Welcome to the Carmel Residents Association Website

Since 1987, the Carmel Residents Association has been the premier community civic non-profit organization for full and part-time residents and owners or renters in Carmel-by-the-Sea and everyone who cares for and wants to stay connected to everything in our "Village in the Forest by the Sea". You can now also join, renew and make donations to the CRA, register and pay for CRA-sponsored events and much more, all online. Click here for a more detailed overview. 

Carmel lost a former Mayor, former CRA Board Member, Citizen of the Year and long term champion for our Village on 10/31/2022 - Charlotte Townsend, may she Rest In Peace. Here is a 2017 article in the Monterey Herald that you may enjoy. Here is an interview done by the Carmel Library in 2016. She will be missed.   (Charlotte is center top in this picture, when she was Mayor)

CRA's - The Voice, News You Can Use, Events and More

Upcoming & Ongoing "Hot Topics"  We've compiled important history and background information on these pages.  Each of these have been updated as these initiatives continue to receive Council or Board/Commission updates via City Teams.  Please check them out and provide your suggestions and comments.

Architecture in Carmel - Design Traditions Project
Address in Carmel Project
Housing Element & RHNA Challenges
Parking Management Project
Stop Pacaso Short-term Rental Concerns

The Voice - Nov-Dec HERE  

Articles include: Carmel-A Work in Progress, Before You Vote, Register for the Dec 9th Holiday Gala, 50 Years Ago - The Close of 1962, Jean White Remembrance, Sibyl Johnson - Artist, Updates in About Town, Preparing for Rain,  No Host Gathering Nov 3rd, and our Cheers & Chides. 

News You Can Use - November 20th Issue HERE

Articles include: Only 25 Remaining Gala Reservations Going Fast, Great City Events (November & December), Civic Meetings, Hot Topics and Happy Thanksgiving to You and Yours!

And check out our Updated "Carmel Eats & Drinks" Listing HERE. ...as of 10/18/2022
Updated Village Incentive Program (VIP) Offers &  Listing HERE

Archives of all of these email and printed publications can be found HERE.   
Plus Our CRA Facebook page will also contain the most recent news, events, photos and open engagement with fellow locals - please join this page.

For Your Upcoming Calendars: 

  • Our Annual CRA Membership Holiday Gala & Dinner at  - Friday Dec 9 from 5:30-9:00PM at La Playa once again! Register & Details HERE.  We sell out every year early, so act now! 

  • Thursday, Jan 26 CRA Hosts "Experience the Monterey Bay as Seen by early California Artists" at the Carmel Woman's Club.  This program celebrates our area's natural beauty through renowned local artists, as presented by locals professor Cynthia Weick and artist/gallery owner Joaquin Turner. Doors Open at 6:30, Program begins at 7PM.  Open to the public.  Grab a glass of wine at 6:30 and mix will fellow enthusiasts.  Full program details are available HERE.

  • Thursday, Feb 2 CRA's No Host Gathering at Seventh & Dolores from 4:30-6PM.  As usual this is a Members Only opportunity to mix and mingle with fellow locals and enjoy the 7D offerings from their menu of  beverages and gnoshes of your choice on your nickle.  All of our recent No-Hosts & pictures are shown HERE.

  • Wednesday Feb 22 CRA Hosts, the authors of "Humbled, How Monterey Bay Escaped Industrial Ruin" by Glenn Church & Katheryn McKenzie. This program celebrates the power of noteworthy local environmental activist. Doors Open at 6:30, Program begins at 7PM.  Open to the public.  Join us at Carmel Woman's Club, to grab a glass of wine at 6:30 and mix will fellow enthusiasts.  Full program details are available HERE.

  • Sunday Mar 26, Citizen of the Year Celebration -  CRA's biannual award & recognition program is coming up, and your nominations are very welcome until Feb 28th.  View the 2021 year program page HERE, for details on nominating and prior years honorees. Once again we will host this program at Carmel Woman's Club, with doors open at 1:30 and program begins at 2:00PM.  We recognize prior recipients, present this years awardee, and conclude with celebrating with our recipients while enjoying hearty hors d'oeuvres, cake, and beverages.   This too is open to the public. 

CRA's & Carmel's Past Events

CRA No Host Gathering -  Thursday November 3rd 4:30 PM at Edwin's - corner of San Carlos & 6th. Pictures and details of all of our No-Hosts are available HERE.

October 31 Monday - CRA Board, our Members & the whole Community marched in the Carmel-by-the-Sea Anniversary Parade. A grand time had by all!  Adults and Kids alike! Pictures from this year and 2021 can be found here.

October 19 - CRA Hosts - John Sanders with new insights on 17 Mile Drive and Del Monte Hotel.  The program YouTube video, photos and presentation details are all available Here   

September 21 - CRA Hosts - Our 17th Biannual CANDIDATES FORUM - at the Carmel Woman's Club - Click on image below for the YouTube Video and more content, contact details are all available Here
September 11 - CRA Members Only Beach Party Here are the details and photos, a great time had by all. 

