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Interfaith Council Thanksgiving service is Nov. 19

The annual Leisure World Thanksgiving service will be held Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The event is sponsored by the Leisure World Interfaith Council and hosted by the Salvation Army Home League.

Capt. Joshua Sneed, who currently conducts the Salvation Home League in Leisure World, is the speaker. Numerous LW residents will also be participating in the program with music and readings.

Refreshments will be provided by the Home League; everyone is invited.

Chamber of Commerce hosts Thanksgiving meal

The Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce will host a Thanksgiving dinner for people in the community who cannot be with family or friends on that special day. Bring canned food items for donation to a local charity. The dinner will be held at St. Anne’s Church, 340 10th St., Seal Beach, Thursday, Nov. 22. Bingo starts at 11 a.m., followed by dinner at noon.

To RSVP, call 799-0179 by Friday, Nov. 16. People who need a ride to and from the dinner should include that information with the RSVP.

Holiday Notice

In observance of Thanksgiving, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed Thursday, Nov. 22. 

The deadline for news submissions is 4 p.m., Nov. 21, for the Nov. 29 issue.

The Leisure World Maintenance Department will be on call for emergencies only at 594-4754. 

Honoring WWII Vets

Leisure World remembered its World War II vets in a moving observance Nov. 12 in Clubhouse 2. American Legion Post 327 Cmdr. Rich Carson said it best: “Nothing is ever perfect but the fact that these people are still alive and did what they did for us is perfection.” The event  included patriotic music by the Velvetones, Tommy Williams and friends, and Anita Ragole’s Patriotic Singers. The audience sang along to Lori Porter’s version of “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree.” About two dozen WWII vets, on stage for the ceremony, received plaques of appreciation from the office of California Rep. Dana Rohrabacher. 

The audience gave them a standing ovation as part of the moving ceremony that featured the Patriotic Singers leading a salute to the Armed Forces and the U.S. Naval Sea Cadets. 

Lt. Col Charles Hicks, retired U.S. Navy, handed out the Certificates of Appreciation and then Tommy Williams sang a rousing “I’m Proud to be an American” and the Velvetones performed lively 1940s-era music. 

The service included a moving rendition of “Arlington and the American Soldier,” sung by Andre DuSomme, and concluded with a bugler playing a mournful “Taps.”

General News 11-15-18

Watch Your Step

If you get a call that looks like it’s from the Social Security Administration (SSA), think twice. Scammers are spoofing SSA’s 1-800 customer service number to try to get your personal information, according to the Federal Trade Commission, Consumer Information.

Spoofing means that scammers can call from anywhere, but they make your caller ID show a different number—often one that looks legit. Here are few things you should know about these so-called SSA calls.

These scam calls are happening across the nation, according to SSA: Your phone rings. Your caller ID shows that it’s the SSA calling from 1-800-772-1213. The caller says he works for the Social Security Administration and needs your personal information—like your Social Security number—to increase your benefits payments. (Or he threatens to cut off your benefits if you don’t give the information.) But it’s not really the Social Security Administration calling. Yes, it is the SSA’s real phone number, but the scammers on the phone are spoofing the number to make the call look real. 

What can you do if you get one of these calls? Hang up. 


• SSA will not threaten you. Real SSA employees will never threaten you to get personal information. They also won’t promise to increase your benefits in exchange for information. If they do, it’s a scam.

• If you have any doubt, hang up and call SSA directly. Call 1-800-772-1213 – that really is the phone number for the Social Security Administration. If you dial that number, you know who you’re getting. But remember that you can’t trust caller ID. If a call comes in from that number, you can’t be sure it’s really SSA calling.

• If you get a spoofed call, report it. If someone calls, claiming to be from SSA and asking for information like your Social Security number, report it to SSA’s Office of Inspector General at 1-800-269-0271 or https://oig.ssa.gov/report. You can also report these calls to the FTC at ftc.gov/complaint.

For more tips, check out the FTC’s How to Stop Unwanted Calls and Government Imposter Scams. If you think someone has misused your personal information, go to IdentityTheft.gov to report identity theft and find out what steps to take.

Food Bank is open 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 is today, Nov. 15.

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.

Seal Beach Pier undergoing renovation

The City of Seal Beach Pier Improvement Project is now fully underway. Contractor John S. Meek Co. begin work in September.

Temporary power and lighting has been installed, a necessary first step before Edison can de-energize the remaining power sources and a new electrical service can be installed.

All electrical conduits have been delivered and the process for excavating and installing services for the new Edison transformer has begun.

A 2016 fire caused by an electrical malfunction destroyed the bait shack and a dilapidated building that once housed Ruby’s Diner at the end of the wooden pier. It also caused significant damage to about 100 feet of the wooden pier structure itself.

As part of the rebuilding, temporary fire suppression system was approved by Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and is now fully installed on the pier. This is another important first step that allows the existing fire water line and potable water line to be shut down in preparation of being removed and replaced. 

Demolition of old utility lines has also begun. This work will start on the landward side of the pier and work out toward the seaward end of the pier.  

Potholing and excavation began recently for the installation of the new water system in the vicinity of the 10th street parking lot and the pier restrooms. This system includes all new piping, valves, a backflow device and a new fire line double check. These are critical new systems that will feed the new fire water line and potable water line on the pier.  

Visitors are asked to exercise extreme caution around the work zone and around construction equipment. More information about the pier can be found by visiting the pier improvement project website at www.sealbeachpier.org or by calling the project hotline at  294-0099.  

LW Dines Out

Finbars and Naples Rib Company have a new schedule for GRF-sponsored Restaurant Night. Naples serves on the first Monday of the month and Finbars, on the third Monday. Finbars will be in LW on Nov. 19 (see menu at right). 

To make reservations for Naples, call 439-7427or go to www.ribcompany.com/leisure-world-menu.asp. Reservations must be received before noon on serving-day Mondays. Those who book through the website will receive a special treat. 

People can come in to eat anytime between 4-6 p.m. to avoid long lines. Dining is permitted until 7.


Nov. 19

Finbars Italian Kitchen will be in Clubhouse 1 on Nov. 19 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 4:30-6 p.m.; dining allowed until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required.


Sausage and Peppers

Spicy sweet Italian sausage sauteed roasted red vinegar peppers, mild green chilies, and onions. Prepared sicilian-style or with marinara


Lasagna, $13

Meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, herbs, Romano, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Bolognese, marinara, Sunday gravy.

Chicken Parmigiana, $14

Tender slices of chicken layered with Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano and Parmesan cheeses in tomato sauce. Served with pasta.

Poached Salmon in Basil Cream Sauce, $15

Served with pasta and vegetables or rice.

Y Service Club

Vanessa Morris, Leisure World Library operations supervisor, will be the featured speaker at the Y Service Club meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 21. 

The club meets in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, starting at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast provided by Flo Thompson and Mary Kelly. 

Following a business meeting conducted by President Margaret Humes, Ms. Morris, who has served the community for eight years, will talk about the variety of services the library offers, highlighting some exciting monthly programs. 

All Leisure World residents are invited to attend the meeting to hear the presentation and to learn more about the services the Y Service Club offers to the community. 

Club volunteers are available to help residents with a variety of non-professional household tasks they are unable to do independently. 

The Y Service Club will sponsor a rummage sale on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Donations, with the exception of clothing and large furniture items, are gratefully accepted. 

To request assistance or do donate items for the rummage sale, look in the section “Leisure World Helping Leisure World” in the LW Weekly.

SCE work shuts down outbound GR Road

Southern California Edison will close the outbound lane of Golden Rain Road between St. Andrews Drive and Burning Tree Lane for scheduled improvements from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 19. 

Work areas will be marked, and flaggers will direct traffic that day. 

A detour will be available to provide ingress and egress from Annandale Drive.

Perspectives 11-15-18

GRF Director’s Column

By Leah Perrotti

GRF Director

We are so fortunate to live in Leisure World. Our community and the Recreation Department offer so many activities to help us live long, happy lives! 

As a Golden Rain Director and the Recreation Committee Chairperson, I would like to give you a list of Leisure World’s healthy hobbies and activities that may just extend your life:

•Gardening has many health and therapeutic benefits for seniors. It not only is an enjoyable form of exercise, it also helps our mobility. It encourages use of motor skills while improving endurance and strength and even reduces stress levels and promotes relaxation. The Mini Farms and Garden Club offer interest in nature and the outdoors to promote resident happiness.

•Cards and Games are an excellent way for us to keep our minds’ sharp. Research shows that seniors who participate in mentally stimulating games may have bigger brains and sharper thinking skills. Critical thinking and crossword puzzles are also great ways to keep our brains fit. Our community offers games from bridge to Scrabble. We can play poker, bunco, Go, mah jongg, pinochle, canasta, chicken foot, dominoes and more. Maybe you can start a new game for the community to play!

•Yoga provides many mental and physical benefits for seniors. It helps with some of the chronic conditions we endure during our senior years like hypertension and stress. Yoga helps to strengthen bones and build balance. Trying a yoga class that is offered in our community makes this form of exercise and socialization very convenient.

•Dancing is not only fun, but it is also a great way for us to exercise and socialize. Dancing can improve our balance, gait and also reduce the risks of falls, fractures and immobility. Researchers say that the mental challenge of following complex dance steps and moving in time with the rhythm of the music are responsible for a lower risk of dementia. In our Leisure World community, we have classes that will teach you line dancing, Zumba, ballet, tap dancing, ballroom dancing, hula, rock and roll, and Saturday night dances for practice and socialization—just like in high school!

