December 2019 Senior Center News

December Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita, Toshi Yamashita

Photos by Carol Kaneko, Gary Mine, Jean, Yamashita, Toshi Yamashita

willie 001On December 5th, the Seniors were treated to delicious “Peperachi Combo” pizzas from Corralitos Pizza, generously donated by Willie Yahiro.  The Seniors were truly grateful for all the pizzas that Willie provided for the Seniors throughout 2019 – a Thank you card was circulated and signed by all. Thank you so much, Willie Yahiro!

 

Several kind Seniors spent a rainy Sunday (December 8th) helping with the annual Mochi Tsuki event at the Watsonville Buddhist Temple (WBT).  The WBT appreciated everyone’s help and support

 

HAPPY DECEMBER BIRTHDAYS!

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On December 12th, the Seniors celebrated December birthdays honoring December honoree: Jim Kawamoto (93).  Absent were Grace Fujita (95), Kimiko Marr, and Riiko Yoshida.  Grace Fujita and Jim Kawamoto (over 90) received a box of manjuHisako Kodama brought the lovely flowers that brightened every table, and Teruko Hirahara provided the holiday arrangement on the front table.  Thank you, Hisako Kodama and Teruko Hirahara!

 

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In the holiday spirit, Susan AmRhein taught the Seniors how to make cute whimsical reindeer ornaments made out of clothespins.   With glitter and glue aflowing, the Seniors had fun creating their unique reindeers.

 

 

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Thank you to Seniors for participating and many thanks to Susan for all her efforts in leading this holiday activity!

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December 12th also welcomed back Carol and Paul Kaneko from their Hawaii adventures!

 

 

 

On December 12th after the weekly Senior gathering, Senior volunteer elves busily filled Christmas bags and decorated the Christmas tree for the Senior Christmas Party on December 15th.

The tasks were completed quickly thanks to our very efficient helpers!   Thank you to Goro Yamashita for delivering all the goodies from Yamashita Fish Market.

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Elves pictured: (front row, L-R) Iwao Yamashita, Mitsuyo Tao, Kim Tao, Sharon Bobo, Fumi Tanimasa, Jean Akiyama, (back row, L-R) Toshi Yamashita, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Carol Kaneko Not pictured: Judy Hane, Leigh Sakaguchi, Norris Woodford, Jean Yamashita

 

CHRISTMAS PARTY

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Sunday, Dec 15th turned out to be a splendid day for a Christmas Party!  Many of our Seniors and special guests were festively dressed in Christmas attire and were delighted with the Senior Center holiday décor.   It was wonderful to have Reverend Dan Hoffman (Westview Presbyterian Church) and Reverend Jay Shinseki (Watsonville Buddhist Temple) join us as they both presented engaging Christmas messages.  The Westview Presbyterian Church choir, led by Lynne Nagata, got everyone in the Christmas spirit by joyously singing Christmas carols.  Marcia Hashimoto shared a lovely greeting from the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Chapter.

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Westview Presbyterian Church choir, led by Lynne Nagata

We then honored our 90 and over Seniors who posed with the beautiful Christmas cake provided by Westview Presbyterian Church.  We are so fortunate to have 27 Senior members 90 and over who continue to inspire and guide us.

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Seniors 90 and above present: Hide Nagamine (98), Haru Ishibashi (93), Eiko Nishihara (93), Yaeko Cross (92), Yoshiko Nishihara (92), Sumi Yamada (90), Iwao Yamashita (92)

 

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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.  The 48th Senior Center Anniversary slideshow was then replayed for Seniors who missed the first showing in October and to introduce guests to the Senior Center activities throughout the year.  The Senior Christmas Party concluded with merry games of bingo until nightfall.

Jean Akiyama and Alice Tanimoto, with granddaughter Lily, kindly managed toban duties during the special Sunday event.

Many thanks to all our gracious speakers, Westview Presbyterian Church for the delicious Christmas cake and wonderful caroling, Paul Kaneko for doing a great job chairing the event, and all the Seniors and special guests for attending our jolly Christmas party!    HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

SAYONARA 2019!

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It was hard to believe that 2019 was coming to an end with its final Senior gathering of the year on December 19th.  It was a high-spirited event as many Seniors dressed in holiday garb, and Kizuka Hall was festooned in Christmas decorations with beautiful poinsettias sprinkled everywhere.

Special treats were brought in for the Seniors from:

  • Bobby Higaki: Persimmons for everyone
  • Kathy and Harry Ishikawa: Satoimo
  • Grace Patiño: Two big bags of walnuts
  • Alice and Ken Tanimoto: Assorted cookies
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Bobby Higaki

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Kathy and Harry Ishikawa

 

Everyone also received special holiday treats made by:

  • Eileen Byers: Lovely holiday cups filled with candy
  • Susan AmRhein: Reindeer food (edible by humans)
  • Reba Condon: Assorted Christmas cookies
  • Jean Yamashita: Rolo Christmas trees
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Eileen Byers

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Thank you all!

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Paul Kaneko gave his thoughtful year-end message of appreciation to all our volunteers and thanked all the generous donors of bingo prizes throughout the year.  The Senior Center could 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.

 

 

Celebrating their momentous 50th Anniversary this weekend (December 21st) are the Senior Center leaders: Paul and Carol KanekoKen Tanimoto spilled-the-beans, and the beaming couple were congratulated for reaching this golden milestone!

[Thank you to Yoshiko Nishihara who brought the gorgeous flowers!]

Senior crocheters were busy this fall and made 6 items for our first year-end Senior raffle.

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Seniors entering the raffle

Lucky raffle winners were:

  • Pot holder (made by Kim Tao; put together by Susan AmRhein): Won by Sam Sakamoto
  • Scarf (made by Susan AmRhein): Won by Kim Tao
  • Blanket (made by June Honda’s mom; put together by Susan AmRhein): Won by Juanita Lopez
  • Afghan blanket (made by Susan AmRhein): Won by Kazuko Sakai
  • Afghan blanket (made by Susan AmRhein,Connie Dimas, Judy Hane, Eiko Stewart, Kim Tao; put together by Susan AmRhein):  Won by Judy Hane
  • Afghan blanket (made by Susan AmRhein,Connie Dimas, Judy Hane, Eiko Stewart, Kim Tao, Jean Yamashita; put together by Susan AmRhein): Won by Haru Ishibashi
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Kazuko Sakai

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Haru Ishibashi

Seniors had fun playing bingo for the last time in 2019 winning many donated holiday treats.

Taiko club donated tea gift basket (won by Yaeko Cross) and potted plants (Eiko Stewart won a plant).

It wasn’t long before 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!).

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Susan AmRhein said grace, and we all enjoyed a yummy Chinese foodfest.

 

 

 

 

 

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Thank you to Fumi Tanimasa for helping with toban this month, when we were short-handed, and also for taking Senior attendance (in Eileen Byers’ absence) with Jean Akiyama assisting.

