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April 2017 San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates:

San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates:

Update- Trails Clean-Up Day

The San Elijo Hills site for the Annual Creek to Bay event is not taking place this year. Unfortunately, the site captain volunteer was unable to participate this year.

SEHWC Women’s Fair

Calling all women, children, and the men in their lives! On Saturday, May 6, 2017 from 10AM-2PM, in the San Elijo Hills Town Square, it will be filled with colorful booths and lively vendors, all part of the second annual San Elijo Hills Women’s Club Women’s Fair. The Fair will highlight services and products that improve the lives of women and children, from health services to fitness; from safety to fashion. Face painting, crafts for children, and even activities for pets will be included. This also promises to be a great venue for Mother’s Day shopping with vendors featuring a variety of items for purchase. Don’t miss this fun family event. http://sehwc.weebly.com.

San Elijo Elementary Country Fair
Yee-haw! Dust off your boots because the 2017 The Country Fair is back and better than ever before! This year it will be co-hosted by Double Peak School and San Elijo Elementary!
The community of San Elijo has grown and so has the fair!! This year’s shindig will be held Friday, May12th from 5pm – 8pm and Saturday, May 13th 11am – 5pm. Yes, you read that right! Twice the time with a lot more fun!
The Fair will be open Friday night from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and again on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Seek thrills on your favorite carnival rides like the Zipper, Crazy Plane, Umbrella Cars, Cycle Jump, Alligator Alley and more. Plus enjoy food and live music on Friday night. Saturday will feature the new rides. Plus the same fun activities from the past including Pony Rides and Petting Zoo.
The Country Fair committee needs new ranchers (Sponsors) and ranch hands (volunteers for the committee) to help make their biggest fundraiser of the year a good ole-fashioned success. If you would like more information on how to become a sponsor or volunteer; please contact seesptopresident@gmail.com.
The Jonville Team 12th Annual Community Garage Sale and Charity Event

May 20th, 2017. 7:00am – 11:00am held at the San Elijo Hills and Old Creek Ranch located at 1501 San Elijo Rd South #101, San Marcos, CA 92078.

This annual event, produced by the Jonville Team – the area real estate experts in North County- is designed to utilize a community-wide garage sale and spring cleaning fever to raise money for local charities. Last year, over 120 homes in the communities of San Elijo Hills and Old Creek Ranch participated in the garage sale for a small $10.00 donation fee, with 100% of the proceeds going to local charities. This year, all the proceeds from participating homes will go to Straight from the Heart- Helping Foster Children across the County and Casa De Amparo: a local charity recognized as a leader in treating and preventing child abuse and neglect in San Diego County and beyond, with locations in Oceanside and San Marcos. The non-profit organization annually serves over 1,000 Casa Kids, from prenatal to 25 years old, as well as over 700 families, through six integrated programs that promote healing, growth, and healthy relationships.

In addition to the event charities, every year many neighbors join forces and combine their garage sale items to raise money for their own causes – raising funds for sports teams and their own social causes, for example. The fundraising isn’t confined to just garage sale items, a handful of bake sales can also be found throughout the community to feed hungry shoppers.

It is an ideal event to find fantastic bargains and unique items in one location. Shoppers can pick up a map of participating homes in designated spots around San Elijo Hills the day of the event.
For further information: Tim Minjares, (760)585-6889 or (760)471-5098. Mail@jonvilleteam.com tim@timminjares.com. www.SEHgaragesale.com.

GOVERNOR ENDS DECLARATION OF DROUGHT

On April 7, 2017, Governor Brown issued Executive Order B-40-17. With this an important change has occurred.

Associations were previously prohibited from enforcement action against homeowners who allowed their yards to “go brown” by not watering it during the declared state of a drought.

Now that the declaration has ended, homeowners are requested to take immediate steps to restore the look of their yards, by either replacing the turf grass or submitting a request for improvements to change to a drought tolerant landscape; or submitting an application for approval for artificial turf, in conformance with the minimum requirements adopted by the Association.

For copies of the current architectural guidelines, including the artificial turf policy, please contact Interim Community Director, Rashell DeYoung at sehstaff@waltersmanagement.com.

Community Reminders

 It has come to our attention that people are riding dirt bikes throughout our beautiful trails in San Elijo Hills. Motorized Dirt Bikes ARE NOT allowed on the trails! http://www.san-marcos.net/Home/ShowDocument?id=1474. There are a variety of public lands in California that are open to managed OHV recreation. Check with your local land management agency regarding legal riding areas and local regulations. There are many privately owned and operated motocross tracks throughout the state. A list of riding opportunities on public lands can be located at http://www.ohv.parks.ca.gov/ .Thank you for your cooperation.

