Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club (SRSRC)

Join SRSRC anytime in the month of January and pay only the $599 initiation fee (savings of $226) plus monthly dues. Members tell your friends and neighbors who have been thinking of joining because now is the time.

On Saturday, Jan. 20, we are planning a ski day for families at Big Bear. Cost is: members, $39 per person; non-members, $45 per person. This price includes transportation and lift ticket. Our group also can receive discounts on rental equipment. Vans leave at 8 am and return by 6 pm. Call your friends and sign up early, at the Aviary club.

Calling all teens, let’s go to Universal Studios on Saturday, Jan. 20. Cost is: members, $41 per person; non-members, $51 per person. Transportation, entrance ticket, and meal included. Van leaves at 9 am and returns by 7 pm. The Arctic Siberian Tennis Tournament is Saturday, Jan. 13. This is a doubles mixer for all levels of play. Sign up at the Aviary club.

We are hosting a series of fitness events in January! All these classes are free to members: In-Gym Orientation, Body Composition Testing, Nutrition 101, Introduction to Pilates, and Step 101. Call the Aviary club for dates and times.

Upcoming events include:

  • Jerabek winter-session camps;
  • SRSRC Board meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 9;
  • Arctic-Siberian mixer, Saturday, Jan. 13;
  • Big Bear ski trip, Saturday, Jan. 20;
  • Universal Studios, Saturday, Jan. 20;
  • Swim and movie night, Friday, Jan. 26.

Kiwanis Club of Scripps-Mira Mesa

Kiwanis is a volunteer service organization focusing on helping our local schools and assisting families in need. We meet every Wednesday at 7 am at Amber’s Restaurant located next to the Holiday Inn-Select at the intersection of I-15 and Miramar Road.

We have a wonderful slate of speakers scheduled for the month. On Wednesday, Jan. 3, Sergeant Conrad Grayson from the San Diego Sheriff bomb squad will talk about his experience at the Oklahoma bombing. On Wednesday, Jan. 10, Jill Janssen from Voices for Children will give a presentation on how they mentor children in foster care. Then on Wednesday, Jan. 17, Camille Armstrong and Geoffrey Smith from the Sierra Club will talk about the club’s latest projects and some of the activities, including hikes and trips, that are available to outdoor enthusiasts. Finally, Alexis Lazzaretti from the San Diego Humane Society will be our guest on Wednesday, Jan. 24, to give us an update on their services and new facilities. We will not meet on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

In December, our club participated in several work projects. We provided a guest speaker at Scripps Ranch High School as part of the Life Skills curriculum. Several of our members joined with the Key Club, our student youth group at Mira Mesa High School, to paint and sweep the pedestrian overpass across Black Mountain Road which is used mostly by students going to Hage Elementary School. We also helped paint two buildings at Twain School.

The Kiwanis basketball tournament was held in December, and our members volunteered many hours to help make the event a success. This year, the club “adopted” two families during the holiday season; we provided the tree, presents, and meal for the families. Also in December, the club held our annual Christmas party.

I invite you to join us for a complimentary breakfast. If interested, please me, Ron Brown, at 578-3274 or send email to [[email protected]]. Our website address has changed; please visit out new website at: [www.cnhdiv21.org/smmkiwanis].

On behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Scripps-Mira Mesa, I wish you all a safe, happy, and prosperous New Year!

Village Quilters

Join us for “Sit and Sew” at 9:30 am on Saturday, Jan.13, at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library. Bring your sewing machine and work on one of the neonatal quilts in various stages of completion or bring your own project and enjoy the morning with us. Our limited program is due to the Road To California quilt show at the Ontario Convention Center in Ontario, California, taking place the same weekend. Some of our members will be at the show working, attending seminars, and enjoying the vendors and quilts!

Village Quilters is open to anyone who loves quilts and quilting, from beginners to advanced levels, and is a friendly group who have lots of fun sharing ideas and inspiring others with their craft. Activities include philanthropic work in the community such as quilt making for cancer patients at “Camp Reach for the Sky” and for premature infants (preemies) in neonatal intensive care. Each month brings Block-of-the-Month, Fat Quarter Fabric Exchanges, and Show and Tell. Guest Fee is $3. For more information, please call Chairperson Deb McManus at 695-0656.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC)

Members of the SRWC are off and running with lots of great activities on their calendars. We will start off the year with our first monthly meeting at the home of one of our members. After taking care of business, we will have the pleasure of watching the preparation of some delicious delights courtesy of the “Pampered Chef” company. Should be a yummy evening! (Those New Years diets will have to be put on hold for a day!)

We also have some other fun activities planned: We’re visiting a beauty spa for an evening of pampering in February. In March, a plastic surgeon will be our guest speaker. There also is our on-going Bunco groups, International Dining, and Epicurean Elite dining groups. Our annual major fundraising project will be held in the spring. More details will come on this later.

Our fundraising projects enable us to award our annual $1,000 scholarship to a female student from Scripps Ranch High as well as to give donations to other community related areas throughout the year. We also give support to the Hidden Valley House shelter.

