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Joanne kept her Aladdin books close. (Photo by Chris Frost)
Thursday, November 14, 2019

By Chris Frost



Port Hueneme-- The Oceanview Pavilon was a busy place, Nov. 12, as the venue hosted storytime for consumers with special needs.


Clients enjoyed arts and crafts, plus reading time, which is a group favorite.


The group meets every Tuesday from 10 until 12 p.m. and can choose whatever activity they want to be involved with. 


Volunteer Robal O'Larte spent her afternoon interacting with the consumers and talking to them about their favorite books.


Robal said Charisse loves reading books about animals.


"I like watching them talking together in the book," Charisse said.


Robal had a smile from ear-to-ear that she could not keep to herself.


"I like to see them smile," she said. "It's something that is so contagious when the clients here are engaged. My friend Sandy is a hoot, and it doesn't take much to get her to laugh."


When you volunteer Robal said she doesn't have time to be sad.


"This group of people are so easily made happy," she said.


During the session, there was no fighting, arguing, or bickering.


"Tony Skinner likes books about science and technology," Robal said. "He's an artist himself."


He has a favorite book, Oragami.


"I can make paper planes or practically anything," he said. 


Carmen was all smiles at the event.


"I love animals, and airplanes too," she said.  "I like Winnie the Pooh and the baby bear,".


Joanne kept her Aladdin books close.


"She likes the more exotic books," Robal said. "I brought a book about dancers in the Middle East, and that was her favorite book for two months."


ADC Supervisor Lola Caro said the activity is a great program.


"We do all kinds of activities for them," she said. "We start at 8:45 a.m., and they have their coffee or tea. After that, we do exercises."


On Tuesday, the group has its study time.


"Everybody loves to have their reading time with Robal," Lola said.


The clients were busy creating decorations for Thanksgiving after reading.


"This table is making turkeys, and this other table sews things," she said. "They also love painting. We switch groups every hour."


Lola started helping people with special needs 19 years ago.


"This is what I enjoy and love to do," she said. "I love and teach as much as I can."


The Oceanview Paviion is located at 575 E. Surfside Drive.