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Horse Heritage Festival Celebrates Twin Oaks Valley Area at Walnut Grove Park

On Sunday, October 10th, San Marcos residents and visitors will have loads of fun and learn about the Twin Oaks Valley by showing up at Walnut Grove Park between 10:00am and 2:00pm. This year the San Marcos Historical Society, San Marcos High School FFA, Wranglers 4H,and TERI,Inc will join with the Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association to host the Horse Heritage Festival.

This event will include an early morning Poker Ride as well as pony rides, pie eating contests, petting zoo, old time country fair and sweet shoppe, Grandma’s attic sale, historic homes tour, a pumpkin patch, horse demonstrations, BBQ lunch, live music by City Limits and up-n-coming country star Christine Marie and more! This is a family friendly event that promotes the rich cultural heritage of San Marcos and the importance of preserving a rural, equestrian presence within the community. Admission to Horse Heritage Festival is free, as are many activities throughout the day. Tickets will be required for some activities. All proceeds help support Heritage Park, the Equestrian Arena at Walnut Grove Park and TERI Inc.
For more information visit www.HelpTheHorsePark.com or call the San Marcos Historical Society at 760-744-9025.

City’s sixth annual VIBE event goes “green”

San Marcos, CA – The City of San Marcos will hold its sixth annual Volunteer Improvement Beautification Event (VIBE) on Saturday, Sept. 27 from 8 am to 3 pm. The VIBE program will revitalize a series of homes in a local San Marcos neighborhood and will crown the effort with the installation of a California Native Victorian Garden at Walnut Grove Park.

Landscape designer Greg Rubin (a San Marcos native), the San Marcos Historical Society, Vallecitos Water District and United We Paint have developed a landscape design to complement two existing historical homes at Walnut Grove Park. The design elements include an educationally themed California native garden containing a gazebo and multiple benches constructed of recycled materials. Additional materials include native trees and plantings known for their fire-retardant and water conserving qualities.

Volunteers will construct the garden during the one-day VIBE event along with the other home maintenance projects planned throughout the day. The City provides all volunteers with a breakfast snack, beverages, lunch, music, an official volunteer t-shirt, volunteer certificate and pictures. Last year’s event attracted a record number 450 volunteers.

Karl Schwarm, Director of Housing & Human Services explains, “We are especially proud to introduce an eco-friendly VIBE this year. The City of San Marcos is always striving to educate our residents on the importance of water conservation and utilizing renewable resources. The garden provides an educational and informative platform for all those that visit Heritage Park. The ecofriendly garden in combination with the revitalization of homes makes this the most complete VIBE to date.” The City is collaborating with United We Paint to implement the event. United We Paint is a volunteer organization that provides home makeovers to the most deserving families. United We Paint Executive Director Jeff Zotara states, “Our partnership with the City of San Marcos continues our steadfast mission to provide prosperity and hope to the most deserving recipients. The result is a warmer and more inviting living environment for the community and the families that call San Marcos home.”