Sep 1, 2015
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Richmond’s 23rd Street Merchants Association is holding an event on Sept. 16 in celebration of Mexican Independence Day that aims to honor local city leaders and provide an opportunity for residents and businesses to mingle, according to the nonprofit For Richmond.

The community is encouraged to attend the “Fiestas Patrias Mixer” from 5:30-9 p.m. at El Campesino Bar & Grill, 232 23rd St. Appetizers and musical entertainment will be served at no cost to attendees.

This is the first such event to recognize local leaders for their contributions to the annual, well-attended Cinco de Mayo festival in Richmond, well-attended Cinco de Mayo festival in Richmond.

City Manager Bill Lindsay will be honored along with police Chief Chris Magnus, RichmondWORKS Employment & Training Director Sal Vaca, Richmond police Lt. Joey Schlemmer and Rafael Madrigal.

“They do so much day-to-day for Cinco de Mayo,” said Rosa Lara, president of 23rd Merchants, told For Richmond. “We wanted to honor them.”

Two local youth musical groups will perform: Angeles de la Banda and Mariachi Cuerditas De Oro.

For more information about the Fiestas Patrias Mixer, call Rosa Lara at 510-221-9006. Visit the 23rd Street Merchants Association website here.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.