Lots of activities are in progress at the shelter. The National Charity League girls/moms for the class of 2004 painted the bedrooms at the shelter in October, and the Auxiliary helped by supplying extra needed supplies. Susan Howe and Marcia Martin did an October dinner for the residents at the shelter as part of an effort to give the residents a monthly "night off." Menoula Stanitsas will provide a dance class each month this year at the shelter.
We have lots of organizations to thank for their support of the shelter and the Auxiliary. Many thanks to the Scripps Ranch Women's Club members who collected $900 in school supplies and $70 in cash donated to the Hidden Valley House (HVH) for future school supply needs. Many thanks also to the Child Abuse Prevention Council for donating school backpacks for the kids. This greatly eases the transition for affected kids. And, a big thank you to Wednesday's Inc. for their generous donation of $500 to the HVH Auxiliary.
The needs at the shelter are so great. We often get requests from the Scripps Ranch community as to how it can help. The Auxiliary responds by publishing a list of needs in the form of an "item of the month." The items for November are new or gently used twin sheets and standard pillowcases, new towels of all sizes, new or gently used bathrobes, shower shoes, warm pajamas for kids and moms, new or gently used sweat suits, and kids' jackets and coats.
Remember, the Scripps Ranch Library provides a drop-off box for always needed items such as diapers and canned and boxed foods. Please do not place clothing or unusual food items in the library box. The Hidden Valley House Auxiliary welcomes our new members, Jan Rasmussen and Nikki Butera.
In October the County of San Diego established a new coordinated domestic violence hotline that links callers to an array of services, including emergency shelter, legal aid, and counseling. The domestic violence hotline number is 888-DV-LINKS or 385-4657. The SRCA Newsletter will now include the domestic violence hotline number in the emergency services section of the Directory in the back of the Newsletter.
The Scripps Ranch Women's Club (SRWC) was organized in 1990 as a nonprofit community organization. Our goal is to promote community service for Scripps Ranch and to serve as a social outlet for our members. The SRWC is an energetic organization that has been recognized for its fundraising abilities. Our November outing will be held on Saturday, Nov. 15, and will include a ferry trip to Coronado for lunch and shopping.
It's Christmas Eve and all is not well. Phil Gorski is railing against the world, as always, and his long-suffering wife, Emily, responds in kind. Their son Andy returns home with a Jewish atheist fiancée in tow, a red flag waving in Phil's Catholic face. Only Mickey, their mentally disabled son, is able to find joy in the bubble of his existence. That is, until a miraculous spirit emerges in the most unexpected place and challenges their beliefs and values.
Phil is played by Duane R. Leake. His wife, Emily, is played by Darlene Cleary, and their son Andy is played by Patrick Rardin. Andy's fiancée, Randi, is played by Maureen Collins, and Hans Gieseker portrays Mickey, the couple's other son. Greetings! is directed by Jim Caputo and produced by Kym Cree.
All performances are held in the theater on the campus of Alliant International University. Season ticket seats for all four shows is $50 for general admission, $40 for seniors and students. Individual show prices are $15, $12.50 for seniors and students. For more information and reservations, check the website at [www.scrippsranchtheatre.org] or call 578-7728. Scripps Ranch Theatre encourages patrons to make reservations early as performances sell out quickly.
In order to accommodate our growing audience, we have extended our runs and added new 4 pm Saturday matinees on the next to last weekend of each performance. This is in addition to our Friday and Saturday night 8 pm performances and our Sunday 2 pm matinees.
- Adult bridge--First Friday of each month;
- Men's poker--Second Friday of each month;
- "Duplicate" bridge--Third Friday of each month;
- Board of directors meeting--Second Tuesday of each month;
- Chargers tailgate--Sunday, Nov. 9 and 30;
- Mini camp--Monday and Tuesday, Nov. 10 and 11;
- Swim and Movie Night--Friday, Nov. 21;
- Mini camp--Friday, Nov. 28;
- Parent shopping night--Friday, Dec. 12;
- Pictures with Santa--Friday, Dec. 19;
- Winter Teen Dance--Saturday, Dec. 20; and,
- Winter camps--Monday, Dec. 22, through Monday, Jan. 19.
On Saturday, Nov. 1, library lovers travel "Back to the Future" in celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Scripps Miramar Ranch Library Center. Proceeds from this event, which has depended on the support of so many members of the Scripps Ranch community, are earmarked toward updating the library's technological resources. Watch for a full report next month.
