LWW Trans/Vie 12-10-20

 Dec 10 2020

COVID-19 Update

A strict shutdown similar to the coronavirus pandemic’s early days is now in effect after state officials said Dec. 5 that only 12.5 percent of adult intensive care beds were available in the area. Gov. Gavin Newsom enacted the stay-at-home order regionwide. 

The Southern California region now under the state order includes  Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and San Diego counties, among others. 

The shut down bans all gatherings except for protests and religious services, which must be held outdoors, and closed many nonessential businesses, such as bars, breweries, wineries, museums, zoos, aquariums, card rooms, and hair and nail salons. It also shut down playgrounds, overnight campgrounds and in-person dining at restaurants, and capped occupancy in stores at 20 percent. The order will remain in place for at least three weeks.

ICU capacity was the trigger for a new order. Officials are worried that the exponential spread of the virus will deplete hospital capacity, especially ICU beds.

The Golden Rain Foundation has shut down all facilities and is urging residents to stay home, wear masks and stay socially distant.

GRF asks for resident input on reopenings

A special GRF Board meeting has been scheduled for Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. with a single agenda item—Reopening, Trust Property for Active Outdoor Activities (Golf, Veterans Plaza, Mission Park and the Amphitheater). 

Among other considerations, the board will discuss opening facilities for religious services under emergency-use policies.  According to the Orange County Health Care Agency, COVID-19 cases are on the increase in Seal Beach with far greater impact on older people. In-person attendance at the meeting will be restricted due to current health and safety orders. But the board wants community input. 

GRF members are encouraged to make their opinions known as follows:

• Email comments to grfboardaction@lwsb.com

• Mail comments to GRF, PO Box 2338, Seal Beach, CA, 90740

• Drop off written comments to the Stock Transfer outdoor service window or Finance outside check drop-off slot.

• Schedule Zoom virtual attendance by contacting Deanna Bennet, executive coordinator, at deannab@lwsb.com. Deanna will provide the Zoom link information and reserve your position for comments. 

It is important to note that a large percentage of Leisure World shareholders/members fall into the “at risk” category (see chart at right).

People of any age, even children, can catch COVID-19. But it most commonly affects middle-aged and older adults. 

The risk of developing dangerous symptoms increases with age. People who are 85 and older have the highest risk of serious symptoms, according to the Centers for Disease Control. 

In the U.S., about 80 percent of deaths from the disease have been in people age 65 and older. 

Risks are even higher for older people when they have underlying health conditions, according to the Mayo Clinic.

In addition to member input, the GRF Board is asking residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 or currently have the  virus to anonymously report this information to (562) 431-6586, ext. 312. Do not leave your name when reporting.

LW Christmas

From Ugly Christmas Sweaters to a Grinch who saves Christmas, LW neighbors and friends are celebrating the season by offering custom-made entertainment and holiday cheer. Readings, plays and holiday programs are being produced online to make  your holidays merrier, all from the comfort and safety of home. Read on for a round-up of what’s going on in LW.

Christmas Tree Lighting

The GRF Recreation Department will   livestream the lighting of the Christmas tree tonight, Dec. 10, from Veterans Plaza. The online event begins at 4:30 p.m. with a musical presentation by The Entertainers club. Eric and Sandy Nelson, Jeanine Greb and Vickie Van Ert will perform the “Christmas in Quarantine” show. Tune in to the Veterans Plaza event at http://www.lwsb.com/treelighting/. This can only be viewed online, not attended in person. The Video Producers Club will make this program and the Menorah Lighting filmed Dec. 8 available on youtube.com and air it on SBTV-Channel 3, Spectrum 1390 and other stations later in the month. 

COVID Christmas and More

The Theater Club has produced a film called “A COVID Christmas” to entertain Leisure World residents, who will be safely hunkered down in their homes during the holidays. It’s one of three special productions created by LW clubs to spread cheer during an otherwise Grinchy 2020 Christmas season.  

In addition to “A COVID Christmas,” watch for “Special Delivery,” featuring Wild Willy and Charla Gae, and written by Joe Osuna from the Video Producers Club, and “Three Told Tales,” featuring LW Santa Claus himself, aka Phil Mandeville. Taylor White selected the readings.

A COVID CHRISTMAS

Christmas 2020 is different than in years past. A pandemic has almost shut down the world. In the North Pole, Santa is ready to go, but a health official spotted Rudolph’s red nose and quarantined Santa and his entire workshop staff for 14 days.

What to do? Is there anyone in the North Pole who has not been out and about this holiday season? Think, think, think. Is there one person who can save the day? 

Or are there two?

The Grinch and his faithful dog Max live in a cave and don’t come out until Christmas. They don’t even know about the virus. Will Grinch and Max agree to save the day?  

Tune in LW Channel 1390 to watch the Christmas Eve adventures of Santa, his elves  with two unlikely heroes who try and save the day.

SPECIAL DELIVERY

Seven LW actors are featured in “Special Delivery,” a Christmas play, including the nimble Joyce Basch tapping her heart out at Veterans Plaza, Bill Holden, stage name Wild Willy, as a fearsome pirate with a shoulder-mounted parrot and Charla Gae, the intrepid Granny headed to the North Pole.

Tune in to youtube.com. 

THREE TOLD TALES

Charlie Guggino will paraphrase the last chapter of Charles Dickins’ “A Christmas Carol,” the 1843 novella that recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly miser who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. 

Joseph Chavez will read “The Christmas Eve Truce of WWI,” written by LWer Taylor White from old newspaper articles.

Finally, Santa Claus, aka Phil Mandeville, will give a spirited rendition of “The Night Before Christmas,” a poem first published anonymously in 1823 and later attributed to Clement Clarke Moore, who claimed authorship in 1837.

Joseph Valentinetti filmed  the readings, which will be shown at ?? and uploaded to lwsb.com.


SB Police Report

An adult male died at the scene of a traffic collision at the intersection of Seal Beach Boulevard and Westminster Avenue Dec. 4.

At 10:49 p.m., officers from the Seal Beach Police Department responded to report of a single-car crash. The driver was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver was northbound on Seal Beach Boulevard when he apparently lost control of the car, hit the median, and crashed into a chain link fence bordering Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station. No other vehicles or pedestrians were involved in the collision. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Traffic Investigator Officer Cory Montgomery at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1623.

California Smart Phone Training

Let the expert trainers at California Phones help you make the most of your SmartPhone.  Android and iPhone webinar trainings are offered free from the comfort of your own home.  Space is limited.  

Learn how to:

• Operate the basic functions of your smartphone

• Send text messages

• Make text larger

• Connect Bluetooth devices

• Make your smartphone louder and easier to hear…and much more.

This is a two-part online training. To participate you will need a computer, Internet service and a valid email address.

For more information or to sign up, call 1-866-271-1540 or email smartphonetraining@ddtp.org. 

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 Dec. 17.

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.  

GRF Construction Briefs

GRF projects are underway around the community despite slowdowns attributed to the COVID-19. This column will update residents on the progress of various construction projects. The information is provided by GRF Facilities Director Mark Weaver and Physical Property Manager David Rudge.

LW POOL

Plans from the pool architect are in the process of being finetuned to avoid expensive mid-project change orders. When the plans are finalized, the GRF will submit them to the City of Seal Beach and Orange County Health Care Agency for approvals. Once permits are issued, construction will begin. The date for the pool to be open is April 5.

SoCal gas has completed underground utility work. The meter assembly for pool equipment is being installed.

 The electrical contractor has a GRF permit and submitted plans to the City of Seal Beach to relocate the golf course pump from the pool equipment room. 

The pool wall abutting the golf course is under construction. It is being constructed so as to provide a view of the golf course.

LEARNING CENTER KITCHEN

The cooktop has not arrived. Once it is received and installed, work on the kitchen will be complete.

PAVING PROJECT

Foxburg Road paving started Dec. 7 and should be complete by Dec 18. Mutual 9 shareholders will need to move vehicles to the Clubhouse 3 and 4 parking lot for the duration of the project.

Coyote Alert

Residents reported seeing coyotes in and around Mutual 15 last week, according to LW Security.

Coyotes are typically wintering in dens until spring, when they emerge to hunt. But if you see one, follow these recommendations to keep the coyotes away: 

•Bring pets in at night, and do not leave any pet food or water in patio areas.  

•Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey. 

•Be aware of surroundings while walking dogs in the evening and early morning hours. Loud noises will scare off coyotes, which are typically frightened of humans and run from conflict.

 If food and water are removed and people haze coyotes, the animals will  move on to more hospitable locales. Hazing uses scare tactics to reinstill fear of humans. Hazing techniques include:

•Yelling and waving your arms while approaching a coyote.

•Using noisemakers such as whistles, air horns, bells or soda cans filled with pennies. 

Animal control will only respond if the coyote is sick or injured or if it is threatening or attacking a person. Report incidents to Animal Care Services, (562) 570-7387.

Toys for Tots Drive

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be no Toys for Tots show this year, however barrels have been put out to collect toys for needy area children. Leisure World is consistently in the top two contributors to this program sponsored by the U.S. Marine Force Reserve.

Residents are invited to bring an unwrapped toy (no stuffed animals, please) by today, Dec. 10, to Security at the Main Gate, St. Andrews Gate or the Building 5 Decal Office. 

The Marines will distribute the toys to the children.

Seal Beach Chamber and others bring 130 Thanksgiving meals to LW

On Nov. 23, the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce and the Seal Beach Lions joined forces with Seal Beach Pavilions to distribute and deliver 136 meals to local families in need.

