Scripps Ranch News - February 2021

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Plans are underway for New Farmer’s Market


Newtopia Cyder presents the New Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market is being planned for each Thursday in the parking lot of Newtopia Cyder. (courtesy of Mike & Beverly Cassity)

scheme is in progress to launch a new farmer’s market in Scripps Ranch. Titled “Newtopia Cyder presents the New Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market,” the event’s planners are targeting an opening date of May 20, according to Beverly Cassity, the New Farmer’s Market manager. The New Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market will be held

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each Thursday night from 3 to 7 p.m. in the parking lot on the eastern side of Newtopia Cyder, 10045 Carroll Canyon Road. Beverly said nearby Cabrillo Credit Union has agreed to allow Farmer’s Market customers to use its lot for parking during the event. Beverly, who will manage the market along with her husband Mike Cassity, said she is working in conjunction

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with Newtopia Cyder owner Rick Moreno to open this new weekly event. Timothy Mapes will be the assistant manager. The New Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market will feature 40 or more vendors, including top quality farmers offering farm-fresh produce, fresh eggs, flowers, food “from around the world,” crafts, jewelry, commercial vendors and more, See FARMER’S MARKET, Page 4

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Jody Luke, Scripps Ranch High School Senior Parent Committee founder, with her SRHS senior daughter Annalee Luke. (courtesy of Jody Luke)

Committee celebrates high school seniors

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Actors nominated for awards

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group of parents are determined to give their kids a great senior high school experience, despite an unprecedented school year. The Scripps Ranch Senior Parent Committee is made up of parent volunteers who work to prepare events for Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) class of 2021. Jody Luke created the committee in September once she realized the school district wasn’t going to hold events for seniors due to COVID-19. “It didn’t seem like anyone was advocating for kids … That kind of broke my heart right away,” Luke said. “I think at that point I felt like I had to do something.” Luke, the mother of a SRHS senior, a freshman and a sixth grader, called other parents she knew to form the committee. Now, the committee is 15 members strong, with 250 members in their FaceSee COMMITTEE, Page 6

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ix Scripps Ranch youth artists from Scripps Theatre Arts were recently nominated for the National Youth Arts Awards competition. This is a huge deal for Scripps Theatre Arts founder Alicia Gonzalez and the actors, especially since they have only been putting on productions for about a year. “We all went crazy over it,” Gonzalez said. As soon as the announcements were made online, she received a text about it and the news “spread like wildfire,” she said. Rayne Gonzalez, 15, was nominated for Outstanding

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Lead Performance in “Once Upon a Mattress” as Princess Winnifred. Nominations for Outstanding Supporting Performance in “Once Upon a Mattress” and “The Lion King Jr.” went to Jacen Gonzalez, 11, and Lily Haigis, 14, respectively. Nominations for Outstanding Featured Performance went to Jada Kim, 13, and Sydney Taber, 14, for “Once Upon a Mattress,” and Hana Wong, 15, for “The Lion King Jr.” This is their first-time nomination, which means that it is something they can put on their resume and increases their chances of getting a scholarship to go to college. “This is an acknowledgeSee AWARDS, Page 2

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ment of us being a truly recognized [theater] program,” Gonzalez said. “This is not something that is set up in someone’s backyard. It has all the elements that you’d expect from a Broadway show but on a much smaller scale, and it’s volunteer-run.” Scripps Theatre Arts had some temporary setbacks due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The company was in the middle of rehearsing “Beauty and the Beast,” which was going to be performed at the Poway Center for the Arts last year when the COVID-19 pandemic hit California in March 2020. Gonzalez said that the rehearsal is still on hold, and she hopes she and her students will resume later this year. “Meanwhile, we are on our third virtual production, ‘The Jungle Book,’ and that has been very successful. We use the Zoom platform for the final performance, which is live, not recorded. People can buy virtual tickets to attend,” Gonzalez said. For the next six months, Gonzalez plans to continue to do virtual shows and theater classes with the

