Flemming (An American Thriller) at SRT

Don’t miss the latest production at the Scripps Ranch Theatre—Flemming (An American Thriller). You can see it on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through Sunday, Apr. 30.

This spoof of the film noir thrillers from the 1940s and ’50s introduces us to Henry Flemming of Westport, Connecticut. Bored by his privileged but mundane life, Henry sells his lucrative brokerage firm to become a detective. On his first case the Flemming living room begins to fill up with dead bodies. Disheveled and beaten up by the progression of events, Flemming couldn’t be happier!

SRT is located at Alliant International University. To reserve the best seats, call the box office at 578-7728. Visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org for more details.

Youth Theatre Summer Camp

SRT partners with the Rancho YMCA for a one-week theatre camp for children ages 8–13 during the week of July 24–28. Held at SRT, campers will be bused in from the YMCA. Students will be immersed in a theatre program taught by SRT educators. For more information or to pre-register your child, email Caitlyn Hunter at [email protected]

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

You can still reserve your spot on the bus! Be whisked away for an afternoon of wine tasting and an Italian meal while watching a beautiful sunset. Wine on Down the Road is on Sunday, Apr. 23, from 3 to 7 pm. Tickets are $50 each. Please email Kathy Steinhause at [email protected] for more details and to purchase tickets to this event that supports the future of pediatric medicine.

We will meet at the Scripps Poway Parkway Park and Ride—known as Yanni’s parking lot—where luxury coaches will be waiting for us. We have an afternoon of fun and friendship planned, all to support Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary’s Endowment for Neuroscience at the hospital’s Institute for Genomic Medicine.

Did you know:

  • Genome trios—child and parents—have been sequenced in as little as 26 hours versus the current industry standard of weeks or months. This world-record speed can save children’s lives, reduce complications, and improve the quality of life.
  • Researchers have identified about 200 new causes for neurodevelopmental diseases and are beginning genomic sequencing of neurology clinic patients to look for matches.
  • Recently a critically ill baby at Rady Children’s was being wheeled into the operating room for a very risky surgery. Because of rapid sequencing, the surgery was called off and non-invasive treatment was recommended.

This is happening here at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego! Hospitals around the world are looking to Rady Children’s as the leader in genomic medicine.

Cheryl Steinholt, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Hidden Valley House (HVH) has already provided shelter for several victims of domestic violence in 2017, including families with children ranging from newborns to teens. Their outdoor play structure is in disrepair and in need of replacement, so some of the money raised at our 2016 fundraiser will be used to help buy new playground equipment.

Other purchases we’ve made recently include pillows and blankets, food and kitchen supplies, paper goods, diapers, umbrellas, strollers, socks, and underwear. In the clothes closet are donations of new and gently used casual clothing and shoes for children. Items still needed are baby wipes and diapers and socks for women. To donate any of these items, please call Ellen Hawkins at 693-0810 to arrange a time to bring donations to her house at 11528 Wills Creek Road.

If you are interested in learning more about our HVH Auxiliary or want to attend the meetings, contact Lauretta Johnson at [email protected] We also will participate in the SRCA’s Community Meet and Greet at the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, May 20. Please stop by and learn more about how the HVH Auxiliary helps domestic violence survivors.

Lynn Parke

SR Women’s Club

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) is reviewing scholarship applications to choose our annual winners based on academic work and community involvement. Thank you to Denise Hampton for chairing this committee!

April is a lively month for activities:

  • Thursday, Apr. 6—Urban Safari Walk and lunch in Kensington
  • Friday, Apr. 7—Pre-theater party at Karyn Farr’s and the Scripps Ranch Theatre performance of Flemming (An American Thriller)
  • Sunday, Apr. 9—SRWC sponsors a jazz duo at the library
  • Wednesday, Apr. 19—Coffee at Laura Wright’s home
  • Saturday, Apr. 29—Membership lunch at the Rancho Bernardo Country Club

If any of these events appeal to you, contact our membership chairs, Susan Barnett at 735-0310 or Connie Gutierrez at 603-3049. More information on the SRWC can be found at www.srwomensclub.org.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Essay Contest

Scripps Ranch winners of the 20th Annual Writing for Literacy Library Essay Contest for 4th, 8th, and 10th grade students—sponsored by the Friends of the San Diego Public Library—will be honored at an awards ceremony and reception hosted by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) on Tuesday, Apr. 4, at 6:30 pm. Prizes include Barnes and Noble gift cards, pens, and certificates.

Overall winners at each grade level will represent Scripps Ranch in the citywide essay contest, competing for laptops and cash prizes. Thank you to our essay contest chair, Camille Currier, as well as to volunteer judges Adriana Dixon, Jean Feinstein, Joan Gass, Sandra Hoyt, and Wendy Tompkins, who read and evaluated the essays. In addition, we thank Holland Kessinger, our youth services librarian, whose collaboration helped assure the success of this annual contest.

