The Holidays — At The Palms
and Around Town
H ollenbeck is always filled with a special feeling of warmth and sharing —
but at this time of year, that glow becomes even brighter.
There are so many delights to savor: our Thanksgiving Day buffet dinner,
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lively roster of holiday programs, Christmas tree-trimming and elegant New
Year's Eve dinner/dance. A full calendar of festive excursions includes: tours
of Christmas lights, shopping for gifts, attending musical performances and
much more. Reliable transportation is especially important — and that brings
We invite you to me to a pressing need I’d like to share with you.
join us for our Annual Transportation is among the essential core services we provide for
Hollenbeck’s 200 Members. Trips to stores, the theatre and special events are
made aboard our 24-passenger coach. We additionally chauffeur residents to
Christmas Tree Walking
medical appointments in our van — eliminating the need for our Members to
Tour and Holiday Tea
drive or arrange for a ride, find parking, pay for parking, and make their way
to the doctor’s office unassisted.
December 13 from
In the past year alone, our 1996 seven-passenger van logged over 2,300
2 to 4 pm.
Please call today medical trips. With an odometer reading of 170,000 miles, it’s at the end of its
to make your useful life. When it’s in the repair shop, our Members really feel the impact.
Our community of family and friends has graciously provided much-
reservations. Plan to
bring a friend and needed support for recent projects through our Annual Fund. With your help,
experience the warmth we can replace our old van with a new model, perhaps one equipped with a
wheelchair lift. The estimated total cost is $45,000 to $50,000. The family of one
of our Members has donated $6,000 to launch this effort. Your gift, large or
of our Hollenbeck
small, will be very gratefully welcomed.
On behalf of everyone at Hollenbeck Palms, warmest wishes for a
wonderful holiday season from our home to yours!
HONOR A LOVED ONE WITH A CHRISTMAS ORNAMENT
As always, gifts of $2,500 or more to Hollenbeck ha Gift
will be permanently acknowledged on the
Tree of Recognition in our Front Lobby.
in your donated
Also, at this time of year we offer a
special way to honor a loved one. Gifts of $50 or more
received before December 24th can sponsor a Christmas
ornament “in honor of” or “in memory of” the person
you name, and hung on the Christmas trees in our two
Hollenbeck Members will receive a holiday card
letting them know that an ornament has been placed
on the tree in his or her honor. Donors will receive
written acknowledgement for their tax-deductible gifts.
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THE PALMS HOUSEKEEPING DEPARTMENT
A fter over twenty years in the housekeeping field
across Southern California, Guillermo Acosta has finally
Guillermo Acosta, Director of Housekeeping, and
In June, he was named Director of Housekeeping his staff, take pride in their specialized services
for Hollenbeck Palms, fifteen minutes from his house.
He naturally appreciates the short commute — but there’s another reason he likes living so close
to work. “Anytime I’m needed,” he says, “I can get here quickly.”
Guillermo and his staff of thirteen are employed by Professional Building Maintenance
(PBM), which has provided housekeeping services to Hollenbeck since 1978. Guillermo’s
boss, David Lorin, was Hollenbeck's first Director of Housekeeping, and knows what
it takes to keep the setting as well-cared for as the people who enjoy it.
Guillermo’s team works seven days a week in two shifts. They’re responsible for
keeping all the public areas shining, from day-to-day cleaning to regular deep-
cleaning and disinfecting. They also provide apartment housekeeping services — an
optional amenity offered to Members. “We pride ourselves on white glove service,”
says Guillermo. “Many residents have items that require special treatment, and
Martha Andrade, we’re happy to oblige.” Members often develop a rapport with one housekeeper
Housekeeping — and request her regularly.
of the Month of While they have decades of combined experience, team members still attend
October monthly in-service training sessions to perfect and expand their specialized skills.
Topics range from the latest cleaning techniques to critical safety measures.
Keeping Hollenbeck Palms sparkling is an awesome task, one Guillermo oversees with an
experienced hand. After five months, how does he like it? “It’s a wonderful place; I enjoy it very
much,” he says. “Every day is different. I go home happy.”
