Scripps Ranch Theatre

The 11th annual Star Awards, honoring volunteers in the performing arts, will be held at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina on Harbor Island, on Wednesday, Mar. 27. The Scripps Ranch Theatre is proud to announce that Rick Parke, president and member of the board, has been nominated for a San Diego Performing Arts League (SDPAL) Star award. He has an outstanding record of success both as president of the organization and as a producer of award-winning theatre presentations. Under his leadership, season ticket holders have increased 600% and average attendance has increased 50%. Previous Star award winners from the Scripps Ranch Theatre include Rosemary King, Mary Ann McKay, Tom Olson, Brent Cook, Bob Hitchcox, John Simonds and Sharon Hays.

All Scripps Ranch Theatre performances are held in the theater on the campus of Alliant International University at 10455 Pomerado Road, one-half mile east of the I-15 and Pomerado Road exit. For more information or to make reservations for upcoming productions, check the web at [] or call 578-7728. Patrons should make reservations early as performances sell out quickly.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

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

Swim lessons begin on Monday, Apr. 1. We are offering 2-week-long sessions in either the morning or evening. We also have a Saturday morning parent and tot class. Sign up on Saturday, Mar. 9 from 1 to 4 pm at Aviary.

Bring your baskets and hop over to Aviary for our annual Easter egg hunt on Saturday, Mar. 16, from noon to 2 pm. This year we plan to hunt for eggs both on land and in the water! Cost for members is $3 per child, 2 years and older; cost for non-members is $4 per child 2 years and older. We will decorate eggs, take pictures with the Easter Bunny, have a petting zoo, and more!

Upcoming events include:

  • March is member appreciation month;
  • Aquatics open house at Trails, Thursday, Mar. 7;
  • Board meeting, Tuesday, Mar. 12, at 7 pm;
  • Easter egg hunt, Saturday, Mar. 16;
  • Summer camp registration, Saturday, Mar. 23;
  • Spring camps start, Monday, Mar. 25; and
  • Swim and movie night, Friday, Mar. 29.

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 has happened to you, Toastmasters can help! Perhaps the most practical skill that 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? 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.

Hidden Valley House

Members of the Hidden Valley House are busy planning their second High Tea fundraiser. The tea will be held at the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, Apr. 26, starting at 1:30 pm. There will be drawings, a silent auction, entertainment, wonderful food, and great company. Tickets are $30 each, and we invite you to support this worthy cause.

Please call Sandy Price at 693-1531 or Susan Howe at 578-7452 for reservations. Our item of the month is a desperate need for good condition high chairs, car seats, booster seats for the car, and any kind of stroller. If you can donate any of these items, please leave them at Marcia Martin’s house at 10825 Birch Bluff Avenue. If you have any questions, call 566-3296.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Openings for new members! Scripps Tips is a networking group of small business owners and professionals with referrals as its primary purpose. The group was formed here in Scripps Ranch over 10 years ago and has thrived in building business relationships and referrals. With a membership goal of 25, there is still room to add a few new members this year. If you own a small business or are an independent contractor or professional desiring to expand your business through networking, Scripps Tips may be an excellent way to enhance your business in 2002.

The Scripps Tips meeting is an enjoyable and effective environment for giving and getting referrals. At brief Friday breakfast meetings, each member has an opportunity to share information about his or her business. Membership is limited to one representative from each profession to avoid conflicts of interest. There are no fines or fees. Scripps Tips members commit to consistent attendance to maximize their familiarity and knowledge of each other’s businesses to enable them to make confident referrals. Long-term relationships are forged as members pursue their common goal of helping each other attain greater success in their businesses. Meetings are Friday morning from 7:15 to 8:15 am. We welcome all inquiries! Please contact Larry Grey at 735-4009 or [[email protected]] for more information.

Barters’ Directory

Do you have a service that everyone wants? Do you enjoy bartering that service 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 businesses.

We already have a dentist, graphics company, printer, carpet cleaner, lawyer, estate planner, notary public, baby equipment rental company, computer expert, but we need more! We are able to list more than one business in each category. We will begin publishing lists as soon as possible, but we will add members to the list every month. Call 549-2524 for more information.

