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MLK tribute is Jan. 21

The Recreation Department will host the second Martin Luther King Jr. Day event at 11 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in Clubhouse 2.  Mutual 17 resident and soloist Ruby Johnson will open the show after remarks from GRF President Linda Stone. 

“Martin Luther King by Trevor Mcdonald,” a 2018 film that explores Martin Luther King’s life and legacy 50 years after his assassination, will be shown.

The documentary, which runs about 45 minutes, was released in 2018 to  mark the 50th anniversary of the assassination of the civil rights leader in April 1968.

Actor Trevor McDonald traveled to America’s Deep South to discover more about the man who inspired him and many others around the world. McDonald interviews King’s key allies, veteran singer Harry Belafonte, Congressman John Lewis and Ambassador Andrew Young.  

He tracks down the rarely interviewed women who helped King behind the scenes, such as Willie Pearl Mackey King, who typed up the address that became known as the “I Have A Dream” speech. 

And he finds the child protestors and young students who risked their own lives to support their hero as he fought for civil rights.

He also uncovers new sides to the story. McDonald reads chilling excerpts from the Georgia Code Book of 1933, which included petty rules governing the segregation of every aspect of black lives when King was growing up.  

He discovers the words “I Have A Dream” were off the cuff, never intended to be in the speech. 

He meets a former member the Ku Klux Klan, who confesses that in a different life, he would have targeted McDonald because of the color of his skin. McDonald interviews an expert on the horrors of lynching in 20th century America and asks black role models Naomi Campbell, Gen. Colin Powell and the Rev. Al Sharpton what Martin Luther King means to them.

Ruby Johnson will close the program with the audience invited to join her in singing, “We Shall Overcome.” 

Light refreshments will be served.  

Seating is limited, and a large turnout is expected, so don’t miss an opportunity to share in this very special event.  

For more information, contact events@lwsb.com.

MLK Facts

1. Dr. King’s birth name was Michael, not Martin. 

The civil rights leader was born Michael King Jr. on Jan. 15, 1929. In 1934, his father, a pastor at Atlanta’s Ebenezer Baptist Church, traveled to Germany and was inspired by the Protestant Reformation leader Martin Luther. As a result, King Sr. changed his own name and that of his 5-year-old son, according to history.com.

2. Dr. King got a C in public speaking at seminary school. 

Dr. King’s father thought his son was the best speaker he’d ever seen. But in his first year of seminary school in Chester, Pennsylvannia, one of Dr. King’s professors gave him a C in a public speaking course. In his third and final year, Dr. King was valedictorian with straight A’s, according to constitutioncenter.org.

3. Dr. King apparently improvised parts of the “I Have A Dream” speech in August 1963, including its title passage. Clarence B. Jones worked on the draft of of the speech, which was being revised up to the time Dr. King took the podium. He says Dr. King’s “dream” reference wasn’t in the speech up to 12 hours prior to delivery. Dr. King later added it live when singer Mahalia Jackson prompted him to speak about the “dream.” In June 1963, Dr. King had talked about his dream in a speech in Detroit, according to constitutioncenter.org.

4. When Dr. King was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964, he was the youngest Peace Prize winner ever, at the age of 35. Currently, Malala Yousafzai is the youngest winner on record; she was 17 when she won the prize in 2014. His acceptance speech in Norway included the famous statement, “I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant,” according to constitutioncenter.org.

5. King entered college at the age of 15. King was such a gifted student that he skipped grades nine and 12 before enrolling in 1944 at Morehouse College, the alma mater of his father and maternal grandfather. Although he was the son, grandson and great-grandson of Baptist ministers, King did not intend to follow the family vocation until Morehouse president Benjamin E. Mays, a noted theologian, convinced him otherwise. King was ordained before graduating college with a degree in sociology, according to history.com.

Holiday Notice

In observance of Martin Luther King, Jr., Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed Monday, Jan. 21. 

The Leisure World Maintenance Department will be available for emergencies only by calling 594-4754.

Free food bank is today

Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4. 

The next food distribution is today, Jan. 17.

Every third Thursday from 9-11 a.m., qualified people receive 40 pounds of food, including  canned fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, juice, cereal and more.  

Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,287 a month for one person; $1,736 for a two-person household; $2,184 for a three-person household. 

To sign up, bring a photo ID, and proof of income (Social Security/SSI Statement, letter or bank statement or paycheck stub).

People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the box of food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID. 

People who need help arranging a proxy can call GRF Member Resource Liaison Cindy Tostado at 431-6586, ext. 317. 

CAPOC will have a representative there to help people with applications for its program and for the separate Cal Fresh benefits, which are food stamps. 

People over 55 who don’t receive SSI will qualify if they meet the following income guidelines: $2,010 per month for one person; $2,708 for a two-person household. 

Bring an ID, Social Security card, proof of income and rent receipt to apply for food stamps. 

Notary is available in LW

Leisure World residents now have notary services available by appointment in the Copy & Supply Center in Building 5.

For an appointment, call 431-6585, ext. 345. 

The Copy & Supply Center also carries small items, such as small batteries, shower heads, fire extinguishers, emergency vests and other items, from the Purchasing Department.

OC Office on Aging Needs Survey

The Orange County Office on Aging (OoA) is working with the Orange County Aging Services Collaborative (OCASC) to conduct a needs assessment of older adults residing in Orange County. The focus of this assessment is to evaluate issues and perceived needs of older adults. 

In the 2017 needs assessment, respondent’s top three concerns were: 

1. Socialization (54 percent) 

2. Financial Assistance (43 percent) 

3. Transportation (40 percent) 

The Office on Aging is requesting Leisure World residents’ assistance in completing the 10-minute needs assessment survey to identify new and current needs within the community. 

People can participate in one of three different ways:

1. Access the survey on www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018ocascsln

2. Complete the survey at the Leisure World Health Care Center Lobby area and submit in the enclosed locked box or

3.  Complete the survey at the Leisure World Library and submit in the enclosed locked box.

This survey is completely anonymous; however, people seeking additional personalized assistance have an option to leave contact information at the end of the survey or they can call the Office on Aging at (714) 480-6450 or (800) 510-2020.

With community help, the Office on Aging can continue to employ collaborative partnerships and innovative programming to maximize limited resources and improve the older adult service delivery system in Orange County. 

Surveys can be submitted through the end of February.

LW Olympics are coming

Now is the time to brush  up on those competitive skills and start the new year by preparing to enter the Golden Rain Foundation’s first Olympic games. Don’t worry if you are no longer in prime athletic shape, others won’t be either. Mind over matter will be key in many of the events. The events are popular activities played in LW, including card and board games, team and individual sports such as bowling, shuffleboard, bocce ball and shuffleboard or individual events such as walking and swimming. Or for basketball fans, there will be a 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. 

Sports and games clubs within LW are encouraged to participate by organizing tournaments. Individuals who participate in events and athletic skills, such as swimming, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and relay teams, that are not organized by clubs are also invited to take part in the LW Olympics. 

Suggested events include bridge, Mexican Train dominoes, golf, tennis, table tennis, Bunco, pinochle, bocce ball, chess, Scrabble, pickle ball, shuffleboard, cribbage, Yahtzee, billiards, poker, bowling, bicycling, walking, swimming, Mah Jongg, Pan, Go and basketball free throws.

Clubs and competitors will conduct tournaments from March to April and an awards ceremony with medals will be held in the Amphitheater in May. 

Genres with multiple clubs must work together to participate in one tournament resulting in a first, second and third place winner for each game or sport. 

To participate in the LW Olympics, email the club name, activity, contact name and contact phone number to events@lwsb.

CH lockers must be cleaned

In anticipation of improving resources in GRF amenities, all lockers currently held by clubs, organizations and Mutuals must be emptied of all contents in the near future.

Deep cleaning will begin in Clubhouse 1, and every locker must be vacated no later than Feb. 14. Clubs are asked to contact Consuelo Reyes in the Recreation Department at 431-6586, ext. 279, to confirm the locker has been emptied and let her know if the club wants to continue having a locker.

All clubhouse lockers will eventually be cleaned. The schedule and deadlines will be printed in the LW Weekly and sent by email so people can have plenty of time to find alternate storage areas. The GRF thanks affected clubs for their cooperation.

For more information, email kathyt@lwsb.com.

Neighbor Helping Neighbor meeting is Jan. 23

A Neighbor Helping Neighbor meeting will be held at 1 p.m. on Jan. 23 in Clubhouse 1. The group meets on the fourth Wednesdays of the month. The group pools the resources of the Drone, Radio  and Rollin’ Thunder clubs to help in the event of a disaster and is under the auspices of CERT.

 All are welcome to participate.

Bathroom upgrades provide access

Leisure World residents who have trouble stepping into the shower for any reason are most likely eligible for a free bathroom upgrade. 

Applications for 2019 are now being accepted for the Leisure World Bathroom Accessibility Grant, which converts tub/shower combinations to showers only for safer access.  The tubs are refinished to look like new, and a new glass shower door enclosure is installed. Toilets can be replaced with high-boy models.  

The City of Seal Beach selects approved contractors to perform the cut-down to the shower and install a new glass door enclosure and the high boy toilet, if needed. The program is made possible through a grant from HUD, Orange County and Seal Beach. The OC Housing and Community Development Department allocates the federal grants from HUD every year. 

This year the City of Seal Beach applied to Orange County for a grant in Leisure World and received $180,000.

To qualify, applicants must be over 55 years of age and have an annual income not to exceed $61,250 for one person; $70,000 for two people; and $78,750, for three.

For the shower cut-down, a licensed medical doctor must complete the Doctor’s Analysis Form rating the physical condition of the applicant with respect to mobility problems, pain with movement or trouble with balance. This rating helps prioritize the most needy applicants until the funds are all spent. All information is kept confidential.  No Doctor’s Analysis Form is needed for the high-boy toilet only.

Applications and doctors forms are available online at sealbeachca.gov or at www.civicstone.com (services tab, Seal Beach section)  or people can call  CivicStone at (909) 364-9000 to have one mailed.

CivicStone was hired by the City of Seal Beach 12 years ago to administer the city’s Bathroom Accessibility Program. CivicStone has been successfully running the program ever since and has helped hundreds of residents with bathroom improvements. 

“Many residents get confused on the application process,” said Monique Eliason, program administrator. “Others don’t realize you can have substantial savings and still qualify for the free upgrade. We are just a phone call away and can help residents apply for the complete free upgrade. But don’t delay completing your application, because funds are limited.”

Admin elevator repairs are underway

The elevator in the GRF Administration building is out of service to undergo repairs, which are expected to be finished in March.

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!”.

American Legion and Auxiliary

American Legion Post 327 and Auxiliary Unit 327 have a busy winter planned.  The first meeting of the new year will be on Monday, Jan. 21, in Clubhouse 4. 

The Post will begin with a board meeting at noon, followed by a general meeting at 1:30 p.m. 

The Auxiliary will begin at 1:30 p.m. Midge Bash, National Security chair, will make a presentation on drones.

The Post will finalize plans for the upcoming pancake breakfast on Saturday, Feb. 16, in Clubhouse 2. Fantastic Cafe in Westminster will again donate all the food for this community event.

All veterans are invited to come and be a part of the American Legion Family. The Auxiliary ladies will distribute tickets for the annual fashion show, which is set for Saturday, March 16.

Tickets will be available on a first-come, first-served basis so people who want to book a table should purchase tickets early. This event is sold out every year. Auxiliary members continue to make poppies in Clubhouse 1 on Wednesdays from 10 a.m.-noon. People who like crafting are welcome to join the group.