 

 

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 our Seniors who helped with the cleanup of our last 2019 gathering and for consistently lending-a-hand throughout the year!  Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!  Hope to see everyone back at the Senior Center on January 9, 2020!

img_1369.jpgIt is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of Marvin Byers (husband of Eileen Byers) on December 17, 2019.  He was a vibrant, kind man who will be missed.  The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Byers Family.

A “Celebration of Life” will be held on Saturday, February 1, 2020, 1 pm, at Kizuka Hall.

 

SF JAPANTOWN TRIP

By Toshi Yamashita

21 Seniors and friends had a fun, relaxing, and productive shopping day in San Francisco’s Japantown on Tuesday, December 3rd.  It turned out to be a lovely day after a very rainy week.  Lunch was enjoyed at various restaurants, and time was spent perusing all the unique and wonderful shops in the area.  Sadly, the familiar May’s Coffee shop was gone, but there were two new vendors selling takoyaki and mochi donuts – yum!  Goodies for the long bus ride were kindly provided by: June Honda, Alice Drier, Nancy Kuratomi, Kim Tao, Mitsuyo Tao, Reba Condon, Lylian Pressel, and Toshi Yamashita. We were thrilled to have our favorite bus driver, Don Cox, driving us, who always has entertaining stories to tell of past Senior trips.  Thanks to all who supported our Senior Center by attending this merry one-day trip!

SENIOR WORKSHOPS

No workshops were held in December due to busy holiday activities.  Stay tuned for more creative Senior workshops in 2020!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thanks to our December toban:  Jean Akiyama and Alice and Ken Tanimoto.  Iwao Yamashita was in charge of opening up this month.  Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed.

Monetary donations for the month of December gratefully received from Riiko Yoshida.  Christmas donations were received from: Aiko Nitao, Diane Mio, Kiiko Akiyama, and Sharon Bobo. Special donations in memory of Rubie Kawamoto were received from: Eiko Ceremony, Mas and Marcia Hashimoto, Nobue Fujii, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Alice and Ken Tanimoto, Mitsuyo Tao, and Jackie Yamashita. Donations in appreciation were received from: Arthur and Joanne Hayashi and Sam and Yae Sakamoto. 

Thanks again to all who have made their 48th Anniversary donations and to those non-National JACL members who have paid their $20 Senior Center dues for 2020. If you have not made your birthday and/or Anniversary donations for 2019 or need to pay your 2020 local dues, please see Carol Kaneko as soon as possible. Thank you to all who have generously donated and supported our Senior Center this past year!

Thank you for all the awesome bingo prizes and special treats.  The complete list is in the new Senior Center newsletter which is distributed at Kizuka Hall.

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center!  It’s a 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!

 

January Schedule:

Thursday, Jan 9, 2020 – First day back for Senior Center!   Regular Bingo

Thu Jan 16                 New Year’s Celebration, Miyuki Buffet at 3:30 pm

Sun Jan 19                 JACL Quad-Chapter Installation Luncheon, San Juan Oaks

Thu Jan 23                 January Birthday Party

Thu Jan 30                   Regular Bingo

 

 

 

November 2019 Senior Center News

November Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by  Jean Yamashita

What better place to do some holiday shopping than at the Taiko Holiday Boutique held at the Senior Center on November 3rd!  Several Seniors enjoyed perusing the many aisles of holiday treasures.  The Taiko organization also donated boutique items to the Senior Center that will be used for Senior events – very much appreciated!

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On November 7th, the Seniors celebrated October/November birthdays honoring October honorees: Nobuko Akiyama and Toshiko Yamashita and November honorees: Yaeko Cross (93) and Fumi Tanimasa (88).  Absent were Juanita Lopez and Satoko Yamamoto (94).  Yaeko Cross and Satoko Yamamoto (over 90) received a box of manju, and Fumi Tanimasa, who turned 88, was presented a lovely orchid plant.  Fumi Tanimasa also generously provided the delicious birthday cake.  Thank you so much, Mrs. TanimasaTeruko Hirahara arranged all the lovely fall flower decorations for the front table and individual tables.  Thank you, Teruko!

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Nobuko Akiyama, Toshiko Yamashita, Yaeko Cross (93), Fumi Tanimasa (88)

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Wally Osato drove over from San Jose and brought kaki for everyone and also pomegranates.  Thank you very much, Mr. Osato!

 

 

 

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Willie Yahiro stopped by for a visit.  Thank you, Mr. Yahiro, for all the delicious pizzas you’ve provided for the Seniors this year!

 

 

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On November 7th, several Watsonville City leaders came to the Senior Center to talk to the Seniors about renewing funding for Measure G in 2020:

David Honda                         Watsonville Police Chief

Matt Huffaker                      Watsonville City Manager

Nick Calubaquib                 Watsonville Parks and Community Services Director

Rudy Lopez                           Watsonville Fire Chief

“Measure G funding will expire soon unless renewed by voters.  Our City Council is considering a renewal of the half-cent sales tax measure for the March 2020 election.  This renewal would:

  • Maintain after-school and summer programs to keep youth safe and out of trouble
  • Support anti-gang and youth violence prevention efforts, Police Activity League and parks and recreation programs
  • Maintain lifesaving 9-1-1 fire and paramedic emergency response times
  • Continue neighborhood police patrols”

Thank you to Police Chief David Honda for organizing this informative presentation.

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On November 14th, Susan AmRhein kindly supervised the Senior program as both Carol and Paul Kaneko and Iwao and Jean Yamashita were unable to attend.  Susan did a terrific job!

Thank you to everyone who assisted!

 

 

 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

 

Kizuka Hall was dressed in lovely fall colors for the Seniors’ Thanksgiving celebration on November 21st.

 

Many thanks to Susan AmRhein who creatively decorated the hall and also baked the clever turkey cupcakes for everyone and prepared all the main dishes for the Thanksgiving potluck!IMG_2229

The talented Eileen Byers skillfully handmade all the candy filled Thanksgiving favors for everyone – thank you, Eileen!

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The tables were overflowing with all the scrumptious dishes our Senior cooks generously prepared – thank you, all!  We had a very special treat of freshly caught crab donated by Alan Yagi – yum!

 

Rob Kawamoto (Rubie Kawamoto’s son) brought all the delicious pumpkin pies and whipped cream for the Thanksgiving potluck in memory of Rubie – thank you, Kawamoto Family!  It was so nice to have Rob join us as we shared fond memories of Rubie Kawamoto, who sadly passed away on November 10th.   Very touching stories were told by Rob Kawamoto, Marcia Hashimoto (Marcia also read a “Remembrance of Rubie” letter from Carol and Paul Kaneko), Teruko Hirahara, and Cindy Mine bringing tears to the eyes of many as we remembered the kind Rubie.  We will miss her very much.

