Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary–Scripps Ranch

Twenty-five years ago the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary teamed up with U-T San Diego to launch Kids’ NewsDay, a special edition of the U-T with a section devoted to the stories of Rady patients whose lives have been dramatically altered by the hospital. The newspapers sell for $1, and you might have seen volunteers and celebrities sell the papers at street corners, Starbucks, and schools. This is one of the most important fundraising events, and since 1990, we have raised more than $1,100,000 for the hospital.

We heartily thank the Old Pros, our schools and their volunteer groups, and the Scripps Ranch and greater San Diego community who help make Kids’ NewsDay successful. We also recognize numerous corporate sponsors who give generously each October. Kids’ NewsDay is Tuesday Oct. 21. We hope everyone can be part of this day of giving.

Our unit has a new meeting time. We still meet the third Monday of each month at the Crown Pointe Clubhouse, but we now start our meetings at 6:30 pm with light snacks and social time, then begin the meeting at 7 pm. Prospective members or anyone wishing to learn more about the auxiliary are always welcome to attend.

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Use your body language to better communicate to your audience…and yourself. By using simple techniques before or during your speech, meeting, or interview, you can send messages to your body that will reduce stress, boost confidence, and better engage your audience.

  1. Start with a smile: Before you step up, smile and keep it going throughout your presentation. This reduces stress-enhancing hormones.
  2. Free your hands to naturally gesture. Static hands—in your pocket, on the lectern, at your side—can reduce your effectiveness.
  3. Instead of fight-or-flight, excite: Reframe your anxiety into excitement through positive self-talk: “Wow! This is a great opportunity.”
  4. Strike a power pose: Before your speech, privately try a power pose to increase your confidence. Take up as much space as possible by placing your hands on your hips, stretching out your arms, or making the victory sign.

[From the Toastmaster Newsletter article Convey Confidence with Body Language, Aug. 2014, by Denise Graveline.]

Drop by and see how Toastmasters can help enhance your speaking and leadership skills. Guests are welcome at our meetings 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].

Homework Help

Informal homework help is available on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 3 to 5 pm until the new Do Your Homework @ the Library program is up and running. The new program will provide free after-school tutoring for students in grades K–8. More details to come.

Fun Fitness Class

In partnership with the San Diego Community College District, our library now offers “Fun Fitness for 55+” (pictured below), a free fitness class focused on improving balance, strength, and flexibility with a low-impact aerobic component. Although planned for those 55 and above, adults of any age are welcome to participate on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3 pm.

Children’s Programs

Mark your calendar for twice monthly special programs, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). On Thursday, Oct. 16, put on your thinking caps and your green thumbs and join us for some hands-on botany activities presented by STEAM2 Academy, an informal education organization for grades K–3 focused on science, technology, engineering, art, math, and music.

On Thursday, Oct. 30, participants will decorate sugar skulls in observance of Day of the Dead; attendance will be limited. Please check with youth services librarian Liz Tarnove for details.

For our regular children’s programming, please visit [www.srfol.org].

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL is on Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 pm with a screening of the 2013 British drama Locke, Steven Knight’s seductive experiment in storytelling starring Tom Hardy as he glides toward a date with destiny. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the post-screening discussion.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents a special Halloween-themed program, Welcome to the All Hallows’ Musicale on Sunday, Oct. 19, at 2:30 pm. It will feature violinist John Pauls, pianist Douglas Harvey, and vocalist Penelope Hawkins. There is no charge, although donations are appreciated.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Monstress by Lysley Tenorio, the One Book, One San Diego selection. Everyone is invited to join us on Wednesday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston.

Richard Lederer at Our Library

Richard Lederer, U-T San Diego language columnist and co-founder of A Way with Words on KPBS, will share his brand new children’s book, Monsters Unchained!, at our library on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2:30 pm. Adults and children 9 and older will enjoy this performance. Dr. Lederer also will sign books. All profits go to benefit our library.

Volunteers Needed!

Explore volunteer opportunities with the SRFOL! Please contact volunteer coordinator Liz Erickson at [[email protected]] or 271-4239. She’ll match your interests and skills to the perfect job.

Please Note

For library events, please allow time to park on Meanley Drive and walk up the lighted walkway. For the latest information on special programming, visit [www.srfol.org] and “Like” us on Facebook!

