LWW Trans/Vie Ed. 11-26-20

Nov 26 2020 

Sharing gratitude around the table

by Susan Hopewell

GRF president

Our Thanksgiving season is quite different this year. Yes, we can still have turkey and all the trimmings. And yes, we will still have football, although for some this is the bad news, not the good news. However, our COVID safety bubble may prevent our normal holiday celebration with gatherings of family and friends. Some of us may not feel like celebrating at all. We have sacrificed a lot since March 2020, and it may feel, to some, there is not a lot to be grateful for these days. Gratitude is a choice. Being grateful, even in the most challenging times, improves our health and lifts our spirits. Being grateful makes my heart smile.

In my family, before we start Thanksgiving dinner, we go around the table and share why we are grateful. Here are just a few of the reasons I will share with my family via our Zoom family gathering:

• Free musical concerts, educational classes and Broadway plays on Zoom and YouTube.

• Being able to help my neighbor by doing her grocery shopping.

• The creative ways we keep connected with socially distanced greenbelt social hours and birthday celebrations.

• The Dodgers winning the World Series.

• My great-niece who works full-time, has a one-year old baby boy, and still finds time to keep in touch via text and sends me pictures of our newest family member.

 I wish everyone a happy, healthy and safe Thanksgiving. I hope you choose to be grateful. And I hope it makes your heart smile.

Late Breaking News

GRF CLOSES OUTDOOR VENUES 

Based on rising COVID-19 case counts, the GRF Board decided Tuesday that it is in the best interest of the community to close all outdoor activities, effective Nov. 25. The LW Golf Course, Veterans Plaza, Mission Park and the Amphitheater will be closed through Dec. 21 (see page 3 for more). At that time, the situation will be re-evaluated. 

Every LWer is urged to take personal responsibility in the fight against COVID-19. To stop the spread, wear a mask and keep 6 feet apart from non-household members.

Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving

2020 has been a year of unbridled sacrifice as COVID-19 has ripped through the country, tearing apart families, traditions and the very foundations of day-to-day life. Yet, amid the grave emergency that has gripped American life, there have been glimmers of hope: compassionate kindness, determination to see it through, and courage to embrace new ways to protect yourself and others. Today, your LW neighbors and friends join you in giving thanks—regardless of the storm outside.

Jojo Weingart, Mutual 12

Here in Leisure World, my husband, Joe, and Hui O Hula had been my life. On March 16—the day before our hula club’s 15th anniversary and two months after Joe passed—the GRF declared a total lockdown. Suddenly I was left with nothing to do. I was overwhelmed. I had not been living by myself since college decades ago, and I was mourning Joe with my hula family and working out at the gym daily. Alone during the isolation, I slowly realized how these perilous times were actually giving me a chance to face the challenges of being a recent widow and fending for myself. I learned to reflect and ponder, became an “adult” and tackled independence.  It’s been a milestone. I am therefore grateful on this Thanksgiving, even while my future is uncertain in this now unfamiliar world. 

I’m further thankful because GRF has reopened some activities to encourage our overall health.  I am staying active again outdoors.  Also, endless gratitude to my mentors, including the ones who give me financial guidance, teach me golf and show me how to enjoy fine wine. Inside this Leisure World bubble, I am thankful to be healthy, safe and blessed with caring friends as well as neighbors. 

Adriannne Rosenfeld, Mutual 14

2020 has been hard on everyone, but could have been a lot harder and caused people to be deeply depressed, if it wasn’t for the people in Leisure world who stepped up and took up the mantle of teachers and entertainers to keep residents busy.

While it is true that all the amenities have been closed, I am thankful for the Leisure World residents who took the initiative and shared their expertise on Zoom classes: Fred Carpenter- teaches an iPad class; Miryam Fernandez teaches Spanish and technology; Joe Osuna and Joseph Valentinetti host a Saturday cocktail zoom; and Rabbi Galit Slater gives Zoom services.

I’m sure there are many, many more. Thank you to all for giving the time and energy to prepare interesting and fun Zoom sessions every week to teach us old dogs new tricks and keep our minds active.

Thank you to LW Weekly for posting all these classes in the newspaper, so all the residents can know about and join these classes.

Beverley Bender, Mutual 17

I have learned there are two things that help me get through the hard times: Laughing with my  laughing-yoga mentor Robert Rivest (find him on YouTube), and thinking about all the things I have to be grateful for at this time.

I have a notebook by my bed, and every night I write three things that I am grateful for that day. If you do that for 30 days without repeating anything, it will change your life.  It is too easy for me to complain, but when I think about all the things I have to be grateful for, it changes my attitude from sad to glad. I have many friends and family who I love and they love me. I have a home and a warm bed at night. I can take a hot shower in the morning. There are people around the world who don’t have a bed or hot water.

I live in a community where people listen to the scientists and wear masks to avoid getting COVID-19. My daughters are responsible and independent women. They even want to visit me once in awhile.

Thanksgiving is my favorite because it is a holiday about being grateful, not about presents. When we had large family dinners, before starting to eat, we would go around the table saying what brought us joy that had no monetary value. While many of us will not be able to spend Thanksgiving with family and friends, we still can share with each other on Zoom or the phone why we are grateful even in these difficult times.   

I’m especially grateful that I became  a certified laugh leader. I love encouraging  people to laugh for no reason. 

It’s the best stress release. Laughing is a joy that no amount of money can buy. When I forget to practice what I preach, I go to Robert Rivest (see above) and always feel better. I am grateful to all the people in my life, and I know times will get better again. 

Ethel Carter, Mutual 2

I am thankful for my family and thankful for my God who created the beautiful Yosemite Valley where my family vacationed for many a summer. In the photo, circa July 1941, members of my family are posing in front of Yosemite’s famous drive-through tree in the Wawona Grove.

Anna Derby, Mutual 5

The first time I celebrated  Thanksgiving in this country was almost 40 years ago. I was curious but reluctant about what it would be like to have a whole big turkey with all the trimmings. I had my doubts, but it was delicious, and I haven’t missed a single Thanksgiving turkey dinner with my dear family since.

I’m thankful that GRF Board and Mutual Board members volunteer their precious time to take care of businesses for this community.  Every day, I am thankful that I am living my retirement in this wonderful oceanside place that has nice neighbors and friends who have become a second family.

I am thankful that the Golden Age Foundation sponsored a project to make and give away face masks when our community was in need. More than 55 volunteers responded to our desperate calls and made 5,000 face masks. 

On a personal note, I’m thankful that my parents instilled in me a humility and a desire to be kind to others, to be considerate, to be optimistic. 

I’m thankful to them for showing me resilience, determination, compassion and the tenacity to try until your last bit of energy to see what you can achieve in life. 

Thuy Do, Mutual  14

  For everything that has happened in 2020, I still have many moments this year that I am grateful for.  My beautiful daughter was able to celebrate her wedding at the beginning of the year.  It was a blessing to be able to celebrate with my whole family, which coincided with my first grandson’s first birthday.

I am also grateful because I was able to answer the call for action. My daughter, who is a doctor, told me there was a shortage of protective masks at the end of spring. With the support of the community here in Leisure World, we were able to create thousands of masks and distribute them around the country to hospitals and military bases.

This year has been a chance to slow down in a hectic world; the extra time has given me the chance to connect more with more friends and family, as well as take time for myself and be able to dedicate more time for prayer.

This year has been interesting for everyone, but my family and friends have kept allowing me to stay upbeat and realize how lucky I really am. 

Debbie Fudge and Sylvia Uselton, Mutual 1 

Grateful? Oh, yes, we are! Who would have ever thought when each of us moved into Leisure World at different times that either of us would find another same-age woman with so many similarities? We have both lived without electricity, have pulled  water in a bucket from a well and  chopped kindling. We are grateful that we found each other in Leisure World. So it just seemed natural for us to write together about what we are most grateful for at this time in our lives.

No. 1 for both of us: We are grateful to live in a safe, protected community.  

Next, we are both grateful for our health. 

Sylvia is particularly grateful that her health permits her to be of service to her neighbors who are not as fortunate.  We are both grateful for the health of family members. 

Debbi is very grateful for her life, as on Oct. 29, 2020, a drunk driver lost control of his speeding vehicle, hit the median curb, went airborne and landed like a space ship coming out of the sky right in front of Debbi’s car, causing a head-on collision. 

“And the Lord our God lifted me up and said, ‘Here is your life back.’  Praise God from whom all blessings flow. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

Margaret Gillon, Mutual 12

My parents taught me to love books. I became a computer programmer because my strong reading skills enabled me to learn intricate computer languages. For six years, I also owned a book publishing company.

Sixteen years ago, I began dating Carole Damoci, and four years later, we married. Carole is a bookworm equal to me. Some of our happiest weekends are spent at home reading together. We rarely read the same books—I’m into nordic Noir mysteries and she’s into romances. By the time we were married, we had learned how to be alone together, to sit in a quiet room for hours at a time with our noses in books, reading. 

Our reading has changed this year. As well as fiction, we read about COVID-19 outbreaks, vaccination trials, online communities, how to cope with restlessness, and new ways to stay in touch with the friends and family we miss so greatly. 

As we read our way through the COVID shutdown, I am thankful that I am married to a bookworm who loves to read as much as I do.

