Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) honored our high school female scholarship winners at our annual dinner at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo. Congratulations to Sabrina Drobeck and Selena Martinez, who attended with family members. Sabrina heads to Berkeley to study pre-med, and Selena is bound for Yale with a focus on investigative journalism. These two winners are talented and bright individuals who already have given back to their community in their young lives. The SRWC is delighted to acknowledge their abilities and contributions through our scholarship program.

In addition to selecting scholarship winners, the SRWC has a variety of monthly activities that range from fun to educational. If our club 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 information can be found on our website at

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)

New Officers

Congratulations to the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) new officers: Delane Pickel, president; Barbara Thunder-Barnes, vice president; and Laurie Wright, secretary. Also congratulations to Hilliard Harper, who was reelected to another term as treasurer!

Music Program

The first concert of the new season of the “Pleasure of Your Company” music series features concert pianist Bryan Verhoye on Sunday, Sept. 9, at 2:30 pm. His program will include works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn, and Rachmaninoff. There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated. Meet the artist and mingle with fellow music lovers at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Children’s Programs

Hogwarts Day at the Scripps Ranch Library is Saturday, Sept. 1! We will celebrate the world and magic of Harry Potter with several events including:

  • DIY Wizard Wands at 11 am— Every witch and wizard needs a wand, so come and make your own with a little help from our local wandmakers! We will use hot glue, so it is recommended for ages 8–12. Materials are provided, but prior registration is required online.
  • Hogwarts Open House, 2–5 pm —A spell has been cast to turn the Scripps Ranch Library into Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry for the afternoon, allowing wizards and muggles alike to come and take Hogwarts classes. No acceptance letter or prior registration required! Be sorted into your House, learn Charms or Defense against the Dark Arts, play Quidditch… or do them all and more, while supplies last!

On Thursday, Sept. 20, at 3:30 pm the Afternoon Craft Club will help you get ready for Banned Books Week with a special accordion book craft for kids and families. This is recommended for ages 8–12. All supplies will be provided, but prior registration is required online.

Dance Pants Party is a new program for children ages 1–5 on the first and third Wednesday of the month—Sept. 5 and 19—from 1:30 to 2 pm. Kids will enjoy songs and movement activities that build motor skills and increase independence.

Check our website at or at the library for the complete schedule of exciting programs for children of all ages.

Where’s Waldo Teen Odyssey

Did you join in the search for Waldo this summer, have the fun of finding him hiding somewhere at our Scripps Ranch Library, and earn the cute Waldo duck button plus a stamp in your passport? Incoming Teen Council officers Haley Nguyen, Thanh-Nha Tran, Haley Sadler, and Freddie O’Hara not only found Waldo at our library, but also visited a number of other branch libraries on their quest to bond as a team and learn more about our library system.

They were impressed by the diversity of our libraries and how well used and enjoyed they are. They also took the opportunity to network with other Teen Councils. It’s clear that our teen team has another great year ahead!

Classes for Adults

Several of our classes offered through a partnership with Continuing Education begin their fall session this month. Register in class for:

  • Health Education for Older Adults, exercise–Tuesday, Sept. 4, 1:30 pm
  • Piano 1–2 for Older Adults— Wednesday, Sept. 5, 9:30 am
  • Drawing and Painting 1–2 for Older Adults, Chinese brush painting— Wednesday, Sept. 5, 4:30 pm
  • Writer’s Workshop, Children’s Books—Friday, Sept. 7, 1:30 pm
  • Retirement Living with a Technology Focus—Monday, Sept. 10, 3:30 pm

Classes are designed for 55+, however, all adults 18 and older are welcome.

Special Author Talk

Join us on Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 6 pm for a special book talk featuring Don Endicott discussing 50 Best Short Hikes San Diego. Entirely updated from the original edition co-written with the late Jerry Schad, 50 Best Short Hikes is a new San Diego hiking classic!

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for October is Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Copies of these books are available at the circulation desk.

Grace’s Book Nook

Shop at Grace’s Book Nook, open Monday through Saturday during library hours. You will find great bargains on nearly new and gently used books—fiction and nonfiction—for readers of all ages and tastes, as well as CDs, DVDs, magazines, greeting cards, and duck food. The inventory is updated almost daily, so stop by often.

We have an opening for a volunteer interested in covering a 2½-hour shift—either weekly or alternate weeks. Email [email protected] to explore this and other volunteer opportunities with the Book Nook. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books are always welcome and help support our library.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

It’s almost time for the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary’s annual fundraiser! Mark your calendars to attend our “California Dreaming” luncheon on Saturday, Nov. 3, at the same Poway location as in prior years. It’s an afternoon to visit with other women, enjoy a fabulous lunch, learn about the HVH shelter and programs to help the families seeking temporary shelter there, and hear an amazing story from a domestic violence survivor. Invitations will be mailed out in September, so please email Lauretta Johnson at [email protected] if you want to be added to the list.

