SR Theatre’s New Production …Plus, Win a Cruise!

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) opens its 2016–2017 season on Friday, Sept. 9, with a production of Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike by Christopher Durang. The play runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through Sunday, Oct. 9. Nominated for six Tony Awards, Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike is one of the most lauded and beloved 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 with her 20-something boy toy, Spike. A weekend of rivalry, regret, and raucousness begins. Join the fun!

SRT also presents a cruise opportunity drawing for two! For just $50 per entry, you could support SRT and win a seven-night Princess Cruise for two! The cruise goes along the California coast, leaving from Los Angeles. Ports include San Francisco, Santa Barbara, Long Beach, and Ensenada. Sail dates are Saturday, Mar. 18, Apr. 1, or Oct. 2017. A seven-night eastern or western Caribbean cruise for two on Princess Cruises departs from Florida. Sail dates are between Feb. and Apr. 2017 or Oct. and Dec. 2017.

One hundred percent of your entry benefits SRT productions and its Outreach and Education Program. The drawing takes place on Sunday, Oct. 23, at “Dionysian Delight: An Island Escape To Benefit SRT,” at 11 am at Yanni’s Bar and Grill. You do not need to be present to win. Entries are tax deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law—excludes winning entry.

To purchase tickets for the production or for cruise opportunity drawing tickets, call the box office at 578-7728. Also visit

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary–Scripps Ranch Unit

Summer is usually quiet for auxiliary members. However, this summer our fundraising event chairs—Kathy Steinhause, Yvette Gilman, Carol Schieman, and Karin Whiteley—have been working behind the scenes on our fundraising event.

We are so excited for our Craft Brew Tour on Sunday, Oct. 23, from 1 to 5 pm. Proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. Coaches will leave from the Park and Ride lot off Scripps Poway Parkway near Yanni’s and return to that location. We hope you join us for great beer, great food, and great fun! Contact Kathy Steinhause at [email protected] for details.

We would like to thank the Scripps Ranch community for supporting Kids’ NewsDay for the past 26 years. Since its inception, Kids’ NewsDay has raised more than $3 million for Rady Children’s by volunteers standing on street corners, schools, and Starbucks locations all over San Diego County selling the special Kids’ NewsDay section of The San Diego Union-Tribune. We are sad to say goodbye to this wonderful event, but thrilled to announce the inaugural Week of Giving for Rady Children’s this January! Stay tuned for details. We hope everyone will be as excited as we are to support the hospital with this new communitywide event.

Our first meeting of the year is on Monday, Sept. 19, at the Crown Pointe clubhouse, with a 6:30 pm social and a 7 pm meeting. Please contact our membership chair, Doris Berry, at 619-606-7066 or [email protected] if you are interested in joining our valuable group.

Cheryl Steinholt, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter houses families who need a temporary safe haven from domestic violence situations. Most of the adult clientele are in the 25–45 age group, and children range from newborn to 17. About 18 years ago several ladies from Scripps Ranch decided to assist the shelter and thus the Hidden Valley House Auxiliary was born. We shop for food and other essentials, sort through donated clothing, network to find sources for mattresses, landscaping, and more, and volunteer as needed.

We plan only one event each year to raise the funds that enable us to continue our support. This year’s fundraiser is on Saturday, Nov. 5, in Poway, but with a new twist…a luncheon rather than a tea. There will be more details to come, and invitations will be mailed soon.

The HVH manager keeps us informed about items they need. This month it’s school supplies for the children—backpacks, notebooks, pencils, pens, crayons, and so forth—diapers, and baby wipes. If you would like to donate any of these items—or any new or gently used, current styles, not stained or torn, clothing— please call Ellen Hawkins at 693-0810 to arrange a time to bring the donations to her house at 11528 Wills Creek Road. As always, thank you for your support.

Lynn Parke




CPR Workshop

On Wednesday, Sept. 7, at 6:30 pm we again will host Project Heartbeat to teach the basics of CPR, emergency response, and automated external defibrillator (AED) use. This class is for general information not certification.

Children and Teen Programs

A new program for babies, Sign-a-Story Circle Time, debuts this month at the library on the first and third Thursdays—Sept. 1 and 15—at 1 pm. It combines American Sign Language with songs, stories, and engaging toys and props.

