Categories for Volunteering

June 28 | We Need You: Volunteer With Us!

Friends and neighbors: Happy summer! There’s no better time to be out in the great outdoors. So why not spend an hour or two with Friends of the Fountain and Walk helping maintain our beloved Northbrae landmarks, the Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk? Once a month, usually on the first Saturday, we gather at The Circle to do...


December 2 | Fountain Decorated for the Season

Friends and neighbors: Just a note to let you know the Fountain at The Circle is now dressed for the holidays. A group of Friends of the Fountain and Walk volunteers added lighted greenery around the perimeter of the fountain island and wreaths and kippot on the grizzly bear cubs at the fountain’s center. The decorations will be up through...


March 6 | Student volunteers join FOFW work day

Friends and neighbors: On Friday, March 3, Friends of the Fountain and Walk had its monthly work day on The Circle and Fountain Walk a day earlier than the usual first Saturday of the month. That’s because a group of young volunteers from neighboring Saint Mary’s College High School were able to come out that day and lend our usual...


October 31 | Join our monthly work crew!

Friends and neighbors: For nearly 30 years, community support has been essential to the work of Friends the Fountain and Walk, the all-volunteer neighborhood nonprofit that teams with the City of Berkeley to care for the Fountain at The Circle, Fountain Walk and the surrounding historic area.  That support shows up in a variety of ways, from generous donations from...


April 30 | The Fountain Flows Again!

Friends and neighbors: After six long weeks of dormancy, the Fountain at The Circle is flowing again. Repairs to the main pump and a crucial fill valve have been made, new timers for the pumps have been installed, the fountain structure has been inspected and given a thumbs up. A few smaller repairs are yet to be completed, but we...


October 28 | Students Join in on Berkeley Project Day

Friends and neighbors: Friends of the Fountain and Walk held its monthly maintenance day a week early on Saturday, Oct. 26, in order that our volunteers could partner with a group of students taking part in the annual Berkeley Project Day scheduled for that day. The students — from left, seniors Alex Rudolph and Jackson Bader and freshman Marisa Salazar...


August 18 | News and Notes from FOFW

Friends and neighbors: A few things to bring to your attention… Coins yes, bricks no: We find all manner of things in the fountain at times: rubber ducks, a wedding ring, an occasional fish, and lots of coins tossed in for good luck. Mostly benign and harmless stuff. But this week half a brick showed up in one of the...


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...


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...


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