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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2020 Senior Center News

May Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Tina Katsuyama, Aimee and Kitty Mizuno, 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. 

The following events have also been cancelled:

  • Japanese Cultural Fair in Santa Cruz: Saturday, June 6, 2020
  • W-SC JACL Community Picnic: Saturday, June 20, 2020

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

 

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!

 

Sigh … it’s been weeks now as we shelter-at-home … miss seeing our Senior friends and playing bingo.

To lift the Seniors’ spirits, on May 14th, Imura Restaurant surprised the W-SC JACL Seniors living in Watsonville with delicious lunches packed in beautiful bags decorated with colorful designs and uplifting messages created by the Kajihara children (Kayla, Jocelyn, and KJ) and Madi Song.

 

 

 

 

It was quite a scene in the Imura Restaurant as all the many lunch bags were assembled.  When the lunches were ready to go, our kind volunteer delivery people (Kajihara Family, Melissa and Madi Song, Perry and Kim Yoshida, and Jean Yamashita) roamed around Watsonville dropping off the lunches to the delighted Seniors.

Enormous “thank you!” to Imura Restaurant (Song and Kajihara Families) for their amazing generosity and thoughtfulness to the Watsonville JACL Seniors during this challenging time!

Pictured (L-R): Melissa Song, Madi Song, Kajihara Family (Kevin, Jee, Kayla, Jocelyn, KJ)

 

MITZI NEARS 100!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On May 30th, Mitzi Katsuyama celebrates her 100th birthday!  Mitzi is being wonderfully cared for by Tina and Virgil Katsuyama who are looking forward to spending a very special day with MitziVirgil Katsuyama carved a symbolic “100 YEARS” on the front yard hedge for passersby and the Katsuyama Family car parade to view on the momentous day!  HAPPY 100th, MITZI!   (pictures above taken on 6/27/20)

Thank you to Tina Katsuyama for sending the picture below of Mitzi enjoying her special 100th birthday celebration on May 30th!

 

 

 

 

Pictured (L-R): Sheri, Mitzi, Tina, Virgil Katsuyama

 

 

IN MEMORIAM

 

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Hamada Family in the passing of Michiko Hamada on May 12, 2020 at the age of 98.

 

 

 

 

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Kawamoto Family in the passing of Jim Kawamoto on May 18, 2020 at the age of 93.

 

 

 

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Uemura Family in the passing of Hisako Uemura on May 25, 2020 at the age of 92.

 

 

PILGRIMAGES – By Kimiko Marr

SENIORS SHELTERING-AT-HOME

 

 

Iwao Yamashita spends most of his day taking care of the TV, with some occasional exercise.  A good thing about sheltering-at-home: It’s allowing his hair to grow back after his first (awkward) home haircut.

 

 

 

 

 

Aimee and Kitty Mizuno take daily walks, usually on the levee along the Salsipuedes Creek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nobue Fujii walks in her backyard for exercise in the morning.  She enjoys cooking.  She also creates lovely flower drawings using colored pencils.

 

 

 

 

Eiko Nishihara walks around her backyard garden for exercise.

 

 

 

 

Yoshiko Nishihara spends a lot of time maintaining her beautiful garden.

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Yamashita is eating everything in sight!  

 

 

Thank you for your contributions!  If you would like to share your “sheltering-at-home” activities, please send photo with note to Jean Yamashita (jeanyamashita@yahoo.com).

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monetary donation gratefully received in May from Alice and Ken Tanimoto.  Special donations gratefully received in May from: Nobue Fujii, Christine Izumizaki, Nancy and Gerald Yamada, Toshi Yamashita, Jackie Yamashita, Eileen Byers, and Alice and Ken Tanimoto in memory of Chiyoko Yagi; from Toshi Yamashita, Jackie Yamashita, Eileen Byers, and Alice and Ken Tanimoto in memory of Michiko Hamada; from Hisako Kodama, Bobby and Nancy Tamaki, Toshi Yamashita, Eileen Byers, and Alice and Ken Tanimoto in memory of Akira Kodama; from Toshi Yamashita, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Eileen Byers, and Alice and Ken Tanimoto in memory of Jim Kawamoto; and from Eileen Byers in memory of Tea Hashimoto.

