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Page 1 2018

OptumCare is takes over HCC lease

Modern Health Care with a Personal Touch

On Dec. 28, 1988, the Golden Rain Foundation entered into an agreement for the lease of Trust Property commonly identified as the Health Care Center with Los Alamitos Medical Center, Inc. Through the subsequent 30 years, Los Alamitos has provided the community with vital health services.

On May 30, 2018, GRF received notice from Los Alamitos Medical Center of non-renewal of the agreement.

The GRF Board immediately began a search to retain qualified professional medical services representing the best mutual interest of a majority of shareholders, with a focus on modern health care with a personal touch.

Proposals were received from CareMore (who will enter a partnership with Pioneer Medical Group) and OptumCare. Both CareMore and OptumCare are medical providers of high renown known for exemplary patient care.

After thoroughly reviewing proposals, the GRF Board on Tuesday, July 24, awarded the lease of the Health Care Center to OptumCare.

“It is a great honor to be chosen as your new Health Care Center partner,” said Dr. Al Pita, OptumCare’s medical director. “We value a close working relationship with your community members and leaders. Together we will launch upgrades that bring modern health care to Leisure World without losing the personal touch that’s so important.”

The transition to OptumCare will not diminish Leisure World’s longtime relationship with the Los Alamitos Medical Center.

“We look forward to continuing the good working relationship that we have had with OptumCare for many years so that Health Care Center patients will continue to have easy access to our award-winning acute care hospital services,” said Kent Clayton, CEO of Los Alamitos Medical Center.

“We are committed to making sure there is a smooth transition to OptumCare. This transition will allow Los Alamitos Medical Center to maintain its focus on meeting the growing demand for acute care hospital services in our local communities and delivering an excellent patient experience.”

Clayton added, “We highly value our longstanding relationship with the Leisure World community. We are the closest acute care hospital to Leisure World, and residents will continue to have access to our outstanding medical staff, our exceptional nurses and other caregivers, and our quality inpatient and outpatient services, including our Total Care Imaging Center, orthopedics, oncology and cardiovascular care.”

In recent years, Los Alamitos Medical Center has made significant investments in advanced technology to enhance these services, including a robotic surgical system for orthopedics and a new computed tomography (CT) scanner.

Los Alamitos Medical Center is also officially designated as a comprehensive stroke center, meaning it is able to treat the most complex stroke cases. “We are committed to continuing to enhance and expand our services to meet the future healthcare needs of Leisure World residents as well as residents of all the other communities we serve,” said Clayton.

OptumCare is one of the largest and most-admired health care companies in the country. OptumCare’s patient-centered approach offers:

• Convenient office appointments and a 24/7 on-site, on-call registered nurse

• Same-day appointments for urgent problems

• Expanded office hours, including early morning and Saturday appointments

• Updated medical equipment and Health Care Center improvements

• More choices of hospitals and specialists

• Home visits by your Health Care Center doctors

• A complete care team of health care professionals, including an on-site social worker and palliative care team. Together with care managers, it meets residents’ physical, mental, social and emotional needs.

OptumCare isn’t new to the local community. It has offices in Seal Beach, Los Alamitos, Long Beach and Huntington Beach.

“We aren’t the new kid on the block,” said Dr. Pita. “We’re committed to the area, and we’re here to stay.”

Doctors You Know and Trust

OptumCare’s personal touch includes keeping the medical staff and pharmacist residents already have who understand the community’s unique needs.

It will also bring back familiar faces like Dr. Rudy Haider, Dr. Nancy Smith and Dr. Ellen Dayon.

“I can’t wait to get back to Leisure World, this time with the financial strength, support and compassion of OptumCare behind me,” said Dr. Haider. “It’s like having the best of both worlds.”

Plus, all their doctors are board certified, and they will bring in specialists who have the personal touch and expertise to work with seniors.

Caring for the Community

OptumCare will also look beyond the Health Care Center and into Leisure World for opportunities to make a difference in the broader community. For example, it will:

• Invest in community spaces outside the clinic, like providing expert advice about the most effective and safest equipment and routines for the fitness center

• Host free events to promote Health Care Center services and resources

• Provide a full-time health specialist to host social events, workshops and educational sessions to promote healthy lifestyles

• Accept residents’ insurance plans, including traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage, AARP and all commercial health plans

Your Health Center, Your Way

All decisions will be made by doctors who understand health care for older adults. OptumCare uses a team approach that puts patients and their doctors first. It is committed to creating a first-class Health Care Center with:

• Community doctors residents know and trust

• Personalized, coordinated care and an exceptional patient experience

• A modern, patient-friendly facility

• Guidance and collaboration by the Health Care Advisory Board

• A proactive approach to being open and creative in everything they do

Dr. Pita summed it up: “It’s a new day for your Health Care Center at Leisure World. It’s your Health Care Center, your way. We call it modern health care with heart.”

All are welcome to a special town hall on July 31 at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The GRF will welcome its new partner OptumCare, and everyone will have opportunity to hear about modern care with a personal touch and the future of health care and services in Seal Beach Leisure World.

John Denver Tribute is tonight

The 2018 Amphitheater Season, complimentary summer entertainment courtesy of the Golden Rain Foundation, will continue through Sept. 13. Residents, and their families and friends are invited to spend Thursday nights at the 2,500-seat Amphitheater, featuring new paint and a powerful new sound system. Every week, Koffel’s Food Service will provide food ranging in price from $5-$10. Mandie’s Candies Ice Cream truck will sell treats for $2-$3. Shows start at 8 p.m. until September when they begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Minibus transportation will be available before and after shows.

Rick Schuler’s Tribute

to John Denver

8 p.m. | July 26

Amphitheater Stage

Louisiana-born and Missouri-raised Rick Schuler was 13 when comparisons to the then wildly popular John Denver began. He first mastered Denver’s revered “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” and that was the start of a lifelong salute to American singer-songwriter, actor, activist and humanitarian.

“When I found out who he was, I went to the public library and checked out the “Rocky Mountain High” album,” said Schuler. “As I sat in my room listening to my new favorite song over and over, I was brought into a whole new world that would change my life forever.”

At 18, Schuler was featured on the TV show “Incredible Kids & Co” on CBS. After a subsequent radio performance on “The Jack Carney Show” starring as “The John Denver Guy,” Schuler moved to California to pursue his own Americana songwriting career. And he continued to perform Denver’s music.

Schuler’s Denver-inspired country roads led him to Aspen, Colorado, where he attended his first John Denver tribute.

During the course of the two-day event, Schuler met several of Denver’s former band mates and close friends who were astonished at the similarities the two shared in look, sound and musical talent.

It has further fostered Schuler’s deep connection to Denver, his music and his ideals.

“I believe John’s music to be eternally relevant,” said Schuler. “The longing for home, love and God through nature are themes which are at the very heart of each one John’s hit songs. These themes are found in all of ancient literature, and John elegantly set them to music and inspired a generation.”

Amphitheater Movie Nights feature ‘The Post’ July 27

New movies will be shown on a giant screen at the Amphitheater on Friday nights through Sept. 7. Bring friends and family, and enjoy free movies in your own back yard. Movies start at 8:20 p.m.

July 27—The Post: A cover-up that spanned four U.S. Presidents pushed the country’s first female newspaper publisher and a hard-driving editor to join an unprecedented battle between the press and the government.

PG-13 | 1h 56min | Biography, Drama, History | 2018

Aug. 3—Last Vegas: Four friends take a break from their day-to-day lives to throw a bachelor party in Las Vegas for their last remaining single pal.

PG | 1h 45min | Comedy, Drama | 2013

Aug. 10—Wonder: Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman, a boy with facial differences who enters 5th grade, attending a mainstream elementary school for the first time.

PG | 1h 53min | Drama, Family | 2017 |

Sponsor:Optimal Hospice Care

Aug. 17—Coco: Aspiring musician Miguel, confronted with his family’s ancestral ban on music, enters the Land of the Dead to find his great-great-grandfather, a legendary singer.

PG | 1h 45min | Animation, Adventure, Comedy | 2017 |

Sponsors: Alamitos West/Katella; Easy Living Homecare

Aug. 24—Darkest Hour: During the early days of World War II, the fate of Western Europe hangs on the newly appointed British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, who must decide whether to negotiate with Adolf Hitler, or fight on against incredible odds.

PG-13 | 2h 5min | Biography, History | 2017 |

Sponsor: Pharmacology Research Institute (PRI)

Aug. 31—The Last Jedi: Rey develops her newly discovered abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers. Meanwhile, the Resistance prepares for battle with the First Order.

PG-13 | 2h 32min | Action, Adventure | 2017 |

Sponsor: Pharmacology Research Institute (PRI)

Sept. 7—The Same Kind of Different Me: International art dealer Ron Hall must befriend a dangerous homeless man in order to save his struggling marriage to his wife, a woman whose dreams will lead all three of them on the journey of their lives.

PG-13 | 1h 59min | Drama | 2017

City of Seal Beach to discontinue shopper shuttle

The City of Seal Beach has made recent changes to its Senior Transportation Program to make it more cost effective.

Changes will be explained at the following series of Senior Transportation Program Open Houses:

• North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 Saint Cloud, Drive, on July 31 from 9 a.m.-1p.m.

• Clubhouse 2 in Leisure World on Aug. 7 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Fire Station 48, 3131 North Gate Road, on Aug. 14 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

• Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Drive, on Aug. 16 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

In order for the Senior Transportation Program to remain within budget and be available to a high volume of users, emphasis is being given to trips to medical facilities and nutrition programs.

No changes were recommended to the Nutrition Program transportation; however, the Seal Beach City Council directed staff to eliminate the Shopper Shuttle after Dec. 31.

Beginning Sept. 4:

• The Dial-A-Ride Program will operate from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesday and Thursday travel will be eliminated. The County of Orange operates the Senior Non-Emergency Transportation (SNEMT) that is very similar to the city’s Dial-A-Ride program. The SNEMT program provides seniors with access to non-emergency trips such as medical appointments, dentists, therapies, exercise programs, testing and other health related trips. The SNEMT program operates Monday-Saturday from 6:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m.

• Transportation to the Senior Nutrition will remain unchanged.

• The Shopper Shuttle will be eliminated after Dec. 31.

The open houses will explain changes to program participants and provide information on additional transportation options offered by other public agencies and private companies that will let them take take trips to medical and shopping destinations outside the scope of the city’s program.

For more information about the city’s Senior Transportation Program, contact Assistant City Manager Patrick Gallegos at 431-2527.

For information about Seal Beach in general, see the city website at

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watch your step

by Jim Breen

Aino Bonner of Mutual 15 received a letter in the mail from Service Direct Insurance Services urging her to activate the warranty on her car that may have expired. She was instructed to call a toll-free number to activate new coverage within five days.

The letter did not come from a specific auto manufacturer, the dealer that originally sold her the car, or from the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

Another red-flag: Her vehicle Identification Number (VIN) was requested. Disclosing that to a scammer spells problem.

Ms. Bonner declined the offer but brought the letter to Watch Your Step to alert other residents.


That pop-up warning sign that appears on home computer and TV screens is annoying Leisure Worlders again.

Last week, Loretta Galbraith of Mutual 9 fell for the ruse by calling the number and paying a repair fee, that was eventually replaced by her bank.

The same day that the incident in Watch Your Step was reported, two more residents came forward to describe identical experiences.

Ann David of Mutual 6 was also startled by the screen shot, called the number and was told that his computer problem could be fixed for $299.

So she hung up.

“I believe we were victims as well,” said Suzanne Job of Mutual 9. While watching TV via wireless Internet, a large message appeared and she was unable to get the Internet or Spectrum app on the screen. Then the TV simply froze.

Later, she used her laptop computer to access the Internet, and there was the same message.

Apple support fixed everything after the TV and laptop were completely frozen.

Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send details to Jim Breen at the email address above or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday- Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

April Security Report


• April 30, Mutual 11, 7:42 p.m. Smoldering papers were found in a dumpster. They were extinguished.


• April 2, Mutual 3, 4:45 p.m. A two-foot high decorative seal statue in grey cement was taken from the carport.

• April 3, Mutual 2, 9:10 a.m. A pair of pearl gold earrings was discovered missing from a unit. No sign of forced entry.

