25th Birthday Celebration

Our library first opened its doors on March 13, 1993. We will celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Scripps Ranch landmark with special events at our library throughout March. Join us!

It’s not too late to get your tickets for the kick-off birthday celebration, “An Evening to Remember.” This event on Saturday, Mar. 10, 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 details and reservations, please go to A portion of the ticket price is tax deductible.

If you’re not able to attend, please consider making a fully tax-deductible donation to support this project. Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) will match donations, so your money will go even further! To learn more or to donate online, visit or pick up a form at the library.

Very Special Program!

The celebration continues with a special performance of “Dances with Words,” on Friday, Mar. 16, at 10 am. Enjoy a fun concert that combines the unique talents of The San Diego Union-Tribune syndicated language columnist Richard Lederer (below, right) with those of folk-singing humorist and composer Bill Shipper.

These two dueling punsters will merge Rich’s educational word fun with Bill’s original music. Come prepared to be entertained and edified by learning that is dressed up to have fun. There is no charge for this program, cosponsored by the SRFOL and Scripps Ranch 50 Plus.

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” concert series, sponsored by the SRFOL, celebrates our library’s 25th birthday with Billy Lee and the Swamp Critters. They will perform Cajun, zydeco, and Mardi Gras music on Sunday, Mar. 11, at 2:30 pm. Enjoy a rollicking performance straight from Bayou Country. Meet the musicians at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Awards for Contests

The winners of the SRFOL-sponsored Student Essay Contest will be honored at an event on Saturday, Mar. 24, at 10 am. Each winning student writer will be invited to read his or her essay.

The winners of the 25th Anniversary Bookmark Contest for student artists also will be recognized. Be sure to pick up one of the special limited edition bookmarks at the library, while supplies last.

Community Celebration

Everyone is invited to a festive all-ages party on Saturday, Mar. 24, from 1 to 4 pm. The event will include remarks by city and library officials, crafts and activities for children hosted by the Teen Council, and, of course, birthday cake for all!

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading is The Sandcastle Girls by Chris Bohjalian, the “One Book One San Diego” selection. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Mar. 28, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for April is The Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt. Copies of these books are available at the circulation desk.

Grace’s Book Nook

The Book Nook, which opened on the same day as our library, is celebrating its 25th anniversary with specials all month long! Look for special items, discounts, and surprises throughout March.

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. Please keep those tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media coming.

Help Wanted!

The SRFOL currently has a board position opening for secretary. If you’re interested in helping your library and would like to work with a group of energetic, fun library supporters, please contact at Diane Rider at [email protected] or 858-530-2111.

Final Note

The library will be closed on Friday and Saturday, Mar. 30 and 31, for César Chávez Day.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Scripps Ranch Unit

Our unit lost an “Angel on Earth.” Beloved Ann Wallace (above) passed away on Jan. 28. She was a highly esteemed member of the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit for 39 years. She held several positions on the Auxiliary Board of Directors and earned the Auxiliary’s most prestigious honor in 2005, the Distinguished Member Award, for service above and beyond.

We hope the following section filled with tributes to honor Ann will bring much joy in remembrance. We also hope it will provide a bit of comfort after losing such a loving, kind, gracious, and deeply cherished friend and loved one. In honor and remembrance of Ann Wallace:

“Ann epitomized the word “lady”! 

“Happy memories of playing tennis; loved her blonde hair and red lipstick!” 

“Ann was the queen of game playing. She was a poker, bunco, and cribbage player and always eager to learn a new game. Every time I shuffle a deck of cards I will be thinking of my dear, unforgettable friend.” 

“I was immediately impressed by how genuine she was in her enjoyment of everyone and everything. While wise and respected about so many things she definitely had a streak of humor that quickly endeared you to her.”

“I aspire to be Ann Wallace when I grow up! She was an elegant woman who touched my life!”

“It’s how you walk your journey, more than how your journey ends. Ann walked it with style, class, spirit, laughter, generosity, kindness, and compassion.” 

“I never knew anyone who could handle any situation with as much grace as she always did and certainly never knew anyone who wanted less credit for being so wonderful. She really was the best “lady” in the world.”

Advocacy and Fundraising: On Sunday, Mar. 11, we will fundraise for Rady Children’s Hospital at Yanni’s Bar & Grill. Please join us for wine tasting as we give “Cheers to the Children.” A portion of proceeds will benefit Rady Children’s “Greatest Needs” and will be dedicated in honor of Ann. Email [email protected] or [email protected] for reservations or to make a donation.

Wednesday, Mar. 28, is Jersey Mike’s Day of Giving, and 100% of the proceeds go to the hospital. Auxiliary members will be at locations throughout San Diego, and your support will make a difference in the lives of children and their families receiving care at Rady Children’s.

Please contact Marilyn Tobin at [email protected] or Elise Johnston at [email protected] if you would like to join us as we advocate and fundraise for Rady Children’s.

