The Season of Love at Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is gearing up for the world premiere of local playwright James Caputo’s play The Season of Love. It runs from Friday, Nov. 10, through Sunday, Dec. 10. Get your tickets now!

The Season of Love is four stories about the variety of love and its power to transform. At times hilarious, at times heartbreaking, each begins with an encounter of two people at a challenging time of life. From the affluent to the homeless, they meet in restaurants, back alleys, and funeral parlors. And, as in real life, each couple has his or her own story to tell.

Two middle-aged people connect despite technology. Two intergenerational women connect to transit a rite of passage. A marriage strains its weathered connections. A homeless couple is connected by the stars and a love of literature. It’s all in the season of love….

SRT is located on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Individual tickets are $31, with discounts for seniors, military, and students. To reserve seats for our current production, Accomplice, which runs through Sunday, Oct. 8, or for The Season of Love, please call the box office at 578-7728, and visit for more information.

SRT’s Announces Its Fall Fundraiser “Scandals at the Speakeasy”

SRT’s fall fundraiser—Scandals at the Speakeasy—takes place on Sunday, Nov. 5, from 4:30 to 7:30 pm at the Veteran’s Museum and Memorial Center in Balboa Park. The guest list is full of politicians, gangsters, and molls. So grab your fedora and flapper dress and come out for the event of the season! You’ll enjoy dancing, food, drink, and murder! For details, contact Caitlyn Hunter at [email protected] or call 578-7728. 

October offers a variety of exciting programs for all ages sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). Check our website at for a complete calendar of events.

Intro to Ukulele Workshop

This four-week workshop for beginners runs every Thursday in October at 4 pm, starting Oct. 5. Sign-ups are essential, as space is very limited. Bring your own “uke” or sign up today to reserve one.

Keeping Your Wits!

Did you know that most of the decline in your mental function has nothing to do with aging? In fact, some mental functions actually improve with age! There are at least 10 things that we can do to keep the brain working at its highest level. Come to this informative lecture, presented through OASIS, by Philip J. Goscienski, M.D., on Saturday, Oct. 7, at 10 am at the library.

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” music welcomes back the Zzymzzy Quartet on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2:30 pm, performing swing-era music and French gypsy jazz. This fun concert is sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated. Meet the musicians and mingle with fellow music lovers at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Author Talk

Join us on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 6:30 pm to meet Barret Baumgart, author of China Lake: A Journey into the Contradicted Heart of a Global Climate Catastrophe. Winner of the 2016 Iowa Prize for Literary Nonfiction, China Lake blurs the line between memoir, meditation, new journalism, and frankly discussing the consequences of climate change.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Death Comes for the Archbishop by Willa Cather. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room.

The book for next month is Jar City: A Reykjavik Thriller by Arnaldur Indridason and Bernard Scudder. Copies of these books are available at the circulation desk.

Children’s Programs

Join us for a special storytime on Monday, Oct. 2, at 10:30 am to celebrate the launch of a new citywide early literacy program, “1,000 Books Before Kindergarten.” The program encourages parents and caregivers to share 1,000 books with their children before kindergarten to ensure school readiness and success. This is for kids up to 5 years old.

Yoga Storytime is on Friday, Oct. 6, at noon. Enjoy creative stories, lively songs, and gentle yoga poses taught by Miss Abby every first Friday of the month!

Practice your reading skills with trained therapy dogs every first and third Saturday of the month at 10:30 am. Children can read stories to the friendly dogs from Love on a Leash, a volunteer pet therapy group, in a calm, fun environment.

The Haunted Library returns on Friday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 9 pm. Join us for spooky, scary fun as our Teen Council turns our library into a spine-chilling experience of ghostly, eerie haunts! This is recommended for kids ages 7 and up.

Also, join us for Halloween fun at our Pumpkin Party on Monday, Oct. 30, at 4:30 pm. We’ll investigate, decorate, and celebrate all things pumpkin. Wear your costume and join in some pumpkin games, pumpkin science, and pumpkin crafts! All ages are welcome.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Scripps Ranch

This 2017–2018 year will mark the Scripps Ranch Unit’s 45th anniversary! Our unit chair, Jan McGowan, is working with our unit board to plan fun activities to commemorate our sapphire year. We invite you to join this dedicated group in our mission to raise awareness of Rady Children’s Hospital, advocate for the health and well-being of children, and FUNdraise for Rady Children’s. Our meetings typically are at the Crown Pointe clubhouse the third Monday of each month at 6:30 pm. Please contact Marilyn Tobin at [email protected] for details.

