Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House Auxiliary invites Scripps Ranch women and their daughters over the age of 12 to attend our second "High Tea" on Saturday, Apr. 27, from 1 to 4 pm. The tea will be held at the Scripps Ranch Library community room. It will feature opportunity drawings, a silent auction, and choral music. Have a wonderful time and help others!

Tickets for the tea are $30 each and may be reserved by calling Sandy Price at 693-1531, Susan Howe at 578-7452, or any auxiliary member. Our roster of members includes Tina Bagnas, Patti Beaver, Sonya Bolton, Dianne Bramwell, Denise Brannigan, Celeste Cowell, Linda Dunn, Pam Kay, Jan Loftus, Dolores Marquez, Marcia Martin, Dorothy Mildice, Patty Noel, Lynn Parke, Katie Sullivan, Connie Unger, Paula West, and Karen Wood. Proceeds from the "High Tea" benefit Hidden Valley House.

Our items for this month are for the women of the shelter. We would like to supply them with t-shirts large enough to sleep in (sizes M, L, XL), socks, brushes, and combs. All these items must be new.

If you can help, we would appreciate it. Scripps Ranch residents always come through for the shelter. We thank you in anticipation of your donations. They can be dropped off at Susan Howe’s home at 10912 Riesling Drive. Her phone number is 578-7452.

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 Gadabouts luncheon. It takes you to new areas in and around San Diego and explores new restaurants. This month we will go to the San Diego Automobile Museum’s Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams in Balboa Park. Meanwhile, the theater group will attend a pre-theater party and then see How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying at Alliant University.

The Antique Seekers take you to interesting towns and shops. There are many other monthly activities such as bunco, bridge, crafts and cards, literary group, and coffees. Our club meetings are the first Thursday of the month. We have an interesting program, refreshments, and a time to socialize. Join us at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive at 7 pm. Mark your calendar, and we 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. We look forward to meeting you at the next meeting.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Women’s Club

Mark Sunday, Apr. 14, on your calendar as the date for the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club’s major fundraiser and social event of the year. The club’s second annual "Dress to Impress" brunch and fashion show will take place at the beautiful Stoneridge Country Club in Poway from 11 am to 2:30 pm. There will be an open champagne bar, silent auction, and many door prizes. The event is open to all Scripps Ranch residents and their friends. The cost is $30 per person. Proceeds benefit the club’s scholarship fund. If you would like to attend, please call Carol Lazarus at 578-8499 to make your reservation.

The 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. Visit our website [www.srwomensclub.org] to learn more about our club. Please call Annie Lanning, membership chair, at 271-8270, if you are interested in attending one of our meetings. We’d love to have you!

Kiwanis Club

We are happy to welcome Charisse Becker and Mary Bostwick to our club. Here are some of the projects we’ve been working on together.

  • Pasta for Pennies: Which classroom at each school will get a lunch catered by the Olive Garden? The collection of donations at local schools and the USA Federal Credit Union branches ended March 8. Donations support the San Diego chapter of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. Winners will be announced and listed next month.
  • Total K-Day: On March 16, all San Diego Kiwanis Clubs worked together to spruce up Hamilton Elementary in City Heights.
  • Spotlight on Mira Mesa Key Club: Key Clubs are Kiwanis service organizations at the high school level. Recent Mira Mesa High School service projects included helping to clean up the Chamber of Commerce offices, feeding the homeless at St. Vincent DePaul, and working the Children’s Hospital Radiothon. We are proud of the effort and enthusiasm shown by the Key Clubbers on these projects.

At each weekly meeting, we have a speaker. You’re always welcome to join our meetings, which are 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 would like more information, call me at 536-9821 or visit our website at [www.smmkiwanis.org].

Mark Branning

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theatre presents How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying. This rollicking musical runs from Friday, Apr. 19, through Saturday, May 18.

This 60’s musical is a song-packed satire of big business and greed. Considered one of the most delightfully irreverent musicals of all time, the story follows the rise of J. Pierrepont Finch. He follows a little handbook entitled "How to Succeed in Business without Really Trying" to successfully climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive.

