The figures behind a building rehab, a map, a play, a documentary and additions to the Bay Trail will be honored when the Richmond Historic Preservation Commission and National Park Service hold their annual awards ceremony at 5:30 p.m. May 12 in the Richmond council chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza.

The Historic Preservation Awards event is free and open to the public.

The Port of Richmond and architectural and engineering firm Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates will be honored for the rehabilitation of the Rigger's Loft, one of the former Kaiser shipyard buildings located next to the SS Red Oak Victory.

The Women's Westside Improvement Club in Point Richmond will be cited for producing the new street directory and map for the city's historic district.

The Richmond Rotary Club and The East Bay Center for the Performing Arts will be honored for producing the stage production "Lost Secrets of the Iron Triangle," based on the book of the same name.

Bruce Beyaert and the Trails for Richmond Action Committee will be recognized for ongoing work "preserving Richmond's shoreline and its history."

A separate Home Front Award from the National Park Service will be presented to Kenneth Kokka, Donna Graves, the Blossoms and Thorns Video Committee, and the Contra Costa Japanese American Citizens League for creating the documentary film "Blossoms and Thorns: A Community Uprooted," about the flower growing families of Richmond, their wartime imprisonment and return to the city.


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A reception at the Richmond Art Center, catered by the Contra Costa College Culinary Department, follows the award ceremony.

THINGS TO DO: Get trained this weekend to identify sudden oak death and you'll be able to help track the health of native coast live oak trees during a "bioblitz" survey on May 10-11.

A free training session on preventive treatment for sudden oak death will be held at 1 p.m. May 10 on the UC Berkeley campus. You can get details and register at bit.ly/1koSaXN.

  • There is a new map (see above) for those who want to explore Point Richmond, and now there is a new event for discovering what the area has to offer.

    The inaugural Point to Point Richmond from 2 to 6 p.m. May 10 is described as "a pop-up event exploring art, music, food, theater, and small business."

    Just follow the large red dots placed around the Point to find locations participating in the free event, which organizers hope to hold monthly.

    Details: www.facebook.com/Pt2PtRichmond.

  • Even better than breakfast in bed for mom on Mother's Day is the monthly pancake breakfast from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. May 11 at the historic SS Red Oak Victory, 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond.

  • A Mothers Day Craft Sale will have handmade items by the El Sobrante Art Guild available from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. through May 10 at 3500B Klose Way in Richmond, off the Fitzgerald Drive exit from Interstate 80. Ten percent sale proceeds go to school programs. Details: elsobranteartguild.org or 510 619 8051.

  • Down Home Music, 10341 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito, presents a free performance by local acoustic alt-country duo American Nomad (www.americannomadmusic.com) at 1 p.m. May 10.

    The following weekend the store will host Radley's Rockettes, a bluegrass extravaganza "featuring three local acts for the price of one (free)" at 2 p.m. May 17.

  • Two West County favorites, Los Cenzontles of San Pablo and zydeco great Andre Thierry, will be on stage at the Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St. in Berkeley, at 8 p.m. May 16. Tickets and details: bit.ly/1mjohyZ.

  • "New York, New York!" is the spring concert of the Contra Costa Chorale, a program of choral music by 20th century composers who were born or lived in New York City. Performances are at 8 p.m. May 16 at St. Cornelius Catholic Church, 225 28th St. in Richmond; and 5 p.m. May 18 at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Lawson Road in Kensington.

    Tickets will be available at the door for $20 general, $15 students/seniors/disabled, free children under 12.

    Details: www.ccchorale.org, ccchorale@att.net or 510-255-0703.

    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.