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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.

Supplies: 

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

Pt. Richmond Outdoor Summer Music Festival Starts Friday, June 14! 

WHEN: Friday June 14th, 5:30-7:45pm. Concerts take place the 2nd Friday of each month from 5:30-7:45pm with a final extra concert on the last Friday of September.

WHERE: Corner of Park Place and Washington Avenue in historic downtown Point Richmond.

WHAT: Pt. Richmond Outdoor Summer Music Festival

WHO: Gator Nation + The Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band open the 2019 Outdoor Summer Musical Festival Season

Friday, June 14:

5: 30 – 6:30pm Gator Nation – Cajun/Zydeco; New Orleans R&B

6:45 – 7:45pm The Pascal Bokar Afro Blue Grazz Band – West African Fusion Bluegrass, Jazz, R&B

View the whole summer music lineup.

More about the Pt. Richmond Music

These concerts are FREE to the public because a dedicated group of folks work hard to bring these events to fruition with fundraising and volunteer efforts. Sponsors include: Atchison Village Credit Union, City of Richmond ECIA Grant Program, Feagley Realtors, Golden Gate meat Co., M.A. Hayes CO., Mechanics Bank, MSH Group, Pt. Richmond Neighborhood COuncil, Republic Services Inc., Richmond Development CO. LLC, Richmond Gateway Foundation, Sim’s Metal Management, Svendsen’s Bay Marine and Wareham Development.

Our current Mayor Tom Butt was the brainchild behind the concerts when he moved here from Arkansas and had a large parking lot behind his architectural firm. The concert series was such a hit it moved from the parking lot to take over the street in Pt. Richmond. SF on the Bay  caught up with someone who helped introduce us to the community when we first created the Richmond Trail Guide – local Pt. Richmond Music board member and resident Kim Paternoster, who said she got involved with the concerts about seven years ago.

SFOTB: What drew you in? 

KAP: Well, initially it was because I lived in Point Richmond and my best friend, Pam Dewitt, and her husband were on the board. One of the fun things about living here is this concert series in the summer. So, I started going to the concerts to hang out with friends, hang out downtown, and listen to the cool music. I wanted to help out though, because I’m a resident here and I loved what they were doing. I also have a background in music (degree in classical performance), and I pretty much love music in general. I started going to the listening meetings, and saw that they needed to be more efficient. So, I initially took over the role of managing the listening meetings to make them more efficient and get through listening to 100+ bands so we could select our season.

SFOTB: What is your role now?

KAP: I finally was asked to be on the board two years ago. I manage the listening meetings (now we have over 180+ submissions). I also work directly with the bands, making sure they get paid, we get all the contracts signed and greeting them before the concerts and making sure they have drinks and snacks. I’m basically the band point person. I also built the current website, and I manage and host that.

SFOTB: What do you like most about the Outdoor Festivals?

KAP: It’s a great way during the summer to get together with the rest of the community. We have a huge turnout of people, and the bands are all really great. Friends see friends they haven’t seen in a year (or since yesterday). There’s a beer and margarita tent, and food trucks. Downtown Point Richmond on a summer night is beautiful!

SFOTB: What does it do for Pt. Richmond?

KAP: I think the concerts help make the community a little more solid. We have a wide diversity of bands too, because Richmond is such a diverse city. Last year, we had a gospel group from Richmond followed up by a Bollywood/Blues band, and we always have at least one Latin band. Our audiences love our concerts, and we’ve had such amazing submissions that it’s been hard to select just 8 bands. This year, we easily could have had 30 bands performing.

Don’t miss out! Join the Pt. Richmond community and have some fun in this historic town. Local restaurants are open on concert nights, offering a wide array of cuisine. The event features art by The Arts of Point Richmond, face painting for children,and dancing in the street.

Shops and restaurants are waiting for your visit! Voted Best Outdoor Festival by East Bay Express’ Best of the East Bay. As they say in Pt. Richmond: The Point is Music!

By |2019-06-13T15:24:18-08:00June 13th, 2019|0 Comments

Don’t Miss ‘A Richmond Nutcracker’ & Holiday Street Lighting

What: Downtown Holiday Festival and Holiday Street Lighting Ceremony

When: Wednesday, December 12 – 4-8pm

Where: East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 339 11th Street in Richmond

Featuring: Santa Visits, A Richmond Nutcracker, Holiday Street Lighting

With wreaths and snowflakes adorning the street lamps along Macdonald Avenue, Downtown Richmond is starting to look a lot like the holidays. Behind the scenes, Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI) and East Bay Center for the Performing Arts (EBCPA) are getting ready for the annual Downtown Holiday Festival on Wednesday, December 12 from 4pm-8pm.

Families from the Iron Triangle and beyond are invited to come downtown to the historic Winters Building and enjoy this unique holiday celebration with music, performances and creative festivities. There will be ‘Ask the Doc’ with Kaiser Permanente physicians, group caroling, the magical illumination of Macdonald Avenue and a memorable visit from Santa.

Visits and photo opportunities with Santa take place in the Community Theater form 4-7:30pm. There will be giveaways for gift bags and books donated by West Count Reads.

Upstairs in the Iron Triangle Theater, East Bay Center resident companies will present A Richmond Nutcracker, a unique and spectacular multi-discipline performance piece. Classic characters, stories and dances will be presented in both traditional and ‘distinctly Richmond’ interpretations. Performances are scheduled for 5pm and 6:30 pm.

Following the second performance, a procession will lead guests outdoors for group caroling and the ceremonial illumination of Richmond’s holiday streetlights.

This event is free and made possible through the generous support from the  City of Richmond, Sims Metal Management, SF Bay Ferry, Mechanics Bank and individual donors. More information at Richmond Main Street.

By |2019-02-06T13:32:19-08:00December 7th, 2018|0 Comments

Music Double Header in Downtown Pt. Richmond Tonight!

Pt. Richmond Summer Concert!

WHEN: Friday, September 14, 5:30-7:45pm

Achilles Wheel

WHERE: Corner of Park Place and Washington Ave in Pt. Richmond

WHO:

5:30p – 6:30p Achilles Wheel  – Music: High-Energy Roots, World & Rock & Roll

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