New Beginnings for the Women’s Club

Do you make New Year’s resolutions? Here’s a fun one–join the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club in 2013. Our president, Barbara Wesser, will host an informal coffee at her home on Saturday, Jan. 19, at 10 am for anyone interested in our group. You’ll learn about our civic and social activities and meet club members.

With the dawn of 2013 comes new opportunities, and one of these is the chance to make new friends at the Women’s Club Happy Hour on Thursday, Jan. 10. Members gather informally in the late afternoon to socialize at a local restaurant, and we’d like you to join us. On Friday, Jan. 18, we’ll attend a pre-theatre party at the home of Carol and Walt Becker and then enjoy A Feminine Ending at the Scripps Ranch Theatre.

For more information on any of these activities, please call our friendly membership chair, Susie Hill, at 847-9411. Also, visit []. We’d love to get to know you!

Anne McClure, Publicity

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Center for Community Solutions, the nonprofit organization that operates the Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter, has asked the HVH Auxiliary to thank Scripps Ranch residents, businesses, and organizations for their contributions of time, money, clothes, toiletries, food, and other items this past year. The Village Quilters donated many hand-made quilts and bibs. The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club again collected toys, gift cards, and women’s clothing at its annual holiday party. Bunco and bridge groups donated food and money for supplies.

The Scripps Ranch High School Interact Club, Key Club, National Charity League, Eagle Scouts, and local Girl Scout troops helped at the shelter, arranged birthday and Halloween parties and art projects for the children, staged food and clothing drives, and helped serve at our recent 13th Annual HVH Tea fundraiser. The Baby Vie store also collected numerous donations of toys and clothing for the women and children. Thank you all for helping!

Lynn Parke

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Tusa Enriquez, who recently earned the Advanced Communicator Bronze designation, recalls how Toastmasters helped her both professionally and personally. Although English is her second language, she found Scripps Teasers friendly and supportive. Learning how to listen, speak her mind, and stay positive has helped her navigate career transitions, graciously accept defeat, and further her education.

How can Toastmasters help you today? Scripps Teasers is committed to helping our members become better public speakers and leaders at work and in our community. Come visit us on Thursdays at 7 am at the SRCA Community Center. To learn more, contact Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222 or visit [].


More Monday Library Hours!

Monday morning hours began in December. The library is now open on Mondays from 9:30 am to 5:30 pm.

More Zumba!

An additional weekly Zumba class has been added at the library. The new Zumba Gold class, geared toward beginners and those who prefer a slightly slower pace than regular Zumba, is on Mondays from 9:30 to 10:30 am. The popular Zumba Fitness continues at our library every Friday at 4 pm.

Zumba combines a high-energy cardiovascular workout with pulsating Latin music into a fun, calorie-burning experience for people of all ages, fitness levels, and dancing abilities. These free programs are sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL).

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at 7 pm–note the new time–with a screening of the Cannes Film Festival 2009 Camera d’Or winner, an Israeli film we’re not permitted to name. Noted film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the film and moderate the post-screening discussion, focusing on the techniques used by the filmmaker to tell his story.

Music Programs

On Sunday, Jan. 20, at 2:30 pm "The Pleasure of Your Company" welcomes back harpist Kate Loughery performing classical and jazz music. Audience members are invited to stay afterward for a harp demonstration. There is no fee for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated.

Internationally acclaimed pianist Endre Hegedus returns to perform a not-to-be-missed concert featuring works by Bach, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 pm. The concert is co-sponsored by the House of Hungary, San Diego, and benefits our library. Enjoy delicious Hungarian pastries at a complimentary reception. Tickets are $15 at the door; $5 for kids under 12.

For Children and Teens

We have a rich array of programs for kids and teens this month. Kid Inventors’ Day is on Thursday, Jan. 17, from 3 to 4 pm. Come be inventive with San Diego Book Arts and create a one-of-a-kind, original book. Signups are required and begin on Monday, Jan. 14.

We will celebrate Mozart’s birthday on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 3 pm in the community room with a delightful performance by the actors of Living Mozart.

Homework Connection is weekly Monday-Thursday from 3 to 5 pm. Do you have a homework question? Ask a volunteer for help. The Library Chess Club meets Thursdays at 4 pm, with instruction and fun for aspiring chess players. Chinese Storytime for School Age Children is on Fridays at 4 pm.

Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers is every Thursday from 10 to 10:30 am. A special Starlight Storytime is on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 6:30 pm. Craft activities for preschoolers are presented on Tuesday, Jan. 15, from 6:30 to 7 pm, and on Wednesday, Jan. 16, from 3:30 to 4:30 pm. These free programs are sponsored by the SRFOL.

The Big Read

Tweens and teens ages 12-18 are invited to the library from Monday, Jan. 28, through Thursday, Jan. 31, from 3 to 4 pm to design original book covers for Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451. They can enter their designs in Write Out Loud’s contest for a chance to win cash prizes. Materials will be provided.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Freedom by Jonathan Franzen. Everybody is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for next month is Exile by Richard North Patterson.


