Youth baseball in West County has lost another influential figure with the death Jan. 15 of Robert Foreman, who was president and driving force of the San Pablo Baseball Association for 30 years.

Foreman, who succumbed to an aggressive form of cancer, was 60.

A memorial service for Coach Bob will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 25 at Hilltop Community Church, 3118 Shane Drive in Richmond.

"He was very dedicated," said friend Andre Williams, one of many who benefited from Foreman's guidance.

The San Pablo Baseball Association is the oldest youth baseball organization in West County and for many years it was Foreman who kept it going, convincing kids to put in the time playing and practicing, adults to coach and San Pablo to keep the field at Davis Park in a ready state.

Registration for the next SPBA season is under way (call 510-986-9220 for details), but the baseball organization will have some big shoes to fill.

"He dedicated his life to youth baseball and football. And he was so good for the community other than sports, as part of being a friend and mentor to people from every walk of life," Williams said.

Foreman, a 1970 graduate of Kennedy High in Richmond, was also the junior midgets division head coach for West County Spartans Youth Football.

In his day job Foreman was a welder who retired from Certainty Corporation in 1985.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia Foreman, and four sons and one daughter. One son preceded him in death.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: Author and psychotherapist David Richo will discuss the "Importance of Being an Adult in Faith and Spirituality" from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 2 at Grace North Church, 2138 Cedar St. in Berkeley. The event includes a question-and-answer session and reception with Richo, whose new book examines the need for adapting and maintaining spirituality as people grow into adulthood rather than losing that aspect of their lives. Admission is $15 and tickets and details are available at http://gracenorth-church.eventbrite.com.

  • Recently retired television anchor Dana King was serious when she said she was retiring from the news desk to pursue her love of art. Sculptures by King are featured in the 17th annual "The Art of Living Black" artists exhibition now underway in the main gallery at the Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave. in Richmond, and around the East Bay.

    The exhibition, which runs through March 8, is a self-guided tour of more than 50 local artists, including 2012 Jan Hart Schuyers Awards winners Latisha Baker, Stephen Bruce and King.

    The center (www.therichmondartcenter.org) is holding an artist reception from 2 to 5 p.m. Feb. 9 and artist panel discussions from noon to 2 p.m. Feb. 9 and Feb. 16.

    A satellite exhibition of TAOLB runs through Feb. 12 at the San Pablo Art Gallery, 13831 San Pablo Ave., and features works by Tomye, Joseph Robinson, Angela Allen Simms and TheArthur Wright.

  • "Glorious Past, Glorious Future: Celebrating California Memorial Stadium" is the new exhibit that opened this month and runs through July 31 at the Bancroft Library Rowell Cases at UC Berkeley. The exhibit, open during the operating hours of The Doe Library, covers the sporting moments and traditions of the fabled stadium, but also the effort to build it originally and the controversies it has generated, including its recent renovation.

    The exhibit includes historic documents and photographs, architectural drawings, correspondence, illustrations, scrapbooks, and brochures.

  • The Play-a-thon fundraiser held Jan. 5 at El Cerrito High School was a resounding success, reports parent Debbie Hayakawa-Wing. Students played for 12 hours in the music room and performing arts center and raised more than $12,000 for new musical instruments for the program.

    Next up for the program will be the annual jazz night at Yoshi's Club in Oakland in March.

  • The El Cerrito High jazz bands, meanwhile, came through last weekend at the CMEA Jazz Festival at Northgate High School in Walnut Creek. The ECHS jazz ensemble was awarded its fourth consecutive Unanimous Superior Award, the jazz workshop received its second consecutive Unanimous Superior and the jazz lab of freshman musicians were rated excellent in their festival debut.

  • National Day of Service events weren't confined to the outdoors on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday.

    More than 60 volunteers turned out that day to do needed work at the El Cerrito Library.

    LOVE THAT CRAZY CRAB: The sixth annual Rotary Club of Richmond all you can eat crab feed is on Feb. 2 in the cafeteria at Salesian High School, 2851 Salesian Ave. in Richmond. Tickets are $40 each, available in advance only from Erle Brown, 510-233-6291.

  • The Coronado YMCA is holding a crab feed on Feb. 2 at its gymnasium at 263 South 20th St. in Richmond. The evening includes all you can eat hot crab, salad, pasta and dessert, as well as a DJ and dancing, silent auction and raffle. Tickets are $45 each, available through Jan. 25 at the Coronado Y.

  • The Boys & Girls Club of El Sobrante all you can eat crab feed is at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 2 at the club, 4660 Appian Way. Lots of crab and a raffle and live and silent auctions. Tickets available at the club, or at http://bit.ly/V5qICx.

    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.