The City of Piedmont has been awarded the Institute of Local Governments Beacon Spotlight Award for Best Practices in Platinum Level Sustainability.
The city was awarded for going beyond government mandates and highlighting creative and local solutions for tackling climate sustainability in 10 areas. Those areas include plans to build an all-electric community pool; installing four public EV chargers in partnership with East Bay Community Energy; setting up free bi-monthly compost giveaways; adopting local energy requirements for buildings known as “range codes”; adopting a master plan for pedestrians and cyclists to improve conditions for pedestrians and cyclists and to encourage these modes of transport where possible.
“I am so proud that Piedmont is recognized by our peers for environmental stewardship leadership,” said Piedmont Mayor Teddy Gray King.
For more information on fighting climate change, visit piedmontclimatechallenge.org.
LWVP organizes the candidate forum of the city council on September 22
The League of Women Voters of Piedmont (LWVP) will host a City Council Candidates Forum on September 22 at 7 p.m. Go to the virtual event via Zoom or YouTube and register to get a link to participate in the live Zoom webinar. A recording will also be available for later viewing. Visit lwvpiedmont.org to register and get other election information for the November general election.
The candidates are Betsy Smegal Andersen, Sunny Bostrom-Fleming, Tom Ramsey, Bridget McInerney-Harris, Jeanne Solnordal and Jennifer Long. Interested parties can submit questions to the candidates up to a day in advance to be screened by the League. Submit inquiries for possible use on the League website above.
Recreation department starts sewing, craft group
The Piedmont Recreation Department is starting a new sewing and crafting circle where participants can socialize while working on their crochet, beading, embroidery or other crafts and perhaps share their expertise with others. The free sessions are from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. starting Sept. 19 at the Piedmont Center for the Arts at 801 Magnolia Ave. in Piedmont.
The city is also hosting a new family night from 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM Friday at Piedmont Community Hall, 711 Highland Ave. at Piedmont Park. Meet new friends and families. For more information, contact the Recreation Department by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-420-3070.
Piemonte is looking for new contract class instructors. The Recreation Department is always looking for new classes for adults and young people. Send inquiries to contract coordinator Carrie Villa at email@example.com. High school girls can now sign up for seventh and eighth grade basketball teams. Register before September 30.
— Linda Davis, correspondent
GOP Women’s Group Receives Lead Attorney from Legal Non-Profit Organizations
The East Bay Republican Women Federated (EBRWF, formerly Piedmont Area Republican Women Federated) hosted a reception Saturday for Kevin Snider, the chief counsel for the Pacific Justice Institute, a nonprofit legal organization that promotes pro bono defense of civil liberties, parental rights and religious freedom. offers.
Snider has been a leader in defending the right to homeschooling and has brought many cases to the Supreme Court. His speech highlighted the growing danger of governments using an alleged “state of emergency” to suppress constitutional rights and described the partisan application of such policies in recent years. For more information about the EBRWF, visit eastbayrepublicanwomen.org or cfrw.org/region-3/east-bay-republican-women-federated online.
Help the city’s Lantern Projects to help charities in the South
Lantern Projects from Piedmont has identified a number of new wishes that will be fulfilled in El Salvador, Cameroon, on the Ivory Coast and in Sri Lanka.
A donation of any size is appreciated to help projects in need in these countries of the South. Just write down the wish number and send checks to the nonprofit Lantern Projects, where every penny donated goes to help. Send tax-deductible donations to Lantern Projects, 51 Glen Alpine Road, Piedmont, CA 94611. Or donate by credit card to lanternprojects.org.
Wish #454 supplies cleaning products, books and educational toys needed for the El Pital-Las Tablas school in El Salvador, in a remote mountainous area. Items include $4.50 each for sanitizer, $2.35 for brooms, and storybooks for $1.50 to $6.
In Sri Lanka, bags of food and vegetable seeds are needed; $150 with Wish #455 will provide five vegetable seed packets and 10 cassava seedlings to 80 families.
Wish #456 in Cameroon will provide aquaculture supplies for nets, dishes and fish farming supplies with a donation of $8 to $50 and create employment for 30 unemployed youth.
Wish #457 in Ivory Coast will provide science kit materials for the Karat School Project of 87 children. Donations are $13 to $200 for a microscope.
The art center’s ‘Autumn Leaves’ concert will take place on Sunday
The Bill Jackman Trio will present their fall concert “Autumn Leaves” at the (PCA) on Sunday at 3 p.m. The trio is Jackman on piano, Rich Trevor on bass and Anthony Pegram on drums. The monthly concerts are a fundraiser for the PCA, and there is a story and choice of songs for most months the trio appears.
Classic tunes include “Autumn Leaves,” “September in the Rain,” and “Autumn in New York.” The number of participants is limited to 70 people; masks must be worn; and photo ID and proof of full COVID-19 vaccination plus boosters are required. For tickets or more information, visit piedmontcenterforthearts.org.
— Linda Davis, correspondent
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