MONTCLARION NEWSPAPER – July 3, 2009
THIS WEEKEND WE PAY homage to Old Glory. We gorge ourselves with burgers and dogs, chips and dips and red, white and blue desserts.
But America’s birthday, for many, means small town parades and band-shell concerts.
Here are some of my local favorites:
The Piedmont parade: Known for the generous show of candy that rains down on spectators young and old, the Piedmont parade is a favorite for the “see and be seen” crowd. Highlights include the mop and bucket brigade, the bagpipe players and the Piedmont Community Band (of which I’m an honorary member).
The Orinda parade: Although not nearly as idyllic as the Piedmont parade, it’s a sweet hometown offering nonetheless. If you go, forget the barbecue and just pick up fried chicken at the Casa Orinda.
The Moraga Commons: No parade, but the town’s popular park has a whole day of old-fashioned activities — culminating in an evening concert and fireworks. Bring a blanket and don’t be late. The display is sensational but short.
Jumpin’ Joint: What’s a plate of spaghetti without a little Sinatra on the side? Frankie and the boys serve it up their way at the Italian eatery Joey and Eddie’s on Stockton Street in San Francisco. For the price of a family-style meal, you get the Rat Pack at your dinner table — crooning like they’re playing The Palace.
The night I was there, they were so convincing, they had folks eating out of the palms of their hands. OK, not literally, but if you’re looking for pizazz with your pasta fazool, this is the place.
E-mail Bag: Thanks to reader Ruby Long for making me aware of an innovative new “village” for seniors in the Piedmont Avenue area. It’s actually a network of services that older folks can access for a monthly fee — things such as rides to the doctor and the grocery store, home cleaning and repair and daily contact visits for the frail and elderly.“The idea is to provide services for people as they age,” Ruby writes, “and to make sure they are healthy and safe.” It’s also a great way to help seniors stay in their own homes. The concept began in Boston and is now in a number of cities across the U.S. If you’d like to help or need more information, call Ruby at 510-595-9514 or send her an e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fresh Look: It’s out with the mold and in with the new as the Montclair Library gets ready to reopen July 6. Closed for several months for mold removal, our little storybook branch is now spore-free now and even sporting a new diaper changing table in the restroom, thanks to the Friends of the Montclair Library. Come to a party from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. July 18 and toast the reopening. There’ll be refreshments, face-painting and a used book sale.