Frank Remiatte, who audiences may remember as the hilarious bellhop in last season’s Lend Me A Tenor, plays J. Pierrepont Finch. He successfully tackles familiar, yet potent, dangers such as: the aggressively compliant company man; the boss’s whiny, nepotistic nephew; the office party; back-stabbing co-workers; caffeine addition; and, maybe the most deadly of all, true love.

The show’s star, quirky characters, wicked sense of humor, and witty songs will leave you humming and tapping your feet. How to Success in Business without Really Trying is produced by Sharon Hays and directed by Raylene Wall.

The other principles and actors are: Rosemary Pilkington (played by Greta Wasserman), secretary to the personnel manager and the ingénue (love interest of Finch), looking for a man to marry; Smitty (played by Karina Montgomery, last seen on our stage as the French cook in Don’t Dress for Dinner), secretary and Rosemary’s best friend; Bud Frump (Bob Himlin), the boss’s whiny nephew who always thinks he can use his uncle to climb the corporate ladder; J.B. Biggley (Don Harmon), the CEO of the Worldwide Wicket Company, who also has a fling with Hedy LaRue; Miss Jones (Teri Brown, last seen on our stage as Dolly the cook in Ravenscroft), Biggley’s efficient secretary; Mr. Bratt (Cameron Williams), personnel manager, who also knows how to treat the secretaries; and Miss Hedy LaRue (Jodie Weiss), Biggley’s girl on the side.

Performances are Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, with matinees Sunday at 2 pm. General admission is $15. Tickets for seniors, students, and groups of ten or more are $12. Opening night reservations carry a $2 surcharge that includes the Scripps Ranch Theatre’s infamous champagne reception with the cast and crew.

All performances are held in the theater on the campus of Alliant International University (formerly United States International University) at 10455 Pomerado Road in Scripps Ranch. For more information and reservations, check the website [www.scrippsranchtheatre.org] or call 578-7728. Scripps Ranch Theatre encourages patrons to make reservations early as performances sell out quickly.

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 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. 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.

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.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

Swim lessons are starting! We offer 2-week sessions on a Monday/Wednesday/Friday schedule in either morning or afternoon times. Several levels are offered. Cost for members is $30 per session and for non-members is $40 per session. We are also excited about our parent-tot lessons on Saturdays and lifeguard training classes. Call Wendy at 271-6222 for more details.

Our teen spring dance is on Saturday, Apr. 13. This event is for teens 11 to 14 years old. There will be a DJ, food, games, prizes, and chaperones! Cost for members is $10, and for guests is $13. Sign up at Aviary.

Karaoke night is on Friday, Apr. 19. Enjoy a great night with friends 21 and up! We will supply the Karaoke, chips, and salsa; you bring your own beverages and the fun! This event is free, but a minimum sign-up is required.

The board of directors will have four, two-year positions available beginning in June. If you are interested in running for one of these positions, please contact Scott Herman, general manager, at 271-6222.

Upcoming events include:

  • Children’s Center spring break camps, Monday, Apr. 1 to Friday, April 12;
  • Summer camp registration, Saturday, Apr. 6;
  • SRSRC board meeting, Tuesday, Apr. 9;
  • Free intro to yoga, Saturday, Apr. 13;
  • Lifeguard training, Saturday, Apr. 13 to Wednesday, Apr. 24;
  • Swim and movie night, Friday, Apr. 26.

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 can range from such topics as operating systems, internet browsers, graphic programs for digital cameras, and 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.

If you’re interested in learning more about computers, hardware options, software availability and applicability, we meet in the seminar room of the library from 9:30 am to 12 pm on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting will be Saturday, Apr. 20. For more information, call Dave Bechtel during evenings at 549-2077.

San Diego Paintball Club

The next club game is scheduled for Saturday, Apr. 27, and the next tournament will be held on Saturday, Aug. 31. Set aside these days so you can come and win some prizes.

Remember, the club’s schedule is on [www.sandiegopaintballclub.com], and the club has a lot of used equipment and cammies for sale. We always have paint and air fills available. Call Mona and Robert Chin at 549-2524 for more information.

Barters’ Directory

Our first list is ready! Do you want to see it? Join up! Do you have a service that everyone wants? Do you enjoy bartering these services or have always thought about bartering, but never knew how?

