SR Theatre’s Exciting Events

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is presenting Moonlight and Magnolias, the hilarious classic Hollywood-inspired comedy by Ron Hutchinson, that runs through Sunday, June 23. Legendary Hollywood producer David O. Selznick has a problem. He has just fired the director of Gone With the Wind and the script is on its umpteenth version. He desperately needs a new director and writer—now! However, the writer he wants, Ben Hecht, has never read the novel. Selznick’s director of choice is Victor Fleming, whom he pulls off The Wizard of Oz, which is already in production. Locked in Selznick’s office for five days, with bananas and peanuts as their only food, the three men pull together a new script. The play is a fun, farcical look at the behind-the-scene birth of one of the most beloved films of all time.

Directed by Matt Thompson, Moonlight and Magnolias features Jim Chovick, Cris O’Bryon, Jonathan Sachs, and Susan Clausen. Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. For ticket prices and information, visit [] For reservations, call the box office at 578-7728.

Out On A Limb: SRT congratulates Steven Oberman, Emily Sperling, and Tim West, the playwrights chosen to have their one-act plays produced by the SRT as part of its “Out On A Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City” project! It is designed to create and stage new plays that spring from the stories of San Diego and its people. The program strives to produce new work that engages playwrights and theater artists in Southern California.

The production dates are Friday through Sunday, July 12–14 and July 19–21. Details are available at the SRT website.

Summer Theater Camp: SRT is offering a summer theater camp for children ages 9–12. The camp includes an introduction to acting, script writing, set design, costuming, props, improvisation, puppetry, stage movement, and more! Camp concludes with a pizza party, performance showcase, and a take-home DVD.

Camp dates are Monday through Friday, July 22–26 and July 29–Aug. 2. Tuition is $185 for the week. For information or to enroll, contact Daisy Talley at [[email protected]] or call 305-968-0318.

Women’s Club Celebrates the Theater

Our pre-theater parties are opportunities to catch up with friends while enjoying delicious hors d’oeuvres. This month we’ll get together on Friday, June 7, and then attend the Scripps Ranch Theatre for a performance of Moonlight and Magnolias, a lighthearted take on the writing of Gone with the Wind.

The next day members and guests will be treated to a behind-the-scenes look at the Old Globe Theater. We will take a 90-minute, in-depth tour of this major arts institution in Balboa Park that has presented outstanding productions for more than 75 years. Those who wish to continue the fun will have lunch after the tour.

We will invite our scholarship winners and their moms to join us for our Annual Dinner next month. Would you like to meet other community-minded women who enjoy getting together and having fun? We welcome new members. 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 Scripps Ranch Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary continues to support the Hidden Valley House domestic violence shelter all year, even though our group does not meet during the summer months. At the June meeting held at the shelter members will host the annual HVH Staff Appreciation Luncheon.

The shelter has received some emergency transfers recently, resulting in a substantial turnover in the clientele and diminished supplies of food and other “basics.” As a result, their list of “items of the month” is greater than usual. Needed items include: tennis shoes, all sizes—for men, women, and children; blankets; diapers and wipes; umbrellas; sun block; long summer dresses; and, children’s size small pajamas. Your donations can be dropped off at the SR Library, the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road, or the Baby Vie Store in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace on Scripps Poway Parkway. They also are looking for two love seats for the offices and a refrigerator, and they will come to your house to pick them up.

If you are interested in becoming involved with the HVH Auxiliary, please contact Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708 or [[email protected]]. Thank you!

Lynn Parke

Essay Contest Winners

Congratulations to: Chelsea Cresencia, Scripps Ranch HS; Metta Nicholson, Marshall MS; and, Hannah Nguyen, Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary (pictured below). They were honored at the citywide awards ceremony at the Balboa Park Club for the 16th Annual Student Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest. Chelsea and Hannah, 10th and 4th grade finalists respectively, read their essays and received laptop computers. Metta was recognized as an 8th grade semifinalist.

Children’s and Teens’ Programs

The Summer Reading Program, “Reading is Sooooo Delicious,” starts on Friday, June 14. Kids and teens can earn prizes just for reading!

The following free children’s programs, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), are on special Thursdays at 3 pm.

  • June 13—explore the wacky, wonderful world of what wild animals eat and how this helps the world.
  • June 20—learn how to make sushi out of candy; space is limited, numbers will be given starting at 2 pm; a parent must be present.
  • June 27—join Sparkles the Clown in “Cooking Up Fun,” a whimsical recipe for fun including hilarious and amazing bubbles.

