Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC)

       The SRWC is busy with a lot of activities and the month of May is no
exception! Along with the usual gatherings for SRT night, restaurant
dining, and playing bunco, a few more events have been planned.
On Saturday, May 6, our International Dining group will be meeting at
one of our club member’s home for a delightful evening of socializing
and French Province cuisine. On Wednesday, May 17, we will take a tour
of the Historical Society Showcase 2000 home in La Jolla. Following the
tour we will enjoy “Asian Fusion” cuisine at Roppongi, also in La Jolla.

       Our annual membership drive brunch in on Saturday, May 20, where we welcome our newest members as well as guests. The brunch will be held in the garden of one of our member’s new home. Delicious food and new friends!

       As you can see, we are keeping busy having fun! But as always, we keep a focus on fundraising too. Our cook book “Tastes for all Seasons”
currently is on sale at the Country Store and Bakery. Or send your check
to: SRWC, c/o Cookbook, 9842 Hibert St. #250, San Diego, CA, 92131. We will deliver the book to your home! The book contains 300 of our
favorite recipes, plus a handy directory of services. All for only $10
per book! They also make great gifts!

       Membership in the 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 providing a social network for our members. If you would like more information about membership, please call Renee Tichenor at 271-8180, extension 309.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)

       The Library will be closed on Memorial Day, Monday, May 29.

The Pleasure of Your Company Chamber Music Series

       On Tuesday, May 16, the Pleasure of Your Company is proud to present violinist Wesley Precourt in concert. This Scripps Ranch High School student is a winner of numerous competitions, including the ASTA
National Competition (1998) and the La Jolla Symphony Young Artist
competition (1999 and 2000).

        He plans to play a program of Prokofiev, Ravel, Kreisler, and de Falla. All concerts are free to the public; however, a donation of $7 or more would be gratefully accepted at the door. For more information, contact the Library at 538-8158 or Dan Kronemyer at 619-260-3488.

Opera Previews

        The final discussion in the Opera Previews series will be held on
Monday, May 1, from 7 to 8:30 pm. Mr. Fink will lecture on Giacomo
Puccini’s La Bohme. These lectures by composer?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. On Thursday, May 18, Pacific Animal Productions presents “Tropical Topics,” an interactive live animal presentation with tropical critters, such as
squirrel monkey, iguana, python, parrot, and tarantula.

        Story time for children ages 3?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

Book Discussion Group

       The choice for the meeting on Wednesday, May 24, is Hope in the Unseen by Ron Suskind. Copies of this book will be available at the circulation desk of the Library. This discussion will be held from 6:30 to 7:45 pm in the seminar room. Parking on Meanley Drive is recommended for all of these events. Call the Library for directions.

Scheduling of Meeting Rooms

       Due to the large number of telephone calls for reserving the Library’s
meeting rooms, we ask that you restrict these calls to Tuesdays and
Thursdays between 9:30 am and 12 noon.

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.)

       The Computer Lab could use a few computer-literate folks to be computer monitors, who help people use the computers and printers in the lab. You don’t have to be an expert, just familiar with the popular software and hardware, Mac and (or) PC. Call Matt Martis at 549-2852 for more

Nancy Hitchcox

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

       The Auxiliary would like to extend a special note of appreciation to the
many Girl Scout troops and individuals who so kindly donated boxes of
Girl Scout cookies to the shelter last month. Thanks to your generosity,
the moms and kids were able to enjoy some very yummy treats.
The item of the month for May will again focus on the needs of the
babies, toddlers, and young children at the shelter.

       This month, the Auxiliary is asking for donations of children’s
over-the-counter medications and first-aid supplies. New, unopened
supplies of children’s Tylenol, Motrin, cough and cold remedies,
thermometers, and band-aids are all in desperately short supply. Also,
keep those donations of diapers rolling in; they are always greatly
appreciated. You can drop your donations off at the home of Denise
Brannigan, 11153 Rue Montaubon, or call 578-8679.

       Save these dates. In June, the Auxiliary is asking that you consider
supporting Hidden Valley House and the domestic violence programs of the
EYE Counseling and Crisis Services by participating in one of two
exciting events. On Sunday, June 11, Hidden Valley House will be among
the county-wide shelters benefiting from the Liberty Run?Walk over the
Coronado Bay Bridge.

