The Greater Richmond Interfaith Program is seeking walkers and runners to participate in its 27th annual Harmony Walk & 5K Race to End Homelessness Presented by Chevron from 8 to 11 a.m. Oct. 26 and volunteers to keep the event going smoothly

The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for the organization, bringing in some $75,000 for the GRIP Family Housing Shelter and the Souper Center that serves meals to the needy each day.

The 3.5-mile walk begins and ends at Richmond Civic Center Plaza, where participants and volunteers are then provided a free continental or pancake breakfast. They also get free admission to the Harmony Walk Community Fair, which will have exhibitors, music, food and activities for families.

There are 50 volunteer slots for tasks such as setting up and cleaning up, staffing first aid and registration.

"Volunteers are an integral part of GRIP's programs and services. Each year, more than 5,000 volunteers help us feed thousands of poor people in the community," said Kia Croom, the organization's program director. "Volunteering for the Harmony Walk is another great way to support our work, have fun and get some great exercise in the process."

For details on volunteering, contract Croom at 510-233-2141, ext. 304, or kcroom@gripcommunity.org.

To register for the race and walk, visit grip27thharmony.teamraiseeasy.com.

HOT CHILI AND CARS IN RODEO: Rodeo has a perfect combination for an East Bay weekend in October: chili and other food, classic cars, beer and margaritas, music, a kids zone and specialty vendors.

That combination comes together at the annual Chili Cook-Off & Car Show sponsored by the Rodeo Chamber of Commerce from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 12 at Lefty Gomez Field, 470 Parker Ave. Admission is free.

Vintage cars will compete for trophies, and top chili chefs will be cooking up their best recipes in hopes of winning the $400 grand prize.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: The annual Rodeo-Hercules Fire District open house will have activities for the family from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Hercules Fire Station, 1680 Refugio Valley Road.

The event, held during Fire Prevention Week, will feature safety and rescue demonstrations and station tours; a chance to see the firefighting equipment; free hot dogs, refreshments and balloons; and free bicycle helmets for children 14 and under who live in the fire district (proof of residency required).

For details, call 510-799-4561.

  • Michael Eliot of Wild Birds Unlimited in Pleasant Hill will give a talk on "Birds in the Garden" when the Pinole Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. Tuesday in the Alex Clark Room of the Public Safety Facility, 800 Tennent Ave.

    Guests are welcome to hear Eliot discuss the different kinds of birds found locally, their usefulness in the environment, and how to attract them to gardens.

    For more details, call 510-758-2309. For info on the club, Google "Pinole Garden Club."

  • The Pinole Garden Club promises to have a "great variety of household items and wickedly wonderful 'junque,'" including green leafy growing things, at its annual garage sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 19 at 2520 Simas Ave. in Pinole. Details: 510-758-2309.

    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.