Archive for July, 2012

Help Stop Hunger

Posted in BERKELEY, EVENTS, NEIGHBORHOOD on July 24, 2012 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

One Can at a Time

Neighbors are invited to join other neighbors in the new Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project   It’s as easy as one-two-three-four!

(1)   Each time you shop, buy an extra item of non-perishable food.

(2)   Store this food in a designated green re-useable grocery bag.

(3)   Your neighborhood coordinator will exchange your filled bag for an empty bag.

(4)   Neighborhood coordinators will collect the bags every two months.


Anne Wagley & Greg Pedemonte

Then the filled bags of food will be delivered to the Berkeley Food Pantry

“My husband makes hummus and often uses canned beans,” said Anne Wagley.  “He simply buys a few extra cans to put in the green bag for our Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project.”

Anne is ready to sign up folks in her neighborhood to participate, contact Anne

Becoming a community coordinator is also a great way to better know your neighbors.

The Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project 

Become a neighborhood coordinator

FYI The Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project is modeled after a very successful program in Ashland, Oregon.

“In Ashland, the volunteering took off and spread…” said Jackie Levin. “Now they’re collecting tons –- yes tons –- of food.”  Even though she lives in Oakland, Jackie is a regular volunteer with the Berkeley Food Pantry. Questions? Feel free to email her: “I’m excited about this and…ready to go.”

Jackie Levin, Team Leader, Berkeley Neighborhood Food Project

Non-Perishable Food
  • Cereal
  • Hearty Soups
  • Canned Meat
  • Canned Fruit
  • Cooking Oil
  • Canned Tuna
  • Canned Beans
  • Dried Beans
  • Pinto Beans
  • Canned Corn
  • Masa
  • Brown Rice
  • Long Grain White Rice
  • Plain Stewed Tomatoes
  • Fruit Cocktail
  • Side Dishes
  • Soy Milk
  • Canned Milk
  • Texturized Vegetable Protein
  • Pasta
  • Vegetables
  • Side Dishes 
  • Hamburger Helper 
Especially for Seniors 
  • Dried Fruits
  • Ready made jell-o & pudding
  • Ensure protein drinks
  • Low-sodium Pull-tab Soups
  • Low-sodium Single-
    Serving Meals
  • Low-sodium Crackers
  • Green Tea (regular and decaf)
  • Canned Vegetables
  • Hard Candies
Non-Food Items
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Soap


Posted in NEIGHBORHOOD on July 19, 2012 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert
Friends and neighbors,
You may be interested in the current show at Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage about Wood Guthrie.
“Wood Guthrie’s American Song” is based on the life and music of this most famous folk singer.
The show runs through Sun July 22. For more details visit
Fred & I saw the award-wining show in a packed crowd last Saturday – Guthrie’s 100th Birthday. There was even a birthday cake. The show is outstanding…talk about the 99%. The music of course is wonderful. When the cast sang “This Land is Your Land…” the audience joined in with gusto.
Julie Nachtwey
136 Alvarado Road
Here are links to several interesting articles about Guthrie:
NY TIMES ‘Your Land’ and Guthrie’s, Preserved
OAKLAND TRIBUNE “The Summer of Woody Guthrie”

New on the market…

Posted in CLAREMONT HILLS, FEATURED PROPERTIES, NEIGHBORHOOD, OAKLAND on July 12, 2012 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

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The Claremont Hills

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City of Oakland / Berkeley Mailing Address

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