February 7 | Fountain Off for Maintenance

Friends and neighbors: You may have noticed that the Fountain at The Circle has been shut off since Sunday afternoon. It is down for some maintenance and repairs. We hope it will be up and running again by Wednesday. Thanks as always for your support. — Friends of the Fountain and Walk


December 31 | A Year-End Thank You — and Hopes for 2021

Friends and neighbors: Just a note at the end of this challenging year to say thank you to our community for all the support you have shown Friends of the Fountain and Walk through these trying times. What we do is a very small and modest undertaking when considered against the backdrop of the many major issues and concerns of...

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December 8 | More Lovely Photos of the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: Ira Serkes, a great friend of Friends of the Fountain and Walk, has made some new images of the Fountain at The Circle dressed in its holiday finery. Ira sells these and other images online, and donates any proceeds from sales of fountain-related images to FOFW. So enjoy these new images (shown here) and, if you are...

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December 2 | Holiday Greetings from The Circle!

Friends and neighbors: Season’s greetings from Friends of the Fountain and Walk! As the wreath- and kippah-wearing grizzly bear cubs at its center attest, the Fountain at The Circle is now dressed in its holiday finery, with lighted garlands strung around the perimeter of the fountain island. The display will be lighted from dusk until at least 9 each evening...

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November 8 | Fountain-Themed Gifts for the Holidays

Dear Friend of FOFW, The holiday season of this very strange year is almost upon us. We hope that you and yours have been and are staying safe and well. This note is just to let you know that the ‘SHOP” page of our website is active again. There you will find lovely photos, note and greeting cards and magnets;...

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October 1 | Oct. 8 T1 Bond Meeting

Dear Friends of FOFW, In November 2016, Berkeley voters approved Measure T1, a $100 million bond measure to repair, renovate, replace or reconstruct elements of our city’s aging infrastructure. Phase 1, approved in 2017, has funded more than 45 projects through 2021, including renovation of the North Berkeley Senior Center and Live Oak Community Center, as well as various park upgrades,...

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September 27 | Ruth Bear Ginsburg?

Friends and neighbors: Or maybe Ruth Bader Grizzly? Over the weekend, someone adorned one of the Fountain at The Circle’s grizzly bear cub sculptures with a collar reminiscent of those famously worn by the late Supreme Court justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg (see the attached photo). In general, we discourage anyone from going onto the fountain island for any reason, or...

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September 10 | Why the Fountain Has Been Dark This Week

The landmark Fountain at The Circle has been dark and dry much of the past week. There’s nothing wrong with it: the pumping system is fine, the lights have not been dimmed by a power shutoff, and water, thankfully, remains plentiful for now. The fountain is off because, for the third time in less than a week, someone decided to...

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June 19 | Misinformation at The Circle

Friends and neighbors: Sometime in the past few days, someone posted a flyer around The Circle claiming that Friends of the Fountain and Walk had removed a banner that had been hung on a nearby fence. That is not true, and, as far as I can tell, whoever posted that information did not contact our organization to ask if it...

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June 8 | Protest and Pettiness at the Fountain

Friends and neighbors: You may have noticed the past few days some young people out around the Fountain at The Circle carrying out a small protest action in solidarity with those going on around the country and the globe regarding racial justice. They are holding signs and encouraging passers-by to show support. As a rule, Friends of the Fountain and...

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