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s (SRT) production of Postmortem, the highly acclaimed Ken Ludwig mystery-comedy continues through Sunday, Oct. 5. Also, rehearsals have begun for the Alan Ayckbourn holiday-season British farce, Absurd Person Singular, which runs from Saturday, Nov. 8, through Sunday, Dec. 7. The play presents three couples, interacting in their three respective kitchens, on three consecutive Christmas Eves. Make reservations by calling the box office at 578-7728 or online at [www.scrippsranchtheatre.org].

YMCA Adventure Guides

In September the Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles held their monthly meeting at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad. As a group we received a special tour that included a drum circle, five galleries, and the Innovation Studio, a hands-on room where the kids—and dads!—got to play unusual instruments.

In October we will have our once-a-year family camping trip, where moms join the fun. We will head to Vail Lake in Temecula for some fun in the pools, water slides, and tent camping.

Adventure Guides is open to dads and their children 5–9 years of age. For details, visit [www.rancho.ymca.org/yprog/cat1200.html] or email Ron LaPlante at [[email protected]] or Eric Deitz at [[email protected]].

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Scripps Ranch Hidden Valley House Auxiliary group was formed more than 15 years ago to provide volunteer help and needed items for the domestic violence shelter called Hidden Valley House (HVH). Women and children who are removed from an abusive situation can find temporary respite there.

We are fortunate to have a strong following of people who want to help, and who do so by attending our only fundraiser—the annual Hidden Valley House Auxiliary Tea. The date is Saturday, Nov. 1, and the Tea is open to the public. All funds raised are used to provide “basic needs” at the shelter. If you would like to attend, please contact Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708 or [[email protected]]. We thank these businesses and groups who recently donated to our Tea’s silent auction:

  • Children’s Museum
  • Cygnet Theatre Company
  • Fitness Quest 10
  • Fleet Science Center
  • The Grand Tea Room in Escondido
  • Great News Cooking School
  • Hornblower Cruises
  • The French Gourmet
  • Muir Photographic Images
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum

The item of the month needed at HVH is new underwear—all sizes—for adults and children. They also need children’s cold medicines in advance of cold and flu season. 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. Thank you for your support, and we’ll see you at the Tea!

Lynn Parke

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club Celebrates Fall

Fall is traditionally when the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) starts its social season with a new board and exciting new adventures. Coming up this month are two fun events. On Saturday, Oct. 11, we will go on a Del Mar beach walk followed by coffee at Americana.

Oktoberfest is an annual celebration and this year we gather on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Cat and Pat Guiant’s home with brews, brats, and all that goes with it. Doesn’t this sound like a great group to join? Please call our membership chairs, Rochelle Braunstein at 271-8838 or Sharon Worman at 653-3424, to get on board.

Barbara Wesser, Publicity Chair

Welcome Club

This month we feature one of our special groups that makes up a central feature of the Welcome Club: crafts. Led by chair Beverley Wash, the group meets each month in a member’s home and makes crafts or plans for projects. Those include art, mosaics, holiday centerpieces, and decorations. Beverley describes the holiday craft: “We make centerpieces with live greenery, candles, bells, and flowers. They turn out beautifully.” Long-time members cherish the creations over the years and the friendships they’ve formed.

To join the Welcome Club and take part in the monthly crafts group, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217. They would be happy to discuss the many activities our 100+ members enjoy during the year. You get to form lasting friendships and have lots of fun.

Village Quilters Guild

The Village Quilters Guild’s October speaker will be Bonnie Hunter. The title of her presentation is “Scrap User’s System.” The meeting will be at the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, Oct. 11. Doors open at 9:30 am, and the meeting starts at 10 am. There is a $5 fee for nonmembers.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

In October our speaker will be Carol Fuller, a knowledgeable landscaper, who will talk when and how to plant bulbs and how to care for them. Flowering bulbs do not require a lot of water. Join us on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 5:45 in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room. For questions, email me at [[email protected]].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

If you are a small-business owner or manager, independent contractor, professional in private practice, or an independent sales rep, we invite you to consider joining Scripps Tips, our community’s own “small-business networking group.” For more than 20 years, we have met weekly for an early breakfast. For more information, please visit [www.scrippstips.net], then call Cheryl at 922-3720 or me at 735-4008 to arrange a visit.

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 the neighborhood. Join us for our next breakfast meeting on Friday, Oct. 31, from 7:45 to 9:30 am. For details, call Julia at 549-3070 or Carmela at 361-8536, email us at [[email protected]], or visit [www.srwnetworking.org].