President’s Report

Help Design a New Park

A new park is being planned for Scripps Ranch, the only public park on the south side of Pomerado Road! The first Design Committee meeting for Fairbrook Park is on Tuesday, May 31, at 6:30 pm at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. The committee is a joint effort of the SR Recreation Council, Scripps Ranch Planning Group, and SRCA. You are welcome to attend the meetings and give input as to what should be included. For details, email us at [email protected]

Congratulations, Andy!

We congratulate Andy Nicholas on being the SRCA Citizen of the Year. Andy embodies the character of a “quiet giant” community leader. He has contributed to Scripps Ranch in so many ways for decades. We have benefited from his dedication to the library, sports, Girls Scouts, Symphony in the Park, SRCA, and the Old Pros. We also want to thank Andy’s wife, Linda, and his family for supporting him. Read more about Andy, and many other volunteers, starting on page 28.

Stay Informed

On a disturbing note, as of press time, no arrests had been made in the attempted kidnapping of two children walking home from Jerabek Elementary in April. Read more about what happened and tips to help keep your kids safe on page 19.

We urge residents to “Like” the SRCA Facebook page for community alerts and information. It’s the best place to turn when there is news of any kind in Scripps Ranch. When we posted information about the vehicle description of the attempted kidnapping suspect, the post reached more than 30,000 people and had 290 shares. The SRCA only posts information verified by our reliable sources.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

 17th Annual Scripps Ranch Community Fair

  • Scripps Ranch Community Park
  • Sunday, May 15, Noon—7 pm

It’s finally here—the Community Fair! Join us for a wonderful day in the park as we celebrate all that makes us Scripps Ranch! See pages 36 and 37 for the all the exciting events, rides, and food.

There is so much going on at the fair this year, we simply can’t list it all. But you can get all the information about exhibitors, event activities, Food Court delectables, Kids’ Zone fun, Wine and Beer Garden beverages, performance schedules, and more at Here are a few highlights:

  • Silent Auction—Bid on wonderful gift packages and support the Colonel Dingeman/SRCA Scholarships for SRHS seniors.
  • Coloring Contest—Kids can color the fair theme picture for a chance at a Chuck E. Cheese’s gift pack! Download and decorate the picture before the fair at
  • LED Light Bulbs—Buy a 3-pack of LED lightbulbs for only $10, a $60 value subsidized by SDG&E.
  • Green Street
  • Performers—see page 37
  • Night Concert—6 pm

We’d like to extend a special thank you to these sponsors, who with exhibitors, make the fair possible. Diamond: MAXFM 105.7. Ruby: ASI, C2 Education, and The Hoffman Team. Emerald: Ballast Point, Courtesy Chevrolet, Marrokal, Mathnasium, Pukka Pilates, and SDG&E.

Booth spaces and sponsorships still are available. If you’re interested, go to For more details, visit, email us at [email protected], “Like” us on Facebook, or follow us on Twitter at @srcivic #scrippsranchfair. We need event day volunteers. If you’re interested or have a scout or high school student who needs community service hours, email me. See you at the fair!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Chair

4th of July Parade

Come celebrate Scripps Ranch’s largest community event—the 4th of July Parade sponsored by the SRCA. The theme of this year’s 46th annual parade is “Scripps Ranch All-Star 4th of July.” Let your imagination run wild and come up with an “All-Star” theme for your group or float. See if you can wow the judges and win in one of these categories: Float, Performing Group, Car Club Group, Youth Group, Marching Group, or Decorated Vehicle. The entry form is on page 11.

It’s a tradition for the SRCA to provide a convertible and driver for our dignitaries. If you own a convertible and can drive a dignitary, please contact me at 761-7378 or [email protected] Also, anyone who would like to be a parade marshal or help in other way should contact me as well. Let’s make this a 4th of July Parade to remember!

Gary Clark, 4th of July Chair

SRCA Membership: Turning FUNds into FUN!

We all love a good party—celebrating the holidays, a special day, or a just-because-day with family, friends, and neighbors. The SRCA also enjoys festivities and hosts a variety of events throughout the year. In fact, our two largest events are right around the corner: the 17th Annual Community Fair on Sunday, May 15, and the 46th Annual 4th of July Parade.

