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LW residents express hopes and dreams for 2019

 New Year’s resolutions are an enduring tradition, especially at the transition from the old to the new year. Not surprisingly, the most common aspirations for the coming year in the U.S. are to eat healthier, get more exercise and to save more money, according to a YouGov poll. In Leisure World, dreams range from hoping for more fun to extending arms of love to neighbors. Here’s a random sampling of your neighbors’ resolutions and wishes for the new year. The LW Weekly wishes everyone a joyous and purposeful 2019:

•Tosca Lies of Mutual 3

My New Year’s resolution is to have more fun next year than I did this year, if that’s even possible. 

•Chuck Burnett of Mutual 15

For a happy  and productive New Year, I will follow Alfred Hitchcock’s advice and stay out of jail, and Mark Twain’s advice to always do the right thing. It will frustrate your enemies and surprise your friends. Always read medication labels carefully. Write more often to my children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and surviving old friends. 

And I’ll listen more to my wife. She’s smarter then me.

• Mary Casdorph of Mutual 6

My only resolution is to see more movies, nothing monumental.

•Lucille Martin of Mutual 15

I am wishing friends and family, both far and near, the blessings of Christmas 2018 and a bright new year.

As we ponder the many homeless this time of year, especially those who have fled persecution in other countries and are storming our border, let us remember the teaching to “Love our neighbor as our self.” We cannot solve the problem, yet we can take a stand for the sacred right of every person to be free from torture and oppression and able to live a safe and healthy life. We can advocate for a just and humane immigration system where everyone has the opportunity to thrive.

•Joan Shramek of Mutual 12

My resolution is to be more thankful for the long time my husband, Frank, and I have shared together, and to look forward to a blessed 2019.

•Lynn Heath of Mutual 8

I would like to be cancer free, placed on the remission list and totally healthy in 2019.

•Sandra Massa-Lavitt of Mutual 5

My resolution for 2019 is, I’m sure, similar to others. I am hoping we all find ourselves healthy, happy and prosperous. I’m using prosperity in the context of how I will live my life next year. I will give to all I know my time my energy and my self to continue making our environment healthy and all of us a little bit happier.

•Barbara Houck of Mutual 10

My four New Year’s resolutions for 2019 are:

1. Prioritize my “To Do”  list, starting with projects to finish (like a needlepoint that was started over 20 years ago, and is almost done).

2. Strengthen my faith.

3.  Find two more things for our “Someday” list, and do them. 

4. Learn to accept that my life is controlled by thousands of people, from politicians down to local policies, and try to create personal goals within those limits.

•Jon Russell of Mutual 4

My resolution is be more open to other people’s opinions.

• Mara Williams of Mutual 11

This was the same wish I had last year, to have a good laugh a day and share it with others.

•Linda Johnson of Mutual 15

This year my resolution is to slow myself down from the “busy, busy” of my normal life.  I want to make myself aware of what is right in front of me.  I want to take time to visit with my neighbor who is battling cancer, do a phone visit with someone who doesn’t really want a home visit, but who longs for someone to talk to. There is a need in this community, and it is good for us to watch out for one another. 

I had to sit myself down and ask: am I really so busy that I can’t take an hour and take my neighbor to the grocery store or just take 10 minutes to visit?  I don’t think that most of us realize how important these visits are until one day we are in a lonesome place. 

I should be resolving to lose weight, but after 70 years of that failed resolution, what would be the point?

•Frank DePalma of Mutual 6

Ani and I, and our dog Crackers, have been in LW for two years. As the family leader, I hereby resolve this year to be: 

-A good neighbor to those who accept me as their neighbor 

-A better listener to those who think otherwise

-In the gym at least two times a week

-On the golf course at least two times a week

-More humorous, accepting and encouraging

-Less depressed and stressed and more blessed.

I resolve to be the husband that my little wifey always dreamed of having, the dog owner that Crackers wags his tail at and lastly, I promise to be myself for myself and for others. 

• Anna Derby of Mutual 5

I’m wish for more volunteers, please, more neighbors helping neighbors to make LW a beautiful community. 

Compassion for others so everyone in our multicultural community can live in a “Small World” of harmony and understanding of other cultures. Gratitude for volunteers, specially to GRF Board members and Mutual directors who take care of our place to live and service groups like the Golden Age Foundation, Y Service Club and The American Legion. Without all these volunteers, Leisure World would not be the unique and peaceful place it is. 

•Gretchen Dinger of Mutual 12: 

This new year I intend to read more to increase my ability to focus and to broaden my knowledge somewhat. I also plan to participate more intentionally and actively in social groups I enjoy—get out more! It will be a good year, I predict.Plus, it couldn’t hurt to be more intentional about exercising and eating better! Happy 2019!

•Jackie Dunagan of Mutual 15

Last year’s resolution was to complete the merger of Mutual 15 and 16. That is very close to being completed. 

So for next year? I haven’t decided just yet, but several ideas are percolating.  

•Phil Mandeville of Mutual 11

My resolution for 2019 is to put emergency teams in the mutuals to lend support when disaster comes, including building captains, CERT members, radio communication operators, Rollin’ Thunder and others. The concept of a self activation disaster program is to take care of you and your family first, then check on your neighbor and if all is OK, go to your assigned area for further information. 

•Lynne Burt-Jenkins of Mutual 7

My New Year’s resolutions: 

1. Be more active, walk more, lift weights, and go back to those exercise classes I stopped going to.

2. Keep smiling; it makes people wonder what I’m up to. A little mystery makes life more interesting.

3. Never lose my sense of wonder at the beautiful Earth, solar system, sky, sun and moon. And remember that wherever I am is where I am supposed to be.

4. Do my homework, check sources of information, listen to the “other side” if there is one. If someone is trying to convince me of something, I will ask myself: what do they have to gain by convincing me? Many lies are told for that purpose (advice from my sixth-grade teacher, Mrs. Malinoff).

5.  If someone tells me “God has ordained” something, I will be skeptical if I have not had that message directly from the almighty.

6. Volunteer.

A New Year’s Wish:

For the end of racism—it really makes no sense when you think about it. 

We are all different, yet we are all the same. We are not aliens; we are family. This is the issue I am most passionate about: Love thy neighbor. 

For those of you who believe that God made everything on Earth, why would he have made people in different colors, etc.? 

For the same reason we have pine trees and maple trees, red flowers and blue flowers, horses and cattle. 

Variety is the spice of life. Open up your heart, and let the sun shine in. 

•Linda Herman of Mutual 12

I’m not much on resolutions but here’s a wish. I wish that all governments—from a world government to the U.S. government to even Leisure World government—would work together in benefit of the people they represent, instead of pushing their own personal agendas. 

Stop the personal vendettas against others and other’s ideas. I think it is called “respect.”

•Ed Beggs of Mutual 7

As the new year approaches  I have been doing a lot of thinking about nostalgia. 

I have come to a  greater appreciation of the big band music of the l940s that is played here while still enjoying the music of my own era. 

For the most part the tribute bands that perform in  Leisure World are entertaining, but there is much to be said for the music of today.

It’s true, you cannot write a better tune or lyrics than “Do Nothing Till You Hear From Me,” lyrics by Bob Russell and music by Duke Ellington. 

But if I stopped there, I would never hear the brilliant lyrics of Bernard Ighner in “Everything Must Change,” made famous by guitarist George Benson. 

The first verse says “Everything must change; nothing stays the same. Everyone must change. Nothing stays the same.”

 It’s this melding of nostalgia—the fond remembrance of the past—with the nitty gritty of the here and now that I want to see more of in LW. 

That is my New Year’s hope for all of us, that we all can enjoy the music of our lives even with the the 70-year time span between them.  

2019 LW Calendar has been delivered

The 2019 LW Calendar, featuring resident photographers and produced by the LW Weekly, has been delivered to every unit. 

There are a limited number of copies in the News Office for people who did not receive one.

GRF elevator will be out of service starting Jan. 7

The elevator in the GRF Administration building will be out of service beginning Monday, Jan. 7, until a date to be determined in March, to undergo essential repairs.

During this time, people who are unable to use the stairs should to go to the Stock Transfer Office on the ground floor of the Administration Building, where the receptionist will help them connect with staff on the second floor.

All public meetings usually held in the Administration Conference Room have been moved to either Conference Room B in Building 5 or to Clubhouse 3.

People can check the calendar or contact Administration or Mutual Administration staff for more information. The GRF apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. Updates will be publicized in the LW Weekly and via LW Live!.

Ring in 2019 at three LW dances

Ring in the new year at one of three New Year’s Eve dances in Leisure World on Dec. 31. The Jim Gilman Band will play ballroom music at 9 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

The Whirlers Square Dance Club will host a dance from 5-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.

The Abilene Band featuring Terry Otte will play country rock at 9 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.  

Holiday Notice

In observance of New Year’s Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices, except Security, will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 1. 

The Maintenance Department will be on call for emergencies only at 594-4754. 

Tree disposal help is available

Residents can recycle Christmas trees at the 1.8 lot/Mini Farm area. People who need assistance can contact the Service Maintenance Department and create an order for their trees to be picked up at the current rate of $42 per hour, which is charged in 15 minute increments. 

MLK observance is Jan. 21

The Recreation Department will host the second annual Martin Luther King Day event on Jan. 21 in Clubhouse 2 at 11 a.m.  The observance will feature Mutual 17 GRF member and soloist Ruby Johnson. She will open the event. 

A PBS documentary will be shown. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, and a large turnout is expected, so don’t miss an opportunity to share in the special observance.  

For more information, contact events@lwsb.com.

Gingerbread houses wow judges

The Leisure World Library’s annual Gingerbread House Contest  Dec. 20 drew gingerbread barns, treehouses, lighthouses and even Spongebob Squarepants was represented.

People stopped by the red-and-white canopy at Veterans Plaza to check out the handmade creations.

There were refreshments as residents voted on the entries.

The winners were: Brenda Hemry, first place; Ruth Little, second place; and Erik Soderholm, third place. 

Senior Patriots for Peace

The Senior Patriots for Peace will not meet in January. 

Instead, membership is encouraged to attend the GRF celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday. 

The Recreation Department will host the second annual Martin Luther King Day observance on Jan. 21 in Clubhouse 2 at 11 a.m. It will feature Mutual 17 GRF member and soloist Ruby Johnson, who will open the event. 

CERT meeting is Jan. 4

The CERT study group will meet from 1-3 p.m. on Jan. 4, the first Friday of the month in Clubhouse 5, Room B.

The topic will be a review of light search and rescue from the Community Emergency Response Team book. All CERT-certified responders are welcome.

 Instructors are Eloy Gomez, Phil Mandeville and Midge Bash. 

Naples Rib Co

Naples Rib Company will be on hiatus in January, but Finbars Italian Kitchen will bring dinner service to Leisure World on Monday, Jan. 21. No reservations are required, just stop by Clubhouse 1 between 4:30-6 p.m.

American Legion New Year’s Eve dinner starts at 6

The American Legion Post 327 will host its annual New Year’s Eve Dinner at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Naples Rib Company will cater the dinner, which will feature ribs, hot links, chicken, baked beans, mashed potatoes, salad, a roll and a surprise dessert.

Tickets are $25.

Dinner is BYOB, and Tommy Williams will kick off the festivities at 6 p.m.; dinner usually ends around 8, so people are free to go visit other clubhouse parties.

There are a few tickets left, which are available by calling Lee Esslinger at 430-2891. Reservations will close on Dec. 29 or when tickets sell out.  

The American Legion Auxiliary is taking a break from making poppies until Jan. 9. 