May 19 - CRA's Annual Meeting   We gather yearly to update on CRA Board, Leadership, Programs and most importantly to hear YOUR in-person feedback.  Fred also announced our amazing new CRA Board Members - Janice & Mike, plus presented Elpidia & Carlos Herrera of 5th Avenue Deli with a Business of Recognition Award.  This Members Only meeting was held at the Carmel Youth Center, with Food & Wine and time to catch up with fellow members too.  More details and pictures are available HERE.   

April 21 - CRA Board Members Ken White and Graeme Robertson coordinated with City Council, City Staff and Carmel High School (CHS) Leadership to create this Student Government Day.   12 CHS Students engaged in a Mock City Council Session with serious relevant and humorous topics for budget approval.  And thanks to all who contributed to this great next generation engagement!   Hopefully this is an annual event. For sure this is a do not miss YouTube viewing HERE. 


March 24 - CRA Hosted - Future of Architecture in Carmel with Brandon Swanson - YouTube recording of this great session is HERE.  PDF of Brandon's slide presentation is HERE. Our interactive program  included Brandon, our Carmel Director of Planning and Building, with updates on the new state regulations and regional requirements for additional housing in our Village.    For the full details click here

And Last Year In 2021.....

CRA Holiday Gala - Friday December 3rd.   CRA hosted members and their guests for a great holiday dinner party and festivities at La Playa Hotel.  

More Carmel-by-the-Sea Events  CRA, City Staff, citizens and other great community organizations participated for the enjoyment of ALL.  Visit these pages for pictures and more....

Arbor Day - Oct 23rd  HERE  (with thanks for the special Redwood Tree dedication in honor of our Barbara Livingston in Devendorf Park)
Veterans Day - Nov 11th HERE
105th Halloween-Anniversary Parade - Oct 31st  HERE.

November 9th - CRA Hosted and were honored to hear the latest from our one-of-a-kind local artist  "Will Bullas - UNSUPERVISED" - chalk full of great art, new insights and laughs!   Click here for details.  The YouTube is available HERE for those who missed it. 

October 10th,  CRA's Hosted our Citizen of the YearThis was our bi-annual tradition that honors a person whom has, through their service, enhanced the lives of citizens of Carmel-by-the-Sea. This is our 26th year, this time honoring Dale Byrne. For event details, pictures and background visit this page. 

September 23rd, CRA Hosted - Planning for the Future:  How should Carmel Adapt to a Changing Climate.  City Council members Jeff Baron and Carrie Theis delivered this update. Details on this program are available here.  The YouTube Recording of this great session is HERE.  

September 11th, CRA's Feast In the ForestThis semi-annual CRA gathering at Indian Village in Pebble Beach.  To learn the details and pictures of our gathering can be found HERE.   

June 27th, An Outstanding CRA Beach Gathering!  A photo montage of our mix & mingle can be found HERE

March 25th, CRA hosted "My Grandfather, Sam Morse, with Charles Osborne".  The YouTube link is HERE.   For more details on this program visit this link. 

January 28th, CRA hosted "History of Live Theater in Carmel, with Stephen Moore".   View the YouTube link is HERE.  For more details on this program visit this link.

All of the CRA Videos are posted on the CRA YouTube Channel HERE.

CRA Beach Clean Up Season - every 3rd Saturday at 9AM - See You In March

This year marks our 30th Anniversary of this great community volunteer event.  We are starting a month early this year, beginning in March through October. 
Join us from 9 AM to Noon, every 3rd Saturday, at the bottom of Ocean Avenue.  We'll provide the buckets and scoopers; you bring your gloves and sunscreen.  Visit this page for more information

Farmers Market Serving Carmel Area - Weekly

Thursdays - from 10 AM to 2 PM  In Carmel by the Sea - just behind Devendorf Park on Sixth Avenue between Junipero and Mission Streets on 6th.

PLUS - CRA leadership hosts the Community Table there at the corner of 6th and Junipero - EVERY LAST THURSDAY of EACH MONTH!  (taking off Nov & Dec) Please stop by to pick up your reusable, free "Loving Carmel-by-the-Sea" shopping bag. 

Enjoy local certified organic fresh farm produce, plants, fresh cut flowers, baked good and various specialty items...and some entertainment too.


Please Support our VIP Business Members

Take a look at the list of those that were supporting the CRA's Village Incentive Program here.  All current CRA members receive a yearly new VIP card with their renewal or when they join.

Carmel Chamber of Commerce Catalyst Newsletter 

Sign Up for the Chamber's Catalyst online newsletters here.  It provides great information on and to our valued local Businesses.

Sign up for the Weekly Carmel Friday Letter

Our Village City Administrator and Staff produce a weekly update with a highlight video and other key info on the current week and week to come.  Be sure to signup for this important information here and check out past issues there too.

COVID19 in Monterey County

To see the latest detailed charts and tables from the Monterey health department, click here


During this historic time, here is an expanded list of Online Resources from Local to Global on COVID-19. 

As always, please stay safe and healthy.

Thank you for working to keep our community strong. (see Carmel Code)