Wildfire Preparedness Forum

To help you prepare your home and neighborhood for another wildfire, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) and the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council (SRFSC) will present a Wildfire Preparedness Forum on Saturday, Aug. 23, from 9 am to 3 pm at Marshall Middle School. Pages 38 and 39 have more details.

The focus will be on advanced preparation so when another firestorm threatens our city, you will be ready. Three roundtable discussions are scheduled to answer your questions and address your concerns.

  • You will meet our first responders. San Diego police and Fire-Rescue officials, along with a CAL FIRE representative, will be there to discuss how you can support their efforts as well as actions to take if an evacuation is ordered.
  • Insurance, record keeping, home inventory, working with contractors, your family plan of action, evacuation routes and destinations, pets, and more will be the subject of another roundtable.
  • Defensible space, fire hazards in your—and your neighbors’—yards, ember protection, safe fences, doors, and windows, fire protective gel, and fire resistant landscaping will be part of the displays and demonstrations as well as another discussion roundtable.

Also, a Food Court is planned for lunch, so you can stay awhile and find out all the critical information.

Scripps Ranch is much better prepared than in 2003 when the Cedar Fire hit. When a fire started in a canyon near Hoyt Park in May, neighbors reported it quickly, the homes had 100 feet of defensible space, and the residents evacuated without incident. Fire crews responded within minutes and less than an acre burned. Remember: Focus. Vigilance. Readiness. Join us on Saturday, Aug. 23!

Rocks Used to Break In

There have been an increasing number of residential burglaries throughout the city, including in Scripps Ranch, in which entry is made by rocks thrown through rear windows. For most residential burglaries, the side gates leading to the rear of the residence are the most common entry points. One of the most important things you can do to protect your home is to keep these gates locked at all times. Other deterrents are alarm systems with motion detectors, video surveillance, motion lighting, and leaving a radio or TV on while you are away.

Would you like to get involved in keeping your community safe and free of crime? The SRCA Neighborhood Watch Committee (SRCANW) needs more volunteers to serve as board members and to help with our annual events. We only meet about three times a year so it’s not a big time commitment. If interested, please email me at [[email protected]].

Remember, for emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, dial 858-484-3154. For more information on the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch (SRCANW) program, please visit [www.scrippsranch.org/watch]. To reach us, email [[email protected]].

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

National Night Out Sends Signal to Criminals

Scripps Ranch will participate in our 4th Annual National Night Out on Tuesday, Aug. 5, beginning at dusk. Turn on your porch light and turn out on your street to meet and mingle. It’s the perfect night for your annual Neighborhood Watch block party. Bring snacks and drinks and enjoy the camaraderie of your friends and neighbors while taking a stand against crime. We ask that you register your event at [www.scrippsranch.org/nno] so we can keep track of the number and location of block parties. We look forward to you helping us make this year’s National Night Out bigger and better than ever!

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Symphony in the Park is in Full Swing…or Sing!

The Symphony in the Park 2014 season is off and running! We had Caliber and The Heroes rock our park already! Our next concert, on Sunday, Aug. 10, features Gary Seiler and the Coast Riders. Gary and his group perform music that is heavily influenced by Jimmy Buffett, The Beach Boys, Eagles, big bands, country, and so much more. They have played for Symphony in the Park in the past and always put on a great performance!

The host for the concert is Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, a company whose mission is to create and deliver an unparalleled customer experience throughout the real estate transaction process. The Symphony in the Park Committee thanks you for your support.

All concerts are on Sundays at 6 pm in Hoyt Park. Here’s the schedule:

  • Aug. 10—Gary Seiler and the Coast Riders; concert host: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
  • Sept. 7—Rockola; concert host: Cymer
  • Dec. 7—Holiday concert, 5 pm; concert cost: Anderson Plumbing Heating and Air

For those of you who are not familiar with our concerts, we are a not-for-profit organization that brings live music to the community and gives back to Scripps Ranch schools with donations to their music programs. This is a great event to get together with family and friends while enjoying a picnic and the atmosphere of live music.

We are able to put on these concerts every year only because of the volunteer work of the Symphony in the Park Committee and the contributions generously donated by you and your friends each year. We have a PayPal account set up at [www.symphonyinthepark.org] to make donating convenient, and there are opportunities to give at our concerts. Every bit counts to keep this tradition alive.

We look forward to seeing you at the August concert. Please remember your low-back chairs to make it easy for everyone to see, as well as blankets—no tarps please as they ruin the grass. Also, please leave your dogs at home. Thanks!

Kate Northcote

Learn to Cook at Our Library

A little known, but highly enjoyable, cooking class has been a regular Thursday tradition for some Scripps Ranch residents. The class is held in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room from 9 am to 1 pm. It is on break for the summer but resumes on Thursday, Sept. 4.

It’s provided through the San Diego Community College District–Continuing Education Program. The cost is $75 for the semester, which breaks down to a bit more than $4 per class. That small fee not only gets you hands-on instruction in how to prepare a four-course healthy meal but you will eat the meal the class prepares and take home the recipes. You get a gourmet meal on a take-out menu budget, have fun, and learn how to prepare these recipes again at home.

In addition, the classes can lead to a certification that can facilitate a career as a personal chef or a health occupations-related food service provider. Just come to the library for the first class and the instructor will explain the goals of the class and how to register and start the first class right then. Bon appetit!

SR Teen Raises $1,000 in One Day to Help Others

Hopes Other Local Youth Will Join Him

Scripps Ranch High School senior Kyle Davies had an ambitious goal: to raise $1,000 for Imagine No Malaria, a charity dedicated to eradicating the disease. With the help of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, who donated a booth at the Community Fair, and the support of the First United Methodist Church in Mission Valley, Kyle (above) accomplished his goal.

Kyle’s inspiration came during church on Mother’s Day. The minister showed a video from Imaginenomalaria.org, a nonprofit with the vision to wipe malaria off the African continent by helping villages drain standing water, inoculate residents, and provide nets for each family.

To do this the organization needs $7.5 million, and Kyle’s church had committed to raise $100,000. The minister asked for 100 people to commit to $1,000. After church Kyle told his family that he could easily do this by getting 50 people to give him $20 and the plan was hatched.

“I knew that Scripps Ranch had a Community Fair coming up, and I figured if they gave me a booth I could get 50 people to give me a $20 donation,” said Kyle.

It sounded easy to Kyle but it was a bit more complicated than he realized. “Once I got going, I started to be more confident about the approach.” Before the event, Kyle created a T-shirt with the logo, a tri-fold about the charity, and envelopes so each person could put the donation in the envelope and write his or her name on it.

Kyle reached his goal of raising $1,000 in one day! “We were surprised when we heard Kyle’s plan but were so proud that he was able to do it,” said his parents, Rich and Angela Davies.

Kyle has been sharing his experience with friends, hoping they might be inspired to do the same thing. If even four friends do it, his $1,000 effort will turn into $5,000. Anyone who is interested in joining Kyle’s mission can email him at [[email protected]].