LW Weekly 10-18-18

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Practice protecting yourself so its automatic

by Eloy Gomez

GRF safety and emergency coordinator

Federal, state, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. The ShakeOut is an opportunity to practice how to protect yourselves during earthquakes. Everyone is encouraged to participate in the biggest earthquake drill in history, simply Drop, Cover and Hold-On today, Thursday, Oct. 18, at 10:18 a.m.



Past experiences in earthquakes may give you a false sense of safety; you didn’t do anything, or you ran outside, yet you survived with no injuries. Or perhaps you got under your desk and others thought you overreacted. However, you likely have never experienced the kind of strong earthquake shaking that is possible in much larger earthquakes: sudden and intense back and forth motions of several feet per second will cause the floor or the ground to jerk sideways out from under you, and every unsecured object around you could topple, fall, or become airborne, potentially causing serious injury. This is why you must learn to immediately protect yourself after the first jolt… don’t wait to see if the earthquake shaking will be strong!

In most situations, you will reduce the chance of injury if you:

DROP where you are, onto your hands and knees. This position protects you from being knocked down and also allows you to stay low and crawl to shelter if nearby.

COVER your head and neck with one arm and hand—if a sturdy table or desk is nearby, crawl underneath it for shelter. If no shelter is nearby, crawl next to an interior wall (away from windows). Stay on your knees; bend over to protect vital organs.

HOLD ON until shaking stops — under shelter: hold onto it with one hand; be ready to move with your shelter if it shifts. No shelter: hold on to your head and neck with both arms and hands.

The main point is to not try to move but to immediately protect yourself as best as possible where you are. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl; therefore you will most likely be knocked to the ground where you happen to be. You will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one. You should Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately.

In addition, studies of injuries and deaths caused by earthquakes in the U.S. over the last several decades indicate that you are much more likely to be injured by falling or flying objects (TVs, lamps, glass, bookcases, etc.) than to die in a collapsed building. Drop, Cover, and Hold On offers the best overall level of protection in most situations.

As with anything, practice makes perfect. To be ready to protect yourself immediately when the ground begins to shake, practice Drop, Cover, and Hold On as children do in school at least once each year.


Vintage Halloween lanterns, metal noise makers on display

by Cathie Merz


Teri Nugent, Mutual 2, is sharing her collection of vintage papier mache pumpkins and Halloween noisemakers with shareholders. Her collection is on display at the Leisure World Library through the end of the month.

Teri began collecting, “junking,” as a child, over 55 years ago. It was an inexpensive family hobby she did with her mother, sisters and aunts. After she married, she and her husband began collecting old metal toys.

The papier mache lanterns in her collection are from the 1930s. In addition to lanterns, they were also used as candy contain ers and nut cups. Many featured paper inserts for the features, but often they contained candles. Most lanterns were pumpkins, but some came in the shape of cats and other Halloween themes.

Her collection contains a double-sided Jack-O-Lantern that is very rare. She said her mother thought that it was probably used in a shop display.

The noisemakers are a small part of her and her husband’s collection of vintage metal toys.

The Halloween toys are near-and-dear to her heart because her first official date with her husband was on Halloween.

The noisemakers are from the 1920s-1950s and all of them work.

Teri loves the bright colors and graphics on the toys.

The display also includes a few items, such as rat skeletons, that were “put in as a wink” to Library Operations Assistant Taylor Green, who is passionate about rats.

An Ouija board can be found in the back case along with a few other Halloween items.

Share creative juices at the LW Library pumpkin carving

The Leisure World Library will host its first pumpkin carving contest on Wednesday, Oct. 31, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Everybody is welcome to come and vote for their favorite creations.

Shareholders will cast votes for their three favorites entries.

People who want to submit a carved pumpkin should visit the library to get the rules and fill out an entry form. Entry forms must be received at the library by Friday, Oct. 26. Pumpkins will be judged on carving not decorations. The pumpkins must be real, not plastic or synthetic.

If using lighting inside the pumpkin, it must be battery operated. No candles are permitted.

The three entries with the most votes will be announced at 1:15 p.m. Winners will receive a trophy and a VISA gift card. The first place prize is a $100 gift card. Winners must be present at the award ceremony to receive their prize.

Meeting slated for SB parking plans

The City of Seal Beach will be hosting a parking project meeting on Monday, Oct. 22 from 5-7 p.m. The meeting will be held in the City Council chambers at 211 8th Street, Seal Beach.

The parking project manager, members of the police department and finance department will discuss updates and future of the residential, business, and beach parking plans throughout the City of Seal Beach.

There will be an opportunity for public comment at the study session. Topics include changes to the city’s Municipal Code and parking policy, current parking permit processes and the modernization of parking enforcement systems as well as other parking related issues.

Community members are invited to attend and provide input. Questions or concerns can be submitted by e-mail to Parking@sealbeachca.gov.


HB airshow brings increased air traffic to skies above LW

The third Great Pacific Airshow will take place this weekend, Oct. 19-21, along the shoreline in Huntington Beach, which will increase air traffic in and out of the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base and increased noise levels in the flight patterns.

The USAF Thunderbird flight team is scheduled to arrive Thursday, Oct. 18, between 1-2 p.m. Team practice flight is slated on Friday, Oct. 19, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Additional aircraft will also be taking off and landing throughout the weekend from JFTB and Long Beach Airport.

GRF Arts & Crafts Festival

The 50th annual Golden Rain Foundation Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, in Clubhouse 2 from 9 a.m.- 2 p.m.

The Arts & Crafts Festival is for the purpose of encouraging the creative talents of Leisure World Seal Beach GRF members.

Items for sale at the festival must have been made by the shareholder/member. No manufactured articles may be sold. Each seller must live in Leisure World and must be a GRF member to qualify as an exhibitor at the festival.

Come and support your fellow shareholders/members.

Wednesday movie canceled Oct. 24

The Wednesday GRF movie on Oct. 24 is canceled due to a GRF town hall meeting.

OptumCare Flu Clinic

LWers arrived for their flu shots at OptumCare’s first Leisure World Flu Clinic on Oct. 12. The event was well organized with more than 1,200 shots administered. Cal State, Long Beach students, under the supervision of the school of nursing, administered the injections. OptumCare employees and GRF volunteers were there to greet people, escort individuals from station to station, and help those with special needs. There will be a make-up day on Oct. 25 for those who missed the flu clinic. The clinic is open to Health Center members, but available to others who like the convenience by paying cash.

Watch Your Step
by Jim Breen


A drowsy resident was resting at home one recent afternoon, recovering from out-patient cataract surgery and the after-effects of anesthesia. Suddenly, the phone rang and it was man offering a low percentage rate on one of her credit cards.

First, he would need her number. Still in a bit of a fog, she blurted it out. The scammer left her on hold while he “checked it out.”

In the minute that followed, she managed to call her credit union to report her mistake that could have been expensive.

“I think I was just scammed because I gave out my number,” she told the teller.

“No worries,we’ll stop payment on any purchases, cancel the card and send a new one,” said the teller.

“And by the way, in the last 30 seconds, someone tried to withdraw $500 from your account,” she added.

The quick action by the resident and bank teller avoided a major financial calamity.


Dan Curtin is another example of a shareholder who can’t be fooled by scams. The Mutual 8 resident has managed to dodge plenty in the last few months.

Recently, he received the following disjointed message on his telephone answering service:

“And once again expired after that you will be taken under custody by the local cops as there are four serious allegations pressed on your name at this moment we would request you to get back to us so that we can discuss about this case before taking any legal action against you.”

No doubt, a scam.

Curtin spotted it and He didn’t call the number, but jotted down the message and relayed it to Watch Your Step.

As part of a secret shopper scam previously attempted on the LWer, he received worthless checks for $2,600. “I never deposited the checks and never heard from them again, said Curtin.

“I’m no fool,” he said.

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.

Legion Auxiliary
Midge Bash, the National Security chairwoman, was guest speaker at the recent meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327.

She discussed how the Leisure World Drone Club will interface with the Radio Club in actual emergencies.

Auxiliary members also reviewed plans for attending the Veterans Day program.

This year, it will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, Nov. 12, in Clubhouse 2.

Legion Post 327 will honor World War II veterans at the event.

Auxiliary members will also be selling tickets ($15) for the holiday luncheon at noon on Dec. 17 in Clubhouse 4.

Tickets are also available by calling call Rosa Carrillo at 430-2472 or Jean Sudbeck at 594-0209.

Auxiliary and the Post members and their spouses are invited to attend.


Mary Carlson is taking reservations for the field trip to see Potters Field, a facility for homeless veterans in Midway City.

A group is going in October and November. Call Mary at 357-4214 for more information.


The ladies continue to make poppies at Clubhouse 6 at 10:30 a.m. every Wednesday.

– Sandy Esslinger

New resource rack

A new resource rack has been added to the Leisure World Library. Residents are invited to view resources for home care, transportation, food delivery and more.

For more information and guidance, contact Cindy Tostado, GRF member resource and assistance liaison. Her office is in the Mutual Administration Building, second floor. Her phone number is 431-6586, ext. 317.

GRF does not endorse the services or products of any agency or company that is posted. The information is for referral purposes only.


Letters to the Editor


Many of us have chosen to live in a community that allows us to age with comfort and convenience. Some of us develop infirmities such as limited eye-sight, use of our limbs due to the natural aging process or because of medications needed.

I used to take my walker to the carport, load it into a 3,000-pound mass of iron, travel the half mile, then have to search for a nearby parking spot at the Pharmacy, Bank, Carl’s Jr. or the Dollar Tree, unload the walker, do my chores, load the walker back in the iron hulk, drive back to my carport, unload the walker then arrive at my apartment fully exhausted.

Buying a golf cart was one of my better choices since moving into Leisure World. Unloading the expensive insurance premiums and high maintenance gas guzzler, justifies the initial cost of the golf cart, plus adding a parking pad at the front door of my apartment. Now I only have to remember to hook up the electrical cord.

I’d like to thank the GRF, the shareholders and their Mutuals who allow us the privilege of using our carts here in Leisure World and to consider a more active participation on their part in reducing our street and parking lot congestion by encouraging the use of golf carts.

Ron Stahl

Mutual 7


Protecting people and pets in LW from harmful chemicals used in lawn care products is a major problem and health concern. Each Mutual selects the lawn care products for its greenbelts. We weave in and out of our beautiful walkways not knowing what chemicals we are being exposed to.

It is sad that one of the dogs in LW now has permanent liver damage and the vet believes the cause is from harmful toxins in lawn products. Another lady who attends weekly meetings in LW said that she begins a coughing jag each time she attends the meetings. Another resident is disturbed about the number of dead bees she observed on her walks.

I applaud my mutual for switching to safer products. Why wouldn’t every mutual want to do so? As we age our immune systems naturally decline and we are more susceptible to toxins.

There is an easy solution to this health concern. It doesn’t require costly studies or more rules and regulations; it only requires a unanimous effort from all Mutuals to switch to safe lawn care products.

We could even make this a bigger win. If all agreed to switch to the same safe products, we could buy in bulk and negotiate a discount from the vendor for our business. It would mean a savings and peace of mind.

Encourage your mutual presidents and directors to switch to safe-lawn care products and do the right thing and help protect the health of our people and pets.