Recent live presentations by Scripps Theatre Arts have been performed on the Zoom platform. (courtesy of Scripps Theatre Arts)

students online until she gets notified about how to re-open live rehearsals and performances. Meanwhile, she is looking for a space for Scripps Theatre Arts. “We rent from the [Scripps Ranch Recreation Center] and there are not a lot of openings for what we do,” Gonzalez explained. “We rehearse 12 hours a week plus some classes, and they cannot accommodate that. Our biggest goal in 2021 is to rent our own space or a shared space with another entity.” Gonzalez started Scripps Theatre Arts in 2018 as a non-profit to help young artists in Scripps Ranch to express themselves. She got involved with theater about 11 years ago and joined a

theater board in Escondido and Balboa Park in 2015 where she learned the skills needed to run a theater company – including logistics and budgeting. Gonzalez started Scripps Theatre Arts when enough people nudged her to start a local theater company. “Hardly anyone in San Diego had heard of us until we got nominated. We were up against some well-established groups that have a large staff, lots of funding and long histories,” Gonzalez said. “I’m so proud of these kids!” For more information about upcoming events, email Alicia Gonzalez at and visit the website: The free community newspaper, neighborhood website and social media network for Scripps Ranch Scripps Ranch News is published monthly and mailed directly to homes in Scripps Ranch.







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New mayor is tuned-in to Scripps Ranch SCRIPPS RANCH By Hoyt Smith

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria gives his inauguration address during a virtual ceremony. Gloria is the first person of color or LGBTQ person to be elected as San Diego mayor. (courtesy of the Office of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria)

a modest amount – about 1,200 doses. “My ambition is to prove that we are responsible, efficient and effective in getting the vaccine out into the community,” Gloria said. “If we can demonstrate that to the State, we will hopefully get more doses.” Initially, the Mayor aims to have the City administer about 300 vaccines per day. His staff is currently identifying more available distribution locations. “We want to complement County efforts and fill cer-

tain holes,” he said. Gloria named senior citizens, law enforcement officers and teachers among those most urgently in need of vaccines. “I understand that many people want schools to open soon – and safely of course,” he said. It’s too early to say whether there might be a city-operated vaccine administration site in or near Scripps Ranch. Other issues on the Mayor’s to do list include homelessness and infrastructure.



an Diego Mayor Todd Gloria spoke with Scripps Ranch News earlier this month, outlining priorities for his new term, addressing major city projects that will impact local residents and discussing his relationship with Scripps Ranch’s new District 5 City Council member. COVID-19 and the resulting economic recession are the two biggest challenges the City of San Diego currently faces, Gloria explained. “COVID is the main driver right now – saving lives and reopening businesses. There is no higher priority than defeating the virus and returning the economy to normal,” he said. Upon being sworn in, Gloria advocated for the City of San Diego to receive vaccine doses in order to help mitigate the pandemic. “We got the green light from Sacramento about a week ago,” he said. While the County of San Diego had already received large shipments of the vaccines, the City started with

He realizes that both priorities involve major area projects. “I have a great deal of familiarity with Scripps Ranch, not just from two terms on council, but also as a native San Diegan,” Gloria said. “My family used to drive through Scripps Ranch to visit my grandparents in Ramona.” Mayor Gloria said he’s “up to speed” on the development of permanent supportive housing units at a city-owned Park and Ride lot in northwest Scripps Ranch, adjacent to Yanni’s Bar & Grill, “thanks to new Fifth District Councilmember Marni von Wilpert.” The units will help to reduce homelessness, but construction may seriously impact parking for the popular restaurant just off Scripps Poway Parkway. “I’ve had two meetings on that topic,” he said. “I have asked city and staff to work with the developer and adjacent businesses to see if there’s a solution.” From his experiences as a city council member, Gloria said, he was previously See NEW MAYOR, Page 4

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before, focusing more on quality than quantity. Vendors will be selected very carefully to ensure that the finest are available for customers, she explained. This time around, there will be micro greens and organic produce available, plus the “top farmers in San Diego” offering their goods. It will be a paradise for home chefs and local foodies who enjoy selecting and eating the freshest ingredients. Another bonus is that Newtopia Cyder is onsite for thirsty adult shoppers. Fortunately, some of the most popular vendors from the former Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market will return, including Bibby’s Belgian Crepes, A’SLoBBRiN Pet Bakery & Gifts, a fresh squeezed lemonade booth

