Scripps Ranch Theatre Presents An Inspector Calls

The Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) is currently presenting An Inspector Calls, J.B. Priestley’s classic mystery thriller. Shows continue through Sunday, Apr. 21, at its theater on the Alliant International University campus.

Set in 1912 England, An Inspector Calls introduces us to the wealthy Birling family. Their comfortable complacency is upset when Inspector Goole comes calling. An impoverished young working-class girl has committed suicide, and Goole hopes that the Birlings will help him find out why. As the evening progresses, a series of flashbacks reveals that each member of the Birling family has in some small way been responsible for Eva’s demise.

One by one, the family is forced to reveal the part they played in causing the suicide. In doing so each must face up to the selfish and inhumane manner in which they have been living their lives. A twist ending adds a mystical, thought-provoking touch to the proceedings.

An Inspector Calls was first performed in 1945 in the Soviet Union and 1946 in the United Kingdom. It is one of Priestley’s best known works for the stage and considered to be one of the classics of mid-20th century English theatre. The play’s success and reputation has been boosted in recent years by a successful revival by English director Stephen Daldry for the National Theatre in 1992, and a tour of the UK in 2011–2012.

Directed by Daren Scott, An Inspector Calls features a cast that includes D. Candis Paule, Fred Harlow, Jill Drexler, Danielle DeCarlo, Jake Rosko, Joshua Jones, and Cristyn Chandler. Scott is a highly lauded San Diego actor, director, and photographer. He was recently nominated for a Critics Circle Award for his direction of Of Mice and Men at New Village Arts and has won multiple awards for acting.

Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. SRT encourages you to make reservations early, as performances sell out quickly. Tickets are $27 for general admission, and $24 for students, seniors, and active military. To make reservations or for more information, please call the SRT box office at 578-7728 or visit its website at [].

Help Wanted

If you love your library and want to make a difference in our community, there’s never been a better time to explore volunteering with the Friends of the Library. Whether you’re interested in helping with a short-term project or possibly a position on the Friends’ Board, we will match your interests, skills, and availability to a volunteer opportunity. Please email [[email protected]] or call 484-6231.

Grace’s Book Nook

Every time you visit the library, visit Grace’s Book Nook, open Monday through Saturday, for amazing deals on books, CDs, and more. Most hardcover adult fiction and nonfiction in nearly new condition is priced at only $1.50, while trade paperbacks are $1, and standard-size paperbacks sell for only 50 cents. Most children’s books are 25 cents or less.

The inventory is updated frequently, so stop by often. We really appreciate your tax-deductible donations of gently used books and media as well.

Children’s and Teens’ Programs

On Thursday, Apr. 11, at 3 pm come experience “Dance Around the World with Nikola Clay,” a fun and interactive event that introduces dance from Australia, Ecuador, Mexico, and other countries.

On Thursday, Apr. 25, at 3 pm the Rose-Ritchie Academy of Irish Dance presents a high energy performance featuring beautifully costumed Irish dancers. Both free programs are sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL).

Get help with your homework from a Homework Connection volunteer at the library weekly Monday through Thursday from 3 to 5 pm. Storytime for toddlers is every Thursday from 10 to 10:30 am.

Film Forum

The free monthly film series sponsored by the SRFOL continues on Wednesday, Apr. 17, at 7 pm with a screening of an award-winning—including a Golden Globe for best foreign film—1957 film written and directed by a famous Swedish director. Well-known film appreciation instructor Ralph DeLauro will introduce the film and moderate the discussion.

Book Discussion Group

The group is reading Zeitoun by Dave Eggers. Everybody is invited to the discussion on Wednesday, Apr. 24, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for May is The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern.

Music Program

On Sunday, Apr. 21, at 2:30 pm “The Pleasure of Your Company” presents the Pacific Coast Harmony Singers, an award-winning barbershop group, singing music ranging from show tunes, gospel, doo-wop, ballads, contemporary to traditional choral. There is no charge for the concert, sponsored by the SRFOL.

More Zumba!

The SRFOL now sponsors three free Zumba classes each week. On Wednesdays from 5 to 6 pm and Fridays from 4 to 5 pm, Zumba Fitness combines a high-energy cardiovascular workout with pulsating Latin music. Beginners may want to try the Zumba Gold class on Mondays from 9:30 to 10:30 am.

Read to Finnegan

Finnegan, a certified therapy dog with San Diego Love on a Leash, will be at the library from 10:30 to 11:30 am on Saturday, Apr. 6, and the first Saturday of each month. Finnegan loves to hang out with kids and listen as they read to him.


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/person—usual rate is $500/person. Membership forms are available at the library and at [].

SRHS Scholarship Application Due

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) will award a scholarship to a graduating female student from the Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) class of 2013. The completed application package must be received by Friday, Apr. 12. The winner will be announced at the annual SRHS scholarship awards assembly. Application information is available on the SRWC website listed under “Community Support” and at the SRHS counselor’s office; please contact Mr. Johnson.

The club is sponsoring a pre-theater party on Friday, Apr. 12, followed by a performance of An Inspector Calls at the Scripps Ranch Theatre. In addition, members and guests will attend the 32nd annual Art Alive Exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Art on Saturday morning, Apr. 27. This exhibit showcases the floral interpretation of famous works of art and is a perennial favorite. Lunch at the Prado is a delicious option after the exhibit.

We welcome new members! You’ll meet friendly women who care about our community and like to have fun. For information, call Susie Hill at 847-9411 or visit [].

