Art Club

Congratulations to the winners of the Scripps Ranch Art Club art show and Glass House open studio tour drawing! On a beautiful day in early December, the Glass House Art Studio opened its doors to the community for a day of art appreciation. The open studio tour and art show drew a terrific crowd of artists and art lovers from San Diego and as far away as Los Angeles.

Students signing up for classes were entered into a drawing for prizes donated by Daler-Rowney Art Supplies. The grand prize was a $250 wooden box set of oil paints and accessories. A $200 acrylic wooden box paint set was won by Katie Finley of Scripps Ranch.

The Scripps Ranch Art Club displayed their work and hosted a reception and people’s choice award. The winning artists were Kathy Meyer, Barbara Frank, and Cathy Carey. Liane Nishio sold her beautiful oriental brush painting, and Cathy Carey sold several watercolors and oils. The comments heard about all the paintings displayed were wonderfully affirming and positive for the artists. Thanks to the community for supporting your local artists!

Part of the festivities included a hands-on community painting project where everyone was encouraged to add some paint to the masterpiece. The artist who contributed the most dedication and creativity was Shelby Vexler of Rancho Santa Fe. The painting now proudly hangs in her home.

For information on events and classes at the Glass House Art Studio, contact Cathy Carey at 760-489-9109. Or visit the studio on the web at []. Kris Buenger is the new Scripps Ranch President for 2002! For a calendar of upcoming meetings and outdoor painting events or for information about joining the club, contact Kris at [[email protected]].

On Saturday, Feb. 16, you can paint like Monet for a day. This popular six-hour workshop is perfect for complete beginners to advanced artists. Classes are limited to 4-6 people. No experience is necessary. This one-day workshop, combines the painting techniques of the Impressionists with the camaraderie of an artists’ picnic including a French country gourmet lunch. The painting day takes place on a garden-covered hill overlooking Lake Hodges, surrounded by views of the valleys and mountains of Escondido. Cost is $100 per session, and other days are available. call Cathy Carey at 760-489-9109 to register.

Kiwanis Club of Scripps-Mira Mesa

The Kiwanis Club has been busy, as always, with community service projects. Some of the ones we’re working on include:

  • Basketball Tournament–Bill Rice coordinated our club’s efforts in this 55-year-old basketball tournament for high school teams throughout several counties. We raised $1,300 over four days in December.
  • Pasta for Pennies–We’re gearing up to launch our 2002 fundraising drive for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students in participating area schools can donate pennies at school during Feb.19-Mar. 8.
  • Adopted military families–We collected toys and groceries for local military families. This is an ongoing service project for us, and we’d like to thank the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club and Washington Mutual Bank for serving as donation sites.
  • Twain School book donation–We donated $100 to Twain School so that they could buy used books.
  • Children’s Miracle Mile of Quarters–We’re getting ready to participate in this Children’s Hospital Radiothon, which will take place Feb. 21-24. We’ll be working the phones at Children’s Hospital each day of the Radiothon. Stations participating are: Mix 95.7; K-Joy 94.1; Rock 105.3; Channel 93.3; and Magic 92.5.

Our weekly club meetings include a guest speaker. This month, our speakers include: Joann Pastula, who will talk about Junior Achievement, on Wednesday, Feb. 13; and David Lynch, who will discuss helping children in Tijuana, on Wednesday, Feb. 6.

You’re always 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’ll even buy you breakfast! If you’d like more information, call me at 536-9821 or visit our website at [].

Welcome Club

It’s Welcome Club’s 21st anniversary. Come help us celebrate at our general meeting on Thursday, Feb. 7, at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. We have a wonderful program planned. The speaker, Dr. Luanne Linquist, will be talking about stress. She has written several books and has been on the Oprah Winfrey show. For anyone interested in joining, this is a perfect opportunity to come and see what our club is all about.

