4th of July

    The 4th of July in Scripps Ranch is an awesome day; check it out!

Old Pros Runs and Bike Rides

    Start out the 4th of July in style by participating in a Scripps Ranch Old Pros run or bike ride. Get the whole family to do it. Have the big kids do a bike ride, and the small kids and parents take the 2-mile fun run/walk. Or vice versa. The air is cool, the music is hot, the crowds are friendly, and you’ll be surprised how many of your neighbors will be there.

    An entry form is included as an insert in this issue of the Newsletter for the Old Pros 4th of July Runs (2 mile and 10K) and Bike Rides (12, 28, and 50 mile). You also will find information on the Old Pros website [www.srop.org].

SRCA Parade

    After the runs and bike rides, you will have just enough time to go home and shower, change into your 4th of July finest, and join us for the SRCA 4th of July parade, which starts at 10 am.

    The parade route will be the same as the previous 25 years: starting on Ironwood at Tribuna, turning onto Courtyard, then onto Red Rock, passing the announcer in front of the Von’s shopping center, and going down Aviary Drive 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.

    You may sign up to participate in the SRCA 4th of July parade by filling out an entry form. You may obtain a form in the May issue of the SRCA Newsletter, on SRCA website [www.scrippsranch.org], or by contacting Parade chair Dick Kelly at 549-8985 or sending email to [[email protected]].

Ice Cream Social and Concert

    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 great music by The Fabulous Pelicans, sponsored the Symphony in the Park series. Additional food will be available at minimal cost courtesy of the Scripps Ranch Old Pros and local sponsors.

Float Building Advice

    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 be happy to help you with ideas that fit our theme, “Thirty Years of Comics on the Ranch.” They will 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.

Got a Spare Convertible?

    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 send email to [[email protected]].

Parade Help Needed

    As you can imagine, there are plenty of things to do prior to and during the 4th of July Parade. 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 parade’s success. If you would like to help in any way, please contact Dick Kelly at 549-8985 or send email to [[email protected]]. Thanks!

Calling all Girl Scouts

    We’re looking for all the Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts to march in the annual 4th of July parade. We’ll be doing a simple “drill team” type routine to music as we march down the parade route. If you missed out on last year’s fun parade experience with over 80 girl scouts participating, join in this year’s parade excitement. Wear your uniform (or vest) and be a proud girl scout! Have fun! Be in the parade instead of just watching it.

    All girls receive a parade patch! There are two practices to attend, both at Hoyt Park from 4 to 5 pm on Thursdays, June 22 and 29. Attending one practice is mandatory; attending both practices would be fantastic. For more information, call Ruth Burr at 578-7934.

Cozy Coupes to Ride Again

    Parents, toddlers, and preschoolers, come join the fun as we join in the 4th of July parade. Decorate your Cozy Coupes in red, white, and blue; add a floor board to cover the bottom so feet don’t drag; add a snack and some water for your child; and meet us at the parade site a few minutes before the parade time for instructions and line up as we entertain the crowds.

    The parade starts at 10 am. We are usually towards the front of the parade so look for us there. Older brothers and sisters can ride their bikes behind us, but they must wear helmets. Pegboard works great for use as a floor board, but please do not use cardboard; it won’t last. Please do dress in red, white, and blue.

    This is a great activity for playgroups, friends, and neighbors. Come be a part of the fun. If you have any questions, please call Katy Philyaw at 578-7524.

The Fabulous Ultra Tones to Play on Sunday, June 11

    School will soon be out for summer. The sunny weather that San Diego is famous for is now here. Picnic season has started. You have a lot to celebrate! So why not come down to Hoyt Park, located on the corner of Canyon Lake and Aviary Drive, on Sunday, June 11, at 6 pm. Join your neighbors for a concert featuring The Fabulous Ultra Tones. Be prepared to picnic, dance, and have a good time.

    They are a nine-piece, variety dance band that has performed for concerts and special events throughout the San Diego region. While we welcome The Fabulous Ultra Tones to our concert series for the first time, they come with a reputation for having provided engaging family entertainment and music to please all generations in Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and Rancho Santa Fe.

    Come and join us for this, our 16th summer series. The setting, the friends, and the music is Scripps Ranch at its best. We welcome you and look forward to providing entertainment throughout the summer. Plan ahead now for three concerts in July:

  • Tuesday, July 4: Legal Tender in the Scripps Ranch parade, and The Fabulous Pelicans at 1 pm in Hoyt Park; and
  • Sunday, July 23: Breezin, 6 pm in Hoyt Park.

    If you have any questions, please direct them to this year’s co-chairs: Phill Hansen at 693-1761 or Cheryl Pritchard at 578-2536. See you at the concert!

Scripps Ranch Adopts a Baseball League in Tijuana

    You may recall the article in last month’s Newsletter regarding the baseball club in Lomas de Porvenir, Tijuana, that the Scripps Ranch baseball community is adopting. In the article, we spoke of the united efforts of Scripps Ranch to donate baseball equipment to this club.

    When we visited the community of Lomas de Porvenir in March to give them the donated equipment, as well as play a ball game, we learned more about this community and what they really needed from us. Baseball had died there because of the high cost of baseball equipment made it unaffordable for the youth of this disadvantaged community. They needed equipment and something to jumpstart baseball among the youngest ballplayers there and in the broader Tijuana community.

    With new inspiration, we organized and focused on a single objective: hold a baseball clinic and collect enough baseball equipment to help them start a program for 7, 8, and 9 year-olds. We were fortunate to find Gilbert Gill, a cousin of Laura Carrion of Scripps Ranch, who has acted as our key contact with our new south-of-the-border friends.

    We now plan to hold a baseball clinic, provide donated baseball equipment, and play a baseball game on Sunday, June 4. We hope that the young ball players of this community will stay to get a glimpse of our game, and their future.

    Our efforts are being sponsored so far by Scripps Ranch Little League, the Falcons Youth Baseball Club, Califormula Radio Stations, the Old Pros, Hob Nob Restaurant, SAIC, the Girl Scouts, and many friends in Scripps Ranch.

    Thanks to an overwhelming response from Scripps Ranch, we have collected enough baseball gear to outfit about four teams. We are still “light” on a few items and could use the following: helmets, baseball cleats, uniform shirts and socks, of course, any other gear would be appreciated.

    Scripps Ranch has generously supported this effort! This will build a stronger baseball community in the region, and our ball players are learning how to make a difference through baseball. Please give us a call to 578-5258 if you would like to make a donation.

A Century of Dance

    The California Ballet Company will perform their annual all-school concert: “A Century of Dance” at Scripps Ranch High School on the weekend of June 2-4. Performances will be held at 6:30 pm on Friday, at 1 and 5:30 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

    Highlighting dancing’s greatest moments, dancers will perform pieces from Annie, Blood & Sand, An American in Paris, Scherezade, Charlie Chaplin, The King and I, Le Corsaire, Cirque Du Soleil, Balanchine, and others. In addition, CBC prima ballerina Denise Dabrowski will dance her very exquisite performance of The Dying Swan.

    Twenty California Ballet students from Scripps Ranch perform in the concert including: Colleen Bosworth, Emily Brouillard, Linda Chan, Annalies Dang, Kate Delap, Nicole Fait, Shelby Geller, Christin Huguet, Frances Iannone, Stefanie Lewis, Klarissa Maluto, Lindsey Peckham, Lindsey Ritter, Breanne Seelinger, Kaitlyn Seelinger, Jack Selberg, Julia Selberg, Rebecca Su, Adia Sykes, and Audrey Williams.

    New this year, CBC will be offering Summer Dance Camp 2000 for beginning and intermediate dancers in June and July in addition to summer workshops and the regular class schedule. For more information or tickets, contact 560-6741.

Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts’ Yard Sale and Boutique

    The Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts’ Yard Sale and Boutique will be held on Saturday, June 17, from 8 am to 1 pm, at 10971 Twinleaf Court, in the Lakepoint neighborhood. Sale items will include toys, clothing, furnishings, linens, sporting goods, books, and household items.

    Please visit our craft boutique of hand-painted treasures for the home and garden! We also will have homemade bakery items, coffee, and juice!

