LW Weekly VIE 04-10-19

Page 1, General

Amphitheater season opens June 27

Every year, the Golden Rain Foundation hosts a summer music festival on Thursday nights at the 2,500-seat Amphitheater. Residents, their friends and families are invited to kick off the series at 8 p.m. on June 27 with the Texas Tenors, an Emmy Award-winning classical crossover with country roots. The trio vocal group was formed in 2009 by country singer JC Fisher, Broadway singer Marcus Collins and opera singer John Hagen.

Amphitheater shows will start at 8 p.m. until September when they begin at 7:30 p.m. A special July 4 show will also begin at 7:30.

Residents must have GRF photo I.D. cards for admittance to Amphitheater shows. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident stockholder.

Smoking is not permitted at the Amphitheater, which is located behind the LW News Office in the GRF Administration complex.

Minibus transportation will be available before and after shows. Koffel’s food trucks will provide options for pre-event dining.

The summer line-up includes:

• June 27: Texas Tenors

• July 4: Bruce Springsteen Tribute: The Rising (starts at 7:30 p.m. due to 4th of July holiday)

•July 11: Harmony: Three Dog Night Tribute, opened by comic Scott Wood

•July 18: Tribute to Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

•July 25: ABBA Fab

•Aug. 1: Billy Joel Tribute: The Stranger

•Aug. 8: Best of Doo Wop featuring The Diamonds, the Coasters and The Drifters

•Aug. 15: Mick Adams and The Stones: The World’s Most Authentic Tribute to The Rolling Stones

•Aug. 22: The Papas & The Mamas: Tribute to The Mamas & The Papas, opened by comic Mark Schiff

•Aug. 29: Gregory Wolfe as Rod Stewart

Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

•Sept. 5: Tribute to Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Jackie Wilson

• Sept. 12: America’s Diamond Live: Tribute to Neil Diamond

GAF hosts bike service day

More than 125 LW residents pedaled their bikes to a free bike service event hosted by the Golden Age Foundation (GAF) in collaboration with the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) April 3 in the parking lot outside of Clubhouse 6. Dave Hanson, president of JAX Bicycle Center, was there to dispense free bike advice and make minor repairs.

The event was so popular that more than 20 bikers had to be turned away, but they will be first in line at the next event on May 1 from 2-4 p.m. at the JAX tent in the parking lot of Clubhouse 6.

On April 3, Hanson transported 14 bicycles to the JAX Bicycle Center for service and repair. Owners will be able to pick them up Wednesday, April 17, from 2-4 p.m., in Clubhouse 6 parking lot.

The bike repair service will be provided on a trial basis once a month through June. The purpose of the event is to help people who want to ride but have problems with their bicycles that keep them off the road. Call GAF Hospitality Chairman Carl Kennedy, (661) 810-9410, for more information.

JAX Bicycle Center was established in 1971 and has since become the largest Trek retailer in California. There are 10 Jax locations, including Long Beach and Huntington Beach.

Moms honored at brunch on May 11

The GRF Recreation Department will host a special brunch to honor Leisure World mothers at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, in Clubhouse 4. Country Gardens Caterers will provide an elegant repast of egg and sausage strata, strawberry crepes, fresh fruit and pastry platters, sparkling cider and more.

Moms and guests will be serenaded by classical harpist Peggy Skomal, who will play Irish, Scottish and Welsh songs.

Reservations are on sale for $26 at the Recreation Office in Building 5. People who want to buy a table for $208 or sit with a group should inform the Events Coordinator when purchasing tickets. Seating will be assigned if no request is made.

The event is expected to sell out this year, so now is the time to make reservations. For more information, contact the Recreation Department at events@lwsb.com or call 431-6586, ext. 326.

Finbars dinner service canceled on Monday

Finbars Italian Kitchen has canceled dinner service on Monday, April 15, due to unforeseen circumstances.

Hometown Buffet will serve dinner on April 22. It offers a different dinner menu each month for $11 (tax included) for all you can eat on site. Take-out is also be available; however, there is a $2 charge for a container for the soup of the day. On Sunday, April 28, Hometown will serve its first LW brunch from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Prices and information will be published in LW Weekly.

The Monday Night Restaurant will be dark on April 29.

GRF, Mutual financial statements delivered

Golden Rain Foundation and Mutual audited financial statements for 2018 are inserted in this edition of the LW Weekly. For additional copies, visit the Accounting Office.

Earthquake preparedness talk is May 9

The Emergency Information Council will host an earthquake presentation called “Earthquakes Threaten Southern California—Are You Prepared?” All are welcome to attend.

Margaret Vinci from the Caltech Office of Earthquake Programs will speak on May 9 from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

Vinci will share the latest information on earthquake hazards and potential losses, and provide earthquake preparedness resources for home, work and business.

All are invited to empower themselves to be ready for the next disaster.

With 22 million people living and working in Southern California, a major earthquake in the region could cause an unprecedented catastrophe. What people do now, before a big earthquake, can help mitigate the damage.

The presentation will be focused on the science of earthquakes, and the risks and hazards particular to Southern California, including a scenario involving a 7.8 magnitude along the San Andreas fault. The presentation will include a realistic portrayal of what could happen in a major earthquake on the southern end of that fault.

Topics will cover how it would affect residents and what people need to do to protect themselves.

Girls State Delegate is chosen

Julia Carpenter, a junior at Los Alamitos High School, has been chosen by American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 as its delegate to Girls State. The convention is in June at Claremont McKenna College.

Julia is a straight “A” student and loves music, tennis, youth sailing and Girl Scouts.  She is among the best youth violinists in Southern California. Last summer she worked at the Aquarium of the Pacific as a guide. Julia is looking forward to meeting new friends and experiencing new activities as a part of the Girls State program.

The LW unit is proud to be her sponsor.

On Friday, April 12, the board of directors will meet in Clubhouse 3, Room 4, at 1 p.m.  All members are welcome. The regular meeting will be on Monday, April 15, at 1:30 p.m in Clubhouse 4.  All members and their guests are encouraged to attend.

Y Service Club features Victor Rocha

Victor Rocha, GRF security services director, will be the guest speaker at the Y Service Club meeting on Wednesday, April l7, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Bonnie Freund and Eloise Knoll will host a continental breakfast at 7:30 a.m., followed by a business meeting conducted by President Margaret Humes.

At 8:30 a.m., Rocha will discuss security issues affecting the Leisure World community. All shareholders are invited to hear the speaker and learn more about the services the Y Service Club offers to the community. Club volunteers are available to help residents with a variety of non-professional household tasks they are unable to do independently.

To request assistance, look in the section “Leisure World Helping Leisure World” in the LW Weekly.

For information, call Maureen Habel at 810-1561 or mlhabel@aol.com.

Woman’s Club card party is April 19

The Woman’s Club card party and luncheon will be held on Friday, April 19, in Clubhouse 2. Bridge and canasta are the usual games played. However, people who want to play another type of table game and enjoy a catered lunch are welcome.

Everyone should be seated by 11:45 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon.

Luncheon and cards are by reservation only. Those who are not Woman’s Club members may attend one time as a guest. Regularly attending card players who are current club members have a standing reservation. Individual tickets are $12; a table of four is $48 and should be purchased by one person. Opportunity raffle tickets are three for $1. To cancel, change, or make a new reservation, call Judy Belladella at 598-1784 no later than 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 16.

Reservations that are not canceled must be paid for, and the member will be billed. If a substitute player is needed, call Joyce Bissell at 596-0148.

Drug Take Back Day is April 27

The Seal Beach Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) host a pill disposal event from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., April 27.

It’s a chance to rid your homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring pills for disposal to Leisure World’s Security building at the Main Gate. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 10 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 5.5 million pounds—more than 2,750 tons—of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are advised that flushing meds down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential health hazards.

For more information about the April 27 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA website at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/index.html.

Directions for


• Driving: Stay on the left exit lane on Golden Rain Road, make a left turn onto the driveway between the Security building and the LW Globe. After dropping off unused medications, make a left turn to re-enter the community.

• Walking: Take the LW bus, walk or ride your bicycle to the Main Gate, walk outside to the OCTA bus waiting area.

Celebrate Earth Day at Bolsa Chica

The Bolsa Chica Earth Day Festival offers free family fun and a chance to learn about pollution, test the water and more from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday, April 13, at the Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve, 3842 Warner Ave., Huntington Beach (at the corner of Warner Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway).

Entry and educational activity booths are free. The festival will also include a jump tent, food sales and guided tours of the reserve.

Public tours are held at 10:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. RSVP at https://bc2019earthdaytour.eventbrite.com

Interact with animals at the Interpretive Center Animal Feedings at 11a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

RSVP at https://bc2019earthdayfeeding.eventbrite.com.

For more information, call (714) 846-1114.



By Jim Greer, Mutual 11

Leisure World Interfaith Council

In 1963, Brian Wilson and Gary Usher wrote the iconic Beach Boys song, “In My Room.”

According to Usher, Wilson’s domineering father, Murry, showed little respect for the talent of the two songwriters, who together wrote many Beach Boys hits. In recalling their tortured relationship, Gary explained that even after writing so many hits, the nicest thing Murry Wilson ever said was, “not bad, Usher, not bad” after first hearing them

play “In My Room.”

Just like Usher and Wilson, each of us needs a cocoon where we lock out all our worries and our fears. Our cocoons could be in a quiet corner sitting in an overstuffed chair reading a good book or listening to the calming sound of the surf in a secluded cove on the seashore.

In the animal kingdom, the cocoon or chrysalis is the transformational enclosure where the voracious caterpillar morphs into the beneficial butterfly.

This amazing transition converts a self-focused consumer of plants into a beneficial pollinator. We witnessed just such an awakening after California’s most recent heavy rains. March’s super bloom brought millions of painted lady butterflies through California.

Attracted by colorful blooming flowers that provide fuel for hatching caterpillars, butterflies pollinated millions of blossoms continuing the planet-preserving process of plant propagation.

These recent swarms of northbound butterflies should inspire each of us to come out of hiding to bless the lives of others while on our life journey.

The difference between our cocoons and those of the insect world is that in their rooms caterpillars emerge as beautiful winged beings. Perhaps each of us should look at our human chrysalides as an opportunity to metamorphize.

Shouldn’t the warmer, longer spring days prompt us to come out of our protective chrysalises and pollinate our neighbors with kindness? Maybe this is what Gandhi meant when he suggested, “be the change that you wish to see in the world.”

In the June 15, 2013, edition of Psychology Today, Dr. Emma M. Seppala shared the findings of studies that discovered “our well-being influences that of those around us, up to three levels of separation.” She cited one study that asked participants to share their positive experiences with close friends or romantic partners. Researchers noticed those who received constructive, encouraging and positive messages from friends and loved ones, showed more significant signs of happiness, love and appreciation.

Dr. Seppala concluded that “to try and be happy may seem like a selfish endeavor but it is a worthwhile goal to pursue, not just for oneself, but for our community.” Words of caring and acts of service for others not only enhance our wellbeing, but augment others’ joy by sharing positive experiences, and likewise encourage them to acknowledge and share their own.

