Welcome Club

It is our 22nd anniversary! This club has been going strong for all these years and is still full of enthusiastic members helping to create a community that is friendly and caring.

Now that a brand new year has begun, I thought a review of some of last year’s accomplishments would be of interest to the readers of the SRCA Newsletter.

  • Donations: $150 to Symphony in the Park; $100 to the Scripps Ranch Library; $150 to the Scripps Ranch Theatre; $1,000 scholarship to a Scripps Ranch High School student; and, $395 and 4 bags of toys to the San Diego Armed Services YMCA Holiday Food and Toy Program.
  • Over the years a large contingency has attended every play to help support the Scripps Ranch Theatre.
  • Helping Hands was busy providing meals and support to our members.

I am positive there is even more that I have missed. Each of our members who worked hard to make all of this happen deserve a huge pat on the back.

Come help celebrate our 22nd anniversary on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. Our speaker will be the author of The Best Deals and Steals in San Diego. She will tell us how to find bargains at discount prices.

Besides our monthly meetings, the Welcome Club has many special interest groups that reflect the women’s hobbies and wishes. These small groups provide an opportunity for fun and companionship. Bridge is offered at several levels, as well as bunco, crafts and cards, pitch, book discussion groups, antique seekers, coffees, and Gadabouts.

The only requirement to belong to this organization is to live in Scripps Ranch. We think you will find our organization to be especially friendly, and we are always eager to meet our neighbors. If you have any questions, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Children’s Programs

Saturday, Feb. 8, brings the return of HodgePodge, always a popular fundraiser for the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL). Children, ages 4-11, create a variety of arts and crafts to take home.

The cost is $10 per child prepaid; $15 after Monday, Feb. 3. Advance registration is essential for this sellout event! Check the library for details.

There is a free program on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 3 pm. A puppy-in-training with Canine Companions for Independence and his handler, Sandy Snodgrass, will show us how these special puppies are trained for a life of companionship, service, and love for the handicapped.

Music Programs

On Sunday, Feb. 16, at 2:30 pm, the next concert in the "Pleasure of Your Company" chamber music series will feature something a little different: The Velvet Bones, a trombone quartet! The members of this ensemble individually have played in every major group in San Diego and plan a program sure to appeal to many tastes, with music ranging from the 1600s to jazzy contemporary works. Meet the musicians at a complimentary reception following the concert.

Then, join us on Sunday, Mar. 16, to hear the Dreiling-Fink Duo perform Beethoven violin sonatas.

Opera Previews with Myron Fink parallel the San Diego Opera season and will feature a lecture on Vincenzo Bellini’s Norma on Monday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 8:30 pm. Next month on Monday, Mar. 10, we will hear about Thérèse Raquin by Tobias Picker.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Galileo’s Daughter: A Historical Memoir of Science, Faith, and Love by Dava Sobel (1999). It is a fascinating work that weaves translations of the letters written to Galileo by his eldest daughter into the chronicle of his life and times.

Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. For those who need a head start for next month, the book for March will be The Tortilla Curtain by T. Coraghessan Boyle.

Essay Contest

Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 are busy polishing their essays for the annual contest 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 Friends of the Library will honor local winners on Wednesday, Apr. 9, at 6 pm in the library’s community room. Citywide winners will be honored on Wednesday, Apr. 30, at SeaWorld.

In Memoriam

Phyllis Dole, a longtime volunteer in the Book Nook–a used bookstore located in the Scripps Ranch Library–died on December 7. Her friends from the Book Nook, her bridge group, and the Welcome Club are honoring Phyllis’ memory with an inscribed paver to be placed in the library courtyard.

Other Library News

California tax forms for 2003 are available at the Scripps Ranch Library. Also, federal, state, and even out-of-state tax forms can be accessed at the library or from home through links on the home page of the San Diego Public Library at [www.sannet.gov/public-library]. The Scripps Ranch Library now has 10 computers with Internet capability!

Please note that the library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 17, in observance of President’s Day.

Please park in the lot on Meanley Drive and walk up the paved walk behind the library for special programs and events.

Pomerado Nation Y-Guides and Princesses

Our indoor rock climbing event, sponsored by Russ "White Fang" McCauley and the Shasta Tribe, was a huge success with an all-time record 141 participants. Each dad and child unit brought a Toys for Tots donation, which was subsequently delivered by Nation Chief Blaine "Dancing Dog" Sample.

The Echota Tribe, led by Chief Brian "Blue Wolf" Talgo, enjoyed both a "Y" pizza and swim party and a tour of the television station NBC 7/39 by Y board member Artie Ojeda. It was all in honor of the tribe’s second consecutive year as the nation’s #1 performers in the Y’s annual fundraising campaign.

