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Center founder reaches milestone

Kathryn Holt, founder of Poway Adult Day Health Care Center (courtesy photo) Center founder reaches milestone By Jill Alexander Twenty years ago, crooner Frank Sinatra died, “Titanic” won 11 Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards and Scripps Ranch resident Kathy Holt founded Poway Adult Day Health Care Center in 2002 ...
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MCAS Air Show thrills crowds

(photo by Justin Fine) MCAS Air Show thrills crowds The Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Air Show returned for 2022 after absences due to the COVID pandemic. Thousands of spectators flocked to MCAS to view the spectacular flight demonstrations as well as the static displays of aircraft and military equipment ...
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Sugar Pie’s offers the sweet taste of success 

Tami Vega  Sugar Pie’s offers the sweet taste of success By Jill Alexander With a nickname like Sugar Pie, it’s easy to see why Tami Vega became a baker and a pastry chef. “My dad used to call me Sugar Pie and that’s how I got my name. I also ...
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‘The Outsider’ injects laughter into politics 

‘The Outsider’ injects laughter into politics  By Ashley Shah Scripps Ranch Theatre opened its 43rd season this month with a production of “The Outsider,” directed by Christopher Williams.  The play is a political satire. “It’s about how we, as a public, choose our elected leaders, and how the absurdities have ...
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Fast & Convenient: Order ahead, pick up and go at Addy’s Bistro

Order ahead from Addy’s Bistro (addys.com), then park in one of three 5-minute to-go spots. A friendly staff member will bring a fresh meal to your vehicle for quick pick-up. Fast & Convenient: Order ahead, pick up and go at Addy’s Bistro icious food without the hassle? Addy’s Bistro is ...
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Eric Sage’s Ultimate Rock Show will rock the park

Eric Sage’s Ultimate Rock Show hits the stage for the Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park live concert series on Sept. 11 at Hoyt Park; hosted by Fitness Quest 10. (photo courtesy of Eric Sage) Eric Sage’s Ultimate Rock Show will rock the park By Terry L. Wilson Another exciting ...
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Addy’s Bistro launches an exciting weekend brunch!

Addy’s Bistro launches an exciting weekend brunch! Addy’s Bistro is excited to announce they are adding Saturday and Sunday brunch. The new brunch menu will be unveiled and available on Sept. 3 just in time for fall, and will be available every weekend from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Introducing ...
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Marni describes City Council experiences

District 5 San Diego City Councilmember Marni von Wilpert participates in the 2022 Scripps Ranch Fourth of July Parade. (photo by Lisa Shadburn) Marni describes City Council experiences By Jill Alexander Sometimes, things you did when you were younger often come back around when you’re older. For example, having served ...
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Tips to raise your children to be kind and caring

Children can develop a sense of empathy, which can help them have positive interactionswith others anywhere. (Family Features) Tips to raise your children to be kind and caring (Family Features) At some point, many parents will likely find themselves encouraging their children to “be kind” or “be friendly.” While they ...
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Farmer’s Market: Fudge from the garden

Debbie Halverson’s Chateau Jardin booth at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market offers “Fruit Fusion” fudge made with fresh ingredients from her garden. (courtesy of Debbie Halverson) Farmer’s Market: Fudge from the garden By Terry L. Wilson  Debbie Halverson has a very sweet pseudonym: “The Fudge Lady.” As her nickname indicates, ...
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Focus on building new social skills 

Building these social skills now can help your children start the school year ready to learn and grow. (KinderCare) Focus on building new social skills (Family Features) When thinking about back-to-school season, most people naturally think of academics. However, it’s just as important to focus on social and emotional skills ...
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Ways to support teachers this fall

Here are a handful of ideas about how parents can support teachers who go above and beyond the call of duty this school year. (Getty Images) Ways to support teachers this fall (Family Features) Throughout the pandemic, teachers have gone above and beyond for their students, becoming not just educators, ...
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Connect with the teacher

When parents and teachers connect, they can create a stronger support system. (KinderCare) Connect with the teacher (Family Features) A new school year can feel like uncharted territory for children, parents and teachers alike as they learn new things and meet unfamiliar faces. Building a relationship with your child’s teacher ...
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Sail away with yacht rock in Hoyt Park  

High Tide Society will perform Aug. 14 at Hoyt Park in the Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park concert series. (photo courtesy of High Tide Society) Sail away with yacht rock in Hoyt Park   By Terry L. Wilson  Scripps Ranch resident John Perkins is the drummer and creator of ...
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Local physician serves Wave Futbol club

Brian Kurose is the team doctor for the San Diego Wave Futbol Club. Local physician serves Wave Futbol club By Ashley Shah Brian Kurose, a resident of Scripps Ranch, is the team physician for the San Diego Wave Futbol Club, San Diego’s first women’s soccer team for the National Women’s ...
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Challenger program hits a homerun

Challenger League coach John Aguilar with his son, Jake. (courtesy photo)  Challenger program hits a homerun By Terry L. Wilson Scripps Ranch resident John Aguilar works for the San Diego Unified School District as principal at Normal Heights Elementary School. In addition, he coaches a Little League baseball team consisting ...
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Talented local gymnast captures national title

Chloe LaCoursiere performs a routine. (courtesy photo) Talented local gymnast captures national title By Ashley Shah Chloe LaCoursiere performs her floor routine. (courtesy photo) Scripps Ranch resident Chloe LaCoursiere, 17, won the title of 2022 National All Around Champion in her age bracket at the Developmental Program National Championship for ...
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Giant caramel apples are a big hit!

Concha’s Carmel Corn offers sweet candy apples and caramel corn at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market. (courtesy photo) Giant caramel apples are a big hit! By Terry L. Wilson Willy Wonka has nothing on Raul Concha. Chocolate and confectionery are part of his DNA. He has a tasty treat for ...
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Pride Council created in SR

The rainbow colored Pride fence at the northern end of Scripps Trail. (photo by John Gregory) Pride Council created in SR By Nick Ng The vandalism of the rainbow-colored Pride fence in Scripps Ranch at the northern end of Scripps Trail spurred two local residents to spread their message louder ...
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Meet Sylvia Borgo: Independent Educational Consultant

Sylvia Borgo Meet Sylvia Borgo: Independent Educational Consultant Students may be on summer vacation, but Sylvia Borgo is gearing up for a busy summer. Sylvia, a 20-year Scripps Ranch resident, and owner of DJ Educational Consulting, works with students and families on the college search and application process. “I think ...
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Shabu Works unveils new artwork

The new mural recently unveiled at Shabu Works was created by Taro Waggoner. (courtesy image) Shabu Works unveils new artwork Scripps Ranch’s Shabu Works, 9841 Mira Mesa Blvd., unveiled a brand-new mural on May 31 to close out Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. The eatery is owned ...
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Rebecca Jade and the Soultones

Rebecca Jade and the Soultones will perform live on July 10 in Hoyt Park as part of the Symphony In The Park concert series. (courtesy photo) Rebecca Jade and the Soultones By Terry L. Wilson Rebecca Jade and the Soultones, will take center stage in Hoyt Park on July 10 ...
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Novocaine: the opposite of numbing the senses

Novocaine will open for the July 10 Symphony in the Park concert at Hoyt Park. (courtesy photo) Novocaine: the opposite of numbing the senses By Terry L Wilson The opening act for the July Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park concert is Novocaine, the band consisting of all dentists, including ...
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Addy’s Bistro: A secret that needs to be discovered

Addy’s Bistro, 13771 Danielson St., offers delicious, comforting food and treats in a cozy, warm setting very near Scripps Ranch. Addy’s Bistro: A secret that needs to be discovered Addy’s Bistro is one of the best kept local secrets clearly needing to be discovered! It’s conveniently located at 13771 Danielson ...
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Dream comes true for young shoe designer 

Ben Gass displays a shoe design. (photo courtesy of Ben Gass) Dream comes true for young shoe designer  By Kaila Mellos Ben Gass, a 19-year-old Scripps Ranch resident, had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity he had worked for since he was little. Gass, who attends the University of Oregon, received a newsletter ...
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Volunteers repaint vandalized fence

This brightly painted fence was recently vandalized, but volunteers repainted it. (photo by John Gregory) Volunteers repaint vandalized fence By John Gregory A colorful fence sitting on private property along Scripps Trail near the intersection with Semillon Boulevard was vandalized last week. The fence is not very long, and a ...
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Run & Ride is back, live and in-person

Run & Ride is back, live and in-person By John Gregory Participants in the Scripps Ranch Old Pros 4th of July Run & Ride will once again spill into local streets early on Independence Day as one of the most popular community spectacles returns in full force following two years ...
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Farmer’s Market: Sapos Tacos – braised beef treat

The menu from Sapos Tacos features beef that is slow-stewed in a pot with the freshest ingredients. (courtesy of Sapos Tacos) Farmer’s Market: Sapos Tacos – braised beef treat By Terry L. Wilson Saul Lopez, chef of Sapos Tacos, has won culinary competitions across the country with his unique blend ...
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Pair gains silver for Team USA 

Sydney Dorais (left) and Molly Fox (photo courtesy of Bill Ausen) Pair gains silver for Team USA   By Bill Ausen In a true American story of perseverance and victory, Scripps Ranch resident Sydney Dorais and teammate Molly Fox, members of the USA Gymnastics National Team, took silver at the International ...
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District 6 candidates state their positions

District 6 candidates state their positions Scripps Ranch residents whose homes are within the new District 6 San Diego City Council boundaries will have the opportunity to vote for a new representative in the upcoming June 7 Primary Election. Some local voters are now in District 6 because new boundaries ...
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Aaliyah CAN FLY!