When expressing our joy as we exit our social cocoons, we enhance the well-being of friends and acquaintances. We see the impact our positivity can have on our friends and everyone connected to them. May we all come to the great realization that was expressed by Dr. Albert Schweitzer when he said, “Happiness is the only thing that multiplies when you share it.”

Letters to the Editor


In response to the traffic enforcement safety program proposed for Leisure World (LW Weekly March 21):

Pedestrian safety is one of the reasons cited for such a program that would bring city police traffic enforcement into Leisure World.

We already have stop signs and painted crosswalks, most with flags and at least one with flashing lights. Whether other such devices might be available is hard to imagine, but if there are more, shouldn’t we try those first?

And if there are simpler remedies, shouldn’t we try those first? I suggest:

• Remove a few parking spaces at specific places to improve pedestrians’ view of oncoming traffic. No cost but a few buckets of paint.

• Inexpensive LED devices could make walking after dark safer. They could be distributed community-wide at relatively little cost.

We know the proposed program doesn’t station a policeman at each crosswalk, so what makes it more effective for pedestrian safety than some simpler measures?

There is, of course another consideration. Experience tells us that the $200,000 already spent and the Police Department’s new costs will want to be justified and recouped.

If the program is put into action, we can probably look forward to larger fines and much stricter enforcement of even more regulations.

Then, too, a $200,000 expenditure is a heavy thumb on the decision scale. Is the program still subject to decision, or does the expenditure make it inevitable?

Len Diamond

Mutual 8

Editor :

I deeply appreciate Nataly Chigireva publishing my article in the LW Weekly recently.

I was surprised at receiving phone calls requesting more details on the Friday transportation in Leisure World. I advised them to call the Fleet Manager Grant Winford at 431-6586, ext. 372, or check the schedule posted at the Hub.

On March 29, the bus was jammed. Everyone enjoyed a shopping spree. Keeping aware of the good transportation service was manifested.

Lisa A. Dickson Mutual 1

Remember When

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

April 12, 1979 – It happened again. A photograph in The News showed a car halfway down the embankment of the Orange County storm drain along Golden Rain Road. About 45 feet of fence and three trees were knocked down, according to Leisure World Security Chief Robert Harris.

April 13, 1989 – A legislative caucus of the California Senior Legislature was held at Leisure World. George Brown, our representative to the Senior Legislature, said that the group represents the interests of the elderly population at the state level.

April 15, 1999 – The Seal Beach City Council approved a $890,000 project to improve the corner of Westminster Avenue and Seal Beach Boulevard. The 30-year old signals were replaced and additional left turn lanes were added.

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

Watch Your Step

by Jim Breen


Almost in lockstep with spring, the Grandma scam has returned to Leisure World. The ruse is reported by residents about four times a year, right around the change in seasons.

It reappeared last week when Marcia Stammerjohn of Mutual 12 was called by a young man posing as one of her grandsons.

He read from a script that was nearly identical to what was used on LWers. He took a trip, got into trouble, was arrested and needed $5,000 to bail him out of jail.

The youthful thief gave Mrs. Stammerjohn the phone number of a “public defender” to call and arrange for payment.

“I can’t afford that kind of money,” she said.

“Then, can you go to the bank and see if you can send part of it?” he answered.

Coincidentally, Mrs. Stammerjohn had just talked to her daughter and knew that grandson was home, not in some jail.

So never called the number, nipping yet another spring scam in the bud.


With so many robocalls scams in circulation these days, its almost rare to see a scammer call on the telephone. It happened to a Mutual 15 resident last week when a mumbling man called and said he was from AT&T. He said her account would be closed unless she could answer some questions.

“It sounds like a scam to be,” said the resident.

But the caller said no, he already had most of what he wanted “even your address.” But when he read it to her, it was an old one.

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.

Credits& Kudos

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

Peter Meuter thanks the GRF board members who spent many hours to help update the bylaws for Mutual 9 and for the cost sharing among 10 mutuals. Their work was greatly appreciated.


Security Corner

Minimizing petty thefts

We are fortunate in Leisure World that most of the crimes that occur inside the community are petty thefts. There are ways to minimize the risk of being a victim of this type of crime.

Most petty thefts from your vehicle or residence are “crimes of opportunity,” meaning that someone may have not thought beforehand to take someone’s property, but faced with an opportunity to steal they chose to do so. Remember these tips to minimize petty thefts:

• The only spare key for your residence outside should be in the lockbox. Do not hide keys underneath a mat or flower pot.

• Lock your car! Most car thefts do not involve breaking a window to gain entry – the owner left the door unlocked so the thief could just open the door and remove property.

• Secure your storage cabinets in your carport.

•Lock all doors and windows when leaving your residence.

The Security Department needs your help. Always call the Security Department on its direct line, 594-4754, if you observe any activity that appears out of the ordinary. Be assured you can remain anonymous.

Final Approval of Policy 1201-33

Per the action of the GRF Board on March 26, 2019, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of Final Approval of Amendment of Policy 1201-33, GRF Identification Cards, effective May 1, 2019.

Policy 1201-33

1. GRF identification cards will be issued by the Stock Transfer Office with authorization from the Stock Transfer Manager and/or the Executive Director. GRF identification cards are for the use of residents only. Use by anyone other than the members, co-occupants, renter/tenants to whom the identification card is issued is strictly prohibited. The ID card will be renewed every five (5) years, upon the surrender of the old ID card. GRF identification cards will be issued to the following persons:

1.1. All members of the Golden Rain Foundation as shown in the stock records of the Stock Transfer Office.

1.2. Qualified Permanent Residents, as shown in the records of the Stock Transfer Office.

1.3. Co-Occupants who reside with resident stockholders as shown in the records of the Stock Transfer Office. When the status of a Co-Occupant ceases, the GRF identification card must be surrendered to the Stock Transfer Office.

1.4. All approved lessees of Mutual No. Seventeen.

2. Upon the sale of the unit or the demise of a member, co-occupant, or renter/tenant, the GRF identification card shall be surrendered to the Stock Transfer Office. If the ID card is not surrendered, a fee of $500 will be assessed against the unit. In the case of a deceased member, the fee may be waived. When the Security Department retrieves a GRF identification card, for whatever reason, it shall be surrendered to the Stock Transfer Office immediately.

3. For lost or stolen GRF identification cards, members, co-occupants, or renter/tenants may obtain a replacement card by:

3.1. Personally completing a “Certificate of Lost ID” form in the Stock Transfer Office.

3.2. Paying a $20 fee for the first replacement;

3.2.1. Subsequent replacements will be a $50 fee each. The Mutual Board of Directors will be notified when a card is lost a third or subsequent time within 24 months of the first replacement;

3.2.2. The fee may be waived if member, co-occupant, renter/tenant produces a Police Report that can be verified by the Stock Transfer Office.

Waiving of fee or fees is at the sole discretion of the Finance Committee.

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, April 11 Mutual 12

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, April 12 Mutual 3

Administration 9 a.m.

Monday, April 15 Mutual 15

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 16 Mutual 14

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday April 17 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, April 17 Mutual 7

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 18 Mutual 2

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, April 18 Mutual 11

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

Friday, April 19 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, April 22 Mutual 8

Administration 9 a.m.

Wednesday,April 24 Mutual 10

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, April 25 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, April 26 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

GRF Committee Meetings

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule of meetings on the Golden Rain Foundation master calendar, maintained by Administration:

Thursday, April 11 Communications Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, April 12 Executive Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, April 15 Finance Committee

Administration 9 a.m.

Tuesday, April 16 Information Technology Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 18 Restaurant/Bar Subcommittee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, April 19 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, April 22 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, April 23 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 24 Architectural Design Review Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, April 25 Service Maintenance Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, April 26 Facilities and Amenities Review Ad Hoc

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Town Hall meetings

Mutual 11

Mutual 11 is having a town hall meeting on Monday, April 15, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

Mutual 1

Shareholders in Mutual 1 are invited to a spring town hall meeting on Sunday, April 28, from 2-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.

Come with questions and concerns. Refreshments will be provided.

Bus service will be available throughout the Mutual.

RSVP to Phil Singer, Mutual 1, 22-G, by April 14. Bring GRF ID cards.

Mutual 14

Join Mutual 14 directors for an informal town hall meeting today, April 11, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, Room B, to meet the candidates running for the 2019-2020 board.

This is a chance to speak to the candidates and ask questions.

Changes in the by-laws will also be discussed with the Mutual 14 attorney, Mr. Roseman.

Be informed about Mutual 14 business and be an informed voter.

Mutual 15

Mutual 15 will host a town hall meeting on Wednesday, April 24, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 4 to discuss the proposed Bylaws that will be on the ballot for approval. They are currently posted on the Mutual website and printed copies are available for pickup in the Mutual Administration Department.

Mutual Election Cycle Begins; Directors needed

The community unity displayed in Leisure World Seal Beach is a direct result of all the unpaid volunteer Mutual and GRF board members duly elected to serve their mutuals and the shareholders over many years. What better way to create and sustain a community such as Leisure World then by volunteering time toward the governance of the incredible lifestyle shareholders enjoy?

This community was founded on the premise that the Mutual Boards and the elected board directors would set into operation the day-to-day business of each mutual corporation. Directors address the issues of most importance to their electorate, that is, the shareholders. Board directors find solutions to existing problems, large and small. This is not an easy job. It takes time, effort and a willingness to unselfishly donate a portion of a person’s everyday life to the community in which they live.

Leisure World Seal Beach is full of highly qualified shareholders who have so much expertise to offer, such as knowledge of construction, plumbing and accounting. New ideas and perspectives are always needed and that means volunteers are needed. Consider becoming a candidate for a director’s position on your mutual’s board of directors.

The schedule below indicates each mutual’s annual meeting date and election. Note the deadlines to apply for candidacy. If you are interested or have any questions relating to becoming a candidate for election to your Mutual’s Board of Directors, contact the Stock Transfer Office at 431-6586, ext. 346.

Health & Fitness

Weekly health, exercise classes

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.

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.

Qigong, Tai Chi Club

Qigong and tai chi classes are offered at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

The classes increase mobility and balance. Beginners are welcome.

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

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.

Ageless Grace

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

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

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

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

Qigong practice sessions classes are held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The session is led by Dave Heilig, QiGong practitoner.


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.

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.


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.

Monday 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.

Leisure Leggers

The Leisure Leggers, the walking and running club, meets at 8 a.m., Mondays, in front of Clubhouse 6 for a 30-to-60-minute walk. For more information, call Tom Pontac, president, at 304-0880.

Senior Meals

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

Monday, April 15: Hot dog with relish, ketchup and mustard on a hot dog bun, coleslaw, potato salad, salt-free cookie.

Tuesday, April 16: Split pea soup with salt-free crackers, zucchini, corn and egg casserole, stewed tomatoes wheat dinner roll with Promise, melon.

Wednesday, April 17: Coconut chicken curry with peas and potato, curry sauce, brown rice, oriental vegetable blend, pineapple chunks.

