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Residents packed CH 4 to learn more about OptumCare

It was standing room only as Leisure World residents packed Clubhouse 4 on July 31 to learn more about OptumCare. The medical group, which has local offices in Seal Beach, Huntington Beach and Long Beach, will soon take over the Health Care Center, and is committed to modernizing and expanding services.

“The HCC is our lifeline. It’s our home,” GRF President Linda Stone told the group. When the Los Alamitos Medical Center declined to renew its lease after 30 years, the board knew it had a momentous decision to make: “It affects everybody,” she said, adding that the board is confident that with OptumCare, “we are going to be in a very, very good place.”

OptumCare leader Ray Chicoine echoed Stone’s optimism: “We want every resident in this community to feel comfortable getting health care at the HCC. It’s not about being big. It’s about being better,” he said, citing OptumCare’s commitment to giving patients more time with doctors, enhancing services and equipment, and bringing a new emphasis to preventive care.

A Seamless Transition

OptumCare is working closely with the Golden Rain Foundation on a seamless transition so that Health Care Center patients can enjoy the improvements and added services without inconvenience or disruption to their care.

Existing appointments with primary care doctors will be honored to ensure continuity of care. There will also be no disruption in specialist services, so appointments are maintained as scheduled.

It will be business as usual at the OptumCare Seal Beach Village clinic just outside of Leisure World.

Former HCC doctors such as Dr. Rudy Haider, Dr. Nancy Smith and Dr. Ellen Dayon are looking forward to returning to LW in what many are calling a win-win for residents.

“I’m looking forward to doctors spending more time with me,” said Pat Jones of Mutual 9.

“Sometimes I can barely get my list out before my time is up,” she added. “And I like that there will be new specialties. It seems more up-to-date, like what we’d get if we were still working out in the world.”

Dr. Haider, who started practicing at the HCC in 1990 and worked in LW for more than 20 years, said: “The passion and expertise of our local doctors, who specialize in geriactric care, plus the extensive experience and financial strength of OptumCare, will transform the Leisure World Health Care Center into a national model for senior health and wellness.”

Dr. Smith said she’s delighted to be returning to the HCC: “As a longtime Seal Beach resident, I’ve dedicated my medical practice to serving the needs of our residents. It’s exciting to be adding a second office location to serve the amazing Leisure World community that I know and love.”

Dr. Dayon said she worked at the HCC for 18 years and called it a pleasure to be returning: “Now with the support of the community and OptumCare, we can do more to help residents.”

Dr. Al Pita, OptumCare medical director, said LW residents can count on board-certified doctors, expanded hours and same-day access, and a committed team so doctors are not bogged down with paperwork and are free to spend more time with patients.

With OptumCare, Leisure World has the opportunity for the best of both worlds: health care with personalized service from doctors who residents know and trust, plus creative new ways to deliver health care, including more choices, better technology and a strong voice in how care is delivered.

Also, the HCC will also continue its longtime relationship with the Los Alamitos Medical Center, according to Kent Clayton, Los Alamitos Medical Center CEO: “I’m looking forward to being involved for another 30 years.”

OptumCare = Better Care

As a part of a company that is ranked fifth in the Fortune 500, OptumCare is the biggest health care services and technology company in the country, offering unmatched strength and stability to Leisure World.

OptumCare is a health care delivery organization that improves patients’ lives by making health care more accessible, more coordinated and simply better.

This means providing doctors with flexible tools and support so they can do what they do best: practice medicine and take care of patients.

But most of all, it is about the community. OptumCare is committed to keeping LW residents healthier and feeling their best by providing care that is built around them.

With OptumCare, residents get a flexible partner that brings the medical expertise of board-certified doctors committed to the well-being of their community and the latest advances in medical care.

Feeling at Home in

Your Health Care Center

To help residents feel at home through this transition, OptumCare plans to:

• Bring back the trusted doctors—Haider, Smith and Dayon—who used to work at the Health Care Center

• Keep the medical staff—including the pharmacist and physical therapist—who already understand the community’s unique needs at the Health Care Center

• Add more specialists who have the personal touch and expertise to work with seniors

• Empower patients, staff and doctors through a coordinated care team approach and the use of innovative technologies

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

• Add new programs like diabetes management among others to meet the specific needs of the Leisure World community

Health Care Center of the Future

The Health Care Center of the future will offer this vibrant community the foundation for achieving optimum health and wellness. Traditional health services will be complemented by programs related to nutrition, exercise and disease prevention offered both within the Health Care Center and throughout Leisure World.

The services provided at the Health Care Center today will be continued and enhanced to meet community needs.

Tribute to Bette Midler and Bobby Darin 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. Koffel’s Food Service and Mandie’s Candies Ice Cream truck will be there for pre-show dining. Shows start at 8 p.m. until September when they begin at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free. Minibus transportation is available before and after shows.

Art Vargas as Bobby Darin

Art Vargas, a native of Detroit, Michigan, began his career as a young entertainer in nightclubs and television. Vargas’ popularity on the Las Vegas Strip began over 25 years ago when he joined the cast of the original Legends in Concert show and performed a lead role as Bobby Darin.

With old school style and class, Vargas has performed across the United States and abroad, in theaters, hotel casino showrooms and nightclubs.

His swinging band and live show are reminiscent of the golden age of vintage Vegas.

Vargas’ dynamic Bobby Darin tribute has been endorsed by Bobby’s conductor Bob Rozario as well as his former musicians and old showbiz friends, such as Tony Orlando and Dick Clark. It takes a skilled vocalist and seasoned entertainer to represent the hip, cool and versatile performance persona that Bobby Darin brought to the stage.

Vargas’ passion for the music and legendary performers of the 1950s and 1960s and his commanding stage presence bring Bobby Darin’s charm and personality to life on stage. Vargas continues to receive excellent reviews for his live performances in Las Vegas and has become an experienced showman in the classic song and dance man style.

The Las Vegas Sun writes: “With a striking similarity between he and Darin, Art Vargas has incredible energy and stamina as he works in overdrive to please the fans with “Splish Splash,” “Dream Lover” and “Mack the Knife.” He not only has Darin’s voice but also his swagger, his dance steps, and facial expression. Art Vargas is the top Bobby Darin in the country.”

Sherie Rae Parker as Bette Midler

Sherie Rae Parker sings and performs as Bette Midler, evoking her sass and power. A highlight is her rendition of Midler’s “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Born in Detroit, Michigan, she grew up in Los Angeles. She sang and played guitar with her own band and recorded her first single record, “I Didn’t Know the World Would End This Way,” for Screen Gems. She sang on (Police Academy) Michael Winslow’s “Vocal-Vision” album, Jan and Dean’s single “Ocean Park Angel” and recorded many songs for TV’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

She has appeared in such acclaimed shows as Legends in Concert, Stars in Concert, The Swing Show, Diva’s, American Superstars, The Jersey Girls and more.

She has been interviewed and performed on “Entertainment Tonight,” “McGowan’s World,” “Steve Edwards 3-3-0,” “MTV’s Cutting Edge” and “On Stage America” with Sheena Easton.

She has appeared in two movies, “Atomic City” and A&E’s “Lost in Las Vegas.” Parker was a finalist on “You Can Be a Star,” which aired 14 times on the Nashville Network.

Showbiz Weekly wrote: “Pure Star-power! Singer/comedian Sherie Rae Parker draws raves from the audience for her spot-on Bette Midler.”

She’s been called “The Best Bette in Town!”

“She’s got Midler’s wiggling walk down pat! Sherie seems to possess a never ending supply of energy,” according to an Inner View Press review.

Learn about changes to SB Senior Transportation Program Aug. 7

The City of Seal Beach has made recent changes to its Senior Transportation Program to make it more cost effective. Changes will be explained in open houses scheduled as follows:

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

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

•Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Drive, Aug. 16, 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 Thursday Shopper Shuttle to Pavilions and the Seal Beach Pier in Old Town 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 Thursday Shopper Shuttle to the Old Town area 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

Lucille E. Findlay is new GRF director from Mutual 12

A special meeting of the GRF Board of Directors was held Monday, July 30, 2018, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, for the purpose of starting the counting process for the election of a GRF Director representing Mutual 12. The result of the ballot count is as follows, with the winner’s name bolded:

Mutual 12: Lucille E. Findlay, 149; Quorum only, 0; and Abstain, 17.

The minutes of the July 30, 2018, special board meeting will be published in the LW Weekly upon approval at the next regular board meeting.

Safety First

For four weeks in August, the LW Weekly will highlight special areas where Leisure Worlders can take do-it-yourself protection measures to make their community a safer place to live. In addition to Driver, Bike and Pedestrian Safety on this page, topics include fire safety, Aug. 9; personal safety, Aug. 18; and emergency readiness, Aug. 23.

Growing number of older drivers presents challenges

Between 2007-2016 (the last year figures are available), the U.S. population of people 65 and older increased by 30 percent. In 2016, the number of people 65 and older killed in traffic crashes (6,764) made up 18 percent of all traffic fatalities.

