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Plastic Free July Special Event

Reducing Harm from PFAS Chemicals for Healthier People and Planet

Monday, July 12th at 7:30pm


Reducing Harm from PFAS Chemicals for Healthier People and Planet
PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals,” are a class of thousands of related chemicals used as stain and water repellants and to manufacture Teflon and Gortex. They do not degrade in the environment, accumulate in people and animals, and have contaminated the drinking water of tens of millions.  PFAS exposure is  linked to cancer, obesity, and other serious health problems.  Rather than addressing the many PFAS forever chemicals one at a time, the chemical class approach allows decision makers in government and business to reduce the use of  this entire family of toxic chemicals for healthier products, people, and  environment.  Learn more about PFAS here.


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Arlene Blum PhD, biophysical chemist, author, and mountaineer is a Research Associate in Chemistry at UC Berkeley and the executive director of the Green Science Policy Institute.  Her work with government and business has contributed to preventing the use of harmful chemicals including flame retardants and PFAS in children's sleepwear, furniture and other products world-wide.  During Blum’s illustrated talk, she will share some of her favorite stories and discuss scientific strategies for positive change.   She is the author of Annapurna: A Woman’s Place and Breaking Trail: A Climbing Life.  More information at   and

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Thank you Club Members who came to help with the Landscaping work party on

Sunday, May 30.
For those of you who want to safely socialize, enjoy nature, sun and fresh air, please join us for our next gardening party scheduled for 
Sunday, June 6, 10am - noon. 

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Join us for our next Fireside meeting on Monday, April 5th to celebrate Earth Day,

and the notion that Every Day is Earth Day! 

Our speaker will be Stephan Orme, founder of Untrash the East Bay. He will share the progress that his group has made so far to remove trash from urban areas, parks and homeless encampments. But a key aspect of the organization is education, and changing behavior so that once a location is un-trashed, it is likely to stay that way. He has now expanded his vision to Untrash The Planet,, with a goal of building a software platform to help launch 10,000 Untrash Groups around the world. Join us to learn about this wonderful, locally-grown project, and how we can help be part of the solution!

Monday, April 5th at 7:30 pm.

Missed the presentation?
Watch the video.






We have scheduled a morning of clean-up

for Club members and friends to the Club.

Join us!

Sunday, April 11 at 11 am

Aquatic Park Playground, Berkeley, CA 94710, USA

For details on meeting place CLICK HERE

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Due to the overwhelming success of  our last community outreach, the Hillside Club

will be holding another much-needed food drive.

Please click here for a list of ideas of what to donate.

We thank your members, friends, and neighbors who were so generous.

In these very difficult times, we understand that multiple drives are needed. 

Our next Food Drive will be announced soon.

Red and Blue Hands Photo Community Poste

Monday, January 18, from 3-7pm

National Day of Service Food Drive

Drop-off at Hillside Club

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Thanks to our wonderful members, friends and community we have collected

a great amount of much-needed food for our local food bank.

We appreciate your kindness and generosity!


The Hillside Club will be collecting food donations for the Berkeley Food Bank and Bay Area Community Resources / East County Resource Coalition.

Stop by any time between 3pm and 7pm for a safe, distanced drop off at the Hillside Club.

We appreciate your help in any capacity.

We thank you in advance for your kindness and generosity in these difficult times.


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What food you CAN donate to your local food drive:

This part is pretty easy. Food banks accept dry and canned food donations.

What does that mean?

Basically, any food that is “shelf-stable” or nonperishable – you can keep it in your pantry and it won’t go bad. And remember, only donate food that hasn’t reached its “sell-by” date yet. Specifically, food banks often need items

**PLEASE NOTE: Check expiration dates, even on dry goods, food banks are required to DISPOSE of expired items.

  • Peanut butter

  • Canned soup

  • Canned fruit

  • Canned vegetables

  • Canned stew

  • Canned fish

  • Canned beans

  • Dry beans

  • Dry fruit

  • Nuts

  • Pasta (most prefer whole grain)

  • Rice (most prefer brown rice)

  • Flour

  • Sugar

  • Pancake mix

That’s definitely not an exhaustive list but it covers a lot of what food banks and clients regularly need. Additionally, some food banks accept personal care and household items, since many families struggle to afford these items and they aren’t covered by other food assistance programs like SNAP.

