Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary–Scripps Ranch Unit

It was a special day for many families and a wonderful and rewarding experience for all who attended the 18th Annual 2013 Celebration of Champions Event at the Embarcadero (pictured at right). Our champions—childhood cancer patients—along with sponsors, family members, and celebrities, participated in an Olympic-style relay, passing the “Torch of Life” from one to another.

Special thanks to Kathleen Merkin and her daughter Caroline for being the Scripps Ranch Unit “runners” to accompany our sponsored child during the short relay course. Special thanks also to Yvette Gilman, her daughter, Olivia Russell, and friend, Cayla Stroh as well as to Kathleen, Caroline, and the National Charity League Girls who volunteered at our tattoo booth for the carnival portion of this event.

Please “Save the Date” of Saturday, Oct. 19, to attend our Oktoberfest “California Style” fundraiser at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. Proceeds will benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital.

Please visit our Facebook page at [www.facebook.com/rcha.scrippsranch] and consider joining our unit. The Scripps Ranch Unit advocates and raises funds for Rady Children’s Hospital. Please contact membership chairs Michele Fisher at [[email protected]] or Elizabeth McKinnis at [[email protected]].

Sun Safety Tip: There is no such thing as a safe tan. Tanning is the skin’s reaction to being injured. Protecting your child from the sun until age 18 will reduce the risk of developing skin cancer by 78%.

Start good habits early. Put sunscreen lotion on your child’s skin every day of the year. Babies under 6 months old should stay out of the sun. Limit time in the sun between 10 am and 4 pm when the sun’s rays are strongest. Be careful with cloudy days! The most damaging rays from the sun still reach the skin. Avoid reflective surfaces. Surfaces such as water, sand, snow, or concrete can reflect up to 85% of the sun’s damaging rays.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) is an emergency domestic violence shelter operated by the Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a nonprofit agency founded in 1969. Living in an environment of physical and/or mental abuse is very traumatic for children and spouses. It takes a great deal of courage to escape from that life, as well as a safe place to go.

CCS provides this temporary refuge, as well as legal and counseling services for those affected by domestic violence and elder abuse. They also operate the only rape crisis center in the city of San Diego, staff a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline, and provide hospital and court accompaniment. Their website at [www.ccssd.org] contains more details and contact information.

Our HVH Auxiliary has supported the HVH shelter for the past 13 years. Our donations and volunteer hours for the shelter have helped fill the void created by California’s budget cuts and reduced funding. Donations from the community are very much appreciated, and the auxiliary continues to reach out for items that can be used by shelter clients, such as: new sheets and blankets, new pillows and new or gently used bath and hand towels, new socks and underwear and pajamas for women and children, new flip flops for women and children, and gently used casual style clothing—cleaned and not stained, torn, or outdated styles.

Additional items always in need are all sizes of diapers, children’s cold medicines, new hair brushes, and regular size shampoos and conditioners. When the population increases, supplies of dry and canned food are diminished. Gift cards to nearby grocery stores, Target, and Wal-Mart help replenish those supplies.

If you’d like to make donations of any of the above items, you may drop them off at the Scripps Ranch 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. As always, thank you for your continued support.

Lynn Parke

Special Book Sale!

Don’t miss the special sizzling Summer Book Sale at the library on Saturday, Aug. 3, from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Before school starts, there’s still time to enjoy some great summer reading at bargain prices. In addition to high school-required classics and teen novels, there are many terrific chapter books and easy readers for younger students, as well as picture books and board books for the little ones. Prices start at just 25 cents. We also have a huge selection of wonderful fiction for adults—perfect for beach, plane, or your favorite easy chair.

Don’t forget to visit Grace’s Book Nook, the used bookstore in our library, which is open Monday through Saturday during library hours. You will find great bargains on gently used books for readers of all ages and tastes, as well as CDs, videos, magazines, greeting cards, and duck food. The inventory is updated almost daily, so stop by often. All proceeds benefit our library and help provide new books and media as well as program support.

