Friends of the Library

New Year’s Resolution?

Love your library? Make a New Year’s resolution to explore volunteer opportunities with the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). Email [[email protected]] or call 271-4239 for details.

Grace’s Book Nook

Did you know that Grace’s Book Nook, the library’s used bookstore operated by the SRFOL, involves the efforts of more than 30 volunteers each month and has raised more than $250,000 since it opened? Funds raised through the Book Nook purchase hundreds of new books and media for our library each year.

We need more volunteers interested in covering shifts in the Book Nook on a regular or occasional basis. Please email [[email protected]] to learn about these and other volunteer opportunities with the Book Nook. When you shop at the Book Nook, you support our library. Your donations of gently used books and media are always welcome. Grace’s Book Nook is open Monday through Saturday during library hours.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 pm with the screening of the 2012 film Take Me Home, a magical road romance. 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 his story.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents The Sophistacados, an acoustic guitar duo, on Sunday, Jan. 19, at 2:30 pm performing their unique fusion of flamenco, Latin, Brazilian, and smooth jazz. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated. Meet the musicians at a post-concert reception.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Dark Star Safari by Paul Theroux. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes. Copies of the books are available at the circulation desk.

Children’s and Teens’ Programs

Mark your calendar for twice monthly free programs, sponsored by the SRFOL, recommended for children ages 4–11. Literature comes to life on Thursday, Jan. 16, at 3 pm as kids have the opportunity to dress up and participate in the retelling of Whale Is Stuck, to celebrate whale-watching season, plus The Paper Bag Princess.

On Thursday, Jan. 30, at 3 pm experience Chinese New Year with “Á Dragon’s Tale,” interactive storytelling by the San Diego Chinese Historical Museum. Starlight Storytime returns on Tuesday, Jan. 28, at 6 pm with stories, songs, and a craft.

Regular programming continues as follows: Scripps Ranch Homework Help for ages 4–11, most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3–5 pm; Ruff! Ruff! Reading with Finnegan, the therapy dog, first and third Saturdays of the month, 10:30 am; Library Chess Club, Mondays, 4 pm; Brilliant Babies lapsit program, Wednesdays, 1 pm; Toddler/Preschool Storytime, Thursdays, 10 am; Brain Games, Thursdays, 4 pm; and, Kids Meet Mandarin, Fridays, 3:45 pm. Check [] for updates.


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 dancing 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.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

We are excited that our membership is growing and extend a warm welcome to our new unit members: Vivienne Adibi, Lauri Stoppenbrink, Jill Fellows, Raelee Pacheco, and Jane Rabun. We are a dedicated group of women who advocate for Rady Children’s Hospital while keeping the “fun” in fundraising. Please contact our membership chairs, Michele Fisher at [[email protected]] or Elizabeth McKinnis at [[email protected]], for details about joining our Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit.

Rady Children’s Annual Fantasy on Ice is “A Cool Way to Help Kids.” This daily ice skating annual event is held at the ice rink at Horton Square through the first week of January. Proceeds benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital. Thank you to our unit representative, Ruth Lim, who worked with other unit representatives to plan the event.

Save the date for the Scripps Ranch Unit fundraiser, “Let’s Get Our Gatsby On.” The fun nostalgic evening set to the theme from “The Great Gatsby Era” is on Saturday, Feb. 22. Look for details soon.

Rady Children’s Center for Healthier Communities is a great resource for tips toward keeping your children healthy and safe. Visit []. Follow the Scripps Ranch Unit on Facebook at [].

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Director and Parliamentarian

Scripps Ranch Theatre Opens Five Course Love

Three superb actors, playing 15 roles, in five different “themed” restaurant environments, directed by one of San Diego’s most noted musical-theater artists! That’s what Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) patrons—sharing in the company’s 35th season—will experience between Saturday, Jan. 18, and Sunday, Feb. 23.

Gregg Coffin, the author, tells prospective producers that Five Course Love is vaudeville “sketch comedy.” Directed by J*Company artistic director Joey Landwehr, Five Course Love promises to be pure entertainment, with lots of physical action, charming music, and laughter.

