SRT Presents The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) presents The Dark at the Top of the Stairs by William Inge. The play, led by San Diego director and actor Ted Leib, runs from Friday, Jan. 22, until Sunday, Feb. 21.

This American classic, written by a Pulitzer Prize winner, was nominated for five Tony Awards. Set in plain-spoken mid-America in the 1920s, it is a tender but honest look at the family life of Ruben and Cora Flood, their children, relatives, and neighbors. This drama—with comic moments—shares the hopes, love, and sorrows this family navigates together.

SRT is located at Alliant International University. Experience the artistic diversity of this award-winning company. Tickets are $31, with discounts for seniors, youth, and active duty military. Call 578-7728 or visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

With the New Year, it’s time to be inspired and do something for ourselves and Scripps Ranch. There’s a general meeting for all residents on Wednesday, Jan. 20, from 6:30 to 8 pm at the SRCA Community Center on Cypress Canyon Road. Use the contacts below to sign up.

Our first event will raise funds for our young women graduating from Scripps Ranch High School. It is a walk/bike ride on three different dates in January. Call Anne McClure at 689-0174 and Mary Lee Harper at 566-8740 for details. Join us!

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Happy New Year from the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary to the businesses, groups, and individuals who gave generously to the HVH shelter last year! The staff and clients at the emergency domestic violence shelter greatly appreciate your contributions of time, services, money, gift cards, food, and basic needs.

The community’s response to our “items of the month” requests helped numerous moms, babies, children, teens, and even some dads seeking temporary respite from their abusive situations. Recent donations from A Sweet Affaire and Collins Family Jewelers, along with those from the businesses and individuals mentioned in past articles, created enticing silent auction baskets for our Tea fundraiser.

In December Scripps Ranch Women’s Club members again collected toys for the children and presents for the moms. A group of Scripps Ranch ladies known as Tuesday’s Angels brightened the lives of the women at the shelter with gift bags they put together. The Julian Women’s Club donated several gift cards. HVH staff asked us to convey their thanks.

Also, a special thank you to the Scripps Ranch Library and Ellen Hawkins who served as collections points for donations in the past year, and to Pam Kay who picked up the donations from the library. Please note: we no longer have a library donation box. The only drop-off location is Ellen’s house at 11528 Wills Creek Road. The needed “item of the month” is diapers in sizes 3 and 4. Thank you.

Lynn Parke

 Help Wanted!

Do you love your library? Consider getting involved with the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). Due to the relocation of two board members, we need to fill openings on our board, a fun-loving, dynamic group. Also, you can explore other volunteer options. Contact volunteer coordinator Liz Erickson at [email protected] or 271-4239.

Children’s Programs

Kindergartners through 8th graders, stop by Do Your Homework @ the Library ([email protected]) and start off 2016 with academic confidence! Our wonderful homework helpers are waiting to meet you Monday through Thursday at 3 pm.

 On Thursday, Jan. 28, at 3 pm the library partners with Mission Federal Credit Union for a “Design Your Own Piggy Bank” craft. Start saving in style with this fun program! Regular children’s programming continues. Visit www.srfol.org.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents pianist/composer Louis Landon, a Steinway artist, on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 2:30 pm performing The Gershwins, Cole Porter and Me. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated.

Free Film Screening

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL, rebranded as “Picture This,” is on the third Wednesday of the month. Our Stanley Kubrick retrospective continues with Paths of Glory on Wednesday, Jan. 20, followed by a discussion.

New Adult Education Programs

In 2016 we plan many new adult education classes at the library! Kick off the new year with us on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 6 pm with “3D Printing Basics.” Come learn all about this burgeoning technology that is at the forefront of innovation!

In partnership with Goodwill Industries, our library will host a “Building A Resume” workshop for teens and adults on Saturday, Jan. 23, at 10 am. Get help with job applications and cover letters!

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Boys in the Boat: Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics by Daniel James Brown. Everyone is invited to join us on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd.

Welcome Club

Start the new year off with new connections! Join the Welcome Club. We meet monthly for presentations and coffees, go on “Gadabouts,” trail walk three times a week, play bridge and bunco, and more! We have more than 100 members.

If you’d like to join the Welcome Club, please contact Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217. If you are interested in trail walking, please contact Janelle Boustany at [email protected] or 335-3323. Visit our website at www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Happy New Year from the Scripps Ranch Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary! In December we gathered at Solare Restaurant in Liberty Station to watch ice skating at the Fantasy on Ice rink and enjoy a happy hour (below).

Also in December our members collected and donated clothing for the Clothes Closet at the hospital. It provides emergency clothing for children. In addition, 50 “brown bags” were put together by a Scripps Ranch Girl Scout troop and donated to the hospital to provide snacks for family visiting patients. These are just examples of how our unit raises funds and helps support Rady Children’s Hospital.

Meetings are on the third Monday of each month at the Crown Pointe clubhouse at 6:30 pm. All are welcome to attend and learn more about our organization.

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

YMCA Adventure Guides

Kids and dads visited the San Diego Rescue Mission where we saw firsthand the impact of homelessness. We assembled hygiene care kits for residents. The kids enjoyed helping, and the dads donated carloads of clothes, toys, and household goods, along with nearly $2,300.

Our next camping trip is at YMCA’s Camp Whittle near Big Bear in February—hope for snow! For details, visit www.rancho.ymca.org/yprog/cat1200.html or email Scripps Ranch residents Eric Deitz at [email protected] or Mark Rackers at [email protected]

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

2015 was fruitful for Scripps Teasers Toastmasters. We had many accomplishments: President’s Distinguished Club; Home Club of District Director Ray Rogers; and District Speech Contest International speech champion Doug Coates.

We can help you achieve your 2016 speaking goals. We meet Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center. Call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit teasers.toastmastersclubs.org.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips celebrated the season with a holiday dinner party. Now we return to our weekly meetings every Friday morning. We welcome one representative from each business or profession. Please visit www.scrippstips.net, then contact Cheryl Berkson at 922-3720 or me at 735-4008 to learn more.

Barb Grey

Women’s Ranch Connection

New year, new name, new leadership! Resolve to grow your business this year and join the newly rebranded Women’s Ranch Connection, formerly the SR Women’s Networking Group. Our next meeting is on Friday, Jan. 29, from 7:45 to 9:30 am. We welcome one member per category. Call Heidi at 619-213-6366 and visit www.srwnetworking.org.