While Wonder Woman is a well-known comic book creation popularized during World War II, the era also saw numerous other female characters, such as the Girl Commandos by Jill Elgin, that filled pages of comic books with the adventures of women fighting the common Axis enemy.
Author and pop-culture historian Trina Robbins will discuss her new book about the women comic book artists of the war years and the colorful characters they created at a special program at 11 a.m. Sept. 23 at the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park Visitor Education Center, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond.
With the groundbreaking entrance of women into the mainstream American workforce during the war came a new presence for women in popular culture, including comic books. Robbins, herself a noted cartoonist, recounts the door that opened to women artists in her book “Babes In Arms: Women in the Comics during the Second World War.”
“During the Golden Age of comics, publishers offered titles supporting the war effort — presenting fighting men and their feminine counterparts — babes in arms,” notes an announcement from the park. “Comic books during this period featured U.S. servicewomen fighting all of the Axis bad guys and gave several of the most noteworthy women artists of the era opportunities to create action-packed, adventure-filled, four-color stories.”
Robbins has her own credentials in the genre as a cartoonist in the underground comix movement of the 1960s and ’70s and her book pays tribute to the women who came before.
“Robbins has assembled comic book stories by artists Barbara Hall, Jill Elgin, Lilly Renee, and Fran Hopper together with insightful commentary and loads of documentary extras to create the definitive book chronicling the work of these important Golden Age artists.”
Admission to the program is free, but seating is limited. For more information and directions to the Visitor Education Center, call 510-232-5050, Ext. 0; or visit www.nps.gov/rori/planyourvisit/directions.htm.
Sip & Savor fundraiser returns
The eighth annual Cerrito Vista Sip & Savor benefit hosted by the Rotary Club of El Cerrito on Oct. 1 will feature appetizers and desserts, barbecue tri-tip, artisan breads and cheeses, chocolates, and a wide selection of top beers and wines.
Tickets are on sale now for the popular fundraiser from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 1 at Berkeley Country Club (formerly Mira Vista Country Club), 7901 Cutting Blvd, El Cerrito.
A raffle will feature tickets to a game of the NBA champion Golden State Warriors as the top prize. There will also be a 50/50 Putting Contest for a chance to win $300.
Organizers have set a goal of raising $35,000 this year, with proceeds to benefit the Contra Costa Civic Theatre Summer Drama Camp Scholarship Program, the El Cerrito High School Student Activity Fund and Rotary projects.
“CCCT’s intent with the proceeds raised are to broaden their outreach to deserving children for Summer Drama Camp scholarships and to enhance Contra Costa Civic Theatre’s Drama Camp and its patrons experience through the updating of the theater’s equipment.”
Tickets are available online with more details at www.cerritovistasipandsavor.com. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Sift the Sand cleanup at Albany Beach
The Coastal Cleanup on Sept. 16 was a major annual effort to remove large amounts of trash from shorelines before it entered the Bay and ocean.
An Albany group is taking a micro approach to shoreline cleanup with its Sift the Sand workday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 8 at Albany Beach.
“Teams of volunteers will deep-clean Albany Beach by sifting toxic microplastics out of the sand to prevent them from leaching into San Francisco Bay,” say organizers. “This technique, using static-charge filtration screens that attract tiny microplastics, is being used on beaches around the world. Sift the Sand will be the first large-scale effort in the East Bay.
Extra hands are needed for the cleanup, hosted by the Albany Landfill Dog Owners Group with support from the Alameda County Clean Water Program, the East Bay Regional Park District and Sea Turtles Forever.
Marc Ward of Sea Turtles Forever, the inventor of the patented static-charge filtration screen, will discuss beach restoration techniques at the event.
Volunteer shifts are 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., or 1 to 4 p.m. (or both, for the ambitious). To register email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-473-2626.
Tour, learn about solar homes
Learn how local households have become more energy self-reliant at a free Solar Homes Tour on Sept. 30 in Albany and Berkeley.
The self-guided tour is hosted by a nonprofit organization NorCal Solar (www.norcalsolar.org) and will “showcase solar installations, battery storage, energy efficiency features, electric cars, and more. This is a wonderful way to connect with like-minded neighbors and view the solar, renewable, and sustainable installations in your community.”
The homes will be open from 1 to 5 p.m. and maps of participating locations will be available from noon to 2 p.m. at the Community Meeting Room of the North Berkeley Public Library, 1170 The Alameda.
A representative of NorCal Solar will give a talk on solar basics from 12:30 to 1 p.m. at the library.
Organizers are also seeking additional renewable energy households in Berkeley or Albany willing to be added as locations on the tour.
For more details email email@example.com.