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How to be a light in a lonely life
Two weeks ago, Halloween kicked off the holiday season. For many, the holidays signal a time of year for good food, and time spent with friends and family.
But for many others, this time of year is a reminder of how lonely they are. People who lack meaningful connections can feel isolated, thus increasing their risk of depression and cognitive decline.
Here are some tips on how to reach out to others:
1. Make communication a priority. If you know of someone who is isolated, reach out and extend an invitation for a cup of tea, to share a meal or just have a friendly chat.
2. Encourage connections to social activities in the community: Invite your neighbor to one of the social or club activities (check out this week’s paper for LW holiday happenings throughout November and December).
Offer to share a ride to these activities, help the isolated person make connections inside the community.
3. Explore hobbies and other areas of interest. While chatting with your neighbor make note of interests that might help him or her re-connect with an activity they were once fond of. Or maybe they have something they have always wanted to learn or try.
4. Identify opportunities to address loneliness at any time. There may be times in between the friendly chats, social activities and/or hobbies that feelings of loneliness seep back in. Be ready with an encouraging word.
Mental Health America (MHA) offers support to individuals who are looking to communicate with one another. Those who prefer talking on the phone can call The Friendship Line at 1-800-971-0016, which is offered to adults 60-plus and available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
MHA also has a free, anonymous and confidential depression screener online at MHAScreening.org to address a mental health condition. Or speak with your medical provider regarding your concerns.
For more information, call Cindy Tostado, LCSW, GRF member resource and assistance liaison, at 431-6586, ext. 317.
Navy demolition is finished
A large Navy building that was one of a complex of structures built at the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station in the mid-1960s by North American Aviation has been completely dismantled, leaving a clear horizon for the first time in more than 50 years.
The buildings were used to assemble and test the second stage of the Saturn V moon rocket.
In 2016, exterior demolition began on an adjacent 120 foot-tall former rocket assembly and testing building at Seal Beach Boulevard and Westminster Avenue.
Both structures were slowly taken apart by contractor crews, avoiding the use of explosives.
The buildings did not meet current seismic, safety or environmental requirements, and the Navy no longer had an operational need for them. The buildings had been vacant for years, according to a NWS press release.
Other structures will be demolished in the coming years, as funding becomes available.
Toys for Tots Event
Clubhouse 4 will once again be the site for the GRF Toys for Tots Christmas Show on Friday, Dec. 13. Doors open at 6 p.m., with live entertainment starting at 7, but only those who bring a toy will be invited in this year.
The festivities will include complimentary cookies and hot beverages. Santa and his elves will collect gifts for the kids.
The Elm Street Band has been referred to as “the world’s greatest garage/surf band.” The Long Beach Press-Telegram called the band “the soundtrack for the City of Long Beach, playing at events all over town.” The Elm Street Band has been performing for audiences all over Southern California since 1985. Elm Street Band is fronted by Roger Douglass on guitar and vocals, lead vocals and keyboards is Roland Misajon, John Navratil on drums and vocals, and Bob Hirschhorn, bass and vocals.
The U.S. Marines will attend to help stuff a bus with toys and games for the kiddies. Admission is free, but everyone will need to bring an unwrapped toy to get in (no stuffed animals).
Toys may be dropped off also at the three entry gates any time prior to the event and at Building 5.
Gratitude starts here
Thanksgiving is a holiday focused on the art of giving thanks. This is the ability to look past the burned turkey or negative relatives to see the blessings in your life.
Research has shown that practicing gratitude is a way to train your brain to find meaning in whatever circumstance engulfs you.
In the spirit of this hopeful holiday, the LW Weekly invites its readers to submit a paragraph or two on what they are thankful for this November. Send them to firstname.lastname@example.org for publication in a special Thanksgiving feature in the Nov. 28 edition of the LW Weekly.
Submissions will be edited for brevity and clarity; deadline: Nov. 21.
Clubs sought to decorate Christmas trees
The GRF Recreation Department is seeking clubs that would like to participate in the 5th annual Christmas tree decorating effort at LW clubhouses. Clubs may apply by emailing email@example.com. The 2018 trees were spectacular, and this year’s effort is expected to be equally festive.
The theme is “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.” Tree decorations should reflect holidays of years gone by. There are five clubhouses and six opportunities to participate, with two trees in Clubhouse 6.
If more than six clubs apply to decorate trees, the winners will be chosen at random. This year, all of the clubs who help to beautify the community will be featured in the LW Weekly and on the GRF website. Entries will not be ranked as they were in last year’s contest. Stop by Building 5 to apply, or email Kathy Thayer at the above address and help Leisure World deck the halls.
Food distribution is Nov. 21
Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4.
The next food distribution will be Nov. 21.
Every third Thursday from 9-11 a.m., qualified people receive 40 pounds of food, including canned fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, juice, cereal and more.
Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,287 a month for one person; $1,736 for a two-person household; $2,184 for a three-person household.
To sign up, bring a photo ID, and proof of income (Social Security/SSI Statement, letter or bank statement or paycheck stub).
People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the box of food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID. People who need help arranging a proxy can call GRF Member Resource Liaison Cindy Tostado at 431-6586, ext. 317.
CalFresh benefits available
Qualified LW residents can get help applying for CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, in person with Cindy Tostado, GRF Member Resource and Assistance Liaison, online or via phone.
People who are over 55 and meet the following monthly income guidelines may qualify: One-person household: $2,010 per month; two-person household: $2,708 per month.
Have access to the following required documents to assist in the application process:
• Green Card or Citizenship Certificate
• Social Security Card
• Proof of Income
• Rent Receipt and Bills
Ways to apply:
• By Appointment in LW: Call 431-6586, ext. 317
• Online: GetCalFresh.org
• Phone: (800) 281-9799
• Walk In: 1928 S. Grand Ave., Santa Ana, 92703
For more information, call Cindy Tostado, LCSW, GRF member resource and assistance liaison, 431-6586, ext. 317.
Stock Transfer to close Nov. 20
The Stock Transfer Office will be closed on Wednesday, Nov. 20, reopening Thursday, Nov. 21, at 8 a.m.
Sign up today for LW Live
The Golden Rain Foundation is signing up residents for a new one-way, real time community notification system. LW Live is designed to keep people informed during emergencies and get the word out about safety, recreation and governance issues.
All you need is an email address.
To sign up online, log onto www.lwsb.com and click the “LW Live” icon to the right.
People can also sign up at the News Office, Stock Transfer and the LW Library, and at GRF and Mutual meetings.
Don’t be left in the dark; sign up today for LW Live.
California Telephone Access reps available
The California Telephone Access Program offers a range of free, specialized phones that make it easier for people to hear, dial and call.
It also has phones that are designed for those with restricted mobility, speech impairments, or who are blind or deaf.
Applying is easy.
1. Pick up an application form at the Health Care Center, Library, News Office or the Member Resource Office (Administration Building, 2nd floor). Fill out Part 1.
2. Have Part 2 of the application filled out and signed by a medical doctor or other authorized professional.
3. CTAP representatives will be in the LW Health Care Center on Nov. 22 from 10 a.m.-noon, and Dec. 27 from 10 a.m.-noon to answer questions about the free specialized equipment. They will have equipment on display.
People who have fully completed application forms signed by their doctors may be able to receive equipment that day.
CTAP will be able to process the first 10-12 people on a first-come, first-served basis.
It will not exchange phones for existing customers at these events.
For more information or application forms, call 1-800-806-1191 or visit www.CaliforniaPhones.org (web chat available).
A local full-time service center is located at 681 South Parker St., Suite 210, in Orange; cross streets are Town and Country and South Parker.
LW Dines Out
Finbars Italian Kitchen will be serving dinner in Cluhouse 1 on Monday, Nov. 18, starting at 4:30 p.m. Finbars serves on a first come, first served basis thereby eliminating the need for reservations. Diners are encouraged to stagger eating times between 4:30-6; the dining room is open until 7.
Hometown Buffet will serve a Monday Night all-you-can-eat buffet on Nov. 25 for $11 all inclusive, starting at 4:30. They accept checks, cash and credit cards; menus are published in the LW Weekly.
Don’t feel like driving or walking? The GRF bus service is available on its normal schedule for pickup and drop off in front of the clubhouse. For more information about food services in Leisure World, contact the Recreation Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Finbars Menu Nov. 18
Finbars Italian Kitchen serves dinners that include the appetizer of the day, a green salad with a choice of dressings and three entrée options, ranging from $14-$16 (tax included). Dessert and soft drinks are available for an additional charge.
Roma tomatoes, basil, garlic, extra virgin olive oil; drizzled with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette on grilled Italian bread.
Spaghetti with Meatball or sausage, $14
Authentic slow-simmered “Sunday gravy” tomato sauce
Chicken Parmigiana, $15
Chicken breast rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and baked with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses in a light tomato sauce. Served with pasta marinara and vegetables or rice.
Poached Salmon, $16
Served with pasta and vegetables or rice
Bathroom grant available
Leisure World residents who have taken advantage of the Seal Beach Bathroom Improvement Grant are not only satisfied with jobs well done, they are safer.
The free bathroom improvements make it easier for people to get in and out of tub/showers. In fact, over 1,000 residents have already made similar improvements utilizing federal grant funds—no charge to the resident. Currently, there are funds to do 50 more and the city is requesting applications.
The program is made through a possible grant from HUD, Orange County and Seal Beach. The OC Housing and Community Development Department allocates the federal grants from HUD every year to assist seniors in Leisure World Seal Beach. Specifically, the funds are used to cut the wall of the existing fiberglass tubs to a few inches. The tubs are refinished to look like new, and a new glass shower door enclosure is installed. The process converts the tub/shower combination into a shower only. The improvement eliminates the need for people to lift one leg up and over the tub wall, which is especially precarious when standing barefoot on a wet surface. Toilets can be replaced with high-boy models.
The City of Seal Beach selects approved contractors to perform the work.
To qualify, applicants must be over 55 years of age and have a gross annual household income less than or equal to the Orange County levels as follows: One person, $66,500; two people, $76,000; and three people, $85,500.
A licensed medical doctor must complete the Doctor’s Analysis Form rating the physical condition of the applicant with respect to mobility problems, pain with movement or trouble with balance. This rating helps prioritize the most needy applicants. All information is kept confidential.
Applications and doctors forms are available online at sealbeachca.gov or people can call CivicStone at (909) 364-9000 to have one mailed.
CivicStone was hired by the City of Seal Beach 10 years ago to administer the city’s Bathroom Accessibility Program.
Golf Course will reopen Dec. 2
The Golden Rain Foundation golf course, and pool and spa are closed for renovation.
The golf course is scheduled to reopen Dec. 2.
The pool facilities are scheduled to reopen early in the new year.
Opening dates are subject to change due to inclement weather and unexpected delays in the project.
People are urged to use caution in the area.
The sidewalk fronting the golf course on the north side of Golden Rain Road and the sidewalk on the east side of St. Andrews Drive fronting the pool will be closed during construction.
During the pool renovation, the Clubhouse 1 parking lot will be used as a staging area and only 20 parking spaces are now available for resident use.
GRF to host Hanukkah celebration
The GRF Recreation Department will host the lighting of the Menorah, the Jewish symbol of Hanukkah, at Veterans Plaza on Thursday, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m. The holiday celebrates the Jews defeating Syrian-Greek oppressors who tried to force them to abandon their religion and adopt Greek culture. The story has it that, led by Judah Maccabee, they recaptured the holy temple in Jerusalem. Arriving there, they found only enough olive oil to light candles for one night. It lasted for eight nights.
Hanukkah commemorates the defeat of the oppressors and the miracle of the oil lasting eight nights. The oil had led to the holiday being referred to as “The Festival of Lights.”
The Chabad of Los Alamitos/Cypress will share with GRF members and their guests the story of the holiday and its meaning for Jew and Gentile alike. Musical entertainment with a Klezmer band will top off the event. It is an opportunity for this community, rich in culture and customs, to come together to learn and share in the joy of this beautiful festival.
Refreshments will be served, courtesy of GRF and Congregation Sholom.
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First Christian Church
Saturday nights are a wonderful time of praise, worship, Bible teaching and fellowship at First Christian Church. The services have been going and growing for a little over a year now and many participants agree there is no better place to be than among this family of believers and followers of Jesus on Saturday nights.
The Saturday evening service begins at 5:15 p.m. with the Hospitality Room opening at 4:30 p.m.
Sunday morning begins with Elder Jack Frost teaching Bible study at 9 a.m. from the book of Luke. At 9:30 a.m. the Hospitality Room opens for fellowship and light refreshments with Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski hosting.
Pastor Bruce Humes begins the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer and Scripture, followed by Margaret Humes leading the congregation in these hymns of worship: “How Great Thou Art,” “Bless His Holy Name” and “Thou Art Worthy.” The Communion hymn will be “Just As I Am.”
The church choir, under the direction of Margaret Humes, will sing “Give Thanks.” Pastor Bruce Humes will present the Communion meditation and service. For the offertory, Pat Kogok will play “We Gather Together.” Anita Ragole will sing, “Thank You Lord,” followed by Margaret Humes who will read Psalm 100:1-5.
Pastor Gene Cherryholme’s message will be “The Lord Is Good” based on Psalm 100:1-5.
Prayer and verse-by-verse Bible studies during the week are held on Tuesdays with Pastor Humes and on Thursdays with Pastor Cherryholmes both beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions. Call the church office at (562) 431-8810 for further information.
