Scripps Ranch Art Club

Join the new Scripps Ranch Art Club. The first meeting will be Monday, Oct. 23, at 7:30 pm at the Scripps Ranch Recreation Center located in the community park at 11454 Blue Cypress Drive. All interested art lovers are encouraged to join us!

Meetings are free. For $30 you can become a member and receive a newsletter and a membership card, which is good for discounts at art stores. You also will be eligible to show your art at yearly shows. Cathy Carey will lead the meetings with discussions about all aspects of art, including: use of different media, demos in all media, use of materials, and talks about famous artists and art movements such as California Impressionism and Plein air painting.

The first meeting will involve information on the new club and a talk on Monet’s gardens in Giverny France, where Cathy Carey recently spent a month painting. For information please call Cathy at 578-9906.

Chinese American Club

We celebrated the Moon Cake Festival on September 10 and had a great time! Thanks to all for bringing the delicious moon cakes and other desserts. The moon was not quite full, but no one noticed as our children had a ball walking around Lakeview park with their lanterns lit!

Please mark your calendar for our pre-holiday get-together: a Chinese potluck planned for Saturday, Nov. 11, at 6 pm. Check your email for details, or call Ruth at 693-1962 or Linda at 689-8191. Also, ladies, check your email for updates on up-coming lunches!

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary is a group of Scripps Ranch women who are dedicated to supporting Hidden Valley House, the only 24-hour emergency shelter for battered and homeless women and their children in North San Diego County.

During the month of September, Hidden Valley House was able to expand the services it provides to the 30 women and children who reside at the shelter. Through the addition of a small house across the street from the shelter, Hidden Valley House will now be able to offer more intensive counseling and therapy to children who have directly experienced or witnessed family violence. The new house will have a special children’s therapy room equipped with age appropriate toys, art supplies, and kid’s furnishings, all designed to help children heal from the traumas they have experienced.

A special thanks to Brownie Troop 8174 for the beautiful quilt they made and donated to Hidden Valley House. The quilt is hanging in the new house and will be admired by the women and children at Hidden Valley House for many years to come.

In addition to the children’s therapy room, the house will have space for an expanded “Career Closet” of business clothes that the women at Hidden Valley House may use for job interviews and court appearances. The “Career Closet” is an ongoing project of the Hidden Valley House Auxiliary. Donations of high-quality business apparel, shoes, and accessories always are welcome.

Following is a wish list of items needed to fully furnish the children’s services house: a small round kitchen table and chairs, 3 office desks and chairs for the staff, lamps, basic office supplies, a filing cabinet, bean bag chairs, floor pillows, a sand tray table, and calming art work.

If you would like to help support Hidden Valley House by donating an item on our wish list, please contact Karen Wood at 566-7144. Thank you for your continued support of this vitally needed program.

Village Quilters

Please join us on Saturday, Oct. 14, for a meeting of Village Quilters. Our guest speaker will be “The Redwork Lady,” Toni Baumgard of Roseville, CA. The meeting will take place in the Scripps Ranch Library community room. Meetings begin at 9:30 am with a social time. The general meeting starts at 10 am, followed by a short intermission with refreshments, then our guest speaker will begin. If you are interested in a possible Redwork workshop, please contact Sharon Neidigh at 619-562-6193 for details.

Village Quilters is open to anyone who loves quilts and quilting, from beginners to advanced levels, and is a friendly group who has 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 at “Camp Reach for the Sky” and for premature infants (preemies) in neonatal intensive care.

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.

Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club

Members pull on your “laderhosen” and practice the “Chicken Dance” because you are invited to our Family Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 14, from 3 to 8 pm. We are so excited for this Wunderbar event! Our Oktoberfest will feature a German-beer garden, DJ, Astrojump, crafts, and organized games for little and big kids. We will Bar-B-Q bratwursts and hot dogs. We will serve up sauerkraut, potato salad, beverages, and more. The event and games are free, only food and beverages will cost a minimal fee. This is a members-only affair.

