League of Women Voters Scripps Ranch

The League of Women Voters Scripps Ranch Chapter will host a debate for all candidates for the open seat of San Diego City Attorney. The debate is on Thursday, May 5, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Audience members will be encouraged to submit questions on note cards.

Per the city charter, the City Attorney is “the chief legal adviser of, and attorney for, the City and all Departments and offices.” The City Attorney also prosecutes misdemeanors. The debate forum will strictly follow league rules.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government and influencing public policy through education and advocacy. For more details, email [email protected]

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Thanks again to Scripps Ranch for its continued support of the Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter. Your recent donations of women’s and children’s clothes, toiletries, and arts and crafts supplies for the children are greatly appreciated.

Proceeds from our 2015 fundraiser enabled us to purchase a new stove for the shelter, food, and miscellaneous kitchen supplies. Planning meetings for the 2016 fundraiser are ongoing, and we look forward to a fun event on Sunday, Nov. 6.

One of the shelter clients now has newborn twins, so needed items include clothing—size newborn to 9 months—diapers and wipes, and single or twin strollers. Please drop off donations at Ellen Hawkins’ home at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thanks for your support.

Lynn Parke

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

The “holidays” continue for Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary! We feel lucky to have been chosen to receive a generous donation of holiday decorations from a wonderful Poway family. John and Kathy Huish have decorated their home, known as the Poway Santa House, inside and out for the public to enjoy for 16 years. They drew about 15,000 visitors each December to see their amazing display. They decided to close up shop and wanted to share their magic with Rady Children’s Hospital! We are so excited to have a new stash of whimsical and fun decorations.

Jan McGowan, Auxiliary Board hospital liaison and Scripps Ranch Unit member invited the Huishs to visit the hospital in December to see how their holiday spirit will continue to bring joy to children!

We give tremendous thanks to Jersey Mike’s for again giving so generously in March. On Mar. 30, 100% of sales at all San Diego Jersey Mike’s locations were donated to Rady Children’s Hospital, along with other special days in March when Jersey Mike’s donated 20% of sales!

We invite you to join us for Denim and Bling—a casual but dazzling affair featuring Just a Memory Photo Booth, Bekker’s BBQ, wine and beer tasting, and music and dancing to Echophonic. It’s on Saturday, Apr. 30, from 4 to 9 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. For more information, please see the ad on the opposite page. Proceeds will benefit the healing environment’s Healing Arts Program at Rady Children’s. To make reservations or donations to the Healing Arts Program, contact Nancy Fleischman at [email protected] or Kathy Steinhause at [email protected]

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

 Essay Contest

Scripps Ranch winners of the 19th Annual Student Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest sponsored by the Friends of the San Diego Public Library were honored at an awards ceremony hosted by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). Congratulations to:

4th graders, listed with their school: Noah Harris, E. B. Scripps; Dario Rissolo, Jerabek; Kate Garvey, Dingeman; Agastya Sridharan, Miramar Ranch; and Andrew Bowers, Hage in Mira Mesa.

8th graders: Kai Klein, High Tech MS; and Isha Deshmukh, Marshall MS.

10th graders: Jonathan Luo, SRHS; and IvyAna Rose Cerin, Age Appropriate Learning Center.

Students were awarded Barnes and Noble gift cards, pens, and certificates, presented by Councilmember Mark Kersey. Dario, Kai, and Jonathan were selected to represent Scripps Ranch in the citywide essay contest, competing for gift cards, laptops, and $500 cash! Thank you to our essay contest chair, Liz Erickson, and to volunteer judges Adriana Dixon, Jean Feinstein, Joan Gass, Sandra Hoyt, and Wendy Tompkins. They read and evaluated almost 200 essays! Thanks also goes to Gina Bravo, our youth services librarian, whose collaboration helped assure the success of this annual worthwhile contest.

Book Nook: Input Wanted!

We’d like your input. Stop by Grace’s Book Nook, our library’s used bookstore, to fill out our “60 Second Survey.” Make the Book Nook your go-to place for super bargains on nearly new books, CDs, and DVDs. The Book Nook is open daily during library hours. Tax-deductible donations of gently used books are welcome.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes back the Grossmont Symphony Woodwind Quintet on Sunday, Apr. 17, at 2:30 pm. The group will perform works from its repertoire of chamber music, light classics, and popular pieces. Enjoy chamber music at its best! There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL. Donations are appreciated.

Free Film Screening

“Picture This!” film series is our new movie night. Watch a great film, followed by a thought-provoking moderated discussion every third Wednesday evening. Our miniseries featuring classic musicals continues on Wednesday, Apr. 20, at 7 pm with The Band Wagon (1953), a film nominated for several Academy Awards.

Children’s Programs

April is full of educational entertainment for Scripps Ranch youth. On Wednesday, Apr. 13, at 10 am members of the San Diego Symphony will present a Kinder Koncert, especially for our youngest patrons but all ages are welcome! The library will host two college prep practice tests: a new SAT test on Saturday, Apr. 16, at 1 pm; and an ACT test on Saturday, Apr. 23, at 10 am—both offered without charge. Call 538-8158 to reserve a spot.

Free Adult Programs!

