Center holding benefit for tornado victims

The Piedmont Center for the Arts at 801 Magnolia Ave. is holding a benefit concert for Oklahoma tornado victims at 7:30 p.m. June 28.

All proceeds go directly to aid victims. A $50 donation at the door is requested.

The event features chamber music by Joe Gold and Debbie Dare on violin, Miles Graber and Arkadi Serper, piano, Angela Koregelos on flute and Paul Rhodes on cello. The Kairos Vocal Ensemble, a children's choir, will also perform.

The oil pastels and dry point etchings of Doug Lawler themed "The Human Tribe" will be on exhibit Friday through Sunday, and June 28-30 from noon to 3 p.m. at the center. The exhibit is free.

Piedmont Players Theatrical Board will perform staged readings of plays being considered for their upcoming season at 7 p.m. June 24.

All are welcome to come and read a part or listen and stay to discuss the plays.

Three men and five women are needed for "The Heidi Chronicles" by Wendy Wasserstein. Copies of the play are now in baskets on the porch. Contact Nancy Lehrkind at Lehrkind@grubbco.com to request any specific part for reading, or just show up to read.

-- Linda Davis

Harvest Festival panel seeks new members

The Piedmont Harvest Festival committee is accepting applications for new members to help with the popular event on Sept. 29.

Each year the citywide event features booths, homegrown fruits, vegetables, preserves and other goodies from home kitchens and gardens. Prizes are awarded in several categories during the fun day.

Anyone interested in helping with the Harvest Festival is asked to contact Kim Kellogg at kimkellogg01@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

Homeowners can apply for parcel tax exemption

Homeowners who reside in Piedmont and qualify for Supplemental Social Security Income (SSI) are eligible to apply for an exemption to the recently passed Measure A school parcel tax.

You must apply in person or by mail to the Office of the Superintendent, Piedmont Unified School District, 760 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611.

Homeowners must submit proof of their SSI in the form of their annual notification of eligibility sent by the Social Security Administration.

Deadline to apply for application for the 2013-14 fiscal year is 4 p.m. on July 1. For any questions, contact assistant to school superintendent at 510-594-2614.

-- Linda Davis

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