Concerts in the Park, Bands Ready to Play!

Summer is almost here, and the Symphony in the Park Committee is looking forward to happy evenings in Hoyt Park. Did you know that Symphony in the Park once booked an orchestra for a concert? It was the very first concert to be rained out.

We are grateful to U.S. Bank for sponsoring our sound systems and to Anderson Plumbing, Heating and Air for sponsoring face painting for the kiddos. Thank you for your support.

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

  • June 12—Detroit Underground is a great horn band that plays R&B, Motown, Funk, and covers Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, and the classic horn songs from groups like Chicago. Marrokal is our host.
  • July 17—The Heroes is a San Diego institution and a favorite; High Voltage, a talented group of (mostly) Scripps kids opens for them. Our host is Collins Family Jewelers.
  • Aug. 14—Morgan Leigh Band plays newer contemporary country covers. Sharing the bill, Josh Miranda and his band opens. They also play new country and original material. Cymer is our host.
  • Sept. 11—DSB, formerly Don’t Stop Believing, is the foremost Journey cover band. Associa N.N.Jaeschke and Associa OnCall are our hosts.

There’s still time to donate—go to Then pack your picnic basket, get the low-back chairs, leave Fido at home, and come to the park!

Phoebe Carroll

Neighborhood Watch: Working Together to Prevent Crime

The SRCA asked our police sources for an update regarding the reported attempted kidnapping of two children walking home from Jerabek Elementary. Police told us there is no update in the investigation.

We threw a well-deserved party to honor our block captains. We all work with police to help keep crime out of Scripps Ranch. We were joined by a contingent of San Diego Police Department officers. There was a question and answer session, and the officers stayed until every question was answered. The block captains met the officers and one another and shared ideas. A good time was had by all.

Some block captains said they would like advice and assistance in purchasing a security camera system, since the choices can be overwhelming. A request was made that the SRCA sponsor a presentation by professional vendors. If you would be interested in attending such an event, please email us at [email protected]

Remember, for emergencies, dial 911. For non-emergencies and to report suspicious behavior, dial 858-484-3154 or 619-531-2000. For more information about the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Neighborhood Watch program and to sign up to get email alerts about crimes in Scripps Ranch, visit

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Evans Pond Update

City experts evaluated the pond following the unexpected fish die-off in April. After checking for volatile organic compounds, experts determined there were no contaminants in the water. However, they found that a high concentration of salt combined with the degradation of organic materials, heat, and lack of oxygen led to low oxygen levels, and that this was most likely the primary cause of the fish die-off. Also, since the water level in the pond fluctuates, as the water level decreases, less oxygen is available, increasing the risk to the plants and wildlife.

There is funding in the proposed Fiscal Year 2017 budget to begin construction on a reclaimed water pipe to connect Evans Pond to the reservoir in Meanley Park. The pipe will allow for a stable water source to keep the pond at an acceptable level throughout the year instead of depending on natural rainwater, runoff, and raw water transfers from the San Diego Aqueduct. This should have a positive impact on the plants and animals in the pond.

City staff informed me they do not stock Evans Pond with fish but they believe fish are put in the pond by the public. They ask that you not drop off unwanted fish and other wildlife at the pond. Thank you.

Councilmember Mark Kersey

Be Prepared

A wildfire is raging in Canada. It could just as well be a massive wildfire in California or, even worse, San Diego. How much time will you have to pack up? Are you ready or do you need to figure out what to take and where it is? Have a Grab and Go bag ready.

Fire protection literally begins at home! Have a firebreak—100 feet of defensible space around your home—get rid of flammable material around your house, and your shake shingles have to go. Know what plants are fire resistant and use them around the house. Sign up with to get on the alert list.

Mark your calendar for Saturday, Sept. 24. Sustainable Scripps Ranch and the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council will host an educational seminar at the Scripps Ranch Library. Stay tuned for details.

We delayed our charity golf tournament until Saturday, Oct. 22. Visit and “Like” us on Facebook. Email [email protected] or call us at 201-3711 for questions.

Marshall Middle School Bus Program

Registration for the Marshall Middle School (MMS) Parent-Paid Bus Program for 2016–2017 continues as follows: there’s an extended deadline of Friday, June 10, for those interested in the Jerabek/south of Pomerado potential bus stop and placement on the wait list for current bus stops. For information, visit the MMS website at

This year the MMS Bus Committee is gauging interest for a bus from the Jerabek/south of Pomerado area—a result of interest from parents living in this part of Scripps Ranch. Show your interest by registering. The district makes the final decision regarding all buses for the program. Questions? Email [email protected]


The 4th of July is almost here, and in Scripps Ranch it’s a true celebration! Once again the Scripps Ranch Old Pros will host the famous “Run and Ride.” This multifaceted event includes a variety of actives for all ages and skill levels, attracting thousands of participants. Grab your running shoes and strollers for the two-mile Fun Run, or challenge your ability in the USA Track and Field-sanctioned 10K Run around beautiful Miramar Lake.

If road biking is your sport, we feature three courses: 12 miles; 28 miles; or 50 miles. All distances are supported with aid stations throughout the course.

Activities end in Hoyt Park where participants receive a commemorative T-shirt and access to the Beer Garden, featuring some of San Diego’s great craft brews—for those 21 years and up. Please visit for details and to register.

Explore Fun at Our Recreation Center

There is still space in summer camps and classes at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center. Please visit to see all the fun choices! You can register online or in person.

On Friday, June 24, starting at dusk, the Recreation Center will host its annual Movie in the Park at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. Keep an eye out for a flyer with more details. Call 538-8085 for more information about the Rec Center.

Buy Nothing Scripps Ranch

Many people wonder what to do when they have things around the house they no longer need. Well, your neighbors may be looking for these items! The intention of Buy Nothing Scripps Ranch is to foster community through minimizing our carbon footprint. The group is not intended for buying, selling, trading, soliciting, advertising, or community announcements.

The group is administered by Scripps Ranch volunteers Vanessa Acheatel and Lesleigh Helders. We are part of the larger “Buy Nothing Project.” To learn more, go to To join our local group search “Buy Nothing Scripps Ranch” on Facebook. For questions, email [email protected]

New SR Businesses Viva Pops

Viva Pops is excited to announce the opening of a pop shop in the Scripps Trail shopping center! Owner Lisa Altmann started her business with an idea to make delicious frozen fruit and dairy pops from fresh ingredients and combine them into delicious flavor combinations that are a healthier alternative to traditional pops. Viva Pops’ flavors highlight local and seasonal produce. Flavors rotate by season so there are always new flavors to try. Viva Pops also offers locally made baked treats and local coffee roasters.

Viva Pops are perfect for parties, weddings, or corporate events. We have mobile cart rentals for events of any size. Visit us at 10299 Scripps Trail, Suite E.


Cuchine connects Scripps Ranch residents to the best homemade meals in their neighborhood. We find the most talented home cooks through a thorough vetting process. We have been meeting with chefs and tasting some of the most delicious homemade food in Scripps. Rest assured, all chefs have a food handler certification.

Cuchine wants to provide healthy food alternatives, as well as create a more connected community. We reinvest in our communities—90% of revenue goes to the chefs. Just look through the menu at and place an order. It’s easy and affordable!

Cuchine is already successful in San Francisco! We are expanding to Scripps Ranch because I—founder Babak Bafandeh—grew up in San Diego and spent years in Scripps Ranch coaching kids, now young men, in soccer. I can’t wait for you to try Cuchine!