December Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita, Toshi Yamashita
Photos by Carol Kaneko, Gary Mine, Jean, Yamashita, Toshi Yamashita
On December 5th, the Seniors were treated to delicious “Peperachi Combo” pizzas from Corralitos Pizza, generously donated by Willie Yahiro. The Seniors were truly grateful for all the pizzas that Willie provided for the Seniors throughout 2019 – a Thank you card was circulated and signed by all. Thank you so much, Willie Yahiro!
Several kind Seniors spent a rainy Sunday (December 8th) helping with the annual Mochi Tsuki event at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple (WBT). The WBT appreciated everyone’s help and support
HAPPY DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS!
On December 12th, the Seniors celebrated December birthdays honoring December honoree: Jim Kawamoto (93). Absent were Grace Fujita (95), Kimiko Marr, and Riiko Yoshida. Grace Fujita and Jim Kawamoto (over 90) received a box of manju. Hisako Kodama brought the lovely flowers that brightened every table, and Teruko Hirahara provided the holiday arrangement on the front table. Thank you, Hisako Kodama and Teruko Hirahara!
In the holiday spirit, Susan AmRhein taught the Seniors how to make cute whimsical reindeer ornaments made out of clothespins. With glitter and glue aflowing, the Seniors had fun creating their unique reindeers.
Thank you to Seniors for participating and many thanks to Susan for all her efforts in leading this holiday activity!
December 12th also welcomed back Carol and Paul Kaneko from their Hawaii adventures!
On December 12th after the weekly Senior gathering, Senior volunteer elves busily filled Christmas bags and decorated the Christmas tree for the Senior Christmas Party on December 15th.
The tasks were completed quickly thanks to our very efficient helpers! Thank you to Goro Yamashita for delivering all the goodies from Yamashita Fish Market.
Sunday, Dec 15th turned out to be a splendid day for a Christmas Party! Many of our Seniors and special guests were festively dressed in Christmas attire and were delighted with the Senior Center holiday décor. It was wonderful to have Reverend Dan Hoffman (Westview Presbyterian Church) and Reverend Jay Shinseki (Watsonville Buddhist Temple) join us as they both presented engaging Christmas messages. The Westview Presbyterian Church choir, led by Lynne Nagata, got everyone in the Christmas spirit by joyously singing Christmas carols. Marcia Hashimoto shared a lovely greeting from the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Chapter.
We then honored our 90 and over Seniors who posed with the beautiful Christmas cake provided by Westview Presbyterian Church. We are so fortunate to have 27 Senior members 90 and over who continue to inspire and guide us.
Santa’s Helpers (Reverend Hoffman, Reverend Shinseki, Leigh Sakaguchi, Sharon Bobo) enthusiastically passed out the Xmas goodie bags from the Senior Center to all our Seniors and guests. 8 lucky guests received an extra prize of Martinelli cider and a sparkly Christmas pin (pins generously donated by Pat Marr).
Paul Kaneko then spoke of our appreciation to those in our community who support our Senior Center through their many contributions. He also reflected on the goals and mission of the Senior Center and the role our W-SC JACL plays. The 48th Senior Center Anniversary slideshow was then replayed for Seniors who missed the first showing in October and to introduce guests to the Senior Center activities throughout the year. The Senior Christmas Party concluded with merry games of bingo until nightfall.
Jean Akiyama and Alice Tanimoto, with granddaughter Lily, kindly managed toban duties during the special Sunday event.
Many thanks to all our gracious speakers, Westview Presbyterian Church for the delicious Christmas cake and wonderful caroling, Paul Kaneko for doing a great job chairing the event, and all the Seniors and special guests for attending our jolly Christmas party! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
It was hard to believe that 2019 was coming to an end with its final Senior gathering of the year on December 19th. It was a high-spirited event as many Seniors dressed in holiday garb, and Kizuka Hall was festooned in Christmas decorations with beautiful poinsettias sprinkled everywhere.
Special treats were brought in for the Seniors from:
- Bobby Higaki: Persimmons for everyone
- Kathy and Harry Ishikawa: Satoimo
- Grace Patiño: Two big bags of walnuts
- Alice and Ken Tanimoto: Assorted cookies
Everyone also received special holiday treats made by:
- Eileen Byers: Lovely holiday cups filled with candy
- Susan AmRhein: Reindeer food (edible by humans)
- Reba Condon: Assorted Christmas cookies
- Jean Yamashita: Rolo Christmas trees
Thank you all!
Paul Kaneko gave his thoughtful year-end message of appreciation to all our volunteers and thanked all the generous donors of bingo prizes throughout the year. The Senior Center could not exist without the participation and support of all its members so everyone was presented with a lovely poinsettia plant to take home for the holidays.
