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