VILLAGER October in the Village!

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
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
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
fun, scary,
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
We hope you can join us
for all of the fun events
Village “Tagging” Starting in October
October Events
Tagging Announcement
Halloween Safety Guide
Furnace How-To
Events and Resources
Editors: Kati Dias
& Peter Komfolio
Special points of interest:
 Sign up for the weekly Village
Announcement and News by
[email protected]
By Victoria Eisenberg
Starting this month, Village staff will begin tagging items for removal
that are considered
against the policies of
your lease. There are a
few simple steps you
October 2010
 Village Website
can take to
things from
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
[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
 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
 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
By Justine L. Erickson
Sign ups for Children’s Fall Programs!
“Open Recreation Membership” for
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
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
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
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 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– **
You can access additional resources, the Recreation Center web page, VRA, community garden,
computer center, emergency numbers, and all sorts of Village information.