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La Palma resident Flordeliza Militante is receiving her hot Meals on Wheels lunch from volunteer Ulla Herman.

Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk May 15 at Doheny State Beach The Alzheimer's Association Memory Walk® is the nation's largest event to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer care, support and research. Since 1989, Memory Walk has raised more than $300 million for the cause. Memory Walk is a community event that joins friends, family and coworkers as they walk to end Alzheimer's. Participants typically register in teams of 10-12 and fundraise using tools supported by the Alzheimer's Association. Walks vary from one to three miles and are held in nearly 600 locations nationwide. For more information contact the Orange County Alzheimer's Association at memorywalk@ alzoc.org and 949.955.9000. The event is at the beautiful Doheny State Beach in Dana Point Parking fee of $15 per car. Registartion on 5/15 Cyclist Registration starts at 1 pm. ends at 6 pm. Walker Registration 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Entertainment and Festival Area open from 4:30 pm 7:30 pm Opening ceremonies start at 6:30. Moment of Remembrance following the Memory Walk. Walker Registration: No fees, registration is free of charge. Raise $100 or more and receive a 2010 Memory Walk T-shirt! Take the first step toward reaching your fundraising goal by making a per-

sonal donation today. Adult Cycling Registration Short Ride: No Fees. A beautiful scenic ride from Doheny State Park to Avenida Estancion (right before the San Clemente Metro Link) and back – around 8 miles round trip. Some parts of the route are along PCH and is for adults age 18 and over. Registration is free of charge. R a i s e $100 or more and receive a 2010 Memory Walk T-shirt! Adult Cycling Registration Medium Ride: No Fees. A beautiful scenic ride from Doheny State Park to Avenida Estancion (right before the San Clemente Metro Link), continuing along Old Coast Hwy to Las Pulgas and back – around 36 mile round trip. Some parts of the route are along PCH and is for adults age 18 and over. Registration is free of charge. Raise $100 or more and receive a 2010 Memory Walk T-shirt! Adult Cycling Registration Long Ride: No Fees. A beautiful scenic ride from Doheny State Park to Avenida Estancion (right before the San Clemente Metro Link), continuing on along Old Coast Hwy to Las Pulgas, then along 5 frwy to Harbor Dr. and back – around 50 miles round trip. Some parts of the route are along PCH and the 5 freeway and is for adults age 18 and over. Registration is free of charge. Raise $100 or more and receive a 2010 Memory Walk T-shirt!

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Vol 1, No. 4 • MAY 2010 who may need a few weeks of help, may find Meals on Wheels a valuable way to have a balanced meal delivered to their doors. “We have about 20 volunteers,” said Brewer, “who spend an hour each day to make the lives of our residents a little easier.” The program was started about 15 years ago and takes into consideration the special needs of the residents who may be on special diets. The program can serve as few as two residents or up to 20 residents a day, depending on a variety of circumstances such as doctor appointments. There is no age requirement. Brewer said that the City advertises the program in its local

What happens if you break your arm and can’t prepare your own meals? What if you’re getting older and a little more forgetful—and you’re forgetting to shut the oven off when you’re cooking? What if it’s just getting harder to move around or to drive to the market? Well, La Palma has a deal for you. The City provides a Meals on Wheels program to La Palma residents who are physically unable to prepare their own meals. Two nutritionally balanced meals prepared by staff at La Palma Community Hospital are available. There is a nominal fee of $2.40 for the hot meal and $1.20 for the cold meal. Both meals are delivered daily, Monday through Friday. Residents See La Palma who have just left the hospital and CONTINUED ON 9

Bunnies, babies, and motorcycles By Helen M. Brown It was a fun-packed day in Norwalk Saturday, April 5, 2010. It was the annual Easter celebration with an Easter Egg Hunt held on City Hall Lawn. Music was fur-

The highlight of the day was when our distinguished former mayor and currently serving as a member of the Board of Trustees at Cerritos College Bob Arthur came roaring on the scene on a Harley with a huge Bunny Rabbit perched on the buddy seat. He was

Bob Arthur Board of Trustees at Cerritos College came roaring on the scene on a Harley with a huge Bunny Rabbit perched on the buddy seat. nished by DJ Guillermo Hinojosa of Mobil DJ Music Entertainment. The Norwalk Community Coordinating Council (NCCC) board members manned the Food Booth providing the crowd with delicious hot dogs and pizza while the Norwalk Lions twirled up cones of Cotton Candy, a new treat this year. The Lions also ran the Egg Redemption Center. City Park & Recreation staff, Teen Alliance Program (TAP) young adults, and many other volunteers spent the day working in any capacity they were needed. Norwalk has many outstanding volunteers who are willing to rise to any occasion.

