Archive for February, 2011

Authors Dinner

Posted in BERKELEY with tags , , , on February 24, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

The Berkeley Public Library Foundation is currently dedicated to raising funds to refurbish the four branch libraries. Measure FF, the bond measure passed by Berkeley voters in 2008, provides money for the neighborhood libraries, but cannot pay for furniture, fixtures and equipment (FF&E). The library foundation’s campaign covers those items.The major BPLF fund-raising event is the Annual Authors dinner. Photos below were taken at the 9th Annual Authors Dinner held in the Reading Room and the Historic Lobby of the Central Library at 2090 Kittredge Street.

Marion Abbott and Ann Leyhe, founders of Mrs. Dalloway’s Literary & Garden Arts, who received the "Fred and Pat Cody Award."


Library Supporters after dinner in the Reading Room: (from left) Evie & Gordon Wozniak, City Councilman District 8; (center) Linda Schacht Gage, Authors Dinner Event Chair; and Olivia & Thacher Hurd, featured author.

By the way, Thacher Hurd’s new book Bongo Fishing for middle-grade kids was published earlier this month. Here is the trailer for Thacher’s book on youtube.

Red Sonkers Book Club

Carrie Richards and Nicole Eiland


Members of the Red Sonkers Book Club volunteered to greet and assist guests at the Authors’ Dinner. All of them worked summers for UC Alumni Camp Lair of the Golden Bear. They have remained friends since then and formed their own book club. Several are UC Berkeley graduates. (from left) Kathleen Cain, Katy Anderson, Liz Atkinson, Joanna Nelle, Carlyn Graber and Bonnie Forbes.


(top left) Fred Nachtwey, Linda Schacht (event chair) and (bottom left) Toni Garrett, Sue & Chris Woodward

 The 9th Annual Authors dinner was dedicated to the memory of Pat Cody and Harry Weiniger. Harry was my very first client in real estate when I began my career in 1986. He will be missed.

“Support the Berkeley Public Library and its quest for community literacy!”

Chocolate and Beer? YES!

Posted in EVENTS on February 11, 2011 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Save the date for a Chocolate and Beer Festival:  Saturday Feb 19!


On Sat Feb 19 indulge yourself at the 2nd Annual Chocolate & Beer Festival at Craneway Pavilion. Savor the best of the best from local chocolatiers and breweries, plus enjoy live music!  All this and more will be happening 2 to 6 pm Sat Feb 19 at the most amazing venue ever – Craneway Pavilion on Beautiful SF Bay, next to Pt. Richmond.  Buy tickets in advance!

What’s not to like about yummy tastings from Bittersweet the Chocolate Cafe in Rockridge at 5427 College Avenue, in Oakland (510) 654.7159. Meet the chocolate maker himself, Albert Abrams. 

 And feel free to check out photos from last year’s chocolate & beer festival 

Proceeds of the event benefit a wonderful local cause, the Children’s Learning Center where our family friend Alex Woodward works as a young educator.

 After the festival — watch the sunset and stay for dinner at the delicious and reasonably-priced BoilerHouse Restaurant

 Facebook Event Page:!/event.php?eid=143520572370665

See you there on SAT FEB 19 from 2 to 6 pm at The Craneway Pavilion, which recently won an architectural design award.

Julie & Fred Nachtwey

My neighbor Ana  and her husband Jeff joined friends and neighbors at the Chocolate and Beer Fest last year.