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Pool is topic of town hall April 25

The Golden Rain Foundation will host a town hall meeting to give a presentation and solicit resident opinions on replacing, renovating and/or enhancing the community’s 1960s-era pool facility.

The meeting will be held at 10 a.m. on April 25 in Clubhouse 4.

Cookies, water and coffee will be available.

The presentation will include a review of the current status of the pool area, a look at possible alternative locations and time requirements for replacing vs. renovating the facility.

The GRF Board will take all comments into consideration and looks forward to beginning the journey to replace or modify this treasured LW amenity.

The town hall will be followed by a community questionnaire in an effort to hear from a majority of shareholders.

A second town hall will be held in September to keep residents informed.

I-405 lawsuit has been settled

The City of Seal Beach has reached a $1.7 million settlement to end its lawsuit against Caltrans and the Orange County Transportation Authority over a four-lane widening project on the 405 Freeway from Costa Mesa to the the eastern border of Long Beach.

The settlement comes just as work on the 1-405 Freeway Project is getting underway. The OCTA, in cooperation with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), is widening 16 miles of the I-405 between State Route 73 in Costa Mesa and Interstate 605 near the Los Angeles County line.

One regular lane will be added in each direction from Euclid Street to I-605, 18 bridges will be rebuilt, freeway access on local streets will be improved and the 405 Express Lanes will be built. That’s two lanes in each direction from SR-73 to I-605. The express lanes, which incorporate existing carpool lanes and connectors that opened in 2014, will give solo drivers the choice to speed up their commute for a toll, and carpoolers may ride in the lanes for free.

The $1.7 billion project is expected to be finished in 2023.

Seal Beach’s lawsuit challenged the adequacy of the Environmental Impact Report prepared by Caltrans and OCTA.

Seal Beach City Manager Jill Ingram said the settlement agreement will help mitigate some of the impacts the project is anticipated to cause in Seal Beach, both during construction and after completion.

“In 2015, the City Council demanded a number of project improvements, many of which we have achieved. As a result of this difficult process, the project will be less impactful,” she said.

The settlement requires OCTA to pay the city almost $1.7 million earmarked for repairs and improvements requested by the Seal Beach City Council in 2015. OCTA will also add $2.4 million worth of additional project improvements requested by the city.

They include a new dedicated right turn lane from the southbound Seal Beach Boulevard 405 off-ramp to reduce backup of traffic exiting the freeway and turning right onto Seal Beach Boulevard.

OCTA and the City also have agreed on a formula and a study process whereby OCTA will pay its fair share of the cost of repaving Seal Beach Boulevard and Westminster Avenue if “cut through” traffic from the project causes additional damage to city arterials.

In addition, Caltrans has agreed to a full repaving of PCH in the city for an estimated $10 million. Work will begin after the completion of the I-405 project, subject to the California Legislature’s appropriation of the funds.

While the city procured more than $14 million in mitigation project, it was unable to stop the relocation of a portion of a sound wall along Almond Avenue. Residents had vehemently opposed moving the sound wall during public hearings prior to project approval.

The city argued for what it called “a significant objective,” but leaving the wall would have required Caltrans to make exceptions to state-mandated dimensions of freeway lanes and shoulders and locations of sound walls.

Despite the city’s repeated request that Caltrans issue those exceptions to avoid additional impacts to neighboring residences, Caltrans adamantly refused to consider a redesign. Sound walls are to be moved in multiple other areas throughout the I-405 Improvement Project corridor.

In the coming weeks, Caltrans will issue a letter describing the reasons it is moving the wall and why it declined to make the necessary exceptions and will hold a public meeting to explain the project and the reasons for its decisions.

“Caltrans’ decision to move the Almond Avenue wall, while certainly a bad idea that is troubling for residents, is not illegal and will be done entirely on freeway right-of-way Caltrans already owns,” said City Attorney Craig Steele.

“It became apparent to us that the judge in our case would not issue an order to prohibit moving the wall just because it is a bad idea for neighbors.”

In the settlement agreement, OCTA agreed to redesign the wall location so that it will keep Almond Avenue at a standard width and to underground utilities in project area.

OCTA also will reimburse the City approximately $279,000 of the city’s litigation fees and costs.

“The City set out to improve the project and reduce impacts as much as we could, and we have succeeded in that effort,” said City Manager Ingram. “City staff will continue to work hard to mitigate the impacts of this project and to improve designs for the various project elements in the city.”

The City Council voted 3-1 to approve the agreement. Councilmember Schelly Sustarsic voted no. Mayor Mike Varipapa, who is employed by Caltrans, has not participated in any deliberation or decision relating to the litigation, and abstained from this vote.

For more information about the, visit the I-405 Improvements page on the OCTA website, where residents can also sign up email or text alerts with construction closures and detours.

—from the City of Seal Beach

Bolsa Chica Earth Day Fest is April 14

The Bolsa Chica Earth Day Festival is from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, 3842 Warner Ave., at Pacific Coast Highway. Admission and educational activity booths are free. People will have a chance to interact with animals, learn about pollution and wetland ecology and test water quality. There will be educational activity booths, a jump tent, food for sale and guided tours of the reserve.

For general information, email or call (714) 846-1114. Pre-registration is required for tours and feedings. Tours will be held at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. To RSVP, go to

Air quality is topic of Y Service Club meeting

Local air quality will be the topic at the Y Service Club meeting on Wednesday, April 18, at Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Nick Massetti, a Y Club member and community volunteer, will provide an update on the ongoing joint project between Leisure World residents and the South Coast Air Quality District to place low cost air quality monitors in the community to assess the air residents breathe.

Club members will hear how to locate the air quality data from these sensors on line and see examples of how it might be used to determine the source of poor air quality.

A continental breakfast will be served 7:30 a.m. President Margaret Humes will conduct a short business meeting at 8 a.m., followed by the presentation on what LWers breathe every day.

All Leisure World residents are welcome to attend the meeting.

Blood drive is Friday

The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, April 13, at the Leisure World Health Care Center.

There is a constant need for a healthy and reliable blood supply, and blood donations supply that need. People should have a light meal and plenty to drink before they give blood.

American Legion Auxiliary Board meets Friday

The American Legion Auxiliary Board will meet at 1 p.m., Friday, April 13, in Clubhouse 3.

Changes to the Unit 327 Standing Rules will be discussed before submission to the general membership.

The ALA Unit 327 general meeting will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in Clubhouse 4. Members are urged to attend as new officers will be elected and new members will be initiated at this meeting.

Standing Rule Changes will also be ratified before submission to the District and Department Constitution & By-Laws Committees.

A memorial service for American Legion Auxiliary members of District 29 who have died this year has been planned for May 12, location to be announced later.  All members of the Auxiliary, as well as family members of these military wives and mothers, are invited to attend.  For more information, call Cathy Tautges at 341-0249.

Woman’s Club card party and lunch is April 20

The Woman’s Club monthly card party and luncheon will be held on Friday, April 20, in Clubhouse 2. People should be seated by 11:45 a.m.; lunch is served at noon.

The luncheon tickets are sold according to assigned table numbers, and reserved lunch tickets are payable at the door. The luncheon ticket for an individual is $11. Tickets for a table of four may be purchased by one person for $44.

As usual, standing club rules require regularly attending card players to be current Woman’s Club members. Regular players do not need to make a reservation to play cards. To play a game other than bridge or canasta, members may make a reservation for a table and lunch for their players. To cancel, change or make a new reservation, call Judy Belladella at 598-1784 no later than 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 17.

If substitute players for bridge or canasta are needed, members can call Joyce Bissell at 596-0148 for names of available substitutes.

Nekker Juice Bar fund raiser for NA’MAT is April 16

In place of the regular meeting on Monday, April 16, NA’AMAT USA will dine at the Nekter Juice Bar to take advantage of a fund raiser benefiting NA’AMAT. Nekter’s is adjacent to Trader Joe’s in the Marketplace shopping center. Lunch will be followed by grocery shopping at TJ’s. Nekter’s will donate 20 percent of orders to NA’AMAT. Fund raiser flyers must be submitted with each order. They will be available upon request, on the bus and at the event. Anyone who would like to support NA’AMAT USA may participate. RSVP to Darlene Rose at 347-8088. People should be at Nekter’s before 11 a.m. for their orders to be included in the fundraiser. The menu features healthy fresh juices, smoothies, bowls, scoops and grab ‘n go items. All are welcome.

People can take the Leisure World shuttle bus departing from the Amphitheater bus stop between 10-10:30 a.m. The shuttle runs about every 20 minutes, and riders will return at about 2 p.m.

NA’AMAT USA will not meet in May in observance of the Shavout holiday.

Senior Patriots host speaker on history of guns

Dr. Donald Schwartz, professor emeritus of history at California State University, Long Beach, will discuss the history of guns in America when Senior Patriots for Peace (SPP) meets at 1 p.m. on Friday, April 13, in Clubhouse 4.

Dr. Schwartz will address the debate on the right to bear arms from the viewpoint of history. A question-and-answer session will follow his talk.

All are invited to attend.

New members are welcome. Annual dues of $10 are now being collected.

Senior Patriots for Peace is dedicated to the promotion of peace by focusing on issues relating to world peace, social justice and the environment.

LW dines out on Mondays

Finbars Italian Kitchen and Naples Rib Company alternate Monday dinner service in Clubhouse 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Naples Rib Company is in LW on the first and third Mondays of the month. It will be serving dinner April 16 (see menu on page 9). Finbars Italian Kitchen will be here on the second and fourth Mondays; Lily’s Hawaiian Barbecue is no longer serving in Leisure World.

Reservations are required by phone or email for Naples. For specific ordering information, see the restaurant menu, which is printed on the first page of the Arts and Leisure section in the LW Weekly. Menus are also sent out via LW Live!, GRF’s real-time email service.

Finbars does not require reservations. Dinner will be served between 4:30-6 p.m.

For more information on the GRF-sponsored restaurant service in LW, call the Recreation Department at 431-6586, ext. 326 or 398, or email

Other dining options include Taco Tuesday hosted by Koffel’s Food Truck at 5 p.m. in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot, and Domino’s offers a Pizza Thursday at the same location at 3:30 p.m. Special orders and deliveries can be accepted by calling the pizzeria at 493-2212.

For more information, call the GRF Recreation Department at 431-6586, ext. 326 or 398, or

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Perspectives Policy

Submissions in each of the following categories may be published at the discretion of the Publications Manager.

Letters to the Editor: Maximum number of words: 250. Letters should be typed and delivered to the Golden Rain News by email (preferred), regular mail, deposited in a white GRF drop box, or hand-delivered. Letters must be of general interest to the community and may contain opinions, suggestions, compliments, and complaints without being scurrilous, libelous, defamatory, repetitive or otherwise inappropriate. The names of individual employees, titles and/or departments will not be permitted in letters that could adversely impact any Foundation employee directly or indirectly.

Member Column: At a maximum 500 words, columns may present an argument or opinion or information about pending issues of concern to the community. Priority to first-time or less frequent writers. Some names will be left out to protect privacy.

Contributor: Restaurant review, theater review or travel journal submissions welcome subject to terms and conditions in the policy unless otherwise noted.

Political: Submissions concerning political issues outside of Leisure World and the City of Seal Beach will not be published.

Mutual election cycle begins; directors needed

The community unity displayed in Leisure World, Seal Beach, is a direct result of all the unpaid volunteer Board members duly elected to serve their mutual and the shareholders over many years. What better way to create and sustain a community such as Leisure World then by volunteering time towards the governance of this incredible lifestyle shareholders enjoy?

This community was founded on the premise that the Mutual Boards and the elected board directors would set into operation the day-to-day business of each mutual corporation. Directors address the issues of most importance to their electorate, that is, the shareholders. Board directors find solutions to existing problems, large and small. This is not an easy job. It takes time, effort and a willingness to unselfishly donate a portion of a person’s everyday life to the community in which they live.

Leisure World Seal Beach is full of highly qualified shareholders who have so much expertise to offer, such as knowledge of construction, plumbing and accounting. New ideas and perspectives are always needed and that means volunteers are needed. Please consider becoming a candidate for a director’s position on your mutual’s board of directors.

The schedule below indicates each mutual’s annual meeting date and election. Note the deadlines to apply for candidacy. If you are interested or have any questions relating to becoming a candidate for election to your Mutual’s Board of Directors contact the Stock Transfer Office at 431-6586, ext. 346.

Updated by Courtney Knapp, elections specialist

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MLK’s words were inspiration

By Les H. Cohen, Mutual 15

Legislative Advocate Emeritus

From time to time residents ask me why I became an ombudsman after an exciting and successful 40-year lobbyist career walking the halls of the state Capitol.

It seemed appropriate to respond on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death. He said, “an individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concern of all humanity.”

That’s all the inspiration I needed to become a certified ombudsman for the past 14 years.

Letter to the Editor


Since my husband, Johnny, passed my life was upside down. It was not real to me. I felt he would come back.

Then I saw the grieving program in the LW paper. Just in time for me. I immediately signed up.

It really helped me to sort what happened and how to deal with this tragic part of the life.

The class ended after eight weeks. It was like group therapy. The two counselors were so professional and patient. We all bonded with the same experience.

This program should be more publicized. It is very needed.

I was very lucky to attend this program.

Sherry Vaneck

Mutual 11

Editor’s note: Pathways Volunteer Hospice program is presented twice a year, in spring and fall, and if there is a demand. For information on the program, contact Cynthia Tostado, GRF member resources and assistance liaison,  431-6586, ext. 317.

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Perspectives Policy

Submissions in each of the following categories may be published at the discretion of the Publications Manager.

