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American Legion hosts Veterans Day program

The U.S. entered the Second World War in December 1941 following the attack on Pearl Harbor. Before it was over, Americans had fought on the continents of Europe, Asia and Africa, and in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Their service was carried out in harsh winters, parched deserts and in the hottest, humid tropical climes. Those who joined up were in the military for the duration, however long that might be. 

The war in Europe ended on May 8, 1945, when the Germans surrendered at Reims in France. The war continued in the Pacific for three more months. After the dropping of the first atomic bomb on Hiroshima on Aug. 6 and a larger bomb on Nagasaki two days later, the Japanese surrendered aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo harbor on Sept. 2, 1945. 

World War II veterans were the first to serve in the nuclear age. American POWs were employed in the clean-up of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, thus becoming the first “atomic vets.”  

America owes a great debt to its WW II vets, and the American Legion and Auxiliary Post 327 will pay special tribute to them at its annual Veterans Day program. More than 40 vets have signed up to attend the ceremony, which will be held from 9:30-11 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, in Clubhouse 2.

Rep. Dana Rohrabacher, 48th Congressional District of California, will present flags and service pins to LW vets. Tommy Williams, the Velvetones and Anita Ragole’s Patriotic Singers will present a stirring program featuring a playlist of American anthems and World War II-era songs.

Everyone is invited to come and pay tribute to the men and women who fought and won the great conflict of our time.

GRF will be closed Nov. 12

In observance of Veterans Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed Monday, Nov. 12.

The Decal Office in Clubhouse 5 will be closed Nov. 10 and 12. 

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

Saluting Those Who Served

Every day, memories of the nation’s wars—sights and sounds, terrors and triumphs—disappear. The men and women who fought and won the great conflicts of our time are yielding to the inalterable process of aging, especially the nation’s WWII veterans, who are now in their late 80s and 90s. According to U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs statistics, only 496,777 of the 16 million Americans who served in World War II are alive in 2018.

Without the sacrifices of the brave men and women who serve in the U.S. Armed Forces, the liberty of American life—freedom of expression without fear of being arrested and freedom to worship without fear of persecution—would  be imperiled.

Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11 (observed Nov. 12), provides the opportunity to salute members of the American Armed Forces, past and present.

Jim Kaspar, Mutual 15

The Kaspar brothers created a legacy serving their country in WWII and Korea. Chuck Kaspar was a Navy co-pilot flying PB4Y’s in the Pacific theater. Joe Kaspar, an Air Corps engineer, flew 60 missions in Italy and France. Ed Kaspar was an Air Corps ground mechanic at the Army’s Victorville training ground for new WWII pilots. Frank Kaspar served in the Army Signal Corps in Korea, keeping communications intact on the front lines. Leisure World’s own Jim Kaspar, now age 94, was an Air Corps engineer on B-24’s, flying from England into Germany. Jim’s crew flew on the Slick Chick, a B-24 attached to the 466th Heavy Bombing Group, on the crew’s first combat mission. The Slick Chick flew a nearly unheard of 100 missions without having to abort. 

 At the conclusion of hostilities, as Jim’s crew was flying back to the U.S., they made contact with a plane that had lost navigational contact and was in danger of ditching in the Atlantic while approaching Goose Bay, Labrador. 

Ironically, the plane was the Slick Chick. Jim’s plane, with only an hour’s fuel supply, flew out to find the disabled plane. With little fuel left, the Slick Chick’s pilot followed Jim’s plane and made a down-wind landing, much harder than taking advantage of the slowing down effect of landing against the wind. Jim’s crew heard the plane blow a tire in a desperate attempt to get on the ground. The two crews later met at the operations building. One of the rescued airmen asked the identity of the radio operator who had located and assisted their plane. The crew pointed to radio operator Jack Sterling. The rescued airman grabbed Jack by the arm, shook his head from side to side, and walked off, unable to say a word. In recognition for his WWII service Jim received several medals. 

 Jim was born in Bay Shore, N.Y., and retired as a printer from the Long Beach Press-Telegram. He lives in Mutual 15 with his wife, Peggy. The Kaspars have four children and five grandchildren. Jim served as the American Legion Sergeant-at-Arms for 15 years, participating in collecting and distributing food and clothing for needy veterans. He is active at Holy Family Catholic Church in Leisure World, and was a columnist for square dancing and golf for the LW Weekly.

—Maureen Habel

Margaret Ziegler, Mutual 6

Margaret Ziegler, Mutual 6, was a member of the United States Naval Reserve, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES). She enlisted on March 12, 1944.

The U.S. Congress established the World War II women’s branch of the United States Naval Reserve on July 21, 1942. President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed it into law on July 30, 1942. The amendment to the Naval Reserve Act of 1938 authorized the U.S. Navy to accept women into the Naval Reserve for the duration of the war plus six months. Service was limited to the continental United States. 

The purpose of the law was to release officers and men for sea duty and replace them with women in shore establishments. Women were prohibited from boarding naval ships or combat aircraft, and were without command authority, except within the women’s branch.

Ziegler did her boot camp at Hunter College, New York City.

Hunter College was the main recruit training center for enlisted WAVES. It was ideal for the training center because of its space, location and ease of transportation. The college was also willing to make facilities available.

Classroom training occupied a large part of the WAVES time at boot camp. The training program included instruction in Navy ranks and rates; ships and aircraft of the fleet; naval traditions and customs; and naval history. 

Physical training and fitness were also stressed. The women marched in platoons to classes, medical examinations and drills, their approach signaled by singing, their voices providing the cadence for marching feet.

After completing boot camp, Ziegler was assigned to the Naval photography department. She was promoted to seaman first class in her first year.

At the end of the war, the Navy established five separation centers for the demobilization of the WAVES and for the Navy nurses. These were located in Washington, D.C., Memphis, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York. The separation process began on Oct. 1, 1945.  Ziegler was discharged on Feb. 2, 1946. At its peak, only 271,000 women served in the Armed Forces in WW II, representing 2 percent of the personnel in uniform. Today women comprise about 15 percent of military personnel overall. In 2016, the Defense Department lifted all restrictions on the roles women can perform in the military.

Sandy Goldfarb, Mutual 12

Sandy was a decorated Marine who proudly served in WWII. He is an Iwo Jima survivor and member of the greatest generation. Sandy landed with the 4th Marine division on the island of Iwo Jima and saw service in Saipan, Tinian, Okinawa, Roi-Namur and China. A few years ago, he was honored for his service by Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich at the Richard Nixon Presidential Library.    

Morton H. Goldberg, Mutual 14

Gratitude to Morton Goldberg of Mutual 14, who joined the army at 19, serving in the 364th Station Hospital under the Sixth Army in the Pacific Theater. 

He was born and raised in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania, and was 18 when Pearl Harbor happened on Dec. 7, 1941. After the United States entered World War II, the new Selective Service Act made men between 18-45 liable for military service. It required men between 18-65 to register. From 1940-1947, over 10 million men were inducted.

On March 22, 1943, Mort got his induction notice. The Army gave him seven days to get his affairs in order and report. He would be gone for almost three years. Because of Army secrecy, his family never knew where he was.

Cpl. Morton H. Goldberg joined the U.S. Army, drove an ambulance and worked in hospital wards in the medical corps in the Pacific Theater. He trained from March-July 1943, when he left Camp Stoneman, California, for the jungles of New Guinea. He served at the 364th Station Hospital under the Sixth Army tending wounded sent back from the frontlines. 

The war ended in September 1945, and Cpl. Goldberg and his squad sailed to Japan on the USS Hope, where he was stationed at a Kyota Hospital. After two months, orders sent him homeward on the USS Freestone. The ship docked at Fort Lewis, Seattle, and Goldberg took a train to Camp Atterbury, Indiana, where he got his discharge papers and headed home to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

“I wrote a letter to my mother every day, except when I was on the ship,” said Goldberg, who lives in Mutual 14. “And she wrote to me every day. I saved all of her letters and brought them home in my barracks bag. I did not know that she saved all my letters too, and now I have all of our correspondence, our story of the war.”

Glenn Brazeal, Mutual 17

My hitch in the military—from March 1957-February 1960—was after Korea and before Vietnam. For this and for the ease of my serving, I feel lucky indeed.  I would like to add my appreciation  to  those veterans who didn’t have it as easy as I did. My thanks are especially directed to those who served on active duty during the U.S. wars or conflicts. With a flat right hand and my forefinger slightly to the right of my eyebrow,  I SALUTE  YOU!

My enlistment was for a reason—by enlisting instead of being drafted, I was promised a continuation in my career, which was data processing  (now known as information technology). 

The first eight weeks of basic training was a lark. As a happy private, I was welcomed to Fort Chaffee, Arkansas, by the drill instructors.  Early on, one of them asked for a volunteer.  I was ignorant but already knew that one doesn’t volunteer for anything in the Army.  However, they said the volunteer would be excused from an upcoming duty, so volunteer I did, unknowingly a good move.

I was ordered to create and paint “over-the-door” signs that would identify each unit in our company. This was to take all the time that I could devote to it.  Hence, I spent most of my time in basic training doing the signs. Subsequently I was excused from all duties—that was all duties that were not absolutely required. I had neither KP nor extra duties and surprisingly didn’t even run the infiltration course (but I wanted to very badly).  

I did fire the rifle on the firing range but then either the major or lieutenant colonel was there in a jeep to pick me up and take me back to headquarters—to paint the signs. I never took my turn at going into the pits and pulling targets, but was willing. A buddy who enlisted with me and some of my other jealous comrades started calling me the “Little Colonel.” So I told them to salute when I passed by.

The second eight weeks were devoted to classroom training in data processing at the adjutant general’s school in Indianapolis. Upon graduating, I was promoted to private first class (PFC) and was given orders to Trenton, New Jersey, to be shipped overseas.

I was stationed in France, a paradise location.

Harbord Barracks, the Signal Agency, the City of Orleans, and the surrounding areas were great. We had learned a lot in the Indy Tech courses and anxiously awaited our assignments to work. As it turned out, the French employees  were there permanently on the job while the army personnel (like us) rotated in and out. Understandably the French were relied upon to get the jobs done.   

So for the most part, we could play. Soon after my arrival, an allocation came through to our unit for a promotion to the rank of SP5 (equal to Sargeant), and I was promoted.  That was good for me  because  it meant that once more, I would have no regular duties.  

Paris was great, and I took my first leave to London and couldn’t wait for the next. I was able to travel  all over Europe—Switzerland, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and more.

