Center for the Arts marks first year
Piedmont Center for the Arts will celebrate its one-year anniversary Friday through Sunday (Aug. 24-26) with free musical and art events open to all.
On view at the galleries from noon to 3 p.m. all weekend will be an art show by 15 teachers and staff members of the Piedmont school district.
Friday at 7:30 p.m. will be a classical music concert by renowned musician from Japan, pianist Ryoko Nomura, including cellist Martin Stanzeleit and violinist Debbie Dare performing works by Mozart, Elgar, Schubert and more.
Tickets at $20 each sold at the door.
Saturday hear the jazz sounds of the popular band Shades of Grey, and dance or tap your toes in the center's jazz lounge. There is a cash bar. Tickets cost $15 at the door.
Also on Sunday at 2 p.m. is a free open house and "musical petting zoo" where musicians will play, demonstrate and talk about their stringed instruments, including harp, viola, violin, string bass and cello.
The center is at 801 Magnolia Ave., Piedmont. For other upcoming events or details, go to www.piedmontcenterforthearts.org.
Beach Parents Club gears up for fall fun
The Beach Parents Club is offering a full slate of fun, after school enrichment activities.
Registration is through Sept. 1 by visiting
All proceeds from class fees go to support the Beach community.
Activities run from the week of Sept. 10 through the week of Dec. 17. Most classes are from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on various days of the week.
For kindergartners through second graders there is Wonders of Knitting and Sewing, Mystery Adventures, an art studio and more.
Third through fifth graders can enjoy Harry Potter Wizardry, video game design, creative writing and more.
There are classes through fifth graders on many fun topics, including circus clowning and martial arts.
-- Linda Davis
Bellevue Club concert season begins Sept. 16
The Bellevue Club Sunday Musicale will sponsor its first concert in a new season in the Mural Lounge on Sept. 16. The concert, at 4 p.m., will feature the Quartet L'Atelier with an eclectic mix of music, including Antonin Dvorak's American Suite, two tangos by Jeremy Cohen and compositions by Bay Area composer Donn Schroder.
The Quartet L'Atelier is composed of Christina Owens, violin; Ayako English, second violin; Thomas Chos, viola; and John Schroder, cello.
The Bellevue Club is at 525 Bellevue Ave., on Lake Merritt near the Nature Center in Oakland. Tickets are $25 per person. Cocktails and dinner will be available for purchase in the dining room after the performance.
Reservations are necessary to attend the performance and also for the dinner.
Zion Lutheran to hold Rally Day on Sept. 9
Zion Lutheran Church will hold its Rally Day on Sept. 9 at 5201 Park Blvd., Piedmont.
A picnic in the church garden and a barbecue will follow the 10 a.m. service, and there will be a play area for children and families. The free event is open to the community.
For more information, go to www.zionlutheran.net.
East Bay SPCA seeks supplies for kittens
Each year the East Bay SPCA provides shelter, medical and foster care to hundreds of kittens before they are ready for adoption. This year alone, the organization has adopted out more than 350 kittens so far. The need for food, formula and other items necessary to care for these kittens is critical.
The East Bay SPCA is asking people to donate food and other supplies through Sept. 21.
Kittens are fostered until they are 8 weeks old and weigh at least two pounds. Most kittens are fostered for two to six weeks and those that are not weaned require bottle feeding with kitten formula. In 2011, 630 cats and kittens were fostered at the East Bay SPCA.
To make a donation, go to www.eastbayspca.org/kittens for a complete list of needed items or find the group's Amazon.com Wishlist. Item donations start at just under $5, and include kitten formula, heating pads, toys and other supplies to help the kittens. Online item donations should be shipped to East Bay SPCA c/o "The Kittens," 8323 Baldwin St., Oakland, CA 94621.
For more information about East Bay SPCA go to www.eastbayspca.org or call 510-569-0702.