PBF urges participation in Holiday Fund Drive

The Piedmont Beautification Foundation encourages residents to join in its 46th annual Holiday Fund Drive. Brochures announcing the fundraising effort were mailed to every household in the city in November. PBF returns every dollar it receives to Piedmont by supporting projects that improve public safety, increase access to public facilities and beautify Piedmont for all of its citizens.

PBF encourages all to join their neighbors in sending holiday greetings and community support with a gift that will serve Piedmont throughout the year. All donations are tax-deductible and should be made by check payable to PBF. Checks may be mailed or delivered to Piedmont Beautification Foundation, c/o City Hall, 120 Vista Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611

-- Linda Davis

Center for Arts features exhibits and concerts

The Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont, will feature a piano and voice concert Friday.

At 7:30 p.m., featuring pianist Mikhail Yanovitsky and his wife vocalist Galina Sakhnovskaya (cq both) performing Schubert, Beethoven, Brahms and more. Yanovitsky taught at Temple University in Philadelphia and has performed extensively in his native Russia and elsewhere.

Sakhnovskaya, a lyric soprano, has performed in the United States, Denmark, Germany, Israel and elsewhere. Tickets available at the door.

-- Linda Davis

Havens Dads Club holding poker night

Try your hand with Lady Luck at the sixth annual Havens Dads Club poker night to be held Jan. 10 at Piedmont Veterans Hall.

Proceeds go to supporting programs at the elementary school.

Event runs from 6:30 to 11 p.m. and features raffle prizes, drinks, snacks and dealers. Cost is $60 per person for initial chip allotment, and $60 for re-buys.

Fun for adult beginners to afficionados at the Texas Hold'em tournament.

To register online visit: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/piedmonts-6th-annual-poker-night-tickets-9069558293

Sign up by Monday and get an extra $100 game chip.

For more information, email Havensdadsclub@gmail.com.

-- Linda Davis

'Between Two Worlds' to be shown at Kehilla

Kehilla Synagogue is hosting an informative film on Jan. 25.

The film will screen at 7 p.m. at Kehilla, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. Admission is free for Kehilla members; for the general public, a suggested donation of $5 to $10 is requested.

"Between Two Worlds," on Jan. 25, is a documentary and a candid look at the way the American Jewish community has been bitterly divided over attitudes toward Israel and Jewish identity. For more information, call Kehilla at 510-547-2424.

-- Linda Davis

Winter, ski bargains at Dress Best for Less

Shop for bargains in winter and ski apparel at Dress Best for Less at 799 Magnolia Ave.

A large selection of gently used clothing and ski equipment is available, but shop early to get the best bargains.

Marking room is open 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Proceeds from sales at the marking room go to the Piedmont Education Foundation that awards generous grants every year to support the Piedmont schools.

'Click It or Ticket' under way for holidays

The "Click It or Ticket" seat belt campaign is underway for the holidays.

Law enforcement throughout California will be looking day and night for drivers and passengers who don't buckle up, including passengers in the back seat.

The minimum ticket for an adult seat belt violation in California is $142 and up, with a minimum $445 ticket for not properly restraining a child under age 16. If the parent is not in the car, the driver gets the ticket.

The campaign began in 2005. Since then the state's seat belt use rate has increased from 92.5 percent in 2005 to 96.6 percent in 2011.

Law enforcement wants families to buckle up, stay safe and not put any lives at risk.

-- Linda Davis

Temple has begun its campaign to go solar

Kehilla Synagogue kicked off its campaign during Hanukkah to go solar.

Kehilla is are partnering with RE-Volv, a nonprofit organization, to launch a crowdfunding campaign to finance installation of solar panels on their roof at 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont.

The crowdfunding donations may be made at www.solarseedfund.org.

All donations are tax-deductible. For every dollar donated, Kehilla will save $2 over the life of their solar energy system.

-- Linda Davis