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RSVP Needs Volunteers

If you are 50 years of age or older and have a drivers license, the Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) would like you to join them in serving the community. You will be required to fill out a security clearance form, and then go through a Police Academy to learn the ropes. The demands are not too great and consist of a patrol tour three times a month on average.

The RSVP serves as an essential adjunct to the San Diego Police Department. They also provide invaluable service to the community through their vacation house checks, visiting housebound seniors in the You Are Not Alone program (YANA), traffic surveillance, patrols, and much more.

Call Bob Dingeman at 566-6083, or the police storefront at 536-8124 and speak with Dale Iwig, Scripps Ranch resident and RSVP administrator, or Community Relations Officer Steve Higuera. You will get great satisfaction out of this much needed community service.

We are really excited to announce that the Scripps Ranch Community Fair will join with the Symphony in the Park for the first time. The Community Fair will take place on Sunday, May 16, from 12 to 5 pm. The Symphony in the Park concert begins at 6 pm. Both will be held at the Scripps Ranch Community Park on Blue Cypress Drive.

All Scripps Ranch residents will be able to spend a fun-filled day and evening with music, food, arts and crafts booths, children's performing groups, community booths, and an outrageous "Fun Zone" for the kids. This is not a street fair. Everyone is encouraged to bring your blankets and lawn chairs.

Scheduled for the Community Fair is the favorite Bayou Brothers, San Diego's premier zydeco and rock and roll band. This year we will also host a craft fair that will feature talented crafters.

If you are a member of a community organization, children's performing group or organization, nonprofit organization, school, or church and would like to have a booth at the Community Fair, please contact Bev Cassity at 586-7933 or [[email protected]], or Wendy Littooy at 635-6722 or [[email protected]].

Symphony in the Park Prepares for a New Season

It's the time of year when a small group of volunteers prepares for a series of concerts that will add good times to your summer. Each month from May through September, and again for the holidays, join your friends. The concerts, except the one in May, are held in Hoyt Park--at the corner of Aviary and Canyon Lake Drives. But we need your help.

These concerts have always been supported by Scripps Ranch residents and businesses. The levels of support are:

  • $25--Family Friend;
  • $50--Friend of Note;
  • $150--Business Friend;
  • $500--Patron; and,
  • $1,000--Benefactor.

For a small donation, your family can help bring six concerts to the Ranch. For a true sign of support, your business can make a big difference in our fundraising. It's a great tradition that continues because of your support year after year.

The first concert is on Sunday, May 16, at 6 pm following the Community Fair. It will be at the Community Park so that we can extend a welcome to our newer neighbors and friends. The popular band Rockola introduces this season.

It's not too late to send in your donation. Please send your check to:

Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park

P.O. Box 262019

San Diego, CA 92126

Please join us as we prepare to bring another series of concerts to the Ranch.

M'Lu Colbourn, Volunteer

Information Center News

Our business at the Information Center has really increased. Especially noticeable is the success of our passport processing on the first and third Saturdays of each month. These events have been so popular that we are adding a second staff person to help.

In February we had another successful Ident-A-Kid event. We would like to thank Jennifer and Ian Hodgson, our local Ident-A-Kid providers.

Our next event will be a Child Safety Seat Check on Saturday, Apr. 10, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Information Center parking lot. Officers of the San Diego Police Department provide the service. Past experience has shown that nearly all child safety seats have required some form of adjustment.

Finally, our parking lot will host the SRCA Clean-Up Day event on Saturday, Apr. 24, for the north side of the Ranch. Stop by from 8 am to 12 pm.

Clay Bingham, Center Manager

Viva Las Vegas!

Get ready to shout, "Come on dice! Stay hot! Baby needs new shoes!" as you let the dice fly during the "Viva Las Vegas" gala sponsored by the Children's Hospital Auxiliary-Scripps Ranch Unit. This fabulous fundraising event benefits the Children's Hospital Asthma Department and its research.

The festivities include a gourmet sit-down dinner, a silent auction, and a live auction. Casino-style gaming with professional dealers and regulation size tables will be featured. You will receive $200 worth of "chips" to try to "break the house." Please join in on the fun.

  • Date: Saturday, Apr. 24;
  • Time: 6 pm-midnight;
  • Place: San Diego Marriott, La Jolla;
  • Dress: Glitzy Las Vegas style--almost anything goes; and,
  • Tickets: $100 per person, $45 of each ticket price is tax deductible, Tax ID #95-3545901.

For ticket information, contact Harriett Hall at 549-2329. Please make checks payable to: CHA-Scripps Ranch Unit. Casino-only portion of the event is free and open to the public.

