LW Weekly Vie/Trans._ed.04-18-19

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Salute mothers in a special tribute

A mother is the truest friend we have, when trials heavy and sudden fall upon us; when adversity takes the place of prosperity; when friends desert us; when trouble thickens around us, still will she cling to us, and endeavor by her kind precepts and counsels to dissipate the clouds of darkness, and cause peace to return to our hearts.

—Washington Irving

In honor of Mother’s Day, the LW Weekly will share residents’ stories about the awesome moms who shaped their lives. Tributes can include favorite memories, her strengths or how her love influenced the lives around her. 

Leisure World residents are welcome to submit 250 words and high resolution jpgs. Include your name, and mutual and telephone numbers. 

Tributes are subject to editing and will run as space allows. Submission deadline is May 2. For more information, contact Ruth Osborn at 431-6586, ext. 388, or rutho_news@lwsb.com.

Good Friday Service is tomorrow at noon

The 53rd annual Leisure World Good Friday Service hosted by Redeemer Lutheran Church and sponsored by the Leisure World Interfaith Council will be held on Friday, April 19, from noon-3 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The service centers on the “Seven Last Words of Jesus from Calvary’s Cross.”  Rabbi Galit Levy Slater, president of the Interfaith Council, will begin the service followed by pastors from Leisure World congregations.

The service will include the singing of hymns, and special music by soloists and choirs.

At noon, Rev. Sam Pawlak, of the Christian Center-Assembly of God will speak on the First Word, “Father forgive them, for they know not what they do.”

At 12:25 p.m. Rev. Young K. Lee of the Sarang Church will speak on the Second Word, “Today, you will be with me in Paradise.”

At 12:50 p.m. Rev. Johan Dodge, of the Community Church will speak on the Third Word, “Behold thy son, behold thy mother.”

At 1:15 p.m. Rev. Gil Moore, of Redeemer Lutheran Church will speak on the Fourth Word, “Why hast thou forsaken me?”

At 1:40 p.m. Captain Joshua Sneed, of the Salvation Army will speak on the Fifth Word, “I thirst.”

At 2:05 p.m. Rev. Rolland Coburn, of First Christian Church will speak on the Sixth Word, “It is finished.”

At 2:30 p.m. Rev. Lisa Rotchford, of St. Theodore of Canterbury Episcopal Church will speak on the Seventh Word “Into your hands I commend my spirit.”

The service concludes with prayer and benediction by the host pastor, Rev. Gil Moore.

Organist for the service is Sharon Heck.

Those attending the three hour service may come at any time and will be seated during the musical interludes  between each Word. Many who come to the service remain for the entire three hours.

Pedestrian Safety 

Leisure World pedestrians and drivers should be aware of a new report pointing to distraction as a major deterrent to traffic safety.

The number of pedestrian deaths in the U.S. reached a nearly 30-year high in 2018, according to a recent report from the Governors Highway Safety Association.

Findings show that smartphone distraction and the prevalence of SUVs are possible factors.

Victor Rocha, GRF security services director, believes it goes further than that: “Distractions while walking are not limited to cell phones,” he said. “Many things can affect your ability to walk safely, including medications, arthritis, eyesight and hearing issues, and possible slower reaction times and reflexes. Pedestrians share the road with many vehicles, and everyone must do their part and take personal responsibility to walk safely.”

According to the highway safety association report, an estimated 6,227 people died on foot from car crashes nationwide last year, the most since 1990. Pedestrian deaths now account for about 16 percent of motor-vehicle crash deaths, up from 12 percent a decade ago. 

In that span, all other traffic deaths grew by less than 5 percent.

Transportation safety experts are alarmed by the rising toll of pedestrian deaths. 

Twenty-five states, including California, reported an increase in pedestrian deaths in the first half of 2018. Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia and Texas accounted for nearly half of all fatalities, the report said. 

Cities and states are trying to boost safety and make their communities more livable with a combination of engineering, education and enforcement measures. 

That includes Leisure World.

Leisure World has clearly marked crosswalks and neon flags at major intersections that residents can carry across the street to make them more visible. 

But people need be very alert, Rocha said: “Even with these enhanced safety measures, it does not guarantee that drivers have seen you and will wait for you to continue walking. 

“When crossing an intersection, the most significant safety tactic to use is ensuring you have made eye contact with a driver who will be crossing your path,” Rocha advised.

In other safety measures, traffic safety columns are routinely printed in the LW Weekly. And the Golden Rain Foundation Board is working to bring trust streets into compliance with state standards, as outlined in the California Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (California MUTCD). This will pave the way to have Seal Beach police patrol in Leisure World and permit them to ticket motorists.

It is possible to keep walkers safe. Pedestrian deaths were down in nearly two dozen states, New York City and other large cities.

Pedestrian deaths plummeted from 6,482 to 4,109 from 1990-2009, federal figures show. Fatalities then rose 45 percent from 2009-2017. The 2018 fatality estimate is based on half-year totals reported by all states, and previous projections based on midyear figures have closely mirrored final full-year totals.

The report highlights the growing shift away from passenger cars to SUVs and light trucks, which generally cause greater injury to walkers than cars at the same speed. Cars are the biggest vehicle category in deadly pedestrian crashes, the report said, but the number of such deaths involving SUVs grew by 50 percent from 2013-2017, compared with a 30 percent increase for passenger cars.

Distractions caused by smartphones—for pedestrians and drivers alike—are a growing concern. 

The U.S. Department of Transportation offers the following safety tips for walkers: 

• Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.

• Walk on sidewalks whenever possible.

• If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.

• Keep alert; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.

• Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.

• If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.

• Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.

• Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

• Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.

• Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.

Easter egg contest is today

The Leisure World Library will host an egg decorating contest today, April 18, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Participants will have decorated eggs on display, and everybody is welcome to stop by and vote for their favorites.

The event will be held at Veterans Plaza, next to the Library. Eggs decorated by resident and GRF employee departments will be featured. Prizes will be awarded.

The library will provide coffee, cookies and other snacks. For more information, call  598-2431.

I-405 Project Update

Partial demolition of the Bolsa Avenue bridge over the northbound  and southbound I-405 will begin on Saturday, April 27.

The freeway will be closed in both directions between Beach Boulevard and Goldenwest Street.

The bridge is expected to take about two years to reconstruct. It will be demolished and reconstructed in two stages, allowing it to remain open to traffic during construction. 

The 16-mile segment of I-405 between Seal Beach and Costa Mesa is one of the most heavily traveled stretches of highway in the nation, and both the regular lanes and carpool lanes are heavily congested during rush hour and on weekends. 

It can take up to an hour to travel this section of freeway during rush hour, and without the project, the commute is projected to double in the next 20 years. Once the project is finished in 2023, it is expected to take about 30 minutes to drive the 16 miles during rush hour in the regular lanes and about 15 minutes in the 405 Express Lanes. 

People are encouraged to visit the project website at www.octa.net/405improvement to sign up for construction alerts via automated call, text message or email.   

Additional closures include:

• NB I-405 loop on-ramp from northbound Beach Boulevard

• NB I-405 on-ramp from southbound Beach Boulevard

• NB I-405 on-ramp from Beach Boulevard road

• NB I-405 loop off-ramp to westbound Bolsa Avenue

• SB I-405 loop on-ramp from southbound Goldenwest Street/Westminster Mall Road

• SB I-405 loop off-ramp to eastbound Bolsa Avenue

Detours will be in place, and signs will be posted to guide motorists around the closures. Motorists should expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.

Twice a month the American Legion Auxiliary ladies prepare casseroles from donated food for the homeless Veterans who frequent the PIERS Center (Partnership In Effective Recovery) at the Long Beach VA.

The PIERS Center is a peer-managed and peer-run mental health recovery drop-in center that sees about 20-25 veterans a day with a part-time staff of six workers. 

When a veteran arrives for his scheduled appointment, he is given a ticket for a hot meal and sometimes a shower and a change of clothes. 

