May 7 2020
General News, Pages 1-3
GRF answers inquiries about wage settlement
—from GRF President Linda Stone
Last week’s announcement that the Golden Rain Foundation settled a lawsuit regarding complicated employee meal and rest-break wage regulations for $550,000 generated several inquiries from our community that, as promised, we are answering today.
As a reminder, our settlement eliminates a potentially costly and uncertain legal fight and removes financial uncertainty for future budgeting. GRF admitted no wrong-doing in conjunction with the settlement that will be paid from our capital budget and will have NO impact on shareholder and member fees or existing projects.
We want to assure you that our payroll and Human Resources department are well-versed in the rules imposed by the California labor code. Unfortunately, as we said last week, court decisions interpreting these rules is an evolving body of law leaving many open questions. There is scant reported case law on the application of so-called “on-duty meal period agreements” under California law.
GRF chose to discontinue the use of on-duty meal period agreements rather than continue to incur significant legal fees and expenses to litigate the vagaries of their application to our operation.
The half-dozen comments we received from shareholders and members included:
1) GRF should appoint a committee to review current financial practices and prevent future violations.
ANSWER: The wage issue lawsuit began in 2017. Since then, GRF has overhauled its financial and employee policies to comply with and, in most cases, exceed legal and regulatory mandates. The legal agreement about the settlement ensures GRF is legally compliant as we continue to do the right thing for our employees and for our shareholders.
2) There were multiple comments expressing skepticism about the settlement not having impact on shareholder and member fees and existing projects.
ANSWER: We reiterate that the settlement will have NO impact on shareholder and member fees or existing capital projects.
We’ve updated the frequently asked questions below. If you have any additional questions, please send them to email@example.com.
We will compile all questions received, update the FAQ and post the answers on the GRF website, LW Weekly as well as send a LW Live email.
Typically, we would host a town hall for all shareholders and members to discuss this important issue. Since we remain under a COVID-19 shelter-in-place order we will rely on email, the GRF website (www.lwsb.com) and LW Weekly to provide ongoing information to ensure the well-being of all of us.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q1: Why was the Golden Rain Foundation sued?
A1: The Golden Rain Foundation was sued in October 2017 by a former employee and was joined later by a current employee for what they claimed were wage-and-hour violations. The lawsuit asserted GRF had not provided proper meal and rest breaks to employees and failed to compensate employees for the resulting overtime.
Q2: How did this happen to the Golden Rain Foundation?
A2: Golden Rain Foundation consulted with its previous labor lawyers routinely to ensure its employment procedures were in compliance with California’s stringent and ever-changing workplace rules. Evolving judicial interpretations of employee meal and rest-break laws led to the lawsuit against GRF and nearly 8,300 similar wage-and-hour lawsuits against companies big and small in 2017.
Q3: Specifically, what did the lawsuit say the Golden Rain Foundation did wrong?
A3: The primary claim is the Golden Rain Foundation employees periodically did not receive or take mandated meal and rest breaks or worked through them to complete their shifts and leave work early. These are referred to as “on-duty meal period agreements” under California law.
Q4: Why is the Golden Rain Foundation settling this lawsuit now?
A4: In consultation with our attorneys, the Golden Rain Foundation Board concluded that settling the lawsuit would eliminate a potentially costly, uncertain legal fight and remove the financial uncertainty that would complicate its future budgeting. It’s important to know that there is scant reported case law on the application of so-called “on-duty meal period agreements” under California law. Recent rulings have held businesses liable for fees and damages even if the employer’s mistakes were minor.
Q5: What is the amount of the settlement?
A5: The Golden Rain Foundation will pay a settlement of $550,000.The plaintiffs’ lawyers will receive about $183,000, the firm administering the settlement will receive about $20,000, eligible former and current employees will receive estimated payouts ranging from $100 to $1,900 and the two named plaintiffs will each receive an additional $5,000.
Q6: How does the Golden Rain Foundation plan to pay the $550,000?
A6: The Golden Rain Foundation will use its capital budget to pay the settlement. The use of this fund will have NO impact on shareholder and members ship fees or existing projects.
Q7: Will the settlement impact residents’ fees?
A7: No, we expect the settlement to have NO impact on shareholders and members fees.
Q8: Which employees are eligible for settlement payments?
A8: Approximately 400 hourly employees who worked for the Golden Rain Foundation between Oct. 30, 2013 and July 16, 2019 are eligible for payments ranging from $100 to $1,900.
Q9: When will the payments be made?
A9: Once the settlement is finalized, a court appointed Payments Administrator will identify and locate eligible employees and we expect payments to be mailed beginning in late summer.
Q10: Have the underlying wage issues been resolved?
A10: Yes, upon receiving the lawsuit and in consultation with our attorneys, Golden Rain Foundation has ensured compliance with current interpretation of wage regulations for employee meal and rest breaks.
Q11: What did the plaintiffs initially demand in their lawsuit?
A11: The two plaintiffs initially demanded several million dollars to resolve the case. GRF negotiated a much smaller settlement because we have legitimate legal arguments that our pay practices were lawful.
Q12: How does the settlement compare with other companies?
A12: There was a 400 percent increase in lawsuits leading up to 2017 associated with different interpretations of meal and rest-break wages. Nearly 8,300 similar lawsuits were filed against companies big and small with settlements totaling $2.27 billion in 2017. For comparison, Walmart has paid more than $1 billion in wage-and-hour cases since 2008; TGI Friday’s paid $19.1 million in a single judgment in 2017. Locally, a Brea-based car-wash company paid $4.2 million, a Temecula nail spa paid $1.2 million and an Anaheim auto-towing company paid $4.9 million.
Q13: Who may I contact if I have further questions?
A13: Please send your questions to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will respond weekly to questions submitted through May 15, 2020 in the LW Weekly, LW Live and post Q&As on the Leisure World website (LWSB.com). Typically, we would host a town hall for all residents to discuss this important issue. Since we remain under a COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, we are unable to do so at this time.
Take a selfie “Smizing” and enter the contest
by Kathy Thayer
assistant recreation manager
We can’t shake hands, or hug, hold hands, or say ”hi” to friends the way we did in the “good old days”, but social distancing is no excuse for not greeting our neighbors in a way to let them know we care how they are doing.
While under the COVID-19 guidelines, we now walk around sporting masks. Everything from N95 professional masks to bandanas can be seen in LWSB, so GRF is asking GRF members, HCC personnel and staff to send us their best selfies of them “smizing.”
What’s smizing, you ask?
It’s smiling with your eyes. Tyra Banks, former model and host of “America’s Next Top Model,” coined the word “smize,” in Season 13 of her show. According to Banks, to smize is to “smile with your eyes,” blending the word smile with the sound of the word eyes, hence the spelling smize.
There will be prizes for the most creative way to say hello, for the best smizer overall, and for the most imaginative mask.
Once all submissions have been catalogued and indexed, the Video Producers Club will take over and create a slideshow for the LWSB website and other community outlets. The VPC has been serving this community for nearly 35 years.
President Joseph Valentinetti says, “We produce video, a medium accepted and admired as having broad based entertainment and education value. We are here to serve our membership and our community.” In reality, they do so much more. The club and its producers film both LWSB club and GRF events and share their work product on television and across social media. They have worked with the Recreation Department to create this contest and have been invaluable in helping get information out to the community during the COVID-19 isolation.
The LW Weekly will do a photo spread of the best entries before the Recreation Committee chooses the winners (prizes tbd). The winners will be honored at a GRF Board meeting, where the winning entries will be ratified, and prizes presented.
Here are the rules:
• Selfie must be taken wearing a face covering
• If you are technologically challenged, a friend may take your photo for you
• No more than two submissions per household or one per employee
• Photos must be emailed to email@example.com. Hardcopies not acceptable.
• Entries must be received by the close of business on May 29.
• Entries must conform to the GRF Code of Conduct (nothing crude or vulgar)
• GRF Board members are not eligible as they serve as judges
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A mother—It’s one thing we all have in common. Most of us will remember our mother, grandmother or virtual mama—the woman who was there in a way no one else was—this Sunday, May 10, Mother’s Day.
In Leisure World, most of our mothers are a memory, and on Sunday, the day to reflect, may your memories sow a feeling of peace and yield a harvest of gratitude.
In the U.S., Mother’s Day started about 150 years ago, when Anna Jarvis, an Appalachian homemaker, organized a “Mother’s Work Day” to raise awareness of poor health conditions in her community, according to Studio Melizo’s Holidays on the Net.
