President’s Report

Park Theft

Forty-seven stainless steel sprinkler heads were stolen from Cypress Canyon Park in May. The cost to the Scripps Ranch Maintenance Assessment District is about $4,000 to replace them. Removing the sprinkler heads caused large holes in the ground, which became a safety issue for the heavily used park.

The Park and Recreation Department is looking into the cost of video surveillance, as well as evaluating the latest technological improvements in cameras. If you see anyone vandalizing our parks during the late night or early morning hours,which is when it usually occurs, please call police.

Teens Warn Others

Nowadays if you play certain sports, helmets are considered vital. Here in Scripps Ranch, two teens warn other kids about wearing a helmet while skateboarding. In an incident on the Rue Chamberry hill south of Pomerado Road, one teen skateboarder nearly died. Fortunately, he survived. Now, he and his friend—who quite possibly saved his life—want to tell other kids about what happened. Please be sure your kids read the article on page 15.

Concerts in the Park

The Symphony in the Park concerts start this month! Come out and listen to The Ultimate Stones in Hoyt Park. The SRCA is a donor and we hope you will be too. Check out the concert schedule on page 19. You’ll see there is a terrific variety of bands this year. See you there!

Register Now

There is nothing better or safer to get your middle school child to school then on the Marshall Middle School Bus Program. If you have an incoming 5th, 6th, or 7th grader, please read the article on page 17 and sign up for this great program. It not only makes your mornings and afternoons easier, it saves gas and cuts down on traffic on Pomerado Road. It’s a win-win!

Speed Limit Increase?

The city and the Scripps Ranch Planning Group are processing a request to increase the speed limit on a portion of Stonebridge Parkway from 35 to 45 miles per hour. As a new park is being built near Stonecroft and Stockwood streets, the safety implications of the park are being considered. If you know anyone who lives in StoneBridge Estates, please have them send me an email at [[email protected]] to get on a special interest list about the investigation.

He Does It All

This month our Spotlight on Scripps Ranch shines on Bob Cronk. Who is Bob Cronk you might ask? He not only is our Scripps Ranch branch librarian but also a Scripps Ranch Civic Association district representative because he lives in Scripps Ranch. Bob has stepped up to the plate and is getting involved in the community. We welcome him to the family.

Support the 4th of July Festivities

The 4th of July is almost here, and it is a wonderful day for our traditional celebration. Check out the following article for details about the parade and the festivities in Hoyt Park. Scripps Ranch has one of the best events in Southern California!

This free event is hardly free as the SRCA picks up the entire cost of nearly $12,000! To keep the tradition going, we need your annual contributions. Please give at []. Thank you for supporting your community!

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

4th of July Parade and Park Festivities

July 4th falls on a Thursday this year and what better way to celebrate this holiday than to attend the 43rd Annual Scripps Ranch Civic Association-sponsored Parade and Festivities. Our theme this year is “Stars, Stripes & Scripps Ranch.” Time for our local businesses, youth and adult groups, schools, and neighborhoods to fill out the parade entry form and send it in. The application is on page 7 or you can go directly to the SRCA website at [] and fill it out online. The entry deadline is Friday, June 21. Make this the year you become part of the parade! Don’t wait, get your form in now!

As in the past the parade begins at 10 am at Red Cedar Drive. It moves along Ironwood Road, then over to Red Rock Drive, and finishes up on Scripps Ranch Boulevard. A map of the entire parade route could be found in the July SRCA Newsletter and on the SRCA website at [].

Remember, it is against the law to block sidewalks to pedestrians prior to an event. We want to remind you that if you plan to put out your chairs or blankets early—particularly on Scripps Ranch Boulevard —keep them behind the sidewalk. This way the walkway is accessible to pedestrians and they don’t have to walk in the street.

Many of our elected officials and school principals participate in the parade. The SRCA has always provided a convertible and driver for these dignitaries. With that said, it’s a fun way to show off your car, be a driver for one of our dignitaries, and be in the parade. If you and your car are available, please contact Brian Allman at [[email protected]] right away. It’s a really great way to take part in this community tradition.

The fun continues after the parade at Hoyt Park. There will be a food court offering: Harvest Jacks, hotdogs, hamburgers, and ices; Kaminiski’s, barbecue; Delicioso, Mexican food trucks; and, Finest City Kettle Corn. It’s an easy way to have a picnic in the park!

There have been a couple of changes to some regular items. We again will have ice cream, but at 50 cents a cup. Also we will have the jumpers kids love, but you will need to purchase tickets at the park for entry. Three tickets are required.

In addition, we will offer free face painting, clowns with balloons, fun “photo op” characters—bring your camera!—and checker games. Rob the DJ will play music and have lots of fun interactive games. Events in the park are from 11 am to 1 pm. Please join us and your neighbors for a terrific time!

Jany Saley, 4th of July Committee

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus is a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA). Be sure to become an SRCA household supporter in 2013.

