Emergency notifications now offered on CodeRED

The Piedmont Police and Fire departments are now offering emergency notifications through a system called CodeRED. This system uses telephone calls, email, text messages and/or a mobile app to notify residents of emergencies and other public safety-related news.

Residents who register for the city's CodeRED emergency notification system will receive notices regarding public safety situations, major street closures, planned power outages and other emergency situations at the same time information is sent to the media.

The city's existing public safety email notifications were to be discontinued Monday. Residents who are subscribed to the existing system must register for the CodeRED system to continue receiving alerts.

The city provides this service to residents at no charge. Residents are encouraged to visit the city's web site at http://www.ci.piedmont.ca.us and click on the CodeRED Emergency Notifications item for a link to register. Residents who do not have online access can call Barbara MacLean at the Piedmont Fire Department at 510-420-3028.

-- Linda Davis

City chiefs, principals to meet public Tuesday

The city of Piedmont and the Piedmont Unified School District are planning a get-together for the community to meet new city department heads and new Piedmont High and Piedmont Middle School principals.

The gathering is planned at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Piedmont Community Center at the foot of Highland Avenue. The event is free and open to the public.

-- Linda Davis

Stopwaste.org holding series of meetings

Stopwaste.org is holding a series of public meetings about proposed household hazardous waste program improvements and fees.

Piedmont residents can attend the meetings from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 8, 10, 15 and 17 at North Berkeley Senior Center, 1901 Hearst Ave. in Berkeley, second floor, classroom A&B. Attend to hear more about the countywide residential household hazardous waste program and its future. The countywide program is funded through a per-ton fee on municipal solid waste disposed in landfills.

The fee has not changed since 2000. The program either needs to be cut back dramatically or provided with additional funding. The meetings seek feedback from property owners about a proposed fee of less than $10 per year per dwelling unit to be paid with property tax bills. For more information, visit www.household-hazwaste.org.

-- Linda Davis

Center for Arts to host several cultural events

Piedmont Center for the Arts at 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont, is hosting an array of upcoming cultural events.

Robert Houser will launch his exhibit, "Faces of Chemo," with a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday. Running through Sunday, his collection of images depicts honest views of those undergoing chemotherapy. The exhibit is open from noon to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday and noon to 3 p.m. Sunday.

Renowned opera star Antonella Romanazzi will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5, The event will also feature Joe Gold and Marco Cadario playing fantasies inspired by the great operas, including Verdi and Wagner. Tickets are $20.

West Edge Opera will premier at the center Oct. 26 in a Halloween-inspired opera. Tickets to these events can be bought at www.brownpapertickets.com.

Piedmont's acclaimed cellist Ian Jones will perform in concert with Miles Graber at 7 p.m. Sept. 27. The program includes works by Faure, Dvorak, Chopin and Haydn. Tickets are $20 at the door.

Lastly, a beer brewing competition returns Oct. 11. For more details and information, visit www.piedmontcenterforthearts.org.

-- Linda Davis

PAAC Mid-Autumn Festival set for Sept. 27

The Piedmont Asian American Club is holding its annual Mid-Autumn Festival from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Sept. 27 at the Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, 325 Highland Ave.

The cost is $8 per person for members; $12 per person for nonmembers; and $12 per person at the door. All preregistered children will receive a free beautiful Chinese lantern.

Alex Wu, an award-winning master magician, will perform his sleight-of-hand magic and original routines, and there will be a ballet performance by students of the Berkeley Ballet theater. The event will also feature a storyteller and arts and crafts and a moon cake tasting and light refreshments.

RSVP to Mary Geong at mmgeong@aol.com or call 510-654-4417 by Sept. 20. Please make checks payable to "PAAC" and send to 1415 Grand Ave., Piedmont, CA 94610. For more information, go to www.piedmontpaac.org.

-- Mary Geong, PAAC

Kehilla to hold workshop on health care, illnesses

Kehilla Synagogue in Piedmont has rescheduled a writing workshop open to the public. The new start date is Oct. 1 to allow for more participants.

The series will be led by 40-year health care professional Norma Smith, Ph.D, a published writer in literary, political and academic journals.

Journaling, readings and discussions will lead participants through the healing process and provide new insights at the class titled "Expressing Illness, Expressing Health."

Classes will be held Tuesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Fireside Room, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont.

Cost is $108 for synagogue members, $125 for nonmembers. For more information, call 510-547-2424.

-- Linda Davis

Final 'Movies in the Park' event happening Sept. 27

The Piedmont Recreation Department will hold its final "Movies in the Park," in September at Piedmont Park.

The musical "Hairspray" will screen Sept. 27. The family-friendly movies are free and open to all. Bring snacks and low lawn chairs or blankets to enjoy the films. The movies begin around 7:30 p.m. or at dusk.

-- Linda Davis

Zion Lutheran offering free family film Sept. 28

Enjoy a free family film open to all at Zion Lutheran Church, 5201 Park Blvd. in Piedmont.

"Ella Enchanted," a fairy tale adventure starring a young Anne Hathaway, will be shown at 5 p.m. Sept. 28. Admission is free; hot dogs cost $1. Free family-friendly films will be shown the fourth Saturday of the month. For upcoming films and dates visit www.zionlutheran.net.

-- Linda Davis

Economist to talk water issues at League event

The Piedmont League of Women Voters is hosting a free public event from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday.

Michael Hanemann, professor of environmental and resource economics at Arizona State and UC Berkeley, will discuss California's water issues. He will focus on agricultural uses of water in the state and problems with the current system of water pricing and allocations.

His talk also will feature the history of agricultural water policy, supply and demand, the impacts of climate change and proposals for keeping water supplies viable in the future. The event will be held at 40 Highland Ave., and is free and open to the public.

-- Linda Davis

Wellness Center to host Fallfest 5K run/walk

Stretch those legs to benefit Piedmont High's Wellness Center at the third annual Fallfest 5K run/walk.

Registration is under way now for the Sept. 28 event. Runners and walkers are encouraged to sign up. To register and for more details visit http://piedmontfallfest5k.org. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave. Same day registration and runner check-in opens at 7 a.m. Adults 12 and older pay $30; children 11 and younger pay $20.

The top three male and female finishers in each age category receive medals. An awards ceremony will follow in Piedmont Park. Those with dogs and strollers are welcome to participate but must begin behind the back of the starting area.

-- Linda Davis

School year's education speaker series released

The school year's education speaker series has been announced, with speakers dealing with different aspects of education and raising children.

Understanding teenagers is the topic on Oct. 24 led by Dr. Michael Riera. Nov. 14 deals with kids, food and body image with Dr. Ariel Trost.

Bruce Valentine speaks on raising healthy athletes on Jan. 23. Taylor Mali will talk in praise of teachers on Feb. 25.

The final program on March 27 will be a panel discussion on character education and service learning. All events will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. More information will be available during online school registration in August. Visit www.piedmontportal.org for updates.

-- Linda Davis

PBF offers matching fund public challenge

The Piedmont Beautification Foundation announces a matching fund challenge.

The Hort Shapiro family has given $50,000 in memory of wife, mother and devoted Piedmonter Betty Shapiro. You may send tax-deductible checks to PBF, c/o Piedmont City Hall, 120 Vista Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611.

-- Linda Davis