The identities of Hercules and Pinole have been intertwined for more than a century, and that shared history will be explored at a free program from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 in conference rooms 2A and 2B of the Kaiser Medical Office Building, 1301 Pinole Valley Road in Pinole.
The areas that were once part of the sprawling 18,000-acre El Rancho Pinole land grant in the early 1800s achieved cityhood in 1900 (Hercules) and 1903 (Pinole).
Hercules had already been home to the California Powder Works since 1881, and early 20th century news stories about explosions there were often datelined Pinole.
In the program "A Tale of Two Cities," the Hercules and Pinole historical societies "will focus on the interaction and cultural ties of the communities" with oral histories and a PowerPoint presentation highlighting "the mutual need for water, schools and jobs."
The public is invited to attend.
For more details, visit www.pinolehistoricalsociety.org and click on the "e-news" link.
Historical societies in West County will mark the centennial milestone with a special program from 1 to 3 p.m. March 16 at the El Sobrante Library, 4191 Appian Way. Called "Bringing People and Ideas Together," it is about the history of the libraries in West County.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: Continuing with the history theme, the Hercules Library, 109 Civic Drive, will present a free screening of the documentary "From the Quarters to Lincoln Heights" at 1 p.m. Feb. 21. The film, shown as part of the Black History Month movie series at the branch, tells how small California towns such as Weed, McCloud, Mount Shasta and Dunsmuir came to have large African-American populations.
The deadline to register is Feb. 21; registration forms are available at counselor/career offices at area high schools and at the Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza. Forms can also be downloaded at www.richmondlibrary.org.
Enrollment space is limited. For more details, call 510-620-5516.
The free program for young people ages 14 to 17 will cover topics such as criminal investigations, drug enforcement, crime scene processing and evidence collection, personal safety, juvenile procedures, traffic enforcement and accident investigation.
Participants will tour the police facility and county jail, and use driving and shooting simulators and the emergency vehicle driving course.
To sign up for the academy, download an application at http://www.ci.pinole.ca.us/live/news/police_academy.html and return it to the Pinole Police Department Crime Prevention Unit, 880 Tennent Ave.
CRAB CORNER: The annual John Swett Band Boosters Crab Feed and Dance is set for 6 to 11 p.m. Feb. 23 at the Crockett Community Center, 850 Pomona St. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $42 each, available by calling 510-787-1088, ext. 233, or going to the J&L Market on Pomona Street in Crockett. For more details send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.