You may not think of the Wells Fargo Bank branch in Pinole as the place to get a glimpse of local history, but it's there in the form of a 12- by 4-foot mural hanging on the back wall that was dedicated in July.

The mural is one of the latest from the Wells Fargo Community Mural Program, which partners with communities to help commemorate the area's history at a local branch.

The mural at the branch at 1374 Fitzgerald Drive is a compilation of images that include a map of the El Rancho Pinole land grant, the Martinez Adobe, a 1920s view of downtown Pinole, the original Pinole-Hercules School and the original Santa Fe depot. Historic figures include area pioneer Bernardo Fernandez, longtime Pinole Merchants baseball team manager Lawrence "Big Red" LeFebvre, the Pinole Fire Department and Chief Wallace "Pepper" Martin, the 1904 class of the Plaza School with teacher Frances Ellerhorst, and Hercules Powder Works employees. The significance of each image is explained in a legend accompanying the mural.

Images for the mural were provided by the Pinole Historical Society, which participated in the dedication of the work on July 25.

Wells Fargo donated $500 to the society for its assistance.

A video of the dedication ceremony is online at www.pinolehistoricalsociety.org/PinoleMural.mov.

  • The community is invited to learn more about its past when the Pinole Historical Society meets at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 in Conference Rooms 2A and 2B of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Building, 1301 Pinole Valley Road. Guest speaker Lucien Sonder, outreach specialist at the Rosie the Riveter/WorldWar II Home Front National Historical Park in Richmond, will discuss upcoming programs at the park and the annual Home Front Festival, set for Oct. 12.


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    HIGH HOLY DAYS: Temple Beth Hillel, the only synagogue in West Contra Costa, welcomes the public to come celebrate the High Holy Days. Rabbi Dean Kertesz will lead the observance of the most important of Jewish holidays, starting with Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, on Sept. 4 and 5, and ending with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, on Sept. 13 and 14 at the temple, 801 Park Central in Richmond.

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    The temple's holiday schedule is online at tbhrichmond.org/pray-with-us/high-holy-days/.

    WEST COUNTY NOTES: The winners of the 14th annual SAT Scholarships from the Richmond Public Library and the Friends of the Richmond Public Library were presented with their $1,500 awards at the City Council meeting July 23. This year's honorees are Madeleine Lipson and Genevieve Simmons, both recent graduates of El Cerrito High School.

    Lipson will attend the University of Oregon this fall, and Simmons will attend Yale University.

  • The new school year means the return of WriterCoach Connection, which is recruiting and training volunteers to work with students on strengthening writing skills.

    According to the program, 642 coaches worked with more than 2,200 students last year in Berkeley, Albany, El Cerrito, Oakland and Richmond.

    Volunteers must attend training and be available two or three times a month for a one- to two-hour assignment during the school day.

    "You don't need to be a writer or teacher," the program emphasizes, adding that "coaches are parents, grandparents, college students, working and retired people of all backgrounds, ethnicities, and ages."

    More details, a short introductory video and registration are available at www.writercoachconnection.org.

  • The Lifelong Medical Care office at 2600 Macdonald Ave. in Richmond is holding an open house and ribbon-cutting ceremony from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5.

    The center, one of several in the East Bay, "provides high-quality health and social services to underserved people of all ages; creates models of care for the elderly, people with disabilities and families; and advocates for continuous improvements in the health of our communities," according to its mission statement.

    The center and the Richmond Chamber of Commerce will offer appetizers and refreshments, as well as tours of the facility. The gathering will also include a special recognition of longtime Richmond physician Brazell Carter.

    To RSVP, call Edwin Reyes at 510-233-8930, ext. 401

    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.