Scripps Ranch Women’s Club Scholarship

Scripps Ranch High School senior girls, now is your opportunity to apply for one of our Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) college scholarships. Each year the SRWC awards several scholarships to senior female students based on strong academics and community service. This application and all the information you need is on our website at The deadline is Saturday, Mar. 30. If you are a SRHS female, this is an opportunity not to be missed!

Throughout February SRWC members will share time together in a friendly atmosphere at various gatherings. One highlight is a Scripps Ranch Library tour on Thursday, Feb. 7. Club members will learn about the fascinating history of the Scripps and Meanley families, view original artifacts from the Meanley house, and discover our library’s many historic and artistic facets. A lunch at Public House 131 follows.

Another highlight is a theater night on Friday, Feb. 8. A pre-theater gathering is at 6 pm, followed by the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s play Dancing Lessons at 8 pm.

In addition to these highlights, the SRWC hosts bridge, bunco, a book club, and happy hours. If any of the listed activities appeal to you, please contact our membership chairs, Connie Curran at 858-775-7703 or Denise Hampton at 858-361-7118. You can find more information about the Women’s Club on our website at

Mary Ann Harper, Publicity Chair

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Dancing Lessons runs through Sunday, Feb. 24

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is receiving rave reviews for the third production in its 40th Anniversary Season, Dancing Lessons by Mark St. Germain.

Dancing Lessons is a heartwarming story laced with humor about a young man with Asperger’s Syndrome seeking the instruction of a professional dancer in order to survive an awards dinner. The dancer 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.

Director Meg Deboard, who is also the director of theater at Point Loma Nazarene University, shared, “Dancing Lessons continues to grow and deepen the more I spend time with it. Actors Michelle Marie Trester and Andrew Gumm create an honest and relatable story that will not only warm audiences’ hearts but challenge and encourage them to be more open to understanding and connecting with people who don’t immediately fit into our comfortable worlds. The intimate space at Scripps Ranch Theatre is ideal for this story, which takes place in a New York studio apartment. Audiences will feel right at home.”

SRT is located on the campus of Alliant International University. Performances run 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 Dancing Lessons, call the box office at 858-578-7728. For more information, visit

“Lights on Broadway”

Opportunity Drawing!

Don’t miss this incredible chance to win a three-night trip to New York City and support Scripps Ranch Theatre at the same time! Between now and Friday, Feb. 15, purchase three entries for just $100—they are regularly $50 each. Prices increase on Saturday, Feb. 16.

This exciting package includes:

  • Round-trip coach airfare for two from San Diego to New York City’s JFK International Airport—upgrade to first class at the winner’s expense
  • Three nights at The Michelangelo Hotel—or similar—located in the heart of Manhattan, surrounded by New York’s top attractions such as Central Park, Rockefeller Center, and Times Square; includes airport transfer to and from the hotel
  • $300 voucher to be used toward two tickets to the Broadway production of your choice

To enter, please visit or contact Caitlyn McTaggart at [email protected] One hundred percent of your entry fee benefits SRT productions and the Outreach and Education Program. The winner will be announced at SRT’s 40th Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, May 11. You do not need to be present to win.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Love Your Library?

Make 2019 the year you get involved with the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)! Did you know that approximately half of all new books and media acquired by our library each year are made possible by the SRFOL? We also assist with funding for library programs and equipment over and above what the city budget allows.

Our major fundraising activity is Grace’s Book Nook, the used bookstore in our library, staffed by SRFOL volunteers. Other options include our monthly concert series and many other possibilities. Explore volunteer opportunities with the SRFOL, maybe even a position on our board, which would welcome new faces. Contact our volunteer coordinator, Liz Erickson, at [email protected] or 858-271-4239 for more information.

Membership in the SRFOL is another way to translate your love for the library into something tangible. We have entered a new membership year, with memberships beginning at $5 for students and seniors through $250 for an individual Life Membership. Join or renew today! You can do so online through our website at

Grace’s Book Nook

Thank you to everybody who shopped at our Special Book Sale and especially to all of our volunteers who made it all possible! Shop for bargain books every day during library hours at the Book Nook. From cookbooks to classics, bestsellers for adults to board books for babies, there is something for everyone.

The inventory is updated almost daily, so stop by every time you’re at the library. Your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media are welcome. If you are interested in joining our Book Nook team, please email us at [email protected]

Music Program

The “Pleasure of Your Company” music series welcomes back the Benedetti-Svoboda Duo on Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2:30 pm performing music for classical guitar. Praised by audiences and critics alike, Fred Benedetti and George Svoboda are known as engaging musicians who deliver virtuosic performances. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated. Meet the artists and mingle with fellow music lovers at a post-concert reception.

