Scripps Ranch Women's Club

In June Kimbra Sellers, president of the Scripps Ranch Women's Club (SRWC), was most pleased to present a $1,000 scholarship to each of three graduating Scripps Ranch High School women. The deserving recipients are Anne Davis, Jessica Felix, and Jenna Kieckhaefer. The presentations were made at the high school's awards ceremony, and the winners have been invited to attend our annual meeting and dinner on Wednesday, July 21. Congratulations to these outstanding young women and best of luck in their future endeavors.

June activities for the SRWC also included a lovely evening with the International Dining group enjoying an evening of Jamaican food and music. A great time was had by all who attended.

On Wednesday, July 7, the SRWC board of directors will have its annual changeover dinner to orient next year's board to their duties. This will be followed by our annual meeting on Wednesday, July 21, when the presidential gavel will be passed on, and the new officers and committee chairs will begin their year of service. This meeting will be held in the private room at Aux Delices on Miramar Road. As space is limited, all members and guests are encouraged to make reservations early and no later than Wednesday, July 14.

If you would like to be a part of this socially conscious club, please contact our membership co-chair, Donna Coff, at [[email protected]] or 578-7763. Of course, feel free to check out our website at []. Won't you join us!

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Want to meet your Scripps Ranch neighbors and make new friends? Improve your business communication and leadership skills? Want to get over the fear of speaking in public while having fun? Come to Scripps Teasers.

Scripps Teasers, Scripps Ranch's Toastmasters Club, meets Thursdays at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center located at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. Just show up or contact Mark Shapiro for more information at 573-0736 or [[email protected]]. Check out the map and directions at [].

A Toastmasters Club is an informal and fun "learn-by-doing" meeting in which men and women improve their skills in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Our meetings last about an hour.

Upon joining a Toastmasters Club, new members progress through a series of 10 speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. When finished with the basic speech manual, members can select from among 15 advanced programs to develop speaking skills that are geared to specific career needs. Members also have the opportunity to develop leadership skills by working in the High Performance Leadership Program and serving as leaders at various organizational levels.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

A belated "thanks" to all who stopped by to visit our booth at the Community Fair in May! If you missed us, we'd like you to know about our small-business networking group. "Scripps Tips" is a group for professionals, small-business owners, independent contractors, or managers of small businesses who serve the Scripps Ranch area. Most members are residents of Scripps Ranch.

Every Friday morning we have an early, short, and fun breakfast meeting at a local restaurant. Each member shares information about his or her business or profession, providing a regular "briefing" on the endeavors represented in the group. For many of us who spend all week working hard in our own "worlds," having this opportunity to rub elbows with other like-minded entrepreneurial neighbors is a welcome departure from business as usual.

We are always seeking to add members who are dedicated to excellence in whatever they do. Consistent attendance provides an environment for an in-depth understanding of each member's talents, the value and nature of their business, and their work ethic. In this way, members are given the opportunity to earn the trust and confidence of other members and, ultimately, to gain referrals from the group. For more information, call Linda Carney, president, at 619-683-5463.

Barb Grey

Computer Users Group

Scripps Ranch has a great computer group, and members enjoy their monthly roundtable discussions. Neophytes can ask questions without feeling embarrassed. Neighbors with greater computer experience graciously contribute helpful information in an effort to assist those with problems. If you are involved with computer perplexities or just simple problems, you are bound to acquire a bit of new knowledge by absorbing the information offered.

We meet in the library's seminar room on the third Saturday of the month. The July meeting will be on Saturday, July 17. For more information, call Dave Bechtel, from 7 to 9 pm, at 549-2077.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

The Scripps Ranch Theatre's Side by Side by Sondheim runs through Sunday, July 18. Side by Side by Sondheim is a musical revue by Stephen Sondheim, Leonard Bernstein, Mary Rodgers, Richard Rodgers, and Jule Styne. A unique show packed full of sophisticated humor, angst, and love, this two-act revue demonstrates the wit, insight, flair, and genius of Broadway's most influential artist, Stephen Sondheim.

Side by Side by Sondheim takes its name from the fact that the show uses two pianos "side by side" and includes songs from shows like West Side Story, Gypsy, Company, Follies, A Little Night Music, and others. Directed by Sandy Hotchkiss Gullans, produced by Raylene Wall, with musical direction by Dan Greenbush, the Scripps Ranch Theatre production of Side by Side by Sondheim promises to be an exciting evening of fun and entertainment.

All performances are held in the theater on the campus of Alliant International University. Show prices are $17, and $14.50 for seniors and students. For more information and reservations, please call 578-7728 or check the website at [].

Scripps Ranch Garden Club

Are you impressed with the smell and color of orchids? The Scripps Ranch Garden Club will host a speaker who is an expert on orchids. This meeting is on Friday, July 23, at 6 pm--rather than our usual Monday meeting--at the Scripps Ranch home of one of our members.

