Hidden Valley House Auxiliary
Last month the Hidden Valley House was the recipient of one wonderful Scripps Ranch person’s generosity, and I would like to share it with you as the holiday season approaches. Donna Kavanagh requested that her family provide items for Hidden Valley House, as requested in our recent articles in the SRCA Newsletter, instead of birthday gifts. The result was a huge amount of items on my doorstep! It was truly wonderful to see.
The items ranged from household products and cleaning equipment to candy and food. Donna tells me that her two grandchildren, Olivia, age 3, and John-Michael, age 7, had a wonderful time sorting through all the gifts for grandma and arranging them in the basket and bags.
What a great lesson to teach them at this early age about helping others! Our thanks go out not only to Donna for thinking of the idea, but to her children, their spouses, and, of course, the grandchildren for participating in her birthday this year. The women of the house thank you, too!
Following on from that, we would like to thank the Scripps Ranch Women’s Club for making Hidden Valley House its primary community outreach project this year. They will be conducting a toy drive at their cookie exchange on Wednesday, Dec. 11. Thanks to them for all their support. We always appreciate what they do for us.
Again this year we received a check from Patti Beaver whose bridge group sponsored three nighttime marathon bridge games and raised $490 for Hidden Valley House. We really appreciate their efforts and thank them for their continued support. Scripps Ranch really is a great place!
For this month there is a need at the house for nice pictures to hang on the walls, for new curtains, and for tall–10 to 16 ounce–tumbler glasses. There is also a need for working 19" or smaller TVs. If anyone is willing to donate any of those items, we would be glad to receive them. The drop off point this month is Katie Sullivan’s house at 11058 Twinleaf Way. Her telephone number is 549-2369.
Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library
Special Holiday Event
The Scripps Ranch Madrigal Singers will perform, and Richard Lederer will explore the many linguistic joys of Christmas–the history, the word lore, and the "punderful" word play of the holiday–on Sunday, Dec. 15, at 2:30 pm in the library’s community room. Richard’s books will be available for purchase and signing, with all the profits going to support the library. The program is part of the "Pleasure of Your Company" concert series sponsored by the Scripps Ranch Friends of the Library.
What Shall We Read in 2003?
On Wednesday, Dec. 11, the Book Discussion Group chooses books to read in 2003. Everyone is welcome at 6:30 pm in the library’s seminar room.
Rap with Raptors
A live falcon and a screech owl will be at the Scripps Ranch Library on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 3 pm in the community room for a children’s program about raptors. Please park on Meanley Drive.
Teen Survey Underway
A survey for young adult readers is underway at the library through Monday, Dec. 23. The Scripps Ranch Library staff is conducting the survey to find out about teens’ reading interests.
Children’s Hospital Auxiliary
A big thank you to everyone who participated in Kids’ News Day! It was wonderful to see all the volunteers out there. The support of the Scripps Ranch community is greatly appreciated!
At our October meeting, 12 new members were welcomed into the Auxiliary. They are: Dante Carbajal, Laura Carrion, Barbara Hauschildt, Cathy Pelland, Maureen Merson, Jan Glockzin, Elizabeth Mammini, Traci Miller, Cheryl Steinholt, Jovita Nye, Dorian Sailer, and Kristi Norton. New members received pins and flowers.
The Ways and Means Committee is looking for old 45 and 35 LPs for the spring fundraiser. If you have any to donate, contact Nancy Fleischman at 578-9478. Traci Miller has graciously offered to take over the job of secretary for our unit.
Laurel Berns, Publicity
Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club
In September the Scripps Ranch Swim and Racquet Club, a nonprofit community recreational club, broke ground on 5,000 square feet of new recreational facilities at our 9875 Aviary Drive location. The new facilities will include a poolside locker room facility with a coed sauna and a 2,100-square- foot fitness center.
These new facilities are scheduled to be completed by March 1. If you are not already a club member and are interested in becoming one, please call us at 271-6222 to schedule a tour. Besides the new facilities under construction, we would be happy to show you all the other improvements we have made over the last year.
The two club locations offer something for the entire family. Take advantage of our membership special from Sunday, Dec. 15, through Friday, Jan. 31, when you can save $226 on the one-time initiation fee.
