Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Have you thought about how you can help victims of domestic violence? The Center for Community Solutions operates the Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter in North County, and the Scripps Ranch HVH Auxiliary was formed almost 20 years ago to help the shelter.

In 2016 our auxiliary helped provide basic needs items and food for almost 300 people who quickly left their abusive environments without any extra clothes, toiletries, or other belongings. We also organized the shelter’s closet where they can find outfits to wear.

We invite you to attend one of our HVH Auxiliary monthly meetings if you would like to help. For more details, contact Lauretta Johnson at [email protected]

Each month we publicize the items needed most. This month they are very low on supplies of baby wipes, umbrellas, and rain ponchos. To donate an item, please call Ellen Hawkins at 693-0810 to arrange a time to bring donations to her house at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Thanks for your ongoing concern and support!

Lynn Parke

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Scripps Ranch Unit

The auxiliary’s mission is: “To work in partnership with Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and to support its mission through advocating for the health and well-being of children, increasing community awareness of Rady Children’s, and fundraising.” It was demonstrated at the end of January during the inaugural Week of Giving #4radychildrens.

Events were held all over the county to celebrate and support the hospital’s patients and families. One day, volunteers were at schools, coffee shops, and corners encouraging you to “fill the bucket.”

Scripps Ranch unit member Michele Fisher was on the committee that met for more than a year to give a new look, feel, and purpose to the former Kids’ NewsDay fundraising event. The week started with a Toy Drive at a San Diego Gulls game and ended with Tee Up Fore Rady Children’s at the Fairbanks Ranch Country Club. Also, many restaurants and businesses participated to help our hospital!

Details will be announced soon about our wine tasting event this spring. We thank the community for supporting Rady Children’s. For more information, visit our Facebook page at facebook.com/rcha.scrippsranch or www.radyauxiliary.org. For membership questions, please email Doris Berry at [email protected]

Cheryl Steinholt

Book Nook Supports Troops!

In the past two-and-a-half years Book Nook volunteers and customers have purchased and donated 1,472 books—629 in 2016!—to support “Operation Paperback 4R Warriors,” a program conceived and coordinated by Marcia Gwin. These books are sent to deploying units and placed in “The Great Escape,” a recreational facility at Marine Corps Air Station (MCAS) Miramar. Thanks to all who support our troops while supporting our library!

Fake News and Media: Forum

The impact of the November election is still powerful. With seemingly endless articles and commentary, we may be overwhelmed. Civic engagement begins with understanding. So how do we approach information to be sure we get true facts?

On Wednesday, Feb. 8, at 6 pm join panelists from the Voice of San Diego, Snopes.com, and a guest librarian for a discussion on misinformation in the media and what to do about it. Light refreshments will be served. RSVP at voiceofsandiego.org to assist the planning of this free program sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL).

Music Program

On Sunday, Feb. 19, at 2:30 pm the “Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Choir performing a program from its repertoire of gospel music, spirituals, anthems, and classical works in honor of Black History Month. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL. Donations are appreciated. Meet the musicians at a post-concert reception.

Free OASIS Class

On Saturday Feb. 25, at 10 am join us for an OASIS presentation, “Dark Chocolate, Red Wine, and Healthy Eating,” sponsored by the SRFOL. The latest research on heart-healthy eating will be summarized, including the role of inflammation and the protective components in dark chocolate and red wine.

Practical dietary suggestions to reduce risk and the progression of heart disease will be provided. It will include strategies to reduce inflammation and lowering LDL cholesterol—the “bad” one—and more.

Children and Teen Programs

Join us for a delicious family program—ages 4 and up—on the Science of Chocolate on Thursday, Feb. 9, at 3:30 pm. Learn about the history of chocolate, where it comes from, and how it’s made. There might even be some chocolate making and tasting of our own!

Practice your reading skills by reading to trained therapy dogs every first and third Saturday at 10:30 am. Children can read stories to the friendly dogs from Love on a Leash, a volunteer pet therapy group, in a calm, positive, and fun environment.

Yoga Storytime is on Friday, Feb. 3, at noon. Enjoy creative stories, lively songs, and gentle yoga poses taught by Miss Abby every first Friday of the month.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Wright Brothers by David McCullough. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 22, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is Alice Chang by Robert Gilberg.

Good People at SRT

In the play Good People, now in production at the Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT), playwright David Lindsay-Abaire pays his respects to his old South Boston neighborhood. He presents a tough, tender portrayal of the insurmountable class divide between those who make it out of this blue-collar Irish neighborhood and those left behind. Lindsay-Abaire’s love letter to South Boston captures the humor, struggles, and heart of the people.

Good People runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through Sunday, Feb. 26. There will be an additional Sunday night performance with a reception on Feb. 26 to celebrate San Diego Theatre Week. To learn more, go to www.sandiegotheatreweek.com.

