Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit

May is Miracle Month for Rady Children’s Hospital. Visit any Costco, Rite Aid, Panda Express or participating credit union and make a donation for a paper Miracle Balloon. Send a Miracle Balloon from www.radyfoundation.org/miracle-balloon and help create miracles for kids at Rady Children’s. It’s a fun way to help your kids make miracles happen for other kids!

FUNdraising: We have been filling up a five-pound water jug with spare change at monthly unit meetings to support the Auxiliary’s Spare Change Challenge. Auxiliary units throughout San Diego share a collective goal to raise an additional $2,500,000 for the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Endowment for Neuroscience at the hospital’s Institute for Genomic Medicine.

Angela Phillips and Kathy Smith have planned our annual unit fundraiser social for Saturday night, May 12, at the home of Angela Phillips. Please join us for an evening of live music and entertainment by Kyle Smith, great food, friendships, and FUNdraising with unit members and friends from the community. Please email [email protected] or [email protected] if you are not a member and would like to attend.

Membership: The Scripps Ranch Unit meets on the third Monday of every month at 7 pm at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. Celebrating 45 years our legacy aspires to attract and retain members from the community who will maintain a strong presence and inspire new and creative ways to promote a fun, energetic, and strong commitment to fundraise and advocate for Rady Children’s. For membership information, please email Marilyn Tobin at [email protected] or Elise Johnston at [email protected] For more about our unit, please visit www.rchascrippsranch.com.

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Director

Scripps Ranch Theatre

New Production: For Better

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) opens its next production this month! For Better debuts on Friday, May 25, and runs through Sunday, June 24. Don’t miss it!

For Better is a romantic comedy for the digital age, where the intricacies of overlapping calls, three-party conferencing, and concurrent instant messages and emails substitute for good old-fashioned human interaction.

Playwright Eric Coble examines the effects of electronic communications on romance, intimate relationships, and marriage. At the center of this dance is Karen, who spends more time talking with her fiance, Max, via media than in person. In this plugged-in world of iPhones, iPads, and laptops, do a bride and groom really need to be in the same country to go on a honeymoon?

Leading the production is veteran performer and director Eric Poppick (above). Scripps Ranch audiences saw him on stage in SRT’s holiday production of The Season of Love. Eric is working with a wonderful cast of performers including Kenny Bordieri, Heidi Bridges, Fred Harlow, Kay McNellen, Charles Peters, and Erica Weisz.

SRT is located on the campus of Alliant International University. For Better runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To reserve seats, contact the box office at 858-578-7728 or visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org.

SR Friends of the Library

Contest Winners

Winners of the 2018 Student Essay Contest, sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), were honored at the library birthday celebration. Congratulations to: 4th grade—Matthew Ekaireb and Caleb Kim, Dingeman Elementary; and Sonali Caffrey, Jerabek; 8th grade—Alyssa Sengchan, Mikella Nuzen, and Ranjiv Jithendran, all from Marshall MS; and 10th grade—Kai Klein, High Tech High! All received certificates and Barnes and Noble gift cards.

Winners of the 25th Anniversary Bookmark Design Contest also were recognized at the event at three grade-level categories and presented with certificates. Congratulations to: Levi Polzin, grades K–2, homeschool; Pranathi B. Reddy, grades 3–5, Miramar Ranch Elementary; and Noah Sanchez, grades 6–8, Marshall MS. They created the winning designs that have been made into actual bookmarks, which are available at the library.

Receiving honorable mentions were: Sara Abhyankar, 4th grade, Dingeman Elementary; and Isabella Bayona, 5th grade, St. Gregory the Great. All of the original bookmark entries are on display at the library near the entrance. Pick up your free 25th birthday bookmark at the library while supplies last. Congratulations to our talented young artists and writers!

Courtyard Update

Thank you to everyone who participated in the special March events marking the 25th anniversary of the opening of our wonderful library. We’ll continue to “Celebrate25” throughout the year, as our efforts to raise funds for the proposed upgrades to our courtyard continue. It’s not too late to make a fully tax-deductible donation to support this project. The SRFOL will match donations, so your money will go even further! To learn more or to donate online, visit www.srfol.org, or check out the design concept poster and pick up a form at the library.

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” concert series, sponsored by the SRFOL, welcomes back Quartet Nouveau on Sunday, May 13, at 2:30 pm. Known for its energizing and deeply emotional performances, this exciting ensemble will perform Beethoven’s String Quartet Op. 59, No. 1, and other works. There is no charge for the concert.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Art Forger by Barbara A. Shapiro. Join the discussion on Wednesday, May 23, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for June is Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.

Grace’s Book Nook

If you haven’t had a chance to visit Grace’s Book Nook recently, make a point of doing so soon! In addition to a continually updated collection of nearly new and gently used books for all ages and tastes at amazing prices, the Book Nook also has CDs, DVDs, and books-on-CD, plus magazines, new greeting cards, puzzles, and duck food for our feathered neighbors at Evans Pond.

