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Saturday, October 7: Ohlone Greenway Walk. Led by Bob Johnson

While exploring a segment of the Ohlone Greenway we will learn a little about the history of the Santa Fe Railway, BART and establishment of the Greenway as well as the rich history of Spanish land grants, farming, founding of community gardens, creek restoration, murals and more. Easy walking over flat terrain. Option to have lunch and chat at the Westbrae Biergarten afterward.

Saturday, October 14: Colusa Circle and 500 Block of Neilson Street. Led by Fred Etzel

Located in Kensington, an unincorporated area of Contra Costa County, Colusa Circle is formed by the intersection of Colusa Avenue, Oak View Avenue and Berkeley Park Boulevard. The Colusa Circle commercial area dates from the late 1920s. In 1926-27, two brothers who were speculative builders, Frank and Ramon Blanco, built 22 houses around the corner from Colusa Circle on the 500 block of Neilson Street in Berkeley. The Blanco brothers probably used Walter Wilbur Dixon’s Book of Plans. This walking tour illustrates the symbiotic relationship between the Colusa Circle commercial area and the residential 500 block of Neilson Street.

Saturday, October 28: Kensington Village. Led by Ann Harlow

Despite being across the county line, Kensington was developed in the early 20th century as an extension of the Berkeley hills. Among its subdivision names were Berkeley Park, Berkeley Highlands, and Berkeley Woods. Learn about an early Kensington landowner, “Potato King” George Shima; William R. Yelland, architect of several Kensington homes and a long-lost storybook style village center complex; pharmacist/local historian Louis Stein, Robert Oppenheimer and other notable residents, and more. Some steep sections and stairs; not wheelchair accessible.

Saturday, November 4: Berkeley Rep’s Harrison Street Campus. Led by Susan Medak

We will tour the building (originally North Face’s headquarters) where the Berkeley Repertory Theatre rehearses and constructs all their productions. The tour will visit scenic, paint, prop and costume shops as well as costume and prop storage and the rehearsal halls.

Saturday, November 11: The Story of The Graduate Movie. Led by Steven Finacom

In 1967 Berkeley became a popular movie setting with the release of the hit The Graduate that came to define the zeitgeist of a generation. Even though it’s fifty years later, most of the local sites and backdrops used for the film still exist in the south of campus area. We’ll visit them, and other “Sixties” sites on or near Telegraph Avenue, and consider whether any can survive another fifty years. Steven Finacom, our guide, is a past president of BHS and is also authoring a City of Berkeley Landmark application for the Victorian house that served as Dustin Hoffman’s boarding house in the film. Largely level walk, mainly on sidewalks.

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