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Thursday, March 31, 2016

Join / Support San Marin Improvement Association

San Marin Improvement Association (SMIA) is a volunteer organization established in the 1970s for the benefits of the San Marin Neighborhood. The SMIA covers the 1700+ homes residing in the triangle area bordered by Mt. Burdell to the North, Simmons Lane to the East, and Novato Boulevard to the West.

The SMIA gives San Marin residents a voice in city/community planning and sponsors several events for the neighborhood each year.

To prevent building beyond San Andreas Drive by developers, the SMIA and Marin County Open Space District jointly purchased the Mount Burdell Preserve (1,627 acres) in 1977.  From the Novato Valley, this oak-studded mountain rises 1,558 feet to a summit, offering breathtaking views of the entire Bay Area.  During the drought of the 1970s and prior to the SMIA creating the Landscape District in 1981, the San Marin median strips became unkempt.  Once the Landscape District was established, it began maintaining the median strips for our neighborhood and continues today.  

To our new neighbors, we hope you will join the SMIA.  To our longtime neighbors, we hope you will continue to support us; because without your support and volunteerism, the 40+ year SMIA will falter.  

Annual dues are voluntary and only $15.  Go to to pay dues or send a check payable to ‘San Marin Improvement Association’ or ‘SMIA’ and mail to SMIA c/o Sylvia Barry, 1284 Simmons Lane, Novato, CA, 94945.

The annual dues are used to build community relationships through events such as the:
> Easter Egg Hunt & Picnic  > Classic Car Exposition      > Community Garage Sales
> Halloween Parade            > Santa by Sleigh

Join Yahoo Groups Now!
A Free Yahoo group page, SanMarinImprovementAssociation (, has been created for San Marin residents. It is intended to be used as a resource for San Marin residents to be able to communicate with each other on issues that affect San Marin and its residents. We will be sending out e-mail reminders of SMIA meetings and events.  Anyone in the Yahoo group can post to the group and, with approval by the group moderators, posts will be e-mailed to the entire Yahoo group.

Sign up today!  Check out for more information – don’t miss out!

New to the Neighborhood?
Are you new to the San Marin neighborhood or know someone new?  If so, please contact the SMIA by email ( with your name, address, e-mail address and telephone, so we can update our database. These files are for the purpose of keeping you informed of local events. All the information that you send remains solely within the SMIA database.   In addition, do join our Yahoo Group to get important neighborhood updates, meetings, reminders, etc. 

Questions, New Ideas, Interested in Volunteering for SMIA and Make this a Better Community?  Please contact Sylvia Barry, cell/text 415-717-0293 or email

Thursday, March 10, 2016

San Marin Neighborhood Easter Egg Hunt and Family BBQ, 11am, March 26 at All Saints Church

San Marin's annual Easter Egg Hunt and Family Picnic is back! 

The Easter Egg Hunt is sponsored by San Marin Improvement Association ( and is scheduled for Saturday, March 26th at 11am at All Saints Lutheran Church ground across from San Marin High School.

Bring your kids, grandkids and family for our traditional Easter Egg hunt and meet the Easter Bunny! There will be three age groups -
 0-2, 3-5, 6-9. 

We will also have potato sack race, easter egg toss and 3-legged race for the kids. Dennis Hagerty, the 2011 Novato Citizen of the Year, will be the Master of Ceremony with San Marin High Students assisting the Hunt and games. All Saints church will be cooking up some BBQ for sale to benefit their youth group, so please stay for some BBQ with your friends!

Please contact Sylvia Barry if you can help with the event or if you have other fun games in mind. We hope to revive the San Marin Tradition and make this fun for our kids and family! - cell/text 415-717-0293 email

Thursday, October 1, 2015

San Marin Neighborhood Halloween Parade - October 31st at 11am

The Annual San Marin Improvement Association's San Marin Neighborhood Halloween Parade is scheduled Saturday, October 31st, at 11am.

The parade starts in front of 181 San Andreas Drive (5 houses from San Marin across from the field)

Categories are (0-2,3-5,6-8,9-12,groups/families, and pets).

There will be a table set up prior to 11am for kids, families and pets to register and receive a number for judging. Parade will be led by Novato Fire and will commence on the normal route, down San Andreas, turn right onto San Carlos and finishing at All Saints Church where we will have a Halloween Costume contest. In addition, the church will be selling hotdogs and drinks as a fundraiser.

Big shout out to Novato Fire, Novato Police and the San Marin High School students for helping with the parade each year.

Let your neighbors and friends know and see you on Sunday!

We are in need of Volunteers - both Adults and High School Students (will receive volunteer hours).  Please call Sylvia Barry (415) 717-0293 or email if you can help!  

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

San Marin Garage Sale set for Saturday 09/19 9-2PM

The 2015 annual San Marin Garage Sale is set for Saturday, Sept 19th, from 9AM to 2PM. 

Please go to for details.

As is in the past years, please email to list your garage sale on and to be included on the San Marin Garage Sale Map.

San Marin Improvement Association appreciates your annual  membership at $20 a year to help maintain the neighborhood and support our events such as Easter Egghunt, Halloween Parade, Santa Sleigh during Christmas Season.   You can find the Paypal Link on the right column of this site.

Sunday, May 31, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

SMIA Meeting - New Homes on San Marin/San Andreas

Thursday, April 16th
All Saints Church

On Thursday, April 16th we will have a meeting with a potential developer who would
like to develop the corner lot at San Marin/San Andreas Dr.  The lot is currently zoned for a commercial building,

but the developer is requesting to change the zoning in order to build 4 homes on the lot. 
The SMIA has briefly met with the developer and feels that the market rate proposed homes will 
be a nice addition to San Marin.

If you are interested in this project, please attend this meeting.
Come see the plans, ask questions, learn more. 

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Let's Light up San Marin for the Holidays!

With Halloween decorations now in evidence all over the neighborhood, holiday season is about to kick off again!   Right after pumpkin day, on November 1st, boy scouts from Troop 42 will be out delivering flyers around San Marin, as they have for the past half century, for the annual Christmas Luminaria event.

In years gone by the San Marin display was the biggest west of New Mexico, but as residents moved on, the tradition gradually declined to about half its former glory.  It would be nice to rekindle some of that glow. 

To that end, Troop 42 are looking to bring back “block captains.”  In previous years these local volunteers, usually one on every street, reminded neighbors to order flats and arranged to fill in "dark spots" if someone would be away on Christmas eve.  It’s a simple way to strengthen community spirit as well as increase the feel-good glow of the neighborhood.  If that sounds easy and you would like to help enhance the traditional Christmas Eve spectacle by chatting to a few neighbors, find out more by emailing Troop 42’s Luminaria coordinator at

(Please pass this on to other neighbors!)  Thanks!