Welcome Club

Great news! We have amended our bylaws. We no longer have a time limit to join the club. The new bylaw reads: "Club membership shall be open to all adults." So, if you have been waiting for our amnesties to join the club and then forgot, you no longer have to wait. We welcome all residents in our community who would like to meet new people in the neighborhood. The club is very happy about the new change and is looking forward to greeting you.

In May, we elected a new slate of officers and began our new year. Come and meet the new officers and find out all about our new and exciting activities for the coming year. Our club meets the first Thursday of each month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. We have guest speakers and time for socializing.

Our club offers many activities that may be of interest. We have the Gadabouts that explore interesting sites and have lunch at various restaurants. It is a great way to learn about San Diego and try new restaurants. We have a monthly coffee in a member’s home. This gives us an opportunity to socialize in a very relaxed atmosphere.

We are having an evening social, a TGI, on Saturday, June 29. This is always a fun event and affords the opportunity to be with fellow members. It puts everyone in the party spirit. We also have our holiday party, where everyone puts on their best for dinner and dancing.

Our other activities are cards and crafts, bunco, various bridge groups, book discussions, golf, pitch, and many more. We invite you to join us at our next meeting. For more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Marianne Paul, Secretary

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Come and join us for the Liberty Walk on Sunday, June 9, at 8 am. It starts downtown and goes across the Coronado Bridge. It is a great event. You can join the run or the walk. It is lots of fun for the family and a good way to help us raise money for domestic violence programs.

Across the county, these programs badly need our support. We hope you will be able to help us raise money for Hidden Valley House by joining in the fun. If you would like to participate, you can get further information from Patti Beaver at 271-9245, or stop by her house for a flyer. She lives at 10540 Pine Falls Court. Thank you to everyone for your continued support.

The Hidden Valley House Auxiliary would like to extend its thanks to Joan Lovell of Travel Dynamics Group. She generously donated our opportunity drawing prize at the High Tea last month. Joan kindly made available two round-trip flights to San Francisco with two nights accommodation. It made for a very special prize that attracted a lot of interest. We are indebted to Joan for her kindness.

Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

Steppin’ Out in Style

Residents from Scripps Ranch and surrounding communities did more than just step out in style during the Puttin’ On the Ritz Gala sponsored by the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Scripps Ranch Unit. Each year, the Scripps Ranch Unit hosts a major fundraiser to benefit a designated area within Children’s Hospital and Health Center.

This year, the unit chose to support the Autism Research and Family Programs, which includes the Autism Intervention Center and the critically acclaimed Toddler School. In addition, money was raised through a "fund an item" sponsorship, specifically to fund the Autism Services Coordinator Program.

The gala evening began with a cocktail reception. During this time, the guests were able to look at and bid on over 110 different auction items. After dinner, the Scripps Dance Center performed. An exciting live auction and the special "fund an item" contribution came next. Once the auction ended, the guests danced to the music of The Heroes.

The Scripps Ranch Unit wishes to extend its heartfelt gratitude and thanks to the more than 150 individuals and businesses that supported this event with an in-kind donation or service. Through the generosity of the people attending the gala, we raised more than $31,000.

The Scripps Ranch Unit of the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary received a very special commendation from Councilmember Brian Maienschein. He proclaimed Saturday, May 4, to be "Scripps Ranch Unit of Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Day" in the 5th District of the city of San Diego. The honor was for the unit’s many outstanding contributions and services to the community and its commitment to the children of San Diego.

Now that the gala is over, the Scripps Ranch Unit will take a short hiatus. The next meeting is in September. If you would like to join this fun organization, contact Janine Everhart at 566-3858.

2002 – 2003 Board Members

Congratulations to Cindy Clark, she is the 2002 – 2003 president for the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary.