Congregation Sholom will have a Friday night service at 7 on Nov. 15 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, with Rabbi Karen Isenberg. An oneg Shabbat will follow the service.
On Saturday, Nov. 16, the service starts at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, with Rabbi Isenberg. An hour of Torah study will began at 10:15. The service will continue until about noon and will be followed by a potluck lunch.
The book club will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at 1:30 p.m. at Ruth Hermann’s house. The club is reading “For Whom the Shofar Blows.” For more information, call 430-3107.
A Bat Mitzvah class is in the works. Interested women should email their names and email addresses to Mel Chazen at email@example.com.
An “Ask the Rabbi” column is being set up in “News & Nachas.” Email questions for Ask the Rabbi to Mel Chazen.
To get or offer a ride to services, contact Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122 or Maria Bogart at 594-4362.
“Living In the In-between Times” is the title of Pastor Lynda Elmer’s sermon at the 10:30 a.m. worship service at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Sunday, Nov. 17. Dena Anderson (and her dog Bodi) and Maria Swift are the official greeters and ushers this month.
Alma Zamzow and Jerry Brady will lead the congregation in Scripture readings and prayers, and Shirlene Bradrick will assist in Communion. The altar flowers are given in celebration of Carol and Mickey Costello’s wedding anniversary. Fellowship for all will follow in the church’s large undercroft downstairs. The church is located near the intersection of Golden Rain Road and St. Andrews Drive.
The study of Matthew, Mark and Luke and Jesus’s lessons for life will be the focus of the weekly Wednesday Bible class on Nov. 20 from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the upstairs Conference Room (no steps or ramps for total accessibility).
A midweek combined Lutheran/Episcopal worship service for prayer, reflection and Communion is held 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in the small chapel in the sanctuary.
There is space for a few more vendors at the annual Christmas Bazaar on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. If anyone is interested in having a table and joining other artists who sell great gift items (homemade jams and jellies, paintings, photo cards and specially-made international items), contact Carmen Leslie at 430-6950.
Orange County Care Connections provides respite care for persons diagnosed with memory impairment and their caregivers. This ministry of Redeemer is open to everyone in the Leisure World community. The program runs from 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (562) 596-1209 for more information on the program. Visit Redeemer Lutheran’s website at www.redeemerlutheransealbeach.com for more information on happenings at the church.
Faith Christian Assembly
Faith Christian Assembly will host a special concert featuring The Cornell Trio at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 17. The trio has won numerous awards and has performed with the Gaithers, and other big names in Christian music.
The church is also offering an opportunity to get healthier before the holidays with a nutrition class on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 11 a.m. It will be taught by Sherre Yurenko, a licensed vocational nurse who has extensive training in this field.
Faith Fellowship meets at 11 a.m. on Tuesday in the Garden Room. A midweek Bible study is taught by Pastor Sheri Leming at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays in the Garden Room.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or visit www.FCAchurch.net.
LW Korean Community Church
The Leisure World Korean Community Church has worship at noon on Sundays and morning worships Tuesday-Saturday at 6 a.m. in the main sanctuary of Community Church.
On Nov. 2, Dr. Cho Sun Hyung lectured on the “Wonders of Life” during the early morning worship. His experience with modern medicine has allowed him to see the wonders of God even more, he said. After the lecture, Communion was observed.
Dr. Hyung is the vice president of Mutual 1. He got his Ph.D. in computer sciences at Pittsburgh University, where he went on to teach. He was a professor at Bentley University and KAIST. He also served as the assistant secretary for the Pennsylvania State Ministry of Education, vice president of Wang Laboratories in Massachusetts, and Wang computer’s branch manager in Korea and Japan.
Salvation Army Home League
The Home League of the Salvation Army will meet in Clubhouse 4 at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18. Major Josh Sneed will lead prayer and the Pledge of Alligiance. Ramona Glass will lead the singing of hymns.
Suede Sole Dancers and Tommy Williams will entertain.
Come early for refreshments, which are served before the meeting.
LW Baptist Church
Leisure World Baptist Church holds a worship service on Sundays in Clubhouse 4. Sunday School is from 8:40-9:10 a.m. and then people meet around the tables for coffee and a sweet treat until 9:45.
On Nov. 17, soloist Kip Watkins will sing a favorite, “My Tribute.”
The choir’s selection will be “Give of Your Best to the Master.”
Congregational hymns include “Our Great Savior,” “Make Me a Blessing” and “Something for Thee.”
Yvonne Leon will play the offertory selection.
Pastor Rolland Coburn’s message from Romans 11:6 is titled “Israel’s Believing Remnant.”
The attended Prayer Room is located in in section C following the service.
The Men’s Fellowship meets on Monday, Nov. 18, in Clubhouse 3, Room 8. The Energizers meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
For more information, call 430-2920.
Assembly of God
Tim and Diana Curtis will be guest speakers at Assembly of God’s 10:30 a.m. service in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Tim has been a businessman in some of the largest lumber companies throughout the area. In recent years, he was called by God to the ministry in the Assemblies of God and currently serves as assistant to the pastor at the church in Clovis, California. Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will greet people with an uplifting word from God and will also lead the worship time.
A Hymn Sing is held in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 at 6 p.m. and continues to draw a large gathering from various churches throughout Leisure World and beyond.
Pastor Dan will lead hymns selected by those present, and Cliff VanderWal will bring special music and an update on his ministry in Compton. Choruses from people’s youth continue to be a highlight of the evening, with Ruth Olson leading.
Norma Ballinger will close the evening with a short devotion, “What Does God Want From Us?” During fellowship time, people visit with friends and share treats that they bring.
Pastor Sam Pawlak continues to lead the Wednesday Bible study at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, studying from the book of Revelation. It’s never too late to join this enthusiastic and growing group.
Beit HaLev services are accessed online on Livestream.com/Galityomtov and Facebook.com/galityomtov. Shabbat Ma’ariv services are at 6 p.m. and Shacharit services are at 10:30 a.m.
In addition to the Sabbath services, Rabbi-Cantor Galit Shirah also conducts a short Weekday Ma’ariv (evening) service every Thursday at 4 p.m. on SimShalom.com, that includes a Torah reading, a D’var Torah, a prayer for healing and the Mourners Kaddish.
The Torah portion this Shabbat is “Vayera” (He [HaShem] appeared). Following his self-circumcision, Avraham is deep in a conversation with the Divine when he sees three traveler’s approaching. Avraham interrupts his conversation and runs to greet the three strangers to invite them to his tent where he and Sarah prepare a feast. The travelers, it is determined, are angels, messengers, one of whom is there to tell Sarah that she will soon bear a son—at 80 years of age—and that she will name him Yitzchak — Isaac.
A beginner Hebrew class and beginner Modern Hebrew class have begun. Call Rabbi Galit Shirah to enroll at (562) 715-0888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Buddha Circle will meet from 9:30 -11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Clubhouse 4. Ven. Vui Mung, also known as Joyful Heart, from Desert Zen Center will present Buddhism in a simple way—how to suffer less and become happier. It’s an interactive group; people are encouraged to ask questions. He will begin the session with a guided meditation. Check the website at LWSB.com under Religion, Buddha Circle, for more information. There is no membership fees, just a gathering of like-minded people. All residents are welcome.
Donations are welcome and will support Ven. Joyful Heart in his teachings. For more information, call (714) 933-5122.
St. Theodore’s Episcopal
The Rev. Valerie Hart will celebrate and preach at St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church Communion worship service on Sunday, Nov. 17, at 12:15 p.m. in the sanctuary of Redeemer Lutheran Church, 13564 St. Andrews Dr.
Fellowship with refreshments follows in the Conference Room. A combined Lutheran and Episcopal worship service with prayer, reflection and Holy Communion is also held every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. All are welcome.
Tis the “Fruitcake Season” once again at Community Church. The Community Church Missions Team offers Claxton Fruitcakes to Leisure World residents to gift and enjoy during the holiday season. The fruitcakes, straight from Georgia utilizing an old family recipe, continue to be a holiday favorite. The cost is $8 for each one-pound loaf. All proceeds benefit local charities designed by the Missions Team.
Bring furry friends for a Vet Care Clinic today, Nov. 14, from 9-11 a.m. on the patio in front of the church. Services, provided by Veterinarian, Dr. Fong, include vaccinations, nail trim, glands, blood work, etc., all provided at a reduced cost. Transportation is available through Elaine Miller at (925) 997-3412. This convenient pet clinic is hosted at Community Church. Dogs must be on leash and cats and small animals in crates or cages. Free pet toys will be given.
The Community Church’s Director of Music gladly extends an open invitation to all of Leisure world to join the choir as it prepared for the Christmas Cantata on Dec. 15. Contact the church office if you are interested in participating.
The Sunday Bible study, led by Joy Reed, meets at 5 p.m. in the Fireside Room. The topic is “Christ’s Death and Resurrection.” Everyone is welcome.
On Sunday, Nov. 17, Pastor Johan Dodge will give a scripture-based message titled “Words and Wisdom.” The Scripture Lesson is Luke 21:5-19. Serving as lay liturgist will be Carmen Edwards. Worship services are at 9:50 a.m., followed by coffee and refreshments in Edgar Hall.
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Good Times Roll
Clubhouse 2 will be decked out for a rollicking holiday show Saturday, Nov. 16; doors open at 5:30 p.m. when holiday music will fill the air. There will be coffee, water and ice available. Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and beverages. All are welcome.
The holiday revue of rock, pop and doo-wop Christmas songs will start at 6:30 p.m. Club performers will sing time-tested favorites that began in the 50s and 60s and are still popular today. In response to many requests, Frank Destra with Josie DelPina, Lu DeSantis and Ron Hanna will perform as the famous Chipmunks, and Frank will also lipsync as Frosty the Snowman.
“All our club members have worked to make our songs entertaining by adding props, costumes, decorations, and dancing,” says President Frank Destra.
Performers include Connie Farrand, Ron Hanna, Charlie Guggino, Tosca Lies, Lu DeSantis, Erika Greenwood, Sally Glauser, Carmen Edwards, Ray Geierman, Josie DelPino and Frank Destra. Club secretary Jackie Hildebrant will introduce the songs and singers.
After the show there will be more holiday and rock and roll music for dancing and holiday pie provided by the club. There is no admission but donations for refreshments are welcome.
The club recently lost Audrey McKenzie, an original member of Let The Good Times Roll Club. A memorial for Audrey is being planned with the Britannica Club and Audrey’s family for Wednesday, Nov. 27, in Clubhouse 1. Further details will be announced at the show. Audrey is missed by everyone who knew her, and the memorial will be a time to share memories of her life.
The Friendship Club offers free computer classes taught by Jeff Sacks and Miryam Fernandez. The club meets on the first, second and fourth Mondays in Clubhouse 3, Room 4; and on the third Monday, in Clubhouse 6, Room B. The schedule is as follows:
Monday, Nov. 18, Clubhouse 6, Room B
11 a.m.—Windows 7, 10 (Sacks)
Noon—Prepare for CA DMV Test
(Includes info about REAL ID) (Sacks)
Monday, Nov. 25, No Class
Monday, Dec. 2, Clubhouse 3, Room 4
11 a.m.—How to Shop for Groceries Online-Vons (Sacks)
Noon—How to Shop Online-Amazon (Fernandez)
Monday, Dec. 9, Clubhouse 3, Room 4
11 a.m.—Chromebook (Sacks)
Monday, Dec. 16, Clubhouse 6, Room B
11 a.m.—Prepare for CA DMV Test
(Includes information about REAL ID, Sacks)
Noon—Windows 7, 10 (Sacks)
For expert computer and smartphone information and advice, DMV, to suggest topics and questions, or to join the email list, contact Jeff Sacks (714) 642-0122.
For basic computer information, iPhone/iPad, social media, Google Calendar questions, contact Miryam Fernandez at 884-7460.
LBSO Bus Transport
The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra will play a concert based on the theme “French Fantastique” featuring French composers such as Debussy and others on Nov. 16.
Bus transportation is available to and from Leisure World and the concert. Be at the Amphitheater bus loading area near St. Andrews Drive by 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. People who have not yet bought bus tickets may pay for them with cash or a personal check for $16 per round trip; RSVP to reserve bus seats to Bev Emus at (562) 296-5586.
To purchase tickets for concerts, call the LBSO Box Office at 436-3203.
Belen Smith, a new addition to the Community Karaoke group, led the Wednesday evening with a lively “My Girl” from the Temptations. Belen likes to put expression into her renditions and have fun on stage. It was a busy night with lots of variety. Vito Villamor filled the front of the room with dancers to his rockin’ “Blame It on the Bossa Nova.” Margie Stewart’s “Dock of the Bay” also had everyone toe-tapping. Bob Groncki chose a Beatles number, “Rocky Raccoon,” and Kathy Swinger did a popular Carpenters’ hit “We’ve Only Just Begun.” Byong Choi did a fine “Love is a Many Splendored Thing.” “Hello Again Hello” is a favorite of Ren Villaneauva and the audience can count on smooth ballads from Tino Tupas and Pete Tupas. Wayne Urban did a good, old standard “For the Good Times.” Essie Hicks likes pop hits from British vocalist, Adele. Tony Tupas entertained with a smooth “Strawberry Fields” from Beatles.
