August 2019 Senior Center News

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

Photos by Carol Kaneko, Kimiko Marr, Jean Yamashita

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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

 

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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!

 

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It was nice to see Jane Sugidono walk into the Senior Center after a long absence!  Welcome back, Mrs. Sugidono!

 

 

 

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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

 

 

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The Seniors were delighted to take home the fragrant tuberoses donated by the Sakaue family.  Domo arigato, Sakaue family!

Pictured:  Kiyoko Sakaue, June Honda

 

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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.

 

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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. SakaiTeruko Hirahara provided the lovely flowers for the table decorations and beautiful flower arrangement on the head table – thank you, Teruko!

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Hisako Kodama brought yummy homemade pickles for everyone in honor of Akira Kodama’s 98th birthday!  Domo arigato, Mrs. Kodama!

 

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A very happy Akira Kodama celebrates his 98th birthday with his family!

 

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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!

 

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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.

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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:

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It was wonderful meeting our distinguished guests from San Francisco!  Thank you to Janet Nagamine for organization the event!

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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:

https://www.theepochtimes.com/more-seniors-are-dying-in-falls_2988938.html

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!

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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!

 

SENIOR WORKSHOPS

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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”

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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!

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Another awesome raffle prize this Christmas will be a beautiful afghan blanket that Susan AmRhein is crocheting!  Thank you, Susan!

 

 

 

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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!

 

SENIOR TRIPS

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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

Parker, Arizona

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: kimiko.marr@gmail.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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.

September Schedule:

Thurs Sept 5, 12, 26                Regular Bingo

Thurs Sept 19                         September Birthday Party

Sunday Sept 22                      Baisho Matsumoto Concert, 2 pm, Kizuka Hall

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July 2019 Senior Center News

July Senior Center News by Kimiko Marr, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Kimiko Marr, Jean Yamashita

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

We hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day!

The Senior Center doors were open again on July 11th after a rare holiday closure on July 4th.    It was quite a lively scene as many excited Seniors greeted new and old friends after the break.

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Wonderful to see Susan AmRhein, Jeanette Crosetti, and Kitty and Aimee Mizuno back at the Senior Center!

 

 

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Alice and Ken Tanimoto, Senior Center newbies, kindly volunteered to help with Toban this month with Jean Akiyama!

Thank you, Jean, Alice, and Ken!

 

 

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On July 18th, we celebrated July birthdays honoring Connie Dimas, Nobue Fujii, Sunao Honda, Kumiko Nakatani, and Jean Yamashita.  Arriving a little later were Mary Perez and Phil Shima.

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Absent were Michiko Hamada (98), Susan Merchant, and Chiyoko Yagi (99). The 90 and overs were delivered a box of manju.  Many thanks to Hisako Kodama for providing all the lovely variety of flowers from her garden for the table decorations and to Jean Akiyama for creating the beautiful flower arrangement on the head table.

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On July 25th, June Honda and Ken Tanimoto did a terrific job handling the bingo prize distribution in the absence of Sharon Bobo and Paul Kaneko.  Many thanks to the dynamic duo for their help and enthusiasm!

 

 

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Also on July 25th, the Seniors were treated to delicious combo pizzas from Corralitos Pizza, generously donated by Willie Yahiro.  

 

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Darrell Uyeda/Alan Yagi also surprised the Seniors with beautiful fresh salmon fillets that lucky Seniors won as bingo prizes. 

Thank you so much, Willie Yahiro and Darrell Uyeda/Alan Yagi!

 

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Alice Tanimoto savoring her pizza

 

 

 

 

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SENIOR WORKSHOPS

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July 25th, noon to 1 pm, Crochet workshop: Susan AmRhein taught the Senior crafters how to crochet cute little caps for preemies that will be donated to hospitals to keep the heads of the little ones warm.  Thank you, Susan, for your patient instruction and to all our crafters for volunteering their time and talent to this worthwhile endeavor!

 

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Cindy Mine completes a little rainbow cap

 

 

 

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We will have another Crochet workshop on August 1st from noon to 1 pm to continue our preemie hat charitable effort (beginners welcomed).  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!

 

SENIOR TRIPS

table mountainThe Seniors have booked a one-day bus trip to Table Mountain Casino for Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The cost is $30 for active members of the Senior Center or the WBT and $40 for others.  The bus is filling up so please contact Jean Yamashita (jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, 408-813-6539) if interested.

2019 Poston Pilgrimage 

October 11-12, 2019

Parker, Arizona

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: kimiko.marr@gmail.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to our July toban: Jean Akiyama and Alice and Ken Tanimoto.  Leigh Sakaguchi was in charge of opening up this month.  Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed!

Monetary donations gratefully received in July from: Connie Dimas, Nobue Fujii, Michiko Hamada, Sunao Honda, Kumiko Nakatani, Mary Perez, Phil Shima, Chiyoko Yagi, and Jean Yamashita.

All donations are very much appreciated! 

Thank you for all the fabulous 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 wonderful 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!

August schedule of activities is available.  Please see Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita if you did not receive your copy.

August Schedule:

Thurs Aug 1,8                         Regular Bingo

Thurs Aug 15                         August Birthday Party

Wed, Aug 21                           Table Mt. Casino one-day trip   8 am to 7:30 pm

Thurs Aug 22, 29                    Regular Bingo

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June 2019 Senior Center News

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

Photos by Mas Hashimoto, Carol Kaneko, Gary Mine, Jean Yamashita

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

On June 13th, the Seniors honored our wonderful male Senior members in celebration of Father’s Day!  The Father’s Day program began with the 88 and over Fathers receiving their Father’s Day gifts and getting their picture taken.