Her daughter, also named Anna, later lobbied businessmen and politicians to designate a special day to honor mothers.
In 1914, Woodrow Wilson signed a bill recognizing Mother’s Day as a national holiday on the second Sunday in May.
Julia Ward Howe, a Boston poet, pacifist, suffragist and author of the lyrics to the “Battle Hymn of the Republic,” also has been credited with suggesting a “mother’s day,” as she organized a day encouraging mothers to rally for peace about 130 years ago.
Over the decades, the holiday has become more commercialized. But the intent of Mother’s Day remains constant.
It’s a day to be grateful to those women who loved sacrificially. Her influence runs deep, like a chisel on stone, shaping the little people in her sphere. So take a look at yourself and remember your mama on Sunday. Give her the honor she deserves, for the best parts of you were whittled by her.
To all the moms and virtual moms, the foster moms, stepmoms, and substitute and surrogate moms—we salute you. There are millions of mothers, and there are millions of ways to acknowledge mom on Mother’s Day.
Phased reopening of beach starts Monday
Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Office on Tuesday approved a progressive plan to reopen beaches in Seal Beach. The plan consists of a four-phased approach with restrictions being gradually lifted as it is safe to do so.
Gov. Newsom’s team reviewed the detailed written plan submitted by the Seal Beach City Council and staff members and gave it their full support. To read the reopening plan in its entirety, visit www.sealbeachca.gov.
Phase 1 of the City’s beach reopening plan includes limited beach hours on Monday-Thursday during daylight hours for active, non-gathering uses only, also known as a “Beach in Motion.” Phase 2 includes the beach opening on weekdays and weekends during daylight hours, and still only for active, non-gathering uses. Phase 3 includes beach opening on weekdays and weekends from dawn-10 p.m., and only for active, non-gathering uses. Phase 4 includes the return to normal beach hours for active and passive uses.
The Phase 1 reopening will occur at sunrise on Monday, May 11.
The beach will be open until sunset for active recreation only. The beach will remain closed on Thursdays at sundown and will reopen on Mondays at sunrise.
This first phase will be in effect until Phase 2 can be implemented.
Seal Beach Police Department and Marine Safety Department staff will be present to enforce the times and requirements of the beach reopening plan.
People who violate the order can be cited with a misdemeanor, fined up to $1,000, and/or arrested for violations of Seal Beach Municipal Code § 3.25.030 B-CIVIL DEFENSE AND DISASTER-Prohibitions.
Restrictions on beach activities are in place to encourage and maintain social distancing, protect all members of the Seal Beach community, protect all city staff and help stop the spread of infection.
Phase 1 Allowed Uses: Active, Non-Gathering Uses Only
• Social distancing requirements will remain in place.
• The beaches and ocean are open for active, non-gathering recreation only (walking, running, swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, skim-boarding, kayaking, fishing, kiteboarding, etc.) where participants keep moving along the beach or in the ocean.
• Parking with a vessel trailer/rack in boat launch lots only (Sunset Aquatic Park).
Phase 1 Prohibited Activities
• No gatherings of any kind, games, loitering, sunbathing or other passive activities are permitted.
• No beach towels, blankets, easy-ups, tents, umbrellas, etc., will be allowed. No sitting or lying on the beach.
• No setting up chairs and staying in place. No picnics, coolers, or tables.
This is an adaptive re-opening plan, and each phase will be enacted as warranted and on a trial basis.
The City will advance to the next phase only if the City Manager and Chief of Police believe the activities can be managed to comply with the then-current directives regarding social distancing and large gatherings.
If it is determined that any phase is attracting or encouraging large gatherings or creating an environment whereby social distancing cannot be maintained, the City will reassess. Officials will consider reverting to a previous phase that corresponds with the current public health guidelines or closing the beach until compliance can be attained.
If at any time the beach is recognized as a public health hazard, or if required by applicable state or county public health orders, the City Manager, as the Director of Emergency Services, may rescind the beach reopening order, and the beach will be closed until further notice.
Minibus schedule is temporarily changed
Due to a significant change in passenger ridership demand associated with closures in the wake of COVID-19 mandates, the GRF Transportation Department has temporarily modified Minibus service hours until further notice. Face masks are required for all passengers riding on Minibuses. Do not ride on the buses if you have a fever or are feeling ill.
As of May 11, the following Minibus service changes will be in effect:
• Saturday and Sunday Service:
The Saturday and Sunday D schedule Minibus service will not run as printed in the 2020 Minibus book. Minibus service will be available on Saturday and Sunday as an “on-call” demand service from 7:45 a.m.-6 p.m. This will be the only service available on weekends. All passengers who need a ride to any location within Leisure World or the Seal Beach Village (Dollar Tree) Center can call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379, for an express “on-call” pickup. A Minibus will be dispatched to the requested location and will arrive within 10 minutes of the call.
The Access wheelchair lift bus service will be available on Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m.-1 p.m. This service, available by reservation only, is for residents who are unable to board the regular Minibuses. See page 20 in the 2020 Minibus schedule book for additional information.
• Weekday Service:
The weekday Morning ‘B’ bus service will not run as printed on page 9 in the 2020 Minibus book. Instead an “on-call” demand service will be available from 7:45-10:15 a.m. This will be the only service available on weekday mornings before 10:15. Passengers who need a ride to any location within Leisure World or the Seal Beach Village (Dollar Tree) Center can call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379, for an express “on-call” pickup.
A Minibus bus will be dispatched to the requested location and will arrive within 10 minutes of the call.
The fixed route weekday bus service, A, B, C, D routes, will be available only during peak demand hours, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Each of the fixed routes will provide weekday service beginning with the trip No. 3 time schedule and continue through the trip No. 7 time schedule, as printed in the 2020 LW Minibus book. See pages 13, 15, 17, 19, in the 2020 Minibus schedule book for the specific route timetables.
Weekday afternoon and evening bus service will be available as an “on-call” demand service from 2-6 p.m.. This will be the only service available on weekday evenings after 2:30. All passengers who need a ride to any location within Leisure World or the Seal Beach Village (Dollar Tree) Center can call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379, for an express “on-call” pickup.
A Minibus bus will be dispatched to the requested location and will arrive within 10 minutes of the call. The weekday afternoon “on-call” service will also be available for rides to the food service trucks at Clubhouse 6. The bus will wait for passengers until the food service trucks end service each day.
The Access wheelchair lift bus service will be available on weekdays from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. for residents who are unable to board regular minibuses. Reservation are required. See page 20 in the 2020 Minibus schedule book for additional information.
As we all navigate through these temporary changes, the GRF Transportation department will be available to assist the Leisure World community with answers to all bus service questions. For more information, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 372, or email email@example.com.
How to get a COVID-19 test
The following locations offer FDA-authorized COVID-19 testing to Orange County residents who have symptoms of COVID-19. This test identifies if you are currently infected based upon a sample taken with a swab. It is not a blood test; it does not test for antibodies.
The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are fever, cough and shortness of breath. You will receive a medical assessment before being tested and you will only be tested if you have symptoms of the disease.
There is no out-of-pocket cost to you for this testing, however your insurance may be billed. You are asked to contact your medical provider first and only access these services if you do not have a provider or your provider is unable to provide testing.
Because of continued challenges of obtaining testing supplies and Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for health care providers conducting tests, testing may be restricted at times to high priority groups, as defined by the California Department of Public Health or Orange County Public Health.
You MUST make an appointment for testing with one of the clinics below to assure eligibility and availability of testing.
• AltaMed Medical Group, Anaheim, 1325 N. Anaheim Blvd.,
Anaheim, 92801; Monday-Sunday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., (888) 499-9303
• AltaMed Medical Group, Huntington Beach, 8041 Newman Ave.,
Huntington Beach, 93247; Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., (888) 499-9303
• AltaMed Medical Group, Santa Ana/Bristol, 2720 S Bristol St. No. 104, Santa Ana, 92704; Monday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., (888) 499-9303
• Nhan Hoa Comprehensive Health Care Clinic, 7761 Garden Grove Blvd., Garden Grove, 92843; registration is required on website at www.nhanhoa.org; call (714) 898-8888 for more information.
•UCI Health, call for site locations, (714) 456-7002 for screening and appointment.
An updated list of test sites, with scheduling and appointment information, can be found at www.ochealthinfo.com/novelcoronavirus or by calling the HCA’s Health Referral Line at 1(800) 564-8448.
GAF supports OC Meals on Wheels
The Golden Age Foundation has donated $20,000 to Meals on Wheels Orange County, a nonprofit that provides nutrition, social connections and supportive services for older adults.
