August 2020 Senior Center News

August Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice. 

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

 

“Thank you!” to our thoughtful Senior community for continuing to care and help each other during this difficult time.  There have been various acts of kindness such as delivering groceries and calling Seniors just to say “hi!” that are truly appreciated.  Thank you all for protecting yourselves and others!

 

Tense and worrisome times as people all around the outskirts of Watsonville were threatened by the unprecedented number of wildfires, caused by dry lightning, overwhelming California.  Under smoky skies, our little crew of superb volunteers met at Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) on August 24th to pickup KFC meals to deliver to our Seniors living in/near Watsonville in hopes of bringing a little cheer to our Senior friends during these difficult times.

 

Delivery crew pictured (L-R):  June Honda, Reba Condon, Sharon Bobo, Susan AmRhein, Gail and Bill Wurtenberg

 

 

 

 

A perfect addition to the KFC meals were delicious homemade strawberry muffins kindly made by Jee Kajihara.  Thank you so much, Jee!

 

 

 

 

We hope the Seniors enjoyed the KFC meal from the W-SC JACL Senior Center and the yummy muffin from Jee!  Special thanks to our terrific delivery helpers: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Gail and Bill Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.          

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monetary donations for the month of August gratefully received from: Karen Sugidono, Shirley Nishimoto, Leigh Sakaguchi, Paul Kaneko, Sharon Bobo, Yoshiko Nishihara, George Stewart, June Honda, and Eileen Byers.

Special donations received: from Mitsuyo Tao and Gary and Cindy Mine in memory of Mitzi Katsuyama; and from Sandra Hill, a “gift from the Estate of Masako Morimoto“.

Thanks to all who are sending in their birthday donations and other special gifts. For those who wish to donate during this time when the Senior Center is closed, please make out your checks to “W-SC JACL Senior Center” and send them to Carol Kaneko at 1835 Silvana Ln, Santa Cruz, CA 95062. Thanks for your generous support of our Senior Center.

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Please try to avoid/limit outdoor activities when the air outside is smoky/unhealthy.  Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; wear a mask in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

 

July 2020 Senior Center News

July Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice. 

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

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“Thank you!” to our thoughtful Senior community for continuing to care and help each other during this difficult time.  There have been various acts of kindness such as delivering groceries and calling Seniors just to say “hi!” that are truly appreciated.  Thank you all for protecting yourselves and others!

 

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On July 29th, six energetic delivery volunteers escaped home confinement and happily roamed Watsonville (properly masked and gloved) dropping off Mountain Mike’s mini pepperoni pizzas and Pepperidge Farm Milano cookies from the W-SC JACL Senior Center to our awaiting Seniors.  We hope everyone enjoyed the little Italian treat!  Special thanks to our wonderful delivery helpers: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, Reba Condon, June Honda, Gail Wurtenberg, and Jean Yamashita.                                            

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Pictured (L-R):  June Honda, Gail Wurtenberg, Sharon Bobo, Susan AmRhein, Reba Condon

 

 

PILGRIMAGES – By Kimiko Marr

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Link to opening ceremonies:  https://www.jampilgrimages.com/opening-ceremony

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monetary donations for July gratefully received from: Nobue Fujii, Reba Condon, Sunao Honda, and Jean Yamashita.

Special donations: from Judy Hane in memory of Akira Kodama, Michiko Hamada, Hisako Uemura, and Mitzi Katsuyama; from Kiyoko Oba to support our activities (“My mother [Masano Yamashita], auntie Mie, and auntie Michiko all enjoyed the Senior Center”); from Eiko Nishihara in memory of Mitzi Katsuyama; from Reba Condon in memory of Chiyoko Yagi, Jim and Rubie Kawamoto, and Mitzi Katsuyama; from Sunao and June Honda in memory of Jim Kawamoto; from Dan and Karen Nitta in honor of Mas and Marcia Hashimoto’s 50th Wedding Anniversary; from Mitsuyo Tao in memory of Michiko Hamada and Jim Kawamoto; from Sam and Yae Sakamoto in memory of Mitzi Katsuyama; from Yoshiko Nishihara in memory of Mitzi Katsuyama; and from Nobue Fujii in memory of Mitzi Katsuyama.