Upcoming Choose Magnolia Court
Your Retirement Destination!
Seminars Hollenbeck Palms has begun the first phase of construction for
Tuesday, January 23, 2007 Magnolia Court, our newest planned residential building.
Wednesday, March 7, 2007 Magnolia Court will house a casual bistro, modern recreation
Thursday, April 26, 2007 center and 32 spacious balcony apartments overlooking our 8-acre
garden campus. Floorplans vary with one bedroom, one bedroom
plus den and two bedroom garden apartments available.
10:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m. — includes
Demand for the units is high, with only five left.
information, a tour, and luncheon
Reserve your place today! We encourage you to reserve your seat at a Magnolia Court
(323)263-6195 seminar. Or call to arrange your own private lunch and tour.
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Activities & Special Events
All events are for Hollenbeck Palms
Residential and Assisted Residential
Members and their invited guests.
2 “Operation Christmas Child”
Gift packing with Jo Westervelt
2 “Cleaning New Orleans”
Mr. Fred Cornelious’ Experience
8 “Mind, Body, Spirit” by CalState
Professor Connie Corley
10 Veterans Day Ceremony We All Scream...
Forest Lawn Hollywood
11 Bus Outing to Veterans Day Program Sixteen ice cream lovers headed for fabled Fosselmans in
at Commerce Veterans Hall Alhambra, long a favorite destination around Hollenbeck,
12 Classical Guitar Recital for an ice cream social. Mr. Fosselman’s son treated the
by USC Music Department ~ Parlor group to a personal history of the shop, and many
Bowling at Beverly Lanes
Birthday Show ~ Cary Murakami Adventur Members took tubs of their favorite flavors
home to share.
16 “America’s Golden Age”
Slide Show by Debbie McIntosh
16 “L’Incoronazione di Poppea” Energy to Spare
by LA Opera Speaker After a Member suggestion
18 “Looking Ahead” Young Actors got the ball rolling, a team of
Holiday Workshop Hollenbeck bowlers are
22 “Breaking of Bread" Ceremony descending on nearby Beverly
Dining Room Lanes in Montebello every
23 Thanksgiving Day Family Worship month to polish their games.
Service and Harvest Buffet
27 Bowling at Beverly Lanes
Dancing At Dusk
Guests from local senior dance clubs
joined Members on the Sun Deck for
our Annual Sunset Dance. The Wyatt
Haupt Society Orchestra played
against the dramatic backdrop of the
downtown LA skyline at twilight.
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V is for Victory... and Verbs
In October, Hollenbeck hosted the region-wide CAHSA Spelling Bee for the second time —and kept the trophy for
another year. Some 175 onlookers watched Palms dynamo Flo Cohen vanquish spellers from seven other retirement
facilities, as Roger Young nabbed second place. Earlier, the team
practice sessions with Flo, Roger and John Rea attracted a fan
club. In other brainy news, students of Elivier Sanchez’s Spanish DECEMBER
classes are now chatting with each other and Spanish speakers on 1 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
Holiday Party on CalState Campus
Summer Al Fresco 7 Our Lady of Talpa School Children’s
Holiday Program ~ Activity Room
Members enjoy the 7 Crismon Tree Ceremony with
umbrella-shaded Chaplain Scott ~ Chapel
ambience at the 8 Annual Christmas Tea
annual Barbecue Vocalist, Clarence Ulrich
Picnic. Strolling 9 Colburn Youth String Orchestra
accordionist Elsie Concert ~ Chapel
Anderson provided 12 Birthday Show by Jordan Preston
sing-along music at Activity Room
each table as the 14 “Hansel and Gretel” by LA Opera
aroma from the grills Speaker ~ Library/Learning Center
filled the air. 14 PUENTE Children’s Christmas Party
with Santa Claus
All the World’s a Stage 19 The Ebell Chorale Holiday Concert
~ Activity Room
The August edition of the Saturday Musicale, a popular Hollenbeck
tradition, featured a crusty group of miners singing “Sixteen Tons”
20 Christmas Lights & Restaurant
Supper Trip with Mr. Heideman
and the debut of the Hollenbeck Silver Liners, who strutted their
stuff to the rousing “New York, New York.”