The City of Seal Beach delivers three meals directly to homebound people, aged 60 and above, who are unable to shop and/or prepare meals for themselves.
The delivery includes breakfast items, a cold lunch and a frozen dinner. These meals, which provide 100 percent of the U.S. Nutritional Recommended Dietary Allowance, are available five days a week at no cost to the community.
“This program is a testament to the incredible commitment of our staff team which provide the highest level of essential and vital services to our community in need during a major crisis,” said Seal Beach City Manager Jill Ingram.
More than 120 LW residents benefit from the program; the Golden Age Foundation’s $20,000 contribution will cover the cost of about 5,000 meals, according to Seal Beach Council Member Sandra Massa-Lavitt.
The Seal Beach Recreation Department’s Meals on Wheels team now delivers about 100 free meals to Seal Beach senior citizens. During the COVID-19 pandemic, the program has become a lifeline to many seniors because it is the sole source of free meals delivery in Seal Beach.
For more information about this program, contact Seal Beach Recreation Manager Tim Kelsey at (562) 431-2527, ext. 1341, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Golden Age Foundation is an independent nonprofit, 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to serving the residents of Seal Beach Leisure World. Its purpose is to make the community a better and happier place in which to live.
The Foundation was established in 1973 and is not affiliated with the Golden Rain Foundation.
Because the Golden Age Foundation is recognized as a nonprofit organization by the Internal Revenue Service, contributions made to it qualify for exemption from income taxes in most cases.
Food Resources During COVID-19
The Leisure World Recreation Department has compiled the following information on senior grocery hours, grab ’n’ go meals delivered daily onsite and local restaurants that deliver or have curbside pickup. This information is updated weekly to help stay home as much as possible during the COVID-19 crisis.
Grocery Store Hours for Seniors
• Gelson’s Market is open from 7-8 a.m. for seniors 65 and older. One caregiver per shopper is permitted, proof of age required.
• Ralph’s is open from 6-7 a.m. for seniors. Traffic is restricted to 50 people at a time so occasionally there are lines.
• Sprouts is currently restricting quantities of certain items and bulk items are now sold prepackaged. It doesn’t have senior hours but delivers through Instacart or you can order ahead, and store staff will hand pick your order for pick up.
• Trader Joes is open from 8-9 a.m. for people aged 60 and older. The store limits the number of shoppers inside to 50.
• Costco is open from 9-10 a.m., Monday-Friday, for members ages 60 and older, and people with disabilities effective as of May 4.
Guests will not be admitted. Costco delivers through Instacart.
•Target is open on Wednesdays from 8-9 a.m. for seniors only. The store has reduced hours and closes by 9 p.m. daily to deeply clean stores.
• Smart & Final stores are open 30 minutes early, from 7:30-8 a.m. to accommodate seniors 65 and older, those with disabilities and pregnant women. ID may be requested.
• Stater Brothers Market is open from 7-8 a.m. for people 65-plus.
Other Local Food Options
In addition to the Farmer’s Market on Tuesdays at Seal Beach Village, there is a mini pop-up market daily in the parking lot by the Primrose Restaurant from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
It offers dairy products, eggs, fresh produce, paper goods and a few sundry items.
Grab n’ Go Onsite Food Options
There is onsite food service available daily every evening at the Clubhouse 6 parking lot at a Grab n’ Go event. In case of rain, lines will form inside Clubhouse 6:
• Koffel’s Taco Tuesday Truck, 5-7 p.m., Sunday, Tuesday and Friday. Check menus on LW Live alerts (no pre-order)
• Viking Specialty Hot Dog Truck, 4-6 p.m., Mondays; pre-orders accepted via LW Live! or email https://squareup.com/store/thevikingtruck
• Gourmet Renee’s American cuisine, 4-6 p.m., Wednesdays. Pre-order and save time by calling or texting (323) 833-1213.
• Domino’s Pizza, 3:30-7 p.m., Thursdays, and noon-2 p.m. on Saturdays. Call ahead, (562) 493-2212, to have special orders delivered to the parking lot.
• Hof’s Hut, 11a.m.-1 p.m., Thursdays; order online for faster service at https://app.onedine.com/s/PMA7J4N (pick-up times on receipts may be incorrect as website is perfected; lunch is available from 11 a.m.-1 p.m.)
• Naples Rib Company barbecue, sandwiches and salads, 4-6 p.m., Saturdays; online pre-orders only at ribcompany.com/LW.
All information is subject to change.
Information will be posted daily on the electronic marquee at the corner of Golden Rain Road and St. Andrews Drive.
The Downtown Café in Building 5 has vending machines that are restocked daily with food and drinks for take-out. Due to social distancing rules, the tables and chairs have been removed to discourage lingering.
Local Restaurant Delivery
Several local restaurants have reached out to us who now offer pickup and delivery service, some with specially priced menus with lower prices during this difficult time. Contact Recreation for more information on food options by emailing email@example.com or calling (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.
SCE installs LED street lights
Southern California Edison been working in Leisure World all week, converting its Leisure World streetlights to LED to improve lighting and save money.
The LED lights depreciate at a much slower rate than other alternatives, and they are light-emitting diodes with no toxic chemicals (such as mercury). The lights do not have filaments or burn out quickly, giving them a long life.
Because of their energy efficiency and long lifespan, LED streetlights are advocated as a means for reducing carbon emissions. According to one estimate, converting all American light fixtures to LEDs would halve the amount of energy used to light the country.
SCE plans to replace about 70,000 streetlights with LEDs each year on a first-come, first-served basis.
Under the program, SCE provides a turnkey replacement effort for existing streetlights while continuing to own, maintain and operate the street lights and poles.
The initial installation cost of the LEDs is paid back over 20 years through a special rate established for the program. The light fixtures, which are expected to last 12-20 years, will be replaced in the future as needed by SCE as part of its routine streetlight maintenance program.
In November, SCE told the GRF Physical Property Department that the cost to convert SCE street lights to LED would be $326.40 per head. There are an estimated 281 lights in the community, for a total cost is $91,718.
CALFRESH recipients can use Amazon, Walmart to buy food
The California Department of Social Services announced last week that the state received a waiver from the federal government to allow CalFresh recipients use the EBT cards to buy groceries online.
Amazon and Walmart are the only federally approved online retailers, but the state is hoping to add more.
More than 4 million Californians receive CalFresh benefits, which range from $16-$194 a month per person. CalFresh is the largest nutrition assistance program in the U.S.
At least 3.7 million California residents have filed for unemployment since mid-March.
Qualified LW residents can get help applying for CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, in person with Cindy Tostado, GRF Member Resource and Assistance Liaison, online or via phone.
People who are over 55 and meet the following monthly income guidelines may qualify: One-person household: $2,010 per month; two-person household: $2,708 per month.
Have access to the following required documents to assist in the application process:
• Green Card or Citizenship Certificate
• Social Security Card
Safely dispose of masks and gloves
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has recommended that Americans wear face masks to help prevent the spread of the novel coronavirus, reversing an earlier directive against it.
Now, people in Leisure World, Seal Beach and beyond are seeing used masks, gloves and disinfectant wipes littering parking lots and even LW greenbelts.
Discarded personal protection equipment isn’t just a nuisance—it can cause the coronavirus to spread more easily.
Public health officers know the virus can live on these surfaces anywhere between two hours to two days.
How to Safely Dispose
So what is the right way to dispose of masks, gloves and disinfectant wipes?
For one, put them in a trash can. Trash cans are usually found at store exits. Or grab an extra grocery sack and discard your gloves in there so you can carry them home to throw away.
How to Safely Remove Gloves
Gloves are not recommended by the CDC but if you wear them, remember that the exterior is contaminated. So use one gloved hand to grab the palm of the other glove and peel it off. Hold that glove while you slide fingers on your un-gloved hand under the remaining glove at the wrist to peel it off. Throw them both in the trash.
When you’re done, be sure to wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer, the CDC says.
How to Safely Remove Masks
• Grab the bottom ties of your mask and then the ones at the top and remove the mask without touching the front, according to the CDC. Be sure not to touch your eyes, nose or mouth.
• Throw it away, then thoroughly wash your hands with soap and water or use an alcohol-based sanitizer.
• If you’re using a cloth mask, you can wash it in your washing machine, the CDC says.
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Avoiding Amazon.com Payment Scams
Protect yourself from fraud on the Internet by identifying and avoiding internet scams and phishing attempts.
