MONTHLY UPDATE -  AUGUST 2016   Print Page


Hi friends!  I hope your summer is relaxing and yet fun. 

July brought us the Vino Train to Santa Barbara.  The vintage railcars were superb.  The breakfast and dinner served onboard were delicious and dessert was the sweet finale to a fun day in Santa Barbara.  Our group of 20 relaxed and visited on the ride up, then broke into smaller groups to enjoy the town.  Wine tasting, shopping, strolling along the beach, riding the trolley car, lunch at varied restaurants, laughter, etc. filled the day.  It felt good to get back into our club seats for the train ride home, what a wonderful day it was! 

Our July luncheon at Piccolo Trattoria was a special event with a scrumptious buffet.  We were honored to have The Honorable Judge Alan Rosenfield, Captain Roosevelt Johnson, Captain Edward Krussey, and Assistant Fire Chief Gregory Hisel as our guests and speakers.  Throughout their careers, they have devoted their lives to protect and to serve the public and we all are grateful to them for taking time to share their stories with us. 

Next up will be our Evening Under the Stars on August 27.  You are welcome to bring a spouse/significant other/friend or come as you are.  This is not a couples only event, I want you all to attend!  It will be an evening of socializing, snacking and maybe a little fun contest or two!  Also, we need more participants for the Senior Olympics in September.  Pick an activity from Corn Hole, Mexican Train, Croquet, Walk in the Pool or Balloon Toss, call Pat O. and let her know your choice.  She will then fill out the remaining teams and you’ll be off and running!

I hope you join in the fun this year.  In addition to all our regularly occurring events such as the luncheon, tea, coffee corner, Mexican train, etc.  we have social events, Explorer’s trips and new game days planned, an additional 2-3 events per month.  Please let the ladies organizing and setting up your events know you appreciate their efforts!

In closing, there is a lot of bad news and hatred in the world.  Let’s be sure to keep Newcomers and Friends a warm and friendly place for all our members.  I will not tolerate anything else during my term.  Life is short, friendship is sweet.  Savor the moments. 









This month’s Board Meeting will be on Wed. August 3rd at Kay M's lovely home at 1.00pm. Please RSVP to Kay so that she can plan enough seating.


About Our Website!

Newcomers and Friends has its own website on the internet.  
You can go to the website,, at any time and read the latest news.  We update the website every month with new information including Luncheon info, the President’s message and all of the ongoing 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 webmistresses/editors/writers Barri B. and Sandy E.



Are you considering joining our Club? Membership dues are $30.00. Our year runs from June through May. We are in our 32nd 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 W., V.P. Membership by opening the home page on our website ( and click on the word ‘membership chairman’ in red letters.



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

 Shanna Rodriquez





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!



Good friends are quiet Angels who lift you up when your
wings have forgotten how to fly


Upcoming General Meeting and Luncheons

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


August Luncheon and General Meeting 


Thursday, August 11th, 2016 at 12:00 Noon


Marie Callenders

               27630 The Old Road, Valencia, CA

Our guest speaker will be Jennifer Schwartz.  Jennifer is a
Soul Centered Professional Life Coach. She has a Masters in Spiritual Psychology from the University of Santa Monica. She assists women who need help releasing their fears, changing their story and finding their voice. She helps them recognize the power in forgiveness of self and others so they can
open their hearts to self-love and healing. 


 Choice of one:

 Soup and Salad Bar - Soup choices available are
Vegetable (vegetarian), Potato Cheese,
or Chicken Tortilla


 French Dip with Almond Coleslaw


 Grilled Shrimp Street Tacos


Petite Chicken Pot Pie with Caesar Salad


All lunches include Cornbread, Soda, Ice Tea or Coffee and Pie. The pie choices are Apple, Chocolate Cream and Lemon Meringue or Sugar Free Apple or Raspberry

The cost is $17.00 which includes tax and gratuity.  
Doors open at 11:45.









A pair of sunglasses was left at the Ice Cream Social and a set of serving spoons was left at the June board meeting/potluck.  If you are missing either please contact Diane to claim.  Thanks! 





To All Game Players

We would like to compile a list of all players who would like to play in a game or become a member of a sub list for a game.

Hopefully this will help to start new groups or get more calls to sub in a game.

Also established games will be able to add to their sub lists.

Please e-mail me to let me know all the games you are interested playing or learning.

Also let me know of any other activities such as bowling or movies or any group you would like to see started.

If you have a game and are having trouble finding a sub please call Barbara Ferone, I have a list of members hoping to play.


Thank you,

Barbara F. 661 298-3726

Noreen M. 661 254-1307


                                                     Game Day

We are planning to have another game day in August 29th at 1:00

Please E-mail Barbara or Call Barbara or Noreen if you plan on coming.

Also what game you would like to play or learn.  We will do our best to accommodate as many as possible.





