The city of San Rafael is a bustling cultural hub and the county seat of Marin County. Just 15 minutes from the Golden Gate Bridge, 35 minutes from wine country and 20 minutes from the East Bay, our city is smack-dab in the middle of a special community of families, environmental leaders, artists and innovators. Having lived my last 10 years in this great corner of the earth and having been a mother here for the last 2 years has kept me ever grateful I can in fact live and raise a family among the other fantastic people who call San Rafael home.
As residents we should take the time to care about civil duties and those hardworking folks who keep the lights on and the bills paid. Our parks? Our downtown cultural center? Our economy? When is the last time those questions came to mind? As parents it is important to stay involved and aware. This is a REAL community, not one built out of strip malls and subdivisions. Our city is place of history.
Getting the family involved and aware of what happens in San Rafael is easy. There are city council meetings and school board meetings and neighborhood associations and school projects. There are clean up days and festival days and chamber of commerce events. There are numerous companies both small and large ready and able to welcome business from fellow residents. There are fire stations and police stations more than happy to give a tour to an eager group of kids, whether they be 5 or 15. Here are some ways to get to know your town:
The has rotating exhibits focusing on the history of Marin, not to mention it’s location is the Boyd House, a carriage house of one of San Rafael’s wealthiest residents of yore. Current exhibits include Marin at War! and Marin IJ: 150 Years of Ink.
How do you do?
The new police chief, to head up the department. Take the time to meet the new gal in charge at any of these town hall meetings:
- Wednesday, Jan. 18, 5p.m. at
- Thursday, Jan. 19, 5:30 p.m. at
- Tuesday, Jan. 24, 5:30 p.m. at in the Community Meeting Room.
Hit up Main Street
There is no better way to get to know and support the community than shopping locally. Shop San Rafael is a local organization working hard to keep our tax dollars in the community. On Fourth Street alone there are , numerous retail shops for , and , and more.