Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond is participating in the international remembrance of the Holocaust of World War II with a community gathering from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday.

Holocaust Remembrance Day, known in Hebrew as Yom Hashoah, will have a theme of "Choosing to Act: Stories of Rescue" in the observance at the temple, 801 Park Central (off Hilltop Drive at Interstate 80). The theme, designated by the 9-year-old United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., commemorates efforts of ordinary people who overlooked the potential danger to themselves to intervene and help rescue Jews during the war.

Days of Remembrance of the Victims of the Holocaust is a national observance established by Congress.

The service at Beth Hillel, the only synagogue in West County, will honor victims, survivors and rescuers. Guest speakers on the program will include "a daughter who pays tribute to her father's Hungarian rescuer and her search to find the rescuer's family; and a hidden child from the Netherlands who pays homage to those who saved him."

The temple will also have an exhibit of photographs and mementos from rescuers, survivors and victims.

The service will conclude with the lighting of a memorial candle.

Details: 510-223-2560 or www.tbhrichmond.org.


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WEST COUNTY NOTES: Meet talents from the Point Richmond Art Collective at the monthly Art Walk from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday.

Many Point Richmond shops and restaurants will be open late for strollers through the historic downtown, and the DeWitt Gallery will have light refreshments. Details: www.pointrichmondartcollective.org.

  • The Pinole Fire Department and John Muir Health Child Safety Coalition will hold their free annual child car seat checkup from 1 to 3 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of the Target store at 1400 Fitzgerald Drive.

  • A forum for young people ages 13 to 22 to voice their ideas and desires for North Richmond is being hosted by the California Endowment from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at the Young Adult Empowerment Center, 50 Silver Ave. in Richmond.

    Organizers will have a raffle and prizes, food and refreshments.

  • Richmond residents -- at least the ones who aren't volunteering at Earth Day events -- can get free compost for their yard from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the parking lot at the front of the Civic Center at 27th Street and Macdonald Avenue.

    Each resident should bring containers and is allowed 2 cubic feet of compost while it lasts. The healthy soil amendment is made in town from food scraps and other green bin material collected by the city's residential curbside program.

    Volunteers are also needed to help shovel compost into bags for residents. Anyone interested in helping can contact Jennifer Ly at jennifer_ly@ci.richmond.ca.us or 510-621-1554.

  • Right next door to the compost shoveling will be a Community Seed Garden work party held by Richmond Grows from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday in the courtyard by the Richmond Main Library at 325 Civic Center Plaza.

    Anyone is welcome to plant seeds and pull weeds, no experience necessary. Seeds harvested later from the garden will go to the seed-lending library.

  • Back to the burgeoning art scene in Richmond. An Art in Windows reception and walk starts at 11 a.m. Saturday. Meet at the Richmond Main Street Initiative office at 1000 Macdonald Ave., Suite C for the guided walk that sets out at 11:30 a.m. A reception follows from noon to 2 p.m. at the Market Square Mall pavilion on 11th Street next to the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, featuring a special performance and light refreshments from Blackberry Soul Bakery & Cafe.

    Self-guided art walks will be available throughout the day using a map available at Richmond Main Street from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Details: www.richmondmainstreet.org.

  • A reception for artist Virginia Rigney will be held from 4 to 8 p.m. Saturday at the Point Richmond Art Collective, 121 Park Place. Details: 510-778-1480 or www.pointrichmondartcollective.org.

  • Tickets are available now for the Spring Benefit gala at 2 p.m. Sunday at Los Cenzontles Mexican Arts Center, in Dias Plaza at 13108 San Pablo Ave. in San Pablo. The festivities will include food from Casa Latina, music by Los Cenzontles, student performances, a silent auction, raffles and a social time.

    Proceeds benefit the center's programs for young people and families.

    For tickets, visit www.loscenzontles.com or call 510-233-8015.

    Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/christreadway. Stay up-to-date on West Contra Costa news at IBABuzz.com/westcounty.