The large dog park at San Elijo Hills Park, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, will be closed until approximately August 26 for turf repairs. The closure will allow the City to provide a better environment for pooches to play by installing new sod to repair a large portion of the park’s turf, which has deteriorated and exposed dirt and rocks. The new sod must be irrigated several times per day for approximately three weeks in order to establish roots and grow strong enough to handle foot (and paw) traffic.
We appreciate your patience during the repairs and hope that you will enjoy one of San Marcos’ additional dog parks, including Hollandia Park, Montiel Park, and Sunset Park.
Volunteer to Help Preserve North County Land and Provide Outdoor Education!
Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve, CA (August 1, 2019)
Who: The Escondido Creek Conservancy (Conservancy) is partnering with Olivenhain Municipal Water District (OMWD) to recruit volunteers to help protect Escondido Creek and the Escondido Creek watershed. The Conservancy is a nonprofit land trust. Since 1991, the Conservancy has helped preserve over 4,000 acres of land for wildlife habitat and provides outdoor education to more than 5,000 children and adults annually. OMWD is a public agency providing water, wastewater services, recycled water, hydroelectricity, and the operation of Elfin Forest Recreational Reserve (EFRR). The two organizations first partnered in 2009 to build the beautiful Elfin Forest Interpretive Center Honoring Susan J. Varty, and have been working together since then on many watershed protection projects and education programs.
What: Join us at our next Volunteer Open House and discover the many ways you can give back and get in touch with local nature. Volunteers can choose to hike and monitor trails, assist with school field trips, staff the interpretive center, perform trail maintenance with park rangers, or work with the Conservancy’s land managers to restore sensitive habitat.
Why: EFRR is almost 800 acres with only three rangers to monitor the land, while the Conservancy manages over 3,000 acres with a small staff of land managers, supplemented by volunteers. Volunteers are crucial in helping protect and restore these fragile open spaces so plants and wildlife can continue to thrive. Our volunteers have also been a vital part of the Conservancy’s education programs which provide outdoor experiences to local elementary and middle-school students.
Our volunteer network is a community of like-minded people who enjoy backyard barbecues, in-service meetings followed by “Conservation Conversations” on a wide variety of topics, and unique tour opportunities throughout the year. Recent tours include an EDCO Recycling Center, a Native American Eco-Village, and the California Wolf Center.
Where: The Volunteer Open House will be held at EFRR’s Interpretive Center, but volunteer opportunities are available throughout various preserves in Escondido. Limited parking will be reserved for those registered, and arriving early is advised.
When: The Volunteer Open House will be held on Saturday, August 10, 2019, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please visit www.natureiscalling.eventbrite.com for more information or to register.
Local resource center invites donors to support seniors during 65-hour online giving event
The senior population is rapidly increasing, yet, the pace of government and philanthropic support for seniors is not. Often times, public funding for services and programs that benefit seniors is the first to receive funding cuts. At the Foundation for Senior Wellbeing we know this all too well. Our services and programs are in high demand with the growing senior population, and we rely heavily on the generous support of the North County community to continue to provide these programs and services that empower seniors to remain independent and to age with dignity.
From July 9 to 11, the Foundation for Senior Wellbeing is participating in the fourth-annual GIVE65 Event, a 65-hour online giving event to help nonprofit organizations serving seniors raise funds online and increase awareness. Senior-focused nonprofits from across the United States are participating. This year, we’re raising funds for the Senior Information Resource Center, a program dedicated to improving the quality of life for North County’s older adults.\
During the GIVE65 Event, we are also raising funds with the hopes of receiving up to $5,000 in matching funds from the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation ®. This allows gifts from the public the chance to have twice the impact.
“GIVE65 allows us to help seniors in our community while raising awareness of the critical need for the programs and services that so many rely on,” said Sarah Benson from the Foundation for Senior Wellbeing.
The 65-hour GIVE65 Event begins at 7 a.m. CDT on Tuesday, July 9 and concludes at 11:59 p.m. on July 11. This event is an initiative of the Home Instead Senior Care Foundation ® and the nation’s first and only crowd-fundraising platform focused on helping nonprofit organizations across the country raise funds for programs and services benefiting seniors.
“Every gift makes a difference in the life of a senior on the local level,” says Lenli Corbett, executive director of Home Instead Senior Care Foundation. “We’re excited to partner with the Foundation for Senior Wellbeing for the fourth-annual GIVE65 Event, and we are hopeful our partnership will inspire greater charitable giving in support of seniors who rely on the nonprofit sector to age with independence and dignity.”
To learn more about GIVE65, visit GIVE65.org. The donation page for the Foundation can be found at https://www.give65.org/FoundationforSeniorWellbeing. All donations are 100 percent tax-deductible in the United States. For more information about the Foundation for Senior Wellbeing, visit www.thefoundationforseniorwellbeing.org or call 844-654-4636.
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ABOUT THE FOUNDATION FOR SENIOR WELLBEING
The Foundation for Senior Wellbeing is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to serve the health, physical, intellectual and social needs of seniors throughout North County, San Diego. The organization is dedicated to improving and enhancing the lives of a growing population of seniors in need while supporting their caregivers and families. Staff and volunteers at the Foundation’s Information Resource Center, which opened in 2016, work with clients to offer compassionate guidance and referrals. The Foundation has been a source of funding for seniors-in-crisis programs and provides emergency preparedness seminars and resources.