When I returned to the U.S., I was told by my army reserves center that my discharge had been purposely dated February instead of March to allow for what was called “an early out.” 

That meant I would have to serve an additional year in the Reserves. But the Center then changed my papers, and  I was excused from that service.

Finally , after 3 years of service to my country, I was home.

And in 1959, I married a classy French lady, and we have two wonderful grown-up children.  

My son is a captain with Southwest Airlines and my daughter is a flight attendant  with the same company.  

Of  them, we are most proud!

Veterans Day Observances in LW and Beyond

The following is a round-up of Veterans Day ceremonies and programs in the area:

| A flag ceremony for and by U.S. military veterans will be held at the Seal Beach Pier flag pole at Eisenhower Park at 4 p.m. on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. The ceremony will honor all men and women in uniform and the nation’s courageous veterans. All military personnel and vets are invited to attend.

Starting Dec. 4, the flag ceremony will be regularly held on the first Tuesday of the month at dusk. 

The program includes a welcome, prayer, recognition of Vets-Armed Forces Medley, lower and folding of the flag, prayer and dismissal.

For more information, call (714) 891-1171.

| The Leisure World Historical Society will celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I today, Thursday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

People are welcome to attend an open house featuring a special exhibit remembering over 500 World War 1 veterans who lived in Leisure World. Memorabilia and scrap books from WWI and other veterans will be on display. Poppies will be available for visitors to wear in remembrance.

| Veterans and the public are invited to a free Salute to Veterans to say “thank you” to those who served on Saturday, Nov. 10, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at OC Fair & Event Center. The celebration is presented in collaboration with Veterans + Labor and Orange County Employees Association. Entertainment, food, fun and services for veterans will be featured and Heroes Hall veterans museum will be open.

People are invited to bring non-perishable items for a food drive to help local veterans in need. Last year 9.7 tons of food was collected at multiple sites. 

The Salute to Veterans will feature: 

• Complimentary hot dog lunch 

• Free health screenings 

• Live music and entertainment 

• Veterans resources and job fair

• Marine Corps birthday ceremony

• Food drive for veterans 

• Activities for kids

• Free admission (with pass) to Orange County Market Place for event attendees

Heroes Hall veterans museum and education center at OC Fair & Event Center is showcasing “Bravemind,” an interactive exhibition featuring the use of virtual reality technology to combat PTSD. The Veterans Story Booth where vets can record and share their tales of service, will also be open. 

OC Fair & Event Center in Costa Mesa is home to the annual OC Fair and Imaginology. Year-round attractions include Centennial Farm, Table of Dignity, Heroes Hall and Pacific Amphitheatre. Throughout the year, events ranging from recreation shows to cultural festivals are held at the fairgrounds. For more information, visit ocfair.com.

General News 11-08-18

Watch Your Step

by Jim Breen


Reports of scams, some old, some new, are on the rise this time of year in Leisure World.

Heading into the final seven weeks of 2018, perhaps year-end quotas need to be met and bonuses paid to the criminals who successfully cheated seniors out their money.

Whatever the reason, residents have been frequently contacting Watch Your Step with a variety of scams, mainly the auto warranty ruse. 

As reported here on Oct. 25,t he first of two letters Phyllis Goar of Mutual 1 regarding the auto warranty scam was described. Two days later, Shirley Wills of Mutual 10 read the story and called to say she got an identical letter.

A third targeted victim was Mrs. Goar, again regarding cancellation of her motor vehicle protection. 

“I haven’t had a car or driven one for many years,” she said.

The last resident during the blitz was Garnet Vyduna of Mutual 5, who got a postcard describing details of the scam. 

“I haven’t had a car for the four years I’ve been living in Leisure World, so I ditched the postcard right away,” she said.

Mrs. Vyduna has also been “robo-called,” instructing her to call a toll-free number to “collect a reward in your name.”


Former resident and retired Air Force captain Jim Hoover sent an important warning via email from his home in Virginia.

The head of the Social Security Administration (SSA alerted citizens about a caller-ID “spoofing” scheme misusing the origanization’s national customer service phone number.  

SSA has received numerous reports of many phone calls displaying SSA’s 1-800 number on caller-ID screens.  

  If you receive a suspicious call from someone alleging to be from SSA, report it to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) at (800) 269-0271 or online at https://oig.ssa.gov/report.

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.

Investment Club

The Leisure World Investment Forum will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.   

Larry T. Pino, financial advisor with LPL Financial, will speak on the topic “The Risks Begin to Crystallize.”

After a relatively quiet summer, volatility made a triumphant return in October with the S&P falling 7.2 percent for the month.  

Investors are concerned about  rising interest rates, peak economic and earnings growth, trade and geopolitical tension.  

All are invited to attend and learn more about those risks and the prospects for the remainder of the year and beyond.  

Following the presentation,  

Veterans Day program is Monday at 10

by Sandy Esslinger

LW contributor

American Legion Auxiliary members welcome everyone to the Veterans Day celebration at 10 a.m. on Nov. 12 in Clubhouse 2. Members are asked to arrive by  8:45 a.m. to be assigned to various duties.  New scarves and jewelry will be available for purchase.


Board members are expected to attend the executive meeting at 1 p.m., tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.


At the general meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Nov. 19 in Clubhouse 4, input will be sought from members regarding disbursement of funds pertaining to holiday giving to veterans.

Also on the agenda is finalizing plans for the fashion show in March.

Midge Bash will present a short program on drones and their relationship to ham radios in Leisure World.  


Rosa Carriillo will accept money for the Christmas luncheon at noon shared by the Post and Auxiliary on Dec. 19. Tickets are $15. A hot meat loaf sandwich will be served.  No tickets will be sold at the door, and the deadline to purchase tickets is Dec. 14. For more information, call  Rosa at 430-2472.


Auxiliary members are invited to the District meeting at 9 a.m. on Nov. 10 at the Post in Buena Park. To RSVP and join the carpool, call Jean Sudbeck at 594-0209.


A carpool has been set up for The Field of Valor opening at Handy Park in Orange at 3:15 p.m. on Nov. 10. The event will feature a  display of 1,176 flags honoring veterans.  Non-Auxiliary members can attend and there is no charge for admission. To join the carpool that leaves at 2 p.m., call Mary Carlson at 357-4214.


Auxiliary members are making paper poppies from 10 a.m.-noon on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 1.

 Donations received  in May when poppies are distributed at local stores  provides help to veterans and their families, plus and children and youth in need. 

Auxiliary membership is not required to make poppies.  

For more information, call Cathy  Boufford at 598-9361.

GRF Service Maintenance News

by Ruben Gonzalez

GRF Facilities Manager

    With the winter months approaching fast, be sure to close and secure skylight covers in the event of rain.

      That will not only not only prevent water damage to the unit but damage to the skylight from wind, as well.

        Service Maintenance doesn’t service or assume responsibility for damaged skylights.  

Woman’s Club

The Woman’s Club’s philanthropic beneficiary for November is Casa Youth Shelter, a temporary shelter for youth in crisis.

The organization provides housing and counseling, with family reunification as the primary goal. 

Wellness Club

The Leisure World Wellness Club will meet at 2 p.m. on Nov.  20 in Clubhouse 3, Room 4 to learn about insurance and Medicare options for 2019.

Guest speaker Carla Ibarra, licensed independent contractor, will compare and contrast insurance options.

Open enrollment for Medicare ends Dec. 7. Those who attend are invited to ask questions necessary  to help make a better decision on insurance needs.

Pie will be served and reservations are needed. 

Contact Mark Harrington, club president, at mark_harrington_24@hotmail.com or call or text Charla Gae at 889-9101, or charlasong@yahoo.com. 

Historical Society open house marks WWI anniversary

The  Leisure World Historical Society will celebrate the 100th anniversary of World War I with an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. exhibit on today, Thursday, at the LW Museum in Clubhouse 1. The Veterans Barracks 2860 exhibit will honor more than 500 World War 1 veterans who lived in Leisure World. 

Memorabilia and scrap books from those WWI veterans will be on display.

Veterans’ scrapbooks from other wars will also be displayed including the one owned by Caroline Staff. 

Ms. Staff served in the Womans Army Corp during World War II and was the first woman commander of the Orange Country Jewish War Veterans.

Senior Patriots

The Senior Patriots for Peace invites everyone to watch the DVD  “Lindy Lou Juror Number 2” at 1 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 4.

Directed by Floent  Vassault, the  video presents certain aspects of the death penalty and is designed to stimulate a lively discussion about the repercussions of the death penalty.

A discussion will follow the showing of the video.

Members will be given their ballots to vote for the Senior Patriots’ board officers at the meeting.

A time period will be allotted to fill out and turn in ballots.

For additional information, call Don Koepke at 330-3397.


Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

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

Thursday, Nov. 8 Mutual 12

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 9 Mutual 3

Administration 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 13 Mutual 9

Conference Room B 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14 Mutual 4

Administration 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15 Mutual 2

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15 Mutual 11

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

Friday, Nov. 16 Roundtable

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19 Mutual 15

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20 Mutual 14

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday Nov. 21 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 21 Mutual 7

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 26 Mutual 8

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 28 Mutual 10

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 29 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Nov. 30 Mutual  6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

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, Nov. 8 Communications Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 9 Executive Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 14 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Nov. 15 Torch Run Subcommittee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 16 GRF/Mutual Roundtable

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 19 Finance Committee

Administration 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 20 GRF Board of Directors (special)

Administration 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov.  20 Information Technology Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 26 Management Services Review Ad Hoc 

Committee/ Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 27 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 28 Architectural Design Review Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Vandals strike at GRF RV Lot

Vandals recently struck the RV Lot on El Dorado Drive, pulling out wires, cutting the lock on the breaker panel, rotating the  security cameras and disconnecting wires in the junction box, according to  Terry DeLeon, GRF recreation director.

Nothing has been reported stolen.

 DeLeon admits that it is petty stuff, but costs the community money, because it ties up staff time making repairs and security’s time writing reports.

The security system was recently installed to help prevent theft of  shareholders’ property.

The Seal Beach Police Department  is investigating the incident and charges will be brought by GRF.

Shareholders who have any information on the incident that occurred on Oct. 28 are asked to contact to Security. 

All shareholders are encouraged to keep an eye out for suspicious activity and report it to Security.


Service unchanged on Veterans Day

The LW Minibus will operate on its regular schedule on Veterans Day,  Monday,  Nov. 12.  