This month the group is reading Christmas in Plains: Memories and An Hour Before Daylight: Memories of a Rural Boyhood, both by Jimmy Carter. Everyone is invited to join the discussion on Wednesday, Nov. 12, at 6:30 pm in the seminar room. Copies of the books are available at the library circulation desk. Books for 2004 will be selected at the December meeting, which will feature the traditional dessert potluck.
"The Pleasure of Your Company" chamber music series presents the Premier Brass on Sunday, Nov. 16, at 2:30 pm. They will perform traditional brass quintet literature ranging from the Renaissance and Baroque periods to classical and contemporary concert pieces. Donations at the door are appreciated. Meet the musicians at a complimentary reception following the concert.
Meet the Puppetree Players on Thursday, Nov. 20, at 3 pm. In this free program two puppeteers will perform a rollicking, fun-filled, and interactive show about The Three Little Pigs and The Scary Dragon.
Recently honored at the citywide San Diego Friends of the Library annual meeting were Hal Corey, Barbara Measelle, Joan Reese, and Grace Roos. Outgoing San Diego Friends of the Library president and Scripps Ranch resident, Katie Sullivan, who is now a library commissioner, presented the awards.
Our unit got off to a fun start with a "Welcome Back" dinner at Chevy's in September. Several new members attended, so now we have about eight new members! We had our monthly October meeting, followed by "Kids News Day" later in the month. We always have so much fun with this event, and this time was no exception.
Scripps Ranch always has huge participation with this one. Thanks, everyone, for buying newspapers that day! We will now focus our energy on our annual fundraiser, which will be "Casino Night" on Saturday, Apr. 24.
Parents and grandparents had a lovely time visiting. Please join us for a Chinese New Year celebration in January 2004! Call Ruth Lim at 693-1962 or Linda Wu at 689-8191 for more information. Also join us for Dim Sum or potluck lunches.
The September event for the Rancho YMCA Princess and Guide program was a camping trip to Catalina Island attended by three of San Diego's YMCA Nations--the Pomerado, Black Mountain, and Carmel Mountain Nations. The group stayed at Camp Fox, a Glendale-run YMCA camp just north of Avalon.
Great weather and water temperatures ensured a fun-filled weekend of Southern California activities. The fun included the boat ride over, kayaking, boating, swimming, snorkeling, pier diving, and the camaraderie of the group. It was climaxed with a campfire on Saturday night attended by all three Nations. There was quality entertainment--skits, songs, and music provided by the guitar of Tom "Big Foot" Brockley of the Ancient Anasazis. October featured an official Induction Ceremony at the Community Park to welcome new members into the Pomerado Nation.
It's never too late to sign up for this unique father and child bonding experience, available to all Scripps Ranch 5- to 10-year-olds and their dads. Scripps Ranch dads should contact the Rancho Y via either [http://rancho.ymca.org] or Y-agent Aria Almanzar at 484-8788.
The program helps set a foundation for lifelong positive dad and child relationships in conjunction with the slogan "Friends Always." The program also provides another vehicle for children to interact with fellow Scripps Ranch children in a noncompetitive environment.
The Scripps Ranch area Amnesty International Group will meet Wednesday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 9 pm. We will have international desserts to accompany our cards of holiday cheer and support for select prisoners of conscience worldwide. Blank, generic, seasonal, nonreligious cards will be provided.
Would you like a better job, or do you want to improve your speaking or leadership skills? Then, check out Scripps Ranch's own Toastmasters Club, Scripps Teasers. Our group provides a great opportunity to improve your skills, as well as master the ability to quickly think on your feet and talk.
"You don't need to be an experienced speaker to visit Scripps Teasers," said Uma Palepu, club president. "For the last 20 years, we have been here in Scripps Ranch--helping residents become better speakers and leaders in the community."
You will meet people with a diverse range of backgrounds, cultures, and nationalities. Countries such as India, Laos, Kenya, Canada, Argentina, and the Netherlands are represented. In addition, there is a nice split between men and women, and the careers and age ranges are wide. Members include executives, students, retirees, and even politicians.
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 for specific career needs.
We provide a forum for discussing the latest in home computing--from software bugs to hardware incompatibilities to the latest toy, and so much more. The November meeting is on Saturday, Nov. 15. For more information, call Dave Bechtel, from 7 to 9 pm, at 549-2077.