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Elfin Forest “Keepin’ it Rural” 5K 10K

DECEMBER 3, 2017 | ELFIN FOREST RECREATIONAL RESERVE

Come  join the community of Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove for a 5k/ 10k trail run/hike to raise funds to help “keep it rural.” Elfin Forest and Harmony Grove are a hidden gem in San Diego North County, home of diverse wildlife, scenic trails and biological diversity. This event raises money to help fund the cause of keeping this area scenic, rural and pristine.

This will be a chip-timed race for both the 5k and the 10k.   The 5k can include hikers and runners while the 10k will be limited to runners.  A 2 hour time limit will be imposed on the course. 

DATE: Sunday, December 3, 2017 

SCHEDULE:

6:45: registration begins (runners pick up packets or register)

7:00: Festival ready for business

7:45: 10K Race Begins

8:00: 5K Race Begins

9:45: Both courses close

10:00: 1K fun run for kids

10:15: raffle winners announced

10:30: award festival for 5K, 10K and 1K fun run.

FOR RUNNERS:

A timed, relatively accurately measured 5K and 10K trail run.  All registered runners/hikers receive a T-Shirt and a raffle ticket for a special racer raffle. For both races: top 3 places, both men and women get killer prizes which will be announced as they become confirmed.  

PAST YEARS’ PRIZES included:

— Spy Optic performance sunglasses (~$90 to $150) (1st, 2nd, 3rd: M & F, 5K/10K)

— Rudy Project gift certificates (~$90 to $150) (1st, 2nd, 3rd: M & F, 5K/10K) 

— Gift Certificates from Movin’ Shoes ($30, $20 and $10) (1st, 2nd, 3rd: M & F, 5K/10K)

— Milestones Running: $50 gift certificates for 1st place (1st M & F, 5K/10K)

— Patagonia apparel: ~$90 to $140 (1st, 2nd, 3rd: M & F, 5K/10K)

— Moving Shoes (top 3 M & F, 5K/10K) 

— Prana gear 

— And the satisfaction of racing hard for a great cause.

— This year’s prizes are still TBD and will be announced as they become available.  

FUN STUFF FOR ALL: If you’re not hiking or running, there will still be plenty

to do at the Keepin’ it Rural festival.

•   Local Craft Beer garden (courtesy of Alesmith and Stumblefoot Brewery).

•   Coffee and snacks for sale courtesy of Cafe Stoked;

•   Gourmet Food Trucks;

•   Massages courtesy of Ernie Villanueva;

•   Expo featuring vendors offering free or discounted goods or services

KIDS: Kids are welcome to sign up for the 5K or they can participate in the 1K fun run, free with adult admission.  Other kid-friendly activities will be available.

•    1K kids fun run with prizes for fastest kids kicking off around 10am.  (flat-ish course)

•    Cool bug presentation by EFRR docent (pending availability)

•    All kinds of fun carnival-style games, prizes and giveaways.

•    Kid-friendly snacks and drinks for purchase.  

ADDRESS: Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, Olivenhain Dam Staging Area at 19090 Via Ambiente, Elfin Forest, CA (Click here for map). IMPORTANT: this area can only be accessed from Elfin Forest / Harmony Grove area.  It cannot be reached from Del Dios Highway, Cielo or Rancho Santa Fe (online maps are often incorrect about this).

This not at the main trailhead and parking area for Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve.  It is on the backside off of Via Ambiente at Harmony Grove Road right after the bend on Elfin Forest Road (if going East) or after the Reserve (if going West). See directions below.    

DIRECTIONS FROM 5 FREEWAY:

Take the 5N:

Leucadia Avenue Exit.

Follow it straight. It runs into Rancho Santa Fe Road.

Take a RIGHT on San Elijo Road,

RIGHT on Elfin Forest Road which ends and then curves sharply LEFT and turns into Harmony Grove Road.

Take a RIGHT on Via Ambiente. Follow signs up to the Dam and staging area. 

DIRECTIONS FROM THE 15:

Take 9th Avenue W exit,

Follow it until it turns LEFT onto Hale Avenue.

Take a RIGHT on Harmony Grove Road,

Then take a LEFT to stay on Harmony Grove Road.

Follow it to Via Ambiente. LEFT onto Via Ambiente. Follow signs up to the Dam and staging area. 

