Farewell to Miss Ann

The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL), joined by children, parents, librarians, and community friends, helped Mrs. Ann Young Persons celebrate her retirement in March (pictured right) at a festive ice cream social. Miss Ann was our children's librarian extraordinaire for the past 12 years. A highlight of the event occurred when Miss Ann read "just one more" story and then, while reciting a poem about a boa constrictor, was "eaten" by the snake, to the delight of the children present! Those who had not experienced one of her story hours now understand why Miss Ann enjoyed such a following among the children! She will be missed.

Be a Friend!

SRFOL's annual membership drive is underway. Memberships make it possible for Friends to provide many children's programs, including a weekly reading group, entertaining monthly programs, a summer reading program, and the annual essay contest. Over the years numerous reference books, picture books, bestsellers, DVDs, and books-on-tape have been added to our library's collection through annual membership and life membership donations. Membership forms are available in the library and in the Folio, our monthly newsletter. Please call Gail Harriss, membership chair, at 586-1410 for more information.

New Website

We're proud of our new website! Please visit []. A big thank you to Richard Busch, our website designer and webmaster!

Children's Program

In this month's free children's program--Imagination Express, All Aboard--children are invited to interact with the performers to tell stories through mime and pantomime. Join the fun on Thursday, May 15, at 3 pm!

Music Program

On Sunday, May 18, at 2:30 pm the "Pleasure of Your Company" presents the Encore Trio playing works by Beethoven and Shostakovich. There is no charge for the concert, although donations are appreciated.

Book Discussion Group

The group is reading Loving Frank by Nancy Horan. Come join the discussion on Wednesday, May 28, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for June will be Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini.

Student Essay Contest

Winners of the "Writing for Literacy" Essay Contest were honored in late April in a special program sponsored by SRFOL. Awards were presented to the Scripps Ranch 4th, 8th, and 10th grade authors of the winning essays. The top winner at each grade level will represent Scripps Ranch in the citywide contest.

Winners' names were not available at press time but will be acknowledged in a future issue. This annual competition is sponsored by the Friends of the San Diego Public Library, the San Diego Public Library, and the San Diego City Schools Library Media Teachers.

Scripps Ranch Theatre's Latest Production Opening

Scripps Ranch Theatre's latest production, I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, starts Friday, May 9, and runs through Saturday, June 14. This play is off-Broadway's longest running musical with more than 4,500 performances. A great "date night" play, it celebrates the modern-day suburban mating game and the joys of dating, romance, marriage, lovers, husbands, wives, and in-laws.

All performances are held in the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of Alliant International University. For reservations and performance times, visit [] or call 578-7728.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

Our 34th annual Memorial Day Celebration is on Monday, May 26, from 11 am to 3 pm at Aviary. This free event is for members and their guests only. We will have music, games, an astro jump, and more. There will be a barbecue and beer garden, with items available for purchase while supplies last. Celebrate the start of summer with us!

Summer camps, tennis camps, and swim lessons are enrolling now! Check our brochure online at [] or pick one up at any facility. Our camps have something for everyone. Want just one day a week? We have mini-camps! Want the kids to learn skills? Check out junior lifeguards or babysitting camp. Just want some fun? We offer more than 40 different camps during the summer.

What to do with your teen? We know where they want to go and we will take them there. New for 2008, Day-Trippers! Our trained and licensed staff will take teens to locations throughout San Diego. How about paintball, Padres games, surfing, and more? Day-trippers is for responsible 12- to 14-year-olds.

Upcoming May Events

  • Friday, May 16: Adult bridge;
  • Tuesday, May 13: Family Dinner Night; board of directors meeting;
  • Friday, May 23: Video and Movie Night; and,
  • Friday, May 30: Swim and Movie Night, and Tennis Friday Night Socials.

Scripps Ranch

Women's Club

The Scholarship Committee will make its selections this month. Last year five senior women were awarded scholarships of $1,000 each.

The Champagne Brunch and Fashion Show was delayed and will take place on Saturday, May 3. Our president-elect, Donna Apprill, is seeking motivated volunteers to serve on the board starting in July. Call 566-9930 to volunteer. Want to know more about our club? Visit our website at [].

Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary

In April our sights turned from our annual fundraiser to socializing and raising funds for our Scripps Ranch Unit. We had a fantastic evening of wine tasting at Steinholt Vineyards--otherwise known as the lovely Scripps Ranch home of Cheryl Steinholt. We thank Nancy Fleischman, Cheryl Steinholt, and Laurel Berns for organizing this great evening.

In May we look forward to Celebration of Champions. This is an auxiliarywide event dedicated to uplifting and honoring children receiving care at the Cancer Care Center and remembering those children who lost their battles with cancer. The event is on Saturday, May 10, at the Embarcadero and features carnival-type booths, music, and a number of celebrities--including players from the Padres and San Diego Chargers.

The Scripps Ranch Unit has pledged a $1,500 donation to Celebration of Champions and will staff a tattoo booth. For more information about the event, email Sarah Nagel at [[email protected]]. We hope to see you there!

Kami Evora

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Hidden Valley House (HVH) provides shelter and counseling to women and children who are victims of domestic violence. Many leave home with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The HVH Auxiliary assists the shelter in numerous ways. If there is a need, we try to fill it.

All the things our Auxiliary is able to do are a result of the generosity of Scripps Ranch residents and groups. The shelter staff, clients, and HVH Auxiliary thank you for your continued support. Your generosity makes the difference!

Items of the month: large diapers--toddler sizes 4 and 5--large bottles of shampoo and conditioner, toothbrushes and toothpaste, razors, and so forth. In addition there is a need for nonperishable food items--please no outdated food.

