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December 1, 2017

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Annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, December 2, Imagination Park, 5:00-6:30 p.m.

Join your community and celebrate the holiday season at the annual San Anselmo Lighting Ceremony on Saturday, December 2nd. Come downtown to shop, dine and enjoy an evening for all ages. Cub Scout Pack 50 kicks off this celebration, which includes complimentary refreshments, holiday entertainment, and FREE pictures with Santa himself. Sponsored by the San Anselmo Chamber of Commerce and the San Anselmo Recreation Department.

Downtown San Anselmo

Come Do Your Holiday Shopping in San Anselmo! 

First Friday San Anselmo - December 1st
Merchant Open House - December 2nd

Participating merchants will stay open
until 8:00 p.m. both nights!

This weekend there are two fun opportunities to come and support your local businesses, FIRST FRIDAY SAN ANSELMO (12/1), and the annual Downtown Merchant Holiday Open House (12/2, following the annual Holiday Lighting Ceremony).  Participating businesses will stay open until 8:00 p.m. on both nights offering entertainment and refreshments to shoppers each night.

We encourage everyone to shop locally during this holiday season. San Anselmo has a wide variety of wonderful options for purchasing that perfect gift, for dining with loved ones at a delicious local eatery, or to pamper yourself at a local salon. 
Fire Preparedness

Fire Disaster Meeting

Please join us for a presentation and community forum that will address the following topics:
• Fire - History, prevention, and response
• Police - Emergency notifications and evacuation procedures
• Marin OES - Emergency notification capabilities
• Marin Humane - How to handle pets in an emergency situation and disaster zone

Thursday, December 7, 2017
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Corte Madera Community Center
498 Tamalpais Drive, Corte Madera

Mt Tam
Downtown San Anselmo

Happy Holiday Parking!!

The Town of San Anselmo is providing FREE four-hour parking to holiday shoppers. The free four-hour holiday shopping period will continue through January 1, 2017. During this period, the parking meters will not be operating. There will be enforcement for parking over the four hour limit.  And, as always, the disabled, red zone and other safety related parking violations will be enforced.
Bell Tower

Winter Reminder about Reporting Outages

Weather related power outages are most common during fall and winter months. Please report outages by calling the PG&E Business Customer Service Center (BCSC) at 1-800-468-4743. The BCSC will record your outage and forward the information to your Distribution Operators. This information helps us pinpoint the source of an outage as quickly as possible. The BCSC phone line also provides automated updates during large outages. You can view Outage information online anytime at

Central Marin Police

A Message from Central Marin Police Authority

The Holiday shopping season has officially begun. Unfortunately, the convenience of online shopping and home delivery also provides opportunities for home package thefts. These crimes usually occur during daytime hours when many people are not at home. Some thieves even follow delivery trucks on their daily routes and target homes where packages are left unattended.
These are a few steps you can take to prevent becoming a victim of “porch piracy”:
• Have your package delivered to someone who can receive it in person, like a trusted neighbor or relative who is usually at home.
• If allowed, have packages delivered to your work place.  Be sure to check with your employer first.
• If shopping with a large retailer, request to pick up your order at a local store branch.
• Request that the shipper hold the package at their pick-up facility until you pick it up in person.
• Track your package online and arrange a specific date and time for delivery when you will be at home to receive it.  Most of the large carriers offer this option:
Take the extra steps to make sure that you receive your packages and don’t let porch pirates plunder your holiday. 
Town Books


A visit to TOWN BOOKS is a “must” for your holiday shopping.  We sell gently used books including fiction, non-fiction, children, art, history, travel, local authors, cookbooks, DVDs, CDs, and audio books. We offer gift certificates that make great stocking stuffers for family, friends, and teachers. During December, we also are hosting an exhibit and sale of paintings by local artist, Ann Langston and jewelry by San Francisco designer, Methinee Bozeman.  
Come visit us, celebrate the spirit of the season, and mark off a few names on your shopping list!
TOWN BOOKS:       411 San Anselmo Avenue, San Anselmo
Regular Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 - 4:00
OPEN DECEMBER SUNDAYS: December 3, 10, 17, 10:00 - 4:00
CLOSED: December 24th and 31st.
Info: 415.526.3791 or
TOWN BOOKS is a volunteer organization and proceeds go to the SAN ANSELMO PUBLIC LIBRARY.


Winter Storms

With winter rains upon us, it is important to be prepared.  The Town has storm resource information available on the website at:   Information includes links to the flood gauge that measures creek depth, flood gate design information, flood protection tips, weather information, winter preparedness tips and sand bag information. 

The Town has access to a number of different communication methods to deliver storm and weather related information to the community.  It is important, in addition, for each of us to stay tuned to local radio and TV stations to keep abreast of the weather forecast and be prepared with sand bags, flood gates or other prevention measures that are required in your specific situation. 

As is always the case, during heavy winter rains, sand and sand bags are available for San Anselmo residents and merchants on Sunny Hills Drive in the parking lot adjacent to the tennis courts, which is across the street from Swirl, the yogurt shop in the Red Hill Shopping Center.

Important Information:  When you hear the flood horn, it means that flooding may be imminent. You should immediately move your family and vehicles to higher ground.  Please don’t use the flood horn as an opportunity to go see the creek firsthand.  Rushing flood waters are fast moving and very dangerous.


Breakfast with Santa

Saturday, December 9 - Fire Station - 8am and 10am

Each year, the San Anselmo Recreation Department partners with the Ross Valley Fire Station to bring the popular Breakfast with Santa event to Fire Station #19 (777 San Anselmo Ave.). Don't forget your wish list and your camera as Santa will be in attendance. It wouldn't be Breakfast with Santa without him! There will also be a toy drive so be sure to bring a toy!

Seating is limited and we suggest people pre-register ($8/adults, $6/Under 12).
Seatings are at 8:00am and at 10:00am. 

For more information, please email us at

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