March 2021 Senior Center News

March Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

SENIOR CENTER EVENTS

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice.  If you need help while sheltering-at-home (e.g., picking up groceries), please contact Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).

We are so fortunate to have so many caring individuals in our Senior community who thoughtfully help each other during this trying pandemic.  Thank you all and stay safe!

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

Vaccinations opening for all Californians aged 50 and up April 1st, and 16 and up April 15th.  Hopefully, the vaccine supply and distribution will increase so people can get easily vaccinated.  If you wish to be vaccinated, please contact your health care provider/doctor for vaccine information or if you have questions and/or concerns regarding the vaccine.

Vaccinated or not, please remain diligent in wearing masks, social distancing, and washing your hands often to keep yourselves and others safe. 

ONE YEAR AGO …

.. the Seniors celebrated St. Patrick’s Day at Kizuka Hall on March 12, 2020.  Who knew that that day would be our last Senior gathering for over a year?  It feels like eons since we’ve been able to laugh with our friends and play bingo.  How we miss seeing all these smiling faces!  The COVID-19 vaccine and the current declining coronavirus numbers gives us hope that Kizuka Hall may open its doors for Seniors again someday. 

On March 18th, the W-SC JACL Senior Center volunteers bundled up and braved the cold, rainy weather to prepare and deliver special March goodie bags.  The amazing Hideko Nagamine celebrated her 100th birthday on March 6th and kindly treated all the Seniors to a delicious bento box (the delivery team were also presented with lovely fruit tarts).  Other surprises in the goodie bags were cute Easter favors handmade by Helen Nakano and clever St. Patrick’s Day favors handmade by Eileen Byers.  Green bean pastries were provided by the W-SC JACL Senior Center.  We also distributed more of the Senior Center donated perishable bingo prizes to our Seniors, most of which were the homemade jams (a bingo prize favorite) prepared by Eiko Nishihara.

Many thanks to Hideko Nagamine and Family, Helen Nakano, Eileen Byers, and Eiko Nishihara for their thoughtfulness and generosity to our Seniors!

Pictured (L-R): Hideko Nagamine, Kenny Cross, Janet Nagamine with bento box

Pictured (L-R): Helen Nakano, Susan AmRhein, and Shari Nakano with Easter favors
Pictured: Eileen Byers with St. Patrick’s Day favors
Pictured: Eiko Nishihara with jar of strawberry jam

The monthly treats could not be enjoyed by our Seniors without the time and effort of our awesome delivery team:  Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.  Thank you, team!

Top row – pictured (L-R): Susan AmRhein, Carol and Paul Kaneko, Sharon Bobo
Bottom-row – pictured (L-R): Reba Condon, Bill and Gail Wurtenberg, June Honda

HAPPY MARCH BIRTHDAYS!

What a remarkable birthday month with Louise Sako turning 104 and Hideko Nagamine turning 100!

Chie Sakaue’s family commented on how unusual it was for Mrs. Sakaue to be the young one of a group at the age of 91!

“Happy Birthday!” to Hideko Nagamine on celebrating her momentous 100th birthday!  Mrs. Nagamine continues to be very active and is so energetic and youthful that it’s hard-to-believe that she is 100 years old!  Congratulations, Mrs. Nagamine!  You are an inspiration!

Pictured: Hideko Nagamine

A note:  As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally are receiving a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donations gratefully received in March from: Eiko Ceremony and Chiyeko Shikuma.

Special donations gratefully received from: Sharon Bobo, Anonymous for April treat, and Dennis Hamada “for use when times improve.”

For those who wish to donate during this time when the Senior Center is closed, please make out your checks to ‘W-SC JACL Senior Center’ and send them to Carol Kaneko at 1835 Silvana Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Thank you for your generous support of our Senior Center.Special Note:  Because the Senior Center has had to (sadly) close its doors due to the coronavirus, birthday donations and senior center anniversary donations are optional until the Senior Center can reopen again.  Voluntary donations are much appreciated. 

As new coronavirus variants emerge in the country, we need to remain diligent in protecting ourselves and others by continuing to practice the following healthy habits:  Remember to always wear a mask in public (covering your nose and mouth); distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water.  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

February 2021 Senior Center News

February Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Reba Condon, Jean Yamashita

SENIOR CENTER EVENTS

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice.  If you need help while sheltering-at-home (e.g., picking up groceries), please contact Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).

Many thanks to our Senior community for caring and helping each other during this unrelenting pandemic. Thank you all and stay safe!

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

It is encouraging to hear that many of our Seniors have been vaccinated against COVID-19.  Hopefully, the vaccine supply and distribution will increase so more people can get easily vaccinated.  If you wish to be vaccinated, please contact your health care provider/doctor for vaccine information or if you have questions and/or concerns regarding the vaccine.

Vaccinated or not, please remain diligent in wearing masks, social distancing, and washing your hands often to keep yourselves and others safe.

Below is a flyer from the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” (CDC) as to “What to Expect after Getting a COVID-19 Vaccine” that we hope is helpful:

Some informative vaccine links: 

On February 18th, the W-SC JACL Senior Center treated the Seniors living in/around Watsonville to a hearty meal of beef chow fun from Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant (1980 Freedom Blvd, Freedom) and mandarin orange cup.  The Seniors also received special treats from Reba Condon (yummy chocolate raisin nut trail mix) and from Grace/Donna Fujita (delicious butter cookies).  Thank you so much, Reba, Donna, and Grace for your generous donations!

Many thanks to our lovely delivery team who continually volunteer their time and energy to bring monthly treats to our Seniors: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Paul Kaneko, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.  Please note:  The delivery team is not expecting any tips/gratuity for deliveries (please do not give us anything).  It is our pleasure to bring treats to our Seniors to enjoy 😊.

HAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS!

As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally are receiving a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.

We had two special 88th birthday honorees this month: Jean Akiyama and Hisako Kodama – both were presented with a pretty orchid plant and a mini bundt cake.

From the internet: “In Japanese culture, the 88th birthday, or “Beiju” (米寿), is known as the long life celebration. Beiju is a play on the kanji characters for rice and 88. “Bei” (rice米) is important in Japanese society because it sustains life and represents purity and wholesomeness.”

IN MEMORIAM

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Matsunami Family in the passing of Sadao Matsunami on February 2, 2021 at the age of 84.

The talented Sadao Matsunami beautifully sang at the Senior Center Hanamatsuri events.  We will miss him.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donations gratefully received in February from: Carol Kaneko, Gary and Cindy Mine, Hisako Kodama, Eiko Ceremony, Jean Akiyama, and Haru Ishibashi.

Special donations gratefully received from: Chiyeko, Donna, and Kathy Fujita in memory of son and brother, Philip Fujita; Yaeko Cross and Gary and Cindy Mine for Senior Center’s 49th Anniversary in 2020.

Special note to the W-SC JACL Senior Center from Jean Akiyama: “Thank you for the Beef Chow Fun dinner and for the special treats from Jean, Reba, Donna and Grace.  Also for the birthday cake and a beautiful orchid plant for my 88th birthday. Appreciate all the nice things you do for the Seniors.”

For those who wish to donate during this time when the Senior Center is closed, please make out your checks to ‘W-SC JACL Senior Center’ and send them to Carol Kaneko at 1835 Silvana Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Thank you for your generous support of our Senior Center.

Special Note:  Because the Senior Center has had to (sadly) close its doors due to the coronavirus, birthday donations and senior center anniversary donations are optional until the Senior Center can reopen again.  Voluntary donations are much appreciated. 

With more contagious coronavirus variants emerging in the country, we hope everyone can remain diligent in protecting themselves and staying safe at home as much as possible.  To avoid the coronavirus as well as the flu, it’s even more critical to practice the following healthy habits:  Remember to always wear a mask in public (covering your nose and mouth); distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water.  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

January 2021 Senior Center News

January Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

SENIOR CENTER EVENTS

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice.  If you need help while sheltering-at-home (e.g., picking up groceries), please contact Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).

It’s a brand new year with, hopefully, good times ahead!  We are truly grateful to all our Senior friends who continue to care and help each other while we cautiously wade through this pandemic.  Thank you all and stay safe!

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

COVID-19 vaccines are available (yeah!), but information as to who, when, where a person can get the COVID-19 vaccine varies at the moment. As information solidifies, we will try to share with you.  Please contact your primary care physician for recommendations or if you have questions and/or concerns.

Below is some COVID-19 vaccination information taken from the “Centers for Disease Control and Prevention” (CDC) website:

Question:  Can a COVID-19 vaccine make me sick with COVID-19?

Answer:  No.  None of the COVID-19 vaccines contain the live virus that causes COVID-19 so a COVID-19 vaccine cannot make you sick with COVID-19.

Some notes on COVID-19 benefits from the CDC:

  • COVID-19 vaccination will help keep you from getting COVID-19
  • COVID-19 vaccination is a safer way to help build protection
    • COVID-19 can have serious, life-threatening complications, and there is no way to know how COVID-19 will affect you.  And if you get sick, you could spread the disease to friends, family, and others around you.
  • COVID-19 vaccination will be an important tool to help stop the pandemic

Question:  Do I need to wear a mask and avoid close contact with others if I have gotten 2 doses of the vaccine?

Answer:  Yes.  Not enough information is currently available to say if or when CDC will stop recommending that people wear masks and avoid close contact with others to help prevent the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19.

As a footnote:  Some Seniors have received the first COVID-19 vaccination and have had no issues except for some arm soreness where shot was administered.

Akemashite omedetou gozaimasu!  Happy New Year! 

In celebration of 2021, the W-SC JACL Senior Center provided Nijiya Market lunch boxes to all the Seniors on January 21st.  

Alice and Ken Tanimoto generously donated yummy green bean pastries from Baker’s Village for everyone!

Thank you, Ken and Alice!

Nobue Fujii wanted to wish everyone ‘good luck’ in the new year and patiently folded many colorful origami cranes for all the Seniors.  Domo arigato, Mrs. Fujii!

Our exuberant delivery crew arrived at Kizuka Hall, assisted in bagging their goodies, and cheerfully drove away to their awaiting Seniors.  Many thanks to our wonderful delivery team who are always willing to help when needed:  Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Paul Kaneko, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita

Pictured – top row (L-R): Bill and Gail Wurtenberg, Susan AmRhein
Bottom row (L-R): Carol and Paul Kaneko, Reba Condon, Sharon Bobo

We hope everyone enjoyed the January treat!   Cheers to happy times in 2021!

HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAYS!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donations gratefully received in January from: Bette Garcia, Karen Sugidono, Terry Hirahara, and Eiko Stewart.

Special donations gratefully received from: Bette Garcia for the Senior Center program; The Takayo and Kenichi Nakase Family Foundation for Senior Center programs; Bruce Fujii for Fujii family in memory of Kimiyo Fujii; Kim Shiraishi in memory of Hisako Uemura; Jackie Yamashita for New Year’s donation; Toshi Yamashita in memory of Kimiyo Fujii and Ken Hane; Patt and Mark Takeuchi in memory of Kimiyo Fujii; and also from Patt and Mark Takeuchi “To help with delivery of care to our seniors who are sheltering in place. You helpers and volunteers rock!”

