Thursday town hall meeting set on housing

The city of Piedmont invites all residents to a town-hall meeting on housing to be held 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Emergency Operations Center at the Police Department, 403 Highland Ave.

Light refreshments will be provided. Its purpose is to invite input from Piedmonters on the steps the city can take to better meet Piedmont's housing needs during the next eight years. All cities in the Bay Area are required by law to adopt a new housing element plan by Jan. 31, 2015.

The housing element sets forth goals, policies and action programs to ensure Piedmont is doing its fair share to meet the region's housing needs. It addresses housing conservation, housing production and housing for Piedmonters with special needs.

The Planning Commission and City Council are expected to take action on a working draft housing element this summer, with adoption of a final report by the end of the year. For more information, call City Planner Kate Black at 510-420-3063 or follow the link to housing element at www.ci.piedmont.ca.us.

-- Linda Davis

KCOM's Skloot raising funds for documentary

The city of Piedmont's KCOM community channel employee and documentarian Tal Skloot is raising production funds for a documentary he is preparing on 4 Wheel Bob, the paraplegic who tried to be the first wheelchair hiker to cross the Sierra Nevada.

Livermore resident Bob Coomber was unsuccessful in his first attempt last Sept. 24 because of unforeseen conditions, but he plans to try again. The documentary's first clip has been prepared and can be viewed.

So far, $1,500 has been raised through the Kickstarter campaign, with a goal of $6,000. Throughout the campaign, Skloot will release short video clips about Coomber and his outdoor adventures.

For more information or to donate, visit https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1678847669/4-wheel-bob or you may email skloots@earthlink.com.

-- Linda Davis

Five teachers certified by national committee

Five Piedmont teachers have completed the exhaustive two-year study and requirements to become certified by the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, Superintendent Connie Hubbard has announced.

The teachers are Gillian Bailey, Piedmont High art; Marna Chamberlain, Piedmont High science; Courtney Goen, Piedmont High social studies; Elise Marks, Piedmont/Millennium High English; and Susan Stutzman, Piedmont High teacher/librarian.

The nonprofit board seeks to elevate the status, voice and role of accomplished teachers through setting high standards, raising public awareness and recognizing accomplished teaching.

-- Linda Davis

Choir offers music class for infants and toddlers

Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir is offering a musical beginnings class for infants and toddlers this fall, taught at Piedmont Center for the Arts for 12 weeks.

The class will be taught by choir kinder department Director Kate Offer. In the 50-minute classes, child and parent will participate in tapping, clapping, bounces, wiggles and lullabies.

Tuition is $259 per student and includes a songbook and CD. To reserve, call 510-547-4441. Check for upcoming details at www.piedmontchoirs.org.

-- Linda Davis

Transportation panel seeks a Piedmonter

The Alameda County Transportation Commission is seeking a Piedmont volunteer to serve on the Paratransit Advisory Planning Committee. Interested residents must be users of public transportation services in the county for seniors and disabled persons.

Members serve two-year terms. The committee meets the fourth Monday of each month at transportation commission offices in Oakland. Visit www.ci.piedmont.ca.us to view the application form. Call 510-208-7400 for more information or email Mayor Margaret Fujioka at mfujioka@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

-- Linda Davis

LWV invites all residents to become members

The League of Women Voters of Piedmont invites all residents to join the League, a nonpartisan political organization that encourages active and informed participation in government.

The League influences public policy, provides voter services and registration and educates about the election process. For more information, visit www.lwvpiedmont.org or call Linda McClain, 653-4255.

-- Linda Davis

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