SR Women’s Club Seeking SRHS Senior Women

That’s right the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) is giving away money for college! Scholarship applications are available for Scripps Ranch High School senior women who plan to attend college next fall. Qualifications include a cumulative GPA of 3.5 and participation in community and school groups and activities.

If that sounds like someone you know, direct her to [] or the SRHS counselors for an application. The deadline is Friday, Mar. 6. We are proud to support our Scripps Ranch young women as they pursue their goals. Want to join that effort? Call our membership chairs: Rochelle Braunstein at 271-8838 or Sharon Worman at 653-3624.

Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents Tribute

The Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) invites you to enjoy Tribute, a funny, touching play by Bernard Slade. Scottie Templeton is a charming, irresponsible fellow. Everyone loves Scottie except the most important person in his life, his son. It’s a play about family, love, and forgiveness that will stay with you long after the curtain falls. It runs from:

  • Saturday, Jan. 17–Sunday, Feb. 15
  • Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, and Sundays at 2 pm
  • Adults, $29; students/seniors/active military, $26; children, $10

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

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Although the calendar has turned over to a new year—it is the middle of our auxiliary “year,” which begins in August and ends in June. In December we took part in some special events at the Fantasy on Ice skating rink at Horton Plaza. Fantasy on Ice has been a San Diego auxiliary-sponsored tradition since the 1990s.

All of the funds raised goes to the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital. Our unit was proud to host more than a dozen Sudanese teenagers from the St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in North Park at the skating rink (picture on page 55). The rink is open until Monday, Jan. 5, so there are a few days left to enjoy outdoor ice skating!

Save the date for our unit’s main fundraiser this year: a Brewery Tour on Sunday, Apr. 12. More details to come!

Besides being a fundraising group, the auxiliary supports Rady patients and families in many other ways. More than 1,200 patients and families who come to the hospital after hours are given late-night snack bags put together by the auxiliary. Simple but important items like shampoo, tooth brushes, and toothpaste are given to more than 600 patients annually.

Also, each year 500 patients who arrive at the emergency room are sent home with fresh clothing donated by the auxiliary. Tiny baby blankets are knitted by auxiliary members for the hundreds of babies in the neonatal intensive care unit each year. Children living at the Helen Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children are treated to monthly birthday celebrations.

Our Scripps Ranch unit meets the third Monday of the month at the Crown Pointe clubhouse at 6:30 pm. Any prospective members should contact our membership chairs, Cathy Denis at [[email protected]] or Kathy Steinhause at 695-2557.

Kami Evora, SR Unit Publicity Chair

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series kicks off the new year with guitarist Peter Sprague and vocalist/percussionist Leonard Patton, a jazz duo, on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2:30 pm. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), although donations are appreciated.

African Drumming Workshop

Everyone—kids, teens, seniors—is invited to celebrate community, music, and the new year at an African drumming workshop on Thursday, Jan. 22, at 3 pm. Nana Obrafo Yaw Asiedu, an instructor at the World Beat Cultural Center in Balboa Park, will lead the workshop. Drums will be provided for all!

Children’s Programs

Regular children’s programming continues. Visit [] for details.

Free Teen Financial Workshop

On Friday, Jan. 23, at 2:30 pm Mission Federal Credit Union hosts a free workshop for teens on finance and credit. Come for the free food; stay for the financial literacy!

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 7 pm with a screening of Ilo, Ilo. It’s a 2013 film from Singapore that shows a compassionate, gently comic slice of life tracing the unspoken tensions of a family clinging to respectability during the Asian economic crisis. It’s in Mandarin, Tagalog, and Hokkien with English subtitles. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the movie and moderates the post-screening discussion.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Destiny of the Republic: A Tale of Madness, Medicine and the Murder of a President by Candice Millard. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner.

Grace’s Book Nook

Make a New Year’s resolution to visit Grace’s Book Nook, our library’s used bookstore, to check out bargains in books of all categories. Our inventory is updated several times per week, so stop by every time you’re at the library.

If you’d like to volunteer with Grace’s Book Nook, email [[email protected]]. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media—CDs DVDs, video games—are welcome and help raise funds for our library. Children’s books are in demand at this time.


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

YMCA Adventure Guides

Psst…Moms….Give yourself the gift of time in the new year and have your husband and kids join YMCA Adventure Guides! You get a few hours—or even an entire weekend—each month to do what you want, and dad and kids spend quality time exploring the great outdoors.

In late November the Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles hiked the Guy Fleming Trail at Torrey Pines State Preserve (below). We enjoyed the spectacular view from the cliffs on a beautiful day. The kids had a picnic on the beach, and some went in the water, clothes and all!

Adventure Guides is open to dads and kids 5–10 years old. Join the adventure, including our January whale watching trip. For details, visit [] or contact Scripps Ranch residents Ron LaPlante at [[email protected]] or Eric Deitz at [[email protected]]. Remember, Moms, freedom awaits you!

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Happy New Year from the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary to those who gave generously to the HVH shelter in 2014! Your contributions of time, money, gift cards, food, basic needs, and services were greatly appreciated by the staff and clients at the domestic violence shelter. To those donors—as well as the Scripps Ranch Library and Ellen Hawkins, who collect donations—we extend a very big “Thank You!”

The HVH Auxiliary volunteers are involved with the shelter in many ways. Our meetings are on the first Friday of the month at noon. For more information about our auxiliary, contact Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708 or [[email protected]].

Lynn Parke

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Happy New Year! If one of your resolutions is to improve your speaking skills, there’s a fun Toastmasters Club in our neighborhood—Scripps Teasers. We offer a great place to meet new people while enhancing your skills. We meet every Thursday from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center, and visitors are welcome. What an invigorating way to start the day! Interested? Contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [].

Welcome Club

Start your new year off right: join your neighbors for fun in 2015! The Welcome Club is a 120+-strong group of women who play bridge and bunco, bike ride, trail walk, have coffees, go on day trips, and meet to hear interesting speakers on a regular basis. Our club is open to anyone—new and not-so-new—in Scripps Ranch.

We’ve been at this fun for more than 30 years! Please call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 for information. We’d love to meet you!

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

The Garden Club starts up again on Tuesday, Jan. 27, at 5:45 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room. Our speaker will tell us how to nourish our garden with organics. For more details, please email [[email protected]].

Scripps Tips

The members of Scripps Tips, our community’s first small-business networking group, extend a “Happy New Year” to Scripps Ranch! We especially send greetings to small-business owners or managers, independent contractors, or professionals in private practice! If you are in this group, we hope you check us out as part of your 2015 business planning!

We meet weekly over breakfast. Visit [] to learn more, then contact our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson, at 922-3720 or me at 735-4008.

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

We are professional women brought together for business networking and community support. We are based in Scripps Ranch, but membership is now open to women who live or work in nearby neighborhoods such as Poway, Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos, and so on. We meet on the last Friday of each month at 7:45 am. Our next meeting is on Friday, Jan. 30. For more information, call Carmela at 361-8536, email [[email protected]], or visit [].