Moon Festival is tonight at Havens

The Mid-Autumn Moon Festival hosted by the Piedmont Asian American Club will take place from 7 to 9 p.m. today at Ellen Driscoll Playhouse on the Havens Elementary School campus.

The evening includes storytelling, crafts, refreshments and a parade. Tickets are $8 for members, and $12 for non-members. For more information, contact Mary Geong at 510-654-4417.

-- Linda Davis

League to hold Oct. 11 election forum

The League of Women Voters of Piedmont will host an election forum on local ballot measures at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 11 at council chambers, 120 Vista Ave., Piedmont.

The forum will present pro and con positions on ballot measures A1, Alameda County Oakland Zoo parcel tax; B1, Alameda County Transportation Tax; and Y, city of Piedmont parcel tax.

The community is invited to hear about the measures and submit questions to the speakers.

Zoo executive director Dr. Joel Parrott will discuss the need to vote for Measure A1. Laura Baker of the East Bay Chapter California Native Plant Society will speak against the measure and the zoo's expansion plan.

Union City Mayor Mark Green and small business owner Christopher Pareja will speak for and against Measure B1.

Bill Hosler and Steve Hollis of the Piedmont Budget Advisory Committee will review reasons to vote for Measure Y, while Tim Rood of the Budget Advisory Committee and Michael Rancer of the Municipal Tax Review Committee, will discuss reasons to not support Measure Y.

-- Linda Davis

District urges parcel tax in March

The Piedmont Unified School District is recommending a school support tax be placed on the March 2013 ballot. The school board would like to hear from the community about renewal of the tax, which represent 30 percent of the district's operating budget.

The public may comment at the Oct. 10 and 24 board meetings, as well as Nov. 14.

The board expects to take action to put the measure on the ballot at a special board meeting on Nov. 28.

-- Linda Davis

'Parenting Digital Child' set Oct. 11

The Piedmont community invited to a program on "Parenting the Digital Child," from 7 to 9 p.m. Oct. 11 in room 102 of Piedmont Middle School.

Piedmont police Officer Steve DeWarns will discuss the importance of understanding the technology your children are using and how to handle cyberbullying.

For more information, contact Lisa Wolfe at lisa4wolfe@gmail.com.

-- Linda Davis

PNNC to host Oktoberfest on Oct. 20

Piedmont Neighbors and Newcomers Club will host an Oktoberfest from 7:30 to 11 p.m. on Oct. 20.

The event will features socializing with neighbors, German food and beer. Cost is $21 per person, adults only. For more information and location, call 510-604-1022.

-- Linda Davis

Pumpkin Patch now open for business

The Wildwood Dads pumpkin patch is now open at Coaches playfield on Moraga Avenue.

It is open from 4-6 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends. All proceeds benefit Wildwood Elementary School.

For sale are pumpkins, Indiancorn, gourds, corn stalks and other festive Halloween items.

To volunteer, call Steve Zirkelbach at 510-755-0274 or Troy Alering at 510-209-3645.

-- Linda Davis