Membership in the SRWC is open to all women living in Scripps Ranch. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to charitable causes as well as providing a social network for our members. It’s a great way to meet new friends and be a productive part of our wonderful community! If you would like more information about membership, please call Lyn Blankenship at 271-5477. We’d love to meet you!

Computer Users Group

What’s a computer user group? It’s a group of individuals who like to share their knowledge of computers and software. Members range from the neophyte who is just learning, to the seasoned user. Stop by the users group and share your knowledge and experience. The welcome mat is always out.

Our interests are varied and not restricted to just one area. Members are knowledgeable and willing to help all. You will no doubt find someone who has experienced the same problem or can recommend a piece of hardware or a software program that will meet your needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about computers, hardware options, software availability, and applicability, we meet in the seminar room of the library from 9:30 am till noon on the third Saturday of the month. The January meeting will be on the 20th. For more information, you may call Dave Bechtel, evenings at 549-2077.

Scripps Ranch Toastmasters

Are you ever put on the spot by an unexpected question that leaves you struggling for a coherent response? Do you think of the perfect answer about an hour later? If this has happened to you, Toastmasters can help! Perhaps the most practical skill we help you develop is the ability to think quickly on your feet and respond just as though you were expecting that unexpected question.

We know public speaking can be scary at first, so our warm, supportive group lets you know you’re among friends. We believe people learn best while having fun, you’ll hear lots of laughter at our meetings. So why not take time to come by next Thursday morning and see what we’re all about? Guests are always welcome, and we won’t call on you to speak. See our Toastmaster program in action, and meet some of our great members, many are your neighbors. We meet every Thursday morning from 7 to 8:15 am at USIU Daley Hall, room 106. For a map or more information, call Patrick Kilian at 619-543-1399.

Scripps Ranch Art Club

Our next meeting is Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Scripps Ranch Rec Center at 7 pm. Our speaker will be Peggy Weiner, and her topic: Value Study in Watermedia. The members-only door prize will be Daler-Rowney watercolor paints and three brushes. Cost is free!

Due to the cost of supporting the art club meetings, we are not going to be able to offer free meetings after Thursday, Mar. 22. If you are considering joining, here are some of the benefits you will enjoy:

  • participation in the art shows;
  • discounts on workshops;
  • discounts at local art stores;
  • meetings with critiques, demos, and discussions;
  • special occasion door-prize meetings; and
  • free group paint days.

Members Only Starting in March

For the Scripps Ranch Art Club to be an important part of our community, we need the support of the artists involved. Part of the mission of this group is to encourage the arts in the younger members of our community. Any current student artists at the Rec Center are entitled to participate in our shows for free. As artists we owe it to the next generation to give them a place to be congratulated and esteemed for their talents.

The $30 membership is for the calendar year of Jan. 1, 2001 through Dec. 31. The dues will not be prorated throughout the year, so joining in June will cost the same $30 as joining in January. Why wait? We will have art shows, benefits, and meetings during the year. For those of you already have joined, you get some extra months, and thank you for your support! If you have a friend who wants to sample a meeting, the cost is $3 at the door. I hope you’ll be able to join and help make this an exciting group of artists.

First Group Show

I have located a place to hold our first Scripps Ranch Art Club group art show! The wonderful people at Fast Frame, Sandy and Doug, have donated their space for a weekend in early 2001, possibly Saturday, Feb. 10, for our group show!

This show is for members of the Scripps Rabch Art Club and students at the Rec Center art classes only. Reserve your space by calling Cathy Carey at 578-9906. Space is limited so I have to plan how many easels and wall space we will need! There will be a reception and awards ceremony.

Workshops and Art Classes

The topic is color on Saturday, Jan. 20, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. Bring water, jacket, and lunch, and join us at Lakeview Park overlooking Miramar Lake. I will supply all the easels, paints, paper & supplies. Talk starts at 9:30 am so please be prompt! There will be a demo at 9:45 am, and critique around noon. All levels welcome. Call 578-9906 for information and to reserve your space.

The new class is for adult students who want more time to paint, and less cost! To facilitate this we need a minimum of 6 students. Students must bring their own supplies. The class will be: Wednesdays 9 am to 12 noon. January classes are on Wednesdays, Jan. 10, 17, 24, and 31. February classes are on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 14, 21, and 28. Cost is $60 a month for four 3-hour classes. Call 578-9906 for more details.

Friends of the Library

Of Mice and Menopause

Reserve your seat now for a special workshop, Of Mice and Menopause (with Apologies to John Steinbeck), presented by Carole Banka, Ph.D., on Saturday, Feb. 3 from 10 am to noon at the Scripps Ranch Library.

Dr. Banka is an associate professor and director of Women’s Health Research at the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine. She will speak about menopause, heart disease, hormone replacement therapy, cholesterol, and metabolism. After her talk, she will answer audience questions. A continental breakfast will be served.

