January 2019 Senior Center News

January Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita

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

The first day back for our seniors was January 10, 2019. Everyone was glad to be back with all their friends and to play Bingo again. Carol Kaneko passed around several copies of the 2018 donations list along with the treasurer’s category summary and net worth reports.  Please see Carol if you would like to see the 2018 complete treasurer’s report or have any questions.

We welcomed 2019 on January 17th at our New Year’s celebration. Happy Year of the Boar! The front table was decorated with kagami mochi and a cute stuffed black and white boar. Susan AmRhein made “Year of the Boar” favors for everyone, and Terry Hirahara provided special napkins stamped with a red boar.

Head table decorations for “Year of the Boar”

Paul Kaneko delivered New Year’s greetings to all. He encouraged all of our seniors to be active, stay healthy, eat healthy, see your friends regularly, exercise your brain, sleep 7-8 hours each night, and have fun (play bingo).

 Kimiko Marr presented a wonderful video from 2018 featuring the Kokoro No Gakko program at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple. Some of our seniors were seen in the photos as well as many of their grandchildren. Thank you, Kimiko! We are always impressed with your work.

After a few games of Bingo, Susan AmRhein said grace, and we all enjoyed a delicious buffet from Miyuki Restaurant delivered by Chris Ishikawa. The Seniors were also treated to delicious desserts thoughtfully provided by Cindy Mine, Terry Hirahara, Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita and Susan AmRhein. What a feast! Thanks to the toban crew and everyone else who lent a hand in setting up and cleaning up.

Delicious buffet from Miyuki Restaurant.

Carol passed out an up-to-date membership list this month. If you did not receive one, please see Carol. Please shred any old membership lists as they contain information that should remain private. If you do not have a shredder, please return any old membership lists to the center and we will take care of the shredding.

January birthday honorees were Terry Hirahara and Hatsuko Tsuji 88. Absent were Mitsuko Ruble 90 and Karen Sugidono. Hatsuko was presented with a beautiful orchid plant in honor of her 88th birthday and a package of manju was delivered to Mitsuko in honor of her 90th birthday. Thanks to Terry Hirahara and Hisako Kodama for the delightful table flowers and head table arrangement.

January birthday honorees: Terry Hirahara and Hatsuko Tsuji with orchid plant in honor of her 88th birthday.

The Seniors have scheduled a one-day bus trip to Table Mountain Casino for Wednesday, March 27, 2019. The cost is $30 for active members of the Senior Center or the WBT and $40 for others. Jean also announced a trip to visit Elkhorn Slough on Tuesday, April 23rd. She has reservations for one of their pontoon boat nature tours. Cost is estimated to be $30 if we can fill the boat, and space is limited to 26.  Hopefully, we will see some baby otters!  If you are interested in either of these trips, please contact Jean Yamashita (email: jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, cell: 408-813-6539).

A planning meeting for the 2019 year was held on January 24. Thanks to Jean Yamashita, Jean Akiyama, Toshi Yamashita, Iwao Yamashita, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Susan AmRhein, Pat and Kimiko Marr, June Honda, Mitsuyo Tao, and Terry Hirahara for attending and sharing their suggestions and ideas for the upcoming year’s activities. Thanks to those who volunteered to take on many of the responsibilities for our activities. We enjoyed a delicious lunch thanks to everyone who brought goodies to share.

Thanks to our January toban: Terry Hirahara, Pat Marr, and Kimiko Marr.  Leigh Sakaguchi was in charge of opening up this month.  Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed.

Get well cards were sent to Connie Dimas who tore her meniscus and to Terry Hirahara who broke her ankle. Terry has been attending in spite of her injury, and it was nice to see Connie back on January 24 to visit.

It was nice to see Nobuko Akiyama, Hatsuko Tsuji, and Chie Sakaue back after long absences. We hope they will be able to attend regularly again.

Welcome back, Nobuko Akiyama!

Welcome back, Hatsuko Tsuji!

Welcome back to Chie Sakaue – with friend Kazuko Sakai.

Leigh Sakaguchi and Hannah (Eileen Byers’ granddaughter) have bravely attempted to control traffic in front of the Senior Center so that Seniors may cross the street safely. Wearing his bright yellow vest, Leigh said vehicles are slowing down when they see him enter the street so hopefully this is helping. Thank you so much, Leigh and Hannah!

Monetary donations for the month of January gratefully received from: Eiko Ceremony, Karen Sugidono, Louise Sako, and Terry Hirahara. A special donation was received from Yamashita’s Market.

Thanks to all members who have paid their 2019 Senior Center or National JACL dues. Thanks for your commitment to our Senior Center and JACL chapter. If you have not paid your dues, please see Carol Kaneko.

Thank you for all the wonderful bingo prizes. The complete list is in the new Senior Center newsletter which will be distributed at Kizuka Hall and will be in the JACL newsletter which will no longer be published monthly.

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center!  It’s a wonderful opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes.  Stay healthy these winter months (wash, wash, wash your hands) and try to stay active – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!

February Schedule:

Thurs Feb 7               Zenzai Treat

Thurs Feb 14             Valentine’s Day, regular bingo with Valentine’s Day activity          

Thurs Feb 21             February Birthday Party

Sun Feb 24                 Day of Remembrance, Salinas Community Center

Thurs Feb 28               Regular Bingo

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December 2018 Senior Center News

December Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita

Photos by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita

HAPPY 69th ANNIVERSARY, YAE AND SAM SAKAMOTO!

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On November 29th, Yae and Sam Sakamoto celebrated their 69th Wedding Anniversary at a surprise event at the Senior Center planned by Franz Steidl and familyFranz began the festivities by congratulating the beaming couple and presenting them with a truly extraordinary cake with Yae and Sam’s wedding picture on it!  The Sakamoto Steidl family then generously treated all the Seniors to a delicious Imura bento box.  Congratulations to Yae and Sam Sakamoto – we wish you many more years of happy times together!  Huge “Thank you!” to Franz and the Sakamoto Steidl family for sharing this momentous occasion with the Seniors!

img_1333Sakamoto Steidl family: Franz Steidl with daughter Katie, Donny Sakamoto next to his parents, Yae and Sam Sakamoto.

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Yae and Sam Sakamoto being congratulated by Eiko Nishihara, Kumiko Nakatani and Yoshiko Nishihara.

