Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Are you thinking of replacing your old printer? Some office organization is taking place at the shelter this month, and we wonder if you may be able to help us. Do you have a reliable, working HP DeskJet printer–or comparable make– you would like to donate to the shelter?

We can provide you with the necessary tax receipt. If you are able to help, please contact Susan Howe at 578-7452. Susan lives at 10912 Riesling. We are also looking for new bed pillows and blankets for twin beds. These should also be left at Susan’s front door. Have a great Thanksgiving, and thank you for continuing to support us.

Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

The Scripps Ranch unit of the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary met in September. Our new unit chair, Karin Whiteley, led the meeting. Committee members gave reports on some exciting upcoming events. This year is the 50th anniversary of the Auxiliary.

The anniversary committee is looking for any Auxiliary memorabilia. If you have something they could use, please call Mary Baker at 689-1716. In keeping with the celebration of the 50th anniversary, Nancy Fleischman reports that the Ways and Means Committee is planning a 50s themed fundraiser for the spring.

Carol Schieman and Janine Everhart of the membership committee hosted an informational dessert meeting for prospective new members in late September. Ten wonderful ladies attended the get-together. Chairs of several committees were also there to provide information and answer questions about the Auxiliary. The Auxiliary meets on the third Monday of each month at the Crown Pointe clubhouse.

Welcome Club

It is fall again, and the children are back in school. This may be a perfect time to join the Welcome Club. Becoming a member offers an excellent avenue to meet your neighbors and make new friends. You will have fun along the way if you become active in the various groups, such as book discussion, crafts and cards, bridge, bunco, pitch, Gadabouts, and Theater Group, to name a few.

We also have monthly coffees that are open to anyone who might be interested in joining us to see what we are all about. Last month the Gadabouts went to the Quail Botanical Gardens, the Theater Group went to The Performing Arts Center to see the play Master Class, the monthly coffee was a book exchange, and the arts and crafts group had a great time painting on fabric.

Come to our general meeting the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. We have a guest speaker, time to socialize, and refreshments. We are sure you will find our organization to be especially friendly. We are always eager to meet our neighbors. For more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) presents Wrong Turn At Lungfish, running from Friday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Dec. 7. Wrong Turn at Lungfish was an off-Broadway hit, nominated for the best play prize by both the Tony and Outer Critics Circle awards. This witty, adult, and engrossing play delivers some meaningful messages in a funny fashion.

The play was written by Garry Marshall and Lowell Ganz, both proven experts at crafting poignant, yet humorous, "relationship" scenarios. Marshall is a veteran TV sitcom producer and director of big screen comedies such as Pretty Woman, Runaway Bride, and Beaches. Ganz’s movie scripting includes City Slickers and A League of Their Own.

The play is the story of a blind and bitter college professor and his encounter with a saucy, streetwise young woman who volunteers to read to him in the hospital. The clash of intellect and wit takes the two from animosity and fear to friendship and understanding. Both come to their relationship with questions. Both leave with hopeful answers and a determination to never give up on life, no matter how much time is left.

The cast includes Dave Rethoret, Michelle DeFrancesco, Brennan Taylor, and Julianne Eggold. The show is directed by Patrick Stewart and produced by Gil Savage. Earlier this year, Michelle DeFrancesco won an SRT award and an Aubrey Award for her role as Libby in I Ought to be in Pictures. Dave Rethoret has previously been on the SRT stage in several shows and has directed as well.

Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, and matinees on Sundays at 2 pm. General admission is $14, and tickets for seniors, students, and groups of 10 or more are $12. Individual and couple tickets are still available at selected performances. On opening night, Friday, Nov. 15, a $2 surcharge applies which includes a fabulous champagne reception with the cast following the performance.

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

Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club

It is the time of year when we must remember to thank all of those who have shared so generously their time and organizational talents with The Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club (SRWAC). We have enjoyed a year with an unprecedented number of women participating in our sponsored sports and subsequently we are able to give even more to our community.

Through the women’s basketball, soccer, and co-ed softball leagues, new friendships are created, new skills are learned and honed, and there are a lot of laughs. There are also some bruises and a celebration of fitness and athleticism.

During 2002, SRWAC has supported many great events and causes: the Susan Komen 60-Mile Breast Cancer Walk, Scripps Ranch Youth Soccer, the Rudge Match, the Camp Pendleton Mud Run, SR Girls Softball, CUSH Legs for Literacy, National Junior Basketball, Symphony in the Park, the 4th of July celebration, the Rec Council, the High School Foundation, and Grad Night.