• April 10, Mutual 7, noon. Two televisions were taken from a unit while members were on vacation.

• April 10, Mutual 9,1:47 p.m. A price gun was missing when an estate sale was being set up.

• April 10, Mutual 2, 1:28 p.m. Resident decals were removed from the windshield of a vehicle.

• April 12, Mutual 8, 1:52 p.m. A large amount of cash and gold charm bracelet were missing from a dresser drawer. Doors were left unlocked while members were gone.

• April 18, 12:09 p.m. Stereo equipment was missing from a unit when the shareholder returned after an extended trip. No sign of forced entry.

• April 16, Mutual 2, 2:21 p.m. Two silver charm bracelets each with 15-20 Disneyland charms were missing from a unit. No sign of forced entry.

• April 18, Mutual 12, 3:15 p.m. A hand-painted birdhouse welcome plaque was taken from outside the door of a unit.

• April 23, Mutual 2 carport, 10:15 a.m. A man’s grey three-speed bicycle, locked only at the wheel, was taken from a carport space.

• April 28, Mutual 11, 6:38 p.m. A four-wheeled Phoenix HD scooter was taken from a carport space.

• April 29, Mutual 7, 9:10 a.m. A black grocery cart and a Craftsman half-horse motor were taken from a carport space.

• April 30, Mutual 8, 12:18 p.m. A six-foot aluminum step ladder was removed from a carport space.


• April 4 Mutual 9, 3:05 p.m. Signs of a possible attempted break-in were found in a vacant unit. No items were missing.

• April 12, Mutual 7 carport, 2 p.m. Several hasps were broken off carport storage cabinets.

• April 17, Mutual 1 carport, 6:08 p.m. A new scratch was discovered on the driver’s side rear door of a car parked in the car port.


• April 2, Clubhouse 2, 11 p.m. A driver backed out of the parking into a parked vehicle.

• April 3, Clubhouse 6, 12:56 p.m. A hit-and-run driver knocked off the driver’s side mirror of a parked vehicle.

• April 5, Mutual 10, 3:47 p.m. A driver pulling over for a bus scraped the bumper of a parked car.

• April 10, car wash, 2:25 p.m. A driver backing up grazed a pedestrian who was washing her car.

• April 12, main gate, 4:20 p.m. A shareholder reported that a non-resident’s car collided with his at Golden Rain Road and Seal Beach Boulevard on March 3, 2018.

• April 20, RV lot, 10:25 a.m. A driver attempting to park hit the drainage gutter on the roof of the RV office.

• April 22, main exit gate, 4:30 p.m. Two vehicles exiting south at Seal Beach Boulevard collided.

• April 24, Amphitheater, 7:24 a.m. A tour bus entering the parking area grazed the cement base of a light pole to the left of the entrance.

• April 30, Allen’s Alley, noon. The mirror at the entrance near the maintenance yard was hit by a truck.

Golden Rain Foundation

by Paul Bristow

Security Services Director

Leisure World Seal Beach Security Department works hard to provide a safe environment, but as with all communities, security is a team effort.

We need your help so here are just a few suggestions:

• If you see someone who does not appear to belong or is acting suspiciously, call Security at 594-4754.

• Report all suspected thefts, or damage to sec-

urity and police.

• Do not allow strangers into your home, GRF staff members

are easily identified. If a stranger knocks on your door, call security or police.

A popular trick used by criminals is to approach members off site, perhaps in a supermarket parking lot and offer to do work on either your car or house. If you do not know someone, never allow them access to the community or to your home.

Do not leave personal items out of your sight. Sometimes items will be picked up by mistake.

A large number of items are handed in at the security office in Clubhouse 5, so check there if you lose anything. The times are 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday. Residents should list the missing items.

Lock car doors and keep car windows closed. If you get into this habit in Leisure World you will remember outside, where the risk of theft is far greater.

Bicycles are always a concern:

• Whenever parking a bicycle, lock it up (wheels and frame) with a good padlock.

• Register your bike with security, we will take pictures and issue an ID decal.

The Seal Beach Police Department has a very successful program, so I recommend that you also register your bicycle there.

• Take your own pictures and make note of any distinguishing marks.

• Do not leave your valuables on the bicycle or in saddlebags, especially overnight.

american legion

American Legion Post 327 invites Leisure World residents,their friends and family to its first annual flea market, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Clubhouse 2.

The men will serve coffee and doughnuts in the morning. The noon lunch will include hot dogs, chili, soda and chips.

Scores of vendors will be on hand with grab bags and an opportunity drawing.

Those who attend can greet Miss Liberty, the Post clown. Women of the Auxiliary have collected many items for sale at the flea market.

Proceeds will be used to help needy veterans in the area.

Many bargains will be available.


The Post will host bingo in Clubhouse 2 on Sunday, July 29. Doors open at 1 p.m. Cookies and coffee will be served.

Funds raised help local veterans.


Ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary thank everyone who donated food and funds at the Amphitheater. They will go to good use.

Members are accepting donations of book bags and school supplies for needy school children of veterans.

To donate, call Jean Sudbeck, president, at 594-0209.


Children A Priority (CAP) will hold a catered luncheon at 11:45 a.m. Aug. 25 in Clubhouse 4.

The guest speaker will be Theresa Murphy, executive director of Precious Life Shelter.

Children-a-Priority is a club dedicated to helping underprivileged and at risk youth.

For more information, call Maria Swift at 493-1924.

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By Jim Greer, Mutual 11

Leisure World Interfaith Council

Within a community such as ours, there’s a tendency to compare what one has with what another has.

It’s a silly thing to think that I have something of more value than you, when most of us share the same amount of living space, draw from the same water source, and park in the same open parking spaces.

Our obsession with acquiring things is shown when a large moving van filled with a lifetime of accumulated household goods drives through the front gate. When the van pulls up to the apartment, the owner quickly discovers that most of its contents won’t fit into their dinky flats.

According to a recent study, the average American is currently hoarding 23 items in their home that they have absolutely no use for.

A Psychology Today article, “The Psychology Behind Hoarding” explains, “Without exception, hoarding is always accompanied by varying levels of anxiety and sometimes develops alongside other mental illnesses such as dementia and schizophrenia. Hoarding relieves anxiety and produces it. The more hoarders accumulate, the more insulated they feel from the world and its dangers.”

Fortunately, there are professionals to help with hoarding obsessions. But, here in Leisure World, we must overcome our personal “disorders” that drive us to build walls between ourselves and our neighbors.

The fact that we, as elders within society have not outgrown the childish traits of pride and competition is alarming. Many among us feel compelled to judge or condemn one another.

We resent others with whom we can’t compete. As C. S. Lewis stated in “Mere Christianity,” pride gets no pleasure out of having something, only out of having more of it than the next man.

It is the comparison that makes one proud: the pleasure of being above the rest. Once the element of competition is gone, pride is gone.”

Competition and pride are displayed in our envying, and coveting of another’s authority, power or influence within the community.

Often, our Mutual and GRF representatives are ridiculed, harassed and hounded by shareholders whose pride and competitiveness have led them to feel slighted by another’s success.

Taken to extremes, they imagine heir neighbors have conspired against them to devalue their standing in the community. These imagined conspiracies appeal to fellow agitators who often join forces to discredit their neighbors and challenge authority.

As peddlers of pettiness, they create a toxic environment within our neighborhoods, which can be difficult to counteract.

In his book “First Things First,” Steven R. Covey pointed out that petty things become unimportant when people are impassioned about a purpose higher than self.

Counteracting negativity with impassioned positivity is a purpose higher than the self that displaces pride, competition and pettiness. And while it takes some commitment and effort on our part, our efforts influence those toxic peddlers for the better.

Dr. Barbara Fredrickson, psychologist at the University of South Carolina, discovered that a person can learn to be more positive by practicing certain skills that foster positivity. The skills include doing good things for other people, appreciating the world around them, developing and bolstering relationships, establishing achievable goals, learning something new, choosing to accept one’s self (flaws and all), and practicing resilience and mindfulness.

She found that shared positivity, having two people caught up in the same emotion, may have even a greater impact on health than something positive experienced by oneself.

So, select a friend or neighbor that shares your interest in increasing their positivity and passionately share positive experiences and direct your kind wishes toward others. By becoming purveyors of positivity in a toxic environment, we counteract the harmful effects of competition and pride.

Columnist Harvey Mackay said it best, “Positive thinking is more than just a tagline. It changes the way we behave. And I firmly believe that when I am positive, it not only makes me better, but it also makes those around me better.”

Remember When

Editor’s note: Remember When is presented by the Leisure World Historical Society. Help make history live, tell your story, donate memorabilia, join the Historical Society. For more information, call Linda Johnson, vice president 493-9898 or visit the LW Museum in Clubhouse 1.

July 27, 1978 – Almost 600 Leisure World residents attended the Seal Beach City Council meeting to make sure the Council continued the subsidy that provided for a shoppers’ bus for LWers for no cost. The Council had planned to discontinue the subsidy.

July 28, 1988 – One hundred balloons were launched as part of Orange County’s centennial celebration. The balloons were released at the Leisure World Library and all other OC libraries.

July 23, 1998 – Construction of the Leisure World Health Care Center’s replacement building was moving rapidly with good weather helping speed up the project. The slab was completed and framing of the building had begun.

JUST A COMMENT: The HS Museum is open from 2-4 p.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information,go to

Credits& Kudos

Credits & Kudos must include the writer’s name and mutual, and will be edited for brevity. Mention of a business or service is not an endorsement or recommendation by the LW News or Golden Rain Foundation.

Kathy Elliott, a LW Weekly carrier and LW resident, is grateful to Kathy Almeida of Mutual 1, who helped her continue her paper route delivery after her cart broke and she was unable to move her papers.“She helped me put all 336 papers in bins so I could continue my route,” said Elliott

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 omitted 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.

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Approved Minutes

Approval of the minutes of the January 23, 2018, May 22, 2018, June 5, 2018, June 12, 2018, June 18, 2018, and June 26, 2018 Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors (BOD) meetings were approved, as presented.

General – Approval of GRF Board of Directors’ Mission Statement

MOVED and duly approved the Mission Statement of GRF as: The Golden Rain Foundation provides an enhanced quality of life for our active adult community of Seal Beach Leisure World.

General – Approval of GRF Board of Directors’ Goals, #1

MOVED and duly approved Goal 1, Attract and retain quality employees and direct applicable committee/committees and GRF staff to take reasonable actions to accomplish Goal 1, as outlined in the agenda packet.

General – Approval of GRF Board of Directors’ Goals, #2

Goal 2, Increase Organizational effectiveness and efficiency and direct applicable committee/committees and GRF staff to take reasonable actions to accomplish Goal 2, as outlined in the agenda packet.

General – Approval of GRF Board of Directors’ Goals, #3

MOVED and duly approved Goal 3, Improve community access control and direct applicable committee/committees and GRF staff to take reasonable actions to accomplish Goal 3, as outlined in the agenda packet.

General – Approval of GRF Board of Directors’ Goals, #4

MOVED and duly approved Goal 4, Protect, preserve and improve Trust Assets and direct applicable committee/committees and GRF staff to take reasonable actions to accomplish Goal 4, as outlined in the agenda packet.

General – Approval of GRF Board of Directors’ Goals, #5

MOVED and duly approved Goal 5, Improve and enhance hardware, software and use of technology and direct applicable committee/committees and GRF staff to take reasonable actions to accomplish Goal 5, as outlined in the agenda packet.

General – Appointment of Mutual Sixteen GRF Representative

MOVED and duly approved to appoint Steve McGuigan as the GRF Director for Mutual Sixteen, until the merger with Mutual Fifteen is finalized.

General – Approve Medical Center Lease

MOVED and duly approved of a lease of Trust Property identified as the Health Care Center Premises located at 1661 Golden Rain Road, Seal Beach, California, 90740, for an initial term of five (5) years, December 1, 2018 to November 30, 2023, between the Golden Rain Foundation of Seal Beach and OptumCare, for the use of a portion of Trust Property as identified, per OptumCare proposal dated July 12, 2018, and terms and conditions of the attached agreement and authorize the President to sign the agreement conditioned upon OptumCare submission of all documents required under the agreement.

