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November 17, 2015 (La Mesa) - Marking your calendar for the holiday season?  Mt. Helix Park has some winter events for the whole family...from Christmas caroling to a hike to start off the New Year.


Saturday, Nov. 219 a.m. to 11 a.m. -  Join Ed Piffard for a two-hour presentation and certification training that will allow you to become part of the Park's Adopt-A-Plot program. You, your family/team members can be part of our habitat restoration efforts by helping to rid the "Jewel of East County" of invasive weeds that are threatening the California native plants within the Park. A limited number of plots are available so contact us soon to register by emailing or via phone Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 9 a.m. until noon at (619) 741-4363.

Christmas Caroling

Sunday, Dec. 13 - 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. -  Get into the holiday spirit with a Christmas sing-along hosted by members of the West Coast Country Music Association.  Special guest, Santa Claus, will be at the Park so bring your wish lists, have a cup of hot cocoa and celebrate the season!  Free shuttles will be available from the parking lots at the corner of Vivera and Mt. Helix Drive starting at 6 p.m.  Be sure to bring a coat - it might get chilly.

New Year's Prayer Service

Friday, Jan. 1 - Kick off the new year with a morning prayer service hosted by United San Diego.  Visit the Park website closer to the date for details. 

Grossmont-Mt. Helix Improvement Association (GMIA) Walk

Saturday, Jan. 2 - 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. - Meet your neighbors at the San Miguel Fire Station for an invigorating walk up to the amphitheater.  GMIA will be hosting coffee and pastries at the top. 

For more information on these or any Park-related events, visit

Looking for that perfect holiday gift?

Mt. Helix Park Merchandise: T-shirts, mugs and blankets are available for purchase at the Mt. Helix Park online store. Claudia and Neal Hicks, owners of Think Your T-Shirt, design the printed graphics from photos of animals and plants that are found around the slopes of the Park. They offer quality merchandise and use environmentally friendly ink.

“Images of America: Around Mt. Helix”, authored by local historian James D. Newland, released on Oct. 24, 2015. This newly published history of the region “Around Mt. Helix” with its evocative and interpretive photographs, serves as an accessible introduction to Mount Helix and its significance to the local region. This book is available at a variety of local book sellers, however, if you purchase it from the Mt. Helix Park Foundation, 100% of proceeds will benefit the Park.

Access the Mt. Helix Park online store via Look for the link at the bottom of the homepage. Shipping is available on all items, or you may pick up at the Park office. All proceeds benefit the Mt. Helix Park Foundation.