April 9 | Fountain and Walk: A few updates

Friends and neighbors: A few updates to share about goings on at the Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk: Bollard repairs/improvements — An accident during a rainstorm in February led to two of the bollards that surround and protect the fountain being knocked over by a vehicle. The fountain was not damaged. The two broken bollards have been replaced,...

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March 30 | April Fools at the Fountain

Hello Friends of the Fountain and Walk Volunteers, This Saturday, April 1 is the first Saturday of the month, and we look forward to volunteer day at the Fountain! The weather looks like it will be wonderful. Please join us any time from 9 to 11, if you are available, for some sweeping, weeding, general clean-up and comradery. We can...

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March 11 | Public Meeting: Improvements on The Circle and Walk

Friends and neighbors: Please mark your calendars for Saturday, March 18, at 10 a.m. That’s the time and date of a community meeting the city parks department is holding to discuss some proposed improvements around The Circle and possibly along Fountain Walk. The meeting, which may run two hours, will take place at the North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst...

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March 2 | Saturday at the Fountain

Hello from your new Volunteer Coordinators, Jim and Steve! The two of us will try our best to step into the role that Sara Holmes has been so generously and tirelessly been filling for many years. Sara has set the bar high, and we will try our best to keep Sara’s standard of commitment. This Saturday, March 4 is the...

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February 22 | Accident at the Fountain at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: If you’ve passed by the fountain in the past few days, you may have noticed that a pair of the concrete bollards around the perimeter of the center island have been knocked down. This is the result of a Presidents Day accident that occurred during the heavy rains; a truck went up over the curb of the island...

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February 3 | SATURDAY – COME VOLUNTEER

This Saturday 4 February is the first Saturday of the month. The weather is predicted to include scattered showers, however I still plan to show up, since we were rained out in January. I want to thank two of the Fountain Board members, Steve Weindel and Jim Reynolds, for sharing the role of Volunteer Coordinator, as I will be stepping...

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January 4 | THIS SATURDAY IS CANCELLED!!! Join us Friday instead

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Thank you for all of your many hours of volunteering in 2016 to help keep the fountain and the surrounding area looking great! I appreciate it, and I know that the community thanks us! This Saturday 7 January is the first Saturday of the month. Unfortunately, the weather forecast for both Saturday and Sunday is RAIN! THIS...

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December 28 | Fountain Forecast: Back to Normal Soon!

Friends and neighbors: A new (Tuesday, Jan. 3) update on the state of the fountain: According to Bruce Pratt, senior maintenance supervisor for the City of Berkeley parks department, the heavily soaped water in the fountain is scheduled to be drained off tomorrow morning and replaced. Ideally the fountain will be back to running as normal soon after. Because improvements to the...

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December 17 | Soaping Has Consequences for Fountain, Community

Friends and neighbors: Overnight on Dec. 16-17, some pranksters tossed two large (half-gallon) bottles of dishwashing liquid into the fountain. By morning, there was a 2-foot tall layer of dense soap suds covering the fountain pool. While this is an eye-catching sight for some passers-by — “Is that snow?” some drivers asked — it is a real problem and chore...

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December 5 | Holiday Finery at the Fountain

The tradition of decorating the Fountain at The Circle for the holiday season was carried out again this past weekend, as volunteers with Friends of the Fountain and Walk added greenery and lighting — and snazzy holiday outfits for the fountain’s four grizzly bear cubs. Last week, a crew led by longtime FOFW president and volunteer coordinator Sara Holmes crafted...

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