President’s Report

Donate and You Can Win!

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the SRCA this year! If you haven’t done so yet, please do. The SRCA puts on the Community Fair and the 4th of July Parade. These events cost money, which comes from annual contributions from residents. To contribute, go to [] or call 243-1235. Also, see the article on this page regarding an opportunity drawing for those who donate by May 31. It’s our way to thank you for helping your community.

Be Careful

Again it is rattlesnake season. Each year from now until October, rattlesnakes come out. Be careful walking in open space, around our parks, and even in your garage. Turn to page 19 to see what a resident found and tips from Animal Control.

Help During a Disaster

Take A Closer Look at the Scripps Ranch Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) on page 63. This important volunteer disaster response team needs more members. It will be critical in case of a catastrophe in our community.

Also, additional members are needed for the Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP). In a Spotlight on Scripps Ranch on page 49, RSVP Board member Pat Clark shows us a day in the life of RSVP volunteers. The CERT program works with the fire department, while RSVP is under the police department.

Fun at SRCA Events!

April showers bring the SRCA Community Fair. We have expanded not only the size of the fair but there are things for everyone—young, old, single, married—we have it all. Find out more in the article on this page and on page 11.

Stars, Stripes & Scripps Ranch for the 4th of July Parade! There is nothing better than a small town patriotic 4th of July Parade and no one does it better than Scripps Ranch. This year, join the parade! You can find the entry form on page 13.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Support the SRCA and Enter an Opportunity Drawing

By pooling resources, money, and volunteers, the SRCA can support local individuals and groups, host several communitywide events, and foster an open dialogue within the community. You may have enjoyed the July 4th Parade and Festivities, attended Recognition Night to honor our volunteers, joined Neighborhood Watch, learned about important local issues, or liked us on Facebook. Your donations help the SRCA continue offering the services and activities we hope you’ve come to appreciate.

Opportunity Drawing: When you contribute to the SRCA by Friday, May 31, you’ll be entered into an opportunity drawing for one of these great prizes, generously donated by local businesses:

  • 2013 Padres Game—two tickets and a parking pass, aisle seats behind home plate at Petco Park, date to be determined, $147 value
  • Birch Aquarium—four tickets, $56 value
  • Chili’s Restaurant—$20 gift card
  • Yanni’s Bistro—$50 gift card

It’s easy to contribute to the SRCA. Donate online at [] or send a check payable to the “SRCA” to: 10755-F Scripps Poway Parkway #613, San Diego, CA 92131. We appreciate your support! Together we can make it happen in 2013.

The drawing will be held by Friday, June 7, and will include those whose donations were received between Jan. 1–May 31. Winners will be notified by mail or email and posted on the SRCA website. The SRCA reserves the right to adjust prizes if needed. No substitutions. The SRCA is a 501(c)(4) not-for-profit organization. If you’ve already donated, thank you!

The fair is finally here! Join us on Sunday, May 19, from 12 to 7:30 pm in the Scripps Ranch Community Park for a fun, festive time. As one of the larger events in Scripps Ranch, the fair brings more than 2,000 people together. Admission is free and proceeds benefit the SRCA.

Learn about Green Street organizations devoted to greener living, energy efficiency, and the wonderful outdoors. Don’t miss the Kids’ Zone, featuring rides, inflatables, face painting, and activities.

Tantalizing food and drink await you at the Food Truck Court and the open-air Wine and Beer Garden. There will be lots of entertainment, including talented local youth who will perform on stage. End the evening dancin’ to the music of Breez’n.

For details, see page 11, and for a complete list of activities, visit []. Please email me at [[email protected]] if you have any questions. See you at the fair!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

Be Part of the 4th of July!

The 4th of July is on a Thursday this year, and, for the 43rd year, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) will sponsor the annual parade and festivities. Our theme is “Stars, Stripes & Scripps Ranch.” What better way to begin this special day than with the parade at 10 am.

We encourage local businesses, groups, and dignitaries to participate in the parade and fill out the entry form on page 13 in this Newsletter, or go to the SRCA website at [] and fill it out online. Come cheer on your neighbors and friends who are in the parade.

