President’s Report

Support Your Community

You should have either received an email or a letter from the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) asking you to join or rejoin the SRCA as a paid member for 2017. We know there are a lot of demands on your time and your money. There are many great uses of your hard earned cash, but please consider becoming an SRCA member to support your community. A $30 contribution goes a long way in not only maintaining our quality of life here in Scripps Ranch but improving it. If you have any doubt, call me at 243-1235. Please send in the form below or join online at

SRCA Works For You

Speaking of helping the community, Scripps Ranch Maintenance Assessment District (MAD) supervisor Eileen Rodriguez called on the SRCA when the wood footbridge at Jerabek Park was hit with graffiti. The SRCA posted on our Facebook page a request for volunteers to paint over the graffiti. We found generous residents to contribute the paint, brushes, and their time. This is a great example of how the SRCA Works For You.

Take Care of Plants and Trees

The rains have come and the trees are turning green, as well as they should because it is close to St. Patrick’s Day! Unfortunately, what turns green now eventually turns brown in the summer.

Spring is the preferred time to cut back plants and trees before summer. The city is beginning brush management for open spaces and inspections of private property. Please do not top trees—meaning removing entire tops or branches from the top of trees. Either trim, lace, or remove them.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

SRCA Committees Spark Connections

Are you interested in…

  • Honoring volunteers? Join the Recognition Night Committee
  • Keeping your block safer? Neighborhood Watch
  • Gardening, stargazing, hiking? Sustainable Scripps Ranch
  • Aging Successfully Lectures and tours? SRCA 50 Plus
  • Celebrating with neighbors? 4th of July Parade and Community Fair
  • Cleaner Scripps Ranch and garage? Garage Sale, Clean-Up Days

Check out all the SRCA committees and events at You may be surprised at the variety of activities and organizations the SRCA hosts and supports.

When you join a group or attend a community event, you’ve sparked a connection! Who knows where that connection may lead? It could be the spark to develop new friends and hobbies, volunteer, or just have fun. Now that’s how SRCA connections are made!

And with your membership support, we can continue to offer these valuable connections. If you haven’t done so already, please join at or fill out and mail in the form below with a check. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] Spark your SRCA connection today!

Jan McGinn, SRCA Membership Chair

SRCA Recognition Night 2017

Just a friendly reminder, as you read this notice, the deadline to submit volunteers to be honored at Recognition Night has past. The committee is reviewing all the submissions. This is your invitation to join us at the awards presentation on Monday, Apr. 3, from 6:30 to 9 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library.

Each year we set aside a night to recognize and honor those who volunteer for the good of our community by helping with beneficial projects, programs, and events hosted throughout Scripps Ranch. Last year’s event was a spectacular success, and we plan to have another great turnout this year as well. SRCA Recognition Night 2017 is only a few weeks away, so save the date to recognize and celebrate our deserving volunteers.

We also want to support and thank our catering supplier Yanni’s Bistro and our sponsors The Art Place, Chez Nous, Newtopia Cyder, and others that have contributed to the event.

To learn more about Recognition Night’s background, mission, presentation, and honorees and to view prior event night photos, visit We are always looking for volunteers to help at this and future events. If you’re interested, contact me at [email protected]

Vince Petrucci, Recognition Night Chair

Mark Your Calendar!

18th Annual SRCA Community Fair

  • Sunday, June 11, new date!

Hello Scripps Ranch,

Exciting changes are in store for the 2017 SRCA Community Fair! This year we have a new venue with plenty of parking at Alliant International University. Please join us for a celebration of Scripps Ranch “Then and Now” on Sunday, June 11. Your participation will support the SRCA 4th of July Parade!

A few things to look forward to:

  • Delicious food from local restaurants and vendors
  • Unique artisan gifts
  • Wine and Beer Garden
  • Performances from local talent
  • Green Street
  • Kids’ Zone—rides and fun

Join in the festivities by signing up as an exhibitor or performer. In fact, all businesses, vendors, nonprofits, performers, and cultural groups participate through a sponsorship, booth space, or a performance spot. Showcase your group by making a reservation now and enjoy being part of the pre-event publicity. Applications are available at Be sure to visit for all the details, and email us at [email protected] if you have any questions. As always, admission is free. See you at the fair!

Emily Johnston, Community Fair Chair

Meet the Folks Who Make Your Community Work

All Scripps Ranch residents, along with civic, service, and social-oriented nonprofits in Scripps Ranch, are invited to attend a new event: the SRCA Community Meet and Greet. Hosted by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, the event will be held on the afternoon of Saturday, May 20, at the Scripps Ranch Library.

