Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

During the month of October the Hidden Valley House Auxiliary will focus our efforts on helping children staying at the shelter get ready for the school year and enjoy fall activities. Shortly after their arrival at the shelter, all school-age children are enrolled in local schools. A new backpack, filled with essential school supplies, is an important step in helping children feel confident and transition smoothly to their new schools. Donations of new or gently used backpacks, along with paper, notebooks, crayons, markers, scissors, glue sticks, and other such items are needed.

Why not pick up an extra Halloween costume for the kids at the shelter when you select a costume for your own children? Costumes for boys and girls ages 4-10 years of age are needed. Please deliver donations to: Susan Howe, 10912 Riesling Drive; phone: 578-7452.

The Hidden Valley House Auxiliary has a full calendar of activities planned for this fall. An Auxiliary-funded renovation project that will create a "career closet" for the moms and playroom for the children will get underway shortly.

Children's Hospital Auxiliary

Our first meeting of the year was held in September and generated much excitement as various committee chairs presented the many volunteer and social activities for the year.

The mission for this special group of women is to raise awareness of child safety within the community and to fundraise for Children's Hospital and Health Center. If you are interested in joining our group, contact Kristi Norton at 578-1361 or [[email protected]], or Sarah Nagel at 271-0087 or [[email protected]] for membership information. Our meetings are generally held the third Monday of each month at 7 pm at the Crown Pointe clubhouse.

"Kid's News Day" is scheduled for Tuesday, Oct. 26. This is an annual citywide Children's Hospital Main Auxiliary fundraising event. Look for community volunteers at local businesses and street corners. They will be selling special editions of The San Diego Union-Tribune for $1, which will be donated to Children's Hospital.

For more information on donations and volunteering, please contact Janna Maienschein at 485-1678 or [[email protected]], Karin Whiteley at 578-0787 or [[email protected]], Maureen Merson at 549-3810 or [[email protected]], or Kelly Bondesson at 530-8291 or [[email protected]].

Our Ways and Means chair, Marilyn Tobin, generated the most excitement when she announced our annual unit fundraiser. It will be a Bunco Tea on Sunday, Feb. 27, from 1 to 4 pm. Please spread the word to all local bunco groups to mark their calendars now.

Nancy Fleischman, Publicity

Scripps Ranch Women's Club

The Scripps Ranch Women's Club (SRWC) and their guests enjoyed an "Evening of Beauty" at Azure Salon and Spa in September. That night members also brought school supplies for the children of Hidden Valley House.

Members, their spouses, and guests celebrated the beginning of fall and Oktoberfest at the home of Catherine and Patrick Guiant. Everyone brought a dish to share and had a good time sampling Patrick's German-style home brews.

Evenings at the theater and pre-parties for the year have been scheduled. The club will attend plays on Saturdays, Oct. 9, Nov. 20, Feb. 26, and May 21. Pre-theater socials at members' homes always begin the evenings.

The SRWC ladies will join together with other civic groups on Sunday, Oct. 17, to participate in the 6th Annual CUSH Legs for Literacy event at Miramar Lake. The event raises funds for literacy programs and materials for all Scripps Ranch public schools.

If you would like to join us, please contact our membership co-chair, Donna Coff, at [[email protected]] or 578-7763. Or visit our website at [].

Computer Users Group

If you'd like to learn more about computers, hardware options, and software availability and applicability, stop by. We meet in the Scripps Ranch Library's seminar room from 9:30 am until 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 October meeting will be on Saturday, Oct. 16. For more details, please call Dave Bechtel, evenings, at 549-2077.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Talk, talk, talk. Laugh, smile, and meet new friends in Scripps Ranch. Do you want to improve your speaking or leadership skills while having fun and enjoying great company? Check out Scripps Ranch's own Toastmasters Club, Scripps Teasers. It's fun, it's occasionally silly, and usually educational. Beginners are welcome.

Scripps Teasers meets Thursday mornings at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center, located at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For more information, contact Mark Shapiro at 573-0736 or [[email protected]].

