Veteran’s Day Concert

The Choral Music Department at Scripps Ranch High School, under the direction of Nancy Shirley, will present a Veterans’ Day of Remembrance on Tuesday, Nov. 6, at 6:30 pm in the SRHS Gymnasium. Area residents are invited to attend this concert of patriotic music in honor of and in support of our armed forces–a very timely event during these difficult times! Armed service personnel are encouraged to attend in uniform and will be invited to stand as we sing a medley of songs from the various branches of the military. Schools having participating choirs are Jerebek, Walker, Miramar Ranch, Hage, Marshall Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School. Patriotic readings will be given by students from the participating schools. Plan to attend for an inspiring patriotic program!

Plan ahead–the Women’s Ensemble and Choral Ensemble at SRHS will be presenting a Madrigal Dinner in December! This will be an elaborate dinner complete with music and period costumes offered by our singers. You won’ t want to miss this! Watch for details! You may call the choral music office at 621-9020, ext. 8112 for more information.

Our Choral Ensemble was recently featured at CSU Fullerton on an evening concert and received many wonderful compliments. All choirs are working toward the Veterans’ Day program and our Holiday Concert at SRHS Tuesday, Dec. 18, at 7 pm where we will share a program with our SRHS Orchestra.

Last but not least–PLEASE, voice and piano teachers in the SRHS area–call or send your resumes, business cards, fees, hours available, and other pertinent information to SRHS c/o Nancy Shirley, 10410 Treena St., San Diego, CA 92131 or fax to me at 621-0646. Many students ask for recommendations regarding teachers and I would like to update my list! Also, if you are available to come to the school occasionally for class lessons and introductions, this would help our students and give you exposure to them as well. I look forward to meeting many of you “out there” in our common musical areas! We all know how much better music students achieve in other school subjects–and, yes, music is an academic subject, too!

District Reps Needed!

Do you want to join the Executive Board of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, and participate in improving the Quality of Life on the Ranch? There are currently openings for the following District Representatives:

List 1: Hendrix Pond area Southwest of Scripps Ranch Blvd. and North of Pomerado Rd.

Dist 2: Hoyt Park area North of SR Blvd. and West of Aviary/Red Cedar (including residents of those streets)

Dist 9: Whispering Ridge area, South of Pomerado, accessible off Semillon (including Arbors/Birch Bluff)

Dist 13: Gateway area South of Scripps Poway Parkway, accessible off Trail Crest Dr.

Please call Gordon Boerner at 689-2411 if interested in finding out more about this volunteer opportunity.

Grand Opening of Scripps Ranch Farmers Market

Mark your calendars now! Do not miss the grand opening of the first ever Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, on Saturday, Nov. 24. We will be located in the parking lot of E.B. Scripps Elementary School located at 10380 Spring Canyon Rd.This venture is being sponsored by the AFP to benefit the children of E.B. Scripps Elementary school.Our goal is to create a fun-filled family event for the entire Scripps Ranch and Scripps Villages communities, and all of our surrounding neighbors. Our event will be a first rate, up-scale, farmers market and bazaar. We feel that our vendors will represent the best of the best. We will feature the, oh so yummy, Wild West Kettle Corn, beautiful fresh flowers, the absolute top quality produce vendors, jewelry designers, artists, crafters, fresh tamales, homemade German food, hand painted linens, orchids, wonderful baked goods, breads from Dudley’s, stained glass, seafood, chair massage, designer clothes, textiles from India, photography, and much, much more.

For our Grand opening our hours will be from 9 am. to 2 pm (normal closing time is 1 pm.) In addition to our wonderful vendors, we will be working with all local merchants by offering them one free Saturday a year where we will provide a free space for them to sell or advertise their businesses. (We will provide a 10′ by 10′ canopy, a table and two chairs). For more information please contact market managers, Bev and Mike Cassity at 586-7933, or bacasssity @aol.com.

Bring all your kids, family and friends and enjoy the day with lots of music, food, children’s activities, and lots of fun! Let’s all use this as the vehicle for uniting Sripps Ranch and Scripps Villages as a regular, weekly family outing. We consider it an honor and a privilege to be of service to people who are so passionate about their families and our unique community. See you there!

Fire Station Grand Opening!

Finally finished! Come and join us in celebrating the completion of the new Scripps Ranch Fire Station number 37 at 11640 Spring Canyon Road. Open House on pm Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1-6 pm. There will be refreshments and entertainment. If you made a tile it will be on the wall but if you didn’t, a booth will be on site. The crews have restored many antique pictures and equipment on loan from the Fire House Museum downtown that will be displayed. This is our opportunity to thank the community for its support and help to get this fire station built and furnished. The crews of the old Fire Station 37 wish to give recognition to those groups and individuals that have contributed so please come and enjoy yourselves with us on Saturday.

