Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Children’s Programs

On Thursday, Oct. 18 at 3 pm, the Pumpkin Princess will tell stories about pumpkins and harvest time in the library’s community room. Story time for three to five year olds continues from 10 -10:30 am every Tuesday in the children’s area of the library. There is still time for children in grades 2 to 4 to sign up for the book discussion group that meets every other week in the seminar room at 4 pm. Phone Children’s Librarian Ann Persons at 538-8158 for more information.

Book Discussion Group

One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel Garcia Marquez is the book that will be discussed from 6:30 to 7:45 pm in the library’s seminar room on Wednesday, Oct. 24. Copies of the book are available at the library’s circulation desk.

Pleasure of Your Company

On Sunday afternoon, Oct. 21 Irina Benedetsky will perform a solo piano concert including pieces by Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninoff, Mussorgsky, and Glinka. Eric Bromberger, a noted lecturer and musicologist, will explain the pieces. The free concert begins at 2:30 pm in the library’s community room.

Refreshments are provided for the audience.

What Do I Read Next?

The San Diego Public Library’s online services include a database that helps readers of all ages discover new titles by favorite authors and other books they might like. You can search by character, topic, setting, time period, or genre or simply enter the name of a book you like to get a list of other books you might enjoy. The database focuses on fiction and biographies and also reports on notable new books and award winners. To view the databasepoint your web browser to and click on Reading and Literature, then on What Do I Read Next? You will need to have your library card number available to access the database.

Scripps Teasers 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? 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 at the Scripps Ranch Information Center, which is located on Cypress Canyon Road about half a block south of Scripps Poway Parkway. For more information call Patrick Kilian 619-543-1399.

Mutual Respect Toastmasters Club

Mutual Respect Toastmasters Club meetd on Friday mornings, 7-8:15 am at 11885 Cypress Canyon Rd.

The mission of a toastmasters club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every member has the opportunity to develop communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.

At Mutual Respect Toastmasters Club we strive to achieve a level of professionalism and dedication to enhancing our communication and leadership skills that is matched by no other club or organization around.We would be honored to welcome you as our newest member.

To R.S.V.P. or for more information call: Jerry Dale Smith, 549-2411, email: [email protected]

Scripps Tips Networking Group

Interested in your network of business contacts growing? Interested in getting leads for your small business? Join Scripps Tips and network with other San Diego businesses.

You can get useful advice from other members on such matters as health and chiropractic needs; financial planning and investments; banking; travel; accounting; insurance; real estate and property management; estate planning and tax help; residential lending; education; plumbing services; and computer help. And you can obtain excellent sources for hand painted silk; floral needs; clothing; skin care therapy; and much more.

Scripps Tips is not a service club. We focus on business networking with brief weekly meetings, which can fit into your busy schedule. We meet on Friday mornings for breakfast. There are not “fines” or dues, other than the cost to cover your breakfast. It’s a great way to start the day! For more information, please contact Paula Conlon at 578-4794 or email [email protected]

Art Club News

New President for 2002

Kris Buenger is the new Scripps Ranch President for 2002! Her official term will begin in Jan 2002. Thank you Kris for volunteering for the job. I hope everyone will be helpful to Kris to make the Art Club a success!

December Art Show for Scripps Ranch Art Club

You are invited to an Open Studio Tour and Art Show on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 2048 Ridgecrest Place, Escondido, CA. Scripps Ranch Art Club members will be displaying their artworks all day and be on hand to discuss their work. Most works will be for sale, so keep holiday gift giving in mind! The Art Show is open to all members of the Scripps Ranch Art Club. To participate please call Cathy Carey at 760-489-9109.

The same day, the Glass House Art Studio will be open to the public for tours. Located overlooking Lake Hodges, the outdoor art studio has 360 degree views of mountains, gardens, the lake and the valley. The tour will include hourly demos on Watercolor, Acrylic, Oil and Egg Tempera painting. Also look for drawings for supplies throughout the day for class participants to win free art supply sets. Several art manufacturers are donating supplies as giveaways. Sets in oil, watercolor, acrylic and egg tempera will be given away to class registrants. A public painting project will be in the works, all visitors are encouraged to do some painting on a community painting! The Glass House Open Studio Tour is a unique event, a way to get a peek at a working art studio! The Glass House Studio offers adult classes in all media. Sign up for a class on December 2 and be registered to win a free set of art supplies!

