August Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Kimiko Marr, Jean Yamashita
Photos by Carol Kaneko, Kimiko Marr, Jean Yamashita
A very special piece of art, symbolic of the heroic 442nd Infantry Regiment, was donated by Sam Sakamoto and beautifully hung at Kizuka Hall by Franz Steidl and Joe Bowes on August 7th.
Plaque below the artwork describes the design:
“This shoulder patch identifies the famous 442nd Regimental Combat Team. It was designed by Mitchie Miyamoto who lived in Watsonville, California”
Pictured: Mas Hashimoto, Marcia Hashimoto, Sam Sakamoto, Franz Steidl
On August 8th, Carol and Paul Kaneko returned to the Senior Center after their Hawaii vacation! It was terrific to have them back! Thank you to everyone who helped out at the Senior Center while the Kaneko’s were away!
It was nice to see Jane Sugidono walk into the Senior Center after a long absence! Welcome back, Mrs. Sugidono!
Thank you to Tom Akiyama (Jean Akiyama’s brother-in-law) for donating some house plants for Seniors to adopt!
Pictured: Jean Akiyama, Fumi Tanimasa
The Seniors were delighted to take home the fragrant tuberoses donated by the Sakaue family. Domo arigato, Sakaue family!
Pictured: Kiyoko Sakaue, June Honda
Jee Kajihara and family generously treated the Seniors to delicious strawberry-chia muffins and green tea ice cream on August 8th! The children were so cute as they zealously served the Seniors their yummy treats! Thank you so much to the Kajihara family for always being so kind to our Seniors!
Note: The Kajihara’s own/run the Imura Japanese Restaurant.
On August 15th, we celebrated August birthdays honoring Eileen Byers, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Kitty Mizuno, Yoshiko Nishihara (92), Kazuko Sakai (90), and George Stewart. Absent were Akira Kodama (98), Shirley Nishimoto, Jo Ann Vear, Gail Wurtenberg, Sumi Yamada (90), and Reiko Yamamoto (88). The 90 and overs were given a box of manju, and a lovely orchid plant was delivered to Reiko Yamamoto who turned 88. Kazuko Sakai generously provided the huge dream cake and ice cream cups that were delicious! Thank you so much, Mrs. Sakai! Teruko Hirahara provided the lovely flowers for the table decorations and beautiful flower arrangement on the head table – thank you, Teruko!
Hisako Kodama brought yummy homemade pickles for everyone in honor of Akira Kodama’s 98th birthday! Domo arigato, Mrs. Kodama!
A very happy Akira Kodama celebrates his 98th birthday with his family!
On August 22nd, Kazuko Sakai surprised the Seniors with a huge Miyuki bento box and sushi in celebration of her 90th birthday! Thank you so much, Mrs. Sakai, for your generosity! We hope you had a fabulous 90th birthday!
August 29th turned out to be a memorable gathering as the Seniors were honored to be visited by members of the Consul General Uyama’s staff from San Francisco:
- Consul Taisuke Suzuki – Advisor for Community Affairs
- Consul Ayumu Kashiwagi – Agriculture
- Jeff Fleishman – Economic Affairs
Prior to arriving at the Senior Center, the special guests toured the farm of Akira, Hideko, and Janet Nagamine and enjoyed lunch there. The guests then arrived at Kizuka Hall where Mas and Marcia Hashimoto gave them a tour of Kizuka Hall and provided some JACL/Senior Center history. During the Senior Center program, Marcia Hashimoto introduced our honored guests who each then said a few words to the Senior audience.
Taisuke Suzuki, Ayumu Kashiwagi, and Jeff Fleishman spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the Senior activities – participating in the brief exercises and playing rousing games of bingo.
Taisuke Suzuki and Ayumu Kashiwagi were pleased with their bingo winnings:
It was wonderful meeting our distinguished guests from San Francisco! Thank you to Janet Nagamine for organization the event!
On August 29th, Paul Kaneko sadly announced that Rubie Kawamoto fell and fractured her hip. A get well card was signed by the Seniors. We wish Rubie Kawamoto a speedy recovery!
With Rubie Kawamoto’s serious injury, the timing seemed apropos to address the danger of falling, especially for Seniors. Paul Kaneko highlighted important points from an article Eiko Stewart submitted from “The Epoch Times” called “More Seniors Are Dying in Falls”. The article begins with the statement:
“Rates of fatal falls have doubled since 2000 and doctors can do more to stop that. What’s needed to check this alarming trend, experts suggest, is a more personalized approach to preventing falls, more involvement by medical practitioners, and better ways to motivate older adults to take action”.
The article suggests getting a fall risk assessment, getting a personalized plan, and being careful during transitions (e.g., coming home from the hospital or starting new medications).
The full article can be found online:
Cindy Mine also informed the Seniors of additional important reminders for fall prevention.
Thank you to Eiko Stewart/Paul Kaneko and Cindy Mine for sharing this essential information with the Seniors!
