Richmond continues to add to its public shoreline access and increase its popularity among users of the San Francisco Bay Trail.
Several new trail additions in the city were made or neared completion during the past year, as detailed in the 17th New Year Report released this week by the Trails for Richmond Action Committee.
Additions in 2015 include a key connection from the Richmond Plunge to the Ferry Point Loop trail at Miller/Knox Regional Shoreline in Point Richmond. But the anticipation for trail users is in the nine projects that "promise to complete seven miles of new Bay Trail in Richmond and 4.3 miles across the Richmond/San Rafael (RSR) Bridge by late 2017," TRAC notes in the report.
Chief among those projects are the long-awaited connection between Point Richmond and Point Molate. Design work and permits for trail to and across the Richmond/San Rafael (RSR) Bridge was accelerated by the Bay Area Toll Authority. In addition, the East Bay Regional Park District "awarded a contract for design, environmental and permit work on 2.5 miles of Point Molate Bay Trail north of the RSR Bridge," according to the report.
Other areas where trail projects are advancing include Marina Bay and Point Pinole.
Richmond to date has more than 32 miles of completed Bay Trail sections along its expansive shoreline, more than any other city.
A link to the full report is online at www.ci.richmond.ca.us/109/TRAC.
MENTAL HEALTH EVENT: Mental health is the focus of a town-hall meeting being hosted by the office of Supervisor Keith Carson from 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 13 at the Ed Roberts Campus, 3075 Adeline St. in Berkeley.
The featured speaker will be author and psychologist Brenda Wade discussing the stigma around mental health and a panel of officials and representatives from county agencies will answer questions about mental health resources available from the county and help direct attendees to the proper services.
Carson's supervisorial district includes Albany, Berkeley, Emeryville, Piedmont, and parts of Oakland.
STARTUP JOB FAIR: A Berkeley startup is collaborating with the city to host a job fair focusing on promoting diversity in hiring by new local firms.
The Berkeley Startup Job Fair will be hosted by online job listing service Localwise and the city's Office of Economic Development on Jan. 28 at the downtown co-working site NextSpace.
Organizers note that startups are a rapidly expanding portion of the local economy, growing from 100 in 2011 to 300 today and hiring for both technical and non-tech positions.
The hiring of women and black or Hispanic workers in the tech world has not kept pace, however, nor has the awarding of venture funding to startups led by women or African Americans.
"Startups cite recruiting as a key challenge," said Jennifer Cogley of the Office of Economic Development. "As Berkeley becomes a more important tech hub, our goal is to create a foundation of inclusivity. Coordinating with Localwise and other community leaders working on tech diversity helps to dramatically accelerate our efforts in this arena."
The job fair is 5 to 7 p.m. at NextSpace Berkeley, 2081 Center St. Admission is free for job seekers, tables for startup employers are available for a fee. For tickets or details visit www.localwisejobs.com/blog/berkeley-startup-job-fair/.
MASQUERS PLAYHOUSE: Steven Hill directs "The Gamester" by Freyda Thomas, the new production opening Jan. 22 at the Masquers Playhouse in Point Richmond.
"The Gamester is a glittering farce set in a Baroque Paris riddled with too much wealth, too much leisure time, too many casinos, too few women with any sort of real power, and too many ways of avoiding reality. Valère, a compulsive gambler, hilariously struggles between his affection for the woman he loves and his passion for the game."
Featured in the cast are Jason Berner, Richard Friedlander, Katina Letheule, Bethany Matthis-Montgomery, Dan Morgan, Kit Turner, David Weiner, Loralee Windsor, Rick Wood and Judy Zimola.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays through Feb. 20, with 2 p.m. Sunday shows on Jan. 31 and Feb. 7 and 14 at the Masquers stage at 105 Park Place, across from the Hotel Mac in Point Richmond.
For tickets or more details visit www.masquers.org or call 510-232-4031.
COMMUNITY NOTES: The Berkeley Community Chorus & Orchestra is marking its 50th anniversary with three free concerts this weekend at Hertz Theater at 101 Sproul Hall on the UC Berkeley campus.
Performances are at 8 p.m. Jan. 8 and 3 p.m. Jan. 9 and 10.
Details: 510-433-9599, www.bcco.org.
The show includes paintings, photography, sculpture and mixed media by Rita Bagley, Gretchen Blais, Megan Renstrom Bleckinger, Joe Bottomly, Robert Colin, Nancy Foss, Rita Gardner, Irene Hightower, Altha Humphrey, Steve Hurst, E.A. Betsy Kellas, Donovan Miller, Gail Morrison, Jacqueline Mucha, Claudia Randel, Virginia Rigney, Richard Ward, Sharon Ward-Taylor, Nancy Whitley, Denise Vejby and Bill Voigt.
The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Details: 510-215-3080.