League endorses schools tax Measure A

The board of the League of Women Voters of Piedmont voted to endorse the proposed tax Measure A at its Dec. 12 meeting. The tax will have to pass by a two-thirds majority.

The League plans to hold a public forum on the measure on Feb. 7. The measure will be a special-election vote on the March 5 ballot. The board cited the California League's statewide position and the Piedmont League's local position to support excellence in K-12 education.

-- Linda Davis

Event to celebrate the Jewish woman

Chabad of Oakland and Piedmont is poised to unite Jewish women of all backgrounds and affiliations at its annual event celebrating the Jewish woman.

The event, attended by 85 women last year, is expected to draw more than 100 women this year. "Spa For The Soul" is an evening of pampering, relaxation and inspiration scheduled to take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Jan. 13 in the Piedmont Community Hall. The event will feature an opening spa hour offering massage therapies, aromatherapy, nutrition, and beauty demos and a sushi, wine and tea bar. An exclusive array of raffle prizes will be on display, including fine jewelry, luxury Judaica and personal pampering packages.

The program will continue with a gourmet dinner and keynote address by Miriam Lipskier, director of Chabad Student Center at Emory University. Lipskier is known for her lectures on contemporary women's issues through the lens of Judaism. The event will conclude with raffle prize drawing. The annual event appeals to a varied spectrum of Jewish women, ranging from Modern Orthodox to unaffiliated.


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"It's a joy to bring so many women from our community together," said Shulamis Labkowski, co-director of Chabad of Oakland and Piedmont and coordinator of the event. "We strive to provide a wonderful opportunity for women to nurture themselves and inspire their Jewish soul."

Advance registration is required by Jan. 7. Spa For The Soul tickets are available for purchase at JewishOakland.org/Celebrate and by calling 510-545-6770.

PAAC annual dinner scheduled for Jan. 11

Susi Cherry and Morgan Watkins from Guide Dogs for the Blind will share their stories at the Piedmont Asian-American Club annual dinner on Jan. 11.

The event will be from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Legendary Palace at 708 Franklin St. in Oakland. The cost is $25 for members and $35 for nonmembers. RSVP to Mary Geong at 510-654-4417 and send a check payable to "PAAC" at 1415 Grand Ave., Piedmont, CA 94610 by Wednesday.

Cherry, a native Californian and retired interior designer, has co-authored a book about her experience as a puppy raiser and breeder keeper. She has volunteered for Guide Dogs for the Blind for more than 20 years, where she raised five puppies.

She volunteers as a docent on the Guide Dog campus in San Rafael, giving tours to the public. She is past chair of the Guide Dogs for the Blind's Legacy Society and participates in the organization's speakers bureau. Susi is a breeder custodian for "Globie," a beautiful black Labrador retriever, who gave birth to 22 puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. Globie accompanies Cherry on speaking engagements.

G. Morgan Watkins worked for 30 years at the University of Texas at Austin, becoming the director of user services, one of the largest centralized computing support operations in the country. After enjoying a short retirement, he served for 18 months as the acting president and CEO of Guide Dogs for the Blind while they conducted a national search. Morgan continues to serve on the national board of Guide Dogs for the Blind.

AC Transit hosts 'resolution' contest

AC Transit is hosting "My Transit Resolution," a contest through its Facebook page that allows participants to share their "2013 Transit Resolution."

Prizes include a gift certificate to Faz Restaurant in Oakland, tickets to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. tribute concert at the Paramount Theatre in Oakland, movie passes, $25 to spend at the Oaklandish gift shop in downtown Oakland and an AC Transit 31-day bus pass.

The contest, which began Dec. 26, will end Jan. 11. A "transit resolution" is anything someone can do to promote public transit, such as taking the bus to the gym or getting a Clipper card. To take part in the contest page, go to www.actransit.org.