The theme for this year’s MCAS Miramar Air Show is a “A Salute to Vietnam Veterans.” These three U.S. Marine helicopters displayed at MCAS Miramar’s Flying Leatherneck Museum are Vietnam veterans: (from left) the CH-53 Sea Stallion, the CH-46 Sea Knight and the H-34 Seahorse. (photo by John Gregory)


MCAS Miramar Air Show
The entire San Diego community is invited to the 2017 Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar Air Show, Sept. 22-24. The theme of this year’s air show is “A Salute to Vietnam Veterans.”

“The 2017 MCAS Miramar air show gives the public and current service members an opportunity to say thank you to the veterans of the Vietnam War,” said Col. Jason Woodworth, commanding officer of Marine Corps Air Station Miramar. “Our goal is to remind the veterans that the country cares about them and truly values the sacrifice they made for the American people, regardless of how they were treated when they originally returned from Vietnam.”

The air show is free to the public, however, upgraded seating options are on sale now. For ticket information and up-to-date air show information, visit miramarairshow.com or call 1-877-772-5425 for assistance or questions regarding air show preferred seating tickets. 

Interestingly enough, the Scripps Ranch Next Door social media network is currently conducting a Scripps Ranch community poll: MCAS Miramar Air Show Debate — I support the Miramar Air Show or I do not support the Miramar Air Show. One argument supporting the air show is that it’s great to show the public the air superiority to make them feel at ease that the military is here to protect and defend the people of the United States. An argument against the show is that the funds could be better spent helping wounded vets. In addition, some residents don’t like the noise or the additional traffic. To participate in the poll, visit bit.ly/2wE8iXH.

The Gypsy Swing Cats will play live at Sanctuary Lounge on Friday night, Sept. 22.

Gypsy Swing Cats at Sanctuary Lounge
Sanctuary Lounge presents the sounds of the Gypsy Swing Cats for a live performance from 7 to 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22.

The San Diego-based Gypsy Swing Cats perform an energetic, innovative blend of swing, jazz and blues. This is a group of three San Diego jazz artists. Their music merges Gypsy melodies and rhythms with the influences of American jazz reminiscent of Paris in the 1930s: cool, charming and classy.

Gypsy Jazz, also known as Gypsy Swing, is a musical expression often said to have been started by guitarist Jean “Django” Reinhardt. He was foremost amongst a group of Gypsy guitarists working in and around Paris in the 1930s. The music combined the exciting sound of American jazz that transformed the old into the new. The guitarists supercharged the music further by adding swing to the fire and melancholia of the unique Gypsy sound.

The Gypsy Swing Cats will be followed by DJ Gavin spinning tunes until 2 a.m.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, get ready for DJ Smooth to do his thing from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sanctuary Lounge is located at 12090 Scripps Summit Drive, off Scripps Poway Parkway. Visit sanctuaryloungesd.com.

Food trucks at Newtopia
Customers enjoying a drink at Newtopia Cyder this weekend can chow down on tasty eats available from food trucks conveniently located just outside. Here is the schedule:

Friday, Sept. 22, 4 p.m., The Carver, Coal and Barrel (barbecue)
Saturday, Sept. 23, 3 p.m., Pomodoro Rosso (Italian food)
Sunday, Sept. 24, 2 p.m., The Carver, Coal and Barrel (barbecue)

Newtopia Cyder is located at 10045 Carroll Canyon Road, Suite A. Visit drinknewtopia.com.

Miramar Ranch Elementary Ice Cream Social/Movie Night
Miramar Ranch Elementary School will hold its annual Ice Cream Social and Movie Night for students and their families starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 22. Ice cream will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Multi-Purpose Room. The movie, “Boss Baby,” will be screened on the school’s upper playground area starting at 7:15 p.m. The Class of 2018 will be selling hot popcorn, candy and drinks to complete the movie watching experience (cash only please).

Art students from Marshall Middle School will sell hand-made greeting cards Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the Starbucks located at 10000 Aviary Drive. (photo by John Gregory)

Students sell cards to benefit disaster victims
Art students from Laura McDonald’s art classes at Marshall Middle School will sell their hand-made greeting cards this weekend at the Starbucks, located at 10000 Aviary Drive, to benefit victims of the recent hurricanes that struck portions of the United States.  

The students will sell their cards on Friday, Sept. 22 from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon, and Sunday, Sept. 24 from 9 a.m. to noon.

McDonald’s art students were discussing the recent disasters in class and, feeling that they would like to take action to help, decided to sell their creative greeting cards as a way to raise funds for the recovery efforts. The students came up with the idea, the marketing plans and took initiative to contact Starbucks all on their own, according to McDonald.

Residents attending the Scripps Ranch Solar Experience will learn about how solar works, battery integration with solar, financing options and what incentives are now available. (courtesy of San Diego Solar Experience)

Solar Experience set for Saturday
Learn how to maneuver through rising utility costs and make informed decisions about cost-saving energy programs at the Scripps Ranch Solar Experience this Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m. to noon at the Scripps Ranch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive.

Join Climate Action Campaign, Center for Sustainable Energy and Sullivan Solar Power for a seminar discussing how residents can go solar. Meet certified energy practitioners and learn:

  • How solar works
  • If solar will work for your home
  • Battery technology and integration
  • How solar storage can increase savings
  • Utility changes deadline
  • Financing options and available incentives

Learn more or RSVP at sdsolarexperience.org.

Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market
The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market offers a wide array of vendors each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 10380 Spring Canyon Road, in the Innovations Academy parking lot. 

Browse among the booths with a selection of food, services, produce and merchandise. Grab something to eat, sit down and enjoy live music in the food court. Very family-friendly. Visit srfm.org.  

Scripps Ranch Theatre presents its production of “Accomplice” at the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of Alliant International University, 9783 Avenue of Nations. The play is described as a story filled with deception and talk of adultery and murder. “Accomplice” will run through Oct. 8. Performance times are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. Visit scrippsranchtheatre.org.

Events at Unleashed
On Saturday, Sept. 23, two organizations will show pets that are looking to be adopted at Unleashed in Scripps Ranch. 

The Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals will bring pets looking for homes to Unleashed from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Maltese Rescue California will bring adoptable dogs to Unleashed on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

Also on Saturday, Unleashed is offering Free Puppy Playtime to pet owners and their pups from 1 to 1:30 p.m. at the Scripps Ranch store. This is a puppy socialization time for puppies to play with one another. Pet owners must bring their pup’s vaccination records. Build a bond with your puppy while learning about puppy play and social development from a Petco Positive Dog Trainer.

On Sunday, Sept. 24, Unleashed is hosting an Affordable Vaccination Clinic for pet owners from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. State-licensed veterinarians will be on hand to help keep your pet healthy. Services provided will include vaccinations, microchipping, heartworm test and prevention, deworming, flea and tick control. All will be offered for a low cost. 

The Scripps Ranch Unleashed is located in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace, 10625 Scripps Poway Parkway. Phone: (858) 530-9175.

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