Scripps Ranch's Toastmasters Club, Scripps Teasers, just finished an award winning year and has installed a new slate of enthusiastic officers to lead the club for the next term, which began in July. Because of our success during the past year in achieving specific Toastmasters goals, we have earned the prestigious designation of "President's Distinguished Club" from Toastmasters International. This award indicates that our membership numbers are strong, we have a great team of officers, and we have succeeded in helping our members make dramatic improvements in their public speaking and leadership skills.
This is a great time to visit us and learn about the Toastmasters program. We can help you overcome any fear or nervousness you may have about public speaking. Regardless of your skill level, you will become a more poised, polished, and dynamic speaker. Our program is self-paced to accommodate your schedule, and our meetings provide a fun, informal, and friendly environment.
We meet at the Scripps Ranch Information Center on Cypress Canyon Road just south of Scripps Poway Parkway. Our meetings start at 7 am every Thursday and last one hour. Guests always are welcome to visit the club.
For details, visit our club's website at [http://scripps.freetoasthost.net]--note there is no "www" in the web address. Go to the "Membership Information" link under the main menu. For questions or more information, please email [[email protected]] or contact Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222.
Several hundred Scripps Ranch kids and teens are reading books and earning prizes through the Summer Reading Program, which continues through the end of August. It's not too late to sign up at the library to participate.
On Thursday, Aug. 21, at 3 pm the free children's program features Kathy Felker Puppet Productions. Hear Ms. Felker tell wonderful stories using marionette, hand and rod, and ventriloquist puppets in the final summer program.
This month the group is reading New Rules: Polite Musings for a Timid Observer by Bill Maher. Come join the discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for September will be The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Anne Fadiman. Copies of the books are available at the library circulation desk.
Sue Fox, our wonderful, energetic library assistant and research librarian, retired at the end of July. Her 20-year career with the city included eight years at our library. She'll be greatly missed. Sue was feted at a dessert reception sponsored by the Friends of the Library.
Saturday, Aug. 30, marks the end of an era when our beloved librarian, Nancy Corbin Assaf, retires. Plan to join Nancy and the Friends of the Library at a special tea in her honor on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 3 to 4:30 pm.
The next time you attend an event or meeting in the library's community room or seminar room, you won't sit on a wobbly chair! Fourteen scouts and 10 parents from Boy Scout Troop 664 plus one member of Cub Scout Pack 614 devoted part of their Saturday at the end of June to inspect and tighten several hundred chairs. A big thank you is due all who participated for a job well done!
SRFOL recently received a generous donation of $1,000 from the Scripps Ranch Civic Association. Many thanks to the SRCA and its officers who clearly appreciate the important role our library plays in the life of our community!
To celebrate our 30th year of operation, Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) will present five shows instead of our standard four for the upcoming season. We also are beefing up our schedule with more challenging productions.
"Up until now we have purposely populated our seasons with a preponderance of light-hearted fare," said Jim Caputo, SRT executive director. "Our recent surveys indicate that there is a significant portion of our subscribers who would like to see more variety, more depth. To meet this need we have added a fifth production dedicated to drama of the highest caliber. For our first selection we have chosen the Pulitzer Prize winning play, The Shadow Box. It is an achingly beautiful story of three disparate families facing the imminent loss of a loved one. But it is not about dying. It is about people, about life. Touching, courageous, and even funny, The Shadow Box is an incredible work of art."
According to Jill Drexler, SRT artistic director, "The suggested 30th wedding anniversary gift is pearls, and we at SRT believe we have some pearls to share with our audience. Besides The Shadow Box, we are offering: a smash off-Broadway success, The Dining Room; a Tony Award winner for Best Play, The Last Night of Ballyhoo; a West Coast premiere, All This and Moonlight; and, a Neil Simon classic, Chapter Two.
"We'll take you to New England, Atlanta, and Manhattan. We'll take you back in time, into a character's wildly imaginative mind, and into the personal history of America's most successful playwright. This season offers thoughts on family, religion, love, commitment, marriage, life, and death; and all five plays for less than you might pay for one show at another theatre."
For the 2008-2009 season, we have formulated a new subscription program that allows our supporters to customize their season subscription to choose to see four--at $70--or five--at $80--shows. Please visit the SRT's website at [www.scrippsranchtheatre.org] for more details on our new program.
All performances are held in the theatre of Alliant International University. For season tickets, information, and reservations, visit our website noted above or call 578-7728. The Scripps Ranch Theatre encourages patrons to make reservations early as performances sell out quickly. Don't miss our first production of the season, The Dining Room, that starts on Friday, Sept. 5!