When in doubt, ask the intended recipient for more information about the purpose and safety of the requested payment. Do not send the payment until you are comfortable with the transaction.
To avoid payment scams:
• Do not do business with a seller that directs you off Amazon. A legitimate Amazon.com seller transaction will never occur off Amazon.
• Do not send money—by cash, wire transfer, Western Union, PayPal, MoneyGram or other means, including by Amazon Payments—to a seller who claims that Amazon or Amazon Payments will guarantee the transaction, refund your funds if you are not satisfied with the purchase, or hold your funds in escrow.
• Do not make a payment to claim lottery or prize winnings, or on a promise of receiving a large amount of money.
• Do not make a payment because you are “guaranteed” a credit card or loan.
• Do not respond to an Internet or phone offer that you aren’t sure is honest.
• Do not make a payment to someone you don’t know or whose identity you can’t verify.
• Do not respond to emails that ask you to provide account information, such as your e-mail address and password combination. Amazon will never ask you for personal information.
How to Identify Whether an E-mail
is from Amazon
If you receive a suspicious (sometimes called phishing) correspondence, here are some tips to determine if it’s an email, phone call, or webpage from Amazon.com.
• If you received correspondence regarding an order you didn’t place, it likely wasn’t from Amazon.com. Send the email as an attachment to firstname.lastname@example.org. If you are reporting a suspicious URL, put it in the body of the email and send it to email@example.com.
• Don’t open any attachments or click any links from suspicious emails. Amazon will never send you an unsolicited email that asks you to provide sensitive personal information like your social security number, tax ID, bank account number, credit card information, ID questions like your mother’s maiden name or your password. If you receive a suspicious email, report it immediately.
Suspicious emails not from Amazon.com often contain:
• An order confirmation for an item you didn’t purchase or an attachment to an order confirmation. Go to Your Orders on Amazon.com to see if there is an order that matches the email. If it doesn’t match an order in Your Account, the message isn’t from Amazon.
• Requests for your Amazon.com username and/or password, or other personal information. Go to Your Account and select “Payment” options. If you aren’t prompted to update your payment method on that screen, the message isn’t from Amazon.
• Links to websites that look like Amazon.com, but aren’t Amazon
These include attachments or prompts to install software on your computer, typos or grammatical errors and forged email addresses to make it look like the email is coming from Amazon.com. If the “from” line of the email contains an Internet Service Provider (ISP) other than @amazon.com, then it’s a fraudulent email.
While some departments at Amazon will make outbound calls to customers, Amazon will never ask customers to disclose or verify their Amazon.com password, credit card, or banking account number.
If you receive a phone call asking you to disclose the above information, visit www.amazon.com/gp/help/contact-us/report-phishing.html to report the phone call to Amazon.
Security Resident Checks
The Security Department is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and one of the most vital calls it receives is from concerned neighbors or family regarding the well-being of their loved ones.
Security also answers numerous calls to conduct welfare checks from people who report that they have been unable to contact a resident and are concerned for their safety. Each case is handled on an individual basis. Leisure World Security will happily conduct a welfare check at resident request. The Security Main Gate office can be reached at (562) 594-4754.
—Victor Rocha, Security Services director
Letters to the Editor
Coping with the COVID-19 pandemic crisis isn’t that easy. I have had to reprogram my daily routine. My smart phone helps me check up on my family, friends and associates. I text them daily with updates, and I am so grateful to hear from them as well.
My coping strategies are to keep up with pandemic crisis news and virus prevention guidelines, work on projects, run around my kitchen table 10 times and dance to Celtic Thunder.
Even though the crisis is hard, I see kindness and helpfulness everywhere. My Minibus driver Penny gave me a colorful mask, an act of kindness that made my day. Shareholders and employees are courageously unifying in this crisis, and I will be strong and brave until it passes.
Lisa A. Dickson
I received an email this morning from (supposedly) Amazon. The email had an Amazon logo and was signed by the Amazon Team.
It said that my address did not match the card on file, and I should update via the link below. It warned that if I did not respond within 24 hours all my orders would be cancelled and I would not be able to order from Amazon anymore. This is a dire threat when we are stuck inside. I mean, what else can we do but shop online? I was panicked.
When I clicked on the link my computer blasted a warning that the site was not valid and stop immediately.
I called Amazon and sure enough the email was not from them. And while I was on hold I re-read the email, which contained a number of grammatical errors. This message was obviously written by someone whose first language was not English. Beware.
Editor’s Note: See Amazon column on this page for guidance on how to protect yourself from Internet scams.
Film and Book Reviews
Calling all book and movie lovers—write reviews of your favorite books and/or movies and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org for publication in an occasional feature.
Submissions should be brief and will be subject to editing and run as space allows.
Setting It Straight
The amount of a GAF donation to Pathways in a story in the April 30 LW Weekly was incorrect. GAF donated $10,000 to the group.
Government, page 5
Attention Mutual 9 Shareholders.
The Mutual 9 Board will hold a regular monthly meeting on May 11 at 9 a.m., via a teleconferencing call.
All shareholders are welcome to participate in the meeting.
Contact any director for the call-in number and instructions.
GRF Committee Meetings
Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, meetings have been canceled or postponed until further notice.
Schedule of Mutual Meetings
Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, meetings have been canceled or rescheduled via conference calls unless otherwise noted.
Mon., May 11 Mutual 9
Zoom call 9 a.m.
Wed., May 13 Mutual 4 (9:15 a.m., open forum)
Conference Call 9:30 a.m.
Thur., May 14 Mutual 12
Zoom call 9 a.m.
Health and Fitness page 6
Silver Fox Car Club
Everyone knows that to stay healthy, it’s important to eat right, get some exercise, and avoid burning your skin in the sun. Did you know that, once you retire, maintaining an active social life can help keep you in good health, too?
Be proactive about staying social. Maintaining friendships isn’t always as easy as we’d like it to be, especially as we age. In your 20s, your friends probably formed the pillars of your social life. Now, after years of childrearing, climbing the corporate ladder, or moving around from state to state, you’ve more than likely lost touch with a good portion of your oldest buddies.
Once you retire, you often lose the social network you formed at work.
Staying social during retirement requires a proactive approach. There are plenty of ways to actively seek out new friendships.
That’s why some of the Silver Fox Car Club met in a virtual meeting using FaceTime. “None of us had used the group function, but we got it to work quite easily. It is one tool among Skype And Zoom that friends and families are using to stay in touch and connected in a safe way,” said Karl Lovgren, “We will be using our new found expertise to incorporate the rest of the club next week.”
The City of Seal Beach recently sent out an advisory reminding residents that everyone needs to be a partner in stopping the spread of COVID-19. Ask your family and friends to be patient and stay at home for now.
As a reminder, all green spaces in Seal Beach remain open and beaches are set for a phased reopening starting May 11.
Also, when in public interacting with essential workers, face coverings are required; NO face coverings are required for exercise, but they are recommended.
—from the City of Seal Beach
US Department of Health
Hearing a lot about telehealth lately? It’s not a coincidence. Telehealth is a great way to get the health care you need while still practicing social distancing.
What is Telehealth?
Telehealth is the use of electronic information and telecommunication technologies to extend care when you and the doctor aren’t in the same place at the same time. If you have a phone or a device with the internet, you already have everything you need to do telehealth – you may be able to:
• Talk to your doctor live over the phone or video chat
• Send and receive messages from your doctor using chat messaging, email, secure messaging, and secure file exchange
• Use remote patient monitoring so your doctor can check on you at home. For example, you might use a device to gather ECG or other vitals to help your doctor stay informed on your progress
What Types of Care Can I get Using telehealth?
You might be surprised by the variety of care you can get through telehealth. Your doctor will decide whether telehealth is appropriate for your health needs.
If you need care — especially during the COVID-19 emergency — it’s worth checking to see what your telehealth options are.
For example, you may be able to get:
• General health care, like wellness visits
• Prescriptions for medicine
• Dermatology (skin care)
• Eye exams
• Nutrition counseling
• Mental health counseling
• Urgent care conditions, such as sinusitis, back pain, urinary tract infections, common rashes, etc
For more information visit www.Telehealth.hhs.gov.
—U.S. Department of Health & Human Services
OC Office on Aging
OC Office on Aging recommends checking in on our neighbors, here are four questions you can ask:
-Do you have food, water and adequate personal hygiene supplies?
-Do you need help picking up groceries or prescriptions?
-Do you need meals delivered to your home?
-Do you have someone that can be contacted in the event of an emergency?
For Assistance call the OC Office on Aging at (714) 480-6450, OC Covid-19 Public Information Hotline & Health Referral Line at (833) 426-6411, the 211 Information and referral line, or GRF Member Resource & Assistance Liaison, Cindy Tostado, LCSW for linkages to community resources and/or support (562) 431-6586, ext. 317.
CAP Food Distribution
Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4. The next food distribution will be May 21.
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 $1,354 a month for one person; $1,832 for a two-person household; and $2,311 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.
GAF Mobility Aids Program
The Golden Age Foundation Mobility aids program is being offered on a limited basis. People who need walkers or wheelchairs can call the GAF answering machine at (562) 431-9589 and leave a message. Volunteers will return calls and make appointments with residents to pick up equipment. Do not return equipment until further notice to minimize person-to-person contact. The program loans walkers, both fold-up with tennis ball feet and deluxe walkers with four wheels, a seat and hand brakes, transport chairs and wheelchairs.
Arts and Leisure pages 7-8, 10
Zoom Classes Offered
Miss seeing your loved ones?
Miss interacting with your family and friends?
Then come learn about Zoom, the easiest free video conferencing app that requires no previous technological experience. Bonnie Z. Cooper and Miryam Fernandez will demonstrate how to use it with easy step-by-step directions on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. (by invitation only)
1) You must have a valid email.
2) You must have a device with Internet (smartphone, iPad, laptop, desktop, Windows or MAC).
3) You need to email instructors at Learnzoom101@gmail.com to get an invitation.
4) Once the invitation is received, open it and click on the blue link and we’ll Zoom on!
New RV Lot Hours
The GRF RV Lot Office has new temporary hours of operation. All service is conducted through the window due to COVID-19 rules.
For help with taking payments, renewal or any other issues, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 373, or email@example.com.
Grab N Go
The GRF offers Grab ‘n’ Go daily meals from various vendors, the newest of which are Naples Rib Company offering barbecue and Hof’s Hut, with its traditional Americana menu.
Both have been a big success. Residents sheltering at home can get a fresh, hot meal to pick up and take out at the Clubhouse 6 parking lot seven days a week (see grab ‘n’ go schedule, page 8) .
Naples Rib offers similar fare to its Monday night dinners held in Clubhouse 1. It has appetizers, salads, sandwiches and barbecue combos. All meals will be pre-ordered and pre-paid online, but pickup will be at Clubhouse 6 parking lot. Naples will be in LW from 4-6 p.m., Saturdays; order online at ribcompany.com/LW.
Joining the Grab ‘n’ Go lineup is Hof’s Hut on Thursdays between 11a.m.-1 p.m. A popular Seal Beach dining spot for Leisure Worlders, Hof’s and Lucille’s are owned by the same company. The new restaurant on Seal Beach Boulevard will be open once restrictions are lifted, but in the meantime, Hof’s food will be available at the Clubhouse 6 parking lot between 11a.m.-1 p.m. on Thursdays; pre-order online for faster service at https://app.onedine.com/s/PMA7J4N. People can also just show up and order food. Hof’s is perfecting its website for LW, so if you encounter a problem, call Recreation at 431-6586, ext. 398.
Menus and ordering instructions are sent out weekly by LW Live, so be sure you are kept in the know by signing up at www.lwsb.com.
On-call bus service is available from 4:30 p.m. on weekdays and any time on weekends. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Video Producers Club
The Video Producers Club is using Zoom videoconferencing to conduct free classes for residents and to enjoy a social hour.
You are welcome to join a virtual social hour using Zoom every Saturday from 5-6 p.m. hosted by Joseph Valentinetti. For a personal invitation, email email@example.com to secure space in the room. Bring your own drinks.
Join iPad expert Fred Carpenter every Monday at 2 p.m. for a free online virtual meeting. Learn how to use all the features of your iPad including Zoom videoconferencing. Contact Fred Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to reserve a virtual seat in his class.
Join Joe Osuna every morning at 10, Monday-Friday, for a free one-hour session to learn Zoom with your Windows laptop or Android cellphone. There are also participants who can share their experiences with iPads and iPhones. Contact Joe Osuna at email@example.com to reserve a virtual seat in his class or for more information.
Grab ‘n’ Go Schedule
Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot
• Monday: Viking Dog Truck—Gourmet hot dogs, brats and loaded tots, 4-6 p.m.
• Tuesday: Taco Tuesday—Mexican favorites plus hot dogs, burgers and fries, 5-7 p.m.
• Wednesday: Gourmet Renee—American cuisine, homemade soups and desserts, 4-7 p.m.
• Thursday, Hof’s Hut, lunch and dinner selections, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; can pre-order online
• Thursday: Domino’s Pizza – Call ahead for special orders; wings and salads offered; 3:30-7 p.m.
• Friday: Koffel’s Food Service – Special Friday menus weekly, 5-7 p.m.
• Saturday Lunch: Domino’s Pizza – Call ahead for special orders, (562) 493-2212; wings and salads, too, noon-2 p.m.
• Saturday Dinner: Naples Rib Company, barbecue, salads, sandwiches, 4-6 p.m., order ahead online, http://www.ribcompany.com/leisure-world-menu.asp
• Sunday: Koffel’s Food Service – Special Sunday menus weekly, 5-7 p.m.
All Grab ‘n’ Go events will take place, rain or shine. If it rains, Clubhouse 6 will be open. People are asked to keep a six-foot distance and wear a mask. All vendors accept cash and cards. On-call bus service available from 4:30 p.m. when regular service ends. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379.
Watch for LW Live! alerts for daily menus. Sign up for LW Live at http://www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/.
Bag of Books
Friends of the Leisure World Library volunteers will deliver a bag of books to residents upon request, according to Cynthia Arance, Friends of the Library president. People can ask for their favorite authors or genre and volunteers will deliver them.
The Friends exist to help fund the LW Library and provide two library science scholarships to local schools.
To order a bag of books for $5, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call (714) 350-7682. Friends’ volunteers are also putting out free magazines at the bookstore for people to take.
The Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. Use the following guidelines:
• Call-in time begins at 9:30-9:45 a.m.
• Use Channel 13/0.
• Be sure to wait until the radio is clear and call in stating your first name, last name initial, and mutual: example John S. Mutual 13 checking in. Remember to press the side button to speak and release when finished.
If you are not sure how to call in and would like additional instruction on use of the FRS radio, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson, email@example.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.
Emergency Information Council
This poetry feature showcase original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. The Creative Writers meet on the fourth Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room1, for poetry, fiction and non-fiction; business meeting follows.
Where does one start when writing about such special love?
When it fills our lives in so many ways, it settles like a dove.
We are glad her life has been full and complete,
And delighted she’s tasted some bitter and the sweet.
Our mothers have walked in the sunshine and rain;
They have felt lots of pleasure and their share of pain.
We need to be grateful they lived a full, happy life
And be glad for the joy as well as some strife.
We often feel sad when we lose those we love,
When they are called to live in their new home above.
But why should we grieve when we say goodbye
Knowing they go to dwell in a cloudless sky.
For they have but gone before us to prepare the way
And we are sure to meet them again some happy day.
So whether we call her Mom, Mommy, Mama or Mother,
She will remain in our hearts like there is no other.
—Nancy Maggio, Mutual 3
SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.
Thursday, May 7
4 pm Dr. Chung COVID Info-LW
4:12 pm Tina and Tommy Sing-LW
5 pm Harmonizing Humanity
5:35 pm Beginning of Leisure World
5:45 pm Sewing Brigade
6:20 pm Shelter at Home Entertainment
6:31 pm Sea Inside
7 pm Life and Times:
8 pm On Q—8bit Jazz Heroes
9 pm Americana Awards
Friday, May 8
4 pm LW Rollin’ Thunder
4:10 pm Velvetones Concert
5 pm Beginning of Leisure World
5:15 pm Shelter at Home Entertainment
6 pm Mystery at the Theater
6:32 pm Sea Inside
7 pm Seal Beach City Limits
8 pm Life and Times-
9 pm Cerritos Center-
Golden Dragon Acrobats
Saturday, May 9
4 pm Rollin’ Thunder-LW
4:10 pm Velvetones Concert
5 pm McGaugh Patriotic Show
6 pm Tina and Tommy Sing
6:45 pm Dr. Chung COVID Info-LW
7 pm Ocean Perspectives
8 pm LAUSD
10 pm Cerritos Center-Matt Mauser
Sunday, May 10
4 pm SB City Council Meeting
replay April 27
5:30 pm Beginning of Leisure World
5:45 pm McGaugh 1st Grade Concert
6:30 pm McGaugh Go West!