Become a true Friend of our Library by joining the SRFOL. Memberships start at $5 for students and seniors. As a way to celebrate the opening of the new San Diego Central Library, life memberships are available through August at the discounted rate of $250 per person–the usual rate is $500. If you’re interested in becoming a life member, now is the time to join. Membership forms are available at the library and at [].

Special Event at the Scripps Ranch Theatre

In December Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) scored a theatrical coup by hosting a reading of The Gift Teller, a new play by well-known screenwriter and playwright Stephen Metcalfe–Pretty Woman, among others. The Gift Teller is loosely based on O’Henry’s The Gift of the Magi, with a modern setting and five actors playing a variety of parts. At the SRT were local actors Todd Blakesley, Olivia Espinosa, Francis Gercke, Brian Mackey, and Kristin Woodburn.

The reading was preceded by a cocktail party for SRT donors, hosted at the home of Gi Gi and Ed Cramer. Mr. Metcalfe spoke at the party and answered questions following the reading at an audience talkback session.

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch is looking for new members. You can be new or not-so-new to our neighborhoods. We have many activities for women–bridge, bunco, book groups, "Gadabout" activities, trail walking, and bike riding. We also have activities for men, including theater shows, "TGIs," and couples’ bunco and bridge.

We meet every month for coffees and general meetings. Most of our general meetings have a speaker. Some are just fun, like our February meeting to celebrate our anniversary–30+ years!

Make a resolution for the New Year: join our wonderful group and meet new friends and neighbors. Call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693 for information. Also, visit []. Hope to see you in the new year!

Janelle Boustany, Secretary

Knit, Laugh, and Yak

Are you eager to meet wonderful ladies–and men–from Scripps Ranch and surrounding areas, plus trade hints and fun stuff about knitting and crocheting? New ideas are always needed. Why don’t you start the new year by visiting a welcoming and happy group of people.

We are of all experience levels of knitting and have tons of fun talking about everything! There is no fee or expectations. Just join us!

We meet the second and fourth Tuesday of the month from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. For questions, please call Rhonda Rogers at 566-7036. Happy New Year!

Village Quilters

Village Quilters meets at the Scripps Ranch Library the second Saturday of the month. The next meeting is on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 10 am to noon, featuring Mary Tabar. Mary’s presentation, Color Theory for Everyone, looks at basic color theory, how we get colors, and are we really looking at colors? This is a one-hour program with a quilt trunk show following the meeting. For more, visit [].

Scripps Tips Small Business Networking Group

Happy New Year! Scripps Tips, our community’s well-established and friendly small business networking group, celebrated the holidays with a festive gathering. For those of us who work from our homes or are sole proprietors, independent reps, or professionals in private practice, this was our "office party"!

We look forward to the coming year and welcoming new members. We meet every Friday for breakfast at a local restaurant. Anyone interested in learning about our group–which is strong on loyalty and short on "rules"–please visit [], then contact our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson, at 922-3720.

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group’s mission is to connect with professional women in Scripps Ranch and aid them in expanding their businesses while having fun socializing and building friendships. Our group, the only one in Scripps Ranch for women professionals, will facilitate these relationships through monthly meetings.

Each member has the opportunity to be "Presenter of the Month," highlighting her business or special interest. Check our website to see if your business or service is not yet represented in our group. Our next meeting is on Friday, Jan. 25, at 8 am. Our "Presenters of the Month" will be Julia Carson and Alysson Hartmann. For details, call Julia at 549-3070, email [[email protected]], or visit us at [].


Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps has a Busy Holiday

The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps kicked off its name change with a Nov. 21 Veterans Recognition Luncheon, which included a presentation by Col. Bob Dingeman. Joining Bob in the celebration was Ken Andersen, president and CEO of Walter Andersen Nursery. He presented Dave Smith, from Honor Flight San Diego, with a donation. It will be used to help veterans travel to Washington, D.C., to see monuments built in their honor. That same week members were able to help prepare and serve lunch to veterans at a senior center.

There were numerous community service projects completed, including participating in an event to support Feeding America San Diego. This was the first time club members worked with this organization, and we packed oranges that were distributed to school cafeterias in San Diego. The organization provides food to 73,000 people each week.

In addition, our club helped the Dingeman Elementary School Student Council collect toys for Becky’s Gift, a toy drive that was started by two Scripps Ranch moms last year. The gifts were distributed to Medical and Surgical Oncology Associates of San Diego and to UCSD Moores Cancer Center, where patients going through treatment were able to select a gift for their loved ones. Thank you to all those who donated toys to help those affected by cancer.

While it is better to give than to receive, the club was delighted to induct two new members. Fortunately, those new members joined just in time to attend the club’s first tacky Christmas sweater party. Follow the fun on our Facebook page at [].