The remote community of Port Costa has the perfect summer day trip for the auto enthusiast with its popular show of vintage vehicles from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 4 at the historic Port Costa School, Canyon Lake Drive at Reservoir Street.

The event always attracts a great assortment of vintage cars, which seem right at home on the grounds of the 102-year-old schoolhouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

There will also be good food, with Ridge Greene planning a menu of tri-tip chili with California heirloom pinquita beans, California coleslaw; hot dogs; and a dinner plate with sliced tri-tip, coleslaw and bread. Ice cold beverages will also be on sale, of course.

There will also be a craft and arts vendors, a raffle, with prizes that include a getaway to the refurbished Burlington Hotel in Port Costa; a handmade quilt; a depiction of your vintage car in stained glass and tickets to the Aug. 31 fireworks night at the Oakland A's game.

The benefit is sponsored by the Port Costa Conservation Society and supported by the Crockett Community Foundation, with proceeds going to the ongoing restoration of the school.

To see about registering a vehicle for the car show (space is limited) call 510-787-2254. For more details visit www.portcosta.com.

BERKELEY PROGRAM'S BIG WEEK: On the same week it landed a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the Berkeley Food and Housing Project was also lauded with recognition from Alameda County.

The Veterans Affairs grant will allow the project to expand its services to homeless veterans in a three-county region of the East Bay. The BFHP and Anka Behavioral Health Inc. will collaborate to "provide homelessness prevention and rapid rehousing services to 200 homeless and imminently homeless veteran households in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties," the project announced in a news release.

The county recognition came from Everyone Home (Ending Homelessness in Alameda County) which cited the project's North County Women's Center and Emergency Shelter as the "Most Improved Program." The honor includes an award of $5,000 from the Y & * Soda Foundation.

"The agency was able, in one year, to increase its exit rate to permanent housing by 63 percent and decrease the length of stay by 19 percent," the project noted in its announcement.

The BFHP, founded in 1970, provides more than 28,000 nights of emergency shelter, serves more than 100,000 free meals annually and has transitioned more than 1,000 individuals and families into permanent housing in the past three years.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: A kickoff barbecue for the 27th Annual GRIP Harmony Walk & 5K Run to End Homelessness Presented by Chevron is set for 2 to 5 p.m. July 27 at 165 22nd St. in Richmond. To RSVP contact Kia Croom at 510-233-2141, ext. 304 or kcroom@gripcommunity.org.

To register for the Harmony Walk and Run, set for Oct. 26 and starting and ending at Richmond Civic Center Plaza, visit http://grip27thharmony.teamraiseeasy.com.

  • The family-owned Shields Nursing Centers, with locations in El Cerrito and Richmond, annually hold outreach events to the communities they serve. A giveaway of 200 backpacks with school supplies will be held at the Shields center on 1919 Cutting Blvd. in Richmond from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Aug. 3.

    The event for children in preschool through high school (adults must be accompanied by their children), which will include free ice cream and a prize raffle, is co-hosted by Richmond PAL and the Richmond Fire Department. Donations of more new backpacks are welcome. Call 510-724-9911, ext. 1101 to find out how to help.

  • Contra Costa College in San Pablo is hosting a Young Actors Workshop that will teach students 12 to 16 all the principles of theater. Children's theater veteran Linda Whitmore will lead the community education course, which will meet from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays from Aug. 15 to Dec. 12 in room 101 of the Health Science Building at CCC, 2600 Mission Bell Drive.

    The cost is $150. For more details and to register contact Michele Jackson at 510-235-7800, ext. 4341 or mjackson@contracosta.edu.

  • "Living in the Berkeley Brown-Shingle House" is the topic of a lecture and book-signing with Lucia Howard of Ace Architects at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at Alumnae Hall, 2537 Haste St. in Berkeley. Chris Wasney will also talk about the restoration of Alumnae Hall.

    Admission is $15 to the Berkeley Architectural Heritage Association event, which includes a tour of the Anna Head campus before the talk. Tickets and details are online at berkeleyheritage.com/calendar.html.

  • The next Cerrito Classic is a great one, "The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance" (1962), showing at 7 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave. and hosted by the Friends of the Cerrito Theatre. The drama directed by John Ford features James Stewart, John Wayne, Vera Miles and the dastardly Lee Marvin as Liberty Valance. Tickets are $8.

    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.