Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

The Scripps Ranch Unit would like to recognize a young man from our community, Scott Rider, a talented and aspiring DJ extraordinaire who recently organized an evening of his entertainment to fundraise for Rady Children’s Hospital. A cancer survivor himself, he understands the miracles unique to Rady Children’s that without philanthropy would not be possible. Scott Rider is a Miracle Maker, helping to make a difference in the lives of San Diego’s children.

We thank him for building a spirit of giving among his friends, family, and the community. Scott is pictured at right with unit members Mary Rea (left) and Elizabeth McKinnis, who accepted his $500 check from the evening’s proceeds.

Our Rady Children’s advocacy event for Scripps Ranch is being planned in conjunction with the SRCA Community Fair. That event is on Sunday, May 18, at the Scripps Ranch Community Park.

If you are interested in joining this dynamic group, 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 to access 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

Poway-Scripps Rotary Club

It’s been a busy time for the Poway-Scripps Rotary Club. The year started by welcoming a new member, Scripps Ranch resident Cecile Bowser-Robinson. She was joined at the induction lunch by her daughter, Camille, who was on winter break from Jerabek Elementary School. Both ladies were on hand to help the club with a recent project—preparing meals for families at the Ronald McDonald House.

Robert Cronk, the Scripps Ranch Library’s former branch manager who is now the supervising librarian for San Diego Libraries Area 2, updated us about the San Diego County library system and shared what’s going on at the Scripps Ranch branch. We’re all aware that libraries are becoming more of a community center. What a pleasure to be reminded that our branch offers college prep academy practice tests for SAT and ACT by Princeton Review! Members were proud to hear that the generous donations from Friends of the Library provided summer reading programs for children.

Kristin Rayder, our club service chair, is planning our spring socials. Family friendly outings will include the ever popular “Spouse Swap” bowling night and a hike and sunset viewing at the Kumeyaay Interpretive Center.

Also, the board of directors unanimously passed a motion for the club to again be a business friend sponsor of the 2014 Scripps Ranch Symphony in the Park concert series. On Sunday, May 18, look for our booth at the SRCA Community Fair.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)

The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) welcomes several new life members who joined in 2013. Life members’ names are inscribed on a brass plaque in the library and receive a discount on all purchases in the exciting library shop at the new central library.

Membership forms are at the library and on our website at [www.srfol.org]. Memberships are tax deductible and range from $5 for students and seniors to $250 for life members. Our library needs you!

Special Book Sale

Don’t miss the special Big Book Sale at the library on Saturday, Mar. 29, from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Select from thousands of books for all ages at bargain prices beginning at only 25 cents. We also have a nice selection of rare, out-of-print, and antiquarian books plus collectors’ editions priced at a fraction of internet prices. Plan to shop early for the best selection.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL is on Wednesday, Mar. 19, at 7 pm with the screening of the 2011 British film Black Pond, presenting a wicked, deadpan dissection of twisted domestic banality. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the film and moderate a discussion.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents MRC—McHenry, Ritchie and Chin—an acoustic music group, on Sunday, Mar. 23, at 2:30 pm, performing a mix of blues, bluegrass, folk, and swing. There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker by Jennifer Chiaverini. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Mar. 26, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is Dubliners by James Joyce.

Children’s and Teens’ Programs

Mark your calendar for twice monthly free programs, sponsored by the SRFOL, recommended for children ages 4–11. On Thursday, Mar. 13, at 3 pm enjoy “Once Upon a Shamrock” with Kathy Felker Puppets. A mischievous leprechaun, a wee bit o’ blarney, and the luck of the Irish are all woven together in this charming tale featuring Irish music and folk legends.

On Thursday, Mar. 27, at 3 pm learn about Beethoven‘s life, times, and music in an engaging, interactive performance of “Beethoven” with Mainly Mozart’s Living Beethoven Actors.

Regular programming continues. Please visit [www.srfol.org] for details.


The SRFOL sponsors three free Zumba classes each week: Wednesdays from 5 to 6 pm; Fridays from 4 to 5 pm; and, for a slower pace, try the popular Zumba Gold class on Mondays from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Planning has begun for our Saturday, Nov. 1, fundraiser! The committee (pictured above) is already working on details for the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary’s Annual Tea. This is the only fundraiser the HVH Auxiliary holds each year to raise money to purchase food, toiletries, bedding, diapers, clothing, shoes, and other needs for people seeking a safe haven at the HVH shelter. If you would like to join the Tea Committee, contact co-chairs Lauretta Johnson at [[email protected]] or Karen Wood at [[email protected]].

This month the items that are most needed at the shelter are: baby wipes, size 5 diapers, shampoos and conditioners, and Ziploc bags and plastic food storage containers with lids. A special thanks to “The Moms Club” for its donation of clothing this past month and to the many people who have dropped off items at our collection points: the Scripps Ranch Library; the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road; and, the Mini and Me Store in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace.

Lynn Parke

Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents The Liar

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) continues its 35th season with the San Diego premiere of The Liar, adapted from a classic French farce by award-winning playwright David Ives. The Liar is the tale of Dorante, a young man who cannot tell the truth. Accompanied by Cliton, a servant who cannot tell a lie, Dorante seeks a socially advantageous marriage but finds that his propensity for falsehood leads to perilous and hilarious misunderstandings.

For reservations, call the SRT box office at 578-7728. For more information, including performance times and dates, visit [www.scrippsranchtheatre.org].

Welcome Club

This month the Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch features one of our hardest working and most energetic members, Gigi Cramer (above). A member of our club for 20 years, Gigi has served on our board in several capacities. The most impressive has been as our Theatre chair for 15 years, organizing trips to the SR Theatre and planning our pre-theatre parties. Thanks to her, we have attended more than 75 theatre productions!

Gigi has lived in Scripps Ranch for 37 years. Her active life with our club is overshadowed by her many philanthropic endeavors with arts and child abuse foundations, as well as her volunteer activities in local schools. Our club has been fortunate to have Gigi. She credits the club as well, “Without the Welcome Club in my life, I would not have made so many wonderful friendships that I cherish dearly.”

Join our 33-year-old club to meet friends and participate in our activities, including bridge, bunco, book clubs, day trips, bike riding, and trail walking. To find out more, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Why Join the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club?

Scripps Ranch women are fortunate to have multiple options when joining community groups. There are many reasons to join the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club:

  • Meet dynamic women and make our community stronger
  • Fun activities
  • Social events—the Kentucky Derby celebration is coming soon
  • The club supports all Scripps Ranch schools and many organizations
  • We donate scholarships for Scripps Ranch High School senior girls

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

Anne McClure,Publicity

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Confidence. Poise. Captivating. That’s the ultimate goal of a Toastmasters speaker. The confidence to write and the poise to deliver a captivating speech. Are you exploring ways to enhance your speaking and leadership skills? Consider Toastmasters to help you. You’re invited to our Open House!

  • Thursday, Mar. 20, 7–8 am
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Guests are welcome at our meetings held at the SRCA Community Center on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am. For more information, call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org].

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

The Scripps-Mesa Garden Club is a group of people interested in learning more about gardening and improving our environment with landscape. Our annual membership fee is $20. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:45 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. Guests are welcome. Our speaker in March will talk about composting. Questions? Call Lynnell Hallock at 578-6351.