More than providing something fun to stimulate the brain, creating art and doing crafts can also be cathartic. Our Leisure World community offers painting, sculpting, beading, embroidery, quilting, knitting, sewing, scrapbooking, woodworking, and video/photography. Art is one of the best activities seniors can practice. It can be done as a social activity and will stimulate the mind and the soul. Participating in art activities helps stimulate the brain, stir memories and give us a better quality of life.

There are so many health benefits for seniors who golf. Golfing improves flexibility, ease of motion and strength and also increased happiness and socialization. It helps seniors with hand-eye coordination and improves one’s mood—except when the golf ball goes into the lake or sand trap! Our nine-hole course is open for all residents to enjoy!

Walking is a wonderful activity for all of us, because it is simple and almost anybody can do it. Walking has a multitude of health benefits, but for us as seniors it is an activity that helps us maintain independence. This is an inexpensive way for us to stay in shape. Walking with your friends is even more fun and will increase socialization. Our Recreation Department has walking maps of our community to keep the activity fun and interesting.

If you suffer with osteoarthritis, where cartilage wears down between the joints and causes pain, swimming is probably the easiest exercise. It takes the pressure off the joints, so it is an activity we can participate in without aggravating our condition. Swimming regularly can improve our cardiovascular fitness and flexibility and give us greater muscle tone and better posture. You can swim laps, play water volleyball or join the water aerobics class right here in our Leisure World pool.

Volunteering can not only provide great socialization, but also self-worth. Often when we as seniors retire and lose purpose, physical and social decline can happen; which is why staying engaged in the community is even more important. Guess what? Leisure World has a multitude of opportunities to volunteer for  right here in our community. You can volunteer at the Health Care Center, Golden Age Foundation, library, delivering meals to residents, The Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors or in our respective Mutuals as directors, advisory directors or block captains. Feeling helpful is an important human emotion that helps to keep us stimulated, rather than depressed or bored in the monotonous day-to-day life that can happen in the latter years.

Our new multi-use courts behind Clubhouse 2 offer pickleball, volleyball, basketball free throw practice, Bocce ball and the beautiful Serenity Garden for meditation. Clubhouse 6 offers table tennis on the ground floor and a great gym on the second floor.

A healthy lifestyle is a major factor in living a long life, but new studies show that having hobbies and staying socially active are equally important for seniors. Eating a nutritious diet, exercise and positive health choices help us feel energetic, but research about longevity finds that mental and social activity are just as crucial as physical activity when it comes to healthy aging. Hobbies, leisure activities and a rich social life help us avoid isolation and live longer. Thankfully, we have so many opportunities to improve our quality of life as residents in Leisure World, so we don’t have an excuse to be bored!

The Golden Rain Foundation Recreation Committee is in the process of developing a survey to be published in the LW Weekly asking Leisure World residents to submit suggestions for possible additional activities or amenities additional activities or amenities that will enhance our wonderful community. We value and look forward to your ideas.

On behalf of the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors, we wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving and look forward to seeing everyone at the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 30 at 4:30 p.m. at Veterans Plaza.

—Leah Perrotti, GRF Director

Recreation Committee Chairperson

Facilities, Amenities Review Committee Chairperson

Letters to the Editor


It has come to my attention that GRF has raised the rent of the non-profit Friends of the Library and they will have no choice but to close their doors.

Please stop by the Friends of the Library (next to the LW Library near Clubhouse 3) and sign a petition opposing this raise of rent and help them keep the doors open.

Judy Carter-Johnson

Mutual 4

GRF Library Operations Supervisor Vanessa Morris responds: The Leisure World Library and Golden Rain Foundation value the Friends of the Library. The Friends of the Library has always operated under the guise that monies raised directly benefit our LW library and therefore our community. Shareholders who donate  boxes of books and assorted saleable items, those volunteering their time, money and patronage are under the assumption that they are directly contributing to benefit the Leisure World Library. The Friends of the Library has always held a monetary donation goal of $20,000, to be directly donated to the LW Library, a goal it has always met. In addition to making contributions to the LW library, the Friends of the Library have also contributed $12,000 annually in scholarships to local colleges and more specifically library tech programs. While the GRF and the LW Library support the Friends’ philanthropic contributions to local colleges, they must take into consideration LW shareholders. It is my position as librarian that monies raised in this community and by this community come back to directly benefit our community. 

In the past six years of partnership between the LW library and Friends of the Library, the Friends of the library has paid an annual “rent” of $1 per year. The GRF would like to continue this lease agreement with a $1-rate of use per year. What the GRF and the LW Library are asking is a commitment from the Friends of the Library to contribute their monies to the LW Library before any contributions are made outside the community.


If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it! 

Oh, how often I’ve heard that phrase. Oftentimes it annoys me because too often things are broke, but folks don’t notice. They work around the troubles. But not so with the banners honoring our veterans. The initial banners were well designed and legible, a nice tribute and welcome addition to the roadways within Leisure World. Only the banners honoring the Air Force veterans needed a bit of tweaking to have the branch of service be a bit more visible against the light blue background.

Now comes a new generation of banners. These are not so good. They are barely legible with the honorees’ red names blending into the deep blue background, not offering enough contrast to make them discernible if you are beyond a 20 foot distance, let alone driving by in a vehicle. That and the far too busy bottom graphic that equally interferes with all branches of services making them impossible to decipher when driving past. The only visible and legible graphic are the words: “Honoring our Veterans” and their respective Mutual numbers.

That’s too bad. As I am certain those who sponsored these banners are apt to be disappointed in the execution. Perhaps by the next patriotic day when they are displayed, the old design will be resurrected and the new banners replaced with the design that truly does honor our veterans.

Donna Gambol

Mutual 1 




Administration Conference Room

Tuesday, November 20 – 10:00 a.m.

1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. Announcements

4. 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 

5. New Business

a. 2018/2019 Master Insurance Policy Renewal

6. Board Member Comments

7. Adjournment

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, Nov. 15 Mutual 2

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15 Mutual 11

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

Friday, Nov. 16 Roundtable

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19 Mutual 15

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Mutual 14

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday Nov. 21 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 21 Mutual 7

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 26 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.

Friday, Nov. 30 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 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:

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 GRF Board of Directors (special)

Administration 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Information Technology Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 26 Management Services Review Ad Hoc 

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.


Convention of States is topic at next meeting

With the midterm elections past, it is time to return to the Leisure World Republican Club’s series of speakers who they identify as subject matter experts.  

Gene Vesely will discuss the Convention of States at the Nov. 21 Republican Club meeting at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  

Those unfamiliar with Article V of the U.S. Constitution, it gives states the power to call a Convention of States to propose amendments. The convention would only allow the states to discuss amendments that, “limit the power and jurisdiction of the federal government, impose fiscal restraints, and place term limits on federal officials.”  

Familiar names calling for a convention of states include, Gov. Sara Palin, Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Marco Rubio, Lt. Col. Allen West, Judge Andrew Napolitano, Ben Carson, Mark Levin, Sean Hannity, Gov. Mike Huckabee and Gov. Jeb Bush, to name a few.  

—David Harlow, president


Potluck, election analysis planned at Nov. 21 meeting

From gingerbread to chocolate gelt, the Democratic Club will host a festive potluck for its members and supporters the day before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, Nov. 21, at noon in Clubhouse 4. Members are encouraged to bring their holiday favorites. 

The results of the Nov. 6 election will be analyzed, and the future of Orange County will be weighed during the club’s Nov. 21 potluck gathering. 

The club will go dark for the holidays, thus there will be no general meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 19 or Voter Information Classes on Nov. 27 and Dec. 25. For information, call club President Mary Tromp at 412-0898.

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 next meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 21, at noon in Clubhouse 4.


November 1, 2018  Clubhouse 4

The Regular Monthly Meeting of the Presidents’ Council of Seal Beach Leisure World was convened at 9 a.m. by President Jackie Dunagan on Nov. 1, in Clubhouse 4, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

The following is a recap of the Nov. 1, 2018, Council meeting:

• The regular monthly council meeting minutes of Oct. 4, 2018, were approved by general consent of the council as printed.

• Guest speaker regarding air quality control. 

• Mark Weaver discussed Mutual apartment fire/safety inspection policies and smoke detectors. 

• Randy Ankeny discussed the CAMUTCD project, which is near completion. The Seal Beach Police Department will be distributing live tickets upon completion. 

• Ankeny also discussed elevator maintenance in the Administration Building. The maintenance is in the process of being scheduled and all Boards will have ample enough notice before the project is set to begin. 

• Ankeny also stated that all Mutuals approved the telecommunications extension agreement for Superwire, and it will be forwarded to the Finance Committee this month.

• The Council discussed Mutual Emergency Accommodations Procedure and Policy.

• The Council was given an update from the Resales Committee.

Proposed GRF Policy Revisions

Per the action of the GRF Board on October 23, 2018, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Tentative Approval of Amendment of Policy 1201-33, Photo ID Cards, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of proposed amendment.

Policy 1201-33, Photo Identification Cards:

1. Photo GRF identification cards will be issued by the Stock Transfer Office with authorization from the Stock Transfer Manager and/or the Executive Director. Photo identification cards are for the use of residents only. Use by anyone other than the members, co-occupants, renter/tenants to whom the identification card is issued is strictly prohibited. The ID card will be renewed every five (5) years, upon the surrender of the old ID card. GRF identification cards will be issued to the following persons:

1.1 All members of the Golden Rain Foundation as shown in the stock records of the Stock Transfer 


1.2 Qualified Permanent Residents, as shown in the records of the Stock Transfer Office.

1.3 Co-Occupants as described in Policy 1801, who reside with resident stockholders as shown in the records of the Stock Transfer Office. When the status of a Co-Occupant ceases, the photo identification card must be surrendered to the Stock Transfer Office.

