Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) was thrilled to donate $1,000 scholarships to deserving young women at Scripps Ranch High School, as well as make contributions to music and the arts for the elementary and middle schools in our community. Other interests we sponsored were science and reading programs and even an anti-bullying program.

Aside from the hard work of fundraising, we have fun outings, such as our no-costume trick-or-treat party in October and visiting the acclaimed new San Diego Library soon. Come join in the fun!

Meet your Scripps Ranch neighbors at our Christmas party that will feature professional carolers. Please call Anne McClure at 689-0174 or Mary Lee Harper at 566-8740 for more information and to get the fun started!

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

As another year draws to a close the Scripps Ranch Hidden Valley House Auxiliary (HVH) would like to thank the community for its continued generous support of Hidden Valley House, a North County shelter for domestic violence victims. Contributions of time, money, and items by the many individuals, volunteers, businesses, and organizations have impacted the lives of more than 250 people who found temporary respite this past year.

HVH Auxiliary articles in previous SRCA Newsletters recognized contributions to our HVH Auxiliary Annual High Tea fundraiser in November. More donations were received from:

  • San Diego Museum of Art
  • Sandy Price
  • Val Acciani
  • Debi Cerone
  • Judy McCutcheon
  • Village Quilters
  • Walmart, Poway
  • La Jolla Playhouse Theatre and Arts Foundation
  • The Fish Market
  • Sandra Stephens
  • Qualcomm

Attendees at this year’s fundraiser heard the executive director of the Center for Community Solutions talk about domestic abuse, and then listened to the moving story of survival from a victim who once stayed at HVH. Funds raised at the Tea enable the HVH Auxiliary to purchase food, toiletries and cold medicines, linens and bedding, strollers and diapers, and other essentials to supplement shelter supplies. In December we also collect toys and women’s toiletries and cosmetics as holiday gifts for shelter clients.

This month the supplies especially needed are new pajamas for children and women, DVD movies for children, and new socks and underwear in all sizes for boys, girls, and women. Please drop off items at the Scripps Ranch Library—ask the staff for the location of the donation box—or at the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thank you for your ongoing concern and support!

Lynn Parke

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes back the Scripps Ranch A Capella Singers (pictured at right) on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 2:30 pm performing a festive holiday concert, garbed in period attire. Their program will include holiday favorites, as well as Hanukkah pieces and some comedic songs, including the premiere performance of The Twelve Days of a San Diego Christmas.

There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), although donations are appreciated. Enjoy a little holiday cheer at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Book Discussion Group

The traditional potluck meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 6 pm at which books for 2016 will be selected. Come suggest your favorite titles and bring a dish to share. Looking ahead, the book for January, chosen at last year’s event, is The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown.

Richard Lederer Book Signing

In case you missed Richard Lederer’s recent performance at our library, there’s another chance to meet him at a book signing event on Sunday, Dec. 6, at 3:30 pm following the concert. Any of his titles on language, holiday humor, American history, or humorous books just for kids would be great for gift-giving. A true friend of our library, Richard will donate all profits from the book sales to the SRFOL.

Gift Opportunity

Looking for the perfect alternative gift? Request a holiday bookplate form at the library’s front desk. Your tax-deductible donation buys a book in an area selected by you for the Scripps Ranch Library. A special bookplate is placed in the book to recognize your gift recipient, who will receive a letter letting him or her know about your thoughtfulness. What a wonderful Hanukkah, Christmas, birthday, or teacher’s gift for readers of all ages!

Barnes & Noble “Book Fair”

Support our library by shopping at Barnes & Noble in Mira Mesa from Saturday, Dec. 12, through Thursday, Dec. 17. A percentage of your purchase will be donated to the SRFOL and will allow the purchase of new books for our library. Be sure to mention you are supporting the Scripps Ranch Library at checkout! If you shop online, use the ID number 11751310.

Children’s Programs

Don’t miss the special holiday-themed “Literature Comes to Life,” in which kids can dress up in costumes and assist the storyteller on Thursday, Dec. 17, at 3 pm. This event is sponsored by the SRFOL. Please visit for a calendar of our regular children’s programming.

Free Film Screening

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL, rebranded as “Picture This,” continues on the third Wednesday of the month. Get set for the first of several films in a Stanley Kubrick retrospective, The Killing, on Wednesday, Dec. 16.

Grace’s Book Nook

Grace’s Book Nook is all decked out for the holidays! Our library’s used bookstore, open Monday through Saturday during library hours, stocks a variety of nearly new books at amazing prices. Holiday and Christmas books are now available.

Looking for an unusual gift for the book lover on your list? Check out our special selection of rare, out-of-print, antiquarian books, and collectors’ editions, which make great gifts. All proceeds benefit our library. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books are always welcome.

