Don’t be a Victim

After 3½ years of SRCA Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) residential crime emails and Newsletter articles, there are still a large number of burglaries that could have been easily prevented. Many residents unknowingly give access to their homes through open or unlocked windows, unlocked doors, garage doors left open overnight, and burglar alarms that are not set. Besides losing your valuable possessions, you can have your identity stolen. It’s simple—give thieves opportunities and they’ll take them.

As a refresher, here is a list of crime prevention tips for you:

  • Set your alarm—glass breakage or motion detectors help.
  • Post an alarm sign or stickers.
  • Leave a loud radio on and keep one or more lights on timers.
  • Don’t leave valuables where they are visible from a door or window.
  • Don’t leave valuables visible in your car, and don’t leave your garage door opener in a car parked outside of the garage.
  • Don’t let delivered packages sit on your porch. If you are not home, ask a neighbor to keep them for you.
  • Keep side gates locked. Burglars have been forcibly entering through back doors and windows.
  • Don’t leave sliding doors open for pets.
  • If a solicitor comes to your door, don’t ignore them or they may think no one is home. Tell them through the closed, locked door that you are not interested.
  • Take notice of what is going on in your neighborhood. If something doesn’t look right, it probably isn’t.
  • Program the San Diego police non-emergency line—858-484-3154—in your cell phone.

Many thanks to all those who have volunteered as block captains and area coordinators. You are the reason this program works! To sign up for SRCANW, visit []. For questions, email [[email protected]].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Health Fair for Seniors

A Health and Wellness Fair for Seniors will be held at the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 10 am to 2 pm. There will be speakers, resources, and various groups, including Scripps Ranch 50 Plus. Also, there will be sample classes that appeal to seniors, such as Laughter Yoga, Zumba Gold, and Tai Chi. Enjoy refreshments, entertainment, and fun activities. This event is sponsored by the San Diego Public Library. Don’t miss it!

Clean-Up Day, E-Waste Event, Document Shredding

Fall Clean-Up Day is here—on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 8 am to noon. Get rid of your “junk” at one of the two drop-off locations: Business Park parking lot on Meanley Drive; SRCA Community Center parking lot on Cypress Canyon Road. Bring your disposals, but no construction debris, paint, or electronics are accepted.

You can get rid of your old electronics on the same day at a recycling event. You will not only be environmentally responsible, but you’ll help the Scripps Ranch High School cheer team raise money for its program. We need your help to make it a success. Here are the details:

  • Saturday, Oct. 12, 10 am–2 pm
  • Marshall Middle School
  • Most items accepted for free; small fee for alkaline batteries, small appliances, light bulbs: fluorescent/incandescent, photocopiers
  • Items cannot be accepted if they have labels with words such as warning, flammable, or danger

For more details about what will and will not accepted, please visit the SRHS website at [].

Also, free document shredding is back during Fall Clean-Up Day! Coldwell Banker in Scripps Ranch, the 25+-year sponsor of the Scripps Ranch Annual Garage Sale, again will sponsor this service.

Bring your expired and outdated documents to the large truck in the Coldwell Banker parking lot at 12036 Scripps Highlands Drive—next to Chili’s—on Saturday, Oct. 12, from 9 am and noon. To expedite shredding, please limit your load to three file boxes of ready-to-shred materials. Call the Coldwell Banker office at 578-5510 with any questions.

SRHS Supply Drive

The Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) Foundation is sponsoring the 4th Annual Scripps Ranch High School Drive-By Supply Drive on Tuesday, Oct. 8, from 5 to 7 pm in front of SRHS. Teachers, administrators, students, and volunteers will be on hand collecting the supplies.

Residents can drive by the front of the school and drop off donations. Items can be directed to a specific teacher or donated to the school or nurse. Donations are tax deductible and receipts will be available.

