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Recreational activities in Piedmont that are not just for kids.  

Piedmont offers a variety of programs and activities for kids and adults including art, dance, yoga, music and exercise programs.  See PRD's Activity Guide for current offerings as classes and times do change.

  • ARTS, CRAFTS and FILMS
     

    • Intro to Quilting: Bring a pal and learn quilting basics from Instructor Karin. In our first class, you'll learn basic hand quilting on a beautiful panel, bind it and you'll have your first crib quilt completed! First class materials are provided. The second class will be a field trip to the Cotton Patch in Lafayette for you to buy supplies and a pattern for your next quilt. The last four weeks we will be working toward completing your second quilt with the materials you purchased. This class is for both new and seasoned quilters. Classes not always offered, for more information go to the Rec website.
       

    • Intro to Mixed Media: In this class, Instructor Karin will cover all the basics and teach you how to lay out a mixed media art piece, step-by-step and item-by-item. You’ll learn about common materials and how each media within the piece works and interacts with the others. Even the most inexperienced beginner will develop a new appreciation for the art form and learn skills they can use to start making their own mixed media art. Tea/coffee and pastries provided. Classes not always offered, for more information go to the Rec website.
       

    • Ladies' (Art) Night Out: We will explore sculptural & functional clay projects. Do you have an idea for a ceramic project? This is the perfect class to work it out it - bring your creativity! Instructor will demonstrate different projects each week although you may choose to work on your own idea. Basic and advanced tool use, hand building and throwing techniques will be covered in this class. All tools provided. Classes not always offered, for more information go to the Rec website.
       

    • Second Thursdays Flix FestThis new social group is a way for movie lovers to get together on the second Thursday of the month, see fine films, and talk about them afterward (optional). Watch a movie of a different genre each month, followed by a discussion session for those so inclined. The specific movies will be determined by that month's volunteer host (with some input from the group). Movie goers may bring a lunch or snacks to enjoy while watching the film. Doors open at 10:30 am Movie starts promptly at 10:45 after a short introduction. Free and open to 18 and over. Advanced registration is required. 
       

    • Sewing and Craft CircleJoin the Piedmont Recreation Department's new Sewing and Craft Circle and socialize while you spend quality time working on your current project. All types of handiwork: sewing, knitting, crocheting, embroidery, needlepoint, painting, beading, jewelry making - to name a few - are welcome. If you don't have a project, consider starting one! This no-instructor led activity is free.

      • Mondays from 10:30 am–12:30 pm  801 Magnolia Avenue (Main Hall)

      • For more information go to the Rec website.

  • MEDITATION GROUPS & CLASSES
     

    • Piedmont Meditation Group with Dara Birnbaum

      • Helping build unity in the world as we allow greater balance, peace and compassion to unfold in ourselves. Back to basics meditation with a focus simply on the breath. Everyone is welcome, no experience necessary. Wheelchair accessible. Bathrooms available.

      • Please email Dara at piedmontmeditationgroup@gmail.com prior to attending class for any updated schedule changes.

      • Tuesdays from 7:00–8:00 am | Japanese Tea House at Piedmont Main Park, 711 Highland Avenue
         

    • Mindfulness Meditation

      • ​ This course introduces five kinds of meditation in a safe and supportive environment, so each participant can become comfortable meditating at home. John’s Hopkins found meditation reduces stress, depression, anxiety, pain, PTSD, lowers inflammation, increases telomerase enzyme, decreases blood pressure, slows shrinkage of brain, improves attention and memory. The 25 week class is designed for both beginner with no experience meditating as well as experienced meditators who want to refresh on the basics of breath, posture, calming and insight techniques. Classes not always offered, for more information go to the Rec website.

  • MUSIC
     

    • Bagpipe Band: Piedmont Highlanders Pipe Band! We are an award-winning traditional Scottish bagpipe band, welcoming all levels. We emphasize individual improvement and ensemble playing. Don’t let our fun attitude fool you—we work a lot on getting a quality sound. Pipers need own pipes/practice chanter; drums provided for drummers if available. For more information go to the Rec website.
       

    • Line Dancing: Beginning Line Dance (Level 1): Are you new to line dancing? Then this class is for you. Get started with step-by-step instruction of easy-to-do dances choreographed to basic dance rhythms. Gradually learn line dance's unique vocabulary and come to recognize its typical steps and patterns while also improving your stamina, balance, footwork and cardiovascular endurance. You will be kept moving to a variety of music from Old Standards to Country, Latin, Rock and Roll, Hip-Hop and the latest Pop hit tunes. Line dancing requires no partners and is a great way to meet people, make friends, exercise and just have fun!
       

    • ‘Pickin’ with Rick’: Rick would like to share his relaxing style with you and discuss the music along the way in his naturally stimulating, witty, and entertaining manner. And who knows what else will be discussed? This event will run the second Tuesdays of each month from Sept. 12 to Dec. 12, from 6:45-8:15 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. at 801 Magnolia Ave. This event is free, but please register in advance

  • READING
     

    • First Mondays Reading Group: First Monday Reading Group is a fun and intellectually stimulating activity for active adults.

      • Meets first Monday of every month from 1:30–3:00 pm at the Japanese Tea House in Piedmont Park.

      • For more information go to the Rec website.