Finance Committee – Accept June Financial Statements

Moved and duly approved to accept the June Financial Statements for audit.

Finance Committee – Approve CDAR Purchase

Moved and duly approved to authorize the purchase of a 52-week CDAR for $250,000 of reserve funds at the current going interest rate offered at First Foundation Bank, which will be fully insured by the FDIC.

Finance Committee – Approve Limited Use of Trust Property Lease – Mutual Fourteen

Moved and duly approved a lease, for the term of three (3) years, July 27, 2018 to July 26, 2021, between the Golden Rain Foundation and Mutual Fourteen, a California Corporation, for the limited use of Trust Property commonly identified as Sunningdale Circle planter, per terms and conditions of the attached agreement, in the amount of one dollar ($1.00) per year and authorize the President to sign the lease conditioned upon Mutual Fourteen’s submission of all documents required under the agreement.

Finance Committee – Approve Limited Use of Trust Property Lease – Leisure World Trailer Club

Moved and duly approved a lease for the term of one (1) year, August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019, between the Golden Rain Foundation and Leisure World Trailer Club, a California Corporation for the limited use of a portion of Trust Property within the area commonly identified as the RV Lot, per terms and conditions of the agreement attached in the agenda packet, in the amounts of One space allocation for the storage of the Club’s general use storage trailer – one dollar ($1.00) ) and authorize the President to sign the lease conditioned upon the Leisure World Trailer Club submission of all documents required under the agreement.

Finance Committee – Approve Limited Use of Trust Property Lease – Leisure World Trailer Club

Moved and failed to approve a lease for the term of one (1) year, August 1, 2018 to July 31, 2019, between the Golden Rain Foundation and Leisure World Trailer Club, a California Corporation for the limited use of a portion of Trust Property within the area commonly identified as the RV Lot, per terms and conditions of the agreement attached in the agenda packet, one space allocation for the storage of (to be determined by the GRF Board) – one hundred and fifty dollars ($150.00) and authorize the President to sign the lease conditioned upon the Leisure World Trailer Club submission of all documents required under the agreement.

Physical Property Committee – Capital Funding Request – Medical Center to Clubhouse Six Crosswalk Revision

Moved and duly approved to award a contract to MJ Jurado, in the amount of $5,500, to modify the crosswalk from the Medical Center to Clubhouse Six, per ADA Plus plan dated 5/14/2018, improving the accessibility for vision impaired members, adding $2,000 in contingencies, which includes $1,200 for thermal plastic paint, for a total cost not to exceed $7,500, Capital funds, and authorize the President sign the contract.

Recreation Committee – Capital Funding Request – Patio Furniture, Veterans’ Plaza

Moved and duly approved the purchase of six (6) patio sets and three (3) waste receptacles, from Leisure Creations, in an amount not to exceed $13,230, Capital Funding and authorize the Executive Director to initiate the purchase.

Recreation Committee – Adopt Policy 1445-52, Mission Park Programs

Moved and duly approved to adopt Policy 1445-52, Mission Park Programs, as presented.

Recreation Committee – Adopt Policy 1446-53, Veterans’ Plaza Programs

Moved and duly approved to adopt Policy 1446-53, Veterans’ Plaza Programs, as presented.

Schedule of Mutual Meetings

Mutual meetings are listed below. Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards as follows:

Thursday, July 26 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, July 27 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 2 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 7 Mutual 16

Conference Room B 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 7 Mutual 17

Administration 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 8 Mutual 4

Administration 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 9 Mutual 12

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 10 Mutual 3

Administration 9 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 13 Mutual 9

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday Aug. 15 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 15 Mutual 7

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 16 Mutual 2

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 16 Mutual 11

Clubhouse 3, Room 9 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 17 GRF/Mutual Roundtable

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 20 Mutual 15

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 21 Mutual 14

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 22 Mutual 10

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 23 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Aug. 24 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Aug. 27 Mutual 8

Administration 1:30 p.m.

GRF Board of Directors Meetings

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. Conference Room B is located downstairs in Building 5. The Administration Conference Room is upstairs in the Administration Building. The following is a tentative schedule of meetings on the Golden Rain Foundation master calendar, maintained by Administration:

Thursday, July 26 Service Maintenance Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, July 27 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 1 Physical Property Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 3 GRF Board Executive Session

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 6 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 7 Recreation Committee

Administration 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 8 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Aug. 9 Communications Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 10 Executive Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 13 Mutual Administration Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 13 Renumbering Subcommittee

Administration 3:30 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 17 Renumbering Subcommittee

Administration 3 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 17 GRF/Mutual Roundtable

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 20 Finance Committee

Administration 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 21 Information Technology Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 22 Architectural Design Review Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

GRF Board Executive Session

1 p.m., Aug. 3, 2018

Administration Conference Room

NOTE: This meeting is closed to Shareholders/Members per Civil Code §4935

A. Call to Order – President Stone

B. Roll Call

C. Legal

D. Contracts

E. Member Disciplinary Actions

F. Personnel

G. Adjournment

The agenda is subject to change.



Wise is named Democrat of Year for 2018

An overflow crowd of 120 guests gathered in Clubhouse 4 for the Democratic Club’s annual fundraiser on July 14.

After enjoying an outstanding brunch catered by Jon’s Coffee Shoppe, members greeted their friend and featured speaker, Josh Lowenthal, with loud applause. Beginning his presentation by honoring his wife, Erika, and their three children, Lowenthal named the club’s immediate past president Mary Larson and World War II veteran Ed Wianecki as examples of people he would never have known if he had not entered the race to represent them, as well as all the residents of the 72nd Assembly District in Sacramento.

Praising the SBLW club for caring about all generations rather than just their own, he also thanked club members for reaching out to their neighbors in LW about the importance of informed voting in all elections.

In addition to hearing from their friend Josh, attendees honored Diana Carey and Brandon Love as 2018 SBLW Democratic Club’s “Influential Leaders.”

Attorney Love has become the club’s favorite Orange County political analyst.

Carey, who continues to be involved with the club in an official capacity as a vice-chair of the Democratic Party of Orange County, has attended club meetings consistently since her election. It is not unusual for the club to call upon her to offer insights or to take over a meeting entirely to share her perspective. The club considers itself fortunate to receive such skilled guidance.

The club also presented Clara Wise with a well-deserved “Democrat of The Year” award. Wise is the club’s special projects chair, but she also works behind the scenes in countless other areas. Club president Mary Tromp extended congratulations to Wise.

Members gathered again on July 18 for their regular monthly meeting, which featured a provocative Congressional Candidates’ Panel. Notes about the Congressional Panel can be found on the club’s website at:

Information about membership can be found on the club’s website; by calling Membership Chair Rachael Lehmberg at 340-9816; emailing or by attending the next meeting on Aug. 15 at noon in Clubhouse 4.


June 26, 2018


President Linda Stone called the regular monthly meeting of the Board of Directors (BOD) of the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) to order at 1:00 p.m., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018, in Clubhouse Four.


Theater Club President Taylor White led the Pledge of Allegiance.


Following the roll call, Corporate Secretary reported that Directors Perrotti, R. Stone, Snowden, Pratt, L. Stone, Gerber, Gould, Hopewell, Rapp, Dodero, Winkler, Heinrichs, Lukoff, Crossley, Fekjar, and Moore were present. The Executive Director and the Director of Finance were also present.

Sixteen Directors were present.


Welcome everyone and thank you for coming. Today’s Monthly meeting is the official start of the 2019-2019 term.

This coming Thursday marks the opening of the Summer Amphitheater Season beginning with Frankie Avalon and sponsored by Briskey On-Site Sales. Koffels Food service will be on hand for their tri-tip BBQ at very reasonable prices. And you get to hear the fabulous new sound system within the newly painted Amphitheater.

Be sure to join us on July 4th at the Annual Independence Day festivities in Clubhouse 6 parking lot. There will be a Classic Car Show, Golf Cart Parade by Rollin’ Thunder, appearance by the Ram’s Cheerleaders, entertainment by Mark Barnett and the Black & White Knights, delicious barbeque and displays by the Leisure World arts and crafts clubs. Activities start at 10 am. Be sure to attend and celebrate the 4th with your Leisure World family.

The GRF offices will be open July 3rd with modified staff and will be closed on the 4th.

Committee meetings will start with the Physical Property Committee on Monday, July 2nd at 1 pm in Admin. The next meeting is the Recreation Committee on Tuesday, July 3rd. July will see some rearrangement to committee meetings due to the July 4th Holiday. But all committees with two exceptions will be in the afternoon at 1 pm: Finance is at 10 a.m. and beginning in August, the monthly Recreation Committee meeting will be at 10 a.m., both will be held in the Administration Conference Room.

We have a busy year planned and I will keep you informed each month of upcoming plans. There will be three evening meetings: September, January and May. There will also be several town hall meetings this term beginning with one on July 30th or 31st (TBA) and a Pool Town Hall on August 29th.

I hope you are keeping watch on the progress of the Mission Park Multi-Use Courts. I know the Bocce Ball Court and the Basketball hoop is in and the Pickle Ball courts are ready for paint. Today’s meeting will determine some finishing touches. I believe we are on target for the end of July opening.

This year we will continue our Reserve Project to upgrade the clubhouses with Clubhouse Two starting at the first of the year. Look for a Town Hall to explain how this will affect your club meetings, club events and general participation at the Clubhouse Two.

Please note that I will continue to register my vote on each issue of business brought before the board. I believe that members deserve to know where I stand on an issue. I think it is important to know how each member of the board votes on every item of business. All decisions are decided by the 18-member Board of Directors.

I would now like to welcome our newest Director: Marsha Gerber from Mutual 4.

We will be holding a special meeting at the end of July for the candidates from Mutual 12 and Mutual 16.

And now to the important business at hand.


The GRF Board of Directors met for an Executive Session meeting on June 1 and June 8, 2018 to discuss legal and contractual matters.


Seven employees were recognized with a service award.

Randy Ankeny Administration Department 5 years

Barbara Shuler Finance Department 5 years

Hector Paz Service Maintenance Department 10 years

Kenneth Streltzoff Recreation Department 10 years

Tom Lockhart Copy & Supply Center 20 years

Ruth Osborn News Department 30 years

Cathie Merz News Department 35 years


Seal Beach Council Member Sandra Massa Lavitt was unavailable to attend today’s meeting.


In accordance with Policy 5610, Participation by Foundation

Members, members may enter into a comment period prior to the beginning of business. NOTE: Foundation members are permitted to make comments before the business of the Board begins. Requests must be registered in advance of the meeting. The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Time limits, per speaker, are limited to:

4 minute limit per speaker, when there are no more than 15 speakers

3 minute limit per speaker, 16 – 25 speakers

2 minute limit per speaker, over 26 speakers

Two shareholder/members offered comments


The Committee minutes of May 2018 will be submitted for approval at the July 2018 meetings.


Approval of the minutes of the May 22, 2018, June 5, 2018, June 12, 2018 and June 18, 2018 meetings was deferred until the July meeting.


No Committees met in June.



Mission Park Addendums, Vinyl Screening Fencing

Based upon feedback received on the Mission Park project, the following addendum is proposed to the approved plans for Mission Park:

1.) Installation of 6-foot vinyl fencing, per approved ADRC colors, between the area identified as the Bocce Court and Clubhouse Two parking lot and vehicle wash area and

2.) installation of vinyl fencing, per approved ADRC colors, at three planters to screen the AC units; total cost: $5,400; funding: reallocation of project funds in areas where savings have been realized and contingency funds (attached in agenda packet).

Ms. Winkler MOVED, seconded by Ms. Hopewell –

TO approve the addition of vinyl fencing, in the locations indicated in the agenda packet and authorize the Executive Director to initiate the installation, in the amount of $5,400. Funding through existing Mission Park project budget.

Three Board members and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried with one no vote (Snowden).

Mission Park Addendums, Alumna Wood Shade Cover, Bocce Seating Area

Based upon feedback received on the Mission Park project, the following proposed addendum is proposed to the approved plans for Mission Park: installation of an alumna wood lattice shade structure over the Bocce Court seating area, approved ADRC color; total cost: $2,660; funding: reallocation of project funds in areas where savings have been realized and contingency funds (attached in the agenda packet).

