4th of July Festivities

This year we celebrated our 31st festivities with a beautiful day. It was slightly overcast keeping it cooler until the parade was over. We had a wide variety of participants from our schools, neighborhoods, churches, local businesses, youth organizations, clubs and dignitaries. Our Mayor, Councilmen Maienschein & Stevens, Assemblywoman Zettel, School Board Trustee Braun, Senator Battin, Representative Cunningham and Principals of locals schools all rode in the parade. Dick Kelly, Parade Chairperson again did a splendid job of organizing the parade.

Following the parade many of Scripps Residents converged on Hoyt Park and were entertained by the music of “The Players” sponsored by SRCA. The Old Pros sponsored a Karl Strauss beer garden, food booths by Sammy’s, and Pat & Oscars. There were additional booths by Washington Mutual, WAC, Shea, Culligan, Play It Again Sports, and Sunbreaker. The Old Pros did a great job of setting up and cleaning up the park after the event.

The 4th of July Committee consisting of Bob Dingeman, Dick Kelly, Elissa Barber, Bob Gravina and Kyle Dingman spent many hours to make the parade a success and provide additional activities at the park. This year SRCA and Cabrillo Credit Union again co-sponsored a free ice cream social. Girls from Scripps Ranch High School provided face painting for the young folks.

Additionally, we want to thank the following businesses or groups who helped with our event: Vons, Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club, Kiwanis, Jerabek School, and Boy Scout Troop 663, Parade Marshall volunteers, and ice cream helpers. Without all of your help this event would not be as successful as it is.

Parade Lost & Found

A black fanny pack and two baseball caps were found at Hoyt Park after the parade. Please call the Information Center at 578-0430 to identify and claim these items.

Parade Awards

Car Club

1st: San Diego Miata Club

2nd: Corvette Owners’ Club of San Diego

3rd: Model “A” Restorers Club of San Diego

4th: International Amphicar Club

Civic Spirit

1st: Loire Valley Neighborhood

2nd: Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School

3rd: McMillin Realty

4th: Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Comic Entry

1st: Scripps Ranch Society for the Preservation of the Middle Class

2nd: Loire Valley

3rd: Cozy Coupes

Commercial Entry

1st: Miramar Martial Arts Academy


1st: My Friends & I Children’s Center

2nd: Loire Valley

3rd: Pomerado Nation Indian Guides & Princesses

4th: Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park

Marching Unit / Band

1st: Scripps Ranch High School “Rising Star” Pageantry & Marching Band

2nd: Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park

3rd: Scripps Ranch Society for the Preservation of the Middle Class

4th: Scripps Ranch High School Cheerleaders

Original Idea

1st: Loire Valley Neighborhood

2nd: Canyon Springs Church


1st: Canyon Lake Neighborhood

2nd: Loire Avenue Neighborhood

Decorated Vehicle

1st: Canyon Springs Church

2nd: Cub Scout Pack 1216

3rd: Miramar College

4th: Christ the Cornerstone Church & School

Parade Theme

1st: Canyon Lake Neighborhood

2nd: Fitness Quest 10

3rd: McMillin Realty

4th: Loire Avenue Neighborhood

Youth Group

1st: My Friends & I Children’s Center

2nd: Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

3rd: Pomerado Nation Indian Guides & Princesses

4th: Cub Scout Packs 613, 614, & 616

Cabrillo Credit Union Sponsored Ice Cream Social

For the second consecutive year, Cabrillo Credit Union sponsored the annual Ice Cream Social event for the Scripps Ranch Fourth of July celebration. Cabrillo Credit Union, with its headquarters and a branch located in Scripps Ranch, also participated in the Fourth of July Annual Parade with a float constructed out of a convertible car and corporate signage. The ice cream social event was held directly after the parade.

Cabrillo has been active with the Scripps Ranch community through its participation in the Partnerships in Education program for the past eight years. The partnership has allowed Cabrillo to work with Scripps Ranch High School and Thurgood Marshall Middle School, both located in Scripps Ranch, by providing support both in and outside of the classroom. In the past, the credit union has also partnered with Curie Elementary School in University City.

