President’s Report

We Need You!

Fundraising. Hmmm, everyone does it and no one likes it. The SRCA is a community volunteer organization that needs your donation so we can continue to provide you advocacy, events, and services.

Our events are free to you, but cost money to produce. Just a sample of what the SRCA funds and supports are the Community Fair, 4th of July Parade, Neighborhood Watch, Scripps Ranch 50 Plus, and Sustainable Scripps Ranch, to name only a few. We try to provide scholarships and grants to organizations to reduce their need to fundraise from you too. Please contribute today so we can continue tomorrow. Thank you!

New Community Project

Do you have an opinion about adding more than 600,000 square feet of office, retail, and entertainment to Scripps Ranch at the Watermark development? It will be located at the corner of Interstate 15 and Scripps Poway Parkway.

In our Special Report, which you don’t find in any other community, there is a project description and a site plan. Please check out pages 14-17 and tell us what you think about the project at the Miramar Ranch North Planning Committee meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center. If you have any questions or can’t make the meeting, just email us your opinion to [[email protected]].

Stay Informed

Did you miss the eblast, or email, where we gave away more than 100 tickets to the Madhouse Comedy Club? We would love to have your email address so you don’t miss out. We also send out emails about community events, crime alerts, and special announcements. Go to [] to register your email address. It will be guarded and never given out to anyone.

Bob Ilko, SRCA President

Thank a Community Volunteer

Don’t miss our special event thanking those who give their time and talents to make Scripps Ranch such a wonderful community. Recognition Night is on Wednesday, Mar. 6, at 6:30 pm in the Marshall Middle School theater. It’s not too late to send in the name of a volunteer to honor. That deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 6. Visit the SRCA website at [] and do it online.

Schedule some fun on your calendar! The 14th Annual SRCA Community Fair is on Sunday, May 19, at the Scripps Ranch Community Park. The fair showcases community groups, performers, and businesses. Plus, it features a Kids’ Zone, Wine and (now!) Beer Garden hosted by BarWorks, Food Truck Court, concert, and Green Street.

If you are a local business, crafter, nonprofit, or community group, the fair is an excellent opportunity to promote your products, services, and information. For more details, please contact me at [[email protected]]. See you at the fair!

Jan McGinn, Community Fair Committee Chair

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

397-5747 or [[email protected]]

Scripps Ranch 50 Plus

Our organization is a standing committee of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. Become an SRCA supporter in 2013. For more details on our activities, visit [].

Aging Successfully Lectures

Disaster Preparedness: Please note that this is a change from the information we placed in the January Newsletter. Our first lecture for 2013 is on Wednesday, Feb. 6, from 10 to 11:30 am in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room. Our guest speaker is Barbara Fiorina from the Red Cross. She is also a longtime Scripps Ranch resident.

Elder Law: Our second lecture is on Wednesday, Mar. 6, from 10 to 11:30 am at the Scripps Ranch Library. Medi-Cal benefit law, estate planning, and asset protection and retention all fall under the rubric of elder law. There are many documents that you, your spouse, or your parents may need or want to have.

The need for those documents will be described by Richard Scott Stewart, Esq., of the Elder Care Law Firm. Scott, a Ranch resident, is an elder law specialist. He is a member of the California and San Diego County Bar Associations, CA Advocates for Nursing Home Reform, and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. He co-chairs the SD County Bar Association Elder Law section.

Senior Living Tours

Our second tour for 2013 is on Friday, Feb. 15, at The Remington Club in Rancho Bernardo. The resort-style community is located in the heart of Rancho Bernardo. Residents can walk to shops, banks, restaurants, and the post office. Or they can ask one of the valets to drive them. For doctor and other appointments, one of the drivers happily takes them. Add gourmet meals, weekly housekeeping, linen service, and a wide range of activities and you know why our residents say, "Life is good at The Remington Club!"

The Remington Club offers a continuum of care from independent to assisted living and a health care center for skilled nursing and rehabilitation. Tour space is limited. To RSVP or for information, please contact SR 50 Plus at 397-5747 or [[email protected]].

Tai Chi Class Change

The Tai Chi class has changed to Mondays from 1:30 to 2:30 pm.

50 Plus White Elephant Swap Meet

Please join us at the SRCA Community Center on Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 pm for our first White Elephant Swap Meet. Bring a nice, no longer wanted item and watch the fun begin as numbers are drawn and your discarded treasures are picked, swapped, or stolen. Couples should each bring an item. We need at least 18 people. RSVP: 536-9372 or [[email protected]].

50 Plus sponsors

We thank the businesses that sponsored our "Unique Taste of Housing" fair or provided support:

  • Age @ Home Elder Care Management
  • Bella Reflections
  • Front Porch Communities
  • Gateway Gardens
  • Heritage Senior Care, Inc.
  • Seacrest Village
  • Sunshine Care
  • The Vi
  • The Patrician
  • Ron Greenwald and Associates
  • The Meridian at Lake San Marcos

Sustainable Scripps Ranch (SSR)


Garden Share

  • Sunday, Feb. 10, 3:30-4:30 pm
  • SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd.

Share your garden and kitchen bounty or your expertise. Bring what you have; take home something you don’t. Bring a bag to take home your finds! Don’t have anything to share? Meet your neighbors and learn a new skill. If it rains we will meet indoors. What to bring? Anything from the garden: produce, nuts, eggs, flowers, plants in pots, things made from the garden, seeds, tools, books, etc.

Low-Carbon Diet: "A 30-day Program to Lose 5,000 Lbs."

  • Wednesday, Feb. 13, 6:30-8 pm
  • SRCA Community Center

Meet your neighbors, live a little more sustainably, help combat climate change, build a healthier community, and reduce your carbon footprint. At this meeting you’ll examine some basics, buy the workbook for a discounted price of $10, and decide whether you’d like to continue for three more sessions.

Families, neighbors, and friends can learn new ideas, evaluate and share their practices, and implement changes together, using the workbook to measure results. There are no requirements–just bring your interest, enthusiasm for change, and life experience. Children 10 and above are welcome with an adult, either as a family or in a church, scout, or home-schooling group.

For questions or to pre-register, email [[email protected]] or contact Lynn Owens at 566-7717 or [[email protected]].

Tour the "Greenest Home in San Diego"

  • Saturday, Feb. 23

This is a "dome home" built by the owner using new sustainable technology. It’s filled with beautiful design features created from sustainable materials, and takes full advantage of solar technologies, rainwater and graywater harvesting, an urban orchard, and more.

The builder/owner will give us a personal tour. We’ll carpool to Pt. Loma, leaving at 9:30 am from the "old Vons" parking lot, or you can meet us in Pt. Loma. To RSVP and directions: email [[email protected]]. You’re invited to join us for lunch in Pt. Loma afterward if you wish.

You can always read more at [].