Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) welcomes 2004 with the play Killjoy that runs from Friday, Feb. 6, through Sunday, Mar. 7. Join us for the San Diego premiere of Killjoy, an outrageous adult-oriented comedy thriller by Jerry Mayer involving dysfunctional relationships, murderous mayhem, and illicit sexual conduct. Who is getting poisoned? Who is cheating on whom? And what does Father Mulcahy have to do with the plot?

Unpredictable and hilarious, this thrilling comedy is definitely for mature audiences. Carol is being driven crazy by her charming monster of an ex-husband, Victor, and his new wife who employ every trick in the book to end Carol's $6,000 a week alimony.

Carol's quirky kids work at Victor's pasta restaurant chain, and Carol is sure Victor is bullying her son into an early grave. But things are not what they seem, and there is plenty of double- and triple-crossing, as the zingers fly and the backstabbing happens at a fevered pitch.

Carol is played by Jill Drexler; Vicky, Carol's daughter, is played by Angie Englebert; Claudia, Victor's new trophy wife, is played by Clarissa G. Rasberry; and, Sonny, Victor and Carol's son, is played by Tom Hall. Allan Salkin portrays Victor, Carol's ex, and Will Schooley portrays Rick, Victor's lawyer. The San Diego premiere performance of Killjoy is directed by David Rethoret and produced by Jarin Satterlee.

All performances are held in the theater on the campus of Alliant International University. Individual show prices are $15; $12.50 for seniors and students. For more information and reservations, check the SRT website at [] or call 578-7728. Scripps Ranch Theatre encourages patrons to make reservations early as performances sell out quickly.

In order to accommodate our growing audience, we have extended our runs and added new 4 pm Saturday matinees on the next to last weekend of each performance. This is in addition to our Friday and Saturday night 8 pm performances and our Sunday 2 pm matinees.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

We again wish to thank all of the groups and individuals who helped make the holiday season a little brighter for the residents. Thanks to the Village Quilters who collected and donated a large amount of toys and stuffed animals.

One story worth sharing, as told by the shelter's director at our monthly meeting, is about a little boy. He told everyone he had prayed he would get a bicycle for Christmas, and, thanks to the generosity of one group, he and every child at the shelter received a brand new bicycle for Christmas!

In February Pam Kay and Patti Beaver will provide a complete meal for the residents. This is our way of giving the women one night off from kitchen duty.

The item of the month for February is arts and crafts supplies. Once a week the children have an arts and crafts group organized by a wonderful volunteer, but supplies are very limited. Items such as glue, construction paper, crayons, yarn, watercolors, pipe cleaners, popsicle sticks, coloring books, crepe paper, staplers, paint and paint brushes, and stamps and ink pads are just some of what they would like to have. We're sure you can think of more.

Also, storage bins to keep the supplies organized would be greatly appreciated. One item that is an ongoing need is diapers in the larger sizes. Items may be dropped off at the home of Karen Wood, 10455 Spruce Grove Avenue. Her phone number is 566-7144. Items also may be dropped off at the Scripps Ranch Library in the drop-off box or given to any member of the auxiliary.

We thank you for your continued support. Save the date of Saturday, May 1, for our annual tea. This year it will be a May Day Tea--something you will not want to miss.

Janis Loftus

Scripps Ranch Unit of Children's Hospital Auxiliary

Our first meeting of the year was held at Children's Hospital in the auxiliary conference room in January. We had a speaker from the Asthma Department because that is our designation of funds for our annual fundraiser. Speaking of that, save the date--Saturday, Apr. 24-- for "Viva Las Vegas" at the La Jolla Marriott. Details will be coming soon.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

The Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club has several upcoming events for your enjoyment. Like to gamble? Join us for a Barona Casino Night. We will get you there so you can win big! Members and nonmembers are invited on Sat., Feb. 28, from 3:30 to 9 pm. Ticket prices: members, $10 per person; nonmembers, $12 per person.

We offer a Children's Self-Defense Class for 7- to 18-year-olds every Saturday in February from 11 am to 12 pm. Sign up at Aviary. Cost: members, $49 per child; nonmembers, $62 per child.

Wondering what to do with the children on all those days off from school in February? Enroll them in our famous Mini Camps. These are scheduled for Thursday, Friday, and Monday, Feb. 12, 13, and 16. Call Aviary for all the details.

Don't forget the Teen Dance on Saturday, Feb. 14, and Challenge the Tennis Pros on Thursdays, Feb. 5 and 19. Swim and Movie Night is on Friday, Feb. 27, as well as the Friday Night Tennis Social.

Call us at 271-6222 with any questions, or check out our website at [].

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 in an effort to assist those with problems.