Kaye Huff, Mutual 7

How grateful I am to have my home here in Leisure World during such a challenging season.  As I learn a whole new way of life, I realize how many folks here bless my life and encourage me each day, starting with Pastor Bruce Humes and my faithful church family. Having my niece Cookie and her husband, Paul, move to Leisure World has been an inexpressible joy. Even after 16 years, Jojo Weingart and my hula ohana (family) give life so much meaning as we continue to learn and practice and make new friends.

The challenges of these days have shown me what thoughtful special neighbors and other dear ones are nearby with their many acts of kindness.

Sure it’s different, but I’m reminded of what’s really important and how this community and the people who are put in my path daily help to keep my faith strong.

Sharon Jacobs, Mutual 1

After spending a year in the Peace Corps in Jamaica at age 57, I returned home in 2010 with a profound appreciation for my country, health, family and friends. Every day since my return I repeat the following mantra as I exit the shower: 

I’m thankful for the air I breathe, the water I drink, the food I eat, the country that I live in and for the love, health and support of my family and friends.  

These were all the things I took for granted prior to my year in Jamaica. There I experienced  poverty, pollution and food deprivation. I missed my family, friends and country terribly, and I vowed never to take for granted my privileged life in the U.S. We are truly lucky to live in America.  This Thanksgiving and every day, I give thanks.

Dave LaCascia, Mutual 4

With the restrictions due to the coronavirus, many activities have been curtailed or eliminated. Fortunately for me, I still have my car, my night vision and my driver’s license. But seriously, my family, my health and good friends are what I am most thankful for. Additionally, I have a wonderful partner, Liz Meripol, who is caring, upbeat, has a healthy family, and keeps me sane even though she regularly kicks my butt in Cribbage.

I am most thankful that my family and relatives are all well and thriving even during this lunacy. They work hard at trying to keep it “normal.” My two daughters and their husbands are actively working, plus contributing to their employers and circle of friends. My four grandchildren, ages 13, 11, 11 and 8, are energetic, determined, and surviving the learning/outside activity limitations that have been imposed by the state and counties.

I am also thankful that no one close to me or my family has contracted COVID-19. My thoughts go out to anyone who has lost a friend or loved one because of the pandemic. 

Joanna Matos, Mutual 2

It might sound trivial to say I’m grateful for my knowledge of technology for the eight months of COVID-19 lockdown, instead of acknowledging my family and friends—they already know that for the past 90 years. Any time and anywhere, my cell phone, tablet and computer have been there for me to communicate by text, messenger, WhatsApp, Facebook, email, camera, photo gallery. I’m connected to friends in Australia, Japan and London, family from Indiana to Oregon, and Leisure World. I have learned Zoom lessons via my computer from Joe Osuna and Miryam Fernandez. I listen and see live LW Community Church services on Facebook each Sunday. I can be entertained by YouTube. I was interviewed by email for an article in AAA’s Westways magazine. Thanks to technology, I saw my great-grandson born in Portland, attended a wedding  and sent this message of thanksgiving for my weekly newspaper in Leisure World—ahhhh, the wonderful world of technology. 

Jeanne Haislett, Mutual 10

This year I am thankful for so many things, extra time spent with my husband, being able to work from home to help our veterans and, need I forget to say, an abundant supply of toilet paper!

But there is one special person that I am thankful for, one who I admire for her dedication and perseverance during these challenging days.  

She is Diana DeGrave, our mail carrier in Mutual 10. She is a seasoned postal worker and qualifies to live in Leisure World. She has been a carrier for 35 years and often works long hours, sometimes as late as 10 p.m., wearing her mask and head lamp while pushing her overloaded cart.  

She was happiest when delivering my mail-in ballot. No matter how tired or how late it is, Diana always greets me with a positive attitude, and, I assume, a smile under her mask. Thank you, Diana, for delivering the mail through rain, sleet, snow and the pandemic. 

Joan Rose, Mutual 12

When I think of all we have gone through this year, I was at first hard-pressed to come up with something I was thankful for. This year, we have had to deal with the terrible pandemic, civil unrest, brush fires burning thousands of acres and destroying thousands of homes, and protest marches, all coming at us along with a volatile presidential election. But then I thought, first and foremost, that I should be thankful that I am fairly healthy and I am still walking around.  Oh, yes, I am very thankful for that.

But I would have not done well in this pandemic if it had not been for the care and concern of my wonderful daughter, Sharon.  She is my lifeline to the world, and we talk every day by text. She worries if I sound sad or depressed, and she tries to cheer me up. We play Words With Friends online and sometimes Scrabble, and she is always interested in what I am doing. Since I am fairly well sequestered in my house, she orders groceries for me, comes over to see me a few times a month and always wears her N95 mask while around me, so that I will remain safe.

 She has a busy life aside from worrying about me. She works for a local police department as a community representative,  hosting events to foster relations between police and the public.  She raises money for Canine Companions for Independence, a national organization that trains dogs to be caretakers of people with disabilities. Sharon has always been a joy to me, and we are very close. She has always been there for me, including the sad time I lost my dad in 1980, and 20 years later,  when we went through the wrenching months of losing my mom. 

Five years ago, Sharon was there for me when we lost my oldest daughter, Bonnie, to ovarian cancer.  She was a rock, and I know she hid her tears from me. I couldn’t have gotten through that difficult time without her help and support. 

Her love and caring nature for me and for her family is amazing and wonderful.  I am so lucky that Sharon chose me to be her mom and for this, I will always be thankful.  

Sue Saraf, Mutual 15

 I have lived in LW just one year. The first thing I did was join the Hui O Hula Club.

When I walked in, I was greeted with a big “Aloha!” Kaye Huff came over to me and introduced herself, and I was struck by her grace and elegance. She had such beautiful posture, and her hair was beautifully coiffed. Jojo Weingart, our “Kuma” (hula teacher), had a big smile and the enthusiasm of a first-year college student. 

I felt pretty awkward among these pros, but they were both so very patient and generous with their knowledge and the accessories that I needed for the class.

In between classes, they would sometimes stop by just to say hi. Then COVID-19 hit. Out of nowhere, a box of goodies showed up on our door. 

We had puzzles and exotic cookies, flowers in a vase. Jojo! There were so many more displays of kindness from both Kaye and Jojo. 

For this, I am grateful.

Fred Wind, Mutual 12

Thoughts of Thanks-A Poem

Saturday morning. Wilma’s  phone rings. Well, not actually rings—it’s a kind of growl combined with the sound of 

gargling/choking/swallowing a handful of morning pills. Insistent. 

Demanding.

“Hi, Mom, did you mean garden beans or canned green beans?”  Linda, our daughter-in-law, is shopping at Ralphs. Every week Wilma texts her a list of groceries.

Linda  shops and delivers.

Musical growl and gargle. “Hi, Mom, is this the rice you wanted?”  

Modern technology—Linda posts a picture.

“Yes, please!”

Growl-gargle. I silently curse the day Wilma discovered ring tone settings. “I’m on the way.  Meet you on the parking lot.”

Mask. Fitbit. Hat. Shoes. Glasses. Hearing aids. Granny cart. We get our weekly groceries. We are so thankful for Linda. She helps us out cheerfully. Never complains. Gives freely of her time and effort. Back to the apartment. Put away the groceries.

Growl-gargle.  “Do you know your car warranty  has expired?”

Aaarrgh!

Leila Claudio, Mutual 1

Writing about giving thanks in this time of COVID is a challenge, to say the least. It is so easy to overthink on negativity, to dwell on what we don’t have as opposed to appreciating what we DO have. 

I wanted to get back to basics. What is essential to me and what am I grateful for? I am thankful to God for giving me my life and health, that although I am older, I’m still able to utilize the gifts He’s given me—the use of my arms, legs for moving, heart for loving and a brain that’s still thinking.

I appreciate my son and my sisters who are there for me throughout life’s twists and turns.

And I feel blessed with the many things we are able to do here: my choir Zoom class, exercise classes, hobbies like reading and walking in the many parks surrounding us; the art and myriad other classes we can partake of through Zoom and Facebook; and the ability to give back giving by calling friends to make sure they’re OK.

How fortunate to have these abilities. How wonderful that there are skills I can still learn and behaviors I can still improve upon.

SBPD Holiday TiPs

The holidays are here, and the Seal Beach Police Department wants to remind the community of simple tips to ensure the season is happy and healthy. Although things are a bit different this year,  do not forget these simple ways to keep you and your loved ones safe.

When shopping at malls or retail centers consider the following:

• Park in well-lit areas. Place purchases in the trunk of your vehicle, or effectively hide them from sight, once you arrive back at your vehicle, not when you arrive at the next shopping destination. Thieves target victims by looking at the size, type and quantity of bags and items placed in an unattended vehicle. There is no such thing as a quick run into the store during the holidays.

• Double check that your car doors are locked. Although simple, thefts from unlocked vehicles occur frequently, especially during the holidays.

• Consider taking expensive items directly home. Thieves have been known to follow victims to their cars and even to their next shopping destination in order to steal expensive purchases, like computers and high end electronics.

• Pay attention to your surroundings. Don’t be distracted when walking to your vehicle. Consider shopping with a friend or asking a store employee to escort you to your car.

