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Volunteer recounts aiding in Maui after fires By Ashley Shah

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Blood drive set for SR resident Scripps Ranch resident Jennifer Creager has been battling chronic lymphocytic leukemia for more than eight years. She requires blood and platelet transfusions as a part of her treatment. The Scripps Ranch community and residents from surrounding communities are asked to join for a blood drive to get much needed blood, especially at the holidays, to support Creager and other cancer patients. This special blood drive will be held Saturday, Dec. 9, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. at St. Timothy’s Church, 10125 Azuaga St. in Rancho Penasquitos. Appointments are strongly encouraged. Visit mysdbb.org/donor/schedules/drive_schedule/ 79390. Walk-ins will be welcomed on a first come, first served basis.

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atasha Mar, a resident of Scripps Ranch, traveled to Maui last summer to support the community after disastrous wildfires struck the area. Mar went with the San Diego Loves Maui organization. “I got involved with this opportunity because of other organizations I am in. I am a part of the Thai American Chamber of Commerce, Asian Pacific Islander Initiative and do volunteer work at the temple in Escondido. Through these organizations, I met Joann Fields. We were able to create a group of people that went to Maui,” Mar said. On Aug. 27, the group started its work to help those in Maui. “We held a drive in San Diego to gather basic needed

Natasha Mar assists with supplies in Maui with the San Diego Loves Maui organization. (courtesy photo)

supplies for those in Maui, which we advertised online through social media. We

gathered new clothes, toiletries, canned food and more. We shipped the supplies to

Maui,” Mar said. The group traveled to Maui and provided aid from Aug. 31 to Sept. 4. “When we landed in Maui, we started distributing the supplies that we had shipped over from the drive. We worked with organizations, such as Lahaina Gateway, to support in the areas that needed it most. We also worked with the World Central Kitchen to help cook for the people that were affected,” she said. Mar had a unique learning experience since she was the youngest in the group. “There were a lot of strong minded people on the trip, and it made me learn how to be a leader. Now, I feel like I know what it means to be a leader, and how to take on that role,” she said. “The other major part of learning was getting to know the locals. Their culture and lives See AIDING IN MAUI, Page 6

Pottery classes relieve stress, open creativity By Kaila Mellos

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hat started as a dream in 2010 has become a passion project for Christina Edwards. Christina and her partner, Taylor Edwards, run a small pottery business called Little Pots Art Studio out of their garage, primarily for kids and some adults who want to experience the art form. Christina, who went to Mesa College initially to become an X-ray technician, decided to take an elective pottery class, and that was when she fell in love with the art. “I took pottery for fun, just because the classes I took were challenging and I needed an outlet,” Christina said. “It changed my life. I loved the art form, I loved the people, and so I eventually went to speak with my counselor

and told her I needed to change my major right away.” Christina became a fine art major after this change and began to help the professor during her time in the pottery class. She got a handle on what it would be like to teach the art and the skills needed, such as making different glazes. She knew teaching was the path she wanted to follow while expressing herself through pottery and, hopefully, one day be able to sell her work. “I worked for a woman in Ocean Beach at her at-home studio and thought I could do that,” Christina said. “I converted my garage at the time into a studio in 2014 when I lived in Serra Mesa. We moved and closed that version down after about four years, and we just opened back up in August last year in Scripps Ranch, so a little

Those involved in Little Pots Art Studio include (from left) Taylor Edwards, Christina Edwards and volunteer Megan Tomasi. (photo by Kaila Mellos)

over a year ago now.” Since starting over again a year ago, they have slowly been seeing a small group of kids and adults fall in love with pottery through throwing on their two wheels or even just painting premade pieces and watching them get fired in their kiln.

“I think for the first month, we had only one student that came every Saturday, and then we had two, finally shortly after. Since then, we’ve slowly grown,” Christina said. “We do a lot of group kid’s classes. However, I’m starting to see a transition in See POTTERY CLASSES, Page 14

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re you seeing more urban coyotes in your neighborhood? If so, don’t panic! The County’s Department of Animal Services (DAS) has some tips to keep them away and help you, your family and pets stay safe. Coyotes will often roam out of their immediate area because of things residents do to attract them – like leaving a pet’s food and water outside or unsecured trash cans in the backyard. Try to remove all food sources, including fallen fruit from trees. There are also some things to prevent coyotes from getting into your backyard. Have you ever heard of a “coyote roller?” It’s a metal tube that you put on top of your fence, when the coyote tries to climb over the fence the tube will spin and prevent any traction. It’s an easy and humane way to keep coyotes out. If you see a coyote approaching you, here’s what you should do: •Stop and yell at it to go away.

