LW Weekly Vie/Trans Ed. 3-21-19

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Traffic enforcement safety program proposed for LW

by Victor Rocha

Security services director

 The Golden Rain Foundation at Leisure World, Seal Beach, is committed to the safety of all residents, especially in regards to vehicle traffic and pedestrian safety. Toward that end, the GRF Board of Directors has made positive steps in the past few years to enhance safety inside LWSB.

Board of Directors received numerous communications from residents sharing their concerns regarding traffic and pedestrian safety inside the community. Concerns included all types of violations, from red light violations to non-compliance with posted stop signs and excessive speed. 

After careful deliberation, a proposal was made by the GRF Board to review the possibility of having Seal Beach Police Department enforce traffic laws within the community. 

Before this could possibly occur, the streets within Leisure World had to be certified to meet the same standard as any public street outside the community. This entailed having a certified traffic engineer certify that LWSB streets meet the standards of the California Manual on Uniformed Traffic Control Devices (CAMUTCD).  

To ensure compliance with the rules, GRF removed over 160 traffic signs, remove pavement markings, updated traffic control devices and painted red curbs where required to allow space for emergency vehicles. This process began in 2017. 

On Feb. 14, the GRF received a Certificate of Compliance. The cost of obtaining this certification totaled approximately $200,000.

All of this information regarding the certification has been sent to the City of Seal Beach for review. The City Council will take LW’s certification and all information to make a determination if they want city police resources sent into LWSB. 

As noted in my article last week, some residents that operate golf carts have expressed concern over the possibility of Seal Beach PD enforcing traffic laws inside the community, since this would mean that certain golf carts would have to be registered and licensed by the DMV, have proper insurance, and the operator of the golf cart would need a driver’s license (this does not apply to two-seater golf carts that are under 1,300 pounds and go 15 miles or less). 

GRF is currently investigating any type of variance or allowance regarding full operation of golf carts.

I want to reiterate that the process of possibly having Seal Beach PD enforce traffic laws is exactly that – a process, and we will keep everyone informed every step of the way.

If you have any questions or concerns, contact me at victorr@lwsb.com.

Cold season isn’t over yet

Carson J. Blomquist

Health Care Center

You’ve probably seen friends and neighbors sniffling, sneezing, and coughing. That’s because we’re still in cold season, which runs for another month. If you want to avoid getting sick, there are a few things you can do, according to Dr. Rudy Haider,  a primary care doctor at the Health Care Center.

“One of the easiest things to do is wash your hands,” Dr. Haider said. “These germs can live on surfaces for some time, like door handles and tables. Washing your hands regularly is an effective way of killing those germs.” If you’re on the go, Dr. Haider suggested bringing along an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. Just make sure it’s at least 60 percent alcohol – that is strong enough to kill off the germs.

A balanced diet is also key, so stock up on fruits and vegetables. “You want your immune system to be as strong as possible,” Dr. Haider said. “Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins and minerals that help your immune system stay strong. Be sure to stay hydrated as well.”

What do you do if you’re not feeling well? “Stay home! Your body needs to rest and recover,” Dr. Haider said. “If you’re sick and you go out, you might be exposed to other germs. And you could spread your germs to others. The best thing to do is stay indoors until you feel better.”

A greater concern is the flu. “A lot of people think flu season is already over, but it goes on through April,” Dr. Haider explained. “If you haven’t gotten a flu shot yet, you can still get one from your doctor’s office, community pharmacy, or travel clinic. Most health plans cover it; just call your health plan’s member service line to learn more.” And if you think you have the flu? “Call your doctor immediately,” Dr. Haider said.

“A cold can be miserable, but these are simple ways to keep it at bay,” Dr. Haider said. “And if you’re already sniffling, these are ways to beat those germs.”

The Stars Align—GAF contributes to Meals on Wheels, LB

by Maureen Habel

Past GAF President, 

former Meals on Wheels of Long Beach volunteer 


Lucy broke her hip several months ago and can no longer walk to the bus stop or drive to the grocery store. Unfortunately, she has had to give up some cherished social activities. Dan was widowed last year. He is lonely, beginning to have mobility problems and struggles to cobble together a few meals that he describes as “pretty awful.” Gus and Dottie, both in their late 80s, can no longer shop for and prepare the nutritious food they need to stay healthy. All live on a limited income and have considered Meals on Wheels as beyond their frugal budgets. 

But this March, the stars began to align. The Golden Age Foundation’s (GAF.) contribution to Meals on Wheels of Long Beach (MOWLB). will help make nutritious home-delivered meals a reality for people like Lucy, Dan, Gus and Dottie. The GAF Board of Directors recently allocated $10,000 to MOWLB to provide meal sponsorships for qualified low-income Leisure World residents.  

How Big a Problem? 

Food insecurity and social isolation is a huge problem for many seniors. The United States Department of Agriculture describes food insecurity as “limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate and safe foods or limited or uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods.” Poor nutrition in older adults can lead to a

number of serious health conditions, including a weak immune system, which increases infection risk, delayed wound healing, muscle weakness and decreased bone mass, leading to falls and fractures, and an increased risk of hospitalization and death. 

It’s estimated that healthcare costs associated with malnutrition in seniors is $51 billion each year. 

MOWLB can serve a senior for an entire year for the same cost as one hospital day or 10 days in a nursing home. According to Meals on Wheels America (MOWA) data, 59 percent of home-delivered meal recipients are 75 or older, 69 percent are women, 59 percent live alone, and 46 percent rate their health as fair or poor. Surveys done by the organization indicate that nine of 10 recipients report that MOWA services makes them feel more secure and improves their health status. 

