President’s Report

SRCA Gets Results

Apparently one email from the SRCA gets community response. The U.S. Post Office gave notice to the privately operated post office near Trader Joe’s that it will no longer be a post office. The owner of the store wanted residents to sign a petition to try to keep the post office open in Scripps Ranch.

After the SRCA got involved, the number of people who signed the petition went from 600 to more than 2,500 in less than a week! If the store closes, the nearest post office is in Mira Mesa. If you want to sign the petition, either go to the store or email me at [[email protected]].

Thank You, Volunteers

SRCA Recognition Night was a great evening of thanking Scripps Ranch volunteers who make a difference in our community. In the June SRCA Newsletter we will have highlights of the night, including photos of our volunteers. Please thank them when you see them!

A New Park

The second park in StoneBridge Estates had a ribbon-cutting event. Mayor Kevin Faulconer and City Councilmember Mark Kersey were present. I also was honored to attend. The park was added at the request of the community during the entitlement process of rezoning the property from heavy industrial to residential.

There is space at the new park for a future homeowners association community center. The park has two adult-size softball fields and one adult soccer field. The entire park is lighted for night games. Thanks to Marc Sorensen and the Scripps Ranch Recreation Council for their efforts to design a fantastic facility.

Are You an SRCA Member?

I want to thank you if you sent in your 2014–2015 SRCA annual membership! So far, we have nearly doubled our numbers from last year, but we still need everyone to join. With your membership, the SRCA can continue to pay for all the programs and grants we provide for Scripps Ranch.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

It’s Fair-tastic!

The Community Fair’s 15th Crystal Anniversary has arrived! Join us on Sunday, May 18, from noon to 7:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Community Park as the SRCA hosts an entertaining and fun-filled day. Let’s celebrate the opportunities, activities, resources, community groups, and businesses that make our community a wonderful neighborhood in which to live.

There’s fair-tivities for everyone! Be sure to check out pages 42 and 43 for all the details of the day, as well as all the activities available for you and your kids. Also, be sure to visit Green Street. Check out page 11 for details on that.

Stay current on the fair’s activities at [], or “Like” our event on the SRCA Facebook page. If you have questions, please email me at [[email protected]]. We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

4th of July Celebration

The 4th of July falls on a Friday this year and for the 44th year, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) sponsors the annual parade starting at 10 am, with festivities at 11 am in Hoyt Park. Our theme this year is “Scripps Ranch Celebrates the ’70s.” Perhaps it was the 1970s when Scripps Ranch began its growth spurt, or maybe even the 1770s! You decide.

It’s time to meet with your neighbors and decide on how your neighborhood will be represented in the parade. Will you enter a float or dress up in costumes or both? Then fill out the application on page 7 and send it in. The internet abounds with ideas and decorating materials that you can Google. There are parade guidelines on the entry application and at the event page on the SRCA website at []. It takes you to start the process, so call your neighbors and get your ideas flowing. We hope to see you in the parade this year.

As a spectator you can cheer on your neighbors and friends who are in the parade. By the way, why not dress up as well and join in the fun?

We are looking for volunteers who would like to dress up in costume and perform in the parade or at the park. Possible ideas are to perform as a clown in costume or as a mime or as a magician. Do you have other ideas? Join the festivities by sharing your special talent with the community. Contact me at [[email protected]].

We also encourage our local businesses, social groups, and dignitaries to participate in the parade. Fill out the application form on page 7 or on the SRCA website at []. If you would like to promote your business, the SRCA offers several ways you can sponsor portions of the parade and park festivities. Contact Jan Kane at [[email protected]].

After the parade the SRCA again hosts and sponsors events at Hoyt Park. At our food court on Canyon Lake Drive we’ll have the Kaminski’s BBQ food truck, kettle corn, a Mexican food truck, and a traditional hot dog and hamburger truck. This year free ice cream cups are provided by Schwan’s Food Company. The ever-popular Rob the DJ will be there with music and fun games. Your favorite clowns will make balloon animals galore. We are working on other surprises.

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 be a parade marshal or help in other way should contact me at [[email protected]] or 774-0567.

Come and participate in your community and enjoy a fun-filled day!

Ernie Burciaga, 4th of July Cmte. Chair

Kudos to the hundreds of you who joined the SRCA and sent in your membership contributions of $30 or more. With your support, we reached a major milestone allowing the SRCA to continue basic operations. Our thanks to you—and the businesses—who support the SRCA!

Basic operations, however, do not include the 4th of July Parade or support of partnerships with schools, the Scripps Ranch Library, Scripps Ranch Theatre, and Symphony in the Park. If each of the SRCA’s 20 districts could produce another 30 members, we would have the financial backing to ensure these events and community partnerships flourish.

If you have not yet joined, you can do so online or print the mail-in form at []. We also have a Business Supporter Program that provides companies with opportunities to gain visibility in Scripps Ranch. For information, visit []. Thank you! The SRCA Works for You!

Jan McGinn, Membership Cmte. Chair

50 Plus

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus is a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA).

Aging Successfully Lectures

  • May: “So you think that you are a San Diegan…Part 3”
  • Wednesday, May 7, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Part 3 of this popular, interesting, and entertaining talk about San Diego’s history will focus on the history of Scripps Ranch and the surrounding areas. No matter how long you have lived here, you’ll learn many new things about the people and events that shaped not only our city but also our neighborhood! Previous attendance at Parts 1 or 2 are not a prerequisite to enjoy this presentation. Our speaker once again will be Linda A. Canada on behalf of the San Diego History Center.

