Scripps Ranch Pickleball Club

The Scripps Ranch Pickleball Club is thriving! Pickleball is a positive, fun, and healthy way to get exercise and meet other folks. The majority of our members are 50 years of age or older. We play indoors at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center on Mondays and Tuesdays from 1 to 3 pm and on Sundays from noon to 2 pm. We play outdoors at Cypress Canyon Park on Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 pm until dark. For more information, contact the Scripps Ranch Rec Center at 538-8085 or Marsha Linehan at 619-316-0689.

Pickleball is growing throughout San Diego County. The Scripps Ranch Pickleball Club is a friendly group! We welcome new people interested in learning about this fun sport. Come out and we will introduce you to this addicting game It’s free and easy to learn, and the more you play, the better you get! We hope you try it!

Over the summer our club took part in the Park Fit program at the Rec Center, headed by director Claudia Apodaca. The Park Fit program encouraged people of all ages throughout the city to get fit by walking, running, swimming, or doing some kind of exercise totaling 30 miles, which had to be accomplished between June and August. The reward was a free Park Fit T-shirt and meeting an exercise goal, despite the soaring summer temperatures. More than 50 pickleballers successfully participated in the challenge!

Special Book Sale!

Don’t miss the special Big Book Sale at the library on Saturday, Nov. 21, from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Select from thousands of books for all ages at amazing prices beginning at only 25 cents or less. Among the selections: fiction and nonfiction in all categories for adults, plus books sure to please tots through teens.

We also have a nice selection of rare, out-of-print, and antiquarian books, first editions, and collectors’ editions priced at a fraction of internet prices. These make wonderful gifts for book lovers! Plan to shop early for the best selection.

Grace’s Book Nook

This month features a buy-one-get-one-free special on adult fiction by authors with last names beginning with “R.” Make Grace’s Book Nook, open Monday through Saturday during library hours, your first stop for great bargains for readers of all ages and tastes.

The Book Nook also has holiday themed books, CDs, videos, magazines, greeting cards, and duck food. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media and unused greeting cards are welcome. All proceeds benefit our library.

Teens’ and Children’s Programs

On Thursday, Nov. 19, at 3 pm the library will host a Family Movie Night with free popcorn! Enjoy a new—on DVD—PG-rated release and time to relax with your family. Parents and kids of all ages are welcome! Visit for a complete schedule of children’s programs.

Student Essay Contest

The 19th Annual Writing for Literacy Student Essay Contest is open to all 4th, 8th, and 10th grade public and private school students. This exciting opportunity is sponsored by Friends of the San Diego Public Library, San Diego Public Library, KPBS One Book, One San Diego, and Computers 2 SD Kids. Prizes include gift certificates, cash prizes, and laptops. The deadline for the essay contest is Friday, Dec. 18, at 3 pm. More information is at the library and

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Daughter of Time by Josephine Tey. Copies are available at the circulation desk. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. Mark your calendar for the traditional potluck dinner meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at which books for 2015 will be selected. Come prepared to present a couple of your favorite titles.

Film Forum—Free!

Our fall miniseries, “Ribbon of Dreams: The Cinema of Orson Welles,” ends with a free screening of Touch of Evil (1958) on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 7 pm. In this haunting noir feast of decadence and black-hearted dealings, Charlton Heston and Janet Leigh are embroiled in a maze of corruption in a Mexican border town.

Dazzling camera work and a superb Henry Mancini score highlight Orson Welles’ last film as a Hollywood director. The monthly SRFOL-sponsored Film Forum features film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro, who introduces the film and moderates the discussion.

Music Program Update

The “Pleasure of Your Company” concert series resumes soon. Join us on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 pm for a performance by the Scripps Ranch A Capella Singers.

SRT Presents

The Heir Apparent

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) presents The Heir Apparent by David Ives from Saturday, Nov. 14, through Sunday, Dec. 13. It is helmed by veteran San Diego director Robert May. Ives has adapted a restoration comedy into this hilarious and clever commentary on greed, politics, and deception—all in rhyming couplets. Patrons may remember SRT’s award-winning production of The Liar, also written by Ives and directed by May.

From he who brought us The Liar

But a mere two seasons prior

We offer this adaptation

A clever, witty sensation

You’ll smile, you’ll howl

At puns most foul.

You’ll laugh, you’ll roar,

You’ll fall on the floor!

Heaped with praise by The New York Times

This concludes our ill-formed rhymes.

SRT is housed on the campus of Alliant International University. Tickets for The Heir Apparent are $31 with discounts for seniors, youth, and active duty military. For more information, call 578-7728 or visit

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Our annual Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary High Tea fundraiser is on Saturday, Nov. 7. This event is held each year to raise money for “basic needs”—food clothing, toiletries, diapers, bedding, strollers, and more—for the clients at the HVH domestic violence shelter. Families and individuals who need an escape from physical and mental abuse situations may stay at the shelter for up to 30 days while they figure out “what’s next.” The facility is operated by the Center for Community Solutions—

We thank the people who organized the Tea, as well as the businesses and individuals who sent in generous donations:

  • Catherine Guiant
  • Loel Hammond
  • Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nations
  • Poway On Stage
  • Grand Tea Room
  • Torrey Pines Corporation

Other donors were mentioned in recent articles and more will be recognized in future articles.

At our monthly meetings the HVH staff informs us of their needs that vary based on the season, number, and ages of children staying there. We continue to publicize those needs in the SRCA Newsletter to make it easy for our community to help.

This month they need art supplies for the kids—such as glue sticks, canvas, paper, stickers—new or used single or double strollers, larger sized T-shirts for boys/teens, and new socks and new underwear for all ages boys/girls/women. DVD movies for kids are also in short supply.