The Golden Age Foundation Responds 

The GAF was organized in 1973 by the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors. These community leaders became aware that there were many unmet needs, particularly among residents with lower income levels. They saw the establishment of a non-profit foundation, separate from the governance function provided by GRF, as an important strategy. 

For over 46 years, the GAF, using contributions from individual shareholders and groups, has provided many programs and services to improve the quality of life for all Leisure World residents. GAF’s original Articles of Incorporation provides important guidance for the distribution of donated funds. 

Specifically, these founding documents direct GAF to “receive contributions and dispense funds to aid and support those persons in need of charitable assistance, primarily the aged,” in part by forming alliances with other non-profit organizations with similar missions. Although the legal language sounds a bit outdated, GAF’s goal of improving quality of life for those residing in Leisure World, especially for those who may need a bit of help, remains the same. 

How It Works

 MOWLB was founded in 1971 to support the independence and well being of homebound seniors, veterans and the disabled. This program is designed specifically to meet the nutritional and social needs of seniors. MOWLB is a 501c.(3) nonprofit organization and is supported by philanthropic foundations and the generosity of corporate and individual donors. 

 Starting in 2013, MOWLB began offering meals in Leisure World. According to Bill Cruikshank, executive director of MOWLB, between 95 and 100 Leisure World residents are currently enrolled in the program. 

The program offers affordable lunches and dinners, using creative menus planned and reviewed by a registered dietician. All meals are prepared daily using only the freshest ingredients. Menus are published each week in the LW Weekly.

Flexibility is the key to meeting individual needs. Many clients subscribe to a five-day a week plan, receiving a hot lunch and a lighter cold evening meal; others use the services three days a week, and some request additional weekend service. Some residents need MOWLB service while they are recuperating from an illness or injury, while others may choose to become long-term clients.

Meals are delivered by a team of two volunteers between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The current cost is $8.25 per day. Enrollment criteria include being homebound and being a Leisure World resident. Those who need financial sponsorship, now generously provided by GAF, are screened for eligibility by MOWLB professionals. 

To sign up for the program and/or to find out if you are eligible for GAF financial sponsorship, visit the MOWLB  Leisure World website (www.lwsb.site.mowlb.org. or call the office at 433-0232.  

It’s More Than a Meal 

Having social contact to combat isolation and loneliness is another way of meeting human needs. MOWLB volunteers often become close friends with their “clients,” as they deliver food—and a bit more—a friendly face and a chance for a visit. 

Knowing that a volunteer will be stopping by nearly every day is a great relief to homebound seniors and their families and friends. MOWLB statistics show that for the 59 percent of clients who live alone, the visitor delivering the meal is the only person they will see that day. If a MOWLB client needs a boost or has a pet, volunteers can also deliver freshly cut flowers and pet food donated by local merchants. Once individuals begin MOWLB service, a member from the MOWLB Care Team can stop by to identify additional needs and resources that can keep clients achieve a safe, healthy, and happy life. 

How You Can Help

First, think about becoming a MOWLB volunteer and taking advantage of the opportunity to directly help neighbors. The intent of the GAF contribution is to encourage more residents to enroll in MOWLB, especially those who may need financial sponsorship. 

Volunteers select at least one day a week, committing to an approximate two-hour time frame between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. It’s a meaningful gig for couples or friends. It’s also a great chance for a single volunteer to be paired up with a like-minded stranger, who won’t be a stranger for long as they work together in service. 

To become a MOWLB volunteer, go to www.mowlb.org, complete an on-line application and be sure to provide your Leisure World mailing address. You can also call 433-0232 and ask to speak with Caron Adler. 

Second, tell friends and neighbors about the opportunity for individuals with fixed limited incomes to enroll in MOWLB with the help of a GAF sponsorship. Help by letting people know that the assistance is to support healthy eating and continued independence. 

Third, consider donating to GAF.  Contributions are the major source of income for the organization, and funds are continuously needed to support GAF’s many programs that benefit many people in Leisure World. Donations can be placed in the gray mounted wall box adjacent to the Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6. 

No Monday dining this week in CH1

No restaurant is scheduled in Leisure World for the third week of March, but  Hometown Buffet will be taking over the fourth week, March 25, and Naples Rib Co. will be back the first week of April.

Finbars menus are published in the LW Weekly and on LW Live! Owner Joseph Barbara is asking for suggestions from residents for items they would like to see offered. Send suggestions to events@lwsb.com or drop them off at Clubhouse 1 while dining next Monday.

Reservations will be required for Naples and contact will be directly by phone at 439-7427 or via Naples’s website at http://www.ribcompany.com/leisure-world-menu.asp. Reservations must be received before noon on the Mondays that they serve here. Those who book through the website will receive a special treat. 

Finbars serves on a first come, first serve basis thereby eliminating the need for reservations. However patrons are encouraged to stagger their eating times between 4-6 p.m. to avoid long lines. Dining in is until 7 p.m. 

Hometown Buffet will offer a different menu each month for $11,

CERT classes to assist during emergencies begin April 1

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. 

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. 

CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Classes are held on five Mondays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 and 29, from 8 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

Topics are:

•April 1: Unit 1, Disaster Prep; Unit 2, Fire Prevention and Suppression

•April 8: Units 3 and 4, Medical Operations

• April 15: Unit 5, Search and Rescue; Unit 6, CERT Organization

•April 22: Unit 7, Disaster Psychology; Unit 8, Terrorism and CERT

•April 29: Unit 9, Disaster Simulaton; and course review 

Locations and topics may be rearranged. 

To register, call Eloy Gomez at 431-6586, Ext. 356. 


Food distribution is today, CH 4

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, March 21.

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.


Peace vigil set for March 27

Everyone is invited to join a peace vigil sponsored by Senior Patriots for Peace on Wednesday, March 27, from 4-5:30 p.m. on the public sidewalk along Seal Beach Boulevard in front of Leisure World.  Signs will be available.

