Kehilla hosting program and art exhibit in March

Kehilla Synagogue is hosting a compelling program and an art exhibit in March.

Eran Efrati and Maya Wind will appear at 7 p.m. March 22 to speak about their experiences in "The Soldier and the Refusenik," sponsored by Kehilla's Middle East Peace Committee. The public is welcome. Suggested donation is $10 to $20; no one will be turned away for inability to pay.

Efrati served in the Israeli military, then publicized the miliary's violations of Palestinian's human rights. Wind refused to serve and was sent to military prison. For more information, visit www.soldierandrefusenik.com.

Rabbi Me'Irah Iliinsky will exhibit her work on paper and gouache in the Fireside Room beginning March 7. There is a reception free and open to the public from 3 to 5 p.m. March 9. The rabbi's study of Hebrew informs her work, with a focus on service to Judaism. Both events will be held at 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont.

-- Linda Davis

Free screening set for 'Linsanity' at Havens

There is a free screening of "Linsanity" at 6:30 p.m. March 19 at Ellen Driscoll Theater on the Havens school campus, hosted by the Appreciating Diversity Committee and Piedmont Asian American Club.

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-- Linda Davis

CHIMEapalooza concert scheduled for Sunday

Support performing arts in Piedmont schools by attending CHIMEapalooza from 3 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday in a Piedmont home featuring a Piedmont's teacher band with Beach Elementary School Principal Julie Valdez on tenor saxophone, Assistant Superintendent Randy Booker on drums and other musical district, and school staff.

To purchase tickets online to the CHIME event (Citizens Highly Interested in Musical Education) visit www.Piedmontportal.org.

-- Linda Davis

PBF to celebrate 50 years on April 27

The Piedmont Beautification Foundation is inviting Piedmont residents and neighbors to a celebration of its 50th anniversary with an event on April 27.

The "Party in the Park" will feature "Bouquets to Piedmont," a flower and photography show from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Piedmont Park. The event will feature live music and entertainment. Tours of the park, a hot dog lunch, games for children and more activities are planned.

-- Piedmont Beautification Foundation

Nominations are sought for Arthur Hecht award

The Piedmont Unified School District is seeking nominations for the annual Arthur Hecht award.

The deadline for confidential nominations is 4:30 p.m. March 10. A selection committee will vote on the award recipient, who will be recognized at the May 14 board meeting. The award was established in memory of tireless volunteer Arthur Hecht, who served on the school board from 1970 to 1982.

The award is given to someone who has exhibited exemplary volunteer efforts over time to make a difference for youth. Past recipients include Andrea Swenson, June Monach, Mary Ireland, Grier Graff and Maude Pervere. For more information, call the district at 510-594-2614.

-- Linda Davis

Scottish, Irish music, dance program March 8

The Piedmont Recreation Department offers a free evening of Scottish, Irish and other Celtic music, dance and songs from 6:30 to 10 p.m. March 8 at Veterans Hall, corner of Vista and Highland avenues. Easy social dances will be taught. Bring the family, instruments and stories to share.

-- Linda Davis

County proposes annual waste collection fee

The Alameda County Waste Management Authority will consider adopting a fee of $9.55 per year per residential unit, collected through the property tax roll.

There will be public hearings at 3 p.m. March 26. Both meetings will take place at 1537 Webster St. in Oakland. All Piedmont residents should have received a benchmark report from ACWMA in the mail. The report contains what to do to reduce waste and other pertinent data.

Residents have been paying an annual fee of $1.81 to ACWMA through their waste bill. Residents have until March 31 to opt out of this fee for future years. For more information, or to opt out of the fee, please see the benchmark service page of the ACWMA website, www.stopwaste.org.

-- Linda Davis

Boy Scout day camp open for registration

Boy Scout 49er day camp is open for registration for second- through fifth-grade boys. The camp takes place June 16-20 at Dracena Park.

The theme will be California Gold Rush history, highlighting miners and explorers. The cost is $160 per camper and includes activities, crafts, snacks and a T-shirt. For more information, contact Jo Hazelett at the Scout office, 510-547-4493.

-- Linda Davis

Enrollment for Piedmont K-5 students is March 6

Enrollment for Piedmont kindergarten through fifth-graders for fall 2014 will be held from 8:15 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Thursday at Ellen Driscoll Theater, 325 Highland Ave. in Piedmont.

Parents must bring birth certificates of children to show proof of age and other relevant documents. That includes a grant deed, proof of immunizations and three additional proofs of residency. For details, go to the district website at www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/forms/board/5000.pdf.

For kindergarten, children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1. There also is a transitional kindergarten program for students who turn 5 between Sept. 2 and Dec. 2.

-- Linda Davis