Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Big Bird made a special appearance this year to help our Scripps Ranch Old Pros sell the special Kids’ NewsDay edition of the U-T San Diego in October to raise dollars for Rady Children’s Hospital. The Old Pros sold 1,268 papers and raised $2,765.76, breaking last year’s record by almost $800! Thank you, Scripps Ranch Old Pros and Big Bird, for making the difference of a lifetime to the patients and families at Rady Children’s Hospital!

Yvette Gilman and Marilyn Tobin co-chaired our 2nd Annual Oktoberfest “California Style” in October. Huge thanks to:

  • Phil’s BBQ, for catering the Oktoberfest feast
  • Yanni’s Bistro, for providing dessert
  • Ballast Point, for donating beer
  • Milagro Farm Vineyards and Winery, for donating wine

Cheryl Steinholt planned a Fall Social for our unit members to PaintNVineyard in November. We were all led by a professional art instructor in a step-by-step creation of our own masterpiece. It was a fun and relaxing night that brought out the creative artist in all of us!

Our November unit meeting was held at Yanni’s Bistro to celebrate our successful Oktoberfest and to thank Yanni and Denise Pihas for their ongoing support for Rady Children’s Hospital and our Scripps Ranch Unit. Thanks to Ann Wallace, Sandy Wetzel-Smith, and Susan Parme for coordinating the dinner for us in conjunction with our meeting at Yanni’s.

Get involved! Please contact our membership chairs, Michele Fisher at [[email protected]] and Elizabeth McKinnis at [[email protected]].

Rady Children’s Center for Healthier Communities is a great resource for key tips to help keep your children healthy and safe. Visit [www.rchsd.org/healthsafety/index.htm]. Follow the Scripps Ranch Unit on Facebook at [www.facebook.com/rcha.scrippsranch].

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Director, Parliamentarian

Book Discussion Group

The traditional potluck dinner meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at 6 pm at which books for 2014 will be selected. Come suggest a couple of favorite titles and bring a dish to share. The book for January is Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux.

Grace’s Book Nook: Sale!

Grace’s Book Nook is all decked out for the holidays with an updated and large inventory of nearly new books at bargain prices. Don’t miss our weeklong pre-holiday sale with 20% off our entire stock of books, CDs, and more from Wednesday, Dec. 4, through Tuesday, Dec. 10. The Book Nook is open during library hours. Also, we welcome your tax-deductible donations of books and media.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents The San Diego Chamber Music Society Brass Ensemble on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 2:30 pm performing a program of traditional carols, popular holiday songs, and contemporary holiday jazz arrangements. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), although donations are appreciated. Meet the musicians at a reception.

Carols in the Courtyard

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 5:30 pm the SRFOL presents Carols in the Courtyard, featuring the Scripps Ranch A Capella Singers garbed in Dickensian attire. Munch on cookies and sip hot cider!

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Dec. 18, at 7 pm with the screening of The Willow Tree—Farsi with English subtitles. Well-known film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the film and moderate the post-screening discussion.

Student Essay Contest

The 17th Annual Student Essay Contest is open to all 4th, 8th, and 10th grade students served by the San Diego Public Library system. School winners will be announced in January. Citywide winners will be recognized in May. Top winners receive monetary awards and laptops.

For entry forms and more information, visit [www.srfol.org] or contact your teacher, librarian, or Sandra Hoyt, SRFOL Essay Contest coordinator, at [[email protected]]. The entry deadline is Friday, Dec. 20, at 3 pm at the library.

Children’s and Teens’ Programs

Mark your calendar for twice monthly free programs, sponsored by the SRFOL, recommended for children ages 4–11. Laugh and be amazed by “Magic Show” with Alakazam on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 3 pm. Then on Thursday, Dec. 12, at 3 pm we’ll be “Making a Gingerbread House.” This is a limited attendance event; please line up and tickets will be handed out.

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, Dec. 6, from 3 to 5 pm. Sign-up and permission forms are required prior to the event, so please check at the youth librarian’s desk.

Regular programming continues. Please visit our website at [www.srfol.org] or check at the library for details.


Time is running out to take advantage of the discounted cost of a lifetime membership—reduced to $250 from $500—in celebration of the opening of the new central library. This special rate ends Tuesday, Dec. 31. Show your support for our library by joining the SRFOL. Annual memberships start at only $5. Details are on our website and at the library.

Gift Opportunity

Looking for the perfect alternative gift? Request a holiday bookplate form at the library’s front desk. Your tax-deductible donation buys a book in an area selected by you for our library. A bookplate is placed in the book to recognize your gift recipient, who will receive a letter letting him or her know about your thoughtfulness.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Center for Community Solutions, the nonprofit operator of the Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter, has asked the HVH Auxiliary to thank Scripps Ranch residents, businesses, and organizations for their contributions of time, money, and donations this past year.