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• Make yourself look big and scary by waving your arms above your head. • Maintain eye contact. • Stomp your feet and make loud noise. • Always maintain a safe distance. Coyotes are a “rabies vector species,” which means rabies, a preventable viral disease, can spread through the bite of a rabid coyote to people or other animals. This is why it’s very important to take proper precautions and avoid coyotes when you see

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The National University Scripps Ranch campus recently underwent an internal facelift. (courtesy of National University)

ility with QR codes next to the photos of our grads,” Milliron said. “Because we serve nontraditional students, working students and military students, these photos help people get a sense of who we serve,” he said. “You can scan the QR code and it will direct you to a story about that student in vibrant detail.” One might think such renovations were costly, but “It hasn’t been a giant investment since we’ve done a lot of it with our in-house facilities team … The cost has been around $300,000 to revamp the inside and we will probably spend another $100,000 to finish the bottom floor and do more on the outside,” Milliron said. So, what were once cubes

before the pandemic are now an open site where folks can do remote work if they want, sit in multiple seating-andmeeting style neighborhoods, or gather in rooms designed for hybrid meetings. “When work began, there were floor-to-ceiling cubes, and it was heartbreaking to see this space with glorious windows as a cube farm,” Milliron said. “We reimagined the space and got rid of all the cubes on both floors, creating a more open ‘we learn space’ instead of a ‘we work site.’” Renovations will be completed on the first floor in early 2024. “It will have big open spaces for events and co-working, meeting spaces, small conference rooms, and four boardrooms, as well as a place for

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Longtime Scripps Ranch resident Cynthia Collins is stepping down as the overall leader of the Girl Scouts of Scripps Ranch. Collins has been with the Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts for 21 straight years and has been the manager for almost 14 years in January. She has served on the management team for 20 years, and was a Daisy consultant for six years. “I helped build many Scout troops that have already graduated from high school and college,” she said.

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Not all university campuses are created equal. Take the National University (NU) Scripps Ranch campus at 9980 Carroll Canyon Road, for instance. It recently underwent a facelift with more to come. This is not a traditional campus where students sit in classrooms or lecture halls. Rather, students at NU take courses online. These days, the two-level main building for staff and student support at the Scripps Ranch campus has become “more innovative and interactive,” thanks to the renovations. “We were looking to make our headquarters at Scripps more interesting since it has only been used as a home for a call center and student support,” said President and CEO Dr. Mark Milliron, PhD. “It’s such a beautiful place from the outside and has floorto-ceiling windows and high eucalyptus trees. We wanted to do something different.” The transformation began in December 2022 by turning “cubicle farms into something more interactive and innovative.” The second floor was completed a few months ago and serves as a community events center and offices for NU staff. Along with nice interior offices, there is a board room on the backside with views of the eucalyptus trees and interactive spaces. “We put pictures of our students throughout the fac-

hybrid meetings,” Milliron said. “Also, we’ll have spaces for our partner nonprofits like the YMCA to use for meetings or for corporations to rent.” In the future – with fundraising – there may be an outdoor amphitheater to hold receptions and other events. There are also plans to make the front door of the facility more accessible and parking easier to navigate. Speaking of parking, customers who visit the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market on Thursdays have been using NU’s parking lot across the street for the past few weeks. “When the market manager came and asked, I saw no reason not to connect and support the local community. We are all about San Diego and want to be supportive of the community in general, and we are thrilled to support the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market and businesses there in particular,” Milliron said. NU started 50 years ago with the intent of educating active-duty military and veterans wanting to transition to the non-military workforce. Since then, it has expanded to include adults seeking to change their lives through educational opportunities.

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Leaders reflect on 2003 firestorm By Chuck Westerheide

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eaders from across San Diego County gathered Oct. 25 to reflect on the historic and devastating 2003 fires and to highlight the progress, cooperation and preparations made since then. Seventeen people died in the four fires that started Oct. 25, 2003. Thousands of homes and buildings were destroyed and there was widespread damage to infrastructure and the natural environment. (More than 300 homes in Scripps Ranch were destroyed.) Nearly every San Diegan was affected by the firestorm. Many of those who were spared came to help their neighbors recover from the firestorm. County Supervisor Joel Anderson spoke about the purchase of a new twin-engine firefighting rescue helicopter for the Sheriff’s Department coming online soon. Anderson also pointed out the County has invested more than $800 million in fire protection and emer-

‘We have learned a great deal from the Cedar Fire.’ —Colin Stowell gency services through County Fire and the Fire Protection District. CAL FIRE San Diego Chief Tony Mecham talked about the improved collaboration and communication between community leaders. “We have learned a great deal from the Cedar Fire, and we have used that knowledge to improve our operations and make our community safe,” said San Diego Fire-Rescue Chief Colin Stowell. Chief Stowell spoke about his experience working as a fire captain 20 years ago in Scripps Ranch. He said the tragedy taught valuable lessons about interagency communications and the importance of investing in air assets. San Diego Fire-Rescue now operates three firefighting helicopters.

