Piedmont Harvest Festival returns Sept. 28

The 16th annual Piedmont Harvest Festival returns to Piedmont Park this year on Sept. 28, bringing with it old favorites and new attractions.

There will be the "edibles" contest for foods grown and/or cooked locally, a Farmer's Market, Jazz Festival, Scarecrows, Fix-It Clinic, Green games and the Tri-School Carnival. New this year at the festival will be food trucks and vendors along Highland Avenue and an art show featuring works by Bay Area artists.

Artists interested in securing a spot to exhibit and sell their works at the Festival should contact Chairman Jerry Miller at roseave@pacbell.net or 510-547-8894.

The event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 28. Last year, more than 1,500 people attended the festival. For more details, go to www.piedmontharvestfestival.org.

-- Linda Davis

Lantern Projects lists new charity programs

Lantern Projects, a charity founded by former Piedmont schools Superintendent Gail Uilkema has several new projects to which a small donation goes a long way to help needy people around the world.

Recent contributions, Uilkema said, provided food for 36 children for one year; five sets of bunk beds, blankets, mattresses and mosquito netting; 10 sewing machines; 150 library books, a water well; orphanage supplies; and more. All 100 percent of the funds go to the project numbers below.


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Item 258: For $7 you can buy a hoodie for a child at Kawangware Children's Center in a Nairobi poor neighborhood. Visit www.kawangwarechildrenscentre.org for more information.

Item 259: Ten to $30 will buy musical instruments, art supplies or toys for Syrian refugees in Jordan. The Malki Center for Women and Children in Amman, Jordan, sent the request for these items to support the children.

Item 260: Books at $5 each about HIV/AIDS written by South African health educators would be provided to libraries in Lesotho, which has the third-highest rate of HIV infection in the world. A set of these books is $100. Details can be found at www.africanlibraryproject.org.

Item 261: Food and books are needed in Namibia, Africa, where $50 provides food for one child for one month, or $10 will buy a book for children at Little Bugs Early Childhood Development Center in Sossusviei, Namibia, that provides meals and learning to disadvantaged children. Visit www.little-bugs.org for details.

Send your tax-deductible contribution with project number to Lantern Projects, 51 Glen Alpine Road, Piedmont, CA 94611. To use a credit card, go to www.lanternprojects.org.

-- Linda Davis

Winners announced for July Fourth parade

Winners were announced for a spirited group of entries in Piedmont's 49th annual Fourth of July parade.

The Highland Cup (Best Parade Entry): Palm/Park View/Winsor/Magnolia neighborhood;

Highland Saucer: San Carlos Avenue Neighborhood Group; Mayor's Favorite: Ramona/Ronada Neighborhood Float; Best Band: The Flaming Ears; Best Community Entry: Piedmont Community Band, featuring Ray Perman; Best Youth Entry: Piedmont Baseball/Softball Foundation; Best Animal Entry: East Bay SPCA; Best Theme: Friendship Float -- Palm/Park View/Winsor/Magnolia Neighborhood; Best Spirit: Ramona/Ronada Neighborhood Float; and Most Artistic: San Carlos Avenue Neighborhood Group

Ray Perman and Ken Kawaichi provided outstanding leadership of the Piedmont Community Band, a large group of talented and enthusiastic musicians. The band had a rare doubleheader, providing festive music at both the July 3 dedication of Storyteller Bridge in Dracena Park and the July 4 parade.

The parade and celebration in the park are organized by the Piedmont Fourth of July Committee, consisting of Carla and Ken Betts, Greg Bloom, Michael and Carolyn Bruck, Roland Lazzarotto, John Morrison, Kathy Kelleher, Penny Robb and Mark Delventhal.

-- Linda Davis

Cemetery offering docent-led tours

Historic Mountain View Cemetery at the foot of Piedmont Avenue hosts several free, informative docent-led tours.

Docent Ruby Long will lead a tour highlighting the lore, beauty, people and architecture of the cemetery at 10 a.m. Saturday.

On Sunday, Bay Area guitar master Yuri Liberzon will be featured in the last of three performances by classical guitarists. The concert will be from 2 to 4 p.m. Liberzon is a Siberian-born Israeli guitarist who will perform works by Rodrigo, Turina and others.

The California Gold Rush and the Transcontinental Railroad is the 10 a.m. tour on July 27 led by Ron Bachman. Long will repeat her tour of people and history of the cemetery at 10 a.m. Aug. 9. For more upcoming events, visit www.mountainviewcemetery.org/calendar.html.

-- Linda Davis