Tree sale benefits Cal Forestry Club

UC Berkeley students in the Cal Forestry Club are selling Christmas trees from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 13 on the south side of Mulford Hall on the north side of the UC Berkeley campus. Trees will sell for $6 a foot, and students will also be selling decorated wreathes and pine cones at the hall.

Students harvested the trees from the Sierra foothills and are selling them to help raise money for their annual trip to the national convention of the Society of American Foresters.

Most of the trees sold are white fir and incense cedar, and as fresh as they come, said a UC Berkeley spokeswoman.

Foundation to fund chief resilience officer

The Rockefeller Foundation has selected Berkeley for its 100 Resilient Cities Network, meaning it will provide the city with a grant to fund the new position of "mayor's chief resilience officer."

The officer, whose duties will include creating a resilience strategy for dealing with the aftermath of a major disaster, will receive technical support and other resources for implementing a comprehensive resilience plan.

Berkeley was one of nearly 400 cities across six continents to apply for a grant, which was announced in May at the foundation's third annual Innovation Forum in New York City.

Alameda, Oakland and San Francisco are also among the first 33 cities in the network. Other cities include Glasgow in Scotland, Dakar in Senegal and Rotterdam in the Netherlands


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"We congratulate the City of Berkeley on being named one of the 100 Resilient Cities," said Rockefeller Foundation President Judith Rodin. "Along with 32 other cities across six continents, your city will be able to better prepare for, withstand, and bounce back more effectively in the face of shocks, stresses and other vulnerabilities. Berkeley is now part of a global network of urban areas focused on building resilience, to share best practices and lead by example for cities throughout the world."

Russian School hosting Masquerade Ball

The Berkeley Russian School invites prospective families to its free New Year's Masquerade Ball at 4:15 p.m. Dec. 14.

Parents and children will perform, there will be Russian food, and Dedushka Moroz will bring presents for children.

The nonprofit Russian immersion school serves ages 3 to 16.

Details: lora.shapiro@gmail.com, 510-730-0277 or www.berkeleyrussianschool.org.

Join the chorus at church Messiah event

Orchestra, soloists and the audience will perform at the singalong of Handel's Messiah at 6 p.m. Dec. 22 at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Road in Kensington.

Singers can bring their own score or borrow one for a $10 deposit. "Period costumes are admired but not required."

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets or at the door. Details: www.uucb.org or call 510-525-0302.

Learn about the Affordable Health Care Act

A free program will explain and answer questions about the Patient Protection and Affordable Health Care Act at 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Claremont Branch Library, 2940 Benvenue Ave.

Learn about Covered California, the health insurance marketplace, who can enroll, plans in your area, penalties and deadlines. A Covered California certified educator will answer questions. Details: 520-981-6280.

Shotgun presents one-man show of 'Scrooge'

The Shotgun Cabaret presents "Scrooge: The Haunting of Ebenezer" in two performances only, at 8 p.m. Dec. 23 and 24 on the Ashby Stage, 1901 Ashby Ave.

"Whittled from the original Dickens, Jeff Garrett embodies everyone from Bob Cratchit and Jacob Marley to Fezziwig and Tiny Tim as his hardhearted title character experiences a chilling brush with immortality. Grab a cup of hot apple cider and experience the solo version of this classic Christmas Eve ghost story."

Tickets are $15 each, available in advance at www.shotgunplayers.org or 510-841-6500.

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

-- Kristin Bender, Peter Hegarty and Chris Treadway