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creased from the original 70 spaces to a total of 117 spaces. The project will be done in phases and is expected to take approximately a year. While we have been assured that effort will be made to minimize impact on library users, parking access will, of necessity, be decreased during construction. Library users are reminded that additional parking is available on Meanley Drive (entrance is at the light on Scripps Ranch Boulevard opposite the Scripps Ranch High School stadium) on both the street and in the water department lot. The library can be easily accessed from the Meanley Drive parking via a scenic 5-minute walk on a paved and lighted walkway. In addition, it should be noted that parking at the library is reserved for library users. Those who park there while they run or bike, etc., at nearby Miramar Lake risk being towed as per city ordinance. Library visitors are asked to plan to arrive a little early for programs in order to have time to use the Meanley Drive parking. Those who host meetings and events at the library should advise prospective attendees about parking arrangements. A printable map is included on the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) website: srfol.org. The SRFOL organization is cognizant of the important role of trees in combating global warming and are optimistic that new trees will be added to the library and adjacent city property in order to help mitigate the adverse impact of removal. Those interested in joining efforts to facilitate the planting of trees may email publicity@srfol.org.


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Members of one of the Women’s Club Bunco groups who dressed in costume were (from left) Connie Guttierrez, Ann Massey, Cathleen Hulse, Marianne Marion, Annie Lanning, Diane Lennert, Mary Rea, Madalynn Gordon, Sue Cauble, Marty Salkin and Rita Hubbard. (courtesy of SR Women’s Club)

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Another group in costume includes (standing, from left) Wendy Higgins, Alice Izzo, Susie Hill, Peggy Foster, Donna Apprill, Mary Rea, Lauretta Johnson, Celeste Cowell, Liz Robert and (kneeling from left) Connie Gallagher and Lynn Parke. (courtesy of SR Women’s Club)

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Women’s Club embraces adventure and ‘giving’ By Mary Rea Publicity chair

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dventurous is a great word to describe members of the Women’s Club in November. It was a major adventure to explore Petco Park in a behind-the-scenes guided tour. We experienced the hidden parts of the stadium that most visitors to a baseball game will never see. At the end of November, the Club will offer another adventure – this time outdoors – when our social walking group hikes the wilderness trails at the Penasquitos Canyon Preserve. Our Bunco players in late October embraced the spirit of adventure with a number of them dressed in Halloween costumes. Witches were plentiful and we even had an angel with wings and a

halo. By the way, all three of our Club’s Bunco groups take place in the evening so that members who work or are not available during the day can enjoy a relaxing, social evening with friends. “Ranch Readers,” our popular Book Club, is known for engaging book discussions and it is always an adventure to explore new ideas and spark our imaginations. In the last few months, we have read novels as diverse as “Hello Beautiful” by Ann Napolitano, “Horse” by Geraldine Brooks, and “Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow” by Gabrielle Zevin. Our Holiday Cocktail Party at Yanni’s on Dec. 3 is a favorite Club event where we celebrate the season together and share holiday cheer. It is also the season of giving and, because community giving is a major

function of the Women’s Club, we often incorporate charitable opportunities as part of our events. As we celebrate the season, we will be collecting donations for Hidden Valley House (HVH). Every year, our members support HVH by making the holidays a little brighter for the children and adults with gifts, including new toys, as well as gift cards. Making a difference and sharing goodwill is one of the best parts of our annual holiday celebration! If you would enjoy the Women’s Club, with the emphasis on fun, friendship and philanthropy, please contact our Membership Chair Laurie Wenger at lauriewenger@hotmail.com or visit our website at srwomensclub.org. In general, membership is available to women living or working in Scripps Ranch.

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ince the early days of crop cultivation, gardeners have used compost to enhance the health and productivity of their gardens. Historically, compost was thought of as a way to increase soil organic matter and provide nutrients for growing healthy plants. However, recent soil microbiology research has revealed that compost itself is not very effective at increasing soil organic matter. The primary products of compost decomposition are carbon dioxide and water, with most of the carbon, about 90 percent, getting released back into the atmosphere, not into the soil. In fact, compost’s true value is in nurturing and growing beneficial microorganisms and transporting them into the soil where they play a crucial role in growing healthy plants through nutrient cycling. It turns out, plants are the main source of carbon in the soil conveyed through the plant’s roots in the form of exudates: sugars, carbohydrates, enzymes, proteins and amino acids. While the plant uses a majority of these

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are so rich. I really learned how to listen and empathize. They had so much to share, and I had so much to gain from that.”

‘I want to be part of the hands-on efforts.’ —Natasha Mar Mar described some moments from the trip that she will always remember. “The most memorable parts of the trip were also the most devastating parts of the trip. I had the chance to drive past the areas where the fire had affected the homes. There was one single home standing, and that image stuck with me,” she said. “We went on the freeway, and there was a row of crosses for those who were missing or had passed. Seeing that was chilling, and something I will never forget.” The trip marked a big opportunity for Mar. “I feel like we always see things on social media that we wish we could help out with. However, this time I was given an opportunity to actually help out. I want to be part of the hands-on efforts. I don’t want to just listen or see the work that is being done to help out,” she said. Mar is grateful for a once in a lifetime experience. Outside of her work in volunteering, she is a first year student at the University of California, Los Angeles, studying music industry and cognitive sciences. In her free time, she enjoys trying new food places, jamming out on piano, cello, or singing, and going for hikes. Mar just received a letter from the White House presenting her with the President’s Silver Volunteer Service Award in recognition of 250 hours of volunteer service, signed by President Joe Biden.