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; 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!

 

April 2020 Senior Center News

April 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. 

The following events have also been cancelled:

  • Japanese Cultural Fair in Santa Cruz: Saturday, June 6, 2020
  • W-SC JACL Community Picnic: Saturday, June 20, 2020

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

On March 18th, Paul and Carol Kaneko apprehensively returned to California from their Hawaii vacation amid the growing coronavirus concern.  They arrived home safely and self-quarantined for two weeks.  Thankfully, no virus symptoms emerged, and they are relieved to be sheltering in their California home in good health.

Glad to have you back, safe and sound, Paul and Carol!

Many thanks to all the thoughtful volunteers who helped at the Senior Center while the Kaneko’s were out-of-town!

Picture was taken at 12-19-19 event.

 

 

 

 

 

On March 26th, Imura Restaurant (owned by Jee and Kevin Kajihara) generously donated delicious lunches to the Seniors!  It was a wonderful surprise and brightened the Seniors day.  The lunch bags were made extra special by the beautiful artwork drawn by the Kajihara children.

 

Huge “thank you!” to the Kajihara family for their kindness to the Seniors during this difficult time!

 

Picture was taken at 8-8-19 event.

 

IN MEMORIAM

 

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Yagi Family in the passing of Chiyoko Yagi on April 1, 2020 at the age of 99.

 

 

 

 

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Kodama Family in the passing of Akira Kodama on April 4, 2020 at the age of 98.

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monetary donations gratefully received in April from: Jo Ann Vear and Karen Sugidono. Special donation received from Diane Mio in memory of Marvin Byers.

Sadly, our last Senior gathering was the St. Patrick’s Day event on March 12th – more than a month ago – and we miss socializing with our Senior friends and playing bingo.  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; distance yourself from other people (at least 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!

 

March 2020 Senior Center News

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!

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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 …

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… sweet homegrown oranges donated by Bobby Higaki

 

 

 

 

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Kiyoko Sakaue

 

 

… lovely fresh flowers donated by the Sakaue Family

 

 

 

 

 

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… 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!

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With the growing coronavirus concern, Cindy Mine presented an informative talk on the issue with Kitty Mizuno translating in Japanese on March 12thCindy 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!

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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.

 

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Reba Condon, Yaeko Cross, Leigh Sakaguchi

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!

 

 

SENIOR TRIPS

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!!! 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 (jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, 408-813-6539).

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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 Marrkimiko.marr@gmail.com.

 

SENIOR WORKSHOPS

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COOKING WORKSHOPS!

 

 

 

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 (jeanyamashita@yahoo.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!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thanks to our March toban:  Eileen Byers, Reba Condon, and June HondaIwao 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

 

February 2020 Senior Center News

February Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Kimiko Marr, Jean, Yamashita

ZENZAI

On February 6th, the Seniors were treated to Zenzai, a traditional Japanese dessert soup made with sweetened azuki beans and mochi.  We made mochi from scratch – steaming and pounding sweet rice using mochi making machines.  There was a sigh of relief when the mochi came out edible (whew!) and turned out quite tasty when topped with the sweet azuki bean soup.

Many thanks to Mitsuyo Tao for her guidance and Riiko Yoshida for calmly rescuing the sticky mochi from the jiggly machines; Susan AmRhein and Jean Yamashita for making the sweet beans; Cindy Mine for reheating/blending the beans; Judy Hane/June Honda/Cindy Mine/Eiko Stewart/Mitsuyo Tao/Riiko Yoshida for forming the mochi balls, Susan AmRhein for ladling the sweet beans, and Connie Dimas and Kim Tao for serving the bowls of Zenzai to our Seniors!

Chie Sakaue and Nobuko Akiyama

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Kitty Mizuno brought a guest, Cándida Inoue, to enjoy the Zenzai treat.  Welcome, Cándida!

 

 

Norris Woodford, Sharon Bobo, and June Honda smoothly handled the bingo prizes in Paul Kaneko’s absence.  Thank you, ladies and gent!

