LWW Trans/Vie Ed. 10-15-20

Oct 15 2020

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COVID Testing in LW

The Orange County Health Care Agency will test for COVID-19 in Leisure World on Oct. 23.

The free, drive-through COVID-19 testing for Leisure World residents will be held from 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. at Clubhouse 4. Registration is required.

People can start registering on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at oc.fulgentgenetics.com. All registration is online.

People will need to bring an identification card and, if they have insurance, an insurance card. 

Not everyone needs to be tested for COVID-19. Most people will have mild illness and can recover at home without medical care, but LW residents are at higher risk for serious illness. 

Now that testing is more widely available, the OCHCA encourages residents to be tested.

Local case count information for Orange County is being updated by 2 p.m., seven days a week at https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/coronavirus-in-oc.

Golf course hours changed

As of Oct. 11, the Golf Course began closing at 6 p.m. as it is getting dark earlier now. This will continue until daylight saving time ends on Nov. 1, when the course will close at 5 p.m. 

Currently, a tee time may be reserved as late as 5:30. From Nov. 1-March 14, when daylight saving time begins in 2021, the last tee time will be 4:30 p.m. 

The Recreation Department appreciates resident cooperation with these changes. To book a tee time, go to www.lwsb.com/reserve the day before you want to play.

Medicare Open Enrollment Begins

• Look beyond a plan’s premiums. They may not be the best gauge of total out-of-pocket costs.

• Check out whether the doctors you see are in the plan’s network you are considering because going out of network can cost you more. 

• Make sure all the drugs you take are covered either in your MA plan or by a Part D plan. Taking a drug that isn’t covered or isn’t considered a “preferred” medication could mean you’ll pay more out of pocket. Copays differ among the plans, so be careful to look at what the 2021 costs will be.

• The best place to start is the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) plan-finder website. The medicare.gov home page will guide you through your enrollment journey. You can compare coverage and costs between Original Medicare and MA plans and get detailed information about Part D choices. The site also includes a cost calculator.

• Medicare enrollees should think about what hospital they might want to be treated at in the event they get seriously ill and make sure, for example, if they are in an MA plan that the hospital they prefer is part of that network.

Consider This

• CMS has created a one-stop online tool to help you learn more about the providers and hospitals that might be included in the Medicare plans you are considering. CMS has consolidated the eight websites that consumers have been able to use to compare and choose providers, including hospitals, doctors, nursing homes and other facilities into one streamlined Medicare online tool.

• CMS also continues to expand the availability of telehealth benefits, particularly amid the COVID-19 crisis. Virtual check-ins with doctors and other health care providers are available to all Medicare beneficiaries.

• Medicare Advantage plans also are expanding the availability of extra services, particularly for the 73 percent of beneficiaries who have chronic health conditions. These benefits range from meals at home to transportation to health appointments to nutrition counseling to safety improvements to your home. Not all MA plans are offering these benefits, so look carefully at their coverage descriptions on the plan-finder site.

Personal Help 

• Medicare.gov has an online chat feature available during open enrollment, and the toll-free Medicare hotline, 800-MEDICARE (800-633-4227), is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

• Counselors with the Health Insurance and Counseling Advocacy Program (HICAP) can help you understand changes in coverage and assist you with identifying other plans that might be a better fit for your health care and budget needs. HICAP, a program through the Council on Aging, Southern California, is available at (714) 619-4361 or visit https://www.coasc.org/hicap to schedule an appointment online.

—-from Medicare.gov, AARP, KaiserPermenente, Council on Aging, OC.

Take Stock of your Medicare coverage

It’s time to take stock of your Medicare coverage. Open enrollment begins today, Oct. 15, and you will have until Dec. 7 to think about health care needs for 2021 and decide whether you need to make any changes in your coverage.

This review is important every year, but it’s essential as the country continues to struggle with the repercussions of COVID-19, an illness that disproportionately affects older Americans.

During open enrollment, enrollees get to decide whether Original Medicare or Medicare Advantage (MA) — an alternative that relies on private health insurance plans — is best for their health needs. During this period, you can switch from Original to MA or shift from an MA plan back to Original Medicare. You can change MA plans and decide whether to enroll in a Part D prescription drug plan or change plans if you already get your drugs through a Part D policy. Any changes you make will take effect in January 2021.

To help you make this decision, you need to consider all of Medicare’s parts. Part A covers hospital and hospice care and some skilled nursing services after you’ve been in the hospital. Part B includes doctor visits, diagnostic tests and other outpatient services. Part C is Medicare Advantage, which combines Part A, Part B and, usually, Part D, which helps pay for prescription drugs.

Medicare has evolved from the traditional government-operated program to a marketplace that offers beneficiaries dozens of private plans from which to choose.

With all the options to choose from, it’s important to take a look at what’s available and pick coverage based on medical needs and preferences in conjunction with your income and ability to cover the costs.

Premium drug costs are dropping

Premiums for Medicare Advantage Plans are dropping to historic lows for 2021. This type of Medicare health plan, offered by a private company that contracts with Medicare, is an all-in-one alternative to Original Medicare. These “bundled” plans include Part A (Hospital Insurance), Part B (Medical Insurance), and usually Part D (prescription drug coverage). Most plans offer extra benefits—like vision, hearing, dental and more. If you have a Medicare Number, you can log in or create an account to put together or access a list of your drugs, compare your current Medicare plan to others, and see prices based on any help you get with drug costs. If you’re among the 1 in 3 people with Medicare who has diabetes, here’s some more good news: starting in 2021, many participating drug plans will offer a 30-day supply of insulin for $35 or less per month. If you take insulin and enroll in one of these plans, you could save an average of $446 per year on your out-of-pocket costs for insulin next year.

—from Medicare.gov

Protocols are being developed to reopen amenities

The COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee is hard at work drafting Emergency Operating Procedures to continue safely reopening LeisureWorld amenities. At its Oct. 2 meeting, the committee approved the 120-day policies for the Phase 1 reopening of the Fitness Center and Swimming Pool and moved to send them to the GRF Board for approval at the Oct. 27 meeting. Once approved, the board can determine a target date for reopening the Fitness Center, contingent upon hiring and training staff. 

Also approved and sent to the board was the Phase 1 reopening of the Amphitheater, exclusively for religious services. In addition, a policy governing mandatory face masks and a general COVID-19 Emergency Operational Rule was passed for approval and ratification.

The committee is also considering procedures for reopening craft rooms and sewing room, and expanding Veterans Plaza reservations under Phase 2 to include vocal club gatherings. Upcoming sessions will look at protocols for the woodshops, pool rooms and the LW Library. Once the board has approved the policies and start dates have been determined, the rules will be published in the LW Weekly.  For more information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com. 

COVID-19 fatalities among older adults are on rise

Among adults, the risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19 increases with age, with older adults at highest risk. Severe illness means that the person with COVID-19 may require hospitalization, intensive care, or a ventilator to help them breathe, or they may die.

Recent statistics from the Orange County Health Care Agency show that the percentage of COVID-19 cases that result in fatalities in Orange County is high and increasing week by week. This is an alarming trend for the Leisure World community as the largest increase is in people aged 84-plus. 

Sept. 14 data from the OC Health Care Agency showed cumulative deaths numbering 336, or 24 percent of cumulative 1,380 cases among those aged 85 and over. By comparison, the Oct. 10 data shows 423 cumulative deaths, or 28 percent of the 1,494 cumulative cases among those aged 85 and over. So for this age group, the number of deaths among people contracting COVID-19 is growing faster than the number of cases. 

It is not going away, and it is getting more lethal.

Unfortunately, the same is true for those aged 75-84. As of Sept. 14, the cumulative deaths were 13.4 percent of cumulative cases, which increased to 15.1 percent as of Oct. 10. For those aged 65-74, the Sept. 14 data shows cumulative deaths of 7.2 percent, which increased to 8 percent as of Oct. 10. Finally, for those aged 55-64, the Sept. 14 data shows cumulative deaths of 2.6 percent, which increased to 2.9 percent as of Oct. 10. In all these age groups, the death rate is increasing faster than the rate of increase in cases.

Older people continue to be much more vulnerable to COVID-19 than their younger counterparts. As of Oct. 6, 85 percent of the COVID-19 deaths in Orange County were in the age 55 and older group. In the United States overall, the CDC reports that the greatest risk for severe illness from COVID-19 is among those aged 85 or older. 

The rising numbers underscore the need to be vigilant about wearing masks, keeping a distance from non-family members and staying away from large gatherings. 

By understanding the factors that put you at an increased risk, you can make decisions about what kind of precautions to take in your daily life.

The Orange County Health Care Agency tracks COVID-19 cases and fatalities week by week. The information is available at https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com; click on “Case Counts.”

As of Oct. 12, the City of Seal Beach reported 283 total cases of COVID-19.

Security Column

by Victor Rocha

Security Services director

As stated in past articles in the LW Weekly, everyone is entitled to free speech. This includes the right to place signs and banners of support for candidates (within Mutual and GRF rules) and other lawful actions to support their candidates or cause.  

Unfortunately, there have been incidents inside the community that include destroying signs and banners, yelling threats and other derogatory terms at other residents, and distributing letters that may be considered inflammatory. These tactics cannot only be seen as harassment or threatening, but may also violate the law. 

For example, in regard to political  signs, a person who knowingly destroys, marks, tears down or otherwise defaces a sign supporting or opposing a candidate for elective office or a ballot measure without authorization, in addition to any other penalty provided by law (up to 90 days in jail), is subject to an additional fine not to exceed $1,000 (CA Penal Code Section 594.9).