  • SENIORS GROUPS & CLASSES (but all ages welcomed)
     

    • Senior GroupFounded in 1996 and sponsored by the Recreation Department, Piedmont Seniors is always seeking new members to socialize, meet for fun, and build friendships. Meetings typically begin with refreshments and include guest speakers, presentations, and/or special events, and sometimes followed by a complimentary movie or informal games. 

      • The Piedmont Seniors also go on monthly excursions to locations of interest throughout the Bay Area and beyond. Previous excursions have included visits to local museums, historic homes, live theater, ballet, and picturesque towns.

      • All ages are welcome and do not need to be Piedmont residents to join.

      • The group meets on a monthly basis, usually on the fourth Wednesday of each month, from 10:00 am –12:00 pm, at the Piedmont Community Hall, located at 711 Highland Avenue in Piedmont Park.

      • For more information go to the Rec website.
         

    • Self Defense ClassSelf-defense training teaches you how to stay aware of your surroundings and focus on your safety. Learn to recognize where potential attackers could be lurking and where you could go to escape. You will also learn how to prepare for the unexpected and how to quickly disable an assailant if necessary. Instructor Karin has been teaching people of all ages self-defense for years. We'll cover verbal self defense techniques, wrist releases, and more. Find your voice and feel safe in your skin! This class is for able-bodied seniors. Classes not always offered, for more information go to the Rec website.
       

    • T'ai Chi: The Principles of T'ai Chi, Breath, and FlowWe will work on alignment, grounding, balance, natural breath, relaxation, and flow of chi. Being a Moving Meditation, T’ai Chi addresses the constant Change of Yin and Yang. How do we stay flexible and with an open mind? As life intensifies, we need to lower our center of gravity, strengthen thighs, and grow roots like a tree. Karina brings to her 45-years of experience as a teacher, play & precision as well as improvisation & form. With her intimate and personal approach, she emphasizes awareness and wholeness of our mind-body-being to bring about healing, growth, serenity, and joy of life.  Classes not always offered, for more information go to the Rec website.
       

    • Yoga Essentials with Laura Timothy: Join our easy-going class and wipe away the stress of the day. The class is designed to foster a deep connection with the heart of yoga practice. Through this practice you will gain increased flexibility, strength, balance and mindfulness. Laura is certified in Iyengar and Amirit yoga and has advanced training in meditation, prenatal and restorative yoga. Students that are new to yoga are always welcome.  Classes not always offered, for more information go to the Rec website.

  • SPORTS
     

    • Oakland Strokes Established in 1974, the Oakland Strokes rowing club welcomes middle and high school students from across the Bay Area to offer youth rowing on the Oakland Estuary.

    • Piedmont Baseball Foundation: Piedmont Baseball Softball Foundation (PBSF) is our community’s hometown league, dedicated to fostering the skills and love of baseball and softball in all interested and committed young players. PBSF is a non-profit run by volunteers in the Piedmont community.
       

    • Piedmont Basketball Foundation: Piedmont Basketball Foundation was formed in 2005 as a 501(c)(3) non-profit. We are a 100% volunteer organization dedicated to providing basketball players of all ages and abilities with opportunities to develop their skills and life-long love of basketball in Piedmont and neighboring communities.
       

    • Piedmont Boosters Club: Boosters memberships are good for the school year and are offered at different levels: Champion, Inspire, Boost, Elevate, Strengthen and Alumni. Members get cool perks such as free access to regular season sporting events like football and basketball, Booster swag and car magnets. Check out the membership form for details.
       

    • Piedmont Ladies Tennis Club: A network of tennis players, tennis ladders, tennis tournaments, tennis leagues, tennis courts and tennis partners in Piedmont 
       

    • Piedmont Pickleball: Pickleball welcomes players of all levels to enjoy open play -- no reservations required. Additional information can be found on Piedmont's City page or call PRD 510.420.3070 to be added to the Google group.   
       

    • Piedmont Soccer Club: Piedmont Soccer Club (PSC) is part of the Jack London Youth Soccer League (JLYSL) and one of many statewide league members of the California Youth Soccer Association (CYSA). CYSA is part of the 3,000,000 member United States Youth Soccer Association ("USYSA"), which governs youth soccer in the country. Piedmont Soccer Club provides both competitive and recreational soccer programs consistent with CYSA directives to place players at the appropriate level of skill in order to provide a fun but challenging soccer environment.
       

    • Piedmont Softball FoundationPiedmont Baseball Softball Foundation (PBSF) is our community’s hometown league, dedicated to fostering the skills and love of baseball and softball in all interested and committed young players. PBSF is a non-profit run by volunteers in the Piedmont community.
       

    • Piedmont Swim Team: PST requires swimmers to be 6 years or older to be on the team. PST practices and competes all year. There is a short course season (25 yard pool) from September to March and a long course season (50 meter pool) from April to August. With the exception of 2 weeks break over Christmas and in the summer, the team practices each month. 
       

    • Skyline Lacrosse: Skyline Lacrosse Club is a youth recreational lacrosse club for kids in 1st to 8th grade. We are based in Piedmont/Oakland, CA. ​​​

  • WALKING
     

    • Walking on Wednesdays: This is an informal, weekly activity for all ages who enjoy casual walks in and around Piedmont while learning about the town's history and community as a whole. Everyone is invited to join the group. New walkers and their friendly K-9 best friends are especially welcome. 

Additional classes are available at the Piedmont Adult School. They include educational classes, languages, cooking, technology, and arts and crafts to name a few. Classes are changing so please check their website for more information.​​​

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