YMCA Adventure Guides

November brings our annual pilgrimage to Indian Hills Camp in Jamul. This tent camping trip is usually one of the most well-attended Adventure Guide trips. Some years we have nearly 100 dads and kids from the Pomerado Expedition.

Kids and dads share in the archery, paintball, and awesome zip-line thrills. The kids usually have the BMX track to themselves, but sometimes particularly intrepid dads take part! After a full day of activities, we enjoy a campfire, s’mores, and creative skits into the evening.

The Scripps Ranch Anasazi and Omaha circles hold our annual pumpkin carving event on Sunday, Oct. 28. This pre-Halloween tradition is a great opportunity to let your kids make a huge mess at somebody else’s house! We have a lot of great tools and designs, which makes the whole carving process so much easier.

Sound like fun? Then 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 Mark Rackers at [email protected]

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary’s annual fundraiser is on Saturday, Nov. 3. We want to thank all of the people who helped organize the fundraiser and the additional businesses listed below for their generous donations. Donations received before October were mentioned in prior SRCA Newsletter articles, and donors whose contributions arrived after the Newsletter deadline will be recognized in next month’s article.

  • Aerospace Museum
  • Torrey Pines Lodge
  • Gigi Cramer
  • Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nations

As in previous years money raised at the fundraiser will be used to purchase “basic needs”—food, clothing, toiletries, diapers, bedding, strollers, and more. The money also funds “special projects” that benefit clients staying at the HVH domestic violence shelter, where families and individuals escaping physical and mental abuse situations may stay up to 30 days.

In October the auxiliary allocated $2,200 for modifications to a multipurpose room where HVH staff conducts family counseling, interviews potential candidates for the Housing First Program, and holds various children’s activities, client meditation, and yoga.

HVH is operated by the Center for Community Solutions. We encourage you to visit their website at www.ccssd.org to find out about the many services they offer to victims of relationship and sexual violence. Their 24-hour toll-free confidential hotline—888-385-4657—is answered by trained staff and volunteers who help people talk through their situation or get crisis intervention and referrals related to domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault in San Diego.

Items the HVH shelter can always use are suitcases, duffel bags, and reusable tote bags. Cold weather is approaching, and they are increasing their supply of sweatshirts, sweaters, and warm clothing. To donate any of these items, please contact Sandy Small, the auxiliary’s new donation coordinator, at 858-586-1403. Thanks again to the community for its ongoing support!

Lynn Parke

Richard Lederer at Our Library

Best-selling language author Richard Lederer will discuss his latest book, The Joy of Names, on Saturday Nov. 3, at 10 am. Discover all you need to know about first names, baby names, last names, nicknames, unusual names, movie stars’ names, presidents’ names, eponymous names, names from myths, authors’ pseudonyms, and other fascinating facts about names. Get set for an interesting and entertaining performance!

Richard also will sign books from his large bibliography on language, history, and humor, including children’s books—any of which would make great gifts. All profits go to the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) to benefit our library. Get a head start on your holiday shopping while supporting our library!

Library Closed

The library will be closed on Monday, Nov. 12, for Veterans Day, and Thursday, Nov. 22, for Thanksgiving Day.

Our Volunteers Honored

Four of our fabulous SRFOL volunteers were recognized by the citywide Friends of the San Diego Public Library (FSDPL) for their “above-and-beyond” work on the library’s 25th anniversary fundraiser, “An Evening to Remember.” Smita Kulkarni, Jan McGinn, Diane Rider, and Barbara Thunder-Barnes received certificates and gifts from the FSDPL.

Music Program

On Sunday, Nov. 11, at 2:30 pm the “Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes jazz pianist Yuko Maruyama and the four-piece Mercantile Alley Band. They will perform original compositions from her albums as well as her uniquely modern interpretations of favorite American classics from the 1940s Big Band era. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated. Meet the musicians and mingle with fellow music lovers at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading is A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 14, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. Copies of these books are available at the circulation desk. Mark your calendar for the traditional potluck dinner meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at which books for 2019 will be selected. Come prepared to present a couple of your favorite titles.

