Date of Meeting

Place and Contact

Help Patrick Walk

Lunch meetings monthly.

Contact Jennifer at [[email protected]].

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary


Contact Ellen Hawkins at 693-0810.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Third Monday, 7 pm.

Crown Pointe clubhouse; Mary Rea at 578-3098.

Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps

Wednesdays, noon.

Poway Brigantine; call Melanie at 513-4900.

Scripps Knights of Columbus

First Tuesday, 7 pm.

St. Gregory’s Catholic Church; Mike Harris at 513-1153

Scripps–Mesa Garden Club

Fourth Tuesday, 6 pm.

SR Library, and other locations; Lynell Hallock at 578-6351.

Scripps–Mira Mesa Kiwanis

2nd Wed., 6:30 pm; 4th Tu., 7:15 am.

Mimi’s Café; call Mark Branning at 536-9821.

Scripps Ranch A Cappella Singers

Mondays, 7:30 pm.

Please send inquiries to [[email protected]] or 566-6164.

SR Commercial Emergency Response Team

Third Tuesday, 7 pm.

SR Library; Jim Treglio, 619-990-3598 or [[email protected]].

Scripps Ranch Fire Safe Council

Third Tuesday, 6:30 pm.

Call Karen Herreros at 653-3773.

SR Friends of the Library

Last Tuesday, 7:15 pm.

SR Library seminar room; call Linda Harris at 271-6171.

SR Knitting Group

Second/fourth Tuesday 1:30–3:30 pm.

SR Library seminar room; call Rhonda Rogers at 566-7036.

SR League of Women Voters

Second Monday, 9:30–11:30 am.

The Gateway; Claire at 679-7350 or Betsy at 451-5653.

Scripps Ranch Music Club

Second Tuesday, 7 pm.

Call Russ Schaefer at 549-4828.

Scripps Ranch Old Pros

Second Monday or Tuesday.

Poway Fun Bowl; call Brad Cox at 619-840-1354.

Scripps Ranch Theatre


Call Dave McClure, executive director, at 382-3639.

Scripps Ranch Toastmasters

Every Thursday, 7–8 am.

SRCA Community Center; call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club


Call Barbara Wesser, president at 442-9129.

SR Women’s Networking Group

Last Friday, 8–9:30 am.

Contact Julia Carson at 549-3070 or [[email protected]].

Scripps Ranch Writers Guild

Free workshop.

Contact Claudia at 693-3939; visit [].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Every Friday, 7:15 am.

Call Cheryl Chase-Berkson at 922-3720.

Village Quilters


SR Library; Jeffree Itrich at [[email protected]].

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch

First Tuesday, 7 pm.

Racquet Club, Aviary; JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Our Library is 20!

The 20th anniversary of our library was celebrated at a communitywide event in mid-March, hosted by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). People of all ages enjoyed the festivities. Mayor Bob Filner, 5th District councilmember Mark Kersey, San Diego library director Deborah Barrow, architect Richard Bundy, stained glass artist Richard Spaulding, and SRFOL president Linda Harris all spoke during the formal program, ably emceed by our branch manager, Bob Cronk.

The SRCA was well represented and sent a large birthday greeting “card,” which is on display in the library. Other special guests included Nancy Assaf and Richard Burke, former branch managers, as well as past and current staff members, volunteers, and SRFOL Board members.

Birthday cake was enjoyed by all. Kids had fun making birthday cards for the library and getting their faces painted with unique designs. A festive atmosphere prevailed with music provided by DJ Jason Perry, Scripps Ranch resident, of Magicland Entertainment. Highlights for many were the discussion tours of the library with our architect Dick Bundy and stained glass artist Richard Spaulding.

A huge thank you goes out to everyone who made the event a success, especially Victoria Mazelli, who oversaw the decorations, and many volunteers and SRFOL Board members. Thank you also to those who gave birthday gifts to the library in the form of generous checks and cash hung on the money tree. Our library is fortunate indeed to have such wonderful friends and supporters! It’s not too late to consider a tax-deductible birthday gift to the library in honor of this 20th anniversary milestone. Checks can be made payable to “SRFOL” and designated “birthday.”

Essay Contest

Congratulations to the Scripps Ranch winners of the 16th Annual Student Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest: Chelsea Cresencia, Scripps Ranch HS; Davis Klein, High Tech MS; Metta Nicholson, Marshall MS; Hannah Nguyen, Alec Davies, and Isaac Kim, E. B. Scripps Elementary; and, Emily Tran, Miramar Ranch Elementary. These students were honored at an awards ceremony hosted by the SRFOL in April at which they read their prizewinning essays.

Chelsea, Metta, and Hannah were selected to represent Scripps Ranch in the citywide essay contest, competing for gift cards, laptop computers, and $500 cash.