Thursday, April 18: Pork chile verde, Spanish rice, pinto beans, flour tortilla, orange juice, tropical fruit mix.

Friday, April 19: Baked ham with fruit glaze, yams with marshmallows, green beans with almonds, Parker House roll with Promise, pineapple upside down cake, fresh fruit.

Wa-Rite Club

Diana Goins was recognized at the April 5 meeting of the Wa-Rite Club, for earning her master of weight degree. She has maintained her weight for over two years and credits her success to “just showing up every Friday.”

Knowing she has to weigh in and report keeps her from getting out of control. She walks for exercise and swims to firm up. She also serves others by donating blood. She loses 650 calories and others benefit from her donation.

Margaret Humes was named queen of the month after dropping 12-1/2 pounds. No white sugar or white flour, eating mainly protein, vegetables and fruit and two meals a day, within eight hours, were contributing factors. But the hard comes trying to maintain the loss.

Judy Chambers was top loser, dropping 5-1/2 pounds.

The Food for Thought: ‘‘Reaching our goal is very rewarding, but being healthy and feeling good about yourself is even more wonderful!’

Wa-Rite is a support group for women who need to lose 10 pounds or more. Meetings are on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room, 1 from 9-10 a.m. Weigh-ins are from 7:45-8:45 a.m. Annual dues are $10. Bring Leisure World I.D. For more information,call Diana Goins at 760-1293.

Buddha Circle

The Buddha Circle’s mindfulness meditation practice group will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17 in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.

Those who attend the free event will learn and practice mindfulness meditation to increase overall well-being and reduce stress.

For more information, call (714) 932-3559 or mindfulcircle@yahoo.com.

Health Care Center

To help find options to manage pain without using medications, the Health Care Center will present a class at 10 a.m. on April 15 in the HCC Conference Room. All residents are welcome.

Many people use medications to help with pain, but it’s usually temporary relief. The meds may have other side effects, like nausea or dizziness. A difficult choice: deal with the pain or avoid feeling sick.

Leading the class will be Sheri Shafie, a clinical pharmacist, and Jeremy Matteson, physical therapist and owner of Senior’s Choice Physical Therapy.

Sheri will explore various methods of addressing pain and some of its causes.

Jeremy will demonstrate a few exercises that can help reduce pain.

The goal is to raise awareness of other ways to manage pain. The presenters will offer options that are generally safe for everyone.

The presentation is part of an ongoing series of health education classes at the HCC.

Each month a free course on a different topics is presented. Call 795-6204 for reservations.


One of the best ways to deal with grief is to be surrounded by a supportive community.

The Journeys support program will provide a safe place to process those feelings with others who have experienced similar losses.

All residents are invited to the eight-week series sponsored by Pathways. It will start on Wednesday, May 1, from 1-2:30 p.m., through June 19.

A new topic will be introduced at each session.

Group members will learn valuable tools to help them move forward in their grief journey.

For more information about this free program or any other supportive services, contact Cindy Tostado, member resource and assistance liaison, at 431-6586 ext. 317.

Those who plan to attend should call for details.

Meals on Wheels, LB

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

Monday, April 15: Beef picado, Spanish rice, California-blend vegetables, tapioca pudding, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, beet salad.

Tuesday, April 16: Barbecued chicken leg and thigh, oven browned potatoes, seasoned cauliflower, sliced peaches, chef’s salad with turkey, ham, egg, tomato, bacon and blue cheese dressing and crackers.

Wednesday, April 17: Honey glazed ham, mashed sweet potatoes, peas and carrots, mixed melon cup, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato, pickle, carrot and pineapple salad.

Thursday, April 18: Homemade meatloaf with gravy, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, seasoned green beans, ambrosia salad, turkey, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, tricolor slaw.

Friday, April 19: Breaded baked fish with tarter sauce, macaroni and cheese, Brussels sprouts, apple pie, pasta and vegetable salad with broccoli, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onions, feta cheese.

Wellness Club

The Leisure World Wellness Club will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, in Clubhouse 3, in Room 4. The speaker will be Cindy Madjecki, acupuncturist and Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) treatment specialist.

For more information, call Charla Gae at 446-0005.


LW Korean Church Association

Churches of the Leisure World Korean Church Association will celebrate Easter Dawn at a joint worship worship service at 6 a.m. on Sunday, April 21, in the Korean Community Church Sanctuary, 14000 Church Place, Seal Beach.

Jang Young Yong, pastor of Leisure World Korean Community Church (LWKCC), is the host.

The Korean churches involved include Sa-Rang Church, Pastor Kyo Min Soh; Cornerstone Church, Pastor Sung Il Kang; Korean Church, Pastor Paul Junn; Dongbu Pyungkang Church, Pastor Sam Do Kim, Union Church; Pastor Myung Hoon Joo; and Korean Community Church; Pastor Jang Young Yong. All will participate.

The sermon will be delivered by Pastor Kyo Min Soh. Sa-Rang Church, Cornerstone Church, and LW Korean Community Church’s choirs will be joining in songs of praise.

The conductor will be Young Lan Sue, with Min Jung Kim at the piano.

Fellowship in the church cafeteria will follow the service.

For more information, call Pastor Jang Young Yong at (714) 323-0897.

LW Baptist

The Leisure World Baptist Church welcomes all residents to attend the Palm Sunday service on April 14 in Clubhouse 4.

Sunday School is from 8:40- 9:10 a.m. followed by coffee and snacks until 9:45 a.m.,when morning worship begins.

All will sing the call to worship, a hymn inspired by Psalm 103: 1 “Bless the Lord ‘O My Soul.”

Choir Director Darlene Harris will sing the solo “Reach Out and Touch.”

The choir will present “Worthy is the Lamb.”

Congregational hymns will include “All Glory Laud and Honor,” “Wonderful Grace of Jesus” and “Why Should He Love Me So?”

Pianist Yvonne Leon will play the offertory.

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s morning message is titled “Our God For Whom We Have Waited,” John 12:9 -19 (Isaiah 25:9).

The closing hymn will be “Hallelujah What a Savior.”

Following the service, the prayer room will be open for those with special requests.


The Monday Men’s Fellowship meets at 10 a.m. on April 14 in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.


The Wednesday Energizers meet at 3 p.m. on April 17 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.


A Good Friday service is planned on April 19 at Redeemer Lutheran Church., where Pastor Rolland Coburn will speak on the sixth word “It Is Finished.” Kip Watkins will sing “The Healer.”

For more information, call 430-2920.

Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living

The Reverends Michael Heinle and Nicole Von Atzingen of the Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living (SBSCL) will speak on “Planting the Seeds of Love” at the 9 and 11 a.m. services Sunday.

The center is located 500 Marina Drive in Seal Beach, where all faith traditions are welcomed and honored.

Highlighting the service will be musical accompaniment by Sunny Daye and Bill Wolfe.


SBSCL is offering a course, “From Wence We Came,” on Saturdays, 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays through June 15.

The course covers the historical influences in American culture that converged to form SBSCL and the larger New Thought Movement.

For more information on upcoming classes and activities, visit www.sbcsl.org.

Faith Christian

This is the time of year when most thoughts are focused on what they owe in the way of taxes.

But at Faith Christian Assembly, (FAC) members owe Pastor and Ginny Vaughn their honor and respect. This month will be the celebration of their 27th anniversary at FAC.

They have such a genuine love for God and for His people.

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room and Grief-Share meets at 2 p.m. Fridays in the Garden Room

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

Redeemer Lutheran

On Sunday, known as Passion and Palm Sunday, Pastor Gil Moore of Redeemer Lutheran Church will speak on the theme “A Day of Contrasts” from Luke 23:1-49.

The greeter will be Evelyn Stephens. The choir will sing “Hosanna, This is a Special Day.”

Al Hayes will provide altar flowers in honor of his birthday.

The Sunday service with the reception of new members begins at 10:30 a.m. It will be followed by a light lunch in the fellowship room to honor the new members.


The Wednesday Bible class meets on April 17 in Fellowship Hall from 10:30-11:30 a.m. under the leadership of Pastor Lynda Elmer. The class is preparing to launch into a new study. All are welcome.


Navigating through Grief group meets today from 10-11 a.m. in the conference room.

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

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

Community Church

Community Church held a Golden 90s celebration after worship services on March 31.

Congregants turning 90 years old in 2019 and those over 90 years old were honored, total of 17.

All were introduced and their date and place of birth were announced. Music, entertainment, and refreshments were provided.

Special thanks to Joanna Matos and the church’s fellowship team for planning the event.


Friends and neighbors are welcome at 5 p.m. today, Thursday,in Edgar Hall when the Free “Bowl and a Roll” series ends.

The topic will be “Will My Money Last through Retirement?” presented by David Boyer.

Those who attend will get homemade soup, bread and friendly conversation.

For more information, contact Virginia Olejnik at 386-6076.


On Palm Sunday, April 14, Pastor Johan Dodge will deliver the message, “A Tale of Two Parades” from Luke 19:28-40.

Lay Liturgist will be André DuSomme.

Members are requested to dress in their Sunday best for a group photo of the congregation.

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

Holy Family Catholic

Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the beginning of Holy Week on Palm Sunday.

The readings:

At the procession with Palms: Luke 19:28-40; First Reading: Isaiah 50:4-7; Responsorial Psalm: 22:8-9, 17-18, 19-20, 23-24; Second Reading: Philippians 2:6-11; Verse before Gospel: Philippians 2:8-9; Gospel: 22:14-23:56.

• Masses on Saturday, April 13, are the Saturday Vigil, 5 p.m. and Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m.and noon.

• The Blessing of the Palms is on Sunday, April 14.

• Masses on Holy Monday through Wednesday, April 15-17, 8:30 a.m.

• Holy Thursday, April 18: Morning prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Mass of the Last Supper, 5 p.m.; Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament,6-9 p.m.

• Good Friday, April 19: Morning prayer, 8:30 a.m.; Stations of the Cross,12:30 p.m.; liturgy, 1:15 p.m.

• Holy Saturday, April 20: Morning prayer, 8:30 a.m., Easter Vigil and Mass 7:30 p.m. (No 5 p.m. Mass).

• Easter Sunday, April 21: Masses, Sunday, 8 and 10 a.m., noon.

• Sacrament of Reconciliation (confessions) schedule: today, Thursday, April 11, 9:15 a.m.; Friday, April 12, 9:40 a.m; Saturday, April 13, 4 p.m.; Monday, April 15, 9:15 a.m.; Wednesday, April 17, 4 p.m.

Beit Halev

Shabbat Hagadol, the Great Shabbat, is the Sabbath immediately preceding Passover.

The Torah portion, “Metzora,” gives detailed instructions for cleansing and purifying dwellings where the High Priest has determined that a plague is suspected.

The text continues when the Israelites are told how to cleanse themselves and the sacrificial offerings to be made after someone is contaminated or impure.

Beit HaLev’s services are accessed online at Livestream.com/Galityomtov and Facebook.com/galityomtov.