Ms. Gerber MOVED, seconded by Mr. Dodero–

TO approve the addition of an alumna wood shade structure over the Bocce court seating area, as indicated in the agenda packet, and authorize the Executive Director to initiate the installation, in the amount of $2,660. Funding through existing Mission Park project budget.

Three Board members and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried with one no vote (Pratt).

Mission Park Addendums, Additional Seating Area with Shade Cover

Based upon feedback received on the Mission Park project, the following addendum is proposed to the approved plans for Mission Park: 1) installation of a 10-foot by 20-foot slab, concrete to match existing and 2) installation of an alumna wood lattice shade structure over the slab; total cost: $6,300; funding: reallocation of project funds in areas where savings have been realized and contingency funds (attached in the agenda packet).

Ms. Fekjar MOVED, seconded by Ms. Hopewell–

TO approve the additional seating area, with shade cover, as indicated in the agenda packet and authorize the Executive Director to initiate the installation, in the amount of $6,300. Funding through existing Mission Park project budget.

Fourteen Board members and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion failed with eleven no votes (Crossley, Dodero, Gerber, Gould, Heinrichs, Lukoff, Moore, Pratt, Rapp, Snowden, Stone).

Mission Park Addendums, Sod instead of Seed

Based upon feedback received on the Mission Park project, the following addendum is proposed to the approved plans for Mission Park: installation of sod instead of seed, total cost: $18,000 (proposal from Anguiano Lawn Care – $17,944); funding: Capital.

Mrs. Perrotti MOVED, seconded by Ms. Rapp –

TO approve additional Capital Funding, in the amount of $18,000, for the installation of sod at the Mission Park project and authorize the President to sign the contract.

Five Board members and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried with five no votes (Crossley, Dodero, Lukoff, Pratt, R. Stone).

Mission Park Addendums, Court Fencing with Wind Screen

Based upon feedback received on the Mission Park project, the following addendum is proposed to the approved plans for Mission Park: installation of 270 linear feet of 10-foot-tall fencing with wind screen; total cost: $29,000 (proposal from Zanio Courts – $28,702); note, due to time constraints, staff reached out to two (2) other vendors. The verbal pricing received was more than $30,000 for same materials and length. Funding is from Capital funds.

Ms. Rapp MOVED, seconded by Ms. Fekjar–

TO approve additional Capital Funding, in an amount not to exceed $24,000, for the installation of 270 linear feet of 10-foot-tall fencing, with windscreen for the multi-purposed court at the Mission Park project and authorize the President to sign the contract.

Six Board members and the Executive Director spoke on the motion.

The motion was carried unanimously.


The Finance Director did not provide a report.


The Executive Director provided a written report for the Board.


Sixteen Board members spoke on the proceedings of today’s meeting.


The meeting was adjourned was at 2:36 p.m.


Suzanne Fekjar, Corporate Secretary

GRF Board of Directors



Telephone book changes must be in writing

Resident names are deleted from the LW Telephone Directory after LW Weekly receives a report of sale and escrow closing from the Stock Transfer Office.

Those who move within LW will be deleted from the telephone book unless a form with the new address is submitted to LW Weekly.

Names are not automatically placed in the phone book.

To be included in the book, shareholders must submit their information to LW Weekly in writing.

Forms are available the news office and on the last yellow page in the current directory.

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congregation sholom

Friday services at Congregation Sholom will be held at 7 p.m. on July 27 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Rabbi Chaim Singer-Frankes will lead the service.

An Oneg Shabbat will follow.

On Saturday, July 28, a bagel and cream cheese breakfast is planned at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

It will be followed by Shabbat services with Rabbi Singer-Frankes from 9:30 a.m.-noon, then a dairy/potluck Kiddush lunch and study from noon-about 1:15 p.m.


Free Yiddish classes are offered on Fridays at 10 a.m. Taught by Yakob Basner, they will be limited to 10 students.

For more information, call Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122.


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

For more information call 331-3949.

Game night with ice cream is set for July 24. More information to follow.

To provide a ride to services, or to get one, call Sacks at (714) 642-0122 or Maria Bogart at 594-4362.

beit halev

Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater of Beit HaLev teaches Beginning Prayerbook Hebrew classes at 2 p.m. on Wednesdays. It’s still possible to begin to learn the holy Jewish language.

For information about classes and/or services, contact her at 715-0888,493-2680 or

“Va’etchanan,” the Torah portion, is one of the richest readings of the Jewish cycle, including the “Sh’ma” and “V’ahavtah and Moses’ recitation of the 10 Commandments.

Shabbat services, conducted by Rabbi Galit, are live-streamed on (with an online prayerbook) and

Kabbalat Shabbat is scheduled at 6 p.m. on Friday. Saturday morning services start at 10:30.

All services are recorded.


Beit HaLev will participate in the LW Interfaith Council potluck picnic at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 7.

Beit HaLev has been asked bring salads.

To bring a salad, set up the room or clean up, contact Rabbi Levy-Slater at 715-0888 or

Faith Christian Assembly

Entertainers Terry and Debra Luna will appear in concert at the 5 p.m. service Sunday at Faith Christian Assembly.

The pair is highly recommended by people who have enjoyed their music.

This husband and wife team of singer-songwriters performs their own material.

The Lunas have won numerous awards from the Gospel Music Artists Association, for duo and song of the year, as well as many others.

Those who attend will experience their joy, their love for one another and the genuine anointing of God in their songs.

All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship time at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room and Midweek Bible study taught by Pastor Sheri Leming is every Wednesday 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

Redeemer Lutheran

Pastor Lynda Elmer will preside and preach at the Sunday service on July 29 at Redeemer Lutheran Church. With John 6:1-21 as her text, the title of her message is “Less is More.”

The greeter will be Evelyn Stephens.

Soloist Shirley Reimers will sing “His Name is Wonderful.” Altar flowers will be provided by Maria Swift in honor of her father.

The Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. with a mission moment presentation by Flo Nesland.

A celebration of Erich Obersteiner’s 90th birthday will be held after the service in Fellowship Hall.


Pastor Elmer continues to lead a study of the Book of Revelation each Wednesday from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the fellowship hall. The class is open to everyone.

Website for the congregation is available at

Community Church

Pastor Johan Dodge has enjoyed his first weeks at Community Church by becoming familiar with the family of faith.

Service and volunteerism are deeply ingrained values of the congregation that Pastor Dodge has witnessed since his arrival July 1.

It is the church family that continues as a living entity even as the pastors may change over the years.


On Sunday, July 29, the pastor will preach on the topic, “The Water of Life.”

The Scripture lesson will be John 6:1-21.

Lay liturgist will be Mary Maness.

Services begin at 9:50 a.m. followed by coffee and refreshments in storied Edgar Hall.

holy family

Holy Family Catholic Church located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the 17th Sunday in Ordinary Time on July 29.

The readings:

First Reading: 2 Kings 4:42-44; Responsorial Psalm: 145:10-11, 15-16, 17-18; Second Reading: Ephesians, 4:1-6; Alleluia: Luke 7:16; Gospel: John 6:1-15.


The parish picnic will be held at noon on Thursday, Aug. 16, at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area.

The picnic is one of the most well-attended activities in the parish. Everyone is welcome.


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 Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. at the Parish rectory.

The Women and Men of Grace Prayer Group meets Wednesdays from 10:30-11:45 a.m. 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

First Christian

Giving God all the glory, First Christian Church has announced that in order to relieve the overcrowding on Sunday mornings, a Saturday service from 5:15-6:30 p.m. beginning Saturday, Aug. 4.

Fellowship will be shared and light refreshments will be served from 4:30-5 p.m.

The service is scheduled from 5:15-6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend.

Elder Jack Frost will teach Bible study at 9 a.m. Sunday and is in the book of Exodus.

At 9:30, the hospitality room opens for fellowship and light refreshments with Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski as co-hostesses.

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer, and Scripture.

That will be followed by Margaret Humes leading the hymns, “Freely, Freely,” “Come Holy Spirit” and “Holy Spirit, Thou are Welcome and Spirit of the Living God.”

The Communion hymn will be “Jesus Paid It All.”

The choir, directed by Anita Ragole, will sing “Fairest Lord Jesus.”

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will present the Communion meditation and service.

For the offertory, the Praise Team will sing “Where The Spirit of the Lord Is / Come Holy Spirit.”

Pat Kogok will sing, “Me and God” followed by Diane Kindberg who will read from Matthew 13:47-52.

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message will be “Good Fish” based on Matthew 13:34-52. Christians are challenged to “walk the walk” 24/7.

Prayer and verse-by-verse Bible studies during the week are held on Tuesdays with Pastor Humes and Thursdays with Pastor Cherryholmes, both at 9:30 a.m.

The Calvary Chapel Bible Study Group meets in the chapel on Thursdays at 6 p.m. with Pastor Phil O’Malley.

Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions. Call the church Monday or Friday, between 9-11 a.m., for more information.

LW Baptist

Voices of praise from members of Leisure World Baptist Church will be raised Sunday, July 29, in Clubhouse 4.

Sunday School is planned from 8:40-9:20 a.m, followed by conversation and coffee from 9:20 until the service begins at 9:45.

Congregants will join in singing the call to worship, “Fill My Cup Lord.” The choir selection will include “There is a Savior” and “Learning to Lean.”

Soloist Joan Shramek will sing the old favorite, “Rock of Ages.”

Congregational hymns will include “My Savior’s Love,” “Grace Greater Than Our Sin” and “What a Wonderful Savior.”

Pastor Rolland Coburn will continue from the book of Joshua Chapter 4, titled “Testimony in Stone: What God’s Done.”

“He Ransomed Me” will be the closing song.

Since July 30 is the fifth Monday in the month there will be no Bible study that day.

The Energizers gather at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1,in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information call 430-2920.

– Joan Shramek

st. theodore episcopal

St. Theodore of Canterbury Episcopal Church holds its Sunday worship service at 12:15 p.m. in the Sanctuary of Redeemer Lutheran Church, 13564 St. Andrews Drive.

Sunday, July 29, is the 10th Sunday after Pentecost. Rev. Reese Riley will be the celebrant for the service of Holy Communion Rite II.

A coffee hour follows the service. All are welcome.

St. Theodore Episcopal Church can be contacted at 430-8619.

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Cards and Games Scoreboard

Fun Time Pinochle Club winners July 23: Bert Sellers, 11,620; Ruth Bonnema, 10,960; Alma Zamzow, 10,740; Al Bonnema, 10,400. The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at 240-5416.

–Bert Sellers


Monday Bridge Club winners July 23: Mary Ann Logan, Pat Moore, Pauline Fitzimons. 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 July 21:Tony Dodero, 11,040; Bev Adams, 10 090; Marge Dodero, 8,970; Keith Clausen, 8,730. Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peggy Kaspar at 799-0433.