Aaliyah McCormick is the number one hurdler in the state. (photo by Jim Wick) Aaliyah CAN FLY! By Hector Trujillo All great athletes have a calling early on to do what they were meant to do. This could not be more evident than in the case of Scripps Ranch High School ...
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Run & Ride 

The Scripps Ranch Old Pros July 4th Run & Ride returns this year with streets full of participants and a celebration in Hoyt Park. (photo by John Gregory) Run & Ride  By John Gregory The Scripps Ranch Old Pros July 4th Run & Ride, a Scripps Ranch tradition, will return ...
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Farmer’s Market: healing stones

Linda Gonzales travels the country gathering stones to make custom crystal and gemstone jewelry. (courtesy of K2 Wellness Gems and Crystals) Farmer’s Market: healing stones By Terry L. Wilson Scripps Ranch resident Linda Gonzales brings the healing power of precious stones to her K2 Wellness Gems and Crystals booth each ...
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‘New’ Farmer’s Market & Family Festival celebrates its first year 

Mike Cassity (left), Farmer’s Market Manager Beverly Cassity and Assistant Manager Tim Mapes. (photo by John Gregory) ‘New’ Farmer’s Market & Family Festival celebrates its first year  By John Gregory The “New” Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market & Family Festival will celebrate its one year anniversary on June 16 with special ...
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The Heroes take center stage on June 12

The Heroes will open the 2022 Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park summer season with a concert on June 12 in Hoyt Park. (courtesy of The Heroes) The Heroes take center stage on June 12 By Terry L. Wilson Scripps Ranch resident Tommy Boyd and The Heroes band are amped ...
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Me Kolme Trio concert set for May 8

The Me Kolme Trio will perform a free concert May 8, 2:30 p.m. in the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center. (courtesy photo) Me Kolme Trio concert set for May 8 The “Pleasure of Your Company” music series, sponsored by Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library, welcomes the Me Kolme Trio ...
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A place to eat, meet and greet

Kristin Schwartz is an avid shopper at the weekly Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market, always bringing sons Liam and Declan. (courtesy of Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market) A place to eat, meet and greet By Terry L. Wilson The Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market is much more than a one-stop-shopping collection of vendors ...
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Josh Rosenberg named Teacher of the Year

Josh Rosenberg (courtesy photo) Josh Rosenberg named Teacher of the Year By Ashley Shah Josh Rosenberg, biology and advanced biology teacher at Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS), was named High School Teacher of the Year for the San Diego Unified School District. “[Josh] was chosen by a committee of district ...
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READY TO ROCK AGAIN

The Heroes will start the 2022 Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park concert series on June 12. (photo by Ralph LoVuolo) READY TO ROCK AGAIN By Terry L. Wilson The Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park concert series is coming to life after being dormant for more than two years ...
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‘Taming’ the nation with an interesting twist

Director Marti Gobel (courtesy photo) ‘Taming’ the nation with an interesting twist By Ashley Shah “The Taming,” written by Lauren Gunderson, inspired by Shakespeare’s “The Taming of the Shrew,” will be the second to last performance for Scripps Ranch Theatre this season. It will run from April 15 to May ...
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Local Irish dancer will compete in Belfast

Maggie Gergurich is headed to the 2022 World Irish Dance Championships in Belfast, Ireland. (photo by Wendy O’Dwyer) Local Irish dancer will compete in Belfast By Nick Ng A Scripps Ranch dancer will be flying to Belfast, Northern Ireland, to compete in the solo competitions in the 2022 World Irish ...
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Big Band music is alive and swinging

The Moonlight Serenade Orchestra performs in the summer Twilight In The Park concert series at Spreckels Organ Pavilion in Balboa Park. (courtesy of Moonlight Serenade Orchestra) Big Band music is alive and swinging By Terry L. Wilson The era of big bands provided the soundtrack for “The Greatest Generation.” Bandleaders ...
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A cut above: Sam Zubatiy competes in fencing at the national level

Sam Zubatiy (courtesy photo)  A cut above: Sam Zubatiy competes in fencing at the national level By Terry L. Wilson Scripps Ranch High School junior Sam Zubatiy hopes to be an Olympic medalist in the sport of fencing someday. With saber and foil in hand, he is off to a ...
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Yanni’s celebrates 20 years of excellent cuisine

Yanni and Denise Pihas in one of their restaurant’s patio areas. (photo by David Barak) Yanni’s celebrates 20 years of excellent cuisine By David Barak Yanni Pihas and his wife Denise, two long-time San Diego area restaurateurs, have succeeded in a sometimes difficult industry for three reasons: good food, dedicated ...
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Traditional food from scratch

Arepas from the Arepex Grill booth – both the vegetarian and meat options – are filled with shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, and hunks of fresh avocado. (Facebook) Traditional food from scratch By Terry L. Wilson A visit to the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market is akin to treating yourself to ...
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Pageant builds confidence; helps with college

Miss San Diego Pageant and Scholarship Association participants in 2020. (photo by Christi Ransom Photography) Pageant builds confidence; helps with college By Kaila Mellos Four young women from Scripps Ranch competed in the 2022 Miss San Diego Pageant and Scholarship Association on March 27 at the Young Actors Theatre in ...
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Talented artist finds success in comics

Alex “Ben” Sinclair in his office with just a few of the many comic book titles he has worked on (photo by David Barak) Talented artist finds success in comics By David Barak Scripps Ranch resident Alex “Ben” Sinclair originally planned to be a painter, seeing his works displayed in ...
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More than 1,000 points

Amanda Kramer soars during action against Academy of Our Lady of Peace in a 50-46 Scripps Ranch High victory on Jan. 14. Kramer reached the 1,000 point mark in her high school career during this game. (photo by Jim Wick) More than 1,000 points By Hector Trujillo There were several ...
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ROCKETEERS! The sky’s the limit

Rocketeers from Together We Shine Horizons assemble a rocket in preparation for a test launch. (courtesy of Soontorn Banchongsirichareon)  ROCKETEERS! The sky’s the limit By Nick Ng NASA and SpaceX aren’t the only groups that are launching rockets. Scripps Ranch High’s (SRHS) Together We Shine Horizons, a nonprofit group that ...
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Sabrina Sterling: a rising musical artist

Sabrina Sterling is a 16 year old singer who released the music video “Ride or Die,” which was filmed in one day in Scripps Ranch. (photo by Patricia Kikuchi/ Pskikuchi Photography) Sabrina Sterling: a rising musical artist By Nick Ng Sabrina Sterling was “internally screaming” when her single “Landslide” played ...
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A show-stopping strawberry snack

(courtesy of Culinary.net) A show-stopping strawberry snack (Culinary.net) When you are craving something sweet, sometimes you just can’t get it out of your mind until you have just one bite. You need something small, delicious and something that will ease your cravings. This recipe for Chocolate Coated Strawberry Treats is ...
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Valentine’s Day red velvet 

Why not share something sweet on Valentine’s Day? (Culinary.net) Valentine’s Day red velvet (Culinary.net) Valentine’s Day is the ultimate opportunity to try a different dessert meant for two. It’s hard to resist a perfectly blended, rose-red, luscious Red Velvet Mug Cake. It’s the perfect size, with just a handful of ...
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Five ways to slay Valentine’s Day 

Romance in 2022 can be dinners for two with flowers and jewelry, but it can also be celebrating the mystery and magic of an ordinary day with a custom ecard, dinner with gal pals, or spending time doing things you enjoy on our own. (copyright Morsa Images/iStockPhoto) Five ways to ...
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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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Sal Zizzo: No regrets after stellar career

San Diego native Sal Zizzo (courtesy of San Diego Loyal) Sal Zizzo: No regrets after stellar career By Hector Trujillo It was a bitter-sweet ending for 34-year-old San Diego native Sal Zizzo when San Diego Loyal played its final match of the season on Nov. 5 in San Antonio. His ...
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Poway OnStage December shows

Poway OnStage December shows Poway OnStage’s remaining shows in its 2021 season lineup feature “Dance to the Holidays!” with celebrity dance pros Anna Trebunskaya and Keo Motsepe from the ABC hit series “Dancing with the Stars,” together with finalists from such popular shows as “So You Think You Can Dance,” ...
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SEEN IN SAN DIEGO

SEEN IN SAN DIEGO COLORFUL PERFORMANCEMembers of the Poway High School Emerald Brigade Marching Band and Color Guard perform during halftime of a football game on Oct. 15. (photos by Justin Fine) LITTLE MERMAID Performers from the Metropolitan Educational Theatre Network (Met2) took the stage for a dress rehearsal of ...
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COLOR AND PAGEANTRY

(photo by John Gregory) COLOR AND PAGEANTRY An assortment of high school marching bands and color guards delivered music and pageantry to the Scripps Ranch High School campus during the Scripps Ranch Field Tournament on Oct. 30. Competing bands were Castle Park High, West Hills High, Grossmont High, Santana Royal ...
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‘Sapphire Sound’ invited to Rose Parade

The “Sapphire Sound” Marching Band and Color Guard perform. (photo by John Gregory) ‘Sapphire Sound’ invited to Rose Parade By John Gregory Tournament of Roses President Dr. Robert Miller visited Mira Mesa High School (MMHS) on Nov. 5 to formally invite the school’s “Sapphire Sound” Marching Band and Color Guard ...
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RIBBON CUTTING

(Photo courtesy of Poway Chamber of Commerce) RIBBON CUTTING Solas Rejuvenation + Wellness (Dalrada Health’s newly formed company) hosted a reception Nov. 4 to celebrate the soft opening of its new clinic. The Poway Chamber of Commerce provided a ribbon cutting ceremony. Attending from Dalrada Health was board member Harvey ...
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BIG PLAY CELEBRATION

