Welcome Club

The Welcome Club of Scripps Ranch had a fabulous general meeting in February, during which we celebrated our 32nd anniversary. We were entertained by the 13 members of the Scripps Ranch “Chamber Bravura.” The a cappella group originated from Marshall Middle School and are scheduled to sing in Saint Peter’s Basilica in June. After the performance our president, Carolle Banks, presented the group’s director, Katherine Girvin (right), with a donation from the Welcome Club to help with the trip.

We had several other activities in February, including a trip to the Scripps Ranch Theatre, an excursion to the Chocolate Exhibit in Balboa Park, and an evening gathering at a member’s home. We will have another interesting general meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 5, with a speaker from the Women’s History Museum. Later in March we will tour the museum during one of our “Gadabouts.” We always welcome new members. If you’re interested in joining our club, contact JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.

Happy Birthday!

Our beautiful library turns 20 this month. Join the celebration by participating in a few of the special events planned, sampling one of our regular library programs, exploring volunteer opportunities with the Friends of the Library, or supporting our library with a birthday gift through a donation to the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), designated “birthday.”

A festive communitywide celebration will be at the library on Saturday, Mar. 16, from noon to 3 pm. Enjoy music, cake, and activities for all. Check at the library or [www.srfol.org] for details.

Children’s & Teens’ Programs

Join Clint Perry and the Boo Hoo Crew for a wacky musical program on Thursday, Mar. 7, at 3 pm as we celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday. On Thursday, Mar. 14, come party with Hullabaloo, the popular kid-folk duo. Both free programs are sponsored by the SRFOL.

Get help with your homework from a Homework Connection volunteer at the library Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5 pm. Storytime for toddlers and preschoolers is every Thursday at 10 am.

Special Concert

The world famous Rajkó Band, an authentic Gypsy ensemble from Hungary, will present a special concert on Sunday, Mar. 10, at 4 pm, kicking off a month of festive birthday events. This group has a lush sound that will thrill you with selections from its repertoire, which ranges from popular classics by Strauss, Brahms, von Suppé, and others to traditional music and gypsy tunes.

This concert is co-sponsored by the House of Hungary San Diego and benefits our library. Enjoy delicious Hungarian pastries at a complimentary reception. Tickets are only $15 at the door; $5 for children under 12.

Music Program

On Sunday, Mar. 17, at 2:30 pm “The Pleasure of Your Company” welcomes back Virtual Strangers, a bluegrass band. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL, although donations are appreciated.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Mar. 20, at 7 pm with a screening of a 2009 French film, with English subtitles, adapted from Muriel Barbery’s best-selling novel. Well-known film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro introduces the film and moderates the post-screening discussion.


The SRFOL sponsors two free Zumba classes each week. Every Friday at 4 pm, Zumba Fitness combines a high-energy cardiovascular workout with pulsating Latin music into a fun, calorie-burning experience for people of all ages, fitness levels, and dancing abilities. Beginners and those who prefer a slightly slower pace may want to try the new Zumba Gold class on Mondays at 9:30 am.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Shadow Tag by Louise Erdrich. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Mar. 27, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for April is Zeitoun by Dave Eggers.

Grace’s Book Nook

Be sure to visit Grace’s Book Nook, open Monday through Saturday, for amazing bargains on books, CDs, and more. The inventory is updated frequently, so stop by often. We really appreciate your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media.


Become a true Friend of our Library by joining SRFOL. Memberships start at only $5 for students and seniors. To celebrate the opening of the new San Diego Central Library, life memberships are available through August at the discounted rate of $250 per person–the usual rate is $500. Membership forms are available at the library and on our website at [www.srfol.org].

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House (HVH) shelter has an increase in clientele, as is typical after the holidays. It is currently housing eight families with children ages 3-12. The staff announced to our auxiliary that two of the families who sought safety at HVH recently moved into the Center for Community Solutions (CCS) transitional housing units.

Living independently is an important step in breaking the cycle of domestic violence and providing a healthier environment for children. Your donations of kitchen items, furniture, working appliances, and other household goods are used to set up the transitional homes.

The CCS, which operates HVH, will host its annual Tea and Tonic fundraiser in honor of Sexual Assault Awareness Month on Friday, Apr. 26, at the Grand Del Mar. This year’s featured guest speaker is award-winning actress Marlee Matlin, who will share her story of survivorship and success. More details are available at [www.ccssd.org]. This is a separate event from our HVH Auxiliary’s Tea fundraiser, held in November.

If you are interested in attending our meetings, contact Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708 or [[email protected]]. Items needed this month are clothes for 7- to 9-year-old girls and shoes for children ages 5-10. Your donations can be dropped off at the Scripps Ranch Library, the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road, or at the Baby Vie store in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace on Scripps Poway Parkway. Thanks for your continued support.

Lynn Parke

Women’s Club Hosts Saint Patrick’s Day Pub Party

A Pub Party on Saturday, Mar. 16, at the 94th Aero Squadron promises to be a festive way to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day! Attendees will enjoy a three-course dinner, pub games, and music, plus they can participate in a silent auction, raffle drawing, and “wine wall.” Proceeds from this annual fundraiser fund college scholarships for Scripps Ranch High School girls and benefit organizations and schools in Scripps Ranch.

Another entertaining evening will be our “Dinner and Movie Talk” on Saturday, Mar. 9, at a member’s home. The theme of the event is “The Oscars Revisited,” where everyone will give their opinion about Oscar-nominated movies and discuss whether they agree with the Academy Award choices. Also, we’re planning a Happy Hour on Wednesday, Mar. 27, so that members and guests can relax and get to know each other.

Call our friendly membership chair, Susie Hill, at 847-9411 to find out more about the Women’s Club. New members are always welcome!

Anne McClure, Publicity

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver. Good speakers start with good speechwriting. That’s how Toastmasters helped Jan McGinn achieve her Competent Communicator (CC) designation. While Jan was comfortable speaking to an audience, it was the pre-speech activities–topic selection, research, writing–that made her nervously stare at a blank computer screen. By working through the 10 speeches in the CC program, Jan learned how to overcome her pre-speech hesitation and write on a variety of topics.

How can you write a memorable speech? Consider these tips:

  • Start with quality research;
  • Jot down all of your ideas before editing;
  • Tell a story;
  • Write for the ear, not the eye;
  • Your audience does not want to know how much you know, they want to know how they can apply your knowledge.

To learn more speaking tips, visit [www.toastmasters.org].

How can Toastmasters help you today? Scripps Teasers is committed to helping our members become better public speakers and leaders at work and in our community. Come visit us on Thursdays at 7 am at the SRCA Community Center. To learn more, please contact Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222 or visit [www.teasers.toastmastersclubs.org]. We look forward to meeting you!

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

This year Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary will celebrate its 60th anniversary! Our own Scripps Ranch Unit celebrated its 40th last year!

To celebrate this milestone, the auxiliary has created the Diamond Anniversary Fund. This is a special endowment that supports Child Life Services at Rady Children’s Hospital. Community support is vital for Child Life Services, as it is 100% dependent on philanthropy. Proceeds from our Oktoberfest fundraiser benefited this program.

Child Life Services are essential because they help patients and their families understand and cope with hospital experiences based on the child’s individual needs and developmental level. They can provide:

  • Psychological preparation, pre-operative tours, and education to help patients and families understand and cope with the health care experience;
  • Developmentally appropriate explanations of the child’s diagnosis and treatment;
  • Emotional support and coping techniques;
  • Medical and therapeutic play to become more familiar with medical equipment and procedures;
  • An activity room to promote healing; and,
  • Parent education and resource information on child development and the effects of hospitalization.

If you would like to make a donation to this special Diamond Anniversary Fund or would like more information on Child Life Services at Rady Children’s Hospital, please send an email to Sara Moten at [[email protected]].

Karin Whiteley, Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, Scripps Ranch Unit

Scripps Tips

Networking Group

Small business owners, professionals in private practice, independent contractors, and sales reps–these are the people we welcome as members for Scripps Tips Small Business Networking Group! We are a diverse collection of men and women who share a spirit of camaraderie, using each other’s services and trading referrals whenever possible.

Our meetings, conducted over an early breakfast, allow us to connect, share, support, and recharge on a weekly basis. These meetings convene at 7:15 am at a local restaurant and adjourn at 8:15 am, so they don’t interfere with our day’s productivity! If you would like to consider joining our group, please visit [www.scrippstips.net] to see if your business is not yet represented. Then, contact our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson. at 922-3720. We welcome your consideration and would like to hear from you!

Barb Grey

Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Networking Group’s mission is to connect with other professional women in Scripps Ranch and to aid them in expanding their business opportunities while having fun socializing and building friendships. Our group, the only one in Scripps Ranch for women professionals, will facilitate business and personal relationships through monthly meetings in Scripps Ranch.

Each month members will have the opportunity to be “Presenters of the Month,” highlighting her business or special interest to the group. We encourage members or prospective members to bring their Scripps Ranch women friends to help us expand our reach, grow as an organization, and present opportunities for each and every one of us to experience better and deeper business and personal relationships.

Check our website to see if your business or service is not yet represented by any one of our members. Our next meeting is on Friday, Mar. 29, from 8 to 9:30 am for breakfast. Our “Presenters of the Month” are Carmela Kramer, Leslie Hutchison, and Diane Halfman. Won’t you join us! For more information, please call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit us at [www.srwnetworking.org].