–Bert Sellers


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners July 14, unit game: N/S: Sibyl Smith-Jeanette Estill; Verna Burns-Sue Fardette; Joyce Basch-Linda Nye; Alan and Barbara Olschwang; Cooie Dampman-Ellen Kice. E/W: Judy Jones-Al Appel; Joyce Henderson-Dalia Hernandez; Sharon Beran-Joan Tschirki; Dorothy Favre-Bud Parish; Miriam Kelley-Gayle Knapp. Winners July 13: N/S: Fred Reker-Gary Paugh; George Alemshah-Sylvia-Kaprelyan; Sibyl Smith-Judy Jones; Jean Kato-Barbara Harris; Verna Burns-Emma Trepinski; Judy Carter-Johnson-Cooie Dampman; Roy Tomooka-Ernie Ross. E/W: Joan Tschirki-Sharon Beran; Sue Fardette-Marilyn McClintock; Jeanette Estill-Eileen Kotecki; Dorothy and Donovan Favre; Anne Croul-Arnie Lier; Sharon Beran-Sue Boswell; Kay Hyland-Lynn Findley; Ted Cooper-Marlene McIlroy. Winners July 7: N/S: Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz; Joyce Basch-Linda Nye; Howard Smith-Dorothy Favre; Larry Slutsky-Sue Fardette; Miriam Kelley-Judy Mathias. E/W: Jeanette Estill-Hanefi Erten; Marilyn McClintock-Gary Paugh; Paul and Monica Honey; Ellen Kice-Sue Boswell. Winners July 6: N/S: Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; Jack Dampman-George Koehm; Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz; Nancy Lichter-Bill Dewell. E/W: Joan Tschirki-Sharon Beran; Ted Cooper-Marlene McIlroy; Fred Reker-Sue Fardette. Winners June 30: N/S: Sibyl Smith-Jeanette Estill; Larry Slutsky-Sue Fardette; Alan and Barbara Olschwang. E/W: Judy Jones-Al Appel; Ken and Lee Miller; Fern Dunbar-Carol Murakoshi; Joyce Henderson-Howard Smith. Winners June 29: N/S: Al Appel-Judy Jones; Ted Cooper-Marlene McIlroy; George Alemshah-Sylvia Kaprelyan; Jack and Cooie Dampman. E/W: Fern Dunbar-Hanefi Erten; Jeanette Estill-Marilyn-McClintock; Fred Reker-Gary Paugh;

Joyce Basch-Dorothy Favre; Paul Chen-Cookie Pham; Linda Stein-Sue Fardette; Ellen Kice-Russ Gray. The club meets Fridays and Saturdays at 12:15 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For information on how to play or join, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is the summer picnic and club championship on Friday, Aug. 17. – Fred Reker


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club winners July 19: N/S: First in Strat A: Larry Slutsky-Verna Baccus; second in Strat A: Sibyl Smith-Marilyn McClintock; third in Strat A: Betty Jackson-Fay Beckerman; fourth in Strat A: Linda and Dick Stein; fifth in Strat A, first in Strats B and C: George Koehm-Jack Dampman; sixth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Judy Carter-Johnson-Gene Yaffee; third in Strat B, second in Strat C: Ernie and Yila Ross. E/W: First in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-LaVonne McQuilkin; second in Strat A: Judith Jones-Al Appel; third in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Hanefi Erten; fourth in Strat A, first in Strat B: Peggi Spring-Monica Gettis; fifth in Strat A: second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Peter Yao-Paul Chen; sixth in Strat A: third in Strat B: Emma Trebinski-Mark Singr; fourth in Strat B, second in Strat C: Judy and Willie Grieb. Winners July 16: N/S: First in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Larry Slutsky; second in Strat A: Linda Stein-Sue Fardette; third in Strat A: Hank Dunbar-Dalia Hernandez: fourth in Strat A, first in Strat B: Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; fifth in Strat A: Joan Tschirki-Al Appel; second in Strat B: Jack and Cooie Dampman; third in Strat B, first in Strat C: Bobbi Vann-Harshad Vora; second in Strat C: Midge Dunagan-Lynn Danielson. E/W: First in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-Rob Preece; second in Strat A, first in Strats B and C: Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson; third in Strat A: Verna Becker-Dorothy Favre; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Tybie Becker-Bea Aron; fifth in Strat A: Fred Reker-Marilyn McClintock; third in Strat B, second in Strat C: Rai Scime-Mark Singer. Games are played Mondays and Thursdays beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Players are asked to arrive by 12:15 p.m. to confirm their reservation. To make or cancel a reservation for Mondays, call Midge Dunagan at 594-9698; for Thursdays, call Sharon Beran at 308-7838 or email her by 10:30 a.m. on the day of game at 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 who need 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 late, call 481-7368 between noon-1 p.m.

– Gene Yaffee


Friendly Pinochle Club winners July 19: Richard Van Wasshnova, 14,010; Sharon Foote, 13,580; Alma Zamzow, 13,110; Joan Taylor, 11,850. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call (310) 968-9509.

–Bert Sellers


Best Time Bunco Club winners July 23: Most buncos: Gail Levitt. Most wins: Judy Pelegrino, Joan Vonkorvaly, Nancy Floyd and Karen LaCourse. Most babies: Bert Sellers. Most losses: Suzie Ralston. Door prize winner: Joyce Ingram. The next meeting is Aug. 13 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The club meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. For more information, call Gail Levitt at 596-1346.

– Gail Levitt


Y-Yahtzee Rollers Club winners July 20: Most Yahtzees: Kathe Repasi, 5. Most points: Jane Legus, 1,539. Door prize winner: Doris Dack. The next games will be played on Aug. 3. 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 Yahtzee or play a refresher game, call Kathy Rose at 596-7237 to set up a lesson.


Members play for low gross, net, putts

Forty-five members of the Women’s Golf Club played for low gross, low net and putts in weekly play at the local course.

Flight winners:

A: Low gross: Theresa Lim, 28. Low net: Tie between Helen Yoon and Yvonne Yim, 23. Putts/hole: Theresa Lim, 11.

B: Low gross: Tie between Melinda Lee and Mary Park, 29. Low net: Tie between Sheila Jeon and Sun Lee, 23. Putts/hole: Grace Choi, 10.

C: Low gross: Judy Ro, 31. Low net: Mary Lancaster, 24. Putts/hole: Mary Lancaster and Donna Cooper, 12.

D: Low gross: Tie between Liz Meripol and Betty Regalado, 36. Low net: Jane Legus, 21. Putts/hole: Susan Abouaf, 11.

– Mary Ann Moore


Table Tennis Club plans barbecue on Sept. 19

The Leisure World Table Tennis Club will hold a picnic and barbecue at 11:30 a.m. on Sept. 19 at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area.

The club will provide the food, but those who attend can bring a small dish to share.

There is no charge for the picnic for members, and guests are welcome for $10 per person.

A sign up sheet will be posted in Clubhouse 6. It’s necessary to know the number of people coming so enough food can be prepared.


The LW club recently hosted the Laguna Woods Table Tennis Club.

The friendly rivalry is renewed twice a year, alternating locations.

After winning the previous tournament at Laguna Woods, LW Seal Beach lost at home, 31-27.

Lunch was served and all participants and guests enjoyed the day.

For membership or any other questions regarding the LW Table Tennis Club, call Galal Gado at 430-4257 or Hanna Rubinstein at 900-4243.


Hernandez wins with ace-high flush

Susan Dodson

LW contributor

Santos Hernandez of the Tournament Poker Club won the final table on July 14 with an ace high flush.

Hernandez beat runner-up Wade Carmen’s 10- high to clinch his first final table win since joining the club last year.

Newcomer Carmen was also happy to reach the final table one week after joining the club.

Third place was Guta Basner followed by Sal Maciel, Lem Hall, and Judy Jasmin.

Santos has lived in Mutual 15 with his wife, Donna, for three years. A retired city employee, he enjoys cards, TV and the Italian-American Club.

High hand winners were Jane Legus with four 10s and Dan Galliani with aces full of kings.

Del Baker won the special hand with his hold cards of queen and four that he turned into a full house.

Queen four is sometimes called the Prince Maker, in answer to a silly riddle, “What’s a queen for?”


The club’s next event is a potluck/barbecue at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 31, at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area.

Sign-ups will be accepted at each tournament.

Family and friends are invited. A raffle and bocce ball games will add to the fun.

Those who attend are requested to bring their favorite comfort food to share.

The club will provide hot dogs, hamburgers and soft drinks.

Frank DePalma and Jody Dixon will continue with beginning poker lessons on the first Saturday of every month at the Clubhouse 6 Hospitality Center at 10:30 a.m. The next lesson will be Saturday, Aug. 4. Learn the basics and pick up new strategies.

For more information, contact club president Wendy Wu at (714) 366-0940.


Cook finishes in first with 843

Dolores Cook was the winner with a score of 843 in Cribbage Club play on July 17 at Clubhouse 1.

There was a tie for second place among Anita Smart, Bob Berry and Jean Wilson with scores of 825. They were followed by Anthea Reynolds, 824 and Patti Smith, 819. Terry Thrift had six games of 121.

Gene and Margaret Smith celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary and treated members to homemade apple crisp and vanilla ice cream. Margaret and Potsy Frank served.

Members meet at noon on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 1. Play usually ends by 3:30. Partners are not required. Players are requested to arrive by noon to be assured of a table.

To learn to play cribbage, call Patti Smith at 242-4674 and she will arrange for lessons for one hour before the games begin.

– Bobbie Straley

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. Beginners are welcome for free lessons.


Solution to this week’s puzzle: N b4. The white Knight moves from c2 to b4. Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.

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Weekly health, exercise classes

Ageless Grace

The eight-week chair-based exercise program, which addresses 21 specific aging factors, has resumed weekly classes at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, upstairs in Clubhouse 6.

Since the exercises are practiced in a chair, they are suitable for everyone.

To participate, drop in anytime for $5 per session or pay $30 for all eight sessions.

For more information, call Carol Costello at 596-3927.

Feeling Good Exercise

Move to the music from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1, 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.

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.

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.

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.

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

Classes are offered from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 6, top floor.

Attendance both days is not necessary. The fee is $4 a class when paying by the month, or $5 for those who do not attend on a regular basis. The trainer leads warm-ups, light weight-lifting and standing yoga poses for improved balance.

For more information, call Marion Higgins at 296-8328.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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, July 30: Baked potato topped with chili con carne, shredded cheese and onions; California salad, fresh fruit.

Tuesday, July 31: Baked ziti, garden green salad with raspberry dressing, Italian-blend vegetables, breadstick, chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, Aug. 1: Egg drop soup with salt-free crackers, Asian chicken salad with red peppers, carrots, broccoli, Asian dressing, gelatin salad, oatmeal cookie, diet cookie.

Thursday, Aug. 2: Braised beef with peppers and onions, sauce, brown rice, carrots,Mandarin orange.

Friday, Aug. 3: Roast turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes,broccoli and cauliflower, cranberry sauce, wheat roll, tropical fruit, orange juice.

Wa-Rite Club

by Margaret Humes

LW contributor

Judi Hileman of the Wa-Rite Club dropped four pounds to become loser of the week. The announcement was made at the club’s July 20 meeting. She attributed it to reduced food portions and drinking alkaline water on the advice of her doctors.

The Food for Thought was to think high fiber with 50-100 grams a day of natural food for health benefits. So eat the skins of your apples, peaches and sweet potatoes.

Eat whole grains and nuts and avoid processed, chemical laden convenience foods.

Judy Chambers presented a program on money-saving tips when shopping.

Some suggestions were to make a list since impulse shopping can increase the price of groceries by 60 percent.

When shopping at the warehouse stores, bring a friend to split bulk items with.

Try out store brands. Most are made in the same place with the same ingredients but cost less.

The most expensive items are usually at eye level, with better prices on the lower shelves. Try to make fewer trips to the store, avoid weekend crowds and don’t shop when hungry.

Wa-Rite is a support group for women needing to lose 10 pounds or more. Members meet from 9-10 a.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room. 1

Weigh-ins are from 7:45-8:45. Annual dues are $10.

To join or visit a meeting call Diana Goins, membership chair, at 760-1293.

City of Los Alamitos

The Los Alamitos Senior lunch and bread program needs volunteers.

The program, held at 10909 Oak Street in Los Alamitos, offers pastries, bread and coffee Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.- noon.

For more information or to volunteer, call 430-1073.

Weekly lip reading classes

The Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Long Beach/Lakewood chapter, will present a free lip reading class from 9:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Weingart Senior Center, 220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood. Beginners are welcome.

Classes will be held every Wednesday through the end of 2018 except during the year-end holidays.

For more information, call 630-6141.

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No Finbars or Naples dinner service on 5th Monday

Finbars Italian Kitchen and Naples Rib Company alternate Monday night dinner service in Clubhouse 1 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. except for the fifth Mondays of the month. There will be no dining service in LW on Monday, July 30.

On Monday, Aug. 6, Naples Rib Company will offer a full menu, which will be printed in the LW Weekly, along with reservation instructions.

LW 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 fourth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Waltz is taught from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; tango, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; $5 per session. Singles and couple are welcome. 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, 296-5588.

•Dance Club: Ballroom and social dance classes are held on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Beginning/intermediate East Coast Swing is taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate level fox trot is taught 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 veteran dance instructor Jeremy Pierson, 999-1269.

