Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club

The Scripps Ranch Women’s Athletic Club (WAC) is proud to announce that scholarships were awarded to four terrific young women from Scripps Ranch. Shannon Donahue, Christina Rea, and Ann Walkush are from Scripps Ranch High School; Diana Tehrani graduated from La Jolla High School.

There are many well-rounded young women who call Scripps Ranch home, and the decision process was very difficult because we had to choose from such a great number of well-qualified applicants. Thank you to all the applicants! Each of you is an outstanding person, and we are grateful to have had you in our midst. Good luck to all of you in your future endeavors!

WAC elections were held in June. Lisa Bass and Mary Lawler were chosen to be co-presidents, Betsy Huntingdon will be vice president, and Ann Marie Gallagher will be the WAC treasurer. Many thanks to our outgoing treasurer, Alex Osowski. You served us well during a "growth spurt," and we are grateful for your organizational skills and for keeping the city paid for all the permits.

Women’s sports: Participation in athletics through WAC is at an all-time high. Summer basketball and soccer leagues have been underway for a month and all teams are full. The competition is fierce, but friendly. In June we finished our inaugural Women’s Volleyball League and it is definitely successful.

There is a solid core of dedicated players, and our skill level keeps improving with our weekly clinic followed by games. We have a terrific referee and coach in Pete Calveley–he keeps us on our toes with lots of encouragement and superb coaching.

Coed softball is having its usual fun, social season. We have been underway for a week, and there is no better way to spend a Tuesday evening than with your spouse or your other close friends playing softball and having a beer or two. Softball is one of the few coed sports offered in our area–come out to the park and watch, or better yet, join us!

Check out the WAC website at [] to get the latest WAC news or to get your registration for softball, volleyball, soccer, and basketball.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

President Kimba Sellers announced that Scripps Ranch High School seniors Elizabeth Dindial and Christina Richiere were each awarded a $1,000 scholarship by the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC). Congratulations to two very fine young women.

Club events in June included members who got up early to participate in the Coronado Bay Bridge Liberty Run/Walk. The event’s proceeds benefit victims of domestic violence. Also in June, International Dining hosted a Puerto Rican dinner for the club’s membership at Mary Cooksey’s house.

The torch will be passed to the club’s new board and standing committee chairs on Wednesday, July 2, at the Change Over Dinner. Lynn Parke will host the dinner in her home. The annual meeting will be held at Aux Delices on Wednesday, July 16.

The SRWC will team up with the Old Pros to provide food supplied by Dad’s Sports Bar and Grill for the party following the SRCA 4th of July Parade. Attend the parade and come by the SRWC and Old Pros’ booth in Hoyt Park.

The SRWC welcomes new members Marilyn Sellers, Laurel Wenger, and Diane Lennert. If you would like to come to a meeting or learn more about our club, contact membership chair Joanne Franklin at [[email protected]] or 578-1118. Or, check our website at []. Join us!

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The 3rd Annual Hidden Valley House Auxiliary High Tea was held in May at the Scripps Ranch Library and was a wonderful success. We are happy to report that we were able to raise a greater amount of funds than last year. With the High Tea proceeds, the Hidden Valley House is now going to receive a badly needed addition to the facility, including a clothes closet for the clients and an inside play area for the children.

Thank you to all who contributed to the High Tea auction including:

  • The Westgate Hotel
  • Birch Aquarium at Scripps
  • Lamb’s Players Theatre
  • Poway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Sammy’s Woodfired Pizza Restaurant
  • Roppongi Restaurant
  • Prime 10 Restaurant
  • Fresh Seafood Restaurant
  • The Globe Theatres
  • Triple Expresso
  • La Jolla Playhouse
  • Joan Lovell of Travel Dynamics Group
  • La Valencia Hotel
  • San Diego Junior Theatre
  • Bead Gallery
  • The Gondola Company

Also, thank you to everyone who attended and contributed to this event.

The item of the month for July is nonperishable food. Your contribution of canned goods and boxed items would be greatly appreciated. The drop-off location for July is Pam Kay’s home at 10485 White Birch Drive. Pam’s phone number is 549-0996.

The Scripps Ranch Library is now providing a drop-off location for nonperishable food items and diapers for the Hidden Valley House shelter. We wish to thank Nancy Assaf for generously offering to help the shelter in this manner.

Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

May 3, 2003 was officially proclaimed Scripps Ranch Unit-Children’s Hospital Auxiliary Day. Councilmember Brian Maienschein presented the proclamation to Chair Karin Whiteley at the annual fundraiser for this year, Juke Box Jive. The 50s theme dinner, dance, and auction raised net proceeds of over $40,000 for the Department of Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital and was chaired by Nancy Fleischman and her "Pink Ladies" committee–Kathy Anderson, Laura Carrion, Tammy Hobson, and Dana Walters.