For 40 years, the Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce held its annual community Thanksgiving dinner at St. Anne’s Church in Old Town, Seal Beach, on Thanksgiving Day. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, the gathering of 130-plus locals celebrating Thanksgiving together could not happen. But that didn’t halt the giving spirit of the Seal Beach community. 

Just days before the 41st anniversary of the beloved event, nearly 20 volunteers came together to give struggling families something to be thankful for.

“The generosity of our community members, the school district and local organizations, including Pavilions and Boeing, was heartwarming at a time when so many families are struggling with loss of income and depression,” said Deb Machen, who chaired the event.

For several weeks, Seal Beach Pavilions encouraged customers to give a little extra at the cash register, and the response was overwhelming. 

The funds raised from the community, as well as a generous donation by Boeing in Seal Beach, provided 136 complete Thanksgiving dinners for local families in need. The festive dinners included a choice of turkey, ham or prime rib, with traditional sides, meat and cheese platters and dinner rolls.

While Pavilions customers were selflessly donating to the cause, advertising was provided at no cost by Sun Newspapers and Leisure World Weekly to inform the community of the opportunity to receive the dinners. 

The Los Al USD District Administration and principals from all nine schools also shared the opportunity with families who could use a little help during this difficult time.

Karen Kuns and Derek Moore co-chaired the event with Machen and led efforts to distribute dinners in Leisure World and deliver meals to those who could not pick them up. Four drivers delivered 26 meals to the homes of local families. The remaining 110 meals were distributed at Leisure World and McGaugh Elementary School by six volunteers at each site.

This gift to the community couldn’t be done without all of the volunteer support from the Seal Beach Lions, Seal Beach Chamber of Commerce, generous community donations, and Chamber Admin McKenze Treasure and Los Al USD Administrative Assistant Lisa Wallace, who worked with the recipients of the dinners.

Thank you, Seal Beach, for making this a Thanksgiving for which we can all be truly thankful!

—from the Seal Beach 

Chamber of Commerce

Dial-A-Ride Service

Dial-A-Ride service is available for shopping rides to any location within the City of Seal Beach. Service is available at no cost weekdays, 7:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Reservations are required by calling (877) 224-8294. 

Ugly Christmas Sweater Tradition Continues

Friends Jeanie Berro, Elaine Miller, Elizabeth Daniels, Susan Shaver, Joan Schwichtenberg, Glenna Hoff and Joanna Matos are keeping the Ugly Christmas Sweater tradition robustly alive in Leisure World—these LW friends are wearing them proudly in honor of National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day on Dec. 18.

Christmas-themed pullovers started making an appearance in the 1950s, a nod perhaps to the holiday’s growing commercialization. Initially referred to as “Jingle Bell Sweaters,” they weren’t as garish as today’s offerings and found little popularity in the market, although TV personality Andy Williams really embraced the festive topper. It wasn’t until the 1980s that the sweaters hit the mainstream. The shift came thanks to pop culture and comedies, with goofball-dad characters like Chevy Chase’s Clark Griswold in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation” and Cliff Huxtable from the “Cosby” show turning the holiday sweater into an endearing expression of festive cheer. Santa-emblazoned sweaters could now be seen at office parties and on Christmas Day. 

By 2007 “Ugly Cmas Sweater” searches soared on Google. In 2010 celebrities and designers released them in retail stores. Social media got on the bandwagon, and young people started buying vintage ones from thrift stores  vying for the most gauche. 

There is still time to start your own “Twelve Days of Ugly Christmas Sweaters.” You can find them online at retailers like www.uglychristmassweater.com.

Page 4 Perspectives

Letters to Editor

Editor:

There are currently many LW residents who either have or want   electric cars. By 2035, all cars sold in California must be electric, so more and more LW residents will have electric cars in the near future. Right now, there is no way to charge an electric car in LW.  Therefore either the carports need to be wired for electric cars or  charging stations need to be provided. I think that it is probably too costly to wire carports at this time, but a few car charging stations could be provided. 

I think that five or six stations (one at each clubhouse) would be good for now, with more in the future as the need increases.

Bert Steinberg, Mutual 7

Editor:

The Black Friday frenzy at Westminster Mall was terrific. Enthusiastic shoppers wore masks and observed social distancing. The joyful Christmas carols enhanced my spirit while I was purchasing lovely gifts for family and friends at bargain prices. I also bought face masks for presents. The spirit of Christmas is everywhere despite the coronavirus pandemic. 

The joy of giving and receiving is deeply rooted in my heart. It’s a great blessing we have Christmas to enjoy. 

Lisa A. Dickson, Mutual 1

Editor:

We have been following COVID-19 reports very carefully, and we believe that some LW facilities could be reopened with very controlled access to maintain safety. In particular, the LW Library and Friends Bookstore could reasonably be reopened with safety measures in place to protect residents. The Friends of the Library could open its bookstore, which would be great for Christmas. Small gifts and cards are available to buy, so LWers could avoid going to outside stores for Christmas giving.

Cindy Gannon and Keith Kelsay, Mutual 8

Holidays Underscore Religious Diversity

by Jim Greer

LW contributor

Perhaps no other time of the year displays American culture’s diversity than the last months of the year. The holidays are a wonderful time for all of us to acknowledge and support the expression of religious diversity in our community. 

“Religion is not a hobby,” stated the recently released Beckett Group’s annual Religious Freedom Index. 

For a solid majority of Americans, religion is “not just a series of rote actions on Sunday or privately held beliefs,” stated the Deseret News editorial board in reporting the release of the Index. Religion “is a part of who they are and the core of their characters.” 

The Beckett group, a non-profit, public-interest, legal and educational institute with a mission of protecting the free expression of all faiths, affirmed that “religious identity cannot be quarantined. Religion is part of who Americans are, not just something they do.”

This year’s Index included new questions on how religion and religious freedom relate to the COVID-19 pandemic, racial justice and the 2020 election. 

More than 60 percent of respondents said that religion and people of faith are part of the solution to our country’s issues. 

More than 60 percent of respondents said that faith or religion was important to them during the pandemic. 

Not surprisingly, respondents over 65 were much more likely than all others to say that faith and religion were extremely or very important to dealing with the pandemic. 

In an unexpected finding, Gen Z respondents—those born between the 1990s and the early 2010s—who tend to be less religious, felt that faith and religion were extremely or very important during the pandemic. 

The Index further revealed that religion is part of an individual’s identity. 

Most respondents thought houses of worship should be treated with at least the same priority for reopening as businesses. 

Respondents in the Index supported protections that reflect the reality of religious identity. They felt religion had played a significant role in filling the political leadership gap in advocating for racial justice. 

In summary, the Index found that Americans are anchored in their opinions on religious freedom and that religion sustains them through difficult times. 

The holidays are not a time to discount the value of our religious pluralism. 

They are a time to support the expression of religious diversity. Phrases such as “happy holidays” do not discount the value of any one religious group’s observance. 

Wishing all a happy holiday places equal value on everyone’s beliefs and acknowledges their right to celebrate the joy they find in living them. 

In affirming religious freedom, Nathan Sproul, managing director of Lincoln Strategy Group, stated, “Pluralism works. Freedom of speech and religion and the press work. This time of year should remind us of all the blessings we have and what unites us instead of what divides us.”

To all living and working within Leisure World, happy holidays. 

May your celebrations be joyful and your holiday worship meaningful. And may fortune and providence bring us health and prosperity in the New Year. 

How to Protect an At-Risk Community

by Cindy Tostado, LCSW

GRF member resources and assistance liaison

Who is tired of hearing about COVID, wearing a mask, social distance, stay at home, and the best one yet…you can only mingle with those in your family unit?

I am virtually raising my hand here!  I love my family, but COME ON—ENOUGH already!

But with the recent surge in the number of COVID cases, hospitalizations and deaths, we cannot soften our resolve. We must remain vigilant and be strong.

It seems that the community inside LW has done a great job for themselves and others as they continue down this unfamiliar and painful path. Most, if not all, LWers have taken the necessary steps to do what is right for themselves and the majority of the community to keep all safe and secure. 

I empathize with those who are struggling to have a return to normalcy while depending on those in charge to make wise decisions for the benefit of us all.  

The GRF Board of Directors is also doing its best to look out for the well-being of an at-risk population, to keep the virus at bay and OUT of LW by making hard decisions that impact residents, their social lives and well-being. These important decisions are not taken lightly while considering all factors and protecting everyone’s best interests.

 Let us take time to:

• Practice patience 

• Not place pressure on those who are making decisions for the whole

• Take personal responsibility for ourselves and our own actions 

• Spread kindness and compassion to one another

We hope that our combined actions will not only save lives today and for the future but bring us together for a safer tomorrow. 

Be Safe. Be Well. Be Strong!

Letters to Editor

Letters, maximum 250 words, should be typed and delivered to LW Weekly. They must be of general interest to the community and may contain opinions, suggestions, compliments and complaints without being libelous, repetitive or otherwise inappropriate. 

Government

Special GRF Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

Clubhouse 4/Livestream

Tuesday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m.

To view the live meeting:

• Go to www.lwsb.com

• The livestreaming uses YouTube live and terminates at the close of the meeting

1) Call to Order

2) Roll Call

3) Pledge of Allegiance

4) Announcements

5) Shareholder/Member Comments 

Note: Foundation Shareholders/Members are permitted to make comments before the business of the Board begins. Requests must be registered in advance of the meeting, and comments are limited to four minutes.

6) New Business

a. General

i. Reopening—Active Outdoor Amenities and Amphitheater, for Religious Services

7) Adjournment

GRF Meetings 

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule. Public health and safety measures will be in place to protect membership and staff, with limited in-person seating at Clubhouse 4. Physical distancing and wearing a face mask are required.

