Children's Choir holding 30th anniversary gala

Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir is holding its 30th anniversary gala starting at 6 p.m. Saturday at the Rotunda Building, 300 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Oakland.

The gala raises funds for scholarships and operations enriching the lives of children ages 4 through 17 for the award-winning chorus. A cocktail reception with musical accompaniment by lutist Howard Kadis will kick off the evening, when guests can view and bid on the silent auction. Posh auction items include a ski getaway, seven-day Caribbean or Mexican cruise, dinner for two at French Laundry in Napa Valley and a week stay at a private apartment in Tokyo. The black-tie-recommended event is co-chaired by Alene Kemper and Terry Amgott-Kwan.

Tickets are $150 each or $1,500 for a table for 10, with sponsorship opportunities at several levels starting at $800. For information or to become a sponsor, contact Judi Fabrizio at 510-547-4441 or jfabrizio@piedmontchoirs.org.

-- Linda Davis

Women's Day event at Community Hall

The Spot Oakland Chinatown Youth Center and Asian Health Services Youth Program are hosting their first International Women's Day Celebration Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Friday at the Piedmont Community Hall.


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The Spot is a new youth center in Oakland Chinatown that offers leadership development and career exploration resources for local youth to prepare for their futures. For more than 15 years, AHSYP has provided health education and counseling services that promote for youth involvement in healthy relationships. While focused on the Asian-American community, The Spot and AHSYP provide services to youth of all backgrounds from the Oakland area.

The Piedmont Asian-American Club is co-sponsoring the event. Piedmont Mayor John Chiang will be making opening remarks. At the first-ever International Women's Day Celebration Dinner, the co-hosts will honor inspirational women whose work has helped empower youth in our communities: Sherry Hirota -- chief executive officer, Asian Health Services; Dr. Isami Arifuku -- senior researcher, National Council Crime and Delinquency; and Jennifer Lee -- director of community services, Asian Health Services.

The event is $75 per person or $550 for a group of eight. The event includes a buffet dinner, live entertainment, a raffle and silent auction.

For more information, contact Michael Lok at mlok@thespotoakland.org or at 510-306-1866.

Kehilla screening films as part of movie series

Kehilla Community Synagogue is showing two films as part of its film series.

"The Other Son" will screen at 7 p.m. Saturday. As a young man prepares to join the Israeli army, he discovers he is not his parents' biological son, but that he was inadvertently switched at birth with Yassin, the son of a Palestinian family from the West Bank. This revelation turns the lives of these two families upside-down as they deal with their respective identities.

"Under African Skies" plays at 7 p.m. April 20. It is a chronicle of Paul Simon's emotional journey back to South Africa and the roots of his seminal album "Graceland."

Tickets at the door are $18. Films are shown at Kehilla, 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont.

Ticket sales help support the synagogue and its work for social justice.

-- Linda Davis

Diversity committee holding annual benefit

Piedmont Appreciating Diversity Committee is holding its annual fundraiser at 8 p.m. March 15 at Yoshi's nightclub on Jack London Square.

Tickets are $85 per person, which includes dinner and one drink. All proceeds benefit the grants program. World-renowed conga player and salsa singer Poncho Sanchez and his Latin jazz band will perform. For tickets or more information, contact Margaret Huang, 510-858-0323, or email mwh1688@gmail.com.

-- Linda Davis

PAINTS holding art show at Wildwood

PAINTS (Promote Art in the Schools) is holding a puppet making and art show at Wildwood Elementary from 12 noon to 3 p.m. on March 16.

Celebrity puppeteer Jesse Vail will help people make, then animate puppets on his puppet stage. Artwork from Beach, Havens and Wildwood kindergartners and second-graders will be exhibited. This family event is free and sponsored by PAINTS. It is part of a month long celebration of art education in schools occurring throughout Alameda County. Refreshments will be served.

For more information, go to www.Piedmontpaints.org.

Music educators holding 'Best of Broadway" gala

CHIME (Citizens Highly Interested in Music Education) will hold a gala "The Best of Broadway" from 4:30 to 7 p.m. April 6.

Tickets are $75 until March 6, then increase to $100 each. Tickets are limited. The event benefits CHIME's support of music, drama and dance in the Piedmont schools. You may also sponsor a "rising star" in honor of a teacher, child, grandchild or family member and receive special recognition. For more information, visit http://chimeofpiedmont.org. Send order form and check to CHIME, 638 Blair Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611.

-- Linda Davis

Hecht volunteer award nominations are open

Nominations are now open for the annual Arthur Hecht Volunteer of the Year award.

The award is presented annually to individuals who have volunteered their efforts over a period of time and made a difference because of their involvement and commitment to Piedmont's youth.

Nominations will be kept confidential. The deadline for nominations is March 15. Later in March, a selection committee will vote on the award recipient, who will be honored at the May 8 Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education meeting, where the honoree's good works can be acknowledged. The recipient also will receive the gift of a work of student art. The student will receive a monetary award and commendation from the board. Previous recipients include: Anne-Marie Lamarche and Mark Menke (2009); Janiele Maffei Tovani (2010); Andrea Swenson (2011) and June Monach (2012).

Art Hecht was a tireless community volunteer and was dedicated to students in Piedmont and Oakland. He served on Piedmont's Board of Education from 1970 to 1982. He also was very active with the Piedmont Continuation High School (now called Millennium High School). In 1998, the Art Hecht Volunteer of the Year Award was established in his memory. To obtain a nomination form, visit district offices at 760 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont, or call 510-594-2600.

-- Linda Davis

Girl Scout Troop 31526 to hold tea on May 11

Piedmont Girl Scout Troop 31526 will hold an elegant tea for grandmothers, sisters and parents alike from 1 to 3 p.m. May 11.

Girls will paint their own china tea cup. Cost is $38 per couple, which includes parent and child or other family member.

Preregister by March 18. The tea will be held at Veteran's Hall corner Highland and Oakland avenues. For more details, contact yeh4mom@yahoo.com.

-- Linda Davis