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BerkeleyLUG meetup this Sunday 2017-08-27 at 85c Bakery + special caution

Hey everyone,

An earlier-than-usual reminder here that the second BerkeleyLUG meetup of
the month is this upcoming Sunday, August 27th, from 12Noon
to 3:00pm PDT at 85c Bakery, www.85cbakerycafe.com.

85c Bakery is located at 21 Shattuck Square in Downtown Berkeley;
the Southeast corner of Shattuck and University.  The BerkeleyLUG
meetup notice is also listed at www.berkeleylug.com/?page_id=67.
When you enter the main door(s) of the bakery/cafe, turn left to
look for the long table that's been reserved for our meetup; it's
on the first floor next to the East wall.

If any of you are not already aware of it by now, there is news going around of the real possibility of nearby rallies and protests happening around the same time the  BerkeleyLUG meets this Sunday.

First up at 10:30am, there is the Bay Area Rally Against Hate, https://www.facebook.com/events/1554573591279582/ , held less than 2 blocks from 85c Bakery at Addison St and Oxford St. Given that there will probably be rally crowds around the general 85c Bakery area close to the 12Noon start-time of the BerkeleyLUG meetup, many of you may wish to plan your travels to get to the meetup accordingly.

Second up, and probably one of Sunday's most highly-publicized Berkeley event, there is the No to Marxism in America rally, https://www.facebook.com/events/1356598631088305/ , starting at 1pm.  Although that Alt-Right rally is about a mere handful of blocks Southwest of 85c Bakery, if it goes on as planned, we can expect a large number of ralliers, counter-protesters, spectators, news-media crews/helicopters, and law-enforcement personnel passing all over Downtown Berkeley during and well past the 3:00pm ending-time of our BerkeleyLUG meetup. Since many are predicting some form of confrontation at the Alt-Right rally between rally and counter-protesting groups, it might be a very safe idea to travel well-away from Civic Center Park and that part of Downtown Berkeley following the meetup.

As before, any of you planning on dropping by this Sunday for the
meetup are welcome to bring along extra surge-protected power
strips and long, grounded extension cords for powering the various
computing devices you're bringing along with you.

See everyone there -- safely!

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