Tap dance classes are held on Thursdays on the Amphitheater stage. Beginner tap dance class is from 8:30-9:30 a.m.; advanced, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Longtime tap dancer Joyce Basch instructs. All levels are welcome; no experience is necessary; $5 per class. For more information, contact Basch, 598-1988 or Write “tap” in the subject line.

•Dancing Feet Club: Ballroom and line dancing are held 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. The club holds free line dance lessons and practices in Clubhouse 6 Thursdays from 7-9 p.m., and on the first, third and fifth Sundays from 4:30-6 p.m. For more information, call Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223.

•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 in 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

•Joyful Line Dance Club: Get exercise and learn line dances from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Beginners dance from 2:30-3 p.m.; intermediates, 3-4:30 p.m. Members dance to popular favorites at the beginning and learn newer dances in the last hour. Takako Mitchell is the instructor. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

•Leisure Time Dancers: Texas Two Step and Latin Cha Cha will be taught on Mondays in Clubhouse 6. The two-step starts at 2 p.m.; cha cha, 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., Wednesdays, on the Amphitheater stage. For more information, call 598-9974.

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

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: Waltz is taught from 9-10 a.m.; cha cha, from 10-11 a.m., 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.

•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.

Abilene to play July 28

Terry Otte and Abilene will perform a free dance-concert Saturday, July 28, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Abilene is a local country/rock band that usually plays on the fourth Saturday of the month in Clubhouse 2. All LW residents and friends are welcome. The clubhouse will be set up with tables and chairs, so bring beverages and snacks.

Community Karaoke

The Community Karaoke Club enjoyed tortilla rolls, chips and cookies while the singers were crooning lots of love songs last week. Pete Tupas, Rick Hering, Shannon Harrison, Ruby Johnson, Charlie Guggino and Ray Barnum serenaded the audience with romantic tunes.

Jerry Tester and Vito Villamor sang gospel numbers. Mila Cruz and Ren Villanueva and Bunny and Ken Harpham sang duets. Linn Atkinson did a fine “Wee Small Hours.” Tony Taboro entertained with “Fool Such as I”; Paul Renaldi sang “Sun Go Down on Me” and Julie Nulad did “Among My Souvenirs.”

Many thanks to Bev Adams, Ruby Johnson, Susan Kelleghan, Tony Tupas and their helpers for arranging for and serving up the snacks.

It’s a fun and friendly atmosphere each Wednesday night in Clubhouse 1 starting at 5:30 p.m. Singers bring good voices, flair and style each week. All are welcome to come and listen or sing.

GRF Weekly Dance

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

The Trio will play 1940s-50s ballroom on July 28.

The GRF Recreation Department asks residents and their guests 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 following day.

• Only the bands can make announcements from the stage.

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

• Everyone should sign in, either as a resident or guest. This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of bands.

Dixieland Band to play Aug. 1

The Leisure World Dixieland Jazz Band will play in concert on Wednesday, Aug. 1, according to President Walter “Dutch” VanKerckhoven. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. This is a free event to all Leisure World residents and their family and friends.

The concert begins with an hour of Dixieland music before a short intermission. Decaf coffee and other refreshments will be available. People may bring their own goodies and beverages.

Donna O’Keefe will lead the traditional Parasol Parade. Anyone interested in participating may pick up one of her personally decorated parasols or bring their own and join in the fun.

Come and enjoy this toe-tapping music.

LW Bicycle Group

The LW Bicycle Group meets at the North Gate entrance at 8:30 a.m. on Sundays, Mondays and Thursdays. Rain cancels the rides.

There is an easy-access bike trail to the San Gabriel River Trail just outside North Gate. The ride, about 10 miles round trip, is flat and at beginner-plus speeds. No one gets left behind. For more information, contact Mary Romero at 810-4266 or

The group also has Saturday bike rides. For information on those, contact Dorothy Ferrington at 357-4320 or must be able to transport bicycles to beginning destinations.

On July 28, the group will ride to Huntington Beach State Park and return, 20-plus miles.

Christian Film Fest starts Aug. 8

The Assembly of God will sponsor a Christian Film Festival, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 8, for four consecutive weeks. Current top-rated Christian movies will be shown at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. People are welcome to bring popcorn, soft drinks and other snacks. The schedule of films is:

• Aug. 8 – “The Case for Christ”

• Aug. 15 – “Let There Be Light”

• Aug. 22 – “Paul, Apostle of Christ”

• Aug. 29 – “Love Comes Softly”

Big Summer Nights held monthly

The Alpert Jewish Community Center presents Big Summer Nights with the Beach City Big Band every third Monday of the month from 7-9 p.m.

Admission is free.

The JCC is located at 3801 E. Willow St., Long Beach.

For more information, visit

Copper Enameling Classes

Copper enameling classes will be held in the Lapidary Room of Clubhouse 4 on July 27, and Aug. 10 and 24 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Sign up in the Lapidary Room. Class is limited to 10.

GRF Weekly Dance

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

The Trio will play 1940s-50s ballroom on July 28.

The GRF Recreation Department asks residents and their guests 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 following day.

• Only the bands can make announcements from the stage.

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

• Everyone should sign in, either as a resident or guest. This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of bands.

Astronomy Club will meet Aug. 1

The Astronomy Club will meet at 7 p.m. on Aug. 1 in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.

A video explaining the fundamental concepts of astronomy will be shown.

The video will take several meetings to complete and will be shown several times so that all members will have an opportunity to see it.

August is a warm month, and viewing the sky is very pleasant. People can see planets, nebulas and many other astronomical objects through the club’s 10-inch Dobsonian telescope. This is a large scope and gives great views of the sky.

There will be cookies and coffee. All are welcome to join this group of friendly people who love astronomy and helping others use the telescope.

Fiction-Nonfiction Group meets Friday

The Leisure World Creative Writer’s Club Fiction/Non Fiction group will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, July 27, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

The group meets on the fourth Friday of the month.

Bruce Bishop, a poet and sculptor who divides his time between Long Beach and St. Antonin-Noble-Val, France, will read his book of children’s poems, “If I had a Mouse as Big as a House,” published on

All are invited to the LW Creative Writer’s Group to hear how the author sees with a child’s eye the wonder in shadows, rejects clock-time, admires chameleons and addresses the rules of English spelling with the quirky good humor. It is a book for children of all ages. Bruce is currently at work on a memoir.

Amphitheater Rules

The Golden Rain Foundation is proud to present the 2018 Amphitheater Season. To ensure an enjoyable season, show-goers are asked to adhere to the following rules:

• There is no video- or audiotaping of performers.

• Do not save seats. Amphitheater seating is first-come, first-served.

• Do not sing along with performers unless asked to do so by the performer on stage.

• Residents must have LW IDs to enter Amphitheater. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident.

• No one is allowed to sit or stand in the aisles.

• No smoking is permitted in the Amphitheater area.

• Flags on scooters should be lowered, so everyone can see the stage.

• Leave walkers in the aisle.

• Handicap seating is at street level at the handrails in the middle of the Amphitheater.

• No pets are allowed.

• The audience is not permitted to enter the Amphitheater earlier than 1-1/2 hours before the program begins as requested by performers, who will be doing sound checks.

•Dancing is allowed only on the two side wing patios flanking the Amphitheater stage.

Friends Bookstore

The Friends of the Leisure World Library supports the library through the sale of donations at the Friends Bookstore. The store is open from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., weekdays, and till 12:30 p.m., Saturday.

All welcome to Ad Hoc Singalong

The Ad Hoc Singalong Club meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Barbara McIlhaney accompanies singers on the piano. The group sings about a dozen classic oldies until 5 p.m.

Selections often include such standards as “This Land is Your Land” and “Tumbleweeds.”

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.

Producers Club presents murder mystery

The Producers Club will present “The Murder Mystery at the Murder Mystery,” by Brian D. Taylor, in Clubhouse 4 on Aug. 11 at 1 p.m. and Aug. 15 at 7 p.m. The show, featuring Linda Bolt and Jack P. Martinez (left), is produced by special arrangement with Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., Englewood, Colorado. This is the seventh annual mystery from the Producers Club. Doors open 45 minutes before showtime. Admission: $5; snacks are included; bring beverages. For more information, call Sam Jones, 598-0880.

Register now for JFTB tour Aug. 16

Registration is now open for the next Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) public tour, which is scheduled for Thursday afternoon, Aug. 16.

Highlights of the fully guided bus tour include an historical overview of the base and its current state and federal missions, plus visits to the California Army National Guard’s 40th Infantry Division Headquarters and Los Alamitos Army Airfield, with an upclose look at a California Army National Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter.

The tour begins at 1 p.m. from the Military and Veterans Service Center (Building 244) located just inside the JFTB main gate on Lexington Drive. Participants should plan to be on base for about three hours.

To register, email Col. (CA) Richard Lalor, JFTB Public Affairs Officer, at The email must include full name, address (including zip code), email address, California driver’s license number and expiration date, and phone number for all participants. There is a maximum of three people allowed per group unless arrangements are made in advance with the public affairs office. Space is limited to 45 participants and everyone must be pre-registered. There is no charge for the tour, but all persons requesting entry to the installation must show current photo identification at the main gate.

Participants will receive a group photo as a souvenir of their visit.

For additional information, contact the JFTB Public Affairs Office at 795-2096.

Photo Arts Club meets Aug. 9

Photo Arts Club competition winners at the July meeting were Bill Hinshaw, first for “Bodie”; Doug Sudbury, second for “Mesa Verde”; and Ben Benjamins, third for “Mangos.” The photos are on display in Clubhouse 3.

The next meeting is at 1:30 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Ben Benjamins will give a program on the effect different shutter speeds and aperture have on images.

Los Al Movie Night is Saturday

Join the Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department and the Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Arts Commission for its third and final Music & Movies Event Series on Saturday, July 28, at Little Cottonwood Park

The part is located on the on Farquhar Avenue and Bloomfield in Los Alamitos. Live music will begin at 6:30pm with the movie to follow beginning at dusk.

This Music & Movies event will feature the band, Sugarlips, with a versatile song list that spans 50 years and over 10 genres.

After the band, the movie for the night is “The Lego Ninjago” movie (rated PG). The battle for Ninjago City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, also secret ninja warriors. Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat the evil warlord Garmadon, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad. Pitting father against son, the epic showdown tests these fierce but undisciplined modern-day ninjas as they learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash the inner power of Spinjitzu.

In addition to the music and movie, several food and dessert trucks, as well as a snack booth will be on site. Bring family and friends and spend an evening listening to great music, playing games, and watching a movie outdoors under the stars.

‘Rigoletto’ to be shown in 2 parts

Everyone is invited to come and watch Verdi’s “Rigoletto,” Part 1 (Acts I and II) in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, on Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 1:30 p.m.

The opera is a quintessential Italian opera composed by Giuseppe Verdi in the 19th century, based on an earlier story by the French writer Victor Hugo.

It depicts sex, love, murder and revenge as experienced by a hunchbacked court jester whose job it is to amuse the ducal court and make them laugh. Rigoletto is employed by the Duke of Mantua, a notorious womanizer, and supports the duke with vicious and sarcastic comments about persons who are victimized by the duke. In turn, Rigoletto gets soundly cursed by Count Monterone whose daughter was dishonored by the duke.

The story evokes strong feelings from the audience as it presents a tragedy in a morally bankrupt world. This production by the Royal Opera features Paolo Gavanelli as the court jester and Marcelo Alvarez as the notably attractive yet loathsome duke. Christine Schafer plays the lovable and innocent Gilda. There is brief nudity.

The opera is sung in Italian with English subtitles. Room 1 is open at 1 p.m. but not before. No dues are collected. For further information, contact Beverly Emus, LW Opera Club president, at 296-5586 or

Theater Club meets Friday

The Theater Club will hold its monthly meeting at 10 a.m. on Friday, July 27, in the Little Theater, formerly known as The Loft.

The group will discuss the progress of its Labor Day show scheduled for Sept. 3, the gift of a karaoke machine to the pediatric unit at Long Beach Memorial Hospital, and, perhaps, future endeavors for the year.

People who have trouble walking up the ramp can take a scooter. Call Taylor at 208-3359, and she will bring it down.

All are welcome.

