College Prep's book fair on Saturday, Sunday

If you are a book lover, don't miss The College Preparatory School's 19th annual book fair on Saturday and Sunday.

The sale will take place at the school, 6100 Broadway, Oakland 94618.

Hours are from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, finishing with a bargain bag sale at noon Sunday. Thousands of books and media will be offered for kids, teens, and adults, with many recent and high-quality works, all at great prices:

Prices are $1-2 for paperbacks, $3 for hardcovers. A few special or oversized books are priced slightly higher. Come early for best selection. A carwash and yard sale will also take place on Saturday.

If you have questions or wish to donate books, DVDs or CDs, contact bookfair@college-prep.org

-- College Preparatory Parents' Association

Speaker to address 'Innovator's Mindset'

The Education Speaker Series continues at 7 p.m. March 7 in the Piedmont High School Student Center, 800 Magnolia Ave.

Glen Tripp, a Piedmont parent and the founder of Galileo Learning, will address how parents can promote innovative thinking and creative problem-solving -- life skills that can help children navigate life's challenges by empowering them to envision and realize their own goals.

Tripp specializes in developing curriculum for and operating innovation-oriented summer programs for children.

This event is free and open to the public.

Children's Choir holding 30th anniversary gala

Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir is holding its 30th anniversary gala starting at 6 p.m. March 9 at the Rotunda Building, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland.

The gala raises funds for scholarships and operations enriching the lives of children age 4 through 17 for the award-winning chorus. Cocktail reception with musical accompaniment by lutist Howard Kadis kicks off the evening, where guests may view and bid on the silent auction. Posh auction items include a ski getaway, seven-day Caribbean or Mexico cruise, dinner for two at French Laundry in Napa Valley and a week stay at a private apartment in Tokyo. The black-tie recommended event is co-chaired by Alene Kemper and Terry Amgott-Kwan.

Tickets are $150 each or $1,500 for a table for 10, with sponsorship opportunities at several levels starting at $800. For information or to become a sponsor contact Judi Fabrizio at 510-547-4441 or jfabrizio@piedmontchoirs.org.

-- Linda Davis

International Women's Day event in Piedmont

The Spot Oakland Chinatown Youth Center and Asian Health Services Youth Program are hosting their first International Women's Day Celebration Dinner at 6:30 p.m. March 8 at the Piedmont Community Hall.

The Spot is a new youth center in Oakland Chinatown that offers leadership development and career exploration resources for local youth to prepare for their futures. For more than 15 years, AHSYP has provided health education and counseling services that promote for youth involvement in healthy relationships. While focused on the Asian-American community, The Spot and AHSYP provide services to youth of all backgrounds from the Oakland area.

The Piedmont Asian-American Club is co-sponsoring the event. Piedmont Mayor John Chiang will be making opening remarks. At the first-ever International Women's Day Celebration Dinner, the co-hosts will honor inspirational women whose work has helped empower youth in our communities: Sherry Hirota -- chief executive officer, Asian Health Services; Dr. Isami Arifuku -- senior researcher, National Council Crime and Delinquency; and Jennifer Lee -- director of community services, Asian Health Services.

The event is $75 per person or $550 for a group of eight. The event includes a buffet dinner, live entertainment, a raffle and silent auction.

For more information, contact Michael Lok at mlok@thespotoakland.org or at 510-306-1866.

Diversity committee holding annual benefit

Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee is holding its annual fundraiser at 8 p.m. March 15 at Yoshi's nightclub on Jack London Square.

Tickets are $85 per person, which includes dinner and one drink. All proceeds benefit the grants program. World-renowed conga player and salsa singer Poncho Sanchez and his Latin jazz band will perform. For tickets or more information, contact Margaret Huang, 510-858-0323, or email mwh1688@gmail.com.

-- Linda Davis

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 $75 until March 6, then increase to $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

Hecht volunteer award nominations are open

Nominations are now open for the annual Arthur Hecht Volunteer of the Year award.

The award is presented annually to individuals who have volunteered their efforts over a period of time and made a difference because of their involvement and commitment to Piedmont's youth.

Nominations will be kept confidential. The deadline for nominations is March 15. Later in March, a selection committee will vote on the award recipient, who will be honored at the May 8 Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education meeting, where the honoree's good works can be acknowledged. The recipient also will receive the gift of a work of student art. The student will receive a monetary award and commendation from the board. Previous recipients include: Anne-Marie Lamarche and Mark Menke (2009); Janiele Maffei Tovani (2010); Andrea Swenson (2011) and June Monach (2012).

Art Hecht was a tireless community volunteer and was dedicated to students in Piedmont and Oakland. He served on Piedmont's Board of Education from 1970 to 1982. He also was very active with the Piedmont Continuation High School (now called Millennium High School). In 1998, the Art Hecht Volunteer of the Year Award was established in his memory. To obtain a nomination form, visit district offices at 760 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont, or call 510-594-2600.

-- Linda Davis