franklin, Oakland

Clean Power, Healthy Communities: A Regional Conference of the Local Clean Energy Alliance
Grassroots community activists throughout the Bay Area are advocating for local solutions to rising greenhouse gas emissions, with a focus on healthier sustainable communities and green jobs development. The purpose of the conference is to report on the status of clean energy programs in the Bay Area, share best practices, bring together clean energy advocates, and explore the potential for more regional collaboration and coordination.
Wed-Thu, Feb 10-11, 12pm
California Endowment, 1111 Broadway, 7th Floor, Oakland

Bay Area Girls Rock!
Bay Area Girls Rock, Whole Foods' February Nickel's for Nonprofit recipient, will showcase a variety of bands.
Fri, Feb 12, 5-7pm
Whole Foods, 230 Bay Pl, Oakland

Valentine's Day High Tea for Kids
Enjoy a special celebration of herbs and flowers at this afternoon tea party for adults and children of all ages. Make fresh teas, herb finger sandwiches, taste lavender cookies and make valentines from pressed botanicals. Registration required.
Sun, Feb 14, 2-3:30pm
UC Botanical Garden, 200 Centennial Dr, Berkeley

Valentines Day Weekend with Mavis Staples
Mavis Staples is the American R&B and gospel singer and civil rights activist who recorded with The Staple Singers. She has appeared alongside everyone from the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr to Bill Cosby to Presidents Kennedy, Carter and Clinton to musicians Janis Joplin, Pink Floyd, Santana and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and had recording sessions with Prince, Bob Dylan, Los Lobos, Aretha Franklin and so many others. $40
Fri-Sat, Feb 12-13, 8pm and 10pm
Sun, Feb 14, 7pm show

East Bay Green Drinks
A lively monthly gathering for anyone interested in sustainability, including green business, environmental and social causes, architecture and design, organics, renewable energy and more.
Wed, Feb 17, 5:30pm
Location TBA

Adventuring Off-the-Beaten-Path
Greg Michaels' travels around the world have brought him to 60 countries, where he's discovered the magic of making seemingly random locations his destinations. Join him for slides and stories of his global adventures, seeking out, with GPS in hand, some of the most coveted "confluence points", significant coordinate locations, using latitude and longitude.
Mon, Feb 22, 7pm
REI Berkeley, 1338 San Pablo Ave, Berkeley

African Film Festival
Wrestlers in Senegal, avant-garde dancers in Zimbabwe, youth gangs in Nigeria, cine-club owners in Burkina Faso, albinos in Kenya, and even Ghanaians in New York City: this year's selection offers a dizzying spectrum of experiences, tales, and visions. Conversational documentaries mix with a new breed of African narrative cinema, as lively and contemporary as anything Hollywood has to offer.
Through Feb 24
Pacific Film Archive, 2626 Bancroft Way, Berkeley

Reduce Your Footprint in 2010: A Free Community Workshop
Discover resources in Berkeley to help you reduce your personal and collective carbon footprint. At this workshop you will find out how your lifestyle practices and the choices you make impact greenhouse gas emission and receive information for implementing energy efficient and renewable energy options in your home, workplace, congregation, school, and other shared spaces.
Thu, Feb 25, 7pm
Berkeley Fellowship of Unitarian Universalists, 1924 Cedar St at Bonita, Berkeley

Celebrating Black History Month
Speak with NASA representatives in a live webcast, with hands-on demos and other fun activities as we celebrate contributions of African Americans in space and science.
Sat, Feb 27, 10am
Chabot Space & Science Center

Aurora Theatre Presents The First Grade
The First Grade, which originated as one of Aurora's Global Age Project winners last season, follows the humorous (and perilous) journey of a schoolteacher whose attempt to rescue her physical therapist from her own problems contributes to a chaotic whirlwind of boisterous first graders, a depressed daughter, a Ritalin-medicated grandson, and a live-in ex-husband.
Through Feb 28
Aurora Theatre, 2081 Addison St, Berkeley

Coming Home

Ten years after running off to the city to pursue her dreams, Veronika returns in rags. Among her meager belongings, she carries a desperate secret-and determination to plant the seeds of a new life for her son. It's a "sad, sweet, and gently moving" show, says the New York Times, "a beautifully acted production directed by Gordon Edelstein." In Coming Home, Fugard confronts the hard truths of his homeland (South Africa) while celebrating the power of hope.
Through Feb 28
Berkeley Repertory Theatre, 2025 Addison St, Berkeley

Published Thursday, February 4, 2010 3:02 PM by Elisa Uribe

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