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Art & Act Locally This May in Richmond!

20 April 2016 — Richmond, CA: “Whether its art, culture, celebrating family on Mother’s Day or open space, we’ve got it all this month in Richmond,” said Beth Javens, Executive Director at Richmond Convention and Visitors Bureau ( “May offers a wonderful sampling of Richmond’s unique local art, culture and music scene while our historic and glorious Richmond waterfront continues to draw crowds and open space enthusiasts from near and far.” Special events taking place throughout Richmond this month include:

• Through May 7: Four Figures at AR.TI.FACT Gallery. Featuring drawings and sculpture by Suzanne Lacke, John Webrle, Virginia Rigney and Robin Cooper. Gallery hours: Thursday, Friday, Saturday, 12pm – 4pm. 109 West Richmond Avenue, Point Richmond.

• Through May 22: David Park – Personal Perspectives & The Human Spirit: Contemporary Figuration as an Expression of Humanism, Richmond Art Center (FREE). 2540 Barrett Avenue, Richmond. For information: 620 -6772.

• Sunday May 1, 10:00am – 5:00 pm: Cinco de Mayo Festival sponsored by the 23rd Street Merchants Association. Enjoy three music stages, dancing horses, jumpers, giveaways, exhibits and lots of food. 23rd Street b/w Clinton and Rheem Avenue. For more information: (510) 221-9006.

• Tuesday May 3 (and every Tuesday in April), 7:00pm – 9:30pm: Live Storytelling. Wednesday May 4 (and every Wednesday in April), 10:30am – 11:30am: Ukulele Sing & Play Along. Wednesday May 4, 7:30pm – 10:00pm: Songwriter Circle. Thursday May 5 (and every Thursday in May), 7:00pm – 9:30pm: Open Mic Night. Sunday May 15, 6pm – 9pm: Live Jazz with Kit Eakle and friends. Friday May 27, 7pm – 10pm: Café Society sponsors Fourth Fridays. Kaleidoscope Coffee, 109 Park Place, Point Richmond. 260-0848.

• Wednesday May 4, 10:00am – 2:00pm: Richmond Main Street Farmer’s Market Grand Re-Opening (continuing every Wednesday through November 9). Sponsored by the Richmond Main Street Initiative. Located at 13th Street & Nevin Avenue, Richmond. For more information:

• Wednesday May 4, 10:30am: Story Time at the Richmond Main Library. A lively thirty-minute program held regularly each week. 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. (510) 620-6557.

• Wednesday May 4, 5:00pm: Best in East Bay 2016 (BIEB16) Voting Deadline. Cast your ballot for your favorite Richmond business! Presented by Bay Area New Group: East Bay Times. For more information:

• Thursday May 5, 6:00pm – 9:00pm: 4th Annual National Mom’s Nite Out – Hosted by Mocha Moms of West Contra Costa County at R & B Cellars, 1325 Canal Blvd, Richmond. Admission is $5 ($10 at the door) and comes with a free Goodie Bag! (while supplies last). For online registration:

• Friday May 6 – Friday May 27: Party Animals! Organized By Katie Johnson, Raven Harper, Angela Baker, and Amelia Opie at NIAD Art Center (FREE). A lively group exhibition of our loving looks at living creatures includes work from Saul Alegria, Carlos Fernandez, Shana Harper, Aisha Ivery, Karen May, Ann Meade, Dorrie Reid, Danny Thach and Christian Vassell. 551 23rd Street, Richmond. Gallery hours: Monday through Friday, 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and Saturday, 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm. For more information: 620-0290.

• Saturday May 7, 9:00am – 3:00pm: ANNUAL JUNKTIQUE SALE:  The First United Methodist Church of Pt. Richmond’s Biggest Fundraiser of the year.  Donations received at the church basement door facing West Richmond Avenue: usable furniture, toys, books, electronics, appliances & other household items. (Please no clothing, shoes, hide-a-beds, exercise equipment, metal frame recliners, particleboard furniture.)  Donation schedule: Wed. 10am – 12pm, Thurs. 6:30 – 8 pm, and Sat. 10 am – 12 pm, through April 30.  Volunteers are needed for cleaning, sorting, pricing and to help move merchandise before, during or after the sale. LUNCH with homemade Chili & Minestrone, Hot Dogs, & Homemade Pie: 11:30 am until it’s gone.  201 Martina Street, Pt. 236-0527.

