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San Marcos News

San Marcos News

WEEK OF NOVEMBER 14, 2023

San Marcos
“Holly Jolly” Holiday Market

Sunday, December 3rd, 10AM -4PM

251 North City Drive, San Marcos , Off Highway 78 & Twin Oaks Valley Road

Celebrate the Season with Local Shopping, Holiday Gifts, Seasonal Eats, Live Music, and a Visit from Santa Claus.

Get ready to eat, drink and be merry at the annual San Marcos “Holly Jolly” Holiday Market at North City! The beloved open-air market returns to North City on Sunday, December 3, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Shop for holiday gifts, decorations, pre-packaged food, and treats, and indulge in a variety of delicious hot food from over 100 local artisans and crafters. This event is for everyone to enjoy and even Santa Claus will be paying a special visit.

The Holiday Market is located 251 North City Drive, off Hwy 78 and Twin Oaks Valley Road. FREE PARKING 

Vendor Inquiries: https://eventhub.net/events/2023-San-Marcos-Holiday-Market_4986

Sponsor Inquiries, contact Melanie Jamil, 760-744-1270, melanie@sanmarcoschamber.com

MORE INFO

Upcoming Chamber Events

Coffee Connections Wednesday, Nov. 158AM-9AM

251 North City Drive, Suite 128G, San Marcos, CA 92078

It’s not just a cup of coffee, but an opportunity to meet with other business professionals and community leaders, build new partnerships, make new friends, and exchange ideas in a comfortable and intimate environment.

Coffee Connections is FREE to all members and $20 for prospective members.  REGISTER

Farmers Market

EVERY TUESDAY3:00 PM-7:00 PM

Beautiful open-air market which features fresh, local produce, baked goods, cheese, eggs, yogurt, fresh flowers, prepackaged foods, delicious hot foods, artisans and crafters, live music!  Parking Map MORE INFO

Podcast

Meet Michelle Bender, the new City Manager for the City of San Marcos.

Michelle talks about her pathway to her current position, as well as an update on some of the new developments in San Marcos.

LISTEN HERE

Community News

Join us for the Entrepreneurs Track of the San Diego Angel Conference in partnership with the Brink SBDC. Each week, founders gather, network, and explore topics critical to successfully raising money from angel investors.

The Entrepreneurs Track culminates with the application deadline on December 19, 2023. REGISTER HERE

Basic Audit & New Year Preparation

Wednesday, November 1512:00PM – 1:30PM

This training is designed to assist California small business owners audit their in-house HR files, HR processes, and prepare for a new year. REGISTER HERE

Build Customer Loyalty with Excellent Customer Service

Wednesday, November 151:00PM – 3:00PM

Learn tips and tricks to improve your customer service skills so that you can retain customers and grow your business! REGISTER HERE

San Marcos Chamber of Commerce | 251 North City Drive #128San Marcos, CA 92078

September

Sat. 02 • San Marcos Hike

Wed. 13 • Family Night Craft Pick-Up

Wed. 13 • Pop-Up Rec

Fri. 15 • Free Movie in the Park

Thu. 21 • Over 90’s Party

Sat. 23 • Summer Concert

Sat. 30 • Double Peak Challenge

…and more!

The Community Center will be closed Monday, Sept. 4.

San Marcos Hike

Heart of The City Hike – A 6.5-mile hike with 580’ of elevation gain to the northern city limits on urban trails will follow the rail trail east and visit Hollandia Park and catch views of Mulberry Park. This hike is rated easy-to-moderate.

Saturday, September 2 • Sign-in starts at 7:30 a.m. with hike beginning at 8 a.m. • Free

Community Center (Outdoor Hearth) 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos 92069

Family Night Craft Pick-upFall Leaf Wreath

Create a seasonal leaf wreath using glue, a cardboard wreath, ribbon, and faux fall leaves.

Family Night activities bring families together. Crafts/activities are intended for children ages three to ten. Each On-The-Go kit contains one craft or activity. Adjust quantity when registering for each child participating. Register your child here

Wednesday, September 13 • $5 – Community Center • 3 Civic Center Drive

Register your child here

Fall late registration still available.

We are still accepting late registration for our Fall Raggedy Ann & Andy Preschool Program.

Pop-Up RecFall Owls

Summer ends while school begins! Come join Parks & Rec to create a fall owl using cupcake liners.