 The HOA receives numerous complaints regarding residents failing to curb their dogs in the community. Please note that it is county ordinance that you must curb your pet. It is a public offense for any person to allow a dog in his or her custody to defecate or to urinate on any property other than that of the owner or person having control of the dog. Persons having control of a dog are required to restrain or control the animal so that it urinates or defecates only in the street gutters, and to immediately remove any feces to a proper receptacle (SDCC Section 62.670).

 Please remember to trim any trees growing over the sidewalks or dropping seeds or leaves. They can create unsafe conditions for people and pets. We appreciate your efforts in keeping the sidewalks and streets looking great!

San Elijo Hills Association Board of Directors Meeting

The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 18, 2017, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills REC Center (1105 Elfin Forest Rd., San Marcos, CA 92078).

Save the Date: Upcoming San Elijo Hills HOA Events

Please visit our website for updates and detailed event information as each event gets closer.

June 9th – Movie in the Park @ the lower softball field
June 20th – Foam party in the town square
July 1st – Concert in the Park & Cookout@ the upper softball field
July 28th– Movie in the Park @ the upper softball field
August 25th – Movie in the Park @ the lower softball field
September 8th – Block party in the town square
September 24th – Community Yard Sale
October 15th– Oktoberfest @ the lower softball field
December 1st– Annual Tree Lighting Celebration


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Put on those hiking boots, air up your tires, saddle up your horses

Put on those hiking boots, air up your tires, saddle up your horses

City to celebrate 26th annual San Marcos Trails Day

Lace up your hiking boots, air up your bike tires, saddle up your horses and join the City of San Marcos in celebrating the 26th annual San Marcos Trails Day on Saturday, March 4 from 9 am to 1 pm.

Hike participation is free and will begin at 9 am; hikers can start signing in at 8 am. Hikers, mountain bikers and walkers will meet at Lakeview Park/Discovery Lake, 650 Foxhall Drive. The staging area will feature free live music, food and giveaways. Equestrian riders will meet at the Ridgeline Trailhead, 102 San Elijo Road.

“Trails day is a celebration of the outdoors and in San Marcos we have something for everyone,” said Community Services Director Buck Martin. “With more than 63 miles of trail connecting to the entire region, San Marcos offers an extensive trail network for the community to discover.”

An easy two-mile hike will visit Discovery Lake and the Discovery Creek trails. A more challenging seven-mile hike will explore the trails that lead to Double Peak Park. Mountain biking enthusiasts are encouraged to bring bikes and enjoy the ride.

“Adventures are meant to be shared and this event is a great opportunity to meet new people in your community and share a fun experience on a local trail,” said Martin.

An adult must accompany all minors. Sturdy walking shoes are recommended; bring water, sunscreen and trail snacks. Dogs must be on a maximum six-foot leash at all times. The hike is subject to cancellation in the event of rain.

Event participants are encouraged to share hiking adventures on Instagram by using the hashtag #DiscoverSanMarcos and #HikeHappySM. The winner for best picture will be announced on Wednesday, April 19.

For more information on outdoor adventures or the city’s trails, please visit www.san-marcos.net or call (760) 744-9000, ext. 3535.

Double Peak Challenge this Saturday

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On Saturday, Oct. 1, the City of San Marcos will welcome its first signature 10K event—the Double Peak Challenge. Featuring a 10K timed race, a 2K untimed event and a free kids trail trot starting from San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, all participants must register online at www.doublepeakchallenge.com or in-person on race day at 6:30 am.

“Double Peak Challenge is a trail run like no other,” said Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation Board Member Nick Buck. “The race is a celebration of outdoor recreation where trail runners will experience unparalleled beauty atop of North County’s highest point.”

With festivities kicking off at 7 am, runners can participate in a pre-race cardio stretch and warm-up.

Off-road racers participating in the 10K Double Peak Challenge will set out at 7:30 am to begin a nearly 2,000-foot elevation gain up to Double Peak’s summit while winding along rugged hillside trails with sweeping views of North County, San Diego.

While the 10K race will be a tough timed event that will challenge even the most experienced runners, Double Peak Challenge will also offer a shorter 2K untimed course at 8 am and a free kids trail trot at 9:30 am. All registered 10K and 2K participants will receive a custom commemorative Double Peak Challenge completion medal and awards will be given to the top 10K race finishers in each age category.

An event expo and beer garden will be located in the lower softball fields at San Elijo Hills Park. 10K race participants over 21 years of age with proof of ID will receive a complimentary beer in the beer garden. Additional beverages can be purchased for $5 each.

