Children and Teen Programs

It’s not too late to sign up for the popular Summer Reading Program, where children and teens win prizes for reading books! Sign up at the circulation desk.

The library will host exciting children’s programs every Thursday this month at 3 pm. These are free, thanks to the sponsorship of the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). On Thursday, July 6, join us for “Mad Science” and experience science like never before! On July 13 “Little Catbird” will feature puppets, stories, and great music.

“Move It and Groove It” with fun dancing on July 20 at “Dance to Evolve.” On July 27 participate in a hands-on wildlife experience with “Living Coast.”

Attention high schoolers: master the skills you need to succeed on the SAT at the free SAT Prep Camp. It’s Monday through Friday, July 17–21, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm at our library. Registration is required. Call 619-238-6686 or email [email protected]

Students entering grades 1–8 are invited to prevent “summer slide” through participation in “Sharpen Your Skills” sessions every week, Monday through Thursday, from 3 to 6 pm through Thursday, Aug. 17. Students are assessed at the beginning of each weekly session and then given specific activities to help them practice and learn. Attend one day or all week, one session or all. Registration is not required. Homework assistance is always available.

Especially for 4- to 5-year-olds and their guardians, KinderCamp will help get kids ready to start school. This will be held from Monday through Thursday, July 24–28, at our library. Space is limited and registration is required. Call 619-238-6686 or email [email protected]

Book Discussion Group

The group is reading Under the Wide and Starry Sky by Nancy Horan. Everyone is invited to the discussion on Wednesday, July 26, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is Case Histories: A Novel by Kate Atkinson.

Grace’s Book Nook

For fantastic bargains on nearly new and gently used books, shop at Grace’s Book Nook for all your reading needs! Open every day during library hours, the Book Nook stocks a range of fiction and nonfiction, plus CDs, DVDs, magazines, and greeting cards—all at amazing prices. It even has special duck food for our feathered friends in Evans Pond.

Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media are welcome. Interested in volunteering? Contact [email protected]

Plays by Local Playwrights

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) presents the 6th Annual Out On A Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City. This program develops and produces new plays by local playwrights. All plays have been workshopped by SRT and have a theme that centers around San Diego.

2017 plays and playwrights include:

  • Looking for Muse by Steven Oberman
  • The Box by Joe Nogra
  • The Strange Education of Marina Santiago-Scripps by Diana Burbano, Tom Shelton, and Chris Shelton

These pieces will be performed festival-style, in a rotating schedule throughout the run. The festival runs from Friday, July 14, through Sunday, July 23, with performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. For ticket information, call the box office at 578-7728, and for more information, visit

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Our group does not hold meetings during the summer, but we still purchase supplies each month—including food, paper goods, clothing, summer shoes, flip flops, and toiletries. We also visit the shelter weekly to sort through and organize the clothes closet donations.

Items needed this month include art supplies and activity books for the children, diapers and wipes, and baby bath towels. To donate, please call Ellen Hawkins at 693-0810. Thank you.

Lynn Parke

Rady Children’s Hospital Scripps Ranch Unit

We ended the year with a bang! So many activities: Auxiliary Night at Petco Park—the Padres won! (pictured below)—the Auxiliary Annual Meeting, Scripps Ranch Community Fair, Tee Up Fore Rady Children’s Golf Scramble, and our Scripps Ranch Unit end of the year party. There is something fun for everyone, whether you are a member or friend of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary.

A few of us will be working over the summer to help with the 2nd Annual Beach Polo Tournament at the Hotel del Coronado. This year’s event on Sunday, Sept. 1, will benefit Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary’s endowment for neuroscience at the Institute for Genomic Medicine. There will be a three-course luncheon with wine pairing, a fashion show by Grayse, two polo games, and much more! Tickets are $250 and can be purchased at Be sure to use the code RCH. Half of the ticket cost goes directly to the Auxiliary’s endowment.

The Scripps Ranch Unit does not meet over the summer but we welcome membership inquires. Please email Janet Mebane at [email protected] for information on how you can join us.

Cheryl Steinholt

SR Women’s Club

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club would like to warmly recognize Beth Surrell (above), who has been our highly competent president for two years. Thank you, Beth, for all you have done!

Our Scholarship Committee selected four girls from Scripps Ranch High School to receive our annual scholarship award of $1,000 each. They are: Julia Baylon, Lilah Blalock, Ashley Garcia, and Catherine Pham. Congratulations and good luck!

On Sunday, July 16, the Women’s Club will gather at the Symphony in the Park for a pre-concert picnic before the band Siren’s Crush plays. If our club appeals to you, please contact our Membership chairs, Susan Barnett at 735-0310 or Connie Gutierrez at 603-3049. More information is at

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Home from college this summer? Want to enhance your speaking and interviewing skills before returning to school? We have the perfect solution—join Scripps Teasers Toastmasters for just the summer! For a convenient price—under $60—you have the best opportunity to practice college presentations and job interview skills. Once you return to college, you can transfer to a closer Toastmasters or cancel your membership.

We meet on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Guests are always welcome. For more information, contact Janet Mebane at [email protected] or visit

Scripps Ranch Welcome Club

This month the Welcome Club is excited to invite you to our annual Salad Supper on Monday, July 10. This event celebrates summer fun, food, and friends. Always our most attended event of the year, the Salad Supper this year features a theme of “Denim and Diamonds.” We will raffle off a number of gift baskets from members and interest groups.

The supper is at 5:30 pm at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. If you would like to join us or participate in our many interest groups, please call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693. Also, visit

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

We continue our fun activities, including listening to live music (above). In July we look forward to the Symphony in the Park concert to see the band Siren’s Crush and a private wine tasting/food pairing party at a member’s home. We also have a hike we had to cancel due to the weather.

If you’re single and enjoy a wide range of activities, join our friendly and—at close to 100 members—growing group. If you would like more details about our events, please email Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our meeting on Tuesday, July 25, at 5:45 pm is at the home garden of our member Erica Berick. This is our third home garden tour, and Erica will talk about her backyard terrace plantings and many fruit trees. The trials and successes that were made allow the Bericks to enjoy their garden all year long. Please contact me at [email protected] for the address. Remember to bring your plants or cuttings to share. All are welcome!

Louise Badham, President

Scripps Ranch Knitting and Crochet Group

Are you looking for a group of nice, interesting, and fun people who knit or crochet? Do you want to learn how to do so? On the second, third, fourth, and fifth Tuesday of each month we invite you to join us from 12:30 to 3 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Seminar Room.

Our group is not formal and we do not have an agenda. We knit, crochet, and exchange thoughts and ideas on knitting and crocheting…and just chat. Some of us contribute our projects to charities. If you would like to join us or for information, please call Rhonda Rogers at 735-7234.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

June proved to be an illuminating month for Scripps Tips members. It was packed with informative and lively discussion and, of course, gratitude among our members for referring business to one another.

Glen McIntyre shared his new marketing techniques to boost his business with help from one of our new members, graphic designer Francesca Conti. We hope their marketing partnership is long and successful! One of our most interesting speakers is Sally Mowry, our travel expert. Sally regales us with tales from all parts of the globe. July opens with our monthly Open Forum where anything goes. Scripps Tips meets every Friday at 7 am. See for information.

Women’s Ranch Connection

Are you 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 a light breakfast and networking. Our next meeting is on Friday, July 28, at 7:30 am. Our presenters for July are Shauna Klemp and Sheila Coulbourn. Please visit us on—Women’s Ranch Connection or We look forward to meeting you soon!