Symphony in the Park Christmas Concert–Sunday, Dec. 2

Follow the luminaries on Sunday evening, Dec. 2, as they light the pathway down to the grass in Hoyt Park for a traditional Christmas concert, scheduled to begin at 5 pm. This is our last concert of the year, and it will be one of our best opportunities to share the warmth of the Christmas spirit with family and friends. More than ever, this year, we all need this time to think about our good fortune living in such a special community, and to join together in song as we prepare for the season. The concert is scheduled early in the month, before things get too busy, so think about spending this one evening with your family and your thermos of hot chocolate beside your neighbors. The music will do us good. Your voices will add to our joy. Your presence will reinforce the good feelings we all get when we take part in simple, seasonal traditions. Let the words of time-honored Christmas carols fill your hearts with good tidings, too. See you in Hoyt Park!

2nd Annual Children’s Holiday Gala Fundraiser

Three cheers to Kelley Grant and her dancers from the Scripps Dance Centre! They raised nearly $20,000 from the sale of their God Bless America T-shirts; money that went directly to the children of New York through the New York Disaster Relief Fund!

Now they are preparing for their Dec. 7-8 program, proceeds from which will help rebuild the Escondido Humane Society Shelter that was destroyed in a fire late last year.

If you enjoy watching kids dance, are looking for a great, local holiday program, and want to help a very worthy cause, plan on joining us Friday or Saturday, Dec. 7 or 8, at 7 pm at Scripps Ranch High School Theatre. For more information, call the center at 695-9989.

Thank you Scripps Ranch Resident and SRCA Newsletter

Scripps Ranch residents are the best. When I sent out a plea via the Newsletter for a witness to my son’s auto accident, a Scripps Ranch resident contacted us, and with her account of the accident, our insurance company has completely absolved our son of any fault, returned our deductible, and taken everything off his record. Without this kind of willing involvement by a Scripps Ranch resident, this would not have happened.

Hit and Run

Fifty dollar reward for information which puts us in contact with someone involved in the hit and run on Semillon Blvd. in Whispering Ridge on Saturday night or early Sunday morning, Sept. 22nd or 23rd. The vehicle hit a parked truck and left pieces of a light lens and white bumper at the scene. Please contact Franz at 536-9112.

I’ve been a resident of Scripps Ranch for the past 27 years. As a member of the alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention community, I’m concerned that our problems with these substances are not being properly addressed. We know the problems exist and are getting worse, but nothing is happening at the community level to combat them. I’m not talking about the educational programs that teach young people to say no. I’m talking about the responsibility we all have to make our community a place where alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use among youth isn’t promoted, condoned, or ignored.

The North Inland Community Prevention Program (NICPP) is a community-based program contracted by the County of San Diego and is designed to empower communities to seek long-term solutions to the problems associated with alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. NICPP is here to serve San Diego county’s north-inland communities, including Scripps Ranch!

NICPP needs our help as the residents of this community to better understand the alcohol, tobacco, and other drug problems that impact us. NICPP is staffed to provide the necessary resources and expertise to prevent these problems, but you are the experts regarding this community.

Join us Monday, Nov. 5 from 6-8 pm at the Peñasquitos DoubleTree to share your concerns with other community members and the NICPP staff. We will strategize about the preventative measures we can take together to ensure the health and safety of our communities. Plan on attending or call NICPP at 391-9303.

Maienschein, Gwinn And SRHS Unveil Innovative Juvenile Diversion Program For San Diego Teens

Councilmember Brian Maienschein and San Diego City Attorney Casey Gwinn, with the participation and help of Scripps Ranch High School, unveiled an innovative juvenile diversion program designed to allow first-time, non-violent juvenile offenders to participate in a binding sentencing hearing that is administered by a jury of their peers – other high school students.

Under the new Teen Court program, juvenile offenders that are referred from the San Diego Police Department must first accept responsibility for the crime they have committed and then agree to abide by the punishment selected by a jury of high school students. Punishments can include counseling, workshops related to the offense, community service, letters of apology to victims and parents, research assignments or a correctional facility tour.

The sentences imposed by the teen juries are binding and officially recognized by the Juvenile Division of San Diego County Superior Court.

“We need to change the behavior of juvenile offenders before they begin to commit more serious crimes,” stated Councilmember Maienschein. “Teen Court will teach high school students – offenders and non-offenders – about the consequences of making bad choices and hopefully help them change their behavior before serious crimes are committed.”

