Piedmont Garden Club to meet Wednesday

The Piedmont Garden Club is holding its annual community meeting at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Piedmont Community Hall.

The speaker is Professor Toby O'Geen from UC Davis, a California soils expert, who will talk about soil health, how scientists measure the quality of soil and how to use new online soil survey tools that can help gardeners determine whether their gardens are "growing healthy."

This lecture is free.

District, parent clubs offer flu shot clinics

Piedmont's school district and the Associated Parent Clubs of Piedmont, in partnership with Sutter Health, are offering flu shot clinics to the public.

The clinics are from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 19 and Nov. 9 in Piedmont High's student center quad at 800 Magnolia Way.

A flu shot is $25; a preservative-free flu shot is $30; FluMist is $30, and a pneumonia shot is $60. Cash or checks are accepted.

Those younger than 18 must be accompanied by a parent. The shot is offered to ages 3 and older. Wellness nurses will administer the shots. No presignup is necessary. For more information call 510-387-4312.

-- Linda Davis

Center for the Arts offers jazz, brews

Piedmont Center for the Arts at 801 Magnolia St., has more events on tap in upcoming weeks.

The Shades of Gray jazz band performs from 7:30-10 p.m. Friday for dancing or listening pleasure. Tickets are $20 per adult for the fundraising event that includes one drink and refreshments, with a cash bar. The septet includes Eric Otto on saxophone, Peter Fetterolf on trombone, Andy Moyce on bass and vocalist Marina Zubareva.

Enjoy an artisan brewing competition from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Oct. 19. Adults are invited to sample offerings from Piedmont's home brewers. Judges will award prizes. Appetizers and bluegrass music will round out the fun.

Brewers register in advance at info@piedmontcenterforthearts.org or call Terry Patton at 510-272-9944.

Suzi Skugstad will exhibits her lively, colorful art Oct. 19 through Oct. 21 with a reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 20. Thirty pieces will be for sale.

Michael Stehr will display recent paintings from Rome and California in a show running Oct. 27 through Oct. 28 and Nov. 3 and 4. The works of Gabriella Gordon and Robyn Hodess are exhibited through Sunday.

For more details on all events, go to www.piedmontcenterforthearts.org.

-- Linda Davis

Empty nest get-together for PHS alums planned

The Piedmont Education Foundation is hosting an empty nest party for parents of Piedmont High School alumni to reconnect and renew acquaintances.

The event will be 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 8 at Piedmont Community Center, 711 Highland Ave., and will include wine and appetizers. Assistant Superintendent Randy Booker will be the speaker.

Donations are $50 per person. For reservations or information, go to www.piedmontedfoundation.org/emptynest.

Those who have donated $500 or more this year may attend at no charge. Call 510-653-1816.

-- Linda Davis

Autistic boy, 10, found in good condition

OAKLAND -- A 10-year-old autistic Piedmont boy who went missing Monday evening was found by Oakland police shortly before 11 p.m. Monday.

It was not immediately clear where officers located Valentino Sulimo, but a Piedmont police dispatcher confirmed that he had been found.

Valentino had been reported missing by his father while the two of them were on a walk around 6:30 p.m. in the 300 block of Wildwood Avenue in Piedmont.

-- Daniel M. Jimenez and Bay Area News Service