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Winter family fun returns to San Marcos

San Marcos Lighting of the Tree

Santa’s Magical Village, tree lighting and holiday parade slated for Dec. 5 weekend

San Marcos is kicking off the winter season with several festive events the whole family can enjoy.

The city’s 20th annual “Lighting of the Tree” will take place Saturday, Dec. 5 at approximately 6:30 pm. Holiday celebrations will continue to Sunday, Dec. 6 at 1 pm with San Marcos’ annual holiday parade presented by the Kiwanis Club of San Marcos. For parade route information, please visit www.kiwanisclubofsanmarcos.org.

From Saturday, Dec. 5 to Sunday, Dec. 6, residents can also get excited for Santa’s Magical Village located at 3 Civic Center Drive. The two-day event features visits from Santa and Rudolph, carolers, arts and craft vendors, cookie decorating, gourmet food trucks, a recycled ornament contest, and free outdoor entertainment.

To top it off, families can enjoy a pancake, sausage and egg breakfast with Santa Clause on Sunday, Dec. 6 from 9 to 11:30 am. No reservations are required and tickets are available at the door for just $5 for adults and $4 for children.

For more information, visit www.san-marcos.net/specialevents or call San Marcos Community Services at (760) 744-9000.

The City of San Marcos’s brown front lawn to transform into water-wise landscaping


City’s brown front lawn to transform into water-wise landscaping

The extra water-saving mile, the City of San Marcos will transform the brown Civic Center front lawn along San Marcos Boulevard into a water-wise landscape.

Instead of intensive, high maintenance ornamental turf, residents will see a native mow free grass surrounded by an oval-shaped border of octopus agave, yellow blanket flowers and blue chalk sticks. Higher efficiency irrigation technology with drip emitters and high-efficiency spray nozzles will also be put in place.

“Knowing that we are facing an unprecedented drought, this project is helping the city be good stewards of all our water resources,” said Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald.

By transforming the landscaped area, the city expects to reduce water use by more than 50 percent while trimming down on landscape maintenance costs for fertilizers, weed control and labor.

The $400,000 project, paid for in part by funding from the Water Security, Clean Drinking Water, Coastal and Beach Protection Act, will reduce water use and minimize run-off into the streets while creating a sustainable space for City Hall visitors.

The proposed project will be reviewed for approval during the regularly scheduled City Council meeting on Tuesday, September 22, 2015 at 6 pm. If the designs are approved, crews will begin work in November.

To learn more about the city’s water-saving efforts, visit www.san-marcos.net/savingh2o.