President’s Report

Stars, Stripes & Scripps Ranch

What is more patriotic than a small town 4th of July parade in the world’s best community, Scripps Ranch? None, I tell you! It’s our 43rd year and we’re still going strong. It takes hard-working volunteers and annual contributions from residents to pull it off. We have games, ice cream, air jumps, face painting, and food trucks in Hoyt Park after the parade.

This year, we part with tradition and have Grand Marshals for the parade. We are honoring Col. and Mrs. Bob Dingeman. Be sure to wave to them when you see them drive by. See pages 40–41 for a parade route map and details of all the events for this fun-filled day!

And the Winners Are…

Thank you and congratulations to the SRCA fundraising Opportunity Drawing winners. Check out the lucky folks in the box below, along with their great prizes!

The community is better with your financial contributions so we can continue to provide events and services for all Scripps Ranch residents.

Fantastic Fair

The SRCA Community Fair was a smash hit, not only in the number of vendors and organizations but also the number of people who attended. Great weather along with wonderful booths made the day a success, and the beer and wine garden did great. The concert was enjoyed by hundreds of families. We all look forward to next year’s fair.

Big Box Retailer in Scripps?

Is a big box retailer—such as Wal-Mart—proposed for the area at Carroll Canyon Road and I-15? The developer can neither confirm nor deny the anchor tenant is Wal-Mart. The Scripps Ranch Planning Group, with the help of the SRCA, is hearing from residents with opinions on both sides. Read page 23 for details. To get email updates about development projects proposed in Scripps Ranch, send me an email at [[email protected]].

StoneBridge Meeting

Do you know someone who lives in StoneBridge Estates? The SRCA along with elected officials are hosting the first-ever StoneBridge Estates community meeting in August. We can send information about the meeting via email, so please have residents who live there contact me at [[email protected]].

Fond Farewell

Before I sign off, I need to say “thank you” to Bob Cavanagh and his wife, Madelynn, for their decades of volunteerism in Scripps Ranch. Bob has been the SRCA vice president of communications for a number of years. In addition, he is a former Scripps Ranch Citizen of the Year and is in the Volunteer Hall of Fame. Madeline is taking a job in Manhattan and they are leaving in August. To say Bob and Madeline will be missed is an understatement. Thank you for helping make Scripps Ranch a wonderful family community.

We need to replace Bob, so we are putting out the welcome mat to anyone who likes print and electronic media. We’d like to hear from you and we can tell you about the position and responsibilities. Email me at [[email protected]].

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

A fun day was had by all at this year’s Community Fair (pictured below). People enjoyed a beautiful day in the park checking out more than 120 booths, sampling delicious items from the food truck court, relaxing with a glass of wine, and watching kids play on the rides. Many stopped by the stage for great musical acts.

Congratulations to the Opportunity Drawing winners. Proceeds from ticket sales went toward the 4th of July Parade.

A special thanks to our sponsors and vendors for supporting our community. We hope to see you next year as we celebrate our 15th Annual Community Fair. Visit us at [] to view pictures of the fair.

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

About Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus is a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA). Visit [] to see presentations from recent lectures and for other current events and activities of interest to baby boomers and seniors.

Host a Student

Learn about a different culture from the comfort of your own home. English First (EF) International Language Centers, School of English, is located on the Alliant International University campus in Scripps Ranch. They are looking for Scripps Ranch families interested in hosting students as part of the EF Homestay Program.

Students stay for periods ranging from two weeks to one year. Host families provide room and board and can be reimbursed up to $880 per month per room. Sound interesting to you? Call EF at 689-9700 and check out their website at [].

Bus Outing

We will have another bus outing in July, most likely on Wednesday, July 24, to help us get acquainted with using the bus and trolley. Lynn Owens will lead a small group who will take the bus and perhaps a trolley. Details were still being worked out at press time.

If you are interested and want details, please send an email to [[email protected]], which is the preferred method, or call 397-5747 and leave a message if you do not have email.

Senior Living Tour

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus coordinates senior living tours in order to respond to a need in the community for insights into what living options may be available if and when the single-family residence lifestyle of the Ranch is no longer an option. The places we visit are intended to illustrate a cross-sampling of support services: independent living, assisted living, skilled nursing, and dementia care; prices and financing alternatives; and, locations.

Our next tour for 2013 is on Sunday, July 21, at 4 pm at The Arbors in Rancho Penasquitos. We are holding this on a Sunday afternoon to accommodate seniors as well as their adult children and support circle.

Conveniently located near Scripps Ranch, right off Interstate 15 and State Route 56 at the Rancho Penasquitos exit, The Arbors offers both assisted living and memory/dementia care apartments in large studio and one-bedroom accommodations. The stimulating environment includes an array of activities, from exercise classes to history and art classes to trips around town.

The Arbors has won many awards for excellence: the U-T San Diego top five award for assisted living two straight years; the California Association of Assisted Living (CALA) Award for Caregiver of the Year; and, Team Member of the Year in 2011 and 2012.

This tour will include coffee and dessert. We will meet at the tour site at 4 pm. To RSVP for the event or for more information, send an email to [[email protected]] or call 397-5747 and leave a message if you do not have email.


Effective in July, the Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) Club will meet on the first Friday of each month at 4 pm, rather than on the first Monday as we had been doing. We still will meet at the Scripps Ranch Community Park at 11454 Blue Cypress Drive.

Cyber Security Tips

The internet gives you access to countless products and services. At the same time, it can leave you open to scammers, hackers, and identity thieves. Seniors and the elderly are often the target of rip-offs. Scam artists use clever schemes to defraud millions of people each year. Being on guard online can help you maximize the benefits of the internet and minimize your chance of being defrauded.

For example, in a recent twist, scam artists are using the phone to try to break into your computer. They call, claiming to be computer techs with well-known companies. They say they’ve detected viruses or other malware on your computer to trick you into giving them remote access or paying for software you don’t need. These scammers take advantage of your reasonable concerns about viruses and other threats. But the purpose behind their scheme isn’t to protect your computer. It’s to make money.

Go to [] to learn how to recognize common scams and learn what you can do to avoid them.

50 Plus Sponsors

We offer a special thank you to businesses that sponsor our organization:

  • Front Porch Communities
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Heritage Senior Care, Inc.
  • Seacrest Village
  • Sunshine Care
  • The Vi
  • The Patrician