1.4 All approved lessees of Mutual No. Seventeen.

2. Upon the sale of the unit or the demise of a member, co-occupant, renter/tenant , the GRF identification card shall be surrendered to the Stock Transfer Office. If the ID card is not surrendered, a fee of $500 will be assessed against the unit. In the case of a deceased member, the fee may be waived. When the Security Department retrieves a GRF identification card, for whatever reason, it shall be surrendered to the Stock Transfer Office immediately.

3. For lost or stolen GRF identification cards, members, co-occupants, or renter/tenants may obtain a replacement card by:

3.1 Personally completing a “Certificate of Lost ID” form in the 

 Stock Transfer Office.

3.2 Paying a $20 fee for the first loss;

3.2.1. The fee will be waived if member, co-occupant, renter/tenant produces a Police Report that can be verified by the Stock Transfer Office.

Waiving of fee or fees is at the sole discretion of the Finance Committee.

All Shareholders wishing to comment on the proposed changes may submit your comments by either:

• Emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at deannab@lwsb.com; please include in the subject line “Policy 1201-33”, or

• Mailing comments to:

Golden Rain Foundation, P. O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA, 90740 Attn: Proposed Policy Revisions, or

• Dropping off written comments to the receptionist located on the second floor of the Administration Building. 

Please reference Policy 1201-33, Photo Identification Cards on any correspondence you submit. 

All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration. The Board will take final action relative to Policy 1201-33, Photo Identification Cards at its December 18, 2018 meeting.


Court soliciting Grand Jury members

The Orange County Superior Court has launched its annual Grand Jury recruitment drive seeking potential Grand Jury members for a one-year term that begins June 28, 2019.

Orange County Grand Jury promotes sound government by: 

• Ensuring that the performance of county, city, and other local agencies is proper and ethical

• Improving government with member recommendations

• Responding to citizen complaints about local government agencies

• Issuing indictments for serious crimes

• Making sure local tax dollars are spent wisely

• Evaluating conditions at the county’s jails

Applications and information are available at www.ocgrandjury.org or by calling Grand Jury hotline, (657) 622-6747.

The deadline to apply is Jan. 18.

Qualifications include: O.C. residency, U.S. citizen 

• 18 or older, knowledge of English and sound judgment. 

Jurors are paid $50 per day stipend, plus mileage

Nineteen grand jurors will take the oath of office on June 28, 2019.

Health and Fitness 11-15-18

Getting to know HCC’s Amy Kim

Geriatric and internal medicine Nurse Practitioner Hyunmie (Amy) Kim has returned to the Health Care Center as part of OptumCare. Board certified in geriatric medicine, Kim provided care for Leisure World residents prior to joining OptumCare two years ago. Since then, she has continued seeing many of them at the OptumCare Medical Group office located in Seal Beach Village.

OptumCare accepts all major health plans, including traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage, AARP and commercial plans. Kim said she is excited to be back part-time “inside the gates” and providing care once again at the Health Care Center.

 “I believe in building  long-lasting and trusting relationships with patients,” said Kim, who trained at the University of California, Los Angeles, School of Nursing. “Motivating patients and helping them to take the initiative in their health management is my practice goal.”

As a way of re-introducing Kim to the Leisure World community, she recently answered following “getting to know you” questions:

Where were you born?

Kim: Seoul, Korea

What are your hobbies and interests?

Kim: I have been hooked on a CrossFit class for over a year, and it is now my daily routine. I love to workout with people who try to push the limits. I also enjoy watching cooking shows. I may not cook as much as I watch, but I love to get cooking tips and new recipes.

What book is currently on your night stand?

Kim: I recently read “When Breath Becomes Air,” by Paul Kalanithi, a young neurosurgeon who died from lung cancer in his mid-30s. A very sad but touching story. 

Last vacation?

Kim: My family and I took a cruise to Mexico last June, and it was so much fun. My daughter attends college on the East Coast, so having her back home and spending time as a whole family was a great thing.

Do you speak other languages besides English?

Kim: Yes, I speak fluent Korean. 

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

Kim: I go to my CrossFit class and sweat. I also go to an early morning prayer service at my church.

By chance, do you remember your childhood dream job?

Kim: I have multiple family members in the medical profession, so I always thought I would be in the medical field.

And what advice would you give your childhood self now?

Kim: Don’t be afraid of failure when trying something new. 

As an OptumCare provider, Kim has more time to answer your questions, too. To make an appointment with her at the Health Care Center, call 493-9581.

Call-Out: It’s Decision Time

Open Enrollment began Oct. 15, and you have some choices to make about next year’s health plan. Need help? Come to one of the many on-site meetings conducted by health plan brokers and sales agents. They can answer your questions and guide you to the plan that best suits your individual needs.  

For a schedule of upcoming meetings, call 493-9581.

Health Classes and Clubs


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. 


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.

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.

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

   Qigong practice sessions classes are held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

   The session is led by Dave Heilig, QiGong practitoner.

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

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 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.

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 not needed. Sugar-free desserts offered on request, including water packed fruits for diabetics. One percent milk served. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079.

Monday, Nov. 19: Butternut squash and pasta with feta cheese, roast beef strips, broccoli and pepper salad, mini muffin, trifle and diet trifle

Tuesday, Nov. 20: Pork chili verde, pinto beans, corn, lima beans with peas and carrots, corn tortilla, pineapple chunks

Wednesday, Nov. 21:  Holiday Brunch, bacon and mushroom quiche red potatoes, baby carrots, holiday ambrosia

Thursday, Nov. 22, and Friday, Nov. 23: Closed, Happy Thanksgiving

Wa-Rite Club

Wa-Rite had its business meeting this week so there was no special speaker, yet people were encouraged by the accomplishments of fellow members.

Patty received the Bachelor of Goal Weight Certificate. She has lost 26 pounds since joining in 2013. She’s done it the slow but steady way, learning better choices and sticking with them.

Kathy Rose was the top loser for the week, dropping five-and-a-half pounds. All her life, she was told that she had to eat three full meals a day, until a program was given that disproved that. She has since cut back to two good meals a day and that satisfies her. Her dinner usually consists of a salad or veggies and meat. This has worked great for her, and she’s been able to successfully drop weight.

Darlene was our Queen of the Month with an overall loss of five pounds in October. When asked what she did to accomplish this, she said she got right back on track when she fell off. All of these ladies have been examples of hard work and discipline. The club is so proud of them.

Wa-Rite is a support group of women who need to lose 10 pounds or more. Annual dues are $10. Members meet on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9-10 a.m.

Weighing begins at 7:45-8:45 a.m. To join or visit a meeting, call Diana Goins at 760-1293.

Senior Serv expands service

SeniorServ, provider of Meals on Wheels in Orange County, is now accepting clients in Seal Beach after receiving additional funding to expand its service. Three nutritious meals are delivered at no cost to qualifying homebound seniors, Monday,-Friday. Each meal is cooked by SeniorServ staff in its 22,000 square foot kitchen in Anaheim. For information on free meals call, (714) 823-3294.

The meal service also provides an opportunity for a friendly chat and daily visits with someone who is making sure all is well or that in case of an emergency or problem medics will be called.

Impaired Vision and Hearing

The support group of the Impaired Vision and Hearing Club will meet on Friday, Nov. 16, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, from 10-11:30 a.m.

People with failing vision can learn how to deal with the problems that arise. Bring a friend and learn and have fun too.  

For more information, call Sharon Kohn at 596-1969.


LWers will be prepared

The most recent graduates (photo above) of the Community Emergency Response Team (CERTS) training took time to pose for a photo with their instructors and associates upon graduating from a 5-week, 20-hour course of instruction. The next CERT training class is scheduled for mid-April. 

CERT instructor, Phil Mandeville (r, photo left), congratulates Jerry Antisdel, GRF Mutual Inspector, the first full-time employee of the GRF to complete the Community Emergency Response Team (CERTS) training. Jerry graduated from the program last week after successfully completing a course in emergency preparedness.


Hanukkah celebration planned

The Interfaith Council, Congregation Sholom and the GRF Recreation Department will host the lighting of the Menorah, the Jewish symbol of Hanukkah, on Monday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m. at Veterans Plaza.

Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, is observed by lighting the candles of a candelabrum with nine branches, called a Hanukkah menorah. One branch is typically placed above or below the others and its candle is used to light the other eight candles. This unique candle is called the shamash. Each night, one additional candle is lit by the shamash until all eight candles are lit together on the final night of the holiday.

The holiday celebrates the Jews defeating Syrian-Greek oppressors who had tried forcing them to abandon their religion and adopt Greek culture. The story has it that, led by Judah MacCabee, they recaptured the holy temple in Jerusalem. Arriving there, they found only enough olive oil to light candles for one night. It lasted for eight nights.

Other Hanukkah festivities include playing dreidel and eating oil-based foods such as doughnuts and latkes. Since the 1970s, the worldwide Chabad Hasidic movement has initiated public menorah lightings in open public places in many countries.

Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater, president of the Interfaith Council, will share with GRF members and their guests, the story of the holiday and its meaning for Jew and Gentile alike. 

This is an opportunity for the community, rich in culture and customs, to come together to learn and share in the joy of this beautiful festival.

Refreshments will be served, courtesy of Congregation Sholom and GRF.


Today is deadline to enter tree contest

The GRF Recreation Department is seeking clubs to participate in the fourth annual Christmas tree decorating contest. Clubs may apply by emailing the Recreation Office at kathyt@lwsb.com. Today, Nov. 15, is the deadline to apply.

The theme for this year is “A Storybook Christmas.” Decorations should reflect a Christmas story inspired by a book or movie. There are five Clubhouses and six trees, as Clubhouse 6 has two. If more than six clubs apply to decorate a tree, winners will be chosen at random. 

