Drag Racing Approved on Scripps Ranch Blvd.

As you may have heard, as part of the City’s goal to provide additional quality entertainment for our youth, the City Council has agreed to sponsor Saturday night drag races. The specific streets to be used include Scripps Ranch Blvd. from Aviary Drive to Carroll Canyon Road. Cross traffic at Appaloosa Road will be controlled during each race.

[Ed note: Alright, settle down. If this sounds too weird to be true, think about the date of the Newsletter … April Fool.]

Boy Scouts Discontinue Newspaper Drive

Unfortunately, this is not an April Fool’s joke. Due to the City’s recycling program, Boy Scout Troop 616 will end their long-standing newspaper collection drive. The last pick up will be on Saturday, May 6. The scouts and their families would like to thank the residents of Scripps Ranch for their support over the years. Thanks guys! You helped inspire us all to make recycling routine.

Scripps Ranch Spring Garage Sale — April 15

On Saturday, April 15, Coldwell-Banker Realty will host their annual spring community-wide garage sale for Scripps Ranch. The realty will provide signs for each garage-sale participant and maps for each buyer showing them the location of each registered garage sale. Please call them at 578-5510 to register or stop by the local Coldwell-Banker office at 9988 Hibert Street at 8 am on Saturday, April 15, to pick up a map.

This long-standing tradition started by ERA Realty and continued when it become Coldwell-Banker provides us the opportunity to focus our cleaning-out-the-garage efforts and be able to buy and sell all on a specific spring date rather than to clutter the Ranch with garage sales each weekend. We again will have a fall garage sale in October. Thanks Coldwell-Banker for your continued support of our community!

Donate Leftovers

When you finish your garage sale and discover that you have a few things that did not sell, load them up and bring them to the parking lot at St. Gregory the Great. The Knights of Columbus will be in the parking lot Saturday afternoon, April 15, and Sunday, April 16, from 1 to 5 pm to help you unload.

Trucks will be on hand from St. Vincent de Paul to receive your donations. Receipts will be issued for income tax purposes. Take Spring Canyon to Blue Cypress; St. Gregory parking lot is at the bottom of the hill. Don’t store your unsold items; donate them to a worthy cause and keep a clean garage. For further information, call John Dussault at 695-7981.

Spring Cleanup — April 22

The annual spring Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 22, from 8 am until 1 pm, allows all of us to participate with the SRCA in making the Ranch sparkle. It is the collective efforts of scouts, volunteers, and organizations that makes this all possible. Yes, it is Easter weekend; we were forced to use this weekend to obtain City services.

The dumpsters will be on Meanley Drive east of the high school. We also will have a chipper for your greenery, and a Goodwill truck for your donations. See you on April 22!

1st Annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair — May 7

On Sunday, May 7, in the community park on Blue Cypress Road, SRCA will host the first annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair. We will have music provided by The Heroes, lots of cake to celebrate SRCA’s 30th birthday, catered food at reasonable prices, and lots of grass to stretch out and relax with your friends and neighbors.

We are still in the midst of organizing this, so if you would like to help out, please contact Wes at 695-6835. Be part of this year’s event, and ten years from now, you can say, “I was there when it started!”

The goal of the fair is to create a community-wide event at a time of the year so as not to conflict with other activities and to hold it in a sufficiently large place that many can attend without feeling cramped. This year the theme will be the 30th anniversary of SRCA. We will have memorabilia, scrapbooks, and photos of the old days for you to look at. If your community organization (Old Pros, WAC, SRWC, scouts, etc.) would like to set up an information booth, please contact me as well. See you there!

Young Life

Young Life is now in place and ready to come alongside our children at the Scripps Ranch schools. This is a Christ-centered program that is adventure-based and a great avenue for teens to get together in a safe and fun environment. There is an informational dessert scheduled for Saturday, April 29, from 7 to 9 pm. For more information, please call Bob Sprague at 679-3086 or Janelle Lorona at 578-2393. This could be life-changing for you and your teens so don’t miss out. We hope to see you there!

Symphony in the Park

Here is a peek at the great concerts already lined up to entertain us this season in Hoyt Park. Check out the variety and you’ll find music from the 40’s all the way to current hits, music that’s fun to sing along, to dance to, or just stretch out in the park and tap your foot while you picnic. There’s something for all ages in a setting that we’re so fortunate to call “home.”

  • Sunday, May 21: The Uptown Boys (swing);
  • Sunday, June 11: The Ultra Tones (40’s to current hits);
  • July 4th Parade: Legal Tender (favorite dance tunes, local boys);
  • July 4th Park: The Fabulous Pelicans (great rock `n roll);
  • Sunday, July 23: Breezin (from 40’s music to current hits);
  • Sunday, August 13: The Heroes (rock `n roll, popular hits);
  • Sunday, Sept. 10: To be announced; and
  • Sunday, December 3: Christmas Caroling in the Park.

We have favorite groups returning whom we just can’t get enough of, and we have several new groups who have promised not to disappoint us. We’re excited about this year’s line-up, and we’re looking forward to a terrific season.

If you’re going to support Symphony in the Park this year then watch for the April 7 deadline for the contribution drive. You’ll find the envelope in your March SRCA Newsletter. For just:

  • $25 you can help as a Family Friend,
  • $50 as a Friend of Note, and for
  • $125 your business can support the Symphony.
  • Patrons can support at the $500 level, and
  • Benefactors at $1,000.

Donations at all levels are appreciated.

Your support will help bring eight concerts to our neighborhood. That’s more than ever before. Even if you can’t locate your envelope, donations can be mailed to:

Symphony in the Park

P.O. Box 262019

San Diego, CA 92196

Please help carry on this tradition that is uniquely “Scripps Ranch.”