However, Dial-A-Ride and the Senior Bus, operated by the City of Seal Beach, to the Shops at Rossmoor, the Old Ranch Town Center and the SB Senior Center will be suspended on the holiday.

Replace expired decals at CH 5

Expiring resident decals are replaced in the satellite Security Office, downstairs in Clubhouse 5. Bring a resident ID card, valid driver’s license, current car registration and insurance card when applying. 

Decals are issued 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, unless the weather is damp. The office will be closed Saturday, Nov. 10.


Assembly of God

Assembly of God Church will present a hymn sing at 6 p.m. on Sunday in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.

It will feature Jonathan and Charrise Matthew, who will discuss their ministry in the Compton and the Compton Initiative, a 40-year commitment to clean up the city. 

The couple worked at Emmanuel Reformed Church in Paramount and recently started a new church, “The Vine.” 

Cliff and Betty Vanderwal, Leisure World residents, regularly attend the hymn sing and often share in song, their work in Compton. They helped bring Jonathan and Charrise to the hymn sing.

Those who attend will select their favorite hymns, led by Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger. This week, special music will be provided by Pastors Sam and Pat Pawlak. Fellowship will conclude the evening.

The 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, Nov. 11, will be held in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Pastor Sam will bring the final message from the series, “A Be Happy Attitude” from Matthew 5:11, “Blessed are the Falsely Accused.”

 The worship songs will be led by Denise Smith with Ruth Olson, Marge McDonald and Norma Ballinger at the accordion, organ and piano.


On Wednesday, Nov. 14, Bible Study will continue in the book of Philippians, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. It will be led by Pastor Pawlak. Workbooks are available.

After the Bible study, a Romeo and Juliet luncheon is planned at Denny’s Restaurant in Seal Beach.

Visitors are welcome to all the activities and services at Assembly of God Church.

Community Church

Community Church always welcomes the opportunity to honor the veterans. Members of the missions team will lead that he effort though their annual “Sock It To Me” sock drive for veterans. 

Everyone in Leisure World is invited to participate in the drive held on Veteran’s Day each year.Those who attend are requested to bring a pair of new white socks for men and women to the Sunday service Nov. 11. They can also be taken to the church office Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., through the end of November. 

Checks can be made out to LWCC with “Socks” in the memo line. The team will purchase socks with the funds collected. The socks will be delivered to the Veterans Administration Hospital for distribution. Last year, 337 pair of socks were donated by the Auxiliary. 

On Sunday, Pastor Johan Dodge will present the message, “Not of this World, into Christ” from Hebrew 9:24-28. Chris Kim will be lay liturgist.

Worship services begin at 9:50 a.m., followed by coffee and refreshments in Edgar Hall.  

Bible study, led by Joy Reed, meets at 5 p.m. on Sundays in the Fireside Room. Visitors are welcome.

Redeemer Lutheran

This Sunday Redeemer Lutheran Church will include a message by members Jerry Brady and Chris Moore. 

The head usher is Maria Swift. The choir will sing “Blest are They.” Altar flowers will be provided by Margo Geesing in remembrance and honor of veterans.

The Sunday service begins at 10:30 a.m. and includes the dedication of food gifts for those in need in Orange County. 

The service will be followed by a brief congregation meeting. Council members will be elected and the 2019 budget will be reviewed.

Refreshments will be served.

Lynda Elmer’s Wednesday Bible group is beginning a study of the Book of Ezekiel. Everyone is welcome to the class, which begins at 10:30 a.m. and concludes at 11:30 a.m.

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

Call 596-1209 for information about registration and volunteering.

Website is available at www.redeemerlutheransealbeach.com

First Christian Church

First Christian Church increased its monthly missions outreach to the Ministry of Samaritans Purse last month to aid the hurricane and flood victims in the U.S.

A special offering was given along with a board-approved a donation.

The Saturday service begins at 5:15 p.m. The hospitality room opens at 4:30 p.m. 

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

At 9:30 a.m., the hospitality room opens for fellowship and light refreshments with Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski as co-hostesses.

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer and Scripture. That will be followed by Margaret Humes leading the hymns 

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer, and Scripture, followed by Margaret Humes leading the congregation in the hymns, “America”, “Faith Is The Victory” and “Standing on the Promises.”

 The Communion hymn will be “The Blood Will Never Lose Its Power.”  

Directed by Anita Ragole, the choir will sing “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” in honor of Veterans Day. 

Pastor Phil O’Malley will present the Communion meditation and service.

For the offertory, Bruce and Margaret Humes will sing, “Onward, Christian Soldiers.”

Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski will sing, “I Then Shall Live” followed by Linda Benevento, who will read from the Book of 1 Corinthians.

Pastor Bruce Humes will bring the message at the Saturday and Sunday services from the Book of 1 Corinthians. Service times are 5:15 p.m. on Saturday and 10:15 a.m. Sunday.

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

Prayer and Bible studies are held on Tuesdays with Pastor Humes and 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 Monday or Friday at 431-8810, between 9-11 a.m., for more information.


Leisure World Korean Community Church (LWKCC), hosted the eighth annual Siloam Charity Concert Oct. 28. 

Proceeds went to the Siloam Eye Hospital, which is involved in missionary work and spreads the word of the Gospel by helping the blind.

Led by Rev. Dr. Jang Young Yong, senior pastor, LWKCC is the nesting church of LW Community Church, 14000 Church Place.

Nine choirs, consisting of about 300 people, participated in the concert.

They included LA Loving Couple Choir, Joo Hyang Church Choir, Wilton Korean Church, Choir, Southern California’s Yee Hwa Women’s High School Alumni Choir, Good Shepherd Church Choir, LA Soong Sil OB Men’s Choir, LW Korean Community Church Choir, and Junimseun Church Young Artists Orchestra.

After the concert, LWKCC prepared the Korean dish Bibimbap, boiled rice with meat and vegetables.

To support the Siloam Charity for the Blind, contact Siloam Mission Supporters in America, Box 743019, Los Angeles, CA.

LW Baptist Church

Members of Leisure World Baptist Church will honor animportant day for our country on Sunday, along with those who served to protect it.

Sunday School begins at 8:40 a.m. with Bob Simmons giving the lesson. At 9:20 a.m., join those who gather for coffee, a snack and conversation, until 9:45 when service begins.

The congregation will sing the National Anthem followed by a salute to the flag.

Congregational hymns will include “America the Beautiful,” and Joan Shramek singing a verse of “God Bless America.”

Soloist Magda Bellis presents her selection “Just When  I Need Him.”

The congregation will sing, “Why Do I Sing About Jesus?”

The offertory interlude will be provided by Yvonne Leon, pianist.

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s morning message from Joshua  18-19  is titled “Israel’s Place in the Kingdom and Ours.”

“He Has Made Me Glad”is the closing hymn.

Following the morning service, there will be memorial service for member Beverly Hocking.


Following the morning service on Monday, Nov. 12, the Women’s Christian Bible Study and fellowship will meet at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6  

The Energizers meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Clubhouse 4, Section A. For more information, call 430-2920.

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the 32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time this week.

The readings: 

First Reading: 1 Kings 17:10-16; Responsorial Psalm: 146:7, 8-9, 9-10; Second Reading: Hebrews 9:24-28; Alleluia: Matthew 5:3, Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven; Gospel: Mark 12:38-44.


The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick Mass is planned at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 10. It can be received by those awaiting major surgery, the chronically ill and elderly.


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. on Saturdays and the eves of Holy Days and 9:15 a.m. on First Fridays.


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

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev will observe Kristallnacht, the “Night of Broken Glass,” online at 6 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 9. Eighty years ago on that date is considered to be the beginning of the holocaust. While the Nuremberg Laws that were implemented against the Jews of Germany had been in place for a few years, Kristallnacht was seen as the most horrific attack on Jewish synagogues and businesses to date.

Services for Beit HaLev are live-streamed every Shabbat at 6 p.m. on Fridays and 10:30 a.m. on Saturdays. They are accessible on Livestream.com/Galityomtov and Facebook.com/galityomtov. 

All services are conducted by Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater and recorded for viewing convenience.

The Beginning Prayerbook Hebrew class, taught by Rabbi Levy-Slater, continues on Wednesdays at 2 p.m.

To learn conversational Hebrew or Hebrew and participate in Jewish services, contact Rabbi Levy-Slater at 715-0888, 493-2680 or duets@iclod.com.

Salvation Army

Pastor Rolland Coburn of the Leisure World Baptist Church, will be the speaker when the Salvation Army Home League meets at 7 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, in Clubhouse 4.

Rev. Coburn will bring a message on the Beatitudes, Jesus’ set of ideals in the Kingdom of God. 

Games and songs, built around that theme of becoming better people, are planned.

Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Congregation Sholom

Friday services will be held on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. An Oneg Shabbat will follow.

On Saturday, Nov. 10, 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 Rabbi Karen Isenberg from 9:30 a.m.- noon and a dairy/potluck Kiddush lunch and study from noon-1:15 p.m. 


 Michele Vallens is teaching a beginners level Hebrew class Mondays at 10 a.m.

Bring a pencil and a notebook.Textbooks will be provided. 

For more information, call 230-7464.


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.

Rock Church

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

Sunday services are at 10 am. in English and 1:45 in Spanish

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

Faith Christian Assembly

Faith Christian Assembly realizes the importance of the men and the women of the congregation to have a ministry devoted to them.

 The ministries will meet on the same night of the month, Nov. 14, at 6:30 p.m. in the Garden Room.

The women’s ministry, Touch of Love, is directed by Linda Hernandez and meets in the Garden Room 

The men’s ministry, under the direction of Gary Leming, meets at the same time in the church’s office complex. 

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship time at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room and Midweek Bible study taught by Pastor Sheri Leming is every Wednesday at 7 p.m. in the Garden Room.

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


Weekly Health and Exercise Classes


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

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

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

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

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

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

   For more information, call 430-7143. 

Beginning Yoga

Classes are offered from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, and at the same time on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Bring mats. The fee is $5 a class.

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

Monday Intermediate Yoga

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

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


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

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

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

Ageless Grace

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

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

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

Feeling Good Exercise

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

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

Stick, Qigong, Tai Chi Club

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

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

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

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

   The session is led by Dave Heilig, QiGong practitoner.

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

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

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

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

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

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

Chair Exercise

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

For more information, call 493-7063.

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 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. Nov. 12: Closed for Veterans Day holiday.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Turkey chili, baked potato wedges, seasoned mixed vegetables, tapioca pudding, turkey and cheese deli sandwich with spinach, tomato and pickle, tri-color cole slaw.

