Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Our advocacy project this year emphasizes pool safety. Karin Whiteley, the Scripps Ranch Unit’s advocacy chair, is organizing a booth at the SRCA Community Fair on Sunday, May 18. Unit members will have health and safety brochures and membership information available.

Did you know…

  • A child can drown in the time it takes to answer a telephone.
  • Drowning is the second leading cause of accidental death in the U.S. among children under 14 and is the leading cause of accidental death for children 5 and under.
  • Of all preschoolers who drown, 70% are in the care of one or both parents at the time and 75% are missing from sight for five minutes or less.
  • 65% of all preschooler drowning incidents occur in the child’s home pool and 33% occur at the homes of friends, neighbors, or relatives.

Constant “active” supervision by responsible adults is the first—and most critical—step to child drowning prevention. A child should never be left unattended. Any person charged with the critical duty of watching children in the water should be free from distraction, know how to swim well, and be trained in rescue techniques. At the Community Fair we will pass out “Pool Watcher” tags to all adults, and there will be a prize wheel for children to spin and win a prize. Stop by and visit.

Follow the SR Unit on Facebook at [www.facebook.com/rcha.scrippsranch].

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Director, Parliamentarian

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) facility provides up to 30 days of shelter for women and children who are escaping domestic violence. Reduced funding has meant a renewed search for grants and sources of donations to help provide for their clients. More than ever, they are utilizing the services of many volunteers throughout the year….among those being the Scripps Ranch HVH Auxiliary.

Our members raise funds at the annual HVH Auxiliary Tea. They also network with service organizations and local contacts to help secure needed items that vary each month and season. We continue to be a conduit for donations of money, quilts, food, clothing, school supplies, toys, landscaping, painting, and storage facilities to hold back-up supplies.

We’ve purchased holiday décor and related items to help HVH residents celebrate various holidays, and organized craft projects and monthly birthday parties for children who are celebrating their birthdays while at the shelter. If you would like to help with children’s activities or become involved with our auxiliary, please contact Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708 or [[email protected]]. We meet the first Friday of each month and welcome guests who want to learn more about our group.

This month the shelter’s supplies of shampoos and conditioners, food such as canned vegetables, pasta, and dry cereals, and diapers size 4 and 5 are diminished. If you would like to donate any of these items, please drop them off at 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 on Scripps Poway Parkway. Thank you for your ongoing support!

Lynn Parke

Friends of the Library

Grace’s Book Nook

Visit Grace’s Book Nook often for wonderful bargains on nearly new and gently used books—from best-selling fiction and nonfiction to cookbooks to books for kids and teens. Open Monday through Saturday during library hours, the Book Nook also has a selection of gift quality books, greeting cards, CDs, DVDs, and duck food. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media are welcome. Please bring them to the circulation desk. All proceeds support our library.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents Grammy and Global Music award-winning flutist, Lori Bell, on Sunday, May 18, at 2:30 pm performing classical and jazz works. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, May 21, at 7 pm with the 2013 film In a World, a comedy about an aspiring voice-over artist. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the post-screening discussion.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, May 28, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks.

Special Gardening Program

On Tuesday, May 6, at 5:30 pm Pam Meisner, “Ms. Smarty-Plants,” presents “The Water Conservation Garden.” It’s been a long, dry winter. Learn how to make your yard and garden lush, charming, and drought tolerant from an expert.

Ten-Minute Cognitive Workout

Learn how to manage your moods and change your life in just 10 minutes a day during this presentation on “The Ten Minute Cognitive Workout” by Peggy D. Snyder, Ph.D., a licensed psychologist and author, on Tuesday, May 20, at 6 pm.

Children’s and Teens’ Programs

Mark your calendar for monthly free programs, sponsored by the SRFOL, recommended for ages 4–11. Observe “Be Kind to Animals Week” with Wild Wonders on Thursday, May 8, at 3 pm. Walk on the wild side with exotic animals as we learn about these unique creatures. The first step to kindness is understanding!

Regular programming continues: “La Hora del Cuento,” songs and fun in a new Spanish immersion storytime, Mondays, 11 am; Youth Chess Club, Mondays, 2:45–4:45 pm; Scripps Ranch Homework Help for ages 4–11, most Tuesdays and Wednesdays through May 14, 3–5 pm; Ruff! Ruff! Reading with Finnegan, first and third Saturdays of the month, 10:30 am; Library Chess Club, Mondays, 4 pm; “Brain Games,” Thursdays, 4–5 pm; and, Kids Meet Mandarin, Fridays, 3:45 pm. Check at [www.srfol.org] 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 cardiovascular workout with pulsating Latin music. Beginners and those who prefer a slower pace may want to try the Zumba Gold class on Mondays from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

Scripps Ranch Theatre Summer Camp

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) will send a talented team to the SRCA Community Fair on Sunday, May 18. Be sure to look for us! Our focus will be on the return of SRT’s popular Summer Day Camp program. Campers will enjoy two weeks of multisession theatre-inspired activities.

