Gala Mardi Gras Party Coming Up!

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club is hosting a fabulous Mardi Gras party on Saturday, Mar. 1, at the Miramar Officer’s Club. It will feature a New Orleans-style buffet dinner, a wine wall, and dancing to the live music of the Koalas. This fundraiser will support Scripps Ranch schools and community groups, in keeping with our motto “Women United in Community Service.” Contact Rochelle Braunstein at 271-8838 for information and tickets.

On Saturday, Feb. 8, four members will host an Epicurean Dining event in one of their homes. Another fun evening will occur on Saturday, Feb. 22, when members and guests gather for Dinner and Movie Talk just prior to the Academy Awards.

We welcome new members! Contact our membership chairs, Marty Salkin at 566-0551 or Diane Lennert at 549-2066. Also, visit [].

Anne McClure, Publicity

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit

Our unit membership continues to grow, and we are excited to extend a warm welcome to our newest members: Julie Ross and Elise Johnston. We are a dedicated and hard-working group of women who embrace the spirit of advocating for Rady Children’s while keeping the “fun” in fundraising. Please contact our membership chairs, Michele Fisher at [[email protected]] or Elizabeth McKinnis [[email protected]], for information about joining our organization.

Our in-unit fundraiser chairs, Yvette Gilman and Rebecca Flynn, are busy with last-minute preparations for our unit’s event. This year’s dinner party theme, “Let’s Get Our Gatsby On,” will take us back in time to the days of prohibition, where the Roaring ’20s Speakeasy parties were all the rage. This fun evening is on Saturday, Feb. 22, at the home of Steven and Michele Fisher. Entrance will require a secret password, and many of our members will be dressed in flapper attire complete with feathered headbands!

We will have a Rady Children’s advocacy event for the community in the spring, and Karin Whiteley is the chair planning this event. It could be a bike rodeo, car seat safety rally, or other child safety awareness activity. Stay tuned for details.

Rady Children’s Center for Healthier Communities is a great resource for tips to keep your children healthy and safe. Visit []. Follow the us on Facebook at [].

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Director, Parliamentarian

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Now that the holiday season is over, the number of women and children seeking a safe refuge at the Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter is increasing. They often arrive without toiletries, a change of clothing, diapers, and other “necessities.” Our HVH Auxiliary, now in its 14th year, continues to help provide these items.

Our only source of fundraising is the annual HVH Auxiliary High Tea, which many in the community have attended for several years. Our members also network with organizations, businesses, and individuals to secure various goods and services for the shelter. We want to thank the Mini and Me store for naming HVH as the beneficiary of its successful December promotion to collect of warm sweaters and jackets for women and children.

Our February “item of the month” is toddler diapers—something that is always needed! Donations can be dropped 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.

Our meetings are on the first Friday of each month at noon. For details, please contact Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708 or [[email protected]]. Thank you.

Lynn Parke

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) continues its 35th season with the charming chamber musical Five Course Love. The production runs through Sunday, Feb. 23, on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm, at the theater on the campus of Alliant International University.

Five Course Love is presented in a clever “date night” format of five short plays set in a variety of restaurants: a sushi bar turned Texas barbecue, where a blind date goes terribly wrong; a Sicilian trattoria, where a mobster’s cheating wife is stepping out with her husband’s trusted lieutenant; a Viennese bistro, where a comic dominatrix confronts the power of love over lust; a Mexican cantina, where a girl must choose between comfort and passion; and, a late-night retro-diner where true love wins out despite all travail. While fun, this play is for mature audiences.

For reservations, call the box office at 578-7728, or for more information, visit [].


Whether you’re joining Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) for the first time or are a longtime valued Friend, it’s time to join or renew your membership. Please make checks out to “Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library” or “SRFOL.” Membership is tax deductible.

Drop off the form at Grace’s Book Nook in the library or mail to: SRFOL Membership, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego, CA 92131. Forms are available at the library and at [].

Grace’s Book Nook

To help you keep your New Year’s resolutions, specials in Grace’s Book Nook include half price on all diet and self-help books, and our ongoing special prices on hardcover fiction by many popular authors—75 cents each or two for $1. Wow!