 

 

 

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

Red and pink colored Kizuka Hall on February 13th as the Seniors happily gathered to celebrate Valentine’s Day.  (Photo kindly taken by Phil Shima)

 

The Valentine’s table decorations were so cute with …

 

 

 

 

 

lovely flower pens and heart shaped cookies made by Susan AmRhein and

 

 

 

 

pretty valentine boxes filled with candy made by Eileen Byers!  (So good to see you back, Eileen!)

 

Many thanks, Eileen and Susan!

 

 

 

 

Our Valentine’s activity was to write something nice to a fellow Senior on a Valentine’s Day card.  Each Senior received a card that, hopefully, made them smile and feel special.

After the card exchange, the Seniors were treated to a hearty bowl of Hawaiian chili over rice made by Eiko Stewart, in celebration of her birthday today (February 13th).  “Happy Birthday, Eiko!” and thank you so much for preparing the delicious Hawaiian dish for everyone!

 

 

Hideko Nagamine brought komatsuna (Japanese mustard spinach) for everyone.  Thank you very much, Mrs. Nagamine!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitty Mizuno brought voter registration forms and offered to help the Seniors fill them out today.  Thank you, Kitty!

 

 

 

 

WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE?

 

HAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS!

Jean Akiyama, Haruyo Ishibashi (94), Gary Mine, Sam Sakamoto (95), Franz Steidl

On February 20th, the Seniors celebrated February birthdays honoring Jean Akiyama, Haruyo Ishibashi (94), Gary Mine, Sam Sakamoto (95), and Franz Steidl.  Absent were Eiko Ceremony (95), Jeanette Crosetti, Carol Kaneko, Hisako Kodama, Chiyeko Shikuma (95), and Eiko Stewart.  Honorees over 90 were presented with a yummy box of manju.  (Thank you to Kimiko Marr for taking the birthday photos!)

 

Teruko Hirahara and Mitsuyo Tao brought the lovely springtime blossoms that decorated all the tables and head table.  Thank you, Mrs. Tao and Mrs. Hirahara!

 

 

Greetings from Eiko Ceremony: “Please greet all the members and tell them that I miss going there every week.  It was for about 7-8 years that Rubie Kawamoto and I attended and enjoyed our Thursdays at Kizuka Hall.  I will become 95 years old this year.  My very best wishes, Eiko Ceremony

 

 

Many lucky Seniors won lovely roses for a bingo prize thanks to Kiyoko and Chie Sakaue!

 

 

 

Get well cards were circulated for Chiyoko Yagi and Yaeko Cross.  We hope they feel better soon!

 

On February 27th, Haru Ishibashi was surprised by her children with a 94th birthday celebration at the Senior Center!  The Seniors sang ‘Happy Birthday’ to Haru, who was touched by all the well wishes, as she stood beside her beautiful dream cake brought by the family.  The Ishibashi Family also passed out pretty pink and white manju to all the Seniors as the cake was cut and served.

Lizzie Goodson, Gayle Mellor, Haru Ishibashi, Harold Sakoda, Wendy Sakoda; Present but not pictured: Bill Goodson

 

Many thanks to the Ishibashi Family for sharing this special event with the Seniors and for all the delicious treats!  Happy 94th Birthday, Haru, and many more!

 

 

 

 

 

It was nice to see Jane Sugidono back at the Senior Center!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our Seniors safely cross busy Blackburn Street thanks to our brave crossing guard volunteers Marcia Hashimoto, Leigh Sakaguchi, and Reba Condon!  (Reba kindly substituted in Leigh’s absence)

 

 

SENIOR TRIPS

The Seniors have booked a one-day bus trip to Table Mountain Casino for Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The cost is $30 for active members of the Senior Center or the WBT and $40 for others.  Please contact Jean Yamashita (jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, 408-813-6539) if interested.

 

Kimiko Marr is leading a pilgrimage to Jerome/Rohwer on April 16-19, 2020.  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.

WORKSHOPS

COOKING WORKSHOPS!

