( Courtesy of Julie Reichle )
Piedmont: Children, families find fun at Bunny Blast

Families and children alike discovered fun -- and eggs -- at the annual Bunny Blast on March 19. The event, hosted by the Piedmont Recreation Department, includes egg hunts, crafts and "treasures" at Piedmont Park. 
ARIC CRABB
A traditional ribbon cutting would not do for Flax art store's entry into the East Bay on Thursday. Instead, two people sawed through a titanium bar. When the bar dropped and the sparks went out, people strolled inside to make it official: What was San Francisco's alone for 78 years is now Oakland's.  
 
The Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness will celebrate the season with its annual Spring Wildflower Festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. There's also a 2-mile wildflower walk from 2 to 4:30 p.m. April 10 at Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley, guided by naturalist Trent Pearce.  
 
The Sunol-Ohlone Regional Wilderness will celebrate the season with its annual Spring Wildflower Festival, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. There's also a 2-mile wildflower walk from 2 to 4:30 p.m. April 10 at Tilden Nature Area near Berkeley, guided by naturalist Trent Pearce.  
 
Courtesy of Jennifer Fox
"We had a handful of nominees, and Katie was chosen," Superintendent Randy Booker said. "She is dedicated to the Piedmont students and the community and is very well deserving."  
 
Lantern Projects, founded by former Piedmont school Superintendent Gail Uilkema, is celebrating a milestone -- $1 million in donations to help needy around the world since Lantern was established in 2003.  
 
The evening, "From Paris to Piedmont," was sparked by the climate change talks in Paris. The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference was held in November and December. Piedmont's event featured three speakers: Stanford University's Dan Reicher, who is the executive director for the Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford; Oakland Sustainability Program Manager Daniel Hamilton; and Piedmont Mayor Margaret Fujioka.
 
 
ARIC CRABB
An Oakland committee is looking for 26 of the city's veterans to take part in an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., from Sept. 8-10 to view the national World War II Memorial. Each year, The Honor Flight Network, a nonprofit group devoted to honoring veterans, flies up to 20,000 former service members to the monument.  
 
Courtesy of Nora Hurley
Tyler Manca also quickly learned that many of his peers don't get those same opportunities to pursue their baseball passions. Inspired to help underserved players between the ages of 11 and 13, Manca organized the Greatest Game Baseball Academy, a series of four no-cost baseball camps and clinics of three hours each that took place at Bishop O'Dowd in Sundays in January.  
 
David Boitano/For Bay Area News
The Montclair Railroad Trail is more than just a one-mile path through Shepherd Canyon. It's a source of pride for residents of this unique Oakland neighborhood. On the third Saturday of the month, members of the Friends of Montclair Railroad Trail can be seen digging, planting and doing the heavy labor needed to keep the park and its landscape attractive and safe.  
 
( T. Charles Erickson )
Review: 'Satchmo' goes behind Louis Armstrong's happy facade

The solo show 'Satchmo' by Terry Teachout depicts jazz legend Louis Armstrong reflecting on his bittersweet life and music; it plays at American Conservatory Theater through Feb. 7