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From Santee to Santree

Volunteer to help plant trees and clean up a local park on March 17.

On March 17, Santee is turning into Santree and you can be a part of it!

is a volunteer opportunity for residents to help make a difference in our community’s aesthetic appeal. Volunteers will be making landscaping improvements in the community park, like planting trees, picking up trash and more.

About 40-50 trees will be planted in the park, according to the city website. Volunteers should bring their own gloves and shovels and be prepared to get down and dirty. Close-toed shoes should be work as you help plant greenery and remove weeds. Water will be provided for the volunteers.

Got kids? Bring them, too! Children will be kept entertained with crafts and music from bluegrass band Box Canyon. Food samples from healthy vendors will be provided to keep the hunger pangs away and to provide sustenance for the hard-working volunteers.

Santree Fest will take place rain or shine, but if the sun’s out remember that sunscreen! Those looking to lend a hand can arrive at on March 17 at 9 a.m. This is event is free for the community. Happy planting!

Joe Spencer March 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM
Well then I apologize to you and anyone who read it the same way you did. I'm not opposed to that. Sometimes its hard to tell the tone or meaning on a blog especially with someone as forward as I am.
Have it all March 16, 2012 at 12:56 AM
I must agree with Doug. Joe, you stated "With all due respect, Mary, does the "rest of us" speak for all of Santee or just the two other people posting here?". How that reads is that the opinion of the people who voiced in support of this have no bearing. You yourself are "one" person voicing opposition and "claimimg" so many others agree with you. Where are they? Why does your opinion regarding this have more bearing than those of us who also voiced an "opinion". In my "opinion" reading your posts, you come off as quite a "bully" who likes to sugar coat things by adding the word "respect" here and there. I have read most of the postings on the patch and (to use Doug's term), you seem to be one of the people doing the most "wrangling" when poeple's opinions don't match up with yours. It seems you try to find things to be the "voice of opposition". Stick with the "smoking ban" because obviously your voice has more support there. You also stated about people who post on here, "Some choose not to because they just dont like to argue". Maybe you too should take that road at times, because how you come across to the reader is different than the writer. I apologize to Doug if my post was argumentative. I cannot sit back and watch someone put down people's leadership and planning skills as well as the opinion of others. Can we now please put focus back on this event?
City of Santee March 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Our Special Event Supervisor says we have never had an event rain out in the 25 years she has been here, but maybe our luck has run out! The main focus of Santree Fest is planting trees and as of 4:00 pm Friday, we are still planning on going forth with the event, in a pared down version, since some of our vendors have opted not to take a chance with the weather. We'll end early if we are done with the landscaping projects and if the shubs and trees get planted quickly. (In the event of lightning, the event will be cancelled.) So, dig out those rainboots and winter rain coats that you never wear in San Diego county and have some fun starting at 9 am. It might not hurt to make a wish on your lucky charm for a little sunshine.
Tyler Becker March 17, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Joe, if you would like to rearrange all the components of the event and "shift on the fly," why don't you try and take on the responsibility of doing it yourself since you've "worked on plenty." I'm not sure what your definition of "well in advance" is, but planning since last year and attempting to switch the date three days before the event is impossible with the amount of different parts there are. The City does a fantastic job of putting together all of these FREE events for it's community. It is there for you to take it, or leave it, not to criticize the City's skills in organizing. Not once in the City's Special Events has this ever happened, and for you to make a scene about rain and the date "already scheduled on a holiday --- St. Patty's Day" (which is not a holiday, just a celebration for Americans to drink plenty of beer and pretend they are Irish), is ridiculous. And for anyone on Santee Patch making comments, they don't "report to anyone" either, but they have the self control to not make comments that will cause such unneeded discussion as this one. The City of Santee is the greatest city ever, and I will stand by that no matter what, if you disagree, stop making controversial comments all over it's Patch page.
Joe Spencer March 17, 2012 at 05:16 AM
Santee4Life... Santee IS a great city...absolutely. I simply gave an opinion. We all have them and we can all share them...thats what makes this such a great Country. Do you have to agree with me? Nope. I simply made a few points...that if you are going to schedule an event in mid-march you might have a contingency plan in place. Wonderful that this is the first time weather has factored in. The fact is that it finally did factor in and there was no back up plan. Had there been a backup plan in place you simply could have called an audible a week ago when this storm was projected to hit and pushed it to the back up date. Would you have had some people not available (vendors) to shift to a new date. Maybe. But appearently some vendors have chosen to back out of tomorrows date anyhow so you've lost some regardless. I'm guessing that the band is out for tomorrow and the crafts too. Im sure participation will be down because of the weather too. So what would being prepared and moving it with a weeks notice really cost you? I pointed out Arbor Day (tree planting) is not until the last Friday of April anyhow so why would pushing the date back be a problem. I appreciate the work put in...but I stand by my comments that a contingency plan could have easily been in place. Maybe you never have had to use one in the past...but guess what...could have used it this year.

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