Y Service Club

The Y Service Club is accepting donations for its next rummage sale on Saturday, March 2. Jewelry, glassware, books, kitchenware, small appliances, tools, linens, shoes, purses, holiday decorations, lamps, pictures and small furniture items will be accepted. 

To arrange for a pick up, call one of the numbers in the club’s classified ad in the LW Weekly under the heading “Leisure World Helping Leisure World.” 

The rummage sale is a major fund raiser for the YMCA “Kids to Camp” program and projects that benefit Leisure World.

Senior Patriots

The Senior Patriots for Peace will meet at 1 p.m. on Feb. 12 for a presentation on human trafficking in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. This is a new meeting location for the club. All LW members and guests are invited to attend.

The Senior Patriots for Peace will attend the GRF Recreation Department’s Martin L. King Jr. birthday party at 11 a.m. in Clubhouse 2.

LWer Ruby Johnson will regale the audience with several songs before a documentary of MLK is shown. Refreshments will follow.

The PBS documentary will trace the influence of Dr. King in American history, a chapter that needs to be remembered to help people navigate in the present and prepare for the future.  

AARP Smart Driver Class

A Senior Smart Driver recertification session will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in Clubhouse 3, Classroom 6. All are welcome. 

The Smart Driver class is sponsored by AARP, which offers periodic two-day sessions  to certify drivers and one-day recertification classes, such as the one scheduled for Jan. 21. Classes will be publicized in the LW Weekly.

For more information, call Ruth Bradley at (714) 401-2237.

by Eloy Gomez

Safety and Emergency Coordinator


With the short days and long nights of winter, it is almost impossible not to be caught exercising or running errands on foot in the dark night or dark early morning hours, particularly for those who work and have no other option. 

The rainy nights and humid days could make surfaces slick and the  uneven surfaces or changes in elevation are impossible to see in the dark. 

    Not to mention the large round seed shell (gumball) from Liquidambar trees and of course, the vehicle traffic while crossing the street, driveways or parking lots. These are only a fraction of the many hazards pedestrians should be concerned about while walking in the dark.

Don’t let these and other hazards keep you from walking outdoors at night. With a little caution and awareness, you can make your nightly walk enjoyable and safe.

Let’ review a few safety tips to keep you safe during your walk.

• Footwear,  a well fitted walking shoe with traction for wet surfaces, is a must for this time of the year. Stay away from  loosely fitting shoes.

• Illuminate your way. Carry a flashlight in poorly lit areas.    

• Visibility, I cannot stress enough how important it is to make yourself highly visible to motorist. Lime-green or orange colored vests (see photo above) or jackets with reflective stripes are highly recommended. They are available in the GRF Purchasing Department for your convenience.      

• Expect the unexpected; use caution when walking over sidewalks covered with tree leaves or other debris since they may be slippery or cause a slip and fall. Shortening your stride will help main balance when stepping on debris or wet surfaces. 

• Never assume that motorists are familiar with, and respect, posted signage, and will slow down by road humps/bumps, or that they have seen you while crossing a street, driveway or parking lot. When possible, wait for vehicles to pass before you begin to cross.     

 Additional accessories to include in your fanny pack:

• Cell phone to call for help if necessary 

  A whistle or small marine/sports horn to scare off the occasional coyote or raccoon 

  An extra set of batteries for your flashlight. Small marine air horns are also available in the Purchasing Department.   

Stay alert of your surroundings. Avoid using your cell phone while walking, covering both ears with head phones or ear buds.

watch your step

by Jim Breen


The only scam ever devised exclusively for senior citizens has gone into seclusion in Leisure World. I hope it isn’t bad luck to point out that the once-dreaded “Grandma” scam has taken a well-deserved nap,  at least here.

 A few years ago, it was the scourge of LW,  fleecing two victims, costing one family $8,000 in 2015.

But for the last few months, Watch Your Step has not been contacted by a single resident reporting the ruse. Thieves apparently believe they will be more successful using the IRS, lottery and college tuition payoff scams.

The Grandma  scam involves a call to a senior from a young man impersonating her grandson who was arrested in another country and needed a few thousand dollars money wired to cover his “legal fees.”


Former resident Col. Jim Hoover sent a phone alert from Virginia last week to call his former neigbors attention to a relatively new scam being attempted across the country.

 Cyber criminals have been calling members of Christian Community Credit Union (CCCU) using “spoofing” software to make it look like the call is coming from CCCU’s corporate headquarters in San Dimas, Calif.

Once the member answers, the imposter requests personal information to “verify” what is already on file. 

Residents are reminded to never give out account information by phone unless you initiated the call.

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,

security corner

by Victor Rocha

Security Services Director


There are many different types of scams that directly target seniors. You may receive an official looking document in the mail telling you to send money “right away” or a suspicious phone call that frequently ends with a request for personal information or money sent immediately.

There are ways to ensure that you are not being taken advantage of:

• Never give out personal information to someone you don’t know. That includes Social Security number, credit card number or bank information

• Don’t fall for anything that sounds too good

to be true, such as you free vacation or sweepstakes prize

• Don’t get pressured into signing a contract for any services

• Never agree to pay for products or services in advance  

• It is never rude to hang up on a suspicious caller

If you are a victim of a scam or fraud, it is important to contact the Seal Beach Police Department immediately.

• Never assume that motorists are familiar with, and respect, posted signage, and will slow down by road humps/bumps, or that they have seen you while crossing a street, driveway or parking lot. When possible, wait for vehicles to pass before you begin to cross.     

 Additional accessories to include in your fanny pack:

• Cell phone to call for help if necessary 

  A whistle or small marine/sports horn to scare off the occasional coyote or raccoon 

  An extra set of batteries for your flashlight. Small marine air horns are also available in the Purchasing Department.   

Stay alert of your surroundings. Avoid using your cell phone while walking, covering both ears with head phones or ear buds.  

outside the wall

By Les H. Cohen, Mutual 15

Legislative Advocate Emeritus

A friend in Sacramento told me that long lines are already forming in Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) offices across the state as California drivers move to get their Real drivers licenses by the Oct.1, 2020 deadline.

So I encourage residents to make telephone appointments at one of the local DMV field offices to get those so-called Real ID licenses. 

The nearest offices are in Long Beach, Westminster and Stanton. To make appointments, the number for all three is (800) 777-0133. 

If the lines are long now, they will get even longer next year.  

To be forewarned is to be forearmed. 

      Good luck.

Beginning Oct.1, 2020, every resident will need to present Real ID compliant license/ID, or another acceptable form of identification, for accessing federal facilities, entering nuclear power plants, and boarding commercial aircraft. This is what is called “card-based” enforcement.  

      The card, itself, must be Real ID compliant unless the resident is using an alternative acceptable document such as a passport. 

Individuals do not need to present identification where it is not currently required to access a Federal facility (such as to enter the public areas of the Smithsonian). 

The new requirement does not  prohibit an agency from accepting other forms of identity documents other than those from non-compliant states (such as a U.S. passport or passport card.) 

 For more information, see www.dmv.ca.gov/portal/dmv/detail/realid.

Credits & Kudos

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

Phyllis Poper is grateful to the Neighbor to Neighbors group for putting Christmas decorations on the light poles in Mutual 14. Ms. Poper and her holiday guests enjoyed them.


Mutual 5 resident Supara Ratanasadui thanks Jade Cortez and Taylor Green of the LW Library staff for their courtesy and  extra time spent on scanning her family documents.

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.

Jan. 18, 1979 – New LW Kiwanis Club member was to be a guest speaker at the group’s weekly meeting. It was Dr. Russell Pavy of Mutual 15, who became pastor of Leisure World Baptist Church in 1978.

Jan. 19,1989 – The first meeting of the Concerned Shareholders Group was held to adopt bylaws and nominate and elect officers and directors.  

Jan. 21,1999 –  A picture on page 1 of The News showed the new flagpole between the Health Care Center and GRF Administration building The nephew of longtime resident Inez Clark donated it in honor of her 100th birthday.

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



Get tickets to see Beach basketball

League play is underway at Long Beach State and now is the opportunity to see why The Beach draws the second largest attendance in the Big West Conference for men’s basketball games, behind University of Hawaii.

Join the Golden Rain Foundation Recreation Department for the final game of the season at the Walter Pyramid on Wednesday, March 6, when The Beach takes on the Highlanders from University of California, Riverside, for Senior Night. Tickets, including transportation are $6 each. Parking alone at the Pyramid is $10.

Tickets are on sale at the Recreation Office in Building 5. Make reservations by emailing events@lwsb.com, in person or by calling 431-6586, ext. 324. 

Guests are welcome, but must be accompanied by a GRF member. No accessible seating is available for this event.

The Beach will honor six seniors, Mason Riggins and Temidayo Yussuf, who have spent all four years of eligibility at The Beach, along with two-year transfers, KJ Byers, Bryan Alberts, Deishuan Booker and Breamon Richard, at their final game in the Pyramid.

Each senior has been a star during a preseason game and is sure to rise to the occasion in their final appearance before the home crowd.

Yussuf, who was an honored guest at the Mission Park grand opening in Leisure World, received an honorable mention as a All-Big West selection last season, as a junior, and second team All-Big West honors as a sophomore. He is having an exceptional season so far making him one of the players to watch in the Big West Conference.


Join LWers at Anaheim Ducks game March 20

Join LWers as the Anaheim Ducks will take on the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday, March 20, with the puck dropping at 7 p.m.

The Ducks and Honda Center are commemorating their 25th anniversary with several special promotional give-aways, and everyone in attendance at the Jets game will receive a Ryan Getzlaf NHL Draft Bobblehead presented by San Manuel Casino. 

The Ducks will wear throwback jerseys featuring the original team colors, eggplant and jade green, with the original Mighty Ducks logo, an old-style goaltender mask shaped like a duck bill.

Tickets for seats in the lower bowl, Section 201, are on sale at the Recreation Office in Building 5 for $80, including transportation and fees. Make reservations by emailing events@lwsb.com, in person, or by calling 431-6586, ext. 326 or 324. Guests are welcome but must be accompanied by a GRF member. Accessible seating is available for this event, if requested at the time of purchase.

Owned by the city of Anaheim, Honda Center officially opened as Anaheim Arena on June 19, 1993. In October that year, the venue was renamed Arrowhead Pond and hosted the first Mighty Ducks of Anaheim game. 

In 2005, a new era began when Henry and Susan Samueli took over ownership of the team and the venue management company, Anaheim Arena Management, LLC from the Disney Corp. 

In 2006, the official name of the arena changed to Honda Center, and the team became the Anaheim Ducks with new team colors, black and orange.

A new scoreboard, 27 feet high and 47 feet, 10 inches wide, debuted in 2015. The six-millimeter diode equipped hardware features 1248 x 2208 lines of resolution, the clearest and highest definition picture available in any North American venue.

GRF Recreation

Shareholders invited to see ‘Life Could Be a Dream’

The Golden Rain Foundation Recreation Department will escort an outing to see “Life Could Be a Dream” at the Beverly O’Neill Theater in Long Beach on Thursday, March 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets are $70 and include ticket, bus fare and gratuity for the driver.

“Life Could Be a Dream” is a doo-wop musical written and directed by Roger Bean, creator of The Marvelous Wonderettes, and produced by David Elzer. It premiered at the Hudson Theatre in Hollywood on Aug. 7, 2009, and received numerous awards, including the LA Drama Critics Circle award for Production of the Year and the LA Weekly award for Best Musical of the Year. 

The show is set in 1961, when doo-wop peaked as an intergenerational pop phenomenon that cut across racial and social lines in the United States. 