Community Karoke will meet on Nov. 27, Thanksgiving Eve. everyone is welcome to come for a song-filled evening in Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m. Practice sessions are held on Tuesday from 1-3 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6.
Lapidary and Jewelry Club
The Lapidary and Jewelry Club holds classes in the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4. Signed-up sheets are available now; most classes start at 9 a.m.
•Beginning Glass Fusion, Nov. 15
•Copper Enameling, Nov. 22
On Dec. 9, the club will hold a holiday luncheon in Clubhouse 4. The catered meal includes chicken, gravy and mashed potatos, Ambrosia salad and pie.
Cost is $15 per person; sign up at the Lapidary Room and indicate your preference of white or dark meat.
The lunch will include the annual general meeting and the election of officers.
The Genealogy Club offers themed workshops on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Library in Clubhouse 3, Room 10.
The workshops are open to everyone and are free. The Genealogy Library is open from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.
•Nov. 14: How to Gather Information at Family Gatherings
•Nov. 21: Building Trees on Ancestry (this is for volunteers who would like to get started).
Only club members can access family trees on the club account. Bring in your name, date and place of birth; your parents’ names, dates and places of births and deaths; and grandparents names and as much as you know about their births and deaths.
•Nov. 28: No Workshop—Happy Thanksgiving
Amateur Radio Emergency Service Group (ARES) of Seal Beach, Rossmoor and Los Alamitos will assist the city of Seal Beach providing operational support during the inaugural Seal Beach Turkey Trot Race on Saturday, Nov. 23.
This race is the first of many community events that the ARES Seal Beach Group will support.
The group under the leadership of LW resident Midge Bash was appointed by Carl Gardenias, the section leader for Orange County for American Relay Radio League (ARRL). ARES consists of licensed amateur radio operators who are dedicated to providing emergency communications and message handling to support the communities of Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and Rossmoor.
Dance Classes and Clubs
The following is a partial list of dance classes and clubs available in Leisure World:
•Ballet Fitness: A one-hour class is held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 6, second floor; no experience required.
•Dancing Feet Club: Ballroom and line dancing are held in Clubhouse 2 on the fourth Sunday of the month from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6. Admission is free. Guests may bring drinks and snacks. The club holds free line dance lessons and practices in Clubhouse 6 on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m., and on the first, third and fifth Sundays from 4:30-6 p.m. For more information, call Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223.
•Dance Fitness: Move to energetic music and dance steps to improve balance and increase strength and stamina. Classes, $3, are held upstairs in Clubhouse 6 on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jim Blanchard at (714) 487-2446.
•Flowering Step Line Dance: Free classes are held at 10 a.m. on Mondays in Clubhouse 2 and the third Monday at 9:30 in Clubhouse 3. Young-ah Koh is the instructor. For more information, call 296-8068.
•Fun Exercise Line Dance Club: Intermediate line dance meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C; membership, $10 a year. For information, call Suzanne Ahn, 810-1614.
•Grapevine Line Dance: Free line dance classes Thursdays from 2-5 p.m. at Clubhouse 6, upstairs Room C; 2-3 p.m., advanced; 3-4 p.m., newcomer/beginner; 4-5 p.m., intermediate; 10-minute break between classes. For more information, inquire directly in class or email email@example.com.
•Hui O Hula: Beginners meet on Mondays from 10-11:15 a.m., upstairs in Clubhouse 6, followed by an intermediate and advanced class. The Tuesday class starts at 1:15 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. All levels are welcome. For more information, call 252-9676 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
•Joyful Line Dance Club: Beginning and intermediate easy-to-follow line dance classes are from 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3; $2 per 90-minute class; Justin Manalad is the instructor. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.
•Leisure Time Dancers: West Coast Swing will be taught at 2 p.m. and nightclub two-step at 3 p.m., Monday, in Clubhouse 6. Richard Sharrard is the instructor. Singles and couples are welcome; dancers rotate. Cost is $6 for one hour; $10 for two hours. For more information, call 434-6334.
•Leisure World Cloggers:Advanced and intermediate students meet at 8:30 a.m. and beginners at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, on the Amphitheater stage. For more information, call 598-9974.
•Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club: Themed dances and a potluck are held on the first Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Singles and couples are welcome. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at 799-9482.
•Saturday Morning Dance Club: Cha cha is taught from 9-10 a.m.; Argentine tango, from 10-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 1; Candi Davis; instructor; dancers rotate. Sessions are $5.
•Suede Sole Dancers: The group meets at 6 p.m. on Sundays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Pat Erickson is the instructor.
•Velvetones Jazz Club Dance: The big band plays dance music at 6 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month in Clubhouse 4.
•Zumba Club: Come join the party while dancing and exercising to different rhythms such as salsa, merengue, cha-cha, hip-hop, Bollywood and jazz. Classes, $3, are held upstairs in Clubhouse 6 at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, and at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. For more information, contact Mary Romero at 431-0082
Video Producers Listings
The Video Producers Club will offer the following new new programs featuring Leisure World life and clubs on SBTV-Channel 3, community Seal Beach television. SBTV-3 can be seen on Spectrum Cable Channel 3 and Frontier Cable Channel 37. It can also be seen on the internet at www.sbtv3.org. Just click on the logo on the website page to see it in high definition. SBTV-3 programming is contributed by certified Video Producers from Leisure World, not employees of SBTV-3.
Filipino Association of Leisure World Dinner & Dance.
The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) hosted a luau dinner dance party Sept. 7 in Clubhouse 2. Ren Villanueva and Ric Dizon were the emcees. The Ditty Boys and Good Rockin’ Daddy performed as did the Kahuna Voyage Dancers.
Video cameras were operated by Anna Derby, Michael Oh, Irene Cistaro and Paul Bassett. The show was produced and edited by Paul Bassett. Anna Derby was the video production coordinator.
The Video Producers Halloween Party is the subject of this one-hour show featuring Hui O Hula dancers and Theater Club performances. Joseph Valentinetti was the master of ceremonies. Performers included Jojo Weingart, Kaye Huff, Susan Cucci, Yo Kishi, Tosca Lies, Andre DuSomme, Carla Gae, Charlie Guggino, Carol Ann Guggino, Taylor White, Bob Groncki and many others. Camera operators are Irene Cistaro, Mary Apte and Joe Osuna. Joe Osuna is the video producer.
Singers Tommy Williams and Tina Borges perform in this one-hour program. Band leader Jeff Plum heads the Velvetones Swing Band in performances every first and third Sunday of the month in Clubhouse 4. Camera operators are Oralia and Joe Osuna, who produced the video.
Hot Air Balloons
Join video producer Owen Hughes as he enjoys the Albuquerque Hot Air Balloon festival in this short video production.
Wild West Chorale
The LW Chorale entertains with a western-themed musical presentation. Entertainers are Ellen Brannigan, Amy Walker, Ethel Carter, Jay and Connie Young, Donna Burr, Tosca Lies, Ren Villanueva, Sandra Hunt, Pat Kogok, Chris Moore, Kay Puchman, Michael Brean, Nancy Maggio, Ray Geirman, Bill and Julie Frambach, Pat Kair, Susan Kelleghan, Lois Sellar, Sandy Nelson and many more. Camera operator is Dorothy Ferrington; video producer is Janice Laine.
Blessing of the Animals
The Community Church with Pastor Johan Dodge and the Holy Family Church with Pastor Juan Caboboy blessed cats and dogs and one bird on the traditional day of St. Francis of Assisi blessing the animals. Camera Operators of the two short videos are Oralia and Joe Osuna. Joe Osuna is the video producer.
The Garden Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 18 in Clubhouse 2. This month’s program is called “All About Roses” and will be presented by Leisure World resident Donna Hughes.
Hughes grew up in the Midwest and says that her greatest gardening influence came from her mother, who raised roses near Chicago for the well-known rose growing company Jackson & Perkins.Through her mother she learned to tend and care for roses as well as other plants. Her parent’s home was featured on the cover of “Better Homes and Gardens” in the late 1950s largely due to the spectacular yard and garden.
Before moving to Leisure World seven years ago, Hughes worked in the corporate management world, owned her own business, then semi-retired and worked for a property management company overseeing the landscape for about 25 properties. She worked with several landscape architects and contractors, ultimately working for one of the landscape contractors working in Leisure World.
Hughes loves the outdoors and in addition to gardening enjoys swimming, biking and hiking. When she was 60 she hiked Mt. Whitney with her younger brother and made it to within 1,200 feet of the summit. She says it was an amazing experience.
She was thrilled to be asked by the Garden Club to speak about roses not only because she loves them but it also brings back wonderful memories of working side-by-side with her mother for hours tending roses.
The We Care table will be in the lobby for donations of non-perishable food items, gift cards and cash.
Coffee, tea and cookies will be served after the meeting.
Ad Hoc Sing-Along
The LW Ad Hoc Sing-Along Club meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 for one hour to sing the old songs. All are welcome to come and sing songs from movies, Broadway hits and other classic tunes.
Helen Onu is the song leader, with pianist Eric Nelson.
Song sheets are furnished. Reading music is not required.
For more information, call Chuck Burnett at 493-0176.
by Ethel Carter
Leisure World residents are invited to attend this Monday night’s Community Sing at 6:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Folks who would like to be part of the first half-hour of Opening Acts should come about 6 p.m. to sign up with the leader, Rhonda Fischer, bringing music for the pianist, Pat Kogok, as needed.
After opening acts Rhonda will lead group singing until she introduces her half-time guest, well-known and popular soprano singer, Anita Ragole.
On Oct. 21 Nancy Maggio was the emcee. Opening Acts began with a duet by Ethel Carter and Nancy Maggio singing “Tumbling Tumbleweeds.” Then Richard Yokomi sang “To Make You Feel My Love” (accompanying himself on his electric guitar); Chuck Zeman, “Ghost Riders in the Sky” (a capella); Byong Choi, “Autumn Leaves”; Betty Ballen, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” (accompanying herself on the piano); and ending with Bob Barnum singing “The Story of My Life” (a capella). Pianist Pat Kogok accompanied two of the acts.
Nancy then led the audience in singing old favorite songs until she introduced her half-time guests, sopranist, Janet Ray and her accompanist, Susan Bouley. These ladies have sung and played together off and on for years.
Janet sang two numbers in which she used a CD player: “My Favorite Things” and “Welcome Home.” She also sang two numbers for which Susan Bouley accompanied her, “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly” and “He.”
The audience cheered and clapped loudly for the ladies’ talents, and at the end some of the audience gave Janet a standing ovation.
After Janet’s performance, Nancy wrapped up a second session of group singing and ended the musical evening with “Kumbaya.”
Many thanks to pianist Pat Kogok, and Bob Barnum and Bruce DuPont for helping with the books.
The Fiction/Non Fiction group of the Creative Writers Club will meet Friday, Nov. 15, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
Come meet the winners of the Feature Article Contest. Feature articles are short, non-fiction literary compositions on a single topic. The winners are Dorothy Ferrington, first, for “Smoke Jumper.” Edward Beggs and Fred Wind tied for second. Beggs submitted “My Love Affairs with Three Norwegian Elkhounds” and Fred Wind, “Cycle of Life and Death—Monarchs of the Butterfly World.”
In third place was Deane Cox, who wrote “The Gospel According to Deane—Book of Elections.”
Leisure World residents and guests are invited to attend meetings.
South Coast Orchid Society
South Coast Orchid Society, serving orchid hobbyists in Long Beach since 1950, will present a program by Steve Hampson on “Searching for Wild Orchids in China.”
He is well known as the senior horticulturalist at Roger’s Gardens in Corona Del Mar.
The event is free and open to the public. Many orchids grown by members will be on display.
The program will be held at Whaley Park Community Center, 5620 E. Atherton St., Long Beach, on Monday, Nov. 25, from 7-9 p.m.
Photo Arts Club
The Photo Arts Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. today, Nov. 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.
Roger Bennett will lead the group with a creative collage on a printer and matting practice. Attendees are invited to bring photos on any subject for the monthly competition.
Everyone is welcome.
GRF Weekly Dances
For the next three months, GRF is co-sponsoring three of LW’s most popular bands—The Velvetones, Abilene and Vinyl Rock—for the weekend dances.
The Velvetones Ballroom Orchestra with Tommy Williams and Tina Schaffer will perform Sunday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Admission is free, and all are welcome.
The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra is Leisure World’s own professional big band, playing Big Band swing and jazz standards – music for dreaming and dancing.
The Velvetones was founded in 2011 by Leisure World resident Carl Hatheway, who had long-ranging experience with big bands, both in playing trumpet (and trombone) and leading jazz bands. His 40-Something Big Band in the West Covina area played for many community events, wedding receptions, corporate parties and even a Hollywood movie premiere.
The Big Band Sound is a uniquely American combination of reeds, brass and rhythm that defined the nation’s popular music for more than three decades.
The Velvetones vividly brings this classic music to life for a new generation of audiences, authentically recreating the style, musicality and essence of Swing Era band music. The Velvetones also mixes in contemporary pop hits.
The musical director of the Velvetones is Jeff Plum. Featured vocalists are Tommy Williams, Tina Schaffer, Lori Banta, Dennis Bryan and Marcia Ford. Some of the very best musicians from all over Southern California can be heard playing with the Velvetones.
Whether it be a well-known big band standard, contemporary jazz showcase, sentimental vocal ballad or a hard-swinging brass feature, the Velvetones provides a unique and complete package of musical entertainment.
