Lectures & workshops

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The sting of loss

Sadly, the planet is losing some of its energetic hum: Honeybee populations are decreasing at rapid rates worldwide, and nobody knows exactly why. Urban Adamah will screen the award-winning “Vanishing of the Bees,” followed by a brief discussion of the film with local beekeepers and gardeners. That will keep the East Bay, at least, buzzing.

6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 27 at Urban Adamah, 1050 Parker St., Berkeley. $10. www. urbanadamah.org


Alan Zweibel and Dave Barry. Award-winning comic writers discuss their novel “Lunatics.” At Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. 8 p.m. $30. www.paloaltojcc.org.

Book talk by Sonia Korn-Grimani. Author of “Sonia’s Song” discusses memoir about her childhood in wartime Germany and Belgium and her experiences as a refugee after the war. At Afikomen Judaica, 3042 Claremont Ave., Berkeley. 3 p.m. Free. www.afikomen.com.

“Nurturing Sisterhood Connections.” Meeting of the Women of Reform Judaism Pacific District. At Congregation Rodef Sholom, 170 N. San Pedro Road, San Rafael. 9 a.m.  to 3:30 p.m. $36. www.wrjpacific.org.


“A Journeying Rabbi.” Rabbi Ilana Baird discusses her time serving communities in Russia, Germany, Israel and the United States. At Addison-Penzak JCC, 14855 Oka Road, Los Gatos. 7 p.m. Free. www.siliconvalleyjcc.org.


“The Jewish-Armenian Connection.” Talk and video presentation on Holocaust and Armenian genocide films by historian Lawrence Baron, author of “Projecting the Holocaust into the Present.” At Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., Albany. 11 a.m. $10.