The W-SC JACL Senior Center is most appreciative of the many kind and generous special donations that we have received in the past few months. Your generosity will enable us to continue our monthly outreach to our sheltered-in-place seniors. Arigatō!

For those who wish to donate during this time when the Senior Center is closed, please make out your checks to ‘W-SC JACL Senior Center’ and send them to Carol Kaneko at 1835 Silvana Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Thank you for your generous support of our Senior Center.

From the W-SC JACL: Thanks to all who have sent in their local JACL dues for 2021.

Special Note:  Because the Senior Center has had to (sadly) close its doors due to the coronavirus, birthday donations and senior center anniversary donations are optional until the Senior Center can reopen again.  Voluntary donations are much appreciated. 

New W-SC JACL Senior Center members: Mas and Marcia Hashimoto

With a more contagious coronavirus variant surfacing in the country, we hope everyone can remain diligent in protecting themselves and staying safe at home as much as possible.  To avoid the coronavirus as well as the flu, it’s even more critical to practice the following healthy habits:  Remember to always wear a mask in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water.  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

December 2020 Senior Center News

December Senior Center News by Carol and Paul Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jee Kajihara, Jean Yamashita 

SENIOR CENTER EVENTS

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice.  If you need help while sheltering-at-home (e.g., picking up groceries), please contact Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).

It’s been a very trying year, yet we still have so much to be thankful for this holiday season.  We are truly grateful to all our Senior friends who have cared and helped each other during this unprecedented pandemic – even a simple phone call can mean so much to a fellow Senior staying at home.

Thank you!

HOLIDAY SURPRISE FROM IMURA RESTAURANT

On December 14th, Imura Restaurant surprised the W-SC JACL Seniors living in/around Watsonville with a delicious meal of soup, sushi, noodles, and muffin with the following message:

“Imura Restaurant would like to wish Happy Holidays and warm thoughts to W-SC JACL Seniors.”

Each meal was packaged in a bag beautifully decorated by the Kajihara and Song children making the gifts extra special.

Pictured: Mia Song

3-year-old Mia Song proudly displays the bags she decorated for the Seniors.  She is so cute!

Imura Restaurant worked so hard to prepare numerous meal bags for the Seniors – an amazing effort!

Pictured: Jee Kajihara and her mom, Mrs. Song

Many thanks to Imura Restaurant for their continual thoughtfulness and generosity to the W-SC JACL Seniors!

With Christmas fast approaching, Santa and his elves were busy preparing Christmas gift bags for the W-SC JACL Seniors.

On December 1st, Goro Yamashita/Yamashita Market kindly delivered to Kizuka Hall the 5 pound rice bags purchased by the Senior Center for the Senior Christmas gift bags.

Pictured: Goro Yamashita

Thank you, Goro/Yamashita Market!

Toshi Yamashita generously donated a splendid assortment of 2021-2022 pocket calendars.

Pictured: Toshi Yamashita

Thank you, Toshi!

Nobue Fujii spent days folding colorful origami Christmas ornaments for all the Seniors. 

Pictured: Nobue Fujii

She also generously donated a variety of chocolates.  Domo arigato, Mrs. Fujii!

Jean Yamashita provided a few snacks in little penguin bags. 

Thank you, Jean!

Pictured: Jean Yamashita

Reba Condon purchased boxes of superb mandarin oranges then spent hours washing and beautifully arranging the fruit in the red mesh bags.

Pictured: Reba Condon

Thank you, Reba!

By December 17th, the snowman gift bags were stuffed with holiday goodies and ready for distribution.  Our delivery elves met at Kizuka Hall, quickly loaded up their ‘sleighs’, and merrily dashed away with their precious cargo.

Many thanks to our jolly delivery team: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Paul Kaneko, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita

Pictured – top row (L-R): Sharon Bobo and Susan AmRhein, Paul Kaneko
Bottom row (L-R): Gail Wurtenberg, Reba Condon

The W-SC JACL Senior Center was sadly unable to hold its annual Christmas party this year but hopes the Christmas gift bags brought a little holiday cheer to our Seniors.  MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

IN MEMORIAM

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Fujii Family in the passing of Kimiyo Fujii on December 11, 2020 at the age of 94.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donations gratefully received in December from Gail Wurtenberg and Gini Matute-Bianchi.

Special donations gratefully received from: Shirley Nishimoto in memory of Kimiyo Fujii; Jean Yamashita in memory of Tomiko Yamashita; Yamashita Market in appreciation; Sharon Bobo in appreciation; Eileen Byers in memory of Philip Fujita and Ken Hane; Reba Condon “in appreciation for monthly drop-offs to keep our seniors connected”; Joyce, Karl, Miles, and Dean Tsuji in memory of their great-aunt, Chiyoko Yagi (“We are grateful for the enrichment that Kizuka Hall brought to her retirement years”); Jean Akiyama in memory of Kimiyo Fujii and Ken Hane; Chiyeko Shikuma in loving memory of Hiroshi Shikuma; Leigh Sakaguchi in appreciation; Amy Dobashi “for Senior Center”; Jean Yamashita in appreciation; Gini Matute-Bianchi for 49th Anniversary of Senior Center; and Gerald and Nancy Yamada in memory of Yoneko Mizokami and Paul Mizokami.

The W-SC JACL Senior Center is most appreciative for the kind donations received.  For those who wish to donate during this time when the Senior Center is closed, please make out your checks to ‘W-SC JACL Senior Center’ and send them to Carol Kaneko at 1835 Silvana Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Thank you for your generous support of our Senior Center.

