San Anselmo’s Live on The Avenue 2023 Season Announcement:
Dine. Shop. Stroll. Dance this Summer With San Anselmo’s Live on The Avenue
The Town of San Anselmo and the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce are pleased to announce that San Anselmo Live On The Avenue is back for its third summer of music where live entertainment coincides with a pedestrian thoroughfare straight through the heart of town. Concerts will be at the Creek Park Amphitheater and the Town Hall Plaza between 5:30-8:30 pm on Fridays and Saturdays. San Anselmo Avenue will be closed to cars from 4:30-10:00 pm.
You won't want to miss the more than 60 live musical performances, three corn hole tournaments, four family concerts sponsored by the Library, children's activities by the YMCA, the kids zone games hosted by Wink Optics, a salute to the 50th Anniversary of "American Graffiti", a 10th anniversary celebration of Imagination Park, Star Wars characters, a DJ set, and more!
Fridays & Saturdays June 9th – September 30th 5:30-8:30pm
This stretch of Town has two distinct commercial districts, Greenfield Avenue begins at the Hub intersection and travels east towards San Rafael, paralleling one of the main roads in/out of San Anselmo. It’s home to an eclectic mix of shops, galleries, bar, coffee shop, medical and workout destinations with easy parking.
A little further east, on the north-side of Redhill Avenue you can find groceries and a diverse array of service and hobby-oriented businesses too. The recently re-landscaped median is a welcoming and beautiful entrance to this area of San Anselmo.
To commemorate Small Business Month, the small businesses and restaurants around Town are handing out our specially designed reusable tote bags and reusable bamboo utensil kits to customers who request them when they are patronizing those establishments.
Recap of this Week's Town Council Meeting
The Town Council discussed the following items at their Council meeting on May 23, at 7:00 pm.
Special Mayor's Proclamation recognizing the community service of Stephen Pringle.
Consent Items included:
Awarded construction contracts for 2023 Street Rehabilitation and Slurry Seal Projects
Approved Senate Bill 1 (SB1) Gas Tax Funding Project list
Approved amendments to the Hazardous & Solid Waste Joint Powers Agreement
Adopted resolution declaring June 2023 as LGBTQIA+ Pride Month
Approved FY 2023-25 Work Plan and Measure J Allocation Plan
Approved proclamation declaring Friday, June 2nd Gun Violence Awareness Day
Council Business Items Included:
Considered approval of a resolution establishing an inclusionary housing program
Considered and approved implementation of a prescribed grazing program for fire fuel reduction. Recommended studying development of an Open Space Management Plan.
Received feasibility study for a Resilience Hub at Town Hall
Appointed three applicants to the Economic Development Committee
The full agenda and further information can be found on the Town website:HERE
Please add your email to receive notifications and agendas for the Town Council meetings or any other Town public meetings: HERE
In the early 20th century, a time of astonishing, rapid, and unsettling technological change, artists searched for styles that expressed the disruption of the age. They explored art’s limits and broke boundaries, setting in motion a process that continues today. One of the most fascinating approaches was Surrealism. In many ways a reaction to the chaos of the first World War, the Surrealists rejected rational, logical processes and embraced dream, fantasy, and chance as the sources of their art. In doing so, they produced some of the century’s most memorable images and objects, witty, brash, and slightly erotic. Guest speaker Avril Angevine will highlight some of the artists in the global movement in this Art Talk Tuesday.
Due to technical sound issues in the Council Chambers, this Art Talk will be shown only on Zoom. Town technical staff are diligently working to solve this problem and hope to bring Art Talks back to hybrid format. If you have any questions, please reach out to Adult Services Librarian Serianna at email@example.com
Mike Rucker, Ph.D., author of The Fun Habit
Wednesday, June 7 1:00 pm
Register for this virtual author talk here: https://libraryc.org/sananselmolibrary/26820 Doesn’t it seem that the more we seek happiness, the more elusive it becomes? There is an easy fix, hiding in plain sight. Fun is an action you can take here and now, practically anywhere, anytime. Through research and science, we know fun is enormously beneficial to our physical and psychological well-being, yet fun’s absence from our modern lives is striking. The Fun Habit: How the Disciplined Pursuit of Joy and Wonder Can Change Your Life is the ultimate guide to reap fun's profound benefits. Grounded in current research, accessible science, and practical recommendations, Dr. Rucker will use The Fun Habit strategies to teach you how to build having fun into an actionable and effortless habit and why doing so will help you become a healthier, more joyful, more productive person.
You’re invited to join us for an hour online with New York Times bestselling author and award-winning photographer Jamie Beck as she talks about her book An American in Provence: Art, Life, and Photography.