Children A Priority

Children A Priority thanks LW residents and members who gave so generously to the club’s December toy drive for children of deployed soldiers from LosAlamitos Joint Forces Training Base. 

Participants helped make many kids and their parents happy.

CAP has a new president. 

Chris Moore has graciously volunteered to fill the vacancy on the board of directors, which occurred when Fay Cummings regrettably retired several months ago due to illness. 

Fay has been sorely missed, so CAP is excited to welcome Moore’s enthusiasm and willingness to lead the club into the future.

The board of directors agreed that her experience and vivacious personality would be well suited for the position. 

In addition to raising three sons of her own, Chris’ background includes pediatric nursing, preschool teaching and children’s church service coordinating.

Children A Priority will meet at noon on Jan. 3 in Clubhouse 4.   Guest speaker Jeanne Reinhardt, RN, will discuss the wide range of benefits provided for children through the Orange County Children and Families Commission.  

LW residents, CAP members and their guests are welcome to enjoy a delicious catered luncheon for the new price of $12. CAP regrets the price increase, but caterer expenses have gone up.

CAP is looking forward to sharing the latest about partnering with local, vital children’s charities, and collaborating with resources to help underprivileged  youth.

For more information, call (714) 345-5314 or 493-1924. 

GRF Movie

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, in Clubhouse 4.

In 1979 young Donna, Tanya and Rosie graduate from Oxford University—leaving Donna free to embark on a series of adventures throughout Europe. 

On her journeys, she makes the acquaintances of Harry, Bill and Sam—the latter whom she falls in love with, but he’s also the man who breaks her heart. 

In the present day, Donna’s pregnant daughter, Sophie, dreams of renovating a taverna while reuniting with her mother’s old friends and boyfriends on the Greek island of Kalokairi.

New Year’s Eve bus service offered

The Orange County Transportation Authority will provide safe rides for those ringing in 2019 with free fares on OC Buses from 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, Monday, Dec. 31, until 2:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1.

Riding an OC Bus is a safe and easy way to get to popular destinations around Orange County, including bus routes that operate near Downtown Fullerton, Disneyland, Knott’s Berry Farm and more. 

Late-night service routes vary, so those who are planning to ride the bus are encouraged to plan their trips ahead of time by visiting www.OCBus.com or calling (714) 636-7433.

“We want to ensure that everybody is celebrating responsibly on New Year’s Eve,” said OCTA Chairwoman Lisa Bartlett, also the county’s Fifth District Supervisor. “Please start the year off safely and consider taking advantage of our free holiday bus rides.”  

Last year, more than 4,000 riders utilized the free bus service on New Year’s Eve and more than 150,000 have used it since it began in 2002.

Pathways volunteers sought

by Cindy Tostado

GRF Member Resources

Many people have had to deal with issues related to safety and their sense of vulnerability. As a widow/widower or an elderly person in general, safety concerns can become a daily occurrence. As people age they sometimes are faced with health challenges, hearing and vision loss, macular degeneration or diabetes-related vision problems that often cause them to rely on other senses or other people to assist them with activities of daily living.  

Or they begin to isolate themselves, increasing their state of vulnerability. 

Paying bills, sorting mail or clearly seeing the person who knocks on their front door can be a challenge and cause a senior to become uneasy living in their own home.  

Pathways, a local non-profit that works with clients in Leisure World, is looking for volunteers who want to befriend a neighbor and help them stay independent in their homes. A “friendly visitor” is someone who visits weekly, giving an hour or two of their time for conversation, social support and/or assistance with errands.  

Pathways will host a one-hour informational session on Jan. 16,  at 10 a.m. in Building 5 (Room C) to go over the organization and share about what it would be like to help someone in the neighborhood feel supported and safe. 

If this is something you would like to consider, contact Tammie Ottenad at Pathways 531-3031 or Cynthia Tostado, LCSW, at 431-6586, extension 317.

Video Producers Club

A host of new programs created by LW video producers will be shown on SBTV in January.  

SBTV is a Community, Education, Government public channel shown on Frontier FIOS channel 37 and Spectrum Cable channel 3. SBTV is also available on the Internet as a live streaming feature on www.sbtv3.org. Copies of the programs can be purchased by contacting the station manager at the website.

New this month are:

• Retired CHP Officer Hamid A retired training officer for the CHP now teaches  road safety to teens, among other volunteer duties. The Sunshine Club hosted the speaker in October. Michael Oh is video producer of the one-hour program.

• Festival of Lights

The Lighting of the Menorah was officiated by Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater. Cantor Marla Barugel sang, and Congregation Sholom President Carol Levine spoke to the audience. The Good News Singers were also featured. GRF President Linda Stone and GRF Recreation Chair Leah Perrotti greeted the audience. Camera operators were Joe and Oralia Osuna. Joe Osuna was the video producer.

• American Latino Christmas Celebration 2018

The Mariachi Real San Jose entertained in this one-hour program sponsored by the American Latino Club. Amy Walker danced solos to the mariachi music and performed in a duet with Christopher Rodriquez, who is the grandson of the club president Maria Rodriquez. Camera operators are Joe and Oralia Osuna. Joe Osuna is the video producer.


Gain insight into the popular sport of Pickleball. The new Mission Park has excellent facilities for this fast growing sport, which  is enjoyed by many Leisure World residents. Owen Hughes is the Video Producer of the 5 minute video.

•Fusion Yoga

Fusion Yoga is an upbeat exercise that is sure to be a great New Year’s resolution for anyone looking to better his or her health. The class meets Tuesdays and Thursdays 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. in Clubhouse 6. Owen Hughes is the video producer of the 6-minute program. 

• Concert for the Blind

Leisure World  Korean Community Church hosted the 8th Charity Concert sponsored by Siloam Mission Supporters in  America for the Blind. There were 9 choirs and one Young Artists Orchestra, total of 10 groups participated in the program. Michael Oh, Irene Cistaro and Paul Bassett operated cameras. Bassett produced and edited the video.  


GRF Board of Directors Meetings

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. Conference Room B is located downstairs in Building 5. The Administration Conference Room is upstairs in the Administration Building. The following is a tentative schedule of meetings on the Golden Rain Foundation master calendar, maintained by Administration:

Friday, Dec. 28 Facilities and Amenities Review Ad Hoc

Administration canceled

Wednesday, Jan. 2 Physical Property Committee

  Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 3 Management Services Review Ad hoc

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 4 GRF Board Executive Session 

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 7 Recreation Committee 

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 8 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 10 Communications Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m. 

Friday, Jan. 11 Executive Committee 

Conference Room B 10 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 14 Mutual Administration Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Information Technology Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Finance Committee

Conference Room B 10 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 18 Roundtable with Mutuals & GRF

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 Architectural Design Review Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 24 Service Maintenance Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 25 Facilities and Amenities Review Ad Hoc

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 31 Torch Run Subcommittee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

Mutual meetings are listed below. Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards as follows:

Thursday, Dec. 27 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 28 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 3 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 5 CFO Council

Conference Room B 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 Mutual 4

Conference Room B 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10 Mutual 12

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 11 Mutual 3

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 14 Mutual 9

Clubhouse 3, Room 2 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 14 Mutual 10 (special)

Clubhouse 3, Room 2 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 Mutual 14

Conference Room B 1 p.m. 

Wednesday Jan. 16 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 Mutual 7

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Mutual 2

Clubhouse 3, Room 2 9 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Mutual 11

Clubhouse 3, Room 9 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18 Roundtable with GRF & Mutuals

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 Mutual 15

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 Mutual 10

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 24 Mutual 1

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 25 Mutual 6

Conference Room B 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 28 Mutual 8

Conference Room B 9 a.m.


Club renewals on temporarily on hold

GRF clubs normally receive a letter asking them to come to the Reservations Office after their annual elections to renew their reservations and update their officers’ information.

Currently, the Recreation and Facilities and Amenities Review Committees are reviewing policies to determine the most equitable use of trust property for the most shareholders/members and to enhance enjoyment for everyone who lives at Leisure World Seal Beach.

Accordingly, renewals have been temporarily put on hold and letters are not being sent. If your club is up for renewal, be aware of the following information:

1. Unless you have changed presidents or authorized signers, you do not need to submit a new Club Officers Renewal Form.

2. Your reservations will continue, uninterrupted, until such time as the Recreation Committee has reviewed current policies that may or may not affect your club.

3. At some point, the Committee may request your club leadership to come before the Committee.

4. In anticipation of renewing your club and compliance with Recreation procedures, when you come up for renewal you will need to submit a membership list, with Mutuals and apartment numbers, of a minimum of 20 residents. 

5. Non-resident guests may not be counted as club members, but you need to submit a list of guests who regularly attend meetings, which includes their names, make and model of car, and license plate each year, with updates as necessary, to Recreation and Security.  Please do not give guests your personal gate passes, as you will be held responsible for any violations of your guests.

6. Guests must be accompanied by the club member who invites them. A gate pass simply allows access to and from the unit a guest is visiting, unless they are coming in for a club reservation and are on the list submitted to Security.  Guests may not participate in any activities without their host present.  

7. Spot checks of GRF ID’s will be conducted to insure no unaccompanied guests are in attendance. Always carry your ID card with you .

For more information, email kathyt@lwsb.com.

—Kathy Thayer

GRF Recreation Department, Reservations


Questionnaires due by Jan. 1 

The deadline to return the Trust Property Amenities/Recreational Use Questionnaire on page 7 of the Nov. 29 issue of LW Weekly has been extended to Jan. 1. Surveys can be returned to the LW Weekly office, or dropped in a white GRF mailbox located throughout the community. Copies can be picked up at the LW Weekly office, Monday-Friday, between 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Holiday Carport Schedule

New Year’s Day 

Thursday, Jan. 1, 2019

Carports will be cleaned as usual on New Year’s Day.



Start 2019 at Hospitality Center

For a great start to 2019, join the Golden Age Foundation Hospitality team in Clubhouse 6 on New Year’s morning from 9-11 for breakfast pastries, hot coffee, hugs, and neighborly cheer. 

Volunteers will help guests recover from a fun New Year’s eve dance with Abilene, contemplate resolutions, and get the New Year started right.


New Minibus service to 99 Cents Only Store, Old Town SB begins on Jan. 11

The Leisure World Minibus will provide Monday service to the Old Town Seal Beach and the 99 Cents Only Store on Valley View Street in Garden Grove beginning Jan. 11. 

The Golden Rain Foundation is offering the service to replace the Thursday Senior Shopper that was recently eliminated by the city.

The Minibus will depart from the Amphitheater Hub at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. departing from Old Town at 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., noon, 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. 

Pick-ups at the 99 Cents Only Store will be at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The shuttle will go to the 99 Cents Only Store after dropping off passengers at Von’s Pavilion, Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street, and at Eisenhower Park at the SB Pier, Main Street and Ocean Avenue.

Those who take the shuttle to Main Street and want to extend their trip past 2:30 can return to Leisure World on the OCTA Bus 42A that picks up on Electric Street at Main Street, across from the Red Car Museum and SB Senior Center. The senior, one-way fare is 75 cents.


Mobility Aids are available for free through program

by John Hlavac

LW contributor


Mobility aids are broadly defined as things to help people move around when they otherwise cannot. In Leisure World, mobility aids are available for the asking. This program is run by the volunteers of the Golden Age Foundation, the 501(c)(3) charitable organization that is closely aligned with the community.

GAF loans four types of equipment:

• Wheelchairs

• Transport chairs that look like a wheelchair except require someone else (e.g. a spouse or caregiver) to move the occupant around.

• Rollators – sometimes called four-wheeled walkers with a seat 

• Walkers – commonly known as tennis ball walkers

Canes and crutches are not available trough GAF.

