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SAN RAFAEL

San Rafael, Marin County's central city located halfway between San Francisco and California's famous wine country, is Marin's oldest community and is the county's government, business, and cultural center. Famous for its favorable climate, San Rafael's location is optimal for taking day trips to scenic locations such as the Napa/Sonoma wine country, the Pt. Reyes National Seashore, and Muir Woods. Marin's second most popular tourist spot, the Frank Lloyd Wright Civic Center is located here as well as the replica of the historical Mission San Rafael Arcangel. San Rafael has 14 parks, yacht clubs, outstanding docking and launching facilities, tennis and swim clubs, and many miles of bicycle trails. It is truly a community where families can enjoy an active lifestyle and partake of a rich historical and cultural heritage.

Serving as the county seat and the most populated city, San Rafael is a lovely bedroom community, vibrant college town, and historic residential haven all wrapped into one package. The assortment of housing is diverse in size, age, architecture, and price range-fact that adds to the fine sense of balance within the community. Options range from contemporary homes in luxurious enclaves to condominiums that overlook the Bay, or spacious traditional estates in the Dominican section. North of town are many ranch-style and Eichler homes.

Activities are as varied as the housing in San Rafael, designed to fill the leisure hours of every age group with fun, exercise, and creativity. Wonderful parks, marinas, trails, tennis and swim clubs, Falkirk Cultural Center, sports programs, and classes from dance to music are waiting to be explored and enjoyed.

The world-famous county civic center was designed by the legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright to harmonize with the backdrop of rolling hills north of town. Imposing Mount Tamalpais rises to the south and west, protecting the city from Pacific winds and fog. With its revitalized downtown district, burgeoning film and video community, art center, college atmosphere, and kaleidoscope of amenities, San Rafael mixes a peaceful setting and stimulating lifestyle.

 
SAN RAFAEL Resources
Chamber of Commerce

San Rafael Chamber of Commerce

817 Mission Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.454.4163

Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Marin

P.O. Box 4423 San Rafael, CA 94913
Telephone: 415.721.9686

Demographics

San Rafael Demographics

Population (2000): 56,063
Median resident age: 38.5
Average household income (2000): $60,994
Mean home price (2004): $477,100

Government

City of San Rafael

Telephone: 415.485.3070

Council meets first and third Mondays at 8:00 p.m.

County of Marin

3501 Civic Center Drive San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.7331

History

American Indian Alliance

Marin P.O. Box 150565 San Rafael, CA 94915
Telephone: 415.454.5969

Anne T. Kent California Room

3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 427 San Rafael, California, 94903
Telephone: 415.499.7419

California State Historical Landmarks - Marin County

Compiled by Donald Laird, the sites included on the list are: the First Sawmill in Marin (located in Mill Valley), the Oldest House North of San Francisco Bay (north of Novato), the Mission San Rafael Arcangel (in San Rafael) and the site of the Lighter.

Falkirk Cultural Center

1408 Mission Avenue (at E Street) San Rafael, CA
Telephone: 415.485.3328

An historic Victorian and a home for art, culture and events.

Marin County Civic Center Tours

3301 Civic Center Dr San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.499.6646

Marin History Museum

1125 B Street San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.454.8538

Police/Fire
Fire Stations

San Rafael Fire Department

1039 C Street San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.3308

Marin County Fire Department

3501 Civic Center Drive San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.6717

Police Stations

San Rafael Police Department

1400 Fifth Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.3000

Marin County Sheriff's Office

3501 Civic Center Drive, #145 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.7250 or 911

Responsible for patrol services, prevention of crime and apprehension of criminals in unincorporated areas, and investigates criminal activity. It provides Mutual Aid support to local law enforcement and processes civil writs; serves court warrants.

Marin Sheriff's Office & Emergency Services

3501 Civic Center Drive, Room 266 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.6584

Preparing for Earthquakes, Floods, Fires, Landslides, Volcanoes; Children and special populations; Pets and other animals; Securing furniture and bolting foundations; and more.

HOSPITALS

County of Marin - H & HS
Health Services Division - Clinical Services Includes dental services, HIV/AIDS program, preventive health care for the Aging, Public Health Nursing, childhood, adult and travel immunizations, Lead Poisoning Prevention and more.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Centers

Around Marin, CA
Telephone: 415.444.2000

Libraries

Archbishop Alemany Library

Dominican University of California
50 Acacia Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.3251

Civic Center Library

3501 Civic Center Drive # 427 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.6056

Marin County Free Library

3501 Civic Center Dr, # 414 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.6051

Marin County Law Library

20 North San Pedro Rd. San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.6355

San Rafael Public Library

1100 E Street San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.3323

Farmer's markets

Civic Center Farmers Market

Avenue of the Flags San Rafael, CA 94903

Thursdays and Sundays 8AM - 1PM

Downtown San Rafael Farmers' Market

4th Street - Between B Street and Lootens San Rafael, CA 94915
Telephone: 415.457.2266

April 7th - September 29th on Thursday Evenings 6PM - 9PM (Rain or Shine)

community groups

Bret Harte Community Association

San Rafael, CA
Telephone: 415.721.1611

Coalition on Homelessness of Marin

16 Ritter Street San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.457.7372 x 342

Dominican/ Black Canyon Neighborhood Association

P.O. Box 151702 San Rafael, CA 94901

Federation of San Rafael Neighborhoods

PO Box 151485 San Rafael, CA 94915-1585
Telephone: 415.453.6541

First Five Marin Children and Families Commission

1101 5th Avenue, Suite 215 San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.257.8555

Community development of commission policy to improve the lives of children aged zero to five and their families.