Wed., Dec. 9 AB 3182 Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 11 GRF Executive Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 15 Special GRF Board Meeting

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Carport Cleaning Schedule 2020

The remainder of the holiday carport cleaning schedule for 2020 is as follows:

Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25

Mutual 14, Carports 150-157; Mutual 15, Carports 1-2, will be cleaned Thursday, Dec. 31. 

LW Community Guide 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the production of the LW Community Guide in 2020. If there are any changes to your information for the White Pages from 2019, or if you weren’t included in 2019 but want to be in 2021, contact pattym@lwsb.com with your name and address and/or phone number. 

Street Sweeping

GRF trust streets are swept on the fourth Thursday of the month. Parked vehicles must be removed from trust streets before midnight the night before. 

Contact Mutual directors to find out when your carports are scheduled for sweeping.

Mutual Meetings 

Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change). 

Thurs., Dec. 10 Mutual 12

virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., Dec. 11 Mutual 3

virtual 9 a.m.

Mon., Dec. 14 Mutual 9

virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., Dec. 15 Mutual 10

virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., Dec. 15 Mutual 14

virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 16 Mutual 5

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., Dec. 16 Mutual 7

virtual 1 p.m.

COMMENTS/QUESTIONS FROM THE MEMBERSHIP

Dec. 15 Special GRF Board of Directors Meeting

Submit your request to the GRF Board Office, P.O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740,  Mrs. Deanna Bennett, Executive Coordinator, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 11. You may also drop off your question/comment at the Stock Transfer Office, Attention Deanna Bennett or email your question/comment to grfboardaction@lwsb.com.

Today’s Date: ______________________

Your Name (please print): ____________________________

Mutual #_____ Apt#______

My Subject is: ______________________________________

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: four minutes for 15 or fewer speakers; three minutes for 16-25 speakers; and two minutes for more than 26 speakers. 

Health & Fitness

Disorientation may be a sign of dehydration

By Patty Marsters

pattym@lwsb.com

When a senior suddenly starts acting confused or disoriented, it’s often mistaken for a sign of dementia or Alzheimer’s. These conditions rarely take hold suddenly, but rather start much more subtly. Instead, it’s likely a symptom of something easier to treat: dehydration.

A UCLA study found that 40 percent of seniors may be chronically underhydrated, which can lead to more severe health issues, including urinary tract infections (UTIs), kidney stones and falls. And since any infection could speed up the progression of dementia, it’s important to be aware of symptoms and get treatment quickly. 

“So many health issues are related to inadequate hydration,” said Janet Mentes, professor of nursing at UCLA. “Many seniors are underhydrated for a period of time, and when they are exposed to a virus or bacteria, they are more likely to develop an infection, such as urinary tract infections, pneumonia or other respiratory diseases.”

As the body ages, its fluid reserves shrink, the ability to conserve water is reduced, and the sense of thirst diminishes. Dehydration occurs when a person loses more water than is taken in. This could be because that person is simply not drinking enough fluids, but it could also be related to the use of certain medications or even uncontrolled diabetes. 

UTIs can also worsen with dehydration. Seniors are the most likely age group to have a UTI because they are the least likely to have symptoms typically associated with the infection, such as pain during elimination, fever or a frequent urge to urinate. Instead, be on the lookout for skin dryness; a rapid, weak pulse; dry mouth; and an inability to sweat. 

A long-festering infection puts stress on the immune system, sometimes resulting in increased muscle weakness, loss of appetite and behavioral change. This change is often referred to as delirium. Symptoms can include agitation, restlessness, difficulty concentrating, hallucinations, delusions, unusual sleepiness, or withdrawal from others. Treating the underlying infection with antibiotics will often halt the delirium.

Staying hydrated seems to be the key to prevention. Keep a reusable water bottle nearby, and take small sips often. There are varieties on the market that have times delineated on the bottle to help people stay on track. And experts recommend eating more foods with high water content, such as cucumbers, squash, melon, cottage cheese and soup.

If a loved one exhibits sudden signs of confusion, contact his or her primary care physician.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include a hot dinner, cold lunch, dessert and an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. The cold lunch may be an entrée salad or a sandwich with a small side salad. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 2, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice. 

Thursday, Dec. 10: Baked turkey ziti, whole-grain roll and seasoned cauliflower; jello with fruit; turkey-and-cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus three-bean salad. 

Friday, Dec. 11: Rosemary chicken breast with creamy garlic sauce, oven-browned potatoes and broccoli; chocolate pudding; chicken Caesar salad, with lettuce, cheese, croutons and Caesar dressing, plus crackers.

Monday, Dec. 14: Homemade meatloaf with gravy, au gratin potatoes, and green beans with pimentos; ambrosia salad; chicken salad sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus homemade potato salad.

Tuesday, Dec. 15: Barbecue chicken leg and thigh, mashed sweet potatoes, and zucchini and tomato; pears with cinnamon; veggie pasta salad, with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onions and dressing, plus crackers.

Wednesday, Dec. 16: Oven-roasted pork loin with honey mustard sauce, barley pilaf, and peas and onions; chef’s choice cake; ham-and-cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus carrot-and-raisin salad.

Hot Meals Drive Through Program

The Hot Meals Drive Through program is available for residents of Orange County’s District 2, which includes Leisure World Seal Beach. Participants must be aged 60 and older, single parents or unemployed individuals or have disabilities. There are three sites open one day per week at which people may pick up two dinner meals. Qualified applicants must register in advance at www.ocmeals.com. 

Arts & Leisure

Lighting up LW’s holiday nights!

While 2020 may go down in history as the most challenging year of the early 21st Century, Leisure World residents refuse to let tradition suffer. They are well-known for their exuberant displays of holiday cheer, and this year, they’re finding creative ways to carry on in the spirit of Christmas. Halls are decked, wreaths are hung, and lights are strung. It’s time to get out and meet the season.

Each week until Christmas, LW Weekly will run a list of notable decorations. Residents are encouraged to send an address and brief description of their holiday displays to pattym@lwsb.com, or slip a note through the mail slot of the office, located near the Amphitheater. High-resolution jpgs are also being accepted for possible inclusion in the annual holiday lights feature scheduled for Dec. 24.

In the meantime, check out these wonderous sites:

• 1671 Interlachen Rd., 285-E: Dorothy Schwartz’s “Santa and Mrs. Claus and Their Elves” display is dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Bob.

• 1411 Pelham Rd., 64-H: Bruce Lombardi has a 5-foot Santa and a 6-foot tree on a patio that’s “beautiful during the day, but spectacular at night,” he says. 

• 1710 Tam O’Shanter Rd., 12-D: Mike Skinner and Sandy Tessier have a brightly bedecked home in Mutual 14. “We want to light up your spirits,” Sandy says. 

• 13331 Twin Hills Dr., 56-L: Jerry and Sharon Woodruff, Tessier’s sister, wish everyone a Merry Christmas. 

• 13550 Del Monte Dr.: “Peace on Earth & Merry Christmas from Mutual 17,” says Liz Meripol.

• 1371 Pellham Rd., 66-G: Glenna Hoff shares that her angel is named Joy “as she gives to so many these 20 years I have had her.”

• 1411 Pellham Rd., 64-H: Retta Lombardi has a “gorgeous display,” says Hoff. 

Share your holiday cheer with a festive wreath

By Patty Marsters

pattym@lwsb.com

Nothing announces your passion for the holidays to the outside world faster than a festive wreath on your door. And with just a little time, you can flex those creative muscles on something other than how to wrap a basketball. (Hint: Get a gift bag.) Most of the wreaths below can be made with materials you probably already have on hand. Some require a traditional wreath form, whether foam or wire (you can even use a pool noodle secured with duct tape), while others just need a circular backing, like a round cake board. For hanging purposes, just finish with a coordinating ribbon affixed to the back or slid through the wreath form, or simply slip it over a nail or hook.

Paint chips: For this project, you’ll need 40-60 paint chips, which can be obtained from just about any hardware store or paint supplier. You can choose holiday colors or, for an ombre effect, shades of one color that go from light to dark. Fold the chips in half, then cut into a simple leaf shape (an elongated oval with a pointed tip works great here). With a glue gun or tube of E6000 craft glue, layer the leaves over the wreath frame.

Snowballs: Miss the wintry signs of Christmas (but not the chill)? Foam balls in varying sizes (for example, about eight large, four medium, 20 small and 10 tiny) arranged around a wreath form mimics the look of a fun snowball fight. A festive bow can be fashioned from plaid ribbon to resemble a scarf. 

For a more colorful decoration, spray-paint the balls in holiday colors that remind you of the globes hanging from your Christmas tree. 

Wrapping paper: Have scraps of wrapping paper saved for just the right-sized gifts? Or rolls upon rolls you never seem to go through? Cut them into rectangles of the same or varying sizes (e.g., 6 inches by 6 inches and 4 inches by 6 inches), then roll them into cone shapes, keeping each one together with a bit of double-sided tape or glue. Affix the cones in layers, or start with the longer cones, then fill in gaps with the shorter ones. If you use a solid form, you can fill in the middle with coordinating Christmas balls or other holiday decorations. 

Fabric scraps: If you’re an avid sewer, you probably have some bits and pieces left from projects. To make this wreath, you’ll need fabrics with holiday patterns or colors that remind you of the season. Cut them into 10-inch-by-1-inch strips. Tie the strips around one or two wires of a wire frame, mixing it up as you go along. Push the ties together periodically to avoid gaps and create a fuller look. You can leave the finished wreath as is, or embellish with an old Christmas ornament or holly berries crafted from buttons (use scraps of green fabric for the leaves). 

