May 2 2016

May 24, 2016


Piedmont High School
Annual Bird Calling Contest

Please email or call 510-653-1816 if you would like to be added to the WAIT LIST

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“Wax,” a student asked one lazy afternoon in 1963, “can we do something to liven things up around here?”  With this request in mind, Mr. Leonard J. Waxdeck recalled an interesting experience from his factory days and created the show that everyone knows today as the Piedmont High School Bird Calling Contest.

That was the beginning of the legend, as it has been reprinted in contest programs for more than five decades. It goes on to recount the multiple appearances on “The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson”, followed by multiple appearances on “Late Night with David Letterman” as well.

Though the Contest changed irrevocably in the fall of 1994 with the death of its founder, it has been carried on by the many who share in the spirit of innovation and fun of Mr. Waxdeck.  In honor of the tradition that he created, we continue to present the Annual Piedmont High School Bird Calling Contest year after year. Our hope is that with the support of the community and students, this venerable tradition will continue for many years to come.


Many people wonder about the criteria for a winning call. Is it the delicate soloist with the enchanting whistle worthy of first-place? Or is the best act the routine that receives the most enthusiastic response from the audience?  To assist any armchair judges in the audience, the following criteria are used.  Though judges give scores for each of the three criteria, points alone do not determine the winners. There are intangibles that set the winners apart.

  • Authenticity of Call

The judges will act as experts of the Contest to certify the authenticity of the call.

  • Poise and Delivery

Both stage presence and smoothness of delivery are considered. The beauty and singularity of the birdcall are essential.

  • Content of Introduction

Contestants must write their own ‘sketches’. It should include pertinent information about their bird. The information should be organized, well-composed, and in good taste. Humor can be a plus or minus, depending on its appropriateness.

Past Winners

2015 Tyler Ellis, Maret Sotkiewicz
2014 Sami Barney, Katie Cummins, Jasmine Nadim
2013 Gabe Bolio, James Clifford, Eli Nash
2012 Tialli Moya-Smith, Sheli Shacker, and Cameron Anderson
2011 Caitlin Baldridge, Austin Kelley, Theo Quayle
2010 Andrew Moorhead, Emma Nicholls, Zach Piser
2009 Anna Kritikos, Claire Rogers, & Rosie Talcott
2008 Derek DeRoche, Eric Sezgen, & Eric Wheeler
2007 Drew Joseph & Drew Kessler
2006 Dana Han-Klein & Claire Menke
2005 Claire Neumann & Kelsey Webster
2004 Laci Halliwell, Brandon Paris, & Bunny Rutherford
2003 Andrew Meyer & Cullen Reddy
2002 Alex Hirsch
2001 Jill Pervere & Rachel Winograd
2000 Eli Liliedahl-Allen & Courtney Labree
1999 David Lau & Paul Celestre
1998 John Shumway & Carl Moren

Updated: May 3, 2016

Apr 26 2016

 The public is invited to the City of Piedmont annual Arbor Day celebration on Wednesday, April 27th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Community Hall and Teahouse in Piedmont Main Park on Highland Avenue.

Arbor Day Logo

New Arbor Day logo above.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Bill McNamara, Executive Director of the Quarry Hill Botanical Garden in Glen Ellen. Sometimes referred to as the “Indiana Jones” of plant propagation, Mr. McNamara searches mostly Southeast Asia for rare and endangered plant species that he brings back to Quarry Hill. He will present a slide show of his adventures. Mr. McNamara is also donating a California Coast Live Oak sapling from a tree that played an important part in Jack London’s life and writings in Glen Ellen.

Refreshments will be served.

Read here for more Arbor Day information.

Feb 7 2016

Piedmont Players Presents:

  February 26th through March 6th

Performances – Friday, Saturday & Sunday

(Fri 2/26 & Sat 2/27 @ 8pm, Sun 2/28 @ 7 PM, Fri Mar 4 & Sat Mar 5 @ 8pm and Sun Mar 6 @ 2pm & 7pm)

 Piedmont Center for the Arts

801 Magnolia Avenue, Piedmont, CA 94611

“Other Desert Cities” tells the story of the fictional Wyeth family — a clan led at the top by a mother and father highly regarded in old Hollywood circles and admired by Republicans for their service to and friendship with Ronald and Nancy Reagan in their heyday. The play explores the dark family secrets that threaten to destroy external and internal perceptions about the life the members lead.

Family drama is well-traversed territory, but Baitz has laced the story with humor and wit, political commentary (setting it in 2004 after the Iraq War is underway), sharp dialogue and an affecting premise: The grown daughter, Brooke, a writer who has suffered a nervous breakdown, has just written a memoir about her life, her parents and their role in the tragic loss of her brother. But she has not told her parents, Polly and Lyman, of her plans to publish the memoir until the publication date nears while on a Christmas visit back home.