       Next up, is the Qualcomm Cross Country on Sunday, June 25, to be held at Mission Trails Regional Park. This event will feature both an extreme run and trail run?walk around the scenic Mission Trails Regional Park. For further information, contact Linda Courton at 760-744-3117.

The Paintball Club

       The Paintball Club is hosting a series of fun tournaments for beginner
and rookie 3-man teams during the rest of 2000. The first tournament was
held in April. The other dates are Saturdays: May 20, June 17, Sept. 16,
Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 16. Some of these dates will coincide with
regular Paintball Club game days, and we will run both the games and
tournaments at the same time. How is this possible, you ask? Team
Vengeance, the team sponsored by the Paintball Club and, will be ref’ing the tournaments. Our team members will be responsible for running a professional tournament and making sure
that all rules are enforced and that everyone has a fun day.

Prizes for the tournaments are:
1st place: three Tippmann ’98 paintguns;
2nd place: three cases of Marballizer paintballs; and
3rd place: three T-shirts or Jerseys and various Paintball junkies

       For more information and registration forms, go to our website
[] and click on the links to the tournament info
page. There is an early registration discount; so register early if you
are planning to participate.
       Our next game day and second tournament will fall on Saturday, May 20. Hope to see you there. Call us for info at 549-2524.

Mona and Robert Chin

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, 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? 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 USIU Daley Hall, room 106.For a map or more information, call Patrick Kilian at 619-566-6164.

Village Quilters

        Instead of it’s regular meeting, this fun and lively group of quilters
and quilt lovers will be hold its annual Quilter’s road trip on Saturday, June 10. We will spend the day visiting quilt shops both near and far.

       Village Quilters meets the second Saturday of each month at the Scripps Ranch Library community room from 10 am to 12 noon. Among it’s many quilt-related activities are philanthropic projects that provide baby
quilts to premature babies and larger quilts to cancer patients. If you
are interested in participating in the road trip or desire more
information, please call President Deb McManus at 695-0656.
Barbara Wesser, Publicity Chair

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

       On Monday, May 29, we are hosting our annual “Memorial Day Party.” Members and non-members, alike, are welcome to come to the Club and enjoy a day full of music, games, friends, and of course, lots of fun. The cost is free! The times are 11 am to 3 pm. We will have food
available for a minimal cost or bring your own picnic.

       May also is our membership drive month. If you have been thinking of
joining and haven’t: now is the time to do it! The initiation fee is
$599 plus monthly dues. After that, you are set to enjoy the amenities
at both clubs. Some classes and camps are extra. Stop by either location
and get the information and a free pass or see you on Memorial Day!
We also are now accepting sign-ups for summer camps. Sign up early for
the camp of your choice because we have the best camps and they fill up

Upcoming events include:

Swim and movie night: Friday, May 26;
2-day summer mini camp: Thursday and Friday, June 15?16;
Golf tournament: Saturday, June 24; and
“Sip & Dip” adult party: Saturday, July 22.
Remember: May is Election Month when we elect new board members. Drop off your ballot at the club.

Computer Users Group

       Change. It’s one of the only things you can count on. Computers and
software are certainly no exception. The Computer Users Group is made up of your neighbors who get together monthly to share their experiences
and to discuss changes that have affected their computer use. The
meetings are free-wheeling and informative. Discussions range from the
neophyte (to be truthful, all of us) who is considering buying their
first computer to the user who successfully installed the latest and
greatest program.
       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, May
20. For more information, you may call Dave Bechtel from 7 to 9 pm at

Women’s Athletic Club (WAC)

        All past, present, and prospective members are welcome to attend our
mid-summer meeting. It will be on Sunday, July 16, at 5 pm at the
Rancho Bernardo Winery. Please reserve the date in your calendar; we
will have a great time! WAC is composed of Scripps Ranch woman who are interested in sports and having a full life. We sponsor several women’s and coed sports on the Ranch, and we help support many of the fun activities on the Ranch, such
as Symphony in the Park.

       If they have questions about WAC, please contact Mary at 271-8311 or send email to [[email protected]].

Mary Lawler