Scripps Ranch Theatre Features The Sunshine Boys

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is pleased to announce the final show of our 35th season, Neil Simon’s 1972 comedy The Sunshine Boys. It opens on Saturday, May 31, and runs through Sunday, June 29. Well-known local actors Eric Poppick and Phil Johnson team to play Al Lewis and Willy Clark, the estranged vaudevillian partners who once styled themselves Lewis and Clark. Reunited for a single lucrative televised performance, the two spark again, with hilarious consequences.

The Sunshine Boys won Tony nominations for Neil Simon, director Alan Arkin, and comedian Jack Albertson. The original production closed after 538 shows.

All performances are at SRT’s home at Alliant International University. Tickets are $28 for general admission, with reduced prices for military, seniors, and students. Group rates are available. For reservations, call the SRT box office at 578-7728, or for more information, visit [www.scrippsranchtheatre.org].

Scripps Ranch Students Make Essay Contest History

All three students selected to represent Scripps Ranch by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) won a top prize in their division in the citywide Writing for Literacy Student Essay Contest. It is sponsored by the Friends of the San Diego Public Library, San Diego Public Library, San Diego Unified School District Libraries, KPBS–One Book, One San Diego, and Computers 2 SD Kids.

This marks the first time in the 17-year history of the contest that students from the same branch library were awarded top prizes in all age groups. Congratulations to our students who were among 13 finalists from across the city who read their essays at the citywide awards ceremony: Thomas Bibler, 4th grader at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary; Ethan Shek, 8th grader at Marshall Middle School; and, Uma Talagadadivi, 10th grader at Scripps Ranch High School.

Each received a certificate, monetary award, and a new laptop computer. In addition, Uma was awarded the coveted $500 prize for the best essay. Congratulations, again, to all our talented writers!

Volunteer Appreciation

From teens to octogenarians, our wonderful volunteers were feted by the SRFOL at a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon in May. This annual event was planned by volunteer coordinator Liz Erickson. If you’re interested in exploring volunteer opportunities, please contact Liz at 271-4239 or [[email protected]].

Children’s and Teens’ Programs

The Summer Reading Program, sponsored by the SRFOL, through which kids and teens can earn prizes just for reading books, begins on Friday, June 13. Visit the library to sign up or for more information.

Mark your calendar for twice monthly free programs, sponsored by the SRFOL, recommended for ages 4–11. On Thursday, June 19, at 3 pm join “Children’s Safari Band” with Raggle Taggle in a musical adventure of animal songs with props, puppets, and audience participation.

Continue summer fun with a foot-stomping, wing-flapping celebration of song with Hullabaloo on Thursday, June 26, at 3 pm. Check at the library, call 538-8158, or visit [www.srfol.org] for information about regular programming for kids and teens, as well as program updates.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, June 25, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is Innocent by Scott Turow.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, June 18, at 7 pm with the screening of the 2011 French film You Will Be My Son—French with English subtitles. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the post-screening discussion.

Rotary Club Poway-Scripps

A constant schedule of projects has kept members of the Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps busy. The last Saturday in April is when Rotarians all over the world completed a day full of community service projects. This year the club was asked to help clear and mulch trails in Poway.

With barely enough time to catch their breaths, members helped the Kiwanis Club by being at the two collection sites for Scripps Ranch Clean-Up Day. The following day, members went to Lindbergh Field to help greet returning WWII veterans traveling from Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight San Diego where they visited memorials built in their honor.

The Marketing Committee put the finishing touches on the materials that were available at the SRCA Community Fair. Committee members also made sure a shelter box was set up for visitors to see a tent and emergency supplies that can house 10 people in time of natural disaster.

Also, the Symphony in the Park concerts start in June. Our club donated $150 to be a Business Friends sponsor.

Want to hear what is going on in Scripps Ranch? Come to our meeting on Wednesday, June 11, at noon at the Brigantine in Poway to hear San Diego City Councilmember Mark Kersey give a presentation.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club Welcomes Summer!