Director: Michael French

Directors Carter Dunlap & Nancy Lehrkind


Polly: Mary Gibboney

Lyman:  Lawrence Hecht *

Silda: Laura Long *

Brooke: Sarah Nowicki

Trip:  Joshua Selesnick

* member of Actors Equity Association –  AEA 

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Piedmont Players website:


Piedmont Center for the Arts is a non-profit 501(c) 3 corporation.

Feb 2 2015



3:00 – 5:00 pm



The League of Women Voters of Piedmont is proud to present an afternoon with Piedmont’s own Jeff Bleich, former Ambassador to Australia and Special Counsel to President Obama during the first year of the Administration.  Mr. Bleich also served as President of the California State Bar, and clerked for Chief Justice William H. Rehnquist of the U.S. Supreme Court, Judge Abner J. Mikva of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge Howard M. Holtzmann of the Iran-U.S. Claims Tribunal at The Hague.  In 2013, Jeff received the State Department’s highest award for a non-career ambassador, the Sue Cobb Prize for Exemplary Diplomatic Service.  He is currently a Partner at the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson in San Francisco.

This program is a fundraiser to benefit the League of Women Voters of Piedmont, a nonpartisan organization dedicated to engaging citizens in the democratic process and promoting positive solutions to public policy through voter education.  Mr. Bleich will address electronic voting and ways of increasing voter turnout, with audience Q&A to follow.

Tickets are $35 in advance, $40 at the door.  Doors open at 3:00 with refreshments, program commences at 3:30.

To reserve a spot, visit and click the calendar link or contact Tracy Kirkpatrick at

Dec 10 2014

The League of Women Voters of Piedmont (LWVP) will hold their annual Holiday Luncheon on Friday, December 12.  The public is invited to attend and hear guest speaker, Piedmont resident Dan Reicher. *

Friday, December 12th

11:00 am – 1:30 pm

Piedmont Veterans Hall

401 Highland Avenue

Reicher will speak on Clean Energy: Technology, Policy and Finance. He is Executive Director of the Steyer-Taylor Center for Energy Policy and Finance at Stanford University, a joint center of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and Stanford Law School, where he also holds faculty positions.

Reicher came to Stanford in 2011 from Google, where he served since 2007 as Director of Climate Change and Energy Initiatives. Dan has more than 25 years of experience in energy and environmental policy, finance, and technology. He has served three Presidents including in the Clinton administration as Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Department of Energy Chief of Staff, as a member of President Obama’s Transition Team and Co-chair of the Energy and Environment Team for Obama, and as a staff member of President Carter’s Commission on the Accident at Three Mile Island.

Dan holds a BA in biology from Dartmouth College and a JD from Stanford Law School. He also studied at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government and MIT.

An avid kayaker, Reicher was a member of the first expedition on record to navigate the entire 1888-mile Rio Grande (with support from the National Geographic Society) and to kayak the Yangtze River in China. He is married to Carole Parker. Carole and Dan have three children and live in Piedmont.

*Speaker & lunch $30 in advance or $35 at the door. To reserve your spot, visit and click on the Reserve Now button. Payment via credit card, debit card or PayPal account accepted.

There is no fee for the speaker portion of the program. Lunch following the speaker at 12:30pm. Please reserve your spot by visiting

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Nov 23 2014

Time to get ready for the 13th annual Piedmont Turkey Trot ~ a community event!

The 3 mile walk/run through Piedmont November 27th, 2014 ~ Thanksgiving morning~ 8:30 am

The race starts at the Exedra (Blue Vase) in Main Park at Highland and Magnolia Avenues. 

$30 for ages 13 years and older

$20 for ages 12 years and younger

Must register by Tuesday, November 25th for this pricing

After November 25th, late registration will be available for $40 for ages 13+ and $30 for ages 12 and under.

For more information and registration go to:

Long sleeve tech shirts will be available to the first 2400 registered entrants.

Net proceeds from the Piedmont Turkey Trot benefit local charities and organizations.

“The 2014 Piedmont Turkey Trot is proud to continue to have net proceeds benefit the PHS Cross Country and Track and Field Teams – and for the first time, the City of Piedmont’s Athletic Facilities Preservation Fund.”

Sep 17 2013

California Assemblymember Nancy Skinner, who represents Piedmont in the State Assembly, will host a Town Hall meeting at the Piedmont Veterans Memorial Building on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2013, from 7 to 8:30 p.m.

According to an announcement from her office, Ms. Skinner will provide updates on:

• New funding for schools, the UC system, and veterans in California’s 2013-2014 State budget

Covered California – California’s implementation of the Affordable Care Act

• Important legislation awaiting Governor Brown’s signature.

