June 2022 Senior Center News

June Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

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. 

Note: Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments is being used to determine when it is safe to reopen the Senior Center.  Protecting the health of our Seniors is of utmost importance.

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

Thanks to millions of vaccinations, California’s economy is open, but COVID-19 and the highly contagious Omicron subvariants have not gone away.

From the California Department of Public Health released on June 24, 2022:  Slow the spread by getting vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19.  “It is recommended that every individual six months of age and older receive their primary COVID-19 vaccine series and booster dose.”

Some masking information:

“Wear A Mask When Recommended or Required: Under California’s mask guidance, masks are strongly recommended for all individuals in most indoor settings.  Masks will still be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long-term care facilities. Local jurisdictions may have additional requirements beyond the state requirements based on local conditions.”

“Upgrade Your Mask: Good fit and filtration continue to be the best way to get the most out of your mask. The best masks for preventing COVID-19 include the N95, KN95 and KF94. If you don’t have access to one of these masks, wear a surgical mask or a surgical mask with a cloth mask on top. If you choose a fabric mask, opt for one with three or more cloth layers. No matter what kind of mask you wear, check the fit by avoiding gaps above the nose or on the sides.”

To read the entire article, follow the link below:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR22-102.aspx

For a COVID-19 vaccine/booster appointment, treatment, and/or free test kits, try the U.S. government COVID website: COVID.gov.

For many years at the Senior Center, the traditional feast for Father’s Day was a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) meal as it was a favorite of past W-SC JACL Senior Center leader and adviser, Ray Sako.  On June 16, 2022, in fond remembrance of Ray Sako, the W-SC JACL Senior Center purchased KFC meals (chicken thigh and leg, mashed potatoes with gravy, corn, and biscuit) and two jumbo cookies (chocolate chip and peanut butter) for all the Seniors to consume.  We hope all the sensational Senior Center fathers and their families enjoyed a special Father’s Day!

Other surprises in our Father’s Day goodie bag were donated by our kind donors below:

Pictured: Eileen Byers made lovely, very unique plant favors for Father’s Day!  A lot of time and effort went into making these intricate favors with cleverly hidden chocolate nuggets!

Pictured: Reba Condon donated yummy mochi bites – a Japanese favorite treat!

Pictured: Gail Wurtenberg purchased a scrumptious, healthy treat – trail mix snack packs!

Pictured: Nobue Fujii provided something different for all the Seniors to try – tasty fruit bars!

Pictured:  Sharon Bobo bought delicious madeleine cookies for all the Seniors!

We are so grateful for all the remarkable treats received for the Senior June goodie bag! ‘Domo Arigato!’ to all our generous and thoughtful donors!

The tantalizing aroma of KFC greeted our delivery team when they entered Kizuka Hall on 6/16.  The team swiftly bagged all the June goodie bags and were soon on their way.  Hopefully, everyone was able to complete their routes and make it home on time to celebrate the Golden State Warriors win over the Boston Celtics for the 2022 NBA Championship! Whoo-hoo!  We are so appreciative of our gracious delivery volunteers who make these monthly Senior deliveries possible: Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Paul Kaneko, Eiko Stewart, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.

Pictured: Top row (L-R): Eiko Stewart, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Carol and Paul Kaneko
Bottom row (L-R): Bill and Gail Wurtenberg

HAPPY JUNE BIRTHDAYS!

Wishing our June honorees “a very Happy Birthday!”.

A note:  As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally will receive a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.

SENIORS POSTS

On June 4, 2022, the Japanese Cultural Fair was held in Santa Cruz.  It was wonderful to spend time outside at the fair where there was lots of delicious Japanese food to devour; Japanese entertainment to enjoy; and friends to reconnect with.

We love to see your smiling faces so if you have photos that you would like to share, please email or contact Jean Yamashita.

IN MEMORIAM

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to Marcia Hashimoto in the passing of Mas Hashimoto on June 20, 2022 at the age of 86.

Photo from Phil Shima.

Here’s a link to a YouTube video from the TEDxMeritAcademy where Mas Hashimoto spoke on ‘Racism and America’s Concentration Camps’:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RO8RI9Wqms&t=24s

or https://meritworld.com/gakkomom/video-mas-hashimotos-tedxmeritacademy-talk/

Eloquent words from Shirley Nishimoto, a Senior Center member:
“When I heard that Mas passed away yesterday, it was a shock and still is to lose one of our staunchest advocates of the Japanese Community.   He taught thousands of people, young and elderly, about the atrocities of what was done to the Japanese whether citizens or not.   

Let’s hope that all Mas has done throughout his life, teaching, lecturing groups about the injustices during WWII and the Japanese living in the U.S. will not happen to any group from this day forward.

Rest in Peace, Mas,

Shirley”

DONATIONS

Birthday donations gratefully received in June from Shirley Nishimoto, Gini Matute-Bianchi, Judy Hane, Reba Condon, and Eiko Nishihara.

Special donations were received from Shirley Nishimoto for the 51st Anniversary of the Senior Center; Emiko Kaita in memory of Roy Kaita; Bobbi Jo Palmer in honor of her mother, Inako Johnson’s 90th birthday; Ikenobo Flower Club in memory of Kimiyo Fujii; Nobuko Akiyama in appreciation; and an Anonymous Donor for a future monthly treat.

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’ (please note what the donation is for on the check memo line) 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. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

THERE WILL BE NO SENIOR CENTER DELIVERY IN THE MONTH OF JULY.  Deliveries will resume in August (deliveries typically occur on the third Thursday of the month).  Both July and August birthdays will be celebrated in August.  Thank you for your understanding and support!

The COVID-19 variants are very contagious so please remain careful when interacting with the public.  Practice the following healthy habits to prevent illness: wear a mask with good fit and filtration (covering your nose and mouth) in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat nutritious meals; manage your stress; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  It’s particularly important to stay hydrated during the hot summer days – be sure to drink plenty of water.  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

From the CDC regarding exercise:

As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.

Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all. Your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity that you do.

For more information, follow the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/older_adults/index.htm

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!   ENJOY THE SUMMER!

Note:  Please direct any questions or comments regarding monthly Senior deliveries and/or the monthly Senior newsletter to Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).  Thank you.

May 2022 Senior Center News

May Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

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. 

Note: Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments is being used to determine when it is safe to reopen the Senior Center.  Protecting the health of our Seniors is of utmost importance.

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

On May 13, 2022, the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency reported that the Bay Area now has California’s highest COVID infection rates due to the highly contagious COVID-19 Omicron subvariants.  Health officers are strongly supporting people wearing masks indoors, keeping COVID tests handy at home, and ensuring they are up to date on vaccinations by getting boosters when eligible.  

Note: If you are 50 years of age or older and got your first booster at least 4 months ago, you are eligible for getting a second COVID-19 vaccine booster.

“The grim milestone of 1 million deaths from COVID in the United States underscores the need for continued vigilance against the virus. Although not required, masking is strongly recommended by the California Department of Public Health for most public indoor settings, and health officials say wearing higher-quality masks (N95/KN95 or snug-fitting surgical masks) indoors is a wise choice that will help people protect their health. Vaccines remain the best protection against severe disease and death from COVID.”

For full article: https://www.santacruzhealth.org/Portals/7/pdfs/Coronavirus/ABAHOMaskRecommendationENG.05132022.pdf

For a COVID-19 vaccine/booster appointment, try the U.S. government COVID website: COVID.gov.

Here’s some masking information from the California Department of Public Health released on May 20, 2022:

  • “Wear A Mask When Recommended or Required: Under California’s mask guidance, masks are strongly recommended for all individuals in most indoor settings.  Masks will still be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long-term care facilities. Local jurisdictions may have additional requirements beyond the state requirements based on local conditions.”
  • “Upgrade Your Mask: Good fit and filtration continue to be the best way to get the most out of your mask. The best masks for preventing COVID-19 include the N95, KN95 and KF94. If you don’t have access to one of these masks, wear a surgical mask or a surgical mask with a cloth mask on top. If you choose a fabric mask, opt for one with three or more cloth layers. No matter what kind of mask you wear, check the fit by avoiding gaps above the nose or on the sides.”

To read the entire article, follow the link below:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR22-089.aspx

“Happy Mother’s Day!” to all our extraordinary Senior Center mothers!  We hope you were pampered on your special day!  On May 19, 2022, the W-SC JACL Senior Center treated the Senior members with a green bean pastry (from Baker’s Village) and a delicious Hawaiian meal prepared by Pono Hawaiian Grill (Timmy Hunt owner) consisting of tasty teriyaki chicken, a variety of veggies, macaroni salad, and rice.

