Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

If you are a victim of relationship or sexual violence, do you know where to find help or a temporary safe haven? The Center for Community Solutions (CCS), a nonprofit agency founded in 1969, operates a North County domestic violence shelter called Hidden Valley House (HVH). Experts say that at this time of year–shortly after the holidays–organizations like CCS see an uptick in calls for help and an increase in the client population at the shelter.

For more than 14 years our local HVH Auxiliary has helped provide basic necessities for shelter clients. Each month we meet with CCS and HVH staff


to discuss their immediate needs, which vary based on season, number, ages of children, and so forth. We publicize those in the SRCA Newsletter to make it easy for community members to help.

This month their supplies of diapers, blankets, and strollers are low. Your donations can be dropped off at the Scripps Ranch Library, the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road, or the Baby Vie store in the SR Marketplace on Scripps Poway Parkway.

If you are interested in attending our monthly meetings–usually held at noon on the first Friday of every month–please contact Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708 or [[email protected]].

Lynn Parke

Winery Tour in February for Women’s Club

We’re looking for energetic, community-minded women to join our club. To fulfill that goal, we have a contest going: the current member who recruits the most new members will receive free dues for next year! We will welcome all new members at a coffee in February.

Wine tasting and a tour of Orfila Vineyards in Escondido promises to be a fun activity on Saturday, Feb. 23, for members and their guests. The boutique winery, nestled in the San Pasqual Valley 30 minutes from San Diego, opened in 1994 and offers Rhone-style wines. Since opening, the vineyards have received more than 1,300 medals in national and international competitions.

Our annual fundraiser is coming up next month on Saturday, Mar. 16, and will feature a Saint Patrick’s Day theme. We’ll donate proceeds from this event to Scripps Ranch High School girls in the form of a college scholarship. Also, our club donates to numerous community organizations within Scripps Ranch.

For more information on any of these activities, please call our friendly membership chair, Susie Hill, at 847-9411. Also, visit [www.srwomensclub.org]. New members are always welcome!

Anne McClure, Publicity

Special Concert

Internationally acclaimed pianist Endre Hegedus will perform works by Bach, Schubert, Schumann, and Chopin in a not-to-be-missed concert on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 7 pm. Hear our fine Schimmel piano at its best! This concert is co-sponsored by the House of Hungary, San Diego, and benefits our library. Enjoy Hungarian pastries at a complimentary reception. Tickets are $15 at the door; children under 12 are free.


The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) sponsors two free Zumba classes each week. Every Friday at 4 pm, Zumba Fitness combines a high-energy cardiovascular workout with pulsating Latin music into a fun, calorie-burning experience. Beginners and those who prefer a bit slower pace than regular Zumba may want to try the new Zumba Gold class on Mondays at 9:30 am.

Music Program

On Sunday, Feb. 17, at 2:30 pm "The Pleasure of Your Company" presents the piano duo of Mary Barranger and Diane Snodgrass performing masterworks from the piano four-hand repertoire. There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are accepted and appreciated. Meet the artists at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at 7 pm with the screening of a 1955 thriller noted for its expressionistic style and starring Robert Mitchum, Shelley Winters, and Lillian Gish. Film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the film and moderate the post-screening discussion.

Book Discussion Group

The group is reading Exile by Richard North Patterson. Everybody is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room.

Children’s & Teens’ Programs

Celebrate Library Lovers’ Month at the library on Thursday, Feb. 21, at 3 pm with a free concert presented by San Diego Symphony’s Linda and Shearn Platt Kinder Koncert. It features a chamber orchestra composed of symphony members–a wonderful program for kids and people of all ages.

On Thursday, Feb. 28, at 3 pm experience an inspirational multimedia presentation by author Bette Blaydes Pegas about her extraordinary adventures, Chasing a Dream in the Galapagos.

Get help with your homework questions from a Homework Connection volunteer at the library weekly Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5 pm. The Library Chess Club meets every Thursday at 4 pm, offering instruction and fun.

Chinese Storytime for School Age Children is on Fridays at 4 pm. Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers is Thursdays from 10 to 10:30 am. These free programs are sponsored by the SRFOL.

Grace’s Book Nook

Visit Grace’s Book Nook, open Monday through Saturday, often to check out bargains in books of all categories. To volunteer at Grace’s Book Nook, email [[email protected]]. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media are always welcome.

