Bears Bear Down 

Men's soccer poised for move up

10/10-10/12

The Cal men's soccer team (5-4-1) is slowly battling its way to respectability after a wobbly start. The team went 0-3-0 right out of the box with losses to Indiana, Notre Dame, and Old Dominion, but since then its luck has turned. In September, Cal defeated UC Fullerton and San Francisco, held Santa Clara to a nil-nil draw, then beat Saint Mary's and Fairleigh Dickinson, losing only to UC Irvine in that two-week stretch. Last weekend's home victory over Stanford was a fine way to begin Pac-10 conference play. The 3-1 win, Sunday at Edwards Stadium, was highlighted by goals from forwards Mike Munoz and Carl Acosta and defenseman Kyle Navarro, bolstered by stalwart backfield work from defenseman Steve Purdy. This weekend the Golden Bears -- currently ranked number 25 -- have a chance to solidify their winning season and make some headway in the Pac-10 with home matches against Washington (2 p.m. Friday) and Oregon State (2 p.m. Sunday). Coach Kevin Grimes has to be relieved by the way the team has jelled in recent weeks, and staking a spot in the conference early is the best way to take the high road to the NCAA tournament, coming up next month (the first round begins November 22). Both games are at Edwards Stadium on the Cal campus. $5 adults, $3 youth and seniors, Cal students free with ID. 1-800-GO-BEARS or CalBears.ocsn.com/sports/m-soccer -- Kelly Vance

SAT 10/11

Run Free

Tribal, not rival

In the ancient, pre-IKEA days of the East Bay, the bayshore was dotted with Native American shellmounds. Today, nothing is left to commemorate the native tribal presence but one or two street signs -- unless we count Saturday's second annual free Berkeley Shellmound Run, sponsored by the Indigenous Peoples Day Committee of Berkeley. The 8:30 a.m. run begins at the Berkeley Shellmound (University Avenue and 4th Street), then follows Strawberry Creek to the shoreline and continues up to the Pow Wow festivities at MLK Park. Registration is at 7:30 a.m. Info: 510- 595-5520 or Red-Coral.net/Pow.html -- Kelly Vance

SAT 10/11

How Sweaty It Isn't

If you work in an office in a typical sedentary job, chances are you feel a bit guilty about the lack of vigorous exercise. Rekindle that hunter-gatherer feeling and get the blood stirring this Saturday at Health Etc.'s No Sweat Fitness Test in Pleasant Hill. Among the wellness classes, workshops, and presentations are Yoga in Motion (10:30 a.m.), Office Ergonomics (11:45), a Sensuality Dance Class (1:30 p.m.), the much-anticipated No Sweat Fitness demo (2:45), and a Sun-style tai chi class (3:45). Mini-sessions of reiki, Feldenkrais, and acupressure massage also will be offered. Just drop in; no registration is required. 1924-B Oak Park Blvd., Oak Park Center, Pleasant Hill. 925-588-2727 -- Kelly Vance

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