Piedmont Arts Center hosting a photo exhibition, marking 10 years



PIEDMONT

The Piedmont Center for the Arts will host an exhibition of photographs from around the world by Virginia Hong on Saturday. She has captured images over the past 20 years on a varied number of themes, traveling and living in many countries. See her work from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the gallery. The show is free and open to everyone, but wearing a mask is compulsory inside the cultural center regardless of the vaccination status.

In addition, the gallery and arts center are celebrating the 10th anniversary of their founding in August 2011. Festive events are planned which will feature poets, singers, dancers and musicians. Festival Days begins August 15 with a string quartet concert from the Chamber Music Society of San Francisco. Also explore the work of late local artist Martha Dickson Skinner Gerardo in a retrospective of his surviving family. Also coming up are performances by Piedmont Troubadours, The Family Jules, jazz trio, voice recital and more. September will feature classical violinist and guitarist Renegade Orchestra and more. Visit piemontcenterforhearts.org for more information. The arts center is located at 801 avenue Magnolia in Piedmont.

Piedmont’s Safer Streets Map is available for public review

The preliminary version of the Piedmont Safer Streets plan is now available for public review. The plan is the result of public engagement and the completion of a community needs assessment from last November to early January, during which time the Town of Piedmont received over 2,500 comments.

The PSS plan will help identify community needs and enable informed decision making. The deadline for more public comment is August 23. All previous written comments received are also available for viewing. Email [email protected] or write to the Pedestrian and Cyclist Advisory Committee, 120 Vista Ave., Piedmont, CA 94611. View the draft plan online at piedmontsaferstreets.org/documents.

– Linda Davis, correspondent

OAKLAND

Red Cross needs blood donations due to emergency shortage

The American Red Cross urgently needs blood to save lives amid a severe nationwide blood shortage. Donations of blood and platelets continue to be essential to meet hospital demand, and the public is encouraged to make an appointment to donate now.

The Red Cross distributed about 12% more blood products to hospitals across America compared to the same time last year. The Red Cross must collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet current hospital demand and end the severe blood shortage. Donors of all blood groups are needed, especially type O, which currently only represents a one-day supply.

To thank the donors who help ensure a strong blood and platelet supply in August, everyone who donates August 1–15 will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive VIP trip for two to Bonnaroo Music & Arts 2021. sold out. Festival. Those who come to donate throughout August will also receive a free four-month Apple Music subscription offer via email (for new subscribers only). More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/FeelTheBeat.

Donors who donate now will help stock shelves at the end of the summer season. Make an appointment to donate blood or platelets using the Red Cross blood donor app, by visiting redcrossblood.org online, by calling 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767), or by enabling “Blood Donor Skill” on any Alexa Echo device. In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, it is important to know the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine received to determine eligibility for donation.

– American Red Cross

The Montclair farmer’s market offers fresh summer products

Meet at the Montclair Village Sunday Farmer’s Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to enjoy the coolness of summer. Indulge your sweet tooth with organic nectarines and peaches from Kashiwase Farms, a family-run farm since 1920, and look out for their famous savory pluots that arrive any day.

If fresh, handmade buns are your niche, then be sure to visit BunBao, where Leo can help you choose the right bun for your occasion. With over 40 vendors, the Montclair Village Farmers Market, run by the Urban Village Farmers Market Association, has been a vital and vibrant part of the Montclair community since 2005, at one point in time, even receiving a nomination for “Best of Oakland” by Oakland magazine. and the East Bay. The Montclair parking garage at the top of La Salle Avenue has free parking on Sundays. To learn more about the Farmers’ Market, visit the Montclair Village Association (MVA) online at MontclairVillage.com.

– MVA

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