Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents The Liar

The Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) continues its 35th season with the San Diego premiere of The Liar. The play is adapted from a classic French farce by the award-winning, popular playwright David Ives. SRT’s production of The Liar runs from Saturday, Mar. 29, through Sunday, Apr. 27, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm at the theater on the Alliant International University campus.

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 a series of increasingly perilous and hilarious misunderstandings. All is resolved, of course, by Ives—a masterful comic playwright who identifies with artful liars and happy endings.

Make reservations early, as performances sell out! For ticket prices and more information, visit our website at [www.scrippsranchtheatre.org]. For reservations, call the SRT box office at 578-7728.

San Diego Symphony Program

On Tuesday, Apr. 29, at 6 pm a woodwind quartet from the San Diego Symphony will perform at our library. This special free concert will showcase four symphony woodwind players with an emphasis on storytelling. All ages are invited.

Friends of the Library

Essay Contest

Congratulations to the Scripps Ranch winners of the 17th Annual Student Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest: Uma Talagadadivi, Scripps Ranch HS; Ethan Shek, Marshall MS; Thomas Bibler, Alexander Ballard, and Neel Kumar, Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary; and, Mikella Nuzen, Jerabek Elementary.

These students were honored at an awards ceremony hosted by the SRFOL in late March at which they read their prizewinning essays. Uma, Ethan, and Thomas were selected to represent Scripps Ranch in the citywide essay contest, competing for gift cards, laptop computers, and a cash prize of $500.

Grace’s Book Nook

Thank you to our wonderful volunteers and to everyone who shopped at our Big Book Sale last month! Grace’s Book Nook, the library’s used bookstore, is open Monday through Saturday during library hours. It has been restocked to the brim with “new” books, so be sure to visit each time you’re at the library. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media are welcome. Please bring them to the library circulation desk. All Book Nook proceeds support our library.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Apr. 16, at 7 pm with the screening of the 2013 film Enough Said, a whip-smart, sun-warmed comedy starring James Gandolfini, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Catherine Keener. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the film and moderate the post-screening discussion.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents the Grossmont Symphony Woodwind Quintet on Sunday, Apr. 27, at 2:30 pm performing works from their repertoire of chamber music, light classics, and popular pieces. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL; donations are appreciated.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Round House by Louise Erdrich. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Apr. 23, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed.

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, Apr. 10, at 3 pm get your sillies out as we celebrate “April is National Humor Month!” with Sparkles the Clown.

Did you know there will be a total lunar eclipse on Tuesday, Apr. 15, and a partial solar eclipse on Tuesday, Apr. 29? If you’re interested in stars, constellations, and galaxies, come learn about astronomy and the solar system on Thursday, Apr. 24, at 3 pm at a “Planetarium” program with Full Spectrum. This is a limited attendance event. Line up starting at 2:45 pm.

Regular programming: Scripps Ranch Homework Help for ages 4–11, most Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3–5 pm; Ruff! Ruff! Reading with Finnegan, first and third Saturdays of the month, 10:30 am; Library Chess Club, Mondays, 4 pm; Brilliant Babies lapsit program, Wednesdays, 1 pm; Once Upon a Storytime, Thursdays, 10 am; Brain Games, Thursdays, 4 pm; and, Kids Meet Mandarin, Fridays, 3:45 pm. Check at the library or at [www.srfol.org] for program updates.

Membership

Love your library? Show it by joining the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library, which provides financial support for new books and media acquisition plus library programs. Membership forms are at the library and at [www.srfol.org]. Memberships are tax deductible and range from only $5 for students and seniors to $250 for life members. Join or renew today!

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

The Scripps Ranch Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary would like to thank Scripps Ranch for supporting its annual March fundraising event at the Jersey Mike’s Scripps Poway Parkway location. Proceeds went to benefit the hospital. Our community’s support of these Jersey Mike’s fundraisers and other events supporting Rady Children’s throughout the year truly help make a difference in saving the lives of San Diego children.

The Scripps Ranch Unit relived the “Roaring ’20s” and celebrated “Great Gatsby” style at the home of Steven and Michele Fisher, fox trotting their way to raise proceeds benefiting the auxiliary unit’s annual fundraising and advocacy activities that support Rady Children’s.

Please contact our membership chairs, Michele Fisher at [[email protected]] and Elizabeth McKinnis at [[email protected]], for details about joining our Scripps Ranch Unit.

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

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Director, Parliamentarian

Celebrate Spring with the SR Women’s Club

“April in Paris,” the theme for our Epicurean Dining group, will be a festive evening as members share French-inspired, spring dishes on Saturday, Apr. 5. Then, Donna Apprill hosts a pre-theater party on Friday, Apr. 11, before a performance of The Liar at the Scripps Ranch Theatre.