Timmy Hunt, owner of Pono Hawaiian Grill [3744 Capitola Road, Santa Cruz; 831-476-7458], hopes that everyone enjoyed the Pono goodness!   

Much appreciation to Timmy and crew for all their hard work in preparing and packaging all the meals for the Seniors!

Note: Michiko Hamada was Timmy Hunt’s aunt.

Other surprises in our Mother’s Day goodie bag were donated by our kind donors below:

Pictured: Eileen Byers patiently handmade beautiful Mother’s Day boxes with a yummy cookie inside!  

The Iwao Yamashita Family provided a small birthday momento to all the Seniors in celebration of Iwao Yamashita’s 95th birthday on May 31, 2022.

Pictured: Iwao Yamashita poses with the surprise post-it magnet that Shirley (Yamashita) Inokuchi, his youngest daughter, so creatively handcrafted.  Shirley did a superb job drawing the caricature of dad – even dad remarked “it’s me!” when he opened the birthday ‘gift’.

We are so grateful for all the terrific treats received for the Senior May goodie bag! ‘Domo Arigato!’ to all our generous and thoughtful donors!

Bags of ice chilling the meals prior to delivery were soon creating puddles of water as it was getting quite warm on delivery day.  Our conscientious delivery team tried to get the meals delivered to the Seniors as quickly as possible.  We are truly grateful to our awesome delivery volunteers for their continued dedication: Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Paul Kaneko, Eiko Stewart, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.

Pictured: Top row (L-R): Sharon Bobo, Carol and Paul Kaneko, Eiko Stewart
Bottom row (L-R): Gail and Bill Wurtenberg, Reba Condon

HAPPY MAY BIRTHDAYS!

Wishing our May honorees “a very Happy Birthday!”.

A note:  As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally will receive a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.

SENIORS POSTS

Here are some beautiful pictures of Eiko Ceremony celebrating her 97th birthday in February with her family. 

[Many thanks to the Ceremony Family for sharing these pictures with us!]

On May 26, 2022, a hardworking team of W-SC JACL/Senior Center members spent several hours cleaning up the Salinas Memorial Garden.  Their voluntary efforts in keeping the garden in pristine condition all year is very much appreciated! 

Pictured (L-R standing): Victor Kimura, Norris Woodford, Joe Bowes, Gary Mine
(sitting) Iwao Yamashita

We love to see your smiling faces so if you have photos that you would like to share, please email or contact Jean Yamashita.

IN MEMORIAM

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Nakamura Family in the passing of Ruby Nakamura on April 27, 2022 at the age of 97. 

Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL will have a small educational booth this year at the Japanese Cultural Fair in Santa Cruz.  Please stop by for a visit.  We hope to return to our regular offerings in 2023.

DONATIONS

Birthday donations gratefully received in May from Iwao Yamashita (95) and Alice and Ken Tanimoto.

Special donations were received from Gini Matute-Bianchi in appreciation, Christine Izumizaki for Mother’s Day, and Sharon Bobo in appreciation.

Special donations were received from Toshiko Yamashita and Paul and Carol Kaneko in memory of Ruby Nakamura.

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’ (please note what the donation is for on the check memo line) 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. 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Senior Center Father’s Day delivery will be on Thursday, June 16th after 3 pm, hopefully before 5 pm.  THERE WILL BE NO SENIOR CENTER DELIVERY IN THE MONTH OF JULY.  Deliveries will resume in August (deliveries typically occur on the third Thursday of the month).  Both July and August birthdays will be celebrated in August.  Thank you for your understanding and support!

Please remain vigilant in protecting yourself again COVID-19 when interacting with the public.  Practice the following healthy habits to prevent illness: wear a mask with good fit and filtration (covering your nose and mouth) in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat nutritious meals; manage your stress; 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!

From the CDC regarding exercise:

As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.

Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all. Your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity that you do.

For more information, follow the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/older_adults/index.htm

HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

Note:  Please direct any questions or comments regarding monthly Senior deliveries and/or the monthly Senior newsletter to Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).  Thank you.

April 2022 Senior Center News

April Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

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. 

Note: Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments is being used to determine when it is safe to reopen the Senior Center.  Protecting the health of our Seniors is of utmost importance.

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

As the highly contagious Omicron subvariant BA.2 continues to spread throughout the U.S., the U.S. health agencies are trying to protect the most vulnerable Americans from the coronavirus.  In California, the risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection continues as a number of Californians remain unvaccinated and unboosted. 

April 22, 2022 from the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention): 

“What You Need to Know

  • COVID-19 vaccine boosters can further enhance or restore protection that might have waned over time after your primary series vaccination.
  • People are protected best from severe COVID-19 illness when they stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines, which includes a booster for many people.
  • There are different COVID-19 vaccine recommendations for people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised.”

Getting a Second COVID-19 Vaccine Booster:  If you are 50 years of age or older and got your first booster at least 4 months ago, you are eligible for getting a second COVID-19 vaccine booster.

“It is up to you whether to get a 2nd booster right now, based on the benefits and risks the vaccine may provide to you. Your healthcare provider can help you review your options.”

For more information from the CDC, follow the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html#second-booster

For a COVID-19 vaccine/booster appointment, try the new U.S. government COVID website: COVID.gov.

Here’s some masking information from the California Department of Public Health released on April 22, 2022:

  • “Wear A Mask When Recommended or Required: Under California’s mask guidance, masks are strongly recommended for all individuals in most indoor settings.  Masks will still be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long-term care facilities. Local jurisdictions may have additional requirements beyond the state requirements based on local conditions.”
  • “Upgrade Your Mask: Good fit and filtration continue to be the best way to get the most out of your mask. The best masks for preventing COVID-19 include the N95, KN95 and KF94. If you don’t have access to one of these masks, wear a surgical mask or a surgical mask with a cloth mask on top. If you choose a fabric mask, opt for one with three or more cloth layers. No matter what kind of mask you wear, check the fit by avoiding gaps above the nose or on the sides.”

To read the entire article, follow the link below:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR22-078.aspx

Hope everyone had a hoppin’ good time on Easter Sunday!  The Easter bunny brought many surprise treats to our Seniors on April 21st.  The main dish was tasty beef chow fun prepared by Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant (1980 Freedom Blvd) and mandarin orange cup provided by the W-SC JACL Senior Center.

Other wonderful Easter surprises were donated by our kind donors below:

Pictured: Eileen Byers made lovely Easter baskets filled with Easter candy!

Pictured: Toshi Yamashita donated yummy Bauducco Wafers for an Easter cookie treat!

We are so grateful for all the marvelous Easter treats received for the Senior April goodie bag! ‘Domo Arigato!’ to all our generous and thoughtful donors!

With the threat of thunder showers, most of the delivery team tried to get an early start and hopefully managed to avoid getting soaked on their cloudy delivery journey.  We really are so fortunate to have such a great group of volunteers who always unselfishly donate their time and energy (and gasoline!) monthly with a positive and cheerful attitude.  Much gratitude to our excellent delivery team: Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Paul Kaneko, Eiko Stewart, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.

Pictured: Top row (L-R): Eiko Stewart, Carol and Paul Kaneko, Sharon Bobo
Bottom row (L-R): Bill and Gail Wurtenberg, Reba Condon

HAPPY APRIL BIRTHDAYS!

Wishing our April honorees “a very Happy Birthday!”.

A note:  As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally will receive a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.

DONATIONS

Birthday donations gratefully received in April from Chie Sakaue (92), Louise Sako (105), and Marcia Hashimoto.

Special donations were received from Riiko Yoshida in appreciation, Leigh and Noemi Sakaguchi in appreciation, Louise Sako for the Senior Center 51st Anniversary, and Sandy Sams in memory of her father, James Izumizaki.  Sandy included this note: “He was a wonderful father and family man and a good husband too.”

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’ (please note what the donation is for on the check memo line) 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 continues to be cautious when interacting with the public as COVID-19 and its variants still circulate around the world.  COVID-19 vaccines remain the strongest tools we have to fight COVID-19.  Practice the following healthy habits to prevent illness: wear a mask with good fit and filtration (covering your nose and mouth) in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat nutritious meals; manage your stress; 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!

From the CDC regarding exercise:

As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.

Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all. Your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity that you do.

For more information, follow the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/older_adults/index.htm

HAPPY EASTER!  HAPPY HANAMATSURI!