Judging will be by committee and the winning club will be celebrated in the LW Weekly and on the Leisure World website.

Hospitality Center 

The Golden Age Foundation Hospitality Thursday Team, Carl Kennedy, Hospitality Chair, Shelley Solis, Chandra Patel, Verna Morgan, Deane Cox and Janice Chapman will serve coffee and pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving morning from 9-11 a.m. in Clubhouse 6 to get Thanksgiving started right. This is a great time to share a smile, meet neighbors, eat some pumpkin pie, and mingle. Since the holidays are about being with friends and family the Hospitality volunteers are also planning on serving their neighbors on Christmas and New Year’s morning as well. The Hospitality Center is open weekdays from 9-11 a.m.


Holistic genetic therapy is topic tomorrow

Dr. Mark De Dubovay will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club meeting tomorrow, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. He will share about holistic genetic therapy, the newest breakthrough in understanding and natural treatment for genes that can have dramatic impact on health and aging.

Dr. DeDubovay is the founding director of the Advanced Wellness Center. He enjoys providing gentle therapies along with nutritional and lifestyle medicine and collaborating with other experts and alternative medicine that he has brought together. 

He earned his doctorate of chiropractic from Cleveland Chiropractic College in Los Angeles. Dr. DeDubovay is a former member of the clinic faculty and has served for 25 years as a supervising doctor for chiropractic interns. He is a past director of the Long Beach Area Chiropractic Society.

He is currently focusing on and advancing the development of the new science of genetic therapy. This field stems from the latest understanding of the human genetic code along with the mutations all inherit. 

By developing a precise “Gene Map” Dr. deDubovay can reveal to his patients how much of their health experiences over their lives is reflected by their unique gene variances. 

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

The classes use the LW Weekly as a textbook to go over LW news, general columns, etc. 

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

The club meets from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 (Room 9 on the first Friday). 

There are no membership dues, and everyone in LW is welcome. 

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


Sign up to participate in donation programs before holiday season

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to making the Leisure World Seal Beach community a better and happier place in which to live. To provide services, the GAF needs to raise funds. 

Two easy ways to donate funds to GAF without any cost to the donors is by joining the Ralph’s Reward program and signing up for Smile.Amazon.com.

Once enrolled in the Smile.Amazon.com program, every time you shop on Amazon, the company will donate a percentage of your purchase to GAF without any additional cost to you. To register, visit register at Smile.Amazon.com and indicate your charitable organization as the Golden Age Foundation, Seal Beach. 

Ralph’s Reward program is another way to donate to the Golden Age Foundation. Sign up on www.ralphs.com. Participants will need a Ralph’s Reward Card number to register or a phone number associated with the rewards account. As of September, Ralph’s no longer offers registration over the phone. This can only be done online at www.ralphs.com.

To help Ralph’s members who would like to register and support GAF but are unable to do online registration, GAF will assist with your registration. A GAF board member will be at the Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 on Tuesdays, Nov. 20 and 27 from 9-11 a.m. to assist in registering for the Ralph’s Reward program.

The holidays are fast approaching, and this would be a great opportunity for you to help GAF as we work to enrich the lives of Leisure World residents. Ralphs has announced that it is committed to giving $2 Million during the next 12 months through their Community Contributions program. Thank you for helping the GAF obtain a portion of these funds (at no cost to you) just by signing up and doing your normal Ralph’s shopping.

GRF annual tree lighting will be at Veterans’ Plaza

The GRF Recreation Department is hosting the fourth annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. Santa will be on hand with his elves, courtesy of the LW Theater Club, who will be collecting unwrapped toys for the upcoming annual Toys for Tots event, so bring a gift for the little ones and have a picture taken with Old St. Nick.

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

Special guests will be The Long Beach Community Band (aka LB Shoreline Winds) who will entertain with a selection of Christmas carols to help set the mood. 

Come help us kick off the holidays at Veteran’s Plaza and bring a friend, grandchild or two and your neighbors.


Toys for Tots holiday show set for Dec. 13

Clubhouse 4 will once again be the site for the GRF Toys for Tots Christmas Show on Thursday, Dec. 13. Doors open at 6 p.m., with live entertainment starting at 7. 

The Long Beach Community Band, formerly known as the Long Beach Shoreline Winds, will be the guest entertainment this year. The band will perform a fun mix of classical, traditional and sing-along holiday music. 

The festivities will include complimentary cookies and hot beverages. 

 Under the direction of Greg Flores, the Long Beach Community Band is recognized as one of the region’s best community-based, symphonic ensembles and is completing its 71st concert year. The 75-plus member ensemble brings an entertaining program that has put many Leisure Worlders, their friends and families in the holiday spirit for years. This will be its third performance at Leisure World in 2018 after a big success in the Amphitheater this summer and a smaller ensemble performing at this year’s tree lighting ceremony.

Drop off unwrapped toys at the Security Main Gate, North Gate, St. Andrews Gate, the Security Satellite Office in Building 5, or bring them to the show.


Holiday party planned Nov. 29

Mutual 9 will have it second annual holiday party on Nov. 29 from 5-8 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The theme will be tropical and Hui O Hula will perform. All are invited to dress in tropical attire.

The event is free to Mutual 9 shareholders, but bring drinks to share. 

Tickets must be reserved by tomorrow, Nov. 16. Each unit will have the option for two tickets. Contact a Mutual 9 director for your reservation.


Heavy equipment operator sought

In the event of a natural disaster, volunteers will be needed for Neighbors Helping Neighbors (NHN). The group is looking for a shareholder with experience in operating heavy equipment, such as a backhoe. 

Anyone qualified, contact Phil Mandeville at 874-0120, or come to the NHN meeting at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, to learn how to help.

Bocce ball lessons

Bocce ball instruction is offered Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon; Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. and Sundays from 3-7 p.m. at the new bocce ball court at Mission Park, behind Clubhouse 2. Bocce players(above) learn how to score at the end of the round. Bob Job (below), Mutual 9,releases the ball trying to get it as close as possible to the yellow “pallino.” The court is open every day beginning at 9 a.m. Equipment is available. Players are requested to sign in every time they play.


Make plans to attend Christmas party

The American Latino Club will have a Christmas party celebration at 11 a.m. on Dec. 7 in Clubhouse 4. The club will provide the live Mariachis, tamales, ham and refreshments. Members are asked to will bring side dishes. Non-members will pay $7 each, and they don’t have to bring anything. Members who do not want to contribute a dish can pay $5 each.

Make reservations before Nov. 30 and let organizers know what kind of tamales are wanted, chicken, beef or pork. Call Carmen Edwards at 431-4257 or Maria Rodriguez, 430-3405.

There will be a Christmas game with gifts. To participate, bring a $10 gift. Memberships will also be renewed that day.

Nikkei Club will have Christmas lunch on Dec. 6

The Leisure World Nikkei Club will have its Christmas luncheon on Thursday, Dec. 6 from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.at East Buffet Seafood and Grill,.

All Nikkei members and their guests are welcome. 

The club is subsidizing the cost of the meal, tax and tip. The cost is $5 for Nikkei members and $10 for guests. Pay Aki Green before sitting down. Be sure to tell East Buffet you are with the Nikkei Club.

The restaurant is located at 12100 E. Carson St., Hawaiian Gardens. Travel north on Seal Beach Boulevard and turn left just before Carson Street.

For reservations and rides to the restaurant, contact Ben Watada, 795-9137, (703) 424-1022, email, bgwatada@gmail.com, or Aki Green, 594-4343, email, hinode@gmail.com.

Jazzy holiday concert is tonight

Hank “Mr. Hank” Barto will perform a Christmas jazz concert tonight, Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 in Clubhouse 4. Admission is free. The show is sponsored by Leisure Living Resales.

The concert will transform the clubhouse into a concert hall filled with premier music and a lot of fun, featuring Barto on piano with and friends, Tina Schaffer, vocals; Frank Schatz, bass; and John Whited, drums.

Schatz is one of the most sought after bass players in Orange County. Also appearing will be Whited, an outstanding drummer who has played with many Big Bands including Lionel Hampton. And from traditional to contemporary to smooth jazz, plus rhythm and blues genres for every jazz lover, the evening’s performance will feature Tina Schaffer on vocals.

“This the best rhythm group in Orange County,” says Barto.

For decades, Mr. Hank has been a trailblazer consistently refining the essence of a jazz experience that is above and beyond, celebrating artists that have inspired him such as Erroll Garner, Oscar Peterson and George Shering. Mr. Hank quickly gained popularity by playing at clubs throughout Southern California and is regarded as one of the best jazz musicians.

Bring your own beverages and enjoy an evening of jazzy Christmas music.

GAF monthly board meeting is Nov. 28

The Golden Age Foundation will have its next board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 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 GRF Security Decal Office. All members of the Foundation 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.

Performance will conclude session

English Conversation Club (ECC) will give its fall session  production today, Nov. 15,  at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The skit, “Heungbu and Nolbu,” is about  how a kind person and a bad person go different ways and get the opposite results.

“Over the River and Through the Woods” will be sung  to celebrate Thanksgiving Day.

A potluck party will follow for  all the participants.

Members voice opinions on political issues at last LW Humanist meeting

At the November Leisure World Humanist meeting members discussed what they expected from the elected leaders they voted for.   

After considering nine different candidates for President in 2020, Joe Biden was a three-to-one choice, followed by Elizabeth Warren.  

When asked what should be done to keep Social Security strong and solvent for the future, they decided that the cap of $128,400 should be raised, or eliminated. This would make Social Security strong for the future without cutting benefits or raising the age limit.

They were unanimous that this country needs a single payer health care system.  Other countries have health care that is less than half as expensive as in the U.S., is simple and covers everyone.

