Computer Users Group

    Are you part of cyberspace? Use the internet to research information, email your friends, or maybe chat a bit? Then you know how frustrating it is to connect and then wait. Lately there’s been a lot of talk concerning different technologies to speed up access. Stop by the Computer Users Group and find out the latest.

    We meet in the seminar room of the library from 9:30 am until noontime on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting with be on Saturday, June 17. For more information, call Dave Bechtel during evenings from 7 to 9 pm at 549-2077.

Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club

    Tickets are available for the San Diego Padres and Cincinnati Reds baseball game and KGB Sky Show. Although the game is sold out, the Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club has plaza tickets available for the game and fireworks show on Friday, June 16.

    Your ticket also will include a tailgate party with hot dogs, chips, and drinks before the game. Tickets are $15 each. All proceeds will go toward the Kiwanis youth and charitable work in our community. To purchase tickets, please call Dave Rauder at 748-5555.

    Thank you to those who attended the Miramar Ranch Elementary School spaghetti dinner This year’s dinner was a tremendous success. The Kiwanis Club especially thanks Filippi’s Pizza Grotto for donating the spaghetti. As a result of this fundraiser, we were able to raise almost $800 for the school!

    We’re looking for new members! Our Kiwanis Club is looking for new members. We are a service organization that performs projects and raises money for the residents (especially children) of the Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa communities. If you would like to join or just learn more about what we do, please call either Tom Hankins at 271-4250 or Ron Brown at 578-3274.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)

Pleasure of Your Company

    The Pleasure of Your Company chamber music series will host players from the La Jolla Symphony on Tuesday, June 20, at 7 pm in the Library’s community room. Featured selections include a duet for cello and bass by Rossini, a string trio by Beethoven, Dvorak’s American string quartet and Bartok’s Romanian folk dances. Open seating is provided and families are welcomed!

    All concerts are free; however, a donation of $7 or more would be gratefully accepted at the door. For more information, call 538-8158.

Especially for Kids

    Sea World will present its Shark outreach program on Thursday, June 15, at 3 pm as the kick-off to the summer reading program. Come for the exciting encounter with sharks and sign up to read up to 50 books throughout the summer, and gain incentives of all types. The theme of the Summer Reading Program 2000 is “Lights, Camera, … Read!”

Book Discussion Group

    The selection for June is Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver. Copies may be requested through the Library. The scheduled meeting will take place on Wednesday, June 28, from 6:30 to 7:45 pm in the seminar room. Join us for a lively discussion.

    There is ample parking for all Library events on Meanley Drive behind the Library and down the hill. There is a City parking lot and cul-de-sac street parking available during library hours and after hours.

    A teen volunteer program will be offered during July and August. Please contact the Library for further information about available time slots. This is a good opportunity for young people to meet school and other community-service commitments.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

    Summer is starting and no one is more excited than we are here at the Swim and Racquet Club. Our outstanding staff has been hard at work developing as many programs and events as there are days in the season.

    Our program department has developed over 42 summer camps to choose from! Examples include: Extreme, Cooking, Bike, Horse, Cheer, Babysitting, Nature, Mad Science, and Wet n’ Wild! All our camps are full day from 8:30 am to 4 pm, and we offer extended care. We also are offering half-day drop-in camps.

    Our aquatic team is gearing up for swim lessons. Our new 2-week sessions are guaranteed to improve your child’s swimming skills. We cater to each level from beginner to advance. Did I mention our springboard diving lessons and junior lifeguard programs? There really is something for everyone.

    Our tennis pros are ready to coach. Join “Let’s play tennis,” an adult tennis program that meets Wednesday evenings at the Trails club. We also offer peewee to junior tennis lessons for the new generation of tennis pros.

Upcoming events include:

  • Senior-Sprout doubles tennis tournament;
  • Friday night tennis mixers;
  • Wimbledon tennis mixer;
  • Adult “Sip & Dip” summer social; and a
  • Golf tournament.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Membership Drive

    Did you try to see A Chorus Line, but were unable to get in? Did you hear about the special presentation of Love Letters, but did not get an invitation? Did you read about the awards banquet, but were unable to vote for your favorite actor? All of these dilemmas could have been avoided had you been a member of the Scripps Ranch Theatre.

    SRT currently is in our membership drive for our 23rd season, which opens in September. Members can make reservations for choice seats for the entire season, save up to 35% over single-ticket prices, receive the quarterly newsletter, attend the exclusive members-only event, and vote for their favorite stars and attend the annual awards banquet.

