July 1 | A Plea to Prevent Pranks at the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: First, here is hoping that with the arrival of the Fourth of July Thursday, everyone enjoys a great, long holiday weekend. Our volunteers were out this past weekend (a weekend earlier than usual) to spruce up The Circle and Fountain Walk as they do each month, and things are looking great around this city landmark. If you’d...

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June 5 | Connecting Hillside Club and FOFW

Friends and neighbors: On Monday, June 3, members of Friends of the Fountain and Walk presented an illustrated talk about the connections linking Berkeley’s venerable Hillside Club with the development of our Northbrae neighborhood and the construction of the original Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk. The talk was very well attended, with about 80 people filling the Hillside...

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May 18 | A Wet But Wonderful Walk

Friends and neighbors: About 30 people turned out Saturday, May 18, for a walking tour of the Northbrae neighborhood that includes the Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk. By the time the walk ended about 1 1/2 hours later, the surprising mid-May rain had begun to fall and the number of walkers had dwindled. But the walk, co-hosted by...

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May 15 | Northbrae Walking Tour Is On — Rain or Shine

Friends and neighbors: Just a quick note to let you know that if you have signed up to join us and the Berkeley Historical Society for the history tour of the neighborhood that’s home to the Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk, it will take place whatever the weather brings. We’ll meet at 10 a.m. on the sidewalk at...

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April 29 | FOFW on Stage at the Hillside Club

Friends and neighbors: You may have wondered: Why is there a classically designed fountain flowing on an island in the middle of one of Berkeley’s busiest intersections? Why is it surrounded by a Beaux Arts balustrade? Why does upper Marin Avenue climb straight up to Grizzly Peak while all other roads in the area – many named for California counties...

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April 10 | Fixing Up Around the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: Happy spring! Has the rain really stopped for a little while? Well, while it has, some small but important “fixes” have been accomplished around The Circle in recent days. Among them: Sidewalk repairs: It’s become a little safer to make the circuit around The Circle — at least on the sidewalk. City crews have been out to...

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March 18 | A Walk and a Talk About the Fountain, Walk and Northbrae

Friends and neighbors: Mark your calendars for a pair of events chronicling the history of the Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk and their Northbrae neighborhood: Circle/Walk/Northbrae Walking Tour On Saturday, May 18, join the Friends of the Fountain and Walk and the Berkeley Historical Society for a walking tour of the Northbrae neighborhood that is home to the...

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December 31 | Thanks and All the Best for 2019!

Friends and neighbors: Just a note before the year turns to say Happy New Year! and thank you to everyone who is part of the Friends of the Fountain and Walk community. Your continued support and involvement is what makes FOFW go and is much appreciated. We look forward to a happy, healthy and productive 2019, and wish you the...

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December 10 | Happy Holidays from FOFW!

Friends and neighbors: Happy holidays from Friends of the Fountain and Walk! If you have been by The Circle recently, you’ve seen that the fountain has donned its seasonal finery once again. We hope this annual display brings a little light and joy into your holiday season. You also may have noticed a few masons out around the perimeter of...

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November 19 | Fountain Empty, Waiting for Rain …

Friends and neighbors: You will notice that the Fountain at The Circle is empty and dark this evening (Monday, Nov. 19). That is due to a second act of vandalism in a week. Someone(s) put detergent in the fountain to create soap suds sometime late Sunday or early Monday. A pointless and aggravating act that only results in wasted water,...

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