Children’s Hospital Auxiliary

The Children’s Hospital Auxiliary is dedicated to helping children and families in San Diego County. The Scripps Ranch unit of the Auxiliary meets on the third Monday of each month at the Crown Pointe Clubhouse. An informational tea was held in September for prospective members. If you are interested in joining, call Carol Schieman at 530-2467 or Janine Everhart at 566-3858.

Watch for Auxiliary members participating in Kids’ News Day on Tuesday, Oct. 29. A special edition of The San Diego Union-Tribune will be sold for $1 to benefit Children’s Hospital. This edition highlights heartwarming, heroic, and amazing accounts of children who the hospital has benefited.

Throughout the county, over 2,500 volunteers, including our Auxiliary, local radio and television personalities, sports figures, and business and community leaders will sell this special edition. Add your support by purchasing a copy!

Hidden Valley House Auxiliary

At our September Auxiliary meeting, we met with two members of The Center for Community Solutions, who we will be working with for the benefit of the women and children at Hidden Valley House. They are pleased to have the support of the Scripps Ranch community and we, as a group, are delighted to be working with them. New projects will be found over the next few weeks; we will let you know if you can help.

For this month however, we are renewing our request for cleaning supplies. If you can donate any of the following items, it would be appreciated. They are in urgent need of washing detergent, any size Pine Sol, window cleaner, dishwasher detergent, 33-gallon, heavy-duty garbage bags, bleach, and toilet paper.

It would really mean a lot if, when you are at the store next, you could pick up one or more of these supplies. Also, we are still looking for school supplies such as pencils, paper, and markers. If you can help us with any of these items, please leave your donation at the door of Dianne Bramwell at 10826 Loire Ave. Her telephone number is 549-1057.

Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library

Celtic Harp Concert

Amy Lynn Kanner, a San Diego physician and musician, combines her passion for music with her commitment to well-being. A classically trained pianist and violinist, she will perform selections on her Celtic harp ranging from Renaissance gems such as "Greensleeves" and baroque/classical favorites including Pachelbel’s "Canon" to works with an Impressionistic flavor.

She will also perform international melodies–Spanish, Israeli, and Celtic– and haunting original compositions. The concert is on Sunday, Oct. 20, at 2:30 pm in the library’s community room. It is part of the ongoing "Pleasure of Your Company" music series funded by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library.

Book Discussion

Join a discussion of Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich. It will be on Wednesday, Oct. 23, in the library’s seminar room at 6:30 pm. Copies of the book are available at the library.

Children’s Program

Glenda the Good Witch is coming to the library from the Land of Oz. Children will enjoy storytelling, music, and dressing up in costumes with Mary Beach in a program at 3 pm on Thursday, Oct. 17, in the library’s community room.

Scripps Ranch Women’s Club

City Councilmember Brian Maienschein spoke to Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) members, their guests, and interested Scripps Ranch residents at the Information Center in September. His talk was both informative and entertaining. It centered around issues relating to city government and Scripps Ranch. The audience went away with a better understanding of what is happening in the community.

On Wednesday, Oct.16, the club will hold its first quarterly potluck dinner for members at the home of Kimbra Sellers. The purpose of the potluck meeting will be to collect needed items for families at Hidden Valley House. We will also share good food and fellowship

The second edition of the Women’s Club holiday ornament is now on sale to the community. The ornaments are $20. Online orders are now being taken. Check the Products Page for more information. The website address is [].

The SRWC is a civic organization that has been recognized for its fundraising abilities. Our fundraisers are sources for the club to provide annual scholarships to female Scripps Ranch High School students.

All other proceeds are donated to the community. The Scripps Ranch Library, local schools, the Community Theater, and Hidden Valley House women’s shelter are a few of the organizations that have benefited from our donations.

If you have a business located in Scripps Ranch, you are invited to advertise in the club’s monthly newsletter. Business card ads cost only $36 per space for three months. You can get information and place an ad by calling Jill Lesher at 695-8902.

Membership in the club is open to all Scripps Ranch residents. Please call Joanne Franklin at 578-1118 or email her at [[email protected]] for more information. Also, visit our website at [].

Scripps Teasers Toastmasters

Are you interested in improving your public speaking skills? Would you like to improve your leadership skills and have fun at the same time? Try Scripps Teasers, the award-winning Scripps Ranch Toastmasters Club.

