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September 16, 2016 (Mt. Helix) – The Mt. Helix Park Foundation announces an array of upcoming events, including Art in the Park camp for kids, Christmas caroling atop Mt. Helix, a GMIA walk up Mt. Helix and more.  Scroll down for details.

Enrich Your child’s fall break with Art In The Park camp

Monday, October 10 through Friday, October 14 from 9 a.m. to noon

For the 5th season, Art Smarts will host art camp at Mt. Helix Park. Kids will create works of art while learning techniques from atop Mt. Helix with its 360 degree inspirational views, natural surroundings and historic structures. This promises to be a camp experience they will always cherish.

To enroll visit the Park website

La Mesa Historical Society’s 11th annual Home Tour

Saturday, November 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join the La Mesa Historical Society, in association with Modern San Diego and San Diego Home and Gardens Lifestyle magazine and discover the hidden gems nestled in Mt. Helix that hold the rich Mid- Century Modern architectural heritage of La Mesa. Seven Mid-Century Modern homes will be open to the public where distinguished local architect, John Mock, will be present at one of the homes of his design.

Free parking is available for this event at the Park’s lower lot which is adjacent to the San Miguel Fire Station at 10105 Vivera Drive.

To purchase your tickets for the home tour visit

Christmas Caroling atop Mt. Helix

Sunday, December 11 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Enjoy a Mt. Helix tradtion complete with Santa Claus, Christmas caroling, hot cocoa and cookies. This evening never fails to set the mood for the season as the entire community, friends and family raise their voices in song. Enjoy this local tradition! Free parking and shuttles will be available for this event. Check the website for details.

GMIA walk up Mt. Helix

Saturday, January 7th starting at 10:00 a.m.

The perfect way to start 2017! Come celebrate the New Year with the Grossmont Mt. Helix Improvement Association’s (GMIA) Walk Up Mt. Helix on Saturday, January 7th at 10:00 am. Walkers will gather at the Fire Station on Vivera and walk to the summit. At the amphitheater enjoy live music by Jan McBride Jazz, tasty refreshments, and the beauty of this unique community. This event is free, so start your year the best way possible with this fun and healthy outdoor activity.

GMIA Board member Mike Valley has donated 20 “pick up sticks” to be given on a first come, first served basis at the walk to encourage everyone to help keep our neighborhood litter-free.

Don’t miss this opportunity to join old friends, meet new neighbors, and relish a beautiful morning in the Park. Children and dogs are welcome. Be sure to invite your neighbors – this event is open to all (members and non-members of GMIA). See you there!

Adopt-A-Plot Volunteers Needed

For just a few hours each month you could make a difference at Mt. Helix Park

Learn about California native plants and habitat restoration as you transform a piece of the Park. Be part of the team that is making a difference in the Park’s landscape. Launched in 2016, this new program is already more than 20-volunteers strong. Adoptees have eliminated most of the Park’s invasive mustard, London Rocket and is currently working to reduce the presence of many other invasive species! Volunteers choose their own plot location and size – we have many areas that are still unadopted. For more information or to adopt a plot today contact or visit our website at

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