With the election two days away they also wanted an end to gerrymandering and voter suppression. They want elections that are shorter and publicly financed with spending limits. They agreed it would be a good idea to change the Constitution to eliminate the Electoral College and extend Congressional terms to four years, so that mid-term elections are eliminated.  They would like to see prison reform that would eliminate private, for profit prisons and go to a system, like other countries, that stress rehabilitation.


Brahms will be featured today

The Korean-American Classical Music Academy will meet at 9:30 a.m., today, Nov. 8, in Clubhouse 4.

Ken Chong will present Johannes Brahms’ Piano Concerto No. 1, first movement; Dmitri Shostakovich’s, Violin Concerto, No. 1, third and fourth movements, and his Suite for Variety Orchestra, Waltz 2; and Christoph Gluck’s opera: “Orpheus and Euridice.”

Robert Chung will close the class with golden oldies and members’ favorites. 

The KACMA class is conducted in Korean and open to all residents. For information, contact President Kathie Park, 598-6292; Program Robert Chung, 387-7377; or Publicity Chair Yoon Soo Park, 431-3036.


New instructor added for classes

The Friendship Club offers computer classes taught by Jeff Sacks, Maxine Smith, and Miryam Fernandez.

• Monday, Nov. 19, Clubhouse 6, Room B

11 a.m. – Windows 7 and 10 (Sacks)

Noon – Facebook for Beginners (Fernandez)

This is an introduction to Facebook for the beginner. Come and meet the new instructor.

• Thursday, Nov. 22

No classes due to Thanksgiving

 • Monday, Nov. 26, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m. – Prepare for a test (DMV or Real Estate) using technology (Sacks)

Noon – Facebook for Beginners (Fernandez)

 • Monday, Dec. 3, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m. – Bring Questions: iPad, iPhone and Facebook (Fernandez)

Noon – Bring Questions: iPad, iPhone and Facebook (Fernandez)

 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. For Facebook information, contact Fernandez at 884-7640. To suggest new classes or to be added to the e-mail list, e-mail jfsacks@gmail.com.



Thanksgiving begins on Sunday

Thanksgiving Sunday is traditionally a time of giving thanks, praising God for his goodness and being mindful of those around who are in need of support and love. At the Assembly of God 10:30 a.m. service in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, Pastor Sam Pawlak will bring the message, “The Power of Thanksgiving,” and Assoc. Pastor Dan Ballinger will sing the Christian art song, “Thanks Be To God.” 

Songs of praise will be led by Denise Smith and accompanied by Ruth Olson/accordionist, Marge McDonald/organist and Norma Ballinger/pianist. The monthly missions report will be given by Carolyn VanAalst. She keeps the church in touch with the several missionaries that receive monthly support. Visitors are encouraged and warmly welcomed.

This service is preceded at 10 a.m. with a prayer meeting and another prayer meeting is held at 5:15 p.m. 

The popular Hymn Sing at 6 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 will provide an opportunity for those present to select their favorite hymns and gospel songs of praise and thanksgiving. The special music of the evening will be provided by the congregation. Ruth Olson will lead with one of the “old-fashioned hash chorus” and other choruses of youth. Assoc. Pastor Dan will lead the congregational singing and Pastor Sam will close with a devotion. 

The fellowship time affords people a time of connecting with friends and making new ones. Those who come often bring a treat to share.

On Wednesday at 10 a.m., Pastor Sam will continue the study of the book of Philippians in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.

Beit HaLev 

Reading follows Ya’akov’s journey

The Parshah (Torah portion) for Beit HaLev this week is “Vayetzei” (he went out); the third Triennial Cycle reading is from Genesis 27:28-29:9; it is the account of Ya’akov’s journey to his uncle Laban’s land where he falls in love with Rachel, the younger daughter. Ya’akov is tricked into marrying Rachel’s sister, Leah. Ya’akov works for Laban for several years in order to marry Rachel, and finally after years of dealing with his treacherous in-law, sneaks away with his wives and flocks to return to his family and face the wrath of his brother Eisav, who had threatened to kill him. It is a dramatic reading and shows how Ya’akov was protected by God in many ways.

Beit HaLev services are live-streamed on Livestream.com/Galityomtov and Facebook.com/galityomtov at 6 p.m. and recorded for viewing convenience.

Beginning Prayerbook Hebrew classes continue on Wednesdays at 2 p.m., taught by Rabbi Galit. Anyone who wants to learn the holy language in order to participate in Jewish services should contact Rabbi Galit, 715-0888, 493-2680 or at duets@icloud.com. Those interested in earning conversational Hebrew should also contact Rabbi Galit.


Cornell Trio will perform Nov. 18

The Cornell Trio will be in concert at Faith Christian Assembly on Sunday, Nov. 18, at the 5:30 p.m. service. 

This trio is known for its uplifting southern gospel harmonies and has won numerous awards. The group has performed with the Gaithers and other big names in Christian music. 

Invite a friend and come be blessed by their beautiful music. 

All are invited to the Thanksgiving Eve service, Wednesday, Nov. 21, at 7 in the Main Sanctuary. 

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

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

First Christian Church

November is mission month

November is one of several “Mission Months” at First Christian Church. In addition to donations to Samaritan’s Purse for hurricane and flood victims across the nation, this month’s focus is the Long Beach Rescue Mission. The LBRM supports the homeless with meals, clothing and other forms of assistance — all in the name of Jesus.

The Saturday First Christian Church evening service begins at 5:15 with the Hospitality Room opening at 4:30 p.m. 

Sunday begins with Elder Jack Frost teaching Bible study at 9 a.m. The group is currently 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 hosting.

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer and scripture, followed by Margaret Humes leading the congregation in hymns of worship, “Without Him,” “Jesus Saves,” and “Holy, Holy, Holy.” The communion hymn will be “He Took My Sins Away.” 

The church choir, under the direction of Anita Ragole, will sing “Give Thanks.”

Elder Larry Massey will present the communion meditation and service today. For the offertory, Pat Kogok and Rhonda Sandberg will play “Showers Of Blessings.” 

Anita Ragole will sing, “Thanks To God For My Redeemer” followed by Jeanette Williams who will read scripture in Psalm 100.

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message for today will be “With Thanksgiving” based on Psalm 100. 

Prayer and verse-by-verse Bible studies during the week are held on Tuesdays with Pastor Humes and on Thursdays with Pastor Cherryholmes both beginning at 9:30 a.m. The Thursday evening Bible Study with Pastor Phil O’Malley has been suspended until further notice. 

Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions. 

Call the church office at 431-8810 for further information. Leave a recorded message and someone will get back as quickly as possible.


Rabbi Isenberg leads services

Congregational Sholom Friday night services led by Rabbi Karen Isenberg will be held on Nov. 16 at 7 p.m in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. An Oneg Shabbat will follow services.

On Saturday, Nov. 17, a bagel and cream cheese breakfast is planned at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. It will be followed by Shabbat Services with Rabbi Isenberg from 9:30-noon and then a dairy/potluck Kiddush lunch and study from noon-about 1:15 p.m. 


Michele Vallens teaches a beginner’s level Hebrew class Mondays at 10 a.m. She is a credentialed teacher. Bring a pencil and a notebook. A textbook is provided. For more information, call 230-7464


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


 The short story book club will meet Tuesday, Nov. 20, at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Mort and Helene Goldberg. They will be reading “For Whom the Shofar Blows.”


The congregation’s annual meeting is on Dec. 2 from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3. That evening join members for the community menorah lighting. Congregation Sholom will serving latkes and sufganiot.


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


‘Fat Lady Sings’ will be Pastor Moore’s sermon Nov. 18

“The Fat Lady Sings” is the title that Pastor Gil Moore gives to this Sunday’s sermon at Redeemer Lutheran Church as he preaches on the text of Mark 13:1-8.

Communion assistant is Jerry Brady, and acolyte is Shirlene Bradrick. The choir will sing “Oh, Sing to God Above.” Altar flowers are from Nancy Luebben in thanksgiving for the pastor and people of Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The Sunday service with Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m. and is followed by a coffee hour in the fellowship hall.

The Wednesday morning Bible class led by Pastor Lynda Elmer is studying the Book of Ezekiel. Everyone is welcome to this class which begins at 10:30 a.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m.

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

The Leisure World Community Thanksgiving Service is Monday, Nov. 19, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

The Respite Center meets on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays in the fellowship hall. Call 596-1209 for information about registration and volunteering.

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


Thanksgiving Day Mass is at 9 a.m.

Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the 33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time this week.

First Reading: Daniel 12:1-13; Responsorial Psalm: 16: 5, 8, 9-10, 11; Second Reading: Hebrews 10:11-14, 18; Alleluia: Luke 21:36, Response: Alleluia, alleluia. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to stand before the Son of Man; Gospel: Mark 13:24-32.

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 22, Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. and will include the blessing of bread and wine that can be shared with the family at Thanksgiving dinner. Everyone is invited to bring a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine to be blessed. 

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. on Saturdays and on the eves of Holy Days and at 9:15 a.m. on the first Friday of the month.

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

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

Come and say the Rosary and Divine Mercy Mondays and Thursdays at 3 p.m. in church.

For more information about our present and upcoming activities as well as interesting material to read, including our weekly bulletin, please visit our website www.holyfamilysb.com.


Prayer Chapel is opened 24 hours

Community Church strives to be a resource to the residents of the Leisure World Community. The church, with its strategic location inside the Leisure World gates, includes an intimate Prayer Chapel on the north side of the entry. The chapel is open 24 hours a day to all who seek solace there. Recently commissioned Chapel Steward Kyung Shik Yun serves as caretaker of the tiny chapel. People of all faith backgrounds are welcome to enjoy this sacred place of refuge. 