The Velvetones play in Clubhouse 4 on the first and third Sundays at 6 p.m. Their concerts are free, but tips are acceptable and appreciated.
The Recreation Department asks residents and their guests attending the GRF Saturday Dances in Clubhouse 1 to cooperate in adhering to a few, simple rules:
• Do not park on the east side of Clubhouse 1. Parking for the clubhouse is across Golden Rain Road at the golf course or on Burning Tree Lane.
• People must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m. to permit adequate time for the custodian to tear down the setup and arrange the setup for the following day
• No announcements are permitted from the stage, except by the bands
• Clubhouse lighting and audio-visual equipment can only be adjusted by the custodian according to the instructions they have been given
• Be sure to sign in, either as a resident or guest, in the proper spot. This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of bands.
Make Em Laugh
Make ‘Em Laugh is a weekly improv class that uses improvisation techniques to make people chuckle or at least be entertained. Improv is also a good technique to overcome shyness, increase creativity and improve spontaneity. People who need help in any of those areas are welcome to attend this class.
Everyone is welcome to join the gang in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10:30 every week. You don’t need special talent because everyone who can talk can do improv. Come and see how easy it is. You can participate in the improvisations or just watch. We love an audience.
C’mon! It’s fun, free and non fattening. For more information, call Janice Laine, (562) 296-8647 or Bev Bender at (562) 594-9148.
Pizza Thursday starts at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Clubhouse 6. Dominos Pizza will be under the tent selling pizza until 8 p.m. Special orders can be called in to 493-2212 between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for pickup at the truck in Leisure World.
SBTV Channel 3
SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule.Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.
Thursday, Nov. 14
4 pm Blessing of the Animals
4:35 pm Blessing of the Animals
Holy Family Church
5 pm Wild Wild West Chorale
6 pm Velvetones Oct 2019
6:50 pm Hot Air Balloons/Triviamania
7 pm Studio Cafe
8 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts 9 pm Cerritos Center-
10:30 pm Sea Inside
11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Friday, Nov. 15
4 pm Hot Air Balloons-
4:10 pm Triviamania PSA
Video Producers Halloween
5 pm Tina and Tommy Velvetones
5:50 pm FALW Luau
7 pm McGaugh Go West!
8 pm Studio Cafe
9 pm Cerritos Center-
10:45 pm Aquarium of the Pacific
11 pm Vintage Vehicles
Saturday, Nov. 16
4 pm Hot Air Balloons/Triviamania
4:10 pm Blessing of the Animals
Holy Family Church
4:25 pm Blessing of the Animals
5 pm Wild Wild West Chorale
6 pm Video Producers Halloween
7 pm Studio Cafe
8 pm LAUSD
10 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
11 pm SB City Limits:
Sunday, Nov. 17
4 pm SB City Council meeting, replay 11-12
6 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts
7:15 pm FALW Luau
8:30 pm Ocean Perspectives
9 pm Studio Cafe
10 pm Cerritos Center Voodoo Daddy
Monday, Nov. 18
4 pm Triviamania/Hot Air Balloons
4:25 pm Blessing of the Animals
5 pm Video Producers Halloween
6 pm Studio Cafe
7 pm Seal Beach Planning
8:10 pm Velvetones Band
9 pm Cerritos Center-
Barrage 8 String Concert
10:30 pm Vintage Vehicles
11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Tuesday, Nov. 19
4 pm Wild Wild West Chorale
5 pm Velvetones Band
6 pm Calvary Chapel
6:30 pm Sea Inside
7 pm McGaugh 4th Grade
Go West 2019
8 pm McGaugh 3rd Grade
Sing of America
9 pm Studio Cafe
10 pm Cerritos Center,
Wednesday, Nov. 20
4 pm Tina and Tommy
with the Velvetones
5 pm Blessing of the Animals
5:36 pm Blessing of the Animals
Holy Family Church
5:50 pm Hot Air Balloons/Triviamania
6 pm Video Producers Halloween
6:50 pm FALW Luau
8 pm Studio Cafe
9 pm On Q – 8bit Jazz Heroes
10 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
*All programming is subject to change.
This poetry feature showcase original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. The club’s Poetry Workshop meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The Fiction/Nonfiction Group meets on the fourth Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, followed by a business meeting at 3 p.m.
Peace For Mankind
Before mankind walked tall
or used a rock as tool,
they shared life like other beasts
instinctive, savage or cruel.
But man was meant for greater things,
with special gifts were blessed ;
compassion, love and honor,
traits only man possessed.
Alone in all creation
with power to become like yeast,
with intelligence divine.
Only man dreamed of peace.
Exploring all the nations
through time, space and years,
walking tall with noble purpose
man conquered many fears.
The challenge to every country
is the goal to make war cease
In all the known universe
only man can work for peace
The American Association of University Women(AAUW), Long Beach, will host a fund raiser at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 16, at Golden Sails Inn, 6285 E. Pacific Coast Hwy., Long Beach.
Author Anne Cleeland will talk about her“Doyle and Acton Scotland Yard” book series.
Anne is one of 100 top Amazon best sellers, self-publishes and will donate all proceeds from her book sales to this event. All proceeds pay for scholarships to Long Beach City College and California State University, Long Beach, students.
Cost is $60 per person. Payment includes luncheon, program, silent auction, book sales and signing. For details about membership in AAUW and the local Branch, or to find out more about AAUW in Long Beach, contact email@example.com.
Smart Driver Class
Leisure World residents who want a discount on their car insurance and other benefits including a review of driving skills are invited to attend the AARP Safe Driver Class on Nov. 18 and 19 from 1-5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.
The fee for AARP members is $15; non-members, $20. For more information, call Ruth Bradley, (714) 401-2237.
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Weekly Health, Exercise Classes
An eight-week chair-based exercise program addressing 21 specific aging factors is held at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The exercises are practiced in a chair. Drop in anytime for $5 per session or pay $30 for all eight sessions. For more information, call Pam Turner, (760) 560-8161.
Classes for people at all fitness levels are from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call 493-7063.
Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga
Classes are from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 6, top floor; $4 per class by the month or $5 for occasional drop-ins. For more information, call Marion Higgins at 296-8328.
The walking and running club meets at 8 a.m., Mondays, in front of Clubhouse 6 for a 30- to 60-minute walk. For more information, call Tom Pontac, 304-0880.
Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club
Qigong practice sessions are held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. QiGong practitoner Dave Heilig instructs.
Tai Chi Chaun
Tai chi classes increase mobility and balance at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Beginners welcome. For more information, call Joann Mullens at 596-3936.
LW Yoga club
Monday – Clubhouse 4, Section C, 5-8 p.m. (formerly Yoga with Sally)
Tuesday – Clubhouse 4, Section C, 8-9:30 with Travis; 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. with Jenny
Thursday – Clubhouse 3, Room 1, 8-10 a.m. with Travis; 10-noon with Jenny
Healthcare spending is increasing
Healthcare spending in the U.S. stands at around $3.5 trillion per year and accounts for about 18 percent of the national gross domestic product of the country. Since 2000, total healthcare spending has surged by more than 150 percent, which partially reflects the 15 percent increase in the population in that time. But given that the ratio of healthcare spending to GDP has gone up by a much faster rate (a 34 percent increase since 2000), there’s no doubt that healthcare is simply getting more expensive in the U.S. than it was in the past, even accounting for the population and economic changes that have taken place in the past two decades.
The average person with private health insurance spent more than $5,640.78 on healthcare in 2017, including procedures, medication and hospitalization, according to the Health Care Cost Institute, which analyzes healthcare spending across the U.S. Costs are on the upswing, as the average amount spent per person has gone up nearly 17 percent since 2013. The biggest chunk of that spending was on anesthesia, specialist visits and surgical services.
Velma Sarna (l), Tonya Moffat and Bev Bender (r) celebrate a successful week of losing weight.
Moran is Top Loser of the week
Wa-Rite winner Velma Sarna is our Queen of the month with a seven-pound loss, the degree winner is Tanya Moffat who has maintained her weight and is doing very well. The Top Loser of the Week is Bev Bender, with a two pound loss.
Bev lost weight by controlling her eating and using the example of other members Kathy Rose and Tanya Moffat to think positive, be determined and eat right. Velma said she decreased her food portions, cut back on the sugar, is eating more fruits and vegetables and tries not to snack in the evening.
Wa-Rite is a support group for women needing to lose 10 pounds or more. Members meet on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9-10 a.m. Weighing begins at 7:45. Annual dues are $10. You must be a LW resident to join. For any questions, call Carol Chambers at (562) 822-4641 or Bev Bender at (562) 594-9148.
Upcoming events at the HCC
Friday, Nov. 15: SCAN sales event, Conference Room 1, 10 a.m.-Noon
Friday, Nov. 15: Plan comparison with Carla Ibarra Agency. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Conference Room 1.
Monday, Nov. 18: Alignment sales meetings. 9 a.m.-11 a.m. Conference Room 1.
Monday, Nov. 18: Sugar: the not-so-sweet truth. 2 p.m.-3 p.m. Conference Room 1.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Humana sales event. 12 p.m.-2 p.m. Conference Room 2.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Be a dementia friend. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Conference Room 1.
Tuesday, Nov. 19: Holiday photo booth. 4 p.m.-5:30p.m. Conference Room 2.
Wednesday, Nov. 20: Humana sales event. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Conference Room 1.
Thursday, Nov. 21: UHC sales event. 10 a.m. -12 p.m. Conference Room 1.
Thursday, Nov. 21: Plan comparison with Carla Ibarra Agency. 2 p.m.-4 p.m. Conference Room 1.
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Meals on wheels long beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., is a nonprofit community service organization that delivers a variety of freshly prepared meals to homebound and active Leisure World shareholders. The discounted daily fee is $8.25 for a hot dinner and lunch consisting of a large salad or sandwich with a small side salad, dessert and carton of low-fat milk. Meals with a “friendly visit” are delivered weekdays between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Start a new client application online at www.mowlb. org or call Caron Adler at 433-0232. For cancelations please call your site manager at (562) 439-5000 before noon to cancel a meal for the next weekday.
Thursday, Nov. 14 — Curry chicken, rice pilaf, seasoned mashed banana squash, chocolate and vanilla swirl pudding, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, German potato salad
Friday, Nov. 15 — Roast beef with mushroom gravy, au gratin potatoes, green beans, red velvet cake, Mediterranean chicken salad, red bell pepper, red onion, black olives, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, dressing.
Monday, Nov. 18 — Turkey tetrazzini, baked potato wedges, brussels sprouts, tapioca pudding, egg salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, broccoli slaw
Tuesday, Nov. 19 — Lemon pepper chicken breast, brown and wild rice, zucchini and tomatoes, chocolate pudding, entrée turkey and ham cobb salad with egg, tomato, bacon with blue cheese dressing, crackers
Wednesday, Nov. 20 — Whole grain spaghetti noodles with meatballs, dinner roll, seasoned broccoli, carrot cake, tuna salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, cucumber, carrot and pineapple salad
Thursday, Nov. 21 — Chicken enchilada with red sauce, pinto beans, seasoned cauliflower, peaches with yogurt, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, creamy coleslaw
Friday, Nov. 22 — Chicken cheddar mac casserole, lima beans, mixed vegetables, apple turnover, entrée chicken pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onions, garbanzo beans and feta cheese
Optumcare at the hcc
Become a dementia friend
By Carson Bloomquist
Dementia is something that affects all of us, whether we have it, know someone with it, or see it in our community. And it’s here in Leisure World that we can make a difference.
The Health Care Center is holding a workshop on how to be a dementia friend. Melissa Klaeb, from Alzheimer’s Orange County, will show us how we all play a role in creating a dementia-friendly community here in Leisure World.
“Dementia can be a scary word, but it doesn’t have to be,” Melissa said. “It’s all about how we decide to approach the disease. Talking about it, supporting each other, and raising awareness helps all of us.”
“Sometimes it’s as simple as understanding the basics,” Melissa said. “Knowledge is a powerful tool. It can make a world of difference for all of us. This workshop is all about how we use our knowledge to make Leisure World a safe place for those affected by dementia.”
Stick around after the event for a fun photo booth, sponsored by Alignment Health Plan. It’s a great way to take some festive photos with friends, as well as celebrate being a dementia friend with Alzheimer’s Orange County. Refreshments will be provided by Brookdale Senior Living.
This is the last part of a six-part workshop series. The series is offered by Alzheimer’s Orange County, with activities provided by Alignment Health Plan. Stay tuned to Leisure World Weekly for future activities from Alzheimer’s Orange County and Alignment Health Plan.
The Nov. workshop will be held in conference room 1 at the Health Care Center on Nov. 19 from 2 p.m.-4 p.m. It is open to all residents. To make sure you get a seat, RSVP by calling the HCC reservation line at (949) 923-3233. Leave your full name and include you would like to attend the Nov. 19 Alzheimer’s workshop.
Try Laughing for the Health of It
Bev Bender brings her laughter program to the Health Center in December. Laugh your way to better health. Laughter is the best medicine with only positive side effects. We’ll show you how easy it is to have fun in a not so funny world. You will leave with a smile on your face. Its fun, free and non-fattening. For more information call Bev at (562) 594-9148.
HLAA free lip reading classes Free Lip Reading classes offered through the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter at the Weingart Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood, CA 90712 every Wednesday in November from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For December, the classes are Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Classes will be resuming on Jan. 8. No formal registration or sign-up. All are welcome.
