Questhaven would love to invite all of our neighbors of San Elijo Hills and the surrounding community to come join us this Saturday, December 23 at 7:00 pm – to a free handbell choir Christmas concert.
This unique handbell presentation of beautiful Christmas music and sharing, will be held in the church at Questhaven retreat, located at 20560 Questhaven Rd., San Marcos.
View this short video of the handbell choir practicing for Saturday night:
Recent San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA) Updates:
Annual Tree Lighting Celebration-Tonight!
Tis the season to light up the night! Come celebrate this long standing tradition in San Elijo Hills!
Join us in the Town Square on Friday, December 2nd. Festivities will run from 6:00PM-8:30PM with the tree lighting at 7:00PM.
Here are some fun activities to look forward too!
Santa and Mrs. Clause will be here for pictures so make sure you are on his “nice” list! Don’t forget to bring your camera!
Carolers dressed in Dickens-style attire will fill the air with classic holiday tunes.
A Colorful Universe will have an ornament painting station for only $5.00 per ornament. Stop by to create a one-of-a-kind decoration for your home! They also make great gifts for family.
Holiday elves will join us to show off their artistic skills with balloons.
Cookies, cider and hot chocolate will be served to warm your belly!
Some delicious food trucks will be serving up a variety of specialties available for purchase.
We hope that you and your family are able to make it out to this magical event! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Liz McCardle at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To good friends, family, and laughter during this Holiday season!
Annual Elections: December 13, 2016
This year’s Annual Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13th at 6:00PM at the San Elijo Hills Rec Center (1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078).
Neighborhood Representatives are required to attend to the meeting to ensure quorum is established and the votes from their neighborhood are counted. All homeowners are also welcome to attend the meeting. Thank you all in advance for your participation in this process for our community!
As a reminder to residents, Questhaven Park is closed at dusk and persons in the park will be cited by the Sheriff. Please be courteous and refrain from entering this area after the park is closed, which often disturbs the residents nearby.
The Holiday season is upon us! Food, shopping, and school breaks (how are you going to get your shopping done?!) are most likely on your mind. Parking may not be on your radar. Add parking for guests during the Holidays on top of your current parking situation can always be a challenge. Not only is this a good time to think about where to put all those cars, but to consider the Association’s rules and year round parking issues within the community.
• Streets become more crowded when garages and driveways are not utilized for parking. Vehicles should be parked in available garage space first, then parked in the driveway, and then, if necessary, parked in the street.
• Garages shall be used for vehicles and other personal storage only.
• (Section 8.6): No trailer, camper, boat, recreation vehicle, commercial vehicle or similar equipment shall hereafter be permitted to remain upon the property (unless placed or maintained within an enclosed garage) nor permitted to be parked on any street, whether public or private, alley or community common area or project common area within the San Elijo Hills Community other than temporarily for purposes of loading, unloading or cleaning.
Please pick up after your pets and remind your children to do so as well if they are responsible for the dog-walking duties. Don’t forget those common areas next to homes! Pet waste is probably the #1 complaint amongst our residents, so please be diligent and keep San Elijo Hills looking and smelling beautiful!
We appreciate a majority of the homeowners that ensure trash cans are brought in and out on a regular basis!
Please remember that trash cans must be stored behind the side yard fence or in garages. Containers may not be placed outside for pick up before 6:00 p.m. on the day prior to service and must be removed no later than 9:00 p.m. the evening of pick up. In addition, homeowners may not put trash in receptacles that do not belong to them. Trash is collected in San Elijo Hills on Thursdays.
Thank you for your efforts!
Onsite Office Holiday Hours
In recognition of the holiday season and to give our staff more time with their families, our offices will be closed from Monday, December 26, 2016 through Monday, January 2, 2017. We will return on Tuesday, January 3, 2017. If you have an emergency, please call Walters Management at (858) 495-0900 and our on-call staff will address your emergency immediately. Have a happy holiday season!
San Elijo Hills Community Association (HOA) updates:
Disaster Preparedness Seminar
Is your family prepared for an emergency? Did the 2014 Coco’s fire surprise you? Did you know what to do? Would you like to be more prepared?
