eUpdate - August 20, 2015
Summer 2015 has some time left - make the most of it! 
Coming weeks are loaded with positive events, here's a guide
The coming weeks are loaded with great events in West County, from celebrating fashion for a worthy cause and playing soulful softball to build community, to learning new skills to help you and others maintain neighborhood safety. 

It's been a great West County summer so far, and I hope you'll join me at some of the community events to come and enjoy the great weather and people. 

But time is short. In the words of Shakespeare, "Summer's lease hath all too short a date."

Fall is just weeks away!

Here is a rundown, with links to all the information you need to plan: 

August 20: 

August 21: 
* Richmond Police Activities League (RPAL) Back to School Carnival at 25th and Barrett Avenue. Starts at 5 p.m. on 8/21 and runs all weekend. 

August 22: 
Richmond Our Power Festival at the Richmond Greenway will celebrate alternative energy. Noon to 5 p.m. 
* JINA Immigration Legal Services Clinic at 322 Harbour Way In Richmond. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 
* RYSE Center Summer Jam,with live music and sports, at 205 41st Street in Richmond. Noon to 3 p.m. 
* Safe City Summer Crime Prevention Expo and Fair, at Civic Center Plaza in Richmond. 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. 

August 23: 
* Soulful Softball Sunday, a weekly gathering at Nichol Park in Richmond to build togetherness through food, prayer, sports and donations. 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

August 26: 
* Music on the Main concert series in downtown Richmond, thanks to Richmond Main Street Initiative. 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. 

August 29:
* 3rd Annual Back to School Walk to Nature, which begins with a gathering at the  Richmond Greenway (at 6th & Ohio) at 9:30 a.m.
* Richmond-Pinole Lions '50s Dance Party fundraiser, 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Sportsman's Club, 201 Pinon Avenue, Pinole. 

September 12:
* 2nd Annual West Contra Costa Recovery Walk at Nichol Park, to celebrate those who have overcome addiction. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more info, contact Katherine Webster at 
* Rock in the Redwoods Benefit Concert in Kensington to raise money for YES Nature to Neighborhoods. 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. 

September 19: 
* California Coastal Cleanup Day with multiple locations in West County. 8:30 a.m. to noon. 
* 2nd Annual Social Progress Inc. Fashion Show, fundraiser for youth released from Juvenile Hall, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Richmond Memorial Auditorium. For more info, call 510.837.0188.

September 23: 
* Reach Fellowship International's Inaugural Conference on Gender Responsiveness at Richmond City Council chambers. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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