The Security Department will immediately report all threats, vandalism and letters of an inflammatory nature to the Seal Beach Police Department for review and further investigation. We ask everyone to respect their neighbors during this time.

Golf Course has a new name

After a long hiatus, the Recreation Committee met Oct. 5 and approved a winner in the Golf Course Naming Contest. Forty-six GRF members submitted 95 entries for consideration. As there were many duplicates, consideration was given based on the dates entries were received by the Recreation Department. The winning entry came from Laura Garcia of Mutual 8 and, pending approval by the GRF Board of Directors, the nine-hole course will be known as Turtle Lake, in honor of the reptile critters that have taken up residence in the pond over the years. Garcia will receive a $250 gift card from GRF once the name is ratified by the board. Commenting at the Recreation Committee meeting, Laura, who is an avid golfer, said, “It had been so long since the contest, I forgot what name I had submitted!” Regardless, it was a great choice, and the Recreation Committee congratulates her and thanks everyone who participated.

California ShakeOut is Today

Even in the middle of a pandemic, disasters come, and people need to be prepared. Every Leisure World shareholder is encouraged to participate in this year’s California ShakeOut by practicing the Drop, Cover and Hold-on exercises today, Oct. 15, at 10:15 a.m. The pandemic is preventing large gatherings, but everyone can practice at home with family.

Great ShakeOut earthquake drills are now held in more than 20 official ShakeOut regions, with millions participating every year. 

Tips for Selecting a Caregiver

by Cindy Tostado

GRF member resource/assistance liaison

As one ages in place it might become necessary to employ someone to assist you with the simple things we usually take for granted.  Home care typically includes a non-medical companion who provides such assistance. Services may include, but are not limited to:

• Companionship and socialization

• Personal grooming, such as bathing, dressing, incontinence care

• Light housekeeping such as changing bed linens, laundry, dusting, and vacuuming

• Meal preparation, including grocery shopping

• Accompaniment to medical appointments and other errands

• Medication management/reminders

Getting Ready to Hire Assistance:

In the home care environment, it’s important to understand the differences between hiring an independent contractor vs. an employee of a certified company or the employer model.  

An independent contractor’s advertised rates may be lower, however as you (the employer) are responsible for paying caregivers, keeping track of hours, sick days and overtime. You are responsible for withholding taxes, SSI and Worker’s Compensation. You are responsible for medical bills and disability compensation if there is a work-related injury. You are responsible for managing schedule changes, discipline, and hiring and firing. You are responsible for screening, checking criminal records and validating references prior to hiring. Lastly, you are responsible for unemployment compensation.

The American Board of Home Care (ABHC) states, “Most people don’t understand that by having an independent contractor working for them in their home, they are putting themselves at risk and assuming increased liability.” ABHC was established to educate seniors and their families so they can make informed decisions when choosing a caregiver and avoid unnecessary risk and liability.

The employer model’s rates are higher than those of an independent contractor; however, you are not responsible for the risks mentioned above. Arranging home care through a company that is the legal employer of the caregiver lets you avoid the associated legal and financial responsibilities, safeguarding you from liability and protecting your family’s assets.

Here are suggestions for success when hiring care:

• Identify what types of assistance you may need. Clearly state your needs and expectations, be open to suggestions, and remember you can always scale back the care if you do not find it helpful.

• Ask whether the caregiver has experience and references, if through an agency can you interview him or her?  What are the charges per hour, is there a minimum number of hours?  What services are included in the charges?

• If the caregiver is sick for the day, what is the agency’s policy on arranging substitute care?

• What happens if the caregiver gets injured in your home?

• Can you reach the agency after business hours or on weekends?

• Ask yourself if you are comfortable with this person in your home?

• Can I understand the caregiver clearly, does the caregiver understand me?

Paying for Care:

Companion care is not covered under medical insurance, i.e. Medicare and Senior HMO’s do not cover companion care.  Companion care services can be paid directly by the patient and his/her family members or through a variety of public and private sources. Sources for Home Care Services can include Medicare, Medi-Cal, the Veteran’s Administration, and private insurance.  Understanding that each has its own limitations and eligibility guidelines.

Last Tips when Hiring Care:

This is worth repeating…

• Please do not do this alone, enlist trustworthy family members or friends whom you can rely upon to be your second set of eyes and ears when getting ready to hire assistance.

• After care is in place, ask your trustworthy family members or friends to check in on a regular basis with you to make sure everything is going well.

• Please, please put away your valuables and personal information such as banking, social security numbers, etc.

• If you do not have folks you can rely upon, reach out for recommendations on a professional fiduciary.

• Most importantly remember that you are in charge and in control of your care!

For further information you may contact American Board of Home Care at http://www.americanboardofhomecare.org or 877-436-5259.  Professional Fiduciaries Bureau at https://www.fiduciary.ca.gov or 916-574-7340.

– Cindy Tostado, LCSW, GRF Member Resource Liaison

Construction Updates

LW POOL

Progress on the pool project continues despite challenges posed by COVID-19. The coordination of plans from the architect and pool engineer is underway. Work continues on the underground plumbing.

 The finished facility will include a five-lane pool, a 30-by-30-foot activity area with a volleyball net, a 9-by-25-foot spa, new locker rooms and a lounge area in a reconfigured space to maximize its potential. The pool depth will be 5 feet in the deep end.

PAVING PROJECT

The 2020 Trust Street Paving project will  run through October. Grind and overlay projects are ongoing around LW. The parking lots at clubhouses 3 and 4 are being slurry sealed. Drivers are asked to obey construction zone signs, speed limits and flagmen during construction. 

FITNESS CENTER 

The installation of new equipment is nearly complete with the unveiling of the new Fitness Center scheduled for next week. Dedicated fitness areas include a flex-and-stretch zone, a free weight area and two strength circuits, plus a “smart” group fitness room. A barre for dance groups has been installed. 

Smart upgrades include an Echelon Smart Connect Fitness Mirror, which provides an interactive workout experience through the device. 

 LEARNING CENTER/TEST KITCHEN

The new Knowledge and Learning Center in Rooms 9 and 10 of Clubhouse 3 is 99 percent complete and has been used for staff training. The center features computer stations, state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, assistive listening devices, a “smart” board and two 80-inch monitors. 

The demonstration kitchen project is tentatively scheduled for completion at the end of October. It will host cooking classes, chef-inspired dining experiences and provide a dining space where residents can cook for themselves and host parties.  

Perspectives, Page 4

Letters to the Editor

Editor:

I read with interest the newspaper article about the Amphitheater. There are questions that should be considered.

The Recreation Department seemed surprised that there could be a cancellation clause in the contract. That is standard procedure, especially in these times. Since LW is going to deal with Terry Hill again, I hope the Recreation Department and board makes sure LW is getting a fair price. Paying $15,000 for a $3,500 band is inexcusable. Yes, that has been true in the past.  Since LW is considering  matinee and evening performances, that leads to questions. 

1. Sound technicians may require more money. LW owns the $120,000 system, but no one can operate it?

2. Another reservation system? How will that work? List of names? A ticket? Another employee to handle the system?

3. Will this be for LW residents only? In the past, guests were permitted. No one knows how many guests attended. My best estimate would be of a crowd of 2,500, 500 were guests and 2,000 residents. 

4. More security to monitor who gets in and who doesn’t. Will there be only one entrance?  

5. You want me to believe that the band will play for less money, do two sets and have to hang around for hours?  I don’t believe that. Also Terry Hill has to be around. 

6. Weather conditions. 

It would be good to have a 2021 season but the board needs to consider these questions. Hiring local bands would be a good start. Please closely monitor the prices.

Linda Herman 

Mutual 12

Editor:

I want to share my experience at the Leisure World drive-through Flu Clinic sponsored by Optum Care. The consent form listed three kinds of vaccines: pediatric dose (under 4 years), adult dose (4 years and older) and high dose (65 years and older). I expected to get the high dose because I am 92 years of age. 

I presented the completed, signed consent form along with a copy of my Medicare Insurance card. After waiting in line with my car for half an hour, I was told that they were only administering the “regular” adult dose and did not have any of the high dose vaccine. I said “no thanks” and went home. This was a complete waste of my time!

Upon returning home, I called my doctor from Hoag Health Care.  Dr. Fan said, “We are administering the high dose to everyone over 65 years.  So I drove to his office today and received the correct vaccine.

How can a senior community such as Leisure World assume that everyone wanting the vaccine was under 65 years of age? As long as Medicare was paying for it, I should have had a choice! How many received the vaccine at Leisure World thinking they were getting the high dose?  

Lucille Martin

Mutual 15

Editor’s Note: OptumCare apologizes for the inconvenience this resident faced and would like people to know that flu vaccines for this year are different. Historically, flu vaccines were produced using egg-based cultures. The way these vaccines were created could lead to variations in effectiveness. This year, vaccines have been developed using new cell-based technology that may offer more protection and are quadrivalent, which means that they cover one additional influenza virus. Past vaccines only covered three strands of the virus. The CDC has not clarified whether the regular or high-dose vaccine is better for people age 65 and older. People with significant health issues should check with primary care doctors to see if the regular or high-dose vaccine is better for them. The CDC recommends flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against flu. If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, check  to find out which one is right for you. This year, it’s more important than ever to get vaccinated.

 

Member Columns

by Jim Greer

LW contributor

During the summer lockdown, I found myself watching “Hamilton,” the Broadway musical by Lin-Manuel Miranda. I admit when it first appeared in 2015, I had little interest in the mixed-musical-genre play. But as I had the opportunity of streaming it at home for the first time, I watched, captivated by its message. 