Upcoming events include:

  • Free body-comp testing: Saturday, Oct. 7;
  • SRSRC board meeting: Tuesday, Oct. 10;
  • Oktoberfest: Saturday, Oct. 14;
  • Men’s and women’s doubles championships: Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21-22;
  • Swim and movie night: Friday, Oct. 27;
  • Free introduction to yoga class: Saturday, Oct. 28; and
  • Trick or treat at Trails: Tuesday, Oct. 31.

Welcome Club

Are you new to the neighborhood? Would like to meet your neighbors, meet new friends, explore the San Diego area, and see plays with a friendly, jovial group? Welcome Club is just the place.

The September general meeting was filled with laughter as Richard Lederer, word wizard and Scripps Ranch resident, was our guest speaker. The October meeting is no exception. Our guest speaker, Richard Rider, will be enlightening us on our new ball park.

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.

The Welcome Club social for September was a fun TGI party with everyone bringing a hearty appetizer and their own drinks. Everyone had fun meeting new members, dancing, and seeing old friends. The October social will be a Brunch at the Beach.

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.

Scripps Ranch Theatre

2000-01 Season

Scripps Ranch Theatre continues its 2000-01 season on Friday, Nov. 10, with the charming comedy Same Time, Another Year by Bernard Slade. This sequel to the hit Same Time, Next Year continues the yarn of an extramarital affair conducted one weekend a year at a seaside cottage in northern California.

Maturing from their early fifties into their late sixties, Doris and George share the inevitabilities of aging and the convolutions of parenting and grandparenting as they continue to redefine love. Hilarity and tenderness are perfectly balanced against the changing backdrop of life in the United States during the last quarter of the twentieth century.

Same Time, Another Year opens on Friday, Nov. 10, with performances at 8 pm on Fridays and Saturdays and at 2 pm on Sundays in the Legler Benbough Theatre on the campus of United States International University, located at 10455 Pomerado Road.

Tickets are $12 for general admission and $10 for seniors, students, and groups of ten or more. Join the cast and crew for a champagne reception on opening night for an additional $2. For reservations call 578-7728.

Artistic Director Sought

Scripps Ranch Theatre is seeking an Artistic Director commencing with the company’s 2001-02 season. If you have a strong background in theatre and business, enjoy working with a wide variety of people, are a proven leader, experienced in managing budgets, are very organized, and have at least 20 hours a week to offer, the theatre would like to speak with you about this volunteer position. For further information, please contact Rick Parke at 549-6941.

American Association of University Women (AAUW)

The Poway-Penasquitos branch of the American Association of University Women will meet on Tuesday, Oct. 11, at 7 pm in the community room of the Rancho Penasquitos Library. This branch also serves Scripps Ranch women.

Joyce Tavrow of the League of Women Voters will discuss the pros and cons of the propositions appearing on the November ballot. Guests are welcome. For more information, visit our website at [http://staff.usiu.edu/aauw] or call 484-1949.

Children’s Hospital Auxiliary, SR Unit

At our September meeting, we welcomed Sue Fledderjohn as our new Unit Chairperson. We know we will be in for an exciting and entertaining year with Sue’s enthusiasm and humor! We also recognized and thanked our past co-chairs, Sue Carter and Karen Sloan, for their hard work that led to last year’s accomplishments. Welcome to all the incoming board members, especially our new members who are taking leadership positions!

Over twenty prospective members were treated to decadent desserts by our membership team: Doris Berry, Caryn Harris, Gladi Kading, and Lauren Rossin. It was a wonderful event and we look forward to welcoming new members.

Barbara Walker and Kim Blower got the unit to work after a restful summer by delivering our Robin Wrap packages to kick-off our first fundraiser in August. We turned in our orders in September, and we will be ready to wrap all our holiday packages by Thanksgiving!

Kids’ Newsday 2000 brought our unit together to work as a team. Thanks to all our members for getting involved at all levels and to our Kids’ Newsday 2000 chairs: Pat Clark, Angee Hansen, and Karin Whiteley.

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. So, 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 619-543-1399.

Computer Users Group

Have you ever looked at the skimpy manuals that came with your computer or latest software. You probably could read them on a short coffee break and still have time left to do the Times crossword 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. The next meeting with be on Saturday, Oct. 21. For more information, you may call Dave Bechtel at 549-2077 from 7 to 9 pm.