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts Informational Meeting

Make new friends! On Wednesday, May 31, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm in the community room at the Scripps Ranch Library, the Scripps Ranch Girl Scout Service Unit will host a meeting. Parents who are interested in learning more about scouting for their daughters and leadership opportunities for themselves are invited to attend.

Come and learn about the fun activities and valuable service projects that local Girl Scouts have enjoyed. Troop organizers will present information on the levels of girl scouting, support for troop leaders, camping opportunities, and the creative ways parents can involve their daughters and themselves in the Girl Scout program. A recent survey of the female members of Congress resulted in the finding that 2/3’s of these women had been Girl Scouts in their youth!

Scouting is a great way to make new friends, learn new skills, and learn the importance of helping others. Join us to relive your memories of Girl Scouts and hear about the terrific new programs in Girl Scouting today. For more information, please call Tami Holtz at 271-6056.

International Friendship Festival – April 29

Once again this year, USIU will host their International Friendship Festival. The date is Saturday, April 29, from 10 am to 6 pm, for a day-long celebration featuring food, crafts, and entertainment from around the world. If you have never attended this day of local excitement and learning, you won’t want to miss it this year. They have an outdoor stage with entertainment, clothes and food from around the world, and a welcoming atmosphere your children should experience. For more about the Friendship Festival, please turn to page 41.

Farmer’s Market Needs a Property Owner

Imagine what it would be like to purchase farm fresh produce right in our own neighborhood. Picture a homespun Farmer’s Market where you can buy fresh caught fish, beautiful flowers, and healthy whole wheat breads just before the weekend crush.

This opportunity may pass Scripps Ranch by if a location is not found soon. Barry Koral, who runs and operates the Rancho Bernardo Farmer’s Market, has been trying to find a location in Scripps Ranch for one year now. He and his farmers were prepared to bring their wholesome goods to this area by April.

Unfortunately, Barry had not been able to find a land or lot owner who is willing to work with him to make this great community program a reality. The market would be open each Thursday from 10 am to 1 pm and would feature fresh, locally grown produce as well as specialty booths including Mediterranean, Mexican, vegetarian, and organic foods. Barry has asked us to put out a plea to help him find a property owner. Please help Barry bring this healthy program to our neighborhood. Call Barry Koral at 760-631-0200.

Friends of Library Co-Sponsor Literary Faire

A Literary Faire is coming to the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, May 6. The faire will be held in the community room and courtyard of the library and will include a program of authors talking about their books, and also include morning refreshments and lunch, book sales and signings by local authors, used book sales, and a raffle of gift baskets.

The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library has joined the local branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) and the United States International University (USIU) Library in sponsoring the third annual literary faire.

Speakers will include: columnist/author Roger Showley and author/humorist/radio host Richard Lederer, both of whom are Scripps Ranch residents; businesswoman and author Aleta Pippin; educators and authors Edith Fine and Judith Josephson; researchers and authors Jeanette and Robert Lauer; writer and editor of Psychology Today Robert Epstein; and Emmy-nominated screenwriter/producer and novelist Karen Hall.

Tickets are $28, which includes lunch, for the day-long event, which begins with registration at 9:30 am and runs until 3:30 pm. Advance reservations are recommended, although tickets will be sold the day of the event for $33, space permitting.

Proceeds will benefit:

  • AAUW’s local scholarships for re-entry women and camperships awarded to 7th grade girls to attend Tech Trek math/science camp at UCSD;
  • the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library book fund; and
  • the USIU Library.

Flyers detailing the event will be available in the Scripps Ranch Library as well as at other local sites. For more information, contact Kris Downey at 484-1949 or visit [http://staff.usiu.edu/aauw/litfair.htm].

Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) rounds out its 1999-2000 season with Neil Simon’s popular comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers, opening Friday, April 21.

Barney Cashman, at the age of 47, wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late. However, he is a gentle, sober soul with a true-blue wife of 23 years and absolutely no experience in adultery. Three hilarious seductions ensue and fail because he is not properly set up for such flings, especially in his mother’s apartment.

Returning to the SRT stage as Barney Cashman is Jeff Laurence who won an award for his portrayal of the father in Beau Jest and as the aging actor in The Fantasticks! Other cast members are Elaine Navazio, Robin Crist, and Lynne Goodman.

The show runs from Friday, April 21, through Saturday, May 13, in the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of United States International University at 10455 Pomerado Rd. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm.

Tickets are $12 for general admission, and $10 for seniors, students, and groups of ten or more. A $2 surcharge applies on opening night, which includes a champagne reception with the cast. For reservations, call 578-7728.

The Pleasure of Your Company Chamber Music

Please join us on Tuesday, April 18, for a program of piano music from the Romantic era at the Scripps Ranch Library. Sponsored by the Friends of the Library, Pianist Alex Hock will perform pieces by August Winding, Franz Liszt, and Frederic Chopin.

All concerts are free to the public; however, a donation of $7 or more would be gratefully accepted at the door. For more information, contact the library at 538-8158 or Dan Kronemyer at 619-260-3488.

Junior Theater produces The Music Man

San Diego Junior Theater, supported by a cast of Scripps Ranch youth, opens with The Music Man on:

  • Fridays, April 14, 21, 28 at 7 pm; and
  • Saturdays and Sundays, April 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 at 2 pm.

Tickets are now on sale: call the Junior Theater box office at 619-239-8355. Scripps Ranch residents who are featured in this production include Suzanne Choplin, Shoshi Tarkow, Anthony Fantano, Daryl Daley, Hannah Batt, Catie Marron, and Jordanna Rose. The Music Man is a timeless piece with outstanding music, love, and a small town, not unlike Scripps Ranch.

For more information about San Diego Junior Theater productions, classes, and summer camps, please call 619-239-1311.