Wednesday, Nov. 14: Roasted pork with lemon and herb sauce, rice pilaf, zucchini and tomato with lemon and garlic, banana, Greek chicken salad, tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese, vinaigrette dressing and crackers.

Thursday, Nov. 15: Salisbury steak, au gratin potatoes, seasoned Brussels sprouts, chocolate and vanilla swirl pudding, tuna salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, carrot and raisin salad.

Friday, Nov. 16: Chicken enchilada casserole with red sauce, pinto beans, seasoned cauliflower, chocolate cake, Cobb salad with turkey and ham, egg, tomato, bacon with blue cheese dressing, crackers.

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 fruits for diabetics. One percent milk served. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079.

Monday, Nov. 12: Closed due to Veterans Day holiday.

Tuesday, Nov. 13: Butternut squash soup, crackers, couscous, peas, carrots and Parmesan salad with chicken, wheat roll, Promise, ambrosia.

Wednesday, Nov. 14: Chicken florentine, lemon orzo, Italian blend vegetables, orange-pineapple juice, cookies, diet lemon cookies.

Thursday, Nov. 15: Tuna salad on 50/50 salad, tomato and zucchini salad, one slice of bread, assorted fruit pie, salt-free apple crisps.

Friday, Nov. 16: Roast turkey and gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, green beans with almonds , pumpkin pie and topping, cranberry sauce.

Laugh Class at HCC

Bev Bender will bring her laughter program to the Health Care Center at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 14. 

Laughter is the best medicine with only positive side effects. 

Those who attend will do laughter exercises to make them more energetic. The program is guaranteed to be uplifting. 

“Its fun, free and non-fattening,” said Bender.

All residents are invited to attend and bring a friend.

For more information, call Bender at 594-9148.

Dental service offered to vets

Dr. Seza Barsamian and her dental staff will provide complimentary dental service to veterans living in Seal Beach, Los Alamitos and Cypress, today, Thursday.

Her office is located at 4022 Katella Ave., Suite 206, Los Alamitos, across the street from Laurel Park.

The service is by appointment only.

 Call 596-4439 to make an appointment.



Register for the Ralph’s rewards program in CH 6

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is a non profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to making the Leisure World Seal Beach community a better and happier place in which to live. 

In order to provide services, GAF needs to raise funds.  There are two easy ways to donate funds to GAF without any cost to the donors.

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

Ralph’s Reward program is another way to donate to the Golden Age Foundation. Sign up on www.ralphs.com.  Participants will need a Ralph’s Reward Card number to register or the phone number associated with the account. Ralph’s no longer offers an opportunity to register by phone, which was very convenient for those who were not computer savvy or had no computer. Registration is only online.

To help Ralph’s members who would like to register and support GAF but are unable to do online registration, GAF will assist with registration.  On Tuesdays, Nov. 13, 20 and 27 from 9-11 a.m. in the Clubhouse 6 Hospitality Center, a GAF Board member will be there to assist in registering for the Ralph’s Reward program.

The holidays are fast approaching, and this is a great opportunity to help GAF enrich the lives of Leisure World residents.  

Ralph’s has announced that it is committed to giving $2 million during the next 12 months through its Community Contributions program.  

Thanks to all for helping GAF obtain a portion of these funds (at no cost to the participant) just by signing up and doing normal Ralph’s shopping.


Hanukkah celebration planned

On Monday, Dec. 3, at 4:30 p.m., the Interfaith Council, Congregation Sholom and the GRF Recreation Department will host the lighting of the Menorah, the Jewish symbol of Hanukkah, at Veterans Plaza.

The holiday celebrates the Jews defeating Syrian-Greek oppressors who had tried forcing them to abandon their religion and adopt Greek culture. The story has it that, led by Judah MacCabee, they recaptured the holy temple in Jerusalem. Arriving there, they found only enough olive oil to light candles for one night. It lasted for eight nights.

Hanukkah commemorates the defeat of the oppressors and the miracle of the oil lasting eight nights. The oil had led to the holiday being referred to as “The Festival of Lights.”

Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater, president of the Interfaith Council,  will share with GRF members and their guests, the story of the holiday and its meaning for Jew and Gentile alike.  

This is an opportunity for the community, rich in culture and customs, to come together to learn and share in the joy of this beautiful festival.

Refreshments will be served, courtesy of Congregation Sholom and GRF.


Chemical dependency is topic Nov. 9

Tom Marks will deliver a thought provoking, eye-opening, entertaining talk on the topic of chemical dependency (AKA alcoholism/drug addiction) at the Sunshine Club meeting tomorrow, Nov. 9, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  

Regardless of personal life experiences, people find Tom’s talk a learning experience.

Tom Marks was a personnel officer (human resources) for Los Angeles County.  He developed an Employee Assistance Program (EAP), which was primarily a way to deal with employee absenteeism and other problems. The base problem of about two-thirds of his clients was alcohol. A very few were on other drugs. 

This sparked his interest in the field so he attended AA, Narcotics Anonymous and Al-anon meetings to learn about the subject. He retired from the county in 1988.  

The Sunshine Club is designed to help all different ethnic people to get along in the community and for neighbors to have better communications and to get the best out of living in Leisure World by learning how to use available information. 

The classes use the LW Weekly as a textbook to go over LW news, general columns, etc. 

Arrive a few minutes early to enjoy refreshments before the meeting begins at 10 a.m. and bring a mug or cup to participate in the “Save the Earth” program. 

The club has frequent guest speakers to familiarize shareholders with the community and others from outside Leisure World who speak on various topics that enhance living in LW.

The club meets from 10 a.m.-noon on Friday in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 (Room 9 on the first Friday). 

There are no membership dues, and everyone in LW is welcome. 

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


Toys for Tots  holiday show  set for Dec. 13

Clubhouse 4 will once again be the site for the GRF Toys for Tots Christmas Show on Thursday, Dec. 13. Doors open at 6 p.m., with live entertainment starting at 7. 

The Long Beach Community Band, formerly known as the Long Beach Shoreline Winds, will be the guest entertainment this year. The band will perform a fun mix of classical, traditional and sing-along holiday music. 

The festivities will include complimentary cookies and hot beverages.  

 Under the direction of Greg Flores, the Long Beach Community Band is recognized as one of the region’s best community-based, symphonic ensembles and is completing its 71st concert year. The 75-plus member ensemble brings an entertaining program that has put many Leisure Worlders, their friends and families in the holiday spirit for years. This will be its third performance at Leisure World in 2018 after a big success in the Amphitheater this summer and a smaller ensemble performing at this year’s tree lighting ceremony.

Drop off unwrapped toys at the Security Main Gate, North Gate, St. Andrews Gate, the Security Satellite Office in Building 5, or bring them to the show.


Sign up to decorate trees

The GRF Recreation Department is seeking clubs to participate in the fourth annual Christmas tree decorating contest. Clubs may apply by emailing the Recreation Office at kathyt@lwsb.com. The deadline is to apply is Nov. 15.

The 2017 contest yielded spectacular results from LW clubs, and this year should be no different. Creative clubs who want to deck LW clubhouses to foster a holiday spirit are invited to adopt a tree to decorate. 

The theme for this year is “A Storybook Christmas.” Decorations should reflect a Christmas story inspired by a book or movie. There are five Clubhouses and six trees, as Clubhouse 6 has two. If more than six clubs apply to decorate a tree, winners will be chosen at random.  Judging will be by committee and the winning club will be celebrated in the LW Weekly and on the Leisure World website.


Hank Barto on piano and friends, Tina Schaffer, vocals; Frank Schatz, bass; and John Whited, drums; will give a Christmas jazz concert on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Bring-your-own beverages and enjoy an evening of music by one of the best rhythm groups in Orange County.


All invited to bingo Sundays

Bingo, sponsored by a different club each week, is played Sundays at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. The doors open at 1. All LWers are welcome.

The games on Sunday, Nov. 4, will be hosted by the New York Club. Complimentary refreshments are served.

The New York Club hosts the first Sunday of the month; Gadabouts, second Sunday; St. Therese Guild of Holy Family Parish, third Sunday; and the American Legion, fourth and fifth Sundays.

LB Symphonic Winds will perform at annual GRF Christmas tree lighting

The GRF Recreation Department is hosting the fourth annual Christmas tree lighting ceremony, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 30. For the first time, the event will be held at Veterans Plaza between Clubhouse 3 and the LW Library. 

Santa will be on hand with his elves (courtesy of the LW Theater Club), who will be collecting unwrapped toys for the upcoming annual Toys for Tots event, so bring a gift for the little ones and have your picture taken with Old St. Nick.

The Health Care Center will treat everyone to cookies and hot cocoa, courtesy of OptumCare. Come early and be sure to stop by the table and say hello. 

Special guests will be The Long Beach Symphonic Winds Band who will entertain with a festive selection of Christmas carols. The performance will include an audience sing-along.


‘8th Day,’ Hasidic pop band will perform Nov. 13

November is Jewish Music Month, and the Schmooze Club invites all Leisure Worlders to a performance by “8th Day,” a Hasidic pop band, on Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. 

Monthly meetings begin at 10 a.m. with refreshments and “schmoozing” (socializing). The music program will follow from 10:30-11:30. There is no cost to attend; donations are gratefully accepted.

Since its founding in Los  Alamitos in 2004 by brothers Bentzion and Shmuel Marcus, 8th Day has become one of the most in demand Jewish music groups in the world performing throughout the U.S., Israel and Australia among others.  

This year, 8th Day will participate in the National Hanukkah Memorial Concert in Washington, D.C., on Dec. 2.

“Shmueli” and “Bentzi” as they are affectionately called, write and record their own music and lyrics with a lively and inspiring mix of Hasidic pop rock and the flavor of Yiddish. Their unique sound reflects their dynamic, personable, fun and inspiring personalities. 

They have produced a number of popular CDs and music videos. To listen for a taste in advance, you can find them on YouTube.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy the Schmooze Club and the 8th Day program.  

People don’t have to be Jewish to attend and have a morning of wonderful music and camaraderie. As always, “there are no dues to schmooze.” 

For more information, call Darlene Rose at 347-8088.


Companions, attentive people are needed

A number of residents, through health, mobility or other issues, are generally home-bound, sometimes temporarily and sometimes not.  They are deprived of the joys and benefits of simple companionship – even just someone to talk to periodically.

