The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) welcomes our new youth services librarian, Melissa Giffen (pictured at right). Stop by to meet her the next time you’re at the library.

Summer Reading Program

Our Summer Reading Program (SRP) is back! Starting on Friday, June 1, kids, teens, and adults can sign up for the SRP online at www.SanDiego.gov/SummerReading and start logging books or hours read. Read 10 books or 10 hours and earn a prize! Prizes vary by age group and will be provided while supplies last. This program is free for all ages. Please see staff if you have any questions.

Children’s Programs

Kick off Summer Reading with us on Thursday, June 7, with two events:

  • 10–10:30 am—our special guest storyteller Peter McBride presents music, stories, and folktales
  • 3–4 pm—join the popular artist Hullabaloo for an interactive, toe-tapping concert full of singing

Don’t miss more Summer Reading events, sponsored by the SRFOL, every Thursday at 3 pm and on Saturday, June 16, at 11 am. Performances include music, science, and animal shows for all ages. For the full schedule, visit www.srfol.org.

Sharpen Your Skills returns Monday through Thursday this summer, starting on Monday, June 18, from 3 to 6 pm. The volunteer-led math and reading sessions help build skills and prevent “summer slide.” Homework Help also is available.

Get your child ready for his or her first day of school at KinderCamp. This program for kids 4 to 5 years old and their guardians runs from Monday, June 18, through Friday, June 22, from 9:30 to 11:30 am. Online registration is required at www.SanDiego.LibraryMarket.com.

Join us for hands-on creativity at weekly Arts for Learning Visual Art Workshops on Tuesdays from 3 to 4:30 pm. These workshops are for kids and families.

Check our website at www.srfol.org for many more exciting programs for kids!

Music Program

Have you ever wondered what or who inspired the great composers to write their masterpieces? Join acclaimed international pianist Robyn Carmichael on Sunday, June 10, at 2:30 pm for her highly popular Romantic Masters and Their Muses. This program provides a rare glimpse into the lives of four great masters of the keyboard: Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, and Mendelssohn.

Discover new insights about these great geniuses in a program combining beautiful music, poetry, images, and commentary. There is no charge for the concert, although donations are appreciated. This is the final concert of the spring season of the “Pleasure of Your Company” music series, sponsored by the SRFOL.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. Join the discussion on Wednesday, June 27, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for July is A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole.

New Classes for Adults

Two new classes have been added at our library through a partnership with Continuing Ed. Both classes are suggested for those 55+ but open to anyone 18 and older. Register in class.

Learn the art of Japanese Brush Painting in a new class for adult learners on Wednesdays, starting June 13, at 4:30 pm. Beginners are welcome.

On Wednesdays at 9:30 am, beginning June 20, join a new class to learn to play the piano. Professor Wei will cover basic to intermediate techniques.

Special Book Sale!

We’re celebrating the end of our fiscal year with a big Special Book Sale on Saturday, June 30, from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of a huge inventory of books, media, and more—many significantly discounted from our already low prices. All proceeds go to help the library.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

For Better runs through Sunday, June 24

Audiences are laughing out loud at the current romantic comedy playing at the Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT). For Better, by Eric Coble and directed by veteran San Diego actor/director Eric Poppick, takes a playful look at how we find connection and love with our current communication filter of cell phones and computers. Everyone can find a piece of themselves in this story.

For Better has a terrific cast of San Diego actors including Kenny Bordieri, Heidi Bridges, Fred Harlow, Kay McNellen, Charles Peters, and Erica Weisz. SRT is located at Alliant International University, and For Better runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To reserve seats, call the box office at 858-578-7728 or visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org. Tickets are $34 with discounts for seniors, military, and students.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Center for Community Solutions (CCS) operates the Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter. CCS held a fundraiser—Tea and Tonic—which was attended by HVH Auxiliary members (above.) CCS operates the only 24-hour toll-free countywide hotline for crisis intervention and referrals related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in San Diego.

