New Plays From America’s Finest City

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) presents its 5th Annual Out on a Limb–New Plays from America’s Finest City. It is spearheaded by Robert May, the festival’s producing artistic director. SRT is a leader in the Southern California arts community in developing and producing new plays.

These are all world premiere plays written by area playwrights and having something to do with San Diego. The festival runs two weekends: Thursday, July 14–Sunday, July 17; and Thursday, July 21–Sunday, July 24. The times are: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, 8 pm; and Saturday and Sunday, 2 pm. Two scripts are full-length plays developed from one-act productions from earlier festivals.

First weekend, July 14–17:

Leaving Shadows by Steven Oberman, 10 minutes

This play shows it’s never too late to forge new bonds with those we have loved. An estranged son and father are brought together in a way that leads to confessions and emotional freedom.

September and her Sisters by Jennifer Lane, full-length, adult language

September is a spoken word poet, and when she refuses to talk about the circumstances of her life, her sisters are left to try to extract meaning from her poetry. This is a story about language and communication, sisterhood and motherhood. The one-act version of September and her Sisters premiered in the festival last year.

Second weekend, July 21–24:

Birth Right by Kim Yaged, 10 minutes

In the summer of 2014 the government’s decision to bus undocumented immigrants to Murrieta, California, sparked protests that added fire to an already heated immigration debate that’s still simmering. This play challenges us to examine our own biases, assumptions, and demons.

On Air by Lisa Kirazian, full-length

A young professor at a San Diego community college navigates his family obligations and professional ambitions against the backdrop of a campus in crisis from the Vietnam War. The one-act version of On Air premiered in the inaugural year of SRT’s Out on a Limb Festival in 2012.

Ticket prices: Thursday performances, $16; and Friday and Saturday performances, $20. If you purchase a ticket to the first weekend, you can buy a ticket to the second weekend for $10. SRT is located on the Alliant International University campus. For more information, call 578-7728 and visit


SRFOL at the Community Fair

Thank you to Teen Council members Julia Baylon, Teagan Ampe, and Siena Rivera, who staffed our Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) booth at the SRCA Community Fair. They were joined by SRFOL board members Liz Erickson, Delane Pickel, and Diane Rider.

All of them enthusiastically helped get the word out about library happenings. Those who stopped by participated in a teen-led craft activity, and two lucky raffle winners scored large baskets of books.

Children and Teen Programs

It’s not too late to sign up for the popular Summer Reading Program. Kids and teens can win cool prizes just for reading!

Don’t miss these fun programs on special Thursday afternoons at 3 pm:

  • July 7—Gaston Morineau Puppet Show, Literature Comes to Life: kids are invited to don costumes to help tell stories
  • July 21—Twinkle Time Pop Show

These programs are free to the public, thanks to the sponsorship of the SRFOL.

The Do Your Homework @ the Library program continues in the summer, Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 pm.

Teens, do you want to master the skills needed for the new SAT? Students entering grades 9–12 are invited to a free SAT Prep Camp from Monday, July 25, through Thursday, July 28, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm. Take practice tests and gain valuable testing strategies. Call 538-8158 to sign up.

Free Film Screening

Our free film series “Picture This!” features director Billy Wilder’s 1951 seminal classic Ace in the Hole on Wednesday, July 20, at 7 pm. The only collaboration between actor Kirk Douglas and Wilder, this film is a bitterly satiric comedy-drama that turns a jaundiced eye toward both the news media and its consumers. There will be a post-screening discussion.

Free Adult Programs

On Saturday, July 30, from 10 to 11:30 am, attend a free OASIS class, sponsored by the SRFOL, on “Detoxification for a Healthier Body and Mind.” Technology for Older Adults continues on Mondays from 3 to 5 pm, in partnership with Continuing Ed. Check for information about other free programs

Summer Reading for Adults!

There’s still time to sign up for the Adult Summer Reading Program! Get a $1 off coupon for Grace’s Book Nook, our used bookstore, when you sign up. Participants will be eligible to win a raffle prize.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, July 27, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

This past month the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary’s ongoing support of the HVH domestic violence shelter included the purchase of food, kitchen supplies, paper goods, shampoos, and clothing for the small children staying there. Our auxiliary does not hold meetings in the summer, but we still help supply items and visit the shelter weekly to sort through the clothes closet donations.

