Children's Programs

It's not too late for kids and teens to start earning prizes for reading books! Sign up at the library for the ever-popular Summer Reading Program, which continues through the end of August.

On Thursday, July 10, at 3 pm the Gypsy Folk Ensemble will present dancing with a "Reading Bug" theme--what fun! And on Thursday, July 24, at 3 pm Mad Science returns with "Catch the Science Bug." We'll investigate the world of creepy, crawly creatures through experiments and demonstrations in this interactive show.

Music Program

On Sunday, July 20, at 2:30 pm the "Pleasure of Your Company" welcomes back popular fingerstyle guitarist, Tom Boyer. He'll play music ranging from Beatles to ballads, contemporary to classics, Chet Atkins to Broadway. There is no charge for the concert, although donations are appreciated. Meet the artist at a complimentary post-concert reception.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. Come join the discussion on Wednesday, July 23, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for August will be New Rules: Polite Musings for a Timid Observer by Bill Maher. Copies of the books are available at the library circulation desk.

Adopt an Armchair!

Fifteen years have taken their toll on the comfy reading chairs that are well used by library patrons of all ages. You're invited to make a special tax-deductible donation, which the Friends of the Library will match, in order to get our long overdue reupholstering project underway. Make your check payable to SRFOL and designate "Adopt an Armchair." Check at the library for details.

Please Note

For special events, please remember to arrive early, park on Meanley Drive, and use the paved walkway to the library. Visit our website at [].

SR Theatre Presents Its 2008-2009 Season

The Scripps Ranch Theatre will present five plays this season instead of the usual four. Here's the exciting lineup.

The Dining Room

A heartwarmer by A.R.Gurney

Friday, Sept. 5-Saturday, Oct. 4

Eavesdrop on the comings and goings in one room over the span of 50 years. The dining room where birthday parties, celebrations, dinners, and holidays occur is the perfect setting for such discovery. At times humorous, meaningful, witty, and touching, it is always an engaging story of the American family. Rated G.

The Last Night of Ballyhoo

A comedy/drama by Alfred Uhry

Friday, Nov. 7-Saturday, Dec. 6

By the author of Driving Miss Daisy, this Tony Award winning comic drama examines the challenges of a Jewish family living in the Bible Belt. It is Christmas 1939, and the Freitags have a Christmas tree in their living room. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together as they face where they came from and who they are. Rated G.

The Shadow Box

A drama by Michael Cristofer

Friday, Jan. 16-Saturday, Jan. 31

In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning play, three families face the impending loss of a loved one in a manner that spans the human condition: tearful, courageous, hopeful, and at times surprisingly hilarious. The Shadow Box is not about dying but about embracing life. Rated PG-13 (mature concept).

All This and Moonlight

A comedy by Charles R. Johnson

Friday, Mar. 13-Saturday, Apr. 11

A delightful romantic comedy about a photographer who cannot forget a former girlfriend. In fact, her memory haunts him and even accompanies him on his new dates. All This and Moonlight will have you thinking back to your first true love. Rated PG.

Chapter Two

A comedy by Neil Simon

Friday, May 15-Saturday, June 13

It's a rocky road for two not-so-young lovers in Simon's semi-autobiographical play. Laughter and heartache mix as a widower and divorcée struggle to commit or not. Rated PG (adult situations).

All performances are held in the theatre of Alliant International University. Performances are on Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. There will be special Saturday matinees on the last weekend of each show's run. For more details and reservations, please visit [] or call 578-7728. The SRT encourages patrons to make reservations early as performances sell out quickly.



Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary

In June unit members attended the Auxiliary's Annual Dinner Meeting at the Mission Valley Doubletree Hotel. Also, our last meeting of the year was a fun evening at the home of outgoing co-chair Dana Walters. We shared a dinner from Pat and Oscar's and roasted marshmallows in her backyard fire pit.