Home Instead Senior Care Foundation is proud to present GIVE65 – the first crowd-fundraising platform exclusively devoted to helping nonprofits raise funds online for programs and services that create hope for seniors. At GIVE65.org, senior-focused nonprofits in the United States are invited to showcase projects that are helping seniors and those who care for them. People who have a desire to help less fortunate, vulnerable seniors can visit GIVE65.org to share a secure, online donation in support of the featured nonprofit they choose. By combining technology and generosity, GIVE65 inspires greater charitable giving in support of seniors and those who care for them. Visit www.GIVE65.org to learn more.
ABOUT HOME INSTEAD SENIOR CARE FOUNDATION
Since its founding in 2003, Home Instead Senior Care Foundation has been helping less fortunate and vulnerable seniors. The Foundation has invested more than $3 million in nonprofit organizations serving seniors in the United States. The mission of the Foundation is to enhance the lives of aging adults and those who care for them. This mission is made possible, in part, thanks to Home Instead, Inc., as well as generous sponsors and donations from the general public. To learn more about the Foundation, visit www.homeinsteadfoundation.org.
Join us this Saturday 6/22 5:30-7:30 PM for a unique twilight land open tour in San Elijo Hills, with, appetizers & refreshments. Enjoy the wonderful panoramic ocean & sunset views from this one of a kind viewpoint property. Park at Double Peak School and walk west, or San Elijo Hills Fire Station 4 and walk east. Look for signs and flags.
Hopefully, you’ve all taken a moment to review the email we sent out early this week and the embedded links about the large electrical transmission lines that have been slated to be constructed throughout our community.
Hopefully, you’ve all scheduled your sitters, blocked your calendars, and are making carpool arrangements with your neighbors.
Hopefully, you’ve signed up on the Google Form to commit to showing up for your community on April 30th.
While we wait for the 30th to approach, we need you to make your comment personal. Review the attached talking points and develop your comments, your story, and find your voice. Once you have your comments prepared consider sharing them on the 30th. You don’t have to speak at the hearings, headcount is most important, but reading your comments/story aloud at the meeting will help us in our show of force and makes the biggest impact. A judge who will preside over the final decision will be in attendance, so your voices will be heard, and what you say matters.
1: Attend 1 or both CPUC hearings
April 30th from 1 pm – 3 pm at the SEH Rec Center (Terrace Hall)
1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078
April 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm at the San Marcos Civic Center
3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069
Bring a neighbor, a friend, and pack these hearings. Forward this email to your local networks, copy/paste to social media, and encourage participation in your neighborhood. Your community needs you!!
Join our FB page to stay up to date on event details.
The City of San Marcos (City) is currently in the process of updating its Climate Action Plan (CAP). As part of the CAP update development process, the City is holding a series of workshops to solicit public input and incorporate the feedback in the updated CAP. All three workshops will have the same information. The CAP is expected to be released for public review in early 2020 prior to public hearings for formal adoption.
The City will be hosting three public workshops to engage City residents, businesses, and community leaders in the CAP update development process. These workshops will provide an opportunity to ask questions, learn more about the CAP update process, and to provide input and feedback on its development. Feedback will be gathered through real-time polling and survey responses at the workshops. The City will incorporate input from these workshops and an online survey into the CAP to create a plan that reflects the values and vision of the community.
Please join us at any one of our upcoming workshops. Note the content and information will be the same at all the three workshops.
Please head over to our webpage dedicated to the CAP update which will be updated periodically to keep all stakeholders informed on the CAP update process.
If you are not able to attend one of these workshops, you will still be able to provide your thoughts and ideas! An online survey will soon be launched on the website to gather input from members of the community who are unable to attend these workshops, or for those who wish to provide additional feedback following workshop attendance. Stay tuned for more information!
The time for action is now! New SDG&E power lines and large steel poles are coming soon through our neighborhoods unless we attend these two April 30th meetings in force! This is our biggest and nearly final opportunity to communicate our concerns to the CPUC before these power lines and poles are built. Our goal is to stop SDG&E from building a second set of power lines through our communities and urge them to place these power lines underground.
Tuesday, April 30th from 1 pm – 3 pm at the San Elijo Hills Rec Center, 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078
Tuesday, April 30th from 6 pm – 8 pm at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), after 17 months of considering SDG&E’s request to build a new set of 69 kV high voltage transmission lines and large steel poles through our communities, has sent a Notice of Intent to approve the project to the Governor’s Office. We have 30 days, until May 15 at 5 p.m. to make our voices heard. There are viable alternatives to SDG&E’s proposed 12-mile circuitous route including a direct 5.4-mile underground route which would have no long-term environmental impact, unlike their current proposal.
In summary, the tentatively approved 12 miles above ground circuitous power line route will:
-Increase potential wildfire concerns
-Create unnecessary health risks for our children due to increased EMFs along the 12-mile route
-Decrease our property values (some more than others but we will ALL be impacted)
-Negatively impact habitat for some of our local sensitive species
-Negatively impact the aesthetic nature of our homes and community
-Potentially impact cultural resources buried along the route
The 5.4-mile alternative underground route:
-Has none of the above long-term negative impacts on our communities
-Has unknown financial consequences due to lack of in-depth budget analysis
Commit to attending April 30th. Bring a neighbor, a friend, and pack these hearings. Copy/paste onto local social media pages and sites, and encourage participation in your neighborhood. Your community needs you!!