When having items shipped to your home:

• Don’t leave delivered mail and packages unattended. Have someone available to receive your shipment. Have the purchase delivered to a neighbor, friend or relative who can be at home to accept the delivery.

• If possible, have the item shipped to the brick and mortar store associated with the purchase, e.g. Target, Best Buy, Apple, etc., for you to pick-up.

• After opening your packages, try to disguise or hide boxes that would reveal that an expensive item is inside your home.

If you are traveling:

Ask a neighbor to watch your home and occasionally park in your driveway. Use timers for lights and install lighting and motion detectors outside your home. Have mail and newspaper deliveries stopped so that it does not pile up and alert others that you are gone.

While celebrating:

• Don’t drink and drive. If you plan to imbibe, arrange for transportation prior to drinking. Use a rideshare service, take a cab, or use public transportation to ensure our streets are safe. Celebrate responsibly.

COVID-19 Prevention:

For this holiday season, do your best to help stop the spread of infection. Remember to wash your hands often and limit contact with those not in your immediate family or household.

For more helpful tips, visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/daily-life-coping/holidays.html.  

—from a SBPD release

Security Department Reorganization

To increase efficiency, the GRF Board of Directors has a reorganization of the Security Department on Oct. 5 as part of its 2021 operating budget.  

Included in the budget was the new reorganization and deployment of security resources.  This includes the elimination of part-time security positions, effective Jan. 1. All Security department positions will be full-time, 40 hours each week.

Part-time staff are welcome to apply for the full-time positions through the GRF Human Resources. 

All full-time security positions include working nights, weekends, graveyard shifts and holidays.

In addition, all full-time officers will be trained and must be willing to work all aspects of the security operation, which includes patrol, traffic, gate operations, Mutual laundry coin collection duties and dispatch (as outlined in the Security Officer job description).

GRF Construction Update

GRF Facilities Director Mark Weaver has received plans from the pool architect that need more coordination in an effort to avoid costly change orders. Once the plans are ready, GRF will submit them to the City of Seal Beach and Orange County Health Care Agency for approvals. When the agencies having jurisdiction approve the plans and issue permits, construction will begin. The date for the pool to be open is April 51.

SoCal Gas started work on underground utilities Nov.  18 and work is complete. Over the next couple weeks, the meter assembly will be installed for pool equipment.

The COVID-19 crisis has heavily impacted response times by major utilities. 

The electrical contractor has a GRF permit and submitted plans to the City of Seal Beach for Mini Farms electrical work and relocating the golf course pump, which is now in the pool equipment room. The City of Seal Beach has sent the plans to a third party for review and comments. They are due back to the city soon.

 LEARNING CENTER KITCHEN

Work at the Learning Center Kitchen will be complete when we receive and install the cooktop.

New California Mask Rules

Faced with a startling spike in coronavirus cases, California health officials issued a new mandate last week requiring residents to wear face coverings whenever they’re outside their homes, with few exceptions. 

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) say wearing masks and keeping a 6-foot distance from others can help curb the spread of COVID-19.

The expanded order announced Nov. 16 means Californians must wear masks unless they are alone in a car or only with those in their household; working alone in an office or room; outdoors and staying at least 6 feet away from others not in their household; are obtaining a service involving their nose or face; or are actively eating or drinking, so long as they maintain physical distance.

The new mandate exempts those younger than 2; have a disability or medical/mental health condition that prevents them from wearing a face covering; are hearing impaired, or are communicating with someone who is.

Also exempt are those “for whom wearing a face covering would create a risk to the person related to their work, as determined by local, state or federal regulators or workplace safety guidelines,” according to the California Department of Public Health.

The latest face-covering rules replace the state’s earlier mask mandate, which had been on the books since June.

That previous order required Californians to wear face coverings in specified settings considered to be high risk, such as when shopping, taking public transit or seeking medical care. 

—California Department

of Public Health

GRF closes LW Facilities

The GRF Board of Directors voted at the Nov. 24 meeting to close all outdoor amenities due to rising COVID-19 case counts. Amenities will be closed until Dec. 21, when the situation will be re-evalulated.

The following facilities are closed:

• Golf Course

• Veterans Plaza

• Mission Park

• Amphitheater

The reservation link on lwsb.com/reserve has been deactivated. Any reservations made for future dates will be automatically cancelled. 

In addition, pre-registration for the Fitness Center has been suspended until further notice.

Watch for updates in the LW Weekly and LW Live. Questions may be referred to the Recreation Department at kathyt@lwsb.com. 

The GRF regrets the necessity of taking these measures; however, it is doing so to protect the health and safety of at-risk members of the community.

The COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee has passed emergency operating procedures to facilitate safely reopening GRF amenities (see chart below) when the situation permits.

Orange County is now in the most restrictive purple tier because of sharply rising COVID-19 cases. Seal Beach has 347 cases as of Nov. 24, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency, which advises people to stay home if they can, and wear masks and stay apart when outside.

Bus Hours Expanded

In response to the public’s request for extended operating hours, the City of Seal Beach Senior Transportation Services operating hours were extended starting Nov. 16.

The new hours of operation are Monday-Friday from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., instead of closing at 2:30 p.m.

All other Senior Transportation Services program guidelines remain the same.

For more information on the Senior Transportation Services, visit the City’s website at https://www.sealbeachca.gov/Departments/Public-Works/Traffic-Transportation

For more information about the City’s Senior Transportation Services program, contact Iris Lee, (562) 431-2527, ext. 1322, or ilee@sealbeachca.gov.

Sewer Project Update

The Orange County Sanitation District has installed a 2-mile stretch of sewer pipeline in the City of Seal Beach to improve the regional system. Construction is ongoing on Westminster Boulevard between Seal Beach Boulevard and Bolsa Chica Road. The project will move into the City of Westminster with pre-construction activities anticipated to start after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Upcoming Construction Schedule

Starting Nov. 30, pre-construction activity will begin. That includes restriping traffic lanes at night followed by installing k-rail concrete barriers during the day to accommodate construction within the center median area.

Starting Dec. 3, utility investigation, or potholing, will occur in the intersection of Bolsa Chica Road and Westminster Boulevard at night.

Day work hours are from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., Monday-Friday; night work is between 9 p.m.-6 a.m., Monday-Friday.

What to Expect

• During non-construction work hours, two lanes of travel in each direction will be open.

• Expect periodic traffic delays and reduced travel lanes during non-peak traffic hours

• Some sections of work will require night and/or weekend work, additional notice will be provided

• No parking will be allowed on Westminster Boulevard for the duration of the construction project

• Construction work through intersections may require temporary detours

 For more frequent updates, sign up to receive e-mail notifications and/or text alerts, sign up at www.ocsd.com/Westminster. The Construction Hotline is available at (714) 378-2965.

 For project details, visit www.OCSD.com/westminster.

Perspectives, Page 4

Dispositional Gratitude

by Jim Greer

LW contributor

“Gratitude turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, confusion into clarity—it makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow,” declares self-help author Melody Beattie.

In 2013, New York Times columnist and author David Brooks found himself in a ditch—a ditch of loneliness of his own making. He realized he had embraced the lies of meritocracy that teach that career success makes you happy. The lie that life is an individual journey, and you can make your own truth. 

He discovered at that time that loneliness was rampant. Thirty-five percent of Americans over 45 were chronically lonely. The largest-growing religious organization and the largest-growing political movement was “unaffiliated.” Since 1999, the suicide rate had risen 30 percent. Since 2011, teenage suicide was up 70 percent. 

As he considered a solution to his predicament, Brooks recognized that adopting a disposition of gratitude could help resolve his loneliness. In his July 28, 2015, New York Times column, he revealed that “gratitude happens when some kindness exceeds expectations, when it is undeserved.” 

Those who have adopted dispositional gratitude express and display appreciation for unearned blessings. Capitalist meritocracy glorifies the self-sufficient. In contrast, those with dispositional gratitude are keenly aware of their dependence on others. Their identity is not fashioned by themselves but by their superiors—parents, friends and ancestors. If they relied entirely on themselves, they’d be much worse off.

People with dispositional gratitude know they receive far more than they give and deserve. Their blessings far outweigh the good deeds they perform or the gifts they give. Capitalism sees human beings as “self-interested, utility-maximizing creatures.” Conversely, those with grateful dispositions believe that people are motivated more by compassion than self-interest. They believe that intention matters and honor those who attempt to do good, though they sometimes fail. They are always pleased to find that people actually care more than expected. 

Gratitude is a form of social glue; it binds people with bonds of affection as they pay forward their debts of gratitude to those who may not have earned them. As Brooks believes, “Society isn’t just a contract based on mutual benefit, but an organic connection based on natural sympathy.”

Those possessing dispositional gratitude are surprised that life is as pleasant as it is, despite the limits of human reason. Acknowledging insufficiency and celebrating dependence, they regard their efforts as grand, but never themselves. Life may not surpass their dreams, but it exceeds their expectations.

“Gratitude exclaims, very properly, ‘How good of God to give me this,’” wrote C. S. Lewis. God may not have given us the blessings we wanted this year. And yet, if we listen carefully and heed the lessons of our trials, we abandon doubt and pessimism and adopt dispositional gratitude as our guiding principle. We may celebrate Thanksgiving in a small gathering, with little or no family present. 

