SR Women’s Club Honors Scholarship Winners

Recipients of the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) scholarships were feted along with their mothers at a dinner held at Mimi’s Café. The three women are: Sarah Trott, who will attend the University of Missouri; Angela Hampton, who is headed to UC Davis; and Sharon Tang, Chapman University. Outgoing president Mary Rea congratulated the young women and presented each of them one of her hand-crafted flower pots. She also turned over the president’s gavel to new co-presidents Marty Salkin and Connie Curran.

With the onset of fall, a traditional time of new beginnings, you may want to add something new to your life. Why not consider membership in the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club? We have fun social events, including couples’ dining, bridge, bunco, and happy hours, and we raise funds for schools, community groups, and scholarships. Please call membership chairs Rochelle Braunstein at 271-8838 or Sharon Worman at 653-3424 or visit [] for details. Join us!

Barbara Wesser, Publicity Chair

Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents Postmortem

The Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) opens its 36th season with the mystery-thriller Postmortem, written by Ken Ludwig and directed by Matt Thompson.

The time: 1922. The place: a medieval castle. The event: murder! William Gillette, best known for his 30-year portrayal of the famous crime sleuth Sherlock Holmes, has arranged a séance. Now the scene is set for his greatest role. Someone is trying to murder Gillette and he suspects it is one of his guests. Intrepid, eccentric, and wildly romantic, Gillette plans to solve the case himself à la Sherlock Holmes.

  • Saturday, Sept. 6–Sunday, Oct. 5
  • Fridays and Saturdays, 8 pm; Sundays, 2 pm
  • Adults: $29; Students/seniors/active military: $26; Children: $10.

For tickets and season subscriptions, call 578-7728 or visit the SRT website at [].

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary–Scripps Ranch Unit

Ernest and Evelyn Rady just announced their gift of $120 million to Rady Children’s Hospital to establish a Rady Pediatric Genomics and Systems Medicine Institute. This is the largest donation ever made to Rady Children’s Hospital. It allows the facility to move into the forefront of medicine that utilizes the genetic code of a patient to help determine the best possible treatment in a very precise way.

The hospital will pledge $40 million itself, which will be used to recruit a world-class team of physicians, clinicians, and scientists. They will focus their talents on preventing, diagnosing, treating, and curing childhood disease through genomics and systems medicine research. This team will help foster new therapies for the tens of thousands of pediatric patients treated each year at Rady Children’s Hospital. It is hoped that someday the Rady genomics institute will have each patient’s DNA sequenced and it will allow for precise tailoring of medical treatments.

Currently most genetic treatment is focused on autism and asthma, but numerous other diseases will be included in the genetic institute’s focus. The new institute plans to open by the end of 2014 and will have two locations: near the existing Rady Children’s Hospital on Front Street, and in Torrey Pines near many of the most distinguished genetic research facilities.

Upcoming auxiliary events include:

  • Monday, Sept. 15– first meeting of the new auxiliary year, 7 pm, Crowne Point clubhouse, prospective members welcome;
  • Tuesday, Oct. 21— 25th Annual U-T Kids’ NewsDay fundraiser, special U-T San Diego edition; and,
  • Sunday, Oct. 26—Shamu and You Walk at SeaWorld.

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

YMCA Adventure Guides

In July the Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles camped and hiked at Green Valley Falls in Julian. We also spent a fantastic Saturday in the surf and on the sand at Moonlight Beach in Encinitas, capped off by an evening barbecue and bonfire.

August brought more beach adventures with a weekend trip to Camp Surf in Imperial Beach. We really did get to surf, as well as boogie board, swim, build sand castles, do archery, scale a climbing wall, and play beach games. Best of all, we camped overnight on the beach.

One of our favorite trips of the year is to Catalina Island on the weekend of Sept. 12–14. Adventure Guides is open to dads and their children 5–9 years of age. Join now and come to Catalina with us! For details, visit [], or contact Scripps Ranch residents Ron LaPlante at [[email protected]] or Eric Deitz at [[email protected]].