Doo-wop first developed in African-American communities in cities across the United States in the 1940s. Early doo-wop was strongly influenced by blues, swing, barbershop quartets and groups like the Ink Spots and the Mills Brothers. Much of it was developed informally by groups of three-six singers on street corners singing a cappella and improvising syllables to go with the vocal harmonies, often imitating instrumental sounds.

The show features 21 popular doo-wop songs. 

The bus will leave from the Amphitheater at 6:15 p.m. Be at the loading area no later than 5:45 p.m. 

For information, contact the Recreation Office at 431-6586 ext. 326 or email events@lwsb.com.


Learn about free telephone to assist hearing

The Sunshine Club will meet tomorrow, Jan. 18, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, to hear a presentation by Danna Collins on the benefits of a special phone for seniors that is funded by the federal government. 

The Free Federally Funded Clear Captions Telephone is a hearing assistive device for persons who have trouble hearing properly on a regular home telephone. 

Collins will discuss how prevalent hearing loss is as a health condition and provide details as to why this telephone is free. She will share the benefits of the functions of the telephone and engage people who have questions to ask. 

Next Friday, Jan. 25, the speaker will be Olivia Clausen, a financial manager who will give a talk on seniors and financing. She will cover how seniors can stretch their wealth to keep up with life expectancy after retirement; how to preserve capital in retirement; and keeping up with the rising cost of living.

The club appreciates shareholders bringing their own coffee mugs to participate in the “Save The Earth” program. 

Shareholders should arrive early to guarantee good seats. 

The Sunshine Club is designed to help people get along in the community, for neighbors to have better communication and to get the best out of living in Leisure World. 

Classes are held from 10 a.m.-noon on Fridays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 (except the first Friday in Room 8). All shareholders are welcome to attend; membership is not required. Refreshments are served. Bring a cup for coffee.

For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.


GAF board meeting is Jan. 30, 2 p.m.

The Golden Age Foundation will hold its next board meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m. in the Building 5, Conference Room B. Building 5 is across from Clubhouse 6; Conference Room B is located behind GRF Security Decal Office. All are welcome to observe the meeting. This is an opportunity to catch up on the latest news and to get a preview of coming Golden Age Foundation attractions.

Big game airs in CH4 on Feb. 3

The GRF Recreation Department will host the Big Game Sunday, Feb. 3, in Clubhouse 4 on the big screen, starting at 3:30 p.m. Plan to join friends and enjoy complimentary snacks. For more information, call the Recreation Department at 431-6586, Ext. 324.

GAF sets goal for Ralph’s Reward participants

Since Golden Age Foundation (GAF) started registering shareholders for the Ralph’s Reward program on Tuesdays in the Hospitality Center, 192 were registered.

Since November, the number has grown to 244 with 42 members signing up in the last quarter of the year. That is a significant outpouring of support from the community.

GAF’s goal is to have 500 registered by the end of 2019. It can be done with the community’s support. There are 9,500 shareholders.

To help out the GAF, see Lillian Kennedy in the Clubhouse 6 Hospitality Center on Tuesdays between 9-11 a.m., and she will help residents register for the Ralph’s Reward program online. 

Ralph’s also offers registering by the phone for those who do not want to use email. Call (800) 443-4438, Monday-Friday, between 8 a.m.- 5 p.m. and name the Golden Age Foundation as the charitable organization of choice. The GAF NPO number is FS519.

Rollin’ Thunder reviews holiday parade Jan. 22

The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club welcomes the new year with its first 2019 membership meeting and its first quarterly Air and Water Day, to be held on Saturday, March 2, from 9-11 a.m. at the club’s Pit Stop cart service area adjacent to the Mini-Farm property.

Next week’s general meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 22, at noon in Clubhouse 2 will include a review of last month’s golf cart holiday parade. Sixty-six members and guests loosely followed a mile-long route that included most of Leisure World’s major roadways. 

At the conclusion of the parade, participants and spectators were treated to home-baked goods and hot beverages, including hot cocoa, prepared by club volunteers at Clubhouse 6.  “Our club invited table tennis and card players in Clubhouse 6 to join in for home made refreshments, which included cookies, candy and freshly picked fruit. It was very special to have three different clubs join in for the holiday spirit,” said President Tom Davis.

The Jan. 22 general meeting will be a potluck; members are encouraged to bring enough of their favorite dish to serve at least a dozen others. Annual dues will be collected. 

The agenda will include an update on GRF’s much-delayed plan to initiate a  golf cart registration procedure utilizing a specially designed decal. A description of  what might take place with regard to golf carts, when/if the Seal Beach police begin patrolling Leisure World, is also expected to be on the agenda. 

For further information regarding the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club, call club President Tom Davis at 431-6859.

Potluck will reflect on Dutch culture

LWSB members interested in the Dutch culture are planning a potluck evening on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, from 5-8 p.m. Everybody is welcome. Come and socialize with other interested friends sharing Dutch-Indonesian cuisine and swap stories about experiences, travel, etc. Dutch songs will be sung, and there will be a sing-along. 

Those who want to share dinner should come at 5 p.m., but to sit, talk and have coffee and treats, come at 6. Spread the news. For more information, email Thomas Gan at gltjiook@gmail.com or leave a message at 248-8711.


Tech support is often a call away

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

• 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. 28, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

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

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

Noon – Facebook for Beginners (Fernandez)

• Monday, Feb. 4, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m. – Let’s Talk eBay (Smith)

Many of the major companies offer good telephone Tech Support. Apple answers quickly at (800) M Y A P P L E. The voice menu helps to identify your computer or device.

Most electronic items have a one-year warranty, which includes phone support. The phone number for a Dell product, is (800) WWW DELL. For HP call (800) HP INVEN. Have the item nearby so you can read the number that they ask for. 

If you have both phone and internet with either Spectrum/Charter or Verizon/Frontier call 611 on the land line phone to get a voice menu to get tech support.

If there is an internet problem, you want to be able to locate your internet modem/router.

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

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.

I Have a Dream…

African AFS student fulfills dream with help from LWer’s family

by Cathie Merz


I have a dream… Norma Poe, Mutual 17, played an important role in the fulfillment of the dream of Roscoe Semekula Kantende, M.D., from the elite Bugandan tribe in East Africa.

When Roscoe was in high school, he applied for the American Field Service (AFS) program, seeking a home and family to adopt him as a foreign exchange student in the United States. It was his dream to become a doctor following in his brother’s foot steps, who opened a clinic in Lagos, Kenya. 

Norma’s son Michael, a junior, was president of the La Mirada High School AFS Club and asked his parents if they would take in an AFS student. 

After completing the application process and getting approval from the neighbors, because the applicant was black, the day arrived to pick up their foreign exchange student and new family member. 

It was Aug. 11, 1965, the day the Watt’s riots began. They could see flames from the fires at their home in La Mirada.

The riots, or the “Watt’s Rebellion,” lasted from Aug. 11-16. It resulted in 34 deaths and $40 million in property damage. The combat zone covered 46 square miles. 

Michael and his father, Stan, drove to Los Angeles to pick up Roscoe at the bus depot amid the disturbance. 

Norma was nervous waiting for them to arrive home. The bus depot was not near Watts, but Roscoe was black and explosions and guns were going off all around.

Michael was not worried, because Roscoe was “so black, no one could see him, anyway.”

When they came to the door Norma said she did not see Roscoe until he smiled and exposed the whites of his eyes.

They kept Roscoe in the house for three days, afraid to take him out. 

Once they felt is was safe to venture out, the first place he wanted to go was the supermarket.

When he arrived , Roscoe had very few clothes, so the first thing Norma did was take him to buy his first pair of Levis.

When he needed a haircut, they went at 6 a.m. because the barber “didn’t want to get stoned,” says Norma. He had to use special scissors to cut his hair because it was like steel wool.

Roscoe never really realized that there was a danger being black in the U.S. 

Roscoe adjusted extremely well to life in high school and was one of the most popular students at the school. He enjoyed many of the LMHS activities, ran track and attended the prom in a limo.

He had never heard of or experienced Halloween and trick or treating. So on Halloween he dressed up in a sombrero and serape and waited for the kids to come the house and then he would sit up and scare them. He had a great time. He also went trick or treating on his own. 

Roscoe graduated in the top 10 of his class.

When he graduated he was not “that black student,” he was the “foreign exchange student.” He and Michael were like brothers.

After graduation he could not go back to Uganda because the class system was trying to overtake the Ugandan tribe and he would be in great danger, so he went to England to finish medical school.

After completing medical school, Roscoe applied for a visa to return to the U.S. as an anesthesiologist and opened a clinic.

He is the father of three sons. Coming to California helped to pave the way for his sons to be born in the U.S. rather than Africa and lead productive professional lives and they are most grateful for the opportunity afforded by the Poes. 

Norma is the godmother to Trevor, the oldest, who is a sports attorney for some big-name athletes, another is a doctor and the youngest is in medical school.


Old Town shuttle schedule adjusted

The Leisure World Minibus service to the Old Town Seal Beach and the 99 Cents Only Store on Valley View Street  will depart from the Amphitheater Hub every 50 minutes on Fridays, beginning at 9:25 a.m. The final return from  Old Town/Pier  will be at 2:35 p.m. and from the 99 cent only store at 2:50 p.m.

The Minibus will depart from the Amphitheater Hub at 9:25 a.m.,10:15 a.m., 11:05 a.m., 11:55 a.m., 12:45 p.m. and 1:35 p.m. 

Pick-up times will be approximately 45 minutes after being dropped off. Plan to arrive at the  stop 5-10 minutes before departure.

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 2:35 p.m. 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.

LW Library

Game day starts at 11 on Feb. 21

The Leisure World Library wil host another Game Day at under the red-and-white canopy at Veterans Plaza from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb. 21.

Residents are invited to come and play Yahtzee, checkers, Uno, Battleship, mahjong, Cornhole, Ladder Toss, Giant Jenga, Giant Connect Four and more.

The Wii video game console will be set up with sports games and  library staffers will be there, ready to play.

Studies show that older adults should intentionally exercise their brains on a regular basis.  Seniors who engaged in cognitive exercises by playing board games or doing Sudoku puzzles were much less likely to develop dementia than those who did not.

And playing games is a fun way to socialize and meet people. All are welcome.

LW Library

San Juan Capistrano trip celebrates return of swallows on March 19

The Leisure World Library will host a March 19 bus trip to the Mission San Juan Capistrano, which is famous for the annual “Return of the Swallows” and the mission, a historic landmark founded in 1776 by Father Junipero Serra. 

Swallows migrate 6,000 miles from Goya, Argentina, to San Juan Capistrano in large flocks. Every year, the town of  San Juan Capistrano welcomes visitors from all parts of the world to witness this tradition that has been celebrated since the early 1930s.

 There are permanent exhibits featuring historic and religious artifacts, precious and rare paintings and more.

A bus will leave Clubhouse 4 at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, March 19. The $30 ticket includes a one-hour docent led tour of the mission; people can get them at the Recreation Office. Lunch is on-your-own and is available at the mission and nearby restaurants within walking distance.

Reserve tickets early. Last year was a sold-out trip. For more information, call GRF Events Coordinator Cindy Maiden, 431-6586, ext. 326.

PEO card parties resume Jan. 23

The first PEO card party of the year will be held on Jan. 23 in Clubhouse 2 at 11:45 a.m. Everyone in Leisure World is invited. Participants can play any card game they enjoy. Set up a table of friends and call Jan Krehbiel, 431-8240, to make reservations for lunch before Jan. 19. Those with standing reservations from last year should let Jan know if there are any changes. 

This year the price of the lunch is $12 per person or $48 per table of four.  Lunch includes an entree, salad, roll, beverage and dessert. Tax and tip is included.

