'Out in America' is next film from diversity group

The Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee will present free screenings of "Out in America," a compelling portrait of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans through their own words and experiences.

The film deals with overcoming social and familial challenges, fighting discrimination and achieving respect. It was produced and directed by Andrew Goldberg.

The film screens at 7 p.m. April 23 at Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Ave., Piedmont. Reception at 6:30 p.m. A community discussion at 8:20 p.m. will follow the film, which also shows at 6:30 p.m. April 30 at The New Parkway, 474 24th St., Oakland.

It is co-sponsored by DiversityWorks and the Piedmont League of Women Voters.

-- Linda Davis

Center for the Arts hosting several events

Piedmont Center for the Arts will hold a tasting event of Piedmont wines from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 26.

Of-age participants are invited to sample the best homemade wines Piedmonters have to offer. Three qualified judges will conduct the tasting, and prizes will be awarded.

Tickets of $10 per person include a commemorative wine glass.

The event includes classical music, wine and cheeses at the center at 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont.

Vintners should register in advance at info@piedmontcenterforthearts.org. Describe entry and its category.

The Manhattan Piano Trio perform at 7:30 p.m. April 12, led by Piedmont native Wayne Lee. The Julliard-trained musicians -- Lee on violin, cellist Dmitry Kouzov from Russia and pianist Milana Strezeva from Moldova -- will perform music of Haydn and three Czech composers: Bedrich Smetana, Bohuslav Martinu and Anton Dvorak. Tickets are $20 at the door.

The Divertimento Ensemble appears at 4 p.m. April 21, with a program "European Charm." They will perform works by Rossini, Beethoven, Ferenc Farkas. The ensemble includes violinists Joseph Gold and Debbie Dare, violist Raphael Gold, cellist Paul Rhodes, bassist Karen Horner, Clarinetist Larry London, Bassoonist Cyrle Perry, and hornist Janis Lieberman. Tickets are from $10 to $15 at the door.

The art of students from Piedmont High will be on view from noon to 4 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.

-- 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

Piedmont Relays event to be at Witter Field

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 510-420-3074.

-- Linda Davis

Prescription drug disposal day April 27

The Piedmont Police Department is holding a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27 at the department, 403 Highland Ave., Piedmont.

The service is free and anonymous. People are encouraged to rid their cabinets of potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs, which will be disposed of by the police department.

Unused drugs are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at 5,200 sites operated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and its local law enforcement partners. In five previous Take Back events, more than 2 million pounds of pills were turned in.

Statistics show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Throwing unused drugs in the trash or flushing down the toilet poses safety and health hazards.

For more information, contact Officer Foster at 510-420-3000.

-- Linda Davis

Bike to school or work day is May 9 at Ace

Bike to work or school day is from 6:30 to 9 a.m. May 9 at Ace Hardware on Grand Avenue in Piedmont.

Piedmont Connect's Green Transportation Groups hosts an energizer station at Ace to provide cyclists with refreshments, "goody bags" and support. To volunteer, contact ricardoscott27@gmail.com.

-- Linda Davis