Advance reservations are $12.50 per person or $10 for seniors, age 62 and older. To reserve a ticket, mail a check to the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library at 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego, CA 92131. Flyers for the event with reservation forms also are available at the Library. If the workshop is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door for $15 and $12.50 for seniors.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library and the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine. The Poway/Penasquitos Branch of the American Association of University Women is sponsoring the event.

Hodgepodge Arts and Crafts

It also is time to sign up for Hodgepodge, the 11th annual Friends of the Library arts and crafts fair for children. On Saturday, Feb. 10, there will be sessions from 12:30 to 2 pm for children ages 4 to 7 (accompanied by an adult) and from 2:30 to 4 pm for ages 8 to 13.

Advance reservations are recommended for this popular event. Cost is $10 per child in advance and $13 per child at the door if space is available. The reservation deadline is Wednesday, Feb. 7, and forms are available at the Library. Volunteers also are needed to help with the event. Call Victoria Mazelli at 566-8679 to volunteer.

Opera Previews

The Friends of the Library is again sponsoring a series of previews of the current season of the San Diego Opera on Monday evenings from 7 to 8:30 pm. On Jan. 8 Myron Fink will talk about The Magic Flute.

Book Discussion

The Book Discussion Group meets on Wednesday, Jan. 24, at 6:30 pm at the Library to talk about Stranger in a Strange Land by Robert Heinlein. Children’s book discussions for grades 2 to 4 continue every other Wednesday from 4 to 5 pm. For information or to sign up, contact Youth Services Librarian Ann Persons at the library.

Other Library News

The library will be closed for holidays on Mondays, Jan. 1 and 15.New magazine and newspaper subscriptions starting this month include the Investor’s Business Daily, Oprah Magazine, Scientific American Explorations, and Teen People. State of California income tax forms for residents are available at the library or from a web site at [www.ftb.ca.gov]. The Internet for Seniors classes will resume with a new instructor Liz Eller. Sign up for the free classes at the library.

Thanks to Library Donors

The Friends of the Library thank the following donors who helped make our Holiday Book and Bake Sale a success:

  • San Diego Zoo;
  • Learning Express;
  • Vons/Scripps Poway Pkwy.;
  • On the Border Mexican Cafe;
  • Karl Strauss Brewery and Restaurant;
  • Sammy Wood Fired Pizza;
  • Trader Joe’s;
  • Linda Harris Fine Stationary and Accessories;
  • Planet Smoothie; and
  • Country Store and Bakery.

Pleasure of Your Company Chamber Music Series

On Tuesday, Jan. 16, at 7 pm, the Pleasure of Your Company will present the Michelle Latour, soprano, accompanied by Brian Head, guitarist and composer. Their program will consist of songs by John Dowland and Thomas Campion, selections from “Cantares” by Roberto Gerhard, “Songs of the Chinese” by Benjamin Britten, and a few seguidillas by Fernando Sor. All concerts are free to the public; however, a donation of $7 or more will be accepted gratefully at the door. A complimentary reception will follow each concert.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Salute to Black History Month

Scripps Ranch Theatre will join San Diego’s celebration of Black History Month on Friday, Feb. 9, with the award winning play Fences. This sensational drama, written by August Wilson, will be directed by San Diego theatre veteran Antonio “T. J.” Johnson. The show is produced by Scripps Ranch resident and Aubrey Award winner Sharon Hays.

San Diego audiences are in for a treat with this brilliant production featuring local actors. In describing this moving story of a former star of the Negro baseball leagues whose embittered life experience has forced him to work as a garbage collector in 1957, a reviewer for The New York Post wrote, “One of the richest experiences I have ever had in the theatre. I wasn’t just moved. I was transfixed.”

Lead character Troy Maxson, portrayed by James Earl Jones in the original production, envisions the world composed of fences which enclose and exclude him from both professional and family happiness. His angst is transferred to his son, who, like his father, wishes to join the ranks as a professional athlete. The result is an eventful performance you won’t want to miss.

Fences opens on Friday, Feb. 9, and runs through Saturday, Mar. 3, with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm on Sundays in the newly refurbished Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of United States International University, located at 10455 Pomerado Road.

Tickets for the production are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors, students and groups of ten or more. Opening night patrons are welcomed to join the cast and crew for a champagne reception for an additional $2. For reservations, call 578-7728.

Seeking Directors

Scripps Ranch Theatre is seeking directors for the following plays that will be performed on the indicated dates for their 2001/2002 season:

  • Lend Me A Tenor, a comedy by Ken Ludwig (9/7/2001 to 9/29/2001)
  • Ravenscroft, a drama by Don Nigro (11/9/2001 to 12/8/2001)
  • I Ought To Be In Pictures, a comedy by Neil Simon (2/8/2002 to 3/2/2002)

Interested candidates should call or send a resume to Artistic Director John Simonds at 578-2436, [[email protected]], 10015 Waldgrove Place, San Diego, CA 92131. All performances will be held at USIU.

Young Life

We are continuing to grow and now have our own website [www.younglifescrippsranch.com]. Please call Janelle at 578-2393 if you are interested in this organization for high school students.