  • June: “Intergenerational Programs—Opportunities for the Scripps Ranch Community”
  • Wednesday, June 4, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Intergenerational programs seek to bring 50+ adults and youth together in meaningful activities and services for the mutual benefit of both age groups. Sounds intriguing? Want to participate? From this interesting and timely presentation you will discover the reasons for and benefits of Intergenerational (IG) programs, the basics about the county’s IG programs, and highlights concerning successful IG programs in San Diego. Then you can participate in a discussion about what types of IG programs we might initiate in Scripps Ranch.

Our speaker will be Lisa Lipsey, BA, director of community relations and intergenerational programs at Sunshine Care, and co-presenter of “Engaging Elders in Legacy Projects That Transform Communities” at the recent 2014 “Aging in America” conference.

SRCA Community Fair

The fair is Sunday, May 18, at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. It’s not just for kids. Visit the Green Street booths and the numerous vendors. Sample top-of-the-line food and stop by the Wine and Beer Garden. Then stay for the concert.

Critique your experience. Tell us what you liked and what we might do to enhance your experience in the future. Email [[email protected]], the preferred method, or call 397-5747 to leave a message if you do not have email.

Spotlight on Pickleball

Pickleball (pictured below) is a racket sport in which two to four players use paddles to hit a perforated ball over a net. It was invented in the mid-1960s as a children’s game. It became popular among adults as a game for players of all ages. The sport is a combination of badminton, tennis, and other racket sports. Please check the calendar for Tuesday and Thursday to find out where and when we play.

Upcoming Aging Summit

Aging and Independence Services (AIS) will host an Aging Summit on Thursday, June 12. The theme is “Creating a Safe and Caring Community.” Topics include support for caregivers, reducing the risk of Alzheimer’s as well as management of the disease, protecting oneself from scams, disaster preparedness, financial planning, and elder abuse prevention.

The event will be held at two locations. The main site is the Town and Country Convention Center, 500 Hotel Circle North, where speakers will be live. It also will be webcast to the Escondido California Center for the Arts at 340 N. Escondido Boulevard. Register at [].


The Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) Club meets on the first Saturday of each month at 4 pm at Lake View Park. The May 3 topic is “What’s New in Pet Foods? On June 7 it will be “Dermatology,” with specialist Laura Stokking.

Other Activities

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus has many activities. Please check the calendar for Chair Exercise Class, Tai Chi, Silver Age Yoga, and Zumba Gold times and locations. Also, visit [].

Monthly Garden Share

  • Saturday, May 10, 4–5 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Our group is growing and we hope you’ll join us. To optimize the longer summer days, we’ll gather from 4 to 5 pm from May through September. We’ll be at the outdoor picnic tables northwest of the community building, or inside if we must.

Bring excess produce from the garden, or share seeds, plants, books, tools, whatever. What if you have nothing to share? Come anyway, take whatever you want, and contribute to our SRCA collection box. Donations are optional but much appreciated. Every dollar helps strengthen the SRCA and, through it, our community.

Second Wednesday Talk: Solar Water Heating Basics

  • Wednesday, May 14, 6:30–8 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Community Center

Join your neighbors for a free workshop to learn about the energy and cost-saving benefits of solar water heating systems for your home. Experts from the nonprofit California Center for Sustainable Energy (CCSE) will explain the fundamentals of solar water heating and answer questions. A light dinner will be provided. Register at [].

Energy Efficiency Home Tour

  • Saturday, May 17, 10 am–1 pm
  • 9928 Tudor Street

CCSE hosts this tour, the last one for Scripps Ranch this year. Check out the home of Eliot and Ashley Metzger and talk with experts about energy efficiency.

Green Street at the SRCA Community Fair

  • Sunday, May 18, 12–5:50 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Community Park

Organized by SSR, this year’s Green Street features more than 20 local non-profits and organizations sharing their green knowledge, products, and services. New exhibitors this year include:

  • Metropolitan Transit System (MTS) will explain the new Bus Rapid Transit System coming to our area.
  • Docents from Mission Trails Regional Park, which now includes a trail right in our backyard.
  • San Diego Environmental Outreach provides recycling information.
  • Kellogg’s organic garden products.
  • San Diego Water Conservation Department and the Water Purification Demonstration Facility.

Here are some ideas to get the most out of your visit through Green Street:

  • Drop by SSR to make a free succulent mini-garden to take home.
  • Bring the kids to Family Adventures in Nature—the FAN Club—for a fun family activity.
  • If you’re already an edible gardener or want to get started, check out the many groups that will be present.
  • Watch the Solar Cooking Club demonstrate its nifty 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, San Dieguito River Parks, Penasquitos Canyon, and Mission Trails.
  • Visit ASI Heating, Air, and Solar to learn about federally-subsidized programs to make your house more healthy, safe, and energy efficient.

Report on the 2014 Low-Water Landscape Tour

The weather was perfect! Up to 75 visitors came to each of the 14 houses on the tour, and about 30 homeowners association representatives and owners visited the renovations at Scripps Townhomes. If you toured, please give us feedback. If you missed the tour, you can self-tour the front yards. Find details at []. Here are examples of backyards, no longer visible:

Carillon Court: visitors walked the backyard hillside trails surrounded by flourishing California native shrubs.

Pinecastle Street: you could see healthy green low-water buffalo grass and a backyard surprise—an extensive succulent landscape complete with creative and unexpected succulent artworks…in wine bottles, on walls, inside of giant letters, and more. There was also a delightful shady oasis in a side yard: two Adirondack chairs and a table, surrounded by greenery and a gently burbling low-water fountain.

Alderidge Lane: a lovely man-made brook—with recycled water and a timer— flowed amongst attractive, thriving California and Mexican native plants.

Rue Fountainbleau: visitors could see chickens, their coop, and their eggs in colors from brown to pale green, along with a delightful outdoor living area.