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News Pix: Cold Weather, Christmas Bird Count, and Holiday Joy

| December 21, 2012
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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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Katrina Schwartz is a journalist based in San Francisco. She's worked at KPCC public radio in LA and has reported, produced and blogged on health, climate change and local news for KQED in San Francisco. Reach Katrina Schwartz at kschwartz@kqed.org.

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