September Highlights for the SR Women’s Club

On Tuesday, Sept. 17, members will tour the new nine-acre area at the Japanese Friendship Garden and visit the Museum of Art in Balboa Park. We also will have lunch at the Prado restaurant. The Friendship Garden, including an exhibit house, koi pond, bonsai, and walkways, is an expression of ties between the people of San Diego and Yokohama, Japan.

The first Epicurean Dining experience on Saturday, Sept. 21, features dishes from the Mediterranean region, prepared and shared by members and their guests. The gathering promises to be a fun evening for this new group! On Friday, Sept. 27, theatre-goers will enjoy a pre-theatre party and then attend the Scripps Ranch Theatre production of Lettice and Lovage, a comedic play written specifically for Dame Maggie Smith.

Joining Scripps Ranch Women’s Club is an opportunity for new friendships, fun activities, and community philanthropy. Our membership chairs, Marty Salkin at 566-0551 or Diane Lennert at 549-2066, would love to hear from you. Also visit our website at [www.srwomensclub.org].

Anne McClure, Publicity

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary-Scripps Ranch Unit works in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. We advocate for the health and well-being of children, increase community awareness of Rady Children’s, and fundraise. Please visit our Facebook page at [www.facebook.com/rcha.scrippsranch] and consider joining our unit by contacting one of our membership chairs, Michele Fisher at [[email protected]] or Elizabeth McKinnis at [[email protected]]. We will host a prospective new member social early in September. Our next meeting is on Monday, Sept. 16, at 7 pm.

Save the Date: The Scripps Ranch Unit is hosting another Oktoberfest “California Style” fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 6 to 10 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club at Aviary. Proceeds this year will benefit the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital. Chairing the event this year are Marilyn Tobin at [[email protected]] and Yvette Gilman at [[email protected]]. Look for more details in our ad on the page to your left.

Advocacy: Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death due to unintentional injury in children ages 5–14 in San Diego County. Using an age-appropriate, properly installed child safety seat reduces the risk of death or injury by 71%. Children must be rear-facing in a child seat until they are 20 pounds and 1 year old.

Children must ride in a rear seat in a child passenger safety seat until they are 8 years old and 4 feet 9 inches. Pediatricians recommend that children remain in the rear seat until they are 13. Rady Children’s Hospital provides weekly child passenger safety seat inspections every Tuesday at the RCHSD–Plaza parking lot, 3665 Kearny Villa Road, San Diego, 92123. Make an appointment by calling 576-1700, ext. 5096.

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity

Music Programs

Back by popular demand, the world famous Rajkó Gypsy Band, an authentic Gypsy ensemble from Hungary, returns for a special concert on Sunday, Sept. 8, at 4 pm. Accompanied by Hungarian dancers, they will perform selections from their repertoire of Hungarian and Gypsy songs, operetta, and classical music. This concert is co-sponsored by the House of Hungary, San Diego, and benefits our library. Enjoy delicious Hungarian pastries at a complimentary reception at intermission. Tickets are $15 at the door, $5 for kids under 12.

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series kicks off the new season with the incomparable Chris Klich Jazz Trio on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 2:30 pm. The trio performs a broad spectrum of music from the jazz idiom and is considered to be one of the best mainstream jazz groups in the city. There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), although donations are appreciated.

Children’s and Teens’ Programs

With school starting, don’t forget to schedule time for the fun events at the library this month. Our programs include:

  • Meet, Read To, and Get To Know Finnegan the Library Dog—first and third Saturdays of the month, Sept. 7 and 21, 10:30 am;
  • Storytime with Mr. T—a toddler/preschool storytime presented by a ukulele-playing couple and their pug dog, Mondays, 11 am;
  • Chess Club—Mondays, 4 pm;
  • Brilliant Babies—lapsit program, Wednesdays, 1 pm, starts Sept. 11;
  • Toddler/Preschool Storytime—Thursdays, 10 am; and,
  • Chinese Storytime—Fridays, 3:30 pm, starts Sept. 20.

