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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 www.richmondmainstreet.org/spirit-soul-festival.

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 www.richmondmainstreet.org and www.facebook.com/richmondmainstreet

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

SF’s Pier 39 Marina Joins Emeryville & Alameda Marinas’ Fight Against Pollution with Ocean Vacuums!

Seabin Project Celebrates a New Seabin Installation!

Seabin Project, the Aussie innovation that’s tackling marine plastic pollution and educating the next generation of ocean savers, installed a new Seabin in the Pier 39 Marina  Thursday, July 11th.  This is the area where families gather to watch the sea lions. Why is this so important?

The Seabin is a device created to reduce, and ultimately eliminate pollution in our oceans. Seabins act as a trash can for our waters and have the ability to remove microplastics, microfibers, plastic bags, bottles, cigarette butts and more. You should see what people throw into our waterways. Many people are not familiar with the direct link between climate change and marine plastic pollution. But, out of the 320 million metric tons of new plastic mass-produced each year – almost all from oil – 8 million tons leak into the world’s oceans and waterways. Youv’e seen the Great Pacific Garbage Patch? At last sampling there were 1.8 trillion pieces of plastic in the patch that weigh an estimated 80,000 tons. Since Seabin Project was co-founded by Andrew Turton and Pete Ceglinski, two avid ocean lovers, there have been Seabins installed in over 40 countries. What does this mean? Each day, a total of 1.95 tons of waste is extracted from our oceans. (Learn more about their innovative technology here.)

But Seabin Project doesn’t just stop with cleaning up our oceans. Their mission is to live in a world where the Seabin technology is not necessary, so they have dedicated their time to educate communities across the world about how to fight the plastic pandemic through concepts of reactive + preventative solutions and implementing Ocean Plastic STEM learning programs. (Learn more about Seabin’s education programs here.)

Seabins were installed in the Emeryville Marina and Alameda’s Ballena Isle Marina in  December of 2017, as their marina management company, Safe Harbor, participated in the Seabin Project’s global pilot study, and continues to install Seabins in all the marinas they manage. Pier 39 Marina’s Seabin is expected to remove 3 tons of marine pollution from San Francisco waters by end of 2019

Some Numbers:

Pete Ceglenski at the Ocean Summit. Photo/ Pedro Martinez/Volvo Ocean Race. 18 October, 2017.

  • Total number of Seabins installed worldwide: 719
  • Number of plastic bags that one Seabin can collect each year: 90,000
  • Number of plastic bottles that one Seabin can collect each year: 11,900
  • Total amount of marine litter captured to date: 114,916 kg  (over the last 2.5 years)
  • Total amount of marine litter captured each day: 1,952.33 kg

Co-founder Pete Ceglinski hosted a presentation at the  installation in San Francisco’s PIER 39 Marina Thursday, July 11th, 2019. He and his family are

 

Seabin Project co-founders Pete Ceglinski & Andrew Turton

Here’s how it all started. Two life-long surfer friends from Australia, appalled by the plastic and debris pollution in our waters, set out to clean up the ocean. They wanted to create a garbage bin that would collect the floating plastic. This got them started cleaning up the marine environment, one marina at a time. How? With the V5 Seabin, a floating vacuum filter device they invented that works like an ocean vacuum 24/7 continuously collecting floating debris – plastic bottles, paper, oil, fuel, detergent and more. Over two years Seabin Project co-founders Pete Ceglinski and Andrew Turton secured partners for a pilot study into the effectiveness of the seabin and now the Seabin Project has  evolved into a comprehensive research, educational and technology initiative with worldwide reach, including educational tools for students to get on board. The Seabin Project team believes that each child that learns to dispose of litter properly will grow to be one less source person for pollution of our oceans and waterways. Currently, according to Jambeck Research, 8.1M tons of mismanaged waste enters our oceans every year.

Here’s how it works:

  • The seabin is installed in a specific problem debris area, attached to a dock.
  • Water is filtered from the surface and passed through a catch bag inside the Seabin, powered by a submersible water pump.
  • Water is then pumped back into the water leaving the litter and debris trapped in the catch bag. Larger pieces of plastic may attach themselves to the bin.
  • Marina operators need to empty the catch bag at least twice a day, as it holds up to two pounds.

What are you doing to reduce your own plastic consumption? Make a climate action promise today!

 

 

 

By |2019-07-12T13:09:02-08:00July 10th, 2019|0 Comments

Get the Island Spirit @ Alameda Island Jam June 15th & 16th!

Join the Island Spirit! Alameda Island Jam brings the community out to Webster Street to celebrate summer and Father’s Day with live music, local wine, beers, spirits and tropical cocktails; lots of food, kid’s carnival, shopping and more!

WHEN: Saturday, June 15, 10am-5:30pm + Sunday, June 16 10:30am – 5:30pm

WHERE: Along historic Webster Street in Alameda

WHAT:

  • Thirsty Island Tiki Bar  – experience the relaxed island vibe, Tropical Cocktails, License to Chill and other Tiki Bar Bands
  • Two Live Band Music Stages
  • Island Jam Kid’s Zone is two full blocks of entertainment & carnival rides
  • Local craft beer and wine – Alameda Island Brewing, Faction Brewing, St. George’s Spirits & Rock Wall Wine Co.
  • Food, food, food – a lineup of international culinary pleasures. including Seafood, Poke, BBQ, Greek, Teriyaki, Mexican food and more!

       Band Lineup: