by Juliana Birnbaum Fox
This annual week-long series of health-promotion and health-education activities, which has become one of the largest mobilization efforts in the Americas to improve the well-being of underserved immigrants and migrants of Latin American origin, will launch Oct. 14-16 in Los Angeles. A joint effort of the Mexican government and the Health Initiative of the Americas (a program of the University of California), Binational Health Week opens with an inaugural event and a Policy Forum on Migration and Health.
Key stakeholders and policymakers will convene to discuss immigrants’ health challenges and explore collaborative strategies to enhance the health and conditions of this population. More than 400 high-level representatives from federal, state, and community organizations from participating countries are expected to partake, including elected officials, university administration/ faculty/alumni/students, union leaders, and members of community organizations. For more information go to www.binationalhealthweek.org.
Stadium to Stadium 10K Run
Mayor Newsom’s Communities of Opportunity presents “Building Healthier Communities,” the second annual stadium to stadium 10K run/walk, and 1-mile Fun Run starting at 10:45a.m. The run, from AT&T Park to Monster Park, will be followed by the Keep it Movin’ Health and Fitness Fair. It takes place on October 14, starting at 9:00 a.m. Children 17 and under run free. Go to www.stadiumtostadium.com for more information and to register.
New Glen Park library branch to open
Mayor Gavin Newsom, Supervisor Bevan Dufty, City Librarian Luis Herrera and members of the community will open the doors to the new Glen Park Branch Library on Oct. 13. The brand-new library will feature more books and a space that’s six times as big as its current location, with new teen and children’s areas.
A grand opening celebration will kick off with lion dancers, musicians, children’s entertainers and a festive street fair on Diamond Street. Festivities begin at 1 p.m. Library services will start at 2 p.m. at 2825 Diamond Street, near the BART station.
Two compelling programs at the Berkeley Public Library
On Wednesday, Oct. 53, the Berkeley Public Library’s North Branch presents “A Revolt Against Consumerism.” Spawned at the dawn of the last century, Berkeley’s Hillside Movement was an open revolt against the mindless consumerism of the Industrial Age. Author and journalist Tim Holt will speak on the Hillside Movement at the North Berkeley Branch at 6 p.m.
To offer information on sexual abuse and bring attention to survivors’ strengths and the capacity to recover from assault, the Berkeley Public Library presents a program with author Carolyn Lehman. On Saturday, October 13th, from 1-3 p.m., in the Central Berkeley Public Library’s 3rd floor Community Meeting Room, Lehman will tell the story of her book, STRONG AT THE HEART: How It Feels to Heal from Sexual Abuse, a look into the lives of nine diverse sexual abuse survivors.