SRFOL extends a warm Scripps Ranch welcome to our new branch manager, Richard Burke. Richard, who most recently served as supervising librarian overseeing the 12 northernmost branches and previously was the branch manager at the La Jolla/Riford Library, is enthusiastic about his new position. Be sure to stop by to meet him and to welcome back Pat Kuebitz, a longtime Ranch resident who has rejoined the staff. The SRFOL Board also welcomes our newest member, Lynn Owens, who will fill the position of volunteer coordinator.

Children's Programs

On Thursday, Nov. 20, at 3 pm the Philharmonic Wind Quintet will perform Peter and the Wolf. This classic fairytale was written by the Russian composer Sergei Prokofiev for his children and set to his own unforgettable music. This program is not to be missed!

Music Program

The "Pleasure of Your Company" music series welcomes back the Sam Johnson Jazz Quartet on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 pm. Meet the musicians at a post-concert reception.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones. You're invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 19, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Dec. 17, for the traditional potluck dinner at which books for 2009 will be selected.

Volunteers Honored

Three outstanding individuals were recognized in September at the annual meeting of the citywide Friends of the San Diego Public Library as Volunteers of the Year for the Scripps Ranch branch. George Roos was honored for his many years of dedicated service on behalf of Grace's Book Nook, our used bookstore and major library fundraiser.

Kathi Busch has brought her energy and enthusiasm to the position of manager of Grace's Book Nook, devoting countless hours to its successful operation. Richard Busch designed our beautiful SRFOL website and continues to do an excellent job as webmaster. Check it out at []! Thank you and congratulations to all!

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Fall is in the air. It's time to gather your friends and make plans to attend Hidden Valley House Auxiliary's annual fundraiser. The tea is on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Scripps Ranch Library. This year "A Tea for All Seasons" will feature the delicious fall flavors we all love. Silent auction tables will offer items for all seasons of the year. Auxiliary members will prepare a sumptuous tea menu served on elegant fine china.

Proceeds benefit a much needed kitchen renovation at Hidden Valley House--a shelter for abused women and their children who are escaping domestic violence. If you would like an invitation or for more information about the tea, please contact Sandy Price at 693-1531 or Sue Carter at 695-0337.

Item of the month: Disposable diapers are an ongoing need--especially sizes 4 and 5. Also needed are children's Tylenol, warm winter PJs for women and children, and umbrellas. Please drop off your donation at the home of Ellen Hawkins, 11528 Wills Creek Road. Another collection box is at the Scripps Ranch Library. Thank you for your donations and support of this organization.

Pam Kay

Rady Children's

Hospital Auxiliary

Thank you Auxiliary members and volunteers--including the Old Pros--who helped us make Kids News Day very successful! You probably noticed volunteers on street corners, near schools, and in shopping centers selling the special newspapers. All of the funds raised benefit Rady Children's Hospital.

We are very pleased to welcome our newest members: Sandra Davis, Kathy Steinhouse, Karen Danner, and Traci Glass! The Auxiliary's Masterpiece Gala is on Saturday, Nov. 15, at 7 pm at the U.S. Grant Hotel. The gala is open to everyone. Tickets are $95 and include a sit-down dinner, dancing, a silent auction, and live auction of original paintings by San Diego artists. Special room rates are available at the U.S. Grant Hotel. For more information or to purchase tickets, please contact Yvette Gilman at [[email protected]].

Grab your kids, scout troops, friends, and family and head to the 12th annual Fantasy on Ice Skating Rink across from Horton Plaza and next to the NBC building downtown. The rink is open 10 am to 10 pm every day from Thursday, Nov. 20, to Sunday, Jan. 4--except Thanksgiving and Christmas Day. Skate rentals are included in the admission price--$10 for children, $12 for adults. Group rates are available. All proceeds benefit Rady Children's Hospital Cancer Care Center. Last year $162,000 was raised.

Kami Evora

Scripps-Mira Mesa

Kiwanis Club

He Has "A Way with Words"

We are honored to have Richard Lederer as our special guest speaker on Wednesday, Nov. 5! He is a writer, broadcaster, and speaker and will offer fascinating facts about our American presidents: their feats, fates, families, and firsts. You'll have fun learning about our presidents' lives and the unique aspects of the 2008 presidential contest. This will be especially interesting since it will be a day after the election.

Dr. Lederer is the author of more than 30 books about language, history, and humor. He has been profiled in magazines and frequently appears on radio as a commentator on language. He is a founding co-host of "A Way with Words" on KPBS Radio.

This meeting is open to the public, however, you need to call me to reserve a spot. The meeting will be at the Otto Center at the San Diego Zoo from 6:30 to 9 pm, including a book signing.

Get Involved

Many of you may be encouraged by your employer to participate in community service projects. Kiwanis is a wonderful vehicle. We encourage you to visit us for a free breakfast on a Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:15 am at Mimi's Café in Mira Mesa. On the second Wednesday of each month we meet at Filippi's in Scripps Ranch at 6:30 pm.

