Village Quilters

Join us on Saturday, May 19, for a wonderful guild meeting that you should really try to attend! Our meeting will highlight the exceptional work of individuals, from all around the globe, who have created beautiful works of art in the form of wall hanging quilts. These quilts were selected by Hoffman Fabrics as the best in their categories to be in the prestigious Hoffman Challenge traveling quilt show. There will be approximately 30 quilts on display. Doors open at the Scripps Ranch Library community room at 9:30 am. Refreshments will be served. Please remember that in order to continue using the community room, we are all required to park on Meanley Drive. There is a foot path that leads from Meanley 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 (preemies) 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.

Chinese-American Club

Thanks to all who came to the Chinese New Year’s celebration on February 10! As usual, we had a lovely time visiting, and lots of delicious food. Please join us for a barbecue at Lake Miramar at 11 am on Saturday, May 12. Bring your own meats to grill. Let’s also take advantage of our beautiful lake. Those of you who would like to walk, run, bike, or rollerblade, please call Ruth 693-1962 or Linda 689-8191. If you call, we can organize bringing everything we’ll need.

Friends of the Library

Winners of this year’s Student Essay contest were honored in a ceremony at the library in April. The contest drew entries from fourth graders at Dingeman and Jerabek Elementary Schools, and from students at Marshall Middle School and Scripps Ranch High School. The three overall winners were Lindsay Ehrlich from the high school, Nirupama Bhattacharya from Marshall, and Richard Jimenez from Dingeman.

Other winners were Dingeman students Sydney P. Hayes and Taylor Henderson; Jerabek students Emily Glandon, Jesse Lieberman, and Simon Weber; Marshall students Katie Euphrat and Ariel Patashnik; and SRHS students Elizabeth Dindial, Keith McCabe, and Stephen A. Sampson.

Each student received a $25 gift certificate from Barnes and Noble, a pen, and a winner’s certificate. City Councilmember Brian Maienschein presented the awards. Judges for the essay contest were Friends of the Library Board Members Jennifer Lentz, Julie Worden, Karen Wood, John Simonds, and Nancy Hitchcox.

Chamber Music Series

On Tuesday, May 15, at 7 pm, local composer Myron Fink will perform some of his works for the Pleasure of Your Company chamber music series at the library. Fink is best known as the composer of The Conquistador, which premiered at the San Diego Opera in 1997. He has written a wide variety of music for voice, piano, and organ.

Children’s Programs

We have two special musical programs for children this month at the library. On Saturday, May 5, the San Diego Children’s Choir returns for its annual concert at 2 pm. On Thursday, May 17, at 3 pm, the Philharmonic Wind Quarter will tell children about the flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, and French horn and perform music from Titanic, Star Wars, and Peter and the Wolf. Please be sure to park on Meanley drive for these popular events.

Adult Book Discussion

On Wednesday, May 23, all readers are invited to join a discussion of Naked by David Sedaris from 6:30 to 7:45 pm in the library’s seminar room.

Cover to Cover: A Day for Readers and Writers

There is still time to make reservations for this special event at the Scripps Ranch Library on Saturday, May 12. The day-long program includes 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. Tickets are $30 and are available by telephoning Kris Downey at 484-1949. More information is available on the web site at [].

New Donation

Our library will soon have a collection of the complete works of Lord Baden Powell, the founder of the Boy Scouts. The books are being donated in honor of the Scouting volunteers in the Black Mountain District. Ellen Marks raised the funds for the books as a service project. She says the books cover diverse topics such as Baden-Powell’s military service and his boyhood experiences as well as information on his vision for Scouting. Donations to help purchase books for the library always are welcome.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC)

We are basking in the glow of success! Our April 1, Annual Champagne Brunch Fashion Show and Fundraiser, “Dress to Impress,” was all we hoped for and more! The beautiful Stoneridge Country Club was the setting for a delectable and abundant champagne brunch, a dazzling array of silent auction and opportunity drawing items and a showing of gorgeous fashions from Chico’s.

