Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

We held our fundraiser, Denim and Bling, co-chaired by Kathy Steinhause and Nancy Fleischman with support from Yvette Gilman. The funds raised benefit the Healing Environment~Healing Arts Program at Rady Children’s Hospital.

A portion of the proceeds will be used for a permanent tribute in the children’s playroom in honor of Scripps Ranch resident Craig Blower, who recently passed away. Craig created the playroom and volunteered there once a week for 21 years, as well supported Kids’ NewsDay. Read more about Craig on page 33.

Guests were moved by our speakers, Bob Davis from Healing Arts and Alex and Tazie Chisholm. Alex spoke of how her daughter, Tazie, made a remarkable recovery from a traumatic head injury at the age of 4, in large part through the therapies offered by the Healing Arts. Thank you to all who attended and gave generously.

We want to especially thank these generous Healing Arts Program sponsors:

Diamond Sponsors

  • Caliber Advisors
  • Cubic Corporation

Gemstone Sponsors

  • The Craig Blower Family
  • Pam Haggard
  • Family Vision Care, Dr. Gary Sneag
  • Aurora Behavioral Health Care San Diego
  • Russell and Kathy Christiansen
  • Scripps Ranch Bunco Babes
  • Tom and Jan McGowan
  • Darryl and Kami Evora

Special thanks also goes to:

  • L + L Printing for printing the invitations and flyers
  • Echophonic for donating the music
  • Caresse Muir/Muir Images for taking photographs during the event

In-kind donations were received from:

  • The Patio Restaurant Group
  • Collins Family Jewelers
  • Estancia La Jolla
  • Hotel Indigo

We also are grateful to our beer sponsors:

  • Lightning Brewery
  • Ballast Point
  • Saint Archer
  • Sudwerk Brewery
  • Rough Draft

We send thanks to our wine sponsors:

  • Yanni’s Bar & Grill
  • Steve and Jane Lahre
  • Hungry Hawk Winery
  • Cordiano Winery

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

Free Adult Programs

Especially for history buffs and inquiring minds, author Seth Meyerowitz discusses his remarkable book The Lost Airman. It is a true account of his grandfather’s ordeals during World War II after being shot down in Nazi-occupied France. Join us on Wednesday, June 1, at 6 pm.

On Saturday, June 25, at 10 am attend a free OASIS class, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), on “A Military History of San Diego, 1769 to 1946.” This popular talk by Navy veteran and local historian Rudy Shappee highlights the role of Fort Guijarros and Fort Rosecrans in the development of the city of San Diego.

Technology for Older Adults continues through the summer on Mondays from 3 to 5 pm in partnership with Continuing Ed. A new session starts on Monday, June 13. Check www.srfol.org or at the library for information about other free programs.


The SRFOL Board bade a fond farewell to secretary and longtime board member Barbara Measelle and treasurer Mike Foster, who recently relocated to Texas due to Mike’s job. We have been fortunate to have recruited an enthusiastic new secretary, Delane Pickel, and a new treasurer, Hilliard Harper, who comes to us with a background in nonprofit management. To volunteer, please contact Liz Erickson at [email protected] or 271-4239.

Essay Contest Kudos!

Congratulations to our Scripps Ranch students who were honored at the citywide essay contest awards ceremony. Dario Rissolo, a Jerabek 4th grader, and Jonathan Luo, a Scripps Ranch High sophomore, were both named “grand prize winners.” Kai Klein, an 8th grader at High Tech Middle School, was recognized as a semifinalist. Great job!

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes back Virtual Strangers, a bluegrass band, on Sunday, June 12, at 2:30 pm. Sure to set your toes a-tapping’, this award-winning group’s sound is a mixture of traditional and more progressive songs. There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated.

Free Film Screening

In June our film series will initiate “Picture This! 50 Films to See Before You Die,” significant artistic or historic films you won’t want to miss! Please join us on Wednesday, June 15, at 7 pm for the iconic Casablanca. Popcorn will be served.

Children’s Programs

Each summer the San Diego Public Library hosts the Summer Reading Program (SRP) to encourage community members to celebrate their love of reading. Sign up in the library, read all summer from Wednesday, June 15, through Monday, Aug. 15, and receive great prizes as a reward! All ages are welcome to participate!