Be sure to pick up a delicious plate of Greek salad and chicken lasagna made by Yanni's Bistro at this year's 4th of July festivities in Hoyt Park! Proceeds from the Yanni's/Auxiliary food booth benefit Rady Children's Hospital. We thank Yanni Pihaus and his staff for generously hosting this booth with our unit for five years in a row!

We will host a New Member Tea in September. If you have an interest in putting your energy toward a wonderful cause and collaborating with a fun and diverse group of women, please contact our membership chair, Laurel Berns, at [[email protected]].

Kami Evora

Help Patrick Walk

Help Patrick Walk was formed to raise money for 13-year-old Patrick Ivison, who was hit by a car and suffered a spinal cord injury. The money raised pays for Patrick's therapy at Project Walk, a spinal cord injury recovery facility located in Carlsbad. Check out his website at [].

Upcoming fundraisers: 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, buffet, and two drinks. Prizes will be awarded to the top players.

Please check the website for sign-up details. If you would like to help at the event or have items to donate for the silent auction and raffle, send me an email at [[email protected]]. A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit spinal cord injury research through the "Life Rolls On Foundation."

Thank you to Mamarazzi Photography for hosting a fundraiser in June!

Scripps Ranch

Women's Club

The Scripps Ranch Women's Club (SRWC) Scholarship Committee is pleased to announce that it has awarded scholarships of $2,000 each to Scripps Ranch High School graduating seniors Nikka Saadat, Shannon McClintock, and Taylor Trovillion. Congratulations and best wishes to them.

The 2008-2009 board has been elected. The Change Over Dinner will be held for outgoing/incoming board members on Wednesday, July 9, at Donna Apprill's home. The new board will be installed at the Annual Meeting on Wednesday, July 30, at Yanni's.

The annual membership drive has started. Dues are $40. The SRWC is revising its bylaws to reflect the changing character of the club. Our purpose--to encourage community involvement in charitable, civic, cultural, and social interests--and our objectives--to cultivate goodwill, cooperation, and understanding among our members--remain unchanged.

If you are a motivated individual who is interested in having fun and contributing to the community, you will find our club fits your needs. Visit our website at [] to learn more and to fill out an application to join.

Scripps-Mira Mesa

Kiwanis Club

Service Projects

Miramar Ranch Elementary was the Site for Sauce: Thank you for joining our annual spaghetti dinner. Funds were raised for the school and our club. Thanks to Filippi's for donating the food.

Scripps Ranch Clean-Up a Success: Yes, that was us helping you unload your cars. Many of you took advantage of the clean-up. We filled three construction-sized containers.

Mike Davis from Heroes Honored: Mike is Mira Mesa's Volunteer of the Year. We have worked on several of his projects, including the Teen Center, and did the bartending for this event. Congratulations, Mike!

Traffic Control: That was our job at the Scripps Ranch Community Fair.

Speakers--Brian Maienschein

You may have seen Brian's picture in The San Diego Union-Tribune speaking to our club. He gave us his perspective on the job of city attorney and emphasized his qualifications as a leader, handling media, being a council member, and his involvement with Teen Court.

Get Involved

Interested in "Serving the Children of the World"?

Many of you may be encouraged by your employer to participate in community service projects. Kiwanis is a wonderful vehicle and our club is friendly and convenient. We encourage you to visit us for a free breakfast on a Wednesday morning from 7:15 to 8:15 at Mimi's Café in Mira Mesa. As you can see, we usually have an interesting speaker.

For more details, check our website at [] or call me at 536-9821.

Mark Branning

Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa Writers Workshop

The Scripps Ranch Writers Guild is undergoing a resurgence. It will now be the Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa Writers Workshop. Meetings will be held at the Barnes and Noble in Mira Mesa. The new start-up begins on Tuesday, July 1, at 7 pm, and will be held the first Tuesday of each month thereafter.

