TRAVEL

Photo-“dreams come true” —Travel buddies Joanna Matos (photo above, l-r), Joyce Tompkins and Lorene Christian enjoyed the 125th Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, as it traveled down Colorado Boulevard. They marveled at the longest float ever built, sponsored by Honda, the beauty of the flowers on the Taiwanese float and the humorous Save a Pet float. The ladies shouted “Happy New Year” to the U.S. Marines marching band and to the grand marshal, baseball announcer Vince Scully. The first Rose Parade was initiated in 1890 by Valley Hunt Club members who wanted to showcase California’s mild winter weather to their friends in the East and Midwest. At a club meeting, Professor Charles F. Holder announced, “In New York, people are buried in the snow. Here our flowers are blooming and our oranges are about to bear. Let’s hold a festival to tell the world about our paradise.” Joanna’s son Chris Matos (right) was freezing in the Chicago snow, while she watched the parade from the sunny grandstands.

 

Traveling Tigers

Special luncheon planned for members

The Traveling Tigers Club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at noon.  Chaplain Chuck Sones will lead the Pledge of Allegiance and meal prayer.

A special New Year’s luncheon will be served for members only. All food will be provided for paid up members.

Following the meal, a short business meeting will be conducted by President Carolyn Boodman.

The program starting at approximately 1:15 p.m. will be Eleanor Clark’s trip to Holland featuring its beautiful gardens with tulips, etc.

Annual membership is $3. Contact Carolyn at 594-6960 for further information.

—Carolyn Boodman

 

St Jude Support

Trip set to San Manuel Casino

The St. Jude Support Group will sponsor a day-trip to San Manuel Bingo and Casino in Highland on Monday, Jan. 13. All LWers and their guests are invited.

The cost of the trip is $15 and includes $10 back from the casino for food or gaming. The bus will leave from Clubhouse 4 at 9:30 a.m. Call Aileen Ackerman, 493-6774.

—Aileen Ackerman

 

Santa Barbara

Day-trip set to visit Postel Rose Garden

The New York Club in conjunction with the Los Alamitos Senior Club will escort at day-trip to Santa Barbara on April 16 for a visit to the A.C. Postel Rose Garden. It has been recognized as the second most beautiful garden in the nation.

There will also be a two-hour city tour with a local guide explaining the history of the area as the tour travels through the streets of Santa Barbara. Lunch with a choice of three entrees is included at Enterprise Fish Co.

The cost is $76 per person.

For more information and reservations call, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

 

On the Go

San Manuel Casino— Monday, Jan. 13, $15, $10 back, St. Jude’s Support Group, Aileen Ackerman, 493-6774.

Reagan Library— Wednesday, Jan. 15, $77, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Pala Casino— Friday, Jan. 17, $6, American Legion, Tony Dodero, 430-5828, or (714) 357-8196.

Hsi Lai Buddhist Temple – Tuesday, Jan. 28, $73 with dinner at Benihana, David Nell & Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Cachuma Lake Eagle Cruise – Saturday, Feb. 1, $79 with picnic lunch, David Nell & Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Rubel Castle, Glendora —Tuesday, Feb. 4, $42, LBCC Senior Center, 938-3048.

As Seen in Sunset Magazine , Bower Museum – Wednesday, Feb. 5, $89 with lunch, David Nell & Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Valentine Special, L.A. Flower Mart—Thursday, Feb. 6, $32, LBCC Senior Center, 938-3048.

Pauma Casino Feb. 19, $15; $10 cash in machine, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Carlsbad Flower Fields— March 19, $72 includes lunch at Hunter’s Steakhouse, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Fabulous Palm Springs Follies— Thursday, April 10, 2014, $75, Social Club 17, David Zimmerman, 594-7457, or Cathy Gassman, 596-4014.

Santa Barbara— March 16, $72 includes lunch at Enterprise Fish Co., New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Harrah’s Rincon Daily, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457.

