Blues and bluegrass are on the bill when Point Richmond Acoustic holds the final concert of its current season at 8 p.m. May 10 at First United Methodist Church, 201 Martina Ave. in Point Richmond. .
Headlining the show is the blues duo of singer Chris Webster and acclaimed guitarist and songwriter Nina Gerber.
"Her many contributions to the folksinger-songwriter scene in concert and on recordings have earned Nina a large following of her own," says the event publicity. "Nina has a unique ability to completely free herself within an eclectic range of styles and add electric guitar sounds to acoustic music in a uniquely musical way."
Webster is an accomplished singer with four solo releases to her credit.
Opening the show are special guests Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman playing "Americali" music, described as Americana with a California twist.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m. at the historic church, which provides an intimate and acoustically pleasing setting for the annual music series. Tickets are $18 general, $15 students and seniors.
DEBUTS: Port Costa's own Clayton and Betty Bailey are moving over to the local metropolis of Crockett to display their widely beloved robots and other creations at a new gallery space.
The grand opening of the Bailey Art Museum, 325 Rolph Ave. in Crockett, is 1 to 5 p.m. May 4. "We are now showing metal sculptures by Clayton Bailey, drawings by Betty Bailey, and pseudoscientific curiosities by Dr. Gladstone," reads the announcement for the 3,200-square-foot showroom and art museum.
The sculptures of Clayton Bailey have long been a staple in Port Costa and his Worlds of Wonder were recently featured in an exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento.
Festivities for the opening will include music by the Kevin Coelho Trio with Lyman Alexander and Francesca Simone from 1 to 3 p.m. and Ron Melton and the Meltdowns from 3 to 5 p.m.
The center, founded as an all-volunteer effort and one of the oldest of its kind in the state, has grown into a community focal point.
This will be a reception and outdoor screening at the revamped Recycling and Environmental Resource Center at 7501 Schmidt Lane, so "Bring your folding chairs and be prepared for outdoor weather," organizers advise.
MEDICATION COLLECTION: Local cities participated in the national drug takeback day on April 27 and we have the somewhat staggering totals for Albany, El Cerrito and Kensington.
Albany police took in more than 180 pounds of unwanted or expired drugs at the no questions asked event at the Albany Senior Center.
El Cerrito police received 95.3 pounds of unwanted meds at the vacant lot next to the police station on San Pablo Avenue that were turned over to the Drug Enforcement Agency for disposal.
The per capita winner was Kensington, which saw 178 pounds of drugs and 36 gallons of sharps (needles) dropped off at the fire station on Arlington Avenue.
The collections remove medications from potential abuse or redirection, and improper disposal that can poison waterways.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: The Albany Education Foundation is the recipient of $5,000 from Wells Fargo Bank that will be used for the organization's teacher support programs.
AEF, which hosted its annual Scoops for Schools ice cream event last weekend, noted that during the current school year it "has helped to fund field trips for over 2,500 students, and provided over $20,000 in teacher mini-grants for classroom enrichment."
The foundations Sally Outis Block Grant program has helped fund a writer coach for every eighth grade student at Albany Middle School, provided a bassoon for the Albany High music program, a new basketball hoop at MacGregor High and new books for every Albany school library. Details: www.albanyeducation.org.
Lots of bargains, "the lowest prices since Biblical times," as the church is fond of saying, and there will also be homemade minestrone soup or a bowl of chili with a big slice of fresh pie for sale starting at 11:30 a.m.