Library Hours Increased!

Thanks to the improved economy and ongoing advocacy by the Friends of the Library, library hours will increase citywide within the next few weeks. Our branch library will be open four additional hours per week. As of press time, the start date and schedule had not been finalized. Please check at the library or at [] for updates.

New Homework Help Program

Do Your Homework @ the Library is coming to our library. This program, which is for students in grades K–8, provides free after-school tutoring. Full details weren’t available at press time. Please check at the library or call 538-8158 for complete information.

Volunteers Needed!

Volunteers are needed to assist with the new after-school homework tutoring program. Interested adults and teens are being sought to assist. Please inquire at the library or call 538-8158.

To explore more volunteer opportunities with the SRFOL, please contact volunteer coordinator Liz Erickson at [[email protected]] or 271-4239. She’ll be happy to match your skills to the perfect job.

New Adult Program

Our library will partner with the San Diego Community College District to offer “Health Education for Older Adults.” It’s a free fitness class focused on improving balance, strength, and flexibility with a low-impact aerobic component. This class is scheduled each Tuesday from 1:30 to 3 pm, starting Tuesday, Sept. 2.

Grace’s Book Nook

Shop at Grace’s Book Nook, open Monday through Saturday during library hours, for great bargains on gently used books—fiction and nonfiction—for readers of all ages and tastes, as well as CDs, DVDs, video games, magazines, greeting cards, and duck food. The inventory is updated almost daily, so stop by often.

All proceeds benefit our library. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books are always welcome.

Don’t miss the Second Saturday “Back Room” Special Open House on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 10 am to noon. Get first dibs on hundreds of books, including new arrivals, which aren’t typically available to the public—all at bargain prices!

Children’s Programs

Although school is starting, entertaining and educational free events continue at our library. Mark your calendar for twice monthly performances, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) and designed for children ages 4–11, although all ages are welcome. Our September lineup includes Paper Bag Cowboy presenting “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” in observation of Roald Dahl Day on Thursday, Sept. 11, at 3 pm. “Bullies Can Be Stopped” with Pig’s Eye Puppets is on Thursday, Sept. 25, at 3 pm.

Regular programming: 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, Saturdays, Sept. 6 and 20, at 10:30 am.

Teen News

A new Teen Advisory Council met for the first time in July. These enthusiastic young people will assist our youth services librarian (YSL) to plan events especially for teens. Those 14 and older are invited to talk to YSL Liz Tarnove to discuss volunteer opportunities.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at 7 pm with a screening of Chicken with Plums. This 2012 French film with English subtitles set in 1958 Tehran offers a poetic rumination of thwarted love with a violinist extraordinaire. It mixes animation, surreal fantasy sequences, and flashbacks. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the post-screening discussion.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series kicks off the new season with the Chris Klich Jazz Trio performing on Sunday, Sept. 21, at 2:30 pm. The trio performs a broad spectrum of music from the jazz idiom and is considered one of the best mainstream jazz groups in the city. There is no charge for the concert,sponsored by the SRFOL; donations are appreciated.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Defending Jacob by William Landay. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is the One Book, One San Diego selection, Monstress by Lysley Tenorio. Copies of the books are at the circulation desk.

Free Light Bulb Exchange

On Saturday, Sept. 27, from 9:30 am until 1:30 pm, and repeating on the fourth Saturday of every month, Energy Upgrade California-Home Upgrade will provide free energy efficient light bulbs in exchange for your incandescent bulbs. There will be information about affordable ways to make your home more energy efficient. You’ll also be able to sign up for a free home energy audit.


Three popular Zumba classes continue each week, sponsored by the SRFOL: Zumba Gold on Mondays at 9:30 am; and Zumba Fitness on Wednesdays at 5 pm and Fridays at 4 pm.

