Scripps Ranch Theatre: New Play and New Season

The Scripps Ranch Theatre’s (SRT) latest production—Beau Jest—opens on Saturday May 23, and runs through Sunday, June 21. Visit or call 578-7728 for tickets.

SRT announces its 2015–2016 season.


  • Friday, Sept. 11–Sunday, Oct. 11
  • By Anthony Shaffer, it’s the ultimate game of cat and mouse played out in an English country house owned by a mystery writer. Revenge and murder are plotted as two rivals plan the ultimate whodunit.

The Heir Apparent

  • Friday, Nov. 13–Sunday, Dec. 13
  • From David Ives, this is the story of a penniless young man, his fair love, her forbidding mother, and a rich but miserly uncle. Add a wily servant and meddling relatives—all speaking in rhyming couplets—and you get a gem of a farce.

The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

  • Friday, Jan. 22–Sunday, Feb. 21
  • By William Inge. It’s Oklahoma in the 1920s and the Flood family is struggling with marital discord, a shy teenage girl, and her introverted brother—the drama of jealousy and prejudice in a small town.

Skin Deep

  • Friday, Mar. 25–Sunday, Apr. 24
  • By Jon Lonoff. A wisecracking lonely-heart gives romance one last shot. It’s a quick-witted, intelligent voyage into the not-so-tranquil seas of middle-aged love and dating.

Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

  • Friday, May 27–Sunday, June 26
  • By Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick. Is all fair in love? Even murder? The characters are a dashing dentist, a middle-aged femme fatale, and a blundering used car salesman. Put them in a room at the Howard Johnson and the result is “enough laugh lines…and extravagant sight gags to outfit two rapid fire farces of the absurd.” (Variety)

For season tickets, please visit or call 578-7728.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary was formed to provide assistance to the HVH shelter, with a focus on “basic needs” for clientele. The funds we use for that purpose are raised at our annual HVH High Teas, and all money goes to help the shelter. Plans are underway for this year’s Tea on Saturday, Nov. 7. We hope you’ll mark your calendar and plan to attend.

This past month we purchased pillows and blankets, umbrellas, food, kitchen supplies, and socks and underwear for children ages 1–17. Children’s clothing—new and gently used—and diapers and wipes are always needed for the families seeking temporary shelter from hostile domestic environments. We appreciate the many people who donate. The Scripps Ranch collection points are at the Scripps Ranch Library and the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Drive.

Lynn Parke

Death Café

On Friday, May 8, at 1:30 pm the Scripps Ranch Library hosts its first “Death Café.” Death Cafés are informal, friendly conversations between adults discussing living, dying, and end-of-life concerns. Coffee and cake will be served. Come join this unique approach to sharing your views on one of the most taboo subjects of all.

Music Program

Celebrate Mother’s Day at a concert by the Kensington Trio presented by “The Pleasure of Your Company” music series on Sunday, May 10, at 2:30 pm. Violinist Natalka Kytasty, cellist Yuri Kytasty, and pianist Ronald Morebello will perform Beethoven’s Trio in G and introduce us to beautiful music from classical and contemporary Ukrainian composers. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL; donations are appreciated.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, May 13, at 7 pm with a screening of the 2014 film The Two Faces of January. It’s a shivery, sexy suspense yarn in the wickedly entertaining Hitchcock tradition, starring Viggo Mortensen, Kirsten Dunst, and Oscar Isaac. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the film and moderate the post-screening discussion.

Book Trailer Film Fest!

Having trouble deciding which book(s) to read next? Come to the San Diego Public Library’s first ever “Book Trailer Film Fest” on Tuesday, May 19, at 6:30 pm. See short videos highlighting great 2015 titles and missed classics. Authors highlighted include Kazuo Ishiguro, Stephen King, Hugh Howey, and more!

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, May 27, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is Faithful Place by Tana French.

Children’s Programs

Come learn about science and nature when STEAM2 Academy returns on Thursday, May 14, at 3 pm with fun, hands-on activities for little ones and school-age children. “Family Movie Matinee” is back on Thursday, May 21, at 3 pm! We’ll screen last year’s animated hit Big Hero 6. Free popcorn will be served. For other special events and ongoing programs, please visit

Essay Contest

Congratulations to the Scripps Ranch winners of the 18th Annual Student Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest: Metta Nicholsom and Julia Baylon, Scripps Ranch High School; Davis Klein, High Tech High; Jolie Binstock, Marshall Middle School; Isabella Lehman, Adam Zheng, and Riley Sucato, Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary; and Sofia Carniglia, Miramar Ranch Elementary.

The students were honored at an awards ceremony hosted by the SRFOL at which they read their prize-winning essays. They also received certificates from the Friends of the Library and Councilmember Mark Kersey, as well as pens and gift cards.

Metta, Jolie, and Isabella were selected to represent Scripps Ranch in the citywide essay contest, competing for gift cards, laptop computers, and $500 cash. Thank you to Councilmember Kersey for attending and speaking, to essay contest judges—Jean Feinstein, Joan Gass, Liz Erickson, and Wendy Tompkins—and to our SRFOL contest coordinator, Sandra Hoyt.