Letters to the Editor: Maximum number of words: 250. Letters should be typed and delivered to the Golden Rain News by email (preferred), regular mail, deposited in a white GRF drop box, or hand-delivered. Letters must be of general interest to the community and may contain opinions, suggestions, compliments, and complaints without being scurrilous, libelous, defamatory, repetitive or otherwise inappropriate. The names of individual employees, titles and/or departments will not be permitted in letters that could adversely impact any Foundation employee directly or indirectly.

Member Column: At a maximum 500 words, columns may present an argument or opinion or information about pending issues of concern to the community. Priority to first-time or less frequent writers. Some names will be left out to protect privacy.

Contributor: Restaurant review, theater review or travel journal submissions welcome subject to terms and conditions in the policy unless otherwise noted.

Political: Submissions concerning political issues outside of Leisure World and the City of Seal Beach will not be published.

Mutual election cycle begins; directors needed

The community unity displayed in Leisure World, Seal Beach, is a direct result of all the unpaid volunteer Board members duly elected to serve their mutual and the shareholders over many years. What better way to create and sustain a community such as Leisure World then by volunteering time towards the governance of this incredible lifestyle shareholders enjoy?

This community was founded on the premise that the Mutual Boards and the elected board directors would set into operation the day-to-day business of each mutual corporation. Directors address the issues of most importance to their electorate, that is, the shareholders. Board directors find solutions to existing problems, large and small. This is not an easy job. It takes time, effort and a willingness to unselfishly donate a portion of a person’s everyday life to the community in which they live.

Leisure World Seal Beach is full of highly qualified shareholders who have so much expertise to offer, such as knowledge of construction, plumbing and accounting. New ideas and perspectives are always needed and that means volunteers are needed. Please consider becoming a candidate for a director’s position on your mutual’s board of directors.

The schedule below indicates each mutual’s annual meeting date and election. Note the deadlines to apply for candidacy. If you are interested or have any questions relating to becoming a candidate for election to your Mutual’s Board of Directors contact the Stock Transfer Office at 431-6586, ext. 346.

Updated by Courtney Knapp, elections specialist

outside the wall

MLK’s words were inspiration

By Les H. Cohen, Mutual 15

Legislative Advocate Emeritus

From time to time residents ask me why I became an ombudsman after an exciting and successful 40-year lobbyist career walking the halls of the state Capitol.

It seemed appropriate to respond on the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King’s death. He said, “an individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concern of all humanity.”

That’s all the inspiration I needed to become a certified ombudsman for the past 14 years.

Letter to the Editor


Since my husband, Johnny, passed my life was upside down. It was not real to me. I felt he would come back.

Then I saw the grieving program in the LW paper. Just in time for me. I immediately signed up.

It really helped me to sort what happened and how to deal with this tragic part of the life.

The class ended after eight weeks. It was like group therapy. The two counselors were so professional and patient. We all bonded with the same experience.

This program should be more publicized. It is very needed.

I was very lucky to attend this program.

Sherry Vaneck

Mutual 11

Editor’s note: Pathways Volunteer Hospice program is presented twice a year, in spring and fall, and if there is a demand. For information on the program, contact Cynthia Tostado, GRF member resources and assistance liaison,  431-6586, ext. 317.

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LW Korean Community Church

The Leisure World Korean Community Church will hold a Sunday service April 15 at noon.

Rev. Jang Y. Young will send co-pastor Samuel Park on a short-term mission to the Grace and Truth Seminary in Kiev, Ukraine.

The LW church also had a short-term mission last year.

Pastor Park will be lecturing on biblical theology to students. It will be the fourth such send-off.

first christian

First Christian Church’s choir, blessed to be under the direction of Anita Ragole, is practicing and looking forward to an upcoming presentation of the Easter story in Scripture and song at Rowntree Gardens Senior Living in Stanton later this month.

First Christian Church Elder Jack Frost will teach a Bible study at 9 a.m., Sunday, April 15, and is currently in the book of Genesis.
At 9:30 a.m. the hospitality room will open for fellowship and light refreshments with Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski hosting.

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer and Scripture, followed by Margaret Humes leading the congregation in: “He Touched Me,” “Love Lifted Me” and “Faith is the Victory.” The Communion hymn will be “Grace Greater than Our Sin.”

The church choir will sing “How Great Thou Art.” Larry Massey will present the Communion meditation and service today.

For the offertory, Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski will sing “Spirit Song.”

Pat Kogok will sing “Temporary Home,” followed by Pauline Massey, who will read Matthew 9:1-8.

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message will be “Power On Earth” from Matthew 9:1-17.

The filling or baptism of the Holy Spirit both then and now gives dynamic, awesome, nuclear-level power just waiting to be released and set people ablaze to witness for Jesus.

Prayer and verse-by-verse Bible studies during the week are held on Tuesdays with Pastor Humes and on Thursdays with Pastor Cherryholmes, both beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Calvary Chapel Bible Study Group meets in this chapel on Thursdays at 6 p.m. with Pastor Phil O’Malley.

Call the church office on Monday or Friday, between 9-11 a.m., for further information.

Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions.

Beit HaLev

Shabbat Shalom LIVE! services for Beit HaLev are at 6 p.m., Fridays, and 10:30 a.m., Saturdays, and can be accessed on and and are recorded for viewing convenience.

The Torah reading for this weekend is Shemini, Leviticus 10:12-11:32. The Torah details rules concerning intoxicants and permitted and forbidden foods.

Beit HaLev classes resume with beginning Hebrews at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 2, at Rabbi Galit’s office. The complete class schedule will be announced at the end of April.

To sign up for beginning Hebrew or make suggestions for new classes, call Rabbi Galit at 493-2680. For information on classes and home Erev Shabbat services, call 715-0888 or 439-2680.

community church

Community Church offers an opportunity every Sunday for congregants to gather after the worship service for refreshments and to socialize.

The coffee fellowship time is time to reconnect with friends each week or to form new friendships.

According to caregiver Lidia Roman, the weekly gathering was the highlight of the week for longtime member Darlene Williamson, who passed away at 103 on Jan. 26.

Roman asked to dedicate a coffee fellowship hour to honor Darlene’s favorite time of the week. This special time of honoring Darlene will be held on Sunday, April 15, after worship in Edgar Hall.

Also on Sunday, Pastor Don Roe will preach the sermon called “We See In a Mirror Dimly,” based on Psalm 23.

Jeannie Braun will serve as lay liturgist April 15.

Worship services are at 9:50 a.m. followed by refreshments and coffee in Edgar Hall.

Assembly of God

The monthly missions’ report will be given by Carolyn van Aalst at the Assembly of God service on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

The congregation helps support several mission endeavors in the U.S. and around the world each month. The reports remind people that lives are being changed by those who go to places where the Gospel has not yet been heard or spread.

Pastor Sam Pawlak’s message will be “The Shepherd Christ,” another installation in the series, “Who Is This Man Called Jesus?”  Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will lead the worship songs.

Diana Mushagian will make annoucements.

A prayer meeting at 10 a.m. precedes this service and another prayer gathering is at 5:15 p.m. prior to the Hymn Sing.

Wally and Fran Johnson will bring special music during the 6 p.m. Hymn Sing in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.  Pastor Dan will direct the time of singing as those present select their favorite hymns.

The day concludes with fellowship time around the tables, enjoying each others’ company and treats provided by the fellowship team and others who attend.

Pastor Sam will lead the Bible study on Wednesday at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Those present will participate in reading and discussing the third chapter of Second Corinthians. Workbooks are still available for $2.

Holy Family Catholic

Holy Family Catholic Church located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Third Sunday of Easter on April 15.

The First Reading is Acts 3:13-15, 17-19; Responsorial Psalm: 4:2, 4, 7-8, 9; Second Reading: 1 John 2:1-5A; Alleluia: Luke 24-32; Gospel: Luke 24:35-48.

The Anointing of the Sick Mass will be held on Saturday, April 14, at 8:30 a.m. for those who are going to have major surgery, are chronically ill or are elderly.

Holy Family Church celebrates Sunday Mass at 8 and 10 a.m. and at noon; the Vigil Mass is at 5 p.m., Saturday; daily Mass is at 8:30 a.m., Monday-Saturday.

Confessions are on Saturdays and Holy Days from 4-4:45 p.m. and on the first Fridays at 9:15 a.m.


A Bible study group meets Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. Come and join any time at the Parish rectory.

The Women and Men of Grace Prayer Group meets every Wednesday from 10:30-11:45 a.m. Come and join any time at the Parish rectory.

Say the Rosary and Divine Mercy every Monday and Thursday at 3 p.m.

For more information, including the weekly bulletin, visit

LW Baptist

Leisure World Baptist Church will celebrate being in the “Family of God” on Sunday, April 15, in Clubhouse 4.

Sunday School begins at 8:40 a.m. with Bob Simons teaching. Coffee and conversation from 9:20-9:45 will be followed by the morning worship. It will begin with singing the call to worship, “Yesterday, Today Forever.”

The choir selection is the old favorite, “Just a Closer Walk with Thee.”

Congregational hymns include “Like a River Glorious,” “To God Be the Glory” and “Love Thy kingdom Lord.”

Soloist Kip Watkins will sing.

For the Offertory, Fran and Wally Johnson will sing “I’ve Got a Mansion Over the Hilltop.”

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s morning message from Hebrews 12:26-29 will be “Our Unshakable Kingdom.”

The Men’s Fellowship meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 16, in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.

The Energizers will meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, April 18,  in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call 430-2920.

faith christian assembly

Faith Christian Assembly has a women’s ministry called Touch of Love that reaches out to the community and beyond in a variety of ways. The group purchases blankets for the homeless, collects stuffed animals for children in distress and most recently, gave first aid kits to missionaries.

Linda Hernandez, who directs the group, oversees these practical ways that the women of Faith Christian Assembly are helping the needy.

Leisure World women are welcome to participate in this worthwhile endeavor. Touch of Love meets on the third Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in the Garden Room.

Faith Fellowship Time is held at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays in the Garden Room. A midweek Bible study taught by Pastor Sheri Leming is held on Wednesdays at 7 p.m. in the Garden Room.

To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call 598-9010 or visit

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold a service Friday, April 13, in the Clubhouse 3 lobby at 7 p.m. People will remember the Holocaust, also known as Yom Hashoah.

Yakov Basner, a Holocaust survivor, will speak. An Oneg Shabbat will follow in Room 9.

On Saturday, April 14, a breakfast of bagels and cream cheese is planned at 9 a.m. in the Clubhouse 3 lobby. It will be followed by a Shabbat service from 9:30- noon and then a dairy/potluck Kiddush lunch and study from noon-about 1:15 p.m.

The Festival of Bargains rummage and bake sale will be held today, April 12, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. There will be bargains and baked goods for sale. Bring bags to carry purchases home.

The walking group leaves Clubhouse 3 (in front of the lobby) at 6:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.

The Short Story Book Club meets at the home of Mort and Helene Goldberg at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 17. The group will read the story “The Matron.” For more information and directions, call 430-7743.

On Friday, April 20, the congregation will celebrate Israeli Independence Day with a potato bake dinner at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9; cost, $5. To RSVP, call Lisa Brass at (714) 390-4213.

A service featuring a guest speaker from Israel will follow at 7 p.m.

To provide a ride to services or to get one, call Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122.

redeemer lutheran

“You are Chosen” is the theme of this Sunday’s sermon at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Pastor Gil Moore, who returns to the pulpit after a Sunday away, will base his sermon on Acts 3:12-19. The Communion assistant is Larry Norlander, and acolyte, Barbara Schuyler.

The choir will sing “By Your Hand You Feed Your People.” Altar flowers are from Richard and Sara Gould in memory of parents Melvin and Sara Ward.

The Sunday service with Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m. Coffee follows the service in the fellowship hall.

 A Grief Support Group, led by David Berg, meets in the conference room each Friday at 10 a.m. and is open to everyone.

The Wednesday Bible class, led by Pastor Lynda Elmer, meets at 10:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall.

The class is beginning a new study centered on the Scripture lesson supports for the statements in Luther’s Small Catechism.

Everyone is welcome.

The congregation website is available at

The Respite Center offers adult day care on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. For further information, to register or volunteer, call 596-1209.

salvation army

The Salvation Army Home League will meet at 7 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in Clubhouse 4.

Guest presenter Cheryl Sparks will share her paintings and demonstrate technique.

She and her husband, Rick, are from the Tustin Ranch Corps.

Kip and Jean Watkins will be greeters.

Wally and Frances Johnson will host.

christian women

The Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible study group will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 23, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

Members meet on the second and fourth Monday of the month.

For more information, call 431-0597 or 594-8100.

Rock Church

The Rock Church, Seal Beach campus, welcomes everyone for weekly services for all ages at Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Dr., Seal Beach.

Sunday services are at 10 am. in English and 1:45 in Spanish

For more information, call (714) 526-8233.

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LW Table Tennis Club

The Leisure World Table Tennis Club hosted its annual potluck dinner on March 27. The dinner was a great success with many members and guests attending. There was plenty of food to enjoy.

Susan Dodson directed group games throughout the evening as well as several singing performances by talented members.

The Table Tennis Club is growing as more fun events are planned. Membership dues are $10 for the calendar year.

For more information regarding the club and membership, call Galal Gado at 430-4257, or Larry Hicklin at (310) 349-6385.

Monday Golf

Ron Jackson conquered Riverview Golf Course by shooting a neat 63, getting a birdie and finishing closest to the pin on hole No. 9 on April 2. In second place was Fujio Norihiro, 64, and fewest putts. In third place was Paul Cose at 66 with a bird, followed by Jerry Hore at 67 and two birds. In fifth place, Bruce Anderson, 69. Sam Choi scored one bird.

