Friends of the Library

HodgePodge Arts & Crafts for Kids

It’s time to sign up for HodgePodge Arts & Crafts for Kids. This popular annual Friends of the Library event is set for Saturday, Feb. 9 in the library’s community room. This year’s theme is “Proud to be an American.” Children will each make ten crafts, one of which will feature a photo of the child taken that day with our Scripps Ranch firefighters. Four to seven year olds (accompanied by an adult) will participate from 12:30 to 2 pm, and eight to thirteen year olds will attend from 2:30 to 4 pm. Cost is $10 per child if registered by Wednesday, Feb. 6. Late registration and at the door registration will be $15 per child if there is space available. Pick up a registration form at the library.

The Pleasure of Your Company Music Series

The 2002 Pleasure of Your Company Music Series begins Sunday, Jan. 20, at2:30 pm in the Community Room of the Scripps Ranch Library. This spring’s series will have a distinctly American flavor with several of the featured artists integrating American themes into their musical programs. All concerts are free and open to the public. Donations are accepted, but not required. A complimentary reception will follow each concert. The Jan. 20 concert performer is internationally acclaimed guitarist, Diego Corriente presenting a unique program of guitar displaying the passions of flamenco and the warmth and grace of classical music. Other spring concerts in the series are planned for March 17 and April 21. Barbara Measelle is the new chair of the music series.

Opera Previews

Each year the Friends of the Library sponsor previews of upcoming San Die go Opera productions by local composer and pianist Myron Fink. This month the e program will focus on Rigoletto by Giuseppe Verdi on Monday, Jan. 7 and Ariodante by George Frederic Handel on Monday, Jan. 28. The free programs run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the community room.

Children’s Program

All wizards and muggles are invited to the Harry Potter Magic Show on Thursday, Jan. 17 at 3 p.m. in the community room.

Book Discussion

Join the book discussion group for a chat about The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood on Wednesday, Jan. 23 from 6:30 to 8 pm in the seminar room at the library. Copies of the book are available at the library’s circulation desk.

Parking Reminder

Please park on Meanley Drive when you are attending special programs at the library’s community room. This leaves the library lot available for those who are making shorter visits.

Computer Users Group

Did you get a new computer, or was it the software you could just had to have for Christmas? You have entered the learning curve and have 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 hardware or software problems. Stop by the library and sit in on our computer user group.

The January meeting will be Saturday morning, the 19th from 9:30 to 12:00. For more information you may call Dave Bechtel – evenings 7-9 pm, 549-2077

Chinese-American Club

Linda and I hope you are having a lovely holiday season! Please plan on

celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, February 9, 2002 at a Chinese potluck. Place and time to be announced. We are planning on having a Lion Dance troupe help us usher in the new year! Please call Ruth (693-1962) or Linda (689-8191) for details and to RSVP. Thanks, Ruth Lim

Barters’ Directory

Do you have a service that everyone wants? Do you enjoy bartering these services or have always thought about bartering but never knew how? We are compiling a list of professionals, services and businesses who wish to trade their services for those of other businesses. We are looking for accountants, landscapers, electricians, repairmen, lawyers, doctors, graphic artists, hairdressers, silk screeners, printers, handymen, carpet cleaners, and all other business, etc. We already have a dentist, graphics company, carpet cleaner, lawyer, estate planner, notary public-but we need more! We are able to list more than one business in each category. We will begin publishing lists to our members starting in January but we will continue adding members to the list every month. Call us at 549-2524 for more information.

The San Diego Paintball Club

The next Fun Tournament for Beginners will be held Jan. 19 please go to our website at www.sandiegopaintball club. com for more information.

The club game schedule is being finalized at this time. We hope to have a game in February. Check our website for news as it develops.

Set up a private paintball party at the club’s discounted prices. Call us for dates and prices. Also, we are now able to make stickers and decals for your team, business or group. 1000’s of stock graphics or we can use your custom artwork. Call for information and low prices. Our number is 549-2524.

Hidden Valley House News

Thank you to all those who supported the Hoe Down in November. The event

raised about $9,000 for Hidden Valley House.

Now the hectic days of Christmas and New Year are behind us please take a time to remember that the needs of the women and children go on and as always we need diapers and baby formula. If you can help please leave them at the drop off point for this month: Tina Bagnas – 11205 Sherrard Way, 547-8427

YMCA Indian Guide/Princess Update

The Pomerado Nation enjoyed two events since the last update: Horseback riding, led by Jeff Kalman’s Navajo Guides and Indoor Rock Climbing, led by Roger Showley’s Seminole Princesses. At the Rock Climbing event, each participant brought along a Toys for Tots contribution, which Nation Chief Michael King and his lead elf Maddie King then delivered to children in need, consistent with the Scripps Ranch community’s charitable giving tradition.

