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                            President's Message

Utah is beautiful this time of year. One day it’s a sunny 85 degrees, the next day its thundering and lightening and pouring rain. Like the night before my son’s wedding. Yup, my son the Taz found his soul mate. They married in Utah, at sunrise the morning after a summer storm.

The wedding went very well, it’s the pre-wedding days that gave us trouble. Six weeks ago, Mrs. Taz broke her kneecap, had surgery, and is still in a brace and on crutches. Two days before the wedding us girls (Mrs. Taz came with pre-teen twin daughters. Now I’m a grandma) tried on our dresses and discovered the security tag was still on the bride’s dress. The day before the wedding the power went out during the storm. I fell off a chair and sprained my wrist and broke out in giant bruises. They did match my purple dress, though.

At the rehearsal party, we started comparing our aches and pains, as folks of a certain age do, and it quickly turned into an injury-story fest. I guess this went on too long because at last one of the twins announced, “I’m just going to have cake.” It struck me, cake might fix anything.

What if I fell onto a cake? That would have been much better. What if we had cake while we drove from store to store trying to remove the security tag? That would have made it a lot more fun. What if we had cake when the lights went out? Oh, yeah.

We’re all going through something. Happy or sad, hopefully with friends, let’s just have cake.








    The September Board Meeting will be 

at the home of 

Janice Weiner

Wednesday September 5th, 2018

1:00 PM

RSVP to Janice


All group members are welcome at the monthly (1st Wednesday, 1:00 p.m.) Board Meetings and you can vote on any issue! The Board discusses and approves/disapproves all Luncheon Venues and Programs, outings,
 trips, budget issues, events and any other issue brought before them.
Please check the notice each month in the Webnews for location
and whether you need to RSVP.





Are you considering joining our group? Membership dues are $30.00. Our year runs from June through May. We are in our 34th year!!!  

Prospective members are always welcome at our monthly "Coffee Corner" or at our monthly Luncheon and General meeting. For more information see the Luncheon page or Coffee Corner below.     

Contact us with any questions you might have and to receive an application if you are interested in joining us for Fun, Friends and Happy Times Together!!!

For information on Membership, New Member or Renewing Member Applications, contact Janice Weiner, V.P. Membership by opening the home page on our website ( and click on the word ‘membership chairman’ in red letters.




Good Friends are like STARS
You don’t always see them but you know they’re always there




Welcome New and Returning Members!

Linda Lindemann

Rosalba Manrique

Candice Falk

Viviane Dinehart 

Martha Julian

Christina Herman

Barbara Cloud


"The great thing about new friends is that they bring new energy
to your soul.”

 Shanna Rodriquez


Upcoming General Meeting and Luncheons

(See the Luncheon page on the left for details,
reservations & cancellations)


 September Luncheon and General Meeting



27007 McBean Parkway
Valencia, CA  






Thursday, September 13th, 2018
at 12:00 noon


    Cost: $24.00

 Includes tax and gratuity

Where Are YOU Going This September??

How about joining us on an “Around The World In 80 Days” adventure at Black Angus Steakhouse for our luncheon on Thursday, September 13th?

 We’re planning a parade of Newcomers who will dress for the Around the World theme. Might you represent a particular country? A type of transportation? Or you could simply put on a moustache and come as David Niven/Phileas Fogg in the 1957 Academy Award winning Best Picture “Around The World In 80 Days.”

Costumes Optional

This is also a New Member Event
New members will be recognized.
Please make reservations to attend and be honored.


Please make your reservation by  

September 9th

   Opportunity Drawings at the Luncheon!




Our Luncheon Team works very hard to get the best value and lowest price for our Luncheons.  However with the rising costs, especially labor and gas, the venues are substantially raising their prices to us. The Team and Board will continue to bring you a fun experience at each monthly Luncheon and General Meeting but probably with higher cost.  The Board discusses many alternatives each month, please come to a Board Meeting for further information.

What good shall I do this day?






The Huntington Library

Friday September 7th

1151 Oxford Rd, San Marino, CA 91108 San Marino, CA

Transportation will be carpooling. Drivers needed.


Admission: $21.00. This amount MUST be paid in advance ~ no later than Friday, August 24, 2018. Please make your check out to NEWCOMERS with a notation of Huntington in the memo line. Please give or mail your check to Kathi Giddens, 20047 Avenue of the Oaks, Newhall, CA 91321.


Places to eat:

1) Rose Garden Tea Room

2) The 1919 Café

3) Red Car (coffee shop)

4) Freshwater Dumpling and Noodle House


If you are planning to have the tea for lunch,

  • you MUST make reservations ahead of time.
  • You might want to get together with friends and have one person make the reservation for the whole group ~ would help insure you are all sitting together


This is a link to the Huntington site


This is a link to the Rose Garden Tea Room site (to make reservations)


Rose Garden Tea Room

Reservations recommended. Admission to The Huntington is a separate and required cost for all Tea Room guests.  Open 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday – Friday

Set within the historic Huntington Rose Garden, the Tea Room offers an elegant and memorable experience inspired by the tradition of English tea service with a distinctive California twist. Nibble on scones, delicate finger sandwiches, and seasonal desserts, accompanied by a selection of herbal and Fair Trade teas or sparkling wine.

The Gibbon Conservation Center

October 14, 2018 (Sunday) 

19100 Esguerra Road, Santa Clarita, CA 91390,
(Near Lombardi Ranch in Saugus)


Transportation will be carpooling. Drivers needed.

