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April 2021
Leisa Alexander

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This month we’d like to shine the light on someone few of you may have seen, but may have benefited from her volunteering. Lesia (pronounced Lisa) Alexander has been helping us out since 2020. During that time she has helped serve meals for Thanksgiving, Operation Senior Claus, and most recently, the Grab-n-Go dinners Monday thru Friday she can be helping out her sister, Mae Lucero, getting the dinners from the local restaurants, then helping to distribute them to seniors at the center. However, Leisa doesn’t just come here help to serve food. All that work can wear a person out, so when she’s not volunteering, she enjoys coming to the center’s Aerobics Program to boost her cardio. Originally from Meridian, MS, she and her two siblings came out Calif., to live with, and be raised by their big sister Mae, when their mom passed away. After she grew up she went to work for the Dept. of Corrections where she worked for 27 years before retiring. During that time she raised a son, who in turn, gave her a grandchild. Thanks Leisa for helping to ensure that our senior don’t go hungry.


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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!