Advocacy: “Nine Months Matters, Baby.” In September Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego Auxiliary sponsored a community event and awareness walk at Liberty Station to promote healthy, alcohol-free pregnancies.

FUNdraising: Our unit’s annual fundraisers have been a main focus each year. This year’s event chairs—Cheryl Steinholt, Sue Fledderjohn, and Vivienne Kaseno—are planning a day at Indian Joe’s Brewing in Vista in early November. Look for more details on our Facebook page at

Remember When: For 25 years the Scripps Ranch Old Pros stood on street corners one day in October collecting donations to support Rady Children’s Kids’ NewsDay. The Old Pros received an RCHA Honorary Member Award to recognize their support. Beginning last year, this one day of giving transitioned to “A Week of Giving” in January.

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Are you aware that the recent high temperatures resulted in a 25% increase in reported domestic violence incidents? Shelters around San Diego—including the Hidden Valley House (HVH)—have been at capacity for weeks. Assistance provided by the HVH Auxiliary is greatly appreciated by the Center for Community Solutions, which operates the shelter.

The HVH Auxiliary holds only one annual fundraiser, and 100% of that money is used for basic needs at HVH. Invitations to this year’s luncheon event—“Picnic in Provence” on Saturday, Nov. 4—have been mailed. If you didn’t receive one and would like to attend, please contact Lauretta Johnson at [email protected]

We want to thank these businesses that have already sent in donations and gift certificates for our fundraiser:

  • Yanni’s Bar & Grill
  • Muir Images Photography
  • Pendry Hotels
  • Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nations
  • Torrey Pines Club Corporation
  • San Diego Natural History Museum
  • San Diego Museum of Man
  • Cygnet Theatre Company
  • San Diego Repertory Theatre
  • U.S.S. Midway Museum
  • Poway On Stage
  • San Diego Wine Company

Cooler weather is approaching, so clients will need twin blankets and kids’ and adults’ sweatshirts, sweaters, and athletic shoes. Also, they need canned soups—chicken noodle, chicken and rice, chicken tortilla, and tomato—chili, and macaroni and cheese. To donate, please call Ellen Hawkins at 693-0810. Thank you!

Lynn Parke

League of Women Voters

The topic for this month’s meeting will be the San Diego Unified School District’s budget crisis. Tamara Hurley will bring her expertise on the topic to help facilitate the discussion. All are welcome to join us on Wednesday, Oct. 18, at 10 am at 11104 Gatemoore Way in Scripps Ranch. Please email Emily Dresslar at [email protected] with any questions.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Garden friends, our next meeting will be on Tuesday, Oct. 24, at 5:45 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room. The featured speaker will be Pat Nolan, who runs the Plant Disease Clinic for the County Department of Agriculture. Pat will talk to us about diseases and pests in our gardens. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Louise Badham, President

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) has the dual purpose of raising money for scholarships for local girls and community schools and programs, while providing fun activities for members. In September our club went to Liberty Station for the Women’s Museum of California Tour. Afterward the group went to the Fireside Patio Restaurant for lunch. On Friday, Oct. 6, the Women’s Club will host a pre-theater party followed by the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s performance of Accomplice, a comedy thriller.

If you would like to join us, call our membership chairs, Janet Vesterfelt at 566-3899 or Barbara Wesser at 271-5787, and visit

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

Like. Um. You know. So. Ahhhhhhh…We’ve all used filler words while speaking, usually when we’re considering our next thoughts. Filler words may distract your listener from hearing your complete message. Instead, consider using pauses to give you a moment to collect your thoughts. Your listener will appreciate that you are looking for the right word, while also providing the listener a moment to better reflect upon your comments.

If you’d like to smooth out those filler words and clearly communicate your message, consider joining Toastmasters! Our club provides a positive, fun, and supportive environment in which you can practice speaking confidently.

Check us out as a guest 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

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? In our group we have one representative from each business category.

We meet the last Friday of every month for a light breakfast and networking. Our next meeting is on Friday, Oct. 27, at 7:30 am. Please visit or find us on for more details.