Paintball Club

The tournament results for September 16 will be listed in the next edition of this Newsletter. Vengeance Fun tournaments is continuing it’s year-long series. Our next tourney will be held on Saturday, Oct. 21. Beginners and players with beginning tournament experience are welcome to play in the series.

Prizes include paintball guns, cases of paint, and jerseys. Hope to see you there. Additional info is available at our website, [www.paintballgod.com]. Click on Favorite Links and then click on Vengeance Fun Tournament series. You will need free Adobe Acrobat Reader software to open the files, which you can get from [www.adobe.com].

We held our regular Paintball Club game on September 23. The next regular Paintball Club game will be on Saturday, Nov. 18. We welcome new players and beginners. If you’ve never played paintball but would like to try it with a safety-conscious club, give us a call. We will make sure that you have a good time. If you need a private event or a birthday party, call us to set it up. We will handle the details. Need more info or don’t have access to the internet, call us at 549-2524.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library (SRFOL)

Special Event: Political Tickles

Join the Friends of the Library for a timely special event: a hilarious expose of the language of politics by author and KPBS radio celebrity Richard Lederer. This program at the library is on Sunday, Oct. 15, at 2 pm and will benefit the Scripps Ranch Library’s matching book fund. Recommended donations are $7 for adults and $5 for students under age 25, and seniors over age 61.

Dr. Lederer will donate to the library’s book fund 40 percent of the proceeds from sales at the event of “The Bride of Anguished English.” This new book is a Book of the Month Club selection. Whether this is your first chance to hear Richard Lederer in person or you have been entertained by him at other local events, don’t miss this special program!

The Pleasure of Your Company

On Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 7 pm the Friends of the Library present the Encore Trio composed of Irina Bendetsky on piano, Oxana Sourine on violin, and Yelena Babayeva on cello. All three performers are from the former Soviet Union. The program will consist of Felix Mendelssohn’s Trio in D minor and Dimtri Shostakovich’s Trio in E minor. The concert is free, although donations to help offset the costs of the concert series are gratefully accepted.

Children’s Program

Come to the library at 3 pm on Thursday, Oct. 19, for Goblins’ Night Out, Kathy Felker Puppet Productions charming and spooky Halloween program.

There were 782 children and teenagers participating in the summer reading program at the Scripps Ranch Library this year. Of those participants, 357 read 10 or more books, and 141 read 50 books each!

Book Discussions

The “Let’s Read” book discussion group for children in grades 2 to 4 will start up again this month. The group meets every other Wednesday starting on Oct. 25, from 4 to 5 pm to discuss fairy tales and legends. Class size is limited, so sign up by calling Ann Persons, youth services librarian, at 538-8158. The adult book discussion this month on Wednesday, Oct. 25, at 6:30 pm is on The Unquiet Mind by Kay Jamison.

Internet Classes for Seniors

Yvette Brobst is teaching introductory Internet classes for seniors. Each session lasts three weeks and meets on Fridays from 3:30 to 5 pm. To sign up for the free classes, call Ann Persons at 538-8158.

An Unusual Gift

If you are looking for something special for a holiday gift, consider purchasing a terra cotta paver tile in the Scripps Ranch Library courtyard. The Friends of the Library have an on-going fundraising program to support the book endowment for our library.

Paver tiles begin at $250 for a 6-by-6 inch engraved tile which can feature your recipient’s name or any other message you wish. Pavers can be purchased with installment payments. For more information, ask for a paver donation form at the library.

Cooking Classes at the Library

Regional ethnic cooking classes continue on Thursdays from 9 am to 1 pm at the library. The classes, taught by Sherry Engberg, are offered by the San Diego Community College District. There is no charge other than sharing the cost of food. For more information, call the instructor at 760-765-1984.

Scripps-Miramar Knights of Columbus

The annual fund-raising drive by the Knights of Columbus to help people with mental retardation will be held on Friday through Sunday, Oct. 20-22. All contributions, no matter how small, are appreciated and will make a difference. With your help, many people with mental retardation can live much fuller, more productive lives.

Knights of Columbus volunteers will be easily visible by the bright yellow aprons that they will be wearing, and by the canisters and candies that they will be carrying. Those wishing to learn how they can help should contact Alexander Ford at 530-8060.