Special Note:  Because the Senior Center has had to (sadly) close its doors due to the coronavirus, birthday donations and senior center anniversary donations are optional until the Senior Center can reopen again.  Voluntary donations are much appreciated. 

YEAR-END MESSAGES

Looking back at 2020 … with gratitude.

This past year has been a challenge to us all due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We closed the Senior Center in March, and we are still sheltered-in-place and staying safe at home. (Who knew that a roll of toilet paper should have been the grand prize instead of third place?)

Although we are not meeting at Kizuka Hall to socialize, celebrate special occasions, and play bingo with our friends, there has been outreach to our seniors thanks to the efforts of some of our seniors and community friends. We are grateful for their many contributions.

In March, May, and December, Jee Kajihara and family from Imura Restaurant in Watsonville provided our seniors in or near Watsonville with beautifully decorated goodie bags filled with delicious food. They also provided extra goodies for some of the later monthly treats from the Senior Center. We are so grateful for their generosity and care for our seniors. Thank you to Imura Restaurant and the Kajihara/Song families!

Starting in June, Jean Yamashita has been the force behind the other regular monthly treats from the Senior Center. Jean researched potential treats and arranged for their purchase and delivery by the delivery crew. Thanks to Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Ken Tanimoto, Gail and Bill Wurtenberg, Jean Yamashita, and substitutes Shirley Inokuchi and Eiko Stewart for being a dedicated and dependable delivery crew. Thanks also to Cindy Mine for Valley Height deliveries (and also for addressing senior health concerns as they have arisen) and Marcia Hashimoto for managing Kizuka Hall pickups for our special anniversary bento.  Our seniors are most appreciative of the outreach and care given to them by our volunteers. We are grateful for all the time and effort you all devote to the care of our seniors.

There are others who have donated items for our delivery crew or for our goodie bags. We are grateful to: Hisako Kodama, Hideko Nagamine, Jackie Yamashita, Nobue Fujii, Reba Condon, Toshi Yamashita, Emi Kaita, and Jean Yamashita

In addition to coordinating our monthly outreach/treats to our seniors, Jean Yamashita also writes and posts our monthly Senior Center News.  The Senior Center gives a big shout-out to Jean for her dedication and service to our seniors. THANK YOU, JEAN!!! (The Senior Center has sent Jean a well-deserved Costco gift card in appreciation for her many hours of dedicated service to our seniors.) We are so grateful for your commitment to our senior community.

We are grateful for the work of Kimiko Marr as she provided us with nine weeks of a virtual pilgrimage. It was nice to have the time to view all the presentations as we were sheltered-in-place at home.

On a sad note, we lost seven of our senior friends this past year with the passing of Chiyoko Yagi (99), Akira Kodama (98), Michiko Hamada (98), Jim Kawamoto (93), Hisako Uemura (92), Mitzi Katsuyama (100), and Kimiyo Fujii (94).  We are grateful for all the years they enjoyed being with us at the Senior Center and we will miss each of them.

Thanks to everyone who took the time to call or check in on our seniors to see if there was anything they needed help with. We are grateful for your care and concern.

Last, but not least, we are grateful for all our seniors and friends who made donations to the Senior Center so we can continue to stay in contact with all our senior members. We are grateful for all the kind words of encouragement and support that were sent with your donations.

With the vaccine for the coronavirus being distributed, we are hopeful that we can resume our activities at the Senior Center sometime in 2021. We may soon be able to gather together again to shout BINGO! and see our friends and celebrate all that we are thankful for.

Stay safe, everyone, and Happy Holidays!

Warmest aloha from Paul and Carol

Who could have imagined a year like this one?  Reluctantly, the Senior Center had to close in March – I had guessed maybe for one or two months – boy, was I wrong.  With nothing to do, time passed slowly, at first.  Eventually, I think we found other ways to fill the time:  The house may now be a little neater (well, at least my dad’s house – not mine!), the garden has less weeds (and unfortunately new bugs – ug), and the homemade tsukemono is now somewhat edible (after many failed attempts).  Several Seniors spent days canning (although mason jars were scarce) and sewing (e.g., making masks); some Seniors had increased grandchildren babysitting duties as parents worked-from-home; and a lot of people could be seen enjoying the outdoors more, especially dog-walkers (except when smoke filled the air from the devastating fires).  Seniors were also very ambitious and painted the outside of the house (and survived – whew!) and re-strapped patio furniture (what a challenge!). 

As the tumultuous year comes to a close, I have to reiterate “thank-yous” to the gracious volunteers who were always willing to help whenever needed: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Eiko Stewart, and Ken Tanimoto.  I am truly grateful for their kind assistance without which the Senior Center activities could not be performed.

I would also like to express appreciation for Paul and Carol Kaneko who quietly handle all the “behind-the-scenes” administrative duties of the Senior Center such as addressing Senior Center issues and inquiries as they arise; managing finances; handling correspondence; dealing with membership; communicating with the W-SC JACL board; etc.  Carol and Paul also review and contribute articles to the monthly Senior Center News.  With their efforts, the Senior Center continues to operate smoothly. 

Thank you to everyone for their thoughtfulness and support this year!  I miss seeing your smiling faces!  Hopefully, we may gather together again in 2021!  In the meantime, please take care of yourselves and have a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

– Jean Yamashita

With the coronavirus surging across the country, we hope everyone can remain diligent in protecting themselves and staying safe at home as much as possible – so difficult during the holidays.  To avoid the coronavirus as well as the flu, it’s even more critical to practice the following healthy habits:  Remember to always wear a mask in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water.  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

November 2020 Senior Center News

November Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

!!! IMPORTANT REMINDERS !!! 