 The monthly Senior Patriots peace vigils usually focuses on one topic that is most relevant and current for that month. This can be difficult when people awaken daily to another crisis impacting peace and justice. 

 There are so many critical issues in the world today. This month’s vigil will offer a variety of signs for individual choice, rather than focus on one specific theme.

 Everyone wants to be heard and this month’s peace demonstration gives the opportunity for participants to voice concerns of their choice.

 Senior Patriots for Peace holds monthly vigils to call attention to the need for a return to peace in the cities and the world with a renewed tolerance of others. To that end, the club additionally focuses on issues of social justice and the environment to nurture a world where people can live healthy and peaceful lives for generations to come.

 Take a stand for democracy. Feel free to join the group for any Rain will cancel.

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

American Legion

Super Bingo event tickets selling fast

Presale tickets are going fast for the Super Bingo being sponsored by the American Legion on Sunday, March 31, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 1 p.m. and the first call will be at 1:30. 

Presale tickets are $15 each and give participants an opportunity to sit where they want. To purchase tickets, call Lee Esslinger at (310) 491-8990 or come to bingo on Sunday, March 24, and purchase tickets before the calling begins. 

The bingo jackpots for the $15 ticket will be $100 each and the 10th game will pay $150.  Extra six packs will be available for $5 each. The cost for Early Bird, Double Action, Bonanza, Discs, and Lickety Splits will remain the same. In addition, at break there will be a drawing and the Auxiliary ladies are planning a special dessert. 

Invite your family and friends to come along and have a fun afternoon while supporting American Legion philanthropic projects.

Recreation Dept. 

Pick up new newsletter in office

The GRF Recreation Department, in conjunction, with the LW Library has just published its first newsletter. 

Stop by the Library or the Recreation office in Building 5 for a free copy with all the upcoming events for the month at a glance.

Golden Rain Foundation 

by Cynthia Tostado

Member Resource and Assistance Liaison

Lost in Leisure World, how is that possible?  Maybe because many of the buildings and streets look similar?  

I remember when I first came to work in LW, armed with my LW map, I received a quick lesson in identifying mutual and unit number.

If all else failed, I could return myself back to the starting point and begin again. I remember 

receiving a quick tutorial from a resident who 

shared with me the positioning of the buildings  to help me navigate through the mutual.  

Even after all of that great information and tools, I would still exit a unit and become quite disoriented as to where I was.

Many who have entered through the golden gates of LW find themselves in a similar position and can relate to my experience.  It’s often joked about among residents and visitors about the navigational experience that is needed to find our way around.  

Imagine having a memory problem and leaving your unit to search for something or someone familiar, escaping from something inside the unit that is causing you to feel anxious or threatened, or reliving the past such as a familiar routine like going to work or just wanting to keep walking because it is soothing.  

The Alzheimer’s Association reports that six out of 10 people with memory problems are at risk of wandering. Anyone who has a memory problem and able to walk is at risk.  

Even those in the earlier stages of the disease can become disoriented or confused for a period of time, placing themselves at risk.  Compounding the problem is the inability to remember one’s name, address or phone number. Families often overlook this behavior and minimize the safety risk for their loved one.

Being in a small and gated community can sometimes bring about a false sense of security to those who are at risk of wandering.  Wandering doesn’t just occur during the daylight hours and people don’t always have the presence of mind to watch out for cars and carts traveling on the streets. 

Wandering can also lead to serious injury and/or death.

Families and caregivers can take steps to prevent wandering by supervising their loved one at all times, increasing home safety (night lights, alarms on doors, locks on cabinets, knob caps on appliances), provide visual cues (signs or photos, large clocks with date and time), avoid potential triggers be aware of the environment, and remove items that would suggest leaving (keys, purse, etc.). 

If you encounter someone who has wandered away from their home and they are having trouble identifying where they are headed, here are some good tips to try:

• Approach from the front, identify yourself and explain why you’ve approached them.

• Maintain good eye contact, speak slowly and calmly, use short and simple words.

• Avoid speaking loudly which can convey anger. Don’t assume the person is hearing-impaired.

  Ask one question at a time, allowing plenty of time for response.

• Avoid correcting or “reality checks.”

• Maintain a calm environment.

• Avoid confrontation, contact Security for assistance.

• If there is a medical emergency call 911.

For families and caregivers there are many products to consider in keeping your loved ones safe.

• MedicAlert FOUND California, www.medicalert.org/

  American Medical ID, www.Med-ID.com or call 800-363-5985

• Clothing labels

• Personal GPS locators, watches, wristbands and insoles

• Phone applications

Planning ahead for this potential hazard may reduce the likelihood that your loved one might wander and increase the chances of finding them quickly and safely.  

Alzheimer’s Orange County and Alzheimer’s Association has excellent resources to help with education and safety.  

 I can be reached at  431-6586,  ext. 317, to offer support and resources to those who are struggling with this disease and it’s unpredictable symptoms that can be encountered.

Letters to the Editor


I’ve read in LW Weekly about concerns of the use of herbicides like Roundup in Leisure World, particularly voiced from the dog walkers who exercise their much loved pets throughout our community. 

Recent studies from the University of Washington, and other reputable institutions have concluded that the active ingredient glyphosate, present in most common herbicides, could be responsible for over 40 percent of human blood cancers, lymphomas.

The reputable Tufts University School of Veterinarian Medicine, in six-year study with dogs and glyphosate concluded a 70 percent higher incidence of cancer in those dogs exposed than not. 

This fact reasoned on dogs’ lower approximation to the ground, and their unprotected paws. 

One would reason if this herbicide, glyphosate is potentially carcinogenic to humans, it is also harmful to pets. Is the eradication a few weeds in our community reason enough to risk the health of both ourselves and our pets?

