Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

At our annual dinner at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo, the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) honored our high school female scholarship winners. Congratulations to Julia Baylon, Ashley Garcia, Lilah Blalock, and Catherine Pham. These young ladies are quite impressive and have already given back to their community. The SRWC is delighted to acknowledge their abilities and contributions through our scholarship program.

In addition to selecting scholarship winners, the Women’s Club has a variety of monthly activities that range from fun to educational. If the SRWC looks like an organization that appeals to you, contact our membership chairs, Janet Vesterfelt at 566-3899 or Barbara Wesser at 271-5787. More information on the Women’s Club can be found on our website at

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Parent Connection

Have a new baby? Looking to meet other parents who live in the community? A Scripps Ranch playgroup for babies born in 2017 is starting on Tuesday, Sept. 19, from 9:30 to 11 am at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road.

Bring your baby and join us for a meet and greet with other Scripps Ranch families. Enjoy refreshments, learn about Parent Connection, and get information to join our organization.

Doodle Bug Designs will be available for a Parent Connection special of a hand or footprint on an ornament for only $15. Other options also will be available. The event is free to attend, but please RSVP through Eventbrite at

Accomplice Opens at Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) invites you to our production of Accomplice, by Rupert Holmes. It opens on Friday, Sept. 8, and runs through Sunday, Oct. 8. Join us for an evening of murder, betrayal, love, and laughter! Accomplice is directed by Jacquelyn Ritz with an accomplished cast of San Diego performers including Kenny Bordieri, Hannah Logan, Tatiana Mac, and Charles Peters.

The story begins in Dartmoor, England, at the stylish weekend retreat of the affluent Derek and Janet Taylor. Both adultery and murder are in the air. We soon learn that all is never as it seems in this electrifying game of trickery and misdirection. Who is the hunter, who the hunted, and precisely who is the Accomplice? The twists and turns will trigger screams of laughter.

SRT is on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances are at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays. Individual tickets are $31, with discounts available for seniors, military, and students. To reserve seats, call the box office at 578-7728. For more about SRT, visit

Music Program

The opening concert of the new season of the “Pleasure of Your Company” music series features concert pianist Bryan Verhoye (left) on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 2:30 pm. His program will include works by Haydn, Schubert, Debussy, and Rachmaninoff.

There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), although donations are appreciated. Meet the artist at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Memoir 101

Ever wanted to find a way to take some of your best memories and turn them into stories? Join us for a fun, interactive six-week memoir writing workshop, sponsored by the SRFOL. We will meet on Wednesdays, Sept. 13, 20, 27, and Oct. 4, 11, 18, from 11 am to 12:30 pm.

Topics covered: structure for a memoir; journaling; writing for friends and family; writing for publication; accessing memory; how to choose which stories to use; scene creation; and finding your theme.

Zentangle Art for Adults

If you have—or haven’t—been intimidated by art in the past, this class, on Wednesday, Sept. 20, from 6 to 7:30 pm is for you! Zentangle is an easy art method that creates beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. While drawing, you’ll relax and experience a sense of well-being. It’s sponsored by the SRFOL.

Children and Teen Programs

Arr matey, it’s “Talk Like a Pirate Day” on Tuesday, Sept. 19! We’ll celebrate a’ good fortune with crafts, games, and more. Shiver me timbers…the swashbuckling, all-ages fun starts at 5 pm!

September is Library Card Sign-Up Month. Join the celebration on Thursday, Sept. 28, with an all-ages event starting at 3:30 pm. There will be games, crafts, and, of course, books! Our Teen Council will host a School Supply Swap at the event. Bring new school supplies you don’t need and swap them for some you do! Leftover supplies will be donated.

Do Your Homework @ the Library is back! Need help with homework assignments? Visit our Homework Center on: Mondays and Thursdays, 3 to 6 pm; and Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 3 to 7 pm. We have free professional tutors and volunteers who can help students in grades K–8.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Mrs. Grant and Madame Jule by Jennifer Chiaverini. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for next month is Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather.

Grace’s Book Nook

Shop at Grace’s Book Nook, open Monday through Saturday during library hours. We have great bargains on gently used books for all ages and tastes, as well as CDs, videos, magazines, greeting cards, and duck food. The inventory is updated almost daily, so stop by often.

Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books are welcome. All proceeds benefit our library. Interested in volunteering? Email [email protected]

Final Notes

Check for the complete calendar of programs at our library.

For events, please allow extra time to park on Meanley Drive and walk up the paved, lighted walkway to the library.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

The Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary (RCHA) Scripps Ranch Unit wished longstanding member and friend Karin Whiteley a fond farewell at Yanni’s in August. Karin has been a Scripps Ranch resident for 26 years, and she and her husband recently retired to Arizona.

