Getting ready for Halloween is almost as fun as the main event, and every year the Bret Harte Community Association hosts two Halloween-related events: Neighborhood Pumpkin Carving on the Sunday before Halloween, and Pre-Trick or Treat Pizza as the sun goes down on the big day. We had a huge turnout for pumpkin carving this year on Sunday, October 28th, 2018, with some amazing pumpkins heading home in time for Halloween. Pizza in the Park was also a great success. Thanks to Ann Schroeder and Nigel Faulkner for the photos.
A furry, rascally rabbit has been spotted hiding Easter eggs at the Bret Harte Park. Bring your little ones (and a basket) and help collect all the eggs. Coffee and snacks provided.
BIG changes are coming for Bret Harte Park! Follow the improvement plans on the Park Updates page.
About the BHCA
The Bret Harte Community Association, in existence for over 50 years, is a neighborhood organization that supports approximately 500 residences, with the purpose of bringing the community together.
The BHCA is funded by neighborhood and community donations. A $25/year per- household donation is suggested. However, all activities are available to all neighborhood residents regardless of member status. The many accomplishments of the BHCA are achieved solely through volunteer efforts. To stay up to date on what's happening in and around the neighborhood, subscribe to the BHCA Email List.
Communicating with the Neighborhood
The BHCA stays in touch with members and Bret Harte residents though this website at www.bretharte.org, an opt-in email list, and through NextDoor—be sure to register to get updates. The BHCA also flyers and posts signage around the neighborhood for social events.
The BHCA sponsors neighborhood social events that bring residents together, as well as support the needs of Bret Harte residents. Events are organized and run by neighborhood volunteers and most events are held in Bret Harte Park. These include:
Easter in the Park. The Easter Bunny stops by for an Easter Egg Hunt on the Saturday before Easter, with treats provided by the BHCA.
Neighborhood Garage Sale. Held the Sunday after Labor Day, the annual Sale features dozens of participants around the neighborhood and in the park.
Non-Labor Day Picnic. Our biggest neighborhood event, held after the Neighborhood Garage Sale. This barbecue and potluck (with music in the park performed by local neighborhood residents) marks our annual membership drive and helps bring our community together.
Neighborhood Pumpkin Carving. Traditionally held the weekend before Halloween, children and their parents are invited to the park to pick out a pumpkin (generously donated by Trader Joe’s), carve it, and display their finished jack-o’-lanterns.
Pre–Trick-or-Treat Pizza Party. Before neighborhood kids head into the neighborhood for trick-or-treating, they gather in the park to show off their costumes and eat pizza.
National Night Out. Coordinated with the national celebration in early August, residents are invited to join friends and neighbors at Bret Harte Park to celebrate National Night Out. Guest speakers invited from City of San Rafael police and fire departments.