Welcome Club

Summertime is winding down and socials are winding up! Everyone had a great time at the August general meeting and Ice Cream Social. This month is no exception. Richard Lederer, word wizard and Scripps Ranch resident, will be our guest speaker on Thursday, Sept. 7. Richard Lederer is the author of more than 2,000 books and articles about language and humor, including his current book, The Bride of Anguished English, a Book-of-Month Club selection. Dr. Lederer’s syndicated column, “Looking at Language,” appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States.

The Welcome Club meets every first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. We look forward to meeting our new neighbors.

Besides our interesting programs at the general meeting, our Gadabouts is going to the Bernardo Winery for a tour, then lunch at Cafe Merlot with a fashion show. Our Theater Group will have an appetizer social and then go to USIU to see the play Bermuda Avenue Triangle.

The Welcome Club is made up of many special interest groups that reflect the women’s hobbies and wishes. These small groups provide an opportunity for fun and companionship between the monthly general meetings.

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 Karen Muehlbauer at 549-4162. 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.

Chinese American Club

We had an awesome response to our revival! Thanks to all our old and new friends, our July potluck was a fun and delicious event.

Next celebration is Moon Cake festival on Sunday, Sept. 10, at 6:30 pm at Lakeview Park overlooking Miramar Lake. Please bring drinks and moon cake or dessert to share. Parents, please do not forget lanterns for the little ones! Call Ruth at 693-1962 or Linda at 689-8191 for more information.

Hidden Valley House

September is a month full of fun activities, the proceeds from which will directly benefit the women and children residing at Hidden Valley House. On Sunday, Sept. 10, from 1:30 to 4 pm, the Escondido Altrusa Club is offering an afternoon of hors d’oeuvres, desserts, and wine tasting at the Orfila Winery. Opportunity drawings for great prizes will be held, with a wonderful door prize of a 1/2 carat diamond pendant. Tickets are $25.

Next, on Saturday, Sept. 23, at 8 am, the 1st annual Pet Party Walk will take place at San Diegueto Park. Bring your dog, cat, bird, turtle, or any favorite pet and join us for a scenic 1.5-mile walk. Breakfast treats for pets and owners will be provided, as well as exhibits and prizes for the fastest, slowest, most unique, and best pet costume. Tickets are $25 per person. Fluffy and Fido are free. For reservations or information about either of these events, call Marcia Martin at 566-3296.

Each month we have been highlighting a specific need of the residents at Hidden Valley House for which there are no funds available. This month the youngest residents are again desperate for disposable diapers. If you would like to donate a package, call me at 566-3296, or, if you prefer, just drop off your donation on my doorstop at 10825 Birch Bluff Ave. If you will leave your name and address, I will send you a receipt for tax purposes.

Also, I am working on my Girl Scout Gold Award and am seeking donations of gently used children’s books and G-rated videos so that we can create a book and video library for the Hidden Valley House. Please call me at 549-3755 if you have donations.

Thanks for your continuing support of the victims of domestic violence living at Hidden Valley House.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC)

And they’re off! . . . to the races at Del Mar, that is! On Sunday, Sept. 10, members of the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC), their spouses, and friends will be a part of the fun and excitement of an afternoon at Del Mar. We will be enjoying a delicious lunch at the Clubhouse Terrace restaurant while scouring the racing forms in order to place the most intelligent bet. Or, we may just pick a horse whose name we like; that works too! Anyway, “fun” is the objective of the day and we know we’ll be winners on that count!

We are going to be busy over the next few months. Plans are in the works for concerts, a wine tasting, ceramic painting, a spa night, theater nights, home tours, and luncheons; we’re definitely keeping busy!

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 to providing a social network for our members. If you would like more information about membership, please call Lyn Blankenship at 487-1237.

Village Quilters

The meeting of Village Quilters on Saturday, Sept. 16, will be at Amidon Quiltworks, 12625 Danielson Court, Suite 111, Poway, CA 92064, 486-0696. There will be a one-hour meeting, followed by a six-hour workshop featuring guest local quilter, designer, and instructor Pearl Pereira. Pearl’s workshop will be on her “Applique 101.” For workshop information, please contact Sharon Neidigh at 619-562-6193.

Village Quilters is open to anyone who loves quilts and quilting, from beginners to advanced levels, and is a friendly group who have lots of fun sharing ideas and inspiring others with their craft. Activities include philanthropic work in the community such as quilt making for cancer patients and preemies. Each month brings Block-of-the-Month, Fat Quarter Fabric Exchanges, and Show and Tell. For more information, please call Chairperson Deb McManus at 695-0656.

Paintball Club

The Vengeance Paintball tournament series held it’s Rookie tourney on July 22. The results were as follows: first place, Vengeance; second place, 3 Kings; third place, Poor Fools. This was a tourney for rookies/experienced tourney players only. The pace was very fast, and we had some hot tempers, as is normal for rookie tournaments. The Paintball Club’s main goal is to hold fair and fun games so the referees were very strict and stuck to the rules, even when it meant penalizing the sponsored team. The refs did not allow any rule violations. We hope that any team that participates in our tournaments or games realize that we protect everyone with fairness and safety.