The New Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market will emphasize food and farmers, but will also feature flowers, crafts, jewelry, commercial vendors and more. (photo by John Gregory)


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Beverly said. The emphasis will be on “food and farmers,” Beverly explained. In addition, the New Farmer’s Market will include bistro tables and chairs for dining, as well as live music. Hand sanitizer will be available and other safety precautions will be taken for customers during the COVID-19 pandemic, Beverly said. “People can sit and eat. We want them to linger … we want them to sit, talk, enjoy the evening, do some more shopping before they leave, pick up some kettle corn on the way out – that sort of stuff,” Beverly said. The nonprofit sponsor and

recipient of donations from the New Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention Association. The Cassitys managed the old Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market, which closed in October 2018. The old Farmer’s Market served as an ongoing fundraising project for Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary, with a large percentage of the profits benefitting the school. Held every Saturday for about 17 years, the old Farmer’s Market was forced to close because the San Diego Unified School District board voted to redevelop the property where the market was being held at 10380 Spring Canyon Road, in the former Innovations Academy parking lot. Besides a different lo-

cation and being held on Thursday afternoon and evening, the New Farmer’s Market will have a bit of a different feel from the old one. For one thing, Beverly is reenergized since closing the old farmer’s market in 2018. She doesn’t intend to have as many vendors as

Women’s Club scholarship applications Each year since its inception 30 years ago, the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) has presented at least one Scholarship Award to a qualified Scripps Ranch High School graduating female student who has demonstrated strong academics and interest in community service. Many of these young women have

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involved in two projects – a dedicated transit lane in Mid-City, and dedicated bike lanes along University Boulevard in Hillcrest – where there were initial projections for losses of parking places. “In both cases, instead of losing parking, we netted parking,” he said. “We can find similar creative solutions for businesses like Yanni’s. Marni has a laser focus on that. With her role as chair of the transportation committee, and my role as vice chair of SANDAG (San Diego Association of Governments), there will be plenty of opportunities to address that and other transportation issues affecting Scripps Ranch.” According to Mayor Gloria, there will be a ceremonial kickoff this year for the Pure Water San Diego project near Miramar Lake – the biggest infrastructure project in the City’s history. The multi-year effort will ultimately provide one-third of San Diego’s water supply when it is completed in 2035. “It’s a massive undertaking, and a project of this size and scope will be disruptive,” he said, asking Scripps Ranch residents to be patient regarding the anticipated traffic congestion on Scripps Lake Drive once construction is in full swing. “Those problems will be short term,” he added. “The long-term benefit is a greater degree of water independence. We’re an arid environment in a time of climate change, and this project is extremely important to the city’s future.” The new San Diego mayor will work with five new city council members, including Councilmember von Wilpert, whose Fifth District includes Scripps Ranch. Mayor Gloria’s relationship with her is relatively new. “We got to know each other on the campaign trail and I’m just incredibly impressed,” Gloria said. “She’s very talented, very diligent, and obviously a hard worker. As someone who’s done that job, I’ll tell you. that’s what you need to succeed.”



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Brothers create projects to help others By Ashley Shah


cripps Ranch residents Drew and Trent Wan have created programs to help the community in different ways. Drew Wan, 17, created Project Render in 2018. Project Render is designed to refurbish used computers to give to those in need. During his freshman year of high school, Drew was part of the organization Computers 2 Kids San Diego, which refurbishes used computers and resells them at affordable prices. “I wanted to be able to give back to the community, so I created Project Render. I get to work with computers, which I have always loved working with, and I am able to give computers away for free to those in need,” Drew said. He has been able to collect 30 used computers and has been able to give away 14 refurbished computers. “Drew is really helping a lot of people. He was able to give a computer to someone whose house had burned down and was left with noth-

Trent and Drew Wan have created their own community service projects to help others. (courtesy of Keith Wan)

Drew Wan refurbishes a computer for Project Render which he created in 2018. (courtesy of Keith Wan)

ing. He has also been able to give a computer to a teacher who needed one for teaching virtually this year,” father Keith Wan said. Currently, Drew is looking for computers that run on Windows 10. He can be contacted through Instagram @project_render as well as his website projectrenderyt. “I would like to grow my organization by hopefully partnering with other organizations as well as expanding my presence on social media,” he said.