HAPPY 55th ANNIVERSARY, JUNE AND SUNAO HONDA!

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On December 6th, June and Sunao Honda celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with the Seniors!  The couple exchanged their vows 55 years ago at the Westview Presbyterian church, had their reception at the Resetar Hotel, and drove in a white corvair to Las Vegas for their honeymoon.  They have two adopted children (Kent and Kris) and three grandchildren: Dylan (10 ½) and twin girls, Aubrie and Alex (7).  The lovely couple surprised the Seniors with beautiful orchid plant decorations, a delicious cake, and the cutest maneki-neko cookies!

 

 

 

Congratulations to June and Sunao Honda!  We wish you a long and wonderful journey together for many more years to come!  Thank you so very much for all your generous treats for the Seniors to enjoy!

 

 

 

So happy to see Eiko Stewart and Haru Ishibashi back at the Senior Center this month.  We missed you!

A get well card was circulated for Nobue Fujii who is recovering from a back procedure for a compression fracture.  We wish her a speedy recovery!

On December 13th, December birthdays was celebrated.  Our December birthday honoree was our young “Senior”, Kimiko Marr.  Absent were: Grace Fujita (94), Jim Kawamoto (92), and Helen Nakano.  Thank you to Teruko Hirahara and Hisako Kodama for providing the gorgeous flowers for all the tables.  Special “Thank you!” to Patricia Marr and Kimiko Marr for the huge candy bars for everyone in celebration of Kimiko’s birthday!

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Kimiko Marr

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Also on December 13th, all the Seniors received a bag of delicious tangerines from Hisako Kodama and persimmons and yummy donuts from Sam Sakamoto and Franz Steidl.  “Domo arigato!” to Hisako Kodama, Sam Sakamoto, and Franz Steidl for their generous treats!

On Friday, December 14th, our dedicated crew of Santa’s elves gathered at Kizuka Hall to pack Christmas gift bags and to decorate the Christmas tree for our upcoming Senior Christmas party. After our tasks were done, we were rewarded with Toshi Yamashita’s popular chicken dip and the traditional Christmas cake baked by Carol Kaneko (so good!) from a recipe handed down many years ago from Louise Sako.  

 

Thanks to our bag packing/tree decorating crew: Eileen Byers, Jean Yamashita, June Honda, Jean Akiyama, Judy Hane, Toshi Yamashita, and Reba Condon. Not pictured, but helping, were Paul and Carol Kaneko. Thank you also to Goro Yamashita for delivering all the goodies from Yamashita Fish Market.

Special thank you to Dorothy Nishikawa who came to visit the Senior Center for the first time just a couple of weeks ago and was very kind to help in the hall setup on the morning of the Christmas Party (December 16th), along with June and Sunao Honda and Carol and Paul Kaneko.  (Jean is relieved that she didn’t scare Dorothy away with her ramblings.)

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Marcia, Dorothy, Carol              

 MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Ho-ho-ho!  Happy Holiday greetings from the Senior Center!  Unfortunately, Jack Frost delivered wet stormy skies for the Senior Christmas Party on Sunday, December 16th, but the Christmas Spirit brought plenty of happy smiles and warm hearts to the Senior Center.  Rev. Dan Hoffman delivered a Christmas message from Westview Presbyterian Church, and the Westview Choir, led by Lynn Nagata, joyously sang Christmas carols with the Seniors joining in.

 

                        Rev. Dan Hoffman                                 Westview Choir

Marcia Hashimoto gave greetings from the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Chapter, and Bill Wurtenberg delivered greetings from the Watsonville Buddhist Temple on behalf of Rev. Shinseki, who was unable to attend.

 

                                       Marcia Hashimoto            Bill Wurtenberg

Our 90 and over seniors were called up to cut the beautifully decorated Christmas cake which was generously donated by Westview Presbyterian Church. We have 27 seniors who are 90 and over and eight were in attendance.

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 Seniors 90 and above: Hideko Nagamine 97, Chiyeko Shikuma 93, Sam Sakamoto 93, Haruyo Ishibashi 92, Eiko Nishihara 92, Yaeko Cross 92, Rubie Kawamoto 91, Iwao Yamashita 91.

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Cake cutting by Chiyeko Shikuma, Hide Nagamine, Sam Sakamoto, Haru Ishibashi, Eiko Nishihara.

 Paul Kaneko then spoke of our appreciation to those in our community who support our Senior Center through their many contributions. He also reflected on the goals and mission of the Senior Center and the role our W-SC JACL plays.  Christmas goodie bags were then distributed to all senior members and guests by Santa’s helpers: Sharon Bobo, Paul Kaneko, Leigh Sakaguchi, and Bill Wurtenberg.  Ten lucky guests received an extra prize if they found a candy cane in their goodie bag.

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Santa’s helpers: Leigh Sakaguchi, Sharon Bobo, Bill Wurtenberg, Paul Kaneko

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Guests from the Watsonville Buddhist Temple and W-SC JACL.

Six talented Seniors participated in the 2018 “Christmas Creation Contest”.  The entries were so creative, unique, and beautifully done!  All the guests at the Christmas Party enjoyed admiring the works of art and found it difficult voting for their favorite entry.

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When voting completed and votes counted, winners were announced:

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1st Place:  Kim Tao, 2nd Place:  Mitsuyo Tao, 3rd Place:  Toshi Yamashita

The winners received lovely gifts generously donated by Watsonville Taiko.  Many thanks to all our participating Senior artists!

 

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Table decorations by Helen Nakano.

 

SO LONG 2018. 2018 just flew by!  Can’t believe we had our last Senior gathering of 2018 on December 20thPaul Kaneko gave his year-end message of appreciation to all our volunteers and thanked all the generous donors of Bingo prizes throughout the year.  The Senior Center would not exist without the participation and support of all its members so everyone was presented with a lovely poinsettia plant to take home for the holidays.

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Lots of holiday treats were donated for bingo so many very-merry games of bingo were played until the Happy Garden buffet meal arrived (thanks to June Honda for ordering the delicious dishes and Mas and Marcia Hashimoto for picking up the meal!).

 

Toshi Yamashita and Sharon Bobo at bingo donation table filled with Christmasy prizes and Happy Gardens buffet table.

 

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Grace was said by Susan AmRhein and then we dived into the food.