Alice Goecke

Mutual 4


Several writers have expressed concerns about the necessity of Seal Beach Police patrolling Leisure World and issuing citations for infractions. Unfortunately, due to the increasing number of traffic scofflaws in our community, it is necessary.

As a daily walker, I applaud the GRF decision to make LW a safer place.

For those who decry the hefty fines that will be imposed, please understand that they are completely avoidable.

Obey the posted speed limits, stop at stop signs, yield right of way to pedestrians and other cars, and you will not be ticketed.

It really is quite simple.

Janet Weston

Mutual 2

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.

Nov. 2, 1978 – A series of meetings was announced by the Seal Beach City Council to discuss plans for the old Department of Water and Power site at the confluence of the ocean and San Gabriel River.

Nov. 3, 1988 – A photograph in the News showed Henry Kostowal with his 31-pound squash grown in the Mini-Farm. The Tahitian squash was crescent shaped with the fragrance of a sweet melon.

Oct. 29, 1998 – New push buttons were installed on traffic lights at St. Andrews Drive and Golden Rain Road. The buttons were installed to give pedestrians more time to cross the streets.

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

Perspectives Policy

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

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

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

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

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

Setting It Straight

The weekend Mass readings at Holy Family Catholic Church listed in LW Weekly on Oct. 11 were incorrect. They were the readings for the Oct. 20-21 Mass schedule.

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 LW Weekly or the Golden Rain Foundation.

Vera Broyles is grateful to Alpine Heating and Air Conditioning for successfully installing a split unit in her Mutual 1 apartment. Ms. Broyles said the workers were on time, efficient, experienced, pleasant, respectful and fair priced.


Agenda GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse Four

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

10:00 a.m.

1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. President’s Comments

4. Announcements/Service Awards/Staff Commendation

5. Seal Beach City Council Member’s Update

6. Shareholder/Member Comments

Note: Foundation Shareholder/Members are permitted to make comments before the meeting business of the Board begins. The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Time limits, per speaker, are limited to:

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

• 3 – minute limit per speaker, 16 – 25 speakers

• 2 – minute limit per speaker, over 26 speakers

7. Consent Calendar

8. Approval of Minutes

a. September 25, 2018

9. Reports

10. New Business

a. General

i. Ratify Facilities and Amenities Review Committee Assignments

b. Architectural Design and Review Committee

i. Reserve Funding Request – Planter Area in Front of Bus Parking, Clubhouse Four

ii. Operating Funding Request – Tree Trimming, Community Facilities

c. Executive Committee

i. Amend Policy 1001-30, Glossary of Terms

ii. Non-budgeted Operating Funds Request – Employee Holiday Luncheons

iii. Approve 2019 GRF Election Documents

d. Finance Committee

i. Accept September Financial Statements

ii. Approve Funds Transfer

iii. Approve CD Purchase

iv. Accept 2019 Reserve Study

v. Accept the 2019 Annual Budget Disclosure and Policy Statement

vi. TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend Policy 3324-31, Purchasing Fees

vii. TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend Policy 5061-31, Fees

viii. Amend Policy 5506-31, Request for Proposal

ix. Adopt Policy 5540-31, Contingency Operating Fund

x. Rescind Policy 5517-31, Liability Insurance Deductible Fund

xi. Adopt Policy 5519-30, Committee Budgeted Expenses

xii. Amend Policy 5528-31, Refund of Excess Income

e. Mutual Administration Committee

i. TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend Policy 1201-33, GRF Identification Cards

ii. Amend Policy 5165-33, Mutual Administration Committee

f. Recreation Committee

i. Operating Funding Request – Naming of the Basketball Key at Mission Park

ii. Capital Funding Request – Event Trailer Supplies

iii. Reserve Funding Request – Replacement of Pool and Spa Cover

g. Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

i. Conceptual Approval – Community Access Control

11. Staff Reports

Director of Finance’s Report – Ms. Miller

Executive Director’s Report – Mr. Ankeny

12. Board Member Comments

13. Next Meeting/Adjournment

GRF Board of Directors meeting, Tuesday, November 27, 10 a.m. Clubhouse Four

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, Oct. 18 Mutual 2

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 18 Mutual 11

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

Friday, Oct. 19 GRF/Mutual Roundtable

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 22 Mutual 8

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 Mutual 10

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Oct. 26 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 1 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6 Mutual 16

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 6 Mutual 17

Administration 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8 Mutual 12

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 9 Mutual 3

Administration 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13 Mutual 9

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14 Mutual 4

Administration 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15 Mutual 2

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15 Mutual 11

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

Friday, Nov. 16 GRF/Mutual Roundtable

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19 Mutual 15

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Mutual 14

Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday Nov. 21 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 21 Mutual 7

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 23 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 28 Mutual 8

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 28 Mutual 10

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 29 Mutual 1

Administration 9 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, Oct. 19 GRF/Mutual Roundtable

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 22 Management Services Review Ad hoc

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 23 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 24 Architectural Design Review Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 25 Service Maintenance Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 2 GRF Board Executive Session

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 5 Recreation Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 7 Physical Property Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 8 Communications Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 9 Executive Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13 Renumbering Subcommittee

Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15 Torch Run Subcommittee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16 GRF/Mutual Roundtable

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19 Finance Committee

Administration 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Information Technology Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 27 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 28 Architectural Design Review Committee

Administration 1 p.m.


Oct. 22 is last day to register

Vote by mail ballots will arrive this week for most residents unless the registration paperwork was submitted recently. Historically, Leisure World residents turn out to vote at higher rates than most any other group in Orange County. The vast majority of LW voters choose to vote by mail rather than at the polls—which may be the secret to voter turnout success. LW residents with questions about their eligibility for voting may call the Orange County Registrar of Voters at (714) 567-7600 or contact Democratic Club member Laura Wilson at 760-6660 for assistance.

A festive potluck is planned for the upcoming Democratic Club membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 21, in Clubhouse 4 at noon.

LW residents not yet registered to vote are reminded that the last day to register to vote is Oct. 22 to participate in the Nov. 6 General Election. The club is staffing a voter registration table on Tuesdays and Thursdays in front of Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m. Call club President Mary Tromp at 412-0898 if assistance is needed to register.

Plans are in the works for possible club involvement in the January election of Democrats from the 72nd Assembly District to the California Democratic Central Committee. A committee was formed to recruit a slate of candidates to present for approval to the board and ultimately the general membership at the November meeting. More information will be provided for members in the club’s monthly newsletter.

Relax with other Democrats at the club’s “Lunch Bunch” program on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at the Seal Beach Denny’s from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. This fun social event is a great way to meet others in an informal setting and learn more about the club. To reserve a spot, call Dale Lieberfarb at 594-1119.

Interested in joining the SBLW Democratic Club? Go to the website sblwdems.wordpress.com/, call Membership Chair Rachael Lehmberg at 340-9816, email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or attend the club membership meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at noon in Clubhouse 4.

Mutual 1 will have town hall meeting Oct. 28

The Mutual 1 Board of Directors will hold a town hall meeting for Mutual 1 shareholders only on Sunday, Oct. 28, from 3-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.

Bus service will be available from 2:30-6:30 p.m. Look for the bus labeled “Event Bus.”

Bring LW ID cards for admittance. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Phil Singer, Mutual 1, 22-G, for information and to RSVP.

Health and Fitness

Drug take-backs

The Seal Beach Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will take residents’ unused prescription pills for safe disposal from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27, in Leisure World.

It will give LWers the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Bring pills for disposal to the Leisure World Main Gate. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Ralph’s Pharmacy will participate as a corporate partner and will have a booth at the drop off.

Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website, www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.

Dr. Haider returns

Editor’s note: This is the first of occasional stories on OptumCare’s physicians now serving patients at the Health Care Center. Today: Dr. Rudolf Haider).

Former Medical Director Dr. Rudolf Haider, has returned to the Health Care Center as part of OptumCare.

Board certified in geriatric medicine, Dr. Haider provided care for Leisure World residents for more than 20 years prior to joining OptumCare two years ago.

Since then, he has continued seeing many residents at the OptumCare Medical Group office in Seal Beach Village.

OptumCare accepts all major health plans, including the tradit-

ional Medicare, Medicare Advan-tage, AARP and commercial plans.

Dr. Haider said he is excited to be back “inside the gates” and providing care once again at the HCC.

“With OptumCare, I have the resources to call in extra support for my patients who have challenging or complex conditions,” he said.

“There are nurses, pharmacists, social workers and personal care coordinators who can step in and help ensure these patients receive the care they need. We’re all part of one big team.”

As a way of re-introducing Dr. Haider to the Leisure World community, we recently asked him the following “getting to know you” questions.

Where were you born?

Dr. Haider: Lakewood, California

What are your hobbies and interests?

Dr. Haider: I enjoy mountain biking, snowboarding, sailing and golf. When I can’t be enjoying the outdoors, I like watching “Top Gear” and YouTube videos.

Last vacation?

Dr. Haider: I visited family in Austria.

Do you speak other languages besides English?

Dr. Haider: Yes, I’m fluent in German and Spanish.

When it comes to stress management, what do you find works best for you?

Dr. Haider: I find 10-minute meditation breaks to be effective in reducing stress.

By chance, do you remember your childhood dream job?

Dr. Haider: Cartoon artist

And what advice would you give your childhood self now?

Dr. Haider: Be focused, be committed, and have passion for whatever you do.

Dr. Haider is available to see new patients. To make an appointment with him at the Health Care Center, call 493-9581.

Aging with Diabetes

Having diabetes can feel overwhelming sometimes. From taking medications and using tools to check blood sugar, to monitoring diet and exercise, there is much to learn and manage.

Help is available. All Leisure World residents, including family and caregivers, are invited to attend the class Aging With Diabetes at 9 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22 in the Health Care Center conference room.

Presented by OptumCare pharmacist Kaylyn Pham, the new one-hour program covers several key aspects of living successfully with the condition:

• Hemoglobin AlC and age

• New medications and meters

• Ketogenic, Paleo and other fad diets

• Alcohol consumption, sugar

• Taking vacations and cruises

“Diabetes is a very burdensome disease,” said Pham, who has advanced certifications in diabetes management and education. “Our goal is to support patients, so they are in charge of it and live healthier lives,” he said.

There will be a raffle for helpful portion-control plates and salad shakers, plus complimentary patient education materials.

This program launches OptumCare’s new diabetes education classes at the HCC.

Seating is limited and reservations are required. To register, leave a message on the HCC reservation line at 795-6204.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment began Oct. 15, and through Dec. 7, there are choices to be made about next year’s health plan.

Residents can attend one of the many on-site meetings conducted by health plan brokers and sales agents. They can answer questions and provide guidance about the plan that best suits individual needs.

For a schedule of upcoming meetings, call 493-958


by Margaret Humes

LW contributor

Darlene Gardner, Bev Bender, Judy Chambers and Lyn Kelley. were honored as co-top losers of the week at the Wa-Rite Club meeting on Oct. 12.

They each lost 1-1/2 pounds, which ties in with the Food for the Thought: “Just remember what counts; it’s not perfection but progress.”

Losing any weight is good progress.

How they did it:

• Bev said she lost her appetite due to all the bad news in the media.