Stevin Cohen

Mutual 14

(Editor’s note: Anguiano Lawn Care adheres to the state and federal guidelines when applying lawn and/or plant care products in Leisure World, according to John Anguiano, owner/president.)


I understand that the Golden Rain Foundation, GRF, is considering charging shareholders for clubhouse use, not a good idea. This should be looked at reasonably.

I am a Zumba teacher and work for the city of Long Beach. They advertise and I work in their senior centers. I get paid by the head but pay a percentage to the city.  GRF can do the same.

The people that come in from outside and charge shareholders to attend their classes should be paying a percentage (not a flat fee) of what they charge clients.

GRF could charge 25 percent then the more people that attend, the more the instructor and GRF receive. This is very easy for the instructor to track, as I do  weekly for the city. If you want details, feel free to contact me.

Clubs, however, do not charge their members. They do so much for the community that they should not be paying anything for use of the clubhouses. That as this is part of the amenities that shareholders pay for monthly.

Residents are not charged for golf, or pickleball or table tennis and should not be, but guests can certainly be charged a small fee to help defray upkeep costs.

There are reasonable ways for GRF to help with the cost of maintaining facilities but to just broadly charge everyone is not the answer.

Adrianne Rosenfeld

Mutual 14


I am vehemently opposed to charging shareholders for using  facilities. We all paid a fee when we purchased our shares of stock in the corporation for the privilege of using all Leisure World facilities, and continue to do so with our monthly assessments to GRF, including the clubhouses.  

I belong to several clubs. One holds fund-raisers and donates a large sum of money to the GAF as a result of their meetings and participation.  Most of us are living on fixed incomes and will be unable to participate in activities if charged a fee.  

It is reprehensible for GRF to even consider charging shareholders.  Laguna Woods has an entirely different system than we do.

Why our shareholders’ representatives would consider patterning LWSB after Laguna Woods is beyond me. If they had, we wouldn’t have spent hundreds of thousand of dollars on the globe. 

We moved into LW with specific expectations.  If moneys have been mismanaged or not utilized appropriately, GRF can’t switch gears and make shareholders pay the price. 

Tighten your belts and find a different solution. I can understand the potential of charging a fee to outsiders, but consider the impact on shareholders.  If outsiders no longer come, some activities may be forced to cease.  

Hundreds of thousands of dollars were spent on refurbishing a globe that adds nothing to the community. It isn’t the original globe that had color and turned. That money could have been better spent on maintaining our facilities if that is needed.

Susan Simon

Mutual 14 

watch your step 

by Jim Breen


A resident received two messages from a representative of ACE Recovery Service who said he had possession of her Social Security number. She was told to call back on her cell phone or have her legal representative call a number with an 855 area code. 

Wisely, she declined.

The Better Business Bureau website is littered with complaints from consumers about scams calls made by ACE Recovery Service.

They are listed on the organization’s website at www.bbb.com

Area code 855 is a non-geographic area code, meaning that it is not associated with any particular city, state, province, or country. It  recently joined the list of 800, 888, 877, 866, and 844 toll-free numbers.


Some phone pests never give up. 

Joanne Hawn of Mutual 7 got “at least” 10 calls one day recently to let her know that her back brace is ready to be picked up.

She said it was always a different person who called.

“I have had back problems,” she said, “but how did whoever keeps calling know that?”

The following day, Mutual 6 resident Judy Miner was called 11 times in a two-day span, all from the same man. He warned her to call a toll-free number from the IRS or risk appearing before a U.S. Magistrate and jury to be sentenced to prison.


Mutual 4 resident Julie Cisneros was shaken by a call received last week from a man who identified himself as a “liaison for Medicare.”

She said yes to two questions regarding death benefits. One was “do you know that Medicare has no death benefits?”

Ms. Cisneros was concerned that might be too much information.

The resident was assured that she was safe unless she surrendered credit card, bank account or Social Security numbers.

So she did the right thing and ended the call with an abrupt hang-up.

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

community church

The Community Church Missions Team is sponsoring a fundraiser at Polly’s Pies Restaurant in Los Alamitos on Wednesday, March 27, from 6:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. 

 To participate, pick up a flyer attached to the worship guide at church on Sunday, March 24, or from the office from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Monday-Thursday.

Polly’s will donate 20 percent of the proceeds when the flyer is presented at the restaurant on March 27.

Proceeds will benefit Precious Life Shelter in Los Alamitos.


The church continues its Lenten “Bowl and a Roll” series at 5 p.m. today, Thursday in Edgar Hall titled “Holistic Living for Later in Life,” presented by Kery Bailey. 

Homemade soup and a roll will be served. All are invited to attend. For more information, call Virginia Olejnik  at 386-6076.


On Sunday, March 24, Pastor Johan Dodge will present a message titled, “Don’t Give in to Selfishness” from Luke 13:1-9.

Lay Liturgist will be Kelly Frankiewicz.  

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

Redeemer Lutheran 

The topic of Sunday’s sermon at Redeemer Lutheran Church is “Jesus and Today’s Headlines.” Pastor Gil Moore will use Luke 13:1-9 as his text. The service begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour in Fellowship Hall.

The reader will be Judy Norlander and the prayer leader, Beverly Anderson. The choir will sing “My Soul in Stillness Waits.” 

Pastor Lynda and Cedric Elmer will play a piano duet of “Kum Ba Yah.”  Altar flowers will be provided by Larry and Judy Norlander in honor of their wedding anniversary.

 The Wednesday morning Bible class meets on March 27 in Fellowship Hall from 10:30-11:30 a.m. under the leadership of Pastor Lynda Elmer. The class is now studying Paul’s letters to Timothy. All are welcome.


