Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

March is Member Appreciation Month. Thanks to your membership, we are able to continually update our facilities and offer programs, camps, lessons, and events that are unmatched for quality! Every day in March, we will draw a member number to win fun prizes! Also, drop by and take a guess how many pieces of candy are displayed because the closest guess will win free dues for April. There are many more events planned. Go online to [] or stop by for a flyer listing all our activities. Thank you for supporting "The Club" all year long.

Looking for a great Easter egg hunt? Check out ours on Sunday, Mar. 16, from 9 to 11 am at Aviary. We hide 5,000 candy-filled eggs and a few golden eggs with special prizes, plus we offer a toddler-only hunt area. Bring your camera because the Easter Bunny will stop by. We will have a large petting zoo and astrojump. The hunt starts at 9 am sharp, and 5,000 eggs go fast! This event is canceled if it rains. Pay at the door: members are $3 per child 3 years and older; nonmembers are $4 per child 3 years and older. All children 2 and under are free.

Spring break is almost here. Want to get a jump-start on swim lessons? Group, semiprivate, and private lessons are available in March. Looking for a camp? We offer a weeklong off-site camp or sign up by the day at Aviary. Camps and group swim lessons are scheduled for Monday, Mar. 17, through Friday, Mar. 21. Non-members are welcome. Our Children's Center offers intersession specifically for Jerabek's calendar.

Our activities are going strong. Check out Video and Movie Night and Parents Night Out. Try one of our tennis clinics and socials or adult card games. The club has something for everyone!

Toastmasters Welcomes New Members

If you would like to improve your public speaking skills, this is a great time to learn about Toastmasters. In January several Scripps Ranch neighbors visited our local Toastmasters Club, Scripps Teasers. We added two new members who are just starting the program and look forward to developing impressive public speaking skills. Toastmasters Clubs offer a very effective program for developing speaking and leadership skills and overcoming any fear or nervousness you may have about public speaking. Our meetings provide an informal, fun, supportive, friendly environment in which we all "learn by doing."

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 at 7 am every Thursday and last one hour. Guests always are welcome to visit the club and learn about the program with no obligation.

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

Computer Users Group

A file you know you saved has disappeared, or maybe the program has developed a mind of its own and refuses to cooperate. You have two options: call the customer service hotline and get a busy signal or be placed on hold forever; or, call one of the members of the Computer Users Group you recently met.

You get a friendly, willing, understanding voice who can help you resolve your problem. We meet in the Scripps Ranch Library's seminar room on the third Saturday of the month from 9:30 am to 12 pm. The next meeting is on Saturday, Mar. 15. For more information, please call Dave Bechtel--evenings from 7 to 9 pm--at 549-2077.

Welcome Club

What a great 27th anniversary party we had! It was very festive with a large decorated cake. To add to the festivities, Genevieve Lehman, the daughter of our secretary Marianne Paul, presented a program of belly dancing with a historical and cultural discussion of the art form and, of course, a performance in one of her lovely costumes. She even gave a lesson, which created a lot of laughs. An overwhelmingly large attendance made the evening very enjoyable.

The Antique Seekers treated themselves to a Valentine's shopping spree in Ocean Beach, where all those antique stores and gift shops line Newport Avenue. Gadabouts carpooled to Cabrillo National Monument. They arrived just in time to see the feature film, and then whale watched on the observation platform. Afterward, they went to Humphreys by the Bay on Shelter Island.

Our monthly coffees give us an opportunity to gather in a casual atmosphere and meet new members. The February coffee was graciously hosted by Carmela Kramer. There also are many activities to keep one busy, with book discussion groups, mah jongg, pitch, theater group, bunco, bridge, and crafts--to name just a few. If you would like to join us and meet new friends, come to our meetings on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. Applications are at the Scripps Ranch Library, the Marketplace, and realty offices. For information, visit [] or call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Rady Children's Hospital Auxiliary

On Sunday, Mar. 9, at 11 am the Scripps Ranch Unit of the Auxiliary will hold our Beach Blanket Bunco fundraiser at the Double Tree Hotel in Mission Valley. Tickets are $55 per person and still are available. The event will include live and silent auctions, a full luncheon, opportunity drawings, and a fun time for all. The best part is that all the proceeds raised benefit the Endocrinology/Diabetes Program at Rady Children's Hospital.