Let’s be prepared together! Please join us on Tuesday, January 12, 2016 6:00 PM at the San Elijo Hills Recreation Center. 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078.
The City of San Marcos Emergency Preparedness Manager, along with 2-1-1 San Diego, will present information to help our residents be better prepared for major emergencies or disasters.
The City of San Marcos Fire Department Battalion Chief and staff will also be present to discuss the hazards faced in our community and how you can be better prepared to handle these hazards.
You will be provided easy to use resources to assist in developing a family emergency plan, and opportunities for more information and training. This is a great way to get informed and get your questions answered. For more information, contact Liz McCardle at email@example.com or call (760) 798-9015.
Questhaven Park Turf Renovations
Turf renovations are now underway at Questhaven Park. We ask that all residents stay out of the fenced areas while the turf if being repaired.
Our parks are some of our best assets. Turf repair is a normal part of maintenance, and the rate of deterioration of the grass is accelerated when the park is used for commercial purposes or when residents heavily use the grass when it is wet.
Please limit your use of the turf areas when the grass is wet, and please report commercial use to Walters Management. If you are able to provide us with the business contact information, we will be happy to follow-up with the commercial entity in order to protect our parks while suggesting alternatives within the city for their use.
The goal is not to take away opportunities for residents to stay active within the community—we simply want to ensure our parks are readily available for use and enjoyed by our residents without excessive damage and unnecessary closures. Thank you for looking out for our parks!
The Board of Directors feels strongly that we must continue to work together to ensure that San Elijo Hills is well maintained and continues to be a premier community in North County. Thank you for your cooperation and for doing your part to help maintain our community!
In observance of the upcoming holidays, the San Elijo Hills Visitor’s Center will be closed on the following dates:
-Thursday, December 24th
-Friday, December 25th
-Thursday, December 31st
-Friday, January 1st
Walters Management will also have a modified holiday schedule. Our offices will be closed from Wednesday, December 23, 2015 through Friday, December 25, 2015 and Wednesday, December 30th-Friday, January 1, 2016. If you have an emergency, please call Walters Management at (858) 495-0900 and our on-call staff will address your emergency immediately.
The onsite Community Director’s office will be closed Wednesday, December 23, 2015 through Friday, January 1, 2016. We will be checking messages and emails periodically through that time.
Have a happy holiday season!
San Elijo Hills Foundation
The San Elijo Hills Foundation is looking to fill a couple of Board positions opening up in January. The Board meets monthly, typically on the first Monday of the month at 5:30 right here in San Elijo Hills.
Please stop by the San Elijo Hills Visitor’s Center (open daily 10:00AM-5:00PM) if you are interested or e-mail the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The San Elijo Hills Visitor Center is located across from the Town Square at:
1277 San Elijo Rd. South
San Marcos, CA 92078
San Elijo Hills Election Results
Thank you to all of our homeowners who participated in the election process! The results are as follows:
-Halé Richardson and Elliot Herman were both elected to the Board of Directors (2-year terms) during the Annual Meeting of Neighborhoods.
There were also some new Neighborhood Representatives elected. If you are unsure of whom your Neighborhood Representative is, you can find out by visiting www.sanelijohills.net. Simply login, click on Library-General-December 2015 Neighborhood Reps. If you would like to contact your representative, send an e-mail to (communityname)email@example.com. Example: firstname.lastname@example.org.
A shout out to Phil Makrogiannis for his time served on the Board! You will be missed!
San Elijo Hills Foundation: Amazon Smiles
Did you know that every time you order something from Amazon – you could be giving back to our community? It’s super easy. Just go to this link & designate San Elijo Hills Foundation as your charity. Can you imagine what great things we could do together for our community if we each took 1 minute to do this? Especially with all of our holiday purchases? Make it happen right here & help us spread the word! http://smile.amazon.com/
Walters Management Carlsbad Office
The Carlsbad office has moved! Our new location is 3207 Grey Hawk Court, Suite 140, Carlsbad, CA, 92010 Phone: (760) 431-2522 Toll Free: (866) 431-2522
Mardi Gras: Save the Date!
