Sixty-seven people gathered at the Fallbrook Senior Center on March 29 for an afternoon of mental exercise and a chance to socialize with other Mah Jong players. Many of them attend all the tournaments in town throughout the year as well as playing regularly with small groups of friends.
The fundraising event started with a lunch of croissant sandwiches, baby carrots, chips and a white layer cake with cherry filling and whipped cream frosting. Then the 17 tables of players started three hours of Mah Jong using a variety of colorful tiles, overseen by Fallbrook’s Mah Jong Queen, Araxy Moosa.
Besides the entry fees, funds were raised with a raffle of donated gifts. Everyone went home a winner with a pot of flowers donated by a local grower who wishes to remain anonymous.
A crowd of 67 people play Mah Jong in the Fallbrook Senior Center tournament (one person did not show up).
Virginia Ballard scoops up some tiles that she needs for her Mah Jong hand during the three hour long tournament.
This Mah Jong foursome, from left, Marj Freda, Louis Molnar, Marie Hokeness and Betty Gilby are in the middle of a round of play at the senior center.
Pots of bright flowers wait to be taken home by all the Mah Jong players in the senior center’s tournament.
Patty Klements takes a look at the available tiles to see if she needs any of them.
Linda Kelley, left, and Gina Abdelrahman enjoy a round of Mah Jong with friends at the Fallbrook Senior Center tournament.
Tina Willard, left, and Cherri Munoz start another round of Mah Jong at the senior center.
Nancy Paulsen and her tablemates play Mah Jong with a set of modern tiles which are smaller and brightly colored than traditional tiles.