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July 2019
Charles Roberts

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This month we’d like to give thanks to a familiar face, but one you might not know of in relation to the Highland Senior Center. Charles Roberts is the former editor of the Highland Community News, where he was a big supporter of the Highland Senior Center and would often visit the center to cover our events and activities. However when he retired at the end of 2017, he continued to support our center, but in a different capacity. Before retiring, he asked Jeff, the Outreach Director if we could use some volunteers, as he did not want to become bored. Well, he asked the right person, as he was immediately made a Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) driver. He volunteers to drive just about every weekday, and sometimes on weekends as well. Yet his helping us out doesn’t stop there. He also helps out in our Food Program, three days a weeks. He sorts outs the food we bring in and then helps us to pass it out to our seniors. We would also like to thank his wife, Myrna, who gives him time off from his retirement Honey Do list to help us out.


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Well, we have to admit that it was one of our smaller crowds for our Annual Christmas Open House, but the rain didnt dampen the enthusiasm of those who attended. Those who did show up, made twice as much noise.

We mixed things up this time with some new acts. First we started out with a special guest, Supervisor Neil Derry, who got things festive with some Christmas Carols, before finishing with a less festive, yet very popular, Burning Ring of Fire ala Johnny Cash.

A party with no dancing? Not here. The winners of our holiday Seniors Got Talent, the Offbeats, came next. Giving hoofers a new meaning, the dancing reindeer troupe of Bobbie Anderson, Suzanne Marconett, and Jennifer Stegall, tapdanced to some holiday favorites.

Following a break of cookies, provided by the Moms and Daughters of the Inland Empire National Charity League, and cake, came the Redlands East Valley Jazz Ensemble, whose carol stylings got everyone jazzed up for Christmas. We also held some 50/50 raffles which enabled us to donate $200 for their band.

Our final act was Harriet Foucher and her Kristal Bells. Everyone got into the act as the audience were given the chance to show their musical talent with handbells. This gave us time for only two more guests. Very special guests: Santa and Mrs. Claus. They took time out of their very busy schedule to take in some last minute Christmas wishes, and to hand out some treats to good boys and girls. Luckily no one walked away with any coal.

Special thanks to our talented musicians and volunteers to helped us to spread a little Christmas cheer. Finally we would like to thank our sponsors, Leisure Point and the San Manuel Tribe of Mission Indians for sponsoring the event.