Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

In early December hospital liaison Jan McGowan took Scripps Ranch members to the hospital to decorate for the holidays. Every year auxiliary members from all over the county get together to bring smiles to patients and families at Rady Children’s with festive decorations!

We would like to extend our thanks to everyone who helped make our “Get On Board Craft Brewery Tour” a big success (pictured above). It was a great way to support Rady Children’s Hospital.

Plan to visit the Fantasy on Ice outdoor skating rink at the Arts District Liberty Station this holiday season. It’s open daily from 10 am to 10 pm. Cost: kids, $12; adults, $14; and military, $10. Proceeds benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.

The Week of Giving #4RadyChildrens is from Monday, Jan. 23, through Tuesday, Jan. 31. There will be lots of activities and ways to advocate and fundraise.

To round out the Week of Giving, don’t miss our 5th Annual Tee Up Fore Rady Children’s Golf Tournament at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. For details, email Deb Oliver at [email protected]

Cheryl Steinholt, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary thanks co-chairs Madeline Pantalone and Cari White for organizing our highly successful annual fundraiser. We also thank these additional donors who contributed items for our silent auction:

  • Julian Tea and Cottage Arts
  • The Fish Market
  • Satnick Chiropractic
  • Sandy Price
  • Flagship Cruises and Events
  • Target, Poway
  • Torrey Pines Corporation
  • Debi Cerone
  • Yvette Gilman
  • SeaWorld San Diego
  • The Grand Tea Room
  • Scripps Ranch Theatre
  • Boryana’s Art Box

Proceeds from the fundraiser will be used throughout 2017 to purchase basic needs for the clients staying at the HVH domestic violence shelter. This month they need strollers—single and double—Pack and Plays, and baby supplies, such as all size diapers, baby wipes, shampoos, baby wash, and unopened formula. To donate, please call Ellen Hawkins at 693-0810 to arrange a time to bring donations to her house at 11528 Wills Creek Road.

Lynn Parke



Gift Opportunities

Looking for the perfect alternative gift? Request a holiday bookplate form at the library’s front desk. Your $25 tax-deductible donation buys a book for the Scripps Ranch Library in an area selected by you. A special bookplate is placed in the book to recognize your gift recipient, who receives a letter letting him or her know about your thoughtfulness.

Do some holiday shopping and support our library. Shop at Barnes and Noble, Mira Mesa, on Saturday, Dec. 10! A portion of each sale benefits the library—just mention us when checking out.

Children and Teen Programs

Full STEAM ahead! Join us on Thursday, Dec. 8, at 3 pm as we celebrate science, technology, and art during Computer Science Education Week! All ages are welcome—preschoolers to teens. Learn how to make an artbot, use hopscotch for coding, explore snap circuits, and program with Spark! Pre-registration is required.

Winter is coming! Warm up with hot cocoa and fun crafts celebrating the holidays! Join us for fun for all ages on Thursday, Dec. 15, from 3 to 5 pm.

Book Discussion Group

The traditional potluck dinner meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at 6 pm at which books for 2017 will be selected. Come suggest a couple of your favorite titles and bring a dish to share. The book for January chosen at last year’s event is Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington.

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” music series features harpist Laura Vaughan (above) performing a holiday concert combining classical music with Christmas favorites and maybe even a sing-along! Join us on Sunday, Dec. 11, at 2:30 pm. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SR Friends of the Library.

Free Film Screening

Our free film series “Picture This!” on Wednesday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 pm features Trumbo. Known as one of Hollywood’s greatest screenwriters, Dalton Trumbo’s life comes to a screeching halt when he is blacklisted. (Rated R).

Other Free Adult Programs

“Great Books You May Have Missed!” is hotter than ever! Not sure what to read next? Join us on Wednesday, Dec. 14, at 6 pm as we host four librarians who will share their recommended reads.

Our library’s offering of regular programs, classes, and activities is stronger than ever! Check www.srfol.org.

Holiday Library Hours!

For the first time our library will be open during the holidays! It will be closed on Monday, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2, but otherwise will be open during regular hours.

Young Love—Remember?!

The Fantasticks tells the endearing story of love! You can catch it through Sunday, Dec. 18, at the Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT). The play is a funny and romantic musical about young neighbors, Matt and Luisa, and their two fathers who try to trick them into falling in love by pretending to feud. The longest running musical in the world, this timeless fable of love is nostalgic and universal at the same time.

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

SR Women’s Club

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club has the dual purpose of raising money for scholarships for local girls and for community schools and programs, while also providing fun activities for members. In December the highlight is our annual Holiday Party and Cookie Exchange on Wednesday, Dec. 7, and it will be catered by Pernicano’s. This event includes the always popular holiday entertainment.

Please visit www.srwomensclub.org to see the many events we enjoy. Then call our membership chairs, Susan Barnett at 735-0310 or Connie Gutierrez at 603-3049, and join us!

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

YMCA Adventure Guides

November brought our annual pilgrimage to the Indian Hills camp in Jamul (below). This year’s trip was one of the most well-attended Adventure Guide trips ever, with nearly 100 dads and kids from the Pomerado Expedition. Everyone enjoyed archery, paintball, and, as always, awesome zip-line thrills. The warm days faded into cold nights, but the hearty meals, campfires, s’mores, and creative skits kept everyone warm and entertained.

The Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha circles hold their annual holiday caroling party in December. Dozens of kids and dads will be belting out Jingle Bells and other classics to their lucky Scripps Ranch neighbors. Back at the host house, we will have food, games, and activities.

Sound like fun? Join us! Adventure Guides is open to dads and their children—K–5th grade. Older kids—6th grade–age 15—move on to the Trailblazers program. For details, visit www.rancho.ymca.org/yprog/cat1200.html or contact expedition leader Eric Deitz at [email protected]

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters



Scripps Teasers Toastmasters would like to thank the members of the community who attended our recent Open House. A great group of people joined us and took part in the social and supportive atmosphere of a Toastmasters Club—and enjoyed some drinks and food!

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters meets every Thursday from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For more information, please call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org.

Welcome Club

December is an exciting time at the Welcome Club. We have many fun holiday activities such as: our annual Christmas dinner dance at StoneRidge Country Club; the festive Coffee Klatch; and our holiday gift exchange at the general meeting. To join us, please call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693. To learn more about our activities, visit www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

Active SR Singles

We are now more than 70 members and growing! This past month we had several fun activities, including a couple of hikes (pictured below). Our lively mid-week I Need A Drink nights have proven popular, the latest being on election night—we called that one I REALLY Need A Drink.

Many of our members have become friends, showing another powerful aspect of membership. We’d like to get more single men involved to better balance the group—gentlemen?

We also completed a survey to help us prioritize what events to hold. As of press time, we were planning our first house party in December and live music events.

If you’re single, join our friendly group. To find out more, email either Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Women’s Ranch Connection

Happy holidays! If you are interested in networking with other business professionals from Scripps Ranch, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, and other nearby neighborhoods, drop in on one of our meetings to see what our group is like! We provide an affordable, casual, and friendly networking experience unlike any other.

We hold breakfast meetings on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am. We do not meet in December, but would love to connect with you in January. We accept only one member per category, so please check www.womensranchconnection.com to see if your profession is open. Also, call Heidi at 619-213-6366 for information.