From the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

“Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

 

SENIOR CENTER EVENTS

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice. 

If you need help while sheltering-at-home (e.g., picking up groceries), please contact Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).

It’s been a very trying year, yet we still have so much to be thankful for.

We are truly grateful to all our Senior friends who care and help each other – even a simple phone call to a fellow Senior to brighten her/his day means alot. 

Thank you!

 

 

Gobble!  Gobble!  It’s time to rev up those digestive juices for Thanksgiving and the beginning of holiday feasting.  The W-SC JACL Senior Center started the festivities on November 18th by treating the Seniors living around Watsonville to Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) chicken pot pies and a package of strawberry shortbread cookies, delivered by our always cheerful crew of fantastic volunteers:  Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Ken Tanimoto, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.

 

 

 

Volunteers pictured (L-R):  Ken Tanimoto, Reba Condon, Bill Wurtenberg, Gail Wurtenberg, Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, June Honda

 

 

 

Jackie Yamashita donated jars of assorted homemade jam for our delivery team – yummy!  Thanks so much, Jackie!

 

Pictured: Jackie Yamashita

 

 

 

 

Emi Kaita donated two boxes of beautiful persimmons (kaki) that we were able to share with everyone.  Thanks so much, Mrs. Kaita!  Thanks to Connie Dimas for helping to carry the kaki boxes to the car!

 

Pictured: Connie Dimas

 

 

BEWARE OF PHONE SCAMS!

Unfortunately, there are many scams out there … Connie Dimas recently received a PG&E phone scam that she wanted to forewarn Seniors about:

A person phoned Connie saying that her PG&E service (gas and electricity) was going to be shutoff in 45 minutes for not paying her PG&E bill – of course, this was totally not true.  The caller then asked Connie for her credit card number to pay the PG&E bill.  Connie knew this was a scam and hung up.

Lesson learned:  Do not give any personal information to people you do not know.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donations gratefully received in November from: Susan AmRhein, Donna Fujita, and Grace Fujita.

Special donations gratefully received: from Terry Hirahara for Veterans Day in honor of Iwao Yamashita, Sunao Honda, Sam Sakamoto, and Franz Steidl; and from Carol and Matthew Clouse, Kitty Mizuno, and Art and Joanne Hayashi in support of our Senior Center program.

49th Anniversary of Senior Center donations gratefully received from: Jean Akiyama, Nobuko Akiyama, Susan AmRhein, Eileen Byers, Nobue Fujii, Donna Fujita, Grace Fujita, Bette Garcia, Judy Hane, Mas and Marcia Hashimoto, Terry Hirahara, Sunao and June Honda, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Hisako Kodama, Akira and Hide Nagamine, Eiko Nishihara, Yoshiko Nishihara, Shirley Nishimoto, Leigh Sakaguchi, Sam and Yae Sakamoto, Eiko and George Stewart, Karen Sugidono, Fumi Tanimasa, Ken and Alice Tanimoto, Mitsuyo Tao, Hatsuko Tsuji, Jo Ann Vear, Iwao Yamashita, Jackie Yamashita, Jean Yamashita, Toshiko Yamashita, and Riiko Yoshida.

The W-SC JACL Senior Center is most appreciative for the kind donations received.  For those who wish to donate during this time when the Senior Center is closed, please make out your checks to ‘W-SC JACL Senior Center’ and send them to Carol Kaneko at 1835 Silvana Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Thank you for your generous support of our Senior Center.

Special Note:  Because the Senior Center has had to (sadly) close its doors due to the coronavirus, birthday donations and senior center anniversary donations are optional until the Senior Center can reopen again.  Voluntary donations are much appreciated. 

 

With the coronavirus surging across the country, we hope everyone can remain diligent in protecting themselves and staying safe at home as much as possible.  To avoid the coronavirus as well as the flu, it’s even more critical to practice the following healthy habits:  Remember to always wear a mask in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water.  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

October 2020 Senior Center News

October Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Kimiko Marr, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

!!! IMPORTANT REMINDERS !!!

Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 2:00 A.M.  Before you go to bed on Halloween night, don’t forget to set your clocks back 1 hour!

From the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):

“Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Election day is Tuesday, November 3rd!  Exercise your civic responsibility and VOTE!  If voting in person, be sure to check your voting location as it may have changed.

SENIOR CENTER EVENTS

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice. 

If you need help while sheltering-at-home (e.g., picking up groceries), please contact Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).

Many thanks to our thoughtful Senior community for continuing to care and help each other during this difficult time.  There have been various acts of kindness such as delivering groceries and calling Seniors just to say “hi!” that are truly appreciated.  Thank you!

For countless years, the W-SC JACL Senior Center has traditionally celebrated its anniversary in October with a special program that included inspiring speeches, reminiscing of memorable moments of the year, honoring our 90+ Seniors, squeezing together for our annual group photo, and sharing a delicious meal and cake together.  Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has forced many venues to close in 2020 that included the Senior Center, and we sadly will miss commemorating this significant event together.  While Seniors remain at home to stay safe, the W-SC JACL Senior Center decided to celebrate the anniversary by treating Senior Center members in the area with a special Miyuki lunch obento and Baker’s Village green bean pastry that were delivered by our terrific troop of volunteers: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Marcia Hashimoto, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Cindy Mine, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.

Happy 49th Anniversary everyone!  We miss you!

Miyuki Japanese Restaurant (Chris Ishikawa owner) [452 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville; 831-728-1620] did an amazing job preparing and packaging numerous obentos for our 49th Anniversary event.  Much appreciation to Chris and crew for all their hard work!