Tinsel garland: Simply glue one end of a garland of tinsel to a wreath form, then wrap, wrap, wrap it around. For larger wreaths, you might need three or four garlands. Glue the remaining end in place, and you’re done. You can add ornaments or other décor, but sometimes, glittery garlands are just enough. 

Grab ’n’ Go Meals

Dec. 10-16 

Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot

• Thursday: Domino’s Pizza—call ahead for special orders, wings and salads offered, 3-7 p.m., cash/cards, (562) 493-2212. 

• Friday: Katella Deli—deli favorites, appetizers, salads, hot entrées; specials of the day available onsite, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. Call ahead at (562) 594-8611, or order online at www.katellabakery.com.

• Saturday and Sunday: Berg Catering—freshly prepared meals with a healthy, gourmet touch, 2-4 p.m., PayPal/checks/cash/cards. Preorder at (562)  663-2038 or www.bergcatering.com (click the special LW menu). 

 • Monday: Italian Burgers and Grill Food Truck—Burgers, sausage, chicken, steak and loaded fries, all with an Italian accent, 3:30-5:30 p.m., PayPal/checks/cash/cards. See the full menu at https://www.bestfoodtrucks.com/restaurants/pizzini/trucks/italian-burger-grill/menu. Preorders accepted via email to info@italianburgergrill.com or text to (424) 299-6291; make sure to specify you are ordering for Leisure World.

• Tuesday: Taco Tuesday—Mexican favorites, plus hot dogs, burgers and fries, 5-7 p.m., cash/cards, no preorders.

• Wednesday: Gourmet Renee—American cuisine, homemade soups and desserts, 3-5 p.m., cash/cards. Preorder by calling (323) 833-1213.

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 All Grab ’n’ Go events take place rain or shine. If it rains or is too hot, people line up inside Clubhouse 6. Everyone should maintain a 6-foot distance, and masks are required. For information, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.

On-call bus service is available weekdays from 4:30 p.m., when regular service ends; weekends are on-call at any time. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379. For more information or to make a suggestion, 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/. Vendors are subject to change.

Bunny Harpham of Mutual 14 and her daughter, Kimberly, hold up Bunny’s hand-quilted Christmas Quilt. Though the Quilting Bees Club is not meeting during the shutdown, Bunny has found that quilting is a fun thing to do during this stay-at-home time and makes the days go by faster.

Where-We-Live Club

Learn about the concept of feng shui in 2021! “Let’s Put Our Affairs in Order and Organize!” will concentrate on the art of placement and how it may change lives. New and previous members, as well as all curious shareholders, are welcome to join. Email wherewelive@yahoo.com to be placed on a mailing list for future workshops, as well as updates to the club’s calendar of activities, Zoom meetings and HomeWorks.

Men’s Golf League

Hillhouse scores a hole-in-one

By Dave LaCascia 

LW contributor

A very cloudy and cool morning greeted nine members of the Men’s Monday Golf League, as they played on Nov. 23 at the David L. Baker Golf Course in Fountain Valley, a par-62, 4,000-yard, 18-hole course. With tees set far forward, it was a day for flag hunting and low scores. With such great conditions, every player was under par that day.

On the 140-yard, par-3 15th hole, Larry Hillhouse netted a rare hole-in-one. His shot was hit low, rolled onto the green, then seemingly disappeared. Approaching the green, the trio of players thought the ball had rolled off the green, but they could not find it. But when they looked in the cup, there it was.

Some interesting hole-in-one (a.k.a. ace) odds (compiled from various sources):

• Professional-tour player making an ace: 3,000 to 1

• Low handicapper making an ace: 5,000 to 1

• Average player making an ace: 12,500 to 1

• Two players from the same foursome acing the same hole: 17 million to 1

• One player making two holes-in-one in the same round: 67 million to 1

Also of note: A hole-in-one on a par-4 course is called an albatross. An ace is scored once every 3,500 golf rounds.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap). A Flight handicaps range from 0-20, while B flight is higher than 20.

A Flight Winners: First place: Hillhouse, 8 under 54; second: tie between Bill McKusky and Dave LaCascia, 7 under 55; third: Fujio Norihiro, 6 under 56; fourth: Sam Choi, 5 under 57. Hillhouse had two birdies, and LaCascia and McKusky had one each. Hillhouse was closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 third hole, and Norihiro was closest on the 120-yard, par-3 15th hole. LaCascia had the fewest putts.

B Flight Winners: First place: Marv Ballard, with an exceptionally good 14 under 48; second: Tom Ross, 13 under 49 and one birdie; third: John Meyer, 9 under 53, plus a birdie; Bob Munn, 3 under 59. Ross and Meyer tied for fewest putts.

The league did not golf on Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving, but a very bright and cool but damp morning greeted the 12 men and one woman of the Monday Golf League. They played the par-70, 5,600-yard, 18-hole Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach on Nov. 30. The cool/damp conditions made the course tricky, and club selection was particularly important. The group welcomed back Gary Stivers, who was returning after knee surgery, and a new player, Glenn Barry.

A Flight Winners: First place: John Petersen, 70, plus closest to the pin on the 150-yard, par-3 15th hole; second: tie between Gene Vesely and Norihiro, 73, plus Norihiro was closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 seventh hole; third: tie between Hillhouse and Stivers, 74, and Stivers had fewest putts; fourth: LaCascia; fifth: tie between Jim Goltra and Barry; sixth: McKusky. Both Goltra and Barry had a birdie.

B Flight Winners: First place: Meyer, 72, plus a birdie; second: Munn, third: Keiko Sekino; fourth: Bill Zurn, who also had fewest putts.

Another bright and cool/damp morning welcomed nine men and one woman of the Friday Golf League on Dec. 4. The round was played at the par-71, 6,000-yard, 18-hole Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana, the oldest in Orange County. Weather conditions made the course longer than usual, and accuracy was the most significant part of the day’s play. As a result, there were four birdies but only three rounds at or under par. The group also welcomed back Liz Meripol after a three-month absence.

A Flight Winners: First place: LaCascia, 2 under 69, plus fewest putts; second: Goltra, at par 71, plus a birdie; third: Stivers, 74 plus a birdie; fourth: tie between Vesely and McKusky, who also had a birdie and was closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 fourth hole; fifth: Barry, plus a birdie and closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 12th hole.

B Flight Winners: First place: Meripol, 4 under 67, second: Ballard, 1 over 72; third: Ross, plus tie for fewest putts; fourth: Munn, plus tie for fewest putts.

LW Men’s Club membership is not required, and friends, ladies, spouses and family are all welcome to play and/or join. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Handicaps can be determined using local course handicap numbers and adjusted for the longer, more difficult courses outside Leisure World. Contact Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975 for more information.

LWSB Book Club

The LWSB Book Club has been meeting virtually through Zoom. At the Dec. 17 meeting, which starts at 1 p.m., members will discuss the 2009 novel “The Help” by Kathryn Stockett. The book is available from local libraries, as well as from discount used-book stores such as www.abebooks.com, where you can get it for less than $5 and delivered to your home. 

Anyone interested in joining the conversation should send an email to gltjiook@gmail.com. An invitation with the Zoom link will be sent prior to the meeting.

Technology Classes by Miryam

Miryam Fernandez’s technology classes are taught on Tuesdays at 2 p.m. Topics change each week. For an invitation, email Fernandez at mzzmimm@gmail.com. If you need help setting up a microphone and/or video or have other connectivity issues, call Bonnie Cooper at (562) 822-6358 before class begins.

Dec. 22: No class. Happy holidays!

Tech Talk

Join Bob Cohen in a one-hour live Zoom class on technology every Monday at 10 a.m. Topics are different each week and include iPhones, apps, computers, websites and internet marketing. A question-and-answer period takes place during each session, and all you need to know in advance is how to join using Zoom. All sessions are free. 

Registration information is sent out in the Bobology newsletter every Wednesday morning for the upcoming Tech Talk. To register for the newsletter, sign up at https://bit.ly/bobologynewsletter or contact bob@bobology.com. 

Video Producers Zoom Meetings

The Video Producers Club offers free, weekly Zoom classes, as well as a Zoom Party Social on Thursdays.

Classes are as follows:

• Monday, 2 p.m.: Zoom class for iPad and Mac users hosted by Fred Carpenter. For an invite to his class, email sail1942@gmail.com.

• Wednesday, 10 a.m.: Beginners’ Zoom class for Windows and Android users with Charlie Guggino. For an invite to this class, email joosuna29a@gmail.com.

  Thursday, 10 a.m.: Beginners’ and Intermediate Zoom class for Windows and Android users and for beginning Video Producers with host Joseph Valentinetti. For an invite to his class, email 0501042@gmail.com.

  Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: The one-hour Zoom Party Social, hosted by Valentinetti, is open to all residents. For an invite, email 0501042@gmail.com.

• Saturday, 5 p.m.: Guest lecturer Bob Cohen hosts Friday Morning Tech Talk on a variety of topics. Email bob@bobology.com for an invite.

—Joe Osuna

Cool Cardboard Creations Contest

Reuse and repurpose cardboard boxes and scraps for a chance to win fabulous prizes in the Cool Cardboard Creations Contest. Submissions must be 95 percent cardboard. Acceptable materials include cardboard of all types, fasteners, glue, tape, as well as any nontoxic paint and recyclable decorations. The maximum size allowable for tabletop displays is 24 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 36 inches high. For floor displays, it’s 36 inches wide, 36 inches deep and 72 inches high. And for hanging displays, it’s 36 inches by 36 inches.

