Children’s Programs

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s Summer Reading Program! Registration has ended, but prizes can be picked up through Wednesday, Aug. 15.

Ongoing programs for children and families include:

  • Sharpen Your Skills—Mondays through Thursdays, 3–6 pm. Volunteer-led math and reading sessions designed to build skills and prevent “summer slide.” Homework Help also available.
  • LEGO Builders Club—second and fourth Monday, 3:30–4:30 pm. Get creative! All ages welcome.
  • Babies and Books—Tuesdays, 1–1:30 pm. Storytime with songs and movement designed for infants and toddler up to 2 years old.
  • Preschool Storytime—Thursdays, 10–10:30 am. Storytime with music, finger play, rhymes, and more! Geared to preschoolers 2–5, but babies and toddlers are welcome.
  • Yoga Storytime—Friday, Aug. 3, 12–12:30 pm. A great combination of physical movement and learning for ages 1–5 and their caretakers.
  • Paws to Read—first and third Saturday of the month, Aug. 4 and 18, 10:30–11:30 am. Children of all ages read to certified therapy dogs to build reading confidence.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 22, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for September is The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. These books are available at the circulation desk.

Grace’s Book Nook

Savvy readers shop at Grace’s Book Nook, our library’s used bookstore, for their summer reading and more! Especially good for beach and vacation reads—from bestsellers to classics, cookbooks to children’s books, fiction and nonfiction—our stock of almost new and gently used books is updated frequently. Representing the ultimate in recycling, the Book Nook converts your tax-deductible donations of books into new books, media, and programs for our library!

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company,” our concert series, is still on summer break. Mark your calendar for Sunday, Sept. 9, and the opening of the new season.

Classes for Adults

The summer session of the weekly classes at our library presented through our partnership with Continuing Ed ends in mid-August. Following a brief break, classes resume in September. Please consider registering in class for the fall term. Check or at the library for the complete calendar of classes.

Final Notes

Check our website at or at the library for an updated and complete calendar of programs for all ages.

For events please allow a few minutes to park on Meanley Drive and walk up the paved and lighted walkway to the library.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Advocates at the Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter have provided crisis counseling for several families this past month. Using safe ways to encourage children to express their feelings, advocates help them learn that the violence in their homes is not their fault.

Domestic violence (DV) can have impacts on children’s brain development and attachment abilities. It also can create regressive behaviors in children and can be a predictor of pre-delinquencies. Children who witness DV may repeat the pattern in their own relationships, but Center for Community Solutions (CCS)—the organization that runs HVH—believes that talking with children can break the cycle of violence. The 24-hour CCS crisis hotline is 888-385-4657 if anyone wants to talk through their current situation or obtain a referral for help.

In July the HVH Auxiliary purchased six car seats to support the families staying at the shelter. Members also made record-breaking purchases of groceries as a result of families not being able to take advantage of school meals during the summer. Items the shelter could use this month are: thumb drives; new or gently used strollers; and summer clothes. To donate, please call Ellen Hawkins at 858-693-0810. Thank you.

Lynn Parke

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

Do you enjoy books and reading? The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) is initiating a book club, where members will gather for book discussions and to share ideas for new reading titles. In addition to this group, throughout the month the SRWC hosts various activities including bridge, bunco, enrichment outings, happy hours, coffees, and pre-theater parties.

If the SRWC looks like an organization that would appeal to you, please contact our membership chairs, Connie Curran at 858-775-7703 or Denise Hampton at 858-361-7118. More details about our club can be found at

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch

The Gadabouts toured Scripps Ranch Fire Station 37 on last month’s excursion. We met our hardworking firefighters and paramedics. They showed us the equipment and explained how it is used to protect you and our Scripps Ranch neighborhoods.

During any given month the Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch hosts a variety of activities such as bunco, pitch, trail walkers, crafts, morning coffees, pre-theater parties, book clubs, bridge, and many other fun activities. If you would like to join our club or would like more information about our events, please call Thelest Stewart at 858-271-6092 or Becky McDonald at 858- 578-5693.

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary—SR Unit

Our unit is in the midst of our Membership Drive. We encourage those interested in joining us in our commitment to FUNdraise and advocate for Rady Children’s to please contact our membership chairs, Lyn Cobb at [email protected] and Kathy Steinhause at [email protected] There will be a prospective new member gathering early in September. Please visit our Facebook page at for details.

A special “thank you” goes to those who came by our Rady Children’s advocacy table on the 4th of July and to Frank and Marilyn Tobin for the use of their driveway. Parents and children enjoyed spinning the “Advocacy Wheel” to learn about pool safety, water safety, and sun safety. “Water Watcher” lanyards were given to those who participated.

Water Safety Tips: Drowning is the leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 4 in San Diego County. Most drownings happen in home pools, but children also can drown in toilets, bathtubs, and buckets. Drowning only takes a couple of minutes and a couple inches of water. Here are some ways to reduce risks:

  • Stay within arm’s reach and never leave a child alone near water, even for a second.
  • Take turns watching kids. Designated “water watchers” must not drink alcohol or be distracted. Watch the water, not the children.
  • Learn how to swim. However, swimming lessons are not a substitute for close adult supervision.
  • Teach children to always swim with a friend.
  • Never leave toys in or near the pool or spa area.

For more information about child safety, visit Rady Children’s Center for Healthier Communities website at We wish everyone in Scripps Ranch a happy and safe summer!

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity Director

YMCA Adventure Guides

In August the Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles head for a sunny weekend on Imperial Beach at the YMCA’s Camp Surf facility. In addition to surfing lessons, we will boogie board, swim, build amazing sandcastles, scale a climbing wall, and play beach games.

Saturday night will feature the “Bridging Over” ceremony for the older kids who are moving on to the Trailblazers program. The team with the most clever and creative skit earns the coveted Golden Lantern. Overnight camping on the beach is a truly unique experience!

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, visit or email expedition leader Eric Deitz at [email protected]

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver. Do you have a message you want to share with others but speaking in public holds you back? Many people have that fear.

Learning how to speak in front of an audience is something everyone needs to practice. Want to learn how to speak in a fun, safe environment and make new friends? Take a small step, one week at a time. Come join us!

You can drop by on any Thursday from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. We would love to tell you about Toastmasters. For more information, contact Janet Mebane at [email protected] or visit

Active Scripps Ranch Singles

Another fun month and we reached another milestone with our 125th member! Our committee really stepped up this month to lead some fun planned—and spontaneous—events. We had a great showing, and a great time, at the first Symphony in the Park concert, as well as a lively dinner at a local restaurant (below). That led to an impromptu event a few days later. Everyone had a great time!

If you’re single and enjoy a wide range of activities, join our fun, friendly, and—at 125 members—growing group. Please note that we do all our event notifications by email. We have a private Facebook page that highlights some of our events and allows our members to reach out anonymously and plan or lead events, too. Looking at our membership roster, we could use a few more single men in the group. To join or find out more details about our upcoming events, email Steve or Barb at [email protected]

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Our August meeting is our members’ end of summer potluck. We return to the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room for our September meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 25, at 5:45 pm. Please email me at [email protected] for further details regarding the September meeting.

Louise Badham, President