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Aida Gloria Serafano is one of more than 60 Leisure World residents who will reach the enviable age of 100 years in 2019. The Golden Age Foundation will host a luncheon in their honor on April 9, and the LW Weekly will feature their stories in the weeks ahead. Everyone is invited to celebrate. Tickets are on sale now. For more information, see page 2; story by Ruth Osborn. 

Aida Gloria Serafano is pushing into her second century of life with the alacrity of a kid at Christmas. On April 21, when she turns 100, she will join the swelling ranks of U.S. centenarians. It is one of the fastest growing groups in the country and includes more than 60 other Leisure World residents. 

And these are not the frail, ailing housebound people you might imagine. Most of them are like Gloria, alert, mobile and active members of their community. 

In fact, that’s a hallmark of Gloria’s life: No matter where she finds herself, she blooms. She nurtures purpose in her life, and in her wake, the people around her receive warmth, love, affection, hope and plenty of good cheer. And some of them are lucky enough to get her magnificent homemade spaghetti sauce.

Gloria is also remarkably resilient, deeply rooted in her Catholic faith and dynamic in her personality. Like every life, hers has had peaks and valleys—she has known poverty and joblessness and was widowed three times. 

Her peaks? She had first-generation Italian-American parents who nurtured her can-do spirit. And her life has been permeated with a serendipity—some would call it divine intervention—that landed her in pleasant places.

Her Golden Childhood

She was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Alphonso and Giovanna, who were among 4.5 million Italians who arrived in the United States in the early 1900s. 

Being born in 1919, Gloria just missed the 1918 flu pandemic but lived through the Great Depression, both world wars, the women’s suffrage movement, the moon landings; the Vietnam War, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the 9/11 terror attacks.

In the late 20s and 30s, in the midst of the Depression, Little Italy was a bustling place despite deprivation. Clothing was hand-me-down but carefully altered. Christmas trees were too expensive but letters to Santa were hopefully written, and brown stockings were hung on chairs, to be filled with a piece of fruit, candy and a few coins on Christmas morning. 

Gloria’s family of seven spent most of the wintertime in the gaslit kitchen because it had the only heat source in the house, a coal stove.

And in the summers, hordes of kids from big Italian families like hers had “one heck of a good time.” They played softball in each other’s back yards, had sing-alongs around someone’s piano and staged plays for the neighborhood. 

Gloria’s father died when she was a child, leaving her mother to raise five kids. Even though material possessions were few, the nuggets of maternal wisdom have lasted a lifetime.

“My mama was an intelligent woman,” said Gloria, who always wanted to be a writer, and indeed, did become a regular contributor to the LW News in the 1990s. 

“One day she sat me down at the table with a pencil and paper. She said, ‘I want you to write a story about our family.’ So I wrote it, and she got a hammer and nailed the paper to the kitchen wall. Then she pointed to it and said, ‘You can do whatever you want to do in this life.’”

Gloria took that to heart and  with it, the determination needed to make it true.

Married-to-Single in 

Three Years 

At age 18, Gloria married the much older Dominic Tripodi, and the couple moved to New York. They had a daughter, Rosemarie. When she was two, Dominic died.

In a devastating twist of fate, Gloria was faced with the realities of single parenthood. 

She had to move from a spacious apartment on Fourth Street in Greenwich Village to a flat in Brooklyn, where she hung washing on a pulley, praying it would still be there when she came back, and chain her baby buggy to an iron staircase to avoid theft. She worked as a sales clerk, determined to find a second job as she was making barely enough to survive. 

“As a child of the Depression, with the taste of poverty still fresh on my lips, I was bound and determined to get out of this environment and find a second part-time job,” she wrote in a May 11, 1995, LW News column. 

She decided to go apartment hunting. Meandering down Sixth Avenue, she was captivated by a newly renovated building with a vacancy sign. She marched inside, was shown the apartment—windows in every room—and before she knew it, she had convinced building manager Mae Nicolauk, aka “Mom Nic,” that she could work as the janitor one day a week, tend the furnace and manage the steam, which were the requirements for renting the apartment. 

“I knew I could do it, having helped my sister-in-law with the apartment building she managed. I begged Mom Nic for a chance,” said Gloria. She was skeptical but liked Gloria’s gutsy determination and gave her the job and the apartment. It was one of many serendipitous moments that shaped Gloria’s life. 

In another lucky twist, Mom Nic’s son-in-law was the plant manager at Fada Radio, a company famous for its “Bullet” radio. By 1939, Fada introduced the first commercially available TV—a black-and-white with a three-inch screen—at the New York World’s Fair. 

WWII put a hold on TV development and stopped the production of consumer electronics. But the wartime electronics industry was  booming. Gloria got one of those jobs, which required government training in wiring, soldering, and reading electronics blueprints. 

“I was elated. I accepted,” she said. “At Fada Radio, my salary doubled,” but she remained loyal as the Saturday super in her apartment building. 

Serendipity and 

the Golden State

By the early 1940s, Gloria was a lonely 24-year-old widow in New York with a toddler, working long days at the Long Island Fada Radio plant. A good friend suddenly moved to California and two weeks later, Gloria got a letter from her pal urging her to go west. 

“Why not?” she asked herself. There was plenty of war work all over the country. With characteristic spontaneity, she hopped on a Greyhound bus bound for the west coast.

It was Jan. 6, 1943, a snowy Wednesday when the bus pulled out of the depot. The president was Franklin D. Roosevelt. People were watching “Shadow of a Doubt,” directed by Alfred Hitchcock, in the movie theaters. 

And Gloria was beginning a four-and-a-half-day journey along Route 66. Rosemarie was staying with her East Coast grandma.

On the bus, Gloria sat next to a mostly silent older woman; it was another chance encounter that would change Gloria’s destiny.