The 2002 – 2003 board members are as follows: chair, Karin Whitely; chair-elect, Marilyn Tobin; parliamentarian, Nancy Fleischman; secretary, Lisa Thebeau; treasurer, Marie Rodgers; strategic plan representative, Linda DeLong; in-unit fundraiser, Karen Sypolt; center’s activities, Wendy Monaco; publicity, Laurel Berns; historian, Michele Prescott; and, the 50th anniversary representative, Mary Baker.

Other board members are: KITES, Chris Grint; Fantasy on Ice representative, Wendy Bageman; education, Kelly Bondesson and Nikki Ohrstrom; Membership, Carol Schieman and Janine Everhart; Kids News Day, Doris Berry, Anne Henderson, Eileen Edwards, and Tracy Weaver; hospitality, Susan Anderson, Jan Halldorson, and Jaleh Watson; in-unit social, Chris Grint, Celeste Cowell, and Sue Fledderjohn; and, ways and means, Nancy Fleischman, Kathy Anderson, Tammy Hobson, and Dana Walters.

Kiwanis Club

Kiwanis Supports International Efforts

The availability of Kiwanis-family Worldwide Service Project funds help catalyze nutritional improvements throughout Africa and the world. Lack of iodine in a child’s diet causes nutritional disorders. For example, in 1994, 35% of Niger schoolchildren had goiters.

Kiwanis supports the efforts of UNICEF to provide corrective activities. Significant progress has been made. By 1998, a survey of South African schoolchildren found that in seven of nine provinces, the children were consuming sufficient levels of iodine. Funds from our Scripps-Mira Mesa Club are forwarded to Kiwanis-International to support the efforts.

Local Events

  • 20-year partnership with Twain Mesa Intermediate School – Every month we recognize a student who has shown outstanding performance. The student, along with his or her parent or significant adult, is invited to our meeting and the student is presented with a certificate of achievement and a gift. Other awards include an annual scholarship of $250 to a student who continues on to college, and the President’s Award for Outstanding Student of the Year. We want to thank our fellow Kiwanians Roy Hosaka and Jim Felix, Jr., for their continued coordination of this partnership.
  • La Jolla Half Marathon – Club members and our high school Key Clubbers were stationed at the La Jolla Shores boardwalk handing out refreshments. It was inspirational to see the more than 7,000 runners from all skill levels working on exceeding their personal best.
  • Special Olympics – On Sunday, June 2, along with our Key Clubbers, we will serve breakfast to approximately 450 Special Olympians. We cannot wait to see their smiling faces.

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

Mark Branning

Friends of the Library

Concert at the Library

On Sunday, June 23, the Striano Piano Quartet performs at 2:30 pm in the Scripps Ranch Library for the "Pleasure of Your Company" music series. The Striano Piano Quartet, consisting of three string players and a pianist, will perform chamber music works by Mozart, Albert Stoessel, and Joaquin Turina.

The performers include: Barbara Chahbazian, violin, who played for many years with the Long Beach and Pasadena Symphonies; Burt Fisch, viola, who is a retired professional symphony and studio musician, and a graduate of Julliard School of Music; Carol Tolbert, violoncello, who is a member of the La Jolla Symphony Orchestra and Chorus; and, Dorothea Hover-Kramer, piano, who has studied music all her life and founded the Scripps Ranch Music Club 10 years ago.

Book Discussion

Prodigal Summer by Barbara Kingsolver will be discussed on Wednesday, June 26, from 6:30 to 8 pm in the library’s seminar room.

Summer Reading Program

Sign-up starts on Saturday, June 15, for the Summer Reading Program at the Scripps Ranch Library. This year’s theme is "Books Are Magic." Children as young as age 3 may participate if they are "read to" by parents. Special prizes for preschoolers will be available, as well as prizes for older age groups.

Last summer, 578 Scripps Ranch children enrolled in the Summer Reading Program. 46% completed at least 10 books, the basic goal. That is one of the highest completion rates in San Diego.

Special programs are held every other week. The first is on Thursday, June 20, at 3 pm in the community room. It features Martha the Mime, who will teach mime techniques and involve the children in trying them out.

