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5th Egg Hunt & Spring Celebration

March 28th, 2014 · Events at the Playlot

Dear friends and neighbors of SolanoPLAY!

Our famous and most beloved event is coming up! Please join us to celebrate with us our 5th Egg Hunt & Spring Celebration!

When: Sunday, April 13, 1-3 p.m.
Where: Solano Playlot at 38th Street and Solano Ave.

Rain location and time:
Noah’s Ark, Preschool, 555 37th Street @ Roosevelt, 2-4 pm

There will be an egg hunt, crafts table, games, face painting, park cafe, raffle, information tables and more … For questions please call 510.612.1219510.612.1219 or email

We look forward to seeing you all!

See also our Spring Event flyer!

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Volunteers Needed for Planting Event!

October 24th, 2013 · Uncategorized

Please click on Landscaping Flyer for more information!

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Solano Playlot Planting Event Coming Up!

September 12th, 2013 · Events at the Playlot

Yes, the Solano Playlot success story continues! To make our playlot even more beautiful we are planting trees, flowers and decorative grasses. Planting days are Saturday, 10/26/2013 from 9 am – 1 pm and Saturday, 11/2/2013 from 9 am – 1 pm. There is a lot to do and we need your help. So please join us in this effort to improve our park and get enthusiastic about the great neighborhood where you live.

This is what you need to bring: gloves, hat, sunscreen and water bottle.

Please contact Amalia at to register for volunteer work. Also, a flyer will be available soon and posted on this site – so stay tuned for more information …

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We Give 2013!

September 12th, 2013 · Uncategorized

ATTENTION FRIENDS! Starting at 6:00 am on September 18,
Solano Playlot is participating in We Give – 2013

You can help us raise critical funding to support our park!
Don’t miss out on this event! Pass it on!

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Dinner at Zaki’s Kabob House

February 27th, 2013 · Uncategorized

Thursday, February 28th, is a fundraising dinner at Zaki’s Kabob House! If you want to join us, please bring a printout of the Zakis fundraiser flyer and they will donate 20% of each meal to Solano PLAY.  It’s a fun, easy and delicious way to do a little community service.

Download the flyer now

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Dinner Plans?

February 23rd, 2013 · Uncategorized

Playlot friends and neighbors,

Save the date! This Thursday, February 28th, Zaki’s Kabob House will be hosing a fundraising dinner for Solano PLAY. Come enjoy an amazing Mediterranean/Middle Eastern meal at Zaki’s, bring a flyer for the event, and they will donate 20% of each meal to Solano PLAY. It’s a fun, easy and delicious way to do a little community service.

Zaki’s Kabob House
Where: 1101 San Pablo Ave, Albany (on the border of Albany and Berkeley)
When: Thursday, 2/28, 5-9pm

Zaki’s is putting their event flyer together. We’ll send them out as soon as they are available. All proceeds will be used toward landscape improvements in the Solano Playlot.

Also Save the Date for the 4th Annual Solano Playlot Spring Celebration on Saturday March 30th from 2-4pm. More details to come soon. Please email me if you’d like to help with the event. We’ll also welcome donated prizes for our raffle.

And in other news, if you haven’t stopped by the Playlot recently, after working closely with Solano PLAY, the City of Richmond has just completed some significant road work to calm traffic and improve drainage at 38th and Boyd. Additionally, last month thanks to donations from the Richmond Rotary Club, volunteers planted 6 new trees in the Solano Playlot and even more street trees around the park. Thanks again to all the neighbors who continue to make the Solano Playlot a special place.

See you there!

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Turning over a new leaf

January 11th, 2013 · Events at the Playlot

Playlot supporters and volunteers,

Happy New Year! I’m excited to announce that on Saturday, January 19 we’re hosting a tree planting event in and around the Solano Playlot, and we need more volunteers to get these lovely trees into the ground. We’ll be planting 6 new trees in the Playlot, and another 8 or more as street trees for the neighbors who live around the park. If you can volunteer between 10am and 1pm, please send a quick email to Nancy or leave a comment here.

  • When: Saturday, 1/19 from 9am-1pm
  • Where: Meet at the Solano Playlot
  • Bring: Work gloves

We’re proud to be joined by members of Richmond Trees, the fantastic new community organization that has been working to plant hundreds more trees in neighborhoods throughout Richmond. The Rotary Club of Richmond has generously donated funds to purchase the new trees, supports and other necessary materials, and will be turning out some volunteers. The City of Richmond’s Parks and Landscaping Department is also helping to supply all the equipment we need for the planting, is working on tree placement and supporting us in many other ways.

This tree planting is the first step toward landscaping the park, which remains one of our biggest outstanding projects. We’ll provide water, coffee, and healthy snacks.

Thanks for your support throughout 2012, and we look forward to another year of improving the Solano Playlot and our North and East neighborhood in Richmond.

Thank you,


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Solano Playlot Grand Opening – Sat. 8/11 at 11AM

August 4th, 2012 · Uncategorized

Solano Playlot friends,

I’m excited to announce the official grand opening of the new Solano Playlot on Saturday, August 11 at 11am.  There will be a short ribbon cutting ceremony, and then the park will be open for all to enjoy. We’ll also have a fun scavenger hunt to help everyone get to know the new park’s many amazing new features.  To get a sneak peek, check out some of the photos on our Facebook page:

Please join us for the much-anticipated grand re-opening.  It’s because of the community support, the support of the City of Richmond and the tireless dedication of a core group of volunteers that we’ve managed to turn the Solano Playlot in a place of magic, beauty and fun, and we’re only just beginning!

See you on Aug. 11 at 11am!


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Hello Spring! Goodbye Old Park!

March 29th, 2012 · Events at the Playlot

Our third annual spring festival is happening on April 7th, from 2-4 PM.  This is a very special day because it will be our last event before we begin rebuilding the park. We’ve received some special funding to help make this year’s celebration bigger and more fun than ever. We hope you and your loved ones will join us!


For adults:

  • Raffle with lots of great gifts from local businesses, including gift certificates to nearby restaurants, El Cerrito Natural Grocery, free oil changes, plants, and many more
  • Plant sale and swap – bring a plant to swap, or buy a few to color your garden
  • Bake sale and cafe where you can pull up a chair and chat with neighbors
  • Live music from a local musician
  • Information tables about many great things going on in our neighborhood

For kids:

  • a fantastic egg hunt, with separate areas for younger and older kids
  • bounce houses
  • seed planting activity table
  • lots of fun games
  • balloon twister
  • creativity table
  • possibly a visit from a spring bunny

We look forward to seeing you there!

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Halloween Celebration this Weekend!

October 27th, 2011 · Events at the Playlot

Once again, we are gearing up for our annual Halloween festival. We will have gifts for the kids, a costume parade, a bake sale, and a visit from our fabulous Richmond Fire Department. We will also have a raffle, which includes gift certificates to local restaurants, salons, automotive services, and much more! If you were here last year, you will remember how popular this was. Expect it to be just as amazing this year!

And new this year, a produce swap! Bring fruits, vegetables, and herbs from your garden and trade them for goodies from your neighbor’s gardens.

As always, this event is FREE and everyone is welcome. Put on your most clever costume and bring the whole family! Festivities are from 2-4 on Sunday, October 30th. Tell your neighbors!

As always, we could use a few helping hands to make this a fabulous event for everyone. Please consider volunteering any amount of time that you would like…before, during, or after the event. Contact melanie at solanoplay dot org or call 510-612-1219. Thank you!

See you at the playlot and Happy Halloween!

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