Ahh…Life in Scripps Ranch

Spring is here and I’m writing this during the warming trend right after Daylight Saving Time started. When the days are longer and the sun shines, it’s as though winter hibernation has ended. People get out more, chat in the park while the kids play, and enjoy the warm evenings. Ahh…life in Scripps Ranch!

Life in Scripps Ranch also means staying busy! One of our most popular events, our Community Garage Sale, is on Saturday, Apr. 20. What a great time to get rid of the extra “stuff” we accumulate and make money, too! Page 25 has all the information you need. Thank you to Coldwell Banker for hosting again this year.

If you have things you need to throw away, the following weekend is Clean-Up Day. This year, you also can get rid of your old electronics…free…and help Scripps Ranch High School at the same time—that’s a win/win! Page 25 also has details on these two events.

As you saw on our cover, this month we celebrate our community volunteers—every single one of them is invaluable! We congratulate our Citizen of the Year, Shana Smith, and thank her for all of her years—and literally thousands and thousands of hours—of service to Scripps Ranch. If you’re lucky enough to know Shana, you’ll know what a giving, kind, and fun person she is! Read more about her accomplishments on page 11.

In fact, starting on page 11, we highlight our volunteers’ amazing achievements in our eight-page special coverage of Recognition Night. The event is our annual celebration to thank our volunteers for making Scripps Ranch so great!

All of our volunteers make Scripps Ranch a better place to live, but each one does so in a different way. One of my favorite stories this year is that of Jack and Anita Tashchian. They walk Miramar Lake each morning, and during their stroll, they keep the road clean by picking up trash. I really appreciate a clean path around the lake and think this is a wonderful way to give back to the community. Ahh…people like Jack and Anita are what life in Scripps Ranch is all about!

If you have a student heading to Marshall Middle School next year, the time is near to sign up for the Parent-Paid Bus Program. Details are on page 35.

Would you like to learn more about city bus service and the possibility of expanding it to Scripps Ranch? Then, don’t miss the SRCA’s Sustainable Scripps Ranch presentation about that important topic. It’s on Wednesday, Apr. 10, at 6:30 pm. More information is on page 9.

I have had this dilemma with my parents, and I’m sure many others have as well: finding transportation for them when no one is available to give them a ride. Now, the SRCA’s 50 Plus Club offers information on a new service that may be able to help. Check out page 7. Ahh, life in Scripps Ranch—offering information to every segment of the population!

Another of my favorite stories this month is in our Kids Korner on page 47. A Miramar Ranch Elementary School class sent care packages to troops overseas, including the father of one of the students. When dad comes home, he brings the kids special gifts. This is a heartwarming story, and I’m so glad they shared it with us!

There are always fun events going on. Let’s start with an exciting opportunity for our Scripps Ranch High School baseball team. They get to play in PETCO Park. How cool! Let’s all go cheer for them on Saturday, Apr. 20, at 4 pm. This is also a fundraiser and they need community support. Please see the details on page 25.

Then there’s the Scripps Ranch Theatre, which is currently presenting a terrific production. What a wonderful way to spend an evening or afternoon! Information on that is on page 65.

The Symphony in the Park concert dates are out. See page 27 for that and mark your calendars. The concerts are a wonderful way to enjoy time with family and friends. Ahh…life in Scripps Ranch!

Gloria Tran, Editor