Home for the Holidays

Scripps Ranch is one of a kind: it’s a community where children can still play in the streets, we proudly fly the American flag, and neighbors aren’t strangers, they’re family. It’s a small town in the big city and the place we call home. We keep the special small town feel through commitment to our community and traditions.

One tradition that we hold dear is our annual Community Tree Lighting Ceremony (picture above from last year). You’re invited to this special event on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 4 pm at Jerabek Park. Your neighbors from the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) and local Girl Scout Troop 8861 will greet you with hot chocolate, baked goods, and a smile.

The Scripps Ranch High School band will fill the cool air with festive music. And if you’re feeling generous our hometown heroes, the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, will be there to greet you and accept any Toys for Tots donations. Bring an unwrapped toy and help bring a smile to the face of a needy child in San Diego.

Festivities also will include:

  • A patch for scouts who donate a toy
  • Greetings from Colonel Bob Dingeman and community leaders
  • Community sing-along
  • Visit and photos with Santa
  • Bake sale—all proceeds go to the Girl Scout SHARE program
  • Free holiday craft
  • Chance to make an Operation Thin Mint card to thank troops overseas

So pull out those cozy winter coats, grab your family and friends, and come down to Jerabek Park and enjoy what makes Scripps Ranch so special. Bring blankets, chairs, and flashlights too. Wishing you and yours the happiest of holidays!

Tiffany Vinson, SRCA Secretary

Holiday Concert in the Park

Whatever holiday you celebrate, please join us in Jerabek Park for our Symphony in the Park Holiday Concert. Sharp Hospital hosts the seasonal sounds of Great Dickens. We have a special invited visitor too! The fun begins at 5 pm. Please don’t move the orange cones, as our visitor needs a place to park.

It has been a pleasure entertaining Scripps Ranch in 2016. For more about our concert series, visit symphonyinthepark.org. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Blessed Kwanzaa! Seasons’ greetings! And ho ho ho!

Phoebe Carroll, Symphony in the Park

Fun at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center

Lunch with Santa

  • Friday, Dec. 16, 1:30–3:30 pm
  • Tickets on sale until Wednesday, Dec. 14, or until they sell out
  • $15 per child

Please note that you can buy tickets only during normal registration hours: Monday through Thursday from 1:30 to 6:30 pm.

Activities…and What’s New

The Rec Center has a variety of activities for kids and adults. Those include adult pickleball classes, youth basketball classes, karate—our newest program—an art studio, child and babysitter safety class, ice skating, civic dance, and gymnastics.

We also have a new amenity: a Game Room. It’s a free, safe, and cool place for parents and their kids to enjoy board games and get homework done. Parent supervision is required at all times. Hours are Thursdays from 12:30 to 1:50 pm.

Registration for all programs is open at www.sdrecconnect.com. You also can register in person during registration hours noted above. Questions? Call 538-8085.

SRCA Neighborhood Watch: Holiday Safety Tips

While you shop for the holidays, burglars “shop” in your homes. Here are a few tips to safeguard your home from holiday burglars:

  • Don’t put your Christmas tree with its holiday gifts in front of a window where someone can see it.
  • You may not be able to lock a window if you run an extension cord through it to power your holiday lights. Have a licensed electrician install an exterior outlet.
  • Don’t post on Facebook or other social media that you are on vacation. That may give a burglar plenty of time to ransack your home.
  • If you leave town, ask a neighbor to keep an eye on your home and collect flyers or debris from your porch or driveway. Contact the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol and request a Vacation House Check. Visit www.scrippsranch.org/watch.
  • After the holidays don’t advertise gifts you received by piling empty boxes next to your trash cans. Break down the boxes and put them in non-clear garbage bags for pick up.
  • Mark new gifts with your California driver’s license or ID number.

Here’s wishing you and yours a joyful and trouble-free holiday season. For more about the SRCA Neighborhood Watch program, visit www.scrippsranch.org/watch or email us at [email protected]

Cheryl Shaw, SRCANW Chair

Be Prepared, Not Scared

Do you keep half a tank of gas in your car? Cash on hand? What about your garage door opener? These are items that are often overlooked as part of emergency preparation.

If there is no electricity during an emergency, that means gas pumps probably won’t work and neither will ATMs. Keep at least $100 stashed somewhere with your emergency bag.

No electricity means no garage door opener either. Yes, there is a manual release in the garage, but what if you are outside? Consider having a locked-manual release attached to the front of your garage door so you can open it from the outside.

For more on how to be prepared, please visit www.srfiresafe.org. To reach us, call 201-3711 or email [email protected] The Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council wishes you a happy, safe holiday.

RSVP Helps Keep Us Safe

Season’s greetings from your Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (that’s us on the left with our “Merry Christmas” banner!). We serve our community and need more volunteers to continue our work. The Scripps Ranch-Mira Mesa RSVP has been an active supporter of our communities for more than 20 years! Many men and women participate in RSVP, raising awareness and visibility and promoting safety and caring. We need you, so join us!

Can you give back to your community? We think you can! We drive by the schools, banks, shopping centers, and parks. We also check on senior citizens who live alone, and we do vacation home checks. We are people helping people.

How can you get involved? Call Jim Shulte, RSVP administrator, at 538-8120 to join this important group. Drop by the storefront at 8450-A Mira Mesa Boulevard, across from Mira Mesa High School. Volunteer and help Scripps Ranch!

Pat Clark, RSVP Board Member