7:30 pm Life and Times-
8:30 pm Cerritos Center-
Riders in the Sky
10:15 pm Americana Awards
Monday, May 11
4 pm LW Sewing Brigade
4:35 pm Aquarium of the Pacific
5 pm Vintage Vehicles
6 pm Ocean Perspectives
7 pm SB City Council Meeting
9 pm Cerritos Center
11:10 pm National Parks/Drone Club
11:30 pm Vintage Vehicles
Tuesday, May 12
4 pm LW Sewing Brigade
4:35 pm National Parks/Drone Club
5 pm Tina and Tommy Sing
5:45 pm Shelter at Home Entertainment
6 pm McGaugh Go West!
7 pm McGaugh Patriotic Show
8 pm Cerritos Center-Matt Hauser
10 pm Cerritos Center
Wednesday, May 13
4 pm LW Sewing Brigade
4:35 pm Shelter at Home/Dr. Chung
5 pm Beginning of Leisure World
5:15 pm Tina and Tommy Sing-LW
6:30 pm National Parks/Drone Club
7 pm On Q-8bit Jazz Heroes
Library Curbside Pickup
The Leisure World Library staff is working diligently to create innovative ways to deliver its services to the community. People can now order materials for a curbside pick-up.
To request materials, call the library at (562) 598-2431, Tuesday-Friday from 10 a.m.-to 2 p.m. or email LWLibrary@lwsb.com and include your name, library card number, phone number and what kinds of materials you like to read and/or watch.
Library staff will accommodate specific requests whenever possible or find similar items for you and put together a bag of materials for you to borrow from the library.
Due to limited staffing, it will take 48 hours, excluding weekends, to fill orders. You will receive a call when your order is ready for pick up at the library between Tuesday-Friday.
Volunteers needed to help make 1,000 masks for LW
The Golden Age Foundation and Diana Harrison are looking for mask-makers to give away cotton face masks to their fellow neighbors,
Diana Harrison lives in Mutual 5 and has been contributing her expertise and time for neighbors and friends in the LW community by coordinating a project to sew the cotton face masks that LWers have been asked to wear whenever they leave the house to protect others as well as themselves while social distancing.
A number of shareholders have been helping the community behind the scenes, sewing masks for health care workers and now, the LW community; however there is a need for more volunteer mask-makers, and delivery people.
The Golden Age Foundation is looking to collect 1,000 cotton washable face masks in conjunction with Diana Harrison who oversees this project.
“We are in need of sewers by machine or by hand, fabric and elastic cutters. We also need donations of thread,” Diana said. “This will ensure every shareholder will have one or two masks.”
The masks will be donated to the community. The Golden Age Foundation, a charitable organization within LW, will help offset costs and assist in distributing the masks.
If you are able to sew or cut and want to help, contact Diana directly at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Clubhouse 3 sewing room is available for this project by reservation only. Contact Kathy Thayer if you want to reserve the room. A maximum of two people allowed at a time per 2-3 hour reservation on weekdays between 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
There are many ways that LWers can get involved with the project. People who can sew by machine or stitch by hand, delivery people, and people who can make calls and send email are needed as well as donations of 100 percent cotton, thread, and 1/4-inch elastic.
If you can help this project, contact Diana at (714) 497-6642, Laura Sporchich of Mutual 2 at (562) 598-7695 or Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339. Contact between 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday- Saturday. Diana is not available on Thursdays, so Laura or Anna will be the best people to contact on that day.
The Golden Age Foundation is an independent nonprofit, 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to serving the residents of Seal Beach Leisure World. Its purpose is to make our community a better and happier place in which to live. The Foundation was established in 1973 and is not affiliated with the Golden Rain Foundation.
Member celebrates 90th birthday
The SBLW Democratic Club congratulates Dolores Volpe on her 90th birthday. Dolores, who has worked in Democratic politics for the better part of her life, has been a long time member of the club’s board of directors. Friends organized a very small party for Dolores where there were more balloons than participants, all of whom took pains to maintain “social distancing.” All club members are encouraged to wish Dolores a belated “Happy 90th.”
As Democrats and their supporters begin to organize for the 2020 General Election, they may be interested to know if and how much voter registration has changed over the years. As expected, there were more registered voters in Leisure World on April 30 than there were at the end of March 2018. Of that increase in voters, 333 people are registered Democrats, 192 are Republicans and 66 are registered as having No Preferred Party. Other minor parties have lost 234 members during this period, making for a total of 357 new potential voters in Leisure World in the last two years.
There are currently 6,142 registered voters in Leisure World, 2,434 of whom are Democrats and 1,048 who have listed themselves as No Preferred Party voters.
Next week’s press release will contain a report on how Leisure Worlders actually voted in the 2020 Primary election.
Items of interest in the news: Rebuffing a lawsuit from the American Civil Liberties Union, the court has ruled that the state of California cannot usurp the power of local authorities and order the release of more incarcerated inmates and juvenile wards from custody due to the coronavirus threat.
The Orange County Board of Supervisors has voted to adopt guidelines to help businesses reopen when local health officials deem it safe to resume operations. The decision came just as California Gov. Gavin Newsom laid out his four-phase plan to reopen the state. While the county approved these measures, they apparently still have to wait for the Governor’s stamp of approval.
At the time of this press release, workers at some of the nation’s biggest companies including Amazon and Target were preparing to symbolically lock arms for a May 1 strike and demand better protections on the frontlines of the coronavirus pandemic.
The Leisure World Democratic Club is still interested in hearing from its members and supporters as to how they are managing during this new reality of enforced isolation. Share your story by emailing the club president, Mary Tromp, at email@example.com.
If you want to stay informed and are interested in receiving the Club’s newsletter on a regular basis, email the editor, Mary Larson, at firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact information.
Mary Greytak turns 98 years old
Mary Greytak celebrated her 98th birthday, COVID-19 style, with neighbors hovering outside her home in Mutual 6. Friends and neighbors showered her with birthday cards and sat in chairs, six feet apart, enjoying lemon meringue and cherry birthday pie available on the patio.
Mary was born in Jeffersonville, Indiana, on April 28, 1922 and has lived in Leisure World for the last 21 years. She was active in Mutual 8 serving as a director. Mary worked with the mobility club, was treasurer of the Monday Pinnacle Club, did publicity for the Little Flower Guild, and was extremely active in the Cribbage Club, serving as secretary for 15 years, among various other volunteer programs.
The event was hosted by Mary’s daughter and son-in-law, Dee and Brian Harmon, who reside in Mutual 12.
Patricia Louise Smith
Feb. 1930 – April 2020
Patricia (Pat) Stewart passed away peacefully and surrounded by family, at home in Paso Robles, California, on April, 26. Pat was born in Sioux City, Iowa, on Feb. 27,1930 to her parents, Willard Jenks Smith and Florence Mary Orr Smith. Her mother, Florence was a 30-year resident of Leisure World. Pat moved into Mutual 5 in 1986. Throughout Pat’s life she had many passions, but her greatest dedication was to her family. Pat used to say that as a little girl she had many dolls and she “dreamed of having her own live dolls one day.” Pat did just that within her marriage to now deceased, John P. Stewart, Jr., giving birth to eight children of which she is survived by seven.
Pat is survived by her 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her brother, Richard O. Smith, who lives in Garden Grove.
As a mom and grandma, she never missed a birthday or any holiday. From New Year’s Day to Christmas Day, a letter or card would arrive to her loved one’s from her. Also, she always carried her camera, capturing thousands of moments. She is also survived by many, many photo albums she created of her life as well as her family, and friends.
Another one of Pat’s passion’s were the friendships she had for decades with so many. Pat was always off to another event or card game and potlucks. Three of her long time friends, Carole Convey, Jackie Hein, and Maria Giegerich are current residents in Leisure World. As well as all her tennis friends. Pat was an athlete throughout her life. If she wasn’t in her favorite place, the tennis court, she was swimming, playing table tennis or riding her bike.
Pat will be remembered best by her lovely, upbeat personality. With her beautiful smile she was always ready to pitch in and volunteered to make the birthday cake or bring a homemade dish. Pat was a very selfless person and loved life.
I (Michelle) know I was blessed to have a mother like mine. She was such a great mom, and her family misses her very much.
Plans for a memorial for Pat will be announced at a later date. R.I.P.
