Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House Auxiliary would like to extend our sincerest appreciation to our many friends in the community who responded so favorably to last month’s feature article in the SRCA Newsletter. As the Auxiliary continues its efforts to assist families residing at Hidden Valley House, a shelter for battered and (or) homeless women and children, we always are on the look-out for new ways to make the shelter as home-like as possible. This month we present two options to support Hidden Valley House through our Item of the Month program.

1) We all know how hard it is to resist those adorable Girl Scouts selling cookies in front of Vons. If you inadvertently purchased a few too many boxes of Girl Scout cookies, the Auxiliary has the perfect solution: donate your extra boxes of cookies to Hidden Valley House. That way you’ll be helping support our local Girl Scouts while providing a special treat to the women and children at the shelter.

2) Do you look forward to receiving your favorite magazines in the mail each month? Do your children enjoy the stories and activities in Highlights or Sesame Street magazine? In an effort to make popular home, family, and children’s magazines available to the residents of Hidden Valley House, the Auxiliary is seeking individuals and (or) community groups who would be willing to cover the cost of a magazine subscription for the shelter. For a list of the magazines requested by the residents and the cost of each subscription, please contact Dianne Bramwell at 549-0996. You may also drop off your extra Girl Scout cookies at Dianne’s home as well. Her address is 10755 Charbono Terrace.

3) Finally, the Auxiliary provides each new shelter resident with individual welcome bags filled with toiletries and personal care items. With approximately 250 women taking refuge at Hidden Valley House each year, your donations of items such as cosmetic and perfume samples, toiletries, and feminine hygiene products are most appreciated.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)

Children’s Programs

Sparkles the clown will present a Magic and Bubbles show on Thursday, March 16, at 3 pm in the community room. Join us for an entertaining time. Parking on Meanley Drive is recommended. Call the Library for directions.

Story time for children ages 3-5 is held every Tuesday morning from 10 to 10:30 am with Ann Young Persons (Miss Ann), Youth Services Librarian, leading the program. Join the group in the children’s area of the Library.

Rewards for Reading is a new reading incentive program sponsored by NBC 7/39 and other sponsors. It runs through April 1. Booklets are available at the Library.

As part of the Read Across America celebration and to honor the legacy of Dr. Seuss on the occasion of his birthday, a special story-time event will be held on Thursday, March 2, from 3:30 to 4 pm. Children ages 3-8 are invited to participate in the children’s area. Please pre-register with Miss Ann at 538-8158.

The Pleasure of Your Company Chamber Music

To wish us a Happy St. Patrick’s Day, the musicians of Joyful Spirits will present traditional Irish music on Wednesday, March 15, in the Library community room. Note this is Wednesday, not the typical Tuesday concert.

This professional quartet includes instrumentalists on the flute and piccolo, dulcimer and piano, fiddle and viola, and guitar and banjo. This is a concert for the whole family! Bring your children! But note that ample parking is located on Meanley Drive in the Scripps Ranch Business Park behind the Library.

Opera Preview

Myron Fink will lecture on Mozart’s Don Giovanni on Monday, March 20, from 7 to 8:30 pm. This is a marvelous way to prepare for the San Diego Opera experience during the run of this opera, April 1-12, in the Civic Theatre in downtown San Diego.

Book Discussion Group

The choice for the meeting on Wednesday, March 29, of this group is Katharine Graham’s poignant and fascinating autobiography Personal History, published in 1997. Copies will be available for interested participants at the circulation desk of the Library. The group meets from 6:30 to 7:45 pm on the 4th Thursday of every month in the seminar room of the Library.

Gates Grant to SD Library

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has made a grant totalling nearly $250,000 that will be used to purchase 84 Internet-accessible computers and 15 printers for 14 branches of the San Diego Public Library system. While the Scripps Ranch Library is not one of the 14 designated libraries, it will benefit indirectly through the matching equipment fund component of this grant.