Because the Auxiliary donates the food, vets get more of a variety of homemade food. The cupboards are getting bare, and donations of canned vegetables, canned meats or cash are needed to help refill inventory so the group can continue to support veterans. If you can help, call Joyce Lamm at 430-4488.

Woman’s Club Card Party

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. Reservations were due by 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. 

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.

Y Service Club pancake breakfast is May 11

Plan to join Leisure World friends and neighbors at the Y Service Club pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 11, in Clubhouse 2. The doors open at 8 a.m., and a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee and tea will be served until 10:30.

Tickets are $5. Proceeds from the breakfast help fund the Kids-to-Camp program through the Los Altos YMCA and other community projects. 

In other news, Y Service Club members provide free assistance to Leisure World residents with small household tasks such as hanging small pictures, opening jars, taking out light bags of trash, changing filters for heat p umps, and turning mattresses. For assistance, call the numbers in the “Leisure World Helping Leisure World” section of the classified ads in the LW Weekly. 

Senior Patriots host peace demonstration

All are invited to participate in a peace demonstration sponsored by Senior Patriots for Peace in front of Leisure World along Seal Beach Boulevard on Wednesday, April 24, from 4-5:30 p.m.  

Since Earth Day is observed on April 22 each year, the demonstration will be dedicated to protecting the environment, as stated in the club’s Mission Statement: “We focus on issues relating to world peace, social justice and the environment…”

Evo Morales, Bolivian president and activist, stated: “Sooner or later, we will have to recognize that the earth has rights, too, to live without pollution. What mankind must know is that human beings cannot live without Mother Earth, but the planet can live without humans.”

People who have concerns about environmental issues such as fossil fuel dependence, fracking, pollution, climate change or moving toward sustainable energy and protecting natural resources are welcome to join the Senior Patriots in its peace demonstration for any block of time next Wednesday between 4-5:30 p.m. Signs are provided or people can bring them.  

For more information, call Lucille Martin at 430-1047 or Dorothy Kemeny at 242-4751.

Ranked choice voting is explained

The Senior Patriots for Peace met April 11 for a program on ranked choice voting presented by Paula Lee. When there are more than two candidates running  for office, the one who gets the majority of votes wins, not the one who gets the most votes. A majority is not the same as most. A majority is more then half. Those rankings ensure that as many voters as possible will help elect a candidate they support.

Ranked choice voting is an increasingly common election method that allows voters to rank candidates in order of choice. Those rankings ensure that as many voters as possible will help elect a candidate they support. 

It gives people the power to rank candidates from their favorites to least favorite. On Election Night, all the ballots are counted for voters’ first choices. If one candidate receives an outright majority, he or she wins.  

If no candidate receives a majority, the candidate with the fewest first choices is eliminated. A recount of the ballots is done with the voters who liked that candidate the best having their ballots counted for their second choice. 

This process repeats and last-place candidates lose until one candidate reaches a majority and wins. Your vote counts for your second choice only if your first choice has been eliminated.This is called ranked choice voting. 

The club supports this method as a way to increase voter participation in elections since their votes will always be counted. 

Lee also talked about the League of Women Voters and how they are impartial propagators of the material on the ballots and have been so for many years. 

The Senior Patriots for Peace support improvements in voting because they would strengthen the country’s democratic government which is of, by and for the people. 

When the people are supported, there is peace in the nation. 

The Senior Patriots program meetings are open to all Leisure World residents and their guests. Active members pay a fee of $10 annually to cover expenses for the programs. 

The role of the United Nations will be discussed at the next meeting on May 14 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 2:30 p.m.

Hometown Buffet Menu

Hometown Buffet will serve an all-you-can eat dinner on April 22 and return Sunday, April 28, for its first brunch, which will be served from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. See page 9 for the brunch menu.

The Monday Night Restaurant will be dark on April 29.

Plans are being made for brunch to be served on two Sundays a month. 

Hometown Buffet offers a different dinner menu each month for $11 including tax for all you can eat on site. 

Take out will also be available, however there is a $2 charge for a container for the soup of the day.




• Coleslaw salad

• Italian chopped green salad

• Cream of broccoli soup with fancy cheddar cheese condiments  

• Lavender baked chicken 

• Baby back ribs a la Hometown

• Creamed mashed potatoes and gravy 

• Vegetable rice rilaf

• Baked potatoes

• Rice crispies

• Chocolate cake

• Cubed cantaloupe platter

Hometown Buffet Brunch Menu

Hometown Buffet will have Sunday brunch from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on Sunday, April 28; $11 per person, cash or check (card services are coming). 

Hot Pot



Salad Table


Coleslaw Salad

Juice Bar

Orange Juice

Toast Bar


Corn Bread

White Bread

Hot Bars

Biscuits & Country Gravy

Scrambled Eggs

Crispy Bacon

Savory Sausage Links


O’Brien Potatoes

Baked Chicken Rotisserie

Mashed Potatoes & Gravy

Vegetable Rice

Grilled Parmesan Tomatoes 

Omelet Station

Omelets made to order

Dessert Station

Strawberry Glazed Bananas

Fruit Platter

Chocolate Pudding

Whipped Cream





Breakfast Syrup

Strawberry Glaze

Brown Sugar


Impaired Vision and Hearing Club

Paul Brennan will be the guest speaker at the Impaired Vision and Hearing Club on Tuesday, April 23, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.   

Paul is with the Dayle MacIntosh Center (DMC) in Orange County. He is a specialist on aging with vision loss. The purpose of the DMC is to provide assistance that will facilitate individual and community options for independent living. Most DMC programs were developed as a result of requests from people with disabilities, who defined gaps in services to address needs in their lives.  

Paul, who is blind, will be accompanied by his guide dog, Jeremiah. 

All Leisure World residents are invited to attend. 

CAP Food Bank

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

The next food distribution will be today, April 18.

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

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

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

People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the box of food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID. People who need help arranging a proxy can call GRF Member Resource Liaison Cindy Tostado at 431-6586, ext. 317. 

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

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

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

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 servicemen and women to preserve their stories for posterity. 

For more information or to set up an interview, call him at (714) 891-1171.

tax scams   

by Daniel Howley, technology editor

Yahoo Finance

Tax season is a waking nightmare for Americans. Well, it is for me, at least. Between figuring out how to file, trying to understand my W2 and remembering how to do basic math, it can be extremely stressful. 

But there’s something even scarier lurking out there this time of year: tax scammers.

Criminals are out there trying to swipe your hard-earned cash and personal information from right under your nose.

Luckily, here are a few ways to spot these scams and protect yourself.

• Fake IRS phone calls

One of the most common scams out there today is the IRS phone call. Someone claiming to be from the IRs say you haven’t paid your taxes properly and owe Uncle Sam money. The scammer will then demand that you pay them immediately, or they’ll send the feds over and have you arrested.

That’s some pretty scary stuff right there, especially if you have no idea what you’re doing when it comes to your taxes, and are concerned that you messed up your last filing and are on the hook for thousands of dollars in fines.

The IRS will never contact you by phone and won’t demand that you pay on the spot. The government actually gives you an opportunity to appeal the amount you owe.

The IRS will never threaten to send the police to arrest you for a first-time tax problem. The feds will never ask for you to pay your taxes in gift cards.

• Scammers trying to “confirm” IRS contacts

This is another phone-based IRS scam, but rather than just calling you to demand money, the criminals use a little more finesse. According to the IRS, the confirmation scam sees a scammer spoof their phone number to make it look like the call is coming from the IRS.

When you become suspicious, the thief will tell you to open up the IRS.gov website and look for the service’s telephone number. 

Once you see that the number on the website matches the spoofed number the scammer called you from, they will go back to demanding money.

A similar scam sees criminals pretending to be from the IRS’s Taxpayers Advocacy Service, an independent internal service meant to assist taxpayers with questions and issues with their tax bills. 

In this instance, the scammer will spoof the number of the TAS and then ask the victim to check the number on the TAS site to “prove” that the scammer isn’t a fake.

