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Archive for May, 2008

Cheer Piedmont High’s Baseball Team in the NCS 2A Playoff Finals!

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 30, 2008

vintage baseball

PHS Baseball Game and Boosters Tailgate – Saturday 4 pm

Cheer Piedmont High’s Baseball Team in the NCS 2A Playoff Finals! – a Piedmont first!

Saturday, May 31st 4:00pm – Oakland’s McAfee Coliseum

Admission: $12 adults, $8 students & seniors
Parking: $20 or take BART

Make a day of it and come early for the:

PHS Boosters Tailgate
All-you-can-eat Mavericks BBQ – $20 adults, $10 students

Bring your chair and music to the tailgate!

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Bike-to-Work Day Follow-up

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 18, 2008

The Raleigh Steed, loaded, ready to go.I wanted to let you know I ended up riding about 37 miles on bike to work day. The ~4 mile trip to Emeryville was a cinch. I got there 40+ minutes before my co-workers and had a nice chat with the people at the Energizer Station at Powell while I waited.

You can see more pictures in my flickr Bike-to-Work set

Bike Power - Team Inovis arrives at the Richmond Marina6 of my coworkers met me in Emeryville and we headed up the Bay Trail toward Richmond for another 9+ miles. The pace was a bit slower than I’m used to because of the wide range of bike experience, but it was a beautiful morning and a fun ride. We met two more co-workers on the trail and the 9 of us made our way to the Richmond marina.

We had a work event at Albany bowl at lunch that day, so 4 of us biked there. It was very hot at this point and one biker hitched a ride back for herself and her bike in someone’s car. This was the record-breaking heat day. On the evening commute back to Emeryville, 5 of the 9 made the trip back, the others opting out because of the heat.

Overall, my bike mileage was about 37 miles including the Albany Bowl lunch trip. It was fun and I was not terribly physically affected the next day except for my right arm, which was sore from bowling! Remember that a typical ride for me is 5-12 miles, so this was a big step up.

One of our co-workers rides to work every day. One rides 3 times a week using a drive-bike combo. Another does a train-bike combo. As a result of the great experience, two or three of us who have typically been “car- only” decided to try to bike to work at least once or twice a month. Should be a fun challenge to see if we can do it.

Did anyone else bike to work? Are you riding for National Bike Month?


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Green Schools: Presentation and Community Discussion

Posted by movenden on May 8, 2008

Green Building * Recycling * Walking School Buses * No Trash Lunches * School Gardens * Green Cleaning * Composting * Solar Panels * Energy Conservation * Environmental Education * Healthy Lunches * Safe Plastics *

Many exciting “green” initiatives are in the air among parents, teachers, students and staff at the Piedmont schools …

…Come hear more about what’s happening … find a place to make your own contribution … make connections with people from other schools … be inspired …

Presentation and Community Discussion on

Green Schools

Thursday, May 8th – 7:15-8:45 pm

Beach School Auditorium

Presentation by Deborah Moore, Executive Director of the Green Schools Initiative: How have other schools “gone green” and what are some of the best practices for organizing this process?

Community Discussion among parents, teachers, students, community and school leaders from all the Piedmont schools (Beach, Havens, Wildwood, Middle School, High School and Millennium):

  • Each school’s “green” projects or plans (successes and challenges)
  • How can we coordinate our efforts and move forward together?

Sponsored by the Beach Parents’ Organization’s Green Committee. For more information or to let us know that you want to participate, contact Margaret Ovenden at movenden@sbcglobal.net

The Little Green Schoolhouse

(Graphic by the Green Schools Initiative http://www.greenschools.net/)

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Moonstruck? Looking for the perfect party to bid on?

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 7, 2008

The Piedmont Goes Green Party isn’t putting a slate of candidates out this fall, but they are putting out some good food, beverages, and interesting green topics. Get your bid in for your spot with the “other” Green Party!

If you aren’t familiar with the Spring Fling tri-school fundraiser, this year’s theme is Moonstruck and the proceeds benefit our three elementary schools: Beach, Havens, and Wildwood. Your support is especially important in this year of budget crisis and likely reductions in state funding. Here is a great way to help out and have some fun.

For information about Moonstruck visit the Piedmont Spring Fling website.

Theme: Piedmont Goes Green Party
Date: Saturday, September 27th
Time: 6:30-9:30

Who says going “green” has to be all work and no play? Join us for a fun-filled evening celebrating the national and Piedmont-wide movement for a greener, cleaner and more environmentally sustainable way of life. Enjoy the bounty of the end-of-summer season, as you feast on delicious dishes made with organic, locally and sustainably grown products. We’ll provide an array of local/organic beverages including our signature, soon-to-be famous “Greenmonter” cocktail. But it’s not just about food: We’ll have the answers you’ve been looking for about the practical nitty-gritty of “going green”: What’s the real story with “green” household cleaners? What steps can I take to reduce my household’s carbon footprint? Which plastics are safe for my family and which should we avoid? Where did all this great organic food come from, and how can I get more of it? And door prizes too!

Hosts: Bob and Marianna Houser, Lisa Joyce and Tom Wetherbee, Margaret Ovenden and Don Ashburn, Terry London and Teri Liegler, Jamie Pehanick and Len Gilbert, Jennifer and Dan Cavenaugh, Laura and Bob Katter, Michelle and Dale Turner, Tracey Woodruff and Andy Madeira, Sue Lin and Reuben Rivera
Number of guests: 60

Sign-up now before the party is full! Visit the Moonstruck website, click RSVP, Shop, and Donate, then Parent Parties, then PA 709 – Piedmont Goes Green Party.

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Bike to Work Day – Thursday May 15th

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 6, 2008

Bike to Work Day

It’s National Bike Month (since 1956) with the biggest day of the month being Bike to Work Day on May 15th. I’ll be riding from Piedmont to Richmond on Bike to Work Day. My route will head down toward the bay for a stop in Emeryville at the Powell St Energizer Station, where I’ll be meeting my coworkers for a ride along the bay trail to the office at the Richmond marina. My approximate route is on bikely.com. The Piedmont-to-Emeryville part is about 3.5 miles. If you’d like to ride with me, even part of the way, let me know (leave a comment on this post or I’m in the directory). I’m riding a 40-year old Raleigh 3-speed, so I’m not hard to keep up with. On your way home from work, Rudy’s Can’t Fail Cafe in Emeryville is hosting a Bike Away from Work Day party 5:30-8:30pm. Free valet bike parking, raffle prizes, and stories to share.

Downtown Oakland’s Bike to Work Energizer Station is huge, with extra giveaways and a pancake breakfast. If you work downtown, it’s an easy bike commute and you’ll see lots of fellow bikers and there is valet bike parking! Also checkout the Walk Oakland – Bike Oakland site for information about other BTWD events and proposed bike lane projects for on Broadway, Oakland/Harrison, Webster, and Franklin. Each of these would improve bicycling to and from Piedmont.

And if you bring your bike on AC Transit or BART to San Francisco, you’ll be in the mecca of BTWD goodies and freebies. The SF Bicycle Coalition has a huge amount of activity planned.

I am also participating in a Team Bike Challenge with some coworkers. The goal is to get points by using your bike instead of your car. Currently we are in second place in Contra Costa County. Typically I leave my bike at the office and use it for rides to lunch, for errands, or to go to Peets. On the 15th I’ll be riding the whole way.

Hope to see you on your bike this month!


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