CRA Programs

Throughout the year, the CRA sponsors educational (and entertainment) programs relevant to our Village - our history, environmental issues, or speakers who have made a big impact on our community. They may be individual speakers or panel discussions. We also sponsor candidate forums during election years and partner with other groups in the Village to hold town halls on important and timely issues. Most programs are held in Carpenter Hall at Sunset Center.  

COVID19 Impact to Program Offerings...shifting most to online.

Many in person programs were postponed or cancelled or shifted to online via Zoom.  Both past and upcoming programs are summarized here.


Upcoming Programs

The Next Programs Scheduled Include:
- September 23rd, Thursday, at 5PM, Preserving Nature: Art and Artists of the Monterey Bay - with Cynthia Wagner Weick & Joaquin Turner
- November 18th, Thursday, at 5PM, The Fine Art of Fun with Will Bullas
- January 27th, Thursday, at 5:PM, Historic Hotel Del Monte and 17 Mile Drive with John Sanders

And our next Social Programs include: 
- Feast in the Forest  – September 18th at Indian Village in Pebble Beach
- Citizen of the Year – Sunday October 10th at Carmel Woman’s Club

Plus don't miss us regularly at these local gatherings:
- CRA leaders at the Community Table at the Carmel Farmers Market - Every last Thursday every month
- CRA Beach Clean Up - Every 3rd Saturday March through October at the bottom of Ocean Avenue in Del Mar


Past Programs in 2021-2020

March 25th - "My Grandfather, Sam Morse, with Charles Osborne

Charles researched and authored  “Boss:  S.F.B. Morse, Founder of Pebble Beach”.  Charles, a businessman and native son, will share images and stories about his grandfather – who by all accounts was a renaissance man – conservationist, athlete, artist, and entrepreneur.   For more information on accessing this session, pictures and quotes from the author, visit this page

  • YouTube link for your enjoyment is HERE. 

January 28th - Stephen Moorer’s – History of Live Theater in Carmel - Zoom session   

Learn about the early personalities bringing their Bohemian influence to our Village from 1900 to today including surnames such as Sterling, Austin, London, and Hopper.  And hear about the performances and locations ranging from Carmel Arts & Crafts Clubhouse, Forest Theater, Golden Bough, Circle Theater, Sunset Center, Carl Cherry Center and more.  For details on this great event and Stephen Moorer please visit this link. 

  • YouTube Video of this program is HERE

 Dec 9th  - Carmel by the Sea and our Climate Change Initiative - Zoom session 

Join CRA and Jeff Baron & Carrie Theis of the Carmel City Council, who will update residents on the scope, directions, phases and how you can participate in their committee's work on Climate Change. 

  • YouTube video of this program is HERE

Nov 19 –  Charles Dickens in America - Zoom session 

Howard Burnham's one man show , Dickens in America.  The background and details page of this performance is HERE.

  • YouTube video of this performance is HERE.

Oct 21 –  Flora Woods, Madam of Cannery Row  - Zoom session

The Cannery Row Madam Flora Woods still has untold stories to share. Flora Woods’ great-granddaughter, Tracy Shaw, has a tell-all history of Flora and Cannery Row from the early 20th century.   More details on this presentation are available here.

  • YouTube of this great program is available HERE.  

Oct 1 – 2020 CRA Candidates Forum - Zoom Session 

This was a must see event for those who are concerned about our Village and want to get to know the 2020 candidates for our City Council and Mayor.   Visit this page for full agenda, topic time slots details on this event and how to interact with these candidates.

  • YouTube Video of this Panel Session is available here 

Election Year - CRA's Candidates Forum.  A panel discussion with Candidates for Mayor and two City Council Seats will be moderated by Sam Farr our 24 year former US House of Representative - based on questions from you.

Mayoral Candidates Include: Incumbent Mayor Dave Potter and Challenger Judy Refuerzo.   

Council Candidates Include: Incumbent Councilperson Bobby Richards and Challengers: Karen Ferlito, Mo Massoudi, Graeme Robertson. (Two Council Seats are open this year).  

Note:  The winning candidates are underlined above.


May 6 - Reimagining the Village: How do we Emerge - from the COVID19 limitations?   An Online Panel Discussion - via Zoom

Our Panelists were: 

  • Mayor Dave Potter discussed the challenges the City faces, possible options to reopen and how you can help 
  • Councilperson Carrie Theis summarized the challenges the hotels in town face going forward
  • Anthony Carnazzo, the owner of Stationaery restaurant, covered what his industry could look like
  • Carmel Chamber CEO Jenny MacMurdo represented the status of businesses in town and how she is helping
  • Tim Allen of Tim Allen Properties and CarmelGives updated the state of the real estate market
  • Dale Byrne, Board Member of the Carmel Residents Association moderates

May 9   Dixie Dixon & Steve Mortensen - Online Patio Set - via Zoom

Dixie and Steve will provide their unique musical talents live from their upstairs patio on Carmelo in Carmel-by-the-Sea. Steve plays guitar and Dixie plays bass and they both sing!  


April 22 - You Can Never be too Prepared! Wanda Vollmer -  via Zoom

Wanda joins us as a CRA member and from Peace of Mind Preparedness, a disaster readiness program that serves families and businesses on the Central Coast. She is very active in our community, having served with the American Red Cross and is currently Co-Captain of the C.E.R.T. Team in Carmel and managing the newly-formed Carmel Neighbors project. Wanda will review information we need to be better organized and prepared for all types of disasters.  (YouTube not available)


April 25 - Live From Story Book Cottage with Roger Book - via Zoom

Roger is a natural performer, poet and story teller. He will present some fun and uplifting original songs from his successful Cherry Center concerts while providing highlights about his life story and what inspired his music. (YouTube not available)


April 29 - The life and times of Hayes Perkins & His Magic Carpet - via Zoom

Presenter: David Laws, California Garden & Landscape History Society.  David will tell the amazing world-class story of the man who, after traveling the world, came to PG and spent 14 years fulfilling his dream of creating the beautiful "Magic Carpet" cliff-side garden of spectacular purple flowers.


January 30 - The Future of Carmel - Panel Discussion - In Person - Live at Sunset Center

This was a lively panel discussion with four distinguished guest speakers. 

  • Moderator – Tom Parks – CRA Board member
  • Michael DeLapa – Executive Director LandWatch Monterey County
  • Karyl Hall – Carmel Historic Resources Board member
  • Neal Kruse – Home designer and Radio Personality
  • Stephanie Locke – Carmel Planning Commissioner/Monterey Water District
Zoom - HOW TO PARTICIPATE Live:

We will be using the Zoom application for these online sessions. The best experience will be on your personal computer or iPad.   Our Carmel Harrison Library team put together this How To Zoom YouTube Video - to help new to Zoom folks get started.

Zoom is designed to use two-way video, but we will start these sessions with your camera/video turned off. We will welcome your questions and feedback via the Zoom chat feature and, if time allows, we’ll let you ask questions live.