City kicks off 'Movies in the Park' on Friday

The city of Piedmont kicks off its free "Movies in the Park" series Friday at dusk in Piedmont Park.

The family friendly series features the adventures of mouse "Stuart Little" for the first movie.

The community is invited to bring picnic blankets or low lawn chairs to enjoy the film.

Other free movies will be shown Sept. 13 and Sept. 27.

For more information, contact Erin Rivera in the Recreation Department at 510-420-3072 or erivera@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

-- Linda Davis

Reception for Kitchens scheduled for Friday

Celebrate Piedmont High principal Rich Kitchens' 30-plus years with the Piedmont school district from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday.

The reception and retirement send-off will be held at Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont. For more information, contact Dane Copeland at blackpup1990@gmail.com.

-- Linda Davis

PBF announces matching Shapiro fund challenge

The Piedmont Beautification Foundation spring newsletter announces a matching fund challenge.

Donate now and your contribution toward the Shapiro Endowment Fund will automatically be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000 before Dec. 31, 2014.

This generous donation by PBF advisor Hort Shapiro and his daughters, Katie Harmon and Emily Johnson, was established in memory of Betty Shapiro, wife and mother and grandmother.

Betty Shapiro's outstanding contributions and commitment to PBF and the city of Piedmont inspired this matching fund challenge. Your donation will help to generate and grow sufficient funds to support the ongoing partnership of PBF and the city of Piedmont.

Tax deductible checks may be made payable to PBF and mailed or hand delivered to Piedmont Beautification Foundation, Piedmont City Hall, 120 Vista Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611.

Donors names will be published in the Piedmonter and Piedmont Post.

-- Piedmont Beautification Foundation

Bellevue Club to host 'Sunday on the Terrace'

The Bellevue Club, 525 Bellevue Ave., will launch its newly redecorated outdoor deck on Sunday afternoon with a grand party, "Sunday on the Terrace."

There will be live music, a silent auction, a raffle, libations and a delectable array of hors d'oeuvres.

Jewelry makers, painters and ceramists will display a wide variety of their works. You may find just the piece you've been looking for, or you can talk with an artist about making that special creation you have always wanted but never found. Jewelry purchases may be made by check or cash only.

The featured wineries will offer tastings, and if you find a vintage you like, you can buy it at this event for a discounted price.

This party is sponsored by the Bellevue Club Foundation, headed by Lois Finch, dedicated to the preservation of the lakeside Bellevue Club, now included on the National Register of Historic Places. Hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. and tickets are $45, with $30 tax deductible. Dress is casual.

For more information or to buy tickets, call 510-451-1000, ext. 0, or email reception@bellevueclub.org.

Sunday will also be "Love Our Lake Day," a citywide celebration of improvements around Lake Merritt. So it will be a busy day. But if you enter the park near the Fairyland entrance, at Grand and Perkins, tell the gate attendant that you are going to "Sunday on the Terrace" at the Bellevue Club, and $5 parking fee will be waived.

-- Bellevue Club

Center for Arts holding several June events

Piedmont Center for the Arts will hold open studios Friday and Saturday.

Five Piedmont artists will display their work over the weekend. They are Suzie Skugstad, art teacher Karen Stanton, Joanne Palamountain, Larraine Seiden and Lorna Strotz.

The exhibit is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday. Sunday is children's art activity day, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For other upcoming events visit www.piedmontcenterforthearts.org.

-- Linda Davis

Choir documentary screening on June 28

Piedmont East Bay Children's Choir is featured in the world premiere documentary "To Breathe As One."

There will be two screenings of the film, at 7 and 8:45 p.m. June 28 at Delancey Screening Room, 600 Embarcadero St., San Francisco. Following the film will be Q&A sessions with filmmakers James and Maureen Castle Tusty.

Seating is limited. tickets are $20 general and $10 students. Purchase at www.brownpapertickets.com or call 510-547-4441.

The choir toured Estonia in 2009, where they joined other singers on stage at the Estonian song festival called Laulupidu. They hope to return to Estonia in 2014.

-- Linda Davis

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