Community Church will continue to receive donations for the Sock It To Me sock drive for veterans at the church office Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., through the end of November. New white socks for men or women or, if preferred, checks or cash are accepted. The Missions Team will purchase socks with the monies collected. The socks will be delivered to the VA Hospital and will be distributed to veterans. 

A Bible study, led by Joy Reed, meets Sundays at 5 p.m. in the Fireside Room. Visitors are welcome anytime. 

On Sunday, Nov. 18, Pastor Johan Dodge will present the morning message titled “Not of this World – Body, Mind, Spirit” based on Hebrews 10:11-25. As part of the morning worship, members of the choir will be recognized and thanked for their service to Community Church in 2018. Serving as lay liturgist on Nov. 18 will be Carmen Edwards. Worship services are at 9:50 a.m., followed by coffee and refreshments in Edgar Hall.

Sports and Games

Cards and Games Scoreboard 

Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club. Winners in the game on Thursday, Nov. 8, were: N/S: First in Strat A and B: Bill Linskey-Howard Smith; second in Strat A and B: Larry Topper-Lynn Danielson; third in Strat A: Dorothy Favre-Mike Ullman; fourth in Strat A: third in Strat B, first in Strat C: Judy Mathais-Miriam Kelley; fifth in Strat A; fourth in Strat B: Bobbi Vann-Paul Chen; sixth in Strat A: Dorothy Favre-Mike Ullman. E/W: First in Strat A: Alan Olschwang-Kiyo Nagaishi; second in Strat A, first in Strat C: Jeanette Estill-Diane Sachs; third in Strat A: Judith Jones-Al Appel; fourth in Strat A: Joyce Henderson-Rob Preece; fifth in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-LaVonne McQuilkin; sixth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Ellen Kice-Fred Reker; third in Strat B: Sue Boswell-Norma Krueger; fourth in Strat B, first in Strat C: Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson; second in Strat C: Barbara Wallace-Bill Dilks.Winners in the game on Monday, Nov. 5, were: N/S: First in Strat A and B: Sue Fardette-Alan Flower; second in Strat A and B: Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; third in Strat A: Diane Sachs-Hank Dunbar; fourth in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Gary Paugh; fifth in Strat A: Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz; third in Strat B: Midge Dunagan-Howard Smith. E/W: First in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-Rob Preece; second in Strat A, first in Strat B and C: Mark Singer-John Hagman; third in Strat A, second in Strat B and C: Ron Yaffee-Richard Norris; fourth in Strat A: third in Strat B and C: Ellen Kice-Cookie Pham; fifth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B: Paul Chen-Sue Boswell. Games are played Monday and Thursday afternoons beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Players are asked to arrive by 12:15 p.m. to confirm their reservations. To make or cancel a reservation for Mondays, call Midge Dunagan at 594-9698; for Thursdays, call Sharon Beran at 308-7838 or email her, no later than 10:30 a.m. on 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 needing a partner should arrive by noon and check with the club manager; every effort will be made to find a partner. To cancel a reservation on game day or to report running late, call 481-7368 between noon and 1 p.m. 

—Gene Yaffee


Friendly Pinochle Club winners Nov. 8: Amy Kasuyama, 12,160; Bert Sellers, 12,110; Marilyn Allred, 12,030; and Alma Zamzow, 11,970. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call (310) 968-9509.

– Bert Sellers


Monday Bridge Club winners Nov. 12: Ben Watada, Tome Gate and Dale Quinn. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Mary Nell Clark, 296-8570.


Best Time Bunco winners Nov. 12: Most buncos, Cheryll Saba, Jim Barth Joan Vonkarvaly. Most wins, Cindy Zurn and Rita Fueyo. Most babies, Julie Milburn. Most loses, Audrey Hutchings. Door prize, Rosann Macgregor. The Best Time Bunco’s next meeting will be Monday, Nov. 26. The club meets the second and fourth Monday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 at 6 p.m. Refreshments are served at half-time with social time. All Leisure World residents and their guests are welcome. Bunco is fun and easy to play. For information call Gail Levitt, 596-1346.


Fun Time Pinochle Club winners Nov. 12: Marilyn Allred, 12,200; Bert Sellers 12,190; Oscar Moya 11,580; Gene Smith 11,420. The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at 240-5416. 

 –Bert Sellers


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners Nov 10: N/S: George Koehm-Jack Dampman; Joyce Basch-Linda Nye; Joan Tschirki-Sharon Beran; Sibyl Smith-Jeanette Estill. E/W: Paul and Monica Honey; Fred Reker-Larry Slutsky; Diane Sachs-Marilyn McClintock; Chie Wickham-Cooie Dampman. Nov 9: N/S: Verna Burns-Emma Trepinski; Gary Paugh-Fred Reker; Janet Gibbons-Julia Cunningham; Jean Kato-Barbara Harris; Cookie Pham-Paul Chen. E/W: Al Appel-Joan Tschirki; Dave and Karen Johnston; Sue Fardette-Marilyn McClintock; Howard Smith-Sue Boswell; Jerry and Jane Reid. 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 unit game and annual meeting at 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. A quorum is needed, so come at 11:45.

 –Fred Reker


Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners Nov. 11: Julia Troise, 12,460; Diana Lambert, 10,570; Richard Van Wasshnova, 10,300; and Nancy Wheeler 10,200. Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433. 

–Bert Sellers

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 The white Bishope moves from c1 to e3 . Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate. 


Christmas party planned Dec. 1

The Leisure World Men’s Golf Club host its Christmas party on Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

The party will include an open bar, buffet dinner with tri tip, barbecued chicken, sausages and trimmings, drawings and dancing. 

All golfers, men and women  are welcome. Purchase tickets, $15, at the starter’s shack.

Men’s Golf

Hore, Ballard take first on Riverview course

The men’s golf group visited the Riverview Golf Course on Nov. 11. 

Taking first place in the “A” flight was Jerry Hore with a neat 64 and fewest putts. Second place belongs to to Merle McGee with 67. A three-way tie for third included Paul Cose, Jim Goltra and Fujio Norhiro at 72, with Paul getting closest to the pin on the ninth hole and Jim and Fujio getting a birdie each. Sam Choi also got a bird and closest to the flagstick at the second hole.

Marv Ballard took first place in the second flight with 71, followed by Lowell Goltra in second place with 72 and fewewt putts. Bob Munn completed the scoring with a 78 for third place. 

 Call Bill McKusky at 277-2164 for information on membership or play schedule. Players of all skill level are needed to come and enjoy the camaraderie and joy of golf on the long courses.


Very Striking has five game lead

Very Striking has a five game lead over Spares Are Good and Maybe Next Tuesday is in third place. 

Very Striking swept OSIMA in the Leisure World Bowling league play last week. Dave Silva of Very Striking had a 221 and 204 and teammate Connie Terry finished with a 170.

Spares Are Good met Strikes Are Better. Perhaps both statements are true, but Spares Are Good took three. Danny Bigelow of Spares Are Good rolled a 214 and 249 for a 630 series that featured a lot more strikes than spares. Gracie Hastings of Spares Are Good had the high game for the ladies with a 187. Arnold Bakker of Strikes Are Better finished with a 214 to salvage one game.

Ned Sprow of had a 208 and 213 as the Pinbusters took three from Just Lucky. D Hustlers took three from Maybe Next Tuesday as Fred Garcia had a 205 and teammate Ren Villenueva a 206.


Devora Kim is below par again

Forty-three ladies from the Women’s Golf Club played for low gross, low net and Circle Hole No. 8 on Nov. 6. 

Once again Devora Kim was below par. 

Flight winners:

A: Low gross: Devora Kim, 25. Low net: Linda Herman, 24. Circle hole No. 8, Zoe Pickerell and Jane Song.

B: Low gross: Sandy Derouin, 30. Low net: Tie Anne Walshe and Pam Krug, 27.

C: Low gross: Melinda Lee, 32. Low net: Anita Giroud, 23.

D: Mary Lancaster, 35. Low net: Nickie Weisel, 22.


Results for the “3-Club Tournament” held Oct 30.

A Flight: Jane Song, net 25.

B Flight: Margie Thompson, net 25.

C Flight: Heilee Yang and Sally Park, net 21.

D Flight: Jeanne Aranas, net 23


Long Shots are up by nine games

All three matches in the Leisure World Pool League ended up six games to three. 

The Long Shots extended its league lead to nine games by beating the Wild BBzzz. Rod Ellis won four of his five games, including his eight ball singles match.

Chalk and Awe won its first three games from RR&B, but lost the remaining six. Fearless continued its winning ways against the Six Shooters with Paul Snellenberger winning four games.

Next week each team will have played every other team twice, determining which teams play each other in the position round.

Shuffleboard games were competitive

The Shuffleboard Club games on Nov. 9 at the Clubhouse 1 courts were competitive. 

The Classics squeaked by the Puck Masters 10-8. The Classics all game winners were Roger Bennett and Dennis Jensen. Puck Masters all game winner was Gary Jantzen.

In the second match Girl Power tied the Sliders 9-9. Girl Power all game winners were Peggy Hamilton and Linda Peters. Sliders all game winners were Sally Fowler and Mike Peters

The next games, on Nov. 30, will be The Classics vs. Girl Power, and The Sliders vs. Puck Masters.

The last Friday of the month luncheon will be at Ruby’s Diner at Westminster and PCH at noon after the Nov. 30 games.

For those who wish to join or try the game, practices during League play are 10 a.m., Monday and Wednesday, at the shuffleboard courts behind Clubhouse 1. 

Call president Carrie Kistner at 949-300-0285 with any questions.

Upcoming Events: 

Turkey Shoot Tournament, Nov. 16 at 8:30 a.m., Clubhouse 1 Courts.