The second flight was won by Marvin Ballard, who shot a sparkling 58, trailed by Lowell Goltra with 66. Tied for third were Jim Dickerson and Bob Munn at 70, with Dickerson having lowest putts at 31 and Munn getting closest to the pin on the second hole.


Marcy Locy had the high score of 846, in Cribbage Club play on April 3. She was followed by Bea Lissow at 845, Jean Wilson at 843 and Bob Marselle 842.  Sandra deDubovay and Kathleen Morrison had six games of 121. Bobbie Straley unfortunately had no wins. There were 64 players.

Members had a triple celebration, Peggy and Jim Kaspar’s birthdays as well as their anniversary.  Jim brought angel food cake, strawberries and vanilla ice cream for everyone to enjoy.  Jim, Julie Millburn and Margaret Smith served.

The Cribbage Club meets on Tuesdays at noon in Clubhouse 1.  Partners are not required, and everyone usually finishes by 3:30 p.m.  To learn to play Cribbage or for a brush up, call Patti Smith at 242-6474 and she will arrange for lessons for one hour before the games begin.

Come and join the players and have fun. Arrive by noon to be assured of a table.

— Bobbie Straley

women’s golf

The Leisure World Women’s Golf Club hosted a two-week Spring Tournament March 6 and 13. The winners were:

A Flight: Low gross, Sandy Kim, 62. Low net, Margie Thompson, 50.

B Flight: Low gross, Sun Lee, 64. Low net, Mary Lancaster, 51.

C Flight: Low gross, Melinda Lee, 66. Low net, Liz Meripol, 44.

D Flight: Low gross, Dorothy Favre, 71. Low net, tie between Susan Abouaf and Bertha Barragan, 49.

Forty-six ladies played for Low gross, low net and Circle Hole No. 2 on April 3. The winners were:

A Flight: Low gross, Bert Thompson, 27. Low net, Helen Yoon, 24. Circle hole, Helen Yoon.

B Flight: Low gross, Mary Park 27. Low net, Sun Lee. Circle hole, Young Yoon, 22.

C Flight: Low gross, Melinda Lee, 32. Low net, Neva Senske, 24.

D Flight: Low gross, Sharon Van Otterloo, 34. Low net, tie between Bertha Barragan and Susan Abouaf, 26. Circle hole, Sharon Van Otterloo.

Chess Club Puzzle

This week’s puzzle: White moves first and for any answer by black, the white’s next move is checkmate.


Chess partners are available in Leisure World when the LW Chess Club meets from 2-6:30 p.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.

Cards and Games Scoreboard

Monday Night Bunco Club results from April 9: Most buncos: Tie among Bert Sellers, Dolores Ruiz, Chuck Nugent and Nancy Floyd. Most wins: Tie between Bev Adams and Jean Hayes. Most babies: Teri Nugent. Door prize winner: Rita Fueyo. The next meeting is April 23. Games are played at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. All residents and their guests are welcome to learn new and easy dice game and meet neighbors. A halftime social will include treats and soft drinks. For more information, call Gail Levitt, 596-1346.


Monday Bridge Club winners April 9: Sheila Hanley, Susan Simon, Emily Moubassaly. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. Bridge players are invited and should arrive between 11:45-noon, with or without a partner. For more information, call Mary Nell Clark, 296-8570.


Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners April 7: Jim Dix, 11,740; Richard Van Wasshnova, 11,580; Jean Beasley, 11,020; Bev Adams, 10,050. Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peggy Kaspar at 799-0433.

–Bert Sellers


Y-Yahtzee Rollers Club winners April 6: Most Yahtzees: Doris Dack, 5. Most points: Susie Ralston, 1,429. Door prize winner: Kathy Rose. The next next games will be played on April 20 The Rollers meet from 1-4 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. Play, laugh and have a good time in a welcoming environment.To learn Yahttzee or play a refresher game, call Kathy Rose at 596-7237 to set up a lesson.


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club winners April 5: N/S: First in Strats A, B, and C: Ron Yaffee-Richard Norris; second in Strat A and B: Larry Topper-Lynn Danielson; third in Strat and B: Judy Carter-Johnson-Gene Yaffee; fourth in Strat A: Joan Tschirki-PaulChen; fifth in Strat A: Howard Smith-Diane Sachs; sixth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B, second in Strat C: Winnie Warga-John Hagman. E/W: First in Strat A: Larry Slutsky-Verna Baccus; second in Strat A: Joyce Henderson-Rob Preece; third in Strat A, first in Strat B: Ann Croul-Jeanette Estill; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Bill Brooks-Tom Felice; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Sharon Beran-Midge Dunagan; sixth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B, first in Strat C: Joan Berg-Joyce Roberts; second in Strat C: Bobbi Vann-Ellen Kice. Winners in the game on April 2, were: N/S: First in Strat A: Diane Sachs-Hank Dunbar; second in Strat A, first in Strat B: Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; third in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Christine Frumen; fourth in Strat A: Shmuel Fisher-Ann Croul; fifth in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Midge Dunagan-Harshad Vora; sixth in Strat A: Emma Trepinski-Verna Burns; third in Strat B: Judy Carter-Johnson-Rich Barrack. E/W: First in Strat A: Joan Tschirki-Paul Chen; second in Strat A, first in Strat B and C: Ted Cooper-Mark Singer; third in Strat A, second in Strat B and C: Don Vallens-Rai Scime; fourth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Joan and April Berg; fifth in Strat A: Judy Jones-Al Appel; sixth in Strat A: Verna Becker-Dorothy Favre. Games are played Monday and Thursday afternoons beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Players are asked to arrive by 12:15 p.m. to confirm their reservation and pay playing fees. To make or cancel a reservation for Mondays call Midge Dunagan at 594-9698. With a maximum of 18 tables available, players without reservations should arrive by noon and check in with the director of the day; they will be accommodated on a first come first served basis if there is space. Players needing a partner should arrive by noon and check with the club manager; every effort will be made to find a partner. To cancel a reservation on game day or to report running late, call 481-7368 between noon and 1 p.m. Today is the annual spring luncheon at 11:45 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The bridge game will follow immediately in the lobby. Those who missed the deadline for sign-ups but would still like to play bridge can call Ted Wieber at 596-8661 to see if there is room. Do not call Midge Dunagan; she is not taking reservations for today’s game.


Friendly Pinochle Club winners April 5: Al Bonnema, 14,030; Rogell Van Wyke, 11,960; Sal La Scala, 11,940; Grace Finnigan, 11,570. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For  more information, call (310) 968-9509.

Ladies Q Club

The Leisure World Ladies Q Club (LQC) has played an important role in the community since 1986.

Members meet at 10 a.m. every Monday in Clubhouse 1 for practice sessions and on the second Wednesday of the month for Funday tournaments, also at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 1.

The winner of each tournament receives a trophy.

Annual membership dues are $5 and cover the cost of the club’s annual luncheon in December and potluck luncheon in August.

New members are welcome, even if they have never played the game.

The club supplies pool sticks, chalk and tables.

Non-members have been supportive, including members of the Men’s Pool Club who provide the ladies with pointers.

Membership in the LQC is made up of many ladies who are playing the sport for the first time.

Sandy Bird,the club treasurer, joined last year.

She learned by watching pool games and training, then won the February and March Funday tournaments.

Tournament Poker

On March 24 Harry Sera and Susan Dodson bested a field of eight to share first place at the annual Dealers Only Tournament hosted by the Tournament Poker Club.

Third place was Wendy Wu, followed by Susan Rose, Dan Galliani, Ken Goettsch, Bill Clawson, and Al Logue.  Missing were dealers Dolien Nguyen, Larry Slutsky, and Glenda and Don Saunders.

Dealers are an integral part of every tournament, managing and dealing their tables, as well as vying for that table’s win, allowing advancement to the “final table.”  The Tournament Poker Club officers and council members, as well as all club members appreciate each dealer’s contributions to a well-run tournament, and choose to honor them with this special event every year.

On May 5, starting at 10 a.m., Frank DePalma will instruct beginners with poker basics.  Non-club members who attend will receive five free 50-50 tickets for that day’s tournament.

The club is scheduled to have its bi-annual Hawaiian Gardens Casino Tournament on Saturday, June 9. Tickets are on sale at any tournament for $15 through June 2. Contact Cleo Looney for details, 342-9400.

The club continues to have tournaments on the first three Saturdays of the month.   Contact Wendy Wu, (714) 366-0940 for more information.

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Senior Meals

Seal Beach Community Services, in cooperation with Community Senior Serv, offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:15 a.m. Arrive by 11 a.m. to check in at the front desk. Reservations are not needed. Sugar-free desserts offered on request. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079.

The Los Alamitos senior lunch and bread program offers the same menu from 11:15-11:30 a.m., Monday-Friday, at the Los Alamitos Youth Center, 10909 Oak St. Suggested donation: $3-$5 for seniors, $5 for people 59 or younger. For reservations, call 430-1073, ext. 526. The month’s menu is posted on bulletin boards in each clubhouse.

Monday, April 16: Tortilla soup, tortilla strips, Yucatan chicken tacos, Three Sisters street taco tortilla, ambrosia.

Tuesday, April 17: Hearty beef stew, broccoli and red pepper salad, cornbread muffin, fresh melon.

Wednesday, April 18: Tomato Florentine soup with San Francisco crackers, pork loin with gravy, sweet potato bake, whole wheat roll, mixed fruit cup.

Thursday, April 19: Vegetarian lasagna, mixed salad with dressing, breadsticks, chocolate chip cookies, diet cookie, orange juice.

Friday, April 20: Hamburger on whole wheat bun, lettuce, tomato, onion, baked chips, carrot raisin salad, lemon pudding, diet lemon pudding, orange pineapple juice.

Vision Support group

The Vision Support Group will present the second in a series of workshops at 9 a.m. on April 13 in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.

They will be held every Friday in April to explore vision loss and the tools available to help people learn to live with the problem.

The free classes are made available to Leisure World residents once a year. For more information, call Sharon Kohn at 596-1969.


The Health Care Center’s volunteer hours have changed.

New hours are:

9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

The scale will remain in the lobby. People should not use the scale in the Primary Department.

Volunteers are in the lobby to take blood pressure readings, greet patients and visitors and direct them.


Dr. Stephen Nowfar, M.D. M.P.H., will give a lecture on kidney stones at the Health Care Center on April 12, beginning at 1 p.m. in the large conference room.

Dr. Nowfar is a board-certified urologist. He will provide information on the symptoms of kidney stones; how common kidney stone are and how to prevent kidney stones.

Space is limited. Call 795-6204, for reservations.

Weekly health, exercise classes

Feeling Good Exercise

Move to the music from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Mondays, with Sarah Grusmark, and Thursdays with Katie Sellards.  The fee is $3 a class.  People of all fitness levels are welcome.  For more information, call Cathleen Walters at 598-9149.

Movement for Medical Qigong

Qigong classes are held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, except the fourth Thursday of the month, when the class is held in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, also from 9-10 a.m.

For more information, call Catherine Milliot at 760-4545.


Chair classes meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The cost is $5 a class. Instruction includes seated and standing exercises.

Mat classes meet Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Those who attend should bring a mat. All other equipment will be provided.

For additional information, call Susan Hopewell, 430-6044, or Linda Neer, 430-3214

Ageless Grace

The eight-week program is offered on Mondays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, Room C.

The chair-based exercise program addresses 21 aging factors that strengthen the core to improve flexibility, balance and mobility. The cost is $5 a class.

For more information, call Dee Anne Davidson, 331-3322, or visit

Stick, Qigong, Tai Chi Club

Stick exercises, qigong and tai chi chih classes are held from 9:15-11 a.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call Joann Mullens at 596-3936.

Beginning Yoga

Classes are offered from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, and at the same time on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Bring mats. The fee is $5 a class.

For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.


Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse 4 Lobby,

Thursdays at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The fee is $5 per session.

For more information, call Connie Adkins at 506-5063.

Monday Intermediate Yoga

Classes are offered each week from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, Section C; fee: $5 per session.

For more information, call Pat Castaneda at 225-0273

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

Classes are offered from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Paul Pridanonda teaches students to free the mind and spirit using laughter and slow and steady flow of tai chi movements.

For more information, call 430-7143.

Chair Exercise

Classes are offered from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 1. Classes are for men and women at all fitness levels.

For more information, call 493-7063.

Leisure Leggers

The Leisure Leggers, the walking and running club, meets at 8 a.m., Mondays, in front of Clubhouse 6 for a 30-to-60-minute walk and to train for local races.

For more information, call Tom Pontac, president, at 304-0880.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc. (MOWLB), a non-profit group, delivers a variety of home-cooked meals to Leisure World shareholders; cost, $8 per day for two meals, dessert and beverage. Meals are delivered between 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include a complete hot dinner, lunch consisting of a large salad or sandwich with a small side salad, dessert and carton of 1 percent lowfat milk. Contact Lisa Valdez at 433-0232 or visit Call Amber Scheuring at 439-5000 before noon to cancel orders for the following day. Menu subject to change without notification for the following day.

Monday, April 16: Roasted turkey with sage gravy, cornbread stuffing, peas and carrots, yogurt with peaches and strawberries, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, creamy cole slaw.

Tuesday, April 17: Beef Stroganoff, egg noodles, green beans, Jello with pineapple chunks, Greek chicken salad, tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese, vinaigrette dressing and crackers.

Wednesday, April 18: Oven baked chicken breast with mole sauce, pinto beans, seasoned zucchini medley, carrot cake, tuna salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, homemade potato salad.

Thursday, April 19: Fish amandine with tartar sauce, au gratin potatoes, banana squash, chocolate pudding, chicken salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, Asian cucumber salad.