In addition to the Sabbath services, Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater conducts a short weekday Ma’ariv service on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on SimShalom.com. It includes a Torah reading, a D’var Torah, a prayer for healing and the Mourners Kaddish.


Beginners Hebrew class continues on Wednesday afternoons. To learn Prayerbook Hebrew or Modern (conversational) Hebrew, contact Rabbi-Cantor Galit at 715-0888 or duets@icloud.com for information regarding day and time.

Assembly of God

“Palms of Victory, Crowns of Glory” is the message title Sunday at the Assembly of God Church in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

Pastor Sam Pawlak will provide new insight into the meaning of this important date in Jesus’ life.

After Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger opens the service with prayer, Denise Smith will lead worship songs.

Diana Mushagian will bring church news and lead in the offering.

Prayer meetings are held at 10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m., which is prior to the hymn sing.

The 6 p.m. hymn sing in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby is a fellowship of people from various congregations throughout Leisure World and beyond. Attendees select their favorite hymns that are led by Associate Pastor Ballinger.

Providing accompaniment on various instruments will be Marge McDonald, Dean Brown and Norma Ballinger.

Also planned is a duet by Carol Darnell and her daughter, Valerie Buterbaugh.

Carol accompanies on the guitar and writes lyrics to popular music of the past.

After Pastor Sam’s devotion, the program ends with fellowship.

A Bible study at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, will conclude the study from the book of Hebrews, Chapter 13.

The congregation is looking forward to hosting an Easter Sunrise Service at 8 a.m. at Veterans’ Plaza, between LW Library and Clubhouse 3.

The community is invited to participate.

First Christian

First Christian Church will begin observing Holy Week with the celebration Palm Sunday, the day Jesus entered Jerusalem to begin the final week of his earthly ministry.

Four more services next week will commemorate God’s passion, death and resurrection: Maundy Thursday, 6 p.m., Good Friday, 11 a.m.-noon; Saturday, April 20, 5:15 p.m. and Easter Sunday, 10:15 a.m.

Services will be held in the Chapel and all are invited.

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

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

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

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

Margaret Humes will lead the hymns, “Wounded For Me,” “He Touched Me” and “Something Beautiful.”

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

The church choir, directed by Anita Ragole, will sing “Hosanna, Loud Hosanna.”

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

For the offertory Pastor Bruce and Margaret Humes will sing, “Hosanna In The Highest.”

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will sing, “It Is Finished,” followed by Sue Kaminski, who will read from the Gospel of Luke 19:36-40.

Pastor Gene’s message will be “Glory in the Highest” based on Luke 19:36-40.

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

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

Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions.

For more information, call 431-8810 and leave a message.

Congregation Sholom

Friday night services will begin at 7 p.m. tomorrow, April 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 with Rabbi Chaim Singer-Frankes. An Oneg shabbat will follow.

Bagels will be served on Saturday, at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, followed by services with Rabbi Singer-Frankes. A potluck dairy lunch will follow services at noon. At lunch, the Rabbi will discuss this week’s Torah portion.


The Passover Seder begins at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, April 19, at in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. It will be led by Cantor Marla Barugel. The meal will include matzo ball soup, chutney brisket or roast chicken, vegetables, beverage and dessert. A vegetarian menu will also be available.

The cost will be $50 for members, $60 for non-members, and $18 for children under 13. The address to send payment: Congregation Sholom, P.O. Box 2901, Seal Beach CA, 90740.

To RSVP, call Murray Pollack at 331-3949. Payment is needed by April 12.

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 to the Easter Family Fun Festival from 11a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, April 21, in Marina Community Park. There is no cost to attend.

The event will follow the 9 a.m. Easter service at the church, located at 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach.

The festival will include photos with the Easter Bunny, food, games, bounce house and an egg hunt. For more information call (714) 526-8233.

Aglow International

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

Men and women are welcome.

Arts 04-11-19

GRF Movie

“Suffragette,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, in Clubhouse 4.

In early 20th-century Britain, the growing suffragette movement forever changes the life of working wife and mother Maud Watts (Carey Mulligan). Galvanized by political activist Emmeline Pankhurst (Meryl Streep), Watts joins a diverse group of women who fight for equality and the right to vote. Faced with increasing police action, Maud and her dedicated suffragettes must play a dangerous game of cat-and-mouse, risking their jobs, homes, family and lives for a just cause.

Some of the scenes and language may be offensive to some viewers.

Can’t make the movie? Borrow it from the LW Library for free any time.

South Coast Orchid Society

The South Coast Orchid Society, serving orchid hobbyists in Long Beach since 1950, will present a lecture and slideshow by Peter Tobias, retired professor of immunology at the Scripps Institute and founder of the Orchid Conservation Alliance. His topic is “Conserving Orchids and Their Habitats.”

The event is free and open to the public. Many orchids grown by members will be on display.

The talk will be held at Whaley Park Community Center, 5620 E. Atherton St., Long Beach on Monday, April 22, from 7-9 p.m.

Weekly Dance

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

The Robin Fellows Group will play 40s through 60s ballroom and pop April 13.

Hal Willis of the Robin Fellows Group says, “Robin Fellows performed worldwide on major cruise lines as a headliner doing shows that featured her singing and playing several instruments.

The group is made up of musicians who have worked in the recording industry and performed at Disneyland and the Hollywood Bowl among many other venues.

The band tries to fulfill all song requests and loves to interact with the audience.

The Recreation Department asks residents and their guests to cooperate in adhering to a few, simple rules:

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

• Attendees must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m. to permit adequate time for the custodian to tear down the setup and arrange the setup for the following day

• No announcements are permitted from the stage, except by the bands

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

• Be sure to sign in, either as a resident or guest, in the proper spot. This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of your favorite bands.

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. Bolero is taught from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; nightclub two-step, 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 required. Classes are $3.

•Dance Club: Ballroom and social dance classes are held on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Beginning/intermediate cha cha is taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate fox trot is taught from 8:15-9:15 p.m. In March, beginning waltz will be taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate cha cha will be taught from 8:15-9:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per class or $10 for both classes. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate. For information, call dance instructor Jeremy Pierson, 999-1269, who has 20-plus years of professional dance experience.

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

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

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

•Grapevine Line Dance: Free line dance classes, Thursdays from 3-5 p.m. (beginners, first hour, advanced, second hour) at Clubhouse 6, Room C; and beginner level only on Fridays, 2:30-4 p.m., Clubhouse 3, lobby. Newcomers should have general knowledge of line dance and basic dance steps. For more information, e-mail grapevinelinedance@gmail.com or inquire in classes.

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

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

•Leisure Time Dancers: The waltz will be taught at 2 p.m. and big band swing at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 6. Richard Sharrard is the instructor. Singles and couples are welcome; dancers rotate. Cost is $6 for one hour; $10 for two hours. For more information, call 434-6334.

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

•Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club: 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.

•Line Dance, beginning: Fridays except the first Friday of the month, 10 a.m., Clubhouse 3 lobby and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Clubhouse 3, Room 6. Classes are free. For more information, call Barbara Magie, 858-8485.

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: Fox trot is taught from 9-10 a.m.; West Coast swing, 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.

Community Sing

by Ethel Carter

LW contributor

Community Sing will start at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 15, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. All are welcome. People who want to participate in Opening Acts should come at 6 to sign in with the evening’s emcee, Carmen Edwards. Bring sheet music for the pianist as needed.

After Opening Acts, Carmen will lead group singing until she introduces her half-time guest, rock and roll pianist/singer Ben Berg.

On April 1, Betty Ballen was the leader. Opening Acts began with Donald Horning singing “Mr. Bojangles” while accompanying himself on guitar. Next, Ethel Carter sang, “Let There Be Peace on Earth”; Byong Choi,  “Molly Darling”; Pat Kogok, “A Shanty in Old Shanty Town” (accompanied on piano by Betty Ballen); Bruce Dupont, “So Beautiful” (a capella); and Chuck Zeman sang “Moonlight Becomes You” (a capella). Pianist Pat Kogok accompanied two of the soloists.

Betty then led group singing until she introduced her half-time guests, sopranist Janet Ray and her piano accompanist, Dorothy King.  Janet performed two solo numbers with the theme of happiness:  “Everybody Loves a Lover” and “Sing.”

Then Janet and Dorothy sang two duets (while Dorothy continued to play the piano): “Whispering Hope” and “Precious Memories.”

The audience was enthralled with the talents of the two performers and expressed its appreciation with loud applause.

Then everyone sang “Kumbaya” to end the musical evening, led by Betty.  Thanks to pianist, Pat Kogok and book mover, Byong Choi.

Friends of the Library

The Friends of the Leisure World Library raises funds to support the library through the sale of donations at the Friends Bookstore next to the Leisure World Library. People are welcome to browse for bargains in books, including children’s books, cards, puzzles and more. A boutique sells gently used collectibles and gift items.

People are asked to bring their own shopping bags when they visit.

The Bookstore welcomes donations.

The Friends of the Library does not accept clothing, shoes or large electronics for resale in the boutique. Volunteers will pick up larger donations if needed.

The bookstore is in need of volunteers. Interested persons should go to the store and fill out an application.

The Bookstore is open from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Los Al Spring Carnival

The City of Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department is holding its annual Memorial Care Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital Long Beach Spring Carnival on Saturday, April 20, from 9-11:30 a.m.

The event is sponsored by AYSO 159

It will feature egg hunts, face painting, balloon twisting, games, vendors and more.

The city thanks sponsors Memorial Care Miller Children’s and Women’s Hospital, Long Beach, and AYSO 159 for their support in making this event possible.

For more information, visit www.cityoflosalamitos.org/recreation or contact the Recreation and Community Services Department at 430-1073.

Genealogy Club

The Genealogy Club offers Thursday Theme Workshops each week from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Library in Clubhouse 3, Room 10.

There is no charge for these workshops and everyone is welcome. Upcoming workshop topics are:

• April 11: Death Records

• April 18: Military Records

• April 25: Researching Irish Records

• May 2: Ancestry.com/Ancestry DNA

The Library is staffed every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 pm. Members may come in during these hours to work on the computers and visitors are welcome to come in and take a tour of the library and learn what the club has to offer.

LBSO presents concert

The Long Beach Symphony will present a concert called “Mozart’s Jupiter” on April 27 at 8 p.m. The performance will feature highly sensory works by Pärt, Mozart, Golijov and Korngold. The concert is held at the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center, 300 E. Ocean Blvd.

Leisure World residents have the convenience of transportation to and from Long Beach Symphony Orchestra classic concerts. Meet the bus at the Amphitheater bus loading area on St. Andrews Drive no later than 5:45 p.m. on concert Saturdays.

The bus leaves promptly at 6 p.m. to arrive in time for Maestro a free pre-concert lecture and returns following the concert.

For further information on the bus or concert schedule, visit LongBeachSymphony.org or contact bus co-hostess Beverly Emus at 296-5586 or bemus@socal.rr.com.

