Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents The Gift Teller

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) continues its 35th season with the world premiere of playwright Stephen Metcalfe’s The Gift Teller. The production opens Saturday, Nov. 9, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 8.

SRT’s production of The Gift Teller is directed by Lisa Berger, the inventive theater artist whose credits include award-winning productions of The Car Plays at the La Jolla Playhouse. Berger, who teaches theater at the University of San Diego and elsewhere, brings her lyric sensibilities and vision to master storyteller Stephen Metcalfe’s work. Her staging encompasses live musical accompaniment and the work of a professional puppeteer.

Loosely based on the classic O. Henry short story The Gift of the Magi, Metcalfe’s tale follows two Manhattanites. Daniel, a gifted photographer stuck in a nowhere job, needs a ring to propose to Julie, an aspiring actress who has just landed a role in faraway London.

The story is told by a jovial spirit of the season, the Gift Teller, who manifests himself as a homeless man, a Salvation Army Santa, a shopkeeper in a yarmulke, a seedy pawnbroker, a jolly holiday shopper, and Daniel’s estranged father—but the charms of the original story remain.

“It has become far too easy to feel that the giving and receiving of a simple Christmas gift is pedestrian,” Metcalfe says, “[and] that Christmas is a chore rather than a blessing.” This is Metcalfe’s answer to the holiday season’s supposed disappointments. The play sprang from a chance remark about the effusion of Christmas pageantry and the need for an intimate holiday entertainment with heart.

For ticket information, reservations, and show times, call the box office at 578-7728, or visit [] for more information. All performances are at SRT’s home on the campus of Alliant International University.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary would like to thank the people who attend our annual Tea fundraiser on Saturday, Nov. 2, and those who are unable to attend but sent in generous donations. The money we raise will be used to purchase “basic needs items” for clients staying at the HVH shelter, a safe haven for families needing temporary shelter from physical and mental abuse situations.

Our auxiliary meets monthly with the shelter staff to determine areas of need. During our 2012–2013 year we were happy to assist the shelter purchase sheds for more storage, a freezer, two refrigerators, and screen doors for the clients’ dining area. In recent months we also purchased pillows, towels, underwear, children’s shoes and school supplies, and a substantial amount of food for HVH clients.

The HVH staff also lets us know of immediate needs that vary based on season, number and ages of children staying there at any given time, and so forth. This month they’re short of clothing for girls from newborn to 24 months, pajamas for boys and girls of all ages, and umbrellas.

If you would like to donate any items, you can drop them off at the Scripps Ranch Library, the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road, or at the Mini and Me store in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace on Scripps Poway Parkway. Thank you for your continued support!

Lynn Parke

Richard Lederer at Our Library!

Join us on Sunday, Nov. 3, at 2:30 pm for a special event! Richard Lederer, history quizmaster and language columnist for UT San Diego, founding co-host of A Way with Words on KPBS public radio, and entertaining speaker, will explore the joys of words, including major anniversaries of the Gettysburg Address and the invention of the crossword puzzle. He also will sign books from his large bibliography about language, history, and humor, which make great gifts. He will donate all profits from sales of his books to our library.

Book Discussion Group

The group is reading Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. Mark your calendar for the traditional potluck dinner meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at which books for 2014 will be selected.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes back pianist Dmitry Kirichenko on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2:30 pm. His program will include Tchaikovsky’s The Seasons. There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), although donations are appreciated. Meet the artist at a reception.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 7 pm with the screening of A Bottle in the Gaza Sea. It’s a 2011 French film—French, Hebrew, and Arabic with English subtitles—presenting a stirring Romeo and Juliet tale for the internet age. Well-known film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the film and moderate the post-screening discussion.

Amherst Writers Workshop

The free writers workshop led by Laurie Sanders-Cannon, Amherst affiliate, continues on Saturdays, Nov. 2 through 23, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. The Amherst Writers and Artists method encourages development of voice and craft by writing from a prompt. Sign up at the library.

Student Essay Contest

The 17th Annual Writing for Literacy Student Essay Contest is open to 4th, 8th, and 10th grade public and private school students. Citywide finalists receive cash prizes and laptops. Last year two Scripps Ranch students were citywide winners! The deadline for the contest is Friday, Dec. 20, at 3 pm. More information can be obtained from your teacher, at the library, or on our website at [].

Children’s and Teens’ Programs

Check out the exciting lineup for November! Mark your calendar for twice monthly free performances, sponsored by the SRFOL, designed for ages 4–11.

  • Thursday, Nov. 7, at 3 pm—Mission for Nutrition” with Mad Science, featuring live experiments and fun demonstrations; and,
  • Thursday, Nov. 21, at 3 pm—Growing Food Wild Style” with Pacific Animal Productions; be surprised by all the “wild” help it takes to grow our food.

