Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

At the December meeting auxiliary members assembled 20 large gift bags for women at Hidden Valley House (HVH) for the holidays. To help brighten the holidays of children staying at HVH, toys were donated by the Scripps Ranch Women's Club, which collected these at their annual cookie exchange. The HVH was also "adopted for the holidays" by Sonalysts employees who donated items on an HVH wish list. Thanks to everyone for their donations.

Our auxiliary continues to help HVH clients in a variety of ways. To give the women staying at HVH "a night off" from kitchen duty one night in January, Celeste Cowell and Karen Wood volunteered to provide a complete meal. Other members signed up for future months.

Susan Howe will represent our auxiliary and work with the HVH staff to begin the remodel process of their facility. We also contacted all Scripps Ranch schools about donating items from their lost and found, which the schools clean out various times each year.

Save the date--the annual HVH Tea, our primary fundraiser, is planned for Saturday, May 1, at the Scripps Ranch Library. We hope you can attend.

The item of the month for January is new, unopened, over-the-counter, unexpired remedies for cold and flu season. Please drop them at Patti Beaver's house at 10540 Pine Falls Court. Her phone number is 271-9245. The Scripps Ranch Library also has a drop-off location for nonperishables--food, diapers, etc.--and item of the month supplies. Thanks for your continued support.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

Join the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club (SRSRC) anytime in January and pay a $599 initiation fee--that's a savings of $226--plus monthly dues. Call 271-6222 to set up a personal tour of our facilities! If you are interested in viewing all the new construction, stop by anytime. We love to show off all the improvements!

Our Swim and Movie Night is Friday, Jan. 30. The children will have dinner, play games, and end the night with a PG movie, while the adults can have fun on their own. The cost is: members, $12 for one child, $20 for siblings; nonmembers, $15 for one child, $25 for siblings.

Our Adult Game Nights are still going strong. Register to play adult bridge the first Friday of each month, men's poker the second Friday of each month, and "duplicate" bridge the third Friday of each month.

Upcoming events:

  • Board of directors meeting--Tuesday, Jan. 13;
  • Mini camp--Monday, Jan. 19;
  • Swim and Movie Night--Friday, Jan. 30; and,
  • Membership special ends--Saturday, Jan. 31.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Book Nook Discount

The Book Nook will offer a 50% discount on all used books to families displaced by the fire who hold Red Cross discount cards through June 30, 2005.

Music Programs

Opera Previews with Myron Fink parallel the San Diego Opera season and will feature a musically illustrated lecture on Puccini's Turandot on Monday, Jan. 12, from 7 to 8:30 pm. On Monday, Feb. 2, we will hear about The Pearl Fishers by Bizet.

Swing into the new year as "The Pleasure of Your Company" chamber music series presents Tami Thomas' Big Band on Sunday, Jan. 18, at 2:30 pm.

Children's Program

"Simply Cartooning" is a free program sure to appeal to a wide age range on Thursday, Jan. 15, at 3 pm. Cartoonist John Van Den Eykel will provide a hands-on basic introduction to drawing through cartooning.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Thinking in Pictures and Other Reports From My Life With Autism by Temple Grandin. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. February's book will be Snobbery: The American Version by Joseph Epstein.

"Back to the Future"

The 10th anniversary gala, which was rescheduled due to the fire, is on for Saturday, Feb. 7. The event will feature dancing to the music of The Heroes, retro food, Dave Mason of KOOL 97.5 as emcee and auctioneer, and a chance to bid on and win dinner at the fire station prepared by our own Scripps Ranch firefighters--including a fire truck ride!--plus many other exciting auction items.

Proceeds are earmarked toward updating the library's technological resources. Reservations for the previous date will be honored; there may be a few openings. Call Susan Howe at 578-7452 for more information.

Other Library News

The library will be closed on Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. California tax forms will be available in the library this month.

Chinese American Club

We plan to meet at Jasmine Restaurant on Saturday, Jan. 24, to celebrate the Chinese New Year with a traditional dinner! We will determine the time when Jasmine Restaurant advises us the time of the Lion Dance. It will probably be early evening. Children are welcome. Please call Ruth Lim or Helen Tsai by Saturday, Jan. 10, to RSVP. We need to reserve the tables early because it will be a busy night for the restaurant!

Pomerado Nation Y-Indian Princesses and Guides

November found unusual inclement weather hampering the monthly YMCA's Pomerado Nation Y Princess and Guide event. Kayaking at La Jolla Shores was cancelled by the vendor because of choppy seas. Rain in Scripps Ranch translated to beautiful skies and white caps at the ocean, and no one was allowed to venture out.

December found us at Solid Rock in Poway, rappelling up the rock walls for Toys for Tots. This adventure gathered many toys for this charitable event. We go ice skating in January as a family event to raise food for the San Diego Food Bank. Both of these events garnish many contributions to help the needy in our community and are favorites with the kids for more obvious reasons.

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 Aria Almanzar at 484-8788 to be placed within a Pomerado Nation tribe.

Blaine "Dancing Dog" Sample

Scripps Ranch Women's Club

In December the Scripps Ranch Women's Club (SRWC) enjoyed a delectable dinner while watching the Parade of Lights at Seaport Village. This was followed later in the month by our annual cookie exchange and general membership meeting. Sammy's Woodfired Pizza supplied a delicious supper for our members, and the SRWC is most grateful for Sammy's continued support of our fundraising activities. Also that evening, members donated many wonderful toys for Hidden Valley House children, and members of the Scripps Ranch High School choir entertained us.