More than 80 women attended and the response was tremendous! “What a wonderful event!” (or words to that effect) was heard many times over! Thanks to the generosity and enthusiasm of our attendees and local businesses, we were able to raise a substantial amount of money that will not only benefit our scholarship fund, but many other charitable needs in our community. We are tremendously pleased, as are the recipients of the fabulous items offered in our silent auction and opportunity drawings. The businesses in our community could not have been more generous!

This very successful event would not have been possible without the hard work of the following SRWC members: Chairperson Lucy Stone, Co Chair Carol Lazarus, committee members Eleonora Barson, Annie Lanning, Sally Nadeau, Lynn Parke, Marty Salkin, Judy Vaca, Peggy Foster, and Cathi Wolff. We also must thank our elegant and talented models: Jan Soldau, Judy Vaca, Muriel Bossert, Deborah Lazear, Diana Whitney, and Annie Lanning. All of our models, SRWC members, showed their styles with a flair worthy of professionals and the Chico’s fashions were stunning!

The SRWC is planning this event again next spring. So if you missed it this time, make a mental note and be sure to attend next year! You won’t want to miss it!

Fresh from the success of our fundraiser we continue, onward and upward! On Wednesday, May 9, we are going to tour the San Diego Historical Society Showcase 2001 home in Coronado. The house, built in 1912, is a sun-lit, ocean-side study in casual elegance designed by local architect William Templeton Johnson. The cost for the tour is $15. Following our morning tour, we will be lunching on the terrace at “McP’s Irish Pub & Grille” in the heart of Coronado on Orange Ave. Sound like fun? Of course it will be! Contact Gigi Cramer at 578-7582. RSVP date is Monday, May 7, and your check is your reservation.

On Saturday, May 19, we are having our annual membership brunch at the lovely home of club member Judy Gagnon. Members of the “Cooking Committee” will prepare the brunch so it’s sure to be a delicious, as well as delightful, day! Please call Lyn Blankenship (271-5477) for more information.

The SRWC is open to all women residing in Scripps Ranch. If you are looking for a way to be a productive part of your community, a way to meet new friends and have fun, give us a call! Lyn Blankenship at 271-5477 is our membership chair.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Hidden Valley House Auxiliary invites all Scripps Ranch runners and walkers to join us on Sunday, June 10, for the Liberty Run/Walk “Freedom from Domestic Violence.” Participants will experience one of San Diego’s most spectacular views! The course starts in the Gaslamp Quarter, crosses over the Coronado Bay Bridge and finishes in beautiful Tideland’s Park on Coronado Island. Shuttle buses will be available to bring participants back to the start-line after the event.

Proceeds from Liberty Run/Walk will help San Diego area domestic violence shelters provide services to victims of family violence. The EYE Counseling & Crisis Service’s Hidden Valley House shelter is among the beneficiaries. Last year, over 80 Scripps Ranch residents participated in Liberty Run/Walk. We hope to have an even bigger group this year! Even if you can’t join us, we are looking for pledge sponsors for our team. For registration forms, pledge information, and further details, please contact Tina Bagnas, 11205 Sherrard Way, 547-8427.

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 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 til noon on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting will be on Saturday, May 19. For more information, please call Dave Bechtel at 549-2077 from 7 to 9 pm.

Paintball Club

Last month we found that another group in town was calling itself the San Diego Paintball Club and this is one of the names that we have used and registered as a fictitious name in San Diego County. Please be aware that this group has been notified that they are illegally using this name and that they misrepresent themselves as the San Diego Paintball Club. Their website has been take down and they apparently have stopped using the name. However, if you come across their information anywhere and it is not run by the Chins, their offers are not valid and you should be cautious before doing business with them.

Thank you to all of our readers, participants, and members for their support of our club over the past 5 years. The Paintball Club (aka Scripps Ranch and San Diego Paintball Club) continues to succeed with your help.

