Neighborhood News Roundup

Hello Neighbors!
Unfortunately, the meeting previously scheduled for this Wednesday has been canceled. However, our February meeting is still on, so Save the Date for the evening of Thursday, February 16th!
And as always, feel free to share this news with your neighbors!
CALJULIA NEIGHBORHOOD NEWS ROUNDUP
– Jan 22: Swap Kids’ Stuff – KinderCycle ($5/$10)
– Jan 26: Disaster Training Event @ South Berkeley Senior Center (Free)
– Feb 16: Next Neighborhood Meeting
– South Branch Library: Bids open this week!
– Bulky Waste Pickups/Illegal Dumping
– Update on 2951 Sacramento
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KINERCYCLE – KIDS’ STUFF SWAP
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Sunday January 22nd, 2012
from 10am – noon
at the South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis Street (at Ashby); Berkeley
AGES: Newborn – 6 year olds
$5 per family with stuff to swap
$10 per family without stuff to swap
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Do you have kids’ stuff your family is done with? Do you want to get new-to-you kids’ stuff?
Come to the next KinderCycle swap! Get rid of what you are done with and take what you want!
KinderCycle is on a mission to help families effectively get and get rid of kids’ stuff and to keep kids’ stuff out of landfills. Any items that are brought to the swap that are not taken by other families will be donated to charities.
Learn more and sign up to get on KinderCycle’s mailing list at http://www.KinderCycle.org
swap, exchange, trade, kid, child, baby, toddler, recycle, reuse, re-use, upcycle, donate
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DISASTER TRAINING EVENT WITH RED CROSS SPECIALIST
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Thursday, January 26th
Starts at 7:30
South Berkeley Senior Center
2939 Ellis Street [corner of Ashby]
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1 hour of Red Cross Training
Followed by Question & Answer and Feedback
Quoted from Red Cross Easy Bay website:  “Our on-site disaster preparedness training will walk participants through the three key steps they can take now to prepare their families before disaster hits and provide them with checklists and tools to get started on their plans at home.”
http://www.redcrossbayarea.org [click on be prepared]
Sponsored by South Berkeley Neighbors & Max Anderson’s office
RSVP to Frank Guter, 616-307-1440; frank.guter@gmail.com
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SOUTH BRANCH LIBRARY
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As some of you know, the City has been working hard on renovating and rebuilding the branch libraries using funds from a measure passed by voters in 2008. The time has almost come for our very own South Branch to be rebuilt – construction bids will be opened this week, which means that construction will begin this year!
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BULKY WASTE PICKUPS & ILLEGAL DUMPING
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Have more trash than fits into your trash bin? The City offers one free “Bulky Waste Pickup” per calendar year for residences with up to 4 units. Just call 311 (or 981-CITY) to schedule a pickup. They generally have appointments available on Tuesday and Thursday, but you may have to call a few days in advanced as the appointments do fill up. Other restrictions and more information can be found by calling the City or online at  http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/contentdisplay.aspx?id=5702
Garbage, furniture, etc. left on City property (the sidewalk, planter strip, & street are owned by the City) is considered illegal dumping, even if it’s next to a garbage can. If it’s not yours, you can report it to the City by calling 311 (or 981-CITY) or using the Online Service Center(http://www.ci.berkeley.ca.us/OnlineServiceCenter/). They are generally quick to pick these items up.
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UPDATE ON 2951 SACRAMENTO:
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A group of residents has continued working together to address the property at the corner of Julia & Sacramento. There will be a full update at the February meeting. In the mean time, if you’d like more information or would like to help, please contact me directly.
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