Women’s Day 2019 and Precious Memories — Sunday November 10 in Crockett

What are you doing Sunday?

Join us Sunday, November 10th from 11:30a-4p at the annual Bay Front Chamber Women’s Day Luncheon & Expo where the atmosphere is friendly, fun, and maybe even a little bit joyful. And definitely beneficial to your overall well-being!

Every year 400 business and community women gather together at the Crockett Community Center at 850 Pomona St in Crockett, to relax with wine and chair massages, reconnect with old friends, make new connections, accomplish some early holiday shopping, have a great lunch  together, and learn something to enrich their lives.

This year Author, Wanda Lee-Stevens and founder of BOOK YOUR LIFE bookshop will speak. Wanda believes that, “Every life is a series of books.” And that everyone has great stories to tell.

As women, we have historically been the gatekeepers and the space holders of the stories for our families. We co-create them, we curate them, we share them. And of course we can produce them in many book and book-like forms.

Whether your story is a sacred poem, a series of recipes, an enchanted essay, a photo journal or America’s next greatest novel, it can be done and it doesn’t have to be a daunting task. It can actually be a lot of fun!

You start with the vision, plan and hold the space and that is all you need to begin your journey to make it happen.

A tradition of this event is a mad scramble clothing exchange. Bring those fabulous clothes you just don’t wear, and pick up something new – it’s fun and free. Left over clothing and proceeds of the event are donated to the Grateful Garment Project, which provides victims of sexual violence the clothing and other resources they need to reclaim their dignity and begin the healing process.

This Bayfront Chamber event happens because of our generous Community Sponsors: Phillips 66, Crockett REC, Powder Keg Pub, Kelaire, Le Chat, and C&H.

Catering provided by Powder Keg Pub.

Register now. Don’t miss out! Tickets are $20 and are available through Eventbrite or at:

  • Sugar City Pet Supply, 1308 Pomona St., Crockett
  • The Garden of Gems, 668 Quinan St., Pinole
  • Powder Keg Pub, 2132 Railroad Ave., Hercules
  • Rodeo Hardware, 670 Parker Ave., Rodeo

More info BayFrontChamber/Events or call 510.741.7945

By |2019-11-08T14:32:52-08:00November 7th, 2019|0 Comments

Almanac Beer Co. & Admiral Maltings Launch Alameda Harvest Celebration this Weekend! Join the Fun!

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, October 26 & 27 – 12noon -9pm

WHERE: 651 W. Tower Ave. in Alameda – all around Almanac Beer Co. and Admiral Maltings neighboring homes

WHAT: Inaugural Alameda Harvest Celebration at The Point!

  • Neighbors Almanac Beer Co. and Admiral Maltings team up to host a weekend-long showcase of the island’s bounty from more than a dozen Alameda based companies and purveyors
  • Experience Alameda Point and enjoy all that Alameda Island has to offer as it has evolved into a haven for craft beer, wine, spirits, coffees and fabulous food.
  • Benefit the homeless! A portion of proceeds will benefit the Alameda Point Collaborative, a local nonprofit working to end homelessness in the Bay Area.
  • Kid- friendly and wheelchair accessible
  • Dog-friendly dogs on leash welcomed!
  • Admission is free!
  • Food & beverages are pay-as-you-go.
  • Free map – a curated tour of the best places to eat, drink, stay & play in Alameda
  • RSVP on Facebook here and follow #alamedaharvest on Instagram

Who’s Showing Up?

Bands – Live Music Both Days!

  • Saturday: 1pm-4pm – Snap Jackson & The Knock on Wood Players
  • Sunday: 1pm-4pm – Jinx Jones Trio

Alameda’s Finest Libations & Artisanal Food Purveyors:

  • Admiral Maltings
    Co-host Admiral Maltings produces premium quality freshly kilned malt sourced from sustainable barley, rye and other grains from the Sacramento Valley, using traditional floor-malting. Over 500 unique, new beers have been brewed with Admiral’s top-shelf malt varieties.
  • Almanac Beer Company
    Co-host Almanac, launched in 2011, set out to brew beers inspired by California’s rich agricultural bounty. Their motto, Farm to Barrel, reflects their passion for brewing barrel-aged beers that showcase ingredients from CA farms. Varieties span the gamut from delicate oak-aged lagers, to nuanced barrel-aged sours, decadent stouts, and of course, hazy IPAs.
  • Alameda Island Brewing
  • Alameda Point Craft Soda Company
  • Building 43 Winery
  • Burnt Ends BBQ
  • Devout Coffee
  • Faction Brewing
  • Hangar 1 Vodka
  • Rock Wall Wine Company
  • Scolari’s Good Eats
  • Squabisch Pretzels
  • St. George Spirits
  • Urban Legend Cellars