In a touching scene, George Washington explains to Alexander Hamilton why he cannot seek re-election. Washington explains, “I want to warn against partisan fighting. If I say goodbye, the nation learns to move on. It outlives me when I’m gone. Like the scripture says: Everyone shall sit under their own vine and fig tree, and no one shall make them afraid. They’ll be safe in the nation we’ve made.”

Washington had confidence that this nation would be safe, so long as we adhered to the groundwork the founding fathers had laid. The founders hoped that all Americans could set aside partisanship and dwell peacefully together. 

In a multi-cultural society, it is challenging to embrace diversity while building national unity. And yet, this was the founders’ dream —to ensure equality while protecting inalienable rights granted by providence. Novelist Marilynne Robinson suggests, “Human beings are sacred, therefore equal. We are asked to see one another in the light of a singular inalienable worth that would make a family of us if we let it.” 

America built its economy, politics, even its sports teams on the combative concept of competition. We join teams, wear our team uniforms, and fight fiercely for victory. But in our national contests, we must remember that the opposing team is composed of our brothers and sisters. And, if we are not careful, we will discover that “every city or house divided against itself will not stand.” 

American jurist, educator and religious leader Dallin H. Oaks recently stated, “Though Jesus’s teachings were revolutionary, he did not teach revolution or lawbreaking. In a democratic society, we always have the opportunity and the duty to persist peacefully until the next election.” 

Persisting peacefully through election cycles requires that we protect and defend every citizen’s right to vote. To do otherwise, through threats, intimidation or voting suppression, is unlawful and immoral.

In the October 2018 issue of The Atlantic, Amy Chua and Jed Rubenfeld noted that “for all its flaws, the United States is uniquely equipped to unite a diverse and divided society. Its citizens don’t have to choose between a national identity and multiculturalism. Americans can have both. But the key is constitutional patriotism. We have to remain united by and through the Constitution, regardless of our ideological disagreements.” 

Constitutional patriots are not defined by political party, religious affiliation or racial heritage. Patriots persist patiently, working within established law to bring peaceful change that benefits all Americans. 

George Washington warned of the dangers of extreme partisanship in his farewell address. He cautioned us that such bias fosters a “spirit of revenge.” That spirit permits “cunning, ambitious, and unprincipled men” to “usurp for themselves the reins of government; destroying afterwards the very engines, which have lifted them to unjust dominion.”

While we don our team colors and support our candidates and causes, let us do so without instilling enmity. In celebrating our differences, let us continue to peacefully and collectively hold the reins of government. 

By recognizing that differences are inherent in American society, we acknowledge, as John F. Kennedy did, that “if we cannot end now our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.”

by Dorothy Ferrington

LW contributor

In my lifetime, I do not remember being scared concerning the fate of our United States of America. I am fearful today for us as Americans.  What can we do as residents of Leisure World to become part of a grassroots effort to unite RED and BLUE Americans with the objective of depolarizing America? 

Whether or not we vote for President Trump or for Vice President Biden, let us work toward goals that would bring about good for all Americans.

We need to speak with one voice, making a commitment to ourselves to put an end to the divisiveness, which is the single biggest threat to our national security. 

With one voice, we must protect our most precious democracy, for today and the generations coming after us.  

With one voice, we must disavow election-related violence. Violence should never be tolerated to influence an election. 

With one voice, we must talk to one another as fellow citizens of this great country. Our neighbors may well have a different opinion about the outcome of the election. We must respect our neighbors’ opinions. If we must disagree, it is okay to voice our disagreements, but it is not OK to allow our words to become hateful, causing further dissention and separation.

With one voice, we must support solutions grounded in the Constitution if we face a constitutional crisis after the Nov. 3 election, with no immediate consensus as to who is the elected president. Let us be guided by nonviolent traditions and our sense of a shared destiny.

It’s okay to work separately for what we believe is right, but we must all agree to work together to protect the land we love. We know that our differences don’t simply divide us, they can also strengthen and complete us.

It’s not too late. With the above actions in mind, let’s all work together to unify our country.

Government, page 5

GRF Board of Directors

Special Agenda

Monday, Oct. 19, 1 p.m.

Clubhouse Four and Via Live Stream 

To view the live GRF Board meeting:

• Go to www.lwsb.com

• Click on the Live GRF Board meeting tab.

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

1) Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

2) Roll Call

3) President’s Comments

a) Announcements

4) Shareholder/Member Comments 

a) Written, submitted prior to meeting

b) Verbal, via live streaming

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

• 4-minute limit per speaker, 15 or fewer speakers

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

• 2-minute limit per speaker, over 26 speakers

5) New Business

a) Reopening of Trust Property Amenities Under Emergency Operational Procedures-Religious Services

b) Establishment of a SB 3192 Ad Hoc Committee

6)  Board Member Comments

7)  Adjournment 

Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

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

Thurs., Oct. 15 Mutual 2

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Oct. 15 Mutual 11

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 19 Mutual 15

virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 20 Mutual 14

virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 21 Mutual 5

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., Oct. 21 Mutual 7

virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 22 Mutual 1

virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., Oct. 23 Mutual 6

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Mon., Oct. 26 Mutual 8 (open forum, 9 a.m.)

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Wed., Oct. 28 Mutual 10

virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., Nov. 3 Mutual 16

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Tues., Nov. 3 Mutual 17

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Mon., Nov. 9 Mutual 9

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., Nov. 11 Mutual 4

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Nov. 12 Mutual 12

virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., Nov. 13 Mutual 3

virtual 9 a.m.

Mon., Nov. 16 Mutual 15

virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 17 Mutual 14

virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 18 Mutual 5

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., Nov. 18 Mutual 7

virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 19 Mutual 2

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Nov. 19 Mutual 11

virtual 1:30 p.m.

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 mutual carports are scheduled for sweeping.

GRF Committee Meetings 

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule (meetings are dependent on orders related to COVID-19; check schedules for latest information). 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:

Mon., Oct. 19 Finance Committee

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Mon., Oct. 19 Special GRF Board Meeting

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 19 GRF Executive Committee 

Clubhouse 4 1:45 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 21 Special COVID Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Thurs., Oct. 22 Security, Bus and Transportation

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 27 GRF Board Monthly Meeting

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Mon., Nov. 2 Recreation Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 4 Governing Documents Committee

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Thurs., Nov. 5 COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Fri., Nov. 6 GRF Board Executive Session

Admin Conference Room 1 p.m.

Mon., Nov. 9 Mutual Administration Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 10 Physical Property Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 12 Communications/IT Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 13 GRF Executive Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Mon., Nov. 16 Finance Committee

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Tues., Nov. 17 Website Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 19 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

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

Thurs., Oct. 15 Mutual 2

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Oct. 15 Mutual 11

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Mon., Oct. 19 Mutual 15

virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., Oct. 20 Mutual 14

virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Oct. 21 Mutual 5

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., Oct. 21 Mutual 7

virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Oct. 22 Mutual 1

virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., Oct. 23 Mutual 6

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Mon., Oct. 26 Mutual 8 (open forum, 9 a.m.)

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Wed., Oct. 28 Mutual 10

virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., Nov. 3 Mutual 16

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Tues., Nov. 3 Mutual 17

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Mon., Nov. 9 Mutual 9

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., Nov. 11 Mutual 4

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Nov. 12 Mutual 12

virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., Nov. 13 Mutual 3

virtual 9 a.m.

Mon., Nov. 16 Mutual 15

virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., Nov. 17 Mutual 14

virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Nov. 18 Mutual 5

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., Nov. 18 Mutual 7

virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Nov. 19 Mutual 2

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Nov. 19 Mutual 11

virtual 1:30 p.m.

OC Votes—What You Need to Know

The Golden Rain Foundation, in conjunction with the Orange County Registrar of Voters, has arranged for a one-day onsite Pop-Up Vote Center on Friday, Oct. 30, at the circle between Clubhouses 3 and 4. The Center will be open between 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

This option is for voters who prefer to vote in person. The following services will be available without having to leave the community: Voter registration, secure vote-by-mail ballot drop-off, accessible voting, in-person voting, replacement ballots and voter assistance. Residents, employees, contractors and any OC voter who is onsite that day can use the Vote Center to cast ballots or benefit from these services; however, it is not open to the general public.

Lucille’s Smokehouse Barbecue will be available at the Clubhouse 4 parking lot from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. for people who would like to purchase a meal after voting. Masks and social distancing are required. The regularly scheduled Friday Grab ‘n’ Go with Katella Deli will be held at Clubhouse 6 from3:30-5:30 p.m.

The GRF Transportation Department will provide regular and  on-call bus service that day. For more information, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 372. All voters can check their registration, re-register and register to vote at ocvote.com. For more information, call (714) 567-7600. 

Official Ballot Drop Box Alert

Leisure World has an official OC Registrar’s ballot drop box at the bus hub near the Amphitheater and Administration. Prior to the Nov. 3 Presidential General Election, county employees will pick up ballots every other day through Friday, Oct. 23, with daily pickups starting Saturday, Oct. 24, through Election Day, Nov. 3. 

The big yellow OC box says “Official Ballot Drop Box” and should not be confused with other unofficial ballot drop boxes. There have been recent reports of groups promoting unofficial ballot drop boxes that are not affiliated with Orange County, California, elections, according to the OC Registrar’s Office. In some instances, these groups  are promoting their  ballot drop boxes as “official” or “secure.” 

The use of unauthorized, non-official ballot drop boxes is prohibited by state law, according to the Registrar’s Office. 

Official ballot drop boxes are clearly recognizable, designed to meet state standards for security and bear the official Orange County Elections logo and Orange County seal.                               

Also be sure to push ballots all the way through the slot so they drop securely into the box.  