CCS received two grants to provide increased services to the disabled, who are often very vulnerable to domestic abuse. As a result the shelter is undergoing a retrofit to be in line with the American Disabilities Act code, and the staff is receiving training to help deaf and blind clients. Also, advocates will be present for domestic abuse forensic exams of victims of sexual assault and strangulation.

Items the shelter can use this month are new or slightly used suitcases, duffle bags, thumb drives, and baby slings or wrap carriers. To donate, please call Ellen Hawkins at 858-693-0810. Thank you.

Lynn Parke

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary–Scripps Ranch Unit

Advocacy: Christine Holstad represented our unit at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Meet and Greet to share information about Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego and the auxiliary. It was an outreach to provide information on a variety of children’s health and safety topics, services at the hospital, and more about our group.

FUNdraising: RCHA La Playa Unit’s 23rd Annual Celebration of Champions was held at the Embarcadero Marina Park to support the hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Our unit and the Rancho Bernardo unit co-sponsored a child and manned a carnival fishing game booth.

Scripps Ranch member Lisa Thomas ran the “Torch of Life” relay with our child and joined Edith Smith and her daughter, Charlotte, after the relay at the carnival fishing booth. The “Torch of Life” relay symbolizes the spirit and determination to fight this life-threatening disease.

The Scripps Ranch unit meets on the third Monday of each month at 7 pm at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. For membership details, please email Marilyn Tobin at [email protected] or Elise Johnston at [email protected]

Congratulations to Janet Mebane who was elected our unit president for 2018–2019. For more about us, visit www.facebook.com/rcha.scrippsranch or www.rchascrippsranch.com.

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Director

YMCA Adventure Guides

On the weekend of June 8 the Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles will go mountain camping right here at Mount Laguna. Measuring more than 6,000 feet in elevation, Mount Laguna towers over the San Diego region, offering amazing views and a completely different ecosystem. The weather should be perfect to explore the extensive trails system, trees, and wildlife.

Also, we will visit Little Laguna Lake, which was amazing after last year’s rainy winter. We are wondering what it will be like after much less rain this year.

Sound like fun? 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 details, please visit www.rancho.ymca.org/yprog/cat1200.html or contact expedition leader Eric Deitz at [email protected]

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch members enjoy a variety of fun and engaging activities every month. We have more than a dozen different interest groups, from book clubs to bicycling. Members can pick and choose what activities appeal to them. This is a wonderful way to socialize and make new friends, as well as get together with dear ones.

For more information about our club activities, please contact JoAnn Farmen at 858-695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 959-578-5693. Also, visit www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Congratulations to Jay Mohanarajulu and Ray Rogers for being the first in our club to complete Level 1, Mastering Fundamentals, in the new Pathways program. Jay is pursuing Presentation Mastery, and Ray selected Motivational Strategies. Both look forward to completing the remaining levels—Learning Your Style, Increasing Your Knowledge, Building Skills, and Demonstrating Expertise.

Each Pathway is a journey of possibilities, with online learning, cutting-edge content, interactive tools, and strong mentoring and evaluation.

Visit us 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 www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

Each month members of the Women’s Club engage in a variety of activities, and they attend as many or as few activities as meet their needs. On Friday, June 8, members will gather for a pre-theater party and then attend the Scripps Ranch Theatre production of For Better. There are also morning walks at Miramar Lake followed by coffee, and weekly daytime and evening bunco and bridge games.

If any of these Women’s Club activities appeal to you, contact our membership chairs, Janet Vesterfelt at 858-566-3899 or Barbara Wesser at 858-271-5787. Please visit www.srwomensclub.org.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Garden friends, our next meeting is on Tuesday, June 26, at 5:45 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room. We will have three master gardeners that day. Dawn Standke chairs the Certified Earth-Friendly Garden Committee. Diane Rexin will talk about the “perfect soil” for your garden. Kathryn Blankinship will educate us on techniques for propagating fruiting plants from cuttings and grafting.

All are welcome. Please RSVP to me at [email protected] by Friday, June 22.

Louise Badham, President