You will meet men and women with a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. A Toastmasters Club is a "learn-by-doing" workshop in which men and women hone their skills in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere.

Welcome Club

What a wonderful community in which we live. Even though it has grown over the past few years, there is still the wonderful aura of being a small, caring community. And we have the Welcome Club to make it even easier for new neighbors to make friends.

Among the interests in our club are bridge, couples bunco, ladies bunco, pitch, book discussion, arts and crafts, and our monthly coffees, to name just a few. Our general meeting program last month was entitled Midway Magic. Joe Ciokon, public affairs officer for the San Diego Aircraft Carrier Museum, told us about the USS Midway's odyssey that was shared by 225,000 Americans from the end of WWII to Desert Storm.

To join in on all the fun, visit one of our meetings. We meet at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm. For more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Scripps Ranch Theatre

In October there will be six performances of Maternal Spirits for those who haven't had a chance to see this show. It ends its run on Sunday, Oct. 10. Maternal Spirits is a story about love with a spirited twist. It contains adult themes and language and may be not suitable for children and young teens.

All performances are held in the theater on the campus of Alliant International University. Individual show prices are $16 and $13.50 for seniors and students. For more information and reservations, call 578-7728 or check our website at [].

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Music Programs

The "Pleasure of Your Company" chamber music series presents harpist Amy Kanner in concert on Sunday, Oct. 17, at 2:30 pm. There is no charge for the concert, although donations are appreciated. Meet the musician at a complimentary reception following the concert.

Children's Programs

On Thursday, Oct. 21, at 3 pm in a free program, Sandy Gee, the Halloween Witch Clown, performs feats of magic with lots of audience participation.

The Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Friends of the Library had another successful season, with 747 youngsters taking part: 630 through grade five, and 272 of those read at least 10 books each; 117 teens and preteens took part, and 46 of those completed 10 or more books each. Congratulations to all--and keep reading!

Book Discussion Group

This month the group discusses Living History by Hillary Rodham Clinton on Wednesday, Oct. 27, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for November is The Botany of Desire: A Plant's Eye View of the World by Michael Pollan.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

What, you ask, is "Scripps Tips?" We are a networking group of small-business owners and professionals who are interested in enhancing the referral component of our client and customer bases. We have enjoyable exchanges of information every Friday during our brief breakfast meetings at a local restaurant.

Since meetings begin promptly at 7:15 am and last only an hour, it is a small investment of our precious time, and the potential for benefit is great! Over time, as members tell the group more about what they do and how they do it, there is an ever-increasing opportunity for giving and getting referrals.

If we sound interesting to you, please check to see if we have an opening in your field, as we welcome just one member per business or profession. Just visit our website at [], and call our president, Linda Carney, at 722-1418 for more information.

Barb Grey

I-15 Diamond Gateway

The I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber of Commerce wrapped up its scholarship program this summer and awarded three Scripps Ranch High School student scholarships. The chamber partnered with The San Diego Union-Tribune to make this happen. Scholarships also went to nine other area schools.

The Education Committee is beginning again on the scholarship program for spring 2005. In order to raise more funds, the committee will be at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Fall Festival on Carmel Mountain Road, east of the 1-15. The street fair is on Sunday, Oct. 24, from 9 am to 4 pm. There will be more than 200 booths. Bring your appetites for the wonderful food! There will be a shuttle service for parking at the post office. Just follow the signs. For details, visit [] or call 484-2800.

If your high schooler is looking for community service hours, this is a fun way to get them. Call the chamber and leave a message for Rhonda Norton.

Pomerado Nation Y-Indian Princesses and Guides

In October we will have our traditional campout at Catalina Island to enjoy Southern California beach and water delights. This event at Camp Fox promises to be as grand as last year.

It's not too late to sign up for this unique father and child bonding experience, available to all Scripps Ranch 5- to 10-year-olds and their dads. Interested dads should contact the Rancho Y via either [] or Y-agent Megan Fercho at 484-8788.

Blaine "Dancing Dog" Sample