We have compiled a list of professionals, services and businesses that wish to trade their services for those of other businesses. We are looking for more: accountants, landscapers, electricians, repairmen, lawyers, doctors, graphic artists, hairdressers, silk screeners, printers, handymen, carpet cleaners, and any other businesses.

We already have a dentist, graphics company, printer, carpet cleaner, lawyer, estate planner, notary public, baby equipment rental company, and computer expert. But we need more of you!

For this listing to be successful, we need to have maximum participation. Even if you have never bartered before, call us and we’ll explain how it works. Maybe you can benefit from someone else’s services or products, without the usual expense! We are able to list more than one business in each category. Call us at 549-2524 for more information.

Friends of the Library

Bring Your Mother

On Sunday, Apr. 28, the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library invite you to a special event. Dr. Richard Lederer, co-host of the KPBS radio show "A Way with Words," will entertain with stories and humor related to women and Mother’s Day at 2:30 pm in the community room. Your $7 donation at the door will benefit the Scripps Ranch Library.

Women’s Health Program

On Saturday, Apr. 20, Dr. Carole Banka, director of women’s health research at the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine, will present "Menopause: What’s New?" The program is a look at the latest research about estrogen and hormone replacement therapy.

This special event begins at 10 am in the library’s community room. Proceeds go to the Scripps Ranch Library and to the women’s health program at the Institute. Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door. To make a reservation, send a check for $15 payable to: SRFOL. Mail to: Dr. Carole Banka, La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine, 4570 Executive Dr., Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121.

Chamber Music Series

On Sunday, Apr. 21, the Philharmonic Wind Quintet performs "Americana, A Journey Through America’s Musical Past." It features well-known and well-loved music by famous American composers and songwriters. The performance is at 2:30 pm in the library’s community room.

The quintet will perform popular and historically important music of the great American composers from the early days of the republic through modern times.

Compositions from well-known and well-loved American songwriters Stephen Foster, George Gershwin, and Richard Rodgers will be featured. The Philharmonic Wind Quintet is composed of first-desk wind players from some of the San Diego County’s finest orchestral ensembles. Members of the quintet are: September Payne, flute; Karen Victor, oboe; Laura Green, clarinet; Bruce Dorcy, French horn; and Danette White, bassoon.

Children’s Program

On Thursday, Apr. 18, Wild Wonders, a children’s program featuring live animals to teach science, will perform at 3 pm in the community room.

Book Discussion

On Wednesday, Apr. 24, there will be a discussion of "Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping" by Paco Underhill. It will be at 6:30 pm in the seminar room.

Essay Contest Winners

Winners of the annual essay contest sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library will be honored in a ceremony on Wednesday, Apr. 3, at 6 pm in the community room. This year’s top winners are: Bradley Markano, a sophomore at Scripps Ranch High School; Alla Khalitova, an 8th grader at Marshall Middle School; and Jacqueline S. Ly, a 4th grader at Dingeman Elementary School.

Also honored for their winning essays are: Lauren Taniguchi, a sophomore at Scripps Ranch High School; Elizabeth Marie Tauscher and Kalie Everhart, 8th graders at Marshall Middle School; Mary Christine Carbullido and Priyanka H. Karande, 4th graders at Dingeman Elementary School; Leigh Garrett and Casey Honath, 4th graders at Miramar Ranch Elementary School; Brittany Michael, David Adler, and Kyle Hoffer, 4th graders at Jerabek Elementary School; and Tasnim M. El-Mezain, a 4th grader at Ellen Browning Scripps Elementary School.

Library Closed

The Scripps Ranch Library will be closed on Monday, Apr. 1 for the Cesar Chavez holiday.

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Openings! New members welcome! Scripps Tips is a networking group of small business owners and professionals with referrals as its primary purpose. The group was formed in Scripps Ranch over 10 years ago and has thrived as a vehicle for building business relationships and referrals. With a membership goal of 25, there’s room to add new members.

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. Visit our website at [www.scrippstips.com].

The Scripps Tips meeting is an enjoyable and effective environment for giving and gaining referrals. At Friday breakfast meetings, each member shares 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 one another’s businesses, which enables them to make confident referrals. Meetings are Friday from 7:15 to 8:15 am. For more information, contact Larry Grey at 735-4009 or [[email protected]].