There’s been a change in the schedule for the upcoming State of the City address by Riverbank Mayor Richard O’Brien. The date for the event has been moved back to Wednesday, March 13, 2019.
It is still set for the Antigua Event Center, at 6:30 p.m.
A closer look at the calendar, officials said, determined that the original date, March 6, is also Ash Wednesday, a Christian holy day of prayer, fasting and repentance. It is observed by many Christians, including Anglicans, Lutherans, Roman Catholics, Methodists, Presbyterians and Baptists.
It is the first day of Lent, the six weeks of penitence before Easter.
As a result, city officials decided it was appropriate to move the State of the City to a different date so as not to conflict with a number of Ash Wednesday services hosted at area churches.
Held most recently at the Riverbank Community Center, the State of the City was moved this year to the Antigua because of renovations underway at the Center that are not expected to be finished in time.
Doors open at the Antigua, 3200 Santa Fe in downtown, at 6 p.m. the night of the event. Antigua is just a block from City Hall.
In the past, this annual presentation has seen Riverbank mayors take the opportunity to review for the community the many accomplishments achieved over the previous year, as well as sharing a vision for the city for the upcoming months.
Officials are requesting that those planning on attending RSVP to city hall, 209-863-7153, by March 6.