No matter what your goal or your speaking experience, you will be warmly welcomed to Scripps Teasers, says Cees Molenaar, vice president of membership. Our meetings are fast-paced and fun, with lots of joking and friendly humor.

The club’s members boast a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. Countries such as India, Laos, Kenya, Canada, and the Netherlands are represented. In addition there is a nice split between men and women and the age range is wide. Members include executives, students, retirees, entrepreneurs, and even politicians.

Scripps Teasers meets Thursdays at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center. It is located at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road, just south of Scripps Poway Parkway near Marshall Middle School. For more information, call Cees Molenaar at 578-7378 or email him at [[email protected]].

A Toastmasters club is a "learn-by-doing" workshop in which men and women hone their skills in a comfortable, friendly atmosphere. The average club meeting lasts approximately one hour. 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. Members also have the opportunity to develop and practice leadership skills by working in the High Performance Leadership Program and serving as leaders at various organizational levels.

Village Quilters

The Village Quilters will have Jane Prario lecturing on Threadart Wearables at their meeting on Saturday, Oct. 12. Jane creates lavish quilts that are to be worn. This is a meeting for non-quilters, as well as quilters, who will enjoy a spectacular fashion show.

The meeting is at the Scripps Ranch Library community room–social time is at 9:30 am, while the program and business begin at 10 am. An added bonus is an applique vest workshop the next day for those interested. For further information, call Anna Mitchell at 566-1733.

Welcome Club

It is fall again and children are back in school. This may be the perfect time to join the Welcome Club. Becoming a member offers an excellent way to meet your neighbors and make new friends.

You will have even more fun if you participate in the various groups and activities we have to offer. They include bunco, book discussion, pitch, arts and crafts, antique seekers, coffees, theater group, and golf, just to name a few.

Last month the Gadabouts went to the Quail Botanical Gardens. The Theater Group had a wonderful time going to the opening night of Rumors, and we had a fantastic time meeting the cast and crew at the champagne reception.

On Sunday, Oct. 5, the Theater Group plans to go to the Poway Performing Arts Center to see Master Class. There will be a pre-theater party in a member’s home.

Last month we had a coffee and book exchange. All those who wanted brought a book to trade. It was fun seeing the interesting conversations created.

If any of these activities interest you, come to our general meeting on the first Thursday of the month at 7 pm at the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club on Aviary Drive. Meetings feature a guest speaker followed by refreshments and an opportunity to socialize.

If you would like more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5693. She will be happy to tell you more about the club. Why not give her a call right now!

Kiwanis Club

This month we would like to introduce you to our club’s new president, Dave Andrews. Okay, he is not exactly new; this is Dave’s third stint as president! He has done such a great job that we keep electing him again and again.

Dave is actually a charter member of our club who helped get us off the ground back in September 1979. He put down roots in Scripps Ranch in 1975. He and his wife of 35 years, Isabelle, raised their two children here.

Dave is retired from the U.S. Navy after 20 years, and is now vice president of C. Lee Williams and Associates, a small, independent insurance agency and brokerage. We are excited to have his wisdom and experience back in the driver’s seat!

It is with mixed feelings that we say goodbye to club member John LaBar. While we will all miss John–especially around the time of the Scripps Ranch Clean-Up, which John organized each year–we wish him and his wife lots of fun and relaxation in their new life outside of Tucson, Arizona.

This month our featured meeting speakers were Judge Jeff Bostwick and Jamie Tucker, founder of Make-a-Wish San Diego. You can always find out who our upcoming speakers are by visiting our website.

You are also welcome to join our meetings that are held every Wednesday from 7-8 am at Mimi’s Restaurant in the Mira Mesa Marketplace–we will even buy you breakfast! For more information, call me at 536-9821 or visit our website at [].

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. 12, from 4-9pm. We are so excited for this "wunderbar" event!

