Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)

In Memoriam

The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) remembers Kay Little (at right), who passed away recently. With her warm smile and cheerful attitude, Kay was a feature at our library since it was located in the storefront. She started as a volunteer, then worked for many years as a part-time library aide.

Kay and her husband, Jack, were true friends of our library and were responsible for procuring in bulk the duck food sold in Grace’s Book Nook.

We send our sincere condolences to Kay’s family. As a memorial to recognize Kay’s passion for reading, the family has suggested donating a bookplate in her name to the SRFOL. Please visit for more information.

Gift Opportunity

Looking for the perfect alternative gift? Request a bookplate order form at the library’s front desk or visit Your $25 tax-deductible donation buys a book for the Scripps Ranch Library in an area selected by you. A distinctive bookplate is placed in the book to recognize your gift recipient, who receives a letter letting him or her know about your thoughtfulness. What a wonderful Hanukkah, Christmas, birthday, or teacher gift for readers of all ages!

Grace’s Book Nook

Grace’s Book Nook is all decked out for the holidays! Our library’s used bookstore is open Monday through Saturday during library hours. It stocks a variety of nearly new books for all ages and tastes—at amazing prices. The Book Nook is a great place to shop for stocking stuffers. Holiday and Christmas books are now available, as well as cards and jigsaw puzzles. Shop early for the best selection.

We have a large supply of children’s and young adult books. Check our special selection of rare, out-of-print, antiquarian books and collectors’ editions, which make great gifts for the book lover on your list. All proceeds benefit our library and help provide new books, media, and program support. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books are welcome.

Save the date for our next special Saturday Book Sale on Saturday, Jan. 26!

Book Discussion Group

The traditional potluck dinner meeting is on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at 6 pm at which books for 2019 will be selected. Come prepared to suggest a couple of your favorite titles and bring a dish to share. Looking ahead the book for January, chosen at last year’s event, is A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles.

Art Show

In the spirit of visual arts inspiring and celebrating social change, our library will host an all-ages art show on Saturday, Dec. 8, at 3 pm. It will feature community submissions that highlight either the civil rights movement, non-violence, or a contemporary cause that the artist feels is worth marching for. The art show will include interactive elements and activities.

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” music series will feature the Grigorian-Gubenko Piano Duo performing Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite as well as works by Dvorak, Bach, and Debussy on Sunday, Dec. 9, at 2:30 pm. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, but donations are appreciated. Meet the artists and mingle with fellow music lovers at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Special Programs for Children

On Thursday, Dec. 6, at 10 am a special guest storyteller is coming to our Preschool Storytime—Officer Valdez will visit us from the San Diego Police Department! Stay after storytime for a chance to see a police car up close.

Join us for a special holiday-themed party for kids and families with a special storytime, crafts, and holiday treats on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 3:30 pm.

At the afternoon Craft Club on Thursday, Dec. 20, at 3:30 pm come make a do-it-yourself ornament! This event is recommended for ages 8–12. All supplies are provided but you must register online.

Blood Drive at Our Library

Our library will partner with the Red Cross to host a blood drive on Thursday, Dec. 27. It couldn’t be any more convenient to give blood.

Holiday Fun Raises Money for Kids

It’s always time to think of others, and never more so than during the holidays. There are many ways to contribute to Rady’s Children’s Hospital and the auxiliary provides many opportunities for this all year long, with the following events in December and January.

Rady’s Children’s Ice Rink at Liberty Station: It is open until Sunday, Jan. 6. All proceeds from this event benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s. This is fun for all ages and quickly becomes a yearly family tradition.

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 Rady’s. Those businesses or groups that donate a minimum of $500 will be invited to be part of the “Light the Way” Campaign, which has donors and children at the hospital flash a “good night” to each other with flashlights.

Members are asked to support donation efforts by contacting their own network of businesses, schools, community groups, and friends. Join us in our Day to Donate—Light the Way Campaign. For any questions, please contact Nancy Fleischman, unit event coordinator, at [email protected]

Nordstrom Holiday Campaign: Through Monday, Dec. 24, when you visit a Nordstrom gift wrapping station, you will have the opportunity to make a $10 donation to Rady’s in honor of a loved one. Visit Nordstrom at these malls: Fashion Valley, UTC, and North County Fair in Escondido. Donors will receive a custom gift tag.

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

Susan Parme, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

As 2018 draws to a close the Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary wants to thank the many community members and businesses who helped us support the Hidden Valley House domestic violence shelter throughout the year. Without your generous assistance and contributions, the shelter could not adequately accommodate the number of families and provide the welcoming assistance that it does.

We’d also like to thank Flagship Cruises and the Scripps Ranch Theatre for their donations—which arrived after last month’s SRCA Newsletter deadline—to our recent “California Dreaming” fundraiser. Auxiliary members will determine the most effective and impactful ways to allocate the money raised at that event. We have asked the Center for Community Solutions (CCS), which operates HVH, to submit a “wish list” of special projects and basics needs for consideration. CCS also will share with us a list of hands-on activities that our members can participate in with the shelter clientele, while still adhering to guidelines from their funding grants.