In Memoriam

Dedicated library volunteer Dorothy Webster Ansoff (above) passed away on Dec. 30 at the age of 89. Dorothy and her late husband, Dr. Igor Ansoff, were great library supporters. She started volunteering in 1989 in our storefront library, continuing for more than 20 years.

Dorothy was beloved and very appreciated by library staff. A celebration of her life was held in January–appropriately–at the library. Memorial gifts can be directed to the San Diego Public Library Foundation on behalf of the Scripps Ranch branch or to the SRFOL.


Become a true Friend of our Library by joining SRFOL. Memberships start at $5 for students and seniors. To celebrate the opening of the new San Diego Central Library, life memberships are available through August at the discounted rate of $250 per person–the usual rate is $500 per person. Membership forms are at the library and on [www.srfol.org].


Check our website [www.srfol.org] for additional programs and information.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

We had a great time at our holiday get-together and sincerely hope you had a wonderful holiday season. It’s a new year and our Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary is off and running.

Our "2nd Time Around Prom" fundraiser is on Saturday, Feb. 16, from 6 to 10 pm at the beautiful home of Steve and Michele Fisher. Come dressed in your old prom dress, ugly bridesmaid getup, or as a princess. Guys, you may want to dig out that old suit or your favorite pants your spouse won’t let you wear.

Join us for a little reminiscing with your favorite music and great times from the past. Get together with friends while supporting Rady Children’s Hospital. For information on this event or to RSVP, please contact Yvette Gilman at [[email protected]] or 566-6501.

We always welcome new members into the auxiliary. If you are interested in becoming part of this valuable community organization, please contact Mary Rea at [[email protected]] or 578-3098. Follow our unit on Facebook at "Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Scripps Ranch Unit" or visit us online at [www.rcha-scrippsranch.org].

Karin Whiteley

Scripps Teasers

Congratulations to Hugh Rothman for achieving Advanced Leadership Bronze. Since joining Toastmasters two years ago, Hugh has noticed a significant improvement in his ability to present information and communicate with both his fellow engineers–and if you know engineers, that is usually a challenge!–and current and potential customers.

How can Toastmasters help you? Scripps Teasers is committed to helping our members become better public speakers and leaders. Come visit us on Thursdays at 7 am at the SRCA Community Center. To learn more, contact Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222 or check us out at [http://teasers.toastmastersclubs.org].

Village Quilters

Village Quilters meets at the Scripps Ranch Library the second Saturday of the month. The February meeting is on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 am to noon, featuring Helen Young Frost. Enjoy a trunk show of Helen’s quilts and learn from her mistakes as she recounts her journey as a quilt maker. She will share tips to make your quilt making easier, more precise, and more fun! For details, visit [www.villagequiltersguild.com].

Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch has started the new year with its usual fun activities: coffees, book club meetings, trail walking, bike riding, bunco, and bridge. We also have several events in February, including a theater group night and an evening social for friends and couples. We will see A Feminine Ending at the Scripps Ranch Theatre and have a pre-play party on Saturday, Feb. 9. The social gathering–a "TGI"–will be at a member’s home on Friday, Feb. 22. On Friday, Mar. 1, we will celebrate birthdays at a "birthday babes" lunch.

We’d love to have you participate in these events and activities. Just email me at [[email protected]] or call JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Also, think about attending our general meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 5. We’ll celebrate our anniversary that night. Please join us at 7 pm at the Aviary location of the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. We’d love to welcome you!

Janelle Boustany, Secretary

Openings for Members in Scripps Tips

We are seeking new members! If you know of any professionals in private practice or any small business owners or independent service or product reps you can recommend, we would appreciate your referrals. For example, we have openings for a cleaning service, a handyman, a chiropractor, and a dentist. We limit membership to one member per profession. Visit [www.scrippstips.net] to see which businesses are not represented. We meet Fridays for breakfast. Inquiries are welcome by our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson, at 922-3720.

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group’s mission is to connect with other professional women in Scripps Ranch and help them expand their business opportunities while having fun socializing and building friendships.

Our next meeting is on Friday, Feb. 22, from 8 to 9:30 am for breakfast. Our "Presenters of the Month" are Coleen Choisser and Dr. Nikki Goldman. For details, please call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit [www.srwnetworking.org].