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Present were:  Sam Sakamoto (94) and Iwao Yamashita (92).  Absent were Jim Kawamoto (92), Akira Kodama (97), and Akira Nagamine (93).  A group Father’s Day photo was then taken of all the male Senior Center members present, “smoking” their See’s candy cigars: Sunao Honda, Paul Kaneko, Gary Mine, Phil Shima, Leigh Sakaguchi, Sam Sakamoto, Franz Steidl, and Iwao Yamashita.  We then jumped into a Father’s Day game to learn a little about our male Senior members.  First, the audience tried to match the “fathers” with their birthplaces – a surprise: only one fellow was a homegrown Watsonville boy 😉  The next task required matching the “fathers” with an activity they enjoyed doing in their spare time – this was a little tricky, but folks were good natured in their participation.  (Thank you to Reba Condon and Eiko Stewart for helping with the games!)  Cheese and cracker appetizers were served while several rounds of exciting bingo were played until it was time to eat.  So many enticing dishes were prepared by our Senior chefs for the Father’s Day potluck.  After Leigh Sakaguchi said grace, the “fathers” were invited to dig in first.  Trying to taste everything resulted in a mountain of food on a plate.  It was a fantastic feast!

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Many thanks to all our Senior cooks for bringing delicious dishes for our Father’s Day Potluck, and for everyone who helped with the cleanup!  “Domo arigato” to our Senior crafters for making the fish favors and table decorations (supplies donated by Jean Yamashita).

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Paul Kaneko and Sunao Honda favor fishing

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Sam Sakamoto and Gary Mine

Reba Condon brought her aunt, Fumi Arao, to the Senior Center on June 6th!

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Welcome new member, Riiko Yoshida, to the Senior Center on June 6th!

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Our June birthday party was held on June 20th with birthday honorees Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Judy Hane, Eiko Nishihara 93, and Leigh Sakaguchi.  Absent were Gini Matute-Bianchi, Masako Miura 105, Phil Snyder, and Norris Woodford. The 90 and overs were given a chocolate bundt cake. Thanks to Terry Hirahara for the beautiful flower arrangements at the head table and individual tables.

Welcome new member, Emiko Kaita, to the Senior Center on June 20th!

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It was wonderful to see Bette Garcia and Chiyeko Shikuma back at the Senior Center!

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY!

How wonderful to see our spirited Seniors cheerfully enter Kizuka Hall on June 27th wearing their patriotic red-white-blue outfits.  The Seniors loved the intricately created favors filled with candy made by the talented Eileen Byers.

We made quite a dazzling crew as we posed for our traditional 4th of July photo.  (Thank you to Phil Shima for taking the photo!)  For 4th of July activity, the Seniors were challenged to a mystery bag game.  The Seniors were quite intense in their bag squeezing trying to determine the bag contents.

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Mitzi Katsuyama and Ruby Nakamura

After all eight mystery bags were examined, the contents were revealed, most of which appeared to have been easily identified, except for the tricky hair curler.  After the lively game, all the Seniors were treated to delicious BBQ chicken pizza from Corralitos Pizza, generously donated by Willie Yahiro, and Klondike “Cookies-and-Cream” Ice Cream Bars, donated by the Senior Center.  With satisfied tummies, the Seniors proceeded to spend the rest of the afternoon playing the popular game of bingo.  Thanks to all our wonderful Seniors for participating in our 4th of July celebration!

JAPANESE CULTURAL FAIR – June 8, 2019

Here are a few photos of Seniors enjoying the Japanese Cultural Fair in Mission Plaza Park, Santa Cruz, on June 8, 2019.

Many thanks to Kim and Paul Tao for donating the strawberries, Hideko and Akira Nagamine for donating the cucumbers, and for Senior crafters for making the ribbon fish souvenirs!

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Hideko Nagamine, Mitsuyo Tao, Aiko Nitao, Itaru Nitao

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Toshi Yamashita and Connie Dimas

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W-SC JACL COMMUNITY PICNIC – June 22, 2019

Here are a few photos of Seniors participating in the W-SC JACL Community Picnic in Aptos Village Park, Aptos, June 22, 2019.

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SENIOR WORKSHOPS

June 6th, noon to 1 pm workshop: With the Japanese Cultural Fair in two days, the Seniors had one last chance to make as many ribbon fish souvenirs as possible.  The crafters were very patient while weaving their colorful fish.

June 27th, noon to 1 pm workshop: We held another crochet workshop.  Kim Tao kindly provided instruction to folks who needed help.  (Thank you, Kim!)

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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!

SENIOR TRIPS

table mountain The Seniors have booked a one-day bus trip to Table Mountain Casino for Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The cost is $30 for active members of the Senior Center or the WBT and $40 for others.  The bus is filling up so please contact Jean Yamashita (jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, 408-813-6539) if interested.

2019 Poston Pilgrimage

October 11-12, 2019

Parker, Arizona

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: kimiko.marr@gmail.com

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REAL ID

You will need a REAL ID, passport or other federally accepted document at airport security beginning October 1, 2020.  If you want a REAL ID driver license or identification card or are renewing your commercial driver license, you must visit a DMV field office and bring:

  • Proof of Identity (original or certified U.S. birth certificate, unexpired U.S. passport, employment authorization document, permanent resident card or foreign passport with a valid U.S. visa and approved I-94 form).
  • Proof of Social Security Number (SSN card, W-2 or paystub with full SSN).
  • Proof of California Residency (printed copy of a home utility bill, vehicle registration card, mortgage or lease agreement, bank account or property tax bill).
  • REAL ID requires proof of 2 residency documents.