HLAA is a volunteer support group offering education on coping skills and resources to people with hearing loss to help survive in a hearing world. HLAA meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. For more information, call (562) 438-0597 or visit www.hlaa-lb-lakewood.org.
Seal Beach Community Services, in cooperation with Meals on Wheels Orange County, offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:15 a.m. Reservations are not needed. Arrive by 11 a.m. to check in at the front desk. Sugar-free desserts are offered on request. One-percent milk is served daily. Suggested donation: $3 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for all others. For more information, call (562) 430-6079.
The Rossmoor Senior Shopping Shuttle provides weekday service to Senior Meals from Leisure World. For more information, see page 22 of the 2019 Minibus Guide.
Thursday, Nov. 14 — Baked fish with pesto sauce, Spanish rice, green beans, whole wheat dinner roll with Promise, orange pineapple juice, fruit crisp
Friday, Nov. 15 — Cream of pumpkin soup with sugar free crackers, chicken deli sandwich with lettuce and tomato on whole wheat bread, tropical fruit mix
Monday, Nov. 18 — Beef chunks with burgundy sauce, mashed Potatoes, brussel sprouts, sugar free fruited gelatin
Tuesday, Nov. 19 — Split pea soup with sugar-free crackers, farro with butternut squash, salad cherry tomato, salad with shredded mozzarella, sugar free cookie
Wednesday, Nov. 20 — Egg drop soup with sugar free crackers, stir-fry chicken with chow mein sauce, brown rice, oriental vegetable blend, fruit crisp
Thursday, Nov. 21 — “Sunday” brunch, cheese omelet, tater tots with ketchup, apple chicken sausage, garden green salad with dressing, whole wheat bread with Promise, fresh melon
Friday, Nov. 22 — Thanksgiving celebration roast turkey with gravy, cornbread, stuffed yams with marshmallows, Parker roll with Promise, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie with whip topping, diet fresh fruit
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Page 10, sports and games
Men’s Friday Golf
Father and son win at Riverview golf course
The Men’s Friday Golf League played on Nov. 1 at Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. This golf club parallels the scenic Santa Ana River with lots of elevation changes. The back nine is over 500 yards longer than the front making consistent scoring a challenge. All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).
A flight: First place, with a net 1 under 69 and a birdie – Jim Goltra; second, Gary Stivers, 70 plus 25 low putts for the round; third, Sam Choi, 72, two birdies; fourth, Jerry Hore, 74; fifth, Dave LaCascia, 75. John Meyer had a birdie and Fujio Norihiro was closest to the pin on the 100-yard par 3, ninth hole.
B flight: First place, Lowell Goltra, with a 2 under 68, plus low putts with 32 and closest to the pin on the 150-yard par 3 second hole; second place, Bob Munn, 77.
Both the Monday and Friday Golf Clubs play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting between 7-7:30 a.m., except holidays. The courses are David L. Baker in Fountain Valley, Meadowlark in Huntington Beach, Riverview in Santa Ana and Willowick in Garden Grove. LW Men’s Club membership is not required. Remember ladies, friends, spouses and family are all welcome. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in each flight; two prizes for closest to the pin on par threes; and a prize for the lowest number of putts. Holes-in-one, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact Gary Stivers, (714) 313-3697.
The Men’s Monday and Friday league is inquiring if men and women golfers would like to join the league during the local course shutdown. Handicaps will be determined using our local handicap numbers and adjusted for the longer and more difficult courses outside Leisure World. Contact Gary for more information.
— Dave LaCascia
Our unsung hero
Joy Kolesky is a Bocce referee to spectators but on the court she is known as one of our unsung heroes. Everybody likes a hero and no one likes a referee. But let me tell you, our Bocce Ball referees in LW are our unsung heroes. They’re the ones who let us know who’s ahead in scoring, which Bocce Ball is closest to the Pallina and if it can’t be known by eye, they use a tape measure. Bocce Ball referees save time, so more people can play, have no stake in the outcome and make the game more fun and run smoothly.
Wood leads his team to victory
Pindiculous swept the Mutual Busters to tie for the league lead with Splits Happen. Gary Wood led Pindiculous with a 188 game. Splits Happen also swept it’s match with Strikingly Different as Bill Lesher rolled a 495 series. Tom Kaczmarek of Strikingly Different continued his high scoring with a 212 and 192.
Very Striking held on close to the top by taking three from team No. 3, Dave Silva, bowling anchor for Very Striking had his best series with a 226 and 246 second game for a 641 series and Connie Terry had a 169 and 158. Team No. 3 posted the high game of the day in game two with Helen Sponsler bowling a 168 with a turkey and teammate Ed Cisneros adding 181 for a total score of 676 for the team game.
Arny’s Gals took three from Charlie’s Angels as Danny Bigelow opened with a 196 and added a 206. Charlie Guggino of Charlie’s Angels finished with a 170 to take the third game and only finish five pins behind on total pins.
New Pickleball court hours are 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day. Courts will be closed the first Wednesday of each month for maintenance.
Bleakley wins against 64 players
Now that the pool is closed for renovation, why not consider the Cribbage Club to fill those empty hours. Meetings are on Tuesdays at noon, in Clubhouse 1. For those that don’t know how to play or those only needing a brush up, call Patti Smith at (562) 242-4674. Leave your name and phone number and she will arrange for lessons. Partners are not required and everyone usually finishes by 3:30 p.m. Come and join the fun.
Howard Bleakley came in first with a score of 842, followed by Julie Milburn at 839, Cathy Boufford at 832 and Russ Gray at 831. Dale Quinn had six games of 121; 65 players participated on Nov. 5.
Tami Reupert wished all the members of the Cribbage Club a Happy Cribbage Day. Members enjoyed delicious chocolate cake and chocolate ripple ice cream that Tami shared with us. Tami and Margaret Smith served.
Players should arrive by noon to be assured of a table.
— Bobbie Straley
How pickleball is played
In a doubles match, to start the game, one player serves from the right service court diagonally to the opposing side’s right service court. The receiving player must allow the ball to bounce before hitting it back. On the serving side the ball must bounce again before being hit. After that balls may be hit with or without bouncing until one side fails to return the ball or the ball is hit out of bounds. Only the serving side can make a point. At the start of the game the serving side must make the first point to continue by alternating service to opposite sides. If it does not, the serve is passed to the receiving side. From then on, each player on a team is allowed to serve until they lose the serve. A game is 11 points, or more, until a team has a two point advantage.
The club will host its annual Christmas party on Dec. 7, beginning at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. A catered meal will be offered as well as an opportunity drawing, music, dancing and door prizes. The cost is $15, payable in advance to any board member. Payments must be in by Dec. 1.
For more information contact club President Tim Linehan at (714) 818-6404.
Cards and Games Scoreboard
Fun Time Pinochle winners, Nov. 11: Tony Dodero, 14,520; Gene Smith, 11,400; Joan Taylor, 11,340; Carol Damoci, 10,990. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call (310) 968-9509.
Saturday Social Bunco winners, Nov. 9: Most buncos, Pam Kelly. Most wins, Sue McBride. Most babies, Sandy Weisenstein and Dolores Ruiz. Most loses, Doris Dack and Kathy Rose. Door prize winner, Kathy Russell. The Saturday Social Bunco’s next meeting is on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Clubhouse 3 Lobby at 2 p.m. Sign-ups begin at 1 p.m. Due to the demand for tables, a 1:30 arrival is advised. The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month in Clubhouse 3 lobby. For more information, call Doris Dack, (714) 356-0443.
Friendly Pinochle Club winners, Nov. 7: Jim Kaspar, 13,930; Sylvia Clinton, 13,110; Katthy Togie, 11,890; Antonia Zupancich, 11,640. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call (310) 968-9509.
Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners, Nov. 9: N/S: Sibyl Smith-Jeanette Estill, Sharon Beran-Joan Tschirki, Bob and Pat Adam, Linda Nye-Mike Nielsen, Stan Johnson-Louise Seifert. E/W: Fred Reker-Larry Slutsky, Ellen Kice-Sue Fardette, Mark Singer-Marilyn McClintock. Nov. 8: N/S: Betty Jackson-Diane Sachs, Mark Singer – Judy Carter-Johnson, Stan Johnson-Louise Seifert, Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz. E/W: Howard Smith-Mariann Klinger, Nancy Lichter-Joyce Basch, Sharon Beran-Sylvia Kaprelyan, Judy Jones-Harriet Weiss.
The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1, at 12:15 p.m. For information on how to join the fun and play, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is Nov. 15, annual meeting at 11:45 and unit rated game.
Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners, Nov. 9: Nancy Wheeler, 11,630; Richard Van Wasshnova, 10,750; Sylvia Clinton, 10,190; Joan Taylor, 10,020. Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433.
Monday Bridge Club winners ,Nov. 4: first place, Lorne Binger; second place, Sally; third place, Howard Bleakley. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Pauline Fitzsimons, (562) 296-8363.
Leisure World Monday Night Bunco, Nov. 11: Most Buncos, Judy Pelegrino and Laura Freichel. Most wins, Belinda Sanders. Most babies, Peg Szumita. Most loses, Sue Holster. Door prize winner, Rose Ann.
The Monday Night Leisure World Bunco group will meet on Nov. 25 for a Thanksgiving Celebration. A potluck dinner will start at 5 p.m. The club will provide turkey, gravy and ham. Paper goods will also be supplied.
Club members are asked to bring scrumptious side dishes fitting for a Thanksgiving feast. Bunco will start at 6 p.m. All Leisure World Bunco members are welcome. It will be a fun evening with plenty of residents to socialize with. Come join the fun. For information and reservations call, Gail Levitt, (562) 596-1346, president of the Leisure World Bunco Club.
White moves first and for any answer by black, the white’s next move is checkmate.
Chess partners are available in Leisure World when the LW Chess Club meets from 2-6:30 p.m. on Fridays in Clubhhouse 3, Room 7. Beginners are welcome for a free lesson.
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Lee “Jack” Pfeifer won her second final table of the year on Nov. 2. Her hole cards of ace and nine gave her a pair of aces to end the game. Second place was Lem Hall, followed by Nancy Park, Haruko MacLean, Nancy Floyd, Nancy Jordan and Roy Mittelsteadt.
High hands were won by Judy Jasmine with a straight flush, and Bill Clawson with four kings. Evie Cacioppo and Jack Pfeifer won the featured hand prizes.
“Jack” has lived in Mutual 2 and been a club member for seven years. She works as a realtor and CEO and enjoys cribbage, photography and drones. She is a volunteer for Emergency Preparedness. This was her seventh final table win.
The club will host an all LW poker tournament on Dec. 14, at 9:30 a.m., in Clubhouse 4. Tickets are $15 for both club members, family members and LW shareholders. Tickets include a continental breakfast and final table prizes. Tickets are available at all tournaments until Dec. 7, to a maximum of 90 players, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Last June’s tournament turned away potential players, so purchase your tickets early. No additional players will be allowed to purchase a seat on Dec. 14. Contact Cleo Looney, (562) 342-9400, for more information.
Barry Brideau gives private individual or group lessons. Call him at (714) 401-7622. Call President Wendy Wu for other club information at (714) 366-0940.
—Susan Dodson Pool
The Three Amigos win first place
The Three Amigos moved into first place by taking its match against the Hot Mess Express by an 8-4 margin. They are now one game ahead of The Favorites and two ahead of The Hustlers. Kenny Harpham, subbing for The Three Amigos, won three of his doubles matches and both of his singles. However, the shot of the night was made by Connie Adkins of the Hot Mess Express in the final nine ball doubles match, when she banked the nine ball located at the center of the end rail straight into the side pocket. This provoked laughter and surprise since nobody would ever play such a difficult shot. In eight ball you have to call the pocket, but in nine ball the nine can go anywhere.
The Ballers split with The Favorites 6-6 as Russell Black won his singles match in nine ball by pocketed a long cut shot on the three ball and running the balls out.
In another hard fought and close match, The Hot Shots tied The Hustlers. Rich Royals of The Hot Shots made the best shot of the night in his eight ball doubles match. His last ball was a foot away from the corner pocket, but he had to go rail first to kick it in because he was hooked on the shot. He not only made it but got position on the eight in the side pocket for his partner. That’s a perfect example of teamwork.
Park plays against 43 players to win on Oct. 29
The Leisure World golf course is closed now and is projected to reopen sometime in early December. Notifications will be sent out to the club members as soon as an official reopening date is set. Golfers can also check the golf course and the LW Weekly for updates.
Forty-three members played Oct. 29, for low gross, and low net. Flight A – Low Gross; Mary Park, 29. Low net; Margie Thompson, 26. Flight B – low gross; Jane Song, 28. Low net; tie Between Sandy Derouin and Young Yoon, 23. Flight C – low gross; Neva Senske, 29. Low net; Judy Kim, 24. Flight D – low gross; Betty Regalado, 32. Low net; Evelyn Scherber, 24.
Since Leisure World Golf course will be closed until early December, Pam Krug has made arrangements for a ladies group golf date during November at Bixby Golf Course, 6180 Bixby Drive, Long Beach.
