Point Richmond, which has hosted monthly music concerts all summer, will have more music, fun and games from noon to 6 p.m. on Saturday, when it hosts the third annual Picnic in the Point.

If you've been to the Point's other events, you know this is a fun and neighborly way to spend the afternoon.

The leisurely outdoor gathering at Judge George Carroll Park, across from the Richmond Plunge at Cutting and Garrard boulevards, is a benefit for the music program at Washington Elementary School in Point Richmond. Last year's picnic brought in $5,000 for music instruction.

Admission is free, and the day will feature music by local groups, games for all ages, food and drink, and activities for all interests.

Tickets good for food and games are available in advance at a cost of $20 for a $30 value if purchased through Friday at Up and Under Bar and Grill, 2 West Richmond Ave.; and the Point Richmond Arts Collective, 121 Park Place.

"We hope to continue to build this event into a sustainable fundraising effort for music and art programs in the underfunded local schools," said the Point Richmond Business Association, which hosts the picnic.

For details, call 510-520-6451.

TRAILBLAZER AWARDS: El Cerrito police Chief Sylvia Moir will be one of 30 people honored with Trailblazer Awards at "Out and Outstanding: We are Everywhere," a gala on Sunday celebrating the 30th anniversary of the East Bay Stonewall Democratic Club.


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The event, which will present awards that "highlight the diversity of local individuals advocating for LGBT equality," starts with a 4 p.m. reception and 5 p.m. program at the Ed Roberts Campus at the Ashby BART station, 3075 Adeline St. in Berkeley.

Other honorees include an artist, a judge, a filmmaker, a rabbi, a musician, a reverend, a city manager, school administrators, a state senator and President Barack Obama.

Tickets are $50 each. For details or to RSVP, send an email to eastbaystonewalldems@gmail.com or call Brendalynn Goodall at 510-635-8401 or Kriss Worthington at 510-548-8796.

HEALTHY EATING EVENT: The Richmond Commission on Aging will present a free workshop on healthy eating and its relationship to a healthier life from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Richmond Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza.

Speakers will include nutritionist Cheryl Davis on healthy eating and Doctors Medical Center physicians Laurel Hodgson and Desmond Carson discussing heart attack and strokes.

There will also be community information tables and door prizes.

The event starts at 8:30 a.m. with registration and continental breakfast.

To RSVP, call Bev Wallace at 510-223-4528.

High Holy Days services: Temple Beth Hillel in Richmond will begin its observance of the High Holy Days, the most important of Jewish holidays, with services for Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, on Sept. 16 and 17.

The observance ends with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, Sept. 25 and 26 at Beth Hillel, 801 Park Central. In addition, a special service for families with young children will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 26.

Services will be led by Rabbi Dean Kertesz and Cantor Howard Cohen, and the temple will provide free child care during all services during the holiday time.

A full schedule of services is online at www.tbhrichmond.org, or call 510-223-2560 for more details.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: El Cerrito is offering residents up to 3 cubic feet of free recycled mulch or compost at the Recycling and Environmental Resource Center, 7501 Schmidt Lane, through 5 p.m. Sept. 14.

The offer is good while supplies last during regular business hours at the center, 8 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Proof of residency is required, and recipients should bring containers (four buckets of five gallons each) and request compost or mulch from the center staff.

"After these free supplies run out, the city intends to provide mulch and compost for sale daily at the center, and hold annual free giveaway events as donated material becomes available," the Environmental Services Division said in a statement.

For more details, call 510-215-4350 or send an email to gschultz@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us.

  • The next pancake breakfast on the SS Red Oak Victory, 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond, is 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday. The menu includes coffee, orange juice, sausage, bacon, eggs and pancakes for $7 per person, free under age 5. Details: www.tbhrichmond.org.

  • Zumba classes offered by Richmond Main Street will return in downtown Richmond on Sept. 13.

    Free one-hour classes will include a lunchtime offering 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Mondays, and "after-work workouts" from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and 7 to 8 p.m. Thursdays at 310 Ninth St. at Macdonald Avenue.

    "Make sure to wear comfy, loose clothing and athletic/supportive shoes," RMSI advises. "Healthy snacks and water will be provided."

  • An El Sobrante community blood drive will be held at the Richmond Elks Lodge, 3931 San Pablo Dam Road, from 2 to 7 p.m. Sept. 14.

    The quarterly drives are hosted by the lodge and the El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce during times of high demand at the American Red Cross for units of whole blood.

    Walk-ins are welcome or donors can make an appointment at www.beadonor.com.

    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.