25th Birthday Celebration

Tickets are now available for “An Evening to Remember” on Saturday, Mar. 10. This is a very special event to benefit our library in celebration of its 25th birthday. Make your reservations now at the early-bird rate, as we celebrate and raise funds to facilitate enhancements and upgrades to the courtyard and library.

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, libations, music, a silent auction, behind-the-scenes tours, and more! For more information and reservations, check out the advertisement on the left and visit www.srfol.org.

Classes for Adults

Writing Children’s Books is a new class for adults presented in partnership with Continuing Ed. The lessons are structured around writing picture books, easy readers, beginning chapter books, and middle grade/young adult novels. This weekly class starts on Friday, Feb. 2, at 1:30 pm. Register on the first day of class.

Also through Continuing Ed our cooking class returns on Thursdays at 9:30 am. Please call the library at 538-8158 for details. Technology for Older Adults continues every Monday at 3:30 pm.

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” presents the Orvieto Trio on Sunday, Jan. 21, at 2:30 pm performing works for violin, cello, and piano trio by Piazzolla, Smetana, Kapustin, and Babajanian. Enjoy chamber music at its best in the intimate setting of our library’s Community Room. Join us for a post-concert reception.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Nightingale by Kristin Hannah. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for February is The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly. Copies of these books are available at the circulation desk.

Children’s Programs

Our all-ages storytime is every Thursday at 10 am. Yoga Storytime is always the first Friday of the month at noon. Join the fun on Friday, Jan. 5, and please bring your own mat. Brilliant Babies continues every Wednesday at 1 pm.

Grace’s Book Nook

Make a New Year’s resolution to visit Grace’s Book Nook often to check out bargains in books of all categories—from cookbooks to classics, from best sellers for adults to board books for babies—as well as CDs and DVDs. There is something for everyone! Our inventory is updated several times per week, so stop by each time you’re at the library.

To explore volunteer opportunities with Grace’s Book Nook, please email [email protected] Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media are always welcome.

SRFOL Membership

Do you love your library? Become a true “Friend” of our library by joining the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. Your membership supports our efforts to provide new books and media, programs, and more. Memberships start at only $5 for students and seniors. Forms are available at the library and www.srfol.org. Join or renew your membership today!

Library Schedule

The library will be closed on New Year’s day, Monday, Jan. 1, and Monday, Jan. 15, for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Outside Mullingar Opens at SRT on Friday, Jan. 19

Outside Mullingar runs at Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) from Friday, Jan. 19, through Sunday, Feb. 18. A co-production with the Oceanside Theatre Company, it will continue its run at the Brooks Theatre in Oceanside from Friday, Feb. 23, through Sunday, Mar. 11. Outside Mullingar is by John Patrick Shanley and directed by veteran San Diego arts leader Kathy Brombacher (above).

Anthony and Rosemary are two introverted misfits straddling 40. Anthony has spent his entire life on a cattle farm in rural Ireland, a state of affairs that, due to his painful shyness, suits him well. Rosemary lives next door, determined to have him, yet watching the years slip away. SRT artistic director Jill Drexler shared, “We are excited to explore this powerful script that examines the lives and love of two unconventional Irish neighbors. It is such a quietly beautiful story.”

Kathy Brombacher has assembled a talented cast of San Diego performers including Jim Chovick, Vanessa Dinning, Dagmar Fields, and Steve Schmidt.

SRT is located on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To reserve seats, call the box office at 578-7728 or visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org. Individual tickets are $34 with discounts available for seniors, military, and students.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary would like to thank the businesses, individuals, and groups who gave generously of their time, services, and money to help the HVH shelter in 2017. The community’s response to our “items of the month” requests benefited more than 160 women, newborns, toddlers, tweens, teens, and even men seeking temporary respite from abusive situations. A special thanks goes to Ellen Hawkins who continues to serve as the main Scripps Ranch collection point for donations. Thanks also go to Scripps Ranch Women’s Club members for again collecting children’s toys and presents for the moms at their annual Holiday Party (pictured below).

In 2017 the HVH clientele included more moms with tweens and teens than those with babies, and the auxiliary purchased larger quantities of food. There was also a significant increase in their average stay, in preparation for a move into independent or transitional housing facilities. The auxiliary provided several blankets, pillows, mattress pads, and linens. While the yearly client count was down, the 4,698 client days at 90% occupancy was higher than last year.

During our January meeting with Center for Community Solutions, which operates the shelter, and HVH staff, we will discuss their new grant programs, client trending, and how proceeds from our group’s fundraiser can best help survivors.