Teens, ages 12–18, are invited to express themselves with body art at a Teen Entourage event featuring henna “tattoos” with Crescent Moon Designs on Friday, Nov. 15, from 3 to 5 pm. Permission forms, available at the youth librarian’s desk starting Monday, Nov. 11, are required .

Our regular programming includes: Homework Help for ages 4–11—most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3–5 pm; Meet, Read To, and Get To Know Finnegan the Library Dog—first and third Saturdays of the month, 10:30 am; Library Chess Club—Mondays and Thursdays, 4 pm; Brilliant Babies lapsit program, Wednesdays, 1 pm; Toddler/Preschool Storytime, Thursdays, 10 am; and, Chinese Storytime, Fridays, 3:30 pm. Check at the library or [] for updates.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

A special thank you goes to the Scripps Ranch Old Pros, honorary members of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. They support and actively participate each year selling special editions of UT San Diego on Kids’ NewsDay at street corners throughout our community to raise funds for the hospital. This year’s event was in October. Thank you to Starbucks for providing venues and to the many patrons who donated $1 dollar or more. In one day we made the difference of a lifetime to the patients and families at Rady Children’s!

We are seeking new members to join us to advocate and fundraise for Rady Children’s Hospital. We meet monthly, typically the third Monday of each month, at 7 pm at the Crown Pointe Clubhouse. Please contact our membership chairs, Michele Fisher at [[email protected]] and Elizabeth McKinnis at [[email protected]].

More than 2.5 million children are injured in the home each year. Rady Children’s Center for Healthier Communities is a great resource for tips to keep your children healthy and safe. Find it at []. Follow us on Facebook at [].

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Director, Parliamentarian

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club is as busy as ever. This month we feature one of our members who is one of the reasons we have many varied activities. Pam Savelsberg has been a member of our club since 1986. She has served as co-chair of our Arts and Crafts group, headed up our Sunshine group, and served over the years as treasurer, vice president, and president.

Today she is the outstanding chair of our Gadabouts, which has resulted in many adventures this year, including trips to see the Titanic exhibit, the Stone Brewery, tide pooling at Scripps Pier, Capistrano by train, the Botanical Gardens, the Women’s Museum, the Chocolate Exhibit, the Birch Aquarium, and, most recently, the Gemological Institute of America. Pam arranges all the details! Many thanks to this outstanding member of our club.

If you’d like to join us on one of these Gadabouts, please think about joining the Welcome Club. In November Pam has plans for us to see the Canterbury Gardens and gift shop. For more information about our club, call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Janelle Boustany, Secretary

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club Activities

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club is thankful for our 60 exuberant, talented members who make the organization a joy by getting involved, having fun, and supporting our community. On Saturday, Nov. 16, the Epicurean Dining group will meet in members’ homes to enjoy a “cooking with wine” dinner. On Friday, Nov. 22, members will attend a pre-theater party and a performance of The Gift Teller at the Scripps Ranch Theatre.

Joining Scripps Ranch Women’s Club is an opportunity to make new friends, enjoy activities, and give back to your community. Our membership chairs, Marty Salkin at 566-0551 or Diane Lennert at 549-2066, would love to hear from you. Also, visit [].

Anne McClure, Publicity

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Toastmasters is more than just public speaking. It’s about the communication skills you use every day. Toastmasters will help improve your skills and confidence as a competent speaker. Plus, it’s a great place to meet people in a supportive, fun atmosphere.

Guests are welcome. We hope to see you at the SRCA Community Center on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am. For more information, call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [].

Village Quilters

Quilt teacher and designer Kim Diehl says she stumbled onto quilting when she was out with a friend. “It found me more than I found it.” Largely self-taught, she won an award for the third quilt she made. She has gone on to publish books, as well as showcase patterns in American Patchwork and Quilting. She’ll present “A Simple Trunk Show” to Village Quilters on Saturday, Nov. 9, at 10 am at the Scripps Ranch Library. The program is free to members and $5 for guests. Visit [].

Scripps TipsNetworking Group

We are a small-business networking group that meets over breakfast every Friday. These get-togethers provide us with a great start to our day without interfering with our productive business hours. Our group is all about idea sharing, in-depth learning about what and how each member conducts his or her business, and referrals whenever possible. To learn more about our group, please visit [], then contact Cheryl Berkson at 922-3720 to arrange a visit.

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

Our mission is to connect with other professional women in Scripps Ranch and help them expand their businesses while having fun building friendships. Our group, the only one in Scripps Ranch for women professionals, facilitates relationships through monthly meetings. Our November meeting is on Friday, Nov. 22. This breakfast meeting lasts from 8 to 9:30 am. Won’t you join us! For more information, please call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit us on the web at [].