An outing to assess Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline in Point Richmond and get ideas for its future course will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 8.

Meet at the Sea Gull group picnic area, 900 Dornan Drive, for tours that will begin at 10 a.m.

There will also be an interpretive hike in the hills at 1 p.m.

The gathering to "revision" Miller/Knox is a way for the community to provide input as the East Bay Regional Park District prepares a land use plan amendment for the shoreline park.

Staffers from the park district will be available to answer questions and hear ideas from the public.

The district advises that walking tours will also take place in undeveloped areas of the 307-acre park and include uneven areas that may prove challenging for some users. Those taking a tour should come with appropriate footwear, and attendees are encouraged to bring drinking water, sunscreen and a hat.

For more details, visit www.ebparks.org.

CHOCOLATE FOR A CAUSE: Enjoy chocolate without guilt as you help school music at the third annual Chocolate Extravaganza fundraiser from 6:30 to 9 p.m. June 22 at Christ the Lord Church, 592 Tennent Ave. in Pinole.

The savory favorite will have a variety of chocolate items, fresh fruit to dip in the fountain of flowing chocolate and a silent auction, along with live music by musicians from Pinole Valley High School.

Tickets are $20 advance or $25 at the door. Proceeds benefit music at PVHS and Christ the Lord Church. For more details, call Linda Bressem at 925-917-0781 or Ann Roberts at 510-724-2527. Help decide on a People's Choice Award for the chocolate treat.

TECH TREK: Eight middle school girls in the West Contra Costa Unified School District will get to attend a math and science camp that starts this month at Sonoma State University in Rohnert Park.

The seventh-graders from Hercules, Crespi, Portola, De Jean and Stewart middle schools will get the experience courtesy of the West Contra Costa branch of the American Association of University Women, an organization dedicated to "Advancing equality for women and girls through advocacy, education and research."

The West Contra Costa chapter raised funds to provide the Tech Trek $850 scholarships from its membership and supporting organizations and businesses such as Bio-Rad, Mechanics Bank, the West County Ed. Fund and the California Section of the American Chemical Society.

Participating students are selected from nominations made by area seventh grade mathematics and science teachers.

Other chapters sponsor similar events at eight other universities in California.

The West Contra Costa chapter also sponsors a $1,500 scholarship presented annually to a woman attending Contra Costa College who is pursing a four-year science degree.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: Linda Freund, a multimedia producer for The Wall Street Journal, will compare the bakken shale oil boom in Williston, N.D., with the boom conditions in Richmond during World War II at a free talk and video presentation at 2 p.m. June 8. The talk will be at the Rosie the Riveter World War II Home Front National Historical Park visitors center, 1414 Harbour Way South behind the Ford Point building in Richmond.

  • The park is also hosting the annual Home Front Film Festival, which kicks off at 7 p.m. June 13 with "In Which We Serve" (1942) starring Noël Coward. The twice-monthly screenings -- including the immortal "Casablanca" at 7 p.m. on July 11 -- are in the Lois Boyle Theater in the hold of the SS Red Oak Victory, 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond. There is a $5 donation to board the ship. Details: 510-232-5050.

  • Both the SS Red Oak Victory and the Ford Point building, incidentally, have been nominated for the 54th California Heritage Council awards, which will be announced at the organization's annual dinner on June 19 in San Francisco. The awards are presented by the council "for the preservation and restoration of historic buildings and sites."

    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.