Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) members gathered in December to celebrate the holiday season with an annual cookie exchange and to donate toys for the children living at Hidden Valley Women’s Shelter. Diana Whitney opened her home for the holiday general meeting and the Scripps Ranch High School (SRHS) chorus entertained the group.

The club’s subgroup, International Dining, began its culinary calendar by inviting the membership to a festive North American holiday brunch. Celeste and Steve Cowell hosted the event at their home.

The club’s second annual holiday ornament sale was very successful. For anyone who missed it, there are a few ornaments left for purchase. Please call Susie Hill at 536-1967 if you would like one. The cost is $20 each.

The SRWC is a civic organization that is recognized for its many charitable causes. This year President Kimbra Sellers’ mission for the club is to provide items and services to the Hidden Valley Women’s Shelter on a monthly basis.

In addition, our fundraisers are sources for the club to provide annual scholarships to female SRHS students and funds for the Scripps Ranch Library, local schools, and the Scripps Ranch Theatre.

If you would like to learn more about our meetings, please contact Joanne Franklin at [[email protected]] or 578-1118, or check our website at []. We welcome all and look forward to seeing you at one of our general meetings.

Chinese American Club

Please join us for good food and great company as we celebrate our traditions! We have families from all over the globe–China, Hong Kong, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Taiwan, and Vietnam. We are planning our Chinese New Year celebration for February 2003, with the time and place to be announced. For information, call Ruth or Helen at 693-1962.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

For the holidays the Auxiliary members were able to provide the women with gifts for the season. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all of you who supported us this last year with your donations. They are much appreciated, and we hope you are able to continue with your generosity.

To start off the new year we are looking for women’s and children’s–new–socks and underwear, all sizes and for all ages for the children. We are also looking for pillows for twin-size beds. If you are able to pick up any of those items in your after-holiday shopping, please drop them off at Karen Wood’s house at 10455 Spruce Grove Avenue. Her phone number is 566-7144.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

Join the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club (SRSRC) anytime in the month of January and pay a $599 initiation fee, plus monthly dues. That is a savings of $226! Call 271-6222 to set up a tour of our facilities. If you are interested in seeing all the construction, stop by anytime!

The Arctic-Siberian Tennis Tournament is Saturday, Jan. 18. This is a doubles mixer for all levels of play. Sign up at Aviary. The cost is $15 per person.

If deep sea fishing sounds like a nice family adventure, sign up at Aviary and welcome aboard. This event is on Saturday, Jan. 25, and includes transportation, sack lunch, fishing license for adults, and rod and tackle rental. There is a maximum attendance of 18, so it will fill up fast. Members: adults, $49; child, $35. Guests: adults, $54; child, $40. A child ticket is for those ages 15 and under.

Our Swim and Movie Night is Friday, Jan. 31. The children 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, which includes one child; sibling, $20. Non-members: $15, including one child; sibling, $25.

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. 14;
  • Arctic-Siberian Mixer–Saturday, Jan. 18;
  • Mini-camp–Monday, Jan. 20;
  • Deep sea fishing–Saturday, Jan. 25;
  • Swim and Movie Night–Friday, Jan. 31; and,
  • Membership special ends–Friday, Jan. 31.

Welcome Club

There is no meeting in January! Start the new year by planning to attend our February meeting. Our general meetings are held at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive on the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm.

We have a program, refreshments, and plenty of time to socialize. If you miss that and want to see what the club is all about, come to our monthly coffee hosted in one of our member’s home. The monthly Gadabouts explore the San Diego area with lunch at new restaurants.

In January the social will be a TGI with lots of great appetizers and plenty of time to socialize. If this does not interest you, we have other activities–bunco, pitch, crafts and cards, bridge, golf, theater group, and many more. For more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5963.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Children’s Program

On Thursday, Jan. 16, the Twin Dragons School of Fencing will entertain children with historical information and a demonstration of competition sword fighting at 3 pm in the community room.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Little Drummer Girl by John LeCarre, which was published in 1983 and is nearly as timely in 2003 as it was when it was published. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room.

Essay Contest

Local students are working on their essays for the annual contest sponsored by the Friends of the San Diego Public Library, the San Diego Public Library, and the San Diego City Schools Library Media Teachers. Students in grades 4, 8, and 10 are eligible to participate. For more information, contact your child’s school or the Scripps Ranch Library.