• Lyn said she shortened her daily eating time to an 8-10 hour window each day.

• Judy shared that eating a small amount of beans at night helped with cravings and they’re a good source of protein and fiber.

Marina Tesla presented a program on organizing that included good motivational information,

Many people have had to down size but still hold onto “stuff.”

Helpful tips were included in the a book, “Spark Joy” by Marie Kondo.

With the limited amount of space, it’s best to let go of things that clutter the home.

Less clutter means less stress and that leads to less eating since some people tend to “stress” eat.

Wa-rite is a support group for women who need to lose 10 pounds or more. Meetings are from 9-10 a.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room. 1.

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

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

Stay healthy during the flu season

According to OptumCare, there are easy ways to stay healthy during flu season.

There’s a lot of information about the flu, and for good reason, the flu can be a very dangerous disease, and it’s up to everyone to keep it at bay.

The good news is you don’t need to change your routine too much to stay healthy. Just follow these simple steps to help avoid the flu.

• Wash your hands. People come in contact with germs on a daily basis, from door handles to the fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator. Most germs are harmless, but during flu season it’s important to be extra careful. When away from home, bring an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

• Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. The vitamins help the immune system stay strong.

• Get your flu shot. It’s an effective way to stay healthy, but takes a week or two for it to be effective. If you are feeling under the weather, stay home. Even if it’s just a cold, the body needs to rest and recover. If you are not sure how to treat your symptoms, call your doctor.

Those who are not HCC patients can still get a flu shot for $40.

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, including water packed fruits to accommodate diabetics. One percent milk served daily. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079.

Monday, Oct. 22: Egg drop soup with salt-free crackers, Asian chicken salad (red peppers,carrots, broccoli) Asian dressing, sunshine gelatin salad, regular and diet oatmeal cookie.

Tuesday, Oct. 23: Baked ziti, garden mixed salad with dressing, bread stick, regular and diet chocolate pudding.

Wednesday, Oct. 24: Roast turkey with gravy, mashed potatoes, broccoli/cauliflower, cranberry sauce, wheat roll, tropical fruit mix, orange juice.

Thursday, Oct. 25: Chili con carne on baked potato, California salad with shredded cheese and chopped onions, fresh fruit.

Friday, Oct. 26: Braised beef with peppers and onions in sauce, brown rice, carrots, mandarin orange

Weekly health, exercise classes

Chair Exercise

Classes are offered from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 1.

Classes are for men and women at all fitness levels.

For more information, call 493-7063.

Movement for Medical Qigong

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

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

Feeling Good Exercise

Move to the music from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1, with Sarah Grusmark and Thursdays with Katie Sellards. The fee is $3 a class.

People of all fitness levels are welcome. For more information, call Cathleen Walters at 598-9149.

Stick, Qigong, Tai Chi Club

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

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

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.

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. The exercises are practiced in a chair.

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

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


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 2. The fee is $5 per session.

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

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.

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.

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.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service organization that delivers a variety of freshly prepared meals to homebound and active Leisure World shareholders. The discounted daily fee is $8.25 for a complete hot dinner, lunch consisting of a large salad or sandwich with a small side salad, dessert and carton of low-fat milk. Meals with a “friendly visit” are delivered weekdays between between 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. To start a new client application online at www.mowlb.org or call Caron Adler at (562) 433-0232.

Monday. Oct. 22: Stuffed bell pepper, au gratin potatoes, zucchini and tomatoes, yogurt with sliced peaches and strawberries, tuna salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, creamy coleslaw.

Tuesday, Oct. 23: Roasted turkey with sage gravy, herb stuffing, spinach, fresh banana, taco salad with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro, salsa dressing, crackers.

Wednesday, Oct. 24: Beef Stroganoff, seasoned egg noodles, green beans with herbs, oatmeal cookies, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and pickle, homemade potato salad.

Thursday, Oct. 25: Chicken breast with mole sauce, oven browned potatoes, mixed vegetables, fresh tangerine, turkey, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, carrot and raisin salad.

Friday, Oct. 26: Breaded baked fish with tartar sauce, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts, tapioca pudding, Greek chicken salad, tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese, vinaigrette dressing and crackers.

Arts and Leisure

Good News Singers to entertain

It’s been a warm summer and fall. As the weather turns cooler, it’s time to think winter and especially the holidays. Get in the mood for Christmas with the music of the season.

The Good News Singers will present a “Jesus, the Reason for the Season” concert on Saturday, Nov. 3, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

There will be familiar sing-along songs and two of the featured solo groups will perform their rendition of Christmas tunes.

The full chorus will sing “O Holy Night,” “I Saw Three Ships” and “Today,” an inspirational piece written by Rhonda Sandberg, director of the Good News Singers.

All in attendance will receive a full free dinner, compliments of the Good News Singers, plus a free gift bag filled with goodies. Bring a friend and enjoy an afternoon of good music, good friends and good food. Come early as seats fill quickly.

Video Producers Club

The Video Producers Club offers free training weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 12-A. Get answers to video-related questions and step-by-step demonstrations; no appointments needed. Drop in Mondays to learn more about creating and editing videos with Joe Osuna; Tuesdays, how to transfer VHS tapes to DVD or other media, Richard Houck; Wednesdays, general information about the club and its services, Irene Cistaro; Thursdays, using smartphones and tablets to take videos, Joseph Valentinetti; and Fridays, creating and editing videos, Janice Laine. For more information, call the VPC Room at 431-6586, ext. 287.

Beginners Line Dance

Starting Friday Oct. 19, longtime resident and line dance instructor Barbara Magie will re-start her beginners line dance class. The slow-paced and fun class is for people who have asked her to resume teaching it and for those who want to learn how to line dance.

She will lead dances, steps and counts.

The Friday schedules are as follows: first Friday of the month classes will be held in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 at 10 a.m. The rest of the month the classes will be held in Clubhouse 3 lobby at 10 a.m. All are welcome. Wear comfortable shoes.

For more information, call her at 596-4690 and leave message.

Ad Hoc Chorus

The Ad Hoc Chorus meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. All are welcome to come and sing classics, showtunes, novelty numbers and popular ballads. The song leader is Helene Uno. The piano accompanist is Barbara McIlhaney. Song books are provided.

ICT previews ‘A Splintered Soul’ tonight

International City Theatre will present a gripping drama about war refugees haunted by the death of their loved ones—and by memories of the things they had to do to survive. “A Splintered Soul,” by Long Beach-based playwright Alan L. Brooks, opens Oct. 19 at International City Theatre in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. A low-priced preview will be held today, Oct. 18.

It’s 1947 in San Francisco, home to a group of resettled Holocaust survivors from Poland whose very existence depended on blurring the lines between right and wrong. Rabbi Kroeller and a group of morally starved refugees seek to define their existence in this new, tidy post-war America. How can these splintered souls adapt to a new life in a new land, where all the rules have changed?

“The story and the action are heightened,” says director Marya Mazor. “It’s a parable that asks important questions about immigration, survival and democracy—questions that resonate today. Are refugees who have survived extreme trauma the lucky ones—or the unlucky ones? How do they assimilate into American society, and what does it take for American society to understand and accept them? Now is also an important time to remember the rise of fascism and what led to it.”

“A Splintered Soul” was the recipient of the 2005 Moondance International Film Festival Award for the best full-length stage play drama. It premiered at the Odyssey Theatre in 2007, had a successful off-Broadway run at the Mint Theater in 2011 and received its Midwest premiere at Stage 773 in Chicago in 2016. Backstage wrote, “resonates with a compelling veracity,” Theater Mania found it to be “thoughtful drama … worth taking seriously,” and Stage and Cinema calls it “searing… exposes a new mutation of a latent cancer.”

The International City Theatre production stars ICT audience favorites Allison Blaize and Madeleine Falk. Alan Lester Brooks is a retired physician who has spent the last 20 years writing plays.

Born in 1942, he grew up with a great awareness of the events in Europe in that decade and beyond.

As his surviving relatives came to Los Angeles, he met and grew up with the characters in his play. In Vietnam, as a military physician, he witnessed first hand the miseries of war, poverty, starvation and human degradation.

Marya Mazor recently directed Donald Margulies’ “The Model Apartment” for the Geffen Playhouse, “Tribes” at the Chance Theater (OC Register Best Play 2017) and “Pure Confidence” for Lower Depth Theatre Ensemble.

“A Splintered Soul” runs Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., Oct. 19-Nov. 4.

Tickets are $47 on Thursdays and Fridays, and $49 on Saturdays and Sundays, except Oct. 19 (opening night) for which tickets are $55 and include a post-performance reception with the actors. Tickets to the preview are $35.

International City Theatre is located in the Long Beach Performing Arts Center at 330 East Seaside Way in Long Beach.

For reservations and information, call 436-4610 or go to InternationalCityTheatre.org.reception with the actors.

SBTV Channel 3

SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Thursday, Oct. 18

4 pm Alzheimer’s and Brain Health

5 pm 2018 FALW Luau

6 pm Studio Cafe

7 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

8 pm Meet the Candidates

9 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

9:30 pm Los Al Jazz Band

10:05 pm Korean Nights

11:30 pm Cerritos Center

Friday, Oct. 19

4 pm LW Expo 2018

5 pm Anna Derby’s

Personal Journey

5:28 pm Sailing, Sailing, Sails Aweigh

6 pm Calvary Chapel

6:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

7 pm Meet the Candidates

8 pm Velvetones Sept 2018

9 pm Studio Cafe

10 pm Life & Times in SB: SBPD

11:30 pm Live at the Ford Theater

Saturday, Oct. 20

4 pm Sharon Hamilton

Birthday Entertainment

4:30 pm Randy Ankeny—

Current and Future LW

5:30 pm Theater Club Labor Day Show

6:10 pm Sailing, Sailing, Sails Aweigh

6:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm LAUSD

10 pm MSB 2017 Highlights

11:05 pm Live at the Ford

Sunday, Oct. 21

4 pm Shakespeare in the Park

6 pm Los Al Jazz Band

6:35 pm Velvetones Sept 2018

7:30 pm Sea Inside

8 pm McGaugh 4th Grade Go West!

9 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

9:30 pm Meet the Candidates

10:30 pm Life and Times in SB—


Monday, Oct. 22

4 pm LW Expo 2018

5 pm Randy Ankeny—

Current and Future LW

6 pm Studio Cafe

7 pm SB Planning Commission

meeting, live

8 pm Vintage Vehicles

9 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

9:30 pm Life & Times in SB—


11 pm Live at the Ford Theater

Tuesday, Oct. 23

4 pm Joann & Lee

Wedding Reception

5 pm Theater Club Labor Day Show

5:41 pm Sailing, Sailing, Sails Aweigh

6 pm Calvary Chapel

6:30 pm Los Al Jazz Band

7:05 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

7:30 pm Korean Nights

9 pm Studio Cafe

10 pm Meet the Candidates

11 pm Cerritos Center

Wednesday, Oct. 24

4 pm Anna Derby’s

Personal Adventure

4:40 pm Sailing, Sailing, Sails Aweigh

4:30 pm Doo Wop Name Game

5 pm Alzheimer’s and Brain Health

6 pm LW Expo 2018

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

8:30 pm Meet the Candidates

9:25 pm Los Al Jazz Band

10 pm MSB 2017 Highlights

11:05 pm Cerritos Center

*All programming is subject to change.