Our next tournament is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 16. This will be a beginners/rookies tourney; rookie in this case means someone with a little experience with recreational tournaments. The final three tournaments for the year will be Saturdays, Oct. 21, Nov. 18, and Dec. 16. The Tournament of Champions will be scheduled for January or February 2001. More news on that later.

The final Paintball Club games will be Saturdays, Sept. 23 and Nov. 18. We hope to see you out there. For more info or registration forms for the games or tournies go to [www.paintballgod.com] and click on “links.” Call us if you would like to set up private paintball games or parties.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club (SRSRC)

What a summer we all had! We want to thank everyone who came to swim and play and exercise!

We are excited to announce the hiring of Scott Herman as our new General Manager. He comes to us with a strong background in recreational management. Scott’s experience and positive, friendly demeanor makes him a superb addition to our Club staff. Next time you come to the Club, stop by and welcome him.

Upcoming events include:

  • SRSRC Board meeting: Tuesday, Sept. 12;
  • Mixed doubles tennis tournament: Saturday, Sept. 16-17;
  • Swim and movie night: Friday, Sept. 29; and
  • Adult Oktoberfest: Saturday, Oct. 14.

Computer Users Group

Change. It’s one of the only things you can count on. Computers and software are certainly no exception. The Computer Users Group is made up of your neighbors who get together monthly to share their experiences and discuss changes that have affected their computer use. The meetings are free-wheeling and informative. Discussions range from the neophyte (to be truthful, all of us) who is considering buying their first computer, to the user who successfully installed the latest and greatest program.

We meet in the seminar room of the library from 9:30 am `til noontime on the third Saturday of the month. The next meeting will be on Saturday, Sept. 16. For more information, you may call Dave Bechtel at 549-2077 from 7 to 9 pm.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

SRT Opens Next Season

Scripps Ranch Theater (SRT) opens its 2000-01 season on Friday, Sept. 8, with Bermuda Avenue Triangle by Renee Taylor and Joseph Bologna. This outrageous comedy follows 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. They allow him to curl up on their living room floor, and he manages to turn their world upside down.

The play runs through Saturday, Sept. 30, with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays, and 2 pm on Sundays in the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of USIU.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors, students, and groups of ten or more. A $2 surcharge applies on opening night, which includes a champagne reception with the cast. For reservations, call 578-7728.

Upcoming Auditions

Auditions for SRT’s production of Same Time, Another Year by Bernard Slade will be held on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 18-19, from 7 to 9 pm in the Legler Benbough Theatre on the USIU campus. Callbacks will be held Wednesday, Sept. 20. Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script; you may bring a monologue if you wish. Also, bring a bio and photo. Roles open are for one female who ages in the show from late 40s to mid 60s, and one male who ages in the show from mid 50s to late 60s.

This sequel to Same Time, Next Year continues the yarn of an extramarital affair at a northern California cottage during 1976-93. Doris and George share the inevitabilities of aging and the convolutions of parenting and grandparenting as they continue to redefine love outside of their annual tryst and romance within it. Hilarity and tenderness are perfectly balanced.

Same Time, Another Year runs from Nov. 10 to Dec. 9, excluding Thanksgiving weekend. For more information, contact Producer Rick Carlson at 635-6565.

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; 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? Guests always are welcome, and we won’t call on you to speak.

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 619-543-1399.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Library Now Has E-Books

Expanded Databases Online books are now available for Scripps Ranch Library users. The library has joined netLibrary, which offers a comprehensive collection of online books and resource materials. Readers can preview books for 15 minutes or check them out for leisure reading on any computer connected to the Internet. Find out more at the Library or by visiting the San Diego Public Library web site at [http://ci.san-diego.ca.us/public-library/].

The Library also has expanded its database access to full-text magazines and newspapers through ProQuest. The database now allows library users to read 71 newspapers and 1376 magazines and journals. Access is available on computers at the Library or through the Library’s web site.

The Pleasure of Your Company

Kicking off the new season for the Friends of the Library’s successful chamber music series is the piano duo of Dmitry Kirichenko and Magdolna Bornemisza. At the Library on Sunday, Sept. 17, at 4 pm, they will perform a variety of pieces written for four hands, ranging from classical to popular selections, Mr. Kirichenko studied at the Moscow Conservatory and received a piano soloist-teacher diploma from the Odessa Conservatory. Ms. Bornemisza is a graduate of the Franz List Academy of music in Budapest and holds a master’s degree in piano from SDSU. A reception with refreshments will follow the concert.

Book Discussion Group

Everyone is welcome to attend this monthly discussion held the last Wednesday of each month in the Library’s seminar room from 6:30 to 7:45 pm. The book for the meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 27, is August Stegner’s Angle of Repose. Check at the Library’s front desk for a copy of the book.

Children’s Programs

Following the very successful summer reading program, the Library once again returns to its regular monthly schedule of programs at 3 pm on the third Thursday of each month. Story time with Miss Ann continues for the 3-to-5 year old crowd each Tuesday at 10 am.