Ms. Skinner has served as Chair of the Assembly Rules Committee and was recently appointed Chair of the Assembly Budget Committee.

Sep 11 2013

– Public Program Presented by Piedmont League of Women Voters –

Dr. Michael Hanemann, professor of environmental and resource economics at Arizona State University and UC Berkeley, will discuss California water issues  at a Piedmont League of Women Voters event on Monday, September 23, beginning at 7 pm, at 40 Highland Ave., Piedmont.

An economist who specializes in the economics of water and the environment, Dr. Hanemann will focus on agricultural uses of water in California and problems with the current system of water pricing and allocations.  He will discuss the history of agricultural water policy in California, the issues of changing supply and demand, the impacts of climate change on water use, and proposals for keeping water supplies viable in the future.

The meeting is free and open to the public.

May 19 2013

Event will honor recipients of the Betty C. Howard Award –

The Piedmont Recreation Commission has announced that community volunteer Kim Kellogg and Recreation Department staff member Jessica Pomey have been awarded the Betty C. Howard Recreation Awards for 2012.

The awards will be presented on Thursday, May 30, 2013 at 6:30pm in the Piedmont Community Hall as a part of the City of Piedmont Annual Volunteer Awards Reception.

Kim Kellogg is being recognized for her 14 years of volunteer service and support of the annual Harvest Festival in Piedmont. She has become a mainstay of the Harvest Festival providing promotion, event supervision and enthusiastic leadership and motivation to all.

Jessica Pomey has been a member of the Recreation Department staff since 2004 in the capacity of an administrative assistant. She has provided vital and highly important staff and program support in a variety of program areas including Schoolmates, Special Events and Pre-School programs. Her organizational and computer skills have had a remarkable and vital positive impact on the work of the Recreation Department. Jessica has also provided positive and informed interface with many children and their parents and caregivers.

In its 34th year, the Betty C. Howard Award was created in 1979 upon the retirement of longtime Recreation Department Secretary Betty C. Howard, who served Piedmont and the Department with great distinction and dedication from 1950 to 1979. The award honors dedicated and loyal service to the Recreation Department and the community of Piedmont.

May 6 2013

Piedmont Joins in East Bay Bicycle Coalition Bike to Work Day 

Mayor John Chiang has issued a proclamation declaring May 9, 2013  Bike to Work Day in Piedmont.  He invites Piedmonters to join him as he leads a pedal pool from Piedmont City Hall to downtown Oakland.  (see schedule below)

Morning and afternoon energizer stations will be set up to offer free coffee, snacks and other goodies. Cyclists also will be treated to special parties, discounts, free bike repairs and other happenings in neighborhoods across the Bay Area.  Piedmont bicyclists can meet and receive encouragement at the “Energizer Station” at Ace Hardware, 1221 Grand Avenue, where bikers will be offered refreshments and “goodie bags” by Scott Donahue and the Connect Green Transportation Group.

Between 6:00 am and 11:00 am bicyclists will ride free on the ferry from Jack London Square, Broadway and Embarcadero.

Piedmont recreational and commuter bicyclists have  options for riding with City elected officials:

7:30 a.m. Mayor John Chiang will leave from City Hall (120 Vista) heading to the Energizer Station at Ace Hardware (1221 Grand)

7:45 a.m. Mayor Chiang, Tim Rood, and others from Piedmont Connect’s Green Transportation group 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.

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

8:15 a.m. Arrive at Ogawa Plaza to fanfare, pancakes!

7: 00 a.m.  Councilmember Garrett Keating will depart from the corner of Highland Avenue and Moraga Avenue, riding east to meet the Montclair pedal group at Wheels of Justice Cyclery, 2042 Mountain Blvd.  The Montclair group will bike down Park Boulevard, Lakeshore Avenue and meet at Grand Lake Theater.  Park Boulevard, which borders several blocks of Piedmont, is a designated Oakland bike route and is proposed as an element of Piedmont’s bicycle/pedestrian master plan, as is Moraga Avenue, a busy street through Piedmont.   Questions about the Montclair route can be addressed to (510-566-1481) or .

5:00 – 8:30 p.m. Old Oakland, 9th and Broadway, DJ Olga T spinning tunes, Dance Party with Planet Booty, raise a glass to your fellow bicyclists and games: Berlin Style Ping-Pong; Four Square; Pinball Parlour; bike games Slow Roll and Bike Sumo

The first celebration of Bike to Work Day was organized by the East Bay Bicycle Coalition at Oakland City Hall in 1994. This year many East Bay schools are participating in Bike to School Day.The San Francisco, East Bay and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalitions encourage commuters to leave their cars at home and join tens of thousands of their fellow Bay Area residents in biking to work.