Biotechnology Program Hundreds of skilled bioscience jobs are opening in the Bay Area, and Berkeleys Vista Community College is providing the training to get them. The college is accepting applications for its Fall 2002 Biotechnology Program, now through Sept. 7. Applicants may choose from a two-and-a-half-year associate program in science or a two-year occupational certificate program. Enrollment fee for California residents is $11 per unit. For more info: 510-981-2863 or www.peralta.cc.ca.us.
PACE Fall 2002 enrollment for Program for Adult College Education (PACE) is open at Berkeleys Vista Community College now through Saturday, Sept. 7. PACE is a college alternative for adults with job and family responsibilities. The program allows them to finish their freshman and sophomore years in two-and-a-half years, then transfer to a four-year college to complete their bachelors degree. For more info: 510-981-2864 or www.peralta.cc.ca.us.
Sign Language Class Applications for Vista Community Colleges Fall 2003 American Sign Language classes are being accepted at Berkeleys Vista Community College. Tuition is $11 per unit for California residents. Non-residents pay $154 per unit. Enrollment is open through Saturday, Sept. 7. For more info: 510-981-2872 or www.peralta.cc.ca.us.
Bonsai Show Enjoy the art of bonsai while viewing over 150 magnificent trees, some as old as 350 years. The Redwood Empire Bonsai Society presents one of the largest shows in the country, which will be offering free demonstrations, quality raffle and door prizes, a large sales floor and refreshments Saturday, Aug. 24, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 25, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial Building, 1351 Maple Ave. Free admission and parking. For more info: 707-823-8385 or www.rebsbonsai.org.
Chinatown Night Market Fair Chinatown Neighborhood Inc. presents Chinatown Night Market Fair at Chinatowns Portsmouth Square every Saturday from 6 p.m. - 11 p.m. until Nov. 9. The evening program will include traditional lion dancing, Chinese opera, musical performances, Chinese painting, fortunetellers and feng shui consultants. Participating merchants will validate up to two hours parking , 5 p.m. - 2 a.m. at Portsmouth Square Garage and 6 p.m. - 2 a.m. at St. Marys Garage with minimum purchase. For more info: www.sfnightmarket.homestead.com.
Filipino Community Networking Convention Sponsored by the National Federation of Filipino American Associations, the San Francisco Philippine Consulatee General and LBC, the 1st Global Filipino Community Networking Convention offers the Filipino community an opportunity to address common interests and aspirations. The event will include forums, workshops, a gala and cultural extravaganza and a Global Community Parade, Aug. 31 - Sept. 1 at the Moscone Center in San Francisco. For more info: 650-873-0750 or www.filglobal.org.
Gut Gang Camp The Greater Bay Area Chapter of the Crohns & Colitis Foundation of America will host its second annual Gut Gang Camp for kids with inflammatory bowel disease Aug. 18 - 21 at Camp Arroyo in Livermore. The camp provides children and teens with opportunities to meet and interact with others with IBD, to develop a stronger sense of self-esteem through participating in a wide range of programs and to learn how to better manage their disease. Registration fee is $25 - $50. Scholarships are available. For more info: 650-578-6590.
Volunteers for Alameda County Food Bank The Alameda County Community Food Bank needs volunteers to assist with warehouse, office and hunger hotline work. Weekend and weekday opportunities are available. Hotline shifts are available Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - noon and 1 p.m. - 4 p.m. For more info: 510-834-FOOD (3663) or www.accfb.org.
Next Steps Workshop Hospice by the Bay will offer a workshop designed for people who are ready to rebuild their lives after the loss of a loved one, but not sure what to do next. This two-session workshop will feature group discussion, partner exercises and individual coaching Sept. 21 and 28, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. at Hospice by the Bay, 1540 Market St. #350, San Francisco. Fee is based on a sliding scale. For more info: 415-626-5900.
Randall Museum Classes The Randall Museum, located at 199 Museum Way (off Roosevelt, above Castro in San Francisco) offers a wide range of after-school, evening and weekend classes in arts and sciences for families, youth, teens and adults. Subjects include clay, woodworking, lapidary, ceramics, photography, telescope making and more. Class lengths vary from one to 10 weeks. For more info: 415-554-9600 or www.randallmuseum.org.
Unity: Out of Many, One Resources for Families and Communities presents Unity: Out of Many, One, the 4th annual multicultural conference Sept. 17 and 22 at the San Jose Historical Park. The conference will provide informative workshops for professionals, academics, community leaders, social workers/government staff and policy makers. Admission is free. For more info: 408-521-5110 or www.rfcommunity.org.