The Golden Age Foundation’s Heart-2-Heart program will help address this need.  GAF is looking for volunteers who are able and willing to sit for a half to one  hour each week with someone, just to talk. This is not a program for chores or other assistance – it is just to provide some companionship once a week.  GAF is looking for people who are empathetic and good at listening. To help make a difference and bring some joy into someone’s life, call Sharon Kohn at 596-1969.

After volunteers are found, the service will be opened for service to Leisure World residents who are interested in having someone visit them once a week for conversation.


Photos are ready to be picked up

Complementary copies of photos taken at the GAF Gala’s Dress to Impress booth will be available for pick-up at the Clubhouse  6 Hospitality Center, Nov. 8-9 from 9-11 a.m.

The photos were taken by  LW Photographic Arts members John Harper and Ben Benjamin.  

To get extra copies or larger size photos, contact John Harper at (714) 222-4342. 

Questions regarding the photos from the gala should be directed to Anna  Derby at 301-5339.


Emergency plans is topic Nov. 14

The Paws, Claws  and  Beaks Club will meet Wednesday, Nov. 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3,  at 3 p.m.  

Members will discuss disaster planning for pets in Leisure World in case of an emergency, i.e. earthquake, etc. Plans will also be made for the club’s Christmas celebration.

Light snacks and water will be available.

All pet owners are welcome.

For information, call Jackie Hildebrant,  (714) 423-8279.


 “Ruby,” owned by Rita Visloskie, was named Pet of the Month, by the  Paws. Claws and Beaks Club.

Ruby a 7-year-old Havchon,  also known as a Havanese/Bichon mixed breed, was named after the Ruby’s Restaurant in Huntington Beach.  She is intensely loyal and affectionate to Rita with a sweet, eager-to-please attitude, expecting a little attention in return.   She loves rawhide treats and lounging around the house.

Five years ago, the young boy who previously cared for Ruby developed allergies, so Rita stepped in to become her new “forever-friend.”   

Rita spent her childhood in Reno, and came to Southern California in 1963.   She has lived in Mutual 2 for four years.


New instructor introduced at Nov. 15 meeting

The Computer Friends Club will meet Thursday, Nov. 15, at 4:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, for a world of technology event.

New 2019 club officers will be selected, and the new technology instructor, John Fuhrer, will be introduced.

Bring a list of computer related questions.

Fuhrer has been a Leisure World resident since 2014; his career consists of 25 years as a process industrial engineer. He worked the last 15 years in the information technology (IT) services industry as a certified computer repair technician for Windows and Mac systems, including hardware and software, consulting and training and systems management in corporate and private environments.

An open discussion will follow at 6:30 p.m. on the future of Computer Friends classes and  2019 plans for the Where-We-Live Club. 

The Computer Friends Club meets every third Thursday in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from 4:30 -6 p.m. 

Classes, presentations and membership are free. All are welcome. 

For volunteer work and to RSVP, call Leslie Parker, (310) 867-1287, or email: wherewelive@yahoo.com


Topics are varied for today’s class

The Korean-American Classical Music Academy will meet at 9:30 a.m., today, Nov. 8, in Clubhouse 4.

Ken Chong will present a comparison of the classical and contemplated music, followed by NewAge music, music intended to create artistic inspiration, relaxation, and optimism. It is used by listeners for yoga, massage, meditation and reading. 

The second part of the class will be presented by Rev. Jaeyoon Ryoo. His topic will be the Games of the XXIV Olympiad, which took place in Seoul, South Korea, in 1988. 

Rev. Ryoo will review the spectacular scenes of Olympic sky-dive exhibition in Opening Ceremonies, which he arranged. The song, “Hand and Hand, Korena” is inspiring.

Robert Chung will close the class with golden oldies and members’ favorites. 

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

For further information, contact President Kathie Park, 598-6292; Programmer Robert Chung, 387-7377; or Publicity Chair Yoon Soo Park, 431-3036.


Introductory iPhone class offered

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

• Monday, Nov. 12,  Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.-1 p.m.- Intro to iPhone and iPad for beginners (Sacks)

• Monday, Nov. 19, Clubhouse 6, Room B

11 a.m. – Windows 7 and 10 (Sacks)

Noon – Facebook for Beginners (Fernandez)

This is an introduction to Facebook for the beginner. Come and meet the new instructor.

 • Thursday, Nov. 22

No classes due to Thanksgiving

Sometimes a computer will freeze with a message claiming to be an official demanding that the user call a phone number for support. This is never built into the computer but an intrusion from the outside. Do not call the number. Contact a local computer repair company instead.

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

For computer information, call Sacks, 431-8050.  For eBay information, contact Smith at max2ebay@aol.com.

HHUG collects items for homeless

Hearts and Hand United in Giving (HHUG), a local non-profit, donates clean used towels and washcloths, new disposable razors, toothbrushes, travel size shampoos, lotions, bath soaps and toothpaste to the Long Beach Multi-Service Center that provides a variety of services to homeless men, women and families in the community.  

HHUG makes two deliveries every month.

If you have any of these items to donate, call Susan Hopewell at 430-6044 or Linda Neer at 430-3214 for pick up or leave on porch, Mutual 6, 1320 Mayfield Road, 62-A or Mutual 2, 1503 Merion Way, 48-A.

Bocce Ball Lessons

Bocce ball instruction will be offered Tuesdays from 10 a.m.-noon; Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. and Sundays from 3-7 p.m. at the new bocce ball court at Mission Park, behind Clubhouse 2. The court  is open every day beginning at 9 a.m. Equipment will be available. Players are requested to sign in every time they play.

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LW Dance Classes and Clubs

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

•A Time to Dance Club by Joseph: Ballroom dance group lessons are held the second and fourth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Waltz 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 West Coast Swing is taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate West Coast Swing is taught from 8:15-9:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per class or $10 for both classes. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate. For information, call dance instructor Jeremy Pierson, 999-1269. 

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

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

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

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

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

•Hui O Hula: No classes until Nov. 26. For more information, call 252-9676 or email jojo@huiohula.com.

•Joyful Line Dance Club: Get exercise and learn line dances from 2:30-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Beginners dance from 2:30-3 p.m.; intermediates, 3-4:30 p.m. Members dance to popular favorites at the beginning and learn newer dances in the last hour. 

Takako Mitchell is the instructor. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Classes are held in Clubhouse 6, except the Thursday class, which meets in Clubhouse 3.

LBSO offers LW patrons bus transportation

The Long Beach Symphony will present a dramatic, weighty concert of music by Brahms and Dvo?ák, as well as a rare work by female composer Lillian Elkington, at 8 p.m., Nov. 10, at the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center. In honor of Veterans Day, the LBSO will give free tickets to veterans and their immediate family members through Vet Tix (www.vettix.com).

Leisure World patrons have the convenience of transportation to and from the concert. 

Meet the bus at the Amphitheater bus loading area on St. Andrews Drive no later than 5:45 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 10. The bus leaves promptly at 6 p.m. to arrive in time for Maestro Eckart Preu’s free pre-concert lecture, and returns following the concert. 

For further information visit LongBeachSymphony.org or contact Bus Co-Hostess Beverly Emus at 296-5586 or bemus@socal.rr.com.

“This concert is in stark contrast to our Opening Night,” says Long Beach Symphony Music Director Eckart Preu. “In this one, we’re going to dig a lot deeper.” 

 This reflective and emotional program of works from the Romantic period features Concertmaster Roger Wilkie playing Brahms’ Violin Concerto, the only concerto Brahms wrote for the instrument. Highly virtuosic, it stands among the four great German violin concerti. “As a teenager, this was one of the pieces I dreamed of performing one day,” said Wilkie. “It has incredible drama, places where it soars melodically. It explores all the emotions and is rhythmically vibrant.”

Maestro Eckart Preu noted that, “Roger has a certain elegance in his tone that lends itself well to the Brahms—a warm tone that reminds me of the European style of sound production. As concertmaster, he is the translator of my ideas. I feel that he understands what I want and is able to communicate that to the orchestra.” 

A Southern California native, violinist Roger Wilkie has been the beloved concertmaster of the Long Beach Symphony for over 27 years. A highly sought-after performer, Wilkie joined the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra at age 21. He has also served as guest concertmaster with the LA Opera, Los Angeles Master Chorale, and the Real Filharmonia De Galicia, Spain under Music Director, Helmut Rilling. Wilkie’s career also extends to the Hollywood Studios, where he has worked for decades with John Williams and participated in the soundtracks of over 1,000 films and television recordings. 

The concert will open with a short work by a little-known British composer Lillian Elkington, who was inspired by the return of the ship carrying the coffin of the Unknown Soldier. Her brilliant score, “Out of the Mist” (1921), was discovered in a second-hand bookstore after her death and is one of her only known works. 

The work begins mysteriously as the ship appears out of the mists in the English Channel, and the coffin is then taken by carriage to Westminster Abbey, carrying with it the memory of millions of others who would never return. In tribute to their sacrifices, the piece ends with brightness and hope. Unfortunately, Elkington gave up composing after she married, a situation not unusual at that time. As her only known work, it is a reminder of the work she—and other women—might have done had she lived in a different era, and of those who, like the soldiers of 1914-1918, were never able to fulfil their potential. 

Following intermission, audiences will hear Dvo?ák’s Symphony #7, op. 70 in D minor, which was allegedly inspired by his feelings of patriotism upon observing troops arriving in Prague for a special concert to support the early struggle for a Czech homeland. It is one of his most nationalistic works, with heavy use of Slavonic melodies. 

“This symphony is much more dramatic than his others,” according Maestro Preu. “There’s a lot of darkness, drama, fighting. It fits well on a program with the Brahms Violin Concerto, because like that work, it reflects a lot of personal struggle.”

Tickets to the concert start at $28 with student tickets available for $10. Veterans and current military may reserve their tickets in advance through www.vettix.com. 

For more information or to purchase tickets and subscriptions, visit www.LongBeachSymphony.org or call (562) 436-3203 ext. 1. Tickets are also available on Ticketmaster.

The Symphony’s full classical season, which runs through June 2019, will also feauture Beethoven’s Symphony No. 3, Eroica, and his 9th Symphony among other selections.

Ad Hoc Singing Club

The Ad Hoc Chorus meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 for one hour. All are welcome to come and sing the old “Hit Parade” favorites, show tunes and some humorous novelty ditties. 

Helene Onu is the song leader and piano accompaniment is provided by Barbara McIlhaney.  Everyone has an opportunity to try their hand at being a song leader. You do not have to be able to read music. Song sheets are supplied.

