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
The circus arts aren't just for clowns anymore. They're not quite highbrow, but close -- not only do many regional teams and touring companies compete and perform across the country (Berkeley's unicycle basketball team is one of the best in the world), but some aerial feats developed in the circus have made their way into the fine-art world of dance. If it's about time you learned how to juggle, unicycle, aerobalance, slackline, or do anything else you've seen under the big tent (except, perhaps, elephant-riding), join the Berkeley Juggling Club at its weekly Wednesday meetings. Participation is free and open to all. On summer nights you'll find the gang at the UC Berkeley campus on the lawn north of the library (Memorial Glade); if it's dark or rainy, they'll be inside Dwinelle Hall, also on the UC Berkeley campus. 6-8 p.m. BerkeleyJuggling.orgfree
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.