Scripps Ranch Theatre Season Tickets Available

The Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) has announced its 2014–2015 season, for which season subscriptions are now available. The season promises to be SRT’s usual mix of diverse, entertaining experiences. The season includes:

  • Postmortem: by Ken Ludwig, a mystery thriller about a would-be Sherlock Holmes trying to solve a murder in a medieval castle; tinged with suspense and laughter. Runs Saturday, Sept. 6, through Sunday, Oct. 5.
  • Absurd Person Singular: A classic Alan Ayckbourn farce featuring three couples in their three respective kitchens on three consecutive Christmas Eves. Runs Saturday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 7.
  • Tribute: by Bernard Slade, a play about family, love, and forgiveness, simultaneously funny and touching. Runs Saturday, Jan. 17, through Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015.
  • Sunset Park: by Marley Sims and Elliot Shoenman, a moving but comical story focusing on two lifelong friends as only two 70-ish women of different cultures in the same building in Brooklyn can be. Runs Saturday, Mar. 21, through Sunday, Apr. 19, 2015.
  • I Hate Hamlet: by Paul Rudnick, a bellyaching comedy about an actor who hates his role as Hamlet and his consequent encounter with the drunken ghost of John Barrymore. Runs Saturday, May 23, through Sunday, June 21, 2015.

In addition, subscribers can add the July 2015 fourth season of the company’s new play development production, Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City. To subscribe, call 578-7728 or email [[email protected]].

Adventure Guides

In June the Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles took a behind-the-scenes tour of the U.S.S. Midway and spent the night in actual sailor bunks as part of the Adventure Guides program through the Rancho YMCA. Everyone had a blast!

We camped in the local mountains at Green Valley in July and will enjoy the water at Camp Surf in August. Adventure Guides is open to dads and their children 5–9 years of age. We have monthly activities and camping adventures throughout Southern California.

For details, visit [] or contact the Scripps Ranch circle leaders Ron LaPlante—Anasazi—at [[email protected]] or Eric Deitz—Omaha—at [[email protected]]. Summer is a great time to join as it is the beginning of the year and circles are being formed.

Grace’s Book Nook

Make Grace’s Book Nook your first stop for summer reading—for pleasure or to get a head start on required reading for school. We have a great selection of classics and bestselling fiction and nonfiction. Be sure to take advantage of special summer sale pricing on selected stock. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books are always welcome.

Summer Reading Program

As of press time, more than 1,100 children, teens, and adults had registered for the Summer Reading Program. Scripps Ranch kids have been reading to earn cool prizes for many years, and now adults also can participate. Check at the library or [] for details.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 7 pm with a screening of Sarah’s Key, a 2011 French film with English subtitles based on the bestselling novel. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the film and moderate the post-screening discussion.

Children’s Programs

Summer fun for kids continues at the library. There are two special free programs sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). They are suggested for ages 4–11, but all are welcome! On Thursday Aug. 7, at 3 pm don’t miss a fantastic magic show by the popular Craig Stone. On Thursday, Aug. 14, at 3 pm take an exciting journey with Mad Science through the world of animals. Learn about arctic animals, those that thrive off lava, and get slimed by a sea creature!

Regular programming continues: Library Chess Club, Tuesdays, 2:45 pm; Brilliant Babies lapsit storytime, Wednesdays, 1 pm; Storytime for ages 1–5, Thursdays, 10 am; and Read to Finnegan, the library dog, on Saturdays, Aug. 2 and 16, 10:30 am.

Special Program

On Tuesday, Aug. 26, at 6 pm join Janet Sobel, J.D., author of Litigation—Insult to Injury: What Judges and Lawyers Know about the Legal System that You Don’t, for an engaging presentation. Become an informed consumer of legal services.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang. Everybody is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is Defending Jacob by William Landay.

Free Light Bulb Exchange

On Saturday, Aug. 30, from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm, and repeating on the fourth Saturday of each month, Energy Upgrade California-Home Upgrade will provide free energy efficient light bulbs in exchange for your incandescent bulbs. There also will be information about affordable ways to make your home more energy efficient, and you can sign up for a free home energy audit. It’s all at our library!

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Scripps Ranch members gathered in June at the home of outgoing chair, Kathy Steinhause, to celebrate the end of another fun, busy, and productive year. Highlights of our 2013–2014 year include:

  • Oktoberfest fundraiser—raised more than $8,500 for the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Rady Children’s Hospital;
  • Participating and contributing toward events such as Kids’ Newsday, Fantasy on Ice skating rink, and the Celebration of Champions that honors and celebrates the lives of patients treated for cancer; and,
  • A fun Gatsby-themed social.

We are proud that our own Scripps Ranch member and past chair, Cheryl Steinholt, has just started her two-year term as president of the main Auxiliary Board—serving all of San Diego County and beyond.

