ALAMEDA

  • USS Hornet Museum: 10 a.m.-5 p.m., from Nov. 11th through Nov. 17th, the USS Hornet Museum will offer free admission to veterans with valid military ID. All veterans are welcome at 1 p.m. Nov. 16th for a special Hornet Anniversary Living Ship Day and Veterans Day ceremony, 707 W Hornet Ave. Pier 3, 510-521-8448, info@uss-hornet.org.

    Antioch

  • Veterans Day Ceremony and Parade: Activities begin 9:30 a.m. Nov. 11 with a Huey helicopter landing and guest speakers at the Veterans Memorial, Antioch Marina, foot of L Street. Parade begins 11 a.m. at the Marina and heads east on Second Street. Information: af-jdsqulre@comcast.net. Sponsorship information, call 925-437-4300, 925-890-2665.

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  • The Brentwood Concert Band "A Veterans Day Musical Salute": 7-9 p.m. Nov. 9, Brentwood Community Center, 35 Oak St., Delta Diablo Detachment 1155, Marine Corps League presents colors, patriotic music, including "Armed Forces -- The Pride of America," and fun songs, "Sinatra in Concert." $10; youths 12 and younger are free. Tickets available at the door. www.brentwoodconcertband.com.

    Concord

  • Grace for Vets Carwash Program: 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11, Concord Super Station Car Wash, 627 Contra Costa Blvd., Concord. Free car washes for veterans, current military personnel, spouses. 925-689-9274.

  • Korean War Veterans Association Chapter 264, VFW Post 1525 ceremony: 11 a.m. Nov. 11, Hillcrest Park, 2050 Olivera Road, Concord. Presentation of colors by Mt. Diablo High School Junior ROTC; laying of the wreath; Patricia Barboza McDonald sings the national anthem; keynote speaker Veterans Service Director of Contra Costa County Nathan Johnson. Program concludes with the playing of taps played by Haley Williams.

    Crockett

  • Parade and open house: The Crockett Museum, 900 Loring Ave. in Crockett, holds its annual Veterans Day open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11. The observance starts with a parade from Memorial Hall to the museum, featuring the John Swett High School marching band and Boy Scouts from Troop 171-173 carrying the colors.

    DANVILLE

  • Veterans Day Open House: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 9, noon to 4 p.m. Nov. 10 and 11, Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave. An event to honor veterans and thank the community for supporting the new Veterans Memorial Building for the San Ramon Valley. There will be military displays: uniformed mannequins, field gear, vehicles, weapons and living history personnel and staff from veterans organizations to answer questions. For information, call 925-314-3400.

  • Veterans Tribute -- 10 a.m. Nov. 11, San Ramon Valley High School Performing Arts Center, 501 Danville Blvd. There will be a special tribute video/slide show honoring Vietnam veterans. The program begins at 11 a.m. and features speaker: Col. Allen Cruz, USMC (Ret), Vietnam War veteran, and includes music by San Ramon Valley High School's music groups with participation by Scouts and veterans service organizations. Veterans of all eras will be recognized.

    Discovery Bay

  • Blue Star Moms Veterans Memorial Garden Ceremony: 2 p.m. Nov. 11, Slifer Park, New Port Drive, Discovery Bay. The Discovery Bay Garden Club will host a dedication and formal transfer of the Blue Star Veterans Memorial Garden and Stone to the Town of Discovery Bay. The garden in dedicated to those who serve and have served in the military. Refreshments follow. All are welcome. For information, call 925-689-7843.

    El Cerrito

  • Flag placement at Sunset View: El Cerrito Lions Club members are again sponsoring the Veterans Day placement of flags on the graves of those who served at 8 a.m. Nov. 11 at Sunset View Cemetery, 101 Colusa Ave. The event is rain or shine and opens with a brief ceremony in honor of veterans. Coffee, juice, and doughnuts will be served. For information, call Barbara Renteria, 510-596-8180 or renteria@aol.com.

    HAYWARD

  • Alameda County Veterans Day ceremonies: 11 a.m. Nov. 11, Hayward City Hall, rotunda, 777 B St. Guests include state Sen. Ellen Corbett and Chief Pharmacist Mate David Lee Holly Sr., who was among the survivors of the sinking of the hospital ship USS Benevolence in August 1950. For information, contact Mark Raymond Chandler, 510-521-8302.

  • Veterans Day Tribute: 7 p.m., Nov. 11, at Chapel of the Chimes Funeral Home and Cemetery, 32992 Mission Blvd., a memorial celebration service to honor all American veterans. Robin Russell, master of ceremony. For more information, call 510 441-5501.