About Alameda Point Collaborative , beneficiary of the event
The Alameda Point Collaborative‘s mission is working to end homelessness by providing housing and services to create communities where formerly homeless families and individuals can flourish. In 1999, APC transformed vacant military housing on the former Alameda Naval Air Station into a supportive housing community. APC now provides over 500 formerly homeless residents with the safety and stability of a place to call home. APC has also created social enterprise businesses including Farm2Market and Ploughshares Nursery.


By |2019-11-08T00:04:16-08:00October 24th, 2019|0 Comments

Arts Benicia Honors the Sierra Nevada with its New Show

Granite Spring  – oil painting by Rosemary Henze

  • WHEN: Opening Reception: Sat., Oct. 12, 6-8pm. Exhibit runs through Nov. 3, 2019 on Wednesdays- through Sundays each week, 12 – 5pm.
  • WHERE: Arts Benicia, 911 Tyler Ave in Benicia
  • WHAT: Uplift: Celebrating the Sierra Nevada.

Arts Benicia’s newest exhibition will showcase the visual imagery, science and rich cultural elements of the Sierra Nevada range, which defines the landscape of inner California, dictates its watershed and influences its culture and climate. These artworks, selected by Juror Jeanne Lorenz, represent or refer to the range’s terrain, ecology, geology, history, recreation and endemic species of plant and animals.

Granite Spring by artist Rosemary Henze is the first painting that she has ever entered into an exhibition. “ I didn’t have any inclination to enter my work in exhibits since I consider myself still in the midst of a big learning curve,” commented Rosemary.  “But one of my artist friends sent me the announcement about the exhibit in Benicia focusing on the Sierra Nevada.  Because the Eastern Sierra is deeply embedded in my family history and has always inspired me to paint, I decided to submit my most recent oil painting from that area.“

According to Rosemary, painting and drawing in the mountains deepens her appreciation of the natural world and offers her a way to quietly meditate even while others are around her. “In my recent work in the Eastern Sierras, I explore the idea that from our human standpoint, rocks seem so permanent, yet they move, change shape and form, dissolve or even become molten lava. Though the time scale is longer, they are not so different from us or from the plants that grow in the crevices.

Uplift: Celebrating the Sierra Nevada runs from Oct. 12 through Nov. 3 and the Benicia Arts Gallery is open Wed. – Sun. 12-5pm.

Participating artists

Karla Austin | Della Barnett | Brandin Barón | Annette Batchelor | Ruth Beeve |Carla Bratt | Mark Bremer | Beverly Brown | Arnold Chao | Lisa Cooperman | Merry Curran Gregg | Carol Dalton | Sheila Daube | Susan De Haven | Kelly Dean-Crowley | Michael Depue | Veronika Doljenkova | Lorrie Fink | Barbara Foster | Barry Gordon | Ellen Gust | Rosemary Henze | Peter Hubbard | Linda V. Hubbard | Darrell Hunger | Renaye Johnson | Barbara Lawrence | Jan Lightfoot | Cecile McNulty | Patrushka | Dixie Mohan | Janice Nakashima | Jann Noddin | Marc Pandone | Jean Purnell | Jack Ruszel | Robert Schweibert | Kate Snow | Topher Straus | Gerald Thompson | Christopher Wagner | Marilyn Wear | Jack Weaver | Chris Wright | Jane Ziegler

Jeanne Lorenz, Juror

Jeanne Lorenz’s artwork focuses on concepts, events, and spaces in which humans collaborate with natural systems. Her familiarity with the Sierra Nevada includes a five-month hike of the Pacific Coast Trail. She holds an MFA from Yale University, a BFA from CCAC, and is currently a professor at Solano College where she has taught painting, color theory, design, murals, and printmaking.

Arts Benicia is wheelchair accessible from Jackson Street.