All race proceeds will benefit the Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and The San Marcos Promise.

“Participation in the Double Peak Challenge supports two great causes integral to the city of San Marcos,” said The San Marcos Promise Executive Director Herbie Smith.  “Your commitment to #ReachthePeak promotes health and economic prosperity for our entire region through investment in local parks and higher education.”

The Friends of San Marcos Park & Recreation invests in events, programs, parks and facilities to enhance the quality of life in the City of San Marcos.

The San Marcos Promise provides students in the San Marcos Unified School District with a path to prosperity by providing scholarships and career guidance to inspire academic achievement and post-secondary educational opportunities.

Other event sponsors include the City of San Marcos, San Marcos Unified School District, San Elijo Hills, Lusardi Construction Company, Rancho Tesoro, Stone Brewing Company, and Lounsbery, Ferguson, Altona and Peak, LLP.

To register for a race or to volunteer during the event, visit www.doublepeakchallenge.com. Corporate sponsorship packages are also available.

San Elijo Hills Double Peak Challenge

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Double Peak Challenge is a celebration of outdoor recreation like no other, where trail runners will experience unparalleled beauty from atop North County’s highest point.

Off-road racers will set out from San Elijo Hills Neighborhood Park and begin their 1,176 foot gain up to Double Peak’s summit at 1,558 feet above sea level, winding along beautiful hillside trails with amazing views.

Not up for the full 10K? No worries! Double Peak Challenge also offers a shorter 2-mile course as well as a Trail Tot for kids.
Race proceeds will benefit the San Marcos community through two important non-profit organizations: Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and The San Marcos Promise.
The Friends of San Marcos Park & Recreation invests in events, programs, parks and facilities to enhance the quality of life in the City of San Marcos.
The San Marcos Promise provides students in the San Marcos Unified School District with a path to prosperity by providing scholarships and career guidance to inspire academic achievement and post-secondary educational opportunities.
CLICK HERE TO REGISTER!

Belgian Waffle Ride Rolling Through San Elijo Hills, Sunday April 24th

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The most unique one day cycling event in the country the Cervélo Belgian Waffle Ride presented by SPY, rolling through North County and San Elijo Hills, Sunday April 24, 2016. A gravel grinder with the perfect mix of dirt and tarmac to keep things interesting.

Known to provide riders with an incredibly memorable day on the bike, the Belgian Waffle Ride will take its riders on a ronde through North County San Diego, where it will clatter through agrarian hamlets and the Ardenne-like hills—not over classic mountains per se, but rather a never ending string of ups and downs—along single track climbs, sandy trails, and roughly paved roads carved through inland San Diego’s beautiful rural and sometimes forested backcountry.

Participants ride drop bar road style bikes not mountain bikes and several San Elijo Hills Residents will participate. Come out and cheer the athletes as they take the trail by the San Elijo Hills City limits sign past the Albertsons, San Elijo Middle, San Elijo Elementary on the Copper Creek trail passing the Brightwood Drive Cul-de-sac on The Garden View trail riders will return to the paved road at Queshaven Park and start the steep accent towards the summet of Double Peak Park. Riders will be passing through San Elijo Hills trails and roads at the 134 mile mark so give them a cheer, they will need it!

The ride offers two challenging routes in two different distances, the full BWR course will cover 144 miles, 11,000 ft. of vertical.

The second route, the Cervélo Belgian Wafer Ride, tops out at 68 miles and takes riders up and down a shortened course, while still including a few of the BWR’s most famous dirt sections and iconic climbs. A perfect option for those entering their first gravel grinder, the Wafer ride delivers the challenge and excitement of the Waffle ride in a fun-sized package.

A fully supported ride with CHP escorts, a multitude of support vehicles and feed stations dotted throughout.

Here’s the course by the numbers:

  • 146 MILES OR 235 kilometers
  • 13 CATEGORIZED CLIMBS (INCLUDING THREE CATEGORY 2 CLIMBS)

  • 13,000 FEET OF CLIMBING

  • 17 DIRT SECTIONS OVER 40 MILES (LONG, SANDY, WET, ROCKY, HILLY, UGLY)

  • 14 WATER CROSSINGS (OR FOOT BRIDGE CROSSINGS)

  • 3 KOMS

  • 10 FEED ZONES

– The winner of this year’s event will take around 8 hours to complete the course. This means for most it’s an 11-12- or 15-hour day on the bike.