Special Lenten devotions and soup suppers begin at 4 p.m. on Wednesdays in Fellowship Hall.

 A light supper will be served and a dialogue devotional presentation by Pastor Gil Moore and Rev. Lisa Rotchford is planned.

 Devotions begin at 10 a.m. today in Seal Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center.

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

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

Fun, fellowship

The Christian Fun and Fellowship Club meet at 6  p. m. on Tuesday, March 26, in Clubhouse 4.

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

Enertainment will be provided by The Messengers, a mixed quartet.

All residents are welcome to attend and bring a friend.

For more information, call 455-6218.

salvation army

Fred Seiler, former Leisure World resident and retired major in the Salvation Army, will be honored for his many years of service when the organization meets  on Monday, March 25, in Clubhouse 4.

Since a light supper is planned for the meeting it will begin at 6:30 p.m.

For many years, Mr. Seiler and his wife, Irene, directed the Home League and were representatives to the Interfaith Council,  

Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater, president of the Interfaith Council will express the appreciation for all the years of the Seilers’ service.

lw baptist  

All are invited to attend the events at Leisure World Baptist Church on Sunday.

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

The  call to worship song will  be “O For a Thousand Tongues.”

Patsy Schaffner chose “Holy, Holy, Holy is What the Angels Sing.”

Darlene Harris will direct the choir in singing “The Church is One Foundation.” The unique power of the hymn is that all the verses are based on Biblical promises. 

Congregational hymns will include “Come Thou Almighty King,” “Beneath the Cross of Jesus” and “More Love to Thee.”

Pianist Yvonne Leon will play the offertory.

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s message will be “Privilege With God” from Romans 3:1-8 (Acts 13:27).

The closing hymn will be “Wounded for Me.”

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


The Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study meets at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 25, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

The Energizers meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 27, in Clubhouse 4, Room A, for study and fellowship.

For more information, call 430-2920. 

holy family catholic  

Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the third Sunday of Lent  this week.

The readings: 

First Reading: Exodus 3:1-8A, 13-15; Responsorial Psalm: 103:1-2, 3-4, 6-7, 8, 11; Second Reading: 1 Corinthians 10:1-6, 10-12; Verse before Gospel: Matthew 4:17; Gospel: Luke 13:1-9.


The Federation of Filipino Rosary Groups is sponsoring a retreat from 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m.  Saturday, March 30, at the church.

Leading the retreat will be Fr. Thomas Naval, Pastor of Santiago de Compostela Church, Lake Forest. 

Light breakfast and lunch will be served.

There is a suggested donation of $10 requested from the attendees. There will be a table to register.

All are invited to attend as part of the church’s  Lenten observance.


Pray the Rosary during Lent Monday-Saturday at 8 a.m., 7:45 a.m. on Wednesdays.

All are invited to  pray to God with the divine intersection of Our Blessed Mother Mary at 3 p.m. on Mondays and Thursdays.

Stations of the Cross are held every Friday during Lent immediately after 8:30 a.m. Mass.

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

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

Rock Church  

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

Sunday services in English begin at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. Spanish services remain at 1:45 p.m. Sunday’s message can be heard for no cost at www.gototherock.com. Select Seal Beach Campus and check the podcast. 

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

congregation sholom  

Congregation Sholom will celebrate services led by Rabbi Karen Eisenberg, at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. An Oneg shabbat will follow. 

Bagels will be served  on Saturday at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 followed by services with Rabbi Eric Dangott. A potluck dairy lunch will follow services at noon.

 During lunch the Rabbi will discuss this week’s Torah portion.

The walking group meets on Mondays and Wednesdays at 6:35 p.m. at the bus stop across from the Clubhouse 3 lobby.


The  Passover Seder begins at 6:15 p.m. on Friday, April 19 at in Clubhouse 3 Room 2. It will be  led by Cantor Marla Barugel.

The meal will include matzo ball soup, chutney brisket or roast chicken, vegetables, beverage and dessert. 

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

faith christian  

Faith Christian Assembly (FCA) has a one-hour celebration service Sundays at 5:30 p.m. It is an informal time of worship, teaching and fellowship and includes many great church hymns  

Due to reduced attendance, many churches have canceled Sunday evening services. At FCA, many  value the special time.  

All are invited to attend the service, along with prayer time at 5 p.m. 

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship, at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room; Bible study taught by Pastor Sheri Leming is 7 p.m.,Wednesdays in the Garden Room; and Grief-Share meets at 2 p.m. Fridays in the Garden Room.

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

Buddha Circle  

The Buddha Circle will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, March 23, in Clubhouse 4.

Another lesson in Buddhism will be discussed by Ven. Vui Mung (Joyful Heart) from Desert Zen Center.

He presents Buddhism in a simple way, how to suffer less and become happier.

It’s an interactive group, so those who attend are encouraged to ask questions.

Ven. Vui Mung will begin the session in a guided meditation.

 Check the website at LWSB.com under Religion, Buddha Circle for more information. 

There is no membership, just a gathering of  like-minded people. All residents are welcome.

Donations are welcome and will support Ven. Vui Mung  in his teachings.

For more information, call (714) 933-5122.

first christian  

First Christian Church will present the film “Unbroken: Path to Redemption” at 5:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, and 1 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel. 

It is the true and inspiring story of Louis Zamperini, former Olympian and World War II hero. He found faith in God, redemption and forgiveness through Billy Graham’s Los Angeles Crusade in 1949.

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

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

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

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

Margaret Humes will lead the hymns  “It Is Well With My Soul,” “Leaning on the Everlasting Arms” and “Under His Wings.”

The Communion hymn will be “I Will Praise Him.”   

The choir, under the direction of Anita Ragole, will sing “Spirit Of The Living God.”