Rollators and walkers are adjusted to fit the person using them. It’s part of the service.  Most people, if left to their own devices, adjust their aid too high. The result is aches and pains that can be eliminated by using a properly fitted aid. If you find that you don’t enjoy moving around while using your aid, come in to see if a fitting will change that. You may be pleasantly surprised. It’s like a new lease on life.  

The loan period for most equipment is six months, but is easily renewed with a phone call. There is never a charge for borrowing a mobility aid. In fact, tennis ball style walkers (not rollators) are given out with no paperwork required.

Equipment repairs are available, even if you own your own aid. You’ll be asked to leave your aid in the shop for a few days, and borrow a loaner while it is being worked on.  

The GAF Mobility Aids project survives by soliciting small donations and GAF gladly accepts donations of mobility aids loaned  through the program.  If we find that we cannot use something that was donated, Mobility Aids will strive to find a good home for it. Other medical devices are not accepted.

The Mobility Aids Room is located in Clubhouse 6 near the table tennis robot. It is open Monday-Friday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. when parking is more available.  The  program observes the GRF holidays.

Sunday bingo fees will increase

Effective Jan. 1, the buy-in for the weekly community bingo in Clubhouse 2 on Sunday afternoons will increase to $3. This increase is necessary because the cost of bingo supplies has gone up. All the other game prices such as disks and additional paper will remain the same. 

Bingo will be played Dec. 30, hosted by the American Legion. 

All are invited to Clubhouse 2 on Sundays to play. The doors open at 1 p.m. and bingo starts at 1:30. The afternoon ends about 4 p.m. Complimentary refreshments and coffee are served. 

The clubs that sponsor bingo, the New York Club, first Sunday of the month; Gadabouts, second Sunday; St. Therese of Holy Family Parish, third Sunday; and the American Legion the fourth and fifth Sundays, thank all the loyal bingo players who attend on a regular basis.

The clubs would love to see the numbers grow. As more people attend, the “pot of gold” grows larger.

GAF meets Jan. 30, Building 5

The Golden Age Foundation did not meet in December due to the holidays. The next board meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. in the Building 5, Conference Room B, located across from Clubhouse 6, behind the GRF Security Decal Office. All shareholders are welcome to observe the board meeting.

Sunshine Club members dine at Korean restaurant

Immediately following the speaker on Dec. 7, about 26 Sunshine Club members, wearing their new bright yellow Sunshine Club tee/shirts, convened to experience luncheon delights at BCD Tofu House. BCD Tofu House is a Korean restaurant known for its soft tofu soup. It is located in the City of Artesia, close to the Cerritos Shopping Mall. 

Many Sunshine Club members were familiar with the restaurant, but an equal number had never experienced Korean cuisine. 

Sunshine Club President Anna Derby and others explained the different dishes and gave good hints about certain foods, which may or may not be taste-bud friendly to the western pallet. Of particular warning was how the Korean food labels its peppery flavors. The measurements of spicy vary from bland, mild, medium, hot and dangerous. The diners were grateful for that warning. However, being experienced diners from many cultures, they quickly adjusted and much to their delight found the tasty and inexpensive menu was all that had been promised.

A special part of the event was the carpool and table-sharing camaraderie so evident with the social gatherings of Sunshine Club members. Thanks to the seven designated drivers who carpooled 26 guests to the restaurant.

A variety of soon tofus are available at BCD, including beef, pork, seafood, kimchi, dumpling, soybean paste, ham and sausage, vegetables and mixed small intestines.

Diners experience the wonders of Korean cuisine at the moment their soup arrives, bubbling in a hot-stone pot with delicious side dishes, including kimchi, one of the most healthy foods.

Started in 1996, BCD Tofu now has 13 branches. BCD was inspired by a passion to spread Korea’s cuisine around the world. BCD focuses on taste, health benefits, food quality and much more.

The BCD Story starts with Hee Sook Lee, a first generation Korean immigrant who loves to cook and share with her family. Her mother-in-law owned a restaurant in “Bukchang Dong” (city in Korea, which BCD is named after), where Mrs. Lee gained early training in the food industry. After immigrating to America, Mrs. Lee chose to focus on Soon Tofu among thousands of other Korean foods, due to its superb taste and health benefits. She has a vision to be successful in America, and is building her dream one bowl at a time.

If really hungry, get some bibimbap or bulgogi. 

Open 24 hours.

Schmooze Club 

Klezmer musician is guest Jan. 8

The Schmooze Club will begin 2019 with a klezmer performance by klezmer and clarinet legend Leo Chelyapov on Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Refreshments and “schmoozing” (socializing) begin at 10 a.m. followed by the program from 10:30-11:30.

Klezmer is a beloved genre of Jewish music coming out of Ashkenazi Eastern European communities that was performed primarily at Jewish weddings and other celebrations. Yiddish speaking immigrants brought it to America where it was later influenced by jazz and then enjoyed a revival in the 1970s. 

Leo Chelyapov received his musical training in Russia and has become a conductor,  world renowned clarinet soloist, composer and master of both.

He lives in California and performs in many concerts and jazz festivals, on recordings with other artists and still composes. Locally, Leo recently taught a klezmer workshop for the students of the Hebrew High School and joined Rabbi Shmuel Marcus for the Chabad Menorah lighting in Seal Beach.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a morning of camaraderie with the Schmooze Club and the extraordinary talent, music and warm audience rapport of Leo Chelyapov. 

There is no cost to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. As always, “there are no dues to schmooze.” Call Darlene Rose, 347-8088, for more information.


Buddy is 2018 ‘Pet of the Year’

Many thanks to LW Weekly, and to GRF Recreation for making this a great year for LW pets. Pets mean so much to LW residents, and it’s nice to have the support.  

It was a tough decision, the votes are in and Paws, Claws and Beaks’ Pet of the Year goes to Buddy and her proud owner/forever friend Mary Di Donna, Mutual 17. 

Mary helps the club communications. Buddy helps Mary by being such a calm, well-mannered cat. Just look at Buddy’s eyes, very piercing.

Next year, the club will feature 24 pets and their owners, along with lots of activities for members and their furry friends.

The next Paws, Claws and Beaks Club meeting is Wednesday, Jan 9, at 3 p.m. Mondays there are doggie walks. The featured walk is on the fourth Monday of the month.

Sign-up to earn money for GAF

Enroll in the Smile.Amazon.com program and indicate the Golden Age Foundation, Seal Beach, as the charitable organization and Amazon will contribute to the GAF. Every time an enrollee shops on Smile.Amazon.com, Amazon donates a percentage of the purchase to GAF without any additional cost to the purchaser.

 The Ralph’s Reward program is another way to donate to the Golden Age Foundation. Sign up on www.ralphs.com.  A Ralph’s Reward Card number is required to register or the phone number associated with the account.  

Registering for the Ralph’s Reward Program can only be done online. GAF volunteers will assist shareholders register for the Ralph’s program on Tuesdays from 9-11 a.m.  in the Clubhouse 6 Hospitality Center.


Computer classes are canceled

The Friendship Club offers computer classes taught by Jeff Sacks, Maxine Smith, and Miryam Fernandez.

• Thursday, Dec. 27 — No class

• Monday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve — No class

• Monday, Jan. 7, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m. – Prepare for a test (DMV or Real Estate) using technology (Sacks)

Noon- Facebook for Beginners (Fernandez)

This is an introduction to Facebook for the beginner.

• Monday, Jan. 14, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Let’s Talk eBay (Smith)

• Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Day— No class

• Monday Jan. 2, Clubhouse 6, Room B

11 a.m. –  Windows 7 and 10 for Beginner. (Sacks)

11:30 a.m. – Questions and Answers discussion (Sacks)

Noon – Facebook for Beginners (Fernandez)

Classes are free, but donations to pay for a wireless hotspot and printing materials are welcome.

If you use email, be careful about stopping your cell phone service. In many cases the cell phone number is the only way that the email company can contact you if the computer loses the email password. Have your computer support person check to see if your email is set up to properly contact you with your current cell number or a second working email account. Do this while the email is still working.

 For eBay information, contact Maxine Smith maxla@aol.com; for Facebook information contact Miryam Fernandez, 884-7460; for computer information, contact Jeff Sacks (714) 642-0122.

To suggest questions for Q & A, or to join the email list, email to jfsacks@gmail.com.

Yiddish Club learns about I.B. Singer

The Yiddish Club of Leisure World will meet Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

The topic will be the life and creation of one of the most famous Jewish writers, Nobel Prize winner, I.B. Singer. 

After new words and proverbs in Yiddish are introduced, President Yakob Basner will discuss the topic and stories by Singer will be recited. 

Refreshments will be served after the program.


Outing to see exhibition basketball planned

The Recreation Department will sponsor a GRF bus trip to the Honda Center in Anaheim on Feb. 23 for a Harlem Globetrotters game/event. 

The bus will leave at 12:15 p.m., to arrive in plenty of time for a 2 p.m. showtime.

Seats will be on the lower bowl of the arena; tickets are $55 and include bus fare and gratuity for the driver. 

The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team. They combine athleticism, theater, and comedy in their style of play. 

Over the years they have played more than 26,000 exhibition games in 123 countries and territories. 

The team’s signature song is Brother Bones’ whistled version of “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

The line-up has included some of the greatest players ever, including Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Curly Neal, and Connie Hawkins, to name a few, and they have appeared in their own movies and TV shows.

The Globetrotters originated on the south side of Chicago, Illinois, in the 1920s, where all the original players were raised. 

The team has maintained a world famous tradition of ball handling wizardry, basketball artistry, and one-of-a-kind family entertainment.

For more information and tickets, contact the Recreation Department at 431-6586, ext. 326 or 324, or events@lwsb.com.

On the Go

Day Trips 

Pauma Casino – Jan. 9, $15; $10 cash in machine, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598?3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949

Pala Casino – Jan. 18, $6, $10 back, American Legion Post 327, Gail Levitt, 596-1346

Segerstrom Center , “Come From Away” – Feb. 7, $92, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586. ext. 326.

Harlem Globetrotters, Honda Center -Saturday,  Feb. 23, $55, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586. ext. 326.

Harrah’s Rincon – Daily, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457

Pala Casino – Daily, free, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., (714) 985-9555

Pechanga Casino – Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 in EZ Play upon arrival, (951) 770-2579

Valley View Casino – Sunday-Tuesday, Amphitheater, 7 a.m., free

Overnight Trips 

Coastal “Safari” by Rail – Three-day tour featuring an Oceanfront Stay in Pismo Beach, Coast Starlight Train, Morro Bay and Cambria. Feb. 6-8, 2019, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Bluegrass Cruise – Feb. 18-22, four days, Carnival Inspiration, Long Beach, Catalina, Ensenada, Long Beach, Ellen Brannigan, (310) 890-2368.


See Rose Parade floats up close 

“Petal pushers” are working at a harried pace this week to put the finishing touches on the floats for the 130th annual Rose Parade presented by Honda. The parade steps onto Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena at  8 a.m. The theme for 2019 is “Melody of Life.”

Following the Rose Parade, the public is invited to take a close look at the floral masterpieces parked along Sierra Madre and Washington boulevards and learn about the float process from Tournament volunteers,“White Suiters,” on Jan. 1 from 1-5 p.m. and Jan. 2,  from  9 a.m.- 5 p.m. The last entry is at 4 p.m. Special hours for senior citizens and disabled visitors are from  7-9 a.m. on Jan. 2. 

Comfortable walking shoes and early arrival are suggested. No pets or bikes allowed.

Tickets, $15, are available through Sharp Seating Company. Admission is free for children 5 and under. Ticket sales end at the  event at 2:30 p.m. daily.