– paid obituary
Jeanne Bunker 94
Corinne Mills 86
Mary Smayda 94
Dolores Shafer 91
Lena Stiles 92
Darius Perkins 41
Harold Siewert 100
Sawsan Abdo 63
Daniel Petrale 80
Vanessa Ortiz 36
Maria Estrada Salcido 59
Robert Schultz 81
Morgan Connors 28
Maria Castaneda 93
Billie Kerwin 90
Judith Blanch 74
Cynthia Desatoff 67
Families assisted by
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.
Redeemer Lutheran & St.Theodore
Three prayers for Saturday’s National Day of Prayer
by Rev. Lisa Rotchford
Redeemer Lutheran and St. Theodore
Did you know that the first Thursday of May is an American legally-mandated National Day of Prayer for people of all religions? It is celebrated by Americans of the various denominations of Christianity, Judaism, Sikhs, Muslims, Hindus and other religions that reflect the demographic make-up of the United States.
George Washington declared national days of prayer twice each year; once in the spring and once in the fall. Abraham Lincoln (who referenced God seven times and prayed three times in his second Inaugural Address), declared Thanksgiving as our fall National Day of Prayer to be the fourth Thursday of November. Since the 1950s, our president has been required to declare a Day of Prayer for our country in May and in the 1980s it became the first Thursday of May. It is today, May 7, this year.
In year’s past, Leisure World’s Interfaith Council’s religious groups, like Americans across the country, have assembled together to pray for our country. Given the coronavirus prohibitions that do not let us physically assemble this year, our Interfaith Council encourages everyone in their own space to take a moment and pray for the needs of our country.
Redeemer Lutheran and St.Theodore’s Episcopal combined mid-week worship (held each Wednesday at 11:30) uses the following official prayers to pray for our country. (Little did we know when we instituted this weekly service last summer we would so desperately need these prayers this year!) Pray as is your custom and join with one another in a spirit of prayer as together we face the challenges in the year of our Lord, 2020.
A Prayer for Our Country
Almighty God, keep this nation under your care as you have given us this good land as our heritage. Make us always remember your generosity and constantly do your will. Bless our land with honest industry, truthful education, and an honorable way of life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil course of action. Make us who come from many nations with many different languages a united people. Bless the government of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations of the earth. Help us elect trustworthy leaders, contribute to wise decisions for the general welfare, and thus serve you faithfully in our generation. When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful; and, in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail. Amen.
A Prayer for First Responders
God of earth and air, water and fire, height and depth, we pray for those who work in danger, who rush in to bring hope and help and comfort when others flee to safety, whose mission is to seek and save, serve and protect, and whose presence embodies the protection of the Good Shepherd. Give them caution and concern for one another, so that in safety they may do what must be done, under your watchful eye. Support them in their courage and dedication that they may continue to save lives, ease pain and mend the torn fabric of lives and social order. Amen.
A Prayer for Our Community
Gracious God, you know our prayers before we utter them, our desires before we admit them, our needs before we understand them. We beseech you to hear all prayers we utter today, silently or aloud. We commend especially our Leisure World community to your care, that it might be kept free from social strife and decay. Give us strength of purpose and concern for others, that we may create here a community of justice and peace where your will may be done. Amen.
Beit HaLev offers interactive livestream services for Shabbat and Jewish holidays. To attend, go to Facebook.com/galityomtov or YouTube.com (Shabbat Shalom LIVE! channel). Saturday evening services begin at 6 and Sunday morning services begin at 10.
The laws regarding priesthood are given to Aaron and his sons in this week’s parashah, “Emor” (speak). Unlike last week’s second reading of “Kedoshin” (Holiness), which was addressed to the entire nation of Israel, the priestly segment is singled out for special regulations. There were laws regarding who they are allowed to marry, sacred food, disqualification and the prohibition of contact with corpses.
Rabbi Galit Shirah conducts a weekday Ma’ariv service every Thursday for Sim Shalom, the Online Synagogue. Sim Shalom presents livestream services Monday-Thursday, with a different rabbi each day. To count the Omer, say Kaddish, pray for healing or to hear a spiritual message, go to SimShalom.com.
Rabbi Galit Shirah also currently teaches online Hebrew (Prayerbook and Conversational) and Cantillation (Torah chanting) for anyone who wants to learn something new. Contact the Rabbi at (562) 715-0888 or email@example.com.
“Count it all joy” when facing struggles
by Pastor Bruce Humes
First Christian Church
“My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” James 1:2 (NKJV)
James in verse 1 calls himself a bond servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, and then identifies to whom the letter is written, mainly the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad. The Greek word here is “diaspora” and refers to Christian Jews who had been scattered abroad, and were residing outside Israel because of various forms of persecution. His message to them is “count it all joy when you fall into various trials.” It’s not if, but when, a clear indication that they would experience various trials. These trials/temptations come in many different ways, and should be expected. But it is the response to these things that is unique, they were to count it all joy.
Why would anyone want to rejoice or count it joy to go through difficulties, hardships, trials or temptations. Verse 3 tells us, “Knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.” The various trials/temptations they were experiencing was a testing of their new found Christian faith, and through this process the mature faith would produce patience (perseverance). Then James says in verse 4, “But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect (mature) complete, lacking nothing.”
James is talking to us today, just as he was talking to those early Christians. We (believers) will experience many trials and temptations, hardships and perhaps persecution for our Christian faith, just as the early church did. But, it’s for the purpose of maturing and perfecting our faith.
The apostle Peter in his first epistle in chapter 1, verses 6-7, writes to those believers also of the dispersion, “In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while, if need be, you have been grieved by various trials, (why) that the genuineness of your faith, being much more precious than gold that perishes, though it is tested by fire, may be found to praise, honor, and glory at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”
Peter and James both speak to us about the various hardships, trials and temptations we as believers will go through, but both explain to us that we should rejoice or count it a joy, because God is using these experiences to bring us to a place of maturity and perfection in our faith. At the revealing of Jesus Christ we will be found in praise, honor and glory.
The Lord also promised to go through these trials/temptations with us in Isaiah 43:2 “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.”
Jesus’ love and Mother’s Day
by Pastor Rolland Coburn
Mothers and love go hand in hand, nourishing and shepherding their flock. That is family love, one of the four kinds of love. Other kinds of love include friendship love, committed love (Greek agape) and sexual love, reserved in the Bible for marriage.
Jesus publicly and repeatedly asks Peter in John 21:15-23 the question, “Do you love me?” Jesus uses two words for love in his questions. He emphasizes committed love, but also explains friendship love. And he talks about performing acts of committed love, loving as an action.
First Jesus points to committed love and service. Acts of service are a major way we show love. That’s how our mothers showed us love, such as fixing our meals. Here in John 21, Jesus has just fixed breakfast for his disciples. “When they had eaten, Jesus asked Simon Peter, Simon, son of John, do you love me more than these men do? Yes, Lord, Peter said, you know that I love you. Jesus said, Feed my lambs. Again Jesus said, Simon son of John, do you love me? Peter answered, Yes, Lord, you know that I love you. Jesus said, Take care of my sheep. Jesus asked him the third time, Simon, son of John, do you love me? Peter was grieved that He asked him the third time, Do you love me? He said, Lord, You know everything! You know that I love you. Jesus said, Feed my sheep.”
Then Jesus explains committed love and glorifying God. “Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where you do not want to go. Jesus said this to indicate the kind of death by which Peter would glorify God. Then he said to him, ‘Follow me.’”
“Jesus died for all,” says the Bible, “so that they who live might no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.” Paul the Apostle said, “That Christ will even now, as always, be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.”
Jesus adds to our understanding of love, committed love and a godly walk. “Peter turned and saw John, the disciple whom Jesus loved, following them. John was the one who had leaned back against Jesus at the supper and had said, ‘Lord, who is going to betray you?’ When Peter saw him, he asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’ ‘If I want him to remain until I come,’ Jesus answered, ‘what is that to you? As for you, follow me.’”
As children we enjoyed having our eyes on our mothers. There is a thrill in having our eyes on Jesus, following Jesus, being led by him, so that he directs our paths.
Finally Jesus points to the future, speaking of committed love and Christ’s return. It means watching for his coming, “when he comes to be glorified in his saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed.” “So this report spread to the brothers that the disciple John would not die. Yet Jesus did not tell him that he would not die, but, if I want him to remain until I come, what is that to you?”
John later sums up, “Little children, let us not love in word or talk but in deed and in truth. By this we shall know that we are of the truth and assure our hearts before him,” when he comes.
