Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

10th Anniversary Celebration

On Saturday evening, Nov. 1, plan to go "Back to the Future" as we mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center with a 50s-themed celebration. Expect a fun-filled evening including delicious retro comfort food, dancing to music by The Heroes, and opportunities to bid on a few truly unique items.

Proceeds from the "Back to the Future" celebration are earmarked to help our library move into the future. We will enhance our collection of electronic media, including DVDs and CDs, and update technology with the addition of an LCD projector and an improved sound system for the community room. Invitations go out in early September.

Children’s Programs

In a free program on Thursday, Aug. 7, at 3 pm William Wingfield, master conga drummer and percussionist, will play conga drums and assorted percussion instruments with audience participation. Then on Thursday, Aug. 21, at 3 pm, come enjoy dancers from the Scripps Performing Arts Centre Super*Kids presenting excerpts from their repertoire, including The Storyteller and The Nutcracker. After the performance, Certificates of Completion will be awarded to Summer Reading Program participants, and cake and lemonade will be served.

Book Discussion Group

This month the group is reading The Essential Lewis and Clark edited by Landon Y. Jones. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. The books for September will be Tender at the Bone: Growing Up at the Table and Comfort Me with Apples: More Adventures at the Table, both by Ruth Reichl. Copies of the books are available at the library circulation desk.

Music Programs

"The Pleasure of Your Company" chamber music series will take a break during August. Mark your calendar for the third Sunday afternoon each month–the second Sunday in December–so you won’t miss the concerts, which resume next month.

Best Library!

Our Scripps Ranch Library was voted by the people of San Diego a winner in the Best Libraries category of "Best of San Diego."


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

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) events in July included the changeover dinner, hosted by Lynn Parke. During this event, the outgoing board passed duties to the incoming officers and committee heads. This was followed later in July by the annual meeting and dinner when the new board officially took charge. This lovely evening event was held at Aux Delices on Miramar Road, where club members enjoyed a beautifully presented and delicious dinner along with some special wines from the onsite wine cellar.

Because it is the Women’s Club’s charter to raise money for support of areas of need in our community, we thought you might like to know how our charitable dollars have been or will be distributed this year.

  • Symphony in the Park–$500;
  • 2003 SRHS Scholarship Awards–$2,000 (two at $1,000 each);
  • SRHS Choral Department–$200;
  • SR Elementary Schools, all four–$6,000 ($1,500 each school);
  • Marshall Middle School–$1,000;
  • SR Community Theatre–$500; and,
  • Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library–$1,000.
Our contributions total $11,200.

On Saturday night, Aug. 23, our International Dining group will meet. On Wednesday, Sept. 17, our general meeting will be a potluck dinner supporting Hidden Valley House, the local battered women’s and children’s center.

The SRWC welcomes new member Gale Ann Mosher. If you would like to learn more about our club, contact our membership chair, Joanne Franklin, at [[email protected]] or 578-1118. You can also check out our website at [].

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

What, only one more month of summer left? Only one thing to do, spend it with us!

Start August swimming! Take those swim lessons that you have put off all summer long. We have every level–from ages 3 to 103. Stop by Aviary and see what’s available.

We still have campers on our minds. This month we have Wet and Wild, Cheerleading, Sports, Tennis, and Big Splash, to name a few. Register at Aviary. Camps are open to nonmembers.

We saved the best for last! Of course we are talking about our Labor Day party! Bring your lawn chairs or come dance with us to the live music provided by The Fabulous Pelicans! It all starts Monday, Sept. 1, at 3 pm at Aviary.

Upcoming events:

  • Family dinner night–Tuesday, Aug. 5;
  • Men’s poker–Friday, Aug. 8;
  • Teen Splash and movie–Saturday, Aug. 9;
  • Duplicate bridge–Friday, Aug. 15;
  • Fall swim lesson registration–Saturday, Aug. 16;
  • Junior Singles Tournament–Saturday, Aug. 23;
  • Swim lesson party–Sunday, Aug. 24;
  • Swim and movie night–Friday, Aug. 29; and,
  • Teen Back-To-School Dance–Saturday, Aug. 30.

Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

The Scripps Ranch Unit of the Children’s Hospital Auxiliary is taking time off to have a relaxing summer with their families, but our annual membership drive is underway. If you or someone you know would like to be a part of our fun and special group, please call Dana Walters at 566-9305 or Nancy Lundquist at 578-6145.

We are having a "prospective member" dessert on Monday, Aug. 25, at 7 pm at the Crown Pointe clubhouse to introduce ourselves to you and answer any questions you may have about our organization. We would love to see you!