On April 27, Pärt’s other-worldly “Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten” (1977) begins with the tolling of a single bell that leads you on a sensory journey, ending with a chord of astonishing breadth and intensity.

The simplicity of this work was influenced by Pärt’s mystical experiences with chant music from which he developed his signature tintinnabuli style that begins and ends with scored silence.

The cantus was composed as an elegy to mourn the death of the English composer Benjamin Britten, whom he greatly admired. One listener said, “I’m not sure any piece of music will express as well the idea of being utterly bereft.”

Mozart also demonstrated his mastery of simplicity in Symphony No. 41 in C Major, nicknamed “Jupiter.”

The main theme of the fourth movement consists of only four notes, which Mozart skillfully marries with other motifs to create a grand fugato at the end.

Mozart himself had nothing to do the work’s subtitle “Jupiter.” That originated in London around 1821 and may have been inspired by the flourishes of the trumpets and drums in the first movement.

Composed 2010 by Argentine composer Golijov, Sidereus was co-commissioned by 36 orchestras in honor of Henry Fogel, the former head of the League of American Orchestras. It was written to commemorate Galileo, and it definitely evokes celestial, galactic feelings with its rich brass and the momentum of the underlying rhythmic sections. Since its premiere, controversy has arisen concerning whether the composer plagiarized some of the material, though that seems to have resolved itself.

The final work on the evening’s program is from Erich Korngold, who in the 1940s became the star among Hollywood film composers.

Audiences will be smitten by the rapturous melodies in his Violin Concerto, many of which were taken from film scores. It will be interpreted by guest violinist Simone Porter (b. 1996). Ms. Porter made her professional solo debut at age 10 with the Seattle Symphony and her international debut with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra in London at age 13. More recently, she has played with the New York Philharmonic, the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, among others. Simone’s emergence on the international concert circuit has coincided with her studies at the Colburn Conservatory of Music in Los Angeles where she met Gustavo Dudamel and performed with him for her Walt Disney Concert Hall debut with the Los Angeles Philharmonic in 2015.

Concertgoers may enjoy the pre-concert talk that begins at 7 p.m. For those who prefer to mix and mingle, there will be music in the lobby and, weather permitting, firepits outdoors on the plaza. Doors open at 6:30, and concert starts promptly at 8.

Tickets to the concert start at $29 with student tickets available for $10. For more information or to purchase tickets and subscriptions visit www.LongBeachSymphony.org or call 436-3203, ext. 1. Tickets are also available on Ticketmaster.com.

The Symphony’s final classical concert of the 2018-19 season is June 8 and will present Beethoven’s epic 9th Symphony that ends with vocal soloists and chorus promoting universal brotherhood in the Ode to Joy libretto by Schiller, and Handel’s Royal Fireworks Music.

LW Library hosts Huntington trip

The LW Library will host a bus trip on May 22 to The Huntington, which is celerating its centennial year and is considered one of the world’s great cultural, research and educational centers.

The property features 120 acres of specialized botanical landscaped gardens, most notably the Japanese Garden, the Desert Garden and the Chinese Garden. The center also boasts an extensive art collection with a focus in 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art.

The Huntington was founded in 1919 by Henry E. Huntington, an exceptional businessman who built a financial empire of railroads, real estate, and utilities.

Huntington was also a man of vision—with a special interest in books, art, and gardens. During his lifetime, he amassed one of the finest research libraries in the world, established a splendid art collection and created an array of botanical gardens with plants from a geographic range spanning the globe. These three distinct facets of The Huntington Estate are linked by a devotion to research, education, and beauty.

On this 90-minute outdoor walking tour, guests will have the opportunity to explore some of the magnificent gardens and learn how Henry and Arabella Huntington’s San Marino Ranch was transformed into the world-famous cultural landmark that it is today.

Guests will be guided by expert docents through the elements of The Huntington and more than a dozen themed gardens, including:

• Rose Garden

• Shakespeare Garden

• Camellia paths

• Herb garden

• North Vista with garden sculptures

• Japanese Garden

• Chinese Garden

The tour will depart from Clubhouse 4 at 8:30 a.m. on May 22. Tickets are $58 and include bus fare and the admission ticket for museum with an hour-and-a-half docent tour. For tickets and information, call the Recreation Department at 431-6586, ext. 326.

Joyful Line Dance

Joyful Line Dance Club meets from 3-4:30 p.m. on Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Members dance to popular favorites at the beginning and learn newer dances in the last hour.

The club has a new teacher. Justin Manalad has taken over dancing instruction. He has been teaching ballroom and line dance since 2000 and is well known to Leisure World shareholders through the Filippino Association of Leisure World Valentine’s and Luau parties.

He became a dance instructor after his doctor advised him to exercise regularly.

He learned swing ballroom dance and went on to master salsa, tango, cha-cha, Bolero, fox trot, rumba, boogie, waltz, cumbia and merengue.

His mission for the Joyful Line Dance Club is help people get healthier, stronger, happier and younger in mind and body. That’s what mastering dance has done for him.

He can dance continuously for three hours or more in a day and doesn’t get bored.

Justin is a retired Los Angeles deputy probation officer.

Aside from dancing, he enjoys basketball, boxing, movies and reading the daily news on his computer.

Everyone is welcome to join the Joyful Line Dance Club. He has over 60 songs to teach his new class. A nominal fee is charged.

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

LW Poetry

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


When after storm the ocean’s flat and calm,

When rising sun sees morning bird sip dew,

When searching soul at last finds soothing balm,

That is the time my thoughts return to you.

When deep within my heart resides a peace,

And knowledge of the truth that life’s worthwhile,

When I imagine that all wars may cease,

That is the time I contemplate your smile.

If all the world’s sick children could be well,

If pain would now and ever disappear,

If faith and hope and love all men indwell,

I’d know and sense your gentle spirit near.

Ah yes, it is when thoughts of you overwhelm,

I know that I have entered heaven’s realm!

—Fred Wind

GRF Club Rules

GRF Policy 1406-50, Item 5, states: “Although Members are allowed to invite guests, no club may advertise or publicize its activities so as to imply its membership or events are open to non-GRF Members.”

Recently, with the prolific use of social media, postings and ads for club events have been showing up on the Internet. It is incumbent upon club officers to educate their members about the policies governing clubs and that promoting an event on trust property outside of Leisure World is strictly prohibited.

Electronic newsletters would fall under this provision and should be shared exclusively with club members, with the disclaimer that this event is closed to non-GRF Members.

Although club members may invite guests, it should be emphasized that the shareholder/member who invites the guest must accompany him or her at all times.

Clubs may not advertise any activity that is in violation of state, local or federal law.

For example, raffles and other games of chance are illegal and cannot be promoted, unless a club is a registered charitable organization or other non-profit with a license to conduct a lottery.

GRF provides ample opportunity for promoting clubs via the LW Weekly, flyers, electronic bulletin boards, LWSB website and the outdoor marquee.

Clubs may submit articles to the newspaper by the end of business on Thursdays to be published the following week.

Clubs may submit contact and meeting information or even have a link to a subsite under the Active Living tab on LWSB.com.

The Recreation Department will post six letter-sized flyers in portrait view (vertical) two weeks to one month in advance of the gathering at designated locations. As a courtesy, the flyer will also be posted on electronic screens in all clubhouses.

Clubs who want to advertise their no-charge events that are open to all may request space on the St. Andrews/Golden Rain marquee one week ahead of the meeting.

It is subject to availability. Restrictions apply when there is a charge or donations are solicited.

Clubs should contact the Reservations Office to clarify their particular situations before advertising.

All policies concerning clubhouse usage are available for review at www.lwsb.com; search under GRF/Policies/Recreation.

Recreation receives calls daily inquiring about clubs when information is not readily found. Help it help you get the word out and thank you for doing it within the rules.

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

LW Garden Club

Roberta Fox and Tony Glinskas will give a presentation on orchids at the Leisure World Garden Club meeting at 1:30 p.m, April 15, in Clubhouse 2. The title of the talk is “Orchids in the Back Yard and Beyond.”

Fox and Glinskas grow orchids, mostly outdoors, in Costa Mesa and Huntington Beach, and have about 60 years of experience between them.

They have co-chaired the Fascination of Orchids Show and are also two of the founders of the Cool Growing Orchid Society, a group that meets monthly in Garden Grove.

Their program will focus on the basics for successful orchid growing in Leisure World’s mild coastal climate, as well as inside the home. Outdoors the climate here is nearly perfect for Cymbidiam orchids, but there are many other types that will also thrive.

Indoors the Phalenopsis is queen with blooms that can last for months. With attention to just a few requirements including watering, re-potting and low-toxicity pest control, these and other orchids can thrive and rebloom year after year.

The We Care table will be in the lobby for donations of non-perishable food items, gift cards and cash.

Coffee, tea and cookies will be served after the meeting.

Community Karaoke

It was a busy and noisy karaoke night celebrating Janice Chapman with birthday cake and pizza.

She and her daughter Terri delighted the audience with their perfect harmony in a duet of “Dream.”

They always sang while doing kitchen duties, and it showed last Wednesday when the Community Karaoke Club met.

Ruby Johnson did a lovely rendition of “You Are So Beautiful to Me.” Susan Kelleghan followed with “If,” Donna Burr, “First Time Ever” and Byong Choi “I’ll Never Fall in Love Again.”

There were spirited tunes from Bev Adams, who sang “Spirit in the Sky”; Paul Renaldi, “Say You’ll Be There”; Karen Morris “G.T.O.”; and Pat Kogok, “I’ll Fly Away.”

Vito Villamor and Ric Dizon, Tony Tupas and Vickie Van Ert sange duets.

Kay Park, a new, first-time karaoke singer, was welcomed with hearty applause for her “Let It Be Me.”

Everyone is welcome to join the friendly Community Karaoke crowd each Wednesday in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Practicing karaoke is helpful and fun at sessions held on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6 from 1 to 3 p.m.

Everyone is welcome to try out singing on stage or just come and be part of the audience.

Quilting Bees

The Leisure World Quilting Bees will host its annual spring luncheon fund raiser on Wednesday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 2.

Cover to Cover

LW Library News

by Vanessa Morris

library operations supervisor

Thinking of spring cleaning, decluttering or redecorating? Head to the LW Library, where you can find inspiration in these best-selling books.

• “The Life-Changing Magic Of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art Of Decluttering and Organizing,” by Marie Kondo

Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you’ll never have to do it again.

• “The Gentle Art Of Swedish Death Cleaning: How To Free Yourself And Your Family From A Lifetime Of Clutter,” by Margareta Magnusson

A charming, practical, and unsentimental approach to putting a home in order while reflecting on the tiny joys that make up a long life.

• “The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas For Green Cleaning”

Effective, nontoxic alternatives can be mixed up easily from kitchen staples—baking soda, vinegar, lemon juice, herbs and borax—plus a handful of easy-to-find essential oils.

• “Simply Clean,” by Becky Rapinchuk

From the cleaning and home keeping expert and creator of the wildly popular Clean Mama blog comes a simple and accessible cleaning guide with a proven step-by-step schedule for tidying a home in just 10 minutes a day.

