Scripps Ranch Theatre Producing Sleuth!

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT), housed on the campus of Alliant International University, is producing Sleuth by Anthony Shaffer. The production, helmed by San Diego director and actor Charles Peters, runs Saturday, Sept. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 11. Sleuth kicks off SRTs 2015–2016 season.

Mystery writer Andrew Wyke’s home, like his mind, is filled with tricks, devices, and games. He lures his wife’s young lover there, and thus begins a diabolical evening of cat and mouse.

Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $29 with discounts for seniors, youth, and active duty military. Call 578-7728 or visit For the biggest savings—five shows for the price of four!—ask about season tickets.

Expanded Library Hours!

Thanks to favorable city budget projections and ongoing advocacy by the Friends of the Library, all branch libraries will have Saturday library hours restored to full days, most likely beginning in late fall. Yes, our library will soon be open from 9:30 am to 6 pm on Saturdays! Watch our website at for updated information.

Free Film Forum

Our monthly Film Forum, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), continues with another miniseries, “Ribbon of Dreams: The Cinema of Orson Welles” in honor of the 100th anniversary of his birth. Join us on Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 7 pm for a screening of The Lady from Shanghai (1948) starring Orson Welles, Everett Sloane, and Rita Hayworth, with the legendary “Hall of Mirrors” finale. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces each film and moderates the post-screening discussion.

Children’s Programs

Join us on Thursday, Sept. 17, at 3 pm for an entertaining afternoon full of magic and laughter with The Amazing Dana, the free children’s program sponsored by the SRFOL. The Do Your [email protected] Library ([email protected]) program is back, starting Monday, Sept. 14, at 3 pm. [email protected] hours are Mondays and Thursdays, 3–6 pm; and Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3–7 pm. Come with an assignment and our fantastic coaches will help you with everything from arithmetic to zoology!

Help Wanted!

We are looking for a volunteer to decorate our display window in the library’s entryway. If you’re interested in a fun way to use your creative flair while helping promote the SRFOL, please contact [email protected] or 663-8828 for information. Email [email protected] for additional volunteer opportunities.

Book Discussion Group

The group is reading the 2015 One Book, One San Diego selection, The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafón. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 23, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry.

Music Program Update

For the first time in more than 20 years, we are not looking forward to the opening concert of the new fall season of the “Pleasure of Your Company” music series. Although we have fine musicians anxious to perform in our wonderful venue, nice donor support supplementing SRFOL funding, an increasing audience, and a core group of enthusiastic volunteers, we have been without an overall coordinator.

Fortunately, this position has just been filled, and monthly concerts are expected to resume in January. We’d love to have more volunteers help assure this tradition of fine music goes on. If you are interested, email [email protected] or call 663-8828.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Without a doubt, Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary—1,300 members strong—just had its most exciting year! Under the leadership of auxiliary president Cheryl Steinholt, a Scripps Ranch resident, we partnered with Ernest Rady to support the new Rady Pediatrics and Genomics Systems Medicine Institute.

What does this mean? The auxiliary made a $2.5 million pledge to support genomics research and the future of pediatric medicine so every child in San Diego will receive the best personalized care. In many cases this will involve DNA sequencing to diagnose and treat illnesses.

Also, the auxiliary, including the Scripps Ranch Unit, raised funds to contribute to a new Heart Transplant Program at Rady Children’s. It took years to build this program, and today six successful transplants have occurred. What a year!

The Scripps Ranch Unit celebrated our 2014–2015 year with fabulous food, friendship, and festivities in the great outdoors—poolside at the home of Kathy Steinhause. This end-of-year celebration was planned by social chairs Doris Berry, Carol Schieman, and Kathy Sayer.

Outgoing unit chair, Mary Rea, was honored with flowers, gifts, and a beautiful hand-painted scrapbook by historian and artist-in-residence, Rebecca Flynn. Rebecca is excited to assume her new duties this September as the Scripps Ranch Unit chair for 2015–2016.

