Police: Woman, teens caught in stolen car

A woman and four teenagers were arrested Saturday afternoon after a patrol officer spotted them traveling in a stolen car, police said.

Officer Steve DeWarns initially considered the white 1994 Ford Crown Victoria suspicious because it was cruising slowly through the neighborhood of Nova Drive and Magnolia Avenue and because the driver immediately pulled over when she noticed his patrol car, police said.

As DeWarns was learning the car was reported stolen in Oakland through a routine records check, the woman and the teens exited and began walking away, Piedmont police Capt. Scott Wyatt said. The officer held the group at gunpoint until help arrived, Wyatt said.

Investigators identified the woman as Alicia Bolton, 19, of Oakland. The juveniles are two girls, who are 15 and 16 and live in Oakland, a 15-year-old boy from Sacramento and another boy, 14, who lives in Oakland. Their names were not disclosed because they are minors.

Bolton and the teens, who were arrested about 5:30 p.m., were booked on suspicion of vehicle theft, police said.

-- Peter Hegarty, Staff

PNNC holding annual progressive dinner

The Piedmont Neighbors and Newcomers Club is holding its annual progressive dinner starting at 5 p.m. Saturday.

The Bollywood-inspired festivities encourage East Indian garb to enjoy "A Night in Exotic Mumbai." Several Piedmont homes will host the progressive Indian meal which wraps up with dessert and dancing at the final host's home. The event is open to current and new members. Tickets are $60 per person and can be bought through PayPal at piedmontpnnc@gmail.com.

PNNC is a social club open to all Piedmont residents; they organize play groups, book groups and social gatherings. Membership is $40 per family per year. For information or reservations call Jane Violich at 510-653-8085 or email jviolich@mindspring.com.

-- Linda Davis

Kehilla will be partner in interfaith art exhibit

The Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California partners with Kehilla Synagogue in Piedmont and Montclair Presbyterian Church to present the interfaith art exhibit "Finding Common Ground through Sacred Words."

The exhibit opens May 11 with a free reception from 5 to 8 p.m. and will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Wednesday and Saturday through June 5 at the cultural center, 1433 Madison St. in Oakland.

The focus is on sacred text, including quilts, sculpture, silk paintings, needlework, photography and more. Each work underscores interfaith understanding, spirituality, peace and cultural dialogue.

-- Linda Davis

Piedmont Center for Arts holding events

Piedmont Center for the Arts is holding a free screening of an informative documentary "Bag It," at 7:30 p.m. May 10. It was produced by Piedmonter Michelle Hill in 2010. Find out about the toxicity and biological damage caused by plastic bags and why they are banned in some counties. Children are welcome; nonalcoholic refreshments will be for sale.

The Voci Women's Vocal Ensemble will perform "Mighty Aphrodite: Music of Romantic Desire" at 4:30 p.m. May 19. Concert features flirtatious English madrigals, steamy duets from Italian and French opera and ardent German love songs. Works include those by Vaughan-Williams, Britten and Kodaly.

Tickets are $20 in advance, $22 at the door and $15 for students. For information, call 510-531-8714 or visit www.vocisings.com.

-- Linda Davis

PHS, PMS jazz bands to perform at Yoshi's

Piedmont High and Piedmont Middle School jazz bands will perform a fundraiser at Yoshi's jazz club at Jack London Square on May 20.

They will perform two concerts at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Tickets are $10-$15. Proceeds will help purchase instruments for the school jazz programs. For more information contact Jan D'Annunzio at janerley@aol.com.

-- Linda Davis

League hosting Skinner at spring luncheon

The League of Women Voters of Piedmont will hold its annual meeting and luncheon on May 10 and the program will feature 15th District Assemblymember Nancy Skinner.

The event will take place at 216 Hampton Road, Piedmont at 11 a.m. immediately after the league's annual meeting. The free program is followed by the league's spring luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. Advance reservations and payment of $25 for the luncheon are required. For reservations, call 510-547-0762 before May 6.

Skinner was elected to the state Assembly in 2008. Following redistricting last year, Piedmont became part of her district. Skinner chairs the Assembly Rules Committee and formerly served as chair of the Natural Resources Committee.

Skinner has a long history of public service and a record of environmental and social justice leadership. She served on the Berkeley City Council and the East Bay Regional Park District Board, owned a small business, and was active in student government at UC Berkeley. As a legislator, she is perhaps best known for her E-Fairness bill requiring Amazon and other Internet retailers to collect sales tax.

Bike to school or work day is Thursday at Ace

Bike to work or school day is from 6:30 to 9 a.m. Thursday 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 Veterans Hall, corner Highland and Oakland avenues. For more details, contact yeh4mom@yahoo.com.

-- Linda Davis