  • Thursday, March 5, 2020, 11:30 am (Length: ~1 hour)

Instructor:  Susan AmRhein

Learn how to make bread, jam, and peanut butter

  • 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 (jeanyamashita@yahoo.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!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thanks to our February toban:  Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, and Gail Wurtenberg.  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 February from: Sam Sakamoto, Louise (Hisako) Sako, Eileen Byers, Eiko Ceremony, Hisako Kodama, Eiko Stewart, Jean Akiyama, Haru Ishibashi, Gary Mine, and Chiyeko Shikuma. Special donations received from Akira and Hisako Kodama, Fumi Tanimasa, and Jane Sugidono in memory of Marvin Byers; from Sam Sakamoto, Connie Kuge, and George Carvallo in memory of Rubie Kawamoto; and from Christine Izumizaki in memory of Tea Hashimoto.

Thank you for all the brilliant 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.  Stay healthy by washing your hands with soap and water frequently, especially before eating; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; and try to stay active (both body and mind) – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!

March Schedule:

Thurs Mar 5                            Regular bingo             [11:30 am to ~12:30 pm: Cooking Workshop]

Thurs Mar 12                        St. Patrick’s Day event

Thurs Mar 19                        March Birthday party

Wed Mar 25                            Table Mt. One-day trip 8 am to 7 pm

Thurs Mar 26                          Regular bingo

 

January 2020 Senior Center News

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

Photos by Carol Kaneko, Jean, Yamashita

HAPPY AND HEALTHY NEW YEAR TO ALL!   Akemashite omedetō gozaimasu!

WELCOME 2020!  It was wonderful to see all the smiling faces of our Seniors at our first 2020 gathering on January 6th.  Everyone seemed excited to see and socialize with their Senior friends – it was a very energetic start to the new year.

 

Nobue Fujii thoughtfully made origami cranes for good luck in the New Year.

 

 

 

 

NEW YEAR’S PARTY

The biggest storm of the year hit on January 16th, but thankfully, many brave Seniors bundled up and sloshed thru the puddles to the New Year’s celebration at Kizuka Hall.  With the heaters blasting in the hall, the shivering Seniors eventually dried off and warmed up and were able to enjoy the New Year’s festivities.

 

Paul Kaneko delivered New Year’s greetings and shared some healthy suggestions for the new year:

  1. Eat less meat and more vegetables.
  2. Eat fewer sweets, candy, and cookies, and more fresh fruits.
  3. Worry less and get more sleep and relaxation.
  4. Less talk and more action.
  5. Dress light and appropriately, and stay out of the sun.
  6. Eat less salt and more vinegar.
  7. Eat less and chew your food well. (My mother suggested chewing your food 40 times)
  8. Anger less and laugh more.
  9. Think less of yourself and more about others.
  10. Be more active, exercise and walk more and less driving.
  11. Remember to always be appreciative and thankful.

A short video about ‘Four Japanese rules to live past 100’ was shown (video was recommended by Frances Schwamm).  Thank you to June Honda for ordering and bringing the lovely New Year’s cake which was served during the enthusiastic games of bingo.

 

Chris Ishikawa kindly delivered the delicious dishes from Miyuki’s, and after Susan AmRhein said grace, our 90 and over Seniors were first to dig into the New Year’s feast.   The Seniors enjoyed all the yummy food and chatting with their friends.  The event ended with one final game of bingo with bonus prizes – the perfect end to a happy New Year’s celebration.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thank you to Jean Yamashita and Susan AmRhein for decorating the hall, Susan AmRhein for bringing matcha krispies, Carol Kaneko for bringing banana bread, Teruko Hirahara for bringing sunomono and yams, and to all the terrific toban crew and volunteers for helping to serve and cleanup!

HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAYS!

Terry Hirahara, Hatsuko Tsuji

On January 23rd, the Seniors celebrated January birthdays honoring January honorees: Terry Hirahara and Hatsuko Tsuji.  Absent were Mitsuko Ruble (91) and Karen Sugidono.  Terry Hirahara kindly brought the pretty flowers for every table and setup a special SF 49er display on the head table to cheer on the SF 49ers in the upcoming Super Bowl. 

