Welcome Club

Are you new to the community? Have you lived here for awhile and want to make new friends? Welcome Club is just the organization that is open to everyone and has many activities to meet your interests. Check out our website at []. It has our calendar of events and describes our organization.

This is a good time to join as it is our new 2008-2009 year. We have a new slate of board members with enthusiastic plans. Dorothy Mildice and Ann McClure have a great list of programs for our upcoming meetings. If you would like to join us to hear these interesting programs and make new friends, come to our general meetings. They are held the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. The June program will feature Jan Behrhorst, organizer extraordinaire.

The Welcome Club has many activities and interest groups. Gadabouts will go to the Bower Museum to see the Terra Cotta Warriors, Antique Seekers will explore the shops at Ocean Beach, the monthly coffee will be hosted by Sharon Hays, and a TGI will be held at Diane Rider's on Friday, June 13. There is bunco, mah jongg, bridge, book discussions, biking, crafts, and much more!

If we have piqued your interest, applications are available at the Scripps Ranch Library, the Information Center, the Marketplace, and various realty offices on the Ranch. For more information, be sure to check out our website or call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Toastmasters in

Scripps Ranch

The Scripps Ranch Toastmasters Club added two new members last month. We can all benefit from the improved public speaking and leadership skills gained through the Toastmasters program. We'll help you overcome any fear or nervousness you may have about public speaking. The program works for all skill levels--even experienced speakers!

The Scripps Teasers Toastmasters Club meets at the Scripps Ranch Information Center on Cypress Canyon Road just south of Scripps Poway Parkway. Our meetings start promptly 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 []--note there is no "www" in the web address. Go to the "Membership Information" link under the main menu. If you have questions or would like information, email [[email protected]] or contact Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222. We look forward to meeting you.

Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary

Our last meeting of the year will be a social get-together to cap off the end of our Auxiliary year. The Auxiliary takes a break over the summer and resumes with a New Member Welcome Tea in September. If you would like to learn more or get involved in the Auxiliary, please contact our membership chair, Laurel Berns, at [[email protected]]. We hope to join forces with Yanni Pihaus of Yanni's Bistro for another fabulous food booth at the 4th of July festivities at Hoyt Park. Congratulations to the board nominees for the 2008-2009 Auxiliary year:

  • Co-chairs: Carol Schieman and Karin Whiteley
  • Treasurer: Harriet Hall
  • Secretary: Sarah Nagel
  • Membership: Laurel Berns
  • Ways and Means: Marilyn Tobin, assisted by Kathleen Merkin
  • Hospitality: Michelle Sedgewick and Dana Walters
  • In-Unit Social: Michelle Fisher and Peggy Webb
  • Kids News Day: Irene Lancia, Jackie Hughes, and Tammy Young
  • Education: Karen Sypolt-Jester
  • Fantasy On Ice: Jan Glockzin
  • Publicity: Kami Evora
  • Historian: Jovita Nye
  • Gala Representative: Yvette Gilman
Kami Evora

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Since the renovation of Hidden Valley House was completed last fall, the shelter has been running at close to its maximum 30-bed capacity. Mothers, many with 3-4 children, arrive at the shelter with little more than the clothes on their backs. For safety reasons, many clients don't have time to grab much.

For many years the Auxiliary has provided welcome bags of toiletries to all women entering the facility. We'd now like to do the same thing for children. We are seeking donations of children's size toothbrushes, toothpaste, hairbrushes, hair clips, sunscreen, Chapstick, and small toys. The shelter also needs baby wipes, lotion, shampoo, and diapers. Children's underwear--new only, all sizes--are always needed.

Finally, we ask for donations of gently used girls play clothes in sizes preschool to preteen--no stains or torn items. Please drop off donations at the Scripps Ranch Library or Ellen Hawkins' home at 11528 Wills Creek Road. We'll have the items delivered to the shelter.

The Auxiliary's annual High Tea Fundraiser returns in the fall with incredible auction items. Save Saturday, Nov. 8, for our "Tea for All Seasons."

