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                                President's Message

This month I would like to remind Newcomers that the
purpose of this group is to promote fellowship and provide an atmosphere of friendliness and goodwill!

We need to support and encourage all our Board members. They are working hard to arrange luncheons, programs, socials, trips, activities, coffees, and teas for all of us. They need our appreciation and gratitude.

The October Luncheon will be at Black Angus Restaurant on Thursday the12th at noon. Please make your reservations as soon as the newsletter is published. There will be a Halloween Costume Contest and participants will be judged in 3 categories:
1) Scary

2) Humorous and  

3) Elegant. 

Prizes will be awarded to the winners.  There will also be a surprise "Trick or Treat" by the program committee!! 

Please read the details in the newsletter. We are looking forward to seeing all of you at the Luncheon.

The Social committee has a great event planned for Saturday Oct. 28th where you will be able to mingle with ghosts and goblins!

Happy Halloween!







The October Board Meeting will be at the lovely home of  Rajinder Dhinsa, one of our newer members!!

Wednesday Oct 4th at 1.00pm

28365 Steel Lane
Valencia CA 91354
Gate code #5810
Car pooling recommended!
Please call Rajinder if planning to attend.
Tel# 661-886-0421  

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 33rd 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.



Welcome New Members!

Julie Chapman

Michelle Gilman

Gloria Halbfinger

Maryann Nardone

Gail Schall

"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)


October Luncheon and General Meeting


Black Angus Restaurant

27007 McBean Parkway


 661 288-2000



Thursday, October 12, 2017 at 12:00 noon


Cost: $22.00

Includes tax and gratuity



Wear Black and Orange or

if you want to participate in our Costume

Contest ..come in costume.

Prizes will be awarded for the Scariest, Most

Humorous, and Most Elegant.


Will there be other tricks or treats? Come find out and join the fun!

Prepare to have fun!



Opportunity Drawings at the Luncheon!

Join in on our “Opportunity Drawings” fun!  Bring a new gift to be raffled off at the Luncheon and receive one ticket. You can also buy extra tickets to win a fun prize, including money and gift cards. The first 3 winners receive cold hard cash! The 4th prize is a gift card purchased by the club.  After that it's a grab bag of items brought in by members!  

In the spirit of giving, please only bring gifts that are new and unused, with a value of $5-$10. Please no 'white elephants' or other gifts that you yourself would not want to receive.



This announcement is to be sure you know that you must send in your reservations no later than the SUNDAY before any Newcomer and Friends luncheon that you want to attend. 

Late reservations can no longer be accepted and the best we can offer you will be a place on a waiting list in the event that someone cancels their reservation. If that doesn't happen, sadly, you will not be able to come to the luncheon!       

We had “relaxed” this policy for some of you in the past and had occasionally accepted reservations after the deadline Sunday. That will no longer be possible because our current restaurants will not accept any late reservations.

Sunday, October 8th is the last date to reserve for the October 12th luncheon. 

We hope to see you there!





Water Aerobics Group

Wednesdays and Fridays

9 a.m until 10 a.m.

Diane Millikin’s home

(Heated Pool)

Wear your bathing suit and bring a towel

This is a fun and healthly activity….

We welcome any Mermaids that like to have fun and to tone and tighten their bodies..

Non swimmers can do this too.

Call Jodie Baker to sign up.

Ghosts and Goblins

Spooky Evening

Mark your calendar:

Saturday, October 28, 2016, 6:00 p.m.

At the home of

Diane and Sam Millikin

Costumes optional but fun....Adult guests are welcome

Games and Prizes

Live Music


Please bring an appetizer, finger food or dessert to share


Soda and bottled water provided

RSVP’s or Questions:
Joyce Brady or Diane Millikin, Social Chairs


Tablescapes Contest at the November Luncheon!


