Neighborhood Watch: Holiday Tips

While you shop for holiday presents, burglars may use your house to shop for their gifts. Here are some tips to safeguard your home from burglars:

  • Don’t put your Christmas tree with its holiday gifts near a window.
  • You may not be able to lock a window if you run an exterior extension cord through it to power your light display. Have an exterior outlet installed by a licensed electrician.
  • Don’t leave an “inviting” answering machine message that says you are away. You may give a burglar plenty of time to do his own “shopping” in your home in your absence.
  • If you leave town, ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home and collect any flyers or debris from your driveway and porch. Also contact RSVP and request a vacation house check. Visit [] for the form and details.
  • After the holidays don’t advertise the gifts you’ve received by piling empty boxes next to your trash cans for collection. This is like an invitation to a burglar, letting him know you have expensive gifts inside to steal. Instead, break down the boxes and place them in non-clear garbage bags for pickup.
  • Immediately after the holidays mark new gifts with your California driver’s license or ID number.

To learn more about the SRCA Neighborhood Watch, turn to pages 34–35. To become a member, visit [], and for questions, email us at [[email protected]]. Here’s wishing you and yours a merry Christmas and happy Hanukkah. May your holiday season be joyful and trouble-free.

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Enjoy the Holiday Music

On Sunday, Dec. 7, at 5 pm bring your hot chocolate and snuggly blankets and rock out at Hoyt Park for our Symphony in the Park Holiday Concert. It’s sponsored by Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air who have been serving San Diego for more than 35 years with exceptional service! Thank you for your continued support to keep the music alive in Hoyt Park.

This is one of our favorite concerts of the year, with the park lit by luminaries and the children dancing and twirling the glow sticks we hand out! We hope a “special visitor” joins the party to wish us “Happy holidays, ho, ho, ho…”

Symphony in the Park is a not-for-profit organization that relies on the donations from the community and the hard work of volunteers. To contribute, please visit [].

We look forward to seeing you at the holiday concert. Please remember your low-back chairs and blankets. No tarps please because they ruin the grass, and please leave your dogs at home. Thanks!

Symphony in the Park Committee

Join the Holiday Tradition

The SCRA and Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts present our 32nd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting celebration and song festival at Jerabek Park. Come enjoy a community tradition!

  • Date: Sunday, Dec. 14
  • Time: 4–6 pm
  • Place: Jerabek Park

Everyone is welcome to come sing holiday songs of all faiths—bring a flashlight to read the song books—and enjoy hot chocolate and treats sold by girl scouts. Boy scouts help collect toys for the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves Toys for Tots program. Join the festivities, dress cozy, and bring an unwrapped toy for a great cause.

Girl Scout Troop 8909

5th Annual Becky’s Gift

Becky’s Gift is close to collecting 1,000 toys for families who are affected by cancer this holiday season. But we still need your help to reach our goal! We will deliver the toys to the Oncology Associates of San Diego and the UCSD Moores Cancer Center. The families being treated for cancer can select a toy or toys for their children, so they can concentrate on getting healthy instead of the stress of the season.

To donate a toy or gift card for kids ages 1–16, host a toy drive, or have a collection box at your business, please let us know! Drop off toys at any of these locations:

  • Scripps Rock Dental, 12112 Scripps Summit Drive
  • Fitness Quest, 10006 Scripps Ranch Boulevard
  • Pump it Up, 12760 Danielson Court, Suite J, Poway
  • 11930 Windom Peak Way

For more details, contact Becky Walton at [[email protected]] or 442-4806, or Christie Jackson at [[email protected]] or 204-5534, and go to []. Thank you, Scripps Ranch, for making a difference!

Scripps Ranch Girl is Petite Miss Southern California!

Jessica Ebert (above) of Scripps Ranch won the prestigious title of 2014–2015 Petite Miss Southern California after competing in the 35th annual pageant. Although Jessica is 5’6” tall, the petite division is for girls between 10 and 13 years old. Jessica is 12 and a 7th grader at Marshall Middle School.

Jessica was judged on personality, poise, speaking ability, confidence, and overall presentation. Her responsibilities as Petite Miss Southern California include participating in speaking engagements and performances, as well as making special appearances at community events. “I really look forward to representing Southern California,” Jessica said. Along with winning her title, Jessica also won Most Photogenic. Congratulations, Jessica!

Year-End Council News

As 2014 comes to an end I have a couple of updates for the community. First, in what is a well-deserved honor for the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA), the community center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road is now officially named the SRCA Community Center. The SRCA is one of the most engaged community groups in the city and its center has become somewhat of a hub for the 5th District. The city’s Park and Recreation Board made the name official in October.

Over the years the center has brought countless services to the community and provided dozens of organizations meeting space. Without the SRCA, there would be no community center.

In other good news the city expanded the hours at all branch libraries, including Scripps Ranch, in November. The new hours provide time for a new after-school homework program at the Scripps Ranch library. The new hours are listed in the Directory on page 65 of this Newsletter.

I wish each of you a very happy holiday season and look forward to what we can accomplish together in 2015.

Councilmember Mark Kersey