Community Sing

by Ethel Carter

LW contributor

The Community Sing will meet on Monday, Oct. 22, at 6:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.

Folks who wish to be part of the Opening Acts should come at 6 p.m. to sign in with the leader, Byong Choi. Bring music for the pianist, Barbara McIlhaney.

The Recreation Office requests that everyone coming to the Community Sing wait until 6 p.m. before entering the lobby.

Byong will lead audience singing until 7:15 when he will introduce his half-time guests, Sue Choi, Russ Pfifer, Claudia Choi and Ben Adrian.

On Oct. 8, Nancy Maggio was the emcee. Opening Acts began with Bob Barnum singing “Always Loving You” (a capella) followed by Ethel Carter, “Put a Little Love in Your Heart.” Then Bruce Dupont, “All the Way”; Betty Ballen, “There’s Nobody Home on the Range Anymore”; Bill Frambach, “Sailing, Sailing”; Chuck Zeman, “I’ll Be Seeing You” (a capella); Ellen Brannigan,“Beer Barrel Polka”; ending with Vito Villamor singing “Just a Closer Walk With Thee.”

McIlhaney accompanied six of the soloists.

After Opening Acts, Nancy led group singing until she introduced her half-time guests, a quartet of Gospel singers who call themselves, “The Messengers” including Janet Overton, Lois Sellars, Andre DuSomme and Jerry Tester. They were accompanied on piano by Dorothy Kane. The numbers they sang were “The World is Not My Home”; “Happy Talk” (solo by Janet Overton); “Farther Along”; and “I’m Feelin’ Fine.” The audience appreciated their beautiful harmony and applauded. Janet Overton revealed that this performance was the group’s debut singing for an audience.

After the half-time performance, Nancy led group singing then concluded the musical evening with “Kumbaya.”

Many thanks to pianist Barbara McIlhaney and Bob Barnum, stage manager and book lender.

Also, special thanks to Vito Villamor for help getting the song books to the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.

Lapidary Club

The Lapidary and Jewelry club is offering two Introduction to Glass Fusion classes.

They will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and Thursday, Nov. 15, from 9 a.m.-noon in the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4. Sign up in the Lapidary Room.

The classes are limited to six students. Cost is $10 per student, payable at the beginning of the classes.

The basics of glass fusion will be covered. Beginners are welcome and people with experience can expand their skills in glass cutting and shaping to create more intricate designs.

The class on Nov. 14 is more suited for making jewelry; the Nov. 15 class, for making larger decorative pieces.

Fused pieces can be picked up the following day. These classes are popular so people are encouraged to sign up early in Clubhouse 4. The Lapidary Room is located to the rear of the clubhouse.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Library need volunteers to work at the Friends Bookstore adjacent to the Leisure World library. The Friends raises thousands of dollars to help support the library through the sale of books, cards, puzzles and more at the Friends Bookstore.

Volunteers help sort, price and stock donations of books and other materials. To find out more, visit the bookstore from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, or 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

GRF Weekly Dance

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

Linda Herman will play mixed ballroom dance music on Oct. 20.

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

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

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

• Only the bands can make announcements from the stage.

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

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

GRF Arts and Crafts Fest

The 50th Annual Arts & Crafts Festival will be held on Friday, Nov. 2, and Saturday, Nov. 3, in Clubhouse 1 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. The Arts & Crafts Festival is for the purpose of encouraging the creative talents of Leisure World Seal Beach GRF members.

While invited to exhibit their products, participants must adhere to guidelines established in Golden Rain Policy 1481; items for sale at the festival must have been made by the shareholder/member.

No manufactured articles may be sold.

Each seller must live in Leisure World and must be a GRF member to qualify as an exhibitor of sale items at the festival.

Astronomy Club

The Astronomy Club will meetWednesday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.

An video overview of astronomy will be presented, followed by a short discusion.

Then people will view the night sky through a 10-inch Dobsonian telescope, which provides superior resolution.

Mars, Venus, Jupiter and Saturn have been visible lately. The fall months are clear and cool. The sky gives beautiful images. Bring a jacket.

The club is comprised of a friendly group of people who want to learn more about astronomy. There will be coffee and cookies. All are welcome.

Dining in Leisure World

Finbars Italian Kitchen and Naples Rib Company, who used to alternate weekly in Leisure World as part of the GRF-sponsored Restaurant Night will now both be here once a month on Mondays from 4-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.

Finbars will usually be in LW on the third week. This month only Finbars will be in LW on the fourth week, Oct. 22.

Naples will serve meals on the first Monday of the month.

After a dynamic start for both restaurants, the number of diners has dwindled and suggestions are being considered to increase participation. Restauranteurs Joseph Barbara and Dave Ursini are reviewing the responses to the recent GRF survey to find solutions.

Residents who haven’t done so are asked to drop a line to the Recreation Department by email to events@lwsb.com or in the white mailboxes.

Currently, Finbars does not require reservations, while Naples Rib Company does.

Contact the Naples Rib Company by phone at 439-7427 or via its website at http://www.ribcompany.com/leisure-world-menu.asp.Reservations must be received before noon on the Monday that they will be in LW. Those who book through the website will receive a special treat.

Finbars has converted to a first-come, first-serve basis, thereby eliminating the need for reservations. However patrons are encouraged to stagger their eating times between 4-6 p.m. as usual to avoid long lines.

The Clubhouse 1 dining area is open until 7 p.m.

Finbars Menu

Finbars Italian Kitchen will be in Clubhouse 1 on Oct. 22 to serve dinners that include the appetizer of the day, a green salad with a choice of dressings and three entrée options, ranging from $13-$15 (tax included). Dessert and soft drinks are available for an additional charge. Dinner service is from 4-6:30 p.m. Reservations are not required.


Spaghetti with Meatball or sausage, $13

Authentic slow-simmered “Sunday gravy” tomato sauce.

Add a meatball or sausage for $2

Chicken Parmigiana, $14

Chicken breast rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and baked with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses in a light tomato sauce. Served with penne or vegetables and rice.

Poached Salmon, $15

Served with choice of penne or vegetables and rice

LW Poetry

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


Forgiveness is a gift – it enables us to let go.

Unforgiveness binds us.

Forgiveness permits us to be free.

When we forgive, we receive God’s mercy.

Forgiving allows us to have compassion on others

It frees us to be tender hearted.

When we don’t forgive we are bound in chains.

Have the courage to forgive so you can live free.

Free of anger, hurt and resentment.


—Nancy Maggio

Pacific Chorale opens season Nov. 4

On Sunday, Nov. 4, Pacific Chorale will open its 2018-19 season at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall with a performance of “The Creation,” in a concert featuring video projections and lighting to complement what has been called composer Franz Joseph Haydn’s masterpiece and the “Sistine Chapel of Music.”

The concert will be held Sunday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. at the Renée and Henry Segerstrom Concert Hall.

With a libretto that draws on the books of Genesis and Psalms as well as Milton’s “Paradise Lost,” “The Creation” features some of Haydn’s most creative and uplifting music, including magically descriptive orchestral writing, triumphant choruses and a trio of angels (portrayed by soprano, tenor and bass soloists) who act as narrators. This will be the Chorale’s first time to present the oratorio in its own concert season in 45 years.

Robert Istad, the Chorale’s artistic director, will conduct Pacific Chorale and Pacific Symphony in the performance, joined by vocal soloists soprano Elissa Johnston, tenor Derek Chester, and bass Paul Max Tipton.

Tickets, $25-$125, are available through Pacific Chorale at www.pacificchorale.org or (714) 662-2345 and Segerstrom Center for the Arts at www.scfta.org or (714) 556-2787.

The Pacific Chorale has delighted national and international audiences with concerts of choral music performed at the highest musical standards since 1968.

Bus offered to LA Philharmonic

Celebrate the LA Philharmonic’s centennial year, and experience the fun and joy of music with fellow music lovers.

Join the Long Beach Auxiliary of the Los Angeles Philharmonic on its chartered bus to eight Friday matinee concerts at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For $18 round trip, people can board the bus at Leisure World at 8:50 a.m.

The bus also stops at the Target parking lot in the Los Altos Shopping Center on Bellflower Boulevard at 9:15 a.m.

Concert tickets (senior rates available) can be purchased from the Philharmonic ticket office by calling (323) 850-2000 or visit www.laphil.com.

Remaining concert dates are Oct. 26, Dec. 7, March 1, April 5 and 19, and May 10 and 31.

Contact Laurie Gilmore, (949) 584-6267 or gilmore21@earthlink.net for bus service information and reservations.

Dance Classes and Clubs

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

•A Time to Dance Club by Joseph: Ballroom dance group lessons are held the second and fourth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Waltz is taught from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; tango, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; $5 per session. Singles and couple are welcome. For information, call (559) 403-8974.

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

•Dance Club: Ballroom and social dance classes are held on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Beginning/intermediate salsa is taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate country-western is taught from 8:15-9:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per class or $10 for both classes. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate. For information, call dance instructor Jeremy Pierson, 999-1269.

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

•Dancing Feet Club: Ballroom and line dancing are held in Clubhouse 2 on the fourth Sunday of the month from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6. Admission is free. Guests may bring drinks and snacks. The club holds free line dance lessons and practices in Clubhouse 6 on 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 jojo@huiohula.com.

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

•Leisure Time Dancers: Texas Two Step and Latin Cha Cha will be taught on Mondays in Clubhouse 6. The two-step, a casual, easy country dance, starts at 2 p.m.; and the upbeat Latin cha cha, at 3 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome; dancers rotate. Cost is $6 for one hour; $10 for two hours. For more information, call instructor Richard Sharrard at 434-6334.

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

•Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club: The club hosts themed dances with a potluck on the first Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Singles and couples are welcome. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at 237-2682.

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: Fox trot is taught from 9-10 a.m.; rumba, from 10-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 1; Candi Davis; instructor; dancers rotate. Sessions are $5.

•Suede Sole Dancers: The group meets at 6 p.m. on Sundays for a class upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Pat Erickson is the instructor.

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

•Zumba Club: Stef Sullivan teaches the class with dance steps inspired by salsa, merengue, cha-cha, raggaeton, Cumbia, Bollywood, jazz, hip-hop and disco. Classes, $3, are held at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Classes are held in Clubhouse 6, except the Thursday class, which meets in Clubhouse 3.

Food bank here today

Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4. The next food distribution will be Oct. 18.

Every third Thursday from 9-11 a.m., qualified people receive 40 pounds of food, including canned fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, juice, cereal and more.

Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,287 a month for one person; $1,736 for two-person household; $2,184 for a three-person household. To sign up, bring a photo ID, and proof of income (Social Security/SSI Statement, letter or bank statement or paycheck stub).

People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the box of food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID. People who need help arranging a proxy can call GRF Member Resource Liaison Cindy Tostado at 431-6586, ext. 317.

CAPOC will have a representative there to help people with applications for its program and for the separate Cal Fresh benefits, which are food stamps.

