Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

We are working hard on our High Tea fundraiser. Mark your calendars for Saturday, May 17. Don’t forget to get your tickets for the third annual High Tea to support the women and children of the Hidden Valley House. They really appreciate all the help you give them, and it will be a really fun afternoon. Get together with your friends and make up a table. We guarantee you will enjoy it!

Also, save the date–Sunday, June 8–for the Liberty Walk. This is the annual walk over the Coronado Bridge to raise money for domestic violence programs. You can specifically designate Hidden Valley House for your donations. This is something the whole family can do together. Please plan to walk with us in June.

Finally, our items of the month are cleaning supplies. The house uses these so much, and they really appreciate the donations. Here is the list of items needed: garbage bags, 32-gallon capacity; toilet paper; laundry detergent, largest size; cans of Lysol; paper towels; outdoor push broom; indoor brooms; dish soap for hand washing; bleach; glass cleaner; and, multi-purpose cleaner.

If you can supply any of these items, please leave them at Ellen Hawkins’ house at 11528 Wills Creek Road. Her telephone number is 693-0810.

Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

The Scripps Ranch unit met in February at the Auxiliary conference room at Children’s Hospital. The meeting began with a presentation about the 50th anniversary celebration. Guest speaker Carole Katz "transformed" into Mabel Jessop and took us back in time to talk about the history of the Auxiliary. The presentation was fun and informative.

Once again, our unit will run a tattoo booth at the upcoming Celebration of Champions on Saturday, May 17. Many volunteers offered to participate in this meaningful event.

Get ready for Jukebox Jive! Our fundraiser will take place on Saturday, May 3, at the Radisson in Mission Valley. Proceeds from Jukebox Jive benefit the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital. For further information, contact Nancy Fleischman at 578-9478.

Many thanks to Councilmember Brian Maienschein and his wife, Janna! Brian had tickets to the Super Bowl, which he offered to be auctioned on the radio. The tickets sold for $10,000, and the money was donated to Children’s Hospital.

Laurel Berns, Publicity

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 in the community. Becoming a member offers an excellent avenue to meet your neighbors, make new friends, and join in the various activities of the Welcome Club.

One way to learn about the area or to explore something new is to go on the once-a-month Gadabouts luncheons. In March the club went to Fashion Valley to build a bear. Then, members had a delicious lunch at the Cheesecake Factory.

The Antique Seekers is another way to explore the streets of San Diego. Last month the group went "treasure hunting" in Carlsbad to explore their many shops and share their great purchases over a delicious lunch. There are many other activities one can enjoy such as bunco, bridge, theater group, book discussion, golf, and pitch, just to name a few.

The general meeting is held the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. Every month we have an interesting program, refreshments, and time to socialize.

You will not want to miss our April meeting because one of our own members, LaVonne Misner, will be telling about her new book, No More Mondays, and all the unforeseen events that occurred in getting it published. We invite you to join us. For questions, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club (SRWAC) is proud to again offer scholarships to deserving graduating senior girls who live in Scripps Ranch. Applicants must meet these eligibility requirements: be a Scripps Ranch resident, zip code 92131, for the past two years; be a female senior graduating in June 2003; have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA; and, be currently active in sports and community activities.

Applicants must also complete the SRWAC Scholarship Application available through the high school counseling office and at [www.SRWAC.org]. A transcript from each high school attended must accompany this application. Transcripts should be sealed by the registrar and accompany this application unopened. All applications must be postmarked on or before Thursday, May 1, to be considered by the SRWAC Scholarship Committee. Applications and accompanying documents received after May 1 are ineligible.

Because of the high caliber of so many young women here on the Ranch, choosing the winner or winners has always been a very difficult task. However, it is heartening to see the dedication and accomplishments of our local young people, and we want to help them achieve their academic goals. All of them have such bright futures!

The SRWAC is a patron donor for the 2003 Symphony in the Park, and we encourage everyone to get out to the six concerts offered this season. We will see you there!

If you go to the SRWAC website at [www.SRWAC.org], you will see the great new WAC logo! It was designed by Lisa Bass, and it will soon adorn our banners and shirts. You can see other great stuff on the website, too–sports schedules, photos of athletes in action, information about upcoming events, and how to join the SRWAC.

Volleyball! Finally, our women’s league is underway. We began in early April at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center and hope to create a great league, just like our successful softball, soccer, and basketball leagues.

Mary Lawler, SRWAC President

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club’s (SRWC) annual Brunch and Fashion Show that was held in March at the Doubletree Hotel in Rancho Penasquitos was a smashing success! Great fashions were presented by Stein Mart and modeled by club members.