The IRS will never contact you via a phone call. And even if they did, identifying themselves using a phone number should be highly suspicious.

• Phony IRS emails

If you get a random email from the IRS, it’s not from the IRS. These are just like those fake IRS phone calls, but in email form. Unfortunately, these can be even more convincing fakes, since they include things like official-looking IRS logos and signatures.

Outside of trying to trick you out of your cash, these emails also come with the added risk of malware and ransomware if you download any files embedded in them or click on any included links.

One way scammers try to trick consumers is by including an attachment titled “Tax Transcript,” though it could go by other names as well. The key is to remember that the IRS won’t reach out to you via email, only via snail mail.

 • Fraudulent websites

There are a number of websites masquerading as the homepages for Intuit’s Turbotax and Quickbooks. The idea here is to record a victim’s username and password or their Social Security number in some cases.

The websites are specifically crafted with URLs that line up closely to TurboTax’s and Quickbooks’ real URLs but are slightly off by or have added a few characters. The point is to get victims to search for either website using Google or another search engine, and then trick them into believing they are clicking a link for the actual TurboTax and Quickbooks site.

The best way to avoid a situation like this is to ensure that the link you’re clicking on is accurate by looking at it closely before entering your private information.

• The non-existent federal student tax

The IRS says there’s no such thing. But that doesn’t stop criminals from trying to trick people into believing there is such a tax and that they need to pay for it. 

This works the same way as other standard IRS scams. Victims receive a phone call or email from criminals impersonating the IRS telling them that they haven’t paid their student tax and that if they don’t they’ll be arrested or fined.

The crooks will then demand that the victim pay via their credit or debit card or with gift cards. Basically, if anyone tells you they’re trying to collect on the federal student tax, tell them to take a hike.

• Verifying tax information

This scam sees criminals asking victims to verify items like the last four digits of their Social Security numbers, or other tax information. 

The scammers could also ask for a bank account information or your full Social Security number.

Remember, the IRS won’t ask you for any information by phone. If the person is impersonating a tax preparer or preparation agency, hang up and call your actual tax agent or send your real tax professional an email message asking if they need your information.

If you receive a phone call that you think is a scam, hang up. 

If you receive an email you suspect is fraudulent don’t reply or click any embedded links. 

Instead, report it to the U.S. Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration at the TIGTA’s website, or call the toll-free number, (800) 366-4484.

And if someone asks you to pay your taxes in iTunes gift cards, ignore them.

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, at the time Leisure World’s representative to the Senior Legislature, explained 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

Perspectives Policy

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

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

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

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

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



Clubhouse Four

Tuesday, April 23, 2019 10:00 a.m.

1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. President’s Comments

4. Announcements/Service Awards/Staff Commendation

5. Seal Beach City Council Member’s Update

6. Health Care Center Update

7. Shareholder/Member Comments

Note: Foundation Shareholder/Members are permitted to make comments before the meeting business of the Board begins. The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b… Time limits, per speaker, are limited to:

• 4 – minute limit per speaker, when there are no more than 15 speakers

• 3 – minute limit per speaker, 16 – 25 speakers

• 2 – minute limit per speaker, over 26 speakers  

8. Consent Calendar 

a. Minutes of the Recreation Committee Board Meeting of March 4, 2019

b. Minutes of the Executive Committee Board Meeting of March 8, 2019

9. Approval of Minutes

a. March 26, 2018 

10. Reports 

a Facilities and Amenities Review (FAR) Ad hoc Committee

b. Management Services Review Ad hoc Committee

c. Strategic Planning Ad hoc Committee

d. Health Care Center Advisory Board

11. New Business

a. General

i. TENTATIVE VOTE Adopt Policy 20-2841-2, Graphic Design Services

ii. Approve March GRF Board Report

b. Executive Committee

i. Approve Amended Employee Handbook

ii. Rescind Position Description 3491.6, Parking Enforcement Specialist

iii. Non-budgeted Operating Funding Request – Approve Applicant Tracking System

c. Finance Committee 

i. Accept March Financial Statements 

ii. Approve Funds Transfer Request – Reserve Funds   

iii. Approve CD Purchase – Reserve Funds

iv.  Approve CD Purchase – Capital Improvement Funds 

v. Adopt Policy 20-1450-1, Guidelines for Leasing of Trust Property

vi. Amend Policy 40-5061-2, Fees

d. Mutual Administration Committee

i. Approve the Seal Beach Leisure World Buying and Selling Handout 

ii. Authorize the Mind Booster Workshop

e. Physical Property Committee

i. Capital Funding Request – Replacement of Fountain, Golf Course Lake 

f. Recreation Committee

i. Amend Policy 1445-52, Mission Park Programs  

11.  Staff Reports   

Director of Finance’s Report – Ms. Miller

Executive Director’s Report – Mr. Ankeny

 12. Board Member Comments

 13. Next Meeting/Adjournment

Next GRF Board of Directors meeting, Tuesday, May 28, 6 p.m.

Security Corner

Vehicle Decals

Our decal office stays quite busy each day issuing decals for residents’ vehicles. You can assist us by bringing the following required documents with you to the decal office for new or renewing decals.  

Below are the required documents, along with clarification of the policies:  

• Valid DMV driver’s license. You must possess a driver’s license. A DMV Identification Card is not a driver’s license and a decal will not be issued.

• Valid DMV vehicle registration. GRF Policy 1920-37, 3.3.1 states a current vehicle registration must list the Leisure World resident as the owner of the vehicle.

• Valid proof of vehicle insurance. Vehicle insurance must list the owners name on the policy

• GRF identification card

Be advised that expired insurance, registration and/or driver’s licenses are not valid forms of identification and documentation and no decal will be issued.

If you have any questions, contact the Security Department Decal Office at extension 270. 

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 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 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. 

Wednesday, May 1 Physical Property

Administration 1 p.m.

Town Hall Meetings

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  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 Landscape Council will meet tomorrow, 10 a.m.

The Mutual’s Landscape Council will meet Friday, April 19, at 10 a.m. in Conference Room B. Donna Hughes, from Anguiano Lawn Care, Inc. (John’s Landscaping Service) will be the guest speaker.   

She will talk about roses, their selection, care, maintenance, placement etc. Donna has worked with roses since childhood. She currently maintains the rose garden at the Veteran’s Circle near the LW Library.

The council will also discuss the landscape policies. Bring a copy of the mutual’s policy and the  council will begin to hammer out some of the discrepancies, misleading and silly stuff, which some contain.

All are invited.

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 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.


Brandon Love will facilitate April 23

The SBLW Democratic Club’s Voter Awareness Series will resume monthly meetings on Tuesday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.   Brandon Love, one of the club’s favorite facilitators, will lead a discussion on the implications of a lawsuit filed on April 9, which alleges Orange County supervisors infringed on first amendment rights. Details were published in the Orange County Register on April 10.  

All Democratic Club members and their LW supporters are welcome to attend but, because of limited space, advance reservations are required by calling 296-8521 or emailing lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com. 

Club members should also be aware that next month’s general meeting date has been shifted from May 15 to May 29 in Clubhouse 4 at noon. 

In addition to dealing with ongoing club business, the program for the afternoon will center around the recent revival of the Equal Rights Amendment.  Participants are encouraged to arrive at 11:30 a.m. with their “brown bag” lunch for informal round table discussions before the formal meeting begins.   

The next “Lunch Bunch” gathering to get better acquainted with new members and friends will be at 11 a.m. on April 24 at Denny’s on Westminster. Call (203) 520-4050 for reservations. 

The board will hold its combined April/May meeting on April 30,the fifth Tuesday of the month,  at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.

SBLW Democratic Club members had busy schedules during recent weeks. On March 30, nine members joined an overflow crowd of supporters at the Democratic Party of Orange County fourth annual Women’s History Month Celebration. The event recognized the Democratic women holding more than 50 elected offices in Orange County, from School Board to Congress.   Chair of the California legislative Women’s caucus was the featured special guest speaker. Proceeds from the event will be used to recruit and support more capable women to run for office in 2020.