During the month, we have some wonderful activities planned. The Gadabouts will tour the Birch Aquarium and lunch in La Jolla on Tuesday, Feb. 12. The Antique Seekers will take the train to Capistrano on Tuesday, Feb.19, and explore all the wonderful shops. The Theater Group will attend the Neil Simon play I Ought To Be in Pictures on Saturday, Mar. 2.

For a great time to socialize and help celebrate Valentine’s Day, there will be a TGI on Saturday, Feb. 16. If that doesn’t tweek your interest, there is always the monthly coffee and all our fantastic activity groups: ladies and couples bunco, bridge, pitch, literary group, and crafts and cards, just to name a few.

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, or are recently divorced or widowed, then you qualify to become a member of Welcome Club. If you would like more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693. We look forward to meeting you at the next meeting.

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

Chinese Americans in Scripps Ranch

Gung Hee Fatt Choy! Let’s get together to welcome the New Year! We’ll have a Chinese potluck at the Scripps Crown Pointe clubhouse on Saturday, Feb. 9, at 4 pm. The Lion Dance begins at 4:30 pm, with dinner at 5:30 pm. Please call Ruth at 693-1962 or Linda at 689-8191 to make your reservation.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

The Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club is hosting the following events. We have a Valentine’s Harbor Excursion Cruise on Saturday, Feb. 9. Members and non-members are invited to enjoy a 3-hour excursion. Ticket price includes cruise and 3-course dinner. Cost for members is $60 per person and for non-members is $65 per person. Transportation to the boat is not provided. Sign up by Saturday, Feb. 2.

Also we have:

  • Children’s Valentine’s Party–Saturday, Feb. 9, from 6:30 to 11 pm for ages 5-11. Cost is $12 per child for members, $20 for siblings, and $15 for non-members. Sign up deadline is Saturday, Feb. 2.
  • Mini Camps–Scheduled for Feb. 15, 18, and 19. Call Aviary for details.
  • SRSRC Board meeting–Tuesday, Feb. 12, at 7 pm.
  • Swim and Movie Night–Friday, Feb. 22. Sign up at Aviary.

Other ongoing events include adult bridge on the first Friday of the month; men’s poker on the second Friday, and duplicate bridge on the third Friday. Call us at 271-6222 with any questions.

San Diego Paintball Club

The Fun tournament for beginners was held in January. We had an unprecedented amount of interest prior to the tournament and hoped for a record number of teams. More news about the tourney will be published next month.

Our next club game is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 23. The rest of the year’s schedule is as follows: April 27, June 22, August 31 (this might be a tournament), Oct. 26, and Dec. 14. This is a preliminary schedule and changes will be posted on our website [].

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. We have 1000’s of stock graphics or we can use your custom artwork. Call 549-2524 for information and low prices. The club has many used paintball items for sale: cammies, pods, hoppers, harnesses. Call for information.

Computer Users Group

It’s the bottom of the ninth or maybe the final seconds of the game. The score is: computer 1; user 0. A file you know you saved has disappeared, or maybe the program has developed a mind of its own and refuses to cooperate. You have two options. Call the customer service hotline and get a busy signal or, worse yet, be placed on hold for eternity. Or, you could call one of the members of the Computer Users Group you met recently.

No busy signals, no long waits waiting for assistance. Instead, you hear a friendly, willing, understanding voice that can help you resolve your problem. We meet in the seminar room of the library on the third Saturday of the month from 9:30 am to 12 noon. The next meeting will be on Saturday, Feb. 16. For more information, call Dave Bechtel from 7 to 9 pm at 549-2077.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Interested in growing your network of business contacts? 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 that 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 Larry Grey at 578-3519 or email [[email protected]].

Scripps Ranch Theatre

You ought to see Neil Simon’s I Ought to be in Pictures featured at the award-winning Scripps Ranch Theatre from Feb. 8 through Mar. 2. Don’t miss Neil Simon’s hilarious play about the foibles of getting into the movies (among other things). Herb, a once-successful Hollywood scriptwriter, is having a creative dry spell and his confidence is shaken.

