Symphony in the Park

By now everyone on the Ranch should have found the contribution envelope for this year’s Symphony in the Park series in their March Newsletter. It’s simple to support this community event. Just remove the envelope, insert a check, fill in the blanks to let us know how your family or business would like to be listed in the program, and slip it in the mail before our April 6 deadline. Our committee will do the rest! We’re busy signing bands and contracting for sound, lighting, and (of course) porta-potties, so everything will be ready for our 2001 series.

Obviously, the cost for all this is high, so our fundraising drive is terribly important. In recent years our family support has shrunk, even though the Ranch has grown. We have been fortunate, however, to have incredibly supportive businesses in and around Scripps Ranch, and we have quite a few generous business owners as residents. Our goal this year is to reach as many of you as possible. Each year, as our expenses grow, our fundraising needs grow, too. So we need to add to our list of business and family friends.

Hoyt Park fills to capacity with every concert. If everyone who enjoys the concerts supported the concerts as a family or a business, our fundraising would be complete. It’s quite a bargain if you think about it: six concerts, with seating enough for your family and friends, room to spread out your blanket under late afternoon skies, a bring-your-own food invitation, and a giant dance floor as well!

What other concert venue gives you all that? And to top it off, it’s right in your neighborhood so you don’t have to drive far, pay for parking, or get a babysitter!

  • For just $25 you can support these concerts as a Family Friend;
  • For $50 you can step up your support to that of a Friend of Note;
  • As a business you can add your support for $150;
  • If you’re feeling especially generous, Business Patrons support Symphony in the Park at the $500 level, and Patrons at $1,000.

This continues a Scripps Ranch tradition since 1985. One we would like to see continue. But we can’t do it without you. Please send in your contribution today and know that you have our gratitude and that we will provide you a variety of great family fun.

Here is a peek at the great concerts already lined up. You’ll find music that’s fun to sing along with, to dance to, or to 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 20: The Ultra Tones (40’s to current hits);
  • Sunday, June 10: The Rhythmakers (rock `n roll);
  • Wednesday, July 4th Parade: Breezin (40’s to current hits);
  • Sunday, July 22: To be announced;
  • Sunday, August 12: To be announced;
  • Sunday, Sept. 9: The Heroes (rock `n roll, popular hits); and
  • Sunday, Dec. 2: Christmas Caroling in the Park.

We have favorite groups returning, and we’re looking forward to a terrific season, and every donation is appreciated. 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.”

2nd Annual Scripps Ranch Community Faire

Mark your calendars now for the 2nd annual Scripps Ranch Community Faire, Sunday, May 6, from noon to 5 pm at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. There will be children’s activities, entertainment by the live band, Atomic Groove, food for sale, craft displays and non-profit information booths.

This will be your chance to purchase a Scripps Ranch T-shirt or license plate and learn more about your community. So please join your neighbors at this great free, fun event sponsored by your Scripps Ranch Civic Association.

If you have a non-profit organization, a special craft demonstration, or are a local food vendor that would like to sell food at this event, please contact Wendy Littooy, listed below, by April 15 to reserve your booth space. There will be a limited number of covered tents and tables available on a first reserved basis.

For more information contact Faire Chairperson Wendy Littooy at 635-6722 or email her at: [[email protected]].

Where’s My Newsletter?

Not getting your Newsletter regularly? Could be that your neighbor needs some help. Yep! That’s who delivers the Newsletters each month: your neighborhood volunteer. If you have not yet had a turn at delivering the Newsletter, this might be your chance! Turn to the Directory pages at the end of this Newsletter and check out your neighborhood. Does it say Vacant!? We’d love to add your name to our list of volunteers. Just drop us a note at [[email protected]] or call the SRCA office at 578-0430, or call one of the Distribution Managers listed on the cover of this Newsletter.

Speaking of distribution managers, Mike Osborne from the north side of the lake is in search of a replacement. If you think you can help or want more information, contact Mike at 689-0802 or Chuck Adkison at 271-8853.

Scripps Ranch Welcoming Service is Back!

Maybe you have seen their flowered gift bag hanging on your new neighbor’s door, or have seen Janet or Barbara talking to your new neighbor and wondered what was happening…now you know! We have a welcoming service for new homeowners once again.

Thanks to the generosity of local businesses like Learning Express, Wells Fargo, Melissa Corso of Mary Kay, and many others, new residents will receive a gift bag filled with hundreds of dollars in special offers and gifts. They also carry information about the local clubs and organizations, churches, and other information that new homeowners need.

Two years ago when Welcome Wagon decided to pull out of the San Diego area, Barbara, who was a Welcome Wagon Hostess, began working with local businesses in several communities to start this service again. Her business is known as Welcome Home! Janet started working with Barbara almost a year ago. She had run a welcoming club in the Kansas area before moving into this area several years ago.

They also wish to offer a special thank you to Becky McDonald who ran the welcoming service here for over 15 years and continues her involvement in the Welcome Club. She has been a great source of support. Also Janet at the Scripps Ranch Information Center has contributed so much in helping them get information together.

