In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the San Diego Zoo, on Saturday, Nov. 5, at 2:30 pm The San Diego Union-Tribune language columnist Richard Lederer presents a history of the zoo with a caravan of animals that run and swim and fly and crawl through our beastly English language. This free and entertaining program should appeal to adults and kids 9 and up.

Richard also will sign books—any of which make great gifts. All profits go to the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) to benefit our library.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. Mark your calendar for the traditional potluck on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at which books for 2017 will be selected. Come present your favorite titles.

Free Film Screening

Our free film series “Picture This!” features the 2016 Oscar contender the Coen brothers’ Hail Caesar! on Wednesday, Nov. 16, at 6:30 pm—note the new time. A Hollywood fixer in the 1950s works to keep a major studio’s stars in line (PG-13).

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents Quartet Nouveau on Sunday, Nov. 20, at 2:30 pm. Known for energizing and deeply emotional performances, this exciting ensemble will perform works for string quartet by Haydn and Shostakovich. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated.

Special Book Sale!

Don’t miss the Special Big Book Sale at the library on Saturday, Nov. 19, from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Select from thousands of books for all ages at amazing prices beginning at 25 cents or less. We also have a nice selection of rare, out-of-print and antiquarian books, first editions, and collectors’ editions at a fraction of internet prices. These make wonderful gifts! Shop early for the best selection.

Student Essay Contest

The 20th Annual Writing for Literacy Student Essay Contest is open to 4th, 8th, and 10th graders. It is sponsored by Friends of the SD Public Library, the SD Public Library, KPBS One Book, One San Diego, and Computers 2 SD Kids. Prizes include cash and laptops! The deadline is Friday, Dec. 16, at 3 pm. For details, go to www.sandiego.gov/public-library/kidsandteens/studentessaycontest.

Free Adult Programs

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, at 6 pm join us for a lecture from the Midway Museum called “Operation Frequent Wind.” Learn about the routing of the South Vietnamese army during the final days of the Vietnam War. It’s a story of fear, hope, and sanctuary for South Vietnamese people fortunate enough to escape Saigon.

There’s still time to join our Cooking Class on Thursdays from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm. This semester focuses on menu planning. See the instructor in class for details.

Check www.srfol.org for all programs.

Children and Teen Programs

Please join us for a special screening of Diary of a Wimpy Kid (rated PG) on Tuesday, Nov. 1, at 4 pm. This is in celebration of the release of Double Down, the 11th book in this popular series by Jeff Kinney. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Do you know any teens interested in gaining leadership skills and volunteering at our library? Let them know about our Teen Council! Open to ages 12 to 18, teens brainstorm and take part in events while making friends. The council meets on the first Friday of the month at 3 pm. Email [email protected] for details.

Join us for stories, songs, games, crafts, and fun all while learning Chinese at our Kids Meet Mandarin program every Friday at 3:45 pm. Designed for ages 4–10, but everyone is welcome. No prior Chinese language experience is required.

Scripps Ranch Theatre Produces The Fantasticks!

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is excited to produce the audience favorite musical The Fantasticks. The musical runs Saturday, Nov. 12, through Friday, Dec. 18.

The Fantasticks is a funny, romantic musical about young neighbors and their two fathers who try to trick them into falling in love by pretending to feud. Audiences will connect to memorable songs such as Try to Remember, Soon It’s Gonna Rain, and Plant a Radish. The longest running musical in the world, this timeless fable of love is nostalgic and universal.

To purchase tickets, call the box office at 578-7728, and visit www.Scrippsranchtheatre.org for more information.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary thanks all who helped with, and attended, our annual fundraiser. Monies raised will purchase basic needs for clients staying at the HVH domestic violence shelter. We also thank these businesses for their generous donations to the fundraiser.

  • Yanni’s Bar and Grill
  • Muir Images Photography
  • Little Italy Martini Bar and Grill
  • Anytime Fitness, Amanda Golden, general manager
  • Anytime Fitness, Erik Tholander
  • Christian Youth Theater
  • Cygnet Theatre Company
  • Poway On Stage
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • San Diego Repertory Theatre
  • Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nations
  • The Fish Market
  • The French Gourmet
  • The San Diego Museum of Art
  • U.S.S. Midway Museum
  • Village Quilters
  • Walmart, Poway

This month HVH needs “Pack and Plays” and baby supplies—diapers, baby wipes, shampoos, baby wash, and unopened formula. To donate, please call Ellen Hawkins at 693-0810. Thank you!