- Jerabek Spaghetti Dinner: As part of our partnership with Jerabek, our club, along with Key Club members from Mira Mesa and Scripps Ranch high schools, served up a lot of dinners in October. Thanks to Jim Felix for coordinating. Special thanks goes to Filippi’s Pizza for once again donating the food. Proceeds from the night are split between the school and Kiwanis. It is great to see the Key Clubs hard at work. By the way, what’s the best way to get spaghetti sauce out of a white shirt?
- Miramar Ranch Halloween Carnival: Would you like rain with that hot dog? Our club helped at the food booth. Despite the rain, visitors stayed for the games and activities and purchased lots of pizza, hot dogs, and Chinese food from Pick Up Stix. Thanks to Mary Bostwick for organizing our part.
- Key Club Fall Rally at Magic Mountain: The Fall Rally got rained on–is this a trend?–but a good time was still had by all. Thanks to Dave Andrews and Mary Bostwick for being troopers and watching out for the two busloads of kids from Scripps Ranch and Mira Mesa high schools.
We were honored to have Pat Keir, Miramar College president, at our November meeting. She was very happy. Proposition "S" had passed the night before, allowing for long-awaited funding for the community college district.
Pat told us that the enrollment at Miramar College has grown from 6,800 to 12,000 in the last three years. The district gets about $3,500 from the state for each student, compared to the state college system that receives approximately $10,000. With the passage of the bond, Miramar College can build new facilities and upgrade old ones.
In 15 years Miramar could be up to its master plan enrollment of 30,000 students. One of the benefits of belonging to Kiwanis is to hear speakers of the caliber of Pat Keir.
You are welcome to join our meetings that are held every Wednesday from 7 to 8 am at Mimi’s Restaurant in the Mira Mesa Marketplace–we will even buy you breakfast! If you would like more information, call me at 536-9821 or visit our website at [www.smmkiwanis.org].
It is holiday time again! This is a fun time for the Welcome Club with all our holiday activities. Our latest general meeting was held in early December. We had a gift exchange and had fun seeing all the unique and lovely packages that were opened. It was a great time to get reacquainted and share holiday stories. As a way to show we care, Welcome Club participated in the San Diego Armed Services YMCA Needy Military holiday program as our holiday project.
Another opportunity to meet fellow members and wish them a happy holiday is at the monthly coffee or our Gadabouts lunch. For our holiday luncheon we will go to the Marine Room and enjoy the view and the holiday ambiance.
Our holiday party will be at the University Club atop Symphony Towers for a gala dinner and dancing on Sunday, Dec. 8. The Welcome Club has activities to meet almost everyone’s interest. A sample of some of the activities are bridge, bunco, crafts and cards, theater group, book discussion, and many more.
Although it is the end of the year, maybe it is time to start something new. For more information, call Becky McDonald at 578-5963. We look forward to seeing you at our next meeting.
Marianne Paul, Secretary
Computer Users Group
The clock is ticking. The holidays are right around the corner, and you are still looking for that perfect stocking stuffer for your computer guru. Stop by your friendly Computer Users Group. We meet in the library’s seminar room on the third Saturday of the month.
We provide a forum for discussing the latest in home computing–from software bugs to hardware incompatibilities. The next meeting will be on Saturday, Dec. 21, from 9:30 am to 12 pm. For more information, call Dave Bechtel, evenings from 7 to 9 pm, at 549-2077.
Scripps Teasers Toastmasters
Give yourself a present this holiday season. Improve your communication and 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. Our meetings are fast-paced and fun, with lots of joking and friendly humor.
Santa and the elves may not be at the club, but you will meet people with a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. Countries such as India, Laos, Kenya, Canada, and the Netherlands are represented. Also, there is a nice split between men and women, with a wide range of careers and ages.
Scripps Teasers meets Thursday mornings at 7 am at the Scripps Ranch Information Center located at 11885 Cypress Canyon Road. It is near the corner of Cypress Canyon Road and Scripps Poway Parkway. For more information, contact Cees Molenaar at 578-7378 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. 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.
Scripps Ranch Women’s Club
The Scripps Ranch Women’s Club (SRWC) was organized in 1990 as a non-profit community organization. Its goal is to promote community service for Scripps Ranch and to serve as a social outlet for its members. Membership in the club is open to all residents of Scripps Ranch.
We continually welcome new members. If you would like to come to a meeting, contact Joanne Franklin at [[email protected]] or 578-1118. For information about our club, check our website [www.srwomensclub.org]. We welcome all.