Each attendee at the Fashion Show received a bonus–a certificate for a free micro-dermabrasion worth approximately $195. The event was the club’s major fundraiser for the year, and the proceeds are earmarked to provide scholarships to deserving Scripps Ranch High School graduating senior women. The scholarships will be awarded in June. The club will also award donations to schools and other civic organizations.

April’s general meeting is a wine tasting on Wednesday, Apr. 16, at the home of Wendy Higgins. Members will donate items for Hidden Valley House that night. International Dining’s menu for Saturday, Apr. 26, will center around Romanian fare.

Looking ahead, members are invited to attend the Scripps Ranch Theatre on Saturday, May 3. Judy and Phil Gagnon will host a pre-theater party. The annual membership brunch is slated for Saturday, May 17.

If you would like to come to a meeting or learn about our club, contact Joanne Franklin at [[email protected]] or 578-1118. Or, check our website at [www.srwomensclub.org]. The SRWC welcomes returning member Catherine Guiantt this month. Please join us, too.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Music Programs

Opera Previews with Myron Fink parallel the San Diego Opera season and conclude this month with two programs. Myron Fink will elucidate and entertain us Monday, Apr. 7, from 7 to 8:30 pm with a lecture on Otello by Giuseppe Verdi. We will hear about Giacomo Puccini’s Madama Butterfly on Monday, Apr. 28, from 7 to 8:30 pm.

Women’s Health Program

Back by popular demand, Dr. Carole Banka, director of Women’s Health Research at the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine, will present a workshop entitled "How Young Do You Feel? Aging Gracefully for Women over 40." It will be on Saturday, May 3, from 9 to 11:30 am at the library.

A light breakfast is included. Your $20 tax-deductible donation–$25 at the door–benefits both the Scripps Ranch Library and the Women’s Health Program at the La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine.

Make checks payable to Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) and mail by Friday, Apr. 25, to Dr. Carole Banka, La Jolla Institute for Molecular Medicine, 4570 Executive Drive, Suite 100, San Diego, CA 92121, or bring your check to the library. Visit [www.ljimm.org] for more information.

Essay Contest

The competition was keen for the annual contest sponsored by the Friends of the San Diego Public Library, the San Diego Public Library, and the San Diego City Schools Library Media Teachers– 298 Scripps Ranch students in grades 4, 8, and 10 submitted essays. Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library will honor local winners on Wednesday, Apr. 9, at 6 pm in the library’s community room. Citywide winners will be honored on Wednesday, Apr. 30, at SeaWorld.

Children’s Programs

In a free program on Thursday, Apr. 17, at 3 pm, we will travel to Wonderland as Mary Beach becomes Alice telling tales of the Mad Hatter, Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum, the Cheshire Cat, and many other characters from this Lewis Carroll story.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading Appetite for Life: The Biography of Julia Child by Noel Fitch. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Apr. 23, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. May’s book will be The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. Copies of the books are available at the library circulation desk.

Volunteer Opportunity

You: avid library user, desiring to "give back" to the library you love. We: energetic, fun group of like-minded library lovers. The SRFOL Board is seeking new members and currently has a particular need to fill the secretary position, which will become available in May. Call Nancy Hitchcox at 679-7111 to discuss how you can get involved.

Other Library News

Postcards featuring the striking, colorful stained glass window in the children’s room of the library are now available for purchase in the Book Nook.

The library will be closed on Sunday, Apr. 20, in observance of Easter.

Please park in the lot on Meanley Drive for special programs and events.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Scripps Ranch Theater presents Perfect Wedding from Friday, Apr. 25, through Saturday, May 17. It is the perfectly hilarious time for a not-so-perfect wedding. You won’t want to miss it!

Perfect Wedding is a wild comedy by Robin Hawdon, one of the authors of Don’t Dress For Dinner. This rare combination of riotous farce and touching love story has provoked waves of laughter across Europe and America.

The Scripps Ranch Theatre’s presentation of Perfect Wedding is directed by Barry Bosworth, director of Youth Summerstock Theatre, and is produced by Jill Drexler, Scripps Ranch Theatre’s artistic director.

Again, the show begins Friday, Apr. 25, and runs through Saturday, May 17. Performances are scheduled Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm, with matinees on Sunday at 2 pm. General admission is $14; tickets for seniors, students, and groups of ten or more are $12.

