The first half of November will be busy for the Pinole Historical Society, which has three major events in store for the community.

The group will honor local civic stalwart Dr. Joe Mariotti with a dinner party from 5 to 8 p.m. Nov. 11 at the Pinole Senior Center, 2500 Charles Ave.

The 81-year-old Mariotti, a central figure to the historical society since its founding in the 1970s, has been prominent in Pinole life as an orthopedic surgeon (he was the doctor for the Pinole Valley High football team for 32 years), a City Council member, planning commissioner and as a leader on local environmental issues.

Or as the society puts it, "Please join us as we honor one of the most influential Pinoleans of the last 50 years."

"He's a pioneer environmentalist in this area," said Jeff Rubin of the historical society. "He's been involved in almost every environmental cause in Contra Costa both at the county level and the local level. He and George Vincent established the Pinole Historical Society, and it's because of him that Fernandez Mansion (a Pinole landmark on the National Register of Historic Places) is still standing."

Tickets for "Joe's Party" are $30 each and can be ordered by sending a check to Pinole Historical Society, P.O. Box 285, Pinole, CA 94564.

  • That same day, the society will hold its largest event of the year, the fifth annual Veterans Day Memorial and Flag Retirement Ceremony at 11 a.m. at Fernandez Park, 595 Tennent Ave.

    Whether you have a flag to retire, the event is a touching way to honor the men and women, past and present, who have served their country and draws several hundred people to the park.

    To donate a flag for the retirement ceremony, contact the society at 510-724-9507 or info@PinoleHistoricalSociety.org.

  • The society is also holding a membership meeting from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday that will feature a video presentation on the civic celebration known as Fiesta Del Pinole, which had its heyday in the 1960s but was suspended in the mid-1970s because of incidents of violence.

    The public is invited to the free program in conference rooms 2A and 2B of the Kaiser Permanente Medical Office Building, 1301 Pinole Valley Road.

    The history section on the Pinole Police Department website (www.ci.pinole.ca.us/police/history.html) recounts an Aug. 16, 1975 incident in which "several gang fights broke out during the Fiesta Del Pinole celebration at the four corners area of Pinole."

    Pinole police and reserve officers on duty "were quickly surrounded and attacked," according to the account, which continues that law enforcement from greater West County was called in "to control the mob of over 500 people. The second day of the celebration also saw riotous fights."

    Proceedings were not as eventful during the innocent days of the mid-1960s, which will be the focus of the society program with video of the fiesta parades from 1963-'65 taken by the father of longtime Pinole resident Jim Payne.

    "Jim and his sister, Donna, will be on hand to share their memories of those parades, and PHS co-founder George Vincent will provide historical perspective of the parades," the society notes.

    WEST COUNTY NOTES: The J.C. Robinson, M.D. Regional Cancer Center at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo is offering free mammograms by appointment only Tuesday for people who have a family history of breast cancer and/or are more than 40 years old.

    Space is limited, and priority is given to those without insurance and/or patients who have the highest risk factors.

    The examinations will be at the center, 2000 Vale Road.

    To schedule an appointment, call 510-970-5236.

  • Hundreds of young costumed trick-or-treaters -- always a fun sight -- will be making the rounds of the business district in Point Richmond starting at 10:15 a.m. Wednesday at the annual Washington School Halloween Parade.

    The event for the 350 students and some 80 chaperones is hosted by the Point Richmond Business Association.

  • Halloween Dinner at the Albany Senior Center, 846 Masonic Ave., is 4 to 5 p.m. Wednesday. Dinner is $5, and there will be entertainment and games. Attendees are encouraged to come in costume.

    Sign up at the front desk and pay at door on the day of the event.

    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.