Alan Lipton brings fantasy and music to market

BERKELEY, Calif. — Tents stretch for two blocks, covering nearly every inch of Center Street at the weekly Downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market. The smell of fresh produce and the sounds of street performers fill the air. Sitting between two vendors with a black acoustic guitar in his hand and a jar for collections in front…

‘Ugly’ can be beautiful (& healthy)

BERKELEY, Calif. ― Imperfect Produce set up shop at the Berkeley Kite Festival over the weekend to show how “ugly” crops — bought directly from farms and delivered to customers in personal boxes for a cheaper price than many grocery stores — can be a great find. Many of these “ugly” crops don’t meet grocery…

Community forms bonds within farmers’ market

BERKELEY Calif. — The downtown Berkeley Farmers’ Market is an ongoing tradition within the small community. All around the neighborhood, people look forward to coming to see the vibrant colors, diverse group of people, different produce, street performers and most important, the relationships and friends they have made over the years. Anthony King, a spirited…

Coffee shop helps refugees settle in California

BERKELEY, Calif. — The 1951 Coffee Company is a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping refugees settle in California. It is named after the 1951 United Nations Refugee Convention, which first introduced guidelines to protect refugees. When refugees arrive in California, they often have no resumes and little work experience. The 1951 Coffee Company, founded in…

Barresi soars to new levels in kite flying

BERKELEY, Calif. — The audience was in awe as the thin red-and- white kite transformed into a human-like creature, taking on actions like walking and waving. The triangular shaped kite was a stand-out crowd pleaser of the annual Berkeley Kite Festival on Sunday and standing behind the magic was 42-year-old professional kite flyer John Barresi.…

Mars touts out-of-this-world vintage styles

BERKELEY, Calif.— Mars Mercantile, one of the most popular vintage stores here is home to a multitude of retro clothing items. Managed by Ian Long, a 24-year-old Berkeley resident, the store and its image have gone through a journey of self-discovery. Long spent his childhood in Shasta County, California, where his family ran a small…

Why Berkeley?

BERKELEY, Calif. — When visiting the campus of the University of California, Berkeley  one sees and hears a diverse and passionate culture. The famous green-arch entrance at Sather Gate stands for new beginnings. Some are drawn here for academics or the eclectic laid-back city, but what else causes people to stay? Viry Cabral, a 19-year-old…

Gabriel Farms remains true to its roots

BERKELEY, Calif. —  If you go to any two farmers’ markets, a lot looks similar. There are vendors with fresh food and smiling faces. At first glance, the Berkeley Saturday Farmers’ Market may resemble any other market, but the variety and different kinds of vendors sets them apart. Starting in 1987, the Berkeley Saturday Farmers’…

A kite glides in Berkeley

BERKELEY, Calif. — The last weekend of July brings a world of color down by the  Berkeley Marina, where children, families and friends have been going on for more than 30 years to the Berkeley Kite Festival. The day begins at 10 a.m. with a few kites, and kite enthusiasts  finishing setting up. Within a…

UC’s Crossroads keeps pushing boundaries

BERKELEY, Calif. — Green initiatives have been sweeping the nation, and as the first organic-certified college dining hall in the country, Crossroads continues to push the boundaries of sustainable eating here at the University of California. Bettye Bols, service manager of Crossroads, said, “We need to be careful… there aren’t enough resources in the world……