Because of the increasing proportion of older drivers on the nation’s roads, promoting the safe behavior of older drivers on the nation’s roads is a top priority of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Getting older does not necessarily mean a person’s driving days are over, and decisions about the ability to drive should not be based on age alone. However, changes in vision, physical fitness and reflexes may cause safety concerns. By accurately assessing age-related changes, people can adjust their driving habits to remain safe on the road or choose other kinds of transportation.

If you’ve noticed changes in your vision, physical fitness, attention and reaction time, it’s important to gauge how these changes are affecting driving ability.

For example, turning your head to look for oncoming traffic or braking safely become more challenging. But older drivers help themselves stay safe with the following tips from the Mayo Clinic:

1. Stay physically active.

Staying physically active improves strength and flexibility. In turn, physical activity can improve driver safety by making it easier to turn the steering wheel, look over your shoulder, and make other movements while driving and parking.Walking is a great way for people to include physical activity in their daily routine. Stretching and strength training exercises are helpful too. If you’ve been sedentary, get your doctor’s OK before increasing your activity level.

2. Schedule regular vision and hearing tests.

Some senses, such as hearing and vision, tend to decline with age. Impaired hearing can be a concern for older drivers by limiting the ability to hear an approaching emergency vehicle or train. Common age-related vision problems—such as cataracts, glaucoma and macular degeneration—also can make it difficult to see clearly or drive at night.

Ask your doctor how often to schedule vision and hearing tests. Even if you think your hearing and vision are fine, stick to your doctor’s recommended exam schedule. Problems might be easier to correct if caught early, and specialists can recommend timely adjustments to reduce your risk of an accident.

3. Manage chronic conditions.

Work with your doctor to manage chronic conditions — especially those that might impact driver safety, such as diabetes or seizures. Follow your doctor’s instructions, which might include adjusting a treatment plan or restricting driving.

It’s equally important to know your medications. Many drugs, including pain medications, sleep medications, antihistamines and muscle relaxants, can affect driver safety.

Don’t drive if you’ve taken medication that causes drowsiness or dizziness. If you’re concerned about side effects or the impact on driver safety, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

4. Understand your limitations.

Consider physical limitations and make necessary adjustments. For example, if your hands hurt when gripping the steering wheel, use a steering wheel cover that makes holding and turning the wheel more comfortable.

You might ask your doctor for a referral to an occupational therapist, who can offer assistive devices to help you drive or suggest exercises to help you overcome your limitations.

You might also adjust your vehicle or choose a different vehicle to better meet your needs.

For example, vehicles that feature larger, easier-to-read dials on the dashboard are popular with older drivers.

In addition, some newer models offer safety features that can help avoid collisions, change lanes safely, manage blind spots and more.

5. Drive when the roads — and you — are in good condition.

You can improve driver safety by driving during the daytime, in good weather, on quiet roads and in familiar areas. Beyond road conditions, make sure you’re in optimal condition to drive. Don’t drive if you’re tired or angry.

Never drive after drinking alcohol or using other mind-altering substances. This includes marijuana—even if it’s been prescribed for medical use.

6. Stash your cellphone and focus on the road.

Driving while distracted is a frequent cause of accidents. Take steps before you go to ensure your ability to focus.

When you get in your vehicle, be prepared. Plan your route ahead of time so that you don’t need to read a map or directions while driving. If you use a GPS device, enter your destination before you start driving. If necessary, call ahead for directions.

The National Safety Council also advises against any type of phone conversation or voice-to-text features while driving, including hands-free and Bluetooth devices.

7. Update your driving skills.

Consider taking a refresher course for older drivers. Updating driving skills might even earn a discount on car insurance. Look for courses through a community education program or local organizations that serve older adults. There are safe driving classes periodically offered in Leisure World; watch for information in the LW Weekly.

If you become confused while you’re driving or you’re concerned about your ability to drive safely—or others have expressed concern —it might be best to stop driving. Consider taking the bus, using a van service, hiring a driver or taking advantage of other local transportation options. Giving up your car keys doesn’t need to end your independence. Instead, consider it a way to keep yourself and others safe on the road.

Cyclists have same responsibilities as drivers

Each year in California, more than 100 bicyclists are killed and over 10,000 are injured in collisions between bicyclists and motorists. In Leisure World, cyclists are permitted to share the sidewalk with pedestrians.

According to the California Vehicle Code, which contains state laws that specify where and how bikes must operate, bicyclists have the same rights and responsibilities as motor vehicle drivers.

In general, the law says that people who ride bikes must ride as close to the right side of the road as practicable except under the following conditions: when passing, preparing for a left turn, avoiding hazards, if the lane is too narrow to share, or if approaching a place where a right turn is authorized.

As for sidewalks, individual cities and counties control whether bicyclists may ride on sidewalks, and in Leisure World, it is permitted.

But bicyclists must yield the right-of-way to pedestrians within marked crosswalks or within unmarked crosswalks at intersections. Bicyclists must also yield the right-of-way to totally or partially blind pedestrians carrying a predominantly white cane or using a guide dog.

If you ride a bike, the following equipment is mandated by law:

• Brakes: Bicycles must be equipped with a brake that allows an operator to execute a one-braked-wheel skid on dry, level, clean pavement.

• Handlebars: Handlebars must not be higher than the rider’s shoulders.

• Bicycle size: Bicycles must be small enough for the rider to stop, support it with one foot on the ground, and start safely. • Lights: Using lights and reflectors at night is the law. During darkness, bicyclists should avoid wearing dark clothing and must have a front lamp emitting a white light visible from a distance of 300 feet; a rear red reflector or a solid or flashing red light with a built in reflector visible from a distance of 500 feet; a white or yellow reflector on each pedal or on the bicyclist’s shoes or ankles visible from a distance of 200 feet; and a white or yellow reflector on the front wheel, a white or red reflector on the rear wheel, or reflectorized tires.

• Seats: All riders must have a permanent, regular seat, unless the bicycle is designed by the manufacturer to be ridden without a seat. Bicycle passengers weighing less than 40 pounds must have a seat that keeps them in place and protects them from moving parts.

Bicyclists and bicycle passengers under age 18 must wear an approved helmet when riding on a bicycle, and riders may not wear earplugs in both ears or a headset covering both ears. Hearing aids are allowed.

Bicyclists may not ride while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Basic Safety Tips

Protect Yourself

Properly-fitted helmets provide protection from a potentially life-threatening head injury.

Be Visible and Alert

Even if you obey all traffic laws, there is always a risk of a collision. Be prepared to stop for vehicles waiting at stop signs, in driveways, or parking spaces, which may suddenly pull out in front of you.

Be prepared to take evasive action relating to vehicles that have just passed you and may turn right, as well as vehicles coming the opposite way that may turn left in front of you.

Use hand signals before making turns or changing lanes to warn traffic around you. You do not have to keep your arm extended while completing maneuvers; always have at least one hand on the handlebars to maintain control.

• To signal a left turn, look behind you, over your left shoulder, and then extend your left arm out.

• To signal a right turn, hold your left arm up with your elbow bent.

• To signal that you are slowing or stopping, extend your left arm down.

Use mirrors only as an aid. Always look over your shoulder to make sure the lane is clear before turning or changing lanes.

Ride in a Safe Lane Position

Ride in the same direction as traffic so you are more visible to drivers entering roads or changing lanes in the following scenarios:

• Passing a vehicle or another bicycle in the same direction.

• Preparing to make a left turn at an intersection, into a private road, or at a driveway.

• When necessary to avoid a hazard or road condition (i.e., pedestrians, animals, surface hazards).


Keep your eyes on the road ahead. Avoid potholes, gravel, broken glass, drainage grates, puddles you can’t see through, or other unsafe road conditions. When possible, signal before changing lanes. Slow down when approaching an intersection to ensure there is no oncoming traffic that may not see you.

Obey Traffic Signals

Bicyclists must obey STOP signs and red signal lights, and follow basic right-of-way rules. Do not enter an intersection with a yellow signal light.

Intersections are most dangerous places for pedestrians

by Cathie Merz

Walking near a road or intersection can be dangerous. Motorists need to be vigilant of pedestrians and pedestrians need to be vigilant of motorists. Although motorists have more responsibility under the law when operating a motor vehicle on city streets, pedestrians have more at stake. Pedestrians must ensure their own safety when sharing the roadway with vehicles. Traveling on foot along the road requires careful observation, sound judgment and care.

Walk defensively and be ready for unexpected events. Know what’s going on around you and don’t allow your vision to be blocked by clothing, hats or items that you are carrying.

Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible. If sidewalks are not available, walk facing traffic on the edge of the road, as far from the travel lane as possible.

Make sure to be visible to drivers at all times and make eye contact with them whenever possible. This is especially important at night, in low-light conditions such as dusk or dawn or in inclement weather.

• Wear lightly colored or reflective clothing at night and brightly colored clothing during the day.

• Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s (NHTSA) National Center for Statistics and Analysis, 32 percent of all pedestrian fatalities occur between 8-11:59 p.m.

Pedestrians should pay attention to the surrounding roadway and the behavior of an approaching driver at all times. Many motorists may be distracted while driving, and often do not consider whether a pedestrian may be in the area.

