Have you noticed? Lately, the sun is a-shinin’ a bit brighter, the birds are a-singin’ little sweeter, the bay is a-sparklin’ like diamonds and the California superbloom is ON. Yep, spring has officially sprung in Richmond.
Given spring’s grand arrival, For Richmond thought it apropos to highlight some ways locals can greet it following all that winter rain. Here are five ways you and yours can fling into spring here in Rich City.
- Annie’s Annuals & Perennials Spring Party: Richmond’s very own secret garden—Annie’s Annuals & Perennials—will usher in the season of blooming by hosting a “Spring Party” Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The family friendly event will offer the chance to win a free 15 minute shopping excursion at Annie’s; talks by garden book authors; face painting, glitter tattoos and balloon twisting for the kids; hot dogs and more from Top Dog; and a free plant and other prizes for anyone who comes to the party in costume. It’s the PERFECT way to welcome spring! Annie’s Annuals & Perennials is located at 740 Market Ave. in Richmond. Click here for further details.
- Breakfast aboard the SS Red Oak Victory: Sunday “Pancake Breakfasts” aboard the SS Red Oak Victory—a WWII era cargo ship that’s now a museum—have become a Richmond tradition, boasting affordable diner-fare eats while enjoying sweeping bay views aboard the historic ship’s deck. Sunday, April 9, 2017, kicks off the first breakfast of the season; service begins at 9 a.m. and ends at 1 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children age 8 and younger. The SS Red Oak Victory is located at 1337 Canal Blvd., Richmond. Click here for more details.
- The Great Tomato Plant Sale: Nothing says “spring has arrived” like digging your hands into the dirt. On Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the UC Master Gardeners of Contra Costa County will host the “The 6th Annual Great Tomato Plant Sale” at the Richmond Public Library, 325 Civic Center Drive in Richmond. The sale will feature dozens of heirloom and hybrid varieties of tomatoes, as well as seeds and tips from the master gardeners on hand. Some peppers and eggplants will be for sale too. All plants are $3.00 (cash/check).
- Spring Egg Hunt and Recreation Information Day: What would a ‘fling into spring’ list be without a good egg hunt? The City of Richmond will host its “Spring Egg Hunt and Recreation Day” Saturday, April 8, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Nicholl Park, 3230 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond. The parade will start at 9:30 a.m. (route is Civic Center Plaza to Nicholl Park) and the egg hunts will kick off at 10 a.m. Attendees can also meet “Hershy the Bunny” and get the scoop on the latest and greatest programs being offered by the Community Services Department. (NOTE: If it rains, the egg hunt will be moved to the Richmond Recreation Complex, 3230 Macdonald Avenue, Richmond). For more info, call 510-620-6793.
- 7th Annual North Richmond Green Festival & Earth Day Celebration: This local “Earth Day” event hosted by the Neighborhood House of North Richmond—and funded by the City of Richmond and Contra Costa County—will take place Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the ballfield/park at Fred Jackson Way & Pittsburg Avenue in Richmond. The festival has something for everyone and is touted by organizers as a free, fun and informative family event. It will feature a wide array of offerings, including bike rodeo and skills contests, live music, free food, petting zoo, pony rides, eco aware and healthy living vendor info, eco-friendly arts & crafts, farmers market, organic munchies, rock climbing, inflatable games and much more. For more info contact Eren Samano at 510-776-3220.
Photo credit: Annie’s Annuals & Perennials.