Quilts of all kinds, including a themed display of new quilts related to memories of the World War II home front, will be on display at the Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond, on March 22 and 23.

"Extraordinary Quilts" is the theme of the annual show hosted by East Bay Heritage Quilters, which will feature more than 200 pieces by members and special guests.

The exhibition will also have wearable art by group members, a Marketplace of Fine Fiber Art, quilts from the permanent collection of the San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, free quilting demonstrations, and children's activities, including an exhibit of quilts made by young people.

Exhibition highlights will include pieces by the award-winning Mendocino Quilt Artists group and 30 challenge quilts on themes from the American World War II home front accompanied by the stories that inspired each of the entering artists.

A marketplace of 42 vendors will feature "ethnic and domestic textiles, trims and buttons of all kinds, handmade clothing and jewelry, African baskets, yarns and fibers, and gorgeous one-of-a-kind gifts."

Show hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23, and two-day admission is $12 (ages 12 and under free), available with more details at www.ebhq.org/quilt-shows/vic2014.


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WEST COUNTY NOTES: A free workshop on Do-It-Yourself Projects for Indoor Water and Energy Conservation is being hosted by Citizens for a Greener El Sobrante at 1 p.m. March 22 in the meeting room of the El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way.

The session is "for homeowners, landlords and small business owners interested in conserving water and energy usage," and will feature an experienced building maintenance professional demonstrating small projects that can be done at low cost without a building permit and requiring only modest construction skills.

Topics will include graywater recycling, basic repairs to fix a leaky shower or faucet, and minimizing waste stemming from battery-operated electronics.

  • The Miraflores Senior Housing Development, planned on the 14-acre site of a former Japanese American flower nursery next to Interstate 80 south of Macdonald Avenue in Richmond, has landed a $3.3 million grant from the state's Infill Infrastructure Grant program.

    "Although funding gaps still remain, this brings the city many steps closer to realizing the dream of quality affordable housing at Miraflores," states the city manager's office.

    The 80-unit project is being developed by Eden Housing and Community Housing Development Corporation.

  • Robert Spotts, past president of Northern California Daffodil Society, is the guest speaker when the Pinole Garden Club meets at 1 p.m. March 11 in the Alex Clark Room at the Public Safety Facility, 800 Tennant Ave. The public is welcome to attend the free illustrated presentation. For more details, call 510-758-2309.

  • Public art will be coming to the Richmond waterfront next year. The Port of Richmond selected "Changing Tide," a submission by hometown studio Reed-Madden Designs, as the winning entry for its public art project.

    The project is funded by the city mandate that sets aside 1.5 percent of the cost of certain capital projects, in this case rail infrastructure for the port's automotive shipping tenants, for public art

    The design will be reviewed by the city's Arts and Culture Commission and Public Arts Advisory Committee, then go before the Design Review Board.

    Plans call for the project to be installed near the Ford Point building at the foot of Harbour Way South early next year.

  • The nomination deadline for this year's Distinguished Volunteer Service Award in Richmond is 5 p.m. March 21.

    The annual awards recognize outstanding community service in Public Safety, Beautification, Education, Health and Wellness, the Arts and overall Excellence in Community Service.

    Award winners will be honored at the annual Volunteer Recognition and Awards Ceremony on April 10.

    The awards are sponsored by Richmond ESC (Excellence Serving our Community), the offices of Mayor Gayle McLaughlin and City Manager Bill Lindsay, and the Richmond Community Foundation.

    For details and a nomination form, call 510-620-6511 or visit www.richmondvolunteers.org.

    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.