Rally to protest sale of Berkeley Post Office

A protest rally on behalf of saving the historic downtown Post Office building will be held at 11:30 a.m. Nov. 14 in front of the facility on Allston Way at Milvia Street.

The rally is protesting the public hearing date on the fate of the building, which was set by the United States Postal Service for Nov. 20.

"At a packed hearing in mid-September, the public was assured that the Postal Service would work with the City of Berkeley to set a date that would allow full community participation," organizers from Save the Berkeley Post Office write. "Instead, Postal Service staff set the final public hearing on a date when many citizens will be away, the Tuesday night before Thanksgiving."

As part of its plans to reduce debt, the Postal Service plans to put the landmark facility, completed in 1915 and on the National Register of Historic Places, up for sale and move into leased space downtown.

"We demand not only that the proposed sale of Berkeley's public post office be canceled, but that the community meeting be rescheduled from Nov. 20 to a date after the first of the year," states Save the Berkeley Post Office.

Noon concert series resumes at UC

The 60th annual noon concert series by the UC Department of Music has started.


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Upcoming performances include a free chamber music concert of music by Mozart, Brahms and Philip Glass from noon to 1 p.m. Nov. 9; the University Gospel Chorus with "Love Songs For the Night" at 8 p.m. Nov. 10 (tickets are $16, $12 and $5, call 510-642-9988); and a free program with the Berkeley Brass Quintet at noon on Nov. 14.

Performances are at Hertz Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.

Free music concert at Saint Mary's High

The annual Fall Music Concert by the Saint Mary's High School music department is at 7 p.m. Nov. 9 in the school auditorium in historic Peralta Park.

The free program will feature the school's chorus, chamber choir, orchestra, beginning band, and intermediate band.

Tour of historic Morgan buildings set

A tour of homes and buildings designed by architect Julia Morgan will be hosted by the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association from noon to 4 p.m. Nov, 18.

Sites on the tour, being held as part of the statewide Julia Morgan 2012 Festival, will include private residences and landmarks such as the Hearst Gymnasium (her collaboration with Bernard Maybeck) and Girton Hall on the UC Berkeley campus; the Berkeley City Club; and the Bancroft Hotel, designed by Morgan's longtime associate Walter T. Steilberg.

A post-tour reception will be held at the association's McCreary-Greer House at 2318 Durant Ave.

The tour cost is $25, or $20 for BAHA members. For details or reservations visit berkeleyheritage.com, send an email to baha@berkeleyheritage.com or call 510-841-2242.

Saint Mary's High sets open house

The annual open house at Saint Mary's College High School for prospective students and their families will be held 1 to 3 p.m. Nov. 18 at the campus at 1294 Albina Ave.

This event will feature presentations, campus and classroom tours, displays, information sessions, and more.

For more details and admissions information visit www.saintmaryschs.org or call Linda Laufenberg Yaris at 510-559-6240.

'Sound of Music' opens stage season

The Rodgers and Hammerstein musical "The Sound of Music" is the opening production for the fifth season at Berkeley Playhouse at the Julia Morgan Theatre, 2640 College Ave.

A cast of 40 appears in the tale of the Von Trapp family and their escape from Nazi-occuppied Austria to Switzerland.

Performances are Fridays through Sundays through Dec. 2. For tickets ($17-35) and more information, the public may visit berkeleyplayhouse.org or call 510-845-8542, ext. 351.

Art exhibit to open at Central Library

Sumi-e and nihonga paintings by Bay Area artist Fumiyo Yoshikawa will be on display at the Berkeley Public Library Central Catalog Lobby, 2090 Kittredge St., through Feb. 3.

"A native of Japan, Yoshikawa uses traditional nihonga and sumi-e Japanese methods of ink painting originating in China with a spiritual basis in Zen Buddhism," the library notes. "This form of expressing nature's colors through shades of black ink has been popular in China, Korea and Japan for many centuries."

Yoshikawa, whose works have been widely exhibited, teaches the techniques at the Albany Community Center.

A reception with the artist will be held at 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Details: 510-981-6100 or www.berkeleypubliclibrary.org.

-- Chris Treadway and Theresa Harrington