Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House Auxiliary extends a cordial invitation to all Scripps Ranch women and their daughters over the age of 12 to attend our “High Tea” on Sunday, Mar. 25, from 1:30 to 4:30 pm. The tea will be held at the Scripps Ranch Library community room and will feature a silent auction and fashion show. Tickets for the High Tea are $25 and may be reserved by calling our event chair Sandy Price at 693-1531 or can be obtained from any Auxiliary member.

Our roster of dedicated members includes Tina Bagnas, Patti Beaver, Sonya Bolton, Dianne Bramwell, Denice Brannigan, Celeste Cowell, Linda Dunn, Sheri Fisher, Susan Howe, Pam Kay, Jan Loftus, Delores Marquez, Marcia Martin, Dorothy Mildice, Patty Noel, Lynn Parke, Sandy Price, Carol Quaresma, Katie Sullivan, Connie Unger, Paula West, and Karen Wood.

Proceeds from the High Tea will benefit the “Children’s Cottage” at Hidden Valley House. The Children’s Cottage serves children of all ages who are temporarily residing at Hidden Valley House shelter along with their mothers. After having witnessed family violence and the loss of their homes, these children are desperately in need of a nurturing and therapeutic place where they can overcome the traumas they have experienced. The Children’s Cottage is used for art and play therapy activities, assessments, individual and group counseling sessions, and a variety of fun activities for the children. Funds raised by the High Tea will help cover the cost of arts and crafts supplies, educational resources, toys, and equipment necessary to provide these much-needed services.

The Auxiliary extends our heartfelt thanks and congratulations to Senior Girl Scout Melissa West for her outstanding Gold Award project at Hidden Valley House. For her Gold Award, Melissa created a new library of books and videos at Hidden Valley House. Special thanks to Video Vault, Blockbuster Video, Scripps Ranch Girl Scout day camps and troops, Jerabek Elementary School, and the many generous Scripps Ranch residents whose donations helped make the new Hidden Valley House book and video library possible. Over 500 books and 150 videos are now available for the women and children to enjoy during their stay at Hidden Valley House.

In keeping with our connection to the Girl Scouts, this month’s “Item of the Month” is Girl Scout cookies. If you are like a lot of us, you may have bought a few too many boxes of Girl Scout cookies. Last year, we collected over 30 boxes of cookies for the women and children at the shelter. Please drop off your cookies at Celeste Cowell’s home, 12469 Rue Fountainebleau, or call her at 693-1155. The shelter’s moms and kids will be thrilled!

Computer Users Group

Are you mystified by the many articles and ads concerning the Internet, or are you just plain curious? Did you know that you can use the Internet to research information concerning buying a new car, new appliance, hard to find items, what’s happening in San Diego; email your friends and chat a bit; participate in online auctions; or discover facts concerning a location you are planning on visiting? The list is endless.

Have you tried to find information on the net only to surrender to its complexity? The Computer Users Group offers a great resource in helping you with your computer experiences. The group ranges from the “I just bought my computer” to users who have several years’ experience. As the saying goes, “there is no stupid question.” Bring your questions and experiences to our meeting.

We meet in the seminar room of the Library from 9:30 am until noontime on the third Saturday of each month. The next meeting will be on Saturday, Mar. 17. For more information, call Dave Bechtel from 7 to 9 pm at 549-2077.

Paintball Club

February 10 was a special day: Scripps High School faculty versus students at the Paintball Club. Members of Scripps High staff and faculty were invited to join in the fun and really make a point with their students, while the students tried to “teach” their teachers a lesson! There was a “bounty” offered to any player who could bring an administrator, teacher, or other student staff member. This valuable bounty was free paintballs! Other non Scripps High players also attended the day’s activities and a lot of paint was shot.

Also in February, the Paintball Club’s sponsored team, Vengeance, participated in a 3-man tournament. Chris Chin, Geoffrey Chin, Darren Bay, and John Santos were tentative team members slated to compete. Coached by Mona and Robert Chin, they hoped for a win. Results will be posted next month.