    Martinez

  • Martinez Veterans Day Ceremony: 10 a.m. Nov. 11. The ceremony begins at the Alhambra Cemetery, Carquinez Scenic Drive with a benediction, bag piper, placing of the wreath and the Pledge of Allegiance. At 11 a.m. the program continues at the All Veterans Monument, Alhambra Avenue, Berrellesa Street with remarks from Mayor Rob Schroder, a letter from Congressman George Miller, remarks from Supervisor Federal Glover, and Tom Prado, retired Marine, Iraq War veteran. Navy Compartmented Information U.S. Navy Petty Officer Steven D. Powell and Remembrance Veterans Commissioner Scott Alstad will sing the national anthem. The ceremony will conclude with a 21-gun salute by the American Legion Post 29 and VFW Post 1351; taps played by Jennifer Oertel. Refreshments follow at the Veterans Building, 930 Court St. 925-372-3510, www.cityofmartinez.org.

  • A Salute to our Vets: 6-8 p.m. Nov. 12, Martinez Veterans Memorial Building, 930 Court St. Guest speaker Mayor Rob Schroder, dinner, prizes, and a special honor to Pearl Harbor survivors. Proceeds will benefit Memorial Building improvement projects. Hosted by Shell Martinez Refinery, which will match all proceeds. $25. For tickets, call Matthew M. Thompson, 925-323-3193 or email matthew.m.thompson2@shell.com.

    Moraga

  • Moraga Veterans Day Ceremony: 9-10:30 a.m. Nov. 11, Moraga Commons park, Moraga Road and St. Marys Road, Moraga. Join Moraga Boy Scout Troops 212, 234 and 246 and local community members to celebrate Veterans Day.

    Oakley

  • Veterans Day Ceremony -- Honoring All Who Served: 11 a.m. Nov. 11, Civic Center Plaza, 3231 Main St., Oakley. A day to pay tribute to all veterans featuring keynote speaker Lt. Col. Davis Cooper (USMC ret.) and Oakley City Council member Doug Hardcastle. For information, call 925-625-7011 or email banos@ci.oakley.ca.us.

    OAKLAND

  • Veterans Day Cruise on San Francisco Bay: 11 a.m., Nov. 11, on the Presidential Yacht U.S.S. Potomac, 540 Water St. For ticket information, visit http://ticketsus.at/eventful/337933.html.

    PINOLE

  • Observance at Fernandez Park: The Pinole Historical Society hosts the sixth annual Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 in Fernandez Park, 595 Tennent Ave. The event will feature Boy Scout Troop 86, West Contra Costa Girl Scouts, Veterans of Foreign Wars, several local schools, the marching band and a cappella choir from Pinole Valley High School and elected officials. Scouts will retire worn United States flags at no charge.

    Pittsburg

  • Inaugural Veterans Benefit Jam: 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 9, California Theatre, 351 Railroad Ave. The event is in recognition and appreciation of veterans service and will help support The Veterans Employment Committee of Contra Costa County. Music by The Delta Dogs, The RaveUps, The Blondies, Billy Schaub, Syria Berry and special guests. Admission is free; donations appreciated. All proceeds will benefit area veterans. Tickets: www.pittsburgcaliforniatheatre.com. 925-427-1047.

  • Ceremony to Honor Veterans: Breakfast 8 a.m., ceremony 11 a.m. Nov. 11, Pittsburg Senior Center, 300 Presidio Lane. Breakfast sponsored by the Pittsburg Kiwanis Club. For information, call Ben Johnson, 925-252-4850.

    PLEASANT HILL

  • Veterans Day ceremony: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11. Soldiers Monument, Contra Costa Boulevard at Boyd Road. Recorded music will be playing, and veterans will be on site to answer questions. Refreshments will be served.

    Richmond

  • Ceremony and ribbon-cutting: 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at SS Red Oak Victory, 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond, with music, remarks and a laying of flowers in memory of those who served. A ribbon-cutting of the newly rehabilitated Rigger's Loft, one of the historic buildings of the Kaiser shipyards in World War II, will be held at 10:30 a.m. A fundraising barbecue follows the ceremony. 510-237-2933.

    SAN LEANDRO

  • Veterans Day Observance: 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at San Leandro Senior Community Center, 13909 E. 14th St. Presentation of flags, color guards and flag-raising ceremony for deceased veterans. Ceremony honors Margaret Edmund, who served as a nurse during World War II, receiving two commendations for service under fire. Edmund died this year at age 100. Information: 510-577-6079.

    Walnut Creek

  • Veteran's Day Civic Ceremony: 11 a.m. Nov. 11, Lesher Center for the Arts, Hofmann Theatre, 1601 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. The ceremony includes a welcome from Walnut Creek Mayor Cindy Silva and a musical concert of patriotic songs with a salute to all the branches of the Armed Forces by the Walnut Creek Concert Band. Admission is free. lesherartscenter.org. 924-943-5819, smartinez@walnut-creek.org.