Lynn Parke

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

Now that the busy holiday season has subsided, perhaps you are looking to enrich your life with a friendly social group whose mission is to provide college scholarships to local Scripps Ranch girls. If so, the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) might be for you!

On Wednesday, Jan. 17, SRWC members will take a beach walk at La Jolla Shores in the morning, and following the walk, enjoy a lunch at Piatti’s. On Wednesday, Jan. 31, there will be a happy hour at Yanni’s Bar and Grill.

If any of these activities appeal to you, contact our membership chairs, Janet Vesterfelt at 566-3899 or Barbara Wesser at 271-5787. More information is on our website at www.srwomensclub.org.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary-Scripps Ranch Unit

Unit members gathered in December for some “Holly Jolly” holiday cheer and dinner at the home of Kathy Sayer. The evening was not without a little “folly” from our pick and steal gift exchange!

Advocacy and Fundraising: December included “Week of Giving” opportunities for our members to advocate and fundraise for Rady Children’s. Congratulations to Michele Fisher for her inspirational auxiliary leadership citywide and with auxiliary unit members to organize these advocacy and FUNdraising activities.

Holiday highlights for our Scripps Ranch Unit included a Tree of Dreams. Unit member Rebecca Flynn, designer extraordinaire, decorated a full-size live tree that was entered in a live tree auction to raise proceeds for Rady Children’s. These trees brought hope and joy to children and their families for the holidays.

Also, unit members were at Scripps Ranch Starbucks locations encouraging the community to “Fill the Bucket” for Rady Children’s. Every drop counts!

‘Tis the “Season for Giving” and we thank the community for joining us during an inspirational “Week of Giving” activities. Those included the Holiday Concert and Party—hosted by the Scripps Ranch Civic Association—to support the patients and families at the hospital.

We look forward to celebrating 45 years as a unit of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary in 2018. Please contact Marilyn Tobin at [email protected] or Elise Johnston at [email protected] if you are interested in joining our unit in friendship and fun to advocate and fundraise for Rady Children’s.

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Chair

YMCA Adventure Guides

January brings our annual Pinewood Derby race. Kids will cut—with dad help—and paint their cars at the monthly meeting, then race for glory on Sunday, Jan. 21. Camping at the YMCA’s Camp Whittle in Big Bear is on the weekend of Feb. 2–4. This camp is a winter wonderland. The sledding hills are amazing and include many options for every age and skill level.

Join us! Adventure Guides is for dads and their children—K–5th grade. The Trailblazers program is for kids in 6th grade to age 15. For details, visit www.rancho.ymca.org/yprog/cat1200.html or email Eric Deitz at [email protected]

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

We ventured to Ramona recently for a lively wine tasting event, hosted by one of our members, and we had a huge turnout for our I Really Need A Thanksgiving Drink (above). We also had many members come out for a hike at Lake Hodges.

If you’re single and enjoy a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, come join our fun, friendly group. We have more than 100 members in their late-30s to 60s, and we continue to attract new people. Please note that we do all our event notifications by email. To join or find out more about our events, email Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch

Happy New Year! Looking for a fresh start in the new year? The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch has many opportunities to make friends and attend fun activities. To learn more about our group come to our Coffee Klatch held once a month in a comfortable setting at a member’s home.

If you would like to join us at any of our events or participate in our many interest groups, please call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693. To learn more about our activities, visit us at www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

News flash: Toastmasters launches Pathways, a new learning experience! Pathways is a fantastic, flexible, and interactive journey of self-development designed to help you reach your full potential. You’ll build the competencies needed to communicate and lead in the real world.

Benefits include customized learning, frequent recognition, mobile access to materials, strong mentoring, and videos demonstrating presentation skills. The 10 paths focus on relevant skills, such as team collaboration and presentation mastery.

Where will Pathways take you? Learn more at www.toastmasters.org/pathways, then visit our club to discover how we can help you navigate your personal path. We meet on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Guests are always welcome! No charge, no obligation.

For more details, contact Janet Mebane at [email protected] or visit www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org.

Cercle Français of Scripps Ranch

Parlez-vous français? The Cercle Français of Scripps Ranch meets bimonthly for French conversation and camaraderie, often while enjoying French wine and cheese. Our members have a wide range of speaking abilities in French and come from diverse cultural backgrounds. In other words, you do not have to be perfectly fluent to join in the fun! Contact Carol at 547-4331 or [email protected] if you are interested.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our January Scripps-Mesa Garden Club meeting will be on Tuesday, Jan. 23, at 5:45 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room. Our longtime member Lynnell Hallock will demonstrate flower arranging. She has a great flare with everything floral and garden related. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

We hope that your holiday season was filled with joy and time spent with family and friends. Happy New Year!

Louise Badham, President