Gallinas PTA

177 North San Pedro Rd. San Rafael, CA 94903

Gerstle Park Neighborhood Association (GPNA)

P.O. Box 150644 San Rafael, CA 94915

Green Party of Marin

P.O. Box 150105 San Rafael, CA 94915-0105
Telephone: 415.456.6176

Marin County chapter of the Green Party of California.

Lincoln-San Rafael Hill Neighborhood Association

P.O. Box 150983 San Rafael, CA 94915-0983
Telephone: 415.454.6335

Marin Association of Female Executives (MAFE)

PO Box 10285 San Rafael, CA 94912
Telephone: 415.721.3808

Marin Birthing and Parenting

409 Miller Creek Road San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.608.8308

Marin Bocce Federation

550 B Street San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.5583

Marin Coalition

PO Box 150284 San Rafael, CA 94915
Telephone: 415.924.4972

A group of involved citizens who meet regularly to present, discuss and debate issues that affect the quality life in Marin County.

Marin County Commission on Aging

10 North San Pedro Road, Suite 1012 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.7396

Marin County Grand Juror's Association

P.O. Box 4274 San Rafael, CA 94913-4274

Marin Girls Softball

San Rafael, CA
Telephone: 415.721.4647

Marin Lodge No. 200, Independent Order of Odd Fellows

1525 Mission Street San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.459.5710

Marin Peace and Justice Coalition

P.O. Box 9458 San Rafael, CA 94912
Telephone: 415.721 2844

Marin Women's Commission

3501 Civic Center Dr., Room 205 San Rafael, CA 93901
Telephone: 415.499.6195

Marinwood Community Services District

775 Miller Creek Road San Rafael, CA 94903-1323
Telephone: 415.479.0775

Miller Creek Homeowners' Association

c/o Sharp Property Services San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.898.8886

North San Rafael Coalition

PO Box 6642 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.8028

This is an umbrella organization representing home owner associations and otherwise unrepresented individuals north of the "Hill" in the 94903 zip code.

Northbridge Homeowners Association

PO Box 4092 San Rafael, CA 94903

Pacific Coast Marlins Swim Club

95 Racquet Club Dr San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.456.1153

San Rafael Mothers Club

P.O. Box 4003 San Rafael, CA 94913
Telephone: 415.451.7355

Santa Margarita Neighborhood Association

PO Box 6449 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.8028

Sun Valley Neighborhood Association

PO Box 151132 San Rafael, CA 94915
Telephone: 415.453.6226

Talk of the Town Toastmasters Club

Falkirk Cultural Center
Mission Ave. and E Streets, Downtown San Rafael San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.458.5007

Terra Linda Homeowers Assocation

Orchid Drive San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.472.6243

Terra Linda ORCA Swim Club

685 Knockaboul Way San Rafael, CA 94903

Recreation

Marin County Parks and Open Space

3501 Civic Center Drive, #415 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.6387

Marin County Parks and Open Space provides a variety of experiences for individuals visiting Marin County parks. Boat launches, beaches, golf courses, swimming pools, picnic areas and ball fields are just a few samples of the many opportunities available.

Marin County Dart Association

PO Box 150796 San Rafael, CA 94951

Marin YMCA

1500 Los Gamos Drive San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.492.9622

Marinwood Community Services District

775 Miller Creek Road San Rafael, CA 94903-1323
Telephone: 415.479.0775

Osher Marin Jewish Community Center

200 N. San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.2000

Pickleweed Park Community Center

50 Canal Street San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.485.3077

City of San Rafael Recreation Activities

618 "B" Street San Rafael, California 94901
Telephone: 415.485.3333

Trips for Kids

610 4th St. San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.458.2986

United Camps Conferences and Retreats

912 Lootens Place San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.678.5102

Religious/Faith

Aldersgate United Methodist Church

1 Wellbrock Heights, P.O.Box 6109 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.492 0237

Ayn Sof Kabbalah Community of the Bay Area

P.O. Box 4112 San Rafael, CA 94913

BayMarin Community Church

150 N. San Pedro. (P.O. Box K) San Rafael, CA 94913
Telephone: 415.507.0900

Chabad of Marin

1150 Idylberry Road San Rafael, CA 94913
Telephone: 415.492.1666

Christ Presbyterian Church in Terra Linda

620 Del Ganado Road San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.2712

Christian Church of San Rafael

50 Los Ranchitos Rd. San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.4700

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

San Rafael First Ward
220 North San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.499.2200

Second Ward
220 North San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.3044

Congregation Rodef Sholom

170 N. San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.3441

Episcopal Church of the Nativity

333 Ellen Drive San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.7023

The Episcopal Church serving Terra Linda, Lucas Valley, Hamilton and San Rafael.

