Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Fall is the time of year when Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary is out in force in the community advocating and fundraising for the hospital. Scripps Ranch Auxiliary members, families, and friends help support Rady Children’s by participating in these fun events. Everyone is welcome!

Join the Auxiliary Gene Team and walk with us at the 9th Annual Rady’s Family Walk at SeaWorld on Sunday, Oct. 4, at 7:30 am. Help raise funds for the Endowment for Neuroscience at Rady Pediatric Genomics Institute on a one- or three-mile fun stroll through SeaWorld and beyond. This is a great event for everyone. Register at http://give.rchsd.org/goto/auxiliary.

Once a year you see auxiliary and community members—including our Scripps Ranch Old Pros—out in force in their bright yellow aprons. This is the day to donate to Rady Children’s! Kids’ NewsDay is a special edition of The San Diego Union-Tribune that highlights patient stories, new research, and advances in medicine at Rady Children’s. Kids’ NewsDay is Tuesday, Oct. 20, starting at 7 am. Register to volunteer or make a donation by visiting www.kidsnewsday.com. Also, look for folks selling the paper around Scripps Ranch that morning. Proceeds benefit hospital programs and services.

Calling all golfers: tee up for Rady Children’s 5th Annual Golf Scramble on Monday, Nov. 9, at noon at the beautiful Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Prizes, opportunity drawings, and dinner benefit the Auxiliary’s Endowment for Neuroscience. Register at www.teeupforerady.com.

Fantasy on Ice has moved to NTC at Liberty Station! Opening night is Thursday, Nov. 19. Lots of fun activities are planned at the ice rink throughout December. Check www.radychildrensaux.org for details. All proceeds benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Are you looking for a way to help victims of domestic violence? The Scripps Ranch Hidden Valley House Auxiliary group was formed more than 16 years ago to provide volunteer help and needed items for the domestic violence shelter called Hidden Valley House (HVH). Women and children who are removed from an abusive situation can find temporary respite there while they regroup and figure out what’s next.

Over the years we’ve worked closely with the Center for Community Solutions, which operates the shelter, to determine how to most effectively direct our efforts and funds. We created a “clothes closet” at the shelter and on a weekly basis organize the donated children and adult clothes. Several auxiliary members on our Purchasing Committee buy toiletries, linens, children’s cold medicines, strollers, underwear and socks, food, supplies for children’s birthday and holiday parties, and a variety of other items when the HVH staff inform us of shortages of those supplies.

We are fortunate to have a strong following of people who want to help. They do so by attending our only fundraiser—the annual Hidden Valley House Auxiliary Tea. This year’s date is Saturday, Nov. 7, and the public is welcome to participate. All funds raised at the Tea are used to provide basic needs at the shelter.

Invitations were sent to people who have attended or donated in recent years and are on our mailing list. If you would like a personal invitation, please contact Sue Carter at 695-0337 or [email protected] We want to thank those who have already donated items for our silent auction:

  • The French Gourmet
  • The Lodge at Torrey Pines
  • Carl Johnson
  • Nancy Fleischman

The “Item of the Month” needed at HVH is an increased supply of children’s cold medicines in advance of the winter cold and flu season. These can be dropped 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. We hope to see you at the Tea on Saturday, Nov. 7!

Lynn Parke

Special Program

Adults and teens are invited to get in the mood for Halloween with “Science and the Beyond” on Wednesday, Oct. 7, at 6:30 pm. Investigators from Pacific Paranormal Investigations will discuss the science and the pseudo-science involved in assessing the supernatural. Skeptics and believers alike will enjoy this fun, thought-provoking presentation.

Teens’ and Children’s Programs

Get ready for the Day of the Dead by creating your own sugar skull at Liz Gary’s Sugar Skulls Workshop, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 5 pm. This Mexican holiday is traditionally a time to remember friends and family who have passed on.

On Thursday, Oct. 22, at 6 pm our library will host a very special guest to celebrate Teen Read Week. Marie Lu, author of Legend and The Young Elites series, will sign books and discuss her newest title, The Rose Society. The library shop will have her new release and backlist titles available for purchase at the event, with proceeds benefiting San Diego Public Library’s branch libraries. Don’t miss out on this fabulous literary event!

