City seeks use plans for 801 Magnolia Ave.

The Piedmont City Council invites interested parties to submit written proposals for future uses of the east wing (former Sunday school portion) of the city's building at 801 Magnolia Ave.

The City Council will hold a public hearing on this matter during its regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. May 6 at in the City Council chambers. The deadline for written proposals is noon May 1. All proposals received will be published with the materials for the May 6 council meeting, which will be posted to the city's website on May 3. Interested parties will also have the chance to make brief presentations to the council on their proposals during the meeting.

Proposals should be submitted to the City Clerk's Office at 120 Vista Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611 or via email to jtulloch@ci.piedmont.ca.us. For further information, contact City Clerk John Tulloch at 510- 420-3041.

-- Linda Davis

PMS students deliver 80 letters for grant

Piedmont Middle School students jumped in to add their voices to Piedmont's request for letters of support for a grant it is applying for from the Alameda County Transportation Commission to develop a pedestrian/bicycle plan and "safe routes to school" component.


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The students delivered 80 letters of support to City Planner Kate Black last week. Residents also have delivered 50 more letters of support for the grant that could bring $100,000 to kick start the project.

Black said she was moved to tears by the delivery of the student's letters.

-- Linda Davis

Choir to present world premiere Saturday

The Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir will present a world premiere collaborated by composer Mark Winges and San Francisco poet Denise Newman in their first joint project to create the suite "Water Doesn't Drown."

The work will be presented at 7 p.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church of Berkeley, 2407 Dana St., Berkeley. The suite is only one of the newly commissioned works to be presented in the bold and much anticipated concert, which features commissioned works by contemporary composers Stacy Garrop, Kirke Mechem, Pekka Kostiainen, Reed Criddle, Eric Tuan, Sue Bohlin and Margaret Ruenzel.

Composers Winges, Garrop, Mechem, Bohlin, Criddle, Tuan, Ruenzel and poet Newman will also be in attendance and will speak about their compositions during this historic concert. Guests will be able to talk to the composers and poet at a reception immediately following the concert. Tickets may be purchased online at http://bpt.me/315381, $12/$18/$30 in advance, or from $15 to $20 at the door.

Mark Winges' newest suite, "Water Doesn't Drown," was developed by Winges and poet Denise Newman using water images to tie together a group of pieces about the stages of childhood and young adulthood.

Commissioned in celebration of the choir's 30th anniversary, sponsored by Matt and Yvonne Rogers, Chicago-based composer Stacy Garrop's "Songs of Joy and Refuge" will be given its world premiere conducted by Clifton Massey.

"Daybreak in Alabama," commissioned by "The Dean of American Choral Composers" Kirke Mechem, will also be presented. Mechem, a prolific and widely performed composer for chorus, orchestra and opera, has written more than 250 works and with performances in more than 40 countries.

Other masterful works will also be presented.

The internationally acclaimed Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir has been offering children from throughout San Francisco's East Bay an outstanding program of choral training and performance since 1982. For additional information about the concert, or the programs of the Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir, please visit www.piedmontchoirs.org, or call 510-547-4441.

Childhood learning discussion is Thursday

The Education Speaker Series will feature Stephanie Rafanelli at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Piedmont High School Student Center, 800 Magnolia Ave. Rafanelli will speak on the topic of "New Developments in Early Childhood Learning."

Rafanelli, a veteran teacher and educational consultant for multiple organizations including Stanford University's Challenge Success and the Bay Area Discovery Museum's Center for Childhood Creativity, will share recent research about how young children learn, explain why "zest" may be a skill worth cultivating, and offer practical strategies for parents navigating the early years of their children's education.

This event if free and open to the public. For more information, go to http://www.piedmontportal.org/education-speaker-series/.

Center for Arts holding full array of events

The Piedmont Center for the Arts is hosting an array of exhibits, musical events and more on its historic site at 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont.

At 7:30 p.m. March 29, the center will feature Rene Mandel and Friends in a classical music concert with an all-star ensemble. Mandel is a violinist and executive director at Berkeley Symphony. He will be joined by Peter Wyrick, San Francisco Symphony's principal cellist, violist Natalie Racine of Montreal Symphony and Aileen Chanco on piano. Tickets are $25 at the door.

Two Thornton Wilder one-act plays will be presented by Piedmont Repertory Company at 7:30 p.m. April 5-6, directed by Michael French. Performances are free.

View the oil paintings of Jill Erickson weekends from noon to 3 p.m. through March 31.

The center is seeking entries for judging of a Piedmont wine tasting event from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 26. Taste the best homemade wines from Piedmont. Music, wine and cheese is $10 with glass included. To enter your wine email info@piedmontcenterforthearts.org.

-- Linda Davis

Career Day is Thursday at Piedmont High School

The Piedmont Boy Scout Council and Piedmont High School's College & Career Center will host Career Day 2013 at Piedmont High from 9 a.m. to noon Thursday for all Piedmont High School and Millennium High School students.

This PHS tradition offers a unique opportunity for students to personally engage with professionals in many different fields and hear about their careers, experiences and passions.

The format of Career Day 2013 consists of one-hour long seminars typically led by two speakers in a related field. The speakers will share information about their backgrounds, paths their careers have taken and their profession. Each student will attend two seminars on Career Day.

This year there are 75 speakers, representing careers in fields such as art, music, film, advertising, science, medical and health care, clean energy, law, technology and public service. The speakers represent a mix of men and women, established executives as well as young graduates that are new to the workforce.

The chair for Career Day, Eileen Ash Arthur, has been working on the details of the event such as recruiting speakers and organizing topics since November.

Students of PHS and Millennium will receive information from the high school on how to preregister online and sign up for the seminars they would like to attend. Registration will open on Monday. The catalog of speakers for Career Day is available to view on the PHS webpage at www.piedmont.k12.ca.us/phs.

Kehilla holding Seder for Passover March 30

Kehilla Synagogue is holding a Passover Seder meal and celebration starting at 4:45 p.m. March 30 that it is open to the community.

The event features a catered meal with favorite ritual foods including matzoh ball soup, gefilte fish, charoses and a choice of chicken or a vegetarian entree. Grape juice is provided; you may bring your own Passover wine. The theme is "Uncertainty, Peace and Justice: A Passover Journey."

Tickets cost $40 for synagogue members or $55 for nonmembers. Students and seniors cost $25 if members, $35 if nonmembers. Children 9 to 12 cost $18; children 6 to 8 cost $10. Volunteers are needed to help. To volunteer, call Beth at 547-2424, ext. 106, or email beth@kehillasynagogue.org.

-- Linda Davis

PPN to discuss impact of technology on youth

The Piedmont Parents Network will present James P. Steyer, founder and CEO of Commonsense Media at 7:30 p.m. April 2 at the Alan Harvey Theatre.

Steyer, the author of "Talking Back To Facebook: A Common-Sense Guide to Raising Kids in the Digital Age," will address how technology is shaping our children and what parents can do.

Doors open at 7:15 p.m. with a suggested donation of $10. All proceeds will benefit the Piedmont Middle School and Piedmont High School technology funds.

The event is endorsed by the parents clubs of PMS and PHS.

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 $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

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.

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

-- Linda Davis