The annual Memorial Day placement of flags on the graves of veterans at Sunset View Cemetery in El Cerrito will take place on May 24 and volunteers who want to help are welcome.

Boy Scouts and American Legion Post 292 in Albany, service clubs and others will meet in the parking lot in front of the cemetery, 101 Colusa Ave. at 8:15 a.m. and then fan out to place the flags, which is expected to take about 90 minutes.

Sunset View will also make flags available in its main lobby for those who want to place them over the weekend.

Scouts will also be busy placing flags along the median of Key Route Boulevard on May 26.

  • A Memorial Day observance and Memorial Wall unveiling in Richmond will be held from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. May 26 at the Resource Veterans Program offices, 934 Maine Ave.

    The ceremony will be followed by a barbecue lunch and activities until 4 p.m. For more details call 510-593-6006.

  • Another local Memorial Day tradition is the 21st annual neighborhood garage sale in Point Richmond, where more than 100 locations are expected to participate. The event benefits the Masquers Playhouse, with participants donating 10 percent of their sale proceeds to the 59-year-old, all-volunteer community theater company.

    The event starts at 9 a.m. May 26 and runs all day.


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    Sale sites will include First United Methodist Church at West Richmond Avenue at Martina, which will holds its Junktique faire from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The church will also have its "famous-recipe pancake breakfast" from 8 to 11 a.m.

    The Masquers will have its own sale in front of the theater at 105 Park Place, as well as morning coffee and doughnuts on sale, followed by hot dogs at noon.

    Across the street from the theater at Indian Statue Park will be free entertainment at the eighth annual Fine Fiddle Festival, featuring Bobbi Nikles and Douce Ambiance at 8 a.m., Kit Eakle and Hot Club of Marin at 10 a.m. and Rodney Freeland and The Probabillies 10 a.m. to noon.

    ON STAGE: The next production at the Masquers Playhouse is the comedy "Dead Man's Cell Phone," opening May 30.

    Sarah Ruhl's play, recipient of a "genius grant" from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation and the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play, is described as "the odyssey of a woman forced to confront her own assumptions about morality, redemption, and the need to connect in a world obsessed with technology."

    James Nelson directs the Masquers cast of Mariah Castle, Lynne Hollander, Charles Isenn, Shannon Kase, Katina Letheule, Dominick Palamenti and Judy Zimola.

    Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through June 28, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on June 8, 15 and 22.

    Tickets and details are available at www.masquers.org or 510-232-4031.

  • The Pinole Players production of the Stephen Sondheim musical "Merrily We Roll Along," a celebration of the bonds of friendship and the optimism of youth, opens on June 6 at the Pinole Community Playhouse, 601 Tennent Ave.

    "Starting in 1975 and traveling backwards in time, this powerful and moving story features some of Sondheim's most beautiful songs including 'Good Thing Going,' 'Not a Day Goes by' and 'Old Friends.'"

    The cast includes George Adams, Christina Boothman, Will Giammona, Gregg Klein, Jetta Martin, Addy Medernach, Connor Miller, Dan Morgan, Laura Morgan, Nikki Nickerson, Caitlin O'Leary, Kelcey Poe, D.C. Scarpelli, Jennifer Stark, Maggie Tenenbaum, Joshua Tibay and Vicki Zabarte, under the direction of Peter Budinger, with music direction by Pat King.

    Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through June 28, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on June 15 and 22.

    Tickets and details are at www.pinoleplayers.org or 510-724-9844 and be sure to check out the special Father's Day admission for dads at the June 15 performance.

    BAY TRAIL APP: The San Francisco Bay Trail will celebrate its 25th anniversary from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 24 with events outside and nearby the Rosie the Riveter Visitors Center, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond.

    The trail celebration, held in conjunction with the all-day rededication of the visitors center and its new exhibits, will include the introduction of the first Bay Trail smartphone audio tour.

    The tour is available as a free app available to download at the Apple Store starting that day.

    "The Richmond Bay Trail smartphone audio tour covers up to 2.5 miles and features 17 points of interest along the Bay Trail," according to an announcement from the Association of Bay Area Governments. "The tour starts at the Rosie the Riveter Visitor Education Center and ends at the Shimada Friendship Park."

    The tour, the first in a planned series that will roll out this year, was developed by app-maker Canogle and Doug McConnell of Convergence Media, and funded by the State Coastal Conservancy.

    "The interpretive Bay Trail audio tours consist of curated short stories associated with points of interest," according to the announcement.

    The Bay Trail and visitors center celebrations will also include food trucks, live home front era music and dancing, a scavenger hunt, prize drawing, World War II era costume contest and the opening of the new Rosie the Riveter exhibits.

    Learn more about the Bay Trail anniversary event at www.baytrail.org or 510-464-7900.

    WEST COUNTY NOTES: Down Home Music Store, 10341 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito, hosts a free performance of traditional classics and original tunes by the trio Smooth Toads at 2 p.m. May 24.

  • An information meeting about the possibility of forming a 4-H Club chapter in West County will be held at 6 p.m. June 3 at the El Cerrito Library, 6510 Stockton Ave. The new chapter would be open to residents in West County, as well as Albany and Berkeley.

    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.