At the April 17 meeting, club members and supporters heard from Congressman Harley Rhoda’s senior field representative, Alyssa Napuri, who led a discussion about what’s currently happening in the 48th Congressional District as well as providing members with a legislative update.

Nominations for the 2019 “Democrat of the Year” closed on April 13.  The award will be presented at the club’s annual fundraiser breakfast on Saturday, July 13. For more information about the event, contact Clare Wise at claramwise@msn.com.

For information about joining the Democratic Club, Leisure World residents are invited to email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.



Adele Conrad ventured to Chicago to become nurse

by Loni Gardette

LW contributor

Adele Conrad, Mutual 5, speaks of her life as a teenager when things were very different and life appeared to be a much simpler time. 

She was born April 25, 1918, and was raised in Northern Michigan. During the winter there would be one or two big blizzards and the kids would walk to school behind the snow plow.  There were no cafeterias at school, none of the amenities that are standard in today’s schools.  It was during the Depression and everyone was in the same situation, walking and carrying their books and lunches.

There was a large ice skating rink downtown. On Friday and Saturday nights the city was lit up, music played and the kids skated, having the best time.  

It was great growing up. She had a lot of fun in high school and very happy teenage-years.

The love of music and dancing, and lots of outdoor activities filled Adele’s life.  

After church on Sundays she went cross country skiing, and during the summer months there were picnics and swimming in the lakes along with other seasonal activities.  

Berry picking was high on the list.  Strawberries and blueberries were easy but black berries or raspberries, not so much.  

As a young adult, career choices for young women were limited. Adele always wanted to be a nurse and attended Rush Medical School in Chicago for her nursing education. She remembers that her mother was not too happy to have her go so far away from home.

At barely 18, Adele got on a train to Chicago. 

Chicago was a shock with so many people and an energetic hustle and bustle, which was very different from her home in northern Michigan.  

Suddenly she was experiencing big life changes; a solo big train ride, a first ride in a taxi, and school away from home where she was greeted by a matronly lady, that she grew to love.

After one week Adele had met all of her new classmates and embarked on an education and career.  

A typical day-off would find Adele exploring downtown Chicago all by herself, and she felt perfectly safe.  

One day while studying for an exam, a classmate coaxed her to go on a double date.  Not really liking to double date, she said, “I’ll go if you teach me how to smoke.”   

Her classmate lit up and inhaled. Adele’s head dropped down on her classmate’s shoulder and broke her eyeglasses. “

The good news was the blind date turned out to be my future husband, Avon,” said Adele. 

Avon and Adele dated through her last year of nursing school. After graduating in 1939, Adele married Avon Conrad, “a wonderful person, dancer and the joy and love of my life.”

During that time, all the big bands came to Chicago to play and they would go to hear them and dance the night away.

During the war years Adele worked in private practice, but nurses were signing up for the service like crazy.  However she and Avon decided she could best support the war effort by staying  stateside and working in the hospitals. Adele was in charge of a surgical floor.  

Adele’s sister came to live with her while her husband, an Air Force pilot, was away.  

During this time new medicines were being introduced, including sulfanilamide and penicillin, which was so new it was almost experimental.  It was an enlightening time to be a nurse.

A typical workday saw her leave home at 6 a.m. while it was still dark. She had no fear of her surroundings.

Avon returned from WWII in 1945 and they started a family.  They had three girls, born two years apart, when they decided to transfer to Edina, Minnesota.  They bought their first home and they decided Adele would become a stay-at-home mom and be there for the children.  

Avon was a West Coast sales manager, which required a lot of traveling. His territory included Hawaii. Two or three times a year Adele was invited to join him while he worked and she explored the local scene. This was before Hawaii became the travel attraction it is today, and she was the envy of her friends and neighbors.

She and Avon continued to dance and formed a monthly social club with 12 couples who loved to dance. The club grew and a local hotel let them have a room at no cost to set up and hire a band for their monthly dances. They even did theme dances.  

One day clear out of the blue, Avon saw a wonderful organ on sale. The next thing she knew they were the proud owner of the brand new organ.  

Adele knew how to play the violin and Avon thought they would expand their musical accomplishments. With no music books or lessons, Adele learned the keyboard and became quite an accomplished player. They tried a lesson or two, but really didn’t get very much out of it. She did much better on her own.

When their last daughter finished college, Avon looked at Adele and said “it’s time to travel” and they did.  

They both loved to travel and now they could afford it. They visited the Holy Land, which was very special to both of them.  There was a trip to Hong Kong prior to Britain giving it back and a couple of beautiful trips to Europe.  They visited New Zealand, and took various cruises.

On one trip to Europe they returned home on the Queen Elizabeth.  They were three days out and a powerful storm came down out of Canada.  It was late afternoon and the sea was rough and choppy. By dinner time the ship was rolling. While Avon was sound asleep, Adele was wide awake and afraid.  Finally in the wee hours Adele fell asleep and Avon woke up.

There was a big mess to clean up.  Before it was over, they ended up halfway to Bermuda, which was not their final destination. Adele will tell you that was one scary trip home.  

She will also tell you that Avon was the best travel buddy and she laughs out loud at some of their memories.

After being alone for several years, Adele moved to Leisure World in 2002.  

One of her favorite places to visit is the Leisure World Library.  She loves to read and mysteries are her favorite. 


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.


Golf cart Easter parade is April 20

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., following a route that includes at least seven of Leisure World’s main streets, and concludes at Clubhouse 6.   

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

Owners of battery-powered carts are reminded to thoroughly charge those batteries the night before the parade. Thirteen hundred pounds is a heavy load to push to the finish line.

The Easter Parade is one of three parades held annually to promote golf cart usage and safety.  The other two occasions are Fourth of July and Christmas.

Other upcoming events hosted by Rollin’ Thunder include the club’s highly popular Air and Water Day, on  Saturday, June 1, from 9-11 a.m., in the Pit Stop cart service area. 

During January’s event, tire pressure and battery water levels were checked on dozens of carts and scooters. 

Also in June will be the club’s first annual flea market, on Saturday, June 29, in Clubhouse 2 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.  

All Leisure World residents are invited to rent a table for this indoor swap meet.  Table rental will be $10, with proceeds helping to support the club’s continuing activities promoting golf cart safety.  Swap meet table rental will be on a first-call basis.  Contact Club President Tom Davis at 431-6859 for table reservations and additional information.

—Mike Levitt

Bicycle service returns to LW on May 1, 1-4 p.m.

The Golden Age Foundation in collaboration with the Golden Rain Foundation will host another on-site bike repair service, provided by Jax Bicycles, on May 1 from 1-4 p.m. in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot.

Appointment groupings will be scheduled every half hour from 1-3 p.m. to improve the wait time. The objective is to have everyone seen by 4 p.m. Everyone who wants service must call and schedule an appointment.

Dave Hanson, president of Jax Bicycles, came to LW on April 3 and provided minor on-site bike service. He also took bikes back to his shop for more extensive repairs. 

The response was overwhelming with over 125 residents showing up with their bikes. Countless bike tires were filled, chains lubed, and seats/handlebars adjusted. In addition, Dave thoroughly assessed the bikes needing more extensive repairs and took 13 back to the shop for service. 

While the event showcased the need for on-site bike service, it also highlighted the need for improved organization and scheduling to reduce wait times and better meet the needs of residents. Dave will bring in more technicians based on the number of appointments. Those who were turned away on April 3 are encouraged to call early to have priority. 

Sharon Kohn of the Golden Age Foundation will be taking appointments.  Call her Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. at 596-1969 for the May 1 schedule. Once the schedule is full, people may not be able to get an appointment.  

The objective is to see everyone in the community having fun riding safe bicycles.

Happy Mother’s Day

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, 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.


Meeting location changed on April 25

The Concerned Shareholders meeting on Thursday, April 25, has been moved to Clubhouse 4 at 1 p.m.  