Also, SRWAC provided three $1,000 scholarships to graduating senior girls from our own Scripps Ranch High School. All of these activities required WAC members to devote many hours to organize, advertise, and mobilize.

For the club officers and the registrars of the various sports, I thank you and your families. Because when you are volunteering your time to serve the community, your families are often "volunteering," too.

Children can learn community pride through their parents’ involvement, and some of our most active members juggle the demands of their career, their sport, their family, and the duties of running a sport or chairing a committee. Your efforts are outstanding and greatly appreciated!

Following are vital and valuable SRWAC members who have not only participated in playing sports, but have given much of their precious time to other tasks. They acquire field and gym space, put together team rosters and league schedules, ensure the safety of players, organize fun activities–like Symphony in the Park–for all Scripps Ranch residents, and they keep WAC afloat financially and organizationally.

  • Sylvia Ferrer-McGrade–SRWAC scholarship chair;
  • Cheryl Pritchard–Co-chair of Symphony in the Park;
  • Linda Nicholas–Former long serving–and long-suffering?–WAC treasurer, former haunted house hostess;
  • M.J. Nolan–Former WAC president, former soccer registrar, and Rec Council representative;
  • Lizann Camacho–Former soccer registrar;
  • Diane Slover and Kathy Sinclair– Current and former soccer registrars;
  • Barbara Noerenberg and Kerry Walker–Current soccer registrars;
  • Mary Lawler–Current WAC president and current soccer registrar;
  • Connie Poss–Former basketball registrar;
  • Sara Slaughter–Current softball registrar;
  • Jane Buck–Current softball registrar;
  • Karen Shabel–Rudge Match chair; and,
  • Alex Osowski–Current WAC treasurer.

We would like to make a special point to recognize Lisa Bass, our WAC vice president, current basketball registrar, and creator of the new SRWAC website. You can now go to [www.srwac.org] and see your sport schedule and photos of athletes in action!

Thank you, Lisa, for keeping us all up-to-date with the prompt distribution of meeting minutes, for all of your time and creativity, and for keeping the basketball league running so smoothly! We appreciate all you do for us.

WAC’s next meeting will be our year-end wrap up, and all members are welcome! It will be held on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Rancho Bernardo Winery at 2:30 pm. Please RSVP to Mary Lawler at [[email protected]] or 271-8311.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Children’s Program

The Junior Company of the California Ballet will demonstrate classical and contemporary dance in a program on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 3 pm in the library’s community room.

Book Discussion

Join a discussion of Replay by Ken Grimwood on Wednesday, Nov. 13, in the library’s seminar room at 6:30 pm. Copies of the book are available at the library’s circulation desk.

Mozart Vocal Artists

Mozart Vocal Artists will present their third formal recital on Sunday, Nov. 10, at 2 pm in the library’s community room. Presented by the group’s founder and director, local resident Debbie Glivar, and sponsored by the Friends of the Library, this semi-annual event will feature the talents of 23 voice students. Mozart Vocal Artists was created in March 2001 with the goal of bringing an inspiring music experience to students and their families.

Debbie Glivar is an accomplished and award-winning vocalist who has performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Salzburg Festival in Austria, Walt Disney World, SeaWorld, and on PBS television. She has also performed with the San Diego Opera and in over 150 musical productions throughout the United States and in Europe.

Performing in the recital will be Scripps Ranch residents Andrea Alfaro, Amanda Barber, Brooke Carlucci, Rachel Carlucci, Katy Feaver, Brianna Fejer, Rachel Feldman, Kris Fillius, Jennifer Harmston, Maddie Heying, Danielle Johnson, Marley Lieberman, Jessica Manning, Meagan Rossin, Ashlen Strobel, and Katy Wong.

Also singing will be Scripps Ranch High School Drama Department’s Marjorie Mae Treger, professional country western vocalist Robert Taron, jazz vocalist V. J. Brion, Angelina Orsingher, Spencer Goodwin, Christina Swindlehurst Chan, and Hayley Scarano. Other members include Elizabeth Bender, Angela Giolzetti, and Julia Giolzetti.

Mozart Vocal Artists is based in Scripps Ranch. For more information, please contact Debbie Glivar at 578-0157. Admission to the recital is free and refreshments will be served. Please park in the lot on Meanley Drive.