Note:  Please direct any questions or comments regarding monthly Senior deliveries and/or the monthly Senior newsletter to Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).  Thank you.

March 2022 Senior Center News

March Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

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. 

Note: Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments is being used to determine when it is safe to reopen the Senior Center.  Protecting the health of our Seniors is of utmost importance.

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

With the highly contagious Omicron subvariant BA.2 now spreading throughout the U.S., the U.S. health agencies are trying to protect the most vulnerable Americans from the coronavirus.

On March 29, 2022, the F.D.A. (U.S. Food & Drug Administration) authorized a second booster dose of Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine for people 50 and older.  From the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention):

“Following FDA’s regulatory action today, CDC is updating its recommendations to allow certain immunocompromised individuals and people over the age of 50 who received an initial booster dose at least 4 months ago to be eligible for another mRNA booster to increase their protection against severe disease from COVID-19. Separately and in addition, based on newly published data, adults who received a primary vaccine and booster dose of Johnson & Johnson’s Janssen COVID-19 vaccine at least 4 months ago may now receive a second booster dose using an mRNA COVID-19 vaccine.”

For more information from the CDC, follow the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2022/s0328-covid-19-boosters.html

For a COVID-19 vaccine/booster appointment, try the new U.S. government COVID website: COVID.gov.

Here’s some masking information from the California Department of Public Health released on March 25, 2022:

  • “Wear A Mask When Recommended or Required: Under California’s mask guidance, masks are strongly recommended for all individuals in most indoor settings.  Masks will still be required for everyone in high transmission settings like public transit, emergency shelters, health care settings, correctional facilities, homeless shelters and long-term care facilities. Local jurisdictions may have additional requirements beyond the state requirements based on local conditions.”
  • “Upgrade Your Mask: Good fit and filtration continue to be the best way to get the most out of your mask. The best masks for preventing COVID-19 include the N95, KN95 and KF94. If you don’t have access to one of these masks, wear a surgical mask or a surgical mask with a cloth mask on top. If you choose a fabric mask, opt for one with three or more cloth layers. No matter what kind of mask you wear, check the fit by avoiding gaps above the nose or on the sides.”

To read the entire article, follow the link below:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR22-062.aspx

Hideko Nagamine celebrated her 101st birthday on March 6th!  In celebration of Hideko Nagamine’s momentous birthday, Hideko Nagamine and Family purchased delicious obento for all the Seniors.  With the help of Kenny Cross (Yaeko Cross’ son), Mrs. Nagamine brought the obento to Kizuka Hall on March 17th for distribution.  Hideko Nagamine is so vibrant and active – she is truly incredible and inspiring!

Pictured:  Hideko Nagamine places labels on the obento.

Pictured:  Hideko Nagamine presents the ‘oishi’ obento that she is giving to all the Seniors.

March 17th was also St. Patrick’s Day so it was definitely a lucky day for the Seniors as they received the scrumptious obento from Hideko Nagamine and Family and all the following delightful goodies:

The W-SC JACL Senior Center provided the Baker’s Village green bean pastry.

Pictured: Eileen Byers made clever leprechaun favors filled with sweet treats for St. Patrick’s day.

Pictured: Reba Condon donated yummy Duet Bites (madeleine-brownies) and was dressed in festive St. Patrick’s Day attire for the holiday.

We are so grateful for all the wonderful items received for the Senior March goodie bag! ‘Domo Arigato!’ to all our generous and thoughtful donors!

It was nice to gather at Kizuka Hall for delivery preparation with our delivery friends.  Many of the volunteers wore green in the spirit of St. Paddy’s Day – Sharon even wore a green mask!  Huge “thank you!” to our outstanding delivery team: Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Paul Kaneko, Eiko Stewart, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.

Pictured: Top row (L-R): Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Eiko Stewart, Gail and Bill Wurtenberg
Bottom row –(L-R): Carol and Paul Kaneko

HAPPY MARCH BIRTHDAYS!

Wishing our amazing March honorees all over 90 “a very Happy Birthday!”.

A note:  As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally will receive a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.

HAPPY ANNIVERSARY!

On March 25, 2022, Eiko and George Stewart celebrated their 50th Wedding Anniversary!  Best wishes to George and Eiko for many more years of happiness!

We love to see your smiling faces so if you have photos that you would like to share, please email or contact Jean Yamashita.

BEWARE – FACEBOOK SCAM!

Beware of scammers who fake facebook accounts or hack into existing accounts and request to be your facebook friend in order to trick you into giving money or personal information.  Similar scams occur with hacked email accounts.  In general, be suspicious of anyone asking for money or information.

For more information regarding Facebook scams, see link below:

https://www.facebook.com/business/learn/lessons/how-spot-avoid-scams

DONATIONS

Birthday donations gratefully received in March from Haru Ishibashi and Jeanette Crosetti.

A very special donation received from Eiko and George Stewart in honor of their 50th Wedding Anniversary.

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’ (please note what the donation is for on the check memo line) 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 continues to be cautious when interacting with the public as COVID-19 and its variants still circulate around the world.  COVID-19 vaccines remain the strongest tools we have to fight COVID-19.  Practice the following healthy habits to prevent illness: wear a mask with good fit and filtration (covering your nose and mouth) in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat nutritious meals; manage your stress; 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!

From the CDC regarding exercise:

As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.

Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all. Your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity that you do.

For more information, follow the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/older_adults/index.htm

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

Note:  Please direct any questions or comments regarding monthly Senior deliveries and/or the monthly Senior newsletter to Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).  Thank you.

January-February 2022 Senior Center News

January-February Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita 

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. 

Note: Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments is being used to determine when it is safe to reopen the Senior Center.  Protecting the health of our Seniors is of utmost importance.

~ REMINDER ~

Spring is approaching so time to set clocks forward!

Daylight savings time begins Sunday, March 13th at 2 am.  Before you go to bed Saturday night (March 12th), set your clocks forward one hour.

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

Good news!  COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations are declining in California!

February 9, 2022 Press Release from the County of Santa Cruz, Health Services Agency:

“In alignment with the State, the Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Monterey, Napa, San Benito, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, Solano, Sonoma, and the City of Berkeley will lift universal mask requirements for most indoor public settings beginning Wednesday, February 16. Unvaccinated individuals over age 2 will continue to be required to wear masks in all indoor public settings. Businesses, venue operators and hosts may determine their own paths forward to protect staff and patrons and may choose to require all patrons to wear masks.”

“Indoor masking is still required by the State for everyone, regardless of vaccination status, in public transportation; health care settings; congregate settings like correctional facilities and homeless shelters; long term care facilities; and in K12 schools and childcare settings.”

To read the entire press release, follow the link below: https://www.santacruzhealth.org/Portals/7/pdfs/Coronavirus/02.09.22%20ABAHO%20Masking_FINAL.pdf

On January 14, 2022, the California Department of Public Health released an informative article regarding masks titled “Get the Most Out of Masking”:

“An effective mask has both good fit and good filtration. A well fitted mask has no gaps between the face and mask, such as above the nose or at the sides. With gaps, air that has virus particles can easily leak in or out around the sides of the mask. Good fit forces the air that you breathe out and breathe in to go through the mask and be filtered. Good filtration blocks the virus particles from going through the mask itself. You can get good filtration with the right materials and by using more layers.

Good fit and filtration improve protection for others if you are infected and protection for you if you are exposed to an infected person.

Double masking is an effective way to improve fit and filtration. A close-fitting cloth mask can be worn on top of a surgical/disposable mask to improve the seal of the mask to the face. Layering more than two masks is not recommended as this could be difficult to breathe through. Also, it is not recommended to wear two medical masks, or to wear a medical mask on top of a KN95, KF94, or N95.”

“Regardless of the mask type, it is only effective if it is worn over your mouth and nose.”

“No matter what kind of mask you wear, check the fit and eliminate gaps above the nose or on the sides. Gaps will significantly reduce the effectiveness of any mask.”

To read the full article, follow the link below:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/COVID-19/Get-the-Most-out-of-Masking.aspx

Federal government is offering free N95 face masks (3 per person).  Free N95 masks can be picked up at local pharmacies such as CVS and Walgreens.

Federal government is also offering free at-home COVID-19 test kits. Order free COVID-19 test kits by simply filling out brief form online: https://special.usps.com/testkits

Due to COVID-19 Omicron exposures and concerns, the January New Year’s delivery was unfortunately delayed to February 10th.  With the postponement, the February treats were combined with the January treats that resulted in quite an assortment of surprises for the Seniors on delivery day!