Pedestrians should be especially careful at intersections, where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street. Always look left, right, and left again before crossing a street, and keep watching as you cross. Be aware that drivers have differing levels of eyesight and skill in operating motor vehicles.

• If possible, make eye contact with drivers in stopped vehicles to ensure they see you before crossing in front of them.

Cross streets at a corner, using traffic signals where available and crosswalks. Watch the pedestrian signals, not the traffic signal, and follow the “WALK/DON’T WALK” lights. Look for pedestrian push buttons for crossing protection at signalized intersections.

If a crosswalk is unavailable, be sure to cross the road in a well-lit area and wait long enough for gap in traffic.

Use particular caution when crossing driveways and alley entrances. Drivers may not expect you to be there or see you.

Watch out for parked vehicles. Parking lots can be as dangerous as streets.

Pedestrians should avoid items or behavior that could cause them to become distracted while traveling next to the roadway, including listening to music with headphones, texting or talking on cellphones, reading while walking or engaging in inappropriate behavior.

According to AAA, nearly half of pedestrian-related auto accidents involve alcohol consumption, and 34 percent of those accidents involved an impaired pedestrian. Alcohol is known to impair a person’s ability to function and make sound and responsible decisions. Just as drivers should never drink and drive, pedestrians should never drink and walk near areas with heavy traffic.

How fast is too fast? Know your Limits

by Frederick Edworthy

LW contributor

How Fast is Too Fast ?

The streets of Leisure World are posted with specific speed limits—most commonly 25 mph. However there are many areas where it is reduced to 15, 10 or 5 mph. These limits are “not to exceed speeds,” and there are times when conditions warrant reducing speeds even more.

If you think that 25 mph is not fast enough, take a drive down Thunderbird Road at 25 mph—now picture meeting a vehicle coming the opposite way traveling the same legal 25 mph.

A quick calculation will tell you that your vehicles have a closing speed of 50 mph, parked cars line both sides of the narrow street so there is very little clearance between the parked cars and oncoming vehicles (remember the closing speed of 50 mph), and there is very little room for error, You are concentrating and watching that the other driver is going to give you clearance to pass, so you don’t pick up the red flag on the scooter that has just come out from between two parked cars.

I use this as an example, but it could be any one of a number of streets in Leisure World. The posted speed is the maximum allowable under perfect conditions. Adjust your speed for the conditions including your own driving ability, and do not be intimidated by those “bully drivers” who think they can push you by following a foot from the rear of your vehicle.

My fellow citizens, this is Leisure World. We moved here to enjoy a more relaxed and quieter way of life. Will extending our driving time home by one or two minutes really upset the whole day’s schedule? An accident may upset our schedules for the rest of our lives. Please help make our community a safer and more pleasant place to get around.

Stop vs. Yield

In Leisure World, we have no yield signs. Yet Leisure World motorists habitually treat stop signs as if they said “yield.”

According to the California DMV:

“An 8-sided red STOP sign indicates that you must make a FULL “STOP” whenever you see this sign. Stop at the white limit line (a wide white line painted on the street) or before entering the cross walk. If a limit line or cross walk is not painted on the street, stop before entering the intersection. Check traffic in all directions before proceeding.”

There is good reason to stop and not yield. Once stopped, even momentarily, we can scan the crossroads and cross walks before proceeding. The other good reason is that it is the rule and if we are all driving on the road together, there must be rules or chaos will ensue—and if you want to drive in chaos, try some third world countries where everyone has the right of way and parking on the sidewalk is commonplace.

Let’s challenge ourselves to come to a complete stop at each and every stop sign we encounter in the next two days. Watch other drivers follow your lead. It will quickly become a habit and by the third day, you will find it difficult not to stop, not because you read this, but because you will feel better about being safer and contibuting to improving our Leisure World experience.

Naples Rib Company brings barbecue to LW Aug. 6

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

Naples Rib Company is in LW on the first and third Mondays of the month. Finbars Italian Kitchen will be here on the second and fourth Mondays. There is no dine-out service on the fifth Mondays.

Naples will be here Aug. 6. Reservations are required by phone at 439-7427 online at Reservations must be received before noon on the Monday of service. For specific ordering information, see the restaurant menu on page 10. Menus are also sent out via LW Live!, GRF’s real-time email service.

Finbars Italian Kitchen will host dinner service on Aug. 13. Finbars does not require reservations.

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

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Y Service Club

The Y Service Club will host a table at the flea market on Saturday, Aug. 4, sponsored by the American Legion, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

There will be a large selection of unique jewelry and glassware items.

Proceeds will support the Los Altos YMCA’s “Kids to Camp” program and worthy projects in Leisure World.

YSC members also volunteer to help residents with small household jobs.

To request service, call one of the phone numbers in the club’s classified ad in the LW Weekly under the heading “Leisure World Helping Leisure World.”

watch your step

by Jim Breen

Now that the real Publishers Clearing House contest is heating up, scammers are anxious to cut in on a slice of the action.

The annual PCH giveway is now accepting entries on-line at for those who want to compete with many millions of others across the country to win $1 thousand a day for life. Winners will be announced on Aug. 31.

The online process begins by requesting entrants to fill out a basic form (name address, email address, date of birth). No requests for personal ID numbers are made.

A five-page document arrived by mail last week at the home of Edith Sessa of Mutual 10. It included her “prize number claim order” and a return envelope.

For those who fall for the ruse and mail the form by the Aug. 10 deadline, a fee will most likely be requested in a second mailing.

Mrs. Sessa declined.

More recently, Carol Fry of Mutual 2 was called by another faker with great news: she won $5.5 million in the PCH Grand Sweepstakes.”

A catch? Why yes. She was instructed to send him a cashiers check for $876 to cover “taxes and incidentals.”

Mrs. Fry declined because she knew that the real PCH Sweepstakes is next month. So she was ready for the blockhead if he called back, and he did. So she gave him a proper scolding him for scamming and lying, then hung up.

So in the span of one week, two residents were contacted by PCH scammers and both came away unscathed.


Jan Berliner of Mutual 15 wants to know who to contact to report those threatening IRS calls about non-payment of back taxes.

One is

Another is to note the phone number on your caller ID and contact the Do Not Call list office at (888) 382-1222 to report it.

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

american legion

American Legion Post 327 will play host to its first annual flea market on Saturday, Aug. 4, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 9 a.m.

Sixty tables will be filled with treasures and trinkets for everyone to browse through and buy.

Those who attend will be met by Miss Liberty, the club clown.

As a special incentive, those who attended the Legion bingo on July 29 received a free ticket to win one of two grab bags.

An opportunity drawing is planned. The men will serve coffee and doughnuts in the morning, followed by a noon lunch of hot dogs, chili, soda and chips.

– Sandy Esslinger

Amphitheater Movie Schedule

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.

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

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 in 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 new abilities with the guidance of Luke Skywalker, who is unsettled by the strength of her powers.

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.

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

Woman’s Club

The Leisure World Woman’s Club will hold its annual fund raising event at noon on Sept. 15 in Clubhouse 2. The cost is $25.

Call Jan Kuhl at 446-0082 to purchase tickets.

The event will feature a catered sit-down meatloaf luncheon with potatoes au gratin, green beans and pie. Coffee and tea will be served but guests are welcome to bring a beverage of their choice.

Club members have worked closely with local merchants to obtain gift baskets and gift cards for a raffle.

Carol’s Dress Shop on Main Street in Seal Beach will offer a good line of clothing for purchase.

A humorous fashion show is also planned.

The theme this year will be “Let’s Play Dress Up.”

Guests are encouraged to remember their youth when it was fun to dress in their mother’s clothes for prom formals, costumes, ugly Christmas sweater contest or replica clothing of the 50s, 60s and 70s, etc.

Sept.15 will be a good opportunity to show off such fashions.

legion auxiliary

The ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary are enjoying a busy summer.

• Twice a month they prepare casseroles for homeless veterans at the PIERS Center at Long Beach Veterans Administration.

• Poppy making continues throughout the summer at Clubhouse 6 on Wednesdays.

• The Post asked the ladies to help at the flea market at 5 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 2 and on Saturday, Aug. 4.

• On Aug. 14, President Jean Sudbeck and Eloise Knoll will host a luncheon workshop for new members. Participation at the July workshop was good, so the second one has been planned.

To attend, call Jean Sudbeck at 594-0209.

• Other upcoming events are bingo at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26, in Clubhouse 2 and the Legion picnic on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area.

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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.

Aug. 3, 1978 – Entertainer Dennis Day performed at the Amphitheater. He was known for many years as comedian Jack Benny’s singing sidekick. He used 25 different accents and a repertoire of Irish ballads in the LW show.

Aug. 4, 1988 – Pictures in The News showed work progressing rapidly on the new administration building. Some pictures showed stucco being applied to the walls.

July 30, 1998 – The Bixby Co. Club Golf Course announced plans to develop 218 acres of property on the east side of Seal Beach Boulevard. The plan would include changing part of the Old Ranch Country Club Golf Course. The land is where the Old Ranch Shopping Center was originally located.

