Learn firsthand how six of the women who worked at the Kaiser Shipyards during World War II landed a trip this year to Washington, D.C. and an audience with President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.

Former Rosies Marian Sousa, 87, of El Sobrante; her sister, Phyllis Gould, 92, of Fairfax in Marin County; Priscilla Elder, 93, of Pinole; Agnes Moore, 94, of Rossmoor; Marian Wynn, 87, of Fairfield; and Kay Morrison, 90, of Fairfield will be the special guest speakers at the quarterly meeting of the Pinole Historical Societyfrom 6:30 to 8 p.m. Sept. 5 in conference rooms 2A and 2B of the Kaiser Medical Office Building, 1301 Pinole Valley Road in Pinole.

Biden extended the invitation in October in response to a relentless letter-writing campaign by Gould, and the community and organizations came forward with donations that helped make the trip possible.

The six received behind-the-scenes tours of the White House, the vice president's residence (where they had breakfast with Biden), Capitol Hill and the Pentagon. They also met top members of the Cabinet and six members of Congress from California, and were interviewed for "Good Morning America."

The program is free and open to the public. For more details visit www.pinolehistoricalsociety.org or call 510-724-9507.


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The Rosies are the star attraction from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. most Fridays at the Rosie the Riveter national park visitors center behind the Ford Point building at 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond. For directions or more details, visit www.nps.gov/rori or call 510-232-5050, ext. 0.

GOLF BENEFIT: The public can join current and retired law enforcement officers who will be participating in a golf tournament Sept. 15 to benefit a nonprofit organization that assists young people in West Contra Costa in avoiding violence, drug abuse and juvenile delinquency.

The 16th annual Kops for Kids Golf Classic, which will be held at the Oakhurst Country Club in Clayton, raises funds for Contra Costa Kops for Kids, a program in which active and retired police personnel work with young people considered at risk.

The program is overseen by retired Richmond police Cpl. Larry Lewis, who is also the executive director of the Richmond Police Activities League.

"We believe we are making a difference in the lives of some of these kids," he said. "Many young people don't think about the consequences of their actions until after the damage is already done."

The organization's Positive Mental Attitude Seminars and Sports Clinics Program, which is offered for free to schools, reached more than 6,200 people in the greater Richmond area during the last academic year, a 300 percent increase from a year earlier.

The Kops for Kids Youth Mentoring Program provides grants for officers who provide guidance for youths.

The organization also sponsors activities and outreach such as a dirt bike clinic in Richmond; youth basketball, football, track and soccer teams; the Richmond High School Kiwins, Richmond Police Explorers and the Tae Kwon Do Center in El Sobrante; and violence-prevention seminars at Contra Costa College in San Pablo.

Positive mental attitude seminars have been held at some 25 schools in West Contra Costa.

The entry fee for the four-person scramble/handicap format golf classic is $175 for a single person or $675 for a foursome, which includes green fees and cart, brunch, prizes and awards, tee package and golf cap, an awards reception, dinner and a no-host bar.

Registration starts at 10:30 a.m., and the awards reception is at 5:30 p.m.

For more details on the golf tournament or Contra Costa Kops for Kids, visit www.contracostakopsforkids.org or call 925-827-1998.

TALK ON URBAN WATER: UC Berkeley Professor David Sedlak will discuss "The Coming Revolution in Urban Water" at a free program presented by Friends of Five Creeks at 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in the parish hall at St. Alban's Church, 1501 Washington Ave. at Curtis Street in Albany.

Sedlak, co-director of the Institute for Environmental Science and Engineering at UC Berkeley, is author of "Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World's Most Vital Resource."

Sedlak will outline "the three revolutions that brought clean, safe water to cities, and the fourth we need to give the Bay Area -- and modern civilization -- safe, clean water and vibrant nature.

The talk is part of the free Bay Currents series from Friends of Five Creeks. Details: www.fivecreeks.org.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: A free outdoor showing of the 2013 Pixar animated family feature "Monsters University" will be held at sundown Sept. 5 at Davis Park at Folsom Ave and 17th Street in San Pablo. The screening is part of the Summer Movies in the Park series hosted by the city's Parks and Recreation Department.

  • Down Home Music, 10070 San Pablo Ave. in El Cerrito, hosts a free, in-store "Americana-Rama" concert at 2 p.m. Sept. 6 featuring "ukulele songbird and sometime cowgirl" Amity Rose (aka Meghan McGeary), followed by sister act Christina And Seana Thompson, a Southern California-based acoustic fiddle and cello duo.

  • The 1938 film comedy "Bringing Up Baby," starring Katharine Hepburn, Cary Grant and a pet leopard, is the next entry in the Cerrito Classics film series, showing one-time only at 7 p.m. Sept. 11.

    Advance tickets and details available under the "Special Events" section at www.rialtocinemas.com/cerrito/.

    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.