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Clubwomen attend 54th annual LCD Convention By Helen M. Brown One hundred clubwomen attended the Los Cerritos District (LCD) from thirteen (13) cities comprising the district. The convention was held at the Holiday Inn in Buena Park Sunday, April 4th thru Tuesday, the 6th. This was the 7th year the convention was held at this site. There was a reception for the District President Winnie Baker Sunday evening with the theme “A Small World.” The ladies were encouraged to attend in costume; it was very interesting with costumes ranging from Sweden to the Philippines. The reception was hosted by the district executive board. Monday morning session began with the Presentation of Colors by the American Legion Color Guard led by Captain Don Collins. Honorable Mayor Pro-Tem Fred Smith gave the members a warm welcome to his fair city. Keynote speaker of the day was CFWC State President Vicki Holden followed by Sandy Chu, clinical Director of Rio Hondo Temporary Home, the President’s Project. Following a delicious lunch the club presidents gave their annual re-

ports. Monday evening brought the Parade of Presidents followed by dinner. After dinner entertainment was provided by the All Star Brass Band from Mayfair High School conducted by Jeff de Seriere. This group specializes in brass, jazz,

Allison Babcock; Ways & Means, Betty Bates; Recording Secretary, Phyllis White; Barbee Heiny, Correspondence Secretary; Treasurer, Jean Barrera; Financial Secretary, Joanne Witt; Public Relations, Helen Brown; Parliamentarian, Alice Allen. Naomi Passillas of the Nor-

LCD Treasurer Betty Walter; Former LCD President Lynn Hutton; Former State President Geri Boone symphonic, wind ensemble, and orchestra, an extraordinary talented group of young adults. After Presentation of Awards was the Installation of New officers with Ste President Vicki Holden serving as Installing Officer. New officers included President, Suzanne Seager; 1st VP Dean, Barbara Briley Beard; 2nd VP Membership, Laura Orapeza; 3rd VP Programs,

walk Woman’s Club will serve as President’s Aide. Tuesday was another day of workshop with CFWC 1st VP Kathy McGraw speaking on the upcoming changes GFWC is bringing into practice during GFWC National President Carlene Gardner’s reign. Her talk was on “Change is good,” she proclaimed. “Change is seeing opportunities and embracing

them.” After lunch followed by a Fashion Show put on by Draper’s & Damon’s there were more awards given out. These awards are based on the point system with Downey winning the Spirit Award; Norwalk the Chimes, and Paramount going home with Perpetual Clock Award. The District and Clubs wish to thank the entire staff of the hotel for their many courtesies. An extra big thank you goes to the male staff, along with Sam McDougal, who served as escorts for the models onto the runway during the fashion show. Sam is the very accommodating husband of former district president Betty McDougal. We give him extra kudos for being such a good sport.

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Over 100 volunteers were honored on Wednesday, March 31, 2010 at the Annual City of Norwalk Senior Services Volunteer Recognition Event. This annual event recognizes the dedication of over 120 volunteers who in 2009 provided over 14,000 hours of volunteer services. In attendance at the Recognition Event were Mayor of Norwalk Gordon Stefenhagen, Norwalk City Manager Ernie Garcia, Director of Social Services Tak Hamabata and Congresswoman Grace Napolitano. Volunteers enjoyed a delicious dinner and participated in various games and activities. The Volunteers were presented with certificates of recognition from the City of Norwalk, Congresswoman Napolitano and Assembly Member Anthony Mendoza office. The City of Norwalk Social Services department appreciates all of their volunteers and the countless hours that they commit to making the City of Norwalk a Great Place to Be! The following is a list of the 2009 Norwalk Senior Services Volunteers:

Adela Torres Al Lopez Albert Ayala Albert Steele Alfonso Martinez Alicia Alas Alicia Castillo Antonieta Castaneda Barbara Moore Bertha Gonzales Beth Wendling Betty Cowling Betty Ledesma Beverly Zwick Bill Breeze Bill Harris Bill Hill Burt Lewis Carmen Gonzales Carmen Montoya Carmen Reyes Caroline Holbrook Caroline Ryan Carolyn Leslie Cassie Ritz Charleen James Charlene Endres Clive Angulo Concepcion Tanjuan Criso Villa Cynthia Clemente Cynthia Guerrero Cynthia Hernandez Delores Dobson Dexter Phipps Don Miller Donna Herron Dora Benson Edith Keller Eleanor Gutsche Eleanor Wenigar Eskie Guevara Estanislao Meraz Esther Ybarra

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The Cerritos Optimist Club presented Sheriff Deputy Ed Fitzgerald with a plaque honoring him as 2010 Deputy of the Year for his outstanding service to the community at its Annual Respect for Law program Apr. 1. With him is Sheriff Station Commander Capt. Joe Gonzales. Making the presentation are Club President Rick Renaker and Program for the Day Chair Tim Coomes. Captain Gonzales told members that there was very little gang related crime in Cerritos. He said the station knows how many gang members live in Cerritos and they are notified on a regular basis they are being watched. He said 86 percent of the crime committed in Cerritos is done by transients. 20,000 circulation,50,000 active senior readers every month. 562.407.3873 www.healthylivingca.com


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It is estimated that at the beginning of the 1900’s less than 1% of the world’s population was over 65 years old. By 2050 Douglas L. Urban, DDS it will be a least 20%. 945 South Street, ThisSuite is 200A quite a challenge for the Cerritos, CA 90703 dental community because people www.drdouglasurban.com are924-1523 generally keeping their teeth 562 well into retirement. We see functionally independent healthy older adults, frail older adults, and functionally dependent seniors. Each group has different dental problems. I have seen an increased rate of decay in adults due to gum recession, continued poor oral hygiene care, and dry mouth caused by numerous medications. This type of decay is rapidly destructive and quite costly to restore, if restoration is even an option. Although implants are an option they are significantly more costly than frequent recall visits with the dentist. Okay-for the good news-let’s talk prevention. Habits usually stay with us for a lifetime unless some dramatic change occurs within us. Developing good health habits like exercise, balanced and moderate diet, and vitamin supplements makes a high quality of life more attainable. Taking care of the digestive system starts with the mouth. We were given teeth for a reason so let’s keep them. Seeing your dentist in retirement years (I know employer provided dental insurance sometimes stops) is more cost effective than waiting for big problems to develop. I recommend frequent (every 3-4 months) recall

cleanings and exams to monitor the teeth, gums, mouth tissues, salivary output, and health changes for our seniors. At these visits the dentist can help fight dental disease with prescribed antimicrobial mouth rinses like chlorohexidene. Also, your dentist can advise you on using prescription fluoride dental creams or topical fluoride applications. I like the new fluoride varnishes that we paint on for decay prone teeth of everyone from preschoolers to seniors. The hygienist should be allowed to closely monitor any changes in the health of the gum tissues before bone destruction is allowed to occur. Teeth should be evaluated for extreme wear and possible fractures and steps should then be taken to mitigate these problems. Teeth yellow and darken as we age. Keep a healthy dentition looking good. Consider bleaching-it is safe and everyone does it. Hopefully this information will give you an incentive to continue taking care of your teeth. Finally, have the dentist screen you annually for early signs of oral cancer. Oral cancer has a higher mortality rate than cervical cancer and affects a larger population. Your dentist or hygienst can use a screening kit to closely scrutinize soft tissues for abnormal changes. It is a simple test that provides a highly reliable result for peace of mind. For answers to your dental questions, contact Douglas Urban, D.D.S. Cerritos, CA 90703 562 924-1523 DrDouglasUrban.com

Artesia Senior Center offers nutrition and wellness programs The Artesia Senior Center offers a nutritious lunch Monday thru Friday at 11:30 AM. Meal service stops at noon. Reservations are required 24 hours in advance. The suggested donation is $2.00 for

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Proposed budget cuts to senior care would hit families hard Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has proposed cutting $104 million from the 2010-2011 budget by eliminating adult day health care services as of March 1. If the cuts to the $76 daily Medi-Cal reimbursements, which provide the majority of the program's funding, are approved, roughly 37,000 people would lose services by June. "This is even worse than last year," said Marilyn Ditty, executive director of Age Well Senior