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

Community Karaoke 

An apprehensive Barbara Timberlake did a nice duet with Bob Barnum during the Community Karaoke Club party last week. The first time on stage is the hardest and sometimes it’s comforting to have someone to sing with you. Barbara’s daughter, Jennifer Griva, is not shy and really sold her song “Ain’t Nobody’s Bus.” It was Halloween night and 25 karaoke singers came out to entertain.  

“There Shall be Showers of Blessings” was an unfamiliar gospel tune sung by Pat Kogak. Mike Breen perked everyone up with “Happy Days.” Four performers chose country-western hits, including Julie Nulad, “You Don’t Know Me.” Other selections came from Ren Villanaeva, Rick Hering, Pete Tupas and Ann Martin. David Noble had fun doing an Elvis number as did Susan Kelleghan. Leila Claudio and Byong Choi danced on stage while singing their catchy tunes. Some nice ballads were sung by Tino Tupas, Charlie Guggino, Bev Adams, Ruby Johnson, Vito Villamor, Audrey McKenzie, Bob Dodson and Tony Tupas.

Karaoke practice sessions are held each Tuesday in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m. Parties are Wednesday night in Clubhouse 1 starting at 5:30 p.m. Last week “trick or treat” Halloween candy and other goodies were available along with hot coffee to sip. Everyone is welcome to sing or just enjoy the evening out of the house.

Dancers and Mixers

The Dancers and Mixers next dance will be from 7-9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Clubhouse 2. This is a different date and clubhouse  due to the elections. All are welcome to come and dance to live music by Linda Herman. Kellie Sala from Ageless Assurance will be there to provide light snacks. The theme for the evening is Thanksgiving. 

For more information, call 431-1257.

Photo Arts Club

The Photo Arts Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. today, Nov. 8, in  Clubhouse 3, Room 9. All are welcome.

There will be a workshop hosted by Ben Benjamins on using a mat cutter to make custom mats to frame photographs. Bring mats that need to be customized. It will be a hands-on workshop.

Everyone is welcome.

The club will not meet in December.

Opera Club

Everyone is invited to come and watch Act 2 of Mozart’s last opera “The Magic Flute” in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, on Monday, Nov 12, at 1:30 p.m. Club member Gary Hart will give a short review for those who missed Part 1. 

In Act 2, Sarastro tells a court of temple priests that Prince Tamino must undergo tests to prove himself worthy of pursuing Princess Pamina. Among the many activities occurring on stage, the Queen of the Night arrives to demand her daughter Pamina kill Sarastro to obtain his power of the Sun and Light which Pamina declines to do.  

Simultaneously, Tamino is enduring his tests of imposed silence, which Pamina does not understand.  And, Papageno the birdcatcher is entertainingly bemoaning his own lack of a wife or girlfriend. In the finale, the three wise choir boys usher in light, preventing Princess Pamina from using her mother’s dagger on herself, Papageno finds himself a wife, and Tamino and Pamina are crowned and united in marriage.

Potluck refreshments will lend a festive atmosphere to this year-end event for Leisure World’s Opera Club members.Everyone is invited to bring their favorite snacks. 

The opera is sung in German with English subtitles. No dues or fees are collected. Room 2 in Clubhouse 3 opens at 1 p.m. (but not before). For more information, contact Beverly Emus, LW Opera Club president, at 296-5586 or bemus@socal.rr.com.

Los Al Library Book Sale

Get a jump on your holiday shopping at the Los Alamitos/Rossmoor Library Book Sale on Thursday, Nov. 15,  and Saturday, Nov. 17 from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. There will be bargains on great books for gift giving (adult and children) and holiday celebrations, decorating and cooking. The community room will be filled with oversized and regular paperbacks. 

The Friends Bookstore offers magazines, puzzles, CDs and DVDs.  Browse the Community Front Porch for kids, teens and nonfiction books. 

Proceeds from this sale support the library, 12700 Montecito Road, Seal Beach, and its many programs. 

Bi-monthly book sales are held on the 3rd Thursday and Saturday of the month.

For more information, call  430-1048.

Fusion Glass Class

The Lapidary and Jewelry Club will offer an Introduction to Glass Fusion for Jewelry on Wednesday, Nov. 14, from 9 a.m.-noon in the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4. Sign up in the Lapidary Room. 

The class is limited to six students. Cost is $10 per student, payable at the beginning of the classes. 

This class is for small items, usually less than two-by-two-and-a-half inches. Most pieces can be completed in one session and make great gifts for Christmas. 

These classes are popular and limited to six students.

Fused pieces can be picked up the following day. So people are encouraged to sign up early in Clubhouse 4. The Lapidary Room is located to the rear of the clubhouse.

GRF Movie

“Life of the Party,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 11, in Clubhouse 4.

When her husband suddenly dumps her, longtime and dedicated housewife Deanna turns regret into reset by going back to college. Unfortunately, Deanna winds up at the same school as her less-than-thrilled daughter. 

Plunging headlong into the campus experience, the outspoken new student soon begins a journey of self-discovery while fully embracing all of the fun, freedom and frat boys that she can handle.

The comedy runs one hour and 45 minutes.

Some scenes and language may offend some people.

Lapidary Club lunch is Dec. 10

The Lapidary Club invites members and their guests to a holiday luncheon at noon on Dec. 10 in Clubhouse 4, Room A.

Cost is $10 for members and $15 for non-member guests.

Served will be chicken, biscuits, dressing, mashed potatoes and gravy, cranberry sauce, vegetables a piece of pie, and coffee and tea.

Sign-up sheets will be available in the Lapidary Room in Cubhouse 4.  Make your pie selection when you sign up.

A general meeting will be held to thank outgoing officers and elect a new slate.

GRF Weekly Dance

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

The American Gold Band will play rock and roll on Nov. 10. 

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

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

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

• Only the bands can make announcements from the stage.

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

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

Friends of Library auction off handmade quilt

The Friends of the Leisure World Library will auction off a handmade quilt donated by Ramona Green, a 24-year resident of Leisure World. Proceeds will benefit the LW Library. 

Bids can be made through Nov. 14, during regular operating hours. The Friends Room is open weekdays from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Green has been making quilts for her family and the Long Beach Veterans Hospital for 30 years. 

This cozy quilt is 39-by-59 inches. Everyone is welcome to go to the Friends Room across from the LW Library to place a bid. 

Art League to host abstract artist for demonstration

Artists and art lovers are in for a special treat when the Leisure World Art League hosts a demonstration by talented artist and sculptor Elaine Cohen at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 13, in Clubhouse 4.  

People should arrive a bit early to get good seats, as the Art League demos continue to draw large turnouts.

The demonstration promises to be entertaining and educational, as Elaine is a master at explaining her work and techniques to both longtime artists and those at earlier stages in their endeavors.

While her two-dimensional works are primarily abstracts done in mixed media, the demo will provide insights useful across a broad range of artistic styles.

Born in New York and raised in California, Elaine first dreamed of becoming an artist when she was five. 

After graduating from Dorsey High in Los Angeles, neither college nor a fine art academy were options for her. Instead, she married at a young age, had two sons, and settled into motherhood.

It wasn’t until she finished a very successful career in business that she finally found the time to pursue her dream. 

She began by studying sculpture with Robert Cunningham, a former artist-in-residence at the Getty Museum. 

Since Elaine set off on her journey in the art world, she has received numerous commissions for sculpted and pencil portraits.  Her work has been accepted into the Smithsonian National Portrait Competition for the opening of the new Portrait Gallery. She was the featured “Emerging Artist” on PBS White House Chronicles on three separate episodes. 

Elaine has also been voted best sculptor at the Art A Fair for six years and voted one of the top 10 artists in the People’s Choice poll at the fair. This past year Elaine was voted one of the top 10 artists in the Patrons Choice contest at the Laguna Festival of Arts.

The most recent addition to Elaine’s career has been teaching abstract painting. 

Her workshops at the San Clemente Art Supply Warehouse and her private students have brought challenge and a great deal of excitement as she encourages others to enjoy the experience of creating this wonderful style of art. The demonstrations have been a wonderful experience bringing Elaine into contact with artists and hobby painters from all areas. 

Those interested in previewing Elaine’s work and learning more about this talented artist as encouraged to visit her website at www.elainecohen.com.

Members must submit their art work for display by 6:30 p.m. The popular choice theme this month is “ Autumn.” As always, refreshments will be available and one of the artist’s pieces will be the prize in our raffle.

Carmen Edwards to lead Community Sing

The Community Sing will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12,  in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. The lobby won’t be available until 6 p.m., per the GRF Recreation Department.

People who want to participate in Opening Acts should come at 6 to sign in with the leader, Carmen Edwards, and bring music for pianist Pat Kogok.

Carmen’s half-time guests will be Amy Walker and Terry Humphrey.

On Oct. 29 Betty Ballen was the emcee.  Opening Acts began with Ethel Carter singing “Put on a Happy Face,” followed by Byong Choi “Moonlight on the River Colorado.”;  Bruce Dupont, “Body and Soul”; Bob Barnum, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; Bill Frambach, “It’s Almost Like Falling in Love; and  Anita Ragole, “Dancing in the Dark,” accompanied on piano by Pat Kogok.   

Pianist Barbara McIlhaney accompanied five of the soloists.

Betty led group singing until 7:15 when she introduced her half-time guest, the famed entertainer, Tommy Williams. He began by introducing and praising his sound equipment aide, Ruth Long. Then he did two solo numbers (karaoke-style) “You Raise Me Up” and “This is the Moment.” Those were followed by a duet he did with Vickie Van Ert, “Be My Baby,” and another song that Tommy said helped him recover from a recent illness: “I Can Only Imagine.”

The final number was a quartet with Tommy Williams, Tosca Lies, Vickie Van Ert and Charlie Guggino—all members of the Cabaret Club—who appropriately sang “Life is a Cabaret.”  

The audience applauded loudly, cheered, tapped their toes and otherwise moved to the music. Some even sang along on one of the numbers. After the sing, audience members surrounded Tommy and fellow performers to further express their appreciation of all the effort and passion that went into the half-time performance.  

Betty wrapped up group singing and lead the audience in “Kumbaya” to end the musical evening.

Many thanks to pianist Barbara McIlhaney and to book lenders, Bob Barnum and Walter St. Clair. Also much appreciated was Vito Villamor for providing the transport of music books. 

Video Producers Club

The Video Producers Club offers free training weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 12-A. Get answers to video-related questions and step-by-step demonstrations; no appointments needed. 