ORGANIZER: The Elfin Forest Harmony Grove Town Council, a 501c(3) non-profit, volunteer-run organization dedicated to the preservation of the community character, open space and natural habitat of the Elfin Forest Harmony Grove area. For more information: http://www.efhgtc.org

CONTACT INFO: Email efhgtc@gmail.com if you have any questions. Or you can message us on facebook: https://www.facebook.com/letskeepitrural 

PLEASE NOTE: The Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve is being opened for us only on this date.  If you wish to pre-view the course, you must park at the main entrance on 8833 Harmony Grove Road and take the Way Up Trail to get there. Please do not try to access from Via Ambiante as it is considered trespassing and it will make it a lot harder for us to get the race approved in the future if people try to access the course this way.  Thanks for helping us to keep it rural.

Annual San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival & Street Faire

Photo by Alan Crosthwaite

Annual San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Fall Festival & Street Faire

This Sunday is the annual Fall Festival & Street Faire hosted by the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. The event is on Via Vera Cruz between San Marcos Blvd. and Grand Avenue and lasts from 9 am to 5 pm. This family friendly event includes nearly 200 vendors with food, crafts, jewelry, artwork and more

 

Sheriff Press release regarding yesterday’s fatal accident near San Elijo Hills Chevron

Sheriff Press release regarding yesterday’s fatal accident near Chevron:

SYNOPSIS:

On October 3rd , 2017, at approximately 4:48 p.m., Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s San Marcos Station, Traffic Division responded to a vehicle versus a pedestrian collision in the 1700 block of San Elijo Road. Based on the preliminary investigation it was determined a vehicle was entering the number one lane of southbound San Elijo Road from a nearby business when it struck a female pedestrian who was in the roadway at the time. The female sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment where she later succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the vehicle sustained no injuries and remained on scene. Impairment of alcohol and/or drugs is still under investigation. The cause of the collision is currently under investigation. Anyone with information is requested to contact Deputy Rosenthal at (760)510-5047.

October 2017 San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates

San Elijo Hills Community Association Updates:

Oktoberfest!

Prost!! Fall is in the air and our most popular event of the year is here!

Come celebrate Oktoberfest with your neighbors on Sunday, October 15th from 3:00PM-6:00PM at the lower softball field of San Elijo Hills Park!

We will be celebrating German traditions through food! Bratwurst, hot links, hot dogs, veggie dogs, potato salad, Caesar salad, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, and apple strudel will be served. Beverages will include ice water, lemonade, iced tea, and root beer floats!

For all residents 21 and over, a beer garden will also be available. If you don’t drink beer, we will have several varieties of wines! You must bring a valid state-issued driver’s license or ID. Four drink tickets will be given per household. No outside alcohol will be permitted into the event.

A lively DJ will be playing some German music mixed in with some modern, family-fun hits that will be sure to get you on your feet and dancing! Carnival games will be sure to entertain our young residents! We will also have face painting, pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, a rock climbing wall, bounce house, obstacle course, laser tag, wrecking ball ride, photo booth and much, much more!

Please remember to bring proof of residency to gain entrance into the event (i.e.: driver’s license with on-site address, utility bill, HOA statement, etc.). Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow you to enter the event without verifying residency. If your teens or kids come on their own, please remind them to bring identification.

If you have any questions regarding the event or would like additional information, please feel free to contact your Community Director, Liz McCardle, at (760) 798-9015 or by email at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

No guests will be permitted. No pets are permitted.

Turkey Classic Golf Tournament

Calling all golfers (and non-golfers)! Whether you are a first time golfer or seasoned pro, it’s time to register for the 15th Annual Turkey Classic Neighborhood Golf Tournament!

Come join us Saturday, November 25, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. for some golf, food, and drinks!

You can organize your own four-some or we can match you up with the perfect partners for a great day of golf right here at the St. Mark Executive Course in San Marcos. Hosted by the San Elijo Hills Foundation, this long-standing community tradition is something no one should miss. There are tons of great raffle prizes. The spirit of the event is light-hearted and fun. And, you just might win the coveted Turkey Classic Green Jacket & trophy.  Come meet some new friends, get involved and make an impact in our community. It’s going to be a blast! Sponsorship opportunities are available!

Visit www.turkeyclassic.com for more information and to register. Hope to see you all there!

