DeNae Steele and Joshua Jones perform in Steve Oberman’s “Looking for Muse,” one of three plays in Scripps Ranch Theatre’s “Out on a Limb 2017.” (photo by Ken Jacques)


SR Theatre presents ‘Out on a Limb’
This weekend, Scripps Ranch Theatre presents its sixth annual “Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City.”

“Out on a Limb” showcases brand new, world-premiere plays written by San Diego area playwrights. Each play must be centered around San Diego. This weekend’s “Out on a Limb” performances feature three plays:

“Looking for Muse,” written by Steve Oberman, follows Glen, a senior at UCSD who wants to graduate with honors, and believes he must find a girl to inspire him to do so. He meets a psych major who lacks self-awareness, but is looking for someone to psychoanalyze. 

“The Box,” which was written by Joe Nogra, revolves around a from the bride’s eccentric aunt. The note on the card: “Absolutely do not open until your first disagreement.” The newlyweds are determined to keep the box wrapped, but what will take them to the breaking point?

“The Strange Education of Marina Santiago-Scripps” was written by a team including Diana Burbano, Tom Shelton and Chris Shelton. This play centers around the relationship between Marina Santiago — an oceanography student afraid of the sea — and Ellen Browning Scripps, the legendary philanthropist.

Performances of “Out on a Limb: New Plays from America’s Finest City” this weekend will be at 8 p.m. Friday, July 21 and Saturday, July 22. A final performance will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 23. Tickets are still available. Visit scrippsranchtheatre.org.

Scripps Ranch Theatre performances are held in the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of Alliant International University, 9783 Avenue of Nations.

Music at Sanctuary Lounge

Kyle Smith will play live at Sanctuary Lounge on Friday night, July 21.

San Diego singer/songwriter Kyle Smith will perform live at Sanctuary Lounge on Friday, July 21 starting at 7 p.m. His style of music comes from his roots in Detroit, Michigan, where he grew up. Kyle’s biggest influences are musicians like John Mayer, James Taylor, Matt Nathanson and Eric Clapton. He is also known for playing songs by Neil Diamond and Prince.  

DJ Roms and DJ Bull will take over the room once Smith finishes his last set of the night. 

On Saturday, July 22, DJ Roms and DJ Bull return to Sanctuary from 8:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m.

Sanctuary Lounge is located at 12090 Scripps Summit Drive, off Scripps Poway Parkway. Hours are 4-10 p.m. Mondays; 3-11 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; 2 p.m.-midnight Thursdays; 2 p.m.-2 a.m. Fridays; and 4 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturdays. Visit sanctuaryloungesd.com.

Events at Unleashed
The Scripps Ranch Unleashed pet supply store will host pet adoption events by three organizations, as well as a puppy socialization hour on Saturday, July 22.

The Foundation for the Care of Indigent Animals will bring pets looking for homes to Unleashed from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Open Arms Rescue will be at Unleashed with pets needing good homes from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Maltese Recue California-San Diego County Area will bring adoptable pets to Unleashed from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Unleashed is offering Free Puppy Playtime to pet owners and their pups from 1 to 2 p.m. at the Scripps Ranch Store. This is a one-hour puppy socialization time for puppies to play with one another. Pet owners must bring their pup’s vaccination records.

The Scripps Ranch Unleashed is located in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace, 10625 Scripps Poway Parkway. Phone: (858) 530-9175 

Scripps Ranch Farmer’s Market

The Scripps Ranch Farmers Market has a nice selection of food, services, produce and merchandise each Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at 10380 Spring Canyon Road, in the Innovations Academy parking lot. It’s a weekly family festival where you can mingle, browse, eat, enjoy a cool drink and listen to live music. 

Kids get to search for the vendor booth with a stuffed penguin. When the children spot the penguin, they can tell the vendor, who then issues the child a red ticket. The child can turn in the ticket at the information booth, where they are allowed to search through a treasure chest to select a free toy. Visit srfm.org.  

Ice is nice for adult beverages

Most think of Rita’s at 10585 Scripps Poway Parkway as a great place to cool off the kids after a playdate in the park or following a game, but it has crossed the minds of some that the flavorful Italian ices can be mixed with certain spirits to create a refreshing adult beverage on these hot summer days. 

Yes, it’s more than a rumor. Just choose your flavor, take it home and stir in a shot of your choice. Not a bad way to wind down after work, and a big hit for summertime parties. 

The Scripps Ranch Rita’s has a large selection of Italian ice flavors to choose from, and they can be purchased in a variety of sizes: a cup, quart, ½ gallon, gallon, 2.5 gallons. Quarts are popular because they fit into most home freezers.   

The local Rita’s normally carries at least one ice flavor that would pair well as a frozen cocktail so mom and dad can take it home and have a little slushy drink.

The word is that Island Fusion, a tropical blend of pineapple, banana and guava, is amazing when mixed with Bacardi rum. 

Rita’s carries a margarita ice, a combo of lemon, lime and orange, that blends well with tequila. Rita’s also carries a strawberry margarita ice.  

Another suggested flavor is daiquiri ice, a blend of strawberry and coconut. 

For a fun gathering, take the flavored ice home, scoop it into a blender, add your liquor and mix to your liking. Pour into some fun glasses and you’ll be the star of the party. 

Contact us if you have an upcoming event in Scripps Ranch: john@scrippsranchnews.com

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