Celebrating their momentous 50th Anniversary this weekend (December 21st) are the Senior Center leaders: Paul and Carol Kaneko! Ken Tanimoto spilled-the-beans, and the beaming couple were congratulated for reaching this golden milestone!
[Thank you to Yoshiko Nishihara who brought the gorgeous flowers!]
Senior crocheters were busy this fall and made 6 items for our first year-end Senior raffle.
Lucky raffle winners were:
- Pot holder (made by Kim Tao; put together by Susan AmRhein): Won by Sam Sakamoto
- Scarf (made by Susan AmRhein): Won by Kim Tao
- Blanket (made by June Honda’s mom; put together by Susan AmRhein): Won by Juanita Lopez
- Afghan blanket (made by Susan AmRhein): Won by Kazuko Sakai
- Afghan blanket (made by Susan AmRhein,Connie Dimas, Judy Hane, Eiko Stewart, Kim Tao; put together by Susan AmRhein): Won by Judy Hane
- Afghan blanket (made by Susan AmRhein,Connie Dimas, Judy Hane, Eiko Stewart, Kim Tao, Jean Yamashita; put together by Susan AmRhein): Won by Haru Ishibashi
Seniors had fun playing bingo for the last time in 2019 winning many donated holiday treats.
Taiko club donated tea gift basket (won by Yaeko Cross) and potted plants (Eiko Stewart won a plant).
It wasn’t long before the Happy Garden buffet meal arrived (thanks to June Honda for ordering the delicious dishes and Mas and Marcia Hashimoto for picking up the meal!).
Susan AmRhein said grace, and we all enjoyed a yummy Chinese foodfest.
Thank you to Fumi Tanimasa for helping with toban this month, when we were short-handed, and also for taking Senior attendance (in Eileen Byers’ absence) with Jean Akiyama assisting.
Carol Kaneko passed out the new January/February schedule of activities. Please see Carol if you did not receive your copy.
Thank you to all our Seniors who helped with the cleanup of our last 2019 gathering and for consistently lending-a-hand throughout the year! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! Hope to see everyone back at the Senior Center on January 9, 2020!
It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Marvin Byers (husband of Eileen Byers) on December 17, 2019. He was a vibrant, kind man who will be missed. The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Byers Family.
A “Celebration of Life” will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020, 1 pm, at Kizuka Hall.
SF JAPANTOWN TRIP
By Toshi Yamashita
21 Seniors and friends had a fun, relaxing, and productive shopping day in San Francisco’s Japantown on Tuesday, December 3rd. It turned out to be a lovely day after a very rainy week. Lunch was enjoyed at various restaurants, and time was spent perusing all the unique and wonderful shops in the area. Sadly, the familiar May’s Coffee shop was gone, but there were two new vendors selling takoyaki and mochi donuts – yum! Goodies for the long bus ride were kindly provided by: June Honda, Alice Drier, Nancy Kuratomi, Kim Tao, Mitsuyo Tao, Reba Condon, Lylian Pressel, and Toshi Yamashita. We were thrilled to have our favorite bus driver, Don Cox, driving us, who always has entertaining stories to tell of past Senior trips. Thanks to all who supported our Senior Center by attending this merry one-day trip!
No workshops were held in December due to busy holiday activities. Stay tuned for more creative Senior workshops in 2020!
Thanks to our December toban: Jean Akiyama and Alice and Ken Tanimoto. Iwao Yamashita was in charge of opening up this month. Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed.
Monetary donations for the month of December gratefully received from Riiko Yoshida. Christmas donations were received from: Aiko Nitao, Diane Mio, Kiiko Akiyama, and Sharon Bobo. Special donations in memory of Rubie Kawamoto were received from: Eiko Ceremony, Mas and Marcia Hashimoto, Nobue Fujii, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Alice and Ken Tanimoto, Mitsuyo Tao, and Jackie Yamashita. Donations in appreciation were received from: Arthur and Joanne Hayashi and Sam and Yae Sakamoto.
Thanks again to all who have made their 48th Anniversary donations and to those non-National JACL members who have paid their $20 Senior Center dues for 2020. If you have not made your birthday and/or Anniversary donations for 2019 or need to pay your 2020 local dues, please see Carol Kaneko as soon as possible. Thank you to all who have generously donated and supported our Senior Center this past year!
Thank you for all the awesome bingo prizes and special treats. 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 wonderful opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes. Stay healthy these winter months (wash, wash, wash your hands) and try to stay active – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!
Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 – First day back for Senior Center! Regular Bingo
Thu Jan 16 New Year’s Celebration, Miyuki Buffet at 3:30 pm
Sun Jan 19 JACL Quad-Chapter Installation Luncheon, San Juan Oaks
Thu Jan 23 January Birthday Party
Thu Jan 30 Regular Bingo