Next up on the horizon is the father and child ice skating extravaganza at the Mira Mesa rink, hosted by Chief Burgess Hallums and the Chumash Tribe. That will be followed by the annual Big Bear campout on the first weekend in February. We have lots of fun events planned.

New sign ups for this unique father and child bonding experience continue to take place for all 5- to 9-year-olds. Scripps Ranch dads should contact the Rancho Y at [http://rancho.ymca.org] or Y-agent Marlon Franklin at 484-8788 to get placed within a Pomerado Nation tribe.

The program fosters companionship between dads and their children, setting a foundation for lifelong positive relationships in conjunction with the program slogan of "Friends Always." In addition, the program provides another vehicle for children to meet and interact with fellow Scripps Ranch children in a noncompetitive environment.

Gordon "Bearded Feather" Boerner, Pomerado Nation Scribe

Scripps Ranch Theatre

The Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) presents Fatal Attraction from Friday, Feb. 7, through Saturday, Mar. 1. Fatal Attraction is a thriller written by Bernard Slade, one of Hollywood’s most prolific writers. This gripping play takes place in the beach house of movie star Blair Griffin, played by Juliet Chelkowski. Blair is getting divorced and her husband Morgan–played by Tod Hare–is coming to pick up his paintings. Randy Coull portrays Tony a paparazzo.

First one is killed, then another. Who did it and why? Lieutenant Gus Braden, played by Jonathan Sachs, has to sort it all out. Even though this play has nothing to do with the movie of the same name, Fatal Attraction blends murder, revenge, lust, and passion to create a suspenseful and spellbinding story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.

Rounding out the cast are Teri Brown, recently seen in SRT’s Rumors and How To Succeed in Business. Michelle DeFrancesco, fresh from her performances in Wrong Turn at Lungfish and I Ought to be in Pictures, plays Maggie.

The Scripps Ranch Theatre presentation of Fatal Attraction is directed by Raylene Wall and produced by Tisha Coull. Performances are scheduled for Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and matinees on Sundays at 2 pm. General admission is $14; tickets for seniors, students, and groups of ten or more are $12.

On opening night, Friday, Feb. 7, a $2 surcharge applies that includes the popular champagne reception with the cast following the performance. On closing night, Saturday, Mar. 1, one additional performance has been scheduled at 4 pm.

For more information and reservations, please check the SRT website [www.scrippsranchtheatre.org] or call 578-7728. Scripps Ranch Theatre encourages patrons to make reservations early as performances sell out quickly.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

Join us for our upcoming events:

  • Lifeguard training–Saturdays and Sundays, Feb. 1, 2, 8, and 9;
  • Tennis 2002 Awards Dinner–Sunday, Feb. 2;
  • Adult bridge–Friday, Feb. 7;
  • Teen Valentine’s Dance–Saturday, Feb. 8;
  • SRSRC board meeting–Tuesday, Feb. 11;
  • "Mini-Camps"–Thursday through Monday, Feb. 13, 14, and 17;
  • Men’s poker–Friday, Feb. 14;
  • "Duplicate" bridge–Friday, Feb. 21;
  • Sycuan Casino trip–Saturday, Feb. 22; and,
  • Swim and movie night–Friday, Feb. 28.

Please call us at 271-6222 with any questions, or visit our website at [www.SRSRC.com].

Kiwanis Club

56th Annual Kiwanis Basketball Tournament

Our club was pleased to be one of the site hosts for the city’s oldest high school basketball tournament, which took place the week before Christmas. The tournament was played out in six locations, involving 18 boys’ teams and 24 girls’ teams from San Diego County, Imperial County, and Calexico.

Our club hosted the games played in the Mira Mesa High School gym. We raised thousands of dollars for the high schools involved. Our thanks go to Joe Gersztyn, who did a great job of keeping all the balls in the air and providing volunteer coverage for every game!

Children’s Hospital Radiothon

The Kiwanis Clubs of San Diego County are once again assisting Children’s Hospital in their upcoming radiothon. The radiothon works like a telethon. Just listen to one of the six radio stations broadcasting this year–KPOP 1360 AM, Magic 92.5, Channel 93.3, BOB 99.3, My 94.1, and KOOL 95.7–and call in to make a donation.

We will man the phones from Thursday, Feb. 20, through Sunday, Feb. 23. Last year we assisted Children’s Hospital in raising over $400,000, and this year we hope to do even better.


You are welcome to join our meetings, which are held every Wednesday from 7-8 am at Mimi’s Restaurant in the Mira Mesa Marketplace–we will even buy you breakfast! For more information, call me at 536-9821 or visit our website at [www.smmkiwanis.org].