The W-SC JACL Senior Center arranged a special New Year’s obento for the Seniors prepared by Miyuki Japanese Restaurant consisting of saba shioyaki, nishime, salad, rice, and miso soup.  The Senior Center also provided a Japanese Monaka sweet for dessert.  Chris Ishikawa (owner of Miyuki’s) was so understanding and accommodating when the January delivery was delayed twice.  When the February 10th delivery day finally arrived, Chris and his staff worked extremely hard to get all the obentos ready on time.  Many thanks to Chris and the awesome Miyuki crew for doing such a fantastic job!

Check out the splendid mural Chris had artist James Welch paint on the Miyuki’s storage shed in the back parking lot!

Pictured: Carol and Paul Kaneko

We are so thankful to all our generous donors below for overflowing the January-February combo goodie bags with New Year’s and Valentine’s Day treats:  

Pictured: Eileen Byers made lovely cups of New Year’s cheer for all the Seniors filled with chocolate goodness.

Happy 2022!

Pictured: Nobue Fujii spent many days neatly writing New Year’s wishes in Japanese and English in clever origami envelopes that she carefully folded for all the Seniors.  Included with the 2022 good wishes was a cute tiger sticker (2022 is the year of the tiger) and a yummy Hershey’s chocolate.

Pictured: Sharon Bobo shared a Chinese tradition with all the Seniors and presented everyone with an ornate red envelope in celebration of the Chinese Lunar New Year on February 1st.  In Chinese culture, the red color symbolizes good luck and prosperity.  Inside the envelope, Sharon included a tasty cookie and lucky coin.

Sharon’s wish: “A better year for us all!”

It was so wonderful of Sharon to share this Chinese tradition with us!

Pictured: Eileen Byers cleverly sent “Happy Valentine’s Day!” wishes to all the Seniors in intricately created Valentine mailboxes with a delicious sweet inside.  Assembling all the complicated mailboxes was a challenging task, but Eileen did an amazing job!

Pictured: Reba Condon beautifully packaged a luscious bundle of varying kinds of citrus for all the Seniors – a refreshing and nutritious start to the New Year!

Haru Ishibashi celebrated her 96th birthday on February 25th

The Ishibashi Family donated scrumptious strawberry-shaped cookies from Freedom Bakery to all the Seniors as a surprise for Haru.

Pictured: Haru Ishibashi happily poses with her birthday cookie.

Pictured: Jean Yamashita provided Valentine candy hearts for the Seniors.

Red reusable bags were generously provided by Susan AmRhein.  From Jean Yamashita: “For the 2021 Christmas delivery, Susan thought it would be nice to put the Senior Christmas gifts in cheery red reusable bags so she ordered them in October (to beat the Christmas rush) and stored the bags at her house until we needed them on December 16th.  The last email I received from Susan on November 30th said ‘I am looking forward to delivering the goodies.’  It was such a shock and so very sad to hear that she had passed away on December 4th.  With a heavy heart, the delivery team moved forward with the Senior Christmas delivery on December 16th using substitute Christmas bags.  Later in December, Tom AmRhein called me and asked if I knew anything about a box of red reusable bags that he found in his home.  I said ‘Yes, Susan had ordered them for Senior Center delivery’.  Tom then kindly dropped the box of bags at my dad’s house.”

The red bags worked out well for the New Year’s/Valentine’s delivery on February 10th, and we hope it’s a lovely remembrance of Susan and her kind and giving nature.

We are so grateful for all the sensational items received for the Senior January-February combo goodie bag! ‘Domo Arigato!’ to all our gracious and thoughtful donors!

February 10th turned out to be a nice sunny day, and our enthusiastic delivery team was eager to prepare and deliver the long-awaited January-February goodie bags to our Seniors.  We are so appreciative of our outstanding delivery volunteers: Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Paul Kaneko, Eiko Stewart, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.

Top row – pictured (L-R): Reba Condon, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Sharon Bobo
Bottom row – pictured (L-R): Bill and Gail Wurtenberg, Eiko Stewart

HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAYS!

Wishing our January honorees “a very Happy Birthday!”.

HAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS!

Wishing our February honorees “a very Happy Birthday!”.

A note:  As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally will receive a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.

DONATIONS

Birthday donations gratefully received in January and February from: Hatsuko Tsuji, Bette Garcia, Eiko Stewart, Nancy Shikuma, Chiyeko Shikuma, Hisako Kodama, Carol Kaneko, Karen Sugidono, Sam Sakamoto, and Jean Akiyama.

Senior Center 50th Anniversary donation gratefully received in January from Nancy Kuratomi and 51st Anniversary donations received in January and February from Bette Garcia and Karen Sugidono.

Special donations gratefully received from Toshi Yamashita, Anonymous, Akira and Hideko Nagamine, Diane Mio, and Alice and Ken Tanimoto in memory of  Susan AmRhein; from Alice and Ken Tanimoto in memory of Terry Hirahara; and from the Nakase Family Foundation.

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’ (please note what the donation is for on the check memo line) 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 doing well with the start of this new year!  We are keeping our fingers crossed that the current downward trend of COVID-19 cases continues.   COVID-19 vaccines remain the strongest tools we have to fight COVID-19.  Practice the following healthy habits to prevent illness: wear a mask with good fit and filtration (covering your nose and mouth) in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat nutritious meals; manage your stress; 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!

From the CDC regarding exercise:

As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.

Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all. Your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity that you do.

For more information, follow the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/older_adults/index.htm

HAVE A HAPPY AND HEALTHY 2022!

Note:  Please direct any questions or comments regarding monthly Senior deliveries and/or the monthly Senior newsletter to Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).  Thank you.

December 2021 Senior Center News

December Senior Center News by Carol and Paul Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita 

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. 

Note: Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments is being used to determine when it is safe to reopen the Senior Center.  Protecting the health of our Seniors is of utmost importance.

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) as of December 20, 2021, Omicron, the latest COVID-19 variant, has been detected in most states and is rapidly increasing the COVID-19 cases it is causing.  Omicron infections can occur in people unvaccinated and vaccinated; however, current COVID-19 vaccines are expected to protect against severe illness, hospitalizations, and deaths. The emergence of Omicron and its likely ease in spreading further emphasizes the importance of vaccination and boosters.  A person, vaccinated or unvaccinated, infected with Omicron can spread the virus to others, even if they don’t have symptoms. 

Masks offer protection against all COVID-19 variants.  On December 29, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) requires masks to be worn in all indoor public settings irrespective of vaccine status through January 15 2022 at which point California will make further recommendations as needed in response to the pandemic.  The Santa Cruz County Health Officer also states that masks must be worn in private settings, including your home, when non-household members are present.

Vaccination appointments can be made by visiting the MyTurn website (myturn.ca.gov) or calling 1-833-422-4255.  You can book a free test appointment, find a walk-in test clinic, or buy a self-test kit from your local drugstore. Find a testing site online or call (833) 422-4255 or 211.

Please contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

Please follow the links below for more COVID-19 information:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-nCoV/index.html

https://covid19.ca.gov

https://www.santacruzhealth.org/HSAHome/HSADivisions/PublicHealth/CommunicableDiseaseControl/CoronavirusHome.aspx

HO-HO-HO!  It’s Christmas time!  Santa’s elves delivered a bag full of holiday surprises on December 17th that we hope put smiles on our Seniors’ faces.

This year, the Senior Center purchased bottles of Ozeki mirin and sake for all the Seniors.  We hope the Seniors will be able to use the mirin and sake in their upcoming holiday dishes.  Note:  For people who do not drink sake, the sake can be used in marinades; to tenderize meats; and used like wine in cooking soups, stews, sauces, etc. 

Extending special thank you to Nobuko Akiyama who helped carry the many heavy boxes of sake and mirin into Kizuka Hall for storage.

We are so thankful to all our generous donors below for filling the December Christmas bags with yuletide surprises:

Pictured: Eileen Byers created beautiful Christmas tree favors filled with candy.  We’re in awe of Eileen’s patience and creativity in making the remarkable favors for the Seniors every month this year!

Pictured: Jo Ann Vear wanted to add some fun to the Christmas packages by surprising all the Seniors with a Lucky Scratcher.

Winners:

  • Mas and Marcia Hashimoto won $10!
  • Jeanette Crosetti won $5
  • Shirley Nishimoto won a free scratcher that won $1

Any other lucky winners?