An American in Provence is a beautiful collection of exquisite portrait, scenic, and still-life photography. Looking to slow down from her fast-paced life in New York City, Beck embarked on a one-year getaway to Provence. One year, turning into five, Beck moved to the French countryside, documenting her life as “An American in Provence.” Equal parts art book, travel diary, memoir, and cookbook, An American in Provence transports you to the South of France.
Please join us for a gripping chat with Tananarive Due about her body of work. Due’s prolific writing cements the author as a leading voice in black speculative fiction for more than 20 years. Due is an award-winning writer, educator, and producer. Her work includes sixteen books, including The Blood Colony, The Living Blood, The Good House, Joplin’s Ghost, Devil’s Wake, and the forthcoming The Reformatory. In addition, she is a contributing author of Black Panther: Tales of Wakanda and Black Panther: Sins of the King. Collaborating with her partner Steven Barnes, she also co-wrote "A Small Town" for Season 2 of Jordan Peele’s "The Twilight Zone" on Paramount Plus and two segments of Shudder’s anthology film Horror Noire.
Open Space Spring Benefit
Appetizers and drinks Robson-Harrington House
June 4, 2013 1:00 - 4:00 pm
Comecelebrate thepreservation of Bald Hillaspubliclyownedopenspace.Andhelpus raisethefundingneededtopermanentlyprotectUpperHawthornefromprivatedevelopment!
Housing Element Update: Second Draft of Housing Element Available Now
The revised red line version of the San Anselmo Housing Element (2nd draft) is now available for review here. The first draft of the Housing Element was submitted to the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) on January 26, 2023. The Town received comments from HCD on April 26, 2023.
With input from the Planning Commission and the Housing Element Advisory Committee (HEAC), and concurrence from the Town Council on the new and/or amended policies, programs, and actions contained in Section 8, the revised draft Housing Element dated May 26, 2023, addresses HCD’s comments. All revisions to the draft Housing Element are shown in tracked changes.
As required by the HCD, the Town anticipates submitting the revised draft Housing Element to HCD on June 5, 2023 (seven days after the release of the revised draft). During the seven-day public review, the HEAC will conduct a hybrid in-person and virtual Zoom Special Meeting on May 31, 2023 at 4:00PM in the San Anselmo Town Council Chambers receive a presentation on the analysis related to the qualitative and quantitative non-policy aspects of the revised Draft Housing Element.
The public is invited to provide comments on the revised draft Housing Element. Public comment continues to be vital to the process.
Please direct any comments or questions to: Heidi Scoble, Planning Director via email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or via mail: Heidi Scoble, Planning Director 525 San Anselmo Blvd. San Anselmo, CA 94960
For more information on the Housing Element please visit the Housing Element Update webpage on the Town website or click HERE
Free Compost for Residents
Every year San Anselmo gets an allotment of compost from Marin Sanitary to be distributed to the community.
On June 1 the compost will be available next to Memorial Park, on Sunny Hills Drive, in the parking lot in front of the tennis courts. This location is directly across from Swirl, the yogurt shop in the Red Hill Shopping Center. It's the same location where the sand bags are available in the winter.
Available first come, first serve to residents of the Town of San Anselmo (no commercial contractors)
Please bring your own shovel and buckets
We will have a few deliveries - the compost is typically available through the month of June.
The Electric Landscape Equipment Rebate Program has officially launched! San Anselmo residents and commercial landscapers with an active San Anselmo business license are eligible to receive significant rebates on the purchase of new electric landscape equipment. To receive the rebate, you’ll need to fill out a rebate application, trade in your gas-powered equipment, and take the approved rebate application to Jackson’s Hardware in San Rafael to receive the rebate(s).
Note: As of June 1, 2023, the use of electric (either battery- operated or corded) landscape equipment will be required for residents, Town staff and Town contractors.
Qualifying equipment includes: Leaf blowers, String trimmers, Hedge trimmers, Edgers, Pole saws, Chainsaws and Mowers
At the April 11, 2023 Town Council meeting, the Council adopted an Ordinance Amending the Town’s Single-Use Foodware Regulations. The ordinance replaces the Town’s existing foodware ordinance and allows the County to handle the enforcement of the ordinance on behalf of the Town starting on November 10, 2023. The proposed ordinance covers all entities selling prepared food to the public in the Town including restaurants, grocery stores and delis, bakeries, carry-out, quick services, farmers markets, food trucks, and any other business that requires a health permit.
For more information about the County’s foodware ordinance, please visit their: Reusable Foodware webpage. The Town’s new foodware ordinance can also be accessed: Here. For additional information visit the Town's Single Use Foodware Regulations page:HERE
Chipper Days 2023 - coming soon
Marin Wildlife Prevention Authority (MWPA) Chipper Days are returning for 2023 and the program’s season opening is fast approaching. In preparation, we are reaching out to share some important program updates.