Our Scripps Ranch unit reconvenes in September. We meet the third Monday of each month at 7:30 pm at the Crown Pointe Clubhouse, with social time and appetizers at 7 pm. We are excited about our new officers: Mary Rea, chair; Rebecca Flynn, chair-elect; Jan McGowan, treasurer; Susan Parme, secretary; Karin Whiteley, Elizabeth McKinnis, Janet Mebane, and Raelee Pacheco, Ways and Means; Vivienne Adibi, unit fundraiser; and Carol Schieman, Doris Berry, and Kathy Sayer, In-Unit Social chairs.

New members are encouraged to join us. For more details, please contact Cathy Denis at [[email protected]] or Kathy Steinhause at 695-2557.

Kami Evora, Publicity

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

We do not meet in August but members still sort through the clothes closet to make sure it is accessible so clients can choose clothing for themselves and their children. Also, the Fundraising Committee meets to make our next fundraiser another success.

We want to thank the Moms Club for its generous donation to the shelter. Also thank you, Scripps Ranch, for your continued support. Without your help, the clients at the shelter would have no personal items or clothing. Victims of abuse have nothing when they arrive at the shelter.

We are always looking for new members. We meet the first Friday of each month, with the exception of July and August. The meetings are held at the Crown Pointe Clubhouse. There is no membership fee. If you’re interested in joining our group, call Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708.

Needs for this month are: car seats for toddlers and children over 30 pounds; and diapers, newborn and size 3. Donations may be dropped off at the Mini and Me store, the Scripps Ranch Library, or the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thank you.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

“The end game for any speech is moving audiences to action, and that’s only possible if your take-away messages linger in audiences’ memories.” Toastmasters can help you make your presentations more memorable. Consider incorporating these tips in your next PowerPoint presentation:

  1. People remember the unusual. Vary the look, color, and images so that people refocus on the difference.
  2. Self-generated content improves memory. Engage your audience to create a stronger sense of ownership in the topic. Have them co-create your speech through fill-in word blanks, answering questions, or telling their personal stories.
  3. Go beyond aesthetics to meaning. Invite your audience to process information through other senses. For example, ask them to commit to next steps, or engage their emotions through storytelling.

[From the Toastmaster newsletter article Making Your Presentation Memorable, July 2014, by Dave Zielinski.]

Drop by and see how our club can help enhance your speaking and leadership skills. We meet 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 [].

SR Women’s Club Plans for the Coming Year

We are pleased to announce the following new club leaders: Marty Salkin and Connie Curran, co-presidents; Mary Rea and Joette Briggs, co-vice presidents; Carol Becker, treasurer; and Patty Davis, secretary. Board members will create a calendar of fun events for 2014–2015.

Our motto “Women United in Community Spirit” was evidenced by recent donations of $500 each to the four SR elementary schools, $500 to Marshall MS, $750 to the Scripps Ranch Theatre, $500 for the Hidden Valley House Auxiliary, and $250 for the Symphony in the Park concerts. That’s in addition to the three scholarships awarded to SRHS women.

Would you like to meet other Scripps Ranch women who enjoy good times and community involvement? Call our membership chairs, Marty Salkin at 566-0551 or Diane Lennert at 549-2066, and visit our website at [].

Anne McClure, Publicity

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch had an awesome July! We held our annual Salad Supper. As usual, we had a terrific turnout of friends and their guests. We raffled away more than a dozen baskets filled with goodies, all donated by club members and interest groups. Our Gadabouts also met in July, this time at the Welk Theatre for lunch and to see the play Grease.

In August we will have our monthly coffee and general meeting. We always welcome new members! If you would like to participate in our activities—including bunco, bridge, bike riding, trail walking, book clubs, and more—let us know by calling JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693. To learn more about us, please visit our website at [].

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

In August we have our annual barbecue at our home, and in September we will be back at the library on Saturday, Sept. 26. For more information about the Garden Club, please contact me at [[email protected]]. We welcome new members!

Lynnell Hallock

Village Quilters

The Village Quilters Guild invites you to our Sit and Sew on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Scripps Ranch Library. Doors open at 9:35 am and we sew until 1:30 pm. Bring your lunch, project, sewing machine, and thread and tools. There is no fee and all are welcome. For more details, email Kathy Greene at [[email protected]].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

You may wonder how networking groups “work”? They come in many sizes and flavors. Some are nationally franchised with mandated rules, fees, and procedures. Some are locally created. Some are large; some are small. Most are designed for small business owners, self-employed, independent contractors, owners, managers, or sales reps, private practice professionals, and more. They are usually designed to provide opportunities to learn and share with members, and most have rotating “presenters.”

Our group is locally created and has been active for about 20 years. We have about 20 members and meet weekly at a restaurant for an early breakfast. If you would like more information, contact Cheryl Berkson at 922-3720 or Barb Grey at 735-4008. New members are welcome.

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

Our organization is one of the leading networking groups in Scripps Ranch. The group consists of professional women living or working in our community. The founders’ vision was to create a group of women who not only connect via business networking but also to form personal relationships and support.

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group meets on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am for breakfast. We do not meet in August or December. Our next meeting is on Friday, Sept. 26. Won’t you join us! For more information, please call Julia at 549-3070 or Carmela at 361-8536, email [[email protected]], and visit [].