Free parking is available at Pasadena City College. Shuttles run from 12:30-2:30 p.m. with final departure from Pasadena City College at 2:30 p.m.


New DMV laws  will go into effect on Jan. 1

With the New Year just around the corner, the California Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) informs the public about a few of the new laws or changes to existing laws that will be enforced  beginning Jan. 1.

• Temporary License Plate Program (AB 516, Mullin): This law requires licensed California dealers, of new and used vehicles to attach temporary paper license plates on a vehicle at the point of sale if that vehicle does not display license plates previously issued by the DMV. The temporary license plates contain a unique number and expiration date. No vehicle can be driven off the dealership lot without the temporary license plate affixed to it unless it already has issued plates. The intent of this new law is to reduce the number of toll violators and improve safety for law enforcement.

• Gender Identity Female, Male, or Nonbinary (SB 179, Atkins): This law allows individuals applying for a California driver license or identification card to self-certify their chosen gender category of male, female or nonbinary in the application. Applicants who select nonbinary will receive a card with an “X” in the gender category. 

• Driving Under the Influence – Ignition Interlock Device (SB 1046, Hill): From Jan. 1, 2019-Jan. 1, 2026, this law mandates repeat offenders for driving under the influence (DUI) and first DUI offenders whose violations resulted in injury, to install an ignition interlock device (IID) for a period ranging from 12 to 48 months. This law also allows those who receive a suspension under the Administrative Per Se law to obtain an IID-restricted driving privilege, and receive credit toward their required IID restriction period if they are later convicted of a DUI. These provisions apply to DUI violations that involve alcohol or the combined use of alcohol and drugs. They do not apply to drug-only violations. Additionally, courts have the discretion to order a non-injury first DUI offender to install an IID for a period of up to 6 months. If the court does not order IID installation, a non-injury first offender may apply for a driver license for IID restrictions or restrictions that allow them to drive to, from, and during their employment and to and from a DUI treatment program for 12 months. Previously, an IID pilot program was only in effect in Alameda, Los Angeles, Sacramento and Tulare counties.

• Smog Check Changes and New Abatement Fees (AB 1274, O’Donnell): This law expands the existing smog check exemption to vehicles that are up to eight model years old, up from the current exemption of six model years. During the additional two years of exemption, these vehicles will pay an annual $25 smog abatement fee. The current annual $20 smog abatement fee for the first six years of exemption remains unchanged.


Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

• An “In Memoriam” column is available free of charge. Limited to name, mutual number and date of death.

• An obituary with or without photo is available free of charge for the first 250 words. Additional words will be charged at the rate of 25 cents per word. Notices written by the news staff will be free and no more than 250 words.

• Notices from mortuaries and non-GRF members will be printed exactly as submitted and charged at the non-member classified advertising rate, $12 for the first 12 words and 25 cents for each additional word. 

• Bordered, decorative obituaries and eulogies are available in any size at the prevailing display advertising rate.

• Obituaries may be published as news articles when the person has been a member of the GRF Board of Directors, or when, in the opinion of the managing editor, the passing of a person is newsworthy to a sufficiently large number of GRF members.

• A “Card of Thanks” section is available in the classified section of LW Weekly at the member classified advertising rate, $8 for the first 12 words and 25¢ per word thereafter, for persons wanting to express their thanks for help during bereavement, sickness, etc.


Moore, Richard



Richard Moore, 98, Mutual 2, died on Dec. 12, 2018. Richard was born in Trading Post, Kansas, on March 26, 1920. The family moved to Southern California and Richard graduated from Huntington Park High School in 1938. 

During WWII, Richard served in the U.S. Army Air Corps and deployed to Burma with the 9th Photo Recon Squadron. In 1953, Richard married Josephine Wagner. They lived in Gardena, California, and raised 12 children. Richard worked as a general contractor.

Richard and Josephine moved to Leisure World in 2000. Together they went to daily Mass, made many new friends, and enjoyed an endless stream of visits from their family members. 

Richard was famously known for his tricycle riding, regularly logging up to 15 miles a day. 

He was a beloved husband, father, grandpa, great-grandpa, uncle and friend.

Richard was pre-deceased by Josephine and one son. 

He is survived by six daughters, five sons, 21 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. 

Services will be held at Holy Family Church on Thursday, Dec. 27, Rosary at 9:45 a.m., Mass at 10 a.m., followed by a repast in Clubhouse 2.


Archetko, Edith


Edith Archetko, 82, Mutual 6, died on Dec. 8, 2018.

Edith was born on Dec. 31, 1935, in Germany to Klare and LeBrecth Stadelhofer.

She married Walter Archetko in March, 1956, in Newark, New Jersey.

She moved to Leisure World in 1995 from Inverness, Florida. Prior to that she lived in Branchburg, New Jersey.

Edith was a volunteer at the Leisure World Library, Friends of the Library and with Meals on Wheels.

She  felt blessed to live at LW, Seal Beach. She loved that the  ocean was just down the street in one direction and the snow-capped mountains were visible this time of year, just outside the Main Gate.

Edith was predeceased by her husband,  Walter, on Feb. 2, 2006.

She is survived and will be missed by her daughter, Joyce Lew, son-in-law, Norman Lew, granddaughter, Danielle Lew and grandson, Christopher Lew. 

A memorial service will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Dec. 30 at  Los Altos Church of Christ, 5155 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach. Burial will be at sea.


Armstrong, Corinne Marie

Dec. 30, 1923-

Dec. 15, 2018

Corinne Marie Armstrong, Mutual 3, died in her sleep on Dec. 15, 2018. 

A memorial will be held at a later date.


In Memoriam 

Aida Santana  93

Evelyn Weiser  96

Helen Midkiff  86

Ronald Egana Sr. 78

Kathryn Doran  31

Lillian Chambers  90

Donald Phillips 89

Billy McGee  83

Charles Martin  75

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary

Arts and Leisure Dec 27 2018

LW Dance Classes and Clubs

The following is a partial list of dance classes and clubs available in Leisure World:

•A Time to Dance Club by Joseph: Ballroom dance group lessons are held the second and fourth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Fox trot is taught from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; tango, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; $5 per session. Singles and couple are welcome. For information, call (559) 403-8974.

•Ballet: A one-hour class is held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 6, second floor. No experience is necessary. Men and women, including beginners, are welcome. Classes, $3, are taught by Mel Lockett. For more information, call Lynn R. Heath, 296-5588.

•Dance Club: Ballroom and social dance classes are held on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Beginning/intermediate rumba is taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate rumba is taught from 8:15-9:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per class or $10 for both classes. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate. For information, call dance instructor Jeremy Pierson, 999-1269. 

Tap dance classes are held on Thursdays in the Theater Club studio. Beginner tap dance class is from 8:30-9:30 a.m.; advanced, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Joyce Basch instructs. All levels are welcome; no experience is necessary; $5 per class. For more information, contact Basch, 598-1988 or joycebasch@verizon.net. Write “tap” in the subject line.

•Dancing Feet Club: Ballroom and line dancing are held in Clubhouse 2 on the fourth Sunday of the month from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6. Admission is free. Guests may bring drinks and snacks. The club holds free line dance lessons and practices in Clubhouse 6 on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m., and on the first, third and fifth Sundays from 4:30-6 p.m. For more information, call Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223. 

•Flowering Step Line Dance: Free classes are held at 10 a.m. on Mondays and the third Tuesday of the month in Clubhouse 2. Young-Ah Ko is the instructor. For more information, call (310) 658-0379 or 296-8068.

•Fun Exercise Line Dance Club: Intermediate line dance meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C; membership, $10 a year. For information, call Suzanne Ahn, 810-1614.

•Grapevine Line Dance: Free line dance classes for all levels on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m., Clubhouse 6, Room C; more advanced dancers attend the Friday class (taught at a faster pace) from 1-3 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Newcomers need general knowledge of line dance and basic dance steps. For more information, inquire in classes.

•Hui O Hula: Beginners meet on Mondays from 10-11:15 a.m., upstairs in Clubhouse 6, followed by an intermediate and advanced class. The Tuesday class starts at 1:15 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. All levels are welcome. For more information, call 252-9676 or email jojo@huiohula.com.

•Joyful Line Dance Club: Get exercise and learn line dances from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Beginners dance from 2:30-3 p.m.; intermediates, 3-4:30 p.m. Members dance to popular favorites at the beginning and learn newer dances in the last hour. Takako Mitchell is the instructor. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

•Leisure Time Dancers: Texas Two Step and Latin Cha Cha will be taught on Mondays in Clubhouse 6. The two-step, a casual, easy country dance, starts at 2 p.m.; and the upbeat Latin cha cha, at 3 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome; dancers rotate. Cost is $6 for one hour; $10 for two hours. For more information, call instructor Richard Sharrard at 434-6334.

•Leisure World Cloggers: Classes suspended through December. In January, classes resume as follows: advanced and intermediate students meet at 8:30 a.m. and beginners at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, on the Amphitheater stage. For more information, call 598-9974.

•Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club: The club hosts themed dances with a potluck on the first Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Singles and couples are welcome. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at 237-2682. 

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: American tango is taught from 9-10 a.m.; the Hustle, from 10-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 1; Candi Davis; instructor; dancers rotate. Sessions are $5.

•Suede Sole Dancers: The group meets at 6 p.m. on Sundays for a class upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Pat Erickson is the instructor. 

•Velvetones Jazz Club Dance: The big band plays dance music at 6 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month in Clubhouse 4. 

•Zumba Club: Stef Sullivan teaches the class with dance steps inspired by salsa, merengue, cha-cha, raggaeton, Cumbia, Bollywood, jazz, hip-hop and disco. Classes, $3, are held at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Classes are held in Clubhouse 6, except the Thursday class, which meets in Clubhouse 3.

New Year’s Eve Dances

Jim Gilman will perform at the New Year’s Eve Dance in Clubhouse 4 at 9 p.m. on Dec. 31 in Clubhouse 4.

 Gilman has been a regular performer at the GRF Saturday Night Dances as well as for New Year’s Eve for many years, bringing ballroom dancing favorites from 1940s swing to 50s ballroom. 

Jim says, “I got started in music at the age of 7 with six weeks of free accordion lessons. While in college, I played at Knott’s Berry Farm after my father saw an ad in the newspaper, “Wanted—Accordion Player.” After graduating, I added electronic keyboards. I met Tony Carinio through a 3×5 card on a bulletin board. We toured as Free and Easy for several years throughout the Midwest with Holiday Inn.”

Jim formed The Associates with Gordon Powers and Paul Reed in 1976.  Gordon has retired, and Mick Waller joined the group in 2010.  The band has played for clubs, cruise ships, hotels, country clubs and private parties all over Southern California.

“Adrian Tapia joined us a few years ago and has been a tremendous asset to the band. He’s a huge talent and we’re very lucky to have him,” said Jim.

Residents can enjoy the band on the first Saturday of every month at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 1 (the New Year’s Eve dance is a special event and will be held in Clubhouse 4 at 9 p.m.). Guests must be accompanied by the GRF member who invites them.

Terry Otte and Abilene will perform a free New Year’s Eve dance/concert Monday, Dec. 31, at 9 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Come and ring in the new year with LW residents and friends. Guests are welcome. Bring beverages and snacks. Dancing is allowed. The band usually plays on the fourth Saturday of the month. 

The Leisure Whirlers New Year’s Eve dinner and dance party will be held Monday, Dec. 31, from 5-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. There will be music, dancing and a buffet dinner. Doors open at 5 p.m. for socializing. The buffet dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. Square and round dances will be alternated from 7-9:30 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation so everyone can dance. Tickets are on sale. Cost is $12 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at 237-2682.

