So Many Things to Do in Downtown San Rafael, my current hometown. Here are a few of my favorites, along with photographs taken mostly on tree-lined Fourth Street (including some from my series of reflections in display windows.)

How about learning to lunge and parry at Marin Fencing Academy, or wandering over to Fifth Street to view political memorabilia at the new Museum of International Propaganda?


Take in an art film at the art deco Rafael Theater, have a cool game of pool at Classic Billiards, or join in an ongoing board game at GameEscape.

Admire the 1951 MG Supercharged Roadster at Jack L. Hunt Classic Cars:

Or follow your favorite superhero at Blue Moon Comics:

Other possibilities: sample some of the 16 beers on tap at Pint Size Lounge. Sweat it out at Red Dragon Yoga. Enjoy good coffee and fresh blackberry scones at Arizmendi co-op bakery. Search for treasures at Hospice by the Bay Resale Shop:

Here are more ideas: Curl up on a comfy sofa at Rebound Books and dip into an old novel:

Have your palm read by “Angel” (no relation) at Psychic Readings:


Get your nails done at Neverland Beauty. Admire the sparkly purple Mexican chair at Folk Art Gallery:


Take a free drawing lesson at Riley Street Art Supplies:

Or, enter through a beaded Frida Kahlo curtains and get a styling at Pin Up Hair Emporium:

Visit St. Raphael’s Catholic Church and Historic Mission on Fifth, where mass is celebrated in Spanish, Vietnamese, Haitian and Portuguese as well as English.


You get the picture. It’s hard to be bored here!