Wednesday meeting to tackle Community Pool

Piedmont Recreation Commission will hold a special meeting and public hearing regarding the operation of the Piedmont Community Pool on Wednesday in the City Council chambers, 120 Vista Ave., and will begin at 7:30 p.m.

The meeting agenda will include a financial report on pool operations and staff recommendations for the 2013—2014 budget including a proposed fee schedule for use including passes and gate fees. Such a fee schedule will be subject to City Council approval upon a recommendation from the Recreation Commission. Some modest fee increases will be proposed.

The staff recommendations will include one change to the swim schedule which would increase recreational/family summer swim time during the 4 to 6 p.m. time period on weekdays. During the summer 5 to 6 p.m. time period, there would be no dedicated lap swim lanes available.

Public comment is invited and encouraged at these hearings, particularly from pool pass holders and regular swim pool clients. Written comments may be submitted to the Piedmont Recreation Commission in care of Dick Hunt, Chairman, 358 Hillside Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611 or by email to: mdelventhal@ci.piedmont.ca.us

A staff report for the Jan. 30 meeting will be available for public review on the city website (www.ci.piedmont.ca.us) by 5 p.m. on Jan. 25. Copies will also be available at the Recreation Department or the pool office.

For further information, contact Recreation Supervisor David Weisgerber at 510-420-3074 or Recreation Director Mark Delventhal at 510-420-3073.

-- Linda Davis

Wellness, youth sports talk set for Thursday

The Education Speaker Series on youth sports and lifelong wellness is scheduled at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Ellen Driscoll Theater. The talk is free.

More than half of youth sports injuries are overuse injuries, and nearly all of these are preventable. Bruce Valentine from the Sports Medicine Center for Young Athletes at Children's Hospital Oakland will address what parents need to know about raising healthy student athletes and viewing athletics as part of lifelong wellness.

Saturday is deadline to register for annual derby

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. Saturday 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 Saturday. 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

Wildwood Dads Club crab feed is on Feb. 2

Pig out on fresh Dungeness crab at the Wildwood Dads Club crab feed from 6-10 p.m. Feb. 2.

All are welcome to attend this fundraiser for the school that takes place at Piedmont Veterans Hall, 401 Highland Ave.

Doors open at 6 p.m. for music and cocktails, with dinner at 7 p.m. Menu includes salad, all-you-can-eat crab, lasagna and no-host bar. The Wildwood Dads will put on a show; there will be a raffle and live music.

Tickets are $50 per person, with 10 drink tickets for $20 and 10 raffle tickets for $20.

Consider donating new or gently used books at the fundraiser appropriate for first- and second-graders and multicultural and Spanish-language books, which will be donated to needy East Bay children. Funds raised at past events have contributed to new play structures, computers and other amenities for Wildwood students. For more information, visit www.wildwooddadsclub.org/

-- 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

Lunar New Year event set for Feb. 3 at Havens

The Piedmont Asian American Club and the Piedmont Language School are celebrating the Lunar New Year with a Lunar Year of the Snake event from 12:30 to 3 p.m. Feb. 3 at Havens Elementary School's Ellen Driscoll Playhouse.

The event will feature a Chinese folk dance demonstration, taiko drum performance, calligraphy demonstration, Lunar New Year arts and crafts, a lucky red envelope for preregistered children and light refreshments and snacks. The cost is $8 in advance for PAAC and PLS members and $10 at the door and for nonmembers.

Please RSVP the number of adults and children attending by Wednesday and send checks payable to "PAAC" to Mary Geong, 1415 Grand Ave., Piedmont, CA 94610. For more information, email mmgeong@aol.com or visit www.piedmontpaac.org and www.piedmontlanguageschool.com.

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

Casti\ng call on Feb. 14 for two Wilder plays

There is a casting call for two Thornton Wilder one-act plays produced by Piedmont Repertory Company and directed by Michael French.

It is from noon to 4 p.m. Feb. 14, followed by auditions the same day from 7 to 8:30 p.m. for "Christmas Dinner" and "Queens of France." To book an audition slot, get more details and receive an audition scene, contact French at french4beginners@yahoo.com.

-- Linda Davis