• “Domino: The Book of Decorating: A Room-by-Room Guide To Creating A Home That Makes You Happy,” by Deborah Needleman

The code to creating a beautiful home, bringing together inspiring rooms, how-to advice and insiders’ secrets from today’s premier tastemakers in an indispensable style manual.

• “500 Ideas For Small Spaces: Easy Solutions For Living In 1000 Square Feet Or Less,” by Kimberley Seldon

Explaining how to make the most of a limited area, a practical handbook for planning and decorating a small space furnishes 500 real-life solutions for remodeling, organizing, and decorating an area for a more efficient function without sacrificing style.

Come in and speak with friendly LW Library staffers, who are happy to help you find all these titles and more.

Library Hours

9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Closed Sunday

Video Producers

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.

LB Auxiliary of LA Phil

Celebrate the LA Philharmonic’s centennial year.

Join the Long Beach Auxiliary of the LA Phil on its chartered bus to Friday matinee concerts at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. For $18 round trip, people can board the bus at Leisure World at 8:50 a.m. The bus also stops at the Target parking lot in the Los Altos Shopping Center on Bellflower Boulevard at 9:15 a.m.

Concert tickets (senior rates available) can be purchased from the Philharmonic ticket office by calling (323) 850-2000. Remaining concert dates are April 19, and May 10 and 31.

Contact Laurie Gilmore, (949) 584-6267 or gilmore21@earthlink.net for bus information and reservations.

Ad Hoc Sing-Along

The LW Ad Hoc Sing-Along Club meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 for one hour. All are welcome to sing the old “Hit Parade” favorites.

Helene Onu is the song leader, and singers are encouraged to become song leaders. Song sheets are furnished. Reading music is not required. Piano accompaniment is provided by Barbara McIlhaney.

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

Calling All Vets

Historian Michael H. Pazeian, a former history teacher at Los Alamitos High School, is working on his second volume of “Veteran’s Voices,” the stories of wartime military personnel. He is interested in veterans of all U.S. conflicts, especially World War II-era service men and women to preserve their stories for posterity. For more information or to set up an interview, call him at (714) 891-1171.

Pysanky eggs on display

Pysanky eggs are on display in the LW Library in April.

Pysanky (plural form of pysanka) is from the Ukrainian word “pysaty” meaning “to write.”

Designs are penciled on eggs and then covered with beeswax and layered with dye, similar to the batik work done on fabric.

In earlier times, Ukrainian Easter eggs were much more than decorative objects or crafts for the holidays. The egg itself is also a symbol—with its unending surface, it represents eternal life. To give a pysanka was to give a symbolic gift of life, which is why the egg had to remain whole. The designs and colors on a pysanka are meant to convey protection and good fortune. A bowl of pysanky would normally be found in every Ukrainian house.

Visit the LW Library to see these beautiful symbols of spring now on display.

Passport Photo Service in LW

Passport photos can be taken at the Copy & Supply Center in Building 5 from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.; two photos, $10. For information, call 431-6586, ext. 345. The center also provides notary public service by appointment. The cost is $15 per signature.

The center also carries small items, such as batteries.



LW begins ‘The 1440’ for firefighters’ families

by Loni Gardette

LW contributor

Picture a house nearly the same style as Laura Ingall’s home on “Little House on the Prairie,” and that’s the house centenarian Maxine Wells was born into on Oct. 17, 1918.

“We had no running water or electricity,” says Maxine with her bright smile and snowy white-blond hair as she recalls her childhood home in Yuma, Colorado. “Being one of 11 children, we never wanted for company!”

Maxine’s sister Gail is also a centenarian. Gail lives in Joplin, Missouri, and has already celebrated her 105th birthday. It’s in the genes.

Raised during the Depression, Maxine remembers a time of limited resources and how much people took care of each other. She vividly recalls witnessing the devastating effects of the Depression-era dust bowl. “Brother Can You Spare a Dime?” was not only a hit song, it was also a way of life back then, says Maxine. “Being born into a working-class family, everyone learned to work and take care of each other.”

Two of her brothers became professional boxers.

Maxine’s early elementary school education, from first-eighth grade, happened in a one-room schoolhouse. High school consisted of a one-building school and after high school everyone went to work.

Since Maxine was used to helping care for siblings, it was natural that her first job was to become a nanny for another family.

In 1938 her sister relocated to Long Beach and invited Maxine to come out to live in California. What a culture change from Yuma.

Maxine settled in Long Beach to work as a nanny and soon after the move she met Art Wells, who was attending Long Beach City College. While still in college, Art and Maxine got married and Art become a fireman, a career he enjoyed for 31 years. His dedication and hard work saw him rise to the rank of captain.

While Art was busy being a fireman he was not particularly interested in socializing. Not so for Maxine, who was very comfortable in a large social setting and desired to increase their social outreach.

One day Maxine asked Art if he had ever met the wives of the other firemen. Art replied “No,” so Maxine suggested they invite the firemen and their wives over for a little “get acquainted” time. “Something easy, she told Art, maybe a little cheese and crackers get-together.” The invitation was issued and everyone accepted. That little social gathering was the beginning of “The 1440,” which stood for the year 1940 and the 14 firemen at the firehouse. It was the ember that flamed lifelong friendships between the firemen and their wives and families. In fact, The 1440 became a second family to all of them. Today, Maxine is the only 1440 member left to cherish those sweet memories, and her impact on their lives and the lives of their families still lives on.

Maxine has many great memories of days gone by. She fondly remembers a large birthday party to celebrate her 80th birthday with 80 people in attendance.

Some of her fondest recollections are about the different trips she took with Art. Maxine and Art enjoyed freighter trips and she chuckled out loud as she recalled a trip to Yugoslavia where she wore a “skort” (a combination of shorts and wrap-around skirt) and earned the title “Mini-Maxi, referencing the days of mini-skirts and an abbreviation of her name.

Maxine’s younger years were all about being a wife and raising their daughter and a son. Today, though Maxine lives alone, she is still close to her family and her daughter Bonny also lives in Leisure World. Maxine is a very good bridge player and is looking forward to playing again. A broken shoulder has slowed her game but not her enthusiasm, so you better watch out.

What sage centenarian wisdom does Maxine impart?

If you are seeking direction in your life, Maxine suggests that you “choose something you really enjoy doing and then do it! Opportunities are all around you.”

Honor LW vets with banners

Golden Rain Foundation, in conjunction with the Recreation Department, will offer Veterans Honor Banners for sale again.

Banners will be posted throughout the community on trust streets and may honor current or former GRF members in good standing.

The name used will be the full legal name, used on the stock certificate of Golden Rain Foundation or deed, in the case of Mutual 17. GRF membership will be verified by the Stock Transfer & Recreation Office. The banner will also include the mutual and military branch under which they served. The cost is $150 and orders will be filled on a first come, first served basis while the limited supply lasts.

The banners will be displayed for Memorial Day. If you have previously purchased a banner you can opt to pick it up from Recreation or donate it and have it redisplayed, subject to space available. All sales are final, and no refunds will be given.

For more information, call 431-6586, ext. 324, or email to thomasf@lwsb.com or www.lwsb.com/veteranbanners.


Olympic gold medal swimmer is guest tomorrow

Not only was Deena Deardurff Schmidt a great swimmer who won an Olympic gold medal at the Munich Olympics, she also is a profile in courage for having courageously dealt with life’s adversities as well.

Deena will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club tomorrow, May 12, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

In 2008, Deena served as a national Susan G. Komen Foundation Cancer Survivor Spokesperson. At 47, she successfully battled breast cancer and has helped to increase the awareness of the importance of early detection for anyone over 40 with a known family history for this deadly disease. In addition, Deena has been an outstanding swimming coach having successfully coached the swim team at San Diego State University for 14 years. After retiring from coaching, Deena was an adjunct faculty member at Grossmont College in San Diego.

In the 1972 Olympic Games, Deena swam the butterfly event in the 4 x 100-meter medley relay that broke the world record and earned a gold medal. She also placed fourth in the 100-meter butterfly in those Olympics.

In addition to battling breast cancer, Deena has displayed exceptional courage in stepping forward to fight the sexual abuse of young swimmers. In 2010 she testified on this issue and as a result many changes have taken place in youth sports safety policies.

Throughout all of her challenges, Deena has retained her strong positive attitude and determination to represent the ideals of the Olympic movement.

The Sunshine Club has frequent guest speakers and uses information in the LW Weekly as a textbook to get the best out of living in Leisure World. The class reviews news, general columns, the minutes of monthly mutual meetings, the minutes of monthly Board of Directors meetings, etc. in the paper each week.

The club appreciates shareholders bringing their own coffee mugs to participate in the club’s “Save The Earth” program. Arrive 5-10 minutes early to enjoy refreshments before the meeting.

The club meets from 10 a.m.-noon on Fridays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 (except the first Friday in Room 9). All shareholders are welcome to attend; membership is not required.

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


Starbucks donates coffee to GAF

When the manager at Ralph’s, Seal Beach, learned that the Golden Age Foundation (GAF) participates in the company’s community reward program she contacted GAF and offered the leftover Starbucks coffee from the store’s kiosk for the Hospitality Center.

GAF received three five-pound bags of freshly ground coffee the first week.

All are invited to come to the Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 each weekday morning for a fresh cup of Starbucks coffee and to sign up for the Ralph’s Community Reward program on Tuesdays between 9 to 11 a.m. Lillian Kennedy will assist shareholders to sign up. A Ralph’s membership ID is required.

“It benefits to raise funds to give back to community,” says President Anna Derby.

PEO’s April card party is canceled

Due to work around and near the grounds of Clubhouse 2, the PEO monthly card party and luncheon slated for April 24 is canceled. The next card party and luncheon will be on May 22.


Donation from GAF augments funds for Air & Water Days

An infusion of funds by the Golden Age Foundation (GAF)will help the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club carry on with its mission of assisting golf cart owners.

The GAF donated $200 to the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club for use at its quarterly Air & Water Days.

“This money,” Derby explains, “will help pay for the many hundreds of gallons of mineral-free water the club uses when servicing golf cart batteries on their Air & Water Days. It will also support maintenance and repairs of the club’s air compressors and other equipment for maintaining cart tires.”

Air & Water Days are held the first Saturday of March, June, September and December from 9-11 a.m. at the Pit Stop golf cart service area.

Air & Water Days have assisted more than a thousand cart and motorized scooter owners over the last few years.

“Many of these Leisure World residents are physically incapable of performing these vital preventative measures,” adds President Davis, “and would be risking loss of their only means of transportation, or even an accident, without our club’s help.”

The Rollin’ Thunder also sponsors and directs three community-wide parades a year, at Easter, with this year’s parade on April 20, as well as the Fourth of July and Christmas.

Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club meetings are held monthly on the fourth Tuesday at noon. Membership and activity information is available by contacting Pat Davis at 431-6859.