People over 55 who don’t receive SSI will qualify if they meet the following income guidelines: $2,010 per month for one person; $2,708 for a two-person household. Bring an ID, Social Security card, proof of income and rent receipt to apply for food stamps.

Community Karaoke

Bob Barnum, a karaoke member always eager to sing, did a smooth rendition of “Make You Feel My Love.” Last week’s Community Karaoke party also featured several duets done by Walt Bier, Susan Kelleghan, Bev Adams, and Sue and Walter Piippo. It’s a challenge to blend voices and keep the tempo, and they all did very well.

John Denver tunes were popular and sung by Gerry Tagaloa and Ann Martin. Rosemary Freman and Audrey McKenzie did hits by Rod Stewart. Pat Kogak likes showtunes from “South Pacific.” Byong Choi had people smiling when he danced and sang “Be Bop-a-Lula.”

The audience appreciated the 32 LWers and friends who practiced and tried hard to deliver their best performances.

Most of the karaoke members practice all week to become familiar with their songs. When they take the stage, they have confidence. The club holds Tuesday practice sessions in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m.

Everyone is welcome on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m. Come relax with a cup of coffee and enjoy an evening out.

On Wednesday, Oct. 24, the club will celebrate Halloween a little early with sandwiches and snacks.

LW Poetry

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

Heaven’s Gate?

Joe was waitin’

By this funny lookin’ gate,

He said “I’m sure glad you’re here

But what made you so durn late?”

“Well, the kids asked about money

And really started to squall

When they finally figgered out

Medical bills ‘most took it all.”

“They let me know that they was sure

We wuz both some kind of fool,

For sellin’ off most of our land

To put ‘em all through school.”

“Each girl wanted Grandma’s china,

And stirred up a turrible fuss,

I just cain’t hardly believe them four

Really come from us!

When the boys got all lathered up

And fought over your old Chevy,

I had to run ‘em all away

‘Cause my old heart was gettin’ heavy.

But then I felt almighty good

After I figgered out what to do,

So I made a new will leavin’

What’s left to the ACLU.”

Well, Joe fell over laughin’

And o’ course I joined right in,

And it’s none of your durn business

What we did then!”

—Julie Ford



Speaker is from OC Office of Aging

Frank J. Hernandez from the Orange County Community Service /Office on Aging will be the guest speaker a the Sunshine Club tomorrow, Friday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

Hernandez graduated from California State University, Long Beach, with both his undergraduate and graduate degrees in health education. He is passionate about educating others on the importance of wellbeing and how it relates to enjoying a fulfilling life.

He entered the County of Orange Health Care Agency in 1996, first as an intern at Special Diseases, then as a part-time educator with Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), then as a master trainer of Evidence Based Education programs at County of Orange Office on Aging.

In his spare time, he enjoys SCUBA diving, salsa dancing, roller blading, cycling, running… anything that ends with an “ing” that will help his heart stay racing.

The Sunshine Club is designed to help people get along in the community, for neighbors to have better communication and to get the best out of living in Leisure World.

Classes are held from 10 a.m.-noon on Fridays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 (except the first Friday in Room 8). All shareholders are welcome to attend; membership is not required. Refreshments are served. Bring a cup for coffee.

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


Used vehicle sale is on Saturday

On the fourth Saturday of each month, shareholders/members can sell any used motorized vehicle in the Administration Parking Lot from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The next sale is Oct. 27.

Vehicles must have current DMV registrations and GRF decals as well as be insured. In addition to cars, motorhomes, motorcycles, golf carts, bikes, trikes and scooters may be sold. The owner or representative does not need to be present, but is allowed to display a single “For Sale” sign no larger than 18 inches by 24 inches on the vehicle, to include a phone number.

The sale is open to Leisure World residents only and the guests they call in. The public will not be able to sell at the events.

For more information, contact Recreation at 431-6586, ext. 350 or 398.


Bring check books to participate in silent auction during gala Oct. 20

Golden Age Foundation’s 45th annual gala on Saturday, Oct. 20, will feature a wide variety items to be bid on off during the silent auction. Attendees may need their check books.

The event will be held in Clubhouse 2. The doors open at 4:30 p.m. Gala tickets are all sold out.

Those who purchased tickets are reminded to “dress to impress.”

The gala begins with a social hour, followed by dinner at 6 p.m. with entertainment by RCA recording artist Jimmy Chapel.

During the social hour, guests can join or renew their GAF memberships and to sign up for Ralph’s Rewards and Smile.Amazon.com. Before settling in at the tables, visit the complimentary photo booth.

Sip your wine and don’t miss the Silent Auction display on the front table. Last year the silent auction was a huge success. There will be wide variety of auction items to bid on such as a Family Night Knott’s Berry Farm basket, Crown Royal basket, Beach Party and Aquarium of the Pacific basket, Christmas decorations gift basket, 60 Minutes Massage/Chiropractic basket, Wine and Dessert basket, Avon Cosmetic basket, Harry & David basket, Golf & Stuff basket, Sound Healing and Meditation basket, Pickle Ball basket, Movie Night basket, “Strike It Rich” basket, an eclectic basket and dinner for two at Shinobu Shabu Shabu in Huntington Beach and a Domino’s Pizza, Seal Beach gift cards.

GAF meeting is Oct. 24, CH 5

The Golden Age Foundation will have its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 2 p.m. in the Building 5, Conference Room B. Building 5 is across from Clubhouse 6 and Conference Room B is located behind the GRF Security Decal Office.

All shareholders are welcome to observe the board meeting.

This is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest news and get a preview of coming Golden Age Foundation attractions.

Street sweeping is next Thursday

Street sweeping of Trust Streets takes place in the early morning of the fourth Thursday of the month, Oct. 25, beginning at midnight. Remember to move all cars from the streets on Wednesday evening before retiring for the night.

Last 2018 PEO card party is Oct. 24

Everyone is invited to the PEO luncheon and card party on the fourth Wednesday of the month, Oct. 24, in Clubhouse 2. Everyone should be seated by 11:45 a.m. and lunch will be served at noon. The cost of the lunch is $11 and includes an entrée, roll, salad, beverage and dessert. Guests not eating lunch pay $3 to contribute to the scholarship fund. To set up a new table or make changes to a standing reservation, call Jan Krehbiel at 431-8240 by Oct. 20.

Any card or board games can be played. Tables can be pushed together to accommodate more people. All LW residents, men and women, are invited to join in the fun. All profits are donated to college scholarships for women through the national PEO organization.

This is the last PEO sponsored card party for 2018, due to Thanksgiving and Christmas. The club does not have parties in November or December. Parties will resume on Jan. 23.


Computer classes offered weekly

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

• Monday, Oct. 22, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m. – Windows 7 and 10 (Sacks)

Noon – Apple iPhone and iPad (Sacks)

• Thursday, Oct. 25, in Clubhouse 3, Room 7

1 p.m. – Bring your own questions (Sacks)

2:30 p.m. – Let’s Talk eBay (Smith)

Sometimes a computer will freeze with a message claiming to be an official demanding that the user call a phone number for support. This is never built into the computer but an intrusion from the outside. Do not call the number. Contact a local computer repair company instead.

Classes are free, but donations to pay for a wireless hotspot and printing materials are welcome. For computer information, call Sacks, 431-8050. For eBay information, contact Smith at max2ebay@aol.com.

Touch of Dutch will have potluck

“Halloo.” A Touch of Dutch Club is planning a potluck get-together on Nov. 28 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, from 5-8 p.m.

Everybody is welcome to bring a dish to share. Coffee (instant) and tea bags will be provided.

Bring DVDs or music to share. If equipment is needed, let Thomas Gan know. He can be contacted by email at gltjiook@gmail.com.

He would also like to hear suggestions, criticism, complaints, etc.

Rollin’ Thunder

Golf cart club has busy months ahead

Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club members can look forward to a busy holiday season. Club activities begin with a general meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23, at noon with a potluck luncheon. As more than 100 members are expected at this meeting, ample potluck entrees are encouraged.

The agenda will include discussions on a wide variety of subjects. Included will be in-depth information on the installation of such vital safety equipment as golf cart seat belts and headlights.

Through special arrangements with the distributor, trained club members will soon be able to install retractable, life-saving seat belts for $100 a pair. Though not part of the original equipment on older cart models, current regulations are moving in the direction of requiring seat belts whenever children or handicapped riders are aboard.

Already a GRF requirement is the use of golf cart headlights whenever a cart is in use “after dark.” “After dark” will come earlier when daylight saving time ends Nov. 4, especially when driving home after dinner at a friend’s house.

Information on either of these safety devices can be obtained by calling (808) 366-0362.

An update on the new GRF golf cart decals will be given at the next meeting, as well as the latest details on the club’s Thanksgiving banquet on Nov. 27 and the Rollin’ Thunder Holiday Parade on Dec. 15.

Due to the many holiday events, there will be no Rollin’ Thunder meeting in December.

For additional information on any of the above activities and events, contact President Tom Davis at 431-6859

—Mike Levitt

Local talent needed for plaza stage

The GRF Recreation Department is looking for local Leisure World talent to perform on the Veterans Plaza stage in early 2019. Applicants must produce an entire show and submit their applications in writing to events@lwsb.com. Include detailed information with specifics on the proposed show.

The shows are not intended for individual karaoke performers, but rather amateur bands or performing ensembles. Shows should be approximately one hour in duration.

Applications that do not include a complete proposal will not be considered. For further information, contact Recreation Director Terry DeLeon at 431-6586, ext. 350, or terryd@lwsb.com.


Motzart, Vivaldi will be featured

The Korean-American Classical Music Academy will meet at 9:30 a.m. today, Oct. 18, in Clubhouse 4.

Ken Chong will present classical pieces by Sergei Prokofiev, Piano Concerto, No. 3, and Gioachino Rossini’s opera overture from “Guillaume Tell Italian Canzone: Un fiume amaro” (A Bitter River).

Robert Chung follows the second part of the program retrieving the golden oldies and members’ favorites.

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

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

Noon Spons

The Noon Spoons luncheon group will meet at 11:30 a.m. Oct. 24 at Katella Deli located at 4470 Katella Ave. in Los Alamitos. It has a large and varied menu and excellent food. After lunch, visit the takeout deli and bakery. This will be the last get together for 2018 due to the overlapping holiday events in November and December. The group gathered at Huff’s Family Restaurant in Long Beach on Sept. 26. There was a nice turnout, a nice lunch, and two new members came. As has happened lately, more people attend than had called. It is important to let organizers know who is coming by calling Ellen Larsen at 596-2904 or Carole Kendall, 209-5722.


All invited to bingo Sundays

Bingo, sponsored by a different club each week, is played Sundays at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. The doors open at 1. All LWers are welcome.

The games on Sunday, Oct. 21, will be hosted by the St. Therese Guild of Holy Family Parish. Complimentary refreshments are served.

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

Paws, Claws, Beaks

Club organizing parade for doggies, carts on Halloween

The Paws, Claws and Beaks Club is planning its next dog walk on Wednesday, Oct. 31, at noon from the Clubhouse 3 parking lot. Dog walkers will join Rollin’ Thunder members for a parade with decorated doggies and decorated carts. The dogs and carts will parade up and down St. Andrews and then stop at the the shaded area next to Clubhouse 1 for a barbecue.

