Computer Users Group

Did you survive Y2K? Our January meeting will certainly be interesting with personal experiences concerning the year 2000 computer-related problems. Were you victimized by the Y2K bug or believe you were? Was your solution for the Y2K a new computer that has taken on a life of its own and does not respond to your beckoning call or new software. We have knowledgeable members who just might have the answers.

The next meeting will be Saturday morning, Jan. 15, from 9:30 am to 12 noon. For more information, please call Dave Bechtel during evenings from 7 to 9 pm at 549-2077.

Scripps Ranch Theatre Produces A Chorus Line

Scripps Ranch Theatre opens the millennium with Marvin Hamlisch and Edward Kleban’s A Chorus Line on Friday, Feb. 11. This well-loved Broadway musical about the people who back the stars on Broadway won nine Tony awards, including best musical, and the Pulitzer Prize for drama during its fifteen-year run.

This celebration of the valiant, underpaid performers who back the stars takes the audience through the final grueling audition for a new musical. The director finally will choose only four men and four women for the show. The fears, aspirations, and dreams of the contestants are brought out in a series of wonderfully poignant songs. The New York Times calls it “heart-catching, heart-stopping, and fabulous.” It is a must-see for the new year.

A Chorus Line opens Friday, Feb. 11, and runs through Mar. 5 with performances starting at 8 pm on Friday and Saturday nights and with matinees at 2 pm on Sundays. Discounts are available for seniors, groups, and students. Phone 578-7728 for reservations.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)

The Library will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 17.

Opera Previews

Opera Previews with Myron Fink, held on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 pm, will resume this month with two lectures to accompany productions of the San Diego Opera. These lectures by composer-pianist Fink are 90 minutes in length and provide a marvelous means of enriching your opera experience.

This series is sponsored by SRFOL at no charge. The first lecture on Giuseppe Verdi’s Il Trovatore will take place on Monday, Jan. 10; the second will feature Richard Wagner’s Lohengrin on Monday, Jan. 31. Parking in the lot on Meanley Drive is recommended.

The Pleasure of Your Company Chamber Music Series

The Striano Piano Quartet will perform in concert on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 7 pm. Featuring Barbara Chahbazian on violin, Burt Fisch on viola, Carol Tolbert on cello, and Dorothea Hover-Kramer on piano, the quartet will perform music by Antonio Lotti, Ludwig von Beethoven, and Antonin Dvorak.

This series is intended for Scripps Ranch residents–including families, parents, teenagers, and children–and features short concerts, usually of one hour. Refreshments are offered by SRFOL at the conclusion of each concert, with coffee donated by Cappuccino Cottage. Concerts are free, but donations at the door are greatly appreciated. Sponsorships in support of the series are available. For further information, contact Program Chair Dan Kronemyer at 578-8705. All concerts take place in the community room of the Library.

Children’s Programs

Children’s programs featuring outstanding San Diego performers will resume on Thursday afternoons at 3 pm in the community room. Program schedules for January though May will be sent home with all elementary school students in Scripps Ranch schools in early January. The first event of the year will take place on Thursday, Jan. 20, at 3 pm and will feature Scripps Ranch resident and music educator Carol Cesena in a musical program that will entertain children and parents alike.

HodgePodge, sponsored by SRFOL, is coming soon! If you have children ages 4-13 who have never participated in this outstanding arts and crafts day, be sure to pick up a flyer in the Library or watch for the flyer that your students will bring home from Scripps Ranch schools in January. On Saturday, Feb. 5, there will be two sessions for different age groups: the first session for children ages 4-7, accompanied by an adult, will run from 12:30 to 2 pm. The second session for children ages 8-13 will run from 2:30 to 4 pm.

HodgePodge will offer children opportunities to make gifts for parents and grandparents, teachers, coaches, and other special people. There will be 10 tables with a variety of crafts, including, but not limited to bubble stationery and envelopes, valentine cards, book marks, decorated cookies, quilt squares, picture frames with buttons, and handprints suitable for framing. Cost is $9 per child.

All proceeds benefit the matching book fund of the Scripps Ranch Library. Corporate and personal sponsorships of this event are available. Parking in the lot on Meanley Drive is recommended. Participating as volunteers will be members of Girl Scout Troop 8625. Adult volunteers also are needed. Contact Victoria Mazelli at 566-8679 or Carol Wood at 578-2717 for further information.

