Local art historian Michael Stehr will conduct “A Walk in Rome: From the Ponte Umberto to Piazza San Pietro” at the Piedmont Center for the Arts on Friday at 7pm.
Doors open at 6:30pm and tickets are $20 cash at the door only. Proof of current full vaccination is required for entry and a mask is required during the ‘walk’. Virtually walk along the north bank of the Tiber, see the cylindrical 2nd-century Castel Sant’Angelo, pass the Leonardo da Vinci Museum, and then head to Vatican City to explore St. Peter’s Square and many other notable sights.
Stehr will tell the stories of everything you see while sharing recent photos of key points along walks in Rome. The arts center is located at 801 Magnolia Ave. in Piedmont.
Violist, performance by the Berkeley Symphony, closing exhibition
Renowned violist Paul Laraia will perform three concerts at the Piedmont Center for the Arts as part of the Piedmont Chamber Music Festival’s Human, Alone and Together series. He will perform the program “The Tailor Cockatoo” with music by Beethoven, Prokofiev and Mendelssohn on July 20 at 7:30 p.m. On July 22 at 7:30 p.m., “A Sanguine Clockwork” will feature music by Faure, Paul Wiancko and Schoenberg. “American Mirror” on July 24 at 4 p.m. features music by Clara and Robert Schumann and Derrick Skye.
The Diane Levy Memorial Art Exhibit closes this Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Art Center. The exhibition pays homage to her artwork and recognizes her lifelong commitment to bringing art closer to children. Proceeds from all sales go to Arts for Oakland Kids.
Finally, the Berkeley Symphony and Friends will perform at the center this Sunday at 3 p.m. The group of musicians plays works by Ravel, Heinrich Biber and others. For more information or tickets visit piemontcenterforthearts.org.
A self-transport composting service is available for residents on Fridays
The City of Piedmont will be offering a self-transport composting service to residents from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday outside the company courtyard at 898 Red Rock Road, Piedmont.
The site opens at 8am every Friday, weather permitting, and closes for the season in the fall. Compost is first come, first served. Bring your own shovel, container, and gloves to load materials yourself. Those with pickup trucks must cover their cargo.
Recreation Department offers summer camps and classes
The Piedmont Recreation Department (PRD) offers a variety of fun summer camps and classes for all ages as part of its summer activities – including physical education, creative arts, drama, STEM, martial arts and more. The camps will run from this Monday through July 1st, July 5th through July 8th, and every week thereafter through August 5th.
Participants in the PRD summer programs are required to complete a health screening each day prior to camp entry. The full list of PRD summer programs can be found online at piedmont.ca.gov/services___departments/recreation. If you have any questions, email Katrina Morris at email@example.com or call 510-420-3070.
Apply for municipal and school board elections scheduled to begin July 18
Filing for the November 8 election begins July 18 at 8:30 a.m. The races for city council and school board are bipartisan, and there are many issues that need to be addressed in the city, including equity, budgets, the environment, zoning, housing elements, school funding and more.
There will be two positions on the Piedmont Unified School District Board of Education. Amal Smith is removed and board member Megan Pillsbury is not standing for re-election.
The Piedmont City Council will have three openings. Mayor Teddy Gray King fired; Betsy Andersen is running for re-election; and appointed councilor Jennifer Long will stand for election. Long replaced former council member Tim Rood, who moved from Piedmont late last year.
Elected members serve without pay and may serve two consecutive terms. For more information, contact Town Clerk John Tulloch at 510-420-3040.
Lantern projects accepting donations to help in Ukraine
Piedmont-based Lantern Projects is focusing on Ukraine and two other countries that could use help. Donations of any amount can be made to Lantern Projects, 51 Glen Alpine Road, Piedmont, CA 94611. Include the desired number, your name, and email address on all checks sent to the address.
Wish #446 will send medical supplies to the Ohmatdyt Children’s Hospital in Kyiv, which treats seriously ill children and children and adults wounded in attacks.
Wish #447 brings relief supplies such as food, clothing and medicine through Hand in Hand Together, which has been helping Ukraine since 1994. Goods are shipped in container shipments or purchased in a nearby country for distribution.
Wish #448 will provide baby supplies in Slovakia, where many Ukrainians have fled to a local refugee center. $40 buys a box of 100 diapers, $9 a box of formula, and $3.50 baby cereal.
Wish #449 brings grocery bags, hygiene kits and a truck to transport people with disabilities in Moldova. The country also needs help with refugees on the southern border of Ukraine.
— Linda Davis, correspondent
Opening Ceremony at Montclair Village Plaza on July 9th
The Montclair Village Association (MVA) will proudly present the Grand Opening Ceremony of the Montclair Village Plaza at Antioch Court on July 9th from 12:00pm to 2:00pm.
During the ribbon-cutting ceremony, those gathered can enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Montclair Village vendors for the special occasion. After the ceremony, special performances by youth from Oakland and professional musicians from the Bay Area will continue until 8:00 p.m. Sponsors and donors can enjoy the celebration with stakeholders, advocates and dignitaries from across the city of Oakland—all those who helped bring this community space to life.
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