But, with or without the company, we have indeed been blessed.

Toys for Tots Drive

Due to Covid restriction there will be no Toys for Tots show this year; but people can bring an unwrapped toy (no stuffed animals) by Dec. 10 to Security at the Main Gate, St. Andrews Gate or the Building 5 Decal Office. The Marines will distribute the toys to the children.

Credits and Kudos

Credits & Kudos must include the writer’s name and mutual, and will be edited for brevity. Mention of a business or service is not an endorsement or recommendation by the LW Weekly or Golden Rain Foundation.

Mutual 12 resident Adair Paul writes: “I can’t say enough about John Anguinano, his work, his honesty and the person. He put in my golf cart pad and wanted me to be really happy with the work. First, he gave me the addresses of his work in LW. Secondly, he showed me many types of tile and bricks to choose from. We spent an hour looking at the samples and colors. We ordered the tile, and my golf pad is unbelievable. So many people have told me they love the work and want to know who did it. I am so pleased. The tile was a little more than he quoted me. I wrote the check based on the invoice he sent me. I found out later he forgot to add more for the more expensive tile. I wanted to pay the difference, but he wouldn’t have it. He was happy that I loved the job. Thank you, John Anguinano of Anguinano Lawn Care, for work and ethics that are above anything I have ever encountered.”

Government

Special GRF Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

Clubhouse 4/Live Stream

Monday, Nov. 30, 10 a.m.

To view the live meeting:

• Go to www.lwsb.com

• Click on the Watch BOD Meeting Live tab.

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

1) Call to Order

2) Roll Call

3) Pledge of Allegiance

4) Announcements

5) Shareholder/Member Comments 

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

6)   Commence Counting Process

7) GRF Board Meeting Recess 

8) GRF Board Meeting Call to Order 

9) Announcement of Results of Mutual 1 GRF Representative Election Process

10)Adjournment

Second Special GRF Board of Directors Meeting Agenda

Clubhouse 4/Live Stream

Monday, Nov. 30, immediately following adjournment of 10 a.m. meeting

 

To view the live meeting:

• Go to www.lwsb.com

• Click on the Watch BOD Meeting Live tab.

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

1) Call to Order

2) Roll Call

3) Pledge of Allegiance

4) Announcements

5) Shareholder/Member Comments 

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

6) New Business

a. General

i. Installation of the Newly Elected GRF Director

ii. Ratify Committee Assignments, Ad Hoc Committee Assignments

7) Adjournment

Recap of GRF Board Activity, Nov. 24

Approved Consent Agenda: MOVED and duly approved the Committee/Board meeting minutes for the month of October 2020; the minutes of the Oct. 5 Recreation Committee Board meeting; the minutes of the Oct. 19 Finance Committee Board meeting; the minutes of the GRF Board of Directors Minutes, dated Oct. 27; the October GRF Board Report, dated Nov. 24; acceptance of the Financial Statements, October 2020, for Audit; and the Reserve Funds Investment Purchase.

General—Emergency Action—Public Safety/Purple Tier: MOVED and duly approved to close all outdoor activities due to public health and safety concerns, effective Nov. 25, including Veterans Plaza, the Golf Course, Mission Park and the Amphitheater, for a period of three weeks.

28-Day Notifications to the Membership—FINAL VOTE: Amend 70-1412.2-1, Smoking Prohibition: MOVED and duly approved to amend 70-1412.02-1, Smoking Prohibition, expanding the smoking prohibition to all GRF amenities and including “vaping” to products prohibited at all GRF amenities, as presented.

28-Day Notifications to the Membership—FINAL VOTE: Amend 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini Farm—Rules: MOVED and duly approved to amend 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini Farm—Rules, establishing that Mini Farm plot holders must be GRF Members in good standing; adding a prohibition against alcoholic beverages, animals (excepting Qualified Service Animals), firearms and radios; and establishing rules for the length of leases and plot abandonment. Further, amended are lessee responsibilities of the plots, 

RECAP, page 23

Carport Cleaning Schedule 2020

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

Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 26

Mutual 11, Carports 130-131; Mutual 15, Carports 3, 6-8, 10-13; and Mutual 16, Carport 9, will be cleaned Monday, Nov. 30. 

Christmas Day, Friday, Dec. 25

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

Street Sweeping

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

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

Correction

In the “Presidents’ Council Recap From Nov. 1,” printed Nov. 12, the correct time for the next meeting is 9 a.m. on Dec. 3.

Mutual Meetings 

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

Tues., Dec. 1 Mutual 16

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Tues., Dec. 1 Mutual 17

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 9 Mutual 4 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Thurs., Dec. 10 Mutual 12

virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., Dec. 11 Mutual 3

virtual 9 a.m.

GRF Meetings 

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

Mon., Nov. 30 Special GRF Board Meeting

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m. & after

Mon., Dec. 1 COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Fri., Dec. 4 GRF Board Executive Session

virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 10 Communications/IT Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 11 GRF Executive Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 14 Mutual Administration Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 15 Website Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

GRF Policy Review

40-3182-1, MEMBER/OWNER (M/O) AND RENTER/LESSEE (R/L) RULES

Per the action of the GRF Board on Nov. 24, 2020, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Approval of Amendment of the Board hereby provides general notice t of 40-3182-1, Member/Owner (M/O) and Renter/Lessee (R/L) Rules to all Shareholders/Members:

1. Purpose

To establish rules for the use of Trust Property by Member/Owner (M/O) and Renter/Lessee (R/L). This policy only covers Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) requirements. The Mutuals will have their separate requirements addressed in the Mutuals’ individual rules and policies.

2. General Information

Member/Owners per the occupancy Agreements for Mutuals 1-12, 14-16 and Mutual 17’s CCR(s): All Shareholder/Members are solely responsible for the actions of their R/L’s; therefore they are solely responsible for the fines/fees and penalties incurred by their R/L’s. Fines/Fees not paid by the R/L’s and their guests will be assessed on the M/O account with the (GRF).

3. M/O’S in Mutual 17

3.1 All current Mutual 17 M/O’s will remain under their old agreements as long as the current R/L remains in the Residential unit. When they move out, the M/O will then be subject to this rule. 

3.2 All M/O’s who rent/lease their Residential unit on or after Jan. 1, 2021, must adhere to this new rule. 

4. R/L’S in Mutual 17

4.1 All current Mutual 17 R/L’s will remain under their old agreements until they move out of their Residential unit.

4.2 All new R/L’s in Mutual 17 on or after Jan. 1, 2021, must follow the rules laid out in Section 7.

5. Lessor—M/O for ALL mutuals 

5.1 Any M/O who rents their unit in Leisure World must give up their use of all amenities during the time their unit is rented. When moving back into the Community, their privileges will be reinstated except for the following:

5.1.1 All RV leases and 1.8 acres (Mini farms) leases will be terminated the date the rental agreement takes effect. M/O’s can be added to the waiting list(s) the day they move back into the Community, but no spaces will be guaranteed.

 

6. The M/O’S in All Mutuals Must Do the Following Before the Rental Can Be Completed: 

6.1 Each M/O must pay a non-refundable STO Processing Fee. See 40-3182-2.

6.2 ID CARDS: Return all GRF-issued ID Cards for the unit to the Stock Transfer Office (STO). Failure to return the card(s) will result in a fine. See 40-3182-2, for amount.

6.3 Have vehicle(s) (R/V/car/truck/golf cart/scooter/bicycle/motorcycle) decals removed by the Security Department (SD). Security will give the M/O a form with all vehicles listed at their unit, signed off by SD as confirming decals have been removed. If any of the vehicles listed have been transferred, proof of such transfer will be needed. The form is to be given to the STO. All M/O vehicles listed must be removed from the Community. Any vehicles owned by the M/O that are not removed from Trust Property will be towed at the owner’s expense. 

6.3.1 M/O RV Lot lease will expire the day the Residential unit lease commences, and the M/O must remove any RV’s from the RV Lot within thirty (30) days of effective day of lease. Failure to remove vehicle will result in towing at owner’s expense. 

6.4 ENTRY PASSES: All GRF-issued entry passes (4) assigned to this Residential unit must be returned to the STO. Failure to return will result in a fine. See 40-3182-2.

6.5 CAREGIVER PASSESS: All GRF-issued caregiver passes must be returned to the STO. Failure to return will result in a fine. See 40-3182-2.

7. The R/L in All Mutuals Must Do the Following Before the Rental Can Be Completed:

7.1 Satisfy all rules, regulations and policies for meeting the age qualifications for residing in the community.

 7.2 Pay a five (5) year prorated GRF Trust Property Use Fee (TPUF). See 40-3182-2. All R/L moving into the community must pay the TPUF. The TPUF for 2021 is $4,127.

7.3 Pay a refundable deposit per GRF ID Card. See 40-3182-2. All R/L living in the unit must have a GRF ID Card. When moving out, the deposit(s) will be returned within sixty (60) days after relinquishing the card(s).

7.4 Pay a refundable deposit per vehicle (R/V/car/truck/golf cart/scooter/bicycle/motorcycle) decal affixed by the Security Department (SD). All vehicles on GRF Trust Property must have a decal. Deposit(s) will be returned within sixty (60) days after decals have been removed by the SD and a signed form by the SD has been turned into the STO. See 40-3182-2 for amount.

