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
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
There are far worse ways to spend a Monday than doing some writing as meditation. Write for Your Life happens every Monday morning at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley (1 Lawson Rd., Berkeley), with participants writing in response to a reading at the top of the session. Reading aloud to the group is optional. 9:15-11:45 a.m., free. 510-524-2858 or UUCB.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.