The CCS website——highlights the many services the group offers to victims of relationship and sexual violence. Their 24-hour toll-free confidential hotline, 888-385-4657, is answered by trained staff and volunteers. They help people talk through their situation or get crisis intervention and information referrals related to domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault in San Diego. Calls to the hotline have increased, and many women and men who feel they are in unsafe situations and unhealthy relationships are being helped.

HVH receives many donations of toys and clothing during the holidays, however, they can always use suitcases, duffel bags, cosmetic bags, reusable tote bags, comfortable leggings or stretch pants for the women—sizes M, L, and XL—and gift cards to Target and Walmart. To donate any of these items, please contact auxiliary donation coordinator Sandy Small at 858-586-1403. Thanks again to the community for its ongoing support!

Lynn Parke

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

For many December is a time to celebrate and give gifts. The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) joins this festive time with a catered holiday cocktail party, featuring seasonal songs performed by Royce’s Voices. In addition, this gathering is a giving opportunity, as members donate a variety of gifts for the children and mothers at the Hidden Valley House shelter. This year the holiday party is on Wednesday, Dec. 5, at Diana Whitney’s vibrantly decorated home.

Our newest club group is off and running. It is a women’s book club for those who want to share and discuss what they read in a collegial atmosphere. The December book selection is Bossypants by Tina Fey. It’s the story of Tina Fey’s youthful days as a nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live.

In addition to these two activities, the SRWC sponsors pre-theater parties, bridge groups, bunco groups, happy hours, and enrichment outings. If our club is an organization that appeals to you, please contact our membership chairs, Connie Curran at 858-775-7703 or Denise Hampton at 858-361-7118. For more information, visit

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch

To kick off the holiday season our annual holiday dinner-dance takes place at the Country Club of Rancho Bernardo on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 5:30 pm. We will have a private room, three-course meal, and have fun dancing to the tunes played by our DJ, Scott Rider. This is the highlight of many December activities, including the festive Coffee Klatch, the holiday gift exchange at our general meeting, and a special holiday lunch with the Gadabouts.

For more information about our holiday events and other 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

Scripps Ranch Theatre presents She Loves Me

Through Sunday, Dec 16

Come enjoy a wonderful musical love story for the holidays! 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 and 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.

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) has assembled some of San Diego’s most talented musical theater performers in this 14-character piece, which fills the intimate space with beautiful music. The score is filled with some of the most iconic songs in the musical theater canon including Vanilla Ice Cream, She Loves Me, and Will He Like Me? The production runs Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm through Sunday, Dec. 16.

The production is directed by San Diego actor/director, Ted Leib with musical direction by Terry O’Donnell and choreography by Marc Caro-Willcox. The talented cast includes Cassandra Bleher, Josh Bradford, Danny Campbell, Joseph Grienenberger, Steve Lawrence, Taylor Magee, Luke Monday, Kailey Brenna O’Donnell, Andrew Paiva, Tara Brown-Sampson, Tanner Vidos, Marc Caro-Willcox, Krista Wilford, and Eden Young.

SRT is located on the campus of Alliant International University. Tickets are $37 with discounts for seniors, military, and students. To reserve seats, call 858-578-7728. For more information, please visit

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Our Toastmasters Club helps members improve their public speaking skills, which leads to personal growth, confidence, and greater leadership ability. We’re a fun, supportive group—come practice with us! We added eight new members this fall, so this is a great time to join with others 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 only last one hour. For more information, email [email protected] or visit

A Great 2019!

Scripps Tips is winding up another successful year! So many referrals were passed among our members during this year. Referrals add a wonderful personal layer of warmth to our business relationships. If you think you might be a good fit for our group of dedicated business professionals, contact Cheryl Berkson at [email protected]

We have much to celebrate among our members! Francesca Conti, our website guru, announced her engagement and a spring 2019 wedding. We wish Francesca and her fiancé many happy years together! Adina Lopez, our banker, was promoted to a branch manager position. We may see less of Adina for a few months, but congratulate her on her success! Gary Stout, our plumber, welcomed us all into his home for a holiday potluck. We are social as well as business-minded!

We at Scripps Tips wish you a warm holiday season and a wonderful 2019!

Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps

The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps is seeking donations to benefit Becky’s Gift Toy Drive. Nine years ago Scripps Ranch residents Becky Walton and Christie Jackson started this event to help cancer patients undergoing treatment. Due to the treatment, parents are often unable to shop for their children and having a gift for their kids makes the holiday season brighter.

You can drop off new, unwrapped toys at Chase Bank, 9994 Scripps Ranch Boulevard. The drive goes through Saturday, Dec. 15.

The Rotary Club of Poway-Scripps meets every Wednesday at noon at the Mainstream Bar and Grill at 13385 Poway Road. Join us!