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It was wonderful enjoying a delicious meal with our Senior friends.  Many thanks to Helen Nakano for providing the gorgeous snowflake table decorations and to June Honda and Susan AmRhein for baking yummy Christmas cookies for everyone!

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Thanks to Susan AmRhein and Jackie Yamashita for providing persimmons for everyone and Hisako Kodama for bringing tangerines for all.

Carol Kaneko passed out the new January/February schedule of activities. Please see Carol if you did not receive your copy.

Thank you to all the helpful volunteers who helped with the cleanup of our last 2018 gathering.

SENIOR TRIPS:

On December 1st in Emeryville, the J-Sei organization presented the “Topaz Toddler Art Project”.  The program presented a collection of artwork created by preschool children who were incarcerated in Topaz, Utah.  One goal of the project was to try to reunite the artwork with their little artists.  One of the artists was Patricia Marr (Masuda) – her drawings were displayed that she created when she was 4 years old.

(Thank you to Kimiko Marr for providing the photos below)

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Topaz Toddler Artists

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Patty Masuda (4 years old) and younger sister Eileen

 

 

Patty Masuda artwork, 4 years 10 months old

 

Seniors’ Jolly Jaunt to SF Japantown

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25 Seniors and friends had a fun, relaxing, and productive (shopping wise) day in San Francisco’s Japantown on Tuesday, December 4th. Lunch was enjoyed at various restaurants and time was spent perusing all the wonderful shops in the area. Goodies for the long bus ride there and back were provided by: Sumi Yamada, Rubie Kawamoto, Alice and Jon Drier, Jeanette Crosetti, Jean Akiyama, Reba Condon, Kim and Mitsuyo Tao, Nancy Kuratomi, Hide Nagamine, Toshi Yamashita, Gail Wurtenberg, and Kay Sjulin. We had our favorite bus driver, Don Cox, driving for us and the people in the front of the bus enjoyed hearing his entertaining stories of past senior trips with our group. Thanks to all who supported our Senior Center by attending this one-day trip! Please tell your friends and family to join us next year for a relaxing day away from home.

Kimiko Marr announced that a Poston Pilgrimmage is planned for October.  Stayed tuned for more info!

Thank you to our December toban: Eileen Byers, Reba Condon, and June Honda.  Iwao Yamashita was in charge of opening up this month. Thanks to the thoughtful volunteers who helped out when needed. The toban schedule is posted in the kitchen.

Monetary donations for the month of December gratefully received from: George Stewart, Sachi and Phil Snyder, Kimiko Marr, Jim Kawamoto, Donna Fujita, and Grace Fujita.  Special donations from: Hisako and Akira Kodama, Iwao Yamashita, Nancy and Reed Kuratomi, Riiko Yoshida, Itsuko Okamoto, Kiiko Akiyama, Tea Hashimoto, and Yamashita Market. Thanks to all who have paid their 2019 Senior Center membership dues and made their 2018 anniversary and birthday donations. It is through your generous donations that we can continue to provide all the activities we enjoy at the Senior Center. Thank you!

Thank you for all the fabulous bingo prizes. The complete list is in the January 2019 JACL newsletter.

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center! Have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday break. It’s important to stay active, visit with your friends, win bingo prizes, and have fun so we hope to see everyone back at the Senior Center next month (January 10th)! Be sure to do your balance exercises three times a day.

A REMINDER: Please protect the Senior Center membership list and do not volunteer Senior information (name, address, phone number) to anyone you do not know.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL! See you back at the Senior Center on Thursday, January 10, 2019.

November 2018 Senior Center News

November Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita
Photos by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita

image001HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  

Creatively garbed Seniors roamed Kizuka Hall on October 25th to celebrate Halloween!  We were a lively bunch as we admired all the awesome costumes!  Some Senior members were truly unrecognizable with their elaborate disguises!  Voting for the BEST costume was going to be a difficult task.  After each contestant modeled their costume, Seniors cast their votes, the votes were counted, and the winners were announced:

image002BEST COSTUME WINNERS
1st place: Cindy Mine; 2nd place: Reba Condon; 3rd place: Connie Dimas

Following the spirited costume contest, the Seniors were challenged to a “Mystery Bag” game.  This time, all the mystery items were edibles.  Many a furrowed brow could be seen as the Seniors puzzled over the contents of each bag.

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It was a difficult challenge, but at the end of the game when the contents of each bag were unveiled, all items were correctly identified (no stumpers).  Everyone was a winner of the game as the Senior Center treated all participants to a cup of vanilla-chocolate swirl ice cream.  Our Halloween festivities continued with bingo where winners were treated to many spook-tacular prizes!  “Thank you” to Marcia Hashimoto/Judy Hane/June Honda for their assistance with the game, Susan AmRhein for the boo-tiful decorations, Jean Yamashita.for the Halloween favors, and all the Seniors for participating in our Halloween event!

On November 8th, November birthdays was celebrated.  Our November birthday honoree was: Yaeko Cross (92). Absent were: Tea Hashimoto (98) and Satoko Yamamoto (93). Thank you to Teruko Hirahara and Hisako Kodama for providing the lovely flowers on each table and the gorgeous arrangement for the head table.

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The Nagata Family kindly donated Honolulu Cookies and monetary donation in memory of Edna Nagata’s November birthday.

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Even though the midterm elections are behind us, Norris Woodford kindly offered to assist Seniors in future elections if needed (e.g., registration).

Seniors were very saddened to hear of the terrifying accident suffered by Victor Kimura.  We send our heartfelt get well wishes for his speedy recovery.

On November 15th, the Seniors celebrated Thanksgiving with a huge feast:  delicious turkey meal (turkey, stuffing, mash potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce) prepared by Susan AmRhein and a scrumptious variety of potluck side dishes provided by our talented Senior cooks!

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We could hardly wait to chow down as the tantalizing aroma of the yummy dishes wafted thru the hall during the lively games of bingo.   When the buffet was ready, the Seniors happily piled food on their plates and enjoyed a very filling meal, topped off with pumpkin pie!  I think we all left the Senior Center quite stuffed!  Many thanks to Susan AmRhein and to all our Senior members who brought potluck dishes to share!  Also, thank you to everyone who helped out with setup and cleanup!  Happy Thanksgiving to all!