The Paintball Club will be holding a regularly scheduled game on Saturday, May 19. We invite players of all ages and abilities to join us. Scripps Ranch High School will again be bringing their students and faculty to this game to continue their rivalry for superiority on the paintball field. All other groups and individuals are welcome to join us for a great day. Since this is our last scheduled game before the end of the school year, you need to join us before summer vacation and summer jobs make scheduling difficult.

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 didn’t have time until now? Here is your opportunity!

Welcome Club is having an amnesty for the months of May and June. 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.

May is going to have some fun-filled events. Our “social” will be a men’s cook off. Theater Group will have a social before attending Don’t Dress For Dinner. Gadabouts always goes to interesting places and restaurants in the area. Our monthly coffee is a great way to meet your neighbors and make new friends, and the antique seekers explore interesting places and find wonderful treasures. 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 be 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 question, call Karen Muehlbauer at 549-4162. She will be happy to tell you more about the club and how to become a member. We are looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

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. So why not take time to come by next Thursday morning and see what we’re all about? Guests always are 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 619-543-1399.

Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club

On Monday, May 28, bring family and friends to our 27th annual “Memorial Day Celebration.”

Members and non-members are welcome to come to the Aviary location to enjoy a day full of live music performed by Breezin, tennis exhibition match, swim demonstrations, family games. The cost is free! The times are 11 am to 3 pm. We will have food available for a minimal fee, or bring your own picnic.

Sign-up for summer camps and swim lessons now! We offer the best camps and instructors and they fill up fast! Stop by either location for our new year 2001 camp or swim brochures.

The Calcutta Tennis Party and Tournament starts Friday, May 18. Everyone is invited to “buy a team” on Friday night at our cocktail-potluck-hor dorves party. Saturday starts the mixed doubles play. Sign up individually by Tuesday, May 15. Cost is $15 per person.

Pilates level 1 begins Thursday, May 17. Cost is $5 for the 6-week class. Pilates level 2 starts Tuesday, May 8. Cost is $5 for the 6-week class; and you must have completed level 1.

Upcoming Events

  • Elections for SRSRC Board of Directors: May 1-30;
  • SRSRC board meeting: Tuesday, May 8;
  • Meet the Candidates cocktail: Thursday, May 10;
  • Swim and Movie night: Friday, May 11;
  • Adult Comedy Club night, Friday, May 11;
  • Memorial Day celebration, Monday, May 28; and
  • Annual board meeting, Thursday, May 31.

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. And you can obtain excellent sources for hand painted silk; floral needs; clothing; skin care therapy; and much more. Visit our website [].

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]].

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Don’t miss Scripps Ranch Theatre’s final production of the 2000-2001 season, the effervescent comedy, Don’t Dress For Dinner. This rapid-paced comic souffle, written by French playwright Marc Camoletti, continues through Saturday, May 19. Aubrey award winner John Simonds, SRT Artistic Director, has staged the two-act play. Nancy Simonds, John’s wife of 50 years, serves as the show’s producer.

This boulevard romp, a nonstop cornucopia of hilarious confusion, features a sizzling six-character cast. Duane Weekly appears as Bernard, the scheming, adulterous husband. SRT audiences will remember Duane as Felix Unger in The Odd Couple and as Sheriff Heck Tate in To Kill A Mockingbird. Bernard’s chic mistress, Suzanne, is played by Summer Collett. Summer is a member of the National Comedy Theatre and has performed in a number local theatre productions. Karina Montgomery portrays cordon bleu cook Suzette. Karina, who comes to SRT via the Texas stage, has performed with San Diego Theatresports.

Kenn Burnett is featured as Bernard’s best friend and partner-in-crime, Robert. Kenn was last seen at SRT as Robert in Beau Jest and has taken home Aubrey, Onstage and SRCT awards for best supporting actor and best actor in a comedy. Connie Di Grazia returns as Bernard’s wife, Jacqueline. Connie’s work at SRT has earned her two ACT Aubrey Awards. Her performance as Margaret in Cat On A Hot Tin Roof brought her Best Actress in a Drama and last year’s Last of the Red Hot Lovers delivered Best Direction of a Comedy. The ensemble is completed by Philip Tannenbaum who appears as the cook’s husband, George. Philip was last seen at SRT in his Aubrey-nominated portrayal of Richard in 6 Rms Rv View and has appeared in local college productions.