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.

Discussions range from such topics as operating systems, internet browsers, graphic programs for digital cameras, new hardware, as well as problems that users have experienced recently. Our interests are varied and not restricted to just one area. Members are knowledgeable and willing to help all. You no doubt will 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, software availability and applicability, we meet in the seminar room of the Scripps Ranch Library from 9:30 am to noon on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting is on Saturday, Mar. 16. For more information, call Dave Bechtel during evenings at 549-2077.

Chinese American Club

We have ushered in the New Year of the horse! On Feb. 9, over 60 of our friends and families enjoyed a lion dance troupe and a delicious Chinese potluck dinner! Thanks to everyone for the good food and company. We look forward to planning a summer activity. Check your email for updates on ladies’ lunches and children’s playdates. Or call Ruth at 693-1962 or Linda at 689-8191.

Welcome Club

Springtime is here! Time to spring into new friendships and fun activities. The Welcome Club always looks forward to meeting and greeting new members of the community. We like to tell them all about Scripps Ranch and 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. This month, the Gadabouts will enjoy the “Champagne Wishes & Caviar Cars” exhibit at the Auto Museum in Balboa Park. Then, they’ll lunch at a nearby restaurant.

We have evening socials. Last month’s was a fun TGI right after Valentine’s Day and the club’s 21st anniversary. Everyone enjoyed sampling the appetizers each guest brought, and a great time was had by all. The Antique Seekers always have an adventurous “treasure hunt” each month, and last month’s was no exception. The group gathered at the Amtrak station and went to San Juan Capistrano. They arrived in plenty of time to explore all the interesting shops and have lunch before returning to San Diego with their treasures.

There are many other monthly activities to satisfy everyone interests, including bunco, golf, crafts and cards, book discussion, and bridge, just to name a few. 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. We are a very friendly group and look forward to meeting you.

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. 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.

San Diego Paintball Club

The Vengeance Fun Tournament for beginners was a great success. We had 15 teams participate, the most ever at one of our tourneys. The results are as follows: 1st place, Team Squishy; 2nd place, Team Elusive; 3rd place, Team Anonymous A; and 4th place, Team Warpt. We were able to award a 4th place prize and numerous “free” raffle prizes due to the generosity of our sponsors. As noted by all the teams, the refereeing by Team Vengeance was outstanding. Go to our message board on [] to view comments. Photos of the tournament can be accessed through our website at []. The next tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31.

Remember, the club’s schedule is on our website and the club has used equipment and cammies for sale. We always have paint and air fills available. For more information, call Mona or Robert Chin at 549-2524.

Kiwanis Club

What kinds of people join our Kiwanis Club? People who want to improve the lives of fellow residents of our community. Our club is made up of individuals from all walks of life, including business people, students, retirees, and everyone in between. We share a common bond of living in the Scripps Ranch/Mira Mesa community and wanting to help others. Here are some of the projects we’re working on together:

  • Pasta for Pennies–Local schools are collecting pennies in support of the San Diego Chapter of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. Our corporate partner, USA Federal Credit Union, also will be accepting donations at all five branches through Friday, Mar. 8. It is great to see a San Diego-based business help the children of San Diego;
  • Children’s Miracle Mile of Quarters–We helped man the phones for this year’s Children’s Hospital Radiothon, which was held in February; and
  • Total K-Day– On Saturday, Mar. 16, all San Diego Kiwanis Clubs will work together to spruce up Hamilton Elementary in City Heights.

This month, our featured meeting speakers are: Carl Altonare who will discuss customizing Microsoft Word on Wednesday, Mar.6; and Thomas Tighe who will talk about how to patent your great ideas on Wednesday, Mar. 13.

You’re always welcome to join our meetings, 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 [].

SR Women’s Club

The Women’s Club is again accepting applications from SRHS senior girls for a $1,000 scholarship. The scholarship will be awarded this spring. Interested senior girls may obtain an application from their school counselor’s office. The deadline for submission of applications is Saturday, Mar. 30. Any questions concerning the application may be directed to Loel Hammond at 693-6067. Last year, Kate Long and Erin Bradrick were presented with scholarships.

