Children’s and Teens’ Programs

August brings the last of our special summer performances, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). Join us on Thursday, Aug. 4, for USA Jump Rope All-Stars and on Thursday, Aug. 11, for the always popular musical group Hullabaloo, both at 3 pm.

Do Your Homework @ the Library continues Monday through Thursday from 3 to 6 pm, from Monday, Aug. 8, through Thursday, Aug. 25. Students can receive free help with their homework at our library. No pre-registration is required.

Summer Reading

There’s still time to sign up for the Summer Reading Program, but it ends soon! All online reading logs must be completed by Monday, Aug. 15, and all prizes must be picked up by Monday, Aug. 22.

Free Film Screening

Our free film series “Picture This!” will feature a screening of the beautifully hypnotic 1973 film Badlands on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 7 pm. It stars Martin Sheen and Sissy Spacek and was directed by Hollywood legend and maverick Terrence Malick. There will be a post-screening discussion with complimentary popcorn.

Grace’s Book Nook

Make Grace’s Book Nook your first stop for summer reading—for pleasure or to get a head-start on required reading for school. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books always are welcome. Every purchase and donation helps our library procure new books and media, provide exciting programs, and more.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Light between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month will be the One Book, One San Diego selection, with the title to be announced.


For library events please allow extra time to park on Meanley Drive and walk up the paved and lighted walkway to the library. Check, and “Like” the library’s Facebook page for the latest information on special programming.

SR Theatre Announces 2016–2017 Season

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) opens its 2016–2017 season on Friday, Sept. 9. Here’s a look at the exciting productions.

Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike

Friday, Sept. 9–Sunday, Oct. 9

By Christopher Durang

Nominated for six Tony Awards, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is one of the most lauded Broadway plays of recent years. Vanya and his adopted sister, Sonia, live a quiet life in the Pennsylvania farmhouse where they grew up. Their peace is disturbed when their movie star sister, Masha, returns unannounced with her 20-something boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins.

The Fantasticks

Friday, Nov. 11–Sunday, Dec. 18

The 1960 musical, with music by Harvey Schmidt and lyrics by Tom Jones, tells an allegorical story loosely based on the play The Romancers (Les Romanesques) by Edmond Rostand. It’s about two neighboring fathers who trick their children into falling in love by pretending to feud.

Good People

Friday, Jan. 27–Feb. 26, 2017

By David Lindsay-Abaire

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Margie thinks an old fling who made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a new start. With his humor, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties, and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.

Flemming, an American thriller

Friday, Mar. 31–Sunday, Apr. 30

By Sam Bobrick

Bored by his privileged but mundane life, Henry Flemming sells his brokerage firm to become a detective. On his first case, and to the horror of his wife and two crazy neighbors, Henry’s living room starts to fill up with dead bodies. A spoof of the film noir thrillers from the 1940s and ’50s.

Loves and Hours

Friday, June 2–Sunday, July 2

By Stephen Metcalfe

Love. Age. Perspective. The wisdom learned of experience. Loves and Hours is the story of Dan Tilney, newly divorced, empty nester, and a man at a loss as to what to do with the rest of his life.

SRT is located at Alliant International University. For more information and to get your season tickets, call 578-7728 or visit

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary has been making a difference in the health and well-being of children since 1953—one year before the hospital opened! The Scripps Ranch Unit started in 1972.

Today we support Rady Children’s through fundraising, advocacy, and education. Many members have had a personal experience with Rady Children’s and want to give back. Others are inspired by the hospital’s impact on our community.

Members (pictured below) include parents, grandparents, business people and homemakers, the young and the young at heart. Together we work as educators, helping reduce preventable injuries and accidents. We are advocates, promoting child health and safety through legislative and community education. And we are fundraisers, coordinating exciting events with all proceeds benefiting the hospital.

We invite you to join us on Wednesday, Aug. 24, at 7 pm to learn more about how you can make a difference! Please contact membership chair, Doris Berry, at 619-606-7066 or [email protected]

Cheryl Steinholt, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary does not hold meetings in the summer. However, its support of the Hidden Valley House shelter continues, as does planning our annual November fundraiser.

An inventory of the shelter’s closet—that contains donated clothing for families at the shelter—shows they are low on summer outfits and pajamas for girls and boys, all sizes. To donate any of these items, please drop them off at the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thank you for your support.

Lynn Parke

YMCA Adventure Guides

In August the Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles head for a weekend on Imperial Beach at the YMCA’s Camp Surf facility. In addition to surfing lessons, we will boogie board, build amazing sand castles, and play beach games. Saturday night will feature the “bridging over” ceremony for older kids moving to the Trailblazers program. Overnight camping on the beach is a truly unique experience!

During our a monthly meeting we visited the Barona Cultural Center and Museum and learned about Native American culture. While the museum displays were impressive, the crowd favorite was the “rabbit stick” demonstration that let the kids throw special sticks at targets in a pretend hunt. Sound like fun? Join us!

Adventure Guides is for dads and their children—K–5th grade. Older kids join Trailblazers. For details, visit or contact Scripps Ranch residents Eric Deitz at [email protected] or Mark Rackers at [email protected]

Active SR Singles

We now have a well-established “singles community” of almost 50 people in Scripps Ranch. What’s great is that many of us have become friends and do activities both within and outside the group. This past month we had outings to restaurants, breweries, and a park concert.

If you’re single and enjoy a wide range of activities, come join our fun and friendly group. Please note that we do all our notifications by email. We’re setting up a private Facebook page to highlight some of our events and do invitations that way, too. To join or for more details about our events, please email Steve or Barb at [email protected]

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters Scripps Ranch monthly chapter meetings begin in September on the third Thursday, Sept. 15. The topic of discussion will be education, education policy, and the politics of the local school boards. For more information, please contact us at [email protected] 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.

A Stitch or Two

Village Quilters has a Sit and Sew on 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 of your own, this is a great time to work on a kit for our fundraiser, the Scripps Ranch Holiday Boutique. Regular programs resume Saturday, Sept. 10, with a lecture titled, “Oops! I Made a Beautiful Quilt.” For information, visit

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our summer Garden Tours are now over. We thank our hosts Char Fitzgerald, Jackie Flesch, and Erica Berick for generously sharing their gardens with us. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 5:45 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. We hope to see you there. For questions, please email me at [email protected]

Louise Badham, President

Women’s Ranch Connection

Have you always wanted to try business networking but felt intimidated walking into a room full of strangers? The Women’s Ranch Connection provides a casual, friendly networking experience that aims to grow each member’s business through learning and connecting with others.

We hold breakfast meetings on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am, and we have occasional social gatherings. We accept only one member per category, so check to see if yours is open. Call Heidi at 619-213-6366 for more information. We hope to connect with you!