MT. HELIX – Spring has officially sprung and one sure sign of that is the steady increase in people making their way up Mt. Helix at all times of the day.

Not that winter is a bad time to be up there – watching storms cycle through from our heights may be most engaging time to be up on the hill.

Still, as the temperature climbs, so do the visitor numbers and the Mt. Helix Foundation has several events scheduled that will swell the numbers even more:

• April 4 at 6:30 a.m. will be the annual Easter Sunrise Service, this year jointly offered by Foothills United Methodist Church, La Mesa First United Methodist Church and La Mesa UCC. Buses will run from the lots at the Vivera fire station and Foothills church beginning at 5:45 a.m.

• April 15 at 7 p.m. at the Grossmont Health Care District conference room, 9001 Wakarusa Street, the Mt. Helix Park Foundation will conduct its annual meeting, which will feature financial updates and a historical talk about Mt. Helix in the 1940s.

• April 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the first annual East County Earth Day will be held in the amphitheatre. The event will feature eco-friendly vendors, animal exhibits, speakers, music, food and a raffle. The Balboa Park Earth Day event may be bigger, but it won’t be in as natural a setting! This Mt. Helix event is jointly sponsored by the Jarrett Meeker foundation and the Park and is underwritten by the Barona Band of Mission Indians. (Volunteers are needed and can e-mail Tracey Stotz, Executive Director of Mt. Helix Park at

And, finally, a gentle save-the-date reminder for the Third Annual HeART of Mt. Helix event, which locals describe as “the event of the summer at the top of the hill.’’ The date is August 14 this year and tickets will go on sale June 1. Bill Griffith of 10News will be the emcee again this year.

More information on these events and theater, yoga and music events planned for the top of the hill can be found at

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