Other Breaking News

The Taos Web Catalog has been installed on all San Diego Public Library computers. This new electronic catalog is user-friendly and should be popular with patrons and library staff alike. Be sure to ask for assistance in using it the first time!

Proposition 14 will be on the ballot on Tuesday, March 7. It provides that the state will sell $350 million in bonds to provide grants to local agencies to construct or renovate public libraries. First priority will be given to grant requests that involve joint-use projects between library branches and public school sites. Local jurisdictions will need to contribute 35% of the cost of the project with the state bond contribution being the remaining 65%. San Diego Public Library will be eligible to compete for grants along with libraries throughout California.

Computer Users Group

What’s a computer users group? It’s 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. Stop by the users group and share your knowledge and experience. The welcome mat is always out.

Monthly discussions include topics such as operating systems, such as Windows 95 and 98; and Internet browsers like Internet Explorer and Netscape Navigator. Maybe you have your favorite Internet provider like AOL, AT&T, or Scripps Ranch own fanciful Online. What about the latest software program such as a graphics program for printing greeting cards.

Our interests are varied and are not restricted to just one area. Members are knowledgeable and willing to help all. You will no doubt find someone who has experienced the same problem or can recommend a piece of hardware or a software program that will meet your needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about computers, hardware options, and software availability and applicability, we meet in the seminar room of the library from 9:30 am until noon on the third Saturday of each month. The next meeting will be Saturday, March 18. For more information, please call Dave Bechtel during evenings at 549-2077.

Welcome Club

March, vt. to make steady progress, to advance. What a great month to add a new activity to your life and enrich it with new friendships.

We meet at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive every first Thursday of the month. A program is presented with plenty of time for refreshments and to socialize. Wouldn’t you like to come and meet some of your new neighbors?

As a member, you have many choices of activities to participate. There is a coffee every month in a member’s home, gadabouts/luncheons where you can explore new places and restaurants in the San Diego area. For example, this month Gadabouts is going to the Mingei Museum where one of our members will take us on a special tour. After the museum, we will lunch at the Prado.

There is theater group, bunco, arts and crafts, golf, bridge, and many more. Antique Seekers had a great time going to Old Town Temecula looking for treasures. In April, they will explore the shops in Escondido.

If these activities sound like something you would be interested in and you have lived in Scripps Ranch less than a year, please let us know. The friendly members of our club would like to extend an invitation to anyone new to the neighborhood; anyone who has become a new citizen, had a new baby, or recently adopted a child; or recently has been widowed or divorced. If you have, then you qualify to become 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!

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

Spring break is on the way, and we are gearing up for fun, field trips, and of course swimming! Our new program director is busy scheduling many fun camps such as sports, cooking, and field trips to Six Flags Magic Mountain. Spring camps are available from Monday, March 27, through Friday, April 21. Each camp runs Monday thru Friday 8:30 am to 4 pm. Before and after care is available. Cost per week is $125 for members and $150 for non-members. Sign up at the Aviary club.

If tennis is more your thing for spring break, join junior tennis lessons. These lessons run Monday thru Friday 8:30 am until noon. Cost per week is $120 for members and $150 for non-members.

Adventure Park presents “Clifford’s Story Time” on Thursday, March 9, from 7 to 8 pm upstairs in the El Mirador room. The story time open to 3-6 year olds and is free to members.

We want to thank the local restaurants that generously donated to our “Taste of Scripps Ranch.” Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza, Pernicano’s Pizza, Rubio’s, Starbucks Coffee, The Country Store and Bakery, and Filippi’s Pizza Grotto. Please join us the month at:

  • Tennis exchange, Saturday, Mar. 11;
  • Free class introducing you to yoga, Saturday, Mar. 11;
  • Head tennis racquets demo day and ball machine clinic, Saturday, Mar. 25; and
  • Free serving clinic, Thursday, Mar. 30.

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; 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?

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 John Correia at 1-800-980-1924.