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Remember to wash your hands thoroughly and frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; wear a mask in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

 

June 2020 Senior Center News

June Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice. 

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

The Watsonville Police and community were alerted to threats of a “Barbaric Protest” in Watsonville on June 4, 2020 so businesses closed early and boarded up windows/doors as police patrolled the area.  To make sure our Seniors were safe, Marcia Hashimoto called all the Watsonville Seniors, forewarning them of the possible dangerous situation in Watsonville and to urge everyone to stay home.

Thank you so much, Mrs. Hashimoto, for keeping our Seniors safe!

A big “Thank you!” to our thoughtful Senior community for caring and helping each other during this difficult time.  There have been various acts of kindness such as delivering groceries and calling Seniors just to say “hi!” that are truly appreciated.  Thank you all for protecting yourselves and others!

 

During the week of June 22nd, the W-SC JACL Senior Center treated the Watsonville Seniors to a delicious bento lunch from Imura Restaurant.  It was quite a challenging task for the Imura Restaurant crew to prepare 63 takeout bento lunches spread out during the week, but the extraordinary team churned out the meals smoothly.  As a surprise treat, every bento also included dessert as Jee Kajihara and her children (Jocelyn and KJ) kindly baked strawberry bread every night during the week (my goodness!) and added a yummy bread slice to each bento bag along with an oatmeal chocolate chip cookie from Melissa Song!  Thank you so much for all your hard work and generosity Kajihara Family, Melissa Song, and Imura Restaurant!                                                      Pictured: Kevin and Jee Kajihara

 

 

Pictured:  KJ and Jocelyn Kajihara cutting strawberries for the bread

 

 

Due to the uncertainty of when Senior gatherings can safely resume, the perishable bingo prizes and snacks were distributed with the bento lunches – hopefully everyone received a little something to enjoy.

“Thank you!” to the Nagamine Family who donated a box of cucumbers that were distributed to several Seniors the next bento delivery day (sorry we couldn’t pass out to everyone).

We can’t forget to thank our wonderful volunteer delivery people who cheerfully transported all the goodies to our delighted Seniors: Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, June Honda, and Jean Yamashita!

 

 

Pictured:  Kevin Kajihara and Susan AmRhein

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured:  June Honda and Jee Kajihara

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured:  Kevin Kajihara and Sharon Bobo

 

 

 

 

Rob Kawamoto generously donated pieces of furniture to the Seniors.  Thank you, Rob!

 

 

 

IN MEMORIAM

 

 

The W-SC JACL Senior Center extends its deepest sympathies to the Katsuyama Family in the passing of Mitzi Katsuyama on June 11, 2020 at the age of 100.

 

 

 

PILGRIMAGES – By Kimiko Marr

Link to opening ceremonies:  https://www.jampilgrimages.com/opening-ceremony

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Monetary donations for June gratefully received from: Eiko Nishihara, Satoko Yamamoto, and Judy Hane.

Special donations gratefully received from: Toshi Yamashita, Sam and Yae Sakamoto, and Paul and Carol Kaneko in memory of Hisako Uemura; Sam and Yae Sakamoto in memory of Jim and Rubie Kawamoto; Hisako Kodama in memory of Jim Kawamoto; Kiyoko Oba and Dennis Hamada in memory of Michiko Hamada; Toshi Yamashita, Paul and Carol Kaneko, Jean Akiyama, and Shirley Nishimoto in memory of Mitzi Katsuyama; and Dan and Karen Nitta in memory of Michiko Hamada and Chiyoko Yagi.  A note from Dan Nitta: “They were both good friends of my mother, Helen Nitta Mito. They took her to many lunches while my Mom was still in Watsonville.”