The HVH staff told us they currently need more pajamas for young boys and girls, new flip flops—all sizes for children and adults—and activity books and art supplies, such as stickers, glue, paper, color crayons, and so forth. If you’d like to donate any of these items, please bring them to the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thank you.

Lynn Parke

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Our unit takes a break over the summer. Our first meeting for the new 2016–2017 auxiliary year is on Monday, Sept. 19, at 7 pm at the Crown Pointe clubhouse.

We have just confirmed our new board slate for the coming year: Dana Walters, chair; Jan McGowan, co-chair; Cathy Denis, treasurer; Susan Parme, secretary; Kathy Steinhause, Yvette Gilman, Karin Whiteley, and Carol Schieman, Ways and Means chairs; Sandy Wetzel Smith, education; Janet Mebane and Doris Berry, membership; Angela Phillips, in-unit social; Marilyn Tobin, in-unit fundraising; and Cheryl Steinholt, publicity.

In June many of our unit members attended the Semi-Annual Meeting at the Kona Kai. We are proud to honor the tremendous leadership and accomplishments of our Scripps Ranch Unit’s Cheryl Steinholt, who just ended her two-year term as president of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary! In the past year the Auxiliary raised $3 million for the hospital! Members enjoyed a dinner, speakers, a photo booth (above), and a slide show at this meeting. For information about membership in our unit, please contact Janet Mebane at [email protected]

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

We now have more than 40 members! It’s a great start as we strive to build a “singles community” in Scripps Ranch.

Our mid-week “I Need A Drink” evenings are popular. Sixteen of us showed up at O’Sullivans recently (at right). It was a great mid-week boost to Scripps Ranch’s newest—and smallest—brewery.

We are planning an “I Need A Drink” at the Lightning Brewery. Owner and Active Scripps Ranch member Jim is opening late for us. We also will have a group at each Symphony in the Park concert in Hoyt Park. We will do more hikes and bike rides, as well as dancing to live music.

If you’re single and enjoy a variety of activities, join our fun group. We do our notifications by email, and we’re setting up a private Facebook page to allow more members to organize events. To join or for details, please email either Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

The mission of a Toastmasters Club is to provide a supportive and positive learning environment in which every member can develop communication and leadership skills, which foster self-confidence and personal growth. Scripps Teasers meets every Thursday from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center. Guests are welcome. For details, call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit

A Stitch or Two

Village Quilters will have informal Sit and Sew gatherings on Saturday, July 9, and Saturday, Aug. 13, from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room. It’s a good chance for prospective members to get to know us.

If you don’t have a project to finish, this is a great time to work on one of the projects for our major fundraiser, the Scripps Ranch Holiday Boutique. Bring your lunch and a snack to share, as well as your sewing supplies. Visit for more about our group.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our third and last Garden Tour is on Tuesday, July 28, at 5:30 pm. Our member Erica Berick will host this meeting at her Scripps Ranch home. We look forward to seeing Erica’s love of gardening up close and personal. Erica’s address is 10540 Vista Lago Place in Scripps Ranch. We hope to see you there. For questions, email me at [email protected]

Louise Badham, President

The Welcome Club

The Welcome Club will have its annual Salad Supper on Tuesday, July 19. This event celebrates summer fun, food, and friends. Always our most well-attended event of the year, the Salad Supper this year is featuring a theme of “Home on the Ranch.” We raffle off a number of gift baskets from members and interest groups.

The supper is at the Swim and Racquet Club at 6 pm. To join us or participate in our many groups, call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693. For more about our club, visit

Adventure Guides

We will throw our annual cookout spectacular at Moonlight Beach on Saturday, July 23. One selfless dad will show up around 5 am to secure a fire ring, barbecue grill, and prime table. The rest of us arrive at 3 pm for an afternoon of body boarding, body surfing, swimming, and sandcastles. After the sun goes down, it will be time for dinner, the bonfire, and s’mores.

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

Women’s Ranch Connection

Experience a unique networking group where you can build business connections and make new friends. We hold breakfast networking meetings on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am, and we have occasional social gatherings as well.

We have launched our new website——where you can find out more about our group. We accept only one member per category, and some are open. Call Heidi at 619-213-6366 to see if yours is available. Hope to connect with you soon!