Plans for the second annual fashion show fundraiser are taking shape. It promises to be an exceptional event. Open to members and their guests, the fashion show will be held on Sunday, Apr. 14. In February, members spent an evening learning how to protect their precious photos by creating beautiful scrapbooks photo albums. Member Jill Lesher, a representative of Creative Memories, taught the class at the home of Peggy Foster.

Last month, members and their guests enjoyed opening night of Neil Simon’s play, I Ought To Be In Pictures at Alliant University. International Dining’s first dinner of 2002 took place. The menu featured the foods of Austria.

On Saturday, Mar. 2, the club will attend the spring kitchen tour sponsored by ASID. Recently renovated kitchens around the county, from Oceanside to Point Loma, will be visited. Peggy Foster is coordinating the self-guided tour.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club is a non-profit organization formed for the purpose of encouraging community involvement in civic, educational, cultural, and social interests. Membership is open to all women residing in Scripps Ranch. Interested? Please call Annie Lanning at 271-8270 to join us at our next meeting.

Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

We invite you to get your top hats ready in 2002! Please mark your calendars for our 2002 benefit to raise funds for ongoing research and treatment of autism at Children’s Hospital and Health Care Center.

The fundraising gala Puttin’ On The Ritz 2002 will be held on Saturday, May 4, from 6 pm until midnight at the Wyndham San Diego at Emerald Plaza. This black-tie event will include a gourmet dinner, dancing to music performed by The Heroe’s and both a silent and live auction. Tickets will go on sale in April.

If you are interested in being a part of the planning of this fundraiser. Please contact Sande Nelson at 679-1377. If you have an item you would like to donate to our fund raiser, please contact Michele Prescott at 484-7232.

Friends of the Library

Chamber Music Series

The Pleasure of Your Company will present Music Inspired by the Dance featuring pianist Scott Pratt, on Sunday, Mar. 17, at 2:30 pm in the library’s community room. This is a lively, foot-tapping program. It features the waltz and mazurkas of Frederick Chopin, the early gigues (jigs) of J. S. Bach, the piano rag music of Scott Joplin, dances from American movies by George Gershwin, and compositions by W. Bolcom.

Scott Pratt is a pianist and music professor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music. Thomas Nee, conductor of the La Jolla Symphony, has lauded Pratt as a “superlative musician with a fine, evocative tone and lucid phrasing.” A native of Escondido, Pratt has received national and international recognition in piano competitions. This program will include his amusing commentary on each composer.

Book Discussion

Join the book discussion group on Wednesday, Mar. 27, at 6:30 pm in the library’s seminar room. They will review Bel Canto, a novel by Ann Patchett.

Children’s Programs

The Jackstraws will sing and play an Irish medley of songs with jokes on Thursday, Mar. 21, at 3 pm in the community room. Following the performance there will be cake and lemonade in the courtyard to celebrate the 9th birthday of the Scripps Ranch Library.

Let’s Read, the book discussion group for first through fourth graders, has openings for new members. The group meets on Wednesdays from 4 to 5 pm. For more information, contact children’s librarian Ann Persons at the library.

Essay Contest Celebration

Winners of the annual essay contest, sponsored by the Friends of the Library, will be honored in a ceremony at 6 pm on Wednesday, Apr. 3.

Other Library Announcements

Tax forms can be obtained from the library and from the Scripps Ranch Information Center on Cypress Canyon Road. The Library will be closed on Sunday, Mar. 31, for Easter.

Thanks for the Help

The Friends of the Library thanks all the participants and donors who made the annual HodgePodge Arts and Crafts for Kids a success. In particular, we thank librarian Nancy Assaf and the entire library staff for promoting and assisting with HodgePodge.

Special thanks also go to event chair Victoria Mazelli, co-chair Carol Wood, and volunteers Ryan Mazelli, Lauren Wood, Carol Banka, John Simonds, Sandra Hoyt, Anne Slavicek, Nancy Hitchcox, Sandi Rodighiero, Julie Streeker-Barnes, Melinda Greibel, Peg Weiner, Sandy Heim, Dee Dee McLees, Toroshinia Kennedy, Anne McClure, Linda Felder, and Valerie Chau.