To purchase tickets for Good People contact the SRT box office at 578-7728. Individual tickets are $31 with discounts available for seniors, military, and students. For more information, visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters Speaking Tips

Pace is a double-edged sword when it comes to speech. On one hand, it can greatly enhance your presentation. On the other, it can be one of your biggest enemies. It all depends on how you use it. Pace is the speed at which you speak. Like all aspects of vocal variety, it is best when it is varied.

By speaking swiftly, you can indicate speed, urgency, or danger. By speaking slowly, you can suggest tension, finality, or fear. Slowness of pace also can indicate slowness of action. And it’s a good way to emphasize a word or phrase.

Note, however, that “talking swiftly to cram more words in” is not listed. This is a frequent practice—people speaking at a constantly swift pace.

Why does it matter? Sounds communicate the literal meaning of your words, while expressiveness communicates an implied or secondary meaning. Expressiveness is best achieved when your words have duration. Speaking quickly limits or eliminates the lengthening of individual words, and, thus, limits expressiveness. If you want to connect with your audience on both an intellectual and emotional level, you will find it much more effective if you slow down to a normal pace.

*These tips were provided by Bill Brown in the Dec. 2016 Toastmaster.

Bill Vosti, Scripps Teasers VP PR

League of Women Voters

Our League of Women Voters Scripps Ranch unit meeting is on Thursday, Feb. 16, at 10 am. In celebration of Black History Month, we are honored to present artist Manuelita Brown. She has created many portraits of notable African Americans, including the Sojourner Truth statue at UCSD. This meeting is at 10958 Ironwood Road. For more details, please email us at [email protected]

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

In January we held our Second Annual Walk and Bike Miramar Lake fundraiser (below) to raise scholarships for local girls heading to college. Last year Women’s Club bikers and walkers raised $4,500! We are in the process of totaling this year’s effort and hope to be as successful.

We have many fun activities in February. On Friday, Feb. 3, Women’s Club members, spouses, partners, and guests will go to the Scripps Ranch Theatre to see Good People. The pre-theater party will be at Laura Wright’s home. On Sunday, Feb. 12, the Women’s Club will gather at the Cordiano Winery, known for its pizza and beautiful views of the Pauma Valley.

If these events appeal to you, please contact our membership chairs, Susan Barnett at 735-0310 or Connie Gutierrez at 603-3049. More information about the Women’s Club also can be found on our website at www.srwomensclub.org.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

The Welcome Club

The Welcome Club will hold a special event on Monday, Feb. 13, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. We will celebrate the club’s 36th birthday with a complimentary light supper and birthday cake. Past presidents will share anecdotes and we’ll have a slide show commemorating the club’s activities.

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. For more details about our activities, visit www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

We now have more than 75 members and we’re still growing! We started the year with our first house party—a White Elephant gift exchange and potluck at a member’s home—and we had a great turnout. The wet weather delayed our plans for some fun hikes, but it won’t last forever and we plan to get outdoors soon! We also enjoyed some fun nights out.

If you’re single, join our friendly group. For more details about upcoming events, email either Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

We look forward to a great year in our gardens. With all this glorious rain and a little clean up, we should have a great spring garden reawakening. Our guest for our meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 28, will be master gardener Marcia Van Loy, speaking about “Attracting Hummingbirds and Butterflies to Your Garden.”

We meet the fourth Tuesday of each month at 5:45 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. We look forward to seeing you at our meeting. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Louise Badham, President

Scripps Tips Networking Group

The year 2016 was full and eventful for the Scripps Tips Networking Group! Discussion about the presidential election was a popular topic with our group. Discourse was lively but always civil.

We met only a few times in December due to the holidays, but one of our meetings included our holiday party at the gorgeous Poway home of member Gary Stout. A White Elephant gift exchange, outstanding food, and lively discussion were on the menu. It was delightful to include spouses, significant others, plus one lively grandson in the festivities.

We began January with an open forum, so any and all topics were allowed. We are embracing the new year with lots of energy and business expertise to share!

The Women’s Ranch Connection

Are you keeping your New Year’s resolution to build your business? If you are struggling to reach new clients or new ideas for marketing your business, check out The Women’s Ranch Connection. We are businesswomen from Scripps Ranch, Poway, Rancho Peñasquitos, and other nearby neighborhoods who aim to build business and personal connections. Join us for breakfast on the last Friday of each month from 7:45 to 9:30 am. February’s speakers have not been set but it will be a dynamic, insightful morning. See www.womensranchconnections.com for details.

Not sure about joining? Check out a meeting! We accept only one member per category, so go to our website or look for us on meetup.com to see if yours is still open. Also call Heidi at 619-213-6366 for more information. See you there!