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The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Kawamoto Family in the passing of Rubie Kawamoto.

 

 

 

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We continued the Thanksgiving program with a little brain exercise (Thanksgiving word scramble) followed by lively games of bingo.  Thank you to June Honda and Toshi Yamashita for handling bingo prizes in Sharon Bobo’s absence.

 

When it was time to dine, Susan AmRhein said grace along with a thoughtful Thanksgiving message.  We all then proceeded to feast upon our Thanksgiving bounty.  We had such a wide variety of dishes, that the plates were soon piled high with food.  Everything was so delicious!

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“Recipe of cookies Rubie made on trips” created by Cindy Mine

 

 

Thank you all for making this Thanksgiving a very memorable one!  Happy Thanksgiving!

SENIOR WORKSHOPS

No workshops were held in November and also in December due to the busy holidays.  On December 12th, we look forward to a fun holiday group craft led by Susan AmRhein.  Stay tuned for more creative Senior workshops in 2020!

SENIOR TRIPS

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Our final trip of 2019 will be our annual one-day excursion to San Francisco Japantown on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 9 am to 5 pm. Cost is $35 for Senior Center members and $45 for others. Please contact Toshi Yamashita at toshigo63@yahoo.com to sign up. Space is limited.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Monetary donations for the month of November gratefully received from: Yaeko Cross, Fumi Tanimasa, Gail Wurtenberg, and Bruce and Satoko Yamamoto.  Special donations in memory of Rubie Kawamoto were received from:  Jean Akiyama, June and Sunao Honda, Akira and Hisako Kodama, Cindy and Gary Mine, Kim Tao, Jean Yamashita, and Toshiko Yamashita.

We also thank all of you who have made your 48th Anniversary donation. We are most grateful. If you still need to make your anniversary donation, please see Carol Kaneko or Toshi Yamashita.

Carol Kaneko will be collecting Senior Center or National JACL dues in December. Local Senior Center dues are $20 for those who are not National JACL members. Please see Carol in December to pay your dues. Thanks.

Thank you for all the awesome bingo prizes and special treats.  The complete list is in the new Senior Center newsletter which is distributed at Kizuka Hall.

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center!  It’s a 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!

December Schedule:

Tue Dec 3                   SF Japantown One-Day trip 9 am – 5 pm

Thu Dec 5                   Regular Bingo

Thu Dec 12                December Birthday Party

Sun Dec 15                 Christmas Party @ Kizuka Hall 2 pm

Thu Dec 19                Last meeting; Happy Gardens buffet

Thu Dec 26, Jan 2     Senior Center closed for Holidays – Happy New Year!!

 

Thu, Jan 9, 2020 – First day back for 2020!

October 2019 Senior Center News

October Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Carol Kaneko, Phil Shima, Jean Yamashita

The Senior Center annual flu shot clinic took place on October 10th with CVS pharmacist Hrushita Desai administering shots to 23 participants.

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It was nice to see Donna and Grace Fujita on October 10th.

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We welcomed guest Akiko Hino-Mitchell who dropped by every Thursday this month to lend a hand. We thank her for all her help, and we look forward to seeing her often at the Senior Center.

 

 

HAPPY 48th ANNIVERSARY!

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Our 48th Anniversary celebration was on October 17th. The front table was decorated with a beautiful flower arrangement by Mitsuyo Tao, and the individual tables each had a lovely flower centerpiece made by Helen Nakano.

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Greetings and a brief history of Kizuka Hall were given by Paul Kaneko, and Marcia Hashimoto gave a message from the JACL.

 

9 of our 29 seniors who are 90 and over were present to receive a beautiful plant and have a photo taken.

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We then assembled all the seniors for our annual group photo. Thanks to Phil Shima for taking the photos. Jean Yamashita then presented a slide show of the year in review. It was enjoyed by all. Special thanks to Jean for all the effort and time she put into the slide show. Jean also arranged for the purchasing and packaging of two manju for each senior as an anniversary gift from the Senior Center.

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After a few games of bingo, Susan AmRhein said grace, and we all enjoyed a delicious buffet from Miyuki Restaurant delivered by Chris Ishikawa.

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Several extra dishes were brought in by some of our senior center cooks. Arigatō for the delicious extra food. Thanks to the toban crew and everyone else who lent a hand in setting up and cleaning up. A very special thank you to Bobby and Nancy Tamaki for generously providing the funds for our Miyuki buffet. And an extra special Thank You to Jean Yamashita for coordinating our anniversary celebration and making sure everything went as planned!

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Thank you to all who have made their required anniversary donation. If you have not made your monetary donation, please do so to Carol Kaneko or Toshi Yamashita.

A kabocha workshop/cooking demonstration was held on October 24, with Nobue Fujii and Nobuko Akiyama demonstrating how to cut and cook kabocha. June Honda, Marcia Hashimoto, and Jean Yamashita also presented other ways to cook and use kabocha in various dishes. Kim Tao demonstrated her way of cutting kabocha with a cleaver on newspapers spread on the floor. Thanks to all who participated. Everyone enjoyed tasting all the dishes prepared that day and the special rice dishes brought by Nobue and Jean.  (See ‘Senior Workshop’ section below for pictures)

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Also on October 24th, Willie Yahiro arranged for pizza from Corralitos Pizza to be delivered to the senior center for all to enjoy. Thanks again to Willie for his generosity!

 

Everyone was thrilled to have Helen Nakano back for a visit on October 24th. Lots of hugs and greetings were shared that day.

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Also back after long absences were Gail Wurtenberg and Ruby Nakamura. It was good to see them both back playing bingo. Thanks to Mary Perez for taking over the cake ordering/pickup duties while Gail was on a 3-month road trip with her husband.

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Thanks to the efforts of Norris Woodford, who worked with the City of Watsonville, the curbs on both sides of the two driveways in front of Kizuka Hall have been painted red. The lack of cars parked there allows for better visibility for our seniors who cross busy Blackburn Street to get to their parked cars after seniors. Leigh Sakaguchi and Marcia Hashimoto have also been helping by donning yellow vests to help control traffic. Thank you to Norris, Leigh, and Marcia for watching out for our seniors!

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Paul announced that Rubie Kawamoto is back home after breaking her hip, and would welcome visitors. An update on October 31stRubie is now in hospice care at home and would still enjoy visitors.

 

 

 

 

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Paul also announced that Watsonville Police Chief David Honda will be coming on November 7th to speak to our seniors about Measure G on the June ballot. Measure G renews the part of the sales tax that provides funding for police and fire services. It is very important for the safety of the citizens of Watsonville that this measure is renewed.

 

 

Phil Shima announced that he will have 8×10 group photos taken at the 48th Anniversary celebration available for $5. Many seniors placed their orders, and we thank Phil for taking the group photo and making the photo available.

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Juanita Lopeź (Mary Perez’ sister) was welcomed as a new member this month.