Identification of Photograph!

Many thanks to long-time resident Virginia LaBar who took the time to bring out a magnifying glass in order to identify the location of the 1971″mystery” photo in last month’s Focus section.

“Having lived in Scripps Ranch since 1970 I think I can identify the parade photo on page 45 you were asking about. After looking through my magnifier it looks like it was taken from the then vacant lot at Red Rock Drive near Scripps Ranch Blvd. as you can see the old elementary school on Red Rock Drive.”

Thank you, Virginia!

Concert in the Park

We hope you’ve enjoyed the concerts thus far–the Ultratones, Legal Tender, Breezin’, and Six Foot Six have pleased everyone who has shown up at Hoyt Park on our concert nights. We’re pretty sure you’ll feel the same about The Rhythmakers this month, as they entertain us on Sunday, Aug. 12 at 6 pm. This group is in demand all over San Diego. We introduced them to Scripps Ranch in 1999 to a huge crowd that September, and they are returning by popular request. August may be the hottest month in the summer, but this band is way cool, so come on down to the park with your picnic, your blanket, your chairs, and your dancin’ feet, and we’ll all have some fun.

Mark your calendars now for our September concert. You won’t want to miss The Heros, and the concert time has been changed from 5:00 to 6:00 so as not to disappoint any of you avid sports fans. Here on the Ranch, we like to think of The Heros as our own, so let’s all be together on Sunday, Sept. 9. It’s a tradition here to end the summer at Symphony in the Park.

Please remember to thank your neighbors who support Symphony in the Park and shop at and do business with the fine companies who so generously help us put on these concerts. Then, in February, when we start begging for money again, remember how much fun it is to sit on a blanket in the perfect San Diego summer and enjoy the concert bargain of the century. Our co-chairs this year, Cheryl Pritchard and Phill Hansen, and the whole committee thank YOU for your support. Thanks Scripps Ranch – you rock.

Another Ice Cream Social!

Come support Scripps Ranch’s newest school! E.B. Scripps will have an ice cream social/fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 11 from 1-3 pm at the Information Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The money raised will support the parent/guardian organization (the AFP).

You’ll also get to “Meet the Principal,” Dr. Rich Cansdale who will be there to answer all your questions. See you there!

Host an Exchange Student

A host family is being sought for a 17-year-old Yugoslavian boy for the upcoming academic year. He enjoys team sorts, computers, and folk dancing, is allowed to share a room, and has his own health insurance and spending money. We also are looking for a family to host a girl from Germany. The hosts provide room, board, meals, and guidance for the student during their stay in America. Students are due to arrive mid-August and stay until June of next year.

Please call Bobbi Britto at 619-424-8874 or 1-888-725-7746 for more information or if you would like to host one of these students.

Residents Opening New Businesses on the Ranch

The Protocol School Of San Diego

“There’s more to etiquette than good manners”, says protocol director, and Ranch resident Linda Koravos. Manners alone will not get you anywhere, but they will give you that extra advantage that may make the difference between you and another person who is just as smart as you.”

Ms. Koravos offers fun, interactive classes for children (8-12), teen etiquette (13-17), dining skills for teens (13-17), dining skills for young adults (18-22), and adult dining skills and protocol.

Classes in Scripps Ranch begin late September 2001. Enroll now online [email protected] or call the school at 547-3962.

Your-Company Store On-Line

Ranch resident Mark Crittenden has a new Internet company: www.Your-CompanyStore.com.

Your-CompanyStore is a new service through which you can order corporate apparel and accessories embroidered with your logo on-line with no minimums. Prices range from $8 for a poly/cotton hat or golf towel to $44 for a waterproof zipper jacket or a computer backpack. In between are tees, tanks, polos, shirts, roll bags, tote bags, and more.

To get started with the program, or for additional information, call Mark Crittenden at 689-2456.

Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve Hike Schedule

Outings are free. Wear sturdy shoes, bring water. For details or group hikes, call 484-3219 for recorded information or visit the web site at www.penasquitos.org.

Full Moon Hike, Saturday, Aug. 4, 7:30-9 pm. Hike the canyon and observe the full moon. Learn about the moon’s importance in ancient and historic cultures. Bring a flashlight. Meet hike leader Will Bowen in Sorrento Valley parking area at 4206 Sorrento Valley Blvd. in parking lot on the north side of the road. See Thomas Guide p. 1208.

Nature Walk from Mercy Road, Saturday, Aug. 12, 9 am (2 miles). Join naturalist Linda King for this moderately paced nature walk. Learn native plants and their uses. Meet in Mercy Road Parking-Staging Area, upper level, at the junction of Mercy Road and Black Mountain Road in Mira Mesa. See Thomas Guide p. 1189

Beginner Tracking Walk at Ranch, Saturday, Aug. 18, 7;30-9 am. Learn how to track animals and discover the natural environment they live in from Uli Burgin, a member of the Friends’ Tracking Team. Meet at the historic ranch house. Take Mercy Rd. exit off I-15 west to Black Mountain Rd., go right on Black Mountain Rd., and take first left into Canyonside Dr., proceed to white-fenced parking lot. Park, walk west on trail to ranch. See Thomas Guide p. 1189.

Advanced Tracking Walk at Ranch, Saturday, Aug. 18, 7;30-9 am. Lee Kirchevel will lead this walk. Take Mercy Rd. exit off I-15 west to Black Mountain Rd., go right on Black Mountain Rd., and take first left into Canyonside Dr., proceed to white-fenced parking lot. Park, walk west on trail to ranch. See Thomas Guide p. 1189.

Dusk Hike from Northern Staging, Saturday, Aug. 18, 5:30 pm. Join Pat Watkins for a moderately paced walk to the waterfall and back, about 4 miles. Chance to see wildlife! Meet at the kiosk at the intersection of Camino Ruiz & Park Village Dr. in Rancho Penasquitos. Wear hiking boots and bring insect repellent and water. See Thomas Guide p. 1189.

Birds and Beast of Lopez Canyon, Saturday, Aug. 18, 7-9 pm. The evening preserve is alive with creatures who adapt their habits to avoid not only the heat of the day, but also the many human visitors who visit on the weekends. We’ll watch for signs of some of our elusive creatures, with a possibility of having some excellent sightings. Moderate walking. Flashlight, boots or sport shoes, and water required. Group size limited. Call Friends’ president and hike leader Brian Swanson after Aug. 4 for required reservation and meeting location. 760-749-5453.

Dusk Wildlife Walk/Ranch House, Wednesday, Aug. 22, 7 pm. Join naturalist Mike Kelly for a moderately paced wildlife walk, about 4 miles. Chance to see wildlife! Wear hiking boots and bring insect repellent and water. Take Mercy Rd. exit off I-15 west to Black Mountain Rd., go right on Black Mountain Rd., and take first left into Canyonside Dr., proceed to white-fenced parking lot. Park, walk west on trail to ranch. See Thomas Guide p. 1189.

Angelica Decoq on “Anasazi Mortuary Practices,” Saturday, Aug. 25, 7:30-9 am. Learn about one of the Southwest’s most enigmatic Indian cultures, the Anasazi, presented by Arizona archaeologist Angelica Decoq. Come early, 6 pm for a docent-led tour of the historic adobe Ranch House. The San Diego County Archaeological Society will provide free coffee, sodas, and dessert. There is no charge. Bring a folding chair for the outdoor program, a warm wrap, and a picnic supper if you want to dine beforehand in the courtyard. Take Mercy Rd. exit off I-15 west to Black Mountain Rd., go right on Black Mountain Rd., and take first left into Canyonside Dr., proceed to white-fenced parking lot. Park, walk west on trail to ranch. See Thomas Guide p. 1189.