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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!

Friday, October 24, 2014

San Marin Neighborhood Halloween Parade, 11am, Sunday, October 26th

The Annual San Marin Improvement Association ( San Marin Neighborhood Annual Halloween Parade is this Sunday, October 26th, at 11am.

The parade starts in front of 163 San Andreas Drive (10 houses from San Marin/at the path cut thru to San Ramon).

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!

Volunteers are welcome.  Please contact Parade Organizer, Clint McArdell at 510.910.5308.

Please call Sylvia Barry (415) 717-0293 or email if you are interested to be part of San Marin Improvement Association.

Pictures below are from 2012 SMIA Halloween Parade.