The Rosie the Riveter/World War II Home Front National Historical Park is offering holiday cheer and entertainment at its first-ever Holidays on the Home Front events on two Saturdays in December.
The first is 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the historic Maritime Center at 1014 Florida Ave. at Harbour Way in Richmond.
The recently restored center is an ideal site for the family festivities, having hosted similar events during the war when it was a child care facility for defense workers at the Kaiser shipyards.
The National Park Service will have holiday crafts for young people; holiday songs from the war-era sung by members of the Contra Costa Chorale; a story time on the traditions of Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa; free gently used books for children from West County Reads; and a cookie exchange. Families are encouraged to bring two dozen homemade holiday cookies for the cookie swap.
The second Holidays on the Home Front celebration will be 1 to 4 p.m. Dec. 15 at the new Rosie the Riveter Visitor Center by the Craneway Pavilion at 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond.
The center itself is worth a visit, and the day will feature more crafts and cookie exchanges, multicultural story time and book giveaway, as well as a "green screen" that will allow families to pose with a backdrop of historic photographs and make their own holiday cards.
Both events are free, but reservations are required by sending an email to email@example.com by Wednesday.
SAN PABLO EAGLES DINNER FOR THE NEEDY: For 18 years, Montalvin Manor resident Annette Wills, her family and her friends at the San Pablo Eagles Club have taken on the task of providing a dinner between Thanksgiving and Christmas for those in need.
This year's Needy Dinner is noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Eagles lodge at 2100 Rivers St. in San Pablo.
"If you're hungry, or you're lonely and need a place to be, come on down and enjoy the camaraderie," said Wills' daughter, Melissa Biggs.
Along with a full turkey dinner with all the trimmings, the event will have goody bags for all attendees with essential personal toiletry items, as well as warm coats that have been collected during the year.
Like so many other efforts, donations are down this year and any assistance to help provide turkeys, as well as volunteers to help with staffing the dinner, is appreciated. For details on the dinner or how to help, call 510-223-0689 or 707-718-2242.
WEST COUNTY NOTES: Tickets are still available for the 15th annual Senior Winter Ball featuring the Junius Courtney Big Band from 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 8 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium. Tickets are $20 in advance, available at the Richmond Recreation Complex at 3230 Macdonald Ave., or $25 at the door. Details: 510-620-6793.
A post-screening discussion with the film's director will be held next door to the theater at Elevation 66 brew pub.