New members are welcome! Please join us at our first meeting of the new year on Monday, Sept. 21, at 6:30 pm at the Crown Pointe Clubhouse. For information, contact membership chair, Dana Walters, at [email protected]

Mary Rea, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Our main focus is our annual fundraiser in November. Please see the ad on the page to your left. Thank you to those who have donated toward our silent auction:

  • Scripps Ranch Theatre
  • Yanni’s Bar and Grill
  • Muir Images
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • Flagship Cruises and Events
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • Hornblower Cruises and Events
  • Cygnet Theatre
  • Julian Tea and Cottage Arts
  • Target, Poway and Mira Mesa
  • San Diego Repertory Theatre
  • The New Children’s Museum
  • Christian Youth Theater
  • Shakespeare’s Corner Shoppe and Afternoon Tea
  • Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
  • U.S.S. Midway Museum

The needs for the shelter this month are small alarm clocks, school supplies, shampoo, bath soap or body wash, and baby toiletries. If you have a gently used refrigerator to donate, one is needed. Please drop off donations at the Scripps Ranch Library or the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. For more information, please call 693-0810.

Scripps Ranch

Women’s Club

Have you ever wanted to branch out and meet new friends? Then the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) is for you. We are a fun, active group of women of all ages who are involved with giving back to the community. We have fundraisers and social events, and we attend local theater, play bunco, bridge, and so much more.

Please call membership chairs, Anne McClure at 619-0714 or Mary Ann Harper at 566-8740, for questions. Then join us!

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver. There are many benefits to Toastmasters.

  • A proven program for developing communication and leadership skills;
  • A positive and supportive atmosphere in a community of learners;
  • Finding your voice while learning to tell your story with confidence;
  • Constructive feedback from other learners as you practice organizing your thoughts and presenting them;
  • Leadership development through training and club involvement;
  • Unlimited opportunities for personal and professional growth; and,
  • A free subscription to Toastmaster, a monthly magazine with insights on communication, leadership, club activities, and other topics.

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

Adventure Guides

Our monthly meeting was a cookout at Moonlight Beach (below). One selfless dad showed up at 5 am to secure a fire ring, barbeque grill, and prime table. The rest of us arrived at 3 pm for body boarding, body surfing, swimming, and sand castles. After the sun went down, the weather remained perfect and we built an amazing bonfire that was perfect for s’mores.

Tucked away on Camp Pendleton is Lake O’Neill, a small reservoir and recreation area. Thanks to some of our members’ military status, we were able to gain access to the lakefront campground. We spent a beautiful weekend camping on the shoreline. When asked at the end of our trip to describe their favorite thing, many kids didn’t hesitate to say “Kayaking!” Longtime member Stuart Rees brought child-size kayaks for the kids to try.

Adventure Guides is open to dads and their kids 5–10 years old. Fathers and their kids develop lifetime memories through outdoor activities. Upcoming trips include tent camping at Imperial Beach and cabin camping on Catalina Island. We also have fun monthly meetings. For details, visit or contact Scripps Ranch residents Eric Deitz at [email protected] or Mark Rackers at [email protected]

Welcome Club

Welcome Club members are always busy. Here’s a typical month. We have a general meeting with a guest speaker, go on a “Gadabout” to see a movie and have lunch, enjoy coffee at a member’s home, celebrate birthdays, make crafts, do some trail walking, and read and discuss books.

The Welcome Club invites you to check out our many activities by visiting or calling JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693 for information. Dues are only $30. Joining our club is a good way to meet your neighbors.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

The club enjoyed a tour of a water-wise garden last month. The owners reduced their water bill by half and still have shrubs that have a pleasing look.

In September we are back at the Scripps Ranch Library on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 5:45 pm. Our speaker will be nursery owner Bill Tall. He will speak on garden “how-tos”—how to get seeds to germinate, how to fertilize correctly, and how to reduce water…plus other topics. If you would like more information about the Garden Club, please contact Lynnell Hallock at [email protected]

Scripps Tips

Networking Group

Most people agree that when they need a product or service, they either go to a business or professional they know and trust or seek a referral from someone they know and trust! For this reason, it is beneficial to small business owners or independent contractors to expand their sphere of influence by finding a networking group with a philosophy and style compatible with their own. If you are seeking a synergistic environment and would enjoy having a weekly breakfast meeting, visit our website at Then call Cheryl at 922-3720 or Barb at 735-4008.

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

What are “cleft jumpers”? Find out at our meeting on Friday, Sept. 25! You will meet amazing women in the Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group, whose members own or represent businesses in Scripps Ranch and nearby areas.

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind networking opportunity that does not require exorbitant fees, join us for breakfast on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am. Membership is limited to one member per business category, so call Heidi at 619-213-6366 or look for us on to check if your industry is open. Also visit for more information.