After the parade the SRCA again hosts and sponsors various events in Hoyt Park with our Food Court on Canyon Lake Drive. Watch for more details.

It has been a tradition for the SRCA to provide a convertible and driver for our dignitaries. If you own a convertible and can be at the event to transport one of our dignitaries, please contact Brian Allman at [[email protected]] or 695-6916. Anyone else who would like to help in any other way should contact Ruben Suzara at [[email protected]] or 205-2045. Mark you calendar, and don’t miss out on a fun-filled day!

Jany Staley, 4th of July Committee

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus is a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA). Please become an SRCA household supporter in 2013. Visit [] for current events and activities of interest to baby boomers and seniors.

Aging Successfully in SR: Transportation Options

Be at the Scripps Ranch Library on Wednesday, May 1, from 10 to 11:30 am to learn about on-call transportation and bus-service options for our community. Lynn Owens, an experienced Scripps Ranch bus rider, will teach us about bus service available here and provide tips on using it to get around San Diego. We’ll have an update on plans for Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) along the I-15 corridor.

Finding reasonably priced, on-demand transportation services can be a challenge. Meagan Schmidt, transportation planner for RideFACT, will give an overview of the services provided by this new organization and answer your questions. The new service will provide general purpose trips for seniors (60+) seven days a week from 7 am to 8 pm.

FACT acts as a single source of information about transportation. No need to call multiple agencies. It maintains a comprehensive database of transportation services operated by public transportation agencies, social services agencies, faith-based organizations, and specialized transportation services in the county. The service operates as a brokerage to refer callers to existing services. If the available services are inappropriate or unavailable, FACT provides the ride. The referrals can be accessed online at [] or by calling FACT at 888-924-3228. Trip costs range from $2.50 for under five miles to $10 for more than 20 miles. Come learn the details of this valuable service.

Senior Living Tour

Our fifth tour for 2013 is on Thursday, May 23, to Casa De Mañana in La Jolla. Imagine being at home in one of the world’s most spectacular settings. Casa de Mañana is an award-winning retirement resort community in beautiful La Jolla, the jewel of the Southern California coastline.

Bask in breathtaking scenery, watch seals play in the gentle surf, wander through a quaint village, and socialize with friends from across the globe. Enjoy upscale retirement resort living on the Coast Walk at the magnificent Pacific Ocean, with an entire world of culture, recreation, and learning right next door.

No wonder Casa de Mañana is voted “Best Retirement Community” in San Diego year after year! Ocean view accommodations and retirement villas are available in both independent-living and assisted-living apartments and villas.

Unlike other communities that offer similar services, Casa de Mañana requires no large, upfront entrance fees. Monthly costs include dining, weekly housekeeping, recreation, scheduled transportation, and other services. Monthly fees range from $2,900 for a studio to $10,604 for their most luxurious two-bedroom villa.

Tour space is limited. Note that this tour is on a Thursday, not on a Friday as is normal. To RSVP or receive more information, contact SR50Plus at [[email protected]], preferred. Call us at 397-5747 if you do not have email.


On Monday, May 6, Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) welcomes Dr. Laura Stokking, veterinary dermatologist, to discuss your pet’s skin and allergy concerns. They meet at 4 pm at the Scripps Ranch Community Park.

50 Plus Sponsors

We offer a special thanks to businesses that sponsored our “Unique Taste of Housing” fair or have provided other support:

  • Age @ Home Elder Care Management
  • Front Porch Communities
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Heritage Senior Care, Inc.
  • Seacrest Village
  • Sunshine Care
  • The Vi
  • The Patrician

Sustainable Scripps Ranch in May: Green Streets!

This year’s Green Street at the Community Fair will be the best ever. Also this month, we will have a Metropolitan Transit Service (MTS) bus survey, Garden Sharing, eWaste recycling, and a great Green House tour happening in Scripps Ranch. Enjoy! All updates will be posted at [].