Events in January include our annual, and always fun, white elephant gift exchange on Wednesday, Jan. 21, and on Saturday, Feb. 14, we will host a romantic dinner dance at the Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club. The public is invited to this lovely event, so please save the date and join us.

The SRWC welcomes new members Robin Duffy and Candice Marx. If you would like to come to a meeting or learn more about our club, please contact membership co-chair Donna Coff at [[email protected]] or at 578-7763. And, of course, feel free to check our website at [].

Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club

Greetings for a happy New Year to all! Ladies, it's time to put those New Year's resolutions into action! The Scripps Ranch Women's Athletic Club (SRWAC) is accepting registrations for women's winter soccer and volleyball.

We play volleyball on Wednesday evenings starting Jan. 14 at our own Scripps Ranch Recreation Center from 5:30 to 7:30 pm. We have a skills clinic each week and then officiated games follow. Interested? Please see our website at [] to get more information and your registration form.

Soccer is also on Wednesday night. We also start on Jan. 14. You have to be at least 25 years old, but no experience is necessary. This is the only league in San Diego where you can sign up as an individual and get professional coaching as you play! Join the many new-to-soccer women and more experienced players who live right here in your community! Go to the WAC website at [] to sign up.

Women's basketball is played on Monday nights, but presently the league is full. We start playing on Monday, Jan. 12. Come see your friendly neighborhood lady hoopsters in action! See [] if you are interested.

A brief mention about the SRWAC. We are a nonprofit organization whose goal is to provide Scripps Ranch with sports programs and sports-related support. Club members meet monthly to socialize, network, and plan events.

We focus our fundraising and volunteer efforts in Scripps Ranch. We provided four scholarships in 2003 for local high school senior girls, and we sponsor youth soccer, softball, basketball, baseball, and high school fundraisers. You'll see us at the Community Fair and the 4th of July celebration, and we are a major sponsor of Symphony in the Park.

Recently, members completed the Breast Cancer 3-Day Walk, many of us were involved in fire relief efforts, and we were there in large numbers providing fun and games for local children at the Band Together celebration.

You don't need to be athletic to join us--just be civic-minded and ready for fun! Contact Mary Lawler at 271-8311 or [[email protected]] to join!

Welcome Club

There is no meeting in January. Start the new year by planning to attend our February meeting. Our general meetings are held the first Thursday of every month at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. We have a program, refreshments, and plenty of time to socialize. It is a perfect way to meet your neighbors and make new friends.

December was filled with holiday fun. The holiday gala party held at the Bernardo Heights Country Club was a huge success. The Gadabouts luncheon at the historic inn in Rancho Santa Fe was beautifully decorated, the food was delicious, and the company superb. The holiday coffee was held at Eleanora Barson's home, and it was filled with beautiful decorations, holiday goodies, and a wonderful turnout of members to wish each other the best of the holidays.

Now that the holiday festivities are over, it doesn't mean the fun has stopped. The monthly coffee, the Gadabouts that take you to new areas and restaurants, bunco, bridge, pitch, arts and crafts, theater group, literary group, and many more activities are held every month.

These are only some of the activities Welcome Club offers. There are applications at the Information Center and the Scripps Ranch Library. For information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Kiwanis Club

57th Annual Kiwanis Basketball Tournament

Our club was pleased to again be one of the site hosts for the city's oldest high school basketball tournament, which took place the week before Christmas. As of press time, a final count of the teams participating had not been made. Last year, the tournament was played in six locations and involved 18 boys' teams and 24 girls' teams from San Diego and Imperial counties and Calexico. This tournament raises thousands of dollars for the high schools involved.

Interesting Speakers

Over 50,000 people in San Diego have Alzheimer's. At a December meeting Jean Alton from the Alzheimer's Association gave an excellent talk about this disease--the symptoms, treatments, and support services. We have an interesting speaker every week.

We Have a New President

Our club's new president, Mike Pollard, took over the gavel in October. Congratulations to Mike. We want to thank our past president, Dave Andrews, for his hard work over the last year. Dave stepped into the job at a difficult time for the club and helped prepare the club for growth. Thanks, Dave.

We would like to welcome two new members, Roger Gee and Courtland Young. You are welcome to join 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, call 536-9821 or visit [].

Mark Branning

Computer Users Group

Did you get a new computer or software for Christmas? Have you entered the learning curve and hit a rut or two? Called technical support only to listen to elevator music and never a human voice? Fear not, we have knowledgeable members who just might have the answers to your problems.

Stop by the library and join our Computer Users Group. The January meeting will be on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 9:30 am to 12 pm. For information, call Dave Bechtel, from 7 to 9 pm, at 549-2077.

Village Quilters

Village Quilters of Scripps Ranch will hold its January meeting at the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, Jan. 10, at 10 am. Jan Kolarov and Dixie Glick will present a hands-on workshop using scrappy strips.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Want a better job or to improve your speaking or leadership skills? Check out Scripps Ranch's own Toastmasters Club, Scripps Teasers. Scripps Teasers meets Thursday mornings at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center, located near the corner of Cypress Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. If you would like more information, please contact Greg Seckington at 780-0979 or [[email protected]].

Scripps Ranch Unit of Children's Hospital Auxiliary

We took the month of December off, so instead of our regular meeting, we had "Holiday Bunco"! There was delicious food and fun prizes, and it was good to all be together in a festive atmosphere. In January we resume our focus on our April fundraiser, "Viva Las Vegas." The casino night, which will raise funds for the Children's Hospital Asthma Department, will be on Saturday, Apr. 24.