Art Club

Meetings will now be held the last Thursday of the month at 12265 Scripps Poway Parkway at the Fresh Mex Cantina located in the center with the gas station at the corner of Scripps Poway Parkway and Pomerado. Call 831-0028 for directions. They have great food and drinks, so come early for dinner and have a beverage and linger. Starting in April, the meetings will cost $3 at the door, if you are not a member.

The $30 membership fee is for the calendar year of Jan. 1, 2001, through Dec. 31, 2001. The dues will not be prorated throughout the year; joining in June will cost the same $30 as joining in January. So join today. I hope you’ll be able to help make this an exciting group of artists.

What a great turnout we had for our first art show! I counted about 150 people voting for Peoples Choice. The awards ceremony also was well attended; Fast Frame was packed to capacity! Thanks again to our sponsors: Vons, Vanteon, Elements Art Studio, Learning Express, and Planet Smoothie.

Amnesty International

Torture in Algeria; unfair trials in China; police brutality in India; at least 10,000 detainees were subjected to torture or ill-treatment, including rape, in 114 countries. More than 4,500 people died as a result of torture in custody or inhuman prison conditions in 54 countries. And 43 countries held a total of more than 46,000 people without charging them with any crime. Join us at the Scripps Ranch Library on Wednesday, April 25, at 6:30 pm. Learn how you can make a difference.

Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Our unit traveled south to Children’s Hospital for our January meeting. Sue Cox, the Director of the Trauma Center, gave an interesting, informative presentation regarding the needs of the Emergency Department, as well as the latest information on kick scooter injuries. We were thrilled to hear our fundraising efforts will help with the expansion of the Emergency Department and with the purchasing of basic equipment.

We learned there were forty thousand kick scooter injuries this year, which surpassed the number of injuries caused by in-line skating. The video of a Children’s Hospital special news report (starring the adorable Todd Walker, Barbara Walker’s son) reminded us to make sure children riding kick scooters wear protective gear and practice riding in a safe place before riding on more dangerous streets and hills.

We are excited about this year’s Celebration of Champions because we will be volunteering at the tattoo booth and we are co-sponsoring a runner with the Del Cerro and Poway units!

Our Ways and Means committee provided the exciting updates for our Space Odyssey 2001 Gala on Saturday, April 28. Marily Tobin, Anh Nguyen, Mary Baker, and Michelle Preston have been working hard to create beautiful invitations and secure exciting auction items such as a Hawaiian trip, Gateway computers, and sports events! All of our members are busy collecting table sponsors and underwriters. We are looking forward to having a blast and raising funds to secure the future of the Children’s Hospital Emergency Department!

Chinese American Club

Thanks to all who came to the Chinese New Year’s celebration in February! As usual, we had a lovely time visiting, and lots of delicious food. Please join us for a barbecue at Lake Miramar, on Saturday, May 12, at 11 am. Bring your own meat to grill. For those of you who would like to walk, run, bike, or rollerblade, this is a good opportunity to take advantage of our beautiful lake. Please call Ruth at 693-1962 or Linda at 689-8191, so we can make sure we have everything we’ll need.

Computer Users Group

Have you ever looked at the skimpy manuals that came with your computer or latest software. You could probably read them on a short coffee break and still have time left to do the Times crossword puzzle. Maybe that’s a push; however, it seems that the answer to your problem is never in that abbreviated manual. This is where your local computer users group can help. There’s a good chance that someone in the group has either experienced the same problem or has the knowledge or resources to resolve your dilemma.

We meet in the seminar room of the library from 9:30 am until noon on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting will be Saturday, April 21. For more information, call Dave Bechtel at 549-2077 in the evenings from 7 to 9 pm.