(photo by Justin Fine) BIG PLAY CELEBRATION A pair of Titans celebrate a score as the Poway High School varsity football team defeated Westview High School 49-0 on Oct. 15 (above). Poway was the third seed in the 2021 CIF-SDS Football Division 2 Championships, but lost to Rancho Bernardo 17-14 ...
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ENJOYING AUTUMN

Nature was part of the scene as a honeybee on a sunflower found itself covered in pollen. (photo by Lisa Shadburn) ENJOYING AUTUMN Children enjoyed Halloween weekend at Oma’s Family Farm pumpkin patch in Lakeside. A child surfs down a small hill. (photo by Lisa Shadburn) Kids had a blast ...
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Veterans Day in Poway

(photo by John Gregory) Veterans Day in Poway Poway VFW Post 7907 and the Poway Veterans Park Committee produced  a Veterans Day ceremony on Nov. 11 at Veterans Park to honor the men and women who served in the United States military. The solemn ceremony recognized several veterans from Poway ...
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A ‘healthy-ish’ Thanksgiving

Baked pears stuffed with oats, walnuts and cranberries, drizzled with maple syrup and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg (by Sonia Cervantes) A ‘healthy-ish’ Thanksgiving By Sonia Cervantes Thanksgiving is about family gatherings, friends and giving thanks for the wonderful things in our lives. It is also about enjoying delicious ...
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Enter the W&P Photo Showcase

Enter the W&P Photo Showcase Do you have a colorful or exciting photo you took in San Diego County this year? Now is your chance to show it off in the 2021 San Diego Words & Pictures Photo Showcase. Submitted photos will be published in the special December Holiday Issue ...
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Former Navy pilot shares experiences

Paul Honeycutt sits atop an F-14 fighter during his time as a naval aviator. (courtesy of Paul Honeycutt) Former Navy pilot shares experiences By Terry L. Wilson “I had a need for speed,” said retired U.S. naval aviator Commander Paul Honeycutt, borrowing the famous line from the movie “Top Gun,” ...
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A ‘celestial dining experience’

Café Luna’s European décor in the outdoor side patio transports you to Italy as you sip on a glass of wine from the exclusive boutique wine collection. (courtesy of Café Luna) A ‘celestial dining experience’ By Sonia Cervantes Have you ever put off trying a restaurant that someone has suggested? ...
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Naya Swimwear: sustainable suits for all shapes

The Naya Swimwear line includes different types of tops and bottoms as well as one-pieces from small to double X. (courtesy of Naya Swimwear) Naya Swimwear: sustainable suits for all shapes By Kaila Mellos Netta Ziv, a San Diego local, has been running her own sustainably sourced swimwear line – ...
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Cutler thrives as player-coach for 1904 FC

Dallin Cutler executes a free kick during his team’s come from behind win against the Michigan Stars in the second game of the season. (photo courtesy of San Diego 1904 FC)  Cutler thrives as player-coach for 1904 FC By Hector Trujillo There have been many who have had a successful ...
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FALL BALL

(photo by Lisa Shadburn) FALL BALL Softball programs throughout San Diego have joined together for an eight-week fall season that includes more than a dozen softball leagues including Poway, La Costa, Scripps Ranch, Vista, Escondido, Carlsbad, Oceanside, 4S Ranch, Rancho Penasquitos, San Marcos, Fallbrook, Rancho Bernardo and Ramona. Early season ...
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PowPAC survives COVID and roars back

The cast of PowPAC’s “Murder on the Nile,” which ran this past summer, poses for a photo. It was the theatre company’s first live, in-person production after the COVID-19 shutdown. (photo by Steve Murdock) PowPAC survives COVID and roars back By Ashley Shah (Poway) The Poway Performing Arts Company (PowPAC) ...
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Farmer’s Market: Enjoy a hearty favorite

Aunty Devi’s Meat Pies selection includes mince, steak, jalapeno and cheese, lamb and rosemary, and spicy chicken curry pie, in addition to vegetarian options. (courtesy of Aunty Devi’s) Farmer’s Market: Enjoy a hearty favorite By Terry L. Wilson Meat pie has been called an Australian version of the American burger, ...
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Collins Family Jewelers celebrates its 43rd anniversary

 Bill and Cynthia Collins of Collins Family Jewelers. (courtesy photo) Collins Family Jewelers celebrates its 43rd anniversary By Colleen McNatt On a recent Friday morning, the employees of Collins Family Jewelers convened in-person for their first staff meeting since the COVID-19 shutdown in 2020. There was much to talk about ...
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Mira Mesa Lanes provides a relaxing bowling sanctuary

Mira Mesa Lanes provides a relaxing bowling sanctuary By Colleen McNatt (Mira Mesa) In bowling, there are certain etiquette and rules to abide by when attempting to play this centuries-old sport. So it is at Mira Mesa Lanes, 8210 Mira Mesa Blvd. – one of the few remaining bowling alleys ...
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A new ‘smart fitness studio’ is now open

Tracey Ashcraft, a native San Diegan, has opened an Exercise Coach location at 9820 Willow Creek Road, suite 103. (photo courtesy of Tracey Ashcraft) A new ‘smart fitness studio’ is now open (Scripps Ranch) Known as a “smart fitness studio” franchise due to its bio-adaptive, AI augmented exercise equipment providing ...
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Salon Bruce Stuart: expert stylist is back!

Master stylist Bruce Finkle, whose salon was once a fixture in Scripps Ranch, has openedSalon Bruce Stuart again to offer high quality, personalized service to customers.  (Salon Bruce Stuart/Facebook) Salon Bruce Stuart: expert stylist is back! By Colleen McNatt Bruce Finkle doesn’t just cut hair. For 45 years, the master ...
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Enter the W&P Photo Showcase

Enter the W&P Photo Showcase Do you have a colorful or exciting photo you took in San Diego County this year? If so, now is your chance to show it off in the 2021 San Diego Words & Pictures Photo Showcase. Submitted photos will be published in the special December ...
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Flight of the monarchs

Flight of the monarchs San Diego’s warm climate provides a perfect habitat for monarch butterflies, even through the fall and winter months. Female monarch butterflies lay their eggs on milkweed plants. Monarch caterpillars rely on milkweed as their source of food.   (Photos by Lisa Shadburn) ...
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LIMEFEST

The enthusiastic members of Wolf Pack include Christian Pruetting along with William, Tyler and Ava Bandel. (photo by John Gregory) LIMEFEST (Poway) Electric Lime Records held Limefest, a two-hour showcase of young musical performers, on Oct. 16 on an outdoor stage at Mainstream Bar & Grill, 13385 Poway Road. Eighteen ...
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Trick-or-treat tips for a healthy, happy Halloween

Sonia Cervantes displays a Halloween skeleton tray for kids made with an assortment of veggies, along with a selection of fun decorated gourds. (photo by Sonia Cervantes) Trick-or-treat tips for a healthy, happy Halloween By Sonia Cervantes It’s that time of the year again when we get to enjoy creative ...
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Seen in San Diego

Seen in San Diego NATURE MANDALAChildren celebrate the end of summer by getting creative with nature mandalas at Moonlight State Beach in Encinitas. A nature mandala is a form of art using abstract, circular patterns created to show an appreciation of nature. (Photo by Lisa Shadburn) BELMONT PARK FUNChildren and ...
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Mira Mesa High School Football

Mira Mesa upsets SRHS in big game

(photo by Justin Fine) Mira Mesa upsets SRHS in big game The Mira Mesa High School Marauders varsity football team pulled off a 38-35 victory against Scripps Ranch High School on Oct. 22 in Scripps Ranch. The two archrivals battled back and forth in this exciting contest. Finally, a late-game ...
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FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Mike Kacmarcik

A cup of water is spilled in an attempted exchange during a running of the Encinitas Half Marathon. (photo by Mike Kacmarcik) FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Mike Kacmarcik By Ashley Shah Starting with his interest in photography at a young age when he played with his grandmother’s Kodak Instamatic, Michael Kacmarcik has ...
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Sandy Campbell

Local resident performs for SD Rep

Sandy Campbell (courtesy of Sandy Campbell) Local resident performs for SD Rep By Ashley Shah Scripps Ranch resident Sandy Campbell will be performing in the San Diego Repertory Theatre’s upcoming production of “Mother Road.” “Mother Road,” written by playwright Octavio Solis, is inspired by John Steinbeck’s novel “The Grapes of ...
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Pure Water Program

Preliminary Pure Water Program work begins 

This rendering shows the route of the North City Pure water pipeline. (courtesy of Pure Water Program) Preliminary Pure Water Program work begins By Ashley Shah The Pure Water Program, a $1.5 billion project, is transforming the city of San Diego’s use of water. The project has two phases. The ...
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Yes, olives are fruits

The Imperial California Olive Mill offers an assortment of products to customers at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market each week. (courtesy of Imperial California Olive Mill) Yes, olives are fruits By Terry L. Wilson The Imperial California Olive Mill brings a Mediterranean staple to Scripps Ranch. For more than 8,000 ...
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The Hub at Scripps Ranch

The Hub is 50% complete

When complete, The Hub at Scripps Ranch will feature 260 luxury apartments, first-class amenities, restaurants and retailers. Apartment leasing starts in September. The Hub is 50% complete Sudberry Properties announced The Hub at Scripps Ranch is more than 50 percent complete as of Aug. 23. Sudberry Properties has completed framing ...
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Fitness Quest 10 hosts 50+ competition

Fitness Quest 10 hosts 50+ Fitness Competition

Fitness Quest 10 in Scripps Ranch hosted the 2019 Masters 50+ Fitness Competition (above) and hosted the 2021 version on Sept. 19. (courtesy of Fitness Quest 10) Fitness Quest 10 hosts 50+ Fitness Competition By Ashley Shah Fitness Quest 10 held the Master’s 50+ Fitness Competition in association with the ...
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Scripps Ranch Technology Park

