Hundreds turn out to push for Measure A

Hundreds of community volunteers working on behalf of the campaign for Measure A -- Piedmont's school support tax -- fanned out across Piedmont on Saturday to raise awareness for the March 5 special election, according to Measure A supporters.

Leaders of school support tax campaigns dating back almost 30 years also came together to show their support for this year's effort. For 30 years, state funding for public schools has been in steady decline. School support taxes now represent 30 percent of the Piedmont Unified School District budget. For more information about Measure A, go to www.aforpiedmontschools.org.

-- Campaign for Measure A

Beach Preschool sets open house Thursday

Linda Beach Cooperative Preschool at 400 Highland Ave. in Piedmont is having an open house Thursday to introduce parents to its classroom and programs.

Beginning at 7 p.m., the parent-only open house will be an opportunity to get to know teachers and parents in the program and hear about the cooperative school's play-based philosophy and daily classroom routines.

The school's programs include Tuesday and Thursday morning programs for 3- and 4-year-olds, Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning programs for 4- and 5-year-olds and an afternoon prekindergarten program as well.

For more information, contact the preschool at 510-547-4432 or at info@lindabeach.org.

LWV to host Feb. 7 forum on Measure A

The League of Women Voters of Piedmont will hold an election forum on Measure A, the school parcel tax.

It will be from 7:30 to 8:45 p.m. Feb. 7 in City Council chambers at 120 Vista Ave. in Piedmont. Campaign chairs Doug Ireland and Katie Korotzer will present the pros of the measure, while Rick Schiller and Tom Clark will discuss their reasons for opposing it. Jan Zovickian will be moderator.

The public is encouraged to attend to learn more about the parcel tax that will be on the March 5 ballot. The forum may also be viewed on Piedmont's community channel KCOM, Channel 27.

-- Linda Davis

Music, art planned at Center for the Arts

More music and more art is on tap at the Piedmont Center for the Arts, Piedmont's cultural gathering place at 801 Magnolia Ave.

The watercolors of Julie Cohn will be on view from noon to 3 p.m. Friday through Sunday and Jan. 25 through Jan. 27. Enjoy a piano and cello recital at 8 p.m. Jan. 26 by Ting Chin and Lori Lack, who will perform works by Vivaldi, Beethoven and Schumann. Admission is free with dessert reception.

The community Women's Orchestra Chamber Concert will perform at 4 p.m. Jan. 27, with a silent and live auction, wine and hors d'oeuvres. Tickets are $25 each before Jan. 27 or $30 at the door. No children under 12 will be allowed. Obtain tickets at www.brownpapertickets.com or call 1-800-838-3006. Alexander Sung will do a harpsichord recital at 4 p.m. Feb. 9, performing Mozart. Tickets are for $20 general, $15 for seniors and students. Call 415-392-4400 for tickets.

Voci Women's Vocal Ensemble performs at 4 p.m. Feb. 10, with an afternoon of romantic music to celebrate Valentine's Day. A donation of $45 includes wine and appetizers. Tickets available at www.vocisings.com or at the door.

A modern stitch quilt show with an exhibit of more than 20 quilt arts is scheduled to run from Feb. 1-24. Opening reception 6-8 p.m. Feb. 2.

Birdz of Play, a madcap group of veteran rockers and pickers, at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 1 performs their blend of folk, country and rock. Tickets are $15 at the door.

-- Linda Davis

Children's choir holding local auditions Feb. 2

Internationally acclaimed Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir is holding auditions for boys and girls ages 4 and up between 9:15 a.m. and noon Feb. 2 by appointment.

Auditions will be at the Veterans Hall, 401 Highland Ave., Piedmont. Artistic Director Robert Geary leads the program of vocal training and music education that has 12 different choirs, ranging from kinder levels up.

Advanced groups have won international awards and collaborate with orchestra and opera companies. Rehearsals are held weekly after school. To schedule an audition call 510-547-4441 or email registration@piedmontchoirs.org.

-- Linda Davis

Annual Pinewood Derby scheduled for Feb. 9

Girl Scouts and their friends can test their car-making and car-racing skills at the ninth annual Pinewood Derby to be held from 3 to 6 p.m. Feb. 9 at Piedmont Community Church, 10 Highland Way, Piedmont.

Boys and girls will compete in their age categories; each category will receive a trophy. Non-Scouts can also compete in the separate friend/sibling category.

There is a car-making workshop from 1-4 p.m. Jan. 26 at Piedmont Middle School, Room 125, 740 Magnolia Ave. There is a practice session from 11 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 at the church.

Registration deadline is Jan. 26. Bring registration form and check for $15 made out to Girl Scout Troop 31526. Cars must be purchased from the troop. No other cars allowed.

For more information, call 510-326-5395 or email elizachin_md@yahoo.com.

-- Linda Davis