So great to have Paul and Carol Kaneko back from vacation!  Paul said they had a wonderful time in Japan and shared some highlights of their trip.  [Jean Yamashita thanked everyone for their help with the Senior Center while the Kaneko’s were out-of-town]

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Hideko Nagamine generously brought apples for all the Senior members.  Thank you, Mrs. Nagamine!

image011June Honda, Hideko Nagamine, Judy Hane, Eileen Byers filled bags with apples for everyone.

Cindy Mine mentioned the recall of some blood pressure medication.  Please contact your doctor if you have concerns.

SENIOR TRIPS:

A group of Seniors traveled to the San Jose Buddhist Temple to see the film screening of the movie “For the Sake of the Children” on October 28th.  A panel discussion followed the showing.  A stop on the way home at “Sweet Tomatoes” ended the day on a hearty note.  Many thanks to Mas and Marcia Hashimoto and Kimiko Marr for driving guests to the event!

Phil Shima announced that free tickets were available to a Fall Concert by the Santa Cruz County Youth Symphony on Sunday, November 18th at 3 pm at UC Santa Cruz Music Recital Hall.  (The tickets were generously donated by an anonymous donor)

On Saturday, December 1st at 2 pm, the “Topaz Toddler Art Project” will be held at J-Sei in Emeryville (1285 66th Street).  Patricia Marr will have her toddler artwork on display.  For more information, please see link for J-Sei December programs:  http://www.j-sei.org/programs/

Interested in a jolly jaunt to San Francisco Japantown for some holiday shopping?  Then join the Seniors on a one day bus trip to SF Japantown on Tuesday, December 4th, from 9 am to ~5 pm.  The cost is $35 for Senior Center members and $45 for non-members.  If interested or have any questions, please contact Carol Kaneko (wsc.jacl.seniors@gmail.com) or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539, jeanyamashita@yahoo.com).

Kimiko Marr announced that a Poston Pilgrimmage is planned for March.  Stayed tuned for more info!

The Watsonville Taiko Holiday Boutique & Raffle was on Sunday, November 4th, and several Seniors got a head start on some holiday shopping.   “Domo Arigato!” to Watsonville Taiko for generously donating several beautiful items from their boutique to the Seniors.

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Reba Condon, Jean Akiyama, Fumi Tanimasa

Thank you to our November toban: Gail Wurtenberg and Sharon Bobo.  Paul Kaneko/Leigh Sakaguchi were in charge of opening up this month. Thanks to the thoughtful volunteers who stepped in and helped out when we were shorthanded this month. The toban schedule is posted in the kitchen.

Monetary donations for the month of November gratefully received from: Yaeko Cross, Tea Hashimoto, and Satoko Yamamoto.  Special donations from: Mark and Patt Takeuchi, Philip and Sachi Snyder in memory of Helen Mito; Leigh Sakaguchi and Iwao Yamashita for Thanksgiving; and Art and Joanne Hayashi.   The Nagata Family donated a big box of Honolulu cookies and a monetary donation in memory of Edna Nagata’s birthday.  All donations are very much appreciated! 

A special Thank you to everyone who has made their required donation for the 47th Anniversary of the Senior Center.  If you have not made your monetary donation, please do so to Carol Kaneko.  Note: Please make your check payable to: W-SC JACL Senior Center.  Thank you.

We will be collecting 2019 Senior Center dues. The $20 Senior Center dues are included in your JACL National membership, but if you are not a JACL National member, you must pay the $20 Senior Center dues. Please make your check payable to: W-SC JACL Senior Center, and give to Carol Kaneko. Thank you.

Thank you for all the fabulous bingo prizes. The complete list is in the December JACL newsletter.

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center!  The holidays are upon us, and the Senior Center hopes that all the Senior Center members will join us in the joyous festivities planned for the coming months!  It’s important to stay active, visit with your friends, win bingo prizes, and have fun. Be sure to do your balance exercises three times a day. See you next month!

December Schedule:

Tues Dec 4                        SF Japantown One-Day trip 9 am – 5 pm

Thurs Dec 6                      Regular Bingo

Thurs Dec 13                   December Birthday Party

Sun Dec 16                       Christmas Party Kizuka Hall 2 pm

Thurs Dec 20                   Last meeting; Happy Gardens Buffet

Thurs Dec 27, Jan 3          Senior Center closed for Holidays – Happy New Year!!

Thursday, Jan 10, 2019 – First day back for 2019!

Men patiently waiting to go home after Thursday Senior Center activities …

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A REMINDER: Please protect the Senior Center membership list and do not volunteer Senior information (name, address, phone number) to anyone you do not know.

 

 

October 2018 Senior Center News

October Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita
Photos by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita

image001Happy 47th Anniversary W-SC JACL Senior Center!

On October 4th, the Seniors celebrated the 47th Anniversary of the W-SC JACL Senior Center (1971-2018).  Kizuka Hall was beautifully decorated with flower arrangements masterfully created by Teruko Hirahara and Hisako Kodama

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The anniversary festivities began with President Marcia Hashimoto extending greetings and congratulations from our JACL chapter

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A lovely kalanchoe plant was then presented to 12 of the “90 and above” Seniors who were present (27 of our Senior members are 90+ with 3 Seniors over 100!).

image00490 and over seniors pictured: Hisako Uemura (90), Satoko Yamamoto (92), Tea Hashimoto (97), Michiko Hamada (97), Yoshiko Nishihara (91), Yaeko Cross (91), Eiko Nishihara (92), Haru Ishibashi (92), Chiyeko Shikuma (93), Mitzi Katsuyama (98), Rubie Kawamoto (91), Iwao Yamashita (91)

Everyone then squeezed together to pose for the traditional group photo that was taken by Phil Shima.  A memorable slideshow of the past year events, prepared by Jean Yamashita and Carol Kaneko, was shown followed by enthusiastic games of bingo and then a delicious buffet meal prepared by Imura’s.  Each Senior went home with a yummy piece of cake and manju also provided by the Senior Center.

Watsonville Police Chief David Honda sent his congratulations to the Senior Center on its 47th Anniversary!

Phil Shima printed a large 47th Anniversary group photo for our Senior Center photo album. Phil also made 8×10 prints of our group photo (with all the names listed on the bottom) for $5 each. Please see Phil if you would like to order a photo.

