Residents urged to form neighborhood watches

Piedmont's Public Safety Committee urges residents to organize public safety/neighborhood watch groups to ensure a crime-free community and be prepared for disasters.

The Piedmont police and fire departments are ready and eager to meet with groups of residents to discuss disaster preparedness and crime prevention strategies. You may sign up online at www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/committees/public_safety.shtml or call Piedmont police at 510-420-3000 to host a Neighborhood Watch group.

-- Linda Davis

Center for Arts brewing contest set for Friday

Piedmont Center for the Arts has a fun event on tap for Friday -- the second annual artisanal brewing competition.

Of-age participants are invited to sample homemade brews from local residents from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the center at 801 Magnolia Ave. The cost is $10 per person. Participants are urged to enjoy the brews, bluegrass music of Mitch Polzah and the Royal Deuces and grilled sausages.

Upcoming is internationally renowned piano soloist Hanny Wyss, who will perform at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Wyss has performed with major orchestras in the United States, Holland, Germany and Romania and has recorded and appeared on TV and radio in Belgium, Austria, Switzerland and other countries. Her repertoire ranges from early Baroque to late 20th century contemporary music. Tickets at $20 can be obtained through www.brownpapertickets.com/event/463177.


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West Edge Opera will begin a series of concerts starting with Halloween "Operatic Ghosts" on Oct. 26. For more details, visit www.piedmontcenterforthearts.org.

-- Linda Davis

Prescription drug disposal day on Oct. 26

The Piedmont Police Department, in conjunction with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, will hold the seventh National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26.

Piedmont residents may dispose of old or unneeded prescription drugs safely, conveniently and ecologically responsibly to avoid the potential for abuse of medications. The take-back will be at the police administration building, corner of Vista and Highland avenues. For more information, contact police officer John Lagios at jlagios@piedmontpd.org or call 420-3000.

-- Linda Davis

Garden Club holding Wednesday lecture

The Piedmont Garden Club is inviting community members to attend a lecture at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave.

Naturalist, artist and author John Muir Laws will give a lecture titled "Think Like a Naturalist."

Laws was trained as a wildlife biologist and has written several pocket field guides, including those on the Sierra Nevada, the Bay Area and the drawing of birds. This is a free event and will include refreshments and social time before the lecture.

-- Piedmont Garden Club

Discussion of Mideast conflict on Wednesday

The Israel Committee of Congregation Beth El and Kehilla Synagogue's Middle East Peace Committee will co-host "The Two-Sided Story" a talk and Q&A with Robi Damelin and Bassam Aramin, both of whom lost a child as a result of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The event open to all is at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Beth El, 1301 Oxford St. in Berkeley. The talk will focus on preventing further bereavement for families on both sides and to promote peace, tolerance and reconciliation.

A donation of $10 to $15 is requested. Author/activist Penny Rosenwasser will hold a book release event from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Nov. 18 at Kehilla Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. She will discuss and sign her new book "Hope Into Practice, Jewish Women Choosing Justice Despite Our Fears."

Refreshments will be served, and the free event is open to all.

-- Linda Davis

Auditions over next 3 days for 'Dining Room'

The Piedmont Avenue Repertory Theatre will be holding auditions for "The Dining Room" by A.R. Gurney this weekend and Monday for three men and three women.

The auditions will take place at 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and from 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at the Freelove Music School, 4390 Piedmont Avenue at Pleasant Valley Road, and from 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia St., Piedmont.

For an audition appointment, email PiedmontAveRep@gmail.com or call 510-459-8264. Rehearsals for the play will run from Oct. 17 to Nov. 20 and performances will be from Nov. 22-24, 29-30 and Dec. 1 at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.

-- John McMullen, Piedmont Avenue Repertory Theatre

Boy Scouts Twilight Camp on Oct. 23-25

The Beach Elementary School first grade Cub Scouts first den meeting and hike will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday. For more information or to RSVP, contact patty@gish.org.

Piedmont Boy Scouts Twilight Camp will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 23-25 for first-grade boys and accompanying adults. Experience crafts, games and snacks by lantern. It will be held at Dracena Park. For more information, contact Piedmont Boy Scouts at 510-547-4493.

-- Linda Davis

PADC to host three flu shot clinics in October

The Sutter Visiting Nurses Association and Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee (PADC) will offer two more flu clinics in October at the Ellen Driscoll Playhouse, 325 Highland Ave. Dates and times are as follows:

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday

  • 4 to 6 p.m. Oct 21.

    Flu shots are $25, flu mist (preservative free) is $30 and pneumonia shots are $70. Reimbursement varies by insurance coverage, but nurses will be available to help interpret codes. Medicare B is eligible for full reimbursement. Cash or checks are accepted; credit cards are not.

    All proceeds from the clinics support the mission of Sutter Care at Home, which provides home health care and hospice services to those in need, regardless of ability to pay. Sutter Visiting Nurses are part of Sutter Care at Home, a local, nonprofit health care provider.

    PADC's mission is to promote and practice inclusiveness, foster an appreciation of differences, and raise global awareness within Piedmont and surrounding communities.

    -- Linda Davis

    Breast cancer program scheduled for Oct. 28

    Piedmont Connect and Piedmont League of Women Voters are hosting a free program "Science and Advocacy in Breast Cancer Prevention," at 7:15 p.m. Oct. 28 at Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave.

    Guest speakers are Connie Engel Ph.D and Nancy Buermeyer of the Breast Cancer Fund. For more information, visit www.lwvpiedmont.org or call the League at 653-4255.

    -- Linda Davis

    CHIME holding student recital next Thursday

    CHIME (Citizens Highly Interested in Music Education) will hold a student recital at 7 p.m. Thursday at Ellen Driscoll Theater on the Havens school campus.

    Children are invited to join in duets or larger groups to sing or play a musical instrument for an audience. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Tom Nemeth at tnemeth@pacunion.com.

    -- Linda Davis

    Education speaker series to address myriad issues

    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