If you are new to the community or would like to become a business sponsor for this much needed service, please give Barbara a call at 800-877-2755. They still have room for more information about clubs and organization and would also like to find another local resident that would like to work with them handing out the gift bags in Scripps Ranch.

Wine Country Corner

Clean Up

Attention Wine Country residents: Let’s meet at the corner of Semillon and Pomerado at 8:30 am on Saturday, April 7, Scripps Ranch Clean Up Day to “revitalize” our corner. Bring your rakes, weed whackers, shovels, wheelbarrows, and strong backs to spruce up the corner for spring. If you have any questions, please contact Susan at 578-7452. We will try to have fresh mulch delivered to spread, too! Thanks for your help. See you there!

Remembering Santana

Thanks to a local resident for passing on these timeless words of wisdom from Pablo Casals.

“Each second we live is a new and unique moment of the universe, a moment that will never be again… And what do we teach our children? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France.

When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all the years that have passed, there has never been another child like you. Your legs, your arms, your clever fingers, the way you move.

You may become a Shakespeare, a Michelangelo, a Beethoven. You have the capacity for anything. Yes, you are a marvel. And when you grow up, can you then harm another who is, like you, a marvel?

You must work–we must all work–to make the world worthy of its children!”

Campus Life Parent Information Night

Attention parents of high school students! Campus Life is having a parent information night at the Campus Life Youth Center on Wednesday, April 4, from 7:30 to 9 pm. Please come and learn more about Campus Life and the role it has in the Scripps Ranch community and in the lives of our teenagers. Campus Life is a non-profit organization that provides positive alternatives for teenagers in several San Diego communities, including Scripps Ranch.

The night will consist of staff introductions, parent and student testimonies, Q & A, and a video presentation. Campus Life is located at 12600 #5 Stowe Drive in Poway, close to the Carl’s Jr. restaurant at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Pomerado. Questions? Please call 613-1313.

Disability Awareness Program

Do you know a neighbor or family member who has a disability? Have you felt uncomfortable guiding a blind person or reaching out to shake the hand of someone only to discover that they have no hand? Do you know how to communicate with someone who is deaf? Are you aware that people with dyslexia have the opportunity to read more easily with new technology?

The City of San Diego is sponsoring, a fast-track, hands-on awareness program for the public. Participants will learn about communicating with and being comfortable around persons with all types of disabilities and discover the unique tools and technologies used by people with disabilities to hold a variety of jobs and participate in sports programs as an everyday part of our society.

An estimated 54 million persons in our country have a disability. Linda Woodbury, San Diego Disability Services Coordinator, will hold the following workshops at the Scripps Ranch Information Center located on Cypress Canyon Drive just south of Scripps Poway Parkway.

  • April 19 (6:50 to 8:30 pm) Introduction to Disabilities: How do you address a person with a disability? Go through some exercises to see how it is to have reading problems, be in a wheelchair, be blind at a presentation.
  • May 3 (7:00 to 8:30 pm) Business Owners/Managers Guide to Disabilities; what are considered disabilities; what are ADA Rules; how can accommodations be made for an employee with disabilities.

New Date for MRNPC Meetings

The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) is changing its meeting time to the first Tuesday of the month and will be meeting at the Scripps Ranch Information Center located on Cypress Canyon Drive, just north of Marshall Middle School. The next meeting will be on Tuesday, April 3. Hope to see you there. We will be reviewing school and development issues in and near Scripps Ranch. You can make a difference simply by attending a meeting.

Tile a New Fire Station

The captain, paramedics, and firefighters of Scripps Ranch’s own Fire Station 37 invite you to become a part of Scripps Ranch history by designing your own ceramic tile for the new fire station. Your tile, along with other participants (young, old, or in-between), will be installed on the inside wall right next to the big fire engine truck. So each time you stop by the station to say hi, you’ll be able to see your tile. The theme for the tiles is “Fire Safety.” Tiles cost only $8.

There’s still time to create a tile because it looks like the new fire station will be opening later than was expected. So just stop by Clay’N Latte and tell them Victoria sent you. They are open 7 days a week at 10175 Rancho Carmel Drive at Ted Williams Parkway in Carmel Mountain Ranch.

If you have any questions, please call Becky at Clay’N Latte at 487-9293 or our Scripps Ranch volunteer Victoria Mazelli at 566-8679.

Local Student Shines in Washington, D.C.

Resident Tina Fariba, attended the National Young Leaders Conference (NYLC) in February in Washington, D.C. This unique leadership development program invites high school students–based on scholastic merit, community involvement, and leadership contributions–to interact with today’s national leaders. NYLC scholars work through many issues facing our nation today through a series of simulations, meet face-to-face with members of the U.S. Congress or their staff, and other influential personalities.

U.S. Representative George Nethercutt, Jr., of Washington welcomed the students to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, an honor usually reserved for members of Congress and their special guests. The students filled the chamber where the State of the Union Address takes place. Representative Nethercutt explained several of the fascinating and historic features of the room, including the process by which members of Congress vote on a bill.

Because leadership goes beyond what happens on Capitol Hill, Fariba had the opportunity to interact with a panel of renowned journalists at the National Press Club Students were given the chance to ask questions regarding national and international current events, as well as for advice and perspectives on how to start a career in journalism.