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Hi Sweet Friends!  How can a year go so fast?  I can’t believe my term as president is over but I am so excited to welcome Nalini and her team as they usher in the next year of Newcomers and Friends!  I know it will be another fun year, and I will be right there with you to support her and join in the events that make it special!  I’m looking forward to working on Socials with Joyce Brady, we are already working on our plans to entertain you!

I want to take a minute and thank each and every one of you that has helped in some way this past year, from my fantastic board members and committee chairpersons, to those that have attended the luncheons, socials, Explorer’s trips, teas, coffee corners, games, etc. and have had a hug, a smile or a kind word to say to me.  I belong to several organizations and am on the board of 2 others right now as well, but it is only at Newcomers, where every event I attend, I can get a hug from so many wonderful ladies.  It has truly been a labor of love, I have been honored to work for all of you, and I hope I have made a positive difference in the club.

Before I go, I will ask one more time:  We still need help with the Luncheon programs for next year, if you are willing to plan one or two, please give me or Nalini a call. 

If you are on Facebook, be sure to “Like” our page.  Search for Newcomers and Friends of Santa Clarita.  It’s a new way to reach out and share information. 

As my last hurrah, and for the May meeting and installation, we will be going to Le Chene for another scrumptious lunch and our fun and entertaining installation program honoring Nalini and the new board.  I hope to see you there!

Thank you for being part of my journey this past year, and remember, Friendship is Sweet!   








Congratulations to our new Board members for the 2017-2018 Year beginning in June! Thank you to all the outgoing members for their hard work this past year, the Club is better for your contribution!!!

Check out the new Board on the Officers
Board Members Tab





The May Board Meeting will be held on Wednesday May 3rd, 2017, 1:00 p.m. at the lovey home of Jeane Cruse
24077 Regents Park Circle
Valencia Ca 91355
Please call Jeane to RSVP if you are planning to attend...




Are you considering joining our Club? Membership dues are $30.00. Our year runs from June through May, so if you join now the dues are only $15.00. 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 Weiner, 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

Membership Renewal 

It is that time again.  Renewal Applications will be mailed out shortly.  If there are no changes, please just put your name on the app., and mail it back to Janice Weiner with your check, payable to Newcomers.  If you have a new phone number, new email address etc., please make note of it on the app.  Remember, dues for 2016 - 2017 are $30.00 or $42.00 if you want a printed copy of the Newsletter mailed to you.

Please get your Application and check to me by May 26th if you wish to be included in the new Directory.         

Thanks,  Janice

                                 Welcome New Members

                                     Patricia Braslaw


Upcoming General Meeting and Luncheons

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


May Luncheon and General Meeting

Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 12:00 noon


Another year has flown by and we are excited to install Nalini Amin as our next President along with a new Board for our 33rd year beginning in June! Our annual Installation Luncheon will be fun and we'll have an entertaining program! Please join us for this important event that continues the legacy of this great social group!



Le Chene Restaurant

 12625 Sierra Hwy,
Santa Clarita, CA 91390


 Cost: $22 for members

                               $25.00 for guests

Includes tax and gratuity

 Please include your menu choice with your reservation.



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.







Amazing April Auction!

We had a lot of fun, made some money and passed on to others some of our treasures at our April Auction! 70 ladies joined us at a new location, JJ"s Bar & Grill. Barri Boren and her expert team auctioned off around 92 items with all the money going back to the seller. Thank you to all the ladies that brought items and especially to all the bidders who bid on them!


 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. 




The crochet (and knitters) meets on the third Friday of the month from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm at Kathi Giddens's house. Please contact her if you have any questions.


May 23-24 Sycamore Mineral Springs Resort and Spa

 Reserve your room now!
(and vote on one or two night stay)

Spend a few days at this beautiful spa resort in San Luis Obispo (SLO). We will relax in our private mineral hot tub right outside our room. We’ll dine in style at Gardens of Avila right on the property.

Suites sleep two to four persons. Each room has a $25 resort fee that covers yoga, Pilates, parking, etc. It will save us a little if we room in groups. Rates and room choices vary. There are multiple buildings on the campus.

