PHS drama presenting two fall productions

Piedmont High's drama department is presenting "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Den of Thieves" for its fall productions.

"Mockingbird" for ages 10 and up plays Saturday. "Thieves" plays Friday and Sunday for ages 13 and up featuring more adult subject matter.

Both plays staged at Alan Harvey Theater, 800 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont. All performances are at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $8 student/senior, $12 general or $25 reserved.

For more information, call Associated Parent Clubs of Piedmont, 653-1816.

-- Linda Davis

12th annual Turkey Trot set Thanksgiving Day

The 12th annual Turkey Trot to support Piedmont High cross-country and track teams will kick off at 8:30 a.m. Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

Friends, families and children are invited to walk or run the three-mile course through Piedmont's streets. Various goodies will be provided to participants including race bibs and T-shirts.

Register by Nov. 26 by visiting www.piedmontportal.org and clicking on the event to register. Cost is $25 adults and $15 for ages 12 and under.

Also register at Piedmont High 2 to 5 p.m. on Nov. 27. Cost is $30 to $40 after Nov. 26.

-- Linda Davis

Basketball skills clinic Saturday at PHS gym

A fundamental basketball skills clinic for boys and girls age 5 to 13 will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday at the Piedmont High gym.

Cost is $25 at the door. Kids learn dribbling, passing and shooting techniques while having fun and learning the sport.

For more information, contact Eric Davison at davislag@yahoo.com.

-- Linda Davis

Support sought for city's gleaning program

Residents are encouraged to support Piedmont's gleaning program, where Piedmont Middle School students will come and gather any surplus fruit from trees for donation to the food bank network.

Persimmons and other fruits are ripe for the picking this time of year.

Register online by visiting www.piedmontportal.org and clicking on the item, or email teacher John White at jwhite@piedmont.k12.ca.us.

-- Linda Davis

Walk, Roll to School Day scheduled for Friday

On Friday, students, parents, teachers, and staff at all the Piedmont schools will celebrate Piedmont Walk and Roll to School Day.

At the elementary schools, the event is being organized by the Parents' Clubs' Green Committees. At Piedmont Middle and High schools, students from the Green Team and Environmental Student Union are planning activities to greet walkers and bicyclists. Neighbors and classmates are encouraged to make plans together ahead of time for how they can arrive at school that day by foot, bicycle, car pool -- or any other safe option that cuts down on the number of single-passenger cars arriving at school. Organizers are hoping that families who live close enough to school to walk but who do not usually do so will give it a try this day.

Piedmont and Millennium high schools are eligible to apply for a separate Safe Routes to School Program for high schools. In the meantime, they are joining with the other schools for events such as this Walk and Roll to School Day.

To volunteer with Piedmont Walk and Roll to School Day at your school, or to become involved with your school's Safe Routes to School effort, contact your school's principal or Margaret Ovenden at movenden452@gmail.com.

-- Linda Davis

League hosting holiday luncheon on Dec. 13

The Piedmont League of Women Voters will hold a holiday luncheon from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 13 at 112 Wildwood Gardens, Piedmont, with Alameda County Judge C. Don Clay as guest speaker.

The League will host a candidate's forum for school board and City Council candidates at 7 p.m. Jan. 9 at council chambers, 120 Vista Ave. The public is encouraged to meet and hear the candidate's views. Speakers from various agencies will discuss open space in the Bay Area from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 1 at Metro Center, 101 8th St., Oakland. For more information about membership or League activities, visit www.lwvpiedmont.org.

-- Linda Davis

'Fridays at Four' class being offered at center

"Fridays at Four" art/music appreciation class for seniors takes place Friday and Nov. 22 at the Piedmont Center for the Arts.

The class features tea and talk, lecture and demonstrations with each class culminating in Trio de Jardin open rehearsal at 8 p.m. on Nov. 20, with Wendy Cilman on cello, violinist Carol Braces, and Rebecca Trujillo, piano. Tuition is $100 for all activities. To sign up, contact Cilman at 510-329-3184 or wendycilman@gmail.com.

-- Linda Davis

Learn about plans for Harvey Theater Saturday

Take a tour of Alan Harvey Theater at 800 Magnolia Ave. and learn more about the facility and its needs from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday.

The much-used theater is in need of significant repairs and upgrades. The school district has hired Quattrocchi Kwok Architects to prepare preliminary drawings and estimate the costs of repair. Working from initial drawings by designer Mark Becker, QKA's resulting design was developed, reviewed and endorsed by a multistakeholder committee.

Take a look at the plans, hear a presentation and ask questions about a proposed bond initiative to repair the theater. Students, parents and the community are encouraged to attend. Email questions to Jonathan Davis at maplerancher@yahoo.com.