Scripps Ranch Theatre Productions

Wrapping up Communicating Doors and Gearing Up for She Loves Me

Alan Ayckbourn’s classic British comedy/thriller Communicating Doors is finishing its run at the Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT), but you can see it until Sunday, Oct. 7! Don’t miss it!

The SRT artistic team is thrilled to continue the 40th Anniversary Season with the production of She Loves Me, perhaps one of the most charming musicals ever written. Directed by San Diego actor and director Ted Leib, She Loves Me is a warm romantic comedy with an endearing innocence and a touch of old-world elegance. Shop clerks Amalia and Georg work together but don’t see eye to eye. This euphoric romantic comedy with a soaring score follows their story as they each respond to a lonely-hearts ad and their lives intertwine. The score is filled with some of the most iconic songs in musical theater, including Vanilla Ice Cream, She Loves Me, and Will He Like Me? Tickets are on sale now for this fantastic musical that opens at SRT on Friday, Nov. 9.

Director Ted Leib shares, “I’m really excited about the talented cast of San Diego actors we’ve brought together for this piece. The music—by the songwriting team of Fiddler on the Roof—is some of my favorite. Scripps Ranch Theatre has a wonderfully intimate space…and producing a musical there puts our audience right into the center of the experience. We can’t wait to share it with the Scripps Ranch community.”

SRT is located on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances are on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To reserve seats for either production, call the box office at 858-578-7728. For more information, visit

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary continues its support of the HVH shelter with proceeds from its annual fundraiser. This year’s luncheon event, “California Dreaming,” is on Saturday, Nov. 3, and invitations have been mailed out. If you’d like more information or an invitation, please email Lauretta Johnson at [email protected] The afternoon includes time to socialize with other women, a variety of ways to donate to this worthy cause, and you’ll hear an amazing story from a domestic violence survivor.

Trauma-informed care and services offered to clients at the shelter are built around safety and providing a connection to support, resources, and housing. Staff members who have direct contact with the HVH clients receive 60+ hours of crisis intervention training.

Topics include the impact of trauma and a client’s individualized response to it, such as how it can affect memory, health, ability to think clearly, manage emotions, and sense of self. It is understood that all types of reactions to trauma are normal. Advocates work to create a sense of safety for victims so they can become survivors.

Recent high temperatures have resulted in an increase in reported domestic violence incidents. Calls to the 24-hour toll-free, confidential, countywide crisis line have increased by 15% in the past couple of months. Please call 888-385-4657 to talk through your current situation with trained staff and volunteers, or to get crisis intervention and information referrals related to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking in San Diego.

After years of service on behalf of HVH, Ellen Hawkins has retired as the auxiliary’s donation coordinator. Please do not drop off items for the shelter at her home any longer. Auxiliary member Sandy Small is our new donation coordinator, and you may call her at 858-586-1403 to arrange a time to drop off items you’d like to donate for HVH clients. This month they can use suitcases, duffel bags, reusable totes, flatware, and thumb drives.

Thank you for your ongoing support of the shelter and auxiliary. We hope to see many community members and supporters at the November fundraiser luncheon.

Lynn Parke 

SR Friends of the Library

A Howling Good Time!

The Haunted Library returns on Friday, Oct. 26, at 7 pm. At this annual event planned and staffed by the Scripps Library Teen Council, the library is transformed into a “haunted house” after hours! This year’s event features a new route through the library. Watch for the Haunted Library trailer video on the library’s Facebook page and come if you dare!

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” music series features the San Diego Jewish Men’s Choir on Sunday, Oct. 14, at 2:30 pm. Winner of multiple global music awards, this premier choral group will perform works from its varied repertoire of liturgical, pop, folk, gospel, and musical theater music. There is no charge for the concert, which is sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), although donations are appreciated. Meet the musicians and mingle with fellow music lovers at a post-concert reception.

Children’s Programs

Special programs for children this month include a Pumpkin Party on Thursday, Oct. 18, at 3:30 pm. This is a fun event for kids with no scares but with crafts, treats, and cutesy Halloween fun.

Kids 8–12 are invited to make a skeleton pop-up book at the Afternoon Craft Club on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 3:30 pm. All supplies will be provided but registration is required online at

In-N-Out Burger’s Cover to Cover Library Reading Program for children 4–12 runs from Saturday, Oct. 6, to Saturday, Nov. 17. Kids can earn up to three hamburgers or cheeseburgers for reading five books. Check or at the library for a complete schedule of children’s programs.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Frankenstein by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room.

The book for November is A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson.

Grace’s Book Nook

Wow! This month Grace’s Book Nook, our library’s used bookstore, features a large selection of DVDs for only 50 cents each or three for $1! Shop at the Book Nook, open Monday through Saturday during library hours, for great bargains on gently used books—fiction and non-fiction—for readers of all ages and tastes, as well as CDs, magazines, greeting cards, and duck food. The inventory is updated almost daily, so stop by often.