• Saturday, May 7 (and May 21) 9:30am – 2:00pm: Bay Trail Plant Restoration. Join Tom and Jane Kelly to help continue native plant restoration project along the Bay Trail between Point Isabel Regional Shoreline and Marina Bay.  Where: Point Isabel next to the dog park – just off I-580 (take Central to the bottom of the I-580 overpass. At the stop sign (Rydin Road) turn right and come down to the end of the street.). Please RSVP: Tom or Jane Kelly (510) 704-8628 (w) or (510) 684-6484 or

• Saturday May 7 – Sunday May 8, 10:00am-4:00pm: Annie’s Annuals Mother’s Day Soiree. A weekend Mother’s Day party – talks, plants and special festivities. 740 Market Street, Richmond. 215-3301.

• Saturday, May 7, 10:00am – 4:00pm: Brooks Island Kayak Adventure. This trip is a short paddle in stable, double kayaks across sheltered bay water with spectacular views of San Francisco. Paddle along Brooks Island Preserve shoreline then come ashore to enjoy a naturalist guided, two-mile hike around the island, which is normally closed, to visitors. Fee: $85.00 for residents.  Parking fee will be charged at Richmond Marina. Ages 14 and up. Registration required.

• Saturday May 7, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm: The Del Sol String Quartet Concert. The Del Sol String Quartet returns to the Richmond Art Center’s gallery with an adventurous programming response to the work and spirit of the artist David Park and the exhibition, David Park and The Human Spirit. 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond. For information: 620-6772.

• Saturday May 7, 2:00pm – 5:00pm: Opening Reception, The G.L.U.E. Group (Girls League of Urban Epistemology) – What Becomes Home show on display at BridgeMakerARTS through Sunday May 29. A project in which the artist’s repair people’s clothing collected from the community and then produce a display of the darned and mended clothing, encouraging a preserving of the life of clothes, adding to the beauty of the garment and drawing into conversation the ways we can re-use materials and reduce landfill aesthetically and provide a useful service. The G.L.U.E. group has been meeting together for 20 years in each other’s studios to discuss work, share skills and collaborate. Gallery Hours Wed – Mon 10:00am – 5:00 pm. 23 Main Avenue, Richmond. (510) 233-3348.

• Saturday May 7, 2:00pm – 5:00 pm: LIVE MUSIC with the Juke Joint Band. Classic Soul and R&B. Riggers Loft Wine Company, 1325 Canal Boulevard. (510) 749-8477.

• Sunday May 8, 9:00 am – 12:30 pm: Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast aboard the SS Red Oak Victory: Celebrate Mother’s Day with a warm breakfast aboard the historic SS Red Oak Victory for home cooked scrambled eggs, sausage, bacon and of course pancakes. Beverages include orange juice and coffee; mimosas are available for an extra fee. $9 adults, $5 children 8 and younger. 1337 Canal Blvd, Richmond. For information contact the Richmond Museum Association, 237-2933.

• Friday May 13, 7:30 pm: Eric, Suzy & Allegra Thompson Plus Special guests Voss & Osborne. First Methodist Church of Point Richmond, 201 Martina Avenue, Pt. Richmond. Tickets are available in advance for $15/$20 at the door.

• Saturday May 14, History and the Richmond Waterfront Hike to Riggers Loft Winery. To register contact: Karen Buchanan (510) 710 – 4480.

• Saturday May 14, 12:30pm – 3:00 pm: Opening Reception for Party Animals at NIAD Art Center (FREE) 551 23rd St, Richmond. For information: 620-0290.

• Saturday May 14, 3:00pm – 5:00pm: Dr. Robert Cherny Lecture on Victor Arnautoff & the Richmond Post Office Mural. Dr. Robert Cherny, Prof. Emeritus of History at SFSU, author of Victor Arnautoff & the Politics of Art and a scholar of the history of politics and labor in CA and the West, will speak about Victor Arnautoff and the Richmond Post Office Mural, “Richmond: An Industrial City.” The $25 admission will go towards the restoration of the recently rediscovered historic mural that will be displayed at the Richmond Museum of History on long-term loan from the US Postal Service after restoration. Location: The Madeline F. Whittesley Community Room, Richmond Main Public Library, 325 Civic Center Plaza, Richmond. For information:

• Sunday May 15, 12:00 pm – 2:00pm: Plein Air Perspectives – A Watercolor Workshop. Cost $25, Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond. Information: 620-6772.