Admission: $15 Adults, $10 Seniors, $12 Teens & Students, $5 Children 6-12, $0 Children under 5.

This amount MUST be paid in advance ~ no later than Friday, September 21, 2018Please make your check out to The Gibbon Conservation Center. If you cancel, your money will NOT be refunded. You will receive a note acknowledging your donation. Please give or mail your check to Kathi Giddens, 20047 Avenue of the Oaks, Newhall, CA 91321.


The facility will provide a private tour with a minimum of 20 participants.



                        Holiday Cookie Exchange

Please join us for a Holiday Cookie Exchange on Saturday, December 8th, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the home of Janice Weiner.  Please bring 3 dozen homemade cookies, made from a single recipe, to share, and take home a plateful of different cookies to delight your friends and family.  A light lunch will be served. 

Please let me know if you would like to participate. 661-255-1619 or  

Thanks, Janice


Please email me at and let me know which games you play to be added to a master list. This will help groups looking for subs and you'll get the opportunity to play.

please give me a call if you are looking for a sub in your game and give a new player a chance to play.


Barbara Ferone and Jeannie Luehrs








                       Pinochle and Tripoly

We will have a training day for pinochle on July 30th at 12:30. There are groups playing this game that are in need of new players for their sub lists.

Also lets try something new on that same day, Tripoly. Always fun to find a game new to the club.

Come and play or learn either or both games.

Please email or call Barbara Ferone 661 298-3726 if you plan on attending.

We'll play at my home and will serve water and cookies.

Thank you

Barbara and Jeannie


Two Hand/Knee/Foot Games

Muriel is hosting 2 Hand/Knee/Foot games in her home on
 the 4th Sunday and the 4th Monday of each month. 
Player positions are filled but they are in need of subs.
If you would like to be a sub please call  Muriel Usselman. 

Mexican Train Dominoes

You are invited to join us for a fun, social game of 'Mexican Train Dominoes'. Open to all members! We play the second Friday every month!

This is the only game currently available to "Newcomers & Friends" that does not require a monthly commitment or RSVP and is open to all members. Come whenever you’re available. Dominoes is a fun, but simple game that you can learn in a few minutes and play right away.

This game is held at the IHOP restaurant which is located on Lyons, near the I-5 freeway. We start playing at 10:30 am and take a break around noon to order lunch and eat together.      

We play till about 2 pm. If you are a new member, this is a great way to start getting involved with your Club and to meet new friends. If you are a long time member, come have fun with old and new friends. We would love to have you.     

Please contact me at 661-670-0395 with any questions.

Carol Costin                                                 


                            TEA LADIES



We enjoyed a slightly cooler day, great food, and even had a brand-new Newcomer member join us for her first Newcomer activity. With the help of Jeanne Iler, who is a fantastic artist, we tried our hands at creating a floral watercolor, with some “interesting” results!

Let me know if you are interested in attending an upcoming Tea!

Janice 661-255-1619 or




The Coffee Corner


Coffee Corner welcomes potential new members and current members for a morning of friendship at different locations around SCV. The event is scheduled on the third Thursday of the month.  New members are encouraged to attend as it is a great way to make new friends and find out about the Club's activities.

The September Coffee will be held at Everest on September 20th at 10:00AM. The address is 18645 Soledad Canyon Road, Canyon Country.

Since we need to make reservations, if you plan to attend, please contact Luana
(661-259-0666), Gwen (661-299-1834) or Donna (661-254-8796).   

Hope to see you there.




 Life isn't always full of reasons to smile, but your smile itself is a reason to smile too!  

About Our Website

Newcomers and Friends has its own website on the internet.  
You can go to the website,, at any time, 24/7 and read the latest news.  We update the website every month with new information including Luncheon info, the President’s message and all of our upcoming activities. Then we tell Shirley Birnholz. who sends everyone a "reminder" email letting you know that we have updated the information on the site.  If you do not receive these emails, or your email address changes contact Shirley. Like magazines, we update the webpage towards the end of the current month, for the next month. The exact day varies due to the many people involved and Godaddy our website manager/provider.

If you have any questions or comments please contact your webmistress/editor/writer Barri Boren.





Jeane Cruse’s husband, Mack, passed away Monday July 30.

Please send notes/cards to Jeane but hold off on phone calls for now, and keep Jeane and their children and grandchildren in your thoughts. 

A Celebration of Life for Mack Cruse will take place on   

 Sunday, September 9th from 12:00pm - 4pm

Valencia Country Club
27330 Tourney Rd
Valencia, CA 91355


Our long time member BETTY GRISPINO passed away Saturday, August 18, 2018. Our deepest condolences to her family and friends. May she rest in peace.


JUDY DAVIS, a long-time member who moved out of California several years ago, passed away on July 29th of liver cancer in Iowa. May she rest in peace.




She's sick/ down in dumps/ family news joyful or sad 
recovering from physical ailment/ just plain needs a
boost---we can help just call Kitty Z., Sunshine co-ordinator. 

Life is always better when you know someone cares!


What good shall I do this day? 



TRISH MOORING                      09/02

MARSHA Mc LEAN                    09/03

DIANE GILDEN                          09/04

CHELLEE BARASH                   09/06

MARGARET GILMER                09/06

JOAN HOFFMAN                       09/11

GERI BENNE                             09/12

NANCY ANDREWS                   09/13

MARY K. LEGGITT                    09/18

SANDI OWENS                         09/19

ANNA ZIMMERMAN                 09/26

CAROL YANEZ                         09/29


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