Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents Holiday Memories

Based on two short stories by Truman Capote, The Thanksgiving Visitor and A Christmas Memory, and adapted by Russell Vandenbroucke, Holiday Memories is about the relationship between a young man and his elderly cousin, Miss Sook. The time is 1932, the depths of the Great Depression. The place is small-town Alabama. Seen through the eyes of the young man, the events are unremarkable in themselves: preparing Thanksgiving dinner for a house full of guests and making 30 Christmas fruitcakes on a budget of $12.73. What transforms the events is the love between Buddy and Sook and the beauty and humor that Truman Capote finds in their adventures.

"You will love the play's eccentric characters," says producer George Soete. "You will marvel at the resourcefulness of people living on the edge of poverty. You will laugh at the gentle humor found in everyday life. And you will not soon forget the loving relationship between two people living with joy among some of the worst times in American history."

Holiday Memories opens at the Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) on Friday, Nov. 13, and runs through Saturday, Dec. 12. All performances are in the theater at Alliant International University. Please visit [] or call 578-7728 for information, tickets, and performances days and times.

The SRT is looking for an individual with senior leadership experience to become an important volunteer contributor to SRT's future growth. Please contact Rick Parke at [[email protected]].

Join your Neighbors for a Family Hike

There's a new club in town and you're invited to join! Family Adventures in Nature, or FAN Club, believes that nature is a tonic to our souls. Many families find they don't have time to get their kids in nature, or don't know where to go or what to do when they do have time.

Inspired by Richard Louv's book Last Child in the Woods, FAN Club founders Ron and Janice Swaisgood created this local club as a branch of Sustainable Scripps Ranch. The club's goals include getting "nature" back on family calendars by offering hikes, habitat exploration, and community service projects.

Come along with the FAN Club--in association with Sustainable Scripps Ranch and San Diego Children and Nature--for the premier outdoor expedition! Families with children of all ages are welcome and no experience is necessary. We will walk, explore, and discover native habitat and wildlife in Penasquitos Canyon on Saturday, Nov. 14. Meet at the parking lot at the end of Mercy Road at Black Mountain Road at 9:30 am. Parking is $4 per vehicle.

We'll head on an easy trail for about one-half mile to the stream. Please bring water, snacks or lunch, sunscreen, and extra clothes if you think your child will get wet or muddy. In case of inclement weather, bring your raincoats and rubber boots! Email [[email protected]] for details.

Children's Hospital Auxiliary

Our Scripps Ranch Unit of Rady Children's Hospital knows how to make special things happen in honor of our city's littlest patients. This fall unit members have been busy organizing a number of fundraisers and outreaches.

Our new unit leaders, Laurel Berns and Peggy Webb, kicked off their first meeting with a full agenda. We have lots of members eager to work and play hard, all in the name of those sweet kids. If you are interested in joining our unit, contact Yvette Gilman at [[email protected]] or Tracy Sackett at [[email protected]] for details. We meet monthly at the Crown Pointe recreation room on Mondays at 7 pm. Besides helping kids, we have a great time together!

Michele Fisher, our Ways and Means chair, already is hard at work planning another fun event for this spring. In the meantime, last year's fundraiser auction winner, Jan McGowan, was treated to a great evening at the Scripps Ranch Symphony at the Park. The concert was highlighted by a gourmet meal, courtesy of Yanni's Bistro and Nothing Bundt Cakes, and a team of hostesses from the unit, who provided VIP parking, luxurious seating, vino, and a lovely "table" arrangement for them. Hey, we treat our generous donors well!

Last month we were out pounding the streets, literally. First, we walked with Shamu at the SeaWorld Rady Children's Hospital Walk. Later in the month we sold those very special issues of The San Diego Union-Tribune for Kids News Day. Every year that $1 donation for a fact-filled, inspiring issue adds up to big money that goes directly to the hospital programs supported by the Auxiliary. Thanks to chairs Jackie Hughes, Marilyn Tobin, and Dana Walters.

In November our most generous donor, Yanni's Bistro, has come up with a tasty way to support the hospital! Yanni is offering a cooking lesson on Saturday, Nov. 21. We'll learn how to create a delicious meal and pair it with wine for just $50, all of which goes to the hospital! Class size is limited; please email [[email protected]] for details.

Then Rady Children's Hospital's Fantasy on Ice comes to Horton Plaza. Proceeds benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 19, at 7 pm and the rink closes on Monday, Jan. 11. Hours are 10 am to 10 pm, except Christmas and Thanksgiving. Tickets are available at the rink for $12 per adult and $10 per child, skates included. Also, North Island Credit Union has tickets for $8.

Until December, count your many blessings and share them with others.

Kathleen Merkin, Contributor

Children's Programs

Godfrey the Magician will perform at the free children's program on Thursday, Nov. 19, at 3 pm. You'll be astounded by this spectacular demonstration of magic! Every child receives a free magic trick and a 12-trick how-to brochure.

Music Program

The "Pleasure of Your Company" concert series welcomes back flutist Lori Bell, Grammy Award nominee, performing with pianist Diane Snodgrass on Sunday, Nov. 15, at 2:30 pm. There is no charge for the concert, although donations are gratefully accepted.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Private Patient by P. D. James. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. Copies of the book are available at the circulation desk. Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Dec. 16, for the potluck dinner at which books for 2010 are selected.