Barters’ Directory

Do you have a service that everyone wants? Do enjoy bartering these services or have always thought about bartering but never knew how? We are compiling a list of professionals, services and businesses who wish to trade their services for those of other businesses. We are looking for accountants, landscapers, electricians, repairmen, lawyers, doctors, graphic artists, silk screeners, printers, handymen, carpet cleaners, and all other business. Call us at 549-2524 for more information.

The San Diego Paintball Club

The next games for the club will be Sept. 29 and Nov. 17. These games are open to everyone – new and experienced players alike. To become a member of the club, just come and play paintball with us! No membership fees or dues!

We have requests for another tourney so we have tentatively scheduled one for the end of January 2002. Specific date and details will be forthcoming. Team Vengeance, the club’s competition team, has a new sponsor- Xtreme Enterprises, the makers of a great new paintball and other paintball products and so we hope they will be one of the sponsors for the next tourney.

We have a new way for you to play paintball cheaply! All you have to do is buy field paintballs from the club (in bags of 500) and you will receive a free admission to Hidden Valley Paintball Park/Mr. Paintball. These free admissions may be used anytime except if you are playing with the club on a club game date. (There is already a discount package set up for club game dates.) Paintballs may be picked up at our Scripps Ranch location or our Balboa Avenue office. (Or if you prefer, we will deliver them to you if you live in the area, for a small delivery fee.) Call us for information 549-2524.

Chinese American Club

Let’s celebrate Moon Cake Festival on Oct. 6! Come out after dinner on this Saturday to Lake View Park, 6:30 pm. Please bring desserts (Moon cakes and other Chinese Sweets) and soft drinks or juice to share. Linda and Ruth will bring hot tea. Kids, don’t forget your lanterns! For more info or directions, please call Ruth or Helen at 693-1962 or Linda at 689-8191.

Computer Users Group

If you’re interested in learning more about computers, hardware options, software availability and applicability stop by. We meet in the Seminar room of the library from 9:30 am-noon on the third Saturday of the month.

We provide a forum made up of your neighbors here in the ranch who like to get together to discuss the latest in home computing (from software bugs to hardware incompatibilities). Bring your computer problems, big and small. Someone is sure to have an idea that will help.

The October meeting will be on the 20th. For more information you may call Dave Bechtel, evenings 549 2077.

Hidden Valley House News

The house has undergone a complete renovation and is looking good! However, there is an urgent need for the following items:

RibCord Bedspreads in Dark Green or Navy. You can get these from J.C.Penny or Sears and they are not too expensive.

New Bed Pillows.

Do you posses a good condition double stroller that you don’t require any more? The shelter would love to receive it from you. They also still need school supplies. The Auxiliary recently purchased a huge amount of supplies and backpacks and these have been taken up to the shelter and are being distributed. Thanks to Pam Kay and Jan Loftus who did a great job with shopping for those. More are needed to keep the supply available throughout the year.

Finally are you thinking about end of the year tax deductions? Please consider buying Gift Certificates for Wal Mart, K-Mart or Target or phone cards for use at the house. These are greatly appreciated by the staff and women of the house and you can get your tax deduction! Watch this column for future information about a November “Hoe Down” fundraiser. It’s for all the family and promises to be a great event with games, food, line dancing and a live band! All proceeds benefit Hidden Valley House.

The drop off point for any of the above items is Dianne Bramwell’s house at 10826 Loire Ave, 549-1057

Kiwanis Club Of Scripps-Mira Mesa

Just a reminder, we’ve moved. We now meet at Mimi’s Restaurant located at 10788 Westview Parkway in Mira Mesa (just west of I-15 on Mira Mesa Blvd.). We meet every Wednesday at 7 am.

Speakers For October:

Oct. 3: Ben Hunger will talk about “Charting your Portfolio.”

Oct. 10: Denise Smiley from the “San Diego Center for Children.” This incredible organization deals with the troubled children, and works with kids after most other counselors and agencies have given up.

Oct. 17: Tara Machinery on how the “Junior Achievement” curriculum can greatly benefit our school aged children by teaching them business practices from Kindergarten through high school.

Oct. 24: A representative from the Metro Waste Water Department.

Oct 31: Linda and Jay Foley are experts in the field of “Identity Theft.” They will present ideas on how to prevent someone from stealing your identity, as well as what to do if it happens to you.

