Philanthropic Chicks of Scripps Ranch

The Philanthropic Chicks of Scripps Ranch (below) is a community of women making a difference. Moms, professionals, students, and retirees, this like-minded group of women comes together four times a year to raise funds, awareness, and hope for those in need of support.

Our mission is to make a tangible difference in and around the Scripps Ranch community and we invite all of you to join us. It’s free!

Our next meetings are on Wednesday, Feb. 6 and Apr. 10. All friends, neighbors, and families are welcome. Meetings are at 7 pm and we pride ourselves to keeping it to one hour! Join us in the Crown Pointe clubhouse, 11441 Caminito Magnifica. The gate code will be posted on the gate box as you drive in.

Our past beneficiaries include:

  • Challenged Athletes Foundation
  • Monarch School, dedicated to educating students impacted by homelessness
  • A Night to Remember Prom for teens with special needs
  • Just in Time Foster Youth
  • Refuse 2 Lose, Steve Pratt Scholarship
  • Build A Miracle
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention

It’s easy to participate! Just come as you are—it’s casual dress and atmosphere. It’s a chance to educate yourself about the community in which you live, become a part of a special sisterhood of helpers, and lend a hand. Please reach out to Pam at [email protected] to request a nomination form for a group to showcase or to learn more. Follow us on Facebook at PhilanthropicChicksOfSR.

YMCA Adventure Guides

The Pomerado Expedition will hold a Cardboard Boat Regatta in January. Teams of kids and dads will be given cardboard, duct tape, and certain other material. They have a couple of hours to design and build a boat seaworthy enough to carry a kid the length of the YMCA pool. Teams will battle against each other and water-logged boats as they try to be the first to finish the race before sinking! It should be a fun, funny, and wet event!

Camping at the YMCA’s Camp Whittle in Big Bear is on tap for the first weekend of February. This full-service camp is a winter wonderland. We can’t guarantee snow on the ground, but we have yet to be disappointed at this time of year. The sledding hills are amazing and include several options to ensure a great time for every age and skill level.

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 more details, visit or contact expedition leader Mark Rackers at [email protected]

Scripps Ranch Unit Events

Happy New Year! Unit members gathered in December for our In-Unit Social at the home of Elise Johnston, and a good time was had by all (below). We enjoyed delicious food and had lots of fun, including a pick and steal gift exchange.

We have many amazing events in the new year, including:

  • Saturday, Jan. 19: Star Wars Theme Night with the San Diego Gulls. Tickets will be $23, with the money raised benefitting the Endowment for Neuroscience. For more information, please contact Acoya Gibbons at [email protected]
  • Saturday, Feb. 9: 110th Anniversary Charity Ball at the Hotel Del Coronado. Proceeds benefit the Copley Psychiatric Emergency Department and affiliated programs at Rady Children’s Hospital. To reserve your seats, email Michele Prescott at [email protected]
  • Sunday, Mar. 10: Our Scripps Ranch Auxiliary fundraiser is planned at Public House 131. More details to come but save the date!
  • The annual Jersey Mike’s Day will be in March. Eat great food while all proceeds that day are donated to the hospital. More details to come.

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

Susan Parme, Publicity Chair

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Grace’s Book Nook

Did you know that Grace’s Book Nook, our used bookstore in the library operated by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), involves the efforts of more than 25 volunteers each month and has raised almost $300,000 since its inception? Funds are used to purchase hundreds of new books and media for our library each year. We welcome your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media. If you are interested in joining our Book Nook team, please email [email protected]

Special Book Sale!

We will celebrate the new year with a big Special Book Sale on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 9:30 am to 3 pm. Don’t miss this opportunity to take advantage of a huge inventory of books, media, and more—many significantly discounted from our typical low prices.

SRCA 50 Plus Presents “Climate Change”

Scientist and Scripps Ranch resident Larry Peranich will discuss climate change and the greenhouse effect on Friday, Jan. 11, at 10 am at our library. Larry will describe his journey toward a bipartisan resolution to climate change.

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” music series presents a French horn/piano duo comprised of Bruce Dorcy and Beverly Reese-Dorcy on Sunday, Jan. 13, at 2:30 pm. They will perform an eclectic program, “From Beethoven to Broadway.” There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, but donations are appreciated.

Amazing World of Bats

Did you know Evans’ Pond is home to multiple species of bats? This multimedia presentation on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at 6 pm features photographs, video, audio clips, and specimens from the San Diego Natural History Museum to help us all understand and appreciate our nocturnal neighbors.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for February is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Copies of these books are available at the circulation desk.

What Book Changed Your Life?

We all know books are great for rest and relaxation and when you study books in school you can get ahead in life. But what book actually changed the course of your life? Join us on Tuesday, Jan. 29, at 6 pm for a special discussion with librarians and readers examining those extraordinary titles that made a real impact on their lives.

Programs for Kids and Teens

Our library is teaming up with WriteOutLoud San Diego for the NEA Big Read this year. Middle and high school students are invited to read Station Eleven—or Fever 1793 as a middle school alternative—reimagine the images and themes, and create a project in a medium important to them. That could include literary art, visual art, media art, or performance art. Participants can submit their project to WriteOutLoud San Diego by Friday, Feb. 22, for prize consideration.