For more information regarding REAL ID, go to websites: REALID.dmv.ca.gov, www.dmv.ca.gov or call 1(800)777-0133.

BEWARE OF PHONE SCAMS!

On May 2nd, Angie Guzman forewarned the Seniors of the Social Security Phone Scam.

Call 1-800-269-0271 to report suspicious calls (note that Social Security will never call you and demand money).  Recently, folks have reported an upsurgence of Social Security Phone Scams so beware!

To protect yourself:

  • Do not answer or return calls from numbers you do not recognize
  • Do not divulge personal information or give/send money to people you do not know

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to our June toban: Connie Dimas, Terry Hirahara, Kimiko Marr, and Pat Marr.  Iwao Yamashita was in charge of opening up this month.  Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed!

Monetary donations gratefully received in June from: Reba Condon, Judy Hane, Eiko Nishihara, Leigh Sakaguchi, and Norris Woodford.  Special donations received from Sam and Yae Sakamoto in memory of Juzo Sakamoto and Juntaro Hattori, and from Dan and Karen Nitta in memory of aunt, Lily Yamashita.

All donations are very much appreciated! 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO BROUGHT A DELICIOUS DISH FOR THE FATHER’S DAY POTLUCK!

Thank you for all the fabulous 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 wonderful 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!

July schedule of activities is available.  Please see Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita if you did not receive your copy.

July Schedule:

Thurs July 4                          SENIOR CENTER CLOSED FOR 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY

Thurs July 11                         Regular Bingo

Thurs July 18                        July Birthday Party

Thurs July 25                         Regular Bingo

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May 2019 Senior Center News

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

Photos by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

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HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Mother’s Day was celebrated on May 9th with mothers 88 and over receiving a colorful Kalanchoe plant from “Flowers by Toshi”.  Present to receive their plant were: Yaeko Cross 92, Haru Ishibashi 93, Mitzi Katsuyama 98, Rubie Kawamoto 92, Hide Nagamine 98, Eiko Nishihara 92, Yoshiko Nishihara 91, Ruby Nakamura 94, Kazuko Sakai 89, Hisako Uemura 91, and Sumi Yamada 89. Absent were: Eiko Ceremony 94, Kimiyo Fujii 93, Grace Fujita 94, Michi Hamada 97, Tea Hashimoto 98, Masako Miura 104, Mitsuko Ruble 90, Yae Sakamoto 93, Chie Sakaue 89, Louise Sako 102, Chiyeko Shikuma 94, Hatsuko Tsuji 88, Chiyoko Yagi 98, Satoko Yamamoto 93, and Haruko Yoshii 102.

 

After photos, we had our “Ladies only” raffle with many beautiful gifts donated by our generous Seniors. Thanks to Jean Yamashita for making lots of colorful and practical packages from the donated items.

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The Grand Prize raffle prize was won by new member, Fumi Tanimasa

We played bingo until dinner was served – a delicious buffet from Happy Gardens Restaurant. Thanks to June Honda for ordering the food and to Marcia Hashimoto and Norris Woodford for picking up and delivering the food.

The hall was decorated with colorful tissue paper flowers and dainty paper containers filled with candy kisses. Thanks to all the volunteers who helped Susan AmRhein make the favors and flowers. Thank you to Susan for saying grace before our meal.  Many thanks to the Toban crew and all the Seniors who helped with setup, serving, and cleanup of the special event!

nagamineOn May 9th, Hideko Nagamine brought fresh daikon for everyone.  Thank you, Mrs. Nagamine!

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Nice to see Jo Ann Vear back at the Senior Center on May 11th!

Our May birthday party was held on May 16th with birthday honorees Cindy Mine, Mitzi Katsuyama 99, Ken and Alice Tanimoto, Kim Tao, and Iwao Yamashita 92. Absent were Haruko Yoshii 102, Inako Johnson, Sachi Snyder, and Bette Garcia. The 90 and overs were given a package of manju. Thanks to Kim Tao for donating the beautiful birthday cake and to Hisako Kodama and Terry Hirahara for the beautiful flower arrangements at the head table and individual tables.

Welcome to new Senior Center members, Alice and Ken Tanimoto! 

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Alan Yagi generously donated 16 packages of salmon fillets on May 2nd – thank you so much, Alan Yagi!  The lucky Seniors who won the salmon as a bingo prize were thrilled to collect their packages of fish at the end of the day.

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Happy to see Chie Sakaue and Nobuko Akiyama at the Senior Center on May 23rd!

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In celebration of Iwao Yamashita’s 92nd birthday, the Seniors were treated to a green bean pastry from Jean Yamashita on May 23rd.

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HAPPY 99th BIRTHDAY, MITZI KATSUYAMA!

Kizuka Hall was filled with Seniors dressed in purple, Mitzi Katsuyama’s favorite color, in celebration of her 99th birthday on May 30th. Mitzi and the Seniors were surprised by the Katsuyama family as they brought in a beautiful birthday cake, a lovely corsage for the birthday lady, several packages of goodies for bingo prizes, and arranged for the delivery of a delicious obento from Chris Ichikawa (Mitzi’s grandson) of Miyuki Restaurant later in the afternoon. After the singing of “Happy Birthday”, Mitzi blew out the “99” candle, and family photos were taken.

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The Katsuyama family who came to celebrate were: Tina and Sheri Katsuyama, Joyce and Kelly Katsuyama, and Kathy and Harry Ichikawa and their son Chris. Emi Kaita was also a special guest who came to celebrate Mitzi’s birthday.