Performances for the SRT production of Don’t Dress For Dinner 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 located 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. Come as you are, and don’t forget, don’t dress for dinner!

Kiwanis Club of Scripps-Mira Mesa

Meetings / Speakers

The Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday at 7 am at Amber’s Restaurant located next to the Holiday Inn-Select at I-15 and Miramar Road. On Wednesday, May 2, Lt. Charles Hogquist from the San Diego Police Department will talk about the traffic problems facing San Diego. On Wednesday, May 9, Principal Steve Hill from Jerabek Elementary School will talk about the Challenges in Education.

Since Twain-Mira Mesa is one of the schools with which we are partners, we will meet on their campus for breakfast on Wednesday, May 16. On Wednesday, May 23, we will be treated to a talk by Larry Reese. While his talk is entitled “Ramblings of a Madman,” his presentations are actually both inspirational and motivational, and include humor and even a little magic. On the last Wednesday of the month (May 30), we will will be going out to dinner at the Kobe Misono Restaurant.

Kiwanis Youth Programs

April was another active month for our Key Club members. In March, eleven outstanding students from both the Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch High Schools attended the Key Club Convention in Long Beach. Andrew Aqui from Mira Mesa High School was honored as being the 3rd best Lieutenant Governor in our district which covers the states of California, Nevada, and Hawaii. He also received the Hixon Award for outstanding performance. Crystal Luong from Mira Mesa High School also was honored by being selected to the Key Club Bulletin Editor. Locally, Linda Phouthavone is the incoming president of the Scripps Ranch Key Club and Michael Uy is the new president for the Key Club at Mira Mesa High School.

Service Projects

Last month, the Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club helped to raise money for Leukemia and Lymphoma research, the number one cause of death for children. We participated in a program called Pennies for Pasta. Collection buckets were placed in a number of schools and businesses where people could donate their spare change. Kiwanian Jim Farrier took the lead in coordinating the effort responsible for raising close to $16,000.

At each school, the class which contributed the most money will receive a free catered lunch compliments of the Olive Garden restaurant. Of course, the real winners are the children who will benefit from the research made possible from these donations. Our sincere thanks to the all of the schools, teachers, coordinators and especially the students for doing such a great job.

On Thursday, April 5, the club served a delicious spaghetti dinner to a hungry crowd during the spring open house at Miramar Ranch Elementary School. The food was graciously provided by Filippi’s Pizza Grotto and Vons grocery store, and I thank them both for their support. We raised over $1,500–half of which will be given to the school, and 100% of our proceeds will used to support youth programs.

On Saturday, April 7, the weather had a bad attitude and rained out (or at least tried to) two service events. First, the Mira Mesa Key Club and several of our members were going to finish painting the pedestrian overpass across Black Mountain Road. Since it was raining by the time the work group arrived, we had to postpone the project again, as we did in March. The Scripps Ranch Cleanup also was scheduled for April 7.

Kiwanian and community volunteer John La Bar did a great job in planning the event. Even though there weren’t as many participants as last year, the project was a success. John reported City work crews hauled away three dumpsters of overgrowth and trash, and Goodwill was on hand to collect donations.

May Events

On Thursday, May 3, we will hold our annual prayer breakfast at the Point Loma Nazarene University. We have two service events scheduled. On Friday, May 4, several members will do volunteer cooking at Dingeman Elementary School for one of their events. On Thursday, May 17, the Kiwanis Governor for the states of California, Nevada, and Hawaii will speak at Tom Ham’s Restaurant.


On April 22, members of our club drove to Campo and took the train through the desert to Miller Creek and back. Many of the flowers were still in bloom, and we had a great time. On Wednesday, May 30, the club will not have its regular morning meeting. Instead, we will go to dinner at the Kobe Misono-Hibachi Steakhouse at 5451 Kearny Villa Road.

Be our guest for breakfast: 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. You’ll see many friends. Our website is [