Anne McClure, Publicity

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

If you are looking for information on domestic violence, relationship abuse, sexual harassment/assault, or elder abuse, you should become familiar with the nonprofit Center for Community Solutions (CCS) agency. It operates the only 24-hour toll-free countywide hotline for crisis intervention and information referrals related to domestic violence and sexual assault. Call 1-888-385-4657 for crisis counseling by trained staff and volunteers.

Their North County domestic violence shelter is called Hidden Valley House (HVH), and more than 14 years ago our local HVH Auxiliary was formed to support this shelter. These Scripps Ranch women have provided items such as food, clothing, towels/bedding, toiletries, diapers, and means to transport clients to court dates. They also have coordinated monthly birthday parties and arts and crafts projects for the children, gathered volunteers for painting and landscape projects, and reached out to businesses and organizations for donations. Each month our Auxiliary meets with staff to discuss the immediate needs, which vary by season and number and ages of children.

Many in the Scripps Ranch community are aware that the HVH Auxiliary holds only one fundraiser every year—the Hidden Valley House High Tea. All of the money raised at our Tea is used for the shelter, and we appreciate the continued support of those who have attended and donated for many years. Planning has already started for this year’s event on Saturday, Nov. 2, which promises to be another fun social. Special thanks to Yanni’s Bistro and Just Tennis for already contributing something for our silent auction!

This month the shelter needs sun hats for children, shoes, sneakers, and flip flops for all ages, backpacks for the women, and framed artwork to brighten their walls. They also need transportation to pick up donations of heavy items such as couches. If you have a truck and can occasionally help, please contact Lauretta Johnson at 695-6708 or [[email protected]]. Your donations can be dropped off at the Scripps Ranch Library, the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road, or the Baby Vie store in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace on Scripps Poway Parkway. Thank you for your support.

Lynn Parke

Welcome Club

Welcome Club members have big plans in the coming months, and we’ve been as busy as ever with activities in recent weeks. Our general meeting in April will feature a speaker sharing her experience and knowledge about animal behavior. In March we had a general meeting speaker talk about San Diego’s Women’s History Museum, one of only five women’s museums in the country. That was followed by a Gadabout to the women’s museum and lunch at a nearby restaurant.

Upcoming events include a play in April, a Tea in a Rose Garden in May, and our annual Salad Supper in July. We’re always interested in greeting new members. So, whether you are new or not-so-new to the Scripps Ranch community, we would like to welcome you to the Welcome Club.

Join us in these activities, as well as our bunco, bridge, coffees, TGIs, book clubs, and birthday bashes. Please contact JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217 or Becky McDonald’s at 578-5693 for details.

Janelle Boustany, Secretary

Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

The Rady Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit would like to honor Scripps Ranch resident Vicki Collins, who has been a Girl Scout troop leader for many years. Vicki continues to find ways for her girl scouts to contribute philanthropically to Rady Children’s Hospital.

Recently, one of her troops made dozens of fleece comfort blankets (pictured below) that they presented to unit co-chair, Kathy Steinhause, for Rady Children’s Hospital. Under Vicki’s leadership, one of her Girl Scout troops regularly made activity bags to donate for Rady Children’s waiting rooms. Although this troop recently dissolved, they provided a donation that continues to fund these activity bags. We thank them for “making a difference in the lives of San Diego’s children.”

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Stand up. Speak up. Deliver.

Why consider joining Toastmasters? Maybe you want to overcome a fear of public speaking, polish your speech writing skills, reduce ahs and ums, effectively lead a meeting, develop leadership, or network with a fun, positive group of people. Or, as club member Fenix Yang recently commented, “I’m an engineer. Toastmasters gives me an opportunity to practice some skills that are outside of my technical field.”

What’s your reason? Discover firsthand how Toastmasters can help you achieve your speaking and leadership goals. Visit our Open House on Thursday, Apr. 18, from 7 to 8 am at the SRCA Community Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For more information, please contact Akemi Rogers at 693-8643 or visit [].

Village Quilters

Village Quilters meets in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room on the second Saturday of each month. The next meeting is on Saturday, Apr. 13, from 10 am to noon. Our featured speaker will be Sue Rasmussen, with a presentation entitled “A Desperate Housewife’s Quilt Journal.” This humorous presentation, showing dozens of Sue’s quilts, takes you through her development as a quilt maker in the two main styles Sue is known for: intricate pieced quilts and machine pieced landscape-pictorial quilts.

Emphasizing her more recent quilts, Sue discusses several in detail: the importance of design, color, fabric choices, and quilting patterns. The lecture ends with story quilts that are guaranteed to make you giggle. For more information, please visit [].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Synergy is a key aspect of networking, and we’ve “got it goin’ on” at Scripps Tips Small Business Networking Group. Our one-hour weekly breakfast meetings are held at Mimi’s Café. The meetings officially begin at 7:15 am, but there is always a cluster of members at the door when the restaurant opens at 7 am. This is because our members enjoy the camaraderie and conversations as the table fills.

We are small business owners, professionals, or independent reps who live or work in the Scripps Ranch area. We share referrals, information, and ideas with each other. If you think you might be interested in participating in such a group, please visit our website at [] and then call our president, Cheryl Chase-Berkson, at 922-3720 to arrange a visit. We welcome new members!

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 building friendships. Our group, the only one in Scripps Ranch for women professionals, facilitates business and personal relationships through monthly meetings.

Each month two 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 in their women friends to help us expand our reach and present opportunities for each of us to experience 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, Apr. 26, from 8 to 9:30 am for breakfast. Our “Presenters of the Month” are Mary Joy Lynch, Paulette Millander, and Moriel Cohen. Join us!

For more, please call Julia at 549-3070, email us at [[email protected]], or visit [].