    You don’t want to miss out on next season’s lineup: Bermuda Avenue Triangle, a comedy (Sept. 8-30); Same Time, Another Year, a poignant comedy (Nov. 10-Dec. 9); Fences, an August Wilson drama (Feb. 9-Mar. 5); and Don’t Dress for Dinner, a comedy (Apr. 27-May 19).

    The price of memberships is $30 for students/seniors, $35 for adults, $100 for patrons or corporations, and $1,000 for lifetime members. For more information, call 578-7728.

John Simonds Honored

    The San Diego Performing Arts League recently honored Scripps Ranch resident John Simonds with a Star award. The gala luncheon honored volunteers from various arts organizations throughout San Diego County.

    Simonds has served as SRT’s artistic director since 1997. As such, he chairs the Director and Play Selection committees. John also works on set construction and front of house, takes photos, designs sets and sound, and always is available to producers and directors to solve problems, large and small. His quest for quality performances has resulted in a membership base more than three times what it was prior to his arrival and in SRT winning numerous countywide awards.

Annual Awards Banquet

    Tickets are now on sale for SRT’s annual awards banquet, which will be held at the Marriott Hotel in Mission Valley at 7 pm on Sunday, June 25. During the banquet, awards will be announced in various categories, including best production, best lead actor and actress, best sound and lighting design, and so on for shows in the 1999-2000 season. Guests also will enjoy musical entertainment. Tickets are $20 and may be obtained by calling 578-7728.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

    The Auxiliary invites all of you to lace up your running or walking shoes and join us at two very special events this month. Both are dedicated to raising money and awareness toward ending domestic violence. On Sunday, June 11, we hope you’ll participate in the Liberty Run/Walk over the Coronado Bay Bridge. Closed for special events only twice a year, the Coronado Bay Bridge offers spectacular views of downtown San Diego. The Liberty Run/Walk benefits the EYE’s Hidden Valley House and our seven sister shelters throughout the region.

    Next up is the Qualcomm Cross Country on Sunday, June 25, a benefit for the EYE’s domestic violence programs, Casa de Amparo’s shelter for abused children, and Mission Trails Regional Park. The event will take place in scenic Mission Trails Regional Park and will include a 7-mile extreme run and 3-mile trail run/walk through the park.

    If you are unable to participate in either of these events, please consider making “A Gift of Shelter” to a family in need. For example, for:

  • $35, a woman can spend 1 night at the shelter;
  • $105, a woman and 2 children can spend 1 night at the shelter; and
  • $245, a woman can spend 1 week at the shelter.

    For more information about these events or how to make a pledge, please contact Patty Beaver at 271-9245, 10540 Pine Falls Court in Scripps Ranch. Registration materials will be available in a basket on her doorstep.

    The Item of the Month for June will again focus on the needs of the babies, toddlers, and young children at the shelter. We especially need diapers, crib sheets, strollers, and car seats.

Welcome Club

    Are you new to the Scripps Ranch community and looking for something to do, want to meet your neighbors, and make new friends? Do you play bridge, bunco, pitch, or golf; would you like to make crafts; or are you interested in a dining group?

    The theater group TGI’s and our monthly gadabouts are a lot of fun. In fact, our theater group went last month to see the Neil Simon’s rollicking comedy Last of the Red Hot Lovers. Gadabouts last month went to the Historical Societies showcase home. For the month of June, we will be going to Summer Past Farms Herbal Gardens and Ye Olde Soap and Gift Shop, and then have lunch at The Mediterraneo. These are just a few of the activities we have to offer.

    Our general meetings are on the first Thursday of every month at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. The meetings feature a guest speaker followed by refreshments and an opportunity to socialize.

    If you have lived in Scripps Ranch less than a year; have become a new citizen, had a new baby, or recently adopted a child; or recently have been widowed or divorced, you qualify to become a member of the Welcome Club. If you would like more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693. She will be happy to tell you more about the club and how to become a member. Why not give her a call right now!

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.

The Paintball Club

    The Paintball Club hosted its first in a year-long series of Vengeance Paintball fun tournaments in April. A local Scripps Ranch team competed against several other teams from around San Diego County and won first place. The winning team Blue Balz consisted of Cory Pearson, Jim Sturtevant, and Ben Jackson. Their fourth team member, Matt Sturtevant, was an alternate, but was able to fill in on another team that was short a player. Congratulations!

    The entire Vengeance Paintball fun tournament schedule is: May 20, June 17, Sept. 16, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 16. Paintball Club games are scheduled for the following dates: May 20, July 8, Sept. 23, and Nov. 18.

    For more information, call 549-2524.