Evening Under the Stars


Saturday, August 27, 2016, 7:00 p.m.

At the Home of

Diane and Sam M.

            Sign up to bring:

        • WINE
        • BEER or
        • Buffet-Ready Appetizers to Share

 You are welcome to bring a guest - - over 21 please.

            Your guest should bring something to share too.

     Who will help Diane and Sam clean up at the end of the evening??

 (Bring a jacket or a sweater - - this is a Mediterranean climate.)


Non-alcoholic beverages will be available

                                             Please RSVP by August 22, 2016

                            Diane at 661-388-4032



Back again by popular demand!!

The Leisure (Senior?) Olympics


Thursday, September 29, 2016

10:30 a.m. at the home of

Diane Millikin


Form your teams of 5 members now.

(Last year’s teams are also welcome)

This is a chance for YOU to earn

The ribbons and medals you can show off

To your friends and family.


Compete in:

Mexican train dominoes

Balloon toss

Corn hole/Bean bag game


And, a walk in the pool (the pool is 5 ft. deep only at its center point and wearing shorts or cut offs in the pool is OK)

Choose your Team Name and pick your Team Colors!!

Or ask to join our Cheer Leaders or our Judges.


Bring your sack lunch, Drinks will be provided

Contact Social Chair Pat O.    661-222-7383


LA Rail's Overnight to San Diego
on a vintage Pullman Car!

Explorers Overnight to San Diego August 30-31

Travel back in time...ride a 1950 Pullman Sleeper from Los Angeles to San Diego. We depart Union Station at 8:41 am and arrive in San Diego at 11:35 am. Coffee, mimosas, and pastries will be served.

The railcar will be parked in front of the San Diego Amtrak station where we will have access to at any time and will serve as our hotel for the night. We have the rest of the day to explore downtown, Little Italy, Old Town, Sea World, USS Midway, etc. For more information go to

Return trip departs San Diego in the afternoon and we will serve coffee and dessert. Time to be determined. Cost is $199 per person. Meals on our own.

Limited to 20 Newcomers so act fast. There are six double bedrooms-sleeps two, one must climb to top bunk, has private toilet. Beware, it is tiny, your knees will touch the wall! There are eight roomettes-sleeps one, common restroom and shower at end of railcar.

To reserve a space call Donna C at 626-688-9622 or email Reserve ASAP and pay by August 1st.

Donna C. and Gloria C., Explorers


Couples Night Out
Meet new couples and try out new local restaurants.
Join us and explore the restaurants of the Santa Clarita Valley and
surrounding areas. 
Dinners will be every other month.

We have received a great response to this new activity. So much
so, that we have had to revise it a little and now are taking a total
of 12 couples.  A 'couple' is any two people.  We are looking for
 two more couples, so if you are interested, let me know.  It is still
first come, first served.  We will follow the example of the
Gourmet Dining Group and split into two smaller groups,
visiting separate restaurants each time, but will continually rotate
two couples so that everyone will have an opportunity to dine out
with everyone else in the group.

If you are interested, please contact me, Janice W. at or 661-714-1117
First dinner - Sat. July 30th, 7:00p.m.
Piccola Trattoria, Canyon Country

Each party is responsible for their own bill.  
The group will decide future dining dates and destinations.

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 August Coffee will be held the IHOP, 18677 Soledad Canyon Road at 10:00 AM on August 18th. 

Since we need to make reservations, if you plan to attend, please contact Luana L., Gwen H. or Donna J. Hope to see you there. 






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.



Tea Ladies


This month, we celebrated Americana by wearing Red, White, and Blue, and enjoying the pretty decorations throughout Nalini's house, along with beautiful patriotic floral centerpieces. Marje served as her co-hostess. Conversation was lively, as usual, covering topics from recently read books to travel and craft projects. We enjoyed a challenging quiz on Americana, soliciting laughs and some frustrations when we knew we knew the answers, but just could not recall them. Do you know the first seven words to the Declaration of Independence, or on average, how many hot dogs are eaten on the 4th ofJuly?!

Come and join us. Contact me via email or by phone. I am getting ready to create sign-up sheets for 2017, so if you would like to hostess a tea or just join us as a guest, let me know! Janice.




Hand Knee and Foot

4th Monday of each month

For Details Call Muriel


cell 702-461-2609


New players welcome
Contact:  Barbara

When:  3rd Wednesday of the month at 1:00pm.

Where:  Barbara's house
See Directory for address




Happy Birthday to all our special ladies!

Come to the monthly Luncheon & General Meeting
and you will receive a special gift!  


First Name            Last Name                         Birthday
SHIRLEY  L 08/04
GWEN H 08/05
LOIS C 08/09
PHYLLIS  S 08/09 
MARGIE   S 08/17
ALANNA M 08/23
GLORY L 08/28










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