Book Discussion Group

The first meeting of the year will feature discussion of the late Paul Bowles’ The Sheltering Sky, first published in 1949, but very popular today. The story is rich in the atmosphere of Morocco and features an expatriate American couple, Port and Kit Moresby. Request a copy of this book through the Library and join us for an interesting time on Wednesday, Jan. 26, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm in the seminar room.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC)

SRWC and guests will be starting out the new year in a creative and artistic vein. On Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 7 pm, we will be meeting at “Clay N Latte” for a fun evening of ceramic painting. It will be an event sure to bring out that little bit of “artist” in all of us! If this is something you have never done, not to worry, the experts at Clay N’ Latte will be guiding us in every step. You select the piece that appeals to you: bowls, plates, statues, etc. After being painted, the work of art is fired for you and there you have it–your own lovely painted ceramic creation! This promises to be a fun and creative evening!

The cost is a mere $2 studio fee plus the cost of the clay piece you choose. Pieces start at about $6. Clay N’ Latte is located at 10175 Rancho Carmel Dr. in Sabre Springs. Those interested can join us beforehand for dinner at the “Quick Wok” Chinese restaurant, which is right next door. Please contact Annie Lanning at 271-8270 for details.

The SRWC was organized in 1990 as a non-profit community service organization. The SRWC is an excellent way to meet other women in our area and to build friendships while contributing to our wonderful community.

Our members have the opportunity to enjoy many social activities as well as to be a part of the fundraising we do for various Scripps Ranch community needs. If you are interested in meeting and socializing with other women in your community and would like to be part of an organization that gives back to this great area in which we are so fortunate to live, please contact us.

We welcome any woman living in Scripps Ranch to join. We invite you to come to one of our events to see what we are all about! Call Renee Tichenor, Membership Chair, at 217-8180 for more information.

Paintball Club

The October game was played with many Scripps High and Marshall Middle School students participating. We also had 2 faculty members from Scripps High in attendance. The school’s police officer knew he would be the “target of the day” but he participated with good humor and a great attitude. His parting words at the end of the day were something to the effect of, “I hope that the students got out all the year’s worth of aggression today.” Check out the high school’s website for photos of this event.

The Paintball Club’s recreational tournament team, Vengeance, has been asked to attend an invitation-only major paintball tournament in Virginia. The tournament will be televised, and Team Vengeance will be entered as the EMoney Fun Series champions. Our team has won four of the Fun Series tournaments and has been named the series champs by Evan Money. Many teams from the GWS and NPPL paintball tournament circuit also will be attending. Team Vengeance is honored to have been chosen, but has not determined whether scheduling will permit them to attend. We will update you with additional information as it becomes available.

Village Quilters

Village Quilters celebrates the beginning of a new millennium with two exciting events. If you love looking at beautiful quilts and getting inspired to create your own, you won’t want to miss the January meeting. Arlene Stamper, local artisan and teacher, will present a trunk show of her quilts followed by a workshop on Saturday, Jan. 8, from 10 am to 12 noon in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room.

On Saturday, Feb. 13, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, also in the Library’s community room, the guild will present a Chinese auction featuring hand-made quilted items, hand-crafted gifts, and an array of items sure to entice you. Proceeds benefit Village Quilters community education program.

So if you’ve been meaning to come to a meeting and take up or resume your interest in quilts, make a resolution to join this fun and friendly group as a member or a guest. Everyone is welcome! For more information, please contact Chair Deb McManus at 695-0656.

Welcome Club

Welcome to the new “century,” a new year, and a new beginning. For some of you, it also is a new home and a new area. It is that time of year for New Year’s resolutions and to include some fun time for yourself.

Annotate your calendar! There is no general meeting in January. We all look forward to meeting you at the first meeting of the new century on Thursday, Feb. 3, at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. Meetings feature a guest speaker followed by refreshments and an opportunity to socialize.

Even though we do not have a meeting in January, that doesn’t mean you have to stay away. Come visit us at the coffee, on Tuesday, Jan. 18, at 10 am or at the Gadabouts on Tuesday, Jan. 25. We will have a private tour of the El Cortez Hotel and then go to Seaport Village for lunch. Our other activities are bridge, bunco, pitch, arts and crafts, couples dining–just to name a few.

Scripps Ranch Toastmasters

It is all too easy to get out of habits that enhance our lives in the long run. There are so many excuses: I need a rest after that busy summer vacation. There is just too much going this holiday season.

No matter what the season (or reason), don’t let this self-perpetuating cycle happen to you. Make time to try out the local Scripps Teasers Toastmasters group right here in Scripps Ranch in the Year 2000!

If you want to learn how to improve your self-confidence, poise, and speaking abilities, this weekly group is the place. Treat yourself to the most successful program yet for building better communication and leadership skills! Over one million Toastmasters worldwide already have benefited.

Why not try us on for size? Be our guest at a meeting; there is no cost or obligation, and you can see first-hand what we are all about!

Meetings are held every Thursday morning at 7 am in Daley Hall on the campus of USIU, behind the USIU theatre. For directions or more information, please call Pat Kilian at 566-2109 or Karen McCabe at 678-7192. Have some fun and learn some new skills that will reward you for years to come.