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Tartan Day – April 6th

Posted by Len Gilbert on March 29, 2013

Get your Scottish on and celebrate Tartan Day!

Saturday, April 6th 1o:00-5:00pm

Ardenwood Historic Farm, Fremont, CA

Pipers, dancers, clan tents, food, highland games, music, and Scottish ale are just some of the attractions. See http://tartanday.eastbayscots.org for more details.


Tartan Day, as currently celebrated it every April 6th , started in New York City in 1982 as a celebration of contributions by Scottish Americans to the United States throughout its history.

This marks the date a declaration of Scottish independence against Edward I’s English rule, known the Declaration of Arbroath, was signed in 1320 and submitted to Pope John XXII.

The declaration intended to confirm Scotland’s status as an independent, sovereign state, defending Scotland’s right to use military action when unjustly attacked and which was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence.

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Upcoming at the Piedmont Center for the Arts

Posted by Len Gilbert on March 27, 2013

From the Piedmont Center for the Arts bulletin:

A very special concert will be held on Friday, March 29, 7:30 p.m. with Rene Mandel & Friends Classical Music Concert.  Violinist Rene Mandel, currently the Executive Director at Berkeley Symphony, brings an all-star ensemble to Piedmont for this rare concert.

The art of Jill Erickson will run through March 31st, a fine collection of oil paintings, beautiful landscapes.

The Center’s theater group, the Piedmont Repertory Players, will perform two Thornton Wilder plays on April 5 and 6th.

The art exhibit Reflections on Water and Nature by Nora Partido, Sylvia Chesson and Mehdi Ghadiani using printmaking, fused glass and photography will be on view April 5, 6, 7.

The Manhattan Piano Trio will perform on Friday, April 12, featuring Piedmont’s Wayne Lee.

The art of the AP Art Students from PHS will be on view Friday, April 12 and Sunday, April 14, with opening reception on Thursday, April 11.

On Sunday, April 21 a special classical music concert with the Divertimento Ensemble presenting a program entitled European Charm featuring the music of Rossini, Farkas and Beethoven.

Judgment of Piedmont Wine Tasting Event–Friday, April 26th, 5:30-7:30 pm Taste best homemade wines representing the Piedmont community. Music, wine, cheese. $10 with glass included.  Enter your wine in the competition by email: info@piedmontcenterforthearts.org.


More info: www.PiedmontCenterfortheArts.org

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Piedmont Highland Dance 2013 Ceilidh

Posted by Len Gilbert on March 22, 2013

A free evening of Scottish, Irish and other Celtic music, dance, songs, stories, pipers, more! Easy social dances will be taught!


March 23 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. (doors open at 6 p.m.)

Piedmont Veteran’s Building, 401 Highland Ave. Piedmont, 94611

Attendees welcome to participate, so bring your dancing shoes, instruments, voices and stories to share with all!

Contact us at dancer.highland@gmail.com and sign up to sing, dance, play an instrument, tell a story or recite a poem.

Performances must have a Celtic theme and be five minutes or less in length. Please describe your act and indicate other equipment you may need. Advanced sign-ups recommended!


Please bring finger food and non-alcoholic beverages to share. Children welcome!

Ceilidh is free, but donations gratefully accepted.

For more info, please email dancer.highland@gmail.com or see page 56 of Piedmont Recreation Department Summer catalogue.


Highland Dance classes are taught through the Piedmont Recreation Department.


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PHS Varsity Baseball

Posted by Len Gilbert on March 22, 2013

The Highlanders take on Bishop O’Dowd today in varsity baseball.

4:00pm at Witter Baseball. Come out and root, root, root for the home team!

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Big O at Yoshi’s

Posted by Len Gilbert on March 15, 2013

Big O – The Big Band of Oakland Public School Music Teachers

Big O at Yoshis

What a lineup! 5 trumpets, 5 saxaphones, 5 trombones, with piano, bass, and drums. Guitar handled by Piedmont’s Randy Porter.

Big O is the Big Band of Oakland Unified School District music teachers who come together in this ensemble to practice what they preach. Band members perform in many other ensembles from Latin, swing, Brazilian, avant guarde, classical and other traditions bringing together their wealth of experience into this swinging group.

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013 8pm @ Yoshi’s

More info: http://www.yoshis.com/oakland/jazzclub/artist/show/3304

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