The Auxiliary always is happy to welcome new members or those interested in finding out more about our group. If you would like more information, please contact our membership chair, Eileen Edwards, at [[email protected]].

Kami Evora, Publicity Chair

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

One of the ways our group assists women residing at the Hidden Valley House shelter is by maintaining a "Career Closet" filled with clothes for everyday needs. Many of the clients arrive at the shelter with only the clothes on their backs, so having the "Career Closet" onsite is a tremendous benefit. Thanks to the generous support from the Scripps Ranch community, the "Career Closet" is overflowing with more clothes than we can handle. We regret that we will need to temporarily hold off accepting new donations of women's clothes.

In the past month the shelter has provided refuge to many new mothers. As a result, baby food, formula, and diapers are in short supply. If you can donate these items, please drop them off at Ellen Hawkin's home, 11528 Wills Creek Rd.

As Bees in Honey Drown at the Scripps Ranch Theatre

A black comedy by award winning writer Douglas Carter Beane, As Bees in Honey Drown weaves a mysterious story of art, love, and pop culture using desire and deceit. It runs through Saturday, Mar. 15, at the Scripps Ranch Theatre.

As Bees in Honey Drown takes place in present time and is about the struggle and naiveté of the "almost" famous. These hopefuls are seduced, unknowingly, by duplicitous characters who taunt them with the hype and hint of becoming a rich and prominent celebrity. Drawn, like bees to honey, these celebrity "wannabes" are overwhelmed by the pressures of a promised stardom. With witty dialogue and interesting characters, the story goes from being comical to a rampage of revenge.

All performances are held in the theater on the campus of Alliant International University. For information and reservations, call 578-7728 or visit [].

Farewell to Miss Ann

The Friends of the Library is hosting an ice cream social in honor of Ann Persons, known affectionately as "Miss Ann," who retires this spring. Everyone is welcome to attend this event on Saturday, Mar. 15, from 1 to 2:30 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library's community room. Miss Ann has spent the last 10 years of her long career as a children's librarian in Scripps Ranch and describes her years at our library as "the best."

Music Programs

On Sunday, Mar. 16, at 2:30 pm the "Pleasure of Your Company" presents flutist Lori Bell, a six-time Grammy nominee, in a program entitled "From Bach to Bebop." There is no charge, although donations are appreciated.

Children's Program

On Thursday, Mar. 20, Celia Lawley, the Fiddler Girl, will present an Irish program that includes singing, dancing, and joke-telling while fiddling. Cake and lemonade will be served afterward to celebrate our library's 15th birthday!

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Relin, this year's featured book for the One Book, One San Diego program. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Mar. 26, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for April is Mountains beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder. Copies of the books are available at the library circulation desk.

Bestselling Author

David Relin (above), co-author of New York Times bestseller Three Cups of Tea, spoke at our library in January to a large, enthusiastic audience. Everyone enjoyed a reception hosted by the Friends of the Library.

Scripps-Mira Mesa

Kiwanis Club

Sometimes We Play

Mystery Café: Most of the club spent a hilarious evening at the Mystery Café in Hillcrest having dinner and trying to figure out who did it. The fun includes sometimes being picked to participate in the play. By the way, the killer was...

Get Involved

Many of you may be encouraged by your employer to participate in community service projects. Kiwanis is a wonderful vehicle. We sponsor more than 200 Key Club members at Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa high schools. Many potential members come to several breakfast meetings and participate with us in service projects before making a decision. Others join after one meeting. Visit us for a free breakfast on a Wednesday from 7:15 to 8:15 am at Mimi's Café.

For details, please check our website at [] 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 in Carlsbad. This program costs $2,800 a month and is not covered by insurance.

Our latest fundraiser is through Shaklee. Their products are environmentally friendly options for cleaning and are great for people with allergies. For every "Get Clean Starter Kit" sold through [] in March, Patrick receives a portion of the proceeds. For more details, please contact Wendy Hutchinson at 246-5948.

Progress: On Feb. 6, Patrick walked for 20 minutes on the treadmill. His weight was supported by a harness but he initiated every step on his own. This was the longest time he has ever walked!

To help, please visit our website at []. All donations are tax deductible. Checks can be made out to: NTAF-Catastrophic Injury Fund--in the memo line write "In Honor of Patrick Ivison"--and mailed to 11080 Forestview Ln., SD, CA 92131.

Jennifer Kayler