SR Women’s Club Awards Six Scholarships

Women’s Club president Barbara Wesser presented scholarships to six senior women at a Scripps Ranch High School awards ceremony in May. Congratulations to the deserving winners: Erin Coates, Lauren D’Annibale, Emily Provenzano, Amanda Robinson, Keilani Sakumoto, and Sarah Shaffer. They and their moms will be guests at the Women’s Club’s annual dinner on Wednesday, July 31, at the 94th Aero Squadron. This is a chance for members to celebrate accomplishments in the past year and look forward to 2014.

The popular “Dinner and Movie Talk” evening for members and guests is on Saturday, July 13. Everyone enjoys dinner at a member’s home and then discusses the selected movie. This casual evening is a great way to become acquainted with others with similar interests.

Would you like to meet other community-minded women who enjoy getting together and having fun? We’re very welcoming and open to new members. For more information, call our membership chair, Susie Hill, at 847-9411 or visit our website at [].

Anne McClure, Publicity

Children’s and Teens’ Programs

This summer the library has lots of free events, crafts, and programs, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), to help out when the kids are looking for something fun to do. The ever-popular Summer Reading Program, “Reading is Sooooo Delicious,” in which kids and teens earn prizes just for reading, continues. There are special categories and prizes for babies ages 0–2, children ages 3–11, and teens ages 12–17.

The following free programs featuring performers are on Thursdays at 3 pm:

  • July 11—Join Craig Newton for “A Musical Feast,” which includes guitar, banjo, violin, flute, trombone, and more. Enjoy sweet tunes!
  • July 18—Magician Dana Law with “Magic for Life,” discover how good food makes you magical.
  • July 25—Literature Comes to Life, enjoy The Stinky Cheese Man and The Wolf’s Chicken Stew as you’ve never experienced them. Dress up as 100 pancakes, 100 donuts, or a 100-pound cake in this audience participation program!

In addition, most of our regular programs continue, including:

  • Meet, read to, and get to know Finnegan the Library Dog—the first and third Saturdays of the month, July 6 and 13, 10:30 am;
  • Chess Club—Mondays, 4 pm;
  • Brilliant Babies lapsit program— Wednesdays, 1 pm;
  • Toddler/Preschool Storytime—Thursdays, 10 am; and,
  • Chinese Storytime—Fridays, 3:30.

This month’s evening program, Starlight Storytime, on Tuesday, July 23, at 6 pm features a stuffed animal sleepover.

Exciting new programs include: Storytime with Mr. T, a traditional toddler/preschool storytime presented by a delightful couple and their fun-loving pug dog on Mondays at 10 am; and, Kids’ Craft Studio, every Tuesday at 3 pm. Teen Entourage—on Wednesday, July 10 and 31—is for teens only, ages 12–18, and offers the chance to hang out, create awesome crafts, and, on July 31, even get a henna tattoo.

Special Music Program

From the original rhythms and drums of West Africa, you’re invited to travel around the world with City Heights Music School (CHMS) and Friends on Sunday, July 14, from 2 to 3:30 pm as different instruments play the “role” of the drum! “Rhythm Rotation,” a free performance and interactive program features violins, guitars, drums, keyboards, and voice.

CHMS students and teachers—including director/violinist and Scripps Ranch resident Victoria Eicher—will perform, joined by musicians from the La Jolla Symphony and Chorus and Scripps Ranch . . . around the world, across cultures, creating sister communities through music!

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, July 17, at 7 pm with the screening of the Italian comedy-drama, We Have a Pope—in Italian with English subtitles—directed by Nanni Moretti and starring Michel Piccoli. The movie was shown at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. Well-known film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the post-screening discussion. Popcorn will be served. Check at the library for details.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Just Kids by Patti Smith. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, July 24, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for August is Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand.

Grace’s Book Nook

Make it a habit to check out Grace’s Book Nook, the used bookstore in our library staffed by SRFOL volunteers, whenever you visit the library. This is the place for like-new and gently used books in all categories and for all ages, CDs, magazines, and greeting cards at amazing prices! We also stock duck food, the healthier choice for those who enjoy feeding the ducks in Evans Pond adjacent to the library. All proceeds go directly to support acquisition of new books and media for our library as well as library programs.


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 high-energy cardiovascular workout with pulsating Latin music into a fun, calorie-burning experience for people of all ages, fitness levels, and dancing abilities. Beginners and those who prefer a slower pace may want to try the popular Zumba Gold class on Mondays from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Celebration of Champions. The Champions—childhood cancer patients, community sponsors, family, and celebrities—performed an Olympic-style relay, passing the “Torch of Life” from one to another. It symbolized their determination to fight their life-threatening disease.

Other activities included several carnival booths—Scripps Ranch sponsored a “tattoo” parlor—music, and food booths. A balloon ceremony honoring children who have passed on and a Circle of Life where all 2,000 attendees joined hands to sing the theme song of hope—Pass It On—were some of the highlights.

This day of celebration also raised funds for unique cancer support programs at the Peckham Center that help patients and families from the first moment of diagnosis to their final treatment. Our Scripps Ranch Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital was proud to help sponsor this event.

Several of our members attended the auxiliarywide annual meeting in June at the Doubletree Mission Valley. It was an evening celebrating the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary’s 60th anniversary. All proceeds from the 60th Diamond Anniversary fund endowment will go to support Child Life Services at the hospital.

