Welcome Club

Springtime is here! Time to spring into new friendships and fun activities. The Welcome Club always looks forward to meeting new members of the community. Speaking of the community, SRCA's Recognition Night honored the Welcome Club for our help at the Local Assistance Center after the fire and our continued help where needed. President Karen Muehlbauer accepted the Community Service Award for our club. It was nice to see many of our members there and to receive the award.

To learn more about our club, come to our monthly meetings. We meet every first Thursday of the month at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive at 7 pm. Each month we have an interesting program. Last month Bob and Marianne Paul gave a presentation on their tour of the Copper Canyon in Mexico.

Another way to meet our members is to come to the monthly coffee. They are hosted by a member in their home, and it gives you a chance to socialize in a homey atmosphere. One way to learn more about the San Diego area is to go on the once-a-month Gadabouts luncheon. Last month the group celebrated St. Patrick's Day at The Field's Irish Pub.

The Antique Seekers take you to interesting towns and shops. Last month they explored South Cedros in Solana Beach, which is a street devoted to antique shops, gift shops, and restaurants.

There are many other activities. Applications are at the Scripps Ranch Library and the Information Center. For more information, please call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House Auxiliary recently learned that many of the women and children who enter Hidden Valley House arrive at the shelter with only their clothes and a handful of personal possessions stuffed into black plastic trash bags. Many of the clients leave their homes in emergency situations and have little or no time to pack. They say goodbye to their homes and bring only the essential items they can carry.

The Auxiliary is asking for donations of small, soft-sided luggage, duffle bags, and zippered tote bags that the staff can give to the women and children when they move out of the shelter and into apartments of their own. Your donation will mean so much to the women and kids. Please drop off your donations at Sonya Bolton's home, 10444 Spruce Grove Avenue. Her phone number is 578-5927. Thanks you for your support.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

We have planned the best summer swim lessons and summer camps for your children. Open registration is on Saturday, Apr. 17, from 9 am to 1 pm. Pick up the summer program now.

Spring swim lessons are happening. Our two-week sessions--Monday, Wednesday, Friday--cost $35 per session for members, and $45 for nonmembers. We are also starting Saturday-only lessons. Session 1 is each Saturday in April. Session 2 is each Saturday in May. Members are $25 per session; nonmembers, $35 per session. Sign up at Aviary.

An Easter egg hunt will be held at Trails on Saturday, Apr. 10, from 10 am to noon. We are hiding over 3,000 eggs, and we'll have a petting zoo, Easter bunny, and lots of fun! Members are $3 per child; guests are $5 per child. Children under 3 are free!

Upcoming events:

  • Family Dinner Night--Tuesday, Apr. 6;
  • Board of Directors meeting--Tuesday, Apr. 13;
  • Let's Go See the Padres--Saturday, Apr. 17;
  • Teen dance--Saturday, Apr. 24;
  • Swim and Movie Night--Friday, Apr. 30; and,
  • Tennis Friday Night Socials--Friday, Apr. 30.

Scripps Ranch Women's Club

Scripps Ranch Women's Club (SRWC) events in March included a splendid St. Patrick's Day party hosted by Celeste and Steve Cowell. An enjoyable evening was had by all.

On Saturday, Apr. 17, we go to Summers Past Farms where we will enjoy the herbal gardens and nursery and learn about the herbal soap factory. Let us know if you would like to join us.

Each year the SRWC donates scholarship money to at least one deserving, graduating Scripps Ranch High School woman. The Scholarship Committee is reviewing the backgrounds of a number of deserving students, and interviews will be scheduled with the finalists.

If you would like to be a part of this socially conscious club, please contact membership co-chair Donna Coff at [[email protected]] or 578-7763. Of course, feel free to check our website at [].

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre's (SRT) Once Upon A Mattress opens on Friday, Apr. 30, and runs until Sunday, June 6. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, this classic Broadway musical was written by Jay Thompson, Marshall Barer, and Dean Fuller, with music by Mary Rodgers and lyrics by Marshall Barer.

It is all about a medieval kingdom's search for a proper princess to marry the hapless Prince Dauntless the Drab because no one can live "happily ever after" until he gets engaged. No one, that is, except his domineering mother, Queen Aggravain. Enter Princess Winnifred (Fred) the Woebegone.

Insisting that Fred prove she is a true, "sensitive" princess, the queen prepares a test. Unbeknownst to Fred, she must stay awake on a bed of 20 mattresses with only a small pea to disturb her sleep. To ensure that this princess fails, the queen plots a huge party to make sure the princess will be up all night dancing and be so tired that she would fall asleep on a pile of rocks! Who will prevail? You'll have to be there to find out.

Performances are held in the theater on the Alliant International University campus. Prices are $17, and $14.50 for seniors and students. For reservations, call 578-7728 or check our website at [].

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Essay Contest

Local winners in the 7th Annual Student Writing for Literacy Essay Contest for 4th, 8th, and 10th graders will be honored on Wednesday, Apr. 14, at 6 pm in the library's community room. The contest is sponsored by the Friends of the San Diego Public Library, the San Diego Public Library, and the San Diego City Schools Library Media Teachers. Grand prize winners at each grade level will be announced during a ceremony at the Balboa Park Club on Thursday, Apr. 29.

