Make Memories

The holidays are a time when people make memories that last a lifetime. One of my favorite Christmas memories is one of my family’s traditions. When the kids were young, we would put them in their pajamas, grab their blankets, make hot chocolate, and listen to Christmas music as we drove around looking at the holiday decorations. We still do that, although they don’t wear their PJs anymore!

Of course, one of the homes we would always stop to admire is the Staley house on Sunset Ridge Drive. It’s incredible! This month, we get the behind-the-scenes story of what it takes to put together such elaborate decorations, which are a gift to the community. Check out our the Spotlight on Scripps Ranch on page 31. Thank you, Jany and Bill, for helping families make special memories!

There are many ways to make memories and several of them include giving back. One group that has opportunities for you is Rady’s Children’s Hospital Scripps Ranch Auxiliary. They have a number of events that help those in need at the hospital. What a great way to make memories with your kids or friends and lend a hand at the same time. Check out page 43 .

A group of Scripps Ranch teens—who have been friends for years—are making memories by helping children who have not been as blessed to grow up in a community such as ours. The boys are working to build a playground for needy children in Tijuana. It’s an awesome story that you can read more about on page 13 and find out how you can help.

There are other young people in our community who want to “Change the World.” The 7th graders in Cheryl Converse-Rath’s social studies classes at Marshall Middle School are looking for service projects in order to “make the world a better place.” If you have an idea, see the story on page 21.

The holidays are top of mind, but there is other community news in December. Incoming freshmen families are invited to Falcon Night at Scripps Ranch High School. This event is being done a bit differently this year, so turn to page 20 for the date, time, and details.

The deadly and devastating fires across California serve as a reminder for all of us to be prepared when a wildfire is near. The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council has more information in the article on page 12. It also suggests getting a copy of the Scripps Ranch evacuation map, which can help if you need to leave your home.

The Watermark project on the southeast corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Interstate 15 has announced some new tenants. Check out page 17 to see what new stores and businesses are coming to Scripps Ranch.

Back to the holidays now. There are so many events in Scripps Ranch that will get you in the spirit of the season and allow you to make memories with family and friends. Below are only a few of the holiday happenings—you have to read through the entire Newsletter for all of them! Enjoy…

  • 36th Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony—Girls Scouts and Scripps Ranch Civic Association co-host this event that lights our community tree in Jerabek Park; page 13 has details.
  • Symphony in the Park Holiday Concert—see who will be performing at this “not-to-be-missed” Scripps Ranch tradition; also on page 13.
  • Scripps Ranch Civic Association Holiday Concert—a family event with performances from The Nutcracker ballet, ideal for kids; details are on pages 5 and 7.
  • Many schools hold student performances—the Schools section starts on page 20; many memories will be made at these events!

I hope you make special memories this holiday season. Merry Christmas, happy Hanukkah, and happy holidays!

Gloria Tran, Editor