Spring Into Fun

It’s the season to spring into fun. The best way to do that is to spend time outdoors with family and friends. And, the perfect place to do that is the SRCA’s 4th annual Community Fair. This year, we are adding an Art Festival as well. It’s a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Save the date, May 18, and join us from 11 am to 4 pm at the Community Park for a fun afternoon. There’s something for the whole family. Check out pages 9 and 19 for all the details.

After spending the day at a park north of the lake, head south and spring into fun with an awesome opening concert for Symphony in the Park. This is a Ranch tradition. Tim Flannery and His Friends kick off the season. More details are on page 19. Sunday, May 18, will be a fun-filled day in Scripps Ranch!

It will be here sooner than you think–the 4th of July. The SRCA’s 4th of July Committee, headed by Jany Staley, has been hard at work for months organizing the parade and celebration. The theme this year is "Youthful Spirit." If you would like to have an entry in the parade, now is the time to send in your application. It’s on page 8, and for more information about the 4th of July festivities, turn to page 19.

I’m sure most of us are thrilled the war in Iraq is winding down, especially those with loved ones in the war zone. In its usual giving spirit, Scripps Ranch has shown support for the troops. The students at Chabad Hebrew Academy wrote letters of encouragement. Their "heartfelt letters to the troops" are this month’s Spotlight on Scripps Ranch.

Cub Scout Pack 613 sent care packages to the servicemen and women. Cub scout Zack Renier’s dad is an F-18 pilot flying missions over Iraq. So, the pack made sure to show their support to him and the others fighting the war. Their article is on page 51.

You may recall our community recently approved an increase in the Landscape Maintenance Assessment Districts (MADs) for both the Scripps Miramar area and the Miramar Ranch North area. Well, the annual budgets for our two MADs for fiscal year 2004 have just been completed, and you can find them on page 17 to see exactly where your money goes.

This month, we have our first detailed look at the new middle school final site plan. It’s on page 31, and it gives you a good idea of what amenities the school will have. Thanks to all those who put in a lot of hard work in the Design Task Force meetings.

Each month it seems there is a Newsletter section that overflows with information and gets "cut short," so to speak. This month, it’s the Schools section. So, we picked the highlights from each school. Our apologies to those who work hard on the articles.

Spring starts the wedding season, and I wanted to share good news from our Newsletter family. Our webmaster, Greg Minter, got engaged. Congratulations to Greg and his fiancée, Megan West. Megan, you are getting a great guy, who is kind, intelligent, and terrific with kids. But you already knew that!

May brings Mother’s Day. I was reminded recently, in an everyday moment, what it really means to be a mom. It happened when I was exhausted because my baby had been sick for days, which means sleepless nights. When the crying started one evening, I rushed into the nursery and picked up my baby. Immediately, the crying stopped and we sat in the rocking chair, cuddling.

I felt such an intense love for my child, despite wanting to sleep for a week straight. When I was single, if someone wanted something from me when I was that exhausted, I wouldn’t have been very nice. Now that I’m a mom, all I wanted to do was make my baby feel better. Happy Mother’s Day to all moms who know just what I’m talking about!

Gloria Tran, Editor