The Village Quilters gave many handmade quilts and bibs. The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club again will collect toys, gift cards, and women’s clothing at its Holiday Party. Bunco and bridge groups donated food and money for supplies. The Scripps Ranch High School Interact Club, Key Club, National Charity League, and Eagle Scouts and local Girl Scout troops helped at the shelter, arranged birthday and Halloween parties and art projects for the children, staged food and clothing drives, and helped serve at our recent 14th Annual HVH Tea fundraiser.

The store Mini and Me collected donations of toys and clothing for the shelter clients, and the Scripps Ranch Library again offered to serve as a drop point for donations. Thank you all for helping!

Lynn Parke

SR Theatre Offers “Short-Season” Subscriptions

Now is the perfect time to treat yourself to a short-season subscription with Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT). If you are not already a season ticket holder, you can still purchase a subscription to see this season’s remaining productions. The SRT box office can provide pricing details and activate your subscriptions.

Meanwhile, SRT’s world premiere production of Stephen Metcalfe’s The Gift Teller closes with its matinée performance on Sunday, Dec. 8. Inspired by the classic O. Henry short story, The Gift of the Magi, the play is providing SRT audiences a heartwarming holiday experience.

SRT’s next production, Five Course Love, a musical by Gregg Coffin, is the story of five entangled encounters with love in five different restaurants. Three of San Diego’s finest musical-theater actors play 15 different characters, all on the hunt for “one true love.”

The musical styles reflect the cuisine of the eateries: country and western, Italian, German cabaret, Mexican, and ’50s doo-wop—something for everyone. Joey Landwehr, artistic director of J*Company, returns to direct this fun evening of theater. Five Course Love runs from Saturday, Jan. 18, through Sunday, Feb. 23.

To get your best seats for any production or for “short season” subscription details, call the box office at 578-7728.

Welcome Club

Welcome Club members were busy in November. We went to the theater, toured the Canterbury Gardens, met for coffee, played bunco and bridge, made crafts, walked trails and rode bikes, and read for three book clubs. We also meet once a month for a general meeting. In November we brought books and appetizers in a Food for Thought event.

In December we will have a holiday gift exchange for our general meeting, as well as a holiday coffee and holiday dinner and dance. We have lots of activities.

If you would like to participate, please call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693. They would love to chat with you about our activities and the benefits the club has to offer for meeting and socializing with your neighbors.

Janelle Boustany, Secretary

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

Congratulations to Hugh Rothman and Rebecca Clark for successfully representing our club at the October Central Division Toastmasters Speech Contest. The Central Division encompasses about 50 Toastmasters clubs throughout San Diego County. In the face of this stiff competition, Hugh placed third in best humorous speech and Rebecca placed second as best evaluator.

Toastmasters is more than public speaking. It’s about the communication skills you use every day, from talking with friends to presenting at meetings to helping others enhance their speaking skills. Plus, it’s a great place to meet new people in a supportive, fun atmosphere.

Interested in learning about Toastmasters? Guests are welcome at our meetings held at the SRCA Community Center on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am. You also are invited to our holiday party on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $5. For more information about the club or to pre-register for the party, contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org].

Christmastime Festivities for the Women’s Club

Our members will revel in Christmas magic when they visit three beautifully decorated homes on the Holiday Home Tour in Poway on Saturday, Dec. 7. Held from 11 am to 4 pm that day, the tour benefits the Poway Senior Center, an after-school program, and a scholarship fund. Our president, Mary Rea, will host everyone at her bedecked home after the tour.

A favorite gathering is on Wednesday, Dec. 11, at the home of Carol Becker when Royce’s Voices, a men’s a capella ensemble, presents a performance of beloved songs at the annual Cookie Party. Everyone enjoys pizza and salad, exchanges cookies if they choose, and donates gifts for the Hidden Valley House shelter.

Think about joining the Women’s Club 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. Visit our website at [www.srwomensclub.org].

Anne McClure, Publicity

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

The Scripps-Mesa Garden Club finished a good year with many informative speakers to help us with our garden adventures. We start up again on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Scripps Ranch Library at 5:45 pm. Our speaker will be Christiane Holmquist, a landscape designer who will talk about incorporating color into waterwise gardens. Visitors are welcome. Contact Lynnell Hallock at 578-6351 for details.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

Thank you for your interest in the Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group. Our goal and 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 helps professional women living and working in our community by facilitating business and personal relationships through monthly meetings.

We want to add these occupations to our group: consultants, accountants, health and well-being, travel, web and graphic designers, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. Due to the holidays, our next meeting is on Friday, Jan. 31, from 8 to 9:30 am. For more information, call Julia at 549-3070, email [[email protected]], or visit us at [www.srwnetworking.org].