Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

Scripps Ranch High School senior girls, now is your opportunity to apply for one of our Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) college scholarships. Each year the SRWC awards several scholarships to senior female students based on strong academics and community service. The application is on our website at, and the deadline to apply is Friday, Mar. 30. If you are a SRHS senior girl, this is a wonderful opportunity not to be missed!

On Saturday, Feb. 3, there will be a coffee for members, new members, and potential members. This will be an opportunity for friendship, conversation, and to learn more about how the SRWC benefits our community. On Friday, Feb. 9, SRWC members, spouses, partners, and guests will go to the Scripps Ranch Theatre to see Outside Mullingar. The pre-theater party for this play will be at Carol and Walt Becker’s home.

If any of the above activities appeal to you, please contact our membership chairs, Janet Vesterfelt at 858-566-3899 or Barbara Wesser at 858-271-5787. More information on the Women’s Club can be found at

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Don’t miss Outside Mullingar at Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) through Sunday, Feb. 18. This is a co-production with the Oceanside Theatre Company, which will present the play after its run at SRT.

Outside Mullingar is written by John Patrick Shanley and directed by veteran San Diego Arts leader Kathy Brombacher. She shared, “The play is about two Irish farming families living side by side in the country who are eccentric, dynamic, and funny. Jim Chovick and Steve Schmitz as father and son are riddled with conflicts over the land and family pride.

“Vanessa Dinning and Dagmar Fields as daughter and mother pit themselves against the neighboring farmers over a piece of disputed land. The hidden romance between daughter and son who are in their 40s is written with lyricism, emotional depth, and surprises, which in the hands of these four actors has had us both laughing and tearing up in rehearsal. We hope audiences will do the same. ”

SRT is located at Alliant International University. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To reserve seats, call 858-578-7728 or visit Tickets are $34, with discounts for seniors, military, and students.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Priorities for the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary spending in 2018 will continue to focus on basic client needs: food, toiletries, linens, clothing—especially underwear—school supplies, diapers, and kitchenware. Also, funds raised at our November event will be used to help replace the shelter’s rundown playground equipment, revamp the relaxation patio, and fully realize a dedicated combined client counseling and yoga room. If funds allow, other initiatives may include creating a child development and homework area and increasing our contribution for transportation needs.

HVH’s supply of canned and dry goods is almost depleted and they welcome donations of canned foods: soups, pasta sauce, vegetables, fruits, baked and refried beans, as well as items such as spaghetti, rice, and beans. Also needed are more umbrellas and new or lightly used Corelle dishes. Pictured below are holiday donations of kitchenware for HVH.

If you would like to donate any of these items, please call Ellen Hawkins at 858-693-0810 to arrange a time to bring them to her. Thanks for your ongoing support!

Lynn Parke


25th Birthday Celebration

There’s still time to get your tickets for “An Evening to Remember,” at the early-bird rate! This very special event on Saturday, Mar. 10, in celebration of our library’s 25th birthday, will raise funds to facilitate enhancements and upgrades to the courtyard and library.

Enjoy heavy hors d’oeuvres, libations, music, dancing, a silent auction, behind-the-scenes tours, and more! For information, please see the center section of this Newsletter, pages 28 and 29.

Adult Programs

“Writing Children’s Books: A Creative Writing Class,” presented in partnership with Continuing Ed, meets on Fridays at 1:30 pm beginning Feb. 2. This class for adults will help get you started writing picture books, easy readers, chapter books, and even young adult novels.

Our weekly cooking class, “Eating for a Healthy Lifestyle,” returns with a particular focus on diet and nutrition. All levels of cooking skills are welcome on Thursdays at 9:30 am starting Feb. 1.

Oasis presents “Symbols in Art” on Saturday, Feb. 17, at 10 am. This presentation, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), will examine and discuss the meaning of symbols throughout art history and give participants a chance to think about famous artworks in a new light.

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” concert series, sponsored by the SRFOL, presents the award-winning Rob Thorsen Trio on Sunday, Feb. 11, at 2:30 pm performing classic jazz, original compositions, and more, integrating many styles contributing to their modern jazz sound. Meet the musicians at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Breaking News @ the Library!

Join us on Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 6 pm for “News Literacy and You.” Two librarians will discuss how to assess news and journalism in the 21st century media landscape of fake news, sensationalism, and the 24-hour news cycle. We’ll learn how to take a critical eye toward the news and be aware of cognitive bias, look for multiple sources, and think about verification and accountability and other important ways to process current events.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Wrong Side of Goodbye by Michael Connelly. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for March is The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian, the “One Book One San Diego” selection.