Scripps Ranch MTS Bus Survey

Can you imagine how handy it would be to ride a public bus within Scripps Ranch or from Scripps Ranch to downtown, University Towne Center, or Escondido? Help make it happen by taking five minutes or less to complete the Scripps Ranch MTS bus survey at [].

You also can reach the survey from the SRCA’s website at [] under “Community News.”

SSR Garden Share

  • Sunday May 12, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road
  • Share whatever you like from your kitchen or garden
  • Meet your Scripps Ranch neighbors and take home their extras, fresh and local! Bring a bag or box.
  • If you’re producing more abundance than you can handle, bring your extras or contact us for more information. We can now donate any excess to a local charity!
  • If Mother’s Day interferes, email us at [[email protected]]. We can pick up your contributions beforehand and share some goodies afterward.

Community Fair’s Green Street

  • Sunday, May 19, 12–5 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Community Park, Blue Cypress Drive

More than 20 local nonprofits and vendors will show and share their green knowledge, products, and services on this year’s Green Street. The variety and the wealth of knowledge is amazing, and it’s all here in Scripps Ranch from noon to 5 pm. Enjoy the Wine and Beer Garden between stops, and the free concert from 6 to 7:30 pm. Here are some suggested highlights for getting the most out of this year’s Green Street.

  • Stop by Sustainable Scripps Ranch to make a free succulent mini-garden to take home with you. We know from past experience that everyone from preschoolers to grandparents enjoys this project!
  • Bring the kids to the Family Adventures in Nature (FAN) Club for another fun family activity.
  • Visit our Ruby Sponsor—ASI Heating, Air, and Solar—to learn about state-subsidized programs to make your house more healthy, comfortable, safe, and energy efficient.
  • Check out a Chevy Volt and an electric charging station while learning about California Center for Sustainable Energy’s (CCSE) Clean Vehicle Rebate Program.
  • Do backyard chickens or beekeeping tantalize you? The San Diego Sustainable Living Institute will be there to show you what’s possible.
  • If you’re already an edible gardener or want to get started, check out the Urban Homesteaders, AgPals, the San Diego Horticultural Society, and the Poway Backyard Produce Garden. Hint: Last year, in addition to sharing their wealth of knowledge, they sold edible garden plants at great prices.
  • For fun, watch the San Diego Solar Cooking Club demonstrate its nifty, easy-to-make solar cookers.
  • Do you want suggestions for great hikes, picnic areas, and natural viewing areas near Scripps Ranch? Talk with knowledgeable docents and rangers from Goodan Ranch, Mission Trails, San Diego County Parks, San Dieguito River Parks, Penasquitos Canyon, and other favorite nearby nature locations.
  • Catch up on your conservation knowledge and wildlife protection with Think Blue, the San Diego Water Authority, Birch Aquarium, the Water Purification Demonstration Facility, and the Surfrider Foundation.
  • Gain inspiration and knowledge for a more sustainable lifestyle from, California Center for Sustainable Energy, San Diego Environmental Outreach, and more.

Free eWaste Collection in SR

  • Saturday, June 1, 9 am–1 pm
  • Innovations Academy, next to the Scripps Ranch Farmers Market, 10380 Spring Canyon Road

Recycle your large electronic devices for free: computers, monitors, TVs, printers, and more. This event helps raise money for Innovations Academy.

Green Living Tour 2013

  • Second Chance to See a Super Energy-Efficient Home
  • Saturday, June 1, 10 am–2 pm
  • 11415 Scripps Lake Drive

Did you miss seeing this amazing house in April? Here’s another opportunity to see Energy Upgrade California in action, right in the middle of Scripps Ranch.

The homeowner, CCSE, and local provider ASI will be on hand to explain the program’s energy audits and rebates, answer your questions, and show you the results. There are features that make this home healthier—purer, less polluted air—safer, more comfortable, and more energy efficient, including:

  • Solar pool heating and electrical generation
  • House sealing and dual-paned windows
  • Added attic insulation, solar attic fans, and extra venting for proper equalization
  • Solar tube, CFL, and LED lighting
  • Insulated hot water pipes
  • Chevy Volt with a level-2 car charger fed by the solar electric system

For questions, email us at [[email protected]].