Richmond Main Street Initiative
1015 Nevin Avenue, Suite 105, Richmond, California 94801


Main Street Fitness~ZUMBA
3/23/2017 2:15:00 AM UTC - 3/23/2017 3:15:00 AM UTC
310 9th Street, Richmond, California, 94801
When: Thursdays
Time: 6:15pm - 7:15pm 
Where: BBK Health & Wellness Center, 310 9th Street, Richmond (9th Street @ Macdonald Avenue)
Fee: $5 - $8  per class *Sliding scale. No one will be turned away for lack of funds*
Instructor: Willa Willis-Jacobs

Zumba takes the "work" out of workout, by mixing low-intensity and high-intensity moves for an interval-style, calorie-burning dance fitness party. A total workout, combining all elements of fitness – cardio, muscle conditioning, balance and flexibility-with invigorating Latin and World rhythms. Check out a video of Willa's Zumba class here.

What to wear:  Comfy, loose fitting clothing; shoes optional 
What to bring:  Water bottle, towel (both optional) 
Open to:  Adults of all ages & capabilities 
New Participants: Please arrive 10 minutes prior to class to complete the one-time registration form. You may also bring a completed registration form with you.
Download it here: EnglishSpanish

For more information
Call (510) 236-4049
Download the flyer: English, Spanish

Classes are made available by Richmond Main Street Initiative.
The project is supported by Kaiser Permanente Northern California Community Benefit Programs.
Light, Camera, Action! RYSE is Accepting Film Submissions
From RYSE Youth Center: RYSE is pleased to announce that submissions are now open for our 3rd annual film festival Truth be Told: Justice Through My Eyes!  We are accepting films right now! Like this very instant right now! The festival is open to filmmakers ages 13-24 from ALL over California. That's right, ALL of California so spread the word to your networks in the Yay, SoCal, Central Valley, and all the places in between. Here's a little info on the festival… Truth Be Told: Justice Through My Eyes (Truth Be Told) was created to highlight and empower youth voices and visions through film. The aim of Truth Be Told film festival and competition is to engage 13-24 year olds in social justice issues. Films’ focus may involve various social justice issues including: ·      Gender Equity/Equality ·      Human Rights ·      Food Justice ·      Education ·      Economic Justice ·      Criminal Legal System ·      Environmental Issues ·      Immigration ·      Worker Rights ·      And more…   Submissions are now being accepted and the deadline to enter is September 15, 2017. We will then review films and send out acceptances in October. All correspondence regarding film submissions can be made by emailing us at One of our team members will respond to you promptly. GUIDELINES All films must be 12 minutes or less (8 minutes suggested). Shorts can be submitted in the following categories: ·  Documentary ·  Narrative ·  Music Video ·  Animation & Experimental   Visit RYSE'S website for more details:  
FREE Nutrition & Cooking Classes
Come Downtown for Healthy Food Healthy You, free nutrition & cooking classes brought to you by Fresh Approach, Richmond Main Street Initiative, and Catholic Charities of the East Bay.   When: Wednesdays, August 9 – August 30 August 9, 5:30pm – 6:30pm: Farmers’ Markets and Creating a Healthy Plate August 16, 5:30pm – 6:30pm: How to Select and Store Fresh Produce August 23, 5:30pm – 6:30pm: How to Shop and Eat Healthy on a Budget August 30, 5pm – 6:30pm: Hands on Cooking Class! Learn cooking techniques, ideas for quick and easy meals, and cooking ahead for the whole week. Where: Catholic Charities of the East Bay, 217 Harbour Way, Richmond Cost: Free! Perks: Receive $5 to spend at the Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers’ Market for every class you attend. Some participants who attend 3 or more classes may receive a “Kitchen-in-a-Box” containing a cutting board, knife, salad spinner, and other supplies! Learn great tips, tricks, and know-how to prepare healthy, affordable meals for you and your family!   MORE INFO Questions? Call (925) 771-2990 or visit Download the flyer (English & Español)
Main Street Zumba Summer Hiatus
All Main Street Zumba classes will be cancelled Thursday, July 20 - August 24. The regular class schedule will resume August 31. Please check out our Fitness Classes webpage for the regular class schedule and details.
Music on the Main ~ Free Concert
Come Downtown for Music, Food & Fun for the Entire Family! 16th annual  Music on the Main Summer Concert Series Wednesday, August 23  |  5pm – 7:30pm Parking lot @ Marina Way & Macdonald Avenue, Downtown Richmond   FEATURING... LIVE MUSIC Andre Thierry and Caribbean Allstars GREAT FOOD & BEVERAGES Curbside Kitchen, Kim's Louisiana Fried Turkey & Stuff, Yo Mama's Old Fashioned Teacakes Main Street Margaritas & East Brother Beer Company PLUS Dancing * Info Booths * Family Fun Zone * Prizes * Giveaways * Free Book Faire * Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers' Market * and more! Free Admission! All Are Welcome!   MORE INFO Visit, Call (510) 236-4049, Email Sponsored by Richmond Main Street Initiative, Mechanics Bank, Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Sims Metal Management, Republic Services, Overaa Construction, and City of Richmond.
Call for Volunteers: Concert Helpers Wanted!
Concert Helpers Wanted!   Are you a fan of live music and outdoor concerts? Do you like working behind-the-scenes at events? If you answered “yes” then helping out at our 16th annual Music on the Main summer concerts is for you!   Details Event Dates: Wednesday, July 26 & Wednesday, August 23 Event Time: 5pm – 7:30pm Volunteers Needed: 3pm – 8:30pm (2 shifts: 3pm – 6pm & 6pm – 8:30pm)   Volunteers will help with setting up, running, and cleaning-up after the event. Activities may include tasks related to: Venue Set-Up; Making Produce Bags; Managing Vendor & Volunteer Check-In; Monitoring Traffic & Parking; Conducting Surveys; Hosting Youth Zone Activities & Giveaway Stations; Backstage Manager; Venue Clean-Up.   Additional Details, Requirements & Preferences No prior experience needed. Orientation and training provided onsite by staff. Small groups or pairs encouraged! Community service hours honored. Minimum Participation: 2 hours, please; 3 hours preferred. Minimum Age: 16, unless accompanied by guardian or approved by event coordinator Interests: Community, Arts & Culture, Special Events, Youth Skills: Customer service, Bilingual language (English/Spanish, English/Chinese) a plus; Ability to stand for extended periods of time and/or lift 30 pounds preferred.   Sign-up online here. For more information: Contact Alicia, or (510) 236-4049  
