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Archive for May, 2012

PEF Exclusive Screening of “Brave” at Pixar Animation Studios

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 29, 2012

The Piedmont Educational Foundation (PEF) is having a benefit screening of “Brave”, the upcoming Pixar release.

Tickets by mail:  PO Box 11192, Piedmont, CA  94611
Questions:  Call the Fundraising Office at 510-653-1816
Pixar requests the names of all your guests be submitted when purchasing tickets.
Please note that no cameras, cell phones, or electronic devices are allowed in the Pixar Theater. 

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RCPC Town Hall Meeting – Bicycling!

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 15, 2012

Come to the Rockridge Community Planning Council Meeting (RCPC) to learn more about bicycling improvements and ideas.


RCPC Town Hall Meeting

May 17, 7:30-9 p.m. –  Rockridge Branch Library –  5366 College Avenue at Manila


May RCPC Town Hall Meeting:

  • City Bicycling Improvements
  • Cycling Support Groups
  • Bicycle Maintenance

Tired of Driving Places You’d Rather Bicycle or Walk to?

Jason Patton, Oakland’s Bicycle & Pedestrian program manager, will describe new pedestrian and non-auto alternatives in Rockridge, including Alcatraz Avenue bike lanes and Alcatraz pedestrian crossings, the College Avenue bike sharrows*, BART station bike parking improvements ($100,000 from the City’s Fourth Bore settlement), proposed Keith Avenue bike lanes, the status of Broadway bike lanes, and Safe Routes to Schools grant improvements.

* A shared-lane marking, or sharrow, is a symbol placed in the center of a travel lane to indicate its shared use by bicycles and autos.

How Safe is Cycling, Anyway?

The East Bay Bicycle Coalition (EBBC) has answers.

The coalition works for safe, convenient and enjoyable bicycling for all people in the east bay. Dave Campbell, EBBC Program Director, will tell us about his organization’s riding and safety programs and provide some perspective on Rockridge bicycle improvements, those proposed and those possible.

Ready to Ride? Tune Up Your Bike for Safety and Comfort!

Local bike shop owner Richard Oesterius of Tip Top Bike Shop on Telegraph at 48th Street will discuss bike riding habits and bike maintenance. Find out how basic care and feeding of your machine can help make bicycling fun again.

A community supporter, Richard is donating 1% of Tip Top’s April sales to Claremont Middle School and 1% to Oakland Tech.


Read The Rockridge News May 2012 Issue Online:

Click to access RN05.12.pdf



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Fabulous Bike to Work Day!

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 10, 2012

Yes, the weather is fantastic again for BTWD. And this year was even better because Piedmont had it’s own Energizer Station at Grand Lake Ace. An Energizer Station is a small booth or table set up along the roadways of bicycle commuting routes that has food, goodies and neighbors to encourage cyclists on Bike to Work Day.

Bicyclists who stop at a stations get a free re-usable Bike to Work Day bag with useful bicycling information. Piedmont Connect organized it and Peet’s Coffee & Tea, Arizmendi, and Piedmont Grocery supplied coffee, pastries, and fruit.

Piedmont’s station got a visit from Mayor John Chiang and councilmember Garrett Keating, who were on their way downtown.

Later, I rode to Emeryville and stopped at the Xtracycle Energizer Station on West St and another on 65th and the Emeryville Greenway.


Keep biking!

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Bike-to-Work Day – Piedmont!

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 7, 2012

Piedmont is directly participating in Bike-to-Work Day (BTWD) this Thursday, May 10th. Below is information about the Piedmont city proclamation and some ways you can get involved. Ride that bike!

Piedmont’s Bike to Work Day –  Thursday May 10

(co-sponsored by Piedmont Connect and East Bay Bicycle Coalition)

Mayor Chiang has proclaimed May 10th Bike to Work Day in Piedmont.  Join him, other Piedmont City Council members, and elected officials from throughout the East Bay in biking (or walking, carpooling, or taking public transit) to work that day!  On your way, be sure to stop at Piedmont’s first-ever  Bike to Work Day energizer station, hosted by Connect from 6-9 a.m. in the parking lot of Grand Lake Ace Hardware (1221 Grand  Avenue,  Piedmont).   Not only will this give us a chance to count how many Piedmonters are biking to work, we will also have refreshments, free canvas tote bags filled with bike-related swag, as well as words of encouragement for all.  You can also enter a raffle for a free bike!

After you stop at our Energizer Station, you may want to join the “pedal pool” which will be leaving from the Grand Lake Theater at 7:55 a.m., arriving at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland in time for a pancake breakfast open to all bikers.  This is a regional (and national) event, so there will be other energizer stations at various locations throughout the East Bay.

If you are interested in forming or joining a team for the Team Bike Challenge, go to http://www.ebbc.org/tbc.

For more info about the Piedmont Energizer Station, contact Scott Donahue of Connect’s Bicycling and Alternative Transportation Group at scott@rsdonahue.us.

For general info about Bike to Work in the East Bay, go to http://www.ebbc.org/?q=btwd .  We hope you will join in the fun!

How to bike or walk with Piedmont elected officials this day:

7:15 a. m. Mayor John Chiang will leave from City Hall (120 Vista) and Councilmember Garrett Keating will leave from the bottom of Dracena Park (at Ricardo), both heading to the Energizer Station at Ace Hardware (1221 Grand).

7:30 a.m. Vice Mayor Margaret Fujioka will arrive on foot at the Energizer Station at Ace Hardware. Mayor Chiang and Councilmember Keating will arrive by bike at around the same time.

7:45 a.m. Mayor Chiang and Councilmember Keating will leave  Ace Hardware, heading to the Grand Lake Theater (3200 Grand), where they will join a “pedal pool” of Oakland elected officials and other bikers.  Vice Mayor Fujioka will begin her walk to Oakland City Hall.

7:55 a.m. Pedal pool leaves Grand Lake Theater, heading to pancake breakfast at Frank Ogawa Plaza in downtown Oakland.


–          Help staff the Energizer Station at Ace Hardware on Bike to Work Day (May 10th).  Shifts are 6-7 a.m., 7-8 a.m., and 8-9 a.m.  To sign up contact Scott at scott@rsdonahue.us

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Purple & White Advanced Skills Basketball Camps

Posted by Len Gilbert on May 1, 2012

Piedmont High School men’s varsity basketball coach Chris Lavdiotis, in conjunction with the Piedmont Recreation Department, will conduct his 12th Annual Purple & White Advanced Skills Summer Basketball Camps at Piedmont High School this June and July.

Session #1 – June 25-28, 1:00-5:00 (16 hours of instruction) – William “Binks” Rawlings Gym

Session #2 – July 23-26,  9:00-1:00 (16 hours of instruction) –  William “Binks” Rawlings Gym

Both camps are open to boys and girls ages 9-14.  The cost is $189 for residents and $204 for non-residents. 

These camps are historically very popular and focus on basketball fundamental skills, including ball-handling, shooting, footwork, rebounding, defense, and team play concepts.  Coach Lavdiotis will be assisted by members of the Piedmont High men’s Varsity basketball team.  All campers will receive a reversible jersey and top-notch instruction!

To register, contact David Weisgerber of the Piedmont Recreation Department at 510-420-3074, or dweisgerber@ci.piedmont.ca.us.

For any questions or further information, contact Coach Lavdiotis at 510-433-2600 or cpl@llcllp.com

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