Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

With summer officially over, the Scripps Ranch Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital is back in full swing! We had a fabulous new member social in September. It was a festive evening with wine, cheese, dessert, and coffee. We were glad to meet several prospective members. We are always looking for new faces! If you are interested in fun, friendship, and philanthropy, contact membership co-chairs Michele Fisher at [[email protected]] or Mary Rea [[email protected]] for details.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, we will host a good ole fashioned Oktoberfest. It will be at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive from 6:30 to 10 pm. Tickets are $55 and include beer tastings, wine tastings, Phil’s BBQ, fun music and dancing, as well as a silent auction. All proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital’s Child Life Programs. We look forward to a fun event. For more information, please contact Cheryl Steinholt at [[email protected]] or Harriet Hall at [[email protected]].

Hear Ye Hear Ye…. get your $1 out on Tuesday, Oct. 23, for the 23rd Annual Kids’ NewsDay. Scripps Ranch Auxiliary members, along with our own Scripps Ranch "celebrities" the Old Pros, will sell the special $1 edition of the U-T San Diego on streets corners, at schools, shopping centers, and Starbucks throughout Scripps Ranch. As in years past the $1 paper highlights the advances being made in pediatric medicine and profiles the lives being changed at Rady Children’s Hospital, which serves more than 143,000 children each year. All proceeds benefit Rady Children’s. One dollar. One paper. One day…lots of fun and an easy way to help!

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Scripps Ranch Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary was formed more than 10 years ago to help domestic violence victims housed at the HVH shelter. We meet monthly with representatives from the Center for Community Solutions, the nonprofit umbrella organization that oversees the shelter, and HVH staff to discuss ways in which the Auxiliary can help. The facility has been operating at almost full capacity each week for the past several months, so the needs are great as budgets are tightened and grants diminish.

This year with money raised at last year’s High Tea fundraiser, we continue to supplement the supplies of food, toiletries, shoes and clothing, diapers, blankets, pillows, towels, and linens. Each month the HVH staff informs us of the immediate needs that vary based on season, number, ages of children, and so forth. We publicize those in the SRCA Newsletter to make it easy for community members to help out.

Our single annual fundraiser is coming up on Saturday afternoon, Nov. 3, and will be at the same place as last year–the Poway Adult Day Health Care Center. Invitations were mailed out in September and if you haven’t received one but would like to attend, please contact co-chairs Carol Buckley at [[email protected]] or 549-7715 or Mary Rea at [[email protected]] or 578-3098. The theme of this year’s Tea is "Hope Grows Here."

We’re working with the clients at the shelter to create potted plants–"grown with hope"–for purchase at the Tea. There will be a silent auction and opportunity drawings for a "gift card tree" and travel package, as well as time to socialize. As in the past servers will include volunteers from the National Charity League and the Girl Scouts. Please plan to join us for a fun afternoon for this very worthwhile cause.

This month’s needs at the shelter are: size 4 diapers, canned food, dry cereals, and pasta. Donations can be dropped off at the Scripps Ranch Library or at the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. We’d like to thank Baby Vie, located in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace on Scripps Poway Parkway, for continuing to collect donations for the shelter. As always, the HVH Auxiliary and staff truly appreciate your support!

Lynn Parke

Get Involved!

Explore volunteer options with the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). We’re seeking a new secretary and have a host of other opportunities, including possible board positions, to fit your interests and time availability. What a wonderful way to give back to our community while interacting with a great group of library supporters! Contact [[email protected]] or call Linda Harris at 271-6171 for more information.

Music Program

"The Pleasure of Your Company" presents talented and versatile guitarist Fred Benedetti (above) on Sunday, Oct. 21, at 2:30 pm performing a varied program featuring works for Spanish classical guitar and flamenco guitar with some Latin American and contemporary music. There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by the SRFOL; donations are appreciated. Meet the artist at a post-concert reception.