Programs for Teens

Our library is teaming up with WriteOutLoud San Diego for the NEA Big Read. Middle and high school students are invited to read Station Eleven—or Fever 1793, a middle school alternative—re-imagine the images and themes, and create a project in a medium important to them. That includes literary art, visual art, media art, or performance art.

For prize consideration, participants can submit their art to WriteOutLoud San Diego by Friday, Feb. 22. The library is distributing free copies of the books and will host several workshops for students who wish to participate, including a Poetry Workshop on Saturday, Feb. 2, at 1 pm.

Special Programs for Children

At the afternoon Craft Club on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 3:30 pm come make a Lunar New Year-themed project! This event is recommended for ages 8–12. All supplies will be provided, but online registration is required.

Kids and families are invited to a special Valentine’s Day-themed party on Thursday, Feb. 14, at 3:30 pm featuring face painting, crafts, and treats.

Check or at the library for a complete schedule of our many ongoing programs for kids and teens.

Climate Change and You

We will host San Diego 350 to learn about the Climate Change Crisis on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 10 am. This presentation is appropriate for families including middle school-age kids and up. It will visually explain the basics of climate change, its significant impacts, the necessity for immediate public action, and what each of us needs to do now.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading is Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 pm in the Seminar Room. The book for March is Dark Money: The Hidden History of Billionaires Behind the Rise of the Radical Right by Jane Mayer. Copies of the books are at the circulation desk.

Programs for Adults

Did you know that our library hosts a variety of ongoing free classes for adults through a partnership with Continuing Ed? Check our website at or at the library for details.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Because of the increase in domestic violence assaults, the Center for Community Solutions (CCS), the organization that operates the Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter, is now working with the district attorney to help with advocacy for victims. In 2018 HVH provided temporary housing and help for 172 domestic violence (DV) victims: 73 women, six men, and 93 children.

A Housing First grant has enabled them to provide a broader menu of housing options after families have had a chance to regroup at the shelter’s safe space, further helping the many DV victims become survivors.

Anyone who feels they need someone to talk to about their situation or wants crisis intervention and information related to sexual assault, stalking, or domestic violence is encouraged to call the CCS 24-hour toll-free confidential hotline at 1-888-385-4657. Trained staff and volunteers are there to help.

The auxiliary would like to extend a special “thank you” to the Scripps Ranch bridge group that recently donated money to replace the aging playhouse at the shelter. Also, the Scripps Ranch Pickleball Club donated many wonderful new clothing items for the shelter.

HVH Auxiliary’s spending priorities in 2019 will continue to focus on basic client needs: food, transportation, toiletries, linen, and clothing. In each HVH Auxiliary article, we will note specific and seasonal items requested by the HVH manager at our monthly meetings.

Items the shelter can use this month include: children’s size 5-6 diapers; DVD players; and headphones or earbuds. To donate, please contact our auxiliary donation coordinator, Sandy Small, at 858-586-1403. The HVH Auxiliary extends its continued thanks to the Scripps Ranch community for its support.

Lynn Parke

Scripps Ranch Unit

Spring is a busy time for the Scripps Ranch Auxiliary, with our big fundraiser planned for next month. Looking ahead for the auxiliary:

  • 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, please contact Michele Prescott at [email protected]
  • Tuesday, Mar. 12—Free Pancake Day. All San Diego IHOP restaurants will participate in an icon campaign in February, which concludes on Tuesday, Mar. 12. Customers are encouraged to donate to their local Children’s Miracle Network hospital, which in our case is Rady Children’s Hospital.
  • Sunday, Mar. 10—Scripps Ranch Happy Hour! Our Scripps Ranch Auxiliary fundraiser is planned at Public House 131. More details to come, but save the date!
  • March is the “Month of Giving for all Jersey Mike’s Subs. You can make a donation at the register all month. On Wednesday, Mar. 27, Jersey Mike’s will donate 100% of sales to Rady Children’s Hospital!

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

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Our neighborhood Toastmasters Club started the new year strong, with club goals met and officers attending leadership training. All of our newer members and many experienced ones are working in the new Pathways communication and leadership program. It’s a flexible and interactive way to develop your skills while helping other members build theirs. Learn more about Pathways by exploring different paths at and watching a short video on that page.

The most popular path is Presentation Mastery. It is focused on becoming an accomplished public speaker who knows how to connect with an audience and deliver a powerful speech.

Our program is self-paced, so each member determines his or her own level of participation. While we encourage everyone to attend as often as possible for maximum benefit, it’s easy to work around travel and other commitments.

We’re a fun and supportive group, so come practice with us! Guests are always welcome to check out our club with no obligation to join. Drop by any Thursday at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Civic Association (SRCA) Community Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Our meetings last one hour.

For more information, email our membership vice president at [email protected] or go to our website at More about Toastmasters in general can be found at