June and Sunao Honda presented Christmas cheer to all the Seniors with a yummy See’s holiday lollipop.

Grace Patiño braved one of the rainiest days of the year and brought bags of persimmons for the Seniors (from herself and husband Victor) to Kizuka Hall for the December goodie bag.  Grace wasn’t bothered by the wet weather but instead happily claimed “We need the rain!”. 

Pictured: Jean Yamashita provided small pack of butter cookies and peppermint bark candy.

We are so grateful for all the fantastic holiday items received for the Senior December Christmas bags! ‘Domo Arigato!’ to all our kind and thoughtful donors!

The Senior Center is so appreciative of our gracious elves who worked tirelessly throughout the year to prepare and deliver goodie bags to the Seniors every month!  Huge “Thank you!” to our December delivery elves Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Paul Kaneko, Eiko Stewart, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita and to our other delivery volunteers who helped this year:  June Honda, Ken Tanimoto, and Shirley Inokuchi.

Top row – pictured (L-R): Paul and Carol Kaneko, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon
Bottom row – pictured (L-R): Bill and Gail Wurtenberg, Eiko Stewart

HAPPY DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS!

Wishing our December honorees “a very Happy Birthday!”.

A note:  As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally are receiving a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.

IN MEMORIAM

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the AmRhein and Nakano Families in the passing of Susan AmRhein on December 4, 2021 at the age of 65. 

The W-SC JACL extends heartfelt condolences upon the unbelievable passing of Susan AmRheinSusan has been a wonderful and vital member of our W-SC chapter and Senior Center leadership team, and it is difficult to grasp the tremendous loss of her passing.  Susan’s enthusiastic creative energy sparked by her mother, Helen Nakano, will be forever remembered with gratitude.  

Marcia Hashimoto, W-SC JACL president

DONATIONS

Birthday donations gratefully received in December from: Riiko Yoshida, Donna Fujita, Grace Fujita, and Fumi Tanimasa.

Senior Center 50th Anniversary donations gratefully received in December from Donna Fujita, Grace Fujita, and Chiyeko Shikuma.

Special donations in memory of Satoko Yamamoto received from Eiko Nishihara and Paul and Carol Kaneko.

Special donations from Nancy and Gerald Yamada in memory of mother, Yoneko Mizokami and brother, Paul Mizokami, and from Hisano Yoshii in memory of Haruko Yoshii.

Special donations in memory of Susan AmRhein received from: Jeanette Crosetti; Shirley Nishimoto; Paul and Carol Kaneko; Jean Yamashita; Eiko Nishihara; Yoshiko Nishihara; Chiyeko Shikuma; Nancy Shikuma; Jackie Yamashita; Arthur and Joanne Hayashi; Jo Ann Vear; Jean Akiyama; Nobue Fujii; Hisako Kodama; Miye Yamashita Family; Nobuko Akiyama; and Judy Hane.

Thanks to an anonymous donor for the gift of a National mochi maker for the Senior Center, and to Jeanette Crosetti for her winnings from her Lucky Scratcher Lotto card.

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’ (please note what the donation is for on the check memo line) 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. 

YEAR-END MESSAGE

How quickly the year has flown by as we faced another challenging year sheltering-at-home due to the coronavirus and its variants.  Although we miss our Thursday gatherings at Kizuka Hall, the Senior Center has been able to provide goodie bags to our Seniors every month thanks to all the generous donors and wonderful volunteers.  Much appreciation to Eileen Byers who makes lovely favors filled with sweets every month; Reba Condon who sends birthday cards to our Seniors; Paul and Carol Kaneko for their leadership; Carol Kaneko for handling all the treasurer and administrative duties; Jean Yamashita for organizing monthly deliveries and newsletter; and all our dedicated volunteers who kindly prepare and deliver the goodie bags every month: Susan AmRhein (sadly, is no longer with us), Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita; delivery helpers: Carol Kaneko and Bill Wurtenberg; and delivery substitutes: Shirley Inokuchi, Eiko and George Stewart, and Ken Tanimoto

Thank you all for your support and encouragement!

Stay safe and Happy Holidays!

With gratitude,

W-SC JACL Senior Center

 

We hope everyone is enjoying the holidays while remaining safe and mindful of the health official requirements and recommendations.  COVID-19 and flu vaccines are one of the strongest tools we can have to fight COVID-19 and the seasonal flu.  Practice the following healthy habits to prevent illness: wear a mask (covering your nose and mouth) in public and at home when non-household members are present; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat nutritious meals; manage your stress; 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!

From the CDC regarding exercise:

As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.

Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all. Your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity that you do.

For more information, follow the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/older_adults/index.htm

HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Note:  Please direct any questions or comments regarding monthly Senior deliveries and/or the monthly Senior newsletter to Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).  Thank you.

November 2021 Senior Center News

November Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

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).

Note: Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments is being used to determine when it is safe to reopen the Senior Center.  Protecting the health of our Seniors is of utmost importance.

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

SANTA CRUZ COUNTY, HEALTH SERVICES AGENCY – INDOOR MASK MANDATE:

On November 19, 2021: With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increasing as we move into the holidays and winter months, the Santa Cruz County Health Officer is issuing a Health Order, effective November 21, 2021 at 11:59 p.m., requiring all individuals to wear a face covering when indoors regardless of vaccination status.

Masks must be worn in private settings, including your home, when non-household members are present. To help assure compliance, all businesses and governmental entities must require employees to wear masks and post signage that is clearly visible and easy-to-read at all entry points for indoor settings informing the public of the mask requirement. Those working in a closed room or office alone or with members of their household do not have to wear a mask, and masks are not required during indoor activities where they cannot be worn safely such as eating, drinking, swimming, showering in a fitness facility, or obtaining medical or cosmetic services.

Please follow the link below for more information:

https://www.santacruzhealth.org/Portals/7/pdfs/Coronavirus/MaskingOrder111921.pdf.

BOOSTERS FOR SENIORS: On November 19, 2021, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated that everyone ages 18 and older who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago are eligible for a booster shot.  Individuals (18 years and older) who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago are recommended for a booster shot.  The booster vaccine can be the same type vaccine as what was originally received or a different booster vaccine can be chosen.  CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.  Eligible individuals who receive a booster shot will benefit from additional protection.

Please follow the CDC link below for detailed information regarding COVID-19 booster shots:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

On November 19, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) informed eligible Californians that booster vaccines as well as flu vaccines are available through healthcare providers, clinics and neighborhood pharmacies.  Californians can visit the My Turn webpage (MyTurn.ca.gov) or call 833-422-4255 to make an appointment or find a walk-in vaccine clinic.  Booster vaccine and flu vaccine can be scheduled at the same time to stay as healthy as possible.

Below is information about a walk-in clinic in Watsonville extracted from MyTurn.ca.gov:

Watsonville Vaccine Center:  250 Main Street, Watsonville (Council Chambers of Old City Hall)

Open until December 17th.

Hours:  Thu: 9 AM–1 PM; Fri: 2 PM-6 PM; Sat: 9 AM-1 PM; Sun: 2 PM-6 PM

Open to walk-ins, per availability. Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines as supply allows.

Appointments are available through the website (an appointment is recommended to avoid possible long wait lines).

NOTE:  Please bring your vaccination card with you.  Although not required, please bring some type of identification and your insurance card if you have one.

Please contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

Please follow the CDPH link below for further information:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR21-310.aspx

The CDC emphasizes the importance of getting the flu vaccine.  To get a flu shot, contact your normal healthcare professional or many if not all pharmacies in Santa Cruz County offer flu shots at no cost to Medicare recipients.  The CDC says you can get the COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time; however, if you have concerns about getting both vaccines at the same time or if you have any questions regarding the vaccines, you should talk to your health care provider.  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. 

With Thanksgiving just around the corner, it seemed fitting to tantalize the tastebuds with a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) chicken pot pie.  We hope the Seniors enjoyed all the delicious pre-Thanksgiving treats delivered on November 18th

We are so thankful to all our generous donors below for filling the November goodie bags with awesome treats:

Pictured: Eileen Byers meticulously handmade all the charming Thanksgiving pilgrim favors filled with sweets. 

Lovely manju gifts were carefully packaged and presented to all the Seniors and delivery volunteers by the Tanimasa Family in honor of their mom’s (Fumi Tanimasa’s) 90th birthday!

Sunao and June Honda are celebrating their 58th wedding anniversary on December 1st and wanted to rejoice in their many years of happy marriage by providing beautifully wrapped mochi treats for all the Seniors!

