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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. 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.

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 ( 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

Dancing in the Street! Pride & Joy Headlines Richmond’s Spirit & Soul Festival!

Spirit & Soul’s Dancing in the Streets Brings Richmond to Life! Celebrate Community, Diversity & Soul. Join the Fun!

WHEN: Saturday, September 21 – 1 – 5pm

WHERE: MacDonald Ave between 13th and  Harbour Way

WHAT: Downtown Grand Finale Salute to Soul 2.0 & Bay Area’s Best Bands at Richmond’s biggest Spirit & Soul Festival to date!

  • Music
    • Bay Area’s favorite party band Pride & Joy
    • Classic Soul and R&B with Top Shelf
    • Soul diva But-tah & The Buttahluv Band with her renditions of Aretha Franklin
    • Rising neo-soul songstress Kylah Dawn
    • Dynamic and diverse performances from the RPAL Music Program, El Cerrito High School Dance
    • Vocal Revolution (Richmond High School), and other local youth groups are set for the 12th Street Stage.
  • Food, Drink + More
    • 40 + Artisan,  Food & Resource Vendors
    • Beverage Pavilion serving up refreshing Main Street Margaritas, hometown brews by East Brother Beer Company, wine, and more.
  • Grand Marshalls
    • For the first time ever, Spirit & Soul Festival will also feature not one, but two Grand Marshals: Mayor Tom Butt (Main Stage) and Councilmember Ben Choi (12th Street Stage).

Admission is FREE; all ages are welcome. The Spirit & Soul Festival is conveniently located near the Richmond Transit Station on Macdonald Avenue home to BART, Amtrak, and AC Transit. Special paid VIP Experience seating is also available via Eventbrite. More event details, including band previews and vendor list available at

Spirit & Soul Festival is sponsored by Kaiser PermanenteMechanics BankSan Francisco Bay FerryCooperative Center Federal Credit UnionLifeLong Medical CareAC TransitRepublic ServicesSims Metal ManagementChevron RichmondRichmond BuildSparkPoint Contra CostaEast Brother Beer CompanyThe Living ApothecaryYour Way Pizza, and City of Richmond. Additional support comes from dedicated volunteers and the Downtown Richmond Property and Business Improvement District (DRPBID).

Richmond Main Street Initiative Richmond Main Street Initiative is a community based non-profit dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Richmond. RMSI partners with the City of Richmond, merchants, and residents to develop and improve downtown Richmond as a pedestrian-friendly urban village that offers products, services, arts and entertainment that reflect the community’s rich and diverse heritage. The DRPBID district encompasses the core of the Historic Downtown area along the Macdonald Avenue corridor bounded approximately by 6th Street, Barrett Avenue, Bissell Avenue, and 16th Street. For more information and to read about the RMSI’s events and programs, please visit and

By |2019-09-20T19:23:16-08:00September 20th, 2019|0 Comments

3rd Annual Summer Classic Is Sunday! East Brother’s Classic Beers + Classic Cars + Classic Tunes

WHEN: Sunday, August 25, 1-7pm

WHERE: East Brother Beer Co.’s Taproom, 1001 Canal Blvd in Richmond

WHAT: East Brother Beer Co.’s 3rd Annual Summer Classic Car Show & Festival!

  • Enjoy Classic Beers: Bo Pils , Gold IPA, Oatmeal Stout, Red Lager &  Red IPA
  • Admire Classic Cars: Admire the rides from the 50s, 60s, & 70s and vote on your favorite!
  • Dine at your favorite Classic Food Trucks:  Curbside Kitchen, La Santa Torta, Taqueria Esperanza
  • Groove to Classic Tunes: Grammy-award winning artist Andre Thierry (2-4pm) and also Your Search Is Over (5-7pm), coming to you from a local favorite—the Pop Up Social Lounge. 

With live music, beer and food, you don’t want to miss it. They pack the parking lot with classic cars, and invite the community to play games, soak up the sun, and enjoy their classic beers all day long. Admission is free!

East Brother Beer Co. is partnering with Hagerty, Luxe Collision, Pt Richmond Business Association and Pt Richmond Neighborhood Council  for this event. Call for more information (510) 230-4081.









By |2019-08-23T13:01:30-08:00August 23rd, 2019|0 Comments

Rosie Rally & its After Party in Richmond Saturday, August 10. Don’t Miss the Fun!

Rosie Rally Home Front Festival & Riggers Loft Rosie Rally ‘After Party’

Details on the Rosie Rally:

WHEN: August 10, 2019 – 11am-4pm

WHERE: Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South in Richmond

WHAT: Celebrate the legacy of Rosie the Riveter, an icon for women across the world in this free and fun family-friendly event with festivities, great food, costume contests, dancing and more! View the Rosie Rallies here.

  • Speeches & recognition honoring original WWII Rosies and home front workers and celebrating the ordinary people from many backgrounds, races and communities across the U.S. who stepped up to extraordinary challenges during WWII.
  • Original Rosies available after the programto share stories about their education, training, and work during World War II. Their groundbreaking efforts were hailed as critical to the war effort and to breakthroughs for women in the workplace.
  • Historical WWII and park themed activities
  • Welding demonstrations taught by the Northern California Carpenters Union
  • Shipyard badge making
  • Educational victory gardening
  • Bay Trail history walk. At 2pm gather at the Richmond Museum of History table to start the 2.5-mile Home Front History Hike along the Richmond waterfront at Marina Bay. Enjoy the beautiful views of San Francisco, get some fresh air and exercise and learn about local history with Karen Buchanan and John Gioia.
  • A chance to board a real WWII Jeep
  • Opportunity to visit Shipyard 3 and go aboard the Red Oak Victory ship to learn about ship construction
  • Marine conservation demonstrations
  • East Bay Regional Parks’ Nature Van with local reptiles
  • Golden Gate Parks/One Tam nature van.
  • Films at the National Park Visitor Center
  • Assemble Restaurant and food trucks throughout the day
  • Stage performances in a variety of 40’s musical styles provided by East Bay Center for the Performing Arts
  • New this year! Instead of breaking the Guinness record, Rosie the Riveter Trust encourages everyone to update Rosie or represent home front occupations in creative ways, or to come in traditional garb to join the largest Rosie celebration and festival yet!
  • Find Directions, Details on Contests & Activities and What to Wear here
  • Join 510-Waterline’s Just Paddle Rosie the Riveter 9-10:30am, Saturday, August 10 at Marina Bay

The After Party at Riggers Loft

After you have attended the Rosie Rally, Riggers Loft invites you to come to their wine & cider tasting bar dressed as Rosie! Anyone wearing a Rosie outfit, or wearing a Rosie Rally wristband will enjoy all day long (open Saturday 1-10pm):

  • $2 off glasses of wine or cider
  • 20% off bottles of wine or cider

Riggers Loft is located at 1325 Canal St across from the Red Oak Victory Ship on beautiful San Francisco Bay. Stay and watch the sunset. Food Truck – The Eating.


Sunset at Riggers Loft Wine Co.