Welcome Club

Summertime and socials! A lot of fun was had last month at the festive annual July salad supper. The supper was a luau theme, and the tables were beautifully decorated with balloons and colorful tablecloths. As you entered, you were greeted with a lei and Welcome Club’s effervescing hospitality. Everyone enjoyed the delicious potluck supper while beautiful Hawaiian music played in the background.

This month Welcome Club will attend the Symphony in Hoyt Park on Sunday, Aug. 13. The Welcome Club is made up of many special interest groups that reflect the womens’ hobbies and wishes. These small groups provide an opportunity for fun and companionship between the monthly general meetings. Bridge is offered at every level, and there are two book discussions, bunco, creative cards and crafts, golf, gadabouts, theater group–to name just a few.

The Welcome Club meets every first Thursday of the month 7 pm with an interesting program, refreshments, and time to socialize. Join us at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. We are a friendly group and 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 join 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. We are looking forward to seeing you at the next meeting.

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

The Auxiliary would like to extend a special thanks to the 125 Scripps Ranch residents who participated in the Liberty Run/Walk over the Coronado Bay Bridge in June. The event raised funds to support Hidden Valley House and San Diego’s seven other shelters for battered women and their children. Members of Cub Scout Pack 614 and their families comprised one of the biggest teams at the event with 84 participants! Pictured here are members of the “Valley Girls” team enjoying the post-race festivities.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC)

This summer has been a busy and productive time for members of the SRWC. In June, we had the pleasure of awarding our annual $1,000 scholarship award to Ms. Allison West. Congratulations, Allison. We wish you the best next year at Cal Poly.

It’s the time of year when we install our new Board of Directors. Our annual meeting and installation dinner, “Espana de Noche,” was held in July at the lovely home of Celeste Cowell. A sumptuous Spanish buffet dinner was served poolside under the summer evening stars. It was a beautiful evening and a great start to our new year. Cheers to our new President Marty Salkin and the entire incoming Board.

We have a lot of activities coming up. We are planning our yearly trek to Del Mar for a fun-filled day at the track. Get ready to win, place, or show! Our International Dining Group’s annual “Chili Cookoff” will be on Saturday, Aug. 19, and is open to all our club members. You’ll be guaranteed an evening of great food, friends, and fun!

We also are planning a new, exciting event for our annual fundraiser. We have a dedicated committee working on this. Details will be forthcoming so be watching for them! As always, we keep our focus on fun and fundraising!

Membership in the SRWC is open to all women living in Scripps Ranch. We are a non-profit organization dedicated to charitable causes within our community as well as providing a social network for our members. If you would like more information about membership, please call Lyn Blankenship at 487-1237.

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, so you’ll hear lots of laughter at our meetings. 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.

Computer Users Group

Have you ever looked at the skimpy manuals that came with your computer or latest software. You could probably read them on a short coffee break and still have time left to do The Times cross word puzzle. Maybe that’s a push; however, it seems that the answer to your problem is never in that abbreviated manual. This is where your local computer users group can help. There’s a good chance that someone in the group has either experienced the same problem or has the knowledge or resources to resolve your dilemma. We meet in the seminar room of the Library on the third Saturday of the month. For more information, please call Dave Bechtel at 549-2077 during evenings from 7 to 9 pm.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

What, summer’s almost over? Only one thing to do; spend August with us!

You already know all about our swim lessons: infant to adult. You have heard all about our camps: full and drop in and so many to chose from, we have lost count! You understand all about our tennis department: lessons and camps for ages 3 to 103!

But did you know about our Labor Day Party! We didn’t think so! The Fabulous Pelicans are back to knock your socks off! Bring your lawn chairs, picnic baskets, and dance along with us on Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 4, from 3 to 5 pm.

Up-coming events include:

  • SRSRC board meeting: Tuesday, Aug. 8;
  • Tennis Friday night mixer: Friday, Aug. 25;
  • Swim and movie night: Friday, Aug. 25; and
  • Labor Day Concert at the Club: Monday, Sept. 4.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)

The Summer Reading program winds up this month at the Scripps Ranch Library. Don’t miss the bi-weekly programs on Thursdays at 3 pm. On Thursday, Aug. 3, there will be a Magic Stand-Up show with a magician and live animals. On Thursday, Aug. 17, the Scripps Ranch Fire Department presents clowns demonstrating fire safety, a fire truck, and an ambulance. On Thursday, Aug. 31, the grand finale features a performance by the Super*Kids from the Scripps Performing Arts Centre. Children, ages 4 to 11, and teens, ages 12 and older, have until Saturday, Sept. 2, to turn in their book lists and receive prizes.

