This month marks one year since the Berkeley Tuolumne Camp was destroyed in the Rim Fire near Yosemite National Park.

The wildfire, the largest on record in the Sierra Nevada, took two months to control and burned some 400 square miles in Yosemite National Park and the Stanislaus National Forest. In its path was the city Tuolumne Camp, where 92 of the 111 structures, including all of the main buildings, were destroyed. The camp, established in 1922 and a beloved getaway for generations of families, is now in an extended rebuilding process and a temporary getawat option is being offered at Echo Lake Camp.

The nonprofit Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp is holding three events marking the anniversary of the fire "to bring together the families of Camp Tuolumne and to keep their camp spirit alive and well as we work together to rebuild Camp Tuolumne."

  • First up will be a Campfire Sing-a-Along with S'mores from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Aug. 22 at Codornices Park, 1251 Euclid Ave. in Berkeley. The gathering of families and former and present camp staff will include an adult social hour and children's hour.

  • A candlelight vigil marking the anniversary of the fire will be held from 7 to 8 p.m. Aug. 25 at Martin Luther King Jr. Park at Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Center Street. "Please bring a candle and a friend."


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  • The final anniversary event is a golf tournament and dinner fundraiser at 11 a.m. Sept. 5 at the Tilden Park Golf Course. The cost for a day of golf and dinner is $150, while entry to the dinner and benefit auction alone are $25 and all proceeds will go to rebuilding the camp. For more details send an email to JimWhitty@comcast.net or Scott@FOBTC.com.

    Learn more about Friends of Berkeley Tuolumne Camp at www.fobtc.com.

    ALL'S WEILL AT MASQUERS: The classic songs written by Kurt Weill starting in the 1920s remain well-remembered today.

    The Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond will celebrate the German composer with its revue "Berlin to Broadway with Kurt Weill," opening Aug. 22 and running weekends through Sept. 20 at the volunteer company's stage at 105 Park Place, across from the Hotel Mac.

    The show, featuring music by Weill and text by Gene Lerner, includes "Speak Low," "Mack the Knife," "Saga of Jenny" and "Surabaya Johnny," among other Weill compositions.

    Ellen Brooks directs the cast of Nick Hengl, Tina Marzell, Jenny Mateucci, Maria Mikheyenko, J. Scott Stewart and Gayelan Tietje-Ulrich.

    Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, with 2 p.m. Sunday matinees on Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 and 14. Tickets and details are available at www.masquers.org or by calling 510-232-4031.

    WEST COUNTY NOTES: Art and nature centered meet-ups with artist Herk Schusteff will be held to discuss "Mystery of Vision," his current exhibit of some 30 landscape paintings on display through Sept. 28 at the Albany Community Center, 1249 Marin Ave.

    Schusteff, a Bay Area artist for more than 30 years who has also been caring for abandoned herd horses in the El Sobrante hills for more than a decade, will be at the community center from 2 to 4 p.m. Aug. 17 and Sept. 14 and 21.

    From the artist: "To a society guided by cultural wisdom, the folly of factory farms, wasteful excess, greed, deception and war will appear obvious. A major cultural shift, a mystical reunion with nature and art, is needed if civilization is to survive and flourish."

    To learn more, visit www.herkart.com.

  • The inaugural Girls on the Go Half Marathon, 10k and 5k, "a celebration of women of all sizes, ages and fitness levels," is scheduled for Aug. 17 at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline Park, 5551 Giant Highway in Richmond. Register or get more details online by looking at the "Upcoming events" section at www.headtotoewomensexpo.com.

  • The Richmond Rosies, former workers on the World War II home front who now volunteer at the national park in Richmond, will be the guest speakers at the Pinole Historical Society's quarterly meeting at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 5 in conference rooms 2A and 2B of the Kaiser Medical Office Building in Pinole, 1301 Pinole Valley Road.

    The program is free and open to the public.

    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.