Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Congratulations to Anne Kerr, who earned her Competent Communicator designation by completing 10 speeches. When asked about her achievement, Anne said she has gained three things from participating in Toastmasters: the confidence to speak at other venues; an appreciation for the value of preparation, organization, and practice; and, improved skill at impromptu speaking.

How can Toastmasters help you today? Scripps Teasers is committed to helping our members become better public speakers and leaders at work and in our community. Come visit us on Thursdays at 7 am at the SRCA Community Center. To learn more, contact Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222 or check us out at [].

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House Auxiliary extends a sincere thank you to all of the people who contributed to the Hidden Valley House shelter throughout this past year. Living in an environment of physical or mental abuse is very traumatic for children and spouses, as we heard firsthand from the speaker at our recent High Tea fundraiser. It takes a great deal of courage to escape from that life, as well as a safe place to go. Hidden Valley House, operated by the Center for Community Solutions, offers temporary refuge for these families, along with food, clothing, and counseling.

Since the first of the year, the shelter has housed 132 women, three men, and 111 children–newborns to teens–for a total of 6,006 bed nights. Our donations and the many volunteer hours put in by our members again helped bridge the shelter’s budget gaps caused by reduced funding and limited grant money.

Our members continued to sort through donated clothing and organize the clothes closet at the shelter. We provided food, pillows, blankets, mattress covers, towels, socks, underwear, baby layettes and strollers, toiletries, and other miscellaneous items. Each year our auxiliary has prepared holiday gift bags of personal items for the adults, and we’ll do so again this month.

Current needs at the shelter are new hair brushes, body wash for children and adults, and baby shampoo. They can always use diapers, dry cereals, and canned goods–such as soups, vegetables, and spaghetti sauce. Donations can be dropped off at the Scripps Ranch Library or at the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Your donations and support are greatly appreciated.

Lynn Parke

Holiday Festivities for the Women’s Club

Two special events highlight the holiday season for Scripps Ranch Women’s Club members. Our Christmas party on Thursday, Dec. 13, is a favorite tradition and will feature Royce’s Voices, an a cappella ensemble of eight men who present a joyful performance of much loved songs. Held at the home of Kerry Butler, the evening begins with dinner for members and guests. In the best sense of our motto, “Women United in Community Spirit,” members will donate clothing, toiletries, and toys for residents of Hidden Valley House, a shelter for abused women, men, and their children.

On Saturday, Dec. 29, we’ll visit the historic Mission Inn in Riverside for its 20th Annual Festival of Lights, where more than three million brilliant lights create a magical fairyland. After lunch in the elegant dining room, members will embark on a guided tour and then enjoy the live entertainment that enhances the light-filled atmosphere.

We’d like you to join us! We always welcome new members. If you would like more information about our organization, please call our membership chair, Susie Hill, at 847-9411 or visit our website at []. We’re a fun-loving, active group of women, and we guarantee you’ll make new friends while participating in community and social events.

Anne McClure, Publicity

Music Program

On Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2:30 pm “The Pleasure of Your Company” welcomes back the Scripps Ranch A Cappella Singers, in period costume, performing a holiday program of sacred and secular favorites. There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), although donations are appreciated. Enjoy a little holiday cheer at a complimentary post-concert reception.

The Scripps Ranch A Cappella Singers also will perform on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 6 to 6:45 pm with Carols in the Courtyard. Enjoy your favorite holiday music, hot cider, and cookies in a free program sponsored by the SRFOL.

Richard Lederer Book Signing

In case you missed hearing Richard Lederer at our library last month, there’s another opportunity to meet him at a book signing at 3:30 pm after the concert on Sunday, Dec. 2. Any of his newly published titles on language, holiday humor, American history, or new books just for kids would make great gifts. Get a head start on your holiday shopping while benefiting our library!

Book Discussion Group

The traditional potluck dinner is on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6 pm, where books for 2013 will be selected. Come suggest a couple of your favorite titles and bring a dish to share. Please check [] for guidelines and complete information. Looking ahead, the book for January, chosen at last year’s event, is Freedom by Jonathan Franzen.

Special Book Sale!

Shop for great deals at a special pre-holiday book sale on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 9:30 am to 2 pm. Select from rare, antiquarian, and collectible books–great gift ideas!–plus recent bestsellers, children’s books for tots to teens, fiction, and nonfiction–all at bargain prices.

Movie Night

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Dec. 19, at 6 pm with the miniseries, Out of the Shadows: The Mystery Thriller. It features a 1948 film we’re not permitted to name–check at the library for more information. The movie stars Farley Granger, John Dall, and James Stewart and is directed by the supreme master of suspense. Noted film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the film and moderate the post-screening discussion.

Children’s Programs

There are two free children’s programs sponsored by the SRFOL this month. On Thursday, Dec. 13, at 3 pm children ages 3-11 have a chance to decorate their own gingerbread house! Advance sign up is required and begins on Saturday, Dec. 8.

Celebrate Las Posadas, Christmas European-style, Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 3 pm with dance by the Gypsy Folk Ensemble.