To kick off the program join us on Thursday, June 16, at 3 pm for a rousing performance from San Diego’s favorite Zydeco band, Bayou Brothers. Other programs include a Brazilian Carnival on Thursday, June 23, at 3 pm, and the Living Coast Discovery Center Animal Encounter on Thursday, June 30, at 3 pm. These programs are free thanks to the SRFOL.

Summer Reading for Adults!

Adults are invited to participate in a reading program as well. Sign up online, read three books, and write online reviews to be eligible for drawings for great prizes.

Special Book Sale!

We celebrate the end of our fiscal year with a big book sale on Saturday, June 25, from 9:30 am to 3 pm in Grace’s Book Nook, the library’s used book store. Take advantage of a huge inventory of books, media, and more—many discounted from our typical low prices.

The Book Nook is open every day during library hours. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media are always welcome. All Book Nook proceeds support our library.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Aviator’s Wife by Melanie Benjamin. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, June 22, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.


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 or check—and “Like”!—the library’s Facebook page.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary continues to supplement supplies and services for the North County domestic violence shelter called Hidden Valley House. At our monthly meeting with the staff, we learned that the families currently seeking temporary respite there have children ranging from 4 months to teenagers. Many of these families quickly left their abusive environments without extra clothes, yet they found outfits to wear in the shelter’s clothes closet. Each week our volunteers sort through clothing donations. We appreciate all who have given generously.

The HVH Auxiliary hosted its annual Staff Appreciation Luncheon at the shelter. This was an opportunity for new auxiliary members to receive an orientation. If you are interested in becoming involved with our auxiliary, please email Lauretta Johnson at [email protected]

Items in short supply are baby wipes, size one diapers, and baby shampoo. To donate any of these items, please bring them to the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thank you.

Lynn Parke

SRT Presents Murder at the Howard Johnson’s

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is producing the hilarious Murder at the Howard Johnson’s. The show runs through Sunday, June 26. 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.

For tickets and details, call 578-7728 or visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver. Scripps Teasers meets every Thursday from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Guests are welcome at any meeting. For more information, call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit teasers.toastmastersclubs.org.

League of Women Voters

In May the League of Women Voters Scripps Ranch Chapter hosted a town hall meeting for the City Council District 5 candidates. The audience brought up a range of concerns, including the proposed pipeline to run through our community.

Our monthly chapter meetings begin in September on the second Thursday of each month. We will invite speakers and candidates. 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.

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club is a wonderful way to make new friends in Scripps Ranch. We have many fun activities that suit a variety of interests. For details, visit our website at www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com. If you would like to join our club, please contact Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

SR Women’s Club

Summer is almost here! We enjoyed great participation from local businesses and friends in our fundraising, and, as a result, we will contact our young Scripps Ranch women scholarship winners. We also plan to give back to our community.

Join us for a Happy Hour on Thursday, June 9. For details, please call Beth Surrell at 566-1673. For membership questions, contact Mary Ann Harper at 566-8740 or Anne McClure at 689-0174.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our second Garden Tour is on Tuesday, June 28, at 5:30 pm. Jackie Flesch will host us at her Scripps Ranch home. Jackie’s passion for hummingbirds led her to create a haven for these wondrous creatures. For many years she has been our local hummingbirds rescue center. Jackie’s address is 10548 Avenida Magnifica. For questions, email us at [email protected]

Scripps Tips Networking Group

What’s the point of networking, Scripps Tips-style? We learn so much from each other over time. We learn about each other’s field of expertise and gain an understanding of the unique nature of each business, as well as the commonalities we share. We use and refer clients to each other as opportunities arise. It’s all about support, camaraderie, and synergy! Visit us at www.scrippstips.net, then call Cheryl at 922-3720 to visit one of our Friday breakfast meetings.

Barb Grey

Women’s Ranch Connection

Do you own or run a business in Scripps Ranch or nearby? Be part of a unique group of women that builds business relationships and friendships! We meet on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am. Our next meeting is on Friday, June 24. Members are limited to one per category. Call Heidi at 619-213-6366 or look for us on Meetup.com to see if your business is open. For details, visit www.womensranchconnection.com.