LW Poetry

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

The American Flag

Hats off, the flag is passing by

Three cheers for the red white and blue

Bands are playing marching music,

Troops step out strong and true.

Proudly we sing our national anthem

then the speaker blares, “Play Ball!”

We cheer the team of our nation’s pastime

as we await the umpire’s call.

We salute and pledge allegiance

to bright strips and field of blue,

A lovely symbol of our freedom

Old Glory and our land so true.

We pray our star spangled banner

may forever and ever wave

over the land of our freedom

and the home of the brave.

—Phyllis Poper

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Thursday, July 26

4 pm Okebono Karaoke Club

4:40 pm Judge Bonnie Z Court

5 pm Cypress Senior Chorus

6 pm Harmonizing Humanity

6:30 pm Rock-a-Bula Tuesday

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm McGaugh 3rd Grade Concert

8:40 pm McGaugh 4th Grade Go West!

9:30 pm Shakespeare in the Park

Friday, July 27

4 pm Veterans Plaza Grand

Opening LW

4:30 pm Teddy Roosevelt Remembered

4:33 pm Rock-a-Bula Tuesday

5 pm Okebono Karaoke/Wakahisa Kai Japanese Dancers

5:50 pm Teddy Roosevelt Remembered

6 pm Calvary Chapel

6:30 pm Nelson’s Broadway Show

7:30 pm McGaugh 4th Grade Go West!

8:30 pm Vintage Vehicles

9 pm Studio Cafe

10 pm Life & Times in SB

11:30 pm Live at the Ford Theater

Saturday, July 28

4 pm Harmonizing Humanity

4:30 pm Veterans Plaza Grand

Opening LW

5 pm Judge Bonnie Z Court

Wakahisa Kai

Japanese Dancers

5:30 pm McGaugh 1st Grade

6:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm LAUSD

10 pm Society of Seven

Sunday, July 29

4 pm SB City Council meeting,

replay 7-23

6 pm McGaugh 1st Grade

7 pm McGaugh 3rd Grade Concert

8 pm McGaugh 4th Grade Go West!

9 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

10 pm Studio Cafe

11 pm Cerritos Center

Monday, July 30

4 pm Okebono Karaoke Club

5 pm Cypress Senior Chorus

6 pm Studio Cafe

7 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

8:30 pm McGaugh 1st Grade 2018

9:30 pm Life & Times in SB:

Rich Harbour

11 pm Live at the Ford Theater

Tuesday, July 31

4 pm Judge Bonnie Z Court

4:18 pm Wakahisa Kai Japanese


4:30 pm Nelson’s Broadway Show

5:30 pm Rock-a-Bula Tuesday

6 pm Calvary Chapel

6:30 pm McGaugh 1st Grade Show

7:15 pm McGaugh 3rd Grade Concert

7:50 pm McGaugh 4th Grade Go West!

8:30 pm Studio Cafe

9:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

11 pm Cerritos Center

Wednesday, Aug. 1

4 pm Teddy Roosevelt Remembered

4:03 pm Veterans Plaza

Grand Opening/OLLI Classes

4:30 pm Harmonizing Humanity

5 pm Rock-a-Bula Tuesday

5:30 pm Nelson’s Broadway Show

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Shuffleboard CH 1 courts enclosed in ‘95; CH 2 courts were removed

Shuffleboard is a non-strenuous game played on indoor courts behind Clubhouse 1. The Leisure World Shuffleboard Club promotes fellowship and invites all shareholders to watch or join in the friendly competition.

At various times there were three leagues playing in LW on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays with referees and scorekeepers.

Several Pro-Am (experienced player with beginner) tournaments were held in the 90s with corporate sponsors such as Home Savings Bank, Fidelity Federal Bank and the Primrose Restaurant.

While Shuffleboard has been played continuously in LW since late 1962, it appears that the official club was not started until 1965, possibly by the combining the leagues at the Burning Tree and Northwood courts.

The Burning Tree courts at Clubhouse 1 were refurbished in 1991 and lights installed in 1993. In 1995 the courts were enclosed with a new roof, walls, lights, etc., and a ribbon cutting ceremony was held on March 9, 1995. A propane heater installed in the fall of 2016 to make playing more comfortable during the winter months.

The Northwood courts at Clubhouse 2 were recently removed to make room for Mission Park, a new multipurpose facility that will include an area for Pickleball, badminton, a golf driving cage and horseshoes.

The LW shuffleboard courts are made of highly polished concrete. They are waxed periodically by the GRF maintenance department.

Before play, each court is sprinkled with silicone wax which acts like ball bearings. The combination of the two makes the courts lightning quick and does not require any tremendous effort to get the pucks down the lanes. Each lane at the Clubhouse 1 courts seems to have a personality of its own. Pucks will break severely right or left if pushed down one side of the court and hardly at all on the other. For this reason, each player changes sides of the court half way through each game.

Each lane is 52 feet long, including about six feet at each end used for the players to stand. The lanes are six feet wide and spaced between two-four feet apart. The scoring area is a triangle 10-½ feet long. Pucks are shot from behind the “kitchen” or 10-off area. Pucks that do not pass the “dead line” furthest from the shooter are removed from the court. Pucks that fall into the gutter or slide off the playing surface are promptly removed to avoid being a hazard from being struck by other pucks or stepped on by players. Scoring occurs when the puck stops entirely inside a marked scoring section without touching any lines. Scores for each side are totaled only after each player has alternately completed pushing his/her four disks down the lane.

The “kitchen” or “10-off” section is the rear-most section of the scoring triangle. A player whose puck stops in it or is knocked into deducts 10 points from his/her score. A “kitchen shooter” is a player known to try and knock the opponent’s pucks into the kitchen.

A “hammer” is the last shot of any frame. The player who has the “hammer” has a scoring advantage especially in a very close game.

Shuffleboard made its debut in taverns. In the 1840s, shuffleboard made the leap from tavern tables to cruise liner decks. The Peninsular and Oriental Line challenged its recreation directors to come up with games that passengers could enjoy while onboard the ship. An innovative P & O employee developed a shuffleboard court. Coins were replaced with disks and long sticks were used to slide these weights. Scoring was determined by markings on the court.

The first on-shore shuffleboard courts were built at a Daytona Beach, Florida, resort in 1913. This sparked the outdoor shuffleboard fad. Courts sprang up at resorts and retirement villages across the country. The most elaborate courts were built by the St. Petersburg, Florida, Shuffleboard Club. The club had 5,000 members who played on 110 courts. Spectators could watch the action from covered grandstands. Today, the Florida club has 65 courts.

The 1950s proved to be the heyday of shuffleboard. More than 100 companies were manufacturing shuffleboard equipment, and many of those companies sponsored tournaments for either tabletop or court shuffleboard. One tournament attracted 576 teams from all parts of the country.

GRF used vehicle sale is Saturday

Each fourth Saturday, Leisure World residents can sell their used vehicles in the Administration parking lot from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The next sale is July 28.

Vehicles must have current DMV registrations and GRF decals, and be insured. Cars, motorhomes, motorcycles, golf carts, bikes, trikes and scooters may be sold.

Owners or their representatives do not need to be present. A single “for sale” sign with a phone number can be placed on the vehicle. The sign must be no larger than 18-by-24 inches.

The sale is open to Leisure World residents only and the guests they call in. The public will not be able to sell at the events. For more information, contact Recreation at 431-6586, ext. 350 or 398.

Work moves along on St. Andrews

The third phase of the paving project on St. Andrews Drive is underway.

The median is currently being removed. The project includes replacing the medians between Golden Rain Road and Northwood Road and repaving the northbound lanes.

During the project at least one lane will be open in each direction. Drivers and pedestrians are encouraged to seek alternate routes when possible and to use caution when driving in the construction zone. Parking restrictions will be in place.

The project is scheduled to be completed in September.


Attend Angels game, fireworks on Sept. 29

The Recreation Department is planning a final Leisure World Day at Angel Stadium for residents and their guests.

The fourth game will feature the Angels vs. the Oakland A’s on Saturday, Sept. 29. This is the second-to-the-last game of the regular season.

The previous three games hosted by GRF sold out.

Tickets will be $3 more than usual as a fireworks show is included after the game.

Seats are not reserved until paid for. If accessible seating is required, it must be requested at the time of purchase and is subject to stadium availability.

Tickets will be presold at the Recreation Office for $38, which includes transportation.

A hot dog and beverage may be purchased for an additional $6.50.

All payment forms are accepted, and purchases are non-refundable. Participants need to complete a release form, also available at the Recreation Office.

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

Jeff Abram is guest speaker at Sunshine Club

Jeff Abram will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club tomorrow, July 27, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

Abram and his family have been involved in the marijuana industry for nine years and know enough to help spread the good news about what this plant can offer society. Without question, medical marijuana has be effective for many maladies.

He calls his seminar “Mary Jane University” and in the one hour demonstration, he shares pictures and stories, and fields questions about the subject. He also brings experts in rheumatoid arthritis, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), muscular sclerosis (MS), Parkinson’s disease and sleep disorders to answer specific questions about these illnesses.

He will address many questions and misconceptions about the effects of marijuana. Abram is sensitive to the needs for information, demonstrations and monitoring of patients. His company wants to completely mitigate any negative experiences and issues that may arise in the patient.

The Sunshine Club is designed to help all different ethnic people to 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 classes use LW Weekly as a textbook to go over LW news, general columns, etc.

Arrive a few minutes early to enjoy refreshments before the meeting begins at 10 a.m. and bring a mug or cup to participate in the “Save the Earth” program.

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


Orientation sessions set for Aug. 2

The Golden Rain Transportation Department will conduct informational meetings on using the Minibus service from 10-11:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 2, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.

The sessions are for shareholders who want to learn about Minibus system routes and timetables and other transportation options available in Leisure World.

“Learn the Route,” previewing the “D” route, will follow the 10 a.m. session. The ride-along is limited to the first 17 participants and takes one hour.

Bus service orientations are held on the first Thursday of every month.

For more information, call Fleet Manager Grant Winford at 431-6586, ext. 372.


Granddaughter gets certified as scuba diver through class at SAHS

Zoe Kennedy, granddaughter of Delmy Galvez, Mutual 1, was one of a small group of St. Anthony High School (SAHS) students to become certified scuba divers at the end of last year. She was a student in a new ocean science class included scuba certification.

Zoe said she wanted to take the class because her family was planning a trip to Australia last December, so her and her mother decided to get scuba certified to be able to see the Great Barrier Reef, which is considered one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

“We thought it’d be awesome,” Zoe said, adding that the reef’s predicted death by scientists also motivated the pair to see it.

The semester-long course incorporates science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, known as STEAM, with students studying everything from physics to marine biology. It’s open to students in grades 10-12 with a requirement of having already completed Algebra 1 and biology with at least a B.

The science class is taught by Larry Berlin and began with 16 students.

Berlin said there is a waiting list to get in the class next school year and that an additional three classes have been added.

“I’m addicted to scuba diving and I love teaching it,” said Berlin, who has been a scuba diver for nearly a dozen years.

The program, one of only a handful in the state, would not have been possible without help from Jonathan Hall, owner of Deep Blue Scuba and Swim Center in Belmont Shore.

Hall provided the facility, the gear and instructors for free to the eight students who opted to get scuba certified.


Priorities is topic at Aug. 5 meeting

The Leisure World Humanist will meet Sunday, Aug. 5, at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

Members will be asked to participate in listing three things Americans worry too much about and three things Americans do not worry enough about. Responses will be listed on the white board and President Dave Silva will lead a discussion to find out what are real priorities.


Walk dogs on Monday at 10 a.m.

The Paws, Claws and Beaks Club will host its next dog walk on Monday, July 30.

Meet at 10 a.m. at Frank DePalma’s, Mutual 6, 137-K, on St. Andrews Drive.

The walkers thank all the golfers on the golf course for being congenial on the last walk. Also, thanks to Don and Peggy Coles for coming out of their unit and cheering the group on.

For information, call DePalma, (714) 319-7646.


Summer concert performed today

The Korean-American Club will host a summer mini-concert today, Thursday, July 26, at 10 a.m in Clubhouse 4.