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Thanks for the family’s help in cutting and serving the cake and passing out the obento. A special thank you to Sheri for helping out with lots of enthusiasm, especially with the checking of bingo cards (we hope our guests had fun playing bingo with the Seniors). We thank the Katsuyama family for a beautiful celebration and for allowing the Seniors to be part of Mitzi’s special day.

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SENIOR WORKSHOPS

A group of enthusiastic Senior crafters gathered to help make Mother’s Day favors and table decorations, envisioned by Susan AmRhein, for the Seniors Mother’s Day event on May 9thSusan kindly brought all the supplies needed, and folks enjoyed putting together the delicate favors and colorful tissue paper flowers.  Many thanks to Susan AmRhein and all the helpers!

The third crochet workshop was held on May 16th from noon to 1 pm.  Susan AmRhein brought an assorted collection of new crochet projects with instructions that participants could choose from.  Folks enjoyed working on their chosen projects including the scrubbies.

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The fourth crochet workshop was held on May 23rd.  Unplanned was the making of Father’s Day favors – thank you so much to Eileen Byers, Judy Hane, and Kim Tao who patiently completed the tedious craft – great job!

The May 30th workshop from noon to 1 pm was spent creating ribbon fish souvenirs for the Japanese Cultural Fair on Saturday, June 8th.  We have one more Thursday left (June 6th, noon to 1 pm) to create as many ribbon fish that we can for the Saturday Fair.  Susan AmRhein also brought many lovely crochet projects that we can try – one thoughtful project are little caps for premies at the hospital.  Susan will be teaching interested Seniors how to make the crochet premie caps on June 27th, noon to 1 pm – please join us and bring any other crochet projects you would like to work on.

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!

SENIOR TRIPS

2019 Poston Pilgrimage 

October 11-12, 2019

Parker, Arizona

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: kimiko.marr@gmail.com

BEWARE OF PHONE SCAMS!

On May 2nd, Angie Guzman forewarned the Seniors of the Social Security Phone Scam.

Call 1-800-269-0271 to report suspicious calls (note that Social Security will never call you and demand money).  On May 9th, Norris Woodford forewarned the Seniors regarding the “One Ring” Phone Scam in which the phone rings once and disconnects.  DO NOT RETURN THE CALL – returning the call may result in very expensive international charges added to your phone bill.

To protect yourself:

  • Do not answer or return calls from numbers you do not recognize
  • Do not divulge personal information or give/send money to people you do not know

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to our May toban: Eileen Byers, Reba Condon, and June HondaPaul 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 May from: Bette Garcia, Cindy Hirokawa Mine, Sharon Bobo, Angie Guzman, Kim Tao, Iwao Yamashita, Ken and Alice Tanimoto, and Mitzi Katsuyama. A special Mother’s Day donation was received from Christine Izumizaki.

All donations are very much appreciated! 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED GIFTS FOR OUR MOTHER’S DAY RAFFLE!

Thank you for all the fabulous 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 wonderful opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes.  Remember to wash, wash, wash your hands and try to stay active – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!

June schedule of activities is available.  Please see Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita if you did not receive your copy.

June Schedule:

Thurs June 6                            Regular Bingo

Sat June 8                               Japanese Cultural Fair – Mission Plaza Park, Santa Cruz 11 am – 6 pm

Thurs June 13                       Father’s Day Celebration – Potluck

Thurs June 20                       June Birthday Party

Sat June 22                             JACL Community Picnic – Aptos Village Park, 11 am – 4:30 pm

Thurs June 27                       4th of July treat and Bingo

Thurs July 4                          SENIOR CENTER CLOSED FOR 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY

April 2019 Senior Center News

April Senior News by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita

Photos by Mas HashimotoCarol Kaneko, and Jean Yamashita

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HAPPY HANAMATSURI

[Many thanks to Imura Restaurant for providing the delicious buffet for the Hanamatsuri event on April 4th!  Sincere apologies to Imura Restaurant for using some non-Imura chopsticks for the event which caused confusion as to who provided the meal.]

On April 4th, the Senior Center celebrated Hanamatsuri (Buddha’s birthday).  Several members of the Watsonville Buddhist Temple joined us for this event:

  • From the Watsonville Buddhist Temple: Reverend Jay Shinseki, Barbara Shingai
  • From the Watsonville Buddhist Women’s Association (BWA): Kiiko Akiyama, Aiko Nitao, Itsuko Okamoto, Riiko Yoshida.

Reverend Shinseki began the festivities by providing an informative and entertaining talk about Hanamatsuri (thank you, Sensei!).

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We then honored our inspiring 90 and above Seniors with a beautiful succulent plant from “Flowers By Toshi”.   The huge yummy cake was provided by the BWA (thank you, BWA!).

 

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Seniors 90 and over: Iwao Yamashita (91), Hideko Nagamine (98), Ruby Nakamura (94), Haru Ishibashi (93), Yaeko Cross (92), Rubie Kawamoto (92), Yoshiko Nishihara (91)
Absent: Masako Miura (104), Louise Sako (102), Haruko Yoshii (101), Mitzi Katsuyama (98), Chiyoko Yagi (98), Tea Hashimoto (98), Michiko Hamada (97), Akira Kodama (97), Grace Fujita (94), Eiko Ceremony (94), Sam Sakamoto (94), Chiyeko Shikuma (94), Kimiyo Fujii (93), Yae Sakamoto (93), Akira Nagamine (93), Satoko Yamamoto (93), Eiko Nishihara (92), Jim Kawamoto (92), Hisako Uemura (91), Mitsuko Ruble (90).

