San Anselmo Newsletter

New Planning Director Town staff welcomed our new Planning Director Elise Semonian to Town Hall this week. Elise comes to us from Ross, where she served as the Senior Planner for nine years. Prior to Ross, she was in Mill Valley as an Associate Planner for seven years. Elise notes “I always seek to make the planning process as painless as possible for applicants, design professionals, residents and Town representatives.” We are so pleased that she’s joined our team. Welcome Elise! Ivy + Bean Author Reading Annie Barrows spent most of her childhood reading or on her way to and from the San Anselmo Library, where she started working when she was only 12 years old! All those years around books paid off. Now, Ms. Barrows is the internationally bestselling author of the beloved Ivy + Bean series and the co-author of the Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. On Wednesday, April 22 at 3:30 pm, Ms. Barrows will return to the cradle of her literary ambitions to read from her children’s books and answer questions from her favorite readers—you! A book signing will follow the presentation. Seating is limited and doors will open at 3:15pm. Historical Museum Website The San Anselmo Historical Museum has a new website: The website includes a history of San Anselmo, numerous pictures, a historical walking tour, oral histories and much more. It’s a great way to find out more about the history of San Anselmo. The San Anselmo Historical Museum houses an ever-expanding collection of photos and memorabilia highlighting our Town’s history. The Museum offers historical records of the Town’s notable people, neighborhoods, businesses, celebrations and events. A Timeline traces the history of the area, from the days of the Coast Miwok to the founding of San Francisco Theological Seminary and the glory days of the railroad – the industry that put our town on the map. Special displays of local historical interest are on view on a rotating basis. Photographs are regularly on display, with copies available for purchase. Videos and oral histories are also available for viewing at the Museum. The Museum offers a Children’s Corner with crayons and San Anselmo- themed coloring books. The Museum is open Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. to noon and Saturdays from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. or by appointment. Night of the Poets Share your poetic passion at the 12th annual San Anselmo Public Library’s Night of the Poets. All ages are welcome to enjoy in this long-standing San Anselmo tradition. The reading will be followed by a reception in the Library featuring live music by gypsy jazz band, Jardin Gitane. Join us on Thursday, April 23, at 7 p.m. in the Library. Elders Garden Work Party The Elders Garden will have their big work party of the year on Saturday, April 25, beginning at 9:30 a.m. There will be Peet’s coffee and homemade cookies for all volunteers. All volunteers are welcomed and encouraged to come. Water Saving Tips Here are ten things you can do to save water in the garden. Water early in the morning – This will reduce evaporation and lessen the likelihood of water waste. It will also reduce the risk of plant disease and water damage. Mulch – Placing organic mulch around plant can save hundreds of gallons of water and stop weeds too. Change watering times with the seasons – Make sure you adjust your automatic system at least three times a year to match the weather. Water less often – Set your system to water less frequently, increasing the time by no more than half. Water will get further down to the plant roots. Repair and adjust sprinklers – Adjust sprinklers to reduce overspray on sidewalks and other hard surfaces, and repair damaged sprinklers. Add compost to your soil – Adding compost will decrease the amount of water needed in the garden because plants accept and retain water better. Minimize water loss in pots – Use water-retentive potting soil in containers for all plants needing regular or ample water. Use trigger sprayers when hand-watering – Equip your hoses with a trigger sprayer so water is not wasted as you water containers and the rest of your garden. Use organic fertilizers – Organic fertilizers slowly release nutrients into the soil at a natural rate that matches plants’ needs. Your plants need less water when fed organically. Install a smart sprinkler controller – New controllers can help reduce water use dramatically. Smart controllers activate sprinklers based on weather data and the specifics of your garden. San Anselmo News, published weekly on Fridays, is available at the San Anselmo Town Hall, Library, and on the Public Notice Bulletin Board. It is also available on the Town’s website,, and by email subscription.

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