Scripps Ranch Theatre’s New Production

Good People

Friday, Jan. 27–Sunday, Feb. 26

Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. With a keen eye and ear for East Coast humor, playwright David Lyndsay-Abaire’s honest examination of love, friendship, and human failings explores the struggles, shifting loyalties, and unshakeable hopes that come from having next to nothing in America.

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT)—located on the campus of Alliant International University—opens its production of Good People at the end of the month. The production runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm from Friday, Jan. 27, through Sunday, Feb. 26.

Production director Eric Poppick is familiar to Scripps Ranch residents from his recent portrayal of Bellomy in SRT’s acclaimed production of The Fantasticks. He leads a talented cast of San Diego performers including Heidi Bridges, Ted Leib, Kathi Copeland, Susan Clausen, Alexandra Slade, and Kenny Bordieri.

To purchase tickets for Good People, call the box office at 578-7728. Individual tickets are $31, with discounts available for seniors, military, and students. For more about the SRT, please visit

YMCA Adventure Guides

We decided to shake things up for our January event. Instead of the usual Pinewood Derby race and car competition, the Pomerado Expedition holds its first Cardboard Boat Regatta in January. Teams of kids and dads will be given cardboard, duct tape, and other materials, then they have a couple of hours to design and build a boat seaworthy enough to carry a kid the length of the YMCA pool. Teams will battle against each other and water-logged boats as they try to be the first to finish the race before sinking! It should be a fun, funny, and wet event!

Camping at the YMCA’s Camp Whittle in Big Bear is on tap for the first weekend in February. This camp is a winter wonderland. We can’t guarantee snow, but we have yet to be disappointed at this time of year. The sledding hills are amazing and include several options to ensure a great time for every age and skill level.

Sound 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 more details, visit or contact expedition leader Eric Deitz at [email protected]

Music Program

On Sunday, Jan. 15, at 2:30 pm the “Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes the Brahms Trio comprised of: Edmund Stein, violin; Doug Hall, French horn; and Mary Barranger, piano. They are all San Diego Symphony members and will perform Brahms’ beloved Horn Trio, Opus 40, plus works by Bach and Dohnanyi. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), although donations are appreciated. Meet the artists at a complimentary reception.

Free Film Screening

Our free film series “Picture This!” continues our Oscar mini-series on Wednesday, Jan. 18, at 6:30 pm with a screening of Florence Foster Jenkins (2016), starring Meryl Streep and Hugh Grant. It’s the story of a New York heiress who dreamed of becoming an opera singer despite having a terrible singing voice.

Free Adult Programs

Join us for a special presentation by San Diego 350, “The Climate Crisis and How We Can Solve It Together” on Saturday, Jan. 21, at 10 am. Climate change is real and presents huge challenges for humanity. This presentation highlights the urgency of climate action and informs residents about climate change—causes, local and global impacts, why we haven’t acted, and personal and collective solutions empowering San Diegans to take action.

A number of classes from San Diego Community College’s Continuing Education program are held at our library to promote lifelong learning for adults. Please consider enrolling! Check or at the library for the calendar with the complete selection of programs, activities, and classes.

Children and Teen Programs

A new storytime is coming to the library! Join us for Pajama Storytime every Tuesday at 6 pm. Wear your pajamas, bring your teddy bears, and enjoy great stories and fun songs to wind down your family’s day. All ages are welcome!

LEGO Club is every second and fourth Monday at 3:30 pm. Come build with us as we tackle a new LEGO challenge at each meeting. No registration required.

Teens, are you looking to get involved in the community? Join our Teen Council (above) and gain leadership skills and community service hours, while helping your library and having fun! This group is for kids ages 12–18 and meets the first Friday of every month at 3 pm.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Up from Slavery by Booker T. Washington. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 25, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. Consider stopping by and making some new friends in the community!