More information will follow next week. This event is still in the pending stage. Many folks have expressed an interest.

For more information, call or text Frank DePalma at (714) 319-7646.


Weaver, De Leon are guests at Oct. 25 meeting

Concerned Shareholders of Leisure World will meet on Thursday, Oct. 25, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

Golden Rain Foundation Facilities Director Mark Weaver and Recreation Department Manager Terry De Leon, will be guest speakers at the meeting.

There will be a discussion about projects underway and plans for new projects. There will be a time for questions.

There will also be discussion on the approval of new buyers by the Mutuals and Golden Rain employees.

All shareholders are encourage to attend this update session.

Meetings in November and December are canceled due to the holidays. The next meeting will be the Concerned Shareholders elections on Jan. 24 at 1 p.m.


Annual GRF tree lighting will be held on Nov. 30

The GRF Recreation Department will host the fourth annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at the Veterans Plaza beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. This will be a new location for the event.

Santa will be on hand with his elves (courtesy of the LW Theater Club), who will be collecting unwrapped toys for the annual Toys for Tots event, so bring a gift and have a picture taken with St. Nick.

The Health Care Center will be treating everyone to cookies and hot cocoa, courtesy of Optum Care. Come early and be sure to stop by their table and say hello.

Special guests will be The Long Beach Symphonic Winds Band to entertain with a selection of Christmas carols to help set the mood. GRF members, their families, and friends will be invited to join in.

Come help kick off the holidays at Veteran’s Plaza.

Full house lauds Carolyn Mottola on birthday

Carolyn Mottola’s celebration of life and decade birthday celebration took place on Sept. 20 in Clubhouse 4 with over 200 people attending. The dress-to- impress motif was supported with beautiful formal attire by both men and women.

The Velvetones, a full orchestra, provided dance music for a spontaneous full dance floor while the golden voices of Tommy Williams and song bird Tina Schaffer thrilled the audience with their beautiful voices.

Tommy introduced the celebrant Dr. Carolyn Mottola with a brief biography of her life and her eventual move to Leisure World in 2013.

Carolyn then gave a motivational and inspirational welcoming address of gratitude that was embraced by an attentive audience. Special recognition and honor was given to the clubs she has participated in and the many individuals who have personally touched and inspired her life here in Leisure World.

The joyful evening included a popular photo booth, which most attendees indulged in as comedic or solemn characters. To see all photos go to www.photoboothbomber.com, click on View Event Pics, find Carolyn’s Celebration of Life.

Appetizers were offered as invited guests arrived and a full course dinner was served two hours later.

After dinner the Velvetones continued to play to a full dance floor. Excitement, love and joy extended through to the conclusion of the evening when cake and ice cream were served.

Carolyn extends a special thanks to Melinda Nicolette and the amazing Filipino Association of Leisure World members who assisted her with kitchen duties and the numerous tasks involved in serving the guests. Much gratitude is also offered to those who wrote or verbally expressed their appreciation for the spiritual and inspirational message of celebrating life that Carolyn effectively conveyed.

To see a video of the evening created by Bonnie Z. Cooper go to Youtube.com and search Bonnie Zelda Cooper. See her videos and click on Carolyn’s Celebration of Life.


Ren and Myrrha Villanueva were married in Toronto, Canada, 50 years ago

Mr. and Mrs. Renato S. Villanueva celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in September. She was formerly Miss Myrrha B. Reyes, a nursing graduate from the University of Santo Tomas, Philippines. Renato, mechanical engineer, graduated from FEATI University, Philippines.

Myrrha attended a two-year student exchange program at Temple University Hospital, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1963. After the student exchange program contract expired, she decided to migrate to Toronto, Canada.

Renato joined Myrrha in Toronto where Fr. Thomson officiated their marriage vows in St. Basil’s Church on Sept. 3, 1968. They spent their honeymoon at Niagara Falls.

In August 1969, their first daughter, Michelle, was born.

While watching a Rams football game played in California during one of the worst winters in Toronto, Renato decided to move to California for the tropical weather. They settled in Huntington Park in December 1972, where they stayed until 2007.

They have another daughter, Rebecca, born in January 1979 and a granddaughter, Charlotte Rene, born June 12, 2018.

Myrrha retired from LA County Hospital in 2001, after 23 years of service. Renato retired from the Los Angeles Unified School District in 2000 after 24 years.

After the 50th wedding anniversary celebration, they spent a week in Anchorage, Alaska, on their second honeymoon.

The couple moved to Leisure World in 2007 where they plan to spend the rest of their golden years together.


All invited to see new production

Disney on Ice will return to the Honda Center in December with a brand-new production. The GRF Recreation Department will host an excursion to see the show on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

Celebrate what’s possible as five Disney heroines spark the courage inside all at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!

In her Disney On Ice debut, see how far Moana goes on a quest with demigod Maui to save her island and find her own identity. Anna’s devotion to her sister Elsa sets her on a journey to stop an eternal winter. Rapunzel goes to great lengths to realize her dream. Fearless Belle befriends the enchanted castle staff and uncovers the Beast’s gentleness. With help from her friends, Cinderella is determined to make her wish come true. Along with Mickey and friends, discover your inner hero at Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream!

Tickets are on sale at the Recreation Office in Building 5 for $37, including transportation and fees. Make reservations by emailing events@lwsb.com, in person, or by calling 431-6586, ext. 326 or 324.

Guests are welcome but must be accompanied by a GRF member. Limited accessible seating is available, but must be requested at the time of purchase.


Club celebrates life of Bague today at 4:30

The Computer Friends Club and Where-We-Live Club members will tell and share stories, pictures and memories of Keith Bague today, Oct. 18, at 4:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. All are invited to join the potluck and Keith’s favorite “Light Water” he was passionate about.

An open discussion will follow at 6:30 p.m. on the future of the computer classes and plans for 2019.

The Computer Friends Club meets every third Thursday in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from 4:30-6 p.m.

Classes, presentations and membership are free. All are welcome. RSVP for the potluck to Leslie Parker, (310) 867-1287, or email wherewelive@yahoo.com.


Classical concert was big hit

Three prominent musicians from Musica Viva, Kyung. H. Bark, violin; Soon. S. Kim, piano; and Ju Y. Park, viola; and opera singer Won H. Choi, brought a dynamic performance to over 150 shareholders at the Sunshine Club’s special concert presentation last week. The dark clouds and inconvenient parking didn’t hinder classical music fans coming to the one-of-kind live music performance.

Musica Viva, composed of 20-plus members, combines classical music and other genres from Baroque to modern music, even chamber orchestra.

Tenor Choi sang with “You Raise Me Up” and “The Impossible Dream” to finish his repertoires. There was thunderous standing ovation asking him for one more. He answered with “Nessun Dorma” without a mic. He sounded as if he had the loudest mic available. It was spectacle not seen in years.

Trio performed Secret Garden, “One Day in October,” Accoustic Cafe’s “Long Long Ago,” P.I. Tchaikovsky’s “Valse des Fleurs” from the “Nutcrackers”, and Brahm’s “Hungarian Dance No. 5.” The audience gave a standing ovation and they played “Hungarian Dance No. 1” as their encore.

Comments after the show included:

“I cannot thank you enough for using Sunshine Club as a sponsor for the Korean Classical Music Concert. It was one of the best concerts I’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing. Every single musician and singer is a world class performer.

“There is an extra added bonus – we also got a chance to experience performers from Korea and hear that fabulous and handsome singer. Were we not in Leisure World we would have missed that musical contribution and the opportunity to spend time in cultural exchange.

It never has to get any better than today. You are fantastic.” —

“What a fabulous concert this afternoon. I am so glad I was able to hear them perform. Thank you for bringing such beautiful music to Leisure World. Let me know when the video will be shown on cable channel. BRAVO my friend!” — Rose Marie Sprague

“Thank you for bringing a touch of elegance to Clubhouse 2 this past Wednesday, Oct. 3, with the classical trio, K. H. Bark with violin, J. Y. Park with viola and S. S. Kim as piano accompanist. I felt like I was in a grand concert hall with the quality of their presentation. …and for them to introduce the young tenor Won H. Choi…he takes your breath away and has to be heard by many in the future. — Monica Grundmann

“Thank you for bringing the fabulous concert to LW. I really enjoyed it.” — Susie Cucci

“Thank you for let me brag about how wonderful place this Leisure World is to my grown up children.” — Chong H. Kim

—Anna Derby


Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Geisler, Dorothy


On Sept. 9, 2018, Dorothy Geisler, also lovingly known as Dot or Dottie, Mutual 1, passed peacefully at the age of 89.

After spending 20-plus years teaching physical education and home economics and coaching the drill team at Millikan High School in Long Beach, she retired to pursue other passions full-time.

As an avid hiker, world traveler and Sierra Club member, who loved hiking in all the National Parks and the Pacific Coast Trail, she devoted herself to preserving the environment she so loved. She also loved sharing her experiences from her travels with others through her photographs, letters, slideshows, and cooking.

During her 30-plus years in Leisure World, she made many beloved friends while attending meetings, hula dancing, playing cribbage, recycling, and volunteering. As an active member of Food Finders, the El Dorado Nature Center, Girl Scouts, and a 50-year member of the Unitarian Universalist Church, Dorothy lived a long, full life bursting with adventure, charity, and love and will be missed greatly.

She survived by her niece and nephew and their families.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Oct. 27, at Cornerstone Church at 1 p.m. It is located at 1000 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA, 90815.

Donations, in lieu of flowers, should be made to: The El Dorado Nature Center, c/o Partners of the Parks 501(c3), 2760 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA 90815-1697, with “Dottie Geisler” on the memo line for El Dorado to receive credit.


In Memoriam

Kurt Barlet 57

Joan Miller 77

Marie Mussabini 74

Tom Hodges 82

Donald Freeman II 69

Victoria Ekwem 65

Mary Bernat 58

Michael Henderson 64

Carl Drye Jr 60

Sovanna Kong 70

Harold Darrow 92

Grace Cornacchia 72

John Johnston 60

Moeva Luapo 68

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,


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Huntington Beach Airshow will buzz shoreline

The third Great Pacific Airshow will take place this weekend, Oct. 19-21 along the shoreline in Huntington Beach. The show is free to the public. The shows, Saturday and Sunday, run from 11:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

The Great Pacific Airshow celebrates patriotism, adventure and technology with dozens of performers completing incredible aerobatic feats.

Practice performances take place on Friday, Oct. 19, from about 11 a.m.-4 p.m.

The event footprint spans Huntington City Beach from Seapoint Street to Beach Boulevard.

The show line-up will feature the USAF Thunderbirds, and other performers including Jeff Boerboon and his Yak 110 making its West Coast debut; a KC 135 Stratotanker and C-17 Globemaster, a Black Hawk EU60 Helicopter, Mike Wiskus, Matt Chapman, Sammy Mason, Greg Colyer, Paul Strickland and Bill Stein.

The USAF Thunderbirds, the U.S. Air Force’s air demonstration squadron performs 40 maneuvers during a 75-minute demonstration that includes a mix of formation flying and solo routines.