PEO sponsors scholarships for women nationwide.

Seifert featured in Sundance film

In the 1960s a friendship began between Dr. Anne Seifert, Mutual 2, and columnist Molly Ivins when they were students at Smith College. The friendship lasted throughout Molly’s lifetime. 

Molly Ivins was six feet of flame-haired Texas trouble, a prescient political journalist, best-selling author and Bill of Rights warrior. Known to take no prisoners, Ivins left both sides of the political aisle laughing and craving more of her razor-sharp wit. Sadly she succumbed to breast cancer in 2007.

Reviewing the biographical information about Ivins, filmmaker Janice Engel reviewed personal correspondence from 1968 between Seifert, then a graduate student at Berkeley, and Ivins, starting her writing career, archived at the University of Texas, Briscoe Center.  Consequently Seifert was interviewed about those days at Smith.

“Raise Hell: the Life and Times of Molly Ivins” including excerpts from the Seifert interview, will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Jan. 24-Feb. 3. For more information about the documentary see Engel’s website, mollyivinsfilms.com.

Concerned Shareholders

Mandeville is speaker Jan. 24

The Concerned Shareholders will meet Jan. 24 at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The speaker will be Phil Mandeville, past president of Mutual 11. 

Mandeville will address what it means to be a board member and helping other neighbors and shareholders.

There will be a discussion on what the responsibilities are for board members and what it takes to be one.

The new buyer’s approval process by the mutuals and Golden Rain Stock Transfer department and how it affects sholders will be covered.

There will also be open discussion on topics that members want to talk about.

Everyone is welcome to this meeting. Annual dues are $3. Annual elections will be this month.


Compositions by Pachelbel, Clarke, Vivaldi studied

The Korean-American Classical Music Academy (KACMA)will meet today, Jan. 17, at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.

Ken Chong will illustrate classic music using Johann Pachelbel’s “Canon and Gigue”; Jeremiah Clarke’s “Trumpet Voluntary”; and Antonio Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons—Spring.”

Robert Chung will conduct the members’ hour.

The KACMA class is conducted in Korean and open to all residents. The gathering encourages a fellowship through the enjoyment of mostly classical music and attending outside concerts in a group.

For further information, contact President Angel Joh, 598-0313; Program Chair Robert Chung, 387-7377; or Publicity Chair Yoon Soo Park, 431-3036.

Gambols surprised with 50th anniversary party

Frank and Patty Gambol, Mutual 11, were surprised with a 50th wedding anniversary celebration on Jan. 5 in Clubhouse 3 where friends and family gathered to honor the couple. The event was planned by daughter Mary Lane of Chicago and sister, Midge Bash, Mutual 14.

The celebration included home cooked Eastern European favorites, Pirogies (mushroom, potato, meat and cheese) cooked to order, kielbassa and sauerkraut and galubki (halupki) stuffed cabbage. There were also trays of fresh fruit, vegetables and cheeses and beautiful sheet cake decorated with fresh blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries.

The Gambols have been Leisure World residents for 18 years. A few years ago Frank’s sisters, Midge and Donna Gambol, Mutual 1, moved to Leisure World.  The Gambol    s are snowbirds, residing half the year in Blairsville, Pennsylvania, and the winter months here.   

Frank and Patty’s son, John Gambol, and his wife, Kim, and daughters, Boxidara and Dagny of Newport Beach, also attended, as well as grandson, Goodwin Lane from Chicago.

About 35 neighbors and friends enjoyed the slide-show highlighting the Gambol’s lives and the entertainment by an “Elvis” impersonator.



Silberling, Louis


Louis Silberling, former resident of Mutual 17, a retired civil air patrol major, passed away Dec. 30, 2018, in Georgetown, Texas, at age 97.

He was born in Brooklyn, New York, and never lost his accent. He moved to Long Beach, California, in 1960.

Louis led a full life with his wife and daughters at his side.

Louis was World War II veteran. He joined the Army Air Corp prior to the invasion at Pearl Harbor and served in the Pacific Theater as a top turret gunner on B24s. He had over 80 missions with 13 kills, 11 credits. His rank was sergeant. He received the AIR medal along with other service awards. 

As a proud veteran he was active in the American Legion and the Air National Guard. Louis was a Hiram Award winner and a member of the Masons for 65 years. 

For 25 years after his retirement at 65, Louis volunteered in the Civil Air Patrol. Many flights he made saved the lives of people on the border and who were lost. He was awarded the CAP “Airman of the Year.” He finally stepped down at age 90, the oldest major in CAP service.

He also volunteered at the Long Beach Airport for 25 years giving tours to school age children.

He moved to Leisure World in 1990, where everyone loved his good nature and enjoyed him.

Louis is survived by his wife, Bernice; daughters, Terry (Mark) Fierle and Barbara (Sheldon) Cohen; grandchildren Nicole (Robert) Fierle Pedregon and Marissa (Steven) Fierle Hamvay; and his brother, Martin Silberling, Mutual 12. 

A celebration of life will be held on Jan. 18, at the Masonic Temple in Loma Linda. Interment will be at Sunnyside, Long Beach.

In remembrance, send donations to ALS at alsa.org in memory of Louis’ brother Bob Silberling, who preceded him in death.

—paid obituary


Paik, Won Sook Kim


Won Sook Kim Paik, Mutual 14, passed away on Jan. 8, 2019. 

She was the beloved mother of two sons and sister of three brothers. 

She lived a blessed full life as exemplified by the numerous friends who were in her community. 

She will be remembered as a hard-working and wise soul who was loved by all who knew her.


Davenport, Mary A. 

1923 – 2018

Best Friend and Best Mother 

Mary Davenport lived in Mutual 4 for 15 years. Mary passed away at the age of 95 on Oct. 31, 2018. A beautiful Catholic funeral Mass took place Dec. 4, 2018, at Holy Family Catholic Church. Family and friends now rejoice that Mary is with her Lord and Savior where she is surrounded with God’s love, beauty and peace. 

Mary had three sisters and two brothers. All have passed. She was preceded in death by her husband Ellis C. Davenport, in 1998. Mary is survived by her two children, John Davenport and Patricia Davenport; two grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

Mary was warm, loving, adventurous, intelligent and very generous. She gave to many charities and was always willing to lend a helping hand. She lived a full life, living out her many dreams, including building a house in the redwoods along the northern coast of California with her husband, Ellis. 

Many people in Leisure World saw Mary with her daughter Patricia, who cared for her mother in her later years. No one could ask for a better mother or friend. We all loved her sense of humor, her warm loving smile and her loving heart. She will be missed.  

Love you mom.


In Memoriam 

Jacob Vineyard 19

Jose Gomez 64

Mark McGill 54

Catherine Bowsky 101

Jean Crowley 88

Linda Griffin 77

Anita Larson 76

Valencia Lerebours 30

Solomon Santos 100

Kenneth Dohse 75

Franceline Bordenave 102

Paula Richardson 82

Gregory Garrison 55

Charles Iverson 86

Bryan Samuelson 69

Phyllis Knapp 77

Gary Thompson 54

Robert Shultz 69

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary



Aquarium’s new Pacific Visions opens May 24

The Aquarium of the Pacific recently announced that Pacific Visions, its first major expansion since its founding in 1998, will open to the public on May 24, with inaugural exhibitions and programming. 

Pacific Visions, a 29,000-square-foot, two-story, sustainable structure, will house a state-of-the-art immersive theater, exhibition space, an art gallery and several new live animal exhibits. As the new focal point of the Aquarium, Pacific Visions will provide a platform to integrate the arts and sciences and will offer visitors innovative ways to explore their impact on planet Earth and the ocean and how to reduce it.

“The Aquarium is taking a bold, unconventional path with Pacific Visions. Rather than focusing on bigger exhibits and more spectacular animals, the new wing will turn the spotlight on the one species on our planet that is changing the future for all others—humans,” said Dr. Jerry R. Schubel, Aquarium of the Pacific president and CEO. “Pacific Visions is the culmination of more than a decade of planning. It will challenge our visitors to examine human impact on our ocean planet and engage in the choices that will reduce that impact.”

With the new expansion, the Aquarium continues its quest to create the aquarium of the future—a combination of aquarium, science center, art gallery, performing arts space and a think tank to explore solutions to some of our world’s biggest environmental issues. Pacific Visions programs will tackle issues including: climate change, extreme weather, sea level rise, water shortages and creating a food supply to feed an additional 2.5 billion people by farming the land and the sea.

Visitors will enter Pacific Visions through a 2,800-square-foot art gallery. The inaugural art installation designed by Germany-based design company Convivial Studio immerses the visitor in sea life through a multi-channel video installation, spatial soundscapes, and sculptural relief walls enhanced with lighting.

The Aquarium and Convivial Studio have partnered with leading scientists and underwater photographers to capture the diversity of life that inhabits coral reefs in the Pacific Ocean and the microscopic world of plankton. The multimedia installation will comprise two three-minute projection sequences called Coral World and Plankton World, each created with generative systems behind the visuals to produce subtle changes in each film cycle. Using video of plankton specimens and a scientific database from biologist Christian Sardet, Convivial created a simulation with images of hundreds of planktonic species drifting and interacting in scaled-up compositions. Over recent years, Sardet and his team have developed new imaging techniques derived from medical applications to film the diverse types of plankton collected from the ocean. In addition, Convivial used high-resolution films of coral reefs filmed by diver Howard Hall to create panoramic seascapes.

The gallery will also include large-scale relief walls made of silicon and polymer materials that imitate the different textures found on coral reefs, overlain with video projections. Through touch combined with an oceanic soundscape recorded by Tim Gordon and Dr. Stephen Simpson in the Coral Triangle Region, visitors are virtually immersed in a variety of underwater environments.

After passing through the art gallery, visitors will move into a 2,600-square-foot gallery, which will showcase an 18-foot-wide virtual waterfall with interactive elements that respond to movement. A 26-foot-wide by 8-foot-tall media wall features a film that introduces visitors to the history of life on Earth, the effects of humans on the planet’s biodiversity, and opportunities to turn the tide as the world’s population approaches 10 billion people in 2050. These resources will be further explored when visitors enter the two-story, 300-seat Honda Pacific Visions Theater.

The state-of-the-art theater houses a 130-foot-wide by 32-foot-tall screen that curves in a 180-degree arc. The theater also features a 30-foot-diameter floor projection disc, which will further immerse visitors in a virtual ocean environment in a space designed to host media-rich performances, panel discussions, community meetings, and educational seminars. The Honda Pacific Visions Theater content is being developed by the Aquarium and Cortina Productions in partnership with leading scientists, filmmakers, storytellers, and digital artists. The inaugural film will bring the ocean planet to life with stunning high-resolution imagery, and a variety of special effects. The film will investigate human production and use of food, energy, and water as resources that are essential to life and help viewers imagine what creative innovations will help manage these resources for the world’s growing population in the future. The film presents opportunities for positive change and invites viewers to design a sustainable future for both humans and nature through personal and collective choices.

In Pacific Vision’s final 5,000-square-foot culmination gallery, visitors will have an opportunity to envision the steps people can take to create a better planet through interactive game tables, displays, and live animal exhibits. Three interactive tables exploring food, energy and water will be set throughout the space. These large multiplayer interactive tables highlight California’s ongoing efforts to create resource sustainability. A fast-paced cooperative game challenges visitors through a series of personal consumer choices and civic choices to make the resources supply sustainable and provide enough food, water, and energy for California’s growing population. As time advances, players must work together to manage the resources to meet society’s needs while protecting the environment.

