Pizzeria hosting benefit for typhoon relief

A dining event to benefit Typhoon Haiyan disaster relief will be held from 5:30 to 10 p.m. Dec. 10 at BUILD Pizzeria Roma, 2286 Shattuck Ave.

The downtown eatery and bar will donate 10 percent of proceeds that day to relief aid through the Doctors Without Borders organization. The event is being held with support from the UC Berkeley chapter of Doctors Without Borders and its student support organization.

For more details call 510-898-1839 or visit www.BUILDpizzeria.com.

Restoration work party set at Garber Park

A community native plant restoration work day will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 8 at Garber Park near the Claremont Hotel. Volunteers are welcome to help and learn best practices for ivy removal and creation of woodland "habitat piles."

Wear long pants, long sleeves, and closed-toed shoes with good traction. Attendance may be limited, so an RSVP is requested by notifying the Garber Park Stewards at garberparkstewards@gmail.com or 510-540-1918. Details and directions to the park are online at www.garberparkstewards.org.

Commission will hear University Village plans

The next public hearing meeting on the University Village project in Albany will be at the Planning Commission meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 11 at City Hall, 1000 San Pablo Ave.

The project, the subject of considerable discussion and protests, calls for a 27,000-square-foot Sprouts grocery store, another 17,000-square-foot of retail space, and a 175-unit senior housing project on a 6.3-acre site at the intersection of Monroe Street and San Pablo Avenue. The primary focus of the study session will be the latest design revisions to the senior housing project and grocery store plans.

Speaker series will host noted conservationists

The next event in the Bay Currents speaker series will feature conservationists Kenneth Brower and Malcolm Margolin at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9 in conversation discussing the history of the Raker Act that was passed 100 years ago and allowed the damming of Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park.

The talk in the Edith Stone Room at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave., starts with a 7 p.m. social period. The event is free, but seating is limited.

Free presentation on plumbing basics

Learn plumbing basics at a free class led by Jac Weber of Women's Plumbing Repair from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 7 in the meeting room of the South Branch Library, 1901 Russell St.

The session offered by the branch and the Tool Lending Library is open to all, "with a special invitation to mothers, grandmothers, daughters and sisters" to learn to make minor repairs with equipment from the tool lending program. Details: 510-981-6260.

Reading and art presentation on Rumi

Artist and author Salma Arastu will present "The Poetry of Rumi," a reading and an exhibit of original art from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 14 in the third floor Community Meeting Room at the Central Library, 2090 Kittredge St.

Rumi was a 13th-century Persian poet, Sufi mystic, jurist, and theologian.

The free program will include readings, a slideshow and examples of art by Arastu, who will also have copies of her new book "Turning Rumi: Singing Verses of Love Unity and Freedom" available for purchase and signing.

Details: 510-981-6148

Downtown holiday tree lighting festivities

The annual downtown tree lighting welcoming the holiday season will be held from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 6 at the BART Plaza at Shattuck Avenue and Center Street.

Festivities at the rain-or-shine event will include holiday music by Berkeley Community Chamber Singers, a preview performance of Dance on Center's "Nutcracker," children's crafts with Habitot Children's Museum, a visit by Santa Claus and cookies and hot chocolate.

Details: info@downtownberkeley.com or 510-549-2230, ext. 10.

Nominations sought for Women's Hall of Fame

The Contra Costa Commission for Women is seeking nominees this month for consideration to honor at its next Hall of Fame induction in the spring.

The program annually honors women who are considered leaders or change agents, or have otherwise "made a significant difference in the lives of those in their community."

Categories for honors include Women Demonstrating Leadership, Women Creating Community, Women Working for Justice, Women Preserving the Environment, Women Improving Health Care, Women Contributing to the Arts, and Women Innovating in Science/Technology.

The deadline for suggesting candidates has been extended but should be made as soon as possible.

Details and a nomination form are available by going online to www.womenscommission.com and clicking on Hall of Fame under the Projects tab. A list of past winners is also available.

A form and details can also be obtained by sending an email to info@womenscommission.com.

-- Chris Treadway