Several of the planes participating in the event will land and take off from the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base and Long Beach Airport, which means that the flight patterns will be over Leisure World for up close viewing without leaving home. It also means an increase in noise volume.

Handicap seating area on the pier will be available on a first-come first-served basis. Gate opens at 11 a.m.

VIP Beach Seating experience, starting at $10, is new for 2018. Experience the ultimate view of the airshow at the water’s edge with access to a no-host bar with beer, wine, sodas and water. Private restrooms are nearby. Arrive early to reserve your space on the sand. No coolers are allowed in this section and valid ID is required for those purchasing beer and wine. Bring beach chairs and blankets. Ear protection is strongly recommended.

Parking will be difficult to find and will increase to $30 per day. Hourly rates are available at the Pier Plaza lot and Main Promenade Parking Structure.

Guests are advised to leave early and expect frequent delays. Alternative transportation to the show is advised.

Limited Uber drivers and Lyft drivers will be available. The OCTA Bus 1 travels along Pacific Coast Highway with several stops in the area. Biking or walking are suggested.

On the Go

Day Trips

Olive, Wine & Cheese Festival & Graber Olive House – Oct. 28, $79, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Pauma Casino – NOv.14, $15; $10 cash in machine, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949

U.S. Grant Hotel Thanksgiving Day Brunch- Nov. 22, $169, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Holiday Model Trains & Carnegie Gallery – Nov. 29, $79 with buffet lunch at The Hacienda, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Pala Casino —Nov. 30, $6, $10 back, American Legion Post 327, Gail Levitt, 596-1346.

“Magic of Christmas” La Mirada Theater – Thursday, Dec. 6, $70, Children-A-Priority, Juanita Townsend, 431-4026

Colorful Songs Revue – Dec. 13, $109 with lunch and wine, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Walt Disney Concert Hall , L.A. Master Chorale Festival of Carols -Dec. 15, $99, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Disney on Ice- Dare to Dream – Dec. 17, Honda Center, $37 with transportation, GRF Recreation, 431-6586, ext. 326 or 324, or email events@lwsb.com

Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum, Rancho Cucamonga Lights – Dec. 17, $89 includes afternoon tea at the Christmas House Inn, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

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

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

Laughlin, Aquarius Casino Resort – three days, Nov. 25-27, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Arizona Gems, Quartzsite, Arizona – Jan 20-22, Motorcoach, Blue Water Resort. Traveling Tigers, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

Coastal “Safari” by Rail – Three-day tour featuring an Oceanfront Stay in Pismo Beach, Coast Starlight Train, Morro Bay and Cambria. Feb. 6-8, 2019, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Bluegrass Cruise – Feb. 18-22, four days, Carnival Inspiration, Long Beach, Catalina, Ensenada, Long Beach, Ellen Brannigan, (310) 890-2368.

Around Town

The Mary Wilson Library presents Haunted by History on Wednesday, Oct. 24, at 5 p.m. with author and photographer Craig Owens who uncovers little known facts about eight prominent historic hotels in Southern California and the origins behind many of their ghost stories. His unique book blends solid research, fascinating insights, and haunting photography that will appeal to believers and non-believers alike. The Mary Wilson Library is located at 707 Electric Ave., Seal Beach


The Long Beach Historial Society’s 23rd annual cemetery tour will be conducted on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9 a.m.-2:40 p.m. at the Long Beach Municipal Cemetery and Sunnyside Cemetery. The living history tour takes place at the city’s two oldest cemeteries located on Willow Street between Orange and California avenues, and adjacent to one another. The cemeteries are “home” to more than 20,000 past residents of the area. The tour features graveside presentations by professional and volunteer actors who relate the life and demise of the person lying in rest. Each year’s program features a number of stories – some are individuals who helped shape the city’s political past, others are ordinary people whose tales remind us that rich or poor, famed or nearly forgotten, everyone has a story to tell. Period costumes worn by all the performers further heighten the experience with an aura of authenticity. Tickets are sold online at hslb.org/historical-cemetery-tour/ and at the gate from 8:30 a.m.-noon inside the main gateway on Willow Street or at the Orange Avenue entrance. The tour takes approximately three hours to complete, and the last presentations begin at 2:40 p.m.

The ground is uneven; comfortable shoes are recommended.


Pala trip planned on Nov. 30

The American Legion, Post 327, will escort a day-trip to Pala Casino on Nov. 30.

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

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

Call Gail Levitt, 596-1346, for reservations.

Sports & Games

Tournament Poker

by Susan Dodson

LW contributor

Don Saunders bested a field of six players to win the final table in Tournament Poker Club play on Oct. 6 at Clubhouse 6.

Saunders and runner-up Nancy Floyd had trip sixes on the flop, but Saunders ace kicker gave him the win.

Third was Roy Mittelsteadt, followed by Wendy Wu, Ed Loritz, and Shannon Geaney.

Harry Sera won the best high hand with quad sixes. Jack Pfeifer was second best with a full house.He also won the promotional hand, winning the hold cards of two and seven, thought to be the worst combo in the game.

Saunders, a Mutual 15 resident for five years, has won the final table six times since joining the club.

Recently he and Wu were co-winners in the tournament held with the club’s pizza party.

Before retirement he worked in sales. His LW interests include photography and several card games.

Don and his wife, Glenda,enjoy cruising and visiting family across the country.


Members are looking forward to the biannual Hawaiian Gardens Casino tournament on Dec. 8. The $15 entry fee includes breakfast and a chance to win at the final table.

All Leisure World residents, club members, family and friends are invited.

The entry fee rises to $20 after Dec. 5.

For more information, call Cleo Looney at 342-9400.

Bowling Club

by Dave Silva

LW contributor

Tom Kaczmarek finished with a 221 game and 580 series as Maybe Next Tuesday won three games from Nameless in Bowling Club League play on Oct. 12 at Westminster Lanes.

Ron Marcus led Very Striking to a sweep of Strikes Are Better that propelled his team into a tie tie for first place with OSIMA. Ron had a 258 game and 658 series and teammate Dave Silva added a 206 game.

The Pinbusters also gained ground in the standings by winning three games from We Can Do It.

The Hustlers won three games from Spare Are Good as Ren Villanueva opened with a 192 game.

Just Lucky swept OSIMA as Gayle Colden bowled over her average ever game.


The previous week, James Doris led OSIMA to a sweep of the Pinbusters with a 606 series. Teammate Sharon Van Otterloo added a 178 as OSIMA a 1,925 pin high series for the day.

Ron Marcus of Very Striking had a 236 game and 648 series in his team’s three-game sweep of Just Lucky.

Tom Kaczmarek finished with back-to-back 191 games for Maybe Next Tuesday when the team won three times against Strikes Are Better.

Renato Villanueva had the high game of the day with a 247 as D Hustlers barely missed a sweep over Nameless, losing game three by one pin.

Spares Are Good swept We Can Do It with Kathleen Weedman bowling a 196 and Gracie Hastings, a 197.

Mens and Ladies Pool

The Long Shots have jumped out to a five game lead at the half way point of play in Mens and Ladies Pool Club League season.

The team won all nine games played against Fearless.

It is the first time a team has swept an opponent. It was closer than the score indicates.

Boon Buntra, Rod Ellis and Sal LaScala all won five game in a row. That’s the second 5-0 sweep in a row for Rod Ellis.

The Wild BBzzz edged Chalk and Awe,5-4, and RR & B beat the Six Shooters by the same score as Russell Black won four of his five games.

Pickleball Players Club

The Leisure World Pickleball Players Club met recently to elect new officers for the 2018-19 term.

They include Darlene Boyce, president; Jerry Wrenn, vice president; Tim Linehan, secretary/treasurer; Sandra deDubovay, publicity director; Judy Phillips, director-at-large and Phil Arnold,webmaster.

Darlene Boyce was the first president when the club was formed in 2016.

Members presented Susan Jacquelin, past president, with a potted plant for exceptional service.

The LW Pickleball courts at the new Mission Park are open from 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Residents are invited to take part in lessons and drills taught by member Connie Deady at 9 a.m. on Fridays.

Lessons will be made available to newcomers to the sport at 9 a.m. on Sundays.

Pickleball is a fun, fast-paced game that is gaining popularity around the world because it is easy to learn and can be played by people of all ages.

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 Nh2. Qe3. The white queen moves from g5 to e3. Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.

Cribbage Club

Bill Barnes received his 20th Star by winning all seven games with the high score of 847 in Cribbage Club play on Oct. 9 at Clubhouse 1.

He was followed by Julie Milburn, 842; Sandra deDubovay, 839 and Anita Smart, 838.

Ron Olsen and Jerry Hore won six games.

The club provided assorted baked goods and candy along with chocolate swirl ice cream.

Joyce Basch 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 begin.

– Bobbie Straley

Women’s Golf

Members of the Women’s Golf Club played for low gross, low net and birdies on Oct . 9 at the local course.

Key performance of the day was turned in by Soo Choi in the A flight.

She had the lowest score of the day in winning the low gross with the top score of the day, a 24 and collected three birdies.

Flight winners:

A: Low gross: Soo Cho, 24. Low net: Mary Ann Moore, 23. Birdies/hole: Soo Choi, 5, 6, 8; MaryAnn Moore 2; Jane Song, 6.

B: Low gross: Marilyn Hewitt, 30. Low net: Julie Kim, 25. Birdies/hole: Marilyn Hewitt, 3; Helen Yoon, 1.

C: Low gross: Melinda Lee, 33. Low net: Liz Meripol, 27. Birdies/hole: Melinda Lee, 7.

D: Low gross: Monica Kim,35. Low net: Evelyn Scherber, 21.

– MaryAnn Moore

Monday Golf

Bill McKusky had another good day at Meadowlark Golf Course on Oct. 8 by shooting a 66 to win the first flight.

It was his third straight victory.

He also sank a birdie putt and had the fewest putts, 24.

Second place finisher Sam Choi carded a 70 and a bird.

Tied for third were Fujio Norihiro and Paul Cose at 73, followed by Jerry Hore and Merle McGee, 75.

Cose was closest to the pin on the ninth hole and McGee had a bird.

Bob Munn won the second flight with a 70 and was closest to the flagstick on the 16th hole.

He was followed by Lowell Goltra, 71 and fewest putts, 29 and Marv Ballard, 74.

For information on membership or play schedule, call Bill McKusky at 277-2164.

Players of all skill levels are welcome to come out and enjoy the camaraderie and joy of golf on the long courses.

Cards and Games Scoreboard

Fun Time Pinochle Club winners Oct. 15: Irene Perkins, 13,990; Ruth Bonnema, 12,630; Marge Dodero, 12,220; Grace Buster, 12,220; Marilyn Allred, 12,030. The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at 240-5416.


Monday Bridge Club winners Oct. 15: Gail Barranza, Pat Moore, Howard Bleakley. Games begin at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Mary Nell Clark, 296-8570.


Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners Oct. 13: Tony Dodero, 13,270;

Jim Kaspar, 10,420; Sylvia Clinton, 10,070; Gayle Colden, 10,050 .Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433.