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Remember to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds frequently; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; wear a mask in public; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

 

 

 

 

 

 

May 2020 Senior Center News

May Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Tina Katsuyama, Aimee and Kitty Mizuno, Jean Yamashita 

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice. 

The following events have also been cancelled:

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

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

 

A big “Thank you!” to our thoughtful Senior community for caring and helping each other during this difficult time.  There have been various acts of kindness such as delivering groceries and calling Seniors just to say “hi!” that are truly appreciated.  Thank you all for protecting yourselves and others!

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

MITZI NEARS 100!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

IN MEMORIAM

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

PILGRIMAGES – By Kimiko Marr

SENIORS SHELTERING-AT-HOME

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Eiko Nishihara walks around her backyard garden for exercise.

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

Jean Yamashita is eating everything in sight!  

 

 

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

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy.  Remember to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds frequently; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind).  Try to do your balance exercises three times a day!

TAKE CARE!

 

April 2020 Senior Center News

April Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Jean Yamashita

Due to the coronavirus pandemic and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center has suspended Thursday gatherings, activities, special events, and trips until further notice. 

The following events have also been cancelled:

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

Picture was taken at 8-8-19 event.

 

IN MEMORIAM

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Sadly, our last Senior gathering was the St. Patrick’s Day event on March 12th – more than a month ago – and we miss socializing with our Senior friends and playing bingo.  We hope everyone is staying safe and healthy – remember to wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds frequently; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; distance yourself from other people (at least 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind) – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!

 

March 2020 Senior Center News

March Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Kimiko Marr, Cindy Mine, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Phil Shima, Jean Yamashita

!!! SPECIAL NOTICE !!!

Due to the growing coronavirus concern and for the safety of our Seniors, the Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center is suspending future Thursday gatherings, activities, and trips until further notice.  For more schedule details regarding the Senior Center, please see the end of this newsletter.  Thank you.

HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY!

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It was a very ‘green scene’ at Kizuka Hall as the Seniors celebrated St. Patrick’s Day on March 12th!  (Photo kindly taken by Phil Shima)  It was truly a lucky day for all as they received …

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… sweet homegrown oranges donated by Bobby Higaki

 

 

 

 

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Kiyoko Sakaue

 

 

… lovely fresh flowers donated by the Sakaue Family

 

 

 

 

 

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… and a green treat of mint chocolate chip ice cream with a yummy clover cookie made by Susan AmRhein!

 

 

Many thanks to Bobby, Sakaue Family, and Susan!

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With the growing coronavirus concern, Cindy Mine presented an informative talk on the issue with Kitty Mizuno translating in Japanese on March 12thCindy stated that she is not qualified to do a presentation but shared some facts that were already presented to the public.  Part of her presentation included people need to be more of aware of what they touch due to possible germs.  Few of her examples included gas pump handles, ATM buttons, grocery cart, salt and pepper shakers, etc. Cindy stressed the importance of hand washing and demonstrated one of the correct ways to wash your hands in addition to washing your hands for 20 seconds (sing ‘Happy Birthday’ twice).

You may look to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control)WHO (World Health Organization) or Dr. Anthony Fauci for more information.

Thank you very much, Cindy and Kitty!

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The Seniors solved a little St. Patrick’s Day math puzzle then proceeded to play bingo with Sharon Bobo and Leigh Sakaguchi expertly handling the bingo prizes.

 

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Reba Condon, Yaeko Cross, Leigh Sakaguchi

The Seniors safely cross busy Blackburn Street thanks to our brave crossing guard volunteers, Leigh Sakaguchi, Marcia Hashimoto, and Reba Condon.  To aid in controlling traffic, Reba luckily found/purchased ideal Stop/Slow Signs.   Many thanks to Reba and to Marcia and Leigh for taking such good care of our Seniors!

 

 

SENIOR TRIPS

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!!! TRIP POSTPONED !!!