There is also a need for school-aged girls gently used clothing--no rips, tears, or stains--sizes 5-12 and new women's sports bras in any size. If you've replaced your VCR or DVD, please donate used players "in working condition." Drop items at the Scripps Ranch Library or the home of Ellen Hawkins at 11528 Wills Creek Road. To learn more about our Auxiliary, contact Susan Howe at [[email protected]].

Pam Kay

Scripps-Mira Mesa

Kiwanis Club

Service Projects

Take a Break: Let us do the cooking on Thursday, May 22, from 5:30 to 7 pm at Miramar Ranch Elementary School. Our annual spaghetti dinner raises funds for the school and our club. The food is graciously donated by Filippi's.

Twain Student of the Month: Yessica Ortiz was honored at our meeting for "being a leader...being part of the ASB...and being a good role model."

Kiwanis One-Day: All the Kiwanis Clubs and their corresponding Key Clubs got together for one day and did various projects in the City Heights area--cleaning, painting, and planting.

Speakers--"No Power Link Needed": Jim Bell of the Ecological Life Systems Institute made a compelling argument for leveraging solar to eliminate the need for the Power Link.

Get Involved

Interested in "Serving the Children of the World"? Many of you may be encouraged by your employer to participate in community projects. Kiwanis is a wonderful vehicle. Join us for a free breakfast on a Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:15 am at Mimi's Café in Mira Mesa. If you would like more information, visit [] or call me at 536-9821.

Mark Branning

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 [].

Fundraisers: On Saturday, June 7, Mamarazzi Photography will host a photo session to benefit Patrick. Sessions will be 30 minutes and cost $100. Participants receive a disc with all the images from the shoot. To sign up, visit [].

You have one last chance to purchase environmentally friendly cleaning products from Shaklee and help Patrick at the same time! Just visit [] or contact Wendy Hutchinson at 619-246-5948.

Progress: Patrick suffered a tear in his knee joint capsule in February, so he has spent some time recovering. However, he is back to full strength and is still working to see if he can walk at his 8th grade graduation. We will keep you posted. Thank you for all your support.

Welcome Club

We have a website. Yes, indeed we do: []. Check out our calendar of events so you can see all the activities a person can do in a month. In April we had a Fabulous `50s Flashback party. It was a lot of fun!

The Gadabouts went on a guided tour of Quail Gardens; Antique Seekers explored all the great shops at Solana Beach; and, our monthly coffee was hosted by Efat Dolatshahi, a wonderful cook and gracious hostess. The coffees are special as they allow extra time for established members to truly welcome newer members of the club.

If you would like to join us and meet new friends, come to our monthly meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. We have an interesting program followed by a short business meeting and plenty of time to socialize.

May will be an exciting month! We will have a fun TGI--Thank God It's--appetizer and cocktail party. This is the perfect time to join, as our general meeting will be the installation of new officers. Sounds dull? Not this meeting. The refreshments will be wine, cheese, and desserts, making the evening festive.

Applications are available at the Information Center, the Scripps Ranch Library, the Marketplace, and realty offices. For more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Toastmasters Makes Public Speaking Fun

Everyone can benefit from the improved public speaking skills gained from the Toastmasters program. These skills lead to greater success in almost any field, as well as in our personal lives. For those who want to challenge themselves further, Toastmasters also offers opportunities to participate in speech contests outside the club.

Guests are welcome to visit. We meet at the Scripps Ranch Information Center on Cypress Canyon Road. Our meetings start at 7 am every Thursday and last one hour. Visit our website at [] to learn more. For questions or more information, email [[email protected]] or contact Bob Hitchcox at 395-4222.

Computer Users Group

Have you ever looked at the skimpy manuals that came with your computer or latest software? It seems that the answer to your problem is never in there!

This is where your local Computer Users Group can help. There's a good chance someone in the group has experienced the same problem or has the knowledge to resolve your dilemma. We meet in the Scripps Ranch Library's seminar room on the third Saturday of the month from 9:30 am to noon. The next meeting is on Saturday, May 17. For more information, please call Dave Bechtel--from 7 to 9 pm--at 549-2077.

Scripps Tips Small Business Networking Group

Scripps Tips members meet every Friday for breakfasts. We gather before the meeting for networking, learning, supporting, referring, and just enjoying the camaraderie of like-minded business and professional people.

Each of our members represents a different business or profession so there is no competing for referrals. One member, Leo Klijn, our 2008 president, specializes in helping businesses develop and execute exit strategies. He helps them document and demonstrate the true value of their business to buyers, and he represents them in the sale of the businesses.

Another member is Jim Proffitt, who represents a service providing high quality care for the elderly. Jim can assist retirees and their families find excellent and appropriate levels of care. As a retired attorney, Jim also offers fiduciary representation for elderly folks.

If you would like to see what our other members do or would like to join us, please visit [], then contact Leo Klijn at 689-4120.

Barb Grey

Team Women

April showers brought May flowers! Building a solid foundation for your business--i.e., planting the seeds of success--is this month's Team Women's business building block. Flowers and incoming business are always the result of planting seeds.

Planting business seeds for example would be: attending a networking group (go Team Women!); following up with a prospect; calling past customers and asking for referrals; and, placing calls to potential new customers. Team Women is based on building powerful relationships with other businesswomen to create longterm success for both. Getting to know each other fosters a closer relationship that generates more referrals. Join us on Tuesday, May 13 and 27, from 8:30 to 9:30 am at Santorini's located at 10545 Scripps Parkway. For more details, contact Alison at 547-8913.