Concerned Shareholders will discuss newly amended bylaws that all Mutual shareholders will vote for or against at the annual Mutual meetings. Shareholders from different Mutuals will speak about problems with proposed bylaws prepared by the Roseman Law Firm. Changes will take away shareholders’ rights that are supported by the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act. 

Both Golden Rain Foundation and all the Mutuals are subject to the Davis-Stirling Act by court order. If the bylaw problems are resolved before the meeting shareholders will be informed. 

Everyone in attendance will have an opportunity to ask questions and give options in open discussion.  

Sign up for Ralph’s reward program

Tuesday mornings between 9-11 a.m. shareholders will find Lillian Kennedy, Golden Age Foundation (GAF) board member, at the GAF Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 signing up shareholders for the Ralph’s Community Reward program to raise funds for GAF. Sunny Lee is there on the fourth Tuesday. 

While signing up, be sure to enjoy some coffee served by GAF volunteers and meet new friends and neighbors.

All that is needed to become a contributor in the program is a Ralph’s membership card.


More Beethoven works featured

The Korean-American Classical Music Academy (KACMA)will meet today, April 18, at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.

Ken Chong  will present great Sonatas and Mass by Ludwig van Beethoven, including  Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No. 26, Op. 81a, “Les Adieux,” Piano Sonata No. 29, Op. 106, “Hammerklavier,”I. Allegro and  Missa solemnis, Op. 123, “Kyrie.”

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.


Club hosts tea for Mother’s Day

The Italian-American Club will host a Mother’s Day tea on Wednesday, May 1, in Clubhouse 4  at noon. 

Members, $8,  are allowed one guest, $12 non-members. 

Call the president at  355-2918 for reservations.


Health advocate is guest tomorrow

Micki Nozaki, state director of Senior Medicare Patrol (SMP), the non-profit California Health Advocates premier program, will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club tomorrow, April 19 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Her topic will be “Case Managers and Senior Medicare Patrol: Working Together to Protect Older Adults.” 

The presentation will provide detailed information on how healthcare fraud and scams are perpetrated; how case managers can partner with the Senior Medicare Patrol to advocate for their clients in preventing them from being victims of healthcare fraud and scams; and includes several helpful hints to protect personal health information, detect fraudulent billing and report fraud to the appropriate agency.

The SMP program is grant-funded through the Department of Health and Human Services to provide Medicare and Medi-Cal healthcare fraud prevention education throughout the state. 

During her tenure in the corporate environment, Nozaki led the implementation and management of Information Security and Computer Privacy programs in multiple industries including aerospace, healthcare and insurance. She retired as an associate vice president of a large insurance company. 

Nozaki trained as a Medicare benefits counselor and volunteered through the Council on Aging, Southern California. She then played several roles in the Senior Medicare Patrol program and assumed the directorship in 2015.  

 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.


Board meeting planned April 24

The Golden Age Foundation will have its next board meeting  on Wednesday, April 24, at 2 p.m. in Conference Room B.

Conference Room B is located Building 5, behind the GRF Security Decal office. 

 All members of the Foundation are welcome to observe the meeting. 

This is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest news and  get a preview of coming Golden Age Foundation attractions.

LW Centenarians honored

by Cathie Merz


Clubhouse 4 was filled to capacity with Leisure World centenarians, their families, friends, and Seal Beach dignitaries Mayor Thomas Moore and Council Member Sandra Massa-Levitt. 

The Golden Age Foundation  hosted the luncheon that was attended by 21 shareholders who will be 100 years old this year or older. Each centenarian received a corsage and a city certificate of recognition from Mayor Moore.

The two oldest shareholders in attendance were Marguerite Novak, who goes to the LW gym every day to stay healthy,  and Lois Campbell. Both of the ladies will be 104 later this year.

Alice M. Martasin, who will be 101 next month, still lives alone and rode the LW Minibus to the event.

World War II veterans Jerry Uva, who turned 100 last month,  and Clifford Pederson, 101, sat together sporting caps saluting veterans.

Robert Lynch, 101, was there with his wife, Rosalie. They have been married for 78 years and there is little doubt, the way they  look, that they will make it to 80 years when Rosalie will be 100.

Several of the guests of honor were interviewed by Mary Apte, who  put together a video montage that was shown at the luncheon. Many of the centenarians shared their stories that were published in LW Weekly leading up to the luncheon and others will follow.

Randy Ankeny, GRF executive administrator; Thomas Moore, mayor of Seal Beach; and Sandy Geffner, GAF treasurer; made congratulatory remarks.

Entertainment was provided by  Andre DuSomme, Tosca Lies, Holly Thompson, Jay Nesser and Lori Porter.

The corsages and  boutonnieres were donated by City of Seal Beach from the “Jean Thursday” collection, Council Member Massa-Lavitt and Mayor Moore. They also  donated the flowers for the center pieces.

 The afternoon came to a close with remarks from GAF President Anna Derby pointing out traits that Okinawa, Japan, where the world’s largest population of healthy older adults reside, and Leisure World have in common.

• A cultural environment that reinforces healthy lifestyle habits like diet and exercise

• Healthy social relationships and psychological well-being

• People who have a cooperative spirit

• People who tend gardens

• Public health that is easily accessible

• Seniors are valued as members of their family and the community

 The  luncheon was  organized by the social committee, Linda Johnson, Nikki Weisel and Derby. The lunch was catered by  Rivera’s of Long Beach. 

The event was video taped by the Video Producers Club members Paul Bassett, Michael Oh and Irene Cistaro and will air on Seal Beach TV-3 at a later date.

“We live in a community with wonderful opportunities to meet neighbors and kind  friends. And we have easily accessible amenities we can use to maintain our healthy living. We value centenarians as members of our family and the community,” said Derby in closing. 

“Please take good care of each and every one of you and stay happy and healthy until we see you next time.”

HHUG collecting items for homeless

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

HHUG makes two deliveries every month.

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


Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Farr, Ila


Ila Farr, 89, Mutual 5, passed on  June 26, 2018, in her grandson’s arms.

She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, aunt and teacher. Her love for others will always be remembered. Her lifelong friend of 71 years, Mona, says “I’ll always remember her smile and sense of humor.” 

Ila enjoyed the LW life,making good friends and enjoying Bible studies. Clam chowder from The Fish Company was her favorite, that and cookies with ice cream. Ila was a Dodgers and Lakers fan and watched games religiously.  

She worried too much about the things she couldn’t change, but was always praying for the best outcomes. 

She traveled to Europe taking in all the wonders from her family’s homeland. She lived by her saying “If you can’t say something nice about someone or something, don’t say anything at all.”  

“I was privileged to have had such a wonderful person bestow the endless love only a person like her could give,” said her son  James Farr.

She moved to Leisure World from Hemet, California. In LW she  participated in Bible studies and was a member of the California Retired Teachers Association.

Ila is survived by her  daughter, Debbie; son James; and grandsons, Lance and Thomas.


Barr, James “Jim”


On April 5, at 10:02 p.m. James Richard “Jim” Barr, Mutual 2,  took his last breath, surrounded by his family and passed peacefully into eternal life.

Jim Barr served in the United States Navy for 20 years, the calling of serving others lived within his heart and connected him to his military family in perpetuity.  During his lifetime, Jim was proudly affiliated with BPOE Elks Lodge, No. 2364, in Paso Robles and Lodge No. 1959 in Huntington Beach; American Legion, Post  0050 in Paso Robles, and Post  327 in Seal Beach; was a member of Fleet Reserve Association since 1971, Central Coast Branch 272; and USS Okanogan Association.

He was married for 40 years to Judy Barr, and had three daughters, Mary Kay, Peggy Ann, and Brenda.  Judy passed on April 4, 1998, and Peggy Ann, Oct. 7, 2013. During his transition to eternity, Jim was looking forward to being reunited with Judy and Peg.

After 20 years of service in the military, Jim retired and became a dock foreman for Garrett Freightlines,  Milne Truck Lines and GlobeCon Freight Systems. 