Welcome Graduates of the Square Dance Class of 2018

The club welcomes graduates of the square dance class of 2018. These students have been working hard for the last nine months to learn the 110 square dance steps needed to participate at square dances all over the world. Square dances are always called in English so no matter where people travel they can find a square dance club to dance with. All are invited to come and square dance with the Whirlers on New Year’s Eve. For more information, call Lenore Velky at 237-2682.

February Dances

The next regular dance party will be Friday, Feb. 1, in Clubhouse 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The theme will be announced later. There will be music, dancing and a finger-food potluck. 

Square Dance Class

Now that the Class of 2018 has graduated, square dance brush-up classes will be held weekly on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All dancers are welcome to brush up on skills or just enjoy the fun of dancing. Singles and couples are welcome. There is a singles rotation, so everyone can dance. The class is held at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove. For more information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250.

GRF Weekly Dance

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. 

Stardust Trio will play 20s to 40s ballroom on Dec. 29. 

The GRF Recreation Department asks residents and their guests to adhere to the following rules:

• Do not park on the east side of Clubhouse 1. Parking for the clubhouse is across Golden Rain Road at the golf course or on Burning Tree Lane. 

• People must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m. to permit adequate time for the custodian to prepare the space for the following day.

• Only the bands can make announcements from the stage.

• Clubhouse lighting and audio-visual equipment can only be adjusted by the custodian according to the instructions they have been given

• Everyone should sign in, either as a resident or guest. This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of bands.

Leisure Time Dance

The Leisure Time Dancers invite everyone, including new members, to join them on Mondays for ballroom dance classes in Clubhouse 6. Starting Jan. 7, instructor Richard Sharrard will teach the Texas two-step, a fun, easy and casual country dance, starting at 2  p.m. and the upbeat Latin cha-cha, at 3 p.m. 

On Jan. 21, the dances will change to fox trot and salsa, and Mitch Tannen will take over teaching for two weeks, until Richard is back on Feb. 4.

Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate. The club especially needs ladies because there are more men than women.

Cost is $6 for one hour, or $10 for two hours.  For more information, call Sharrard at 434-6334.

LW Orchestra

The LW Orchestra Christmas Concert was held Dec. 15 in Clubhouse 4 with musicians playing to a full house. Extra chairs had to be set out for the late comers. The enthusiastic audience clapped and cheered for performances and gave generously, with the orchestra reporting a record donation.

Notable performances include Vice President Esther Chun playing the piano in “Spinning Song,” by Felix Mendelsohn and the cello section—Donna Chavez, Donna Cho, Paula Hampton from LW and guest Margie Masterson—in “Fiddle Faddle” by Leroy Anderson and “White Christmas” by Irving Berlin.

Conductor Rae Boeving got a standing ovation and several bouquets of flowers at the end. She also got a good response to her question about how many in audience were former musicians and encouraged them to join in the fun. 

The orchestra meets on Monday and Wednesday afternoons in the Amphitheater.  Call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669 for more information.  

The next concert is Saturday, April 6, at 1p.m. in Clubhouse 4.  

OLLI Senior U Class

Leisure World resident Holly Weber will teach the course Healthy Not High at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Room 101. OLLI classes are held on the main campus of California State University in Long Beach.

The six-week course will be held on Fridays from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., beginning Jan. 4 and ending on Feb. 8.

Using the solid research of Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D., Bonni Goldstein, M.D., and many others, the class will highlight details of cannabis history. 

It will cover marijuana research done throughout the world. 

Demystifying the many “dangers” of using the plant will be addressed. 

When cannabis should not be used and possible medication reactions with it will also be covered.

To register, call 985-8237 or visit www.csulb.edu/centers/olli.

The book “Cannabis Revealed,” (available at Amazon.com) by Dr.  Goldstein, will be used as a text.

Weber is a registered nurse, certified brain nutritional counselor and psychotherapist, who provides customized wellness consultations and counseling. 

She may be reached for an appointment at 430-8245.

Lapidary Club

The LWSB Lapidary and Jewelry Club has elected a new slate of officers. 

The new president is Dean Jacobus. William Hayes, Gordon Morgan and Nelson Melville will serve as vice presidents. LaVerne Christenson is secretary, and Thomas Gan will be treasurer.

Membership dues are now payable for 2019. 

The rate is $10 per member, and lockers are rented at $3 per locker for the first two lockers and $ 5 for each additional locker.

Pay the treasurer. 

If he is not available, fill out the sign-up sheet and insert it in the envelope provided in the donation box.

Everybody is welcome to work in the Lapidary Room, whether he or she is a club member or not.  Supervisors are on duty to answer questions and  help with projects. People are asked to sign in every time they come in.

Classes are held periodically and are announced in The LW Weekly. 

Sign-up sheets for upcoming classes are available in Clubhouse 4 in the back.

Ad Hoc Chorus

The Ad Hoc Chorus meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 for one hour. All are welcome to come and sing the old “Hit Parade” favorites, show tunes and some humorous novelty ditties. Helene Onu is the song leader and piano accompaniment is provided by Barbara McIlhaney.  Everyone has an opportunity to try their hand at being a song leader. You do not have to be able to read music. Song sheets are supplied.

For more information, call Chuck Burnett at 493-0176.

Community Karaoke

More Christmas carols were sung at the Wednesday night karaoke party. There is only one  short month to sing these beautiful melodies, so members enjoy them very much.

The songbook for “Artists” has a category for “Christmas” and there are about 100 selections. Some are the standard hits, and others are country-western style by artists such as George Strait, Randy Travis or Charley Pride. Other well-known holiday songs were popularized by Elvis, Kenny Rogers, Dolly Parton, Andy Williams and The Tractors. There is something for everyone.

The club provides practice sessions so people can learn lyrics, melodies, the beat and timing. To get a standing ovation, practice   songs ahead of Wednesday night parties. Karaoke practice sessions are held Tuesday afternoons from 1-3 in Clubhouse 6.

Singing is incredibly fun, challenging and healthy. The Wednesday night karaoke parties are a relaxed time to sing for neighbors and friends. Come to Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome.

Dancers and Mixers

The Dancers & Mixers Club will ring in the New Year on Thursday, Jan. 3, with an evening of dancing from 7-9 in Clubhouse 4. Everyone is invited. This is a change of day due to the holidays. Live music will be provided by Linda Herman. Kellie Sala will bring light snacksand everyone is invited to bring favorite beverages. 

Membership dues will be collected. Membership for the year is $20. Members must reside in Leisure World. 

December’s dance drew a good crowd of people enjoying dancing to Christmas music by Linda Herman. Kellie Sala provided snacks. Thank you to Marge Thompson and Walt Bier, who were at the welcome desk. 

New officers for 2019 were introduced. They are John Hlavac, president; Karen Morris, vice president; and Linda Herman, secretary/treasurer. 

Mark your calendars for Thursday, Jan. 3, from 7-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 4 and ring in the New Year again. There were will be a variety of music, including a mixer and some line dancing.

For more information, call 431-1257.

Lapidary Class Canceled

The Lapidary Club’s copper enameling class originally scheduled for Dec. 28 has been canceled.

The classes will resume in January.

Hui O Hula

Hui O Hula wishes all a Happy New Year.  Dancers are taking a welcome break after the busy Christmas season. The new year will bring more traditional hula and, hopefully, new dancers.

All are welcome to experience the joy of dancing Hawaiian style.  

Free classes are offered twice a week on Monday morning at 11:15 and Tuesday afternoon at 1:15.  

Those who only want to follow the leaders or just enjoy the melodic tropical music may come on Monday mornings from 10-11 a.m. for the Walk-In Hula-Out class. All classes are held in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in the big room with mirrors.  

A warm welcome to new dancer Helen Poots and her musical husband James. It is always delightful to be able to dance to live music. Mahalo to James for bringing live music to the Monday morning session.  

Hula dancers are especially grateful to Fortunato Revilla.  He has the most amazing voice and is welcome everywhere he entertains.  Dancers hope Fortune will continue to accompany them to bring aloha to everywhere they entertain.

Opera Club

Everyone is invited to come and watch Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” at Clubhouse 3, Room 1, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 1:30 p.m. This is not the usual meeting date and will be the club’s only meeting in January. 

Opera club member Sylvan Von Burg will introduce the opera.

The virtuoso production is under the baton of Christian Thielemann at the Staatskapelle Dresden. It features the popular tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role and Maria Agresto as his wife. The story, which consists of a play within a play, focuses on the real life dilemma of love, attraction, jealousy and rage.

In Act I, Canio, a theater manager and actor, is promoting his upcoming comedy about a circus clown named as Pagliacci.  During the preparations he learns from a fellow actor that his wife Nedda is being courted by a local villager who plans to elope with her after the evening’s show. As Canio dresses for his role, he sings the celebrated “vesti la giubba” commiserating his predicament as the spurned husband.

Act II opens as the audience is watching the clown’s wife rejecting a suitor but reacting to the attentions of another man played by Harlequin. The similarity of the plot to Canio’s real life problem forces Canio to drop all defenses and demand of Nedda the identity of her real life suitor. As she refuses he grabs a knife and chases her off the stage into the audience, where he kills her along with her real life suitor and announces “the comedy is finished.”

The opera is sung in the original Italian with English subtitles, Room 1 is open at 1 (but not before). No dues are collected. For further information, contact Beverly Emus at 296-5586 or bemus@socal.rr.com.   

LW Poetry

This poetry feature showcase original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. The club’s Poetry Workshop meets on the second Wednesday of the month at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The Fiction/Nonfiction Group meets on the fourth Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, followed by a business meeting at 3 p.m.


Twas the day after Christmas in the Peterson house. 

No one was moving except for my spouse.

She was picking up tinsel and stuff off the floor and 

carefully removed the wreath from the door.

She carried the ivy Christmas tree out to the porch, 

and sat it in the shade where the sun wouldn’t scorch.

She stored ornaments in boxes and placed some in a sack,

to donate to Goodwill next year, then buy them all back.

Just saw our neighbors go by. Some I know, 

wearing clothes they got for Christmas years ago.

My wife is gone for a while but I need a snack. I’ll 

eat the last piece of pumpkin pie before she gets back.

I’ve rumbled on too long – enough has been said. 

I’ll get out of my recliner and go straight to bed.

I get up very slowly and go out of sight. 

Merry Christmas to all and to all a good-ah-ah, whatever.

P.S. If you don’t like this rhyme from this grouchy old elf, get out your pencil and write one yourself. 

—Paul Peterson, Mutual 1

Video Producers Club

The Video Producers Club offers free training weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 12-A. Get answers to video-related questions and step-by-step demonstrations; no appointments needed. Drop in Mondays to learn more about creating and editing videos with Joe Osuna; Tuesdays, VHS tape transfer, Richard Houck; Wednesdays, general information, Irene Cistaro; Thursdays, smartphones, Joseph Valentinetti; and Fridays, creating and editing videos, Janice Laine.