Lovely meal picture taken by Teruko Hirahara
Volunteers pictured (L-R):  Reba Condon, Sharon Bobo, June Honda, Bill Wurtenberg, Gail Wurtenberg, Chris Ishikawa/Miyuki’s, Cindy Mine, Paul Kaneko, Susan AmRhein, Marcia Hashimoto
Pictured: Nancy Tamaki and Hisako Kodama

Hisako Kodama wanted to thank our Senior volunteers by generously donating yummy sweet pickles that she made from her homegrown cucumbers.  Domo arigato, Mrs. Kodama!

SENIOR TRIPS

Regretfully, the decision was made to cancel the postponed 3/25/20 Table Mountain bus trip due to the ongoing coronavirus travel risk to Seniors.  Reimbursements were distributed to Seniors who had registered and paid for the trip.  We appreciate the patience and understanding of our passengers during this trying time.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to plan a Table Mountain trip next year, when/if it is safe to do so.

Pilgrimages from Kimiko Marr

If anyone needs something to watch besides the news these days, check out the virtual pilgrimage we did this summer.  Nine weeks worth of content!

https://www.jampilgrimages.com/tadaimavirtualpilgrimage

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donations gratefully received in October from: Mitsuyo Tao, Nobuko Akiyama, Toshi Yamashita, Kim Tao, Satoko Yamamoto, and Riiko Yoshida.

Special donations gratefully received: from Terry Hirahara in memory of Jim Kawamoto, Akira Kodama, Mitzi Katsuyama, Hisako Uemura, and Michiko Hamada; from Dan and Karen Nitta for 42nd memorial for father, Fred Nitta; from Carolyn Misumi for Senior Center meals for seniors; from Kimiyo Fujii in appreciation; and from Thomas and Reiko Akiyoshi “in appreciation of Cindy Mine for all she does”.

49th Anniversary of Senior Center donations gratefully received from: Eiko and George Stewart, Jean Yamashita, Iwao Yamashita, Mas and Marcia Hashimoto, Nobuko Akiyama, Sam and Yae Sakamoto, Toshiko Yamashita, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Hisako Kodama, Nobue Fujii, Mitsuyo Tao, Ken and Alice Tanimoto, Jackie Yamashita, Jo Ann Vear, Terry Hirahara, Jean Akiyama, Eileen Byers, Riiko Yoshida, Sunao and June Honda, Fumi Tanimasa, Judy Hane, Bette Garcia, Shirley Nishimoto, and Karen Sugidono.

The W-SC JACL Senior Center is most appreciative for the kind donations received.  For those who wish to donate during this time when the Senior Center is closed, please make out your checks to ‘W-SC JACL Senior Center’ and send them to Carol Kaneko at 1835 Silvana Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Thank you for your generous support of our Senior Center.

Special Note:  Because the Senior Center has had to (sadly) close its doors due to the coronavirus, birthday donations and senior center anniversary donations are optional until the Senior Center can reopen again.  Voluntary donations are much appreciated. 

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  To avoid the coronavirus as well as the flu, it’s even more critical to practice the following healthy habits:  Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; wear a mask in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water.  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

September 2020 Senior Center News

September Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Paul Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

!!! IMPORTANT REMINDERS !!!

We hope that everyone is managing to stay safe at home during the COVID-19 pandemic and our forced hiatus.  Because older adults and people with underlying medical conditions are at high risk for COVID-19 and serious outcomes, it is uncertain as to when we’ll be able to meet again.  In the meantime, we are extremely grateful to Imura Restaurant, who has generously donated delicious treats to our Seniors, and to our crew of volunteers (Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Shirley Inokuchi, Eiko Stewart, Ken Tanimoto, Gail/Bill Wurtenburg, and Jean Yamashita), who have stepped up to help distribute W-SC JACL Senior Center meals to our Seniors.

Because we are not able to lead our normal lives during the pandemic, we want to remind everyone about three vitally important and significant tasks to do now and in the coming month: 1) Take part in the Federal Census, 2) Get your flu shot, and 3) Vote.  For more information, please read on. 

First, we think it’s very important for everyone to make sure that they have been included in the 2020 Federal Census.  This has been going on since the beginning of the year, and the deadline to complete the census is the end of October.  If you have not yet been counted, please make every effort to let the Census Bureau know.  The Bureau can be reached by phone (408-343-8140), mail, or online at 2020census.gov#TrueForYou.  This is important because so much of our lives depends on it.  It’s Federal law for every person living in this country to be counted—whether or not you are a citizen; it’s a headcount for the purposes of determining the number of elected representatives we have, how much is allocated for public infrastructure such as roads and highways, water and sewer facilities, education, etc.  So, you can see how an undercount would result in facilities and services being inadequate for the next decade.  Even private businesses depend on the Census to develop such things as growth projections, emerging markets, and employment needs. 

Secondly, we think it’s especially important for everyone to get their flu shot this year.  Since we will not be able to conduct our Flu Shot Clinic at the Senior Center, you will need to make your own arrangements, whether it’s through your normal healthcare professional or other means.  Many if not all pharmacies in Santa Cruz county offer flu shots at no cost to Medicare recipients.  The CDC and others have advised everyone that this year’s flu season could be especially brutal because of the pandemic; it is anticipated that there will probably be a “second and possibly a third wave” of the coronavirus during the winter months.  We hope that everyone will continue to be safe from COVID-19 and this season’s flu.  A flu shot is the best protection available against the flu.  It’s time to get your shot.  Don’t delay.  It takes a few weeks for the vaccine to become fully effective. 