Downtown Richmond Stakeholders Approve Renewal of Historic PBID
July 13, 2017 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Amanda Elliott Email: Phone: (510) 236-4049 Downtown Richmond Stakeholders Approve Renewal of Historic Business Improvement District Richmond, CA – The Richmond City Council of adopted a resolution on Tuesday, July 11, 2017, to renew the Downtown Richmond Property and Business Improvement District (DRPBID), ensuring that vital revitalization efforts will continue. Downtown property owners approved the five-year renewal by 64.42% (weighted by assessment).   The DRPBID is a public-private partnership between property owners and Richmond Main Street Initiative (RMSI), a community based non-profit dedicated to revitalizing historic Downtown Richmond, encompassing the commercial corridor from 6th-16th Street between Bissell and Barrett Avenues. The district is funded by annual assessments on commercial and non-profit housing parcels. DRPBID funds provide economic development, promotions and marketing, and cleanliness and hospitality services to the Downtown core, augmenting the base level City services and protecting infrastructure investments.   Business Improvement Districts (BID) are a proven revitalization tool for communities throughout the country. Successful Bay Area BIDs operate in Oakland’s Temescal neighborhood, Downtown Berkeley, and Fruitvale. The DRPBID is the first and only property and business improvement district in West Contra Costa County.   The DRPBID was formed in 2012. In its first five years of operation the district provided: Cleaning, Maintenance, and Hospitality Services · Neighborhood Ambassadors performed 13850 hours of service, collecting 4000+ bags of trash and debris; abating nearly 500 incidents of dumping and graffiti; assisting 500 residents and visitors with wayfinding and access to resources. Promotions & Marketing Enhancements · RMSI hosted 629 arts, culture, and wellness events, attracting 74,000+ visits to Downtown, activating public spaces, and creating opportunities for residents to enjoy family-friendly activities. New year-round and seasonal street banners were added to Macdonald Avenue. Economic Development Activities · RMSI provided nearly 5000 hours of technical assistance to established and emerging businesses, and trained 261 youth in work readiness. 36 businesses opened or expanded, creating 83 jobs. RMSI also leveraged $65 million of public and private investment Downtown to support business attraction and development efforts.   “The renewal of the DRPBID is a resounding vote of confidence and buy-in from Downtown property owners. We look forward to this opportunity to continue this partnership to create a Downtown that is vibrant, clean, welcoming, and accessible to all community members” says Amanda Elliott, Executive Director. “And we invite everyone to celebrate with us at our first Music on the Main concert of the summer on July 26.”   The DRPBID renewal is supported by a grant from The San Francisco Foundation to increase economic development opportunities for small disadvantaged businesses and to create jobs in the interest of people of color and local residents in downtown Richmond.   Richmond Main Street Initiative is a community based non-profit dedicated to revitalizing historic downtown Richmond. RMSI partners with the City of Richmond, merchants, and residents to develop and improve Downtown Richmond as a pedestrian-friendly urban village that offers products, services, arts and entertainment that reflect the community's rich and diverse heritage. and   # # #
Music on the Main ~ Free Concert
Come Downtown for Music, Food & Fun for the Entire Family! 16th annual  Music on the Main Summer Concert Series Wednesday, July 26  |  5pm – 7:30pm Parking lot @ Marina Way & Macdonald Avenue, Downtown Richmond   FEATURING...  LIVE MUSIC Niecey Living Single & The Obamah$ and Steven Green & The Lifeline GREAT FOOD & BEVERAGES Curbside Kitchen, CJ's BBQ & Fish, Civil Pops Main Street Margaritas & East Brother Beer Company PLUS  Dancing * Info Booths * Family Fun Zone * Prizes * Giveaways * Free Book Faire * Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers' Market * and more! Free Admission! All Are Welcome!   MORE INFO Visit, Call (510) 236-4049, Email Sponsored by Richmond Main Street Initiative, Mechanics Bank, Rolling Hills Memorial Park, Sims Metal Management, Republic Services, Overaa Construction, and City of Richmond.  
Freshest Cargo Mobile Farmers’ Market
Downtown Richmond Stop   When: Wednesdays, 4pm – 5:30pm Location: Marina Way & Macdonald Avenue Fresh Produce from Local California Farms Great, Low Prices CalFresh/EBT Welcome * Market Match Honored     More Info & Resources Get the flyer: English, Espanol, Bilingual Freshest Cargo: A “farmers’ market on wheels”. Sourcing produce directly from local farmers to sell at sites across the Bay Area. Increasing access to fresh, quality produce in areas where it is not otherwise easily accessible. More details & schedule available here. CalFresh/EBT: Monthly food benefit/nutritional assistance program for low-income households. Learn more and how to apply here. Market Match: Get extra cash to buy fruits & veggies! A dollar-for-dollar match when shoppers pay using CalFresh/EBT.  Up to $10 FREE. Learn more and how to participate here.