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More Halloween! Temescal Trick or Treat

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 30, 2012

From the Temescal Merchants:

Come celebrate with us on Wednesday as Temescal merchants open their doors to trick-or-treaters from 4-6pm. In addition to lots of candy, there will be face-painting, mask-making, and a costume contest at Ruby’s Garden. Also, Thee Hobo Gobbelins will be playing LIVE MUSIC from 4-5:30pm in front of Hooper’s Chocolates on Telegraph. So, grab your costume and head to Temescal for a spook-tacular time!


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Rockridge Halloween Parade this Sunday

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 27, 2012

From the Rockridge Community Planning Council: 


Rockridge/College Avenue Halloween Parade
Sunday, October 28, Noon – 2 p.m.
Can You Help? Adult Ghosts, Ghouls and Goblins needed to help with crossing safety at street intersections and driveways as Trick-or-Treaters work their way along College Avenue. To volunteer, go to Halloween Central (College Avenue Presbyterian Church) as detailed below.



The Rockridge District Association (RDA) and the Rockridge Community Planning Council (RCPC) invite you to celebrate Halloween on College Avenue, from noon to 2 p.m. Sunday, October 28.

Participating merchants will host trick-or-treating along both sides of College Avenue, from Alcatraz to Broadway. 
Meet at Halloween Central – the College Avenue Presbyterian Church, 5951 College Avenue – at 11:45 a.m. At noon, we’ll lead the first group along the Avenue. Then, at 1 p.m., return to Halloween Central for spooky storytelling and silly, scary sing-alongs. Storytellers will spin yarns in front of the Presbyterian church.

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Piedmont Young Actors in “The Sound of Music”

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 22, 2012

Berkeley Playhouse is presenting the Sound of Music at Berkeley’s Julia Morgan Theater and here’s the Piedmont angle:  Beach Revue can jump start an acting career.   Danny DeBare, PMS 8th grader and past Beach Revue performer, and Charlotte Levy, Beach 3rd grader and present Beach Revue performer, were cast as Von Trapp kids.  Danny plays Friedrich and Charlotte plays Gretl. Since the Von Trapp kids are double cast, Danny and Charlotte perform in the 18 of the shows listed below.  Another Piedmont student, Caleb Myers plays Kurt at the same performances.
If you’d like see the show, there’s a friends and family discount.  The Friends and Family Discount code “STRUDEL” is good for a 20% discount off any weekday or Saturday Evening performance.  This discount is good for all prices until Oct 26, and then only for adult tickets.  Here’s the link for tickets:  https://app.ticketturtle.com/index.php?show=26680
If you have any questions feel free to contact Danny’s stage mom, Esther Rogers, at debarerob@yahoo.com
List of Danny and Charlotte’s performances: 
Thursday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m. (preview performance)
Saturday, October 27 at 2:00 p.m. (preview performance)
Sunday, October 28 at 12:00 noon
Friday, November 2 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 4 at 12:00 noon
Sunday, November 4 at 5:00 p.m.
Thursday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 10 at 2:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 10 at 7:00 p.m.
Friday, November 16 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, November 18 at 12:00 noon
Sunday, November 18 at 5:00 pm
Saturday, November 24 at 2:00 p.m.
Friday, November 30 at 7:00 p.m.
Sunday, December 2 at 12:00 noon
Sunday, December 2 at 5:00 p.m. (the final performance)

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Beer Brewing, Art, & Music

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 17, 2012

The Piedmont Center for the Arts latest newsletter arrived and it looks like some great events are planned. Check it out!

Piedmont Center for the Arts

Hello Friends of Piedmont Center for the Arts-

What a fun line up of events to check out at the Center.  Do you brew your own beer or like to taste artisanal beer?  Then mark your calendar for the event on Friday, October 19th for a beer brewing competition.  Wildwood art teacher Suzi Skugstad will have her art on display Oct 19-21.  Followed by the art of Michael Stehr, October 26-November 4th.  On Thursday, October 25, a special classical piano concert with Devon Joiner.  A much anticipated literary event is planned for Saturday, October 27th, 7:00 pm, when Nate Berkus, nationally-known home decor specialist, will be in conversation regarding his new book (he is the cover of Architectural Digest this month).  A special Family Halloween Concert on Sunday, October 28 at 7:30 pm, features violinist Joseph Gold, violist Debbie Dare, and Barcelona guitarist Jaume Torrent.  On Sunday, November 11, Vocal Recital of Jay Krohnengold, baritone, with Miles Graber, piano, will present a diverse vocal recital of English & Irish Art songs.    