Mark Branning

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC)

President Kimbra Sellers and her board welcomed in the new year by announcing that, along with planning a successful Brunch and Fashion Show fundraiser in March, their other major goal is to increase the club’s membership. If you would like to come to a meeting or learn more about our club, contact Joanne Franklin at 578-1118 or [[email protected]]. Or, check our website at [www.srwomensclub.org].

First Vice President Judy Vaca and her committee are preparing for the club’s annual Brunch and Fashion Show set for Saturday, Mar. 15, from 10 am to 2 pm at the Doubletree Hotel in Rancho Penasquitos. Stein Mart in Poway will coordinate the fashion show. The cost for the event is $35 per guest.

Residents who are not members of the club are invited to attend. It is the club’s major fundraiser, and the proceeds provide scholarships to deserving Scripps Ranch High School graduating senior women. If you would like to attend, please send a check for $35 to: SRWC, 9842 Hibert Street, No. 250, San Diego, CA 92131. Be sure to note the event and your phone number on your check.

Eleonora Barson is opening her home for the Wednesday, Feb. 19, general meeting and potluck to benefit Hidden Valley House. Members will collect items needed by the residents. The club celebrated the holidays at its annual "Cookie Exchange Social" and toy drive for the children at Hidden Valley House. Dinner was donated by Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, and the Scripps Ranch High School choir entertained.

Do you have a business located in Scripps Ranch? You are invited to advertise in the club’s monthly newsletter. Business card ads are $45 for three months. Call Jill Lesher at 695-8902 for more information.

Scripps-Mesa Writers’ Group

Are you a writer, or want to be one? If so, you are invited to the next meeting of the Mira Mesa/Scripps Ranch Writers Workshop. We will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 4, from 7 to 9 pm at the Mira Mesa Barnes and Noble bookstore. We hope to see you there.

League of Women Voters

Interested in politics and public policy? Concerned about the state budget? Schools? Energy? Health care? Land use? Traffic? Border policies? Join the group that studies everything and has positions to use in advocacy.

The League of Women Voters of San Diego is a nonpartisan political organization that influences public policy through education and advocacy. We invite you to learn more about the organization and meet some active members as we start a new Scripps Ranch unit.

Two "new unit kick-off meetings" are scheduled at the Scripps Ranch Library to attract all interested women. The first meeting is Saturday, Feb. 22, from 10 am to 12 pm, and the second is on Thursday, Feb. 27, also from 10 am to 12 pm.

League members will present the results of their new study of the San Diego City Schools and explain how the League functions and observes governmental bodies.

Join the League and help decide what issues need to be studied at the state level of government. To join, you must be eligible to vote; men are also welcome. If you have any questions, please call me at 578-8852.

Sylvia Hampton

Computer Users Group

Have you ever looked at the skimpy manuals that come with your computer or latest software? It seems that the answer to your problem is never in that abbreviated manual.

This is where your local Computer Users Group can help. There is a good chance that someone in the group has either experienced the same problem or has the knowledge or resources to resolve your dilemma. We meet in the Scripps Ranch Library’s seminar room on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting is on Saturday, Feb. 15. For more information, call Dave Bechtel, evenings from 7 to 9 pm, at 549-2077.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

What do Abe Lincoln and George Washington have in common? They were great speakers and great leaders. You may not get your own holiday, but you can improve your speaking and leadership skills at Scripps Teasers, Scripps Ranch’s own Toastmasters Club.

A Toastmasters Club is a "learn-by-doing" workshop in which men and women hone their skills in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. The average meeting lasts approximately one hour.

Scripps Teasers meets Thursdays at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. It is located at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, near the corner of Cypress Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. For more information, please contact Ed Costa at 578-6190 or [[email protected]].

Chinese Americans Club

Please join us to celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Scripps Ranch Community Park on Blue Cypress Drive on Sunday, Feb. 9. The Lion Dance Troupe will perform at 4 pm. We will need a $15 donation to the troupe from each family. Please bring some drinks, snacks, or dessert to share. For information, call Ruth or Helen at 693-1962.

San Diego Paintball Club

Hurry and register for the Saturday, Feb. 8, tournament at Mr. Paintball. All recreational players are welcome! If you cannot make it to this tourney, plan on the Saturday, Mar. 15, tournament at Adrenaline Paintball in Temecula.

Call us at 549-2524 or visit our website [www.sandiegopaintballclub.com] for more information. As always, we are available for your birthday party, bachelor party, or other group paintball event.

Mona and Robert Chin