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Festivities, events keep club active By Denise Stewart

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iving in Scripps Ranch since the ’70s or having moved here last month doesn’t seem to make any difference in the way Welcome Club members enjoy one another and their busy social calendar. Starting off November, 35 members of the group gathered at Diane Rider’s home to brunch and chat. The table was full of scrumptious food that wowed the crowd. Diane Rider and her co-hosts showed their talent and enthusiasm for entertaining their friends. And their

friends paid back by sharing a delightful morning with one another. The regular monthly meeting at the Community Rec Center started off with the usual brief club business update. Then the event sparkled up into a jewelry exchange. Getting some new glittery adornment by trading pieces they were bored with made for a fun event for the ladies. Lunch in Mission Valley along with a shopping opportunity made for an enjoyable outing for the club mid-month. The Gadabouts events present opportunities

for experiencing movies, museums and other places of interest with club friends. Along with these special events, Welcome Club has a variety of regular activities each month. Bunco, craft, trail walking and book groups all meet to enjoy their interests. After a short hiatus, Welcome Club’s website is available again for those seeking more information about the group. Check out: scrippsranchwelcomeclub. com and you will find a record of local women enjoying the company of their neighbors.

We have talked a lot about being prepared, i.e.; defensible space, ember protection, evacuation planning, etc. Here are other items to take into consideration that aren’t always thought of for advanced preparation: • Update your homeowner’s insurance • Create a home inventory • Test your smoke alarms and change batteries • Check expiration dates on you fire extinguishers • Shake and pre-position your fire prevention gel • Register cell phones for emergency alerts • Prepare a list of essentials • Make copies – paper or electronic – of important documents • Learn your children’s School Disaster Plan • Prepare a travel case and plan for your pets. • Establish a family meeting place outside of Scripps Ranch • Plan for evacuation assistance, if necessary • Become familiar with “211 San Diego” services. None of these are things we want to think about, but things we need to think about ahead of time. Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council, (858) 201-3711, srfiresafecouncil@ gmail.com, www.srfiresafe.org.

By Denise Stewart Scripps-Mesa Garden Club members meet most months to learn more about their interest in making their gardens more productive and their yards more beautiful. But November is the exception. They are gathering at the end of this month to celebrate the harvest and give thanks for their horticultural successes. In October, Master Gardener Shital Parikh talked with the group about the importance and the benefits of companion planting and crop rotation in their gardens. The club usually meets on the fourth Tuesday evening of each month at 6 p.m. in the local library Community Room. In warmer weather when days are longer, they venture out to local gardens to connect with member’s experiences. They do not meet in December but will resume the regular meeting routine in the new year. Brydon Bennett, a club member and tree appreciator, maintains the group’s website to help local residents learn more about gardening and our local botanic beauty. The unusual rainy days this past year have provided the site with some enjoyable photos of wildflowers around our open spaces. See what the site has to offer at scrippsmesagardenclub.com.

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Authentic Mediterranean fare at the Farmer’s Market are friendly, and the atmosphere is nice.” Tirouda hopes to have his products in local stores at some point in the future but isn’t in a rush because, for now, he’s happy at the

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‘What makes my products different from my competition is the fine ingredients we use in making it.’ —Salah Tirouda Thanks to ingredients such as olive oil, as well as plenty of vegetables, fruits, herbs, nuts, beans and whole grains, a Mediterranean diet is easy on the stomach and tasty, too. When it comes to this type of delicious cuisine, Salah Tirouda, owner of Andalucia Foods, is no stranger to Mediterranean food fare as he’s been making it since 2007. “My business specializes in the Mediterranean cuisine from North Africa to the Middle East, Greece and Lebanon,” Tirouda said. In 2003, he started work-

markets. Visit Salah Tirouda and the Andalucia Foods booth at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market, held from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m. each Thursday at 10045 Carroll Canyon Road.

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Andalucia Foods offers a wide variety of Mediterranean fare at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market. (courtesy photo)

ing for a company that specializes in Mediterranean foods and that’s where he became even more interested in it, he said. Today, he sells at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market on Thursdays, and other markets including those in San Diego County, Orange County and some farmers markets in Riverside County. When visiting his booth, you’ll find a variety of items such as dips, spreads, antipasto, salads, a mixed olive tapenade, flavored garlic dips, hummus, pita chips and his natural fruit-flavored kefir yogurt parfaits. Prices range from $6 to $20 for the special combo of four items. He said the kefir yogurt parfaits are popular and very fresh.