 

 

 

 

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On Tuesday, October 22nd, the Watsonville City Council honored our oldest Senior Center member, Dr. Masako Miura, age 105, with an official Proclamation congratulating her for her many achievements.

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

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Our seniors ended October with our Halloween celebration, complete with colorful decorations, a costume contest, a group Halloween game, and lots of candy for everyone. Many seniors dressed in orange and black, and some came wearing some very delightful and creative costumes.

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The winners of the costume contest were: 1st place – Gary Mine who came as a senior center bingo card; 2nd place – Kim Tao who dressed as a very scary “cemetery bride”; and 3rd place – Reba Condon who made her own remarkable Leonardo the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle costume. The winners were awarded Target gift cards.

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Winning the group game (which required seniors to first find their group, put together and figure out a puzzle, then run to the front and ring the “poop” bell) was the group comprised of Judy Hane, Hide Nagamine, Nobue Fujii, Kumiko Nakatani, and Toshi Yamashita. The winners were each presented with a special package of candy.

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Congratulations and thanks to all who participated in our celebration! Thank you to Jean Yamashita for coordinating this event and for all the candy she provided, to Jean and Susan AmRhein for decorating the hall with paper Halloween pumpkins and candy-filled trick or treat buckets, to Susan for the creepy hands filled with popcorn and candy corn (for the orange fingernails), and to Eileen Byers for the beautiful trick or treat boxes filled with Hershey’s chocolates, and to everyone who brought extra candy to share. A fun and spooky time was had by all!

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More fun pics from Halloween event:

 

SENIOR WORKSHOPS

On October 3rd, the workshop crew tried something new and played a game ‘Mexican Train’.  It was a fun change.

On October 24th, the Seniors’ held their first cooking workshop that featured ’kabocha’ (Japanese pumpkin).

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Nobue Fujii and Nobuko Akiyama kindly shared their simmering kabocha recipes with many attentive Seniors in attendance.  June Honda also demonstrated her ‘quick’ kabocha cooking technique using a special ziplock bag.

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We did some demonstrations on how to cut thru the tough kabocha skin  –  Kim Tao impressively chopped her kabocha with a cleaver on a cutting board on the floor (good stress reliever), Jean Yamashita ‘sawed’ her kabocha one side at a time, and Marcia Hashimoto brought a microwaved kabocha whose skin was so tender and easy to cut.

 

 

 

Jean Yamashita also made candied kabocha and kabocha salad.  There was quite a kabocha feast for everyone to taste after the class that also included shiso fumi furikake musubis made by Nobue Fujii and maze gohan made by Jean Yamashita.

Many thanks to Nobue Fujii, Nobuko Akiyama, and June Honda for sharing their kabocha cooking recipes with us!  Also thanks to Kim Tao for demonstrating her kabocha cutting technique, and Marcia Hashimoto for bringing a microwaved kabocha.  Appreciate everyone’s participation, help, and support with our first cooking workshop!

If you’d like copies of the kabocha recipes, please contact Jean Yamashita.

We hope to have more cooking workshops next year.  Suggestions welcomed.

NO WORKSHOPS IN NOVEMBER

We have many talented Seniors so the hope is to have a variety of workshops in the future to share and learn new skills.  Please feel free to join the gathering (with or without a project) to relax and enjoy the friendly conversation.  If you have a craft suggestion for our Seniors, please let Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita know.  Thank you!

SENIOR TRIPS

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Our final trip of 2019 will be our annual one-day excursion to San Francisco Japantown on Tuesday, December 3, 2019, from 9 am to 5 pm. Cost is $35 for Senior Center members and $45 for others. Please contact Toshi Yamashita at toshigo63@yahoo.com to sign up. Space is limited.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thanks to our October toban: June Honda, Eileen Byers, and Reba Condon.  Paul Kaneko was in charge of opening up this month.  Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed.

Monetary donations for the month of October gratefully received from: Jo Ann Vear, Jackie Yamashita, Toshi Yamashita, Nobuko Akiyama, Donna Fujita, and Grace Fujita. A special donation was received from Carolyn Misumi in memory of her parents Saburo and Mitori Misumi. We also thank all of you who have made your 48th Anniversary donation. We are most grateful. If you still need to make your anniversary donation, please see Carol Kaneko or Toshi Yamashita.

Carol Kaneko will be collecting Senior Center or National JACL dues in December. Local Senior Center dues are $20 for those who are not National JACL members. Please see Carol in December to pay your dues. Thanks.

Thank you for all the wonderful bingo prizes. The complete list is in the new Senior Center newsletter which is distributed at Kizuka Hall.

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center!  It’s a 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!

November Schedule:

Thurs Nov 7               October/November Birthday Party

Thurs Nov 14              Regular Bingo

Thurs Nov 21             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 28             Senior Center closed for Thanksgiving holiday

 

 

 

September 2019 Senior Center News

September Senior Center News by Jean Yamashita

Photos by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

With the hot summer days in August, tomatoes were flourishing!  On September 5th, Grace and Victor Patiño brought boxes of luscious tomatoes for all the Seniors to enjoy.  Thank you so much, Mr. and Mrs. Patiño, for being so thoughtful!

Ahhh … how we missed the cool Watsonville fog in September as temperatures rose to the mid 90’s, and it became uncomfortably warm in the Senior Center.  On September 12th after some brief exercises, the Seniors were rewarded with refreshing popsicles (donated by Jean Yamashita).

On September 19th, the Seniors celebrated September birthdays honoring Susan AmRhein, Akira Nagamine (94), Mitsuyo Tao (88), and Jackie Yamashita.  Absent were Donna Fujita, Pat Marr, and Jane Sugidono.  Akira Nagamine (over 90) was given a box of manju, and a lovely orchid plant was presented to Mitsuyo Tao who turned 88.  Mitsuyo Tao also generously provided the delicious birthday cake.  Thank you so much, Mrs. TaoHisako Kodama provided the lovely flowers for the table decorations, and Teruko Hirahara created the beautiful flower arrangement on the head table – thank you, Mrs. Kodama and Mrs. Hirahara!

 

Kim Tao arrived at the Senior Center bearing surprise gifts for all in celebration of Mitsuyo Tao’s 88th birthday on September 19th!  The Seniors were delighted to receive a colorful bouquet of flowers and yummy See’s candy favors.  Thank you so much, Kim!

Mary Perez has graciously been ordering/picking up the birthday cakes in Gail Wurtenberg’s absence.  Very much appreciated, Mary!

What a terrific surprise to see Rubie Kawamoto at the Senior Center on September 19th after fracturing her hip in August!  Rob, Rubie’s son, kindly brought her for a visit from her rehabilitation facility, and Rubie was able to enjoy some cake and play bingo with us.  It was a real joy to see you, Rubie!  Hope you’ll be back again soon!