Speaker suggestions are welcome. Please contact Maureen Dolan at 564-9134 or Claudia Strasbaugh at 693-3939 or [[email protected]]. Please put "Writers Workshop" in the subject line to avoid being caught in the spam trap.

Toastmasters--We Make Public Speaking Fun!

If you would like to improve your public speaking skills, this is a great time to learn about Toastmasters. Public speaking and leadership skills enable greater success in almost any career as well as in our personal lives. Toastmasters Clubs offer an effective program for developing these skills and overcoming any nervousness you may have about public speaking. Our meetings provide an informal, fun, friendly environment in which we all "learn by doing."

Visit Scripps Ranch's very own Toastmasters Club, Scripps Teasers. We meet at the Scripps Ranch Information Center on Cypress Canyon Road. Our meetings start at 7 am every Thursday and last one hour. Guests are welcome to visit and learn about the club with no obligation.

For more information, visit our website at []-- there is no "www" in the address. Go to the "Membership Information" link. If you would like more information, please email [[email protected]] or contact Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222.

French Conversation Group

Parlez-vous français? The Scripps Ranch Cercle Français meets one Sunday a month from 2 to 4 pm. Please contact Carol at [[email protected]] or 547-4331 if you're interested. Speakers of all levels are welcome!

Welcome Club

No meeting in July! Even though the club will not meet does not mean that our members won't assemble for a lot of fun events. Our Annual Salad Supper is on Thursday, July 17, and the theme for this year is "The Crazy Hat Happening." The best part about the supper is that it brings all our members to one place. Everyone enjoys meeting their new neighbors and reacquainting with the ones we have not seen for a long time.

In June the Theater Group ended the theater season by meeting at the home of Gigi and Ed Cramer for appetizers before attending the performance of I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change. Antique Seekers went to Ocean Beach and had a wonderful time perusing the antique shops. On Friday the 13th, Diane and Richard Rider opened their home to all members to relax and enjoy the evening by everyone sharing appetizers and bringing their favorite drink.

The next general meeting is on Thursday, Aug. 7. Our program will be a speaker from the Rachel Center. Our meetings are the first Thursday of the month at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive at 7 pm. Applications are available at the Scripps Ranch Library, the Information Center, various realty offices, and the Marketplace.

Check out our website at []. If you have any questions, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary


Scripps Tips Small Business Networking Group

We are a group of small business owners, independent contractors, and professionals who meet every Friday morning at a local restaurant for networking and sharing around the breakfast table! We have 25 active members who attend faithfully, so we have lively meetings and make great connections to enhance our business. Not only do we share referrals when the opportunity arises, but other bi-products are the friendships that develop and the support given!

Each week we have a presentation by one member, and we then go around the table for introductions and sharing about our respective businesses. It's always fun and interesting. Although the table has gotten quite full, we are always open to meeting new people who would be interested in considering joining our group. We allow only one member per business or field, so there is no competition in the group for referrals.

Continuing to highlight a couple of our members: Dennis Cramer is a mortgage loan officer who helps individuals with residential purchase money loans as well as refinance loans. Being a broker and a very conscientious person, Dennis searches a variety of funding sources to place each client's loan where the terms are the best match for the client's individual situation and needs. When not working, Dennis is a stained glass artist, an antique enthusiast, an animal lover, and a selfless volunteer!

Another of our talented members is Suzanne Lovell, a Scripps Ranch resident. Suzanne is an independent representative for Nu Skin skin care products, and her motto is "beautiful skin is the best cosmetic." She provides individual consultations and is working on expanding her business internationally.

Inspired by her company's commitment to feeding the world's hungry children, Suzanne encourages others to support a program to provide a balanced food product supplied by Nu Skin to those in need. Suzanne is also a nurse practitioner and a glass blowing/jewelry-making artist--in her spare time!

Our group is comprised of interesting people. To find out more, please call our president, Leo Klijn, at 689-4120.

Barb Grey