Aging Successfully in SR Lectures

At our May lecture Lynn Owens, an experienced Scripps Ranch bus rider, told us about the bus services available near Scripps Ranch and provided information and tips regarding how to use the bus to get around San Diego. Also, our presentation from RideFACT provided an overview of the services provided by this new organization and answered many of our questions. The new service will help you find rides for seniors—60+—seven days a week between 7 am to 8 pm. To find a ride, go to [] or call 888-924-3228.

Visit [] to see the presentations from these transportation lectures. Also on our website you’ll find other current events and activities of interest to baby boomers and seniors.

In place of a lecture in June, we will have a bus outing on Wednesday, June 5, to acquaint us with using the bus and trolley. Lynn Owens will lead a small group that will take the bus to Fashion Valley and the trolley to Old Town. We will have lunch at Casa Guadalajara, then either return as a group or spend more time in Old Town before returning independently.

RSVPs are required. To RSVP and get details, please email [[email protected]], which is the preferred method. If you do not have email, please call 397-5747 and leave a message.

Senior Living Tour

Our next tour is to Belmont Village in Sabre Springs on Friday, June 14. This tour was rescheduled after our canceled March tour. Belmont Village offers independent living, assisted living, and dementia care. It is conveniently located near Scripps Ranch, shopping centers, two large medical clinics, Pomerado Hospital, places of worship, eateries, and the Poway Center for the Performing Arts. In addition, Belmont Village offers exciting indoor activities and caring services. Residents enjoy Belmont’s distinctive interiors and signature programs in hospitality and dining. Those with support needs benefit from a well-trained, responsive staff.

This tour will not include lunch. We will meet at the tour site at 1:30 pm on Friday, June 14. To RSVP or for more information, email [[email protected]], which is the preferred method, or call 397-5747 and leave a message.


Pickleball is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., especially among the 50+ crowd. It’s an entertaining game played on a small version of a tennis court—about one-third the size—with a perforated plastic ball, similar to a whiffle ball, and a paddle. Pickleball is similar to tennis but much easier to learn and play. For more information about pickleball, check out the United States Pickleball Association website at [].

Besides getting some great exercise, pickleball is all about having fun, laughing, and making new friends! In Scripps Ranch pickleball is played on Wednesdays from noon to 2 pm at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive, and on Mondays from 4 to 7 pm at Cypress Canyon Park’s basketball court, 11480 Cypress Canyon Road.

Pickleball is free and open to everyone! We are a friendly group who love to introduce the sport to new folks. For more information, please contact Marsha Linehan at [[email protected]].

50 Plus Sponsors

We offer special thanks to businesses that sponsor us or provide other support:

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

Green Living Tour 2013

Final chance to see a super energy-efficient home!

  • Saturday June 29
  • 10 am–2 pm
  • 11415 Scripps Lake Dr.

We had a great turnout for the April home tour. Now you have one last opportunity to see Energy Upgrade California in action, right in the middle of Scripps Ranch. The homeowner, California Center for Sustainable Energy (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. Features that make this home healthier—purer, less polluted air—safer, more comfortable, and more energy-efficient include:

  • 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

Also, ASI will offer $49 energy assessments, which are normally $149, to all attendees. Trained technicians visit your house, measure your insulation, air-tightness, and air flow, heating and cooling systems, and hot water heater. Then, they recommend both small and large changes to improve your house’s comfort, efficiency, safety, and healthfulness. Many changes qualify for Energy Upgrade California rebates of $1,000 or more.

“How to Ride the Bus and Trolley” Outing

  • Wednesday, June 5
  • 10:45 am–3:15 pm

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus and Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR) are co-sponsoring our first public transit tour, designed for fun and education. You’ll learn by riding the bus to Fashion Valley, then the trolley to Old Town. We’ll eat lunch—and drink margaritas?—at beautiful Casa Guadalajara, then either return home as a group or spend more time in Old Town before returning independently. RSVPs are required. To RSVP and get details, email [[email protected]]—the preferred method—or call 397-5747.

SSR Garden Share

  • Sunday June 9, 3:30–4:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Drive
  • Share whatever you like from your kitchen or garden—tools, food, or anything else
  • Meet your neighbors and take home their extras! Bring a bag or box.
  • If you’re producing more abundance than you can handle, bring your extras or contact us for help in picking or distributing. We can now donate any excess to a local charity!

Tip of the Month: Paint Recycling

You know you’re not supposed to put paint, primers, stains, sealers, shellac, varnish, and so forth into the landfill, but what do you do? Since 2012, you can recycle paint and other items of five gallons or less—not aerosols—at sites throughout California and they will be properly re-used or processed.

Our nearest sites are Dunn-Edwards and Sherwin-Williams in Poway, Dunn-Edwards on Miramar Road, and Vista Paint on Kearny Villa Road. There’s a small fee: 35 cents for a half-pint, up to $1.60 for five gallons. For details and a map, visit [].