The title of the next production at Contra Costa Civic Theatre in El Cerrito says it all.
The comic farce "No Sex Please, We're British," which has had a long run in London, opens Friday at CCCT, 951 Pomona Ave.
"Newlywed Frances Hunter sends off a mail order for Scandinavian glassware. What comes back is not glassware, but Scandinavian smut," is how the troup's plot summary opens.
From there, Frances and her strait-laced husband Paul, who manages the bank below their apartment, try to figure out "what to do with the flood of pornography, books, films, and more that threaten to overwhelm the happy couple."
In on the dilemma is the bank's frantic chief cashier, and "the situation is further complicated by involvement from Peter's mother, a bank inspector, the police superintendent, and others."
Dennis Markam directs the "comedy of manners," which will be staged at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Dec. 1, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on Nov. 18 and 25, and Dec. 2.
Tickets and more details are available at www.ccct.org or 510-524-9132.
CELEBRATE WITH KARATE MASTER: Joseph E. Garcia knows karate and knows how to teach it.
The 80-year-old Fairfield resident is celebrating his 50th year in the martial arts by offering free lessons in November and December at his dojo at the Lefty Gomez Community Center, 470 Parker Ave. in Rodeo.
Garcia says he is the highest rank sensei in Japanese karate (wado ryo) in California, with a ninth degree in karate, a fifth degree in jujitsu and a fifth degree in kendo (weapons).
In the 1960s, he says, he fought Chuck Norris and Bruce Lee in Bay Area martial arts tournaments at the Oakland and San Jose auditoriums. More recently, he was an instructor for the film "The Last Samurai."
Over the course of his teaching career, Garcia has graduated 46 black belts.
In other words, you would be learning from a master, and Garcia welcomes adults and youths to take him up on his celebration offer.
Lessons at the dojo are from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays.
For more details, contact Garcia at 707-425-1847 or at the recreation center at 510-799-7592.
TOY AND COAT DRIVE: County Supervisor John Gioia has kicked off his annual drive for donations of toys, coats and hoodies for students at Verde Elementary School in North Richmond.
The event, now in its 14th year, seeks to see that every student at Verde, which serves an extremely low-income area, has warm clothing and presents for the holidays.
The effort is expanding with a concurrent collection at the RYSE Youth Center in Richmond to provide toys and hoodies for young people in the area.
Donations of new coats and new, unwrapped toys can be made no later than Dec. 7 to Gioia's office at 11780 San Pablo Ave., Suite D, in El Cerrito, or at the RYSE Youth Center at 205 41st St. in Richmond.
Cash donations to purchase toys and coats to distribute are also welcome. Checks should be made payable to: "RYSE Center," c/o 2012 Toy and Coat Drive.
For more details, contact Luz Gomez at 510-374-3231.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: Contra Costa College in San Pablo is the recipient of a $1 million gift from the estate of Antonio and Trinidad Carrico, longtime residents of El Cerrito and Richmond who for decades owned the Hacienda Restaurant on San Pablo Avenue.
Antonio Carrico, a native of Portugal and veteran of World War II, was 91 when he died in Walnut Creek in June. Trinidad Carrico died in 2009.
The couple owned the restaurant at Macdonald and San Pablo avenues for more than 50 years.
The college was told about the gift by Mechanics Bank and the couple's daughter, Magna Carrico, at a recent meeting of the CCC Foundation board. The board will manage the gift "based on the wishes and memory of the Carrico family."
The center, which has a LEED-Platinum rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, was cited for accepting hard-to-recycle materials and educational outreach.
The awards were presented at an Oct. 24 gala at the Shadelands Art Center in Walnut Creek.
While all ages are welcome, students under 18 will need parental permission.