The Hanamatsuri program continued with a rare Shigin performance by Itaru Nitao and Sadao Matsunami (thank you, Mr. Nitao and Mr. Matsunami!).  If you are interested in learning Shigin, Itaru Nitao (Shigin teacher) holds a workshop every Monday from 1-3 pm at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple.

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Following the impressive Shigin performance, the very talented Sadao Matsunami sang a couple of contemporary Japanese songs.   The melodic tunes were lovely and meaningful, and the audience was entranced by the performance (thank you, Mr Matsunami!).  A small token of appreciation was then presented to Reverend Shinseki, Itaru Nitao, and Sadao Matsunami.

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The program concluded by inviting everyone to join in the popular Japanese folk dance “Tanko Bushi”.  It was a joyous moment as many people enthusiastically participated in the odori (dance).  After the dance, folks were excited to play bingo.  Mas and Marcia Hashimoto delivered the food from Imura’s (thank you, Mr. and Mrs. Hashimoto!), and when all the dishes were ready to be served, Reverend Shinseki said “Shokuzen no Gassho”, and guests/Seniors were invited to partake in the enticing buffet.  Again, special thanks to Imura Restaurant for providing the scrumptious meal!

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Thank you so much to all our special guests and Seniors for attending the Hanamatsuri celebration!

Thank you also to Teruko Hirahara for providing the pretty table decorations and lovely flower arrangement on the head table and to Toshiko Yamashita for ordering the food from Imura’s.   Many thanks to the Toban crew and all the Seniors who helped with setup, serving, and cleanup of the special event!

April Birthdays were celebrated on April 11th.  April honoree was Hisako Uemura (91).  Absent was Angie Guzman.  Manju was presented to the 90+ birthday honoree.

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Thank you to Mitsuyo Tao for arranging the beautiful ikebana arrangement on the head table, and Teruko Hirahara for providing all the colorful flower pinwheels that decorated the tables.

 

 

It was terrific to see Pat Marr and Donna Fujita back at the Senior Center on April 11th!

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HAPPY EASTER!

On April 18th, the Seniors had a hoppin’ good time at Kizuka Hall with the Easter activities planned.  The hall was cheerfully decorated with grassy fields with little chicks and hidden Easter eggs cleverly created by Susan AmRhein.

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Susan began the festivities by teaching the Seniors how to make cute little Easter bunnies out of wash cloths.  Folks had fun creating their rabbits and decorating them – the bunnies came out so cute!  Thank you so much, Susan, for providing all the materials for the craft and sharing the project with the Seniors!

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The much anticipated Easter cookie buffet returned, and the tables were overflowing with a fantastic assortment of home-baked cookies that the Senior bakers generously brought.

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In order to “win” cookies, the Seniors played a modified cakewalk game.  If the number they were standing on was randomly selected, the Seniors happily “shopped” for cookies.  Everyone eventually won a big bag of yummy cookies to take home and enjoy.

 

 

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Huge thank you to our terrific cookie buffet helpers: Reba Condon, Jamie Sakuma, Eiko Stewart, and Emiko Stewart.

 

 

 

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Jaime Sakuma (Hideko Nagamine’s granddaughter) kindly baked and brought four pineapple upside down cakes for the Seniors!  All the Seniors received a delicious slice.  Thank you, Jaime, for the dessert and for all your help with our Easter event!

 

 

Much appreciation to all our talented Senior bakers: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Eileen Byers, Reba Condon, Yaeko Cross, Nobue Fujii, Judy Hane, Teruko Hirahara, June Honda, Juanita Lopez, Kimiko Marr, Pat Marr, Cindy Mine, Eiko Nishihara, Yoshiko Nishihara, Mary Perez, Kazuko Sakai, Jaime Sakuma, Eiko Stewart, Kim Tao, Mitsuyo Tao, Gail Wurtenberg, Jean Yamashita, and Toshiko Yamashita.

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Thank you to Eileen Byers for making the beautiful Easter favors with green tea bags for everyone!

 

 

 

 

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Thank you to Nobue Fujii for folding the tiny origami hopping rabbits that added to our Easter table decorations!

 

 

 

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Easter jackpot!  Kumiko Nakatani is surrounded by all her Easter winnings: Easter bingo prizes, towel bunnies, and big bag of Easter cookies!

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to Willie Yahiro for treating the Seniors to delicious “Green Gardens” pizzas delivered by Jose from Corralitos Pizza on April 25th!

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Fumi Tanimasa is a new member of the Senior Center!  Welcome, Mrs. Tanimasa!

 

 

 

 

SENIOR WORKSHOPS

On April 11th from noon to 1 pm, Seniors gathered for the first crochet workshop.  We were so fortunate to have crochet pros, Yoshiko Nishihara and Emi Hirano, to teach the class.  Mrs. Nishihara and Mrs. Hirano generously provided instructions and supplies to make the crochet rectangular scrubbies – so thoughtful!  Students of various skill levels dove right in on their projects, and everyone helped each other so it was a beneficial hour for all.

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The second crochet workshop was held on April 25th from noon to 1 pm.  Emi Hirano and Yoshiko Nishihara taught the eager students how to make the more difficult circular scrubbies.  Time flew by as participants focused on their projects.  Emi Hirano also kindly provided “circular scrubbie kits” that included samples, crochet instructions, and scrubbie material – so nice!

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Thank you so much, Yoshiko Nishihara, Emi Hirano, and Eiko Nishihara!

 

 

 

The third crochet workshop will be held on May 16thSusan AmRhein will show the group some new crochet projects, and folks can also continue to work on their scrubbies.  Please join us!

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!