Kids and families, join us on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 11 am for a special program in observation of Disaster Preparedness Month! Kids will enjoy stories and crafts, and parents can get information on how to create family emergency plans and kits.

September is also “Library Card Sign-Up” month. We’re hosting a fun family celebration on Thursday, Sept. 29, from 3 to 4:30 pm in the Community Room.

We’ll launch the Scripps Ranch Library Kids Passport Program on this day as well. Kids will receive a paper passport, and after 10 visits to the library are stamped on their passport, they receive a prize!

Music Program

The first concert of the new season of the “Pleasure of Your Company” music series features celebrated pianist Dmitry Kirichenko on Sunday, Sept. 18, at 2:30 pm. His program will include works by Beethoven, Chopin, and Rachmaninoff. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), although donations are appreciated. Meet the artist at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Free Film Screening

Our free film series “Picture This!” features a screening of Hal Ashby’s classic, Harold and Maude, on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 pm. The film is ranked number 45 on the American Film Institute’s list of the 100 Funniest Movies of All Time. It also was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress for being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant.” There will be a post-screening discussion.

Free Adult Programs

On Wednesday, Sept. 14, at 6 pm join us for a special screening of the new documentary Troublemakers, an exciting film that explores the birth of land art in the 1960s and 1970s. A group of renegade artists sought to transcend the limitations of painting and sculpture by producing earthworks on a monumental scale.

In partnership with Continuing Ed, Technology for Older Adults relaunches Monday, Sept. 12, at 3:30 pm. Learn new skills about computers, the internet, social media, and more in this weekly class!

Our Fitness Class for 55+ starts a new session on Tuesday, Sept. 6, at 1:30 pm. This weekly class focuses on wellness, strength training, and gentle exercises.

Our next OASIS program, sponsored by the SRFOL, features “Brain Fit Now!” with Judi Bonilla on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 pm. This fun and informative class teaches heart healthy skills that create a brain healthy lifestyle. The class includes computer-based brain fitness, low impact walking, and tips on nutrition, stress management, and fitness. All are welcome!

Check or at the library for information about other free programs.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading the “One Book, One San Diego” selection, Waiting for Snow in Havana by Carlos Eire, winner of the 2007 National Book Award for Nonfiction. Everyone is invited to join us on Wednesday, Sept. 28, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon.

League of Women Voters

Our monthly Scripps Ranch chapter meetings begin on Thursday, Sept. 15, at 10 am. The topic will be how politics play a role in education decision-making, from policies to funding. Our guest speaker, Tamara Hurley, brings years of knowledge on the topic, along with political activism. For location information, please contact us at [email protected]

Active SR Singles

We now have more than 60 “active Scripps Ranch singles,” and we continued with fun activities this past month, including a lively mid-week dinner social at Pazzo’s (pictured below).

This month we will have a games night at a member’s home, another fun Symphony in the Park concert, and a mid-week event at a local restaurant/bar. We’re working on other activities too.

If you’re single and enjoy indoor and outdoor activities, join our fun, friendly—and growing—group. To join or for more details about our events, email Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

We provide a supportive environment that helps members develop communication and leadership skills. Join us! We meet every Thursday from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center. For details, call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit

Fun That Helps Our Community

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) members have fun together while giving back to our community. Our activities include happy hours, pre-theater parties (pictured above), bridge groups, bunco, and events such as a Torrey Pines hike, train trip and lunch at San Juan Capistrano, and a Kentucky Derby party.

The SRWC gives back to the community through annual scholarships to local girls heading to college and donations to local schools and other civic organizations. To learn more about the SRWC, please call Susan Barnett at 735-0310 or visit

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Scripps Tips

Networking Group

A longtime member recently left the group for a well-deserved retirement in Arizona. We wish the best to Barb Gray, who wrote our Newsletter articles, and her husband, Larry! Barb nominated Mary Lawler to replace her. Mary is a good fit with this tight-knit group of professionals. Welcome, Mary!

We look forward to continuing our Friday breakfast meetings and referring business to like-minded business professionals. For more information, contact Cheryl Berkson at [email protected] and visit