On May 24, 2014, hundreds of Iron Triangle residents came out for a day of fun and healthy activities at the 4th Annual Major Taylor Family Bike Fiesta, hosted by the BBK Collaborative. Each year the family celebration recognizes Marshall “Major” Taylor, the first African American world champion cyclist who set seven world records, including the one-mile track cycling championship. The event also aims to promote health and wellness through the celebration of family, cycling, and physical activity. This year, 424 guests attended the event and an additional 123 people participated as volunteers. Fifty-one percent of the volunteers, an integral part of the community event, were residents from the 94801 or 94804 zip codes.
This year, activities and attractions included the Richmond Police Department Bike Rodeo, Cyclecide bike rides, bike racing, Zumba, face painting, bike decoration, a water bar, free food, and free bike gear. The event also included a free lunch and on-site bike repairs, a bilingual bike safety class, and games and activities with prizes. Twenty beautiful new bicycles were raffled to lucky winners. Rich City RIDES organized two community bike rides across the Greenway and back to the event, held at Lincoln Elementary School.
BBK Collaborative, the City of Richmond, Contra Costa Health Services, and numerous other community partners and volunteers collaborated to make ensure the event was safe and an enormous success, a day of great fun for children and families.
The 4th Annual African American Baby Shower was a tremendous family celebration for new and pregnant African American mothers, fathers, and caregivers of children birth to age three. Held on May 10th, 2014 at Atchison Village Hall, BBK Collaborative hosted the event that included a healthy breakfast and lunch and fun activities, games, and dancing for new and expecting mothers, a special “Fatherhood Matters” program for dads conceived and facilitated by Brighter Beginnings, and an engaging and enriching Children’s Program for kids ages 3-10 that included developmentally appropriate activities. There were 50 adult guests in attendance at the annual event as well as 28 children. Additionally, there were 40 volunteers who supported the event, including 12 volunteers who are residents of the BBK Zone.
Staff, volunteers and members of BBK Collaborative facilitated a variety of activities and workshops related to nutrition, physical activity, and strategies for ensuring healthy baby, child, and family outcomes. Lynson Beaulieu, BBK Director of Collaborative Services, led a dreaming workshop that encouraged women to share their individual and family aspirations. Alexina Rojas, West County First 5 Director, led an interactive session on how to access community resources. Fresh Approach provided demonstrations for making healthy baby foods and incorporating fresh produce into daily meals and offered samples to participants. The event also included time for children, parents, volunteers, and organization leaders to interact throughout the event.
Richmond Police Department Captain Bisa French provided inspiring and welcoming words for all of the parents and caregivers at the event as the keynote speaker. The Baby Shower also included gifts for parents and children, made possible through generous donations from The Blackboard of West Contra Costa, the Mayor, RPD, resident support, and other community organizations. The Richmond Police Department Explorers also helped to keep children safe while they played in the park. Brighter Beginnings, First 5 Contra Costa, the YMCA, California Women, Infants and Children (WIC). The event was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Kaiser Permanente East Bay Community Benefit Program.
On May 8th, 2014, BBK Collaborative supported member organization, Richmond Main Street Initiative to celebrate the new Alive & Free mural by Richard Muro Salazar, located at Harbour Way and Macdonald Avenue. We are excited to celebrate this mural as a wonderfully artistic addition to our beautiful, vibrant community. The event included music, an art walk, various vendors, and free bike parking.
On May 8th, BBK Collaborative supported Bike to Work Day by organizing an Energizer Station at San Pablo Avenue and Macdonald Avenue, where we cheered on the bikers and served coffee and nutritious snacks. We had a great time and enjoyed seeing our community members engaging in healthy activity! We counted 137 people on their bikes!
West County First Five Center hosted the monthly Family Enrichment night at the Center for Health and Healing in May with an evening full of interactive games and sing-a-longs. Families present also had a chance to hear about the vast array of services and classes that West County First Five Center offers. There were 17 people present this month at the Family Enrichment Night.
Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative participated in the East Bay Community Foundation’s “East Bay Gives” 24-hour online fundraiser event on May 6th, 2014. BBK received 21 gifts during the event, totaling $1,535. This money will be utilized for a project to replace the floor in the Center for Health and Healing, the location of many of our community events and fitness activities. We are excited and honored to have our work in the Iron Triangle supported by each individual donor in this effort!
On May 2nd, 2014, Building Blocks for Kids Collaborative participated in the Healthy Village Farm Stand, a health and wellness summer series organized by Collaborative member, Richmond Main Street Initiative. The event is held each month in the Community Green Space Park at the corner of Harbour Way and MacDonald Avenue and includes healthy produce, snacks, recipes, information, and activities. We were excited to use this opportunity to interact with community members and promote our upcoming annual events, the Bike Fiesta and African American Baby Shower.
BBK Community Engagement and Advocacy Team Staff Member Supports Iron Triangle Health Initiatives in Film
JoAnn Ford, BBK Community Engagement and Advocacy Team Staff Member, recently appeared in a video discussing individual and community health and wellness in the Iron Triangle. She discussed her personal life experiences and passionate advocacy work as a community resident and BBK staff member. The video was produced by Jake Nicol, a UC Berkeley student.
BBK was excited to bring families to the Iron Triangle Egg Hunt, sponsored by the Richmond Police Department on April 19th, 2014 at Nevin Park Center. Families enjoyed breakfast together at the BBK Center for Health and Healing and we engaged in some outdoor physical activity by walking to the event at 4th and Nevin. Children hunted for eggs, played games, and met animals from the Eco Village’s petting zoo. It was a great community event and we look forward to participating again next year!
BBK offered a four-week parenting class during the spring called the Nurtured Heart Approach. Lakisha Hill, a long-time parent educator at BBK, facilitated the course. The Nurtured Heart Approach is an asset-based approach to parenting, focusing on strengthening the bond between parent and child and promoting positive reinforcement. There were five to six participants at each session.
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