February 10 | February at the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: An update on several things as we move into February… Another soaping: After a long lull, the fountain has now been soaped for a second time in just over a month. It happened the evening/early morning of Feb. 9-10. As always, it is discouraging that someone(s) not only chooses to do potential harm to the fountain works,...

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February 2 | First Saturday Work Day in February

The weather looks like it will be great on Saturday, almost like summer! So we hope to see you all Saturday morning. Please remember to sign in at the tool shed. We will get started around 8:30 or 9. And as always, thank you so much for your support and work at the fountain! Jim and Steve


January 4 | Happy New Year! (Part 2)

Friends and neighbors: With wet weather arriving, our energetic volunteer maintenance chief Scott Dunlap (that’s him above) went ahead and took down all the holiday decorations on and around the fountain Wednesday morning, so the island is back to its simply beautiful self for another year. We hope you enjoyed the annual decorations as much as we did. With better...

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December 31 | Happy New Year! (and an update)

Hi, folks. A quick update: The lighted garlands around the perimeter of the fountain island in The Circle will be taken down today (Wednesday, Jan. 3) ahead of the expected rains. They were to stay up until Saturday, but the wet weather expected today means it is better to take them down now, so they can be dry when stored...

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December 26 | At Year’s End, Good News and Bad

Friends and neighbors: Just a quick note as we reach the end of 2017. First, briefly, the bad, or maybe sad, news: After several vandalism-free months, the Fountain at The Circle had detergent or some other soap tossed in it on Christmas night. It’s discouraging, especially after we felt we had had some success raising consciousness in the community over...

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December 2 | Happy Holidays from Friends of the Fountain and Walk!

Friends and neighbors: The holiday season is here, and the Fountain at The Circle has donned its annual holiday finery. Here’s a sampling of images of volunteers and neighbors turning out on Saturday, Dec. 2 (the first Saturday of every month is our scheduled volunteer maintenance day — come join us!) to add lighted swags of greenery and wreaths and kippahs...

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November 16 | Update: New Landscaping at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: By now you have likely seen the results of a flurry of activity around the Fountain at The Circle over the past few weeks. Most noticeable is the re-landscaping that has taken place, removing the old, weed-ridden sod on the fountain island, the planting strips surrounding The Circle and the median between Los Angeles and Mendocino with new...

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October 29 | Update: Major Work at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: If you have been by The Circle in recent days, you may have seen city crews at work digging and planting locator flags on the center island and the surrounding parking strips. They have been carrying out various pieces of long-planned projects, some of which are finally coming to fruition. Following on the heels of the recent resurfacing of...

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October 6 | Big Improvements at the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: On Friday, Oct. 6, contractors for the City of Berkeley began a long-awaited project to re-route the drainage of the Fountain at The Circle from the city’s storm drains to the sanitary sewer. This changeover is required by state law, and will put the fountain in compliance for the first time since the law began requiring it....

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September 6 | September work day is this Saturday

We hope everyone had a great holiday weekend! This Saturday, the 9th, is our postponed (and definitely cooler) workday. We look forward to seeing you Saturday morning at the Fountain. Bob Young will be stepping in for Jim Reynolds, who is on Holiday, to help coordinate the effort. Please sign in at the tool shed if you can make it....

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