By Kathy Chouteau
With Thanksgiving season upon us, there’s no time like the present to show off your attitude of gratitude and give thanks for all that’s good in your world. As luck would have it, there are lots of opportunities to give thanks in Richmond by participating in meaningful community activities—or by simply expressing your thankfulness.
To help out, The Rich Life has assembled a roundup of ways to put your attitude of gratitude into action in one way or another. Here’s the scoop!
Do you have all the feels for the trees, parks and environment? Would you be even more thankful for these things with a taco and a shot of tequila in your hands? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, you’ll love giving back at Groundwork Richmond’s free-admission “#TreesTacosAndTequila” event Thurs., Nov. 15 at 4-9 p.m. at Los Moles Beer Garden, 6120 Potrero Ave., El Cerrito. Proceeds raised at the event will support the environmental nonprofit’s education and career training for youth, work connecting communities to parks, local tree plantings to reduce pollution, outdoor recreational activities and more. The event will feature a happy hour, dinner, raffle and prizes. RSVP here.
- Happy Lot Farm & Garden Presents: Giving Thanks by Giving Back
Another chance to show some gratitude on the go will be available at “Happy Lot Farm & Garden Presents: Giving Thanks by Giving Back” Sat., Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The event welcomes volunteers to help the urban farmers get ready for winter via a special work day on the farm. Training and tools will be provided to all who pitch-in, as will snacks, water and lunch. Happy Lot Farm & Garden is located at 45 1st St. (at Chanslor Ave.) in Richmond. Learn more by calling 510-232-2644 or clicking here.
- ServiceWorks “Family Volunteer Day”
Also on Sat., Nov. 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. there will be an opportunity to get the whole family involved in giving back through volunteerism. This time around it’s ServiceWorks’ “Family Volunteer Day” at the Richmond Recreation Complex’s Social Hall, 3230 MacDonald Ave., Richmond. The event welcomes locals to join them in cleaning up and beautifying the space around ServiceWorks’ building as well as Nicholl Park. Volunteers will also learn how to build a mini planter box that they can keep. Lunch and all tools will be provided. For more info, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call 510-621-1834. RSVP here.
- Richmond Art Center “See and Make Art: Who or What Are You Thankful For?”
On Sat., Nov. 24, from 1-3 p.m., the Richmond Art Center will host “See and Make Art: Who or What Are You Thankful For?” at the Richmond Public Library’s Madeline F. Whittlesey Community Room, 325 Civic Center Plaza in Richmond. The free, family-friendly event is geared toward young children and is the perfect way to help cultivate an attitude of gratitude in them. The fun-filled session will include readings of the books Rice & Rocks by Sandra L. Richards and Sweet Potato Pie by Kathleen D. Lindsey, as well as an art project making thank you cards. Learn more here or by calling 510-620-6772.
- Helping victims of California wildfires
Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia has put together a very useful guide for those in West County wanting to assist the victims of both the Camp Fire in Butte County and the Woolsey Fire in Ventura and Los Angeles counties.
“It’s nice to know that even small donations or acts of kindness might make a difference,” Gioia said.
Gioia provided several useful links where people can help, sharing lists compiled by The New York Times, SFGate and TIME magazine, and also online tools to find reliable organizations and charities involved in this critical assistance. Click here to read Gioia’s tips.