The third important thing that you need to do within this next 30 days is to exercise your civic responsibility of voting.  This is extremely important as the future of our country depends on whether we vote; it’s the best opportunity for all of us to participate in the political process.  In Santa Cruz County, we are able to conveniently vote by mail—if we are registered.  We hope that everyone is registered.  If not registered, please contact the Elections Department at: 701 Ocean St., Room 310, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, 831-454-2419.  Ballots will be mailed to all registered voters by the Department on October 7th so you can vote any time after that.  We recommend that you go ahead and vote as soon as possible so you don’t have to worry about whether or not your ballot is received by the Elections Department by November 3rd.  Of course, if you prefer, you can always go to the City Clerk’s Office or the Elections Department in Santa Cruz and vote-in-person, or wait until November 3rd and vote in person at your usual polling place. (Please check ahead of time as the voting location may have been changed.)

Please contact Paul Kaneko if you have any questions and/or need assistance. 

SENIOR CENTER EVENTS

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice. 

If you need help while sheltering-at-home (e.g., picking up groceries), please contact Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).

Many thanks to our thoughtful Senior community for continuing to care and help each other during this difficult time.  There have been various acts of kindness such as delivering groceries and calling Seniors just to say “hi!” that are truly appreciated.  Thank you!

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Fresh air and blue skies welcomed our lively troop of delivery volunteers to Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant (1980 Freedom Blvd) as we gathered together to prepare for our distribution adventure on September 24th.  When the beef chow fun was ready for pickup, we were surprised by how heavy the containers were as they were generously filled to the brim with yummy chow fun.  We hope all the Seniors living in/near Watsonville enjoyed the Happy Garden beef chow fun and mandarin orange cup from the W-SC JACL Senior Center.  Thanks to our excellent delivery team: Sharon Bobo, June Honda, Shirley Inokuchi, Eiko Stewart, Ken Tanimoto, Gail and Bill Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.  Special thanks to Ken Tanimoto for picking up a route for quicker delivery and to our substitute delivery helpers: Eiko Stewart and Shirley Inokuchi.

Delivery crew pictured (L-R, back row):  Bill Wurtenberg, Ken Tanimoto, Gail Wurtenberg, Eiko Stewart, June Honda, and Sharon Bobo

(front row) Shirley Inokuchi adding pizzazz to the photo op

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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Donations gratefully received for the month of September: Connie Dimas, Jo Ann Vear, Pat Marr, and Jane Sugidono. Special donations gratefully received from: Akira and Hide Nagamine; Ryoko Kozuki from Flowers by Toshi; Dan and Karen Nitta for 2 year memorial for mother, Helen Nitta Mito; and Randy Yagi in memory of mother, Chiyoko Yagi. Note from Randy

“Dear Friends at W-SC JACL Senior Center,

On behalf of the Yagi Family, I want to thank everyone at the Senior Center in support of the memory of my mother, Chiyoko Yagi. Best Wishes and please stay safe.

Randy”

The W-SC JACL Senior Center is most appreciative for the kind donations received.  For those who wish to donate during this time when the Senior Center is closed, please make out your checks to ‘W-SC JACL Senior Center’ and send them to Carol Kaneko at 1835 Silvana Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Thank you for your generous support of our Senior Center.

Special Note:  Because the Senior Center has had to (sadly) close its doors due to the coronavirus, birthday donations and senior center anniversary donations are optional until the Senior Center can reopen again.  Voluntary donations are much appreciated. 

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Please try to avoid/limit outdoor activities when the air outside is unhealthy.  Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water.  Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; wear a mask in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

August 2020 Senior Center News

August Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice. 

If you need help while sheltering-at-home (e.g., picking up groceries), please contact Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).

 

“Thank you!” to our thoughtful Senior community for continuing to care and help each other during this difficult time.  There have been various acts of kindness such as delivering groceries and calling Seniors just to say “hi!” that are truly appreciated.  Thank you all for protecting yourselves and others!

 

Tense and worrisome times as people all around the outskirts of Watsonville were threatened by the unprecedented number of wildfires, caused by dry lightning, overwhelming California.  Under smoky skies, our little crew of superb volunteers met at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) on August 24th to pickup KFC meals to deliver to our Seniors living in/near Watsonville in hopes of bringing a little cheer to our Senior friends during these difficult times.

 

Delivery crew pictured (L-R):  June Honda, Reba Condon, Sharon Bobo, Susan AmRhein, Gail and Bill Wurtenberg

 

 

 

 

A perfect addition to the KFC meals were delicious homemade strawberry muffins kindly made by Jee Kajihara.  Thank you so much, Jee!

 

 

 

 

We hope the Seniors enjoyed the KFC meal from the W-SC JACL Senior Center and the yummy muffin from Jee!  Special thanks to our terrific delivery helpers: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Gail and Bill Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.          

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monetary donations for the month of August gratefully received from: Karen Sugidono, Shirley Nishimoto, Leigh Sakaguchi, Paul Kaneko, Sharon Bobo, Yoshiko Nishihara, George Stewart, June Honda, and Eileen Byers.

Special donations received: from Mitsuyo Tao and Gary and Cindy Mine in memory of Mitzi Katsuyama; and from Sandra Hill, a “gift from the Estate of Masako Morimoto“.

Thanks to all who are sending in their birthday donations and other special gifts. For those who wish to donate during this time when the Senior Center is closed, please make out your checks to “W-SC JACL Senior Center” and send them to Carol Kaneko at 1835 Silvana Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Thanks for your generous support of our Senior Center.

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Please try to avoid/limit outdoor activities when the air outside is smoky/unhealthy.  Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; wear a mask in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

 

July 2020 Senior Center News

July Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice. 