Local industry professionals serve as guest teaching artists to offer specialized instruction and performance techniques. Based on the California Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) standards, SRT’s Summer Day Camp is a learning experience that culminates in a Performance Showcase, open to friends and family. Designed for youth 9–12, SRT’s camp will provide each child an opportunity to experience interpersonal growth through the engaging artistic discipline of theatre.

The sessions are Monday through Friday, July 14–18 and July 21–25, and will be at SRT’s venue at Alliant International University. To sign up or for more details, contact SRT’s camp director, Daisy Talley, at 305-968-0318 or [[email protected]].

Meanwhile, SRT’s production of Neil Simon’s The Sunshine Boys opens Saturday, May 31. Visit our website for details at [www.scrippsranchtheatre.org].

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

George Yen, a “Distinguished Toastmaster” and Toastmasters International president, wrote in the April 2014 Toastmaster magazine, “Each individual represents a unique culture made up of personality, character, and life experiences. This is why communication, whether interpersonal or cross-cultural, is so challenging. As human beings we are born with the unique gift of sophisticated communication ability; however, to truly master this skill is a lifelong endeavor.”

Effective communication is built upon self-awareness, listening with empathy, and letting go of assumptions that the listener automatically understands us. Practicing these skills in a positive environment is what Toastmasters is all about.

We hope to see you at our booth at the SRCA Community Fair on Sunday, May 18. You also can visit one of our weekly meetings on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For more information, contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org].

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch invites all who are interested in meeting neighbors and making friends to join our club. Our members have been busy with bridge, bunco, crafts, hiking the trails, reading and discussing books, and attending coffees. Our trail walkers are now walking most Tuesdays and Thursdays.

This month features a fashion show and the installation of new officers with a wine and cheese reception. For further information on how to join the Welcome Club, please contact Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

SR Women’s Club Celebrates New Members in May

Each May the club hosts an event to welcome our newest members. This year Mary Ann Harper will greet everyone at her home for tea on Saturday, May 31. A special part of the afternoon will be a presentation by Jill Drexler, Scripps Ranch Theatre artistic director. She will offer insights into the very important role she plays in theatrical productions. This promises to be a memorable occasion!

Our bridge and bunco groups are going strong and many members walk together at Miramar Lake on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday each week. We offer opportunities to meet new friends and get to know each another through social activities. For more information about our club, please visit [www.srwomensclub.org] and find us on Facebook. Our membership chairs, Diane Lennert at 549-2066 and Marty Salkin at 566-0551, would love to hear from you.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our speaker on compost last month was very informative. Composting is easy and very beneficial. For May, June, and July we will meet at members’ homes to see their gardens. Email Lynnell Hallock at [[email protected]] to attend.

Village Quilters

Art quilters share their lives, their scissors, and a cozy studio. Trish and David Charity have probably defied some people’s expectations by becoming art quilters. They’ll tell how that came about in their presentation for Village Quilters, “One Studio, Two Views,” on Saturday, May 10, from 10 am to noon at the Scripps Ranch Library. The meeting is open to nonmembers for a $5 fee.

Both Trish and David work in the high-tech industry. Trish started taking traditional quilt classes in the ’80s. David got interested in quilting when he saw what she’d done. The couple work in a studio that’s about 8’ x by 10’, and they even share quilting tools and a design wall. How they manage that without endangering their marriage or each other is one of the bonus lessons to be learned.

For details, contact Carol Goodhue Shull at [[email protected]].

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

The goal of the Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group is to connect with other professional women in Scripps Ranch and help them expand their business opportunities while having fun and building friendships. We meet monthly in Scripps Ranch and encourage members or prospective members to bring their friends and acquaintances to help us expand.

We are looking to add these occupations: consultants, accountants, health and well-being, travel, web and graphic designers, artists, entrepreneurs, and others. Our next meeting is on Friday, May 30, from 7:45 to 9:30 am for breakfast. Join us! For more information, please call Julia at 549-3070, email [[email protected]], and visit [www.srwnetworking.org].