 Pastor Bruce Humes will present the Communion meditation and service. 

For the offertory, the Praise Team will sing, “Jesus Is the Answer.”

Pat Kogok will sing “Via Dolorosa” and read from the Gospel of Matthew, 21:43-46.

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message will be “The Cornerstone” based on Matthew 21:43- 22:14. 

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

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

 The Calvary Chapel Bible study has been canceled. 

Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions. 

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

Assembly of God 

Assembly of God Church meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  Pastor Sam Pawlak’s message this week will be “Is It Possible to be Too Religious?”  

The message is divided into three parts with worship songs  led between segments by Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger.  

Accompanying the worship will be Marge McDonald at the organ and Norma Ballinger at the piano.  

Diana Mushagian keeps the congregation informed of various activities and leads in the offering.

The 6 p.m. hymn sing in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby will feature Lillie Knauls,who made her first recording of southern gospel music in 1975.  

Ms. Knauls sang with the Edwin Hawkins singers in the US. and throughout Europe and now ministers in churches with Aglow Fellowship. She is past winner of the Dove Award for achievements and excellence in Christian music.

  Those present will be able to select their favorite songs from the hymn book which. Associate Pastor Ballinger will lead.


  Wednesday’s Bible Study will be from Hebrews, chapter 10.  The group meets at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Pastor Sam leads the study and discussion time.

The men of the church are invited to a breakfast on Saturday, March 23, at 9 a.m., in the parsonage with home-cooked food, prepared by Pastor Sam.

Weekly health, exercise classes  

Ageless Grace

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

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

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

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

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

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

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

Classes are offer Cards and Games Scoreboard 

Fun Time Pinochle Club winners March 18: Jerry Hore, 10,950; Bobbie Olsen, 9,940; Amy Kasuyama, 9,670; Julia Troise, 9,590.The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at 240-5416. 


Monday Bridge Club winners March 18: Howard  Bleakley, Donna Cooper,  Maxine LaFleiur. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Mary Nell Clark, 296-8570.


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners March 16: N/S: Sibyl Smith-Jeanette Estill; Fred Reker-Joan Tschirki; Diane Sachs-Verna Baccus; Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; Judy Mathis-Sylvia Kaprelyan. E/W: Judy Jones-Al Appel; Sharon Beran-Russ Gray; Joyce Henderson-Howard Smith; Mark Singer-Sue Fardette. Winners March 15: N/S: George Alemshah-Sylvia Kaprelyan; Janet Gibbons-Julia Cunningham; Ron and Rosemarie Spain; Harriet Weiss-Joan Berg. E/W: Larry Slutsky-Carol Murakoshi; Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; Ellen Kice-Russ Gray; Judy Jones-Al Appel; Roy Tomooka-Ernie Ross.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 Friday on April 29.  


Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners: March 16: Joe Capra, 11,850; Amy Kasuyama, 9,530; Marge Dodero, 9,400; Bert Sellers, 9,170.Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433. 


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club winners March 14: N/S: First in Strats A and B: Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; second in Strat A: Pat and Bob Adam; third in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Joan Berg-Barbara Wallace; fourth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Judy Carter-Johnson-Harshad Vora; fifth in Strat A: Sibyl Smith-Marilyn McClintock; sixth in Strat A: Larry Slutsky-Verna Baccus; fourth in Strat B, second in Strat C: Ron and Gene Yaffee. E/W: First in Strats A, B and C: Frances Gross-Judy Cook; second in Strat A: Al Appel-Judy Jones; third in Strat A: Joyce Henderson-Rob Preece; fourth in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-Carol Murakoshi; fifth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Mark Singer-Emma Trepinski; sixth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Peggi Spring-Monica Gettis; fourth in Strat B: Fred Reker-Russ Gray; second in Strat C: Priscilla Caillouette-John Yosanovich. Winners March 11: N/S: First in Strat A: Karen Johnston-Mary Lou Hughes; second in Strat A, first in Strat B: Larry Topper-Frances Gross; third in Strat A, second in Strat B: Bill Linskey-Howard Smith; fourth in Strat A: Larry Slutsky-Sue Fardette; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B, first in Strat C: Russ Gray-Sylvia Kaprelyan; fourth in Strat B, second in Strat C: Ron and Gene Yaffee. E/W: First in Strat A: Marilyn McClintock-Diane Schmitz; second in Strat A: Judy Jones-Al Appel; third in Strat A: Hank Dunbar-Diane Sachs; fourth in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-LaVonne McQuilkin; tied for fifth in Strat A and first in Strat B: Nancy Lichter-Norma Krueger and Rich Barrack-Tad Galardos (first in Strat C); third in Strat B: Peggi Spring-MoniGames 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. 


Friendly Pinochle Club winners March 14: Gracie Finnigan, 11,010; Al Bonnema, 10,720; Dolores Cook, 10,690; Marilyn Allred, 10,680. The club meets on Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information,call (310) 968-9509.

–Bert Sellers


Monday Night Bunco Club winners March 11: Most buncos: Michie Kimura. Most wins: Tide between Jackie Walters and Nancy Floyd. Most babies: Suzanne Frank. Most losses: Joyce Ingram. Door prize winner: Bill Zurn. The next game will be played on March 25. The  club meets at 6 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. All Leisure World residents and their guests are invited to play the dice game that can be learned in minutes. For more information, call Gail Levitt at 596-1346.

men’s golf club  

Three holes-in-one highlighted play in the monthly Men’s Golf Club Tournament on March 13 at the local course.

Byong Choi got his on on the first hole, a 105-yarder. Fujio Norihiro’s ace came on the 83-plus yard sixth hole, and Jae Kim got his on the 95-plus yard 12th. Forty-seven golfers competed in four flights.

