On Thursday, June 29th, The Men’s Club took a tour of a unique, to be sure, 3D Printing Lab.more»
Valley Jewish Community Center helped Operation Gratitude make packages for our troops overseas. The majority of the people helping were volunteers from all over the Valley and greater L.A. area. Our Platoon consisted of 15 – 18 Center Members.more»
The VJCC Men’s Club was organized to provide a positive setting for active men (55+). A place to meet and socialize and to provide programs that will entertain, inform and enlighten our members in a friendly, comfortable atmosphere.
The Men’s Club meets the first Monday night of every month at 7 PM for fellowship and activity planning. Recent activities have included a day at the Santa Anita Park, tour of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Dodger Games and a tour of the “Propaganda” exhibit at the Getty Museum.
If you would like to attend the Men’s Club meetings, feel free to drop by. Please send us your email address to receive upcoming events info: Abby@Valleyjcc.org
Men’s Club at Tour of HexLab MakerSpace by Chas Phillips
On Thursday, June 29th, The Men’s Club took a tour of a unique, to be sure, 3D Printing Lab. HexLab MakerSpace produces a wide range of 3D items in several mediums, but, the majority of the items produced at this lab are created by the common man. For a monthly membership, you or I, can create and produce an object using one of the several 3D Printers available at the lab. The creation can be plastic, medal or wood.
We were introduced to several of the items produced at this lab, including a Big Bang Theory whistle. The 3D printers range in price from $400 – $500 to $35,000. One of the huge printers runs in the millions if purchased new. One of the originators, who started at the age of 12, showed us the whole process, from designing on computer to sending it to the printer for production….quite fascinating to a non geek like me. We were able to watch a couple of items being produced; even though the process may take several hours, we certainly got the idea.
After the tour, several of us met at the California Chicken Café for a, you guessed it, a chicken lunch. Fun was had by all.
For information regarding the Men’s Club, e-mail Burt Kaminsky, at email@example.com.
Men’s Club at Museum of Flight by Chas Phillips
On Sunday, 3/26, the Men’s Club traveled to Santa Monica Airport to visit the Museum of Flight. Our group was warmly welcomed and Linda, our docent, was a very outgoing and knowledgeable person to say the least. We started with the Wright Brothers, proceeded through the early war planes and ended with the most current aircraft. The museum presents the history of flight in a very orderly fashion with several life sized displays and an abundance of models, small and large. A cut-away 727 cockpit was available to sit in the pilot/co-pilot seats and get a feel of real aircraft command. An Air Force pilot was available to explain the many dials and displays….lots of fun. A video of “Thursday”….the story of a WWII P-51 Mustang and its pilot from the war to the present, was a marvelous story of the Pilot and the Aircraft. Cary’s grandkids took a Fighter Jet on a mission in the Flight Simulator….a true simulator that did barrel rolls (actually turned the kids upside down) and executed all the commands of the pilots….a truly exciting experience for the kids. We had lunch at the Spitfire Grill. As you can imagine, the restaurant was decked out in aircraft parts, pictures and murals. A variety of meals were ordered and all enjoyed themselves. A fun day was had by all!
Keep watching for more exciting events sponsored by the Men’s Club via the e-mail blasts….not on the list, contact Abby at the center (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Men’s Club Visits Beverly Hill Police Department by Chas Phillips
On Thursday, 1/19, the Men’s Club toured the Beverly Hill Police Department. It was amazing to learn the Beverly Hills Police Department is a fully equipped and independently functioning PD. Our tour guide was a Detective Sgt George Demarios who was extremely knowledgeable regarding the operations of all the different departments with the PD. Having a tour guide with several years of service with his many stories added a great deal to the enjoyment of the tour. I think the tour of the Armory and the SWAT trucks were the highlights of the tour. We all met at Factor’s Deli for lunch after the tour and discussed how much fun we had. Upcoming functions include a couple of High School Basketball games, dinner meeting and a speaker from the California Highway Patrol at Marie Callender’s (2/6), visit to the Nethercutt Museum in February and a visit to the Museum of Flying in March.
The Valley JCC Men's Club at Edwards Air Force Base (photo by Burt Kaminsky)
Men’s Club at 911 Center by Chas Phillips
On Thursday, 8/11, the Men’s Club toured the LAPD Dispatch Center in West Hills. As stated by the tour guide, the tours are not only informative but also educational. We learned and saw the history of the Call Center and the progression of the equipment, very interesting. We moved to a conference room and learned how this center and the second center in Los Angeles cover the entire County of L. A. From the conference room we were able to observe the call center in action. A huge room with over 50 desks, each desk having 6 computer screens to help the dispatcher determine how to handle the call. We also learned that over half the calls received by the 911 operators are not emergency calls and should have used the non-emergency phone number: 1-844-ASK-LAPD (1-877-275-5273).
Men’s Club at Edwards AFB by Chas Phillips
On Friday, 8/12, the Men’s Club took a tour of Edwards Air Force Base. An absolutely amazing and wonderful tour. Out Tour Guide was a retired Air Force camera man who rode in the backseat of aircraft and took pictures of test aircraft in flight during a test session. It was easy to see he enjoyed his job and embraced the chance to depart his knowledge and experience to the group. If you are an aircraft or flight enthusiast, this is a must tour. Starting in the flight and aircraft museum, we saw an example of every aircraft tested at Edwards…amazing. With pictures and examples of some the more famous accomplishment of the Test Pilots, the museum is a must see. We then took a bus tour of the Administration buildings and then onto the flight line. We saw F-16s, F22s, F-35s, KC-135s, C-17s, B-1, and a Global Hawk drone and several other less famous aircraft. At the Tourist Center, all of the F-100 series aircraft are on display. The base and the history are truly an experience to cherish.
Men’s Club at Santa Anita Race Track
The Men’s Club visited Santa Anita Racetrack on Sunday, May 22 for the second time. The location of the track is awesome for it’s beauty and peacefulness. The weather could not have been better. It was great to have Sam in attendance and see him looking so well. It was a relaxing and fun filled day for all. I don’t think we had any big winners, but did not leave too much at the track.
The Men’s Club meets the first Monday of the Month at the Center at 7 PM. If you are looking to have some fun and companionship, join us for the next meeting.
Photos by Marty Kaplan.
Men’s Club at Dodger Stadium
The VJCC Men’s Club visited Dodger Stadium for a tour on Thursday, 4/14. We met at the Top of the Park and enjoyed a 360 degree view which included downtown Los Angeles, The Hollywood sign and the beautiful San Gabriel Mountains. The view from the Vin Scully Pressbox was enjoyed by all. After a walk through the Dodger Awards Hallway, we went on the field for an unbelievable view of the Stadium and the chance to take a few photos. The tour concluded in the Stadium Club behind home plate…what a way to have dinner.
The Men’s Club meets the 1st Monday of the month at the Center at 7:00 PM for event planning and shmoozing…come and join the fun.