Senior Tranportation Survey

The City of Seal Beach is seeking input from Leisure World users on its Senior Transportation Program. A survey is available online at SealBeach.gov or riders may pick up copies from any Minibus and return them to City Hall, 211 Eighth Street, Seal Beach, or a Minibus driver. The survey is due no later than Oct. 31.

The information will help the city ascertain which services are most beneficial so it can finetune its Senior Transportation Program.

For more information,  contact Iris Lee at (562) 431-2527 x1322, or ilee@sealbeachca.gov.

Religion, pages 7-8

Assembly of God

By Norma Ballinger 

LW contributor

Jesus can be your best friend as well as your king. You can walk hand in hand with him throughout your life. Together, you can face what each day brings: pleasures, hardships, adventures and disappointments. Nothing is wasted when it is shared with Jesus. He can bring beauty out of ashes (Isaiah 61:3). He can glean joy out of sorrow, peace out of adversity. Only a friend who is also the King of Kings can accomplish this.

John 15:13-15 says, “Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my father I have made known to you.”  The friendship he offers is practical and down to earth, even as it is saturated with heavenly glory.

What a terrific example for each of us to follow.  Let’s begin to love more and criticize less–whether that involves politics, COVID-19 directions, or the next-door neighbor.

Pastor Sam Pawlak continues to deliver the DVDs of the recorded message from Sunday. Each member is greeted briefly, and all are truly grateful for this connection since we are not able to meet as a body of believers. Also, tune in on Facebook each Sunday at 10 a.m. for a brief devotion to make your week brighter.

Congregation Sholom

Rabbi Rachel Axlrad will stream services via Zoom on Friday, Oct. 16, at 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Eric Dangott will stream Saturday morning services on Zoom at 9:30 on Oct. 17.

Those who want to use Zoom with a computer, smartphone or tablet, can contact Jeff Sacks to receive a Zoom invitation via email. The invitation will have a link that you can click to join the meeting. 

Request the Zoom invitation with a text to Jeff at (714) 642-0122, or you can email jfsacks@gmail.com. Click the link and follow the prompts. The link will have the meeting ID and password embedded, so it should be simple. If you want more  details or to practice,  call (714) 642-0122. 

The Zoom link will also have a phone number to dial in if you do not have Internet service. The number they have in California is in San Jose (area code 669). To call inside California is toll-free  for most, but you may want to check with your phone provider.  

The Zoom meeting link is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752519429?pwd=UDREWTA1N21jaXVUZUhyQmY1U01JQT09. The meeting ID is 375 251 9429, and the password is 8ZYy69. The one-tap mobile code is +16699009128,,3752519429# US (San Jose) Meeting ID: 375 251 9429. Find your local number: https://us02web.zoom.us/u/kccFliS7A7.

If it is not clear which option you should choose, call Jeff  at (714) 642-0122 well in advance so he can help you.

On Sunday, Oct. 18, at 4 p.m., Congregation Sholom will host a game afternoon hosted by Sandy Geffner only on Zoom. Jeff will set up the Zoom session. Those who want to play should email Jeff at jfsacks@gmail.com ahead of time to notify him so he can send the Zoom invite link. Players will not be able to enter the game through Facebook or the Bingo room. Sandy will give you the game rules after everyone logs on at 4. Players should have a pencil and paper ready.

The book club will meet at Diane Abrams’ house on Tuesday, Oct. 20, at 1:30 p.m. The club is still reading “The Little Bride,” by Anna Solomon.

Electric Shabbat candles are available for $8. This will enable you to light them on Friday night and keep them burning until after Havdalah on Saturday night without  a risk of fire. Contact Carol Levine if you want a set. They have graciously been obtained by Rachel Berkowitz of Chabad.

Anyone who wants to be a member and participate in the live streamed services  on the Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Group Facebook page can call Ron Yaffee at (562) 430-7040.

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev is conducting services on Zoom. Anyone interested in joining the Beit HaLev Zoom community for services and Hebrew lessons, contact the rabbi at (562) 715-0888 for access and instructions on how to use Zoom.

Beit HaLev is continuing to livestream on Facebook and YouTube as well.  To attend, go to Rabbi Galit Shirah’s website at galityomtov.com, Facebook.com/galityomtov or YouTube.com (Shabbat Shalom LIVE! channel). Evening services begin at 6, and morning services begin at 10:30. A link to the PDF version of each prayer book and “Lev L’Lev,” is provided at each service.

Now that the “HiHos” are behind us and we have cycled back to the beginning of the Torah, the reading for this week is the Beginning. “B’reisheet,” “In beginning,” is the story of the creation of the world. We are in the second Triennial Cycle this year, and the reading is Genesis 2:4-4:26, a study in the creation of human beings, their environment (Gan Eden), and the emphasis on the partnership between men and women.

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

Rabbi Galit Shirah’s Zoom classes will resume in November.  For information, contact the Rabbi at (562) 715-0888 or duets@icloud.com.

Redeemer Lutheran & St. Theodore’s

By Lisa Rotchford

Reverend

Redeemer Lutheran  and  St. Theodore’s Episcopal churches, 13564 St. Andrew’s Dr., offer two worship services that include organ music, prayers and Communion. We have an outside chapel area for those  who want to worship in the morning air under patio umbrellas at 9:30. The traditional service begins in our stained-glass sanctuary at 10:30 a.m. (Both services will follow CDC guidelines — masks and social distancing are required, and services will be between 30-40 minutes).   

A prayer for our times:  “God, our peace and our strength, we pray for our nation and the world as we face new uncertainties around coronavirus. Protect the most vulnerable among us, especially all who are currently sick or in isolation. Grant wisdom, patience and clarity to health care workers, especially as their work caring for others puts them at great risk. Guide us as we consider how best to prepare and respond in our families, congregations, workplaces and communities. Give us courage to face these days not with fear, but with compassion, concern and acts of service, trusting that you abide with us always; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”

Religion Directory

The Religion Directory is to help LWers find out information about their church during the ongoing coronavirus situation. Pastors and church leaders can email laurieb@lwsb.com to submit contact updates, service times or livestream website addresses.

First Christian Church

By Bruce Humes

Pastor

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God; and everyone who loves is born of God and knows God. He who does not love does not know God, for God is love” (1 John 4:7-8 NKJV).

The apostle John writes God’s love for us in his Gospel and three letters. God’s love is heavily influenced in verses 1 John 4:9-11.

“In this the love of God was manifest toward us, that God has sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him. In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son to be a propitiation (atonement) for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.”

The Greek language has four different words to describe the word “love:” storge, an empathy bond; philia, a friendship, brotherly bond; eros, a romantic or sexual bond; and agape, an unconditional bond.

In these verses, John uses the Greek word “agape,” which describes God’s unconditional love for each one of us, manifested by him sending his only begotten son to be an atonement for our sins. That is the ultimate expression of agape, God’s unconditional love.

John also wrote about the son as a judge, which we see in John 5:22: “For the father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the son.”

The apostle Paul spoke of this when speaking to those gathered on Mars Hill in Athens in Acts 17:30-31, “Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, because he (God) has appointed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by the man whom he ordained, (Jesus) he has given assurance of this to all by raising him from the dead.

Again in Acts 10:42, the apostle Peter, speaking to Cornelius, said, “And he commanded us to preach to the people, and to testify that it is he (Jesus) who was ordained by God to be judge of the living and the dead.”

We know God is love (agape), but we often overlook the fact that he ordained his son, Jesus, as a judge.

In 2 Corinthians 5:10, Paul writes, “For we (believers) must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad.”

This has nothing to do with the salvation of the believers; Christ paid that debt on the cross. Think of it as rewards after completing the race.

In Matthew 25:31-46, we see that all inhabitants of earth will be judged. Let’s look at verses 31-32: “When the son of man comes in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats.” 

Verses 33-45 takes us through the judgment of the sheep and goats, and verse 46 gives the sentence, “And these (goats) will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”

In Revelation 19:11-15, we see the judgment of the unbelieving: “Then I saw a great white throne and him who sat on it, from whose face the earth and heavens fled away. And there was found no place for them. And I saw the dead, small and great, standing before God, and having books opened. And another book was opened, which is the Book of Life. And the dead were judged according to their works, by the things which were written in the books. The sea gave up the dead who were in it, and Death and Hades delivered up the dead who were in them. And they were judged, each one according to his works. Then Death and Hades were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And anyone not found written in the Book of Life was cast into the lake of fire.”

God is indeed love, but he is also the supreme judge.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints

By Jim Greer

LW contributor

“Certainly, we live in a time during which things are in commotion,” stated President M. Russell Ballard during the morning session of the October General Conference. “Many people fear the future. Many hearts have turned away from God and his son, Jesus Christ.” Countless people have been left alone and isolated, suffering, worried and afraid. 

Elder Ballard assures each of us that the Lord knows us. He is aware of our concern and anguish. He loves us, intimately, personally, deeply and eternally. The best way to improve our current situation is for all people to rely upon God and turn their hearts to him in sincere prayer. 

The Lord’s Prayer guides us and answers the concerns that trouble us. Through this prayer, we can pray for divine guidance for our families and the leaders of nations. We can pray for the courageous people currently on the front lines in the battle against social, environmental, political and biological plagues.

Christ teaches us to love our enemies, bless those who curse us, do good to those who hate us, and pray for those who persecute us. 

“Sincerely praying for those who may be considered our enemies, demonstrates our belief that God can change our hearts and the hearts of others,” promised Elder Ballard.

But praying for justice, peace, the poor and the sick is often not enough. We need to get up from our knees and do all that we can to help. Jesus prayed, and then went about doing good. Just as he did, we can feed the poor, support those in need and reach out in love, forgiveness and peace. As each of us knows, those who come unto Christ find rest. 