If you have any questions regarding the event or would like additional information, please feel free to contact your Community Director, Liz McCardle, at (760) 798-9015 or email sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

Town Square Park Gazebo

The gazebo around the fountain is getting a makeover! If you have visited the park, you may have noticed that the wood is in disrepair and rotted. The Board of Directors approved repairing and expanding the gazebo to provide more shade over the table area.  If you have any questions regarding this project and would like additional information, please feel free to contact your Community Director, Liz McCardle, at (760) 798-9015 or email sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA) Board Meeting-October Meeting Re-Scheduled

The next General Session Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 14, 2017, 5:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills Rec Center (1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078).


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New Data: San Marcos Manufacturing is Booming

New Data: San Marcos Manufacturing is Booming

The industry is the city’s second-largest economic sector

San Marcos is home to a bustling manufacturing industry, and though most of us never actually see it, recent findings reveal just how much business is booming in the city’s industrial parks.

Manufacturing is the city’s second-largest economic sector, accounting for nearly 7 percent of local gross domestic product (GDP), or about $5M annually—and providing 11 percent of the city’s employment, which is about 4,300 jobs, according to research by the San Diego Regional Economic Development Corporation (San Diego Regional EDC).

What’s more, the median income for manufacturing jobs in San Marcos is about $70,000, which is nearly $15,000 higher than the rest of the region, state and nation. That’s thanks to a cluster of high-tech companies that make medical devices and information technology instruments.

“San Marcos is fortunate to have a manufacturing industry that attracts top talent and is a major contributor to our city’s economy,” said Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill.

Of course, this begs the question: What has attracted these manufacturers to San Marcos? And what is keeping them here?

The answer largely boils down to ample industrial space, and increasingly, a more collaborative relationship with the growing city.

For example, Hunter Industries, a global leader in irrigation, was launched in San Marcos 36 years ago and is now the city’s largest private employer. As the company has expanded, the city  has been able to accommodate its headquarters, which now spans 20 acres and 11 buildings.

“We don’t have to pick up and move miles away as we grow,” explained Scotty Lombardi, Hunter Industries Senior Manager of Global Talent Management. “In fact, we’re about to break ground on another empty lot in our business park.”

The company also has 1 billion square-feet of manufacturing space across the world, but it’s managed to keep about 30 percent here in San Marcos. But beyond space, Lombardi says Hunter Industries has appreciated more outreach from the city in recent years.

“We are now much more aware of what’s happening in the city around us,” he said. “San Marcos has made it clear they’re a business partner and that makes us want to stay.”

That mix of industrial inventory and a business-friendly government is not only keeping longstanding companies put but is also attracting new manufacturers—particularly in the rising wave of craft beer and spirits.

The city already has nearly a dozen distilleries and breweries, which will soon include Raging Cider & Mead Co, slated to open next month.

“San Marcos is a great location for us because it has breweries, taphouses and pubs that cater to a public looking for new experiences in the world of craft beverages,” said David Carr, President of Raging Cider & Mead Co.

And though this venture is part of an emerging scene, Carr himself is no stranger to the San Marcos manufacturing industry. In fact, for the past 17 years San Marcos has been home to his other manufacturing company, Crown Steel, which specializes in custom stainless steel fabrication and restaurant equipment.

Carr now plans to run both manufacturing companies out of his 20,000 square-foot industrial space. As a longtime local entrepreneur, Carr says working with other manufacturers is one of the things he enjoys most about being in San Marcos.

“We have discovered many other manufacturers in San Marcos who either provide services we need or have use of services we offer, and that’s been very good for our business,” he said.

Collectively, all that manufacturing activity in San Marcos is helping the San Diego region keep its footing as an industry hub, which includes more than 3,000 companies supporting more than 105,000 jobs, according the to San Diego Regional EDC.

In that vein, the upcoming Manufacturing Day, a national series of events that aims to celebrate the industry, is slated for the first week of October and locally, there in an event that will include San Marcos.

On Wednesday, October 4, MiraCosta Community College will host North County Manufacturing Day, which will feature a networking event and a resource fair. For more information, you can visit https://www.mfgday.com/events/2017/miracosta-technology-career-institute.

“Events like these are important because they shine a light on an often unseen yet important industry for the regional economy—and San Marcos is proud to be a driving force behind that,” Radmill said.

To learn more about the city’s economic development efforts, contact Economic Development Manager Tess Radmill at tradmill@san-marcos.net.

SMUSD’s Upcoming Solar Project

San Marcos Unified is moving forward with an exciting district-wide project to install solar panels at many of our school sites. Tesla (formerly SolarCity) will install, maintain, and operate their solar panel system without any upfront costs to the District.  Savings from this initiative will amount to approximately $30 million dollars over our 20-year contract with Tesla.