In addition to the tables, the gallery features a 50-foot interactive wall, where an array of ocean imagery transports visitors beneath the waves. Marine life swims through the current of the oceanscape. Visitors engage with the content of the wall by gesturing, activating content to learn about stewardship of the ocean, climate change, and sustainability. The culmination gallery will also feature a tall population tower that shows the projected growth of California’s population, records the global population in real time, and shows the projected population out to 2050. It also explores ways to stabilize and then reduce the global population.

On the Go

Day Trips 

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

Glendale Centre Theatre “A Bundle of Trouble”– Jan. 19, $99, includes lunch at Tam O’Shanter Inn, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Cachuma Lake Eagle & Wildlife Cruise – Feb. 2, $89, includes boxed lunch picnic, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

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

Coachella Valley: Covered Wagon Tour & Cookout – Feb. 10, $119, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

The Pantages Theatre, “Hello Dolly!”The Broadway Musical – Feb. 17, $139, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens With Tram Tour – Feb. 23, $89 includes lunch, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

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

The Colorful Songs Revue, “The Luck O’ the Irish” – March 16, $109, includes lunch and wine, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center -Wednesday, March 20, $80, 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 

Nature’s Bounty & Wonder Valley – Four-day tour featuring Fresno’s Blossom Trail, Farm Visits with Tastings and Wonder Valley Ranch. Feb. 24-27, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Central Coast Whales, Rails & Dunes – three-day tour featuring Morro Bay Hotel, Guadalupe Dunes, Whale Watching, Coast Startlight Train. March 6-8, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Death Valley Splendor – Three-day tour featuring a Ranch at Death Valley Stay, Furnace Creek Inn lunch, Badwater, Local-Guide. March 17-19, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Desert Bloom – Two-day tour featuring Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Pala Resort Stay, Temecula Valley, Julian, Local Guide. March 17-18, 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

Around Town

The role of Chinese in building the Transcontinental Railroad will be discussed by Eugene Wong Moy at a luncheon hosted by the US-China Peoples Friendship Association on Jan. 19 from noon-3 p.m. at the Peris Restaurant, 12155 Carson St., Hawaiian Garden. Reservations are required, call 596-8478.

Arts and Leisure Jan 17 2019

Good News Singers host concert

The holidays are over, and as winter sets in, all are invited to a warm-hearted concert featuring the Good News Singers at 2 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 2, in Clubhouse 4. 

The group will share songs from the heart as singers tell the story of being “Caught Up to Meet Him.”

Along with the chorus, the Spiritones and The Messenger Quartet will perform. Some of the familiar songs to be sung will be “It Is Well with My Soul,” “Days of  Elijah,” “Going Up Yonder” and “When We All Get to Heaven.” All the singers will be dressed in white robes to display the tableau of being “Caught Up to Meet Him.”

Come early for a good seat and be prepared to be entertained. The afternoon will include a full free meal after the concert.

GRF Movie

“Certain Women,” rated PG-13, will be shown Wednesday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

Three strong-willed women (Kristen Stewart, Laura Dern, Michelle Williams) strive to forge their own paths amid the wide-open plains of the American Northwest. They include a lawyer who finds herself contending with both office sexism and a hostage situation; a wife and mother whose determination to build her dream home puts her at odds with the men in her life; and a young law student who forms an ambiguous bond with a lonely ranch hand.

Some scenes and language may be offensive to some viewers.

Clubs can apply to host flea markets

LW clubs and organization may apply at the GRF Recreation Office in Building 5 to host a flea market or rummage sale as an organization fundraiser.  

Flea market spaces will be raffled off in a lottery. Winners will be drawn at random on Jan. 31. 

Flea market dates will be assigned by the Reservations Office according to space available, but clubs may express a preference for the month of their sale. 

The GRF Recreation Committee has approved three open flea market reservations a year, subject to clubhouse availability.  

For more information, contact the Reservations Office by email at kathyt@lwsb.com.

Good Times Roll to host dance party

The Let the Good Times Roll Club will sponsor a dance and karaoke night featuring Ben Berg and the Rhythm Rockers on Jan. 19 at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. 

The band will play rock and roll, and doo wop music so people can enjoy dancing in lines, circles or couples.  

After the dancing, the club members will entertain with their favorite Karaoke performance. 

“Our club members will sing whatever songs they like or one requested by their fans,” said President Frank Destra. 

“We will have access to a professional karaoke library of songs, so the selections may include country, show tunes or  other music styles. With a nominal donation, and if time permits, non-club members may be added to the performance.”

The club will provide snacks, and everyone is welcome. There will be coffee, ice and cups provided. Guests are welcome to bring their own snacks and beverages.  

Doors open a 6 p.m., with the Ben Berg Rhythm Rockers starting at 6:30. 

Line dance classes are held in CH 3

Beginning line dance classes will be held  in lobby of Clubhouse 3 at 10 a.m. on the second, third, fourth and fifth Fridays. There is no class on the first Friday of the month.

This class will be instructed by Barbara Magie, longtime LW resident and line dance instructor. 

It is a fun slow-paced class for anyone. 

Come join the group and learn the line dance steps to country western songs. Call Barbara for information at 596-4690 and leave a message.

Romantic evening planned for Valentine’s

GRF’s third annual Valentine’s Day dance on Thursday, Feb. 14, is a romantic not-for-couples-only evening that begins at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Admission is free. Koffel’s will provide its  famous virgin margarita and piña colada bar for purchase. People can bring their own beverages and snacks. Music and dancing to the Elm Street Band will round out the evening.

In 1986, somewhere between a luau in Hawaii and the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, The Elm Street Band was born at the corner of Elm St. and Anaheim in Long Beach. It rocked a house party that night, and the rest is history.

The Elm Street Band, well-known in the area, headlines at the Long Beach Summer Concert Series along with the Long Beach Municipal Band.

Fans in greater Long Beach refer to Elm Street Band as the “The world’s greatest garage band world.”

As vocalist and keyboard player Roland Misajon puts it, “A garage band, that’s exactly what we’ll be till the final curtain.  There’s not another step for us and we have so much fun among ourselves, it projects to the people.”

John Harper of Mutual 5, who is a digital artist and photographer, will photograph couples and give them 5 x 7 photo keepsakes for $10 to take home. Couples can also order a larger digital portrait that rivals a painting for $99.

The event is expected to draw a full house. GRF IDs are required at the door, and seating will be first come, first served.

For information, contact the Recreation Department at 431-6586, ext. 398 or 326, or email events@lwsb.com.

Finbars Italian Kitchen Menu

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.

Menu—Jan. 21

Finbars Italian Kitchen will be in Clubhouse 1 on Jan. 21 to serve dinners that include the appetizer of the day, a green salad with a choice of dressings and three entrée options, ranging from $13-$15 (tax included). Dessert and soft drinks are available for an additional charge. Dinner service is from 4:30-6 p.m. Reservations are not required.

Jan. 21



Roma tomatoes, basil, garlic, extra virgin olive oil; drizzled with raspberry balsamic vinaigrette on grilled Italian bread.


Spaghetti with Meatball or sausage, $13

Authentic slow-simmered “Sunday gravy” tomato sauce.

Chicken Parmigiana, $14

Chicken breast rolled in seasoned breadcrumbs and baked with mozzarella and Parmesan cheeses in a light tomato sauce. Served with pasta marinara and vegetables or rice.

Poached Salmon, $15

Served with pasta and vegetables or rice

Radio Club installs new board

The Radio Club Jan. 2 for its first meeting of the year. Members and guests had lots of ideas as the club planned its 2019 agenda.

The meeting started off with the installation of a new board: President Midge Bash, W6LIK; Vice President Mike Clairmont, AE6VM; Treasurer Walter Mushagian, K6DNS; Secretary Lillian Kennedy, W2LIL; Director of Communications Rich Erickson, KU6H; Director of Education Dr. Rosa Fabian, KM6VML; and Director of Special Operations Edward Jablonski, WA2ABF.

President Bash honored longtime radio club member Mike Clairmont and noted that he has held every position on the board from president to director. He was recognized for his strong support of the club.

Midge also thanked the radio club’s advisors for their support.  To highlight a few, the radio club works closely with Dr. Mark Chung, KK6FMD. He is the director of emergency communication for the Red Cross for Los Angeles County and educates the club on best practices for emergency communications. 

Sybil Keirns, KA6RFX, is the owner and operator of the Long Beach Yacht Club repeater. Sybil allows the LW Radio Club to use this repeater, which provides the club with the ability to communicate long distances. 

Dr. Steve Sherman, AA6IO,  most recently provided information on how members can improve their radio’s communication signal for relatively little expense. The club has several other key advisors  who will be featured in future articles.

Midge is committed to fostering relationships with other LW clubs that can facilitate communications during emergencies.  

The club heard reports from Steve Moody, KM6VMN, and Mike Marshall, KM6ORD, from the Drone Club; Andrew Variano, KK6LPT, president of the VA Radio Club in Long Beach, and Frank Van Dornis, K16JBN, who is with the Rolling Thunder Club.   

At the meeting, guest speaker Nick Massetti, chief fianacial officer of Mutual 17, spoke to the club about the air quality program, Purple Air. Nick is personally responsible for getting the EPA grant that covered the expense of 30 air quality monitors that have been installed throughout Leisure World. 

Only five grants were issued by Science To Achieve Results (STAR) to communities throughout the U.S. to provide these low-cost monitors. During his presentation Nick demonstrated how air quality in Leisure World varies by day and time. As these monitors collect data, people will be able to understand the times of days that they may want to avoid outside activity, especially those who have respiratory conditions. Nick pointed out that everyone can check the monitors and the air quality here in Leisure World by going to www.purpleair.com.  

The Radio Club’s next meeting is Feb. 6, and the club will feature Dr. Mark Chung, director of Communications for the Red Cross, who will discuss recent American Red Cross disasters and what was learned from them. All are welcome. The Radio Club meets in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 10 a.m.; come early for snacks.

Community Karaoke

The Community Karaoke Club will host its annual Country-Western Hoe Down on Jan. 23. Chili dogs and chips will be served along with the boot stompin’ tempo of Willie Nelson, George Strait, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton, Glen Campbell, Kenny Rogers and Patsy Cline. Dust off those cowboy hats, put on boots, saddle up and mosey on over to Clubhouse 1. 

The group celebrated Elvis’ birthday last week with birthday cake. In addition to Elvis’ rock and roll, karaoke performers sang his gospel hits and ballads.

Among those featured were Tino Tupas, Byong Choi, David Noble, Roger,Damicog, Ric Dizon, Ellen Brannigan, Ren Villanueva, Martin Rosendaal, Rosemary Freman, Peter Sequeira, Janice Chapman, Vito Villamar, Diane Wasserman and Walt Bier.

Eighteen line dancers rocked with Vito Villamor’s “Achy Breaky Heart,” and Karen Morris got great applause for her enthusiastic “Love Potion No. 9.” Virgil and Betty Bagstad did a smooth Hawaiian number “White Sandy Beach.” In all, 32 performers took to the stage and provided an enjoyable evening.  

Practice song selections on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m. Karaoke parties are held each Wednesday in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 5:30.  Everyone is welcome.

Lapidary Club Beading Classes

The Lapidary Club invites everyone to beading classes from 9 a.m.-noon on Saturdays in the Lapidary Room of Clubhouse 4. Angelene “Angel” Hayes teaches the beginning classes and will help people design and create unique jewelry for $10 a class.         

Angelene is an experienced crafter and jewelry-maker with over 23 years of experience. 

She is driven by a passion and takes great pride to provide the best and most unique designs plus she loves helping others show their creative side. Beading is a rewarding and relaxing hobby. 

