A new monthly movie series starts Jan. 16 on the historic SS Red Oak Victory in Richmond.

The new series, a companion to the popular summer screenings on the historic ship, spotlights films made during the postwar era about the World War II home front.

The first entry in the Third Thursday Historic Film Series is the 1955 comedy "Mr. Roberts," starring Henry Fonda and James Cagney, The feature, a hit in its day, "tells the story of the U.S. Navy victory cargo ship USS Reluctant, (on duty) in the Pacific Theater, but far from the action."

Boarding begins at 6:30 p.m. and the film rolls at 7 p.m. following an introduction by National Park Service ranger Craig Riordan, who curates screenings on the Red Oak.

The second film in the series will be "Dear Ruth" (1947) starring William Holden and Ruth Wilkins at 7 p.m. Feb. 20.

Screenings are presented by the National Park Service and the Richmond Museum of History in the cargo hold of the Red Oak, 1337 Canal Blvd. in the Port of Richmond.

The restored vessel is the last remaining victory ship built in Richmond and part of the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park. There is a $5 donation to board the ship, while the screening is free.

For directions to the ship call 510-237-2933.


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WEST COUNTY NOTES: UC Berkeley Professor Mark Brilliant will discuss his book "The Color of America Has Changed: How Racial Diversity Shaped Civil Rights Reform in California, 1941—1978" at a free program at 3 p.m. Jan. 18 at the Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park visitor education center, 1414 Harbour Way South, suite 3000, in Richmond.

From the news release: "Brilliant will focus on a wide range of initiatives in California -- desegregation of housing and schools, legal battles over fair employment practices, and agricultural labor during World War II and beyond -- to illustrate how California emerged as a civil rights vanguard."

  • Attention community artists: The Recreation Division in San Pablo is looking for a mascot "that will represent not only the history of San Pablo, but its future as well. This mascot should encourage healthy eating and active living."

    The winning entry will be used to promote city programs and the selected artist will get $100 in credit toward any city recreation programs. Details, rules and an application are online at sanpabloca.gov/index.aspx?NID=1373.

    crab feed season is back: Tickets are now available for the annual Saint Mary's High School crab feed and silent auction fundraiser on Feb. 1 in the gymnasium of the school, 1294 Albina Ave. at the Albany-Berkeley border. Tickets are $45 each or $425 for a table of 10, and reservations can be made by clicking the crab feed link at www.saintmaryschs.org.

    No tickets will be sold at the door.

  • The Hercules Lions Club will hold its annual feed from 5 to 10 p.m. Jan. 25 at the Hercules Community Center, 2001 Refugio Valley Road. Meal includes salad bar, rotisserie chicken, pasta and crab. Dancing to live music follows. Tickets are $40 each (not sold at the door), available at The Powder Keg Pub, 2132 Railroad Ave., or call 510-685-1182.

  • The annual Albany Lions Club Crab Feed is 5:30 to 8 p.m. Jan. 24 at the Albany Veterans Building, 1325 Portland Ave. in Memorial Park. Includes fresh crab, salad, bread, pasta, beans and appetizers. Silent auction. Tickets are $45, available by contacting Harry at 510-524-9839, or Jeff at js654654@gmail.com.

    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.