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

Letter to the Editor


The Leisure World Art League July Spotlight on the award winning paintings by Carmen Leslie was magnificent.

Enthusiastic shareholders/ art lovers gathered to admire the exhibits.

Carmen encouraged LW art lovers to continue painting,which enriches life and keeps them active.

Her great contribution to help improve fine paintings is manifested in her work.

She encouraged me to be a model when I was a director and member of Leisure World’s Jolly Jill Red Hat Society.

The lovely oil painting was displayed at the Art Gallery for many months. Family, neighbors and friends were impressed.

I deeply appreciate the LW Art League honoring and hosting this talented artist.

Lisa A. Dickson


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.

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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.

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.

Phyllis Poper is grateful to Bev Benson for coming to her assistance following Ms. Poper’s fall. Ms. Benson provided ice packs and fruit snacks. “I was lucky to come away with only sore muscles,” said Ms. Poper.

Setting it Straight

The time for the new Sunday AA Friends 2 meeting was incorrectly reported in Club News (LW Weekly, July 26). The correct time is 6-7 p.m. The group meets weekly in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.


The Hearing Loss Association of America’s Wednesday lip reading classes at Weingart Senior Center do not begin until Sept. 5. It was incorrectly reported that they are currently being offered.


The City of Seal Beach will eliminate the Thursday Shopper Shuttle, not the Rossmoor Shopper Shuttle, as of Dec. 31. The Thursday Shuttle goes to the Seal Beach Pier and Pavilions in Old Town. The story (LW Weekly, July 26) did not clearly specify which shuttle will be discontinued.

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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, 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

Conference Room B 9:15 a.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:

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 9 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 GRF/Mutual Roundtable

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 17 Renumbering Subcommittee

Administration 3 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.

Thursday, Aug. 23 Service Maintenance Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 24 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Aug. 28 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m

Clubhouse Reservation Policies

Shareholders/Members may reserve space in Clubhouses 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6 and the Amphitheater under certain conditions and subject to availability on a first- come, first-served basis by visiting the Reservations Office between 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m., weekdays, in Building 5, downstairs.

For private parties, rooms may be booked for events for and/or honoring residents only. They may not be reserved for events honoring non-members. A $200 deposit and a sketch of the desired layout of the room must be turned in to Recreation within 10 days prior to the event or it will be automatically canceled. The deposit is refunded within 10 business days, providing the venue is returned in its original condition, that is to say with no damage and clean. The deposit may also be forfeited if policies have been violated.

A shareholder/member who belongs to a national organization may book a clubhouse once a year for an event on behalf of the organization, but only one member of that organization may book in that 12-month period. A non-refundable usage fee will be charged, in addition to the cleaning deposit, ranging from $200 to $1,000.

Clubs that have been duly formed under GRF can reserve rooms on a one-time or recurring basis, limited to three times a week. They must renew these reservations annually, after an election is held and the new president meets with the reservations coordinator. Guests may be invited to the club meetings but may not be members. The club may not advertise in outside publications so as to imply that membership or events are open to non-shareholders/members.

Currently, there is a moratorium on new clubs in effect until July 2019.

Clubs, when approved, agree to abide by GRF policies and Recreation Department procedures. Violators may, at the discretion of the Recreation Department manager, Recreation Committee and/or executive director, lose their reservation privileges and may even be disbanded. They are responsible for any damage, abuse, cleaning costs and overtime to custodial personnel incurred as a result of club members violating these policies.

Clubs and individuals may engage an outside caterer for their events. If they will be using the facilities, e.g. serving and cleaning, they must be one of GRF’s pre-approved caterers who have met GRF insurance requirements. A copy of the contract between the club or shareholder/member must be provided no later than 10 days prior to the event to the Reservations Office. In addition, an alphabetized list of non-resident guests, which should include the catering personnel, must be provided to Security-Main Gate in advance,.

It is explained to the club at its inception and annually that its use of a reserved space is strictly confined to the time frame booked. Club members and guests are not to arrive before their reserved time nor depart after it is scheduled to end. Wherever possible, clubs are given as much time as they require, providing it is available and adequate setup/teardown time has been allotted for the custodial staff. Normal setups are allotted one hour and large ones two hours. The custodial staff is required to setup the venue exactly as indicated on the sketch as provided by the club, in conjunction with the Reservations Office. The custodians are not permitted to make any changes to the layout. All changes must be requested, in writing, to the Reservations Office.

Clubs are required to advise the Reservations Office as soon as possible when a reservation needs to be canceled. If the office is closed, call the clubhouse and inform the custodian. Failure to do so can result in the loss of future reservations.

In anticipation of the planned renovation of Clubhouse 2 in 2019, no new reservations are being accepted for that clubhouse or Clubhouse 4 from March-June 2019. Once the actual dates are determined, reservations can be accepted for all months not affected. Clubhouse 4 reservations are affected as those already booked in Clubhouse 2 will have first priority to be relocated there during construction.

Detailed information on all clubhouse usage can be located on Go to “GRF,” scroll to “GRF Policies,” and select “Recreation” (series 1000).

LW Democratic Club

O.C. sheriff candidate visits LW

by Laura Wilson

LW contributor

Duke Nguyen, candidate for Orange County sheriff, spoke at the Leisure World Democratic Club’s popular Voter Information Series meeting on July 24.

The Orange County Democrat, who lives in North Tustin, currently works as a public integrity investigator in the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office. Running as a reformer, he shared his vision of community policing and transparency. Attendees were especially interested in his idea of creating a plain-clothes unit with sworn deputies and nurses to interact with the county’s mentally ill.

The club’s favorite Orange County political analyst, Attorney Brandon Love, facilitated the meeting with an in-depth analysis of the primary election results. Both speakers were warmly received with questions and loud applause. A copy of Love’s visual presentation and information about candidate Nguyen is posted on the club’s website,

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


General – Election of GRF Director representing Mutual 12

MOVED and duly approved to seat Lucille E. Findlay as the GRF Director representing Mutual 12, per elections, in accordance with GRF Bylaws.

General – Ratification of Committee Member Assignments

MOVED and duly approved, in accordance with the Bylaws he Golden Rain Foundation of Seal Beach and Policy 5100-30, the following standing Committee appointments for Lucille Findlay, GRF Representative for Mutual 12: the Architectural Design & Review, the Communications, and the Service Maintenance Committees and standing Committee appointments for Steve McGuigan, GRF Representative for Mutual Sixteen: the Communications, the Information Technology, and the Management Services Review Ad hoc Committees.

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Redeemer Lutheran

“A Good Lesson in Faith” is this Sunday’s sermon topic at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

Pastor Gil Moore uses the Old Testament lesson of Exodus 16:2-4, 9-15 as his text.

The greeter will be Lavona Moore.

Soloist Chris Moore will sing “Bread for the Journey.”

Altar flowers will be provided by Phyllis Mackey and Ronnie Powell in memory of loved ones.

The service with Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour in Fellowship Hall.

A graveside service for Marilyn Ventura will be held at 1 p.m. today, Thursday, at Olive Lawn Memorial Park in La Mirada.


Savvy Caregiver Training, sponsored by Alzheimer’s Orange County, meets 10 a.m. Tuesdays in the conference room. For information or to make a reservation, call (844) 435-7259.


Pastor Lynda Elmer leads a study of the Book of Revelation from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Wednesdays in Fellowship Hall. The class is open to everyone.

Faith Christian Assembly

After a one-month sabbatical, Pastor Gwyn and Ginny Vaughn have returned to Faith Christian Assembly.

Pastor Vaughn will speak at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Aug. 5.

Members will also take part in Holy Communion, a time to reflect

and remember Jesus’ death for peoples’ sins. All are invited to attend.

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship time at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room and a Midweek Bible study taught by Pastor Sheri Leming is every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Garden Room.

For more information, call 598-9010 or visit

First Christian

Giving God all the glory, First Christian Church has announced that to relieve the overcrowding on Sunday mornings, a Saturday service from 5:15-6:30 p.m. will begin 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, “Have Thine Own Way,” “I Surrender All” and “Great is Thy Faithfulness.”

The Communion hymn will be “Nothing But the Blood.”

The church choir, under the direction of Anita Ragole, will sing “Heaven Came Down and Glory Filled My Soul.”

Elder Frost will present the Communion meditation and service.

For the offertory, Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski will sing “I Surrender All.”

Jerry Tester will sing “I Don’t Know About Tomorrow” followed by Linda Benevento who will read Matthew 13:53-58.

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message will be “Home Town Crowd,” based on Matthew 13:53 -14:12.

Service times are 5:15 p.m. on Saturday and 10:15 a.m. on Sunday.

The hospitality room opens 45 minutes before each service for fellowship and light refreshments.

Prayer and verse-by-verse Bible studies 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

Leisure World Baptist Church invites everyone to the observance of the Lord’s Supper on Sunday, Aug. 5, in Clubhouse 4.

Sunday School begins at 8:40 a.m., followed by coffee and social time from 9:20-9:45 and the service.

