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Join Richmond Main Street Initiative & Experience a ‘Taste of Richmond’ ! 

3rd Annual Festival celebrating the great restaurants, wineries & breweries of Richmond. Special shopping pass included!

WHEN: Saturday, May 18, 2-6pm

WHERE: Rigger’s Loft Wine Co. –  1325 Canal Blvd on the water in Richmond

WHAT:

  • Tastes & samples of delicious food & beverages from Richmond restaurants, caterers, wine and craft beer producers:
    • Assemble Restaurant
    • Carica Wines
    • CJ’s BBQ & Fish
    • Curbside Kitchen
    • East Brother Beer Company
    • Far West Cider
    • GDC Kitchen Quiche & Carry
    • Golden Gate Meat Company
    • Kim’s Louisiana Fried Turkey
    • Lemur International
    • Marina Bay Bakery
    • Nobilis Finer Diner
    • Origin Brewer
    • Plant to Plate (Anaviv Catering)
    • R&B Cellars
    • Roux
    • San Francisco Pizza
    • Up & Under Pub & Grill
  • You can also purchase larger portions of Taste of Richmond wares
  • Spectacular views of Richmond’s shoreline, San Francisco Bay and the City of San Francisco skyline
  • Live local Music – Jimi Z Band

COST:

  • $20 – Get you tickets now! TasteofRichmond2019.Eventbrite.com
  • Kids under 10 – free
  • Must be 21+ to sample wine & beer

Friends of Richmond Main Street Initiative: Get your FREE PASS to the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store! 10% of your purchase will be donated to Richmond Main Street.

May 19 – June 30, 2019: Visit the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store and show your invite (mobile or printed) at check-in and check-out, plus photo ID to shop and receive employee pricing on current season merchandise, for you and up to 4 guests per visit.

About The Richmond Main Street Initiative

The Richmond Main Street Initiative, Inc. is a community-based nonprofit corporation dedicated to revitalizing historic Downtown Richmond as a pedestrian-friendly urban village, offering products, services, arts, and entertainment that reflect the community’s rich and diverse heritage. Visit richmondmainstreet.org for more information.

About the Columbia Sportswear Employee Store

Columbia, the flagship brand of Portland, Oregon-based Columbia Sportswear Company, has been creating innovative apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment for outdoor enthusiasts since 1938. Columbia has become a leading global brand by channeling the company’s passion for the outdoors and innovative spirit into technologies and performance products that keep people warm, dry, cool and protected year-round. To learn more, please visit the company’s website at www.columbia.com.

By |2019-05-17T12:26:52-07:00May 17th, 2019|0 Comments

Emeryville and Oakland Welcome Decathlon’s New Super SIze Sports Store- Now Open!

It was the tale of two cities and their mayors – Oakland’s Libby Schaaf and Emeryville’s Ally Medina–warmly welcoming Decathlon and its first U.S. Super Store to Emeryville and Oakland at the East Bay Bridge Shopping Center that these two cities share. And it was a wonderful and warm welcome from management and employees of European-born Decathlon at their reception for city officials, family and friends on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.“The City of Emeryville is so grateful to Decathlon for its commitment to philanthropy through the Decathlon Foundation,” said Mayor Medina. “We are excited about the partnerships Decathlon is building in Emeryville and throughout the East Bay, and the thousands of kids who will benefit from them.”

Decathlon designs, manufactures and offers over 80 sports. Visitors that evening had a sneak preview of all the quality sports equipment, clothing and gear available at great affordable prices. One of the highlights is the fact that Decathlon is an interactive retail store – you can try out the equipment and play a game or two and/or learn a new sport.

There’s a basketball hoop, Ping-Pong tables and a putting green where you can try out their putters. Buying a driver? No problem. There’s a tent with great technology to practice your drives and measure their distance. There are different golf mats you can buy it and take home or to the office to really improve your short game! If you are not yet into camping, once you visit their camping section, you will be!

“Since the launch of our San Francisco store,” commented Decathlon CEO Michel d’Humières, “we’ve had an enthusiastic response to our store and have developed a thriving relationship with the community, and we’ve decided it’s time to introduce the U.S. to our first full-service Decathlon store environment.”

Join Decathlon for their Grand Opening this weekend – Friday, April 12th through Sunday, April 14th. RSVP: Reserve your spot here and go in and have some family fun. https://www.decathlon.com/pages/emeryville

Decathlon is located at 3938 Horton St at 40th in the East Bay Bridge shopping center in Emeryville. They are open 9am – 9pm Monday through Saturday and 9am – 8pm on Sundays.

About Decathlon

Decathlon believes in the benefits of sports. Since their founding of their first store in Lille, France, in 1976, Decathlon has created over 25 brands and innovative equipment for almost every sport discipline. With more than 1,444 stores in 48 countries around the world, they offer sports lovers of all levels affordable, quality gear for almost every sport. They are committed to transparent, fair pricing to support their goal of making sports more accessible to everyone,

By |2019-04-12T15:53:32-07:00April 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Groundwork Richmond Does More Than Enhance the Environment: Meet Jesus Cervantes

Jesus Cervantes changed his future by becoming a member of Groundwork Richmond.

He said he met major influencers in his life starting with Richmond Youth Works, an organization that tutored young kids in the Iron Triangle District. There he was inspired by their leader Pedro Lespier and met Matt Holmes who he ran into later on in life in 2014.