SR Technology Park breaks ground

Preliminary work is underway at the site of the future Scripps Ranch Technology Park, situated between Scripps Ranch Boulevard and Hoyt Park Drive. (photo by John Gregory) SR Technology Park breaks ground By Colleen McNatt The site of Scripps Ranch Technology Park is now active with workers preparing the ground ...
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Poway Rotary Parade 2021

Spectators enjoy Poway Parade

Spectators enjoy Poway Parade A large, enthusiastic crowd of spectators lined Poway Road the morning of Sept. 11 to view the 56th annual Poway Rotary Parade. Parade viewers were very appreciative, applauding as each of the parade’s entrants passed along the route. The mood remained festive in spite of the ...
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SD Loyal continue with postseason aspirations

(photo by Courtney of @SanDiegoLoyal) SD Loyal continues with postseason aspirations By Hector Trujillo With its rookie season in the books, San Diego Loyal has turned its sophomore season in the USL Championship into quite an adventure with more twists and turns than a Spanish-language telenovela. The team, coached by ...
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Duo introduces arts to underprivileged kids

Ashlyn Hunter and Sharisa You Duo introduces arts to underprivileged kids By Kaila Mellos Two young Scripps Ranch locals have created a project that is helping bring the arts to those around the country who might not have the chance to experience them in schools traditionally. Sharisa You and Ashlyn ...
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Scripps Ranch author publishes her second book

Author Prasanna Madabushi Scripps Ranch author publishes her second book By Ashley Shah Scripps Ranch author Prasanna Madabushi published her second book, “War of the Three Kings,” on Aug. 5. “War of the Three Kings” is the second book in the Magadha Series, which is a trilogy. “I am really ...
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Three sisters gain careers helping others

Lauren Muecke (from left), Alexis Lopez and Meredith Muecke. (courtesy photo) Three sisters gain careers helping others By Ashley Shah Jackson and Chris Muecke are local residents who have lived in Scripps Ranch for 35 years. They raised children who are now grown: Alexis, Josh, Meredith and Lauren. Along the ...
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Author and columnist once lived in Scripps Ranch

Former Scripps Ranch resident Jennifer Bardsley is a newspaper columnist and book author. (photo courtesy of Jennifer Bardsley) Author and columnist once lived in Scripps Ranch By Kaila Mellos Jennifer Bardsley is a former resident of Scripps Ranch who now lives in Edmonds, Washington, where she is a columnist at ...
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SeaWorld is hiring actors for Howl-O-Scream

(courtesy photo) SeaWorld is hiring actors for Howl-O-Scream SeaWorld San Diego is holding auditions for scare actors for the upcoming Howl-O-Scream, San Diego’s newest Halloween nighttime event. Ideal applicants should possess the ability to portray creepy characters with outlandish costumes, make-up and props. Candidates will be asked to audition and ...
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XANDER CAPTURES A GOLD MEDAL!

XANDER CAPTURES A GOLD MEDAL! (photo by Ralph LoVuolo) Xander Schauffele, a former Scripps Ranch High School student athlete who played on the school’s golf team and now competes on the Professional Golfers’ Association (PGA) Tour, won a gold medal for golf in the 2021 Summer Olympic games in Tokyo ...
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FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Justin Fine

Arizona State Sun Devils wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk scores a touchdown during a game against the San Diego State Aztecs in 2018. (photo by Justin Fine) FEATURED PHOTOGRAPHER: Justin Fine By Ashley Shah Justin Fine, known for his sports photography, had an interest in photography at a young age. “My ...
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Seen in San Diego

Seen in San Diego A PARADE OF THEIR OWN While the Scripps Ranch Fourth of July Parade was wrapping up, these mallard ducklings followed their mother down a street just a few blocks away.  (photo by John Gregory)   HAPPY GRAD An exuberant graduate flashes a big smile as he takes part in ...
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Nutmeg Bakery Café

Nutmeg Bakery & Café offers a variety of pastries including zucchini muffins, chocolate brioche and cinnamon rolls. (courtesy of Nutmeg Bakery & Café) Nutmeg Bakery Café Taste of sweet and savory with a local twist By Sonia Cervantes I recently visited Nutmeg Bakery & Café, a family-owned artisan establishment offering ...
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Sockers look toward new arena

(photo courtesy of Eddie Trujillo) Sockers look toward new arena By Hector Trujillo An eventful 2021 continues for the 15-time champion San Diego Sockers as the team starts on a new adventure that will see them relocate to North County from their current location at Pechanga Arena starting in 2023 ...
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Sports in San Diego

Sports in San Diego USA TENNIS ACTION (photos by Justin Fine) A competitor stretches to return the ball during the opening round of the Southern California Open Sectional Championships July 7 conducted by the United States Tennis Association at the Barnes Tennis Center in Point Loma. (photo by Justin Fine) ...
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News in San Diego

News in San Diego BIG DRINK A San Diego County Sheriff’s helicopter rises after dipping its hose into Miramar Lake to grab water in order to fight a brush fire that broke out in northeastern Mira Mesa off Capcano Road just south of Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve on June 23 ...
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The journey of a comic book master

“The Great Gatsby” cover (courtesy of Clover Press) The journey of a comic book master By Colleen McNatt It’s fitting that Robbie Robbins’ life vocation is in comics. As a pre-teen around the age of 10 or 11, he remembered poring over the “Richie Rich” comic book series. While other ...
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A SECOND CHANCE

Amanda Abbott holds a pair of puppies she is fostering as a volunteer for California Labradors, Retrievers & More. (photo by Lila Abbott) A second chance for abandoned pups By Terry L. Wilson Abandoned canine moms and pups get a second chance at life with a little help from two ...
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Scripps Ranch Theatre survives the pandemic

Scripps Ranch Theatre will return with more productions during a new season in 2022. Seen above are actors performing in “The Heir Apparent” from the 2015-16 season. (courtesy of Scripps Ranch Theatre) Scripps Ranch Theatre survives the pandemic By Ashley Shah Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is in the process of ...
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Weston heads to the Olympics

Stephanie Weston travelled to Tokyo to work with Team USA during the Summer Olympic Games. (photo courtesy of Stephanie Weston). Weston heads to the Olympics By Ashley Shah Stephanie Weston, a local massage therapist who works at Fitness Quest 10 gym, is traveling with Team USA for the Summer Olympic ...
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Parade makes a glorious return!

Parade makes a glorious return! Despite a lengthy delay as spectators roasted in the summer sun, few complained as the 2021 Scripps Ranch Fourth of July Parade got underway following its cancellation last year due to the coronavirus pandemic. The crowd was extremely patient and in a highly festive mood ...
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SRHS alumna thrives in NWSL

Former Scripps Ranch High soccer player Samantha Staab now plays for the Washington Spirit of the National Women’s Soccer League. (courtesy of the Washington Spirit) SRHS alumna thrives in NWSL By Hector Trujillo San Diego is known as a sports town, and among the most popular sports is soccer. Many ...
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CHAMPIONS! SRHS girls lacrosse

(photo by Justin Fine) CHAMPIONS! SRHS girls lacrosse The Scripps Ranch High School girls varsity lacrosse team defeated highly ranked La Jolla High School 10-3 to capture the 2021 CIF San Diego Open Division Championship on June 5. The 2021 team is clearly at the top of the California girls ...
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Graduation car parade

(photo by Justin Fine) Graduation car parade Happy graduates from the Scripps Ranch High School class of 2021 celebrated as they participated in a car parade June 14 down Ironwood Road to Scripps Ranch Boulevard. Families and friends lined the route to cheer on their grads. Parent volunteers planned the ...
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Local graduates from Coast Guard Academy

President Joe Biden with Ensign Jake Danzer on U.S. Coast Guard Academy graduation day. (courtesy photo) Local graduates from Coast Guard Academy Ensign Jake Danzer, son of Jerry and Lisa Danzer of Scripps Ranch, graduated May 19 with high honors from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy with a Bachelor of ...
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Padres High School All-Star Night 2021

All-Star Game showcases top players

(photo by Justin Fine) All-Star Game showcases top players The San Diego Padres honored the top high school baseball players of 2021 in the CIF San Diego Section at the Padres High School All-Star Night on June 24 at Petco Park. The All-Star Game featured the CIF San Diego Section’s ...
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Bobcats and coyotes roam about

Bobcats and coyotes have been spotted around Scripps Ranch neighborhoods. Bobcats and coyotes roam about By Suha ChariSustainable Scripps Ranch In the past few weeks, our neighborhood has enjoyed a duck pair strutting about, getting into our yards and being quite at home here. We all think they’re cute. But ...
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Juvenile elephants move to San Diego Zoo

(courtesy of San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance) Juvenile elephants move to San Diego Zoo Two juvenile male African elephants, Tsandizkle (meaning “beloved”) and Inhlonipho (meaning “courteous”) have taken up residence at the San Diego Zoo’s Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey habitat. The males, who arrived from the Reid Park ...
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Pandemic inspired change for catering company

Emjaye Inspired offers private event catering, comfort food, takeout and delivery, an outdoor seating area for dining, online cooking courses and a stocked travel trailer rental. (courtesy of Emjaye Inspired) Pandemic inspired change for catering company By Ashley Shah Melissa Kasarda, founder of Emjaye Inspired, has been offering new and ...
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SD Festival of the Arts set Sept. 11-12

