Children’s Programs

Get set for March fun at the library! On Thursday, Mar. 5, at 3 pm come celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by making Cat in the Hat masks. On Thursday, Mar. 19, a STEAM2 workshop sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) presents hands-on science fun. This will be followed by cake in the courtyard to celebrate our library’s birthday.

Regular programming includes storytime for toddlers every Thursday at 10 am and Baby Storytimes every first and third Wednesday—Mar. 4 and 18—at 1 pm. For a complete schedule, visit

Music Programs

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes back Jeremy Kurtz-Harris, San Diego Symphony principal double bassist, and pianist Ines Irawati on Sunday, Mar. 15, at 2:30 pm. Their program will feature the Bach 3rd Suite and a wonderful new tango-inspired bass concerto by Argentinian composer Andrés Martin. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated.

The SRFOL is excited to present, in partnership with the House of Hungary, a special benefit concert to celebrate our library’s birthday on Saturday, Mar. 21, at 7 pm. It features a return performance by internationally acclaimed Hungarian pianist Endre Hedegűs, who will be joined for half of the evening by Katalin Hegedűs (pictured above) to perform works for piano four-hands in addition to solo piano.

Their program will include works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, and Liszt. Tickets are only $15 at the door, $10 for students with ID, and children under 12 are free. A complimentary intermission reception featuring delicious Hungarian pastries is included.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Mar. 18, at 7 pm with a screening of Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, a 2013 film in which dormant emotions are awakened in an introverted optometrist in a madcap quest for romance—Taiwanese and Mandarin with English subtitles. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the discussion.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Martian by Andy Weir. Everybody is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Mar. 25, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is Tibetan Peach Pie: A True Account of an Imaginative Life by Tom Robbins.

In Memoriam

Thank you to members of the Book Discussion Group who elected to honor the memory of Lois Lefler with an engraved paver in our library’s beautiful courtyard. Lois participated in the Book Group with her son-in-law, Jack, who described her as an avid reader and a remarkable woman. In addition to raising five biological children and one adopted daughter, she and her husband cared for 310 foster children.

This lively group also arranged for a paver to remember former member Robbin Adair, beloved teacher and coach at Coronado High School. Please visit for more about paver donations.

Special Book Sale

Don’t miss the special Big Book Sale at the library on Saturday, Mar. 28, from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Select from thousands of books for all ages at amazing prices starting at 25 cents or less. We also have rare, out-of-print, and antiquarian books plus collectors’ editions at a fraction of internet prices. Shop early for the best selection.

Garage Sale Items Wanted

The SRFOL is cleaning our “attic” and plans to participate in the Scripps Ranch Garage Sale on Saturday, Apr. 18. We welcome your tax-deductible donations of unwanted items to sell and raise funds for our library. For details, check at the library or contact us at [email protected]

Thank you!

Special thanks to all who came to our Barnes and Noble fundraiser. We raised more than $1,600! This will help purchase new items for our children’s section.

Be a Friend

It’s that time of the year for our great Friends of the Library (FOL) to renew their membership. All library patrons are encouraged to show their support for our library by joining the FOL with a tax-deductible memberships ranging from only $5 for students and seniors to $250 for life members. Membership forms are at the library and on our website at Our library needs “Friends” like you!


For library events, please park on Meanley Drive and walk up the paved and lighted walkway. For the latest information on special programming, visit, or check—and Like!—the library’s Facebook page. The library will be closed on Tuesday, Mar. 31, for César Chávez Day.

Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents Sunset Park

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) invites you to take a look inside the lives of self-possessed aging widow Evelyn Horowitz and her adult children in Marley Sims’ and Elliot Shoenman’s comical drama Sunset Park. Evelyn has lived in her Brooklyn apartment for 50 years, teaching, raising children, and sharing coffee and stories with lifelong friend and neighbor, Rose.

Her apartment building is going co-op, but she can’t afford to buy in and cannot, by law, be asked to leave. When her middle-aged children hear about it, they realize there’s potential money to be made. Family secrets and long-hidden feelings find their way out as the family navigates through its past to heal its future.

Sunset Park opens on Saturday, Mar. 21, and runs through Sunday, Apr. 19. For performance and ticket information, please call 578-7728 or visit

Rady Children’s Hospital Scripps Ranch Auxiliary

A huge milestone was recently celebrated at Rady Children’s Hospital. For several years the hospital has been planning, preparing, and recruiting cardiac surgeons to establish a Pediatric Heart Transplant Program. In January 11-year-old Eric Rogelio received the first heart transplant at Rady’s. The operation was led by cardiac transplant surgeons, Eric Devaney, M.D., and Daniel DiBardino, M.D.