Children's Programs

In honor of National Poetry Month young people are invited to perform at two April programs at the library. "Poetry Is Beastly (for Teens!)" on Thursday, Apr. 15, at 3 pm will feature readings of animal-themed poems. Contact Julie Sih at [[email protected]] by Wednesday, Apr. 8, for help in choosing a formal or free-verse work to read at this event or to have a teen's name, age, and poem title and author in the program.

On Thursday, Apr. 22, at 3 pm children from preschool age through 8th grade will perform shorter animal-themed poems from memory at "Poetry Is Beastly (for Kids!)." Parents of young people who would like to recite at this program must email [[email protected]] by Thursday, Apr. 15, to provide information for the printed program. For more information about either event, please call Julie Ann Sih at 484-9853.

On Saturday, Apr. 24, at 2 pm the San Diego Children's Choir will perform traditional favorites including spiritual and folk songs from around the world.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Longitudes and Attitudes: Exploring the World after September 11! by Thomas Friedman. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Apr. 28, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. May's book will be Five Quarters of the Orange by Joanne Harris.

Computer Users Group

Scripps Ranch has a great computer group, and members enjoy their monthly roundtable discussions. Neophytes can ask questions without feeling embarrassed. Those neighbors with greater computer experience graciously contribute helpful information.

You are invited to sit with our congenial neighborhood group. We meet in Scripps Ranch Library's seminar room on the third Saturday of the month. The April meeting will be on Saturday, Apr. 17. For information, please call Dave Bechtel, from 7 to 9 pm, at 549-2077.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Scripps Teasers, the Scripps Ranch Toastmasters Club, has just admitted six new members to its club. Chris Brademas, Angela Brill, Tiffany Lyon, Judit Martinez-Bauza, and Joe Snodgrass were recently inducted into the club. Bhaskar Kanakha, a previous Toastmaster, has also joined Scripps Teasers.

If you are interested in learning to improve your speaking or leadership skills or bettering your business communication skills, visit us on Thursdays at 7 am at the Information Center. Everyone is invited. Just show up or contact Mark Shapiro for more information at 573-0736 or [[email protected]].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips? We are a group of small-business owners serving Scripps Ranch. Our purpose is to support each other's businesses through sharing referrals. Most of us live right here on the Ranch. Our group has been in existence for about 14 years, and we still have some charter members among our ranks!

We only accept one member per profession, so there is no competition within the group. Currently our group has a financial planner, florist, travel agent, two attorneys--estate planning and personal injury--plumber, business software designer, certified public accountant, consultant for college-bound students, mortgage lender, cleaning service, auto dealer/broker, and realtor.

We meet Friday mornings for a brief breakfast meeting. If you have a small business and would like to join a friendly group of neighbors to expand your contacts, call Linda Carney at 722-1418.

Barb Grey

I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber

The I-15 Diamond Gateway Chamber's Education Committee's 2004-2005 scholarship packets are ready. Students who are enrolled at Scripps Ranch, Rancho Bernardo, Poway, Mira Mesa, Twain Mesa, Mt. Carmel, and Abraxas high schools and at Miramar and Palomar colleges are eligible. Minimum eligibility includes: enrollment in schools or community colleges named; a plan to enroll in a college or university during the 2004-2005 academic year; and, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5.

Scholarships will be awarded to students who have demonstrated leadership and a commitment to school and community service, as well as those who have overcome financial, social, or other barriers in their pursuit of academic success. Applications are available through the counseling offices at the schools. Applications must be returned to their school office by Saturday, Apr. 10.

For the last several years, The San Diego Union-Tribune has contributed more than $35,000 to this scholarship program. This year, 27 students from nine schools will be awarded $500 each for their educational expenses.

Kiwanis Club

Service Projects

Children's Hospital Radiothon: The Kiwanis Clubs of San Diego County again assisted Children's Hospital in their Radiothon by answering the donation phones. Over $700,000 was raised.

Scripps Ranch High Senior Exhibitions: Our club participated by judging the presentations. It was inspiring to see the effort that went into the projects, like the senior who put on an alternative rock concert and got the bands to donate their performances.

Interesting Speakers

We have a speaker every week. Before the election, mayoral candidate Peter Q. Davis spoke. Other interesting speakers over the last few weeks have been Kristy Erikison from the American Cancer Society and Beth Branning from the San Diego Zoo and Wild Animal Park.

Check Us Out

You are always welcome to sample our meetings that are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 am at Mimi's Restaurant--we'll even buy you breakfast! For more information, please call me at 536-9821 or visit [].

Mark Branning

Scripps Ranch Garden Club

Now that our days are getting longer, spring colors are everywhere! If you enjoy plants and would like to learn about southwestern gardening, join us at our Garden Club meeting. Learn about new plants at our opportunity table.

The Scripps Ranch Garden Club holds its next meeting on Monday, Apr. 26, at the Scripps Ranch Library from 5:45 until 7:30 pm. Please contact Lynell Hallock at 578-6351 or Steffi Bokser at 586-0050 for more information.