The San Diego Festival of the Arts will be held Sept. 11 and 12 at the San Diego Surf Club Soccer Park. (courtesy images) SD Festival of the Arts set Sept. 11-12 The San Diego Festival of the Arts is scheduled for Sept. 11 and 12. The region’s top-selling artist showcase ...
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Botanic Garden: Wild and Beautiful sculptures

“Cherub” by Warren Bakley (photo by Lisa Reynolds) Botanic Garden: Wild and Beautiful sculptures The San Diego Botanic Garden (SDBG), in partnership with Oceanside Museum of Art (OMA) Artist Alliance, presents the Wild and Beautiful sculpture exhibition. SDBG has developed a longstanding tradition of exhibiting sculptures within its lush 37-acre ...
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Birch Aquarium is completely open

(courtesy of Birch Aquarium) Birch Aquarium is completely open Birch Aquarium is open indoors and out. Guests are welcome back into the Hall of Fishes, as well as the museum side of the aquarium. Several of the experiences that were added to the aquarium while it was operating outdoors-only will ...
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Custom piñatas: Take a swing at COVID-19

Hazel Sharifi creates custom-made piñatas such as this COVID-19 design. (courtesy of Sarah Sharifi) Custom piñatas: Take a swing at COVID-19 By John Gregory Now that COVID-19 vaccines are widely available, the infection rate is slowing and the anticipation of gatherings becomes more common – some might want to consider ...
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PUPPY THERAPY Pets make lockdown bearable

Cabo is bringing lots of love, fun and happiness to the York family. (courtesy of Loryn York) PUPPY THERAPY Pets make lockdown bearable By Terry L. Wilson Some Scripps Ranch residents discovered the best way to beat the stress of the coronavirus lockdown was by adopting a new four-legged member ...
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Elliott balances work, home life

Mara Elliott Elliott balances work, home life By Bella Ross Maintaining a healthy work-life balance is no easy feat during the pandemic, especially when you’re the head lawyer for one of the largest cities in the nation. San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott is no stranger to Scripps Ranch, where ...
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Farmer’s Market a howling success!

A four-legged visitor appears to be thrilled as a youngster is allowed to pet the furry shopper on May 20, the first day of the New Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market. The market is pet friendly. (photo by John Gregory) Farmer's Market a howling success! It’s fair to say the first ...
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Perfect season: UNDEFEATED!

Scripps Ranch High School senior Ella Brislin (above) was recently named USA Lacrosse High School Girls Player of the Week for the western region. The Scripps Ranch High School female lacrosse team finished its regular season undefeated. (photo by Justin Fine) Perfect season: UNDEFEATED! By Kaila Mellos EDITOR’S NOTE: The ...
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Pro basketball plays at Alliant campus

A West Coast Breeze player shoots a jumper near the foul line. (photo courtesy of Greg Siller) Pro basketball plays at Alliant campus Hector Trujillo The West Coast Breeze basketball team, which will play part of its 2021 home schedule at Alliant University in Scripps Ranch, kicked off its first ...
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Pure Water Program assembly starts soon

Construction will begin soon at Miramar Reservoir for the city’s Pure Water Program. (photo by John Gregory) Pure Water Program assembly starts soon By Hoyt Smith After nearly 12 years of studies, planning and preparation, thePure Water San Diego Program is about to impact Scripps Ranch in a major way ...
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New Farmer’s Market is poised to open May 20

Celebrating the New Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market are (from left) Mathew Perry, owner of Auto-Ness Physical Therapy; Beverly and Mike Cassity, Farmer’s Market managers; and Newtopia Cyder owners Jennifer Hays Moreno and Rick Moreno. (photo by John Gregory) New Farmer's Market is poised to open May 20 John Gregory All ...
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Becca Cook plays in the trenches!

Becca Cook runs onto the field prior to a football game against Kearny High. (photo by Justin Fine) Becca Cook plays in the trenches! By Kaila Mellos Becca Cook, a Scripps Ranch High School senior, is a female student who plays on the Falcons varsity football team. “I’ve always wanted ...
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RomBomb Burgers are the bomb!

Romin Irani with wife Naomi and son Mateo. (courtesy photo) RomBomb Burgers are the bomb! By John Gregory Hamburger fanatics seeking a new, nearby taste sensation need look no further than RomBomb Burgers, a curbside pick-up style burger service. This efficient business that is seemingly perfect for these COVID-affected times ...
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Von Wilpert co-chairs COVID-19 committee

District 5 San Diego City Council member Marni von Wilpert Von Wilpert co-chairs COVID-19 committee By Bella Ross As San Diego begins to approach what some have regarded as the tail end of the coronavirus pandemic, the San Diego City Council has launched a new committee intended to better organize ...
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Take the COVID-19 Quiz

Dr. Anthony Blain Take the COVID-19 Quiz By Arthur Blain, MD, FAAFP Realistic COVID-19 expectations: Take this quiz to see how much you know about the coronavirus. Dr. Arthur Blain, a doctor who has treated COVID-19 patients, provides answers to current questions. (Scroll to bottom of article for answers). With ...
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SDMA features student artists

Sanjana Ganti SDMA features student artists By Nick Ng The San Diego Museum of Art (SDMA) will exhibit original artwork of local students from kindergarten to 12th grade in its 46th biennial Young Art celebration. The exhibit also features artwork from three Scripps Ranch High School seniors: Sanjana Ganti, Charlotte ...
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Children’s book offers perspective on autism

Dr. Carol Cujec Children’s book offers perspective on autism By Nick Ng “Real” 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 ...
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Committee celebrates high school seniors

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 By Alex Piscatelli A group of parents are determined to give their kids a great senior high school experience, despite an unprecedented school year ...
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Brothers create projects to help others

Trent and Drew Wan have created their own community service projects to help others. (courtesy of Keith Wan) Brothers create projects to help others By Ashley Shah Scripps Ranch residents Drew and Trent Wan have created programs to help the community in different ways. Drew Wan, 17, created Project Render ...
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Actors nominated for awards

Sydney Taber Actors nominated for awards By Nick Ng Six 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 ...
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Birch Aquarium reopens outdoors

This is a map of the areas that will be open at theBirch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego. Birch Aquarium reopens outdoors Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego announced that it will open outdoors-only beginning Saturday, Feb. 27. The aquarium’s outdoor spaces ...
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Science Center resumes Distance Learning Hubs

The Fleet Science Center at night (courtesy of the Fleet Science Center) Science Center resumes Distance Learning Hubs The Fleet Science Center resumed operations for the Distance Learning Hubs to serve the ongoing needs of parents, students and teachers in the San Diego community to find a place for children ...
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Gorillas recovering from SARS-CoV-2

Winston, a gorilla at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, was treated with heart medications, antibiotics and monoclonal antibody therapy. (courtesy San Diego Zoo Global) Gorillas recovering from SARS-CoV-2 The gorilla troop at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park is recovering following the diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes ...
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Poway OnStage celebrates Black History Month

In Poway OnStage’s Virtual Field Trip celebrating Black History Month, Jazzy Ash will introduce students to the musical stylings of zydeco, jazz, blues and swing in her energetic and engaging concert. (courtesy of OnStage) Poway OnStage celebrates Black History Month Poway OnStage’s popular Virtual Field Trip Series continues through Feb.26with a celebration ...
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SRHS student designs special library card

The San Diego Public Library is releasing a Black History Month special edition library card designed by 15-year-old Scripps Ranch High School student Sahithi Lingampalli. SRHS student designs special library card (Feb. 1, 2021) The City of San Diego Public Library has a full schedule of events this February to ...
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Popular student video: ‘Surfin’ USA’

Dingeman Elementary School teacher Garner Saguil taught his students how to play the ukulele and posted a popular video of them singing and playing “Surfin’ USA” by The Beach Boys. (courtesy of Garner Saguil) Popular student video: ‘Surfin’ USA’ By Kaila Mellos Garner Saguil, a fourth-grade seminar teacher and the ...
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F.R.O.G.S. hop into action

Scripps Ranch cat Liv poses with the scanner. F.R.O.G.S. hop into action By Terry L. Wilson Members of the Real House Cats of Scripps Ranch Facebook group created a new program to help reunite lost cats and dogs with their anxious humans – using state-of-the-art microchip scanning.  “The program is ...
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Maya’s cookies are irresistible

Maya’s cookies are irresistible By Bella Ross In 2015, Scripps Ranch resident Maya Madsen was baking 20 dozen batches of her specialty vegan cookies in her home kitchen every week. The nutrition buff and fitness instructor was driven by more than just her sweet tooth: Madsen had two sons in ...
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Marni takes her seat

Marni von Wilpert Marni takes her seat By Bella Ross Organizing a strong response to COVID-19, solidifying public safety services and taking a hard look at infrastructure are all at the top of Marni von Wilpert’s agenda heading into her first months on the San Diego City Council. A Scripps ...
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Group collects essential items for students

Candace Gyure (left), the head nurse at Hoover High School, is pictured next to Kylie Bach with a load of items ready for delivery. (courtesy photo) Group collects essential items for students By Ashley Shah Kylie Bach and Madhavi Akella, both juniors at Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS), have begun ...
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Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic set for April

Participants enjoy the fun during a past Mickey Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic, sponsored by the Poway Chamber of Commerce. The eighth annual event will be held on Friday, April 16, at the Rancho Bernardo Inn, 17550 Bernardo Oaks Drive. (courtesy of the Poway Chamber of Commerce) Cafagna Memorial Golf Classic ...
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Loggins donates song to kids channel 

Kenny Loggins donated the song “The Great Adventure” for use by the San Diego Zoo Kids Channel. (photo by Leslie Hassler) Loggins donates song to kids channel Kenny Loggins, one of pop music’s greatest hit makers, will treat young patients and their families at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego – ...
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A journey to freedom

