Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Teasers Toastmasters Open House!

  • Thursday, Mar. 17, 7–8 am
  • SRCA Community Center
  • 11885 Cypress Canyon Road

Visit us to see what Toastmasters is all about. Join us for refreshments and our now famous version of the Toastmaster’s “Table Topics,” a technique to improve impromptu speaking.

Start your day—and your exploration—with laughter, fun, and breakfast! Scripps Teasers meets every Thursday from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center. Guests are always welcome. For details, contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

Are you single, active, and live in Scripps Ranch? Help us build a “singles community” in our neighborhood. Several Scripps Ranch singles thought it would be fun to form this group to meet nearby active singles and use our leadership and event planning experiences to organize and host fun, social activities. Let’s forge a social outlet for single Scripps Ranchers.

If you are single, do you enjoy activities such as walking, hiking, picnics, biking, dancing, watching live music at local venues, happy hours, game nights, and potlucks? Do you have other ideas that you’d like to suggest? Contact either Steve or Barb at [email protected] So far, we’ve done some happy hours, a walk at Miramar Lake, and attended an Open Mic night in Poway.

Active SR Singles is new, so we’re eager to get your input into what activities would be fun as we form a singles community to enjoy our great neighborhood and surrounding areas. March events are:

  • Friday, Mar. 11—Live music at Santorini’s, 5:30–9:30 pm
  • Sunday, Mar. 13—Walk around Miramar Lake, 11:30 am–1 pm
  • Wednesday, Mar. 30—Midweek “I Need A Drink,” original Ballast Point Brewery, 7 pm

Please email us at [email protected] to join our community. We look forward to meeting you!


Student Essay Contest

The 19th Annual Essay Contest Awards Ceremony, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), honoring Scripps Ranch prize winners is on Tuesday, Mar. 1, at 6:30 pm. Students will read their winning essays.

Free Film Screening

“Picture This!” film series is our new movie night! Watch a great film, followed by a moderated discussion every third Wednesday evening. Our new miniseries featuring classic musicals begins with a screening of Singin’ in the Rain, regarded as one of the greatest movie musicals of all time. Join us on Wednesday, Mar. 16, at 7 pm. Popcorn will be served.

Children’s Programs

March features a host of fun and exciting free programs for children, provided with the support of the SRFOL. On Thursday, Mar. 17, at 3 pm we will hold a fun, hands-on Science Fair Expo. Come try new STEAM-based experiments you can create from regular household items. We make bouncy balls, rainbow milk, and more projects. Then we celebrate the 23rd birthday of our library with cake!

On Tuesday, Mar. 22, join us for an egg hunt in the children’s area from 5 to 7 pm. Be sure to hunt for some good books while you’re here! Weekly storytimes continue with Brilliant Babies on Wednesdays at 1 pm and Toddler Storytime on Thursdays at 10 am. Our new addition is a monthly Yoga Storytime on Friday, Mar. 4, at noon.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents the Benedetti-Svoboda Duo performing classical guitar music on Sunday, Mar. 20, at 2:30 pm. Engaging performers whose tunes can stir up emotions in the soul, Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda have been playing together for more than 19 years.

Their music ranges from peaceful melancholy to cascades of furious flamenco rasgueados. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated. Meet the musicians at a post-concert reception.

Free Adult Programs!

In partnership with Continuing Ed, we are presenting Technology for Older Adults on Mondays from 3 to 5 pm, and ESL classes on Thursdays and Fridays, 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Register in class.

On Wednesday, Mar. 23, at 6 pm don’t miss “Fifty Wonders of Korea,” a cultural celebration. The Korean Spirit and Culture Promotion Project will present two short documentaries and a complimentary Korean meal. Be sure to sign up in advance.

On Saturday, Mar. 26, at 10 am we will host a free OASIS class, “Estate Planning Goofs,” sponsored by the SRFOL. It will provide guidance on estate planning.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Mar. 23, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spenser Quinn.

YMCA Adventure Guides

Camping on the U.S.S. Midway? Yes! In March we will join the Midway docents for their Friday overnight program. We will eat in the galley and sleep in the enlisted crew berths. Also, we have an extensive program planned, including behind-the-scenes tours of parts of the ship off-limits to regular visitors. Join us!

Adventure Guides is open to dads and their children—K–5th grade. Older kids—6th grade–age 15—move to the Trailblazers program. For more details, visit or contact Scripps Ranch residents Eric Deitz at [email protected] or Mark Rackers at [email protected]

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary’s 2016 annual fundraiser will be on Saturday, Nov. 5, so mark your calendar! We continue to use funds raised to supplement the domestic violence shelter’s supplies of food, transportation services, bedding, and diapers and baby wipes.

