Friends of the Library

Children’s Programs

The San Diego Children’s Choir will perform a special program of favorites and folk songs from around the world. Join us Saturday, May 4, at 2 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library’s community room. On Thursday, May 16, at 3 pm, Singing Strings will entertain children with music and storytelling. Please remember to park on Meanley Drive and use the paved walkway to the Library.

Let’s Read, a book discussion group for children ages 7 to 10, continues on Wednesday afternoons from 4 to 5 pm. Contact Children’s Librarian Ann Persons for enrollment information.

SR Essay Winners

Two of the essay contest winners from Scripps Ranch went on to win awards in the city-wide competition. Bradley Markano, a Scripps Ranch High School sophomore, and Alla Khalitova, an 8th grader at Marshall Middle School, were among the 12 grand-prize winners.

The award ceremony was hosted by Sea World. It was co-chaired by Katie Sullivan, Friends of the San Diego Public Library president, and Wendy Gay, San Diego City Schools librarian. Judges for the local competition were Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library board members John Simonds, Karen Wood, and Nancy Hitchcox.

Another SPAC Donation

The Scripps Performing Arts Centre (SPAC) recently donated $500 to the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library. This check brings the total contribution to our local library from SPAC events to $16,000!

Book Discussion

Breaking Free: A Memoir of Love and Revolution by Susan Eisenhower will be discussed from 6:30 to 8 pm in the Library’s seminar room on Wednesday, May 22.

Computer Volunteers Needed

Volunteers are needed in the Scripps Ranch Library’s computer lab. Contact Sue Fox at the Library if you’re interested. Shifts are 2.5 hours in duration. The computer lab is open when the Library is open. The lab closes 30 minutes prior to Library closing.

Six computers are equipped with Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. All of the computers have Internet access through cable modems provided as a community service by Time Warner Cable. Volunteers are especially needed for evening hours, Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 7:30 pm, and for Saturday and Sunday afternoons.

See You There

The Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library will have booths at two community events. We will be at the Scripps Ranch Marketplace on Saturday, May 11, from 12 to 3 pm. Donors who bring a new child’s paperback book for the library will receive a free photograph of their child in time for Mother’s Day.

On Sunday, May 19, we’ll be at the Scripps Ranch Community Faire. Stop by our booth and find out more about our non-profit organization. The Faire will be at the Community Park on Cypress Canyon Road from 11 am to 4 pm. Hope to see you there.

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. 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? See our Toastmaster program in action and meet some of our great members. Many are your neighbors. We meet every Thursday 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 Tips Networking Group

Members of Scripps Tips are dedicated to helping each other build and expand their small businesses! We are a dynamic yet down-to-earth group of folks living and working in (or near) Scripps Ranch. We offer membership to small business owners and managers. Each member represents a different profession or business. This arrangement keeps our group meetings stimulating and informative, while providing an environment for networking without competition.

We are continually expanding contacts and earning referrals, which are the primary purposes of Scripps Tips. If you are interested, please call to see if we have an opening in your area of business. We have weekly breakfast meetings at Mimi’s and there are no fines or up-front fees. Reasonable dues are collected monthly.

Commitment to regular attendance is a requirement for membership. We believe referrals are earned through establishing relationships and getting to know about each other’s businesses and the unique benefits each has to offer. Visit [] for more information, or call Larry Grey at 735-4009.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Thank you to all those who supported our second High Tea in aid of the women and children at Hidden Valley House. The afternoon was a great success. Thank you to Mrs. Shirley and the high school girls who took time out to provide us with some musical entertainment. You were great!

Thanks also to Carol Williams for her soothing piano accompaniment during our wonderful afternoon. A final thank you goes to Sandy Price and Jan Loftus and the rest of their team who helped put on the event.

A huge thank you goes to Girl Scout Troops 4794, 8414, 8385, and 8101 for the adorable decorated bags full of cosmetic goodies delivered to the women at the shelter. Thanks to Paula Conlon for organizing this.

Finally our item of the month is a need for diapers (all sizes) and baby formula. If you can help, please leave your donation at Sandy Price’s house at 9839 Caminito Rogelio. For more information, call 693-1531.

San Diego Paintball Club

Our video CD of the last Fun Tournament is now available! It has great music and lots of action. Call us for information.

The next club game is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, and the next tournament will be on Saturday, Aug. 31. Set aside these days so you can come and win some prizes. We now have online registration for the club games and the tournament. Please visit out website at [] for registration and information about the club and its games.

