Computer Users Group

What’s a computer user group? It’s a group of individuals who like to share their knowledge of computers and software. Members range from the neophyte who is just learning to the seasoned user. Stop by the users group and share your knowledge and experience. The welcome mat is always out.

Our interests are varied and not restricted to just one area. Members are knowledgeable and willing to help all. You will no doubt find someone who has experienced the same problem or can recommend a piece of hardware or a software program that will meet your needs.

If you’re interested in learning more about computers, hardware options, software availability and applicability, we meet in the Seminar room of the library from 9:30 am till noon on the third Saturday of the month.

The July meeting will be on the 21st. For more information you may call Dave Bechtel, evenings 549-2077.

Friends of the Library News

Take Me to Your Reader

There is still time to sign up for the summer reading program, Space Explorers: Discover the Reading Galaxy-at the Scripps Ranch Library.

Children have until Aug. 15 to read books for their list. There are prizes for reading as well as a series of special presentations. For the middle school crowd, there is a special program called “Read through Space and Time.”

On Thursday, July 12 at 3 pm, the San Diego Firefighter Clowns will entertain and teach about fire safety. The fire and paramedic trucks from the Scripps Ranch Fire Station will also be at the library for this event.

On Thursday, July 26 at 3 pm, Kids on the Block of San Diego will present a show featuring life-sized puppets representing children with a variety of physical and learning disabilities, medical conditions and social problems.

On Thursday, Aug. 9 at 3 pm, Tommy (Butch) Bond and his dog Petey of the Little Rascals/Our Gang comedy series will be at the library. Bond, who played Butch in the series, will show two 15- minute Little Rascals movies and talk about the series and child actors.

The Pleasure of Your Company

The Friends Chamber Music Series continues on Tuesday, July 17 with a 7 pm performance by the Odeum Guitar Duo. Starting in September, the concerts will be moved to 2:30 pm on Sunday afternoons. Mark your calendar for the first concert of the new season featuring pianist Dmitry Kirichenko on Sunday, Sept. 16.

Book Discussion

All readers are invited to join the Book Discussion group which meets on the 4th Wednesday of the month. This month we will meet on July 25 at 6:30 pm in the library seminar room to discuss Scandalmonger by William Safire.

Our Library Needs Friends Like You

Like many of the other Scripps Ranch organizations, the Friends of the Library rely on voluntary memberships to fund many of the special programs offered at our library. Please consider joining the Friends either by picking up a form at the library or by stopping by the Friends of the Library table at the Symphony in the Park concerts this summer.

New Officers

New Friends of the Library officers for the coming year are Sandra Hoyt (president); Nancy Hitchcox (vice president), Julie Worden (secretary) and Carole Banka (treasurer).

Phone numbers for the officers and for various committee chairs are listed in the Friends newsletter, the Folio, which is mailed to Friends members and can be picked up at the library.

SR Indian Guides/Princesses

Under the auspices of the “Y,” SR has a total of ten Indian Guide/Princess tribes within the Pomerado Nation. Nation Chief Tom Sayer, Wampum Bearer Rick Weiner and TalleyKeeper Mark Adams direct the ten local Tribal Chiefs in creating mind and spirit enhancement for our children. Segmented into K-3 gender-specific tribes, SR kids choose their own unique Native American name and meet monthly to execute a craft together and share insights from their lives. In addition, monthly “outings” include Tent camping, cabins & snow at Big Bear, whale watching, rock climbing and boating to Catalina. Last year, the Pomerado Nation, in Native American canoes and accompanied by an authentic teepee, participated for the first time in the SRCA 4th of July parade, garnering two awards. Expect to see them again in this year’s parade!

Kiwanis Club Of Scripps-Mira Mesa

The Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club meets every Wednesday at 7 am at Amber’s Restaurant located next to the Holiday Inn-Select (I-15 and Miramar Road). Please join us for a complimentary breakfast.

Last month our speakers were: Jay Hatfield from the Braille Institute, Cheryl Nikos from the City of San Diego Household Hazardous Materials Office, Dr. Ed Lataille- the Director of Rehabilitation for the Salvation Army and Kathy Olson from the American Cancer Society. Although there will not be a meeting on July 4th, we have some great speakers lined up for the rest of the month. On July 11, Kim Clanton from the Contractors State Licensing Board will speak on how to hire a good contractor, and what to do if there is a problem. Dr. Brinegar will be here on July 18 to talk about the importance (and techniques) of stretching. Seaworld’s Meg Newcomb will be our guest on July 25 to talk about their master plan for the park.

