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Fall 2015 Walking Tours

Tours start at 10:00 am and end at approximately 12:00 noon. Note that the Thousand Oaks Rock Walk led by Paul Grunland is on Sunday, October 18. Sometimes they are slightly longer, so some extra time should be allowed in case the walk meets an informative passerby or dwells at an interesting site. Tours are limited to 30 paying participants unless noted otherwise. Pre-paid reservations are required and tickets are not refundable. Tours are conducted in rain, shine or Berkeley fog and are wheel chair accessible unless otherwise noted.

Saturday, October 10: On the Berkeley Waterfront. Led by John UnderhillBerkeley Beach circa 1870 BHS photo #151-187-3279
Visit the current waterfront, seen with 150 years as background. Visit Shorebird Nature Center, ship chandlery, the Berkeley Yacht Club and the concrete submarine. Extended flat walking.

 SUNDAY, October 18: Thousand Oaks Rock Walk. Led by Paul Grunland
Paul Grunland - Thousand Oaks RocksThe Thousand Oaks neighborhood of Berkeley has an unusually large number of exposed rocks called Northbrae rhyolite. We may be privileged to visit private gardens where examples of these spectacular rocks are hidden from public view and where the rocks have been imaginatively incorporated into the landscaping. One such rock served as the northern boundary marker for the Rancho San Antonio land grant. Limit 30 people. Not wheelchair accessible.

 Saturday, October 24: North Cragmont Neighborhoods. Led by Buzz Cardoza
Cragmont Development MonumentThe walk will focus on some of the unusual and eccentric architecture of the area and remembrances of some of the unusual characters who lived in the neighborhood. This walk will take you past huge homes, one built on a rock, storybook style homes, and an observatory on top of a garage. The tour leader was a paper boy in the area many years ago.

 Saturday, November 7: Mme Chiang Kai-shek & Her Claremont Neighborhood. Led by Burl Willes
A letter written in 1943, rediscovered in 2009 and donated to BHS, unravels an amazing story of how May-ling Soong, aka Madame Chiang Kai-shek, was able to cross the “color line” and rent, then buy a home on beautiful Avalon Ave. We’ll visit the James Palache house (1876) and talk about many of her remarkable neighbors.

 Saturday, November 14: Emeryville Art Walk. Led by Sandy Friedland
For a city on land of just 1.2 square miles, Emeryville has an unusually rich collection of public art, both along its sidewalks, in public and private courtyards, and in the lobbies of some of its newer buildings. Join us for a tour of the more notable installations on a flat, 2.5-mile route through this town, home to Pixar, Clif Bar, Peet’s, and Jamba Juice — not to mention Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe. Along the way, we’ll learn some of the fascinating history of this colorful little town, which Earl Warren once called the “rottenest city on the West Coast.”

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