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October 2021
Don Harper

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This month we’d like to shine the light on Don Harper is one of our longtime Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) drivers. Don has been a member for about 7 ½ years, and has been driving for 5 ½ years. During that time he has become one of our go-to drivers driving multiple times a week, and sometimes several trips in one day. He first heard about the center from his mother-in-law, who is a Wii Bowler. She got him a membership and he came and joined the Wii Bowling league. He then remembered then Outreach Director, Holly Andrade, talking about TAP and how they needed drivers. He gave it a test drive, enjoyed it and has been doing it ever since. He loves driving, and loves the people. He thinks of this as his job, but a job he enjoys. The clients love him too and has clients who ask for him. Originally from Fort Worth, TX, his mom brought him out here when he was two. He inched his way over from Blythe, to Beaumont, to Highland. We are thankful that his travels brought him closer to us. Thanks Don for driving that extra mile for us!


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Well, it was beginning to look a lot like Christmas...at the stores, but those dreaming of a white Christmas, had to look elsewhere. However the spirit of Christmas was evident everywhere, especially here at the Highland Senior Center. The crowd was a mix of old and new faces as was our entertainment.

We started with a brand new act, Ron Wood, who got people tapping their toes with some oldies but goodies, such as Aint She Sweet and Baby Face. Once the crowd was fired up he switched to festive, and more modern, Christmas songs.

Next came a short intermission, featuring some extra special guests. Santa and Mrs. Claus were on hand to make sure we stayed on the good list, and mingled with the crowd. Now you cant help but mention Santa Claus and hot chocolate and cookies, so we passed out plates of cookies and a steaming hot cup of cocoa to all the good boys and girls in the audience. (Luckily no one was left out!). By then it was time for the big man himself to head back up to the North Pole and finish his final preparations.

With our stomachs satiated, it came time for a very familiar face at our annual party. Harriet Foucher and her Kristal Bells. Unfortunately Harriet got caught up in some holiday traffic and was unable to make it before the party ended. However, we look forward to her coming back next year. And with that it was time to bid adieu.

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, Don Davis and Aetna, and the San Manuel Tribe of Mission Indians for sponsoring the event.