Mahshid Hager A journey to freedom By Ashley Shah The year was 1981, post-revolution Iran, a time of uncertainty for many in which more than 2 million people fled the country in search of a better life. Mahshid Hager, a resident of Scripps Ranch, recounts her experience as a young ...
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Starlight hosts Santa’s Zoom Room

Starlight hosts Santa’s Zoom Room (Dec. 17, 2020) This holiday season, Starlight Amphitheater’s new Streaming Studios gives children a one-on-one personal minute with Santa unlike any other. The Save Starlight organization, the non-profit working in tandem with the city in the restoration and re-activation of the Historic Starlight Amphitheater in ...
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Organ Society presents holiday concert webcasts

(photo by Len Filomeo) Organ Society presents holiday concert webcasts (Spreckels Organ Society) The Spreckels Organ Society and San Diego Civic Organist Raúl Prieto Ramírez announced a series of holiday webcast concerts direct from Balboa Park during the pandemic holidays 2020. Since March 2020, the historic Spreckels Organ Pavilion has ...
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Old Globe presents holiday event online

The AXIS event was held in Balboa Park last year. (courtesy of The Old Globe) Old Globe presents holiday event online  Now in its second consecutive year, and for the first time as part of its AXIS program, The Old Globe will present a sensory-friendly holiday event online Sunday, Dec ...
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Scuba Santa dives live

(Courtesy of Birch Aquarium) Scuba Santa dives live (Dec. 17, 2020 – Birch Aquarium) Ho, ho, ho! Scuba Santa is making a splash, virtually, at Birch Aquarium! Birch Aquarium may be closed this holiday season, but Scuba Santa will still be stopping by to feed the fish. Birch Aquarium will ...
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Botanic Wonderland: holiday nights in the Garden

(photo by Rachel Cobb) Botanic Wonderland: holiday nights in the Garden (Dec. 17, 2020) Spend an evening this holiday season at Botanic Wonderland! Botanic Wonderland is an outdoor holiday lighting experience where visitors can safely stroll amidst festive holiday lights throughout various areas within San Diego Botanic Garden’s 37 acres ...
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‘A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play’

Scripps Ranch Theatre and Oceanside Theatre Company will provide an encore, filmed presentation of "A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play" free to the community Dec. 19 to Jan. 3. (courtesy photo) 'A Christmas Carol: A Radio Play' Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT), in conjunction with Oceanside Theatre Company (OTC), celebrate the ...
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Understanding needs of endangered parrots

(courtesy of San Diego Zoo Global) Understanding needs of endangered parrots (Dec. 16, 2020 – San Diego Zoo Global) New information about thick-billed parrots, gathered using state-of-the-art technology, is likely to identify important steps to conserving this endangered species. In September, a team of biologists – including members from Organización ...
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Wolff creates digital stage

Scripps Ranch musician Steve Wolff created Jam the Wire, a music website providing independent musicians a place to publish videos of their work. (photo by Ralph LoVuolo) Wolff creates digital stage By Bella Ross Being a small, independent musician was already a tough gig before the pandemic wiped out in-person ...
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Vaccine doses begin to arrive

County employees unpack more than 12,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to be stored in subzero freezers. They will go to regional acute health care hospitals. (County of San Diego Communications Office) Vaccine doses begin to arrive By Jose A. AlvarezCounty of San Diego Communications Office The first deliveries of vaccine ...
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Monolith appears in Scripps Ranch

This three-sided monolith appeared in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace shopping center the morning of Dec. 8. (photo by John Gregory) Monolith appears in Scripps Ranch By John Gregory A shiny monolith mysteriously appeared overnight between Dec. 7 and 8 near a corner in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace shopping center next ...
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MK Band performs for seniors

Ashay Moorjani (from left), Sagey Moorjani and Devin Moorjani formed the MK Band Project and perform live for seniors with virtual shows. (courtesy of Seema Moorjani) MK Band performs for seniors By Ashley Shah Sagey Moorjani, a sophomore at Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS), alongside her two brothers who attend ...
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The show must go on!

Lynch Dance Institute students performed in a holiday dance film titled "Nightmare Before Christmas." (photo by Mandy Santiago) The show must go on! By Alex Piscatelli One dance company is not letting COVID-19 stop it from letting its kids perform. Lynch Dance Institute, owned by Scripps Ranch residents Alex Dickson ...
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Quiz: safe cooking never changes

Quiz: safe cooking never changes By Gig ConaughtonCounty of San Diego Communications Office Thanksgiving is definitely going to look very different this year: Zoom and virtual visits with extended family and friends. Fewer people around our tables – ideally, just our immediate households. But adjusting the holidays to fight COVID-19 ...
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Student makes a positive impact

Student makes a positive impact By Hector Trujillo The worst global pandemic in a century has not deterred some from making a positive impact in people's lives. A case in point is Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) student Spencer Mountain, who took it upon herself to bring a measure of ...
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Youths help the homeless

Jack and Miles Hurley purchase food and supplies for Teen Volunteers in Action. (courtesy of Jennifer Torio) Youths help the homeless By Nick Ng COVID-19 could not prevent two Scripps Ranch youths from helping San Diego's homeless. Jack Hurley, 16, and Miles Hurley, 12, continue to collect donations to purchase ...
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Quincy to the Rescue!

Teacher Susan Beisel's service dog, Quincy, displays his official Golden State Service Dog vest certifying his accreditation. (courtesy of Susan Beisel) Quincy to the Rescue! By Terry L. Wilson According to the United States Service Dog Registry, more than 50,000 four-legged lifesavers are hard at work in the United States ...
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SDSU performers present ‘Chess: In Concert’

“Chess: In Concert” will be presented virtually Dec. 3-6. (photo by Robert Meffe) SDSU performers present ‘Chess: In Concert’ The San Diego State University (SDSU) School of Theatre, Television and Film's Musical Theatre program will webcast its production of “Chess: In Concert” Dec. 3-6. The entire show was rehearsed virtually, ...
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Some vets I have met

Some vets I have met By John Gregory Throughout the years I have had the honor of meeting and interviewing several veterans of the United States military – and I always wanted to publish a list of all these people who served our country in one article. Some were humble ...
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Autumn sunset at Del Mar

A swimmer enjoys the calm as the sun sets over the horizon at Del Mar. (photo by John Gregory) Autumn sunset at Del Mar A day off for many San Diegans on Nov. 11, Veterans Day, brought visitors to enjoy a sunny interlude at the Del Mar shoreline. Beachcombers, surfers ...
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A special teacher for wonderful kids

Eva Forgeron, a student of Joe Marsella, is all smiles as she enjoys time on the playground. (courtesy of Emily Forgeron) A special teacher for wonderful kids By Terry L. Wilson For 30 years, teacher Joe Marsella has helped shaped the lives of countless special needs students during his tenure ...
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The skeletons of Scripps Ranch

Skeletons Belinda and Jeff cheered on the Falcons during last year’s SRHS Homecoming game. (courtesy of Shannon Walsh) The skeletons of Scripps Ranch By Alex Piscatelli It’s the spooky season in Scripps Ranch! Some may have seen two skeletons on Rock Creek Drive that dress up differently each day in ...
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Seniors unmask dangers of COVID-19

Benjamin Gietzen and Isabella Yang formed the Wear a Mask San Diego organization. Seniors unmask dangers of COVID-19 By Ashley Shah Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) seniors Isabella Yang and Benjamin Gietzen teamed up to unmask myths and questions surrounding COVID-19. Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, Gietzen and ...
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Adopt a Hurricane Dog!

Gumbo, a 4-year-old neutered male, is one of the County's Hurricane Dogs up for adoption. (County of San Diego Communications Office) Adopt a Hurricane Dog! By Gig ConaughtonCounty of San Diego Communications Office You can be a hero for dogs affected by disaster. The San Diego County’s Department of Animal ...
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Celebrate Halloween safely during pandemic

Many traditional Halloween activities pose a high risk for contracting or spreading COVID-19, but there are still ways to celebrate this fun holiday. (courtesy of the County of San Diego) Celebrate Halloween safely during pandemic By Katie CadiaoCounty of San Diego Communications Office Halloween is just around the corner, but like ...
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MCASD Art Auction 2020

Helen Pashgian; “Untitled,” 2020; cast epoxy with acrylic; 6-inches (diameter) (courtesy of the artist and Lehmann Maupin, New York, Hong Kong and Seoul) MCASD Art Auction 2020 Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego’s (MCASD) biennial Art Auction has returned. This fundraising event features live and silent auctions of approximately 100 ...
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Miguel Barry

Miguel Berry: Impactful performance in unforgettable season

Miguel Berry, a former Poway High School and University of San Diego star, became a bright spot for the San Diego Loyal soccer team this season. (courtesy of San Diego Loyal) Miguel Berry: Impactful performance in unforgettable season By Hector Trujillofor San Diego Words & Pictures After a short yet ...
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Super Girl surfers compete in Oceanside

(photo by Justin Fine) Super Girl surfers compete in Oceanside The Nissan Supergirl Surf Pro surfing competition visited Oceanside the weekend of October 3-4. The best female surfers in the world flocked to Oceanside to vie for prizes and the prestige of being number one. Warm temperatures and bright skies ...
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PoeFest arrives in time for Halloween

Travis Rhett Wilson will appear as Edgar Allan Poe in Write Out Loud’s San Diego PoeFest. (courtesy of Write Out Loud) PoeFest arrives in time for Halloween Write Out Loud – an organization founded in 2007 with a commitment to inspire, challenge and entertain by reading literature aloud for a ...
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The Old Globe: ‘Thinking Shakespeare Live: Sonnets!’