7.5 The following fees must be paid prior to moving in: See 40-3182-2.

7.5.1 Pet registration (if allowed by Mutual), an annual non-refundable fee per animal is required. See 40-3182-2. This includes emotional support, comfort or service animals. See 50-1023-1 for paperwork requirements.

8. Access to Community By M/O 

If the M/O requires access to the Community as a member of the Health Care Center (HCC) and wishes to continue as such, or to manage the M/O’s affairs with his/her Residential unit (i.e., maintenance, attending to their R/L, etc.), they will need to do the following:

8.1 Contact the HCC to arrange access to the Community for their appointments.

8.2 Contact the SD to arrange temporary access to the Community for the limited purpose to attend to their Residential unit and/or R/L. 

9. Annual Assessment Package

When the annual packet containing next year’s assessment amounts, disclosures and current year property tax amounts are mailed to M/O, there will be no entry passes included.

10. Fines

Fines can be appealed by the M/O only, by petitioning the Finance Committee (FC). If FC does not approve removing the fine and it is not paid by the M/O, the fine will be assessed on the M/O’s account with GRF. Appealing the FC’s decision can be made to the Community Violation Panel. (See 30-5093-3). 

11. Renter/Lessee (R/L) in All Mutuals

The R/L will be required to follow the same GRF rules as anyone owning or living in the Community. See lwsb.com, for all GRF rules, and the M/O is ultimately responsible for the actions and conduct of their R/L’s. 

12. Additional Information

12.1 To lease a space in the RV Lot, see 70-1487-1. If the R/L moves out of the Community, this vehicle will need to be removed immediately. Any monies for the months remaining on the R/L’s lease will be returned to the R/L within sixty (60) days.

12.2 To lease a space in the 1.8 acres (Mini farms), see 70-1447-1 for leasing a space. If the R/L moves out of the Community, this lease will be terminated immediately. Any monies for the months remaining on the R/L’s lease will be returned to the R/L within sixty (60) days.

12.3 No entry passes will be given to the R/L. All guests will need to be called in at the main gate.

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

• Emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at deannab@lwsb.com; please include in the subject line “40-3182-1, Member/Owner (M/O) and Renter/Lessee (R/L) Rules”

• Mailing comments to: Golden Rain Foundation, P. O. Box 2069, Seal Beal, CA 90740, Attn.: Proposed Document Revisions. Please reference 40-3182-1, Member/Owner (M/O) and Renter/Lessee (R/L) Rules on any correspondence you submit. 

All comments will be copied to the board for review and consideration. The board will take final action relative to 40-3182-1, Member/Owner (M/O) and Renter/Lessee (R/L) Rules at its Dec. 23 meeting.

40-3182-2, MEMBER/OWNER (M/O) AND RENTER/LESSEE (R/L) FINES, FEES AND DEPOSITS

Per the action of the GRF Board on Nov. 24, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Approval of Amendment of  the Board hereby provides general notice t of 40-3182-2, Member/Owner (M/O) and Renter/Lessee (R/L) Fines, Fees and Deposits to all Shareholders/Members:

The following schedule of fines, fees and deposits is established by the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) for M/O’s and R/L’s. Any unpaid fines, fees or charges incurred by an R/L are the ultimate responsibility of the Member/Owner (M/O).

1. M/O Fees 

Five Hundred ($500) dollar Stock Transfer Office (STO) Rental Processing fee.

2. M/O Fines 

2.1 Five Hundred ($500) dollar fine for failure to surrender each GRF ID card.

2.2 One Hundred ($100) dollar fine for failure to surrender each GRF issued vehicle decal.

2.3 One Hundred ($100) dollar fine for failure to surrender each GRF Entry pass.

2.4 One Hundred ($100) dollar fine for failure to surrender each GRF issued caregiver pass.

3. R/L Fees

3.1 GRF Trust Property Use Fee (TPUF).

3.1.1 TPUF is calculated as twenty-five (25) times the monthly GRF assessment and rounded up t GENERAL

AVON

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

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JAFRA

By Helen

LW Resident. (562) 419-3557

www.jafra.com/hwells

Cosmetics, fragrances.

Shop for holiday now.

Business License #WEL0015. 12/17

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SHAKLEE

Delivered to your door. 

LW daughter 

Sandy Vander Woudefikse.

(562) 618-8731. 12/10

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CBD Joint Relief Body Cream

By Restoor Skin Essentials.

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

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

onunezhialeah@gmail.com

Óscar Núñez, CPA, FL RE Broker

305-924-6733. 12/31

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Mother and daughter team selling scentsy home and personal fragrance products.  Wickless candles, diffusers, essential scentsy oils, laundry care, cleaning care, fragrance for car, pets, kids and so much more!  Make great gifts for Christmas, housewarming, birthdays or any occasion.  Licensed collections such as Disney, NHL, NFL, Star Wars and more!  Check out our website:  miaandmommy@miaandmommyscents.us or call 

562-712-9632 or email miaandmommy@miaandmommyscents.org

GARDENING

FRANK’S GARDENING SERVICE 

Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutual’s. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.

HANDYMAN SERVICES

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

OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC. 

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

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

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MP  CONSTRUCTION

General Contractor

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

562-746-5400. 

License #954725. 04/22/21

BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING

We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new.

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

Nu Kote 562-833-3911  

License #699080 

Serving LW since 1999. 12/10

PAINTING

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

CA State License #675336. 01/21

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Affordable – Professional, 

Licensed and Insured. 

Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing, 

cabinets. Senior discounts. 

Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. 

License #1049257. 01/07/21

FLOOR COVERINGS

310-261-0571

Interior Flooring Solutions

Hardwood floors, carpet, 

laminate, vinyl planks. 

25 years experience. 

Contractor License 1043763. 12/24

CARPET & 

UPHOLSTERY 

CLEANING & REPAIR

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988.

Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.

State Contractors Lic. #578194.01/21

SKYLIGHT SERVICES

SKYLIGHTS

CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE.

Licensed and insured.

Dan (562) 841-3787.

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 12/17

WINDOW WASHING

WANT CLEAN WINDOWS?

I Clean Inside & Outside Or…

Clean Outside Only and Save $$$.

(562) 600-0014. LW Resident,

Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach 

Business License #LIV0004. 12/03

Leisure World 

Helping Leisure World

Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm, (562) 596-9906.

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“ROLLIN THUNDER”

GOLF CART CLUB 

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

562-431-6859.

HOME CARE

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License #CAM0006. 12/31/20

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

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CHRISTIAN HOME CARE

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

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

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EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER

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

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

Call or text Lisa (949) 432-1877. 11/26

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

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

BEAUTY SERVICES

Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One customer, one hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men & women, shampoo, set, color, highlights, perm, nails & toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Blvd,  #116. (714) 425-4198. 11/26

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In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 12/03

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Stylish haircut at home. Countless clients w/referrals.  

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

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Licensed Barber in your home. Sheer/clipper cuts, ears, nose, eyebrows, trim. $15. 562-565-3683. 11/26

HOUSE CLEANING

MOVE-IN, MOVE-OUT

WINDOWS,

HOUSECLEANING

CALL PHIL AT

562-881-2093

Over 30 years Experience!

Seal Beach Business

License #AB0001. 12/10

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Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. 

Call 949-899-7770. 12/31

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

Beach License LUC0001.12/31

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GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.

Windows 10% off first cleaning

General housecleaning

Excellent referrals in LW

(562) 307-3861. 

20 years experience.

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 12/17

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MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE

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

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

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Maria House Cleaning

We’ll make your house look as

nice as possible! 15 years of

experience, We can work with your

schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly.

Deep cleaning.

Call or text 714-496-2885.

Bus. Lic #HER0008. 01/21

COMPUTERS

FRUSTRATED 

(562)755-6199

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

Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.   

License #CIP0001 11/19

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John’s Computer Services

562-733-9193

Virus removal, Repair, Training,

Software, Wireless, Internet

Security. LW Resident

 SB License FUH0001. 01/21/21

AUTOS WANTED

ANY KIND OF CAR

Cars, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly!We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 01/14/21

Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale

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

TRANSPORTATION

Need a lift? Pam Miller. 

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

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Rides by Russ

For over 5 years I have been 

giving all types of rides to 

Leisure World residents. 

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

Autos/Boats/RV’s

Trailers FOR SALE

ELECTRIC CAR PADS

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

MOVING, HAULING & 

STORAGE SERVICES

J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE

No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License

BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 12/17

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A FRIEND AND A TRUCK

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

MISCELLANEOUS  FOR SALE

Gem Quality UNCUT RAW TOURMALINE collection, all colors, for sale. Call for an appointment to see. 562-598-6121, feel free to leave a message for a return call. Mutual 15 resident. 11/26

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Christmas boutique, Mutual 15, 1860 McKinney Way, 21A. You need it? We have it! Candles and more candles! Gifts for family and friends. Lights, ornaments, pictures & frames. Small Christmas trees, King size headboard, black with silver trim, rice cooker, Lane cabinets, yarn, Tiffany style light fixture and much much more. Masks and virus protocol required. 562-843-6963. 11/26

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Two large sofas, one mirror & four chairs. 707-606-9577. 11/26

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Like new portable Whirlpool dishwasher, full size. $300 OBO. 562-760-0181. 11/26

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Christmas gifts sale – Friday & Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm. Call for appointment. My phone number was wrong in last week’s paper. Correct phone number is (562) 446-0303. Mask required. Doll collection from 3’ to 5” (like new), new bedding, new clothes. Great for gifts. Things that are not sold on Friday will be 1/2 price on Saturday. 11/26

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Extra large medical bed, air mattress, Quicky wheelchair, hoyer lift, cough machine. By single piece or all. 

