Nowhere do chocolate and chalk pair so well than at the annual Chocolate and Chalk Art Festival at Berkeley's Gourmet Ghetto (Shattuck Avenue, between Rose and Delaware streets), where artists transform the city's sidewalks into a veritable chalk canvas under the gaze of chocolate-chomping revelers. In addition to live music, kids activities, and vendors, this year's festival on Saturday, June 2, features unusual chocolate offerings including chocolate goat-cheese truffles, Caribbean chocolate soup, and chocolate ricotta pizza. Artists of all abilities can sign up for the chalk-art contest the day of the event and win up to $250 in cash prizes. Rain postpones to June 9. 10 a.m.-5 p.m., free. 510-548-5335 or AnotherBullwinkelShow.comfree
Summer is swiftly approaching, and if you can hear the sounds of bouncy houses and farm animals, it's not just your imagination. The Berkeley Farmers' Market's seventh-annual Family Fun Festival comes to Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Park (Center St. at Martin Luther King Jr. Way) on Saturday, June 4, bringing with it a colossal variety of free, kid-centric activities: an all-day bouncy house, face painting, a craft booth, a petting zoo, and more. Grammy-nominated Caribbean artist Asheba performs at noon, followed by a family dance, a skateboard contest, and the obligatory cakewalk. Brace yourself. 10 a.m., free. 510-548-3333 or EcologyCenter.orgfree
Make a stand against mass production at the annual Live Oak Park Fair in Live Oak Park (1301 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley) on June 14-15, where local artisans aplenty display, discuss, and sell their wares. Meet jewelers, woodworkers, textile artists, painters, photographers, printmakers, ceramicists, and more. A continuous stream of live performers onstage includes Tim Fox, AnafaithLubliner, Rev Rabia, and Zappo the Clown. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. LiveOakParkFair.com
Restorative justice programs may offer the best new hope for reducing violence in Oakland schools and the city overall, but their future funding is uncertain.