Drop in Mondays to learn more about creating and editing videos with Joe Osuna; Tuesdays, how to transfer VHS tapes to DVD or other media, Richard Houck; Wednesdays, general information about the club and its services, Irene Cistaro; Thursdays, using smartphones and tablets to take videos, Joseph Valentinetti; and Fridays, creating and editing videos, Janice Laine. For more information, call the VPC Room at 431-6586, ext. 287.

SBTV-Channel 3

SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Thursday, Nov. 8

4 pm Classical Music

5:07 pm Betty J. Price Chimes-Soloist

6 pm Alex Plotkin-

Hearing Loss Information

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

9 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

10:05 pm  Community Sing

Friday, Nov. 9

4:30 pm Blessing of the Animals—

Service Club

4:50 pm Service Club

5 pm Alex Plotkin on Hearing Loss

6 pm Calvary Chapel

6:30 pm  Bob Cole Conservancy

7 pm Studio Cafe 

8 pm Betty Price Chimes Soloist

9 pm McGaugh Go West!

Saturday, Nov. 10

4 pm Classical Music LW

5:07 pm Blessing of the Animals

5:30 pm Harmonizing Humanity

6 pm Community Sing-LW

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm LAUSD

10 pm MSB 2017 Highlights

11:05 pm Live at the Ford

Sunday, Nov. 11

4 pm SB Planning Commission,  Replay 11-5

6 pm Blessing of the Animals 

6:20 pm  Community Sing-LW

7:03 pm  McGaugh First Grade

8 pm McGaugh Go West! 

9 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

9:30 pm Studio Cafe

10:30 pm Life and Times in SB—

Rich Harbour

Monday, Nov. 12

4 pm Classica Music

5:07 pm Betty J. Price Chimes Soloist

6 pm Community Sing

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm Vintage Vehicles 

9 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

9:30 pm Life & Times in SB— 


Tuesday, Nov. 13

4 pm Harmonizing Humanity

4:30 pm Betty J. Price Chimes Soloist

5:30 pm SB City Council Study

Session – LIVE

7 pm Seal Beach City Council 

Mtg – LIVE

8:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

9 pm Studio Cafe

10 pm Blessing of the Animals

10:20 pm Service Club/Lynn and Sue

Wednesday, Nov. 14

4 pm Betty J. Price Chimes Soloist

5 pm Harmonizing Humanity

5:30 pm Alex Plotkin on Hearing Loss 

6:30 pm Vintage Vehicles

7 pm Community Sing–LW

8 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

8:30 pm Studio Cafe

9:30 pm Blessing of the Animals

9:50 pm Service Club LW

LW Dines Out

Finbars and Naples Rib Company have a new schedule for GRF-sponsored Restaurant Night. Naples is serving on the first Monday of the month and Finbars, on the third Monday. Finbars will be in LW on Nov. 19 (see menu below).

Finbars does not require reservations. 

To make reservations for Naples, call 439-7427or go to www.ribcompany.com/leisure-world-menu.asp. Reservations must be received before noon on the Mondays that they serve here. Those who book through the website will receive a special treat. 

People can come in to eat anytime between 4-6 p.m. to avoid long lines. Dining is permitted until 7.

Finbars Italian Kitchen

Nov. 19

Finbars Italian Kitchen will be in Clubhouse 1 on Nov. 19 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.; dining allowed until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required.


Sausage and Peppers

Spicy sweet Italian sausage sauteed roasted red vinegar peppers, mild green chilies and onions. Prepared sicilian-style or with marinara


Lasagna, $13

Meatballs, sausage, pepperoni, herbs, Romano, Ricotta, Mozzarella, Bolognese, marinara, Sunday gravy.

Chicken Parmigiana, $14

Tender slices of chicken layered with Mozzarella, Pecorino Romano and Parmesan cheeses in tomato sauce. Served with pasta.

Poached Salmon in Basil Cream Sauce, $15

Served with pasta and vegetables or rice


Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

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

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

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

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


In Memoriam 

Lawrence MacDonald 74

Chan So  34

Sandra Towns  55

Glen Fleenor  67

John Roselius  74

Lisa Davis  57

Agaio Tupu Fiti  53

Lillian Allen  83

Gilbert Armstrong  64

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary

Sports and Games 


Fun Time Pinochle Club winners Nov. 5: Grace Finnigan, 12,220; Oscar Moya, 12,190; Peg Kaspar, 11,970; and Marge Dodero, 11,240. 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 Nov. 5: Paul Chang, Maxine LeFleur, Sheila Hanley. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Mary Nell Clark, 296-8570.


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners Nov 3: N/S: Howard Smith-Dorothy Favre; Sue Fardette-Larry Slutsky; Sibyl Smith-Verna Burns; Alan and Barbara Olschwang; Mark Singer-John Hagman; Miriam Kelley-Judy Mathias. E/W: Jeanette Estill-Hanefi Erten; Diane Sachs-Marilyn McClintock; Judy Jones-Al Appel; Joyce Henderson-Dalia Hernandez; Kathy Jervic (first t ime)-Betty Scharf; Stan Johnson-Louise Seifert. Winners Nov 2: N/S: George Alemshah-Sylvia Kaprelyan; Verna Burns-Howard Smith; Ernie Ross-Roy Tomooka; Betty Jackson-Diane Sachs; Joyce Basch-Nancy Lichter. E/W: Paul and Monica Honey; Al Appel-Joan Tschirki; Sue Fardette-Fred Reker; Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; Stan Johnson-Louise Seifert. The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in clubhouse 1 at 12:15. For information on how to join, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is the unit game and annual meeting at 11:15 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 16. A quorum is needed, so arrive by 11:45a.m.

            – Fred Reker


Y-Yahtzee Rollers Club winners Nov. 2: Most Yahtzees: Kathy Rose, 6. Most points: Marilyn Moody, 1,546. Door prize winner: Joanne Lester. The next games will be played on Nov. 16. The Rollers meet at 12:30 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. Play, laugh and have a good time in a welcoming environment. To learn Yahtzee or play a refresher game, call Kathy Rose at 596-7237 to set up a lesson. 


Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners Nov. 1: Peg Kaspar, 10,690; Jim Dix, 10,160; Richard Van Wasshnova, 9,890; Bert Sellers, 9,420. Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433. 

    –Bert Sellers


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club. No games were played Thursday, Nov. 1, due to the unavailability of Clubhouse 3. Winners Oct. 29: N/S: First in Strats A and B: Alan Olschwang-Chie Wickham; second in Strat A: Larry Topper-Lynn Danielson; third in Strat A: Linda and Dick Stein; fourth in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Gary Paugh; tied for fifth place in Strat A: Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz and Emma Trepinski-Verna Burns; second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Julie Cunningham-Gene Yaffee. E/W: First in Strat A: Joyce Henderson-Thad Mikols; second in Strat A: Judith Jones-Al Appel; third in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-Rob Preece; fourth in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; fifth in Strat A, first in Strats B and C: George Koehm-Bea Aron; sixth in Strat A, second in Strats B and C: Cookie Pham-Ellen Kice; third in Strat B: Nancy Lichter-Norma Krueger; tied for fourth in Strat B: Howard Smith-Sue Boswell and Monica and Paul Honey (third in Strat C). Games are played Mondays and Thursdays beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Players are asked to arrive by 12:15 p.m. to confirm their reservation. To make or cancel a reservation for Mondays call Midge Dunagan at 594-9698; for Thursdays call Sharon Beran at 308-7838 or email her by 10:30 a.m. on the day of game at hbsharonb@gmail.com. With a maximum of 18 tables, available, players without reservations should arrive by noon and check in with the director of the day; they will be on a first-come-first-served basis if there is space. Players who need a partner should arrive by noon and check with the club manager; every effort will be made to find a partner. To cancel a reservation on game day or to report late, call 481-7368 between noon-1 p.m. 

– Gene Yaffee


Friendly Pinochle Club winners Nov. 1: Oscar Moya, 12,970; Tony Dodero, 12,810; Bert Sellers, 12,620; Marilyn Allred, 12,180. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For  more information, call (310) 968-9509.

– Bert Sellers

Best Time Bunco

The Best Time Bunco Club will hold a Thanksgiving dinner at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 12, in Clubhouse 2.

The club will provide the entree, ham and scalloped potatoes. Members will bring a side dish to share. 

All are invited to come and enjoy dinner with members and stay to play bunco at 6 p.m. 

For more information, call Gail L. Levitt at 596-1346. 

The club is seeking new members.

Scrabble Club

by Maria Giegerich

LW contributor

One key to being a top Scrabble player is being familiar with the numerous two-letter words not common in everyday usage (e.g. aa, da, fe, qi, etc).

 Having a broad vocabulary helps, too. Five members of Leisure World Scrabble Club with good records in both categories, used seven letter words earning them a “bingo” and 50 extra points. 

Beth Winslow and Ruth Depuy found two words each, earning them the top spot. Winslow’s words were “derails” and “hitters” and Depuy’s were “parolee” and “hostage.”

Larry Edgar scored with “rotates,” Charla Gae with “tainted” and Flo Nesland with “courage.”

Playing Scrabble one-on-one, players’ scores generally land in the mid-200s. 

Unusually high scores occur when a player lands on double or triple word squares and/or draws the letter “s.’’ 

Scores of 350 and higher deserve special mention. Flo Thompson, Beth Winslow, Sylvia Makus and Larry Edgar each had two high scores. 

Thompson had 423,350; Winslow, 416, 399; Makus, 380, 368 and Edgar, 367, 359. 

Those with a single top score were Charla Gae 382, Zoe Pickell 369 and Wanda Bemben 353.

The Club welcomed the return of past-president Flo Thompson following a month-long absence. 

To join the club, call Flo Nesland, president, at 598-1384 for information. 

Members meet every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5.

Monday Golf

Paul Cose and Merle McGee shot net 58s to tie for first place in the A flight of Monday golf group play on Oct. 29 at the David L. Baker course. 

Tied for third place were Bruce Anderson and Fujio Norihiro, 61, followed by Sam Choi, 62 and Ron Jackson, 63. 

Closest to the pin honors went to Bruce Anderson, who also had a bird and fewest putts at the third hole. Fujio Norihiro had fewest putts at No. 15.

Bob Munn continued his winning ways in the second flight and bagged a hole-in-one on the first hole.

Winning with a 55, he also had a birdie. Second place with a 56 was John Meyer, who also collected two birdies. Completing the flight was Lowell Goltra at 62 and a bird.