to those in need. Trent was found to be hard of hearing at age 4 and wears hearing aids himself. “I know the hardships of not being able to hear. I wanted to create something where others who are hard of hearing could have a chance to hear,” Trent said. He has been able to collect two pairs of hearing aids so far. He donates hearing aids through Lions Club International. “I want to get more people involved because I have

Besides running Project Render, Drew attends Palomar College studying computer engineering after graduating early from Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) in August 2020. He also runs the company CrazyDog Shredding which shreds sensitive documents, and he has an internship at PikNik Co which is a tech start-up. Trent Wan, 15, recently set up the organization @Strong_Hearing in December of 2020. Strong Hearing aims to collect hearing aids and give them


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some friends that are hard of hearing, so it would be nice to get them involved. I just want to get the word out so we can help more people,” Trent said. Aside from running Strong Hearing, Trent is a freshman at SRHS. He participates in the SRHS golf team and the Model United Nations club. To donate hearing aids, Trent can be reached on Instagram @strong_hearing and through his website strong-hearing.

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parking spots. Painting spots is a tradition normally held as a fundraiser, and this year the committee ensured it was COVID-safe. Since the SRHS campus was off-limits, seniors were allowed to paint parking spots in the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library parting lot. “I heard of someone, once their grandparents got the vaccine, they took them down to see their senior parking spot,” Luke said. “I don’t know if they would have done that (otherwise).” Other events the committee put on include a senior drive-in night at the Santee Drive In Theater, a Starbucks Falcon drink, connecting the high school seniors to senior citizens at The Glen at Scripps Ranch Retirement through letters and more. Luke said it’s been cool to see the community come together for the seniors. “It speaks to the testament of the families of Scripps Ranch that where they see a need, people just step up,” she said. Their upcoming events include powderpuff football, a senior picture with a drone and a graduation parade. “We knew this was going to be challenging from day one,” Luke said. “All these parents have come together to say, ‘Let’s not just watch and wait and see, but be a part of a solution and make some memories for our kids.’” Luke said the students are grateful they have not been forgotten. “The amount of gratitude we’ve gotten from seniors and families has been satisfying,” she said. “But that’s not why we did it. We did it because there’s a need, and Scripps Ranch families rise to the challenge when there’s a need.” To get involved, the committee can be reached by email at srhs2021seniors@



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Children’s book offers perspective on autism SCRIPPS By Nick Ng

‘If you did not speak for 13 years, what would be your first words to speak to let people know who you are?’ —Dr. Carol Cujec “[Peyton] was kicked out of public school at an early age and was forced into a private, special school where they didn’t bother to teach the children because they thought they were incapable of learning,” Cujec explained. Once Goddard’s parents realized how their daughter was being treated, they got her out of special education and enrolled her back in public school, which is the start of Charity’s story in “Real.” Eventually, Goddard attended Cuyamaca College and graduated in 2002 as a valedictorian. In 2007, Cujec met Goddard and her family when she was covering a story about Goddard’s life and autism for USD Magazine. She then helped Goddard and her mother, Dianne, write and publish their memoir “I




eal” is a book about Charity, a 13-year-old girl with autism who faces her biggest fears when her parents enroll her in a public middle school. She is a math savant and has a camcorder-like memory, but she is shunned since it is assumed that she is unable to learn because she cannot speak and has unpredictable movements. This story is based on the experience of a San Diego resident, Peyton Goddard, who co-authored “Real” with Scripps Ranch resident Dr. Carol Cujec. Sharing similar traits with Charity, Goddard was assumed to be “mentally challenged” until she was 22-years-old when she was able to communicate with supportive typing.

