Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents Holiday Spirits

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) presents the world premier of Holiday Spirits, a comedy written by Jim Caputo, an award-winning playwright and veteran SRT director and actor. The play opens Saturday, Nov. 10, and runs through Sunday, Dec. 9, at its theater on the Alliant International University campus.

The play takes place on Christmas Eve. Ron and Laura are selling their house to end their marriage. A realtor heralds the visit of three potential couples to buy their home. Each couple invokes a memory or imparts a wisdom that challenges Ron and Laura’s decision. Oh, and Elvis is in the closet.


Caputo said, "The play is loosely based on the structure of Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. This semi-farcical comedy, sprinkled with a smattering of golden oldies, is guaranteed to send you home with a smile on your face."

Holiday Spirits is also directed by Caputo. The cast includes Kevin Six, Bobbie Helland, D’Ann Paton, J. Tyler Jones, Maelyn Gandola, Benjamin Cole, Sara Lynn Andrzejewski, Haig Koshkarian, and Elouise Potomac. During the evening the nine actors play 17 parts.

For ticket prices and performance dates, please visit the SRT website at []. If you would like to make a reservation, please call the box office at 578-7728.

Rotary Club of Poway to Include Scripps Ranch

Since 1961, when it was incorporated, the Rotary Club of Poway has been a fixture in its home city. Fast forward to 2012 and the club is eager to expand the good deeds, great camaraderie, and personal satisfaction club members enjoy to Scripps Ranch. Members will work with the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) to identify projects and assist with established fundraisers and events.

There are about 25 members in the Poway Rotary Club. Meetings are held every Wednesday at the Brigantine, 13445 Poway Road, from noon to 1:30 pm and include a guest speaker. For details, call Alan Noblitt at 672-4678.

Rotary members perform a variety of local, regional, and global projects. The most well-known global project is working with the Bill Gates Foundation to eradicate polio.

Locally the club participates in food packing events, provides backpacks to school children in need, and more. Financial contributions are made to schools, graduating seniors are awarded scholarships, and the club underwrites professionals with study abroad opportunities. Rotary was founded in 1905. Its name derived from the practice of rotating meetings among members’ offices.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary thanks the people who attended our annual fundraiser and those who were unable to attend but sent in generous donations. The money raised will be used to purchase "basic needs items" for clients staying at the HVH shelter, a safe haven for families needing temporary shelter from physical and mental abuse situations. Recently we’ve purchased pillows, towels, underwear, children’s shoes, and a substantial amount of food for the HVH clients.

The HVH staff lets us know of immediate needs that vary based on season, number of clients, and ages of children. We publicize the needs in the SRCA Newsletter to make it easy for the community to help out as well.

This month they’re short of clothing and shoes for pre-teen girls and boys. Also, their supply of toiletries, shampoo, conditioner, and new hair brushes is very low. If you would like to donate an item, drop them off at the Scripps Ranch Library or at the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thank you.

Lynn Parke

SR Women’s Club

Our club offers fun gatherings, community outreach, and opportunities for friendships. On Saturday, Nov. 10, members and guests will enjoy a "Dinner and Movie Talk" night that features a casual dinner with a discussion of the movie Argo, starring Ben Affleck. That same morning those who like to socialize while keeping fit will meet at the lake for "Walk and Talk," a chance to catch up with other members while exercising.

On Friday, Nov. 30, a trip to Canterbury Gardens promises to be a special event. We will take part in a private craft class and make a holiday centerpiece.

Would you like to join us? For more information, call our membership chair, Susie Hill, at 847-9411 or visit our website at []. We’d love to get to know you!

Anne McClure, Publicity

Richard Lederer at Our Library

Join us on Sunday, Nov. 4, at 2:30 pm for a special pre-election, nonpartisan, apolitical event! Popular author, speaker, and radio personality Richard Lederer will offer fascinating facts about the feats, fates, families, and firsts of our American presidents. His performance will be based on his books American Trivia and Presidential Trivia.

