Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents The Dining Room

The Scripps Ranch Theatre's (SRT) 30th season opens on Friday, Sept. 5, with a Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Dining Room. Written by A. R. Gurney, The Dining Room lets you eavesdrop on the comings and goings in one room over the span of 50 years. The dining room where birthday parties, celebrations, dinners, and holidays occur is the perfect setting for such discovery. Come watch eight actors play 50 roles in 18 scenes--whew! This award winner is a whirlwind of a play. At times humorous, meaningful, witty, and touching, it is always an engaging story of the American family. It is rated G.

The play is set in the dining room of a typical well-to-do household and consists of a mosaic of interrelated scenes: some funny, some touching, some rueful that, taken together, create an in-depth portrait of a vanishing species, the upper-middle-class WASP. The actors change roles, personalities, and ages as they portray a wide variety of characters--from little boys to stern grandfathers and from giggling teenage girls to Irish housemaids. Dovetailing swiftly and smoothly, the varied scenes coalesce, ultimately, into a theatrical experience of exceptional range, compassionate humor, and abundant humanity.

For the 2008-2009 season, SRT has a new subscription program that allows supporters to customize their season subscription, starting at $55 for four plays and $65 for five. All performances are held in the theatre at Alliant International University. For season tickets, more information, and reservations, visit [] or call 578-7728. SRT encourages patrons to make reservations early as performances sell out quickly.

Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary

Our first meeting of the new Auxiliary year is on Monday, Sept. 8, at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. Social time and refreshments start at 7 pm; the meeting starts at 7:30 pm. Our first big task is to plan for Kids News Day (KND), the Auxiliary-wide fundraising effort to sell the KND special edition of The San Diego Union-Tribune for $1 each. Proceeds benefit Rady Children's Hospital. The KND event is on Tuesday, Oct. 7.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the Auxiliary is welcome to attend our first meeting. For more information about joining the Auxiliary, please contact membership chairs Traci Sackett at [[email protected]] or Laurel Berns at [[email protected]].

Kami Evora

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Our Auxiliary supports Hidden Valley House, a shelter for abused women and their children. The shelter was the recipient of Channel 10's 2007 Extreme Makeover, and we were instrumental in providing many of the extras that were not covered by the makeover.

Our fundraiser this year is on Saturday, Nov. 8, at the Scripps Ranch Library. Proceeds will go toward remodeling the shelter's kitchen, an area not included in the makeover. Please save the date and plan to attend our "Tea For All Seasons"--a tea that will focus on all the wonderful fall flavors, and a silent auction that celebrates all the seasons!

The items needed by the shelter this month are toddler-size diapers, school supplies, and gently used strollers and car seats. Items may be dropped off at the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Many thanks!

Sandy Price

Welcome Club

A big "thank you" goes to Val Acciani and Karyn McCartney for the great success of the Annual Salad Supper. The theme was "Crazy Hat Happening" and members really put their creative hats on and came up with fun and beautiful hats.

In August we started the month with a TGI hosted by Carolyn and Jerry Walters. The members enjoyed the warm August evening by the pool sipping their BYOB and enjoying the smorgasbord of homemade appetizers. You know why this is a well-attended event just from the din of chatter and laughter that can be heard before you even enter the door.

Our general meetings are the first Tuesday of the month at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive at 7 pm. The September program will be presented by Scripps Ranch resident Henry (Hank) Z. Jones. Mr. Jones has a diverse background that includes singing, acting, and writing. He was on the Tennessee Ernie Ford Show, acted in eight Walt Disney movies and many films with four other movie studios, appeared on many TV sitcoms, and recorded many albums. Mr. Jones became a professional genealogist and an entertaining genealogical lecturer and accomplished writer. It should be a very informative and entertaining evening.

Welcome Club has many events to enjoy during the month, and the club has started two new ones: biking group and walking group. There is also book discussion, bridge of every level, bunco, crafts, and our coffees--to name a few.

Visit our website and check out our calendar for more information at []. Applications are available at the Scripps Ranch Library, the Information Center, various realty offices, and the Marketplace. For more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Music Program

The "Pleasure of Your Company" concert series opens its 2008-2009 season with the Kensington Trio on Sunday, Sept. 7, at 2:30 pm. The program will include works for violin, cello, and piano by Haydn, Chausson, and Robert Furstenthal, who will be in attendance. Meet the musicians and composer at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Children's Program

Come join the fun on Thursday, Sept. 18, at 3 pm at the first children's program of the new school year. Check at the library for specific program information.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for October will be Kindred by Octavia Butler.

Farewell, Nancy

Nancy Corbin Assaf, who served the Scripps Ranch community so ably as our library branch manager since the original storefront library, retired at the end of August. The Friends of the Library will honor her at a tea reception at the library on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 3 to 5 pm. Everyone is invited to come wish Nancy well, partake of refreshments, and enjoy the guitar music of Tom Boyer.