The doctors were aided by a vast medical team: a transplant nurse, pathologist, pharmacist, physical and occupational therapists, social workers, dietitians, and child life specialists. Monitoring Eric before and after the surgery is medical director, Rakesh Singh, M.D., M.S.

We are so proud to support the efforts of Rady Children’s Hospital through our philanthropy and advocacy. What a thrilling achievement this first transplant is for Rady’s and all of San Diego!

Coming up on Sunday, Apr. 12, from 1 to 5 pm is a Brewery Bus Tour fundraiser that will stop at Lost Abbey and Latitude 33 in the Vista area. The bus picks up at 12:30 pm from the Scripps Poway Parkway Park ‘N Ride lot at 12010 Scripps Highlands Drive, near Wendy’s. Beer tasting, food, and transportation is only $50. Proceeds benefit the Audiology Program. For tickets, please contact Janet Mebane at [email protected] For more information about the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit, please see this Newsletter’s centerfold.

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

’50s-’60s Sock Hop Benefits Scripps Ranch Groups

The MCAS Officer’s Club Ballroom will be transformed into a rockin’ ’50s–’60s Sock Hop on Saturday, Mar. 21. That’s when the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club hosts its annual fundraiser benefitting Scripps Ranch schools, college scholarships, and other local groups. Dinner, dancing, silent auctions, and opportunity drawings will be featured, and everyone is invited to attend! For tickets and more details, contact Laurie Wenger at 549-3073.

If you are a senior woman at Scripps Ranch High School, you may be eligible to apply for a scholarship to help with college expenses. Applications are now being accepted and are available at the SRHS counseling office with a deadline of early March.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Our Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary continues to provide basic supplies for the HVH shelter clientele, using proceeds from our High Tea fundraiser. This past month we purchased transportation fares for clients so they could attend court dates and other appointments, as well as food, pillows, blankets, towels, and socks and underwear for children ages 1–17.

This month the items most needed are: shampoo and conditioner; hair ties; baby wipes; baby shampoo; and lotion for babies and women. New or gently used clothing for boys 8–12 is also appreciated. Special thanks go to the many people who continue to drop off donations at the Scripps Ranch Library or the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road.

Lynn Parke

YMCA Adventure Guides

The Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles held our annual Pinewood Derby (below) in February. The kids’ creativity resulted in amazing designs. Awards were presented in several categories, but the top prize went to the fastest car.

For those children with speed still on their minds, our monthly meeting was zipping around the skating rink at the San Diego Ice Arena. It was about as close as many of the kids will get to “winter” this year! March brings spring and our return to tent camping. We will camp in Agua Caliente and enjoy the mud caves, hiking, and three naturally fed pools.

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

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Toastmasters International (TI) is a nonprofit educational organization that operates clubs worldwide to help members improve their communication, public speaking, and leadership skills. Through its thousands of member clubs, TI offers projects to help people learn the arts of speaking, listening, and thinking.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters Club is a branch of TI in Scripps Ranch. Scripps Teasers meets every Thursday from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center. Guests are always welcome. For more information, call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit

Welcome Club

This month the Welcome Club has many activities, including three important events: a day trip, an evening celebrating St. Patrick’s Day, and a coffee the following Tuesday. Our club members always engage in trail walking (above at Mission Trails!), bike riding, reading books, playing bunco and bridge, and making crafts.

Join us at our meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 3, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club or at our Coffee Klatch on Tuesday, Mar. 24, at 10 am. Please contact Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 for details.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

The Garden Club enjoyed an informative presentation on organic garden care. If you have not switched to organics, please consider it. Not only will your garden benefit but the environment will be better off.

Our speaker for March is Jeff Moore, owner of a specialty nursery. He will bring succulents to show us and sell. For details, please email [email protected] We meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 5:45 at the Scripps Ranch Library.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group consists of professional women brought together for business networking and to create a community of support. We are based in Scripps Ranch, but membership is open to women who live or work in nearby neighborhoods such as Poway, Mira Mesa, and Rancho Penasquitos.

Our monthly breakfast meetings are on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am. Membership is limited to one member per business. If you are interested, contact Carmela at 361-8536 or email [email protected] For more information, visit