Performances by professional singers will include “The Flower Duet” from Lakme; “Habanera” from Carmen; “Flower Song” from Carmen; “Una Furtiva Lagrima’ from L’elisir d’amore; “Omio babbino caro”; “Musetta’s Waltz”; and “Brindisi: Libiamo ne’ lieti calici.”

Lunch will be served after the concert.

The KACMA class is conducted in Korean and open to all residents. The gatherings encourages a good- fellowship through enjoying mostly classical music and attending outside concerts in a group.

For further information, contact President Kathie Park, 598-6292; Programmer Robert Chung, 387-7377; or Publicity Chair Yoon Soo Park, 431-3036.


Today’s computer class is on eBay

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

• Thursday, July 26, in Clubhouse 3, Room 7 (New Class Time)

1 p.m. Apple Mac (Sacks)

2:30 p.m. Let’s Talk eBay (Smith)

• Monday, July 30, in 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. – Understanding Files and Folders in Windows computers (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

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On the Go

Day Trips

Pala Casino – July 27, $6, $10 back, American Legion Post 327, Gail Levitt, 596-1346

Pechanga – Aug. 1, $15, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Carol Foss/Verna Burns, 596-1896

Champagne Brunch Cruise Aboard John Wayne’s Wild Goose -Aug. 4, $119, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Angels Baseball Game vs. Tigers – Tuesday, Aug. 7, $35, GRF Recreation, 431-6586, ext. 326 or 324, or email

Chocolate Cover L.A. – Aug. 7, $90, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Carol Foss/Verna Burns, 596-1896

Pauma Casino – Aug. 8, $15; $10 cash in machine, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949

Glendale Centre Theatre, “Mary Poppins,” – Aug. 11, $99 with lunch at Tam O’ Shanter Inn, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Disney Concert Hall, Beethoven & Bernstein With The California Philharmonic – Aug. 12, $99, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Bowers Museum “First Americans”–Tuesday, Aug. 14, $35, LW Library, 598-2431, or GRF Recreation,

Pageant of the Masters – Wednesday, Aug. 15, $75, GRF Recreation, 431-6586, ext. 326 or 324, or email

Pageant of the Masters – Wednesday, Aug. 22, $75, GRF Recreation, 431-6586, ext. 326 or 324, or email

The Pantages Theatre, “Waitress – The Broadway Musical” – Aug. 25, $139, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Music, Muppets & Marina Del Rey Leonard Bernstein at 100 & Jim Henson Exhibits. Aug. 30, $99, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Pauma – Sept. 5, $15, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Carol Foss/Verna Burns, 596-1896

Adventures in Arrowhead Narrated Lake Cruise & Shopping – Sept. 16, $69 with optional lakeside lunch, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Angels Baseball Game vs. A’s – Saturday, Sept. 29, $35, GRF Recreation, 431-6586, ext. 326 or 324, or email

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

Laughlin Luau, Riverside Casino – Aug. 26-29, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Carol Foss/Verna Burns, 596-1896

Oxnard – Sept. 13-14, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Carol Foss/Verna Burns, 596-1896

National Parks of The Four Corners – 7-day tour featuring Arches, Canyonlands and Mesa Verde national parks, Durango-Silverton train. Sept. 21-27, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

California Volcanoes, Redwoods & Rail: 7-day tour featuring Lassen and Redwoods national parks, Skunk Train, Mendocino, Burney Falls, Eureka. Sept. 30-Oct. 6, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Rhone River, France – Oct. 21-28, Wendy Souza, Viking Lyon/Avignon, (808)254-9085

Cuba-Caribbean Cruise – 10-day tour, Nov. 9-19, Half Moon Bay, Bahamas; Cozumel, Mexico; Georgetown, Cayman Islands, Havana, Cuba, and Cienfuegos, Cuba; Joanna Matos, Traveling Tigers Club, 598-1849

Fall trips planned by Los Alamitos Senior Club

The Los Alamitos Senior Club will escort several day- and overnight-trips this fall.

Day trips will be taken to the Valley View Casino, to the Big Bear Oktoberfest, the Gibbons Conservation Center and Gardens and Julian.

Overnight trips are planned to New England and Canada, Viejas Casino, the Riverside Casino in Laughlin, Nevada, and Cambria.

The trip to the Valley View Casino departs Oct. 3 at 8:45 a.m. from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot. The cost is $25 per person.

The Big Bear Oktoberfest is on Oct. 28 and costs $75 per person. Enjoy a day in the San Bernardino Mountains, including a tour around Big Bear Lake, lunch at the Oktoberfest with beer or wine, sing a-longs, dance lessons, log sawing, yodeling contests and more.

Spend Nov. 13 learning about the fascinating lives of Gibbons monkeys, and how to keep them from extinction at the Gibbons Conservation Center in Santa Clarita and Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks with six gardens inspired by six different cultures. Lunch is included at Buca di Beppo. The cost is $79 per person.

The bus will depart the Clubhouse 4 parking lot at 8 a.m.

Spend Nov. 20 at unique Oasis Camel Dairy in Ramona, America’s first camel dairy, where camel milk skin care products are created, including camel milk soap, camel milk lotion, camel milk bath bombs, camel milk lip balms and camel milk serum.

Then venture over to the old town of Julian and stroll along wooden sidewalks and visit original stores and saloons. Don’t forget to try some of Julian’s famous apple pie. The final stop will be at Dudley’s Bakery on the way home. The cost is $75 per person and the bus departs from Clubhouse 4 at 8 a.m.

The club will escort a 11-day tour to the East Coast and New England that will begin in New York City with a visit to Ground Zero. Also included are tours of Boston, Quebec, Montreal, Toronto, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. The cost is $2,670 per person, double occupancy, and $3,380 for singles, and includes all tours, airfare, all transfers, deluxe motorcoach, all breakfasts and a farewell dinner.

Gambling excursions are planned to Viejas Casino and Resort and the Riverside Casino and Resort.

The Viejas dates are Nov. 5-7. The package includes accommodations, a $20 meal credit and $50 in slot play upon arrival. There is evening entertainment at the casino. Shopping is available next door at the outlet mall. The cost is $188 per person, double, $278 for singles.

The Riverside Casino trip is Dec. 2-5 and includes the Riverside Christmas Dinner Party, plus three free buffets and a special Laughlin fun book with three two-for-one meals coupons and two-for-one coupons for drinks, appetizers and a boat cruise. The cost is $177 per person, double, $226 for singles, and includes baggage handling.

Don’t miss out on Christmas in Cambria, Dec. 10-12, three days, two nights. The tour includes lodging at Cambria Pines Lodge in the middle of town; a stop in Solvang for lunch and shopping; a tour of Hearst Castle; visit to the village of Cayucos; wine tasting in Santa Barbara; breakfast and one lunch and deluxe motorcoach. The cost is $339 per person, double, $489 for singles.

For information and reservations, call Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Carol Foss/Verna Burns, 596-1896, at the Los Alamitos Senior Club.


See ‘First Americans’ at Bowers

The Leisure World Library, in conjunction with the Recreation Department, will host a trip to the Bowers Museum on Tuesday, Aug. 14, to see a special exhibit, “First Americans,” featuring selections from its Native American collection.

“First Americans” includes artwork representative of the native people from the Arctic North, the Northwest Coast, California, the Southwest and the Great Plains. The exhibition first traveled to Bogotá, Colombia’s, Museo del Oro in 2011 and then was shown in three museums in China from 2014-2015. Several of the collection’s most important works will be on display in the exhibition, including what may be the earliest example of a transitional Navajo First Phase Chief’s blanket, an early Hopi katsina doll, and from the Sonora region of Mexico, a rare Seri feathered kilt.

The Bowers boasts a four-star restaurant on the premises as well as availability of a box lunch at $17 per person, salad or soup, gourmet sandwich, and a bottle of water. Box lunches must be preordered at the time tickets are purchased.

Special considerations are being offered to Leisure World, including guided tours by an expert docent and a 20 percent discount in the Gallery Store.

Tickets, including bus transportation (meal is extra), are $35 per person, payable upon reservation. Maximum tickets available for this trip is 56 and interest is expected to be enthusiastic, so book as soon as possible.

The bus will depart at 10:15 a.m. The docent-led tour runs from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. and the bus will leave for Leisure World at 3 p.m.

For more information, contact the library at 598-2431 or Recreation at

Ladies Day at Pala on Aug. 7

Gail Levitt is hosting a special ladies’ day treat to Pala Casino on Tuesday, Aug. 7. Free entertainment at Pala is included.

The bus will leave the Seal Beach Village Shopping Center at 8:30 a.m. Bingo, prizes and raffle will be held on the bus. A continental breakfast will be served.

The cost is $10, with $10 back with a players card.

This is for ladies only.

Reservations are required, call Levitt, 596-1346.

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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, $12 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 GRF 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.

• A “Card of Thanks” section is available in the classified section of LW Weekly at the member classified advertising rate, $8 for the first 12 words and 25¢ per word thereafter, for persons wanting to express their thanks for help during bereavement, sickness, etc.


In Memoriam

Mary Buchanan 90

Reba Ball 88

Donald Conner 62

Charles Marra 50

Eva Hower 94

Barbara Barteld 89

Teresa Curtis 89

John Monigold Sr. 82

Frances Deutsch 95

Erik Miller 62

Sambean Thaing 82

Joseph Sanders 78

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,


—paid obituary

In Loving Memory

Agnes “Angie” Poche


Mutual 7

Tribute to Joe Squillatioti from a Friend

He nicknamed me “Sonshine,” not because I was as Christ-like as he thought, but because he wanted to see me that way.

In spite of numerous health challenges, Joe Squillatioti chose to see the best in everyone and in everything. He was full of life and joy all the time, whether in person or on the phone. Even his emails were enthusiastic. He always thought his time would be short, so perhaps this influenced the choices he made in the year and a half I knew him.

First and foremost, Joe wanted to make up for lost time, especially spiritually. Finding our church, First Christian Church of Leisure World, was Heaven on Earth to him because, within our fellowship, he found genuine friends. He had friends to help fill a loneliness I observed that seemed to quietly permeate through all of that joy now and then. His greatest happiness was lunch and laughs and “talking theology,” as he always said, with Christian friends he sincerely loved. He would try to make up “reasons” to gather people together when we all knew he didn’t need to have a reason for us to want to spend time with him. He also joined both of my choirs (Good News Singers and Leisure World Chorale) and my Performers’ Workshop with great glee and enthusiasm. He often told me those groups plus the church saved his life because they gave him a place to go every day, which he desperately needed, having lost his job within a month of my knowing him.

When I reflect upon my short time as Joe’s friend, I can say that I knew without a doubt he cared about me as a person. He greatly enjoyed our spiritual talks and wrongly called me his “spiritual mentor,” to which I would always answer “No! To God be all the glory!,” knowing full well I could never fill that role. Yet, he constantly sought mine and other friends’ perspectives on life and how the Lord shaped their personal lives. He yearned for a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit because He truly wanted the Lord’s guidance in his life. I believe he was guided more than he realized. As one example, he helped me greatly in dealing with a particularly inept aspect of my being: paperwork and finance. I needed supplemental health insurance. He agreed to meet with the agent along with me so he could translate things I didn’t understand. Thanks to Joe, I now have great insurance that kicked in on July 1 with a sudden need for it on July 4. Had it not been for Joe, I would have had to pay cash for my recent injury.

Joe was a continual pillar of support and help in my choirs and my class, always wanting everyone to love the groups as much as he did by giving as much time and service and “dollars to the cause,” as he would say. I deeply appreciated his recognition of my groups as a ministry because that is exactly what I pray for them to be.

In my observation and personal experience with Joe Squillatioti, I can say without reservation that I was honored, blessed, and privileged to know that joyful, helpful, supportive, spirit-seeking heart of his. In my opinion, it is within the heart where we best find and know each other. I will always be grateful to God for the opportunity, albeit a brief time, to have known Joe. For me, as I’m sure for others, Joe is too soon gone…but never forgotten.

So, Joe: Until I see you in God’s Heaven that you now embrace, rest in eternal peace, perfect health, God’s great love, and the true joy only Jesus can bring. Arrivederci, Joe…

Rhonda Sandberg

— paid obituary

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