Computer class schedule announced

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

• Monday, April 15, Clubhouse 6, Room B

11 a.m.- How to prep for a test like DMV or Calif Real Estate

Noon – Compare Computers: Windows, Apple, Chrome (Sacks)

• Tuesday, April 16, Clubhouse 3, Room 9

6:30 p.m. – Let’ Talk eBay (Smith)

8:30 p.m. – Choosing a device (phone, computer, or tablet) (Sacks)

• Monday, April 22, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m. – Intro Smartphones, Tablets and such (Android, Apple, Chromebook) (Sacks)

Noon – iPhone Magic – Tips and Shortcuts (Fernandez)

• Thursday April 25, Clubhouse 3, Room 7

1 p.m. – Prepare for test like Calif DMV. Includes information about REAL ID (Sacks)

2:30 p.m. -Let’s Talk eBay (Smith)

• Monday, April 29, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m. – Prepare for test like Calif DMV. Includes information about REAL ID (Sacks)

Noon – iPhone Magic-Tips and Shortcuts (Fernandez)

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

For eBay information, contact Maxine Smith maxla@aol.com; for Facebook information contact Miryam Fernandez, 884-7460; for computer information, contact Jeff Sacks (714) 642-0122. To suggest questions for Q & A, or to join the email list, email to jfsacks@gmail.com.


Tickets on sale for Angels vs. A’s

The Recreation Department has tickets on sale for the Angels vs. Oakland A’s game on June 27 at 7:07 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a Mike Trout No. 27 backpack cooler.

Tickets will be pre-sold at the Recreation Office for $40, which includes transportation. A hot dog and beverage may be purchased for an additional $6.50, and a ball cap may be added for $3.

Participants need to complete a release form, also available at the Recreation Office. The bus leaves at 5 p.m. from the Amphitheater parking lot, but those going must arrive by 4:30 to be processed. Accessible seating is available if requested at the time of ticket purchase.

The tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis and are non-refundable.

For more information, contact Tommy Fileto at 431-6586, ext. 324, or email thomasf@lwsb.com.

LWer annually conquers Renegade Coastal 5K Race series

by Nancy J. Barber

LW contributor

Age has no place in the life of Eileen Dohl, Mutual 11 resident. She is a 5K-walk competitor and winner. The “K” in 5K stands for kilometer or 3.1 miles—a fantastic distance for beginning walkers to conquer.

On Mother’s Day, 2012, Eileen started doing 5K walks at the age of 75 with her two daughters and three grandchildren.

Since that time, Eileen has competed in the Renegade Coastal 5K Race Series every year. The Renegade Race is a series of three races per year in various locations, including Los Alamitos Joint Forces Base, Seal Beach, Cypress and Irvine.

Eileen now competes in the “Over 80” age group and has won several of her races.

Eileen’s daughter Gayla and granddaughter Briana compete in the Renegade Races with Eileen. However, they both compete in the triathlon that includes swimming, biking and running. All of these races have not only health benefits but are charitable in that the fee the participants pay to be in these races goes to a designated charitable organization.

Keep walking, Eileen.

LWer chosen for Legacy Directors Choir

Linda DeRungs, Mutual 5, sang under the baton of 11 of the world’s most famous living choral conductors in a performance at the American Choral Directors Association conference, which attracted over 25,000 choral directors and singers in early March.

DeRungs was chosen for the Legacy Directors Choir by her college conductor, Eph Ehly of the University of Missouri Conservatory of Music, where she earned her master’s degree in choral conducting.

She sang soprano during the concert in which each of the 11 conductors, including Ehly, Dale Warland, Donald Neuen, Albert McNeil and Charlene Archibeque, chose approximately 10 of their own former students, and then conducted the joint choir of personally chosen works.

DeRungs retired to Leisure World after a 33-year stint as director of choral activities at a large Louisville-area high school. While in Kentucky, her groups performed with the Louisville Orchestra, the Kentucky Ballet and the Dallas Brass. Concurrently, DeRungs was soprano soloist for the Ars Femina Ensemble, a chamber group that discovered and performed classical works written by women who lived before 1800.

The group’s six recordings included “La Liberazione di Ruggerio dall’ Isola d’Alcina,” which the BBC named one of 1994’s top-10 CDs. The group also performed at the Boston Early Music Festival and was featured on NBC’s “Sunday Today” show and on National Public Radio “All Things Considered.”

DeRungs’ Legacy Choir performance was staged in the Muriel Kaufmann Theatre, an 1,800-seat venue that houses the Kansas City Lyric Opera and the Kansas City Ballet. Her concert was the closing event of the 60th ACDA conference, which presented performances by over 50 choirs from throughout the United States as well as Korea, Slovenia, Kenya, Mexico, Taiwan and Canada.

Of local note, this year’s groups included The Westminster Chorus.

Easter parade takes to streets April 20, 11 a.m.

The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club’s annual Easter Parade will be held Saturday, April 20. The procession of carts will line up at 10:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot and begin the parade at 11 a.m. The route includes at least seven of Leisure World’s main streets, and concludes back at Clubhouse 6 .

All residents are urged to cheer on the participants as the parade passes club houses and homes.


Beethoven’s works are featured

The Korean-American Classical Music Academy (KACMA)will meet today, April 11, at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.

The great works by Ludwig Van Beethoven will be studied, using his Piano Sonata No. 21, Op. 53, “Waldstein”; I. Allegro con brio and III, Rondo; and Piano Sonata No. 23, Op. 57, “Appassionata.”

Yonhan Choi will conduct the members’ hour.

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

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

Watch church soloist in ad

Leisure World Community Church soloist Chris Wade has found recent success in a commercial for Geico where the barbershop quartet that he put together is playing basketball.

Many of community members are talking about the commercial that can be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=35&v=o9qK6_CAWiw


Sawa, Irene Michalina


Irene Michalina Sawa, 90, of Leisure World Seal Beach, passed away peacefully at home on March 29, 2019. She was the wife of the late Michael Stanley Sawa.

Born in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Helen (Sak) Tokarczyk. She graduated from Woonsocket High School and attended Bryant College of Business Administration.

Irene worked as a bookkeeper for various businesses in Woonsocket, Rhode Island, and in Manhattan, New York, and as an office clerk with Firestone Tire and Rubber Company in South Gate, California. She went on to employment as a general clerk in accounts receivable with National Biscuit Company (Nabisco) of Vernon, California, where she remained for 32 years.

A resident of Leisure World since 2002, Irene was actively involved with the Holy Family Catholic Church Little Flower Guild Altar Society and the Magic Red Hats.

A great supporter of the Southern California Indian Casinos, Irene also ventured a bit further afield to share her attention with the bright light establishments of Las Vegas. An avid globe trotter, Irene was blessed through the years with opportunities to regularly visit family and friends in Texas and on the East Coast and embarked on several overseas travel adventures, including trips to Australia and New Zealand, Alaska and the Hawaiian Islands and Europe, where she visited England, Scotland, France, Italy and Spain. Her greatest love was her family and the closeness they shared.

Irene is survived by her daughter, Michele Swanson-Wolcott and her husband, Denis of Long Beach; her son, Michael W. Sawa and his wife Jeanette of Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Joseph M. Sawa of Dallas, Sean M. Swanson of Long Beach, and Erin A. Sawa of Fort Collins, Colorado; sister-in-law, Dorothy W. Tokarczyk of Westborough, Massachusetts, and many nieces, nephews and cousins. She was also the sister of the late Walter V. Tokarczyk of Natick, Massachusetts and the mother-in-law of the late John B. Swanson of Long Beach.

A Celebration of Life Mass was held at St. Bartholomew Catholic Church on April 8 with a private interment ceremony at Holy Cross Cemetery in Culver City the following day.

Expressions of sympathy may be made in Irene’s name to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN, 38105, stjude.org; or, to Precious Life Shelter, 3622 Florista Street, Los Alamitos, CA, 90720, preciouslifeshelter.org.

—paid obituary


Demery, Nancy A.


Nancy A. Demery, 97, Mutual 5, died March 26, 2019, in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Nancy was born Aug. 16, 1921, in Casper, Wyoming.

She married Melvin Demery on Jan. 4, 1948, in Denver, Colorado.

She moved to Leisure World in 1985 from Long Beach. While in LW, she was involved with the veterans, played cribbage and shuffleboard and did volunteer work.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Melvin, in 2001, four sisters, two brothers and two granddaughters, Audra Demery Snyder and Chelsea Feller.

She is survived by her son, Clifford (Pat) Demery; granddaughter, Kimberlee Ouart, Colorado; grandson, Matt Demery, Colorado; six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.


In Memoriam

Lisa Casillas 57

Anthony Cruz 43

Andrew Robinson 71

Dennis Flovers 66

James Chastain 85

Joan Homan 88

Juan Collazo 84

LaVerne Ingstad 94

Rosa Hammond 66

Claudia Martinez 50

Carlos Juarez 69

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,


—paid obituary


On the Go

Day Trips

San Diego, Hotel Del Coronado – April 18, $50, Sunshine Club, Anna Derby, 301-5339 (Wait list only)

Anaheim Angels – April 24, $40, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

Jewels of the Inland Empire – April 30, $69 or $99 with optional tea lunch, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

The Colorful Songs Revue, Come Fly With Me: A Sinatra Tribute- May 9, $109 with, wine, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Stars on Ice, Honda Center – Saturday, May 11, $40, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

The Huntington Library & Gardens – May 15, $69, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Huntington Library – May 22, $58, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

Beauty and the Beast, La Mirada Theater – Thursday, June 6, $85, Children-A-Priority, Juanita Townsend, 431-4026

Tibbies Cabaret Theatre, Rockin’ the Keys: Music of Icons – June 9, $109 with dinner, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Anaheim Angels vs. Reds – June 27, $40, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

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

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

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

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

Overnight Trips

Laughlin – April 22-24, Seal Beach Woman’s Club, womansclubofsealbeach.org

California Eight Missions – May 14, motorcoach tour, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

San Francisco…By The Bay – Five days, May 27-31, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Boston, Cape Cod & Newport – seven days, June 7-13, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Historic Cities of Eastern Canada – seven days, July 12-18, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Canadian Rockies & Glacier Park–Sept. 8-14, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849


Pizza night is slated April 16

The RV Club will host pizza night on Tuesday, April 16, in Clubhouse 4 at 5 p.m., with the general meeting following at 6.

The club will provide pizza; members are being asked to bring a salad or dessert. Water, plates and flatware will be provided. “Name Bingo” will be played, which is a fun way to get to know each other.

The club is open to suggestions for activities and/or campouts. Contact Eddie Dupras at 673-3846 with ideas and suggestions.

The semi-annual barbecue picnic will be Tuesday, May 21 in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area.


Philippines is topic April 17

The Philippines, the most westernized nation in Southeast Asia, is the travel program topic on Wednesday, April 17, presented by Ren Villanueva and the Philippines Office of Tourism for the Traveling Tigers Club.