At this event organizations will have the opportunity to connect with other nonprofit groups operating in Scripps Ranch. Folks can share ideas about working together, getting the word out about what you do, finding volunteers, fundraising, and more. Residents will have the opportunity to meet and greet each other and members of the organizations attending.

It’s a chance to have fun with music, food, opportunity drawings, and socializing. For more information or to reserve a spot for your group, please email us at [email protected]

SRCA Reps Work For You

The SRCA Board is comprised of special volunteer representatives from each area of Scripps Ranch. We are introducing them in the Newsletter so you know who to turn to if you need advice about a neighborhood issue. To see in which area you live, go to

District 1—John Borja

I joined the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Board in the second half of 2016, after volunteering for the 2016 SRCA 4th of July Parade. I represent District 1, the area around Hendrix Pond.

I come from a Navy family in San Diego, and my father was a Pearl Harbor veteran. Having grown up in San Diego, I graduated from Saint Augustine High School. I then headed to Los Angeles to attend the University of Southern California. After that I made a career in television working for the ABC Television Network and later freelanced on television productions. I continue to do so to this day.

My parents were among the original residents of Scripps Ranch, having bought their home in 1970. In 2009 I moved from Los Angeles to Scripps Ranch to take care of my mother in her home and served as her caregiver until her passing in 2015 at the age of 94.

I believe in the idea of a strong community and appreciate all the work that’s being done to make Scripps Ranch such a great place to live. I feel volunteering on the SRCA Board is a way to give back to my community. To reach me, please email [email protected]

Second Friday Class

  • San Diego During World War II
  • Friday, Mar. 10, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

What was it like to live in San Diego after Pearl Harbor and the rapid changes brought by U.S. entry in the war? The popular speaker Linda Canada from the San Diego History Center will talk about life on the home front and the tremendous population explosion that affected everything from transportation to grocery shopping in San Diego during WWII. All Second Friday classes are free and open to the public, with no registration required.

Aging Successfully Lecture

  • Home Safety and Fall Prevention
  • Friday, Mar. 17, 10–11:30 am
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Have you or a loved one slipped or fallen recently? You are not alone. One in three older adults—65+—falls each year, and as we get older we are more likely to fall. These falls can have devastating consequences. So why are older adults more likely to fall? Come learn about the many different risk factors for falling and why most of these risk factors become more common in older people.

The good news is that many falls are preventable and you can reduce your risk of falling. We will discuss the ways to improve your strength, flexibility, and balance. Also, find out what you may want to talk to your doctor about such as hearing, vision, medications, and other reasons that can lead to falls. In addition, we will tell you how to reduce your risk through ways to make your home safer. Finally, you will learn where more information is available through local community resources and programs to prevent falls.

Our speaker will be Caryn Leventhal, a member of the Fall Prevention Speaker’s Bureau for the County of San Diego’s Health and Human Services Agency, Aging and Independence Services. Aging Successfully lectures are held the third Friday of each month and are free, with no registration required.

Senior Living Tour

  • Mira Mesa Senior Center
  • 8460 Mira Mesa Boulevard, 92126
  • Tuesday, Mar. 21

Close to Scripps Ranch, the Mira Mesa Senior Center has served seniors for nearly 30 years. The Alliance for Quality Education at the center develops and offers many programs and activities, including:

  • Health and Wellness—classes in exercise, cooking and healthy eating, meditation, and wellness
  • Recreation—bingo, line and ballroom dancing, entertainment, field trips, Karaoke, and more
  • Education—emeritus programs of San Diego Continuing Education

There are many other activities: a lunch program Monday through Friday; Retired Senior Volunteer Patrol (RSVP) meetings; and free AARP tax preparation—through Wednesday, Apr. 12.

We will gather at the Mira Mesa Senior Center at 9:45 am and meet with the Golden Friends group. We will enjoy a lecture from 10 to 11 am. The speaker will be Linda Canada, an expert San Diego History Center docent, speaking on the history of San Diego. We will then tour the center and have lunch. A nominal fee will be required for lunch.

Reservations are needed. To request a reservation, email [email protected]—the preferred method—or call 397-5747 to leave a message.