    All sales will benefit Girl Scout Troop 8155, St. Vincent de Paul Center, and San Diego shelters for women and children of domestic violence. Come and join the fun! Thanks for your support! If you have items to donate, call 578-7758

Reviving the Chinese American Club

    We are reviving the Chinese American club with a summer social at end of July 2000! Please call Ruth Lim at 693-1962 or Linda Wu at 689-8191 for information or if you would like to join us.

Go Peds are Illegal

    Go Peds, the motorized skateboard-scooters, are becoming more popular around the Ranch, especially with young teenagers who do not yet have their driver’s licenses. Go-Peds are powered by a two-stroke gasoline engine that can reach speeds of up to 20 mph.

    Sales companies describe these vehicles are as fun, convenient, economical, and even quiet. A Go-Ped website proclaims that “as with any motorized vehicle, common sense and adult supervision is always necessary. Any paved or smooth surfaces are potential roadways for Go-Ped use. Quick trips to the store or just cruising the neighborhood, a new adventure awaits you every time you’re riding a Go-Ped.”

    In reality, these contraptions are dangerous and illegal. Aside from the unmuffled, two-stroke engine being an noisy nuisance, it is unlawful for anyone to operate these vehicles on any public road, sidewalk, or parking lot in California. In addition to the obvious safety concerns, parents should be aware that their child can be cited by San Diego Police or the Highway Patrol for operating an unlicensed vehicle. Fines can range from $35 to $50, and the scooter can be confiscated.

Thanks SAIC and Nokia!

    Thurgood Marshall Middle School proudly acknowledges the generous donations of $5,000 by each of our “Corporate Partners in Technology”–Nokia Mobil Phones Inc. and SAIC, Internet Business Systems Division–to our Pilot Technology program.

    In response to the San Diego School District mandated curriculum requirement, the faculty and staff at Thurgood Marshall Middle School developed an innovative technology plan. This pilot program will incorporate the use of computers with wireless internet capabilities, allowing the school site to create a mobile computer lab. Students will receive hands-on academic instruction in the use of spread sheets, word processing, data base management, internet access and research, audio visual and graphics, telecommunications, and multimedia and professional presentations.

    Thanks to the generous support of Nokia and SAIC, Marshall has been able to purchase several computers and the pilot program is off the ground.

SOS Ranch to Fight Business Park Rezone

    A quickly growing group of concerned Scripps Ranch residents have formed a coalition to protect the Scripps Ranch community plan and the quality of life in our community. Only one week old at press time, SOS Ranch (Save Our Scripps Ranch) has more than 40 working members, is raising funds, and has gathered over 500 petition signatures.

    SOS Ranch leader Barbara Measelle described the group’s concerns: “We are alarmed that the City’s Environmental Planning Department may allow a proposed high-density residential zoning change to go before the City Planning Commission without full environmental review despite the unanimous objections put forth by our own Scripps Ranch Planning Group.”

    Present owners of the Scripps Ranch business park, located east of Scripps Ranch High School, want to change the zoning of the business park from industrial to high-density residential. The business park, shown on page 25, is the home of our Library, the historical Meanley wall, and scenic Evans Pond. Present zoning of the business park provides for upscale industrial use, such as that provided by Hitachi.

    SOS Ranch is most concerned by the City’s apparent “fast tracking” of the proposed zoning change and by the City ignoring the objections of the Scripps Ranch Planning Group, who has requested that a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR) be prepared. City staff has stated that a full EIR is not required.

    But by not requiring an EIR, the City Planning Commission will have to rely on the developers’, profit-motivated analysis of critical community impacts such as:

  • school overcrowding;
  • traffic congestion;
  • demands on our library, parks, and other City services; and
  • significant impacts to Evans Pond, the Meanley historical stone wall, and the mature Eucalyptus grove along the pond’s south shoreline.

    SOS Ranch was formed to challenge this process, to support our community plan, and to ensure the community’s voice is heard on these issues.

    SOS Ranch is asking all residents of Scripps Ranch to voice your concerns by signing petitions, attending the Scripps Ranch Planning Group meetings, and attending the City Planning Commission meeting where the business park issue will be heard.

    For more information, contact SOS Ranch officers: Barbara Measelle (586-1195, [email protected]), Chuck Norris (530-0341, [email protected]); Katy Livesay (271-6794, [email protected]), or Dorothy Mildice (549-3621, [email protected]).