562-341-8470. 11/26

CARPORTS WANTED

Wanted carport for rent to park a Sea-Doo. 425-647-1220. 

grossrick@msn.com. 12/03

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Would like to rent a carport in Mutual 1. Carport space 7, 11 or 13. 

562-296-5339. 12/03

FREE ITEMS

Coffee table 50” x 30” x 19”. Table for plants 28” x 28” x 17”. Tom Mutual 2-67G. 714-585-0464.

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California King mattress. Three months old. 562-400-1553. 

o the nearest dollar. 

3.1.2 The TPUF fee starting in January 2021 is $4,127 per person. No financing permitted. 

3.1.3 Any TPUF refund will be prorated over a five (5) year period based on lease date. If R/L moves out before five (5) years is up, the excess will be refunded within sixty (60) days after R/L moves out of the Community. No partial years will be refunded.

3.1.4 If R/L moves to another rented/leased Residential unit within thirty (30) days, the TPUF will be transferred to the new Residential unit.

3.1.5 If R/L purchases a Residential unit in LW within thirty (30) days after their lease expires, the TRUF will be transferred to the purchased Residential unit.

3.2 One Hundred ($100) dollar annual non-refundable fee per animal registration.

3.2.1 Mutual Board has the final say so on pets being allowed in the Mutual.

4. Deposits

4.1 A refundable deposit of five hundred ($500) dollars will be charged for each GRF renter ID card.

4.2 A refundable deposit of one hundred ($100) dollars will be charged for each GRF renter-issued vehicle decal.

4.3 A refundable deposit of one hundred ($100) dollars will be charged for each GRF renter issued caregiver pass.

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

• Emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at deannab@lwsb.com; please include in the subject line “40-3182-2, Member/Owner (M/O) and Renter/Lessee (R/L) Fines, Fees and Deposit”  

• Mailing comments to: Golden Rain Foundation, P. O. Box 2069, Seal Beal, CA 90740, Attn.: Proposed Document Revisions.Please reference 40-3182-2, Member/Owner (M/O) and Renter/Lessee (R/L) Fines, Fees and Deposits on any  correspondence you submit.  

All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration.  The Board will take final action relative to 40-3182-2, Member/Owner (M/O) and Renter/Lessee (R/L) Fines, Fees and Deposits at its Dec. 23 meeting.

COMMENTS/QUESTIONS FROM THE MEMBERSHIP

Nov. 30, 2020, Special GRF Board of Directors Meeting

Submit your request to the GRF Board Office, P.O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740, Mrs. Deanna Bennett, Executive Coordinator, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 27. You may also drop off your question/comment at the Stock Transfer Office, Attention Deanna Bennett or email your question/comment to grfboardaction@lwsb.com.

Today’s Date: ______________________

Your Name (please print): ________________________________ Mu #_____ Apt. #______

My Subject is: _________________________________________________________________

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The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board (Civ. Code §4925(b)). Time limits per speaker are limited to: four minutes when there are no more than 15 speakers;  three minutes, 16-25 speakers; and  two minutes, more than 26 speakers. 

Arts & Entertainment

Local Theater

The show goes on, virtually

When Hal Landon Jr. hung up his Ebenezer Scrooge hat and scarf last December, saying farewell to the character he played for 40 years on the South Coast Repertory stage, it was the end of an era. The theater announced the show would go on in 2020, though with a different actor portaying the famous curmudgeon.

But no one could have predicted a global pandemic that would force theaters across the country to close their doors for eight months—and counting. 

Traditions find a way to survive, however, and the Charles Dickens classic “A Christmas Carol” refuses to cower in the face of the Ghost of Christmas Present. 

Starting Nov. 28, two local theaters will stream the world premiere live-capture performance of Jefferson Mays’ one-man “A Christmas Carol” as part of a joint project between producer Hunter Arnold’s TBD Pictures, La Jolla Playhouse and On the Stage. A portion of ticket sales will benefit South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa and International City Theatre in Long Beach, as well as La Jolla Playhouse, LA’s Geffen Playhouse and others across the country that have lost revune during the pandemic. 

In the Michael Arden-directed production, Mays plays more than 50 roles, from Ebenezer Scrooge and the Ghost of Christmas Past to Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim. “‘A Christmas Carol’ was my first experience of living theater,” Mays says. “My mother and father would read it out loud every year. My father would tell the story with clarity and humanity, while my mother, eyes ablaze, would transform into the characters. . . . Both, in their ways, created magic. And now here we are, aspiring to bring this magic to people across the country during this challenging time.”  

The online edition conceived by Arden and scenic designer Dane Laffrey is based on the work adapted by Arden, Mays and Mays’ wife, Susan Lyons, that premiered at the Geffen Playhouse in 2018. 

“In a time when theaters and arts workers across the country are in great need, bringing a story that celebrates the power of creativity, community and our shared humanity is humbling,” says Arden, who began his theater career as a 10-year-old, playing Tiny Tim in a community production of “A Christmas Carol.”

Virtual tickets for the performance filmed at New York’s United Palace cost $50 (plus fees) and include unlimited viewings through Video on Demand until Jan. 3, 2021.

To benefit South Coast Repertory, visit https://www.scr.org. And to support International City Theatre, go to https://www.InternationalCityTheatre.org.

Where-We-Live Club

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

Men’s Golf Leagues Results

A beautiful, sunny but cool morning greeted seven members of the Men’s Monday Golf League on Nov. 16 the at the Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana, a par-70, 6,000-yard, 18-hole course. Good scores were anticipated but did not occur. There were four birdies, but only one score was under par.

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

A Flight Winners: First place: Sam Choi, 2 over 73, plus 2 birdies; second: Gene Vesely, 5 over; third: tie between Fujio Norihiro and Dave LaCascia; fourth: Bill McKusky. LaCascia was closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 12th hole, and McKusky had fewest putts.

B Flight Winners: First place: John Meyer, 9 under 62, with two birdies and fewest putts; second: Bob Munn, 4 over 75.

The Men’s Friday Golf League played at Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach on Nov. 20. Nine men and one woman teed off into a beautiful but cool morning on the picturesque, nearly 5,600-yard course. The sun was out early, and conditions were excellent at tee time. Because the course was misty and damp and pin placements were challenging, low scores did not happen. It was surprising, though, that there were six birdies. Additionally, Jim Goltra and Larry Hillhouse, both of whom were welcomed back after long absences, fared well.

A Flight Winners: First place: Hillhouse, 1 over 72, plus a birdie; second: tie between LaCascia and Choi, 2 over 73. Choi had a birdie and tied with LaCascia for fewest putts. LaCascia also had two birdies; third: Fujio Norihiro, 5 over 76; fourth: Goltra, plus a birdie; fifth: McKusky, plus closest to the pin on the 140-yard, over-water, par-3 seventh hole; sixth: Vesely.

B Flight Winners: First place: John Petersen, 1 over 72; second: Munn, 3 over 74, plus a birdie and fewest putts; third: Keiko Sekino.

Both the Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting between 7 and 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, and friends, ladies, spouses and family are all welcome to play and/or join. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. If interested, contact Bill McKusky (562) 430-8618 or Dave LaCascia (801) 674-5975.

The league is looking for golfers (men and women) to join during the reduced playing time at he LW course. Handicaps can be determined using local course handicap numbers and adjusted for the longer, more difficult courses outside Leisure World. Contact LaCascia for more info.

—Dave LaCascia

LW Poetry

This feature showcases original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members.  

At Thanksgiving 

our lives are rich with promises

that open to us each day

cool breezes and bright sunshine

bless our path along the way

richly colored flowers

charm our senses too.

friends with warm greetings

join all we plan to do.

nature’s gift of food,

choices never cease,

nourish and sustain us

always sure to please. 

as we gather at Thanksgiving

fervently we pray

with gratitude overflowing

on this very special day.

—Phyllis Poper, Mutual 14

Technology Classes by Miryam

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

Dec. 8: Shopping Online

Important Reminder

Apple, Microsoft, IRS, Social Security, etc., will never contact you by phone, text or email. If there’s a problem with your account, they will shut you down until you contact them.

Hui O Hula 

On this Thanksgiving, during the COVID-19 global pandemic, Hui O Hula is grateful to be safe and healthy. Dancers appreciate GRF Executive Director Randy Ankeny and Kathy Thayer from the Recreation Department for their continuous support in advocating health and fitness, as well as keeping a keen eye on clubs’ activities at Veterans Plaza. The LW hula club is looking forward to the opening of Clubhouse 6’s new cutting-edge fitness center. 

Dancers are also thankful to the staff of LW weekly for keeping the community well-informed with current affairs and uplifting stories even in these difficult times. 

