The Path Wanderers have been invited to speak at the Albany YMCA/Albany Library Brown Bag Speakers Forum at noon on December 16, 2013.
BPWA President Keith Skinner will provide an overview of BPWA and journalist Aleta George will speak about Ina Coolbrith and some of her literary friends who have paths named for them. Aleta led a walk for BPWA earlier in the year that focused on Coolbrith, California’s first poet laureate. She is currently at work on a biography of the poet.
The event will take place at the Albany Library, 1247 Marin Ave.
Further information is available at the event website.
On November 19, 2013, the Berkeley City Council passed a resolution to rename the recently completed Twain Path (#68) to Betty Olds Path after the former Council member and path supporter.
Council approval was necessary due to an existing regulation governing the naming of public facilities after living people. The recommendation originated in a Public Works Commission meeting on September 5, 2013. The Council resolution required a two thirds majority to pass. The vote was unanimous.
Seasons: Ina Coolbrith & Friends – Rainout makeup walk
Date: Sunday, October 20, 2013, 12:00 p.m.
Leader: Aleta George
Meeting Place: Cragmont Rock Park, 960 Regal Road at Easter Way MAP
Transit: AC buses #65 or #67
Level: Medium * Pace: Moderate
Description: Originally scheduled for Sept 21, the walk was drenched by an early season downpour. Aleta generously agreed to reschedule. Join Aleta George for a loop walk in the hills on the roads and pathways named after San Francisco’s literary pioneers. Aleta discovered this themed walk while working at a friend’s house on her biography-in-progress about Ina Coolbrith, California’s first poet laureate and Oakland’s first public librarian. On the walk Aleta will recite several of Coolbrith’s poems and tell stories about Coolbrith and her colleagues Bret Harte, John Muir, and Charles Keeler. Well-behaved dogs on leash permitted. Rain cancels.