Officers for 2001 – 2002

The club elected Tom Hankins as the incoming president, Jim Farrier as the president-elect, Myra Ratcliffe as secretary and Joe Gersztyn as treasurer.

They will take office in October, and then I get to relax!

Welcome to Our New Members

On May 9, we inducted Herman Wong as the newest member of our club. Herman graduated with a degree in Mathematics from San Diego State College (not a misprint- it was a college then) and a degree in Industrial Engineering from Ohio State University. He lived in Ohio from 1969 until his retirement from the State of Ohio in 2000. He was active with Kiwanis in Ohio and we welcome Herman and his wife, Carol back into the Kiwanis family here.

I neglected to mention in our last article that we inducted Mark Branning into our club on April 11. Mark is a native of Hollywood, California, and has a Masters Degree in Business from California State University, Long Beach. He is employed as a manager with IDX.

Service Projects

On May 4, the club cooked hamburgers and hot dogs for the Spring Fair at Dingeman Elementary School. Apparently we were fairly decent cooks because according to my source, we prepared approximately 1,000 meals and no one asked for a refund.

On May 6, several of our members operated a booth at the Los Penasquitos Street Fair. Our theme was promoting bicycle safety. Everyone seemed to enjoy the day, and I want to thank Community Services Officer Carlos Rodriquez of the San Diego Police Department’s Juvenile Division for his assistance in providing handout literature.

Miracle Mile of Quarters is a campaign to raise money for Children’s Hospital. Kiwanian Joe Gersztyn from our club served as our Division’s chairman and on June 3, the money was tallied. Of the $110,000 raised, approximately $14,500 was contributed by Kiwanis clubs in our division.

On June 10, we once again provided breakfast at San Diego State University for all of the Special Olympians and their escorts. We also held our annual Tailgate party at the Padres/KGB Sky Show on June 15.

School Partnerships

The Scripps-Mira Mesa Kiwanis Club has had school partnerships for years with Jerabek Elementary School, Miramar Ranch Elementary School, Scripps Ranch High School, Mira Mesa High School and Twain-Mesa School. On May 25, we attended Twain-Mesa’s Awards Celebration at the Scripps Ranch Library. Our club was proud to present two scholarships to very deserving students. The $250 Scholarships went to: Noel Tenorio and Teresa Lee-Pollack.

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 just come on over for breakfast any Wednesday morning at Amber’s. Our website is: I hope everyone has a safe and happy Independence Day.

Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club

Enjoy a day at the Del Mar Races, Saturday, July 21. Ticket price $12 per person. Guests welcome. Ticket price includes transportation to and from race track, Clubhouse admission, Clubhouse seating, and official race program. Space is limited to first 18.

We are excited about our new “Rootbeer Float Night” at Trails. You provide the flotation devices and we will provide the Rootbeer Floats! Cost: Members $5 per family. Members Guest’s $7 per family.

Splash-N-Movie Night at Aviary. We will show a “G” rated movie and you can float in the pool, or lounge on the deck and enjoy a summer night among family and friends. Cost: Members $5 per family. Members Guest’s $7 per family. Drop off childcare available for an additional fee. Call Aviary for more information.

July Events

  • Singles Tennis Championships Sat 7, 8th
  • Board of Director’s Meeting, 10th
  • Cardio Swing Class Thur., 12th
  • Rootbeer Float Night Sat., 14
  • Del Mar Day At The Races Sat., 21st
  • Splash-N-Movie Night Sat., 28th
  • Free Intro To Yoga Sat., 28th
  • Ladies Tennis Night on Mondays
  • Men’s “B” Night on Tuesdays
  • Men’s Tennis Day on Saturdays

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Auditions for Lend Me A Tenor

Auditions for Scripps Ranch Theatre’s next season opener, Lend Me A Tenor by Ken Ludwig, will be held on Monday and Tuesday, July 16-17 from 7-9 pm with callbacks on July 18.

This fast-paced farce is about a famous Italian opera star who is to perform at the Cleveland Opera, but groupies, mistaken identities, a jealous wife and a host of other problems result in mass confusion.

