A flag placing ceremony, a flag retirement ceremony, two talks by historians, a benefit performance and a pancake breakfast are among area events that will mark Veterans Day this year.
Here is a list of observances:
A meal of pancakes, scrambled eggs, polish breakfast sausage, orange juice, and coffee is $6, or free for veterans and children under 6.
Tickets are available in advance at the Community Center, 1427 Marin Ave., or at the door on the day of the event.
The event is rain or shine and will open with a brief ceremony honoring veterans. The club furnishes flags and maps of locations of veterans graves.
"Veterans, community members, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts have participated in past events and are encouraged to attend," the club notes.
For more details contact Barbara Renteria at 510-596-8180 or email@example.com.
Whether you have a flag to retire, the event is a touching way to honor the men and women, past and present, who have served their country and draws several hundred people to the park.
To donate a flag for the retirement ceremony, contact the society at 510-724-9507 or info@PinoleHistoricalSociety.org.
Nell Robinson's "Soldier Stories" uses music, letters, stories and poetry to tell of one family's experiences during 250 years of war and service.
"Woven throughout the music will be readings (presented by acclaimed actors) of the letters, stories and poetry from Nell's southern family, who have fought in every war, at times on both sides, since the American Revolution (and against the middle as pacifists too)," says the publicity.
Tickets are $20 each advance or $22 at the door and proceeds will go to a special program for homeless veterans by show partner, the Berkeley Food and Housing Project. Tickets are available at the box office, by visiting www.thefreight.org or calling 510-644-2020.
The program will include music by The LMP Trio and a talk on the history of Atchison Village by Chevron historian John Harper.
Tickets are $13 each or $25 for a couple, which must be reserved in advance by calling 510-232-6593.
The free talk will be at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park visitor center at 1414 Harbour Way South, suite 3000, in Richmond.
This year is the 70th anniversary of the encounter in which the Hopkins was crossing the Atlantic on its maiden voyage when it was attacked by a German Navy raider, the Stier, on Sept. 27.
"Although outmanned and outgunned, and with far less combat experience, the crew of the Hopkins managed to sink the German ship, in the only naval victory of its kind during World War II."
Gilford is a historian, writer and award-winning network television journalist whose most recent book is "Build 'Em by the Mile, Cut 'Em Off by the Yard: How Henry Kaiser and the Rosies Helped Win World War II."
For details or directions call 510.232.3108 or visit www.nps.gov/rori/planyourvisit/directions.htm.
RESCUE MISSION SEEKS HELPS: The Bay Area Rescue Mission in Richmond is putting out a call for assistance as Thanksgiving approaches.
The facility serves more than 10,000 meals -- both at its facility and to needy families in the area -- on the holiday, but reports that "the Food Pantry shelves are unseasonably bare."
"Many of our neighbors are facing such serious economic challenges that they may become homeless this holiday season," said John Anderson, the mission's director. "Sadly, we have entered the holiday season with insufficient resources to meet the increasing needs of the homeless and hungry."
Without help, the mission says it will be limited to providing only emergency shelter and basic meals.
Learn more about how to help by visiting www.BayAreaRescue.org. or calling 510-215-4555.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: Ashkon Davaran, the El Cerrito High grad from Kensington whose "Don't Stop Believin'" video went viral during the run by the San Francisco Giants to the world Championship in 2010, is back with another song celebrating the team's recent World Series sweep.
The video, based on the Queen hit "We Are The Champions," launched Monday at http://youtu.be/_0sE5EJKXdY.
"We shot it at the victory parade, and just like last time, took just a few days to edit it together," Ashkon writes. "Please feel free to share."
Admission is free and there will be raffles and giveaways, but be prepared to show your support for the start of the toy collection for needy young people in the area.
"Many people know Adam as a really fine guitar player," says Point Richmond Acoustic co-producer Bruce Kaplan. "But what impresses me, having seen Adam play solo, is that Adam turns a phrase just as well as he delivers a guitar solo."
Opening the program is Mark Lemaire and Twilight.
Admission is $15 at the door.