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Celebrate the holidays in San Marcos

The holidays are here again, and the City of San Marcos invites the community to join us for fun and festive events during the month of December.

  • First up is our annual Tree Lighting event (pictured above) on Saturday, Dec. 7 from 1- 7 p.m. at the San Marcos Civic Center, where you can enjoy free crafts and activities, as well as vendors selling their wares and snacks.
  • Next is an exciting new event called Breakfast with Santa. Bring the whole family to the San Marcos Community Center on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 7:30-11 a.m. to enjoy a pancake breakfast with Santa, and the chance to make festive crafts and play quarter carnival games. The cost is $5 per person and includes a souvenir photo with Santa.
  • Adults 50+ are invited to join us for the San Marcos Senior Activity Center’s Holiday Gala with Band Diego Dance Band on Friday, Dec. 20.  This black-tie affair is filled with lots of holiday cheer. Mingle with friends old and new and dance to your favorite holiday tunes. Lunch starts at 11:30 a.m. and entertainment begins at 12:30 p.m. The cost for seniors 59 and under is $5. A $4 donation is suggested for seniors 60 and over. Please RSVP by Dec. 13 by calling (760) 744-5535, ext. 0.

Come out to have some fun with family and friends and connect with your neighbors in our beautiful City! And make sure to visit www.san-marcos.net and follow @sanmarcoscity on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to learn about upcoming events.

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Water-wise landscape makeover takes shape at San Marcos Civic Center

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Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 27, crews will continue work to plant water-wise landscaping surrounding the city’s Civic Center located along San Marcos Boulevard to set the water-saving example.

While newly planted varieties may look like grass from the past, the new “Native Move Free Sod” to be planted requires 50 percent less water than a traditional lawn and only needs mowing eight times per year.

“Knowing that California still faces unprecedented drought conditions, this project is helping the city be good stewards of all our water resources,” said Public Works Director Mike Edwards.

Landscape designs approved by the San Marcos City Council call for a large area of native mow free grass surrounded by an oval-shaped border of meadow grasses, a variety of succulents and yellow blanket flowers instead of intensive, high maintenance ornamental turf. Decomposed granite will border the meadow areas.

Irrigated with well water, higher efficiency irrigation technology with drip emitters and high-efficiency spray nozzles will also be put in place.

By transforming the landscaped area, the city not only expects to reduce water use by more than 50 percent but will also trim 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.

For more information, contact Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald at The City of San Marcos.

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

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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.

City of San Marcos, CA: City partners with North County Food Bank for holiday food drive

The City of San Marcos is partnering with the North County Food Bank to host a holiday food drive on Wednesday, Nov. 17 from 6 to 9 am. A drive-thru drop-off location will be set up that day near the Sprinter station across the street from the San Marcos Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Drive. Canned donations will be accepted and used to provide food to 76 North County charitable agencies.

“Last year was particularly harsh for those whose homes, incomes and food supplies had been jeopardized or impaired,” explained Penny Felker, a San Marcos community volunteer who is coordinating the food drive effort. “We hope this year’s campaign will be tremendously successful as the need is still very real for many people in our community.”

Monetary donations are also welcomed, but must be coordinated directly with the North County Food Bank. Donors are encouraged to contact Food Bank Operations Director Mike Lawson at (760) 761-1140 or mlawson@sdnccs.org.

For more information about the North County Food Bank, please visit http://www.sdnccs.org/food-bank.

New park to open near San Marcos Civic Center

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A new one-acre park near the San Marcos Civic Center will open to the public after an official ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 22 at 3:30 pm. The park is located east of the Civic Center campus, 1 Civic Center Drive. Free parking is available in the nearby structure. The grand opening ceremony is open to the public and will include comments from the San Marcos City Council.

The $836,000 park was removed in 2004 during construction of North County Transit District‘s Sprinter line. The transit district funded approximately $638,000 for replacement park costs, and the City of San Marcos picked up the remaining $198,000.

Civic Center Park will be open from 8 am to 9 pm and includes amenities such as a lighted basketball half-court, sand volleyball, play equipment and picnic areas. The Inland Rail Trail also runs through the park.

“We are excited to expand our outdoor recreational offerings near the Civic Center,” explained Community Services Director Craig Sargent-Beach. “Many of our youth programs utilized the park before it was removed, and now we’ll be able to reinstate that outdoor component.”

The City contracted with Wimmer Yamada & Caughey for the project design and Empire Pipeline for project construction.