We’d also like to welcome a new Tribe into the Nation, the Anasazi Princesses, led by new Tribal Chief John Thornton. Increased interest, sparked partially by these SRCA newsletter articles, also has another new Tribe on the horizon (look for official welcome next month).

Next up is January’s Whale Watching (with Moms & siblings included) and February’s always exciting Big Bear Snow Camp. New Daddy/Child combos are still being accepted, and info/applications can be obtained by contacting Alan Yeoman at the Rancho Family Y at 484-8788. Sign up now for a chance to pick your own Native American nicknames and a great father/child bonding experience!

Kiwanis Club of Scripps-Mira Mesa

This past month, we enjoyed the best of what Kiwanis has to offer: weekly meetings with informative guest speakers, productive service projects to benefit the community, and fun social activities as well.

Pasta for Pennies

Leukemia is the disease that takes the lives of more children than any other. Last year the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society–in conjunction with Kiwanis, Olive Garden Italian Restaurant, and 105 schools–raised more than $180,000 with a fundraiser called “Pasta for Pennies.” In 2002 we hope to help them raise even more money for this program, which is designed to encourage students to donate pennies for research. Many Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa schools have already signed up to participate during the three-week campaign, from February 19-March 8.

Food Locker for Marines & Navy

One of our service projects in December involved helping out with military food lockers. The lockers, run by volunteers, rely on donations to provide food and household goods to families in need. Our Club packed baskets for the food lockers on Dec. 14, and we plan to work with them on an ongoing basis.

There’s Socializing, Too

Our club celebrated the holidays with a progressive dinner on Dec. 7. Everyone brought a bag of groceries for the MCAS food bank, ate too much, and had a terrific time.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Kiwanis, feel free to join us any Wednesday at 7 am. We meet at the Mimi’s Restaurant in the Mira Mesa Marketplace. You can also learn more by visiting our Web site at

Scripps Teasers 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? 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 at the Scripps Ranch Information Center, which is located on Cypress Canyon Road about half a block south of Scripps Poway Parkway. For more information call Patrick Kilian 619-543-1399.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Interested in your network of business contacts growing? Interested in getting leads for your small business? Join Scripps Tips and network with other San Diego businesses.

You can get useful advice from other members on such matters as health and chiropractic needs; financial planning and investments; banking; travel; accounting; insurance; real estate and property management; estate planning and tax help; residential lending; education; plumbing services; and computer help. And you can obtain excellent sources for hand painted silk; floral needs; clothing; skin care therapy; and much more.

Scripps Tips is not a service club. We focus on business networking with brief weekly meetings, which can fit into your busy schedule. We meet on Friday mornings for breakfast. There are not “fines” or dues, other than the cost to cover your breakfast. It’s a great way to start the day! For more information, please contact Bill Byers at 530-9054 or email [email protected]

Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club

Join SRSRC anytime in the month of January and pay $599 initiation fee (savings of $226) plus monthly dues. Call 271-6222 to set up a personal tour of our facilities!

Arctic-Siberian Tennis Tournament is Saturday, Jan.12. This is a doubles mixer for all levels of play. Sign up at Aviary. Cost: $15 per person!

Teen Dinner & Movie Night, Friday, 25th. This is for 10-17 year olds and the event includes dinner at a local restaurant and a movie at a near by theatre. Cost: Members; $20 per person/non-member $30 per person.

Swim & Movie Night Friday 25th at Aviary. The kids will have dinner, play games and end the night with a movie, while the adults can go and have some fun on their own. Cost: Members $12 per child $20 Sibling/Non Members $15 per child.

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/”Duplicate” Bridge the third Friday of each month.

Upcoming Events

Board of Director Meeting Tue. 8

Arctic-Siberian Mixer Sat. 12

Mini Camp Mon. 21

Teen Dinner & Movie Fri. 25

Swim & Movie Night Fri. 25

Children’s Valentines Party Sat. Feb 9


Happy New Year Women of the Ranch! Are you ready to join the local group that will help you keep those New Years resolutions? Join the Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club and join one of our sports programs. Along with many social activities, WAC offers Basketball, Volleyball, Soccer and Softball. You will make new friends, keep in touch with old buddies and find a lot of networking and professional contacts among the other members. And as a membership bonus, you may drop a few holiday pounds while you’re out on the court or on the field. Who’s gonna complain about that?