You bring the creativity, and we’ll bring all the supplies you need! While supplies last.

Wednesday, September 13 • 3 p.m. • Free – Sunset Park • 909 Puesta del Sol

Follow Us On Facebook

Get the latest news and updates on all of our programming by also following San Marcos Parks & Recreation on Facebook.

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Free Movie In The Park

Join us for a fun-filled, family-oriented, summer night! Popcorn is provided. We will also have a hotdog vendor on site. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for sitting.

Vivo (PG)A music-loving kinkajou embarks on the journey of a lifetime to fulfill his destiny and deliver a love song for an old friend.

Friday, September 15 • Free – Pre-Show activities start at 6:30 p.m. Movies start at dusk. Richmar Park • 110 Richmar Avenue

Over 90’s Party

Enjoy lunch with our friends who have celebrated 90 or more birthdays! Visit the Senior Center Lunch Desk or call (760) 744-5535 x3607 to make your reservation. Please RSVP by Thursday, Sept. 14.

Thursday, September 21 • 11:30 a.m. Senior Activity Center • 111 Richmar Avenue

Register Today for the Double Peak Challenge!

Over the last 7 years, Double Peak Challenge has been a fun and challenging 10k/5k and Trail Trot. This year will be no different.

The competitive 10k trail offers scenic views of San Marcos and beyond. The swag pack for the 10k includes racer’s bib, race shirt and wood medal.

The 5k Fun Run is not timed but still offers the chance to beat your previous time on the course. The 5k Fun Run swag pack includes racer’s bib, race shirt, and wood medal.

The Kid’s Trail Trot offers a quick sprint course for younger kids and each receive a medal.

The event is Saturday, September 30. There’s fun prizes for the overall winners and age-group winners, race expo, cool swag and a beer garden for participants and spectators 21 years or older. Remember to bring your ID. To register or get more information, go to www.doublepeakchallenge.com.

San Marcos AquaticsOpen Recreation Swim

Open Recreation Swim is for individuals or families to enjoy the pool and swim.

Please visitwww.san-marcos.net/watersafety for a list of pool rules. Pool heated to 84°F.

Please note: if the projected high temperature for the day is below 60°F, or there is thunder and lightning, open Rec Swim will be cancelled that day. We will remain open during rain.

Swim Lessons – Swimming lessons save lives! Please click the registration link below for the most up to date listing of available classes. Swim lessons are subject to change. Please check the website for up-to-date times www.san-marcos.net/aquaticsRegister For Swim Lessons

Lap Swim

Purchase a Splash Pass membership for year-round access, or pay a drop-in fee for an intense or easy workout. Pool is heated and outdoors. Please bring your own equipment.

Splash Pass Membership

Swim Team – City of San Marcos will be hosting a new, co-ed, 7 to 18 year old, recreational swim teams. The swim teams will be split based on age and focuses on endurance and technique while making friends and having fun! In order to be a part of the City of San Marcos Swim Team a minimum requirement is 25-meter free-style and 25-meter backstroke (not timed) must be completed in a try-out. Visit the pool during open hours and the head guard can provide a try-out.

Location: Las Posas Park Pool

Days: Monday-Thursday|8 classes Time: 7-11 years | 5-5:30 p.m.- 12-18 years | 6-6:60 p.m. – Fees: $50 | 8 classes

Aqua Aerobics -Now hosted in-house by our certified Water Safety Instructors. Come and enjoy a guided warm-up, motivational cardio workout exercises followed by a cool down and stretch. This is a gentle class geared towards facilitating a healthy, active lifestyle. Beginners welcome, equipment provided.

Location: Las Posas Park Pool

Dates: Saturday & Sunday Time: 7:30-8:15 a.m. | 8:30-9:15 a.m. | 9:30-10:15 a.m. Fee: $6 drop-in fee only

San Marcos Recreation Guide

If you haven’t checked out the latest edition of our San Marcos Recreation Guide, we encourage you to take a peek and see all the fun happenings from San Marcos Parks & Recreation!

Recreation Scholarships Available!

The Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation have donated $10,000 this for recreation scholarships! These scholarships are available through the City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and are contingent upon meeting certain financial eligibility requirements. To learn more and to apply visit

www.san-marcos.net/recpolicies

Park Shelter Reservations Available

The City has 22 designated reservable park picnic shelters at 13 different City parks that may be reserved to host your next celebration. A reservation must be made for groups of 25 people or more and groups who wish to have a inflatable or pony/petting zoo. Groups under 25 people can still make a reservation or choose to use the park on a first come first serve basis.