Teen Court is not only a cost effective tool designed to get kids back on the right track without further burdening the overcrowded legal system, it is also a program to give interested teens more exposure and experience with the judicial process. It has partnered with San Diego Unified School District and local high schools to give San Diego youth the opportunity to see, first hand, how the judicial system works by empowering volunteer teens to play the roles of prosecutor, defense attorney and bailiff in the courtroom.

Councilmember Brian Maienschein and City Attorney Casey Gwinn served as presiding judges during Teen Court’s inaugural hearings, but volunteer judges, attorneys and civic leaders will serve during subsequent Youth Court proceedings.

Teen Court is the result of a merger between two separate youth diversion programs, Youth Court, a highly successful program where Councilmember Brian Maienschein served for five years as volunteer Executive Director prior to being elected to the City Council, and Peer Court, a similar program operated by the San Diego City Attorney’s office.

“This brings together two proven programs to help at risk teens into one program that will be the most comprehensive early intervention program anywhere in California,” said City Attorney Gwinn.

“My desire to expand diversion programs like Teen Court throughout San Diego is one of the primary reasons I ran for City Council,” said Maienschein. “During my tenure at Youth Court, I saw the tremendous difference that the program made in the lives of so many teens and I wanted to have the opportunity to take those successes city-wide. Needless to say, I’m thrilled to see my first goal as a city council member completed.”

Ranch Resident Opens New Business

Almost 50% of adults dine in a food service establishment everyday. This means there is always a need for quality food service employees who are properly trained to meet this demand. Unfortunately, almost everyone has experienced poor service in a restaurant at some point. Serves You Right Director, Nick Pappas, offers an interactive 15-hour training class for adults to instruct them in the basics of food service and successful guest relations. The classes are designed to benefit newcomers to the industry with no experience, as well as experienced waiters who want to sharpen their skills and increase their tips. Classes include instruction in the service cycle, customer service, suggestive selling techniques, wine service, product knowledge, and presenting a professional image. Call 566-6444 for more information.

Nutrition on the Ranch

Hello everyone! Welcome to “Nutrition on the Ranch”, a new column dedicated to improving health and well-being. My goal is to provide answers to your personal nutrition concerns and to increase your nutritional knowledge and understanding. Currently a fourth year Ph.D. candidate in Nutrition, I am also working on a second undergraduate degree in Dietetics to become a Registered Dietitian. After graduating from Mira Mesa High School in 1993, I attended the University of California, Davis receiving a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences with an emphasis in Physiology and a minor in Nutrition in 1998. As an undergraduate I was a firefighter, teaching assistant, Nutrition instructor for high school sophomores and a researcher. After graduating, I started graduate school at UC Davis studying the molecular effects of soy isoflavones on the development of cardiovascular disease. Meanwhile, I have been given the opportunity to lecture on and off campus to a variety of audiences as well as provide nutritional counseling. I enjoy discussing a range of nutrition related topics and incorporating them into people’s lifestyles, whether that involves decreasing the risk of chronic disease, weight loss, or athletic training. As an avid cyclist, marathoner, and swimmer, I also understand the impact nutrition has on athletic performance. So, please submit your questions and concerns to me at [email protected], and the issues with the greatest interest will be addressed in the column. I am very excited to be given the opportunity to give back to my community. Scripps Ranch is a very active and health oriented community, and I am sure this column will be a contributing resource. I look forward to hearing from you soon!

Entertainment Books Available

Congregation Dor Hadash is again selling Entertainment Books. The San Diego 2002 book is here. Still $40. The congregation serves many Scripps Ranch residents. In addition, we can provide Entertainment Books for anywhere in the USA. As always, free delivery to Scripps Ranch residents. Please contact Peter Singer at 566-7351 or (619) 299-8234.

Scripps Ranch Resident Announces Book Release

Scripps Ranch resident, Edward Mann, reports that Shadow Wind, a seafaring tale of action and adventure, mystery and suspense, is now available from Domhan Books (www.domhanbooks.com). Shadow Wind, set in the early 1870s, is the first saga in the Max Houghton series. Book two, The Long River, is scheduled for release in Summer of 2002.

A book signing is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 16 at the Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, located at 7051 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., Suite 302 San Diego, CA 92111 (268-4747). Shadow Wind is also available through on-line retailers such as Amazon and Barnes and Noble, or through bookstores provided with author name and ISBN (Paperback: ISBN 158345 6031 Hardcover ISBN 158345 6023).

Domhan Books was founded in December 1998. Their first paperback title was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize for non-fiction in 1999. Their second paperback title appeared for five weeks in a row on the bn.com top five best-sellers list in June and July 2000 in the e book section, along with Stephen King and Robert Ludlum. The word Domhan, pronounced DOW-ann, is Irish for universe, which indicates this publisher’s high goals and aspirations.