All are welcome to bring a current project or generate something new and exciting together with like-minded Leisure Worlders. For more information, contact club president Dean Jacobus at dean.jacobus@gmail.com.

Cabaret Entertainers to host Celebration of Life

The Cabaret Entertainers  will join with the Theater Club  to host a Celebration of Life for Jeff Riley  Thursday, Jan. 24, from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

Jeff lived in Leisure World for five years and was involved in many clubs, activities, dances and events. 

He was the audio technician for the Cabaret Entertainers and the Theater Club for four years. 

The Theater Club will serve food. Decorations and entertainment will be provided by the Cabaret Entertainers.

The program will celebrate Jeff’s life with guest speakers and tributes by his daughters Tawna Riley and Amber Henes, his sister Bess Riley and special friend Connie Farrand. 

There will be an opportunity for people to share their personal memories of Jeff. 

Everyone is invited.

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, who has 20-plus years of professional dance experience.

•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. 

•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.

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

•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 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 instructor Richard Sharrard is back on Feb. 4. Singles and couples are welcome; dancers rotate. Cost is $6 for one hour; $10 for two hours. For more information, call  434-6334.

•Leisure World Cloggers:Advanced and intermediate students meet at 8:30 a.m. and beginners at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, on the Amphitheater stage. For more information, call 598-9974.

•Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club: 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: Waltz is taught from 9-10 a.m.; the samba, 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. 

•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.

Astronomy Club

The Leisure World Astronomy Club will host a star party Jan. 20 at 8 p.m. on the north patio of Clubhouse 3 between the clubhouse and the LW Library. A total lunar eclipse, also known as an eclipse of the moon, starts at 8:41 p.m. when the moon enters the umbra. The spectacle will take about an hour peaking at 9:16 p.m.

Prior to this, at 4:34 p.m., the moon moves into a partial eclipse, or enters the penumbra, and will appear slightly darker than normal for a full moon.

A total lunar eclipse occurs when the moon and the sun are on exact opposite sides of the earth. When this happens, the earth blocks the sunlight that normally reaches the moon. Instead of that sunlight hitting the moon’s surface, the earth’s shadow falls on it.

The moon starts to enter the earth’s shadow in a portion called the umbra when the sun is totally blocked out. The earth is moving from right to left through the shadow.

A supermoon occurs when the full moon is at the closest point of its orbit to the earth, which is also called the perigee. 

This is the first of three supermoons in 2019. The others will be on Feb. 19 and March 21. Of these, the Feb. 19 full moon will be the closest and largest full supermoon of the year.

All are welcome to LW Astronomy Club’s star party. We will have numerous viewing scopes available. Bring folding chairs, binoculars, blankets and coffee. 

Genealogy Club

The Genealogy Club will have a three-week class in beginning genealogy on Tuesdays, Jan. 22, 29 and Feb. 5, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 10 (just off the main lobby). The classes will be taught by Janet Lessin, Liz Rasmussen and Andrea Thresh.

Cost is $15 for members; $25 for non-members ($10 is the annual membership fee, which includes access to club resources).

Course materials will be provided. Classes will cover how to fill out a pedigree chart, how to build a family tree on Ancestry.com and how to do basic research using Ancestry and a few other key sites. The class is limited to eight students.

Sign up in the Genealogy Library in Clubhouse 3, Room 10, on Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday afternoons between 1-4.

LW Weekly Dance

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

 Linda Herman of Mutual 12 will perform Jan. 19.

Her “niche” is ballroom dance music, however she plays for all types of events in the Southern California area and has a huge repertoire of music including, German, Czech, Irish, Italian, French, etc.  

“I play a Roland V Accordion, the 8X, midi to a Roland BK7M module—a one-woman band complete with vocals. You will hear a variety of music from the 30s to the present, including foxtrot, waltz, swing, rumba, cha cha, tango, samba, mambo, salsa, West Coast swing, country, line dancing, well you get the picture,” she says.

“I’ve been in the dance band business since 1969 as a junior in high school. That is over 40 years ago. I started out in Iowa, playing ballrooms in Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Nebraska.  I moved to sunny California in 1984.  Music and California have been very good to me,” she said.

Residents are welcome to bring their own snacks. 

Guests must be accompanied by the GRF member who invites them; all passes and ID’s are subject to inspection.

Theater Club hosts Mardi Gras event

The Theater Club invites former members of the Sunday Night Ballroom Dance Group and friends to a mardi gras celebration featuring the big band sounds of the Velvetones on Saturday, Feb. 23, in Clubhouse 4. 

Wear favorite costumes to join in the parade.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. Dinner will be catered by a local restaurant at 4:30 p.m. The parade starts at 5:30, and the band starts at 6. 

Dessert will be served when during a break at 7; after dessert, the band will play until 8:30.

Tickets, $15, can be purchased in the Theater Club Loft, located at the top of the Amphitheater starting at 1 p.m. today, Jan. 17; and at 10:30 p.m. Jan. 18 and 19. 

Tickets will not be sold at the door. 

For more information, call Melinda Nicolet at 308-7259 or 598-4056.

By the Book

by Vanessa Morris

Library Operations Supervisor

As we start a new year, the Leisure World Library would like to help you discover the possibilities and resources offered at the library. Every month we will provide four to five ways to take advantage of your best source of knowledge and entertainment ever—your library card!

Here are five ways to use your Leisure World Library card this month:

• Get to know your librarian, the ultimate search engine.

• Browse your favorite websites on one of eight computers.

• Travel books can help you plan your next vacation or arm-chair travel.

• Revisit your favorite classic book, in our Classic section.

• Pick up a DVD or BluRay.

Visit your library today. It is a community hub of activity. A library card grants access to books, movies, music, audio books, computers and more.

Admin elevator undergoing repairs

The elevator in the GRF Administration building is out of service to undergo repairs, which are expected to be finished in March.

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!”.

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.

Cards and Games Scoreboard  

Fun Time Pinochle Club winners Jan. 14: Grace Burter, 11,350; Barry Brideau, 10,330; Al Bonnema, 10,100; Ruth Bonnema, 9,600.The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at 240-5416. 

 –Bert Sellers


Monday Bridge Club winners Jan. 14: Gail Barrena, Paul Chang, Jan Craven. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Mary Nell Clark, 296-8570.


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club: Congratulations to Joyce Henderson, who made Ruby Life Master (1500 MPs) and Alan Olschwang, who made Bronze Life Master. Winners Jan. 12: N/S: Sibyl Smith-Jeanette Estill; John Hagman-B. Favre; Arnie Lier-Ann Croul; Alan and Barbara Olschwang. E/W: Larry Slutsky-Fred Reker; Judy Jones-Al Appel; Joyce Henderson-Dalia Hernandez; Howard Smith-Sue Boswell; Russ Gray-Mark Singer. Winners Jan. 11: N/S: Larry Topper-April Berg; Betty Jackson-Diane Sachs; Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz; Marjorie Holmes-Julie Mills; Mark Singer-Emma Trepinski; Jean Kato-Barbara Harris; Jack Dampman-George Koehm. E/W: Al Appel-Joan Tschirki; Fred Reker-Dorothy Favre; Lavonne McQuilkin-Carol Murakoshi;  Ellen Kice-Russ Gray; Sylvia Kaprelyan-George Alemshah; Nancy Lichter-Joyce Basch. For information on how to join the fun and play, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is the club championship on Saturday, Jan. 26.  

        – Fred Reker  


Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners Jan. 12: Irene Perkins, 11,310; Ruth Bonnema, 10,820; Sylvia Clinton, 9,900; Tulia Troise, 9,880. Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433. 

          –Bert Sellers


Saturday Social Bunco Club winners Jan. 12: Most bun-cos: Darlene Brideau. Most wins: Louise Damron Most babies Mary Milhone. Most losses: May Ann Nied. Door prize winner: Norah Williams. The next meeting is Jan. 26 in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Signups begin at 1 p.m. Due to the demand for tables, a 1:30 p.m. arrival is advised. Play begins at 2 p.m. The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. For more information, call Doris Dack, president, (714) 356-0443.


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club overall winners in a 16-table game Jan. 10: First in Strat A: Sibyl Smith-Marilyn McClintock; second in Strat A, first in Strat B: Bill Linskey-Howard Smith; third in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-LaVonne McQuilkin; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Ron and Gene Yaffee; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B, second in Strat C: Joyce Roberts-Joanne Berg; sixth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B: Jerry and Melanie Smith; tied for fifth place in Strat B: Mark Singer-Emma Trepinski and Shirley Knopf-Larry Topper; third in Strat C: Judy Carter-Johnson-Harshad Vora; fourth in Strat C: Barbara Wallance-Judith Cook. Winners Jan.7: N/S: First in Strat A with a 70.5 percent game: Bill Linskey-Gary Paugh; second in Strat A, first in Strats B and C: Alan Olschwang-Chie Wickham; third in Strat A: Bob and Pat Adam; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Frances Gross-Larry Topper. E/W: First in Strats A, B and C: Ylia and Ernie Ross; second in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-Rob Preece; third in Strat A: Diane Sachs-Hank Dunbar; tied for fourth in Strat A, tied for second in Strat B: Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock and Sylvia Kaprelyan-Russ Gray (second in Strat C); fourth in Strat C: Ron Yaffee-Richard Norris. 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

pickleball players 

The  Pickleball Players Club of Leisure World will host a round robin tournament on Sunday, Jan. 20, on the multipurpose courts next to Mission Park behind  Clubhouse 2.

Sign-ups and warm-ups will be from 9-9:30 a.m.   The tournament is planned from 9:30-1:30 p.m. and is open to all residents.
     Competition will be according to level. Everyone is welcome to attend

For more more information, call Tim Linehan at (714) 818-6406 or President Darlene Boyce at (310) 713-6696. 


For residents who want to learn the fastest growing sport for seniors, training is available for beginners at 11 a.m. on Sundays at the Mission Park courts.

There is no fee, but proper court shoes should be worn for safety.

Shuffleboard Club  

The Shuffleboard Club resumed league play on Jan.11 with two games, one close and the other onesided.

In the first game, the Classics nipped the Puck Masters, 10- 8.  All game winner for Classics was Lee Broadbent. All game winner for Puck Masters was Maureen Habel.

The Sliders overpowered Girl Power, 15-3 in the other match.  The Sliders’ all game winners were Connie Lee, Sally Fowler, Norb Walsh, Joyce Pfingston and Jean Cochran.  

In week 12 games tomorrow, the Puckmasters face The Classics and Girl Power plays The Sliders.

The Classics lead the league with 7-1/2 points, followed by the Puck Masters, 6-1/2 and the Girl Power and Sliders tied with four points.


The last Friday luncheon will be held on Jan. 25, after  the games.


The club’s next social event is the Valentine’s party at 6 p.m. on Feb. 9. A potluck dinner is scheduled in Clubhouse 3, Room  2  (tentative). Sign-up sheets will be at the courts.

The popular Left-Center-Right game will be played after the meal. Bring 12 quarters and three $1 bills for the competition.


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, all Carrie Kistner, club president, at (949) 300-0285.

– Carrie Kistner

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 Qe5. The white queen moves from e6  to f5 .  Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.

Ladies Q POOL Club   

 Guta Basner won the Ladies’ Q Pool Club tournament on Jan. 9 at Clubhouse 1. Milly Larsen finished second.

Other members in attendance were Sandy Bird, Gloria Turley, Susan Shaver, Connie Adkins, Connie Terry, Shery Wells and Kathy Engelhardt. 

The club meets at 10 a.m.  Mondays in Clubhouse  1 to play pool. Tournaments are held at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in Clubhouse 1.