Reservable park picnic shelters can be reserved online a minimum of 8 days in advance and at the Parks and Recreation office 4 days in advance of your desired date. Reservations are paid in full at the time of booking.   For more information, please visit www.san-marcos.net/reserveapark or call the office at 760-744-9000.

San Marcos Parks & Recreation | 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

What’s Happening in Parks & Rec

July

Tue. 04 • Red, White and Boom!

Wed. 12 • Pop-Up Rec

Sat. 15 • Summer Concert

Wed. 19 • Family Night Craft Pick-Up

Fri. 21 • Free Movie in the Park

Fri. 28 • Mix & Mingle

…and more!

Pop-Up Rec

Bubbles – Summer is heating up so come out to San Elijo Park near the splash pad as we enjoy making lots of bubbles.

You bring the creativity, and we’ll bring all the supplies you need! While supplies last.

Wednesday, July 12 • 3 p.m. • Free San Elijo Park • 1105 Elfin Forest Road

Follow Our New Facebook Page

We’re moving our old Facebook group to our new Facebook page! Click the link below for our new page and be sure to follow us, so you never miss out on all the fun things we’re doing!

Follow us on Facebook

Richmar Park New Amenity Survey

The City of San Marcos is planning to start phase 2 of development at Richmar Park, and we are seeking your feedback on a new amenity.

Please take a moment to give your feedback on our quick survey to help shape our community.

TAKE THE SURVEY

Family Night Craft Pick-up

Mason Jar Camp Lantern

Wednesday, July 19 • $5 Community Center • 3 Civic Center Drive

Create a camp lantern with a glass mason jar, tissue paper, mod podge, pipe cleaners and a battery operated tea light.

Family Night activities bring families together. Crafts/activities are intended for children ages three to ten. Each On-The-Go kit contains one craft or activity. Adjust quantity when registering for each child participating. REGISTER YOUR CHILD HERE

Free Movie In The Park

Join us for a fun-filled, family-oriented, summer night! Popcorn is provided. Bring lawn chairs or blankets for sitting.

Minions: The Rise of Gru (PG)In the 1970s, young Gru tries to join a group of supervillains called the Vicious 6 after they oust their leader — the legendary fighter Wild Knuckles. When the interview turns disastrous, Gru and his Minions go on the run with the Vicious 6 hot on their tails. Luckily, he finds an unlikely source for guidance — Wild Knuckles himself — and soon discovers that even bad guys need a little help from their friends.

Friday, July 21 • Free – Pre-Show activities start at 6:30 p.m.

Movies start at dusk. Bradley Park • 1587 Linda Vista Drive

Mix & Mingle

$8 presale or $10 at the door.

Friday, July 28 • 5-7 p.m. Senior Activity Center • 111 Richmar Avenue

Admission includes two complimentary adult beverages (beer/wine), appetizers and live music. You can purchase your tickets by stopping by the Senior Activity Center Front Desk, or online at the link below.

BUY YOUR TICKETS HERE

San Marcos Aquatics

Open Recreation Swim

Open Recreation Swim is for individuals or families to enjoy the pool and swim. Please visit

www.san-marcos.net/watersafety for a list of pool rules. Pool heated to 84°F.

Please note: if the projected high temperature for the day is below 60°F, or there is thunder and lightning, open Rec Swim will be cancelled that day. We will remain open during rain.

Swim Lessons

Swimming lessons save lives! Please click the registration link below for the most up to date listing of available classes. Swim lessons are subject to change. Please check the website for up-to-date times www.san-marcos.net/aquatics REGISTER FOR SWIM LESSONS

Lap Swim

Purchase a Splash Pass membership for year-round access, or pay a drop-in fee for an intense or easy workout. Pool is heated and outdoors. Please bring your own equipment. SPLASH PASS MEMBERSHIP

San Marcos Recreation Guide

If you haven’t checked out the latest edition of our San Marcos Recreation Guide, we encourage you to take a peek and see all the fun happenings from San Marcos Parks & Recreation!

Recreation Scholarships Available!

The Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation have donated $10,000 this for recreation scholarships! These scholarships are available through the City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and are contingent upon meeting certain financial eligibility requirements. To learn more and to apply visit.

www.san-marcos.net/recpolicies

Park Shelter Reservations Available
The City has 22 designated reservable park picnic shelters at 13 different City parks that may be reserved to host your next celebration. A reservation must be made for groups of 25 people or more and groups who wish to have a inflatable or pony/petting zoo. Groups under 25 people can still make a reservation or choose to use the park on a first come first serve basis.

Reservable park picnic shelters can be reserved online a minimum of 8 days in advance and at the Parks and Recreation office 4 days in advance of your desired date. Reservations are paid in full at the time of booking.   For more information, please visit www.san-marcos.net/reserveapark or call the office at 760-744-9000.

San Marcos Parks & Recreation | 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

SUNDAY, APRIL 3 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Mark your calendars, the Spring Fling is back! MORE INFO

San Marcos Parks & Recreation Event Announcements

Start planning your Summer today! Get a sneak peak of all the fun camps we’re offering this Summer.
Scholarships Available Now!
The Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation have donated $5,000 this year for recreation scholarships! These scholarships are available through the City of San Marcos Parks & Recreation and are contingent upon meeting certain financial eligibility requirements. To learn more and to apply visitwww.san-marcos.net/recpolicies.
San Marcos Parks & Recreation | 3 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA 92069

Curbside service, virtual events and more resources

Parks & Recreation Upcoming Events

Visit the Parks & Rec Website: www.san-marcos.net/play

San Marcos, CA — We’ve joined forces with #WithLoveNorthCounty – a collaborative program from the Innovate78 cities, San Diego North Economic Development Council & fellow Chambers to support North County hospitality businesses.

Our Friends Came Through…Long time City partner for events and community projects, the non-profit group Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation have agreed to fund some open recreational swim opportunities as well as upcoming Star Walks and City Hikes.All three programs were cut due to budget shortfalls, but now City staff are planning to reopen.Click here for ways you can get involved with the Friends of San Marcos Parks & Recreation.
STAY CONNECTED WITH YOUR PARKS & REC DEPARTMENT ‌  ‌  ‌


4 Comments

  1. I would like to notify you of an event to post:

    Get a feel for the wonderful world of horses and the common ground of horsemanship on Sunday May 15th 10 am – 3pm at Walnut Grove Park, San Marcos.

    The Twin Oaks Valley Equestrian Association (TOVEA) presents:
    The Common Ground Clinic featuring Horse Sense 101 sessions.
    The Clinic will offer top local professional instruction to riders in Dressage, Cowboy Challenge, and Equitation and Showmanship. Observe or bring your own horse (see registration details on website.)
    Horse Sense 101 Sessions will include demonstrations on grooming, feeding and nutrition, hoof care, wellness and medical care, tack and equipment, boarding, and therapeutic riding. These sessions are free to the public.

    Come see horses in action, get the wonderful feeling of being around them, and witness how horses give back to the community. This is a family friendly event – all ages are welcomed. Food will be available onsite. Enjoy the day outdoors in the good company of horse people and horse fans.

    FOR MORE INFORMATION: http://www.keepitequestrian.org; twinoaksvalleyequestrian@gmail.com

  2. Chris Clarke says:

    Bit misleading, says Free Concert, on the main page, but when you look at the details, it is only free for 12 year olds and younger.

    • Editor says:

      the news release says tickets can be purchased and Children under 12 FREE…thats what we were sent contact them and ask? Sorry for the confusion.

  3. Please Post:
    Got a Book In You? Let us help you plan it at the Nonfiction Book Planning Workshop! Sunday afternoon, April 23rd, 1-6 pm in San Marcos.

    Could you use some encouragement, a sounding board for your ideas? Chiwah Slater, best selling author, publisher, and book coach with over 20 years’ experience, offers her expertise and the benefits of brainstorming with other writers. Pizza and salad (included in registration) to keep your energy up.

    Whether your purpose is to tell your story, educate, instruct, or get the word out about your business, you’ll learn secrets that make the writing easy—even if you don’t consider yourself a writer. Your detailed plan makes writing your book as easy as “connect the dots.”

    Enroll early and save! $247 through April 10th, $297 after. Limited seating. Go to http://AWriteToKnow.com/bpbpreg and enroll through Paypal (credit or debit card OK; no need for a Paypal account).

    After enrolling you will be taken to a simple pre-workshop assignment that paves the way to creating a successful book plan.

    Questions? Call Chiwah Slater at 760-586-5392.

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