Friday, April 20: Stuffed bell pepper, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, carrots, rice pudding, entrée turkey and ham Cobb salad with egg, tomato, bacon and blue cheese dressing, crackers.

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LW Monday Night Dineout

Naples Rib Co Menu

Naples Rib Company, 5800 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, will bring dinner service to Clubhouse 1 on the first Monday of the month. Dinners include a mini loaf of cornbread with honeybutter, extra barbecue sauce, cole slaw and barbecued beans (tax included). Reservations are required and can be made online at Those who book online will receive a special treat. Or call in orders to Naples Rib Company between the hours of 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. any day at 439-7427.

April 16

Dinner Selections

Prime Rib

8 oz. prime rib, served with baked potato and cole slaw, $20

Rib Dinners

5 rib bones: $16

Tri Tip Dinners

6 oz tri tip: $16


Half Chicken: $15


Pasta Primavera, $13

Combo Meals

5 rib bones and quarter chicken, $18

5 rib bones and 6 oz tri tip, $20

6 oz tri tip and quarter chicken, $18


Add one Louisana hot sausage, $2

Add bottled water or a can of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, $1.50

Lily’s Hawaiian will no longer serve in LW

Lily’s Hawaiian BBQ, which served dinners in Clubhouse 1 on alternate Monday nights the last few months, has been sold and will no longer be part of Leisure World’s Monday night dining line-up.

The GRF Recreation Department expresses its thanks for the wonderful food and service that Dr. and Mrs. Timothy Joo provided for Leisure Worlders and wishes them all the best in the future.

Naples Rib Company will take over dinner service on the third week of the month.

It also serves on the first Monday.

The fifth Mondays will have no service.

SBTV-Channel 3

SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at Thursday, April 12

4 pm Harmonizing Humanity

4:30 pm Inside Leisure World-

Mary Apte

5 pm Karaoke Irish Evening

5:30 pm Club Info/Laugh for Health

6 pm St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm Life and Times in Seal Beach:

Virginia Haley Celebrates 100

9:30 pm Americana Awards 2018

11 pm On Q—#8bitJazzHeroes

Friday, April 13

4 pm Mardi Gras 1 and 2

5:35 pm Korean American Guitar Club

6 pm Calvary Chapel

6:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

7:30 pm On Q—#8bitJazzHeroes

8:30 pm Vintage Vehicles

9 pm Studio Cafe

10 pm Miss Seal Beach Highlights

Saturday, April 14

4 pm Mardi Gras 1 and 2

5:35 pm St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance

6:30 pm Calypso Music Latina

American Club

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm LAUSD

11:30 pm Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Sunday, April 15

4 pm Seal Beach City Council Mtg

Replay 4-9

6 pm Inside Leisure World

Mary Apte

6:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

7 pm Sea Inside

7:30 pm Studio Cafe

8:30 pm Americana Awards 2018

10 pm Miss Seal Beach Highlights

11 pm Vintage Vehicles

Monday, April 16

4 pm St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance

5 pm Harmonizing Humanity

5:30 pm LW Club Info/Calypso Music Latin American Club

6 pm Studio Cafe

7 pm SB City Commission-Live

9 pm Life and Times in Seal Beach

Virginia Haley Celebrates 100

10 pm Live at the Ford Theater

Tuesday, April 17

4 pm St. Patrick’s Day Dinner-GRF

5 pm Karaoke Irish Evening

6 pm Calvary Chapel

6:30 pm Korean American Guitar Club

Health Promo

7:30 pm On Q – #8bitJazzHeroes

8:30 pm Studio Cafe

9:30 pm Miss Seal Beach Highlights

11 pm Cerritos Center

Wednesday, April 18

4 pm Karaoke Irish Evening

5 pm Mardi Gras

6:34 pm Calypso Music Latin

American Club/Health Promo

7 pm Inside Leisure World-

Mary Apte

7:30 pm Life and Times in Seal Beach


9 pm Studio Cafe

10 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

10:30 pm Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

*All programming is subject to change.

Good Times Roll hosts party April 13

Leisure World’s do woppers, popularly known as the Let the Good Times Roll Club, will meet at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 2 on Friday, April 13, for an “Anti Friday the 13th” show (rather than its traditional Saturday shows.)

Admission and refreshments are free. Guests may bring beverages and snacks to share.

A floor show highlighting some of Leisure World’s best singers will kick off the entertainment. It will be followed by a dance to the rock and roll music of Ben Berg and his band.

Quilting Bees host spring luncheon

The Leisure Quilting Bees annual spring luncheon fund raiser will be held on May 16 in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.; lunch is served at noon.

For tickets, $20, contact Lisa Quient at (949) 584-2884. In addition to lunch, the ticket price includes six raffle tickets. Raffle tickets will also be sold at the luncheon for $1 each or $5 for six.

Square Dance Class

A square dance class is held weekly on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave., Garden Grove. Experienced dancers are welcome to help support students. There is a singles rotation so everyone can dance. For more information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.

Community Sing meets Tuesday

On Tuesday, April 17, the Community Sing will meet at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.

People who want to be part of the first half-hour of three-minute Opening Acts should come at 6 to sign in with the emcee, Anita Ragole.

Bring music for the pianist.

Anita will lead group singing until 7:15 when she will introduce her half-time guest, singer/comedian, Pat Kogok.

On April 3, Bob Slater was the leader for the evening.

The Opening Acts began with Don Horning singing “Here in California” while accompanying himself on the guitar. He was followed by Bob Barnum singing “Desperado” (a capella); Chuck Zeman, “Sue City Sue” (a capella); Byong Choi, “The Lord’s Prayer”; Carmen Edwards, “Have You Ever Been Lonely?”; Vito Villamor, “South of the Border”; Martin Rozendaal, “Bye Bye Love”; and Anita Ragole, “Summertime.” Pat Kogok accompanied five of the soloists.

After flag salute and “God Bless America,” Bob Slater led the audience in group singing until 7:15 when he introduced his half-time guest, Valentino Perry.

Valentino told a couple of jokes then sang four tunes, using his CD player to accompany himself: “Somewhere Along the Way,” “That’s Amore,” “A Day in the Life of a Fool” and “Toot Toot Tootsie, Goodbye.”

The audience clapped loudly to show its appreciation.

Bob then led more group singing and ended the musical evening with “Kumbaya.”

Many thanks to pianist, Pat Kogok; stage manager/book lender, Bob Barnum; and Clarence Hoffman, sound technician.

Ad Hoc Sing-along meets weekly

The Ad Hoc Sing-Along Club meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.

People spend a pleasant hour singing about a dozen songs from a club repertoire of about 300 golden oldies that residents listened to as kids. Guests are welcome to come and sing along or just listen and reminisce.

Long Beach Symphony Orchestra

Discount Group has openings

Jeannie Berro of Mutual 2 is accepting a limited number of people into her long-standing Discount Season Ticket Group for the 2018-2019 season of the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.

The concerts are on Saturdays at 8 p.m. at the Long Beach Arena. Seats are in Center Loge,  Section 111. Carpools will be arranged.

The dates are Oct. 6, Dancing in the Streets: A Symphonic Tribute to Motown; Dec. 22, Holiday Pops!  with the Long Beach Camerata Singers; Feb. 16, 2019, Tango Caliente! Fiery Tango classics with award-winning Argentinian dancers; March 23, Faith:  A Symphonic Tribute to the Music of George Michael, biggest hits from his solo career as well as with his group Wham!; and May 4, Cirque Musica Presents: “Heroes and Villains,” featuring a classical repertoire, popular sci-fi pieces from movies, comics and TV and spell-binding Cirque acrobatic performances.

See for subscriber-only benefits, including free lost ticket replacement and flexible ticket exchanges, and a dining discount card.

The price is $78 for five tickets. If Berro can’t get enough people to maintain the group discount,  she  will consider splitting a season ticket between two people. Purchase soon for best seats still available in second and third rows.

Call her between 9 a.m.-9 p.m. at 598-6294.

Community Karaoke celebrates singers

Community Karaoke met Wednesday with 32 performers taking the stage in Clubhouse 1 to perform everything from love songs to show tunes.

Joe Walker, David Noble and Shannon Harrison sang playful tunes while Walt Bier, Pete Tupas, Ric Dizon, Byong Choi, Martin Rozendaal, Ren Villaneauva, Ruby Johnson, Tommy Williams, Julie Nulad, Mike Breen, Rick Hering, Janice Chapman and Susan Kelleghan chose love songs and ballads.

Offering country-western hits were Audrey McKenzie, Tino Tupas, Lee Rickerson and Tony Tupas.

Pat Kogok and Bob Dodson belted out showtunes.

Some audience members took to the floor to swing and line dance.

The coffee pot was on, and there were snacks for all.

Next week is the springtime beach party with hot dogs and trimmings.

Come and enjoy a few hours of song by friends and neighbors. Karaoke parties are on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Everyone is welcome.

GRF Weekly Dance

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.

One for the Road will play rock and roll on April 14.

The GRF Recreation Department asks residents and their guests to adhere to the following rules:

• Do not park on the east side of Clubhouse 1. Parking for the clubhouse is across Golden Rain Road at the golf course or on Burning Tree Lane.

• People must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m. to permit adequate time for the custodian to prepare the space for the next day’s groups.

• No announcements are permitted from the stage, except by the bands.

• Clubhouse lighting and audio visual equipment can only be adjusted by the custodian, according to the instructions they have been given.

• People should sign in, either as residents or guests. That is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of the bands.

Friends of the LW Library

The Friends of the Leisure World Library raises funds to support the library through the sale of donations at the adjacent Friends Bookstore. Come and browse for bargains in books, cards, puzzles and more from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

MTW presents ‘Nice Work If You Can Get It’

Musical Theatre West (MTW) presents Broadway’s 10-time Tony nominated musical “Nice Work If You Can Get It” at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center through April 22.

Tickets are now on sale at, by calling 856-1999, ext. 4, or at the Musical Theatre West Ticket Office.

Tickets start at $20.

Written by two-time Tony Award-winner Joe DiPietro (Memphis) and based on material by Guy Bolton and P.G. Wodehouse, “Nice Work If You Can Get It” is a hilarious musical comedy poking fun at Prohibition, set to the songs of George and Ira Gershwin.

It’s the Roaring Twenties, New York, where female bootlegger Billie Bendix (Kelley Dorney) falls hard for Jimmy Winter (Eric Sciotto), a society playboy.

She’s also trying to steer clear of Duchess Estonia Dulworth (Kathy Fitzgerald) and her campaign against “demon rum.”

The sparkling comedy is set to such timeless songs as “But Not For Me,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “I’ve Got a Crush on You” and “Someone to Watch Over Me.”

Fun choreography adds to MTW’s production through the talents of praised Broadway choreographer Peggy Hickey.

“Nice Work If You Can Get It” premiered on Broadway in 2012, starring Matthew Broderick and Kelli O’Hara.

The show went on to receive 10 Tony Award nominations, including “Best Musical” and eight Drama Desk Award nominations, winning in three categories, including “Outstanding Book of a Musical.”

Musical Theatre West’s production boasts a cast of Broadway, Off-Broadway and regional actors, as well as television and musical artists.

The musical was initially produced in 2001 at the Goodspeed Opera House and titled “They All Laughed!,” with the book by Joe DiPietro and direction by Christopher Ashley.

The Carpenter Performing Arts Center is located at 6200 Atherton St., Long Beach, (near Palo Verde, on the CSULB campus).

LW Poetry

This poetry feature showcases original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. The club’s Poetry Workshop meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The Prose Group meets on the fourth Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.


Let not your heart be troubled

for love, faith and goodness will prevail,

so say the optimists

who outnumber the pessimists

with their hopes and wishes for most of us.

Distain the shades of darkness

and let life’s colors breathe free,

as the good Lord wants us to be.

Honesty and truth are pathways to happiness

while ignorance and stubborness paralyze wisdom.

It falsifies and endangers our freedom.

Yes, there’s some good in the worst of us

and some bad in the best of us

but with a lot more serious prayer

and a thoughtful imagination

less troubled will heads and hearts be

for simple folks like you and me.

­—Bob Vague

Fire and Rain

A fire is a fire,

But combined with the wind,

It’s a devouring monster,

Of the worst kind!

It roars up the hillside,

In unstoppable greed,

A hellish advance,

Of demonic need.

A rainstorm is a rainstorm,

But combined with the mud,

It’s a deluge of death,

Which kills in cold blood.

It roars down the hillside,

With unstoppable force,

Its gravitational power,

Allows no remorse.

When we had fire,

We prayed for rain,

(But not so much, not so much—We ask for nature’s softer touch,

Not a sledgehammer of pain!)

Oh Mother Sun, grant our desire,

A little warmth, not raging fire,

And gentle misting of the rain,

May fall, and stop, and come again!

—Fred Wind

Restaurant Reviews

Leisure World residents are welcome to submit reviews of their favorite restaurants and should include their names, and mutual and telephone numbers. The restaurant’s full name, telephone number, address and operating hours should be provided. The reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows. Email them to For more information, call News Editor Ruth Osborn, 472-1277.

LBSO provides bus transport

Long Beach Symphony provides a bus from Leisure World to Long Beach Symphony Classics concerts.

For the concert schedule, visit For more information on bus transportation, call bus hostess Dolores Volpe, 799-9310, or Jan Berliner, 386-6006.

The LBSO welcomes new Music Director Eckart Preu in his inaugural season, which ends June 2.

Video Producers Club

Learn how to use your cell phone or tablet to take videos from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays: Beginners, second and fourth Wednesdays; general information, first and third Wednesdays.

Learn how to transfer VHS tapes to DVD and audio cassettes to discs on Tuesdays 10 a.m.-noon.

