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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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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!