Holiday Concert

The “Pleasure of Your Company” music series features Courtly Noyse (pictured right) on Sunday, Dec. 10, at 2:30 pm. Garbed in period costume, this lively ensemble will play a variety of historical instruments and may cast them aside at the drop of a (Tudor) hat and burst into six-part vocal harmony. Experience their trademark blend of humor, imagination, and versatility as you enjoy a delightful afternoon of Renaissance holiday music. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), although donations are appreciated. Meet the musicians at a complimentary reception.

Book Discussion Group

The traditional potluck dinner meeting, at which books for 2018 will be selected, is on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6 pm. Please note the earlier date and time. Come suggest some of your favorite titles and bring a dish to share. The book for January is The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah.

Barnes and Noble “Bookfair”

Support our library by shopping at Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa—or online—from Saturday, Dec. 9, through Saturday, Dec. 16. A percentage of purchases will be donated to the SRFOL and allow for the purchase of new books. Mention you are supporting the Scripps Ranch Library or enter our ID# 12272415 at checkout. Visit for more.

Children and Teen Programs

Don’t miss a special storytime at the Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa on Saturday, Dec. 9, at 11 am.

Join us at the library on Thursday, Dec. 14, at 10 am for “Sing-along with Mrs. Claus” Storytime Show, presented by Little Catbird. Regular children’s programming continues. Check the library calendar at for information.

Student Essay Contest

The deadline for the Scripps Ranch Essay Contest is Friday, Dec. 15, at 3 pm. It is open to all 4th, 8th, and 10th grade students attending a school served by the Scripps Ranch Library. Essays should be turned in at the library. Check for information and the entry form.

Film Screening

On Wednesday, Dec. 20, at 6 pm join us for a special screening of the documentary Breaking Point. One of the largest environmental catastrophes is unfolding in our own backyard. The receding Salton Sea reveals a toxic mix of fine dust and chemicals that threatens the health of millions.

25th Birthday Celebration

In preparation for the 25th anniversary of the opening of our library, we are planning a month-long celebration in March. Mark your calendar for the evening of Saturday, Mar. 10, for “A Night to Remember,” a special celebration and fundraising event.

Bookmark Contest!

Students in grades K–12 are invited to create original designs for a special bookmark commemorating the 25th birthday of our library. The deadline for entries is Friday, Feb. 2. Check or at the library for details.

Gift Opportunity

Looking for the perfect alternative gift? Request a holiday bookplate form at the library’s front desk or check at Your tax-deductible donation buys a book in an area selected by you for the Scripps Ranch Library. A special bookplate is placed in the book to recognize your gift recipient, who will receive a letter letting him or her know about your thoughtfulness.

Holiday Schedule

The library will be closed on Christmas Day, Monday, Dec. 25, but otherwise will be open on its regular schedule. 

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Calling All Local Playwrights!

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is accepting play ideas for the 7th Annual “Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City.” This program is designed to create and stage new one-act plays. It is our intention to celebrate diversity, entertain, educate, and expand the horizons of our patrons and develop new audiences. The process is simple:

  • Step 1—Submit a Statement of Intent (SOI) with a play idea
  • Step 2—If your SOI is chosen, you write a first draft of a one-act play
  • Step 3—If your first draft is chosen, your play gets produced by SRT

SRT will go “Out on a Limb” and commission up to three plays. In a change from previous years the idea for the play does not need a San Diego connection.

Once a playwright’s idea has been selected, he or she meets with SRT over several months to develop the new play. It culminates in a production in July. The deadline for your SOI is Sunday, Dec. 10, by 11:59 pm. For more details, visit For questions, email [email protected]

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary–Scripps Ranch Unit

December is traditionally the time of year for giving. The Scripps Ranch Unit of Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary appreciates the Scripps Ranch community for its ongoing support of Rady Children’s.

Advocacy: Our unit is honored that the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) has chosen Rady Children’s to focus the “It’s always a time of giving…” The SRCA asks everyone to bring a new unwrapped book or game to its Holiday Concert and Party on Saturday, Dec. 16. See page 7 for event details.

FUNdraising: Scripps Ranch and Rancho Bernardo units teamed up for a beer tasting FUNdraiser at Indian Joe Brewing in Vista. Members, family, and friends gathered to support the hospital’s Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). U.S. News & World Report ranked our NICU as the fifth best in the country for 2017!

Special thanks to Cheryl Steinholt, Sue Fledderjohn, and Vivienne Kaseno from the Scripps Ranch Unit for planning this event. Please email Marilyn Tobin at [email protected] or Elise Johnston at [email protected] if you would like to join our group.

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

One in three women and one in four men will be victims of some form of physical violence by an intimate partner in their lifetimes. Each year in the United States more than 10 million women and men are physically abused by an intimate partner. Male victims of domestic violence say they face a particular stigma that makes it hard to ask for help. However, society and institutions are beginning to change their attitudes and practices, making it easier for men to speak up. Within the past year a few male victims have received temporary shelter and counseling at the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Shelter, in addition to many women and children.

Our “Picnic in Provence” fundraiser last month was a sellout (top photo). We’d like to send a special thank you to all of the HVH Auxiliary members who worked on this event, all who attended, and those who sent donations. We also appreciate the gift certificates and items from the many businesses that were listed in our articles, as well as the recent donation from Flagship Cruises and Events. All proceeds will be used to purchase basic needs for those staying at the HVH domestic violence shelter in 2018. Thank you to the community for its support.

Lynn Parke

SR Women’s Club

Each December the SRWC has a Holiday Party and Cookie Exchange. This party includes dinner and entertainment and is at Diana Whitney’s festively decorated home! For more about our group and activities, visit To join, please call Janet Vesterfelt at 566-3899 or Barbara Wesser at 271-5787.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

YMCA Adventure Guides

November brought our annual pilgrimage to the Indian Hills Camp in Jamul. The kids and dads enjoyed archery, paintball and, as always, awesome zip-line thrills. The warm days faded into cold nights, but the hearty meals, campfires, s’mores, and skits kept everyone warm and entertained.

The Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha circles will hold our annual Holiday Caroling Party in early December. Dozens of kids and dads will belt out Jingle Bells and other classics to their lucky Scripps Ranch neighbors. Back at the host house, we will have food, games, and activities.

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

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

“We learn in moments of enjoyment.”

Ralph C. Smedley

To Ralph Smedley, Toastmasters founder, the best way to practice public speaking and leadership is in a fun, supportive group. When we enjoy the camaraderie of others, it’s easier to achieve our goals.

Join us! We meet on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For details, email Janet Mebane at [email protected] or visit Happy holidays!

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

We wish you joyful and healthy holidays. Our next meeting is on Tuesday, Jan. 23—the fourth Tuesday of the month—at 5:45 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library. For questions, email me at [email protected]

Louise Badham, President

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips is a local group of referral-minded professionals who meet weekly to discuss our industries and marketing and, of course, refer business to one another. We have been going strong for 20+ years, and several founding members are still with us!

We will have our Holiday Party at Gary Stout’s home with a potluck and gift exchange. We welcome Craig Tucker and Miyuki Patterson, both active community members. Please see to see if you’d be a fit!