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Lake Merritt walk for peace

By asoglin
Thursday, May 15th, 2008 at 6:14 pm in Uncategorized.

Looking for something to do this Saturday?
Consider walking three miles around Lake Merritt to help end poverty and violence or check out an evening event to help the four-legged friends of the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society.

The Community Action Partnership is holding a three-mile walk around Lake Merritt on Saturday to call attention to some staggering numbers. Nearly one in five Oakland residents or about 68,000 people live in poverty. About one-third of the city’s population is receiving some sort of public assistance. Homelessness effects up to 6,000 people in Oakland. The Community Action Partnership is challenging people to be part of the Walk to End Poverty and Violence to call attention to those numbers and work to lower them.

The walk starts at 9 a.m. Saturday with registration at 8 a.m. at the Lake Merritt Bandstand, 666 Bellevue Ave. A community fair with free snacks, children’s activities and free T-shirts follows at 10 a.m. For more information visit www.oaklandcap.or or call 510-238-2368.

Drinking, not walking

If walking isn’t your thing, but drinking wine is, there’s a people-only event Saturday night to benefit the animals—the ones with the fur–of the Berkeley-East Bay Humane Society. The event is from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday at the Berkeley City Club, 2315 Durant Ave. in Berkeley. Maestro George Cleve and featured players from the Midsummer Mozart Festival will perform at the event, which also includes wine, hors d’oeuvres and a silent auction for overnight stays, restaurant certificates and more. Tickets are $90 and more information is available at www.berkeleyhumane.org of by calling 510-845-7735, ext. 19.

- Kristin Bender

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