Library Hours Increased!

Starting Saturday, Nov. 8, our library will open four more hours per week, thanks to the improved economy and ongoing advocacy by the Friends of the Library. The new hours are: Monday, Thursday, and Friday: 9:30 am–6 pm; Tuesday and Wednesday: 11:30 am–8 pm; and Saturday, 9:30 am–3 pm. The hours are listed in the Newsletter Directory each month.

Student Essay Contest

The 18th Annual Writing for Literacy Student Essay Contest is open to all 4th, 8th, and 10th grade public, private, and parochial school students. This exciting opportunity is sponsored by the Friends of the San Diego Public Library, the San Diego Public Library, San Diego Unified School District Library Media Teachers, KPBS—One Book, One San Diego—and Computers 2 SD Kids. Citywide finalists receive cash prizes and laptops. Last year three Scripps Ranch students were citywide winners, and one was awarded $500 for the best overall essay!

The deadline is Friday, Dec. 19, at 3 pm. Information about the contest may be obtained from your teacher, at the library, or on our website at [www.srfol.org].

Richard Lederer at Our Library!

Richard Lederer, nationally syndicated U-T San Diego language columnist and co-founder of A Way with Words on KPBS, will take you on a joyride through our stupendous, tremendous English language at our library on Sunday, Nov. 2, at 2:30 pm. Richard also will sign books from his large bibliography. All profits go to the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) to benefit our library.

Grace’s Book Nook

Grace’s Book Nook, the library’s used bookstore, is open Monday through Saturday during library hours and stocks a variety of books at amazing prices. Holiday and Christmas books are now available.

Mark your calendar for the Second Saturday “Back Room” Special Open House on Saturday, Nov. 8, from 10 am to 2 pm. It’s an opportunity to get “first dibs” on hundreds of books, including new arrivals not usually available—all at low bargain prices! Also on that day, don’t miss the special sale on all clearance books for adults—on sale for only $3 per bag!

Please check—and Like!—our Facebook page for updated information. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books are always welcome.

Children’s Programs

Mark your calendar for twice monthly special programs, sponsored by the SRFOL on select Thursdays at 3 pm. Join us on Nov. 13 for a hands-on experience involving animal classification and behavior activities presented by STEAM2 Academy, an informal education organization for grades K–3 focused on science, technology, engineering, art, math, and music. Then, on Nov. 20, colonial educator Greg Miller will present an engaging program about the first Thanksgiving.

Regular programming continues. Please visit [www.srfol.org] for details.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. Mark your calendar for the traditional potluck dinner meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at which books for 2015 will be selected. Come prepared to present a couple of your favorite titles.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents pianist Anna Savvas on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 pm. Julliard trained, Dr. Savvas’s program will include works by Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Ravel, and Debussy. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL. Donations are appreciated.

Fun Fitness Class

Adults of any age are welcome on Tuesdays from 1:30 to 3 pm in “Fun Fitness for 55+.” This is a new free fitness class focused on improving balance, strength, and flexibility with a low-impact aerobic component offered in partnership with the San Diego Community College District.

Final Notes

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 [www.srfol.org], or check—and Like!—the library’s Facebook page.

SR Theatre presents Absurd Person Singular

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) invites you to spend a few Christmas Eves with us enjoying Alan Ayckbourn’s comedy Absurd Person Singular. Meet three couples in their three kitchens on the Christmas Eves of three successive years. Be entertained by the wild comedy of disasters at these three parties. Running like a thread through the antics is the story of the advance of one couple to material prosperity and the decline of the others.

The play opens on Saturday, Nov. 8, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 7. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Cost: adults, $29; students/seniors/active military, $26; and children, $10. For tickets and season subscriptions, please call 578-7728 or visit [www.scrippsranchtheatre.org].

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary–SR Unit

The Scripps Ranch Auxiliary had a tremendously successful Kids’ NewsDay in October! Precise numbers are still being calculated. We believe the Scripps Ranch Old Pros may have broken last year’s record sales of 1,268 papers and more than $2,766 raised for Rady Children’s Hospital. We thank them for their consistent support for which they have been named “Honorary Members” of our auxiliary.

We will have a December holiday party, Valentine’s Day-themed dinner at Yanni’s, and an evening at Paint-N-Vineyard. In addition to monthly meetings, we plan one large fundraiser each year. It will be in the spring and more details will follow.

The Fantasy on Ice outdoor skating rink at Horton Plaza opens on Thursday, Nov. 20. Opening night festivities will include an ice skating show, hot chocolate, and skating. The Fantasy on Ice rink raises money for the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the hospital.

Auxiliary members who are interested in health issues are invited to attend monthly education seminars at the hospital on the first Thursday of each month. November’s education forum will focus on immunizations and participants will tour the Center for Healthier Communities. Immunizations have been a prominent news issue recently as a decline in rates of childhood immunizations has led to a serious recurrence of whooping cough, measles, and other preventable but dangerous childhood diseases.