Assembly of God
During the month of May, Pastor Sam Pawlak’s videotaped messages will have the theme, “Social Spacing and Closeness with God.” The former is quite new to us as a nation and world, but the latter is an opportunity that’s been with us all our lives. Social distancing is definitely not something we have a choice in doing if we want our country to get well and to re-open. However, being close to God is a choice we can make daily.
How can we accomplish this? Ponder Psalm 16:11, “You will show me the path of life; in your presence is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”
Being in God’s presence we feel the most awesome pleasure that a person is capable of experiencing, “Taste and see that the Lord is good. Oh, the joys of those who trust in Him,” (Psalm 34:8). This promise will carry us through these uncertain times and strengthen us in every kind of stress and loneliness.
Pastor Sam continues his devotions every Sunday at 10 a.m. on Facebook and this is reaching far beyond Leisure World. Contact Carolyn VanAalst with any praise reports and prayer requests. She has a great ministry within the church fellowship of keeping us in touch with each other.
Holy Family Catholic Church
Holy Family Catholic Church wanted to share “Prayer to Our Blessed Mother Mary , The Lady of All the Nations.” From 1945–1959 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared in Amsterdam under the tile, “The Lady of All Nations.” She asked for conversion and more love and justice among humanity. In 1995, The Vatican approved veneration of Mary under this title and for this prayer) .
“Lord Jesus Christ, Son of the Father, send now your Spirit over the earth. Let the Holy Spirit live in the hearts of all nations,
That they may be preserved from degeneration, disasters, and war. May the Lady of All Nations, Mary, Co-redemptrix and Mediatrix, be our Advocate.” Amen
by Rev. Johan Dodge
Anyone else tired yet? Sitting around with little or nothing that we can do is exhausting. We are still in the season of Easter but the empty tomb has slipped from front of our minds and we find ourselves instead thinking about the full homes that we are spending so much time in. It is hard to know what to trust among our leaders at the moment. Do we have herd immunity, do the earlier cases in California mean we are farther along? Is it safe to go to the beach? Is it safe to go to the store?
As I write this, the beaches were opened by the mayors around us and then they were closed again by the governor. Who is right? Are we too cautious? Not cautious enough? Maybe just the right amount of cautious? How would we know? It sounds like testing is beginning to ramp up so maybe by the time you read this, we are already in a better place as a community. If not, and staying home still feels exhausting, I invite everyone to join Community Church on Sundays for live worship on Facebook and to call in to hear my thoughts for the day and a series of daily prayers and reflections.
We are also working to find new ways to bring the joy of Jesus out beyond the walls of the church but within the walls of the community.
You can find our online service on Facebook by searching for @communitychurchleisureworld. We worship live on Facebook on Sundays starting at 9:50 a.m. If you don’t have a computer or Facebook, you can still call in to our phone system and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening — it takes a minute to edit and post the audio.
As always, our mission is still active and if you are in need without another way to address that need, you may call the church office to leave me a message (562) 431-2503
Faith Christian Assembly
Writer and poet Robert Brault once said, “If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been.” As previously announced, Faith Christian Assembly is adhering to governmental guidelines for its services. For its 10:30 a.m. service on Mother’s Day, May 10, it is likely that it will conduct its service via conference call, with Pastor Sheri Lemming hosting. Faith Christian Assembly encourages everyone to call the church office for the most updated information each week.
To participate in the call, dial (425) 436-6371, access code: 576671#. Once it is possible for churches to meet in person, Faith Christian Assembly will take each person’s temperature at the door, and will ask everyone to wear a mask and sit socially distant from others.
Due to COVID-19, Faith Christian Assembly is not currently having its regular ministries at this time, but it will resume as soon as possible.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or visit the website at www.FCAchurch.net.
Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 06/17/20
May the sacred heart of Jesus be adored and glorified, loved honored, praised and preserved now and forever. Sacred heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopeless, pray for us: Please help Ron. Say this prayer nine times of day for nine days and your petition will be granted. Must promise publication. 05/07
FRANK’S GARDENING SERVICE
Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutual’s. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172. 05/14
Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071.
OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
LW DECOR INC.
New triple pane windows,
laminate flooring, carpet patio
tile/carpet. Painting ceilings
made smooth, ceiling lights.
refaced kitchen cabinets,
refaced granite quartz countertops.
Lic. #723262. 07/02
LW DECOR INC.
JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764.05/07
Specializing in remodeling, Additions, Reconstruction, Window replacement and more! Call for a free estimate.
License #954725. 04/22/21
We make your SHOWER/TUB brand new and/or convert it to a WALK IN SHOWER
serving L.W. since 1999.
Nu Kote 562-833-3911
License #699080. 05/28
Bel-Rich Painting – Free
estimates, Apartments, room by room, small jobs, colored walls. Contractor’s License #705131. 714-220-9702. 06/04
Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.
CA State License #675336. 05/14
LW DECOR INC.
Only premium paints,
Ceilings made smooth.
Cown moulding installed.
LW DECOR INC
40 years in LW.
Interior Flooring Solutions
Hardwood floors, carpet,
laminate, vinyl planks.
25 years experience.
Contractor License 1043763. 12/24
LW Decor Inc.
Laminate, Vinyl, Plank, Patio tile and Patio carpet.
40 years in Leisure World.
CARPET & UPHOLSTERY
CLEANING & REPAIR
All Year Carpet Cleaning
We just cleaned your neighbor’s house in Leisure World…
Would you like yours cleaned too?
Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841. 05/07
State Contractors Lic. #578194.
CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE.
Licensed and insured.
Dan (562) 841-3787.
Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 07/02
LW DECOR INC.
Blinds, shutters, shades, 40 years serving Leisure World. Contractor’s License #723262.
LW DECOR INC.
WANT CLEAN WINDOWS?
10% OFF FIRST CLEANING
(562) 600-0014. LW Resident,
Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach
Business License #LIV0004. 05/14
Helping Leisure World
Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm, (562) 596-9906.
GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart.
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Maria Giegerich 562-596-9983. Free of charge.
Just Like Your Daughter
errands, scheduling and
transportation for medical
patient advocate, shopping, domestic organization,
paperwork, bill pay
All with compassion
Just Like Your Daughter
Call Janice, 714-313-4450
SB Lic. #JUS0006/Bonded 05/28
Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part time, full time, live-in (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License #CAM0006. 10/15
Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 06/11
Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Licensed by the state.
Gloria 949-371-7425. 05/07
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
Referral Agency. Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License #BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 6/10/20
Corona Virus Safety
In-home beauty services.
Haircuts, color, perm,
shampoo set, nails, toenails.
Relax in safety of your home.
I’ll wear mask, gloves and sanitize. Tammy Nguyen from Phenix Salon,
13944 Seal Beach Blvd., Ste #116. (714) 425-4198. 05/21
In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 06/11
GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.
Windows 10% off first cleaning
Excellent referrals in LW
20 years experience.
Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 06/25
Patricia House Cleaning, weekly
or monthly. Excellent referrals in
Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal
Beach License LUC0001.07/16
General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach Business license RAZ0002. Gloria 949-371-7425 05/07
Maria House Cleaning
We’ll make your house look as nice as possible! 15 years of experience, We can work with your schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly. Deep cleaning.
Call or text 714-496-2885.
Bus. Lic #HER0008. 07/16
Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device.
Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.
License #CIP0001 05/28
John’s Computer Services
Virus removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet
Security. LW Resident
SB License FUH0001. 06/25
Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale
ANY KIND OF CAR
Boat, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly!We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 05/07
Golf Cart, Sales, parts and services. 714-292-9124. 05/14
Need a lift? Pam Miller.
LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 05/28
Rides by Russ,
With the personal touch.
For over 4 years I have been giving all types of rides to Leisure World residents. Rides to the airports, doctors, cruise ports, shopping and errands I also enjoy helping my neighbors with chores and maintenance around their homes. Russ 714-655-1544. 05/21
Trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462. 05/14
MOVING, HAULING &
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License
BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 07/02
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 06/25
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
Men bicycle Transcent EX 28”, Disc Brakes, 26” lady Schwinn bike, $70 each or would trade for 24” bicycle .
(562) 295-8432 or cell (562) 756-0876.
Mother’s Day Specials – Large mirror with gold frame L49 1/2” W 35”, 2 curio cabinets with 5 lighted glass shelves, shell back bar chairs, vases, picture frames, small furniture, slow cookers, small lamps, shoe rack, beautiful monkey wood corn bowl with side holders and 5 corn plates. Call (562) 843-6963.
Free to good home needlepoint canvas, yarn, instructions & frame. (562) 446-0106.