For an overview on our solar project, please watch this short video.

Each phase of construction is completed in stages of prep work, fencing, drilling, completing the underground electrical, and installation.  Starting with Paloma Elementary on October 14, 2017, the prep team will begin working on site.  Once the prep work is completed at Paloma, they will move on to the next school in Phase 1, while the drilling team will begin work at Paloma – and so on and so forth.  This process will continue until all of the schools in Phase 1 are completed.  For visuals on this process, click here.

The phases are as follows:

 

  • PHASE 1:  Paloma Elementary, San Elijo Elementary, Woodland Park Middle, and Mission Hills High.
  • PHASE 2:  Twin Oaks Elementary, Joli Ann Elementary, San Marcos Elementary, and Knob Hill Elementary
  • PHASE 3:  Discovery Elementary, San Elijo Middle, Double Peak, San Marcos High, and Carrillo Elementary

 

In addition to working with the Division of State Architects (DSA) to ensure that all applicable rules/regulations are followed, our Facilities and Maintenance team have worked closely with each of our principals to determine the ideal location for the panels.  As many of our sites will have solar panels installed in their parking lot, parking will be affected during the 6-12 week construction period.  Families will receive a letter from their site prior to any work commencing.  You can also check your school’s website for more information on construction dates and parking/drop off adjustments.

For questions or concerns regarding this project, please email solar@smusd.org.

PAVING ON SAN ELIJO ROAD ON OCTOBER 2, 2017 FROM 9:00 AM TO 2:00 PM

PAVING ON SAN ELIJO ROAD ON OCTOBER 2, 2017 FROM 9:00 AM TO 2:00 PM

San Marcos, CA — The Vallecitos Water District is hiring an asphalt repair contractor to repair a portion of southbound San Elijo Road just south of Baker Street/Cooke Street on October 2nd between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. One southbound lane will be closed. Schools, businesses and residents may experience increased truck and equipment traffic, minor traffic delays, lane closures, odors and noise during the work.

For more information and to view the latest updates, go to www.vwd.org or call 760-744-0460.

San Marcos Fire Department to partner with Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego

San Marcos Fire Department to partner with Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego

The City of San Marcos and the Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego (TIP) announced on Wednesday, Sept. 27 a new partnership between TIP and the San Marcos Fire Department (SMFD). SMFD joins the 30+ neighboring agencies affiliated with the TIP program allowing them to request trauma volunteers to help San Marcos residents when a tragedy occurs.

“We are excited about this new partnership with the Trauma Intervention Programs of San Diego County,” said Fire Captain Leighton Ewens. “The new partnership will enhance our existing capabilities to provide 24/7 response to residents in their time of greatest need.”

TIP is a nonprofit organization that has served San Diego County for 32 years; training citizen volunteers to respond and assist residents after tragedy strikes. Volunteers respond on a 24/7 basis to emergency scenes at the request of first responders. TIP volunteers provide immediate emotional and practical support which emergency responders may not have time to provide, adding another dimension to the emergency response system: compassionate support.

“The 24/7 coverage and impressive 23-minute average response time to emergency scenes will give our first responders a valuable tool in the toolbox when faced with challenging incidents,” said Ewens.

TIP Executive Director Sher DeWeese is delighted with the new partnership.

“TIP San Diego looks forward to working in conjunction with the San Marcos Fire Department to provide such assistance to its citizens in order to ease their immediate suffering and help facilitate their healing and long-term recovery.”

With the next TIP Training Academy beginning Wednesday, Oct. 4, the program is continuing to seek skilled compassionate individuals looking to give back to their community.

For more information on becoming a volunteer or supporter, visit www.TIPSanDiego.org or call 855.TIPSD.HELP. To learn more about the San Marcos Fire Department, visit www.san-marcos.net/smfd or call (760) 744-1050, ext. 3410.

San Elijo Hills Fall Festival

San Elijo Hills Fall Festival showed off the new tenants and current San Elijo Hills Town Center business. Ambient Communities showed designs and floor plans. Did you attend?

Taste of San Marcos hosted by the San Marcos Chamber Commerce

Taste of San Marcos hosted by the San Marcos Chamber Commerce. Attendees sampled and judged the best bites from 20+ local restaurants. Voting for the Golden Fork. San Elijo Hills resident owned business participated.

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