President’s Report

Flawless Photos

The first annual SRCA photo contest was a hit. Residents sent in great photographs that are creative and beautiful. Scripps Ranch is a wonderful place to live, work, and play so why not show it off in pictures! The winning photos are on the cover, but to see them in color, visit the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Facebook page—and “Like” us! Click on the “Photo Contest” tab on the left-hand side.

Congratulations to the top three winners—Lauren Zhu, Cuquis Orry, and Amelyn Agoncillo—who were selected by residents voting online. Each winner received a $50 gift card from Yanni’s Bar and Grill, who sponsored this contest. Thank you all for participating!

Take Our Survey

We hope you read the SRCA Newsletter each month, and now we want your feedback. Please take the short online survey at [www.scrippsranch.org/survey] or turn to page 7, take the survey, and mail it in. Your input is important to us so we can perfect the SRCA’s greatest communications vehicle. We also will email a link to the survey, so please go to [www.scrippsranch.org] to register your email and be part of the outreach effort.

Change of Plans

Unfortunately, due to a lack of interest, the December 5K Run/Walk celebrating 20 years of Miramar Ranch North being part of Scripps Ranch has been cancelled.

Working for You!

The SRCA not only worked hard this past year but efficiently, passionately, and effectively for our community. Please keep us in mind when you receive our 2015 Membership Drive envelope. Great things are planned for 2015!

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

A Successful Year!

As we close 2014 the Membership Committee wants to say, “Thank you!” for your strong financial and volunteer support of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) this year. As a volunteer-based organization we can only provide the broad range of activities because of your contributions.

This year your funding helped the SRCA host the 44th Annual 4th of July Parade and Festivities, deliver relevant community programs and communications, offer personalized assistance to residents, provide civic leadership, and donate needed funds to schools and community groups. Not to mention the hundreds of behind-the-scenes activities that regularly occur.

Neighbors helping each other. That’s how the SRCA Works—as a hub connecting people, resources, and funding for the betterment of our community. Speaking of connections, our 2015 membership campaign starts in January and we look forward to seeing you connect as a member.

Visit us at [www.scrippsranch.org] and contact us at [[email protected]]. Here’s to wishing you and your family a most wonderful holiday season, filled with warmth, comfort, and good cheer.

Jan McGinn, Membership Chair

A Night to Thank Volunteers

We have set a date for the Annual SRCA Recognition Night, a festive event to say “Thank you” to our community volunteers. Join us on Monday, Mar. 2, from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Now is the time to nominate that special volunteer you want to thank. You know, the coach who inspired your child, the volunteer at church or synagogue each week, or your block’s Newsletter distributor. Submit their name and information online at [www.scrippsranch.org/RNform].

To get an idea of what this is all about, check out last year’s event at [www.scrippsranch.org/RNprior]. This will give you some insight into this exciting evening, as well as a look at those honored and more! Let’s get the ball rolling and submit the names of our community’s deserving candidates. If you have any questions, please contact me at 395-6467 or [[email protected]].

Vince Petrucci, Recognition Night Chair

Aging Successfully Lectures

Crime Prevention for 50 Plus

  • Wednesday, Dec. 3, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Katie Wilson, from the District Attorney’s Elder Abuse Unit, will give us tips to reduce the risk of becoming a victim.

Looking Ahead: Beginning in January the Aging Successfully in Scripps Ranch Lectures will be on the third Friday of the month from 10 to 11:30 am in the Scripps Ranch Library. Lectures planned are:

  • Friday, Jan. 16—Your Road Map to Alzheimer’s and Dementia
  • Friday, Feb. 20—Maximizing Your Brain Health

Senior Living Tour

  • The Glen at Scripps Ranch
  • Wednesday, Dec. 10

As has been reported in this Newsletter, a new Continuing Life Communities—The Glen at Scripps Ranch—is in the works. This retirement community will offer a variety of homes, amenities, and activities, as well as long-term care if needed.

While the project is subject to approvals, we have the opportunity to learn more about it. We’ll meet at the Rancho Bernardo Inn on Wednesday, Dec. 10, at 12:15 pm. Lunch begins at 12:30 pm. Reservations are mandatory and must be made no later than Monday, Dec. 1, at 4 pm. Please email [[email protected]] or leave a message at 397-5747.

PAWS Club

Here are the topics for upcoming Pet Advice for Wise Seniors (PAWS) Club meetings. They are on Saturdays at 4 pm at Lake View Park on Mira Lago Terrace.

  • Dec. 6—Dermatology with Dr. Laura Stokking, the dermatologist from the Vet Specialty Hospital
  • Jan 3—Behavior issues: start the year off on the right paw!

Other Activities

Please check the Scripps Ranch 50 Plus calendar above for many other fun and entertaining activities.

Holiday Potluck and Recycled Gift Exchange

  • Friday, Dec. 12, 5:30–8 pm
  • Steve and Terry Carter’s Scripps Ranch home

It’s time to celebrate another good year of learning, growing, and sharing with our neighbors. Join us for a yummy potluck. If you want, bring a recycled gift to exchange. Recycle the packaging for extra credit and creativity kudos! All are welcome, whether you’ve been active in SSR or just want to say hello. To RSVP—required!—and directions, please email [[email protected]] or call Lynn Owens at 566-7717.

Note: Instead of our Garden Share this month, come to the SSR Holiday Potluck.

New Watering Rules

Rules for mandatory water-use restrictions are in effect for the city of San Diego. The rules below depend on whether you have standard sprinkler systems or water-efficient devices such as drip irrigation or stream rotor sprinklers.

This applies to everyone. Water only on your three assigned days per week.

  • Odd-numbered addresses—Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays.
  • Even-numbered addresses—Saturdays, Mondays, and Wednesdays.
  • Apartments, condos, and businesses—Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays.

The time limits below are for traditional sprinkler systems only. They do not apply to water-efficient devices.

  • Nov. 1–May 31—between 4 pm–10 am for only seven minutes
  • June 1–Oct. 31—water between 6 pm–10 am for only 10 minutes

For a complete list of drought restrictions and more information, please visit [www.sandiego.gov/water/conservation/drought/prohibitions.shtml]. To report waste, call 619-533-5271.

Heads Up for January

  • California-Friendly Landscaping Workshop in Scripps Ranch
  • Saturday, Jan. 31, 9 am–noon
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Contact us now for sign-up information.

Tip of the Month

From Scripps Ranch resident Suha Chari: Zero Waste San Diego—[www.zerowastesandiego.org]—believes “it is possible to eliminate the detritus of our lives and its negative impact on our planet and our future.” We can do this by managing our resources better—from extraction to production to consumption to disposal.

They promote programs to keep waste out of landfills and be used in productive ways when possible. For example, you can send your empty snack bags—individual, multi-snack, or family size—via Zero Waste San Diego to a Terracycle Snack Bag Brigade that recycles the bags into new totes, messenger bags, and market bags. Email [[email protected]] for information.