Grace’s Book Nook

This past fiscal year was the Book Nook’s most successful yet, earning more than $19,000 to support our library! This may seem hard to believe with most items priced at 25 cents to $1.50. Thank you to our dedicated volunteers and our loyal customers who made this possible.

The Book Nook is open Monday through Saturday during library hours. The inventory is updated almost daily, so stop by often to pick up bargains for readers of all ages and tastes, as well as CDs, DVDs, magazines, greeting cards, and duck food. We have openings for volunteers interested in covering biweekly 2½-hour shifts. If you love books or people, consider joining our Book Nook team. Please email [email protected] to explore volunteer opportunities.

Children’s Programs

At the Afternoon Craft Club on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 3:30 pm children 8 to 12 years old are invited to make a do-it-yourself custom key chain charm! All supplies will be provided but prior registration is required online.

In-N-Out Burger’s Cover to Cover Library Reading Program for children 4 to 12 continues through Saturday, Nov. 17. Kids can earn up to three hamburgers or cheeseburgers for reading five books. Check our website at www.srfol.org or at the library for the complete schedule of exciting programs for children of all ages.

The monthly Teen Council meeting is on Friday, Nov. 2, at 3:30 pm. This is when teens 13 to 18 meet to plan Scripps Ranch Library events and volunteer projects.

Art Show Submissions Invited

Reminder: The submission deadline for the art show hosted by the Teen Council is Sunday, Nov. 25. Artists of all ages from kids through adults are invited to participate. For full contest details, check at the library or email [email protected] You can find more details in our SRFOL article in the October SRCA Newsletter, which can be viewed at www.srfol.org. This event is part of the San Diego Public Library’s programming for this year’s One Book, One San Diego, where themes of civil rights, social justice, and discrimination are explored.

Scripps Ranch Unit Raises Money for Kids

Thanksgiving is around the corner, and it’s a time of year to be thankful for our many blessings, our health being an important one. Keeping our community’s children healthy by advocating and fundraising is one of the missions of the Scripps Ranch Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary. The following are some of our upcoming events to achieve this goal. The community is invited to attend.

Padres Pedal for the Cause: This event raises much-needed funding for lifesaving cancer research through the annual challenge. It includes four cycling courses, spin classes, and a 5K Walk/Run, all finishing centerfield at Petco Park on Saturday, Nov. 17. Information is available at www.gopedal.org.

Rady Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station goes from Saturday, Nov. 17, through Sunday, Jan. 6. All proceeds benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital. This is a yearly family tradition!

Giving Tuesday, Nov. 27: On this day a global giving movement built by millions of people kicks off. People from around the world come together to champion nonprofit causes in their communities. Everyone has something to give. Every act of generosity counts and means even more when we give together. Please support Rady Children’s with your donation.

A Day to Donate Wednesday, Dec. 12: Join the auxiliary, schools, businesses, and community groups by participating. Volunteers will be on street corners and in front of local businesses with blue buckets and aprons, raising funds for the children at the hospital. Those who raise $500 will receive an invitation to the exclusive Light the Way Celebration, an evening event that takes place just before curfew at Rady’s. This is where invitees and first responders join in wishing the children in the hospital a good night by flashlight. Information to volunteer or sponsor is available at www.radyfoundation.org/lighttheway.

Scripps Ranch Auxiliary members work and have fun together throughout the year. Membership is always open, and we encourage you to attend a meeting. More information and contacts can be found at www.rchascrippsranch.com.

Susan Parme, Publicity Chair

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

November is a time to give thanks. Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) members often share how grateful they are for the variety of activities members can choose to participate in each month. In this cornucopia of activities are pre-theater parties, bridge groups, bunco groups, a book club, Happy Hours, and enrichment outings. Would you like to add some of these activities to your life? If so, please think about joining us!

In addition, the SRWC gives scholarships to local high school girls and donations to local schools and organizations. This year the SRWC donated to the Scripps Ranch Library, Scripps Ranch Theatre, Symphony in the Park, and elementary and middle schools.

