Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

On Thursday, Feb. 12, Scripps Teasers Toastmasters Club will hold an Open House to welcome visitors. It’s a great opportunity to see what Toastmasters is all about. It begins with a free breakfast provided by members. A formal meeting follows. Join us at our Open House!

  • Thursday, Feb. 12, 7–8 am
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Start your day—and your exploration—with laughter, fun people, and a tasty breakfast. Scripps Teasers meets every Thursday from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center. Guests are welcome at any meeting. For more information, please contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Experts say that at this time of year— shortly after the holidays—organizations that help victims of relationship violence experience an increase in calls. The Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a nonprofit agency, offers a countywide 24-hour bilingual crisis helpline. It also operates a North County domestic violence shelter called Hidden Valley House (HVH). Please visit for more.

For the past 16 years our local HVH Auxiliary has worked closely with CCS to provide volunteer help and needed items for HVH clients. Each month we meet with CCS and HVH staff to discuss immediate needs, which vary based on season, number and ages of children, and so forth. We publicize those in the SRCA Newsletter to make it easy for the community to assist. For information about the HVH Auxiliary, please contact Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708 or [email protected]

This month their supplies of sheets and blankets are low. Your donations can be dropped off at the Scripps Ranch Library or at the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. CCS and the HVH Auxiliary extend their appreciation for your continued support and donations.

Lynn Parke

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

On Sunday, Feb. 8, we will have a Valentine’s-themed fundraising dinner at Yanni’s Bar and Grill called “Giving from the Heart.” It will be for members and their guests. The funds help our Scripps Ranch Unit provide financial support for some of our annual auxiliary events such as Fantasy on Ice, Kids’ NewsDay, and Celebration of Champions. Our last social event of 2014 was our holiday party at Kathy Sayer’s home (pictured above).

We are planning for our Sunday, Apr. 12, fundraiser—a Brewery Bus Tour. This is open to the public and all funds will be designated to the audiology department at Rady Children’s Hospital. Save the date for a fun time tasting at some of the best craft breweries in San Diego.

We invite you to join our philanthropic group. For details on membership, contact Kathy Steinhause at 695-2557 or Cathy Denis at [email protected]

Kami Evora, RCHA Publicity Chair

Children’s Programs

We’re partnering with the San Diego Symphony Chamber Orchestra on Thursday, Feb. 12, at 3 pm for its Kinder Koncerts program that takes the orchestra out of the concert hall and into neighborhoods to perform for our youngest patrons—preschool–2nd grade. Join us! Regular children’s programming continues, including special events. Check at the library or at for details.

Grace’s Book Nook

Your support of Grace’s Book Nook helps raise needed funds for new library acquisitions and programs. Be sure to stop by each time you’re at the library to browse through the frequently updated stock for amazing bargains. Special thanks go to the Steve Thompson family who donated more than 700 children’s books that are “flying” off our shelves!

Please keep those tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media—CDs, DVDs, video games—coming. At this time donations of children’s books and history titles are in demand. “Operation Paperback 4 R Warriors” update: so far, 425 books from Grace’s Book Nook were donated in 2014 by generous patrons for MCAS Miramar Marines. Thank you! For volunteer opportunities with the Book Nook, email [email protected]

Seeking Volunteers!

Looking for a way to give back to your community? Explore a wide range of volunteer opportunities with the SRFOL. We’re looking for enthusiastic volunteers to help with our music program, Book Nook, on one of our committees, or on our board of directors. Email [email protected] or call Liz Erickson at 271-4239.

Interested in volunteering this summer? Get started now! We need many Summer Reading volunteers, but paperwork and training takes time. Adults or teens 15+, please call 538-8158 soon for details.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes back mandolinist Chris Acquavella with guitarist Eric Foster on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2:30 pm. The program will feature mandolin/guitar repertoire from Latin America. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated.

Film Forum

The free film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Feb. 18, at 7 pm with Garibaldi’s Lovers, a 2012 film presenting a fizzy ride through a magical vision of metropolitan Italy, while casting a critical eye on modern life—Italian with English subtitles. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the discussion.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading In the Shadow of the Banyan by Vaddey Ratner. Everybody is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is The Martian by Andy Weir.

YMCA Adventure Guides

The Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles held our annual holiday caroling party in December. We had more than 40 kids and dads (below) belting out the classics to lucky Scripps Ranch homeowners. Back at the host house, we painted trinket boxes, drank hot cocoa, and generally made merry. The smaller boys engaged in a very muddy football-like game.

January was also fun for us. Our whale watching trip was a great success. For any dads considering joining Adventure Guides, rest assured, the trip was scheduled for the one weekend there were no NFL playoff games! This is also the season for our annual Pinewood Derby. Cars will be raced for glory early this month.

Adventure Guides is open to dads and kids 5–10 years old. For details, visit or contact Scripps Ranch residents Ron LaPlante at [email protected] or Eric Deitz at [email protected]

Exciting Fundraiser Plans in Full Swing for SRWC

Love the music and spirit of the ’50s and ’60s? Mark your calendar for Saturday, Mar. 21, and join the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club for a rock ‘n roll fundraiser that will knock your socks off! Watch this SRCA Newsletter for more details.

Consider joining and enjoying bunco, bridge, a St. Valentine’s Day breakfast, Dinner and Movie Talk, and other fun events while being part of a group that gives back to the community. Visit or call one of our membership chairs, Rochelle Braunstein at 271-8838 or Sharon Worman at 653-3624.

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club will have a general meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 3, to mark our 34th anniversary! The featured speaker, one of our members, will discuss nurses in the armed services. We’ll also have a coffee on the third Tuesday of the month.

Throughout the year our members are engaged in trail walking, meeting for book clubs, making crafts, and playing bridge, pitch, and bunco. If you would like to join our club, please call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

In February our speaker will be Jerry Martin, owner of Wild Birds Unlimited in Scripps Ranch. He will tell us about the variety of birds in our area and how to attract them to our yards. The Garden Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Scripps Ranch Library at 5:45 pm. For questions or to join, please email Lynnell Hallock at [email protected]

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

Our group consists of professional women who come together for business networking and support. Although we are based in Scripps Ranch, membership is now open to women who live or work in nearby neighborhoods.

Our breakfast meetings are on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am. Our next meeting is on Friday, Feb. 27, when we will host guest speaker Whitney Bond, cookbook author, food blogger, and a regular guest on Wake Up San Diego. Prospective members are welcome.

To join, contact Carmela at 361-8536 or email us at [email protected] For information about our members and venue details, visit

New Networking Group

Are you a local business professional interested in joining a new, no-fee networking group. Announcing the Scripps-Mesa Business Referral Network! We want to hear from you if you: are interested in quality referrals; know lots of people; are not a member of any other business group; and can commit to morning meetings twice per month. Please contact Sharon Martin at [email protected] or David Keely at [email protected] Let’s have fun and grow our businesses together!