Prayer lifts us and draws us together as individuals, as believers and as a world family. Our sin-cere prayers can inspire scientists to find discoveries and develop vaccines and medications that can end this pandemic. Prayer comforts those who have lost loved ones and guides all to find protection in life’s commotion. 

President Ballard pleads with us to redouble our commitment to prayer. We should pray in our closets, in our daily walk, in our homes and carry a prayer in our hearts. Motivated by sincere prayer, we can improve our own lives and those of others. 

In closing, President Ballard testified, “If we will pray and ask heavenly father for needed blessings and guidance, we will come to know how we can bless our families, neighbors, communities and even the countries in which we live.” 

As church members, neighbors and friends of all faiths, we are invited to “watch ye therefore and pray always for peace, for comfort, for safety and for the opportunities to serve one another. How great is the power of prayer, and how needed are our prayers and faith in God and his beloved son in the world today. Let us remember and appreciate the power of prayer.” 

Faith Christian Assembly

One of the best ways to find out what is happening at Faith Christian Assembly is to check out its website at  www.fcaChurch.net. It is packed with useful information such as what Faith Christian Assembly believes, directions to the church, upcoming events and photos.  The website is constantly updated with current issues of FCA’s monthly church newsletter. Faith Christian Assembly also has a Facebook page, which can be found at www.facebook.com/FCAChurchSB.

Out of an abundance of  caution for all who attend services/events at Faith Christian Assembly, we will be taking 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.  If you are ill, we ask that you stay home.  

Due to COVID-19, Faith Christian Assembly is not having all of its regular ministries, but will resume as soon as possible. The midweek Bible study taught by Pastor Sheri Leming is on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room. Grief Share meets on Fridays at 2 p.m.

To receive a free newsletter and more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or visit the website at www.FCAchurch.net.

LW Baptist

By Rolland Coburn

Pastor

The Lord Jesus is the one who taught us to pray to “our father” in heaven. And among all the Bible’s love-promises, he gave us this astounding word, “For the father himself loves you” (John 16:27). Then Jesus explained, “It is because you have loved me and have believed that I came forth from the father.”

David, the man after God’s own heart, knew the father’s love. He says, “As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him” (Psalm 103:13).

But the New Testament expands our understanding of this love: “God’s love has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us. God shows his love for us in this, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us” (Romans 5:5,8).

The Bible says, “We have come to know and to trust God’s love for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. By this, love is fully realized among us, so that we may have confidence on judgment day; because just as he is, so also are we in this world. There is no fear in love, but perfect love drives out fear, because fear has torment. So one who fears has not been perfected in love.” Then this illuminating statement: “We love because he first loved us,” (1 John 4:16-19).

Pastor Phil Ryken explains that the savior shows his love for both the father and us on the cross, and faith in the Father’s love makes possible all trust.

 Suffering at death’s door Jesus prays, “Father, into your hands I commit my spirit.” His relationship with the father kept his trust alive in the darkness. He believed the father’s promises in the Bible that he listens to us, that he is our father, that in the life to come he will raise our bodies, that he loves us, and that he will accept the son’s perfect atoning sacrifice and count it in satisfaction for our sins.

Is this love and faith in your life, always believing, always loving?

You can know God really loves you, because Jesus prayed we would know the father’s love. 

“You love them,” Jesus said, “as you love me. I have made your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which you loved me may be in them, and I in them,” (John 17:23,26). With these words Jesus motivates us and strengthens our faith. 

The more we know of God’s love found in God’s Word, the more our faith grows, and we can commit our lives every day, yes, and at last our death into his hands.

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate will observe The 29th Sunday in Ordinary Time on Sunday, Oct. 18. 

The First Reading is Isaiah 45:1, 4-6 ,and the Second Reading is 1 Thessalonians 1:1-5B. The Gospel reading will be from Matthew 22:15-21.

Patriotic Rosary

All parishioners and friends are invited to pray a rosary with Holy Family for the peace and protection of our country during this election season. The group prays in the church after 8:30 a.m. Mass Monday-Saturday and on Sunday after the noon Mass. 

Women and Men of 

Grace Group

Could your spiritual life receive a booster shot? Has 2020 been challenging for you and bewildering at times? Holy Family has a prayer group called Women and Men of Grace that meets on Wednesdays in front of the Blessed Sacrament from 10:30 a.m.-noon. It has become an encouraging time for many each week. 

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.

The church is now open to public entry and can return to its regular Mass schedule. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 5 p.m., and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.

Those who attend must a wear a mask or face shield and sit socially distanced, and use hand sanitizer upon entry into building. 

Parish Office

The parish office is now open.  The office’s hours are Monday-Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.  

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LW Star volunteer

Celeste Lowe sewed 700 masks for residents and essential workers

Celeste Lowe from Mutual 5 is one of 55 volunteers from the Golden Age Foundation’s face mask project.

When COVID-19 hit the nation in March, Lowe began making PPE for her sister’s dental office in Whittier. When she saw in the LW Weekly that Diana Harrison was looking for volunteers to help with the Golden Age Foundation’s community mask giveaway project, she decided to sign up to help and had been a steady and consistent volunteer until the project reached its end in September. 

Lowe estimated that she sewed at least 700 reusable face masks overall.

The Golden Age Foundation would like to thank Lowe and all of the 55 volunteers who dedicated their precious time to help their  fellow neighbors.

SBTV Listings

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, October 15

4 pm LW Radio Club

4:08 pm Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon Show

4:15 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2010

5:01 pm Anna Derby’s 71st Birthday

6 pm Ocean Perspectives

7 pm Back to Bourbon Street

7:40 pm   Betty Price Chimes Soloist

8:30 pm Cerritos Center-

Matt Mauser

10:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Friday, October 16

4 pm Dr. N Alzhiemers 

Family Center

4:24 pm Albuquerque Hot Air

Balloon Show

4:31 pm Judge Carolyn John and Richard

5:30 pm Free Kosher Food

5:44 pm Aliens Among Us

6 pm Jazz Holiday with Hank Barto

7:15 pm Hot Air Balloon/Radio Show

7:30 pm History of Seal Beach

8 pm Spirit of Seal Beach

8:30 pm Harmonn Islanders

9 pm Cerritos Center-

Golden Dragon Acrobats

10:30 pm Cerritos Center-

The Four Tenors

 

Saturday, October 17

4 pm Healthy Brain Aging

4:40 pm Free Kosher Food

5 pm Judge Carolyn John and Richard

6 pm Harmonn Islanders

6:30 pm Beginning of LW

6:45 pm Back to Bourbon Street

7:30 pm The Bug Guy

8 pm LAUSD

11 pm Cerritos Center–

Matt Mauser

Sunday, October 18

6 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

6:30 pm Aquarium of the Pacific

7 pm Spirit of Seal Beach

7:30 pm History of Seal Beach

8 pm LW Radio Club

8:08 pm Anna Derby’s 71st Birthday

9 pm Abilene Amphitheater

10 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012

10:46 pm Aliens Among Us

11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Monday, October 19

4 pm Mystery at the Theater

4:31 pm Head Master

4:41 pm Sea Inside

5 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012

5:46 pm Free Kosher Food

6 pm History of Seal Beach

6:30 pm Spirit of Seal Beach

7 pm SB City Council Meeting– LIVE

8:30 pm Suede Soul Dancers

9:05 pm  Vinyl Rock Valentine Concert

11:20 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Tuesday, October 20

4 pm Dr. N Alzhiemers 

Family Center

4:30 pm Community Focus

5:30 pm Suede Soul Dancers

6:05 pm Albuquerque Hot Air Balloons

6:15 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012

7 pm Alaska Final Frontier/Radio Club

7:15 pm Back to Bourbon Street

8 pm The Bug Guy

8:30 pm Life and Times in SB:

Paula Thomas

9:30 pm Cerritos Center–

Matt Mauser

11:30 pm  Bob Cole Conservancy

Wednesday, October 21

4 pm Healthy Brain Aging

4:45 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012

5:30 pm History of Las Vegas Part 1

6:45 pm History of Las Vegas Part 2

8 pm Life and Times in SB:

Paula Thomas

9 pm Cerritos Center– Golden Dragon Acrobatics

10:30 pm Cerritos Center-

The Four Tenors

11:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

*All programming is subject to change.

Roswurms celebrate 69 years

On Oct. 6, Don and Harriett Roswurm of Mutual 14 celebrated their 69th wedding anniversary. They have lived in Leisure World for over 39 years. Harriett recently celebrated her 92nd birthday and Don will celebrate his 96th birthday in December. 

“Happy anniversary to my beautiful parents, love always Linda.”

Shredding Service returns on Thursday, Nov. 5

The Golden Age Foundation will sponsor a shredding service event in the Clubhouse 2 parking from 10 a.m.– noon on Thursday, Nov. 5. Residents will drop and go, no waiting in line.

People must wear masks and social distancing will be strictly enforced.

Residents need to put documents to shred in plastic or brown bags that can be recycled. Cardboard boxes will not be accepted.

No line will be allowed to form. There will be no chairs to sit on. GAF volunteers will guard bags until a truck arrives to pick them up.

For better shredding service: 

• Remove staples and paper clips.

• No electronic devices will be accepted. 

• Contaminated bags will be turned away.

The Golden Age Foundation also disposes of household batteries. Bring spent batteries to the shredding event for disposal.

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

Sunshine Club

Alice West is Friday’s Zoom speaker

Alice West from Transform Your Spaces is the Sunshine Club’s guest speaker for their  Zoom meeting on Friday, Oct. 9, at 10 a.m. 