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer

123 Knight Drive San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.456.0508

First Congregational Church of San Rafael

8 North San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.2747

First United Methodist Church

9 Ross Valley Drive San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.453.8716

Korean Presbyterian Church Of San Rafael

635 Adrian Way San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.491.1932

Lucas Valley Community Church

2000 Las Gallinas Ave. San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.8987

The Lutheran Church of the Resurrection

1100 Las Gallinas Ave. San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.1334

Marin Asian Community Church

P.O. Box 6655 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.878.2073

Marin Interfaith Homeless Chaplaincy (CAM)

1113 Second Street San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.459.6452

San Rafael Canal Ministry

91 Larkspur St. San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.454.2640

Santa Venetia Healing Ministry

802 Hacienda Way San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.246.1114

St. Isabella

1 Trinity Way San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.1560

The Mission of St. Isabella's Parish is to create an atmosphere in which faith can grow.

St. Luke's Presbyterian Church

10 Bayview Dr San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.454.2705

St. Paul's Episcopal Church

1123 Court Street San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.456.4842

St. Raphael Church

1104 Fifth Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.454.8141

Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Marin

240 Channing Way San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.4131

Valley Baptist Church

3 North San Pedro Rd. San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.3390

Vineyard Christian Fellowship of Marin

809 B St. San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.453.7875

Schools

Dixie School District

San Rafael High School District

Bahia Vista Elementary School

125 Bahia Way San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.2415

438 students; K-5;Public

Brandeis Hillel Day School

180 N San Pedro Rd. San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.472.1833

200 students; K-8; Private

California School For Internat

5 Las Ovejas, No. Two San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.491.4700

Grades 1-8; Private

Coleman Elementary School

140 Rafael Dr. San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.2420

290 students; K-5; Public

Dixie Elementary School

1175 Idylberry Dr. San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.492.3730

363 students; K-5; Public

Full Circle

70 Skyview Ter. San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.868.1000

19 students; Grades 5-12; Private

Gallinas Elementary School

177 N. San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.492.3150

564 students; K-8; Public

Glenwood Elementary School

25 Castlewood Dr. San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.2430

364 students; K-5; Public

James B. Davidson Middle School

280 Woodland Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.2400

930 students; Grades 6-8; Public

Laurel Dell Elementary School

225 Woodland Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.2317

137 students; K-5; Public

Madrone High (Continuation)

185 Mission Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.2435

52 students; Grades 9-12; Public

Marin Academy

1600 Mission Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.453.4550

382 students; Grades 9-12; Private

Marin Waldorf School

755 Idylberry Road San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.8190

183 students; K-8; Private

Miller Creek Middle School

2255 Las Gallinas Ave. San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.492.3760

686 students; Grades 6-8; Public

Montessori School Of Central Marin

317 Auburn St. San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.456.1748

Kindergarten; Private

Phoenix Academy

160-B North San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.491.6624

24 students; Grades 9-12; Charter

San Pedro Elementary School

498 Pt. San Pedro Road San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.2450

385 students; K-5; Public

San Rafael High School

185 Mission Ave. San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.2330

964 students; Grades 9-12; Public

Silveira (Mary E.) Elementary School

375 Blackstone Dr. San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.492.3741

390 students; K-5; Public

Special Education

111 Las Gallinas Ave. San Rafael, CA 94913

282 students; K-12; Public

St Isabella Elementary School

One Trinity Way P O Box 6188 San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.479.3727

260 students; K-8; Private

St Marks School

39 Trellis Drive San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.472.8000

378 students; K-8; Private

St Raphael School

1100 Fifth Avenue San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.454.4455

258 students; K-8; Private

Sun Valley Elementary School

75 Happy Lane San Rafael, CA 94901
Telephone: 415.485.2440

392 students; K-5; Public

Terra Linda High School

320 Nova Albion Way San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.492.3100

1020 students; Grades 9-12; Public

Vallecito Elementary School

50 Nova Albion Way San Rafael, CA 94903
Telephone: 415.492.3750

378 students; K-5; Public

Utilities

San Rafael Sanitation District

San Rafael, CA 94915-1560
Telephone: 415.485.3355

Marin County Freecycle

The Freecycle Network is open to all who want to "recycle" that special something rather than throw it away

Marin Recycling Center

535 Jacoby St. San Rafael, CA 94501
Telephone: 415.453.1404

Comcast of North Bay

AT&T Telephone

Telephone: 800.310.2355

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG & E)

Telephone: 800.743.5000

WEATHER

Local Weather

Winter temperatures range from 41 to 64
Spring temperatures range from 47 to 73
Summer temperatures range from 50 to 81
Fall temperatures range from 51 to 80
Rainfall XX-XX days per year
Precipitation XX inches per year

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