Flight winners: 

A: Jae Kim, 49; Bill Lyons, 54, tie for third between Alan Sewell and Fujio Norihiro, 55.

B: Chang Choi, 48; Jay Kim, 54; tie for third between Byong Choi and Hyon Shin, 56.

C: Mike Carlson, 49; Youn Lee, 50; tie for third among Paul Alloway, Jae Lee, and Jim John, 54.

D: Dennis Kotecki, 49; Roger Bennett, 50; Joe Didonato, 53; Sang H. Kim, 55.

Jim Johns was closest to the pin on the eighth hole and Fujio Norihiro was closest on No. 17.

There were four circle hole winners.


The club plays tournaments on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month. There will be no tournament on March 27 or April 10, although there will be regular play for members.  The next tournament is April 24.


Competition for the club champion is underway and will continue until mid-December. Only club members are eligible and must have played in at least eight tournaments by Nov. 13.


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

To join, new members must play three 18-hole rounds on the local course to get a valid handicap. 

men’s friday golf  

A dozen members of the Men’s Friday Golf group competed over 18 holes in two flights  on March 8 at the par-62 David L. Baker Golf Course  in Fountain Valley.

 On an overcast morning, even with cool weather and damp conditions, scores were lower than usual.

Gary Stivers, Bob Munn, and Dennis Kotecki had birdies. 

Lowell Goltra was closest to the pin on hole 3 and Bob Munn on No. 12.

Munn had the lowest score of the day, an impressive 53.

All scores are net.

Flight winners:

1. Paul Cose, 60; tie between Gary Stivers and Fujio Norihiro, 61; Jim Goltra, 67; Sam Choi, 69.

2. Bob Munn, 53; Lowell Goltra, 56; Marv Ballard, 58; John Mayer, 62.

Next game will be at the Riverview course tomorrow,  March 22.

Rounds are played Fridays at David L. Baker, Meadowlark, Riverview, or Willowick golf courses.


To join the Men’s Golf League, contact President Bill Zurn or Membership Chair Dave LaCascia, via the golf starter shop. 

To join, new members must play three 18-hole rounds on the local course to get a valid handicap. 

– Dave LaCascia

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. Rd8. The white Rook moves from c8 to d8.  Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.

tournament poker CLUB 

by Susan Dodson

LW contributor

  For the second straight week,Wendy Wu won the final table tournament Poker Play.

On March 16, her hole cards gave her two pair, beating Katie Hamilton’s lower two pair.  

Third place was Linda Stone, followed by Nancy Jordan, Susan Dodson, Erika Greenwood and John Vento.

Linda Stone won the high hand with four nines.  Bill Clawson was second with three aces.  New member Ray Skupnik won the featured hand.


The previous week, her hole cards of jack and nine resulted in a full house, besting second place Cleo Looney’s six and seven. 

Third was new member Trai Nguyen,followed by Susan Dodson, Tom Pappas, Nancy Floyd and Grace Buster.

 Jan Klein won the high hand contest with a diamond straight flush. Second best high hand was Jon Jones with aces full of queens.

Nancy Jordan won the featured  hand, holding and winning with a three and nine.

Wendy Wu, the Shuffleboard   Club president, lives in Mutual 2 with her husband John.  

The club will put on its yearly dealers-only tournament on March 30. 

For further information contact Wu at 714-366-0940.

Ladies Golf Club

Members of the Leisure world ladies Golf Club played the first of two rounds in the annual spring tournament on March 12. Winners were announced after the second round on March 19.

In the first round, 47 members played for low gross, low net, and birdies. Nine golfers had birdies.

Flight winners:

A: Low gross: Devora Kim, 27. Low net: Bert Thompson, 24. Birdies/hole: Devora Kim, 6,9; Jane Song, 1,8.

B: Low gross: Hae Lee, 30. Low net: Mary Park, 24. Birdies/hole: Grace Choi, 6; Hae Lee and Marilyn Hewitt, 8.

C: Low gross: Anne Walshe, 29. Low net: Sue Yokomi, 21. Birdies/hole: Anne Walshe, 1,4; Sue Yokomi, 5; Judy Kim, 6; Laura Garcia, 7.

D: Low gross: Neva Senske, 34. Low net: Dorothy Favre, 23.

Shuffleboard Club

The Classics beat Girl Power, 10-8, in Shuffleboard Club league play on March 15 in Clubhouse 1. The Classics’ all game winner was Bill Hamilton. Girl Power’s all-game winner was Linda Peters.

In the second game, the Puckmasters decked the Sliders, 13-5. Puckmasters’ all game winners were Gary Jantzen, Harshad Patel, and Anita Giroud.


As of March 15, Mo Habel leads the women players with a 22-15 record, followed by Carrie Kistner, 31-22 and Connie Lee, 31-25.

Leader among the men is Bill Hamilton, 34-14;  Sal La Scala, 35-19 and Gary Jantzen, 27-16.

 The next league game is tomorrow, Friday, when the Sliders play the Classics and Girl Power tests the  Puckmasters. 


The next  Friday luncheon will be on March 29 after league play.

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

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

Bowling Club

Very Striking  won four games against the Pinbusters in Bowling Club league play last week  despite missing their anchor man Ron Marcus.  

Connie Terry of Very Striking had a 497 series to propel the team to a 14-1/2 game lead over Spares Are Goos with only five weeks left in tje season.

 Last year Spares Are Good was 7-1/2 games behind Very Striking with two weeks to go and won the league by a half game.       

Nameless won 3 1/2 games from Spares Are Good by tying game one and winning the last two.  

We Can Do It swept Maybe Next Tuesday as John Gaddis had a 571 series and Dorothy Farve finished with a 154.  

