'August: Osage County' at Alan Harvey Theater

The students of Piedmont High are performing the Pulitzer Prize-winning play "August: Osage County" today through Dec. 9 at Alan Harvey Theater on the high school campus, 800 Magnolia Ave.

Performances are 7 p.m., and the dark but humorous play is appropriate for those 14 and older. Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for students and seniors and may be purchased at the door. Middle and high school students also are presenting winter concerts Tuesday through Dec. 20 at Alan Harvey. All concerts begin at 7:30 p.m.

On Tuesday, the middle school string orchestra performs. Dec. 12 the PHS symphonic and jazz band do a concert with Bay Area brass chamber ensemble Brazzissimo.

On Thursday, the middle school bands perform seasonal music. Dec. 20 the PHS and PMS a cappella choirs perform. A $5 donation is suggested for adults for all concerts.

-- Linda Davis

Two holiday family events on Dec. 15

The Piedmont Recreation Department is holding two holiday family events on Dec. 15.

Children can have breakfast with the jolly man in the red suit from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave. The cost is $10 per person for a breakfast of doughnuts, bagels, fruit and coffee or hot cocoa. Greet Santa and give him your holiday wishes. Families can also enjoy dreidels and doughnuts to celebrate Hanukkah from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Building, 401 Highland Ave. Tickets of $10 per person features late morning breakfast, crafts and dreidel play. Register by calling 510-420-3070 or visit www.activenet.active.com/piedmontrecreation by Wednesday.


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-- Linda Davis

Treat-making fiesta scheduled for Dec. 15

Piedmont Language School and Viva el Espanol will hold a treat-making fiesta from 10 a.m. to noon Dec. 15.

Children will make treats to share and learn Spanish vocabulary related to cooking and the holidays. Open to all children ages 5 and up. Cost is $20 per child. Call Viva el Espanol to sign up and for details, 925-962-9177.

-- Linda Davis

Piedmont Gardens White Elephant Sale canceled

The Piedmont Gardens senior residence White Elephant Sale, originally scheduled for Saturday, has been canceled due to a norovirus outbreak at the residence. It will be rescheduled.

O'Malley to speak at League holiday event

The League of Women Voters of Piedmont will host its annual holiday program and luncheon Wednesday.

The public is invited to the program featuring Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley. The event will take place at 131 La Salle Ave., Piedmont, with coffee at 10:30 a.m. and keynote speaker O'Malley at 11 a.m.

The free program is followed by the luncheon from 12:15-1 p.m. Advance reservations for the luncheon are required: send check for $25 payable to LWV Piedmont, to 40 Highland Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611 before Saturday.

As Alameda County District Attorney, Nancy O'Malley heads up one of the more progressive, innovative district attorney's offices in the country and is the first woman to hold this position in Alameda County.

O'Malley is a nationally recognized expert on issues involving violence against women and interpersonal violence. Among her accomplishments are creating: the Alameda County Family Justice Center for victims of family violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, sexual exploitation of minors and child abuse; a diversion program that treats sexually and commercially exploited minors arrested for prostitution; and a restitution program for crime victims that has become a model for the state.

O'Malley will discuss crime in Piedmont and in Oakland with its decreased police force and high rate of violent crime, the effect that Proposition 30 public safety funds may have on crime and how Alameda County will handle the transfer of prisoners from state facilities to county facilities.

-- Linda Davis