Am Intelligent.” “Once that was published, I felt that the story should be adapted to children because children are the ones who can make a difference in the way people are treated,” Cujec said. “If you give them that perspective of someone who is autistic, they can grow that empathy early on. We hope that they will see people not as labels but as human beings.” The authors had to invent a lot of details and create characters in “Real” because of Goddard’s and Charity’s age difference when they were introduced to supportive typing. “It’s a re-imagining of what Peyton’s life might have been like if she had this opportunity in middle school,” Cujec said. “We have some spunky, sassy characters in the story that are typical of middle school kids. The kids in the book realize that this girl is

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awesome. She’s really funny, has a lot of interesting things to say, and they become more comfortable to hang out with her. For the first time, Charity is able to develop new friends.” Writing a children’s fiction book was a “whole new ballgame” for Cujec and Goddard because they have only written nonfiction before. It also took them several years to find the right publisher for “Real.” “It was kind of slowly ‘killing’ me because we felt so strongly about this story,” Cujec said. “It wasn’t

a hobby; it was a mission. This story needs to get out in the world because it can profoundly change the way you see people who are different from you.” Cujec and Goddard hope that “Real” will teach children to be more inclusive to people who are different from them. “If you did not speak for 13 years, what would be your first words to speak to let people know who you are?” Cujec said. “Real” is available to purchase at any bookseller, including Amazon.



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Scripps Teasers Toastmasters plan open house By Terry L. Wilson

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or 38 years the Scripps Teasers Toastmasters Club has been curing stage fright one speaker at a time by turning novice orators into polished professionals. Toastmasters is a national organization that was established in 1924 with a current membership that exceeds 357,000 in more than 16,600 clubs in 143 countries. “Since its inception, Toastmasters International has helped people from diverse backgrounds become more confident speakers, communicators and leaders,” said Koshi Matsusita, former Scripps Teasers Toastmasters president. “Our Scripps Ranch chapter has been active since 1982, and in 2018 we earned the President’s Distinguished Club Award in recognition of our achievements.” “I joined Toastmasters because I was uncomfortable speaking in front of groups. I have a very strong Hungarian accent that overpowers my English. The coaching and advice I get from speaking in front of our group has helped me very much,” said Zita Felfoldi, the Scripps Ranch club’s VP of public relations. “But mainly, I joined to meet people; it’s a very social environment. I moved to Scripps Ranch two years ago and I didn’t know anyone, and was looking for a way to connect with the community. I found the Toastmasters Club and it has been a wonderful way to not only improve my public speaking skills, but it has improved my ability to communicate in English.” Scripps Toastmasters Club is akin to a gym where you go to learn public speaking.

Members of the Scripps Teasers Toastmasters Club practice their public speaking skills in a friendly environment. (courtesy of Scripps Ranch Teasers Toastmasters)

There is a specific sequence of instruction that prompts members on how to use their voice, gestures, timing and body language – all part of the tools needed to become an effective speaker. Janet Mebane has been with Scripps Teasers Toastmasters Club since the late 1990s when a promotion took her out of the office and put her behind a podium. “I joined because I was working for Hewlett Packard as an engineer and was promoted into a management position and had to do presentations at work. I wasn’t used to doing that, so I wanted to develop better public speaking skills for the work environment,” Mebane said. “I don’t particularly like being in the spotlight or the center of attention, and Toastmasters helped with that, including dealing with difficult questions and how to think on your feet. That’s especially important in a work environment because sometimes the audience will go offtrack and you learn how to bring things back to point,

and to stay on a specific time limit.” In today’s workplace, more and more meetings are using Zoom. Toastmasters will give members the tools to become camera friendly in this new cyber environment. So, Toastmasters may have the cure for stage-fright for those individuals who get a deer-in-the-headlights look in their eyes whenever asked to give a speech, lecture or business presentation. The Scripps Ranch Teasers Toastmasters Club will soon hold a live online event in which those interested may learn more about the organization. “Our Open House is on Thursday, March 11, from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m.,” Felfoldi said. “Guests are invited to join the meeting from 6:50 a.m. to connect with other participants. Our Toastmasters website is: teasers.” The ID for the Zoom meeting is: 6012388221 (password: 221442). For further information, email



