City Council fills vacancies on panels

At a special meeting on March 7, 2013, the City Council made appointments to fill vacancies on commissions and committees.

The Piedmont City Council made the following appointments: CIP Review Committee, Ryan Gilbert; Civil Service Commission, Carolyn Collins and Kathleen Winters; Park Commission, Mary Geong and Anian Tunney; Planning Commission, David Hobstetter, Susan Ode, Tony Theophilos and Louise Simpson (alternate); Public Safety Committee, Dana Sack; and Recreation Commission, Kimberly Hebert, Nick Levinson and Stephen Mills.

PAINTS holding art show at Wildwood Elementary

PAINTS (Promote Art in the Schools) is holding a puppet making and art show at Wildwood Elementary from noon to 3 p.m. on Saturday.

Celebrity puppeteer Jesse Vail will help people make, then animate puppets on his puppet stage. Artwork from Beach, Havens and Wildwood kindergartners and second-graders will be exhibited. This family event is free and sponsored by PAINTS. It is part of a month long celebration of art education in schools occurring throughout Alameda County. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to www.Piedmontpaints.org.

Center for Arts holding full array of events


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The Piedmont Center for the Arts is hosting an array of exhibits, musical events and more on its historic site at 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont.

See the comic opera productions "Out of the Window" and "The Telephone" at 8 p.m. Saturday presented by the Mendocino Chamber Opera, sung in English. Admission is $20 general and $10 for students or seniors.

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Stagebridge Theater Revue will present an evening of song, dance and improv featuring The Dreamers vocal trio, storytellers and improv sketches by Antic Witties. Tickets are $12 at the door.

At 7:30 p.m. March 29, the center will feature Rene Mandel and Friends in a classical music concert with an all-star ensemble. Mandel is a violinist and executive director at Berkeley Symphony. He will be joined by Peter Wyrick, San Francisco Symphony's principal cellist, violist Natalie Racine of Montreal Symphony and Aileen Chanco on piano. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Two Thornton Wilder one-act plays will be presented by Piedmont Repertory Company at 7:30 p.m. April 5-6, directed by Michael French. Performances are free.

View the oil paintings of Jill Erickson weekends from noon to 3 p.m. through March 31.

The center is seeking entries for judging of a Piedmont wine tasting event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 26. Taste the best homemade wines from Piedmont. Music, wine and cheese is $10 with glass included. To enter your wine email info@piedmontcenterforthearts.org.

-- Linda Davis

PHS holding annual Career Day on March 28

The Piedmont Boy Scout Council and Piedmont High School's College & Career Center will host Career Day 2013 at Piedmont High from 9 a.m. to noon on March 28 for all Piedmont High School and Millennium High School students.

This PHS tradition offers a unique opportunity for students to personally engage with professionals in many different fields and hear about their careers, experiences and passions.

The format of Career Day 2013 consists of one-hour long seminars typically led by two speakers in a related field. The speakers will share information about their backgrounds, paths their careers have taken and their profession. Each student will attend two seminars on Career Day.

This year there are 75 speakers, representing careers in fields such as art, music, film, advertising, science, medical and healthcare, clean energy, law, technology and public service. The speakers represent a mix of men and women, established executives as well as young graduates that are new to the workforce.

The chair for Career Day, Eileen Ash Arthur, has been working on the details of the event such as recruiting speakers and organizing topics since November.

Students of PHS and Millennium will receive information from the high school on how to pre-register online and sign up for the seminars they would like to attend. Registration will open on Monday. The catalogue of speakers for Career Day is available to view on the PHS webpage at www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/phs.

Film to detail Simon's journey to South Africa

Kehilla Community Synagogue is showing "Under African Skies" at 7 p.m. April 20.

It is a chronicle of Paul Simon's emotional journey back to South Africa and the roots of his seminal album "Graceland." Tickets at the door are $18. The film will be shown at Kehilla, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. Ticket sales help support the synagogue and its work for social justice.

-- Linda Davis

Girl Scout Troop 31526 to hold tea on May 11

Piedmont Girl Scout Troop 31526 will hold an elegant tea for grandmothers, sisters and parents alike from 1 to 3 p.m. May 11.

Girls will paint their own china tea cup. Cost is $38 per couple, which includes parent and child or other family member.

Preregister by Monday. March 18. The tea will be held at Veteran's Hall, corner Highland and Oakland avenues. For more details, contact yeh4mom@yahoo.com.

-- Linda Davis