Women’s Club members will participate in another celebration of spring at the Point Loma Garden Walk on Saturday, Apr. 26, an event that benefits Rady Children’s Hospital. Self-guided tours of private residential gardens and a fantastic garden boutique are highlights of this day.

Our Mardi Gras fundraiser drew 90 members and guests for a fun evening of dining and dancing. Proceeds fund college scholarships for Scripps Ranch High School girls and donations to other Scripps Ranch schools and organizations.

For information about our club and its activities, visit [www.srwomensclub.org] and find us on Facebook. Also, our membership chairs, Diane Lennert at 549-2066 and Marty Salkin at 566-0551, would be happy to talk with you about the club.

Anne McClure, Publicity

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Each month members of the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary stay busy helping the shelter provide for families who need a temporary safe haven from an abusive situation. The needs of the shelter vary each season, as well as with the numbers and ages of its clientele.

Volunteers on one HVH Auxiliary committee shop for specific items throughout the year. During the past two months some purchased mattress covers, pillows, and blankets, while others bought toiletries, socks, Valentines for the children to take to school, and hair products. Throughout the year that committee also helps replenish HVH’s supplies of diapers and wipes, paper products, food, underwear, varied toiletries, umbrellas, and other basics.

Our sole fundraiser each year—the Hidden Valley House Tea in November—brings in the money with which the auxiliary can purchase these items…and 100% of the money raised is used for the shelter.

Volunteers on another committee are at the shelter every week, sorting through donated clothes and shoes to organize them by size, type, and seasonal style. Often families arrive without any clothing other than what they’re wearing. We created and maintain the Clothes Closet at the shelter so moms and children—newborns to teens—can find replacement clothing.

This month the needed supplies include new twin bed sheets (regular size), new or gently used bath and hand towels, shampoo, and conditioners. Always useful are boxes of cereal, pasta, canned goods, diapers, and paper products. The collection points for donations are the Scripps Ranch Library, the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road, or the Mini and Me store in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace. The HVH Auxiliary thanks the community for its continued support.

Lynn Parke

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Twice the congratulations to Rebecca Clark, who won first place in a San Diego Toastmasters Table Topics Contest. What was the topic they sprung on her? Are you, or are you not, a dragon slayer? Now how would you have responded quickly to that question? Rebecca, armed with her club experience, responded expertly. Toastmasters helps members learn how to confidently respond to unique curveball questions.

Rebecca also completed her tenth speech, earning the Competent Communicator designation (CC), the first achievement level in Toastmasters. To earn the CC, a member must successfully complete speeches covering a wide range of speaking situations, from an icebreaker to effectively using vocal variety and body language to inspiring the audience.

Come visit one of our meetings and see how much fun we have. Meetings are held at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am. For more information, contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org].

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our speaker for April is Jen Merzigian, a plant specialist, who will speak on composting. We all need to take an interest in using our kitchen and garden waste for compost. It’s the best thing we can do to nourish our soil and plants. The Garden Club meets on Tuesday, Apr. 22, at the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room. Contact Lynnell Hallock at 578-6351 or [[email protected]] for details.

Village Quilters

Susan Prioleau finished her first quilt a few days before the American bicentennial, when quilting had a big resurgence. “I was putting myself through school and somehow I got this wild idea that I’d have time to make a quilt, too.”

Susan will present a trunk show of her work at the April Village Quilters meeting. She’ll bring examples of appliquéd and pieced quilts, including some contemporary reproductions, for her presentation “Hand Sewing, A Piecing and Applique Adventure,” on Saturday, Apr. 12, at 10 am at the Scripps Ranch Library. Meetings are open to guests for $5. For more information, please email Carol Goodhue Shull at [[email protected]].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Networking, Scripps Tips-style, is about consistency, reliability, accountability, professionalism, and long-term relationships! We are not a “drop-in, pitch ‘n ditch” kind of group! Our members enjoy attending early breakfast meetings every Friday. We share services and referrals when we have the opportunity to do so.

Scripps Tips was formed more than 20 years ago as an alternative to the more rule-governed groups. We live or work in the Scripps Ranch area and embody community spirit! To consider membership, go to [www.scrippstips.net], then contact Cheryl Berkson at 922-3720 to arrange a visit. We still have room at the table!

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 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 or working in Scripps Ranch by facilitating monthly meetings. Each member has the opportunity to be “Presenter of the Month,” highlighting their business.

We are looking to add these occupations: accountants, health and well-being, travel, web and graphic designers, artists, entrepreneurs, and more. Our next meeting is on Friday, Apr. 25, from 7:45 to 9:30 am. Our “Presenters of the Month” will be Cipika Kumar, Coleen Choisser, and Clarissa Constantine. For details, call Julia at 549-3070, email [[email protected]], or visit [www.srwnetworking.org].