The next Paintball Club event will be Saturday, Mar. 17, with a regular club game day and possibly a tournament. Anyone interested in participating should contact us for details. The tournament will be held if there is enough interest. Additional events will be held on Saturdays, May 19, Aug. 25 (one last fun paintball party before school starts up!), and Nov. 17. Additional days will be added if needed; so if you have a special day that requires help from us to organize, let us know. We will do all the work to set up your paintball event; you just bring your friends and have fun!

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club (SRSRC)

Spring Break is on the way, and we are gearing up for fun and friendships. We are busy scheduling many entertaining activities, including tennis, sports, swimming, and field trips. Spring camps are scheduled during all the elementary school breaks, Monday through Friday, from 8:30 am to 4 pm. Before and after care is available. Non-members are welcome. Sign up at the Aviary club.

Send the teens to Disneyland’s new “California Adventure” on Saturday, Mar. 31. Cost is $55 for members and $60 for non-members. Cost includes transportation, ticket, and a meal.

The men’s 3-on-3 basketball league begins Sunday, Mar. 24. Cost is $25 for members and $35 for non-members. The league includes a 10-game schedule, play-offs, and championship game. All games are played on Sundays from 12:30 to 2:30 pm. Orientation is Thursday, Mar. 22, at 7 pm at the Aviary club. Sign up as a team, or as an individual, and we will try to place you on a team.

Swim lessons begin in April. We are offering 2-week-long sessions in either the morning or afternoon. We also have a Saturday morning parent and tot class beginning as well as the start of diving lessons. Sign up on Saturday, Mar. 17, from 9 am to 3 pm at the Aviary club.

Upcoming events include:

  • Board meeting: Tuesday, Mar. 13, at 7 pm;
  • Men’s 3-on-3 basketball league: Friday, Mar. 22;
  • Free Introduction to Yoga: Saturday, Mar. 24, at 1:30 pm;
  • Swim and movie night: Friday, Mar. 30, at 6:30 pm;
  • Adult comedy club night: Friday, Mar. 30; and
  • Teen “California Adventure,”: Saturday, Mar. 31.

Welcome Club

Spring time is here! Time to spring into new friendships and fun activities. The Welcome Club always is looking forward to meeting and greeting new members of the community and to tell them all about Scripps Ranch and all the fun activities within the Welcome Club.

One way to learn about the area is to go on the once-a-month Gadabout luncheon. It takes you to new areas in and around San Diego and explores new restaurants. We have evening socials; last month’s was the 20th anniversary celebration of our club. All the ladies received corsages, a beautifully decorated anniversary cake was served, and wedding anniversary pictures were displayed and a prize was given to the person who could identify all the happy couples. A great time was had by all!

Of course, March means St. Patrick’s Day. Our Gadabouts will go downtown to The Field, an Irish Pub, for lunch and to celebrate. The Antique Seekers will join us and after lunch all those who wish will go to the nearby antique shops looking for treasures.

Our club meetings are the first Thursday of the month with an interesting program, refreshments, and a time to socialize. Join us at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive at 7 pm. Don’t be shy about coming. We are a very friendly group and always look forward to meeting new faces.

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, are recently divorced or widowed, then you qualify to become a member of Welcome Club. However, if you have lived on the Ranch a long time and have been wanting to join our club, we will be having an amnesty in May.

If you would like more information, call Karen Muehlbauer at 549-4162. She is looking forward to hearing from you and will tell you more about the club and how to become a member. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting

Kiwanis Club of Scripps-Mira Mesa

The Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday at 7 am at Amber’s Restaurant located next to the Holiday Inn-Select located at the intersection of I-15 and Miramar Road. We have an outstanding slate of speakers for the month and hope you will stop by for one of our meetings.

