Planning panel to hear draft bike master plan

The draft Piedmont Pedestrian and Bicycle Master Plan will be presented at the August meeting of the city's Planning Commission.

The meeting will be held at 5 p.m. Monday at the Council Chambers in Piedmont City Hall, 120 Vista Ave. At the meeting, the city's consultant on the plan will summarize the contents of the draft plan and be available to answer questions. The public is invited to the meeting to learn more about the draft plan and provide any comments.

The draft plan will also be presented to the Board of Education of the Piedmont Unified School District (PUSD). That meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Aug. 20 in the City Council Chambers. The presentation to the PUSD board will focus on improvements for creating "Safe Routes to School" to encourage Piedmont youth to walk or bike to school.

The draft plan will be posted on the city's website for viewing and downloading by Friday. Residents can also watch the public hearing on KCOM Cable 20. Residents wishing to watch the meeting live or later can do so by logging on to the city's website at www.ci.piedmont.ca.us: and clicking on the "online video" link.

-- Linda Davis

Soccer camp for girls to be held next week

Girls ages 13-18 interested in soccer can get technical training at soccer camp.

Piedmont High School coaches Dan Chubbock and Marcus Watson will conduct the camp from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. this coming Monday through Friday. It will be held at Witter Field on the high school campus and costs $185. Email danchubbock@hotmail.com for details.


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-- Linda Davis

Registration for speaker series to begin Aug. 20

Registration for the 2014-15 education speaker series begins Aug. 20.

All events will be held from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Piedmont High School, 800 Magnolia Ave. in Piedmont, unless otherwise noted.

Some tickets are available at the door. The public is encouraged to make reservations online as some speakers will sell out.

"Preparing Students for the Age of Technology" is the Sept. 30 topic featuring Kurt Fleischer, senior scientist at Pixar Animation Studios, and Dion Lim, CEO of Next Lesson, and others.

"Nature Shock: New Thinking About Parenting" is on Oct. 21. The guest speaker is Po Bronson, co-author of The New York Times best-seller "Nature Shock: New Thinking About Children," who explores the science of parenting, contradicting conventional wisdom about parenting practices. The events are sponsored by Associated Parent Clubs of Piedmont, Piedmont Education Foundation and Piedmont Parents Network.

Other upcoming lectures will be "The Physiology of Sleep" and "Effects of Marijuana on the Developing Brain." For more information, visit www.piedmontportal.org/education-speaker-series.

-- Linda Davis

Pacific Mozart Ensemble is next Chimes concert

The historic Julia Morgan-designed Chapel of the Chimes will host another in its "Jazz at the Chimes" series Sept. 21.

The Pacific Mozart Ensemble will appear at 2 p.m. at the chapel at 4499 Piedmont Ave., Oakland. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and early arrival is suggested as space is limited. Tickets are $15 general, $10 students and seniors. Pay at the door, cash only. For other upcoming events, visit www.jazzatthechimes.com.

-- Linda Davis

16th Harvest Festival happening on 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

Movies in September to be at Piedmont Park

The Piedmont Recreation Department is hosting free family movies in Piedmont Park on Sept. 12 and Sept. 26.

The movies begin at dusk and end at approximately 10 p.m. at Piedmont Park, 711 Highland Ave. Bring snacks and low lawn chairs to enjoy the family-friendly movies. For details on movies being screened, call the Recreation Department at 510-420-3070.

-- Linda Davis

Dress Best for Less has new donation bin

Donations of nonbreakable household items and resalable clothing in good condition may be dropped off any time at the new locked donation bin of Dress Best for Less at 799 Magnolia Ave. in Piedmont.

The store at 3861 Piedmont Ave. in Oakland, also offers ski wear, boots and skis for the upcoming season at bargain prices. All proceeds go to benefit the Piedmont Education Foundation. Dress Best for Less is open from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesdays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesdays and 10 a.m. to noon Saturdays. For more information call the store at 510-658-8525.

-- Linda Davis