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary members routinely shop for new and used items and organize donations in support of the North County shelter. This frees up hours each month so that the shelter’s staff can focus on the client journey. HVH client advocates offer basic assistance to victims of domestic violence to increase their access to economic resources, physical safety, and legal protections. Advocates and counselors also work with shelter residents to strengthen their psychological capacities to deal with the complex issues associated with the traumatic effects of domestic violence, long-term abuse, and rebuilding their lives.

The Auxiliary thanks the community for supporting HVH’s work. Recently we received a $360 cash donation from one of the Scripps Ranch bridge groups, and other donations made it possible for us to replenish the bed and bath linens and new underwear inventories. With the shelter remaining fully occupied, these inventories need to be refreshed often to support client turnover and transitions.

We welcome your donations this month to address shelter needs: car seats and boosters meeting current California code; and gently used suitcases. If you would like to donate any of these items, please call Ellen Hawkins at 858-693-0810.

Lynn Parke

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery Opens Friday, Mar. 23

Get your deerstalker cap on—the play’s afoot! Comedic genius Ken Ludwig takes Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles and transforms it into a madcap comedy-adventure.

Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being dispatched one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir. Watch as our intrepid investigators try to escape a web of clues, silly accents, disguises, and deceit as five actors deftly portray more than 40 characters. Join the fun and see how far from elementary the truth can be.

Director Charles Peters has assembled a fantastic cast of San Diego actors including Robin Thompson, Michael Lundy, Russell Clements, Bob Himlin, and Michelle Marie Trester. Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is located on the campus of Alliant International University. Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery runs from Friday, Mar. 23, through Sunday, Apr. 22. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To reserve seats, call the box office at 858-578-7728 or visit

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

Scripps Ranch High School senior girls, this is your month! March is the time to apply for one of the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) scholarships. Each year our club awards several scholarships to senior female students based on strong academics and community service. The application and all the information is at The deadline is Friday, Mar. 30. SRHS senior girls, don’t miss this outstanding opportunity!

During any month the SRWC may host bunco, bridge, pre-theater parties, enrichment events, happy hours, and morning coffees. If any of these activities interest you, call our membership chairs, Janet Vesterfelt at 566-3899 or Barbara Wesser at 271-5787. Also, visit for more details.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch

New to our community? The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch is the place for you! It’s a wonderful way to make new friends or meet up with other members.

All women are welcome to partake in our many interest groups. If you would like to join us, please call JoAnn Farmen at 858-695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 858-578-5693. To learn more about our activities, look us up at

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

In the February Toastmaster magazine, Lisa Marshall wrote how we can make our speeches memorable. The key? Focus on one idea in which you passionately believe and deliver it in a memorable way. Here are some tips:

  • Focus on one novel idea: resist the urge to talk broadly; instead, go deep by using stories to support your key idea.
  • Craft a unique and unexpected approach: the brain pays extra attention to things that spark our curiosity and interest.
  • Big ideas matter to people: articulate why you care deeply and why the audience should care, too.
  • Boost interest by sharing genuine enthusiasm: sincerity in delivery draws in your audience, creating a more personal connection.

Would you like to try out these new ideas in your next speech or presentation? Come visit our club at no obligation. We meet on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For more information, email Janet Mebane at [email protected] or visit

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

This was the first month we switched to a “committee-style” organization, which led to more events and greater leader diversity. Even with a short month, we had many different events: a fun Seven Bridge Walk around Balboa Park (above); a lively Super Bowl Party; a pre-Valentine’s Day party; and dancing to live music. This was in addition to a couple of mid-week I Need A Drink nights and a fun hike at Sycamore Canyon.

We’ve added two regular monthly events: a mid-week I Need A Drink Night; and a Saturday morning Miramar Lake walk. If you’re single and enjoy a wide range of activities, join our fun, friendly group. To find out more, email Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Garden Friends, our March meeting will be a garden tour at the home of our member Helen Plutner. Join us on Tuesday, Mar. 27, at 4 pm in Scripps Ranch. Please RSVP to me via text at 619-988-6745 by Friday, Mar. 23, for the address.

Helen’s garden includes many drought-tolerant and edible plants, fruits, and vegetables. She also will give her insight on how she has implemented creative water systems in her garden. Please come join our garden community! For questions, email me at [email protected]

Louise Badham, President

Village Quilters

Village Quilters will host quilt artist Mel Beach on Saturday Mar. 10, at 10 am in the Scripps Ranch Library Community Room. Doors open at 9:30 am. Her lecture, “Challenge Yourself” is sure to inspire you with her quilting journey and her love of quilt challenges. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to donate $5. To learn more about Village Quilters, visit or email Linda at [email protected]

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips is a local business networking group whose members engage in a diverse array of enterprises and occupations. Think yoga to financial planning and everything in between!

We meet weekly to engage in discussion about our specialties, plus we are a source of valuable referrals to one another. This is a dedicated, long-standing group and we are going very strong! Please contact Cheryl Berkson at 858-922-3720 or [email protected] if you are interested in joining this engaging, dynamic referral group.