Bret Harte is a beautiful, walkable residential neighborhood along the southern border of San Rafael in Marin County. The earliest homes date from the late 1930s. The neighborhood is tucked into the hillside with ample green space and tree-lined streets. It features Bret Harte Park—the neighborhood's social center—and a diversity of families that call Bret Harte home.
Thank you to everyone who came out on Saturday for Easter in the Park, and stayed for coffee (courtesy of Starbucks) and catching up with neighbors and friends. Thanks to Betsy Swenerton for organizing, and amazing volunteers Aliya Clark, Jenny Hynes, Kyan Baker, Max Hoffman (as Blossom the Bunny), Miles Clark, and Thomas Vogl. Stay tuned for our next neighborhood-wide event, the annual Neighborhood Garage Sale on Sunday, September 8th. Save the Date!
Some of our Bret Harte neighbors grow an excess of beautiful fruits and vegetables, which they graciously share. And some of our Bret Harte neighbors are elderly or in need. Let’s bring them together. Bret Harte Bounty is a community program to help our neighbors while preventing food waste (ranked third on Drawdown’s list of most important solutions to climate change) by delivering shared neighborhood produce to our senior and in-need neighbors. The Bret Harte Bounty program helps pick this excess fruit and delivers to the homes of the elderly and in need in Bret Harte. For information, contact Nigel Faulkner T 415-298-2485 or Chris Brown T 628-240-4361 or David & Sarah Leipsic T 415-577 2794
Read the March 11, 2019 update from Katie Rice, Supervisor for Bret Harte.
Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is a national program to train citizens to help fill the gap between a disaster or emergency, and the arrival of professional services (City and County safety/fire personnel). There are several upcoming training opportunities in Marin, learn more about CERT and general emergency preparedness at readymarin.org/cert.
The San Rafael training course is 20 hours and starts on April 27, 2019.
Join friends and neighbors at Bret Harte Park for an ice cream social to celebrate National Night Out. Guest speakers invited.
Don’t miss the bret harte-wide annual sale, with dozens of participants in the neighborhood and in the park. clothing, jewelry, housewares, collectibles, small furniture, electronics, kids clothes and toys, books, bikes, antiques, glassware, flatware, plants, vintage collectibles, musical gear, gardening equipment, eclectica, and more! Garage Sale 9:00 AM-2:00 PM, Picnic 5:00 PM- 7:00 PM.
Join your neighbors in getting ready for trick-or-treating. Pumpkins generously donated by Trader Joe’s. Please bring your own carving tools.
Come dressed in costume before trick-or-treating through the neighborhood. Pizza provided by BHCA
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.
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.
The BHCA engages in a number of activities by and for residents, including:
Bret Harte Bounty: A Neighborhood Sharing and Sustainability Program. Some of our Bret Harte neighbors grow an excess of beautiful fruits and vegetables, which they graciously share. And some of our Bret Harte neighbors are elderly or in need. Let’s bring them together. Bret Harte Bounty is a community program to help our neighbors while preventing food waste (ranked third on Drawdown’s list of most important solutions to climate change) by delivering shared neighborhood produce to our senior and in-need neighbors. The Bret Harte Bounty program helps pick this excess fruit and delivers to the homes of the elderly and in need in Bret Harte. For information, contact Nigel Faulkner T 415-298-2485 or Chris Brown T 628-240-4361 or David & Sarah Leipsic T 415-577 2794
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.