Loves and Hours at Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) presents Love and Hours now through Sunday, July 2. Loves and Hours is the story of Dan Tilney, a newly divorced empty nester and a man now totally at a loss as to what to do with the rest of his life. His friends know. Dan needs a girl. But will it be Charlotte, beautiful, bursting with life, and 20 years his junior? Or will it be Julia, his life-long friend and confidant?

And what about his teenage son who is having an affair with a neighbor? And his ex-wife who announced she’s gay? What about his best friend, Harold, who is going through a midlife crisis and his daughter, Rebecca, who is seemingly furious with everything and everyone. In this gentle comedy, life and love are complicated for the young and not so young alike.

Love and Hours runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To reserve seats, call the box office at 578-7728. Tickets are $31, with discounts for seniors, military, and students. Visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org for more.

Children’s and Teen Programs

Each summer the San Diego Public Library hosts the Summer Reading Program (SRP) to encourage people to celebrate their love of reading. Sign up at the library beginning Thursday, June 15, read all summer, and receive great prizes as a reward! All ages are welcome to participate and join in the fun. 

To celebrate the kickoff of this year’s SRP, please join us for a performance by Hullabaloo on Thursday, June 15, at 3 pm and enjoy music and songs for the whole family. Other fun family SRP programs on Thursdays at 3 pm include fabulous master storyteller Marilyn McPhie on June 22, and on June 29, explore animal and nature wonders with “Wild Wonders.” These exciting programs are free, thanks to the sponsorship of the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL).

Summer Reading for Adults!

Adults are invited to participate in a summer reading program as well. Sign up online, read three books, and write online reviews to be eligible for drawings for great prizes. Ask at the library for details.

Great Books 

Not sure what to read next? Join four San Diego librarians on Wednesday, June 21, for recommendations—from 2016 hits to hot new 2017 books, bestsellers, midlist sleepers, arty critical darlings, and more!

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Liars’ Club: A Memoir by Mary Carr. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, June 28, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan. Copies of these books are available at the circulation desk. 

We Love Our Volunteers!

Library and SRFOL volunteers were feted at a volunteer appreciation luncheon recently (pictured below). A big thank you goes out to Liz Erickson, SRFOL volunteer coordinator, for organizing a lovely event! Interested in exploring volunteer opportunities with the SRFOL? Please contact Liz at [email protected] or 271-4239. 

Essay Contest Kudos!

Congratulations to our Scripps Ranch students who were honored at the citywide Essay Contest awards ceremony. Paul Vincent Macapinlac, a 4th grader at Miramar Ranch Elementary, and Joydeep Dutta, a 10th grader at SRHS, were named “grand prize winners.” Each received a certificate, cash award from the Friends of the Library, and a laptop. Daniella Oknotina, an 8th grader at Marshall Middle School, was recognized as a semifinalist and received a cash award.

Music Program

“The Pleasure of Your Company” music series is on break for the summer. Monthly concerts resume in September. If you would like to help with our music series, please contact Wendy Tompkins at [email protected] or 484-6231. 

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

June is a time of celebration for the Scripps Ranch Unit and Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary! The auxiliary will applaud a successful year at the annual meeting on Wednesday, June 7, at the Hyatt Aventine. The Scripps Ranch Unit will have its celebration on Tuesday, June 13, at the home of our chair, Dana Walters. 

Scripps Ranch members have a lot to boast about this year. For the first time we hosted two fundraisers: our “Craft Brew Tour” supported the Greatest Needs Fund at the hospital; and our “Wine on Down the Road” helped fund the Auxiliary Endowment for Neuroscience! 

We supplied the clothes closet with new clothing so patients and families have fresh clothes to wear home from the hospital. We also provided goodie bags so those who come to the emergency room after hours can have a snack. 

We hosted a birthday party at the Bernardy Center for Medically Fragile Children, as well as supported our sponsored child with necessities throughout the year. 

The Scripps Ranch Unit was founded 45 years ago and is an active group. We have a strong presence on the main auxiliary board and are cheerleaders for the auxiliary. We invite prospective members to join us at our end of the year celebration. Please email Janet Mebane at [email protected] for membership information and details on our party.

Cheryl Steinholt, Publicity 

SR Women’s Club

June will be a fun month for the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club! On Thursday, June 8, members head to South Park for brunch at Eclipse Chocolate Bar and Bistro. Then on Friday, June 9, we will meet at Don and Barbara Wesser’s home for a pre-theater party before seeing the Scripps Ranch Theatre production of Loves and Hours. To join us, please call Susan Barnett at 735-0310 or Connie Gutierrez at 603-3049 and visit www.srwomensclub.org.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Thanks to everyone who stopped by our table at the SRCA’s recent Meet & Greet event. We were glad to share information about the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary and invite you to get involved with our volunteer organization.

Items needed this month are children’s shoes and flip flops—kids and adult sizes—baby bath towels, baby toiletries, and diapers and wipes. To donate, please call Ellen Hawkins at 693-0810. Thank you. 

Lynn Parke

SR Welcome Club

The Scripps Ranch Welcome Club invites you to our next Coffee Klatch. We meet each month at a member’s home (below). It is a casual get-together and an opportunity to make new friends. The next one is at Lynnell Hallock’s home on Friday, June 16, at 10 am. For information, please call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693 and visit www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Can you speak better than a 4th grader? We had the pleasure of hosting Jerabek’s Speechmaster’s Club, modeled on the Toastmasters program. The students took part in the impromptu “Table Topics” and won the prize for best response.

Are you exploring ways to enhance your speaking and leadership skills? Consider Toastmasters! Visit us at the SRCA Community Center—11885 Cypress Canyon Road—on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am. For more information about our club, call Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org. 

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

With the rain, our gardens are blooming! Our June meeting is another home tour, with Barbara Potter as our host. Join us on Tuesday, June 27, at 5:45 pm as Barbara shares her experience in the proper placement of plants and waterwise use of grass replacement! Please email me at [email protected] for details.

Louise Badham, President

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Changes are afoot for Scripps Tips! We welcomed two new members: Uzzell Branson, an estate planning attorney; and Francesca Conti, a graphic designer. We said goodbye to Dana Pyburn who was a welcome and able substitute for Adina who is on maternity leave. We will miss you, Dana! Scripps Tips meets every Friday at 7 am. Please see www.scrippstips.com for more. 

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 is on Friday, June 30, at 7:45 am. Visit us on meetup.com–Women’s Ranch Connection for details.