Camron-Stanford House offering tours

Travel back in time to 1880s Oakland at Christmastime at Camron-Stanford House, the landmark 1876 Victorian house museum on the shores of Lake Merritt.

On Saturday and Sunday, Camron-Stanford House will host its annual Holiday Tour Days -- the guided tours of the museum begin at 1, 2 and 3 p.m. The public is invited to tour the house with its period rooms dressed up for the holidays.

View the family's towering Christmas tree, peek at the antique children's toys and other gifts under the tree and view mementos of Victorian family life by the light of a gaslit chandelier. Museum guides will be on hand to talk about the traditions of the Victorian holiday season and the history of the beautifully restored and recreated landmark house, which was home to five prominent Bay Area families from 1876 to 1910.

The Camron-Stanford House is located at 1418 Lakeside Drive, Oakland, at 14th Street. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors and children are admitted free. For more information, go to www.cshouse.org.

-- Jean Wieler

Bird count to be held throughout East Bay

Volunteers will be watching the birdie on Sunday and Dec. 27 for the 114th annual Christmas bird count for the National Audubon Society.

Every year, bird lovers go out in the field to observe and count rare and more common birds to help scientists track trends in bird populations.


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Hundreds of volunteers will set out to paddle kayaks, trek through parks and other open spaces to observe and count numerous species of birds. Birders will fan out within a 15-mile circle to count every species and individual bird in a 24-hour period organized by the Golden Gate Audubon Society.

More than 300 people are expected to take part on the two days' counting. The East Bay count includes Oakland, Berkeley, Alameda, Richmond, Piedmont and other nearby cities. San Francisco area will be counted on Dec. 27.

To volunteer or for more information, visit www.goldengateaudubon.org.

-- Linda Davis

Kehilla screening two Israeli-issues movies

Kehilla Synagogue is hosting two informative films.

Both will screen at 7 p.m. at Kehilla, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. Admission is free for Kehilla members; for the general public, a suggested donation of $5 to $10 is requested.

"The Gatekeeper," nominated for an Academy Award, will be shown Saturday. Six former heads of Israel's Secret Service share their insights and reflect on their actions and decisions and advocate a conciliatory approach toward their enemies.

"Between Two Worlds," on Jan. 25, is a documentary and a candid look at the way the American Jewish community has been bitterly divided over attitudes toward Israel and Jewish identity.

Discussions will follow both films. For more information, call Kehilla at 510-547-2424.

-- Linda Davis

Temple beginning its campaign to go solar

Kehilla Synagogue kicked 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' under way 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 sixth 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 Monday 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.

A 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