On Wednesday, Mar. 7, Emily Bromet from Saint Vincent de Paul will talk about the wonderful work the center provides for San Diego’s homeless population. She will offer some suggestions on how we may help in the future. On Wednesday, Mar. 14, Pat Diamond from the U.S. Forest Service will bring us some interesting information about the Viejas fire, and methods used by the Forest Service to battle the fast-moving blaze. She too will point out some volunteer opportunities.

For the meeting on Wednesday, Mar. 21, we change tempo and have invited Donna from the travel department of the American Automobile Club of Southern California to give us some hints about how to plan cruises and find bargain vacations. This is a must for all you over-worked and stressed out folks! On the last Wednesday of the month, Mar. 28, Roy Hosaka, a CPA and member of our club, will offer some last-minute tax tips. Please be our guest for breakfast.

February was another active and productive month. During our first meeting in February, we honored Hazel Rabanal as the Student of the Month from Twain School. She was presented a certificate of accomplishment and a $25 gift certificate from Target by members Roy Hosaka and Jim Felix.

During one of our District meetings, we learned that Leukemia and Lymphoma killed more children than any other disease. Although the survival rate is about 80% now, that is not good enough if you are the parent of child who doesn’t survive.

Pasta for Pennies is a program where students collect pennies, and other spare change, to help fund research. The Olive Garden restaurant will cater a spaghetti luncheon for the class at each school that collects the most money. The top schools also win electronic equipment and other prizes. Kiwanian Jim Farrier did an outstanding job of chairing our committee to support this valuable cause. The drive will end on Friday, Mar. 9, so it is not too late to help or contribute.

Also in February, five members of the club attended the mid-year conference in Burbank where Kiwanians from California, Nevada, and Hawaii gathered for training and fellowship. On February 17 all Kiwanis members in our district worked at Children’s Hospital and Hamilton Elementary School. It was a most worthwhile event, and we had a good time.

Each year, the youth groups we sponsor at Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch high schools send representatives to the Key Club convention. This year, our club will assist five outstanding young students from Mira Mesa High School to attend the three-day convention in Long Beach.

Being a member of Kiwanis is about helping others, and having a good time in the process. 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 has changed. It is now: [www.smmkiwanis.org]. Thanks for your interest.

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 and investments; banking; travel; accounting; insurance; real estate and property management; estate planning and tax help; residential lending; education; plumbing services; and computer help, as well as gaining excellent sources for hand painted silk; floral needs; clothing; skin care therapy; and much more. Visit our website [www.scripstips.com].

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 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 Paula Conlon at 578-4794 or email [[email protected]].

Village Quilters

Please join us on Saturday, Mar. 10, for our third annual charity auction held in the community room at the Scripps Ranch Library. Doors will open an hour later at 10:30 am. Come join us for some fun and excitement. Please remember to use the additional library parking on Meanley Drive. There is a foot path that leads from Meanley Drive up to the library.

Village Quilters is open to anyone who loves quilts and quilting, from beginner to advanced levels, and is a friendly group whose members 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 Art Club

Our next meeting is Thursday, Mar. 22, at the Scripps Ranch Rec Center at 7 pm. The topic will be a demo on glazing in acrylic and oils.

The members-only door prize will be oil painting medium and acrylic glaze medium. Cost is free! This is the last free meeting. Starting in April all meetings will be for member’s only. The $30 membership fee is for the calendar year of Jan. 1, through Dec. 31, 2001. We will have art shows, benefits, and meetings during the year. Please join us and help make this an exciting group of artists.

The first group show at Fast Frame in new Vons Center was a great success! This show included members of the Scripps Ranch Art Club and students at the Rec Center art classes. The judging was done by Cathy Carey. The award winners for the student category were:

  • Ashley McPeak, Stephanie Hallmark, Pippa Grint, Jessica Woods, Shelby Geller, Melissa Hare, Mitzi Turner, Alexandra Dunk, Danielle Conway, Stephanie Quai, Chelsea Saville, Tara McDonald, and Arielle Steinheart.