The one-day bus trip to Table Mountain Casino for Wednesday, March 25, 2020 has been postponed. Reservations and payments will be transferred to the re-scheduled trip when new date determined.  If passenger wishes to cancel reservation and receive refund, please contact Jean Yamashita (jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, 408-813-6539).

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Thank you to Connie Dimas for collecting money for the Table Mountain bus trip!

 

 

 

 

!!! TRIP POSTPONED !!!

The pilgrimage to Jerome/Rohwer on April 16-19, 2020 has been postponed.  For information regarding this pilgrimage, please contact Kimiko Marrkimiko.marr@gmail.com.

 

SENIOR WORKSHOPS

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COOKING WORKSHOPS!

 

 

 

March 5, 2020, 11:30 am

Instructor:  Susan AmRhein

Items made:  Bread, Jam, Peanut Butter

This was such an enlightening and fun workshop!  Susan AmRhein taught us how to make every day useful items that were thought to be difficult and time consuming to prepare.  First, she made an “Easy Peesy French Bread” in less than an hour.  Next, a berry jam was quickly made with liquid pectin – Susan had “Easy Mixed Berry Freezer Jam” samples for everyone to take home.  Finally, peanut butter was simply made with a jar of dry roasted peanuts and a food processor (who knew?).  Everyone got a spoonful of freshly made peanut butter to taste.

After the workshop, we were treated to homemade bread with egg salad, potato salad, and “Country Cinnamon Swirl Bread” kindly made by Susan and also a variety of cold cuts.  Susan was a terrific teacher and definitely enticed many of us to try these recipes at home!  Thank you so much, Susan!

UPCOMING COOKING WORKSHOPS!

  • !!! POSTPONED !!!

Thursday, April 23, 2020, 11:15 am (Length: ~1.5 hour)

Instructors:  Hideko Nagamine, Mitsuyo Tao, Jean Yamashita

Learn how to make Shiro Ae (Hideko Nagamine), Koya Tofu (Mitsuyo Tao), Easy Inari (Jean Yamashita)

After cooking workshop, attendees are welcome to sample workshop creations.

 

If interested in attending the cooking workshops, please contact Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita (jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, 408-813-6539).

 

We have many talented Seniors so the hope is to have a variety of workshops this year to share and learn new skills.  If you have any workshop suggestions for our Seniors, please let Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita know.  Thank you!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

Special monetary donation gratefully received in March from: Jane Sugidono in memory of Chiyoko Nerio (June Honda’s mother).

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

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center!  It’s a terrific opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes (like valuable toilet paper!).  Stay healthy by washing your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds frequently; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; distance yourself from other people (about 6 feet); get plenty of sleep; eat well; and try to stay active (both body and mind) – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!

 

Watsonville-Santa Cruz JACL Senior Center Activities

March-April 2020 (3/12/20 REVISION)

3/12/20 NOTE:  For the well-being of our Seniors during the coronavirus outbreak, the Senior Center will be closed on Thursdays the rest of March (closed March 19, 26).  The Senior Center will remain closed on Thursdays in the month of April unless notified (either via email and/or phone call). 

If you have any questions/concerns/comments, please feel free to contact Paul/Carol Kaneko or Jean Yamashita.

Thank you for your support and understanding.  Take care of yourselves!

 

Thurs Mar 5                         Regular bingo

Thurs Mar 12                     St. Patrick’s Day Event

Thurs Mar 19                     March Birthday Party – POSTPONED

Wed Mar 25                         Table Mt. One-day trip (8 am to 7 pm) – POSTPONED

Thurs Mar 26                       Regular bingo – CANCELED

 

Thurs Apr 2                         Hanamatsuri – Imura Buffet    3:00 pm – CANCELED

Thurs Apr 9                        Easter Event (Easter Cookie Buffet) – CANCELED

Thurs Apr 16                      April Birthday Party – POSTPONED

Thurs Apr 23                       Tofu Cooking Workshop (11:15 am to 12:30 pm) – POSTPONED

Thurs Apr 23, 30                  Regular bingo – CANCELED

 

February 2020 Senior Center News

February Senior Center News by Carol Kaneko, Jean Yamashita

Photos by Kimiko Marr, Jean, Yamashita

ZENZAI

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

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

Chie Sakaue and Nobuko Akiyama

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

HAPPY VALENTINE’S DAY!

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

 

The Valentine’s table decorations were so cute with …

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

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

 

Many thanks, Eileen and Susan!

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

WILL YOU BE MY VALENTINE?

 

HAPPY FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS!

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

 

SENIOR TRIPS

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

 

Kimiko Marr is leading a pilgrimage to Jerome/Rohwer on April 16-19, 2020.  The pilgrimage will take place in Little Rock, Arkansas with visits to the Japanese American Internment Museum in McGehee and the Rohwer and Jerome internment sites.  If interested in this pilgrimage, please contact Kimiko Marrkimiko.marr@gmail.com.

WORKSHOPS

COOKING WORKSHOPS!

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

Instructor:  Susan AmRhein

Learn how to make bread, jam, and peanut butter

  • Thursday, April 23, 2020, 11:15 am (Length: ~1.5 hour)

Instructors:  Hideko Nagamine, Mitsuyo Tao, Jean Yamashita

Learn how to make Shiro Ae (Hideko Nagamine), Koya Tofu (Mitsuyo Tao), Easy Inari (Jean Yamashita)

After cooking workshop, attendees are welcome to sample workshop creations.

If interested in attending the cooking workshops, please contact Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita (jeanyamashita@yahoo.com, 408-813-6539).

We have many talented Seniors so the hope is to have a variety of workshops this year to share and learn new skills.  If you have any workshop suggestions for our Seniors, please let Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita know.  Thank you!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Thanks to our February toban:  Susan AmRhein, Sharon Bobo, and Gail Wurtenberg.  Leigh Sakaguchi was in charge of opening up this month.  Thanks to all our members who thoughtfully help out whenever needed.

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

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

Thank you for coming to the Senior Center!  It’s a terrific opportunity to socialize with old friends, make new friends and, of course, play bingo and win many useful prizes.  Stay healthy by washing your hands with soap and water frequently, especially before eating; avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth; get plenty of sleep; and try to stay active (both body and mind) – remember to do your balance exercises three times a day!

March Schedule:

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

Thurs Mar 12                        St. Patrick’s Day event

Thurs Mar 19                        March Birthday party

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

Thurs Mar 26                          Regular bingo

 

January 2020 Senior Center News

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

Photos by Carol Kaneko, Jean, Yamashita

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

NEW YEAR’S PARTY

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

HAPPY JANUARY BIRTHDAYS!

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

 

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

 

Thank you, Teruko!

 

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

With much appreciation,

Eileen Byers and family

 

SENIOR TRIPS

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

WORKSHOPS

We have many talented Seniors so the hope is to have a variety of workshops this year to share and learn new skills.  If you have any workshop suggestions for our Seniors, please let Susan AmRhein or Jean Yamashita know.  Thank you!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

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

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

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

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

February Schedule:

Thu Feb 6                   Zenzai Treat

Thu Feb 13                Valentine’s Day event and Bingo

Thu Feb 20                February Birthday Party

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

                                    Presbyterian Church in Salinas

Thu Feb 27                  Regular Bingo

 

 

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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Jim Kawamoto (93)

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)

 

IMG_2762Santa’s Helpers (Reverend Hoffman, Reverend Shinseki, Leigh Sakaguchi, Sharon Bobo) enthusiastically passed out the Xmas goodie bags from the Senior Center to all our Seniors and guests.  8 lucky guests received an extra prize of Martinelli cider and a sparkly Christmas pin (pins generously donated by Pat Marr).

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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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Susan AmRhein

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Reba Condon

 

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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Judy Hane

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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!