SBTV-Channel 3

SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Thursday, Dec. 27

4 pm Celebration of Life—

Keith Baque

4:55 pm Veteran’s Day Celebration 

6 pm FALW  Karaoke Christmas  

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm Christmas Story by 

Joe Osuna

8:10 pm Acapella Holiday SBTV-3

8:30 pm 40th SB Christmas Parade

10 pm Acapella Holidays

10:30 pm Days of Old Long Gone By

11 pm Cerritos Center

Friday, Dec. 28

4 pm The Elf Who Saved Christmas

4:30 pm Halloween Pumpkin Carving

5:20 pm Tommy Williams Sings

5:30 pm Christmas Music with 

Fortunato Revilla

5:40 pm Acapella Holiday SBTV-3

6 pm Christmas Harmonica 

with Rob Roy

6:30 pm Christmas Story by Joe Osuna

6:40 pm Acapella Holiday SBTV-3

7 pm 40th SB Christmas Parade 

9 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

10 pm Cerritos Center

Saturday, Dec. 29

4 pm Rockin’ Chairs

6 pm LW Video Producers Club

Christmas Party

6:32 pm Bula Brothers Dec 2018

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm Pageant of the Arts 2018

9:10 pm Halloween Pumpkin Carving

10 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

11 pm Live at the Ford

Sunday, Dec. 30

4 pm Bula Brothers, Dec 2018

4:30 pm Tommy Williams Sings

4:40 pm Christmas Story by Joe Osuna

4:50 pm Days of Old Long Gone By

4:55 pm Veterans Day Celebration LW

6 pm FALW Fun Karaoke 

Christmas 2018 

7 pm 40th SB Christmas Parade

9 pm Studio Cafe

10:30 pm Shakespeare in the Park

Monday, Dec. 31

4 pm The Elf Who Saved Christmas

4:30 pm Halloween Pumpkin 


5:20 pm Tommy Williams Sings

5:30 pm Christmas Music with 

Fortunato Revilla

5:40 pm Acapella Holiday SBTV-3

6 pm Christmas Harmonica 

with Rob Roy

6:30 pm Christmas Story by  Joe Osuna

6:40 pm Acapella Holiday SBTV-3

7 pm SB 40th Christmas Parade

9 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

11 pm Cerritos Center

Tuesday, Jan. 1

4 pm Rockin’ Chairs

6 pm LW Video Producers Club

Holiday Party

6:32 pm Bula Brothers Dec 2018

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm Pageant of the Arts 2018

9:10 pm Halloween Pumpkin  Carving

10 pm 40th SB Christmas Parade

Wednesday, Jan. 2

4 pm FALW Fun Karaoke Christmas

4:45 pm Christmas Music with 

Fortunato Revilla

4:55 pm Veterans Day Celebration LW

6 pm Acapella Holiday SBTV-3

6:20 pm Days of Old Long Gone By

6:30 pm Halloween Pumpkin  Carving

7:20 pm Tommy Williams Sings

7:30 pm Christmas Harmonica 

with Rob Roy

8 pm The Elf Who Saved  Christmas

8:30 pm Studio Cafe

9:30 pm 40th SB Christmas Parade

11:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy 

Programming is subject to change.

Radio Club

Leisure World Ham Radio Club operators hosted their first ever Christmas party.

Even Santa Claus showed up to help them celebrate.

 The party included games and challenges, like how many green gum drops were in a vase and how many red  M & Ms.  

They also had a great time singing Christmas carols and  enjoying a broad range of goodies prepared by the members.  The party began at 1 p.m. and concluded at 3 p.m. on Dec 20.

Everyone had such a great time that plans are already underway to make this an annual event.

Midge Bash, W6LIK, and Edward Jablonski, WA2ABF. organized this year’s party.

LW Library

The Leisure World Library is excited to announce a new addition to the collection: Playaway Launchpads. Playaway Launchpads are the first-ever secure, pre-loaded learning tablet. Each Launchpad is pre-loaded with over a dozen high-quality, ad-free games for learning and fun. Some games include: Ultimate Hangman, Hidden Objects, Mahjong, Sudoku and many more. Library patrons may checkout one Launchpad for three weeks of non-stop fun. Come down to the library and checkout a Playaway Launchpad today. 

For more information on the Playaway Launchpads, stop by the LW Library adjacent to Clubhouse 3 or call it at 598-2431. 


Weekly health, exercise classes  


Chair classes meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The cost is $5 a class. Instruction includes seated and standing exercises. 

Mat classes meet Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Those who attend should bring a mat. All other equipment will be provided.

For additional information, call Susan Hopewell, 430-6044, or Linda Neer, 430-3214. 

Ageless Grace

The eight-week chair-based exercise program, which addresses 21 specific aging factors, has resumed weekly classes at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The exercises are practiced in a chair. 

To participate, drop in anytime for $5 per session or pay $30 for all eight sessions.

 For more information, call Carol Costello at 596-3927.

Feeling Good Exercise

     Move to the music from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays  in Clubhouse  1, with Sarah Grusmark and Thursdays with Katie Sellards.  The fee is $3 a class. 

     People of all fitness levels are welcome. For more information, call Cathleen Walters at 598-9149.


Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse 4 Lobby,

Thursdays at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The fee is $5 per session.

       For more information, call Connie Adkins at 506-5063.

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

Classes are offered from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. 

Paul Pridanonda teaches students to free the mind and spirit using laughter and slow and steady flow of tai chi movements. 

      For more information, call 430-7143. 

Beginning Yoga

Classes are offered from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, and at the same time on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Bring mats. 

The fee is $5 a class.

      For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.

Monday Intermediate Yoga

Classes are offered each week from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, Section C; fee: $5 per session. 

      For more information, call Pat Castaneda at 225-0273. 

Stick, Qigong, Tai Chi Club

Stick exercises, qigong and tai chi chih classes are held from 9:15-11 a.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. 

For more information, call Joann Mullens at 596-3936.

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

      Qigong practice sessions classes are held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

     The session is led by Dave Heilig, QiGong practitoner.

      For more information, call Catherine Milliot at 760-4545.

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

Classes are offered from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 6, top floor. 

Attendance both days is not necessary. The fee is $4 a class when paying by the month, or $5 for those who do not attend  on a regular basis. 

The trainer leads warm-ups, light weight-lifting and standing yoga poses for improved balance.

For more information, call Marion Higgins at 296-8328.

Chair Exercise

Classes are offered from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 1. Classes are for men and women at all fitness levels. 

For more information, call 493-7063.

Leisure Leggers

The Leisure Leggers, the walking and running club, meets at 8 a.m., Mondays, in front of Clubhouse 6 for a 30-to-60-minute walk and to train for local races. 

For more information, call Tom Pontac, president, at 304-0880.

LW Pharmacy  

When stepping inside the Leisure World Pharmacy, residents may be surprised by what they find. 

Unlike the rushed pace of big-box pharmacies, they will see a team of employees taking time to explain medications, answer questions and provide personalized care. 

“We get a lot of comments from patients,” said Pharmacist Clara Gilliland, who has worked at the LW Pharmacy for three years. “They really appreciate the help we give them and how attentive we are.”

Located inside the Health Care Center next to OptumCare Medical Group, the facility is open to all residents, guests and visitors. 

All major health plans are accepted, including Medicare Part D. 

Personalized care has been the top priority ever since the Globerman family acquired the pharmacy in 2004. 

“We work hard to make sure there is plenty of staff to give everyone attention,” said Michael Globerman, the owner. 

“Where other pharmacies might have one employee for 10 patients, we have extra staff to provide the guidance and attention our patients deserve.”

The pharmacy also provides special services to make it easier for patients to get their medications, including 90-day fills. Thatgives patients a chance to review all medications with a pharmacist to make sure they may be taken together.

The pharmacy offers free, twice-a-day, prescription delivery to residents. Over-the-counter medications can be delivered for a nominal fee. 

The pharmacy is fully stocked with medications, bandages and diabetes supplies, including custom shoe inserts. 

Durable medical equipment includes bathroom supplies, canes, walkers, lift chairs plus gifts and greeting cards. 

Shelves  stocked with snacks, basic grocery items and ice cream were added a few years ago to meet the needs of residents.

The pharmacy has been an essential part of LW for the last 14 years.

“I still have residents come in here and say they’re surprised to find a pharmacy in Leisure World,” Globerman said. 

Open from 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Monday-Friday, the pharmacy is located at 1661 Golden Rain Road. For more information or to transfer a prescription, call 795-6202.

Senior Meals  

Seal Beach Community Services, in cooperation with Community Senior Serv, offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center is open from  9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:15 a.m.  Arrive by 11 a.m. to check in at the front desk. Reservations are not needed. Sugar-free desserts offered on request, including water packed fruits to accommodate diabetics. One percent milk served daily. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079.

Monday, Dec. 31, Tuesday, Jan. 1: Closed for the holiday.

Wednesday, Jan. 2: Beef Bolognese, penne pasta with Parmesan cheese, 50/50 salad mix with vinaigrette dressing, breadsticks, orange juice, sugar-free apple crisp.

Thursday, Jan.  3: Pork tenderloin with apricot glaze, Baby Bakers potatoes, diced carrots,wheat dinner roll, ambrosia.

Friday, Jan. 4: Fish tacos, shredded cabbage, cilantro lime rice, two soft corn tortillas with salsa, chocolate pudding, diet pudding

Meals on Wheels, LB  

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit community service organization that delivers a variety of freshly prepared meals to homebound and active Leisure World shareholders. The discounted daily fee is $8.25 for a complete hot dinner, lunch consisting of a large salad or sandwich with a small side salad, dessert and carton of low-fat milk. Meals are delivered weekdays between between 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. To start a new client application online at www.mowlb.org or call Caron Adler at (562) 433-0232.

Monday, Dec. 31, Tuesday,  Jan. 1: Closed for holiday.

Wednesday,  Jan. 2: Chicken enchilada with verde sauce, pinto beans, seasoned cauliflower, fresh orange, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, marinated beet salad with onions.

Thursday, Jan. 3: Herb roast pork with honey and garlic, brown rice, zucchini and tomatoes, vanilla pudding, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, cole slaw.

Friday,  Jan. 4: Turkey a la king, biscuit, seasoned green beans, fresh banana, Greek chicken salad, tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese, vinaigrette dressing and crackers.

Blood drive 

The Health Care Center and American Red Cross will hold a blood drive from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4, at the HCC conference room. 

Those who donate can potentially save up to three lives, according to the Red Cross.

Register on line at Lisa.Love@redcross.org or call (909) 282-6685.


Remember When  

Editor’s note: Remember When is presented by the Leisure World Historical Society. Help make history live, tell your story, donate memorabilia, join the Historical Society. For more information, call Linda Johnson, vice president, at 594-9274, or visit the LW Museum in Clubhouse 1 from 2-4 p.m., Thursdays.

Dec. 21, 1978 – “Want To Be a Star?” A story in The News explained that Leisure World residents had the opportunity to appear in the MGM film “Rocky II”  filmed at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena. Two buses traveled there from LW, and senior “actors” appeared as members of the audience.

Dec. 22, 1988 – One photo shows Don York in his garden with a vine of large tomatoes. A second shows one of the tomatoes on a scale with the indicator reading two-and-a-half pounds. 

JUST A COMMENT: For more information on the Leisure World Historical Society, go to www.lwhistory.org.

watch your step  

by Jim Breen


There was a time a few years ago that scam calls made to cell phones were a rare occurrence. Consumers targeted by telephone scammers were usually contacted on landlines.

Now, new research shows that fraudulent scam calls to mobile phones will rise  by 44.6 percent in 2019, a major hike over the 29.2 percent figure so far this year over 2017.

That year, it went up only 3.7 percent over 2016.

So, residents, be prepared to click the off button on your mobile devices when you don’t recognize callers’ area codes.

While recuperating at home the last few weeks, I got an average of three calls a day on my mobile.They came from nine different states in the U.S. and one from Japan.

A sure  giveway that you have  received a scam call is when there is a three-to-four second delay before the caller talks.

Fraudulent landline calls are declining. In 2019, only a projected 24.8 percent of scam calls will come on landlines, a decrease from 56 percent in 2017. 

Fewer people use landlines now, but it’s also a sign of how technologically sophisticated mobile scammers have become in recent years. 

Fortunately, protection is available by using Google to search out apps that can help detect and block unwanted calls. 


