eUpdate - January 10, 2018
Let's honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.   
Many ways to celebrate MLK Day in West Contra Costa
 
Our national holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is next Monday. This holiday has become a national day of service, where we honor Dr. King's legacy by volunteering in our communities. What a fitting way to honor our national hero, who once said, "The time is always right to do right."

The theme of this year's El Cerrito parade and celebration is "Keeping the Dream Alive -- resilient in our resistance." This is especially relevant at this point in our national history, with Presidential challenges to our democratic values of equity, inclusion, tolerance, and justice.
 
I'll be participating in many of the events listed below, and hope to see you there. This gives me hope and optimism for our future!
 
Sunday, January 14

What: Free film screening, "Gina's Journey, the Search for William Grimes." (Producer Sean Durant; Executive Producer, Regina Mason.)
When: 4 p.m.
Where: El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theatre, 540 Ashbury Avenue.
 
Monday, January 15  
 
When: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
Where: Richmond Greenway at 16th Street and Ohio Avenue 
8 a.m. to noon, Service projects along the Richmond Greenway, tree planting, mulching, weeding.        
Noon; National moment of silence, speeches and program, warm lunch for volunteers  
More: Sherman Dean, sherman@groundworkrichmond.org, 510-827-6355
 
When:10 a.m. to 2 p.m., 
Where: Happy Lot Farm, 45 1st Street, Richmond (at Chanslor Ave.) 
More: 510-232-2644, or happylotfarm@gmail.com   
 
What: Day of Service at North Richmond Farm, orchard planting and other work projects, entertainment, homemade soup and corn bread
When: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: 323 Brookside Drive, North Richmond   
More: 510-478-7808 or princess@urbantilth.org  
   
When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.  
Where: 8:30 a.m., gather at City Hall Plaza, Manila Ave. & San Pablo Ave., across from the DMV
10 a.m.,March from City Hall to El Cerrito High School 
11 a.m., rally and program at El Cerrito High School, 540 Ashbury Avenue  
More: 510-234-2518 or 510-215-4304   
 
What: Pt. Pinole Shoreline Day of Service, trash clean-up, planting,  refreshments
When: 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Pt. Pinole Regional Shoreline, 5551 Giant Highway
More: 510-665-3430 or paula@thewatershedproject.org 

When: 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.  
Where: 9 a.m. gather at Rich City Rides Bike/Skate Shop at 1500 Macdonald Ave.  
More: Bike ride will proceed from bike shop to the North Richmond Farm and go through Unity Park and the Richmond Greenway. For info contact Najari Smith at 510-255-0625 or najari@richcityrides.org 

Tuesday, January 16

What:  Contra Costa Board of Supervisors' Martin Luther King CommemorationHumanitarian of the Year Award with the Oakland Interfaith Gospel Choir 
When: 11 a.m . to 1 p.m.
Where: Board of Supervisors' Chambers, 651 Pine Street, Martinez
 

Sincerely, 
John  
John Gioia
Supervisor, District One 
Contra Costa County 
11780 San Pablo Avenue, Suite D 
El Cerrito, CA  94530 
510-231-8686 Phone