All will unite in the call to worship.

The choir, under the direction of Darlene Harris, will present “Nailed to the Cross.”

Congregational songs will be included in the bulletin.

Soloist Magda Bellis will sing “Now I Belong to Jesus.”

The offertory will be provided by Yvonne Leon, pianist.

The morning message from the book of Joshua, Chapter 5, is be titled “Celebrating Victories.”

The congregation will join in the service of Communion.

The closing song will again be be “Now I Belong to Jesus.”

After the service, the prayer room, attended by church members, will be open for those with special needs.


The men’s fellowship and study is scheduled on Monday, Aug. 6, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.


The Energizers gather at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Clubhouse 4, Section A.

For more information, call 430-2920.

congregation sholom

Services at Congregation Sholom will be held at 7 p.m. on Aug. 3 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. An Oneg Shabbat will follow.

On Saturday, Aug. 4, a bagel and cream cheese breakfast is planned at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

It will be followed by Shabbat services 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.

The Interfaith potluck is planned on Aug. 6 in Clubhouse 1. Temple Sholom congregants are asked to bring salad. Respond to Ruth Herman.

A dairy potluck will be held on Aug. 17.

The Short Story Book Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 21, at the Leisure World home of Mort and Helene Goldberg.

“In the Cave” from “A Bride for One Night” will be read.

For more information, call 430-7743.

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

beit halev

Beit HaLev’s Shabbat services are livestreamed weekly on Fridays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

Services are accessible on (with an online prayerbook), and on

They are led by Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater and are recorded.

The Torah reading for the week is Ekev, Deuteronomy 9:4 – 10:11 in the Triennia cycle.

Rabbi Levy-Slater 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


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.

– Ellen Harmon

st. theodore episcopal

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

Sunday, Aug. 5, is the 11th Sunday after Pentecost. Rev. Lisa Rotchford will be the celebrant for the service of Holy Communion Rite II.

Her sermon topic is “One Bread, One Body, One Lord, One Life.”

A coffee hour follows the service. All are welcome.

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

Assembly of God

The Lord’s Supper will be served Sunday, Aug. 5, when members and friends of Assembly of God Church gather at 10 a.m. for worship in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. All are invited to attend.

Pastor Sam Pawlak’s message will be “A Whole Lot of Shaking Going On.”

Denise Smith will lead the worship songs, and Diana Mushagian will make announcements, take prayer needs and receive offerings.

Prayer meetings will be held prior to the 10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. services

The hymn sing begins at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby and will feature songs by Carol Darnell and her daughter, Valerie Buterbaugh. They will sing new lyrics written by Carol to the tune of older familiar songs. Carol will accompany her on guitar.

Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will lead the songs, chosen by those in attendance, and Pastor Sam will close with a devotion.

The lobby fills up fast as people gather from various congregations gather for hymns and fellowship.

No Bible study meetings are planned in August.


The Christian Film Festival will be presented on four Wednesdays next month, beginning Aug. 8 at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

They continue weekly through Aug. 29.

Community Church

Community Church is privileged to have members who are gifted to preach and teach from the Bible.

On Sunday, Aug. 5, Kelly Frankiewicz will provide the morning message and facilitate the 10:30 a.m. service while Pastor Johan Dodge is on a short break. Her message will focus on John 6:35.

Explaining how people can live into the Lord’s work, Paul calls on them to lives worthy of that calling and to be prepared for works of service.

On Sunday, Frankiewicz will preach on the topic, “Nourishment and Response,” from John 6:24-35 and Ephesians 4:1-16.

Lay liturgist will be Virginia Olejnik.

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

holy family

Holy Family Catholic Church located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the 18th Sunday in Ordinary Time on Aug.5.

The readings:

First Reading: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15; Responsorial Psalm: 78:3-4, 23-24, 25, 54; Second Reading: Ephesians 4:17, 20-24; Alleluia: Matthew 4:4B; Gospel: 6:24-35


Day of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is scheduled on Monday, Aug. 6, after 8:30 a.m. Mass, concluding with Holy Hour from 4-5 p.m.

All are invited to attend to love and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.


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 rectory.


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

For more information, including the weekly bulletin, visit

Aglow International

Aglow International will hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, at Mimi’s Cafe, 6670 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach.

Men and women are welcome

Reservations should be made by Aug. 6 by calling 631-7291.


Gamechangers, an interactive Bible study for men and women,will meet from 1:30-3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Aug. 3, in Leisure World. Topics include what identifies people as followers of Jesus and how to live a Christian life.

For the location and more information, call Joan Eisenhart at 343-8066.

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Cards and Games Scoreboard

Fun Time Pinochle Club winners July 30: Dolores Cook, 12,880; Irene Perkins, 11,760; Maureen Marsh, 11,050; Bert Sellers, 10,720.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 30: Evelyn Ingram, Dick Triggs, Dale Quinn. 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 28: Peg Kaspar, 10,700; Bert Sellers, 10,550; Joan Taylor, 10,510; Sylvia Clinton, 9,750. Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peggy Kaspar at 799-0433.


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners July 28: N/S: Bob Mault-Sherry Troeger; Sibyl Smith-Judy Jones; Bud Parish-Joan Tschirki; Usha Bansal-Ann Croul; Alan and Barbara Olschwang. E/W: Larry Slutsky-Sue Fardette; Gary Paugh-Fred Reker; Eileen Kotecki-Dorothy Favre; Diane Sachs-Marilyn McClintock; Al Appel-Ellen Kice; Miriam Kelley-Judy Mathias. Winners July 27: N/S: Betty Jackson-Hanefi Erten; Jeanette Estill-Eileen Kotecki; Stan Johnson-Louise Seifert; Sibyl Smith-Fred Reker; George Alemshah-Sylvia Kaprelyan. E/W: Sue Fardette-Marilyn McClintock; Paul and Monica Honey; Sue Boswell-George Koehm; Verna Burns-Linda Nye. Winners July 21: N/S: Russ Gray-Ellen Kice; Sibyl Smith-Jeanette Estill; Hanefi Erten-Oliver Yildiz; Andrea Sigmund-Tybie Becker. E/W: Gary Paugh-Marilyn McClintock; Fred Reker-Joan Tschirki; Al Appel-Judy Jones; Lynne Finley-Jane Reid; Larry Topper-Frances Gross. The club meets Fridays and Saturdays at 12:15 Clubhouse 1. For information on how to play or join, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special events are the club championship on Saturday, Aug. 4, and the summer picnic on Saturday, Aug. 17.

– Fred Reker


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club winners July 26: N/S: First in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Fern Dunbar; second in Strat A: Sibyl Smith-Marilyn McClintock; third in Strat A, first in Strat B: Midge Dunagan-Howard Smith; fourth in Strat A: Betty Jackson-Fay Beckerman; fifth in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson; sixth in Strat A: Linda and Dick Stein; third in Strat B: Jerry and Melanie Smith; fourth in Strat C: Cookie Pham-Elaine Dovgard. E/W: Strat A: Tie between Norma Krueger-Christine Frumen and Fred Reker-Russ Gray (first in Strat B); third in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Hanefi Erten; fourth in Strat A: Karen and Dave Johnston; tied for fifth in Strat A: Eileen Kotecki-Sue Fardette and Peggi Spring-Monica Gettis (second in Strat B, first in Strat C); third in Strat B: Bill Brooks-Tom Felice; fourth in Strat B: Paul and Monica Honey; second in Strat C: Ellen Kice-Nancy Lichter. Overall winners in the 16-table game July 23: First in Strat A: Marilyn McClintock-Fern Dunbar; second in Strat A, first in Strat B: Joan and Ted Wieber; third in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Gary Paugh; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Paul Chen-Victor Tong; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Fred Reker-Sue Fardette; sixth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B: Peggi Spring-Monica Gettis; fifth in Strat B, second in Strat C: Bruce and Jan Peterson; sixth in Strat B, third in Strat C: Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson; fourth in Strat C: Ron and Gene Yaffee. 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 reservations. 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 26: Bobbie Olsen, 12,540; Jim Kaspar, 12,350; Diana Lambert, 11,340; Al Bonnema, 11,170. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call (310) 968-9509.

tournament poker

Tournament Club president Wendy Wu won the final table on July 21. Her three and six of diamonds gave her a flush on the river, ending the game.

Lucy Starkey was second, followed by Bill Clawson, Roy Mittelsteadt, Dan Galliani, Norm Surkin and Guta Basner.

Wu has been club president for almost three years. She is an avid table tennis player and also hosts many private card games during the week.

Starkey also won high hand with quad fours and Tonya Dummar was second with aces full of queens.

Richard Houck won the special hand with the hold cards of ace and nine.

Frank DePalma and Jody Dixon will give free poker lessons at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 4, in the Clubhouse 6 Hospitality Center.

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

scrabble club

There were only three Wed-nesdays of play for Scrabble Club members in July due to Independence Day that was celebrated in various ways.

“Various” was a the bingo word for Wanda Bemben, who earned 50 additional points for playing all seven tiles in one turn.

Flo Thompson had four bingo words, “stimied,” “staying,” “duelers” and “woolens.”

