Singer/songwriter Jackson Browne will play a return engagement at the Coventry Grove amphitheater in Kensington at 3 p.m. May 12 to benefit Wavy Gravy's Camp Winnarainbow.

The outdoor venue at a private home will be a chance to see the top-selling performer with his full band and backup singers in an intimate setting, and Wavy Gravy, who will be the master of ceremonies, acknowledges that the up-close-and-personal aspect is reflected in the ticket price of $200 general admission. A $500 VIP ticket includes "priority seating, a limited edition event poster and access to the intimate post-concert reception with the artists."

Proceeds help underprivileged children leave the city and attend the summer performing arts camp that has been run for 35 years by Gravy and friends on his property in Laytonville.

"It's a pricey ticket, but heck, I don't want the camp to end up being for rich and middle class kids only," Gravy said from his Berkeley home.

As of Friday, about 60 percent of the tickets had been sold.

The show, the second benefit Browne has performed for the camp, will also mark Gravy's 77th birthday, which falls three days later. Gravy was 33 when he served as master of ceremonies of the legendary Woodstock festival in upstate New York in 1969.

"I have every intention of making it to when Woodstock is 50, because they are going to go nuts," he said.


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For details and tickets for the Kensington show, visit http://campwinnarainbow-efbevent.eventbrite.com. To learn more about Camp Winnarainbow, visit www.campwinnarainbow.org.

CINCO DE MAYO: The San Pablo-Richmond Cinco de Mayo Unity Parade and Festival begins at 10 a.m. May 4 with a parade from Richmond Civic Center, at 27th Street and Nevin Avenue, to San Pablo City Hall, 13831 San Pablo Ave. Parade grand marshalls will be former San Pablo Councilman Joe Gomes, 97, and National Park service ranger Betty Reid Soskin, 91, of Richmond.

The free festival follows on the grounds of St. Paul Church, 1845 Church Lane in San Pablo, where the alcohol-free event will have food, entertainment, games and activities.

  • A Cinco de Mayo Festival will be held from noon to 5 p.m. May 4 at Fernandez Park, 595 Tennent Ave. The event will have food trucks, games and prizes, children's activities and live music. Tickets are $20, and proceeds benefit La Casita Biligue Montessori School. Tickets and details: 510-724-1724 or lacasita2013.eventbrite.com.

    CORONADO CENTER RENAMING: The YMCA of the East Bay is renaming its Coronado Community Center at 263 S. 20th St. in

    Richmond in honor of the E.M. Downer family at a ceremony and celebration from 4 to 6 p.m. May 10.

    The Downer family, which founded Mechanics Bank in Richmond, has been a longtime supporter of the Y and its programs.

    From the invitation: "In 1993, Mechanics Bank asked the YMCA and Youth Service Bureau to start providing services at the 'new' Coronado Community Center. In 1995, the building was gifted to the Y. In recognition of E M Downer III continuing the philanthropic legacy of the Downer Family and in celebration of the Y's 20 years of providing services at the building, the building will be renamed "E M Downer Family YMCA."

    SUMMER MINI GRANTS: Grants of $750 to $1,000 are being offered by the Richmond Community Foundation (www.richmondcf.org) for programs that "build healthy environments where children and youth can grow up to be healthy, safe and ready to learn" in underserved areas of Richmond.

    The foundation, which is partnering with the California Endowment, will award 10 to 12 grants to programs serving children in the Iron Triangle, Belding Woods, Coronado, Pullman and North Richmond neighborhoods.

    Applicants can be individuals, 501(c) 3 nonprofit organizations or public agencies, and individuals must partner with a nonprofit organization that will act as the fiscal sponsor.

    The deadline to apply is May 10. An application and complete details are online at http://bit.ly/ZAbyvS.

    Questions should be directed to Jim Becker at 510-234-1200 or jbecker@richmondcf.org.

    WEST COUNTY NOTES: The sixth annual Judge George Carroll Community Service Awards reception and fundraiser is 5:30 to 8 p.m. May 2 in the lobby of Richmond Sanitary Service, 3260 Blume Drive in Richmond.

    The event is hosted by the Black American Political Action Committee, and this year's recipients are Barbara Becnel, Otheree Christian, Michael Davenport, Joan Davis and Lydia Stewart.

    Tickets are $35 each, available by calling 510-691-8057.

  • Home-schooled teenagers from Martinez, Hercules, Pinole, El Sobrante and San Pablo will make up the cast and stage crew for performances of the Hearts for Drama production of "Anne-Arky" and "Drop Dead Juliet" at 8 p.m. May 3, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. May 4 and 4 p.m. May 5.

    Performances will be at Pinole Valley Church, 2885 Pinole Valley Road. Advance tickets are $4 children, $5 students and $7.50 adults, or $20 for a family admission, available by contacting Kathy Reichert at kjreichert@sbcglobal.net before May 1.

    Tickets will also be available at the door for a slightly higher price.

  • A benefit rummage sale and e-waste collection will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at De Anza High School, 5000 Valley View Road in Richmond.

    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.