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Berkeley’s MLK Civic Center Park Closed for Renovations

October 16 - December 31
Berkeley, 94704 United States
civic park

Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park in Downtown Berkeley will close for renovations Oct. 16 with a planned finish date of Dec. 31, 2018. Although most of the park will be closed during the renovation process, the skate park and lower plaza will remain open, according to Scott Ferris, director of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Waterfront Department. Berkeley is renovating the park as part of a larger effort to maintain all parks in the city, Ferris said. “This is just the time for Civic Center Park,” Ferris said. Civic Center Park has been the site of several controversial rallies over the past several months. On March 4, April 15, April 27 and Aug. 27, hundreds of protesters and counterprotesters from across the political spectrum gathered at the park to speak on controversial issues and demonstrate in crowds. Several of the rallies held at the park became violent as fights broke out and members of the crowd were hit with pepper spray. The scheduled renovations to the park involve maintenance updates but no major changes, Ferris said. Improvements will include repairing tiles, updating concrete and addressing potential hazards. Funding for the renovations comes from Berkeley’s Measure F, which increased....

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Soundtrack of the 60’s: Berkeley Music Scene

October 8, 2017 @ 1:00 pm - April 1, 2018 @ 4:00 pm
Berkeley Historical Society and Berkeley History Center, 1931 Center Street
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States
Soundtrack of the 60s

Exhibit at The Berkeley Historical Society  October 8, 2017 - April 1, 2018 While Berkeley did not have the large ballrooms of San Francisco, it had a variety of small clubs and medium sized venues that saw many legendary performances during the decade of the 1960s. The Fall 2017 exhibit of the Berkeley Historical Society will focus on these venues and the unique contribution of Berkeley musicians to 1960s music. The exhibit draws upon the extensive archives of Country Joe McDonald, as well as little known photographs from the Historical Society and several private collections. From small folk singer gatherings in private homes to public stages, Berkeley provided a rich milieu of opportunity for cross genre inspiration and creativity. Country Joe and the Fish, the Joy of Cooking and Creedence Clearwater Revival all had their start in Berkeley. A timeline of major national and international events will provide context for local musical developments. Other parts of the exhibit will focus on local recording studios, the Berkeley Folk Festival, the rock scene, rhythm and blues, the role of music in the protest movement and the career of Country Joe McDonald. Clothing and other artifacts of the period will also be on....

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4:30 pm

Holiday Caroling in Downtown Berkeley

December 21 @ 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Center St. & Shattuck Ave., Center St. & Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704 United States

Holiday Caroling in Downtown Berkeley Meet up at Shattuck Ave. & Center St. 12/14 from 12-1PM & 12/21 from 4:30-5:30PM Everyone is welcome! All ages and all levels of experience wanting to get in the holiday spirit and experience caroling. The more the merrier! Bring your holiday cheer and kick this season off right. What better way to spread the joy of the season than singing songs that make us happy? Let’s bring together the downtown community with holiday cheer. * December 14th at 12-1pm: Will be the lunchtime session featuring special guest members from an assortment of UC Choral Ensembles as well as a fantastic array of cookies from local Saturn Café on Alston Way, * December 21st at 4:30-5:30pm: Is the early evening candlelit session with members from The Berkeley Chamber Singers making an appearance. Yummy treats are being donated by Endless Summer Sweets and Peets Coffee and Tea located on Kittredge Street and Shattuck Ave.The entire Berkeley community is invited to come Downtown and participate on either day or both. Carolers from all over the community are volunteering to lead the group through the songs and plenty of experienced voices will be there to help those of us who might need a little support. The first dozen carolers to arrive....

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