For more information, please visit [] or call me at 536-9821.

Mark Branning

SR Toastmasters--Come Visit and See Us in Action!

One of the easiest and most effective public speaking programs is the Toastmasters Club, where everyday people meet informally to help improve their individual communication skills. We meet every week, and every meeting is packed with prepared speeches and impromptu speaking opportunities. We'll help you overcome any nervousness you have about public speaking.

The Scripps Teasers Toastmasters Club meets at the Information Center on Cypress Canyon Road. Our meetings start at 7 am every Thursday and last one hour. Guests are always welcome.

For more information, visit []. Go to the "Membership Information" link under the main menu. If you have questions, email [[email protected]] or contact Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222.

Welcome Club

Thanks to Diane Rider and Barbara Wesser for the successful Gadabouts tour and lunch at the Stone Brewing World Bistro and Gardens in Escondido. It was a great way for the members to welcome fall and get in the Oktoberfest mood.

The Trail Walkers meet every Tuesday morning and walk the beautiful trails in our area. We now have a Biking Group that meets at the lake twice a month. We also have coffees, bridge, book discussion, bunco, and more. For details, visit [].

Our general meeting is every first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. We have a program, refreshments, and time to socialize. Our October program featured Jerry Mitchell, founder of the Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council. He spoke about how his group helped many neighborhoods increase their fire protection. Ed Holler, president of the SR Community Emergency Response Team (SRCERT), told us how members help in a disaster.

Come join us. Applications are available at the library, reality offices, and the Information Center. For details, visit []. Also, you can call Becky McDonald at 578-6953 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Scripps Ranch

Women's Club

The Scripps Ranch Women's Club (SRWC) is getting into the fall season. In November we will participate in the Susan Komen Cancer Walk in Balboa Park. We also will host a post-election happy hour at the Brigantine in Poway.

A reminder to all Scripps Ranch High School female students! Our club gives out yearly scholarships. Look in future Newsletters for details.

Our club's purpose is to encourage community spirit by getting involved in charitable, cultural, and social activities. For more information, please contact our membership chair, Karyn Farr, at 693-1172 or [[email protected]]. Visit our website at [].

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

We are offering camps for the November school holidays--Tuesday, Nov. 11, and Monday-Wednesday, Nov. 24-26. All our camps are for kindergartners through 5th graders, from 8:30 am to 4 pm, with extended care provided at an additional cost. We have onsite activities or sign up for our off-site camps.

Looking for something for the older students--5th to 8th graders? We are organizing exciting off-site teen excursions on Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 24 and 25. Prices and more information can be found online at [].

Village Quilters

If you want to know more about machine embroidery, stained glass look on fabric, bobbin work, crayon and inking, machine appliqué, and photo printing on fabric, please come to the Village Quilter's Saturday, Nov. 8, meeting. A lecture and slide show on these techniques by expert Mary Tabar will provide you with instruction on how to embellish your quilts, wearables, and other fabric creations.

The meeting begins at 10 am at the Scripps Ranch Library's community room, and it is open to everyone interested in the art of quilting. Village Quilters welcomes new members as well as guests. For more information, please call president Suzy Marshall at 653-0398.

Barbara Wesser, Publicity Chair

Computer Users Group

If you'd like to learn more about computers, hardware options, software availability and applicability, stop by. We meet in the Scripps Ranch Library's seminar room from 9:30 am until noon on the third Saturday of the month.

Bring your computer problems, big and small. Someone is sure to have an idea that will help. The next meeting is on Saturday, Nov. 15. For details, call Dave Bechtel, evenings, at 549-2077.

Scripps Ranch Singles

Single in Scripps Ranch? Want to have fun, participate in exciting activities, and meet other Scripps Ranch singles? We meet every month--plus we have fun activities, lake walks, dinners, and other get-togethers. There is no reason to sit home all alone when you could be out having fun with other Scripps Ranch singles. Please contact Linda at [[email protected]], or call 760-285-3833 for information.

Help Patrick Walk

Help Patrick Walk was established to raise money for Patrick Ivison, a SRHS freshman. Patrick suffered a spinal cord injury as a small child when he was hit by a car. The money raised goes to pay for his therapy at Project Walk, a spinal cord injury recovery facility in Carlsbad.

If you are a student looking for a service project and would like to hold a fundraiser for Patrick, please contact us. In October a group of girls from Samantha Ivison's soccer team formed a team for the 3v3 Soccer Tournament. The girls decided to call themselves "Team Help Patrick Walk" to raise awareness for his cause. Thank you, girls!

All donations to support Patrick are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to "NTAF Spinal Cord Injury Fund" with Patrick's name is the memo line and mailed to 11080 Forestview Lane, San Diego, CA 92131. For more, visit [].