The largest festival of the year in Pinole's Old Town isn't a city-sponsored function.
The Cruisin' in the Sun Classic Car Show, which returns for its 21st year from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. June 24 in Old Town, is put on by the Northern California Cruisers Classic Car Club. The club is a friendly group of longtime residents who relive and share the days of "dragging the main" in Richmond.
The free admission show fills San Pablo Avenue, which is closed to traffic between Tennent Avenue and Pinole Valley Road, and neighboring Fernandez Park with classic 1975 and older American-made vehicles, usually lovingly restored or tricked out. The attraction brought more than 6,000 people to Old Town last year.
"We have over 200 preregistered now and we can take up to 325," said Richmond resident John Louden of the Cruisers.
There is also live music by the Dave Crimmen Band on the bandstand on San Pablo, and oldies-but-goodies in the park spun by DJ Vince Pistello, automotive and arts and craft vendor booths, a raffle and other festivities.
Old Town restaurants will be open and children can play in Fernandez Park while parents stroll the show. Early arrivals can start the day at the pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Pinole Senior Center, 2500 Charles Ave.
To enter a car to show and be eligible for awards and dash plaques, download the registration form at www.northerncaliforniacruisers.com.
All proceeds from entry fees, the raffle and T-shirt sales benefit area charities.
For more details contact John or Cathie Louden at 510-233-0721 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOLARSHIP LUNCHEON: The Iota Chapter of Beta Pi Sigma Sorority, celebrating 50 years of service to the community, will honor 11 Women of Valor and award scholarships to deserving area high school graduates at its June 23 luncheon.
The honorees are Barbara Becnel, CEO of Neighborhood House in Richmond; Joan Carpenter, coordinator for county Supervisor John Gioia; Peppina Chang CEO of Richmond College Prep Charter School; Richmond community activist Maxine Fisher; Diane Holmes of Mending of Mothers; Tina Landry of Independent Community Church in Richmond; Margaret Peterson of St. Columba Catholic Church and St. Leary Housing; Professor Intisar Shareef, department chair of the Early Childhood Education Department at Contra Costa College; longshoreman and community leader Rosa M. Tyner; Bank of America Vice President Marilyn Warren; and Registered Nurse Anesthetist Dorothy M. Williams.
The luncheon is at 11 a.m. at HS Lordships Restaurant, 199 Seawall Drive in Berkeley.
For tickets or details call 510-233-3141 or 510-233-1668.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: Treat dad right on Father's Day by taking him to the pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday on the historic SS Red Oak Victory, 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond.
For $7 each, dad and the family can have coffee, orange juice, sausage, bacon, eggs and fluffy pancakes while taking in the sweeping Bay view on the historic ship.
The ship will be open for tours ($5), the museum and gift shop will be open and there will be World War II-era cartoons showing in Hold 4.
Proceeds from the monthly pancake breakfasts go to the ship's restoration.
The evening hosted by Arts of Point Richmond will feature fine art photographers Robert Anderson and Rita Gardner; blown glass artist Daniel Wooddell; clock artist Steven Hurst; composer/musicians Rev. Rabia and Keizo Yamazawa; poets Paul Thompson and Joan Gatten; pastry artist Ilza Lewis; and food artist Isabelle Murphy.
For more details visit www.artsofpointrichmond.com.
The free event is hosted by the Richmond Native American Pow-wow Committee, the city and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin.
Dumping of tires or hazardous materials is not allowed.
For more details contact Terrance Cheung at 510-374-3231 or email@example.com.