Great Turnout for Non Labor Day Picnic!
Thanks to Betsy and Jeff for all the great signs and p.r.. Many thanks to Kathy and her ukulele band for the wonderful music! Thanks to Nigel, David and Laura for grilling all those hotdogs and hamburgers!!
Thanks to Stacey and her family for collecting dues (you may pay your dues at any time by dropping off a check for $25. at Stacey's house on Hillview). Thanks to Sarah and Aki for helping set up, to Tom for the ice(!), and to C.J. and others for helping with clean up: it takes a neighborhood!
We had a friendly turn out of neighbors: "old timers" and new folks, including a couple who moved in one week prior to the picnic, a 7 week old baby, and neighbors who'd been meaning to stop by for many years. Thanks for bringing all the delicious side dishes, gifts from your gardens and desserts!
Now for the hard news: we need neighbors to step forward and volunteer to host upcoming events, including Halloween, pumpkin carving in the park, and Easter. We do have a Bunny and costume for Easter! and others who can help assist with events, but we need a point person to run each event, please. I am happy to be your BHCA president and organize, advocate, and communicate with the City of San Rafael, and make sure our park remodel is completed. But I just cannot host all the events. It takes a neighborhood! Please p.m me if YOU can help to host a neighborhood event. Hopefully we can have a meeting soon; we are looking for new neighbors and parents of younger kids who would like to see Halloween and Easter in the park continue...
Thanks for your support of our wonderful Bret Harte neighborhood.
Cheers, Molly Blauvelt, President BHCA
Recap of August 7th Ice Cream Social & National Night Out in our park
This year, we hosted an ice cream social in our little park. At least 50 neighbors of all ages came, and we served 83 helpings of ice cream! 4 SR firemen attended, as well as our Chief of Police Bishop and Councilwoman Kate Colin.
A robust question and answer session was held with the firemen regarding fire safety, evacuation plans and preparedness. Lots of good information was shared. The firemen emphasized being ready to get out as early as possible, making a family emergency plan and taking personal responsibility to be well prepared. Neighbors recommended putting together a “grab and go” safety kit (I have started stuffing a backpack for my family, and it feels good to be ready!). More detailed resources will be posted on our website: www.bretharte.org.
Lots of good info. can be found on the City website and at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The direct line to our fire dept. is: 415 472-0911. But in an emergency, we are all urged to call 911 right away: it does connect directly to the SR Fire dept.
Councilwoman Kate Colin urged neighbors to go directly online with specific concerns to the city website: cityofsanrafael.org and type in your issue: “How can we help you?”.
Homeless concerns are well addressed by Andrew Hening on his city blog site.
An update on our park remodel: our new bathroom was just ordered by the contractor. It will take up to 8 weeks to arrive. The park construction schedule will be posted as it becomes known. Neighborhood kids will be invited to paint a tile to help decorate our newly renovated park.
The City is about to choose a contractor for the Upper Irwin St. slide. Hopefully construction will begin soon and this important problem will be resolved before the winter rains arrive!
Thanks to all the neighbors who came out to the ice cream social! We hope to see you again soon during the neighborhood-wide garage sale beginning at 9 a.m. and at our non-labor day picnic in the park from 4 - 7 p.m. on 9/9.
Please bring a side dish or dessert to share. BHCA will grill hotdogs and hamburgers and provide drinks, paid for by your dues, thank you.
BIG changes for our little park!
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Photos from Halloween in the Park
Thanks to Nigel Faulkner!
Two Marin websites that may interest you:
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Our Mission & Activities
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 donor status. The many accomplishments of BHCA are achieved solely through volunteer efforts.
Communicating with the Neighborhood
BHCA has four methods of communicating events and issues to the neighborhood:
BHCA meetings, scheduled periodically with notification using the methods below.
The Bret Harte Newsletter is published and distributed periodically and contains notification of births, deaths, new residents, local events, crime watch, etc. Event flyers and email notifications are sent periodically regarding upcoming events and time sensitive community news. Newsletters and flyers are distributed through a network of Block Captains.
Bret Harte web site at www.bretharte.org, and through email notifications.
The Bret Harte Community Association sponsors neighborhood social events that bring residents together, as well as supporting the needs of Bret Harte residents. Events are organized and run by neighborhood volunteers and most events are held in the Bret Harte Park.
Annual sponsorship activities are:
Easter Egg Hunt : The Easter Bunny stops by for an Easter Egg Hunt on the Saturday before Easter. Coffee, juice and bagels are served.
Clay Play In The Park: An art clay class held 2 days during the summer and open to all BH children. The event is run by resident artists Patti McKay & Molly Blauvelt. During 2002, Bret Harte children participated in making ceramic tiles for our Bret Harte Park art wall.
Music in the Park: A potluck and music event with music performed by local neighborhood residents.
Non-Labor Day Picnic: Held in mid-September, this barbecue and potluck marks our annual membership drive.
Pumpkin Patch/Halloween: Children and their parents are invited to the park to pick out a pumpkin, carve it and display their finished Jack-o-lantern. Prizes are drawn for all attending children and treats are served. On Halloween night, the kids are invited back to the Park for pizza and to show off their costume's before heading into the neighborhood for trick-or-treating.
Seniors Assistance Program: Bret Harte Community Association reaches out to neighborhood seniors by providing help with yard work or general handy person help.
Welcome to the Hood: A neighborhood volunteer visits with all new residents to welcome them to the neighborhood and introduce the BHCA.
While the events are great to attend, they cannot run themselves! Please consider getting more involved by helping to organize one of the above events, attending BHCA meetings, and/or taking a position on the BHCA board. Working together as a community, we will continue to make Bret Harte neighborhood a great place to grow up and grow old!