Stories

John’s Sweetfire BBQ: How sweet it is!

John Morence has won awards for his John’s Sweetfire BBQ fare. (courtesy of John’s Sweetfire BBQ) John’s Sweetfire BBQ: How sweet it is! By Terry L. Wilson There is something new in the air at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market. It’s the sweet scent of fresh barbecue. Just follow your ...
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From setbacks to setting the stage

DeNae Steele and Charlie Riendeau star in the Scripps Ranch Theatre production of “Heisenberg.” (photo by Rich Soublet) From setbacks to setting the stage By Ashley Shah Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) has rescheduled the opening for its production of “Heisenberg” to this Friday, Jan. 28, with two more performances on ...
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FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: David Brooks

University of Wyoming cheerleaders attempt to keep out of the rain as they watch time expire during the 2016 Poinsettia Bowl against BYU. (photo by David Brooks) FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: David Brooks By John Gregory David Brooks is a naturally talented photojournalist. Incredibly, he didn’t pursue his passion for photography until ...
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GRACEFUL PERFORMANCE

(photo by Lisa Shadburn) GRACEFUL PERFORMANCE Dancers from Lynch Dance Institute in Poway performed “Mixed Nuts,” a modern take on the Nutcracker, which took place on December 11 and 12 at the Joan Kroc Theatre. The production featured students ages 4-18 performing traditional ballet as well as a variety of other ...
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Conducting the orchestra is indescribable experience

The Poway Symphony Orchestra is back, and the next concert will be March 20. (courtesy of Poway Symphony Orchestra) Conducting the orchestra is indescribable experience By Terry L. Wilson With a wave of his hand, John LoPiccolo has the unique ability to energize an auditorium, filling the once silent space ...
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Beginning to look like Christmas

While surprisingly few structures along Mira Mesa Boulevard are decorated with lighted outdoor displays for the holiday season, The Gathering at Grace Chapel is a beacon with its rooftop display telling the story of Christmas simply with several strings of colored lights. (photo by John Gregory) Beginning to look like ...
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2021 PHOTO SHOWCASE

Tatiana Weston-Web, the second ranked female surfer in the world, competed at the Nissan Super Girl Surf Pro Tournament in Oceanside. (photo by Harvey Rogoff) 2021 PHOTO SHOWCASE These colorful photos are the selected photos from among those submitted by readers for the 2021 San Diego Words & Pictures Photo Showcase ...
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DARE TO BE SQUARE

The Wranglers Square Dance Club holds weekly classes in Rancho Bernardo and has a monthly “hoedown.” (courtesy of Wranglers Square Dance Club) DARE TO BE SQUARE By Terry L. Wilson Long before the Lindy, Charleston, Jitterbug, Bunny Hop, the Twist, and the Mashed Potato, square dancing was the cat’s meow, ...
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SEEN IN SAN DIEGO

A participant wearing a gold costume strolls along the route during the La Jolla Christmas Parade & Holiday Festival on Dec. 5. (Photo by Moses Mabini) SEEN IN SAN DIEGO HOLIDAYS ARE BACKA group of equestrians showcase their graceful steeds during the La Jolla Christmas Parade held Dec 5 in La ...
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Valerie Brown: 77th District ‘Woman of the Year’

Assemblymember Brian Maienschein presents Valerie Brown with a framed proclamation stating that she is the 77th State Assembly District’s 2021 Woman of the Year. (courtesy photo) Valerie Brown: 77th District ‘Woman of the Year’ Assemblymember Brian Maienschein honored Valerie Brown as the 77th State Assembly District’s 2021 Woman of the ...
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Easy-peasy charcuterie delight

Christmas tree charcuterie board: Tomato medley, celery sticks, baby carrots, cucumber slices, sugar snap peas, yellow pepper, cheese variety slices (manchego, goat and iberico), and rosemary sprigs for garnish. (photo by Sonia Cervantes) Easy-peasy charcuterie delight  By Sonia Cervantes  It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Festivities and seasonal ...
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Sports photo review

EPIC JAM: A player from Cathedral Catholic High dunks against San Ysidro during the San Diego Tip Off Challenge high school tournament at Montgomery High on Nov. 20. (photo by Justin Fine) Sports photo review JUMP BALL: A player on the Poway High girls basketball team prepares to tap a ...
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San Diego Sockers begin defense of MASL title

(photo courtesy of Eddie Trujillo) San Diego Sockers begin defense of MASL title  By Hector Trujillo The defending Major Arena Soccer League (MASL) champion San Diego Sockers have officially begun their journey toward a 16th Ron Newman Cup and will play their first home game of the 2021-2022 regular season ...
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A pop-up tree stand: Make your Christmas green

Mr. Jingles Christmas Trees employee Mike Thomas removes the twine from a tree that was just sold. (photo by David Barak) A pop-up tree stand: Make your Christmas green By David Barak The modern concept of temporary pop-up stores has been around for a couple of decades, but one of ...
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Scripps Ranch resident creates chocolate delights

(courtesy of Iris Delights) Scripps Ranch resident creates chocolate delights By Kaila Mellos Iris Meyers, a Scripps Ranch resident of 11 years, has started a new venture with the creation of her chocolate business, Iris Delights. Before starting this business, however, Meyers had done many other things that led her ...
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Time for fun on the ice again

The San Diego Ice Arena hosts the San Diego Oilers, a hockey travel team. (courtesy of San Diego Ice Arena) Time for fun on the ice again By Terry L. Wilson Since 1975, The San Diego Ice Arena (SDIA) in Mira Mesa has been offering ice skaters of all sizes ...
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SR Farmer’s Market: Try Luna’s LUNpias

Churons are a banana lumpia rolled in cinnamon sugar. (courtesy photo) SR Farmer’s Market: Try Luna’s LUNpias By Terry L. Wilson The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market offers tasty treats from around the globe, and Luna and Rex Mortenson are among the market’s newest vendors, offering delicious delights from the Philippines ...
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The YMCA Krause Family Skate and Bike Park

The YMCA Krause Family Skate and Bike Park By Colleen McNatt A poster listing the do’s and don’ts of participating in this legendary space for action sports on wheels greets visitors entering the YMCA Krause Family Skate and Bike Park in Clairemont. One rule in particular is cryptic: No Snaking ...
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Laugh and learn with Richard Lederer

“A Treasury of Christmas Humor” by Richard Lederer Laugh and learn with Richard Lederer Language columnist Richard Lederer will make an appearance at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center on Saturday, Dec. 4, at 11 a.m. for holiday fun. Lederer will regale the audience with poems, puns and little known ...
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FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Sandy Huffaker

A rainbow is visible along the San Gorgonio Wind Park near Palm Springs in 2008. (photo by Sandy Huffaker) FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Sandy Huffaker By John Gregory Sandy Huffaker is a photojournalist in the classic sense. He thrives on being in the midst of the action. Every shot he takes tells ...
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Scripps Ranch Theatre is back

(Clockwise from top left) SRT 2022 directors Claire Simba, CharlesPeters, Marti Gobel and Phil Johnson Scripps Ranch Theatre is back Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) announced its reopening and will present a Welcome Back Celebration featuring musical and theatrical performances by some of its favorite performers on Dec. 4, 7:30 p.m ...
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