All foods that are sold at the markets, including at Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market, are made in a local commercial kitchen in Poway, where Tirouda spends much of his time trying out new recipes and perfecting his items. “What makes my products different from my competition is the fine ingredients we use in making it. For example, when we make mixed olive tapenade, we use an imported variety of olives, citrus, Castelvetrano olives, and Manzanilla olives,” he said. Born in Algeria, Tirouda has been in the San Diego area for more than two decades and enjoys selling at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market because the “people

Do you love our library? Are you and/or your family avid readers? Did you know that half of all the new books purchased for our library each and every year are made possible by Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)? Have you taken advantage of some of the free programs at the library for kids, teens and adults, many of which are made possible by SRFOL? If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, here’s your chance to grow from a library user to a true friend of our library. Join SRFOL or renew your membership today! The membership year is Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2024. You can join or renew at www.srfol.org/join.htm, or pick up a form at the library. Memberships start at $10 for individuals or $20 for couples/families; student and senior memberships are $5. Or, become a lifetime member for $250. Annual members receive: a free book with any $5 purchase at Grace’s Book Nook; the quarterly Folio Newsletter with advance notice of Library news and events; private or head-of-line entrance at book sales. Lifetime Members receive all the above plus: lifetime book bag to fill to the brim for $5 at any visit in Grace’s Book Nook; name engraved on plaque in the library; 10 percent discount in The Library Shop at the Central Library. Patron Lifetime Members receive all the above plus: a special book plate in your (or your designee’s) honor in a new book purchased for the library; two front row reserved seats at a “Pleasure of Your Company” concert; naming rights for a duck at Evans Pond.

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cripps Ranch Girl Scouts Troop 3817 is very excited to be hosting this year’s Scripps Ranch Girl Scout tree lighting ceremony. Something you should know about this year’s tree lighting is, although it is traditionally held at Jerabek Park, due to the improvements being made, we will not be holding it there this holiday season. Instead, we will be holding it at Hoyt Park on Dec. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. This year, the tree lighting will be hosted by junior Girl Scout Troop 3817 as they earn their Bronze award. Some of the exciting things that will be at this year’s ceremony include the annual bake sale, crafts, Santa visits, a sing-along, and so much more! Baked goods will be available for $2 each, and hot cocoa will be $1. Please bring your own mug for hot cocoa to help us be sustainable. This year we are so excited to also be hosting a homemade jewelry and ornament

sale. Funds raised from all sales will help to pay for event expenses and any extra funds will be donated to the Girl Scout S.H.A.R.E. program to help girls who cannot afford Girl Scouts memberships. We also have some special VIP guests and performances happening this year starting at 3:30 p.m. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are encouraged to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the annual Toys For Tots drive. All scouts donating a toy will receive a special patch. Hope to see you at Hoyt Park on Sunday, Dec. 3 starting at 3 p.m.

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Girl Scouts enjoy the artificial snow as part of the event during the 2022 Scripps Ranch Tree Lighting. (photo by Marisa Fleizach)

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he 2023 Flint Super Real Estate-Scripps Ranch News Home Lighting Contest has opened for the 2023 holiday season. Flint Super Real Estate is sponsoring this year’s contest. Anyone whose home is within Scripps Ranch and decorates the outside of their home with holiday lights this season is eligible to enter. Prizes – provided by Flint Super Real Estate – will be awarded to the top entrants. FUN HOLIDAY SELF-TOUR: The Home Lighting Contest not only allows entrants a way to showcase their outdoor light decorating skills, it also

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provides an opportunity for those who appreciate holiday light decorations to tour the outdoor home displays. Scripps Ranch News will publish a map of entry locations in the December edition of the newspaper – and will provide updates online. Anyone can use the map (either the printed or online version) to plan a viewing tour of brightly decorated Scripps Ranch homes. NEW THIS YEAR: Contest entrants will send in photos of their lighted displays at nighttime via email so judges may narrow down the top entries. Then, judges will drive to the best-decorated

properties in the contest to view the lighted display finalists and make their decisions. This change was made due to the large and growing volume of beautifully decorated Scripps Ranch homes entered in this contest each year. All entry displays must be accessible to the public for street viewing. When judging is complete, the top displays will be photographed. The winners of the contest will be announced on ScrippsRanchNews. com on the morning of New Year’s Day. Photos of the winning displays will be published in the January edition of Scripps Ranch News.

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Contest entrants should fill in the contest entry form online first, then email the image of their lighted outdoor display afterward. ENTRY FORM: Deadline to enter is Dec. 3, 2023. Contest rules and other specifics are provided on the online entry form. Those wishing to enter may fill in the form at scrippsranchnews.com/lighting-contest. EMAIL FOR PHOTOS: Entrants must then send nighttime photos of their lighted outdoor home displays via email for judging. Deadline for photos is Dec. 6, 2023. Email photos to info@ scrippsranchnews.com.

The annual Scripps Ranch Girl Scouts Tree Lighting ceremony for the whole community is scheduled for Hoyt Park this year on Dec. 3 from 3 to 5 p.m. There will be a bake sale, crafts, Santa visits and a sing-along.

DECEMBER 9, 10 ‘Mixed Nuts’

Lynch Dance Institute presents ‘”Mixed Nuts,” its annual full-length, multidance genre holiday production full of joy, hope and possibility. Dec. 9 and 10 at 2 p.m. at the Joan B Kroc Theatre, 6611 University Ave. Tickets: 30070.danceticketing.com/r/events.

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with Santa & Friends on Dec. 10, 5-6:30 p.m. in Hoyt Park this year. Free.

