QUESTION: I stay very active and attend many events — but these are usually educational classes and seminars. I am in the mood for some light entertainment. Do you have any suggestions?


ANSWER: Yes I do. I am happy to say I think I have just the event to fill your request and to start off the summer season.


The Simi Valley Senior Center Performing Arts Group will be presenting its original musical comedy, “Hi-Jinx on the High Seas” at the Simi Valley Senior Center. There will be two showings: a matinee on Thursday, June 29, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. and an evening performance on Friday, June 30, from 7 to 9 p.m.


This year’s summer production finds the wacky cast on a three-day cruise to Mexico.  The weather is perfect, great friendships are quickly formed — but something is amiss.  Personal items keep disappearing, and they think they know who the culprit is — but are they right? Come to the show to find out.


Admission is free and all seniors and their friends are encouraged to come out and enjoy the show, complimentary refreshments and opportunity drawings for prize baskets. No reservations are needed, but there is limited seating so plan to arrive early.  Doors will open half an hour before curtain time.


The Simi Valley Senior Center is at 3900 Avenida Simi in Simi Valley. For more information call the center at 583-6363.


Sounds like a great show and a great way to start the summer season.


QUESTION: I recently needed to use a power of attorney to access a bank account of my deceased mother-in-law, and the bank denied my request for access. Can you explain why?


ANSWER: A power of attorney can be a valuable legal tool when someone needs to act on another’s behalf. But at times it is refused because the institution wants to make sure the POA is valid and that the agent (the person presenting the POA) is not engaged in financial abuse.



When the institution does refuse, you should stay calm and polite and work with the institution to resolve the question or questions they have. They may just need additional information to prove who you are and that the POA is valid. It will take a little time. If the problem is not resolved you should seek legal advice.


When creating a POA there are a few simple steps you can take that could prevent this type of thing happening. Talk with the institution to determine what forms they will accept. Perhaps it is as simple as using the form they provide for power of attorney. Some banks will review the form you plan to use and give you pre-approval for it.


When completing any legal forms it is always best to obtain legal advice that can help eliminate situations such as the one described.


Talking and planning beforehand is always better than having to argue and prove after.




June 27, 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Seminar — “Will You Pass Your Next Driving Test?” — at Simi Valley Senior Center, 3900 Avenida Simi, Simi Valley.  For reservations call 583-6363.


June 27, 5:30 to 7 p.m.: Seminar — “Legal Information for Elders (LIFE)” — at Senior Concerns Day Care Center, 401 Hodecamp Road, Thousand Oaks. For reservations call 497-0189.


June 28, 11 a.m.:  “Salute Our Veterans” at Cypress Place Senior Living, 1200 Cypress Point Lane, Ventura. For reservations call 650-8000. Reservations must be made by June 27.


June 28, 1:30 to 3 p.m.: Livingston Memorial Visiting Nurse Association — Diabetes Class — at Goebel Adult Community Center, 1385 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks. No reservations needed, just drop in.


June 28 and 29, 1 to 5 p.m.: “AARP Smart Driver Course” at Pleasant Valley Senior Center, 1605 E. Burnley St., Camarillo. Reservations are required by end of today, Wednesday. Call 482-4881.

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