Scholarships for Women

The Poway-Penasquitos Branch of the American Association of University Women is proud to offer scholarships to help local women returning to college. Applicants must live in Scripps Ranch, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Sabre Springs, Carmel Mountain Ranch, Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos, or Ramona.

If you or someone you know is interested in these scholarships, check our website at [www.aauwpowayarea.org] for an application. The deadline is Saturday, May 1. For more information, please call Norine at 566-4909.

Easter Activities

Easter is a fun time for the kids. Here are a couple of event they might enjoy:

  • The Farmers Market on Saturday, Apr. 10. The Easter bunny will hand out candy to all the children. The Farmers Market is open from 9 am to 1 pm. For more information, contact Bev Cassity at 586-7933; and,
  • McMillin Realty hosts an Easter egg hunt on Saturday, Apr. 10, at 10 am in the Scripps Ranch Community Park on Blue Cypress Drive.

"Back to the Future"--A Great Success!

In February library lovers traveled "Back to the Future" in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center. Partygoers, many in `50s attire, enjoyed "comfort food" catered by Festivities, a live auction with Dave Mason of KOOL 99.3, and dancing to music by The Heroes.

This long-awaited event raised over $20,000 dedicated toward updating the library's technological resources. The improvements include an updated sound system and LCD projector for the community room and enhancement of the library's electronic and digital media collection, including audio books on CD, educational DVDs, and videotapes.

Kudos go to Sharon Hays and her hardworking Planning Committee that included Nancy Hitchcox, Sandra Hoyt, Joan Reese, Anne Slavicek, Katie Sullivan, and Karen Wood.

The event's success also depended on the Honorary Committee, chairs Katie and Dan Sullivan, and Angela Amoroso, Wafa and Nancy Corbin Assaf, Phil and Catherine Blair, Rod and Sonya Bolton, Merle and Mitchell Brodie, Gigi and Ed Cramer, Stephen and Marjorie Cushman, Sharon and Garry Hays, Susan and Rick Howe, Mel and Linda Katz, Karen and Ted Kissane, Susan and John Laun, Mike and Marcia Martin, Karen McElliott, Lynn and Rick Parke, and Karen and Dennis Wood.

Event underwriters and table sponsors included: Platinum Level--Dan and Katie Sullivan, and Susan and John Laun; Gold Level--Sharon and Garry Hays; and, at the Silver Level--Wafa and Nancy Corbin Assaf, Rod and Sonya Bolton, Gigi and Ed Cramer, Stephen and Marjorie Cushman, Manpower, Karen McElliott, Lynn and Rick Parke, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, and the Scripps Ranch Women's Club.

Additional table sponsors included: Merle and Mitchell Brodie, Brookfield Homes, Rick and Susan Howe, Karen and Ted Kissane, Mike and Marcia Martin, The Corky McMillin Companies, the Scripps Ranch Theatre, and Karen and Dennis Wood.

Donors of the exciting auction items included: Broadway San Diego, Sue Brunkow and Gary Dismukes, California Bank and Trust, Collins Family Jewelers, Cush Auto, Carol Gardyne Studio, Graciela Burbank Hotel, The Grande Colonial La Jolla, Grant Grille, Sharon and Garry Hays, Kevin and Sandra Hoyt, Icarus Puppet Company, Jennica's Passion Florist, Ladeki Restaurant Group, La Jolla Playhouse, La Vache French Bistro, Susan and John Laun, Richard Lederer, Bob and Joan Lovell, Mazelli Graphics, LaVonne Misner, Muir Images Photography, Old Globe Theatres, Ambassador Alejandro Orfila, Original House of Pancakes, the Padres, Residence Inn, San Diego Firefighters, Scripps Ranch Theatre, Sea World, Smoke House Restaurant, Starbucks, Dan and Katie Sullivan, Dr. Stephen Tuttle, Karen Wood, and Yanni's Bistro.

Steve Carroll of Lifestyle Photography donated his services to document the evening with all proceeds donated to the Friends of the Library. View or purchase photos at [www.stevecarroll.com]. Many wonderful volunteers helped with all aspects of the event; for a complete listing, see the latest Folio.

Water Plant Construction

Please be alert, as SDG&E will start putting in the buried power lines on Scripps Lake Drive. The new entrance has not been completed or the sidewalks installed because contractors did not want to install them only to have the excavation destroy them.

For those concerned about the debris that lowering the lake level has revealed, we have several offers to go in and remove it if dumpsters could be provided. However, the deep mud could lead to safety problems. We are looking into what we can do.