With the new year on its way, residents are reminded to be on the lookout for the IRS scam. 

A few years ago,a record number of  residents (37) placed calls to Watch Your Step on Jan. 10 to report calls from scammers who demanded payment for  back taxes.

For whatever reason, the ploy is the popular scam of choice in January each year. 

The advice is still the same: These are scammers calling from all parts of the country, not the real  IRS.

Just hang up quickly and never call the number given. 


The auto warranty scam, reported here last month, has returned to Leisure World.

Aino Bonner of Mutual 15,  a frequent target of scammers, received a letter last week from urging her to renew her auto warranty.

Private companies don’t  make such offers,  but Service Direct Insurance Services would be glad to accept consumers’ money under false pretenses.


The US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Federal Communications Commission (FCC) offer tips to help avoid unwanted calls and scams.

• Don’t answer calls from  numbers you don’t recognize.

Scammers may spoof their caller ID to display a fake number that appears to be local.  

• Never give out personal information such as bank  account or credit card numbers,  Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden names or passwords.

• Register your number on  the Do Not Call List (1-888 1222) to block most calls from scammers and  telemarketers. 

Have you been the victim of a scam attempt? Send details to Jim Breen at the email  address above or call 431-6586, ext. 387, Wednesday- Friday between 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m

Perspectives Policy  

Submissions in each of the following categories may be published at the discretion of the Publications Manager. 

 Letters to the Editor: Maximum number of words: 250. Letters should be typed and delivered to the Golden Rain News by email (preferred), regular mail, deposited in a white GRF drop box, or hand-delivered. Letters must be of general interest to the community and may contain opinions, suggestions, compliments, and complaints without being scurrilous, libelous, defamatory, repetitive or otherwise inappropriate. The names of individual employees, titles and/or departments will not be permitted in letters that could adversely impact any Foundation employee,either  directly or indirectly.

Member Column: At a maximum 500 words, columns may present an argument or opinion or information about pending issues of concern to the community. Priority to first-time or less frequent writers. Some names will be left out to protect privacy.

Contributor: Restaurant review, theater review or travel journal submissions welcome subject to terms and conditions in the policy unless otherwise noted.

Political: Submissions concerning political issues outside of Leisure World and the City of Seal Beach will not be published.

investment Club  

The Leisure World Investment Forum will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 15, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.   

Larry T. Pino, financial advisor with LPL Financial, will  be the speaker. Following the presentation, questions from the audience are  encouraged.

 Presentations are sponsored by Stratos Wealth Management Group, a division of LPL. 


LW Baptist  

Members of Leisure World Baptist Church welcomes everyone to ring in 2019 by joining them in praise on Sunday in Clubhouse 4.

Led by Bob Simmons, Sunday School begins at 8:40  a.m. Fellowshipand coffee with friends at the round table is planned until 9:45, when the worship service begins.

All will sing the call to worship, “Let’s Worship and Adore Him.”

The choir presents “What Child is This,” a hymn written in 1865 by a poet set to the music of “Greensleeves.”

Soloist Kip Watkins will sing “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” a favorite spiritual.

Congregational hymns will include “Joy to the World,” “The Birthday of the King” and “We Three Kings.”

Pianist Yvonne Leon will play a selection for the offertory.

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s morning message from Joshua, Chapter 22, is titled “The Jordan Alter and Jesus Prayer.”

The closing hymn will be “Blest Be the Tie That Binds.”

The prayer room, attended by members of the congregation, will be open following the service.


The Energizers meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call 430-2920.

first christian,  

First Christian Church’s Calvary Chapel Bible study with Pastor Phil O’Malley will resume at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3.

Pastor Phil will continue his teaching on the Minor Prophets in the eighth chapter of the book of Hosea, a fascinating look at the Northing Kingdom of Israel.

The Saturday service begins at 5:15 p.m. The Hospitality Room opens at 4:30 p.m. 

Sunday begins with Elder Jack Frost teaching Bible study at 9 a.m. in the book of Exodus. 

At 9:30 a.m. the Hospitality Room opens for fellowship and light refreshments with co-hosts Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski.

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer and Scripture.

 That will be followed by Margaret Humes leading the hymns “Freely, Freely,” “Love Lifted Me” and “Never Alone.” 

The Communion hymn will be “I Believe Jesus Saves.”  

Directed by Anita Ragole, the choir will sing “What A Friend We Have In Jesus.”

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will present the communion meditation and service. 

For the offertory, the Praise Team will sing “Majesty.”

Pat Kogok and Rhonda Sandberg will play a duet, “Near The Cross” followed by Pat Kogok who will read Scripture from  Colossians 1:24-27.

Pastor Gene’s message will be “You And Christ” based on Colossians 1:24-27. 


The Hospitality Room opens 45 minutes before each service for fellowship and light refreshments. 

Prayer and verse-by-verse Bible studies are held on Tuesdays with Pastor Humes and on Thursdays with Pastor Cherryholmes both beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions. Call the church office at  431-8810 for further information. 

Leave a message and it will be  returned.

Assembly of God 

The weekly hymn sing sponsored by Assembly of God Church provided a record crowd with special music provided by the Larsons.

There were Christmas songs and carols with special numbers by two vocalists, accompanied by a keyboard artist and a flutist.

A light supper was  provided by the church. Thanks to Diana Mushagian and Cathy Lent for making it happen.

Folks will gather at 6 p.m. Sunday in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby to enjoy an hour of selecting their favorite hymns, led by Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger. 

Pastor Sam Pawlak will close with a brief devotion and provide  encouragement into the new year.

Fellowship with snacks will follow.

At the 10:30 a.m. service Sunday in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, Pastor Sam will bring the message, “The Road from Resolution to Commitment.”

Associate Pastor Dan will open the service, followed by the first worship song, led by Denise Smith.  

Two other songs will be interspersed with the message and accompanied by Marge McDonald at the organ, Ruth Olson on the accordion and pianist Norma Ballinger.

Prayer meetings during the day are held at 10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

The Wednesday Bible Study on Jan.2 begins at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7 .

Pastor Sam will lead the study from the third chapter of Colossians.  

All the services at the church  are open to visitors.

congregation sholom  

Congregation Sholom will conduct Friday night services, led by Rabbi Rachel Axelrad, at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.  

An Oneg Shabbat will follow the services. 

On Saturday, Dec. 29,  a bagel and cream cheese breakfast is planned at 9 a.m. in  Clubhouse 3, Room 9. 

 It will be followed by Shabbat Services from 9:30-noon and a dairy/potluck Kiddush lunch and study from noon-about 1:15 p.m. 


The Sisterhood movie and lunch at Nomad Asian Bistro will be held on New Years Day.

For more information, call Karen Sands at (323) 986-8309. 


The walking group leaves Clubhouse 3 (in front of the lobby) at 6:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.


To provide a ride to services, or to get one, call Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122 or Maria Bogart at 594-4362.


Aglow International will hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m.,  Thursday, Jan. 10 , at Mimi’s Cafe, 6670 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach.

Men and women are welcome.  

Reservations should be made by Jan. 6 by calling 631-7291.

Community Church  

A new year brings new habits and resolutions. One to consider is renewing a faith commitment to God.  It is a good opportunity for a fresh start to grow your faith life. Community Church welcomes everyone without a church home to the 9:50 a.m. worship.  

The office will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 24 and 25.

On Sunday, Pastor Johan Dodge will welcome seven new members to the congregation. The Scripture lesson will be Luke 2:41-52. 

Lay liturgist will be Kelly Frankiewicz. 

The service will be followed by a coffee fellowship hour and dessert in celebration of the life of Gwen Schmidt. 

holy family catholic   

Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph on Sunday, Dec. 30.

The readings: 

First Reading: Sirah 3:2-6, 12-14; Responsorial Psalm: 128:1-2, 3, 4-5 ; Second Reading: Colossians 3:12-21; Alleluia: Colossians 3:15A, 16A; Gospel: Luke 2:41-52.    


New Year’s Day Masses will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31 and 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 1.


On Jan. 1, the church will celebrate the Solemnity of Mary, the Holy Mother of God. It is not observed as a holy day of obligation, but is a good way to inaugurate the New Year honoring Mary.  


The St. Therese card party will be held at noon on Thursday, Jan. 3, in Clubhouse 2. Support is appreciated since this is a fund-raiser for the church organization.

Refreshments will be served.   


The church celebrates Sunday Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon; the  Vigil Mass is at 5 p.m. Saturday; daily Mass is 8:30 a.m., Monday-Saturday.  

Confessions are heard from 4-4:45 p.m. Saturdays and the eves of Holy Days: and 9:15 a.m. on First Fridays.


A Bible study group meets Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. at the Parish rectory.


The Women and Men of Grace Prayer Group meets Wednesdays from 10:30-11:45 a.m. at the Parish rectory.

Redeemer Lutheran  

Pastor Gil Moore of Redeemer Lutheran Church will preach from the Scripture text of Luke 2:41-50 on Sunday with the the theme of “When Things Come Together.” 

The greeter will be Dena Anderson. 

The choir will sing “Sing of Mary, Pure and Lowly.” The altar area is still bedecked with poinsettias donated by members and friends.

The Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. with a Mission Moment by Flo Nesland, her last presentation after six years.

The service will be followed by a coffee hour in the Fellowship Hall. December birthdays will be celebrated.


Lynda Elmer’s Wednesday Bible group,which is studying the Book of Ezekiel, will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 2, in Fellowship Hall.

The Respite Center meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in Fellowship Hall. 

Call  596-1209 for information about registration.

Website for the congregation is available at www.redeemerlutheransealbeach.com

LW korean community  

Pastor Kang In Duk celebrated his 90th birthday after the Sunday worship on Dec. 16 at Leisure World Korean Community Church (LWKCC).

Pastor Kang In Duk preached in Chicago for 49 years. 

For the last six months he has enjoyed living in Mutual 1.

The pastor and his wife have become members of KW Korean Community Church, and they are healthy and happy in mind, body, and faith.

Through Dec. 29, LWKCC will hold a daily end-of-the-year worship at 6 a.m.

Senior Pastor Yong Jang Young of LWKCC will be giving series of sermons titled “My Confession of Faith, My Deepest Prayers.”

After  Sunday worship on Dec. 30, a gift exchange is planned and the traditional Korean game, Yut Nol Ee, will be played.

At 11 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 31, a worship will be held in the sanctuary.

Pastor Young will give a communion service and sermon titled “All of Us Are Church of God” on Jan. 6, the first Sunday of the new year.

LWKCC is the nesting church of LW Community Church.


Beit HaLev’s weekday Ma’ariv service provided by Sm Shalom, the Online Synagogue, begins at 4 p.m. today, Thursday.

The interactive service can be viewed on Facebook.com/galityomtov and SimShalom.com.

Rabbi-Cantor Galit will conduct a brief Torah reading and D’var Torah and add a prayer for healing and the Mournrs Kaddih for those in need.

All are invited to join the group nd chat with Beit HaLev’s global congregation.

Bible study group

Gamechangers, an interactive Bible study for men and women,will meet from 1:30-3:30 p.m. on, Friday,  Jan. 4, in Leisure World.

Sessions are held on the first and third Friday of he month.

Course topics include what identifies people as followers of Jesus and how to live a Christian life.

The workbook has independent units, so a session can be missed and made up later.

For the location and more information, call Joan Eisenhart at 343-8066.

salvation army  

The Salvation Army Home League will welcome back Noreen Kirschhoff at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, in Clubhouse 4.

She will discuss  the story of the Chicago World’s Fair. She has a vast  knowledge and  love of U. S. history, which she taught at the middle school level for 30 years.

