There will be no service club meetings this week as they finish up decorating their Rose Parade floats and host the international presidents at luncheons and dinners in the
The parade begins at 8 a.m. Saturday. The best TV viewing will be on
Barbara and I will be viewing the Rose Parade from stands in Pasadena along with our daughter Stacy, her husband,
Boy, the senior Howards have had their share of bad weather trouble getting to Southern California! Last February as they were going to leave for the Stacy de Boom-Kyle Howard wedding in
Now the senior Howards were to arrive Monday from Boston for a 10-day vacation that includes a trip
Getting away from it all
Speaking of vacations, Barbara and I had a few in 2010, including our 40th wedding anniversary cruise out of Miami on
We did, however, have a great vacation in Branson, Mo., a small town with 100 live theaters with shows at 10 a.m., and 2 and 7 p.m. daily, 500-plus hotels and motels in all price ranges, two theme parks and a water park or two for kids to enjoy and some great choices in dining.
While there with our travel partners Chris and Larry Frank, of Bakersfield, we saw six live shows including
There is plenty to see in the area as well. We traveled to Springfield and visited a Civil War battlefield. We recommend Branson!
We also had a great week in Avalon, Catalina. Little to do there except work on your sun tan, take an island tour, play some golf, visit the arcade, go zip lining, barbecue at Descanso Beach Club or enjoy one of the new fine-dining restaurants. It's a great place for families.
We rent a four-bedroom home in Avalon for a week in July and our daughters and their families joined us for a great family reunion time. We recommend Avalon for a vacation!
You might also consider going to
Visit http://www.educatorschinatour.com for more information.
The Newport-Mesa-Irvine Interfaith Council has its 10th China tour Oct. 14 to 21, which includes what is mentioned above. The price for the fall tour is $1,999. For more information visit http://www.nmiinterfaith.org. I will be the leader of the Oct. 14th tour to China.
Thought for the Day
"The Christmas spirit that goes out with the dried-up Christmas tree is just as worthless."— Author unknown
SERVICE CLUB MEETINGS THIS WEEK
You are invited to attend a service club meeting this coming week. Most clubs will buy your first meal for you as you get acquainted with them.
7:15 a.m. The 48-member