A pair of plays on completely different topics are now on stage in Richmond.

"A Year With Frog and Toad" is the family offering of a "musical based on the beloved children's books by Arnold Lobel" that opens Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 7 at the Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond.

"It is a charming and whimsical family musical about happy-go-lucky Frog and issue-ridden Toad and their great friendship that weathers four fun-filled seasons," goes the description of the play, which earned three Tony Award nominations in 2003.

Marti Baer directs the Masquers cast of Nancy Benson, Coley Grundman, Robert Love, Gill Stanfield and Vicki Zabarte. Pat King does musical direction.

Performances are Fridays at 8 p.m., Saturdays at 7 p.m. and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. on Nov. 10, 17 and 24 at the playhouse, 105 Park Place.

Tickets and details: www.masquers.org or 510-232-4031.

  • "Swing Shift," the saga of life in the World War II shipyards of Richmond, continues with performances by the Galatean Players at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays through Nov. 10 onboard the SS Red Oak Victory, 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond. The play is an adaptation by Kathryn McCarty of a novel by Joseph Fabry about his real life experiences escaping Europe (where most of his relatives perished in death camps) and found work at the Kaiser yards building Liberty Ships.

    "Many of the issues that Mr. Fabry wrote of in World War II are still relevant 70 years later," McCarty said. "While reading Mr. Fabry's work, I was enthralled by things I hadn't learned of before, like the issues of terrorism in the Kaiser Shipyards.

    Before the Sunday matinees, from 10 to 2 p.m., tours of the Red Oak will be available for an additional $5 suggested donation.

    Tickets and details for "Swing Shift": www.galateanplayers.com or 925-676-5705.

    MURAL DEDICATION: "Richmond Identities: Extraordinary Lives/Ordinary People," the mural created by artist Judy Baca, has been drawing notice to the Richmond Senior Center at 2525 Macdonald Ave. for weeks now.

    The work will be officially dedicated at 2 p.m. Nov. 3 with remarks by Baca and Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and entertainment by Aztec dance ensemble In Xochitl In Cuicatl.

    The five-panel mural, depicting eras in Richmond's history, is a public art project by the city's Arts and Culture Commission, which gathered ideas for its content at a series of community workshops.

    Baca, from the Social and Public Art Resource Center at UCLA, then painted the work, which was digitally reproduced on weather-resistant vinyl and adhered to the outdoor wall of the senior center facing Macdonald.

    PINOLE RECOGNITION DINNER: Six inductees will be named to the Pinole Valley High School Sports Wall of Fame at the 18th annual Rotary Club of Pinole Recognition Dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. Nov. 7 at the Senior Center, 2500 Charles Ave.

    This year's class is Lino Amaral for football, Sylvan Amdahl for track and field, Chris Cavalli for softball, and Steve Falchetta for baseball.

    The dinner will be catered by Eddie Menosse and proceeds will go to service projects and college scholarships for local high school students.

    For tickets or details visit pinolerotary.brownpapertickets.com or call 510-758-8267.

    WEST COUNTY NOTES: The East Bay chapter of the American Institute of Architects is hosting a tour of three renovated branches of the Berkeley Public Library from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 2.

    The tour for architects and the public will "see how three architecture firms approached the same project type, same city requirements, with different solutions addressing varying needs, site conditions and project requirements."

    The outing begins at the North Branch at 1170 The Alameda and the AIA encourages those attending to bike or carpool. The outing will also take in the Claremont and South branches. The cost is $5 AIA members, $10 guests and details and registration are online at aiaeb.org/2013/10/tour-of-three-libraries/.

  • The El Cerrito New Library Committee will hold a pair of online chat sessions for current and prospective volunteers interested in joining the effort to build a new city library from 8 to 9 p.m. on Nov. 7 and Nov. 12.

    "We will review upcoming volunteer opportunities, ranging from things that can be done at home to public events, and everything in between," the committee says. "We also are looking forward to meeting participants and sharing their ideas for volunteer activities and projects."

    Each session will cover the same agenda and include time for questions and answers.

    To participate log in during the appointed time at http://vyew.com/253921/New_ Library_Volunteers.

  • The Richmond Museum of History, 400 Nevin Ave., invites the community to celebrate Dia de los Muertos from 2 to 4 p.m.p.m. Nov. 2 by joining staff and students from Manzanita Middle School in making paper marigolds and papel de picado for display in the gallery, along with traditional altars. Food and refreshments will be served. Details: 510-235-7387 or www.richmondmuseumofhistory.org.

  • After a long weekend of packing and moving boxes, Richmond Main Street Initiative, the nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing downtown Richmond, is settling into its new office at 1015 Nevin Ave., Suite 105.

    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.