The San Elijo Hills Community Association is bringing back a great event! Residents 21 and over will be invited to our Mardi Gras celebration at Café Stoked! The event will be held on Friday, February 5th at 6:00PM. Residents will be delighted with delicious food, drinks, music and dancing in the true spirit of New Orleans!
Questhaven Retreat is celebrating its 75th anniversary in the San Marcos – San Elijo community with an open house on Saturday, August 8 from 10 am to 2 pm. All are welcome to visit the 655 beautiful acres of this nature preserve and spiritual retreat.
Questhaven Retreat, 20560 Questhaven Rd., San Marcos. Come meet Questhaven’s current director, the Reverend Blake Isaac, enjoy light refreshments and a docent-led tour of the grounds. For further information, please contact Questhaven at: Questhaven.org or (760) 744-1500
San Elijo Hills Association is pleased to announce that the upgrades at Questhaven Park are near completion and the park is re-opened for use. Please be aware that there is a portion of the playground that is still incomplete and has been marked off with caution tape. Please heed these warnings to make sure you and your children do not cross the tape or attempt to use the equipment in this area. The tape is up for your safety.
Please note the following reminders to make sure you and your kids have a fun and safe time at the park:
Never leave your children unsupervised at the park.
Be sure to share the equipment.
Please do not jump off the swings or the large play structures.
Talk to your children about not vandalizing the equipment.
Thank you for your anticipated cooperation! We hope that our residents enjoy the new equipment!
The San Elijo Hills Association is renovating the Questhaven Park playground area and adding new play equipment and a new shade structures to cover the playground. The new play equipment will be dynamic/kinetic and provide opportunities for a wider age group to enjoy the park. The sand will be retained and new pour in place padding will be installed.
The playground and portions of the park be closed for approximately 2 weeks for this project, beginning Monday, July 21st, 2014.
A multi-car collision on San Elijo Hills Road near Questhaven Road occurred at approximately 2;30 pm this afternoon (3.19.13). Motorists can expect delays and are encouraged to use alternate routes while public safety crews work to clear the incident. More photos at https://www.facebook.com/SanElijoLife and read the UT’s version of the accident
A small brush fire started Thursday night at 9:15 p.m. south of Questhaven road just east of San Elijo Hills. The fire is 100% extinguished and burned less then a 1/2 acre of San Diego County owned brush land. The parcel is located south of Venzano and adjacent to Cambria neighborhoods in San Elijo Hills.
San Marcos, Elfin Forest and Cal Fire responded and should be thanked for a quick response. Favorable winds conditions assisted the fire teams. San Elijo Hills residents reported something in the air, potentially a homemade mini hot air balloon.
Centenarian has kind words and stories for his friends at the park
By John Wilkens-UT
6:57 a.m. July 9, 2009
When asked why he likes going to the Questhaven Park so often, Tony Cardarella laughed and said it’s because of the women he knows there.
SAN MARCOS — One of the ideas behind neighborhood parks is that people will come and mingle, get to know each other, form a community. Sometimes it actually happens that way.
It did at the park on Questhaven Road in San Elijo Hills. Almost every morning, mothers, grandmothers and nannies take children to the park, where the hive they buzz around is a 100-year-old man everybody calls Poppy. He greets them with high-fives and hugs. He hands out Tootsie Rolls. He tells stories about his days back in Brooklyn, when milk was delivered door to door in wagons pulled by horses.
“I’ve seen a few things,” he said. His name is Anthony Cardarella. He lives a block away with his daughter’s family. He said he comes to the San Marcos park every day because he likes the people and because life is too short not to be friendly.
“I’ve never had any enemies, not even in the Army,” Cardarella said. Well, the Germans did shoot at him during World War II. They hit him, too – a leg wound in 1944 earned him a trip to the hospital and a Purple Heart. But that was combat. Nothing personal. “He hasn’t met anybody he doesn’t like,” said Becky Nutter, a nanny who has been coming to the park for about 3½ years. “If somebody doesn’t say hi to him, he wonders what’s wrong.” READ MORE via Poppy gets a high-five.