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Local Happenings: December 2015


From the Richmond Pulse News Desk

Holiday Arts Festival Saturday, Dec. 5

The Richmond Art Center’s annual community event and fundraiser takes place Saturday, Dec. 5 at 2540 Barrett Ave.

The Holiday Arts Festival, now in its 53rd year, kicks off with a free daytime family friendly event from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Attendees can enjoy homemade arts and crafts from local vendors, holiday food and beverages, a live auction, raffles and art making activities for the entire family, as well as live music by the Primavera Latin Jazz Band.

The live auction will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Richmond Art Center and will showcase works of fine art by internationally recognized California artists. Other auction items include two tickets to see the Golden State Warriors take on the Miami Heat at the Oracle Arena, and a day of sailing the Bay for two couples or a family of four. Live music, wine and hors d’oeuvres accompany the evening’s live auction. Tickets are $25 for members and $35 for non-members and can be purchased online at

For more information, call 510-620-6772.
Love Your Block Grant-writing Workshop Monday, Dec. 7

The Love Your Block initiative is inviting Richmond residents and organizations to submit proposals for grants up to $1,000 for projects to transform their neighborhoods.

The mini-grant application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Friday, Dec. 11 and awardees will be announced mid-January.  The committee is looking for solid proposal that aim to revitalize the city. Priority will be given to residents of North Richmond and Parchester, but everyone in Richmond is encouraged to apply.

The city is sponsoring a grant-writing workshop from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Monday, Dec. 7 at the Shields-Reid Community Center, 1410 Kelsey St.

The application is available at

For more information, contact Kiana Ward at 510-620-6552 or or Guadalupe Morales at 510-620-6553 or

Winter Wonderland Saturday, Dec. 12

The RYSE Center celebrates its seventh anniversary Saturday, Dec. 12 with a Winter Wonderland event from noon to 3 p.m. at 205 41st St.

The community event includes food, music, arts and crafts, tree decorating and more. RYSE will distribute toys on a first come, first served basis to children newborn to 12 years old. Children must be present to receive a free toy.

For more information, call 510-374-3401.

Downtown Holiday Festival Wednesday, Dec. 16

Richmond Main Street Initiative and the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts invite the community to the Downtown Holiday Festival Wednesday, Dec. 16 from 4:00 – 8:00 p.m. at 339 11th St.

The free holiday event includes performances of “A Richmond Nutcracker” at 5:00 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., light refreshments, special holiday treats, free books and a La Rama Procession with street lighting and caroling at 7:30 p.m. There will be Santa visits from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

For more information, call 510-236-4049 or visit

Christmas Musical ‘The Gift’ Saturday, Dec. 19

ItsCobbsProductions and the Providence Baptist Church presents “The Gift,” a Christmas musical celebrating the true meaning of Christmas at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19 at the East Bay Center for the Performing Arts, 339 11th St.

Written and directed by Christopher Cobbs, the musical production depicts the Biblical story of Mary and Joseph and their journey to becoming parents of baby Jesus.

Tickets are $15 and available at


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