SR Women’s Club Awards Scholarships

Fulfilling one of its most important missions, the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club happily awarded three scholarships to Scripps Ranch High School college-bound senior women. Congratulations to Anita Ho, Dominique Van Howe, and Mackenzie Weidman.

In July the new board, headed by incoming president Beth Surrell, will be hosted by the outgoing board at a changeover dinner. We’d love to have you join us as “women united in community spirit.” Please visit

SR Theatre: Special Plays

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT), on the campus of Alliant International University, is producing the fourth annual “Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City” from Friday, July 10, through Sunday, July 19. “Out on a Limb” is a play-development program designed to feature new one-act plays written by San Diego playwrights with San Diego in mind.

The three one-acts—chosen from local submissions—to be produced are: Tiny, by Tori Rice; Water Lords, by Lisabeth Silverman; and September and her Sisters, by Jennifer Lane. Performances are on Fridays and Saturday at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. For details, call 578-7728 or visit

Children’s Programs

July is going to be a fun-filled month for kids at the library with fantastic free shows sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) every Thursday starting promptly at 3 pm. A special San Diego Symphony Ensemble concert—just for kids!—is on July 2, followed by a question and answer session with the musicians. Don’t miss the “Full Spectrum Entertainment” magic show on July 9 complete with live animals and tons of magic tricks! On July 16 we’ll feature “Mad Science” for experiments with sound. The “Wild Wonders Animal Show” will bring furry, scaly, and feathered friends on July 23. Wrapping up our July shows, “Hullabaloo” and his guitar will be here on July 30 for a rollicking good time.

Summer Reading Program

Teens and children of all ages, be sure to stop by the children’s desk and sign up for our popular Summer Reading Program, “Read to the Rhythm,” sponsored by the SRFOL. You could win lots of fun prizes just for reading books! Details are available at the library.

Summer Reading for Adults!

There’s still time to sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program! Get a $1 off coupon for Grace’s Book Nook, our used bookstore, when you sign up. You won’t believe how far a dollar can go! Then read three books and log them online to be eligible for a raffle prize.

Death Café

We will host another Death Café, a safe, agenda-free space to discuss death and dying, hospice, living wills, and end-of-life concerns. Come join the conversation on Saturday, July 18, at 11 am.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading West with the Night by Beryl Markham. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, July 22, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt.

Alzheimer’s Workshop

On Tuesday, July 28, at 6 pm we are partnering with the Alzheimer’s Association to present “Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters.” Is it normal aging or something else? If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or personality changes, come learn the facts.

Film Forum—Free!

Our summer miniseries, “Dial H for Hitchcock,” continues on Wednesday, July 15, at 7 pm with a screening of Notorious (1946). In this audacious exploration of sexual power and insecurity, a beautiful woman with a tainted past (Ingrid Bergman) is enlisted by an American agent (Cary Grant) for a mysterious mission in South America. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the post-screening discussion.

Grace’s Book Nook

Support our library by shopping at Grace’s Book Nook for nearly new and gently used books—great for vacation, beach, or everyday reading passions—plus CDs, DVDs, magazines, and greeting cards at amazing prices. It is open Monday through Saturday during library hours.

We also stock duck food, the healthier choice, for those who enjoy the time-honored tradition of feeding the ducks in Evans Pond adjacent to the library. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books are always welcome. Donations of children’s books are especially needed.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

One of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary’s missions is to advocate for the health and safety of our community’s children, in addition to fundraising for Rady’s. The Scripps Ranch Unit had an advocacy booth at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association’s (SRCA) Community Fair in May. Nancy Fleischman coordinated a “Wheel of Safety” that included health, nutrition, and safety information.

Auxiliary members Cheryl Steinholt, Mary Rea, Kathy Steinhause, Janet Mebane, Cathy Denis, Ruth Lim, and Karin Whiteley volunteered at our booth. Please visit Rady Children’s Center for Healthier Communities website at for downloadable information about healthy lifestyles, disease prevention, and injury prevention

We concluded our auxiliary year with a party at the home of Kathy Steinhause. Also, our annual meeting with the entire San Diego Auxiliary was held at Liberty Station. Our own Cheryl Steinholt, auxiliary president, presided over the meeting, themed “Imagine the Possibilities.” Speakers discussed the new Rady Genomics Institute. We resume activities on Monday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 pm at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. Join us!

Kami Evora, SR Unit Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The auxiliary’s support of the Hidden Valley House (HVH) temporary shelter continues. Domestic violence victims can stay at the shelter for up to 30 days and often arrive without additional clothing, toiletries, diapers, and more. Families staying there now have children ranging in age from 2 months to 14 years.

Supplies of baby wipes, small size diapers, and baby wash/shampoo/lotions are low. They also could use new or gently used sandals and flip flops for children and women. To donate any items, please drop them off at the Scripps Ranch Library or the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. As always, thanks to Scripps Ranch residents for their support.

Lynn Parke

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club extends special thanks to our dear member Pam Savelsberg (above), our Gadabouts chair. Pam plans day trips for our members and has done this for many years, always with good cheer and fantastic planning skills. We have gone to diverse and interesting places in the county, thanks to Pam.

Our most recent Gadabout was a trip to the National Weather Service forecast office in Rancho Bernardo, one of 25 in the western United States. Their mission is to provide weather, water, climate data, forecasts, and warnings for the protection of life and property and the enhancement of the national economy. Twenty-one Welcome Club members attended!

To join us in future Gadabout adventures, please call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Our Scripps Teasers Toastmasters club starts July with a new board: Doug Coates, president; Akemi Rogers, past president; Jan McGinn, VP education; John Schroeder, VP membership; Fenix Yang, VP public relations; Vicki Conlon, treasurer; Rebecca Clark, secretary; and Sreelal Chandrasena, sergeant-at-arms. We are confident we will continue to thrive with our new leadership!

Find your voice at Toastmasters! Come see how we can help enhance your speaking and leadership skills. Guests are welcome at our meetings on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For more details, call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

The Garden Club will visit members’ gardens in July to gather ideas and see what others have done in their yards. We are all making changes due to water restrictions. There are many drought-tolerant plants that are attractive. Plants give back to the environment in a way that rocks, fake grass, and concrete cannot.

To learn more about surviving the drought, come to the Garden Club for ideas. We meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month at the Scripps Ranch Library, usually at 5:45 pm. For details, email Lynnell Hallock at [email protected]

YMCA Adventure Guides

In May we spent two nights enjoying the many activities available at YMCA-Camp Marston in Julian. There was archery, candle making, BB guns, soccer, gold panning, slingshot paintball, hiking trails, and a 42-foot climbing wall.

After dinner the kids presented skits to the entire expedition—what a great confidence builder! Sunday morning we gathered for the closing ceremony where the kids took turns describing their favorite part of the weekend. Also, three campers were specially recognized for reciting the Seven Aims of Adventure Guides.

Later in the month we met at Mira Mesa Lanes (pictured below) where the kids learned how to bowl and the dads tried to remember how, both with varying results.

Adventure Guides is open to dads and their children, 5–10 years of age. The program creates lifetime memories through outdoor activities. This summer we are camping at Camp Pendleton—yes, on base!—near Idyllwild, and at Camp Surf in Imperial Beach. For details, visit or contact Scripps Ranch residents Eric Deitz at [email protected] or Mark Rackers at [email protected]

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 mutual support. Our next breakfast meeting is on Friday, July 31, from 7:45 to 9:30 am. Prospective members can drop in on a meeting to see what we’re about. For information and venue details, please call Carmela at 361-8536, email us at [email protected], or visit