Children and Teen 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 continues just a while longer. Babies ages 0–2, children ages 3–11, and teens ages 12–17 can earn prizes for reading books.

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

Joe Gandelman returns on Thursday, Aug. 8, with a big cast of characters and plenty of laughs and interaction, and you’ll even learn some ventriloquism tricks and puppetry secrets!

Then on Thursday, Aug. 15, Krypton Yvonne is back with “Let Them Eat Science!” Experience wacky science for kids of all ages: giant carnivore teeth, get the scoop on poop, feed an alien pet . . . if you dare! Stay afterward for a special end of Summer Reading Program celebration!

In addition, most of our regular programming will continue, including Meet, Read to, and Get To Know Finnegan the Library Dog, now on the first and third Saturdays of the month, Aug. 3 and 17, at 10:30 am; Library Chess Club on Mondays at 4 pm; Brilliant Babies lapsit program on Wednesdays at 1 pm; Toddler/Preschool Storytime on Thursdays at 10 am; and, Chinese Storytime on Fridays at 3:30 pm. Preschoolers and toddlers are invited to enjoy Storytime with Mr. T, presented by a delightful couple and their fun-loving pug dog on Mondays at 10 am. Kids’ Craft Studio continues on Tuesdays at 3 pm through Aug. 13. Calling all teens for Teen Entourage at 3 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 7, featuring 3D Paper Spheres.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Aug. 21, at 7 pm with the screening of the 2012 French film, The Other Son—in Hebrew, Arabic, French, and English with English subtitles—directed by Lorraine Lévy. Bloodlines run thicker than political boundaries in this emotionally charged saga of two young men—a Jew and a Palestinian—inadvertently switched at birth. This revelation forces both families to reassess their identities, values, and beliefs.

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 her story. Popcorn will be served.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, the new One Book, One San Diego selection for 2013. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 28, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The originally scheduled book for August, Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, has been deferred to 2014. The book for September is The Good Good Pig by Sy Montgomery. Copies of the books are at the circulation desk.


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


Show your support for our library by joining the Friends of the Library. Memberships start at only $5. Until Saturday, Aug. 31, the cost of an individual lifetime membership is reduced from $500 to $250 to celebrate the construction and opening of the new San Diego central library. There’s never been a better time to become a life member! Membership brochures and forms are at the library and on our website at [www.srfol.org].

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series is on summer break. The free monthly Sunday concerts sponsored by the SRFOL resume on Sept. 15.

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s Exciting Next Season

Theater, at its heart, is storytelling, and Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) will tell some great stories for its 2013–2014 season! Yet again, SRT is gathering the finest talent in San Diego to tell some of the most compelling and entertaining stories available for theatrical production.

Audiences will be taken from British comedy, to a holiday season tale, to a musical with three actors showing incredible versatility, to an updated French comic classic, to Neil Simon at his best.

Of course, SRT is a story in itself, with its humble beginnings as a community theater without a permanent home. Now with a solid subscription base, SRT has enjoyed a history of 34 years “in the black.” It is supported primarily by ticket sales, along with important donations from generous individuals and arts grants.

The 501(c)(3) organization has expanded to five full-scale productions each year —plus its additional original new-play “Out on a Limb” project—always with an eye toward continued artistic growth and professionalism. SRT hires about 40 actors and a similar number of technical theater artists every year, and is able to pay them all modest stipends for their dedication to their craft.

So while one might say that theater all started with cavemen telling stories of the hunt, at its best theater is still just good storytelling, and SRT has some great yarns to spin for you in its 2013-2014 season. Details about the plays can be found in the centerfold of this Newsletter, along with information about ordering season tickets.

SR Women’s Club Introduces New Dining Group

Plans are underway for new “Epicurean Dining” events, where small groups of members and guests share dinners throughout the year. These evenings, held in members’ homes, will focus on a theme and celebrate good food and company.