Pam has reserved tee times between 7:15 and 8 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19. If you would like to play, call Pam Krug at (714) 612-7534. If you are calling for a group be sure to provide all names in your group. Although not guaranteed, Pam will do her best to accommodate the desired tee times.
page 25, travel
As temperatures start to plummet across the United States, the balmy weather in Florida draws visitors looking for a warm winter escape. Beyond soaking in the sun on Florida’s pristine beaches, visitors flock to the Sunshine State in search of opportunities to enjoy everything outdoors.
Nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts will find much to appreciate on Florida’s historic coast. St. Augustine and Ponte Vedra Beach offer plenty of eco-excursions, whether it’s fishing on or offshore, bird-watching at key stops along the Great Florida Birding Trail, hiking through state parks and coastal areas, searching for wildlife, watching for sea life, biking, surfing, swimming or beachcomber adventures.
Home to more than 700 miles of diverse trails, Tallahassee is known for its unique Florida topography that appeals to those seeking running, hiking, paddling, cycling and equestrian adventures. From black water rivers (home to peaceful manatees) and springs to rugged mountain bike trails (lined with towering live oaks) and forest prairies, Florida’s capital city gives visitors plenty of reasons to leave the city behind. Both novice explorers and experienced outdoor enthusiasts will find the perfect trail—searchable by terrain, activity, skill level, and more—at Trailahassee, a wonderful tool to help plan the perfect outdoor getaway.
Visitors can get back to nature on Florida’s Space Coast as well, where they can view the sparkling underwater “magic” of bioluminescent lagoons as they glide above in a clear-bottomed kayak. Or they can monkey around at the Brevard Zoo – home to more than 900 animals, visitors can feed a giraffe, have a rhino encounter, or take a guided kayak tour around the animal exhibits.
Florida is also for the birds—literally. Located in Northwest Florida, Wakulla County offers the perfect birding opportunity for both novice and experienced birders alike. With over 300 species of migratory and nesting birds, Wakulla County attracts nature-lovers looking to catch a glimpse of the many species flying south to set up their winter homes.
In Central Florida, attractions burst with winter-time activity, beckoning visitors to stay and play. Bok Tower Gardens in Lake Wales will inspire visitors with Olmsted gardens, a majestic bell tower, carillon concerts and the historic Pinewood Mansion. With daily concerts, nature walks, and special events—plus the new Outdoor Kitchen and Children’s Garden—Bok Tower Gardens will renew the spirit of winter-weary travelers. Cowboys and cowgirls yearning for some good old-fashioned fun will love Westgate River Ranch Resort and Rodeo, an authentic dude ranch located east of Lake Wales. With horseback riding, Saturday night rodeos, a trap and skeet shooting range, airboat rides and lodging, Westgate offers a family-friendly taste of the West with a Florida twist.
Whether visitors are embarking on some early holiday shopping, searching for the latest Black Friday deals, or staying up to date on haute couture, The Palm Beaches is the ultimate destination for retail therapy. With plenty of walkable shopping destinations (many with al fresco dining options), visitors can get their retail fix in The Palm Beaches. Visitors looking for a luxury shopping destination can head to Town Center at Boca Raton, which features a mix of 220 upscale and elite specialty shops along with mall favorites and department stores like Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and Saks Fifth Avenue. Worth Drive, the East Coast’s version of Rodeo Drive, is where shoppers will find a luxury shopping mecca, home to several upscale brands and one-of-a-kind boutiques set against the backdrop of palm-tree-lined streets. Head to Downtown Delray for charming streetscapes filled with eclectic shops, local artisans, and fantastic eateries—all with a small-town ambiance. While there, visitors won’t want to miss Pineapple Grove, a colorful arts district with a quirky vibe and plenty of shopping and dining opportunities.
On Florida’s West Coast, visitors can soak in the “Old Florida” ambiance that still thrives on 16 miles of sugar-white beaches, with options for swimming, snorkeling or searching for seashells. In particular, check out Anna Maria Island’s Coquina Beach, recently named one of the world’s top island beaches for perfect sand by Conde Nast Traveler readers.
Northwest Florida’s warm weather and thinner crowds also draw visitors looking for roomy stretches of beaches and brisk water activities. While Pensacola Beach and Perdido Beach are popular year-round, crowds are much thinner in the winter, making these beaches the perfect sandy destination for walking, jogging, or bike-riding along the shores. While winter water temperatures dip in the Gulf Coast, the clearer waters make it easier to see marine life while paddle boarding or kayaking in the surrounding waterways
Holiday season meeting and meal
The next get together will be Nov. 19, at 5 p.m., Clubhouse 4. The LW RV Club is kicking off the holiday season with a festive holiday meal. The club will provide the turkey, dressing and gravy. Members should bring their favorite and best holiday side dish or desert (with serving utensils); also bring your favorite beverage. The club will provide plates, napkins, flatware and water. We are aware there are a number of residents that have placed their RV in the LW lot recently. We welcome them all to come join us for the evening. After a short club meeting at 6 p.m., we will have a slice presentation of the Mississippi and Oregon coast.
Maggie wins division 4 game
The LW Pickleball Club sponsored its second tournament this year on Oct. 27. Thirty-two players in four divisions competed over three hours in a hard-fought series of games.
The lowest division, 2.5, was won by Chong Nguyen. Second place was Susan Lee, and third was Kathy Almeida.
Division 3 was won by Peggie Hamilton, second place, Connie Adkins and third place was Susan Dodson. Division 3.5 was won by Gary Adelman, second place, Nancy Morris and third place, Connie Terry. Division 4.0 had the strongest and fiercest games and was so entertaining for the large crowd. First place, Bob Maggie, followed by Philip Nguyen, and Barry Chittem.
The club’s holds a monthly meeting and potluck on the first Sunday of each month at 5 p.m., in Clubhouse 2. For further information, contact Tim Linehan at (714) 818-6404.
on the go
Harrah’s Rincon — Thursday-Monday, no Tuesdays or Wednesdays, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457
Pechanga Casino — Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 in EZ Play upon arrival, (951) 770-2579
Valley View Casino — Sunday-Tuesday, Amphitheater, 7 a.m., free
Pala Casino — Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, Amphitheater 8 a.m. (713) 623-4643
Country Christmas – Four nights at the Opryland Resort, Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Belle Meade Plantation and more. Dec. 11-15, Meridian Guided Travel (714) 871-8520
Dublin & Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way – Features Dublin, Giant’s Causeway, Kylemore Abbey, Belfast, Irish Farm Visit, Sheepdog Demonstration and more. March 23-April 1, Meridian Guided Travel (714) 871-8520
Windy City Getaway – Features Chicago River Cruise, Willis Tower Skydeck, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio and more. April 26-May 1, Meridian Guided Travel (714) 871-8520
Coastal New England – Features Boston, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Mystic Seaport, Plymouth Plantation and more. May 12-19, Meridian Guided Travel (714) 871-8520 CHESS
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Solution to this week’s puzzle: : c5
The white Pawn moves from c4 to c5. Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.
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Watch Your Step
Fake rental listings, bogus websites lure travelers in
by Cathie Merz
This year about 60 million adults in the U.S. are planning to travel for Thanksgiving or the December holidays, according to a report by CreditCards.com.
As the holidays bring an uptick in travel bookings, the risk of online fraud rises as well, reports Forter, a company that creates fraud-free environments for retailers. A new report by the company found that e-commerce fraud rose 13 percent in 2017, with travel-related fraud rising 37 percent. Holiday travel scams comprised a large part of the increase.
Before setting off on a trip, it is important to do some investigative shopping, to keep vacation plans from falling apart.
Only book on the official website of a hotel, airline, etc., or use a reputable, well-known third-party booking site you trust. When searching on the internet, make sure you are on legitimate websites. Look for “HTTPS” in the site’s URL address. This indicates the real, secure site for the provider you’re using and not a fake version of it.
When doing Internet searches, paid links often reside at the top of the list with names similar to airlines or other genuine travel sites.
If you find a good deal on a third-party site you’ve never used before, do some research before handing over your credit card number. Compare offers with other deals. If a deal seems too good to be true, it probably is. It is best to get recommendations from family and friends about the companies they use and like and check the Better Business Bureau. If you have doubts, search online for the name of the tour guide or company offering the deal along with the word “reviews” or “scam” to see what other consumers say.
Be sure to read the fine print on fees and cancellation policies.
Inquire about mandatory hotel “resort fees.” Hotel rooms booked online, do not include “resort fees” that are collected at check-in. The fees are for services like fitness facilities or internet access and are charged per night of the stay. The fees are mandatory and must be paid regardless of whether you use the services.
When making reservations, always use a credit card, not a debit card. Credit cards typically offer better fraud protection than debit cards and allow for a hold to be placed on a transaction to investigate a charge. Using a debit card could give criminals access to account information. Avoid using wire transfers and gift cards. This type of payment is like cash; once you’ve paid, it’s hard to get your money back.
When hotels and airlines are booked through a third party, check first with the provider to make sure the booking is real. Verify reservations and arrangements by contacting airlines, car rental companies, and hotels directly.
Scammers may call or use mail, texts, faxes or ads promising free or low-cost vacations. In reality, those vacation offers may end up charging poorly disclosed fees or may even be fake.
Travel scams often create major headaches. Unscrupulous operators can leave victims stranded away from home, scrambling to replace what they paid for.
John Breyault, vice president of policy, telecommunications and fraud for the National Consumers League, says he has heard about people showing up with their luggage, ready to check into their “rental,” only to discover it was the private home of unsuspecting owners.
“Scammers have gotten very adept at stealing photos and attaching them to fake rental listings,” Breyault says.
Sometimes nonexistent properties are offered for rent using stolen digital photos of other places; or real listings are duplicated onto sites like Craigslist, substituting in the scammer’s email and persuading travelers to send “deposits” through wire transfers or gift cards, making it nearly impossible for the victims to get their money back.
Avoid the rental scam risk by going through a reputable vacation rental site with protections and insurance guarantees such as Airbnb, HomeAway and VRBO, which protect money from fraudsters.
Get a written rental agreement. Any reputable property owner, agent or manager will provide one, with terms and protections for both parties. Read the fine print, especially regarding cancellation, refund policies and payment security. Check that a rental company offers built-in protection against scams.
Some tell-tale signs that a travel offer or prize might be a scam:
• The rate for a premium vacation property is significantly lower than for other rentals in the same area.
• The listed owner asks you to wire a deposit or full payment. The Federal Trade Commission calls this the “surest sign” of a scam because when you wire money there’s almost no way to get it back.
• A property owner or travel company pressures you to commit quickly to a deal.
• A company advertises steep discounts on cruises or vacation packages but provides few details about the “five-star” or “luxury” facilities.
• You receive an offer of a free trip but to claim it, you must provide credit card information, pay an advance fee or attend a presentation.
Letter to the Editor
Age doesn’t give you a pass….While living in Leisure World one has many avenues to meeting new friends from all over the globe. At my age of 67, the majority of the residents are older. Just this week there’s been “passes” given to the elderly.
One senior resident shared in a yard sale next to me and blatantly disregarded the rules. Her grandchildren expressed to me, “she’s our grandmother and she’s in her 90s.
Another incident is my neighbor with a small dog that is as old as salt and barks continuously. In an effort to call her family member to resolve this problem, his reply was, “she’s 95 years old.”
My thoughts while living in a senior environment are why do people use the “age” card as an advantage to cover bad decisions or behavior? If one has dementia, I am the first to be respectful and understanding.
In the two aforementioned re-cent instances, these two women could wrestle a bull and the bull would need resuscitation.
Women proudly will ask you to guess their age and hopefully the person intentionally shaves off 10-15 years whether it’s the truth or not.
Bad behavior or inconveniences caused at your hand or is your responsibility, no matter what the ages. Whether you’re a resident, relative or a caregiver, consider how your actions affect others.
Setting It Straight
The income guidelines to qualify for a bathroom remodel safety project through the City of Seal Beach in a story Oct. 31 were incorrect. The correct guidelines are included in a story on page 3 of this week’s paper.
Fire safety tips for happy holidays
by Eloy Gomez
The six-week stretch of holidays, which include Thanksgiving, Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa and New Year’s Eve, is upon us. It is time to put up those decorations, start playing happy holiday songs, begin planning to roast a turkey and make sugary holiday treats for family, friends and neighbors. The holidays bring joy and magic to our homes but also an increase in fire risk, so let’s review a few holiday fire safety tips to make this the safest holiday season to date.
Cooking Fire Prevention
Cooking fires are the leading cause of home fires. Pots and pans can overheat and spark fires if the person cooking gets distracted and leaves cooking unattended. If cooking:
• Stand by your pan, and never leave the kitchen/home when cooking. A cooking timer hanging on the egress doorknob can remind you of your cooking activities.
• Inspect your oven before preheating to ensure there are no plastic or wooden utensils stored in it.
• When cooking turn the cookware handles away from the walking area to avoid being knocked over by accident.
• If cooking in a microwave make sure to use microwavable approved containers and never place metal, paper or wood items in the microwave.
• Do not cook if you have consumed alcoholic beverages or if taking medications that make you drowsy
Decoration Fire Prevention.
Decorations are part of every holiday, but they too pose serious fire danger if neglected or unattended. If decorating:
• Make sure real Christmas trees are fresh and water as soon as you bring them home and daily thereafter.
• Candles start two out of five home decoration structure fires so why take a risk. Use electronic candles if candles are part of your decoration.
• Inspect all electrical decorations before using them, look for frayed or pinched wires and discard if damaged.
• Do not overload the electrical outlets.