The club’s schedule is also on our website, and the club has a lot of used equipment and cammies for sale. We always have paint and air fills available. For more information, call Mona and Robert Chin at 549-2524.

Barters’ Directory

Our first list is ready and on the web. Do you want to see it? Join up! Have you 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, plumbers, 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, computer expert, chiropractor, physical therapist, nutrition counselor–but we need more! For this listing to be successful for everyone, 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.

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. They 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 neophytes, who are considering buying their first computer, to the user who successfully installed the latest and greatest program. We meet in the Library’s seminar room from 9:30 am to 12 pm on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting will be Saturday, May 18. For more information, call Dave Bechtel from 7 to 9 pm at 549-2077.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

On Monday, May 27, bring family and friends to our 28th annual Memorial Day celebration. Members and non-members are welcome to come to the Aviary location to enjoy a day full of fun! Come ready to challenge our tennis pros, watch our swim demonstrations, play family games, and jump in the Astro jumps. The cost: free. The times: 11 am to 3 pm. We will have a beer garden for those 21 and older. Food is available for purchase while supplies last, or bring your own picnic.

Love to sing? Come to our adult Karaoke night. We will provide the music, chips, and salsa. You bring the friends and your own beverages. This is a free event for members and their guest.

Want to play bridge? We will play on Friday, May 3. Want to play "duplicate" bridge? That’s on Friday, May 17. How about poker? Join us on Friday, May 10. Call Patti at 271-6222 to play.

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 2002 camp or swim brochures.

Upcoming events include:

  • Voting for board of directors, May 1-30;
  • Body comp/In gym orientation, Saturday, May 4;
  • Family dinner night, Tuesday, May 7;
  • Meet the candidates cocktail, Tuesday, May 14;
  • Stress reduction workshop, Saturday, May 18;
  • Karaoke night, Friday, May 24;
  • Memorial Day celebration, Monday, May 27;
  • Swim and movie night, Friday, May 31.

Welcome Club

Our club may be exactly what you are looking for if you have recently moved to Scripps Ranch, are a natural or adoptive new mother, a new citizen, or recently divorced or widowed. We offer a variety of day and night activities, as well as interest groups designed to get you involved in the community.

Some of the activities we offer are a theater group, maj jongg, arts and crafts, bunco, pitch, bridge, and book discussions, just to name a few. General meetings are held at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive on the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm. Guest speakers discuss topics such as identity theft, stress, the history of Scripps Ranch, and self-defense.

Occasionally, our meetings are dedicated entirely to socializing, one of our favorite activities. We think you’ll find our group to be especially friendly and eager to welcome you to Scripps Ranch. If you would like more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Kiwanis Club

The Kiwanis Club is proud to announce the Pennies for Pasta class winners. They are:

  • E.B. Scripps, Ms. Gilliland, Kindergarten;
  • Miramar Ranch, Ms. Perez, 3rd;
  • Jerabek, Mr. Brown, 5th;
  • Marshall Middle School, Mrs. Redder, 6th;
  • Challenger Middle School, Mr. Cook, 6th;
  • Scripps Ranch HS, Ms. Serritella, Core; and,
  • Mira Mesa HS, Mrs. Schreck, 10th.

These classes were the tops in their schools in collecting donations for the San Diego Chapter of the Leukemia-Lymphoma Society. They will receive a catered lunch, compliments of the Olive Garden.

Total raised by Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa schools exceeded $12,000! What a great effort by our local youth. Kiwanis total was in excess of $30,000. Big thanks to our Kiwanis President Jim Farrier for personally signing up most of the local schools this year.

Here are some of the other projects we’re working on together:

  • Spaghetti dinner at E.B. Scripps Elementary School. This April event was a hit! Our club hosted the dinner and the proceeds were split between Kiwanis and the school.
  • Scripps Ranch Clean Up. Our club was on-site to coordinate the activities. It was fun sprucing up the Ranch. Big thanks to club member John LaBar for chairing the event.
  • Special Olympics. Nothing starts an athlete’s day like a good breakfast. Once again on Sunday, June 2, we will serve breakfast. The high school Key Clubs are a big part of this event.

You’re welcome to join our meetings, every Wednesday from 7 to 8 am at Mimi’s Restaurant in Mira Mesa. We’ll even buy you breakfast! For information, call me at 536-9821 or visit our website at [].