 West has been an organizer her whole life, starting with Barbie clothes as a child. She created Transform Your Space over six years ago because of her love of people and her desire to reduce stress through simplifying.  

Alice now has eight other organizers who are all pros at decluttering homes and offices. The group also advises on storage solutions and preparing homes for sale. Transform Your Space offers move management, which includes getting quotes from movers, packing, assistance on moving day, and unpacking. Clients move into their new homes without lifting a finger.

To learn more about how to organize your space,  join the Zoom meeting by following the link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82119904568?pwd=dkVmOVowRU1uQXRNb2QveFdFSHp4Zz09. The meeting ID is 821 1990 4568 and the pass code is 969647

All shareholders are welcome to join this Zoom meeting.

If you would like to get a Zoom link by email, text your email address to (562) 301-5339 by no later than Thursday at 5 p.m.

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 club always welcomes new people.

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

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

Senior Patriots for Peace

Explore White Privilege on Oct. 20

All Leisure World residents are invited to the next meeting of the Senior Patriots for Peace via Zoom on Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. for a viewing of the documentary, “White Like Me.”  

The film is based on the work of acclaimed anti-racist educator and author Tim Wise and explores race and racism in the US through the lens of whiteness and white privilege.

In a stunning reassessment of the American ideal of meritocracy and claims that we’ve entered a post-racial society, Wise offers a fascinating look at the race-based white-entitlement programs that built the American middle class and argues that our failure as a society to come to terms with this legacy of white privilege continues to perpetuate racial inequality and race-driven political resentments today.

For years, Wise’s bestselling books and spellbinding lectures have challenged some basic assumptions about race in America. “White Like Me” is the first film to bring the full range of his work to the screen, showing  how white privilege continues to shape individual attitudes, electoral politics and government policy in ways too many white people never stop to think about. 

The film runs for approximately 65 minutes. Viewers can stay online for a discussion after the movie.

To join the Zoom meeting via computer, first go to Zoom.com. At the top of the next page, click “Join a Meeting.” On the following page, enter the Zoom ID number 818 9984 1005 and click “Join.” When prompted, enter the password 002223 and click “join”. 

To join by telephone, dial (669) 900-6833. When asked, enter ID number 81899841005, then enter the password 002223. The telephone option will be audio-only.

Paws, Claws and Beaks

Refunds for flea market available

Due to COVID-19, the Pet Club Flea Market scheduled originally for April was postponed. It will be at least next year before Leisure World will consider the possibility of another flea market.  Because of this, Paws, Claws and Beaks would like to return table deposits to all who purchased them.

Refunds will be issued to depositors outside in the green area,1570 Genview Rd. 71-G,  on  Wednesday, Oct. 21, between 11 a.m.–3 p.m.

Refunds not picked up at this time will be donated to Shamrock Pet Rescue Foundation. 

The Paws, Claws and Beaks Club looks forward to a healthier and happier year in 2021.

Democratic Club

See all of the endorsed candidates for election on club’s website

By Mary Larson

LW contributor

Have you received your vote-by-mail ballot? Or have you already voted, but wonder if your ballot is being counted?  

Track your ballot by entering your date of birth and the last four digits of your driver’s license, CA ID or social security number  online at https://ocvote.com/vlt/.  You must enter the same four digits used when you registered. Call the Registrar of Voters at (714) 567-7600 if you have any issues. If you need further assistance, the Democratic Club stands ready to help.  

The Democratic Club’s goal for the last several months has been to ensure that every Democratic supporter in Leisure World votes in the General Election. To support this effort, the club has 70 volunteers scattered throughout Leisure World ready to assist on any issue from filling out your ballot to getting your completed ballot to the official drop box located by the amphitheater. Call (562) 296-8521, (562) 596-0450 or  (562) 412-0898, or email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.   

A list of the Democratic Club’s endorsed candidates can be found on the club’s website at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/.  This week, the Democratic Club wants to highlight Carole Damoci, who is running for the Seal Beach City Council District 2.  She will be on your ballot if you live in one of the following Mutuals: 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, 17, or in Mutual 1 east of St. Andrews. This is a non-partisan race. 

 If Damoci wins against incumbent Thomas Moore, Leisure World will have a second representative on the five-member council.  Sandra Massa-Levitt continues to represent Leisure World residents who live west of St. Andrews.  

Damoci will be a strong voice on the City Council for issues concerning Leisure World residents. She has been a member of our community since 2010.  She has volunteered in many of our organizations, including serving as president of the Historical Society and the Golden Age Foundation. She is currently a member of the GRF.

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Window signs supporting the following candidates are now available. Call (562)-296-8521 or (562)-596-0450.

Joe Biden/Kamala Harris, candidates for president and vice-president

48th District Congressman Harley Rouda, candidate for re-election to the House of Representatives

Garden Grove Councilwoman Diedre Nguyen, candidate for CA Assembly District 72

Paurvi Trivedi, candidate for Los Alamitos Unified School District Board Area 2 (Mutuals 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11)

Carole Damoci, candidate for Seal Beach City Council District 2 (Mutuals 10, 11, 12, 14, 15, 16,17 and  Mutual 1 east of St. Andrews).

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The Democratic Club welcomes new members and friends. Membership forms are available at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com.

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If you  are a  Democrat or a supporter and want to know more about the club,  subscribe to its electronic newsletter at no cost by emailing editor Mary Larson at mlarson.telfords@gmail.com  or by calling (562) 296-8521 with your full contact information.  

Republican Club

Oct. 19 is the last day to buy signs and raffle tickets

By Brian Harmon

LW contributor

   

Councilman Thomas Moore will be the main speaker at the next meeting of the LW Republican Club on Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. on Zoom. He is running for re-election and endorsed by the LW Republican Club.

Moore will also meet and talk with voters on Monday, Oct. 19, at the Republican Club’s booth in the parking lot by Clubhouse 6 starting at noon. It will be the final opportunity to buy political memorabilia or purchase raffle tickets to win the Republican Club’s raffle prize. It is a beautifully framed picture, about 18 by 24 in size, of the jailhouse in Bodie, California, a ghost town, near the Nevada border. The picture looks like a painting because it is all in shades of blue on white. The effect is unique and stunning. Tickets are $3 each or five for $10. 

The booth will be open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. until the last 10 days before the election. In the final days, the booth will be open seven days a week. Free cloth face masks will be available courtesy of OC Board of Supervisors Chairwoman Michelle Steel, who is a candidate for Congress in this district.

There are signs available for Steel as well as former Sen. Janet Nguyen and Moore. Courtesy of the councilman, “Support Our Police” signs are also available in 8-1/2 by 11 inches and 24 by 18 inches.

Supporters  gather every Saturday at noon at the base of the Seal Beach pier to honor law-enforcement officers. All are invited to come.

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The vice-presidential debate was, of course, a big topic of conversation among club members. 

Republican Club President David Harlow said the debate  on Oct. 7 made it clear what the differences were between the two candidates.

Chess Club

In this week’s puzzle white moves first and for any answer by black, the white’s next move is checkmate. 

The white bishop moves from D6 to E7. Any answer by black, the white’s next move is checkmate.

Unfortunately, the members of the chess club are unable to play together on Fridays because of  the COVID-19 shutdowns.

The chess puzzle will appear in the LW paper weekly to keep the love of the game alive.

Solution to this week’s puzzle: Be7

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Jeanne Smith

1928-2020

Descendant of Portuguese settlers by way of the Azores, born Minnie January Souza, on Dec. 7, 1928, in the U.S. territory of Honolulu, Hawaii, Winifred Jeanne Smith passed away in her Seal Beach, California, home from natural causes on Sept. 19. 

As a 12-year-old prodigy of Duke Kahanamoku’s elite swimming squad, Jeanne’s characteristic steadfast iron will would be put to the ultimate test when she locked eyes with a Japanese airman moments before he bombed her neighbor’s home. Having to care for three young girls for three sunless, smoke-filled days and horrible, long, pitch-black nights, Jeanne’s extraordinary civilian accounts of Pearl Harbor were detailed in the documentary “Memories of Pearl Harbor: The Jeanne Smith Story.” 

She lived an interesting life. She was lead singer of the early 50s County and Western band Jeanne Smith Trio, a staple at the Hollywood on the Pike, which had the 19-year-old future Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Bobby Bare as a member.  

She was the owner of several beauty salons in Long Beach and Stanton. She married future Long Beach Police Department Captain Forrest Smith, whom she lovingly called “honey” and would share pillow talk at night in their Mazatlan, Mexico, and California homes for 58 years. 

In 1976, the then recently retired couple travelled via motor home to 48 states. She was an enthusiastic cruise line traveler, and she painted dozens of large oil paintings. An avid lover of animals, she wrote a book titled, “7 Kitties and One.” Jeanne had three daughters and one son and cooked amazing dishes, such as Portuguese chicken and long rice, as well as beer-battered shrimp.

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Glen Wesley Morris

     1919-2020

 Our great friend Glen Morris left us at the age of 99 on Sunday, Sept. 20.  He was a member of the El Dorado Dance Group; a  friend to all, and everyone loved him.   

He resided in Mutual 17 for the past several years. Being a true sports fan, he often invited friends to his unit to watch a great game or sports-event special on TV.   This always became a party,  and Glen knew how to throw one.   You can see the glass in the photo, so I don’t have to mention his love for martinis.