Thank you to all who made your anniversary donation. If you have not made your monetary donation, please do so to Carol Kaneko or Toshi Yamashita. Note: Please make your check payable to: W-SC JACL Senior Center.  Thank you.

On September 27th, the Kajihara family donated apples for all the Seniors to enjoy.  The Kajihara children were so cute as they excitedly passed out the apples to the Seniors.  Thank you, Jee Kajihara and family, for your thoughtfulness!

image011Candidates forum: Ari Parker and Steve Trujillo

Thank you to Kitty Mizuno for organizing a District 7 City Council candidate forum on October 11th at the Senior Center.  Candidates who presented their views and answered questions were Ari Parker and Steve TrujilloPaul Kaneko presided over the event.  Remember to vote on November 6th!

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On October 11th, Hideko Nagamine brought an abundance of scrumptious Japanese cucumbers for everyone!  Thank you, Mrs. Nagamine!

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On October 18th, October birthdays was celebrated.  Our October birthday honoree was: Toshi Yamashita. Absent was: Nobuko Akiyama. Thank you to Teruko Hirahara and Hisako Kodama for providing the very pretty flowers on each table and the beautiful arrangement for the head table.  Also, Toshi Yamashita generously donated 2-year calendars for everyone – thank you, Toshi!

Get well wishes were sent to Jane Sugidono who has not been feeling well. We hope she will be back at the Senior Center soon!

It was so wonderful to see Mitsuyo Tao (recovering from knee surgery) and Chie Sakaue (recovering from fractured hip) walk into the Senior Center – amazing!  Welcome back!

                                   Mitsuyo Tao                              Kiyoko and Chie Sakaue

A REMINDER: Please protect the Senior Center membership list and do not volunteer Senior information (name, address, phone number) to anyone you do not know.

Jean Yamashita announced that the Seniors will be celebrating Halloween on Thursday, October 25th.   We will have a Halloween costume contest with prizes so we are excited to see what creative costumes the Seniors will come up with!

SENIOR TRIPS:

On Sunday, October 28th, a group of Seniors will be attending the film screening of the documentary “For the Sake of the Children” followed by a panel discussion at the San Jose Buddhist Temple.

Interested in a jolly jaunt to San Francisco Japantown for some holiday shopping?  Then join the Seniors on a one day bus trip to SF Japantown on Tuesday, December 4th, from 9 am to ~5 pm.  The cost is $35 for Senior Center members and $45 for non-members.  If interested or have any questions, please contact Carol Kaneko (wsc.jacl.seniors@gmail.com) or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539, jeanyamashita@yahoo.com).

Thank you to our October toban: Angie Guzman, Judy Hane, and Mary Perez.  Leigh Sakaguchi was in charge of opening up this month. Thanks to the kind volunteers who always step in to help out when we are shorthanded in the kitchen. The toban schedule is posted in the kitchen.

Monetary donations for the month of October gratefully received from: Mitsuyo Tao, Nobuko Akiyama, Jackie Yamashita, Jane Sugidono, and Toshi Yamashita. Special donations from: Mitsuyo Tao, and Mr. and Mrs. Akira Kodama in memory of Edna NagataEiko Nishihara in memory of Henry Hayashida, and Daniel and Karen Nitta in memory of mother, Helen Mito. A special Thank you to all who have made their required donation for the 47th Anniversary of the Senior Center.

Thank you for all the fabulous bingo prizes. Please see the complete list in the November JACL newsletter.

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center!  The holidays are upon us, and the Senior Center hopes that all the Senior Center members will join us in the joyous festivities planned for the coming months!  It’s important to stay active, visit with your friends, win bingo prizes, and have fun. Be sure to do your balance exercises three times a day. See you next month!

November Schedule:

Thurs Nov 1, 29                Regular Bingo

Thurs Nov 8                     November Birthday Party

Thurs Nov 15                   Thanksgiving Potluck/Turkey dinner at 3:30 pm. Turkey and trimmings will be provided. We need salads, rice dishes, and cooked vegetables for potluck. Dessert will be pumpkin pie.

Thurs Nov 22                   Senior Center closed for Thanksgiving holiday

 

 

September 2018 Senior Center News

September Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita

Photos by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita

Thanks to the efforts of Norris Woodford, Helen Ruiz-Thomas from the Santa Cruz County Clerk/ Election Office came to Kizuka Hall on Thursday, September 6 to register those interested in registering to vote and to present information and answer any questions about the election process. Many thanks to Norris and to Helen (and her assistant Angie) for her informative visit. If you are not already registered to vote and need help to register, please ask us for help. It’s important to get involved and every vote counts!!

Our September birthday honorees were: Akira Nagamine 93 and Pat Marr. Absent were: Susan AmRhein, Donna Fujita, Frances Schwamm, Jane Sugidono, Mitsuyo Tao, and Jackie Yamashita. Akira Nagamine received a package of manju for being over 90. Thank you to Teruko Hirahara for providing the flowers on each table and the beautiful arrangement for the head table.

Pat Marr and Akira Nagamine 93

Terry Hirahara provided the beautiful flower decorations.

Our flu shot clinic this year was held on Thursday, September 13th from 1 to 2 pm. Hrushita Desai from CVS pharmacy administered shots to 21 seniors. She explained that flu season is from September to March and it is important to get your shot early in the season.

Hrushita Desai applying bandage to Rubie Kawamoto after flu shot.

Cindy Mine presented information about a Dominican Hospital program called Dare to C.A.R.E. in which vascular screenings are offered for free. She had information cards and encouraged all our seniors to make an appointment to have the screening. To learn more about the program or to schedule your free screening, please call (831) 462-7788.

Get well wishes were sent to Nobue Fujii as she was not feeling well, to Chie Sakaue who fell and fractured her hip, and to Mitsuyo Tao who had knee surgery. We hope they recover quickly and will be back at the Senior Center soon!

We welcomed back Pat Marr, Nobue Fujii, and Grace and Donna Fujita. Welcome back!

To thank Haru Ishibashi, who recently stepped down from many years of recording all the bingo prizes that are generously donated by our seniors, the Senior Center presented her with a candy filled cup with her picture and an appreciation message on it. Thank you, Haru! And a special thank you to Toshi Yamashita and Sharon Bobo who are now recording and announcing the donations.

Thank you, Haru!!