On Sunday, September 22nd, Baisho Matsumoto, a professional musician from Japan, masterfully performed a special concert of traditional Japanese music on the Shamisen and Shakuhachi.  You could hear the soft hum of the audience as they accompanied him when he played familiar Japanese ballads.  During his performance, Baisho repeatedly praised Watsonville for its strawberries and was thrilled to receive several boxes of ‘P&K Farms’ strawberries from Mitsuyo Tao!  It was a relaxing, entertaining hour of soothing Japanese melodies that was enjoyed by all.  Domo arigato to Baisho Matsumoto, to Matsunami-san, his agent, for arranging the visit to Watsonville, and to Kaori for translating.  Many thanks to the following Seniors who generously donated delicious refreshments: Susan AmRhein, Reba Condon, Yaeko Cross, Nobue Fujii, Mitsuyo Tao, Jean Yamashita, and Toshi Yamashita.

On September 26th, Susan AmRhein celebrated her birthday by treating the Seniors to a scrumptious treat of ice cream on top of angel food cake and topped off with assorted berries and whipped cream!  Yum!  Thank you so much, Susan!

Welcome new member, Lizzie Goodson!  (Liz is Haru Ishibashi’s daughter)

Also, on September 26th, the Seniors were treated to delicious “Honolulu Pizza” pizzas from Corralitos Pizza, generously donated by Willie Yahiro.  Thank you so much, Willie Yahiro!

REMINDER

FLU SHOT CLINIC

October 10, 2019, 1-3 pm

Kizuka Hall

Please contact Carol Kaneko for more information.

SENIOR WORKSHOPS

Handmade afghan blankets and pot holders were completed thanks to the many hours of crocheting granny squares by our amazing worker-bees Susan AmRhein, Connie Dimas, Judy Hane, Eiko Stewart, and Kim Tao!  (Jean Yamashita apologizes for contributing only one granny square)  Special thanks to Susan for driving the projects and for putting the final masterpieces together!  We will have a silent auction at the last Senior gathering of the year to see who will win these special prizes!

The crocheting crew quickly consumed all the new projects, and during September, they worked on blankets, towel holders, pot holders, and scrubbies.

 

Susan AmRhein is weighed down by all the supplies she kindly brings for the Senior workshops.   Thank you so much, Susan, for all your hard work and guidance you provide for our workshops!

June Honda’s mother had several crochet pieces that Susan AmRhein put together for a lovely autumn blanket.

We have many talented Seniors so the hope is to have a variety of workshops in the future to share and learn new skills.  Please feel free to join the gathering (with or without a project) to relax and enjoy the friendly conversation.  If you have a craft suggestion for our Seniors, please let Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita know.  Thank you!

SENIOR TRIPS

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 3rd, 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 Toshi Yamashita (toshigo63@yahoo.com).

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to our September toban: Susan AmRhein and Sharon Bobo.  Special thank you to Eiko Stewart who substituted for Gail Wurtenberg during her absence.  Iwao Yamashita was in charge of opening up this month.  Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed!

Monetary donations gratefully received in September from: Susan AmRhein, Pat Marr, Akira Nagamine, Jane Sugidono, and Mitsuyo Tao.  All donations are very much appreciated! 

Thank you for all the sensational bingo prizes. The complete list is in the new Senior Center newsletter which is distributed at Kizuka Hall.

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center!  It’s a marvelous opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes.  Cold/flu season is upon us so it’s important to wash, wash, wash your hands!   Try to stay active and remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!

October schedule of activities is available.  Please see Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita if you did not receive your copy.

October Schedule:

Thurs Oct 3, 24                         Regular Bingo  

Thurs Oct 10                           Flu Shot Clinic, 1-3 pm, Kizuka Hall

Thurs Oct 17                            48th Anniversary Celebration; Miyuki buffet 3:30 pm

Thurs Oct 31                             Halloween & Bingo

Note:  October and November birthdays will be celebrated on November 7th

 

 

August 2019 Senior Center News

August Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Kimiko Marr, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Carol Kaneko, Kimiko Marr, Jean Yamashita

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A very special piece of art, symbolic of the heroic 442nd Infantry Regiment, was donated by Sam Sakamoto and beautifully hung at Kizuka Hall by Franz Steidl and Joe Bowes on August 7th.

Plaque below the artwork describes the design:
“This shoulder patch identifies the famous 442nd Regimental Combat Team.  It was designed by Mitchie Miyamoto who lived in Watsonville, California”

Pictured:  Mas Hashimoto, Marcia Hashimoto, Sam Sakamoto, Franz Steidl

 

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On August 8th, Carol and Paul Kaneko returned to the Senior Center after their Hawaii vacation!  It was terrific to have them back!  Thank you to everyone who helped out at the Senior Center while the Kaneko’s were away!

 

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It was nice to see Jane Sugidono walk into the Senior Center after a long absence!  Welcome back, Mrs. Sugidono!

 

 

 

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Thank you to Tom Akiyama (Jean Akiyama’s brother-in-law) for donating some house plants for Seniors to adopt!

Pictured:  Jean Akiyama, Fumi Tanimasa

 

 

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The Seniors were delighted to take home the fragrant tuberoses donated by the Sakaue family.  Domo arigato, Sakaue family!

Pictured:  Kiyoko Sakaue, June Honda

 

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Jee Kajihara and family generously treated the Seniors to delicious strawberry-chia muffins and green tea ice cream on August 8th!  The children were so cute as they zealously served the Seniors their yummy treats!  Thank you so much to the Kajihara family for always being so kind to our Seniors!

Note:  The Kajihara’s own/run the Imura Japanese Restaurant.

 

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On August 15th, we celebrated August birthdays honoring Eileen Byers, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Kitty Mizuno, Yoshiko Nishihara (92), Kazuko Sakai (90), and George Stewart.  Absent were Akira Kodama (98), Shirley Nishimoto, Jo Ann Vear, Gail Wurtenberg, Sumi Yamada (90), and Reiko Yamamoto (88).  The 90 and overs were given a box of manju, and a lovely orchid plant was delivered to Reiko Yamamoto who turned 88.  Kazuko Sakai generously provided the huge dream cake and ice cream cups that were delicious!  Thank you so much, Mrs. SakaiTeruko Hirahara provided the lovely flowers for the table decorations and beautiful flower arrangement on the head table – thank you, Teruko!

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Hisako Kodama brought yummy homemade pickles for everyone in honor of Akira Kodama’s 98th birthday!  Domo arigato, Mrs. Kodama!

 

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A very happy Akira Kodama celebrates his 98th birthday with his family!

 

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On August 22nd, Kazuko Sakai surprised the Seniors with a huge Miyuki bento box and sushi in celebration of her 90th birthday!  Thank you so much, Mrs. Sakai, for your generosity!  We hope you had a fabulous 90th birthday!

