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Novato Horsemen
600 Bugeia Ln, Novato, CA 94945

Despite the spread of cities, suburbs and housing developments, there are still horse-backed riders roaming theMore countryside. Even so, it's fair to say that the land available for such activities is rapidly dwindling.

Enter the Novato Horsemen. This organization was formed in 1939 for the advocacy and protection of horseback riding land. Over 300 members participate in cattle events, trail rides and social affairs. Membership and events are open for all participants, whether they own horses or not.

Each year, members of Novato Horsemen ride from Novato to the Halleck Creek Riding club in Nicasio as part of a sponsored barbeque where the proceeds to go to all of the club's handicapped members.

Novato Horsemens is based out of the Atherton area of Novato.

Saddle up.

Novato Gymnastics Center
950 Seventh Street, Novato, CA 94945
Part of the City of Novato Parks, Recreation and Community Services, Novato Gymnastics has been serving the communityMore since 1990. The club is a USA Gymnastics Member Club and participates in the USAG Junior Olympic Program. With nearly 800 students, Novato Gymnastics takes pride in maintaining the highest quality in gymnastic instruction, and teaching students proper safety, technical and foundation skills. Novato Gymnastics has a diverse recreational program as well as competitive teams for girls, and, in the Novato Gymnstics Center, offers one of the premiere gymnastics training facilities in the entire Bay Area.
Novato History Museum & Archives
815 de Long Ave, Novato, CA 94945

The Novato History Museum and Archives was founded in 1976 and is supported by the Novato Historical Guild and theMore city government. It's not a big museum -- basically one good-sized room and other artifacts around the premises -- but the displays are first-rate and capture life the way it was decades earlier. The curator is Samantha Kimpel, who is also in charge of the Hamilton Field History Museum, which opened in 2010.

The house where the museum is located is one of the original homes of Novato, built around 1850. It is at the corner of De Long and Sherman avenues, just across De Long from Novato City Hall. Admission is free and special school and group tours can be arranged outside of normal operating hours.

Novato Human Needs Center
1907 Novato Blvd, Novato, CA 94947
For four decades, the Novato Human Needs Center has been helping the most needy people in Marin County's northernmostMore city. The nonprofit is entrenched in the community and has hundreds of volunteers who help with food distribution to those with low incomes. Programs help residents in dire circumstances move toward self-sustainability. Among the most popular events is the annual Holiday Share Program, which allows kids to pick out free gifts for their parents and parents to pick out free donated toys for the kids. Major sponsors of Novato Human Needs include the Marin Community Foundation, the City of Novato and the United Way.