Every week Radio Free Richmond highlights events in the city. Here is what's happening from November 20 through November 26.
Contra Costa Chorale Fall Concert
What: A performance of African and African American culture and dance
When: Friday, November 20, from 8 pm to 9:30 pm and Sunday, November 22, from 5 pm to 7 pm
Where: On Friday, the show is at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Berkeley, 1 Lawson Rd, Kensington; on Sunday, the show is at the WayPointe Christian Fellowship, 770 Sonoma St, Richmond
Why: The fall show of the Contra Costa Chorale is one of the best opportunities to see African and African American cultural performances in the area.
A Medicare Enrollment Event
What: A drop-in clinic to assist Richmond residents looking to enroll in Medicare during the Open Enrollment period
When: Saturday, November 21, from 10 am to 1 pm
Where: Alvarado Adult Education Center, 5625 Sutter Street, Richmond
Why: The Open Enrollment period runs until December 7, and there can be some confusing details to sort out when enrolling in Medicare. This event will help along the way
Bay Trail Plant Restoration
What: The monthly plant restoration event at Point Isabel
When: Saturday, November 21, from 10 am to 12:30 pm
Where: Point Isabel, Richmond
Why: Formerly overgrown with invasive species, these regular restoration events have helped turn Point Isabel into a thriving nativ ecosystem. Come out to help in the effort!
To learn more, call Tom Kelly at (510) 684-6484
A Fundraiser for an African American History Museum
What: Supporters for a proposed African American History Museum are holding a fundraiser for the museum while accepting donations of historical items, from corn cobs, to photos, and even cars.
When: Saturday, November 21, from 1 pm to 3 pm
Where: Coronado YMCA, 263 South 20th Street, Richmond
Why: Richmond’s African American history is rich and culturally vibrant, and this push for a museum would ensure that it is not forgotten. This fundraiser is an opportunity to make sure this endeavor succeeds.
To learn more, call Charles Cavness at 707-450-6089
Conquer Fighting Championships
What: The first-ever MMA fighting event in Richmond, with over 15 fights over six hours
When: Saturday, November 21, from 4 pm to 10 pm
Where: The Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond
Why: MMA is one of the fastest growing sports in the country, and the Conquer league is part of this push. Fans new and old can come out for a slew of fights, autograph signings, and pop up boutiques.
Howell Devine at The Baltic
What: Howell Devine performs at The Baltic
When: Saturday, November 21, from 9:30 pm to 11 pm
Where: The Baltic, 135 Park Place, Point Richmond
Why: The Baltic offers some of the best music in Richmond. This Saturday night is a chance to hear Howell Devine croon while you enjoy a brew.
Freshest Cargo: Mobile Farmers' Market
What: The mobile farmers’ market Freshest Cargo makes its rounds in Richmond
When: Wednesday, November 25, 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.
What: Dress in your wildest costume and bring your pets — it’s the annual Point Richmond event where people come and take a shot of Wild Turkey Whiskey, for a good cause
When: Thurssday, November 26, at 10 am
Where: The Richmond Plunge, 1 E Richmond Avenue, Point Richmond
Why: For $5, you can get a shot of whiskey and take part in a Point Richmond tradition. All proceeds go to benefit Point Richmond Music and Point Richmond Business Association.
Photo: Afriky Lolo