Dr. Lederer, a true friend of our library, will donate profits from sales of these book and others from his bibliography of humorous books to the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). Get a start on your holiday shopping!

Music Program

"The Pleasure of Your Company" welcomes back the Kensington Trio–violin, cello, and piano–who will be joined for part of the concert by noted soprano Rebecca Steinke Harris on Sunday, Nov. 18, at 2:30 pm. They will perform a varied program featuring works from Mozart to Debussy to Gershwin. There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated. Meet the musicians at a complimentary reception.

Children’s Programs

There are two free monthly children’s programs sponsored by the SRFOL this month. On Thursday, Nov. 8, at 3 pm Cowboy Charlie–a k a Charlie Johnson –will bring cowboy stories and tunes to the Ranch–Scripps Ranch that is! Did you know that November is the birth month of Roy Rogers and Will Rogers?

On Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3 pm get up close with animals–some cute and cuddly and some sort of creepy–presented by Pacific Animal Productions.


Movie Night

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at 6 pm with the miniseries, "Out of the Shadows: The Mystery Thriller," featuring a celebrated 1944 film we’re not permitted to name. It stars Gene Tierney, Clifton Webb, and Dana Andrews and is directed by a Hollywood great with a palindromic name.

Noted film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro (above) will introduce the film and moderate the post-screening discussion, focusing on the techniques used by the filmmaker to tell his story.

Book Discussion Group

The group is reading Travels with Charley: In Search of America by John Steinbeck. Join us on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room.

On Saturday, Dec. 15, at 6 pm the traditional potluck dinner will be held at which books for 2013 will be selected. Check [] for any updates.

Grace’s Book Nook

Grace’s Book Nook, the used bookstore in our library, has an exciting stock of nearly new and gently used books, magazines, and media–all at bargain prices. The stock is updated daily, so visit often. All funds raised help procure new books and media, provide exciting programs, purchase needed equipment, and more. Your donations of books and media are welcome. Please contact us at [[email protected]] or 663-8828 for more information.

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch is a busy social and philanthropic club of wonderful ladies, with nearly 120 members. We’re always looking for more, including those new to the community and those who are "not so new."

In September we had a fantastic "Gadabouts" at the Stone Brewery in Escondido. After a guided tour, we sampled the beer. Then the 12 of us dined together in the sunny restaurant and toured the beautiful gardens. We gathered later in September for a TGI, an end-of-the-week event for friends and spouses.

Future plans include a night at the Scripps Ranch Theatre, a holiday dinner/dance on Sunday, Dec. 16, a holiday evening coffee, and a holiday gift exchange. When you join our club you’ll get to enjoy these and many other activities. The Welcome Club is a wonderful way to socialize with your neighbors and make new friends. If you are interested, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217. Visit us at []. To contact me, please send me an email at [[email protected]].

Janelle Boustany, Secretary

Village Quilters

Village Quilters will meet on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 am to noon at the Scripps Ranch Library. Our featured speaker will be Tracey Brookshier with a presentation entitled "Love Affair with Japan." The guest fee is just $5. If you would like more information, please visit [].

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

We just celebrated our 30th anniversary in Scripps Ranch! Are you one of the original members? We’d love to hear your story. Please contact Jan McGinn at [[email protected]].

Scripps Teasers is committed to helping our members become better public speakers and leaders at work and in our community. Come visit us on Thursdays at 7 am at the SRCA Community Center. To learn more about our organization, please contact Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222 or check out our website at [].

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group’s mission is to connect with other professional women in Scripps Ranch and to aid them in expanding their business opportunities while having fun socializing and building friendships. Our group, the only one in Scripps Ranch for women professionals, meets monthly at a private Scripps Ranch home.

Our next meeting is for breakfast on Friday, Nov. 30, from 8 to 9:30 am. For details, please call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit us at [].