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

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

Bowling Club

by Dave Silva

LW contributor

Very Striking, a half-game behind first-place Maybe Next Tuesday in the Bowling Club league standings, swept that team last week to move into first place despite 218 and 194 games by Tom Kaczmarek. 

Dave Silva had a 198 game for Very Striking without getting a double. 

 Just Lucky swept Nameless with Frank Snee, Just Lucky’s anchor bowler, rolling a 192. 

 D Hustlers won three games from We Can Do It, as Renato Villanueva had the high game, 235. 

Teammate Fred Garcia had high series with a 597. 

Sandy Boardman of We Can Do It rolled a 174 game and bowled over his average in each game. 

Spares Are Good swept OSIMA as Kathleen Weedman had the top game for the ladies with a first game of 181. 

Strikes are Better won three from the Pinbusters with Eric Dodd scoring a 195. 

Cribbage Club

Bill Barnes had high score of 844 in Cribbage Club play on Oct. 30 at Clubhouse 1. He was followed by Dave LaCasia, 842; Patti Smith, 837 and Peggy McKendrick and Bea Lissow, tied at 835.

Norm Martin and Myrna Baker had six games of 121. 

The club provided apple and pumpkin pies with toppings and Alma Zamzow brought assorted candies. 

The clubhouse looked festive thanks to Kathleen Morrison. She put up the decorations and treated members to mini tangerine pumpkins. Julie Milburn and Margaret Smith served.  

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

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.

Pickleball Players Club

Members of the Pickleball Players Club will hold their annual holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 15, in Clubhouse 3.

 Connie Deady is the chairperson of the event. 

The deadline to make reservations is Sunday, Dec. 2. 

The cost of the sit down dinner and festivities is $15 per person. 

Members, their guests and residents are invited to attend.

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

Golf Club

by Dave LaCascia

LW contributor

The Men’s Golf Club Guys and Gals tournament held recently was made up of 34 co-ed teams competing over 18 holes in three flights.

The A flight consisted of teams with combined handicaps of 0- 9; B flight, 10-12 and C flight, 13-18.

Closest to the pin winners were Paul Alloway on the eighth hole and Sandy Derouin, Bob Turner and Soo Choi on No. 17. 

There were two circle hole winners, but no holes- in-one.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).

Flight winners:

A: John Kolthoff -Ann Walshe, 46; Bill Lyons-Pam Krung, 47; tie between Chang Choi-Soo Choi and Bib Turner and Janice Turner, 49; tie among Fujio Norihiro-Keiko Sekino, Paul Alloway-Ann Tran and Byron Schweitzer-Bert Thompson, 50.

B: Dave LaCascia-Liz Meripol, 45; tie among Walt Bier-Marge Thompson, Ron Jackson-Dale Quinn, 47; Hyon-Shin, 48; tie among Merle McGee-Marty Lancaster, Tom McCullough-Mary Ann Moore, and Jae Lee-Sun Lee, 49.

C: Marv Jones-Marilyn Hewitt, 45; Youn Lee-Malinda Lee, 47; Steve Moody-Sandy Derouin, 48; tie among Don and Sandy Kim, Sang Kim-Soo Kim and Ryan and Kay Hong, 50.

Pool Club

The Wild BBzzz was the big winner last week in Men’s and Ladies’ Pool Club play by winning seven games from the Six Shooters.

Kurt Bourhenne and Eunis Christensen won four of their five matches, including their 8-ball singles match.  

The Wild BBzzz is now in third place with a 37-35 record.

Fearless won took six games from RR&B as Paul Snellenberger won all four of his doubles matches. 

 Sal LaScala led the Long Shots in a 5-4 win over Chalk and Awe by winning all five of his games. 

The league-leading Long Shots are now six games ahead of second place Chalk and Awe.

Chess Club

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 Rc4. The white Rook moves from c5 to c4.  Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate

Shuffleboard Club

Girl Power and the Sliders battled to a 9-9 tie on Nov. 2 in Shuffleboard Club’s league play.

In the other game, The Puckmasters slipped past The Classics, 10-8.

All-game winners for Girl Power was Peggy Hamilton.

The Puck Masters’ all-game winner was Sal LaScala and for the The Sliders, it was Connie Lee.

The Classics’ all-game winner was Dennis Jensen.

The Puck Masters are in first place with 4 points; followed by the Classics, 2 1/2 points; Girl Power, 2 points and the Sliders, 1-1/2 point.

The next games will be played tomorrow, Friday between the top two teams, Puck Masters and The Classics. In the other match, The Sliders play Girl Power.


The last Friday of the month luncheon will be at held after the games at noon on Nov. 30, at Ruby’s Diner at Pacific Coast Highway.

To join the club or 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,call Carrie Kistner, club president, at (949) 300-0285.


Upcoming events:

• Turkey Shoot Tournament, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m., Clubhouse 1 courts

 • Christmas Party, Dec. 5, 6 p.m.,Clubhouse 3, Room 2, tentative.


On the Go

Day Trips 

Gibbon Conservation Center and Gardens — Nov. 13, $79 includes lunch at Buca di Beppo, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886

Pauma Casino – Nov. 14, $15; $10 cash in machine, New York Club, Phyllis Pierce, 598?3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949

Julian – Nov. 20, $75, includes lunch, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886

U.S. Grant Hotel Thanksgiving Day Brunch- Nov. 22, $169, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Holiday Model Trains & Carnegie Gallery – Nov. 29, $79 with buffet lunch at The Hacienda, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Pala Casino – Nov. 30, $6, $10 back, American Legion Post 327, Gail Levitt, 596-1346

Castle on the Green – Sunday, Dec. 2, $70 with lunch at Cheesecake Factory, LW Garden Club, Dee Neri, 431-5889, or Gail Levitt, 596-1346

“Magic of Christmas” La Mirada Theater – Thursday, Dec. 6, $70, Children-A-Priority, Juanita Townsend, 431-4026

Colorful Songs Revue – Dec. 13, $109 with lunch and wine, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Walt Disney Concert Hall , L.A. Master Chorale Festival of Carols -Dec. 15, $99, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Disney on Ice- Dare to Dream – Dec. 19, Honda Center, $37 with transportation, GRF Recreation, 431-6586, ext. 326 or 324, or email events@lwsb.com

Workman & Temple Family Homestead Museum, Rancho Cucamonga Lights – Dec. 17, $89 includes afternoon tea at the Christmas House Inn, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Fantasy Springs Casino- Jan. 2, $30, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821

Guide Dog/Braille Institute- Jan. 2, $75 with lunch at Clifton’s, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821

Pechanga Casino- Feb. 6, $15, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821

Tribute to  Cher, Tom Jones, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Palm Springs – Thursday, Feb. 28, $103 includes lunch, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821

Pirates of Penzance, Glendale Theater – Saturday, March 16, $95 includes lunch, at Scarantino’s, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821

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 

Laughlin, Aquarius Casino Resort – Three days, Nov. 25-27, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Las Vegas, Sam’s Town    Three days, Jan. 14-16, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886

Arizona Gems, Quartzsite, Arizona – Jan 20-22, Motorcoach, Blue Water Resort. Traveling Tigers, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

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

Wonder Valley- Feb. 10-12, $103, Los Alamitos Senior Club, Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821

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

Pala trip set for Nov. 30

The American Legion, Post 327, will escort a day-trip to Pala Casino on Nov. 30. 

The cost is $6 with $10 returned upon arrival at the casino on player cards. There will be five hours of playtime.  

The bus leaves at 8:30 a.m from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot. It returns about 5:30 p.m. All are welcome.

Call Gail Levitt, 596-1346, for reservations.


Overnight trips planned in 2019

The Los Alamitos Seniors Club will host a three-day, two-night trip to Sam’s Town in Las Vegas, Monday-Wednesday, Jan. 14-16.

Enjoy the  restaurants, movie theaters, gaming and bowling. A bus will take guests to the Las Vegas Strip and/or downtown.

The cost of the three-day, two-night trip is $175, double occupancy; $243, singles. 


The Los Alamitos Seniors’ Club will host a three-day trip to Wonder Valley Ranch with a side tour along the Blossom Trail, Feb. 10-12.

Wonder Valley Ranch has a down-home country atmosphere nestled in the Sierra Nevada foothills. The fun begins with a hosted happy hour and evening program. All meals are included at the ranch.

A tour of Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks will occur on the second day.  

The cost is $418, per person, double occupancy, $513 for singles. 

For more information, and reservations, call Teri Nugent, 446-0293, Verna Burns, 596-1886, Joyce Ingram, (714) 887-9821.


Holiday tour planned to Castle Green

The Leisure World Garden Club will escort a holiday tour to Castle on the Green, Sunday, Dec. 2.  The castle opens its doors only twice a year and the Garden Club is fortunate to offer this tour.  The castle was turned into a specular housing development for many families.  The families graciously open their homes and hearts for holiday tours.  The bus will leave Leisure World at 10 a.m. There will be lunch at the Cheesecake Factory in Pasadena prior to the tour. 

The tour is filling up fast, so don’t delay.  The cost is $70 and includes lunch at the Cheesecake Factory with many entrees to choose from and a piece of cheesecake for dessert, entrance to this very old Pasadena  Castle,  the bus ride and driver’s gratuity. 

Participants do not have to be members of the Garden Club. Friends and family are welcome. This tour is not open to the public. 

For more information and reservations, contact Dee Neri, 431-5889, or Gail Levitt, 596-1346.

Around Town

Malainey’s Grill will provide free meals to current, retired and former military personnel with I.D. on Veterans Day, Monday, Nov. 12, from 5-10 p.m. This is an annual event at the Alamitos Bay restaurant is to thank them for their service.


The Lore and Legends of Christmas Greens will be held at Rancho Los Cerritos on Saturday, Nov. 17, from 10 a.m.-noon. RLC Horticulturalist Marie Barnidge McIntyre will give entertaining and informative information of the symbolic resonance and historical evolution of Christmas greens. Tickets, $8 per person, are available online and at the door. Rancho Los Cerritos is located at 4600 Virginia Road, Long Beach.


The Special Olympics Fall Games will be held this weekend, Nov. 10-11, from 9 a.m. -4 p.m. at the Fountain Valley Sports Park. Opening ceremonies are Saturday, 8:45 a.m. Athletes will compete in soccer, softball, tennis, volleyball, and golf. The Games will attract more than 1,100 athletes from across Southern California who will compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals and ribbons. Admission is free and open to the public.