Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

Join us at our Teasers Toastmasters Open House! Visit our club on Thursday, Aug. 27, to see what Toastmasters is all about. Enjoy refreshments and join in our now famous version of the Toastmaster’s “Table Topics,” a technique to improve impromptu speaking. You are welcome to participate or just watch.

Open House details:

  • Thursday, Aug. 27, 7–8 am
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Start your day—and 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 our website at

Special Film Screening

Join us on Tuesday, Aug. 4, at 6:30 pm for a special screening—sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)—of the new documentary Run Free: The True Story of Caballo Blanco. This film chronicles the life of American ultra-running legend Micah True—Caballo Blanco or the White Horse—and his quest to create an ultra-marathon in Mexico’s Copper Canyon to promote and preserve Tarahumara running tradition. True was a main character in Christopher McDougall’s bestselling book, Born to Run–A Hidden Tribe, Super Athletes and the Greatest Race the World Has Never Seen.

Children’s Programs

It’s not too late to sign up for our Summer Reading Program that continues through mid-August. Earn great prizes, including cool music-themed items, plus zoo and museum passes and free meals at area restaurants—just for reading books.

Free children’s programs sponsored by the SRFOL for August include Sparkles the Clown on Thursday, Aug. 6, at 3 pm with bubbles, laughs, and more. On Thursday, Aug. 13, at 3 pm don’t miss Gaston’s Puppet Show, our reading program finale. Stay after the show and celebrate the end of summer reading with treats and our final Padres ticket raffle!

Free Film Forum

Our summer miniseries, “Dial H for Hitchcock,” concludes on Wednesday, Aug. 19, at 7 pm with a screening of Shadow of a Doubt (1942). A world-wise adventurer insinuates himself into his sister’s family and local community. All is well…until someone mentions “The Merry Widow Murders.” Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces each film and moderates the post-screening discussion, focusing on the techniques used by the filmmaker to tell his story.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 26, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is the One Book, One San Diego selection, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón.

Grace’s Book Nook

Make the used bookstore in our library your first stop for nearly new and gently used books for readers of all ages—great for vacation travel, pool, and beach—plus everyday reading. Every purchase helps our library procure new books and media, provide exciting programs, and more.

In addition to books, magazines, CDs, DVDs, and greeting cards, Grace’s Book Nook also has special pelleted duck food for sale, the healthier alternative for our Evans Pond ducks. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books are welcome. Run by volunteers, the Book Nook is open Monday through Saturday during library hours. Every purchase and every donation supports our library.

Free Fitness Classes

Every Tuesday at 1:30 pm we partner with San Diego Continuing Education to present “Fun Fitness for Adults 55+,” a class that helps improve balance, strength, and flexibility. Check or at the library for information about other free fitness classes including zumba, tai chi, and Silver Age Yoga.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary typically does not hold meetings during the summer, however, its support of the shelter continues. This past month we purchased supplemental supplies of food, toiletries, paper goods, baby shampoos/lotions, and kitchen utensils, and paid for a refrigerator repair at the shelter.

An inventory of their clothes closet showed they are very low on girls’ clothing in sizes 5–8 and 2T–4T, as well as XL women’s tops. They also need kitchen knives and small frying pans. If you would like to donate any of these items, please drop them off at the Scripps Ranch Library or the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. As always, thank you for your continued support.

Lynn Parke

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

The Garden Club will celebrate the end of summer—almost—by enjoying a barbecue at the home of Lynnell and Bob Hallock on Tuesday, Aug. 25. In September we will be back at the library, and our speaker will be “Farmer Bill” from a local nursery. He is very knowledgeable and entertaining and will have water-saving landscaping advice. For more information, please email [email protected]

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club held its annual Salad Supper, always the most well-attended event of the year. The Salad Supper celebrates summer fun, food, and friends.

If you would like to join us at such an event or participate in our many interest groups, please call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693. To learn more about our activities, visit

Parlez-vous Français?

The Cercle Français of Scripps Ranch is a group that meets about once a month to enjoy food, wine, and conversation in French. We have members who are French, but that is not a requirement—just a love of French language and culture. Si vous vous y intéressez, veuillez me contacter à [email protected]

Scripps Tips

Networking Group

The purpose of our networking group is to provide a stimulating and fun environment for self-motivated, self-employed men and women—independent contractors, professionals, sales reps, or business managers—in which to broaden our perspectives while enjoying the benefits of an expanded referral base. We appreciate the value of learning about different fields of expertise. We accept one member per business, meet weekly for an early breakfast, and welcome new members! If you are interested in participating in such a group, please visit and then contact our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson, at 922-3720.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

Do you own or represent a business in Scripps Ranch or nearby areas such as Poway, Mira Mesa, Rancho Penasquitos, or Rancho Bernardo? Come join the Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group to meet other professional women.

Our breakfast meetings are on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am. We welcome you to attend these relaxed gatherings. We do not meet in August, but please join us in September for our next get-together. Because we are limited to one member per business category, prospective members should call Heidi at 619-213-6366 to check if your industry is open. You also can visit for more information. We look forward to meeting you!