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, 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 are your neighbors. We meet every Thursday morning from 7 to 8:15 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center, which is located on Cypress Canyon Road about half a block south of Scripps Poway Parkway. For more information, call Patrick Kilian at 619-543-1399.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club (SRSRC)

Our spring camps are ready to go! We are offering one camp each week starting Monday, April 2, and ending in a two-day mini-camp on April 16-17. The fun starts with “Surf & Turf” followed by “Fun in the Sun.” Cost is $160 for member and $200 for non-members. Times are 8:30 am to 4 pm, and we offer before and after care at an additional cost. Our “Tennis & More” mini-camp on the April 16-17 costs $75 for members, and $90 for non-members. Call SRSRC at 271-6222 for more details.

Swim Lessons are starting! We offer two-week sessions on a Mon-Wed-Fri schedule in either morning or afternoon times. We are excited about our new parent/tot class, diving board lessons, lifeguard training, and water polo. Call Wendy at 271-6222 for more details.

On Thursday, April 26, self-defense expert “Sanford Strong” will speak about personal safety techniques. He has appeared on Oprah, America’s Most Wanted, and the Today Show. This event is open to the public. Cost is $5 per member and $8 per non-member. Childcare will be available at additional cost. Call 271-6222 for more details.

Upcoming events include:

  • SRSRC board meeting: Tuesday, April 10;
  • Lifeguard training course: begins Friday, April 11;
  • Family dinner night: Friday, April 20;
  • Swim and movie night: Friday, April 27; and
  • Teen dinner and movie night: Saturday, April 28.

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 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, April 4, members of the Mira Mesa High School Key Club, one of our sponsored youth organizations, will take over the meeting and present the program. On Wednesday, April 11, Kathy Olson from the American Cancer Society will be featured. On Wednesday, April 18. Warren Salendar, an inventor, will talk about his invention and how to turn creative ideas into reality. And finally, Carissa Kuempel from “I Love A Clean San Diego” will be our speaker on Wednesday, April 25.

Kiwanis Youth Programs

March was another active month. At our March meeting, we learned that Jennifer Huynh from the Mira Mesa High School Key Club was elected to be the new Lieutenant Governor for our division. Congratulations Jennifer! During the month, our club continued to reach out to youth groups in order to help young people understand the joy and need to help others. We currently have school partnerships with Miramar Ranch Elementary, Jerabek Elementary Schools, and Scripps Ranch High School.

Service Projects

Last month, I mentioned that our club was helping to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma research. Last year, the combined effort raised over $118,000. We had 108 schools participate, and it looks like the campaign will easily top $135,000. Our special thanks to Jim Farrier who coordinated the Kiwanis effort by contacting our school partners and local businesses. I would especially recognize Glenda Masterson and Nancy Taylor-Foran at Washington Mutual Bank and Mark Camell from Automasters for their support.

On Thursday, April 5, the club will host a spaghetti dinner during the spring open house at Miramar Ranch Elementary School. The open house will be from 6:30 to 8 pm. Kiwanians will be serving a great dinner provided by Filippi’s Pizza Grotto from 5 to 7:30 pm. The cost will be $5 for adults, $3 for children, or $16 for families with more than 2 children. The proceeds from this event will be split evenly between the school and the Kiwanis Club. All the money earned will spent on supporting youth programs.

On Saturday, April 7, our club will assist with the Scripps Ranch Clean-up. Kiwanian John LaBar is in charge, and we urge everyone to turn out to help keep our community beautiful.

A special thanks to Kiwanian Bill Rice and his partner, Christine Hartman of Post Haste Mailing Service. In February, our guest speaker was Theresa Davis from the Make-a-Wish Foundation. After Theresa’s talk, Bill offered to help the Foundation by providing mailing services. A wonderful gesture for a very worthy cause.

Social Committee

Our social committee has come up with a unique idea. Although the details are not finalized, we are a planning a one-day outing on a train, possibly out of Campo, on either Saturday, April 21, or Sunday, April 22.

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, email me at [[email protected]], or to heck with the calls–just come on over for breakfast any Wednesday morning at Amber’s. Our website is [www.smmkiwanis.org]. Thanks for your interest.