Donna and Grace Fujita and Karen Sugidono wanted to do something nice for the Seniors so put together a scrumptious bag of assorted treats.

We are so grateful for all the marvelous items received for the November Senior goodie bags! ‘Domo Arigato!’ to all our kind and thoughtful donors!

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, and we want to extend special “thank yous” to our sensational volunteers who unselfishly donate their time and effort every month to deliver bags to our Seniors: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Paul Kaneko, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.

Top row – pictured (L-R): Susan AmRhein, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Sharon Bobo
Bottom row – pictured (L-R): Gail and Bill Wurtenberg, Reba Condon

HAPPY NOVEMBER BIRTHDAYS!

Wishing our November honorees “a very Happy Birthday!”.

A note:  As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally are receiving a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.

DONATIONS

Birthday donation gratefully received in November from Kimiko Marr.

Special donations gratefully received from: Shizu Yamashita in appreciation; Bruce Yamamoto in memory of mother Sato Yamamoto; Kaoru Hirahara in memory of Teruko Hirahara; Bill and Gail Wurtenberg in memory of Terry Hirahara; Sharon Bobo in appreciation; Anonymous donor in support of monthly senior treats; Hisako Kodama year-end donation; and Anonymous donor in memory of Terry Hirahara.

Senior Center 50th Anniversary donations gratefully received in November from Art and Joanne Hayashi, Dan and Karen Nitta, Eiko Nishihara, Yoshiko Nishihara, Judy Hane, Connie Dimas, Gail and Bill Wurtenberg, Reverend and Mrs. Jay Shinseki, Chie Sakaue, and Haru Ishibashi.

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 stays healthy and safe during the holidays and are mindful of the health official requirements and recommendations.  COVID-19 and flu vaccines are one of the strongest tools we can have to fight COVID-19 and the seasonal flu.  Practice the following healthy habits to prevent illness: wear a mask (covering your nose and mouth) in public and at home when non-household members are present; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat nutritious meals; manage your stress; 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!

From the CDC regarding exercise:

As an older adult, regular physical activity is one of the most important things you can do for your health. It can prevent many of the health problems that seem to come with age. It also helps your muscles grow stronger so you can keep doing your day-to-day activities without becoming dependent on others.

Keep in mind, some physical activity is better than none at all. Your health benefits will also increase with the more physical activity that you do.

For more information, follow the link below:

https://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/basics/older_adults/index.htm

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Note:  Please direct any questions or comments regarding monthly Senior deliveries and/or the monthly Senior newsletter to Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).  Thank you.

October 2021 Senior Center News

October Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Susan AmRhein, Jean Yamashita 

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).

Note: Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments is being used to determine when it is safe to reopen the Senior Center.  Protecting the health of our Seniors is of utmost importance.

~ REMINDER ~

It’s fall so time to set our clocks back!

Daylight savings time ends Sunday, November 7th at 2 am.  Before you go to bed Saturday night (November 6th), set your clocks back one hour and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

BOOSTERS FOR SENIORS: On October 21, 2021, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released news regarding COVID-19 booster shots – below are some highlights from the report:

Seniors (65 years and older) who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at least six months ago are eligible for a booster shot.  Individuals (18 years and older) who received the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at least two months ago are recommended for a booster shot.  The booster vaccine can be the same type vaccine as what was originally received or a different booster vaccine can be chosen.  CDC’s recommendations now allow for this type of mix and match dosing for booster shots.  Eligible individuals who receive a booster shot will benefit from additional protection.

Please follow the CDC link below for detailed information regarding COVID-19 booster shots:

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p1021-covid-booster.html

On October 22, 2021, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) informed eligible Californians that a booster vaccine can be found through MyTurn.ca.gov where booster vaccine and flu vaccine can be scheduled at the same time to stay as healthy as possible.

Below is information about a walk-in clinic in Watsonville extracted from MyTurn.ca.gov (checkout MyTurn.ca.gov for other booster and flu vaccine options):

Watsonville Vaccine Center:  250 Main Street, Watsonville (Council Chambers of Old City Hall)

Has Pfizer, Moderna, J&J – all doses – ongoing

Dates available: 09/09-11/17

Hours:  Thu: 9 AM–1 PM; Fri: 2 PM-6 PM; Sat: 9 AM-1 PM; Sun: 2 PM-6 PM

We plan to have Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccines available on all clinic days.

NOTE:  Please bring your vaccination card with you.

Remember to:

  1. If possible, bring some type of ID with your name on it and your health insurance card if you have one. You do not need government issued ID or health insurance to receive your free vaccine. Undocumented individuals are eligible to receive a vaccine regardless of immigration status.
  2. Give yourself enough time to fill out a few patient forms when you arrive.

Please contact your doctor if you have any questions or concerns.

Please follow the CDPH link below for further information:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/OPA/Pages/NR21-310.aspx

The CDC emphasizes the importance of getting the flu vaccine, ideally by the end of October.  To get a flu shot, contact your normal healthcare professional or many if not all pharmacies in Santa Cruz County offer flu shots at no cost to Medicare recipients.  The CDC says you can get the COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time; however, if you have concerns about getting both vaccines at the same time or if you have any questions regarding the vaccines, you should talk to your health care provider.  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. 

Wow – 50 years!  It is unfortunate that due to the coronavirus, the Senior Center could not commemorate this momentous 50th Senior Center Anniversary with a joyous gathering of our Senior members at Kizuka Hall, but we hope the Seniors enjoyed the special momentos assembled in the October goodie bags in celebration of the 50th anniversary and also Halloween.

For the 50th anniversary, the W-SC JACL Senior Center treated the Senior Center members with a special Miyuki obento, Freedom Bakery lemon cake, and a 50th anniversary canvas bag on October 21st.  We were also so fortunate to receive many additional terrific treats for the Seniors donated by the generous donors below:

Pictured: Eileen Byers handmade all the boo-tiful Halloween pumpkin favors with candy corn inside. 

Pictured: Nobue Fujii carefully folded gold origami samurai helmets that symbolized strength and honor and added a scrumptious dark chocolate almond candy bar for all the Seniors in celebration of the Senior Center 50th Anniversary.

Pictured: Jo Ann Vear donated a yummy arare package for a “Happy Halloween” treat.

Photo from Susan AmRhein.

Pictured: Gail Wurtenberg purchased mouthwatering cookies from Pacific Cookie Company in Santa Cruz and beautifully wrapped the two cookies in spooky Halloween bags.

Pictured: Susan AmRhein at the airport ready to takeoff to Guadalajara.  Susan was sorry to miss the October delivery but managed to pick boxes of tasty Asian pears for the Seniors. 

Photo from Susan AmRhein.

Pictured: Jean Yamashita provided a mini Halloween candy treat.

We are so grateful for the myriad of incredible goodies received for the 50th anniversary and Halloween! ‘Domo Arigato!’ to all our kind donors!

Miyuki Japanese Restaurant (Chris Ishikawa/owner) spent hours preparing the delicious lunch box which included tempura, salmon teriyaki, California rolls, miso soup, salad, and rice.  Thank you so much to Chris and crew for all their hard work!  The obento was super oishi!

Pictured (L-R): Jenny, Lynn, Chris

We are so lucky to have such an awesome delivery team that helped tremendously in preparing the special October goodie bags and then cheerfully delivering the bags to all our Seniors: Sharon Bobo, Shirley Inokuchi, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Eiko Stewart, Gail and Bill Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.  Many thanks to our primo volunteers!

Top row – pictured (L-R): Sharon Bobo, Carol and Paul Kaneko, Shirley Inokuchi
Bottom row – pictured (L-R): Gail and Bill Wurtenberg, Eiko Stewart

Special ‘THANK YOU’! to June Honda for her delivery dedication these many months!  We will definitely miss her enthusiasm on the delivery team

SENIORS POSTS

October 22, 2021: Yamashita Family’s last day at the family home on 112 Elm Street … lots of fond memories …

Top row – pictured (L-R): Shizu, Sumi, cousin Toshi
Bottom row – pictured (L-R): Goro, Hide

We love to see your smiling faces so if you have photos that you would like to share, please email or contact Jean Yamashita.

HAPPY OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS!

Wishing our October honorees “a very Happy Birthday!”.

A note:  As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally are receiving a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.

IN MEMORIAM

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Hirahara Family in the passing of Teruko “Terry” Hirahara on October 5, 2021 at the age of 78. 