Our motto “Women United in Community Spirit” was evidenced by recent club donations of $500 each to the four Scripps Ranch elementary schools, $500 to Marshall Middle School, $500 to the Scripps Ranch Theatre, and $250 to Hidden Valley House Auxiliary. The donations are in addition to the six scholarships awarded in May to SR High School women.

We are pleased to announce new club leaders who begin their terms in August: Mary Rea, president; Donna Apprill, treasurer; and, Kim Lowry, secretary. They and the other board members will convene this month to create a calendar of events for 2013–2014.

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 chairs Marty Salkin at 566-0551 or Diane Lennert at 549-2066, or visit our website at [www.srwomensclub.org].

Anne McClure, Publicity

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch has a lot to offer and we’ve been busy this summer. We started with a wonderful event at the home of Hilliard and Mary Ann Harper for members, couples, and friends, which turned out to be a perfect and warm evening. Many thanks to the Harpers for their outstanding hospitality.

Our annual Salad Supper was the event to attend in July. We dined on salads, appetizers, and desserts. There were many baskets raffled off and lots of good cheer and fun, all in a patriotic theme.

Coming up at the end of August is a Gadabout to the Birch Aquarium, led by a docent tour guide. We also have a coffee on the third Tuesday of August at the home of one of our members, and another evening affair at the home of a member on Friday, Aug. 9. In September we will go to the first of many plays for the new season at the Scripps Ranch Theatre.

This club is a great way to meet your neighbors! If you would like to attend any of our functions as our guest or join our club, please contact JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693. For a detailed listing of our activities and pictures, please visit our website at [www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com].

Janelle Boustany, Secretary

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

2013 Toastmasters President’s Distinguished Club Award: We are pleased to announce that because of our members’ success, Scripps Teasers once again earned this prestigious award for achieving its educational, training, membership, and administration goals. This annual award demonstrates a club’s commitment to providing its members with an engaging experience that supports their personal speaking and leadership goals.

Open House on Thursday, Sept. 12: Mark your calendar for our next Open House. Drop by at 7 am to meet our members, learn about Toastmasters, and have some fun. Check our website for details.

Would you like to get started in Toastmasters today? Toastmasters is more than just public speaking. It’s about the communication skills you use every day, from talking with friends to presenting at meetings. It will help improve your skills and confidence as a competent speaker. Plus, it’s a great place to meet new people in a supportive, positive, and fun atmosphere.

You don’t have to wait for the Open House. Guests are welcome at any of our weekly Thursday meetings from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center. Contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

While the majority of our members live right here in Scripps Ranch, residency is by no means a prerequisite. We are open to anyone who works or would like to do business in Scripps. Of course, participants from out-of-area need to be willing to commit to the drive required to join us for early breakfast meetings each Friday.

Interestingly, in one unique and exceptional case, a former Scripps Ranch resident has actually been able to remain part of our group even after he moved thousands of miles away. How, you ask? This is possible because of the “virtual” nature of his business! As a web designer, he built and continues to manage and host our website at [www.scrippstips.net].

So in June, we “Skyped” him in! Using a laptop, Skype software, and a portable screen we were able to make great audio and visual contact with him and he continues to contribute to our group from afar. In fact, he reports that by applying the concepts of networking and synergy that he learned in Scripps Tips, he was able to quickly expand his business into his new locale when he first moved there.

Scripps Tips is a unique group, with no affiliation to any national organization. If interested, please visit our website, then call our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson, at 922-3720 for more information about possible membership.

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 will 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 in their Scripps Ranch women friends to help us expand our reach and present opportunities for each of us to experience better business and personal relationships. Check our website to see if your business or service is not yet represented by one of our members.

There is no meeting in August, so our next meeting is on Friday, Sept. 27, from 8 to 9:30 am for breakfast. Won’t you join us! If you would like more information, please call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit us on the web at [www.srwnetworking.org].