The hula hoops flew, we toasted a great year, and the setting sun provided a stunning backdrop at our end of the year party at the home of outgoing co-chair, Dana Walters. Our incoming co-chair for the new Auxiliary year, Karin Whiteley, was our hula hoop champion!
Our Auxiliary members helped staff the Yanni's food booth at the 4th of July festivities in Hoyt Park. Thanks to all of you who came by and purchased delicious Yanni's food and helped benefit Rady Children's Hospital in the process.
If you would like more details about becoming an Auxiliary member, please contact our membership chair, Laurel Berns, at [[email protected]].
Our calendar is on our website at [www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com]. Check it out--our meeting night has changed! The general meetings will now be held on the first Tuesday of the month at 7 pm in the El Dorado room at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club.
The August program will be about The Tomorrow Project, a job readiness program for homeless women in San Diego. Martha Ranson, Rachel's Women's Center director, will describe a partnership between top area restaurant chefs and participants from Rachel's who are moving toward a better life.
In July there was a fantastic turnout for our Annual Salad Supper. This year's theme was "Crazy Hats." Our members really got creative, and the ingenious creations caused much laughter and conversation. There was delicious food, and members brought wine to share.
Even though there was no meeting in July, the month was filled with fun things to do. The biking group cruised the lake, the crafts group had a great time creating wreaths and other items out of wine corks, and we enjoyed mah jongg, bridge, pitch, and bunco.
If these events have caught your interest and you would like to meet your neighbors, come to our next meeting. Applications are at the Information Center, the Marketplace, the Scripps Ranch Library, and realty offices. Also, visit [www.scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com]. If you have any questions, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693 or JoAnn Farmen at 695-9217.
You are invited to attend the Computer Users Group monthly discussions held at the Scripps Ranch Library. Here, neighborhood friends of all ages meet in a roundtable forum and converse on the subject of computers. It's here that we acquire knowledge from subjects covered that are outside our field of interest.
You are invited to sit with us. We meet in the library's seminar room on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting is on Saturday, Aug. 16. For more information, please call Dave Bechtel--evenings from 7 to 9--at 549 2077.
"Help Patrick Walk" was formed to raise money for 14-year-old Patrick Ivison, who suffered a spinal cord injury when he was hit by a car. The money raised pays for his therapy at Project Walk, a spinal cord injury recovery facility in Carlsbad.
Progress: Patrick's ultimate goal is to one day walk. In the meantime his immediate aspiration is independence. Imagine not being able to get out of bed in the morning, get yourself dressed, or even go to the bathroom without assistance. For Patrick this is his reality.
Through his hard work at Project Walk over the last three years, on July 1 Patrick was able to transfer himself into bed independently and was even able to swing his legs so that he was lying in bed. We are ecstatic over this huge achievement. Congratulations, Patrick!
Next fundraiser: The first annual Help Patrick Walk Texas Hold `em Poker Tournament is on Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club from 3 to 8 pm. The registration fee is $75 and includes $1,500 casino money, a buffet, and two drinks. The grand prize is a 32" flat panel HDTV.
Visit [www.helppatrickwalk.org] for sign-up details, or you can send me an email at [[email protected]]. A portion of the proceeds will benefit spinal cord injury research through the Life Rolls On Foundation.
Exciting news: NBC in Los Angeles did a story on Patrick's recovery and adaptive surfing. To view the clip, visit [http://video.knbc.com/player/?id=262494]. Patrick surfed at the US Open of Surfing in Huntington Beach in July to benefit Life Rolls On. Look for him in the fall season premiere of the CBS daytime show The Doctors.
Scripps Tips is a "small business" networking group that creates a friendly atmosphere for our meetings. We are all in business for ourselves, but not by ourselves. By this we mean that all of us, each in a different business or profession, work to do what we can to enhance the success of our fellow members while serving as a "peer group" for each other.
Some of us work from home offices so it's nice to have an "office meeting"--Scripps Tips--once a week to learn about what's going on in other fields. Each week's roundtable introductions and member presentations deepen our fellow group members' understanding of what we do and how we do it.
One of our members is Jan Janecki, a Scripps Ranch resident and a personal dog trainer. She is truly a gifted "dog whisperer" and has demonstrated her impressive abilities to retrain dogs--and their owners--to stop such things as nuisance barking, aggressive behavior, and so much more. All instruction is private, one-on-one, making it vastly more effective than "obedience classes." Jan's services come with a lifetime guarantee.
Another local business, a plumbing company, is a longtime member represented in our group by Paula Conlon. Paula keeps her husband and president of the company, Tom, busy working in the field taking care of all sorts of plumbing needs that seem to arise very unexpectedly. The company has countless local references. It's truly great to have a trusted plumber who is a friend and neighbor right here in Scripps Ranch.