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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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For our last hurrah for the summer we gave everyone a chance for a final summer vacation of the year. A trip to the tropical island of Hawaii lite. Yes, our dining room was magically transformed so only the trained eye could t tell the difference between the HSC and Waikiki. A luau was held on the beach as our fans kept the Trade Winds and our plastic palm fronds swaying. All of our guests were welcomed with a friendly e komo mai, presented with a lei. Everyone, from those wearing Hawaiin shirts and mumus, to those haoles, dressed for the mainland were treated as kamaainas.

While we had people showing up hours early, to get the \"good seats\", no matter where you sat, everybody got the same great luau feast: Hawaiian chicken, with rice pilaf, a roll, and fruit cocktail. For the floor show, all the seats were just as good. This year we had a new entertainer for our crowd. Dianne Chavarria sang some Hawaiian favorites encouraging those who knew the words to sing along. Some of our Hawaiian dance students felt the need to sway, and showed off their moves while Dianne sang. To end the show we had our very own Ukelele instructor, Keoki Ariola, strummed a few tunes for us, which may have not all been very Polynesian, but were extremely crowd pleasing.

Mahalo to our sponsors to the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Leisure Point, and the Aetna. Additional thanks to all of our volunteers, especially Don Davis, Raye Garcia, Dianne Kassotis, Linda Brian, Jack & Nancy Wallace, Diane Lerner, Gloria Peterson, Gladys Clemens, Donald Dorris, Mary Oehling, David & Judy Borgshatz, and Joan Breiten, who helped us to serve our guests. Finally wed like to thank all those who bought tickets and came showing their support for the center and its activities. Aloha and see you next year!