In brief: Free flu shots available to underserved Oakland communities – East Bay Times

In brief: Free flu shots available to underserved Oakland communities  East Bay Times


With the flu season in full swing and health experts predicting higher rates of flu cases this fall, Bank of America and CVS Health are partnering to provide underserved communities in Oakland with free flu vaccine vouchers, valid through March.

The no-cost option is available through Bank of America’s local nonprofit partners, The Unity Council and East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation. This is the second year Bank of America and CVS Health have offered this national program to support under-resourced people of color who may not otherwise have access to the flu vaccine.

All CVS Pharmacies and Minute Clinics are participating in the program. This program is part of the bank’s focus on bridging health needs in underserved communities. Bank of America also has distributed 1.5 million personal protective equipment face masks, gloves and bottles of sanitizer to community groups across San Francisco and the East Bay since the pandemic began. For more details, visit cvshealth.com online.

— Bank of America

Trick-or-treat in Montclair Village this Halloween Day

Montclair Village businesses designated with an orange balloon will hand out candy to costumed kids who say the magic words “trick-or-treat.” Start Sunday morning at the Montclair Farmers’ Market and visit the Montclair Village Association (MVA) booth to pick up a custom pumpkin trick-or-treating bag. Then anytime between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. stroll the village to see the decorative displays at Montclair merchants and fill your bag with Halloween treats. Some businesses may also hand put candy on Friday and Saturday, you’ll just have to ask. Have a Happy Halloween!


Celebrate Halloween Sunday on Rockridge’s College Avenue

The Rockridge District Association and Rockridge Community Planning Council invite you to celebrate Halloween on College Avenue. From noon to 2 p.m. Oct. 31, participating merchants will host trick-or-treating along both sides of College Avenue, rain or shine.

To join the costumed procession, meet at the BART station or start along College Avenue. Then at 1 p.m., come to the Rockridge Library rear parking lot for spooky storytelling, crafts and silly, scary sing-alongs. Masks are mandatory, and there will be costumed fun for kids of all ages.

— Ronnie Spitzer


Teachers advocate addresses East Bay Republican Women

The East Bay Republican Women (EBRW) recently hosted a luncheon speech by Larry Sand, the founder of California Teachers Empowerment Network. He presented evidence of the decline of public education in California despite significant spending increases.

Only half of California students performed at grade level in reading on the most recent state-administered test. California fourth-graders ranked 44th nationwide in math, with only 34% reaching proficiency. Sand, a former Los Angeles public school teacher, described the divisive race-based curricula that have been widely adopted throughout the state and nation and noted that public school teachers send their children to private schools at a higher rate than the general public. Finally, he explored options for parents concerned about the politicization and dilution of their children’s education.


Global Art Project members to exhibit works in December

Four artists from the Global Art Project, an international art exchange for peace, will present a show at Piedmont Center for the Arts, 801 Magnolia Ave. in Piedmont. The artists are Carl Heyward, Akiko Suzuki, Usha Shukla and Colleen Gianatiempo. A reception for the artists will be held from 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at the center. Show hours will be 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 5; 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 broadcasting on Facebook live; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12.

Suzuki is a textile and mixed media artist living in the Bay Area, a graduate of Kyoto Art Junior College. She is a recipient of several awards in Japan and internationally. Her partner Heyward is a mixed media artist whose work has been exhibited in Italy, Mexico, Senegal and the United States. The other two artists also present compelling works for the Global Art Project theme.

Nov. 2 first of three workshops slated for new pool project

The city of Piedmont is holding three community workshops for the new pool project. The first workshop is Nov. 2 with a gallery walk and presentations from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. that day. All are invited to attend one or all workshops being presented by ELS Architecture and Urban Design, the firm chosen by the city to handle the project.

All workshops will be held at Piedmont Veterans Hall, 401 Highland Ave. Child care will be provided by the Piedmont Recreation Department for the evening workshops. The second workshop, presenting concepts, will be from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Nov. 16. Please RSVP for the workshops and request child care if needed at piedmontcommunitypool.eventbrite.com.

Police Department to undergo new anti-racism training

The Piedmont Police Department issued an advisory last week that the entire department will engage in new training in anti-bias policing, implicit bias awareness and anti-racism with Cornelia Sylvester of Bay Area Coaching.

The training will take place over several months to discuss different aspects of the history of Piedmont relative to those concepts, police Capt. Chris Monahan said. The department has been engaged in reviewing city policies, procedures, values, goals and missions through an anti-racism lens and will enhance their knowledge through the new training.

— Linda Davis, correspondent


First Covenant Church pumpkin patch events on Oct. 30

Everyone is welcome to First Covenant Church’s pumpkin patch, which will return this year from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 30 at 4000 Redwood Road. This event for the entire community is a safe place to enjoy fun Halloween festivities for the entire family and all ages. Bounce houses, carnival games to win candy, crafts, food trucks, live music, raffle, a 1 p.m. costume parade and a costume contest for adults are all planned for this weather-dependent outdoor event. For more details, visit oaklandfcc.org online.

— First Covenant Church of Oakland

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