Three acts will headline this year's Spirit & Soul Festival, which will take over Macdonald Avenue between Harbour Way and 13th Street from 1 to 5 p.m. Sept. 21 for a free admission street party showcasing Richmond's historic downtown.

The entertainment lineup will include pop performers Club Nouveau and Dahrio Wonder, along with annual favorite and Grammy nominee Andre Thierry & Zydeco Magic.

The festival will have food vendors, a wine garden, arts and crafts and more at the outdoor marketplace, information tables, raffles all day and recognition of this year's Downtown Champions, "who have dedicated their time and energy to help make downtown Richmond vibrant."

Richmond Main Street Initiative (www.richmondmainstreet.org) hosts the annual festival, which culminates its summer concert series, one of a number of initiatives to improve and promote the commercial district. The nonprofit organization also sponsors a seasonal farmers market from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each Wednesday and the Healthy Village Farm Stand program and regular Zumba classes.

Richmond Main Street's efforts are bolstered by the Business Improvement District established with cooperation of merchants to improve the area.

ON YOUR MARK, GET SET, PUNCTUATE: Get out of your comma coma, because National Punctuation Day, that unique annual event that originated in Pinole, will be observed on Sept. 24.


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Pinolean Jeff Rubin, aka Punctuation Man, the originator of the event, has a new issue of his e-zine "The Exclamation Point!" available online at www.punctuationplaytime.com/exclamationpoint/index.html. The newsletter includes information on this year's Punctuation Day contest, national coverage of the annual observance, a book recommendation from Punctuation Man and details on "great punctuation gifts," whatever those might be.

WOMEN'S HALL OF FAME: Nominations are open for this year's Hall of Fame event hosted by the Contra Costa Commission on Women. Playing on the opening of the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge, the theme of this year's event is "A Bridge to Equality," and "will focus on honoring the county's female thought leaders and change agents."

The deadline for nominations is Nov. 15, and winners will be selected and announced Jan. 3.

Nomination categories are leadership, community, environment, health care, arts, justice and technology.

The winners will be honored at the Hall of Fame event next year.

For nomination forms and information on proposing a candidate, contact Phyllis Gordon at 925-207-6797 or Sean Duckworth at 510-685-4669, or visit www.womenscommission.com.

WEST COUNTY NOTES: The final Point Richmond Art Walk of the year will be 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, and many artists will already have works on exhibit at the weekly farmers market starting at 4 p.m.

Artists in the Point will have open studios and boutiques, the Refined by Fire Gallery will have live music, and restaurants and specialty stores will be open late.

The art walk finale is being dedicated to the late Linda Lee Calvan Drake, an artist and longtime booster of the Point Richmond community.

For details on the event, call 510-932-6085.

  • A free presentation on "ObamaCare: What Does the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Mean for You?" will be held at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at the Nevin Community Center, 598 Nevin Ave. in Richmond.

    The workshop will cover changes to the Affordable Care Act and what is to come and offer overviews of the Low-Income Health Program and LifeLong Medical Care.

    To RSVP, visit obamacarerichmond.eventbrite.com.

  • Grab sustenance before the El Sobrante Stroll on Sunday and support Boy Scout Troop 146 at the same time at the troop's pancake breakfast from 7 to 11 a.m. at the Richmond Elks Lodge, 3931 San Pablo Dam Road.

    Pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage links, milk, juice and coffee are $7 per person or $22 for a family of four.

    Contact Chris Treadway at 510-262-2784 or ctreadway@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/christreadway. Stay up-to-date on West Contra Costa news at IBABuzz.com/westcounty.