Children’s Hospital

Diane Korsh’s Ways and Means committee has been ever so busy planning for our unit’s annual fund raiser, “The Magic of Zorro.” This event takes place at the Rancho Bernardo Courtyard on Saturday, May 13, from 6 pm to midnight. The Rhythmakers will be playing for us at this magnificent venue. Our guests will enjoy a typically Spanish menu, great entertainment, and lots of time to visit with their neighbors. We cannot promise you Antonio Banderas, but we can promise you a terrific evening. Call Gladi Kading on 566-0828 for tickets.

Special thanks go to Marilyn Tobin and Barbara Walker for their efforts in designing a cute new sweatshirt depicting scenes typical of San Diego. These will be for sale soon at $35 each. Contact Marilyn on 566-0537 or Barbara on 586-0669 if you’d like to have one.

The Scripps Ranch Auxiliary has been fortunate to have the following ladies join our unit. They are Doris Berry, Kelly Bondesson, Celeste Cowell, Georgia Critchlow, Linda Greenwood, Brenda Kritser, Mary Melley, Anh Nguyen, Marilyn Tobin, and Kathy Nuffer. Welcome ladies! Thanks to Barbara Walker and Nancy Fleischman for doing such a great job as Membership Co-chairs.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)

Pun and Games

To celebrate National Library Week, Scripps Ranch’s favorite word man, Richard Lederer, will give a lively and punny talk, “Pun and Games,” which is designed for children in upper elementary grades and middle school. This event will take place on Thursday, April 13, from 2 to 2:45 pm in the community room.

San Diego Children’s Choir

The San Diego Children’s Choir will perform on Saturday, April 29, at 2 pm in the community room. The choir was founded 11 years ago by Director Polly Campbell. She began with two choirs and, today, has developed an organization that includes ten choirs and 300 children. The children, ages 8-18, audition for the choirs and are included whether or not their families are able to pay tuition.

In addition to superb musical instruction for the choir members, the choir has sung with orchestras like the London Festival Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, and the San Diego Chamber Orchestra. Parents are invited to bring prospective choir members to the concert.

Twilight Photo Exhibition

On Saturday, April 29, from 6 to 8 pm in the community room, the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library will host a Twilight Exhibition of the creative and innovative portraits of award-winning Scripps Ranch photographic artist Michael Campbell. Mr. Campbell has developed a new and beautiful style of photography using state-of-the-art digital technology. His very popular children’s fantasy portraits often depict little girls as fairies or small boys as pirates or knights in armor. Some of his images resemble paintings by European masters such as Renoir and Degas.

Parents may take advantage of a very special offer and help the Scripps Ranch Library at the same time. For only a $50 donation to the Friends of the Library, Mr. Campbell will photograph children or adults and produce a framed portrait for the exhibition. At that time the prints may be purchased for $200. Portraits from the exhibition may be included in an upcoming book of his art. Call Mr. Campbell at 578-8252 to make an appointment for a sitting.

Opera Previews

Opera Previews with Myron Fink, held on Mondays from 7 to 8:30 pm, will continue on Monday, April 10, with an exciting new opera, A Streetcar Named Desire. These lectures by composer and pianist Fink provide a marvelous means of enriching your opera experience. This series is sponsored by SRFOL at no charge.

Especially For Kids!

Children’s programs featuring outstanding San Diego performers continue on Thursday afternoons at 3 pm in the community room. The California Junior Ballet Company will demonstrate classwork and perform excerpts from ballet favorites on Thursday, April 20. Our library’s 7th birthday will be celebrated after the performance, with cake for all.

Storytime for children ages 3 to 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.

Book Discussion Group

The Reader, by Bernhard Schlink, will be the topic of discussion at the meeting on Wednesday, April 26, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm in the seminar room. Copies of this book will be available at the circulation desk of the library. Parking on Meanley Drive is recommended for all these events. Call the library for directions.

Volunteers Needed

Would you like to be a part of an effective community support group that has fun in the process? Join the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library as Publicity Chair and help us get the word out about our many activities that benefit the library and the community. Call President Jennifer Lentz at 566-8249 for more information.

Scripps Ranch readers, we need you! Volunteer for a 2.5-hour shift in the Book Nook, the library’s used book store. Call Grace Roos at 566-8887 for more information. [p.s. In between customers, you can read that book you haven’t found the time for.]

Welcome Club

Amnesty, amnesty, amnesty. Have you been wanting to join the Welcome Club and have lived in Scripps Ranch for over a year, and missed the deadline? Or just didn’t have the time until now? Here is your opportunity!

Welcome Club is having an amnesty for the month of May. We are looking forward to greeting new members and maybe old members who have dropped out and want to reconnect. The Welcome Club is a wonderful way to make new friends, to enjoy common interests, and to develop new interests.

April is going to have some fun-filled events. The Gadabouts is going to a fashion show and tea, the coffee is a great way to meet new neighbors and make friends, and the antique seekers explore interesting places. Other interests are bunco, couples dining, couples bridge, theater group, golf, and many more.

Why not annotate your calendar for the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm. That is when the Welcome Club meets at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. There is a guest speaker followed by refreshments, and an opportunity to socialize.

Now don’t by shy. Welcome Club is exactly what its name says. We are a very friendly group and always are looking forward to meeting a new neighbor. If you have any questions, call Karen Muehlbauer at 549-4162.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club (SRSRC)

Hop over to the Trails club for our traditional Easter Party! Join the Easter Bunny in egg decorating, egg hunt, snacks, and more on Saturday, April 15, from 9 am until noon. Cost is $3 per member or just $4.50 per guest.