Children’s and Teens’ Programs

On Thursday, May 2, at 3 pm celebrate different cultural backgrounds with a special bilingual puppet show by Pig’s Eye Puppets to mark Children’s Day/El Día de los Niños. Don’t miss the “rollicking, heart thumping, foot stomping” Louisiana sound of the Bayou Brothers band on Thursday, May 9, at 3 pm. These free programs are sponsored by the SRFOL.

On Tuesday, May 21, at 6 pm kids are invited to wear pajamas and bring a favorite stuffed animal to the library to hear stories, sing, and have fun at Starlight Storytime. Then stay to enjoy Kids’ Night Craft at 6:30 pm. On Wednesday, May 22, at 3 pm kids are invited to drop in for the monthly afternoon craft program.

Brilliant Babies, a new baby lapsit program for infants up to 12 months old with their special adults is on Wednesdays at 1 pm. The traditional storytime for preschoolers is every Thursday at 10 am.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, May 15, at 7 pm with the screening of a 2011 film—in French with English subtitles—we’re not permitted to name that tells the little known story of a handful of Muslim agents who fought for the French Resistance during World War II. Well-known film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the film and moderate the post-screening discussion, focusing on the techniques used by the filmmaker to tell his story. Popcorn will be served. Check at the library for details.

Music Program

On Sunday, May 19, at 2:30 pm “The Pleasure of Your Company” presents the versatile Dean Ratzman with his “Swinging with Dean” show performing in the styles of Sinatra, Nat King Cole, Cole Porter, Ray Charles, Glen Miller, Duke Ellington, The Beach Boys, and more. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated. Meet the artist at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, May 22, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for June is In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson.

Grace’s Book Nook

Grace’s Book Nook, the used bookstore in our library, is open Monday through Saturday during library hours. We have it all: bestsellers in hardcover at $1.50 to 25 cent bargain books, from cookbooks to children’s books, plus CDs, magazines, new greeting and note cards, and more—all at amazing bargain prices. Keep those tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media coming, which we “recycle” into new books and media acquisitions for our library.

New Brochure and Membership

The SRFOL has a new tri-fold, color brochure that provides information about all aspects of the organization. Pick up one of these colorful brochures for yourself and perhaps another to give to a neighbor or friend. We welcome several new life members whose names have been added to the special life member plaque in the library.

Memberships start at only $5 for students and seniors, or consider becoming a life member now for $250, half the usual rate through August in celebration of the summer opening of the new main library. Membership not only provides needed funds to support our library, it also demonstrates to City Hall in a tangible way this community’s support for libraries.

Help Wanted

Are you looking for a way to make a difference in our community? Consider volunteering with the SRFOL. Whether you’re interested in helping with a short-term project or possibly a position on the SRFOL Board, we’ll match your interests, skills, and availability to a volunteer opportunity. Please contact us at 484-6231 or [[email protected]].

Membership Brunch, Scholarship Awards in May

Congratulations to Scripps Ranch Women’s Club’s Marty Salkin and Annie Lanning, co-chairs of our St. Pat’s pub party, for a very successful fundraiser! This event netted more than $7,000 that will fund contributions to Scripps Ranch schools and community organizations. Our scholarships for senior girls will be awarded by our president, Barbara Wesser, in May at Scripps Ranch High School.

Our May calendar features social events in addition to our bunco games. On Friday afternoon, May 10, we’ll tour the Cosmopolitan Hotel in Old Town, a structure that dates back to 1827 and was recently renovated. After hearing about its history, members and guests will enjoy Happy Hour on the hotel’s lovely patio.

On Sunday, May 19, Kerry Butler will host the Membership Brunch at her home. At this open-air party, our focus is on new members who attend as guests and meet those who have been involved in the club for a longer time. It’s a great opportunity to mingle and make new friends.

We always welcome new members, so consider joining our dynamic organization. You’ll meet other women who care about our community and like having fun. For more information, call our membership chair, Susie Hill, at 847-9411 or visit our website at [].

Anne McClure, Publicity

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter provides a temporary respite for families fleeing from domestic violence situations, and the population is always changing. This past month the shelter’s clients included several mothers with young sons, and the supply of boys’ clothing and sneakers is now diminished. At our monthly HVH Auxiliary meeting, the shelter staff said they would appreciate the community’s help in replenishing their supplies of these items, along with size 5 and 6 diapers and new flip flops for children and adults.

Your donations can be dropped off at the Scripps Ranch Library, the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road, or at the Baby Vie Store in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace. They continue to need transportation to pick up large donations such as couches. So if you have a truck and would like to occasionally help, please contact Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708 or [[email protected]]. Thank you.