She will also provide pictures as part of her presentation.

Fellowship and refreshments are planned and everyone is welcome.


The Rock Church,  Seal Beach campus, welcomes everyone for weekly services for all ages at Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Dr., Seal Beach.

Sunday services are  10  a.m. in English and 1:45 p.m. in Spanish

For more information, call (714) 526-8233, or visit the website at www.gototherock.com.


Cribbage Club

By Bobbie Straley

LW contributor

Jack Hawn had high score of 834 in Cribbage Club play on on Dec.18 at Clubhouse 1. 

He was followed by Bill Barnes, 830;  Janet Wade, 823 and Howard Richcreek, Marilyn Chelsvig and Don Daniels, tied at 821. Sixty-two members attended.

Alice Buckle, Bob Marselle and Al Bonnema had six games of 121.  

Members enjoyed  Christmas lunch of  Croissant sandwiches, potato salad and chips provided by the club.  

Gene Smith celebrated his birthday with a tray of assorted cookies. Joyce Pfingston brought nuts and Wanda Benbem provided chocolate star cookies. 

Candy Meyers and Margaret Smith served.  

Members meet at noon on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 1. Play usually ends by 3:30. Residents are invited to join the club, there’s always room for more.

Partners are not required. Players are requested to arrive by  noon to be assured of a table. 

To  learn to play cribbage, call Patti Smith at 242-4674 and she will arrange for lessons for one hour before the games begin.

 The club is dark for the holidays. Play resumes Jan. 8.

Members meet at noon on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 1. Play usually ends by 3:30. Residents are invited to join the club, there’s always room for more.

Partners are not required. Players are requested to arrive by  noon to be assured of a table. 

To  learn to play cribbage, call Patti Smith at 242-4674 and she will arrange for lessons for one hour before the games begin.

 The club is dark for the holidays. Play resumes Jan. 8.

LW Olympics  

The Golden Rain Foundation will host the first Leisure World Olympics in 2019. 

The events feature activities played in LW, including card and board games and team and individual sports such as bowling, shuffleboard, bocce ball and shuffleboard. Individual events such as walking and swimming will also be be contested.

For basketball fans, there will be a the free-throw competition at the new basketball court in Mission Park.

Tournaments will be organized by clubs to determine the top three participants in various games and sports.

The tournaments will culminate with an awards ceremony in May. All competitors must be members of the GRF.

To participate and for more information, email the club name, activity, contact name and contact phone number to events@lwsb.

Cards and Games Scoreboard

Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners Dec. 22: Tony Dodero, 13,870; Marie Parrent, 11,790, Gayle Colden, 11,390;, Jim Dix 11,060 Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433. 


 Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners Dec. 22: N/S: Stan Johnson-Louise Seifert; Jack Dampman-Howard Smith.  E/W: Judy Jones-Ellen Kice; Hanefi Erten-Jeanette Estill. Winners Dec. 21: N/S:  Betty Jackson-Gary Paugh; Russ Gray-Ellen Kice; Howard Smith-Verna Burns; Joyce Basch-Dorothy Favre. E/W: Marilyn McClintock-Jeanette Estill; Sue Fardette-Linda Stein; Judy Jones-Al Appel; Jerry and Jane Reid; Nancy Lichter-Julie Mills. The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 at 12:15 p.m. For information on how to play or join, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is club championships on Saturday, Jan. 26.


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club.  Overall winners in the club championship game Dec. 20: First in Strats A and B: Fred Reker-Russ Gray; second in Strat A: Joyce Henderson-Howard Smith; third in Strat A: Betty Jackson-Diane Sachs; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Frances Gross-Judy Cook; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Judy Carter-Johnson-Gene Yaffee; sixth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B, second in Strat C: Ron Yaffee-Richard Norris; fifth in Strat B: Bill Linskey-Emma Trepinski; third in Strat C: Sharon Beran-Shirley Spink; fourth in Strat C: Donna and Jim Shaffer. Winners Dec.17: N/S: First in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Larry Slutsky; second in Strat A, first in Strat B and C: Alan Olschwang-Chie Wickham; third in Strat A: Judy Carter-Johnson-Verna Burns; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Larry Topper-Frances Gross; sixth in Strat A: Sharon Beran-Shirley Spink. E/W: First in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; second in Strat A, first in Strat B: Howard Smith-Sue Boswell; third in Strat A, second in Strat B: Tybie Becker-Bea Aron; fourth in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-Rob Preece; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Peggi Spring-Monica Gettis; sixth in Strat A: Al Appel-Judith Jones; fourth in Strat B: Dorothy Favre-George Koehm; first in Strat C: Ron Yaffee-Richard Norris; second in Strat C: Bruce and Jan Peterson. Games are played Mondays and Thursdays beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Players are asked to arrive by 12:15 p.m. to confirm their reservations. To make or cancel a reservation for Mondays call Midge Dunagan at 594-9698; for Thursdays, call Sharon Beran at 308-7838 or email her by 10:30 a.m. on the day of game at hbsharonb@gmail.com. With a  maximum of 18 tables available, players without reservations should arrive by noon and check in with the director of the day; they will be accommodated on a first-come-first-served basis if there is space. Players who need a partner should arrive by noon and check with the club manager; every effort will be made to find a partner. To cancel a reservation on game day or to report late, call 481-7368 between noon-1 p.m. Games will not be played on New Years Eve Day, Dec. 31. Games will resume on Thursday, Jan. 3.


Friendly Pinochle Club winners  Dec. 20: Richard Van Wasshnova, 13,010; Ruth Bonnema, 11,830; Diana Lambert, 11,700;  Marilyn Allred, 11,480. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For  more information, call (310) 968-9509.

Shuffleboard Club

By Carrie Kistner

LW contributor

The Shuffleboard Club’s league season continued into week 9 on Dec. 14 with two competitive matches. 

The Classics squeaked out a 10-8 win over the Sliders. The Classics’ all-game winners were Howard Bolten and Dennis Jensen. The Sliders’ all-game winner was Red Ryals.

 In the second game, the Puckmasters and Girl Power tied, 9- 9. 

Puckmasters’ all-game winners were John Gustaves and Bob Peterson. Girl Power’s all-game winners were Carrie Kistner and Chandra Patel.

Puckmasters and the Classics are tied for first place with 5-1/2 points, followed by Girl Power, with four points, and Sliders, three points.

No games will be played  until Jan. 4, when the Puckmasters face Girl Power and the Sliders play the Classics. 

The next Friday luncheon will be on Jan. 25.


To join the club or try out the game, practices during league play are held at 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays at the shuffleboard courts behind Clubhouse 1.

For more information, ºcall Carrie Kistner, club president, at (949) 300-0285


The next meeting begins at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2, in  Clubhouse 1. Coffee and doughnuts will be available at 9:30. 


The next social event is the happy hour on Jan. 9 at 5:30 p.m. at the shuffleboard courts.  Those who attend should bring an appetizer and beverage and wear closed toe shoes since games will be played.

A potluck Valentine’s dinner party will be held at 6 p. m. on Feb. 9, tentatively in Clubhouse 3 Room 2.

Sign up sheets will be at the courts. The Left-Center-Right game will be played after the meal. Bring 12 quarters and three one dollar bills for the L-C-R competition.

Chess Club Puzzle

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


Chess partners are available in Leisure World when the LW Chess Club meets from 2-6:30 p.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.  Beginners are welcome for free lessons.

Solution to this week’s puzzle Qd7. The white queen moves from d1 tod7.  Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.

monday golf

Lowell Goltra shot a 74, low  round of the day, to win the second flight in Monday Golf group play on  Dec. 17 at the local course. He also had the fewest putts. 

 Marv Ballard and Bob Munn tied for second place with 77s.

In the first flight, Sam Choi and Fujio Norihiro carded 77s to tie for first place.

 Choi was also closest to the pin on the 12th hole and had the fewest putts.

Merle McGee finished third  with a 79 and Bill McKusky completed the scoring with an 82.

For information on membership or play schedule, call Bill McKusky at 277-2164.

Players of all skill levels are welcome to come out and enjoy the camaraderie and joy of golf on the long courses.  

pickleball players 

Darlene Boyce, president of the Pickleball Players Club,  invites members and residents to attend the monthly meeting and potluck at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, in Clubhouse 2.

The potluck will begin at 5 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Pickleball can be played in Mission Park behind Clubhouse 2 before and after the meeting.

The agenda will include a discussion of  the successful holiday party attended by more than 50 people.

Wayne Gould gives pickleball lessons to all beginners and others  at 11 a.m. on Sundays. No reservations are required.

Paddles and balls will be available.

For more information, call Sandra deDubovay at 480-5895.

friday Golf

Eleven men and one woman competed over 18 holes in Friday Golf League play on Dec. 14 at the David L. Baker Golf course in Fountain Valley. It was a cool,  overcast day. 

Birdies were very scarce with only Sam Choi recording one. 

 Merle McGee was closest to the pin on Hole 3, and Dennis Kotecki had the honors on No. 12. 

Top score of the day was turned in by Kotecki,who carded an impressive 15 under-par 49.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).

Flight 1: Fujio Nirihiro, 57; Paul Cose, 60; Dave LaCascia, 63; Sam Choi, 64 and Bill McKusky, 65.

Flight 2: Dennis Kotecki, 49; Marv Ballard, 58; Liz Meripol, 64; and Lowell Goltra, 65.

The group will play tomorrow, Friday, at Riverview.

–Dave LaCascia

guys, gals golf  

The Men’s Golf Club held the Guys and Gals tournament on Dec. 19 on a warm, sunny morning at the local course. 

Thirty-eight co-ed teams competed over 18 holes in three flights. The A flight has teams with combined handicaps of 0- 9; the B flight, 10-13 and C flight, 14-18.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).

A: Bill Lyons-Pam Krug, 43; tie for second place between Allan Sewall-Patti  Smith and Young and Hae Lee, 45; tie between Chang and Soo Choi and Bob and Janice Turner, 49.

B: Dave LaCascia-Liz Meripol, 43; Byong Choi-Mary Park, 47; tie between Hyon Shin-Sang An and Dale Williamson-Mary Grieg, 48; Bill McKusky-Mary Ann Moore, 49.

C: Tie between Steve Moody-Sandy Derouin and James and Grace Choi, 45; Youn and Malinda Lee, 46; Joe DiDonato-Sandra deDubovay, 48; Sang and Soo Kim, 51.

Closest to the pin on the eighth hole were Ira Barenblatt,7 ft. 1 in. and Judy Ro, 1-8. On the 17th hole it was Stan Johnson, 2-4 and Pam Krug, 1-9.

There were eight circle hole winners. 

women’s golf

Members of the Women’s Golf Club played for low gross, low net and putts last week. A highlight was Sandy Derouin with 11 putts.

A:  Low gross: Tie between Devora Kim and Jane Song, 29. Low net: Bert Thompson 26. Putts:  Margie Thompson, 8.

B: Low gross: Tie between Mary Ann Moore and Susie Kim, 30. Low net: Tie among Sandy Derouin, Marilyn  Hewitt, Young Yoon and Mary Park, 25. Putts: Sandy Derouin, 11.

C: Low gross: Melinda Lee, 32. Low net: Tie among Keiko Sekino, Patti Smith and Liz Meripol, 24.  Putts: Melinda Lee, 10.

D: Low gross: Mary Lancaster, 34. Low net: Tie among Jean Cose, Susan Abouaf and  Joyce Bizzel, 27. Putts: Joyce Bizzell, 13.




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Hair and Nail Salon

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Yvonne with 25 years experience,  will do shampoo/sets, perms, hair cuts and tints at Phenix Salon. 

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