Thank you!

SRFOL extends its sincere appreciation to Tom Boyer, Scripps Ranch resident and popular fingerstyle guitarist (pictured above), who has generously donated his time and talents to provide a festive ambience at both the retirement dessert reception for former library assistant Sue Fox in late July and at the upcoming tea reception in honor of our recently retired and beloved librarian Nancy Assaf.

Special Notes

For special events, please remember to arrive early, park on Meanley Drive, and use the paved walkway to the library.

Be sure to visit our website at [] for the latest from the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library.

Computer Users Group

You are invited to attend the Computer Users Group monthly discussions held at the Scripps Ranch Library. Here, neighborhood friends of all ages meet in a roundtable forum and converse on the subject of computers. The neophyte receives direct help and the expert receives the satisfaction of assisting a neighbor. It's here we acquire knowledge from the subjects covered that are outside our field of interest.

You are invited to sit with our neighborhood group. We meet the third Saturday of the month at the Scripps Ranch Library's seminar room from 9:30 am until 12 noon. The next meeting is on Saturday, Sept. 20. For more information, please call Dave Bechtel--evenings from 7 to 9 pm--at 549-2077.

Help Patrick Walk

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

Progress: Patrick is getting ready to walk for the 2008 Steps to Recovery on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Project Walk. This event is open to the public and promises to be an incredible and emotional day.

Exciting news: Patrick surfed on behalf of "Life Rolls On" at the U.S. Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach in July. He was one of four disabled surfers.

If you would like to support Patrick, all donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to "NTAF Spinal Cord Injury Fund" with Patrick's name in the memo line and mailed to "Help Patrick Walk," 11080 Forestview Lane, San Diego, CA 92131. For more information about Patrick, please visit our website at [].

Scripps Ranch Single Neighbors

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 activities, walks, and get-togethers. For more information, contact Linda at [[email protected]] or call 760-285-3833. Young, not so young, single parents, whatever. Join us for fun!

Scripps Ranch

Women's Club

Are you new to the area or just want to meet new people? We have the answer for you--just visit our website at [], or call our membership chair, Karen Farr, at 693-1172. Our club's purpose is to encourage community spirit by getting involved in charitable, cultural, and social activities.

In July SRWC members enjoyed the Annual Dinner, this year again held at Yanni's Bistro. Shannon McClintock, who was one of our club's recipients of a $2,000 scholarship award this year, was our guest along with her mother. In August we held one of our social events at the House on the Hill in Poway.

On Tuesday, Sept. 16, our social will be at LaBastide for a happy hour. On Friday, Sept. 19, we gather for our every other month "Scripps Ranch Theatre Night." Contact Karen Farr for times.

Toastmasters in Scripps Ranch--Join the Fun!

Are you ever envious of the person at work who displays great communications skills? Well, people are not born with these skills--they are developed through training and practice. Anyone can improve his or her speaking skills and become a more effective communicator to benefit you at work, home, or in any social setting.

One of the easiest and most effective public speaking programs is the Toastmasters Club, where everyday people meet to help improve their individual communication skills. Our club continues to grow and we have lots of fun, so come visit us! Now that summer is just about over and the kids are back in school, most people will have more time for self-improvement projects.

Every meeting is packed with prepared speeches and impromptu speaking opportunities. We'll help you overcome any fear or nervousness you may have about public speaking. The program works for all skill levels, even experienced speakers can improve. Our meetings provide an informal, fun environment in which to practice.

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

For more information, visit our website at []--there is no "www" in the web address. Go to the "Membership Information" link under the main menu. If you have questions or for more information, email [[email protected]] or call Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222. We look forward to meeting you.

French Conversation Group

Parlez-vous fran├žais? The Scripps Ranch Cercle Fran├žais meets one Sunday a month from 2 to 4 pm. Contact Carol at [[email protected]] or 547-4331 if you are interested. Speakers of all levels are welcome!

Village Quilters

Arlene Stamper, renowned quilter and teacher, will present a "Swap a Block" trunk show on Saturday, Sept. 13, at 10 am at the Scripps Ranch Library's community room. If you are a quilter--beginning or advanced--or just love quilts, come join us. We always welcome new members and guests to our meetings, which are held the second Saturday of each month at the library.

Each meeting features fun events such as fabric exchange, block of the month, "show and tell" to inspire you, and talented speakers to get your creative juices flowing. Village Quilters also supports the community through its philanthropic program that gives beautiful handmade quilts to various groups. For more information, please call president Suzy Marshall at 653-0398.

Barbara Wesser, Publicity/Advertising Chair