Our spring camps are just starting. A small sampling of our popular camps include Explorer, Sports-N-More, Cooking, Wet and Wild, Nature, Arts and Crafts, and so many more. Cost is $125 for members and $150 for guests. Times are 8:30 am to 4 pm, and we do offer before and after care! Call SRSRC at 271-6222 for more details.

Get ready for our 9th annual Calcutta Tennis Party and Tournament on Friday, May 19. This year’s event promises to be one of the most exciting events of 2000. Everyone, not just tennis players, is invited to the potluck and cocktail party on Friday night and the tournament is on Saturday from 9 am to noon.

Upcoming events include:

  • Children’s theatre trips on weekends for 6 to 12 year olds;
  • Art classes on Saturday mornings for 5 to 12 year olds;
  • Adult “Let’s Play Tennis” on Wednesday nights;
  • Lifeguard training course, which begins Tuesday, April 11; and
  • Teen dance on Friday, April 28.

Computer Users Group

Many good reasons existed for starting computer user groups early on. The equipment in those early days didn’t always work or work properly, and software was often unusable or nonexistent. Early buyers typically were hobbyists, but few of them had all the skills necessary to fully understand a microcomputer. It was the user group that encouraged a sharing of knowledge among the users of the machines. Yes, hardware has improved greatly and today software is much friendlier. Yet we still experience many of the frustrations early users experienced.

You might like to come to a gathering of people with like-minded interests. Exchange information, swap ideas, talk shop, whatever. We meet in the seminar room of the library from 9:30 am to noon on the third Saturday of each month. The next meeting will be Saturday, April 15. For more information, please call Dave Bechtel during evenings at 549-2077.

The Paintball Club

March 18th marked a very big day for the Paintball Club. We had several groups attend the game with the club. The biggest group was Family Karate’s Black Belt Club (BBC). The head instructors at Family Karate evaluate each student’s ability and desire to attain their goal of black belt. Those who show determination to reach their goal are invited to join the BBC. These BBC members have special activity events every few months. This month it was to improve their team-building skills while playing paintball!

We also were proud that 9-year-old Alexander Chin, the club founders’ youngest son, is a red belt at Family Karate. Alexander is dedicated to training for his junior black belt and hopes to test and receive it later this year. In the meantime, he learned additional group skills when his karate friends joined us for paintball.

The enthusiastic karate students and instructors participated in a variety of paintball games, such as capture the flag, elimination, football, president, and tournament simulation. For the newcomers, paintball is a great way to build leadership and team skills. For experienced paintballers, skill improvement helps to win games.

Paintball is quickly becoming the group and birthday party activity of choice for the person looking for something fun, exciting, and new! And…the Paintball Club is the organization that helps new and experienced players to enjoy safe and exhilarating paintball games. Our next game is scheduled for Saturday, May 20. Hope to see you there.

Village Quilters

Please join us on Saturday, April 8, from 10 am to noon in Scripps Ranch Library’s community room for Blanche Young’s presentation on mystery quilt and block challenges. This well-known teacher always is an inspiration to those who love quilts and quilting. There also will be a workshop and class after the regular meeting, but you need to sign up in advance. All are welcome.

If you’ve been meaning to get that quilt project started or finished, come to a Village Quilters meeting for encouragement and support. We are a friendly group with lots of fun activities. For more information about the group or to inquire about membership, please call chair Deb McManus at 695-0656.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC)

The members of the SRWC will be saluting the arrival of spring with a day of shopping, luncheon, and a style show! The day begins at the Farmers Market held in the quaint Bernardo Winery. A stroll among all the crafts, fresh fruits, vegetables, and fragrant flowers is sure to put anyone in a springtime frame of mind!

After shopping, we will enjoy a relaxing lunch at the new Cafe Merlot restaurant, located in the Bernardo Winery. Owner and chef Trisha McCormick, whose specialty is Country French cuisine, is very pleased to be able to accommodate our group. While enjoying our lunch, Pamm Conder, owner of Lofti Apparel, will present us with a style show featuring a line of spring fashions from her new boutique.

The date for this fun-filled outing is Friday, April 14. We will be carpooling from the (former) K-Mart parking lot at 9:45 am. Lunch begins at 12 noon. The cost for lunch is $15, which includes tax and gratuity. Reservations and checks must be received by Friday, April 7. Guests, as always, are most welcome. Call Annie Lanning at 271-8270 for details and to answer questions.

Membership in SRWC is open to all women living in Scripps Ranch. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to charitable causes within our community as well as to providing a social network for our members. If you would like more information about membership in our organization, please contact Renee Tichenor at 271-8180.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House Auxiliary (HVH) appreciates Scripps Ranch’s on-going support through generous donations of our suggested Items of the Month. As a reminder, you may contact Dianne Bramwell at 549-0996 regarding donations of magazines and subscriptions for the shelter.

The April Item of the Month will assist the babies and toddlers that are brought to the shelter with their mothers. The HVH staff has indicated that baby items always are needed: baby cereal, food and snacks; bedding, sheets and mattress pad for cribs. Also, diapers, baby bottles, and “tippie” cups for toddlers. Call Susan Howe at 578-7452 to coordinate pick up or drop off.

If you’re cleaning out your closets in preparation for the upcoming Scripps Ranch spring garage sale, please keep in mind that the women at the HVH shelter need career clothes and shoes. Our “career closet” is thinning out, and we would welcome any donations. Drop them off at the homes of Linda Dunn at 586-1745 or Paula West at 549-3755. Thanks again for your support.

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 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; 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 of whom 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 619-566-6164.