As you know from planning your own parties, it takes work and funding to host a successful event. The same applies to the SRCA. We are fortunate to have dedicated volunteers to plan the event. What they need is your support—event day volunteers and membership contributions to help pay for the permits, traffic control, rental equipment, promotional material, and more. With your support we can continue to provide these well-loved traditions for everyone to enjoy!

So if you’ve haven’t joined the SRCA yet or would like to volunteer at an event, please do so today at For questions, email us at [email protected] It’s members and volunteers like you who transform FUNding into communitywide FUN! See you at the Community Fair and 4th of July Parade.

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

Recognition Night 2016

Our SRCA Recognition Night was a smashing success with a standing-room-only crowd. The SRCA reserves one night a year to honor those who volunteer for the good of our community by helping with beneficial projects, programs, or events, and those who provide service to our residents throughout Scripps Ranch.

We want to thank our Recognition Night Committee: Tina Colmenero, Mary Drummond, Bob Ilko, Jan McGinn, Paul Lichtenstein, Dorothy Mildice, Jim Paterniti, Larry Peranich, Elidie Strouse-Takim, Tiffany Vinson, and Gloria Tran. Also thank you to our elected officials who helped make the presentations: U.S. Congressman Scott Peters, County Supervisor Dave Roberts, City Councilmember Mark Kersey, State Assemblymember Brian Maienschein’s representative Rob Knudsen, School Board Trustee Kevin Beiser, and Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s representative John Ly. Congratulations to all the honored volunteers.

Extra special thanks goes to Tina Colmenero for providing the fabulous appetizers and to Dorothy Mildice for producing all the documentation to provide the certificates for the awardees.

Complete coverage of the evening’s honorees starts on page 28 and on To volunteer and help us at next year’s Recognition Night—or any SRCA event!—please contact me at [email protected]

Vince Petrucci, Recognition Night Chair

Aging Successfully in SR

  • The Conversation Project Workshops
  • Wednesdays, May 11, 18, and 25, 1–2:30 pm
  • SR Library Seminar Room

Eighty percent of people say it is extremely important that family members not be burdened by difficult, late-in-life decisions. Yet more than 90% have not communicated their wishes. Thus we risk being unprepared to make important decisions for our loved ones when that time comes. It may seem daunting to tackle these delicate subjects, but consider that “It’s always too soon—until it’s too late.”

The Conversation Project is a dynamic program that empowers families and loved ones to be proactive and facilitate honest discussions about their late-in-life wishes. The workshops explore obstacles that block meaningful conversations, sort out personal wishes, and plan for productive conversations with family and friends.

Our leader will be Dory Beatrice, a licensed clinical social worker. Dory has provided counseling and psychotherapy to individuals, couples, and groups for more than 35 years—and she still loves it! She is dedicated to helping people resolve issues, move forward, and find new freedoms. Plan to attend on Wednesday, May 11, for an introduction, then on the following weeks for in-depth discussions. RSVP to [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.

Get Smart About Your SDG&E Account

  • Friday May 20, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Don’t be left in the dark! Carolyn A. Ortiz, energy solutions advisor at San Diego Gas and Electric, will tell us about the new electric billing tiers and other changes to the electric rate structures. She also will show us how to read our Smart Meters, and how to access features available online through SDG&E’s “My Account” services. Join us for this “electric” event!

SR Theatre Open House!

  • Sunday, June 12, 2 pm

Join Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) for a matinee performance of Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, followed by a tour of the theatre and special talk-back session with the actors and director! Described as “magnificently zany,” Murder at the Howard Johnson’s is a light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle. Mention “SR 50 Plus” and receive $5 off the regular ticket price of $31 for adults and $28 for seniors/military.

After the performance enjoy light refreshments as you hear from cast members about life as an actor in San Diego. Seating is limited, so call 578-7728 to reserve your seats. Can’t make the matinee but still want to attend the talk-back session? Join us—just RSVP to the number above.