He established lifetime friendships and maintained contact throughout his life with classmates and colleagues across the United States.  His friends deeply cherished Jim and have enjoyed his humor and expansive, larger than life spirit over many years.  

Jim was specific in his final wishes: his clothes will be enjoyed by homeless vets, his car was gifted to his granddaughter who will be finishing college, Polaris to a friend that will enjoy hunting and fishing with his great-grandson, food to the L.A. Food Bank, household items to Salvation Army and his electric tricycle to a deserving veteran.

Graveside services will be held  Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m. at All Souls Cemetery, 4400 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, CA, 90807, 424-8601, http://www.allsoulsmortuary.com/obituary/jim-barr

In honor of Jim’s life of service, flowers are strongly discouraged.  If so inclined, make donations to:

American Legion Post 327, P.O. Box 2487, Seal Beach, CA, 90740, Attn:  Dan Weber

—paid obituary


Yearwood, Mary


Mary Catherine Yearwood, nee O’Neil, of Mutual 12 in Leisure World in Seal Beach, died Jan. 26, 2019, of natural causes. She was 94.

She was born to the late Roberta Jonas and Robert O’Neil, July 6, 1924, in Ambridge, Pennsylvania. Her parents were born and raised in Terre Haute, Indiana, but moved frequently in search of better employment opportunities. The family settled in Southern California where Mary graduated from Excelsior High School, Artesia, in 1942. 

She married Warren “Hap” Yearwood Nov. 25, 1942, at the age of 18, and became an accountant with the Yearwood family’s accounting firm in Downey.

Mary and Hap lived in Lynwood, where three of their four children were born, and eventually moved to Los Alamitos, where Mary drove the school bus for many years. Mary and Hap divorced in 1970.

Mary resumed her work as an accountant, working for the Hilton conglomeration for many years before moving to Seal Beach to care for her ailing father. She finished her career as an accountant at Seal Beach City Hall.

Mary became a licensed pilot at the age of 55 and flew a Cessna and a Yankee Traveler. She joined the women’s aviation group The Ninety-Nines and went on to become a pilot and owner of a hot air balloon, named The Banana Boat.

Mary also became a genealogist, picking up the family research where her grandmother, Sarah Belle Mattox, had left off. She traveled extensively to further her research, following her former husband’s family line to Bermuda and her grandparents’ family lines to Ireland, England and Germany. 

She accepted the position of librarian at the Seal Beach Leisure World’s Genealogy Library, where she taught and encouraged fellow genealogists for three decades. She utilized her genealogy research to become accepted into the organization Daughters of the American Revolution, and self-published a book of her family research in 2011. Her proudest moment came when her genealogy book was accepted into the digital archives of the Family Genealogy Research Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Mary was preceded in death by her younger brothers, Robert O’Neil, 1997; and James O’Neil, 2013; and her daughter, Kathleen White, 2002.  

She is survived by her sister-in-law, Nancy O’Neil, Mutual 6;  her children Ken Yearwood, San Diego; Roberta Havens, Leisure World; Donna Yearwood, Half Moon Bay; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

No fan of funerals, Mary elected to have a simple cremation. There will be no service.

—paid obituary


In Memoriam 

Eleanor Slagter  94

Walter Kendall  87

Chris Razevich  29

Robert  English  64

Daniel Ramirez III  30

Keith Lamar  59

Lisa Smith  63

Muriel Balaban  86

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary 


Escape to Danish village May 23

Thursday, May 23, the Garden Club will escort a day-trip to the old Dutch village, Solvang. This town is noted for its great Danish pastries, wonderful restaurants and shopping galore. This is a trip you can be on your own to do as you please, stroll through dozens of shops along a very quaint town. Stop in for a Danish lunch or pack your own and eat in a beautiful park.  Then choose one of the Danish shops for a great dessert.  There are ice and candy shops to choose from as well.

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 are available by calling Dee Neri, 431-5889, or Gail Levitt,  596-1346.  This bus in already selling fast so get seats as soon as possible. 

There will be a fun time on the bus, with bingo and maybe even a treat or two.


Get tickets to ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Children-A-Priority will escort a trip to see “Beauty and the Beast” at the La Mirada Theater on Thursday, June 6.

“Beauty and the Beast” is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. The play is adapted from Walt Disney Pictures’ Academy Award-winning 1991 animated musical film of the same name, based on the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

“Beauty and the Beast” tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert into his true human form, the Beast must first learn to love a bright, beautiful young woman whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle before it is too late.

All eight songs from the animated film are in the musical.

The bus will leave the Amphitheater at 7 p.m.

The cost for the play and transportation is $85.

For tickets and information, call Juanita Townsend, 431-4026.


Bus to San Diego leaves from CH4 parking lot

Participants in the Sunshine Club’s day trip to Old Town San Diego departing today should be at the Clubhouse 4 parking lot no later than 8:45 a.m. to board the bus. 

The  bus will return to LW by 6 p.m. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.


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. 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.

On the Go

Day Trips 

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

Solvang – Thursday, May 23, $26, LW Garden Club, Dee Neri 431-5889 or Gail Levitt  596-1346

Pala Casino —Thursday, May 30, $6, $10 back, American Legion Post 327, Gail Levitt, 596-1346

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. A’s – 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 Arts and Leisure April 18 2019

Good News Singers concert is May 4

A new concert at a new time will be coming soon. There will be new music to warm your soul and lift your spirits. The Good News Singers will present songs of encouragement and love to “Keep on Praying.” The date is Saturday, May 4, at noon in Clubhouse 4. A full free lunch will be provided for all those in attendance.

Life can bring uncertain times with illness or accidents. The music offered is to comfort and encourage people who are struggling. Old favorites such as “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “In the Garden” and the ever popular “Lord’s Prayer” will be sung.

Besides the choir, the Spiritones and the Messengers, two soloists will offer songs of prayer. Carmen Edwards and Susan Kelleghan are practicing in preparation for the concert. 

Radio Service Club

The Leisure World Ham Radio Club will celebrate World Amateur Radio Day today, Thursday, April 18, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., by demonstrating a portable radio station outside of Clubhouse 6. 

Every year, radio amateurs worldwide take to the airwaves. It was on this day in 1925 that the International Amateur Radio Union was formed in Paris.

As part of the festivities, tea sandwiches will be available.

Radio Club members will answer questions and demonstrate how systems work and give information on how you can learn to be a ham radio operator. 

All are welcome; for more information, call Midge Bash, W6LIK, at (440) 289-2023.

Community Sing

by Ethel Carter

LW contributor

Residents of Leisure World are invited to come to Community Sing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, April 22, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.  

People who want to participate in Opening Acts are encouraged to come at 6 to sign in with the emcee of the evening, Leila Claudio, bringing music for the pianist as needed. 

Leila will introduce her half-time guest, Don Horning, who sings and plays the guitar, ukulele and harmonica.

On April 8, Ethel Carter was the leader. 

Opening Acts began with Chuck Zeman singing “In the Garden” (a capella). Then Byong Choi sang “Unchained Melody,” followed by Bruce Dupont, “This is All I Ask” (a capella); and Bob Slater, “Hello Young Lovers” from “The King and I.”  

Pianist Pat Kogok accompanied two of the Opening Acts.

After Opening Acts, Ethel led group singing until she introduced the half-time guest, Galit Levy-Slater.

Galit, who wore a lovely dress designed to resemble Van Gogh’s “Starry Night” painting, performed four numbers, introducing each before singing and accompanying herself on her purple guitar: “Starry, Starry Night,” “Killing Me Softly,” “Los Bibilicos” and “Adio Kerido.” The audience cheered and applauded loudly for her passion and her professional skills. Some in the audience gave her a standing ovation. Ethel then wrapped up group singing and everyone sang “Kumbaya” to end the musical evening. Thanks to pianist at Pat Kogok.

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. Rumba 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.

•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.

Joyful Line Dance Club

Beginning May 1, Justin Manalad will be the new dance instructor for the Joyful Line Dance Club, which 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. 