If you need help while sheltering-at-home (e.g., picking up groceries), please contact Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).

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“Thank you!” to our thoughtful Senior community for continuing to care and help each other during this difficult time.  There have been various acts of kindness such as delivering groceries and calling Seniors just to say “hi!” that are truly appreciated.  Thank you all for protecting yourselves and others!

 

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On July 29th, six energetic delivery volunteers escaped home confinement and happily roamed Watsonville (properly masked and gloved) dropping off Mountain Mike’s mini pepperoni pizzas and Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies from the W-SC JACL Senior Center to our awaiting Seniors.  We hope everyone enjoyed the little Italian treat!  Special thanks to our wonderful delivery helpers: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.                                            

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Pictured (L-R):  June Honda, Gail Wurtenberg, Sharon Bobo, Susan AmRhein, Reba Condon

 

 

PILGRIMAGES – By Kimiko Marr

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Link to opening ceremonies:  https://www.jampilgrimages.com/opening-ceremony

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monetary donations for July gratefully received from: Nobue Fujii, Reba Condon, Sunao Honda, and Jean Yamashita.

Special donations: from Judy Hane in memory of Akira Kodama, Michiko Hamada, Hisako Uemura, and Mitzi Katsuyama; from Kiyoko Oba to support our activities (“My mother [Masano Yamashita], auntie Mie, and auntie Michiko all enjoyed the Senior Center”); from Eiko Nishihara in memory of Mitzi Katsuyama; from Reba Condon in memory of Chiyoko Yagi, Jim and Rubie Kawamoto, and Mitzi Katsuyama; from Sunao and June Honda in memory of Jim Kawamoto; from Dan and Karen Nitta in honor of Mas and Marcia Hashimoto’s 50th Wedding Anniversary; from Mitsuyo Tao in memory of Michiko Hamada and Jim Kawamoto; from Sam and Yae Sakamoto in memory of Mitzi Katsuyama; from Yoshiko Nishihara in memory of Mitzi Katsuyama; and from Nobue Fujii in memory of Mitzi Katsuyama.

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; wear a mask in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

 

June 2020 Senior Center News

June Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice. 

If you need help while sheltering-at-home (e.g., picking up groceries), please contact Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).

The Watsonville Police and community were alerted to threats of a “Barbaric Protest” in Watsonville on June 4, 2020 so businesses closed early and boarded up windows/doors as police patrolled the area.  To make sure our Seniors were safe, Marcia Hashimoto called all the Watsonville Seniors, forewarning them of the possible dangerous situation in Watsonville and to urge everyone to stay home.

Thank you so much, Mrs. Hashimoto, for keeping our Seniors safe!

A big “Thank you!” to our thoughtful Senior community for caring and helping each other during this difficult time.  There have been various acts of kindness such as delivering groceries and calling Seniors just to say “hi!” that are truly appreciated.  Thank you all for protecting yourselves and others!

 

During the week of June 22nd, the W-SC JACL Senior Center treated the Watsonville Seniors to a delicious bento lunch from Imura Restaurant.  It was quite a challenging task for the Imura Restaurant crew to prepare 63 takeout bento lunches spread out during the week, but the extraordinary team churned out the meals smoothly.  As a surprise treat, every bento also included dessert as Jee Kajihara and her children (Jocelyn and KJ) kindly baked strawberry bread every night during the week (my goodness!) and added a yummy bread slice to each bento bag along with an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie from Melissa Song!  Thank you so much for all your hard work and generosity Kajihara Family, Melissa Song, and Imura Restaurant!                                                      Pictured: Kevin and Jee Kajihara

 

 

Pictured:  KJ and Jocelyn Kajihara cutting strawberries for the bread

 

 

Due to the uncertainty of when Senior gatherings can safely resume, the perishable bingo prizes and snacks were distributed with the bento lunches – hopefully everyone received a little something to enjoy.

“Thank you!” to the Nagamine Family who donated a box of cucumbers that were distributed to several Seniors the next bento delivery day (sorry we couldn’t pass out to everyone).

We can’t forget to thank our wonderful volunteer delivery people who cheerfully transported all the goodies to our delighted Seniors: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, June Honda, and Jean Yamashita!

 

 

Pictured:  Kevin Kajihara and Susan AmRhein

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured:  June Honda and Jee Kajihara

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured:  Kevin Kajihara and Sharon Bobo

 

 

 

 

Rob Kawamoto generously donated pieces of furniture to the Seniors.  Thank you, Rob!

 

 

 

IN MEMORIAM

 

 

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Katsuyama Family in the passing of Mitzi Katsuyama on June 11, 2020 at the age of 100.

 

 

 

PILGRIMAGES – By Kimiko Marr

Link to opening ceremonies:  https://www.jampilgrimages.com/opening-ceremony

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monetary donations for June gratefully received from: Eiko Nishihara, Satoko Yamamoto, and Judy Hane.

Special donations gratefully received from: Toshi Yamashita, Sam and Yae Sakamoto, and Paul and Carol Kaneko in memory of Hisako Uemura; Sam and Yae Sakamoto in memory of Jim and Rubie Kawamoto; Hisako Kodama in memory of Jim Kawamoto; Kiyoko Oba and Dennis Hamada in memory of Michiko Hamada; Toshi Yamashita, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Jean Akiyama, and Shirley Nishimoto in memory of Mitzi Katsuyama; and Dan and Karen Nitta in memory of Michiko Hamada and Chiyoko Yagi.  A note from Dan Nitta: “They were both good friends of my mother, Helen Nitta Mito. They took her to many lunches while my Mom was still in Watsonville.”

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Remember to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds frequently; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; wear a mask in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!