Also on August 29th, the Seniors were treated to delicious “Portobello Santa Cruz” pizzas from Corralitos Pizza, generously donated by Willie Yahiro. Thank you so much, Willie Yahiro!
Susan AmRhein (instructor), Connie Dimas, Judy Hane, Cindy Mine, and Jean Yamashita kindly crocheted little hats for preemies to be donated to hospitals. It felt good to contribute to such a worthwhile cause. Many thanks to our crocheters! Special thanks to Susan for spearheading this effort and for her patient instruction!
Thank you note from Jo Ann Vears:
“Dear Friends – Thank you so much for the baby hats. They are going to Dominican Hospital to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit. Many of these babies are less than three pounds and seriously ill. Your generous act of kindness is greatly appreciated. Sincerely – Jo Ann”
On August 15th, the crochet workshop continued with a new project: Crocheting an afghan blanket with granny squares to be donated to the Christmas raffle. Many thanks to Susan AmRhein for providing instruction, crocheting many of the granny squares, and stitching the granny squares together and to Connie Dimas, Judy Hane, Eiko Stewart, and Kim Tao for also contributing colorful bundles of granny squares to our holiday Senior project!
Another awesome raffle prize this Christmas will be a beautiful afghan blanket that Susan AmRhein is crocheting! Thank you, Susan!
We will have another Crochet workshop on September 5th from noon to 1 pm to learn how to make towel holders. Please feel free to join the gathering (with or without a project) to relax and enjoy the friendly conversation.
We have many talented Seniors so the hope is to have a variety of workshops in the future to share and learn new skills. If you have a craft suggestion for our Seniors, please let Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita know. Thank you!
On a cool foggy morning, 40 energetic Seniors and guests happily boarded the bus to Table Mountain on August 21st! It was a lively morning as folks got settled in and then were showered with delicious goodies generously donated by: Jean Akiyama, Sharon Bobo, Lani Chin, Yaeko Cross, Carol Kaneko, Rubie Kawamoto, Nancy Kuratomi, Rosemarie/Larry Marshall, Cindy/Gary Mine, Linda Murray, Eiko Nishihara, Yoshiko Nishihara, Iwao/Jean Yamashita, and Toshi Yamashita. A special surprise were little origami frogs patiently made by Nobue Fujii that were given to all our guests to bring them good luck. Many thanks to all our very kind donators! When we arrived at Table Mountain, passengers promptly received their $15 free bonus play money and $5 food vouchers and then eagerly trotted into the air-conditioned casino to seek their fortunes. All too soon, it was time to board back onto the bus. Everyone appeared to have had a good time – win or lose. On the trip home, some folks watched the feel-good movie “Dreamer” while others took a nap. We stopped at Andersen’s Pea Soup in Santa Nella to stretch our legs and grab a quick snack or browse thru the gift shop. Special thanks to trip helpers Rubie Kawamoto (trip signups/payments), Carol Kaneko (trip treasurer), Cindy Mine (trip nurse), Gary Mine (passenger assistance), and Jean Yamashita (trip coordinator). Finally, a big “Thank you!” to all the Seniors and guests for joining us on this trip!
2019 Poston Pilgrimage
October 11-12, 2019
The 2019 Poston Pilgrimage will be held in Parker, AZ on October 11th and 12th. We are thinking of organizing a group from the Central Coast to travel together.
Tentative itinerary would be:
- Thursday, October 10th – Fly to Las Vegas
- Friday, October 11th – Charter bus to Parker (pilgrimage registration begins at 3 pm); Stay overnight in Parker
- Saturday, October 12th – Pilgrimage activities; Stay overnight in Parker
- Sunday, October 13th – Return to Las Vegas; Fly home
If you are interested in joining the group, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you to our August toban: Judy Hane, Angie Guzman, and Mary Perez. Paul Kaneko was in charge of opening up this month. Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed!
Monetary donations gratefully received in August from: Eileen Byers, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Akira Kodama, Kitty Mizuno, Yoshiko Nishihara, Shirley Nishimoto, George Stewart, and Sumi Yamada. Special donations received from Bobby and Nancy Tamaki for Senior Center 48th Anniversary luncheon, Diane Mio in honor of Reiko Yamamoto’s birthday, and Dan and Karen Nitta in memory of mother Helen Nitta Mito – thank you very much!
All donations are very much appreciated!
Thank you for all the sensational bingo prizes. The complete list is in the new Senior Center newsletter which is distributed at Kizuka Hall.
Thank you for coming to the Senior Center! It’s a marvelous opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes. During the hot summer days, be sure to drink plenty of water and to wear sunscreen while outside. Remember also to wash, wash your hands and try to stay active – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!
September schedule of activities is available. Please see Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita if you did not receive your copy.
Thurs Sept 5, 12, 26 Regular Bingo
Thurs Sept 19 September Birthday Party
Sunday Sept 22 Baisho Matsumoto Concert, 2 pm, Kizuka Hall