Renato Villenueva had three games over 200 for a 607 series and teammate Fred Garcia had a 226 and a 217 as D Hustlers swept OSIMA.    

                           – Dave Silva 

cribbage club

Sandra DeDubovay had the high score of 838 to finish first  in Cribbage Club play on March 12  at the Clubhouse 1 courts.

She was followed by Marie McGuire and Myrna Baker, tied at 834; Dale Quinn, 833 and Julie Milburn, 830.

Jack Hawn and Jean Wilson each had six  games of 121.

Delores Cook celebrated her February birthday by providing  ice cream, cookies and Pub Mix to share.

Members meet at noon on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 1. Play usually ends by 3:30. Residents are invited to join the club. 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 

ed from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 6, top floor. Attendance both days is not necessary. The fee is $4 a class when paying by the month, or $5 for those who do not attend  on a regular basis. 

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

Chair Exercise

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

For more information, call 493-7063.

Qigong, Tai Chi Club

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

The classes increase mobility and balance. Beginners are welcome. 

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

Beginning Yoga

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

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


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

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

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

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

Classes are offered from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Paul Pridanonda teaches students to free the mind and spirit using laughter and slow and steady flow of tai chi movements. 

      For more information, call 430-7143. 

Monday Intermediate Yoga

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

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

Feeling Good Exercise

     Move to the music from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays  in Clubhouse  1, with Sarah Grusmark and Thursdays with Katie Sellards.  The fee is $3 a class. People of all fitness levels are welcome. For more information, call Cathleen Walters at 598-9149.


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

Those who attend should bring a mat. All other equipment will be provided.

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

Alzheimer’s presentation  

The Alzheimer’s and Dementia Education Series will resume at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, March 26 with a presentation titled “Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia.”

It will be held at Los Alamitos Rossmoor Library, 12700 Montecito Road, Seal Beach.

Those who attend will learn the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Monthly presentations sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association are scheduled through May 28.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

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

Monday, March 25: Oven baked chicken breast with lemon and caper sauce, mashed sweet potatoes, green beans with pimentos, mandarin orange, salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, homemade potato salad.

Tuesday, March 26:Whole wheat spaghetti with meatballs, dinner roll, peas and carrots, sliced peaches, turkey and ham Cobb salad with egg, tomato, bacon with blue cheese dressing, crackers.

Wednesday, March 27: Chicken enchilada casserole with verde sauce, pinto beans, seasoned cauliflower, arroz con leche, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and pickle, homemade potato salad.

Thursday, March 28: Herb rubbed roast pork with honey and garlic sauce, brown and wild rice, zucchini and tomatoes, chocolate pudding, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, carrot and raisin salad

Friday,  March 29: Beef and lentil stew with celery, onions, potatoes, biscuit, pineapple upside down cake, taco salad with chicken, diced tomato, corn, black beans, cheese,humus.

impaired vision/hearing

The Impaired Hearing and Vision Club will meet at 1:30  p.m. on Tuesday, March 26, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. All residents are invited to attend.

The  organization is dedicated to helping seniors with vision and/or hearing difficulties by inviting speakers to discuss how their company can help.

The guest speaker will be Tammy Ottena, program manager of Pathways.

Pathways is a company made up of volunteers who visit people on a regular basis to help them with their various needs. 

Those who attend are reminded to reserve a seat on the handicap bus.

Braille Institute

The Braille Institute will present  an outreach course at 10 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, to help people cope with low vision. No reservations are needed. The workshops help people with low vision issues.

The Braille Institute provides information about other organizations that assist the blind and those with impaired vision.

For more information, call Sharon Kohn at 596-1969. 

Wa-Rite Club   

by Margaret Humes

LW contribitor

Collette Greenwood dropped 3-1/2  pounds to earn the Wa-Rite Club’s top loser of the week award.

She was inspired by the members and was determined to lose weight. Collette also replaced a few meals with protein drinks and exchanged candy bars for a 90-calorie protein bar. 

Also prone to snacking, she planned ahead and cut up veggies, and had 50 calorie cheese sticks for easy access. Drinking plenty of water and focusing on her goal made her a winner.

The Food for Thought was, ‘Don’t Give Up!’  Use your weigh-in results as an opportunity to make a change or to fine tune your efforts.

The program on Women’s Heart was given by Joni Williams of the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. 

A heart survivor herself, Joni is passionate about getting information out to women on preventative care. When having a heart attack, signs and symptoms are often times different than men. 

More research is needed on heart disease, the No. 1  killer of men and women in the country.

Joni has Coronary Artery Disease, and had her  large artery of the heart replaced also known as the “widow maker.”

She is a registered nurse and Leisure World resident. Joni presented members with a bag of courage and all heart survivors receive a homemade knitted red scarf. 

For more information or to schedule a meeting you can reach her at (909) 851-9872 and rnjoni@hotmail.com

Wa-Rite is a support group for women needing to lose ten pounds or more.

Members meet from  9-10  a.m. Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. 

Weigh-ins are from 7:45-8-45 a.m. Annual dues are $10.

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

Senior Meals

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

Monday, March 25: Pork tenderloin with apricot sauce, baby potatoes, carrot coins,wheat  dinner roll, ambrosia.

Tuesday,  March 26: Chicken enchilada casserole, Spanish rice, zucchini, corn and tomato salad, melon.

 Wednesday, March 27: Beef bolognese pasta with parmesan cheese, 50/50 salad with vinaigrette, orange juice, breadstick, sugar-free fruit crisp.

Thursday, March 28: Homemade vegetable soup, grilled chicken with lemongrass sauce, steamed rice, Oriental vegetable blend, fresh fruit.

Friday, March 29: fish tacos with shredded red and white cabbage, two soft corn tortillas with cilantro, lime rice pudding, diet pudding.