Volunteers Recognized

Library volunteers were feted at a Volunteer Appreciation Brunch in May, which featured a delicious potluck and lively conversation set against the background of a summer picnic-themed decor. Many thanks to Victoria Mazelli who coordinated this event and especially to all the wonderful volunteers who give so much of themselves to make our library such a special place!

Children's Programs

During the summer we present two free children's programs each month. On Thursday, June 12, at 3 pm come enjoy The Amazing Dana Magic Show, a magic show with a reading theme!

The fun continues on Thursday, June 26, at 3 pm with The Lovebug Band. It introduces children to the bug world through interactive songs with lots of "buggy" information and shares great books that they can check out!

Summer Reading Program

Children and teens are invited to sign up at the library for the Summer Reading Program beginning Thursday, June 12. They can earn prizes for reading books in this ever-popular program, which ends on Saturday, Aug. 30. The themes this year are "Catch the Reading Bug" for kids in kindergarten through grade 5, and "Metamorphosis @ Your Library" for 6th graders through teens.

Music Program

On Sunday, June 15, at 2:30 pm the "Pleasure of Your Company" presents the Westwind Brass, known for their virtuosic ensemble performance and engaging interaction with the audience. There is no charge for the concert, although donations are appreciated.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini. Come join the discussion on Wednesday, June 25, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for July will be The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson. Copies of the books are available at the library.

Special Donation

The library has received a very handsome new Replogle globe donated by Judith Chapman in memory of her husband, Dennis R. Chapman. Thank you.

Essay Contest Winners

Winners of the 2008 "Writing for Literacy" Essay Contest were honored in April in a special program sponsored by the SR Friends of the Library. City Councilmember Brian Maienschein addressed the student authors, their parents, teachers and principals, and library supporters. The authors of the winning essays received pens and certificates from the Friends of the San Diego Public Library and the city of San Diego.

The first, second, and third place winners at each grade level also received $25 gift certificates from Barnes and Noble. The overall winners are: Grace Chambers, 4th grade, E. B. Scripps; Ben Yu, 8th grade, Marshall Middle School; and, Madison Leahy, 10th grade, Scripps Ranch High School. These winners represented Scripps Ranch in the citywide contest. Madison Leahy was named a grand prize winner at the recognition ceremony at the Balboa Park Club!

Other winning students were: Michael England, Cameron Custodio, and Amanda Melanese, Dingeman; Claire Goodrich and Kevin Bunten, EBS; Ethan Anderson, Nichola Smart, and Zoe Elliott, Jerabek; Andrea Norris and Christina Jung, Miramar Ranch; Ryan Seo and Thomas Ryan, Marshall Middle School; and, Lanny Huang and Kyle Hoffer, SRHS.

This annual competition is sponsored by the Friends of the San Diego Public Library, the San Diego Public Library, and San Diego City Schools Library Media Teachers.

Visit our website at [].

Computer Users Group

Change. It's one of the only things you can count on. Computers and software are no exception. The Computer Users Group is made up of your neighbors who get together monthly to share their experiences and discuss changes that have affected their computer use. Discussions range from the neophytes--to be truthful, all of us--who are considering buying their first computer to the users who successfully installed the latest program.

We meet in the Scripps Ranch Library's seminar room from 9:30 am until noon on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting is on Saturday, June 21. For more information, call Dave Bechtel, from 7 to 9 pm, at 549-2077.


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 in Carlsbad. Check out his website at [].

Upcoming fundraisers: On Saturday, June 7, Mamarazzi Photography hosts a photo session fundraiser to benefit Patrick. This is a great opportunity for families of graduating seniors to get another family photo. Sessions are 30 minutes long and cost $100. Participants receive a disc containing all of the images from the shoot. To sign up, visit []. Space is limited, so please sign up early.

The first annual Help Patrick Walk Texas Hold `em Poker Tournament will be on Sunday, Aug. 17, at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club. Please check the website to sign up. To help or if you have items to donate for the silent auction and raffle, please email me at [[email protected]].

Jennifer Kayler