Excess cardboard can be dropped off in the designated area on the east side of Clubhouse 6. Anyone needing more building materials is welcome to take from this area.

Individual entries, as well as collaborative efforts made by GRF clubs or departments, should be brought with an entry form (see below) to the LW Library between Jan. 11-14, 2021, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Projects will be judged based on originality and the use of cardboard. The first-place winner will receive $1,000, second place gets $500, and third place $250. Special category winners will be awarded prizes valued between $50-$100.

Creations will be featured in a drive-through display on Jan. 15, 2021, near Clubhouses 3 and 4 and Veterans Plaza. For more information, contact Kathy Thayer at kathyt@lwsb.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.

Balance & Stability Class

A Landmark Balance & Stability class is offered on Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on Zoom. Instructor Adrianne Rosenfeld teaches the free, 40-minute class that focuses on balance, shifting weight and cognizant activities. It broadcasts at around 4:20-4:40 p.m. every day on the Spectrum Cable Channel 1390, right after the Queen Kong interview and is available on youtube.com.

Rosenfeld is certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, and Balance & Stability. She also has certification from the Fitness Aging Institute and an ACE Group exercise certificate. Join the Zoom meeting by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530; the Meeting ID is 849 8252 2530. 

For more information, email arosenfeld1@verizon.net.

Mike Hung and Maryann Murray at the North Gate, which is open to the river. The Leisure Bicyclists meet at 9 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays at the North Gate to ride to Long Beach, Bolsa Chica and the Long Beach Municipal Golf Course. Call Mary Romero for further information at (562) 810-4266.

Religion, pages 10-11

LW Baptist

By Rolland Coburn

Pastor

It is the Christmas season, when we rejoice over the Christmas baby, the incarnation, our Lord’s birth. A friend once told me she accompanied her mother to the hospital in December when her sister was born and was impressed with the life-sized manger scene on display. She marveled to think how all the world celebrates the one whose birth was pictured there. The church’s great historian, Dr. Luke, author of both the Gospel and the Book of Acts, includes information found nowhere else. It is a good time to read Luke 1-2, which is known as the birth narratives, the documentary record of those events.

Luke speaks about the Gospel narrative’s absolute truth and trustworthiness (1:1-4). He tells his friend Theophilus about his research and interviews of eyewitnesses and says he has done so “that you may know the exact truth about the things you have been taught.”

Next, Luke tells how a baby was the answer to many prayers (5-17). He gives the time and place in history, and how God broke 400 years of silence to send the angel Gabriel to Zacarias the priest, offering incense and prayers for the people in the Jerusalem temple. Zacarias’ prayer for God’s people’s redemption was answered.  Zacarias and his wife Elizabeth, though advanced in age, would nonetheless have a son, John the Baptist. Like the prophets of old, John would herald the coming of Israel’s and the world’s redeemer, Messiah-Jesus. The crowd waiting outside for Zacarias became witnesses of this event, and Judea’s hill country population spread the good news (65).

Then, in a striking way, Luke points out that our response to the Gospel means everything (18-25). Zacharias, earnest though he was in his prayers, found it hard to believe God’s promise, and was struck speechless, as a consequence until the birth of his son John. But his wife, Elizabeth, was overjoyed and embraced God’s word by faith.

Finally, Luke recounts how God revealed the father-son relationship in the trinity and his salvation-purpose for sending his beloved son to be born of a virgin and ultimately die on the cross (26-38).

 Six months into Elizabeth’s pregnancy, Gabriel brought this message to a virgin in Nazareth named Mary, engaged to Joseph, a descendant of king David. “The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God. You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus (i.e. salvation). He will be great and will be called the Son of the Highest. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.’ ‘How will this be,’ Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’ The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Highest will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God (30-35). And Mary said (38), ‘Behold, I am the Lord’s bondslave; may it be done to me according to your word.’”

A recent writer summarizes, “the hope of Israel [and] God’s plan of salvation for the world has arrived in Jesus.” We are indebted to Gospel recorder Luke for the details.

Community Church

By Johan Dodge

Reverend

We are now well into the Advent Season. In a normal year, this would be the second week in Advent. But this year, Community Church chose to celebrate  extended Advent, which is seven weeks of hope instead of four weeks of peace, hope, joy and love. That isn’t to say that peace, joy and love are not important, but in the midst of the pandemic, we chose to focus on hope.  

Advent can seem strange for those who have not been raised in the church. Advent comes from the Latin word “Adventus,” which means “coming.” Advent is a season of expectation and anticipation. It is the practice of hope in the midst of darkness.  

The message this week will be “Hope is the Light in the Darkness.” These past months have been difficult and dark, but now there is the promise of at least three vaccines to help move us into a new light. Times of darkness have existed throughout the millennia and through it all God’s people have found reasons to hope. This week, Community Church will also look at the story of John the Baptist coming from the dark, the wilderness, to preach the hope of the one who would come after him and would be the light of the world — Jesus.  

To hear this teaching along with some worship music, tune in on Sunday morning at 9:50 on Facebook live, @communitychurchleisureworld.  

Those who want to join the virtual fellowship will need to call the church office or email leisurewccsue@yahoo.com. If you don’t have a computer or Facebook, you can call the phone system at (562) 431-2503 and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening. 

Community Church plans to hold Christmas Eve worship services that are socially distanced and outdoors with heaters at 2  and 4 p.m.  The church is now accepting reservations to both

services. Contact the church office to reserve your spot.

If you are in need without another way to address it, call the church office at (562) 431-2503.

Congregation Sholom

Hanukkah celebration begins this week

Hanukkah begins this week. The first candle will be lit tonight, Dec. 10. Rabbi Karen Isenberg will stream services at 6:30 p.m on Dec. 11 and Dec. 12 at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom. 

Any new Congregation Sholom members who want to watch the livestream should contact Jeff Sacks to receive the Zoom invitation. Text to Jeff at (714) 642-0122 or email him at jfsacks@gmail.com. The link will have the meeting ID and password embedded. Those who want more details or need to practice beforehand can call Jeff ahead of time.

Zoom also provides a phone number to call if you do not have Internet service. The number in California is in San Jose. (area code 669).   

The link for the Zoom meeting is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752519429?pwd=UDREWTA1N21jaXVUZUhyQmY1U01JQT09. The meeting ID is 375 251 9429, and the passcode is 8ZYy69.

On Sunday, Dec. 13, at 4 p.m., Congregation Sholom will host a game of Scattegories  led by Sandy Geffner on Zoom. Those who want to play should email Jeff at jfsacks@gmail.com in advance so he can send a Zoom invitation. When you log on at 4 p.m., Sandy will give you the game rules. Make sure to have a pencil and a piece of paper ready.

Electric Shabbat candles  that have graciously been obtained for Leisure World residents by Rachel Berkowitz of Chabad are available for $8. This will enable shareholders to “light” a candle on Friday night and keep it burning until after Havdalah on Saturday night without a risk of fire. Contact Carol Levine to receive a set. 

Those who want to participate in the livestreamed services on the Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Group Facebook page should contact Ron Yaffee at (562) 430-7040.

First Christian

By Bruce Humes

Pastor

“Hanukkah Sameach” to our Jewish friends; may God bless you abundantly during your “Festival of Lights” and throughout your days.

“Baruch atah Adonai Eloheinu mecech ha-olam Asher kid’Shaun b-mitzvotav,  v-tzivanu I’hadlik ner shei Hanukkah.” 

I understand this to mean in Hebrew, “Blessed are you, our God, ruler of the universe, who makes us holy through your commandments, and commands us to light the Hanukkah lights.”

Enjoy your celebration in remembering the rededication of the second temple after the Maccabees’ great victory over Antiochus IV and the much larger Syrian army. 

Numbers 6:22-27 says this, “And Jehovah spoke to Moses, saying; ‘Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, This is the way you shall bless the children of Israel. Saying to them, “Jehovah bless you and keep you; Jehovah make his face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; Jehovah lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.” So they shall put my name on the children of Israel, and I will bless them.”

“Hanukkah Sameach,” Happy Hanukkah to our Jewish friends. 

If you want to speak to someone at the church or if you have a need, call the First Christian Church office at (562) 431-8810.  Leave a recorded message, and someone will return your call as soon as possible.  

Beit Halev

The Coffee Chavurah Zoom group will have a menorah lighting each night of Chanukah beginning Dec. 10 at 5:30 p.m.,  and celebrating through next Thursday, Dec. 17. To join, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704 and the passcode is RavGalit.

Shabbat services on Fridays start at 6 p.m. and on Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Beit HaLev continues to livestream on Facebook as well. To attend, go to Rabbi Galit Shirah’s website at galityomtov.com, Facebook.com/galityomtov or YouTube.com on the “Shabbat Shalom LIVE!” channel.  A link to the PDF version of each prayerbook, “Lev L’Lev,” is provided at each service.

This Saturday, the reading is from “Vayeishev,” (And he [Jacob] settled) in Genesis 38:1-30. It begins the longest (until now) account of one important character in the Book of Genesis, the story of Joseph.  The Second Triennial Cycle Torah reading actually gives us insight into the maturing of Joseph’s brother Judah, who separates himself from his other brothers and marries a Canaanite woman and bears three sons.  In the ensuing years, while Joseph is imprisoned in Egypt, Judah learns a lesson in humility from Tamar, his twice-widowed daughter-in-law, who, through an elaborate deception, becomes pregnant by Judah in order to fulfill her role as a mother.

