Award-winning playwright Lisa Loomer finds humor in the unlikely subject of infertility in her 1998 work "Expecting Isabel," which opens Friday at the Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond.

The comedy tells about the trials of a young couple trying to conceive and the journey that brings them in contact with "broadly comic characters in the fertility trade, the adoption industry, and in their own outrageous families."

The Masquers cast, under the direction of Michael Sally, includes Richard Friedlander, David Irving, Rachel Kaplan, Abhi Katyal, Katina Letheule, Shay Oglesby-Smith, Loralee Windsor and Vicki Zabarte.

Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 23, with 2 p.m. Sunday shows on Jan. 27 and Feb. 3.

Tickets are $22 and all seats are general admission at the intimate Masquers theater at 105 Park Place in Point Richmond.

The all-volunteer company will also have a special benefit show at 2 p.m. Feb. 17 that includes dinner at the Hotel Mac across the street in the $50 ticket price.

For tickets or more details visit www.masquers.org or call 510-232-4031.

CRAB FEED CORNER: The Northern California Cruisers Car Club is holding its annual crab feed on Jan. 26 at the Masonic Hall on El Portal Drive in El Sobrante.

The evening includes lots of crab, or chicken and a raffle. For tickets, call Don Godwin at 510-799-7901.

  • Tickets are on sale for the annual crab feed at Saint Mary's High School on Feb. 2 and the deadline to order is Jan. 21 or until the event is sold out. The feast (chicken dinners are also available) in the gymnasium is sponsored by the Saint Mary's Parent Association and includes a silent auction and raffle, with proceeds benefiting the school.

    Tickets are $45 each or $425 for a table of 10, available along with more details at www.saintmaryschs.org. No tickets will be sold at the door.

    LEARNING PARTNERS NEEDED: The Elders' Learning Community, a participant-directed educational and arts program for at-risk, frail and homebound seniors in West County, is seeking volunteers.

    Volunteer learning partners help seniors choose, develop and pursue a creative or learning project, assisting them in gathering materials and resources related to the area of interest.

    Partners visit and collaborate with senior participants weekly for about an hour and typically meet in the participant's home, but also have the opportunity to facilitate small groups at times.

    Art, writing, music, literature, history, science, computers and philosophy are some of the possible areas of interest. Learning Partners must be at least 21 and should enjoy working with older adults.

    Orientation and ongoing support are provided and a six-month commitment is requested. For details, please contact Paula at 510-234-1839.

    DAY OF SERVICE: The Trails for Richmond Action Committee is holding a National Day of Service work day on Jan. 21 to mark the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and invites the community to take part in removing invasive plants and picking up trash on the beach at Point Pinole Regional Shoreline.

    The work starts at 9:30 a.m. and TRAC will provide tools, gloves and refreshments, though participants are welcome to bring their own gloves and buckets.

    If you come wear comfortable clothes and sturdy, closed-toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. Children must be accompanied by an adult

    For details or to RSVP, send an email to volunteer@thewatershedproject.org or call 510-214-6897.

    WEST COUNTY NOTES: The passport processing program at El Cerrito City Hall has brought in $16,575 for handling 663 passport applications since it was established in August of 2011, according to the city manager's office. The Passport Acceptance Office is open Monday through Wednesday.

  • This year's winter coat drive by the after school program at the George Miller centers in Richmond and Concord brought in 215 donations of warm wear that were delivered to the Bay Area Rescue Mission.

    Over the past five years more than 1,200 coats have been collected.

    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.