A ‘tablescape’ is where you create a dining table setting around a theme and decorate the table you will eat at. We would like to have 10 teams for the November luncheon, with a maximum of 5 ladies per team. Design a table setting around your theme; fun, elegant, holiday, movies/TV, books, events etc. Call Joyce or Diane if you have an idea for a theme so that you get your first choice (no duplicated themes allowed) and if you have anyone you want to work with let us know.  Interested but don’t have a theme? Call us and we will match you up with other ladies looking to form a team.  Either way, join in the fun!

Create your table setting around your theme and include: a centerpiece, written menu, favors and themed items for tablemates to wear, optional ideas: placemats or costumes even.  There will be 5 team members at the table and 3-5 guests joining you so plan something that incorporates your guests into your theme.  You will not need a tablecloth, dishes, flatware, glassware, etc. as we will be decorating the actual tables we eat at so the restaurant will be providing the dishes, etc.  We have requested the restaurant to use white tablecloths and white napkins to go with any theme.  We plan to be a Le Chen with round tables that seat 8-10.  Put your effort into your centerpiece and small touches for the table and how your team members match the theme. 

Judging criteria:  Creativeness, Uniqueness, Menu, Theme representation, Eye appeal.

Questions/sign-ups:  Joyce Brady or Diane Millikin


Please join us for the 3rd annual
Holiday Cookie Exchange. 
It will be held at the home of Janice Weiner:

24321 Taranto Ave., Valencia  91355

More details will follow once I know about how many of you will be participating.  Each person will be asked to bake approximately 4 dozen cookies.  This year, we are going to try something a little new, and ask those of you who are feeling adventurous to try a new recipe.  We are willing to be your guinea pigs!

A light lunch will be served.  Please RSVP via email or phone: or 661-714-1117.    

I am looking forward to seeing you there!






Next Game Day: Which Games Do YOU Want??

For our next game day, we would like to know which games YOU want to learn/brush up on. 

Please contact Pat Oguss , 661.222.7383 - to tell us which games you want to have on our next game day.  This is YOUR group and we work to meet your needs.  Our next game day is only in the planning stage and we are asking for your input.

We really appreciate the time and effort Muriel Usselman, Jean Luehrs, and Carol Costin put into our Game Day in August.  We are very lucky to have such talented and accomplished women in our group!

Do You Want to Join The NEW Bridge Group?

If you are interested in joining a bridge group, please contact Barbara Oliver:

 and let her know what your skill level is for Bridge. 

  …or Our NEW Hand, Knee, & Foot Canasta??

Our BRAND NEW hand, knee, and foot canasta
group has started with a bang!  It could always use more regular and substitute players.  They play on the 1st Friday of the month, around 10:30/11:00 a.m., at the Vista Valencia Golf Club. 

Please contact Pat Oguss
 for further details.


Pat Oguss

Activities Coordinator



 Every 1st and 3rd Monday at 1:00 PM

 This is for Newcomers members who wish to learn or need refreshers.  It will be taught by Diane Gilden and Nancy Benson. 

To RSVP, contact Nancy Benson on her cell: 951-805-9916 or her email:


Games will be held at Nancy Benson’s home, 23235 Cicely Court, Valencia, 91354 in the North Park area. 




                            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. 

Crochet Group
The crochet group will meet on Friday 10-20-17 from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Kathi Giddens's home. Email Kathi for directions if needed




                                       TEA LADIES

We enjoyed another wonderful Tea this month during which we celebrated Friendship. Marje McKenna's tables were beautiful, the food was delicious and as usual, there was great conversation. We also had a fun time trying to correctly identify songs from the Sixties.

We are taking sign-ups for the 2018 Teas, so if you are interested in attending, please email or call me ASAP. All members are welcome! 

661-255-1619 or





I like people who smile when it's raining! 

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 October Coffee Corner will be held at Coco's at 10 a.m. on Thursday, October 19th. The address is 24930 Pico Canyon, Valencia.  

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!  

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                                                 

About Our Website and Our Facebook Page

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.

We also have a new Facebook Page- Visit Newcomers and Friends of Santa Clarita and "Like" us.  

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



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? 


Happy Birthday to all our special ladies!

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















































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