Second Annual Scripps Ranch Community Faire

Come on down to the second 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 join your neighbors at this great free, fun event sponsored by your Scripps Ranch Civic Association.

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

Symphony in the Park Series to Begin

It’s hard to believe that summer is just around the corner, but here we are, nearing the end of the school year and looking forward to summer fun already. Scripps Ranch will be ready to shift into gear for summer this on Sunday, May 20, when Symphony in the Park opens our summer concert series by The Ultratones. We introduced this band to Scripps Ranch during the 2000 series, and judging by the dancing, the smiles, and the toe tapping, everyone was glad we did

To enjoy the concert series, here’s all you do:

Pack your picnic basket;
  1. Come on down to Hoyt Park, located at the corner of Aviary and Canyon Lake Drives;
  2. Arrive early so your children can have their faces painted by clowns, beginning at 5 pm; and
  3. Be ready for a good time with your friends and neighbors. Concert begins at 6 pm and lasts an hour or so.

If you are a Business Friend, Patron, or Benefactor, you are invited to a reception in your honor beginning at 4:30 pm. We offer you our special thanks for all of your support, because, as you must know, without you there would be no concerts. You are the mainstay of our series, and we appreciate your support.

Plan ahead for the full concert series by marking your calendars now. All concerts begin at 6 pm except the Christmas Concert, which begins at 5 pm. Here’s our 2001 line up:

  • May 20 — Ultratones;
  • June 10 — Legal Tender;
  • July 4 (Parade) — Breezin;
  • July 22 — 6 Foot 6;
  • August 12 — Rhythmakers;
  • September 9 – Heroes; and
  • December 2 – Christmas Concert.

Grad Night Volunteers Needed

Many volunteers are needed to assist with the Grad Night event on Thursday, June 14. This wonderful and fun-filled evening for the graduating class of 2001 will need adult assistance with dealing Black Jack games, food, prizes, and check-in and check-out.

If you can volunteer three hours, please call Judy Bradrick at 549-9574. You don’t need to have a student at the high school to participate. Your assistance will help to make this a special and memorable evening!


Last chance to qualify for the Old Pro’s student athletic scholarships! You must be a Scripps Ranch Resident for the last two years and graduate by June of 2001. For more information, contact Steve Northcote at 695-6858. Mark your calendars for the beginning of the Symphony in the Park concerts sponsored by the Old Pro’s and Women’s Athletic Club (WAC) The first concert is May 20 in Hoyt Park.

The Women’s Athletic Club has set aside $1,000 for a college scholarship. Any Scripps Ranch female senior who is involved with athletics is eligible to apply. Applications are available at the Counseling Center at Scripps Ranch High School or by calling 693-1600. Deadline is Tuesday, May 1.

New Date and Place for MRNPC Meetings

The Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee (MRNPC) has changed 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, May 1. Hope to see you there. You can make a difference simply by attending a meeting.

The MRNPC is a City-chartered advisory group charged with advising the City Council on planning-related issues in Miramar Ranch North, a planning area generally north of Miramar Lake. It includes Scripps Ranch Villages, Fieldstone Summit, parts of Sunset and Trails, Affinity and Westview apartments, and the Shea Homes area.

July 4th Parade

Parade Theme

“Home, Home on the Ranch.” Thanks very much to the Marshall Middle School ASB students for suggesting this year’s parade theme. They provided a number of very creative ideas, and we’re delighted to have them involved. “Home, Home on the Ranch” should stimulate lots of great entries and floats for our parade.

Start Time and Parade Route

The parade will be on Wednesday, July 4, and will start promptly at 10:00 am. The parade route will be the same – starting on Ironwood Road at Tribuna, turning onto Courtyard and then Red Rock, passing the announcer in front of the Von’s shopping center, and going down Aviary to Hoyt Park. Spectators are reminded that entries that are going to the Mira Mesa parade will exit the route at Scripps Ranch Blvd. and not go down Aviary Dr.

Ice Cream Social and Music in Hoyt Park

Immediately following the parade, the SRCA will sponsor an ice cream social for all in Hoyt Park. Stay with us as the fun continues with face painting and great music starting at 11:30 am.

Float Building Advice is Available

There are many easy ways for your group to put together a great float for the 4th of July parade! Everyone loves to watch the floats, and building one can be even more fun for your whole neighborhood or group. Again this year, Ranch residents Jonathan and Dianne Bramwell will help you with ideas that fit our theme, offer “how-to” tips, and suggest materials to use for your float. Float building doesn’t have to be expensive or time-consuming. Please call Jonathan or Dianne at 549-1057.

Convertibles Needed for Invited Guests

Many elected officials and other invited dignitaries enjoy being in our 4th of July parade each year. As a courtesy, we provide convertibles for them and their guests. If you have a convertible that you’d be willing to drive in the parade with an invited guest, please contact Dick Kelly at 549-8985 or [[email protected]].