I guess we know why Flo was elected by unanimous vote to serve as our club president.

Ruth Depuy’s bingo word was “destroy.”

Several members scored over 300 points and the 350- or-higher plateau was reached 12 times.

They were Larry Edgar with five, including a 377; Flo Thompson, three, including a 397; Ruth Depuy, 374; Pam Smithson, 356; Sylvia Makus, 385; and Flo Nesland, 359.

Except for national holidays, members meet at 1 p.m. Wednesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 5, for three successive games.

Early arrival is advised since games begin promptly at 1 p.m.

For information, call Nesland at 598-1384.

– Maria Giegerich

cribbage club

Bea Lissow had the high score of 842 to finish first in weekly Cribbage Club play on July 24 in Clubhouse 1.

She was followed by Cynthia Eastman, 838; Russell Gray, 830; and Anita Smart and Cathy Boufford, tied at 829.

Sandra Holt, Connie Deady and Marcy Locy had six games of 121.

Pat Blum celebrated her birthday by treating members to cake and orange swirl ice cream.

Norman Martin provided coffee, and Alma Zamzow brought trail mix.

Pat and Margaret Smith served.

Members meet at noon on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 1. Play usually ends by 3:30.

Residents are invited to join the club, there’s always room for more members.

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 get underway.

– 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: Qf4. The white queen moves from h4 to f4. Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.

women’s golf

Members of the Women’s Golf Club played for low gross, low net and chip-ins in weekly play at the local course.

Highlights were Soo Choi, who was below par with a 26 in the A flight and and Julie Kim,who collected two chip-ins in the C flight.

Flight winners:

A: Low gross: Soo Choi, 26. Low net: Susie Kim, 22.

B: Low gross: Tie between Sandy Kim and Mary Park, 31. Low net: Grace Choi, 24. Chip-ins/hole: Sang An, 6; Sandy Derouin, 4; Julie Kim, 6, 9.

C: Low gross: Dale Quinn, 31. Low net: Judy Ro, 22. Chip-ins/hole: Judy Ro, 2.

D: Low gross: Betty Regalado, 31. Low net: Louise Seifert, 21.

– Mary Ann Moore

Bowling Club

Teams in the Leisure World Bowling League will resume play at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Westminster Bowl.

New bowlers are needed and are encouraged to join the club.

To do so, call Phyllis Fairchild, president, (714) 235-8096, or Grace Lesher at 598-0307.

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Laughter Club

Bev Bender will bring her laughter program to the Health Care Center at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8.

Laughter is the best medicine with only positive side effects.

Those who attend will do laughter exercises to make them more energetic.

The program is guaranteed to be uplifting.

All residents are invited to attend and bring a friend.

For more information, call Bender at 594-9148.

Wellness Club

The Leisure World Seal Beach Wellness Club will meet Tuesday, Aug. 7, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.

Leisure World resident Barbara Lamb, R.N., at USC Keck Medical Center, will discuss how cannabis is used in the medical field.

For more information or to suggest ideas for future meetings, email Mark Harrington, the club founder, at

Weekly health, exercise classes

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.


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.

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.


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.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Wa-Rite Club

Tanya Moffat celebrated her birthday at the July 27 meeting of the Wa-Rite Club by receiving a well-earned gift, her Bachelor of Weight Degree. She joined the club four years ago and put into practice what she has learned.

The club shares nutritional information and many fund success when the follow it.

Tanya changed her eating habits by making healthier choices and exercising regularly.

She has lost a total of 20 pounds since she joined, and feels much better. She thanked members for their support, yet she serves as an inspiration to them.

Loser of the week was Barbara Ziemke, who shed 4-1/2 pounds.

She attributed her success to writing everything she ate in a journal. When you write it down, you think twice about putting it in your mouth.

Food for Thought: “Any exercise is always healthier and better than no exercise.”

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 at 760-1293.

– Margaret Humes

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, Aug. 6: Herb roasted pork with gravy, brown rice, carrots, orange-pineapple juice, cake, diet cake.

Tuesday,Aug. 7: Split pea soup with salt-free crackers, salmon boat with pesto sauce, quinoa pilaf, mixed vegetables, canned pineapple chunks.

Wednesday, Aug. 8: Chicken with potatoes and peas in coconut curry sauce,Oriental vegetables,cucumber salad, fruited gelatin.

Thursday, Aug. 9: Beef fajitas with vegetables,pinto beans, six-inch tortilla, salsa, fresh melon.

Friday, Aug. 10: Sweet and sour chicken, pineapple rice, carrots and green beans, Hawaiian roll, pineapple upside-down cake with whipped topping,fresh fruit.

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Amphitheater Schedule 2018

The 2018 Amphitheater Season on the big stage near Administration is now underway. Shows start at 8 p.m. until September, when they start at 7:30. Admission is free, but bring Leisure World IDs; friends and family are welcome. Koffel’s Food Service will be there at 6 p.m. for pre-show al fresco dining. A Mandie’s Candies Ice Cream truck will sell treats for $2-$3. Minibus transportation will be available before and after shows.

8/02 Tribute to Bette Midler and Bobby Darin

Sponsor: Pharmacology Research Institute (PRI)

8/09 Queen Nation: A Tribute to the Music of Queen

8/16 Vegas Country: A Tribute to Tim McGraw and Shania Twain

Sponsor: Alamitos IPA

8/23 The Las Vegas Rat Pack

Sponsors: Alignment Healthcare, Calmet

8/30 Fortunate Son: A Tribute to Creedence Clearwater Revival

Sponsor: Monarch Healthcare

Shows start at 7:30 p.m.

9/06 Paperback Writer: A Tribute to the Beatles

Sponsor: Monarch Healthcare

9/13 Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Sponsor: Monarch Healthcare

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.

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.

•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 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.

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: Bolero is taught from 9-10 a.m.; American tango, 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.

•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.

Producers Club presents a 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 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 is $5; snacks are included. Bring beverages. For more information, call Sam Jones, 598-0880.

The actors have demanding roles in this play within a play.

Most of the cast has dual roles as themselves and as the characters they are playing.

The inspectors from the SBPD are Carmen Edwards and Judie Jacobus, and the stage manager is played by Tosca Lies while the show’s director is played by Sandy Geffner.

For more information, call Sam Jones, 598-0880.

LW clubs sought for expo

The annual Seal Beach City and GRF Club Expo is coming to Leisure World on Saturday, Sept. 15.

The Recreation Department is looking for GRF clubs to participate with a display table to demonstrate what the club has to offer.

The rooms in Clubhouse 3 will be taken over for the day with clubs sharing the space to promote their activities.

With 270-plus clubs now under the GRF Recreation Department, there is ample talent and information to share with the community that often goes unseen.

Interested clubs should contact Kathy Thayer at or call 431-6586, ext. 398, for further information. Space is limited, and the final decision will be made by the recreation director if response is greater than the space available. Priority will be given to clubs who have not participated previously.

GRF Weekly Dance

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

Jim Gilman will play 1940s-50s ballroom on Aug. 4.

Naples Rib Company Menu

Naples Rib Company, 5800 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, will bring dinner service to Clubhouse 1 on Aug. 6. The restaurant is in LW on the first and third Mondays of the month. Dinners include a mini loaf of cornbread with honeybutter, extra barbecue sauce, cole slaw and barbecued beans (tax included). Reservations are required by phone at 439-7427 or online at Those who book through the website will receive a special treat. Reservations must be made by Monday at noon.

Aug. 6


Prime Rib (8 oz) $20

5 Rib Bones $16

Tri Tip (6 oz) $16

1/2 Chicken $15

Pasta Primavera $13


Ribs and ¼ Chicken $18

Ribs and Tri Tip $20

(5 Bones and 6 oz Tri Tip)

1/4 Chicken and Tri Tip (6 oz) $18


Add one Louisana hot sausage, $2

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

Christian Film Festival starts Aug. 8

The first of four Christian films will be shown on Wednesday, Aug. 8, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. All are welcome.

The movie, “The Case for Christ” is a 2017 America Christian drama based on the true story of the same name, by Lee Strobel. The story follows an atheist journalist who is determined to disprove his wife’s Christian faith. You are welcome to bring own popcorn, soda and snacks, and sit back and enjoy this uplifting movie.

The Assembly of God is sponsoring this series of four movies on Wednesdays throughout August.

The remaining schedule of films is:

• Aug. 15 – “Let There Be Light”

• Aug. 22 – “Paul, Apostle of Christ”

• Aug. 29 – “Love Comes Softly”

Dancers and Mixers Club

The Dancers and Mixers dance is Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 7-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Everyone is invited to attend. Live music will be provided by Linda Herman. Partners are not needed as there is a mixer and some line dancing.

Kelly Sala from Ageless Assurance will provide light snacks. People are welcome to bring food and favorite beverages. Come and enjoy the fun and fellowship. The theme for the evening is western.

For more information, call 431-1257.

GRF Movie

“I Can Only Imagine,” rated PG, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, in Clubhouse 4.

