The Piedmont Arts Center offers a variety of upcoming programs


The Piedmont Arts Center soon offers several musical and artistic programs.

Local artist Robert Broki will present a new exhibition of his landscape-themed paintings on Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 5-20. The exhibit is a journal of his recent travels to places where wildlife survive in harsh conditions, including the Californian deserts of Death Valley and Anza Borrego, the high country of the southern Sierra Nevada and the redwoods of the Mendocino Coast. His reception will take place at 2 p.m. on March 13.

The Adrian West Trio will perform original acoustic rock songs with vocals, guitar, bass and percussion at 7 p.m. on March 5. For tickets, go online at

The Berkeley Symphony will perform from 4-6 p.m. on March 6 with its Chamber Music Series featuring a featured string quartet playing works by Brian Nabors and Antonin Dvorak and a composition by the quartet’s violist, Darcy Rindt. For tickets, visit in line.

In the Tradition Piano Trio will perform from 3-5 p.m. on March 13, featuring Bill Jackman on piano, Rich Travor on bass and Anthony Pegram on drums. Tickets are $20 at the door or online at All events at the arts center require photo ID and proof of up-to-date vaccinations and a reminder for entry as well as an appropriate mask indoors. The arts center is located at 801 Magnolia Avenue in Piedmont.

Nominate volunteers for the 2022 Hecht Prize by March 18

Nominations are open for the 2022 Arthur Hecht Volunteer of the Year Award. The deadline for confidential nominations is 4:30 p.m. on March 18. Application forms are available on the Piedmont Unified School District website, at the district office, or by calling Sylvia Eggert, the executive assistant to the PUSD superintendent, at 510-594-2614.

The prize is awarded annually to a person who has volunteered over time to make a difference for young people in Piedmont. Arthur Hecht was considered a tireless volunteer dedicated to students in Piedmont and Oakland. The award was created in memory of Hecht in 1998 and previous recipients are Katie Korotzer, Maude Pervere, Andrea Swenson, June Monach, Sue Smegal and Ken Li.

The recipient will be chosen by a selection committee and recognized at the May 11 school board meeting. He or she will also receive a gift of student artwork, for which the student will receive a monetary award and a board commendation.

Start of new counter hours for two municipal services

The city’s Planning and Construction and Public Works Department is implementing a pilot program to change counter service houses, starting next week. Counter service includes unscheduled inquiries as well as telephone and email. The new hours will be 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Thursday and closed Friday to Sunday.

The change is being made in conjunction with technology upgrades available later this year, which will allow residents to submit permit and project applications, service requests and pay business license taxes online. Project plans will be submitted, reviewed and approved in digital format.

Long chosen to replace Rood among 11 candidates

The following Piedmont residents applied for the vacancy on the city council created by the departure of council member Tim Rood on December 31: Robert Dickinson, Connie Herrick, Deborah Leland, Hugh Louch, Thomas MacBride, Richard Raushenbush, Steve Roland, Andrea Ruiz-Esquide, Billy Ruteen, Ruchi Shrivastava Medhekar and Jennifer Long. Long was selected to fill Rood’s seat at the Feb. 7 special board meeting after interviews with candidates.

—Linda Davis, correspondent

Meet the scout troops of Piedmont, explore their offers

Scouting offers youth in grades 5-12 the opportunity to have fun exploring the outdoors while learning life skills and strong character values. It also encourages children to engage with their community and the world around them while bonding with their peers.

The BSA Piedmont Council supports five troops who each offer the Scouting experience with their own respective personality. At our March Open Houses, you’ll have the chance to meet troop leaders, participate in fun activities, and get your questions answered. The troops meet weekly throughout the school year, during which they have six to eight weekend outings ranging from rafting to snow camping, including week-long summer camps and hiking through the Sierra.

Visit the BSA Piedmont Board website at for the March open house schedule. For more details, contact Braeden Turner, the organization’s district executive, at [email protected] or 510-844-4752.

— Board of Piedmont BSA


Tree project led by young people to offset the use of paper at school

In conjunction with Tree-Plenish, high school interns Ava Stern and Mary Lee of Keep Oakland Beautiful are organizing an initiative to plant 295 trees in private yards across Oakland in an effort to offset paper from Bishop O’Dowd and Oakland Technical. use. This project will help their schools become more sustainable while mobilizing the community for direct ecological impact.

Residents can purchase cherry, apple or olive trees for $10 each by Saturday. On March 26, volunteers will come out in groups to plant them. To buy trees or sign up as a volunteer, visit in line.

— Keep Oakland Beautiful

The College Prep School Book Sale is back in a new location

Mark your calendar for this weekend when College Preparatory School’s famous used book sale returns. Thousands of used books will be on sale for adults, teens and children.

There will also be media, vinyl, puzzles and a small selection of vintage/antique books – something for book lovers of all ages. Most books will cost between $1 and $3, with some special books being slightly more expensive. On Sunday, a bag sale will run all day — $5 per bag from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and $5 for 2 bags from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Payment is by cash or check only.

Sales hours will be 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday. Please note this year’s location: 6925 Chabot Road, corner of Golden Gate Avenue (the former Seneca Center). There is limited on-site parking, but street parking is available on Chabot Road and Golden Gate Avenue. Contact [email protected] with any questions.

– College preparatory school

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