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Shop small this holiday season to make a big impact in your community

Small businesses are the heart of a city’s character and vibe. That’s why this season’s Small Business Saturday, happening Nov. 28, is more important than ever.

It’s no surprise that small businesses have been hit particularly hard throughout the pandemic. San Marcos residents are encouraged to show their support by shopping local on Small Business Saturday and throughout the holiday season. Mayor Rebecca Jones announced the City of San Marcos’ participation in the 11th annual national effort to support the independent businesses that make our community unique and provide valuable contributions to the local economy.

“When you treat your loved ones to a special present or gift certificate from our local businesses, you’re truly investing in our community and helping our small businesses thrive,” Jones said. “That’s something we can all feel great about this holiday season.”

Created in 2010, Small Business Saturday serves as the ceremonial kickoff to the holiday shopping season for small businesses across the United States. An average of two-thirds of every dollar ($0.67) spent at a small business in the U.S. stays in the local community, according to the 2018 Small Business Economic Impact Study by American Express. That means consumer’s local impact during the important holiday shopping season could be significant.

“During this pandemic, I’m amazed and energized by the passion and creativity of business owners to continue to do business in the face of unparalleled adversity,” said Rick Rungaitis, CEO of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce. “Now, more than ever, it’s critical for the community to support our local businesses. This holiday season, think of supporting them by shopping locally.” 

In 2019, 800+ mayors and city officials joined together to support Small Business Saturday. Highlights include:

  • U.S. shoppers who visited independent retailers and restaurants on Small Business Saturday reported spending a record high of an estimated $19.6 billion.
  • Seven in ten American adults reported being aware of the day.
  • 96 percent of respondents who shopped on Small Business Saturday agree that shopping at small, independently owned businesses supports their commitment to making purchases that have a positive social, economic, and environmental impact.
  • 97 percent of consumers who shopped on Small Business Saturday agree that small businesses are essential to their community.
  • 95 percent of consumers who shopped on Small Business Saturday reported the day makes them want to shop or eat at small, independently owned businesses all year long, not just during the holiday season.

Learn more about Small Business Saturday and the Shop Small initiative here.

San Elijo Hills Community Association: Important Message from the Board of Directors –

Dear Homeowners:
We hope you are staying well during these turbulent times. We would like to provide you with an update on recent events.
When all our lives were suddenly placed on hold in March, the Board had to cancel all San Elijo Hills community events as they were scheduled through September.  With restrictions on gatherings, we racked our brains on how to bring this community together, without actually being together. We understood hospitals and first responders were working longer than normal shifts, with closed cafeterias and closed coffee carts. Many of these heroes live here in our community and take care of our community when we need them the most. We were also hearing from our local town center restaurants that they weren’t sure how they would be able to survive the restrictions that have been put in place.
So, in April, the Association held an event to help our local first responders and our local San Elijo Hills town square restaurants.  The Association purchased food and coffee from our struggling SEH town square restaurants only (to help keep them afloat and to avoid having a ghost town again) and we provided that food and coffee to our first responders (to help keep their spirits up and show our community support). The total cost for that event was $19,337 or $6.42 cents per household from the events budget.  Not only did we receive an overwhelming amount of gratitude from our first responders and homeowners for this great event, but we also received a huge thank you from our local businesses.
Additionally, we were made aware that some San Elijo Hills families within the community whose children were receiving a free lunch meal Monday through Friday from the school, would not be receiving any assistance on the weekends. We therefore thought it to be a great idea to (in some small way) make certain that these children would not go hungry on the weekend.  Most of the funding for this meal program was from the monies that could have been lost and not refunded from the BunnyPalooza event.  We reached out to the vendor that supplies their services for Bunnypalooza and requested that rather than lose our deposit, they supply the meals to which they agreed. The total amount used from that deposit was $7,900.  We also asked ourselves how we could continue to support our local restaurants.  We spent $6,336 or $2.10 per household from the events that were already budgeted and cancelled through August.  Our thoughts were that having closed businesses in town square would hurt the value of our community and in turn the value of our homes collectively.
The money used for the Tile Event came from event funds and were paid to Colorful Universe.  Another way to keep our businesses alive and to keep our families engaged.  It was huge success and many of our residence enjoyed it.
The Board voted and approved the three events in an open general session meeting. We notified the entire community about these events in April and May (via Facebook, community mailers, eblasts, and it was posted on the community website).
We have since discovered there were a few members of the community that were very disgruntled by our efforts. They claimed we kept these events a secret and that we misappropriated funds from our events budget and have threatened to sue the Association, before even requesting any documentation that would easily quash this wild accusation. The Association’s funds were not misappropriated as this money was already budgeted and still spent on events.  Plus, these events brought a great deal of joy, pride, and support to the community
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**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

SEH Gives-The San Elijo Hills Community Association is donating meals

SEH Gives

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is donating meals to Palomar Hospital, Kaiser, and Scripps starting today and into next week! We are donating over 1,500 meals on behalf of the residents in San Elijo Hills. All meals are being purchased from our Local Town Square Restaurants to help them “Keep Their Lights On”. The Association is donating those meals to our folks on the Front Line (in the hospitals) “Shine a Light on our Health Care Workers”. The Association feels it will help both community restaurants and lift the spirits of our first responders who are putting their health at risk to keep us safe!