– Kathy Engelhard

Mens/Ladies POOL   

The Men’s Pool and the Ladies Q Pool Clubs have formed the 2019 spring edition of the Leisure World Pool League.  

Play begins at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in Clubhouse 2. 

Sign-up sheets for the men are located in Clubhouse 2 pool room and for the women, in the Clubhouse 1 pool room.

 The 12-week season ends on April 12 with a sweepstakes. Only $3 will go for refreshments and the rest will  be returned to players in point money and sweepstakes.

The same format used in the last two league sessions will be in effect. There will be three players on each team.

Those who want to play as substitutes  should  put “sub” next to their  names on the sign-up sheet.

Teams will be formed on  opening night, so players are requested to arrive by 6:15 p.m.

For more information, call Dave Silva at 209-3183.

mens golf club

The monthly Men’s Golf Club Tournament on Jan. 4 attracted 53 golfers competing over 18 holes.  

The A flight has golfers with handicaps of  0-5; the B flight, 6-8; C flight, 9-14 and D flight, 15-18.

All scores are net,  actual score minus handicap:

A: Fujio Norihiro, 48; Jerry Lee, 52; Bob Barnum, 53; Bob Turner, 54;  Steve Walker, 55.

B: Bill Long, 50; Chang Choi, 52; tie between Jun Um and Ron Steele, 56; Ira Barenblatt, 58 and Merle McGee, 59.

C: Kyoung Kim, 52; tie among Paul Alloway, KW Jeon and Joon Yoon, 54; Bill Zurn, 56.

D: Bruce Bowles, 49; Marvin Jones, 57; tie among Steve Moody, Suk Im and Bob Marselle, 58.

Bob Barnum was closest to the pin on the eighth hole and Sang Kim was closest on No.17. There were three circle hole winners.

The club now has tournaments on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.


Club dues for the 2019 season are payable. Members who do not pay by Jan. 31 are ineligible  to play in club tournaments. Payment can be made to the membership chair, the golf starter in the clubhouse or at any tournaments.  


To join the Men’s Golf League, contact President Bill Zurn or Membership chair Dave LaCascia at the Golf Starter shop.

To get a valid handicap, new members must play three 18-hole rounds on the LW course with a current member and leave their scorecards with the starter. 

monday golf 

 Jim Goltra lapped the field in the first flight by shooting a 66 while sinking three birdie putts in Monday Golf group play Jan. 7 at Riverview Golf Course.

 Tied for second place were Merle McGee and Gary Stivers, 72, with Gary having lowest putts at 28.  Sam Choi was  fourth  with a 73. 

Lowell Goltra and Bob Munn  tied for the top spot in the second flight with identical 80s. Lowell also had the fewest putts, 34.

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

cribbage club

Tami Reupert started the year off right by winning seven of 121 games for a perfect 847 score in Cribbage Club play on Jan. 8 in Clubhouse 1. The score earned Tami her first star.

 Norm Martin and Joan Berg tied for second place at 836, followed by Don Daniels, 835 and Marcy Locy, 834.

Terry Thrift and Bob Ide had six games of 121.  

Sandra Holt, Evelyn Ingram, Sandra deDubovay and Anita Smart unfortunately had no wins. 

Norm Martin treated everyone with cake and four flavors of ice cream in celebration of  his birthday.  

Alma Zamzow brought in a jar of nuts, and Joan Berg added snack mix.

Norm Martin and Tami 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.

  Bobbie Straley

Bowling Club  

Spares Are Good swept Nameless on Jan. 8 to move within five games of first place in Leisure World Bowling Club league play.

Danny Bigelow opened with an impressive  280 game for Spares Are Good.  As good as spares are, Danny got just got one in the second frame to go with 11 strikes.  

Teammate Gracie Hastings added a 499 series, which tied Linda Peters of the Pinbusters.

The Pinbusters won three games from first place Very Striking despite a 213 game by Ron Marcus.

 OSIMA solidified its grip on third place by sweeping D Hustlers behind Sharon Van Otterloo’s 463 series.  

Maybe Next Tuesday won three matches from We Can Do It as Jackie McReynolds bowled 20 pins over her average, and Tom Kaczmarek rolled a 192 game.

                             – Dave Silva

Women’s Golf Club  

A field of 51 members of the Ladies Golf Club played for low gross, low net, and circle hole 2 in weekly play on Jan. 8 at the local course.

Flight winners:

A: Low gross: Sandy Derouin, 27. Low net: Tie between Sun Lee and Jane Song, 23. Circle hole 2: Tie among Ann Tran, Hae Lee and Susie Kim.

B: Low gross: Tie among Melinda Lee, Young Yoon and Mary Park, 33. Low net: Hailee Yang, 27.

C: Low gross: Betty Regalado, 31. Low net: Dale Quinn, 22.

D: Low gross: Tie between Veronica Chang and Susan Abouaf, 36. Low net: Bertha Berrigan, 21. 

– Dale Quinn

Weekly health, exercise classes  

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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. 


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.

Wa-Rite Club  

The Wa-Rite Club’s top loser for this week was Glo Tyler,who dropped 4-1/2 pounds. She ate only half of her usual portions. All else stayed the same, so for those who don’t want to go on a regimented diet, try chewing more and eating less.

The club’s food for thought was “Let your tastes change!”

Taste buds have a three week memory while ladies replace  their unhealthy habits with healthy new ones. 

Give it time.

A  program was presented by Judy Hileman on vision boards. Members were told to picture what their goals, plans or dreams might be and to put them on the board through words or pictures. 

Seeing those things we desire, helps us to work toward them. Some might be getting healthy and getting off medication or traveling to a foreign country. 

Be more patient and loving and take more risks. 

Whatever the changes you want, it’s possible, so work toward that end and remember, it’s not in the destination but in the journey.

Be aware of those around you, stop and smell the roses. 

Focus, but don’t be blind. Don’t just listen, hear what’s really being said. Don’t ever give up.

Wa-Rite is a support group for women who need to lose 10 pounds or more. Meetings are from 9-10 a.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room. 1. 

Weigh-ins are from 8-8:45 a.m. Annual dues are $10. 

To join or visit a meeting call Diana Goins at 760-1293.

– Margaret Hum

FIT fitness routine 

“New year, new me.” How many times have we said that to ourselves on New Year’s Day? It’s easy to set a goal but then not follow through. This is especially true for exercise, an important part of physical and mental health. Making it a part of a daily routine, though, can be a challenge, but there are some tips and tricks to doing just that. 

Kaylyn Pham, PharmD,  knows how to keep a fitness resolution throughout the year. She’s a certified diabetic educator and pharmacist who leads diabetes management classes at the Health Care Center.

“It’s not easy to start a fitness goal if you haven’t worked out before,” she said. “But it isn’t impossible. It just takes some practice. You can use the FIT formula to set some goals and keep track of your progress.”

That. formula stands for frequency, intensity, and time. Frequency is how often people exercise, intensity is how hard the workout are and time, for the duration of the workouts. “These elements are good for everyone, no matter their fitness level,” said Dr. Pham. “And you can update them as your fitness changes.”

Those getting started may decide to walk three times a week at a slower pace for 30 minutes. This can help launch a routine. Set a personal reward for yourself by meeting  goals.

As people get more comfortable, they may decide to walk at a moderate pace or walk longer. “You should be able to walk and talk at the same time,” said Dr. Pham. “If you can’t talk because you are breathing so hard, then you might want to slow down. And if you can sing while walking, you might want to pick up the pace.”

“You want to push yourself, but not too hard,” said Dr. Pham. “If your heart rate is really fast or you become ill more than 10 minutes after working out, it may be too intense. If you keep feeling this way after working out, check with your doctor.” 

Track your progress on a calendar to detect improvement. Don’t expect to be perfect, everyone has off days. But if you are missing a lot of goals, you might want to try a different approach. 

For some, having a walking buddy can make a routine easier to follow. Setting goals with a friend can help keep each other accountable and focused. They don’t have to be human. Whether you want to lose weight, get stronger, or enjoy being outside more often, the FIT formula can be a useful way to reach that goal.

Dr. Pham, also a certified diabetic educator at Monarch HealthCare, will conduct her next diabetes management class from 9-10 a.m.on Monday, Jan. 28 at the Health Care Center, Conference Room 1. The classes are free to all residents.

To attend, call Monarch at(795-6204. HCC patients can also see her for one-on-one diabetes counseling.

alzheimer’s association

The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Education Series will begin at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 with a presentation, “Healthy Living for Your Brain And Body.” It will be held at Los Alamitos Rossmoor Library, 12700 Montecito Road, Seal Beach.

Those who attend will learn what research has been done  in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise and  cognitive activity. 

Lifestyle choices that may help keep the brain and body healthy will also be discussed.

Monthly presentations are sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association.

impaired vision/hearing  

Dr. Abelardo Pita will be the  guest speaker when the Impaired Hearing and Vision Club meets at 1:30  p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.  

The Seal Beach physician will  discuss topics relating to hearing and vision care. 

Club President Juanita Townsend reminds members to bring their $3 dues to the meeting.  

An opportunity drawing is planned. 

All Leisure World residents are invited to join the club. 

In March, the Braille Outreach Group will come  to Leisure World to present a four-part series on living with low vision and blindness.  

The free classes will be held on four consecutive Fridays from   March 1-22.  They  are scheduled from  9:30-11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

– Jean Esslinger

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 not needed. Sugar-free desserts offered on request, including water packed fruit 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, Jan. 21: McRib pork sandwich, baked beans, collard greens,wheat bun, apple pie and ice cream, fresh fruit.

Tuesday,  Jan. 22: Baked meatloaf with mushroom gravy sweet potatoes Brussels sprouts, lemon cookie.

Wednesday, Jan. 23: Pork chili Verde, Spanish rice, pinto beans, flour tortilla, orange juice, tropical fruit mix.

Thursday, Jan. 24: Split pea and salt-free  crackers, zucchini, corn and egg casserole stewed tomatoes wheat dinner roll, melon.

Friday,  Jan. 25: Coconut chicken curry with peas and potatoes brown rice oriental vegetable blend pineapple chunks.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach  

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 with a “friendly visit” are delivered weekdays 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, Jan. 21: Closed for the Martin Luther King. Jr. holiday.

Tuesday,  Jan. 22: Chili relleno casserole, seasoned pinto beans, lemon pepper broccoli, chocolate pudding, egg salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, marinated beet salad with onions.

Wednesday, Jan. 23: Chicken in mushroom sauce, au gratin potatoes, green peas, fresh cantaloupe, turkey, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, Italian pasta salad.

Thursday, Jan. 24: Homemade meatloaf with brown gravy, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, green beans with pimentos, ambrosia salad, egg salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, cucumber, red onion and dill salad.

Friday,  Jan. 25: Homemade turkey lasagna, lima beans, zucchini with tomatoes, banana, taco salad with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro and salsa dressing, crackers.

Assembly of God 

Community Outreach Resource Development Ministries (CORD) will be featured this Sunday at Assembly of God Church’s 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. worship service in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

The hymn sing is also scheduled at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.

CORD is a ministry that empowers children and youth to reach their potential through sidewalk Sunday schools and  Bible clubs. 

According to JoAnn Riley, executive director of CORD, the goal is to break the cycle of poverty, crime, drugs, gangs and violence while teaching the unconditional love of God.  

Building bridges between schools, police and faith-based organizations is proving to be an effective tool.

At the  10:30 a.m. service, Denise Smith will lead the worship time and Diana Mushagian will report on church activities.

Following the 5:15 p.m. prayer service, the hymn sing will be led by Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger.  The evening concludes with fellowship.