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Yamamoto Family in the passing of Satoko Yamamoto on October 25, 2021 at the age of 95. 

DONATIONS

Birthday donations gratefully received in October from Susan AmRhein, Kitty Mizuno, Toshi Yamashita, and Nobuko Akiyama.

Special donations gratefully received from: Patt and Mark Takeuchi in memory of Kim Fujii and Haruko Yoshii; Diane Mio in memory of Haruko Yoshii; Judy Hane in memory of Haruko Yoshii; and Toshi Yamashita in appreciation for obento.

Special donations gratefully received in memory of Teruko Hirahara from Jo Ann Vear, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Toshi Yamashita, Hisako Kodama, Dan and Karen Nitta, Jean Yamashita, Shirley Nishimoto, and Thomas and Reiko Akiyoshi.

Senior Center 50th Anniversary donations gratefully received in October from Phil Shima, Jean Akiyama, Iwao Yamashita, Jean Yamashita, Nobue Fujii, Toshi Yamashita, Nobuko Akiyama, June and Sunao Honda, Susan AmRhein, Jo Ann Vear, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Hisako Kodama, Riiko Yoshida, Alice and Ken Tanimoto, Leigh Sakaguchi, Mitsuyo Tao, Eileen Byers, Mas and Marcia Hashimoto, Sam and Yae Sakamoto, and George and Eiko Stewart.

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. 

COVID-19 and flu vaccines are one of the strongest tools we can have to fight COVID-19 and the seasonal flu.  Practice the following healthy habits to prevent illness: wear a mask in public (covering your nose and mouth); distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat nutritious meals; manage your stress; 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!

Stay safe everyone!    HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

Note:  Please direct any questions or comments regarding monthly Senior deliveries and/or the monthly Senior newsletter to Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).  Thank you.

September 2021 Senior Center News

September Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

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).

Note: Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments is being used to determine when it is safe to reopen the Senior Center.  Protecting the health of our Seniors is of utmost importance.

~ EARLY REMINDER ~

It’s fall so time to set our clocks back!

Daylight savings time ends Sunday, November 7th at 2 am.  Before you go to bed Saturday night (November 6th), set your clocks back one hour and enjoy an extra hour of sleep!

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

From the California Department of Public Health (CDPH):  Recommends that everyone (vaccinated or unvaccinated) wear mask indoors statewide. 

Please follow the CDPH link below for further information:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCoV2019.aspx

On September 24, 2021, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released the following news regarding COVID-19 booster shots:

CDC recommends:

  • people 65 years and older and residents in long-term care settings should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 50–64 years with underlying medical conditions should receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine atleast 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series,
  • people aged 18–49 years with underlying medical conditions may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks, and
  • people aged 18-64 years who are at increased risk for COVID-19 exposure and transmission because of occupational or institutional setting may receive a booster shot of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine at least 6 months after their Pfizer-BioNTech primary series, based on their individual benefits and risks.

Many of the people who are now eligible to receive a booster shot received their initial vaccine early in the vaccination program and will benefit from additional protection. With the Delta variant’s dominance as the circulating strain and cases of COVID-19 increasing significantly across the United States, a booster shot will help strengthen protection against severe disease in those populations who are at high-risk for exposure to COVID-19 or the complications from severe disease.

CDC will continue to monitor the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines to ensure appropriate recommendations to keep all Americans safe. We will also evaluate with similar urgency available data in the coming weeks to swiftly make additional recommendations for other populations or people who got the Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Please follow the CDC link below for further information regarding COVID-19 booster shots:

https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/p0924-booster-recommendations-.html

The CDC emphasizes the importance of getting the flu vaccination, ideally by the end of October.  Unfortunately, the Senior Center will not be able to conduct a Flu Shot Clinic so you will need to make your own arrangements 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 says you can get the COVID-19 vaccine and a flu vaccine at the same time; however, if you have concerns about getting both vaccines at the same time or if you have any questions regarding the vaccines, you should talk to your health care provider.  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. 

“It feels like an early Christmas” a Senior commented when the huge bag of goodies arrived on September 16th.  Inside the bag were many wonderful items to unwrap and enjoy:

Imura Japanese Restaurant prepared delicious sushi (two futomakis and four California rolls) and miso soup purchased by the W-SC JACL Senior Center.  Jee Kajihara/Imura made the bento extra special by adding a yummy apple muffin, shiso and bok choy patty, and potato salad. 

Pictured: Jee Kajihara poses with the lovely bento box she made for the Seniors

Pictured: Eileen Byers carefully created the pretty takeout favors, complete with clever ‘chopsticks’ and surprise sweets inside.

Susan AmRhein and her daughter, Yuan AmRhein Gorham, prepared a tasty homemade snack mix for all the Seniors and packaged the treat in attractive “Made with Love” containers in celebration of Susan’s September birthday.

Ken Tanimoto purchased cute huckleberry bear lollipops as a souvenir for all the Seniors of his Yellowstone adventure this summer.  Ken said huckleberries grow wild in Yellowstone.  Ken’s warning: Make sure no one bites hard on the lollipop because it is a hard candy and can break a tooth!

Pictured: Ken Tanimoto looking down at Old Faithful in Yellowstone.

Pictured: Jane Sugidono donated yummy green bean pastries from Baker’s Village bakery in celebration of her September birthday.

Pictured: Hisako Kodama truly has a green thumb and grows a variety of vegetables in her spacious garden.   With the abundance of cucumbers, Mrs. Kodama spent days making many jars of sweet pickles.  With the help of her daughter Nancy, Mrs. Kodama beautifully packaged each pickle jar for the Seniors.

Mitsuyo Tao celebrated her momentous 90th birthday on September 19thMrs. Tao and Paul and Kim Tao Family wanted to commemorate this special birthday by generously treating all the Seniors to two manju favorites and luscious “P&K Farms Organic Strawberries”.

Pictured (L-R):  Mitsuyo Tao and Kim Tao hold the beautifully packaged surprise gift bags they put together for all the Seniors in celebration of Mitsuyo Tao’s 90th birthday.

We are so fortunate and thankful for the abundance of wonderful goodies this month – ‘Domo Arigato!’ to all our thoughtful and generous donors!

Our very hardworking delivery team jumped right in to help with delivery bag preparations that turned out to be quite a task this month with all the items to distribute: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Gail and Bill Wurtenberg, and Jean YamashitaKim Tao and Mitsuyo Tao also graciously pitched in to assist.  Many thanks to all our awesome volunteers!

Top row – pictured (L-R): Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon
Bottom row – pictured (L-R): Paul and Carol Kaneko, June Honda, Gail and Bill Wurtenberg

SENIORS AT THE SANTA CRUZ COUNTY FAIR

September 15, 2021

Pictured (L-R): Iwao Yamashita, Jean Akiyama and Fumi Tanimasa, Toshi Yamashita, Bill and Gail Wurtenberg

Nice to see Senior friends at the fair! 

We love to see your smiling faces so if you have photos that you would like to share, please email or contact Jean Yamashita.

HAPPY SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS!

Wishing our September honorees “a very Happy Birthday!”.

A note:  As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally are receiving a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.

WHERE TO FIND JAPANESE PRODUCTS

“HBJ Oriental Store & Food To Go”, 205 E. Lake Avenue, Watsonville, 831-722-4784

This small Filipino store has some Japanese products and is trying to expand its Japanese stock based on demand and suggestions.  Fresh tofu and fresh vegetables are delivered from San Francisco to the store usually on Saturday mornings.

[Thank you to all the contributors for sharing this find.]

DONATIONS

Birthday donations gratefully received in September from: Satoko Yamamoto, Mas Hashimoto, George Stewart, Mitsuyo Tao, and Pat Marr.

Special donations gratefully received from: Toshi Yamashita and Paul and Carol Kaneko in memory of Haruko Yoshii; Dan and Karen Nitta in memory (3rd year) of mother Helen Mito; and Miyoko Yoshii and Yoshii Family in memory of mother Haruko Yoshii.

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. 

COVID-19 and flu vaccines are one of the strongest tools we can have to fight COVID-19 and the seasonal flu.  Practice the following healthy habits to prevent illness: wear a mask in public (covering your nose and mouth) especially indoors; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat nutritious meals; manage your stress; 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!

We are grateful to our Senior community for continuing to support each other as we cautiously maneuver through these challenging times. Thank you for caring!

Stay safe everyone!

TAKE CARE!

