May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. The White House issued a Presidential Proclamation in 2013 to commemorate the history and heritage of the AAPI community in the United States. This year, San Francisco will be hosting the “Asian Heritage Street Celebration” in the city’s Little Saigon Cultural and Commercial District. The fair will be held tomorrow, May 18, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Local public TV station KQED has compiled a list of heritage month programming and resources (including arts, education, services, and media), available here. Learn more about the Lab’s Asian Association by contacting President Larry Guo.
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Employees are invited to stop by Perseverance Hall on Thursday, May 16, to check out an exhibit of images taken by Photography Club members. The exhibit runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., with a reception at 4 p.m. Enter a raffle for a chance to win door prizes. Go here to learn more about the Lab’s Photo Club.
Employees interested in playing on or forming a softball team can contact league commissioner Steve Blair to sign up. The leagues is composed of between six and 10 team, made of existing and retired staff and their spouses. Games are played at 6, 7:15 and 8 p.m. every Wednesday on UC Berkeley’s Maxwell Field (next to Memorial Stadium).
Each month, the Lab’s Photo Club selects a theme for its members to capture in images. They are then invited to submit two photos for competition, and members vote on the top four that best embody the theme. The theme for April was “Portraits and Street Scenes” and the winners are Robert Cheng of EETD, Doug Lockhart of Facilities, Robert Stokstad of Nuclear Science, and Megan Long of Public Affairs. Go here to view all the winning images and learn more about the Photo Club.
The Lab’s Ukulele Club performed at the Rotary Club of Solano Sunset’s First Annual Luau Fundraiser last week, to raise money for the Omega Boys and Girls Club and an international service project. Members (l-r) Lorraine Dowling, Olga Poblete, Lida Gifford, Lorenza Gibson, Christie Canaria, Neli Lopez, and Robert Fox were presented with medallions for demonstrating the Rotary motto of “Service Above Self.” The Ukulele Club has a strong commitment to Lab and community service, says President Lida Gifford, having performed at Open House, elderly care facilities, fundraisers, and church festivals, among other activities. Contact her (x2563) for more information on the Ukulele Club.
May is Bike to Work month, a perfect time to join the Company Bike Challenge, which uses friendly competition to encourage healthy transportation for you, your friends, and colleagues. Employees can join by going here, logging in or registering, and selecting Berkeley Lab as your company. Log your cycling distance each day and help make the Lab among the top companies in the competition. Prizes are awarded for different categories. Last year participants rode 701,710 miles and saved 701, 710 pounds of CO2. Visit the Lab Bicycle Coalition website for more information on cycling at the Lab.
COSTCO representatives will be accepting membership applications and offering discounted membership fees for Lab employees during this cafeteria lobby visit on Thursday, April 18, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Staff must present their Lab ID, submit their application and pay the fee (check only) in person. Credit card payment is not accepted.
Each month, the Lab’s Photo Club selects a theme for its members to capture in images. Members are then invited to submit two photos, and all members can participate in the selection of the top four photographs that best embody the theme. The theme for March 2013 was “Depth of Field/Bokeh.” Bokeh refers to the out-of-focus portion of a photo. The winners are Tim Kneafsey of the Earth Sciences Division, Doug Lockhart of Facilities, Randy Roig of EHSS and Megan Long of Public Affairs. Go here to see their photos. Contact John Christensen for information on the Photo Club.
More than 30 employees have taken the time to share their thoughts on how to describe the Lab in 25 words or less, an exercise that challenges us to express to the world what we’re all about. Using the text submitted so far, the above word cloud was created, which shows some emerging themes that will be discussed in an upcoming workshop (date TBD). Use the cloud to help craft your own mini description and submit via the comments section (below). Go here to see previous submissions.
Employees interested in learning how to salsa dance, or brush up on their moves, are invited to attend a new instruction session that begins today at noon and runs through June 19. Lessons take place every Monday in Building 76-235. Beginners are welcome and partners will be provided. Those who want to practice what they’ve learned, our catch up if they’ve missed a Monday session, can attend Wednesday practice session, same time and location.