More information is available at []. Make your reservations right away by calling the SRT box office at 578-7728. Rating: For mature audiences; contains sexual references.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Happy New Year from the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary to the individuals, groups, and businesses who gave generously to the HVH shelter last year! Your contributions of time, money, food, basic needs, and services were greatly appreciated by the staff and clients at the emergency domestic violence shelter.

The response from Scripps Ranch residents to our “items of the month” requests helped numerous moms, newborns, toddlers, children, teens, and even some dads who were seeking temporary respite from their abusive situations. To those donors—as well as the Scripps Ranch Library, Mini and Me store, and Ellen Hawkins, who serve as collection points for the donations—we extend a very big “thank you!”

Our meetings are on the first Friday of the month at noon. If you would like to join our group, contact Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708 or [[email protected]].

Lynn Parke

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

Welcome to 2014! You’ve probably selected a few New Year’s resolutions, and this year you’d like to turn those resolutions into reality. We have suggestions to make them stick:

  • Write down your realistic goals.
  • Pace yourself and spread easily viable steps throughout the year.
  • Schedule the steps in your calendar.
  • Share your goals and successes with others.

Now that you have a plan in place, consider adding one more resolution—polishing your speaking and leadership skills. And it’s easy to achieve that goal—join Scripps Teasers Toastmasters. Guests are welcome at our meetings held on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center. For more information about the club, contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [].

New Year, New Beginnings

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club members are looking forward to a productive and fun-filled 2014. Plans are under way for a special fitness class in January, followed by a visit to Extraordinary Desserts to reward everyone’s efforts.

Barbara Wesser will host the pre-theater party on Monday, Jan. 27, before the performance of Five Course Love at the Scripps Ranch Theatre. Our Mardi Gras gala, to be held at the newly remodeled Miramar Officer’s Club on Saturday, Mar. 1, will fund scholarships and donations to the Scripps Ranch community.

We welcome new members! Contact our membership chairs, Marty Salkin at 566-0551 or Diane Lennert at 549-2066, who will fill you in on our club and the opportunities that await you. Also, check out our website at [].

Anne McClure, Publicity

Welcome Club

Happy New Year from the Welcome Club! Start the new year off right! Join our club and meet interesting neighbors. Enjoy many activities, including bridge, bunco, book clubs, bike riding, trail walking, making crafts, and attending coffee klatches, Gadabouts, theater, and TGIs.

Just last month we had a gift exchange, lunch at the Torrey Pines Lodge, a holiday coffee, and a holiday dinner/dance. We look forward to a fun and festive new year, including a January TGI, a theater outing in February, and a St. Patrick’s Day party in March. If you would like to join us, please call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

January is a good time to start thinking about your landscaping and making improvements if needed. With our water restrictions, unfortunately, many homeowners are turning to cactus and gravel. There are many alternatives that are not only low-water users but attractive as well.

Our speaker for January is Christiane Holmquist, a landscape designer who will talk about incorporating color into a waterwise landscape and using shrubs and plants that are eye pleasing. If you would like to find out more, please consider joining the Scripps-Mesa Garden Club.

Our meeting is on Tuesday, Jan, 28, at 5:45 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. If you have questions, contact Lynnell Hallock at 578-6351 or [[email protected]].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips is roaring into the new year! A well-established local small-business networking group, our membership is stronger than ever—yet we are always pleased to welcome new members! Consistent attendance by our members promotes great connections, more referrals, and valuable synergy.

We meet every Friday morning at a local restaurant over an early breakfast and are “out the door” by 8:15 am with a head of steam for making the day a productive one! If you are interested in learning more about Scripps Tips, please visit []. Then contact Cheryl Berkson at 922-3720 to arrange a visit.

Barb Grey

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 professional women in Scripps Ranch and help them expand their business opportunities while having fun socializing and building friendships.

We encourage members or prospective members to bring in their Scripps Ranch friends and business acquaintances to help us expand our reach. We would like to add these occupations to our group: consultants, accountants, health and well-being, travel, web and graphic designers, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. Our next meeting is on Friday, Jan. 31, from 8 to 9:30 am for breakfast. Won’t you join us!

For more details, call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit us at [].