Gini Matute-Bianchi has generously donated a popcorn machine and supplies to the Senior Center!  Thank you so much, Gini!  Stay tuned for future movie events where freshly popped popcorn will be served – yum!

A REMINDER: Please protect the Senior Center membership list and do not volunteer Senior information (name, address, phone number) to anyone you do not know.

Jean Yamashita announced that we would have a Halloween costume contest on Thursday, October 25th. She encouraged everyone to start planning their costume now for Halloween. Let’s see what creative ideas our seniors can come up with!!

Many thanks from the WBT to all the Senior members who helped out and supported the Chicken Teriyaki event on September 22. The event would not be possible without the generous time and effort of all the thoughtful volunteers – much appreciated!

We are saddened to learn of the passing of Helen Mito. She was a Senior Center member many years ago and supported our center and programs with her many generous donations over the years. Her son and daughter-in-law, Daniel and Karen Nitta, have also been regular and generous supporters of our center. We send our condolences to her family.

Thank you to our September toban, Nobuko Akiyama. Special thanks to Eileen Byers, June Honda, and other volunteers who stepped in and helped out since September toban was shorthanded. Iwao Yamashita was in charge of opening up this month. The toban schedule is posted in the kitchen.

 Monetary donations for the month of September gratefully received from: Susan AmRhein, Sumi Yamada, Akira Nagamine, and Pat Marr. Thank you also for these special donations:  June and Sunao Honda, Haruyo Ishibashi, Toshiko Yamashita, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Marvin and Eileen Byers in memory of Edna Nagata. We are very grateful for your support.

Thank you for all the fabulous bingo prizes. See the complete list in the October JACL newsletter.

Thanks for coming to the Senior Center! It’s important to stay active, visit with your friends, win bingo prizes, and have fun. Be sure to do your balance exercises three times a day. See you next month!

October Schedule:

Thurs Oct 4                            47th Anniversary Celebration; Imura buffet 3:30 pm

Thurs Oct 11                           Regular Bingo

Thurs Oct 18                         October Birthday Party

Thurs Oct 25                         Halloween & Bingo

August 2018 Senior Center News

August Senior Center News by Susan AmRhein, Carol Kaneko, and Jean Yamashita

Photos by Carol Kaneko and Jean Yamashita

It was great to see several of our Seniors dancing in the Salinas Buddhist Temple Obon, celebrated on July 29th!

June Honda dancing at Salinas obon.

Many of our Senior friends were also seen at the WBT rummage sale in early August.  They worked hard during the rummage sale and also several days prior sorting the piles of donated items – the help was very much appreciated.  Hidden treasures could be found at the rummage sale so many happy customers traipsed away with bag(s) full of goodies. WBT thanks everyone for their support!

Toshi Yamashita and Sunao Honda having fun at the WBT rummage sale.

Eileen Byers and June Honda at WBT rummage sale.

Nobue Fujii, Jean Akiyama, Janice Tao at WBT rummage sale.

Sharon Bobo and Reba Condon at WBT rummage sale.

On July 19th, Kimiko Marr announced the passing of a very influential Japanese-American, Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga:

Aiko Herzig Yoshinaga, a Japanese-American whose tenacious archival research persuaded Congress to approve reparations for her fellow inmates of World War II internment camps and an official apology to them, died on July 18 in Torrance, Calif. She was 93.

To read more about this amazing person:

(Jean Yamashita apologizes for forgetting to mention Aiko Yoshinaga’s passing in the July newsletter.)

Jean Yamashita entertained the seniors with a “JibJab” production. It was a short video featuring Kimiko Marr, Leigh Sakaguchi, Norris Woodford, Sharon Bobo, and Reba Condon having fun at the beach!

Our August birthday honorees were: Eileen Byers, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Kitty Mizuno, Yoshiko Nishihara 91, Kazuko Sakai, Gail Wurtenberg, and Reiko Yamamoto. Absent were: Akira Kodama 97, Shirley Nishimoto, George Stewart, Mark Takeuchi, Jo Ann Vear, and Sumi Yamada.  Manju was presented to Akira Kodama 97 and Yoshiko Nishihara 91. The birthday cake and ice cream were generously donated by Kazuko Sakai. Thank you to Teruko Hirahara and Reba Condon for providing the beautiful flowers on each table for our birthday party.

Aug’18 Birthdays: Paul Kaneko, Reiko Yamamoto, Eileen Byers, June Honda, Yoshiko Nishihara 91, Gail Wurtenberg, Kazuko Sakai

August Birthday Cake.

Birthday flowers by Terry Hirahara and Reba Condon.

Our flu shot clinic this year will be held on Thursday, September 13th at Kizuka Hall from 1 to 2 pm. A pharmacist from CVS Pharmacy will be administering the shots.  A signed consent form and insurance information will need to be provided.  Please contact Carol Kaneko if you wish to get your flu shot that day.

On Saturday August 18th a small group of seniors went to the performance of The Producers at Cabrillo College. The musical proved to be a treat. The comedy was reminiscent of vaudeville and burlesque theater of the past. The musical was an adaptation by Mel Brooks and his zany humor was evident throughout. The acting and choreography were excellent, the sets and costumes were spectacular and the live orchestra was spot on. We are very fortunate to have access to such productions close to home. Many I spoke to put the performance at the level of bigger city productions. The close proximity, affordable tickets and quality facilities should prompt more people to attend the performances.

(Many thanks to Susan AmRhein for coordinating the trip and providing this trip report!)

August 20th finally arrived, and 39 excited Seniors and guests eagerly boarded the bus to Table Mountain. Passengers were delighted with all the delicious goodies generously donated by:  Jean Akiyama, Kiiko/Isamu Akiyama, Yaeko Cross, Paul/Carol Kaneko, Rubie Kawamoto, Cindy Mine, Hide Nagamine, Eiko Nishihara, Yoshiko Nishihara, Mitsuyo/Paul/Kim Tao, Iwao Yamashita, Jackie Yamashita, Toshi Yamashita, and Jean Yamashita.

When we arrived at Table Mountain, passengers promptly received their $15 free bonus play money and $5 food vouchers then hopped off the bus into the over 100 degree dry heat – ugh.  We scurried into the cool casino and proceeded to enjoy the afternoon searching for lucky slot machines/tables and/or relaxing/eating/chatting with friends.  All too soon, it was time to return home.  Many folks were tuckered out and soon fell asleep on the bus while others watched the movie “Ever After”.