The Pleasure of Your Company chamber music series features an evening of works written by Myron Fink on Tuesday, Aug. 15, at 7 pm. Most local residents know Mr. Fink as the composer of The Conquistador that was premiered by the San Diego Opera in 1997. He will perform some of his works along with Richard Geiler, tenor; Alyze Dreiling, violin; and other artists. A complimentary reception will follow the concert.

The Book Discussion Group will meet at 6:30 pm on Wednesday, Aug. 30, for a discussion of Anne Lamott’s book, Bird by Bird. Copies of the book are available at the library.

Local residents are urged to join the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL) to help support the wide range of programs available at our local library. Forms are available at the library, or mail your name and address along with $20 for a family membership to SRFOL, Scripps Ranch Library, 10301 Scripps Lake Drive, San Diego, CA 92131.

Storyteller Benefits Library

Renowned storyteller and recording artist Jim Weiss captivated children and adults with his exhilarating tales at a special performance at the Learning Express Toy Store owned by residents Eileen and Ira Marks in the Scripps Ranch Marketplace shopping center. A total of $115 was raised for the Friends of the Library.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

Annual Awards

Scripps Ranch Theatre (SRT) held its 21st annual awards banquet on Sunday, June 25, at the Mission Valley Marriott. Members of SRT voted for the people they thought performed the best in this season’s plays and recognized them for their achievements. Award winners were:

  • Best Costume: Ann Savage for A Chorus Line;
  • Best Sound Design: John Simonds for A Chorus Line;
  • Best Lighting Design: Paul Ericson and Juli Stewart for Never Get Smart With an Angel;
  • Best Set Design: Mary Ann McKay and Raylene J. Wall for Never Get Smart With an Angel;
  • Best Actor, minor support: Bruce Ericcson for Perfect Crime;
  • Best Actor, major support: Michael Madrid as Paul in A Chorus Line;
  • Best Actress, major support: Robin Christ as Bobbi in Last of the Red Hot Lovers;
  • Best Actor, major role: Jeff Laurence as Barney in Last of the Red Hot Lovers;
  • Best Actress, major role: Holly MacDonald as Cassie in A Chorus Line;
  • Best Director: Dave Rethoret for A Chorus Line; and
  • Best Production: Sharon Hays for A Chorus Line.

Congrats to the winners. You were in stiff competition and everybody is a winner, especially our audiences.

It was noted at the banquet that nearly 3,900 people attended SRT shows this season, setting an all-time attendance record. Thanks patrons; come see us again next season!

Next Season

SRT’s 2000-2001 season opens Friday, Sept. 8, with Bermuda Avenue Triangle, an outrageous comedy about the adventures of two widows whose successful daughters move them against their wishes to Las Vegas, where they share a retirement village condo. On an excursion, they are saved from a mugger by a charming, if not quite sober, gambler who is short on cash and has ulterior motives. The play runs through Saturday, Sept. 30. Call 586-7564 now for reservations.

Paintball Club

Our new competition Sup Air Ball Field is in! We used it for the June tournament and everyone thought it was fantastic. Other paintball players, who watched us play on it, wanted to try it out, but unfortunately it was only to be used for tournament play. If you want to try it, sign up to compete in one of our tournaments! This is the only Air Ball field in San Diego County so contact The Paintball Club!

The results for our Vengeance Fun Tournament for beginners and rookies on June 17 are as follows:

  • First place–Smackdown;
  • Second place–3 Kings;
  • Third place–Assassins; and
  • Fourth place–Grievance.

Congratulations to all the teams that placed and to all the teams that participated in a very challenging tournament.

Our next tournament was held on July 22, and it was a Rookies only tourney. We will have the results in the next Newsletter. No tournament is scheduled for August. The next beginners/rookies tourney is Saturday, Sept. 23. We’d like to thank our sponsors for their generous prize donations: Paintball Junkies, RP Scherer Paintballs, ACI, Tippmann, and Scott. They help make this a successful tournament series.

Anyone interested in paintball birthday parties, bachelor parties, or corporate or other private events, please let us know. Check out our website: [www.paintballgod.com] or email us at [[email protected]]. Our phone number is 549-2524.