Rabbi Galit Shirah conducts a weekday Ma’ariv service every Thursday for Sim Shalom, the online synagogue. Sim Shalom presents livestream services Monday-Thursday. To say Kaddish, pray for healing and to hear a spiritual message, go to SimShalom.com.

Classes are starting in Hebrew. Conversational or Prayerbook Hebrew classes are available. A class in Pirke Avot (Ethics of the Fathers) will also be available. For information, contact the Rabbi at (562) 715-0888 or duets@icloud.com.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

By Jim Greer

LW contributor

In a recent posting, News Editor Sarah Jane Weaver of Church News recounted the horror Dutch Latter-day Saints experienced in World War II. In 1940, German troops overran the Netherlands in five days, leaving 40,000 civilians dead and destroying 400,000 homes. 

Seven years later, Dutch Church members who farmed potatoes, despite the horrific toll the German army took in Holland, committed to giving their entire 70-ton crop to German Latter-day Saints who were destitute after the end of the war.

In 2015, Sister Sharon Eubank, director of Latter-day Saint Charities, shared President David O. McKay’s reaction to discovering what the Dutch Saints had done for their German brothers and sisters. McKay described this action as “one of the greatest acts of true Christian conduct ever brought to my attention.” 

Eubank lauded this Christ-like sacrifice by stating, “It is one thing to talk about brotherhood. It is a different thing entirely to act in brotherhood.” She went on to say that serving others is about the awakening “of what is finest down deep inside each person and giving it an opportunity to grow and flower. Every person can give something of value, and every person can receive something of value.”

Recently, President Russell M. Nelson issued two invitations for Latter-day Saints. The first was to flood social media via the #GiveThanks campaign. Most recently, he challenged members, “as we enter the Christmas season and celebrate the living Christ. Let us follow his example to ‘Light the World’ by loving and serving others, one by one.” 

Along with the First Presidency 2020 Christmas message, the Church News features President Nelson’s invitation encouraging people to end 2020 on a positive note by joining the service and gratitude activities of the Light the World initiative. 

The newsletter also has the primary general presidency reminder that children are not too young to serve and offer daily service. President Joy D. Jones, Sister Lisa L. Harkness and Sister Cristina B. Franco coordinated with the general #LightTheWorld campaign to include church members of all ages.

Like those living in Holland in 1940, many are suffering because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our actions may not be as heroic as the Dutch Latter-day Saints who shared their crop, but we can follow their example and express gratitude for our blessings and work to #LightTheWorld this season. 

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Third Sunday of Advent on Dec. 13.

The First Reading is Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11, and the Second Reading is 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24. The Gospel Reading will be from John 1:6-8, 19-28.

Masses

If you would like to receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, you can sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Mass will be held outside. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 4 p.m. and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. The church will be open to visit the Blessed Sacrament and/or for individual prayer. Those who come to the outdoor Masses must wear masks and maintain social distance.

Assembly of God

Norma Ballinger

LW Contributor

This Sunday will be Pastor Sam Pawlak’s last Sunday as the lead pastor of Assembly of God. He is moving to Florida to live with family.  A farewell reception will be held at the parsonage from 10:30 a.m.-noon. Masks are required, temperatures will be taken, and people are asked to stay no more than 10 minutes.  Maximum number in the parsonage at any one time will be 10.  

This is such a time of transition. The definition of that word is “the process of changing from one condition or state to another.” One example is our church fellowship, another is the holiday season, Thanksgiving to Christmas. When you are taking  down decorations in order to display others, let your mind and heart be filled with all the blessings God has provided. All of our personal tree decorations were purchased on a trip or given to us by friends. Thanking each one while placing the ornament on the tree or remembering the good trips we were blessed to share is all part of transitioning. Our lives are certainly not the same after 64 years of marriage, and we are slowly learning that even though the body is going from good to poorer health does not mean we are losing anything of value. We are growing in thankfulness for God’s mercy and grace and looking toward the goal of a heavenly body and meeting our savior.

Faith Christian Assembly

Faith Christian Assembly is excited to have Paul Vaughn, the son of Pastor Gwyn and Ginny Vaughn, speak on Sunday, Dec. 13, at the 10:30 a.m. service. Paul has been the senior pastor of La Bonne Nouvelle, a French-speaking church in Tahiti, since 2011.  

La Bonne Nouvelle’s youth and children’s ministries have really thrived. FCA is looking forward to hearing all about Paul’s experiences of God’s faithfulness.  Paul will also be ministering in music.  

Faith Christian Assembly will take your temperature at the door and you will be asked to wear a mask, especially before and after service, and sit socially distant from others. Those who are ill should stay home. 

Due to COVID-19, Faith Christian Assembly is not currently having all of its regular ministries at this time. Call the church office at (562) 598-9010 for updated information on the midweek Bible study, hosted by Pastor Sheri Leming, on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Grief Share on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. 

Redeemer Lutheran & St. Theodore’s

By Lisa Rotchford

Reverend

During this time of quarantines and stay-at-home orders, we can cherish our memories of holiday seasons past and dream of better times in a hope-filled future.  As the darkness of winter draws near, we actively seek the light, love and life of the holy-day season.

Redeemer Lutheran’s (13564 Saint Andrew’s Dr.) front yard has transformed into scenes of memories and promise.  Looking at the front, on the left is an encouragement for our future:  a  four- candle Advent wreath that is “lit” each week with cardboard candles as we seek the light of Christ coming at Christmas 2020.  There is a magnificent painting of the historic wisemen who travelled far, seeking the babe who would change all of our futures.  

On the right, in front of Christ’s cross, is a scene from the past: Mary, Joseph and Jesus with the wisemen and animals around them reminding us that God came into the world and is always with us. The light of the nativity scene throws a shadow of the cross on the front of the church building, foretelling Christ’s ultimate gift of eternal life given for each of us.  

When passing by the display over the next few weeks, know to wait upon the Lord, and God is with you. Christ came to give the ultimate gift of the love of God to you, and the Holy Spirit brings you light, peace and the hope of a blessed life. Enjoy the beautiful landscape of the Christmas season. Special thanks to the artists and landscapers who worked on the display: Sylvia Makus, Carmen Leslie, Carl Keene, Anne Walshe and Teresa Smith.  

Community, pages 12-13

Sunshine club

Learn about the JFTB on Friday

Col. Richard W. Lalor, public affairs officer for the Joint Training Base, will speak about the JFTB, via Zoom on Dec. 11 at 10 a.m.

The link to join the Zoom meeting is  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82119904568?pwd=dkVmOVowRU1uQXRNb2QveFdFSHp4Zz09, and the meeting ID is 821 1990 4568.

All shareholders are welcome to join. Those who want to get the Zoom link by email should text their name, Mutual number and email address to (562) 301-5339 by no later than, Dec. 10, at 5 p.m. 

Lalor’s assignments within the California Military Department include director of recruiting for the California State Guard from 2004-2007, commander at the Recruiting Task Force South from August 2007-February 2011, deputy commander for the Installation Support Command from January 2014-May 2016, and commander, 224th CSG Support Brigade from June 2016-December 2016. He served as a California National Guard DSCA liaison officer from 2007-2013, including Operation Fall Blaze and other emergency management incidents. Lalor also served as chairman of the Recruiting District Assistance Council for U.S. Navy Recruiting District Los Angeles from 1995-2002. 

His military education includes the Military Police Officer Branch Orientation Course, Military Police Officer Advanced Course (Phase 1) and Reserve Component Public Affairs Officer Qualification Course through the U.S. Army Institute for Professional Development. He also completed the Emergency Management Institute All-Hazards Liaison Officer Course (12 Hour) and the State Guard Association of the United States’ Military Emergency Management Specialist Course.

Lalor’s military awards and decorations include the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Navy Meritorious Unit Citation, Navy Recruiting Gold Wreath Award, Navy Recruiting Service Ribbon with two Bronze Stars, California Medal of Merit, California Commendation Medal, California Achievement Medal, California State Service Medal with Silver Cluster, California Adjutant General’s Meritorious Unit Citation, California National Guard State Service Ribbon with Silver Diamond, California State Guard General Staff Badge, and other service awards.

There will be a question and answers section after the presentation.

The Sunshine Club often has LW leaders come to meetings to introduce their organizations to the group. It also invites a wide variety of specialists from outside to share their experiences and ideas with club members.

The topic of each guest speaker’s presentation is announced  in the LW Weekly with link information to join. 

For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

Korean American Association makes donation to GAF

Korean American Association (KAA) presented its annual donation of $1,000 to the Golden Age Foundation. The KAA has been a consistent donor since 2015.  

Because the pandemic effected many people in Leisure World and the country, it has been difficult for community organizations such as the GAF to find donations to help them continue to do their community work. 

The GAF appreciates KAA’s generosity to support the programs it has set up during pandemic to help shareholders who are in need.

The purpose of the KAA  is to foster fellowship, create Korean cultural activities,  promote the principles of good citizenship and  encourage community services.

The KAA was established in May 2016. As of September 2020, over 450 residents with Korean ethnic background are registered as members.  

The KAA meets quarterly every year, but has had to cancel the meetings due to COVID-19.The group keeps in touch with its  members through monthly newsletters, phone calls and emails. 

 For more information about  KAA, call Won S. Ryu at (714) 982-7793.

A minimum distribution can help your community in many ways

Anna Derby

LW contributor

The Golden Age Foundation is a nonprofit organization dedicated to serving the special needs of Leisure World residents. It was established in 1973 by members of the Board of Directors of the Golden Rain Foundation. 