The Video Producers Club is located in Clubhouse 3, Room 12-A; free. For more information, call the VPC room at 431-6586, ext. 287, or drop by weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon.

Photo Arts Club

The Photo Arts Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. today, April 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Ben Benjamins will present a program on composition. He attended the Los Angeles Photography Program in 1973, learning all aspects of photography, including wedding and portrait photography. All are welcome.

Velvetones to play Sunday

The Velvetones Ballroom Orchestra featuring vocalists Tommy Williams and Lori Banta will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, April 15, in Clubhouse 4. Admission is free. Bring friends, food and drinks. All are welcome.

Make ’Em Laugh meets on Thursdays

Betty Ballen and Clarence Hoffman, regulars at Make ‘em Laugh, act out an improvisational scene that made Clarence and the rest of the audience LOL (laugh out loud). Everyone is invited to sit in on Make ‘em Laugh sessions held Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. Bev Bender and Jan Laine, co-sponsors of the group, guarantee an entertaining morning—it’s fun, it’s free and it’s non-fattening.

LW Bicycle Group rides local trails

The Leisure World Bicycle Group meets on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays at the North Gate Entrance at 8:30 a.m.

The DWP has provided an easy-access bike trail just outside North Gate to the San Gabriel River Trail.

The group rides to the Seal Beach Pier where people can opt for coffee and/or breakfast available at nearby restaurants before returning to Leisure World.

The ride is flat and about 10 miles round trip at beginner-plus speeds. No one gets left behind. For further information, contact Mary Romero at at 810-4266 or

The club also hosts longer Saturday bike rides that require a bike carrier to transport bicycles to beginning destinations. The April-May schedule is as follows:

April 14: Santa Ana River Trail west from Rampart Avenue, 26 miles

April 28: Santa Ana River Trail east from Riverdale Avenue, 20 miles

May 12: Huntington Beach State Park, south to the Wedge, Newport Beach, and back, 15 miles

May 26: Santa Fe Dam to San Gabriel River and back, 17 miles.

For information on Saturday bicycle rides, contact Dorothy Ferrington at 357-4320 or

LWSB Book Club meets April 19

The Leisure World Book Club was well attended and featured a lively discussion of two books. There was enough time for all to voice their opinions. This was followed by a short nomination of officers. Next month the club will vote on officers.

“The Art of Grace: On Moving Well Through Life,” by Sarah Kaufman, will be discussed on April 19 from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. The nonfiction work addresses how to succeed in life by incorporating grace in everything—thoughts, speech, deeds and physicality. This book can be borrowed for free from local libraries or ordered from used book sellers like for $ 5.

All are welcome.

Dance Classes and Clubs

The following is a partial list of dance classes and clubs available in Leisure World:

•A Time to Dance Club by Joseph: Ballroom dance group lessons are held the second and third Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Waltz is taught at 11:45 a.m.; tango, 1-2:30 p.m.; $5 per session. For information, call (559) 403-8974.

•Ballet: A one-hour class is held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 6, second floor. No experience is necessary. Men and women, including beginners, are welcome. Classes, $3, are taught by Mel Lockett. For more information, call Lynn R. Heath at 296-5588.

•Dance Club: Ballroom and Social dance classes are held Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C. In April and May, beginning/intermediate salsa is taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m., followed by intermediate East Coast Swing, from 8:15-9:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per class or $10 for both classes. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate. For information, call Jeremy Pierson at 999-1269. He is the dance instructor with 20-plus years of professional dance experience.

The club sponsors tap dance classes on Thursdays at the Amphitheater stage. Beginner tap is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and advanced, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Joyce Basch, tap dancing since she was 9 years old, will teach rhythm tap and “the old soft shoe” dance steps. All levels are welcome, and no experience is necessary. The cost is $5 per class. For more information, contact Joyce Basch, 598-1988 or Write “tap” in the subject line.

•Dancing Feet Club: Come for ballroom and line dancing in Clubhouse 2 on the fourth Sunday of the month from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6. Admission is free. Guests may bring drinks and snacks. There are 50/50 raffles. The club holds free line dance lessons and practices in Clubhouse 6 every Thursday from 7-9 p.m., and on the first, third and fifth Sundays from 4-6 p.m. For more information, call Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223.

•Dancing for Fun: Tuesday, 4-8 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 2 (first Tuesday is in Clubhouse 4), 4 and 5 p.m.; $6 per class; two classes, $5 each; extra help is available at 6 and 7 p.m., 446-0302.

•Flowering Step Line Dance: Free classes are held at 10 a.m. on Mondays and the third Tuesday of the month in Clubhouse 2. Young-Ah Ko is the instructor. For more information, call (310) 658-0379 or 296-8068.

•Fun Exercise Line Dance Club: Intermediate line dance meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C; membership, $10 a year. For information, call Suzanne Ahn, 810-1614.

•Grapevine Line Dance: Free line dance classes for all levels on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m., Clubhouse 6, Room C; more advanced dancers attend the Friday class (taught at a faster pace) from 1-3 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Newcomers need general knowledge of line dance and basic dance steps. For more information, inquire at the classes.

•Hui O Hula: Beginners meet on Mondays from 10-11:15 a.m., upstairs in Clubhouse 6, followed by an intermediate and advanced class. The Tuesday class starts at 1:15 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. All levels are welcome. For more information, call 252-9676 or email

•International Folk Dance Club: Learn easy line and circle dances from around the world at 10:30 a.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Beginners are welcome.

•Joyful Line Dance Club: Get exercise and learn line dances from 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Members dance to popular favorites for the first half-hour and then learn newer, mostly beginning, dances for the last hour. Instructor is Takako Mitchell.

For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

•Leisure Time Dancers: Rumba and gaucho tango with Argentine styling will be taught on Mondays in Clubhouse 6. Fox trot starts at 2 p.m.; salsa/mambo, at 3 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate. Cost is $6 for one hour; $10 for two hours. For more information, call instructor Richard Sharrard at 434-6334.

•Leisure World Cloggers: Advanced and intermediate students meet at 8:30 a.m. and beginners at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays on the Amphitheater stage. For more information, call 598-9974.

•Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club:The club hosts a dance on the first Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The themed dances include a finger-food potluck, and singles and couples are welcome. Cost is $6 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at 237-2682.

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: Bolero is taught from 9-10 a.m.; nightclub two-step, from 10-11 a.m., on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1; Candi Davis; instructor. Dancers rotate. Sessions are $5.

•Suede Sole Dancers: The group meets at 6 p.m. on Sundays for a class upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Pat Erickson is the instructor. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

•Velvetones Jazz Club Dance: The big band plays dance music at 6 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month in Clubhouse 4.

•Zumba Club: Stef Sullivan teaches the class with dance steps inspired by salsa, merengue, cha-cha, raggaeton, Cumbia, Bollywood, jazz, hip-hop and disco.

Classes, $3, are held at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays.

Classes are held in Clubhouse 6, except the Thursday class, which meets in Clubhouse 3.

Copper class is April 20

A copper class by Carol Levine will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Friday, April 20, in the Lapidary Room of Clubhouse 4.

The class will cover how to make jewelry by enameling and etching copper.

People should sign up in advance to ensure adequate supplies are available.

The class is for beginners and advanced students.

There is a limit of 10 people so each student can have sufficient time with the instructor. The cost is $10 for supplies and instructions.

Dancing Feet Club hosts ballroom and line dance

On March 25, the Dancing Feet Club showcased line dances featuring Henry Cao, Vera Rathje, Nancy Chao, Mai Nguyen, Eileen Merritt, Margaret Humes, Kaye Huff, Rose Vivar and Ed Bolos, the line dance choreographer and instructor.

They performed “Night Fever,” a disco line dance made popular by John Travolta and a Spanish line dance, “Toro Loco.”

The dance troupe entertained ballroom dancers during the intermission.

The club hosts ballroom and line dancing every fourth Sunday of the month in Clubhouse 2 from 6-9:30 p.m.

Admission is free. Guests may bring non-alcoholic drinks and light snacks.

The club also holds line dance lessons and practices on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. and on the first, third and fifth Sundays from 4:30-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, Room C.

For more information, call Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223. All are welcome to come out and dance.

Garden Club presents talk on geraniums

The Garden Club will have a program on how to grow geraniums at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 16, in Clubhouse 2.

Master Gardener Sue Kaiser will talk about the types of geraniums that grow well in this area and how to care for them. She will demonstrate how to transplant them.

Kaiser is founder and past president of the Orange County Geranium Society. For many years she was a volunteer at the Fullerton Arboretum, where her interest in geraniums first developed as she learned about the various plants in the geranium family. At the Arboretum she became the propagator of all geraniums sold at its weekly plant sales. She is passionate about using many different varieties of geraniums in the garden.

The We Care table will be in the lobby for donations of non-perishable food items, gift cards and cash.

Coffee, tea and cookies will be served after the meeting.

Writer Lee Livingstone is featured speaker

Authorspeak!, hosted by the Leisure World Library, will welcome memoir writer Lee Livingston from 11 a.m.-noon on Wednesday, April 25, on the library patio.

Complimentary refreshments will be served.

“In the Rearview Mirror: A Road Trip into the Heart of Another Country” is a nostalgic look back at “America of the Big Heart.” It was 1961, before the deaths of JFK and MLK, before Vietnam, and two carefree 18-year-olds hitchhiked across a country of wide-open highways and wide-open people.

IndieReader calls their adventure out of adolescence into the beginning of responsibility “a must read not only for the baby boomer generation, but great commentary on friendship, mental illness and, ultimately, the road toward redemption.”

Livingston was born in Los Angeles and spent his early childhood in New York City and most of his school years in Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from Claremont Men’s College in 1965 with a bachelor’s degree in literature. He finally completed his MFA in theatre arts from UCLA in 2005. He was a vice president/creative director at Grey Advertising in Los Angeles.

Since 1980, he has run his own film production company in Los Angeles. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.

Genealogy Club meets April 25

The LW Genealogy Club is pleased to present Letty Pena Rodella, past president of the Orange County Society of Hispanic Historical and Ancestral Research (SHHAR).

The LW Genealogy Club general meeting, open to everyone, will be held from 10 a.m. until about 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 25, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Social time and refreshments start at 9:30 a.m. Rodella’s topic is “Spanish Patriots during the American Revolution, Are You a Descendant?”

Letty will present background history of the involvement and the contributions by the Spanish government and  Spanish patriots to the Continental Congress and George Washington’s Army during the American Revolution.  She will name notable Spaniards who played important roles in assisting the colonists in their fight for independence.

Rodella is a retired educator having spent 42 years in the field.

Her love of genealogy started over 15 years ago.  She has traced her ancestry to the early 1500s, among those pioneers who settled in what is now West Texas and New Mexico.

The Genealogy Club also features a dedicated research library located in Clubhouse 3, Room 10 (just off main lobby).

It’s is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 1-4 p.m.

All are welcome to visit.

Theater Club C/W Night is May 4

The Theater Club will present its annual spring Country-Western Evening on Friday, May 4, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 5:30.

This year’s supper, called “A Night at the Chuck Wagon,” will feature picnic foods, including chili dogs, hot dogs with all the fixings, potato salad, coleslaw, vegetable tray, chips, lemonade, iced tea and cookies for dessert, BYOB.

Following dinner will be a fun-filled show featuring a Mountain Momma, who takes her two daughters to the local saloon to try and marry them off. All the “locals” are there to add to the fun of the show.

Afterward, Terry Otte and Abilene will play country-rock music.  Tickets, $15, will not be sold at the door.

Taylor White will sell tickets in the Little Theater/Loft at the top of the Amphitheater steps Mondays from 10 a.m.-noon or people may call her at 96-6358.

Storytelling event is April 17

The Leisure World Library will host a salute to storytelling on Tuesday, April 17, at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Residents are welcome to tell stories or vote on the best true tales delivered by their friends and neighbors.

Topics will be as varied as colors in the rainbow—coming-of-age stories, mistaken identity, friendship, love and embarrassing moments, subjects everyone can relate to. Storytellers have six minutes at the mike.

Everyone is invited to come and vote for their favorite true, six-minute tale. There also will be three judges, whose vote is valued at five points. After the secret ballot, the votes will be tallied and the winner of “Leisure World’s True Tales” will be announced and a prize awarded.

The show will be hosted by author and storyteller Mariana Williams, who has produced “Long Beach Searches for Greatest Storyteller” for eight years. She is the author of four books.

Storytellers may read notes or tell the tale from memory. To submit a story idea, send about five lines to

Terry Otte and Abilene to play

Terry Otte and Abilene will play at a dance concert Saturday, April 28, in Clubhouse 2 at 7 p.m.

All LW residents and friends are welcome.

The clubhouse will be set up with tables and chairs, so bring beverages and snacks.

Hui O Hula gives dance lessons

Hui O Hula is LW’s Hawaiian Dance Club. Dance lessons are offered Monday mornings at 10 and Tuesday afternoons at 1:15, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Philip and Joyce (third from left) have lived in Mutual 12 for 16 years. Both were active in the community—he, in the Theater Club, and she was president of Golden Age Foundation, among other commitments. It is always a pleasure to dance for them anytime and anywhere: restaurant, clubhouse, Health Care Center or at their home.  Anyone who is homebound and would like to see a few hula may call Kaye Huff at 431-2242.

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honda center

Outing to Stars on Ice planned

The Stars on Ice excursion that was so popular the last two years will be offered again this year to the first 54 shareholders/members who reserve tickets for the May 12 performance at the Honda Center. Accessible seating must be requested at the time of the reservation and is subject to availability. Those with mobility issues who are unable to navigate the venue without assistance will need to purchase an additional ticket for their caregiver or assistant.

Tickets $40 each, include bus fare.

