Our Wish For You…

After such a contentious election cycle, we wanted to share a peaceful, cozy feeling for the holiday season. That’s why we chose the picture that’s on our cover. Our wish for you is a season of joy, filled with family, friends, laughter, and fun.

There is so much going on right here on the Ranch to get you in the holiday spirit. As the cover indicates, there are activities galore! The Community Tree Lighting Ceremony is the “don’t miss” event for your entire family. Check out page 15. Our wish for you is to enjoy this tradition with your friends and neighbors!

The Symphony in the Park Holiday Concert is a great way to spread holiday cheer. It also closes out the tremendously successful 2016 concert season. Please note that this event is in Jerabek Park, which is different than the usual concert location. Details are on page 15.

Then how about enjoying lunch with Santa? How cool would that be for your little one?! The Scripps Ranch Recreation Center is hosting this event. See how to register on page 15.

There are even more happenings! Read through the Newsletter to find out when Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market. In addition, you can ice skate outdoors and help Rady Children’s Hospital at the same time. I’m sure the kids will love that!

Also, the Scripps Ranch Library has holiday activities for young and old. It’s a great way to keep kids busy during their winter break. Our wish for you is not to miss out on any of this fun!

On the topic of the library, there is a group that helps ensure our branch is top-notch. The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library picks up where the city budget leaves off. Find out more about this amazing community group on pages 30–31, then see how you can help.

While you do your last-minute shopping, please don’t forget that burglars do their shopping as well…in our homes. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch chair Cheryl Shaw shares timely tips on how to stay safe. Our wish for you is to have a crime-free holiday season.

Looking ahead to early next year, there will be a scoping meeting for the proposed four-story apartment building on the current Innovations Academy site. As a reminder, that’s at the busy corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road. Page 5 explains what’s going on with this.

The Scripps Ranch Civic Association not only cares about your quality of life…it cares ABOUT your life. Case in point: it held a training for the SRCA Board on how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED). While the machine actually talks you through the process, training helps users be more confident in helping those in need.

Also, the SRCA was instrumental in purchasing and placing AEDs in our schools and other public buildings. It’s so important to ensure we do all we can to help save people’s lives. SRCA president Bob Ilko has more on this issue on page 5.

Just a quick reminder. Don’t forget to register your child for Scripps Ranch Softball or Little League. Page 37 has all the information you need.

Our Scripps Ranch High School seniors have extra stress this time of year, and it has nothing to do with the holidays! Find out what’s going on with this group of teens from our high school writer Quinn Gorham. That’s on page 21. I can attest that what he writes about is the truth!

Please note that winter break ends on Tuesday, Jan. 3, for all San Diego city schools. We get an extra day off since New Year’s Day is officially observed on Monday, which is a federal holiday. I’m good with sleeping in for one more day!

Our wish for you this holiday season—no matter what you celebrate!—is to find time to relax, have fun, and focus on special moments with loved ones! Merry Christmas and happy holidays!

Gloria Tran, Editor