Christmas Party – New date and location, Dec. 12, 6 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 9, turkey or ham dinner , cost $15. Team captains will collect the money. Deadline for reservations is Nov. 30.


On the Go

Day Trips 

Julian – Nov. 20, $75, includes lunch, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886

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

Castle on the Green – Sunday, Dec. 2, $70 with lunch at Cheesecake Factory, LW Garden Club, Dee Neri, 431-5889, or Gail Levitt, 596-1346

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

Pauma Casino – Dec. 12, $15; $10 cash in machine, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598?3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949

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. 19, 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

Fantasy Springs Casino- Jan. 2, $30, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821

Guide Dog/Braille Institute- Jan. 2, $75 with lunch at Clifton’s, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821

Pechanga Casino- Feb. 6, $15, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821

Tribute to Cher, Tom Jones, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Palm Springs – Thursday, Feb. 28, $103 includes lunch, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821

Pirates of Penzance, Glendale Theater – Saturday, March 16, $95 includes lunch, at Scarantino’s, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821

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

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

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

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

Overnight Trips 

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

Las Vegas, Sam’s Town – Three days, Jan. 14-16, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886

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

Wonder Valley- Feb. 10-12, $103, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821

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

Traveling Tigers 

Club’s November meeting canceled for Thanksgiving

Traveling Tigers Club members will travel independently or welcome friends and family to Leisure World during the coming Thanksgiving Day celebrations. For this reason members voted to cancel their November meeting in honor of the special turkey day but are looking forward to a sparkling holiday party luncheon at the next regular on the third Wednesday of the month, Dec. 19, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at noon.

 Members and guests are encouraged to bring a festively wrapped white elephant item for one of many games to be played at this annual holiday luncheon. Appropriate potluck dishes should also be brought to be shared. A Honeybaked ham will be provided by the club.

 The following officers were re-elected at the October meeting to serve the Traveling Tigers Club for the 2019 year:  President Edward Hickman, Secretary Jeanne Berro, Treasurer Elaine Miller, Chaplain George Medina, Potluck hostess Elizabeth Daniels, Communicators Vi Cooper and Honey Holland; Sunshine, Doris Dack; and Trip Coordinator Joanna Matos.  Susan Shaver was the only newly elected officer.  She will serve as first vice president in charge of programs for the coming year.

 Guests are welcome to join the Traveling Tigers for the December meeting.  The annual membership fee is $5. Call Joan Schwichtenberg at 446-0731 for further information.



Baked potato bar planned Nov. 20

Leisure World RV Club monthly meeting will be held in Clubhouse 4, Tuesday, Nov. 20.

A potluck dinner at 5 p.m. will be followed by a general meeting at 6 with door prizes and games.

The potluck theme will be “Baked Potato Bar.” The club will provide baked potatoes and fixings. Members are asked to bring salads and desserts and their own serving utensils.

A program will be provided by event coordinator Eddie Dupras. 673-3846.

Join members for that RVer fun and camaraderie. Visitors are welcome. Obituaries

Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

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

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

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

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

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

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


In Memoriam 

Marcy Leavitt 53

Richard Geosano 78

Pauline Crisante 66

Paul Hicks 74

Crawford McWilliams 78

Edith Glavas 90

Jack Ferraro 74

Charlette Neely 51

Thomas Castle 64

Elizabeth Sweeney 90

James Beakey 95

Maeva Sarramona 32

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary

E-mail Obituary Notices to cathiem_news@lwsb.comwith photos attached as jpg files.

Arts and Leisure

Gingerbread house contest is Dec. 20

As the holiday season approaches, the Leisure World Library will host its second annual Gingerbread House Contest from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20. Gingerbread houses will be on display, and everybody is welcome to stop by and vote for their favorites.

People who are interested in entering gingerbread houses in the contest should come by the library to pick up complete contest rules.  Entries need to be submitted with forms to library staff by Dec. 17.

Even if you don’t want to directly participate, everyone is invited to stop by Veterans Plaza (next to the Library) on Dec. 20 to check out all the great creations. The library will also provide refreshments and a giant gingerbread house diorama perfect for photo opportunities. For more information, call the library at 598-2431 or inquire on your next visit. 

Community Karaoke

Community Karaoke meets on Wednesday but Rosemary Freman sang a great “Sunday Kind of Love.” The group welcomed back Janice Chapman who showed no weakness singing “Far Away Places.” Newcomer Kyung Ju sang a nice “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” and Culley Eaby and Ellen Brannigan sang “Oh Happy Days.” In honor of his mother’s birthday, Pete Tupas chose “Mama.” Lively, catchy tunes were the hits of the night: Mila Cruz, Knock Three Times”; Wayne Urban, “Okie from Muskogee”; Byong Choi, “Vaya Con Dios”; Leila Claudio, “Stop in the Name of Love”; Martin Rosendaal, “Light My Fire”; and Chuck Oehn, “Fire and Rain.”

Despite the holidays, karaoke parties will be held Nov. 21, Dec. 26 and Jan. 2. These dates are on the eve of or following major holidays.  

Thanks to Allana Eaby and Galal Gado for the muffins and cake they brought for everyone.

Practice sessions are held on Tuesday afternoons in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3. Karaoke parties are held Wednesday nights in Clubhouse 1 starting at 5:30 p.m. There are a wide variety of songsters to entertain people.

Ad Hoc Chorus

The Ad Hoc Chorus meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 for one hour. 

All are welcome to come and sing the old “Hit Parade” favorites, show tunes and some humorous novelty ditties. Helene Onu is the song leader and piano accompaniment is provided by Barbara McIlhaney.  Everyone has an opportunity to try their hand at being a song leader. You do not have to be able to read music. Song sheets are supplied.

For more information, call Chuck Burnett at 493-0176.

Copper enameling class is  Nov. 16

A copper enameling class by Carol Levine will be held from 9 a.m.-noon on Nov. 16 in the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4. Cost is $10 per student, in Lapidary worksh?p in Clubhouse 4.

All supplies are furnished.

Sign up at the Lapidary Room. 

SBTV-Channel 3

SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Thursday, Nov. 15

4 pm Classical Music

5:07 pm Betty J. Price Chimes-Soloist

6 pm Alex Plotkin-

Hearing Loss Information

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

9 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

9:30 pm Los Al Jazz Band

10:05 pm Community Sing

11 pm Cerritos Center

Friday, Nov. 16

4 pm Harmonizing Humanity

4:30 pm Alex Plotkin-

Hearing Loss Information

5:30 pm Blessing of the Animals—

Service Club

6 pm Calvary Chapel

6:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

7 pm Studio Cafe 

8 pm Betty Price Chimes Soloist

9 pm McGaugh Go West!

10 pm Life & Times in SB: 


11:30 pm Live at the Ford Theater

Saturday, Nov. 17

4 pm Community Sing

5:07 pm Blessing of the Animals

5:30 pm Harmonizing Humanity

6 pm Betty J. Price, Chimes Soloist

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm LAUSD

10 pm Miss SB 2017 Highlights

11:05 pm Live at the Ford

Sunday, Nov. 18

4 pm SB Council Study Session,  Replay 11-13

6 pm Blessing of the Animals 

6:20 pm  Community Sing

7:03 pm  McGaugh First Grade

8 pm McGaugh Go West! 

9 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

9:30 pm Studio Cafe

10:30 pm Life and Times in SB—

Rich Harbour

Monday, Nov. 19

4 pm Community Sing

5:07 pm Betty J. Price, Chimes Soloist

6 pm Community Sing

7 pm SB Planning Commission

8 pm Vintage Vehicles 

9 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

9:30 pm Life & Times in SB— 


11 pm Live at the Ford Theater 

Tuesday, Nov. 20

4 pm Harmonizing Humanity

4:30 pm Betty J. Price, Chimes Soloist

5:30 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

7 pm Classical Music

8:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

9 pm Studio Cafe

10 pm Blessing of the Animals

10:20 pm Service Club/Lynn and Sue

10:30 pm Vintage Vehicles

11 pm Cerritos Center

Wednesday, Nov. 21

4 pm Alex Plotkin Hearing Loss Information

5 pm Harmonizing Humanity

5:30 pm Alex Plotkin: 

Hearing Loss Information

6:30 pm Vintage Vehicles

7 pm Community Sing–LW

8 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

8:30 pm Studio Cafe

9:30 pm Blessing of the Animals

9:50 pm Lynn and Sue/

Service Club of LW

10 pm Miss SB 2017 Highlights

11:05 pm Cerritos Center

*All programming is subject to change.

Fiction/Nonfiction Group

The Fiction/Nonfiction Group of the Leisure World Creative Writers Club will meet Friday, Nov. 16, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.

Sunny Beech will be the featured writer. She joined the group two-and-a-half years ago. 

“This group is very welcoming,” she said, “and it’s no wonder the club has been around for so many years. Everyone has their own unique style of writing and are encouraged to share, from serious to poetic to comically insightful. Any and all are welcome. 

She praised fellow members for this encouragement. “When it comes to pieces that are shared, these fellow writers are generous in their appreciation. 

And what works equally well for me—if not better—is that they are very stingy in their criticism.” 

She said the welcoming group is open to all. “Whether or not you write—and I was told by a very wise man that if you can talk, you can write—you might want to consider joining us, at least for a listen or a laugh. You will leave in good spirits. What could be better?” 

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.


Thanksgiving brings autumn leaves and so many emotions;

We find that if we’re not careful it can cause quite an explosion.

Family memories rise to the surface making our hearts smile,

While others may have memories to make them cry like a child.

There’s a reason to be thankful when we have things we call our own.

The simple things that come from God that feed the flesh and bone.