Hui O Hula had been meeting for practice at Veterans Plaza on Thursday afternoons at 1:30. With the recently announced guidelines, classes are now on hold. Once activities resume, anyone who wants to give the Hawaiian dance a try may learn free of charge. Contact Yo Kishi at (562) 431-5110 to reserve a space, or call Kaye Huff at (562) 431-2242 for more information.

Capture the holiday spirit, starting this weekend

The holidays look different this year. With COVID-19 disrupting everyone’s lives, there are no parties, no potlucks, no gathering with friends in the glow of festive lights. But thanks to spins on traditional events and new offerings, there are plenty of ways to capture the spirit safely.

Hikari–A Festival of Lights: Drive through Tanaka Farms’ 30 acres of twinkling lights. Reportedly everything has been given the hikari (“shine” in Japanese) treatment, from the sugarcane to the trees and from the tractors to the scarecrows. And on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, Santa makes an appearance. The lights turn on Friday, Nov. 27, with the first car entering the fun at 5:30 p.m. Register for a date and time via https://www.tanakafarms.com/hikari. Monday through Thursday, it costs $49 per car, but the price goes up $10 Fridays through Sundays. Hikari runs through Dec. 10.

Christmas Train: Take a train ride through Irvine Regional Park, passing by Santa’s Village on the way to the North Pole, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will greet passengers from a safe distance. The annual event starts Friday, Nov. 27, and tickets are available through https://www.irvineparkrailroad.com/events/christmas-train/ for $17-$20 per person. (Activities within Santa’s Village carry an additional cost.) Space sells out fast for this event, which ends Dec. 23.

Night of Lights OC: Pivoting from Winter Fest OC, the OC Fair & Event Center offers Night of Lights OC, starting Dec. 10. The 1-mile drive-through spectacular features more than 1 million lights and animation set to music that can be accessed via smart phone or car radio. Spectators can preorder food (from tamales to sweet treats) and drink online before 10 a.m. when they buy tickets at https://nightoflightsoc.com. Sessions start at 5 p.m., running through 9:30 p.m. Early-bird pricing starts ay $39.99 for vehicles with five guests or less, but costs will increase once those tickets run out. The magic ends Jan. 10 (though it will also be closed on Dec. 24).

Taste of Merry Farm: Knott’s Berry Farm has also been pivoting this year, focusing on its dining and shopping choices. The Taste of Merry Farm event, which started Nov. 20, includes such holiday treats as Ode to Santa eggnog with candy cane cookies, Blitzen’s Christmas Tree bundt cake, Comet’s Cinnamon Bun with a maple glaze and candied pecans, and Scrooge’s Spicy Wings. Amid the picturesque settings, ticket holders can get some holiday shopping done at stores and craft booths, including the park’s famous glassblower and chainsaw carver. Tickets for the daily, nine-hour event are available via https://www.knotts.com/play/events/taste-of-merry-farm for $40.

Holidays at the Harbor: Dana Point Harbor Partners continues its tradition of themed light displays throughout the harbor area. Travel through the light tunnel to get to the Merry Kiss Me arch, then visit Candy Cane Lane. On the first and second weekends in December, the harbor also offers a view of the 46th Annual Parade of Lights, for which boats are decorated like a “Fiesta Holiday.”  The #happyharbordays continue through Jan. 3. A map of attractions is available at https://danapointharbor.com/holidays-at-the-harbor/.

Family Radio
Service Users

Calling all Family Radio Service Users in Leisure World: The Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. 

The call-in time is 9:30-9:45 a.m. on Channel 13/0. Be sure to wait until the radio is clear, then call in stating your first name, last name initial and mutual number. Remember to press the side button to speak, then release when finished.

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

Video Producers Zoom Meetings

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

Classes are as follows:

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

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

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

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

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

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

—Joe Osuna

Tech Talk

Join Bob Cohen in a free, one-hour live Zoom class on technology every Friday at 10 a.m. Topics are different each week and include iPhones and apps, websites, home-office technology, and Internet marketing. A question-and-answer session is held during each class, and all you need to know in advance is how to join using Zoom. Registration information with optional reading material is sent out every Wednesday morning for the Friday Tech Talk. To register for the weekly newsletter, sign up at https://bit.ly/bobologynewsletter or contact bob@bobology.com. 

Grab ’n’ Go Meals

Nov. 25-Dec. 2 

Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot

• Thursday: No service today—Happy Thanksgiving!

• Friday: Katella Deli—Special holiday menu for preorder pickup only, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. Call (562) 594-8611, then choose option 2, or order online at www.katellabakery.com. 

• Saturday and Wednesday: Berg Catering—freshly prepared meals with a healthy, gourmet touch, 3:30-5:30 p.m., PayPal/checks/cash/cards. Preorder at (562)  663-2038 or www.bergcatering.com (click the special LW menu). 

• Sunday: Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que—barbecue, salads, sandwiches, 4-6 p.m., no preorders.

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

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

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

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

Watch for LW Live! alerts for daily menus. Sign up for LW Live at http://www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/. Vendors are subject to change.

Cool Cardboard Creations Contest

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

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

Individual entries, as well as collaborative efforts made by GRF clubs or departments, should be brought to the LW Library by Dec. 16 between 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Projects will be judged based on originality and the use of cardboard. The first-place winner will receive $1,000, second place gets $500, and third place $250. Special category winners will be awarded prizes valued between $50-$100.

Creations will be featured in a drive-through display on Dec. 18 near Clubhouses 3 and 4 and Veterans Plaza. For more information, contact Kathy Thayer at kathyt@lwsb.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.

The Leisure Bicyclists get healthy exercise and fresh air every Sunday, Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The group  meets at 9 a.m. at the North Gate, then rides to Long Beach Shoreline Village, Bolsa Chica, Huntington Beach and, on Sunday, Long Beach Municipal Golf Course for breakfast. Everyone rides at their own safe speed and wears a helmet, safe shoes and a mask. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for further information.

Make each day count with a routine

By CJ Blomquist

OptumCare

When days run into each other and time feels like one long stretch, it may be time to come up with a healthy routine. This is particularly true as we enter the holiday season during a strange and lonely year. 

What goes into a routine? Routines are all about structure and accomplishment. It’s not just getting up or going to bed at the same time every day—although those are important. Routines help you check off mental boxes of the things you should do. It may not seem exciting to do your laundry every Wednesday, for example, but getting it done can help you feel as if you’ve achieved something.

Make time for health. This doesn’t mean physical health, though that’s an important part, too. Set some time each day to focus on your mental health. Meditate for 30 minutes after lunch. Go for a walk every morning. Practice simple stretches or yoga before going to bed. These exercises not only help your physical health, but they also help your mind rest. 

Why develop a routine now? Many of us won’t be seeing family or friends over the holidays. Whether that’s the norm for you or entirely new, it means the next month or so is going to be a bit less cheerful. A routine may not make up for lost time with family, but it can give you a sense of purpose each day.

Your routine doesn’t have to be solo. Bring others into your routine—safely! Make a point to call a neighbor each day, just to check in. And for you introverts out there (like this writer), a daily call doesn’t need to be long. A few minutes can make a big difference in your neighbor’s day—and yours, too! If daily is too much, set up a virtual coffee date with your neighbors once a week to catch up.

Is this going to take long? Yes. Routines can be tricky to establish. It is pretty common to mess up. That’s just part of the process. Rather than feeling defeated because you didn’t get your morning walk in, make a point of going tomorrow. Routines can take weeks to become habit, so be diligent in keeping at them. But remember to be kind to yourself if you mess up here and there.

Let’s be honest: It hasn’t been an easy year. And the upcoming year is probably going to be just as challenging. This is why coming up with simple routines can make a difference; rather than letting the day control you, you are controlling the day.

Cooking Class with Chef Pablo

Many LW residents won’t be traveling or entertaining visitors this holiday season, but that doesn’t mean a special occasion meal has to be boring. Join Chef Pablo at 1 p.m. on Dec. 3 for a special virtual cooking class, sponsored by Alignment Health Plan, a Medicare Advantage plan. Go to http:// www.zoom.us/join; the meeting ID is 939 5565 4103, and the passcode is monarch. It is recommended that you sign in a few minutes early.

Zumba and Dance Fitness Clubs

Get off the couch! There are two low-impact dance clubs you can join, both of which meet at Veterans Park. Zumba Club meets on Mondays at 4 p.m., and the Dance Fitness Club comes together on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Both are free during the pandemic. 

For more information, contact Jim Blanchard at (714) 487-2446.

Connecting with the LW Weekly

The Leisure World Weekly office is closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Editors can be reached by phone and email. See page 4 of any edition for editors’ addresses or send emails to rutho_news@lwsb.com. 

People may drop articles and classified ads into the letter slot at the front of the News Building. 

The editorial deadline is Thursday for the following Thursday’s edition. All classified and display advertising will be accepted by telephone at (562) 430-0534; deadline is Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Balance & Stability Class

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

Rosenfeld is certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, and Balance & Stability. Join the Zoom meeting by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530; the Meeting ID is 849 8252 2530. 

For more information, email arosenfeld1@verizon.net.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

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

Thursday-Friday, Nov. 26-27: No delivery because of Thanksgiving. 

Monday, Nov. 30: Beef teriyaki, brown and wild rice, and Oriental vegetables; tropical fruit cup; chicken-salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus homemade potato salad.