If you’re still stumped about what to donate, just look in your own pantry. Families struggling with hunger often can’t afford the staples that we normally have stocked at home.

So, check your pantry out and go from there.

Even specialty foods like olive oil, dressings, or marinades can be helpful if they don’t need to be refrigerated.




Saturday, December 12 at 6 pm

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Dear Hillside Club Members and Friends:

I'm thrilled to be performing in your lovely space next month and wanted to send

you the information so you can join! Cycles of Resistance will be a virtual concert in your very own Hillside Club curated, commissioned, and performed by soprano Chelsea Hollow and pianist Taylor Chan. After all of my upcoming performances were cancelled, I decided to create an opportunity for composers and this recital is the culmination of that commissioning. The program chronologically explores acts of resistance throughout the 20th and 21st centuries and features 13 world premieres in nine languages. Highlights include “Living Water” by Lauren McCall, inspired by the Flint Water Crisis; “I could not allow that to stand” by Jason Cady, using text from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s speech in response to the harassment she faced on the capitol steps; “Prayers for Peace” by Myron Silberstein, which features four settings of peace prayers from Islam, Judiaism, Hindu, & Christian faiths; and “Maagal” by Michael Wiener, featuring text from Hannelore Brenner’s “The Girls of Room 28” which tells the story of young girls who passed through the Theresienstadt internment camp on their way to Auschwitz. The program will include live zoom appearances from composers and an exciting announcement for the new organization Chelsea is building.

~Chelsea Hollow

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For full programming information, visit: 

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October 29th, HSC had a Club Member Event to Help: 
We received donations for the Emergency Medical Fund 
Pipi Ray Diamond's book launch 

Thank you Club Member Far I for your support! Explore Far I's Music:

Thanks to all who attended and contributed.

If you are an animal lover, remember to help them out if you can.




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Sunday, March 15, 4:00pm
Kairos Music Academy 
The Snow Queen






with original music by Frank Loesser, Arkadi Serper, 
Gennadi Gladkov and Vladimir Dashkevich

"The whole world is a series of miracles, but we're so used to them 
we call them ordinary things."  Hans Christian Andersen

Click here for more info.
Click here for TICKETS

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Sunday 22 March 2020 at 7:00pm

A Feast of Music by J.S. Bach

featuring Andy Canepa, harpsichord 

and Peter Hallifax, viola da gamba

​Admission: $20 general, $15 seniors & students, $10 Hillside Club members

Tickets at the door or online: click here


​In celebration of the birthday of J.S. Bach, the Berkeley Hillside Club is delighted to present a program of early music around our historic hearth.


The Artists:

    Andy Canepa — harpsichord

    Peter Hallifax — viola da gamba


About the Concert:

   Sonata in G major for viola da gamba and harpsichord

   Sonata in g minor for viola da gamba and harpsichord

   Partita in c minor for harpsichord
  Cello suite in d minor


​About the artists:

Bay Area trained early musician and pianist Andrew Canepa works within an exciting early music community in the Bay Area, performing music from the medieval period to the 20th Century as a conductor, harpsichordist, organist, percussionist, and pianist. Canepa enthusiastically conducts a wide variety of talented Bay Area musicians and performs harpsichord and organ continuo in a number of early music ensembles. In addition to his performing, M. Canepa holds a full-time position as Director of Music Ministry at St Mary Magdalen Church in Berkeley, where over the last 14 years, he has built a vibrant and exciting sacred early music program. He is also a piano teacher at Crowden Music School. 

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