Lynn Parke

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Thank you to everyone who joined our “Get on Board” Brewery tour benefiting Rady Children’s Hospital! Green Flash and AleSmith provided their best craft beer. We dined on beef sliders from Gywnn’s Gourmet Food Truck and wood fired pizza from Caliano’s. Special thanks goes to our event chairs—Kathy Steinhause, Yvette Gilman, Carol Schieman, and Karin Whitely—for their hard work.

Fantasy on Ice at Liberty Station opens on Thursday, Nov. 17! It is open daily through Friday, Jan. 8, and is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Proceeds benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at the hospital.

We welcome three new members: Lyn Cobb, Nina Musser, and Lori Erlenbach. If you are interested in joining, email Doris Berry at [email protected]

Cheryl Steinholt, Publicity Chair

League of Women Voters

Our chapter meeting is on Thursday, Nov. 17, at 10 am. The topic will focus on trafficking of women and children. We are honored to have Anne Hoiberg as our guest speaker. Among her many accomplishments, she was the director of the United Nations Association Women’s Equity Council for 20 years. For the location, please email [email protected]

SR Women’s Club

November Activities

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club has the dual purpose of raising money for scholarships for local girls and community schools and programs, while providing fun activities for members. In November there are two activity highlights. The first is lunch at The Palette restaurant at the Art and Culinary Institute of San Diego, where advanced students prepare gourmet lunches for patrons. Next is a pre-theater party for the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s presentation of The Fantasticks.

To join us, please call our membership chairs, Susan Barnett at 735-0310 or Connie Gutierrez at 603-3049. For more information, visit www.srwomensclub.org.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Welcome Club

This month the Welcome Club will host Layla Fiske, author of The Fig Orchard. She will share her fascinating story with us at the November general meeting, held in the evening. If you would like to join us or participate in our many interest groups, please call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693. To learn more about our activities, look us up at www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Most people know that public speaking skills help you advance in your career. A side benefit of our club is the encouragement and camaraderie at each meeting. The Toastmaster’s program provides for advancement through structured leadership and communication tracks. Many members pursue both tracks in parallel. This month we congratulate members who achieved milestones (above, L to R): John Schroeder, Competent Communicator; Rebecca Clark, Advanced Communicator Bronze; Lynn Todd, Competent Communicator; and Doug Coates, Advanced Leadership.

Join us at the SRCA Community Center on Thursdays at 7 am to discover how far you can go! Contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org. We hope to see you soon!

Doug Coates, President

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

The Scripps-Mesa Garden Club’s November meeting is a potluck with the theme of “Everything Pumpkin.” Our members will share their gardening tips from their years of experience. We also will hold officer elections for 2017. This will be our last meeting for 2016.

We resume our meetings in January on the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:45 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. If you have questions, please email me at [email protected] We look forward to seeing all new members, and visitors are welcome!

Louise Badham, President

Scripps Tips

Networking Group

Scripps Tips Networking Group has had a busy autumn. Mark Billings took the group on a field trip of sorts through the trash and recycling area at Mimi’s Café, where we meet every week. Mark always has the latest information about items that are recyclable and how important the disposal industry is in our everyday lives.

Nick Torres gave an informative Q&A about taxes and ways to get caught up if you haven’t filed or have an overdue tax bill. Our banker Adina Gheata spoke about her bank, where she fills many roles.

Finally, our florist, Lynnell Hallock, created a beautiful floral centerpiece before our eyes as she educated us about the best flowers and greenery to use for various types of arrangements. She had bouquets of flowers for those in attendance, too. What a variety of talent and experience Scripps Tips Networking members share with each other! For more information, please visit www.scrippstips.net.

Women’s Ranch Connection

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. Due to Thanksgiving, our next meeting is a week earlier on Friday, Nov. 18.

We accept only one member per category, so check www.womensranchconnection.com or look for us on meetup.com to see if your profession is open. Also, call Heidi at 619-213-6366 for more information. We hope to connect with you!