President’s Report

Simply the Best!

The SRCA 4th of July Parade is known as the best hometown parade in San Diego. That’s because we keep it close to spectators, have great volunteers, and it’s all about Scripps Ranch. Please join us in Hoyt Park after the parade for fun activities and food. Free ice cream is back, thanks to Schwan’s!

The parade couldn’t happen without a grant from our City Councilmember Mark Kersey! We owe Mark tremendous appreciation for his support and assistance to help us continue this tradition.

On page 7 check out just some of the highlights of the 4th of July Parade and Festivities. And below is our parade route map. Police ask that you not block sidewalks with blankets and chairs prior to the morning of the event. See you there!

Keeping Our Community Safe

We will hold our 4th Annual Neighborhood Watch National Night Out in Scripps Ranch. It’s a great evening to spend time with friends and neighbors at block parties while sending a message to criminals that Scripps Ranch is not open for business to them! If you want to participate, it’s easy to do. Flip to page 15 for that information.

Honored to Help

I want to thank Scripps Ranch High School for the invitation to announce the two valedictorians—Michael Do and Wenhao Liao—and the salutatorian—Nhi Quach—at graduation. The three highest achieving students worked very hard for four years, and they all are going to Berkeley in the fall. I was happy and a little sore from shaking hands on stage with each of the 511 graduates! Congratulations and good luck to all graduating seniors.

The Need for Speed!

During my neighborhood’s 4th of July picnic last year, I played one-on-one soccer against one of the teens, Alex Barr. The three times we went head-to-head he beat me. Each time he toyed with me using his speed. It turns out he is the third fastest high school freshman in the country for running the 1,600 meter. I feel slow, but you get to read about him on page 55.

Kids Helping the Earth

In our Kids Korner on page 39, you will read about a Marshall Middle School student who started a battery recycling program when he was in elementary school. His proud younger brother is the author of the article! Ahh, brotherly love!

New Outdoor Adventure

Did you know that 1,000 acres of open space east of StoneBridge Estates is called West Sycamore? It is now part of Mission Trails Regional Park and set to open to the public soon at a grand opening event. There are miles of horse, bike, and hiking trails. A ranger station will be established at the end of Stonebridge Parkway.

The SRCA has a representative on the Mission Trails advisory board, Jim McGinn. He is an avid hiker and wants to share his knowledge about how to enjoy the great outdoors. Soon we will have maps and information on the SRCA website at [] about West Sycamore. Please stay tuned.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

4th of July Fun!

For Scripps Ranch residents the 4th of July it is a time for community, neighbors, and friends. Start off the day with the annual parade, which we do with pride for the 44th year. It’s hard to believe that we have had such a wonderful event going on in our community for so long.

Cheer on the groups, schools, and businesses that are part of the parade. Ronald McDonald House Charities and the Wells Fargo Stagecoach return this year, along with Schwan’s Foods, who will provide free ice cream at Hoyt Park.

The parade starts at 10 am at Red Cedar and Ironwood Road. Check out the parade route map on page 5. With the theme of “Scripps Ranch Celebrates the ’70s,” we look forward to what ideas or costumes might appear. Enjoy all the fun at the parade, then head right on over to Hoyt Park to continue the festive celebration—from 11 am to 1 pm.

There, the fun continues with many activities and great food! At the food court, we’ll have three food trucks:

  • Kaminiski’s Super Q, barbecue
  • Delicioso, Mexican
  • InSlider, hamburgers, fries, salad, black bean burger, and a kid’s hot dog plate

Plus, enjoy snacks from Jewel Amusements’ Shaved Ice and Finest City Kettle Corn. Schwan’s Foods will provide free ice cream cups in three delicious flavors straight from their freezer.

Rob the DJ is back with his music and games. We will have bouncers for kids under 5 and a separate one for kids 6–12. The checker game table is back along with the ever-popular face painting crew, and clowns will be making balloon animals.

Have you seen the new SRCA 4th of July events page? You’ll find all the information about the parade and park festivities, as well as photos from past parades at []. It will be a fantastic time to celebrate our country and community! Start the long weekend right with your family and friends at the 4th of July festivities! We’ll see you there!

4th of July Committee

Your Membership Matters

We’ve accomplished a lot so far this year, but we still have more to do! If you haven’t joined the SRCA yet, please do so at [].

You may know the SRCA for the big events—4th of July Parade!—but it’s the daily interaction between the SRCA and you that sets us apart. Helping our neighbors is at the core of who we are and what we do. Did you know you have access to the SRCA through your district representative to help answer questions about the community? Not sure of your district? See the map at []. Locate your district rep at [].

Connect with us at [[email protected]], Facebook, or Twitter @SRCivic. Businesses, gain visibility as a sponsor. Learn more at []. SRCA Works for You!

Jan McGinn, Membership Chair

SRCA Formalizes Agreement with ElderHelp!

