Valley Jewish Community Center

Jewish Traditions, Lives, and Values

20350 Ventura Blvd. Suite 100
Woodland Hills, CA 91364
818-360-2211

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Posted Friday, November 2, 2018

On Thursday, August 23rd, the Men’s Club visited the National Weather Service in Oxnard.  We meet our tour guide, John Dumas, upon arrival.  John is an ex Navy Meteorologist and served 20 plus years for Uncle Sam.  He has been with the National Weather Service for just over 5 years. 

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Posted Friday, November 2, 2018

On Saturday, October 27th, The Men’s Club visited what is now known as Oakridge Estates.  Some 80 years ago Barbara Stanwyck purchased a piece of property in the San Fernando Valley.  The property bordered on the north by Devonshire Blvd, on the east by Reseda Blvd, on the south by what is now Lassen, and on the west by what is now Wilbur.  On this property Ms. Stanwyck and Zeppo Marx, her agent and one of the Marx Brothers, built separate homes.  Additionally, a thoroughbred training track and ranch were added.  During this time period, Barbara and Zeppo called this the Marwych Ranch.  

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Posted Monday, March 19, 2018

On Saturday, February 17, 2018, The Men’s Club visited the Santa Susan Depot Museum and Model Railroad display in Simi Valley.  Our docent, Curt, was very outgoing and added so much to the tour.  We were limited in time to two hours, but, I’m sure Curt could have gone all-day with the history and stories about the depot.

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Men’s Club Visits “The Big Stick”

Posted Thursday, October 26, 2017

 

 
 

On Saturday, Oct 21, the Men’s Club toured the USS Iowa, nicked named “The Big Stick”. It is permanently anchored near the entrance to the L.A. Harbor, near the cruise ship dock. We took a self guided tour of this magnificent ship. As Veterans arrive on the ship, the Crew welcomes them aboard with an announcement over the public address system…a very nice touch. We started on the bow (front) of the ship, which puts you under six of the nine 16” cannons that adorn this vessel as a part the total armament aboard. Although you do not enter the turret, a video explains the complexity of loading and firing these big guns. A sample of the powder and projectile are on display. It was amazing how many crew members were needed to operate these cannons. The self tour takes you throughout the vessel, enabling you the see how the crew lived, worked and relaxed aboard ship. It was evident by the size of living quarters, the higher your rank, the better the living. Additionally, you see examples the remaining armament: smaller cannons, several types of machine guns and different types of missiles. There is an excellent museum style area near the ships store. One of the displays is dedicated to the terrible accident when one of the 16” cannons exploded and 41 crew members were lost. The video brought tears to my eyes, as well as most of the other people viewing it. The exit brings you up to the stern (rear) of the ships. This very large area was used to land and launch helicopters. We all enjoyed the tour very much and agreed that it demonstrates that our freedom is not free. We had lunch at a local bistro after the tour.

Contributed by Chas Phillips

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