We are always happy to have new members join our auxiliary. Our membership chairs, Cathy Denis and Kathy Steinhause, can provide information about our auxiliary. Just email them at [[email protected]] or [[email protected]].

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary would like to thank the people who attended our annual Tea fundraiser on Nov. 1, as well as those who were unable to attend but sent in generous donations. Our silent auction baskets included recent donations from the Shakespeare Corner Shoppe, Scripps Ranch Theatre, San Diego Repertory Theatre, San Diego Zoo Global, San Diego Symphony, The Crossing at Carlsbad, Walmart in Poway, in addition to items from the organizations that were mentioned in recent articles.

The Scripps Ranch HVH Auxiliary and the Center for Community Solutions appreciate Qualcomm’s continued support. The money we raised will be used to purchase “basic need items” for clients staying at the HVH shelter, which is a safe haven for families needing temporary shelter from physical and mental abuse situations.

At our monthly meetings the HVH staff lets us know its immediate needs, which vary based on season, number and ages of children staying there at any given time, and other variables. This month they especially need children’s clothing and shoes. If you would like to donate any items, please drop them off at the Scripps Ranch Library—ask the staff for the current location of the donation box—or at the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. As always, thank you, Scripps Ranch, for your continued support!

Lynn Parke

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Having trouble writing a speech? Here are tips from pros that will help make your speech more powerful and memorable.

  • Start strong and command attention. Take advantage of the moment before your speech starts when a hush falls over the crowd. It’s the only time you’ll have their complete attention.
  • Create a structure. Use the “rule of three.” People are more likely to remember information presented in groups of three.
  • Persuade by using concrete nouns and active words. Describe the situation so visually that your audience clearly sees it in their mind’s eye.
  • Make ’em laugh. As Peggy Noonan, speechwriter for President Reagan said, “One of the great ways of making a simple small connection is human laughter.”
  • End strong. It is the last thing they will remember about your speech.

(Summarized from the Toastmaster newsletter article Speechwriting Secrets, Nov. 2013, by Denise Graveline. For more resources about writing and presenting speeches, visit [www.toastmasters.org].)

Find your voice at Toastmasters! Drop by and see how we 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].

Welcome Club

As the end of the year approaches, the Welcome Club has scheduled many activities. We started the fall season with a wonderful presentation from a volunteer from Project Wildlife and his young owl friend, Boo, at our October general meeting.

This month is filled with another general meeting, a coffee, a day trip with Gadabouts, and meetings for book clubs, bunco, bridge, crafts, as well as trail walking and biking. Next month is our annual holiday dinner dance on Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Catamaran Hotel.

If you are interested in joining our club and participating in these and other activities, check out [www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com] and call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217. We are a friendly group of women who always welcome new members. If you’d like to check us out, ask Becky or JoAnn about joining us for the coffee this month on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 10 am. We’d love to spend the morning with you!

Movies, Theatre, Wine and Cheese

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club members and their spouses and guests have many social events to choose from this month. On Saturday, Nov. 8, join us for our Dinner/Movie Talk. Everyone sees the same movie and has a lively discussion.

The next day, Sunday, Nov. 9, we will have a wine and cheese party. This will be followed by a cocktail party and play at the Scripps Ranch Theatre on Friday, Nov. 14. Bridge and bunco provide even more chances for fun and friendship.

Don’t we sound like a fun group? We have a serious side, too—raising money for our Scripps Ranch philanthropies. We’d love to have you join us. Please see our website at [www.srwomenclub.org] for membership and contact information.

Barbara Wesser, Publicity Chair

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Q: What are Scripps Tips’ meetings like?

A: We meet every Friday morning at a local restaurant. Our meetings begin promptly at 7:15 so we are out the door by 8:15, inspired and ready for business!

The first meeting of every month is a roundtable discussion on topics relating to small businesses. Every other meeting during the month features a presentation by a group member—to promote a deeper understanding of that person’s business and how they do what they do. Each member represents a different endeavor, so there is ample opportunity for building referral relationships within our group.

Prospective new members are invited to visit our website at [www.scrippstips.net]. Then contact our president, 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 is one of the leading networking groups in Scripps Ranch, consisting of professional women living or working in the neighborhood. The founders’ vision was to create a group of women who connect not just via business networking, but who also form personal relationships and community support.

We hold monthly meetings in Scripps Ranch, and each member has the opportunity to present the highlights of her business to the group. Last month, we welcomed Jennifer Tipton and would love to have you on board. In addition, we hold social activities just for fun and to promote fellowship among our members.

Come join us for our next breakfast meeting on Friday, Nov. 21, from 7:45 to 9:30 am. If you would like more information, call Julia at 549-3070 or Carmela at 361-8536, email us at [[email protected]], and visit us online at [www.srwnetworking.org].