21 “Life of Christ” ~ Final in Series
by Debbie McIntosh
21 Trip to see Christmas Lights and
Sack Supper with Loretta
25 Christmas Worship Service
with Chaplain Scott ~ Chapel
25 Christmas Caroling with Barbara
Erdman at the piano ~ Parlor
27 New Year’s Fantasy Supper Dance
with Tony Bartell
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Welcome New Members
Mike’s interests include bowling, golf and pool.
He has an open mind when it comes to learning
new things and attending lectures. In fact, he first
learned about Hollenbeck when he attended a
While Bob is a
new member at lecture here some fifteen years ago. He never forgot
Hollenbeck, he’s us, and is now very happy to be part of the
been involved with it Hollenbeck family.
for several years —
at one time giving DAN & MARJORIE GILLINGHAM
dance lessons here. Natives of East Los Angeles, Dan and Marjorie
His latest passion is first met at church and then discovered they both
Bob with daughter Nancy
karaoke. Bob brings his own system and leads the attended Roosevelt
group in this new musical program, to enthusiastic High School.
response. Marjorie grew up
Bob was born in Kansas. After serving in the very near Hollenbeck
Navy, he returned to California to study at UCLA, Palms at Sixth and
where he met his wife Jean. They settled in Burbank Breed Street. She
and raised five children, all of whom still live in the attended LA College
state. His daughter, Nancy is Co-Director of and earned a degree
Marketing and Admissions at Hollenbeck. in Merchandising,
During his career in the insurance industry, Bob which led to a career
enjoyed golf and tennis. After retiring, he became in retail sales. She later went on to work for the
avidly involved in musical activities, including Consumer Price Index.
singing with the Melotones, and teaching dance. Dan was born and raised in the Euclid Heights
Bob thinks Hollenbeck is a great place to live. area of Los Angeles. He received his Masters Degree
in Marketing at USC and worked for Pacific Bell.
Dan and Marjorie raised their family of four
children in the hills above Pasadena. Their neigh-
Lois was born in Alabama. She has one son,
Harry Maxham Anthony who lives in the Bay area bors, Vivian and Archie Wood, introduced them to
and visits his mother often. Lois was the manager of Hollenbeck. They now look forward to renewing
the Tick Tock Restaurant in Hollywood for twenty- that friendship, since they will be neighbors again!
two years. She also enjoyed dancing and used to The Gillinghams’ interests include collecting
play the piano. minerals, hiking and camping. Their love of travel
has taken them all over the world, and they have
collected souvenirs from the many countries they’ve
visited. Marjorie, who just received a 25 Year Award
Mike was born in Bitner,
Pennsylvania, and spent his as a Docent at the Los Angeles Arboretum in
early years in that area. He left Arcadia, admits that what sold her on Hollenbeck
home at eighteen and was soon was “the gardens and grounds and buildings.” She
drafted into the Army, serving and Dan look forward to meeting new friends and
in Europe for four years. After catching up with old ones here at the Palms.
returning to the US, Mike
traveled to a number of HARUKO ISHIBASHI
locations, finally settling in Los Angeles, where he Haruko loves to spend time with her family
attended college. He later joined the International which includes, her husband, four children, eleven
Typographical Union, working in that field until his grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Most
retirement. live close by and visit her often.
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She also enjoys dancing, listening to music and attended college for three
watching sporting activities. Her favorite foods are years and then was drafted into the army.
chocolate and strawberries. He served in Europe for four years. After returning
to the States he became an accountant, and spent
JAY JOSSMAN the rest of his career in the field of finance. His
Jay was born in Pittsburgh, interests include the theater and related societies.