Film Series

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Oct. 17, at 6 pm with a new miniseries, "Out of the Shadows: The Mystery Thriller." It features a celebrated 1949 British movie we’re not permitted to name–check at the library for more information–that is considered one of the greatest films ever made. Noted film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the feature and moderate the post-screening discussion, focusing on the techniques used by the filmmaker to tell his story.

Children’s Programs

The free monthly children’s program sponsored by the SRFOL on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 3 pm features the Jackstraw Band. Don’t miss these wild and crazy musicians’ Monster Mash show! Chinese Storytime for School Age Children continues on Fridays at 4 pm.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Graveyard Book by Neil Gaiman. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room.

The book for November is Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck. Copies of the books are available at the library circulation desk. Check our website at [www.srfol.org] or at the library for updates.

Grace’s Book Nook

Grace’s Book Nook is our largest ongoing fundraiser and helps us procure new books and media for our library, provide exciting programs, purchase equipment, and more. You can help.

  1. Make Grace’s Book Nook your first stop for books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, greeting cards, and more.
  2. Keep those donations of gently used books and media coming.
  3. Volunteer to help with the Book Nook. Email [[email protected]] or call Joan Reese at 288-8828 for information.

Welcome Club

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch members are busy as usual with lots of activities in the coming months: a holiday party, a gift exchange, and a coffee in December. Also, we have interesting speakers at our general meetings on the first Tuesdays in October and November.

At our September general meeting we were introduced to Zumba. Later that month we went on a "Gadabouts" to the Stone Brewery in Escondido. There was also a coffee, a TGI and a "Birthday Babes" celebration. Our interest groups include bunco, bridge, trail walking, bike riding, and three book clubs.

If you are interested in joining and participating in any of these activities–and getting to know many of your neighbors–just become a member. Becky McDonald at 578-5693 can answer your questions about the 30+-year history of our club. Our president, Carolle Banks at 549-7613, will be pleased to discuss details about the club, and our vice-president, JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217, will be happy to send a membership form.

Please attend our general meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 2, at 7 pm at the Aviary location of the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. We’d love to meet you!

Janelle Boustany, Secretary

Mysterious Event for SR Women’s Club in October

Halloween is the perfect time of year for the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club to enjoy a murder mystery! On Saturday, Oct. 20, we’ll attend an interactive dinner and show, The Dinner Detective, where the audience solves the case.

Other activities for the month include our "Walk and Talk" at the lake on Saturday, Oct. 13, as well as our bunco group evenings. Members will support the Hidden Valley House by attending the groups’s tea and fundraiser in November. Would you like to join a group of dynamic, friendly women united in community spirit? Contact Susie Hill, membership chair, at 847-9411, and visit our website at [www.srwomensclub.org].

Anne McClure, Publicity

Knit, Laugh, and Yak

If you want to untangle yourself, unwind for an afternoon, or be kept in stitches for a few hours, please join the Scripps Ranch Knitting Club for an afternoon of knitting or crocheting. We meet every second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s seminar room. All levels of experience are welcome. Please contact Rhonda Rogers at 566-7036 for questions or more information.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

If you are a small business owner, an independent sales rep, a professional in private practice, a licensed practitioner, or an independent contractor, then you probably know the value of networking! Each group has it’s own style and philosophy. If you are considering joining a networking group, we suggest you find the one that seems to be the "right fit." To find out more about our group, visit [www.scrippstips.net]. Attend a breakfast meeting by calling our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson, at 922-3720.

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group’s mission is to connect with other professional women in Scripps Ranch and to aid them in expanding their business opportunities while having fun socializing and building friendships. Our group, the only one in Scripps Ranch for women professionals, facilitates business and personal relationships through monthly meetings at a Scripps Ranch home.

Each member will have the opportunity to be the "Presenter of the Month," highlighting her business to the group. We encourage members or prospective members to bring their Scripps Ranch friends to help us grow as an organization and present opportunities for each of us to experience better work relationships. Check our website to see if your business is not yet represented.

Our next meeting is on Friday, Oct. 26, at 8 am for breakfast. Our "Presenter of the Month" is Susan Heck. For more information, please call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit us at [www.srwnetworking.org].