December 28 | An Accident at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: This was to be a year-end note expressing our gratitude to everyone who has shown their support for Friends of the Fountain and Walk this year, especially our devoted volunteers and those who have responded so generously to our annual holiday mailing. It is truly touching to see just how much this community values the Fountain at...

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December 5 | Fountain Dressed for the Holidays!

Friends and neighbors: The holiday lights and greenery are up on the Fountain at The Circle. Volunteers were out Saturday, Dec. 4, to string lighted garlands around the perimeter of the fountain island and to adorn the fountain’s grizzly bear cubs with wreaths and kippot.       They also carried out the monthly cleanup of The Circle, Fountain Walk...

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November 23 | Fountain-Themed Gifts for the Holidays

Friends and neighbors: The holiday season of this second year of pandemic is almost upon us. We hope that you and yours have been  staying safe and well. This note is to remind you that the ‘SHOP” page of our website is active again. Here you will find lovely fountain-themed photographs, note cards and greeting cards, magnets, bear cub T-shirts,...

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September 11 | Celebrating 25 Years of the (New) Fountain at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: In September 1996, a few thousand people gathered in and around The Circle in Northbrae to dedicate the newly reborn Fountain at The Circle. The fountain, which replicated a landmark 1911 fountain that had been destroyed in a huge truck crash nearly 40 years before, was the result of an amazing community-led effort that also led to...

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June 14 | Fountain at The Circle Back in Business

Friends and neighbors: Just a quick note to say that a major leak discovered in the plumbing on the fountain island has been repaired and the fountain is flowing again. Thanks very much to the city staff who located and fixed the problem. We continue to monitor another smaller leak in what appears to be the irrigation system (which does...

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June 10 | More Repairs at the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: The Fountain at The Circle has been shut down temporarily to allow city crews to locate and repair the source of a significant underground leak on the fountain island. It’s not yet clear what the issue is, but appears to be in pipes between the fountain and the pump system that powers it. The good news: The...

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May 23 | Spring in Full Flower on Fountain Walk

Friends and neighbors: As COVID restrictions begin to ease, the weather is getting milder and more of us are venturing out. If you haven’t been on Fountain Walk in a while, now if a terrific time to make the short stroll there.       Spring has spring in the planting beds that border the lower walk. These beds, revived...

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April 30 | May 13: Berkeley Architecture Presentation

Berkeley Origins: Berkeley’s Architectural Heritage With Daniella Thompson Thursday, May 13 – 7:00 to 8:15 pm Please mark your calendar for this next presentation in the “Berkeley Origins” series of talks being co-sponsored by Friends of the Fountain and Walk. Join Daniella Thompson for “Berkeley’s Architectural Heritage,” a pictorial tour taking in 150 years of architectural activity. Her talk will...

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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...

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April 25 | Fountain Repair Update: Close to Done

Friends and neighbors: After six weeks of being shut down, we hope the Fountain at The Circle will be back in operation very soon. In recent days, City of Berkeley technicians have been able to replace crucial elements of the fountain’s operating system, including a new main pump (which powers the fountain to flow) and auto-fill valve (which helps regulate...

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