Manalad 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 to help people get  healthier, stronger, happier and younger in mind and body. That’s what mastering dance has done for him.

He has a repertoire of over 60 songs he will be teaching in class.

Selections include “Ackey Breaky Heart,” “Bahama Mama,” “Balikbayan Slide,” “The Biker’s Shuffle,” “Black Velvet,” “Hello Dolly” and more.

Everyone is welcome to join the Joyful Line Dance Club. He has over 60 songs to teach his new class; $2 per 90-minute class.

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

GRF Weekly Dance

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

The Craig McKnight Band will play ballroom music from the big band era on April 20.

The Recreation Department asks residents and their guests attending the GRF Saturday Dances in Clubhouse 1 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. 

• People must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m. to permit adequate time for the custodian to set up for the next group.

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

• Clubhouse lighting and audiovisual 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. This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of bands.

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

Club lockers available

Clubs that removed the contents from lockers in Clubhouse 1, which was undergoing a deep cleaning, may reclaim lockers on a temporary basis

People will need to go to the Recreation Office and sign a Temporary Access Agreement.

People will also need to provide a copy of the locker key.

For more information, call kathyt@lwsb.com.

Newsletter debuts

The GRF Recreation Department, in conjunction with the LW Library, has just published their May-June newsletter. 

See all the upcoming events for the month at a glance. 

Stop by the library or the recreation office in Building 5 for a free copy.

GRF Movie

“Love & Mercy,” rated PG, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24, in Clubhouse 4.

In the late 1960s, the Beach Boys’ Brian Wilson stopped touring, produced “Pet Sounds” and began to lose his grip on reality. 

By the 1980s, Wilson (John Cusack), under the sway of a controlling therapist, finds a savior in Melinda Ledbetter. 

The movie was nominated for two Golden Globe awards.

Some scenes and language may offend some viewers.

Can’t make the movie? 

Borrow it from the LW Library for free any time.

Genealogy Club

by Mary Romero

LW contributor

All are welcome to attend the Genealogy Club membership meeting on April 24 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 10 a.m. Social time starts at 9:30.

The featured speaker will be Linda Serna.  

She has been involved with researching and writing family stories for over 35 years. 

Just recently, she was honored to work on the PBS program “Genealogy Roadshow.”

Currently, she is a member of the Southern California Chapter of the Association of Professional Genealogists, the Genealogical Speakers Guild and the California State Genealogical Alliance among others. 

She is a past vice president of programs for the Orange County California Genealogical Society. 

Over the last 10 years, she has written and given several presentations on various topics for different groups in Southern California, New Mexico and Colorado and has taught an intermediate/advanced class in her home group about twice a year. 

In addition to speaking, she loves history, writing and traveling. She especially likes seeing how individual family stories fit in and make up the fabric of history. 

 The club also 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 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.

Call Mary Romero at 810-4266 for further information. 

Spotlight on the Artist

The Leisure World Art League will host local artist Steve Moore and his work at a “Spotlight on the Artist” reception in Clubhouse 4 on Friday, April 19, from 1:30-3:30 p.m. All are welcome. Refreshments, including wine and appetizers, will be served, and Moore’s work will be on sale to interested guests.

He was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. Throughout his elementary and high school years, he was fascinated by art, experimenting with a variety of mediums. That interest never became a passion, however, and he spent less and less time with art after a stint as art editor of his college yearbook.  

Following college at the University of Oregon, where he majored in history, Moore joined the Peace Corps, serving as an English teacher in rural South Korea. That experience led to a job teaching overseas with the Department of Defense and in turn, to a career as a diplomat in the Foreign Service. 

His various assignments over a 25-year career took him to over 30 countries worldwide, including postings to Korea, Japan and Austria.  Along the way, Steve also earned a master’s degree in Korean studies at the University of Washington.

It was not until retirement and a decision to spend six months each year in Mexico that he began to rediscover his interest in art.  Joining a painting class by renowned local artist Javier Ramos in the village of Ajijic (near Guadalajara) sparked a desire to take up oil painting, and he has been diligently developing his talent in that medium over the past several years.

Moore’s paintings draw heavily on his experiences overseas, especially Korea and Mexico.  While he began painting mostly landscapes, he has expanded the focus of his work to include portraits and scenes typifying the cultures of the various places he has lived. He tries to set aside time nearly every day for painting and is always on the lookout for new and challenging subjects.

He has exhibited his work in monthly competitions in Leisure World, as well as annual shows sponsored by the Cypress Art League, Lakewood Artists Guild and the Anaheim Art Association. 

He won several monetary awards, including a Judge’s Prize and 10 first-place ribbons and special awards. 

Moore is a member of the Leisure World Art League, the Cypress Art League, the Lakewood Artists Guild and the Anaheim Art Association.

Authorspeak! is May 2

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the Leisure World Library will host author Donna Todd, who will speak about her book, Mommalogues: Tales of Humor between Generations.” 

All are welcome to attend at 11 a.m. on Thursday, May 2, at Veterans Plaza, located next to the library, to hear Donna discuss her book and writing process. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

“Mommalogues” is a witty collection of short stories that follow a mother and daughter through relatable, everyday situations. The daughter, wrestling with the concept of middle-age onset, sometimes finds herself at odds with her energetic and outspoken mother while the humorous moments of life are revealed through their adventures.

Whether Mom is taking her dreaded DMV renewal test, using modern technology or joining three generations on a field trip, each of the 13 tales in “Mommalogues” uncovers the comical side of the relationship.

Donna says the idea for this book came from having a mom, sisters and a handful of aunts in her life as inspiration. A mother of two boys, she’s found that a hefty dose of humor goes a long way.  She is currently at work on the second book in the series.

The Entertainers

The Entertainers will present its spring show at “Club Ooh La La” at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 4, in Clubhouse 2.

The clubhouse will be transformed into an intimate Parisian club  with fine table clothes and soft candlelight. There will be singing and dancing. Three musicians will perform great tunes. 

The talented cast includes Vickie Van Ert, Sandra Nelson, Eric Nelson, Paul Shivers and Jeanine Greb. 

Doors open at 5:30. Bring favorite snacks and refreshments. Admission is free.

LWSB Book Club

The LWSB Book Club will meet today, April 18, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Members will discuss “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry,” by Gabrielle Zevin. 

On May 16, the club will discuss “Lest Innocent Blood be Shed,” by Phillip B. Hallie.  

The Leisure World Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, at 1 p.m. 

There are no dues or fees.

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 come and sing the old “Hit Parade” favorites, Broadway tunes and songs made famous in movies. 

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.

Community Karaoke

Dedicated Community Karaoke singers arrived last Wednesday night ready, willing and able to strut their stuff.

The audience enjoyed 35 performers and a variety of tunes. Everyone listened and feasted on another birthday cake, this time for a faithful, generous guest, Clayton Rhodes.  

Richard Yokomi, a first-time singer, got a nice round of applause for his “Kansas City.” People clapped for duets by Pat Kogok and Susan Kellehan, Diane Kasperson and Martin Rosendaal, and Bob Groncki and Kathy Swinger. 

Leila Claudio did well with “One Day in Your Life.” Donna Burr chose a new gospel number “I Know Who Holds Tomorrow.” Culley Eaby got folks line dancing with “Elvira.” Gwen Preston sang the popular Patsy Cline number “Crazy.”

Karaoke singers say that singing makes them happy. 

That’s why they come to the practice session on Tuesday’s in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m. 

And that’s why they sing for an appreciative audience each Wednesday in Clubhouse 1 starting at 5:30 p.m.  

Everyone is welcome and appreciated.

Cards and Games Scoreboard   

Fun Time Pinochle Club winners April 15: Al Bonnema, 13,720;  Peg Kaspar, 12,580; Richard Van Wasshnova, 12,510; Grace Buster, 12,050. The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at 240-5416. 

 –Bert Sellers


Monday Bridge Club winners April 15: Donna Cooper, Dale Quinn, Emily Moubassaly. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Pauline Fitzsimons at 296-8363.


