A distinguished group of recipients make up the class of 2013 who will be honored at Richmond's annual Historic Preservation Awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. May 17 in the City Council Chambers 440 Civic Center Plaza.

Front and center are Orton Development Inc. and architect Marcy Wong, who will be recognized for the rehabilitation of the former oil house at the historic Ford Point building that is now the visitors center for the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park.

The project was also recently recognized by the San Francisco chapter of the American Institute of Architects and the visitors center is an added attraction next to the Craneway Pavilion, open daily with free admission.

Downstairs at the visitors is a screening room where a rotation of films are shown. One of the films, "Home Front Heroes," is also singled out for a preservation award, which will go to the National Park Service and video producer Signature Communications.

Another award will be given for an oral history of Alvarado Park compiled for the East Bay Regional Park District by oral historian Susan Imboden.

The park, once a favored place for outings and concerts in the first half of the 20th century, as well as home to a sanitarium and Depression-era walls built by the Works Progress Administration, is now part of Wildcat Canyon Regional Park.

Local zydeco musician Andre Thierry, a longtime favorite performer at community events and a Grammy nominee this year, will be honored for preserving Creole traditions and music in Richmond.

Lois Boyle, a familiar name for her 30 years leading the Richmond Museum of History and her dedication to bringing the historic ship SS Red Oak Victory home to the city and seeing to its restoration, will be honored for her years of service preserving local history.

Nancy Strauch and Bruce Brubaker will be recognized for their work on restoring access to Boat Ramp Street, which for decades was the lone public boat launch site in the city. It was closed and fenced off when a new boat ramp opened at Marina Bay in 1982, but Strauch and Brubaker led efforts that resulted in its reopening in 2008.

A separate award at the event is the National Park Service Home Front Award, which will go to former councilwoman Donna Powers "for establishing the Rosie the Riveter Memorial, which was a catalyst for the creation of Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park.

The ceremony will be followed by an outdoor reception in the Richmond Civic Center Plaza, catered by the Contra Costa College Culinary Department.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: The Supporters of the Theater Arts group at El Cerrito High School will hold a Sing Along Event at 7 p.m. May 20 in the ECHS theater, 540 Ashbury Ave. "Audience members of all ages can sing along to 'The Lion King,' dressed in animal costumes or face-painted for a quick evening of family fun," says the announcement, adding, "Why should the Castro theater neighbors have more fun than our El Cerrito High School neighbors?" There will be a $5 suggested donation at the door, which will support the high school drama program. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Details: karenshebek@sbcglobal.net.

  • Golfers of all abilities are being sought to enter the second annual Scholarship Golf Tournament sponsored by Easter Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond on May 18 at the Metropolitan Golf Course in Oakland. Green fee registration is $125 and proceeds will go to the church's program assisting college-bound students. For details call Edward or Arinel Greene at 510-223-4226.

  • The Pinole Valley High School Jazz Ensemble is one of the headline acts at the Tap with a Beat concert to benefit UNICEF at 7 p.m. May 24 at the Anna Head Alumnae Hall at UC Berkeley, 2537 Haste St. The show is a first-ever joint effort of UNICEF clubs in the region and all proceeds benefit the United Nations Children's Fund Tap Project, providing clean water. The cost of each ticket "is worth water for one child for 400 days." Tickets and details: uniceftapwithabeat.eventbrite.com.

  • The free annual Spring Music Concert at Saint Mary's High, 1294 Albina Ave. at the Albany-Berkeley border, is at 7 p.m. May 24 in the auditorium. The special guest artist and conductor will be UC Berkeley Director of Bands Bob Calonico, a member of the Saint Mary's class of 1972 and a Saint Mary's alumni parent. Calonico will guest conduct the Symphonic Band and perform as a tenor sax soloist with the Jazz Ensemble.

    Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com.