Growing up in Greenville, Texas, Bart Millard suffers physical and emotional abuse at the hands of his father, Arthur.

When Arthur becomes terminally ill, he finds redemption by embracing his faith and rediscovering his love for his son.

LW Coin Club meets Aug. 8

The Leisure World Coin Club will meet Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1:30 p.m. Members will show and tell about their collections. All are welcome to bring part of his or her collection to show and talk about.

Everyone will learn something new about the greater theme, coin collecting and how vast it is in scope.

Foreign coins, unique paper money, World War II ration tokens and other special treasures have been shared in the past. All Leisure World residents are welcome and, as usual, new members are presented with a special proof coin.

Opera Club meets Aug. 7

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

LW Whirlers host luau dance

The Leisure Whirlers square dance party will be tomorrow Friday, Aug. 3, in Clubhouse 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

The theme will be “Luau.” There will be music, dancing and a finger-food potluck. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. Square and round dances are alternated from 7-9 p.m., followed by a potluck and socializing. Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation so everyone can dance. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at 237-2682.

A square dance class is held weekly on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Experienced dancers are welcome in class to help support the student dancers. Singles and couples are welcome. There is a singles rotation, so everyone can dance.

The class is held at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove. For more information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.

The Dance Club offers social, ballroom, tap classes

The Dance Club hosts ballroom and social dance classes on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C. In August, beginning/intermediate tango will be taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate rumba will be 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 Jeremy Pierson, who is the dance instructor with 20-plus years of professional dance experience, at at 999-1269.

The club also hosts a tap dance class on Thursdays on the Amphitheater stage (during the Amphitheater show season, the class is moved to the Theater Club studio at the top of the Amphitheater).

The beginner tap dance class is from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and advanced, from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Joyce Basch, tap dancing since she was 9 years old, teaches rhythm tap and “the old soft shoe.” All levels are welcome; no experience in dance is necessary; cost: $5 per class. For more information, contact Joyce Basch at 598-1988 or Write “tap” in the subject line.

Velvetones to play

The Velvetones Ballroom Orchestra featuring vocalists Tommy Williams and Lori Banta will perform at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 5, in Clubhouse 4. Admission is free. Bring friends, food and drinks. All are welcome.

Community Karaoke

A full house showed up at Community Karaoke Wednesday to enjoy Allana Eaby’s birthday that she planned and prepared with colorful tablecloths, hot dogs, potato salad and lots of door prizes. She beamed her big smile when everyone joined in singing “Happy Birthday.” Her husband, Culley, sang “Elvira” for enthusiastic line dancers.

First-time singers John and Diane Levant did very well. Some folks had a good time singing “happy” songs like “Cockeyed Optimist” by Sally Glausser and other tunes from Ann Martin, Diane Wasserman, Audrey Mc-Kenzie, Bob Dodson, David Noble and Tony Tupas. It was a busy night with 40 karaoke singers.

Karaoke parties begin at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Clubhouse one. People never know what to expect. Sometimes people celebrate special occasions, dancing singers take the stage or grandkids and their relatives regale the audience, which appreciates all the performers.

There will be no practice sessions Tuesdays, Aug. 7 and 17.

Copper Enameling

A copper enameling class is held in the Lapidary Room of Clubhouse 4 on Aug. 10 and 24 from 9 a.m.-noon.

Come make enameled jewelry and other small items.

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

Photo Arts Club

The Photo Arts Club invites everyone to its next meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

Speaker Ben Benjamins will explain how different shutter speeds affect images; how different apertures affect the outcome of the photograph and how aperture and shutter speeds combine to control the desired image. He will also cover the Time Value (Tv), Aperture Value (Av) and Program (P) on the selection dial of today’s automatic cameras.

Bring cameras and be ready for a “hands on” demonstration.

National Night Out is Aug. 7

The Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and Cypress police departments are teaming up with Target for the annual National Night Out community celebration. National Night Out is a nationwide, one-night rally, where citizens and law enforcement join forces to strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships.

On Tuesday, Aug. 7, from 5-8 p.m., residents from all neighborhoods in Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and Cypress are asked to lock their doors, turn on outside lights and spend the evening outside with neighbors and their police departments.

All residents and businesses are encouraged to celebrate the community spirit at the Target Shopping Center, where members of all three police departments, Seal Beach Lifeguards, Orange County Fire Authority, California Highway Patrol and the U.S. Naval Weapons Station will be assembled.

Exhibit booths will showcase community programs such as Volunteers in Policing (VIPS), Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), Neighbor 4 Neighbor (N4N) and Explorers. The Seal Beach Police Officers Association will sponsor a bounce house for the kids and Target will provide free hot dogs.

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Serving Others

by Maureen Habel

LW contributor

Glenna Hoff was born with lots of energy, so it’s appropriate that one of her Y Service Club jobs is keeping track of the energy expended by her fellow volunteers. This year alone, Y Service Club members have fielded 1,284 calls, performed 1,432 tasks, known by the club as “jobs,” for Leisure World residents and contributed over 4,412 hours of service.

Glenna was born and raised in Nebraska of Czech and Italian background. While attending high school in Omaha, she wrote for the school paper and won a statewide writing competition for her essay on World War II concentration camps.

At age 19, Glenna married her high school sweetheart, and they moved to California, where she worked as a secretary while her husband served in Korea. Her boss entered her in a local business contest and she soon became Monrovia’s Miss Industry and Miss Retail, and rode on the 1959 Rose Bowl float.

After her first husband was killed, she married Le Hoff. They were married for 55 years, and have a son, a daughter, and two grandchildren. After Le’s retirement as a dean and business manager at Santa Monica City College, they traveled to all 50 states and to many countries – a favorite memory was traveling with her mother to Czechoslovakia. The Hoffs then moved from Westchester to Prescott, Arizona, where they lived for 13 years before moving to Leisure World in 2007.

One day while waiting for her tennis partner to arrive, another player, a Jesuit priest, asked her to volley with him. This friendship soon led to Glenna’s appointment for the next three years as the director of the studies abroad program at Loyola Marymount University. Next, she went to work at Hughes Aircraft, retiring in 1989 as a senior information processor. Her priest-friend encouraged her to return to school. She obtained a teaching credential at age 50 from UCLA, and taught secretarial skills in night school at El Segundo High School for five years. One of Glenna’s special memories is helping women housed in shelters learn secretarial skills.

Glenna and Le were involved for many years as Habitat for Humanity volunteers. Throughout her life, Glenna has been involved in innumerable church and school activities, always helping out where people are in need.

In addition to thousands of hours of volunteer work, Glenna developed expertise in making Pysanky eggs. These special eggs have been made by decades by Ukrainian women in preparation for Easter. Each line, dot, and color on an individual egg has a unique religious meaning. Glenna continues to lecture on this very special handcraft to many local groups.

She enjoys her membership in the Y Service Club where she reports that everyone works together in harmony to achieve the goal of helping the Leisure World community. In addition to keeping track of volunteer hours.

Glenna also helps the club produce income by selling the “Ultimate Cloth,” a cleaning tool that makes many household cleaning tasks easier. Glenna is a great salesperson for this product and will be happy to provide information about purchase; she invites those interested to call her at 296-5040.

Through fundraisers such as rummage sales, pancake breakfasts and shareholder donations, the club offers the opportunity for young people who have never been out of the area to experience the wonder of nature at summer YMCA camp.

For information on how to become a Y Service Club member, contact Membership Chair Bill Denton at 209-0816.


LW talent takes Amphi stage Aug. 18

The Korean American Association will host Korean Night at the Amphitheater on Saturday, Aug. 18 at 8 p.m. All Leisure Worlders are invited to enjoy the unique show.

Nine different Korean clubs will perform beginning with audio-harp players followed by Korean Guitar Club.

The evening will feature the 60-member Korean American Chorale directed by Paik K. Hwan, a talented solo, a poem reading by a member of Literary Club and a traditional Korean fan dance. The Joy Walk Club will present an exercise show.

There will be an audience sing-along with the Sing-along Club. The Joyful Line Dance Club will also perform.

For more information, call Yong Pyon at (310) 658-0379.


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


Orientation sessions set for today

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. today, 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.

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.


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 $30 per person, payable upon reservation. Maximum tickets available for this trip is 56 and interest is expected to be high, so book as soon as possible.


August will be a busy month

Mutual 2 has a busy month in August. On Friday, Aug. 3, the Landscape and Physical Properties Committees will meet in Clubhouse 5. The Landscape Committee will present a comprehensive tree report from Arbor Pros. Come and join committee members. Further information is posted in the laundry rooms.

On Aug. 22 the Board of Directors will hold a town hall meeting to discuss parking issues and fines for parking and carports.

Other issues will be discussed as time permits. The meeting will start at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The directors would love a full house in attendance.

The fun happens on Aug. 29 when Mutual 2 shareholders gather for the third annual picnic potluck. Everyone brings a dish to share with 10 people as well as a chair. The event will start about 5 p.m. in the greenbelt by buildings 21, 22, 34, and 37.

Tables, plates, utensils and napkins will be provided.

To help, call Myrna Baker at 430-2313.