Village Quilters

Please join us on Saturday, April 21, for another exciting quilt guild meeting held in the community room at the Scripps Ranch Library. Doors will open at 9:30 am. This month’s program will be on professional machine quilting and one of our guests will be Lisa Taylor of Descanso. Lisa has been a professional machine quilter for 8 years. She is proactive in beautiful Celtic designs. Part of her presentation will be “How to Start a Machine Quilting Business.” Please remember that in order for us to continue using the community room, we all are required to park on Meanley Drive. There is a foot path that leads from that parking up to the library.

Village Quilters is open to anyone who loves quilts and quilting, from beginners to advanced levels, and is a friendly group who 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 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.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

In March, the Hidden Valley House Auxiliary held its inaugural High Tea fundraiser at the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center. The Auxiliary would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the Scripps Ranch community for making our first-ever fundraising event such a success. With two weeks to go before the event, all 150 tickets to the High Tea were sold out! Guests enjoyed a sumptuous menu of tea sandwiches, scones, fruit, cakes, and tea prepared by Auxiliary members. A silent auction, opportunity drawing, and fashion show rounded out the festivities.

The Auxiliary would like to offer our sincere thanks to the following individuals and organizations who donated their time and talents to make the afternoon a memorable one:

  • the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club;
  • pianist Carol Williams;
  • the National Charity League; and
  • Barbara Walker and Kristen Kuhlman of Weekender fashions.

Proceeds from the High Tea will benefit the “Children’s Cottage” at Hidden Valley House shelter, a program of the EYE Counseling & Crisis Services.

Guests at the High Tea learned first-hand about the EYE’s efforts to help the youngest victims of family violence, our children. Diane Cruzen, the EYE’s Associate Executive Director Development gave an overview of the agency’s efforts to assist needy women, children, youth, and families in San Diego County. Linda Rick, Child Trauma Specialist, shared with the attendees information about the counseling services provided at the “Children’s Cottage” and the many ways that the EYE helps children heal from the trauma of family violence.

If you were unable to attend the High Tea, but would like to make a tax deductible gift to this very worthy cause, please mail your contribution to: Connie Unger, 7203 Eads Ave., La Jolla, CA 92037, 459-9005.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

After a record-breaking turnout for auditions, Scripps Ranch Theatre has cast its upcoming production, the saucy comedy Don’t Dress For Dinner. This rapid-paced comic souffle, written by French playwright Marc Camoletti, will debut on Friday, April 27. The production will be directed by SRT’s artistic director John Simonds. Producing the show is the other half of this dynamic husband-wife duo, Nancy Simonds. The Simonds will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary this September.

Don’t Dress For Dinner originally premiered in Paris where it was a smash hit for over two years under the title, Pyjamas pour Six. It was later translated into English by Robin Hawdon and opened in London in 1991 at the Apollo Theatre. The Guardian printed the following comments in their review of the West End production. “Hurtling along at the speed of light, (this) breathtaking farce is a near faultless piece of theatrical invention.”

SRT audiences are in for a real treat. This two-act, non-stop, breakneck farce, features a sizzling six-character ensemble. Bernard (Duane Weekly) is planning a weekend with his chic mistress, Suzanne (Summer Collett), in a stylish converted farmhouse. He has arranged for a cordon bleu cook, Suzette (Karina Montgomery), to prepare gourmet delights, is in the process of packing his wife, Jacqueline (Connie Di Grazia), off to her mother’s, and has even invited his best friend, Robert (Kenn Burnett), to provide the alibi. Throw in the cook’s husband, George (Philip Tannenbaum), and you have the recipe for a cornucopia of hilarious confusion in this boulevard romp.

Don’t Dress For Dinner opens Friday, April 27, and continues through Saturday, May 19. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm in the Legler Benbough Theatre located on the campus of United States International University at 10455 Pomerado Road in Scripps Ranch. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students, seniors, and groups of ten or more. For reservations, call 578-7728.