ROUTES:

WAFFLE COURSE: https://www.strava.com/routes/4429640

WAFER COURSE: https://www.strava.com/routes/4644925

WAVE TIMES:

7:00am—Cat 1/2/3

7:05am—Women

7:10am—Cat 4

7:15am—Cat5/Public

8:00am—Wafer (all riders)

Update sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families

This email was sent to San Elijo Elementary School Families Today

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Hello SEES Families,

Thank you for your quick response to our incident on Monday morning on the trails.  With the help of several parents, we have been able to identify the person who was offering our students candy.  Our school resource officer visited his home and spoke to him and his family about stopping this action immediately.  The man does live in our community so you may encounter him on the trails. We have no further information to believe that there is any further concern.

Please continue ongoing conversations with students about stranger danger as well as keeping the school office informed of any situations.

Thank you for your support!

Carolyn Kalicki and Jimmy Miringoff

SEES Administration

The “Keepin’ it Rural” 5K/10K Hike and Trail Run

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An important fundraiser is taking place this fall (Sunday, October 25) at the Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve. The “Keeping’ it Rural 5K/10K hike and trail run will take place in the upper part of the reserve (with the blessing of OMWD, TECC, EFHG Fire and RSF Fire). It is the first of many fundraising efforts we will be embarking on in order to put up a good fight against things that threaten the rural environment we cherish. I’ve included the details of the event below:

Here’s where we would love to have community support:

a) REGISTER FOR THE EVENT: we want as many residents of the Harmony Grove, Elfin Forest, Eden Valley and surrounding communities (and their families) to participate in either the 5K hike/run or the 10K run. It will be early in the morning so hopefully pretty cool and quite scenic. So click HERE to sign up for the event (or copy and paste this into your browser: https://www.runreg.com/the-elfin-forest-keeping-it-rural-5k10kletskeepitruralcom)

b) VOLUNTEER TO HELP: we ALSO need about 20-25 volunteers (water, registration, timing, direction, bag stuffing and other areas). Please let us know if you are willing and able to help. Anyone with EMT or CPR or first aid background would be appreciated as well.

c) SPONSORSHIP SOLICITATION: if you know of any companies that would like to be associated with the “Keepin’ it Rural” event, please reach out to them and see if you can get donations of cash, items, services. Sponsorships are crucial to making these events able to raise more funds than the entry fees.

Here are the pertinent details:

SCHEDULE: Registration starts: 6:45am | 10k Race Kickoff: 7:45am | 5K Race Kickoff: 8am

5K PRICING: $40 early bird (before 9/25) | $50 regular | $60 day of event. Includes finisher t-shirt and medal.

10K PRICING: $55 early bird | $75 regular | $85 day of
Includes finisher t-shirts as well as age group awards and prizes (SPY sunglasses for age group winners)

FAMILY FRIENDLY: 1K kids fun run, free with adult admission | Bouncy House and/or other kid friendly events.

EXPO/ RACE START: Staging area by the dam on Via Ambiente @ Harmony Grove Road | Beer Garden, expo, product giveaways, raffles and much more

LINKS:
Facebook: www.facebook.com/letskeepitrural
Twitter: www.twitter.com/letskeepitrural
Registration link: https://www.runreg.com/the-elfin-forest-keeping-it-rural-5k10kletskeepitruralcom

Thanks for helping to keep it rural.

JP Theberge and Dave Stainton, Event Co-Directors
and Board Members of the EFHG Town Council

Volunteer Opportunities with The Escondido Creek Conservancy

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The Escondido Creek Conservancy is co-sponsoring a one-day creek clean-up event.  This is a wonderful way to make a positive impact to the local community, the watershed, and our ocean.  The date of the event is Saturday, September 19th, from 9:00AM until noon.  The site is located at 1845 Harmony Grove Road, which is an urban portion of the Escondido Creek.  Interested volunteers can get more information and register by going to the following link:
Elfin Forest Trail Patrol Volunteers Needed

For potential volunteers looking for a more on-going opportunity, we are seeking new recruits for out Elfin Forest Trail Patrol program.  In a nutshell, our Trail Patrol volunteers help maintain the trail system at the Reserve, provide information to trail users, and serve as ambassadors of our natural lands.

Volunteers are permitted to patrol on their bikes!  Scheduling is extremely flexible.  Volunteers make their own shifts any time and day of the week that works for them (within regular park hours, of course).  All we just ask that Trail Patrol volunteers perform, at minimum, three hours of patrolling per month.

To become a Trail Patrol volunteer you have to:

  • be at least 18 years old
  • allow us to run a background check
  • complete the training course that we provide
  • contribute a one-time $40 Trail Patrol application fee (of which $20 is a refundable deposit)
  • obtain First Aid, AED, and CPR certification
  • patrol a total of 3-hours per month (exceptions permitted)
The next Trail Patrol training course kicks off in this month.  It consists of two 3-hour sessions held on back-to-back Saturdays (9:00-noon September 26th and October 3rd).  There are only twelve more spots available and we only hold these trainings once every four months, so the sooner you sign up, the better.