Pennsylvania and moved to Los
Angeles with his family at an PHYLLIS SURLAGE
early age. He attended Santa Phyllis was born in Marseilles, Illinois, and
Monica High School, UCLA and moved to Decatur at an early age. Later her family
City College, earning a BA moved to Phoenix, Arizona,
degree in Accounting. During where she worked as an
his career as an Accountant, Jay accountant. She eventually
became interested in photography and later turned settled in Pasadena, California,
that hobby into a career in the architectural and where she raised her two sons.
interior design fields. In 1982, Phyllis and her
Today, Jay’s hobbies include photography and husband moved to Leisure
computers. He is enjoying the relaxing and pleasant World in Seal Beach, where she
atmosphere at Hollenbeck, making new friends and was active on their Board.
exploring a variety of activities; he’s already joined There, she renewed her early interest in art, took
our Silver Liners dancing group. Jay is very glad he classes, and received many honors for her work.
found Hollenbeck and thanks his friend Trudy She also played trophy-winning shuffleboard.
Sivick for introducing him to the Palms. Phyllis is very happy to be at Hollenbeck. She
looks forward to making new friends and becoming
involved with the Palms lifestyle. She also plans to
pursue her interest in art. She finds everyone very
Harold was born in
Brooklyn, New York, where he friendly here, and says she’s delighted she will
was educated and lived for never have to move again.
many years. He has a BA and
MA in Education and taught IRENE TAMBARA
throughout his career. Harold Irene was born in Fresno, California into a
and his wife raised their two family of two brothers and two sisters. The family
children, Judy and Michael, in moved to Los Angeles where Irene graduated from
the area. When he retired, he moved to Florida, East L.A.’s own Roosevelt High School.
where he lived a very active life including tennis Irene married her husband, Charles in 1944.
and bridge. He also served on the Board of They raised a son and a daughter in nearby
Directors for his housing complex. Monterey Park. Her career as a staff developer
Harold moved to Los Angeles from Florida three spanned 40 years at The Keiro Retirement Home —
years ago. He is grateful that his daughter, Judy, just down the street from Hollenbeck!
researched senior communities and found
Hollenbeck. He is very happy to be here and is LEON WENGER
participating in many activities. Recently, when Leon began his early years in Montery, Mexico,
bridge was revived as an activity, he became the and later moved to Los Angeles where he earned
fourth player. his degree at UCLA. His career was spent in the
field of engineering which included extensive
FRANK SHERWOOD traveling. Travel is among his favorite interests as
Frank was born in Bird Island, Minnesota. He well as the exciting world of sports.
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Some of Our Favorite Holiday Traditions
“I don’t feel the need to decorate “Rabbi Korf from Chabad of Greater “I remember all the cooking and
my own apartment because the Los Feliz conducts a Chanukah decorating for the holidays. Now I’m
decorations throughout Hollenbeck program. He lights the candles, glad Hollenbeck does it for us.”
provide such a festive environment.” discusses the significance of the — Edna Lanier
— Alberta Kassing holiday, recites the traditional
prayers, and provides latkes (potato “I remember a
“We cut down a pancakes with applesauce and very special
tree in the woods sour cream). Rabbi Korf’s talented Christmas when
near our home children help explain the holiday, I was about five
and decorated it compete for the microphone, sing, years old.
with popcorn dance, and show off holiday posters My sister had left home and
we would string they made at school.” I got a watch.”
and handmade paper chains. We had — Camille Goldsmith, Director of Nursing — Edwina Talbott
a big family gathering and dinner.”
— Millie Bristow “Hollenbeck staff
puts on a Posada
“When I was growing up we lived each year.
on a farm and the whole family They act out the
would come over to celebrate. “The holidays bring out the best in Nativity Scene
There was always people. I love our family gatherings; in full costume
lots of snow.” food is a big attraction and everyone and sing Christmas Carols.
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— Catherine Cornelious contributes to the festivities.” Those with Broadway talent
— Blanca Cedano, Social Services Designee entertain us with singing,
guitar and dancing.”
“I enjoy visiting
— Allan Tan, Assistant Controller
with friends for
— Wes Kuhn
H K Hollenbeck Palms is a continuing-care retirement community NON-PROFIT
PA L M S offering active seniors a rewarding and secure lifestyle on a
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