We have indicated for some time that volunteer opportunities are available and that enrollment in the ElderHelp Concierge Club is offered in Scripps Ranch. Now we are pleased to announce that your Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) and ElderHelp have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) regarding these volunteer opportunities and services to Scripps Ranch residents. This formalizes things and is a tribute to both the SRCA and ElderHelp for working together for the benefit of Scripps Ranch residents.

For example: Did you know that to simply get a ride to the doctor or have someone deliver groceries can cost as much as $45 from a home care agency? ElderHelp has responded to these high costs by creating the affordable Concierge Club.

Best of all, since ElderHelp is a nonprofit, the Concierge Club provides caring services at home for less than you’ll find anywhere else! It just takes contact with ElderHelp to start the process. Send an email to [[email protected]] or call 619-284-9281. ElderHelp will respond with a phone call within two business days. What are you waiting for?

Aging Successfully Lecture

  • “Intergenerational Programs—Opportunities for Scripps Ranch”
  • Wednesday, July 9, 6:30–8 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

This is a repeat of our June program at the library and is for people who could not make that discussion. Intergenerational programs seek to bring 50+ adults and youth together in meaningful activities and services to the benefit of both age groups. Sound intriguing?

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 start in Scripps Ranch.

If you can’t make this discussion but are interested in helping organize or participating in IG activities, contact us by email at [[email protected]] or call 397-5747 and leave a message.

San Diego Paws’itive Teams Service and Therapy Dogs

This nonprofit organization provides service dogs for people with disabilities, enabling them to live more independently and achieve an enhanced quality of life. Through the Personal Paws program, people are partnered with therapy dog teams for one-on-one visitations. There is no fee.

Clients may be of any age and varied physical or developmental conditions. They can be children or adults who love dogs and are homebound temporarily or long-term, or isolated from family and friends. The visits are held a few times a month and last about an hour. The activities and the therapy dog, along with two volunteers, are individually developed to meet the needs and abilities of the client.

Activities range from comforting, petting, and cuddling to short walks or tossing a ball. If you, or anyone you know, could benefit from visits from a furry friend, please call 558-7297, press #2—you will receive a response within a week—or visit [[email protected]].


The Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) Club meets on the first Saturday of each month at 4 pm at Lake View Park. The upcoming PAWS events is on Saturday, July 5, with the topic of heart worm disease. On Saturday, Aug. 2, we will have our annual Pawtluck Party!

Blues and Folk Music Group Forming in Scripps Ranch

Do you like to play or sing blues or folk music? Then this is the group for you! Bassist Leo Jassy wants to hear from you about starting a group in Scripps Ranch to get together to play, sing, and talk about the blues and folk music.

You don’t have to be a pro—just interested in having a good musical time! If you’re interested, email [[email protected]] or call 397-5747 and leave a message.

Other Activities

Check the calendar for Pickleball, Chair Exercise Class, Tai Chi, Zumba Gold, and Silver Age Yoga times and places.

Sustainable SR

Join us for the 4th of July Parade and our monthly Garden Share. We hope we’ll see you there. We are partnering this month with Scripps Ranch 50 Plus for our monthly lecture.

Intergenerational Gardening

  • Wednesday, July 9, 6:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

In Intergenerational Gardening (IG), adults and youth come together to the delight and benefit of both age groups. Learn more about IG gardening and other IG programs by attending this discussion. See this month’s Scripps Ranch 50 Plus column on page 7 for more details.

Monthly Garden Share and Community-Building

  • Saturday, July 12, 4–5 pm
  • SRCA Community Center

We bet there will be homegrown garden tomatoes to share in July, and who knows what else. Join us at the outdoor picnic tables northwest of the SRCA Community Center building. Bring excess produce from the garden if you have any, or share seeds, cuttings, starter plants, pots, books, tools, whatever. We’ll also have tea and snacks and old or new friends to share your interests, questions, and ideas.

What if you have nothing concrete to share? Come anyway, enjoy the company, take whatever you want—produce, snacks, books, pots, clothing, whatever we have to offer—and then contribute to our SRCA collection box. Donations are optional, whatever amount feels right to you, but much appreciated. Every dollar helps strengthen the SRCA and, through it, our whole community.

Tips of the Month

It’s hard to think about water collection in the middle of summer. However:

  1. Recycling your laundry rinse water helps you all year long. There are local vendors who can help you design and install a system, or you can do it yourself. Just email us at [[email protected]] for ideas.
  2. If you already have a rainwater collection system, or you’re thinking of installing one, please make sure it includes a proper cover so mosquitoes cannot breed and then escape into the environment. This is especially important as more human diseases spread by mosquitoes are showing up in Southern California. Here’s a link describing the problem [].

Of course, unwanted mosquitoes can breed anywhere. Check your yard for cans, pots, and other containers that may be holding sprinkler water, hose water, or even heavy dew. If you have birdbaths, clean them and change the water regularly.