DJ Barry will mix selections from Michael Jackson and Prince on Friday night, Aug. 4 at Sanctuary Lounge.


Michael Jackson vs. Prince
Who dares to pit Michael Jackson against Prince? DJ Barry, that’s who!

Barry Thomas will be mixing selections from Michael Jackson and Prince on Friday night, Aug. 4 at Sanctuary Lounge. It’s a classic battle.

In fact, some may remember when Prince first sprang upon the scene, originally garnering play on college radio, then slowly gaining airtime on commercial airwaves. The on-air student deejays were going gaga about this new talent AND he played EVERY instrument on his new album, they said. This is a time when Michael Jackson was already an established pop celebrity, and Rick James was the current bad boy of funk. But some college deejays were sold on this guy named Prince. “He makes Michael Jackson look like a school girl,” said one deejay. But college students of the time grew up listening to Michael Jackson with the Jackson Five, and MJ’s fans are very loyal. Thus, the debate began.

Perhaps the greatest legend of these great talents is a tale that was told by a guest on ESPN’s “He Said She Said” program shortly after Prince’s death in April of 2016. Here’s how the story goes: James Brown, Michael Jackson and Prince all performed at the same venue one night. First, James Brown did his thing, and set the tone as if to pass the baton to Michael Jackson. Then Jackson performed and brought the house down. Prince had the unenviable task of following those two larger-than-life performers. Before he went on, Prince asked a muscular 6’ 4” bouncer for a favor. The next thing the fans saw was Prince being carried down the aisle and up the steps of the stage, riding on the shoulders of that huge security man. The crowd went crazy, and apparently Prince’s performance did not disappoint.

Now you can listen to these two great artists in a special mix provided by DJ Barry at Sanctuary Lounge on Friday from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 5, DJ Smooth provides the beat from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.

Sanctuary Lounge is located at 12090 Scripps Summit Drive, off Scripps Poway Parkway. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Mondays; 3-11 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 2 p.m.-midnight Thursdays; 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays; and 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturdays. Visit sanctuaryloungesd.com.

Dad’s Campout with kids
The Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club will hold a Dad’s Camp at the Aviary location from Saturday, Aug. 5 to Sunday, Aug. 6. Dads, uncles and grandpas are invited to participate along with kids. The event is for members of the Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club and their guests (with guest pass). Those attending simply bring a tent and sleeping bags.

The Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club is holding a campout for dads and their kids Saturday and Sunday at the Aviary location.

The event will feature a catered taco dinner Saturday night and a dodgeball tournament. Other events include a water fight, flashlight tag, swimming, a jumpy obstacle course, and a “Superhero” movie during a thirsty dads-only campfire trivia game with prizes. A continental breakfast with bacon will be served Sunday morning.

The Dad’s Camp begins at 4 p.m. Saturday and ends at 10 a.m. Sunday. Cost for club members is $25 per person. No mothers are allowed for this special event.

Those wishing to RSVP may sign up at the Aviary club front desk, located at 9875 Aviary Drive. Visit srsrc.com.

Free live entertainment
Youngsters from Scripps Performing Arts Academy will provide free, live entertainment on Sunday, Aug. 6, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Scripps Ranch Marketplace. This is the first of four free live entertainment events open to the public each Sunday evening in August at the shopping center located at Scripps Poway Parkway and Spring Canyon Road.

Scripps Performing Arts Academy offers such classes as dance and theater, and holds performances throughout the year, including musical theater. Those attending Sunday’s free event at Scripps Ranch Marketplace will get a good taste of what is available at the local academy.

The performances will be held at Scripps Ranch Marketplace in the gazebo area between Starbucks and Luna Grill. Visit scrippsranchmarketplace.com.

CENOSILLICAPHOBIA project at Newtopia
Cenosillicaphobia is the fear of an empty glass. That won’t be a problem at Newtopia Cyder on Friday night, Aug. 4. Newtopia will be hosting the CENOSILLICAPHOBIA project beginning at 7 p.m. This is a dual release party in collaboration with two other brewers. The event will feature Red Velvet from Second Chance Beer Co., and Thunderheist from Thunderhawk Alements.

No cover charge. Newtopia Cyder is located at 10045 Carroll Canyon Road, Suite A. Visit bit.ly/2wbnTtF.

Denise Gaiton sells perennials and small potted trees at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market. (photo by John Gregory)

Plants abound

Their names sound like they came from some sort of fantasy series, maybe “Game of Thrones,” for instance: dwarf sweet peas, variegated society garlic, lions tail, pigmy palm, Mediterranean palm, Japanese cedar and white fringe tree. But instead, these are the names of perennials and small potted trees that Denise Gaiton brings to sell at the Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market.

Gaiton runs a home-based business, Sow and Grow Nursery, out of Ramona and travels to Scripps Ranch on Saturdays to sell her plants and trees to local customers at reasonable prices. Her perennials average about $6 and her trees average around $15 each. Customers usually take them home and replant them in their gardens and yards, or replant them in larger pots.

Besides perennials and trees, she offers a few succulents but, “I’m more into the flowering type of succulent. I don’t go with the ones with thorns,” she said.

Gaiton has a real green thumb. She usually doesn’t simply buy plants and resale them.

“Basically, what I do is I just care for my plants in my backyard,” she explained. “I do cuttings from a lot of these plants. I do buy some rooted plants from other businesses, but once I get these I do rooted cuttings, so I grow my own from there.”

In case you miss her at the Farmer’s Market, you may email Gaiton at gaiton.denise54@yahoo.com or call 760-519-1359 or 760-788-7038.

The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market is a weekly family festival with a wide selection of vendors each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 10380 Spring Canyon Road, in the Innovations Academy parking lot.

Pet events at Unleashed
On Saturday, Aug. 5, the Unleashed pet supply store in Scripps Ranch will host a pet adoption event with Labradors + Friends from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Those looking to adopt a dog may drop by and see if there is a friendly canine that would be a perfect addition to the family.

Also on Saturday, Unleashed is offering Free Puppy Playtime to pet owners and their young dogs from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Scripps Ranch store. This is a one-hour puppy socialization time for puppies to play with one another. Pet owners must bring their pup’s vaccination records.

On Sunday, Aug. 6, Greyhound Connections will be at the Scripps Ranch Unleashed with a selection of adoptable dogs from noon to 2 p.m.

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

Contact us if you have an upcoming event in Scripps Ranch: john@scrippsranchnews.com.


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