Our special evening program, Starlight Storytime, is on Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 6 pm. And mark your calendar for exciting and completely free performances designed for children ages 4–11! These exciting events, sponsored by the SRFOL, are scheduled twice each month. Our September lineup includes “Learning How to Drum with Mathematics” with Nana Yaw Asiedu on Thursday, Sept. 12, at 3 pm. “Pirate Fun” with Raggle Taggle is on Thursday, Sept. 26, at 3 pm.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 7 pm with the screening of Obselidia, which won two awards at the 2010 Sundance Film Festival. In this part road movie, part love story, part bittersweet meditation on the ephemeral nature of everything, a lonely librarian believes love is obsolete, until a road trip to Death Valley with a cinema projectionist teaches him otherwise. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the post-screening discussion.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading both The Good Good Pig by Sy Montgomery and Caleb’s Crossing by Geraldine Brooks, the One Book, One San Diego selection for 2013. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for October is Something Wicked This Way Comes by Ray Bradbury.

Membership

Show your support for our library by joining the Friends of the Library. Memberships start at only $5. The discounted cost of an individual lifetime membership—reduced to $250 from $500—in celebration of the opening of the new San Diego central library has been extended through the end of the year. Membership brochures and forms are at the library and on our website at [www.srfol.org].

Editor Sought

The SRFOL is seeking a new editor for our quarterly newsletter, Folio. Please contact Barbara Measelle at [[email protected]] or 586-1195 to discuss this and other volunteer opportunities.

Welcome Club

As you can see from our website at [www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com], the Welcome Club has activities and interest groups that range far and wide—there’s something for everyone. One of our most active is our trail walking group. We usually meet once a week at a member’s home and take one- to two-hour hikes along the many trails in Scripps Ranch.

In July we were invited to venture out on a night hike in the Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve, led by Mike Kelly, the conservation chair of the Friends of Los Penasquitos Canyon Preserve (group pictured above right). The four-mile hike took us past mule deer, willow trees—aspirin comes from them—sweet-smelling-but-poisonous Jimsom weed, as well as sights, smells, and sounds that are very different at night than during the day. If you’d like to try one of our Scripps Ranch trail hikes, please contact Janelle at 335-3323 or [[email protected]].

We have lots of activities. If you want to join us, please call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Domestic violence victims who seek shelter often arrive without any extra clothing or personal items. The Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter houses many such families each year. The Scripps Ranch HVH Auxiliary was formed more than 10 years ago to help this shelter.

We hold only one fundraiser a year—the HVH High Tea—and all money raised helps the shelter. We have been busy coordinating details for the 2013 HVH High Tea on Saturday, Nov. 2. If you’d like to attend the Tea, please contact co-chairs Lauretta Johnson at [[email protected]] or Karen Wood at [[email protected]].

Each month the auxiliary publicizes current shelter needs so you also can help. The items needed this month are: women’s casual tops—not torn, soiled, or dated; children’s shoes, all sizes; backpacks; and, school supplies. Donations can be dropped off at the Scripps Ranch Library, Ellen Hawkins’ home at 11528 Wills Creek Road, or the Mini and Me store in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace. Thank you for your continued support!

Lynn Parke

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

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 helps 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.

Drop by our Open House! It’s on Thursday, Sept. 12, from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Come meet our members, learn about Toastmasters, enjoy a tasty breakfast, and have some fun.

Scripps Teasers meets every Thursday, from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center. Guests are welcome at any meeting. Contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org].

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s Lettice and Lovage Opens

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) presents Lettice and Lovage, the Tony-nominated comedic work by Peter Shaffer, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm starting on Saturday, Sept. 7, and running through Sunday, Oct. 6.

Set in England, the play reveals how a flamboyant tour guide who loves to embellish the history behind an English country house butts heads with a fact-conscious official at the house. According to the New York Times review, the play is “a female version of the archetypal Shaffer play,” describing Lettice, the central character, as “a lover of history and theater and a sworn enemy of all in life that is ‘mere.’’’

For reservations and ticket information, call the SRT box office at 578-7728 or visit [www.scrippsranchtheatre.org]. All performances are held in the theater at Alliant International University.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

We are a small-business networking group that has been gathering for 20 years here in the Scripps Ranch area for synergistic and referral benefits! We meet at a local restaurant over an early breakfast every Friday. Some of our charter members are still in attendance! We always welcome prospective new members, just so long as there is no other member with whom there would be competition for referrals. Our membership is diverse, so meetings are interesting and informative!

If you would like to consider our group, please visit [www.scrippstips.net]. To arrange a visit, call our president, Cheryl Berkson, at 922-3720 so you can discover why we have such consistent attendance!

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. We encourage members or prospective members to bring in their Scripps Ranch friends. 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, Sept. 27, from 8 to 9:30 am for breakfast. For information, call Julia at 549-3070, email [[email protected]], or visit [www.srwnetworking.org].