Let’s Read, a book discussion group for 7- to 10-year-olds, will continue to meet every other Wednesday from 4 to 5 pm throughout the summer. Parents are encouraged to sign up their children right away in order to avoid being placed on the waiting list. Please call 538-8158.

Free Artifacts

Own a piece of Scripps Ranch history for free. The Friends of the Library are giving away the remaining doors and windows that were saved when the Meanley house was torn down. If you would like one or more, call Grace Roos at 566-8887.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

Summer is starting and we are kicking it off in a big way! Our Summer Solstice Celebration on Saturday, June 15, will feature live Hawaiian entertainment, including a fire and knife dancer, and a DJ. We will enjoy a catered barbecue dinner, and beverages will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $18 per person for members. Members’ guests are $20 per person. Buy your tickets now because they are $5 per ticket more after Monday, June 10. Need babysitting? We are offering childcare at an additional charge.

We offer full-day, half-day, drop-in, and teen-only camps. Examples include adventure, art, great outdoors, mad science, tennis, dance, sports, and more! All our full-day camps are 8:30 am to 4 pm and we offer extended care. Our half-day camps are 8:30 am to 12 pm, or 12:30 pm to 4 pm. Prices vary, so stop by either location to pick up a brochure.

Our two-week swim lessons are guaranteed to improve your child’s swimming skills. We cater to each level from beginner to advanced. Did you hear about our parent/tot class? There really is something for everyone.

Upcoming events:

  • Family dinner night, Tuesday, June 4;
  • Board meeting, Tuesday, June 11;
  • Teen dance, Friday, June 14;
  • Summer Solstice Celebration, Saturday, June 15;
  • Senior-sprout, Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16;
  • Aquatics open house, Thursday, June 20;
  • Karaoke night, Friday, June 21;
  • Swim and movie night, Friday, June 28;
  • Root beer float night, Saturday, June 29; and,
  • Wimbledon mixer, Saturday, June 29.

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 are among friends. We believe people learn best while having fun. So why not take time to come by next Thursday morning and see what we are all about? See our Toastmaster program in action and meet some of our great members.

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 at 619-543-1399.

San Diego Paintball Club

We have received numerous inquiries about people playing paintball at the Avenida Magnifica and Pomerado Road site. The Paintball Club discourages our members and others from playing on private or public property without expressed consent from the owner.

You may be ticketed, arrested, and have your equipment confiscated. We received a specific complaint from a Crown Pointe resident.

She wrote: "Members of the Scripps Ranch community have noticed `armies’ of paintballers invading our open space areas on the weekends. They seem to meet on a regular basis at the corner of Pomerado Road and Avenida Magnifica and use an area called Giant Grove Trail.

"Please warn your members that the City Parks and Recreation Department is aware of this illegal activity and has asked local law enforcement to patrol this area on the upcoming weekends. They are particularly concerned with the amount of trash and the significant pollution problem that has happened to the water table in this area. The police will be actively ticketing."

Since Crown Pointe is above this area, many of the residents are aware of when paintball is being played and they may call the police. Please be aware of the risks you take when you play illegally. Please play paintball only at licensed paintball parks and take advantage of our club discount when you register through our club.

On a lighter note, our video CD of the last Fun Tournament with great music and lots of action is now available! For information, call us.

The next club game is scheduled for Saturday, June 22, and the next tournament will be held 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 [www.sandiegopaintballclub.com] for registration and information about the club. Please call 549-2524 for more information.

Mona and Robert Chin

Computer Users Group

Are you part of cyberspace? Do you 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 has 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 Scripps Ranch Library’s seminar room from 9:30 am until 12 pm on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting will be Saturday, June 15. For more information, call Dave Bechtel from 7 to 9 pm at 549-2077.

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, and nutrition counselor–but we need more! For this listing to be successful, we need to have maximum participation.

Maybe you can benefit from someone else’s services or products. We can list more than one business in each category. If you would like more information, call us at 549-2524.