On Friday, Oct. 30, at 7 pm join us for a special after-hours program, The Haunted Library! Kids can dress up and take a spook-tacular tour of the library at its very eeriest! Enter at your own risk!

Please check www.srfol.org or at the library for a complete schedule of all children’s programs.

Film Forum—Free!

Our fall miniseries, “Ribbon of Dreams: The Cinema of Orson Welles,” commemorating the 100th anniversary of his birth continues with a free screening of The Third Man (1949) on Wednesday, Oct. 21, at 7 pm. Orson Welles makes the most dramatic entrance in movie history in this evocative potboiler of love, deception, and murder. It co-stars Joseph Cotten, Trevor Howard, and Alida Valli.

The monthly SRFOL-sponsored Film Forum features well-known film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro, who introduces the film and moderates the post-screening discussion, focusing on the techniques used by the filmmaker to tell his story. Popcorn is served.

Bluegrass Music Program

On Saturday, Oct. 17, at 9:30 am we will host the Bluegrass Slow Jam with the Poway Folk Circle. Feel free to attend and just listen or bring an instrument and participate. For further details, call the library at 538-8158.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 28, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. Copies of these books are available at the circulation desk.

Grace’s Book Nook

This month features a buy-one-get-one-free special on all adult fiction by authors with last names beginning with “C”—what a deal! Make Grace’s Book Nook, open Monday through Saturday during library hours, your first stop for great bargains on nearly new and gently used books—fiction and nonfiction—for readers of all ages, as well as CDs, videos, magazines, greeting cards, and duck food.

Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media and unused greeting cards are welcome. Proceeds benefit our library and help provide new books and media, as well as program support.

Richard Lederer at our Library

Richard Lederer, The San Diego Union-Tribune history quizmaster/language columnist and co-founder of A Way with Words on KPBS, will offer a treasury of insights into the feats, fates, families, foibles, and firsts of our American presidents, including the patterns of their elections. Join him on Sunday, Nov. 1, at 2:30 pm at our library.

Enjoy an entertaining, educational, apolitical performance as we gear up for 2016. Dr. Lederer will sign books from his large bibliography on language, history, and humor including several children’s books, any of which would make great gifts. Get a head start on your holiday shopping! All profits go to the SRFOL for our library.

Music Program Update

Good news! The “Pleasure of Your Company” concert series resumes soon. Mark your calendars for Sunday 2:30 pm performances by the Scripps Ranch A Capella Singers on Sunday, Dec. 6, and pianist Louis Landon on Sunday, Jan. 17.

Free Fitness Classes

Fun Fitness for Adults 55+, a class that helps improve balance and strength, presented in partnership with San Diego Continuing Education, continues on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm. Check www.srfol.org or at the library for details about other free fitness classes including Zumba, sponsored by the SRFOL, Tai Chi, and Silver Age Yoga.


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, please check our website at www.srfol.org, or check—and Like!—the library’s Facebook page.

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club has many interest groups, including Trail Walkers (pictured above). Led by Janelle Boustany, the group formed seven years ago. We take walks or hikes along the many miles of trails in Scripps Ranch. Most walks are about two hours long, and we usually walk three times a week. If you would like to participate, please join the Welcome Club and contact Janelle at 335-3323. This summer we decided to try something new: beach walks. Dorothy Mildice led the Trail Walkers along beach trails several times, including around Belmont Park.

To learn more about all of the interest groups in the Welcome Club, please contact JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693. In the coming months we’ll have speakers at our general meetings, a holiday gift exchange, a holiday coffee, and a holiday dinner.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth. Just in time for the holiday toasting season, join Scripps Teasers and raise your glass with confidence!

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

SRT Presents Sleuth and Richard Lederer!

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT)—on the Alliant International University campus—is producing Sleuth, by Anthony Shaffer. The diabolical evening of cat and mouse centers around the life of mystery writer Andrew Wyke and the tricks and games he plays with his wife’s young lover. Performances run through Sunday, Oct. 11, on Fridays and Saturday at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $31 with discounts for seniors, youth, and active duty military. For more information, call 578-7728 or visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org.