Pala Casino — Thursdays, free, $5 back in slot play, Amphitheater, 7:30 a.m., reservations needed, (714) 283-8687.

Pechanga Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 in EZ Play upon arrival, (951) 770-2579.

Valley View Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 7:45 a.m., $6, $15 back in slots.

 

Overnight Trips

Quartsite, Ariz, Blue Water Resort— Jan. 21-23, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Yellowstone & Tetons in Winter – Jan. 25-30, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Laughlin, Riverside— Jan. 26-29, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Coastal “Safari” By Rail – Feb. 5-8, David Nell and Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Palm Springs, Follies, Aerial Tramway — Feb., 11-12, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

Laughlin featuring Oak Ridge Boys – Feb. 16-18, David Nell & Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Alaska Iditarod & Northern Lights – Feb. 20-March 3, David Nell & Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287.

Wonder Valley Ranch — March 5-8, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

San Antonio, Texas— April 5-13, Passport to Adventure, Jazmin Bilby, 925-3144 or 715-6282.

Western U.S. and Canada— May 12-24, New York Club, Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743; Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949; or Verna Burns, 596-1896.

 

Southwest

Multi-day trips arranged to N.M., Texas

Jazmin Bilby, Passport to Adventure, will escort a nine-day bus trip to San Antonio, Texas, departing April 5, and a seven-day bus-trip to Albuquerque and Santa Fe, N.M., leaving Sept. 28.

The cost of the San Antonio trip is $749 per person, double occupancy; $989 for singles, and includes transportation, hotels, step-on guides, 14 meals and entrance fees. The final payment is due Feb. 1.

The New Mexico trip includes transportation, hotels, step-on guides, 10 meals and entrance fees.

A minimum of 42 people is required for both trips or the trip will be cancelled. A $75 deposit is required to hold a space.

Pick-up is at the Amphitheater.

Call Jazmin, 925-3144, or 715-6282, for a detailed flyer and information.

 

Around Town

• Race on the Base /Run on The RUNways—The City of Los Alamitos and Southland Credit Union will host the Los Alamitos Race on the Base, Saturday, Feb. 22, on the runways on Los Alamitos Army Airfield at the Joint Forces Training Base in Los Alamitos courtesy of the California National Guard.

Race on the Base events include a Reverse Triathlon, Jr. Reverse Triathlon, 10K Run, 5K Run/Walk, Mission:1K Kids Run, 10K Inline Skating and Wheelchair/Handcycle Race.

The race features helicopters, planes and military vehicles with music throughout the course.

The event also features a distinctive safe-wick moisture management long sleeved shirt for all participants and volunteers, free breakfast or lunch for all racers, two-day vendor expo, free race clinics, and finisher medals.

For information on registration, visit the Race on the Base website at www.raceonthebase.com or contact the Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department at 430-1073.

Free Triathlon Race Clinics will be held Jan. 11 and 25 and Feb. 8. Each clinic includes a presentation from 9 -11a.m. and an activity from 11a.m.–noon. Pre-registration is required.

The Jan. 11 will cover run and swim technique, mental prep, fitness run and long course swim at JFTB Pool; Jan. 25, bike technique, stretching and injury prevention, nutrition and bike check; and Feb. 8, transition basics and set-up, race day event logistics, transition simulation.

Call 430-1073 or email mricks@cityoflosalamitos.org to register. Whether you’re a first-time triathlete or veteran, let us help you be your best on race day.

 

Travel ideas for seniors to boost their social circles

Today, individuals ages 67 and older represent 21 percent of all leisure travelers, according to the United States Travel Association. Whether strolling the streets of Venice or admiring the Grand Canyon, seniors are taking off on enriching and culturally eye-opening travel experiences.

Leisure travel is a great way for seniors to make new connections, from broadening their social circles to meeting other single seniors on solo travel. MySilverAge.com outlines four ways for seniors to make friends—and memories—during their next trip.

