The Mighty Oak November
Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center 2007
Director of Development Kathy Crone in lauding
NEWS FROM the altruism of Boston Scientific, noted that the need
AROUND THE CENTER for Home-Delivered Meals is growing by 3.5 percent
Braille Institute’s Mobile Solutions Van per week. “The Center has a great volunteer base but
desperately needs more, especially during financially
Visits SCV Senior Center
tight times. Every penny that comes through here gets put
The Mobile Solutions Van from the Braille
back into the community. We have to hustle for funding
Institute will be available for the visually impaired at
to make sure we don’t turn anyone away. If you can’t
the Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center from 10 a.m. to
give money, give your time,” said Crone.
3 p.m. on the following up-coming date:
Onuscheck said of Boston Scientific, “Part
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
of our mission is to assist in helping the under-served
The Braille Institute Van offers a wide variety
population. We selected this center [because] people
of services for the visually impaired without the time
often forget the elderly as part of the under-served.”
or trouble of visiting the Braille Institute in Los Ange-
Boston Scientific is one of the largest employers
les. Services include, for example, the sale of assistive
in the Santa Clarita Valley. The company is dedicated to
devices, library services registration, resource referrals,
developing innovative medical products, technologies,
and more. To meet with a low-vision consultant, you
and services to enable people who have medical
must make an appointment by calling John Taylor at the
conditions to return to a normal life. We at the Senior
Senior Center, 259-9444, extension 125.
Center appreciate the work that they do that benefits
Wine Auction Top Donor Boston Scientific all seniors, and their generous support of our local area
Presents Check elders receiving Home-Delivered Meals.
Boston Scientific/Advanced Bionics was the
The Bells Are Ringing!
sole Bordeaux Sponsor of our 17th Annual Wine Auction
on September 27th that benefits the Home-Delivered Again this holiday season, the wonderful
volunteers from the FedEx Silver Bells will be assisting
Meals Program. On October 30st, members of this
at many Senior Centers and senior living communities
generous organization made their official presentation of
by placing free telephone calls through the FedEx
$7500 to the SCV Senior Center. Part of the sponsorship
switchboard. The date this year is December 6. You can
package included the display of their name on seven
of our Home-Delivered Meal vehicles for one year. call anywhere in the world and talk as long as you like
notes Barbara Bounds, FedEx Silver Bells Coordinator.
The Boston Scientific contingent flanks one such
But, she says, to avoid charges you must have the call
vehicle. Those attending the presentation were, from
placed by the Silver Bells volunteers.
Collect your phone numbers and have them
ready. You will be asked to complete a short form with
your name, the number you are calling and the name
of the person with whom you want to speak. These
calls are a holiday gift to senior citizens from FedEx
Services. Remember to tell them thank you!
The City Honors Veterans
City’s Veteran’s Memorial Plaza was packed
with vets, their families, and patriots of all ages, all
gathered to honor America’s veterans and military
families. Mayor Bob Kellar began by asking for two
left to right, Lisa Ramer, Tachell Grubbs, Lena Tracy, minutes of silence; then the Changing of the Flags was
and Sr. Vice President/President Neuromodulation carried out by the SCV Young Marines and Knights
Michael Onuscheck. To his left, Director Brad Berens, of Columbus Santa Clarita Assembly. College of the
and Sue Endress, Secretary of the SCV Senior Center Canyon student Megan Mills sang the National Anthem,
Foundation, were on hand to accept the check. (Continued on page 2.)
December Birthdays The Mighty Oak Staff
Best wishes to the following
Senior Center Members Editor: Karen Geller-Shinn
celebrating birthdays of 85 and older! Reporters:
Marty Baxter, Summerhill Villa
1 Francine Dawe Bob Canham, Canyon Country Seniors
2 Walter Cieplik Gladys Gonzales, Humor at Large
3 Francis X. Curtis Grace Kierbel, Friendly Valley
4 Anna Mancini Mina Langlois, Roving
7 Anna Kesselman Yvonne Meyer, Orchard Arms
Harold Wang Rita Roth, Frazier Park
Sophie Waters Clarice Shute, Bouquet Canyon Seniors
8 Helen Panick Proofreaders: Veronica Pinckard or Carol Garcia
The Mighty Oak is published monthly by the SCV Senior
Center, Brad Berens, Executive Director.
9 Antonia Lopez The Center is located at 22900 Market St., Santa Clarita,
11 Vivian Bristow CA 91321. Voice 661-259-9444 FAX: 661-259-1647
Minna Master e-mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
Grace McKinney Visit our web page at www.scvseniorcenter.org to see
Gloria Williams The Mighty Oak in color.
12 Calvin Erickson We thank all drivers who serve as our delivery network!
Ruby Fuller PHOTOS BY KAREN GELLER-SHINN EXCEPT AS INDICATED.
Viola Henley and Father Olin Mayfield led the Pledge of Allegiance
Charles Holt and gave the invocation.
13 Jeanette Anastasia
Mayor Kellar welcomed the crowd of between
400-500 people—easily double the attendance of last
16 Ray Clark year’s event. He read all verses of the poem that has
Leanna Reynolds come to be known as the Star Spangled Banner. It was
17 Martin Holland thrilling to hear all of Francis Scott Keys moving verses
Dorothy Newberry in it’s entirety.
18 Gladys Cook Dick Jeffrey
Aina Jonsson of the Santa Clarita
19 Lea Serlin
Committee spoke for
21 Norma Laskofke
22 Ruth Dyson veterans. Songwriter
23 Doris Boydston Trish Lester sang her
Acelopio Galedo heartfelt “Thank A
24 Marie Carriere Soldier.” A selection
25 Janet Durgom of local elementary
Edna Prokosch school children read their thank you messages to our
26 Guadalupe Gomez veterans and fighting men and women, followed by a
musical number, “God Bless the U.S.A.” performed
27 Florence Gallo 30 Genevieve Antoniewicz by Brynn, Charlie,
28 Shirley DeFever Virginia Arnold and Ever Fecske.
Edna Janzen Kathleen Forbrego Council woman
29 John Edward Evelyn Hogan
remarks included the
Please accept our apologies if we’ve missed any member’s
history of the Plaza
special day. If you don’t want your birthday mentioned, please notify from a weed- and
the Administration Office. If you have not yet joined the Center, debris-littered lot
please register today! to the present with
its emphasis on
Staff birthdays this month: teaching as well as honoring veterans past and present.
10 Sue Slay Rabbi Mark Blazer gave the benediction,
23 Chip Johnson which was followed by the Canyon High School
Page 24 Karla Martinez Madrigal Choir singing “God Bless Amercia.” To end
2 26 Mel Oxciano the ceremony, Council woman Marsha McLean asked
PHOTO BY ROBIN CLOUGH.
Canyon Springs Elementary
Top left: A very large crowd of veterans of all School Students Honor Vets
ages and their families gathered to honor those
who have protected our liberty.
Top right: Harry Gratz was among many Center
participants on hand for the ceremony.
Left: Council members Marsha McLean, left,
and Laurene Weste,
right, flank Tony Richard Roelofs,
Marincola, 91, who Helen Johnson, and
fought in the Battle
Mayor Bob Kellar,
of the Bulge.
above right, were three
family members of military personnel past and present of the honorees and
to stand to be recognized for their sacrifices. Then she speakers at the Veterans Day celebration and assembly
asked vets of various decades to stand to receive our at Canyon Springs Elementary. The event made front-
thanks, and finally invited all vets to come forward for a page news in The Signal! Roelofs, 87, talked about his
group photograph. life in the U.S. Navy; Johnson, 83, told students about
Many other City dignitaries were also present serving in the WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer
for this Veterans Day event on 11/11 at 11 a.m. Emergency Service. Mayor Kellar, 64, is a veteran of
the Vietnam War. NEWS (Continues on page 8.)
Hats Off! • To Linda Ryan for helping distribute Farmers Market
coupons to those in need at Canyon Country Senior
for Lending a Hand...
• To Gladys Gonzales for providing funds for a case of
• To the extraordinary Grandmother of All Rummage paper for this month’s issue of The Mighty Oak!
Sales and Boutique planning committee Diana
Sevanian, Wayne Burns, Mina Langlois, and Carol • To Pastor Jim Parris at Calvary Chapel, Golden
Garcia. So many other volunteers worked hard to bring Valley, and parishioner Eric Roa, who serves as a
in funds for the Senior Center: Helen Johnson, Mike projectionist for our Senior Cinema, for their donation
Dinkell, Terri Hall, Margie Lombardi, Tess Carlos, and quiet installation of new vertical blinds in the
Dulce De Pala, Teresa Luna, Pat Gold, Linda Ryan, dining room. Movie Manager Mary Gallant reports
Gene Dorio, Diane and Dave Hill, and Estelle Ellis. that everyone’s enjoyment of our movies is greatly
Their hard work generated a welcome income of over enhanced by the improved darkness the blinds provide.
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$1500 for the Center!”
California Science Center
HOLIDAY BALL NOW PLAYING: & IMAX movies,
FRIDAY, DECEMBER 5 December 10 • “Sea Monsters” &
7:30–10:30 P.M. • “Wild Ocean”
Meet Me in St. Louis
Dance to the music of ‘N Motion One of the great MGM musicals—won Tuesday, January 27, 2009
2 Oscars! All-star cast: Judy Garland, $25.00
• $5 at the door Margaret O’Brien, Marjorie Main, June IMAX theater combines innovative
• Hardwood floor Lockhart, Chill Wills, and Mary Astor imagery, storytelling, and big-screen 3D for
a powerful experience!
$5 IMAX admission each show;
lunch on your own at food court.
• Location: 22900 Market Street Wednesday, December 10, 2:15 p.m.
For information, call: (562) 533-0253 or (661) 259-9444 Depart Center 10:00 a.m.
Return approx. 4:00 p.m.
$1 suggested donation; 25-cent popcorn
Free parking & prizes!
Presented by the Advisory Council.
Dress to Impress!
Ballroom Dance Lessons
Wednesday evenings 7:30–8:30 p.m.
“When you dance, your purpose is not to
with Barbara Wright
Experienced dance instructor get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to
$10/class or enjoy each step along the way.”
Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center Trips & Tours Department
9:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.; 661-259-9444 Ext. 111 Page
by the month, $30 for 4 sessions
Visit our web site for a complete schedule of events & activities:
S U M M E R H I L L V I L L A lessens the value of any of them.
The V........................... History could well define recent decades as
“The Era of Instant Gratification.” See it, charge it, and
by Marty Baxter
pay later. Unfortunately later is now, and Christmas may
Once Upon A Christmas be leaner this year in many households with a smaller
There is at least one advantage in being an tree and fewer packages under it. But that is not what
Octogenarian. You don’t panic as easily with every twist Christmas is all about. Call me a Pollyanna, but the
and turn of the economy, because you lived through the following lines from a song I wrote express my feelings:
disastrous years of the Great Depression, and survived. “There’s a special kind of magic in December,
Many young people who have not experienced belt- For it’s then that even strangers smile at you,
tightening periods do not realize that a credit card is When we all find love for mankind,
simply an IOU, and the beautiful bubble of prosperity We’ll have Christmas all year through.”
can burst. It’s a bitter history lesson. I read a great quotation recently that said,
My heart goes out to families who took out “Happiness is not getting what you want, but wanting
mortgages on homes they really could not afford, and what you get.” That’s a pretty good recipe for a Merry
now are losing them. Over-abundance in good times can Christmas and a Happy New Year.—Marty
become stark reality in rough times. Those of us who New Faces: Teresa Luna
remember the bank failures and depression of the 1930s We introduce a new instructor for art classes
know what it is like to have nothing but bare necessities. this month: Teresa Luna! She is highly qualified with
There was no money for luxuries, and that included a masters degree in art education, and two bachelors
Christmas gifts. degrees—one in art history and one in fine arts. She has
In spite of that, most parents managed to make also earned a degree in guidance and counseling. Teresa
it a happy time for children. I still remember what fun it
was to stack packages of Mother’s home-made caramels worked 19 years for the
and Dad’s pork sausage on a sled and pull it through the L.A. Unified School
snow to deliver them to friends’ homes. District before retiring.
There were no lists of requests for Santa Claus, She was born
and we never saw anyone in a Santa Claus suit. He was in Argentina and spent
only in story books and our imaginations. It was hard to many years living in
sleep while listening for sleigh bells and wondering if Europe. So, she also
he would really come and what he might bring us. One brings a world view
year my sister and I got new wigs for our old dolls, and of art and ideas to her
they looked beautiful. Years later I realized how those work. Teresa is gregari-
wigs must have stretched Santa’s budget. ous and out-going, and
Children, and especially teenagers, don’t like loves story-telling. She
to hear their elders say, “When I was a child, we didn’t is an all-around asset to
have all these things.” But, even when we don’t say it, the Center! Welcome!!
we are probably thinking it. One Christmas morning I
watched our young grandchildren open their big piles THIS MONTH AROUND TOWN...
of gifts. They would open one, glance at it, and reach Dec. 5: Old Town Newhall Paint the Town, 3–7 p.m.
for the next one. The littlest tot did not get excited Dec. 13: Free Reception “With Eyes Wide Open” Photo
about any of the toys, but he wanted to play with the Exhibit by Sandy Fisher, Canyon Theater Guild, 5–7 p.m.
boxes they came in. Sometimes having too many things Dec. 22: Chanukah Menorah Lighting, front entrance
Westfield Mall, 6–7 p.m.
LA County Parks & Rec Castaic Calendar
Castaic Regional Sports Complex, 31230 Castaic Road,
has the following Senior events on their December
calendar. For info, call 661-775-8865.
Dec. 12: Holiday Party & Potluck, 10 a.m. with
entertainment 10 a.m.-noon
Wednesdays: Free Line Dance classes 10 a.m.–noon.
SAVE THE DATE:
Page JANUARY 23, 2009
Then we whispered to each other in the lasted for eight days.
The Now when the Festival of Lights
first hint of light...
Golden “Merry Christmas, my darling, and to is celebrated, Jews light a candelabra
Pen all a good night.” with eight candles. One candle is lit
for each day. Ah, you say: there are
The Spirit of Christmas nine candles on a Menorah. The ninth
The Night Before Christmas is the shamash, higher than the others,
by Nancy Alexandra Tozzi
by Nancy Alexandra Tozzi to remind celebrants of the rule of the
I saw an old man who had no shoes
‘Twas the night before Christmas but I Talmud that the menorah is not to be
with rags wrapped ‘round his feet.
wasn’t ready. used for any purpose other than the
His face was dirty, his clothes were
My breathing was heavy, my pulse was Chanukah story. The shamash (guard
unsteady. in Hebrew) is used to light the other
his eyes I could not meet.
There were paper and ribbon all over candles.
Because I passed right by, you see,
the floor. Chanukah is celebrated many
his problems were not mine.
Where was my husband? He was next different ways, some depending on
I had my Christmas shopping to do
door whether the family is descended from
and, oh, so little time.
Ashkenazi, Sephardic, or Mizrahic Jews;
trying to put together the five Christmas and whether the family is Orthodox,
Running here and running there,
bikes. Conservative or Reformed. Common
hours spent in department stores.
He and the neighbor already had three to most Chanukah celebrations is eating
I felt really smug as I headed home.
strikes. latkes (potato pancakes), the presence
I’d completed all of my chores.
The kids were all safely tucked in their or use of a dreidl (a square spinning
Getting dinner, the kids to bed,
beds, top with special markings on each of
was plenty of work for me.
while visions of new toys ran through the four sides and the giving of gelt
I finally settled in the living room
their heads. (money). Sometimes gelt is made of
with a soothing cup of tea.
chocolate. In America, many Jewish
The stockings hung limply from the families give gifts to children so they
As I sat there in my comfy chair
fireplace. will not feel left out when nearly
and gazed at the tree so bright,
But of presents inside them there everyone else is celebrating Christmas.
I tried to think some beautiful thoughts
wasn’t a trace. In 2008 Chanukah begins on
of the Christ Child born that night.
It was well past midnight when I heard December 22 by the Gregorian calendar,
However, I could not concentrate.
such a clatter, and always begins on the 25th day of
My thoughts were mixed and torn.
I flew to the door to see what was the Kislev by the Hebrew calendar.
In my mind I saw that old man
matter. so sad, so alone, so forlorn.
We wish all our Jewish friends a Happy
There to my amazement, what did I see Chanukah!
Giving is the spirit of Christmas
but a man and two bicycles up in a tree. but had I given at all?
“Don’t tell me what happened, I don’t Too wrapped up in myself today A Christmas Memory
even care,” I neglected to hear God’s call. by Bettie Danley
I said to my husband as he started to I thought, “maybe if I go back A long time ago, a little girl
swear. tomorrow, named Beth sat by the window with
he will still be there her two younger brothers. Their noses
Deciding something drastic was needed and I can help him in some way, were pressed against the window pane
really quick that angel unaware.” as they looked out hoping to catch a
if we were ever to play like St. Nick, glimpse of Santa’s elves. They had
instead of a panic attack, I started to Chanukah heard them tapping on the windows
think, by Dena Miller for the past couple of weeks, but the
“I’m going to fix us both a stiff drink!” elves were elusive and kept themselves
The celebration of Chanukah refers well hidden. Occasionally, the children
I ran to the kitchen, grabbed two to a miracle that happened over two thought perhaps they saw one, but then
glasses from the shelf. thousand years ago. Jews had been again, perhaps it was only a shadow.
I hurried like crazy while muttering to forbidden to worship or to read the They couldn’t be sure.
myself. Torah, first by the Syrians, then the Anyway, tonight was Christmas
In ice cubes, in vodka, in tonic, then Greeks. At last in 165 BCE, Judah Eve. Perhaps tonight, they would be
lime. Maccabee led the Jewish army to lucky enough to see Santa and his sleigh
Pretty soon our whole outlook was victory over the Greeks. as they flew over the neighborhood on
simply divine. In those times a wick of wool in the way to deliver presents. Oh no,
olive oil was burned for a lamp. The it’s time to go to bed. Beth would not
We soon filled the stockings, though Jews wanted to light a lamp to celebrate sleep in her own bed tonight. Company
half was on the floor, their victory and to rededicate the had come to visit for the holidays, and
We dragged those old bicycles in temple, but could find only enough oil she had given up her room for them. Page
through the door. to last one night. Miraculously, the oil 5
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Your Loved Ones: Celebrating Our Time Here; Nurturing
December Entrees Mind, Body and Spirit; Promoting Better Communication
Monday 1 Creole Chicken with Family and Friends,” by Nikki Goodenough, “The
2 Beef Enchiladas Caregiver’s Coach,” in Activity Rooms 1 & 2.
3 Chili Egg Puff Free Clinics at the Center (no appointment needed):
4 Lemon Baked Fish Tuesday, December 2: Hearing Clinic by Audiology Associ-
5 Spaghetti & Meatballs ates; 10:30–11:30 a.m.in the Respite Office
Monday 8 Potato-Crusted Fish Wednesday, December 10: Free Diabetes Testing by Regis-
9 Vegetable Lasagna tered Dietitian Lori Robinson, 11 a.m.–noon, Respite Office
10 Glazed Chicken Every Wednesday: Free Blood pressure checks, noon–1 p.m.
11 Hamburger or in activity Room 3
BBQ Sandwich Service Groups at the Center:
12 Southwest Stew Monday, December 1: Advisory Council photo, 9:30 a.m.
Monday 15 Pork Chops Tuessday, December 2: Senior Center Charitable Foundation
16 Hawaiian Chicken meets
Saturday, December 5 & 6: AARP Driver Safety class; Fri-
17 Beef Taco or Burrito
day 2–6 p.m.;Saturday 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.; Roger Oleson;
18 Swiss Steak call 259-9444 to register.
19 Baked Fish Monday, December 8 & 22: Visually Impaired Assistance
Monday 22 Chicken Fajitas service group meets at 1 p.m. in room A 3
23 Stuffed Peppers Wednesday, December 10: Committee on Aging meets.
24 Hot Roast Beef Sandwich Senior Center-Sponsored In-housing Programs:
25 Center Closed, At Bouquet Canyon Seniors:
MERRY CHRISTMAS! First & Third Fridays: Live, Love & Laugh, 10:15 a.m. in
26 Beef Stroganoff the Pottery room, near Apt. #356
Monday 29 Teriyaki Chicken First, Second & Fourth Wednesday each month: Blood
30 BBQ Riblet Sandwich Pressure Clinic, 9 a.m., in the dining room
31 Herb-Baked Chicken
January 1 Center Closed,
HAPPY NEW YEAR! AROUND THE CORNER &
DOWN THE ROAD WITH TRIPS & TOURS
SCV Senior Center Book Early! We’re required to guarantee a minimum number of clients 30
days prior to a trip. If minimum isn’t met by that date, trip must be cancelled.
For Fun at the Center:
Friday, December 5, Holiday Ball, 7:30–10:30 p.m.; music Dec. 10: Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater, $88 (no
by ‘N Motion, Dining Room; dress to impress! refunds after 11/9)
Wednesday, December 10: Senior Cinema: Meet Me in St. Champagne lunch and “Wonderful World of
Louis, 2:15 p.m., Dining Room Christmas” matinee. Depart 9:30 a.m.; return
Friday, Dcember 12: College of the Canyons Senior Choir approx. 5 p.m.
perform during lunch. Dec. 16: Agua Caliente Casino, $30 (no refunds)
Wednesday, December 17: Raffle and Bake Sale by Lucy Must have photo ID; $10 cash credit and $10 for
Thursday, December 18: Ice Cream Social presented by lunch. Depart 8 a.m.; return approx. 6:30 p.m.
Health Net with Jeannette Oganova who will speak on “Medi- Dec. 22: Santa Clarita Christmas Light Tour, 6–8 p.m.
care 101 and Health Net 2009 Benefits;” 12:30 p.m. 2009—
Monday, December 22: Chip Johnson and the Silvertone Jan. 14: San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino, $30 (no
Singers perform during lunch. refunds)
Every Saturday: Bingo! You Can’t Win if You Don’t Play! Need photo ID; $10 meal voucher & free gift bag!
3:30–9:30 p.m., Dining Room Leave 8:30 a.m.; ret. approx. 7 p.m.
Free Lectures at the Center: Jan. 27: California Science Center, $25 (no refunds)
Wednesday, December 3: “WHO’S That Working in Your Exhibits, 2 IMAX shows ($5 ea.), Leave 10 a.m.;
Home??? – Critical Considerations Worth Pondering When return approx. 4 p.m.
You Need to Hire In-Home Help,” speaker Myles McNamara, Feb. 15: Santa Monica Playhouse, $45 (no refunds
Comfort Keepers In-Home Care, 1–2 p.m. This lecture is past 1/14)
especially important for seniors and adult children/caregivers.
Buffet dinner, door prizes, musical revue. Lv. 4 p.m.;
Wednesday, December 10: “Gift Yourself with Optimal return approx 9:30 p.m.
Nutrition: Making Healthy Holiday (and Year-Round) Food Feb. 26: Pauma Casino, $30, (No refunds)
Choices,” by OInterventional Cardiologist Dr.Sam Kojoglan- Need photo ID; $10 cash back. Leave 8 a.m.; return
ian from Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, in Activ- approx. 6 p.m.
Page ity Rooms 1 & 2. Mar. 7-13: Collette’s “Southern Charm,” $2829 to $2229
6 December 19: “Improving Quality of Life for Yourself and per person 7 days, 10 meals
Incl. roundtrip air, hotel transfers, Savannah, Ballroom Dance, Wednesdays, 7:30–8:30 p.m.
Charleston, Jekyll & St. Simons Islands, Boone Hall Beginning Line Dance by Donna Yantis, Mondays,
Plantation, and more! $100 deposit was due Oct. 6. 2–3 p.m., Dining Room
Mar. 17: Chumash Casion, $30 (no refunds) Line Dance by Helen Walker, Tuesdays &
Must have photo ID, bus leaves 8:30 a.m., returns Thursdays, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Dining Room
approx. 6:30 p.m. Line Dance by Maria Del Georgio, Wednesdays,
Mar. 25: Whale Watching in Ventura Harbor, $52 (no 6:00–7:30 p.m.
refunds past 2/24) Polynesian Dance by Winona Plantenberg,
Half-day trip on the Island Adventure; bring your Mondays, 3:00-4:00 p.m.
own box lunch—snacks available on board ship. Tap Dance by Mary Alvedrez, Tuesdays, 2–3 p.m.,
Leave 11:30 a.m.; return approx. 6:30 p.m. Dining Rooom
Apr. 7–9: Edgewater Hotel, Laughlin, $99 Single, $79 per Educational & Technical Training:
person Double (No refunds after Mar. 6) Archeology & Anthropology, Wednesdays,
Coach, accomodations& baggage; one buffet meal. 9:30–10:15 a.m., Rm. A3
Leave 7 a.m.; return approx. 5:30 p.m. Note 20 Computer Training (Beginning, Intermediate,
doubles must be sold before singles go on sale. Advanced in Windows & Mac), Fridays,
Trips subject to change. Call Trips & Tours to verify availability.
9 a.m.–1 p.m., Rm. A 1
Advance reservations required. $10 cancellation fee applies (unless trip
Ham Radio, Tuesdays, 1–2 p.m., Rm. A2
specifies “No Refunds”) when refund request is received at least 30 days Exercise Programs:
prior to departure. The Trips & Tours desk is staffed from 9:30 a.m.–1:30 Aerobics, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays,
p.m. Mon. through Fri. Call Trips & Tours, 661-259-9444, Ext. 111. 8:30–9:30 a.m., Dining Room
Aqua Fitness, Tuesdays & Thursdays,
Additional vital services available from SCV Senior 8:45–9:45 a.m. at Bouquet Canyon Seniors
Center/Committee on Aging: Home-Delivered Meals • pool June–September
E.N.H.A.N.C.E. (in-home nutritional evaluations) • Adult Chair Exercise, Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays,
Day Care/Respite Care • Handyworker Services • Transpor- 9:45–10:15 a.m., Dining Room
tation Services (taxi coupons, Center busses, reduced-fare Arthritis Foundation P.A.C.E. (People with Arthri-
Dial-A-Ride for low-income seniors) • Affordable housing tis Can Exercise), Wednesdays, 10:20–
• Assessment & Care Management • Counseling Services • 10:50 a.m., Dining Room
Peer Counseling • Telephone Reassurance • In-Home Registry T’ai Chi Ch’uan, Tuesdays & Thursdays, 8:30–9:30
• Caregiver Support • Support Groups (see Health & Wellness a.m. and 3–4 p.m. and
list at right) • Information & Assistance • Visually Impaired Saturdays, 8:30–10:00 a.m., Dining Room
Assistance Services Personal Development:
AARP Drivers Safety, Monthly; call for dates
The SCV Senior Center offers over 100 educational, recre- Creative Writing, Tuesdays, 1–2:30 p.m., A3
ational, and supportive programs on a regular basis. Most Live, Laugh, Love, Fridays, 1–2 p.m., A3
activities are for adults 18 and over. For more complete infor- Meditation/Self Improvement, Thursdays,
mation, including costs or a detailed monthly calendar, please 2–3 p.m., A 1&2
call the Center at 661-259-9444 or visit our web site at www. Health & Wellness Programs:
scvseniorcenter.org. Here is a brief rundown of classes and Blood Pressure Check, Wednesdays, 11:30 a.m.–
programs by category: 12:30 p.m., Rm. A3
Recreation & Leisure: Caregiver Support, Fridays, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Modular
Bingo, Saturdays, 3:30–9:30 p.m., Dining Room Emotional Support, Tuesdays, 10–11 a.m., Modular
Bridge, Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays, Hearing Check, First or Second Tuesday Monthly,
9:00 a.m., Rm. A1 12–1 p.m., Respite Office
Duplicate Bridge, Tuesdays, 6:45–10:00 p.m., Grief Support, Tuesdays, 11 a.m.– noon, Modular
Dining Room Fibromyalgia Support Group, Second Saturday
Canasta, Mondays, 1:00–4:00 p.m., Rm. A2 Monthly, 10:30a.m.–12 noon, Rm. A 1 & 2
Food Bingo, Fridays, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Rm. A1 Parkinson’s Disease Support Group, Second Tues-
Senior Cinema, 2nd Wed., 2:15 p.m., Dining Room day Monthly, 2–4 p.m., Rm. A 1&2
Respite Art Class: Mary Lou Carraher Support Group for the Visually Impaired, Second &
Mondays, 10:30–11:15 a.m., Rm. A3 Fourth Mondays, 1–2 p.m., Rm. A3
Arts & Crafts Classes, Teresa Luna: By Appointment, call 661-259-9444:
Calligraphy, Wednesdays, 1–2:30 p.m., Rm. A3 HICAP (Health Insurance Counseling & Advocacy
Group Crafts, Mondays, 9:00 a.m., Rm. A2 Program), First, Second & Fourth
Mixed Media, Tuesdays, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., Rm. A2 Mondays, 10 a.m.–noon, Modular
Thursdays, 9 a.m.–4:30 p.m., Rm. A2 DAV transportation to VA Hospitals,
Oil Painting, Tuesdays, 6:30–9:30 p.m., Rm. A3 Monday–Friday; call Maria Linares in Ad-
Wednesdays, 9 a.m.–12 noon, Rm. A1 ministration at 661-259-9444
Watercolor, Tuesdays, 6:30–9:30 p.m., Rm. A3 Forms, Budget & Referral Help, call 661-255-1588 Page
Cultural Classes: to schedule an appointment with Ron 7
THE GOLDEN PEN set fire to the entire city. Was that the to summer school or spend the hours
(Continued from page 5.) worst of times? you would be in summer school
From 1862 to 1865 the North and volunteering somewhere. Without
Tonight, she would sleep on the couch South fought the bloodiest war in our
in the living room by the Christmas hesitation he picked volunteering.
history. During that war, President
tree. The anticipation and excitement Lincoln signed the Homestead Act and Now, I know what you’re thinking,
of Christmas made it difficult to fall the Railroad Act. He said, “If we can’t what a perfect child to pick that…on
asleep. Nevertheless, sleep finally keep the North and South together at the contrary, I go back to my first
came. least we can join East and West.” That statement, he hates school, so
Suddenly, Beth awoke with a awful war was followed by a dreadful
start. She thought she heard a noise, ANYTHING was going to be better
depression, now long forgotten. Were than that!
but what was it? She could see the these years the best or the worst?
light of the tree twinkling. As her It took WWII to end WWI. We
After talking it over and
eyes became accustomed to the semi had barely begun to emerge from the researching hospitals, animal rescues,
darkness, she caught her breath. It devastating depression following the and the like, he decided, surprisingly,
was Santa! She could see him moving 1929 stock market crash when we had the Senior Center. So, I made the
about the room, placing a few packages to gear up for the second war. It was
underneath the tree. Beth must stay
appropriate plans and off we went to
followed by another recession. We “visit.” We decided that he would
quiet since she didn’t want to disturb emerged from that one with the biggest
him and she didn’t want him to realize volunteer four hours a day. Well, 75
growth in GNP we have ever achieved,
that she had seen him. So she closed from the worst to the best of times. hours later, here’s what Jack had to
her eyes and as she fell back asleep, The present may be a bad time, but say:
Beth felt secure in the knowledge that we always recover. We’ll do it again. What kind of things did you
for her Santa was real. When Americans pull together, we make help with? “I served food to the
Her father would later tell her miracles.
that it isn’t important whether Santa is handicapped people, and helped take
a real person or not. The importance all the seniors’ food trays, and helped
lies in what Santa represents, and he New Year’s Eve clean up.”
represents the Spirit of Love. An Acrostic – by Veronica Pinckard
Did you meet any new
Beth remembered that and Nevermore shall we hear the people? “There was a nice lady, I
throughout her life, Christmas always
had a special fascination filled with awe
Eternal plight of the don’t know her name, because I think
warmed by the wonderful presence of Wayfaring wanderers. she has a little Alzheimer’s, but she
the Spirit of Love. She always hoped talked to me everyday in the pool
that someday everyone in the world room. She was the only one I brought
would come to feel that loving presence
Yesterday’s carolers have
her lunch there.”
not only during the holiday season, but Entrusted their traditions, Did they have interesting
every day throughout the year. And youngsters seek more things to share? “She talked about
Rollicking and rambunctious interesting stuff from when she was
America the Wonderful little. All the men talked about their
by Dena Miller ‘Songs to sing.
wars, it was cool.”
“It was the best of times; it was the
What did you learn about
worst of times.” A Tale of Two Cities Even now in this modern day,
begins with these words. Do they apply senior citizens? “They know a lot of
Values somehow seem different – stuff, and they like to share it.”
We are in the sixth year of war in Each of us left to mourn the loss. How was the food? “It was
Iraq. Prices for food and gasoline have very good. I liked the chicken and
soared. The stock market lost a trillion NEWS FROM rice and spaghetti.”
dollars in a year. There’s no end to AROUND THE CENTER Are you going to visit
sad news of multiple foreclosures and (Continued from page 3.)
falling values of homes. Over 700,000
again? “Probably, it was a good
jobs have disappeared. Personal experience.”
Jack’s Summer Well, I can safely say, that
freedoms have been curtailed to protect
our country from terrorists. My son, Jack, hates school! Jack’s experience at the Senior
Think of America in 1776. So, when faced with the decision Center this past summer was
Consider the fifty-six men who pledged of what to do over the summer the better than anything he could have
their lives, their fortunes and their answer was simple, nothing! Well, learned in summer school!—Shelley
sacred honor to free the new world unfortunately for my teenager, that
from the rule of royalty. Was that the
wasn’t going to fly. So I was faced Jack O’Brien is 14 years old, and
worst of times?
Page In 1813 the British burned the White with the problem of what to do. So, a Freshman at West Ranch High
8 I gave him the choice…you can go School.
House and came back the next day to
PHOTO BY ROBIN CLOUGH.
On Saturday, No- Two Girl Scout Troops made Veter-
vember 1, the entire ans Day extra special at the Senior
Center became one Center. They brought flowers in
big sale venue with hand-decorated pots, yummy cook-
bargain goodies ies, and sang patriotic songs to the
of all kinds from musical chords of Morris Silver on
big items like furniture to small. Top photo, Mina Langlois piano and Pat Palmer on bass.
was on hand
PHOTO BY MARY GALLANT.
to set up and
man the sale. FLU CLINIC ‘08!
Diana Sevanian, Friday morning, No-
Wayne Burns, vember 14, was Flu Clinic
Mike Dinkell, Day, and this was
Terri Hall, Margie Lombardi, Tess Carlos, Dulce De Pala, the scene in the
Teresa Luna, Pat Gold, Linda Ryan, Gene Dorio, Diane and Dining—er, Waiting
Dave Hill, and Estelle El- Room!
lis. The Dining Room was
set aside for the Boutique
vendors. Over $1500 was
raised, and costly storage Diana Sevanian is
space rental funds will surrounded by the
also be saved. team of nurses from
the Los Angeles
of Public Health who
Veterans Day arrived to administer
at the the flue shots.
Shot recipients came
At the greeter’s desk, in all sizes!!
Bea Mulligan wel-
comed one and all.
PHOTOS BY MARY GALLANT. pq
and Senior Center
Darcy was among
those who attended
the event to get her
2008 flu shot!
PHOTOS THIS STORY BY MARY GALLANT.
NEWS (Continues on page 15.) 9
Out & About with Mina Friendly alley Country Club
by Mina Langlois olunteers
by Grace Kierbel
Perception Volunteer of the Month: Gladys Laney
“How we look at different things in different Not realizing what a treasure Gladys Laney
ways.” For example, I have heard people criticize our is, she had to have her arm twisted by me to finally be
SCV Senior Center because it was not up to the latest introduced as the inspiration of this month after 20 some
fashion or it seemed shabby to them. As I go back in odd years of volunteering at our Senior Center just to be
memory about what was said, I look back 25 or 30 interviewed.
years ago as to what we had when I came here. What This is only a partial part of the long life of
I saw was a group of wonderful people who were not Gladys Laney:
interested in style, money, and fancy things, but in each She was born in her home on the corner of
other and how they could help someone less fortunate Market Street and Newhall Ave. on July 16th 1910. Her
than themselves. father, Ag Thivaudeau, a Canadian, met and married
I still see very wonderful people donating their her mother, Armantha in Newhall, California. Her
time and energy to serve these very people who are so father was an influence on Gladys as an ethical role
ready to criticize. Over the years, I also saw a young model, and her mother, who was a joiner in many
director, Brad Berens, bring so much more to this center. organizations, and influenced Gladys in a different way.
Regardless of the building, he worked hard, and this The Newhall Elementary school Gladys attended
Senior Center has grown with so many things to help the held classes from kindergarten through 8th grade in one
seniors. For example, help with senior housing, games, building at that time. After graduating from grammar
crafts, exercise, and dancing. We have health care and school, Gladys took the bus to San Fernando High School
movies. It’s all here! And there are many wonderful in Van Nuys. Gladys graduated from Van Nuys High
people here who really appreciate what we have. School at the early age of 16 years. She continued her
It’s the smiles and the welcome from these education for one year at UCLA. At one time, I watched
kinds of people who make the Senior Center the great Gladys do a Times crossword puzzle-IN INK!!
place it has been for me, and it can be for you also. For her first time in the work field, Gladys got a
Look on the bright side. job working for an attorney as an all around Girl Friday
A Note doing every phase of office work. And in 1930 came
This article was written prior to falling and the big moment of marriage for Gladys to James W.
breaking my leg and hip in early November. I’m still not Laney. A marine stationed on the “USS Santana.” They
well enough to write, but just wish to thank everyone produced a son James W. Laney, Jr. a teacher, who sadly
for their concern and cards. I will reply to all later when passed away in 1983.
I am better. It’s been a rough time.—Mina But, life goes on in the world of Gladys Laney.
Ed. Note: No one I know in any context is more For the next 15 years, Gladys worked for Chitood’s
positive, friendly, caring, or determined to make a Furniture Store in Newhall doing all around office work.
difference than Mina Langlois. When she sets her mind A decision was made by Gladys to retire and
to something—she gets ‘er done! She has been such a do nothing. Ha, not a part of her inheritance from her
dedicated volunteer and supporter of the Center over parents. Gladys came to our Senior Center around 1987.
the years that some of credit for the success of this Mary Blankenship was the Executive Director of our
Center belongs to her! Center at that time. Gladys started volunteering and
In fact, if it were not for Mina, you probably hasn’t stopped as yet. A partial list of volunteer jobs on
would not be reading this Mighty Oak today! In Gladys’s list are, answering the telephone in the main
the early years of the Center, there was a “Mighty office, making reassurance calls to the frail elderly and
Oak” newsletter, but at a certain point it became too home-bound seniors twice a week while in the modular.
expensive, and fell by the wayside. During Mina’s tenure Gladys is also our Historian, clipping items printed
as Chairperson of the Advisory Council, she decided it in The Signal, The Daily News and local publications
was time to revive the newsletter. She did, and several about what’s going on in our Senior Center and posting
months later when she was called to Arizona on family them in the many books filled with activities through the
matters, she asked me to take it on “temporarily.” Sure! many years of collecting. Gladys also makes a request
We all owe Mina a big round of applause—as for a little help in getting the clippings from the papers.
well as a great big “Get well quick!”—ED. If Gladys is not at her desk, please give the clippings to
the receptionist. Thank you.
Blessed are those . . . There is a destiny that links us. No one goes
Page Who can give without remembering, his way alone. All that we send into the hearts of others
10 And take without forgetting. comes back to our own.
“Forget your age, it’s only a number…Appreciate your up your newspaper, watch the talking heads, listen to
friends!” Gladys Laney the pundits--each of whom have a different outlook, a
—Grace Kierbel—Joy is an inside Job different solution--but no one has the quick fix we are
hoping for. It seems that the comment I made in my
HATS OFF (Continued from page 3.) column of last month about repeating the same mistakes
• To Esther Bainbridge, Kathi Corey, Connie of the past have come back to haunt us once again.
Grusheshsky, Bob Hill, Evie Leslie, Mona Loth, Joan Hopefully, this time the persons in charge of our new
Lust, Lorna Ostroski, Angie and Pat Palmer, and Lillian ruling body will take a bold stance in trying to avoid a
Williams who donated funds to the Center in memory of repeat of the mistakes of our childhood. We now have a
Rick Molano. brave young man with courage to take bold steps to stop
the flow of our wealth and create the confidence that our
• To Millie Ballace, Charles Gibson, Jill Harper, and
nation will once again lead the world to a better life for
Amy Lee for purchasing our $1 greeting card and
all its citizens.
making a Senior Center contribution.
Personally, I, too, have undergone a change
insofar as my family is concerned. Jut two weeks ago
Carraher I became a great-grandmother (and I really am a Great
Honored grandmother!) to my ninth great grandchild, a beautiful
at Hauser little girl born to my grandson and his wife after 11
years of hoping and she is the answer to their dreams
Open House of a little sister to their wonderful fifteen-year-old
Realtor Tracy daughter. Her name is Elizabeth and she is the prettiest
Hauser used an open baby in the whole world—bless her!
house for her clients at her Thanksgiving is going to be delayed in my
home on November 15 th home for a couple of weeks as my daughter Judy,
to draw attention to the herself a grandmother to seven grandchildren, will
Senior Center Art Program. The garden was in bloom be coming for a very short visit from Columbus, OH,
and further bedecked with the artwork of Mary Lou and we haven’t been together for three years so it’s
Carraher’s students. A total of ten artists had work going to be joyful! Her visit coincides with the opening
(Continued fon page 12.)
In addition, a section of the garden was set
up as a tribute to Carraher who has been teaching and Hair Stylist Marjan
inspiring students at the Center for over 16 years. She For appointments, call
was the driving force behind the mural in the dining
room, and has launched ten senior art exhibitions in
the community. Currently, Mary Lou teaches art for the Profiles Hair Salon, 23942 Lyons Ave., Newhall
Respite Program. Shampoo/Cut $25 Color Tint, Virgin $50
The day was less than perfect unfortunately, Shampoo/Cut/Style $35 Color Touch Up $40
with winds and smoke from local fires marring the day. Shampoo Set $25 Full Highlight $80
Our thanks to Ms. Hauser, for focusing community Perm $50 & up Partial Highlight $50
attention on the good works of Carraher and the Center! ($15 more for blow dry.)
Thanks, also, to Teresa Luna for working with Ms.
Hauser to coordinate and mount the exhibit.—Ed.
by Fran Schaeffer Marjan’s Friends & Family Special
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Today I’m devoting this column to the your combined bill!
“Elements of Change.” For the past year, the mantra of Transportation problems?
“Change” has been pervasive in its influences on our If there are more than 2—I’ll come to you!
thinking, on our responses, and our beliefs that this is Valid Monday through Thursday.
going to be the correct road back to the way of life to • •
More Style! More Fun!
which we have become accustomed, and now we are
facing the reality that it is not going to be easy. Pick
Words from the Willows
(Continued from page 11.)
Christmas concert of the Santa Clarita
Master Chorale, which always has a
great holiday concert, and fortunately
one of my dear friends was able to obtain
an extra ticket so the trip is going to be
exciting and busy. I’m out to show my
Judy how much fun it is to live in Santa
I have been doing a lot of
reading lately and it’s fortunate that
there are many great readers living
right here in this building and who
are generous with their own library
collections available to anyone who
chooses to borrow any book on the
three public shelves throughout our
building. At present, I’m reading a book
by Joanne Harris called “Five Quarters
of the Orange” set in rural France years
after the occupation, somewhat of a
mystery within the family and the central
character, a great cook. Coincidentally, I
have two cookbooks of French cooking
that are helping me to understand the
author’s recipes. The author wrote that
tantalizing book, “Chocolat” later made
into a great movie.
And speaking of writers, we
have lost two great ones in the last
several weeks: Tony Hillerman and Studs
Terkel, both in their eighties. If you are a
Tony Hillerman fan, you must agree that
he presents a modern day picture of the
Indian Nations contrary to the depiction
of past years, all added to “Cracker-Jack”
mysteries set in the most spectacular
areas of the West. I know I will miss my
two favorite characters—Jim Chee and
Joe Leaphorn. Studs Terkel, a native born
Chicagoan wrote of the Chicago element
and everyday life and characters of that
great city. You either loved Terkel or you
hated him, but he always entertained.
And now for the puppies—my
children’s four little adorable scamps—
except now there are only three. Freddie,
the venerable old (20 years) five-pound
terror quietly slipped away three weeks
ago after living the life of royalty, safe in
his dad’s arms and missed by all (except
his nemesis, Barney, who is probably
happy he’s gone). Freddie and I have
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12 where we’ll be able to see what’s going
on in the house so they had better behave! As they used again – maybe next spring\autumn if I can still pass my
to say when I was a kid—“Put that in your pipe and drivers test!
smoke it!”—Fondly, Fran Next month I’ll present information centering
on the Computer Room and its benefits available to the
Bouquet Canyon tenants here at Bouquet Canyon Apartments. Onward
Banter to the Hanukkah and Christmas seasons ahead and my
by Clarice Shute wishes for a happy, healthy 2009 New Year ahead for all
I’m Ba-a-c-k! “Thank you” to so many of you
OUR VERY OWN BUCKET LIST
who noticed the absence of ‘Bouquet Canyon Banter’
What a heartfelt response our seniors gave to
the past two issues. It is nice to know your friends do the film “The Bucket List”! They also filled
miss your presence. Where did I go and what did I do? the “Bucket” with their own dreams and hopes
in 25 words or less. Look for your “bucket
So glad you asked! Fortunately for me I can still pass dream” inThe Mighty Oak in the next few
my drivers test, have my own car and like to drive. I months. May all of your dreams come true.
guess that can be attributed to RVing for several years • I would like to: Visit Spain and Greece with my family
when my adventurous husband was still alive and we and friends. Own a 1963 Corvette.
both loved “hitting the road.” • I would like to: Take an African Safari.
I had been missing faces and voices of my many • I would like to: Get married on the beach in Tahiti.
friends that were/are so much a part of my life for 14 • I would like to: Take a European vacation—Greece,
years before I moved into Bouquet Canyon Apartments Holy Land, Scandinavia, Spain, England—with my
4½ years ago. It was time to “go to the well and be wife.—Bob Toneg
refreshed” by visiting those friends again. In September
I drove to my old habitat in the Mojave Desert. More FLAVOR OF THE MONTH
specifically Silver Lakes, Helendale--located halfway by Alfredo D. Castro
between Victorville/Apple Valley and Barstow on ‘Old NOT FOR SENIORS ONLY
Route ‘66’. I stayed with a friend in Apple Valley for Q: Where can men over the age of 60 find young, sexy
four days. Had lunch with my girl friends in Silver women interested in them?
Lake, played Bunco one afternoon with the gals from A: Try a bookstore - under Fiction.
Pearl Harbor Survivors Chapter in Victorville, drove Q: My wife is undergoing menopause. What can I do?
around local area, and was astounded by the growth that A: Keep busy. If you are handy with tools, you can redo
has taken place in that area. Not desiring to overstay the basement. When you are done, you will have a nice
my welcome I hopped into my ’03 Vue and drove up place to live in.
to Bishop, CA, to visit another ‘escapee’ from Silver
Lakes. Another three days of ‘gabbing,’ and absorbing Q: Why should 60+ year olds use valet parking?
the majestic views of surrounding mountains at twilight A: Valets don’t forget where they park your car.
from her lovely mountain retreat home, and once again, Q: Is it common for 60+ year olds to have problems
not wanting to over do a lovely visit I head back to with short-term memory?
‘home’ in Santa Clarita. I drove a total round-trip of 459 A: Storing memory is not a problem. Retrieving it is a
miles, solo. I just up the volume on my CD – 6 pak and problem.
away I go, enjoying the ever-changing views in front
Q: As people age, do they sleep more soundly?
of me and remembering the many new adventures I’ve
A: Yes, but usually in the afternoon.
added to my memory book.
I remained home just long enough to open the Q: Where do 60+ year olds look for fashionable
mail, both postal and ‘E,’ pay the bills, do the laundry glasses?
and then repack, refuel the ‘Vue’ and in October back A: Their foreheads.
on the highway, head north on Highway 5 to Santa Q: How can you avoid spotting a wrinkle every time
Clara, pick up a travel companion (my sister-in-law, you walk be a mirror?
Junie), and off we headed to the Napa Valley for some A: The next time you’re in front of a mirror, take off
cavorting around the vineyards. Naturally, we did some your glasses.
‘sampling of the vines,’ and had lunch on the famous
and delightful ‘Wine Train.’ I did a lot of ‘family Q: What is the most common remark made by the 60+
stuff’ reminiscing and after five days of beautiful year olds when in an antique store?
comradeship, it was time to leave Junie in Santa Clara, A: I remember these.
head home reversing the trip south on Hwy 5 to Santa Q: And what is the most frequent thought when going
Clarita. That was a round-trip of 1,120 miles. Yes, it was from one room to another? Page
and is good to be home, but I can’t wait to do it all over A: What did I come here for? 13
to make serious cutbacks to ensure all of our services
Executive remain available. This year, we have to raise at least
Memo an additional $100,000 to complete the addition in the
by Brad Berens multipurpose room that better allows us to centralize our
services and meet the growing needs of the community
Your Center Begins 2008-09 Annual Campaign while keeping a balanced budget.
Our Annual Campaign begins December 1, 2008 Many of us have been on a shared journey for
and ends at the end of February in the New Year. We as many as 20 years. Hundreds of our participants were
consciously begin this campaign after Thanksgiving, a the backbone of our volunteer programs for years, and
traditional time to reflect and give thanks for what we now, with time passed, are in need of services that allow
have, no matter what challenges we face, and burdens them to remain in their homes with the assistance they
we carry. The vast majority of our 8,500 participants need. For those of you who partake in the programming
here at the Center are at that stage of our existence and services here on Market Street, or in Friendly Valley,
where life has a tendency to subtract rather than add or at Bouquet Canyon Seniors, remember that there are
to our quality of life. Fortunately, the SCV Senior thousands of other seniors receiving our services that
Center is an institution in our community where our you never see, who are home alone and need us, too.
participants gather and draw strength from one another Please give as generously as you can and are
and fundamentally enjoy an enhanced independence and able. If there is one truism that remains constant, it is
quality of life that one could only imagine going without. our seniors looking after their peers through donating or
Our campaign is modest, asking all of our giving of their time to provide services that makes the
participants to donate just ten dollars towards the difference for so many. The dynamic of the SCV Senior
viability and continued success of the SCV Senior Center is a circle of care. Thousands of elders depend on
Center. For those who can, we ask that you donate more us, and we in turn depend on the community, mostly our
to assist those who cannot. In all sincerity, this year’s seniors themselves, to make sure the circle is not broken.
campaign is the most critical since its inception many It’s the little things we do for one another that make a
years ago. With year after year of reduced funding for huge difference in the lives we touch and share each day
our Nonprofit, and a minimum of 10 percent growth in at your SCV Senior Center.
participation from new elders joining us, we have had Sincerely, Brad Berens, Executive Director
Center Initiates 2008-09 Annual Campaign: are there each time a senior makes a call to 661-259-
“10 Bucks to a Better Future” 9444 to ask for assistance.
Everyone knows America is graying quickly as This is a modest but essential campaign, and we
Baby Boomers reach retirement age. The 65 and request only a modest amount--to contribute $10 during
over crowd will grow by 15 percent by 2010. If that our December-February campaign period. Indeed, if every
figure isn’t staggering enough, our population of older single person in this Valley were to contribute this small
elderly, those over 85, will increase by 40 percent! amount, we could address the future that is with us today.
The SCV Senior Center knows that our comunity If you doubt it, consider this: The population of the City
mirrors the rest of the nation, but in reality those increas- of Santa Clarita is currently 184,000 (more if you consider
es are accelerated by the fact that we live in California, the Valley as a whole). If we could achieve full participa-
the state with the highest ratio of older people, and that tion in our “10 Bucks to a Better Future” campaign, that
the Santa Clarita Valley witnesses a high rate of growth would be $1,840,000! Please do your part.
of seniors who desire to be close to extended families. What your donation will provide for:
Your SCV Senior Center provided one or multiple • $5 buys a senior’s transportation to and from the Cen-
services of an on-going nature to more than 8,500 seniors ter for five days.
last year. Participation in our programs typically increases • $10 buys one senior’s lunch at the Center for a week.
in double-digit figures each year demonstrating that truly • $15 buys a senior’s Home-Delivered Meals for a week.
the need for “a better future for our seniors” IS now. • $20 buys a day in daycare including lunch for one senior.
Santa Clarita once held the prideful moniker • $50 buys one shower grab bar and pays for installation
as one of the most “elder-friendly” communities in the in the home of a frail elder.
nation, but that distinction is eroding due to the sheer • $100 buys one day of emergency Personal Care service.
numbers of elders seeking assistance while funding has Please help us be here for your elders today and
declined after remaining stagnant for many years. As in to meet your future needs by putting aside $10 yearly.
the past few years, the SCV Senior Center is seeking the Checks should be made payable to “SCVSC Annual
community’s assistance in our Annual Campaign called Campaign,” 22900 Market Street, Santa Clarita, CA
Page “10 Bucks for a Better Future.” With our community’s 91321-3608. Call Maria Linares, at the SCV Senior Cen-
14 help, we can bridge the gap to ensure these vital services ter, 661-259-9444 for further details.
Artist of the Month:
Geraldine “Jerry” Beeson
This native Californian has been attending
art classes at the Senior Center for about four years.
She loves to paint landscapes, flowers, and still-life
compositions using watercolors as her media.
In this latest example of her work, a 9x12-
inch watercolor on heavy stock, her favorite color
palette is incredibly pleasing to the eye. The use of
bluish-purple tones and a variety of yellows make
the mountains the focal point of her composition. This blending techniques in the rendition of skies, as well as
prolific artist demonstrates an unusual command of lights and shadows in her mountains.
NEWS FROM AROUND THE CENTER
(Continued from page 9.)
Halloween Hijinks at the Center
PHOTO BY DIANA SEVANIAN.
The Soroptomists and their spooky spawn came in
full costume to throw us a great Halloween party!
The gals passed out tickets and the kids distributed Harold Fairbanks came as “Joe
goodie bags to many lucky winners. the Plumber!” Not elaborate, but
Robin Clough had several other humor- timely and clever! We all thank him
Taking First Place in the Halloween for buying a new plunger for his
ous ribbons to award. Those recipients above were
Costume Contest was Edna Wall, costume!
from left, Joe the Farmer, Tammy the Bee, Jennie
seated. Her elegant Egyptian outfit
earned her the nickname Cleopatra the Bunny, Wayne the Activist, and
for the day. With her is Teresa Luna Gladys the Latin Dancer. One of
who served as one of the judges. The the Soropomist’s young boys (not New
Respite group sure went all out for shown) also won a ribbon; he Face
the day! was attired in a very convincing
“Grim Reaper” costume.
Senior Center Participates in the
Great SoCal Shakeout
Members of Proud parents Director of Nutrition
Helen Walker’s line-danc- Jorge Pacheco and Lisa Burbano welcomed
ing class did some fancy their daughter Isabel on November 15. She
steps to safe areas during arrived eight pounds and 21 inches long!
the earthquake drill. The
SCV Senior Center was an Computer Class Year-End Schedule
official participant of the PLEASE NOTE: Gail Eisenberg’s current
largest drill in Southern Friday PC classes will finish up, but no new
California. The event was classes will be starting until January. There are Page
held on November 13. no Mac classes currently running. 15
PHOTO BY ROBIN CLOUGH.
DECEMBER, 2008 MESSAGE the City/Sheriffs Business Alliance, a program that pro-
FROM MAYOR BOB KELLAR vides dedicated law enforcement response and preven-
tion for business. Over the long-term, the City is keeping
To My Fellow Santa Claritians: business in mind as we plan for land use during the next
It has truly been my honor this year to be your 20-30 years with our One Valley One Vision plan, look-
Mayor. I can think of no better way to serve our commu- ing for policies that will encourage business growth.
nity than as a member of our City Council and for 2008, At the lunchtime meeting, I am pleased to tell
as the Mayor of the great City of Santa Clarita. It has you that these busy men and women generously gave of
definitely been an interesting and challenging year, not their time and ideas to contribute their best ideas. While
only for our City, but also for our nation. We are currently we didn’t solve all the problems of the world, I think
seeing one of the worst national financial crises in several we came up with some “doable” action items that could
decades. Businesses are suffering, people have lost their ultimately make a difference here in Santa Clarita. Here
homes, some have lost their jobs, and through it all, many are a few of the ideas presented by the group:
of us feel powerless to help all of them. • Do more shop local promotion and advertising
In October, I gathered a dozen or so of our • Simplify, expedite and streamline the City’s building
community’s best business minds to brainstorm ideas on and permitting systems
what, if anything, we can do as a community to help our • Work more closely with the SCV Chamber, VIA and
residents and our business community during these dif- College of the Canyons
ficult times. We kicked off the meeting by sharing with • Expand business partnership opportunities locally
them, some of the things our City is doing to address this whenever possible
important issue. Santa Clarita enjoys a business friendly • Work with community partners to increase the market-
City Council and government that does not require a ing of events that attract visitors and create significant
business license fee, does not assess a utility user tax, impact to our local economy such as the AT & T Golf
and offers an Enterprise Zone for even more tax savings Classic, AMGEN Tour of California, the Cowboy Festi-
incentives to businesses. The City has an award-winning val and others.
Shop Local program to encourage both our residents I want to thank each of you for your continued
to shop locally as well as our businesses to do business interest and support in our City. Santa Clarita is definite-
locally and which will be expanded over the next several ly a better place to live, work and play because of you!
months. Through our Sheriff’s contract, the City pays for Sincerely, Bob Kellar
Good Humor bent down to pick them up and down I went! I couldn’t
believe it!! When I tried to get up initially I found
Helps I couldn’t. Finally, I got up on all fours, crawled to
by Gladys Gonzales
the bathroom sink and with that extra bit of leverage
Yes! Now we have a new president! I have high managed to pull myself up to my feet. Now, I’m sore all
hopes this time, and really felt released of a heavy decision, over. I guess I didn’t want Mina to feel bad, so I fell, too!
since I couldn’t make up my mind. I have been a Democrate I never want to do that again! I’m sure a lot
all my life, but couldn’t decide. In the end I voted for an of you have had a similar experience. I’m always very
alternative candidate that I knew would not win. So now, careful not to fall, but I have difficulty walking, and must
I am happy that Obama won. We are so low now that the use a cane or a walker when I go to see the doctor. I asked
only way to go is up. Congratulations to Obama for his him why I couldn’t walk normally. He said, “You’re lucky
accomplishment, and all his dedicated workers. to be walking at all.” So, I count my blessings and do the
It’s been a long hard road; now we all have a best I can. I use my scooter now and then to get around
chance for a better tomorrow. I feel we are all better off and use the elevator. You know you are getting old when
than what we have been the past few years. It will take you don’t go anywhere without your scooter!
time and we must be patient as things won’t change over So we must keep our sense of humor and look
night. Even flowers take time to grow and blossom. If we ahead to a better tomorrow for us all. My dear neighbor
give Obama a chance, I’m sure we’ll be OK. We must Gwen Sherwood is also in Henry Mayo Newhall
trust that all will be well; “we walk by faith not by sight.” Memorial Hospital; she didn’t want to go, but got so ill
In early November, I took fellow Advisory she had to do it. She is a wonderful English lady with a
Council member Thelma Blanchard an issue of The delightful sense of humor. Her daughter, Carol, called to
Mighty Oak. I learned that Mina Langlois had fallen and say her mom will be away a couple of days until she gets
broken her hip. I pray for her speedy recovery—it’s heck stronger. I pray for her speedy return to her friends.
getting old—we just have to roll with the punches. Many applications ask who is to be notified in
A few days later as I was putting some photos case of emergency. I think we should write, “A good
in an album, I dropped some snapshots on the floor. I doctor!” a
POSTSCRIPT (Continued from page 18.) package, he opened it,installed
before tucking it around the turkey. Another suggested the batteries, and when he
spreading herbs over the cheesecloth. I was quite pushed the button on top, the
base of the pen emitted a nice
PHOTO BY DIANA SEVANIAN.
surprised to find that other people cooked their turkeys
this way. I had never heard of anyone using this method red glow. Harold, and other
except me and my mother-in-law, and I always thought prize recipients were very
that she was somewhat mentally challenged. happy with their new treasures.
I never did learn the purpose of wrapping a Some of the partiers
turkey in cheesecloth, but one of the recipes I read was came in costume while others
by Martha Stewart, and I figure if it’s good enough for did not. We had a prisoner,
Martha, it’s good enough for me.—Rita pirate, clown, and a scullery
maid plus many more. Norm
Live, Love, and Laugh O’Dell, our actor friend, was Lucy Reynolds-Hocket with
Halloween Party a standout in his one-of-a-kind Bill Lagossi and new art
by Terri Wahl-Folbré Budweiser® suit and matching instructor, Teresa Luna.
Wow!! What a wonderful time was had by all boots. Norm said he used the suit for Budweiser commercials;
in Lucy Reynolds-Hocket’s Live, Love, and Laugh his full attire was definitely a conversation piece!
group on Halloween Friday. She put a great deal of There were many tasty goodies brought in for
loving energy into making a delightful Halloween party us to enjoy. There were cookies, candies, a Jello® dish,
possible for us. Lucy—dressed as a witch—made sure it and drinks. Karin Kelly brought a wonderful lemon
was a festive event for our group. cake; it was mmm mmm good! She also brought her two
Lucy brought her skeleton gentleman, Bill pooches that were also in costume! Her son, Cameron,
Lagossi, for all to enjoy. He was dressed in a tuxedo and daughter, Miranda, paraded their dogs around the
ready to go out on the town and party. Just push his room; they were a great addition to the party, and elicited
buttons and he would speak to all who would listen— a lot of ooohs and aahhhs. Thanks to all for the food
flirting with the women, and putting a smile on many a contributions, and to Karin and her family.
face. She also gave out many door prizes, like lotions, Diana Sevanian, Health & Wellness Coordinator,
and things generously donated for the occasion. took pictures. While laughing and giggling like a bunch of
One prize was a pen that lit up. Harold Fairbanks children, we squeezed together to say “Cheese.” Needless
received this prize. After struggling with the theft-proof to say, as you can see from the photos, we all had a
wonderful time. Thanks, Diana.
Have a very Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Care Manager Candye Rucker also brought her
and joyful holidays. Peace and love—Gladys vibrant self to the party. She came dressed as a witch also.
Supportive Services seemed to be having a bewitching day
Jacob, age 92, and Rebecca, age 89, who live with two witches swooshing around. Thanks, Candye, for
in Florida, are all excited about their decision to get mingling your beautiful laughter in with ours.
married. They go for a stroll to discuss the wedding, and I speak for the whole Live, Love, and Laugh
on the way they pass a CVS/Pharmacy. Jacob suggests group in thanking Lucy and the Senior Center staff for
they go in. Jacob addresses the man behind the counter, this memorable event!
“Are you the Pharmacist?”
PHOTO BY DIANA SEVANIAN.
Jacob: ‘We’re about to get married. Do you sell heart
Pharmacist: “Of course, we do.”
Jacob: “How about medicine for circulation?”
Pharmacist: “All kinds.”
Jacob: “Medicine for rheumatism and scoliosis?”
Jacob: “How about Viagra?”
Pharmacist: “Of course.” Our time together as a group is always very
Jacob: “Medicine for memory, arthritis, jaundice?” special and enjoyable. Lucy’s innovative thoughts,
Pharmacist: “Yes, a large variety. The works.” entertainment ideas, and open talks are why our group
Jacob: “What about vitamins, sleeping pills, Geritol?” has grown to 24 participants. Every week we see and
Pharmacist: “Absolutely.” welcome a new face. We are very lively and love to
Jacob: “You sell wheelchairs and walkers?” laugh. Thank you very much, Lucy, for the joy you give
Pharmacist: “All speeds and sizes.” to all of your endeavors! We look forward to many more
Jacob: “We’d like to use this store as our Bridal Registry.” moments of happiness at the SCV Senior Center.
Postscript cover the bird with cheesecloth before placing
it in the oven. I never thought to ask why, I
The Mighty Oak / SCV Senior Center
by Rita Roth just did it. And I have been doing it that way
TALKING TURKEY ever since.
My sister and I were speaking on the phone. It puts me in mind of a story I once
Since it was almost Thanksgiving we were, of course, heard. A child was watching her mother prepare a
talking about turkeys and their preparation. My sister ham. She asked her mother why she cut off the end
told me that she was going to try covering her turkey of the ham before placing it in the pan. The mother
with aluminum foil since she had heard that this method replied that that’s what her mother always did.
produces a moist and tender result. “But why” asked the child.
“I know that you always cover your turkey with The mother called her mother to find out why
cheesecloth” she said. she cut the end off of the ham. Her mother told her
“Yes,” I replied, “I have been roasting my “that’s the way my mother always did it. The child’s
turkeys that way for over 50 years.” grandmother then called her mother who was, of
“Why?” she asked me. course, a very old lady.
I was all set to give her a long dissertation “Mother why did you always cut the end
showing off my culinary expertise when the truth hit of the ham off before you put it in the pan?”
me. I didn’t know the reason that I cooked my turkey The old lady replied, “Because I never
that way. It had started many years ago when I made had a big enough pan to hold it.”
my first Thanksgiving dinner. I had been married only My mother-in-law, many years ago departed
a few months when in a fit of bravado, and with a to that big kitchen in the sky, and was, therefore,
blatant disregard for good judgment, I decided to invite unavailable for the cheesecloth discussion. So, with
my husband’s family and my own for a turkey dinner curiosity aroused, I turned to my old friend Google,
with all the trimmings. I knew virtually nothing about and I asked why cover a turkey with cheesecloth
cooking so why this seemed like a good idea, I can’t before cooking? Several recipes involving
imagine. cheesecloth showed up. Some suggested dipping the
I turned to my mother-in-law for advice. She cheesecloth in a combination of wine and olive oil
explained the basics of turkey preparation and told me to (Continued on page 17.)
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