What to drink this summer

What to drink this summer

When it gets this hot, nothing quenches your thirst better than water — infused water! We have eight recipes to beat the summer heat, from strawberry, basil and lemon to mango, raspberry and ginger. It only takes five minutes to slice up your ingredients and a few hours of chilling time in the refrigerator. Enjoy!

8 Infused Water Recipes from Culinary Hill

Lake Jennings open every day in July

Lake Jennings open every day in July

It’s sum, sum, summertime and Lake Jennings is open every day in July. Why are we opening the lake every day? So that when school starts in September, your kids will have the best stories about kayaking, catching a bass, camping out, roasting hot dogs and making s’mores. It gets better: we have tipis, kayaks and fishing boats for you to rent, and every Tuesday you can launch your own boat for free. Spend July at the lake!

Go to Lakejennings.org or Facebook.com/lakejennings

Lake Jennings on News 8

Lake Jennings on News 8

News 8’s Ashley Jacobs did a live, early morning segment yesterday with Helix’s Lake Recreation Manager Kira Haley on Lake Jennings, our tipis and the joys of camping, including cinnamon rolls baked over the fire in a cast-iron skillet.

Watch the Video

Tomorrow is Customer Appreciation Day

Tomorrow is Customer Appreciation Day

The Water Conservation Garden has invited all Helix Water District customers to Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to say “Thank you for supporting The Garden”.

The event is FREE, parking is FREE and Kona Ice will be keeping it cool with FREE Hawaiian Shave Ice, which begins as a snow cone but tastes like a Hawaiian vacation when the sweet cream and fresh fruit are added (one free shave ice per person while supplies last).

There will be kids’ activities and Ms. Smarty Plants, Butterfly Encounters and Tortoise Talk, and homeowners can learn how to “Toss the Turf”, discover drought-tolerant plants, get landscaping advice and tour The Garden’s five acres for landscaping inspiration.

Is The Garden a good place to spend a Saturday morning? Yeah it is. In our customer survey last fall, you all rated The Water Conservation Garden as your favorite conservation program. And, 57 percent of our customers who visited or took a class at The Garden went home and applied what they learned in their own landscapes. That’s big! Helix will be at the event on Saturday to answer your irrigation and landscaping questions.

The Water Conservation Garden is located on the Cuyamaca College campus in El Cajon. It’s just off Jamacha at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West. For more information, go to thegarden.org.

Customer Appreciation Day is Saturday, May 19

Customer Appreciation Day is Saturday, May 19

The Water Conservation Garden has invited all Helix Water District customers to Customer Appreciation Day on Saturday, May 19, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., to say “Thank you for supporting The Garden”.
The event is FREE, parking is FREE and Kona Ice will be keeping it cool with FREE Hawaiian Shave Ice, which begins as a snow cone but tastes like a Hawaiian vacation when the sweet cream and fresh fruit are added (one free shave ice per person while supplies last).

There will be kids’ activities and Ms. Smarty Plants, Butterfly Encounters and Tortoise Talk, and homeowners can learn how to “Toss the Turf”, discover drought-tolerant plants, get landscaping advice and tour The Garden’s five acres for landscaping inspiration.

Is The Garden a good place to spend a Saturday morning? Yeah it is. In our customer survey last fall, you all rated The Water Conservation Garden as your favorite conservation program. And, 57 percent of our customers who visited or took a class at The Garden went home and applied what they learned in their own landscapes. That’s big! Helix will be at the event on Saturday to answer your irrigation and landscaping questions.

The Water Conservation Garden is located on the Cuyamaca College campus in El Cajon. It’s just off Jamacha at 12122 Cuyamaca College Drive West. For more information, go to thegarden.org.

 

Customer Appreciation Day is May 19

Customer Appreciation Day is May 19

The Water Conservation Garden is pleased to once again host a special “appreciation day” on Saturday, May 19, for ratepayers of the City of San Diego, Helix Water District, Otay Water District and Sweetwater Authority. 

The event runs from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Kona Ice will be there again this year with FREE Hawaiian Shave Ice (one per person while supplies last).

FOR KIDS & FAMILIES
Kids’ activities

Butterfly encounters
Tortoise talk
Garden tours

FOR HOMEOWNERS
Learn how to “Toss the Turf”
Get water efficient landscaping advice
Discover drought-tolerant plants

Join us for a little fun, all the landscaping advice you want, and five acres of landscaping inspiration.  For more information, go to thegarden.org or call The Water Conservation Garden at 619-660-0614.

Helix Helps with Arbor Day in El Cajon

Helix Helps with Arbor Day in El Cajon

Photo: Helix’s Director of Operations Kevin Miller minds the details while the kids do the shoveling.

Helix Helps headed out to Kennedy Park last Saturday for the city of El Cajon’s Arbor Day celebration.

The city put on a great event, with about 60 people showing up to plant a new generation of trees throughout the park, and the experts from the Ornamental Horticulture Program at Cuyamaca College on hand to show everyone how to do it.

In addition, West Coast Arborist, CalFire, SDG&E and Helix all had educational booths set up and information to take home on where to plant trees and how they can reduce a homeowner’s energy and water bills.