All Book Nook proceeds support our library. You can be a part of this by shopping at the Book Nook, donating your gently used books and media, and serving as a volunteer. Grace’s Book Nook is open during library hours, Monday–Saturday.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 7 pm. We will screen the 2012 film The Attack, a controversial, domestic nightmare, in Arabic and Hebrew with English subtitles. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the discussion.

Music Program

Hear what the buzz is about when “The Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents Sacra/Profana, a 24-voice ensemble that “reinvents the choir,” on Sunday, Feb. 23, at 2:30 pm. Its repertoire ranges from Mozart to Schoenberg to Prince to the Smashing Pumpkins. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated. Meet the musicians after the concert.

Children’s and Teens’ Programs

Mark your calendar for twice monthly free programs, sponsored by the SRFOL, recommended for children ages 4–11. Get ready for Valentine’s Day on Thursday, Feb. 13, and learn to draw sweet treats during a fun session with art teacher Lisa DeMattei! There is limited attendance, so please line up beginning at 2:30 pm.

On Thursday, Feb. 20, at 3 pm come be “edu-tained” by a presentation about our first president from cherry tree to president, Life and Times of George Washington, with Colonial Educators.

For our regular programming, please visit our website at [].

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch is a social and charitable organization that connects people and fosters friendships. We have been in Scripps Ranch for 33 years—and we owe it all to our founder, Becky McDonald (above). The roots of the club stem from Welcome Wagon International, founded in Tennessee in 1928. Welcome Wagon contacted new residents and provided them with civic information and gifts from local businesses.

Becky recounts that for years she and her husband relocated throughout the country because of job opportunities. They were often greeted by the Welcome Wagon and invited to join a club for new people. However, when she and her husband moved to Scripps Ranch in 1979, there was no Welcome Wagon to greet her. She went to work for the Welcome Wagon, and within a few months started the Welcome Club. She finds it “rewarding to see people form lasting friendships.”

Becky remains active in the Welcome Club, mentors officers and board members, attends all board meetings, and participates in club activities. We extend our deepest gratitude to Becky as our founding mother. Thanks to Becky, there are many days when we attend coffees, go to the theater, trail walk, play bridge and bunco, and discuss books. If you would like to join our club, contact Becky at 578-5693.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Scripps Teasers started 2014 with a new board and a special recognition. Congratulations to Akemi Rogers, our incoming president, who just completed her Advanced Leader Bronze. In addition to enhancing her speaking skills, Akemi is honing her leadership abilities through Toastmasters.

It’s only February. You still can start those New Year’s resolutions—polishing your speaking and leadership skills. To achieve that goal, join Scripps Teasers Toastmasters! Guests are welcome at our meetings on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center. For more details, call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [].

Dragon Lady Quilt Patterns: They’re Not So Scary!

For Sharon Wilhite of Dragon Lady Quilts, quilting has become a welcome complement to her work as a software and website developer. The techie work can be exacting and stressful, she said. That’s where quilting comes in—to provide relaxation. She’ll share examples of her creations at Village Quilters on Saturday, Feb. 8, from 10 am to noon at the Scripps Ranch Library. Meetings are open to nonmembers for a $5 fee. For more information, please email Carol Goodhue Shull at [[email protected]].

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

The Scripps-Mesa Garden Club will have Greg Alder, an expert on pruning, at our meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 25. He will help us understand how to prune fruit trees and shrubs in our garden. The meeting begins at 5:45 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room. For questions, please call Lynnell Hallock at 578-6351.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

“What is the value of a networking group like Scripps Tips?” It’s about connecting with people you wouldn’t otherwise know and nurturing business—and personal—relationships. Scripps Tips is a group of about 20 self-employed people—professionals in private practice, managers, or sales reps—who live or work in or near Scripps Ranch.

We build our businesses by being the kind of people who inspire confidence and trust. We strive for excellence in our fields of endeavor! And the life-blood of our ongoing successes is repeat and referral business. For more information, visit [], then call Cheryl Berkson at 922-3720 to arrange a visit to one of our weekly breakfast meetings.

Barb Grey

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 holds monthly meetings, and we encourage members or prospective members to bring in their friends.

We would like to add these occupations: consultants, accountants, health and well-being, travel, web/ graphic designers, entrepreneurs, and more. Our next meeting is on Friday, Feb. 21, from 8 to 9:30 am for breakfast. Join us! For more information, please call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit [].