Kehilla inviting public to brunch on Sunday

Kehilla Community Synagogue is inviting the public as well as new or prospective members to an informal brunch from 10 a.m. to noon Sunday.

The welcome brunch will take place at the Fireside Room at 1300 Grand Ave., Piedmont. Come meet Kehilla's leaders, ask questions and learn more about Kehilla. Children are welcome. There is no charge.

-- Linda Davis

Kitchens receives JFK University alumni award

Piedmont High School Principal Richard Kitchens, of Concord, was among eight recipients of JFK University's 2013 Alumni of the Year Award.

The honorees represent the three colleges of the university located in Pleasant Hill, each selected for distinguished service to their profession and to the community.

Kitchens, who received his juris doctorate in 1997, has been a high school social studies teacher, basketball coach, athletic director, local union president and the lead negotiator for labor and management at various times.

He has taught college-level courses in education law for John F. Kennedy University College of Law and Golden Gate University Law School and has won awards for his teaching and coaching.

Kitchens was recognized at the university's Alumni Day on March 2, along with fellow award winners Primo (PJ) Quesada, vice president of marketing of Ramar Foods International; Valla Hoffman, administrative law judge for the Department of Healthcare Services; James Leventhal, deputy director of development at the Contemporary Jewish Museum; Tonya Johnston, equestrian mental skills coach; Ceylan Hulya and Lisa Rasmussen, co-founders of Art 4 All People; and Dennis Wade, program administrator for Anka Behavioral Health.

-- Staff reports

Program on chemicals in products on April 24

Tracey Woodruff, a doctor from UC San Francisco, will present an informative program on chemicals in everyday products from 7 to 8:30 p.m. April 24 at Beach Elementary School auditorium, 100 Lake Ave., Piedmont.

Woodruff is a national expert on environmental chemicals and their effects on early childhood development. She researches how exposure of pregnant women to environmental contaminants affects their baby's health. She translates her findings to health care providers, policy makers and community groups to improve clinical care and prevent prenatal exposures to harmful chemicals.

Everyday household and personal care products can contains ingredients such as lead, flame retardants and plasticizers that pose health risks.

All are welcome to this free program, sponsored by League of Women Voters of Piedmont, Piedmont Connect and the Beach Parents' Organization Green Committee.

-- Linda Davis

Piedmont Relays event scheduled for April 24

The Piedmont Relays annual track and field event for third- through fifth-graders will be from 2 to 5:15 p.m. April 24 at Witter Field on the Piedmont High campus.

This fun event is sponsored by the Piedmont Recreation Department and the Tri-school Dads' clubs.

Advance sign-ups are $12 and include a T-shirt. You may obtain a sign-up at the schools, the recreation department, or visit www.piedmontrelays.com.

For more information, contact David Weisgerber at 420-3074.

-- Linda Davis

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

Bike to school or work day is May 9 at Ace

Bike to work or school day is from 6:30 to 9 a.m. May 9 at Ace Hardware on Grand Avenue in Piedmont.

Piedmont Connect's Green Transportation Groups hosts an energizer station at Ace to provide cyclists with refreshments, "goody bags" and support. To volunteer, contact ricardoscott27@gmail.com.

-- 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