SENIOR TRIPS

Rohwer/Jerome Pilgrimage, April 11-13, 2019

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Paul and Carol Kaneko attended the Rohwer/Jerome Pilgrimage on April 11-13 in Little Rock and McGehee, Arkansas. The pilgrimage, which was organized by Kimiko Marr, also included visits to the Rohwer and Jerome incarceration sites. The 135 pilgrims who attended had the opportunity to hear and see many interesting speakers and presentations. Paul encouraged everyone to attend a pilgrimage to the camp they or their family were sent to or to any of the camps. It is a powerful and emotional experience to visit the camps and meet and talk with others whose families shared your family’s experience during that time. Kimiko again did a wonderful job of organizing the pilgrimage. There were lots of positive comments made about her and the program she put together, and many people asked her to do it again next year!

Elkhorn Slough Safari, April 23, 2019

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Photos by Mas Hashimoto

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What a gorgeous day for a water adventure!  April 23rd turned out to be the hottest day of the year thus far so the 24 Seniors and guests slathered on the sunscreen and/or wore wide brimmed hats, and carefully boarded the pontoon boat for the Elkhorn Slough Safari nature tour in Moss Landing.  It really felt like a vacation as the boat glided on the water (expertly driven by our captain Austin), and our naturalist Ian informed us about Elkhorn Slough and pointed out assorted wild life.  It was exciting to observe the numerous sea lions barking on the docks, all the pudgy harbor seals basking in the sand along the shore, the cute sea otters playing in the water, and the various birds soaring in the skies or posing for the camera (e.g., egrets, cormorants, pelicans, herons, etc.)  Complimentary binoculars helped to spot the many baby animals that were out-and-about – some in training/learning skills from their mothers.  After the boat tour, the hungry Seniors and guests enjoyed a huge lunch at the popular Phil’s Fish Market.   It was wonderful to spend this beautiful day with family/friends!  We thank our Seniors and guests for joining us on this outing!  Special “thank you” to our carpool drivers:  Reba Condon, Marcia/Mas Hashimoto,  Carol/Paul Kaneko, Alice/Ken Tanimoto, Gail/Bill Wurtenberg, Jean Yamashita and for everyone’s help and support on this trip!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to our April toban, Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, and Gail WurtenbergLeigh Sakaguchi 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 April gratefully received from: Hisako Uemura and for Hanamatsuri from Iwao Yamashita, Sadao Matsunami, Itsuko Okamoto, Riiko Yoshida, and Sam and Yae Sakamoto.

All donations are very much appreciated! 

Thank you for all the fabulous 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 wonderful opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes.  Remember to wash, wash, wash your hands and try to stay active – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!

May schedule of activities is available.  Please see Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita if you did not receive your copy.

May Schedule:

Thurs May 2                           Regular Bingo

Thurs May 9                          Mother’s Day Celebration; Happy Gardens Buffet 3:30 pm

Thurs May 16                        May Birthday Party

Thurs May 23, 30                   Regular Bingo

 

 

March 2019 Senior Center News

March Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita

Photos by Carol Kaneko, Kimiko Marr, Kiyoko Sakaue, and Jean Yamashita

SPRING HAS SPRUNG!

The Seniors were puzzled as they entered Kizuka Hall on March 7th: The tables were covered with newspaper and bowls of dirt and grass seed were arranged on each table.  “Surprise!  We’re making grass heads today!” greeted our craft leader, Susan AmRheinSusan made two delightful sample grass heads and brought a variety of supplies for folks to use on their projects.

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The Seniors were excited and enthusiastic as they began “potting” their heads and giving their creations unique personalities.  It was fun watching the “heads” come to life.

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Susan kindly took the colorful collection of grass heads home to water and care for.

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On March 21st, Susan AmRhein brought the sprouting grass heads back to the Senior Center where they were displayed for everyone to admire.  The Seniors were eager to see what their creations looked like with their new grassy hairdos – you couldn’t help but smile when you saw all the whimsical personalities of the grass heads.

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Thank you so much, Susan AmRhein, for leading and providing supplies for this fun craft project!  Thank you to the Seniors for participating in our first craft event!

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img_0068.jpgMarch 7th also welcomed back Satoko Yamamoto and Nobuko Akiyama.   Wonderful to see Nobuko Akiyama, Chie Sakaue, and Satoko Yamamoto back at the Senior Center!

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It was truly a “green scene” at Kizuka Hall on March 14th as many of the Seniors dressed in green outfits and adorned themselves with assorted green accessories in celebration of St. Paddy’s Day.  The Seniors then participated in a wee bit of fun – solving a leprechaun word puzzle after finding their random teammates.  It was quite a lively scene!IMG_0133 Congratulations to winning team:  Teruko Hirahara, Judy Hane, Kitty Mizuno, Franz Steidl.

Many thanks to Susan AmRhein for treating the Seniors to yummy mint ice cream with shamrock cookie and providing “green” decorations (e.g., green necklaces, cute St. Patrick’s Day bear).

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What a wonderful surprise to see Nancy and Marvin Mattson at the Senior Center on March 14th!  They generously brought senbei for all the Seniors – thank you so very much!  Nancy and Marvin Mattson also asked if anyone had any historical information regarding Charlie Iwami’s barber shop – if you do, please contact them.

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Toshi Yamashita and Nancy Mattson

So happy to see Paul and Carol Kaneko back at the Senior Center!  Many thanks to everyone who helped keep the Senior Center going while the Kaneko’s were away!

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March Birthdays were celebrated on March 21st.

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March honorees were Hideko Nagamine (98), Ruby Nakamura (94), and Chie Sakaue.  Absent were Kimiyo Fujii (93), Yae Sakamoto (93), and Louise Sako (102).  Manju was presented to the 90+ birthday honorees.  Chiyeko Sakaue generously paid for the March birthday cake – thank you, Mrs. Sakaue!  Thank you to Teruko Hirahara for providing all the lovely flowers that decorated the tables.