Every four years, the Winter Olympics provide a chance to revel in the performances of favorite athletes, as well as celebrate medals they won. The U.S. Olympic Figure Skating Team delivered against tough opposition winning a Bronze medal in the team competition, while Maia and Alex Shibutani, the brother-sister two-time National Ice Dance Champions and three-time World medalists, also took home an Ice Dance Olympic Bronze. Despite narrowly missing out on the podium, two-time National Champion Nathan Chen delivered one of the Olympics greatest single performances with his record-breaking free skate that featured six quadruple jumps. Those Olympic memories will be at the epicenter of the 2018 Stars on Ice tour that will feature many of the skaters who medaled for the U.S. in the 2018 Winter Olympics.

Joining them are 2016 World Silver Medalist Ashley Wagner, 2017 U.S. Ladies Champion Karen Chen, as well as National Champion, and huge crowd favorite, Jason Brown. The Emmy Award-winning production will also feature U.S. Olympic royalty, Ice Dance Gold Medalists Meryl Davis & Charlie White.

As with all of GRF excursions, the trip will be contingent upon filling a bus, so respond soon if interested.

Ticket sales/reservations will be conducted at the GRF Recreation office between noon-4 p.m., weekdays.

For further information, contact Recreation at or call 431-6586, ext. 326.

GRF Recreation

Trip planned to ‘South Pacific’ matinee April 28

The GRF Recreation Department will host a trip to the La Mirada Theater on April 28 at 2 p.m. for a matinee performance of the classic musical, “South Pacific.”

Although well known for its Rodgers & Hammerstein score, including “Some Enchanted Evening,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There’s Nothin’ Like a Dame,” and “A Wonderful Guy,” “South Pacific” is also a deeply felt drama. Its portrayal of Americans stationed in a foreign culture in wartime is as relevant today as when it first thrilled audiences in 1949.

The tickets, $60, include bus fare. Seating is in the balcony. Upgraded orchestra and wheelchair accessible seating may be purchased at an additional cost.

To reserve seats, act quickly and be prepared to pay when making the reservation. All forms of payment are accepted.

Ticket sales/reservations will be conducted at the GRF Recreation office in Building 5, between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., weekdays.

For further information, contact Cindy Maiden, at or call 431-6586, ext. 326.

Mariachi music, margaritas flow at May 5 celebration

The annual Cinco de Mayo event arrives in Leisure World on Saturday, May 5, with more reasons to come out and enjoy the Koffel’s Mexican food truck, with its famous virgin margaritas and a variety of Mexican and American food.

The fun starts at 5 p.m. in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot, as well as inside.

Minibus service will be available to and from the event.

Entertainment at the 2018 festival will be provided by El Mariachi Espectacular, one of the most popular singing groups of the genre in Southern California. The group has performed at Disney California Adventure among other well-known venues.

Save the date and invite friends and family.

The first floor of the clubhouse will be closed to normal activities, including table tennis.

The second floor will remain open as normal.

LW Angels Day

‘Take me out to the ballgame’

The Recreation Department is planning another Leisure World Day at Angel Stadium for residents and their guests, on May 16. The Angels will take on the World Series Champions, Houston Astros, starting at 6:40 p.m. Interested parties should come to the Recreation Office, located in Building 5, lower level to make their purchase. With people sensing spring is now in the air, sales are expected to be brisk, so don’t delay.

Tickets will be presold at the Recreation Office for $35, which includes transportation. A hot dog and beverage may be purchased for an additional $6.50, and a ball cap may be added for $3. Participants need to complete a release form, also available at the Recreation Office.

For more information, contact Cindy Maiden at 431-6586, ext. 326, or email

Mother’s Day Brunch

The GRF Recreation Department will host a special brunch to honor Leisure World mothers on Saturday, May 12, in Clubhouse 4 at 11 a.m.

The elegant brunch will feature a gourmet egg and sausage strata, strawberry filled crepes, freshly baked pastries, and fresh fruit. Sparkling cider and orange juice will accompany the repast with infused water and coffee.

Classical harpist Peggy Skomal will entertain.

Now is the time to save the date and drop hints to family members who would like to treat mom. Mothers may want to treat daughters too, and both are welcome, so plan to attend the day before Mother’s Day.

Tickets are $22 and may be purchased by contacting Recreation at or by calling 431-6586, ext. 326.


Retired SBPD officer talks about scams tomorrow

Rick Paap, retired Seal Beach Police Department officer after 26 years and 10 years with Talon Executive Protection, will be the Sunshine Club’s guest speaker, tomorrow, April 13, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

Paap will give an update on the scams, identity theft, robo calls and more that crooks keep attempting.

He will answer questions on identity safety and security and cover new scams.

Arrive a few minutes early to enjoy refreshments before the meeting begins at 10 a.m. The club appreciates shareholders bringing their own coffee mugs to participate in the “Save the Earth” program that started about five years ago.

The Sunshine Club is designed to help all people get along in the community and for neighbors to have better communications and to get the best out of living in Leisure World by learning how to use available information.

The club has frequent guest speakers to familiarize shareholders with the community and others from outside Leisure World who speak on various topics that enhance living in LW.

The club meets from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 (Room 4 on the first Friday).

There are no membership dues, and everyone in LW is welcome. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

Bargains offered at rummage sales

Congregation Sholom’s Festival of Bargains, will be held today, April 12, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. The rummage and bake sale will include merchandise and home baked goods. Bring bags.


Mutual 9 will host a multi-carport sale from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday, April 26.

Contact Aileen Ackerman, 493-6774, for more information and reservations.


The flea markets hosted by various clubs in Clubhouse 2 four times a year have been postponed until 2019, per GRF.


Introduction to computers class set

The Friendship Club offers computer classes taught by Jeff Sacks, Keith Bague and Max Smith.

• Monday, April 16, Clubhouse 6, Room B

9 a.m. – Intro to iPhone and iPad (Sacks)

11 a.m. – Beginning Computers, Internet, email (Bague)

Noon – Windows 10 (Bague)

• Monday, April 23, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

9 a.m. – Test Preparation (e.g. DMV, Real Estate, etc. Using Modern Technology  (Sacks)

10 a.m. – Samsung (and Android) Smartphone (Sacks)

11 a.m. – iPad (Bague)

Noon – Skype Free Video Chatting (Bague)

• Tuesday, April 24, Clubhouse 3, Room 7

Noon – Apple Mac (Sacks)

1 p.m. – Facebook  (Bague)

2 p.m. – Let’s Talk eBay (Smith)

• Monday, April 30, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

9 a.m. – Intro to Computers, Tablets and Smartphones (Sacks)

10 a.m. – Computer Questions and Answers (Sacks)

11 a.m  – Viruses and Internet Security (Bague)

Noon  – Facebook (Bague)

Classes are free, but donations to pay for a wireless hotspot and printing materials are welcome.

For computer information, call Bague, (714) 267-7871 or Sacks, 431-8050; for eBay information, contact Smith at


Bingo played on Sundays, CH 2

Bingo games are played Sundays at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. The doors open at 1. All LWers are welcome.

St. Therese Guild of Holy Family Parish will host games on April 15.

Complimentary refreshments are served.

The New York Club hosts the first Sunday of the month; Gadabouts, second Sunday; St. Therese Guild of Holy Family Parish, third Sunday; and the American Legion the fourth and fifth Sundays.

Learn to play bingo April 13

A free class will be held tomorrow, Friday, April 13, to teach people how to play bingo and learn more about the special games. Everyone is welcome even those who know how to play.

There will be prizes and refreshments.

The doors will open at Clubhouse 1 at 6 p.m. and play begins at 6:30.

The class is sponsored by the New York Club, Gadabouts, St. Theresa Guild of Holy Family and the American Legion.

For more information, call Jean Sudbeck,  594-0209, or Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743.


Landscape Council will learn about pollinators at meeting on April 20

The Landscape Council will meet April 20 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 5, Conference Room B.

The guest speaker will be Dr. Dessie Underwood, entomologist, professor and interim chair for the Department of Biological Science at California State University, Long Beach, and director of the Stream Ecology and Assessment Laboratory

Dr. Underwood conducts ecological studies on insects and their kin in a variety of habitats, including freshwater systems, soil, urban, riparian and woodlands.

She will discuss how important pollinators are and how to protect and promote their environments. She will provide information and guidance in how to best protect the community and promote protection for these little critters.  Dr. Underwood requests that people bring a magnifying glass to this session to better examine the specimens she will bring.

PEO lunch, cards is slated April 25

The PEO luncheon and card party is held the fourth Wednesday of each month in Clubhouse 2 at 11:45 a.m.  This month it is on April 25. The cost of the luncheon is $11, and includes an entrée, roll, salad, beverage and dessert.  To change a reservation, call Jan Krehbiel, 431-8240, by April 21.  To start a new table, make arrangements with Krehbiel as well.

All Leisure World residents are invited. People can play any card game that they would like.  Any number of people can be at the table.

Those who do not want to order lunch can reserve a table anyway. The cost is $3 each without lunch.

It is a fun afternoon with friends. Players can be men, women or mix and match.

—Jan Krehbiel

Paws, Claws & Beaks

Dog walk planned on St. Andrews Monday, 11 a.m.

All Leisure World residents and their “furry friends” are invited to join members of Paws, Claws and Beaks for it first St. Andrews Dog Walk on Monday, April 16 at 11 a.m.

   This is a great opportunity to meet other dogs, (and their owners) and have a fun time as well.

   Participants will meet at the Amphitheater and walk towards North Gate, make the loop and head back down St. Andrews back to the Amphitheater.

Club members and non-members are invited to join in anywhere along St. Andrews for a short walk or the whole route.

For more information, call or text Frank DePalma (714) 319-7646, or Jackie Hildebrandt, (714) 423-8279.


Windows 10 is topic April 19

The Computer Friends Club will give a presentation on Windows 10 for beginners on Thursday, April 19, from 4:30-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

A second presentation will feature moving through the file structure of Windows 10 as well as how to back up documents and pictures to a flash drive.

Also included will be a session on how to preserve the Windows 10 system by doing a full image backup and tips on how to capture and preserve Windows 10 serial numbers.

Classes, presentations and membership are free. All are welcome. For information, call Keith Bague, (714) 267-7871.


Piano, violin concerts featured at today’s class

The Korean American Music Appreciation class will meet at 9:30 a.m. today, April 12, in Clubhouse 4.

Ken Chong will illustrate classical music using Edvard Grieg’s piano concerto and Jean Sibelius’, Violin Concerto, 2nd movement, and Finlandia.

Robert Chung will conduct members’ favorites and oldies following the presentation.

The KACMA class is conducted in Korean. All are invited. The KACMA promotes fellowship through interpretation, appreciation of classical music, including symphony, operas and by attending concerts.

For more information, contact President Kathie Park, 598-6292; program chair Robert Chung, 387-7377; or publicity chair Yoon Soo Park, 431-3036.

Korean Literary Club publishing 2nd book on LW

Members of the Korean Literary Club (KLC) are working on publishing a second book titled “Seal Beach Leisure World: Stories of Retired Village People II.” This is a sequel to the club’s first book published in February, 2017.

The book, approximately 300-pages, includes contributions by 34 people, comprising 53 poems and 44 essays.

The club is planning a publication ceremony in early June.

The Korean Literary Club was established in 2008 by several Korean Americans residing in Leisure World. They had a keen interest in writing essays and poems and in studying Korean as well as global literary works.

They meet in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, on every second and fourth Mondays of the month under the leadership of Professor Won Kim, former vice president of the University of Seoul.

The original membership numbered about 10, but now exceeds 25. Specific aims are to develop skills in writing poems, essays and novels. In the course of the class, many have received the Newcomers award from well-known literary societies, and their works have been selected for publication by reputable literary magazines. Some of them have published their own books of poems and essays.

American Latino Club

Make plans for mariachis, food

The American Latino Club will have its “get together” on Friday, May 4, in Clubhouse 4, at 11 a.m. featuring mariachis and Mexican food.

The cost is $10 per person. Call Carmen Edwards, 431-4257, to make reservations.

The deadline for reservations is April 27.

LW Sa-Rang Church

New choir performs at 14th anniversary celebration

The recently formed Seal Beach Leisure World Sa-Rang Church Choir performed at the 14th anniversary of the founding of the church. The choir director is Chong -Hyon Song, wife of the co-pastor Daniel Song who was appointed on Feb. 4.

The choir consists of 20 members headed by Elder Chang Keun Lee.

For the past six years, under the leadership of Rev. Kyo Min Soh, the congregation has steadily grown and the church was relocated to the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Attendances at Sunday service is more than 120.

Sa-Rang Church is a non-denominational congregation. Worship services are held every Sunday at 11 a.m. A Wednesday Bible Study is held in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 6:30 p.m. (except the second Wednesday, 7 p.m.)

For further information, contact Rev. Kyo Min Soh, 296-8590(home) or 710-1895(cell).


‘Evita’ come to local stage

“Evita, the Musical,” directed by Martie Ramm, will be presented by the Golden West College Theater Arts Department at the Golden West College Theater, 15751 Gothard St., Huntington Beach.

The show will be presented April 27, April 28, May 3, May 4, May 5 at 7:30 p.m., and April 29 and May 6 at 2 p.m.

Ticket prices are $23 general admission and $21 for seniors, veterans and students.

For more information and to get tickets, visit or call (714) 895-8150

She was a starlet at 22, the president’s mistress at 24, First Lady at 27, and dead at age 33. Driven by ambition and blessed with charisma, Eva Peron was a saint to the working class yet reviled by the aristocracy and mistrusted by the military.

She was destined to leave a beguiling political legacy unique in the 20th century. Argentina’s controversial First Lady is the subject of this dynamic Tony Award-winning musical masterpiece by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.