Summer Volunteers Needed

The Summer Reading Program is coming soon! If you are interested in volunteering, please contact the library as soon as possible or go to [] and search for open positions!

Final Notes

For library events, please allow extra time to park on Meanley Drive and walk up the paved and lighted walkway to the library. For the latest information on special programming, go to or check—and Like!—our Facebook page.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary—Scripps Ranch

Our brewery bus tour fundraiser last month was a huge success! More than 70 guests took the tour to two North County breweries—Latitude 33 and Lost Abbey—enjoying beer tasting and food truck munchies. We thank the following sponsors who helped make the tour a success: Lost Abbey Brewery; Latitude 33 Brewery; Marrokal Design and Remodeling; McGowan Enterprises, Inc.; Caliber Advisors, Inc.; Board and Brew; Gilmore Orthodontics; Scripps Poway Orthodontics; Silver Oak Escrow; and Acculine.

Donors included: Vons; Luna Grill; Sport Clips; Costco; Nothing Bundt Cakes; Poway Dream Dinners; West Coast Mortgage—Barbara Petskly; Nancy Fleischman; Jan and Tom McGowan; Cheryl and Bjorn Steinholt; Carol Schieman; Mary and Lou Rea; Yvette and Robert Gilman; Janet Mebane; Karin and Kevin Whiteley; Cathy and Don Denis; and Elizabeth and Mike McKinnis.

On Monday, May 18, our unit will participate in the annual Celebration of Champions at the Embarcadero. This event honors Rady’s patients treated for cancer or blood disorders and their families and includes a fun-run with young patients, supporters, and well-known San Diegans and sports personalities. Our unit will cosponsor a child runner with a $750 donation and have our annual “tattoo booth” for the kids. Everyone is welcome.

Our unit meets the third Monday of each month at 7 pm—at 6:30 pm we have light snacks and social time—at the Crown Pointe Clubhouse off Avenida Magnifica.

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

Adventure Guides

Camping season is here! In March we returned to Agua Caliente for hiking, biking, swimming, and…ice cream? In addition to the usual camping activities, we enjoyed delicious homemade ice cream made onsite by one of the dads.

Last month more than 30 dads and kids from the Anasazi and Omaha Circles camped at Palomar Mountain for the first time in several years. Some toured the famous Palomar Observatory, while all enjoyed stargazing among the pines.

Daytime activities included group games and hiking the coniferous forest trails. Being so far up the mountain, we had fantastic views overlooking North County all the way to the Pacific.

You may have missed out on Palomar, but there’s still time to join us for Camp Marston in Julian on Saturday and Sunday, May 16–17. 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]

SR Women’s Club Celebrates 25th Anniversary

Heading the list of social events in May for the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club is a brunch celebrating the club’s 25th anniversary. The event on Sunday, May 17, will be held on a member’s beautiful patio. We will honor new members and feature music, fun, games, and a few surprises.

Also in May are a Happy Hour, the Epicurean Dining group gathering, and a garden tour. We enjoy social events, as well as raise funds for scholarships and community organizations. We always welcome new members. Please call our membership chair, Sharon Worman, at 653-3624 for a membership application, or visit our website at

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Congratulations to Ray Rogers and Rebecca Clark for successfully representing our club at the Central Division Toastmasters Speech Contest. The Central Division encompasses about 50 Toastmasters Clubs throughout San Diego County. Ray won first place in International Speech Contest for “Stand-up Philosopher,” and Rebecca won first place in the Table Topics speech contest by responding to the statement: “Lead, follow, or get out of the way.”

Toastmasters is more than public speaking. It’s about the communication skills you use every day, from talking with friends to presenting at meetings.

Scripps Teasers meets every Thursday from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center. Guests are always welcome. For details, contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club has focused on gardening. Our speaker at our meeting last month talked about our new water restrictions and plants and gardens that tolerate drought. She gave us plenty of ideas about water conservation, a timely topic.

Three of our club members were recently recognized by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) for their volunteer work. Our club is active in philanthropic activities. We recently made donations to the SR Friends of the Library, Project Wildlife, and the YMCA Armed Services.

If you would like to meet our leaders, join us for our next general meeting on Tuesday, May 5, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club for a wine and cheese event to celebrate the installation of our new officers. We’d also love to see you at our next coffee on the third Tuesday of the month. Check us out at and call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693 for information.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

We have certainly been having some wonderful gardening weather. Our speaker for April talked about how to control pests in the landscape without using harmful pesticides. In May we will go to a member’s home to see her garden. To join us on Tuesday, May 26, please contact Lynnell Hallock at [email protected]

Scripps Tips

Scripps Tips Small Business Networking Group has met every Friday for more than 20 years. We gather at a local restaurant for breakfast from 7:15 to 8:15 am. Synergy is the name of the game at Scripps Tips! If you’re interested in membership, please visit, then call Cheryl at 922-3720.

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group consists of professional women who come together to network and create community support. Our breakfast meetings are on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am. Our next meeting is on Friday, May 29. Membership is limited to one member per business category, so call us to see if your occupation or business is open. For details, contact Carmela at 361-8536, email us at [email protected], or visit