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...

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September 28 | Listen Up: The Fountain on a KQED Podcast

Friends and neighbors: The Fountain at The Circle is on the air! For some time now, KQED-FM has been running a series called “Bay Curious,” where its reporters try to answer questions about life in the Bay Area. Recently, FOFW was contacted to help with a question: What’s the story of the Fountain at The Circle? The result is this...

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September 25 | Nov. 7: Historic Northbrae: From 1907 to Now

Friends and neighbors: Mark your calendars! On Thursday, Nov. 7, from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Friends of the Fountain and Walk will join with Northbrae Community Church to present an illustrated talk about our unique neighborhood: its colorful history, the origins and restoration of the Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk, and many other intriguing facts about this more...

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September 5 | The Fountain and Walk: A Short Stroll from the Solano Stroll

Friends and neighbors: If you, your friends or others you know are participating in the annual Solano Stroll this Sunday, Sept. 8, please think about strolling just off of upper Solano Avenue and making a visit to the landmark Fountain at The Circle and Fountain Walk. They are just minutes away from the top of Solano at The Alameda and...

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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...

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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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