Save the post office rally set for Saturday

Advocates invite the community to a rally and concert at noon Sept. 28 to save the downtown Berkeley post office from being sold to private bidders. The rally by Berkeley Post Office Defenders, also intended to raise awareness of the plight of the postal service and the sale of its historic buildings around the United States, will be held on the steps of the Berkeley post office at 2000 Allston Way.

The keynote speaker will be investigative reporter Peter Bryne, author of the ebook "Going Postal: U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein's husband sells post offices to his friends, cheap." The gathering will include music by the Funky Nixons, Hali Hammer, Rude Boy, Redd Welsh and possibly other performers.

Details: www.bpod.us, www.savethebpo.com or sub@sonic.net

Grant applications for UC Berkeley fund

UC Berkeley is now taking applications for grants from the Chancellor's Community Partnership Fund, a $253,000 pot of money for arts, culture, community safety, economic development, environmental stewardship and education projects in Berkeley. The fund makes grants to 20 to 25 projects each year.

Applications are due by Dec. 9. A workshop for applicants is set for Oct. 30 at the Berkeley Skydeck, 2150 Shattuck Ave. For more information on the workshop and the application process visit http://communityrelations.berkeley.edu or call 510-643-5299.

Michael Chabon to headline benefit event

Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Michael Chabon is doing an Oct. 2 evening talk to benefit Park Day School, a small North Oakland private school not far from the fictional setting of his own most recent novel, "Telegraph Avenue."

Event coordinator Cathy Shields said the talks benefit Park Day's financial assistance program, which helps 48 percent of families enrolled.

Chabon is one of the country's top novelists. His debut novel was the "Mysteries of Pittsburgh," published in 1988, followed by "Wonder Boys," "The Yiddish Policemen's Union," "Summerland," "Gentlemen of the Road" and "The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay," for which he received the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction.

The talk will be at the 328-seat, historic 1910 Julia Morgan theater, 2640 College Ave. in Berkeley, and Shields hopes the wider community will be interested.

Tickets: $24 in advance, $20 for students at www.parkdayschool.org or 510-653-0317, ext. 103.

Centennial presentation about Rose Walk

"The Rose Walk Story, Step by Step: Berkeley's Rose Walk Centennial, 1913—2013" is the topic of a free fireside meeting talk at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 7 at the Hillside Club, 2286 Cedar St. The speaker will be John Underhill, grandson of W.W. Underhill, who helped oversee the building of Rose Walk, designed by Bernard Maybeck in 1913.

Underhill will discuss the history of Rose Walk, the Euclid Avenue neighborhood, Codornices Park, and the Rose Garden.

'Unbuilt San Francisco' exhibition at UC

Five venues are participating on the "Unbuilt San Francisco: Ambition and Imagination" exhibition, including Wurster Hall Gallery at UC Berkeley, which will feature items from the archives of the College of Environmental Design.

The display of "visions for the region that never came to pass" is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday through Nov. 8.

Details on the exhibition and participating venues are online at www.archandcity.org/unbuilt.

Historical walking tours return for fall

The Berkeley Historical Society has announced its schedule of fall walking tours, which continues on Sept. 28, when Daniella Thompson of the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association will lead Architectural Tour of North-Central Berkeley, covering the neighborhood north of University Avenue between Shattuck Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Way.

Tours start at 10 a.m., last about two hours and are limited to 30 paid participants. Prepaid reservations are required and can be made at www.berkeleyhistoricalsociety.org/walks.html.

Breakfast event benefits theater

An all-you-can-eat buffet breakfast to benefit Stage Door Conservatory will be held from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. Oct. 20 at the Berkeley Yacht Club, 1 Seawall Drive at the Berkeley Marina.

The family event offers a large buffet-style selection for $12 adults and $8 students, or $35 for a family of two adults and two youths. Reservations should be in by Oct. 16. Tickets or details: 510-521-6250 or stagedoorconservatory@yahoo.com.

-- Maya Mirsky, Doug Oakley and Chris Treadway