9th Annual North Richmond Earth Day Festival set for Saturday

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Shields-Reid Park at the Shields-Reid Community Center is one of six drop-off sites during North Richmond Community Clean up Day on Saturday, June 27.

The 9th Annual Earthy Day Festival and Community Service Projects is set for this Saturday, April 20, featuring musical performances, activities and also area cleanup projects.

The both fun and fulfilling event kicks off from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., when community volunteers will band together on three separate community service projects: Swale cleanup on Fred Jackson Way at North Richmond Farm, 323 Brookside Drive (with Urban Tilth); creek cleanup along Wildcat Creek at the entrance to Verde Elementary (with The Watershed Project); and park cleanup at the Shields-Reid Center (with More Than a Game and Community Housing Development Corp.).

And then from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., a community celebration will take place at Shields Reid Community Park. The free event will feature a petting zoo, giant jumper slide, paint party, resource booths and more. Also, Little League games will play at the park, “a fitting honor to Charlie Reid, the great baseball coach and community activist for whom the park is named,” according to Supervisor Gioia’s Office.

Gioia and environmental activist Dr. Henry Clark will be among the event’s featured speakers.

The annual festival is organized by the North Richmond Earth Day Steering Committee, which is composed of residents, community-based organizations, Contra Costa County, Supervisor John Gioia’s Office and the City of Richmond.