 

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August 29th turned out to be a memorable gathering as the Seniors were honored to be visited by members of the Consul General Uyama’s staff from San Francisco:

  • Consul Taisuke Suzuki – Advisor for Community Affairs
  • Consul Ayumu Kashiwagi – Agriculture
  • Jeff Fleishman – Economic Affairs

Prior to arriving at the Senior Center, the special guests toured the farm of Akira, Hideko, and Janet Nagamine and enjoyed lunch there.  The guests then arrived at Kizuka Hall where Mas and Marcia Hashimoto gave them a tour of Kizuka Hall and provided some JACL/Senior Center history.  During the Senior Center program, Marcia Hashimoto introduced our honored guests who each then said a few words to the Senior audience.

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Taisuke Suzuki, Ayumu Kashiwagi, and Jeff Fleishman spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying the Senior activities – participating in the brief exercises and playing rousing games of bingo.

 

Taisuke Suzuki and Ayumu Kashiwagi were pleased with their bingo winnings:

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It was wonderful meeting our distinguished guests from San Francisco!  Thank you to Janet Nagamine for organization the event!

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On August 29th, Paul Kaneko sadly announced that Rubie Kawamoto fell and fractured her hip.  A get well card was signed by the Seniors.  We wish Rubie Kawamoto a speedy recovery!

With Rubie Kawamoto’s serious injury, the timing seemed apropos to address the danger of falling, especially for Seniors.  Paul Kaneko highlighted important points from an article Eiko Stewart submitted from “The Epoch Times” called “More Seniors Are Dying in Falls”.  The article begins with the statement:

“Rates of fatal falls have doubled since 2000 and doctors can do more to stop that.  What’s needed to check this alarming trend, experts suggest, is a more personalized approach to preventing falls, more involvement by medical practitioners, and better ways to motivate older adults to take action”.

The article suggests getting a fall risk assessment, getting a personalized plan, and being careful during transitions (e.g., coming home from the hospital or starting new medications).

The full article can be found online:

https://www.theepochtimes.com/more-seniors-are-dying-in-falls_2988938.html

Cindy Mine also informed the Seniors of additional important reminders for fall prevention.

Thank you to Eiko Stewart/Paul Kaneko and Cindy Mine for sharing this essential information with the Seniors!

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Also on August 29th, the Seniors were treated to delicious “Portobello Santa Cruz” pizzas from Corralitos Pizza, generously donated by Willie Yahiro.  Thank you so much, Willie Yahiro!

 

SENIOR WORKSHOPS

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Susan AmRhein (instructor), Connie Dimas, Judy Hane, Cindy Mine, and Jean Yamashita kindly crocheted little hats for preemies to be donated to hospitals.  It felt good to contribute to such a worthwhile cause.  Many thanks to our crocheters!  Special thanks to Susan for spearheading this effort and for her patient instruction!

 

Thank you note from Jo Ann Vears:

“Dear Friends – Thank you so much for the baby hats.  They are going to Dominican Hospital to the Neo-natal Intensive Care Unit.  Many of these babies are less than three pounds and seriously ill.  Your generous act of kindness is greatly appreciated.  Sincerely – Jo Ann”

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On August 15th, the crochet workshop continued with a new project:  Crocheting an afghan blanket with granny squares to be donated to the Christmas raffle.  Many thanks to Susan AmRhein for providing instruction, crocheting many of the granny squares, and stitching the granny squares together and to Connie Dimas, Judy Hane, Eiko Stewart, and Kim Tao for also contributing colorful bundles of granny squares to our holiday Senior project!

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Another awesome raffle prize this Christmas will be a beautiful afghan blanket that Susan AmRhein is crocheting!  Thank you, Susan!

 

 

 

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We will have another Crochet workshop on September 5th from noon to 1 pm to learn how to make towel holders.  Please feel free to join the gathering (with or without a project) to relax and enjoy the friendly conversation.

 

We have many talented Seniors so the hope is to have a variety of workshops in the future to share and learn new skills.  If you have a craft suggestion for our Seniors, please let Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita know.  Thank you!

 

SENIOR TRIPS

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On a cool foggy morning, 40 energetic Seniors and guests happily boarded the bus to Table Mountain on August 21st!  It was a lively morning as folks got settled in and then were showered with delicious goodies generously donated by: Jean Akiyama, Sharon Bobo, Lani Chin, Yaeko Cross, Carol Kaneko, Rubie Kawamoto, Nancy Kuratomi, Rosemarie/Larry Marshall, Cindy/Gary Mine, Linda Murray, Eiko Nishihara, Yoshiko Nishihara, Iwao/Jean Yamashita, and Toshi Yamashita.   A special surprise were little origami frogs patiently made by Nobue Fujii that were given to all our guests to bring them good luck.  Many thanks to all our very kind donators!  When we arrived at Table Mountain, passengers promptly received their $15 free bonus play money and $5 food vouchers and then eagerly trotted into the air-conditioned casino to seek their fortunes.  All too soon, it was time to board back onto the bus.  Everyone appeared to have had a good time – win or lose.  On the trip home, some folks watched the feel-good movie “Dreamer” while others took a nap.  We stopped at Andersen’s Pea Soup in Santa Nella to stretch our legs and grab a quick snack or browse thru the gift shop.  Special thanks to trip helpers Rubie Kawamoto (trip signups/payments), Carol Kaneko (trip treasurer), Cindy Mine (trip nurse), Gary Mine (passenger assistance), and Jean Yamashita (trip coordinator).  Finally, a big “Thank you!” to all the Seniors and guests for joining us on this trip!

2019 Poston Pilgrimage 

October 11-12, 2019

Parker, Arizona

The 2019 Poston Pilgrimage will be held in Parker, AZ on October 11th and 12th.  We are thinking of organizing a group from the Central Coast to travel together.

Tentative itinerary would be:

  • Thursday, October 10th – Fly to Las Vegas
  • Friday, October 11th – Charter bus to Parker (pilgrimage registration begins at 3 pm); Stay overnight in Parker
  • Saturday, October 12th – Pilgrimage activities; Stay overnight in Parker
  • Sunday, October 13th – Return to Las Vegas; Fly home

If you are interested in joining the group, please email: kimiko.marr@gmail.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to our August toban: Judy Hane, Angie Guzman, and Mary Perez.  Paul Kaneko was in charge of opening up this month.  Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed!

Monetary donations gratefully received in August from: Eileen Byers, June Honda, Paul Kaneko, Akira Kodama, Kitty Mizuno, Yoshiko Nishihara, Shirley Nishimoto, George Stewart, and Sumi Yamada.  Special donations received from Bobby and Nancy Tamaki for Senior Center 48th Anniversary luncheon, Diane Mio in honor of Reiko Yamamoto’s birthday, and Dan and Karen Nitta in memory of mother Helen Nitta Mito – thank you very much!

All donations are very much appreciated! 

Thank you for all the sensational bingo prizes. The complete list is in the new Senior Center newsletter which is distributed at Kizuka Hall.