Told through a compelling musical score with exuberant Latin, pop and jazz influences, “Evita” creates a fascinating theatrical portrait as complex as the woman herself.

This production contains adult language and situations, and is intended for mature audiences.

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Trip planned to Victorian era L.A.

The Leisure World Garden Club’s next trip is to one of the Southland’s most unusual “neighborhoods,” Heritage Square Museum, on Tuesday, May 8.

The museum is a collection of residences and commercial buildings dating back to the late 19th century. The museum and its docents provide visitors with an opportunity to explore the settlement and development of Southern California from the Civil War to the early 20th century.

More than 40 years in development, the Heritage Square Museum documents city life in the 1800s. The museum’s buildings are listed on historical registers, both local and national.

If you’ve ever wondered what Los Angeles was like before freeways, here’s what it was like before cars.

Included in the trip is lunch at the Canoe House Restaurant, a popular Pasadena eatery where participants will have several choices for lunch, including drinks and dessert.  On the same block is a famous pharmacy and old fashion candy store, selling toys and many things that remind people of days of old.

Tickets are $50.

The deluxe motor coach departs at 8:45 a.m. from the Amphitheater will return about 4 p.m.

There are still a few seats available. Call Dee Neri, 431-5889, or Gail Levitt, 596-1346.

Scotland, Ireland explored April 18 at Traveling Tigers

Leprechauns, the Loch Ness Monster, the building and sailing of the Titanic, castles, pubs—all clues to the sometimes remote and wild corner of the world that will be explored at the next meeting of The Traveling Tigers Club on  Wednesday, April 18, at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

Program chair Joan Schwichtenberg will present a program of her own following a recent visit to Ireland and Scotland.

A stay in the magnificent Glengarry Castle Hotel, on the shore of Loch Oich and the Caledonian Canal, with 60 acres of its own highland woodland, was a rare and wonderful treat.  Castles, drives on narrow country roads passing verdant, sheep-laden pastures with snow covered mountains as a backdrop and a raucous milestone birthday celebration in an Irish pub are just some of the grand adventures to be relived at The Traveling Tigers meeting.

Plan to join members for a noon potluck lunch followed by the program at 1 p.m. Call Schwichtenberg at 446-0731 for further details.

Pauma day-trip departs May 9

The New York Club will escort a day-trip to Pauma Casino on May 9.

The cost of the trip is $15, with $10 cash returned in the machine.

The bus picks up at three locations, Clubhouse 4, 7:15 a.m.; Amphitheater, 7:30 a.m.; and outside St. Andrew’s Gate, 7:35 a.m.

For reservations and information, call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

Pala trip set for May 18

The American Legion, Post 327, will escort a day-trip to Pala Casino on May 18.

The cost is $6 with $10 returned upon arrival at the casino on player cards. There will be five hours of playtime.

The bus leaves at 8:30 a.m from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot. It returns about 5:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Call Tony Dodero, 430-5828, for information and reservations.

On the Go

Day Trips

Elvis Honeymoon Hideaway With Palm Springs Celebrity Tour – April 14, $99, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Get Your Kicks…On Route 66! Nostalgia & Nibbles – April 19, $69, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

“JFK’s Life & Times” Exhibit at The Bowers– April 26, $89 with buffet lunch at The Hacienda, LBCC Senior Tours, Cindy Mackay, 938-3048

La Mirada Theater: “South Pacific”– April 28, 2 p.m., $60, GRF Recreation Department, 431-6586, ext. 326 or

The Colorful Songs Revue, Country Cowboy Classics – May 3, $69 with lunch and wine, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Heritage Square Museum – May 8, $50 includes lunch at Canoe House, LW Garden Club, Dee Neri, 431-5889, or Gail Levitt, 596-1346

California Science Center – May 9, $75, New York Club and Los Alamitos Senior Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949

Pauma Casino – May 9, $15; $10 cash in machine, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949

Glendale Center Theatre, “West Side Story” – May 12, $99 includes Tam O’Shanter Inn lunch, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Stars on Ice— May 12, $40, GRF Recreation Department, 431-6586, ext. 326, or email

Angels Baseball Game— May 16, $35, GRF Recreation Department, 431-6586, ext. 326, or email

Pala Casino —May 18, $6, $10 back, American Legion Post 327, Tony Dodero, 430-5828

The Huntington Library and Gardens, Becoming America Exhibit– May 24, $69, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Fantasy Springs – June 6, $25, New York Club and Los Alamitos Senior Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949

Harrah’s Rincon – Daily, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457

Pala Casino – Daily, free, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., (714) 985-9555

Pechanga Casino – Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 in EZ Play upon arrival, (951) 770-2579

Valley View Casino – Sunday-Tuesday, Amphitheater, 7 a.m., free

Overnight Trips

Grand Parks Adventure – April 22-May 1, 10 days, New York Club and Los Alamitos Senior Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949

Edgewater Hotel & Casino, Laughlin – April 23-25, Seal Beach Woman’s Club, 434-7113 or 596-0968

Viva Las Vegas—Three days, April 15-17, Treasure Island Hotel & Casino with optional excursion to downtown, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

National Parks of New Mexico and Texas– Seven-day tour, May 8-14, featuring Big Bend National Park, Carlsbad Caverns National Park, Guadalupe Mountains National Park & White Sands National Monument, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Laughlin, Edwater – May 20-22, New York Club and Los Alamitos Senior Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949

Portland Roses & Oregon Trails–six-day tour, June 6-11, Rose Festival Parade, Columbia River Gorge, Mt. St. Helens and Astoria. David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Laughlin – June 24-27, New York Club and Los Alamitos Senior Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949

Canadian Rockies & Calgary Stampede – eight-day tour, July 12-19, featuring a Calgary Stampede, Banff, Lake Louise, Jasper and Yoho National Parks. David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Day trip to Molokai is memorable, unique

Molokai is an adventure for those who have visited Maui, participated in luaus, snorkeled at Molokini, taken a helicopter tour, traveled the Road to Hana and are looking for something different and off the beaten path.

The beautiful island of Molokai looms to the northwest of Maui and is an opportunity to get a glimpse into Hawaii’s past.

Void of the resorts of Maui and the tall high-rises of Oahu, Molokai is the place to go to lay on the beach underneath a palm tree and read a good book.

Molokai is the fifth largest of the main Hawaiian islands and has a population of about 7,000 with only 3,000 full-time “locals.”

Molokai’s landscape includes two volcanoes, a large white sand beach, and a sacred valley – all in an island that’s only 38 miles long and 10 miles across. You can ride a mule through Kalaupapa National Historical Park (the only way to access the park), go camping at Papohaku Beach, and explore the Halawa Valley – where Polynesians are believed to have settled in the 7th century. Molokai is also said to be the place where hula comes from, where the goddess Laka first danced the hula. Today, there is an annual hula festival on Molokai each May.

The island is best known for the leprosy colony that was established of Father Damien de Veuster, a Belgian priest and canonized Roman Catholic Saint, who sacrificed his life caring for sufferers of Hansen’s Disease, also known as leprosy.

After a smallpox epidemic wiped out a fifth of the Hawaiian population in the 1850s, leprosy was seen as the next cataclysmic threat, and drastic measures were taken.

King Kamehameha V, who ruled Hawaii from 1863-1872, was pressured by the Western-influenced Board of Health, to sign “An Act to Prevent the Spread of Leprosy” in 1865. This law mandated all persons afflicted with the disease, or showing symptoms, to be arrested and forcibly exiled to the Kalaupapa peninsula on the north shore of Molokai. For more than 100 years, anyone diagnosed with the disease was taken to the remote colony. Between 1866-1969, the Hawaiian and American governments banished nearly 9,000 leprosy sufferers into exile, tearing apart many families and Hawaiian society.

There are no longer any active cases of Hansen’s Disease. The quarantine was lifted in 1969, but there are still a few descendants of Kalaupapa who were once afflicted with the disease.

Initially, conditions were horrible, with few services or proper medical treatment. Later, as science and social thinking evolved, conditions improved and many in the settlement lived near normal lives.

Kalaupapa is a spiritual place of great beauty and a reminder of tremendous suffering. There are no roads to Kalaupapa, just an extremely rugged mule trail that leads down from the overlook.

Kalaupapa is an 11,000-acre unincorporated community bordered by some of the highest sea cliffs in the world. The scenic overlook is a trip highlight, offering a view of the dramatic north shore sea cliffs of Molokai.

To really see these cliffs, and the tallest waterfall in the state of Hawaii, consider a helicopter tour of Molokai, which leaves from the Kahului Airport on Maui.

Access to Kalaupapa must be arranged in advance. Day-tours do not offer enough time to ride the mules down or hike the trail that leads to this isolated peninsula.

The only way to reach Molokai is by private boat, commuter airplane, $50 each way, or by booking a day-trip that includes the air and ground transportation.

Ferries used to transport passengers from Maui to Molokai, which took two hours, but was an inexpensive way to travel. However, service was discontinued a couple of years ago.

Anna Derby and Michael Oh opted for a package deal that included a nine-passenger Cesena plane to Molokai from Maui, ground transportation and a tour guide.

They were a bit nervous in the small plane for 30 minutes, but they made the best of the situation and enjoyed the unbelievable deep blue ocean and green mountain scenery from the sky.

“We were just speechless,” said Anna.

When they arrived at the Molokai Airport, Doreen greeted them with a big smile and a 15- passenger van, but Michael and Anna were the only people on the tour and it turned out to be a private tour with local tour guide.

When Doreen found out that Anna takes hula classes from Kumu Jojo, Anna became a long lost sister. As third generation Molokai native, Doreen began to learn hula when she was 2 years old, and as a teenager, visited leprosy patients to dance, but would not to look at them because she was afraid.

Throughout the day Doreen told them family stories about places they visited, like when she worked at Dole Pineapple field as a teenager.

“We couldn’t believe how lucky we were to have her as our tour guide, and we would recommend anyone to have a guided tour rather than trying to venture on your own,”says Anna.

Traveling to the other side of the island, there were miles and miles of vacant farm land that used to be the Dole Pineapple farm.

In the 1960s Dole moved its pineapple production to the Philippines to get cheaper labor. Most of the land remains vacant, but some has been converted to grow coffee.

Doreen stopped at the Hawaiian Coffee shop so they could try it. Michael is a coffee lover, so Anna ordered him a medium, thinking it cost $5 or more, when she said $2.04 the smell of coffee mesmerized her even though she doesn’t drink coffee. “I know the smell of it when it comes to the good one,” she said.

Places included on their tour were the R.W. Museum, R.W Meyer Mill, Purdy Macadamia Nut Farm, Kaunakakai Harbor and downtown Kainakakai, fresh fruits vendors, lunch like the locals at Pizza Cafe where they ate ono sandwiches with fries and a chicken dish, a tour of the East side of Molokai, St. Joseph’s Church near the Kamalo Harbor that St. Damien built in 1876 and a monument in his honor nearby. They continued north to Waialua, Kumimi Beach and the Kalaupapa Sea Cliff Lookout to see the historical Kalaupapa Peninsula.

The highlights of their trip was the Kalaupapa Sea Cliff Lookout and Father Damien’s churches.

They walked around the tiny downtown areas of Old Kaunakakai Harbor and Kainakakai to shop before heading to the airport.

The Molokai day tour rate is $339 per adult, children ages 3-12 are $299, and infants 2 and under are free. This rate includes all taxes and fuel surcharges. An “island style” lunch is included and served at the Hotel Molokai.

Don’t confuse Molokai with Molokini. Molokini is a tiny crescent shaped island two miles off the south Maui coast and is a favorite destination for snorkel tours. Molokai is a large inhabited island northwest of the Maui.

“We came home with lots of significant memories in our hearts, knowing that we always have wonderful people do for others,” said Anna.


Public invited to Mars launch

Lompoc, California, is the place to be for the much anticipated NASA launch of the InSight on its Mission to Mars.

The launch is slated for May 5 at 4 a.m. from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Space Launch Complex-3 on an Atlas V-401.

The launch date and time are subject to change due to technical or weather issues.

This will be the first planetary spacecraft to launch from this West Coast launch facility.

The official public viewing location for the launch is at Lompoc Airport, 1801 N. H Street, Lompoc, starting at 2:30 a.m.

Visitors will be able to see the launch, watch NASA TV commentary from the tarmac, and meet NASA/InSight mission team members and city representatives. Several Lompoc hotels are located less than a mile from Lompoc Airport for fast, pre-dawn access to the public viewing location.

A second public viewing location is at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 2800 Harris Grade Road, Lompoc, where visitors are welcome to see the launch from the church parking lot, and interact with NASA/InSight mission team members in attendance, starting at 3 a.m.

For more information visit:

Prior to the launch, scientists and engineers with NASA’s Mission to Mars will be bringing The Mars InSight Roadshow to the Lompoc area May 2-4. The traveling show is designed to engage the public about the mission with family-friendly, hands-on science activities, seismometer demonstrations, table-top exhibits and models, and public talks.

• May 2, 3-8 p.m.: Exhibit at Dick DeWees Community and Senior Center, 1120 W. Ocean Ave, Lompoc

• May 3, 6:30-8 p.m.: Public Talk at Lompoc Public Library, 501 E North Ave, Lompoc

• May 4, 1-8 p.m.: Exhibit and public talk at Allan Hancock College, Main Campus, 800 S. College Drive, Santa Maria, California

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Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

• An “In Memoriam” column is available free of charge. Limited to name, mutual number and date of death.

• An obituary with or without photo is available free of charge for the first 250 words. Additional words will be charged at the rate of 25 cents per word. Notices written by the news staff will be free and no more than 250 words.

