Piedmont briefs: School year’s education speaker series announced

The Piedmonter
Posted:   07/31/2013 03:45:25 PM PDT
Updated:   07/31/2013 03:45:26 PM PDT


School year’s education speaker series released

The school year’s education speaker series has been announced, with six speakers dealing with different aspects of education and raising children.

Dr. Michael Tompkins will talk about coping with school-related anxiety on Sept. 19. Understanding teenagers is the topic on Oct. 24 led by Dr. Michael Riera. Nov. 14 deals with kids, food and body image with Dr. Ariel Trost.

Bruce Valentine speaks on raising healthy athletes on Jan. 23. Taylor Mali will talk in praise of teachers on Feb. 25. The final program on March 27 will be a panel discussion on character education and service learning. All events will be from 7:30 to 9 p.m. More information will be available during online school registration in August. Visit www.piedmontportal.org for updates.

— Linda Davis

Wildwood repairs will be ongoing through Aug. 23

The Piedmont school district will be making repairs to Wildwood Elementary School through approximately Aug. 23. The repairs began on July 15.

The entire blacktop area, including playground, field house restrooms and stairs to Witter Field will be closed during construction.

The Witter Field complex and baseball field will remain open during construction, but there will be no access from Winsor Avenue. Residents are asked to access Witter from Wildwood or El Cerrito avenues.

The district asks that residents avoid bringing cars into the area, and walk rather than drive to Witter Field because of construction vehicles and reduced parking.

For more information about the Wildwood projects, contact the school’s construction manager Bill Jones at billjones@vilaconstruction.com.

— Linda Davis

City’s community pool hosting classes, lessons

Plunge in for fun and exercise at the Piedmont community pool, which is offering a host of classes and swimming opportunities to the public.

The pool is open to members as well as “walk-up” nonmembers. Walk-up hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays, with no walk-ups on Sundays or holidays.

Main pool lap swimming hours are 5:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The pool is open from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. for nonresidents.

Water aerobics meets from 9 to 10 a.m. Tuesday and Thursday. The cost is $50 for a 10-punch pass for residents or $60 for nonresidents.

There are morning and afternoon lessons for swim school. To check availability visit www.ci.piedmont.ca.us/recreation/pool.shtml. The adult swim program to work on endurance and stroke refinement is 9 to 10 a.m. and 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Friday, for a monthly fee of $80. Birthday pool parties may be arranged for up to 30 guests on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Residents fee is $125; nonresidents, $145. For more information, visit the website above.

— Linda Davis

Harvest Festival panel seeks new members

The Piedmont Harvest Festival committee is accepting applications for new members to help with the popular event on Sept. 29. Each year the citywide event features booths, homegrown fruits, vegetables, preserves and other goodies from home kitchens and gardens. Prizes are awarded in several categories during the fun day.

Anyone interested in helping is asked to contact Kim Kellogg at kimkellogg01@gmail.com.

— Linda Davis

Center for the Arts seeks emerging new virtuosos

Piedmont Center for the Arts is putting out a call to Bay Area emerging artists to feature their work in a juried art show premiering Nov. 1. The deadline for submissions is Sept. 2.

Piedmont High alumna Rene de Guzman, senior curator of art for Oakland Museum of California, will select works for this juried art exhibition. It is themed “Return to Simplicity.”

Competition is open to artists working in two-dimensional media including photography, wall sculpture, fabric, mixed media, printmaking and paintings and drawings in oil, acrylic, pastels, ink and graphite.

Cash prizes will be given courtesy of John P. Thornborrow Memorial Endowment Fund. First place is $2,500; second place $1,000; third place $500 plus honorable mentions. For more details and to submit jpegs of artwork online go to Slideroom.com at https://piedmontcenterforthearts.slideroom.com/#/login.

— Linda Davis

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