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LTSCene - October 2014

In loving memory of Nancy Kikuchi
Little Tokyo Service Center News - October 2014
Helping People, Building Community

In Loving Memory of Nancy Kikuchi
NancyLast month LTSC lost one of its family members when Nancy Kikuchi passed away from ovarian cancer.

Nancy worked tirelessly to make Little Tokyo a better place. She was a small business counselor at LTSC from 2000-2007, assisting the mom-and-pop shops that give Little Tokyo its unique charm. Nancy was also instrumental in getting LTSC’s annual sake and food tasting event off the ground. The “Home is Little Tokyo” mural was her labor of love and is a larger than life reminder of Nancy (that’s her on the left in the mural playing the drums with Bombu Taiko).
We will all miss her energy, enthusiasm, joy and dedication to Little Tokyo. She was fearless and her sense of adventure was infectious. We all lost a great friend.
We convey our sincerest condolences to her family.
Read more about Nancy in this Rafu Shimpo article.
Bank of America supports Affordable Housing Collaborative
LTSC recently received a grant from the Bank of America Foundation supporting our Affordable Housing Collaborative. The Collaborative has partnered with over 15 community-based organizations to build 24 projects with 844 units of affordable housing and is currently working on 6 projects that will create affordable rental housing in several Los Angeles neighborhoods including Arts District, Historic Filipinotown, Little Tokyo, Koreatown and Cornfield Arroyo Seco.
LTSC wishes to thank Bank of America for their continued support of LTSC and our efforts to provide affordable housing throughout Los Angeles.

Bank of America showing their support of community
development programs at Dodger Stadium
Did you know...
....that LTSC's Grace Iino Childcare Center has a wish list online?
Check it out at LakeshoreLearning.com!
National Voter Registration Day
NVRDOn September 23 a record number of organizations serving the rapidly growing Asian American and Pacific Islander population participated in National Voter Registration Day, a nationwide effort to get Americans more involved in the democratic process. Register to vote online by October 20.
Far East Lounge Wish List
The Far East Lounge is looking for the following supplies for its classes. If you would like to donate any of these items, please e-mail Izumi Harry at  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .
Sewing machine Sewing pattern weights Magnifying lamp
Serger (overlock machine)
Desk lamp
Music stand
Community Events
starnight210/4 - A3M's Starnight Gala

Saturday, October 4
Hyatt Regency (formerly the Marriott)
5:00 pm Reception / Silent Auction
6:30 pm Dinner / Program

Last chance to buy Starnight tickets! Individual tickets are $180 and a table of 10 is $1,700. Or sponsor an A3M student volunteer for $100. Call (213) 625-2802 or visit A3M's website for more information.
10/11 - How to Effectively Communicate with Your Doctor

Saturday, October 11, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute
1964 W. 162nd St. Gardena, CA 90247

Learn how to prepare for your doctor's visits and improve communication with your doctor. Get tips on how to make health care decisions in partnership with your doctor. RSVP online or by calling (213) 473-3035. 
Part of LTSC's Navigating Transitions in Life workshop series, offered in English with simultaneous interpretation in Japanese.
10/18 - Ties That Bind's "Communications Within Our Community"

Saturday, October 18, 9:00 am - 12:00 noon
JACCC Garden Room
244 S. San Pedro St. Los Angeles, CA  90012

The Ties That Bind Southern California Japanese American Leaders Forum presents "Communications Within Our Community", a panel and discussion on how to improve communications within our community through collaborations, existing resources, and new ideas. E-mail if you have any questions.
10/25 - Housing Options as You Age

Saturday, October 25, 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Gardena Valley Japanese Cultural Institute
1964 W. 162nd St. Gardena, CA 90247

Where we live and the kind of housing we prefer may change over time. Join us for a discussion of various senior housing options. RSVP online or by calling (213) 473-3035. Part of LTSC's Navigating Transitions in Life workshop series, offered in English with simultaneous interpretation in Japanese.
10/26 - FandangObon

Sunday, October 26
244 S. San Pedro St.
Los Angeles, CA  90012

Fandango is a participatory music and dance tradition from Veracruz, Mexico. Obon is a Japanese Buddhist tradition of music and circle dances in remembrance of ancestors. Both of these flourishing cultural expressions create community. Both will come together on October 26, 2014! Learn more on Facebook.
September Donors – Thank You for Your Support!
America Travel Factory
Sharon Caestecker
Patricia Cohen
Chris Comee
Lorraine & Jeffrey Dohzen
Shuk-Li & Wataru Ebihara
Kathy Gilbert
Betty & Frank Hiji
Yukari Elston
Mimi Ho
Mark Kawauchi
June & Gary Masada
Kimie Matayoshi
Matsuhisa Restaurant
Gary Mikuni
Mike Murase
Harry Nakada
Chiyoko Nishimori
Dean Okamura
Mable & Frank Takenaka
George Tanaka
Lilian & James Tanaka
Mucci & Larry Taylor
Keith Umemoto
Lori Usuki
Emily & Dan Weaver
Sally Yamashita

In Honor of Mike Murase
J. & Mariko Kobata

In Memory of Nancy Kikuchi
Elizabeth Burton
Jean Do
Julian Ely
Mark Harris
Janet Hasegawa & Cliff Chu
Julie Itahara
Noelle Ito & Cliff Okada
Suzette & Gary Kawaguchi
Donna Plesh Lycan
Ellen Matsumoto & Larry Rubin
National Publisher Services, LLC
Lily Nakao
Enisha & Amar Parimi
Mark Podhajsky
Colleen Seto-Gee & Douglas Gee
Scarlet Sy & Eric Olson
Jennifer Usyak
Taeko Yamada
Karen Yamamoto

Kansha Fund
In Memory of Ray Inouye

Chris & Tats Yamasaki

In-kind donations
Kathy Khoury
Mieko Uchida
Calvin Wang

Vehicle donations
Mary & Paul Shiba
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