Fundraising for the Montclair Spring Garden Tour is scheduled for April 24


The Hillside Gardeners of Montclair are hosting a spring garden tour from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on April 24. The tour, which will take place rain or shine, will showcase seven gardens and feature stunning views, garden art and rare plant specimens.

The garden gift shop will offer crafts, pottery, garden-related gifts and an assortment of plants. Proceeds from the tour will provide scholarships and internships for students pursuing careers in horticulture and support local conservation programs. For tickets, go to

Hillside Gardeners of Montclair, founded August 26, 1947, celebrates 75 years of community service and conservation. The aims of the club are to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening among amateurs; help protect native trees, plants and birds; and encourage civic planting and conservation.

Our members maintain gardens at the Sensory Garden, the Mediterranean Gardens, the Montclair Library and the Joaquin Miller Community Center. Meetings are held at noon on the fourth Tuesday of each month at the Joaquin Miller Community Center. Contact Sandy Jaeger at for more information.

— Montclair Hills Gardeners

Gallery Auctions Iconic Photo of Ukrainian Woman With Rifle

The Clars Auction Gallery in Oakland is proud to offer the first prints of the photograph “Girl with Candy” by now famous Ukrainian photographer Oleskii Kyrychenko. Photo of Kyrychenko’s young daughter holding an unloaded rifle with a lollipop in her mouth went viral on social media after he uploaded it days before Russia invaded Ukraine.

Clars will auction the first prints of the photograph, a limited edition of five, on April 24 at an estimated price of $1,000 to $2,000 each. Kyrychenko requested that half of the proceeds be donated to “Come Back Alive”, a non-governmental organization providing Ukrainian military troops with technical support and medical aid. To see the photo, visit online. For auction details, visit

— Gallery of Clars auctions

Fukuoka Sister City Group’s Zoom Fundraiser on April 27

Join the Oakland Fukuoka Sister City Association for our fourth fundraising webinar from 4-5pm on April 27 to support local talent and flavor from the comfort and safety of your own home. OFSCA is partnering with Executive Chef Yosuke Machida of A16 in Oakland to support local restaurants and raise funds for OFSCA’s upcoming 60th anniversary events.

Pick up a prepared meal kit (for two people) to finish at home and enjoy a cocktail while watching Chef Machida demonstrate our meal and custom shochu cocktail (which also serves two people) in a webinar Virtual Zoom of one hour during which we will finish preparing the meal and eating together. Visit online for tickets or more details. The deadline to reserve tickets is April 20.



Mayor to deliver 2022 State of the City Address on Monday

Piedmont Mayor Teddy Gray King will deliver the 2022 State of the City Address at 6 p.m. Monday in City Council Chambers at 120 Vista Avenue in Piedmont. His speech will be broadcast live on the city’s website, broadcast on KCOM-TV and will be available. on Zoom.

Due to limited seating, community members wishing to attend in person are asked to RSVP to the City Clerk’s office at or call 510-420-3040. For more information or comments call the town hall office.

The committee will consider the draft element on housing on Tuesday

The draft Sixth Cycle Housing Element public review for 2023-2031 is posted online at Residents can review this document and provide comments by email to

The housing advisory committee will review the housing unit project on Tuesday, and the planning commission will hold a special public hearing on it on May 12. Both meetings will begin at 5:30 p.m., likely in a hybrid in-person and online format.

The housing element is part of the overall city plan which considers all types of housing such as new land uses, housing types, building types, code changes, grants and incentives. The objective set by the State for 2031 is 587 new housing units. Staff created the “Piedmont Housing Puzzle” online at to facilitate growth policy discussions. So far, 200 community members have participated in the housing puzzle. The deadline to participate is May 1.

—Linda Davis, correspondent


St. John’s Church holds events throughout Holy Week

St. John’s Episcopal Church is hosting in-person Holy Week services and events for the first time since 2019, through Easter morning. There will be a remembrance service to share personal losses, a walk through the Stations of the Cross, an Easter Vigil and three services on Easter Sunday, including a family service with an Easter egg hunt and a subsequent service with choir complete, the brass and Handel’s “Hallelujah” chorus sing in chorus.

Join us, everyone is welcome. Experience a new sense of hope. Many services will be available online as well as in person. For more information, visit

– St. John’s Episcopal Church

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