Special highlights of the evening were having Jagger and Kristi of MY94.1 as emcees, and the performance of our local band The Heroes who provided the music to rock around the clock! The Scripps Ranch Unit wishes to thank the following main sponsors of Juke Box Jive for their generous contributions:

  • San Diego Spine Center
  • Qualcomm
  • Marquez-Kuhlken
  • Crane Development
  • Filippi’s Pizza Grotto;
  • Falcons Youth Baseball, Inc.
  • John and Cindy Hine
  • San Diego Auto Connection
  • Carrion Construction, Inc.
  • Karin Whiteley, Prudential California Realty
  • Jeff Hobson-Picis
  • Nordstrom

Thank you also to the more than 100 community businesses and residents for their generous donations and to everyone who attended the event!

In June the Scripps Ranch Unit officially installed its 2003-2004 Board of Officers at their end of the year celebration at the home of Celeste Cowell. Members once again rocked around the clock thanks to music provided by the juke box that the Cowell’s successfully bid on during the live auction at Juke Box Jive. Congratulations to Marilyn Tobin, our new chair, and to all of our new Board of Officers for 2003-2004.

Our annual membership drive is underway. If you would like the opportunity to join this wonderful group of women whose mission is to raise awareness of child safety within the community and to fundraise for Children’s Hospital and Health Center, contact Dana Walters at 566-9305 or Nancy Lundquist at 578-6145. There will be a prospective member social in September.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Children’s Programs

"It’s a Jungle Out There–Swing into Your Library" is the theme for the Summer Reading Program sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library, the Scripps Ranch Civic Association, Clear Channel Communications, and Mervyn’s. Preschoolers through young adults are invited to register at the library and start reading to earn incentive awards. All Summer Reading Program participants are invited to march in the SRCA 4th of July Parade. Call Sandra Hoyt at 566-9242 for details.

In a free program on Thursday, July 10, at 3 pm, Loren Smith and his caravan of musicians will take us on a safari that will include songs with audience participation, facts, jokes, and lots of fun. Then on Thursday, July 24, at 3 pm come meet the San Diego firefighter clowns, Do Right and Do Wrong. This duo will teach us the rights and wrongs of fire safety. A fire truck will be on the premises, too!

Music Programs

The next concert in the "Pleasure of Your Company" chamber music series is on Sunday, July 20, at 2:30 pm. It will feature a saxophone quartet comprised of John Groot, Laurie Purcell, Mel Davis, and Carl Cabaña. They will perform classical and contemporary selections from the French.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading American Sphinx: The Character of Thomas Jefferson by Joseph Ellis. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, July 23, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The book for August is The Essential Lewis and Clark edited by Landon Y. Jones. Copies of the books are available at the library circulation desk.

Volunteers Honored

Our wonderful library volunteers were feted at a brunch in May hosted by Friends of the Library board members.

Other Library News

The library will be closed on Friday, July 4, in honor of Independence Day.

Please park in the lot on Meanley Drive and come up the walk behind the library for special programs and events.

Welcome Club

Summertime is for fun, and oh the fun Welcome Club members are having. In June we had a wonderful Caribbean party with a steel drum band, an island buffet, and everyone dressed in island attire. It was a very festive evening.

July is our annual Salad Supper that brings all our members to one place–our gracious hosts Walt and Carol Becker’s beautiful home. Everyone has a great time meeting new faces and reacquainting with other members.

There will be no general meeting in July, but be sure to put August on your calendar. Our meetings are the first Thursday of the month with an interesting program, refreshments, and time to socialize. Join us at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive at 7 pm.

We now have application fliers at the Information Center and the Scripps Ranch Library. For more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Pomerado Nation Y-Guides and Princesses

Jude "Silver Hawk" Zemper and the Cherokees sponsored Scripps Ranch guides and princesses in the Dr. Seuss Walk-a-thon in May to support literacy. Later in the month Dean "Thunder Eagle" Fledderjohn and the Modocs sponsored the Nation’s campout weekend at Camp Marston, which attracted 144 Scripps Ranch children and dads.

The month of June brought us to the Pinewood Derby, where John "Bubba Otter" Thornton and the Ancient Anasazis hosted, and refereed, the big race. Tom "Big Foot" Brockley called the microphone shots for 80 other Scripps Ranch dad and child teams.

Next up is Tom "Running Bear" Boldt and the Mojaves leading the Nation into the SRCA 4th of July Parade to defend their award-winning performances of the past two years. The final event of the year–and Blaine "Dancing Dog" Sample’s Nation Chief reign–is planned on the quiet beach sands of Camp Pendleton from Friday, Aug. 15, to Sunday, Aug. 17, where guides and princesses get to remind their dads how to put up a tent.

New signups for this unique father/child bonding experience are taking place for all 5- to 10-year-olds. Interested Scripps Ranch dads should contact the Rancho Y via Y-agents Aria Almanzar or Megan Fercho at 484-8788 or visit [] to get placed within a Pomerado Nation tribe.