Join us for what promises to be an informative presentation on orchids. For more information, call Lynell Hallock at 578-6531 or Steffi Bokser at 586-0050.

Welcome Club

While there is no general meeting in July, we have our annual Salad Supper that brings all our members to one place--the beautiful home of Rose and Robert Benson. Everyone has a great time meeting new people and reacquainting with other members.

In June the coffee was held at the new Starbucks on Scripps Ranch Boulevard. It was a beautiful day and a fun way to enjoy each other's company. The Gadabouts went to Yanni's Bistro for a wonderful lunch and a fun afternoon. The Theater Group will see the musical revue Side By Side by Sondheim at the Scripps Ranch Theatre on Saturday, July 10.

The next general meeting is in August. Our meetings are the first Thursday of the month, with an interesting program, refreshments, and time to socialize. Join us at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive at 7 pm.

We have applications at the Information Center and the Scripps Ranch Library. We think you will find our group especially friendly. For more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Pomerado Nation Y-Indian Princesses and Guides

The May event for the Pomerado Nation Y-Indian Princesses and Guides was a campout at the Girl Scout/YMCA camp, Camp Marston, outside of Julian. Fire damage was minimal to the area, confined only to the trees in the surrounding area past the archery range.

The pond at Camp Marston has been dwindling for years and is in the worst condition for as long as I can remember. But because of the available activities for both kids and dads, a great time was had by all. The campout, complete with a well-rounded menu, was a cool and very happening event.

There was rock wall climbing, archery, B.B. guns, hiking, frog hunting, Saturday night fire ring skits, a tire swing, and great friendship. The Echota tribe, led by Howard "Green Flash" Griffith, won the Golden Lantern award for the month with a great skit.

The June event will be the second annual Pinewood Derby event at the Rancho YMCA in Rancho Penasquitos, sponsored by the Anasazis.

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. The program helps set a foundation for lifelong positive dad and child relationships in conjunction with the program slogan of "Friends Always."

Blaine "Dancing Dog" Sample

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Our Auxiliary would like to thank everyone who came to our May Day High Tea. We sold all our tickets and were royally entertained by pianist Carol Williams and flautist Suzanne Jones. One of the highlights was the May Dance beautifully performed by eight of Suzan Stone's ballet students.

We really appreciate the support of our patrons, and we are pleased that the event surpassed the net revenue raised in previous years. We are researching options to install playground equipment and safe surfacing below the structure for the children at the shelter. The funds raised at the Tea go toward this project.

Our items of the month are sunscreen--tubes, sticks, and lip screen--swimsuits, and shorts sets for toddlers and kids. Donations can be left at Susan Howe's home at 10912 Riesling Drive.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Children's Programs

On Thursday, July 8, at 3 pm Connie Allen and Bill Dempsey present "My Hands Can Sing Too," an interactive musical program using costumes, puppets, and props. Then on Thursday, July 22, at 3 pm enjoy the Super*Kids in "Kids on Broadway" performing excerpts from Broadway productions.

Music Programs

The "Pleasure of Your Company" chamber music series presents the California Quartet on Sunday, July 18, at 2:30 pm. This ensemble performs traditional string quartet literature as well as contemporary works. The concert is free, although donations are appreciated. Meet the musicians at a complimentary reception following the concert.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group will discuss A Girl Named Zippy: Growing up Small in Mooreland, Indiana by Haven Kimmel on Wednesday, July 28, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for August is Willa Cather's My Antonia. Copies of the the books are available at the library.


If you enjoy books and meeting your neighbors, the Book Nook can use you in our used bookshop. Please call Grace Roos at 566-8887 to volunteer.

Essay Contest

Scripps Ranch High School sophomore Jared Grano was honored as the citywide high school winner of the annual essay contest sponsored by Friends of the San Diego Public Library, San Diego Public Library, and San Diego City Schools Library Media Teachers. Congratulations to Jared and his teacher, Mrs. Joan Gass!

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

We are busting at the seams this July. There is no way any member of the Swim and Racquet Club will utter the sentence, "I'm bored!" Not only do we offer the best camps, super swim lessons, and energetic tennis lessons but we have also planned many special events!

Do you feel lucky? If so, come to our adults-only "Vegas Night!" on Saturday, July 10. We will have gaming tables, a catered buffet dinner, great prizes, a DJ, and so much more.

The Teen Splash and Movie Night is on Saturday, July 17. This evening is for our 10- to 14-year-old members. We will show the movie, do some swimming, and provide refreshments.

YOGA Body and Mind offers a free introduction to Yoga class on Saturday, July 17, from 11 am to 12:30 pm. If you need to relax--and who doesn't?--call Carol at 271-5948 to reserve your space.

Other upcoming events:

  • Thursday, July 1--Family Dinner Night;
  • Tuesday, July 13--Board of director's meeting;
  • Saturday, July 17--Ladies C-CC Mixer;
  • Friday, July 30--Swim and Movie Night; and,
  • Friday, July 30--Tennis Friday Night Socials.