Book spa treatments on your own. Visit

Option for One Night Stay

Sample itinerary:


9 am - Carpools leave Santa Clarita Caravan style

noon – lunch at Apple Farm or Splash Café & Bakery, wander around SLO

3 pm – check in to our rooms and maybe go for a soak in the hot tub

6 pm – walk to dinner at Gardens of Avila

8 pm – go for another soak




Walk to Avila Beach along Bob Jones Trail or go for a morning soak

11 am – check out and wander SLO or Avila Beach. Carpools lunch on their own

Cost varies according to how many share a room. Rates are $169-$499 not including tax and resort fee. I will ask that you make your own reservations because I am uncomfortable charging the room deposits to my credit card.

Option for a Two-Night Stay


The Guest House sleeps 10. It has three bedrooms, three baths, with two king beds, two double beds, and a queen sleeper sofa. Ugh, I know. Perhaps we’ll go with eight persons. Full kitchen, fireplace, living room, dining room, two hot tubs, it goes on.


Cost for two nights is $2664, tax and resort fee included. Divide by ten and the cost is $266 for both nights. Divide by eight and the cost per person is $333. If enough members are interested in this option I will coordinate the room reservation. Call now! Operators are standing by!

Donna Cerna - 626-688-9622 -


Vino Train to Santa Barbara

The Vino Trip was such a success last year, we’re going to do it again!! 

Mark Saturday, July 8, 2017 on your calendar for an exciting day trip to Santa Barbara. You will ride the rails in style aboard a vintage railway car for a one day trip to Santa Barbara. Breakfast buffet, beverages and dinner (included) will be served on this luxurious lounge car.  Lunch and wine tasting on our own. Cost is $189 per person.  More train info at 
LA Rail Vintage Rail Cars for Charter

We board at 8:12 AM at the Van Nuys Amtrak station (7724 Van Nuys Blvd, Van Nuys, CA) & return at 6:45 PM

Fares include first class train service by vintage private railway car from Los Angeles to Santa Barbara and return, breakfast buffet aboard northbound train, and an evening meal on the southbound train.


The Vino Train theme includes a walking tour of the “Urban Wine Trail” which is free to participate in, but the wine tasting fees are not included and are settled on an individual basis.  Not included but encouraged:  Wine purchases! 

Upon arrival in Santa Barbara at 10:19, our volunteer wine guide will lead you on a walking tour to several tasting rooms. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress in layers. You are, of course, free to join or decline the tour, or leave the tour at any time. If you want to explore Santa Barbara completely on your own, you have approximately 6 hours to do so! After your visit, please return to the Santa Barbara train station and await our special carriage, which departs at 4:35 pm.


At 4:35 pm, we depart Santa Barbara for our evening run back to LA. We'll enjoy the sunset, dinner and dessert in our "exclusive club on rails" as we make our way back home. 

RSVP to Kathi Giddens at or call 661-252-0306

Send your $189 payment to Kathi or Kay M.

Last day to reserve and submit money is May 19. 
Limit is 36 persons. Reservations will be first come, first served. Members will be accommodated first.  If you want to invite a spouse or friend let Kathi know, and she will place them on a waiting list. You will be notified on or before May 19 if your guest may attend.

Cancellation Policy- You may cancel and receive a refund if you find a replacement for your seat. Otherwise, no cancellations.   

-You must be able to navigate the steps up the railway car as there is no ramp for this car. The walking is mostly level streets, and many Winery's are within three blocks of the train station. If you want to venture further you may ride the Downtown or Waterfront Electric Shuttle at .50 per ride. (Get one free transfer upon boarding)


More info at LA Rail Vintage Rail Cars for Charter. We'll be riding the Overland Trail.


Explorers Kathi G and Geri B.



Beautiful Spring colors filled Nalini's home this month and welcomed her guests. As always, we enjoyed great conversations, food, and laughter, and even a challenging Holiday and Spring word scramble. Please contact me if you are interested in attending one of the Teas. Janice. 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 Coffee Corner for May will be held at IHOP in Canyon Country, 18677 Soledad Canyon Road at 10AM on May 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. 




 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.  Also we recently took everyone's last name off the site to protect privacy. Upon further discussion, the Board voted we add them back for ease of use and we will do that over the next couple of months.  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 webmistresses/editors/writers Barri Boren and Sandy Enerle.


Pat Oguss is home from her hospital stay and expresses her thanks to all the ladies that called, texted, sent cards and visited her, she really appreciates the caring of Newcomers and Friends!

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!


JACQUELINE  "JACKIE"                                         FOSTER 5/3                 
CAROLE IUNGERMAN                                       5/8











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