Among the school supplies needed are: college-ruled notebook paper with three holes; graph paper, 4 x 4 squares; copy paper, white or any color, 8½ x 11; dry erase markers, all colors; Sharpies; highlighters; batteries, AA, AAA, and 9-volt; glue sticks; standard size staples; blue painters tape; index cards, 2000, white, lined or unlined; transparent tape, dispenser refill size; ballpoint pens, medium and fine, black, blue, and red; first class stamps; Post-Its, all sizes and colors; Kleenex; toner, HP cartridge numbers 05A and 11A; 78A toner cartridges; 12” rulers; scissors; electric, plug-in pencil sharpeners; colored pencils; simple scientific calculators; laser printer; Avery 5160 address labels and name badge size; 8½ x 11 file folders, new; colored construction paper; and, gift cards to: Vons, benefits the cooking classes; Home Depot, helps the physics classes; and, Staples, Costco, or Office Depot, benefits all classes.

Health supply items: cough drops, sugar free and regular; Tylenol; Advil; Tums; hand sanitizer; antibacterial hand soap; tissues; antibacterial wipes; hydrogen peroxide; rubbing alcohol; thermometers; Ziploc sandwich bags; snacks: granola bars, juice boxes, and so forth; Lysol spray; saltine crackers; and, small cups.

For more about the event, visit the SRHS website at [] or contact Lori at [[email protected]].

Let the Music Play

Join us for the last 2013 Symphony in the Park summer concert. It’s on Sunday, Oct. 6, at 5 pm, featuring BETAMAXX. The Symphony in the Park Committee would like to send a big thank you to everyone who supports this great organization. Thanks to our bands, concert hosts, individual sponsors, and everyone who comes out to enjoy these concerts. Without you, we couldn’t do this.

Symphony in the Park is a nonprofit organization that brings live music to the community and gives back to Scripps Ranch schools with donations to their music programs. Please consider donating if you haven’t done so, as the concerts rely on your contributions. For more information, visit [].

On Sunday, Oct. 6, at 5 pm—please note the earlier time—BETAMAXX will play. BETAMAXX shows that the ’80s never go out of style. This year they again were nominated for a San Diego Music Award in the Best Cover Band category. Our concert host this month is Anderson Plumbing Heating and Air. Thank you!

Chile Peppers Mexican Eatery will support Symphony in the Park with a fundraiser on Sunday and Monday, Oct. 6 and 7. Visit [] or our Facebook page and download a flier, and Chili Peppers will donate 20% of your order when you present them with the flier.

Our last event of the year is the holiday concert on Sunday, Dec. 1. It has a magical feel, as the park is lit with luminaries.

Thanks to everyone who brought their low-back chairs, blankets—tarps ruin the grass—and who left their dogs at home. We look forward to seeing you!

Kate Northcote

Trick or Treat Fun

There are fun events to mark Halloween, right here in Scripps Ranch:

  • Miramar Ranch Elementary’s 40th Annual Halloween Carnival, Saturday, Oct. 26, 11 am–5 pm, at MRE, [].
  • “Trick or Treat” at the Scripps Ranch Marketplace—the “new” Vons—Saturday, Oct. 26, 1–5 pm. Trick or treat at the stores, have fun on a 50’ logger slide, and take train rides through the parking lot. Register at the gazebo between Starbucks and Luna Grill. Adults must accompany children.
  • Halloween Carnival at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 3:30–5:30 pm. There will be games, face painting, a bouncy house, and arts and crafts. The costume contest starts at 5 pm. For details, call 538-8085. Please bring your own Halloween bag.

Scripps Ranch Teen Wins Big with Disney

In August Scripps Ranch teen Milana del Rio Tucker (at right) won the trophy for Best Original Design at the D23 Expo A La Mode Heroes and Villains Costume Contest in Anaheim. The D23 Expo is called “The Ultimate Disney Fan Event,” with more than 40,000 people attending.

For the expo’s first costume contest, more than 500 people sent in photos. From those, 40 were chosen to compete onstage. Five winners were chosen in each category: Young Fan, Re-creation, Craftsmanship, Original Design, and Best Overall.

Milana’s costume was created by her mother, Talina Lindsey, from their home studio in Scripps Ranch. Being a mom of four children and having only one month to make the costume proved to be quite a feat. You may have seen Talina sewing in Java Mama or McDonald’s Play Place trying to meet the deadline while letting her 4-year-old son have some play time.

The costume title is “Disneyland-tagonista,” and it’s a hand-painted, embellished ball gown featuring all the heroes and villains at Disneyland. Talina first began sewing for Milana by making her Halloween costumes, ballet tutus, and gowns for her high school dances.