You are invited to sit with our congenial neighborhood group. We meet in the library's seminar room on the third Saturday of the month. The February meeting will be on Saturday, Feb. 21. For more information, you may call Dave Bechtel, from 7 to 9 pm, at 549-2077.

Pomerado Nation Y-Indian Princesses and Guides

The December event for the Pomerado Nation Y-Indian Princesses and Guides was rock climbing at Solid Rock in Poway. This annual charitable event for Toys for Tots was a big success for the kids, dads, and Toys for Tots.

In January we went ice skating with the entire family at another charitable event--this time a food drive for the needy that was collected by Operation Home Front. The admission price was a small fee plus a can of food. Moms were in attendance with all the dads, brothers, and sisters. A great time was had by all.

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 Scripps Ranch dads should contact the Rancho Y through either their website [] or Y-agent Aria Almanzar at 484-8788 to be placed within a Pomerado Nation tribe.

Blaine "Dancing Dog" Sample

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Music Programs

In a departure from its customary format, "The Pleasure of Your Company" will present actress Marilyn Meardon's spellbinding Elizabeth I: In My Own Words on Sunday, Feb. 15, at 2:30 pm. She will relate the story of her extraordinary life and then, remaining in character, entertain real, unscripted inquiries from the audience.

Children's Programs

Join the library animal safari on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 3 pm! In this free program entitled "Wild Wonders: A Walk on the Wild Side," Jackie Navarro will guide us from the lush rain forests to the expansive savannahs of Africa and introduce us to a number of live animals that may include a bush baby, a hedgehog, and others.

Saturday, Mar. 6, brings the return of HodgePodge, always a popular fundraiser for Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. Children, ages 4-13, create arts and crafts to take home. The cost is $10 per child prepaid, and $15 after Wednesday, Mar. 3. Don't miss this fun, sell-out event. See page 21 for details.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Snobbery: the American Version by Joseph Epstein. Join the discussion on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for March is Atonement: A Novel by Ian McEwan.

Other Library News

Here's a good reason to vote in the election on Tuesday, Mar. 2. Proposition C proposes an increase in the transient occupancy tax (TOT) to be earmarked for several uses including library system facility improvements and fire-rescue and police emergency services.

The library will be closed on Monday, Feb. 16, for President's Day.

Scripps Ranch Women's Club

Scripps Ranch Women's Club (SRWC) events in January included a monthly board meeting and our annual white elephant gift exchange. We also held a planning meeting for our Champagne Brunch/Fashion Show/Silent Auction to be held on Saturday, Apr. 3. If you would like to donate a silent auction item for this annual and highly successful fundraising event, please contact Kerry Walker at 586-0730.

February brings the perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day with a romantic dinner dance on Saturday, Feb. 14. Join us at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, beginning with hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar at 6:30 pm, and followed by an Italian lovers' buffet dinner and dancing. For reservations, please call Joette Briggs at 695-3441.

The SRWC welcomes new member, Eva Lamar. To learn more about our club, contact our membership co-chair, Donna Coff, at [[email protected]] or 578-7763. And, check our website at [].

Welcome Club

It will be the club's 23rd birthday this month. This club has been going strong for all these years and is still full of enthusiastic members helping to create a friendly and caring community. Come help celebrate at our general meeting on Thursday, Feb. 5, at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive.

We have a wonderful program planned. The speaker is Pat Gilliepie from the Old Globe Speakers Bureau. She will tell us about the history, the behind-the-scenes happenings, and this year's program at the Old Globe.

On Tuesday, Feb. 17, Antique Seekers will go to Carlsbad and search for treasures and, hopefully, find new ones you just can't resist. Theater Group will go to the play Killjoy at the Scripps Ranch Theatre on Friday, Feb. 27. They will meet at a member's home for appetizers before heading off to the play. This is reserved for only 40 members, so you have to get your reservations in early.

If you don't want to miss out on our interesting programs or want to join in on all of our fun events, come to our meeting on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Applications are now available at the Information Center and the Scripps Ranch Library. For more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Want to learn how to talk in front of a group, give speeches, and improve your speaking skills? Check out Scripps Ranch's own Toastmasters Club, Scripps Teasers. We meet Thursday mornings at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center, 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. If you would like more information, please contact Mark Shapiro at 573-0736 or [[email protected]].

Scripps Ranch Garden Club

The Scripps Ranch Garden Club holds its February meeting on Monday, Feb. 23, at the Scripps Ranch Library. We meet from 6 to 7:30 pm. Our speaker will be Fausto Palafox of the Mission Hills Nursery. He will speak on "Easy Shrubs for the Home Gardener."

This topic may be important for those who are rethinking or redoing their landscape after the Cedar fire. For more information, please contact Steffi Bokser at 586-0050 or [[email protected]].