Spring is my favorite time of year. The weather warms up, flowers are in bloom, it’s easier to look on the bright side, and it’s a fun time to be outside. There’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors than with family and friends, and the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) has the perfect event for you to do just that!

Don’t miss the 16th Annual SRCA Community Fair—a Picnic At The Park—on Sunday, May 17. There are fun new rides for the kids and activities for the adults. The Wine and Beer Garden is back, and how about taking a shot at the dunk tank? You’ll have to attend to find out who you can dunk! Go to pages 34–35 to see all the activities and entertainment, then spend the day in the park.

While we’re talking about SRCA-sponsored events, it’s time to start thinking about the 4th of July Parade. Instead of simply watching this year, how about marching in it?! Get together with your friends and neighbors and decorate a truck, car, or bikes. Look on the bright side: you’ll have fun and get some exercise! The parade entry form is on page 7.

Have you had more solicitors at your door recently? I have. Unfortunately, not all solicitors are legitimate business folks. Check out the article on page 15 from our SRCA Neighborhood Watch chair, Cheryl Shaw. She warns us about the possibility that some “solicitors” may actually be casing your home.

Development is always big news in Scripps Ranch. Most residents want to maintain our quality of life. There are different views about whether the new senior housing project—The Glen at Scripps Ranch—will enhance our community or detract from it. The Dialogue section on page 21 presents both sides of the issue.

Seniors may be considering a reverse mortgage. Would one work for you? The SRCA’s 50 Plus group has a presentation on this topic. More details are on page 9.

If you have a child attending Marshall Middle School next year, now is the time to register for the MMS Parent-Paid Bus Program. This successful, first-of-a-kind venture has been going on since MMS opened at its new site. Check out page 15.

Many studies show that if you spend too much time on Facebook—I would hazard to say any social media—you might be more depressed than those who don’t. It’s because many people make their lives look perfect, well beyond just looking on the bright side. Can you imagine that pressure for kids? Our high school writer, James Manso, asks why social media makes you less social. As usual, it’s an excellent look at life as a teen. See page 24.

We have a unique Spotlight on Scripps Ranch this month. Fourth grader Arjun Suri wanted to ask one of Scripps Ranch’s oldest citizens if she has any tips for longevity—hint: she looks on the bright side! See what delightful 97-year-old June Lublin told Arjun on page 37.

There are some dates you may want to put on your calendar:

  • The Symphony in the Park concert dates are out. See page 17.
  • Dates and plays are set for the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s new season. That’s on page 50.

Be sure to sign up to get your SRCA Newsletter digitally. Just go to www.scrippsranch.org/digitalnl-signup. You’ll still get it delivered to your door too.

In fact, it takes an incredible volunteer network to get your Newsletter to your door each month. Now you could be part of this team, and it only requires a few hours a month. To find out more, email our distribution manager, Jim Caughey, at [email protected]

This month we celebrate mothers. Looking on the bright side, I am blessed to have friends who I trust with my kids, and who help me when I can’t be in two—or three—places at the same time. So to my carpool partners, friends, and my kids’ “other mothers”—you know who you are!—happy Mother’s Day from a mom who couldn’t do it without you!

Gloria Tran, Editor