Music Program

On Sunday, Apr. 9, at 2:30 pm the “Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes back the exciting jazz duo of guitarist Peter Sprague (above right) and Leonard Patton (left) on vocals and percussion. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL; donations are appreciated. Thank you to the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club, who generously helped underwrite this concert!

Library Advocacy

If you use and love the library, it is critically important to become engaged in the city budget process. City finances are facing major challenges this year, so library advocates need to make their voices heard more than ever to save library hours and funding for new books and materials. Sign up to receive Library Advocacy Alerts at http://supportmylibrary.org. Subscribers to the Friends Library Advocacy Network receive infrequent bulletins, so you will not be overwhelmed with email.

Children’s Programs

Spring into STEAM! “Bug out with Bee Builders” on Thursday, May 4, at 4 pm as local beekeeper Hilary Kearney provides a fun, interactive presentation. She will teach children what a beekeeper does and explore pollination, beehives, and bees’ life cycles. This free workshop is recommended for ages 8 and up. Check www.srfol.org for all of our regular events.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Apr. 26, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is Back from the Dead by Bill Walton.

Adult Program

On Saturday, Apr. 29, at 10 am come learn more about how foods rich in fiber boost health and keep our digestive system functioning healthily. “Stay Regular: Enjoy the Power of Fiber in Your Diet” is offered through Oasis at no charge. This event is sponsored by the SRFOL.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

Confidence. Poise. Captivating. That’s the ultimate goal of a Toastmasters speaker. The confidence to write and the poise to deliver a captivating speech.

Are you exploring ways to enhance your speaking and leadership skills? Consider Toastmasters as an engaging, self-paced, and cost-effective way to help guide you through that process. Add to that a large dose of fun at our Scripps Teasers Club.

There’s no obligation, so come by and check out what our club offers. Visit us at the SRCA Community Center—11885 Cypress Canyon Road—on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am. Yes, we know it’s early, but it’s better than coffee to start your day. For more information about the club, contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org.

League of Women Voters

The League of Women Voters of Scripps Ranch will partner with Sustainable Scripps Ranch for the Thursday, Apr. 13, unit meeting in celebration of Earth Day. The discussion will be on composting in Scripps Ranch and the environmental positions held by the League of Women Voters. We meet at 10 am at 11104 Gatemoore Way. For more information, please email [email protected]

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch

The Welcome Club celebration of our new location—the SRCA Community Center—and 36th birthday was a huge success, with more than 60 members attending. Everyone enjoyed the location and reminisced about events and friendships through the years. Our next general meeting is on Monday, Apr. 10, at 7 pm for a volunteer fair. It will be an interesting evening to hear about different opportunities in which our members can participate. We hope to see you there.

For more information about our general meetings and other activities, please call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693. For more details about the Welcome Club, please visit www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

YMCA Adventure Guides

In April the Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles will be mountain camping right here in San Diego at Mount Laguna. Measuring above 6,000 feet, Mount Laguna towers over the San Diego region, offering amazing views and a completely different ecosystem. The spring weather should be perfect to explore the extensive trail system, trees, and wildlife. Also, we will visit Little Laguna Lake, which might not be so little after such a rainy winter.

Sound like fun? Then 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 www.rancho.ymca.org/yprog/cat1200.html or contact expedition leader Eric Deitz at [email protected]

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

This past month the weather finally allowed us to put the “active” into Active Scripps Ranch Singles, with many of us getting in a beautiful hike up a side trail on Iron Mountain (above). We also went to check out a new Open Mic night and had a fun evening dancing to live music.

Keeping our fingers crossed for good weather, we are planning more hikes, we’ll continue our “I Need A Drink” mid-week evenings, and take a trip to our local “wine country” in Ramona.

If you’re single and enjoy a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, come join our fun, friendly, and growing group. For more information about our upcoming events, please email Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

We will take our first Home Garden Tour during our next meeting on Tuesday, Apr. 25, at 5:30 pm. We will visit the garden of Alan Binks, a Scripps Ranch resident. His topic will be “Hydroponic Gardening.” We look forward to his expertise and experience on this subject. For the address and more information, please contact me at 695-8558 or [email protected]

Louise Badham, President

Women’s Ranch Connection

Are you are a professional woman looking to join a dynamic group of women who can help you promote and build your business? We meet the last Friday of every month for breakfast and networking. Our next meeting will be on Friday, Apr. 28, at 7:45 am. Our presenters will be Bonnee Proo and Cheryl Walker. Please visit us on meetup.com for more information. We look forward to meeting you soon!

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Our biggest news is that our member Adina Lopez gave birth to a healthy baby girl named Valentina. We hope Valentina visits us when her mom returns from maternity leave.

Recently, we’ve enjoyed open forums out of the typical realm of expertise. Mark Billings, our trash and recycling expert, spoke about controlling diabetes through alternative methods. Also, we discussed mortgage trends and interest rates in this political climate. For more about our group, visit www.scrippstips.net.