Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Our Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary continues to purchase “basic needs” for moms and children seeking temporary respite at the Hidden Valley House from domestic violence situations. Several families sought shelter there over the past months, including two families with five children each. So HVH’s supplies of diapers, blankets, pillows, and food have been greatly diminished.

At our monthly meeting with the Center for Community Solutions, the organization that operates the shelter, we were told it takes about seven attempts before most domestic violence victims actually leave their abusive household. This past year our auxiliary supplemented what the HVH shelter supplied for more than 250 people. We will continue to help families who seek temporary shelter at HVH in 2016.

Each month we publicize the items that staff tell us are needed most. This month they are very low on supplies of baby wipes and size 5 and 6 diapers, umbrellas and ponchos, towels, and blankets for twin beds. If you would like to donate items, you can drop them off at the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thanks for your ongoing support!

Lynn Parke

SRT Presents The Dark at the Top of the Stairs

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is currently producing The Dark at the Top of the Stairs by William Inge. The play, helmed by San Diego director and actor Ted Leib, runs through Sunday, Feb. 21.

This American classic, written by a Pulitzer Prize winner, was nominated for five Tonys. 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—touched with comic moments—shares the hopes, trials, love, joy, and sorrows of this family as they navigate their life together.

Love Is In The Air, a Valentine’s cabaret, will be presented on Thursday, Feb. 11, and Sunday, Feb. 14, at 7 pm. For a two-night engagement, enjoy love songs from the screen, stage, and radio from San Diego’s top vocal talent. Book your tickets now for your loved ones, friends, and family. A sure sellout event, get your seats now and avoid being, well, heartbroken!

Tickets for Love Is In The Air are $25. Tickets for The Dark at the Top of the Stairs are $31 with discounts for seniors, youth, and active duty military. For more details, call 578-7728 or visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org.

Membership

Become a true Friend of our Library by joining the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). Join or renew your membership today! Memberships start at only $5 for students and seniors. Life memberships are on sale for $250. Get forms at the library and on www.srfol.org.

New Free Adult Programs!

“Learn to Draw” on Saturday, Feb. 20, at 10 am through a beginning drawing class for adults 50+ who’d like to learn an easy method to draw anything. This class, offered through OASIS, is sponsored by the SRFOL and is free to participants. All supplies are provided. Class registration is limited, so please call the library at 538-8158 to reserve your spot.

On Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 6 pm Alzheimer’s San Diego presents “Safety and Independence at Home,” which provides tips on reducing risk of household injuries. It is free and open to the public.

Every Wednesday at noon, beginning on Feb. 10, we will partner with Scripps Ranch 50 Plus to offer “Healthier Living with Chronic Conditions.” Discover ways to better manage your health challenges and lessen the impacts on your life. Please call 495-5500, ext. 3, to sign up.

“Homebrewing Basics” with The Homebrewer will be presented on Tuesday, Feb. 16, at 6:30 pm. As San Diego becomes an industry leader in craft brewing, learn how you can brew your own beer at home. Note: no alcohol will be served.

On Thursdays and Fridays at 9:30 am—starting on Feb. 4—we’re partnering with Continuing Education to offer a multilevel English as a Second Language (ESL) class. Please register in person at the class.

Children’s Programs

Try our new Yoga Storytime with Miss Abby on Friday, Feb. 5, at noon, courtesy of the SRFOL. On Saturdays, Feb. 6 and 20, kids can read to a therapy dog from Love on a Leash from 10:30 to 11:30 am.

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with our Library Teen Council on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 3 pm. Make a beautiful 3-D crepe paper Valentine’s heart for someone special at a craft event open to kids and teens.

Free Film Screening

The free monthly film series, “Picture This,” sponsored by the SRFOL, features the conclusion of our Stanley Kubrick retrospective with a screening of Dr. Strangelove on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 7 pm.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents San Diego Symphony double bassist Jory Herman and pianist Bryan Verhoye on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 2:30 pm. Both are Scripps Ranch residents making their first appearance in our series.

Their program will feature some of the most beautiful music ever composed. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL; donations are appreciated. Meet the artists at a reception.

Grace’s Book Nook

Specials this month in Grace’s Book Nook, the used bookstore in our library, include “buy one/get one free” deals on books by featured authors and a wide range of clearance books at 50% off.

Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media are welcome. We have openings for volunteers to cover shifts and assist with other aspects of our operation. To learn more about joining our Book Nook team, please email [email protected] or call 663-8828.

Book Discussion Group

The group is reading The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 24, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams.

Finally…

Our library is now open until 6 pm on Saturdays! 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, please visit www.srfol.org.

Welcome Club

February is exciting for the Welcome Club! At our meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 2, we are honored to feature speaker Richard Lederer, who’s known for his books on the English language. Also, we will celebrate our club’s anniversary. If you would like to attend, the meeting will be at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive starting at 7 pm.

We also have a bike group, a trail walking group, a group that plays pitch, four bunco groups, three bridge groups, and three book clubs. We are organizing a group to help with a garden at Miramar Ranch Elementary School. To join, please contact JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

We are thrilled to welcome three new members to our Scripps Ranch Unit: Kathy Smith, Angela Phillips, and Christine Holstad (at right). If you seek a meaningful way to give back to the community while making friends, consider joining us for one of our meetings. We advocate and raise funds for Rady Children’s Hospital. We meet the third Monday of each month from September to June at 6:30 pm at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. Please contact our membership chair, Dana Walters, at [email protected] for details.

Our meeting on Monday, Feb. 15, will be at the Rady Children’s Hospital campus. A speaker from the Healing Arts Department will share the ways Healing Arts supports patients. As with all of our meetings, anyone is welcome to attend.

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Every day we exercise our communication skills during social interactions. How we communicate can make or break a relationship, and how we express ourselves, handle confrontation, and work toward a compromise makes a difference. Toastmasters is a great help in this area. The skills practiced in meetings help you hold discussions with employees, speak effectively to bosses, and handle disagreements with friends. Scripps Teasers meets Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center. Guests are welcome. For details, call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit teasers.toastmastersclubs.org.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

At our meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 23, at 5:45 pm we will have a master composter speak about how to set up compost, how to use it, and the advantages of composting. This is an important topic for all of us who wish to enhance our soil and be less wasteful. Membership is $20 per year per family and guests are welcome. For questions, email [email protected]

Village Quilters Hosts “Nickel Quilts” Designer

Pat Speth, perhaps best known for her quilt designs using precut five-inch squares, is the workshop teacher for Village Quilters in February. She’ll talk about how to work with precut squares to make attractive borders in her lecture “Fabulous Nickel Borders.” Join us on Saturday, Feb. 13, at 10 am at the SR Library. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to contribute $5. For questions, please contact me at [email protected] or 271-5028.

Carol Goodhue Shull, President

YMCA Adventure Guides

Our next camping trip is at YMCA’s Camp Whittle near Big Bear in early February—we hope for snow! We also are gearing up for our Pinewood Derby race. Adventure Guides is open to dads and their children—K–5th grade. Older kids—6th grade–age 15—move to the Trailblazers program. 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]

Women’s Ranch Connection

Are you looking to network with women from Scripps Ranch and nearby neighborhoods to grow your business? Join the Women’s Ranch Connection where you will meet entrepreneurs and professionals who will help you start a business or give your existing one a boost. Our next meeting is on Friday, Feb. 26, at 7:45 am. Please call Heidi at 619-213-6366 or visit www.srwnetworking.org.