GAF’s purpose is to make the community a better place to live. It is able to provide various programs and projects through the generosity of individuals in the community.

The effects of COVID-19 have increased the need for services from nonprofits this year.  Most nonprofit organizations raise the majority of their funds through events. Unfortunately, many nonprofits have been hit hard due to the inability to hold a fundraising event in person, and the GAF is no different. 

GAF will publish this series over the next few weeks to show how LWers can support GAF programs. One of those ways is through a minimum distribution. If you are 70 and a half years, or is over and have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you are required to take part of your income via a yearly Required Minimum Distribution (RMD). On March 27, the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was enacted, which waives the RMD obligation from retirement accounts in 2020. Anyone wanting to take part of their  income via a yearly Required Minimum Distribution to donate to a charitable nonprofit organization can. The withdrawal is taxed as ordinary income in the year of withdrawal. However, if the distribution goes directly to charity, you won’t pay a tax.

Allocating part of your RMD to the GAF is a simple way to help support many GAF programs in Leisure World. Ask your tax or investment advisor about how to distribute funds to a nonprofit organization

The Golden Age Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization (tax ID # 23-7273105). Distributions should be sent to the Golden Age Foundation, P.O. Box 2369, Seal Beach, CA 90740. For more information, visit www.goldenagefdn.org or by call (562) 431-9589.

LW Birthday

Double the celebration

Mutual 1 resident Sylvia Uselton had a double birthday celebration in honor of her 76th birthday on Nov. 26.

 Her first birthday celebration included a surprise serenade (with the serenader socially distanced and masked). In addition to the surprise serenade, Sylvia was gifted balloons, a rose bouquet and a card. 

Her second celebration was on  Nov. 29 with her immediate family.

SBTV

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, Dec. 10

4 pm A COVID Day

4:19 pm Christmas Story Song

By Revilla/Williams

4:45 pm FALW Karaoke Christmas

5:30 pm Gingerbread House Contest

6:02 pm Tommy Williams Feliz Navidad

6:09 pm Christmas 2018

6:30 pm Dixieland Jazz Band

7:35 pm   Flamingo Party

8:15 pm Cabaret Variety Show 9/2020

9:30 pm Rob Roy Christmas Harmonica

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Merry Wives of Windsor 

Friday, Dec. 11

4 pm Flea Market 11/2019

4:11 pm Christmas 2018

4:30 pm Flamingo Party

5:15 pm Susan Michlin Doll House

5:30 pm SB Lions Club Veterans Day

Car Caravan

5:39 pm Fortunado Revilla

Christmas Music

5:50 pm Clowns in LW

6 pm Rob Roy Christmas Harmonica

6:30 pm Los Al Jazz Band 2018

7:05 pm Christmas Story Song

By Revilla/Williams

7:30 pm Life and Times in SB-

Paula Thomas

8:30 pm Shakespeare in the Park

Merry Wives of Windsor

10:30 pm Cerritos Center-

Golden Dragon Acrobats

 

Saturday, Dec. 12

4 pm Seal Beach Christmas Parade

5:40 pm A COVID Day

6 pm Gingerbread House Contest

6:32 pm FALW Karaoke Christmas

7:20 pm Christmas Story by Joe Osuna

7:30 pm Rob Roy Christmas Harmonica

8 pm LAUSD

11 pm Cerritos Center–

Matt Mauser

Sunday, Dec. 13

4 pm SB Planning Committee 

12/7 Replay

5 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012

5:45 pm Fortunado Revilla 

Christmas Music

6 pm Seal Beach Christmas Parade

7:30 pm Dixieland Jazz Band

8:30 pm Life and Times in SB:

Paula Thomas

9:30 pm Cabaret Variety Show 9/20

10:15 pm Seal Beach Lions Veteran’s 

Day Caravan

10:30 pm Susan Michlin Doll House

10:45 pm Los Al Jazz band

11:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Monday, Dec. 14

4 pm A COVID Day

4:18 pm Fortunado Revilla

Christmas Music

4:30 pm Christmas Story Song

By Revilla/Williams

5 pm Clowns in LW/Hospitality 

Room 2018

5:30 pm Rob Roy Christmas Harmonica

6 pm Dixieland Jazz Band

7 pm SB City Council Meeting– LIVE

8 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

8:30 pm  Live at the Ford: Lady Jazz

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Othello 

Tuesday, Dec. 15

4 pm Susan Michlin Doll House

4:15 pm FALW Karaoke Christmas

5 pm Christmas Story by Joe Osuna

5:09 pm Tommy Williams-

Feliz Navidad

5:15 pm Flea Market 11/2019

5:30 pm Gingerbread House Contest

6:02 pm Fortunado Revilla 

Christmas Music

6:15 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012

7 pm SB Lions Veteran’s Day 

Car Caravan

7:20 pm Clowns in LW

7:30 pm Dixieland Jazz Band 2019

8:30 pm Seal Beach Christmas Parade

10 pm Cerritos Center–

Matt Mauser

Wednesday, Dec. 16

4 pm Wonderelles Sets 1 and 2

5:40 pm Hospitality Room Christmas 6 pm Christmas Story Song

By Revilla/Williams

6:24 pm Tommy Williams-

Feliz Navidad

6:32 pm Fortunado Revilla

Christmas Music

6:45 pm Susan Michlin Doll House

7 pm Rob Roy Christmas Harmonica

7:30 pm Life and Times in SB-

Paula Thomas

8 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Merry Wives of Windsor

10 pm Cerritos Center-

The Four Tenors

Democratic Club

By Mary Larson

LW contributor 

Both the Dec. 16 and Jan. 20 Leisure World Democratic Club membership meetings will discuss the importance of the five-member Orange County Board of Supervisors. With the current District 2 representative on the board heading to Congress, a special election to fill the remaining two years in her term will be held in early spring. 

This election will be important for a number of reasons. Every year, the Orange County Supervisors determine how to prioritize billions of dollars in taxpayer funds. They also wield influence over a large number of people. 

In addition to directly electing supervisors, voters also indirectly choose other members of county government. The supervisors appoint 17 different directors of various county departments. They also appoint a county CEO who, in turn, appoints 11 other directors.  Supervisors also appoint members to the 85 different boards, committees and commissions.

Based upon the results of the 2020 U.S. census, the supervisors will also be tasked in 2021 with redrawing their district boundaries for the next decade. Although this upcoming election in District 2 is officially non-partisan, the stakes are high for both major political parties. Democrats are working hard to elect a second member of their party to the Board.

Republican John Moorlach, who represented the district before Steel, and Katrina Foley, the Democratic mayor of Costa Mesa, are among the most likely candidates.

Republicans have a 5 percentage point advantage in party registration in District 2, and an even bigger advantage when it comes to voters who actually cast ballots in the recent November General Election. The voter registration breakdown is 38 percent Republican, 33 percent Democrat, and 29 percent with no party preference or members of smaller parties. Once again, the no party preference votes will hold the key to the outcome of this special election.

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Democratic Club members will vote to officially elect the 2021-2022 Board during the business portion of the Dec. 16 meeting, which will be on Zoom beginning at noon. The list of the nominees is posted on the club’s website. Members can also expect an update on progress being made on guidelines for the implementation of AB 3182 in Leisure World. 

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If you are a Democrat or a supporter and want to know more about the club, subscribe to the free electronic newsletter by emailing the editor, Mary Larson, at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com or by calling (562) 296-8521 with your full contact information.  

Democrats interested in joining the cub or renewing their membership can find an application on the club’s website at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/.  Memberships received during November or December will not need to be renewed until Jan. 1, 2022.

Republican Club

By Brian Harmon

LW contributor

The election to fill congresswoman-elect Michelle Steel’s OC  Board of Supervisors seat will be held in March 2021. LW Republican office holders are throwing their support around State Sen. John Moorlach for the position.

Moorlach recently lost the election for his state senate seat, partially due to concern about the senator’s sometimes effective campaign to limit increases in public employee retirement benefits. 

One reason raising pension benefits for public employees is a problem is that the courts ruled that once pension benefits have been promised, they cannot be taken back. 

Another reason public employee pensions have created challenges is that raising pensions is much more politically attractive to local officials than pay increases. Giving large pay raises would put the current officials in trouble because pay increases would require dramatically increased current taxes or huge decreases in public services.

In 2013, the legislature passed a state employee retirement reform act, incorporating many of the ideas Moorlach had been advocating for a number of years. Although the law affected mainly newly hired employees, it set limits on payouts and limited the rate of increase in the future. It also allowed municipalities to require larger employee contributions to the state retirement pool.

Moorlach’s first run for public office was a run for county treasurer in 1994. He warned that the county was in serious financial danger because of the reckless investment decisions of his predecessor. 

The county treasurer at the time had been successfully investing in high-risk bond derivatives, or options, betting that interest rates would continue to go down. It worked for years, but then interest rates suddenly began to skyrocket. 

Moorlach lost the election primarily because voters did not believe him when he said the county was in financial trouble. 

A month after the election, the OC Board of Supervisors decided to declare bankruptcy, due to the disastrous state of county finances. It was the first time a county had declared bankruptcy in America.

After the county treasurer had left office, the board appointed Moorlach to the empty position on March 17, 1995. In 1996, he won election to the office, and he was re-elected in 1998 and 2002. 

In 2006, Moorlach ran for county supervisor for District 2 and won 70 percent of the vote. He ran unopposed for re-election in 2010.

Moorlach then won the election to fill the term of State Sen. Mimi Waters when she was elected to Congress.

LW Republican Club President David Harlow is cautiously optimistic about Moorlach’s chances. He hopes to have Moorlach as the speaker at the January club meeting.

