March 14, 2017   
Join me at RYSE's 'Be a Kid' event on April 7
Enjoy an evening of fun and support local youth programs
This year's theme, Rich City Blues, honors Richmond's cultural past as a hub for blues, jazz, and zydeco in the 1940s. We're celebrating the arts renaissance of Richmond! 

This "happy hour" style event is an opportunity for community members to experience first hand the exciting and interactive programs our youth enjoy at RYSE. This event is for adults age 21 or over. 

At 'Be A Kid' you'll get a sneak peek of 'Richmond Renaissance,' RYSE's youth-led theatrical production premiering on May 6th and 7th at the El Cerrito High School Performing Arts Theater.  The play is set in a Black-owned juke joint in 1940s North Richmond, where Blues and love inspire communal growth. 

You can check out this video trailer !

You can support the youth programming at RYSE by:

1) Sponsoring either event as an organization (contact Tavae Samuelu at for more information)

2)  Bringing a group of 5+ friends, youth or co-workers to Richmond Renaissance and get a major discount ( fill out the google form here   )

3)  Buying individual tickets to either event:
            *   Be A Kid: (Early Bird: $20 a ticket!
            *    Richmond Renaissance: Click here

WHAT:  RYSE Youth Center's Annual "Be a Kid" Fundraiser party

WHEN:  5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Friday April 7

WHERE:  RYSE Youth Center, 205 41st Street, Richmond (off Macdonald Ave.) 

WHO: All are welcome (age 21+)

BUY TICKETS: Click here.

WHAT: Richmond Renaissance (A play by Richmond Youth)

WHEN: May 6 or May 7, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 

WHERE: El Cerrito Performing Arts Theater, 540 Ashbury Ave., El Cerrito

WHO: All are welcome

BUY TICKETS: Click here.

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