Suddenly, his teenage daughter Libby confronts him with his distant and almost-forgotten past. She treks to Hollywood from Brooklyn, where Herb had simply up and left his wife, daughter, and son 16 years earlier. Libby, extremely confident and articulate, tells Herb she wants him to get her into “pictures.”

But that is not her real plan. Instead, she is going to try to salvage him. On the way, she also finds a bit of lost love and they resurrect the pieces of a father-daughter relationship in a poignant, tender, and very funny way. Herb will be played by David Gallagher; Libby, the daughter, by Michelle DeFrancesco; and Steffy, the girlfriend, will be played by Connie Terwilliger.

I Ought to be in Pictures will be produced by Rick Parke and directed by Dave Rethoret. Rick has years of acting experience, is a member of the SRT Board, and previously produced Perfect Crime. In addition to winning awards for his acting, Dave has previously directed a couple of SRT’s fabulous musicals such as The Fantasticks and A Chorus Line.

The play runs Friday, Feb. 8, through Saturday, Mar. 2, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, and groups of ten or more. On opening night, a $2 surcharge applies which includes a champagne reception with the cast following the performance.

Performances are held in the theater on the campus of Alliant International University (formerly United States International University) at 10455 Pomerado Road in Scripps Ranch, one-half mile east I-15. For more information and reservations, call 578-7728 and check out our website []. Scripps Ranch Theatre encourages patrons to make reservations early, as performances sell out quickly.

Friends of the Library

Time for Hodgepodge

You don’t want to miss Hodgepodge Arts and Crafts for Kids on Saturday, Feb. 9, at the library. This year’s theme is “Proud to be an American.” Scripps Ranch firefighters will be on hand to pose for photos with the children for one of the crafts. Children ages 4 to 7 will create 10 projects with the help of a parent from 12:30 to 2 pm. Children 8 to 13 years old will have their turn from 2:30 to 4 pm. The cost is $10 if you register by Wednesday, Feb. 6, and $15 for late registration, space permitting. Pick up a registration form at the library.

More Internet Access

There are now eight computers at the Scripps Ranch Library with Internet access, thanks to recent refurbishing of the Ellen Browning Scripps Foundation computer lab. Donations from the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library and city funding paid for six new computers for the lab, as well as new furniture. Time Warner Roadrunner provides free cable Internet connections, which allows library users access to the library catalog, databases, and the World Wide Web. The computers all have Microsoft Word 2000 software, as well as web browsers, and are connected to a network printer.

More Databases

The library recently added new databases that can be used by library cardholders in the library and on the Internet []. New databases include the Biography Resource Center, Kids Edition, Junior Reference Center, Proquest New York Times Historical Collection, Ancestry Plus, and Learn-a-Test.

More February Events

Wing, a master conga drummer and percussionist, performs for children at 3 pm in the library’s community room on Thursday, Feb. 21. The Book Discussion Group meets at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in the seminar room to discuss The Third Chimpanzee, The Evolution and Future of the Human Animal by Jared Diamond.

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. We already have a dentist, graphics company, carpet cleaner, lawyer, estate planner, notary public, baby equipment rental, computer expert–but we need more! We are able to list more than one business in each category. We will begin publishing member lists in January. Call 549-2524 for more information.

New Leads Club Chapter

Business owners, managers, sales people, independent professionals, and entrepreneurs are invited to expand their businesses through relationship-based network marketing. A new Leads Club chapter is forming in Scripps Ranch and applications for membership are being accepted by Nghia Mien Diep, Financial Advisor with EMC Royal Alliance at 510-393-6904.

Leads Club provides a forum to increase member business though personal referrals. With a 23-year track record, Leads Club has over 5,500 members in 400 plus chapters nationwide and in Australia and Ireland. Chapters are limited to 30 members in non-competing business categories to ensure the Leads Club proven, 75-minute program maximizes business relationships in a targeted, result-oriented format. During weekly meetings, members exchange leads collected from the previous week and rotate 10-minute presentations, educating colleagues to act as an informal sales force. An overview can be found online at [].