March Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Kimiko Marr, Cindy Mine, Jean Yamashita
Photos by Phil Shima, Jean Yamashita
!!! SPECIAL NOTICE !!!
Due to the growing coronavirus concern and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center is suspending future Thursday gatherings, activities, and trips until further notice. For more schedule details regarding the Senior Center, please see the end of this newsletter. Thank you.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!
It was a very ‘green scene’ at Kizuka Hall as the Seniors celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 12th! (Photo kindly taken by Phil Shima) It was truly a lucky day for all as they received …
… sweet homegrown oranges donated by Bobby Higaki
… lovely fresh flowers donated by the Sakaue Family
… and a green treat of mint chocolate chip ice cream with a yummy clover cookie made by Susan AmRhein!
Many thanks to Bobby, Sakaue Family, and Susan!
With the growing coronavirus concern, Cindy Mine presented an informative talk on the issue with Kitty Mizuno translating in Japanese on March 12th. Cindy stated that she is not qualified to do a presentation but shared some facts that were already presented to the public. Part of her presentation included people need to be more of aware of what they touch due to possible germs. Few of her examples included gas pump handles, ATM buttons, grocery cart, salt and pepper shakers, etc. Cindy stressed the importance of hand washing and demonstrated one of the correct ways to wash your hands in addition to washing your hands for 20 seconds (sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice).
You may look to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control), WHO (World Health Organization) or Dr. Anthony Fauci for more information.
Thank you very much, Cindy and Kitty!
The Seniors solved a little St. Patrick’s Day math puzzle then proceeded to play bingo with Sharon Bobo and Leigh Sakaguchi expertly handling the bingo prizes.
The Seniors safely cross busy Blackburn Street thanks to our brave crossing guard volunteers, Leigh Sakaguchi, Marcia Hashimoto, and Reba Condon. To aid in controlling traffic, Reba luckily found/purchased ideal Stop/Slow Signs. Many thanks to Reba and to Marcia and Leigh for taking such good care of our Seniors!
!!! TRIP POSTPONED !!!
The one-day bus trip to Table Mountain Casino for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 has been postponed. Reservations and payments will be transferred to the re-scheduled trip when new date determined. If passenger wishes to cancel reservation and receive refund, please contact Jean Yamashita (email@example.com, 408-813-6539).
Thank you to Connie Dimas for collecting money for the Table Mountain bus trip!
!!! TRIP POSTPONED !!!
The pilgrimage to Jerome/Rohwer on April 16-19, 2020 has been postponed. For information regarding this pilgrimage, please contact Kimiko Marr: firstname.lastname@example.org.
March 5, 2020, 11:30 am
Instructor: Susan AmRhein
Items made: Bread, Jam, Peanut Butter
This was such an enlightening and fun workshop! Susan AmRhein taught us how to make every day useful items that were thought to be difficult and time consuming to prepare. First, she made an “Easy Peesy French Bread” in less than an hour. Next, a berry jam was quickly made with liquid pectin – Susan had “Easy Mixed Berry Freezer Jam” samples for everyone to take home. Finally, peanut butter was simply made with a jar of dry roasted peanuts and a food processor (who knew?). Everyone got a spoonful of freshly made peanut butter to taste.
After the workshop, we were treated to homemade bread with egg salad, potato salad, and “Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread” kindly made by Susan and also a variety of cold cuts. Susan was a terrific teacher and definitely enticed many of us to try these recipes at home! Thank you so much, Susan!
UPCOMING COOKING WORKSHOPS!
- !!! POSTPONED !!!
Thursday, April 23, 2020, 11:15 am (Length: ~1.5 hour)
Instructors: Hideko Nagamine, Mitsuyo Tao, Jean Yamashita
Learn how to make Shiro Ae (Hideko Nagamine), Koya Tofu (Mitsuyo Tao), Easy Inari (Jean Yamashita)
After cooking workshop, attendees are welcome to sample workshop creations.
If interested in attending the cooking workshops, please contact Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita (email@example.com, 408-813-6539).
We have many talented Seniors so the hope is to have a variety of workshops this year to share and learn new skills. If you have any workshop suggestions for our Seniors, please let Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita know. Thank you!
Thanks to our March toban: Eileen Byers, Reba Condon, and June Honda. Iwao Yamashita was in charge of opening up this month. Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed.
Special monetary donation gratefully received in March from: Jane Sugidono in memory of Chiyoko Nerio (June Honda’s mother).
Thank you for all the wonderful 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 terrific opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes (like valuable toilet paper!). Stay healthy by washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds frequently; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; distance yourself from other people (about 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind) – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!
Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center Activities
March-April 2020 (3/12/20 REVISION)
3/12/20 NOTE: For the well-being of our Seniors during the coronavirus outbreak, the Senior Center will be closed on Thursdays the rest of March (closed March 19, 26). The Senior Center will remain closed on Thursdays in the month of April unless notified (either via email and/or phone call).
If you have any questions/concerns/comments, please feel free to contact Paul/Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita.
Thank you for your support and understanding. Take care of yourselves!
Thurs Mar 5 Regular bingo
Thurs Mar 12 St. Patrick’s Day Event
Thurs Mar 19 March Birthday Party – POSTPONED
Wed Mar 25 Table Mt. One-day trip (8 am to 7 pm) – POSTPONED
Thurs Mar 26 Regular bingo – CANCELED
Thurs Apr 2 Hanamatsuri – Imura Buffet 3:00 pm – CANCELED
Thurs Apr 9 Easter Event (Easter Cookie Buffet) – CANCELED
Thurs Apr 16 April Birthday Party – POSTPONED
Thurs Apr 23 Tofu Cooking Workshop (11:15 am to 12:30 pm) – POSTPONED
Thurs Apr 23, 30 Regular bingo – CANCELED