Please Note

For library events, please allow extra time to park on Meanley Drive and walk up the paved and lighted walkway to the library. For the latest information on special programming, please check our website at [] or check—and “Like”!—the library’s Facebook page.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The 15th Annual Hidden Valley House Auxiliary Tea is coming up, and many of you already have the date of Saturday, Nov. 1, marked on your calendars. Invitations will be mailed out in September. If you’d like to be included on the mailing list, please contact Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708. This is our sole fundraiser each year that raises money to help provide basic needs for the women and children at the domestic violence shelter.

This year’s silent auction will include gift certificates and tickets to events. We would like to extend special thanks to these businesses and organizations who recently sent in donations:

  • Julian Tea and Cottage Arts
  • La Valencia Hotel
  • Maritime Museum of San Diego
  • Natural History Museum
  • Poway Performing Arts Centre
  • San Diego Repertory Theater
  • Village Quilters
  • Yanni’s Bistro and Cellar

Back by popular demand will be flower pots personally decorated by the clients at the shelter who appreciate the opportunity to help with our fundraiser. Look for other items on the “craft table” that reflect this year’s “Comforts of Home” theme.

Items of the month are school supplies and backpacks, large bottles of shampoo and conditioner, diapers, and baby wipes. These 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. As always, thank you for your continued support.

Lynn Parke

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

September starts the educational calendar as kids return to school. It’s also an opportunity for you to explore ways to enhance your speaking and leadership skills through Toastmasters.

You’re invited to our Open House!

  • Thursday, Sept. 18, 7–8 am
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Start your day—and exploration—with laughter, fun people, and a tasty breakfast.

Gain confidence at Toastmasters. Our club provides an engaging, self-paced, and cost-effective way to help guide you through that process. Guests are welcome at our meetings at the SRCA Community Center on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am. For more, call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [].

Welcome Club

Welcome Club members were very active this summer. In August we had a wonderful Hawaiian-themed party at a club member’s home. We also went to the Natural History Museum to view photographs taken by Thomas Mangelsen and to the Welk Theatre for lunch and a musical.

We also contribute part of our funds to worthwhile charitable organizations in Scripps Ranch. For example, we just became lifelong members of the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. Our annual dues are just $30, and we have more than 100 members. If you’d like to meet some of us, please attend our next meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 2, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. For more details, visit [] and call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Village Quilters

We will hold our regular guild meeting on Saturday, Sept. 13, at the Scripps Ranch Library from 10 am to noon. The speaker will be Jean Impey with a trunk show entitled “Finding Your Passion and Running With It.” Everyone is welcome, and we suggest a $5 donation. For more information, please contact Kathy Greene at [[email protected]].

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

This month we meet in the Scripps Ranch Library on Tuesday, Sept. 23, at 5:45 pm. Our speaker will be Roy Willburn from Sunshine Care in Poway. He maintains a wonderful garden and greenhouse that supplies vegetables and fruits for the day care residents. They assist him in the gardening, as do the children from surrounding areas. He will talk about herbs, how to grow them, and how to use them. To join us, please contact Lynnell Hallock at [[email protected]].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

The value of networking is well established as “time well spent” for small business owners, independent sales reps, managers, or private practice professionals. While Scripps Tips may have the greatest longevity for networking groups in our area—approximately 20 years—others have formed in recent years, each group with its own style, goals, and priorities.

Our group has openings for any field not represented and we welcome new members. Visit [] to see if we have a place for you!

We meet every Friday for an early breakfast. Regular attendance is important to this group. To learn more and arrange a visit, please contact Cheryl Chase-Berkson at 922-3720 or me at 735-4008.

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group (SRWNG) is one of the leading networking groups in Scripps Ranch, consisting of professional women living or working in our community. We have about 23 members in various fields, and we would like to add others.

We hold monthly meetings in Scripps Ranch, and our next one is on Friday, Sept. 26, from 7:45 to 9:30 am for breakfast. Won’t you join us? If you would like more information, please call Julia at 549-3070 or Carmela at 361-8536, email us at [[email protected]], or visit [].