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Norwalk ladies attend high tea and fashion show

By Helen M. Brown

Ladies from the Norwalk Post #359 Auxiliary attended a High Tea and Fashion Show at the Hollydale Post #723 Saturday, April 10, 2010. Post #723 is located at 11269 Garfield Ave. in South Gate. It was a wonderful, supportive, gathering of ladies from many organizations. Present were members of Norwalk, Downey, Paramount, and Lakewood Women Clubs as well as Bellflower and Norwalk Moose Lodges. The Tea delicacies’ were prepared and served by Post #723

Ladies of the Auxiliary; President Nancy Watson, Membership Chair Catherine Holbrook, Secretary/ Treasurer Norma Perez, 2nd VP Gail Dieble, and Chaplain Doris Henderson. President Watson also served as Master of Ceremonies. The fashionable ensembles’ were furnished by Glory M’Lou Fashions in Los Alamitos with jewelry by Cookie Lee and modeled by Girls State nominees, daughters and granddaughters of the Auxiliary members. Escorts for the models were Post Commander Wade Murdoch and Chaplain Bill Holbrook.

Physicians Open House at Non-Surgical Spine Care Center On March 30, 2010 the Nonone with such a high success rate Surgical Spine Care Center located of not only relieving the patient’s in Fountain Valley California held pain, but also restoring their funca Physician open house showcasing tions of daily living without the their non-invasive form of care for need for medication, injections, or patients suffering from disc damage surgery. of the low back and neck. The event was hosted by Ms. The evening was a huge sucJulianna Perez who is the centers cess with many Physicians attendPatient Advocate. She is also the ing in hopes originator of of finding a a group of method of the centers care for their patients call patients that the Pain Free have suffered All Stars. for years Ms. Perez and have not stated, “I responded to began this treatments group of provided at people who their offices. are now in Physicians the hundreds that included as a celebraNeuro Surtion of their geons, Genaccomplisheral Practice ments of Physicians, being able and Physician to now live Assistants a life style who were all that they had enthused at desired for Spinal Care Allstars outside the center. the state of life because the art facility that is 5,000 square of their pain relief and increased feet in size. The comments from function. the professionals were all the same, I am truly their cheer leader and “this type of treatment makes so never miss the hugs that I get from much sense”. the patients that we have changed What they meant by that was their lives for the better because of that most of their patients that has the care they received at our center. suffered from degenerative disc These patients mean so much to disease had gone through the usual me and are always telling others so course of care that included medithat we can help them too”. Two of cation, physical therapy, epidural the Pain Free All Stars Mrs. Holly steroid injections and in some cases Redman and Mr. Mark Butier were surgery with little or no success. in attendance as well. As only two As concerned Physicians, they of the hundreds of people that have were happy to see such a facility benefited from their care, they were that provided and alternative and as all of the Pain Free All Stars

Artesia City Council presents Women’s Club with Certificate of Recognition

The Artesia City Council presented members of the Artesia-Cerritos Women’s Club a Certificate of Recognition for its ninety-five years of community service at the Council’s April 12 meeting. Accepting the Certificate is Club President Joanne Witt who thanked the Council. Witt said the club is open to all women, “Young and

Old” who would like to become a member. The club is a member of the California and General Federation of Women’s Clubs, an international organization for women. The Women's Clubs provides education, training and interaction opportunities for volunteers. For additional information contact Delores Eveland at 562- 860-3623

only to happy to let others know of their success. Mr. Butier as the owner of a very large company and Ms. Redman as a Registered Nurse with over 20 years of experience were the center of the show. Throughout the night they were encircled by Physicians wanting to hear their story and amazed by

the level of success that they were able to achieve at the center after so many years of trying other types of care with little or no success. Ms. Redman has trouble telling her story without coming to tears telling others of how long she suffered prior to treatment at the Non-Surgical Spine Care Center.