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ndrea Factor, a Scripps Ranch resident of seven years, has been interested in calligraphy and mixed media art since she was a child in the early 1960s. “My parents’ friends would ask me to write out the addresses of their invitations, that kind of thing, and I used just to fool around with it; it was nothing serious. But after I married my husband, I took up the pursuit and at that time in the seventies, there were tons of classes,” said Factor, recounting how her longtime hobby began. When she started taking her classes in the 1970s, she lived in Huntington Beach. There was a “renaissance” of calligraphy happening in Los Angeles during this time, and it made it easy for anyone to find classes to further their skills, Factor said. In doing this, Factor was awarded the honor by many juried councils to have her work exhibited in shows and galleries through both the San Diego Watercolor Society and the Society for Calligraphy of Southern California. “[At these exhibits] you just don’t walk in and submit your work; it has to be accepted into the exhibits,” she said. “So, just about everything I’ve ever submitted there, I’ve gotten into their exhibits, and that’s nice.” During one of her showings, Factor was given another opportunity in life that she loves just as equally as doing the art herself: teaching. A viewer of her artwork asked to be introduced to her to learn how to do a specific type of lettering she


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was showcasing in the exhibit. “I was doing a style of hand, kind of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and he taught it, but he wanted to learn how to do it better,” Factor said. “He became a student of mine for a number of sessions. We worked together and I helped him with his uncial [lettering]. That’s kind of how I got started in teaching.” After that, Factor got involved in private lessons and in-home teaching for calligraphy and lettering. She has been a teacher at the Poway Adult School since 2013, “I need to share my knowledge. The teaching and the doing are two different things, but very equally rewarding …,” Factor said. “To open the eyes of other people and let their energy and creativity flow through encouragement, I think it’s exciting to see students’ work. Many of my students have far exceeded me, and I said, ‘you should be teaching this class so I can take it from you.’” Factor says that anyone

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can learn the art of calligraphy. All it takes is the motivation to keep practicing to improve. She is still taking classes virtually at Santa Monica College during this pandemic when she can’t teach in the classroom. According to Factor, “art nourishes the soul,” and learning to do something creative is a great outlet to feel better during this time. She practices this in doing artwork for herself and some small commissions that she has done over the years. Factor is open to hand lettering anything for anyone interested in a specific quote, diploma work or invitations. Those interested in hiring her for commission work may contact her by email:

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he City of San Diego Public Library is conducting a full schedule of events this month to celebrate the rich and diverse history of Black Americans. As part of the celebration, the San Diego Public Library released a Black History Month library card. The special edition card was designed by 15-year-old Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) student Sahithi Lingampalli. The design was chosen from dozens sent in by local students. It features the likenesses of congressman and civil rights icon John Lewis, basketball legend Kobe Bryant, Vice President Kamala Harris and tennis great Serena Williams. “I wanted to showcase the achievements made by people of African ethnicity, especially in the year 2020 when we were hit with a pandemic,” Lingampalli. “I felt that these people were standouts over the last year.” Lingampalli enjoys digital illustration, is a top-notch reader and loves libraries, according to the San Diego Public Library. She wanted to create a design that showcases some of the standout achievements made by Black Americans, acknowledges lives lost to racism and injustice and that inspires community to rise to great heights. Two other students attending schools in Scripps Ranch placed in the competition. Kayla Lincoln, a student at SRHS, won second place. Thurgood Marshall Middle School student Kadin Lincoln placed third. Patrons can pick up the Black History Month library card now at the 25 San Di-

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eniors at Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) describe both the bad and good aspects of distance learning – and explain what activities they miss most.

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Nick Aguilar Four-year cross country runner “I really miss the cross country invitationals and getting to represent your school. Usually, we have the Mt. Carmel invite and there’s always such a big crowd, and it’s a fun and notable experience each season,” Nick Aguilar said. Aguilar shared what he misses from in-person classes. “I miss the personal connection with teachers. I miss getting to joke around with the teachers and the one-on-one question and answer time. It’s a lot harder to interact with your teachers online,” he said. He commented on the positives of a virtual school year. “The good thing about online learning is that I get more personal time. I have been able to spend more time with my family, which I think is nice especially since next year I’ll be off to college,” Aguilar said. Along with cross country, Aguilar participates in Falcon Peer Tutoring and is the vice president of the Letters of Light club at SRHS. Outside of school, he is part of the Chamber Bravura acapella choir and volunteers at the It’s all About the Kids Foundation. Aguilar hopes to attend the University of California, Los Angeles to study human biology or genetics this fall. Mackenzie Cain Four-year theatre member “I’m missing the social interaction. I miss seeing my friends in person and the teachers. I’ve been