WAC also provides scholarship funds for high school senior girls, sponsors youth sports teams, helps at the Community Fairs, works at the Fourth of July parade and co-sponsors the Concerts in the Park. There is an activity for everyone and we always welcome new members along with their enthusiasm and ideas. You need not be athletically inclined to join – just be civic minded and be ready for fun!

Please email Lisa Bass at [email protected] or Mary Lawler at [email protected] to obtain your WAC registration form. Annual dues are $40.

WAC Events

Thursday, Jan. 24 – First WAC meeting of 2002 at 6:30 pm. at Mary Lawler’s house. Call 271-8311 for directions.

Sunday Jan. 27, 4 pm. – Wine and Cheese party to welcome new members. Hosted by the WAC board members, all newly-registered members receive their WAC polo shirt and other goodies.

Basketball – Women’s Winter season at the SR Rec Center begins Monday Jan.28. Please e-mail Connie Poss at [email protected] for fees

and schedules.

Softball – Winter Co-ed Softball begins Sunday February 3 and ends April

7. The cost is $45.00 per player. Please contact Sarah Slaughter at

[email protected] or at 566-8695.

Soccer – Women’s Spring Soccer League begins Wednesday March 13 at 7 pm. This will be a 10 week season and the fees will be $50 per player. The season will conclude May 15.

Thanks to our outgoing soccer registrar Diane Slover. You have done a great job keeping the players in clean “pinnies” each week and organizing the teams. Kathy Sinclair and Barb Noerenberg will assume duties as co-registrars. Please contact them at [email protected] and [email protected] for registration forms.

Other activities – horseback riding and golf are on schedule for February. WAC members will be notified of dates and locations.

Please contact Mary Lawler at [email protected] com or at 271-8311 if you are interested in joining the SRWAC or see the registration form in the Sports section of this Newsletter!

Scripps Ranch Womens Club

Scripps Ranch Womens Club started the season with a cookie exchange and social at the home of Diana Whitney. The AHMEN Quartet provided entertainment for the evening. Members also brought “wish list” items for mothers and their children at the Hidden Valley House. On Sunday, Dec. 16 Members and their spouses and guests met at the Edgewater Grill Restaurant to view the Parade of Lights while enjoying cocktails and dinner.

Our Holiday Ornament fundraiser conducted in November and the first part of December was declared a hugh success. Thank you to all the people who purchased ornaments. We hope you enjoy them for many years.

If you would like to know more about our club, please view our website at We wish you a happy, healthy, and successful New Year!

Stroller Striding in Scripps Ranch!

It seems like there’s a baby boom going on in San Diego. Everywhere you look you see new moms and their babies. One thing those moms all have in common is their desire to get back in shape. A new class here in San Diego is making that possible. In addition to taking off those pregnancy pounds, moms are getting a chance to connect with other new moms and to have fun with their babies! Stroller Strides classes take place all over San Diego, including Lake Miramar. Classes consist of power walking with intervals of body toning “stations” using the stroller and the outside environment. Even if you can’t make it to a Stroller Strides class, you can follow these tips for getting back in shape.

1) Take a walk! It’s something everyone can do and you don’t need special equipment to do it.

2) Exercise at a low to moderate intensity! Your body needs lots of energy to recover from pregnancy and childbirth and to take care of your baby (especially if you’re nursing).

3) Take 10 minutes! New moms don’t have a traditional 30-minutes, three times a week to workout. So, just get active whenever you can.

These are just a few of the many exercises that can be done with your stroller and with your baby. The Lake Miramar class is taught by Scripps Ranch resident and exercise expert, Maya Madsen. That class is held on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 am. For more information, go to or call (760) 415-9222.

Welcome Club

Another busy year has flown by! Time for those New Year’s resolutions and be sure to include some fun times for yourself.

Annotate your calendar that there is no general meeting in January. We all look forward to meeting you and seeing you on the first Thursday of next month Feb. 7.

Just because there is no general meeting doesn’t mean that January will be dull. There are plenty of activities that are sure to catch you interest. A sample are: bunco, couples bunco, gadabouts, coffees, mah jong, pitch, crafts, bridge – just to name a few. A good way to meet some of our members is at our coffees, and a good way to get acquainted with San Diego and their restaurants is to join our Gadabouts group.

If you are new to the neighborhood, have recently become a new parent, `s or a new citizen, or recently have been widowed or divorced. If you `s have, then you qualify to become a member of the Welcome Club.

If you would like more information call Becky McDonald at (578-5693).

She will be happy to tell you more about the club and how to become a member. Why not give her a call right now!