August 10 2017

I hope you're enjoying summer. Here are a few exciting events happening in Berkeley:

Coffee with a Cop hosted by the Berkeley Police Department 

Hope to see you at Espresso Roma (1549 Hopkins Ave) on Wednesday, August 16, 2017, from 11:00am to 12:30pm for Coffee with a Cop.  No agenda or speeches, just a chance to ask questions, share concerns, and meet some of the team who works to keep you safe.

Move In and other Campus Events

Cal Move-In Day is Monday, August 14, 2017, with a limited move-in will take place Sunday, August 13. This means roughly 7,000 incoming undergraduates and their families will drive to the residence halls, unload belongings, and visit the campus. Please plan accordingly. Please feel free to contact the staff in New Student Services ( if you have any questions.

Additional dates to add to your calendar:

Movies in the park

Join neighbors, bring friends, build community- watch some of your favorite movies under the stars!  The City of Berkeley's Recreation Division is hosting a FREE outdoor movie series on Friday nights in its beautiful parks, featuring some popular family films.  A large portable 20' x 12' inflatable movie screen and premium audio visual movie equipment for outdoor cinemas make Movies in the Park a spectacular event.

August 25th, Zootopia at James Kenney Park, 1720 - 8th St., 8:00pm

September 22nd, LEGO® Batman at Willard Park, 2730 Hillegass Ave., 7:30pm

East Bay Bike Party

Tomorrow, Friday, August 11, the East Bay Bike Party (EBBP) will bring hundreds of bicyclists to Telegraph Avenue between 8:30 and 9:30 pm for the first stop of the night. The EBBP (this is not affiliated with Critical Mass) is a mobile party for riders of all ages, experience levels, and types to meet, ride, and play in the East Bay. Because this is an early stop, kids and families will be in attendance. TheTelegraph Business Improvement District is working with EBBP and the City to close off a block near the newly-opened Mezzo, Raleigh's, Huckleberry bikes, and the soon-to-be-installed bike parking/sharing on Telegraph Avenue.

Free Summer Movie At BAMPFA

Outdoor Showing of Passing Strange: The Movie. By Spike Lee, featuring: Stew, Daniel Breaker, Eisa Davis, Colman Domingo. The spectacular, one-of-a-kind musical Passing Strange was developed and premiered at Berkeley Repertory Theatre and went on to be a Broadway hit, winning multiple awards including a Tony. Spike Lee captured the show on film, retaining its energy while also taking us behind the scenes.

Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Refreshments will be available.When: Saturday, August 19 8:00 PM More info here.

Summer Concerts at Willard Park 

Join us this Saturday for live music concert at Willard Park, the second in our summer music concerts in Berkeley Parks. The once a month series from July through October features different genres of music in the afternoons in various parks throughout Berkeley. Sponsored by the City's Department of Parks, Recreation and Waterfront, these family friendly events are filled with fun, food and music and entertainment from Berkeley musicians and Bay Area bands!

August 12 - 12:00 - 4:00 pm
Summertime Soul, Lloyd Gregory & Friends; Downtown Rhythm; Up Close & Personal
Willard Park - 2730 Hillegass Avenue

September 16 - 12:00 - 4:00 pm
LatinFest, En Vivo; Mariachi Mexicanisimo, Costa de Oro (Ballet Folklorico)
Grove Park, 1730 Oregon Street

October 14 - 11:00 - 4:00 pm 
Harvest Festival, Tortilla Soup: Spazmatics; Motor Dude Zydeco 
Cedar Rose Park, 1300 Rose Street between Hopkins and Cedar Streets

Bring your blankets and low back beach chairs to enjoy music on the lawn at these beautiful parks. All events and music are family friendly and will contain recreation activities for the children.  No alcohol or controlled substances allowed. Live performances begin at 1:00 pm so come early and bring your blankets, umbrella, and low back beach chairs to enjoy music on the lawn at these beautiful parks.

Lori Droste
Berkeley City Councilmember, District 8

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Commissioner Spotlight

I’m happy to introduce Doctor Carol Brosgart, my Community Health Commissioner. Carol is a longtime Berkeleyan and passionate public health advocate.

Carol grew up in Canada before moving to Southern California as a teenager. Once in the US, Carol realized that healthcare was far less accessible than it had been in Canada . She moved to Berkeley in 1968 to attend UC Berkeley where she received her BS in Community Medicine. She went on to complete a degree in medicine from UC San Francisco. She did her pediatric residency at UCSF and a preventive medicine and public health residency at UC Berkeley School of Public Health and the California Department of Public Health. Carol has been committed to community health advocacy since her undergraduate days at Cal, where she helped lead the establishment of the first women’s day at the Berkeley Free Clinic, followed by an independent Women’s Clinic. Carol served as the Medical Director of Alameda County’s Central Health Center from 1978-1987. She was the founding Medical Director of the East Bay AIDS Center at Alta Bates Medical Center from 1987-1998. She has been a leader in education, care and research for the prevention and treatment of HIV/AIDS, and Viral Hepatitis B and C. Carol served as VP, Clinical Research at Gilead Sciences from 1998-2009. She returned to public health as the Chief Medical Officer at Children’s Hospital Oakland, and then served as a Senior Advisor on Science and Policy at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, until 2014. Carol is a Clinical Professor of Medicine at UCSF and remains active in research and health policy as a consultant in infectious diseases and liver diseases. As a commissioner on the Community Health Commission, Carol wants to preserve and improve access to care in our city and in this county. She is particularly determined to ensure that emergency care remains accessible to Berkeley residents. In her free time, Carol enjoys exercising, participating in her book club of 32 years, and spending time with her husband, five children and their spouses, ten grandchildren and a long-time community of friends. Ultimately, Commissioner Brosgart aims to transform healthcare from a privilege to a basic human right.