Kehilla on Saturday to hold Passover Seder

Kehilla Synagogue is holding a Passover Seder meal and celebration starting at 4:45 p.m. Saturday that it is open to the community.

The event features a catered meal with favorite ritual foods including matzoh ball soup, gefilte fish, charoses and a choice of chicken or a vegetarian entree. Grape juice is provided; you may bring your own Passover wine. The theme is "Uncertainty, Peace and Justice: A Passover Journey."

Tickets cost $40 for synagogue members or $55 for nonmembers. Students and seniors cost $25 if members, $35 if nonmembers. Children 9 to 12 cost $18; children 6 to 8 cost $10. Volunteers are needed to help. To volunteer, call Beth at 547-2424, ext. 106, or email beth@kehillasynagogue.org.

-- Linda Davis

Program on chemicals in products on April 24

Tracey Woodruff, a doctor from UC San Francisco, will present an informative program on chemicals in everyday products from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 24 at Beach Elementary School auditorium, 100 Lake Ave., Piedmont.

Woodruff is a national expert on environmental chemicals and their effects on early childhood development. She researches how exposure of pregnant women to environmental contaminants affects their baby's health. She translates her findings to health care providers, policy makers and community groups to improve clinical care and prevent prenatal exposures to harmful chemicals.

Everyday household and personal care products can contains ingredients such as lead, flame retardants and plasticizers that pose health risks.

All are welcome to this free program, sponsored by League of Women Voters of Piedmont, Piedmont Connect and the Beach Parents' Organization Green Committee.

-- Linda Davis

Dress Best for Less holding winter sale

Dress Best for Less, a nonprofit resale boutique that supports local schools through the Piedmont Education Foundation, is holding a "Kiss Winter Goodbye" sale on all winter items with major markdowns through Friday. There is a $15 bag sale Sunday, where shoppers can fill a bag for $15.

Spring grand reopening is April 2. The shop is located at 3861 Piedmont Ave., Oakland, and open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

-- Linda Davis

Piedmont Relays scheduled for April 24

The Piedmont Relays annual track and field event for third- through fifth-graders will be from 2 to 5:15 p.m. April 24 at Witter Field on the Piedmont High campus.

This fun event is sponsored by the Piedmont Recreation Department and the Tri-school Dads' clubs.

Advance sign-ups are $12 and include a T-shirt. You may obtain a sign-up at the schools, the recreation department, or visit www.piedmontrelays.com.

For more information, contact David Weisgerber at 420-3074.

-- Linda Davis

City seeks use plans for 801 Magnolia Ave.

The Piedmont City Council invites interested parties to submit written proposals for future uses of the east wing (former Sunday school portion) of the city's building at 801 Magnolia Ave.

The City Council will hold a public hearing on this matter during its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. May 6 at in the City Council chambers. The deadline for written proposals is noon May 1. All proposals received will be published with the materials for the May 6 council meeting, which will be posted to the city's website on May 3. Interested parties will also have the chance to make brief presentations to the council on their proposals during the meeting.

Proposals should be submitted to the City Clerk's Office at 120 Vista Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611 or via email to jtulloch@ci.piedmont.ca.us. For further information, contact City Clerk John Tulloch at 510- 420-3041.

-- Linda Davis

Free program presented for advanced learners

A free program presenting options for advanced learners will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. April 3 at Beach Elementary School auditorium, 100 Lake Ave., Piedmont.

There will be a parent presentation about the Khan Academy and discussion about the needs of advanced learners and gifted children.

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-- Linda Davis

Center for Arts holding full array of events

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.

At 7:30 p.m. Friday, 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 Sunday.

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

PPN to discuss impact of technology on youth

The Piedmont Parents Network will present James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Commonsense Media at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Alan Harvey Theatre.

Steyer, the author of "Talking Back To Facebook: A Common-Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age," will address how technology is shaping our children and what parents can do.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. with a suggested donation of $10. All proceeds will benefit the Piedmont Middle School and Piedmont High School technology funds.

The event is endorsed by the parents clubs of PMS and PHS.

Music educators holding 'Best of Broadway' gala

CHIME (Citizens Highly Interested in Music Education) will hold a gala "The Best of Broadway" from 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 6.

Tickets are $100 each. Tickets are limited. The event benefits CHIME's support of music, drama and dance in the Piedmont schools. You may also sponsor a "rising star" in honor of a teacher, child, grandchild or family member and receive special recognition. For more information, visit http://chimeofpiedmont.org. Send order form and check to CHIME, 638 Blair Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611.

-- 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.

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

-- Linda Davis