If you would like to donate any of these items, you can drop them off at the Scripps Ranch Library—please ask the staff for the location of the box—or at the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thank you for your support!

Lynn Parke

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

The Scripps Ranch Unit meets the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Our next meeting is on Monday, Nov. 16, at the Whispering Ridge clubhouse. In January we will meet at the hospital, and beginning in February will return to our usual location—the Crown Pointe clubhouse.

October was busy with our annual Rady Children’s Family Walk at SeaWorld. Despite a rainy morning—the rain held off during the event—about 35 auxiliary members from all over San Diego County completed a walk at SeaWorld as part of the auxiliary “Gene Team.” Funds raised benefited the auxiliary’s Endowment for Neuroscience at the Rady Pediatric Genomics and Systems Medicine Institute.

You likely noticed a lot of volunteers in yellow aprons on Oct. 20, taking part in our 26th Kids’ NewsDay. As usual we sold a special edition of The San Diego Union-Tribune throughout the city. Every dollar benefits Rady Children’s Hospital. We are grateful for the unflagging support of the Scripps Ranch Old Pros and many non-auxiliary members who helped at locations around Scripps Ranch! We hope to achieve our goal amount of $150,000!

In a few days all members of the many auxiliary units in San Diego will come together to attend our semi-annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay on Wednesday, Nov. 4. Cheryl Steinholt of Scripps Ranch will preside over the meeting as president of the San Diego Auxiliary. This meeting gives us an opportunity to honor unit and community members who excel in their support of the auxiliary.

We are always happy for prospective members to learn more about joining our Scripps Ranch Unit. For membership information, please contact Dana Walters at [email protected]

Kami Evora, SR Unit Publicity Chair

Adventure Guides

The Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles travelled to the idyllic beachside Camp Fox on Catalina Island (below). The cabins are “less than a stone’s throw” from the crashing waves, and we heard pebbles and rocks drawn back down the shore as each wave receded. But the most incredible part of the cabins is that they are fully open air—no walls or screens. Several dads commented that they liked the accommodations better than any hotel.

Daytime activities included hiking, swimming, kayaking, a climbing wall, a giant swing, archery, and fishing from the pier. Saturday night each circle put on a funny and creative skit, with the Omaha boys and producer/director/star/dad Dan Schumann claiming the top prize of the Golden Lantern for the best performance. Then we held the always lively “bridging over” ceremony for Kate Rees, who is moving on to the Trailblazers program.

Adventure Guides is open to dads and their young children—grades K–5th. Older kids—6th grade–age 15—take part in the Trailblazers program. In both, fathers and kids develop lifetime memories through outdoor activities.

This fall we are tent camping at Joshua Tree and Indian Hills. For details, visit or contact Scripps Ranch residents Eric Deitz at [email protected] or Mark Rackers at [email protected]

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Do you know how to talk to anyone any time? Here are some tips.

  • Express a sincere interest in the other person
  • Ask meaningful questions
  • Give compliments
  • Listen
  • Avoid debates
  • Keep up to date on current events
  • Use humor
  • Model someone whose communication skills you admire.

For more information, read the article Become a Better Conversationalist from the December 2014 issue of Toastmaster magazine. You can find the magazines at

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

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club has been busy with our usual events and ongoing activities: once-a-month coffees, three book clubs, two bunco groups, four bridge groups, crafts, Gadabouts, and trail walking three times a week. How do we keep track of all of this? Each month club members receive a newsletter, complete with a calendar of events, photographs, notes, and announcements of upcoming activities, such as our speakers and day trips.

Our newsletter editor, Diane Rider (above), has been at this project for years. She displays pictures of activities, makes note of special events, lists important information, and writes witty notations in the newsletter. A valued member of our board, Diane is a beloved member of our club and an extremely capable editor.

She has served as president and has recruited many members over the years. Diane also was responsible for creating our website at We thank her for all of her hard work. If you would like to join our club and receive a copy of our monthly newsletter, please call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

With weather like we have been having, we need all the gardening tips we can get. Remember, artificial turf, gravel, concrete, and rock give nothing back to the environment except heat, and we don’t need more of that! Now is a good time to plant those drought-tolerant shrubs for spring.

November is the Garden Club’s last meeting for 2015. We will enjoy a pumpkin potluck, with everyone bringing something made with pumpkin. We start again on the fourth Tuesday in January. To join us, email me at [email protected]

Lynnell Hallock, President

Scripps Tips

Networking Group

Networking—Scripps Tips-style—is relational, not transactional. Often people join networking groups, pitch their business, then move on to the next group, but Scripps Tip always has been relational.

Our members are committed to consistent attendance and long-term synergistic relationships, yielding business connections and referrals. And we’re nice people too! We meet weekly over an early breakfast at a local restaurant. Visit, then contact Cheryl at 922-3720 or me at 735-4008 for more information about possibly joining our group!

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch

Networking Group

New things are brewing: organizational changes, new leaders, exciting topics of discussion, and new coffee flavors as well! Join us at our monthly business networking breakfast on Friday, Nov. 27, from 7:45 to 9:30 am. Whether you’re new or someone who hasn’t attended in awhile, come find out how this dynamic group of business owners is evolving. Our presenter for the month, Heidi Papachristos, will sample our new coffee flavors.

Membership is limited to one member per business category. So prospective members should call Heidi at 619-213-6366 or look for us on to check if your industry or occupation is open. You also can visit for more information. Exciting things are happening. Be part of it! And the coffee is free!