Tuesday, Dec. 1: Chicken breast with mushroom sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and seasoned broccoli; vanilla pudding; entrée turkey-and-ham cobb salad, with egg, tomato, bacon and blue cheese dressing, plus crackers.

Wednesday, Dec. 2: Stuffed bell pepper, garlic-and-chive mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables; apple sauce; turkey-and-cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus creamy coleslaw.

Hot Meals Drive Through Program

The Hot Meals Drive Through program is available for residents of Orange County’s District 2, which includes Leisure World Seal Beach. Participants must be aged 60 and older, single parents or unemployed individuals or have disabilities. There are three sites open one day per week at which people may pick up two dinner meals. Qualified applicants must register in advance at www.ocmeals.com. Anyone requiring assistance in completing any step of the application process should email info@ocmeals.com or call (949) 335-7702.

Develop a grateful mindset

No matter how different this Thanksgiving is, mental health experts say maintaining a positive attitude improves not only mood, but also a person’s overall health. A 2016 study from the Harvard School of Public Health assessed more than 70,000 women at an average age of about 70 and found that those who were more optimistic had a lower risk of death.

One way to increase overall positivity is to develop an attitude of gratitude. And what better time to start cultivating such a mindset than Thanksgiving!

Here are some ways to count your blessings:

Start a gratitude journal: Turn a small notebook into a convenient way to remind yourself of all the good things in life. Each day, write down one thing that you’re grateful for. It could be as big as having a home or as small as a wave from a passing neighbor. On a day that you might be struggling, pull out the journal and read previous entries.

Send notes of appreciation: Write thank-you notes to friends, family, neighbors, etc. Maybe your neighbor helped you move a heavy bag, or maybe there’s a LW member who assisted you with a smile. The recipient may never realize those small gestures are worthy of praise. And reminding yourself of that moment is sure to lead to a smile.

Say “thank you” for ordinary tasks: It could be to the neighbor who helped you move a heavy bag, or maybe the receptionist at your dentist’s office or the cashier at the grocery store. You’re recognizing that someone simply doing their job makes your life better.

Create a collage: Put together photos of people you appreciate. If you don’t have photos, maybe use items that make you think of them. Whenever you encounter the collage or grouping, you’ll be reminded of all the wonderful people in your life and why you are thankful for them.

Give compliments: Find something nice to say to everyone you encounter, whether over the phone or in person. Once you start, it will become a habit, and soon, you’ll notice your spirit lifts when you lift up others.

Pray or send positive vibes: If you are religious, pray for your friends and loved ones. If you aren’t, meditate on those close to you. Whichever way you choose to focus on the people for whom you are grateful, that positive energy is sure to give you a boost, too.

Don’t forget to grant yourself grace and gratitude. At the end of the day, think about three things you did well. Whether you helped someone else or completed a household talk, be grateful for all the good you can do.

GENERAL

AVON

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

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JAFRA

By Helen

LW Resident. (562) 419-3557

www.jafra.com/hwells

Cosmetics, fragrances.

Shop for holiday now.

Business License #WEL0015. 12/17

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SHAKLEE

Delivered to your door. 

LW daughter 

Sandy Vander Woudefikse.

(562) 618-8731. 12/10

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CBD Joint Relief Body Cream

By Restoor Skin Essentials.

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

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

onunezhialeah@gmail.com

Óscar Núñez, CPA, FL RE Broker

305-924-6733. 12/31

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Mother and daughter team selling scentsy home and personal fragrance products.  Wickless candles, diffusers, essential scentsy oils, laundry care, cleaning care, fragrance for car, pets, kids and so much more!  Make great gifts for Christmas, housewarming, birthdays or any occasion.  Licensed collections such as Disney, NHL, NFL, Star Wars and more!  Check out our website:  miaandmommy@miaandmommyscents.us or call 

562-712-9632 or email miaandmommy@miaandmommyscents.org

GARDENING

FRANK’S GARDENING SERVICE 

Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutual’s. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.

HANDYMAN SERVICES

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

OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC. 

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

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

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MP  CONSTRUCTION

General Contractor

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

562-746-5400. 

License #954725. 04/22/21

BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING

We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new.

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

Nu Kote 562-833-3911  

License #699080 

Serving LW since 1999. 12/10

PAINTING

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

CA State License #675336. 01/21

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Affordable – Professional, 

Licensed and Insured. 

Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing, 

cabinets. Senior discounts. 

Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. 

License #1049257. 01/07/21

FLOOR COVERINGS

310-261-0571

Interior Flooring Solutions

Hardwood floors, carpet, 

laminate, vinyl planks. 

25 years experience. 

Contractor License 1043763. 12/24

CARPET & 

UPHOLSTERY 

CLEANING & REPAIR

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988.

Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.

State Contractors Lic. #578194.01/21

SKYLIGHT SERVICES

SKYLIGHTS

CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE.

Licensed and insured.

Dan (562) 841-3787.

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 12/17

WINDOW WASHING

WANT CLEAN WINDOWS?

I Clean Inside & Outside Or…

Clean Outside Only and Save $$$.

(562) 600-0014. LW Resident,

Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach 

Business License #LIV0004. 12/03

Leisure World 

Helping Leisure World

Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm, (562) 596-9906.

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“ROLLIN THUNDER”

GOLF CART CLUB 

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

562-431-6859.

HOME CARE

PERSONAL ASSISTANT

Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License #CAM0006. 12/31/20

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

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CHRISTIAN HOME CARE

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

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

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EXPERIENCED CAREGIVER

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

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

Call or text Lisa (949) 432-1877. 11/26

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

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

BEAUTY SERVICES

Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One customer, one hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men & women, shampoo, set, color, highlights, perm, nails & toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Blvd,  #116. (714) 425-4198. 11/26

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In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 12/03

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Stylish haircut at home. Countless clients w/referrals.  

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

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Licensed Barber in your home. Sheer/clipper cuts, ears, nose, eyebrows, trim. $15. 562-565-3683. 11/26

HOUSE CLEANING

MOVE-IN, MOVE-OUT

WINDOWS,

HOUSECLEANING

CALL PHIL AT

562-881-2093

Over 30 years Experience!

Seal Beach Business

License #AB0001. 12/10

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Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. 

Call 949-899-7770. 12/31

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

Beach License LUC0001.12/31

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GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.

Windows 10% off first cleaning

General housecleaning

Excellent referrals in LW

(562) 307-3861. 

20 years experience.

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 12/17

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MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE

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

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

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Maria House Cleaning

We’ll make your house look as

nice as possible! 15 years of

experience, We can work with your

schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly.

Deep cleaning.

Call or text 714-496-2885.

Bus. Lic #HER0008. 01/21

COMPUTERS

FRUSTRATED 

(562)755-6199

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

Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.   

License #CIP0001 11/19

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John’s Computer Services

562-733-9193

Virus removal, Repair, Training,

Software, Wireless, Internet

Security. LW Resident

 SB License FUH0001. 01/21/21

AUTOS WANTED

ANY KIND OF CAR

Cars, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly!We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 01/14/21

Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale

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

TRANSPORTATION

Need a lift? Pam Miller. 

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

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Rides by Russ

For over 5 years I have been 

giving all types of rides to 

Leisure World residents. 

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

Autos/Boats/RV’s

Trailers FOR SALE

ELECTRIC CAR PADS

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

MOVING, HAULING & 

STORAGE SERVICES

J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE

No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License

BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 12/17

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A FRIEND AND A TRUCK

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

MISCELLANEOUS  FOR SALE

Gem Quality UNCUT RAW TOURMALINE collection, all colors, for sale. Call for an appointment to see. 562-598-6121, feel free to leave a message for a return call. Mutual 15 resident. 11/26

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Christmas boutique, Mutual 15, 1860 McKinney Way, 21A. You need it? We have it! Candles and more candles! Gifts for family and friends. Lights, ornaments, pictures & frames. Small Christmas trees, King size headboard, black with silver trim, rice cooker, Lane cabinets, yarn, Tiffany style light fixture and much much more. Masks and virus protocol required. 562-843-6963. 11/26

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Two large sofas, one mirror & four chairs. 707-606-9577. 11/26

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Like new portable Whirlpool dishwasher, full size. $300 OBO. 562-760-0181. 11/26

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Christmas gifts sale – Friday & Saturday, 9 am – 3 pm. Call for appointment. My phone number was wrong in last week’s paper. Correct phone number is (562) 446-0303. Mask required. Doll collection from 3’ to 5” (like new), new bedding, new clothes. Great for gifts. Things that are not sold on Friday will be 1/2 price on Saturday. 11/26

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Extra large medical bed, air mattress, Quicky wheelchair, hoyer lift, cough machine. By single piece or all. 

562-341-8470. 11/26

CARPORTS WANTED

Wanted carport for rent to park a Sea-Doo. 425-647-1220. 

grossrick@msn.com. 12/03

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Would like to rent a carport in Mutual 1. Carport space 7, 11 or 13. 

562-296-5339. 12/03

FREE ITEMS

Coffee table 50” x 30” x 19”. Table for plants 28” x 28” x 17”. Tom Mutual 2-67G. 714-585-0464.

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California King mattress. Three months old. 562-400-1553.