November Concert

The Second Avenue Klezmer Ensemble blends the Jewish folk music of Eastern Europe with the songs of the Yiddish theatre in a concert on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 2:30 pm in the library’s community room. This program is part of the ongoing "Pleasure of Your Company" music series, funded by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. Members of the ensemble are singer Deborah Davis, clarinetist Robert Zelickman, guitarist George `Jiri’ Svoboda, bassist Bertram Turetzky, and drummer Bob Weller.

More Library News

DVDs and videocassettes can now be renewed for an additional week if you have not had time to watch them in the initial seven-day loan period.

This month the library will be closed on Monday, Nov. 11, for Veterans Day and Thursday, Nov. 28, through Sunday, Dec. 1, for Thanksgiving weekend. Eight other San Diego Public Library branches will remain open that holiday weekend, except for Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 28.

The Scripps Ranch Library will be participating again this year in the annual blanket drive sponsored by Peace by Piece: Providing Quilts for Kids in Need. A collection box will be placed near the entrance of the library for donations throughout November. Blankets can be any size–from newborn to twin–any style, any color.

All blankets should be clean, washable, and in good condition. Recipient organizations include: St. Vincent de Paul, Head Start, North Coastal Service Center, Home Start, and SAY San Diego Family Resource Center.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

In October members gathered for a potluck dinner at President Kimbra Seller’s home. In addition to great food and fellowship, the focus of the meeting was helping the Hidden Valley House, a North County emergency shelter for women and children. Laurine Baxter, the director of residential services for the Center for Community Solutions, which funds Hidden Valley House, gave a presentation to the group.

November’s general meeting promises to be a creative evening for members, who are invited to meet at Clay and Latte on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 6 pm. Scripps Ranch residents are welcome at the meeting. Call Nancy Allen at 566-4973 to make a reservation.

The club continues its sales of holiday ornaments. Look for the club’s booth at the Farmers Market through Saturday, Nov. 23. Ornaments are also being sold at Jennica’s Passion Flowers and Mail Boxes, Etc., or they may be ordered from our website [www.srwomensclub.org]. See page 44 in this Newsletter for details.

Kiwanis Club

Our club’s new president, Dave Andrews, was officially installed in October. Congratulations to Dave.

We would also like to thank our past president, Jim Farrier, for his hard work over the last year. Jim stepped into his presidency at a difficult time for the club due to the illness of Tom Hankins. Jim led us through the year, spearheaded and–almost single-handedly–managed the Pennies-for-Pasta Childhood Leukemia/Lymphoma campaign, and participated in the International Kiwanis convention. Thanks, Jim.

Twain Student of the Month

Congratulations to Charlene Vidal for her academic achievements at Twain. Charlene is a sophomore and, accompanied by her mom, received a certificate of recognition and a Target gift certificate from our club at our meeting in October.

Service Projects

Mira Mesa Street Fair–We once again collected donations for Children’s Hospital. We had a booth and talked to folks about the Children’s Miracle Mile of Quarters campaign and our club. Thanks to Joe Gersztyn for coordinating this event for the Kiwanis.

Scripps Ranch Clean-Up–Twice a year, chucking trash has become a way of life for our club. The Ranch is cleaner and many charitable items were collected. Thanks to Arman Freeman for chairing and stepping in after John La Bar’s retirement.


Kiwanis uses its funds for various charitable endeavors. Fundraisers are how we raise the funds–seems logical. Please support our work by contacting your favorite Kiwanian and purchasing Entertainment Books or "Westfield Works Wonders" tickets.

This event is on Sunday, Nov. 10. For $5, you get entrance to any of the Westfield shopping centers between 6 pm and 9 pm. Your donation entitles you to exclusive discounts, refreshments, free gift wrapping, prizes, coupons for Santa photos, and entertainment.

You are also 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! If you would like more information, please call me at 536-9821 or visit our website at [www.smmkiwanis.org].

Mark Branning

Pomerado Nation Y-Indian Guides and Princesses

Kayaking from La Jolla Shores to the Cove was sponsored by Jeff "Tree Rider" Kalman and the Navajo tribe. With moms and non-program siblings included in this first-time event, fun was had throughout the day by all. Next was Agua Caliente camping, which included 70 Scripps Ranch dad and child tents, sponsored by Dean "Howling Wolf" Smith and the Creek tribe.