Service Projects

During the past month, we have been collecting cell phones and clothing for battered women, and eye glasses for the Braille Institute. To date, we have collected and distributed 83 cell phones to the YWCA Shelter for battered women and over 75 pairs of eye glasses for the Braille Institute. We would like to thank our partners, Washington Mutual Bank, Vons Grocery Stores and Scott’s Car Wash on Scripps-Poway Parkway for their assistance.

If you have driven by the corner of Black Mountain Road and Hillery Street recently, you may have noticed that the SDG&E storage building has been painted. Thanks to several of our Kiwanians and the Scripps Ranch Key Club, they painted the building which had been a real eyesore.

Installation Banquet

On Sept. 28, the Club held its annual installation dinner at MCAS Miramar Officer’s Club. We had nearly fifty attend, and Mike Pollard was a great Master of Ceremonies. We had a number of dignitaries attend including our outgoing Lt. Governor, Kathleen Cheatum, our new Lt. Governor, Jeff Ott; and several student leaders from our Key Clubs. Our new officers are: Tom Hankins, President; Jim Farrier, President-Elect; Myra Ratcliffe, Secretary and Joe Gersztyn, Treasurer. After dinner, we honored those who made significant contributions to our club. Tom Hankins was named as the “The Kiwanian of the Year” for his outstanding service and dedication. Joe Gersztyn was presented with the “President’s Award” as recognition for his commitment and service. Jim Farrier received the “Spark Plug Award” for his enthusiasm and efforts in raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Mike Pollard was honored for his numerous contributions to the club and to Kiwanis in general with the “Meritorious Service Award.” Lastly (but equally as important), Bill Rice was presented the “Spirit of Kiwanis Award.” This outstanding individual truly exemplifies the ideals of Kiwanis by quietly doing a host of good deeds for others. All in all, it was wonderful night and a great year.

Come Join Us For Breakfast

First of all, I thank you for taking the time to read my articles. If you have read this far… well, there must be at least a little interest… so…why not come over for a breakfast on us. Please give me a call at 578-3274, email me at: [email protected], or just come on over for breakfast any Wednesday morning at 7 a.m. at Mimi’s. Our website is:

Scripps Ranch Swim & Racquet Club

Members pull on your lederhosen and practice the “Chicken Dance” because you are invited to our Family Oktoberfest on Saturday, Oct. 20 from 3-10 pm. We are so excited for this Wunderbar event! Our Oktoberfest will feature a beer garden, DJ, Astrojump, pumpkin carving, and organized games for little and big kids. We will barbecue 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

  • Adult Bridge Fri., 5th & 19th
  • Free Body Comp Testing Sat., 6th
  • Free In Gym Orientation Sat., 6th
  • SRSRC Board Meeting Tue., 9th
  • Family Dinner Night Wed., 10th
  • Men’s Poker Fri., 12th
  • Oktoberfest Sat., 20th
  • Swim & Movie Night Fri.,26th
  • Trick or Treat at Trails- Wed., 31st

Welcome Club

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

The September general meeting was The History of Scripps Ranch told by Rick Gordon who lived on the ranch in his teens.

It was fun seeing all the pictures and articles, and hearing all the interesting stories. The October meeting will be presented by our members telling about the various volunteer groups and their particular duties.

The Welcome Club meets every first Thursday of the month at 7 pm, at the Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive.

The October social will be a TGI onSaturday, Oct. 27. Everyone brings a hearty appetizer and their own drinks. With it being close to Halloween it is sure to be a fun-filled event.

The Welcome Club is made of many special interest groups that reflect the women’s hobbies or special interests. 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 of 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. We look forward to meeting you at the next meeting.

Women’s Club

SRWC kicked off September by attending the Del Mar Races on the first Sunday of the month. We’ve been told several members had a very profitable day!

Our general meeting in September, was a Holiday Kick-Off Potluck Party to promote the club’s sale of our first annual holiday ornament. Look for more information coming soon.

On Sept. 29 members and their spouses gathered at the home of Sandi and Rodger Mehrer for Couples International Dining’s End of Summer Tropical Island Party. Everyone brought a dish to share and the evening was a huge success.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club is a non-profit organization involved in charitable (including Hidden Valley House), civic, educational, cultural, and social events. Membership in the club is open to all women living in Scripps Ranch. Interested? We’d like to have you join us. Please call Membership Chair, Annie Lanning, at 271-8270, to join us at our next function.