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners April 13: N/S: Alan Olschwang-Kiyo Nagaishi; Gary Paugh-Marilyn McClintock; Hanefi Erten-Mike Nielsen; Sibyl Smith-Jeanette Estill; Jack Dampman-Russ Gray.  E/W: Tie among Joyce Henderson-Dalia Hernandez; Joyce Basch-Dorothy Favre; Tom and Bill Dilks and Chie Wickham-Cooie Dampman.  Winners April 12: N/S: Sibyl Smith-Judy Lorber; Jerry and Connie Young; Jane and Jerry Reid; George Alemshah-Sylvia Kaprelyan; Al Appel-Joan Tschirki.  E/W: Louise  Seifert-Stan Johnson; Paul Chen-Barbara Vann; Eileen Kotecki-Jeanette Estill; Lavonne McQuilkin-Carol Murakoshi; Howard Smith-Mariann Klinger. 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 26.  

        – Fred Reker 


Saturday Social Bunco Club winners April 13: Most buncos: Cheryll Rasmus. Most wins: Betty Morgan. Most babies: Louise Damron. Most losses: Tie between Rita Visloskie and Bobbie Straley.Door prize winner: Joyce Ingram. The next meeting is April 27 in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Signups begin at 1 p.m. Due to the demand for tables, a 1:30 p.m. arrival is advised. Play begins at 2 p.m. The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. For more information, call Pauline Fitzsimons, 296-8363.


Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners April 13: Jim Dix, 11,150; Keith Clausen, 10,800; Diana Lambert, 10,140; Al Bonnema, 10,040.Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433. 

          –Bert Sellers


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club overall winners in the club championship game April 11: First in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Howard Smith; second in Strat A: Joyce Henderson-Rob Preece; third in Strat A: Alan Olschwang-Kiyo Nagaishi; fourth in Strat A: Sibyl Smith-Marilyn McClintock; fifth in Strat A: Betty Jackson-Fay Beckerman; sixth in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Gary Paugh; first in Strats B and C: Monica and Paul Honey; second in Strats B and C: Ron and Gene Yaffee; third in Strat B: Bud Parish-Sue Fardette; fourth in Strat B, third in Strat C: Lynne Finley-Kay Hyland; fifth in Strat B: Norma Krueger-Paul Chen; sixth in Strat B, fourth in Strat C: Cookie Pham-Sylvia Kaprelyan. Winners in the game on Monday, April 8: N/S: First in Strats A and B: Bill Linskey-Midge Dunagan; second in Strats A and B: Larry Topper-Frances Gross; third in Strats A and B: Alan Olschwang-Chie Wickham; fourth in Strat A: Betty Jackson-Fay Beckerman; fifth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B: Ted Wieber-Alan Flower; sixth in Strat A: Karen Johnston-Mary Lou Hughes; first in Strat C: George Koehm-Jack Dampman. E/W: First in Strat A: Judy Jones-Al Appel; second in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Ann Croul; third in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-LaVonne McQuilkin; fourth in Strat A, first in Strat B: Peggi Spring-Monica Gettis; fifth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Norma Krueger-Sue Boswell; sixth in Strat A, third in Strat B, first in Strat C: Monica & Paul Honey; second in Strat C: Sylvia Kaprelyan-Russ Gray. 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. 

                                                  – Gene Yaffee


Friendly Pinochle Club winners April 11: Gene Smith, 11,780; Charlie Miller, 11,570; Joe Capra, 10,780; Antonia Zupancich, 10,760 The club meets on Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information,call (310) 968-9509.


Monday Night Bunco Club winners April 7: Most buncos: Tie between Michie Kimuras and Nancy Lopez. Most wins: Joyce Ingram. Most babies.Jim Barth.  Most losses: Bert Sellers. Door prize winner: Susie Ralston. The next meeting is April 22. The club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Play begins at 6 p.m.  For more information, call Gail Levitt at 596-1346.

– Gail Levitt

tournament poker CLUB  

Trai Nguyen chalked up his first Tournament Poker Club victory on April 6 with a pair of sixes. For Nguyen, who recently joined the club, it was his second final table appearance.

Second place was Wendy Wu, followed by Jon Jones, Lem Hall, Valerie Jorgenson, Dan Galliani, and Joyce Smith.  

Barbara Houck won the featured hand with the hole cards of 2 and 7.Valerie Jorgenson won first high hand with four aces. Evelyn Cacioppo was second with four jacks.

 For more information, call (714) 366-0940.

– Susan Dodson

cribbage club 

Alma Zamzow won sevengames of 121 for a perfect score of 847 in Cribbage Club play on April 9 at Clubhouse 1.

It was the third star for Alma, who also finished first in scoring the previous week.

Julie Milburn was second at 840, followed by Alice Buckle, 832 and Jorge Moy and Bob Berry, 831. 

Candy Meyers and Dale Quinn had six games

 of 121.  Myrna Baker was winless.

Members celebrated Scott Boeger’s birthday with chocolate cake and  ice cream.  

Potsy Frank and Margaret Smith served. 

Members meet at noon on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 1. 

Play usually ends by 3:30. Residents are invited to join the club, there’s always room for more.

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

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

– Bobbie Straley

bowling club  

Fred Garcia of  D Hustlers had the big series of the day in Leisure World Bowling Club league play last week. 

He rolled games of 225, 233 and 228 for a 686 series in his team’s sweep of Just Lucky. 

Very Striking continued its winning ways by sweeping Spares Are Good.  

Ron Marcus of Very Striking bowled 234 and 225 in his first two games and teammate Dave Silva had a 209 third game in a sweep over Spares Are Good.

  Nameless tied OSIMA in the first game and went on to win the next two as Pete Perez bowled a 676 series with handicap. 

Maybe Next Tuesday won three from the Pinbusters as Tom Kaczmarek opened with a 198.

The victory clinches third place for Maybe Next Tuesday with just one week to go in the season.

– Dave Silva

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:  Qe2. The white Queen moves from e1  to e2.  Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate

Ladies Golf Club  

A field of 45 members of the Ladies Golf Club played for low gross, low net, and birdies in weekly play on April 9.  

Eleven golfers made birdies.

Flight winners:

A:  Low gross; Zoe Pickell, 28. Low net: Tie between Ann Tran and Mary Ann Moore, 25. Birdies/hole: Zoe Pickell and Devora Kim, 7; Bert Thompson, 3.

B:  Low gross: Leann Lim, 33. Low net: Lee Sun, 25. Birdies/ hole: Joann Lim, 5; Young Yoon, 2.

C: Low gross: Dale Quinn, 33. Low net; Tie between Neva Senske and Soo Kim, 24. Birdies/hole: Neva Senske, 5; Soo Kim, Cecelia Han and Sally Jacob, 2;  Anne Walshe 7.

D:  Low gross: Monika Kim, 34. Low net: Tie between Jean Cose and Sharon Van Otterloo, 23. Birdies/hole: Sandra DeDubovay, 1.

pickleball players  

by Sandra DeDubovay

LW contributor

Winners of the Pickleball Players Club round robin tournament on March 24 received their medals at a meeting last week.  

Thirty-two players competed in three levels on the courts in Mission Park. 

Eight competed in level 2.5, 12 in level 3.0 and 12 in level 3.5.

Each player rotated partners with everyone else in their level. 

Trai Nguyen finished first in the 3.5 level competition, followed by Bob Magie and Doug Wolfe.  

Level 3.0 finishers were Bill Hamilton, Peggy Hamilton and Kathryn Ewell.  The top three at the 2.5 level were Duke Harris, Marilyn Jonas and John Perrotti.

Round robin tournaments have helped determine the skill levels of the players more accurately to compete in the next such event on May 19 to qualify for the Leisure World’s Olympics in June. 

The club invites all LW residents to sign-up to play in the 9:30 a.m. tournament or just to watch the event at Mission Park.

For more information, call Sandra DeDubovay at 480-5890.