New sign-ups for this unique father and child bonding experience continue to take place for all 5-9 year olds, as several tribes are still in formation. Scripps Ranch dads should contact the Rancho Y at 484-8777 or [http://rancho.ymca.org] to get placed in a Pomerado Nation tribe.

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

Gordon "Bearded Feather" Boerner, Pomerado Nation Scribe

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Are you interested in improving your public speaking skills? Would you like to improve your communication and leadership skills and have fun, too? Try Scripps Teasers, the award winning Scripps Ranch Toastmasters Club.

Scripps Teasers meets Thursday mornings at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center located at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, just south of Scripps Poway Parkway. For more information, contact Cees Molenaar at 578-7378 or [[email protected]].

A Toastmasters club is a "learn-by-doing" workshop where men and women hone their skills. The average club meeting lasts about one hour. Members progress through a series of 10 speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking.

Computer Users Group

If you are interested in learning more about computers, hardware options, and software availability and applicability, stop by. We meet in the library’s seminar room from 9:30 am-12 pm on the third Saturday of the month.

We provide a forum made up of your neighbors here in the Ranch who like to get together to discuss the latest in home computing–from software bugs to hardware incompatibilities. Bring your computer problems, big and small. Someone is sure to have an idea that will help.

The next meeting will be on Saturday, Nov. 16. For more information, call Dave Bechtel, evenings, at 549-2077.

Pomerado Community Band

The Pomerado Community Band is comprised of 60 wind and percussion musicians from the San Diego community. We are a non-profit corporation that welcomes new members. There are no dues or auditions, just fun people–ranging in age from middle school to octogenarians–who like to perform concert band music. Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7 pm-9 pm in the Scripps Ranch High School band room.

Our holiday concert, "Celebrate the Season," will be held on Monday, Dec. 23, at 7 pm at the Poway Center for the Performing Arts located at 15498 Espola Road in Poway. Everyone is invited. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children or seniors, and $25 per family. Tickets will be available through band members, at the Performing Arts Center Box Office, or at the door the evening of the performance.

For more information about the band or any of our upcoming events, please contact Debbie Olson at 693-6244 or [[email protected]].

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

We know how busy the holidays can be, but see what The Club has in store for you!

  • First Friday each month–Adult bridge;
  • Second Friday each month–Men’s poker;
  • Third Friday each month–"Duplicate" bridge;
  • Second Tuesday each month– Board meeting;
  • Monday, Nov. 11–Mini camp;
  • Friday, Nov. 29–Mini camp;
  • Monday, Dec. 23, through Monday, Jan. 20–Winter camps;
  • Sunday, Dec. 8–Chargers tailgate;
  • Friday, Dec. 13–Parent shopping night;
  • Saturday, Dec. 14–Pictures with Santa;
  • Saturday, Dec. 14–Winter teen dance; and,
  • Tuesday, Dec. 31–New Year’s Eve party.

Village Quilters

The Village Quilters Guild will have Peggy Martin as their guest speaker at their meeting on Saturday, Nov. 9. Peggy will present a lecture entitled "One Step Beyond," which will explore interpreting traditional quilts in new ways and will include a trunk show.

Peggy teaches at various local sites, generally through Palomar Community College. In addition to teaching, her first book will be published within the year.

Although she began her quilting efforts using classic designs, she currently has earned a reputation for using wild, outrageous fabrics which seems to stir students up to try anything from contemporary to country. The meeting is at the Scripps Ranch Library community room–social time at 9:30 am, program and business at 10 am.

A workshop, called 3-D Riot, will follow the next day on Sunday, Nov. 10, and will be held at Amidon’s Quiltworks in Poway. For further information, please call Anna Mitchell at 566-7133.

San Diego Paintball Club

All members of the club should run out and get their copy of October’s CrossFire Magazine. The San Diego Paintball Club has a three-page story with photos. We have finally gotten some well-deserved national publicity for the club after six years. The December issue will also include a story about the August Vengeance tournament. So, make a note to get that issue too!

Team Vengeance will be refereeing the Scenerio game at Mr. Paintball on Saturday, Dec. 14–all day and night–and Sunday, Dec. 15. If you have not already registered, please do so soon. It should be a great weekend of paintball.

Though we have scheduled games for December, due to the Scenerio game and Vengeance tournament commitment, we will not host club games as posted. If members wish to play paintball at club prices on any weekend or holiday, please contact us at 549-2524 or go to our website [www.sandiegopaintballclub.com].

Mona and Robert Chin