Over 100 Toys!

Over 100 Toys!

December 16th — Helix staff are pleased to report that they — and some of our customers — donated 113 new toys to the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots program, and delivered them today to the toy-drive’s headquarters in Miramar.

Carlos Lugo, Helix’s General Manager noted, “This was done, of course, on each employee’s own time and with their own money and I couldn’t be more proud of them. Every child should have a toy to unwrap on Christmas,”

Photo: Chris Timmer, Helix’s water conservation representative, inventories the toys donated by Helix staff.


Helix Collecting Toys for Tots

Helix Collecting Toys for Tots

Helix Water District is proudly participating this holiday season in the Marine Corps Toys for Tots Program, collecting donated toys up to the Wednesday, December 16th deadline.

On Christmas, Marine Corps coordinators will work with local churches and social welfare agencies to distribute the toys to the less fortunate children in our community.

Helix has placed Toys for Tots collection barrels in two convenient locations for our customers and employees. Thank you, in advance, to all of those who donate. Answers to frequently asked questions are provided below.

Drop-Off Locations

Helix Administration Office Lobby

7811 University Avenue in La Mesa
Open Monday-Friday, 8:30am-5:00pm

Helix Operations Center Lobby
1233 Vernon Way in El Cajon
Open Monday-Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm


Q: Should I gift wrap my donated toy?
Toys must be new and unwrapped.

Q: Is there a list of toys available to help me?
Toys for Tots does not publish a list of appropriate toys to donate.  If such a list were created, most would follow it, resulting in a limited selection of items to distribute in each community.  We would rather our donors consider what might be an appropriate gift for their own child/relative, purchase the item, and donate to Toys for Tots.

Q: Shopping for pre-teens and teens is especially difficult.  Do you have any ideas?
The Foundation does purchase supplemental toys/gifts for our campaign sites and focuses on these age groups.  In the past, items purchased for these groups have included, but are not limited to:  sporting equipment/bags/balls; books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watch/wallet gift sets, bath gift sets, board games, radio control cars/trucks, hand-held electronics, skateboards/helmets, curling irons, hair straighteners, and hair dryers.

Q: Are there toys or gifts that are not accepted?
Toys for Tots prefers not to accept realistic looking weapons and gifts with food.  If donated, such items will NOT be distributed.

Trout Opener at Lake Jennings – Saturday, November 21st

Helix Water District’s Lake Jennings has been stocked with 2,500 pounds of Rainbow Trout for opening day — the Trout Opener — on Saturday, November 21st, from 6:00am to 5:00pm in Lakeside.

Last year, SDfish.com ranked Lake Jennings the #2 trout fishing lake in San Diego County and said of the lake’s seclusion and scenery that “Lake Jennings allows you to slip into the euphoria of a backcountry feeling without putting a big dent on the fuel in your vehicle.”

Why is the fishing so good? Water quality: Lake Jennings is where Helix stores imported water from the Colorado River and the Feather River, the source of water for California’s State Water Project, before it is treated at the district’s R.M. Levy Water Treatment Plant. How Helix staff manage the fishery also plays a role. The lake is stocked with Lightning Trout, known for their fight on the line, and 3-10 pound Trophy Trout.

Two more reasons to fish the Trout Opener are tagged trout and the Kid’s Pond stocked with 400 pounds of trout for anglers under 12 years old, with fishing poles and tackle provided. Catch a tagged trout and win a free weekend of camping, a free boat rental or a gift certificate to Lakeside Bait and Tackle.

Lake Jennings offers rental boats, 16 foot skiffs with a Yamaha outboard motor, on a first come, first served basis, a ramp for private boats, and a campground. Non-hookup sites for tent camping Friday and/or Saturday night are still available.

Driving Directions
– Take 8 freeway east
– Take Lake Jennings Park Road exit
– Turn left on to Lake Jennings Park Road
– Turn right on to Harritt Road and follow it to the parking lot

More Information
619-443-2510 (lake information)
619-390-1623 (campground)



Today is the Day to Say Thank You to Veterans

This is a military town and it’s likely you know a veteran – a family member, friend, neighbor or coworker. Each year, approximately 15,000 personnel from the Navy and Marines conclude their military careers in San Diego.

Want to say “thank you”? Veterans Day – today – is a good day to do it.  Here are two good places to start: 14 Ways to Show Your Thanks to Our Military on Veterans Day are recommendations from a member of a military family, and Charitynavigator.org reviews and rates non-profit organizations assisting veterans.

All of us at Helix Water District would like to thank U.S. military veterans for their service and their sacrifices. We also want to offer to our customers who are military veterans a water conservation kit that includes a water efficient showerhead, shower timer and shower bucket for collecting and reusing water. Come by our Administration Building at 7811 University Avenue in La Mesa over the next week to get yours.

Nov 7 — Fall Plantstravaganza!

Nov 7 — Fall Plantstravaganza!

Are you thinking about putting in a water efficient landscape or improving the one you have? Come to the 2015 Fall Plantstravaganza! at The Water Conservation Garden on Saturday, November 7th from 10am to 2pm.

Why talk about gardening in the fall? Because this is the best time to plant a water efficient landscape, so that winter rainstorms provide the extra irrigation that water efficient plants need until their roots are established.

The Plantstravaganza is an opportunity to talk with experts, buy plants and attend workshops on all aspects of gardening. You can also exchange $20 for 20 minutes with a landscape designer or architect to talk about the landscape you have now, the one you want to have, and how to do it. “Ask the Designer” consultations are popular and making a reservation is recommended. Call 619-660-0614 ext. 10.

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