 

Teruko donated the flower arrangement in the 49er cup as a bingo prize, and Norris Woodford was the happy winner!

 

Thank you, Teruko!

 

 

 

So nice to see Eiko Nishihara and Emi Hirano at the Senior Center on January 23rd!

 

 

Norris Woodford announced that voting information will be available at Watsonville City Hall in the Community Room on the 4th floor (above the Library) from 4-7 pm on Friday, January 31st.

2020 Senior events were planned at a meeting held on January 23rd, led by Carol Kaneko.  Anyone interested was invited to attend.  A potluck lunch was shared during the meeting.  We hope 2020 will be another fun-filled year for the Seniors!

Senior Gatherings Fragrance-Free: In consideration of others who are sensitive to chemical scents, it was requested that people try to wear little to no perfumes, after shave, hair spray, etc. during senior gatherings.  Your cooperation is appreciated.  Thank you.

 

On January 30th, Cindy Mine, a registered nurse, presented a very important and informative talk on ‘911 and Emergency Management’.  She described a medical emergency such as a stroke and shared a helpful acronym ‘FAST’ to remember the stroke symptoms.   What if a Senior exhibited stroke symptoms during a Thursday afternoon gathering?  What would we do?  Cindy defined steps to be followed and assigned people to the steps so that we would be able to handle the emergency in a timely and organized fashion.

Thank you so much, Cindy!  We are so fortunate to have you at the Senior Center!

ZERO WASTE: The Senior Center has been encouraging members to bring their own cups, plates, utensils, etc., and there was some confusion as to why.  Jean Yamashita tried to learn about Zero Waste on the internet and shared a short Zero Waste presentation on January 30th.  In short, a primary goal of Zero Waste is to protect the climate and help the environment.  The ‘Zero Waste Hierarchy’ diagrams what people can do to help the planet.

A short video on Kamikatsu, Japan (“Japan’s Town with No Waste”) was also shown.

 

Also, on January 30th, the Seniors enjoyed delicious “Green Gardens” pizzas from Corralitos Pizza generously donated by Willie Yahiro.  Many thanks, Willie Yahiro!

 

 

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Tea Hashimoto Family in the passing of Tea Hashimoto on January 5, 2020 at the age of 99.

 

 

Thank you for coming to the ‘Celebration of Life’ for Marvin Byers at Kizuka Hall on February 1st.  Marvin would have been so touched by all the family and friends who came to pay their respects.  Special thanks to everyone for their kind thoughts and support, monetary and food donations, and help during the memorial event.

With much appreciation,

Eileen Byers and family

 

SENIOR TRIPS

The Seniors have booked a one-day bus trip to Table Mountain Casino for Wednesday, March 25, 2020. The cost is $30 for active members of the Senior Center or the WBT and $40 for others.  Please contact Jean Yamashita (jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, 408-813-6539) if interested.

WORKSHOPS

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!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thanks to our January toban:  Angie Guzman, Judy Hane 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 January from: Bette Garcia, Kimiko Marr, Carol Kaneko, Jeanette Crosetti, Terry Hirahara, Jim Kawamoto, Gini Matute-Bianchi, Hatsuko Tsuji, Kazuko Sakai, Chiyeko Shikuma, Patt and Mark Takeuchi, Iwao Yamashita, and Yamashita Market. Special donations received from: Gary and Cindy Mine, Christine Izumizaki, Shirley Nishimoto, and Paul and Carol Kaneko in memory of Marvin Byers; and from Nancy and Gerald Yamada in memory of Paul and Yoneko Mizokami.

Thank you for all the fantastic 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.  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!

February Schedule:

Thu Feb 6                   Zenzai Treat

Thu Feb 13                Valentine’s Day event and Bingo

Thu Feb 20                February Birthday Party

Sun Feb 23                  Day of Remembrance, Japanese Memorial Garden/Lincoln Ave.

                                    Presbyterian Church in Salinas

Thu Feb 27                  Regular Bingo