Kehilla offers adult education courses
Kehilla Synagogue at 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont, is offering two interesting adult education classes.
"Wellness as We Age," conducted by nutritionist Helayne Waldman, is made up of four classes from 7-9 p.m. on Jan. 17, 24, 31 and Feb. 7.
Waldman teaches holistic nutrition at Bauman College in Berkeley and is the author of a new book, "The Whole Food Guide for Breast Cancer Survivors."
Cost is $72 for Kehilla members and $90 for non-members if paid by Jan. 7. Cost is $85 and $110 respectively, after that date.
Have fun with the walk in, dance out classes at 3-4:30 p.m. Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and 10, taught by Eva Petterson.
No partner required to learn salsa, swing, foxtrot and maybe the waltz. There will be a dance party at the last class.
You may attend all or one class. Cost is $12-$18 for Kehilla members, $15-$20 for non-members or all classes $30-$45 members and $40-$50 non-members.
Call Kehilla for more information or to register, 510-547-2424.
-- Linda Davis
Havens Dads Club poker benefit on Jan. 11
Try your luck at the Havens Dads Club poker night fundraiser from 6:30-11 p.m. Jan. 11 at Piedmont Veterans Hall, 401 Highland Ave.
The Texas Hold-em tournament is for beginners on up, and includes a raffle, silent auction, cocktails, snacks and dealers for game
For tickets prices and to register, visit www.eventbrite.com/event/4837393775#
-- Linda Davis
Oakland Zoo gets $1 million donation
OAKLAND -- The Oakland Zoo has received a $1 million check from an anonymous donor, the zoo announced.
A letter from The San Francisco Foundation arrived Dec. 21 with the check -- $1 million from the Serendipity Fund. A message to zoo president and CEO Joel Parrott simply indicated that a donor had advised the grant was to be used for general purposes.
The zoo's director of development, Emma Lee Twitchell called the San Francisco Foundation, learning only that the donor wished to be anonymous and that no other information was available.
"Every now and then, something truly extraordinary occurs at the Oakland Zoo that causes me to just shake my head in disbelief, and be thankful," Parrott said. "We received an unsolicited anonymous unrestricted donation of $1 million for the zoo, distributed by the San Francisco Foundation. This has never occurred on this scale before. It is simply a gift. "
The funds might be especially welcome at the zoo this year. In November, its Measure A1 parcel tax -- which would have generated $112 million over a 25-year span for zoo operations -- failed to pass.
Officials say the Oakland Zoo has experienced significant growth in admissions during the year, hosting nearly 700,000 guests, and its animal collection has increased with new births, including a giraffe, otters, and new arrivals include a female gibbon and hyenas.
Jan. 13 event to celebrate Jewish women
Chabad of Oakland and Piedmont is poised to unite Jewish women of all backgrounds and affiliations at its annual event celebrating the Jewish woman.
The event, attended by 85 women last year, is expected to draw more than 100 women this year.
"Spa For The Soul" is an evening of pampering, relaxation and inspiration. Scheduled to take place from 6-9 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Piedmont Community Hall. The event will feature an opening spa hour offering massage therapies, aromatherapy, nutrition, and beauty demos, and a sushi, wine and tea bar.
An exclusive array of raffle prizes will be on display, including fine jewelry, luxury Judaica and personal pampering packages.
The program will continue with a gourmet dinner and keynote address by Miriam Lipskier, director of Chabad Student Center at Emory University. Lipskier is known for her lectures on contemporary women's issues through the lens of Judaism. The event will conclude with raffle prize drawing.
The annual event appeals to a varied spectrum of Jewish women, ranging from Modern Orthodox to unaffiliated.
"It's a joy to bring so many women from our community together," said Shulamis Labkowski, co-director of Chabad of Oakland and Piedmont and coordinator of the event. "We strive to provide a wonderful opportunity for women to nurture themselves and inspire their Jewish soul."
Advance registration is required by Jan. 7. Spa For The Soul tickets are available for purchase at JewishOakland.org/Celebrate and by calling 510-545-6770.
AC Transit hosts 'resolution' contest
AC Transit is hosting "My Transit Resolution," a contest through its Facebook page that allows participants to share their "2013 Transit Resolution."
Prizes include a gift certificate to Faz Restaurant in Oakland, tickets to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, movie passes, $25 to spend at the Oaklandish gift shop in downtown Oakland, and an AC Transit 31-day bus pass.
The contest, which began Dec. 26, will end Jan. 11.
A "transit resolution" is anything someone can do to promote public transit, such as taking the bus to the gym or getting a Clipper card.
To take part in the contest page, go to www.actransit.org.