The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library will honor local winners on Wednesday, Apr. 9, at 6 pm in the library’s community room. Citywide winners will be honored on Wednesday, Apr. 30, at SeaWorld.

Music Programs

The next concert in the "Pleasure of Your Company" chamber music series will be at 2:30 pm on Sunday, Jan. 19, featuring the Encore Trio performing on piano, violin, and cello.

Opera Previews start this month with Myron Fink presenting a lecture on Ludwig van Beethoven’s opera Fidelio on Monday, Jan. 13, from 7 to 8:30 pm in the community room. This will be followed in February with the lecture on Norma by Vincenzo Bellini on Monday, Feb. 3, from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Other Library News

The Scripps Ranch Library will reopen following the holidays on Thursday, Jan. 2, at 9:30 am. On Monday, Jan. 20, the library will be closed in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.

California tax forms for 2002 returns will be available at the library. Federal tax forms are not available. However, another source for state and federal tax forms is the web catalog of the San Diego Public Library at the website []. Use your library card number and a pin number to access the forms. Contact the library for details.

Kiwanis Club

Our Kiwanis Club is made up of people from all walks of life and ages, including young professionals, business owners, and people at or near retirement age. We are always looking for men and women who want to give back to their neighborhood through Kiwanis.

This past month has been a busy one for us. Like every month, we tried to help others in our community and have fun.

Food Locker–We have had an ongoing collection of food and toys for the Marines’ Food Locker. The Food Locker, run by volunteers, relies on donations to provide food and household goods to families in need. This month we helped them sort the goodies for distribution to families of U.S. Marines.

Holiday Party–We all enjoyed a terrific time at the home of Jim and Joyce Weaver, who hosted our holiday get-together. We talked, ate, and brought gifts for a local family in need.

Basketball Tournament–Our club also participated in a Kiwanis basketball tournament, which turned out great.

Weekly Meetings–Our meetings combine a mixture of fun, fellowship, and information. We usually have an interesting guest speaker, a delicious breakfast, and a raffle with a nice prize. You are welcome to join our meetings, which are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 am at Mimi’s Restaurant in the Mira Mesa Marketplace–we will even buy you breakfast! If you would like more information, call me at 536-9821 or visit our website at [].

Mark Branning

Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club

The SR Women’s Athletic Club is ready to begin 2003 with lots of activities! All women are welcome to join this group of active, athletic, civic-minded women. Upcoming events include:

  • Beer brewing in late January;
  • Soccer league for women 25 and over begins Wednesday, Jan. 15. Please email Barbara Noerenberg at [[email protected]];
  • Women’s basketball begins Monday, Feb. 3, at the Rec Center. Priority is given to Scripps Ranch residents at least 30 years old. Email Lisa Bass at [[email protected]].
  • Co-ed softball–Our league really wants you to play, as a single person or as a couple. Email Sarah Slaughter at [[email protected]]; and,
  • Volleyball–It looks like we will have an indoor women’s league beginning in March. Email Mary Lawler at [[email protected]].

Registration forms, schedules, and photos are posted on our website at [].

Computer Users Group

What is a computer users group? It is 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.

We meet in the Scripps Ranch Library’s seminar room from 9:30 am to 12 pm on the third Saturday of the month. The January meeting will be Saturday, Jan. 18. For information, call Dave Bechtel, evenings, at 549-2077.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Forget about diets or exercise. This year your New Year’s resolution should be to improve your communication and leadership skills. Try Scripps Teasers.

We meet Thursday mornings at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. For more information, contact Ed Costa at 578-6190 or [[email protected]].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips has openings for new members! Scripps Tips is a group of owners or representatives of small businesses, with networking and referrals as the group’s primary purpose. Each member is the exclusive representative for their respective business, thus assuring a noncompetitive environment.

Scripps Tips meetings are enjoyable and effective for giving and gaining referrals. Breakfast meetings are Fridays from 7:15 to 8:15 am. Contact William English at [[email protected]] or 530-2343. Monthly dues cover the cost of breakfast; there are no other fees.

San Diego Paintball Club

The next paintball tournament will be Saturday, Feb. 8. We will allow all recreational players to participate unless they have competed in any paintball circuit or series tournament. Visit our website [] for information, or call us at 549-2524.

Mona and Robert Chin