Every week Radio Free Richmond highlights events in the city. Here is what's happening from October 23 through October 29.
A Farmers’ Market in Civic Center
What: The Richmond Certified Farmers Market
When: Friday, October 23, from 8 am to 5 pm
Where: Civic Center Plaza and Macdonald Avenue, Richmond
Why: Stop by the weekly farmers’ market for some quality produce right in the city’s civic center.
Building John F. Kennedy Park
What: A day-long event of rebuilding John F. Kennedy Park
When: Saturday, October 24, from 8 am to 4 pm
Where: John F. Kennedy Park, Cutting Boulevard and S. 41st Street, Richmond
Why: In a grand community-build approach that hopes to attract more than 400 volunteers, the rebuild of John F. Kennedy park will change the face of the neighborhood and make the park a community gem.
Floating Pumpkin Patch
What: A chance to pick your pumpkin — from the waters of the Richmond Plunge
When: Saturday, October 24, from 10 am to 2 pm
Where: Richmond Plunge, 1 East Richmond Avenue, Richmond
Why: With Halloween just around the corner, this is the perfect — and most unusual — way to get a pumpkin to make a jack-o-lantern.
The Reopening of the Richmond Swim Center
What: The Richmond Swim Center is finally done being remodeled and is ready to be opened to the public
When: Saturday, October 24, from 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: The Richmond Swim Center, 4300 Cutting Boulevard, Richmond
Why: After the rebuild of John F. Kennedy Park, head over to the new swim center for some light refreshments and the grand opening of the remodeled swim center
Pedro’s Salsa Connection
What: A unique Salsa event at The Baltic
When: Saturday, October 24,from 9:30 pm to 11:30 pm
Where: The Baltic, 135 Park Place, Point Richmond
Why: Best known for its good drinks and rock music, The Baltic is mixing it up with some Salsa music and dance this evening.
Bagel Brunch at Temple Beth Hillel
What: A bagel brunch at Temple Beth Hillel featuring a live performance of the original play “Giovanni is Here”, which was written by two members of the synagogue
When: Sunday, October 25, from 10:15 am to noon
Where: Temple Beth Hillel Richmond, 801 Park Central St, Richmond
Why: With an original, award-winning play and tasty bagels, this week’s Bagel Brunch at Temple Beth Hillel is a chance to mingle with community members and enjoy a piece of theater.
Freshest Cargo: Mobile Farmers' Market
What: The mobile farmers’ market Freshest Cargo makes its rounds in Richmond
When: Wednesday, October 28, from 10 am to 3:30 pm
Where: Various locations. From 10 am to 11:30, the truck will be at the YMCA located at 263 South 20th Street. From 12 pm to 1:30, the truck will be at Chelsey Ave at Fred Jackson Way in North Richmond. From 2 to 3:30, the truck will be at the Parchester Community Center located at 900 Williams Drive, Richmond
Why: Densely urban environments are often the most difficult places to find fresh produce. Freshest Cargo has a mission to change that, one neighborhood at a time. Stop by for quality food at affordable prices.
The 6th Annual Richmond Economic Summit
What: A summit hosted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to spur connections between business leaders and the City.
When: Thursday, October 29, from 8 am to 1 pm
Where: The Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
Why: With business workshops, a keynote presentation from Kish Rajan, the former director of california governor’s office of business and economic development, and more, the Richmond Economic Summit is a chance to network and get an understanding of issues that are important to businesses in Richmond.
Zumba on Main Street
What: The Richmond Main Street Initiative’s weekly Zumba class, taught by Willa 'Bontle' Willis
When: Thursday, October 29, from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Where: BBK Center for Health and Healing, 310 9th Street, Richmond
Why: A fun, easy way to get a work out, these Zumba classes make exercise accessible to all of Richmond.
Superhero Clubhouse at the East Bay Center
What: A new production from the performance collaborative Superhero Clubhouse premiers, telling the story of a dog washed out to sea with nothing but its own doghouse and a typewriter
When: Thursday, October 29, at 7:30 pm
Where: The East Bay Center for Performing Arts, 11th Avenue at Macdonald, Richmond
Why: Featuring new, original work from award-winning playwrights, the new piece from Superhero Clubhouse challenges views’ thinking while entertaining.
Photo: Ken Lee Photography