Friday, October 19, 5:30-7:30 pm.  Piedmont Artisanal Brewing Competition. Of-age participants are invited to sample the best artisanal offerings of Piedmont’s home craft community.  Grilled sausages from Top Dog, a bit of bluegrass music and a lovely Autumnal celebration of our brewing community.  Esteemed local Judges will award prizes in the following categories:  Best Pale Ale, Best Lager, Best in Show, Best Label.  Register in advance at info@piedmontcenterforthearts.org.  Please describe your product and its category (Feel free to suggest one).  Questions? Call Terry Patton at 510-272-9944. 


October 19, 20, 21, Fixing a Hole – Art Show of Suzi Skugstad.  Artist Reception, October 20,   6:00-9:00 pm.  Gallery Hours:  Friday, Oct. 19, 12-4 pm, Saturday, Oct. 20, 12-4 pm, Sunday, Oct. 21, 12-4 pm.  Suzie Skugstad, Wildwood art teacher, mixes it up with lessons learned from her young students, an innate love for color, and graphic elements from her former career as a graphic designer. Fresh, fun and lively, her art elicits an array of emotions. Over 30 new pieces will be displayed for sale. All are welcome to Suzie’s show…especially kids!   

Thursday, October 25, Devon Joiner Piano Concert at 8:00 pm.  Tickets sold at door $20.  Classical music from internationally-known musician.  A special treat.

Saturday, Oct. 27, Sunday, Oct. 28, Saturday, Nov. 3, Sunday, Nov. 4, At Your Service Art Show by Michael Stehr. Gallery Hours: 11:00-6:00 pm.  Artist Reception: Friday, October 26, 6:00-9:00 pm.  Paintings inspired by those who help us along the way, and other recent paintings of California and Rome. 

Saturday, October 27, 7:00 pm – National-Known Home Decor Specialist and TV Show Star Nate Berkus in conversation on his new book Things That Matter. Tickets $45 includes book. Send check made out to The Great Good Place for Books to reserve your spot and send to: 6120 LaSalle Avenue, Oakland, CA 94611.  Reservations held at door.  No tickets will be issued.     

Sunday, October 28 at 7:30 pm, A Family Halloween Concert.  This special concert featuring violinist Joseph Gold, violist Debbie Dare,  and guitarist from Barcelona Jaume Torrent will perform chilly and scary music of Ernst, Fisher, Torrent and one by Paganini whom many claimed was possessed by the devil.  Everyone is invited to come in costume.  Admission $15. 

Sunday, November 11, Vocal Recital of Jay Krohnengold, baritone, with Miles Graber, piano, will present a diverse vocal recital of English & Irish Art songs spanning several centuries, plus memorable (and obscure) tunes from the annals of British and American musical theatre. Outstanding composers include Gerald Finzi, Ralph Vaughan Williams, Josephine McGill, John Ireland, Joseph Clokey, Stephen Sondheim, Cy Coleman and others. Rounding out the program will be Mr. Krohnengold’s special guest artists. A treat for a Sunday afternoon… or anytime.  Admission is free.   

Hope you can join us at the Center soon. Thank you for your interest and support of the Piedmont Center for the Arts.Galleries open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays 12 noon-3 pm

Please Visit Us Online at www.PiedmontCenterfortheArts.org

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Come one, come all…General Meeting of Piedmont Connect

Posted by Len Gilbert on October 14, 2012

This Wednesday October 17, 7-8:30 p.m. in the Havens Science Room (see directions, below)

A special focus will be on how community members can participate in the creation of Piedmont’s biking and pedestrian master plans (including a Safe Routes to School plan).  If you are interested in making Piedmont more bike- and pedestrian-friendly, we strongly encourage you to attend!  Other topics that Connect has been involved with include sustainable gardening and landscaping, home energy conservation, and reducing the amount of waste our schools and residences send to the landfill.  Connect subgroups working on those topics will have the opportunity to give brief updates, and we will discuss options for future educational events.

This is a great opportunity to become involved with Connect and to meet/reconnect with other like-minded, environmentally-conscious community members!  For more information send us an e-mail at piedmontconnect@gmail.org

Location: Havens Science Room, enter from the Vista Ave doors, on the 2nd floor (follow signs)

Time: 7 pm, Wednesday October 17, 2012

For more information: piedmontconnect@gmail.com

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