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center!  It’s a marvelous opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes.  During the hot summer days, be sure to drink plenty of water and to wear sunscreen while outside.  Remember also to wash, wash your hands and try to stay active – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!

September schedule of activities is available.  Please see Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita if you did not receive your copy.

September Schedule:

Thurs Sept 5, 12, 26                Regular Bingo

Thurs Sept 19                         September Birthday Party

Sunday Sept 22                      Baisho Matsumoto Concert, 2 pm, Kizuka Hall

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July 2019 Senior Center News

July Senior Center News by Kimiko Marr, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Kimiko Marr, Jean Yamashita

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HAPPY 4TH OF JULY!

We hope everyone had a fun and safe Independence Day!

The Senior Center doors were open again on July 11th after a rare holiday closure on July 4th.    It was quite a lively scene as many excited Seniors greeted new and old friends after the break.

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Wonderful to see Susan AmRhein, Jeanette Crosetti, and Kitty and Aimee Mizuno back at the Senior Center!

 

 

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Alice and Ken Tanimoto, Senior Center newbies, kindly volunteered to help with Toban this month with Jean Akiyama!

Thank you, Jean, Alice, and Ken!

 

 

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On July 18th, we celebrated July birthdays honoring Connie Dimas, Nobue Fujii, Sunao Honda, Kumiko Nakatani, and Jean Yamashita.  Arriving a little later were Mary Perez and Phil Shima.

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Absent were Michiko Hamada (98), Susan Merchant, and Chiyoko Yagi (99). The 90 and overs were delivered a box of manju.  Many thanks to Hisako Kodama for providing all the lovely variety of flowers from her garden for the table decorations and to Jean Akiyama for creating the beautiful flower arrangement on the head table.

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On July 25th, June Honda and Ken Tanimoto did a terrific job handling the bingo prize distribution in the absence of Sharon Bobo and Paul Kaneko.  Many thanks to the dynamic duo for their help and enthusiasm!

 

 

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Also on July 25th, the Seniors were treated to delicious combo pizzas from Corralitos Pizza, generously donated by Willie Yahiro.  

 

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Darrell Uyeda/Alan Yagi also surprised the Seniors with beautiful fresh salmon fillets that lucky Seniors won as bingo prizes. 

Thank you so much, Willie Yahiro and Darrell Uyeda/Alan Yagi!

 

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SENIOR WORKSHOPS

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July 25th, noon to 1 pm, Crochet workshop: Susan AmRhein taught the Senior crafters how to crochet cute little caps for preemies that will be donated to hospitals to keep the heads of the little ones warm.  Thank you, Susan, for your patient instruction and to all our crafters for volunteering their time and talent to this worthwhile endeavor!

 

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Cindy Mine completes a little rainbow cap

 

 

 

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We will have another Crochet workshop on August 1st from noon to 1 pm to continue our preemie hat charitable effort (beginners welcomed).  Please feel free to join the gathering (with or without a project) to relax and enjoy the friendly conversation.

 

We have many talented Seniors so the hope is to have a variety of workshops in the future to share and learn new skills.  If you have a craft suggestion for our Seniors, please let Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita know.  Thank you!

 

SENIOR TRIPS

table mountainThe Seniors have booked a one-day bus trip to Table Mountain Casino for Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The cost is $30 for active members of the Senior Center or the WBT and $40 for others.  The bus is filling up so please contact Jean Yamashita (jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, 408-813-6539) if interested.

2019 Poston Pilgrimage 

October 11-12, 2019

Parker, Arizona

The 2019 Poston Pilgrimage will be held in Parker, AZ on October 11th and 12th.  We are thinking of organizing a group from the Central Coast to travel together.

Tentative itinerary would be:

  • Thursday, October 10th – Fly to Las Vegas
  • Friday, October 11th – Charter bus to Parker (pilgrimage registration begins at 3 pm); Stay overnight in Parker
  • Saturday, October 12th – Pilgrimage activities; Stay overnight in Parker
  • Sunday, October 13th – Return to Las Vegas; Fly home

If you are interested in joining the group, please email: kimiko.marr@gmail.com

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to our July toban: Jean Akiyama and Alice and Ken Tanimoto.  Leigh Sakaguchi was in charge of opening up this month.  Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed!

Monetary donations gratefully received in July from: Connie Dimas, Nobue Fujii, Michiko Hamada, Sunao Honda, Kumiko Nakatani, Mary Perez, Phil Shima, Chiyoko Yagi, and Jean Yamashita.

All donations are very much appreciated! 

Thank you for all the fabulous bingo prizes. The complete list is in the new Senior Center newsletter which is distributed at Kizuka Hall.

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center!  It’s a wonderful opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes.  During the hot summer days, be sure to drink plenty of water and to wear sunscreen while outside.  Remember also to wash, wash your hands and try to stay active – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!

August schedule of activities is available.  Please see Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita if you did not receive your copy.

August Schedule:

Thurs Aug 1,8                         Regular Bingo

Thurs Aug 15                         August Birthday Party

Wed, Aug 21                           Table Mt. Casino one-day trip   8 am to 7:30 pm

Thurs Aug 22, 29                    Regular Bingo

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June 2019 Senior Center News

June Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Kimiko Marr, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Mas Hashimoto, Carol Kaneko, Gary Mine, Jean Yamashita

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HAPPY FATHER’S DAY

On June 13th, the Seniors honored our wonderful male Senior members in celebration of Father’s Day!  The Father’s Day program began with the 88 and over Fathers receiving their Father’s Day gifts and getting their picture taken.

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Present were:  Sam Sakamoto (94) and Iwao Yamashita (92).  Absent were Jim Kawamoto (92), Akira Kodama (97), and Akira Nagamine (93).  A group Father’s Day photo was then taken of all the male Senior Center members present, “smoking” their See’s candy cigars: Sunao Honda, Paul Kaneko, Gary Mine, Phil Shima, Leigh Sakaguchi, Sam Sakamoto, Franz Steidl, and Iwao Yamashita.  We then jumped into a Father’s Day game to learn a little about our male Senior members.  First, the audience tried to match the “fathers” with their birthplaces – a surprise: only one fellow was a homegrown Watsonville boy 😉  The next task required matching the “fathers” with an activity they enjoyed doing in their spare time – this was a little tricky, but folks were good natured in their participation.  (Thank you to Reba Condon and Eiko Stewart for helping with the games!)  Cheese and cracker appetizers were served while several rounds of exciting bingo were played until it was time to eat.  So many enticing dishes were prepared by our Senior chefs for the Father’s Day potluck.  After Leigh Sakaguchi said grace, the “fathers” were invited to dig in first.  Trying to taste everything resulted in a mountain of food on a plate.  It was a fantastic feast!