Training course topics will include a thorough explanation of the program and volunteer duties, park rules & regulations, safety & security, trail maintenance techniques, nature interpretation techniques, identifying native and invasive plants, an introduction to local wildlife, and how to use the specialized communication radio.

For the uniforms, there’s a standardized hat and a short-sleeve and long-sleeve shirt that we provide.  When volunteers can no longer continue participating in the program we refund $20 of the $40 application fee upon the return of the uniform.  Volunteers are responsible for providing their own hiking shoes and green-colored pants/shorts of choice.

All Trail Patrol volunteers must also have up-to-date adult First Aid, AED, and CPR certification (which is separate from the regular Trail Patrol training course).  Since we don’t provide the certification ourselves, volunteers have to shop around the various independent certifiers in the area and sign up for the one that is most convenient for them.

Groupon has a limited time deal right now for this certification, done entirely online, for just $20 (which is an incredibly good deal):

Otherwise, here are some other links for certification classes:
Once interested candidates complete the Trail Patrol training course and get the First Aid/AED/CPR certification they’re all set to hit the trails!
Contact volunteer coordinator Simon Breen for more information or to get signed up: simon@escondidocreek.org

Dry weather conditions sending more wild animals into residential areas of San Marcos

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Alert from The City of San Marcos-

Several bobcat sighting have been reported near Via Vera Cruz in San Marcos and the surrounding trail areas this month; California Department of Fish & Wildlife has been notified.

Dry weather conditions can send more wild animals into residential areas in search of food and water.While adorable, these wild cats and other wild animals should only be admired from a distance.

Wild animals, like bobcats and mountain lions, are most active around dawn, dusk and at night. Small children and pets should not be left outside unattended during those times and pet food should be brought inside. Runners, hikers and joggers should also avoid traveling alone when wild animals are most active.

Other safety tips include installing motion-sensitive perimeter lighting around homes and trimming brush to reduce possible hiding places. Additionally, providing food to deer is illegal in California because it could attract mountain lions.

For more information, safety tips or to report bobcat and mountain lion sightings visit the California Department of Fish and Wildlife www.dfg.ca.gov.

City of San Marcos Fall Hikes 2015

San Elijo Hills Trails

City of San Marcos Fall Hikes 2015

Saturday September 5th
San Elijo Hills Park OLD CREEK RANCH, CANYON TRAIL CARLSBAD TRAILS CONNECTION 9 am to Noon (sign in at 8:30) Hike the trails north and west of San Elijo Park including Old Creek Ranch and Canyon Trails. The 4 mile hike is rated moderately difficult. A challenging, 7+ mile hike with fast and slower groups will also be offered to the trails that connect to Denk Mountain and the Carlsbad trails system. Meeting location: San Elijo Hills Park/Recreation Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Rd., San Marcos
33 05.998 N 117 12.125 W

Saturday October 3rd
Las Posas Park, 2nd San Diego Aqueduct, Blue Bird Cyn., Lake Wohlford Flume
9 am to Noon (sign-in at 8:30) 7.0 miles 580’ of elevation gain
This hike will explore the 2nd San Diego Aqueduct north from Las Posas Road to Buena Creek Road and then head east along the Lake Wohlford Flume that transports water from Lake Wohlford to the Pechstein Resevoir at Blue Bird Canyon Road.
Meeting location: Cerro de Las Posas Park, 1387 West Borden Road, San Marcos
33 09.639 N 117 11.199 W

Saturday November 7th Ridgeline Trailhead to Antennas
9am to Noon (sign in at 8:30am)
This moderately difficult, 7.6 mile hike will explore the Cerro de Las Posas ridgeline trails with overlooks of Lake San Marcos, the Valley of Discovery and the Pacific Ocean. There will be steep climbs with an elevation gain of 1390 feet.
Meeting location: Ridgeline Trailhead Parking Lot, 102 San Elijo Road San Marcos
33 06.454 N 117 09.969 W

Saturday December 5th Leo Carrillo Ranch
9am to Noon (sign in at 8:30am) This 4-mile hike will explore the trails of the Rancho Dorado/Rancho Carrillo area and visit Leo Carrillo Ranch Historic Park. A more challenging 5 mile hike with an elevation gain of 350’ (uphill to Simmons Family Park) will be offered.

Meeting location Carrillo Elementary School (parking lot near the trailhead), 2875 Poinsettia Lane, Carlsbad, 92009. 33 07.180 N 117 14.445 W

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