Child Life Services are essential because they help patients and their families understand and cope with hospital experiences. Community support is vital for Child Life Services, as it is 100% dependent on philanthropy. The evening included a fun fashion show in which two of our members, Sue Fledderjohn and Elizabeth McKinnis, strutted the catwalk and made us proud!

Our end-of-the-year “white” party was held at the home of Dana and Dan Walters. Traditionally, “white” parties are thrown across the country to celebrate the unofficial start of summer. What a fun evening and great way to end a successful year!

Thank you to our outgoing chair, Nancy Fleischman, for a phenomenal year. We look forward to an equally exceptional year with Kathy Steinhouse and Mary Rea as our new co-chairs.

If you are interested in joining the Scripps Ranch Unit, please contact Michele Fisher at [[email protected]] or Elizabeth McKinnis at [[email protected]] for more information.

Knit, Yak, and Laugh

There are so many great things that can be knitted or crocheted with new yarns and techniques. Twice a month, a group of us meet to knit, crochet, talk, and share. All of us have fun, whether we have been knitting since childhood or just picked up the needles a short time ago.

We have been doing charity work for Scripps Hospital. Jeri Demner, Marjorie Chretien, and Liz Erickson attended a meeting at the Scripps Hospital Volunteer Department and got all the information to knit baby hats, so each infant will have a hat to wear when leaving the hospital.

Linda O’Neill made us aware of Knitting for Needy Mothers. The group has a box at the library to drop off donations. If you saw the box recently, you would have noticed a beautiful coral and white baby blanket that Linda knitted and donated.

Join us on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. For information, call Rhonda Rogers at 566-7036.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary combined its June meeting with its annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon at the shelter. As in prior years, we will not meet during the summer months, however, planning is ongoing for our only annual fundraiser. As you plan your activities for the fall, don’t forget to mark your calendar to attend the annual HVH Auxiliary’s Tea on Saturday, Nov. 2. The public is invited and encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact co-chairs Karen Wood at [[email protected]] or Lauretta Johnson [[email protected]].

The auxiliary thanks the MOMS Club of Mira Mesa for its donations this year, as well as everyone who has dropped off items at the Scripps Ranch Library, Baby Vie store, and at the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Current needs at the shelter are socks and feminine toiletries, such as deodorants, sanitary products, and body wash. Thanks again for your continued support.

Lynn Parke

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch recently celebrated spring and roses in the lovely rose garden of one of our members at a High Tea. Nearly 30 club members attended. We dined on finger sandwiches, scones, marmalade, brownies, and several kinds of tea. We wore hats and fancy dresses and had wonderful conversations.

Our next big event is the annual Salad Supper on Tuesday, July 16, at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. We invite those new and not-so-new to Scripps Ranch to join our club. There are plenty of interests in our club, including bunco, bridge, book clubs, crafts, trail walking, and bike riding. If you’re interested in joining or want more information, please contact Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Scripps Ranch Theatre: Two Summer Programs

This month Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) presents its “Out On A Limb—New Plays from America’s Finest City” (OOAL) project, three brand new one-act plays written by area playwrights. All three plays run in each performance the weekends of July 12–14 and July 19–21 at SRT’s theater on the Alliant International University campus. Tickets are only $15.

In its second year OOAL is a new play development program designed to create and stage plays that spring from the stories of San Diego and its people. From the submissions received, area playwrights Steven Oberman, Emily Sperling, and Tim West were commissioned to pen new one-act plays. The following plays were written, revised, and are in rehearsal:

Steven Oberman’s A Slip from Reality: Two men, locked up together in a holding cell, discover they have more in common than they could imagine. Yet it’s their differences that have them scratching their heads and pondering their life choices.

Emily Sperling’s Mermaids: A mother struggles with how she will tell her son that their lives are changed forever amidst a personal loss and life-altering plans.

Tim West’s Blackout at Battery Cliff: Shortly after the attack of Dec. 7, 1941, a back-country boy turned gunner’s mate and a PX girl from the city’s Little Italy confront the prospect of subversion and invasion of the homeland, as well as rats, rattlers, and their fears and prejudices.

July also marks SRT’s new venture: a summer theater camp for children ages 9–12. It will include introduction to acting, script writing, set design, costuming, props, and more! Camp dates are Monday through Friday, July 22–26 and July 29–Aug. 2. Tuition is $185 for the week. For details or to enroll, contact Daisy Talley at [[email protected]] or call 305-968-0318. Visit the SRT website at [].

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Looking for a break from your relaxing summer? Drop by our meeting on Thursday mornings and discover how Toastmasters can help enhance your public speaking, leadership, writing, and networking skills. Plus, it’s only an hour a week, leaving you with plenty of time to enjoy the rest of the day.

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 [] for more details.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

As small business owners, reps, managers, or other professionals, networking is key to our ongoing success. Consider this: to network, you can take a client to lunch, or, as a member of Scripps Tips, you can “break bread” with 15 or more people weekly. These are prospective clients, customers, or referral sources—and you don’t even have to pick up the tab!

At Scripps Tips our reasonable monthly dues cover the cost of our own breakfasts and our website at []. It’s a great start to our day without any sacrifice of our productive work time! We consider this a win-win situation!

If you think that interacting with other like-minded small business people would help you build your business with referrals and ideas, please visit our website to learn more about us, then call our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson, at 922-3720.

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 in Scripps Ranch.

Check our website to see if your business or service is not yet represented by one of our members. Our next meeting is on Friday, July 26, from 8 to 9:30 am for breakfast. Won’t you join us! For more information, please call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit [].