Bravo to SR Theatre!

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is honored to receive a 2014 Bravo San Diego Award for last season’s production of David Ives’ The Liar, a terrific comedy about a man who can’t tell the truth.

SRT welcomes you to see our remaining Season 36 productions!

  • Absurd Person Singular, runs through Sunday, Dec. 7
  • Tribute, Saturday, Jan. 17–Sunday, Feb. 15
  • Sunset Park, Saturday, Mar. 21–Sunday, Apr. 19
  • Beau Jest, Saturday, May 23–Sunday, June 21

For show times, ticket prices, and more information, call 578-7728 or visit [].

Adventure Guides

November brought our annual pilgrimage to the Indian Hills Camp in Jamul. The kids (below)—and more than a few dads—enjoyed the zip line, archery, and human foosball. Kid-only activities included gold panning and the expanded BMX track. With a clear sky away from the city lights, the nearly full moon and bright stars were amazing against the campfire. We celebrated the aging out of Zach Zurmuhle and Jack Suydam, who are off to YMCA Trailblazers!

Adventure Guides is open to dads and their children 5–9 years old. Join the adventure, including our holiday caroling event in a neighborhood near you! For details, visit [] or contact Ron LaPlante at [[email protected]] or Eric Deitz at [[email protected]].

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Approximately 280 Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary members attended our semiannual meeting in November. Our unit member Jan McGowan planned the event, and Auxiliary president, Cheryl Steinholt, moderated the gathering.

Donald Kearns, M.D., Rady Children’s Hospital president, Steve Jennings, Hospital Foundation senior VP, and other notable community members spoke. We are so proud of Cheryl Steinholt as she begins her presidency! Cheryl’s theme for her term is “Inspire,” and she inspires us with her competence, wit, and compassion.

Cheryl presented awards to three people outside the Auxiliary who have given tremendous support. The Honorary Membership Award recipients included: Whitney Southwick, NBC San Diego weathercaster and Scripps Ranch resident, for being the face of Kids’ NewsDay for 25 years and supporting the Auxiliary in many ways; Dave Akers; and King Deutsch. Other awards also were presented.

We heard a remarkable presentation by Julie Cunningham about her daughter, Kate, who, at 14 months, was diagnosed with one of the rarest childhood diseases, Cryopyrin-associated autoinflammatory syndrome. Kate, now 4, has responded well to treatment. Fortunately, Kate lived in San Diego where Dr. Harold Hoffman was at the forefront of discovering the disease and worked to find a treatment. Julie and other speakers expressed gratitude to the Auxiliary for having raised $63 million for the hospital since its inception!

If you are inspired to join this philanthropic group, contact our membership chairs, Cathy Denis at [[email protected]] or Kathy Steinhause at 695-2557.

Kami Evora, SR Unit Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Center for Community Solutions, the nonprofit operator of the Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter, has asked the HVH Auxiliary to thank Scripps Ranch residents, businesses, and groups for their contributions of time, money, clothes, food, and other items this past year. The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club again collected toys, gift cards, and women’s clothing at its annual Holiday Party, and Village Quilters made hand-made quilts and bibs.

Bunco and bridge groups donated food and funds. Eagle Scouts, local Girl Scout troops, the National Charity League, and Scripps Ranch High School Interact and Key clubs helped at the shelter, arranged parties and art projects for the children, held food and clothing drives, and helped serve at our 15th Annual HVH Tea.

The Mini and Me store collected toys and clothing, and the Scripps Ranch Library serves as a drop point for donations. We truly appreciate all of your help. Another big thank you goes to the sponsors, donors, and attendees for their support of our annual HVH Auxiliary Tea fundraiser last month. It was a great success!

Lynn Parke

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

The Garden Club ends 2014 on Tuesday, Dec. 2, with a pumpkin potluck. Our speaker will be from the Maintenance Assessment District (MAD). Mike Rasmussen, who is in charge of the park around the SRCA Community Center, will talk about plans to turn the area into a butterfly garden. He may need help! Our meeting starts at 5:45 pm with plant sharing, and our speaker starts at 6:15 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room. Join us and share something made from pumpkin!

Lynnell Hallock


The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) welcomes our new youth services librarian, Gina Bravo, to our library. Please be sure to stop by the children’s and teen area to meet her.

Gift Opportunity

Looking for the perfect alternative gift? Request a holiday bookplate form at the library’s front desk. Your tax-deductible donation buys a book in an area you select for our library. A special bookplate is placed in the book to recognize your gift recipient, who receives a letter letting him or her know about your thoughtfulness.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes back the La Jolla Renaissance Singers (pictured below) on Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2:30 pm performing a festive holiday concert in period attire. The SRFOL thanks the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club for generously underwriting this concert. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL.

Barnes and Noble “Book Fair”

Support our library by shopping at Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa from Saturday, Dec. 13, through Wednesday, Dec. 17. A percentage of your purchases will be donated to the SRFOL. Be sure to mention you are supporting the Scripps Ranch Library at checkout! If you shop online, please use the ID number 11475340.

Grace’s Book Nook

Grace’s Book Nook is all decked out for the holidays! Our library’s used bookstore—open during library hours—stocks a variety of books at amazing prices. Our popular Second Saturday “Back Room” Special continues on Saturday, Dec. 13. Don’t miss this opportunity to get “first dibs” on hundreds of books, including new arrivals, not usually available to the public—all at bargain prices!

Book Discussion Group

The traditional potluck dinner meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 6 pm at which books for 2015 will be selected. The book for January is Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard.

Children’s Programs

A special children’s program, sponsored by the SRFOL, features gingerbread house decorating on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 3 pm. Decorate your own gingerbread house with candy—don’t forget to bring your own to share! All other materials will be provided. Space is limited, and sign-ups will be done on the day of the program on a first-come-first-served basis. Regular children’s programming continues. Check the library calendar at [] for details, including information about the new free Do Your Homework @ the Library tutoring program for K–8 students.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL is on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at 7 pm. The name of the film wasn’t available at press time. Please check [] or at the library. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the discussion.

Holiday Hours

The library will be open at 9:30 am on Wednesday, Dec. 24, and will close at 5:30 pm that day for the holidays. The library reopens on Friday, Jan. 2.

Holiday Festivities Include the Traditional and the New

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club holds its annual Cookie Party on Wednesday, Dec. 17, at the beautiful home of Diana Whitney. Members will feast on a holiday dinner, exchange cookies, and donate items to Hidden Valley House.

On Sunday, Dec. 14, at 2:30 pm the club is proud to sponsor for the first time the Scripps Ranch Library’s holiday concert featuring the La Jolla Renaissance Singers. A cookie and punch reception follows. We’d love to have you join the fun as a new member. Please call Sharon Worman at 653-3624 or Rochelle Braunstein at 271-8838 for information.

Barbara Wesser, Publicity Chair

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Happy holidays from Scripps Teasers! We hope to see you after the holidays! Drop by one of our club meetings on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For more information, contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [] to learn how Toastmasters can help enhance your skills.

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club has three big annual events in December: our holiday project, our gift exchange, and our dinner dance. Each year the Welcome Club participates in the San Diego Armed Services YMCA Military Family Holiday Program. This year we are collecting money and new toys for children of military families and contributing to their Magical Holiday Party for special needs children.

Back by popular demand, our gift exchange will occur at our general meeting. Finally, our Holiday Dinner Dance is on Sunday, Dec. 14, at the Catamaran Resort. Our members will celebrate these events and participate in other activities in the new year, including bunco, bridge, book clubs, trail walking (pictured left), bike riding, pitch, coffees, and crafts. Join us!

For more information, please call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217. They will be happy to talk to you and send you a membership form.

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 who live or work in the neighborhood. Our group has monthly meetings in Scripps Ranch, as well as social activities just for fun!

Our breakfast meetings are on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am. Our next meeting is in January. For more information, please call Julia at 549-3070 or Carmela at 361-8536, email us [[email protected]], or check us out at [].