Piedmont Avenue tree lighting on Saturday

Get in the holiday spirit at the annual Piedmont Avenue tree lighting and holiday stroll on Saturday. Festivities begin at 6 p.m. sharp at Key Route Plaza at Piedmont Avenue and 41st Street.

This Piedmont Avenue Merchants Association sponsored event has become a holiday tradition on Piedmont Avenue.

The avenue decorations are unveiled, local school children perform, and Santa Claus arrives in grand style and ceremoniously lights the giant Avenue tree in the plaza then takes complimentary photographs with neighborhood children.

Entertainment, refreshments and a few surprises continue under the clock tower until 8 p.m.; everyone is encouraged to walk the avenue and visit shops staying open throughout the evening. Each year, the event brings hundreds of adults and children together on the avenue.

-- Linda Davis

Kehilla beginning campaign to go solar

Kehilla Synagogue is kicking off its campaign during Hanukkah to go solar.

Kehilla is are partnering with RE-Volv, a nonprofit organization, to launch a crowdfunding campaign to finance installation of solar panels on their roof at 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont.

The crowdfunding donations may be made at www.solarseedfund.org.

All donations are tax deductible. For every dollar donated, Kehilla will save $2 over the life of their solar energy system.

-- Linda Davis

'Click It or Ticket' underway for holidays

The "Click It or Ticket" seat belt campaign is underway for the holidays.

Law enforcement throughout California will be looking day and night for drivers and passengers who don't buckle up, including passengers in the back seat.

The minimum ticket for an adult seat belt violation in California is $142 and up, with a minimum $445 ticket for not properly restraining a child under age 16. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket.

The campaign began in 2005. Since then the state's seat belt use rate has increased from 92.5 percent in 2005 to 96.6 percent in 2011.

Law enforcement wants families to buckle up, stay safe and not put any lives at risk.

-- Linda Davis

Havens Dads Club holding poker night

Try your hand with Lady Luck at the 6th annual Havens Dads Club poker night to be held Jan. 10 at Piedmont Veterans Hall.

Proceeds go to supporting programs at the elementary school.

Event runs from 6:30 to 11 p.m. and features raffle prizes, drinks, snacks and dealers. Cost is $60 per person for initial chip allotment, and $60 for re-buys.

Fun for adult beginners to afficionados at the Texas Hold'em tournament.

To register online visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/piedmonts-6th-annual-poker-night-tickets-9069558293

Sign up by Dec. 16 and get an extra $100 game chip.

For more information, email Havensdadsclub@gmail.com.

-- Linda Davis

Winter, ski bargains at Dress Best for Less

Shop for bargains in winter and ski apparel at Dress Best for Less at 799 Magnolia Ave.

Large selection of gently used clothing and ski equipment is available, but shop early to get the best bargains.

Marking room is open 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Proceeds from sales at the marking room go to the Piedmont Education Foundation that awards generous grants every year to support the Piedmont schools.

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

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 Eighth St., Oakland. For more information about membership or League activities, visit www.lwvpiedmont.org.

-- Linda Davis