EL SOBRANTE -- The heart of San Pablo Dam Road will be closed to traffic from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 for the 20th annual street party known as the El Sobrante Stroll.
This year's theme is "I Love El Sobrante," which will be emphasized in the annual parade at 11 a.m. that opens the event. Grand marshalls for the parade, picked because they exemplify the spirit of the community, will be county Supervisor John Gioia, former Richmond Councilman John Marquez, longtime educator and civic leader Karen Mason, community activist and "unofficial mayor" Eleanor Loynd, and El Sobrante Chamber of Commerce treasurer Bob Davis.
At the stroll itself, more than 20,000 people are expected to turn out for food, live entertainment, vendor and information booths, socializing and, of course, strolling along a half-mile of the Dam Road between El Portal Drive and Appian Way.
More than 200 booths representing community organizations and food and commercial vendors will be on the Dam Road, five bands will be playing, a children's playland will offer activities and a petting zoo, and local restaurants will be open.
An annual favorite attraction is the bicycle stunt show that returns in front of The Pedaler Bike Shop, and the stroll boasts two shows of classic cars, one at El Sobrante Town Garage and one hosted by Northern California Cruisers in the parking lot at Mechanics Bank.