Support your local San Elijo Hills Businesses

Support your local SEH Businesses! Below are special messages on behalf of the town center businesses!  See attached for special offers, delivery menus, and coupons!

San Elijo Vine & Tap

We’ve been closely monitoring the progression of the COVID-19 & are complying with the World Health Organization’s recommendations, as well as our own standards, to provide a safe place to offer Meals To-Go. We appreciate your support during these times!

San Elijo Pediatric Dentistry

Give a call if you have a dental emergency or would like to book a future appointment.

Lourdes Mexican Food

Lourdes Mexican Food will remain open during these uncertain times with adjusted hours of 10 am- 8 pm each day. We will continue to abide by our new regulations to ensure that we keep our employees and costumers safe. We recommended ordering by phone to help social distancing and our staff will provide our salsas upon request. We appreciate your business.

Aloha Acai Bowls

Delivering locally!  To order, simply text 760-415-8675.

Downtown Academics

In an effort to keep our employees, students, and the entire community healthy, we are currently only holding virtual tutoring sessions via Zoom.  We appreciate everybody’s understanding and support. Stay well. Have a great day! 🙂

A Colorful Universe

We are now offering art kits to go! We hope you will enjoy them. Currently, we are working on updating our website and adding more pieces to our inventory. We are very appreciative and deeply grateful for all the support that you, the community has given us to stay in business! @ A Colorful Universe.

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This list was assembled by the San Elijo Hills Community Association

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February 2020 San Elijo Hills Community Association HOA Updates

Friday Night Fever-Adult Only 70’s Disco Party!

TGIF! Friday Night Fever is coming……..On Friday, March 20th join us in the 70’s for a disco dance party! Our 1st ever LED VIDEO DANCE FLOOR will really inspire you to shake your groove thing! Residents 21 and over can boogie down and enjoy a night to join friends and neighbors for food, music, dancing, drinks, prizes and fabulous fun! The party will begin at 7:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills REC center located at 1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078. Don’t forget to wear your most outrageous 70’s or disco outfit. Who knows? You may just win a cool prize! Attendance to this event is limited! Cost is $5.00/person. You must provide a check (no cash) payable to San Elijo Hills and deliver to Liz McCardle at the San Elijo Hills onsite office in order to reserve your spot! All reservations will be taken on a first-come-first-serve basis. The onsite office is located at 1277 San Elijo Road S., San Marcos, CA 92078. For more information, contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com or call (760) 798-9015.

Community Garden

It’s almost time for our annual community garden lottery! Grow your own flowers, vegetables, and herbs! Plots will be available from 4.1.20– 3.31.21. The cost of a yearly lease is $50.00. All existing lessees must reapply for the lottery. If you currently have a space, and will be vacating, please contact Liz McCardle in advance. If you would like to participate in the lottery to lease a space in one of the community gardens, please submit your application to Liz McCardle no later than 3.15.20. E-mail the San Elijo Hills Community Director at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com or call 760-798-9015 to obtain the forms.

BunnyPalooza April 4, 2020

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is having its Annual BUNNYPALOOZA on Saturday, April 4th at the Hilltop field of San Elijo Hills Park. Activities will include an egg hunt, inflatables, face painting, crafts, photo-ops with the Easter bunny, light refreshments, and more! A DJ will be entertaining us with music, games, and an obstacle course so parents and kids of all ages can enjoy some friendly competition! BUNNYPALOOZA will begin at 9:30AM and run until 11:30 PM. The Egg Hunt will be split by different age groups in 10 minute increments beginning at 10:00 AM. For more information please call 760-798-9015 or email sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

Town Square Fountain

The fountain in our town square park is a valued feature of our community, and enjoyed by all of our residents. There has been an increase in vandalism to the fountain. Soap has been poured into the water on multiple occasions. When these types of vandalism occur, the fountain has to be drained and the necessary repairs are performed. This is very costly to the Association (approximately $1, 000 each incident!). We encourage you to speak to your kids, and help us stop the ongoing damage. The Board of Directors will be looking into options for monitoring the fountain and intend to press charges with the authorities. We appreciate your help!

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**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

Gershman Properties Buys San Elijo Hills Town Center in San Marcos for $16 Million

Lourdes Mexican Food, Starbucks Coffee, Grand Vision Optometry and San Elijo Pediatric Dentistry are tenants at San Elijo Hills Town Center in San Marcos, California.

Gershman Properties has purchased San Elijo Hills Town Center, a lifestyle center located at 1620, 1628, 1640 and 1646 San Elijo Road in San Marcos. Ambient Communities dba SEH Lifestyle Center LLC sold the asset for $16 million. Built-in 2019, the property features 23,076 square feet of retail space. Current tenants include Starbucks Coffee, Cyclebar, Everbowl, Sourdough Bread Co., Tapa Tapa Spanish Restaurant, SETS Kitchen & Bar, Lourdes Mexican Food, Grand Vision Optometry, San Elijo Pediatric Dentistry and Downtown Academics Tutoring. Rob Ippolito, John Jennings and Glenn Rudy of Newmark Knight Frank represented the seller in the transaction.