The monthly meeting takes place in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, with the traditional noon potluck lunch, followed by a short business meeting. The program is scheduled for 1:15 p.m. Members and guests will learn that there are 7,641 islands, 81 provinces and 185 languages and dialects in the Philippines. Also the nation is the sixth richest in Southeast Asia and the ninth largest rice producer in the world. Resorts, landmarks, foods, religion, education will be discussed.

Non-members are welcome to the 1:15 p.m. program. Contact Susan Shaver, 795-9151, to reserve a seat.


Day-trip planned to Solvang May 23

The Garden Club will escort a day-trip to Solvang, on Thursday, May 23. Participants will be on-your-own to explore the town.

The cost of this trip is $26 for the bus and driver’s tip. The bus will depart Clubhouse 4 at 7:30 a.m. Tickets will be available at the Garden Club general meeting, Monday, April 15, at 12:30 p.m.

For more information and tickets after the meeting, call Dee Neri, 431-5889, or Gail Levitt, 596-1346.

Sports & Games

Cards and Games Scoreboard

Fun Time Pinochle Club winners April 8: Richard Van Wasshnova, 13,780; Tony Dodero, 11,520; Marge Dodero, 11,260; Irene Perkins, 11,220 The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at 240-5416.


Monday Bridge Club winners April 8: Marion Standish, Carol Olsen, Paul Changs. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Pauline Fitzsimmons at 296-8363.


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners April 6: N/S: Marty Lipman-Joyce Roberts; Sibyl Smith-Joan Tschirki; Sherry Troeger-Bob Mault; Ellen Kice-Sharon Beran; Carolyn Byrnes-Priscilla Cailloette. E/W: Peggi Spring-Judy Lorber; Russ Gray-Sue Boswell; Judy Jones-Al Appel; Sue Fardette-Larry Slutsky. Winners April 5: N/S: Al Appel-Joan Tschirki; Larry Topper-April Berg; Gary Paugh-Jeanette Estill; Janet Gibbons-Julia Cunningham; George Alemshah-Monica Gettis. E/W: Ernie Ross-Roy Tomooka; Russ Gray-Ellen Kice; Lavonne McQuilkin-Carol Murakoshi; Howard Smith-Sue Boswell. The club meets at 12:15 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For information on how to join the fun and play, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is the spring pizza party on Friday, April 29.


Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners April 6: Joe Capra, 10,370; Charlotte Westcott, 9,690; Joan Taylor, 9,650; Peggy Kaspar, 9,350. Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433.


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club overall winners in a 16-table game April 4: First in Strat A: Judy Jones-Al Appel; second in Strat A: Diane Sachs-Howard Smith; tied for third place in Strat A: Bud Parish-Sue Fardette and Joan Berg-Joyce Roberts (first in Strat B); fifth in Strat A: Sibyl Smith-Marilyn McClintock; sixth in Strat A: Larry Slutsky-Verna Baccus; second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Russ Gray-Ron Yaffee; third in Strat B: Tim Cole-Bonny Walsh; fourth in Strat B-second in Strat C: Bill Power-Julie Cunningham; fifth in Strat B: Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; sixth in Strat B, third in Strat C: Lynne Finley-Kay Hyland; fourth in Strat C: Miriam Kelley-Judy Mathias. Winners April 1: N/S: First in Strats A and B: Alan Olschwang-Chie Wickham; second in Strats A and B: Larry Topper-Judith Cook; third in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Gary Paugh; fourth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Bettyanne Houts-Shirley Knopf; fifth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B: Judy Carter-Johnson-Gene Yaffee; first in Strat C: Linda Nye-Daniel Frank; second in Strat C: Ernie and Ylia Ross.E/W: First in Strat A: Larry Slutsky-Alan Flower; second in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; third in Strat A, first in Strat B: Ellen Kice-Sue Fardette; fourth in Strat A: Dorothy Favre-LaVonne McQuilkin; fifth in Strat A: Ann Croul-Shmuel Fisher; second in Strat B: Bobbi Vann-Paul Chen; third in Strat B, first in Strat C: Bea Aron-Joy Rosenthal; second in Strat C: Ron Yaffee-Richard Norris. Games are played Mondays and Thursdays beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Players are asked to arrive by 12:15 p.m. to confirm their reservations. To make or cancel a reservation for Mondays, call Midge Dunagan at 594-9698; for Thursdays, call Sharon Beran at 308-7838 or email her by 10:30 a.m. on the day of game, at hbsharonb@gmail.com. With a maximum of 18 tables available, players without reservations should arrive by noon and check in with the director of the day; they will be accommodated on a first-come- first served basis if there is space. Players needing 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 running late, call (636) 579-1357 between noon-1 p.m. Today is the annual spring luncheon game. The deadline for sign-ups has passed but those who still want to play should contact Ted Wieber at 596-8661 or tjw2453969@aol.com to see if there is room. Sharon Beran will not be taking reservations or cancellations today.


Friendly Pinochle Club winners April 4: Sylvia Clinton, 13,860; Antonia Zupancich, 12,320; Jim Dix, 12,170; Alma Zamzow, 11,850. The club meets on Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information,call (310) 968-9509.

Chess Club Puzzle

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


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


Solution to this week’s puzzle: Qe4. The white queen moves from h7 to e4. Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.

Cribbage Club

Alma Zamzow had the high score of 843 in Cribbage Club play on April 2 at Clubhouse 1.

She was followed by Peggy McKendrick, 838; Candy Meyers, 836 and Pat Blum, 828.

The day was highlighted by a double celebration. Jim and Peggy Kaspar celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary and Jim, his 95th birthday.

Members enjoyed chocolate cake and ice cream. Margaret Smith and Candy Meyers served.


Bob Berry and Jack Hawn grew up in the small town of 350 people in Churdan, Iowa. They discovered that recently when a chance comment rang a bell.

Since then, they have spent time comparing their younger years and found they knew many of the same people, teachers and store owners.

It proves the old saying: It’s a small world.


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 mores.

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

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

– Bobbie Straley

Chess Club

The Leisure World Chess Club has rescheduled the tournament for the men’s and women’s Leisure World Olympics to Friday, April 19, starting at 2:30 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.

The tournament will be open to any Leisure World resident. The women’s competition will be a double elimination format. The men’s will either be single elimination or double elimination depending on how many players compete.

Draws will be settled by using a time clock with 10 minutes for each side.

The top three players in the men’s and women’s competition will qualify for a bus trip to the Special Olympics in Long Beach on June 8. They will receive their medals for qualifying in a ceremony at 11 a.m. on June 5 in Clubhouse 2.

– Dave Silva

Bowling Club

The bowling segment of the Leisure World Olympics will be held at 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16, at Westminster Lanes, at Westminster Boulevard and Edwards Avenue. All Leisure World residents are eligible to compete in the qualifying competition.

Those who play in the LW League are automatically entered.

Westminster Lanes provided four lanes for non-league residents to bowl their three games.

The three highest series for men and women will medal and are eligible to attend the Special Olympics in Long Beach on June 8.

A bus will take those who medal and a free lunch will be provided.

A noon arrival is advisable for registration and practice.


In league play on April 3, Ron Marcus had games of 258, 214, 226 for a 698 series as Very Striking swept We Can Do It.

His teammate Dave Silva had a 628 series. Very Striking had a team series of 1,990, falling eight pins short of the season high held by OSIMA.

Danny Bigelow bowled games of 22, 226 and 256 for a 689 series as Spares Are Good swept Just Lucky.

His teammate Gracie Hastings had a 543 series, which was high for the ladies.

Fred Garcia of D Hustlers had 228, 224 and 204 games for a 656 series in a sweep over Strikes Are Better.

Sharon Van Otterloo had a 190 game as OSIMA was victorious in three games against aybe Next Tuesday, despite an opening game of 245 by Tom Kaczraker.

– Dave Silva

Shuffleboard Club

Shuffleboard Club League play on April 5 featured wins by The Classics over the first-place Puckmasters and the Sliders over Girl Power. The Classics’ all-game winners were Bill Hamilton and Gary Krank. The Sliders’ all-game winners were Joyce Pfingston, Sally Fowler and Mike Peters. Girl Power’s all-game winner was Linda Peters.

The Puckmaster have 15 points, followed in the standings by the Classics,14; Sliders, 7-1/2; and Girl Power, 6-1/2.


The annual ham shoot tournament will be played tomorrow, Friday instead of a league game. The next league game is April 26 when the Classics play the Puckmasters and the Sliders face Girl Power.

Practices during league play are held at 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesday at the courts behind Clubhouse 1.

For more information, call Carrie Kistner at (949) 300-0285.

Pool League

Sandy Bird, Gary Monahan and Dave Silva of Chalk and Awe overtook the Patriots last week to win the Leisure World Pool League championship.

The winners needed four games to take over first place and had a 9-3 record against the Three Amigos.

Gary Monahan scored five points against only one loss for Chalk and Awe.

Gary also made the shot of the day in a 9-ball game by jumping over a ball and going over two rails to sink the 9 in the corner.

In the other match, CPR split with Breaker! Breaker! to move into a tie for first place behind the Patriots.

In sweepstakes play, every team played each other in games of 8-ball and 9-ball.

All finished with 4-4 records.

League play resumes Sept. 9.

Until then they will participate in mixed doubles tournaments on the third Monday of the month in Clubhouse 2, starting at 6:30 p.m.

A five-round 8-ball tournament is scheduled on April 15.

–Dave Silva

Tournament Poker Club

Barry Brideau won the Dealers-Only Tournament on March 30 at Clubhouse 6. Second place Harry Sera’s hole cards, king and queen, lost to Barry’s seven and eight. That turn gave him two pair, aces and eights, to end the game.

Third was Jon Jones, followed by Susan Dodson, Wendy Wu, Linda Stone, Don Saunders, Glenda Saunders, Susan Rose, Dan Galliani, and Al Logue.


Poker lessons will be held on Saturday, April 13, 10:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse 6 hospitality area.

Come and learn the game or brush up on skills. Newcomers will receive a complimentary 50/50 ticket for attending.

For club information, call Wendy Wu at (714) 366-0940.

Ladies Pool Club

The Ladies Pool Club invites residents who want to play in the Leisure World Olympics qualifying meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 6, in Clubhouse 1 for players who are not experienced.

More experienced players will play at the same time on Wednesday, May 8. Non-member participants need to join the club to play.

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

The dues are $5 per year, which entitles members to attend the Christmas luncheon. The next session is on Monday, April 15.

All are welcome to attend.

For more information, call Susan Shaver at 795-9151 or Kathy Engelhardt at (310) 261-2808.

Ladies Golf Club

Forty-one members of the Ladies Golf Club played for low gross, low net, and circle hole No. 2 In weekly play April 2 at the local course.

Flight winners:

A. Low gross: Soo Choi, 28. Low net: Tie between Zoe Pickell and Sandy Derouin, 24.

B: Low gross: Tie among Judy Kim, Sun Lee, and Yvonne Yim, 33. Low net: Mary Grieg, 26.

C: Low gross; Cecilia Han, 32. Low net: Anne Walshe, 23.

D: Low gross: Monika Kim, 35. Low net: Tie between Jean Cose and Dorothy Favre, 24.