The eleventh hour of the 11th day of the 11th month is when we honor those who have served their country in the military. These are the Veterans Day observances in West Contra Costa.
The event is rain or shine and opens with a brief ceremony in honor of veterans. Coffee, juice, and doughnuts will be served.
For more details contact Barbara Renteria at 510-596-8180 or email@example.com.
Preceding the ceremony will be coffee at 10 a.m., followed by a 10:30 a.m. ribbon-cutting at the newly rehabilitated Rigger's Loft, one of the historic buildings of the Kaiser shipyards in World War II.
Lunch will be available at a barbecue fundraiser and acrylic paintings by award-winning artist Tom Bottomley, a longtime volunteer on the restoration of the Red Oak Victory, will be offered in exchange for donations of from $25 to $150, to the Ship's operating fund.
There will also be ranger-led tours of the former Shipyard No. 3.
For details and directions call 510-237-2933.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: Speaking of life during wartime, national defense industries in the East Bay didn't start with World War II.
The Giant Powder Co. opened on the shoreline in what is now Richmond in the 1890s and manufactured munitions during World War I. The former dynamite factory, the explosive that helped build the mountain roadways of the West, is now the scenic Point Pinole Regional Shoreline, and you can learn about it and its present and future at a Greenbelt Alliance tour led by Sandra and Bruce Beyaert from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 9.
The trek is free, but there is a $3 parking fee at Point Pinole. To get details and directions and register for the walk visit www.pointrichmond.com/baytrail/calendar.htm.
This isn't a high-def, Dolby-sound thriller. It's in black-and-white with no audio track other than musical accompaniment. It doesn't need anything else and the clock scene is as effective as ever. The classics series is popular, so you're advised to arrive early at the Rialto Cinemas Cerrito, 10070 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito.
(SPOILER ALERT: A well-done look of how the clock scene was made can be found online at http://bit.ly/18UQqzB.
Anyone interested in helping out can send an email, attention Ernesto, to firstname.lastname@example.org.