We currently have a large inventory of books for children and young adults. Also, check out our cookbook, sports, and entertainment sections! Your support of Grace’s Book Nook helps raise funds for new library acquisitions and programs. We appreciate your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media.

Children’s Programs

Join us for Yoga Storytime on Friday, May 4, at noon. This free program, sponsored by the SRFOL, is enjoyed by babies and young children together with their special adults. Bring your own mat and prepare to have fun! Lego Builders meets on Monday, May 14, at 3 pm. Check at the library or www.srfol.org for information about other special programs.

Especially for Seniors

Our Tai Chi group meets every Monday from 1 to 3 pm. Check at the library or on our website for other programs for adults.

Library Closed

The library will be closed on Monday, May 28, for Memorial Day.

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch

Have you been thinking about getting out and exercising more? Spring is the perfect time for a fresh start. The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch has a Trail Walking group that might be right for you. Members meet at the home of Janelle Boustany most Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays at 9 am. The walks go through many of our beautiful Scripps Ranch trails and take from one to two hours.

We have off-Ranch hikes, usually once a month, led by Dorothy Mildice (below), to some of our scenic coastal areas and hidden inland gems. These hikes can be a bit longer and usually include lunch. We recently had a meet up at a beautiful winery in Escondido. The views were spectacular and the food was great too!

For more information about Trail Walkers and other club activities, please contact JoAnn Farmen at 858-695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 858-578-5693. For more details about the Welcome Club, please visit www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

A core value of the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) is philanthropic scholarships and donations to the local community. Also, each month the SRWC hosts bunco, bridge, and enrichment events. In May the enrichment event is a tour of 10 historic fountains at the Rancho Bernardo Inn followed by lunch. This artistic and educational event is on Wednesday, May 16.

If this or other social activities interest 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 www.srwomensclub.org.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary was created years ago to help victims of domestic violence at the HVH shelter. Each month our members purchase groceries to ensure clients have a balanced, healthy, and healing diet.

We also organize the client clothes closet and purchase new underwear for adults and children, as well as bedding, bath linens, toiletries, personal items, baby strollers, diapers and wipes, school supplies, and backpacks. We also fund client transportation vouchers and small projects that benefit the clients. This past month we paid $10,000 as matching funds to replace and upgrade the HVH shelter’s worn out playground equipment.

The auxiliary always welcomes new members. Visit our table at the SRCA Community Meet & Greet on Saturday, May 19, at the Scripps Ranch Library. See this Newsletter’s centerfold for details.

We welcome donations. This month the shelter needs sets of forks and spoons, new or gently used cotton twin sheet sets, luggage, and thumb drives. To donate, call Ellen at 858-693-0810. Thank you.

Lynn Parke

YMCA Adventure Guides

In May we will visit the YMCA-Camp Marston in Julian. The many activities will include archery, candle making, BB guns, gold panning, slingshot paintball, hiking trails, and a 42-foot climbing wall. There is also nearby wildlife that sometimes strolls through camp. It’s like summer camp, only now you’re an adult!

For our non-camping activity, we will build model rockets. We will have easy-to-build rocket kits, but participants are welcome to bring their own more advanced rockets. We will then fly the rockets at Fiesta Island with the Dart Rocketry Club at one of its regular events.

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. For more details, visit www.rancho.ymca.org/yprog/cat1200.html or contact expedition leader Eric Deitz at [email protected]

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

We continue to benefit from our new “committee-style” organization, with a second month of more diverse events and leaders. We had seven different events, from proudly supporting the Celebrate25 library event—both by attending and offering two items for the silent auction—to three hikes and walks and two lively and diverse I Need A Drink evenings.

If you’re single and enjoy a wide range of activities, come join our fun, friendly, and growing group. We now have more than 125 members! Please note that we do all our event notifications by email. To join or find out more about our upcoming events, email either Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Garden friends, our May meeting will be our third Home Garden Tour on Tuesday, May 22, at 4 pm. It will be at the home of master gardener Heather Holland, who lives in the Scripps Ranch area.

She will discuss her garden makeover after her home and garden were burned in the 2003 Cedar Fire. Please RSVP to me at [email protected] by Friday, May 18. Hope to see you there!

Louise Badham, President

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

A mentor is someone who shares knowledge, imparts wisdom, and encourages action. At Toastmasters we believe in mentorship. The opportunity to mentor a fellow Toastmaster is an opportunity for both the protégé and the mentor to grow. New members receive one-on-one support, while mentors appreciate the opportunity to give back.

At Scripps Teasers each member has the best interest of every other member at heart. Come visit our club to see how we can help you. 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 Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips is a longtime San Diego referral group that meets every Friday. We are always looking for business owners who are committed to a weekly meeting and to refer business to one another.

Each week a member gives a presentation related to his or her specialty, or on another topic he or she chooses. For more information, visit www.scrippstips.net, and contact Cheryl Berkson at [email protected] if have any questions or are considering joining us.