• Extension cords should not be placed under rugs.
• Use only Underwriters Laboratory approved electrical decorations.
• Turn off all candles and electrical decorations before leaving the home or going to bed.
For your safety, create a fire escape plan, test smoke detectors and most importantly, have a fire extinguisher handy and learn how and when to use it in case the need arises.
For more information, question or comments, contact me at (562) 431-6586, ext. 356.
Nov. 14, 1851- Moby-Dick, now considered a great classic of American literature was published. The book written by Herman Melville and was based on his 1841 whaling voyage aboard the Acushnet. Moby-Dick was published to mixed reviews, was a commercial failure, and was out of print at the time of the author’s death in 1891.
Nov. 15, 1867- The first stock ticker was unveiled in New York City. The advent of the ticker ultimately revolutionized the stock market by making up-to-the-minute prices available to investors around the country. Prior to this development, information from the New York Stock Exchange, which has been around since 1792, traveled by mail or messenger.
Nov. 19, 1863- At the dedication of a military cemetery at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, during the American Civil War, President Abraham Lincoln delivers one of the most memorable speeches in American history. In fewer than 275 words, Lincoln reminded a war-weary public why the Union had to fight, and win, the Civil War. The speech reflected his redefined belief that the Civil War was not just a fight to save the Union, but a struggle for freedom and equality for all, an idea Lincoln had not championed in the years leading up to the war.
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SB Police citation update
by Victor Rocha
security services director
As we continue to enhance the safety of everyone here in the community, the Seal Beach Police Department reports that it has now issued nearly 30 citations for moving violations inside Leisure World.
Most violations are for failure to stop at stop signs and using a cell phone while driving.
Since the written violations began, the Security Department has received numerous questions about peoples’ citations.
Note that a GRF employee may not offer any comment, direction or legal advice regarding a citation that has been issued by a police officer. A citation includes all the necessary information on how to obtain further information from the court. You may also contact the Seal Beach Police Department at (562) 799-4100.
If you have any other concerns or comments, call me at (562) 431-6586, ext. 377.
THE PRESIDENTS’ COUNCIL RECAP
November 7, 2019
The regular monthly meeting of the Presidents’ Council of Seal Beach Leisure World was convened at 9 a.m., by President Jackie Dunagan, on Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019, in Clubhouse Four, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.
The following is a recap of the Nov. 7, 2019, Council meeting:
The regular monthly Council meeting minutes of October 3, 2019, were approved, by general consent of the Council, as written.
Lou Lipschultz discussed the services Superwire provides to the residents and presented sample handouts, for review, for distribution to new residents. He will contact the Director of Finance for the correct verbiage for the “Welcome to Leisure World Seal Beach!” handout, monthly fee payment section.
Daniel Fabian discussed the services (Mutual websites and monthly reports) that the IT Department provides to the Mutual Corporations. The IT Supervisor requested the individual Mutual Presidents advise whether they would prefer receiving the monthly reports as an Excel spreadsheet and/or a PDF file. The Council requested the IT Supervisor to include the escrow or move-in date on the reports.
Mark Weaver provided an update on the cost breaks for the purchase of mosquito traps. The President requested that each Mutual Board determine the appropriate number of mosquito traps for their respective Mutuals, to be discussed at the January 2020 Presidents’ Council meeting. The Council requested the Facilities Director provide the cost break for the purchase of 1,000 traps.
Jodi Hopkins presented her report and asked that each Mutual Corporation consult with their legal counsel regarding AB323.
Randy Ankeny discussed the renewal of the master insurance policy and advised that DLD will present at the December Presidents’ Council meeting; he asked that any questions for DLD be forwarded to him, in advance.
The Council had no unfinished business to discuss.
Victor Rocha presented a draft water damage procedure for the Council’s review; the Council suggested amendments, which the Security Services Director will incorporate and distribute to the Mutual Presidents. The President requested the Mutual Presidents send the Security Services Director an email advising if they wish to be contacted by telephone in the case of any water emergencies.
Next Council meeting: Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019, at 9 a.m., Clubhouse 4.
Carport Cleaning 2019
The holiday carport cleaning schedule for 2019 is as follows:
Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov. 28
Mutual 11, Carports 130-131, Mutual 15, Carports 3, 6-8, 10-13, and Mutual 16, Carport 9, will be cleaned on Friday, Nov. 29.
Christmas Day – Wednesday, Dec. 25
Mutual 11, Carports 132-133, Mutual 12, Carports 141-146, and Mutual 15, Carports 4-5, will be cleaned Monday, Dec. 30.
For Your Information
Residents may speak before the GRF Board at its regular monthly meetings on any subject on the agenda or any other subject, by submitting a form available in the Clubhouse 4 lobby before each meeting.
Schedule of Mutual Meetings
Mutual meetings are listed below. Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards as follows:
Thursday, Nov. 14 Mutual 12
Administration 9 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 15 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF
Administration 1 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 18 Mutual 9 (rescheduled)
Conference Room B 9 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 18 Mutual 15
Administration 1 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19 Mutual 14
Conference Room B 1 p.m.
Wednesday Nov. 20 Mutual 5
Conference Room B 9 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 20 Mutual 7
Administration 1 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21 Mutual 2
Administration 9 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 21 Mutual 11
Clubhouse 3, Room 9 1:30 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 22 Mutual 6
Administration 9:30 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 25 Mutual 8
Administration 9 a.m.
Monday, Nov. 25 Mutual 1 (rescheduled)
Administration 1 p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 27 Mutual 10
GRF Board of Directors Meetings
Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The Administration Conference Room is upstairs in the Administration Building. The following is a tentative schedule of meetings on the Golden Rain Foundation master calendar, maintained by Administration:
Thursday, Nov. 14 Communications/ITS Committee
Administration 1 p.m.
Friday, Nov. 15 Mutual Administration Committee
Administration 10 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 15 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF
Administration 1 p.m.
Monday, Nov. 18 Finance Committee
Administration 9 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 19 Website Ad Hoc Committee
Wednesday, Nov. 20 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee
Administration 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 26 GRF Board of Directors
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Thursday, Nov. 28 Management Services Review Ad Hoc
Board, general meetings set for Nov. 18
The American Legion Post 327 will have its board and general meetings on Monday, Nov. 18, in Clubhouse 4. The board meeting is at noon and the general meeting is at 1:30 p.m. Some District 29 officers will be attending.
The Auxiliary ladies will be selling tickets for the holiday luncheon on Dec. 16 for $15 each. Reservations are mandatory.
Purchase tickets for holiday luncheon
American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 will hold its general meeting on Monday, Nov. 18, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Plans for the holiday luncheon will be shared. Tickets will be $15 for the luncheon on Monday, Dec. 16, in Clubhouse 4. Don’t forget to bring your checkbook.
Sign-ups for the Fashion Show committees will also start. Come prepared to help work on one of the several jobs that are available. The Fashion Show is one of the auxiliary’s largest projects.
YMCA’s community development will be topic at Y Service Club
Bob Cabeza, vice president of community development for the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, will be the featured speaker at the Y Service Club meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
YMCA Community Development reaches out to involve the lowest income communities in Long Beach with high quality cutting-edge programs that teach values, build skills and create community leaders.
Mr. Cabeza will talk about these programs and the difference they are making in the lives of young people. Proceeds from Y Service Club programs such as the pancake breakfast and Triviamania, in addition to donations from shareholders receiving services, support many of these efforts.
A continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., hosted by Flo Nesland and Flo Thompson.
President Dianne Hart will conduct a short business meeting at 8 a.m., followed by Mr. Cabeza’s presentation at 8:30 a.m. All shareholders are invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the Y Service Club of Leisure World and its role in making the community a better place to live.
Don’t miss out on Triviamania
Triviamania, a general knowledge quiz game for seniors sponsored by the Y Service Club, will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, in Clubhouse 4 starting at 2 p.m. Tickets, $10, will be available at the door at 1:30 p.m. for those who have not already purchased theirs.
Tables of eight people compete in eight rounds of trivia, collaborating as a group to come up with the right answers. Come by yourself or with friends and neighbors. Seating is done on a first-come, first-served basis. Beverages and snacks will be available for purchase.
The winning team takes home three times its buy in; second place receives two times its buy in; third place gets theregistration fees refunded. Proceeds are shared among all table members.
Proceeds help support local YMCA programs and Leisure World projects. For information, call Bill Denton, (562) 209-0816, or Dianne Hart, (714) 955-2885.SUNSHINE CLUB
Neurologist will be guest speaker
Neurologist Kenneth P. Martinez, M.D., will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club, tomorrow, Nov. 15, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.
Dr. Martinez is the founder and medical director at the Neurology and Pain Specialty Center in Aliso Viejo. He is board certified in neurology and headache medicine.
He practices a team approach to the diagnosis and treatment of neurological disorders.
“I became a neurologist because I wanted to help my patients discover the answers to their complex medical problems. Often, I can explain the unknown to them, relieving their anxiety about their condition and starting the healing process,” he says.
He began his medical career at Kaiser Permanente, Anaheim, in the Neurology Department. He soon realized that he wanted to establish his own practice, where he earned a reputation for achieving successful outcomes with his patients.
The Sunshine Club has frequent guest speakers from outside Leisure World who speak on various topics that enhance living in LW. The club does not endorse the speakers or their businesses. It solely provides information. Any interaction with the business outside of the meeting is on-your-own.
The club appreciates shareholders bringing their own coffee mugs to participate in the “Save The Earth” program the club began about five years ago. Arrive 5-10 minutes early to enjoy refreshments before the meeting begins.
The club meets on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from 10 a.m.-noon (except the first Friday it meets in Room 9).
All shareholders are welcome to attend; membership is not required.
For more information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Bingo games, sponsored by different Leisure World clubs, are played at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays in Clubhouse 2. The doors open at 1. All LWers are welcome.
Complimentary refreshments are served.
Where We Live Club
Members identify projects to consider
The Where We Live Club had a productive meeting Oct. 23. Three projects were identified for further consideration.
• Usage of harmful pesticides in some of the mutuals by gardeners. Find out the name of the gardener used in the mutual and what chemicals they use.
• The long-standing effort to cover the channel has some new life. There are serious discussions about covering just a small portion of the channel as a start, which will have other benefits. Bring your ideas on this subject.
• Members agreed that its desirable to find ways to reach out to new shareholders and help them fit in and participate in the life here.
At the next meeting the club will focus on ways to address these issues. Become a part of the process and bring ideas. Each project requires a plan and leaders to take the next steps. All are invited to the next meeting, Monday, Nov. 18, at 6:30 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 3.
GAF meeting is moved to Nov. 20
The Golden Age Foundation will have its board meeting on Wednesday, Nov. 20, at 1 p.m., in Conference Room B.
Due to Thanksgiving Day, the meeting was changed to the third Wednesday, instead of normal fourth Wednesday. And meeting time has been changed to 1 p.m. from now on, rather than 2 p.m.
GAF will be dark in December. The next board meeting will be on Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. in Conference Room B, located in Building 5 behind the Recreation Department Office and GRF Security Decal Office.
All members of the Golden Age Foundation and all shareholders are welcome to observe monthly board meetings.
This is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest news and get a preview of coming Golden Age Foundation attractions.
Purchase tickets for holiday party
Mutual 2 holiday party is set for Saturday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Tickets are on sale now for $5 each. Space is limited, only shareholders and their caregivers are welcome to attend.
Last year the party soldout. The committee has arranged for a band for listening as well as dancing. Dinner will be lasagna, salad, bread and dessert as well as coffee. Purchase tickets early from one of the committee members whose names and phone numbers are on the flyers in the laundry rooms.
The Mutual 2 board looks forward to seeing everyone there.
2020 GRF Budget is topic Nov. 21
A special meeting of the Concerned Shareholders will be at 1 p.m. on the third Thursday, Nov. 21, in Clubhouse 4.
Randy Ankeny, executive director of the Golden Rain Foundation, will be the guest speaker. Ankeny will review the 2020 Golden Rain Foundation Budget and future projects. There will be a question-and-answer period regarding the 2020 Budget. All shareholders are welcome.
Victor Rocha, GRF security services director, will be the special guest at the Dec. 19 meeting.
There will also be an open discussion for members to comment on any item not on the agenda.
Italian Christmas celebrated on Dec. 4
The Italian-American Club meets the first Wednesday of the month in Clubhouse 4 at noon. The next meeting is Dec. 4. All Leisure World residents are invited to join.
In November, members ushered in fall with colorful decorations and an outstanding potluck. There was plenty for everyone.
Dec. 4 will feature an Italian Christmas with a catered luncheon and a couple of surprises thrown in.
Prepaid tickets, $12, will be available until Nov. 29. There are a limited number of tickets and none will be sold at the door. For more information, call Sunny Beech at (562) 355-2918.
LW DEMOCRATIC CLUB
Members hear about Brady California Conference
The Wednesday, Nov. 20, Democratic Club meeting in Clubhouse 4 will begin with a potluck lunch at 11:30 a.m. All Leisure World Democrats and their supporters are invited to join in taking part in this pre-Thanksgiving festive occasion.
The program originally scheduled for this meeting has been rescheduled for December. Taking its place will be a three-member panel discussion, moderated by Diana Carey, on the California Democratic Party 2019 Endorsing Convention in Long Beach on Nov. 15-17. Panel members will include Bethany Webb, founding member of HB Huddle; Laura Oatman, district director for Congressman Harley Rouda; and Democratic Club President Mary Tromp. Tromp and Mary Larson, the club’s immediate past president, will also report on the recent Brady California Annual Conference that took place in Irvine.
