Firefighter open house, emergency fair Saturday

Watch firefighters slide down the pole, learn how to use a fire extinguisher and meet Sparky the Fire Dog at the Piedmont Fire Department's open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at the firehouse at 120 Vista Ave., Piedmont.

The disaster preparedness open house, co-sponsored by the Public Safety Committee, also features free hot dogs, jumpy houses, exhibits and more.

The Piedmont Fire Department will close Vista Avenue to traffic between Highland and Bonita to make room for the bounce houses, as well as the Sparky fire and earthquake education trailer. Children will be able to climb on a fire truck and peek inside an ambulance while adults practice using a fire extinguisher and learn about all the programs and services the Fire Department has to offer.

Firefighters will demonstrate their quick response when called for an emergency. The U.S. Geological Survey will showcase their exhibit on earthquake hazards, and PG&E will have exhibits on electrical and gas emergencies.

The public is encouraged to come learn about the Fire Department and what to do to prepare for any emergency.

-- Linda Davis

Piedmont's 'Bunny Blast' to be Saturday

Celebrate spring at the Piedmont Recreation Department's annual "Bunny Blast" to be held from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Saturday in Piedmont Park, at the foot of Highland Avenue.


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Children 2 to 7 years old are invited to hunt for eggs and other treasures and enjoy games and other activities. The cost is $5 per child. You may register online by visiting www.Piedmontportal.org.

-- Linda Davis

Volunteers sought to repair Oakland home

Volunteers are welcome to join Piedmont's Kehilla Synagogue and Oakland's Temples Beth Abraham and Sinai to repair a home with Rebuilding Together Oakland.

Work days will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 13 and April 27 to repair a needy family's home off High Street near Foothill Boulevard in Oakland. Lunch will be provided; lunch items or snacks are welcomed. Project tasks include gardening, painting, plumbing and carpentry, but no specific experience is needed and minors 14-17 may participate with a consent form.

Kehilla has committed to raising $1,000 to support the project. Donations are welcome. To join the volunteer team, contact Beth Bittle at Kehilla at 510-547-2424.

-- Linda Davis

Summer school will offer Spanish classes

Buenos Dias Spanish classes are coming to the Associated Parent Clubs of Piedmont summer enrichment program.

Piedmont Language School and Viva el Espanol have joined efforts with the APCP summer programs to offer this fun alternative to summer school. You may register online at the listing under www.piedmontportal.org.

-- Linda Davis

Discounts offered for 'Other People's Money'

The newly formed Piedmont Oakland Repertory Theatre is offering discounted tickets for $15 to patrons to see its second play, "Other People's Money," running Thursdays through Sundays through April 12.

This could be the company's last performance if ticket sales don't pick up, said producer John McMullen. Its first production, "The Dining Room," was successful during the holidays, McMullen said.

The shows are taking place at its temporary home at Kehilla Synagogue, 1300 Grand Ave., where there is ample parking. The production features equity actors. Shows are at 7 p.m. Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, and 5 p.m. Sundays. Go to www.piedmontoaklandrep.org for tickets and information or call 800-838-3006.

-- Linda Davis

PBF celebrating 50th anniversary with party

The Piedmont Beautification Foundation is celebrating its 50th anniversary with a "Party in the Park" featuring a non-judged flower show and photography exhibit.

The event takes place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 27 at Piedmont Park at the foot of Highland Avenue. The family fun day features park tours, hot dog lunch, games for children and more.

For flower show information contact Patty Reed at rclark2589@aol.com; for photography, contact Dee Dee Street at calfrks@comcast.net.

-- Linda Davis