• Tuesday May 17, 10:00am – 8:00pm: 7th Annual Northern California Summit on Children and Youth: Building the Next Generation Workforce. Hosted by the Richmond Community Foundation (RCF). Agenda (tent.): Registration and continental breakfast 9:00 am; Conference 10:00 am to 4:30 pm – Lunch provided. West Contra Costa Unified School District Career Fair and Resource Village 4:30 pm to 8:00 pm – Dinner Provided. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way S., Richmond. For information: or / (510) 234-1200.

• Wednesday May 18, 9:00am – 12:30pm: The History & Future of Richmond’s Open Spaces. Co-hosted by the East Bay Regional Park District and National Park Service, the field trip includes a bus tour and gentle climb to the Interpretive Overlook that highlights historic Kaiser Shipyard 3 that helped shape the nation’s history; a stroll to scenic Ferry Point at Miller Knox Regional Shoreline for inspiring bay views and a stunning example of shoreline reclamation and public advocacy for open space; and a short walk on the Richmond Greenway (an abandoned railway that is being transformed into a community greenspace). Space is limited to 40 people. Departs from Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way S., Richmond. To register:


• Thursday May 19, 8:00am – 5:30pm: Open Space Conference 2016. Sponsored by the Bay Area Open Space Council, a collaborative of member organizations actively involved in permanently protecting and stewarding important parks, trails and agricultural lands in the ten-county San Francisco Bay Area. The 2016 Open Space Conference – “Act Locally, Think Regionally, Lead Nationally,” will explore the local connections between nature, health and Bay Area life as it celebrate major milestones – 100 years of the National Park Service and 40 years of the California Coastal Conservancy. Registration 8:00 am/Reception 5:00 pm. Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way S., Richmond. For information: (510) 809-8009.

• Thursday May 19, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm: Operation Petticoat — Home Front Film Festival. The Richmond Museum Association and the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park present the latest installment of the Historic Film Festival. Operation Petticoat, a WWII comedy starring Cary Grant, Suggested donation: $10 (all revenue from the Historic Film Festival goes directly towards the operation and restoration of the SS Red Oak Victory). 1337 Canal Blvd, Richmond. For information contact the Richmond Museum Association, 237-2933.

• Sunday May 22, 3:00pm – 5:00 pm: Closing Reception for David Park and The Human Spirit (FREE). Richmond Art Center, 2540 Barrett Ave, Richmond. For information: 620-6772.

• Saturday May 28, 1:00pm – 3:00pm: See and Make Art Family Workshop (FREE). Meet in the Madeline F. Whittlesey Room in the Richmond Public Library. Start with a story, continue with an art-making project, and then finish with a guided tour of the galleries at the Art Center. Free and open to kids of all ages! An adult must accompany kids. For groups of 6 or more kids, please call us in advance at 510.620.6772. Otherwise, no registration is required. For information: 620-6772.

• Saturday May 28 – Sunday May 29, 5:00pm – 1:00am (both days) Audio on the Bay 2016: A Bay Area favorite – the 2016 Memorial Day weekend event returns to Craneway Pavilion for another two days of booming music. For more information and tickets:

• Sunday, May 29, 10:00am – 1:00pm:  Point Pinole Explosive Exploration. Join EBRPD Naturalist James Wilson for a flat, easy walk exploring the explosive and peaceful past of this unique shoreline park that was "preserved by dynamite".  For more information: (510) 544-2233.

• Monday May 30, 12:00pm-5:00pm: Golden State Railroad Museum FREE ADMISSION for Memorial Day. Lay outs open for viewing but no trains are running. 900-A Dornan Drive, Pt. Richmond. (510) 234-4884. Museum open regularly Sat/Sun 12:00pm-5:00pm and Wed 11:00am-3:00 pm.