We would like to thank these businesses who already have sent in donations and gift certificates for our fundraiser:

  • Cygnet Theatre
  • Poway on Stage
  • San Diego Repertory Theatre
  • Torrey Pines Corporation
  • U.S.S. Midway Museum
  • Yanni’s Bar and Grill
  • Hotel Del Coronado
  • Joan Lovell of Cadence Travel, who secured our opportunity drawing: a two-night stay in a resort room at the Hotel Del and breakfast for two each day at Sheerwater

More benefactors will be recognized in future SRCA Newsletter articles.

Over the summer months Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) changes were made to accommodate disabled and deaf clients at the HVH. Those include new door knockers and fire alarms that provide strobe lights, vibrating alarms, lever handles on all doors, and a wheelchair-accessible shower. Children staying there continue to enjoy the new playground equipment that was installed recently.

From June 2017 to July 2018 Center for Community Solutions (CCS), the organization that runs the shelter, received 6,016 calls on its 24-hour toll-free, confidential, countywide crisis line. Call 888-385-4657 to talk through your current situation with trained staff and volunteers, or get crisis intervention and information referrals related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in San Diego.

In preparation for cool weather, clients at the shelter will need twin blankets, kids’ and adults’ sweatshirts, sweaters, and athletic shoes. To donate, please call Ellen Hawkins at 858-693-0810. Thank you.

Lynn Parke

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

The Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit is gearing up for the year ahead, with its first 2018–2019 meeting planned for Monday, Sept. 17, at the Crown Pointe clubhouse. Janet Mebane is this year’s chair, and the unit is always ready to welcome new members.

Whether you have been interested or curious about the unit or are new to the community, all are invited to join us at the September meeting. The easiest way to make contact with our membership chairs, get directions if needed, and find out more information about the group is to go to our website at Meetings are generally held the third Monday of the month with a social at 6:30 pm and the meeting at 7 pm.

The first event of the year is “Auxiliary Night at Petco Park,” where the Padres play the Rangers on Saturday, Sept. 15, with a post-game fireworks show. A portion of the proceeds from each ticket supports the Rady’s Hospital Endowment for Neuroscience. This event is open to members and nonmembers. Get tickets at

Other fundraisers planned for this fall are Geppetto’s Day; Kendra Scott Night; Tree of Dreams; and the annual Day to Donate, formerly Kids’ NewsDay. Please join our unit for fundraising, fun, and lasting friendships!

Susan Parme, Publicity Chair

SR Theatre Presents Communicating Doors

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) begins its 40th season with Communicating Doors, which opens Friday, Sept. 7. SRT artistic director Jill Drexler shared, “Our 40th season kicks off this month with Alan Ayckbourn’s classic British comedy/thriller Communicating Doors directed by Jacquelyn Ritz. Forty years is a wonderfully long time to make our home in this community. We look forward to entertaining and engaging our Scripps Ranch patrons and friends with a fantastic lineup of shows.”

Communicating Doors brings us to England where three women have business in a hotel suite. One of them has narrowly escaped being murdered, one is about to be murdered, and one was murdered two decades before. Impossible? Not when the door in the corner leads back to the same suite 20 years earlier. The cast includes the talented San Diego performers Paul Morgavo, Sibongile Ngako, Charles Peters, Kate Rose Reynolds, Wendy Waddell, and John W. Wells III. Communicating Doors runs through Sunday, Oct. 7.

SRT’s 40th season continues…

She Loves Me

Friday, Nov. 9—Sunday, Dec. 16

By Joe Masteroff, Jerry Bock, and Sheldon Harnick

Perhaps the most charming musical ever written, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old-world elegance. Shop clerks Amalia and Georg, who don’t see eye to eye, have both responded to a lonely-hearts ad. Sound familiar? Enjoy music by the songwriting team of Fiddler on The Roof.

Dancing Lessons

Friday, Jan. 25—Sunday, Feb. 24, 2019

By Mark St. Germain

A heartwarming story laced with humor about a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome seeking the instruction of an injured dancer in order to survive an awards dinner. As their relationship unfolds, they’re both caught off guard by the discoveries they make about each other and themselves. This is a co-production with the Oceanside Theatre Company.

Return Engagements

Friday, Mar. 29—Sunday, Apr. 28, 2019

By Bernard Slade

This ingenious comedy is by the author of Same Time, Next Year. Act 1 consists of three vignettes showing separate couples. In Act II we meet the couples 25 years later and learn how they ended up and how they are linked together.

Move Over, Mrs. Markham

Friday, May 31—Sunday, June 30, 2019

By Ray Cooney and John Chapman

A hilarious and hectic British farce revolving around the misunderstandings, mixups, and mistaken identities that ensue when different sets of hopeful lovers all converge in the put-upon Markhams’ bedroom. It’s a wild zany free-for-all by the authors of Not Now, Darling.

SRT is located on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Individual tickets are $37 with discounts available for seniors, military, and students. Save money with a season ticket for $148! To reserve seats for Communicating Doors or to purchase your season tickets, call the box office at 858-578-7728. For more information, please visit

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Public speaking leads to personal growth. If you want to stand in front of others and share your story, come practice with us! We recently had a guest speaker, Abdul, from the ImpacTeam Club. He will compete in the International Speech Contest.

Drop by on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For details, email Deborah Wright at [email protected] or visit