Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)

An Internet class for adults will be held on Wednesdays at the Library beginning on Wednesday, Feb. 23. Please contact Ann Persons at 538-8158 to register. Classes are limited to a small group and are held from 5:30 to 7 pm.

The Book Discussion Group reads at least one young adult title every year. The unanimous choice for the meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at 6:30-7:45 pm is J.K.Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The group meets in the seminar room at the Library. Newcomers are welcome!

Children’s programs

Start the month in the right way by sending your children to HodgePodge, the delightful crafts event to be held on Saturday, Feb. 5, in the community room. Late registrations are still possible. There will be two sessions: ages 4-7 at 12:30 pm and ages 8-13 at 2:30 pm. The 90-minute session costs $9 per child. If you can help out as an adult volunteer, please contact Victoria Mazelli at 566-8679 right away.

The regular SRFOL children’s program will be held on Thursday, Feb. 17, at 3 pm in the community room. Program flyers were sent through local schools in January. You also may pick up a flyer in the Library. There is ample parking on Meanley Drive behind the Library.

The 1999-2000 essay contest, sponsored by the SRFOL, is in full swing. If your student is interested, please contact the Library at 538-8158 for more information.

The Pleasure of Your Company

On Tuesday, Feb. 15, the famed Kamau Kenyatta will perform an evening of jazz as part of the music series held on the third Tuesday at 7 pm in the community room of the Library. Mr. Kenyatta is a multi-instrumentalist with connections to a number of musicians and groups such as New Kids on the Block, The Supremes, and Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band. He also has provided scores for several films. This will be a most unusual and exciting concert. Please don’t miss it. Call the Library for further information at 538-8158.

Voting, Bonds, and Census

The Library will be closed for Presidents’ Day on Monday, Feb. 21. If you are a new resident, pick up a voter registration form at the Library and submit it by Monday, Feb. 7, to be eligible to vote in the Presidential primary to be held on Tuesday, Mar. 7.

Among the propositions on the ballot will be Prop 14: California Reading and Literacy Improvement and Public Library Construction & Renovation Bond Act ($350 million). Watch for information about this proposition at the Library in the coming weeks.

Preparations continue for the United States Census 2000. Employment opportunities for census takers and crew leaders are available. Testing is being conducted at the Library. Call 760-233-3700 for more details.

Welcome Club

Happy Valentines Day! Why don’t you give yourself a great gift. The gift of friendship, once a month going to an interesting place, and exploring new restaurants. Join the Welcome Club and meet new friends and join any number of the fun activities available.

In January, we had a personalized tour of the renovation and remodel of the historic El Cortez Hotel, which is one of San Diego’s great landmarks. This month we will go to Silk Sensations on Kettner Blvd. where owner Carol Gardyne, a silk painter, will demonstrate her works. Carol is known throughout the nation for her one-of-a-kind accessories and wall hangings.

Wouldn’t you like to be included in these fun activities? If you are new to the area and have lived here less than a year, have a new baby, recently adopted a child, have become a new citizen, or recently widowed or divorced, then you qualify to become a member of the Welcome Club.

Our monthly general meetings are the first Thursday at the month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. We have a program, refreshments, and time to socialize. For 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 call her right now!

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

On Saturday, Feb. 12, we are hosting a Sweetheart Dance and Wine Tasting for adults members. Come enjoy an enchanting adult evening full of friends, food, and, music. It begins at the Aviary Club at 7 pm and costs only $15 for singles or $25 for a couple.

If you need something for the kids to do that night, sign them up to attend our Children’s Valentines Day party. They will be celebrating the holiday with pizza, movies, and games. It begins at 6:30 pm and costs $12 per child or $20 for two kids from the same family.

If you feel lucky, come to one of our Friday evening game nights. On the first Friday of each month, we play bridge. On the second Friday, we play poker. On the third Friday, we play bunco. Call the Aviary Club at 271-6222 for more information or to sign up.

Computer Users Group

Scripps Ranch has a great computer group, and they enjoy their monthly roundtable discussions. Neophytes can ask questions without the feeling of embarrassment. Those neighbors with greater computer experience graciously contribute helpful information in an effort to assist those with problems.

You are invited to sit with our congenial neighborhood group. We meet in the seminar room of the library on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting is Saturday, Feb. 19. For more information, you may call Dave Bechtel at 549-2077 during evenings from 7 to 9 pm.

Scripps Ranch Theater (SRT)

Note that we have shortened our name to simply the “Scripps Ranch Theater” (SRT). All performances are held in the Legler Benbough theatre on the campus of United States International University (USIU) located south of Pomerado Road in Scripps Ranch.

