Scripps Ranch Theatre

The 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 Aubrey award-winner and Scripps Ranch resident Sharon Hays.

Scripps Ranch audiences are in for a treat with this brilliant production featuring local actors with an extraordinary list of credentials ranging from roles in movies, on television, and in theatre. 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 veteran San Diego actor Grandison Phelps III, envisions the world composed of fences which enclose and exclude him from both professional and family happiness. His angst is transferred to his son, played by Phelps’ real life son and Scripps Ranch High School student Grandison Phelps IV, who, like his father, wishes to join the ranks as a professional athlete. The result is a 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.

Chinese-American Club

Gung Shih Fah Chai! Please come join us for a Chinese potluck to usher in 2001, the year of the snake! Come in Chinese outfits for music, delicious food, and camaraderie! We will begin celebrating the new year at Scripps Crown Pointe clubhouse on Saturday, Feb. 10, at 4 pm. Please remember to call or email Ruth at 693-1962 or Linda at 689-8191 with what you’d like to bring.

Scripps Ranch Art Club

Our next meeting is on Thursday, Feb. 22, at the Scripps Ranch Rec Center at 7 pm. The topic will be a group critique. Please bring one painting you would like to be discussed by the group. The door prize for members-only will be a medium to large size canvas. The cost is free!

Due to the cost of supporting the art club meetings, we will not be able to offer free meetings after Thursday, Mar. 22. Your $30 membership fee, however, extends throughout the calendar year from Jan 1 to Dec. 31, 2001. We will have art shows, benefits, and meetings throughout the year. I hope you’ll be able to join and help make this an exciting group of artists.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, we will have the first group showing at Fast Frame in the new Vons shopping center. This show is for members of the Scripps Ranch Art Club and students at the Rec Center art classes only. There will be a reception and awards ceremony.

Support the arts in our community by coming by and viewing local art! In particular, we will have an outdoor Painting workshop at Lakeview Park on Saturday, Feb. 24, from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. The topic is “Working Fast to Record the Light.” Bring water, jacket, and a lunch. I will supply all the easels, paints, paper, and supplies. The talk starts at 9:30 so please be prompt! All levels are welcome Call 578-9906 for cost, information, and to reserve your space.

A daytime adult art class is being offered at the Rec Center. The new class is for adult students who want more time to paint, and less cost! Students must bring their own supplies. The class will be: Wednesdays, from 9 am until 12 noon. Classes continue through February and March. Cost is $60 a month for four, 3-hour classes. Call 578-9906 for more details.

Welcome Club

Anniversary celebration! It is Welcome Club’s 20th anniversary. Come help us celebrate at our general meeting on Thursday, Feb. 1, at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive at 7 pm. Anyone who was ever a member, please come! And anyone who is interested in joining, this is the perfect opportunity to see what our club is all about.

At the general meeting, we will have all the past presidents in attendance, and they will give a short talk about their experience in office. To continue the anniversary celebration, the Welcome Club is going to have a party on Saturday, Feb. 10.

If you happen to miss this meeting and are interested in the club, the Welcome Club meets every first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. The club is made up of many special interest groups that reflect the women’s hobbies and interests. These small groups provide an opportunity for fun and companionship between the monthly general meetings. For example, a great way to explore San Diego and to visit new restaurants in the area is to participate in the monthly Gadabouts.

If you have lived in Scripps Ranch less than a year, are a new citizen, have a new baby, or have recently adopted a child, then you qualify to join Welcome Club. If you would like more information, call Karen Muehlbauer at 549-4162. She will be happy to tell you more about the club and how to become a member. We are looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

Up-coming events for February; include a Valentine’s Harbor Cruise on Saturday, Feb. 10. Both members and non-members are invited to enjoy a 3-hour excursion. Ticket price includes 3-course dinner, and a complementary glass of champagne. Ticket price are: members, $60 per person; non-members, $65 per person.

In conjunction with the cruise, bring your children, ages 5 and up, to our special children’s Valentine’s party from 6:30 to 11:30 pm. Cost for members is $12 and for non-members is $15. Call us about discounts for siblings.