Special thanks to trip helpers Rubie Kawamoto (trip signups/payments), Carol Kaneko and Toshi Yamashita (trip treasurers), Cindy Mine (trip nurse), Jean Yamashita (trip coordinator), and other helpful trip volunteers: Paul Kaneko, Gary Mine, Kim Tao. Finally, a big “Thank you!” to all the Seniors and guests for joining us on this trip!

(Thanks to Jean Yamashita for coordinating this trip and writing the report.)

A REMINDER: Please protect the Senior Center membership list and do not volunteer Senior information (name, address, phone number) to anyone you do not know.

Heartfelt get well wishes to Pat Marr as she recovers from her knee surgery.  We hope she has a speedy recovery and will be back playing bingo with us soon!

Hatsuko Tsuji donated Visas for Life” by Yukiko Sugihara to the JACL library. This is the story of Yukiko’s husband, Chiune Sugihara who saved the lives of 6,000 Jewish people by issuing visas and documents so they could escape Poland. Thank you, Hatsuko.

Thanks to TJ Inokuchi (Jean Yamashita’s brother-in-law) for building a step with handrails and to Joe Bowes for attaching it to our stage. It will now be much safer and easier for our seniors to access the stage at Kizuka Hall.

Joe Bowes and cartoon of TJ Inokuchi working on new stair for Kizuka Hall.

Although she has been attending and helping out at the Senior Center for many, many months now, Jean Yamashita has finally and officially become a member! Welcome to our newest member!!

The Senior Center received the sad news that Edna Nagata had passed away on August 15. Edna was a long time member of our Senior Center, and she and her husband, Yukio, enjoyed bingo at the center and were regular participants on many senior trips over the years. She will be missed by our seniors, and we send our heartfelt condolences to her family.

Edna Nagata

Haru Ishibashi has decided it is time for her to step down as the donations recorder. Toshiko Yamashita has graciously volunteered to take over, and Patty Vasquez will be added to the toban schedule in Toshi’s place. We thank Haru for all her many years of service to our center, recording all the many bingo prizes that were generously donated by our seniors. She can now relax and just play bingo!!

In memory of Miyeko Yamashita, Takeshi Yamashita donated 25 pieces of black cod and 25 pieces of salmon that he caught in Alaska. Thank you for the delicious fish!!

Toshi Yamashita and Takeshi Yamashita show the Alaskan salmon and black cod donated to our seniors.

Thanks to the efforts of Norris Woodford, Helen Ruiz-Thomas from the Santa Cruz County Clerk’s office will be at Kizuka Hall on Thursday, September 6 from 1:45 to 2:30 pm to register those interested in registering to vote and to answer any questions about the election handbook. It’s important to get involved. Every vote counts!!

Thank you to our August toban: Connie Dimas, Teruko Hirahara, and Kimiko Marr.  Paul Kaneko was in charge of opening up this month. Thanks to the many others who always step in to help out when we are shorthanded in the kitchen. The toban schedule is posted in the kitchen.

 Monetary donations for the month of August gratefully received from: Mary Perez, Jo Ann Vear, Paul Kaneko, Shirley Nishimoto, Yoshiko Nishihara, Gail Wurtenberg, Kazuko Sakai, Akira Kodama, Reiko Yamamoto, Eileen Byers, June Honda, Mark Takeuchi, and Kitty Mizuno. Thank you also for these special donations:  Kimiyo Fujii in appreciation; Art and JoAnne Hayashi, Susan AmRhein and Helen Nakano, and Marsha and Gene Wada in memory of Nancy Iwami; Anonymous donation for December SF Japantown trip and other senior trips; Shirley Nishimoto for Senior Center Anniversary. Thanks to all our generous donors. We are very grateful for your support.

Thank you for all the fabulous bingo prizes. See the complete list of donors in the W-SC JACL September newsletter.

Thanks for coming to the Senior Center! It’s important to stay active, visit with your friends, win bingo prizes, and have fun. Be sure to do your balance and heel lift exercises three times a day. See you next month!

Look under “Calendar” to see our schedule of activities for September.

July 2018 Senior Center News

July Senior Center News by Susan AmRhein and Jean Yamashita
Photos by Gini Matute-Bianchi, Kimiko Marr, and Jean Yamashita

image001HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

Spirited Seniors decked out in red-white-and-blue (RWB) celebrated the 4th of July on June 28th.  Kizuka Hall was patriotically decorated with beautiful RWB intricately created stars made by the talented Helen Nakano and little flag bearing sweet treats provided by Jean Yamashita

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Lovely RWB stars by Helen Nakano                             Seniors dressed in RWB singing “God Bless America”

The Senior Center was a-buzz as the Seniors participated in a couple of 4th of July games: Word Search and Mystery Bags.

The Seniors thoughtfully worked on the word search and squished 12 mystery bags with puzzled expressions trying to figure out the contents.  Upon completing the games (which took almost an hour and ate into precious bingo time!), the Word Search answers were reviewed, and the contents of the mystery bags exuberantly revealed.  Surprisingly, several Seniors got all the answers correct!  Terrific job everyone! 

           Few of the game winners: Connie Dimas, Toshi Yamashita, and Reba Condon

After the games, everyone was rewarded with delicious RWB sundaes (vanilla ice cream topped with red & blue berries and whipped cream) prepared/provided by Susan AmRhein and little 4th of July smiley pins from Jean Yamashita.

image009  image010Marcia Hashimoto and June Honda  serving RWB sundaes.                

 Mitzi Katsuyama, Ruby Nakamura, Chiyeko Shikuma    enjoying RWB sundaes

Judy Hane brought her aunt, Fumie Hane, to visit us at the Senior Center.  It was nice to see Mrs. Hane, and we hope she will come again soon!

image011Fumie Hane

Kimiko Marr introduced her friend, Nicole Tanner, who will be helping at the Senior Center.

So glad to have you, Nicoleimage012Nicole Tanner

Many thanks to Susan AmRhein, Marcia Hashimoto, June Honda, Eileen Byers, Nobuko Akiyama, the Toban crew, and anyone I missed who helped with the 4th of July celebration!