Harlow said that this election is so important he wants to put up at least a slimmed-down Republican Club booth, but not open as many hours as it was in the recent election.

obituaries, page 13

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Charles Donley

May 1924 – Nov. 2020

Charles Raymond Donley, age 96, died peacefully in his home on Nov. 1, 2020. Charles was born on May 3, 1924, in Henrietta, Texas, to Frank and Maudie Donley, the youngest of three children. 

He spent his early childhood in Oklahoma, then moved to Ridley, California, at around 10 years old. After graduating high school, he joined the Navy during WWII and was assigned to the USS Betelgeuse, from whose decks he was able to see the world.

When he returned from the war, Charles moved to Bellflower with his sister and her husband. In 1946, he met his future wife, Polly, when she and her friend Tootsie gave him a ride home from a dance. The very next day, he asked her parents if he could take her for a ride, and they have been together ever since. They married in 1947 and celebrated their 73rd anniversary earlier this year.

Charles and Polly settled in Norwalk to raise their three children. He loved taking his family on camping trips and working on projects around the house. 

Charles took a job at the phone company, where he started as a pole climber and, after over 40 years, retired as an engineer. However, he was so knowledgeable in his profession that he was asked to return and worked several more years before retiring again. 

Charles and Polly moved to Leisure World Seal Beach in 2013, where they developed many friendships and began attending First Christian Church. In his later years, he and Polly enjoyed meals out and watching the ocean waves, always holding hands.

 He is survived by his children Linda, Robert and Dennis, as well as nine grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

-paid obituary

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May Bell Horsley

Dec. 1929 – Oct. 2020

May Bell Horsley was born on Dec. 10, 1929, and passed away on  Oct. 28 of this year.

An Alabama native, she  moved to Long Beach in 1951, where she raised her two sons. She was a resident of Leisure World since 2010. 

The photo was taken at her 85th birthday celebration in Clubhouse 4 enjoying Hui O Hula dancers. Her family is grateful to her friendly and caring neighbors at Mutual 4, the friendly visitors from Pathways and the kind services from Meals on Wheels. She enjoyed being on her patio, waving and smiling at those walking by.

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In Memoriam: 

Arleen Corbet  74

Marlichia Ervin  56

LeticiaYap  85

Joan Muenzer  88

Michael Udoff  65

Agnes King  88

Barbara Boswell  91

Mario Gonzales Vargas  61

Diane Powers  59

Rufus Johnson  86

Edward Siebert   72

Ralph Sanchez  94

Terance Mulllin  72

Madeline Miller  81

Robert Kilpatrick  99

Rodolfo Babadillo 86

James Bell  80

Jesus Palacios  87

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 

961-9301

—Paid obituary

GENERAL

AVON

Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 12/31/20

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JAFRA

By Helen

LW Resident. (562) 419-3557

www.jafra.com/hwells

Last minute holiday gift store.

Business License #WEL0015. 12/17

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SHAKLEE

Delivered to your door. 

LW daughter 

Sandy Vander Woudefikse.

(562) 618-8731. 12/10

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CBD Joint Relief Body Cream

By Restoor Skin Essentials.

Gina, LW Resident.562-281-7103. Business License #MCQ0015. 12/31

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P.T. Summer Job 2021, LW Live In ok, no job too small, good cook & company, Refs, 4th Gr T.A. St Hedwig’s, Miami Res, Son in Fullerton. 

onunezhialeah@gmail.com

Óscar Núñez, CPA, FL RE Broker

305-924-6733. 12/31

GARDENING

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.

HANDYMAN SERVICES

Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071. 

OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC. 

(562) 596-7757. 03/31/22

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JR HOME REPAIRS.  Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License #JRH0001. 07/08/2021

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MP  CONSTRUCTION

General Contractor

Specializing  in  remodeling, Additions, Reconstruction, Window replacement and more! Call for a free estimate. 

562-746-5400. 

License #954725. 04/22/21

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562-596-0559

LW DECOR INC – LIC 723262

Install doors, new windows, recessed lights, fans, light fixtures. Cabinet refacing & refinishing, paint exterior window frames, ceilings made smooth, closets redone, misc. repairs. Kitchen/bathroom remodeling. 40+ yrs in LW.

LW DECOR INC

562-596-0559. 02/25/21

BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING

We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new.

Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat.

Nu Kote 562-833-3911  

License #699080 

Serving LW since 1999. 03/04/20

PAINTING

Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.

CA State License #675336. 01/21

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Affordable – Professional, 

Licensed and Insured. 

Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing, 

cabinets. Senior discounts. 

Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. 

License #1049257. 01/07/21

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562-596-0559

LEISURE WORLD 

DECORATORS

Lic 723262. 40+ yrs in LW. Interiors, cabinets, exterior window frames, kitchen, bath, doors, trim, primered only premium paints. Ceilings made smooth, crown moulding & baseboards installed. 

LW Decor Inc.

562-596-0559. 02/25/21

FLOOR COVERINGS

310-261-0571

Interior Flooring Solutions

Hardwood floors, carpet, 

laminate, vinyl planks. 

25 years experience. 

Contractor License 1043763. 12/24

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562-596-0559

LW DECOR INC. 

40+ yrs in LW. Vinyl plank, laminate, tile indoor and outdoor patio carpet. Lic 723262. 

562-596-0559. 02/25/21

CARPET & UPHOLSTERY 

CLEANING & REPAIR

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988.

Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.

State Contractors Lic. #578194.01/21

SKYLIGHT SERVICES

SKYLIGHTS

CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE.

Licensed and insured.

Dan (562) 841-3787.

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 12/17

WINDOW WASHING

WANT CLEAN WINDOWS?

I Clean Inside & Outside Or…

Clean Outside Only and Save $$$.

(562) 600-0014. LW Resident,

Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach 

Business License #LIV0004. 12/03

WINDOW COVERINGS

562-596-0559

LEISURE WORLD DECORATORS

Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes. 

562-596-0559. 02/25/21

Leisure World 

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.

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“ROLLIN THUNDER”

GOLF CART CLUB 

Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart. 

562-431-6859.

HOME CARE

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

CHRISTIAN HOME CARE

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. 06/10/21

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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. 12/31/20

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I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with daily care, doctor’s appointments, and errands. Available 24/7. 949-899-7770. 12/31

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MOST AFFORDABLE RATE affordable rates with optimum service, 23 years experience LW, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24 hour, part time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English. Ann 714-624-1911, Heidi 562-277-3650. Seal Beach License #HYC0001. 12/31/20

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EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER

Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 12/31

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Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Liensed by the state. 

Gloria 949-371-7425. 01/14/21

HELP WANTED

For hire light housework, $18/hr. Mostly weekends, Mutual 5. 

562-225-8387. 12/10 

BEAUTY SERVICES

Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One customer, one hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men & women, shampoo, set, color, highlights, perm, nails & toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Blvd,  #116. (714) 425-4198. 02/25/20

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In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 01/07/21

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Stylish haircut at home. Countless clients w/referrals.  

Gabriel 562-708-3170. License #B50551. 12/24

HOUSE CLEANING

MOVE-IN, MOVE-OUT

WINDOWS,

HOUSECLEANING

CALL PHIL AT

562-881-2093

Over 30 years Experience!

Seal Beach Business

License #AB0001. 12/10

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Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. 

Call 949-899-7770. 12/31

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Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal

Beach License LUC0001.12/31

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GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.

Windows 10% off first cleaning

General housecleaning

Excellent referrals in LW

(562) 307-3861. 

20 years experience.

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 

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MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE

We make your home sparkle! 7 days-call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001A. Call 562-505-1613. 01/28

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General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 01/14/21

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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. 01/21

COMPUTERS

FRUSTRATED 

(562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. 

Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.   

License #CIP0001 05/20/21

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John’s Computer Services

562-733-9193

Virus removal, Repair, Training,

Software, Wireless, Internet

Security. LW Resident

 SB License FUH0001. 01/21/21

AUTOS WANTED

ANY KIND OF CAR

Cars, 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. 01/14/21

Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale

Golf Cars BUY SELL TRADE and REPAIRS. Call: 714-292-9124. 05/13/21

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2018 Four-wheel scout scooter. Like new condition. $475. 562-431-6859. 12/10

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Two scooters, both run great & have new batteries. Go-Go $300 & Jazee $800. 562-296-8088. 12/10

TRANSPORTATION

Need a lift? Pam Miller. 

LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 12/17

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Rides by Russ

For over 5 years I have been 

giving all types of rides to 

Leisure World residents. 

Airports, doctors, shopping and errands. 714-655-1544. 12/17

Autos/Boats/RV’s

Trailers FOR SALE

ELECTRIC CAR PADS

Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462.

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‘99 Coachman, model 247QB Futura. Light trav-el trailer. Only used once a year. Like new inside. Must see to appreciate. Every-thing needed in-cluded. Ready to go. Sleeps six. Many extras. $7,900. (562) 430-5812. 12/17

MOVING, HAULING & 

STORAGE SERVICES

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 12/17

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A FRIEND AND A TRUCK

Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 12/17

MISCELLANEOUS  FOR SALE

Living rooom 3” shutters for sale 155” x 83”, six white 24” panels. Very good condition. Call 323-246-1174. $1,200. 12/10 

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Adjustable twin size XL bed. $500. 562-357-4412. 12/10

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King bedframe with dual controls  with Black Beautyrest mattress. Paid $5200 in 2016.  Asking $2500. Please call Rhonda Lincoln 562-900-5635.

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Electric dryer, LG, like new, front loader. $500 OBO. 562-537-4007. Cathie. 12/10