Facetiming my friends, but it’s not the same as seeing them at school,” Mackenzie Cain said. She explained the hardships she has faced due to virtual learning. “It’s hard not being able to stay after class. I used to be able to ask questions then. Now, it’s harder to ask questions because sometimes the teachers will miss your email.” Cain said. She conveyed the benefits she has experienced with online learning. “I like not having my camera on because I can go to class in my pajamas and in my bed. You don’t really have to wake up early … and it saves a lot

of time,” she said. In November 2020, Cain was able to participate in a virtual play through the school. “It was nice that we were able to put on a production even through this time,” she said. Outside of SRHS, Cain is Miss San Diego’s Outstanding Teen and has signed with Rage Model and Talent Agency. She participates in the Race for Autism and plays recreational soccer. She has plans to attend Washington State University to study animal science. Sabrina Krebs Captain of varsity volleyball team “I’ve been on the volleyball team for four years. We’ve been able to qualify for states and it’s sad that this year we were not able to do that. It would be nice to just have one last season with all the friends I’ve grown close with through the years,” Sabrina Krebs said. She discussed the chal-

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of a camera in my room,” Dean Bisco said. He spoke about what has been difficult because of virtual learning. “Staying engaged is hard. You’re in your own environment and that definitely has more distractions. It is

easy to get disengaged with the material when on Zoom because you can just go on another tab,” Bisco said. He voiced what has helped in regard to virtual learning. “Teachers are adapting well and I think it’s really impressive. They use a lot of platforms that keep everything organized. It helps to see the due date of everything through those platforms because it keeps me on time,” he said. Outside of SRHS, he is involved in the Chamber Bravura acapella choir. Along with acting in the SRHS plays, Bisco is also the vice president of the theatre program board and is part of the improv team. He hopes to attend a fouryear university in California and study computer science.

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inspiration (Family Features) The kitchen is the heart of many homes, and careful planning is a necessity when it comes to redesigning this essential living space. Picking out cabinetry – and a color for those cabinets, in particular – can be a challenging process. Everything from the style of your cabinets to the amount of natural light your space receives are key factors to consider when choosing an updated hue. While white cabinets are an everlasting choice, and wood-stained cabinetry once held 70 percent of the market, painted cabinets now account for 70 percent of sales, signaling a significant shift among homeowners and their preferences. While there are virtually no limitations when it comes to the paint, stain and glaze options available to complement your overall kitchen design, the current stylings reflected in Wellborn Cabinet’s annual color trends provides an opening to a range of impactful colors, such as grays, blues, blacks and wood tones, and a mixture of these on-trend hues.

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rary finishing touch. While lighter shades of blue, like aqua, are perfect for keeping spaces light and airy, one of the latest colors to emerge is a mid-tone classic blue. A balanced option like Sapphire from Wellborn Cabinet, which is a classic, mid-tone royal blue available in the Premier and Estate Series framed cabinetry, as well as the full-access, frameless Aspire Series, can help create energy and inspiration for dining or cooking.

Mixed wood tones

Even with the rise in painted woods, stains are seeing a surge in popularity. The application of stain to natural wood can enhance the character of the cabinetry. Neutral color, dimension, texture and soft luxury can be layered into nearly any space to create a blended balance. Wood grains typically pair well with whites, grays, blues and brass tones – all of which are popular colors in modern kitchens and other localized entertaining areas such as in-home refreshment areas or bars.

Dark drama

Often overlooked as more of an “accent” color, black has become livable, luxe and inviting with textured woods adding rustic, homey charm. For example, Wellborn Cabinet offers

a decorative laminate veneer option in matte black. Edgy but classic, black cabinets can pair perfectly with nearly any design element still in its natural wooden state to create a distinct style that is all your own.