Also on March 21st, the Seniors were surprised with delicious bento boxes from Hideko Nagamine in celebration of her 98th birthday!  Janet Nagamine with her daughter Jaime brought the bento boxes and distributed to the Seniors who were thrilled to receive the wonderful treat!  Thank you so much to the Nagamine family for their generous gift!

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Hideko Nagamine with her daughter, Janet, and granddaughter, Jaime

 

Hideko Nagamine with her daughter, Janet, and granddaughter, Jaime

It was terrific to see Nobue Fujii and Connie Dimas back at the Senior Center!

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On March 21st, the Senior Center had its first origami class.  We tried making the crane (“tsuru”) which was a difficult assignment, but folks were diligent and patient and worked thru the intricate folds.  (Thank you to all who participated; special thanks to the volunteer instructors!)

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On March 28th, several Seniors brought origami tsuru for the “Tsuru for Solidarity” effort.  “Tsuru for Solidarity” was a national effort led by the Crystal City Pilgrimage Committee to invite Japanese Americans across the country to a nonviolent protest of the incarceration of immigrant children and families separated at the South Texas Family Residential Center in Dilley, Texas on March 30th.

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kimiko  Kimiko Marr is coordinator of the Crystal City Pilgrimage Committee and delivered the Seniors’ tsuru to Dilley, Texas on March 30th.

On March 28th, Carol Kaneko taught the origami class how to make origami butterflies.  The butterflies were fairly simple to make and came out lovely with the colorful origami paper that Eileen Byers supplied.  (Thank you very much, Carol and Eileen!)

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On April 11th from noon to 1 pm, interested Seniors will gather for a crochet workshop.  Please join us!

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!

A get well card was circulated for Patricia Marr.  We hope she will be feeling better soon!

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SENIOR TRIPS

Table Mountain here we come!  At last, it was March 27th, and 39 enthusiastic Seniors and guests boarded the bus to Table Mountain.  It was a rather dreary day, but inside the bus, it was a very merry scene.  Friends and family happily socialized while an endless stream of delicious goodies was distributed.  Treats were generously donated by:  Jean Akiyama, Sharon Bobo, Vergi Cael and Mina Ehlers, Lani Chin, Yaeko Cross, Paul/Carol Kaneko, Rubie Kawamoto, Cindy/Gary Mine, Eiko Nishihara, Yoshiko Nishihara, Fumi Tanimasa, Mitsuyo/Paul/Kim Tao, Iwao/Jean Yamashita, Jackie Yamashita, and Toshi Yamashita – thank you so much for the donations!  When we arrived at Table Mountain, passengers promptly received their $15 free bonus play money and $5 food vouchers and scurried into the casino as a light rain began to fall.  Seniors and guests proceeded to enjoy the afternoon searching for lucky slot machines/tables and/or relaxing/eating/chatting with friends.  All too soon, it was time to return home.  Many folks were tuckered out and soon fell asleep on the bus while others watched the basketball movie “Hoosiers”.  Andersen’s Pea Soup in Santa Nella turned out to be a pleasant change from our usual break stops.  Special thanks to trip helpers Rubie Kawamoto (trip signups/payments), Carol Kaneko and Toshi Yamashita (trip treasurers), Cindy Mine (trip nurse), Jean Yamashita (trip coordinator) and other helpful trip volunteers: Paul Kaneko, Gary Mine, Kim Tao, Jackie Yamashita.  Finally, a big “Thank you!” to all the Seniors and guests for joining us on this trip!

The Seniors have booked an Elkhorn Slough nature tour aboard a pontoon boat on Tuesday, April 23rd. The boat seats 26 passengers and is currently full.  We do have a waiting list in case of cancellations.  Cost is $30 which includes gratuity for the boat captain and naturalist.  Hoping to see many baby otters!

If you are interested or have questions regarding this trip, please contact Jean Yamashita (email: jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, cell: 408-813-6539).

Kimiko Marr is leading a pilgrimage to Rohwer/Jerome on April 11-13, 2019.  The pilgrimage will take place in Little Rock, Arkansas with visits to the Japanese American Internment Museum in McGehee and the Rohwer and Jerome internment sites.  If interested in this pilgrimage, please contact Kimiko Marrkimiko.marr@gmail.com.

BEWARE OF PHONE SCAM!

Franz Steidl warned the Seniors of a phone scam: The caller claims to be police officer and threatens to arrest the person unless he/she pays money – this is a hoax.  Authentic police officers do NOT call asking for money.   If you do not recognize the person on the phone, do NOT give out any personal information or money.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to our March toban, Angie Guzman, Judy Hane, and Mary PerezIwao Yamashita was in charge of opening up this month.  Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed!

My extreme apologies to Haru Ishibashi for forgetting to mention her monetary donation in February!  Sorry, Mrs. Ishibashi and thank you for your generous donation!

Monetary donations for the month of March gratefully received from: Chie Sakaue, Carol Kaneko, Eiko Ceremony, Susan Merchant, and Hide Nagamine.  Special donations from: Chie Sakaue, Chiyoko Yagi, and Frances Schwamm.  All donations are very much appreciated! 

Thank you for all the fabulous 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 wonderful opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes.  It’s been a rainy spring so far so try to stay warm and dry (wash, wash, wash your hands) and try to stay active – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!

April schedule of activities is available.  Please see Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita if you did not receive your copy.

