Local Happenings: February 2017

DIY Sandbags for Rainy Season

Richmond is offering free sandbags for residents during the rainy season. The sandbags and a shovel for do-it-yourself filling are available at: Bayview Branch Library, 5100 Hartnett Ave. and the Richmond Corporation Yard, Harbor Way between Ohio and Chanslor Avenues.

Black History Month Book Discussion: ‘From Labor to Reward: Black Church Beginnings’

Saturday, Feb. 4

The Richmond Public Library will celebrate Black History Month with a book discussion with Martha C. Taylor, author of “From Labor to Reward: Black Church Beginnings in San Francisco, Oakland, Berkeley, Richmond, 1849-1972.

Taylor’s book details how churches became the center of the African-American community, providing social, economic, political and educational support.

Following Taylor’s presentation, there will be a question and answer forum. Copies of the book will also be available for purchase.

The event will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, February 4 in the Richmond City Council Chambers, 440 Civic Center Plaza. For more information, call 510-620-5516.

Art of Living Black

Artist’s Talk Saturday, Feb. 4

The Richmond Art Center is hosting the 21st annual Art of Living Black through March 4. The exhibit features over 40 Bay Area artists, including work by this year’s featured artists: Gene Dominique, Justice Renaissance, and Nyé Lyn Tho.

The Richmond Art Center is hosting an artist’s talk from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, February 4, followed by an opening reception for all three exhibitions from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information, go to: http://richmondartcenter.org.

Screening of ‘The Park’

Thursday, Feb. 9

The City of Richmond Community Services Department, Richmond Police Activities League, More Than a Game and Dream Media are sponsoring a screening of the new film about Richmond, “The Park,” from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9 at the Richmond Memorial Auditorium, 403 Civic Center Plaza. 

The screening is free and will include food and a kids’ zone. To register, visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/the-park-screening-tickets-30364013582.

Point Richmond History Hike

Sunday, Feb. 26

There will be a Point Richmond History Hike from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 26. Hikers can meet at the Point Richmond History Museum, 139-1/2 Washington St. near the fire station and community center.  

The hike will be approximately 2.5 miles, starting in downtown Point Richmond, then climbing up to the top of Nicholl Nob to take in the 360-degree, panoramic three-bridge view of San Francisco Bay, Marin Headlands, Mount Tamalpais and the East Bay hills. Hikers will head down to Keller Beach and Miller-Knox Park to Ferry Point, then back downtown through the tunnel. 

Parking can be difficult to find in downtown Point Richmond, so carpooling and public transit is recommended. 


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