On Saturday, Feb. 10, we have the teen ski-snow board trip to Big Bear. Members and non-members are encouraged to enjoy a day in the snow. Ticket prices include transportation, lift ticket, a meal, and discounts on rental equipment. Call 271-6222 or stop by the Aviary Club for details on above events.

The SRSRC Board meeting is on Tuesday, Feb. 13, at 7 pm, and we are looking forward to the women’s doubles mixer on Saturday, Mar. 3.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary is a group of Scripps Ranch women who are dedicated to supporting the women and children who seek shelter and a safe refuge from domestic violence at Hidden Valley House. This past year, and especially during the recent holiday season, our organization felt truly blessed to have the generous support of our many friends in the Scripps Ranch community.

Many of our members were truly awed to arrive home and find doorsteps filled with donations of teddy bears, toys, and special items for the women. Among our wonderful friends are the women of the Scripps Ranch 1st ward of the Latter Day Saints who literally filled the front porch of one of our members with clothes for the Career Closet that we maintain at the shelter.

Such gifts make a tremendous difference in helping the women and children at Hidden Valley House begin new lives for themselves and their children. One such woman is “Michelle,” a 29-year old mother who came to Hidden Valley House with her six-year-old daughter. Michelle had been married to her husband for ten years and was referred to the program by Child Protective Services.

With assistance and support from shelter staff, Michelle was able to obtain a restraining order against her husband, locate safe housing, and find employment. Her daughter also received counseling to help her deal with the trauma she had experienced. Michelle was able to move into an 18-month transitional housing program that subsidizes her rent and provides her with ongoing case management, domestic violence support groups, and other counseling. While she was at Hidden Valley House, Michelle like all residents benefited from the Career Closet that enabled her to obtain the clothing she needed to feel confident during job interviews and court appearances.

If you would like to help women like Michelle begin stable, violence-free lives, please help us by supporting our regular “Item of the Month” program. This month the Auxiliary is requesting donations of new socks, underwear, and pantyhose plus toiletry items such as razors, deodorant, and cosmetic samples. For more information or to drop off your donation, please contact Paula West, 12377 Kingspine Ave., 549-3755.

Also, the Auxiliary wishes to extend an invitation to all Scripps Ranch women and their daughters to attend our High Tea fundraiser on Sunday, Mar. 25. For more information or to reserve tickets to the event, please contact Sandy Price at 693-1531.

Village Quilters

Please join us at 9:30 am on Saturday, Feb. 17, for another fun and friendly Village Quilters guild meeting held at the Scripps Ranch Library in the community room. Our guest speaker will be Lyn Mann. Her lecture will be devoted to quilt borders and all you want to know about them! Also secret sisters (secret pals) will be revealed during this meeting.

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. For more information, please call Chairperson Deb McManus at 695-0656.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC)

Ah, the good life! Members of our club and their guests will enjoy a bit of pampering this month at the C. Spa Salon in Poway. It will be an evening of socializing while touring the salon and indulging in a few “essential luxuries”! Some of the delights we will be treated to are: complimentary make-up and skin care consultations, sensory massages, and paraffin hand-dips. A little bit of luxury right in the middle of the week; who could ask for more! Guests are welcome; call Judy Vaca at 536-8333 for more details.

Our International Dining Group gathered recently for a delicious dinner with a northwestern United States theme. A lot of creative, gourmet cooks abound in that group! In March, the cuisine will be Pacific Rim. Yum!

Our fundraising committee is busy planning our major fundraiser for this spring. It promises to be a great event so stay tuned for details! Funds raised will go toward our scholarship fund and general Scripps Ranch community needs.

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, have fun, 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!

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; banking; investments; travel; accounting; insurance; real estate and property management; estate planning and tax help; residential lending; education; plumbing services; and computer help. You also can find excellent sources for hand painted silk; floral needs; clothing; skin care therapy; and much more. Visit our web site at [].

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 no “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 Paula Conlon at 578-4794 or email to [[email protected]].

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, so you’ll hear lots of laughter at our meetings.

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.