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Many thanks to all our Senior cooks for bringing delicious dishes for our Father’s Day Potluck, and for everyone who helped with the cleanup!  “Domo arigato” to our Senior crafters for making the fish favors and table decorations (supplies donated by Jean Yamashita).

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Paul Kaneko and Sunao Honda favor fishing

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Sam Sakamoto and Gary Mine

Reba Condon brought her aunt, Fumi Arao, to the Senior Center on June 6th!

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Welcome new member, Riiko Yoshida, to the Senior Center on June 6th!

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Our June birthday party was held on June 20th with birthday honorees Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, Judy Hane, Eiko Nishihara 93, and Leigh Sakaguchi.  Absent were Gini Matute-Bianchi, Masako Miura 105, Phil Snyder, and Norris Woodford. The 90 and overs were given a chocolate bundt cake. Thanks to Terry Hirahara for the beautiful flower arrangements at the head table and individual tables.

Welcome new member, Emiko Kaita, to the Senior Center on June 20th!

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It was wonderful to see Bette Garcia and Chiyeko Shikuma back at the Senior Center!

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HAPPY 4th OF JULY!

How wonderful to see our spirited Seniors cheerfully enter Kizuka Hall on June 27th wearing their patriotic red-white-blue outfits.  The Seniors loved the intricately created favors filled with candy made by the talented Eileen Byers.

We made quite a dazzling crew as we posed for our traditional 4th of July photo.  (Thank you to Phil Shima for taking the photo!)  For 4th of July activity, the Seniors were challenged to a mystery bag game.  The Seniors were quite intense in their bag squeezing trying to determine the bag contents.

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Mitzi Katsuyama and Ruby Nakamura

After all eight mystery bags were examined, the contents were revealed, most of which appeared to have been easily identified, except for the tricky hair curler.  After the lively game, all the Seniors were treated to delicious BBQ chicken pizza from Corralitos Pizza, generously donated by Willie Yahiro, and Klondike “Cookies-and-Cream” Ice Cream Bars, donated by the Senior Center.  With satisfied tummies, the Seniors proceeded to spend the rest of the afternoon playing the popular game of bingo.  Thanks to all our wonderful Seniors for participating in our 4th of July celebration!

JAPANESE CULTURAL FAIR – June 8, 2019

Here are a few photos of Seniors enjoying the Japanese Cultural Fair in Mission Plaza Park, Santa Cruz, on June 8, 2019.

Many thanks to Kim and Paul Tao for donating the strawberries, Hideko and Akira Nagamine for donating the cucumbers, and for Senior crafters for making the ribbon fish souvenirs!

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Hideko Nagamine, Mitsuyo Tao, Aiko Nitao, Itaru Nitao

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Toshi Yamashita and Connie Dimas

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W-SC JACL COMMUNITY PICNIC – June 22, 2019

Here are a few photos of Seniors participating in the W-SC JACL Community Picnic in Aptos Village Park, Aptos, June 22, 2019.

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SENIOR WORKSHOPS

June 6th, noon to 1 pm workshop: With the Japanese Cultural Fair in two days, the Seniors had one last chance to make as many ribbon fish souvenirs as possible.  The crafters were very patient while weaving their colorful fish.

June 27th, noon to 1 pm workshop: We held another crochet workshop.  Kim Tao kindly provided instruction to folks who needed help.  (Thank you, Kim!)

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We have many talented Seniors so the hope is to have a variety of workshops in the future to share and learn new skills.  If you have a craft suggestion for our Seniors, please let Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita know.  Thank you!

SENIOR TRIPS

table mountain The Seniors have booked a one-day bus trip to Table Mountain Casino for Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The cost is $30 for active members of the Senior Center or the WBT and $40 for others.  The bus is filling up so please contact Jean Yamashita (jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, 408-813-6539) if interested.

2019 Poston Pilgrimage

October 11-12, 2019

Parker, Arizona

The 2019 Poston Pilgrimage will be held in Parker, AZ on October 11th and 12th.  We are thinking of organizing a group from the Central Coast to travel together.

Tentative itinerary would be:

  • Thursday, October 10th – Fly to Las Vegas
  • Friday, October 11th – Charter bus to Parker (pilgrimage registration begins at 3 pm); Stay overnight in Parker
  • Saturday, October 12th – Pilgrimage activities; Stay overnight in Parker
  • Sunday, October 13th – Return to Las Vegas; Fly home

If you are interested in joining the group, please email: kimiko.marr@gmail.com

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REAL ID

You will need a REAL ID, passport or other federally accepted document at airport security beginning October 1, 2020.  If you want a REAL ID driver license or identification card or are renewing your commercial driver license, you must visit a DMV field office and bring:

  • Proof of Identity (original or certified U.S. birth certificate, unexpired U.S. passport, employment authorization document, permanent resident card or foreign passport with a valid U.S. visa and approved I-94 form).
  • Proof of Social Security Number (SSN card, W-2 or paystub with full SSN).
  • Proof of California Residency (printed copy of a home utility bill, vehicle registration card, mortgage or lease agreement, bank account or property tax bill).
  • REAL ID requires proof of 2 residency documents.

For more information regarding REAL ID, go to websites: REALID.dmv.ca.gov, www.dmv.ca.gov or call 1(800)777-0133.

BEWARE OF PHONE SCAMS!

On May 2nd, Angie Guzman forewarned the Seniors of the Social Security Phone Scam.

Call 1-800-269-0271 to report suspicious calls (note that Social Security will never call you and demand money).  Recently, folks have reported an upsurgence of Social Security Phone Scams so beware!

To protect yourself:

  • Do not answer or return calls from numbers you do not recognize
  • Do not divulge personal information or give/send money to people you do not know

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thank you to our June toban: Connie Dimas, Terry Hirahara, Kimiko Marr, and Pat Marr.  Iwao Yamashita was in charge of opening up this month.  Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed!

Monetary donations gratefully received in June from: Reba Condon, Judy Hane, Eiko Nishihara, Leigh Sakaguchi, and Norris Woodford.  Special donations received from Sam and Yae Sakamoto in memory of Juzo Sakamoto and Juntaro Hattori, and from Dan and Karen Nitta in memory of aunt, Lily Yamashita.

All donations are very much appreciated! 

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE WHO BROUGHT A DELICIOUS DISH FOR THE FATHER’S DAY POTLUCK!

Thank you for all the fabulous bingo prizes. The complete list is in the new Senior Center newsletter which is distributed at Kizuka Hall.

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center!  It’s a wonderful opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes.  During the hot summer days, be sure to drink plenty of water and to wear sunscreen while outside.  Remember also to wash, wash your hands and try to stay active – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!

July schedule of activities is available.  Please see Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita if you did not receive your copy.

July Schedule:

Thurs July 4                          SENIOR CENTER CLOSED FOR 4TH OF JULY HOLIDAY

Thurs July 11                         Regular Bingo

Thurs July 18                        July Birthday Party

Thurs July 25                         Regular Bingo

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