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners Oct. 13: N/S: Diana Black-Barbara Gilcrest; Sibyl Smith-Jenette Estill; Sue Fardette-Verna Burns; Joyce Basch-Linda Nye; Martin Lipman-George Alemshah; John Markovich-Marcia Lane. E/W: Mike Nielsen-Hanefi Erten; Al Appel-Judy Jones; Joyce Henderson-Dalia Hernandez; Diane Sachs-Marilyn McClintock; Russ Gray-Mark Singer. Winners Oct 12: N/S: Betty Jackson-Diane Sachs; Sibyl Smith-Judy Lorber; Fred Reker-Gary Paugh; Judy Carter-Johnson- Cooie Dampman; Janet Gibbons-Julia Cunningham. E/W: Fern Dunbar-Mark Singer; Sue Fardette-Marilyn McClintock; Dorothy Favre-Barbara Vann; Mike Nielsen-Sue Boswell; Jeanette Estill-Eileen Kotecki; Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson. The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 at 12:15 p.m.. For information on how to join, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is the club championship on Saturday, Oct 20. The club meets at 12:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For information on how to play or join, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is the club championship on Saturday, Oct. 20.

– Fred Reker


Saturday Social Bunco Club winners Oct. 13: Most buncos: Kathy Rose. Most wins: Wilma Rojo. Most babies: Louise Damron. Most losses: Betty Morgan. Door prize winner: Mary Milhone. The next meeting is Oct. 27 in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Signups begin at 1 p.m. Due to the demand for tables, a 1:30 p.m. arrival is advised. Play begins at 2 p.m. The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. For more information, call Doris Dack, president, (714) 356-0443.


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club winners Oct. 11: N/S: First in Strats A and B: Bill Linskey-Howard Smith; second in Strat A: Eileen Kotecki-Christine Frumen; third in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Ron and Gene Yaffee; fourth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; fifth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B: Larry Topper-Lynn Danielson; sixth in Strat A: Marilyn McClintock-Sibyl Smith. E/W: First in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Diane Sachs; second in Strat A: Judith Jones-Al Appel; third in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-LaVonne McQuilkin; fourth in Strat A, first in Strats B and C: Nancy Lichter-Norma Krueger; fifth in Strat A: Janet Wagner-Carol Murakoshi; sixth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Fred Reker-Russ Gray; third in Strat B, second in Strat C: Donna and Jim Shaffer. Winners Oct. 8: N/S: First in Strat A: Ted Wieber-Gary Paugh; second in Strat A, first in Strat B: Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; third in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Bill Linskey-Midge Dunagan; fourth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Judy Carter-Johnson-Mike Ullman; second in Strat C: Ernie and Ylia Ross. E/W: First in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Ann Croul; second in Strat A, first in Strat B: Bea Aron-Tybie Becker; third in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Bobbi Vann-Harshad Vora; fourth in Strat A: Larry Slutsky-Sue Fardette. 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 reservation. To make or cancel a reservation for Mondays call Midge Dunagan at 594-9698; for Thursdays call Sharon Beran at 308-7838 or email her by 10:30 a.m. on the day of game at hbsharonb@gmail.com. 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. Today is the last day to sign up for the fall cook-out and bridge on Monday, Oct. 25. Sign-ups will be taken at today’s game. Midge will not be taking bridge reservations for that day.


Friendly Pinochle Club winners Oct. 11: Marilyn Allred,14,500; Diana Lambert, 13,090; Pat Blum, 12,840; Sal La Scala, 11,790. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call (310) 968-9509.


Monday Night Bunco Club winners Oct. 8: Most buncos: Rita Fuejo. Most wins: Karen LaCourse. Most losses: Susie Ralston. Most babies: Gail Levitt. The next game will be played on Oct. 22. The club meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month in Clubhouse 3 Room 1. All Leisure World residents and their guest are invited to play. For more information, call Gail Levitt at 596-1346.

– Gail Levi

Shuffleboard Club

The Shuffleboard Club’s 2018/2019 league season continued into week 2 on Oct. 12 when the Classics defeated Girl Power, 12-6 and the Sliders edged the Puck Masters, 10-8.

All-game winners for the Classics were Bill Hamilton, Howard Bolten, Gary Krank, Kathleen Morrison and Lee Broadbent.

Chandra Patel was all-game winner for Girl Power. The Sliders’ all-game winner was Mary Milhone.

The next games are tomorrow, Friday, when the Sliders face The Classics and the Puck Masters play Girl Power.


The last Friday of the month luncheon will be at noon on Oct. 26 at Ruby’s Diner at Pacific Coast Highway.

For those who want to join or try out the game, practices for the rest of the season are from 10 a.m.-noon on Mondays and Wednesdays.

For more information, call Carrie Kistner, club president, at (949) 300-0285.

Upcoming events:

• Happy Hour at the Courts, Thursday, Oct. 25, 4 p.m., Clubhouse 1 courts. Bring an appetizer to share and your own beverage. Games to follow.

• Turkey Shoot Tournament, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m., Clubhouse 1 courts.


holy family catholic church

Holy Family Catholic Church located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate will celebrate the 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time on Oct. 20.

First Reading:   Isaiah 53:10-11; Responsorial Psalm: 133:4-5, 18-19, 20, 22; Second Reading: Hebrews 4:14-16; Alleluia: Mark 10:45; Gospel: Mark 10:33-45.


The Most Rev. Kevin Vann, Bishop of Orange, will visit the Holy Family parish as the main celebrant at the 8 a.m. Mass on Sunday, Oct. 28.

The Holy Family priests will co-celebrate the Mass.

Bishop Vann will meet with church members after Mass.


The annual Precious Life Center baby shower, organized by St. Therese Organization of Holy Family Church, will be held at noon today, Thursday, in Clubhouse 2.

Monetary donations and baby items gifts will go to Precious Life Center.


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

Confessions are heard from 4-4:45 p.m. Saturdays and the eves of Holy Days: and 9:15 a.m. on First Fridays.


A Bible study group meets Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. at the Parish rectory.


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


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

For more information, including the weekly bulletin, current and upcoming activities and suggested reading material, visit www.holyfamilysb.com.

LW Baptist

A warm welcome awaits those who come to worship with the Leisure World Baptist Church congregation on Sunday, Oct. 21, in Clubhouse 4.

Sunday School meets from 8:40- 9:10 a.m.

Share coffee and a treat with friends at the round table near the kitchen until 9:45 when the service begins.

The call to worship will be “He is Lord,” sung by the congregation.

The choir rendition was written by William Lamartin Thompson born 1847, a popular song writer before he began writing hymns.

Soloist Kip Watkins will sing “The Holy City.”

Congregational songs will include “Onward Christian Soldiers” and “Stand up for Jesus.”

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s message from Joshua 15:13 is titled “Judah’s Inheritance and Ours.”

The closing hymn will be “O Zion Haste”

The prayer room is attended and open at the end of each service for people with special needs.


The Women’s Christian Fellowship and Bible Study group will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

The Energizers meet at at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 24, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 for study and praise.

For more information call 430-2922.

Community Church

Community Church is a community of faithful servants. The Sunday service on Oct. 21 will highlight many areas of lay service through participation in Laity Sunday.

Delivering the morning sermon will be church member Joy Reed.

She will teach on the topic “Astounding Love.” The Scripture lesson is Hebrews 13:8, Revelation 1:8 and John 15:10-14.

Jeannie Braun will be lay liturgist. Services begin at 9:50 a.m., followed by coffee and refreshments in Edgar Hall.

Honored on Laity Sunday will be the lay liturgists who serve through the reading of the Scripture lesson each service.

A special commissioning of Kyung Shik Yun as prayer chapel steward will be presented by Pastor Johan Dodge.

The prayer chapel is open 24 hours a day to all those seeking solace.

Bible study, led by Joy Reed, meets every Sunday at 5 p.m. in the Fireside Room.

congregation sholom

by Scott Simensky

LW contributor

Friday services will be held on Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, led by Rabbi Chaim Singer-Frankes. An Oneg Shabbat will follow.

On Saturday, Oct. 20, a bagel and cream cheese breakfast is planned at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

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


Michele Vallens is teaching a beginners level Hebrew class Mondays at 10 a.m. She has a teaching credential.

Those who take the class should bring a pencil and notebook. A textbook will be provided.

For more information, call 230-7464


The Mega Challah Bake on Thursday, Oct 25, will be at the home of Carol Levine, 1520 Northwood Road, 244-L, from 1-3 p.m.

For more information, call her at 505-3622.


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


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


Gamechangers, an interactive Bible study for men and women,will meet from 1:30-3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, Oct.19, in Leisure World.

Sessions are held on the first and third Friday of the month.

Course topics include what identifies people as followers of Jesus and how to live a Christian life.

The workbook has independent units, so a session can be missed and made up later.

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

–Joan Eisenhart

First Christian

Members of First Christian Church welcome the fall of 2018 with joy to see so many new faces joining the Saturday evening and Sunday morning services.

The Saturday service begins at 5:15 p.m. The Hospitality Room opens at 4:30 p.m.

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

At 9:30 a.m., 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 “He Lives!,” “Come Holy Spirit” and “I Exalt Thee.” The Communion hymn will be “I Believe Jesus Saves.”

The choir, under the direction of Anita Ragole, will sing “Amazing Grace.”

Elder Larry Massey will present the Communion meditation and service.

For the offertory, Pastor Bruce and Margaret Humes will sing “There is Power in the Blood.”

Anita Ragole will sing, “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked,” followed by Pat Kogok who will read from the Gospel of Matthew, 17:14-19.

Pastor Gene’s message will be “Where’s The Power?” based on Matthew 17:14-23.

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

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

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

Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions. Call the church Monday or Friday at 431-8810, between 9-11 a.m., for more information.

Redeemer Lutheran

“What Do You Want?” is the question to be addressed in Sunday’s sermon by Pastor Gil Moore at Redeemer Lutheran Church. His text is Mark 10:35-45.

The acolyte will be Sylvia Makus, and Larry Norlander, the Communion assistant.

The choir, directed by Sharon Heck, will sing “You Are Mine.”

Altar flowers will be provided by Edith Sessa in memory of her loved ones, especially her husband and son.

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

Devotions will be held at 10 a.m., today, Thursday, at Seal Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center.

Those who want to join the congregation are invited to an orientation session at 11 a.m. today, Thursday, in the conference room.

The Wednesday Bible class, currently studying the Book of Daniel, meets each week at 10:30 a.m. in Fellowship Hall. Led by Pastor Lynda Elmer, the class is open to everyone.

Website for the congregation is available at www.redeemerlutheransealbeach.com

salvation army

The Salvation Army Home League welcomes Pastor Sheri Leming, executive pastor of Faith Christian Assembly Church (FCA) at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 22, in Clubhouse 4.

The title of her talk will be “Wonderful Words of Life.”

Her husband, Gary, the business administrator of the church, will sing.

He will be accompanied on piano by Virginia Vaughn, the minister of music at FAC. Her husband is Gwyn Vaughn.

Fellowship, trivia and refreshments will follow.

Faith Christian

One of the great ways of discovering what’s happening at Faith Christian Assembly is to check out the website, www.fcaChurch.net

It has a lot of useful information, such as, “What we Believe,” directions, events and photos. The site is frequently updated with current issues of our the church newsletter.

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship 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.

To receive a free newsletter and for more information, call 598-9010 or visit www.FCAchurch.net.