The cast of “Thinking Shakespeare Live: Sonnets!” finale on Tuesday, Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. The special presentation will feature 14 Globe artists performing some of Shakespeare’s greatest poetry. (courtesy of The Old Globe) The Old Globe: ‘Thinking Shakespeare Live: Sonnets!’ The Old Globe announced that it will present the ...
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SD Opera plans drive-in for ‘La bohème’

San Diego Opera announced drive-in performances of “La bohème” at the Pechanga Arena San Diego parking lot. (by Yves Renaud/courtesy of Opéra de Montréal) SD Opera plans drive-in for ‘La bohème’ San Diego Opera announced drive-in performances of “La bohème” at the Pechanga Arena San Diego parking lot– formerly the ...
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Endangered Grevy’s zebra foals make debut

Six Grevy’s zebra foals are romping around the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, just in time for Kids Free Month. (photo by Darla Davis/San Diego Zoo Global) Endangered Grevy’s zebra foals make debut Kids Free Month at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park will be extra special this year, after the ...
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Theatre companies combine for reading

The reading of “Donna Orbits the Moon” includes Susan Clausen as Donna, director Kandace Crystal and Eric Poppick as The Voice. Theatre companies combine for reading Scripps Ranch Theatre and Oceanside Theatre teamed up to co-produce their first filmed reading of the play “Donna Orbits the Moon,” by Ian August ...
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‘Fandango at the Wall’ premieres

“Fandango at the Wall” includes a journey to Mexico to recruit master musicians for a live album recording at the U.S.-Mexico border wall.At the heart of the film is the Fandango Fronterizo music festival that takes place on both sides of the Tijuana-San Diego border. (courtesy of HBO) ‘Fandango at ...
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Mayor announces top choice for Tailgate Park

Mayor Faulconer announced a development team to transform Tailgate Park into a mixed-use destination called East Village Quarter – to redevelop the four blocks between K Street and Imperial Avenue and 12th Avenue and 14th Street in downtown San Diego’s East Village neighborhood. (Courtesy of the office of San Diego ...
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Team Inspiration scores international victory!

RoboSub is an international underwater autonomous robotics competition in which college, high school and middle school students design and build their self-driving vehicles to navigate through a series of tasks. (courtesy photo) Team Inspiration scores international victory! By Ashley Shah On Aug. 30, Team Inspiration, a local robotics team composed ...
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Students start virtual Cultural Fusion District

Justin Angert (left) and Grace Li (right) Students start virtual Cultural Fusion District By Ashley Shah When the coronavirus pandemic hit home in March, Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) freshman Justin Angert (now a sophomore) – like most students around the nation – began virtual learning from home. Left with ...
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Lasagna Mamas: helping others

Shelby Morgan and her children prepare to deliver a lasagna to a family in need. (courtesy of Shelby Morgan). Lasagna Mamas: helping others By Ashley Shah Shelby Morgan brought an organization to Scripps Ranch that has now aided people in the community many times. After hearing about a friend who ...
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SD Zoo Global: World Rhino Day

The artificial insemination and successful birth of two southern white rhino calves at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in 2019 represent a critical step in the organization’s ongoing work to develop the scientific knowledge required to genetically recover the northern white rhino. (courtesy of San Diego Zoo Global) SD ...
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Call for artists: RAM

Call for artists: RAM The San Diego Art Institute(SDAI) invites artists from throughout the Southern California and Baja California region to apply for its Regional Artists Market (RAM) program, a curated online market specializing in functional contemporary art that is responsive to the current environment. SDAI is seeking artists who ...
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Birch Aquarium reopens

(courtesy of Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography) Birch Aquarium reopens Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego is reopening to the public on Sept. 15. The aquarium, which closed March 12, and reopened briefly in July, will open with new pathways and new procedures to ...
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Hispanic Heritage Month with Sonia de los Santos

Sonia De Los Santos (courtesy of Poway OnStage) Hispanic Heritage Month with Sonia de los Santos Poway OnStage announced the launch of its Virtual Field Trip Series, online programming designed to keep children connected to the arts while distance learning. These field trips are grant-supported and offered free-of-charge to San ...
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2020 SD International Film Festival

2020 SD International Film Festival The re-imagined and COVID appropriate 2020 San Diego International Film Festival will take place Oct. 15-18. As the region’s premier film festival and one of the leading stops on the independent film circuit, film lovers will enjoy features, documentaries and shorts online in the San ...
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Cloned foal offers genetic diversity

The cloned Przewalski’s foal (photo by Scott Stine) Cloned foal offers genetic diversity On Aug. 6, 2020, the world’s first successfully cloned Przewalski’s horse was born in Texas at the veterinary facility of a ViaGen Equine collaborator, Timber Creek Veterinary. The foal, born to a domestic surrogate mother, is a ...
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Training with 
‘The Dominator’

(photo by Justin Fine) Training with ‘The Dominator’ Some members of the Poway High School wrestling team were training at Fitness Quest 10, 10006 Scripps Ranch Blvd., on Sept. 3 in preparation for their upcoming season. Dominick “The Dominator” Cruz, an MMA fighter, was working out with them to add ...
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Garden-to-Table fundraiser set

Since the annual Gala in the Garden cannot be held this year to benefit the San Diego Botanic Garden, supporters may order meals from some incredible local chefs to support the Garden. Pictured is the Lawn Garden at the San Diego Botanic Garden. (photo by Brandi Eide) Garden-to-Table fundraiser set ...
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Scripps Ranch has a garden of wisdom

Scripps Ranch has a garden of wisdom By John Gregory There is greed. There is selfishness. There is evil. There are a lot of rotten things in this world, but in one secluded corner on the western edge of Scripps Ranch, there is wisdom. Though drivers often recklessly swerve around ...
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Zoo rears splendid 
sunbird chick

A male splendid sunbird at the San Diego Zoo, showing how the species got its name. (photo by Tammy Spratt, San Diego Zoo Global) Zoo rears splendid sunbird chick A splendid sunbird chick that hatched on July 21 has been successfully reared at San Diego Zoo's Conrad Prebys Africa Rocks ...
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Aquarium launches virtual education

Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography launches a virtual education program providing interactive and student-driven curriculum to help teachers and parents. (courtesy of Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography)  Aquarium launches virtual education Birch Aquarium at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego is launching a new ...
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Alliant navigates through pandemic online

Alliant International University President Andy Vaughn (second from left) walks the institution’s Scripps Ranch campus with some students before COVID-19 forced everyone to study or work from home. (photo by Paul Nelson) Alliant navigates through pandemic online While the Scripps Ranch campus of Alliant International University (AIU) may seem pretty ...
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Students are inspired to help others

Jenna Nguyen, Melina Dimitropoulou, and Arathi Nair conduct drives to help less-fortunate students. (photo courtesy of Melina Dimitropoulou). Students are inspired to help others By Ashley Shah Rising Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) seniors Melina Dimitropoulou, Jenna Nguyen and Arathi Nair have called for a change. What started as a ...
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Project helps the homeless

Madhavi Akella prepares a hand-sewn mask to be donated to help the homeless. (courtesy photo) Project helps the homeless By Bella Ross During the early days of the pandemic, Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) rising juniors Kylie Bach and Madhavi Akella were motivated by the boredom of their long days ...
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Creativity is a coping mechanism

Creativity is a coping mechanism By Ashley Shah Scripps Ranch resident Amy Salomon’s hobby has caught the attention of the community. Salomon is painting on rocks and leaving them around her neighborhood. “It’s such a pleasure to see her painted rocks when you go out. It makes you feel connected ...
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Fetch the Sun: apparel for humans and dogs

The Ryan family, including their two pooches, model apparel from their company, Fetch the Sun. (courtesy of Fetch the Sun) Fetch the Sun: apparel for humans and dogs By Terry L. Wilson Steve and Jennifer Ryan of Scripps Ranch have created the perfect accessory for dogs that have become part ...
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Mighty Theodore 
returns to port

(photo by Justin Fine) Mighty Theodore returns to port The USS Theodore Roosevelt (CVN-71) is seen returning to San Diego the morning of July 9. Sailors lined the ships deck as it sailed through the morning mist, with families of the crew waiting at its assigned dock. The USS Roosevelt ...
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OH
 DEER!

Scripps Ranch is the choke point of deer coming toward the west. OH DEER! Deer may be rare in Scripps Ranch, but some might be spotted passing through. By Bella Ross Although deer sightings don't seem to be common among Scripps Ranchers, those deer crossing signs are there for a ...
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Local author publishes debut novel

Author Prasanna Madabushi (courtesy photo) Local author publishes debut novel By Bella Ross After a lifetime of sticking her nose into books, local author Prasanna Madabushi realized the gaps she noticed in literature could be filled with a story that is uniquely her own. The product of this realization was ...
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New craft beer garden planned

An artist’s rendering featuring a top view of the upcomingHop Stop Beer Bar & Kitchen. (courtesy image) New craft beer garden planned By Hoyt Smith Poway couple Mark and Rebecca Saldivar hope to open the Hop Stop Beer Bar & Kitchen, a contemporary craft beer garden at the corner of ...
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Rhino Linings covers more than truck beds

Rhino Linings’ truck liner comes in different formulations depending on need and is also available in different colors. (courtesy photo) Rhino Linings covers more than truck beds By Ken David Starting with one product, a spray-on truck bed liner, Scripps Ranch-headquartered Rhino Linings has grown into a worldwide provider of ...
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Universities adjust for fall semester

Geisel Library at UCSD (UC San Diego Publications/Copyright Regents of the University of California) Universities adjust for fall semester By Bella Ross This year’s first-time college freshmen and transfer students will experience local campuses like never before: with mostly online instruction. For schools that have avoided this approach, expansive reopening ...
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‘Dog Whisperer’ is doggone good

