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July 2019
Charles Roberts

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This month we’d like to give thanks to a familiar face, but one you might not know of in relation to the Highland Senior Center. Charles Roberts is the former editor of the Highland Community News, where he was a big supporter of the Highland Senior Center and would often visit the center to cover our events and activities. However when he retired at the end of 2017, he continued to support our center, but in a different capacity. Before retiring, he asked Jeff, the Outreach Director if we could use some volunteers, as he did not want to become bored. Well, he asked the right person, as he was immediately made a Transportation Assistance Program (TAP) driver. He volunteers to drive just about every weekday, and sometimes on weekends as well. Yet his helping us out doesn’t stop there. He also helps out in our Food Program, three days a weeks. He sorts outs the food we bring in and then helps us to pass it out to our seniors. We would also like to thank his wife, Myrna, who gives him time off from his retirement Honey Do list to help us out.


Featured Class


Featured Activity

Last month members of our Cane Defense class went to the Orange County International Open for martial arts. Frank Rodriguez and Micheal Wagnon, both brown belts, each walked away with trophies for their effort and skills.

The Cane Defense class is taught by Senior Master Jim Willoughby. He has taught the class for nearly five years. He has been involved in martial arts for over 50 years, is a member of the Masters 2012 Hall of Fame.

Senior Master Willoughbys thoughts on the class is simple. Everyone else was teaching kids, and he had a bad knee so he and former instructor Grandmaster Pierre Bergere put a class together that takes seniors limits and disabilities into account. There are other cane classes out there, but they require a full range of motion. This class does not. The class also focuses on the redirection of power, and not necessarily attack. The class meets at 10 a.m., and the cost is $10 per week. For more information call us at (909)862-8104 or stop by the class.