DECEMBER 15 Becky’s Gift

The 14th annual Becky’s Gift Toy Drive to help families fighting cancer during the holiday season is underway. Donate new, unwrapped toys for children ages 1-16 years old. Monetary donations and gift cards are also accepted. Toys can be dropped off at Scripps Rock Dental, 12112 Scripps Summit Drive, Suite C.; Fitness Quest 10, 9972 Scripps Ranch Blvd.; or St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, 15315 Stonebridge Parkway. For more information, contact Becky Walton at beckywalton@san.rr.com or Christie Jackson at christie@jacksonlane.com. Toy collection will continue until Dec. 15. Visit the Facebook page facebook. com/BeckysGift.

DECEMBER 16, 17 The Annual ‘Nutcracker’

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All-Youth Production of the full-length ballet, “The Nutcracker,” featuring dancers aged 3 1/2 to 18 years old! Discounted tickets are available for schools and Girl Scout troops. Scripps Ranch residents and SRHS students Andrea Chan, 16, and Addison Burvall, 17, will perform the roles of Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier. Based on the timeless holiday tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann, this classic tells the story of a young girl named Marie and her magical adventure one holiday evening. Dec. 16 and 17 at 2 p.m. Held at David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive. Tickets: etix.com/ticket/o/8070/ scripps.

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Festive trick-or-treaters and Halloween enthusiasts wore a wide variety of creative and colorful costumes as they celebrated the fun holiday in Scripps Ranch this season. Thanks go out to all Scripps Ranch News readers who sent in these colorful photos!

Britney Teske is dressed up as a pumpkin. (photo by Susie Padilla)

Jacob, Stephanie, Natalie, and William Hoffman as the Super Mario Brothers Team

Jackson and Sawyer Fiero as Punkleton and Pot Belly from My Singing Monsters (photos by Meg Brennan)

Hot sauce moms handed out tacos and margs at Fairbrook Park on Halloween night! (photo by Rachel Moritz)

A cat (photo by Rachel Moritz)

Santa with his elves, reindeer and cat (photo by Rachel Moritz)

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Arturo and Darlene Fiero as Ric Flair and Invisible Man (photos by Meg Brennan)

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Enter the 2023 Photo Showcase Do you have a colorful or exciting photo you took in Scripps Ranch this year? If so, show it off in the 2023 Scripps Ranch Photo Showcase. Submitted photos will be published in the December edition of Scripps Ranch News and posted on ScrippsRanchNews.com.

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been taken in the 92131 Zip Code area of Scripps Ranch. No Photoshop or other alterations allowed. Only amateur photographers are allowed to enter their photos. No professional photographers. There is no charge to participate. Deadline to enter is Dec. 4, 2023.

Zzymzzy Quartet set for the library The “Pleasure of Your Company” concert series welcomes back the Zzymzzy Quartet on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:30 p.m. in the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center. This group is the “last word in Gypsy Swing” and features Beston Barnett on guitar and vocals, Matt Gill on clarinet, Pete Miesner on guitar and vocals, and Paul Hormick on bass. The group performs swing era music and French gypsy jazz, and is bound to have your fingers snapping and your toes tapping! There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library, although donations are appreciated. Masks are recommended

Two students involved in an art project at Little Pots Art Studio. (courtesy of Little Pots Art Studio)

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SRHS Falcon Corps and Color Guard aim high SCHOOLS By Ashley Shah

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he Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) marching band, the Falcon Corps and Color Guard, competed in the State Championships on Nov. 18 (beyond print deadline).

‘We are placed third overall in our division, and all of the scores are close to each other, so it is anyone’s game.’ —Russell Shedd There are 67 members on the team. They compete in the 3A division based on their team size. The group consists of a wind, brass, percussion, and color guard section. “We have won every tournament in our class,” director Russell Shedd said. “We won overall in the Temecula Invitational. We won high percussion. We won high

The Scripps Ranch High School Falcon Corps and Color Guard performs its winning routine during halftime at a Falcons football game. (photo by Jim Wick)

The Scripps Ranch High School Falcon Corps and Color Guard percussion section is seen in action during a recent halftime performance. (photo by Jim Wick)

color guard.” On Nov. 11, the team competed in 3A division finals. The top marching bands from the division finals advanced to the state finals on Nov. 18. SRHS placed second. “The top 16 marching bands in the state compete for the state champions,” Shedd said. “What I was really looking forward to this year was winning the state finals outright. We are placed third overall in our division, and all of the scores are close to each other, so it is anyone’s game.” The Falcon Corps and Color Guard hosted its own tournament for marching bands in this region on Oct.

line, winter guard, jazz band, chamber orchestra, and indoor drumline. “We have over 100 students across our music program. Since the pandemic, we have seen a dip in numbers. However, we anticipate that the music program will grow in the next couple of years,” Shedd said. The music program holds several concerts throughout the year. The winter concert series will take place in the days before the winter break. The orchestra, band and percussion will perform. “The winter concert series is another great way to see