Canyon and owner Alexa Katz were reunited with the help of Babs Fry, Leslie Chadwick and Marsha Linehan. (courtesy photo) 'Dog Whisperer' is doggone good By Terry L. Wilson Babs Fry, founder and president of “A Way Home for Animals Inc.,” is a canine super sleuth. When man’s best friend ...
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Local returns from Peace Corps

Molly Moreau (bottom) with children from a village in Myanmar. (courtesy photo) Local returns from Peace Corps By Shannon Barr After serving in the Peace Corps for the past 26 months, 25-year-old Molly Moreau returned to Scripps Ranch. She volunteered teaching English in Myanmar, a country in Southeast Asia. Moreau ...
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A vast canvas

Kyla Yu-Swanson puts the finishing touches on one of her creations. (courtesy photo) A vast canvas By Bella Ross Kyla Yu-Swanson brings art to life with her murals Of all the ways a person can give back to their community, Scripps Ranch High School senior Kyla Yu-Swanson chooses to do ...
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Strength, Courage and Faith

Larry and Jennifer Parker (courtesy photo) Strength, Courage and Faith By John Gregory Jennifer Parker is an experienced registered nurse, a trauma case manager, a prolific volunteer and a mother of four in Scripps Ranch. Her journey has not been easy. Parker balances her homelife and an intense career. She ...
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FB wine club is thriving

Katie Schmidt (courtesy photo) FB wine club is thriving By Hoyt Smith An enterprising mother of three in Scripps Ranch has founded the Scripps Ranch Wine Club, a social media group created to bring local women closer together in these times of isolation and division. Katie Schmidt – a resident ...
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Facebook group promotes diversity

Administrators for the Scripps Ranch for Diversity Facebook group are (left to right, top to bottom) Lindsay Hanlon, Sharon Camarillo, Amelia Polheber and JD Ouellette. (photo courtesy Sharon Camarillo) Facebook group promotes diversity By Cynthia Kurose During a time of unrest and palpable division in the United States, one group ...
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John Cena at Belmont Park

John Cena waits in line at Belmont Park. (photo by Jacqueline Gregory) John Cena at Belmont Park Star actor, TV host, professional wrestler and rapper John Cena thrilled the crowd at Belmont Park in Mission Beach on a sunny afternoon in late winter 2020 with an unannounced visit at a ...
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Local mom’s group arranges playdates

The Scripps Ranch/Poway Mamas is a group connected on Facebook that meets for playdates and other events. (photo courtesy of Tabatha Kraft) Local mom's group arranges playdates By John Gregory It’s no secret that local mothers take advantage of social media to share information of all sorts. One of the ...
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Rattlesnakes remain active

Rattlesnakes in San Diego are most prevalent during the warmer months. Rattlesnakes remain active By Heather Karpel Rattlesnakes populate much of San Diego County and Poway certainly has its share. These venomous reptiles are around most of the year but tend to be most prevalent during the warmer months. Wildlife ...
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Race track therapy

Slot cars await another race at Vocal T.R.A.C.K. Speech & Language Therapy Center. (courtesy photo) Race track therapy By Hoyt Smith A local couple is using slot cars as a therapy tool. Christian and Noemi Grasso are both licensed and certified speech and language pathologists. Together, they own and operate ...
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A fine time for fowl

photo by Julie Aquilino A fine time for fowl Julie Aquilino, a resident of Scripps Ranch since moving here from New York City seven years ago, captured these colorful birds on camera as they visited Lake Miramar before the stay-at-home orders for COVID-19. She has taken photos as a hobbyist ...
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Chamber Bravura: global collaboration

Chamber Bravura students participate in an online performance. Chamber Bravura: global collaboration Local a capella group Chamber Bravura, including students from Scripps Ranch, participated in a virtual choir performance with NYU students from New York and Shanghai, China. They sang “Flashlight” by Jessie J. During these trying times, the members ...
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Food bank thrives, thanks to volunteers

Boxes packed with food are ready for delivery at the Community Food Connection, located behind the church at 14047 Twin Peaks Road. Food bank thrives, thanks to volunteers By Tawny McCray It takes a village of dedicated volunteers to help run a local food bank operating for a dozen years ...
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Artist strives for personal connection

"Waves" by Kyle Trudelle Artist strives for personal connection By Bella Ross "The art world," in the eyes of local artist Kyle Trudelle, is far smaller than aspirations of downtown gallery shows and big-name collectors. In fact, the small-town artist has never signed with an art gallery – and that's ...
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The show is on

(photo by Justin Fine) The show is on The San Diego State mens basketball team started the season on fire with 26 straight victories as of press time. This incredible season has electrified fans with March Madness just around the corner. (photos by Justin Fine) (photo by Justin Fine) (photo ...
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Symphony Orchestra: high level classical music

The Poway Symphony Orchestra consists of community members, high school and college students, music educators and professional musicians participating in Orchestra class at Poway Adult School. (photo by Zeena Gregg) Symphony Orchestra: high level classical music By Ken David Classical music lovers don’t have to travel far to enjoy symphonic ...
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Polo Club offers surprising fun

A player is about to strike the ball during Poway Polo Club action. (courtesy Poway Polo Club) Polo Club offers surprising fun By Dave Kensler For those looking for a new and different family activity to try, the Poway Polo Club may be a good option. “We have polo opportunities ...
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Soccer park fuels dreams

Young players put their skills to the test at North County Soccer Park. (photo by Hoyt Smith) Soccer park fuels dreams By Hoyt Smith Young soccer players perfect their game and prepare for potential glory and stardom. A five-acre lot in a relatively rural portion of northeast Poway represents a ...
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Gifting with a warm vibe

Gifting with a warm vibe By Bella Ross The Buy Nothing Project uses the spirit of giving to bring communities together, and the residents of Poway have taken to social media to bring this mission to life. In searching "Poway Buy Nothing" on Facebook, five different groups will pop up ...
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Poway on Ice

A player in San Diego Gulls Special Hockey – a hockey program for children and adults with developmental disabilities – enjoys a break at Poway Ice, 12455 Kerran St. (photo by John Gregory) Poway on Ice By Ken David Poway Ice brings skating fun, training and competition to a sunny ...
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Horses provide effective therapy

Ride Above Disability Therapeutic Riding Center offers people age 4 and above weekly lessons individually tailored to their needs and goals. (courtesy photo) Horses provide effective therapy By Ken David Along Poway's horse country is a stable using horsepower in a special way to help people. Located at Rolling Hills ...
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Library is a learning and community center

With 20,000 square feet of space, the Poway Library is one of the flagship branches in the San Diego County Library system. (photo by Ken David) Library is a learning and community center By Ken David The Poway branch of the San Diego County Library at 1317 Poway Road offers ...
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Scripps Ranch is home to WD-40

WD-40 Company employees pose in the Scripps Ranch headquarters location which the company occupied in 2017. (courtesy of WD-40 Company) Scripps Ranch is home to WD-40 By Ken David Scripps Ranch is home to a world-wide business giant, makers of a product so successful that it’s something of an icon. That ...
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Author creates ‘Doggy Doctor’ book

Illustrations in “The Doggy Doctor and the Upset Tummy” depict author Jacqueline Johnson’s pets as veterinary assistants. (Illustration by Chennon Roberts) Author creates 'Doggy Doctor' book By John Gregory Scripps Ranch resident Jacqueline Johnson is a veterinarian who is creating a new book that will give children a behind-the scenes ...
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CoyoteVest: apparel that protects

The CoyoteVest is made of Kevlar with rows of spikes along with stiff plastic bristles. (courtesy of CoyoteVest) CoyoteVest: apparel that protects By Terry L. Wilson On a calm September afternoon Paul Mott had just finished walking his three dogs at Meanley Park, an unofficial off-leash dog park in Scripps ...
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Laughter is the best medicine

Wendy Robello created this graphic for Real Funnies of Scripps Ranch. Laughter is the best medicine By John Gregory Around the time schools closed and stay-at-home orders were about to be issued to slow the spread of COVID-19, a new Facebook group emerged in Scripps Ranch with just the right ...
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Birds of a feather: Lucky Bird finds a home

Lucky Bird, an Amazon parrot, was rescued and is now the main character in a series of books for children. (courtesy of Terry Wilson) Birds of a feather: Lucky Bird finds a home By Terry L. Wilson The beginning of this story occurred 11 years ago when my girlfriend, Kathy, ...
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Poway Dance Project thrives at Poway High

(courtesy photo) Poway Dance Project thrives at Poway High By Rachelle Sparks Poway High School’s (PHS) award-winning dance team, called the Poway Dance Project, has a lot to celebrate in its 10th year under the direction of coach Raul Sanchez – an upstanding reputation in the local dance community and ...
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PWGR serves civilian, police and military

Poway Weapons and Gear Range offers a 42-lane shooting range, lessons for all levels, and a fully stocked retail area. (courtesy photo) PWGR serves civilian, police and military By Ken David Open since 2014, Poway Weapons and Gear Range (PWGR) at 13550 Danielson St. seeks to create a different, improved ...
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GRACE & POWER

Angelina Capozzoli displays masterful grace as she performs in “Mixed Nuts,” Lynch Dance Institute’s annual holiday performance. (courtesy of Lynch Dance Institute) Grace & Power By Laura Hogan A local institute offers youngsters the opportunity for self-discovery through an assortment of dance techniques Imagine driving to work every day with ...
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Escape from L.A.

Artist Erin Hanson tends to paint large canvases, using her own open impressionism style to create vivid landscapes. Her works adorn the walls of The Erin Hanson Gallery at 9705 Carroll Centre Road. (photo by John Gregory) Escape from L.A. By John Gregory A visual oasis sits nestled within a ...
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