Senior Living Tour

  • Wednesday, May 4
  • Casa De Las Campanas, Ranch Bernardo

Casa is a Type “A” Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC). Individuals or couples pay an entrance fee and monthly fees for living accommodations and an extensive range of services and amenities. We will meet at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, on Wednesday, May 4, at 10:45 am. The bus leaves at 11 am. We will tour Casa and have lunch. Spaces are very limited and reservations are a must. Email [email protected] or call 397-5747, option 1, and leave a message.


Sponsored by the SR Pickleball Club, we play at the: Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive: Sundays, 12–2 pm; Mondays, 1–3 pm; Tuesdays, 12:30–3 pm; and Thursdays, 6:30–8:30 pm. At the Cypress Canyon Park basketball court: Wednesdays, 3 pm–dark.

SSR at the Community Fair

Our wonderful Community Fair is on Sunday, May 15—see pages 36 and 37 for details. Green Street again will showcase local organizations that support nature, health, and resource-smart living, such as:

  • Local parks—Goodan Ranch, Mission Trails, Torrey Pines
  • Nearby nature—Sky Hunters raptor group, Barn Owl boxes, Master Gardeners
  • Sustainable living—solar cookers, Girl Scout plastic bag projects, Environmental Ed the recycling guy
  • Water and energy—San Diego city and county, SDG&E, subsidized low-cost LED lights for sale
  • Transit—buses, electric cars

Visit our SSR booth and make a mini-succulent garden to take home. Kids love making their own gardens, and residents have thanked us over the years for helping them start their own succulent gardens.

Can you contribute “fixings” to help your neighbors create the mini-succulent gardens? Email Suha Chari at [email protected] to arrange pickup or delivery.

  • Rootable succulent cuttings, especially small, unusual examples. Ordinary jade plants are not unusual!
  • Small lightweight containers to hold the gardens. These could be actual plastic, peat, or cardboard pots, 2”–3” diameter or any other similar-sized empty plastic or durable cardboard containers: 6–8 ounce yogurt or cottage cheese containers, plastic seaweed trays, cardboard egg cartons, and so forth.

Monthly Garden Share

  • Saturday, May 21, 3–4 pm
  • SRCA Community Center,
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Bring your excess produce, seeds, tools, books, clothes, whatever. Or share a drink or snack. Bring your questions, your clever garden tricks or life hacks, your passions, enthusiasms, and stories —we love hanging out for an hour every month. You don’t even need gardening as an excuse. Are you new to Scripps Ranch or just want to meet people? Good—we do too!

Sycamore Canyon Events

These monthly events start at the West Sycamore Staging Area, east end of Stonebridge Parkway.

First Sunday Volunteer Crew

  • Sunday, May 1, 8 am

For more information, contact Ranger Andrew Miller at [email protected]

“Third Sunday” Guided Nature Walk

  • Sunday, May 22, 8 am

Because of the Community Fair on the third Sunday, May’s nature walk will be on the fourth Sunday. For more information, see

Stargazing in StoneBridge

  • Friday, May 27, 8 pm or later
  • West Sycamore Canyon

Join your neighbors and the San Diego Astronomy Association to view some of the amazing objects in our night sky. Please, no white flashlights as they ruin our night-adapted vision. Red lens flashlights are fine. If you plan to bring a telescope and have not yet contacted us, email [email protected] and you’ll receive final setup details.

Rain or clouds cancel. Sunset is at 7:34 pm, and viewers without telescopes should arrive after 8 pm. For updates check the San Diego Astronomy Association’s website at or sign up for the SSR email list.

SDG&E News Worth Knowing

  • Soon SDG&E customers will see changes in their bills, as electric rates are consolidated from three tiers to two tiers. Read more about why SDG&E’s rates are changing and what it means to you at #espsdge
  • Invest in energy efficient upgrades that can save energy and money. SDG&E has programs for any budget that are either free or offer rebates to offset costs. Watch #espsdge
  • SDG&E’s Marketplace is a one-stop shop for guidance on the best energy-efficient appliances and instant rebates. #espsdge

Bob Ilko
SRCA President