SRT Presents Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) will produce Murder at the Howard Johnson’s by Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick from Friday, May 27, through Sunday, June 26. Performances are at the Alliant International University theater. Murder at the Howard Johnson’s is directed by established San Diego actor and director Phil Johnson. His talented cast includes Maelyn Gandola, Adam Daniel, and Jake Roscoe.

Is all fair in love? Even murder? That’s the question posed by this light and funny suspense comedy about a love triangle involving a woman, her lover, and her husband. You’ll laugh your way through the wonderfully absurd and fast-paced partner changes and choices.

Tickets are $31 with discounts for seniors, youth, and active duty military. For more information, call 578-7728 and visit

Music Program

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a concert by Duo Decorus, presented by “The Pleasure of Your Company” music series on Sunday, May 8, at 2:30 pm. Comprised of violinist Päivikki Nykter and cellist Cecilia Kim, this virtuoso ensemble will perform works by Beethoven, Boccherini, Glière, and others. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), although donations are appreciated.

Great New Reads!

Not sure what to read next? Enjoy refreshments while a panel of librarians suggests great reads and reviews select titles. Join our librarian Trevor Jones and three other San Diego librarians on Tuesday, May 17, from 6 to 8 pm for recommendations. Discussion welcome!

Free Film Screening

“Picture This!” film series is our new movie night. Our classic musicals miniseries continues on Wednesday, May 18, at 7 pm with a screening of Bob Fosse’s Chicago (2002), winner of six Academy Awards including Best Picture. An illuminating post-screening discussion will be moderated by Brett Siegel, who earned his master’s in film studies at USC.

Children’s Programs

In March we celebrated our library’s birthday with a Science Fair Expo put on by our Scripps Ranch Library Teen Council, followed by a birthday cake provided by the SRFOL. The Teen Council was recently awarded a $500 donation from C2 Dream Bubble Contest—thank you, C2 Education!—which they will use to support library programs led by teens. To join the Teen Council, join us on Friday, May 6, at 3 pm where you can get more information about volunteering at the library.

Also on Friday, May 6, at noon Miss Abby will present Yoga Storytime, sponsored by the SRFOL. On Thursday, May 12, at 3 pm STEAM 2 Academy will share science projects at a free children’s program, courtesy of the SRFOL! Girl Develop It!—a coding book club for girls—will meet on Saturday, May 21, at 3 pm.

Book Discussion Group

This month we are reading Turn Right at Machu Picchu: Rediscovering the Lost City One Step at a Time by Mark Adams. Everyone is invited to join us on Wednesday, May 25, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin.


The SRFOL bids a fond farewell to youth services librarian (YSL) Gina Bravo who heads to the Centralized Collection Development Team at the Central Library. We welcome Holland Kessinger, who is joining our library’s team as our new YSL.

League of Women Voters SR

The League of Women Voters (LWV)Scripps Ranch Chapter will host a debate for all candidates for the City Council District 5 seat. Join us on Thursday, May 5, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Audience members will be able to submit questions on note cards. The LWV is a nonpartisan political group encouraging informed and active participation in government.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Members of the auxiliary gave out cookies to customers at Jersey Mike’s stores on Mar. 30 (below). We are grateful to Jersey Mike’s for donating 100% of sales on that day to Rady Children’s Hospital.

Coming up on Saturday, May 21, is Celebration of Champions, an event open to the public at the San Diego Embarcadero. It is a celebration of Rady’s cancer survivors and an opportunity to honor those who lost their battles. Funds raised benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the hospital.

You can get membership information about the auxiliary by contacting Dana Walters at [email protected]

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The number of moms and kids seeking temporary respite at the Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter has increased since the first of the year. In addition to purchasing needed items this past month, the HVH Auxiliary helped increase security by providing new door locks. Thanks to the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club for its generous donation, which was used to help pay for the new locks.

In conjunction with the “No More” campaign, California has created the first-in-the-nation “Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault” license plate. Funds from purchases of the plates will be used to support domestic violence awareness and prevention efforts throughout the state. Visit for details.

Items in short supply are gift cards to purchase milk, baby wipes, and body wash for men and women. To donate any item, please bring it to the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Lynn Parke

YMCA Adventure Guides

In May we will visit YMCA-Camp Marston in Julian, where activities include archery, candle making, BB guns, soccer, gold panning, slingshot paintball, gaga ball, hiking trails, and a 42’ climbing wall. It’s like summer camp when you were a kid, only now you’re the adult!

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

Active SR Singles

We had many fun events recently (pictured below) as we strive to build a “singles community” in Scripps Ranch. If you’re single, join us as we enjoy activities such as walking, hiking, picnics, biking, dancing, watching live music at local venues, game nights, and potlucks. Please note we do our notifications by email.

Events being considered for May and June are: Thursday night Food Truck get-together; Trivia Tuesday night at a pub; dancing to live music; potluck; and local hike or bike ride. We’re eager to get other singles’ input into our fun activities. Email Steve or Barb at [email protected] for more details and to confirm dates for these events.

SR Women’s Club

Great news! Scholarship interviews are being set following our amazing fundraising efforts this spring. Also, fun events are coming up! Join us for our Kentucky Derby Party on Saturday, May 7, including mint juleps and country ham.

Come listen to LaVonne Misner, a longtime Scripps Ranch resident, speak about her and her husband’s six-year worldly sailing adventure visiting 80 countries. Call Mary Ann Harper at 566-8740 or Anne McClure at 689-0174 for details.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Good news! Get the monthly Toastmasters’ magazine free at These magazines give tips on how to master public speaking. Joining a Toastmasters Club will help you practice those skills. Scripps Teasers meets every Thursday from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Guests are welcome! For details, call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club is looking forward to a summer of trail walking, reading with book clubs, monthly coffees, Gadabouts, and playing bunco, bridge, and pitch. The annual Salad Supper in July will be at the top of the list. If you are interested in joining our club, please call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217. Check us out at!

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Small-business networking is of great value. Our Scripps Tips meetings are an ideal environment to learn about other small-business practices and develop friendships. We meet weekly over an early breakfast. To learn more, visit, then call Cheryl Berkson at 922-3720.

Barb Grey

Women’s Ranch Connection

What an exciting year! We found a new “home” and welcomed new members. Our new website,, should be ready by the end of the month. Our next breakfast meeting is on Friday, May 27, from 7:45 to 9:30 am. To join us, call Heidi at 619-213-6366 or look for us on