It makes our time on earth seem special and just a little better,

And gives us cause to then reflect and soon forgive the debtor.

It seems there is always a reason for unhappiness to show and bear;

But then all of us would need to feel the joy of when we share.

For no matter what we may have or where we may live,

The thanksgiving of happiness comes every time we give.

So as the leaves begin to fall and bring a glimpse of winter’s storm,

It offers the opportunity to help others feel safe and oh so warm.

We offer thanks for our blessings plus the friends we’ve made as well;

Being grateful we have so much, able to share and a place to dwell.

—Nancy Maggio

The American Dream

Name another land on earth

With greater goals for mankind’s worth

Where opportunity is at hand

To dream a dream or take a stand.

A land that champions human rights

Helping others to reach new heights.

From around the world, others come

To make America their home.

Freedom’s beacon sits on a hill

And wise men seek to reach it still.

                                             —Phyllis Poper

Community Sing

The Community Sing will meet on Monday, Nov. 19, in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby at 6:30 p.m.

Bob Barnum will be the emcee. People who want to participate in the Opening Acts should arrive at 6 p.m. to sign in with the emcee, bringing music for the pianist, Pat Kogok. 

The Recreation Office has requested that everyone coming to the Community Sing wait until 6 before entering the lobby.

After Opening Acts, Bob will lead group singing until 7:15 when he will introduce his half-time guest, pianist Barbara McIlhaney.

She will showcase her skills on the ivories.

On Nov. 5 Ethel Carter was the emcee. Opening Acts began with Bill Frambach singing “I Wonder Who’s Kissing Her Now?” Then Audrey McKenzie sang “Downtown,” followed by Carmen Edwards, “For You”; Clarence Hoffman, “Don’t Fence Me In” (accompanied by Betty Ballen on piano); Byong Choi, “Return to Me”; Bruce Dupont, “Orange Colored Sky”; and lastly, Bob Barnum sang “Over the Rainbow.”  

Pianist Pat Kogok accompanied six of the soloists.  

After opening acts, Ethel led group singing until introducing her half-time guests, singer Charlie Guggino and guitarist Andre DuSomme. 

The duo performed four numbers: “The House of the Rising Sun,” “Norwegian Wood,” “Can’t Help Falling in Love” and “Solitary Man.” 

The audience applauded loudly, cheered, and moved with the rhythms played by Andre whose guitar was amplified. 

Ethel Carter complimented Charlie on his wonderful enunciation talent.  

Ethel wrapped up group singing and everyone finished the musical  evening by singing “Kumbaya.”   

Thanks to pianist Pat Kogok, book lenders, Walt St. Clair and Bob Barnum; and Byong Choi, who volunteered to do book transporting for this month. 

LB Embroiderers Guild

The Long Beach Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America, Inc will meet at 10 a.m., Friday, Nov. 16, for a social hour; the meeting starts at 11 a.m. and the program by Marilu Morency on needle weaving, at noon.

The group meets at Long Beach City College, Pacific Coast Highway Campus, 1305 East PCH, Building QQ, Room 122. People can park in Lot 10. Parking permits are available inside the room for $2 dollars per day or $5 dollars per semester. People with handicapped placards can park free in any space.

The chapter meeting is the fourth Friday of the month, dark in December.

Guests are welcome.

Transportation offered to LA Phil

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 LA Phil 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. 

Remaining concert dates are 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.

Holiday Deadline

News deadline is at 

4 p.m.,Wednesday, Nov. 21, for the 

Nov. 29 issue.

Joyful Line Dance

Three Joyful Line Dance Club members, Anna Derby, Kathy Harada and Zoe Martineau, performed at the Leisure World Video Producers Club holiday luncheon Nov. 5 in Clubhouse 4. 

The trio entertained over 60 guests. 

The club usually has its holiday party early so they can go out to video tape other organization’s holiday parties in December.

The Joyful Line Dance Club meets each Wednesday in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby from 2:30-4:30 p.m.

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

Lapidary Club Potluck

The Lapidary Club invites members and their guests to a holiday luncheon at noon on Dec. 10 in Clubhouse 4, Room A.

Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-member guests.

Served will be chicken, biscuits, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables a piece of pie, and coffee and tea.

Sign-up sheets will be available in the Lapidary Room in Cubhouse 4.  Make your pie selection when you sign up.

A general meeting will follow to thank outgoing officers and elect a new slate.

Theater Club

Due to the Thanksgiving holiday, the Theater Club will meet on Friday, Nov. 16, at 10 a.m. in the Little Theater, formerly known as the Loft. Topics for this meeting will be the election of officers, the Christmas party, Theater Club Christmas donations and club participation in the GRF Tree Lighting Ceremony.

The Theater Club is open to all persons interested in the theater art. For information, call Taylor White at 596-6358.

MTW Broadway series resumes

Musical Theatre’s West’s acclaimed “Broadway in Concert” series returns with an exciting line-up of stars from the Great White Way.  Opening the series at the intimate Beverly O’Neill Theatre at Long Beach Convention Center is Broadway’s Sam Harris (“The Producers,” “The Life”) performing “Let Me Sing: An Evening of Broadway, Ballads, and Blues” on Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. The series continues with performances by David Burnham (“Wicked” and “Light in the Piazza”) and Tami Tappan Damiano (“Cyrano” and “Miss Saigon”) in “A Broadway Romance” on Feb. 3 and Teri Bibb (“Phantom of the Opera” and “She Loves Me”) in “Once Upon a Song: A Tribute to the Ladies of the Silver Screen” on March 24. Season tickets are on sale, starting at $60 for three concerts or each concert, $35. For tickets, go to www.musical.org, at the Musical Theatre West Box Office or call 856-1999, ext 4.

Sam Harris’ career has spanned more than three decades as a singer and songwriter; stage, film, and television actor; and writer, producer, and director. His rise began as a UCLA student where he and Bruce H. Newberg co-wrote “Hurry! Hurry! Hollywood!,” the first original musical in which the theatre and music departments collaborated.

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 on Nov. 17. 

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.

LW Dance Classes and Clubs

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

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

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

•Dance Club: Ballroom and social dance classes are held on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Beginning/intermediate West Coast Swing is taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate West Coast Swing 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: No classes until Nov. 26. 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: American tango is taught from 9-10 a.m.; Bolero, 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.

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.

LW Chorale to perform Dec. 1

by Nancy Maggio

LW contributor

The Leisure World Chorale will perform a “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” concert at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 1, in Clubhouse 4.

Members are busy rehearsing the songs they selected to bring smiles and memories of Christmas’s past. 

There will be music and dancing to get people in the mood for the holidays.

Enjoy the ride with “Jolly Sleigh Bells” and memories of “Go Tell It on the Mountain.” “A Christmas Waltz” will be enjoyed as well as “Deck the Halls.” 

Celebration of Hanukkah will bring dancing to the tune of “Havah Nagilah.” “Holly Jolly Christmas”  “Home for the Holidays” will round out the songlist.

Soloists Ruby Johnson and Galit Levy-Slater are preparing their songs, and the Spiritones, a group singing in the barbershop style, are putting the finishing touches to its rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock.” 

Following the concert a full free meal will be offered as well as a free gift bag. So mark your calendar for Saturday, Dec. 1, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. 

Come early for a table seat and be ready to be entertained and fed. The Chorale is ready to “Wish You a Merry Christmas!”

Good Times Roll  Happy Holidays show is Nov. 17

“Celebrate Happy Holidays” will be the theme for the next Good Times Roll Club’s show and dance on Saturday, Nov.  17, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the show starts at 6:30.

Performers have chosen songs performed by the artists that have brightened holiday seasons since the 1950s. Most of the songs were introduced during the memorable TV holiday specials of the 1950s and 60s.  Some of the artists whose songs will be sung were Bing Crosby, Bobby Darrin, Nat King Cole, Darlene Love, Dean Martin, Brenda Lee, Rosemary Clooney and Bobby Helms.  The Ben Berg Rhythm Rockers with Vicki Van Ert on vocals will provide some holiday rock and roll music for dancing to complete the nights’ performance.

Performers include Diane Reed, Tosca Lies, Erika Greenwood, Susan Kellegan, Jackie Hildebrand, Charlie Guggino, Audrey McKenzie, Bev Adams, Ray Geiermann, Sally Glausser, Frank Destra, Bob Slater, Galit Levy-Slater, Lu DeSantis and Josie DelPino. 

Doors to Clubhouse 2 open at 6 p.m. Come early to enjoy snacks and coffee furnished by the club. Guests may bring their own snacks and beverages. Ice and cups will be available. 

The is no admission.  Everyone is welcome.

Come and visit with friends and meet new Leisure World members. President Frank Destra invites everyone to “come and have a fun evening of music and dancing and meeting new friends. 

“We just got back from our anniversary tour of Rome, Florence, the Amalfi Coast, and Sicily, and we’re looking forward to seeing everyone Saturday evening.

Part of San Gabriel Bike Trail is closed 

A segment of the San Gabriel River Bike Trail between the Marina Drive Bridge and the First Street parking lot is closed through early January. 

A dedicated bike trial detour was in place starting Nov. 13. It will lead cyclists to the First Street parking lot.  

The closure is due to rough grading operations that are currently underway at the Ocean Place development at the corner of Marina Drive and First Street. 

During recent grading operations, the grading contractor uncovered a portion of an old wooden sea wall toward the northwest corner of the property.

The sea wall is estimated to have been constructed between 1915 and 1920.

The remaining portion of the sea wall will be removed utilizing specialized, heavy equipment that will need to be placed near the adjacent River Bike Trail.  In an overabundance of caution, the city is closing this segment of the River Bike Trail while the sea wall is removed.

For information about Seal Beach, see the city website at www.sealbeachca.gov.