VILLAGER University of California, Berkeley University Village - “The World in One Village” October in the Village! Inside this issue: By Kati Dias This month your RA’s are busy helping to coordinate several Fall events for the Village residents! On Saturday, October 23, we’re having our annual Village Pumpkin Sale will take place at the Village Plaza. Come ready to carve your pumpkin for Halloween! We’ll have a great time with music, fun, and fall treats. Pumpkins will sell for $2 each. On Thursday, October 28, Village children (and their parents) are invited to trick-or-treat the resident halls on campus. Students on campus will host All-Hall-O-Ween! Dress up in your costumes and trick-or-treat at the residence halls on Berk eley’s cam pus! Transportation is provided on a first-come, first-serve basis. Sign up online to participate at http://tinyurl.com/ allhalloween2010 On Friday, October 29, Oceanview Elementary Halloween Parade will go through the Village at 1:00pm. Be sure to come out and cheer for the children dressed up in their Halloween costumes! This year Halloween is on Sunday, October 31! it’s American tradition for people young and old to dress in fun, scary, or silly costumes! Y o u n g children often dress as their favorite animal, cartoon character, or superhero. Other popular costumes are ghosts and witches. On Halloween night, children knock on the doors of their neighbors and say “trickor-treat,” for which they hope to receive a small treat or healthy snack. This month’s Family Friday movie nights, are on October 9th and 22nd. We hope you can join us for all of the fun events Village “Tagging” Starting in October October Events 1 Tagging Announcement 1 Halloween Safety Guide 2 Recreation Announcements 3 Furnace How-To 3 Events and Resources 4 Editors: Kati Dias & Peter Komfolio Special points of interest: Sign up for the weekly Village Announcement and News by emailing: [email protected] By Victoria Eisenberg Starting this month, Village staff will begin tagging items for removal that are considered safety hazards or against the policies of your lease. There are a few simple steps you October 2010 Village Website universityvillage.berkeley.edu can take to things from tagged! prevent getting 1) Store toys out of the way and off grass when you’re done playing 2) Clear your doorway of all objects (including shoes) 3) Remove anything that you know is against your lease. (i.e. propane tank) 4) Register your bike by emailing your Resident Director [email protected] Halloween Safety Tips From the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission A few safety tips from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission can protect children who plan to go trick-or-treating this Halloween. Treats: Warn children not to eat any treats before an adult has carefully examined them for evidence of tampering. Flame Resistant Costumes: When purchasing a costume, masks, beards, and wigs, look for the label Flame Resistant. Although this label does not mean these items won't catch fire, it does indicate the items will resist burning and should extinguish quickly once removed from the ignition source. To minimize the risk of contact with candles or other sources of ignition, avoid costumes made with flimsy materials and outfits with big, baggy sleeves or billowing skirts. Costume Designs: Purchase or make costumes that are light and bright enough to be clearly visible to motorists. Apply a natural mask of cosmetics rather than have a child wear a loose-fitting mask that might restrict breathing or obscure vision. For greater visibility during dusk and darkness, decorate or trim costumes with reflective tape that will glow in the beam of a car's headlights. Swords, knives, and similar costume accessories should be of soft and flexible material. To easily see and be seen, children should also carry flashlights. Costumes should be short enough to prevent children from tripping and falling. Children should wear well-fitting, sturdy shoes . Mother' s high heels are not a good idea for safe walking. Hats and scarves should be tied securely to prevent them from slipping over children's eyes. Pedestrian Safety: Young children should always be accompanied by an adult or an older, responsible child. All children should WALK, not run from house to house and use the sidewalk if available, rather than walk in the street. Children should be cautioned against running out from between parked cars, or across lawns and yards where ornaments, furniture, or clotheslines present dangers. Choosing Safe Houses: Children should go only to homes where the residents are known and have outside lights on as a sign of welcome. Village Recreation Announcements villagerecreation.berkeley.edu By Justine L. Erickson Sign ups for Children’s Fall Programs! “Open Recreation Membership” for Adults Gymnastics, Basketball, Capoeira, Skateboarding, Soccer, Art, Chess, Circus, Baseball, Common Ground Eco-Leadership Program and more! $20/semester for unlimited use of the Weight Room (including a Weight Room Orientation), Basketball, Badminton, Futsal and Table Tennis. A one-time mandatory