Paintball Club

The Paintball Club has decided to suspend its tournament series for the year 2001 and instead concentrate on taking groups up to play recreational paintball this year. While we were running the bi-monthly tournaments last year, we were unable to devote enough time to recruiting new players to the game. Therefore, this year we have rededicated our club to it’s original goal–introducing the sport of paintball to the general public and increasing our player ranks! There is a chance that we will be able to hold one or two tournaments later this year with the introduction of a new paintball retailer in town. More on that in a later issue.

Since we will not be running tournaments, it also gives our sponsored team Vengeance a chance to participate in more local tournaments. Last month Team Vengeance took First Place in the “Best of San Diego” tournament series. Congratulations to Chris and Geoffrey Chin, Darren Bay, and Jon Santos.

Hidden Valley Paintball Park is improving their facilities and adding fields on a continuing basis. In March, we had about 30 people scheduled to play with the club. Our next game will be on Saturday, May 19. We hope that you and your friends can play paintball with us on that day. Mark your calendars now and give us a call at 549-2524.

Friends of the Library

“Cover to Cover: A Day for Readers and Writers” is coming to the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, May 12. The event will be held in the community room and courtyard of the library and will include a program of authors talking about their books, morning refreshments and lunch, book sales and signings by local authors, used book sales, and a drawing for gift baskets.

Among the speakers are: mystery writer Taffy Cannon, author/humorist/radio host Richard Lederer, romance novelist Sylvia Mendoza, mystery writer Martha C. Lawrence, and non-fiction author Debra Ginsberg. Both Lawrence and Ginsberg were recognized in the March 2001 San Diego Magazine for their “Best Books of 2000 By Local Authors.”

Sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library and the Poway-Penasquitos branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), the event will benefit AAUW’s local scholarships for re-entry women, camperships awarded to local 7th grade girls to attend Tech Trek math/science camp at UCSD, and the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library book fund.

Tickets are $25 (including lunch) for the day-long event, which begins with registration at 9:30 am and runs until 3 pm. Advance reservations are recommended, although tickets will be sold the day of the event for $30, space permitting. Flyers with registration forms are available in the Scripps Ranch Library. For more information, contact Kris Downey (AAUW) at 484-1949 or visit the web page at [http://staff.usiu.edu/aauw/cover.htm].

Other Library News

Check out the City of San Diego’s new award-winning website at [www.sandiego.gov] which also has links to the library’s website which includes online access to the library catalog and research databases as well as the library’s increasing collection of online books. The library also has a newly enhanced collection of large print books. In addition to the permanent collection of 42 titles, 71 recently published titles are available on a rotating basis.

Three Internet terminals are now available at the library with the addition of a new iMac computer purchased by the Friends of the Library for the computer lab. The computer also has word processing software and access to the library’s web catalog. Microsoft Word has been added to the adult Internet terminal.

The library’s upper parking lot is much brighter these days due to five new lamp globes purchased by the city and tree trimming in the area by our Landscape Maintenance District.

Events This Month

The adult book discussion group talks about One True Thing by Anna Quindlen at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, April 25. All interested readers are invited to attend. The children’s reading group for 2nd to 4th graders gathers on Wednesday, April 18, from 4 to 5 pm. For more information, call Ann Persons at the library at 538-8158.

The April children’s program is Sparkle Fairy and Co. featuring Mary Beach as Storyteller Cruella Deville telling the story of 101 Dalmatians on Thursday, April 19, at 3 pm. Mark your calendar for a very special children’s program on Saturday, May 5, at 2 pm when the San Diego Children’s Choir returns for their annual concert featuring traditional favorites, spirituals, and folk songs from around the world.

Myron Fink previews the San Diego Opera production of Idomeneo on Monday, April 2, at 7 pm as part of the celebration for National Library Week. On Tuesday, April 17, at 7 pm, the Pleasure of Your Company chamber music series presents the California Quartet which is made up of artists who perform with the San Diego Symphony.

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]].