25th Birthday Celebration

The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) and community friends celebrated our library’s 25th birthday in style at the kickoff event for a month of special events. We thank everyone who supported our Celebrate25 fundraising party and hope those who attended truly enjoyed “An Evening to Remember.”

Special thanks go to our sponsoring donors and the businesses and individual donors of silent auction items. They will be recognized in the next issue of the SRFOL newsletter, The Folio. Their generosity helped get us closer to our goal of raising $25,000 in honor of the 25th.

It’s not too late to be part of the planned exciting courtyard update project, which will make this an even more inviting space for library users and community groups! We would like to add sustainable landscape features, a shade structure, lighting, and more seating for relaxation and reading. Please consider a tax-deductible donation to help make this a reality for all to enjoy. See the design poster at the library or visit www.srfol.org for more information.

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” concert series, sponsored by the SRFOL, welcomes back Trio Arpavioluta on Sunday, Apr. 8, at 2:30 pm. Comprised of flutist Cathy Blickenstaff, harpist Laura Vaughan, and violinist/violist Päivikki Nykter, the trio will perform a delightful program featuring works by Leclair, Dubois, Cui, Dorff, and Debussy.

Art Workshop for Adults

Back by popular demand, another Zentangle program—featuring spring designs—will be on Wednesday, Apr. 18, from 6 to 7:30 pm. Zentangle is an easy art method that creates beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. This introductory workshop is presented through Oasis and sponsored by SRFOL.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading is The Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Apr. 25, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for May is The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro.

Special: The Human Library at Our Library!

On Saturday, Apr. 28, from 10 am to 3 pm, our library will host The Human Library. This program aims to provide a safe space to explore and go beyond stereotypes, as well as to learn more about each other through stories. Participants will have the opportunity to “check out” and then “read” human “books” through one-on-one 20-minute conversations.

Our “book titles” will include Muslim, Blind, Suicidal, Sex Trafficking Survivor, Disabled, and more. The inaugural Human Library event was very well-received at the Central Library several months ago.

Children’s Programs

Storytime for preschoolers continues on Thursdays at 10 am. Yoga Storytime, sponsored by the SRFOL, on Friday, Apr. 6, at noon is for babies, toddlers, and their adults. Kids are invited to practice their reading skills by reading to Finnegan, the dog from Love on a Leash, a volunteer pet therapy group, in a calm, fun environment every first and third Saturday at 10:30 am!

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery

Runs through Sunday, Apr. 22

Audiences have been having a wonderful time with Scripps Ranch Theatre’s (SRT) production of Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery, which has been keeping folks laughing. Comedic genius Ken Ludwig transforms Arthur Conan Doyle’s classic The Hound of the Baskervilles into a madcap comedy-adventure.

Sherlock Holmes is on the case. The male heirs of the Baskerville line are being murdered, one by one. To find their ingenious killer, Holmes and Watson must brave the desolate moors before a family curse dooms its newest heir.

SRT is located on the campus of Alliant International University. Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through Sunday, Apr. 22. To reserve seats, please contact the box office at 858-578-7728. For more information, visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

During the past three months Hidden Valley House (HVH) staff members have helped several clients navigate legal proceedings and complicated social service systems, then transition into safer and healthier living environments. The shelter’s parent organization, Center for Community Solutions (CCS), continues to work with community groups and schools to provide innovative prevention programs that promote healthy relationships in hopes of breaking the cycle of abuse.

Clients can use the following donations this month: new or gently used suitcases; and car seats and boosters meeting current California code. To donate an item, please call Ellen Hawkins at 858-693-0810.

If you are interested in learning more about our HVH Auxiliary or want to attend the monthly meetings, contact Lauretta Johnson at [email protected] We will participate in the SRCA’s Community Meet and Greet on Saturday, May 19, at the Scripps Ranch Library. Please stop by to learn about how the HVH Auxiliary helps domestic violence survivors.

Lynn Parke

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary—SR Unit

We recently welcomed two new members, Jenni Lopez and Lisa Thomas, as we continue our fundraising and advocacy for Rady Children’s Hospital.

Fundraising: We held our “Cheers for Children’s” fundraiser in March at Yanni’s Bar and Grill. We thank Yanni and Denise Pihas for their continued support to help raise money for Rady Children’s Hospital. Proceeds benefit the Hematology/Oncology Parents Extending Support or HOPES fund. This assists families of patients with expenses such as wigs, parking, meals, gas and transportation, and funeral costs not covered by insurance.

We exceeded our goal of helping 25 families, and, because of matching funds, we will be able to help 50 families! This designation of funds was to honor longtime dedicated Scripps Ranch Unit Auxiliary member Ann Wallace.

In March we passed out cookies to patrons at Jersey Mike’s for its Day of Giving. One-hundred percent of the day’s proceeds, estimated at $200,000, were donated to the Auxiliary’s Endowment for Neuroscience at Rady Children’s Hospital Institute for Genomic Medicine.

Interested in joining us? Please email Marilyn Tobin [email protected] or Elise Johnston [email protected] We’d love to have you!

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch

In April the Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch is pleased to host local author Sherri Alazraki. Sherri will discuss her novels, Brush Strokes and The Serpent’s Sting, at our general meeting on Monday, Apr. 9, at 7 pm at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Light refreshments will be served.

If you would like to join us at this event or participate in our many engaging interest groups, please call JoAnn Farmen at 858-695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 858-578-5693. For more about us, visit www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) is a philanthropic and social group. Currently, members are exploring other ways to give back to Scripps Ranch. If you are part of a local nonprofit organization and we could help you meet your goals by volunteering or other means, please share your ideas with us at [email protected] or to our mailing address: Scripps Ranch Women’s Club, 10755 Scripps Poway Parkway, Box 120, San Diego, 92131.

During any month the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club may host bunco, bridge, pre-theater parties, enrichment events, happy hours, and morning coffees. If these activities interest you, contact our membership chairs, Janet Vesterfelt at 566-3899 or Barbara Wesser at 271-5787. Visit www.srwomensclub.org for more.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

YMCA Adventure Guides

We have an exciting trip coming up! The weekend of Apr. 20 we will spend two nights camping among the pine and oak trees atop Palomar Mountain. Saturday we will fish for trout in Doane Pond, hike the wooded forests, and do light bouldering.

Saturday afternoon we expect to head up the road a few miles to the Palomar Observatory, which is still an active observatory run by Caltech. We also hope to visit Boucher Overlook with its panoramic views of San Diego County.

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

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Congratulations to Janet Mebane, our vice president of membership, who achieved both the Advanced Communicator Silver and the Advanced Leadership Silver designations.

Do you desire to achieve your highest potential as a speaker and leader? You can further develop your skills both inside and outside of our club by participating in advanced programs, workshops, and leadership and volunteer opportunities.

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

Scripps Mesa Garden Club

Garden friends, our next meeting is on Tuesday, Apr. 24, at 4 pm. We will tour the garden of member Bob Gale. He will discuss the development of his garden and the cozy spaces that are enchanting and welcoming to one’s soul. Please RSVP to [email protected] by Friday, Apr. 20.

Louise Badham, President