International students attend Berkeley summer sessions

BERKELEY, Calif. — Every summer, UC Berkeley students leave campus to visit hometowns, travel and work summer jobs. As they leave, undergraduate and graduate students coming from all over the world take their places on campus to participate in summer study sessions administered by the university. Berkeley Summer Sessions offer international students an opportunity to…

What an apothecary has to offer over a dispensary

BERKELEY, Calif. — In January of 2018, the sale and cultivation of recreational marijuana was legalized in the state of California, opening a new market for potential users. Many people walked into apothecaries looking for cannabis, only to realize that apothecaries do not sell marijuana but instead offer a variety of non-psychoactive herbs targeted toward…

How one dancer broke out of his shell

BERKELEY, Calif.— Gizmo responds to his opponent with a series of sharp hand movements to a fast-paced beat. He incorporates contractions and twists of different limbs to articulate his intention.  Tariq “Gizmo” Witherspoon, 23, is the cofounder of The Aspects, the only street-style dance group in Berkeley. The group draws from various styles, including flex and…

YouthWorks program provides jobs for Berkeley youth

BERKELEY, Calif. — She was almost going to be cleaning up feces, cages and animals at the animal shelter, but instead Myisha Kemp spends her Saturday mornings at the Berkeley Farmers’ Market in Downtown Berkeley. Myisha Kemp, 17, works for the city of Berkeley in the YouthWorks Program. The YouthWorks program is a year-round program…

Kite festival keeps them coming back

BERKELEY, Calif. — On your way to the festival, you observe the plethora of cars, buses, bikes and countless other modes of transportation snaking their way down toward the marina. People visiting with their families, friends and others pour in and out of the festival.. This is free Berkeley Kite Festival, now in its 31st…

Vendors present culture through food

BERKELEY, Calif.–The produce from the Berkeley Farmers’ Market has been drawing customers in for years. The many vendors fill up the entire street, creating an inviting community. The Berkeley Farmers’ Market has been a diverse community with a rich history. For more than 30 years, the farmers’ market has been showcasing a variety of produce…

Market builds community

Berkeley, Calif. –– When customers step into the Farmers’ Market on a Saturday morning, they embrace the bustling activity and purchase a variety of green vegetables, enjoy tangy Thai noodles or sample Italian delicacies. On the left and right are numerous stalls of bread and pastries, flowers and greenery and a mix of tantalizing aromas.…

From professor to musician and adults to tiny tots

BERKELEY, Calif.— With fire trucks, planes, trains and over 120 songs in his repertoire, you name it and Grandpa Clyde will sing it. Clyde Leland, known to many as Grandpa Clyde, began singing to kids around 41 years ago when his children were born. Now that he’s retired, singing has become his full time job,…