Note:  Please direct any questions or comments regarding monthly Senior deliveries and/or the monthly Senior newsletter to Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).  Thank you.

August 2021 Senior Center News

August Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

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).

Note: Guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local health departments is being used to determine when it is safe to reopen the Senior Center.  Protecting the health of our Seniors is of utmost importance.

Through difficult times, it’s so nice that we have family and friends to lend a hand and boost our spirits.

Stay safe everyone!

LET’S BEAT COVID-19!

From the California Department of Public Health (CDPH):

As of 7/28/21: CDPH adds recommendation for everyone (vaccinated or unvaccinated) to wear mask indoors statewide.  

The COVID-19 vaccines are effective in preventing serious disease. Unvaccinated persons are more likely to get infected and spread the virus which is transmitted through the air and concentrates indoors. About 15% of our population remains without the option for vaccination (children under 12 years old are not yet eligible) and risk for COVID-19 exposure and infection will remain until we reach full community immunity.

With the emergence of the more contagious Delta variant in California which now accounts for over 80% of cases sequenced, cases and hospitalizations of COVID-19 are rising throughout the state, especially amongst those that remain unvaccinated.  

Despite ongoing outreach and improving COVID-19 vaccine access, as of July 27, 2021, a significant proportion of Californians throughout the state are not yet fully vaccinated. The Delta variant is two times as contagious than early COVID-19 variants, leading to increasing infections.

Get vaccinated!  Vaccines prevent serious illness, save lives and reduce the further spread of COVID-19.  Getting vaccinated is your best defense against the severity of the Delta variant and our best shot at ending the pandemic.

Please follow the CDPH link below for further information:

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/Pages/Immunization/nCoV2019.aspx

From the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) regarding booster shots:

COVID-19 vaccines are working very well to prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death, even against the widely circulating Delta variant. However, with the Delta variant, public health experts are starting to see reduced protection against mild and moderate disease. For that reason, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning for a booster shot so vaccinated people maintain protection over the coming months.

When can I get a COVID-19 vaccine booster?

Not immediately. The goal is for people to start receiving a COVID-19 booster shot beginning in the fall, with individuals being eligible starting 8 months after they received their second dose of an mRNA vaccine (either Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna). This is subject to authorization by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and recommendation by CDC’s Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP). FDA is conducting an independent evaluation to determine the safety and effectiveness of a booster dose of the mRNA vaccines. ACIP will decide whether to issue a booster dose recommendation based on a thorough review of the evidence.

Please follow the CDC link below for further information regarding boosters:

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/booster-shot.html

August was a joyous month as thirteen Seniors celebrated a birthday!  Bobby and Nancy Tamaki wanted to do something special for the Seniors in memory of Akira Kodama (Hisako Kodama’s husband and Nancy’s father) who would have turned 100 on August 19th so they generously donated delicious Miyuki lunch boxes (salmon teriyaki, tempura, rice, salad, and miso soup).  Eileen Byers and June Honda also celebrated August birthdays so Eileen created charming ‘I love baking’ apron favors complete with intricately constructed baking utensils and filled with sweets provided by Eileen and JuneNobue Fujii kindly added yummy Jelly Fruit Snacks to the goodie bags, and the W-SC JACL Senior Center contributed the Milano cookies.  Thank you so very much to our thoughtful donors!  Hope everyone enjoyed the August 19th treats!

Pictured (L-R): Akira Kodama celebrating his 98th birthday, August 2019.  The cartoon figure on the bento box label reflects Mr. Kodama’s joy of ice cream and fishing.  Also pictured: Nancy and Bobby Tamaki.

Pictured: Eileen Byers displays all the lovely favors that she meticulously created.  The Biscoff cookie and Kit Kat in each favor were purchased by Eileen Byers and June Honda.

Pictured: Nobue Fujii donated tasty Fruit Snacks for all the Seniors. 

Miyuki Japanese Restaurant (Chris Ishikawa owner) worked tirelessly for hours to churn out all the lunch boxes for the Seniors.  Much appreciation to Chris and crew for doing a fantastic job! 

Pictured (L-R): Jenny, Chris, Lynn

It turned out to be a muggy day, but the dedicated delivery team endured the heat and packaged up their goodie bags and cheerfully distributed the treats to the Seniors.  In appreciation, Hisako Kodama kindly gave the volunteers a bag of cucumbers and squash – thank you, Mrs. Kodama!  Extremely grateful for our wonderful delivery volunteers:  Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita

Top row – pictured (L-R): Sharon Bobo, June Honda, Carol and Paul Kaneko
Bottom row – pictured (L-R): Bill and Gail Wurtenberg, Susan AmRhein, Reba Condon

HAPPY AUGUST BIRTHDAYS!

Wishing our many August honorees, a very Happy Birthday! 

A note:  As we continue to shelter-at-home, birthday honorees living locally are receiving a mini bundt cake on their birthday month with their monthly delivery.

IN MEMORIAM

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Yoshii Family in the passing of Haruko Yoshii on August 26, 2021 at the age of 104. 

PILGRIMAGES – By Kimiko Marr

Contact: Kimiko Marr kimiko@jampilgrimages.com

(831) 244-3522

http://www.jampilgrimages.com

KENT, WA (August 1, 2021) – From August 29, 2021 to September 25, 2021 Japanese American Memorial Pilgrimages (JAMP) in partnership with the National Park Service will co-host the second annual Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage. This pilgrimage will run continuously for four weeks, with new content provided daily. The pilgrimage is free and open to the public and will be available online at http://www.jampilgrimages.com. Registration opens on August 15, 2021.

Due to COVID-19, most organized annual pilgrimages to WWII incarceration sites were cancelled in 2020. Tadaima! A Community Virtual Pilgrimage was developed in an effort to provide a safe space for the Japanese American community and allies to learn, communicate and collaborate as they normally would during pilgrimages. Tadaima 2020 focused on Japanese American history, from the 1800s to today, and the archived program can be found at https://www.jampilgrimages.com/tadaima2020.

Tadaima 2021 will expand upon Tadaima 2020 to address identity, indigeneity, and intersectionality as they relate to the WWII incarceration of Japanese Americans. This program will showcase Japanese American artists, live panel discussions featuring a diverse collection of speakers, and opportunities to engage in meaningful discussion for Nikkei and allies alike. Tadaima 2021 is a collaborative effort between Japanese American and ally organizations worldwide. This year we hope to forge new connections within and around our diverse Nikkei community, to rebuild relationships fractured by intergenerational trauma, and to begin the journey to healing collectively through mutual respect and understanding.

Once again, we are thrilled to invite the general public to participate in this historic community driven event, to celebrate the diversity and resiliency within and surrounding the ethnic Japanese community. Scholars, artists, educators, and expert panelists will collaborate to deepen our understanding of the after-effects of WWII Japanese American incarceration, and to highlight lesser-known intersectional, indigenous, and intergenerational perspectives. Please join us in our journey this year, we welcome those from all walks of life to this year’s pilgrimage!

LOOKING FOR JAPANESE PRODUCTS?

With the closure of Yamashita Market, here’s a reminder of an alternative store that may carry Japanese products that you are looking for. 

Oriental Store & Food To Go”, 205 E. Lake Avenue, Watsonville, 831-722-4784

It was discovered that this small Filipino store has some Japanese products and is trying to expand its Japanese stock based on demand.  Tofu and vegetables are delivered from San Francisco to the store Saturday mornings.

[Thank you to all the contributors for sharing this find.]

DONATIONS

Donations gratefully received in August from: Shirley Nishimoto, Jo Ann Vear, June Honda, Yoshiko Nishihara, Eileen Byers, Paul Kaneko, Gail Wurtenberg, and Reiko Yamamoto.

Special donations gratefully received from: Bobby and Nancy Tamaki in memory of Akira Kodama (100th birthday); Shirley Nishimoto for Senior Center’s 50th Anniversary; and Riiko Yoshida donation.

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. 

COVID-19 vaccines are one of the strongest tools we can have to fight this pandemic together.  Practice the following healthy habits to prevent illness: wear a mask in public (covering your nose and mouth) especially indoors; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water especially during hot summer days.  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

Reminder: Protect your skin – wear sunscreen!  From the internet:

Wearing sunscreen is one of the best — and easiest — ways to protect your skin’s appearance and health at any age. Used regularly, sunscreen helps prevent sunburn, skin cancer and premature aging.

TAKE CARE!

Note:  Please direct any questions or comments regarding monthly Senior deliveries and/or the monthly Senior newsletter to Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).  Thank you.