• Notices from mortuaries and non-GRF members will be printed exactly as submitted and charged at the non-member classified advertising rate, $11 for the first 12 words and 25 cents for each additional word.

• Bordered, decorative obituaries and eulogies are available in any size at the prevailing display advertising rate.

• Obituaries may be published as news articles when the person has been a member of the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors, or when, in the opinion of the managing editor, the passing of a person is newsworthy to a sufficiently large number of GRF members.


In Memoriam

Kevin Skwarski  27

R.Thomas Crammer  82

Barbara Van Winkle  62

William Lott  80

Janet Snarey  59

Betty Bartholomew  90

Donald Clinton  86

David Gabbert  93

Alfred Enriquez  62

Laura Johnson  69

Clarence Baker  88

Terrence Browning  76

Christie Farvour  74

James Bailey  84

Barbara Hillman  94

Linda Chavez  68

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,


—paid obituary

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Lenora Browning, LW resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN0001 6/28



Shaklee. 562-860-1909. Sandy Fikse, LW Daughter (Vanderwoude). Delivered to your door. 3/29


Tired of being alone. Looking for my last love. I am a middle-aged Italian-American widowed woman seeking a gentleman, 69 to 85 for companionship, movies, plays, short trips and a meaningful relationship. Must be honest, loyal, a one-woman’s man and financially secured. Hoping to hear from you. Call 909-720-1593. 5/17


Are you in need of help? I am a widowed Italian woman, middle aged attractive. My children are all grown and married and I need to keep busy. Too lonely to stay home. I am an excellent cook and a very pristine housekeeper looking for a gentleman 69-85 years old for movies, theater adn trips. Must be honest, loyal, respectful and looking for last love. Laura (909) 720-1593. 5/3




Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071. OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC. (562) 596-7757



General Contractor

Specializing in Remodeling; Additions Reconstruction, Window replacement and more! Call for a free estimate. 562-746-5400 License #954725.





Tile, laminate, vinyl plank, patio carpet. 40 years in Leisure World. Contractor License 723262. 4/26







Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutual’s. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 743-3832 or 714-527-1172 6/29




Landscaping-plants, lawns, trees, etc. Maintenance of lawns and flower beds. Available for all residential and Mutual projects. Joe (562) 650-1511, Jesse (562) 676-0015 State Contractor’s License #79003 6/29



Handyman Rick – Assembly/ Installation TV wall mounts, carpentry, painting. Messages (562) 598-1000. Seal Beach Business License #RIL0001 5/17




Sound proof walls. Ceiling made smooth. Recessed lights, roll-out shelves, tile, laminate installation, crown molding, window frames painted whited. Lic. #723262. 4/26




Richard’s Handyman Service – Big or small, I do it all. Give me a call. 562-387-5187. Seal Beach Busines License HUG0002. 04/12




Painting and carpentry. Masonry and tile. Call (562) 596-6013 for appointment. Calls returned daily. Fiberglass or Hardi Backer paneling board installled on patio block walks. Seal Beac Business License #GAR0005. 5/3



Painting & Construction

Insurance, General Building B and Painting C-33 Lic. #632956. (562) 822-5632 or (562) 418-0007. 10/26/18


Bel-Rich Painting – Free estimates, small/large jobs. Contractor’s License #705131. 714-220-9702; 1-800-618-2220. 06/21




Interiors, cabinets, ceilings. Entry doors etc., premium paints, primer all wood. Bathroom, kitchen. 40 years in Leisure World Lic. Contractor’s license #723262. 4/26




Painting -reasonable, reliable, free estimates, kitchen cabinets refinished. Jerry (714) 826-8636. CA State License #675336 06/7





New screens, re-screening, screen doors, retractable screens, new and repair. Call today. (562) 493-8720. Since 1988. State Contractors Lic. #578194.



Ted and Jeri Nowell,

“The Handy Couple”

LW residents. Licensed and insured. (562) 430-1104.

Seal Beach License #NOW0001



Blinds, shutters, shades, 40 years serving Leisure World. Contractor’s License #723262. 04/05





(562) 600-0014

LW resident, Rich Livitski Seal Beach Business License #LIV0004. 05/31



Windows, skylights, storages, patios, and gardens. Other jobs.

(714) 623-0874. 07/14

Leisure World Helping Leisure World

Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call week days between 8 am-5 pm, 562-296-5834



Keith Bague, Founder of the Computer Friends Club will NOW offer a service by phone at no charge to the LW community. This free service will be available for up to 15 minutes per call. Services include: guidance and advice on purchases and problem solving. Keith has a Computer Science (BS) Degree UC, Irvine, is Microsoft Certified, 39 years experience. 714-267-7871.




Offers FREE inspections and advice on buying and repairs of your golf cart. 562- 431-6859.


Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Maria Giegerich 562-596-9983. Free of charge.


Retail Pharmacy clerk. FT and PT available, Mon-Fri. Retail experience helpful, Bi-lingual in Korean desired. Apply in person at LW Pharmacy 9 am – 5 pm. 04/12


Christine’s Hair Service In-your-home hair care for men and women. 20 years of experience in Leisure World. Call 714-603-1213. Seal Beach License KK335182. 06/21


In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562- 480-9341 License #KC75538. 05/03


Hair and Nail Salon

Hair Stylist, 25 years experience. Shampoo and roller set, cut, perm, color, manicure/pedicure. Warm and friendly service. Available for in-house appointments for special occasion, $100+. Tammy Nguyen, 714-425-4198. Phenix Salon. 6/29


Yvonne with 25 years experience, will do shampoo/sets, perms, hair cuts and tints at Phenix Salon. (714) 855-8465. Seal Beach Business License MOR0008. 5/3



For eyebrows, eyeliner, lip liner. 27 years experience, 10 years in LW with references. Loann: (310)938-8808. Cosmetology license #KK5976. 6/29




Available 24/7

Experienced caregiver available to assist with daily care, doctors appointments & errands.

949-899-7770. 05/31



Wanting to provide care in your home. I have current and active RN license in state of CA. 18 years experience and I provide patient in-hospice care. Call 562-760-3013. 04/19



Referral Agency. Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine (562) 310-0280. Seal Beach Business License #BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 12/28/18



Affordable rates with optimum service, 23 years experience LW, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24 hour, part time, doctors, appoint-ments, references , fluent English. Ann 714-624-1911 Heidi 562-277-3650. Seal Beach License #HYC0001. 06/28


I will care for male or female. Experienced. I do light housekeeping, cook, Dr. appt., grocery shopping and all other needs. Call 562-370-4544. 06/07



Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 6/29


Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part time, full time, live-in (562)230-4648. Seal Beach Business Lic # CAM0006.6/26


Experienced Caregiver – LW references – car. Maria Lopez LOP0004 323-501-2940. 4/19



Weekly, bi-weekly service. Excellent referral in Leisure World. Nearly 20 years experience. Seal Beach Business License BEN0001.Call Elly at 714-476-2100. 5/03


Patricia Housecleaning, weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. Call 562-397-4659. Seal Beach License LUC0001. 06/07






Over 30 Years Experience!

Seal Beach Business

License #AB0001 8/23



Want to do a spring cleaning? or a regular cleaning? 10% discount for new customers in spring! For a sparkling scene, call CAPTAIN CLEAN @424-310-9264. Business license 3042059. 04/12



General Housecleaning. Excellent referrals in LW. 18 years in Leisure World. Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 07/26



Windows, house cleaning, vacancies. Reasonable prices. Excellent work. (714) 534-1824. Seal Beach Business License #TON002. 07/5




Virus removal. Expert in all computer systems. John Fuhrer, LW Resident. Seal Beach License FUH0001. 06/07




Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.

License #CIP0001 5/2018


INEXPENSIVE shuttle service, airports, markets, etc., Seal Beach Business License #AB0001.

(562) 881-2093. 06/07


Trailers Wanted


Boat, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly! We

do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give

you a quote. (562) 684-0901 5/3/18

AUTOS for Sale

2011 Mercedes Benz GLK350 SUV, V-6, auto, loaded. Well maintained. $15,000. Phone (562) 335-0032. 4/19


20002 Lexus L430, loaded, very clean, driven less than 7,000 miles per year. Asking $6,500. Phone (562) 852-5478. 4/19

Electric Carts/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs

Golf Carts, Sales, Parts, Service (714) 292-9124. 2/07/19


Like new Pride Victory 9 scooter with front/back baskets. Battery charger. $1,100. Call (562) 477-1184.


Mobility scooter, front and rear basket. $350, Phil (562) 233-4247


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462. 06/07




Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 06/14



No job too small, fast reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002, Dan: 562-841-3787 04/05




Congregation Sholom’s


Thursday, April 12

9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Clubhouse 2

Wonderful merchandise and

delicious home baked goods!

Bring bags.

Estate Sale: 1941 St. John Rd, 34 A

Mutual 15, April 12-13, Thursday-Friday, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sewing machine, white sewing cabinet, many storage cabinets of different sizes, electric fireplace, queen pier wall bed with drawers, freezer. Glinda Davis (714) 943-1818. Seal Beach license GDD0001 13101 Nassau Dr, Seal Beach, CA 90740. See pictures at


Estate Sale:1491 Interlachen Road, 257-D, Mutual 10, April 12, 13, Thursday-Friday, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Property faces St. Andrews Drive. No large purses or backpacks will be allowed in sale. Figurines by Sitzendork, Dresden, Royal Dolton, cut glass pieces, Noritake china, rare mahogany trunk-on-stand, mission style coffee table with matching lamp tables, sofa, near new white dresser and brown highboy dresser, tons of religious books and CDs ,twin bed in excellent condition, ladies size 7 quality shoes and name brand clothing, vintage purses, Chatty Cathy talking doll, collection of bird house, holiday merchandise. Glinda Davis 714 943-1818 Seal Beach license GDD0001 13101 Nassau Dr, Seal Beach, CA 90740. See pictures at


Estate Sale: Thursday April 12, 8 a.m.- 3 p.m., Mutual 1, 13701 Annandale Drive, 14-H, Bed, couch, misc. By executor.


Estate Sale: Mutual 15, Unit 42M (upstairs), 13048 Del Monte Dr on April 12th and 13th, Thurs and Friday from 9am to 2pm, living room, bedroom, kitchen and patio items. Full house.  Please come by and say Hi and check it out. Kristi Martin, P.O. Box 1351, Seal Beach, 714-655-5473, Seal Beach Business License MAR0016.


Antiques, collectables, jewelry, turquoise silver, vintage watches. Will pay cash. Call 562-277-5909. 04/12


FREE cardboard moving boxes, flattened (must be retaped). (707) 301-6945. 04/19


FREE Kimbell electric organ with bench. Call (310) 977-0425.


LWer, farmer delivers most famous JUJUBE to the LWers. Ask KW Ranch 310-430-3177 4/19


FOR SALE baby walker, small velvet recliner, four suitcases, 1 silver coffee tea set plus tray. All in good condition. Make your offer! 562-598-7970. 04/12


Couch for sale. Tan 74 inches long, 3 years old,. Excellent condition. Paid over $2,000, asking $200. Pick up in Seal Beach. Call after 5 p.m. (909) 618-8992.


Fuji bike, 3-speed cruiser. Sanibel LX. Helmet, basket, lock and pump included. $130 or best offer. (562) 598-5593.


New 2017 iPad 9.7 inch, 5th generation WiFi, 128 GB, Model A1822. Brand new in original factory sealed carton. Includes 8-month Apple warrnty. $360 cash. Call Ole (562) 896-1936.


Lowery Majesty LX510 organ. Amazing sound quality and features orchestral sounds. Best offer. Please call (562) 594-7579. 04/19


Recliner, $30; lift chair, $40; twin adjustable bed, $70. Or best offer. (562) 430-3448.


Recliner, $30; lift chair, $40; twin adjustable bed, $70. Or best offer. (562) 430-3448.


Cabinet with four shelves, three drawers, 72 inches high by 30 inches wide, $20. Two black iron patio chairs, $15 each or both for $25. (562) 221-7125.


Ashley Furniture China Cabinet, $200 or best offer; three large containers full of yarn, adult diapers, two cedar chests, costume jewelry. Call (562) 843-6963.


Pride 4-wheel scooter, table and two chairs patio set, white metal table, Aller air filtration system with filters. 13741 Annandale Dr. 19-B, Mutual 1. (562) 596-8273.


Foolish shopper offers new appliances, cheap. Bella High Powered Juicer, Euro Pro Steamer, Spin Mop, Wolf Gang Puck Power Chopper. 596-7028.




1791 St. John Unit 50-K

Mutual 16

Carport 10, Space 11

Super clean 2-bedroom/1-bath, approximately 800 sq. ft. with large private front porch overlooking the greenbelt. Upgrades include newer dual paned windows and sliders with laminate flooring throughout. Call or text Chad 714.524.2423

BRE #00993554 05/31



Best location in LW! 1560 Homewood Rd., Mutual 5, 114-L. 2 BR, 2 ba, full expansion, wood floors and plantation, shutters throughout. A/C, W/D. Highly sought after. Downtown LW. Close to Amphitheater, Fitness Center and Pharmacy. $425,000. Please call Sam 562-896-1908. 04/19


Private party wants a 2-bedroom corner unit, as is. Call Arnold, (360) 319-4095. 05/31


LW resident serving our pets since 2003, day, overnight, vacations. Dogs and cats. Excellent references. Adrienne 562-431-8156. Seal Beach Business License, APS0001. 6/01


I would like to rent a carport space. Call Dan. 714-488-6115. 04/12


Wanted a carport space in Mutual 3. $25 per month. (928) 733-7352.


Forest Lawn Cypress, two plots side-by-side for sale $4,300 each. Cash only. (562) 743-0915. 04/19

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