The program fosters companionship between dads and their children, setting a foundation for lifelong positive relationships in conjunction with the program slogan of "Friends Always."

Gordon "Bearded Feather" Boerner

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

We are busting at the seams this July. There is no way any member of the Swim and Racquet Club will utter the sentence, "I’m bored!"

Try our "Family Campout" on Saturday, July 19, and bring your tent, sleeping bags, and swimsuits. Enjoy a family evening filled with dinner, the Harry Potter II movie, roasting marshmallows, and swimming–the pool is open until midnight. We will even serve breakfast. The cost is: members, $25 for a family of 4 with $5 for each additional family member. This is a members-only event and is very popular. Sign up at Aviary.

The Teen Splash and movie night is at Trails on Saturday, July 12. This evening is for our members who are 10-14 years old. We will show the movie Waterboy, rated PG-13, and provide refreshments. Members are $7, and nonmembers who are accompanied by a member are $10. Sign up at Aviary.

Heard about arena football but never seen a game? Now is your chance and we will drive. This event is on Friday, July 25, and the game starts at 7:30 pm. Members are $12.50 per ticket, including transportation. If you want the ticket, but want to drive yourself, the tickets are $11. We only have room for 20, so sign up by Friday, July 18, at Aviary.

Other upcoming events:

  • Family dinner night–Tuesday, July 1;
  • SRSRC board of director’s meeting–Tuesday, July 8;
  • Men’s and women’s singles tournament–Saturday and Sunday, July 12 and 13;
  • Riptides game–Friday, July 25;
  • Swim and movie night–Friday, July 25; and,
  • Teen summer dance–Saturday, July 26.

Kiwanis Club

Local Service Projects

  • Children’s Hospital– "Miracle Mile of Quarters." Every year Kiwanis Clubs from all over San Diego bring the quarters they have collected and present them to Children’s Hospital. Last month our club contributed 1,600 quarters.
  • Special Olympics–Last month we once again served about 400 breakfasts in two hours. Big thanks to club members Arman Freeman, Jim Weaver, and past member Wayne Campbell.

Partnership with Schools

Twain-Mesa Awards–Club members Jim Felix and Roy Hosaka presented the $250 Karen L. Brandt Memorial Scholarship award to Chance Wright. Kiwanis has been making this award since 1992, and it will be used to help pay for Chance’s first semester of college. Our president, Dave Andrews, presented the Kiwanis President’s Award to Charlene Vidal. She will also receive $250. Congratulations to Chance and Charlene.

Key Clubs–The Key Clubs helped with the Rock `n Roll Marathon, Gift of Life event, and other local functions.

Interesting Speakers

You are always welcome to join our meetings that are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 am at Mimi’s Restaurant–we will even buy you breakfast! For more information, call me at 536-9821 or visit [].

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Scripps Tips was delighted to participate in the SRCA Community Fair! We brought greater awareness to our group.

Our weekly breakfast meetings are lively and interesting, as we share information about our businesses and learn how to make quality referrals to each other. While we only allow one member per area of expertise, we have openings in many fields. If you are an owner or manager of a small business, or are a professional who serves the Scripps Ranch area, we welcome your inquiry.

Our group’s dues cover our costs, such as our breakfasts and website. We meet weekly for an early breakfast at Mimi’s Restaurant. For more details, contact William English at 530-2343.

Computer Users Group

What’s a Computer Users Group? It’s a group of individuals who like to share their knowledge of computers and software. Members range from the neophyte to the seasoned user.

Monthly discussions include topics such as operating systems and Internet browsers. It may also be a software program such as a graphics program for printing greeting cards. Members are knowledgeable and willing to help.

If you are interested in learning more about computers, 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 July meeting will be Saturday, July 19. For information, call Dave Bechtel, evenings, at 549-2077.

Scripps Ranch Garden Club

Are you interested in growing, planting, and learning about gardening in our area? If so, come check out the Scripps Ranch Garden Club! We are a group of garden enthusiasts who might have some answers to your garden dilemmas.

We meet the fourth Monday of the month from 6 to 7 pm. Our July meeting is Monday, July 28, in the Scripps Ranch Library’s seminar room. For information, contact Steffi Bokser at 586-0050 or [[email protected]]. Find out about our opportunity table, enjoy our speaker, and meet knowledgeable gardeners.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Check out Scripps Ranch’s own Toastmasters Club, Scripps Teasers, the best Toastmasters Club this side of Kansas. You can improve your leadership and speaking skills, as well as master the ability to quickly think on your feet.

Scripps Teasers meets Thursday mornings at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. For more information contact Greg Seckington at 780-0979 or [[email protected]].

A Toastmasters Club is a "learn-by-doing" workshop. Members progress through 10 speaking assignments designed to instill a basic foundation in public speaking. When finished with the basic speech manual, members can select from among 15 advanced programs to develop speaking skills that are geared to specific career needs.