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 Crockett Museum, 900 Loring Ave. in Crockett, holds its annual Veterans Day open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11. The observance starts with a parade from Memorial Hall to the museum, featuring the John Swett High School marching band and Boy Scouts from Troop 171-173 carrying the colors.

  • The 21st annual Veterans Day flag placement hosted by the El Cerrito Lions Club will be at 8 a.m. Nov. 11 at Sunset View Cemetery, 101 Colusa Ave. in El Cerrito. The club will furnish flags and cemetery maps and encourages veterans, community members, Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts to participate.

    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 renteria@aol.com.

  • The Pinole Historical Society hosts the sixth annual Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony at 11 a.m. in Fernandez Park, 595 Tennent Ave. The event will feature Boy Scout Troop 86, West Contra Costa Girl Scouts, Veterans of Foreign Wars, several local schools, the marching band and a cappella choir from Pinole Valley High School and elected officials. Scouts will retire worn United States flags at no charge.


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  • The historic World War II cargo ship SS Red Oak Victory will again host Richmond's observance of Veterans Day at 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at dockside at 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond. The ceremony will include music, remarks and a laying of flowers in memory of those who served.

    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.

  • One of the great silent film-era comedies is the Harold Lloyd classic "Safety Last," filmed in 1923. The Cerrito Classics series is celebrating the film's 90th year with a showing at 7 p.m. Nov. 14.

    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.

  • Salute, the restaurant at Marina Bay in Richmond, opens its doors on Thanksgiving to serve a feast to the needy. This year Salute also plans to hold a health fair and is seeking doctors, nurses and other health and wellness professionals willing to volunteer on Nov. 28.

    Anyone interested in helping out can send an email, attention Ernesto, to salute@salutemarinabay.com.

    Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/christreadway.