28 at SRHS. “This was our 21st year hosting the Falcon Invitational. We had 11 bands come to perform,” Shedd said. “We spend months working on the invitational. It is one of our top fundraisers for our program.” In addition to the Falcon Corps and Color Guard, there are many other sections of music that the SRHS music program offers. “We have a very comprehensive music program. We have a lot of variety that the students can pick from,” Shedd said. The offerings include concert band, orchestra, drum-

what our music program can do, and the students have a lot of fun with it,” Shedd said. In addition to their winter concert series, their main concert will include a spring concert in April, and a concert at the end of the year. “Our end of the year concert has the ‘Grammy’s’ as the theme this year,” Shedd said. “People dress up for it. There is a silent auction; there are food trucks. The concert showcases a lot of our programs. Everyone in the community should show up for it.” For more information about the music program, visit srhsmusic.com.

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Hockey Development Center opens in Scripps Ranch By Hector Trujillo

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Mondays through Fridays at 9865 Businesspark Ave., Suite A. “We’re specifically designed for teams as well,” Ken said. “We have a number of teams that are currently going through with us already. The idea is to be able to have entire teams come and work on skills together, or private or semi-private skill training sessions as well.” After having played college hockey at Sacramento State, Ken is currently on the coaching staff of the San Diego

Saints Hockey Program with his 12-year-old son, Quinn, as one of those enrolled. Ken and Kelly decided to partner with Hockey Development Training Systems based out of Slovakia to bring its patented technology for use within the 7,200 square foot HDC San Diego facility. “We exist to grow the game in the area,” Ken said. “Our stated goal is to make sure that players who reach a certain skill level don’t have to leave San Diego as they currently do. Our goal is to

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CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONS!

Both the Scripps Ranch High School womens and mens cross country teams won the CIF-SDS Division 2 Cross Country Championships on Nov. 11. The women had four runners in the top 10, led by Addy Richardson. The men had three runners in the top 15, led by Nathan Bamford. The women are repeat champions, and the men won the first time since 1994. On to State in Fresno on Nov. 25!

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With three games already under its belt, the Scripps Ranch High School mens varsity basketball team looks for another standout season after finishing first in Eastern League last year along with a 17-12 record overall. “We’ve gone from Division 3 to Division 1 now, so we’re really excited about that jump,” said head coach Brock Flint. “It means a lot of things such as stiffer competition, so our goal is to rise to that level and try to win a CIF championship in Division 1.” The 2022-23 season had several Division 1 and 2 opponents on the schedule including Mission Hills and Cathedral Catholic, which helped the team get an idea of what to expect this time around. The Falcons are led by the talents of senior guard and co-captain Kai Brown who averaged 17 points per game last season; along with the experience of senior co-captain Rowen Wimmer and junior shooting guard Sawyer Flint, who can make shots from anywhere on the court.

“We also have a really exciting sophomore class,” Flint said. “It gives us a strong future and we’re looking forward to not only this year but the years to come with that class.” Among the games that are circled on the calendar in terms of being the toughest are the ones against Lincoln High School, University City High and Coronado High School, all of which come one after another to kick off 2024. Scripps Ranch will also be host its first basketball tournament the week of Thanksgiving called The King of The North against area schools. The teams include Cathedral Catholic High, Poway High, Rancho Bernardo High and Mira Mesa High. The Falcons will also be playing in two other tournaments: one at San Marcos and one at Torrey Pines – both taking place in December. “Our offense is something that I’ve created from a couple of different offenses. We’re just taking it deeper,” Flint said. “I think we’re getting better at it and, as they’ve been learning it, we’ve been able to take it to different levels.” This is Flint’s fourth season at the helm of the varsity team.

CHAMPIONS!

The Marshall Middle School girls basketball team earned the title of San Diego Unified School District 2023 Girls Western Champions. This is the second year in a row that the team from Marshall captured the championship. It’s no small feat and possibly the beginning of a middle school sports dynasty!

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The Scripps Ranch High School flag football team closed out its very first season. The team lost 6-33 to Bonita Vista High in a quarterfinal game of the CIF-SDS Division 1 Championship tournament on Nov. 9. (photo by Jim Wick)

FALL SPORTS ACTION

SRHS Falcons defender Matthew Ringenbach closes in on a Point Loma High ball carrier during a 12-32 CIF playoff loss on Nov. 10. (photo by Jim Wick)

Young players from the Scripps Ranch Recreational Soccer League show their enthusiasm during a recreational soccer game on Nov. 4 at Stonebridge Community Park. (photo by Lisa Shadburn)

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Brooke Kensel returns a shot during the 2023 CIF-SDS Division 1 Girls Tennis Championship Tournament Finals on Oct. 28. Scripps Ranch finished second out of 16 teams in this season’s tournament. (photo by Jim Wick)

Scripps Ranch 14u player Madison Smidt delivers a pitch during a Scripps Ranch Softball Association fall ball matchup vs. Fallbrook on Oct. 29 in Ramona. (photo by Lisa Shadburn)

Evan Long of Scripps Ranch High defends against Pacific Ridge High in a 7-9 first round CIF-SDS Championship loss on Oct. 31. (photo by Jim Wick)

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SeaWorld Christmas Celebration

Guests can enjoy San Diego’s biggest Christmas tree, a new theater show, photos with Santa and more at the SeaWorld Christmas Celebration. The park transforms into a winter wonderland with Mrs. Claus’s Christmas Parade, a daily tree lighting and more. Celebrations run on select dates through Jan. 7.