SRT Presents A Chorus Line

Scripps Ranch Theatre is proud to present the Broadway musical hit A Chorus Line. The show runs from Friday, Feb. 11, through Saturday, Mar. 11.

This long-running musical celebrates the valiant, underpaid performers who back up the stars on Broadway. In the show Zack, the director, assembles over 20 semi-finalists who are put through a vigorous series of dances. From this group, only four males and four females are selected for the musical.

This is the 25th anniversary of A Chorus Line which opened on Broadway in 1975 for a 15-year run. With music by Marvin Hamlisch, lyrics by Edward Kleban, and book by James Kirkwood, the show won nine Tony awards, along with the Pulitzer Prize for drama. The show is directed by Dave Rethoret and produced by Sharon Hays, the same team that brought you The Fantasticks! two years ago.

Several Scripps Ranch residents are involved with the show, including producer Sharon Hays; cast members Stephanie Gagnon as Val, Coco Haupt as Vicky, Lotte Crayton as Lois, and Christopher Mead as Don; stage manager Kim Cree; artistic director John Simonds; pianist Karmie Fossen; bass player Steve Jilka; and technicians Isidro Martinez and Jessica Leung.

Performances are held on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm in the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of USIU. Ticket prices are $12 general admission and $10 for students, seniors, and groups of ten or more. Please note that A Chorus Line contains mature subject matter so parental guidance is suggested. For reservations, call 578-7728.

SRT appreciates the SRCA donation that is helping offset costs for this production.

Auditions for Last of the Red Hot Lovers

Auditions for SRT’s final play this season, Last of the Red Hot Lovers by Neil Simon, will be held on Sunday and Monday, Mar. 5-6, from 7 to 9 pm, in the Legler Benbough Theatre at USIU. Callbacks, if necessary, will be Wednesday, Mar. 9.

Barney Cashman, at the age of 47, wants to join the sexual revolution before it’s too late. However, he is a gentle, sober soul with a true-blue wife of 23 years and absolutely no experience in adultery. Three hilarious seductions ensue.

Roles are available for one male, age 40-55 and three females, ages 25-55. Comedic timing skills are required. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script and a two-minute monologue preferred. Bring photos and resume. For an audition appointment and further information, call the director, Connie DiGrazia, at 619-299-8171.

Scripps Ranch Toastmasters

The most difficult part of making a speech for most people is the simple act of standing up. That is when our fear attacks us in our role as speaker. Learn to let your fear work for you while improving your self-confidence, poise, and speaking abilities.

Be open to the experience of the Toastmasters; the most successful program yet for building better communication and leadership skills! Over one million Toastmasters worldwide have benefited already. 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. This summer have some fun and learn some new skills that will reward you for years to come.

The Paintball Club

The Paintball Club held it’s last regular game on Jan. 15. In addition to the paintball games, Team Vengeance held try-outs for new team members. Additional try-outs will be scheduled if necessary.

We are excited to report that Team Vengeance may be participating in an invitation-only tournament next September. The International Tournament of Champions will include only 1999 champions. Team Vengeance qualifies as the E Money Fun Series champions for 1999. Call us at 549-2524 if you are interested in playing on a first-place winning team.

The following is our game schedule for 2000. Take a moment to make note of these dates on your calendar so that you won’t miss even one game! All games are on Saturdays: Mar. 18, May 20, July 8, Sept. 23, and Nov. 18.

On Jan. 8, two local rival soccer teams played a series of unbelievable paintball games set up by the Paintball Club. The last game of the day was played at “the Swamp.” It was an “all or nothing” game to use up all of their leftover paintballs. The rules were amended for this game. A paintball break usually means elimination; however, in this game, a player was allowed to continue in the game as long as he or she didn’t run out of paint or guts.

The game that resulted was amazing because several of the players endured repeated hits to raise their flag to win the game. The game was called a tie when both red and blue team members literally grappled with the flag during a hailstorm of paintballs. The two players were rewarded with cheers and applause. In addition, a referee was so impressed with the players, they were given a free half case of paintballs.

Our next schedule game is Saturday, Mar. 18, and Rancho Penasquitos Family Karate has tentatively planned to join us. Remember, if you or your group would like to schedule a paintball game, call us at 549-2524 and we will be happy to help.

Village Quilters

The members of Village Quilters have been preparing for their annual Chinese Auction to be held on Saturday, Feb. 12, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Library community room. Everyone in the community is invited to come see and bid on a variety of exciting handcrafted items, quilts and related items, gifts, fabrics, books, baked goods, and much, much more! This is a talented group, and the items offered are sure to reflect that.

For more information, please contact chairperson Deb McManus at 695-0656. Also plan to join us for our regular monthly meetings held on the second Saturday of each month at the Scripps Ranch Library.