Grace’s Book Nook

Grace’s Book Nook is all decked out for the holidays with an updated inventory of nearly new books at bargain prices plus a great selection of greeting and note cards. In addition, copies of Richard Lederer’s newly published books, American Trivia and Hilarious Holiday Humor, are on sale. These books make great gifts, and Richard is generously donating all profits from book sales to our library. Your tax-deductible donations of books and media are always welcome. We’ll find them new homes.

Holiday Bookplates

Looking for the perfect alternative gift? Request a holiday bookplate form at the library’s front desk. Your tax-deductible donation buys a book for our library in an area selected by you. A special bookplate is placed in the book to recognize your gift recipient who will receive a letter letting him or her know about your thoughtfulness. What wonderful gifts for readers of all ages!

Essay Contest

The deadline for the essay contest, open to 4th, 8th, and 10th grade students, is Friday, Dec. 21, at 3 pm. Complete information about the contest may be obtained from your teacher or at the library. Citywide finalists receive cash prizes and laptop computers.


Check our website at [] for programs and information about the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library.

Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Guten Tag from the Scripps Ranch Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital! We held a fabulous Oktoberfest fundraiser in late October. The evening was filled with beer and wine tastings, dinner by Phil’s BBQ, sausage and cheese tastes, and we even learned to Polka! Our proceeds go toward the Diamond Anniversary Fund, which supports Child Life Services at Rady Children’s Hospital. Dankeschon an alle–thank you to–our unit members and community supporters.

  • SAIC
  • Ballast Point Brewery
  • Lightning Brewery
  • Pizza Port Brewery
  • Hess Brewery
  • Mission Brewery
  • Yanni’s
  • Great News! Cooking Class
  • Scripps Ranch Theatre
  • Fish Market
  • Birch Aquarium
  • Sammy’s Wood Fired Pizza
  • Fitness Quest 10
  • Muir Photography
  • Mammini Company
  • Carol Gardyne Boutique
  • Miramar Sign Works
  • Filippe’s Pizza
  • Hornblower
  • San Diego Air and Space Museum
  • SeaWorld
  • Piatti
  • Roppongi
  • California Center for the Arts
  • Cygnet Theatre
  • San Diego Rep Theatre
  • La Bastide
  • Bead Gallery

A huge thank you to the Old Pros for getting up and out early for Kid’s NewsDay. This group of fabulous men can always be counted on to stand on our Scripps Ranch street corners and sell the once-a-year special edition of the U-T San Diego newspaper for $1–with all proceeds benefiting the children at Rady’s. Thanks as well to everyone who dug deep for that $1…and to those who gave more!

“No Soup for You”! In November we held an in-unit social where we had a soup cook-off contest. We will be happy to share the winning recipe with anyone who would like it! Best wishes to all for a wonderful holiday season. Aufrichtig,

Karin Whiteley

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch is a social and philanthropic organization. Our club has a wealth of activities. In December we’ll have a holiday dinner/dance, a holiday coffee, and a gift exchange. Start the New Year off right by socializing with your friendly neighbors. Joining our club makes it easy.

In the new year we’ll have excursions around San Diego in the “Gadabouts,” we’ll go to the Scripps Ranch Theatre, walk the trails, bike around Miramar Lake, have monthly coffees at members’ homes, and listen to informative speakers at our meetings. For more about the club and membership, please call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217. Hope to see you around the neighborhood!

Janelle Boustany, Secretary

Village Quilters

Village Quilters holds its monthly meeting at the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 10 am. A holiday potluck will follow the meeting.

The January meeting is on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 am until noon. Mary Tabar will give a presentation on color theory. For more details, please visit [].

Scripps Select Singles

Neighbors over 50 years old, let’s get together for an informal Happy Hour, maybe once a week, from 4:30 to 6 pm at Pernicano’s “pet-friendly” patio. It’s located at 9988 Scripps Ranch Boulevard, near the “old” Vons.

This will be a great opportunity to mingle with our fellow unattached “over 50” crowd. There are Happy Hour prices of $4 for wine and appetizers. Let’s try Tuesday, Dec. 4, for our first meeting. Hope to see you there!

Scripps Tips Small Business Networking Group

Many people have their office holiday parties at this time of year. And even though we are all self-employed, we have our own version of the “office party,” too! Throughout the year our Scripps Tips group meets weekly for interesting and fun breakfasts from 7 to 8:15 am. Then each year, during the holidays, we have a wonderful dinner party for members and significant others.

So while we are all in business for ourselves, we are not “going it alone.” We have chosen Scripps Tips as a synergistic forum for weekly cross-pollination. We share ideas on such subjects as marketing and client retention. And we care about, and support, each other both personally and with business referrals.

If you would like to learn more about Scripps Tips, please visit our website at [] and then contact our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson, at 922-3720. Thanks for your interest and we look forward to meeting you!

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group’s mission is to connect with other professional women in Scripps Ranch and aid them in expanding their business opportunities while having fun socializing and building friendships. Our group, the only one in Scripps Ranch for women professionals, will facilitate business and personal relationships through monthly meetings held at a private home in Scripps Ranch.

Our next meeting is on Friday, Jan. 25, from 8 to 9:30 am. Our “Presenter of the Month” will be Colette Pascual. We hope you join us! If you would like more information about our group, please call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit us on the web at [].