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                            President's Message

I’ve been through loss before. My parents each died at a ripe old age, hard but that’s the optimal situation. My husband, that’s a tough one at any age and he was too young. I lost a few friends in high school and many relatives throughout my life.

Losing Barri was tough. She was my age, we were pals, I was close with her and her family. I was with her when her mom died. Barri had lots of plans. A trip to Europe, season tickets to the Diamondbacks (she loved baseball), and bought new lenses for her photography hobby.

If I act like everything is normal I’m not being authentic because I’m not over it. These losses are piling up. We’ve said good-bye to several club members and spouses, too. We’re all going through something, I said that last month. The answer then was to just have cake.

Well, I haven’t had my cake yet and I’m ready. Who’s with me?

Donna C




    The October Board Meeting will be 

at the new home of 

Joyce Brady

Wednesday October 3rd, 2018

1:00 PM

RSVP to Joyce


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!

Connie Orfanos

Patricia Lisi 


"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


BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse
24320 Town Center Drive
Valencia, California        


Thursday October 11th, 2018
at 12:00 noon

Cost: $23.00

 Includes tax and gratuity

Put Some Magic In Your Life!!


Back by popular demand, LABAK THE MAGICIAN will bring you the enchanting World of Magic at  BJs. He does amazing things, causes things to disappear, and performs extraordinary mental feats. He amuses! He confuses! and we look forward to seeing his winning smile and the twinkle in his eye.


Please make your reservation by October 7th

   Opportunity Drawings at the Luncheon!

It's October for collection of toiletries for Domestic Violence from individual members at our October luncheon.  All those little toiletries from your summer travels and/or regular size to be donated to Domestic Violence (or Bridge to Home or Help the Children if DV doesn't need).  Members can bring them thru the year & donated as collected, as the need is year round and soooo appreciated by those in need in our community!
����. Gwen Halstead

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.




                                  Let Us Entertain YOU!!

What are your suggestions for future speakers and programs during our monthly luncheons?? This is your club and your board members are working to provide you with the luncheon experiences that you will find interesting, informative, and fun. The suggestions we already have received are:


Mardi Gras celebration for February or March

Expert on bees, and local philanthropist Steven Kim

What are your suggestions?

Pat Oguss


Luncheon Programs




CHP's CarFit Program

Helping Mature Drivers Find A Safe Fit

During our June luncheon presentation by the lady from CHP, a number of you put your names on the sign-up sheet she provided for CHP's CarFit Program for mature drivers. She asked me to tell you that due to local road construction, fires, and continued hot weather, CHP has put this program on hold.

She sends her regrets to those who are interested and asks that they watch this space for future updates regarding CHP's CarFit Program.

Thank you,

Pat Oguss


Luncheon Programs


Evening Under the Stars


Saturday, October 13, 2018

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

At the Home of

Diane and Sam Millikin

Live music, dinner and dessert!

Friendship and laughter!

We will have an Italian buffet for dinner.  The social budget is paying for the evening, so we will not be collecting payment.

Please BYOB.  Water and non-alcoholic beverages will be provided.

You are welcome to bring a guest!

Bring a jacket or a sweater - - this event will be held outdoors

Please RSVP with number attending by October 8, 2018

so that we can order the food!

Diane Millikin or Joyce Brady, Social Chairs

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




On October 30th at 12:30 we will be playing and learning Racehorse Rummy and Shanghai Rummy, also Golf the card game.

Please call or email if you will be coming.

Jeannie and I are looking forward to another fun day.

Barbara Ferone




                            TEA LADIES


Kathi Giddens hosted a beautiful Tea in September. She featured some of her favorite model train cars as centerpieces on her tables, and each guest received a flashlight and whistle, as they are things all train conductors need. Her guests were also treated to a very interesting presentation on candle-making, which included helpful tips and caveats to create beautiful, long-lasting candles.

I am looking for two more hostesses for the 2019 season, so if you are interested, please let me know. You can borrow anything you need, including cups and teapots, etc. Janice





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.

This month's Coffee will be held at Mama's Table on October 18th at 10:00AM. The address is 23340 Cinema Drive.

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.




Sadly we lost long time member and good friend
Barri Boren. 
She will be missed.

You are invited to celebrate Barri’s life Saturday October 20, at 4 PM at Donna Cerna's home. 

An entree will be served, we’ll potluck the rest. If your last name begins with A-L, please bring a side dish. If your last name begins with M-Z please bring a dessert. 
No matter what your name begins with, feel free to share a favorite Barri story. 

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? 


















































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