ElderHelp of San Diego Awards and Charity Auction

  • Sunday, Mar. 5, 2–5 pm
  • Southwestern Yacht Club, 2702 Qualtrough Street, 92106

ElderHelp is a key partner of the SRCA and provides services for members of our community. In 2016 ElderHelp improved the quality of life for more than 7,400 vulnerable seniors in San Diego who needed rides to doctors’ appointments, a bag of groceries, a daily check-in call, or someone to stop by and make sure their home was comfortable and safe.

Join ElderHelp as the group celebrates 43 years of supporting seniors to live independently and with dignity in their homes. The event will highlight the community members impacted and recognize the contributions of those who make it happen. For tickets, visit

Calling All Chess Players

There has been some interest in starting a Chess Club for adults in Scripps Ranch. If you might be interested in this, let us know by emailing us at [email protected] or calling 397-5747 to leave a message. Please let us know what times and days might work best for you.


This activity is sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Pickleball Club. For the schedule of when we meet, please see the calendar on the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center website at No experience is needed to join a fun group of people playing a fun sport!

Volunteer Crew

Sunday, Mar. 5, 8 am

  • West Sycamore Staging Area—east end of Stonebridge Parkway

Help improve your park. Bring gloves, wear long pants, sturdy shoes, a hat, sunglasses, and sunscreen. Water, Gatorade, and snacks are provided! For more information, email [email protected]

Nature Walk

  • Sunday, Mar. 19, 8 am, 90 minutes, rain cancels
  • 16281 Sycamore Cyn. Rd., 92064

Join ranger Andrew for a guided walk, focused on the plant communities and animals commonly found at West Sycamore. Wear comfortable shoes and a hat and bring bottled water. More information is at

Stargazing in StoneBridge

  • Friday, Mar. 24, about 7–10 pm, rain or clouds cancel
  • West Sycamore Staging Area

For updates check the San Diego Astronomy Association website at or the SRCA Facebook page. No white lights. Please park on the street and walk in. Kids are welcome.

SSR Garden Share

  • SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Check our webpage for more information.

In addition, we need your input as we hope to start a community composting site where anyone can drop off food scrapes and cuttings. We are looking for a suitable space. If you know of one, please contact us. Also, if you can help set up, maintain, and participate in the process, email us at [email protected]

San Diego Seed Library and CA Rare Fruit Grower

  • Saturday, Mar. 11, 2:30–5 pm, rain or shine, every second Saturday
  • Mira Mesa Library, 8405 New Salem Street, 92126

They will provide seeds and cuttings to “check out” and plant in your garden.

Coastal Roots Farm Tour

  • Sunday, Mar. 12, 11:30 am–1 pm, every second Sunday
  • 441 Saxony Road, Encinitas, 92024

Get a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the production methods and innovative technology, with a walk through their vegetable, herb, and flower gardens and see their chickens. Also explore the vineyard, food forest, composting operation, and a pay-what-you-can farm stand. Details are at

UCCE Master Gardener Event

  • Saturday, Mar. 18, 8 am–3:30 pm, Market Place until 3 pm
  • San Diego County Operations Center, 5520 Overland Ave., 92123

Seminars, plants, birdhouses, garden art, advice, and more. Visit

Fixit Clinic

  • Saturday, Mar. 18, 12–2 pm
  • Second Chance Brewery, 15378 Avenue of Science #222, 92128

Details are at

Bring your non-functioning items for possible repair. Workspace, specialty tools, and guidance is provided. Whether it’s fixed or not, you’ll learn more about how it was manufactured and how it worked. This is a family-friendly event!

Zero Waste 101: Organics

  • Saturday, Mar. 25, 10 am–noon
  • Ocean Knoll Farm, 701 Bonita Drive, Encinitas, 92024

Details are at

Learn how to keep organics out of the landfill by shopping smart, storing food properly, and composting. They will cover ocean friendly gardens and laundry-to-landscape systems. Activities include making seed bombs and a kids’ craft corner. Swap ‘n Shop by bringing any gently used items to exchange. There will be an opportunity drawing for prizes.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

  • Tuesday, Mar. 28, 5:45 pm
  • Scripps Ranch Library

Diane Downey from Surfrider will present “Waterwise Front and Back Yard Garden Designs for Easy Everyday Living.”


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Volunteer at Tree San Diego

This group is building the county’s resources to increase our region’s tree canopy. To volunteer with this dynamic and growing nonprofit, contact Kalli Legakes at [email protected] For more information, visit the organization’s website at

Bob Ilko
SRCA President