She was an outstanding asset to the Rady Children’s Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit, serving on the board of directors for 19 years and also on the executive board of the Rady Children’s Auxiliary for 10 years. Karin moved to Scripps Ranch with her husband and three children when they were in the 1st, 3rd, and 5th grades. She didn’t know anyone and saw the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary’s Kids’ NewsDay ladies selling newspapers, which inspired her to join.

Her years of service and commitment to advocate for the health and well-being of children and fundraise for Rady Children’s Hospital has truly made a difference in the lives of children, Scripps Ranch families, and the hospital community. Karin said she will miss her friends in the Auxiliary and in Scripps Ranch! We will miss her!

A Prospective Member Social was held recently, but it’s never too late to join this amazing group of women. Our meetings are held the third Monday of the month at 6:30 pm—from September through June—at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. Please join us for fun, fundraising, and lasting friendships. For information, email Janet Mebane at [email protected] or Marilyn Tobin at [email protected]

Nancy Fleischman

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

During the past few months the Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter has provided temporary housing to more families with tweens and teens. Also, more women have completed their stay with a move into longer term housing, based on entering the work force or pursuing an education.

The HVH Auxiliary plays a key role in providing food, clothes, and linen for the clients. We also provide each family with a small welcome bag of toiletries. The following travel-size items are low: cotton swabs, tissues, deodorant, toothpaste, mouthwash, shower caps, hair brushes, combs, shampoo/conditioner, and lotion. Their diaper supply is ample, but they need more packs of wipes. Your donations are essential to a successful transition for these domestic violence survivors. Please call Ellen Hawkins at 693-0810 to donate.

We invite you to attend our annual fundraiser luncheon, “Picnic in Provence,” on Saturday, Nov. 4. Visit with other women, enjoy a fabulous lunch, learn about the shelter and programs to help families, hear from a survivor, and contribute if you like. Please see the centerfold in this Newsletter issue for more details.

Lynn Parke

YMCA Adventure Guides

This September the Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles head for the YMCA’s beachside Camp Fox on Catalina Island. The open-air cabins are mere feet from the crashing waves. Daytime activities include hiking, swimming, kayaking, a climbing wall, a giant swing, archery, GaGa ball, fishing from the pier, and an interactive aquarium. Saturday night we will host the “bridging over” ceremony for the older kids who are moving on to the Trailblazers program. There also will be the usual clever and creative skits.

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, please visit or email expedition leader Eric Deitz at [email protected]

League of Women Voters

Our next unit meeting is on Thursday, Sept. 14, at 11 am at 11447 Maple Leaf Court in Scripps Ranch. The topic for the meeting will focus on refugee and asylum issues. In attendance will be staff members from Jewish Family Services Refugee and Immigration Services, who will add content and context for our discussion.

The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan political organization encouraging informed and active participation in government and influencing public policy through education and advocacy.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

Interested in gaining valuable hands-on leadership experience? Consider joining Toastmasters! Unlike other programs where you learn from books and lectures, Toastmasters lets you gain leadership experience while helping others learn and grow, professionally and personally.

If you become a club leader, you’ll help empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders. It’s an exciting opportunity to practice teamwork and develop your capacity to translate values and strategies into actions.

Come check out our club each Thursday from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For more information, contact Janet Mebane at [email protected] or visit

Scripps Ranch Welcome Club

The Scripps Ranch Welcome Club looks forward to hosting special guest speaker Louise Matthews, author of Jailhouse Cuisine. She is very engaging and has funny stories to tell. Louise will talk about her 21 years of feeding inmates in San Diego jails. Join us on Monday, Sept. 11, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road.

For more details about club activities, please call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693 and visit

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our September meeting will be our annual End of Summer Potluck Social on Tuesday, Sept. 26, at 5:45 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. The Garden Club will provide the chicken entree, and we ask members and guests to provide the side dishes, desserts, and drinks.

To help with a head count for the entree and set up of the meeting room, please email me at [email protected] with your potluck dish choices to share. We’ll have a great meal and enjoyable time!

Louise Badham, President

Active SR Singles

We have had several fun and well-attended activities, including our first beach day as we boogie boarded on the north end of Pacific Beach (top right). This event was led by one of our members. It was very fun and lively. We also did several fun midweek I Need A Drink evenings, another Symphony in the Park concert, and got a bunch of people out dancing to rock music at a local bar.

If you’re single and enjoy a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, come join our fun, friendly, and—at close to 100 members—growing group. To join or find out more about our events, please email Steve or Barb at [email protected]