Grace’s Book Nook

Make a New Year’s resolution to visit Grace’s Book Nook, the library’s used bookstore, to check out bargains in books of all categories! Our inventory is updated several times per week. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media—CDs, DVDs, video games—help raise funds for our library.

League of Women Voters

This month’s Scripps Ranch chapter meeting takes place on Thursday, Jan. 19, at 10 am. Our City Council member Mark Kersey will attend. This is a great opportunity to meet with him in a small setting and hear about his initiatives for the city. Everyone is welcome. For location information, please contact Emily Dresslar at [email protected]

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Happy New Year from the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary to the groups, businesses, and individuals who gave generously this past year. The staff and clients at the emergency domestic violence shelter greatly appreciate your contributions of time, service, money, gift cards, food, and basic needs items. The community’s response to our “items of the month” requests helped moms, newborns, children, and even dads who were seeking temporary respite from their abusive situations.

Special thanks goes to the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club who again collected toys and presents for the children and moms staying at the HVH. Also thanks to Ellen Hawkins who serves as the collection point for Scripps Ranch donations throughout the year. Especially needed at this time are women’s socks, and they can always use diapers—size 4 to 6—and wipes. Please call Ellen at 693-0810 to arrange a time to bring donations to her house at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thank you.

Lynn Parke

SR Women’s Club

It’s a new year and the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club invites you to try something new…like our club! It’s an opportunity to have fun and help your community.

If you want to learn more about the Women’s Club or how potential members meet others in a comfortable environment, come to our “COFFEE—Come Over For Friendship, Eats, and Enjoyment.” It’s on Wednesday, Jan. 25, from 10 to 11:30 am at Donna Apprill’s home. Please RSVP to Donna at [email protected]

Also in January we will hold our second Annual Walk and Bike Miramar Lake to raise money for scholarships for local girls heading to college. To join us, call Susan Barnett at 735-0310 or Connie Gutierrez at 603-3049. More information is also at

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

The Welcome Club

Happy New Year! Looking for a fresh start in the new year? The Welcome Club has many opportunities to make new friends and attend fun activities. To learn more about the Welcome Club, come to our Coffee Klatch held once a month in a comfortable setting at a member’s home.

If you would like to join us at any of our events 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, visit

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

This past month marked our one-year anniversary, and we’re now almost 80 members strong! Looking back, this time last year four of us sat in a bar figuring out what—and even whether—to kick off this group. Since then, we’ve held more than 23 “official” events. We’ve hiked, played games, drank and dined at local establishments, danced, and held our first in-home event. We’ve come a long way establishing a presence for single people, whether in or out of relationships, in our first year.

We received a good response to our survey and that is helping us plan events for 2017. Due to the crowded season and a few of us traveling, we postponed our first anniversary house party until January.

If you’re single and enjoy a wide range of activities, come join our fun, friendly, and growing group. Please note that we do all our event notifications by email. We have a private Facebook page that highlights some of our events and allows any of our members to reach out anonymously and plan or lead events, too. To join or find out more details about our upcoming events, email either Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Village Quilters Hosts Quilt Artist

We invite you to join Village Quilters on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 10 am at the Scripps Ranch Library. We will host Patty Knoechel, a former art teacher and now a renowned quilt teacher.

Her lecture is titled “Creating with Color.” Patty is sure to inspire all of us with her beautiful quilts. If you have any questions, please email [email protected] We hope to see you there.

Women’s Ranch Connection

Start the new year with new connections! We are businesswomen from Scripps Ranch, Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Rancho Peñasquitos, and other nearby neighborhoods who aim to build business and personal connections in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Join us for breakfast on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am. At our meeting on Friday, Jan. 27, Jen Tipton and Sheila Coulbourn discuss the importance of making your wellness a priority on your list of resolutions.

Still not sure about joining? Check out one of our meetings before you decide! We accept only one member per category, so go to or look for us on to see if yours is still open. Also, call Heidi at 619-213-6366 for more information. Hope to see you there!