“Matt talked to me about the ideas behind Groundwork Richmond,” Jesus said. ”He told me how it could help me as a student and give back to my community. Giving back to my community was something Pedro had instilled in me early on. He taught me there is more to life when you give back.”

Groundwork Richmond, originating from the National Park Service, offers two levels of participation for young people. Program Director Lorenzo Plazola explained that he Green Team is for youth 13-19 years and introduces them to nature and engages them in service-learning opportunities. The Green Team participates in environmental stewardship projects, relevant pre-employment training, community art projects, and STEAM education, all while getting exposed to the world of careers in the outdoors. The Green Corps training program is for those over 19 years and they work closely with the City of Richmond’s Parks and Landscaping Division, on the Richmond Greenway and other natural spaces in the city, and at the same time learn about careers in the outdoors.

Jesus said when he joined Groundwork Richmond his first task was to learn about the environment. “I learned the benefits of trees and landscaping – how it economically benefits the community.” His favorite job was working on the Carlson Meadow’s project part of the Watershed Project. In this project they took an empty lot near the BART station and turned it into a beautiful park. Jesus said they cleared it of debris and then mulched the ground, added trees, a couple of benches, a water fountain and plants. He learned about different species of plants and trees and said it felt friendlier with the landscaping and was glad he could leave something behind. He added that he really appreciated the support form Matt Holmes and Sarah Calderon at Groundwork Richmond.

“Jesus Cervantes, has successfully matriculated from being a high school participant,” says Executive Director Matt Holmes, “now becoming a staff member supervising our Green Corps training program. Through his service here with Groundwork Richmond Jesus is making a difference in his hometown and having fun enjoying the outdoors at the same time.”

Jesus is now going to college and working part time as a Groundwork RIchmond Green Corps Supervisor.

More information about community involvement in Groundwork Richmond here.

They have a fleet of kayaks that help them have fun out in nature and recently took visitors to the Pacific Sail & Power Boat SHow for rides in the Marina Bay Yacht Harbor.

By |2019-04-12T17:12:26-07:00April 12th, 2019|0 Comments

Jim Dewitt Donates Painting for Raffle to Benefit Youth Sailing

Enter to win an original Jim Dewitt painting featured on the April cover of Latitude 38!  This fundraiser is a once in a lifetime opportunity to own an original Dewitt for the price of a raffle ticket and at the same time help boost youth sailing on San Francisco Bay.

Drop by the Latitude 38 booth at the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show for details, see the painting and meet premier sailing artist Jim Dewitt.  Maybe you can even ask Jim to sign your copy of the April 2019 Latitude 38. He will personally present the painting to the winner.

The staff at Latitude 38 and the Dewitt family are passionate about supporting the next generations of sailors.

By |2019-03-29T14:54:06-07:00March 29th, 2019|0 Comments

Giving Women the Tools They Need to Get Out On the Water

Captain Kira Maixner and her panel of presenters at the 2019 Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show are all women who love to sail and want to get more women out on the San Francisco Bay. They have pooled together resources for women who already sail, would like to learn to sail and those who want to improve their skills or learn to race.

This Thursday, April 4, the 1pm panel discussion is designed to give women the tools they need to be active in the boating community in the Bay Area.

Representatives from women’s only organizations and events will share their best advice and resources for getting out on the water. According to Kira, “Women learn differently than men and there are tons of programs for women, including female only seminars, female only sailing groups and female only sailing lessons.” Kira hopes that after this panel discussion, women attendees will feel that they can embrace a welcoming and social sailing community here in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Panelists include Nichole Ortiz, sailing since 2001, is a champion of women’s sailing at Modern Sailing Club and their first female Skipper; Captain Darci Shea Bogdan, first Woman Captain of the Santa Cruz 70’ Chardonnay II and Director of Operations for Pacific Sail Sailing School, has been sailing since she was very young; Laura Levy, lifetime sailor and co-founder of Somand, an emerging brand for women’s performance sailwear, raced lasers as a junior sailor, became a sailing instructor for youth in college and has been sailing and racing in SF Bay since 2016; and, Joan Byrne, accomplished sailor has participated in local regattas for the past 20 years and has worked for the past 8 years to successfully develop the Red Bra Regatta, the largest all-women regatta in the Bay.

In this free seminar you will learn about all the different female only sailing events, yacht club resources for women and some interesting statistics.  For example, did you know that the 2018 U.S. Olympic Sailing Teams were comprised of 244 athletes (135 men, 109 women) and in the 2016 Rio Olympics, the US Sailing Team had 15 athletes, 7 of which were women? Check the Pacific Sail & Power Boat Show Guide for locations of seminars.

Kira Maixner, panel moderator, an instructor at Modern Sailing School & Club and an avid sailor in the San Francisco Bay, is passionate about teaching women to sail.

Cover Photo: courtesy Island Yacht Club

Skipper Rome Kirby abord the USA SailGP Team's F50 during a race condition practice session. Race 1 Season 1 SailGP event in Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia. 12 February 2019. Photo: Matt Knighton for SailGP. Handout image supplied by SailGP

Panel moderator Kira Maxine and panelist Nichole Ortiz out on the water

Skipper Rome Kirby abord the USA SailGP Team's F50 during a race condition practice session. Race 1 Season 1 SailGP event in Sydney Harbour, Sydney, Australia. 12 February 2019. Photo: Matt Knighton for SailGP. Handout image supplied by SailGP

Alameda’s  Island Yacht Club offers women only seminars. Photo courtesy Island Yacht Club

By |2019-03-29T16:51:00-07:00March 29th, 2019|0 Comments
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