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Chairman/CEO of Stater Bros. Markets honored by Congressional Medal of Honor Society Jack H. Brown, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Stater Bros. Markets, has been honored by the Congressional Medal of

R. Vargas, who have all known Brown personally for many years. Mr. Brown stated, “I have been honored in my career by receiving

Five Medal of Honor Recipients present award to Stater Bros. Chairman and CEO, Jack H. Brown. Pictured l-r are Jay R. Vargas, John F. Baker Jr., Ronald E. Ray, Brown, James A. Taylor, and Harvey C. Barnum. Honor Society for his years of contributions to the Congressional Medal of Honor Society and for his dedication to promoting and perpetuating the principles upon which our nation was founded: “Courage, Sacrifice and Selfless Service.” The award was presented on March 1, 2010, by five Medal of Honor Recipients: John F. Baker Jr., Harvey C. Barnum Jr., Ronald E. Ray, James A. Taylor, and Jay

ing their lives in action against our enemies. In the 148-year history of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society only 3,346 have been awarded the Medal of Honor. Today, only 91 Medal of Honor recipients remain. Many are in their late 80’s and received the award for action in World War II. Brown is a Navy Veteran, having served with the Pacific Fleet during the Vietnam era. He has been at the helm of Stater Bros. Markets for the past 29 years. Stater Bros. Markets was founded in 1936 in Yucaipa, California, and has grown steadily

through the years to become the largest privately owned Supermarket Chain in Southern California and the largest private employer in both San Bernardino County and Riverside County, with annual sales in 2009 of $3.77 billion. The Company currently operates 167 Supermarkets, and there are over 19,000 members of the Stater Bros. Supermarket Family. Last year, Stater Bros. donated more than $14 million in support of nonprofit organizations in the communities it serves and is the proud recipient of the “2010 Community Service Award” from America’s Supermarket Industry.

State Senator Alan Lowenthal recognizes Woman of the Year

several special awards but none were presented by five Medal of Honor Recipients and from an organization that I so respect and admire…the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. Those who wear the … ‘Medal of Honor’ …are truly America’s finest.” The Congressional Medal of Honor Society is comprised of only those Americans who have received our Nation’s Highest Award for Heroism under fire while risk-

Left: Artesia volunteer Joan Marie is a retired employee at Elliot Elementary School. When she worked there she made sure no child went hungry because of forgotten lunch money, often reaching into her own wallet to make sure they had something to eat. Since retirement she has been a dedicated volunteer at the Artesia Senior Center, with Stitches from the Heart and Operation Gratitude.

We‘re here to publish your stories! I’m Brian Hews, publisher of Healthy Living, and I want to extend an invitation to you. I want Healthy Living to be as interesting as possible to the Senior Community of Southern California. So, I’m inviting you to send us your photographs and stories and I’ll publish them in Healthy Living. We print 20,000 newspapers each month, so this will definitely help to get the word out about your club, event, special anniversary or birthday. You can email me or send them by mail and I’ll take care of the rest. If you have any thoughts about the types of articles you’d like to see in Healthy Living, please let me know. I look forward to hearing from you.

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Continued from page 5 South County Senior Services, is a non-profit organization that provides programs for 13 centers in Orange County. AWSS offers home delivery of Meals on Wheels, inhome support, adult day healthcare and Alzheimer's day care. These centers also provide services for dementia patients such as transportation, nursing services, medication management and physical therapy. If the governor succeeds in this budget cut, 40 percent of the 150 seniors enrolled in the adult day care services would be forced to find alternative care such as state hospitals or nursing homes. Families will have to turn to assisted living facilities, which cost $3,000 per month on average. The California Association for Adult Day Services said $221.4 million in Medi-Cal costs would shift to hospitals and nursing facilities if adult day health care services were cut. Most spend the day at AWSS where they receive physical therapy, participate in music lessons, and attends Catholic Mass. It makes the day go well, the daily routine helps calm anxiety . But many are worried about the budget cuts because one of the alternatives would be a state facility for seniors, basically sitting in a chair all day long; health will decline. With the help of the Alzheimer's Association in Orange County, many will fly up to Sacramento and confront the state budget committee on April 21in the hope that legislators will reconsider the cuts to adult day health care programs. Many hope they will listen.