1. Sign up for a learning tour. Learning excursions offer seniors the chance to expand their worldview while interacting with other tour-goers. Educational travel providers, such as Road Scholar, cater to seniors and facilitate group tours throughout the world.

2. Take a cultural class. From language classes to cooking lessons, new cultural experiences encourage seniors to step outside their comfort zones and bond with others in the same situation.

3. Pursue a volunteer program. Volunteer travel offers the chance to make friends while making a difference. Consider a travel agency such as Hands Up Holidays, which offers luxury travel combined with volunteer activities—including teaching, assisting in bakeries or helping with gardening projects.

4. Match up with a buddy. Some websites can help seniors connect with other folks who will be traveling to the same destination. Mingle Trips, for example, will arrange for travelers to meet a new travel buddy close to home before stepping foot onto the plane.

Senior travel is about more than just socializing. Find the best travel options and popular destination trends for seniors in this free senior travel guide from MySilverAge.com.

MySilverAge is a website and online resource center, sponsored by be.group, that is designed to help seniors enjoy “what’s next.” MySilverAge brings together thought leaders on the subject of successful aging, leading intelligence on healthy aging and senior living, and expert tips and advice for creating the home, community and relationships.

The be.group
is one of California’s largest nonprofit providers of senior living communities, and is committed to creating communities and services that make the lives of older adults more fulfilling. Its dedicated, well-trained staff is devoted to helping its residents and clients discover new ways to embrace life’s possibilities and new options for exploring their potential.

 

HNTB Survey

A ticket to ride: Americans prefer public transit

(NAPSI)—More Americans are getting on board with public transportation, according to the latest national America THINKS survey, as the cost to own and operate a vehicle rises and consumers look for ways to save money.

According to the research from HNTB Corporation, 76 percent of Americans are open to taking public transportation instead of driving, up from 69 percent in 2010.

High gas prices would drive the decision for 41 percent of those who choose public transportation over driving. In fact, 54 percent think getting around on public transportation for a year would save them more money than doing so via a car.

More than nine in 10, however, believe the nation’s public transportation needs to be improved in some way.

Many public transit agencies are exploring various ideas, including the introduction or expansion of bus rapid transit (BRT) facilities.

This rapidly growing transit option offers communities a viable, cost-effective way to attract non-traditional riders and get them to their destinations more quickly, by bus. It’s a lower-cost, more easily implemented alternative to a rail-based commuter transit system, yet still includes many popular features of rail-based public transportation, such as routes that are clearly laid out and run on a frequent and reliable schedule.

The research also shows if all other factors were the same, 55 percent of Americans would prefer a new bus system in their area over a train system. That may be why 73 percent of those who don’t have a BRT system would support that kind of development.

“Across the country, more and more agencies are turning to bus rapid transit as a way to relieve congestion, reduce pollution and support job growth,” says Liz Rao, vice president and chair public transit services at the infrastructure solutions firm HNTB Corp.

“Embracing this new generation of proven mass transit concepts will help attract drivers off our highways, allowing everyone to enjoy quicker commutes, and customers the use of low-emission vehicles, off-board fare payment and real-time travel information,” she adds. “Successful communities thrive when transit is part of a healthy mix of transportation choices.”

HNTB’s America THINKS transit survey polled a random nationwide sample of 1,127 Americans Sept. 5-12, 2013. Quotas were set to ensure reliable and accurate representation of the total U.S. population ages 18 and over. The margin of error is +/- 2.9 percent.

HNTB Corp. is an employee-owned infrastructure solutions firm serving public and private owners and construction contractors. With nearly a century of service, HNTB understands the life cycle of infrastructure and addresses clients’ most complex technical, financial and operational challenges. Professionals nationwide deliver a full range of infrastructure-related services, including award-winning planning, design, program delivery and construction management.

For more information, visit www.hntb.com.