Nikkei Widowed Association will be celebrating the 2014 holiday season with friends and family at its annual Christmas luncheon on Saturday, Dec. 13.

Helen Ota (Rafu Shimpo photo)
Helen Ota (Rafu Shimpo photo)

As it has in the past, the NWA will hold its party at the popular Quiet Cannon Center in Montebello.

Unfortunately, the NWA will disband after this year because the membership is unable to provide candidates or leaders to fill the vacancies in critical governing positions. Old age, illness and lack of transportation are cited by members as reasons for not stepping forward.

The 35th and final NWA Christmas luncheon looks to be especially loaded with entertainment. In addition to the prime rib or Atlantic salmon lunch, Brian Frank, troubadour extraordinaire, will head the spotlight. The popular and talented Helen Ota will be the emcee, accompanied by her friends Keiko Kawashima of the Grateful Crane Ensemble and Denise Iketani of Cold Tofu.

By popular demand, David Shinjo and Toi Nakamoto will perform exhibition dances as they did last year. There will be line dancing and as always a raffle drawing.

Persons interested are urged to contact Mas Matoi (323) 256-2400 or Harry Inao (626) 288-9784. Cost: $35 per person. Limited seating. Name tags will be issued. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 30.

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