The Nov. 2 Brady California Conference began with an inspirational bell ringing ceremony in remembrance of lives taken by gun violence and then moved on to a review of newly adopted legislation and a presentation on gun violence prevention from a public health perspective. San Diego City Attorney Mara Elliott was the keynote speaker and also the recipient of the organization’s Excellence in Leadership Award. Elliott is recognized as a national leader in using gun violence restraining orders. Members of her staff have trained numerous other California cities on the use of these orders to remove firearms from individuals who present a serious risk of harm to themselves or others.
The Democratic Club’s Monday, Nov. 25 Voter Awareness Series meeting will center on both the potential for new infringement of religion in the Orange County public school system and the enhanced powers of California school boards to block new charter schools from opening in their districts under a sweeping piece of legislation signed into law on Oct. 3 by Governor Gavin Newsom.
All club members and their supporters are invited to participate in one or any number of these fourth Monday-of-the-month Voter Awareness Series gatherings, but because of limited space and availability, advance reservations are required.
On Wednesday, Nov. 27, old, new and prospective Democratic Club members are invited to gather at 11 a.m. at Denny’s on Westminster Avenue to socialize and get better acquainted with one another in an informal setting. For more information about this or other club events, readers are invited to email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to the club’s website at http://sblwdems.wordpress.com. There is also an up-to-date calendar of both club and related events on the website.
LW REPUBLICAN CLUB
Michelle Steel is guest on Nov. 20
Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel will be the guest speaker at the Nov. 20 meeting of the LW Republican Club. Steel is probably the most popular Republican in Orange County and is running for Congress against Harley Rouda in the 48th District, which includes Leisure World.
Supervisor Steel has focused on controlling government spending to prevent tax increases. She is also well-known for leading the fight against making Orange County a “sanctuary”county, which would have prevented police from cooperating with Federal immigration officials and prevent the county from informing ICE when dangerous prisoners are released from jail. Being a “sanctuary” county would allow dangerous criminals, including murderers and rapists, from being deported, and allow them to return to Orange County’s streets.
She is endorsed by Orange County Sheriff Don Barnes, retired Sheriff Sandra Hutchins, and Orange Country Supervisors Lisa Bartlett, Andrew Do, and Don Wagner. She is also endorsed by Orange County Assessor Claude Parrish, County Clerk-Recorder Hugh Nguyen, and Treasurer-Tax Collector Shari Freidenrich.
The Republican Club information and voter registration will be open every Monday in November and every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday in December, except Christmas Day.
Class will study works by Strauss
The Korean American Classical Music Association (KACMA )will appreciate the pieces by Richard Strauss, thus spoke Zarathustra, Nos. 1, 2, 8, 9, Op. 30, and An Alpine Symphony, Op. 64, during class today, Nov. 14, beginning at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. Ken Chong is a commentator on classical music. Robert Chung follows with favorite songs selected by the members.
All are invited to KACMA. The program is presented in Korean. The club encourages good fellowship through the appreciation of classical music and by attending concerts.
For further information, contact President Angel Joh, 562-598-0313; Vice President Kyung-Ok Huh at email@example.com, or Program Chair Robert Chung, (562)387-7377 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Club will have Christmas party Dec. 6, CH 4
The American Latino Club will have its Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 6, at 11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.
There will be mariachi music; Carmen Edwards will sing; Amy Walker will do a Christmas dance; and magician Joyce Bash will perform some magic tricks.
The cost is $12 per member and $15 per guest. The club will provide roast beef with potatoes and steamed vegetables, fruit salad, lemonade, coffee and a variety of desserts.
Members are asked to bring “white elephant” presents of no less than $10 in value.
To make reservations, write a check payable to Carmen Edwards before Nov. 30.
Watch Samurai movie on Nov. 16
After taking a break in October, the Nikkei Club will meet Saturday, Nov. 16, at 12:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.
A Japanese Samurai movie, “The Last Ronin,” will be shown starting at 1 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend this movie with English subtitles. This movie has been around a long time and is considered to be one of the great Samurai classics.
For those who are attending the movie, it would be appreciated if you bring snacks, appetizers or a dessert to share. Water and tea will be provided.
Verify attendance with a member of the telephone committee: Marge Kido, (562) 544-4463; Kazuko Monobe, (562)280-4916; or Sherie Vanek, (562) 296-8074.
The Nikkei club is open to all residents of Leisure World. Annual dues are $10 for the year, January-December. A membership form must be filled out and be on file. Sybil Tanabe will be passing out new membership forms and will collect dues for 2020.
Wooten, Judith Gail
Judith “Judy” Gail Wooten, 77, passed away Nov. 5, 2019, at her Leisure World home in Seal Beach, California.
She was the wife of Ron Wooten. They shared a beautiful 57 years together.
Judy was born in Pine Ridge, Arkansas. She was the daughter of Houstus New and Virginia Higdon. After moving to Wilmington, California, at age 3, she attended Banning High School where she graduated in 1960.
Ron and Judy were married in 1962 and moved to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, for two years where Ron was stationed during his service in the U.S. Army.
Ron and Judy then returned to California, where they gave birth to Randall Wooten in 1965 and David Wooten in 1968. During this time, Judy worked for Pacific Bell for 25 years before she retired. Later she worked for the Leisure World newspaper where she positively impacted many in the community.
Judy was a member of the Community Presbyterian Church of Long Beach for many years before the church closed its doors. She thoroughly enjoyed quilting, sewing, painting, cooking, and constantly supported those around her. She volunteered at every event for both her children and grandchildren, and designated time to help wherever she could. She will always be remembered for her loving spirit, charismatic personality, creative ability, immeasurable tact and joy, and her contagious laugh and smile.
Judy is survived by her husband, Ron; two sons, Randy and David; five grandchildren, Brittany, David, Brandon, Nathan, and Amanda; and two great-grandsons, Rylan and Bentley.
A celebration of life will be held Saturday, Nov. 23, at 4 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.
All who loved and cherished Judy are welcome to join the family in remembrance.
Harry Boxer, Mutual 1, 102 years old, passed away peacefully on Nov. 8, 2019. Born in New York on Jan. 10, 1917, he was the son of Sam and Esther Boxer. He was predeceased by his younger sister Anita Carter.
He grew up in the Bronx, New York, and graduated from New York University. He was drafted into the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He married Ritamarie Northrop in 1944.
Upon discharge from the military, he and his beloved wife settled in Los Angeles, California, where he earned a law degree at Loyola University. He practiced law for 35 years.
Harry is survived by his six children, Leah (John) Perrotti, Zahava Ahlmark, Aviva Boxer, Shoshana (Ronald) Thompson, Aaron Issac Boxer, Adena (Eugene) Boxer; 12 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
He deeply loved his family and was fortunate to have enjoyed many wonderful travels throughout the world.
His last years were enriched by compassionate daily care from his loving daughter and son-in-law, Leah and John Perrotti.
Services will be held on Nov. 15 at Hillside Memorial Park and Mortuary at noon.
Linda Tripoli, 77, Mutual 3, died Oct. 26, 2019, two days prior to her 78th birthday.
Linda was born Oct. 28, 1941. She married Frank Tripoli in 1960 in San Pedro, California.
She worked as a secretary for Lucky Stores.
They moved from Stanton, California, to Leisure World in 1996. She was a member of the Italian-American Club for seven years and on the Multi-Cultural Council for five years.
She is survived by her two children, son Rod and daughter Julie, who was her best friend, six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.
Memorial services were held for her family and close girlfriends.
She was a best friend to whoever she touched.
Janet Corbs-Ramsey, 75
Glen Swank 65
Kei Chan 56
Brittney Murry 27
Matthew Niles 41
Neisa Jeter 64
Julia Nicoletti 25
William Schaffer 81
Josephine Omaji 73
Carol Thomas 88
Kathleen Keller 75
Charles Knowles 78
Mary Ann Kuchta 63
Jesse Walker 70
Faith Herrmann-Williams 64
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JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. 10/03
RICHARD HANDYMAN SERVICES
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Tile, laminate, vinyl plank, patio carpet. 40 years in Leisure World. Contractor License 723262. 11/27
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CARPET & UPHOLSTERY CLEANING & REPAIR
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Blinds, shutters, shades, 40 years serving Leisure World. Contractor’s License #723262.
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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 week days between 9 am-5 pm, 562-431-3182,
GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart.
Let’s lower your ears – I’ll make you look your best! Call 562-565-3683.
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Maria Giegerich 562-596-9983. Free of charge.
Yvonne with 25 years experience, will do shampoo/sets, perms, hair cuts and tints at Phenix Salon.
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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. 11/07
Hair stylist, 35 years experience at ABC Extension Salon. Rollerset, perm, color, and more. In-home appointments available. Call Mavis 714-757-0187. License #KK203303.10/31
Hair and Nail Salon
Hair Stylist, 25 years experience. Shampoo and roller set, cut, perm, color, manicure/pedicure. Warm and friendly service. Available for in-house appointments for special occasion, $100+. Tammy Nguyen, 714-425-4198. Phenix Salon. 12/26
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Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale
E-Z Go used golf cart with brand new batteries and hard cover. 2,250
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2018 Pride Victory Scooter with detachable canopy. Excellent condition. $1,000
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530-388-0100 ask for Ron. 11/14
ANY KIND OF CAR
Boat, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly!We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 1/08/20
A PERSONAL DRIVER IS WITHIN YOUR REACH Conscientious, Dependable, Professional. Providing locals trustworthy affordable transportation. perfect for patients, professionals, and anyone who needs regular or sporadic transportation.
CALL 562-537-1298. James. 1114
Rides by Russ, with the
For over 4 years I have been giving all types of rides to Leisure World residents. Rides to the airports, doctors, cruise ports, shopping and errands I also enjoy helping my neighbors with chores and maintenance around their homes. Russ 714-655-1544. 11/21
Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 11/14
Inexpensive shuttle, airports,
markets, doctors, etc. 562-881-2093.
SB License #ABL0001. 11/23
Trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462. 11/14
MOVING, HAULING &
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 11/14
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 12/26
Carports/Carport Lockers Wanted
Looking for carport 31 in M2. Call from 9-4p.m. 562-594-3975
Desire to rent carport space and storage, either together or seperate. Needs to be in Mutual 8. Please contact Larry 949-735-0273 11/14
Crosswalk Caliber Elite Treadmill
possible hook-up with computer
measures your distance/heart rate/speed.
Excellent condition. $250
Call Bob: 562-342-7343 11/21
Small game table and four chairs, beautiful wood. We’ll take the best offer. 760-534-3336
For sale: $600
Windermere Mega Motion Power lift recliner. Model N-3002 Akan – Color Slate. Assisit person into standing positon. Like New: purchased in March 2019 for $1,275. 760-808-0485 11/7
Light weight transport wheel chair, $45. Walker with brake, $25, both like new. 562-596-3856, 370-8447, call 11/14
Two power chairs for sale one is 5 years old completely redone brand new batteries, battery charger, seat, back, and motor. Asking $750.00 obo.
Second Power chair is brand new less than two months old. Asking $1600.09 obo. Must sell A.S.A.P. Both have original paperwork.Jennifer 714-864-7355 Janglin226@att.net
Salvador Dali “Three Graces” Covie D’or. Highly empossed etching, hand signed artwork. 31w X 23h in frame. Ebay estimated 4 to 7 thousand. Best offer 562-343-6393
Lift Chair/Recliner in Like-New Condition, $800 – Golden Technologies Cloud, electric, brown, very clean, superior comfort.
Purchased new from Alpine Medical next door for $1,600 about a year ago; they will transport and set it up (for $100), as well as service it for life should any issues arise. Used by my father for less than a year; looks and operates like new. Matching, waterproof coverings included. Located in Huntington Harbour. Please call 949-500-8912.
Santa Fe Importers Italian Deli
Positions available for counter help, cashiers, and prep cooks.
Full and part time positions available. Flexible hours.
Looking for friendly, upbeat, service-oriented people who have a love of good food.
$12-$13/hr. Sick pay. Benefits for full time positions.
Applications available at 12430-B Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach 90740 in the Ranch Town Center next to Starbucks 11/27
ESTATE/ PATIO/ CARPORT SALES
Patio Sale: Seasonal and misc. items Nov. 14, Thursday ONLY, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. 13820 Annadale. Mutual 1, 42A
Greenbelt Sale, Mutual One, across from Community Church Nov. 14 and 15, 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. 13881 Thunderbird, Dr #63F.
Large bird cage, dog crate, oak baby crib, children’s clothes and toys, household items, women’s clothing with tags, Six sellers, cleaning out three storage units. Call 310-650-0029
ESTATE SALE, MUTUAL 11, 284H, 13141 Del Monte,
Nov. 14th and 15th, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Two blond color twin beds with mattress, sofa, coffee and end tables, lamps, chairs, flat screen TV, TV Stand, kitchen items and much more., Please come by and say Hi! Kristi Martin, P.O. Box 1351, Seal Beach, 714-655-5473, Seal Beach Business License MAR0016.
Estate Sale: Saturday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Kitchen, bedroom and living room furniture along with clothing and so much more.
13800 Annadale dr., Mutual 1, 38 D