Student Essay Contest

The deadline for the 18th Annual Writing for Literacy Student Essay Contest—open to all 4th, 8th, and 10th grade public and private school students—is Friday, Dec. 18, at 3 pm. Essays should be turned in at the library. More information can be found at

Free Fitness Classes

Fun Fitness for Adults 55+, a class that helps improve balance, strength, and flexibility, continues on Tuesdays at 1:30 pm. This class is presented in partnership with San Diego Continuing Education. Check or at the library for information about other free fitness classes.

Welcome Club

This month is full of holiday events for the Welcome Club. We have our Holiday Gift Exchange on Tuesday, Dec. 1, our Dinner Dance on Sunday, Dec. 13, and our Holiday Coffee on Tuesday, Dec. 15.

One of our favorite and most well-attended events is the monthly Coffee Klatch in a member’s home. We enjoy much more than coffee. Usually held on the third Tuesday of the month, each coffee provides an excellent setting for socializing with neighbors while enjoying savory casseroles and sweets, fresh fruit, juices, and coffee. If you would like to attend one of our coffees in 2016, please contact JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Adventure Guides

The Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles trekked out to Joshua Tree National Park in October to enjoy a beautiful weekend bouldering and admiring the scenery. The previous year’s trip to Joshua Tree is legend, as a freak wind and rain storm drenched dads who’d left their tent roofs open “to look at the stars.” Thankfully, there was no storm this year.

Our monthly meeting was a hugely attended pumpkin-carving event (below). More than 30 kids carved creative and fun pumpkin designs. Our November meeting was at the San Diego Rescue Mission and was a meaningful event for all.

Adventure Guides is open to dads and their elementary-age children—K–5th. Older kids—6th grade–age 15—move on to the Trailblazers program. In both groups fathers and their kids develop lifetime memories through outdoor activities.

Our next weekend camping trip is to Indian Hills. For details, visit or contact Scripps Ranch residents Eric Deitz at [email protected] or Mark Rackers at [email protected]

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary—SR Unit

We are thrilled to welcome two new members to our Scripps Ranch Unit—Christine Holstad and Angela Phillips. Interested in learning about membership in our organization? Please contact our membership chair, Dana Walters, at [email protected]

With the vital help of volunteers such as the Scripps Ranch Old Pros, our Scripps Ranch area outdid last year’s fundraising totals on Kids’ NewsDay 2015! Volunteers were stationed outside Starbucks, elementary schools, and major intersections raising funds for Rady Children’s Hospital. We thank the Old Pros and all of the Scripps Ranch community who helped make “A Day to Donate” a success!

In November a dozen of our Scripps Ranch Unit members came together with other San Diego Auxiliary members to attend our semi-annual meeting at the Hyatt Regency Mission Bay. We are so proud of Auxiliary president Cheryl Steinholt—from our Scripps Ranch Unit—who presided over the meeting. President and CEO of Rady’s, Donald Kearns, M.D., spoke about exciting changes and plans at the hospital. He thanked the Auxiliary for being tremendous “ambassadors” for Rady’s by connecting the hospital with the greater San Diego community.

Also a featured speaker at the meeting was Stephen Kingsmore, M.D., the CEO of the new Rady Pediatric Genomics and Systems Medicine Institute. Dr. Kingsmore explained the way DNA mapping and genomics can give patients precise and timely diagnoses and tailor specific treatments for hundreds of genetic-related diseases. Honorary Membership Awards were given to King Deutsch, Clint Bell, and Traci Hong for their contributions to the Auxiliary.

The Kite Award was presented to Priority Moving, through its CEO, James Lovejoy, and its operations supervisor, John Driscoll. Priority transported all of the Kids’ NewsDay papers from Los Angeles to various San Diego locations.

Finally, the Very Special Person Award went to Sara Moten, who has worked tirelessly on behalf of the Auxiliary. Congratulations to all!

The Fantasy on Ice outdoor skating rink has moved to Liberty Station and will be open for skating through early January! Children skate for $12 and adults are just $14. This is a great family holiday activity and all the proceeds benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Kami Evora, SR Auxiliary Publicity Chair

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver. Make 2016 your year! Join our Toastmasters Club to improve your public speaking and leadership skills. The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment. Every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

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 call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit our website at

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips Networking Group extends a hearty “Happy Holidays” greeting to all of our neighbors and friends in Scripps Ranch! This month we will enjoy our traditional Holiday Party, a social gathering including our spouses and significant others. We dine together at one member’s home and enjoy the fun of a Secret Santa gift exchange.

We always welcome prospective new members! Please check us out at, then call Cheryl 922-3720 or me at 735-4008.

Barb Grey