If the SRWC looks like an organization that appeals to you, please contact our membership chairs, Connie Curran at 858-775-7703 or Denise Hampton at 858-361-7118. You also can find more information at www.srwomensclub.org.

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents She Loves Me

Friday, Nov. 9—Sunday, Dec. 16

The Scripps Ranch Theatre’s (SRT) artistic team opens the second production in its 40th Anniversary Season, She Loves Me. It is perhaps one of the most charming musicals ever written.

Director Ted Leib shared, “Working with this team of San Diego musical theater professionals has been incredible. There is so much musical talent in our city, and She Loves Me boasts a score that offers a wonderful opportunity to showcase them. This beautiful love story with standout songs fills the intimate space at the Scripps Ranch Theatre and surrounds the audience. We look forward to sharing She Loves Me with the community.”

The production 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 advertisement and their lives intertwine. The production runs from Friday, Nov. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 16.

The cast includes Cassie Bleher, Josh Bradford, Tara Brown-Sampson, Luke Monday, Danny Campbell, Krista Fealock, Joseph Grienenberger, Eric Hellmers, Steve Lawrence, Taylor Magee, Kailey O’Donnell, Andrew Paiva, and Eden Young.

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. To reserve seats for She Loves Me, please call the box office at 858-578-7728. For more information, visit www.scrippsranchtheatre.org.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Infusions of Laughter

When we laugh together, it’s more than just fun, it connects us, disarms us, and reinvigorates us. Humor is a universal tool to communicate and understand one other.

Adding humor to your speeches—even at work—can go a long way to infuse your presentation with memorability…and fun. It’s not about telling a joke. It’s about how to relate your speech to your audience. Here are three steps to consider:

  1. Don’t be funny. The first draft is focused on presenting a clear, concise message. Think of humor as a decoration.
  2. Look for the “handles.” Find those golden opportunities to insert small jokes that support your message.
  3. Know your audience. People tend to laugh most at what they relate to, so gear your jokes to them.*

The skills you’ll learn in Toastmasters will help infuse appropriate humor into your speechwriting and delivery. We even have a jokemaster at the end of each meeting! Visit our club as a guest and see how our positive, fun, and supportive environment can help you master the art of speaking confidently.

Drop by on Thursdays from 7 to 8 am at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For more information, contact Janet Mebane at [email protected] or visit www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org.

*Summarized from the Aug. 2018 Toastmaster magazine article, 3 Steps to adding Humor to Your Speech.

Fall is in the Air!

Have you been thinking about getting out and exercising more? Autumn is a perfect time to walk and meet new friends. The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch has a Trail Walking Group that just 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 the hikes vary in length from one to two hours.

We also have off-Ranch hikes, usually once a month. These are led by Dorothy Mildice and take us to some of our scenic coastal areas. These hikes can be a bit longer and a lunch stop is usually included.

For more information about Trail Walkers and other fun club activities, please contact Thelest Stewart at 858-271-6092 or Becky McDonald at 858-578-5693. For more details about the Welcome Club, please visit our website at www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.

Scripps-Mesa Garden Club

Dear Gardeners, our Scripps-Mesa Garden Club’s November meeting is our annual “Everything Pumpkin Potluck” for our members. This will be our last meeting of 2018.

Please join us for our next meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 5:45 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s Community Room. We have wonderful speakers lined up for the new year. Topics that start off the year are “All about Bees” and “The Wonders of Bats.” Our Home Gardens Tours start in the spring and continue through the summer. If you have any questions, please email me at [email protected]

We wish you the happiest and healthiest of holidays and hope to see you in January!

Louise Badham, President

Scripps-Bernardo TEAM Referral Network

The Scripps-Bernardo TEAM is regrouping as fall arrives. It’s our traditional time of year to change officers. The position of president has moved from one longtime Scripps Ranch resident to another, as Sharon Martin passed the gavel to Scott Johnson.

We are owners of small businesses, entrepreneurs, or independent contractors. We gather weekly to build quality business relationships and grow our client base. Anyone who is interested in learning more or visiting us, please call Scott Johnson at 858-610-3488. Also visit our website at https://teamreferralnetwork.com/chapters/ca/scipps-bernardo.