Kids are invited to our Kids’ Craft Studio program for a craft activity every Tuesday at 3 pm. On Tuesday, June 11, at 6 pm kids are invited to wear pajamas to the library to hear stories and have fun at the Father’s Day Starlight Storytime.

Teens are invited to participate in a series of special “Teen Entourage” programs this summer. The first of these, Making Candy Sushi, on Wednesday, June 19, at 3 pm is a hands-on workshop. Space is limited for this program; numbers will be given out beginning at 2 pm.

Every Tuesday at 4 pm aspiring chess players can learn to play or sharpen skills at the Library Chess Club. Brilliant Babies, a new baby lapsit program for infants up to 12 months old with their special adults continues on Wednesdays at 1 pm. Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers continues Thursdays at 10 am. On Fridays at 4 pm come learn Chinese at Chinese Storytime for School Age Children.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, June 19, at 7 pm with the screening of a 1962 low-budget expressionist gem of a film that now has a cult following. Well-known film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the film and moderate the post-screening discussion.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, June 26, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for June is Just Kids by Patti Smith.


The SRFOL sponsors three free Zumba classes each week. On Wednesdays from 5 to 6 pm and Fridays from 4 to 5 pm, Zumba Fitness combines a cardiovascular workout with pulsating Latin music into a fun, calorie-burning experience for people of all ages. Those who prefer a slightly slower pace may want to try the Zumba Gold class on Mondays at 9:30 am.

Grace’s Book Nook

Did you know that Grace’s Book Nook, open Monday through Saturday during library hours, was the first used bookstore in a library in our county? Check out Grace’s Book Nook for books, magazines, CDs, and more. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media are appreciated. We’ll help them find new homes as we raise needed funds for our library.

Become a Friend

There’s a lot going on at our library this summer! Be sure to take advantage of the many programs made possible through the support of the SRFOL. Want to learn more? Pick up a new color brochure that has information about our group.

Consider joining the Friends of the Library. Memberships start at $5 for students and seniors, or consider becoming a life member now for $250, half the usual rate effective through August in celebration of the opening of the new Central Library.

Help Wanted

This summer may be the perfect time to volunteer with the SRFOL. Whether you’re interested in helping with a short-term project or a position on the board, we’ll match your interests and availability to a volunteer opportunity. Contact us at [[email protected]] or 484-6231.

Welcome Club

In the merry month of May the Welcome Club talked about books in three book clubs, hiked the trails around Scripps Ranch, had a wonderful coffee on the usual third Tuesday of the month, played lots of bridge and bunco, biked around the lake, and did crafts. We also celebrated spring and roses with a High Tea at a member’s home. May also welcomed new board members and chairs of interest groups.

We have many activities in the summer, the highlight of which is the Salad Supper in July. Join us! Check out our June meeting on Tuesday, June 4, at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. Our guest speaker will teach us how to organize our busy lives. For more details, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217, and check out [].

Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps

The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps welcomed guest speaker Todd Durkin, owner of a fitness studio, at a recent meeting. Todd shared with members how recovering from a back injury in Cannes, France, led to his career of helping people manage their pain and achieve their quest for fitness. Members were impressed to learn Todd has spent years training elite athletes such as LaDanian Tomlinson, Drew Brees, and Darren Sproles. Club members were inspired by Todd’s philosophy, “Eat Right, Train Hard, Live Inspired”!

The club is looking for projects that benefit Scripps Ranch. If you have community service projects for consideration, please email [[email protected]].

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

Scripps Teasers welcomes new members Allen, Molly, Michael, and Valesha! Why do people join Toastmasters? Is it because Toastmasters is a world leader in communication and leadership development? One of the best investments you can make in yourself? The most cost-effective skill-building tool available? Each person joins Toastmasters for his or her own reasons. What’s yours?

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. Contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [].

Scripps Tips Small Networking Group

Small business owners, such as those who join networking groups, know the value of making business-to-business connections. In doing so, they not only have the potential to expand their own sphere of influence, they also significantly enhance their value to their clients and customers as a “go-to person” for great referrals! This is a powerful “value added” benefit.

If you have not discovered the benefits of networking, please consider this your invitation to check out our group. Visit [] to learn more. We meet every Friday at a local restaurant for an early meeting over breakfast! Please call our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson, at 922-3720 to arrange a visit!

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, facilitates business and personal relationships through monthly meetings. Check our website to see if your business or service is not represented by one of our members. Our next meeting is on Friday, June 28, from 8 to 9:30 am. Our “Presenters of the Month” will be Paula Sassi, Susan Heck, and Vicki Winkelman. For more details, call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit [].