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October 2012 - Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center


									                                                                                                                                                            October 2012

                         The Mighty Oak
                                        Independence • Dignity • Quality of Life

Man on the Move, Woman With                                                                                         Health Education & Wellness
a Recipe for Success                                                                                                   Schedule at The Center
The SCV Senior Center hires directors of transportation, food programs
story and photos by Josh Premako                                                                                                  October 2012
      The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center added two much-                                                            Free Lectures: Held on Wednesdays from
needed staff members last month, a move that will help stream-                                                           1-2 p.m. in activity rooms A-1 and A-2
line operations.                                                                                                               (unless otherwise noted)
      Robert Galarza is the center’s new director of transporta-
tion, overseeing the home-delivered meals program, plus up-                                                            Wednesday, October 3 – Tips for Managing
keep and maintenance of vehicles for the home-delivered meals,                                                    Incontinence – Shield HealthCare
Handyworker program and senior transportation. Joanna Valle-                                                           Wednesday, October 10 – Your Best Bet in
lunga is the new director of food services, managing the daily                                                    Beating Breast Cancer with Henry Mayo Newhall
operations in the center’s busy kitchen. The two filled positions Robert Galarza, the newly hired director        Memorial Hospital
that were vacant for several months.                                 of transportation, washes one of the              Wednesday, October 17 – Improving Your Pet’s
                                               “I’m very excited center’s senior transport buses.                 Health and Behavior with Angel Dog Foundation
                                         that we’ve been joined by two individuals with years of experi-               Wednesday, October 24 – Safe and Smart
                                         ence in management and operations, exactly what is needed to             Medicine Use with Facey Medical Group
                                         keep our transportation and meal programs running efficient-                  Wednesday, October 31 – “Ask the
                                         ly and smoothly,” Executive Director Rachelle Dardeau said.              Pharmacist.” Bring in your medications for a one-
                                         “Robert is filling two positions – director of transportation and        on-one review from a Walgreen’s pharmacist.
                                         home-delivered meals coordinator – that have been combined
                                         into one to streamline operations. Having studied at Le Cordon
                                         Bleu, Joanna is the perfect person to provide delicious, nutri-
                                         tious meals to our seniors.”                                                      Health Screenings
Joanna Vallelunga, a graduate of Le            Vallelunga called herself “a chef at heart,” and looks for-
Cordon Bleu, has spent the majority of   ward to making the center’s meals the best they can be. She                   Blood Pressure Checks - Every Wednesday
her career in food services.             has spent most of her career working in food services, she said.         from Noon to 1 p.m.
                                               Vallelunga said she’s primarily sticking with the center’s
existing recipes while making some tweaks here and there, “to improve the flavor profile.”                             Hearing Tests with Audiology Services of
      A former Marine recruiter, Galarza has been a Santa Clarita resident for five years. Prior to joining       Newhall on Wednesday, October 10, from 11 a.m.
the Senior Center, he spent nearly five years with Santa Clarita Transit as a road supervisor.                    to noon
      “My vision is to ensure that transportation is running smoothly, and that everybody thinks safety
and drives safely,” he said. “I have the utmost respect and gratitude for our volunteer drivers, and I want             Diabetes Screening on Wednesday, October
to help them accomplish their kindness in a proficient manner.”                                                   17, from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

                                                                                                                      Cooking Demo Class continues on Friday,
                                                                                                                  October 12 and 26, 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

                                                                                                                     What’s Inside?
                                                                                                                     Classes at The Senior Center ..................... 3

 During the Sept. 20 “Meet the Candidates” forum at                                                                  The Golden Pen ....................................... 4-5
 the Senior Center, the audience of about 80 people got
 to hear from (R-L) Dr. Lee Rogers, a Democrat run-                                                                  Calendar of Events ..................................... 6
 ning against Congressman Howard “Buck” McKeon for           The Senior Center’s Sept. 20 “Meet the Candidates”
 the 25th Congressional district; Star Moffatt, a Democrat   forum drew a crowd of about 80 people.                  October Menu ........................................... 7
 running for the 21st state Senate district; 36th district
 Assemblyman Steve Knight, a Republican who is running
 for the 21st state Senate district; and Edward Heading-                                                             Trips & Tours .............................................. 9
                                                             photos by Araceli Olivas
 ton, a Democrat running for the 38th Assembly district.

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Advisory Council News                                                                                              Editor’s note: As part of our efforts to
                                                                                                                   include more information about goings-
by Karen Geller-Shinn
                                                                                                                   on at the Senior Center, the Mighty Oak
      The Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center             the center’s video transportation notification
                                                                                                                   will include regular reports from the
Advisory Council, established in 1976, is a federally    system in the lobby, as well as the emergency
                                                                                                                   Advisory Council.
mandated body comprising seniors and community           communication network for Santa Clarita, linking
members that serves as a conduit of information          the Sheriff’s Department, Fire Department and
                                                                                                                 lap robes for the military.
from Senior Center clients, to the Committee on          other emergency agencies to a worldwide network
                                                                                                                       At our September 17 meeting, we learned that
Aging, and to the center’s community of seniors.         – a critical service for the whole valley during
                                                                                                                 the Crafters now have a safe storage area in the pool
      The council meets at 9:30 a.m. on the third        disasters.
                                                                                                                 room. Also, we voted to purchase a Wii bowling
Monday of the month, with the exception of August              The council holds periodic fundraisers
                                                                                                                 unit for the Adult Day Care room. We discussed
and December, when no meetings are held. Our             to support these service projects, as well as
                                                                                                                 the need for the Trips and Tours department to use
council members each have an area of interest for        occasional donations to the center’s service areas.
                                                                                                                 American Disabilities Act-compliant commercial
which they supply information on topics of interest      A recent successful fundraiser (arranged by Richard
                                                                                                                 buses whenever possible, to accommodate seniors
to seniors, such as transportation, healthcare,          Hitchcock, our fundraising chair) at Johnny Rockets
                                                                                                                 using scooters or wheelchairs.
recreation and several senior-living facilities in the   restaurant is under consideration for a repeat. The
                                                                                                                       The next Advisory Council meeting is
area.                                                    movie donations on the second Wednesday of the
                                                                                                                 scheduled for October 15 at 9:30 a.m. in the
      Executive Director Rachelle Dardeau, or her        month also raise funds. In the past, we have had
                                                                                                                 Supportive Services building at the Senior Center.
representative, is on hand to keep seniors informed      plant sales, boutiques, poker nights and we are
on the current and future issues facing the center.      considering a See’s Candies holiday sale.
Mary Jane Hartman is our liaison to the Committee              The Advisory Council administers the              Congratulations September
on Aging and she keeps us abreast of the activities      suggestion box in the main lobby. We review the
of our founding body such as their recent change to      suggestions monthly and refer concerns to the            Pool Tournament Champions!
a bimonthly meeting format. We hear reports from         proper department head for action as needed. In
several Senior Center departments over the course        addition, we hear committee reports each month
of the year to keep in touch with changes relative       for Trips and Tours, Senior Cinema, Transportation,
to their services, and Robin Clough, director of         Health and Wii Bowling, as well as senior-living                                      First Place:
volunteers and recreation, is always available to        complex reports for those facilities from which we
tell us of upcoming plans and events.                    have council members.                                                               Franz Sanchez
      The Advisory Council also provides services.             In July, Dorothy Katz gave us a report from
The monthly movie, for example, is a service             the Crafters group, detailing the theft of their
                                                                                                                                            Second Place:
provided by the Advisory Council’s current vice-         yarn supply and lack of support for their weekly
chair, Mary Gallant. Longtime councilmember Ken          boutiques that bolster their donation of baby                                       Chris Garcia
Schwartz, who recently passed away, developed            blankets to the hospital, hats for cancer victims and
                                                                                                                                             Third Place:
                                                                                                                                            Don Zambory
                        Thoughts from the Executive
                        Director Rachelle Dardeau
                              September marked my        Antonovich’s office. The City of Santa Clarita re-

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                         one-year anniversary as Ex-     newed our service contracts and authorized a grant
                         ecutive Director of the SCV     to support the SCV Senior Center’s home-delivered
                         Senior Center. The past         meals program. We implemented a new website at                  Independence • Dignity • Quality of Life
                         year was filled with many, and gave a new look to
                         successes and a few chal-       the Mighty Oak.                                                     Contributing Writers:
                         lenges.                              Yet, change in leadership can be difficult and
                              I feel privileged to       challenging. The difficult economy has hindered           Alexandra Tozzi              Rachelle Dardeau
have supported a number of accomplishments this          the ability of individuals to donate to the SCV Se-       Anne Marie Whalley           Richard Myers
past year. Over 200 volunteers contributed time,         nior Center, and the SCV Senior Center is compet-         Chuck Fugere                 Rita Roth
talent, and treasure to improve the look of the SCV      ing for funding with numerous other non-profit            Jeanne Wray                  Robert F. McMeekin
Senior Center by painting, repairing, building,          organizations. We have had to respond recently            Karen Geller-Shinn           Robin Clough
planting, cleaning, and organizing. We updated           to rumors and inaccurate information perpetuated          Kay Waggoner                 Sandi Cates
job positions to streamline operations and filled va-    by individuals who are unhappy with some of the           Metta Jane Hills             Tess Carlos
cant job positions with well-qualified individuals       changes at the SCV Senior Center.
with many years of professional experience. The               When I reflect upon my first year here at the               The Mighty Oak is published
SCV Senior Center served over 134,000 meals to           SCV Senior Center, I do not focus on the challenges           monthly by the SCV Senior Center
seniors in the Santa Clarita Valley, and provided        as much as the strength of our volunteers, guests,        22900 Market Street, Santa Clarita, CA 91321
over 3,000 classes, support groups, and lectures.        and staff. They are the lifeblood of the SCV Senior                  Tel: 661-259-9444
Our Care Managers completed over 36,000 con-             Center, and through a collaborative effort, we im-                   FAX: 661-259-9026
tacts through telephone calls, advocacy appoint-         plement our mission, …”improving independence,                 For Advertising Information Contact:
ments, assessments, transportation tickets, and          dignity, and quality of life…” Daily hugs and words                       Josh Premako
case management. We completed an Informa-                of gratitude and encouragement from our seniors               email:
tion Technology upgrade that improved efficiency         continuously warm my heart and make this work             
and reduced expenses. The SCV Senior Center              meaningful and rewarding. I am proud and hon-
received continued funding from LA County Area           ored to be part of the work we are doing here.                Production: Prime Publications, Inc
Agency on Aging, and we continue a strong col-                                                                       Tel: 661-294-4444 • FAX: 661-294-4442
laborative relationship with 5th district Supervisor                                                                      email:

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Ongoing Classes at the
SCV Senior Center
The SCV Senior Center offers over 100 educational, recreational, and supportive
programs on a regular basis. Most activities are for adults 18 and over. For more
complete information, please call the Center at 661-259-9444, or visit our web-
site at

Fitness Programs
• Aerobics – Mon., Wed., and Fri., 8:30–9:30 a.m., Dining Room
• Arthritis Foundation Exercise Program – Wed., 10:20–10:50 a.m., Dining Room
• Chair Exercise – Mon., Wed., and Fri., 9:45–10:15 a.m., Dining Room
• T’ai Chi Ch’uan – Tues., Thurs., 8:30–9:30 a.m., Sat. 8:30–10 a.m. Dining Room.
  Tues. and Thurs., 3–4 p.m., Dining Room
• Qi-gong – Fri. 1:30–2:30 p.m., Room A6
• Zumba Gold – Mon. & Fri. 3:30–4:15 p.m., Dining Room
• Zumba Gold Toning – Wed. (except 2nd Wed.), Dining Room           NEW

Arts & Crafts Classes
• Art Workshop – Wednesday, 9 a.m. – 11 a.m., Room A2
• Needlework and Crafts – Mon., 9 a.m.–noon, Room A2
• Watercolor – Tues., Peggy Patti, 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m., Room A1 & A2

Dance & Music
• Ladies Glee – Thurs., Call The Center for more informaiton.
• Line Dance – by Ramona Thomas, Mon., 2 pm.–3 p.m., Dining Room
• Line Dance – by Helen Walker, Tues and Thurs, 9:30–10:30 a.m.,
  Dining Room
• Line Dance – by Marie Del Georgio, Wed., 6 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
• Mens Glee – Fri., Call The Center for more informaiton.
• Orchestron – Mon., Call The Center for more informaiton.
• Silvertone Singers – Mon., 12 p.m.–2 p.m., Santa Clarita Community Center - On hiatus
until September.
• Swing Jazz Club – 4th Sunday 1:30–5 p.m. Dining Room
• Tap Dance – by Mary Alvidrez, Tues. , 2–3 p.m , Dining Room
• Monthly Community Dance – 3rd Sat., 7 – 10:30 p.m., Dining Room

Lifelong Learning
• Archaeology & Anthropology – Tues. , 9:30 a.m.–11 a.m. , Room A1 free
• Computer Training (Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced in Windows and Mac) Call the
  center for information: 661-259-9444
• Computer Training for the Visually Impaired – Mon., 11:30 a.m–2 p.m., Room A3.
Fri., 12 p.m. – 2 p.m., Room A3
• Creative Writing – Tues., Beginning Noon – 1:30 p.m., Rooms A1 and A2, Advanced
1:30 p.m. – 3 p.m., Rooms A1 and A2
• ZoomText Computer Tutoring for the Visually Impaired – Th, 1:30 p.m.–2:30 p.m.,
Room A5, free

Personal Development
• AARP Drivers Safety – Monthly, Rooms A1 & A2, call for dates
• Current Events Discussion Group – Mon ., 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Conference Rm.
Supportive Services, free
• Positive Thinking – Thurs., 2 p.m.–3 p.m., Room A1 & A2

Recreation & Leisure
• Bridge – Mon. & Tues., 9 a.m.–1 p.m., Room A1
• Duplicate Bridge – Tues, 6:45 p.m.–10 p.m., Dining Room
• Afternoon Duplicate Bridge – Mon., 1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Room A2        NEW
• Canasta – Mon., 1 p.m.–4 p.m., Room A2
• Chess Club – Fri., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Room A4
• Pinochle – Wed., 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m., Room A2
• Food Bingo – Fri. , 10:30–11:30 a.m., Room A1
• Senior Cinema – 2nd Wed., 2 p.m., Room A6
• Wii Games – Tues. & Thurs., 1 p.m.–3 p.m., Room A6

          For a complete schedule of events and activities
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The Golden Pen Writer’s Guild                                                   If I Were An Animal, What Would I Be?
                                                                                I Would be Jake the Dog
                                                                                by Sandi Cates
                                                                                       My name is Jake           youngest daughter of Dad. The best thing is, I
                                                                                O’Malley Beatty, I am a          have full run of our house, garage and yard. I
                                                                                Jack Russell Terrier. My         love the garage because it has motorcycles, a
                                                                                family rescued me from a         boat, refrigerator and tons of old blankets just for
 A Scary Monster                                                                shelter when I was young;
                                                                                now I’m 11 years old.
                                                                                                                 me. The yard is my total domain. I can run from
                                                                                                                 the house into the garage and back again to the
 by Alexandra Tozzi
                                                                                       When I was a teen-        yard. Recently my dad brought home a house-
      I was sleeping soundly                                                    ager I could leap a five-        cage and four roosters. I harass them because
      When a noise woke me up.                                                  foot wall with ease. I           they don’t like me.
      I checked the top of the bed                      would bring my family dead rats and birds. I                  Lately I am feeling my age. No longer can
      But it wasn’t my little pup.                      felt like a hero. One time, someone left the front       I jump five feet and chase birds. I watch televi-
                                                        door open and away I went. With flying speed             sion with my family and sleep a lot. It’s been a
      Suddenly, I was frightened.                       I outran cars, bikes and my family. When Dad             wonderful life full of adventure. I am content
      I thought I heard a groan.                        finally caught up with me I was already at the           to dream of yesterdays, dreaming of adventures
      I guess I should get up and investigate,          park. He was not nearly as happy as I was.               past and the unconditional love for a beloved
      I thought with a moan.                                   A favorite pastime is to curl up on 12-year-      family.
                                                        old Hailey’s lap and snuggle. Hailey is the                   I am Jake – Jake the dog.
      Reluctantly, I got out of bed
      And wandered through the house.
      But I found absolutely nothing,                                            Patience Pending
      Not even a little mouse.                                                   by Richard Myers
                                                                                       As a young man I        it’s their turn to check out, they have to pay!
      I headed for the bathroom.                                                 was very impatient, but              They wait until every item is scanned, and
      (You know how we old folks are.)                                           over the years I’ve grown     then and only then do they begin to look for their
      I really needed to go                                                      much more patient, and        credit card, checkbook or cash. Men are usually
      But I didn’t get very far.                                                 now that I’m senior I         quick, but not so the ladies. Have you noticed
                                                                                 would have to say that I      their purses? You could hide a small elephant in
      The house did have a monster!                                              am indeed a patient man.      some of them.
      It truly gave me a fright.                               I don’t mind waiting at a busy intersection,           Of course, the lady at the register will then
      I’d caught my image in the mirror                 for I know that order must be maintained or there      open her large purse to find her small purse –
      And it wasn’t a pretty sight!                     would be chaos. I wait patiently in the post of-       the one that holds every kind of card ever issued.
                                                        fice, for I know that some people have mailings        She will fumble through while I wait impatiently
 Otto, the German Pink Pig                              that require extra attention. I will wait in line at   – very impatiently.
 by Chuck Fugere                                        the movies, for I know the ticket seller is working           I’m happy to say that it’s rarely a senior citi-
                                                        as fast as they can.                                   zen that causes these checkout delays. Why can’t
      As the name implies, this little pink pig                However, there is one place where I lose my     these younger folks get what they need – credit
      Lived in Germany, deep inside the Black Forest.   patience, where I silently steam and rage within.      card, checkbook or cash – ready while they are
      He dressed in lederhosen with straps,             It’s the grocery market checkout lane.                 waiting in line? It’s so simple.
      A German Alpine hat, complete with feather.              Men, and more often ladies, in front of me             Sometimes I feel like telling those folks
      He even brewed his own beer.                      seem in a fog. They don’t understand that when         where to stick those credit cards and checkbooks.
      Well, this little pinkie was a meanie,
      ‘Cause he had no lady even pinker,
      To comfort and warm him on a dark,
      Deep, snowy Black Forest Night.
                                                                             Halloween Is                             Somewhere Over
      Hark, one frosty Teutonic morn,                                        Neat                                     the Rainbow
      Did he hear a little “oink” and squeal?                                by Jeanne Wray                           by Anne Marie Whalley
      No, no, his ears did not deceive him.
      Otto heard a mournful sigh,                                                  Trick or treat,                                              Somewhere above
      For she was lonely, too, this lady pink.                                     All up and down the street.                            the rainbow,
      There, in a little forest green clearing,                                    Ghosts and goblins every-                                    Is right here,
      Stood a cute little piglet maiden,                                      where,                                                            Where I am sitting.
      The most beautiful fraulein on earth.                   Be careful, they can give a scare                                                 She paints the
      When Ilsa saw Otto, she turned even pinker.             Haunted houses hidden away                                                  phrases beautifully.
      Their great, great ancestors                            Enter and you soon will be prey.                                                  We hear music in
      Felt the same way, this loneliness                      Down the stairs into the cellar,                                            her words.
      First experienced by Adam.                              Off you go, what a brave feller.                                                  The light she brings
      A fellow named Noah, on a rather rainy day,             High into the attic you rise,                                               with her.
      Put them together on his quite large boat               Cobwebs and dust, lots of dead flies.                         Somewhere over the rainbow,
      Of many a cubit. And he married them.                   Mice scurry about your feet,                                  I know,
      And he married them atop Mount Ararat.                  Quickly you make a speedy retreat.                            She is the center of the arc.

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      The rest is history. And my children,                   Home again with all your loot,                                Somewhere over the rainbow,
      That is how we get delicious BLTs                       Candy bars, gum and popcorn to boot.                          She teaches
      And a restaurant called Crazy Otto’s.                   Lots to eat in all one night,                                 What a delight for her students.
      The End                                                 Aspirin and bicarb will soon put you right.
      Danke, Gott, Gris Gott, und auf Viedersehn.
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                       Francis Lederer
                       by Metta Jane Hills

                           Frances Lederer was his name,
                                                               Somewhere Over
                                                               The Rainbow
                                                               by Sandi Cates
                                                                                                                  You Can Run But
                                                                                                                  You Can’t Hide...
                                                                                                                  by Alexandra Tozzi
                           a man of renown in Europe.
                           Came to the USA he did                    Somewhere over the rainbow, I en-                 Vampires and werewolves,
                                                               vision a peaceful, vibrant land called the              Weird sounds in the night.
                           and shone as a star in the
                                                               United States of America. If I close my                 Goblins and witches,
                           early years of movie land.          eyes, this is what I see:                               Give all of us a fright.
                           Buying land in San Fernando               A green, colorful, healthy, luscious              Zombies are walking,
                     Valley                                    landscape glowing in the sun.                           You had better stay inside.
      and with wealth in his pocket,                                 People going to and fro, smiling hello            However, it’s a known fact –
      he was the mayor of Canoga Park.                         to passersby.                                           You can run but you can’t hide.
      His house on Sherman Way is                                    Paved roads; no cracks, bumps nor                 This very night, ‘twas after dark
      now a California historical mark                         crevices.                                               When I turned into my street.
      and the community of Canoga Park                               Storefronts and buildings absent of               All of a sudden, as I got out of my car,
      became instead our West Hills.                           graffiti and broken windows.                            Strange creatures I did meet.
      He formed the American National                                Oceans, lakes and gleaming, clean                 They really were frightening,
                                                               waters; no beer cans or plastic bags in sight.          They gave me a terrible scare.
      Academy of Performing Arts,
                                                                     Governments operating in an hon-                  I couldn’t help but wonder
      and in an old building in Studio City                    est, scandal-free environment; no crooks,               Exactly why they were there.
      held acting classes which bore                           bribes, lies nor corruption.                            One particular character
      the fruit of the theatrical profession.                        Poverty unheard of anywhere in our                Was ugly and very tall.
      I became a student there                                 homeland.                                               He made frightening noises,
      and his charm and intuitive wisdom                             Homes well-manicured and main-                    I didn’t like him at all.
      brought forth feelings and a self                        tained, tenants inside living their lives               He led a group of monsters,
      anew in my being.                                        in happiness, not fearing the loss of their             All terrible in their demeanor.
      Scenes I did a many on stage portraying characters       homes and possessions.                                  A Frankenstein had a huge head
      as in Middle of the Night, Taste of Honey, Craig’s             Abundant jobs, training and educa-                That couldn’t be any greener.
 Wife and The Women.                                           tion for all, regardless of beliefs, religion or        I parked and finally got out of the car,
                                                               skin color.                                             Though my heart was palpitating.
      To become one with my fellow actors
                                                                     No terrorists, wars, killings or torture;         They all began to follow me!
      was a highlight in my life.                              a safe country to live in without fear.                 What were they contemplating?
      My third son shone as a star there,                            Oh please, G-d, allow the rainbows of             That they were following me to my door
      a young man who Francis worshipped.                      life come true and be fruitful.                         Was truly beyond belief.
      Francis has now spread his wings                               And one final thought: Do I dare open             But then, they all cried “Trick or treat”
      and carries on in my head                                my eyes?                                                And I almost cried with relief!
      the beauty and joy he was to all.                              Amen

                         God Bless America
                         by Robert McMeekin

                           See the foliage in New England in the fall,
                           See Yosemite and the redwoods ever so tall.
                           Walk down the halls of the White House and feel a
                     sense of what made this country so great.
                           Walk down Bourbon Street and have some jambalaya
                     by the late.
                           See the Atlantic and the Pacific and ole man Mississippi,
      See Niagra, Lake George and the mighty Missouri.
      Drive through the Painted Desert and the Petrified Forest,
      See the great plains of the Midwest and watch a fall harvest.
      See the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone and our other majestic fields of
      Drive through the Mojave and great American deserts and the Snake
 River on a train.
      See New York, Boston, Minneapolis/St. Paul and Atlanta,
      And when you’re done you’ll know why God did bless America.

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          The SCV Senior Center’s very
    own Golden Pen authors have pub-

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    lished a book! This year’s Celeb-
    rity Waiter Dinner Event featured the
    books available for purchase, $5.

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                   October 2012                                           Local Realtor Steps up for Seniors,
               Calendar of Events
                                                                          Raises $2K-plus for Meals
                                                                          story and photo by Josh Premako

 Sat., October 6, 12 p.m. – Circle of Hope’s 9th Annual Theatrical Tea.         As a Realtor with Keller Williams Realty, Tripp
 Calssic Tea fare, silent auction and raffle. 661-254-5218                Jones has been active in the Santa Clarita Valley
                                                                          for more than 20 years. Recently, he took his
 Sat., October 6, 6:30 p.m. – 6th Annual Hold ‘Em Not Hassle ‘Em Poker    involvement to a new level.
 Tournament benefitting SCV Youth Project. 661-257-9688                         As part of Keller Williams’ outreach efforts,
 Sat., October 13, 5 p.m. – Route 66 Classic Car Show. 125 classic cars   Jones has volunteered several times at the Senior
                                                                          Center. After reading an article in The Signal
 on display, trophies, live music and raffle prizes. 661-298-1494
                                                                          about financial challenges facing the center’s meal
 Sun., October 14, 1 p.m. – LARC Ranch Annual Fundraiser. Enjoy deli-     programs, he said, “it broke my heart. I know how
 cious food & live music in a Country Western Carnival. 661-296-8636      important it is to have hot meals for seniors.”
                                                                                So Jones took to Facebook, reaching out to his
 Sat., October 20, 2 p.m. – SCAA Annual Art Classic. An afternoon of      network to try and raise support.                       Local Realtor Tripp Jones recently
 fine art , musical entertainment, wine & hors d’oeuvres. 661-244-7689          “All of a sudden, the checks started rolling took it upon himself to raise
                                                                          in,” he said.                                           money for the SCV Senior Cen-
 Sat., October 27, 4 p.m. – Daniel Pearl World Music Days Concert. Lis-
                                                                                Early last month, Jones stopped by the ter. Last month, he dropped off
 ten to student musicians with award-winning musician Phil Driscoll at                                                            donations totaling $2,365, which
                                                                          Senior Center to drop off donations – including a will be applied to the center’s
 Valencia United Methodist Church.                 contribution from Wells Fargo – totaling $2,365.        meal programs.
                                                                                Tricia Apostol, with Wells Fargo Home
                                                                          Mortgage in Valencia, said her office has worked
                                                                          with Jones’ office before and that it was a no-brainer to contribute to Jones’ cause.
  Don’t Miss This Month’s Movie                                                 “It was a positive cause,” she said. “We just wanted to step up and help.”
                                                                                Jones’ fundraising was welcome news for Rachelle Dardeau, the Senior
                   Wed., October 10 at 2 p.m.                             Center’s executive director.
                                                                                “We’re in a period when the Senior Center is facing financial challenges,
                    STRANGERS IN                                          similar to challenges faced by myriad organizations and individuals,” Dardeau said.
                                                                          “So to see a resident take it upon himself to step up and raise funds for us is exciting,
                   GOOD COMPANY                                           encouraging and heartwarming.”
                                                                                Dardeau said the funds are being applied directly to the Senior Center’s meal
       A busload of women become stranded in an isolated part of          programs.
 the Canadian countryside. As they await rescue, they reflect on their          “A contribution of any amount is a huge help to us in continuing to provide
 lives. Featuring non-professional actors and mostly ad-libbed            excellent service,” she said.
                                                                                Jones didn’t seem completely content with that well-received contribution,
                                                                                “I want to do more… because I feel like it’s a big need,” he said. “I wish more
  Needlecraft Boutique                                                    people would do this.”
                                                                                Of particular importance to Jones is, as he explained, that services provided
        Craft sales by our NeedleCraft Club, ev-                          by senior centers will be needed by everyone at some point in their life.
  ery first and third Monday from 10 a.m. to                                    For information on making a financial contribution to the SCV Senior Center,
                                noon. Unique,                             call 661-259-9444, or visit to make a donation via PayPal.
                                handmade items
                                made with love.
                                Don’t miss their big Holiday Boutique
                                on Monday, November 26 from 8:30
                                a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Senior Center’s
                                “front porch.”

      Annual State of the City
             The city will host its annual State of the City luncheon,
      Thursday, October 18, at 11:30 a.m. at the Hyatt Regency
      Valencia. Over lunch, attendees will hear from city offi-
             The luncheon costs $40 per person and includes lunch
      and a commemorative gift celebrating Santa Clarita’s 25th                  The Santa Clarita City Council presented SCV Senior Center Executive
      birthday.                                                             Director Rachelle Dardeau (pictured, holding certificate) and center staff mem-
             For more information, call 661-259-2489. The Hyatt is          bers with a certificate recognizing September as National Senior Center Month
      located at 24500 Town Center Drive in Valencia.                       and September 16 to 22 as Adult Day Services Week, at the council’s August
                                                                            27 meeting.
                                                                                 photo by Esteban Pallares/City of Santa Clarita

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A Widow’s Journey
by Kay Waggoner                                                        SCV Senior Center
       Is there really such a thing as a broken heart?
                                                                       Adult Day Care                                                             Now Open
After I lost my husband, I realized that there really
                                                                                                                                                     5 Days
                                                                       Join “THE CLUB”
is. It’s hard to believe, but you can actually feel a
broken heart. You actually have a physical feeling                                                                                                    a Week!
that there is a hole in your chest cavity where your
whole heart used to be.                                                Wide variety of Activities including:
       The pain you feel from losing the person who
knew you better than anyone else is so overwhelm-                      • Arts & Crafts • Music • Dancing Exercise • Receive Personal Caring & Qualified
ing. The mental pain is worse than any physical pain                   • Games • Current Events • Discussion        Assistance with the Activities
you have ever felt in your life. I have since become                   • Safe Nurturing Licensed Program            of Daily Living
thankful that my Ben never has to go through the
pain of losing me that I have gone through after los-                  • Nutritious Meals Provided Daily • Affordable
ing him.
       Even though you know that your loved one is
gone forever, you never seem to get over the feeling
                                                                                                     Access to our support
that one day, they will come home from work, walk                                                      groups, caregiver
through the front door and tell you that the whole
thing was just a bad dream.                                                                           training, counseling
       I’ve discussed this feeling with my friends at                                                   and much more!
the Grief Support Group here at the Senior Center,
and it seems that all of us have experienced the feel-
ing that our spouses are “just somewhere else right
now and will be home soon.” But we all know this                       New HOurS!                                 Mon - Fri 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
                                                                                                                    Extended Hours Available by Request
is something that will never happen.
                                                                                   22900 Market Street • Santa Clarita
                  Cut out for                                                   661-259-9444 •
                easy reference

       SUNDAY                     MONDAY                       TUESDAY              WEDNESDAY                  THURSDAY              FRIDAY           SATURDAY
                                                      1                         2                       3                   4                    5                   6

                             Oven Baked Cheeseburger                                      Chicken              Roast Loin        Lemon Dill
                              Chicken                                                    Parmesan               of Pork             Fish
  7                          8                            9                         10                      11                  12                   13

                                 Hot Roast                BBQ Chicken Beef Lasagna                             Rosemary          Fish Burger
                                   Beef                                                                         Lemon
                                 Sandwich                                                                       Chicken
  14                         15                           16                        17                      18                  19                   20

                              Herb Baked                         Beef                Baked Fish             Sweet & Sour             Chicken
                               Chicken                        Stroganoff                                       Pork                   Curry

  21                         22                           23                        24                      25                  26                   27

                                  Meatloaf                     Hawaiian             Penne Pasta Chicken Taco   Potato
                                                               Chicken               w/ Meat                 Crusted Fish
  28                         29                           30                        31

                                 Jambalaya                    Beef Chili            Chili Egg Puff
                                                                                                                 OCTOBER BIRTHSTONE           OCTOBER FLOWER
                                                                                                                       Opal                      Marigold
                              Note: Menu is subject to change without notice.

                                        Menu for October 2012
  Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center                                                                                                                      The Mighty Oak 7
Winning Hearts and Bowling Over the Competition
Wii Bowling Update
by Robin Clough, Director of Volunteers and Recreation
photo by Josh Premako
                                                               The National Wii Bowling Tournament is in full swing. To date, both of our Senior Center teams
                                                          are undefeated in this stiff competition. The Alley Oops team participates in the super-elite category,
                                                          and the newly formed Stars & Strikes team is in the elite category.
                                                               “More important than winning games and points is winning the hearts of the players,” player
                                                          Mary Gallant said. “We have several new players with real handicaps whose lives have been changed
                                                          since they entered the Wii Bowling world.
                                                               Gallant said players have made friends, learned new skills and feel like they belong to something
                                                          special again.
                                                               We make them feel welcome and patiently teach them how the game is played,” she said. “They
                                                          are exuberant for each other each time they make a strike or a spare. If one of them gets a turkey,
                                                          everyone is overjoyed! Winning is fun, but it’s all in how you play the game that really counts.”
                                                               Gallant set a personal and team record September 13, bowling a 300. She said her average is
                                                          around 270.
                                                               Congratulations to our Wii teams for their success and for embracing the true spirit of our senior
                                                          center activities. “Wii” would love to have you join the team!
Senior Center volunteer and Wii bowler Mary Gallant set
a personal and team record when she bowled a 300-point
game on September 13.
                                                                                 Healthy Foods for a
   Donate Directly and Support                                                   Healthier You
   Senior Citizens!                                                                   Registered Dietitian Stephanie Correnti’s popular and free “Healthy
                                                                                 Foods for a Healthier You” class has returned to the SCV Senior Center this fall.
                                                                                 Focusing on senior nutrition, healthy recipes and including tasting samples,
        Contributing to the work of                                              space fills up quickly.
   the SCV Senior Center just got                                                     The classes are free, but pre-registration is mandatory.
   easier. When you visit www.scv-                                                    The classes will be held on the following Fridays at the Senior Center:, you’ll notice a                                             October 12 and 26, and November 2 and 9.
   PayPal button. That will allow you to make direct donations that can               The classes are part of the ENHANCE (Effective Nutritional Health As-
   help fund everything from daily operations to home-delivered meals to         sessments and Networks of Care for the Elderly) program.
   Adult Day Care. We value your support.                                             For additional information or to find out if space is still available, please
                                                                                 contact Karin Kelly at 661-259-9444, ext. 127, or

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                                                                                The Senior Center’s Supportive
   TRIPS & TOURS                                                                    Services Department
      SCVSC Trips & Tours Presents                                               Offering counseling and support which addresses the
                                                                            challenges associated with aging and can be extremely helpful
          Fun and Adventurous Outings for All Ages                          for seniors and adult children of aging parents.
                                                                                 Held in the Supportive Services modular, the weekly
                                                                            support groups are as follows:
      Tuesday, October 16                                                        Emotional Support: Tuesdays 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
      Ripley’s Believe it or Not                                                 Grief Support: Tuesdays 11 a.m. to Noon
      Leaves 10 a.m., Returns ap-                                                Caregiver Support: Fridays 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
proximately 3:30 p.m.                                                            Caregiver Workshops: Fridays 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
      Home to weird-class family
fun, where you can explore two
floors with new galleries, shows
and nearly 300 unusual and fas-
                                       Ripley’s Believe It or Not
cinating exhibits. Lunch at Apple-
bee’s.                                                                      LA Regional Food Bank Commodity
                                                                               Supplemental Food Program
 Chumash Casino                             Tuesday, October 30              The requirements for the program are: Senior 60 years and
                                            Chumash Casino                   older; Income can not exceed: 1 person-$1,174 per month
                                            $28, no refunds
                                            Leaves 8:30 a.m., returns ap-
                                                                             or 2 person-$1,579.
                                       proximately 6:30 p.m.                 To register participant must bring: Picture identification
                                            Must have photo ID               with date of birth. Proof of income Social Security, SSI, or
                                            Encore Dinner Theater in Tu-     Pension (Bank statement, check stub, or award letter) or
                                       stin                                  Medi-Cal Card Distribution is the 3rd Friday of every month
                                                                             9 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the front parking lot.
     Saturday, November 17
     Gourmet dinner with a
Broadway show at the new Encore
Dinner Theater.
     No facilities on bus
     24-person limit, so but early
     Leaves at 10 a.m., returns ap-
proximately 4:30 p.m.
     $74, no refunds after Octo-      Encore Dinner Theatre
ber 17

 Great Western Tours 2013
     February 4, 2013
     Branson Fest Outwest, Nevada
     4-day motorcoach tour includes
3 nights hotel accommodations at
CasaBlanca Resort & Casino. Pre-
show on arrival, 3 live Branson eve-
ning shows, plus much more!
     $595 Single Occupancy                             Branson Fest
     $485 Double Occupancy

      March 3, 2013
      Death Valley & Amargosa Valley
4-day inclusive Motorcoach Program with 3 nights hotel accommoda-
tions including 8 meals. Guided tours of upper/lower Death Valley,
Amargosa Valley, admission to Scotty’s Castle and a tour of Amargosa
                                                     Opera House.
                                Death Valley Single – $694
                                                     Twin – $629.

          For information, please call 1-800-344-7090.
Santa Clarita Valley Senior Center                                                                                                  The Mighty Oak 9
Volunteer Barbara Howard: The Thrill of Victory…
by Robin Clough, Director of Volunteers & Recreation

      Every Sunday morning at the College of the Canyons stadium, I encounter two sisters who enthusiastically
train athletes in their track endeavors. “Hi, Coach” is always acknowledged with a smile, but little did I know
their mother is a volunteer at our SCV Senior Center, and these coaches are both Olympic gold medalists!
      Volunteer Barbara Howard shines with an aura of warmth and happiness, and like everyone else, I
was drawn to her light. But when I inquired about the story of her family, I was stunned to find this light
was golden.
      Barbara is the mother of the “First Family of Track.” Four of her six daughters were All-Americans
in high school, setting national records. Jesse Owens, 1936 Olympic Gold Medalist, was right when he
predicted the Howard girls would become world-class athletes. Indeed, they are now in both the Olympic
Hall of Fame and the Guinness Book of Records.
      COC coaches Denean and Sherri went on to qualify for the 1980 U.S. Olympic Team, and were
awarded Congressional medals for these boycotted games. Denean later won medals in three Olympic
Games: one gold and two silver.
      In 1984, Sherri and her team set an Olympic record, running the 4 x 400 and winning the gold. In
their practices they ran with legendary friends Flo Jo, Jackie Kersee, Gail Devers, Valerie Brisco and Carol
Lewis, sister of Olympian Carl Lewis.
      There are golden genes in the Howard family. Barbara’s husband, Eugene Howard, was inducted into
the Detroit Hall of Fame for basketball and track. Her brother outran John Carlos before Carlos went on to
achieve his historic Olympic win. Denean met 1984 Olympic silver medalist boxer Virgil Hill during the
Olympics and they married. Their son, Valencia High School star football player Virgil Hill, Jr. was drafted
by baseball’s St. Louis Cardinals and their daughter, Azaria, is a junior Olympian.
      The Howard family knows the thrill of victory and they are champions in the world of sports. They
are a close family who motivate each other not only in sports, but run the distance for the community as
well. Working with Special Olympics, they live the philosophy of giving back, ensuring that others can go       Barbara Howard
for the gold.
      Barbara Howard gave the world gold through the historic achievements of her family, and she treasures those experiences and is filled with pride.
However, Barbara says that the true gold for her was sharing her life and love with her late husband, Eugene.
      The Howard family legacy is carried on by Barbara’s volunteerism at the Senior Center, and if you wish to see this continuation just stop by the COC
stadium any Sunday and say “Hi, Coach.” You’ll get golden smiles in return.

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Waiting for the ‘But Wait’                                                                            “Timeless Fashion”
by Rita Roth
                                                                                                      to Benefit the
                                Promoters of products who peddle their
                          wares via television have come up with an in-
                                                                                                      SCV Senior Center
                                                                                                      by Tess Carlos
                          teresting ploy. I call it the “But wait” method of
                          advertising.                                                                        Rachelle Dardeau, executive director of the SCV Se-
                                First, they tell you about the item they                                 nior Center, had this to say in the August edition of The
                          would like you to order. They extol its virtues                                Mighty Oak: “As summer gives way to autumn, we’re
                          by showing you how individuals who have pur-                                   gearing up for a busy time here at the SCV Senior Center.
                          chased it are now living in ecstasy because it                                 September is National Senior Center month and National
                          has enhanced their lives in miraculous ways.         Adult Day Services month, a month that celebrates the important services and
                          Sometimes the item will be a kitchen gizmo that      benefits of Senior Centers and Adult Day Services.”
                          chops, dices, shreds and does the family ironing.          She also said that funding the excellent services offered at the SCV Senior
                          It appears that this is something that everybody     Center remains a top priority.
would want. They go on to give you the price, and then comes the “But                With this thought, I – who was chosen as the Senior Volunteer of 2012 –
wait.”                                                                         Linda Crawford, a longtime volunteer with Trips and Tours at the Center, and Mul
       The announcer will go on to tell you that if you get up from the        Tayoba, who is soon to be a senior and an accomplished couture designer will
couch this minute and rush to the phone, not only will you receive             hold a fashion show to benefit the Senior Center.
the gizmo, but they will also throw in a set of kitchen knives, a pair of            Its called “Timeless Fashion,” a dinner, dance and fashion show, October 27
                                                                               in the Hyatt Regency Valencia’s grand ballroom. This is an effort to raise money,
kitchen tongs and they will send your firstborn child to a college of your
                                                                               and all proceeds will go to the SCV Senior Center. The exciting evening will be
choice. Okay, I made that last one up.
                                                                               filled with fabulous contemporary and elegant fashions designed by Mul, who
       Sometimes the ad is aimed at a product for your pet. A battery op-
                                                                               specializes in custom prom outfits, debutante, quincianera, formal wear for all
erated brush that will remove surplus hair from your cat or dog by using
                                                                               occasions and wedding ensembles. He is a big supporter of the Senior Center,
some kind of electronic wave. The ad shows delighted pet owners and            and through his specialty would like to help the center. Mul’s models and a few
equally delighted pets brushing and grooming and having a delightful           of our very own seniors will all walk the runway. For them, this will be an expe-
time. Of course, it is the pet owners who are doing the brushing and           rience of their lives and this will make this fashion show very unique. They said
grooming, not the pets. Everything is just lovely, but wait for it, here       “we will walk elegantly for a good cause!”
comes the “But wait.” To the first 4 million people who order, they will             We invite you to donate $65 for an evening of elegance. Every dollar helps,
also send a flea collar absolutely free of charge.                             especially for our meal program and/or to other activities to improve life for our
       Beautifying cosmetics are a popular item for this type of advertis-     seniors.
ing. “Droop-no-more cream guaranteed to shore up that droopy jaw                     For tickets, call Tess Carlos at 661-284-2311, Linda Crawford at 661-296-
line.” “But wait,” if you order within the next 15 minutes we will include     1234 or Mul Tayoba at 661-253-1825.
with your order a miracle day cream, a miracle night cream and a
miracle cream for mid-afternoon. Who can resist these blandishments?
Certainly not I. In fact, television has taken on a whole new meaning for
me. I can hardly wait to learn what wonderful, extra goody is in store for
me should I decide to rush to the phone, credit card in hand.
       I have become so enamored of the “but wait” that I find myself
using it in my daily life. I tell my cat Stanley, “If you stop throwing your
litter out of the box and onto the floor, I will buy you that extra yummy,
twice-as-expensive cat food. But wait, if you promise not to shed all
over my new bedspread, I will throw in a dish of cream.”
       I don’t know where this will end. I see myself becoming more and
more embroiled in the habit and I visualize a time when whenever I go
into a store I will expect some bonus offering. Store clerks, when ring-
ing up my purchase will wonder why I am just standing there with my
checkbook in hand and a look of anticipation on my face. I guess they
won’t know that I am waiting for the ”But wait.”

   Visually Impaired Program
         The Visually Impaired Program is expanding services, which
   began in April. Services include a computer training class using
   the Zoomtext software, which enlarges the print. Classes will be on
   Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
         In addition, a new program is being developed called
   Independent Living Skills. The class will focus on practical
   everyday skills and will include folding money, marking ovens
   and microwaves, etc. This class will also consist of a discussion of
   current events in Santa Clarita and sales that may be taking place
   at local stores.
         For further details contact John Taylor, the Visually Impaired
   Program Coordinator at 255-1588.

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