–Glenn Brazeal and the El Dorado Dance Group 

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Karen McCreary  67

Billie Enterline  93  

John Burks  81

Mildred Nelson  90

Billy Phipps  58

Edward Bobic  73

Katherine DeLong  90

Mathew Hak  50

Jay Greco  74

Hugh Osmera   85 

Linda Skinner 78

Ismael Pachejo  69

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 

961-9301

—paid obituary

Ralphs Reward Program can be completed over the phone or online

Since March 16, the LW community has been asked to stay home and practice social distancing due to the COVID-19 virus. It made cooking from home an essential way of life, and now each household has a larger need for grocery shopping. While many shareholders spend a lot of money on groceries, there’s a way to help others and donate to GAF while shopping. 

One of the ways that people can help GAF is through the Raphs Community Rewards Program. Sign up on www.ralphs.com. People will need their Ralphs Rewards Card number to register or the phone number associated with the account. 

Those who don’t have access to the Internet can sign up by phone. The Ralphs Rewards registration number is (800) 443-4438. Be sure to let them know the GAF nonprofit organization (NPO) number with Ralphs is FS 519.

This is a great opportunity for residents to help GAF as it works to enrich the lives of other Leisure World residents. Just by signing up and doing their normal grocery shopping at Ralphs, LWers can help GAF obtain a portion of these funds at no additional cost.

Amazon Smile is a unique, charitable award program for qualified nonprofit organizations like the GAF. 

If you enroll in Smile.Amazon.com and indicate your charitable organization as the Golden Age Foundation Seal Beach, every time you shop on Amazon, they will donate a percentage of your purchase to GAF without any additional cost to you.

To sign up for Amazon Smile, follow these  three simple instructions: 

Sign in with your existing Amazon account information. If you don’t have an Amazon account, you can create one. It’s easy and free!

Type in Golden Age Foundation Inc. as the charity you’d like to support Make sure the location is Seal Beach, CA.

Once you’re finished, don’t forget to type www.smile.amazon.com when you shop on Amazon in the future.

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

Long Beach Medical Center Shuttle available for Leisure World Residents

MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center provides a complimentary shuttle service exclusively for Leisure World residents. The shuttle allows Leisure World residents easier access to the specialists and expert care available at Long Beach Medical Center, the MemorialCare Breast Centers in Los Alamitos and Long Beach, and the Douglas Park Medical Offices (near Long Beach Airport) offering imaging, primary and specialty care.

The shuttle operates Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Learn more at memorialcare.org/LBShuttle or call (562) 933-1233. 

Animal Control

Long Beach Animal Care Services provides animal control services to Seal Beach. To report coyote activities or other animal control services, call the 24-hour animal services line, (562) 570-7387 or online at www.longbeach.gov/acs/wildlife/coyote-report.

The office is open Tuesday-Friday.

FYI:

When there is doubt about LW policy or rules and regulations, residents should refer to their Occupancy Agreements, or direct questions to their mutual directors or GRF representatives.

Arts & Leisure

Daisy Ramor leads the dance “Carinito” during a recent Joyful Line Dance Class. Jojo Weingart hosts the Joyful Line Dance Class on Wednesdays, 2-3:30 p.m., at Veterans Plaza (fourth Wednesday classes start at 3 p.m.). Participants must wear face masks and follow social-distancing guidelines. There are no membership dues, and all shareholders are welcome to join.

Family Radio Service Users

Calling all Family Radio Service Users in Leisure World: The Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate.  The call-in time is from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. on Channel 13/0. Be sure to wait until the radio is clear, then call in stating your first name, last name initial and mutual number. Remember to press the side button to speak, then release when finished.

For more instruction on the use of the FRS radio, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson at rjerxn@yahoo.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.

Global Market Kitchen Delivers 

Free Delivery of Groceries and Meal Kits 

Global Market Kitchen delivers groceries and prepared meals every Wednesday, 2-4 p.m., at Clubhouse 4 or to your apartment. Order via https://globalmarketkitchen.com or by calling (562) 661-9776. Customer service inquiries should be directed to globalmk.usa@gmail.com.

Grab ’n’ Go Meals

Oct. 15-21 

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. Mandi’s Candies Ice Cream Truck, 4-7 p.m.

• Friday: Katella Deli—extensive menu includes 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: Naples Rib Co.—barbecue, salads, sandwiches; 3:30-5 p.m., cash/cards,  (562) 439-RIBS. Order ahead at www.ribcompany.com/LW for faster service.

•Sunday: THIS WEEK ONLY! Viking Dog Truck—gourmet hot dogs, brats and loaded tots; PayPal/checks/cash/cards. Preorders accepted at https://squareup.com/store/thevikingtruck.

• Monday: Kabobaholic Food Truck—chicken or meat kabobs, gyros, falafel, loaded fries, 4-6 p.m., cash/cards. To preorder, go to www.kabobaholicft.com or text (949) 400-4696; mention LWSB.

• 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, 4-6 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.

Video Producers Zoom Meetings

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

Classes are as follows:

• Monday, 10 a.m.: Intermediate Zoom class for Windows and Android users with host Joe Osuna. For an invite to his class, email joosuna29a@gmail.com.

• 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 Osuna. For an invite to this class, email joosuna29a@gmail.com.

  Thursday, 10 a.m.: Beginners’ 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.

• Friday, 10 a.m.: Guest lecturer Bob Cohen hosts Friday Morning Tech Talk on a variety of topics. Email bob@bobology.com for an invite.

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

—Joe Osuna

Tech Talk

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

Registration information with optional reading material is sent out every Wednesday morning for the Friday Tech Talk. To register for the weekly newsletter, sign up at https://bit.ly/bobologynewsletter or contact bob@bobology.com. 

Book Review

A Year in the Life of Churchill

In these times of COVID-19, people have a lot of time to read books. LW residents are invited to submit reviews of their favorites for publication in the LW Weekly. Include your name and mutual and telephone numbers. The reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows. Email them to pattym@lwsb.com. For more information, call (562) 472-1277.

“The Splendid and the Vile: A Saga of Churchill, Family, and Defiance During the Blitz” by Erik Larson

 Nonfiction, Feb. 25, 2020

by Maureen Habel

LW Contributor

Want to read something uplifting during the pandemic? This book explores just one year—from May 1940 to May 1941—in the life of Winston Churchill, as he led the United Kingdom during World War II. 

On Churchill’s first day  as prime minister, Adolf Hitler invaded the Netherlands and Belgium, joining Poland and Czechoslovakia as Nazi-occupied countries. For the next year, the Germans conducted a bombing campaign that killed more than 45,000 in England. Churchill had the formidable task of holding his country together while persuading President Franklin D. Roosevelt that England would fall without American aid. 

The book describes how Churchill inspired his people to endure this darkest year through his experiences, as well as those of his family and closest allies. Using diaries and archival reports, Erik Larson paints a picture of a man who was committed to giving his people not only hope, but also the will to fight on. 

Scores of lengthy, multivolume books have been written about Churchill and WWII. But Larson has the remarkable gift of making history readable, using one pivotal year as a crucible. Even though we know how things turned out, the book is a page-turner as you follow Churchill, his challenging family, his supporters and his detractors. Above all, it is a story of human strength and determination that inspires. 

If you enjoy this book, I suggest you check out Larson’s other contributions to historical writing: “Dead Wake,” the story of the sinking of the Lusitania; “Isaac’s Storm,” about the 1900 Galveston, Texas, hurricane; “In the Garden of the Beasts,” about the rising Nazi domination of Germany; and “The Devil in the White City,” the story of a serial killer roaming the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair.

LW Library Curbside Pick Up

Despite the limitations imposed by the fight against COVID-19,  LW Library staff continues its innovative curbside pick-up program.  

• To schedule your pick-up of requested material, call the library at (562) 598-2431, Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., or email LWLibrary@lwsb.com. 

When emailing, include your name, library card number, phone number, and what kinds of materials you like to read and/or watch.

Staff members will do their best to accommodate specific requests when available. 

If the requested material is not available, they will use their expertise to find similar items. All it takes is a call or an email, and a friendly employee will put together a bag of materials for you to pick up and borrow from the library.

Due to limited staffing, it could take up to 48 hours, excluding weekends, to fill requests. 

You will receive a call when your material is ready for curbside pick-up Tuesday through Friday. 

If you have yet to visit and get your own library card number, call for a temporary one until the library reopens.

Residents can still use the library’s Wi-Fi while practicing social distancing outside of the building each day.

As always, the health and safety of our patrons and staff are our priority.

The LW Library was closed March 16, and on-site programs and events were canceled until further notice. 

In the meantime, the library has also implemented the following: 

• Due dates for all currently checked-out books were extended, and late fees were been suspended until further notice; 

• Items may be returned to the outdoor drop boxes at any time; 

• The library has also created a new protocol for cleaning books (while it always cleaned  books and media, cleaning and disinfecting procedures have been stepped up).

• Staff is still available to answer questions via phone or email Tuesday through Friday, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.

—Library Operations Supervisor Vanessa Morris

Mutual 15 residents applaud dancer Susan Saraf (bottom) as she takes a bow after the final number, “I’ll Remember You,” at the well-received Hui O Hula Club show the weekend of Oct. 3-4 near “hostess with the mostest” Cherry Hostler’s home. The hula club continues to practice twice a week, and its dancers and musicians are happy to share their aloha at any outdoor celebration. Call Kaye Huff at 431-2242 for a beginner class or performance schedule.

Connecting with the LW Weekly

The Leisure World Weekly office is closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Editors can be reached by phone and email. See page 4 of any edition for editors’ addresses or send emails to rutho_news@lwsb.com. People may drop articles and classified ads into the letter slot at the front of the News Building. The editorial deadline is Thursday for the following Thursday’s edition. All classified and display advertising will be accepted by telephone at (562) 430-0534; deadline is Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Get out and go back in time

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church in downtown Long Beach hosts its Brass Rubbing Medieval Arts Center starting Tuesday, Oct. 20. Outside the newly renovated Great Hall of Cassidy Castle, the Middle Ages are brought to life via historical brass rubbings, docent talks and hands-on crafts. 