Top Left: Leah Rottke, an arborist and instructor in the Ornamental Horticulture Program at Cuyamaca College, gives everyone a step-by-step lesson in tree planting. Top Right: Helix’s Michelle Curtis sharing water conservation tips with customers. Above: the Helix Helps gang.

How to Plant a Tree

Helix Board Secretary Sandy Janzen and her husband Doyle got some useful tips from one of the experts on hand Saturday from Cuyamaca College’s Ornamental Horticulture Program.

Dig Your Hole

The hole should be twice as wide as the pot that the tree is in. This way, the tree will have a ring of soft soil around the roots, allowing them to grow outward.

Find the Top of the Roots

Brush away the dirt until you find a wide spot at the base of a tree’s trunk — this is the top of the roots. When you plant a tree, you want the top of the roots to be an inch above the soil.

Don't Let Your Tree Sink

It may take a few times — taking more soil out or putting some back in — to get the depth of your hole just right, so that the top of the roots are just above ground level. Stomp on your soil so it provides a firm platform for your tree.

Keep the Trunk Dry

Water a newly planted tree right away with a hose. It’s best to keep the trunk dry, so build two rings with your soil — the inner ring should be about 12 inches from the trunk and the outer ring should be be about 8 inches further out — and fill the area between the rings with water.

Spring Carnival is Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Spring Carnival is Saturday, March 24, 8 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The 4th Annual Lake Jennings Spring Carnival is Saturday, March 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please Note: Some Events Times Have Changed

The Kids Pond will be fully stocked for kiddos under 10 and we’re stocking the lake with 1,700 pounds of Rainbow Trout. Rent a kayak or fishing skiff and enjoy a day on the water.

The egg hunt for children under 10 will be in Hermits Cove at 10 a.m. and again at 12 p.m. We’re hiding 3,000 eggs and we’re sectioning off an area for the age three and under crowd.

And — back by popular demand — we’ll have free hot dogs and hamburgers in Hermits Cove from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Day Use Fee (Non-Fishing) 16+: $2
Adult Fishing Permit 16+: $9
Children under 8 Fishing Permit: Free with a Paid Adult Fishing Permit or $4
Youth 8-15 Fishing Permit: $4

The carnival kicks off Spring Break. The lake will be open every day from March 23 to April 8, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Make camping reservations at https://camping.lakejennings.org/

Spring Carnival kicks off spring break at Lake Jennings

Spring Carnival kicks off spring break at Lake Jennings

The 4th Annual Lake Jennings Spring Carnival is Saturday, March 24, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Please Note: Some Events Times Have Changed

The Kids Pond will be fully stocked for kiddos under 10 and we’re stocking the lake with 1,700 pounds of Rainbow Trout. Rent a kayak or fishing skiff and enjoy a day on the water.

The egg hunt for children under 10 will be in Hermits Cove at 10 a.m. and again at 12 p.m. We’re hiding 3,000 eggs and we’re sanctioning off an area for the age three and under crowd.

And — back by popular demand — we’ll have free hot dogs and hamburgers in Hermits Cove from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Day Use Fee (Non-Fishing) 16+: $2
Adult Fishing Permit 16+: $9
Children under 8 Fishing Permit: Free with a Paid Adult Fishing Permit or $4
Youth 8-15 Fishing Permit: $4

The carnival kicks off Spring Break. The lake will be open every day from March 23 to April 8, from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Make camping reservations at https://camping.lakejennings.org/

Helix Helps Bats Cleanup for Lemon Grove Little League

Helix Helps Bats Cleanup for Lemon Grove Little League

Last Saturday was Park Beautification and Cleanup Day at Monterey Heights Park in Lemon Grove and Helix Helps was there.

From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Helix employees and their families joined other volunteers from the Lemon Grove community to prepare Monterey Heights Park for Little League season. We removed trash, cleaned the dugouts and went toe to toe with crabgrass. What a day.

“The event was a great success,” said Malik Tamimi, who organized the event for the city of Lemon Grove, in an email to Helix on Monday.

“We had 161 volunteers, filled up three roll off bins with litter and landscape debris.  We also removed graffiti.  Thank you and your team for giving back to our community and helping make this community event a great success.  We are grateful that Helix Water District is a part of our Lemon Grove Community and for helping to Keep Lemon Grove Beautiful!”

 

High schoolers — win $1,000 in CSDA video contest

High schoolers — win $1,000 in CSDA video contest

Create a one to two minute video answering the question, “What’s so special about special districts?” and you could win the 2018 High School Student Video Contest sponsored by the San Diego Chapter of the California Special Districts Association (CSDA).
The objective of the contest is for high school students to create four public service announcements for CSDA that raise awareness about special districts and the services they provide in San Diego County. Do the whole project — shooting and editing — on your smartphone. Or use a drone! And take advantage of all the free tutorials and tips on video production on the web.

PRIZES

$1,000

1st Place

$750

2nd Place

$500

3rd Place

$250

To each winner’s school
MORE INFORMATION

Entries are due by April 1, 2018 and you must attend a high school in San Diego County to enter. Winners are announced in May.

2018 San Diego Chapter CSDA Video Contest Flyer

2018 San Diego Chapter CSDA Video Contest Rules

2018 San Diego Chapter CSDA Video Contest Application

For more information, go to www.sandiegocsda.weebly.com