Today Is A Gift

December is all about holidays, celebrations, and gifts. The Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) gives many gifts to residents in the form of advocacy, programs, and events. And this month, with so many holiday events hosted by the SRCA and other organizations, you are guaranteed to feel the holiday spirit! Let’s get right into the holiday happenings:

  • 35th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, co-hosted by the SRCA and the Girl Scouts. Bring a toy for the Toys for Tots program. That’s on Sunday, Dec. 10. See page 5.
  • Immediately after the Tree Lighting —same day and place—is the Symphony in the Park Holiday Concert. Page 17 has details.
  • On Friday, Dec. 15, have Lunch with Santa! Get your tickets today. That information is on page 17.
  • The next day, Saturday, Dec. 16, don’t miss the SRCA’s newest event—the Holiday Concert and Party. Check out page 7.
  • On Saturday, Dec. 23, Santa and Mrs. Claus visit the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market. That’s on page 17.

As you can see, Santa will spend a lot of time in Scripps Ranch! There are other holiday events in our community, so be sure to read through the entire Newsletter! What a gift for both kids and adults!

A couple of other important notes to share with you. We officially welcome principal Nicole DeWitt to Scripps Ranch High School. She has a track record of always putting kids first. Read her first message to the community on page 21.

We want to thank co-interim principals Beverly Greco and Walter Fairley (above) for guiding SRHS through a difficult time after the AP testing mess. Their leadership style helped begin the process of restoring trust between the school and the community. They are kind, hard-working, and use common sense to make decisions, which are always based on what’s best for students. Walter and Bev, you will always be part of the Falcon family. You were a gift to the community!

When you talk about giving a gift, most times it is an item. However, sometimes it’s a gift of your time. On page 10 read about how Scripps Ranch paid it forward to Northern California fire survivors. Our community tried to share a bit of what it learned with folks going through the devastating rebuilding process. Kudos to SRCA president Bob Ilko and former president Wes Danskin for leading the charge and giving the gift of their time.

If you are a Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club member and you have leftover 2017 guest passes, Miramar Ranch Elementary needs them. Please see page 27 and give kids this gift.

We are lucky to live in this community, with the support of the SRCA. With all it does for you and your family, it’s the gift that keeps on giving. Join the SRCA today and give back! Just go to Consider it a gift to your family, friends, and community.

During this month that is usually very busy, I plan to try to slow down and enjoy time with family and friends. As you may know by now, I like short inspirational messages—yes, they are sappy at times! Here’s one credited to many people:

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift, that’s why we call it the present.” I encourage you to be “present” with your loved ones during this special season. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah!

Gloria Tran, Editor