orientation, conducted by Matt Schwey, is necessary to be authorized to use the Weight Room. Please be prepared to physically participate in Weight Training activities (closed shoes, etc.). No children are allowed in the Weight Room. (for future Weight Room Orientation schedules, visit our website http://villagerecreation.berkeley.edu) Registration is available online (or stop by the Village Office) MondayFriday, 9am-5pm. Special discounts are available to Village Residents and UCB affiliates! Piano and Guitar/Ukulele Classes Now Offered For more information about signing up for music classes, please call the Recreation Office at 524-4926. Village Recreation Fitness Membership $30 for the month of October! Become a Village Recreation Fitness member and take adult fitness classes for free. This includes Yoga, Pilates, Kojosho Karate, Boot Camp and Tai Chi classes. Soccer Field News The Village Game is scheduled from 3:30-5:30 pm on Sundays on West Fielding Field. This is a “pickup” game for Villagers and their guests! To inquire about field conditions when rain has occurred within 48 hours, call 510-981-5161. Please note that unauthorized play on Fielding Field or on the adjoining Gabe Catalfo Fields will result in a fine of $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second and $1,000 for the third, levied by the ASFU. How To Operate Your Furnace By Jonathan Winters, Maintenance Supervisor There are NO Air Conditioning systems in residential units at University Village Apartments! Our generally mild Mediterranean climate, proximity to the bay and the Golden Gate breeze means that there are very few hot days in the year. The best way to cool your apartment is to open windows to the foggy breezes. September and October are generally some of our warmest--and loveliest--months. than ~70(F) degrees to maintain a comfortable temperature for when you are at home. For times of day when you are not at home or asleep, your thermostat should be set-back several degrees so it does not needlessly heat space and waste energy. However, soon enough the winds will turn cold and you will begin to operate your furnace. For information on programming your thermostat, please check your packet of manuals, typically located in the kitchen pantry or hall closet. If you need assistance on programming your particular type of thermostat, check with the office. Additionally, our heaters are "hydronic", meaning they are powered by the same water heater that produces your domestic hot water. If you turn the heat up higher than necessary (i.e., 80 (F) degrees) then you will affect the amount of hot water available for bathing or kitchen use. It will also needlessly stress the hot water heater. Most thermostats have four settings for a 24-hour period. You should not need to set your thermostat higher OCTOBER EVENTS Family Friday! Movie, Pizza, Popcorn! Friday, October 9 and 22, 6:30-8:30 pm. Open to everyone, with an appropriate movie for all ages and popcorn and fruit are free! Pizza slices from Albany Pizza are sold at $1 per slice. Village Pumpkin Sale! Saturday, October 23, 2-4 pm. Fun, neighbors, tasty treats, and pumpkins for $2 each! All Hall-O-Ween! Thursday, October 28, 4:45-8:30 pm. Dress up in your costume and trick-or-treat on campus at the Berkeley residence halls! Haunted house for older kids and lots of fun for youngsters! Please sign up in advance to ensure transportation and residence hall preference. Oceanview Elementary Halloween Parade! Friday, October 29, 1:00 pm. Come out and watch the parade! Oceanview Elementary students will show off their costumes to the howls of spooky music! Halloween! Sunday, October 31. It’s American tradition to go trick-or-treating on Halloween Night! Children knock on the doors in their neighborhood and say “trick-or-treat,” hoping to receive a small piece of candy or other snack. If you will be home and would like to hand out candy, it’s helpful to put a sign on your door to let trick-or-treaters know they are welcome. If you have a baby who will be sleeping, you may want to put a sign on your door asking people not to knock or ring the doorbell. We wish you all a safe and happy Halloween! VILLAGE RESOURCES Village Office: 510-526-8505 -If you have questions during the week day you can call the Village Office. If they don’t know the answer they can direct you to the right spot. Hours are 8am-5pm Monday to Friday, and 9am-1pm Saturdays. RA On Duty: 510-224-8298 -After-hours lock-out: $20 5:00pm-10:00pm, $30 10:00pm-8:00am -Noise complaints - If you need help or have general questions. On Call Maintenance: 510-642-2828 (Only call after hours, if during the day, call the office) -Toilet leaks/floods, any flooding, alarms not stopping, etc. (Do not call for lock outs.) University Police: 911 or from a Cell phone 510-642-3333 ** The best resource of all is to our Village website– http://universityvillage.berkeley.edu/ ** You can access additional resources, the Recreation Center web page, VRA, community garden, computer center, emergency numbers, and all sorts of Village information.
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