The Barron Park Association

May 242015

This thank you is going out to all the volunteers who helped make this years May Fete a huge success!  We had one of the largest number of people in attendance in recent history, the weather cooperated, albeit a little windy, the BBQ was busier than ever and the raffle netted more than ever before.  The cotton candy machine was a popular addition and the bounce house was a hit with the kids.

I would like to directly thank the following people for their wonderful efforts:

  • Sarah Van Zanten- Event Coordinator and Family and Friends who handled obtaining the crafts and games, the food and soda, the raffle and tickets.
  • Larry Breed and crew who bought the ribbons, cut them and re-spooled them, assembled the May Pole, attached the ribbons and the floral basket and directed the setting up of the pole, put the floral basket up, and disassembled the May Pole, long after most people were gone.
  • Gary Breitbard who organized the music and the Morris dancers
  • Rich Elder-  stage construction
  • Alan Winston- dance caller
  • Hassan at Barron Park Florist & Market- provided the flowers and assembled the Flower Basket for free!
  • Doug Graham- Barron Park History Display
  • BPA Board member Lisa Landers-Membership Table
  • BPA Board member  Peter Mueller- Membership Table
  • Boy Scout Troop 14 – There were 3 scouts there from 9:00am to 5:00pm to assist throughout the event. They helped with the cotton candy machine, running the activities, the food booth and taking down the tables and chairs. They were there to fund raise for a trip to Japan for the World Scout Jamboree this July.
  • BBQ- John King, Karen Saxena and Gene Iwamoto

…..and of course the Donkeys and their Handlers

Ad Sponsors

Gwen Luce, Coldwell Banker Real Estate
John W. King, Keller Williams Realty
Ernies Wines and Liquors
Jim Davis Automotive
Ace of Sandwiches
Celias Restaurant

In Kind Donations

Copy Factory
Barron Park Florist

Lets see everyone next year!

John W. King
Volunteer Coordinator
Barron Park May Fete coordinator

May 052015


Come and enjoy live musicians and dancers. They will perform all afternoon, with a Maypole dance at 2:30. Bring the family and a blanket and make a picnic of it. Hamburgers, hot dogs and pizza will also be for sale. Wear ribbons. There will also be games and crafts for the children, donkeys and donkey art, and the history exhibit. Activities will include face painting for children, donkey parade and more! Suggestions for other activities from the Barron Park community are welcome.

The May Fete is a volunteer effort. If you’d like to help and volunteer, or if you’d like to propose a display or activity, contact the event organizer John King at or the event planner Sarah Van Zanten at, the event email address. Look forward to seeing you there!

Apr 042015

There will be a Senior Lunch on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 1:00 PM at the Corner Bakery. It is located at 3375 El Camino Real at the corner of Fernando where the Boston Market used to be, with plenty of parking either in front or behind the restaurant.

The Corner Bakery is cafeteria style so you will each pay for your own selection at the counter, and they will deliver your order to the table when it is ready. The prices are modest and there are no tips involved. You can look at the menu in advance by going to

If you are interested in joining us, please email Julie Spengler at juliespengler at or call at 493-9151 so we can make a name tag for you. Changes in plans can be made up until 10:AM Tuesday be calling
Rosemary Jacobsen at 493-9151.

Looking forward to seeing many of you there.

Mar 312015

BPA Members are part of an influential community that interacts with local residents and city officials to enhance the Barron Park community. Members of BPA receive quarterly newsletters, access to baby sitting/job posts in addition to the many other resources offered by BPA.

Membership dues support popular Barron Park activities such as Email lists, neighborhood social/cultural events, BPA Newsletters, Emergency Preparedness, BPA website and the annual May Fete. We appreciate your timely renewal, as dues received by April 30th enable BPA planning for upcoming activities.

How to join:

  • A membership form is in the center of the Spring newsletter and can be mailed in
  • Membership can be processed on our website

Please note the many volunteer positions listed on the BPA membership form.  The more participation BPA receives, the better we can meet the needs of our community.

Jan 312015

Our bi monthly senior lunch will be on Tuesday, February 10, 2015, at 1:00 pm at Da Sichuan Chinese restaurant, located at 3781 El Camino Real, with easy access to the parking lot at the back entrance by turning off El Camino at Curtner and making an immediate left into the lot.

The cost for lunch will be $15, including tax and tip, and features 8 different dishes.

We need to make reservations by Friday, Feb. 6th, so let us know as soon as you can if you are interested in joining us by either calling me (Julie) at 493-9151 or emailing me at

We look forward to having a great group of seniors, as usual.

Oct 062014

There will be a Senior lunch Tuesday October 14 at 1 p. m. It will be at the Corner Bakery Cafe, 3375 El Camino Real. It is located at the corner of El Camino and Fernando, where the Boston Market formerly was. There is plenty of parking behind the restaurant.

The Corner Bakery is cafeteria style so you will each pay for your own selection at the counter. They will deliver your order to your table when it is ready. The prices are modest and it is nice because there are no tips. You can see the menu on line in advance at

If you are interested in joining us, please notify Bob Frost by Saturday, October 11th. Please reply to Bob Frost until Saturday evening at or 493-8272 so we can make a name tag for you. If you change your plans, please call Bob by 7 PM. Monday the 13th.

Seniors Rosemary Jacobsen & Julie Spengler will be at the door to great new attendees and hand out name tags to everyone. Julie will also have menus available so they can be checked in advance of going to the counter to order.

Jul 022014

Please act before July 30th!  We need your input and advice!

Our survey will help guide the BPA’s efforts in 2014 and beyond.

In the following survey, please indicate how important each of the items is to you. Opinions on issues are not asked but can be expressed in comment boxes.

We prefer that you take the survey online at

If you prefer to mail in your responses, the newsletter version can be downloaded here.

Survey responses should be submitted by July 30.

Jun 042014

To all,

You have about five days left to join the BPA for 2014 to receive the upcoming summer edition of our quarterly newsletter, plus the other newsletters for this year. Articles will include:

Barron Park Streets Scarred by Gas Pipe Line Distribution Replacement Work schedule – Art Liberman
Art in the Park – Lorraine Capparell
Graffiti article (removal & artwork restoration, Bob Moss and Erin Castelan)
May Fete – John King
Pets article – Reine Flexer
General BP Survey (+ online) – Lisa Landers (BPA board)
Liberman resigns from the board – Lynnie Melena
BPA e-mail lists – Rich Elder
Business Beat – Bob Moss
Presidents message – Markus Fromherz
History article – (Walk through Barron Park in the 1930’s + map of the area back then) – Doug Graham
Tour de Coup – bicycle tour in September
Hannah May Allison article – Barron Park girl a musical success

We welcome local stories and artists to feature in “Art in the Park.”


Nancy Hamilton
BPA Newsletter Editor

May 172014

We need photographers for the May Fete tomorrow from 1-4 p.m. in Bol Park.

Please send me your best shots — whenever possible please get children’s names if there’s only one to three in the shot, their ages, and permission from their parents to print them in our BPA Newsletter.

We also need photographers for the BPA Newsletter. Articles would be very welcome as well. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar, we can edit them.

Thanks in advance,

Nancy Hamilton
BPA Newsletter Editor email