Our Oktoberfest will feature a beer garden, DJ, Astrojump, organized games, and pumpkin carving for little and big kids. We will barbecue bratwursts and hot dogs and 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:

  • Free body comp testing–Saturday, Oct. 5;
  • Free in gym orientation–Saturday, Oct. 5;
  • Men’s and women’s doubles tourney–Saturday, Oct. 5;
  • SRSRC board meeting–Tuesday, Oct. 8;
  • Oktoberfest–Saturday, Oct. 12;
  • Chargers tailgate–Sunday, Oct. 13;
  • Swim and movie night–Friday, Oct. 25; and,
  • Trick or treat at Trails–Thursday, Oct. 31.

Scripps Ranch Traders

Scripps Ranch Traders (SRT) is a stock investment club formed in January 1999. SRT is an affiliate of the National Association of Investment Clubs, better known as NAIC. The all-female club is open to women living in Scripps Ranch who want to become involved in a group to learn about stocks and investing.

Meetings are held on the fourth Thursday of every month in a member’s home. Meetings start promptly at 7 pm and end at 9 pm. They consist of educational programs, review of the club’s portfolio, presentations on potential stocks for purchase, and general business.

The club is actively seeking new members who would like to learn about the stock market and who are willing to actively participate in monthly meetings. If you would like more information or would like to attend one of SRT’s meetings, call Sally Nadeau at 689-1741.

Computer User’s Group

If you are interested in learning more about computers, hardware options, and software availability and applicability, stop by. We provide a forum made up of your neighbors here on 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. We meet in the library’s seminar room from 9:30 am-12 pm on the third Saturday of the month. The October meeting will be on Saturday, Oct. 19. For more information, call Dave Bechtel, evenings, at 549-2077.

Pomerado Nation Y-Indian Guides and Princesses

Over 40 Scripps Ranch tents lined the sands of Del Mar Beach at Camp Pendleton in August. After the traditional Saturday evening luau, Nation Chief Mike "Running Horse" King handed over the reins to the new Nation Chief, Blaine "Dancing Dog" Sample. Mike’s leadership introduced the Y-Pomerado Nation into two annual events: the SRCA 4th of July parade and the Father’s Day at the Padres event. We wish Mike well as he moves on with daughter Maddy–"Galloping Horse"–into the Y-Trailblazers.

Next up was kayaking from La Jolla Shores to the Cove in September. This was sponsored by Jeff "Tree Rider" Kalman and the Navajo tribe. Moms and siblings were invited to participate in this family event. October’s calendar includes tent camping at Agua Caliente.

New sign-ups for this unique father/child bonding experience are here for all 5-9 year olds. Interested Scripps Ranch dads should contact the Rancho Family Y at [] or 484-8788 to get placed in an existing Pomerado Nation tribe. The program fosters companionship between dads and their children, seeking to supplement a foundation for lifelong positive relationships, in conjunction with the program slogan of "Friends Always."

Scripps Tips Networking Group

A "networking group" is a group of people who come together to get to know each other, learn from each other, and make beneficial connections! Scripps Tips is such a group. Started over a decade ago, our group is comprised of owners or representatives of small businesses that are located in or serve the Scripps Ranch area. Diversity is assured, since each member represents a different business or profession.

Our ultimate goal is to enhance each others’ businesses through referrals and to receive such benefits ourselves. By each member asking "Who do I know who are potential customers or clients for my fellow members?," we focus our energy toward helping each other.

Our meetings are a refreshing departure from the routine of our individual businesses. There are many commonalties to the challenges we face in operating small businesses.

Greatest success is achieved by those who have made the long-term commitment to membership and attendance. We have brief, weekly breakfast meetings at a local restaurant. For information, contact Larry Grey at [[email protected]] or 735-4009. Also, visit our website at [].

San Diego Paintball Club

August and September were exciting months for the club. In early August Team Vengeance, San Diego Paintball Club’s sponsored team, filmed a segment for Planet X, the TV program that features extreme sports like paintball.

We played games for four to five hours against the X Core–their crew– while they filmed our team against theirs. The show was scheduled to air repeatedly in September.

Team Vengeance received a major sponsorship with Paintball Junkies (PJs). PJs sponsored our August tournament by supplying the first through fourth prizes. Fifteen teams competed in the all-day tourney in the 103-degree heat.

Mona Chin authored an article for the December issue of CrossFire, a major paintball publication, that will highlight the August tournament. Anyone interested in products from the tournament–photos, video, t-shirts–may contact us at 549-2524 or check out our website at [].