Roles open: Max, mid 30s, dreams of being a singer; Maggie, mid 20s-30s, Max’s girlfriend and General Manager’s daughter; Saunders, 50-60, General Manager, impatient businessman; Tito, 30-40, world famous Italian tenor; Maria, 30-40, Tito’s passionate and hot-tempered wife; Bellhop, 20s-40s, star struck opera fan; Diana, mid 30s, beautiful, wants to seduce Tito; and Julia, 50s-60s, chairwoman of Opera Guild. Max and Tito need to have good singing ability, though greater emphasis is on acting ability and comedic skill.

Auditions will be readings from the script–no monologues. Bring head shot and resume. Auditions will be held in the theatre at United States International University, 10455 Pomerado Rd. Play dates are Sept. 7-29, with performances Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 2 pm. For more information, call Tim Dayton, producer, at 689-8152 or e-mail Carla Brandon, director, at [email protected]

SRT Awards Event

SRT held its annual awards event and season ticket holder appreciation on Sunday, June 10 on the new patio of McDonald Hall at USIU. “Stars Under the Stars” was the theme of this year’s event that drew over 100 people.

The highlight of the evening was the awards ceremony with recipients determined by ticket holder balloting in various categories. Fences received eight awards, including Best Set, Lighting And Sound Design; Best Actor-minor Support (Raymond Harris as Gabe); Best Actor-Major Support (Lennox Miller as Bono); Best Actor-Major Role (Grandison Phelps III as Troy); Best Actress-Major Role (Janet Mescus as Rose); and Best Production (Sharon Hays, producer). Awards for Don’t Dress for Dinner went to John Simonds as Best Director, Arlene Darden for Best Costume Design, and Karina Montgomery as Suzette for Best Actress-Major Support. The Best Actress-Minor Support award went to Lynne Goodman who played Rita in Bermuda Avenue Triangle.

Paintball Club

Due to popular demand, our Vengeance Fun Tournament is back! We have had so many requests for more tournaments that we have relented and scheduled a beginners’ tournament for Aug. 11. This three-man tournament will be held at Hidden Valley Paintball Park. Prizes include Tippmanns, cases of paint and masks. For more information, call us at 549-2524. Registration is $120 per three-man team (with one alternate allowed). If you are a beginner in either paintball or tournaments, please join us for alot of fun. (No advanced players or GWS, NPPL, PanAm circuit, etc. players allowed.)

The Paintball Club’s regular games are as follows: July 14, Sept. 15, and Nov. 17. Our rates have gone down so we are even more affordable. Parents, if you want your child to have a safe, supervised paintball experience or party, give us a call. Do not let your children play in the canyons where there is no supervision and there is a high risk of injury. I have witnessed players or observers without goggles/mask at these “outlaw” paintball fields in the canyons and open space. Paintball should only be played in a licensed paintball park! Call us at 549-2524 for more information.

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.

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 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 morning from 7 to 8 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.

Welcome Club

Summertime is fun time, and oh, the fun Welcome Club members are having. In June we went to the Pacific Belle Chord Tea & Fashion Show for our Gadabouts. It was a delightful day being entertained by the barber shop Pacific Belle Chords, enjoying all the beautiful decorated tables and fashions. Another event that always generates lots of cheer and laughter is our monthly coffees hosted at one of our members homes. This month our Gadabouts & Coffee will be combined for our annual Salad Supper.

We have a new enthusiastic board scheduling many social activitiesthroughout the year. Besides the social activities, we have monthly interest groups such as bridge, pitch golf, coffee, book discussion, theater group, and many more to pique your interest.

This month we will not have a general meeting, but for August put it on your calendar. Our meetings are the first Thursday of the month with an interesting program, refreshments, and time to socialize. Join us atthe Swim & Racquet Club on Aviary Drive at 7 pm. Don’t be shy about coming. We are a very friendly group and always look forward to meeting new faces.

If you have lived in Scripps Ranch less than a year, are a new citizen, have a new baby or have recently adopted a child, are recently divorced or widowed – then you qualify to become a member of Welcome Club.

If you would like more information, call Doris Bingham at 578-4595. 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 Kids Chorus

Auditions for the chorus have been extended through June and July because of the many applications.

Boys and girls 4 through 13 may apply, and kids with no musical experience may also apply as all vocal training is provided.

The latest Scripps Ranch kids accepted include: Michael Fouser, Kaila Genovese, Briana Genovese, Catherine Schroberger, Nicole Schroberger, Ryan Eldrich, Jason Eldrich, Nicole Ginn, and Nicole Yen.

For more information, and to schedule an interview, call Director Tony Gril at 619/226-6360.