One night only at SRT: The Lighter Side of Language on Saturday, Oct. 24, at 8 pm. Scripps Ranch’s own Richard Lederer, a language columnist, will take you on an odyssey of the oddities of our stupendous, tremendous use of the English language. Playing with his poems, words, and images, the “word wizard” will dazzle you with the joy of words dressed up to have fun.

Tickets are $20 and limited, so get information today at 578-7728. There will be a live auction and book signing opportunities. Bid on a live Richard Lederer performance of “Poker 101”—play poker like a pro—or Lederer on Language for your group. All proceeds benefit SRT.

YMCA Adventure Guides

At the end of summer the Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles spent a sunny weekend on Imperial Beach at the YMCA’s Camp Surf facility. The surfing lessons were a huge hit, and some kids stood up for the first time! We also boogie boarded, swam, built sand castles, scaled a climbing wall, and played beach games. Saturday night, everyone enjoyed the “bridging over” ceremony for the older kids who moved on to the Trailblazers program, as well as some clever and creative skits. Overnight camping on the beach is a truly unique experience!

Our regular monthly meeting was held at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. Dubbed the “Adventure Guides/Back to School/End of Summer/(almost) Last Free Saturday before Soccer Season Starts Pool Party,” the kids enjoyed pizza and swimming while the dads discussed the upcoming year of outdoor adventures.

Now is the perfect time to join Adventure Guides! We have a full slate of campouts and activities planned through next summer. Adventure Guides is open to dads and their elementary-age children—K–5. Older kids—6th grade–age 15—are in Trailblazers. Both programs help fathers and their kids develop lifetime memories through outdoor activities.

Our upcoming trips include cabin camping on Catalina Island and tent camping under the stars in Joshua Tree. We also have fun monthly meetings that are just a few hours. For details, visit www.rancho.ymca.org/yprog/cat1200.html or contact Scripps Ranch residents Eric Deitz at [email protected] or Mark Rackers at [email protected]

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Fall is in the air. It’s time to think about planting for spring color. On Tuesday, Oct. 27, we will watch the movie Symphony of the Soil at the library. The meeting begins a little earlier, at 5:30 pm, so there is enough time to view this wonderful movie. Plan to join us for this great presentation. If you have questions about the Garden Club, please contact Lynnell Hallock at [email protected]

Scripps Ranch

Women’s Club

As we move into the fall, hopefully with cooler weather, the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club is off and running. We explore our wonderful city, including a hike in late September at Torrey Pines and lunch at the famous Torrey Pines Lodge overlooking the ocean.

Join us on Thursday, Oct. 22, as we go to the Apple Festival in Julian. Contact our membership chairs, Anne McClure at 689-0174 or Mary Ann Harper at 566- 8740, for details. Come join this energetic group of women of all ages. We would love to meet you!

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

Wouldn’t it be great to find both business connections and supportive friends in a networking group? Look no further! Come join us for breakfast on Friday, Oct. 30, from 7:45 to 9:30 am. This meeting’s featured presenters will be Colette Pascual and Annette White.

Membership is limited to one member per business category. Prospective members should call Heidi at 619-213-6366 or look for us on Meetup.com to check if your industry or occupation is still open. You also can visit www.srwnetworking.org for more information. We look forward to seeing you!

Scripps Tips

Networking Group

A few facts:

  • Scripps Tips was created 20+ years ago as an alternative to more formal networking groups.
  • We are a friendly group of people who live or serve Scripps Ranch.
  • Our membership is comprised of self-employed, independent contractors, professionals in private practice, managers or salespeople—anyone in a small business who is self-motivated and interested in expanding his or her sphere of influence and referral base.
  • We welcome one member per profession.
  • We meet every Friday from 7:15 to 8:15 am at a local restaurant.
  • Our reasonable dues cover the cost of breakfast and our website.

For more information, please visit www.scrippstips.net, then contact Cheryl at 922-3720 or me at 735-4008.

Barb Grey