Pomerado Nation Y-Guides and Princesses

June’s Pinewood Derby was hosted by John "Bubba Otter" Thornton and the Ancient Anasazis and generated 80 Scripps Ranch dad and child teams. Tom "Running Bear" Boldt and the Mojave tribe led a large contingent into the SRCA 4th of July Parade, where Tom "Big Foot" Brockley chauffeured Nation Chief Blaine "Dancing Dog" Sample alongside Deano "Hungry Wolf" Smith’s teepee. Carrying on the Nation’s prizewinning tradition, the Nation again earned three judge’s awards, including first place in the Youth Group category.

Next up on the agenda is the Camp Pendleton beach campout from Friday, Aug. 15, through Sunday, Aug. 17. Scripps Ranch children will remind their dads how to put up a tent on sand, hunt for shells, and ride the waves all day and night. For dads considering joining, this campout is typically the most fun event of the year.

It’s never too late to signup for this unique father and child bonding experience, available to all Scripps Ranch 5- to 10-year-olds and their dads. Interested dads should contact the Rancho Y via either [] or Y-agent Aria Almanzar at 484-8788 to get placed within a Pomerado Nation tribe prior to our Catalina Island camping trip in September.

The program helps set a foundation for lifelong positive dad and child relationships in conjunction with the program slogan of "Friends Always." In addition, the program provides another vehicle for children to meet and interact with fellow Scripps Ranch children in a noncompetitive environment.

Welcome Club

Our annual July Salad Supper was a great success thanks to our gracious hosts Carol and Walt Becker. The committee did a fantastic job of decorating and making sure there was more than plenty of interesting salads and delicious desserts. This event brings out the majority of our members, and it is a great opportunity to meet new faces and reacquaint with members we rarely have the opportunity to see throughout the year.

Everyone is still talking about the fun and terrific job Sharon Hays did planning the Caribbean Party. Thanks to Sharon and Garry Hays for hosting this colorful event. Although we had no meeting in July, that doesn’t mean the activities have slowed. Our general meetings are the first Thursday of every month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. Every month has an interesting program with ample time to socialize.

To satisfy our members’ hobbies and interests, the club has many activities to keep one busy. The monthly coffees in a member’s home are a great way to meet new members and allow time to get better acquainted. The Antique Seekers go to new and interesting places to find that special treasure. Crafts and Cards is a lot of fun; you can see how your project has turned out or get help on one you started.

Gadabouts is a wonderful way to explore the area and discover new restaurants. We play games such as bunco, bridge, mah jongg, pitch, and golf–to name a few. We also have a theater group that takes us to our local plays.

We think you will find our group especially friendly and eager to welcome you. For more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693.

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Want a better job or to improve your speaking or leadership skills? Check out Scripps Ranch’s own Toastmaster’s Club, Scripps Teasers. "You don’t need to be an experienced speaker to join Scripps Teasers," said Uma Palepu, club president. "For the last 20 years, we have been here in Scripps Ranch–helping residents become better speakers and leaders in the community."

Scripps Teasers meets Thursday mornings at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center located at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. For more information, contact Greg Seckington at 780-0979 or [[email protected]]

A Toastmasters Club is a "learn-by-doing" workshop in which men and women hone their skills in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. Our meetings last approximately one hour. You will meet people with a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. Countries such as India, Laos, Kenya, Canada, Argentina, and the Netherlands are represented. Also, there is a nice split between men and women, and a wide range of careers and ages.

Upon joining a Toastmasters Club, members progress through a series of 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.

Computer Users Group

You are invited to attend the Computer Users Group’s monthly discussions held at the Scripps Ranch Library. Here, neighborhood friends of all ages meet in a roundtable forum and converse on the subject of computers. The subjects covered vary with the interests and problems of those in attendance.

The neophyte receives direct help, and the expert receives the satisfaction of assisting a neighbor. It’s here that we acquire knowledge from the subjects covered that are outside of our field of interest. It’s a matter of being neighborly and discussing a common subject–the computer. You are invited to sit with our congenial neighborhood group. We meet in the library’s seminar room on the third Saturday of the month. The August meeting will be on Saturday, Aug. 16. For more information, call Dave Bechtel, from 7 to 9 pm, at 549-2077.

Scripps Ranch Garden Club

If you have admired some of the awesome gardens of Southern California, join us! Our August meeting will be at the Scripps Ranch Library. We will host Nan Sterman, garden editor for San Diego Home and Garden Lifestyles. Her articles in this magazine have been great.

Join us for an interesting and informative evening. We will have our opportunity table for those who would like to offer plant opportunities! For information about our club, contact Steffi Bokser at 586-0050 or [[email protected]].