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BOOKS ARE US…and more!

Posted in BERKELEY, EVENTS, NEIGHBORHOOD with tags , , , , , on April 14, 2016 by Julie Nachtwey, the Claremont Hills Real Estate Expert

Four loyal supporters of the Berkeley Public Library Foundation attended a special luncheon yesterday at SF’s elegant Boulevard Restaurant (Photo from left):  Barbara Manierre, Rachelle Owen, Toni Garrett, Julie Nachtwey.  Hostess was columnist Leah Garchik, SF CHRONICLE. Renowned Chef Nancy Oakes greeted the women as they dined on crispy squash blossoms and Chioggia Beet Ravioli. Boulevard is located at 1 Embarcadero, in the historic Audiffred Building built in 1889.  It’s one of the city’s oldest remaining buildings from early San Francisco, City landmark #7.


The luncheon was offered as an auction item at the Foundation’s annual Authors Dinner held in early February. BPLF has raised more than $3.5m to renovate Berkeley’s main library and four branches. The current goal is to create a “Teen Center” in the main library building. The Berkeley Public Library offers Berkeley residents more than 300 viable programs and services such as how to read, use a computer, fill out a job application, make a budget and much, much more.



The Audiffred Building


Boulevard Executive Chef/Owner Nancy Oakes


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!”