Paintball Club

The next paintball game will be on Saturday, Feb. 10, when we will be hosting the Scripps Ranch High School student-staff challenge. Any Scripps High students, faculty, or staff are invited to join us for a fun-filled day. Call us at 549-2524 for more information including prices, times, and locations. Of course, even if you are not associated with Scripps High, you are welcome to join us. The more the merrier, as they say.

The next Vengeance Fun Series tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 17, on St. Patrick’s Day. In honor of St. Patty, we’ll use green paint! Come and join in on the fun. Call us for more information. We had a very successful series in 2000 and hope for even more in 2001. Get your 3-man team together and register early for the “early bird” special of $15 off of the registration fee.

Mona and Robert Chin

Friends of the Library

Hodgepodge Arts and Crafts

Don’t miss 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 children ages 8 to 12. Advance reservations are recommended. Cost is $10 per child in advance and $13 per child at the door, if space is available.

Volunteers 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 Monday, Feb. 5, Myron Fink will talk about Faust.

Pleasure of Your Company Chamber Music Series

On Tuesday, Feb. 20, classical guitarist Diego Corriente will perform at 7 pm at the library. Of gypsy heritage, Corriente has toured the world with flamenco dance companies.

Of Mice and Menopause

Of Mice and Menopause, with apologies to John Steinbeck, is a special workshop on women’s health presented by Carole Banka, Ph.D., on Saturday, Feb. 3, from 10 am to noon at the Library. If the workshop is not sold out, tickets will be available at the door for $15 and for $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.

Mountain Mush

On Thursday, Feb. 15, at 3 pm, Harry Schlitz and his Mountain Mushers sled dog team will entertain and inform in a special children’s program at the library. Children will learn about animal care, dog sledding, and teamwork and have an opportunity to hug and pet the dogs.

Other Library News

New brochures explaining the use of the library’s online web catalog are now available at the library.

In a recent article in Check Us Out, the San Diego Public Library’s newsletter, Library Director Anna Tatar noted, “The greatest resource of the San Diego Public Library is the expertise, helpfulness, and friendliness of the people who work there.” That certainly is the experience of library users in Scripps Ranch who are very fortunate to have an excellent and friendly staff in our local branch!

Kiwanis Club of Scripps- Mira Mesa

The Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club is a volunteer service organization for civic-minded men and women. Our club focuses on helping our local schools and assisting families in need. Besides our club activities, we sponsor youth service groups known as Key Clubs, at both Scripps Ranch High School and Mira Mesa High School. We have over two hundred young people involved in exercising leadership skills and performing voluntary community service.

Our club meets 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. Our speakers for Wednesday, Feb. 7, will include Mr. Jim Malloy from Safe Kids International. On Wednesday, Feb. 14, Kathleen Cheatum, the Kiwanis Lieutenant Governor for our district, will be our special guest. For Wednesday, Feb. 21, Theresa Davis from the Make-a-Wish Foundation will talk about a wonderful program for seriously or terminally ill children. Our finale for Wednesday, Feb. 28, will be a former contestant from the hit TV show, “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” No, she did not win a million, but had a great time. The show aired on January 10.

Since our last article, our Kiwanis Club has added three new Scripps Ranch members. We would like to welcome Mrs. Myra Ratcliffe who is the owner of Professional Skin Care by Myra, Mr. Jim Farrier who is President of Assured Profit Concepts, and Mr. John La Bar who is semi-retired from Caltrans and a very active member of the Scripps Ranch Civic Association.

As a result of our sponsorship of the Kiwanis basketball tournament held in December, our club was able to donate $1,000 to the athletic department of Mira Mesa High School. In January, several of our members again joined with the Mira Mesa Key Club to sweep and paint the pedestrian overpass across Black Mountain Road. The project is now about two-thirds complete, and we will finish the job in February.

On Saturday, Feb. 17, all the Kiwanis clubs in our district will join forces to work on projects at Children’s Hospital. We will be painting and helping with some of the landscaping. By the way, you don’t have to be a Kiwanian to help. If you are interested, please call 578-3274.

I invite you to join us for a complimentary breakfast. Please call me, Ron Brown, at 578-3274 or email me at: [[email protected]]. Our website address is: []. Thanks for your interest.