LANCASTER – Friends of the Antelope Valley Senior Center aregearing up for their annual meeting at 1 p.m. Dec. 13. President Ann Bell says it will be a good time for people unfamiliar with the organization to find out what it’s all about. “We’re all volunteers and we spend a lot of time planning center activities and working to address any concerns about the center that are brought to our attention,” she said. “We want to thank all our members who continue their support every year. It’s their cooperation that helps make our activities so successful.” New officers and board members will be elected and installed at the meeting in the multipurpose room at the center, 777 W. Jackman St. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals “Anyone who would like to become involved in any way, as a member,candidate for office or to chair a committee, is invited to let the office personnel know,” said Bell. Entertainment will be provided by the Happy Singers, and refreshments will be served. Seniors with questions about Medicare and other health insurance cannow receive assistance. The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program provides free counseling and advocacy by a trained counselor, Mary Jones. Through the Center for Health Care Rights, Jones is available by appointment at the Antelope Valley Senior Center on Thursday afternoons. She can help with questions on Medicare coverage, claims and costs, HMOs, Medicare supplemental insurance, long-term care insurance and related issues. Call the senior center at (661) 726-4400 to schedule an appointment. Like clockwork, the time has come again to refinish the senior center’s multipurpose room floor. The center will be closed for that purpose from 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13, after the noon meal, and won’t be reopened until 8 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23. This will not affect the service of noon meals at the Palmdale Senior Center, 1002 E. Ave. Q-12. For additional information, call the office before 1 p.m. Jan. 13. For information on the meals program, call the Antelope Valley Committee on Aging, (661) 945-3223. Menus for the week at the senior life nutrition sites in Lancaster andPalmdale have been announced. All meals include bread, margarine andcoffee, tea or milk, for a suggested donation of $2. Monday: Mushroom chicken, rice pilaf, cooked cabbage, lettuce salad, juice, apple. Tuesday: Lasagna, chicken soup, spinach, garden salad, vanilla pudding. Wednesday: Salisbury steak, mashed potatoes, minestrone soup, Normandy vegetables, cottage cheese, cookies. Thursday: Hot turkey sandwich, bread dressing, parslied carrots, tossed salad, juice, gelatin. Friday: Pastrami sandwich, potato salad, corn, creamy coleslaw, juice, pears. This column disseminates news of interest to seniors of all ages. Bettie Rencoret can be contacted at (661) 943-2998, or messages may be left at the Antelope Valley Bureau Daily News offices, (661) 267-5741. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!
The Legend of Zorrodir Martin Campbellout nowIn 1998, The Mask of Zorro, alsodirected by Martin Cambell,was released to general acclaim.A rousing, swashbuckling adventurewith a healthy dose of humour,it made a sequel entirely predictable.Sadly, predictable is certainlythe watchword for this latest offeringfrom the conveyor-belt that isHollywood. The film, essentially aninferior photocopy of the original,is not terrible, but it is terribly mediocre.The sultry spark of the first filmhas vanished, replaced by lazy actingand an even lazier script. Thestory, little more than a series of frequentlyillogical plot devices, opensin 1850 as California votes on joiningthe Union. Zorro is enduringsomewhat less than marital bliss,with his devotion to work resultingin estrangement from his beautifulwife. This potentially emotional storylineis instead played for laughs,as Zorro strives to win Elena backfrom a villain so bland I’ve alreadyforgotten his name. Naturally, healso has to save America.The Legend of Zorro is sporadicallyfunny, but the broad slapstickmerely contributes to its uneventone, as it tries (and fails) to find abalance between grit and sanitisedfamily fare. The introduction of aZorro Junior to the forefront of theaction was always going to be intenselyirritating. One also wonderswhy the skilful swordsman Zorronever actually kills anyone with hissword.Nevertheless, the blockbusterdoes have its moments, and it occasionallyfeels like a better story islurking just out of reach. A mealtimescene proves surprisingly macabreand the rousing fighting ofthe climax is undeniably exciting.On a different front, real emotionis felt when Zorro’s identity is revealed,yet the chief effect of this isto highlight the sterility of the restof the affair.It is a depressing thought that sausagefactory of Hollywood cannotmuster the courage to experimentwith fresh material. Recycling is agood thing when it comes to litter,but not when cinema is concerned.The word ‘sequel’ may arouse producersin Bel-Air, but for me it hasall the excitement of toast.There are exceptions, of course,that prove this rule. This film,as you may have guessed, is notone of them. No amount of scenery,swords, special effects or even(gasp) Antonio Banderas can hidethe unerring feeling that The Legendof Zorro has nothing new tosay. Far from being a legend, thisfilm proved difficult to rememberlong enough to write a review.ARCHIVE: 3rd week MT 2005