Volunteers Honored

Carol Smith, Tom Boyer, and Edna Stanley 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. Carol Smith generously donated her professional expertise in the selection of the beautiful, durable fabrics used to reupholster the library's armchairs and facilitated donations to the Adopt-an-Armchair project from many of her neighbors at the Promontory.

Edna Stanley, a long-term volunteer in Grace's Book Nook, willingly fills in at the last minute for uncovered shifts, allowing our used bookstore at the library to remain open and fulfill its mission of raising funds to benefit our library. Over the past several years Tom Boyer has lent his musical talent to library functions, helped set up a range, of library events from the Volunteer Appreciation Brunch to concerts, and assembled bookcases for our seminar room. Thank you and congratulations to Carol, Edna, and Tom!

In addition, SRFOL's own Richard Busch, who was nominated by SRFOL last year for an award in recognition of his work on our amazing website [], was recognized by the Pacific Beach Friends for designing and maintaining their new website. The time, energy, and talent donated by our wonderful volunteers help make our library in Scripps Ranch such a special place!

Computer Users Group

What's a Computer Users Group? It's a group of individuals who share their knowledge of computers and software. You will no doubt find someone who has experienced the same problem or can recommend a piece of hardware or a software program to meet your needs.

We meet in the Scripps Ranch Library's seminar room from 9:30 am until noon on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting is on Saturday, Nov. 21. For more information, call Dave Bechtel, evenings, at 549-2077.

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Women's Club

Join the fun with our Women's Club in Scripps Ranch! We always welcome new members who enjoy making friends, having fun, and helping their community. Our main purpose is to encourage community spirit by getting involved in charitable, cultural, and social activities. For more details, contact our membership chair at [[email protected]] or visit [].

In October we attended an "October Fest," at Cat and Patrick's home, where Patrick makes his own beer! Also, we attended a flower arrangement class and luncheon taught by Lynnell Hallock, owner of Scripps Ranch business Sprigs Flowers. Both events were fun!

In early November we will hold our first International Dining event for this year. The theme is "twilight dinner in the apple orchard." In mid-November we will travel to downtown--Little Italy--for a stop at the Farmers Market, a walking tour of the area to learn more about the history of the area, and lunch.

Come to one of our functions to see if our club is for you!

Donna Coff/Publicity Chair

Toastmasters in Scripps Ranch

Make public speaking fun! Toastmasters is a world renowned organization with a proven process. Every meeting is packed with prepared speeches and impromptu speaking opportunities. We'll help you overcome any nervousness you have about public speaking. The program works for all skill levels.

The Scripps Teasers Toastmasters Club meets at the Community Center on 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Our meetings start at 7 am every Thursday and last one hour. Guests are always welcome.

For more information, visit our website at []. For questions or more information, email [[email protected]] or call Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222.

"Scripps Teasers Toastmasters--The key to better listening, thinking, and speaking. Become the leader and speaker you want to be."

Welcome Club

Thanks to our president JoAnn Farmen for the fun Gadabouts to San Juan Capistrano. We explored the town with a little shopping, viewing the mission, and having a tasty lunch. Taking the train meant that no one had to drive!

Also a big thank you to Kay and Tom Douglas for hosting a fun Fall Fest TGI that was well attended. Our October general meeting program was presented by our members Marty and Allan Salkin. They did a reading of the one act play, Hello Mom? That was followed by a talk with Jim Caputo, the playwright.

The November meeting program will be presented by our member Dorothy Mildice on the ins and outs of travel. Our meetings are held the first Tuesday of every month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. The Welcome Club has many events and activities to enjoy during the month. Why not check out our website at [] and take a look at our calendar.

Applications are available at the Community Center and the Scripps Ranch Library. If you have any questions, please call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Small-business owners in our country have learned the value of networking groups. If you are a small-business owner interested in exploring options in this arena, you will find a number of networking groups that have sprung from national organizations, with preset structure and rules. Our group is one of a kind.

We at Scripps Tips have borrowed the best from the other groups while establishing our own format and tone that reflects us as individuals as well as our local spirit. If you are considering dedicating a small block of your valuable time each week to building your referral base through networking, please visit our website at [] to learn more about us. Each member represents a different business or profession. Please call our president, Leo Klijn, at 689-4120 for further details.

Help Patrick Walk

Help Patrick Walk was established to raise money for Patrick Ivison, a sophomore at SRHS. Patrick suffered a spinal cord injury as a small child when he was hit by a car. The funds raised go to pay for his rehabilitation at Project Walk, a spinal cord injury recovery center.

Upcoming fundraisers: Mamarazzi Photography will take family portraits on Sunday, Nov. 15, to support Patrick. The cost of $125 includes a disc containing 15 of your favorite images, a custom designed holiday card, and 25 printed cards! Visit [] to sign up.

Progress: Patrick walked on September 22 with the help of only one trainer and a walker. To say I was shocked and overjoyed would be an understatement. To see the video go to: [].

Tax-deductible donations can be made to "NTAF Spinal Cord Injury Fund" with Patrick's name in the memo line and sent to: "Help Patrick Walk," 11080 Forestview Lane, SD, CA 92131. Please visit [].