OAKLAND -- In a celebration of the neighborhood, Dimond District residents will hold the third annual Dimond Night Out from 6 to 8 p.m. June 10, in the heart of the business district at MacArthur Boulevard and Fruitvale Avenue.
Residents will stroll through the twilight hours, visiting with neighbors and friends and tasting delicacies offered by local merchants.
The event is being organized by the Montclair Lions Club, the Dimond Improvement Association and the Dimond Business and Professional Association. Also, several nonprofits will sell tickets and will keep 50 percent of the proceeds toward their own projects, including the 22X Neighborhood Crime Prevention Council, the Skyline Music Program and Sequoia Elementary School.
The Montclair Lions Club will put its part of the proceeds toward the monthly luncheon for seniors that the club hosts at the Fruitvale Presbyterian Senior Center, as well as other community-based projects.
The Dimond Improvement Association and the Dimond Business and Professional Association will use their proceeds toward continuing the privately funded litter abatement program in the neighborhood, beautification projects, including painting the district's electrical boxes with murals, and to kick-start the Thursday night stroll, which will be held the third Thursday of each month throughout summer. Dimond Night Out is not only a fundraiser, but a celebration of community.
"The event puts money back into the district and continues to build momentum, keeping the clean streets, attracting businesses and bringing friends and neighbors together to enjoy a festive weekday evening," said Daniel Swafford, one of the organizers.
"It's all about connections and relationships. Come out and meet business owners and contribute to the community," said Cali Kamala, co-president of the Dimond Business and Professional Association and the co-owner of Hive The Place to Bee, a cafe that opened in the Dimond a year ago.
Twenty-one merchants will participate in this year's event and entertainment will include live music, including performers from the Prescott Circus, and a children's zone in the Two-Star Market's parking lot.
Last year's event sold more than 500 passports. This year's event will be limited to 400 passports to promote a more intimate atmosphere.
Passports will be sold at a discounted value of $20 each before the event. For a complete list of vendors, visit, www.shopdimond.com.
Passports can also be bought the day of the event for $25 at Paws and Claws, at 3436 Dimond Ave., and Hive The Place to Bee, 2139 MacArthur Blvd.
For more information about the Dimond Night Out, visit www.shopdiamond.com.