Multi-tones and unexpected pops of color

While all-white palettes have long reigned supreme in the kitchen for their timelessness and versatility, straying from neutral tones can add an energetic and welcoming feel to nearly any space. Smaller kitchens that once had an all-white look are getting a facelift by adding a burst of bright, bold color on either the upper or base cabinets. Adding colorful retro appliances or using the island as a canvas for an energetic and welcoming pop of color can also make a similar statement and help create a space unique to your style and personality. Many homeowners are even pairing two or more complementary colors to create two- and three-toned looks. For example, lighter gray, shale or blue can be used for the upper cabinets with darker shades used below for the base cabinetry, or a neutral hue can be used on the uppers with a contrast color on the bottom. In three-toned kitchens, an additional color or material is introduced to create asymmetry in the palette to help define zones or functions and keep the eye moving. Find more on-trend kitchen inspiration and color options at

Understated, clean hues and calming neutrals to soft greens and midtone colors invite the best of the outdoors inside. Blue Spruce green, for example, resembles a richly treed mountainside. (Ace Hardware)

Paint trends for a calming home (Family Features) When it comes to home design, color can change everything. From understated, clean hues and calming neutrals to soft greens and mid-tone colors with artistic qualities, a whole new style is just brush strokes away. With the right color palette, you can transform your space to highlight contemporary trends while creating your desired ambiance. These curated Clark+Kensington color palettes, showcasing on-trend looks for 2021, are heavily inspired by nature and natural mate-

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Pandemic related housing trends are here to stay


ome trends come and go, but social distancing and staying at home have ushered in a new way of life – and some of those changes have spurred home trends that are likely to stick around well past the COVID-19 era. People are changing their ideas about what is necessary in the home because they are spending much more time there. This means a lot of people have started to evaluate how they live in their home and what matters most to them when buying. Quarantine has caused more than a few people to pack up their lives and head out of crowded cities in search of more room to breathe. In fact, as people buy homes in the suburbs, housing inventories in those areas are dwindling faster than in urban areas. “People are not wanting to be in a city where it feels too crowded right now,” says our Scripps Ranch 24/7 Real Estate Team. “They are leaving cities in favor of homes with more space, a backyard or some type of view.” Many people are so adamant about this that they are purchasing site-unseen. Also, with more companies allowing their workforce to work from home, many people are no longer tied to a specific city for employment. Most housing experts agree that this trend of increasing preferences for suburban homes will continue. Outdoor space is at a premium and it’s of little surprise that homebound owners – or would-be owners – are focusing more on backyard spaces. Some buyers are even willing to settle on a smaller house or a house in a less desirable area in order to have a large backyard where they can spend more time in the open air. Homes where these spaces have not yet been converted or upgraded are also highly desirable. Many people love the idea of moving in and customizing their outdoor space to their particular taste. Landscapers and contractors are busier than ever with home improvement projects inside and out. If you need a great referral, your 24/7 Real Estate Team works with great contractors every day!

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life, the calming neutrals and soft greens that make up this refreshing and cleansing palette may be just what you’re seeking. The muted tone of Fair Isle is a soft neutral that pairs well with a wide range of colors, such as Blue Spruce green that resembles a richly treed mountainside. Swiss Coffee and Natural White offer neutral options that lend a surprising sense of coziness while Smokey Taupe and Playas de Cancun provide alternatives to bring bolder, but still soothing, color to your space.

Understated impact

If minimalism and clean lines reflect your desire to simplify your surroundings, you’ll likely be drawn to a “less is more” approach to design. This uncluttered sensibility allows you to focus on key elements of a room that are impactful yet edited. To achieve this look, build your palette around slate-like hues of gray and blue, such as Gothic Iron or a cooler take on slate with Magic Fountain. Options like Silent White and Abstract Gray lend neutral warmth while an earthy burgundy like Red Tulip or the deep, not-quite-black tones of Midnight Stroll are ideal for creating a focal point.

Creative Escape

This palette of mid-tone colors with artistic qualities may be best suited for someone who embraces traditional crafting techniques and delights in working with his or her hands. Striking slate blue Midnight Oil is reminiscent of waves crashing in the dark of night while Subtle Gray offers a softer take on the slatelike tones. As the name suggests, Fiddlehead Fern brings lush vegetation to mind while Act Naturally and Caramel Apple deliver pops of color consistent with streaks of an

On-trend looks for 2021 are heavily inspired by nature and natural materials as well as earthy burgundy and slate-like tones. (Ace Hardware)

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