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‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’

“Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!” runs through Dec. 31 at the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park. This is a whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. TheOldGlobe.org

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Sesame Place® San Diego welcomes the holiday season with A Very Furry Christmas. Enjoy the park in the evening with extended hours. Christmas lights, a 24foot Christmas tree, photos with Santa and festive holiday décor transform the park into a Christmas wonderland. Through Jan. 7. SesamePlaceSanDiego.com

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Ebenezer returns

The Old Globe presents “Ebenezer Scrooge’s BIG San Diego Christmas Show” at the Sheryl and Harvey White Theatre, part of The Globe’s Conrad Prebys Theatre Center in San Diego’s Balboa Park (1363 Old Globe Way), now through Dec. 24. San Diego has another show in its Christmas stocking with this fast, funny and highly theatrical reimagining of one of the most beloved holiday stories ever told. All the traditional elements of Dickens’s “A Christmas Carol” are intact, including the iconic ghosts of Christmases Past, Present, and Future, but with a comic local twist. Audiences of all ages will cheer Ebenezer Scrooge’s rediscovery of the Christmas spirit in this riotous Dickens mash-up filled with music and laughter – all set in “wintery” San Diego. Phone (619) 23-GLOBE (234-5623). TheOldGlobe.org

NOVEMBER 24 ‘Inspecting Carol’

A man who asks to audition at a small theater is mistaken for an informer for the National Endowment for the Arts. Everyone caters to the bewildered wannabe actor, and he is given a role in the current production, “A Christmas Carol.” Everything goes wrong and hilarity is piled upon hilarity. PowPAC Theatre in Poway. Runs through Dec. 10. Tickets available online or call the box office: (858) 679-8085. powpac.org

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be available to tempt you throughout your journey. Wild Holidays is scheduled on specific dates through Dec. 31. On Wild Holidays dates, the Safari Park is open until 8 p.m. Wild Holidays activities and entertainment are included with admission tickets or membership. sdzsafaripark.org/ wild-holidays

NOVEMBER 30 Flor de Toloache

The Latin Grammy Award-winning, all-female group Flor de Toloache mixes tradition and innovation, breaking boundaries with its edgy, versatile, and fresh take on traditional Latin American music. NPR says, “Flor de Toloache stuns at the crossroads of fusion and mariachi girl magic.” Join them for two shows in The JAI Conrad Prebys Performing Arts Center at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. theconrad.org

DECEMBER 1 ‘El Milagro del Recuerdo’

San Diego Opera presents “El Milagro del Recuerdo” (The Miracle of Remembering) is a heartwarming holiday mariachi opera full of family traditions, love and dreams of a better tomorrow. Sung in Spanish (with English and Spanish text projected above the stage) this new mariachi opera, a prequel to 2013’s Cruzar la

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Arc Winter Wonderland

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pated runway show. This event offers attendees the opportunity to support The Arc of San Diego by shopping at local boutiques and participating in a captivating auction. Proceeds from the event will help The Arc of San Diego continue its mission of providing essential life services to children and adults with disabilities throughout San Diego County. To make reservations call (619) 685-

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December Nights

It’s almost time for the City of San Diego’s free holiday festival – December Nights! Visit Balboa Park for December Nights 2023 on Friday, Dec. 1, from 3 to 11 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 2, from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., to celebrate the spirit of the holiday and enjoy the Family Zone with free photos with Santa, light displays, musical performances, attractions, delicious food, and more! sandiego.gov/ december-nights

DECEMBER 2 OB Holiday Parade

For over 40 years, the quaint little surfing village of Ocean Beach has hosted one of the best holiday parades in SoCal. On Saturday, Dec. 2, Newport Avenue will be lined with colorful OBceans and visitors all eagerly awaiting the commencement of the 44th annual OB Holiday Parade at sunset! oceanbeachsandiego. com

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fter overwhelming public participation, the emperor penguin chick hatched at SeaWorld San Diego has officially been named: and her name is Pearl. Pearl is expected to be ready to join the park’s penguin colony in early 2024, at which point she will be visible to the general public. Until then, in response to the extraordinary public interest in her arrival, SeaWorld San Diego has created two new special ticket opportunities to enable a limited number of guests to see her now behind-the-scenes, with 10 percent of the proceeds going to support penguin conservation around the world. SeaWorld.com

Enjoy a delightful day of holiday festivities and capture the magic of the season on Crystal Pier in Pacific Beach on Dec. 2, 2-5 p.m. Don’t miss your chance to meet Santa at the end of Crystal Pier! Tree Lighting at Sunset. Admire the beautiful wreaths on display, lovingly decorated by local community groups and businesses. pacificbeach.org

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