On Saturday, Apr. 23, at 10 am learn how to get started with basic research on your roots with “Beginning Computer Genealogy,” an OASIS class, offered without charge at our library thanks to the SRFOL.

Technology for Older Adults meets on Mondays from 3 to 5 pm. English as a Second Language (ESL) classes are on Thursdays and Fridays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. They are presented in partnership with Continuing Ed. Register in class.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Paw and Order: A Chet and Bernie Mystery by Spenser Quinn. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Apr. 27, 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.

SRT Presents Skin Deep and Variations On A Theme

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is producing Skin Deep by Jon Lonoff and staged readings of Variations On A Theme by James Caputo. Skin Deep runs thru 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. Not exactly a match made in heaven or is it? This warm-hearted comedy tells us their story…as they attempt to navigate their way through the crazy world of dating, family, and the rewards of being yourself. For ticket information, call 578-7728 or visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org.

SRT also will produce two staged readings of Variations On A Theme by award-winning local playwright James Caputo. The performances take place at the SRT—on the campus of Alliant International University—on Thursday, Apr. 14, and Sunday, Apr. 17, at 7 pm. Variations On A Theme is a collection of four multi-award-winning stories on the variety of love. At times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, each begins with two people at a challenging time of life. From the affluent to the homeless, each couple has its own story.

Tickets are “pay-what-you-will” with a recommended donation of $10. Seating is open. Visit our website for details.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Fenix Yang is originally from China. He has been with the Scripps Teasers Toastmasters Club for many years. It gives him the opportunity to expand his circle beyond the mostly Chinese he lives with and the mostly engineers he works with. He interacts with other members from different backgrounds and listens to the personal stories from other people’s speeches.

The club’s mission is to build self-confidence and personal growth. “Self-confidence is often based on knowing. The excellent project manuals from Toastmasters International give us the knowing,” says Fenix. “The club meetings offer the opportunities to practice those skills.” Gradually, Fenix is applying the self-confidence and skills he learned to real life.

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

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

We had a great response to our introduction in the March SRCA Newsletter! If you are single, active, and living in Scripps Ranch, this promises to be a fun group that can help build a “singles community” in Scripps Ranch.

If you’re single, enjoy activities such as walking, hiking, picnics, biking, dancing, watching live music, happy hours, game nights, and house potlucks! Join us! We’re eager to get input for more activities.

We have the following plans for April:

  • Picnic and walk at Miramar Lake
  • Trivia Tuesday night at a local pub
  • Midweek Brewery Night in Scripps Ranch or Poway
  • House potluck party or barbecue

Get more details by emailing either Steve or Barb at [email protected] We we do all of our notifications by email. We look forward to meeting you!

YMCA Adventure Guides

With the warmer spring weather, we’re back to tent camping. In late April we will spend a weekend at Green Valley Falls in Cuyamaca State Park. We’ve had enough rain that the creek running through the campsite should be active, as well as the nearby small waterfall and shallow swimming pools. The woodland hiking and breathtaking views are not to be missed.

Join us! Adventure Guides is for dads and their children from kindergarten to 5th grade. Older kids—6th grade to age 15—move to Trailblazers. For details, visit www.rancho.ymca.org/yprog/cat1200.html or contact Scripps Ranch residents Eric Deitz at [email protected] or Mark Rackers at [email protected]

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

This year so far has been nothing short of amazing. We’ve walked or cycled to gain scholarship dollars for our local college-bound Scripps Ranch High School senior women. Awesome job, Elaine Scott. Many of you in the community participated and we thank you.

Our “April in Paris” event will be a time for celebration. We will enjoy old and new members, as well as introduce prospective members to our organization. We’re being feted by the French Gourmet and will have a cabaret singer. Special indeed! Join us. We’d be delighted. Call Mary Ann Harper at 566-8740 or Anne McClure 689-0174.

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club is planning its annual Salad Supper for July. This event is fun and festive—and well attended! We raffle more than a dozen donated baskets. We also have monthly coffees where we meet in a host’s home and surround ourselves with good conversation and wonderful food. We have bridge players, bunco groups, crafters, and three book groups.

Our trail walkers hike two to three times a week along the trails in “old Scripps.” They venture to beach areas about once a month. If you would like to join our club, be a guest at our coffee this month, or hike the trails, please call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our rainy weather has encouraged many gardens into an early spring growth and blooming. Our March speaker talked to us about roses. Also, girl scout Flora Perlmutter, working on her Gold Award—one of the highest awards in Girl Scouts—gave a short talk on the plastic bag ban.

Our April speaker is Roy Wilburn, of Sunshine Care Facility, talking to us about “herbs.” His development of many kitchen and community gardens is outstanding.

We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month—except December—at 5:45 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. We invite you to hear wonderful speakers, enjoy refreshments, and meet other garden enthusiasts. To join us, email me at [email protected]

Louise Badham, President

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips, our small-business networking group, is friendly, helpful, and supportive while also being structured and consistent on start and stop times and meeting format. We learn from each other every week at early breakfast meetings. We grow our businesses through a “giving attitude” toward fellow members and exchanging referrals. To characterize the nature of our members in one word, it would be “conscientious.”

If you would like to join us, please visit www.scrippstips.net and call Cheryl at 922-3720 or me at 735-4008.

Barb Grey