April Schedule:

Thurs Apr 4                            Hanamatsuri –Imura Buffet    3:30pm

Thurs Apr 11                         April Birthday Party

Thurs Apr 18                         Regular Bingo, Easter Cookie Buffet

Tues Apr 23                            Elkhorn Slough visit 11:15 am

Thurs Apr 25                           Regular bingo 

February Senior Center News

February Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita

Photos by Carol Kaneko, Kimiko Marr, and Jean Yamashita

On January 31st, Willie Yahiro surprised the Seniors by generously treating everyone to pizza from “Corralitos Pizza”.  The Seniors really enjoyed the yummy surprise.  Thank you, Willie Yahiro and “Corralitos Pizza”!

On February 7th, the Seniors enjoyed Zenzai, the traditional Japanese New Year’s treat consisting of mochi in a sweet azuki bean soup.  For the past few years, the “young” people have anxiously undertaken the Zenzai preparations, making the azuki bean soup and finicky mochi from scratch.  Again this year, we were grateful and appreciative of the expert guidance and support of Hisako Kodama and Mitsuyo Tao.   Many thanks to all the Zenzai helpers who made this unpredictable adventure a smooth one: Eileen Byers, June Honda, Kimiko Marr (washed the rice), Cindy Mine (reheated beans), Susan AmRhein and Jean Yamashita (made the azuki bean soup), and others (sorry if I missed you).

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February 14th: Happy Valentine’s Day!

Through the pouring rain, gusty winds, lightening, thunder, and hail, brave Seniors battled their way to the Senior Center on February 14th.  Inside, they were greeted by cheerful Valentine table decorations, lovely favors, and delicious Valentine cookies created by the talented Susan AmRhein. 

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The room was abuzz with activity as the Seniors were challenged to a Valentine game that required finding their teammates, putting together a puzzle, and figuring out the words depicted by the pictures.

Winning team (Sharon Bobo, Eileen Byers, Toshi Yamashita, Angie Guzman, Hideko Nagamine) was awarded boxes of chocolates from the Senior Center.

Everyone also received Valentine treats from:  Toshi Yamashita (Dum Dum lollipops), Jean Yamashita (Haribo gummies), and Teruko Hirahara (cards).  Thank you, Seniors, for participating in our Valentine’s event!

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February Birthdays were celebrated on February 21st.  February honorees were Sam Sakamoto (94), Jean Akiyama, Jeanette Crosetti, Haruyo Ishibashi (93), Rubie Kawamoto (92), Hisako Kodama, Chiyeko Shikuma (94), and Eiko Stewart.  Absent were Eiko Ceremony (94), Carol Kaneko, and Gary Mine.  Manju was presented to the 90+ birthday honorees.  Thank you to Teruko Hirahara for providing the festive table decorations.image020

Everyone was also delighted to receive candy bars from Chiyeko Shikuma in celebration of her 94th birthday!  Thank you, Mrs. Shikuma!

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On February 28th, a surprise 93rd birthday party was held for Haruyo Ishibashi organized by the Ishibashi FamilyHaru was beaming as she posed for pictures with her daughters, Liz and Gayle.  The Seniors were then treated to lovely strawberry cookies and huge slices of delicious cake and ice cream.  Thank you so much to the Ishibashi Family for all the treats and for sharing this special event with the Seniors!

Liz Goodson, Haru Ishibashi, Gayle Mellor

 

SENIOR TRIPS

The Seniors have booked a one-day bus trip to Table Mountain Casino for Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The cost is $30 for active members of the Senior Center or the WBT and $40 for others.  There is still plenty of room on the bus so please join us!

The Seniors have also booked an Elkhorn Slough nature tour aboard a pontoon boat on Tuesday, April 23rd. The boat seats 26 passengers and is currently full.  We do have a waiting list in case of cancellations.  Cost will be $30 which includes gratuity.  Hoping to see many baby otters!

If you are interested in either of these trips, please contact Jean Yamashita (email: jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, cell: 408-813-6539).

Kimiko Marr is leading a pilgrimage to Rohwer/Jerome on April 11-13, 2019.  The pilgrimage will take place in Little Rock, Arkansas with visits to the Japanese American Internment Museum in McGehee and the Rohwer and Jerome internment sites.  If interested in this pilgrimage, please contact Kimiko Marrkimiko.marr@gmail.com.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

On February 14th, Kimiko Marr circulated a card for the Oklahoma WWII veteran (Recil Troxel) who is currently undergoing cancer treatments and wished for mail for his 93rd birthday.  The veteran was thrilled after receiving about 70,000 cards and letters for his birthday.  🙂

Cindy Mine reminded the Seniors of the importance of keeping medical forms (filed at the Senior Center) up-to-date in case of emergency.  Thank you for updating your medical forms!

The Seniors were very happy to see Jean Akiyama and Yae and Sam Sakamoto back at the Senior Center on Feb 21st!  We missed you!

Many thanks to Leigh Sakaguchi and Hannah Hamalainen (Eileen Byers’ granddaughter) who continue to bravely help the Seniors cross Blackburn Street!

Thank you to our February toban, Jean Akiyama, and special thank you to the volunteers who graciously filled in when we were shorthanded: Susan AmRhein, Eileen Byers, and June HondaPaul Kaneko and Norris Woodford were in charge of opening up this month.  Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed!

Monetary donations for the month of February gratefully received from: Jean Akiyama, Jeanette Crosetti, Rubie Kawamoto, Hisako Kodama, Gary Mine, Sam and Yae Sakamoto, Chiyeko Shikuma, Haru Ishibashi, and Eiko Stewart.  Special donations received from Iwao Yamashita and Anonymous donor.   All donations are very much appreciated!