Welcome to the Carmel Residents Association Website

Since 1987, the Carmel Residents Association has been the premier community civic organization for full and part-time residents (owners & renters) of Carmel-by-the-Sea and those in its sphere of influence with vested interest in protecting 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. 

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

The Voice - Nov-Dec Issue HERE  Articles include: Carmel gives thanks, Citizen of the Year recognition, Christmas 1945, Karyl Hall Profile, Dec 3rd CRA Holiday Gala and Nov 9th Will Bullas Programs, Carmel Residents Reading List, 205th Carmel Mission Anniversary, 9/11 Remembrance, Upcoming Nov 20th Homecrafters, and more Thanks for programs held in September & October. 

News You Can Use - Nov 8 Issue HERE. Articles include: Events Past and Next, plus City Council Comings and Goings. These include: Arbor Day, Halloween Parade, CRA's Will Bullas program, Veteran's Day and CRA's Holiday Gala (close to sold out), City Council on Budget, Outdoor Seating, WW1 Plaque and Priority Retreat. Not a dull moment to be had. 

CRA Holiday Gala - Friday December 3rd.   CRA hosts members and their guests for a great holiday dinner party and festivities at La Playa Hotel.  We are sold out as of Nov 15th!  Visit this page for the event details and to be put on the waitlist.  


Plus our fall CRA Informational Program, open to the public & hosted at Sunset Centers' Carpenter Hall (or Zoom if we must)..and are not to be missed.     

 Last &  Next

November 9th - We were honored to hear the latest from our one-of-a-kind local Will Bullas - with awe and humor under the title "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. 

January 27th Thursday at 5PM  - CRA Hosts John Sanders to provide great insights on the Historic Hotel Del Monte - hear more on the great  and newly discovered points of its history and personalities. This is open to the public with wine served - in the Carpenter Hall of Sunset Center.  Please join us.  Check HERE for details.

Our News You Can Use is an email update with the latest news commonly posted shortly after monthly City Council Meetings. The Voice covers topics of longer-term value to our membership.  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.

CRA's Past Events 

More Carmel-by-the-Sea Events - Arbor Day Oct 23 and our 105th Anniversary-Halloween Parade Oct 31.  CRA, City Staff, citizens and other great community organizations participated for the enjoyment of ALL.  Visit these pages for more.... Arbor Day event page HERE and Halloween-Anniversary Parade event page HERE.


CRA's Citizen of the Year - Was held SUNDAY October 10thThis is 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 is open to the public and will be held at the Carmel Woman's Club. For event details, pictures and background visit this page

Our 2021 recipient, Dale Byrne!  Congratulations!

- September 23rd, Thursday,  Planning for the Future:  How should Carmel Adapt to a Changing Climate.  City Council members Jeff Baron and Carrie Theis delivered this interactive presentation and discussion on the strategies our village should consider to prosper in an increasingly different environment. Details on this program are available here.  The YouTube Recording of this great session is HERE.  

September 11th Saturday - CRA's Feast In the ForestThis CRA gathering at Indian Village in Pebble Beach included great spanish food, beverage and enjoyment for all - themed as " A Night in Spain" from 5-9PM.  To learn the details and pictures of our gathering can be found below and  HERE.   

June 27th Sunday, An Outstanding CRA Beach Gathering!   This casual get together was held in Cooke's Cove immediately to the right of the bottom of the Scenic Thirteenth Avenue stairs. Thanks so much to all who joined us.  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.

December 9th, CRA hosted "Carmel's Climate Change Initiative Update"  The YouTube link is HERE.  For additional details on this Committees work visit HERE.  

November 19th, CRA hosted  "Dickens in America - a performance by Howard Burnham".  The YouTube link is HERE. For more details on this program  visit HERE.

Oct 21st, CRA Hosted Tracy Shaw's "Flora Woods, Madam of Cannery Row". The YouTube is available HERE.  For more details on this program visit HERE.

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 Next 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.


Our honored Barbara Livingston passed - 2/23/2021

Barbara, our former longtime CRA President, passed on peacefully in her home on this date.   Barbara's boundless love and contributions to Carmel-by-the-Sea and the Carmel Residents Association is unsurpassed.  Visit this page - for remembrances, press articles, quotes, videos, plus a YouTube link to the Livingston's Family Celebration of Life held on Sunday March 21st.

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.

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)