A new Scripps Ranch tradition has begun as locals started decorating trees located in the park on the east side of Spring Canyon Road just south of South Brookville Drive. Sources say they promise to remove the ornaments after the holidays.
MUSTANG WINTER CONCERTS
Dec. 13, 19, 20
The Marshall Middle School orchestra and choir will perform winter concerts in the school’s theater building: Winter Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m., Dec. 13. Choir Concert, 6 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20.
‘A VERY BARRY CHRISTMAS’
Twenty-three students from Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School have been selected to perform with Barry Manilow at Viejas Arena on Dec. 13. Barry Manilow is bringing his classic “A Very Barry Christmas Show” to San Diego, featuring holiday classics, Manilow hits and Santa. Doors open at 7 p.m., concert starts at 8 p.m. Online tickets: bit.ly/2rnCQaR. 5500 Canyon Crest Drive.
Members of the Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club are invited to a Winter Wonderland holiday party from 4 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 at the 9875 Aviary Drive location. The event will feature pictures with Santa; Elsa and Anna, the “Frozen” sisters; plus The Grinch. There will be real snow, snow train rides, a Christmas movie, crafts, a Jumpee and treats. This event is open to club members and their guests only. Guest passes are available at the Aviary Drive location front desk. Call (858) 271-6222 or visit srsrc.com.
PET PHOTOS WITH SANTA
Bring your pet to Unleashed Scripps Ranch, 10625 Scripps Poway Parkway, between 1 and 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 15 for a photo with Santa. For a $9.95 donation, you will receive a commemorative digital photo and help animals in need find loving homes.
Dec. 15, 16, 21-23
The Scripps Performing Arts Academy in conjunction with the Scripps Ballet Theatre will perform Tchaikovsky’s Full-Length Ballet “The Nutcracker.” The production includes numerous performers from Scripps Ranch. Performances will be Dec 15 and 16 at 2 p.m. at the David and Dorothea Garfield Theatre, 4126 Executive Drive. Buy tickets at bit.ly/2zd23sR. In addition, the Scripps Performing Arts Academy will present an abridged version at the Nutcracker Holiday Tea on Dec. 21-23 in The Elizabeth Ballroom at The Fairmont Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court. For tickets to the Nutcracker Holiday Tea, call (858) 314-2020.
BECKY’s GIFT DRIVE
Through Dec. 15
The Becky’s Gift drive provides presents during the holiday season to families affected by cancer. New, unwrapped toys for children age 1-16 are now being collected. The goal this year is to collect 1,000 toys. Gifts will be delivered to UCSD Moores Cancer Center, The Oncology Associates of San Diego, and South County Hematology and Oncology Center.
Anyone interested in donating new, unwrapped toys or gift cards can drop them off at Scripps Rock Dental, 12112 Scripps Summit Drive, Suite C; St. Gregory the Great Catholic School, 15315 Stonebridge Parkway; the dental office of Dr. William Racicot, 13206 Carriage Road, Suite. 105; Mainstream Bar & Grill, 13385 Poway Road; or Chase Bank, 9994 Scripps Ranch Blvd. Contact Becky Walton at email@example.com, Christie Jackson at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit facebook.com/BeckysGift.
‘SHE LOVES ME’
Dec. 14, 15, 16
“She Loves Me,” a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old-world elegance and a Christmas twist, is wrapping up its run Dec. 14, 15 and 16 at Scripps Ranch Theatre. Shop clerks, Amalia and Georg, work together – and don’t see eye-to-eye. This euphoric romantic comedy with a soaring score follows their story as they each respond to a lonely-hearts advertisement and their lives intertwine. Shows are Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. For tickets, visit scrippsranchtheatre.org or call (858) 578-7728.
LAST CALL FOR DONATIONS
Scripps Ranch resident Victoria Muschek and her family are in their seventh year collecting and packaging hygiene items for homeless youth in San Diego. They are collecting items such as small bottles of shampoo, small soaps, tooth brushes, tooth paste, etc. The items will be sorted, packaged and delivered to the San Diego-based nonprofit Monarch School, a school for this city’s homeless students. Items may be dropped off at Chile Peppers restaurant through Dec. 18. Chile Peppers at 10299 Scripps Trail. For questions, contact Victoria Muschek: email@example.com.
LUNCH WITH SANTA
Enjoy a hearty lunch, cookie decorating, crafts, and a chance to talk and take a picture with Santa himself from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 21. Tickets cost $15 per child; ages 1-10. Tickets can be purchased only at the recreation center during registration hours. Call (858) 538-8085 to confirm tickets are still available prior to arriving. Scripps Ranch Recreation Center, 11454 Blue Cypress Drive
Dec. 24-Jan. 4
Winter break for public schools
Dec. 26-Jan. 1
New Year’s Eve
New Year’s Day