For the 2023 season, crews will be in one of the five MWPA zones each week and will rotate around the county week by week. Residents will now have five chipping events during the season as opposed to two, and events will be spaced roughly five weeks apart. Note: reservations are required and text alerts will be sent out at the beginning of each even week to remind homeowners who have a reservation.
New this year to Chipper Days is the addition of the “Large Pile” removal service through our partnership with MCFD’s Fire Foundry program. For residents who believe their property will generate a large pile (50’+ in length), please go to the: Large Pile Request Form. These large pile removal events will occur alongside the normal schedule so that our crews do not over commit to a single property during the workday. Please keep in mind that these events will have limited availability and are intended to help render aid to property owners whose vegetation management needs far outstrip our normal pile size regulations as well as their ability to remove the vegetation on their own.
This year’s dates for the San Anselmo/Central Marin zone are as follows:
The week of: June 5, July 10, August 28, October 2, and November 6.
Make a reservation for a San Anselmo/Central Marin pickup - which must be done no later than the Friday before the scheduled week!
Ready to do something about climate change, but not sure where to start? The Resilient Neighborhoods Climate Action Workshop offers step-by-step guidance on how to make your home and lifestyle climate-friendly. And it’s fun! You’ll form a Climate Action Team with other Marin residents who want to do their part for the planet. After completing the program, you will have an online action plan tailored to your home to follow over the next year and through 2030! Plus you’ll enjoy ongoing access to money-saving tools and resources.
Join over 2,000 Marin residents who have already reduced 11.5 million pounds of polluting CO2 emissions, and improved the overall health and well-being of their families. The team meets 5 times over 10 weeks via teleconference. Choose from sessions starting on June 14 or June 15. Free for Marin Residents. Be a part of the solution and sign up today! >>Learn More and Sign Up Here.
Marin Master Gardener Tips
Plan Your Fire-smart Landscape June 2023
JUNE: Clean up Zone Zero – 0-5’ From Your Home Is Most Critical
Woody plants, yard debris and mulch near structures can easily ignite from flying embers. Remove from the first five feet of structures.
Clean-up areas where wind eddies deposit leaf and plant litter along the perimeter of your home, on the roof, and under decks.
Remove dead, damaged and diseased plant branches, trees and shrubs. Dispose of the material in your green waste bin.
Move common combustible fire hazards as far away from your house as possible – or indoors immediately if a nearby fire threatens. These combustible items might include things such as brooms, rakes, plastic waste bins, wood piles and natural fiber door mats.
San Anselmo's Boards,Committees and Commissions provide a vital link between Town government and the community for gathering public input, reviewing projects and making recommendations on key issues. If you are interested, we encourage you to submit a completed application and you will be scheduled for an interview with Town Council. Positions will remain open until filled by Town Council.
Creek Park News:
Town Council received a presentation by the Marin County Flood Control and Water Conservation District on the status of the San Anselmo Flood Risk Reduction (SAFRR) project and the closed plaza at the March 28, 2023 Council meeting.
For more additional information regarding the closed Creek Park plaza, go to the Building Bridge #2/Creek Park Update page on the Town website, or click HERE
For information about the Reimagine Creek Park project - please click: HERE
Please note that Creek Park is still open: This includes the Redwood grove picnic tables. You can access Creek Park via the pedestrian bridge from San Anselmo Avenue or from Center Avenue and Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
Additionally, the Town has created a larger parklet with picnic tables, umbrellas & lights in front of the closed plaza, along San Anselmo Avenue.
Please Support the Hanging Flower Baskets in Downtown San Anselmo
The flower baskets are back!
It's the 5th year of enhancing the Avenue with beautiful hanging flower baskets from May - October. The flower basket program is a volunteer effort and relies on donations from the Town, the merchants and the community.
A special thank you to the Town of San Anselmo and the Chamber of Commerce for their support and donations. And also to the residents and merchants who have supported us for the past four years. We couldn't do it without you!
Mail a check payable to: SA Friends of the Flower Baskets P.O. Box 2844, San Anselmo, CA 94979 or
Donate via Venmo charities: @SAFlowerBaskets
For more information about this project contact: Nancy Altman at email@example.com
"Stroll Through San Anselmo’s History" Walking Tours Return!
The Historical Commission is excited to again sponsor its popular free walking tour through downtown. Travel back in time with Dick Miner and other members of the commission to learn about San Anselmo’s historic Hub, the role the railroad played in the development of the Town, and the changing character of the businesses and architecture on San Anselmo Avenue.
Upcoming Tour dates for 2023: June 10, July 8, August 12, September 9, & October 14. Meet Dick at Creek Park at 9:00 a.m. The tour ends at the Historical Museum for refreshments. No reservations are required.