Lynn Parke

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

A speech by any other name…what’s in a title? Plenty! Crafting a well-worded speech title can help guide you through the creative writing process, such as selecting a position, tone, and goal. It shows your enthusiasm for the topic and creates anticipation within your audience.

When writing your title, consider this Toastmasters tip: make your title active, descriptive, concrete, catchy, humorous, fresh, offbeat, unexpected, or alliterative. “Good titles are like good grooming habits. Just as people look at you differently when you are well groomed, people listen more intently when your words are preceded by an intriguing title.” That’s from How Intriguing Is Your Speech Title, by Howard Scott, Public Speaking Articles: September 2012 at []. A creatively titled speech by its name is one that is remembered.

Discover firsthand how Toastmasters can help you achieve your speaking and leadership goals. Guests are welcome at our weekly Thursday meetings at 7 am at the SRCA Community Center. Please contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [].

SR Theatre Announces 2013–2014 Season

Season subscriptions go on sale soon for the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s (SRT) 2013–2014 season. Characteristic of SRT’s commitment to quality and variety, the season will feature:

  • Lettice and Lovage, a Peter Shaffer comedy originally written for Dame Maggie Smith but this time featuring SRT’s own artistic director, Jill Drexler, and directed by Kathy Brombacher, founding artistic director of Moonlight Stage Productions in Vista.
  • The Gift Teller, a world premiere holiday-themed play by nationally known playwright Stephen Metcalfe.
  • Five Course Love, a hilarious musical with three talented actors playing 15 characters. Joey Landwehr, artistic director of the J* Company Youth Theatre, returns to direct this fun evening of theater.
  • The Liar, a clever and romantic adaptation of a classic by Pierre Corneille, directed by SRT’s talented Robert May. It’s a clever and romantic play for the entire family.
  • The Sunshine Boys, the classic by Neil Simon in which two former vaudeville comedians get together for a grudging reunion. It will feature two of San Diego’s favorite actors: Phil Johnson and Eric Poppick.

Meanwhile, following its highly acclaimed March/April production of An Inspector Calls, SRT concludes its 2012–2013 regular season with an all-star cast performing Moonlight and Magnolias, a fun, farcical look at the behind-the-scenes birth of one of the most beloved films of all time. It’s Hollywood, 1939. Three weeks into shooting, David O. Selznick has fired the director, then locked writer Ben Hecht and new director Victor Fleming in his office and they can’t get out until they finish a revised screenplay. The movie? Gone With The Wind. So, with only peanuts and bananas to sustain them, they work through and act out Margaret Mitchell’s bestseller and in the process make movie history.

Moonlight and Magnolias opens on Saturday, May 25, running weekends through Sunday, June 23. Then, for two weekends in July, SRT will again present Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City, featuring an evening of three diverse one-act plays, winners of this year’s competition among San Diego playwrights. Look for more information soon.

Performances are at the Alliant International University theater. For more, visit []. For reservations, call the box office at 578-7728.

Welcome Club

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch members had some good times this spring. In April we went on a Gadabout to San Juan Capistrano by train. We also attended the Scripps Ranch Theatre, preceded by a pre-theatre party at a member’s home.

We look forward to our May general meeting and the installation of new officers and chairs, followed by a wine and cheese party. The highlight of the month will be our Tea in a rose garden at a member’s home.

Please join us for these, and many other, activities—conveniently all right here in Scripps Ranch. If you would like to learn more about the club, please call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217, or check out our website at [].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter…there are so many ways people network today, and it’s all good! Yet, there is still a solid place in our lives for old-fashioned face-to-face interaction and connecting—and this is the value of our local, well-established, and synergistic organization, Scripps Tips.

We are a group comprised of small business owners, independent contractors, reps, or professionals in private practice. Each member is in a different business so there is no competition for referrals. Our goals relate to giving and receiving referrals as well as generously supporting each other’s business interests and challenges. Our highly consistent attendance numbers are a testament to the value received by membership. For information, please visit our website at [], then contact our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson, at 922-3720. We meet every Friday morning over breakfast at a local restaurant. We’d love for you to join us!

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group’s mission is to connect with other professional women in Scripps Ranch and help them expand their business opportunities while having fun socializing and building friendships. Our group, the only one in Scripps Ranch for women professionals, will facilitate business and personal relationships through monthly meetings in Scripps Ranch.

Each month three members have the opportunity to be “Presenters of the Month,” highlighting their business or special interest to the group. We encourage members or prospective members to bring their friends to help us expand our reach and grow as an organization. Check our website to see if your business or service is not represented by one of our members.

Our next meeting is on Friday, May 31, from 8 to 9:30 am. Our “Presenters of the Month” will be Clarissa Constantine, Cleopatra Settles, and Cheri Walker. For more details, call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit our website at [].