The number of families seeking shelter at HVH recently has been lower than usual. The Center for Community Solutions, the organization that operates HVH, has learned other San Diego shelters are experiencing similar numbers. Unfortunately, an increase is anticipated in the spring months. Items they need this month are shampoo, conditioner, deodorant, lotion, and toothpaste. Please bring your donations to the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thank you!

Lynn Parke

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

We had a wonderful “in-unit” fundraiser and enjoyed tasting wines from Koi Zen Winery and a barbecue dinner from Phil’s BBQ at the beautiful home of Kathy Sayer. The funds raised support other Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary fundraising events and activities throughout the year.

In February we held our meeting at the hospital campus and heard a presentation by Bob Davis from the Healing Arts Department. The hospital has long recognized that the environment surrounding children and families is vital to their physical and mental well-being. The Healing Arts program uses tools such as music therapy, art expression, and storytelling to facilitate healing and reduce stress. Because insurance does not provide coverage for these types of therapy, this program is dependent upon philanthropy to continue. We have decided to designate funds from our spring fundraiser to Healing Arts.

Please join us on Saturday, Apr. 30, for Spring Fling~Denim & Bling at the Swim and Racquet Club Aviary from 3:30 to 9 pm. There will be live music and dancing to the Echophonic, wine and beer tasting, barbecue dinner, silent auction, and opportunity drawing. To purchase tickets, become a Healing Arts program sponsor, or donate auction items, please contact Nancy Fleischman at [email protected] We hope to see you there!

Our next meeting is on Monday, Mar. 21, at 6:30 pm at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. Visitors are always welcome!

Kami Evora, Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary SR Publicity Chair

SRT Presents Skin Deep and Starts New Works Studio

Scripps Ranch Theatre’s (SRT) production of Skin Deep by Jon Lonoff opens on Saturday, Apr. 2, and runs through Sunday, May 1. Maureen Mulligan, who hides her weight with snappy one-liners, has a blind date with Joe Spinelli, who has never learned to think before speaking. Is it a match made in heaven? Tickets are $31, with discounts for seniors, youth, and active duty military. Call 578-7728 or visit for details.

SRT continues its commitment to local playwrights with its New Works Studio (NWS). It’s a nine-month program in which playwrights work on a script to create a production-ready draft. The playwrights will attend workshops with opportunities for feedback.

The group consists of SRT playwright in residence, Jennifer Lane, and Stacy Osei-Kaffour, Aleta Barthell, Kim Yaged, and Tom Misuraca. It will be co-moderated by SRT dramaturg in residence, Jessica Ordon, and was co-founded by Robert May, SRT’s director of new play development. To support this thriving artistic community, visit

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our gardens have been thriving with all the rain we’ve had. We started our 2016 year topics with “Everything Tools” and “Composting.” Our March speaker will be David Ross from Walter Andersen Nursery talking about “Roses: The Do’s and Don’ts to be a Successful Rose Gardener.”

We meet the fourth Tuesday of every month—except December—at the Scripps Ranch Library at 5:45 pm. Our May–July meetings are held at our members’ home gardens. We invite you and all garden lovers to come hear wonderful speakers, enjoy refreshments, and meet other garden enthusiasts from our community. To join us, email me at [email protected]

Louise Badham, President

Scripps Ranch

Women’s Club

Join us for our annual fundraiser, “Wine with a Purpose” at Sanctuary Lounge at 12090 Scripps Summit Drive, on Sunday, Mar. 13, from 4 to 7 pm. Enjoy food, entertainment, and a great time while helping raise money to put back into our community. Proceeds support our schools, community organizations, and scholarships for graduating female student(s) who demonstrate strong academics and an interest in community service from the Scripps Ranch High School Class of 2016.

Tickets are $35 per person. To attend, please contact Kerry Butler at [email protected] Reservations must be received by Friday, Mar. 4. We are in need of auction items and would appreciate donations of goods or services for a tax deduction.

Knitting and Crochet Group

Do you enjoy knitting, crocheting, or other crafts? If so, join us! The Scripps Ranch Knitting Group is growing. We meet on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month from 12:30 to 3 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. We will be changing our name to the Scripps Ranch Knitting and Crochet Group because crochet is also a craft enjoyed by our members.

Over the past year we have donated baby hats to Scripps Memorial Hospital and chemo hats to UCSD Infusion Center at the Moore’s Cancer Center. Some members are new to crafting, but we have members who have years of experience. Everyone learns something as we share projects. If you would like more details, please call Rhonda Rogers at 735-7234.

Women’s Ranch Connection

Spring is almost here! Grow your business network by joining the Women’s Ranch Connection. This month we will learn about financial planning. And to balance things out with a bit of girly fun, one member will show off her nail products. Our next meeting is in Scripps Ranch on Friday, Mar. 25 at 7:45 am. Please look for us at for details. We look forward to connecting with you!