Visitors to the 34th-annual event will learn about medieval knights and their armor, ladies’ fashion of the time, how life was different (and the same), and about customs that have continued through today. And after learning about the art form, attendees are encouraged to make their own brass rubbings. 

St. Luke’s Episcopal Church is located at 525 E. 7th St., Long Beach; the center is open to walk-ins on Saturdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Groups of 10 or more, or those wishing to visit Tuesday through Friday, can schedule an appointment via brass.rubbing.lb@gmail.com. The cost per person is $8 and includes all materials. Social distancing and masks are required. The event ends Nov. 14. For more information, visit www.stlukeslb.org/brass-rubbing.html.

Friends of Library Bag of Books Program

The Friends of the Library has a Bag of Books program for people who love to read. Call (714) 350-7682 and request a specific genre or author, and volunteers will do their best to fill a bag for $5.

The bookstore has been closed since mid-March, and there is no more storage space so donations are not currently being accepted. Residents are asked to hold onto their donations until the bookstore reopens. 

You have a beautiful smize!

“We can’t shake hands, or hug, hold hands, or say ‘hi’ to friends the way we did  in the ‘good old days,’ but social distancing is no excuse for not greeting our neighbors in a way to let them know we care how they are doing.” Such kind words kicked off the Recreation Committee’s Smize Contest in May.

As coined by model/actress Tyra Banks, “smizing” means smiling with your eyes, and it’s a skill people everywhere are learning thanks to mask-wearing mandates. 

Though COVID-19 concerns delayed the committee’s decision, the winners were chosen at the Oct. 5 meeting and will be ratified at the next GRF Board of Directors meeting.

Mark Webb’s entry featuring him and Victoria Davis, both of Mutual 10, in classic mime masks took first place. Joanna Matos, of Mutual 2, nabbed second place, and Cathy Molina, also of Mutual 2, came in a close third.

Prizes will be awarded after the October Board meeting, and the Video Producers Club will create a slide show of all 26 clever entries to run on lwsb.com.

The October Garden of the Month honor goes to Yun and Young Choi of Mutual 6. This interesting collection, including a blooming crown of thorns, can be seen at building 133, unit F.

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 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.

Golf League Results

The Men’s Monday Golf League played at the Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach on Oct. 5. Eight men challenged the par-70, 5,800-yard, 18-hole course. With lots of water hazards and tree-lined fairways, accuracy and club selection were particularly essential. Although you could still see Venus in the sky, the morning started with pea-soup fog that barely allowed players to see where a golf ball was going, never mind where it ended up. The skies cleared eventually, but the course stayed misty, and the greens were heavy with dew throughout the round.

A Flight Winners: First place: Fujio Norihiro, 68, plus 2 birdies and tie for fewest putts; second: Gene Vesely, even par 70; third: Sam Choi, plus tie for fewest putts; fourth: Bill McKusky; and fifth: Dave LaCascia.

B Flight Winners: First place: John Meyer, 1 over 71, plus fewest putts; second: Bob Munn; third: Bill Zurn, plus closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 seventh hole.

The Men’s Friday Golf League played at Santa Ana’s Willowick Golf Course on Oct. 9. Eight men teed off on the picturesque, par-71, 5,800-yard course. The weather was overcast and cool at 7 a.m., and the sun never came out. The grounds were in good condition, but the dampness and cloudy skies led to only two under-par rounds and one birdie. There was, however, a rare hole-out from the fairway for an eagle (2 under) by John Petersen on the 286-yard, par-4 16th hole. 

A Flight Winners: First Place: Bill McKusky, 2 over 73, plus fewest putts and closest to the pin on the 150-yard, par-3 seventh hole; second: Dave LaCascia, 3 over 73, plus closest to the pin on the 150-yard, par-3 fourth hole; third: Gene Vesely; fourth: Fujio Norihiro.

B Flight Winners: First Place: John Petersen, 3 under 69, plus the eagle; second: John Meyer, 2 under 69, plus a birdie and fewest putts; third: Bob Munn; fourth: Tom Ross.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap). Both the Monday and Friday leagues play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World. Friends, ladies, spouses and family are all welcome to play and/or join. If interested, contact, Bill McKusky (562) 430-8618 or Dave LaCascia (801) 674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia

LW Walking Trails

Regular brisk walking can help people maintain a healthy weight; prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes; strengthen bones and muscles; and improve mood, balance and coordination. The Recreation Department has a Leisure World Walking Trails brochure featuring seven measured trails throughout the community. Stop by the Downtown Café and pick one up. For more information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com.

Brenda and Jim Thomason, of Mutual 2, ride their tandem to Seal Beach Pier. They have a variety of bicycles and enjoy traveling with them in tow. Leisure Bicyclists ride together on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The pedestrian gate to the river opens with your ID card. All are invited to join; helmets, safe shoes and masks are a must. Call Mary Romero, (562) 810-4266, for more information.

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

Cosmetics, fragrances.

Shop for holiday now.

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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Lost black cat. Answers by the name of Blackie. Male. 7 yrs old. (714) 390-0650

PERSONALS

Gentleman seeks health “Buddy” to plan, and encourage each other in the areas of health, food, exercise and medical. Plan, execute and congratulate. 10/22

retiredinlw@yahoo.com

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

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. 12/10

PAINTING

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

CA State License #675336. 10/29

FLOOR COVERINGS

310-261-0571

Interior Flooring Solutions

Hardwood floors, carpet, 

laminate, vinyl planks. 

25 years experience. 

Contractor License 1043763. 12/24

CARPET & UPHOLSTERY 

CLEANING & REPAIR

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988.

Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.

State Contractors Lic. #578194.10/29

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. 11/05

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

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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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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CHRISTIAN HOME CARE

Referral Agency. Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License #BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 12/10/20

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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

Experienced caregiver, CNA, medication management, dementia, diabetic care, doctor appointments, errands, companionship, cooking & cleaning. Overnight care available. (714) 719-4951. 11/19

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Do you need help getting things done? Call “your personal concierge”.  Home organization, running errands, house/pet sitting, personal shopper, post office services and more! Reasonable rates. 

Call or text Lisa 949-432-1877. 10/29

HELP WANTED

Are you looking to work in Leisure World? We are looking for nice caregivers to work couple hours a day. Call now at (562) 712-0218. 10/15

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. 11/26

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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. 10/29

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. 12/17

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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. 11/05

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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. 10/29

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 11/12

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John’s Computer Services

562-733-9193

Virus removal, Repair, Training,

Software, Wireless, Internet

Security. LW Resident

 SB License FUH0001. 10/29

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. 10/22

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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2017 Scout Scooter 4-wheel, super clean, like new, hardly used. $575.00. Mutual 7. 310-291-1978. 10/15

TRANSPORTATION

Need a lift? Pam Miller. 

LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 10/22

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Rides by Russ, 

With the personal touch.

For over 5 years I have been giving all types of rides to Leisure World residents. Rides to the airports, doctors, cruise ports, shopping 

and errands. 

I also  make & sell face shields for $6. 

Russ 714-655-1544. 10/22

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A PERSONAL DRIVER IS WITHIN YOUR REACH

Conscientious, Dependable, Professional. Providing trustworthy transportation, perfect for airport travelers, medical patients. Safe, limited scheduling.

Greetings to all my 

regular customers. 

Call 562-537-1298. James 10/15

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 travel trailer. Only used once a year. Like new inside. Must see to appreciate. Everything needed included. Ready to go. Flip six. $8,300. (562) 430-5812. 10/15

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

Sectional for sale. 108” x 83”. Beige. Right arm 83”, left 108”. Has barely been sat on. Newly cleaned by professionals. Paid originally $3,500. Selling for $800. Contact Dee McConell 714-366-7684. 10/15

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Dining room table w/6 chairs 42” wide by 52” long. Graphic painting 42” long by 53” wide. 

(562) 598-3765. 10/15

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Used Fujitsu 12K BTU Heat/AC Pump for Sale (Outdoor Unit Only). Bought new in April 2019. $440 or best offer ($775 new). Recently passed LW inspection in perfect working condition. 

Call Brian 310-480-5147. 10/15

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Estate Sale – Mutual 7. Location: 13300 N. Fairfield Ln. #175-D. Oct. 14th thru Oct. 27th, 2020. All protocols for COVID-19 will apply. Kitchen items, tools: socket sets, wrenches, saws, old toolboxes, ladders, new Dirt Devil shop vac. Fly fishing items: rods & reels, all the materials to tie your own flys and lures. Many items: Xmas, collectible thimbles, 3-wheel bike, office items, golf, tables, couch, dresser, lamps, bookshelves. Cash only. If interested, text or email if you would like pictures: vbourdet3@gmail.com (360) 623-5752. 10/22

FREE ITEMS

Free desk. Mutual 6. 

Call Pat (562) 225-0273.     

CARPORTS FOR RENT

Carport space & storage for rent. Mutual 2, building 35, space 65. John (562) 296-8530. $65/month. 10/15 

CARPORTS WANTED

Looking to rent carport in Mutual 5. Please call (909) 262-3204. 10/22

CEMETERY PLOTS FOR SALE

2 for 1 Sale

Cemetery Lots, side by side, Westminster MemorialPark. In the Garden of Remembrance. 

1st lot is $9,210.50

2nd lot is $9,085.00

Transfer fee $400.00

Sale: $9,210.50 – for both lots. 

Call/text 323-854-0007. 10/15