To celebrate summer members will meet for lunch at Amaya restaurant in the Grand Del Mar on Wednesday, June 11. Another enjoyable activity this month is a pre-theater party hosted by Karyn Farr and Don Berkebile on Friday, June 6, prior to the performance of The Sunshine Boys at the Scripps Ranch Theatre. And moviegoers will converse about a recent film when they enjoy “Dinner and Movie Talk” on Saturday, June 21, at members’ homes.

Would you like to meet new friends and enjoy civic and social activities? Call our membership chairs, Diane Lennert at 549-2066 or Marty Salkin at 566-0551. Also, visit us at [www.srwomensclub.org] and find us on Facebook.

Anne McClure, Publicity

Rady Children’s Hospital Scripps Ranch Auxiliary

Cheryl Steinholt planned our Spring Unit Social at InCahoots Dance Hall and Saloon in late April for “Steak, Spuds and Suds” night and some country western line dancing. It was a fun night!

We elected the unit board officers for 2014–2015. Mary Rea was elected unit chair and Rebecca Flynn unit chair-elect, with Michele Fisher as co-chair-elect. The new board takes over on July 1.

Our Auxiliary Unit Membership Drive has begun. We are seeking new members to join us in advocating for the health and well-being of children, increasing awareness of Rady Children’s Hospital, and fundraising. We have a strong reputation for keeping the “fun” in our fundraising activities. We also respect the need to balance personal commitments with auxiliary activities, so there are volunteer opportunities at all levels of participation.

We meet monthly, typically on the third Monday of each month at 7 pm at the Crown Pointe Clubhouse, except from June–August, which is summer break. For more information, please contact our membership chairs: Michele Fisher at [[email protected]] or Elizabeth McKinnis at [[email protected]].

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The HVH Auxiliary again hosted the annual staff appreciation luncheon at the shelter. New auxiliary members receive an orientation to the counseling, services, and lodging provided to their clients.

We would like to extend special thanks to: the Village Quilters’ for continuing to donate handmade quilts for the children; the National Charity League’s mother-daughter volunteers who assembled Easter baskets and created an Easter egg hunt; and, Mini and Me, for its promotion/clothing drive that resulted in several bags of clothes for shelter residents.

Supplies of baby wipes are very low, and they can always use more diapers. Items can be dropped off at the Mini and Me store, the Scripps Ranch Library, or the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thanks for your support.

Lynn Parke

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our speaker last month talked about how to propagate plants. Now we can increase our landscaping at less expense. For June and July we will meet at members’ homes and visit their gardens. For more information, please contact Lynnell Hallock at [[email protected]].

Welcome Club

This month the Welcome Club features our Trail Walkers (above). Twice a week a group of walkers hike the many trails in the community, mostly in the older parts of Scripps Ranch. Led by Janelle, the hikes explore the areas around Miramar Lake, Hendrix Pond, Jerabek Park, Hoyt Park, and the trails along Pomerado Road.

Join us for one of these walks and see what adventure is in store when you join the Welcome Club. For a map of the trails, go to the library’s Book Nook. To join our hikes, please call Janelle at 335-3323.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Congratulations to Wesley Quach for achieving his Advanced Communicator Bronze designation. To be eligible for this award, Wesley first earned the Competent Communicator award after giving 10 speeches, and then completed two Advanced Communication Series manuals, each containing five speeches. By working through the manuals, members enhance their skills, honing in on areas relevant to them. Learn more at [www.toastmasters.org].

Guests are welcome at our meetings, held at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am. For details, contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips is the oldest Scripps Ranch area networking group. Some charter members remain active, and newcomers, like our solar system rep, help us stay current with “what’s happening” in 2014! We value all our members, and our weekly attendance is extremely consistent.

We have a website—[www.scrippstips.net]—that was built and is hosted by one of our members. Please check it out! For details, call our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson, at 922-3720.

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

Our goal is to connect with professional women in Scripps Ranch and help them expand their business opportunities while having fun. Our next meeting is on Friday, June 27, from 7:45 to 9:30 am for breakfast. Our “Presenter of the Month” will be a special guest speaker, Janet F. Williams, author of the Kirkus Review Winner You Don’t Ask, You Don’t Get. Join us! For more information, please call Julia at 549-3070, email [[email protected]], or visit [www.srwnetworking.org].