For the adult category, winners were:

  • Lesley Wilson, Barbara Frank, Carolyn Bourne, Kris Buenger, Kathie Mayer, Ron Crepeau, Karen Nayoukas, Carole Mathios, and Edith Kneubuenler.

The community sponsors were:

  • Fast Frame,
  • Vons,
  • Vanteon,
  • Planet Smoothie,
  • The Learning Express,
  • Elements Art Studio, and
  • Daler-Rowney Art Supplies.

Thank you for your interest and support! Our next show will be discussed at the next meeting. Please be sure to attend if you want to display your work at the next show. For more information, call Cathy Carey at 578-9906.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre announces the fourth installment of its 2000-01 season, the fast-paced farce Don’t Dress For Dinner. Artistic Director John Simonds will direct this hilarious romp written by Marc Camoletti. The show will be produced by John’s wife, Nancy Simonds.

The play features a married couple who host an adventuresome dinner party. Their guests, an assorted sampling of lovers, arrive for the evening and mass confusion results from mistaken identities. Stir in a saucy cook and you have the makings of a devilish stew.

John, who directed SRT’s production of the comedy Beau Jest, has been the group’s artistic director for the past four years. His wife, Nancy has held the position of SRT Treasurer for the past three years. This September, the Simonds will celebrate 50 years of marriage. John believes that one secret to their successful union has been participating in hobbies like directing and producing Don’t Dress For Dinner and serving together on the SRT board of directors.

Don’t Dress For Dinner opens on Friday, Apr. 27, and continues through Saturday, May 19, with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm on Sundays in the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of United States International University, located at 10455 Pomerado Road in Scripps Ranch.

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.

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 Patrick Kilian at 619-543-1399.

Friends of the Library

The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library invite you to enjoy this month’s activities at the library.

  • Monday, Mar. 12: Opera previews. Myron Fink previews the San Diego Opera’s performances of Cold Sassy Tree at 7 pm.
  • Thursday, Mar. 15: Children’s program. Magician John Durland performs his music, magic, and live birds show at 3 pm.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 20: Chamber music series. At 7 pm, Edward Weiss performs his composition, La Jolla Suite, which links the sound of the piano with the moods and beauty of nature.
  • Wednesday, Mar. 28: Adult book discussion. Join the discussion at 6:30 pm to talk about The Professor and the Madman: a Tale of Murder, Insanity and the Making of the Oxford English Dictionary by Simon Winchester.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC)

The evening of Tuesday, Mar. 13, will find members of the SRWC and guests gathering to hear the latest on plastic surgery techniques and general health and fitness. We are pleased to have Dr. Paul E. Chasen, M.D., F.A.C.S., speak to our group. There are many new innovations in the world of plastic surgery and Dr. Chasen is an expert! Also speaking will be Tamilee Webb, fitness expert and star of the Abs of Steel and Buns of Steel videos. Ms.Webb will be giving us tips on how to lose that twenty extra pounds! Just in time; summer is closer than we’d like to think!

This interesting and informative presentation will take place in the lovely Scripps Ranch Information Center at 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd. Doors open at 6:30 pm and the presentations will begin at approximately 7 pm. The cost is only $7. Light refreshments will be served. Guests are welcome! Checks may be mailed to: SRWC, Attn: March Meeting, 9842 Hibert St. #250, San Diego, CA 92131. Make checks payable to SRWC. Questions? Contact Peggy Foster at 693-9052.

Membership in the SRWC is open to all Scripps Ranch women. 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, be a productive part of our wonderful community, and just have fun! In addition to our fundraising, we offer bunco, gourmet dining groups, theater outings, meetings with great speakers and presentations; the list goes on and on! If you’d like more information about membership, please call Lyn at 271-5477. We’d love to meet you!