Children’s Programs

LEGO Club meets every second and fourth Monday—this month, Feb. 12 and 26—at 3:30 pm. The atmosphere is informal but some serious building occurs! Every session has a new “challenge” or you can freestyle. Finished projects go in our display cabinet for two weeks.

New and seasoned moms, dads, and grandparents agree our Brilliant Babies is a great way to socialize little ones. Join us on Wednesdays at 1 pm for stories, songs, and lots of tactile toys to play with!

Visit for a complete schedule of programs.

Grace’s Book Nook

Your support of Grace’s Book Nook helps raise needed funds for new library acquisitions and programs. Be sure to stop by the Book Nook each time you’re at the library to browse through the frequently updated stock for amazing bargains.

Please keep those tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media coming. Donations of history titles are in particular demand. To explore volunteer opportunities with Grace’s Book Nook, please email [email protected]


We bid farewell to Holland Kessinger, our youth services librarian (YSL), and wish her well in her new position. We are hopeful that our new YSL will have joined our staff by the time you read this.

Help Wanted

The SRFOL Board has an opening for a secretary. To explore this and other volunteer opportunities, please contact at Diane Rider at [email protected] or 858-530-2111.

Final Notes

The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 19, for Presidents’ Day. Please visit for a calendar of programs.

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

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Invest in yourself and unlock your potential with the new Pathways learning experience! As Toastmaster’s founder Ralph Smedley realized, communication and leadership are inextricably linked. And that’s how the new Pathways program evolved. It interweaves core competencies—Public Speaking, Interpersonal Communication, Leading and Managing, Leading Strategically, and Building Confidence—into a personalized learning experience.

We’re not talking about a static point of learning, like a one-workshop approach. Pathways delivers a continual avenue to learn. You’re regularly applying what you’ve learned to your next step, and you move from mastering fundamentals to delivering expertise.

Plus, you’re not on the path alone. A mentor helps guide you. Our club meetings provide a safe, positive environment in which you can regularly practice skills, such as delivering prepared speeches, speaking ad hoc, taking on leadership roles, giving constructive feedback, gaining confidence, and more.

Come visit us at no obligation and start weaving your own communication and leadership path. We meet on Thursdays 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

League of Women Voters Scripps Ranch

This month’s League of Women Voters Scripps Ranch Unit meeting is on Thursday, Feb. 22, at 10 am. Everyone is welcome. The topic for discussion is the #MeToo movement as a worldwide awareness campaign regarding sexual assault and harassment.

At the meeting attorneys from local firms will give legal context to the issues raised. The meeting is at 11104 Gatemoore Way in Scripps Ranch. For more information, email us at [email protected]

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.

YMCA Adventure Guides

March brings a return to our tent camping season. The Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles will head to Joshua Tree National Park from Friday, Mar. 9, through Sunday, Mar. 11, to enjoy a beautiful weekend of bouldering and admiring the scenery. This is a wonderful opportunity to sleep in the park and take advantage of the perfect spring weather. If we’re lucky, we’ll time it right to catch the amazing desert flower bloom.

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. If you would like more information, please visit or contact expedition leader Eric Deitz at [email protected]

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

Our mid-week I Need A Drink nights are proving popular, and we did a fun, easy hike at Lake Hodges (pictured above). For 2018 we added another 10 members and hosted a couple of hikes, dancing, and I Need A Drink evenings.

If you’re single and enjoy a wide range of indoor and outdoor activities, come join our fun, friendly, and growing group. Please note that we do all of our notifications by email. We have a private Facebook page that highlights some of our events and allows our members to reach out and plan or lead activities. To join or find out more details about our upcoming events, please email either Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Garden friends, our next meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 27, at 5:45 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room. We will set up our calendar at this meeting. We hope you join us to help enrich our community. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

Louise Badham, President

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips is a local business networking group whose members engage in a wide range of enterprises and occupations. We meet weekly to engage in discussion about the business climate and to provide referrals to one another. This group has been around for 20+ years—several founding members are still with us!—and we are going strong.

Please contact Cheryl Berkson at 858-922-3720 or [email protected] if you’re interested in joining this engaging, dynamic referral group! Also visit our website at We look forward to meeting you.