Sunshine Club

August speakers announced

The Sunshine Club will meet tomorrow, Aug. 3, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.

The club invites Leisure World leaders and club representatives to introduce their organizations, in addition to a wide variety of specialists from “outside the wall” who share their experiences and ideas with club members.

Four speakers have been lined up for August.

Julie Rogers, GRF purchasing manager, will be the guest on Aug. 10; Alex Plotkin, owner of Miracle Ear, will be the guest on Aug. 17; Nataly Chigireva, GRF communication and technology director, will be the guest on Aug. 24; and Laura Bromlaw, estate planning and elder law specialist will be the guest on Aug. 31. Topics and details of each speaker’s presentation will be announced in LW Weekly prior to the meeting.

Shareholders should arrive early to guarantee a seat. If arriving late, use the door near the kitchen as to not disturb the speaker.

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

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

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

The club meets from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 (Room 4 on the first Friday). There are no membership dues, and everyone in LW is welcome. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

Tickets on sale for FALW luau

A few tickets, $25 each, remain for the Filipino Association of Leisure World’s annual luau on Sept. 1 from 5-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

Live music for dancing will be provided by the Music Masters Band, headed by Dan Manuel. Polynesian dancers will perform dances from Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas, New Zealand, Samoa, etc.

For more information, call Ric Dizon, (714) 225-3597; Myrrha Villanueva, 493-1406; Dove Sonza, 477-5541; Julie Nulod, 596-1981; or Ren Villanueva, (323) 854-6209 and 493-1406.

Paws, Claws, Beaks

Socializing pets with pets is topic

The Paws, Claws and Beaks, a Leisure World pet lovers club, will meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 8, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.

Dicussions will involve the “Socializing of Pets with Pets.”

A Professional guest will also be attending to answer questions on “pet grooming.”

Light refreshments and water will be served.

You do not have to be a member to attend. Call or text (714) 319-7646 for information.


Convert a flatscreen to a Smart TV

The Computer Friends Club will give a presentation on how to convert any thin flatscreen into a Smart TV that can access many channels only available on the Internet on Thursday, Aug. 16, from 4:30-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

A presentation will also be given on how to use Chromecast to broadcast the contents of a computer to a thin flatscreen TV.

The Computer Friends Club meets every third Thursday.

Classes, presentations and membership are free. All are welcome.

For information, call Keith Bague, (714) 267-7871.


LaBoyteaux is new LW centenarian

Redeemer Lutheran Church fellowship hall was the scene of a lively celebration on July 21, in honor of Barbara LaBoyteaux’s 100th birthday. Approximately 100 guests attended the luncheon that featured fried chicken, potato salad, baked beans, green salad, watermelon slices, deviled eggs, buttermilk biscuits, corn bread muffins with honey butter, and birthday cake with ice cream. The luncheon was catered by Michele Abbott and served with the assistance of the volunteer kitchen crew of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The tables were decorated with red plaid tablecloths, blue bandanas, and a mason jar centerpiece of sun flowers, greenery, babies breath, pinwheels and paper watermelons. Sheh Pittman from Reseda, California, was in charge of the decorations.

As guests entered the fellowship hall they had a photo taken with Barbara in front of a photo booth. Guests had the opportunity to add some fun to their photo by holding up a “prop on a stick” consisting of such objects as a slice of watermelon, a bow tie, one of several hats, glasses, etc.

Guests attended from as far away as Indiana and Washington, other cities within California, as well as many Leisure World residents.

Chris Moore provided entertainment in the form of “campfire” songs, which involved guest participation. She also sang a fun tribute to aging in a rendition of “These Are a Few of My Favorite Things” which included phrases such as “When the pipes leak, when the bones squeak, when the knees go bad. I simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.” Rev. Lynda Elmer accompanied on the piano. The entertainment concluded with Barbara sharing some of her life-long memories with her guests.

As a thank you for attending Barbara’s party, guests were given a box of Cracker Jacks with the following message attached:

“The corn fields of Indiana. A picnic on a sunny day. A century of fond memories. Friends like you. These are a few of my favorite things! Thank you for helping me celebrate my 100th birthday! Love, Barbara.”

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On the Go

Day Trips

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

Ladies’ Day at Pala Casino – Aug. 7, $10, $10 back, Gail Levitt, 596-1346

Chocolate Covered 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/Ventura – 2 days, 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


Picnic will feature frivolous festivities, barbecue

Fun, frivolous festivities involving food, games and music by a five piece combo,will enliven the next meeting of the Traveling Tigers Club.

Members and guests will trek to the annual picnic at noon on Wednesday, Aug. 15, in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area.

Food will be provided by Beach City Deli. Choices of roast beef or turkey sandwiches will be loaded deli-style with Provolone cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, pickles and slices of red onions. A vegetarian sandwich will also be available. Green salad, potato salad and barbecued-baked beans will accompany the sandwiches. Drinks include lemonade, iced tea and water. Dessert surprises will round out the menu.

Internationally-themed prizes will magically appear for the winners of bingo, an egg toss and a currency-country match-up.

Members’ picnic lunch cost is $5, which includes everything. Guests are welcome at a cost of $10, which includes the annual membership fee.

The reservation deadline is Aug. 6. Call Joan Schwichtenberg at 446-0731 to make reservations or for further information.

Picnic parking is available in the lot across the street from Clubhouse 1. Do not park in Mutual 17 parking spaces.

Pauma day-trip departs Aug. 8

The New York Club will escort a trip to Pauma Casino on Aug. 8.

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

During the trip, bingo is played coming and going and snacks are served.

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

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

Around Town

Long Beach Health Solutions will present seminar on pain relief through stem cell therapy at the Ayres Hotel, Seal Beach, on Aug. 7 at 11:30 a.m. Includes lunch.

Seating is limited Call 980-0555.

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Beatrice Nichter


Beatrice (Bea) Nichter passed away on July 21, 2018, in the loving presence of her children and grandchildren in Huntington Beach, California.

Bea was born June 15, 1922, to Meyer Louis Sklar and Dora Rose Miller in Bayonne, New Jersey.

She became a Leisure World resident after a long career as an elementary school teacher in New York and California.

Education was very important to Bea. She completed her Ed.D. from Boston University in education with a specialty in reading, a subject she felt passionately about. Bea loved to teach and felt that reading was the most precious and rewarding gift one could give to a child. An avid scrabble player, Bea took great delight in learning new words.

Bea was adventuresome. She loved to travel visited much of the USA, China, Europe, India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia and the Philippines. In her youth, Bea’s passion was dancing. Her mother once complained that as a teenager, she wore holes in the living room carpet. Even in her later years, Bea would put on a pair of headphones and listen to reggae as she walked along the streets of Mutual 9 with her best friend, Jim Grimes.

Bea kept up with world events and read the newspaper every day. Bea valued her independence, yet was completely devoted to her family.

Bea is survived by her children, Mark Nichter, Ph.D, Larry Nichter, M.D. and Susan Nichter, artist/professor, as well as seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.


Sheron, Maxine Roberta


Maxine Roberta “Max” Sheron (nee Miller) was born on May 24, 1942, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her family moved to North Hollywood, California, in 1948 and she attended North Hollywood High School.

Although she had a scholarship to UC, Berkeley, Max spent less than a year up north, returning to attend Long Beach State to be closer to her many suitors.

She married Mark Sheron on her 19th birthday and her son, Michael, was born the following January. Not long after, she gave birth to her second child, Chris, in September 1963.

Max was a devoted and doting mother, dedicating the majority of her time to her family. After her divorce in 1974, Max went into pharmaceutical sales, and later went back to school and became a registered nurse.

Max was stricken with breast cancer in her 30s, but persevered through surgeries and treatments to overcome the disease and continue with her life and career.

In the second half of her life, she was beset with injuries and ill health, became disabled, and was unable to continue working as an RN.

After moving to Leisure World, Max served on the Board of Mutual 16 and was very fortunate to meet and fall in love with Rod Ellis, a fellow LW resident. Max loved to sing and Rod was a musician, and their shared love of music brought them together. They were inseparable for the last 18 years of Max’s life.

Tragically, cancer returned and Max was diagnosed with lymphoma. She fought the disease twice over the last decade, going through cycles of chemotherapy and other infusions, with Rod lending unwavering support through it all.

This year, cancer returned for the fourth time. This time it was in her bone marrow, and she was not up for another fight. She was hospitalized in February of this year and succumbed on July 21, 2018. Rod was her guardian angel, sitting by her bedside daily for five straight months.

Max is survived by her love, Rod Ellis, her two sons, and five grandchildren. She was smart, beautiful, and passionate and she will be missed.

—paid obituary


In Memoriam

Dorothea Andrews 96

William Bryant 68

Dean Tolzman 55

Wesley Gasper 24

Sabina Rodriguez 84

Elsie Saylor 80

John Theoharis 84

Rebecca Shearer 70

Mildred Williamson 89

Lois Kuencer 88

Johnny Layne 59

Yvonne Gilbert 89

Lanorma Shirey 94

Bernice Phillips 97

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,


—paid obituary

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