‘Heart’ of town nearly full in San Marcos after slow growth – The Coast News Group

Heart’ of town nearly full in San Marcos after slow growthby Stephanie StangNovember 14, 20190189SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos continues to see record growth especially in one development that is nearing completion.  The community of San Elijo Hills is blossoming, especially around the heart of its community known as the San Elijo Town Center.Two new restaurants will be opening in the next couple of months and next year construction will begin to offer a variety of office spaces. One restaurant will offer Spanish cuisine inspired from Barcelona while another will feature traditional American food with recipes from Colorado. The restaurateurs are looking to provide more upscale, finer cuisine compared to the casual dining currently offered on the town square according to Duncan Budinger, director of retail development from Ambient Communities.“It will have a completely different cuisine and will be a completely different experience too,” he said. “This is going to be date night. You are going to take your wife or significant other. You can sit on the patio.”Plus, more options for small retail businesses will be coming soon too when construction begins on a lot owned by Ambient adjacent to the square.  Some of the options for the space include a fitness center, veterinary office, cryotherapy and physical therapy.

Read More Via Source: ‘Heart’ of town nearly full in San Marcos after slow growth – The Coast News Group

San Elijo Hills Community Yard Sale and upcoming San Elijo Hills Community Association Events (HOA)

 

Community Yard Sale-September 21st!

The San Elijo Hills Community Association is hosting a community-wide yard sale! All residents are welcome to participate in this FREE event! The yard sale will be held on Saturday, 9/21/19 from 7 AM-11 AM. Directional signage will be placed out the morning of the sale to the individual neighborhoods. Please note, there will be NO MAPS distributed indicating which individuals homes are participating. Please feel free to add additional signage in the community after 8 PM the night before (Friday 9/20/19) so long as it is removed promptly after the event. 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.

Oktoberfest!

Prost!! It’s finally here……join us for our most popular event of the year! Come celebrate Oktoberfest with your neighbors on Sunday, October 13th from 3:00 PM-6:00 PM 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, inflatables, photo booth, tubs of fun ride, elephant aviation ride, 25’ gondola Ferris wheel, zombie maze craze 90’ mega obstacle course, 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.

Tree Trimming

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

Dogs

Please pick up after your pets and remind your children to do so as well if they are responsible for the dog-walking duties. Pet waste is probably the #1 complaint amongst our residents so please be diligent and keep San Elijo Hills looking and smelling beautiful!

Trails Cleanup Day-CANCELLED

Our trails cleanup event as part of the California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) has been canceled at the San Elijo Hills location. Please go to their website www.creektobay.org if you are interested in participating in another location. We apologize for the inconvenience.

San Elijo Hills October Board of Directors Meeting

The next General Session Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills Rec Center (1105 Elfin Forest Road, San Marcos, CA 92078).

Fall Family Festival

Free for San Elijo Hills Families and Friends to enjoy. September 21st. Fun family games, face painting, music, prizes & more at San Elijo Hills Town Center Park. Visit for more information, and to register for the opportunity to win a $500 Gift Card at the event!

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**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

The Lost Abbey has signed a lease on the former Stoked Café

NEWS from The Lost Abbey-Some of you have heard the news. The Lost Abbey has signed a lease on the former Stoked Café space with the intention of operating a satellite tasting room and events space. As residents of Old Creek Ranch, we love the community of San Elijo and can’t believe this space has become available.

The Lost Abbey was co-founded by my husband and his partners back in 2006. For some of you, this may be the first time that you have heard of us and if so, we are excited about the chance to meet and catch up over a beer or two.

We’re a little brewery with a big reputation but we pride ourselves on being great partners both here with our locals in San Marcos as well as our neighbors to the West (Cardiff by the Sea) where we operate another satellite tasting room called “The Confessional.”
As we’re currently in the planning phases, we don’t have a ton of details to share with you. But we wanted to make sure that we opened up an avenue for communication. If you have any questions, concerns or just want to say heck yeah can’t wait for you to open, we’d love to hear from you. Maureen Callahan Arthur

2019 San Elijo Hills Family Fall Festival

This year’s Family Fall Festival has something for everyone.  Kids young and old can enjoy corn hole games, get their face painted, decorate a pumpkin, win a prize, enjoy great music and so much more!

The Family Fall Festival will be in the San Elijo Hills Town Center Park on Saturday, September 21stfrom 10 am to 2 pm.  This is a FREE event for the entire family.

Drawings will be held throughout the day for prizes from San Elijo merchants.   The $500 grand prize will be drawn at 1:30 pm.  Winner must be present to win.  Enter to win now at (link).

Family Fall Festival is presented by Ambient Communities.  Please visit  for more details.

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