Calendar of Events for January 2017


Five Dollar First Friday at ChabotWhat: Chabot Space and Science Center $5 First Friday

Location: 10000 Skyline Blvd, Oakland

When: Friday January 6th from 6-10 pm

What: Chabot is an exciting and immersive experience for all ages!  Each month Chabot offers hands-on activities and live demonstrations that are fun for the whole family. This month’s $5 First Friday will be a night all about the ocean. Learn about your favorite marine life and take a deep dive into our oceans through interactive activities, talks and meet with local community organizations who are doing great work to make sure our oceans thrive. Go to:

Price: $5 each first Friday of the month. (Buy your tickets in advance!)


What:  Flora Fauna & Funk, Opening Reception

Location: Sanchez Contemporary, 1951 Telegraph Ave, Oakland

When: Saturday January 7th from 5-8 pm.

Price: Free

Flora & Fauna is an art exhibit highlighting the natural beauty of both plants, landscapes, flowers and animals and are explored in this exhibit. Lots of beautiful art pieces in this show- come support the artists and art. Oakland’s B-Side Brujas will be spinning some old school funk, souldies and Motown greats.

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What: “In the Name of Love”, the 15th Annual Musical Tribute honoring Dr. King: “Marvin Gaye, What’s Going On?”

Where: Oakland Scottish Rite Center, 1547 Lakeside Drive, Oakland

When: Sunday January 15th at 7:00 pm

What: Highlighting five outstanding vocalists including Kenny Washington, Terrie Odabi, Will Russ Jr., Destani Wolf, and Luq Frank with Tammy Hall on piano, Marcus Shelby on bass, Sly Randolph on drums, John Santos on percussion and Teo Avery on sax.

The powerful 65-voice Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir and the 200-voice Living Jazz Children’s Project will also perform.

Price: $8 – $40

Information: or call 510-858-5313


berkeley-restaurant-weekWhat: Berkeley Restaurant Week – “Dine Local, Eat Global”.

When: January 19-29th

Where: Throughout Berkeley!

What: Some of the best restaurants in Berkeley will again be offering special value lunch and dinner menus. Berkeley Restaurant week is the perfect time to experience the unique California Cuisine our diverse city has to offer.

Here is a list of all the participating restaurants for the 2017 Berkeley Restaurant Week

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While you are planning on exploring the city with your taste buds be sure to check out these itineraries to feed your inner foodie!


Save the Date- February 5th -Lunar New Year Parade and Celebration

Where: Solano Avenue, Albany


If you love the culinary scene in the East Bay check out  this post about the “most anticipated restaurants opening in 2017”!


If you have plans to change your daily routine and get out and enjoy more of what our community has to offer in the New Year, check out our suggestions below. We are so blessed to have a great climate to get outside and enjoy the fresh air and beautiful surroundings in the East Bay! Even in the winter, our hills are verdant green, flowers are blooming, and there are many places to discover with friends and family.


Health and Fitness- Places to Discover This Month

UC Botanical Garden

Photo by UC Berkeley

Berkeley boasts two world-class botanic gardens. The University of California Botanical Garden is set in Strawberry Canyon, overlooking the San Francisco Bay. Its 34 acres contain plants from around the world arranged by region and include a Chinese Medicinal Herb Garden and Rainforest House. Famous for its large number of rare and endangered species, it’s a delightful setting for a stroll.

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One of Berkeley’s many parks, the Berkeley Municipal Rose Garden is considered by many to be the finest rose garden in Northern California. This beautiful setting is graced with 3,000 rose bushes (representing some 250 varieties). The view is worth the outing!


We asked our Berkeley Hills Realty team members to share their best ideas:


Linda Van Couvering: Check out Athletic Playground in Emeryville.  It’s a local treasure and people come from all over to take classes there.  The work out classes are fun and inventive, taught by a great group of instructors.  They are always changing, but my favorites are Monkey Conditioning and Parkour.  It started on a playground, when two trainers met who both had the idea that working out should be like child’s play – fun and natural movement.  They both took their clients to the playground to move again like children do, and that is how Athletic Playground was born, and especially the class Monkey Conditioning.


Rosie Papazian- Check out Ride Oakland – I’ve been doing indoor cycling with them 3-4 times a week for the last 9 months or so and they are awesome! Woman-owned, conveniently located and killer workouts!


Nancy Mueller- A favorite hike or bike ride is the Bay Trail from the bottom of University out to point Richmond and out as far as you want to go.  It’s flat and easy and just gorgeous! Also the trail to the Bay Bridge to Treasure Island is a lot of fun and note that the trail is only open on the weekends right now. You can park at IKEA and access the trail from there if you don’t want to ride to it.


Meoy Gee-  We have both ‘surf and turf’ to walk off our indulgences, or simply to walk & enjoy our beautiful surrounding environs & views… practically ‘in our own backyards’.  We love the Berkeley Marina walk (1.0 mile? to complete the circle).


Tom Knight- Over the past few years one of our favorites is the Carquinez Strait Regional Shoreline Park, just one of the myriad jewels of the East Bay Regional Park system, all of which are listed with info and maps at Lesser known, but also wonderful, are hiking trails on the private lands of EBMUD, accessible with paid permit. We recently did a hike around part of the Briones Reservoir and hardly encountered another person in four miles, and it was a Saturday at that!


Gloria Polanski– Walking at Inspiration Point is always, well, inspirational. The Big Springs Trail in Tilden Park is a good workout.


Alexandra Crisafulli- I’m struggling to get back to my Jane Fonda Workouts, both Beginners and Advanced. I can’t even do the Advanced now since I petered out a couple of months ago.  It really hits all the muscle groups, both for strength and for agility.  The stretches are amazing. I made a copy for you and I’m glad to make a couple more.  The great thing about them is that you don’t have to get all gussied up and go to a studio.  You can do it right in front of your tv in the living room or wherever.



From running or strolling around Lake Merritt or kayaking in the Oakland estuary, check out this blog for more fun ideas to get out and enjoy the great outdoors and some indoor fun and read this post for the best running trails in the East Bay.


From all of us at Berkeley Hills Realty, we wish for you a happy, healthy and adventure filled 2017! If you are considering purchasing a new home this year, please contact us for advice and resources.