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Hearing loss currently affects more than 36 million Americans today. Although hearing problems are commonly associated with the normal aging process, more than half of all hearing-impaired persons are younger than 65. With the increased use of personal music players (MP3s) and earbuds, the number of Americans experiencing hearing loss at a younger age is growing. In an effort to raise public awareness for the growing number of Americans suffering from hearing loss, the American Academy of Audiology in conjunction with Audigy Group celebrates Better Hearing Month each May. As part of Better Hearing Month, Audigy Group is encouraging consumers to be more aware of their hearing health. For more informa-

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tion on attending an Audigy Group screening visit www.audigygroup. com to find your neighborhood AudigyCertifiedTM Professional. AudigyCertified professional are hand-picked from the most elite private practices in the nation for the quality of service, professionalism and value they consistently provide to their patients. Los Angeles is fortunate to have several AudigyCertified practices. An audiologist is a highly educated and clinically experienced health-care professional who specializes in evaluating, diagnosing, and treating people with hearing loss and balance disorders. Hearing loss can affect patients of all ages— newborns, infants, babies, toddlers, children, teens, adults, and the elderly. You may have a problem with your hearing and need to see an audiologist if you have trouble hearing conversation in a noisy environment, such as a restaurant, are unable to hear people talk to you without looking at them, or have a constant ringing or pain in your ears.

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PIH Foundation raises $225,000 for the Ruby L. Golleher Oncology Center

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La Palma/Cypress Project Hope fundraiser

The La Palma and Cypress chapters of Project Hope, an organization that helps to feed and clothe the working poor, found a fun way to raise a little money--a bus trip to the Harrahs Casino in San Diego Apr. 21 where 60 supporters enjoyed a day of gambling and spending time with friends. There seems to be a lot of happy faces in this photo, so perhaps there was at least one winner. Shown (l-r) were La Palma City Councilmember Larry Herman, Cerritos residents Bill and Selene Lee, La Palma resident Alice Carrillo, Ulla Herman, Diana Rodriguez and husband and La Palma Mayor Pro-Tem Ralph Rodriguez.

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PIH Foundation Board Chairman, Frank Scott along with a dancer from The New Wayne Foster Dance Orchestra. The PIH Foundation held its’ annual gala benefiting the Ruby L. Golleher Oncology Center this past April at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Resort and Spa in Huntington Beach. Over 400 patrons attended the event, which raised over $225,000. Guests entered the beautiful hotel to a room full of silent auction items including beautiful jewelry, gift baskets, and even three I-Pads. Following the auction patrons were led into a beautifully decorated ballroom and were treated to a

sumptuous four course meal which included seared scallops with citrus dressing and marinated yellow and red peppers, salad with mozzarella and goat cheese, filet mignon and sea bass as the entree, all topped off with chocolate mousse cups with a delectable raspberry sauce. Those who were unable to attend can still pledge a gift to the PIH Foundation. For more information, please contact the PIH Foundation at 562.698.0811 Ext. 14120 or visit www.pih.net and click “donate online” button.

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FOUNTAIN VALLEY

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May 18th • 12:00 - 1:30 PM

May 12th • 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM

11100 Warner Avenue Medical Office Building, Suite112

30622 S. Pacific Coast Highway

RANCHO SANTA MARGARITA

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Fountain Valley Hospital

Ruby’s Diner

May 19th • 4:00 - 5:30 PM

May 11th • 12:00 - 1:30 PM

22232 El Paseo La Mirada Multi-Purpose Room

1001 N. Tustin Avenue Bash Auditorium

Bell Tower Community Center

ANAHEIM HILLS

May 5th • 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Western Medical Center

BUENA PARK

May 26th • 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Nohl Ranch Inn

Buena Park Senior Center

FOUNTAIN VALLEY

LAGUNA HILLS

380 S. Anaheim Hills Road Lobby

May 28th • 3:00 - 4:00 PM

8150 Knott Avenue Einstein Room

May 6th • 10:00 - 11:00 AM

Palm Island 55+ Adult Living

Florence Sylvester Senior Center

LAKE FOREST

SAN CLEMENTE

11300 Warner Avenue Card Room

May 5th • 11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Lake Forest Senior Center 25550 Commercentre Drive Meeting Room

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO

23721 Moulton Parkway Library

May 13th • 10:30 - 11:30 AM

San Clemente Senior Center 242 Avenida Del Mar Meeting Room

SANTA ANA

May 5th • 9:30 - 10:30 AM

May 12th • 10:00 - 11:00 AM

25925 Camino Del Avion Lounge

1001 N. Tustin Avenue Room #3

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Healthy Living May 2010