Arts Benicia is a community-based non-profit organization that provides quality exhibitions in its gallery and at other venues in Benicia, engaging public programs, stimulating workshops for adults, and inspiring family and youth art programs. For over 32 years, Arts Benicia has been a vital part of the local and regional arts community, furthering and supporting artistic development, and enriching the larger community. For more information: [email protected]; 707-747-0131; artsbenicia.org.


By |2019-11-08T00:04:25-08:00October 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Pt Richmond Harvest Takes on the Amazon Rainforest with Chalk!

Photo courtesy of Amazon Watch website

Celebrate Autumn in downtown Pt. Richmond! PRBA (Pt. Richmond Business Association) is bringing the annual Harvest festival back to downtown Pt Richmond Saturday, October 5, 10am-4pm. Why? To chalk up the sidewalk and  patronize all the shops, cafes and restaurants! Park Place will be closed off for dancing in the street! This event raises funds to supports the local non-profits and the Washington School PTA. Proceeds from the Chalk Art Contest will benefit the Amazon Rainforest through Amazon Watch. PRBA is open to accept donations of any size to help make this event a success.

Check Out the Sat., Oct. 5th Schedule!

  • 10:30a – 12:30p Chalk Art Contest Register here. https://pointrichmondfallfest.com and note the location for “check-in” that morning
  • 11:00a – 11:45a  Free Zumba Lesson by Weigh of Life
  • 12:00p – 12:45p  Hula Dancing Performance
  • 12:30p – 1:00p  Chalk Art Judging
  • 1:00p – 3:00p  Live Rock & Blues by Richmond’s GTS Band
  • 3:00p – 4:00p  Raffle and Chalk Art Awards*

*Chalk Art Awards:

  1. Sailing trip for up to 6 people on a brand new Beneteau 38.1, thanks to Passage Nautical Enterprises
  2. Dinner for 4 at Anaviv’s Table
  3. Gift Certificate at Mom & Pop Art Shop

Fun Activities:

  • Live Rock and Blues by Richmond’s GTS Band
  • The Point’s First Annual Chalk Art Contest – Amazon Rain Forest Theme
  • Pumpkin Decorating Patch hosted by Kaleidoscope Coffee
  • Vendor booths
  • Face Painting
  • Deluxe Video Game Truck
  • Cake Walk
  • Beer and Margaritas
  • Carnival Food including: hand-dipped corn dogs from Brezo, churros from El Sol & snow-cones from Pt. Richmond Business Association
  • Shops are open throughout the day and want to give you a warm welcome!

Details about the Chalk Art Contest

All participants will “purchase” an assigned square in advance for $20. They will have two hours to complete their work of art. The theme is saving the Amazon Rainforest – creativity is strongly encouraged. Participants will be judged by a panel of local community members in the arts. The top three contestants will be awarded prizes from stores in town. Each concrete sidewalk square varies in size, but average around 40” x 48”. Please select your preferred sidewalk square at your time of purchase (please note that this may not be the square you receive). Register here. https://pointrichmondfallfest.com

This is a family event so please do not use foul language or imagery in the art pieces.


Participants may bring their own sidewalk chalk and brushes. Please make sure that all chalk is non-toxic. Sidewalk chalk will also be provided the day of by Mom and Pop Art Shop, a local art supply shop in town.

Amazon Fundraiser:

All proceeds will go to a local non-profit, Amazon Watch (www.amazonwatch.org). From their website:

“Since 1996, Amazon Watch has protected the rainforest and advanced the rights of indigenous peoples in the Amazon Basin. We partner with indigenous and environmental  organizations in campaigns for human rights, corporate accountability, and the preservation of the Amazon’s ecological systems.”

Volunteers are needed!
Are you interested volunteering on the day of the event? If so, please text Josephine Orozco of El Sol Restaurant and Catering at 510.205.4994.

Other event questions: Sabrina Richter [email protected]

By |2019-11-08T00:04:36-08:00October 4th, 2019|0 Comments

Celebrate Over 100 Emeryville Artists Oct. 4-27! Meet them Oct. 4 at the Artists’ Reception.

Featured painting by: M. Louise Stanley, Happy Birthday, gouache on paper, 2018, 40″x28″


  • Opening Night Artists’ Reception Friday, October 4, 6-9pm