Measures S and T still coming up short

A pair of hotly contested city measures were still trailing more than a week after the Nov. 6 election.

Measure S, the sit-lie ordinance, was behind with 52.2 percent opposed, a 2,323-vote difference, according to figures posted Thursday morning by the Alameda County Registrar of Voters office.

Measure T, which would change development zoning in a portion of West Berkeley, was much closer, with 50.5 percent opposed to 49.5 percent in favor, a difference of 494 votes.

Hearing on fate of Berkeley Post Office

A hearing to give comment on the fate of the historic downtown Berkeley Post Office building will be held at 7 p.m. Nov. 20 at the Florence Schwimley Little Theater at Berkeley High School, 1980 Alston Way.

Activists trying to save and keep the U.S. Postal Service from selling the structure have issued a call for the community to attend and protest the plans.

The 1915 building has interior murals created under a Works Progress Administration program during the Great Depression.

"The building was paid for by our taxes, and many think that the building should be offered to the city for $1, as is required by some preservation law," writes the group Save the Berkeley Post Office (SavetheBerkeleyPostOffice.com). "Despite USPS claims, it will not be cheaper to rent a downtown location for the postal service."

Written comments on the sale plans will be accepted until Dec. 7 and can should be submitted to Diana Alvarado, Facilities Implementation — Pacific Area, U.S. Postal Service, 1300 Evans Ave. Ste. 200, San Francisco, CA 94188-8200.

Last chance to see 'Richard III"

The final performances of the Actors Ensemble of Berkeley production of "Richard III" by William Shakespeare are at 8 p.m. Nov. 16 and 17 at Live Oak Theatre, 1301 Shattuck Ave. in North Berkeley,

Sharon Huff Robinson directs a cast that includes Reuben Alvear, Francois Barrilleux, Maureen Coyne, Tom Flynn, Paul Jennings, Erik Johnson, Edward Kimak, Alexia Marquis, Mary Jo Price, Casey Roos, Stanley Spenger, Alicia Stamps, Brandice Thompson, Pete Townley and Jeff Trescott in the tale of "lust for power gone berserk."

Tickets are available online at aeofberkeley.org, or at the door (cash or check only).

Reservations can be made by calling 510-649-5999.

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 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.

-- Chris Treadway