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.  The cancelled-for-now programs include: March 18th Julie Packard of Monterey Bay Aquarium and the May 21st  Members Only Annual Meeting & Pasta Feed with Mayor Potter...and others including our summer Luau.    Both past and upcoming programs are summarized here.

Upcoming Programs


Nov 19 –  Charles Dickens in America - Zoom session at 5:00 PM

Howard Burnham's one man show , Dickens in America.  For more information including Zoom details visit HERE.

Dec 9th  - Carmel by the Sea and our Climate Change Initiative - Zoom session at 5:00 PM

Join Jeff Barron and 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. 

Past Programs in 2020 - many with online recordings

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.   

  • 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.

  • Video ONE CLICK 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).  

May 6 - Reimagining the Village: How do we Emerge?   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.

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.

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


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.