Never mind Berkeley in the 60s, Wednesday December 19th saw Berkeley in the 30s — most likely the coldest day of the year so far. (Ira Serkes/Berkeleyside)

On the last day of school before winter break, the nearly 325 children at Verde Elementary School in North Richmond all went home with a coat and a present, provided through the school’s annual toy and coat drive.(Rachel de Leon/Richmond Confidential)

East Bay bird watchers were out in force for the annual Christmas Bird Count, run by the Golden Gate Audubon Society.The Oakland count covers a 177-square mile circle that stretches north to Point Isabel and south to the Oakland Airport. Shown here: a black and white Warbler. (Alan Krakauer/Berkeleyside) Fifth graders at Peres Elementary School sing a rendition of the classic 50 states song during the winter concert Thursday afternoon. Students at Peres have general music education once a week thanks to Education Through Music East Bay, a program that provides music education to underprivileged students who would otherwise not get the opportunity. The program is in four Richmond schools. (Brittany Patterson/Richmond Confidential)

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