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Welcome Club keeps life busy and fun

Scripps Ranch Welcome Club members all donned special glasses to view the recent eclipse above Mira Lago Park. (photo by Michelle Cyphers)

Welcome Club keeps life busy and fun

By Denise Stewart

Scripps Ranch celebrates Country Living as its motto, but it is a busy place for many local women. There is an enticing menu of activities that are lots of fun for Scripps Ranch Welcome Club members.

The month of April has more than 20 events on the club’s calendar. As always, there is a variety of activities to select from to brighten up all parts of the day.

Mornings start with trail walks, book discussions or monthly coffee gatherings. A newly formed group will be hiking trails around the county starting this month. Nancy Hurwitz has organized the women to begin with a hike that leads to the waterfall in nearby Penasquitos Canyon. She plans on leading hikes on trails around the county as the group grows.

Monthly, a coffee gathering brings the women together for a brunch and conversation at a volunteer hostess’s home. A team of co-hostesses share their culinary skills and delight their friends with dishes that bring them back month after month.

Afternoons offer members the craft group, an occasional trip to lunch and a movie, and another opportunity to share a book talk. This month, organizer Pam Savelsberg picked the movie “Wicked Little Letters” to provide lots of laughs for the ladies.

Some evenings provide a Bunco game. Also on the schedule, is the savoring of a potluck dinner and enjoying a performance at Scripps Ranch Theatre that is organized by Bev Macho. A group of members enjoyed “Stew” at the theatre after their own delectables at Alan Binks’s home this month.

The regular Welcome Club meeting routinely offers education, entertainment and a dessert social. This month, Cinnamon Sharpe, a lady with many years of entertaining experience, shared her life story as a pianist, jazz singer and movie actress. Her story included the saga of her grandmother’s walking away from a life of slavery in the South, and on through the years of Cinnamon’s career in New York, and finally to her daughter’s contribution to the musical score of the movie “The Color Purple.”

During warmer weather, what is known as a TGI brings club members and friends together for BYO drinks and food to share at an outdoor gathering at a member’s home. These seasonal events will begin soon on the warmer weekends.

More innovative ideas and unique opportunities to keep one’s social life enjoyable will be realized as new leadership assumes their roles later in the spring.

The Welcome Club has a website with more details on how to become part of the fun that is a Scripps Ranch tradition: scrippsranchwelcomeclub.com.