On opening night, Friday, Apr. 25, a $2 surcharge applies that includes the popular champagne reception with the cast. On closing night, Saturday, May 17, one additional performance has been scheduled at 4 pm.

For 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 Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

We have planned the very best summer camps for your children. Early registration begins Saturday, Apr. 5, from 12 to 3 pm at Aviary. If you sign up for camps that day, your child will receive a free "2003 Summer Camp" T-shirt for each one-week session in which they are enrolled. Starting Monday, Apr. 7, you may sign up any time at Aviary. Pick up the new summer camp catalog now.

Spring swim lessons are happening. Our one-week sessions–Monday, Wednesday, and Friday–cost $30 per session for members; $42 per session for nonmembers. Sign up at Aviary.

Our Easter egg hunt is at Trails on Saturday, Apr. 12, from 10 am to 12 pm. Remember your baskets because we are hiding over 1,000 eggs! We will have a petting zoo, and T.J. the Clown and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance. Members are $3 per child; guests are $5 per child. Children under 3 are free!

Upcoming events:

  • Board of Directors meeting–Tuesday, Apr. 8;
  • Swim and movie night–Friday, Apr. 25; and,
  • Teen Dance–Saturday, Apr. 26.

Don’t forget to visit our website at [www.srsrc.com].


Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Want to get a better job or improve your speaking or leadership skills? Need to learn how to tell jokes and amuse friends? Check out Scripps Ranch’s own Toastmasters Club, Scripps Teasers. You can improve your leadership and speaking skills, as well as master the ability to quickly think on your feet.

Scripps Teasers meets Thursday mornings at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center located at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, near the corner of Cypress Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. For more information, contact our president, Chris Verdugo, at 578-6834 or [[email protected]].

Kiwanis Club

Children’s Hospital Radiothon

Our club helped staff the phones for the Children’s Hospital Radiothon, taking pledges. The event raised $657,460! Members of our club were there every day, along with the Key Clubs from Scripps Ranch High School and Mira Mesa High School. Over 3,700 callers pledged support for Children’s Hospital.

Food was donated by Baja Fresh and Daphne’s Greek Food for the workers each day. Thanks to all who worked on this fundraiser. Kiwanis has been very active in Children’s Hospital from its inception and we continue to support it, as Kiwanians are pledged to "serve the children of the world."

Pasta for Pennies

Thanks to the parents and schools in our community for your efforts through the Pasta for Pennies program to help find a cure for leukemia and lymphoma. Because of your support, our schools in Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa contributed over $27,000 to the local Leukemia and Lymphoma Chapter. Our funds were used to support research–which costs an average of $500 per hour–as well as patient services and support.


You are always welcome to join our meetings that are held every Wednesday from 7-8 am at Mimi’s Restaurant in the Mira Mesa Marketplace–we will even buy you breakfast! For more information, call me at 536-9821 or visit our website at [www.smmkiwanis.org].

Mark Branning

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips is a networking group especially for Scripps Ranch area small-business owners, independent contractors, or professionals. The group welcomes new members! Through consistent participation, Scripps Tips members are able to learn about each other’s businesses, products, and services. Referrals are our goal!

Small-business owners are busy, so our early morning breakfast meetings are compatible with our schedules and a refreshing weekly event! We are relaxed and friendly, and a great support group for each other. Scripps Tips limits membership to just one person per business or profession. Dues are minimal, basically covering the cost of our breakfasts. For more information, to know if we have an opening in your field, or if you would like to visit one of our meetings, please call William English at 530-2343.

Barb Grey

Computer Users Group

Have you ever looked at the skimpy manuals that come with your computer or latest software? It seems that the answer to your problem is never in that abbreviated manual. This is where your local Computer Users Group can help.

We meet in the Scripps Ranch Library seminar room on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting will be Saturday, Apr. 19. For information, call Dave Bechtel–7 to 9 pm–at 549-2077.

San Diego Paintball Club

The next paintball tournament will be held on Saturday, Apr. 12, at Adrenaline Paintball in Temecula. This is a recreational player only tournament. If you are not sure if you qualify, please call us at 549-2524 or check our website [www.sandiegopaintballclub.com]. The registration form is on our website. Early registration saves you $20!

Bob Dingeman asked me to make this announcement: The Giant Grove open space has been vandalized recently. Trees have been cut down, and the area has been littered. Paintball games are still being played in the area even though it has been banned by the city.

The city has increased security and police patrols in the area. If you play paintball in the grove, you risk confiscation of your equipment. If you vandalize the park, you may be arrested and fined. Please respect the park.

Mona and Robert Chin