October Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Kimiko Marr, Jean Yamashita
Photos by Jean Yamashita
!!! IMPORTANT REMINDERS !!!
Daylight Saving Time ends on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 2:00 A.M. Before you go to bed on Halloween night, don’t forget to set your clocks back 1 hour!
From the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
“Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever during 2020-2021 to protect yourself and the people around you from flu, and to help reduce the strain on healthcare systems responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.”
Election day is Tuesday, November 3rd! Exercise your civic responsibility and VOTE! If voting in person, be sure to check your voting location as it may have changed.
SENIOR CENTER EVENTS
Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice.
If you need help while sheltering-at-home (e.g., picking up groceries), please contact Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita (408-813-6539).
Many thanks to our thoughtful Senior community for continuing to care and help each other during this difficult time. There have been various acts of kindness such as delivering groceries and calling Seniors just to say “hi!” that are truly appreciated. Thank you!
For countless years, the W-SC JACL Senior Center has traditionally celebrated its anniversary in October with a special program that included inspiring speeches, reminiscing of memorable moments of the year, honoring our 90+ Seniors, squeezing together for our annual group photo, and sharing a delicious meal and cake together. Unfortunately, the coronavirus pandemic has forced many venues to close in 2020 that included the Senior Center, and we sadly will miss commemorating this significant event together. While Seniors remain at home to stay safe, the W-SC JACL Senior Center decided to celebrate the anniversary by treating Senior Center members in the area with a special Miyuki lunch obento and Baker’s Village green bean pastry that were delivered by our terrific troop of volunteers: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Marcia Hashimoto, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Cindy Mine, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.
Happy 49th Anniversary everyone! We miss you!
Miyuki Japanese Restaurant (Chris Ishikawa owner) [452 East Lake Avenue, Watsonville; 831-728-1620] did an amazing job preparing and packaging numerous obentos for our 49th Anniversary event. Much appreciation to Chris and crew for all their hard work!
Hisako Kodama wanted to thank our Senior volunteers by generously donating yummy sweet pickles that she made from her homegrown cucumbers. Domo arigato, Mrs. Kodama!
Regretfully, the decision was made to cancel the postponed 3/25/20 Table Mountain bus trip due to the ongoing coronavirus travel risk to Seniors. Reimbursements were distributed to Seniors who had registered and paid for the trip. We appreciate the patience and understanding of our passengers during this trying time. Hopefully, we’ll be able to plan a Table Mountain trip next year, when/if it is safe to do so.
Pilgrimages from Kimiko Marr
If anyone needs something to watch besides the news these days, check out the virtual pilgrimage we did this summer. Nine weeks worth of content!
Donations gratefully received in October from: Mitsuyo Tao, Nobuko Akiyama, Toshi Yamashita, Kim Tao, Satoko Yamamoto, and Riiko Yoshida.
Special donations gratefully received: from Terry Hirahara in memory of Jim Kawamoto, Akira Kodama, Mitzi Katsuyama, Hisako Uemura, and Michiko Hamada; from Dan and Karen Nitta for 42nd memorial for father, Fred Nitta; from Carolyn Misumi for Senior Center meals for seniors; from Kimiyo Fujii in appreciation; and from Thomas and Reiko Akiyoshi “in appreciation of Cindy Mine for all she does”.
49th Anniversary of Senior Center donations gratefully received from: Eiko and George Stewart, Jean Yamashita, Iwao Yamashita, Mas and Marcia Hashimoto, Nobuko Akiyama, Sam and Yae Sakamoto, Toshiko Yamashita, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Hisako Kodama, Nobue Fujii, Mitsuyo Tao, Ken and Alice Tanimoto, Jackie Yamashita, Jo Ann Vear, Terry Hirahara, Jean Akiyama, Eileen Byers, Riiko Yoshida, Sunao and June Honda, Fumi Tanimasa, Judy Hane, Bette Garcia, Shirley Nishimoto, and Karen Sugidono.
The W-SC JACL Senior Center is most appreciative for the kind donations received. For those who wish to donate during this time when the Senior Center is closed, please make out your checks to ‘W-SC JACL Senior Center’ and send them to Carol Kaneko at 1835 Silvana Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Thank you for your generous support of our Senior Center.
Special Note: Because the Senior Center has had to (sadly) close its doors due to the coronavirus, birthday donations and senior center anniversary donations are optional until the Senior Center can reopen again. Voluntary donations are much appreciated.
We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy. To avoid the coronavirus as well as the flu, it’s even more critical to practice the following healthy habits: Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; wear a mask in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind). Stay hydrated – drink plenty of water. Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!