In November the SRWC hosted a "Tiles For America" workshop at Clay N’ Latte. It will benefit the New York 9/11 memorial to be constructed at the corner of 7th Avenue and 11th Street in New York City. Members joined with other ceramic studios across the nation to paint tiles and raise money to help build a permanent memorial to remember our fellow Americans lost on that tragic day.
Diana Whitney will host the club’s December general meeting at her home on Wednesday, Dec. 11. There will be a cookie exchange and entertainment. Members will also donate toys and other goodies to brighten the holidays for the children at Hidden Valley House.
If you have a business located in Scripps Ranch, you are invited to advertise in the club’s monthly newsletter. Business card ads are $45 per space for three months. Call Jill Lesher at 695-8902 for more information.
Walk2Win is a "hip" racewalking club that offers coaching and weekly group workouts. Racewalking instruction to train for the San Diego Half or Rock `N Roll Marathons continues on Sunday, Dec. 8. Meet at Miramar Lake at 7 am. Occasional walks at the Scripps Ranch High School track and Mission Bay Park are included. For more information, call Liz Salvato at 566-8161 or visit [www.walk2win.org].
As our days fill with hectic shopping and holiday parties, exercise is always the first thing to go. Most Americans will gain five to seven pounds between Thanksgiving and New Years. Walking for fitness can help reduce holiday stress, balance the extra calories, and give you the gift of health this New Year! Here are tips to get you started on the right foot:
- Get a good pair of exercise shoes. Mid- or low-distance running shoes with a low heel are best. Your feet swell as the walk gets longer, so try a 1/2 size larger and you will never get a blister.
- Make a plan and stick to it! Schedule your walks in your Day Planner, just as you would your other appointments. If you miss a workout due to a holiday party or work deadline, reschedule right away!
- Begin by walking three days per week for 20-30 minutes. As you become fit, increase your duration to 45-60 minutes and improve your speed. Racewalking is low impact and offers all of the cardiovascular benefits of running without the injuries.
- Make exercise fun. If you do not enjoy it, you will not do it! Enter a race, find a walking partner, or join a walking club!
Liz Kemp Salvato
Pomerado Nation Y-Indian Guides and Princesses
Agua Caliente camping, which included Scripps Ranch dad and child tents, was sponsored by Dean "Howling Wolf" Smith and the Creek tribe. Surviving gale wind conditions, the Nation’s annual Tribe/Chief induction ceremonies were held.
The new Pomerado Nation Chief is Blaine "Dancing Dog" Sample, assisted by Wampum Keeper Rick "Sleepy Fox" Weiner and a resurgence of Mark "Fire Starter" Grant. Next up on the schedule is horseback riding and hayrides at Happy Trails, hosted by John "Bubba Otter" Thornton and Jim "Lightning Bolt" DiCenzo of the Ancient Anasazi Tribe. This will be followed by indoor rock climbing at Poway’s Solid Rock.
New sign-ups for this unique father and child bonding experience continue to take place for all 5-9 year olds. Interested Scripps Ranch dads should contact the Rancho Y by visiting their website [http://rancho.ymca.org] or through Y-agent Marlon Franklin at 484-8788.
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."
Gordon "Bearded Feather" Boerner, Pomerado Nation Scribe
San Diego Paintball Club
The club’s sponsored team, Vengeance, competed in the Rush Tournament at Jungle Island Paintball Park in Corona in October. Team Vengeance was able to max their games against all the teams except one. After a long day of playing, Vengeance captured second place. CrossFire Magazine will include the team’s story in their January issue.
The next Vengeance Tournament at Mr. Paintball Field is scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 8. We are also discussing plans to hold a tournament at Adrenaline in Temecula. Check our website [www.sandiegopaintballfield.com] for information as it develops.
Did you know that paintball has been rated the third most popular extreme sport in the United States? This was reported in APG from a study conducted by American Sports Data, Inc. It means that more people, in all walks of life and of all ages, are now playing paintball. It is no longer considered a strange little sport that few people play. It is a multi-million dollar, high tech industry.
Since this sport is so expensive, one of the biggest challenges for our younger players is how to afford their weekly games. Field admission, paintballs, rentals, or paintball equipment add up.
While visiting our website, be sure to sign up for the free report "How to Make Money by Playing Paintball." This report will give you information about how to make the money to help you pay for your paintball habit. If you would like to play at the club’s discount rates or schedule an event, call us at 549-2524.
Mona and Robert Chin
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