The library is distributing free copies of the books and will host several workshops for students who want to participate. Check for dates and details.

Come make a fun puppet at the afternoon Craft Club on Thursday, Jan. 17, at 3:30 pm. This is recommended for ages 8 to 12. All supplies will be provided, but online registration is required.

Several guest storytellers are coming to our Preschool Storytime. They include employees from the City’s Environmental Services for a special “Trash Truck Storytime” on Thursday, Jan. 31, at 10 am. Stay after storytime for a chance to look at a trash truck up close!

Check for the many ongoing programs for kids and teens.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) Auxiliary ended 2018 by preparing gift bags for families staying at the shelter and reviewing a preliminary 2019 spending plan. Members also delivered to HVH the items the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club collected for the families, which included many books, toys, clothing, tote bags, and gift cards. A special thanks goes out to the Women’s Club for its continued support and donations.

Calls to the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) 24-hour toll-free confidential hotline—888-385-4657—continue to increase. Trained staff and volunteers help people talk through their current situations or obtain crisis intervention and information referrals related to domestic violence, stalking, and sexual assault. Visit the CCS website at to see the many services offered, along with several survivor stories of strength and support they received.

In the first months of each new year, domestic violence shelters often experience an increase in the number of families seeking a safe temporary space away from their abusive situations, after they tried to stay together during the holidays. As a result more food and supplies will be needed.

The community can help by donating items such as: animal crackers; goldfish crackers, the large containers; graham crackers; cereal, no Cheerios; Top Ramen; canned chicken and tuna; and soup. Also needed is dish and laundry soap, paper towels, tall kitchen bags, and Ziploc bags, small and large. To donate, please contact auxiliary donation coordinator Sandy Small at 858-586-1403. Happy New Year!

Lynn Parke

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

Now that the busy holiday season has subsided, perhaps you are looking to enrich your life with a friendly social group. Our mission is to provide college scholarships to local Scripps Ranch girls and contribute to local community organizations while having fun!

Each month the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) provides opportunities for a variety of engaging activities. There are pre-theater parties, bridge groups, bunco groups, a book club, happy hours, and enrichment outings. This month the SRWC book club selection is Eleanor Elephant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman. This month’s enrichment outing is a beach walk followed by lunch on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

Would you like to add any of these activities to your life in 2019? If so, it may be time to think about joining the Women’s Club! Just 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

Happy New Year!

Looking for a fresh start in 2019? The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch has many opportunities to make new friends and attend fun activities. To learn more about our club, come to our Coffee Klatch held once a month in a comfortable setting in a member’s home.

If you would like to join us at any of our events or participate in our many interest groups, please call JoAnn Farmen at 858-695-9217 or Becky McDonald at 858-578-5693. To learn more about our activities, please visit our website at

Dancing Lessons at the Scripps Ranch Theatre

Friday, Jan. 25–Sunday, Feb. 24

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is gearing up for the third production in its 40th Anniversary Season, Dancing Lessons by Mark St. Germain. The play is directed by Meg DeBoard (pictured top right) and opens on Friday, Jan. 25.

Dancing Lessons is a heartwarming story laced with humor about a young man—Ever, played by Andrew Gumm—with Asperger’s Syndrome seeking the instruction of a professional dancer in order to survive an awards dinner. The dancer—Senga, played by Michelle Marie Trester—is suffering from an injury that may put an end to her dancing career. As their relationship unfolds they are both caught off-guard by the discoveries that they make about each other and themselves.

SRT is located on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances run on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. To reserve seats for Dancing Lessons, contact the box office at 858-578-7728. For more information, please visit

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Toastmasters is a proven program for building public speaking and leadership skills. People join Toastmasters for many reasons. Some examples are to overcome nervousness or fear of public speaking, to improve skills for career advancement, to practice presenting in English as a second language, to prepare for interviews, or for general personal growth.

We’re a fun and supportive group, so come practice with us! We recently welcomed eight new members who are already getting involved and seeing the benefits. We have two new club officers joining our board: Jen Roessling is our new vice president of public relations; and Jinlu Yu is our new secretary.

Guests always are welcome to check out our club with no obligation to join. Drop by any Thursday at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Our meetings last one hour. If you would like more information, email our membership vice president at [email protected] or check out our website at More information about Toastmasters in general can be found at

We Welcome You in 2019

Scripps Tips is a long-standing networking group that meets to discuss business strategies, refer clients to one another, and network the old-fashioned way—face-to-face. We meet almost every Friday and our membership covers a diverse range of professions: plumbing, banking, mortgage lending, property management, real estate, legal advice, elder care, refuse and recycling, floral, travel, accounting, bookkeeping, and website development.

Gary Stout and his wife, Debi, hosted a fun holiday potluck with a white elephant gift exchange. This is a fun, welcoming group! If you’re interested in adding your business savvy to our group and committing to a weekly meeting, please contact our fearless leader, Cheryl Berkson, at [email protected]