We have openings for volunteers interested in covering biweekly 2½-hour shifts. Please email g[email protected] to explore this and other volunteer opportunities with the Book Nook.

Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books are always welcome. All proceeds help support our library.

Art Show Submissions Invited

The 2018 One Book, One San Diego selection is March: Book One, by Congressman John Lewis, Andrew Aydin, and Nate Powell. In honor of that book the Scripps Ranch Library and our Teen Council will host an art show featuring community submissions on Saturday, Dec. 8. Entries should honor the civil rights movement, celebrate non-violent protest, highlight a contemporary cause you would march for, or any combination.

All submissions meeting requirements and promoting inclusivity will be showcased. All ages are invited to participate using any medium—from painting to photography to poetry. The deadline is Sunday, Nov. 25. For full contest details, check at the library or email [email protected]

You’re Invited to the Scripps Ranch Unit’s Events

Fall is here with leaves changing and pumpkins appearing, which means that the Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary–Scripps Ranch Unit is in full swing! This group’s mission is not only to advocate for the health and well-being of children in the community but also to raise funds for Rady Children’s Hospital, one of the best in the country.

One of the first events in the lineup this year is Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 20, at 5 pm. This is an in-unit fundraiser, guaranteed to be fun, and anyone interested is invited to join in the merriment and camaraderie. If you would like to attend, call Doris Berry at 619-606-7976, or visit our website at for more details.

Want to get some holiday shopping done early? The Geppetto’s Toys fundraiser is on Wednesday, Oct. 10. At Geppetto’s Toys, 10% will be taken off your purchase, and 10% of the day’s sale will be donated back to the hospital.

Padres Pedal for the Cause: Scripps Ranch unit member Rebecca Flynn will participate in this one-day event that raises funds for cancer research at Rady Children’s and other San Diego research institutions. The annual challenge includes four cycling courses, spin classes, and a 5K walk/run, all finishing centerfield at Petco Park on Saturday, Nov. 17. Information is at If you would like to support Rebecca and are able to donate, please go to, the genomics team.

Mark your calendar for the Rady’s Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station, which runs from Saturday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Jan. 6, 2019. Come get in the holiday spirit! Proceeds benefit the hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Monthly education seminars are open to any unit member. Last month’s topic was 3-D imaging. Speakers and topics vary monthly but all pertain to improving and helping the lives and health of children.

With everyone’s heart set on the same goal, Scripps Ranch Auxiliary members work and have fun together throughout the year. Membership is always open, and we encourage you to join us. Please visit for details.

Susan Parme, Publicity Chair

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

Schools are in full force for this academic year and so are the activities for the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC). On Friday, Oct. 5, SRWC members will attend the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s production of Communicating Doors. A pre-theater party will be held at Becky and Bruce Carlquist’s home. In addition to this cultural event, our club hosts bridge, bunco, a book club, happy hours, and enrichment outings.

This is also the time of year when the Women’s Club makes donations to local schools and organizations. This year we are giving to the Scripps Ranch Library, Scripps Ranch Theatre, and Symphony in the Park. Also, in addition to our scholarships to high schools senior girls, we donate to our local elementary and middle schools.

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 information can be found at

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Learn About Yoga!

For our October general meeting the Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch will host an informational program on yoga. Our guest speaker, Carol Dulmage, has years of experience practicing and teaching yoga. Join us on Monday, Oct. 8, at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road.

The Welcome Club hosts a variety of other 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 us or would like more information about other club events, please call Thelest Stewart at 858-271-6092 or Becky McDonald at 858-578-5693. Also visit us at

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Garden friends, our October meeting will be at the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at 5:45 pm. Fausto Palofax from Mission Hills Nursery will join us to talk about planting for the fall for both vegetables and flowers. It’s great timing so you can get your garden planted before the—hoped for—winter rains.

Please come and join the fun. RSVP to [email protected] See you there!

Louise Badham, President

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Our Toastmasters club is here to help members improve their public speaking skills, which leads to personal growth, confidence, and greater leadership ability. We’re a fun, supportive group, so come practice with us! We added four new members in September, and this is a great time to join with others who are new to the program.

Guests are always welcome. Drop by any Thursday at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Our meetings last only one hour. If you would like more information, email us at [email protected] or check out our club website at

YMCA Adventure Guides

We have an exciting camping trip planned. On the weekend of Friday, Oct. 12, through Sunday, Oct. 14, the Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha Circles head to Paso Picacho. It’s a beautiful campground near Julian that offers camping and hiking in an oak woodland forest, with a sprinkling of pines and lovely meadows with creeks. The most popular hikes start from this camp, including the two-mile hike up Stonewall Peak—elevation 5,700 feet—and the three-and-a-half-mile hike up Cuyamaca Peak, with an elevation of 6,512 feet. Both offer breathtaking views of the deserts to the east, the coast to the west, and Lake Cuyamaca at the bottom. We are looking forward to this trip!

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 contact expedition leader Mark Rackers at [email protected]