Pastor Sam Pawlak will  teach the Bible study at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 23, in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.  

He will begin a study of the book of Hebrews and workbooks will be available for $2.

congregation sholom 

Friday night services will be held on Jan. 18  at 7 p. m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 led by  Rabbi Singer-Frankes.                                           

 An Oneg Shabbat will follow services. 

  On Saturday, Jan. 19,  a bagel and cream cheese breakfast is planned at 9 a.m. in  Clubhouse 3,Room 9. 

It will be followed by Shabbat Services with from 9:30 a.m.-noon and a special Tu Bishvat luncheon.

The menu will feature  seven spices including barley soup, challah, dates, grapes, figs, pomegranate seeds and olives. 

To attend,call Ruth Hermann at 430-3107.


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.

– Scott Simensky

Faith Christian  

Faith Christian Assembly has introduced Grief-Share, a new ministry that meets at 2 p.m. on Fridays in the church’s Garden Room.  

It is directed by Rupert and Addie Penner  for  people who are  grieving the loss of a loved on know someone who is.

 Thes ministry has proven to be very helpful and healing.  

The Penners have both experienced the loss of a spouse and are eager to help anyone who has also suffered.

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship, at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room   midweek Bible study taught by Pastor Sheri Leming is at 7 p.m., Wednesdays in the Garden Room.

To receive a free newsletter and for more information, call 598-9010 or visit www.FCAchurch.net.

Redeemer Lutheran

“Reality for 2019” is the title of Pastor Gil Moore’s sermon Sunday at Redeemer Lutheran Church. The Gospel lesson of John 2:1-ll, the familiar account of Jesus turning water into wine, will be his text.  

The Communion assistant will be Larry Norlander and the acolyte, Carmen Leslie. 

The choir will sing “Now the Feast and Celebration.” Altar flowers will be provided by Janet Cline in memory of her mother, Lottie Dolby.

 The Sunday service, with Holy Communion, begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by coffee hour in Fellowship Hall.

The Outreach Team meets 10 a.m. today, Thursday, in the conference room. 

The finance committee meets in the conference room at 2:30 p.m. today.


Led by Pastor Lynda Elmer, the Wednesday Bible class meets at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 2 3 in Fellowship Hall.The group is studying the Book of Ezekiel.

  The Respite Center meets on Monday, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call 596-1209 for information about registration and volunteering.

Website for the congregation is  at www.redeemerlutheransealbeach.com

fun and fellowship

The Christian Fun and Fellowship Club will meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22 in Clubhouse 4.

Hui O Hula will provide entertainment.

Those who attend are requested to bring a food dish to share and their own table service. Coffee and water will be provided.

All residents are welcome.

Members meet on the second and fourth Monday of the month.

For more information, call 455-6218.

Salvation Army  

Members of the Salvation Army Home League will meet to play board games at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in Clubhouse 4 .  

Team Trivia twill be played.

Laughter and refreshments will abound and all are welcome.

First Christian  

First Christian Church invites everyone to join in fellowship, worship, and Bible study at the 5:15 p.m. service on Saturday.

Light refreshments will be  served from 4:30-5 p.m., followed by the service.

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 service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer, and Scripture.

Margaret Humes will lead the hymns “I Am Thine, O Lord,” “Open Our Eyes, Lord” and “What A Day That Will Be.”

The Communion hymn will be “The Blood Will Never Lose It’s Power.”   

The choir, under the direction of Anita Ragole, will sing “Because He Lives.”

 Elder Larry Massey will present the Communion meditation and service.

 For the offertory, the praise team will sing, “Change My Heart, Oh God.”

Anita Ragole will sing, “In the Garden,” followed by Sue Kaminski, who will read from Matthew, 9:13-15.

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message will be “The Heavenly Attitude” based on Matthew 19:1-15.

The hospitality room opens 45 minutes before each service for fellowship and light refreshments. 

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

The Calvary Chapel Bible study group meets in the chapel on Thursdays at 6 p.m. with Pastor Phil O’Malley. 

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

rock church  

The Rock Church, Seal Beach campus welcomes everyone to weekly service for all ages at Marine Center, 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach

Sunday services 10 a.m. in English and 1:45 p.m. in Spanish. Sunday’s message can be heard for free at www.gototherock.com. 

Select Seal Beach Campus and check the podcast. 

For more information, call (714) 562-8233.

Holy Family  

Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the Second Sunday in ordinary time this week

The readings: 

First Reading: Isaiah 62;1-5; Responsorial Psalm: 96:1-2, 2-3, 7-8, 9-10; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; Alleluia: 2 Thessalonians 2:14; Gospel: John 2:1-11


“Blestday” (Bible study and pray) is resuming this year from 3-4 p.m. Wednesdays from 3 to 4 p.m. in the church. 


Led by Gretchen Dinger the regular 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.


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.


All are invited to say the Rosary and Divine Mercy at 3 p.m.  Mondays and Thursdays  in church.

For more information, visit the church website at www.holyfamilysb.com

Community Church  

Community Church will resume the Tuesday Bible Study at 1 p.m. on Jan. 22 in Edgar Hall.  

For more than 12 years, Mary Maness has led the group through the Bible from Genesis, the first book of the Bible,  and the book of Revelation, the last book of the Bible.   

Her co-leader is now Kelly Frankiewicz.  

A study guide will be available to assist participants prepare for the discussion.  

The group will continue to meet on the fourth Tuesday of the month.


On Sunday, Jan. 20, Pastor Johan Dodge will give the message titled, “Gifts of the Spirit” from 1 Corinthians 12:1-11.   

Taylor White will be lay liturgist.  Worship services begin at  9:50 a.m.,  followed by refreshments and coffee in Edgar Hall.


The church office will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21, due to the  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.


The Leisure World Baptist Church family invites everyone to join members on Sunday,  Jan. 20, in Clubhouse 4. 

Sunday School begins at 8:40  a.m. Fellowship and coffee with friends at the round table is planned until 9:45, when the worship service begins.

“Find Us Faithful”will be the call to worship song.

Sophia Peng, a soloist from the choir, will sing “It is Well With My Soul.”

The congregational will singing,  “Holy, Holy, Holy” a familiar hymn written by Reginald Heber, followed by hymns “Tell Me the Story of Jesus” and “Lamb of Glory.”

Under the direction of Darlene Harris the choir will present “He Leadeth Me.”

The offertory will be by pianist Yvonne Leon.

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s sermon, the last in the series from Joshua Chapter 24:29-33 is titled “Buried in the Promise Land: Every Promise is True”.

The  losing hymn will be “Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.”


The prayer room with members of the congregation in attendance, is open for those with a special need.


The Men’s Fellowship meets at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 21, in Clubhouse 3, Room 8. All are welcome to attend.


The Energizers meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan.23, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call 230-2920.



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:

Thursday, Jan. 17 Finance Committee

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Information Technology Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 18 Roundtable with Mutuals & GRF

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 Pool Subcommittee

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 Cancelled

Friday, Jan. 25 Facilities and Amenities Review Ad Hoc

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 28 Management Services Review Ad hoc

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 Restaurant/Bar Subcommittee

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, 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.


President’s Day – Monday, Feb. 18

Mutual 6, Carports 72-73, 81-82 and Mutual 7, Carports, 83-84, 86-89 will be cleaned on the holiday, Monday, Feb. 18.

Memorial Day – Monday, May 27

Mutual 10, Carports 117-121, 123-124 will be cleaned on Friday, May 31.

Independence Day – Thursday, July 4

Mutual 2, Carports 25-26, 30-35 will be cleaned on the holiday, Thursday, July 4.

Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 2

Mutual 1, Carports 1-6, 9-10 and Mutual 17, Building 3, will be cleaned on Friday, Aug. 30.

Veteran’s Day – Friday, Nov. 11

Mutual 5, Carports 60-63, 68-71 will be cleaned on Wednesday, Oct. 30.

Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov. 28

Mutual 11, Carports 130-131, Mutual 15, Carports 3, 6-8, 10-13, and Mutual 16, Carport 9, will be cleaned on Friday, Nov. 29.

Christmas Day – Wednesday, Dec. 25

Mutual 11, Carports 132-133, Mutual 12, Carports 141-146 and Mutual 15, Carports 4-5 will be cleaned on Monday, Dec. 30.


by Kathy Thayer

GRF Recreation Department

One of the most attractive reasons people choose to live in Leisure World Seal Beach is for the wealth of amenities that are offered for Shareholder/Members to enjoy with their friends and families.

In addition to reserving clubhouse space and picnic areas for family get togethers, certain activities can be shared with residents’ guests.

The following Trust facilities are provided for the use of GRF Members in good standing and their guests who are at least eighteen (18) years old. Members must be present at all times when guests are using these facilities, as well as in the clubhouses: 

a. Amphitheater (Policy 1412-50);

b. Art room; 

c. Billiards rooms;

d. Card room; 

e. Ceramics room; 

f. Sewing room; 

g. Shuffleboard Court; 

h. Table tennis area (Policy 1463-50)

i. Multi Use Courts (Policy 1445-52)

The key for this working for the benefit of all Shareholder/Members is that the resident who invites the guest, or issues a guest pass to an individual, accompany those guests at all times while using the facilities. It is important that we insure that our amenities are available primarily for resident use; and therefore, the Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Security Department, will be regularly checking I.D.s at these amenities to verify that any non-resident is with their Shareholder host. A guest using a facility on a pass must be with the Member whose unit corresponds to the pass. If staff cannot verify this, the guest will not be permitted to remain at the facility.

GRF and the Recreation Department thank the community for helping keep the amenities available for all by sharing this information with their families and friends.

Holiday Bus Schedule

The GRF Minibus will operate on the Holiday ‘D’ schedule on Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King, Jr., Day. The access bus  will run all day by reservation only.

There will be no bus service to Marina Pacifica/Trader Joe’s. 

The Senior Bus to Rossmoor also will not run that day.


LWer seeks position on CA Democratic Central Committee

All Leisure World Democrats, regardless of whether or not they are current members of the Democratic Club, are urged to come out to vote on Sunday, Jan. 27 to help elect delegates to the 2019-2020 California Democratic Party Central Committee. The election will take place from 10 a.m. -1 p.m. at Machinist Lodge 725, 5402 Bolsa Ave., Huntington Beach. 

SBLW Democratic Club Mary Tromp will be one of the 18 women running to fill seven slots on the committee.

The Jan. 27 election will be conducted as a caucus, which means that any registered Democrat who lives in the 72nd Assembly District is eligible to vote to elect seven women and seven men to represent the district at the state level. The 72nd Assembly District includes Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, Midway City, Rossmoor, Santa Ana, Seal Beach and Westminster. 

Participants can cast their votes at any time from 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. and need not stay for the whole gathering. Call club member Laura Wilson at 760-6660 to arrange for carpooling.

If elected, Mary Tromp will meet with other members of the Central Committee at least once a year at the state convention. She will help elect the officers of the California Democratic Party; vote to decide which candidates the party endorses for all partisan political offices in California; vote on the official California Democratic party platform; and vote to adopt resolutions.

Club members are reminded that the popular Voter Awareness Group will resume its monthly meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 22. All are invited to attend, but reservations are required. Email Mary Larson at lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or phone 296-8521. Among other things, January’s meeting will address the role of the newly elected member of Congress, Harley Rouda. Participants will also be brainstorming on proposed subjects for future meetings.

Anyone interested in finding out more about the SBLW Democratic Club or who wants to talk with other Democrats is invited to join club board members at the monthly “Lunch Bunch” on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Reserve a spot by calling JoAnn Englund at (203) 520-4050 or emailing lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.