Also on June 28th, Franz Steidl shared news and pictures on the special ceremony he and Sam Sakamoto were invited to at the State Capitol on June 25th.  On this day, the California State Senate passed a resolution honoring the 75th anniversary of the activation of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team.  The Nisei veterans and their families were honored and were treated royally on this truly momentous occasion.

image013Sam Sakamoto and Franz Steidl

From July 1st-July 4th, several Seniors volunteered at the WBT fireworks booth – helping customers, providing yummy edibles for the crew, and waving flags.   The cheery group greeted passersby and attracted many customers to the lively booth. 

image014Pictured: Janice Tao, Toshi Yamashita, Iwao Yamashita, June Honda, Itaru Nitao

On July 12th, Seniors were challenged to a “surprise” game.  The Seniors did a fantastic job putting together a paper jigsaw puzzle and figuring out the Nancy Iwami activity with the circled letters in the puzzle.  Connie Dimas and Toshi Yamashita were first place winners again and are becoming a formidable team.  We thank the Seniors for being good sports and trying new games that we hope are somewhat fun and mind stimulating. Thank you to Marcia Hashimoto for her assistance again and also Eiko Stewart and Kimiko Marr who helped pass out the Hostess Ho-Ho’s to everyone (donated by Jean Yamashita).

Mitsuyo Tao, Sumiko Yamada, Hideko Nagamine, Yaeko Cross, Jean Akiyama working on the puzzle

Judy Hane and June Honda helped with bingo prize distribution while Sharon Bobo was on vacation on July 12th and did a great job – thank you!

image017Judy Hane and June Honda

Let’s go for a motorcycle ride!  Inspired by Nancy Iwami’s adventuresome spirit, Victor Kimura has kindly offered to take any Senior on a motorcycle ride – even as far as Big Sur!  Anyone interested can contact Jean Yamashita.

image018Ride with Victor!

On July 14th, five of our senior members attended Cabrillo College’s production of “Rent”, an award-winning musical.  Jean Akiyama, Judy Hane, Shirley Nishimoto, and Susan and Tom AmRhein didn’t know what to expect from the production.  It was a thought provoking play looking into a life style foreign to those attending.  The production was very well done, but the subject matter was very troubling, which was the object of the playwright, bringing to light a culture and its results on individual lives.  The group will be attending the next production of “The Producers”, hopefully this production will be a lighter subject matter.  One thing can be said is that the Cabrillo musicals have given us a huge cross section of subject matter over the years.

(Many thanks to Susan AmRhein for coordinating the trip and providing this trip report!)

image019July 2018 Birthdays: Phil Shima, Connie Dimas, Nobue Fujii, Kumiko Nakatani, Sunao Honda, Michiko Hamada 97

Our July birthday party was held on July 19th with birthday honorees: Connie Dimas, Nobue Fujii, Michiko Hamada 97, Sunao Honda, Kumiko Nakatani, and Phil Shima.  Absent were: Susan Merchant, Mary Perez, Floy Sakata 93, and Chiyoko Yagi 98. Manju was presented to honorees over 90:  Michiko Hamada 97 and delivered to absentees Floy Sakata 93 and Chiyoko Yagi 98.  Thank you to Teruko Hirahara and Reba Condon for providing the beautiful flowers on each table for our birthday party.

Itaru Nitao dropped off an abundance of fresh string beans for the Seniors to enjoy these past few weeks.  Domo arigato, Mr. Nitao

image020Itaru Nitao donating fresh string beans  

It was wonderful seeing so many Senior Center members at the WBT Obon on July 22nd!  Many Seniors also helped with Obon preparations on the morning of and days prior.  WBT very much appreciated all the kind support, and hope everyone enjoyed the event!

image021Kimiko Marr dressed in kimono

image022                   image023Obon dancing                                                                 Guests enjoying Obon activities

On Thursday, September 13th at Kizuka Hall from 1 to 2 pm, there will be a flu shot clinicA pharmacist from CVS Pharmacy will be administering the shots.  A signed consent form and insurance information will need to be provided.  Please contact Carol Kaneko if you wish to get your flu shot that day.

Future Senior Trips

Cabrillo Musicals:

  • THE PRODUCERS: Saturday, August 18th @ 2 pm

Cost for a Senior Premier seat is $45.  Tickets for those who have signed up have already been purchased. If you are interested in going but have not yet signed up, you must purchase your own ticket.

Table Mt. Casino one-day trip:

            Monday, August 20, 2018; 8 am to ~7:30 pm; $30 for Senior Center and WBT members, $40 for others. We are taking sign-ups and payment now.

If interested or have any questions regarding the above Senior Trips, please contact Jean Yamashita (email: jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, cell: 408-813-6539).

Again, beware of scams related to the new Medicare card. Learn more about the new Medicare card by visiting the CMS website, or beginsat50.com. The new Medicare cards have started to arrive.

A REMINDER: Please protect the Senior Center membership list and do not volunteer Senior information (name, address, phone number) to anyone you do not know.

Thanks to our July toban: Eileen Byers, Reba Condon, and June Honda.  Leigh Sakaguchi was in charge of opening up this month.  The toban schedule is posted in the kitchen.  Special thanks to all members who thoughtfully helped out while the Kaneko’s were on vacation – very much appreciated!

Monetary donations for the month of July gratefully received from: Sharon Bobo, Connie Dimas, Nobue Fujii, Michiko Hamada, Sunao Honda, Betty Mayekawa, Kumiko Nakatani, Floy Sakata, Phil Shima, Norris Woodfood, Chiyoko Yagi, and Jean Yamashita. Thank you also for these special donations:  Christine Izumizaki, Carol and Paul Kaneko, Nancy Mattson, Helen Mito, Edna Nagata, Sachi Snyder, Jo Ann Vear in memory of Nancy Iwami. 

Thank you for all the fabulous bingo prizes. Please see the complete list in the August JACL newsletter.

Thanks for coming to the Senior Center! It’s important to stay active, visit with your friends, win bingo prizes, and have fun. Be sure to do your balance and heel lift exercises three times a day. See you next month!

August Schedule:

Thurs Aug 2, 9, 23      Regular Bingo

Thurs Aug 16             August Birthday Party        

Sat Aug 18                 Cabrillo Musical: THE PRODUCERS @ 2 pm

Mon Aug 20               Table Mt. Casino one-day trip   8 am to 7:30 pm

Thurs Aug 30              Regular Bingo