Would You Like to Help with the Parade or Ice Cream Social?

As you can imagine, there are plenty of things to do prior to and during the 4th of July Parade and Ice Cream Social. These include setting up signs, marking the street, working as a parade marshal, etc. None of these require much time, but all are essential to the day’s success. We can use help from individuals or groups, such as teams, student clubs, or community organizations. I think you’ll find that being part of the action makes even more memorable. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Dick Kelly at 549-8985 or [[email protected]].

Tryouts for Scripps Ranch Kids Chorus

Tryouts are being held for boys and girls, ages 4 through 13, for the Scripps Ranch Kids Chorus. The chorus accepts boys and girls just starting out in music with no previous musical experience as well as kids who have performed in school musical groups and theater.

Members of the Scripps Ranch Kids Chorus also may apply for the famous regional Honor Choir Kids which has top level performances and a separate television division for worldwide performing for huge audiences. The most recent television appearances included three times for NBC, CBS, KUSI, and FOX television. For more information call Director Tony Gril at 619-226-6360.

Fire Station No. 37 Status

Due to contractual difficulties the completion of the fire station is behind schedule. McMillin is working diligently to get the project back on track. The new contractor should be out working on the site shortly. We now expect that the fire station should open in June or July. We are thrilled to have this important community facility back on track.

I recently toured the nearly completed facility, and was mightily impressed. The architect, fire fighters, and McMillin Development should be very proud of themselves for designing a customized home, station, and community outreach facility.

There is comfort for the fire fighters, including monster chairs to watch TV and a no-kidding kitchen complete with serious stove (eating is a major part of being a fire fighter). There is a wonderfully outfitted equipment room for their gear and trucks, and weight room so they can stay in the excellent shape needed to carry gear and a victim up stairs or down a ladder. There is an audio-visual learning center where the children of the community can be entertained and taught about fire. There is even a barbecue area where they can entertain themselves and the community. Great job everyone!

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.

Dog Walk

Please come and join us on Saturday, June 23, for a dog walk at Lake Miramar, from 9 am until noon. All proceeds benefit the San Diego Humane Society. Registration is at 8:30 am and the walk begins at 9 am. Please bring your family, friends and dog(s)! The suggested donation is $10 per family and extra donations are welcome. Each participant receives a visor, water, and a raffle ticket.

Each dog will be given a bandanna and a free bag of dog biscuits. Afterwards, there will be food, drinks, and a raffle of dog items donated by PetsMart. Humane Society animals waiting for adoption also will be at the lake. The Humane Society would appreciate extra donations of money, food, bowls, towels or blankets, toys, balls, or any other items that you would like to donate.

Please bring these donations to the lake with you the day of the race. For additional information on donations, please call the San Diego Humane Society at 619-299-7012. This event is part of the Silver Award for Cadette Troop 8175. Please contact troop leader Barbara Walker at 586-0669 with any other questions or possible donations.

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.

Successful Clean-Up Day

Despite the rain, cold, and wind, the community-wide Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 7, saw 83 vehicles come to Hoyt Park Drive to dispose of trash including a large amount of greenery and discards to Goodwill Industries. Much of the Goodwill donations probably were leftovers from the previous week’s community-wide garage sale.

Although the weather precluded any volunteers from picking up litter, there were at least two community efforts to clean up and enhance areas at Semillon and Poway Road and at Timberlake Drive near Scripps Lake Drive.

A special thanks to the Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis members including Tom Hankins, Jim Farrier, Ron Brown, Myra Ratcliffe, Armand Freeman, and Jim Felix for their assistance in directing the cleanup effort. Thanks also to Layton Galloway, our Landscape Maintenance supervisor, for providing the chipper truck although it would not operate well with the wet greenery.

Thanks to Blue Skies for assisting with the pickup and Jeffery Ravenhill at I Love A Clean San Diego for obtaining our permit and dump tickets for Tayman Industries who provided the three dumpsters that were filled. Goodwill Industries provided two trucks for discards and we personally thank Darrell Calvin of Goodwill who in addition to accepting discards helped unload trash and was a great help in expediting vehicles in and out of the site. October will be the next community-wide cleanup on a date to be determined and maybe it won’t rain.

McMillin and Brookfield Answer the Call for RSVP

The Corky McMillin Companies and Brookfield Homes have answered the call put out by the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) with the donation of $1,500 for the purchase of a much-needed RSVP vehicle radio. “We appreciate the generosity of the McMillin and Brookfield team,” said Marvin Miles, president of Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch RSVP. “This donation will help RSVP increase its presence on local streets.”

The RSVP is composed of 55 senior volunteers who collectively dedicate approximately 1,100 hours of time each month to ensuring the safety and well-being of the greater Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa community.