MSIC's Jan. 10 meeting on public safety

The Montclair Safety Improvement Council (MSIC) will meet at 7 p.m. on Jan. 10 at the Montclair Presbyterian Church, 5701 Thornhill Drive, to discuss the potential contract with the Alameda County Sheriff's Department to increase the number of law enforcement personnel in Oakland.

Special guests will include District 4 Councilmember Libby Schaaf and members of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department. The doors will open at 6:45 p.m.

Village Community Work Day is on Jan. 19

The Montclair Village Community Work Day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon on Jan. 19, the Montclair Village Association announced.

The Montclair Village Association in partnership with Keep Oakland Beautiful is asking for volunteers to help: improve pedestrian sidewalk access along Moraga Avenue between Mountain Boulevard and Montclair Park; clean and clear overgrowth from unmaintained CalTrans plants and trees; and remove accumulated trash and debris along the fencing of Highway 13,

Volunteers will meet at Crown Wine & Spirits parking lot, 6410 Moraga Ave., for supplies and instructions. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, sheers or pruning tools. Rakes and bagging supplies will be provided.

Refreshments will be provided by Crogan's Montclair and Crown Wine & Spirits.

In the event of heavy rain, the work day will be postponed to the following Saturday on Jan. 26.


Advertisement

For more information, go to www.montclairvillage.com.

Event to celebrate the Jewish woman

Chabad of Oakland and Piedmont is poised to unite Jewish women of all backgrounds and affiliations at its annual event celebrating the Jewish woman.

The event, attended by 85 women last year, is expected to draw more than 100 women this year. "Spa For The Soul" is an evening of pampering, relaxation and inspiration scheduled to take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Piedmont Community Hall.

The event will feature an opening spa hour offering massage therapies, aromatherapy, nutrition, and beauty demos and a sushi, wine and tea bar. An exclusive array of raffle prizes will be on display, including fine jewelry, luxury Judaica and personal pampering packages.

The program will continue with a gourmet dinner and keynote address by Miriam Lipskier, director of Chabad Student Center at Emory University. Lipskier is known for her lectures on contemporary women's issues through the lens of Judaism. The event will conclude with raffle prize drawing. The annual event appeals to a varied spectrum of Jewish women, ranging from Modern Orthodox to unaffiliated.

"It's a joy to bring so many women from our community together," said Shulamis Labkowski, co-director of Chabad of Oakland and Piedmont and coordinator of the event. "We strive to provide a wonderful opportunity for women to nurture themselves and inspire their Jewish soul."

Advance registration is required by Jan. 7. Spa For The Soul tickets are available for purchase at JewishOakland.org/Celebrate and by calling 510-545-6770.

PAAC annual dinner scheduled for Jan. 11

Susi Cherry and Morgan Watkins from Guide Dogs for the Blind will share their stories at the Piedmont Asian-American Club annual dinner on Jan. 11.

The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Legendary Palace at 708 Franklin St. in Oakland. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. RSVP to Mary Geong at 510-654-4417 and send a check payable to "PAAC" at 1415 Grand Ave., Piedmont, CA 94610 by Wednesday.

Cherry, a native Californian and retired interior designer, has co-authored a book about her experience as a puppy raiser and breeder keeper. She has volunteered for Guide Dogs for the Blind for more than 20 years, where she raised five puppies.

She volunteers as a docent on the Guide Dog campus in San Rafael, giving tours to the public. She is past chair of the Guide Dogs for the Blind's Legacy Society and participates in the organization's speakers bureau. Susi is a breeder custodian for "Globie," a beautiful black Labrador retriever, who gave birth to 22 puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Globie accompanies Cherry on speaking engagements.

G. Morgan Watkins worked for 30 years at the University of Texas at Austin, becoming the director of user services, one of the largest centralized computing support operations in the country. After enjoying a short retirement, he served for 18 months as the acting president and CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind while they conducted a national search. Morgan continues to serve on the national board of Guide Dogs for the Blind.