Around Town: Birthday to remember

January 30, 2009 

Yellow; a bright cheerful color that makes you think of sunshine and daffodils; a happy color. Is it any wonder than that it is Josephine Leos' favorite color?

The setting for her 100th birthday party was España's and the theme was decidedly yellow with yellow napkins and daisies on every table and a huge cake with yellow roses. Large poster boards spanned the lifetime of this grand lady, providing a history of fashion included in the process and pictures of Josephine decorating every table.

The event, you can call it nothing less, had grandson Bill Hume as a host. Among those present were Josephine's daughters Laverne Cardoza and Sophie Hume and grandchildren, Sharon Hogan, Jayne Casrio and Lewis Caraoza. Josephine has six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

Leos received proclamations from our mayor, Tommy Jones, Superintendent Jerry O'Banion, as well as recognition from the offices of Senators Diane Feinstein, Barbara Boxer, Jeff Denham, Congressman Dennis Cardoza, and Assemblywoman Cathleen Calgiani.

It was such a delight to share a table with Mary Carlucci, Nola and Manual Cardoza, Lucille Latronica, Alice Parreira, and Frank and Lou Vierra. Imagine it, 365,000 days. Days made brighter because Josephine was born; what a gift to us.

Women's Health Fair approaching

Come and learn at the Memorial Hospital of Los Baños Women's Health Fair on Saturday, February 14. There will be a variety of informational booths that will provide you with a wealth of information. The fair will run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Los Baños Fairgrounds.

A highlight this year will be a bone marrow donor drive, as well as blood donation drive sponsored by the Central California Blood Bank. This is a great way to make a difference and save a life.

As Mother Theresa once said, "We can do no great things, only small things with great love." For more information call Diane Hambley at 826-0591.

Victorian Tea and Wine and Cheese Social, both a must for fun The excitement is building as the days rush by. March 27 and 28 will be here before you know it. Will you have your tickets? It is time for the long awaited Annual Soroptimist Victorian Tea and Wine and Cheese Preview night. These are going to be two glamorous occasions and tickets will be limited, so call now.

Wine and Cheese preview is set for Friday evening March 27 and the cost of ticket is $15 per person. The nights' chairs Loretta Garcia and Diana Pfitzer have some magic up their sleeves.

The Victorian Tea will be complete with Queen Victoria herself as a guest. There will be one sitting on Saturday, March 28 with the cost of $30 per person. Raffle tickets are on sale now for a great array of quality gifts for $1, need not be present to win.

I promise you, this will be a time to remember, a time to forget your worries and to delight in the serenity and beauty of the moment. Contact any Soroptimist or call Lara Olson or myself at 827-0667.

Thoughts and concerns

My belated sympathy to our Mayor Tommy Jones, on the recent death of his father. The loss of a parent is a terrible pain and his family is in my prayers.

Feel better wishes go out to my husband Ron who is trying to recover from double pneumonia. It is hard to keep a good man down; I mean really, really hard.

Congratulations and salutes

Three cheers to Joe Cox for getting his very due recognition at the recent City Council meeting for his work with Area Agency on Aging, a great group that works so hard for us seniors. Joe has contributed to Los Baños in so many ways over the years and deserves our respect and admiration. I have looked up to him for years.

Three cheers to John Spevak who also was recognized for his time on the Parks and Recreation Commission. I was proud to be Vice Chair under his Chairmanship where he was always charming and informed. John is a gentleman, and an asset to Los Baños.

And three cheers for Megan and Peggy of Parks and Recreation, who need the jobs back fast. Both are such talented hard working ladies who have given so much to Los Baños and we need them. I applaud them for all their hard work over the years, fueled by their love for this community.

Birthday balloons

Happy 95th birthday to a remarkable woman who is almost a legend in Los Baños, Benny Silva.

Very special happy birthday wishes and lots of love to two beautiful little princesses who celebrate their birthdays next week. Jocelyn Vierra, daughter of Mark and Janelle has her big day February 2. Darling Erin Vierra, daughter of Frank and Laurie, sister of Ryann has her big day February 4.

Happy birthday wishes to wonderful Julie Piwowarski, Cindy Wulbern, Melissa Jones, Terry Raley, Gideon Moffit, and Lorraine Darby.

Anniversary bells

Happy anniversary to Linda and Eddie Mello and Linda and Rocky White.

Painted ladies a treat to the eye

Applause to the owners of the buildings on Main Street who recently repainted their buildings, what a great improvement! What a difference it makes to the whole street in creating an atmosphere where people will want to shop downtown, and now more then ever shopping downtown, or within city limits is crucial.

I applaud any business that is striving to improve the appearance of their business and that is being creative in marketing. The stores need our support and we need the tax dollars to pay for vital services we count on. Join me in supporting our local businesses and three cheers for our new painted ladies.

Solutions meeting

Thank you to all who attended our first organizational meeting of the Community Solutions last Saturday. Over 50 citizens came out and displayed active concern and enthusiasm in a positive manner. I was thrilled. We have another formation meeting set for this Saturday, January 31 at 2 p.m. at The Los Baños Sportsmen's.

All are invited and if you cannot attend, call me and I will catch you up. We all need to be part of the Solution, and to quote our president Obama, "Can we do it? Yes, we can." Hope to see you there or to talk to you soon. A seed of hope is a powerful thing.


Why do people plant trees they will never see grow tall? Why do we invest and study for a future we will never see? Most research will only help the next generation. Many freedoms fought for will only be realized by those not yet born.

Why do we get up, brush ourselves off, and keep going when we know our efforts will all lead to death? Because of the after, because of those we leave behind. Those who inherit the legacy, the world we bequeath them. We do for our beneficiaries as those who came before us did for us, producing a never-ending chain of hope, which springs eternal.

At night plant the seed of hope and joy that will come in the morning, and until next time may all your news, be good news filled with good solutions.

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