The bus rolled on and on—Cleveland, Chicago, Tulsa, Amarillo, Santa Fe, Flagstaff. Finally grove upon grove of orange trees and the heady aroma of their blossoms signaled her entrance into the Golden State.

Gloria was going to Oakland, but when her seatmate heard of Gloria’s destination, she finally spoke up.

Don’t go there alone, she advised. It’s dangerous.

Meanwhile Gloria suddenly  remembered that she had not called her friend Clara to let her know she was coming, and she realized the number she had for Clara was not in service. 

Her bus buddy advised Gloria to stay in Los Angeles, at the trusty YWCA.

Gloria did just that. And when she got there, they gave her a room and directions to the state department of employment. She  landed a job at Consolidated Vultee Aircraft in Downey, where she ultimately settled. During the war years, she was a Rosie the Riveter, working on P-38 bomber wings. 

Life was good, with Rosemarie at her side, and the balmy California weather, a beautiful perk. Gloria went on to have a long career at Douglas Aircraft Co., her electronics training serving her well. 

Times grew hard in 1977. Gloria had been married six months, when her husband, Raymond Bisaillon, was diagnosed with terminal cancer. Gloria took care of him for two years, until he died. She worked by day and went to the hospital at night. It took a heavy toll. But the story is never over until it’s over.

The Golden Years in LW

In fact, she met the love of her life, Don Serafano, shortly after moving into Leisure World at the age of 62, long after most people would have written off the possibility.

They met in a nearby bank of all places, hit it off and married. 

They enjoyed a quarter century of wedded bliss, marked by worldwide travel, dancing at LW clubs, a wide circle of friends and family, and, of course, amazing home-cooked Italian food.

I had the best “25 years in my old age. It’s a miracle,” she said of finding Don in the latter chapters of her amazing story. 

 She attributes her longevity to her strong faith in God and a heart of gratitude for all the blessings he has showered upon her.  Because of that, there is one true thing that propels her.

“One word,” she said with her brilliant smile. “Love!”

“Just love everyone, even the grumpy ones. Give them a hug or a smile. Tell them they’re the best.”

“It is in loving and sharing that we find joy. It’s the most precious gift in the world, and it never fails.”

Set clocks ahead one hour

Make sure you “spring forward” by setting clocks ahead  one hour Saturday night before you go to bed.

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday at 2 a.m., meaning you’ll get an hour less sleep on Saturday night but the sunset will also happen an hour later Sunday evening. 

Persistent showers bring drought relief

California is drenched and its mountains are piled high with snow to an extent that was unthinkable just a few months ago.

The U.S. Drought Monitor reported last week that more than 87 percent of California is free of drought conditions or unusual dryness and just over 2 percent remains in the drought category.

State water resources officials say the vital Sierra Nevada snowpack is now at 153 percent of average to date.

A measurement taken Feb. 28 at Phillips Station near Sierra-at-Tahoe found 113 inches of snow depth compared to just 13½ inches a year ago.

The Sierra snowpack supplies about 30 percent of California’s water when it melts in spring and summer.

American Legion Auxiliary Fashion Show

Almost all of the tickets for the American Legion Auxiliary annual fashion show luncheon are sold, so people who want to attend should make reservations as soon as possible. 

For reservations and tickets, call Eloise Knoll at 533-0773 or Cathy Boufford at 598-9361. Tickets will not be sold at the door.

The event will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 16, at  Clubhouse 2. All proceeds benefit nursing scholarships at Golden West College.

There will be baskets to bid on, an opportunity drawing and door prizes. The lasagna lunch will be served by the Navy Sea Cadets. 

On the menu is salad and lasagna from Ameci’s in Los Alamitos. 

People who want vegetable lasagna should call Sandy Esslinger at 430-2891 by March 9 and tell her how many meals and the table number. 

Otherwise beef lasagna will be served.

Fashions by Carol on Main will be offered in the lobby. Chairwoman Joan Armstrong has planned an elegant event so don’t miss out.

Senior Patriots

The Senior Patriots for Peace will meet at 1 p.m. on March 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 4. 

This is a new location. 

Lisa Hoffmaster, the fund development director of Food Finders, a non-profit food rescue organization, will be the speaker. 

She received her AA from Golden West College, her BFA from CSULB and a certification in Fundraising and Non-Profit Management from UCI. She has over 25 years of experience in the non-profit industry.

Food Finders grew from a grassroots organization to its current staff of 13 with hundreds of volunteers and food donors helping reduce hunger and food waste. 

By 2018 the non-profit had distributed more than 118 million meals worth of food to nonprofits across several Southern California counties.

Arlene Mercer, concerned about perishable and prepared food being thrown away, was inspired to link donated food from area restaurants, grocers and produce marts to shelters and pantries to feed disadvantaged people in local communities. 

In 30 years Food Finders has grown from a grassroots organization to its current size, rescuing nearly 150 million pounds of wholesome food and  providing 125 million meals to over 600 partners. 

This is the power of one.

Since the club has a smaller room, it would be advisable to call Dorothy Kemeny at 296-8554 for reservations.  

Producers Club

The Leisure World Producers Club will present its eighth annual murder mystery this summer. It needs one male actor to join the cast.  He must be able to memorize lines.

 Rehearsals begin in April. Two performances will be held in early August.

 For more information, call Sam Jones, 598-0880.

LBSO Bus Transportation

The Long Beach Symphony Orchestra perform in concert on Saturday, March 9, at 8 p.m. Called “Northern Lights,” the program will include two works by Sibelius, the Symphony #3 and “Finlandia,” and Tchaikovsky’s “Variations on a Rococo Theme” for cello and orchestra.

As always, Maestro Eckart Preu will introduce short pieces by relevant new or modern composers. 

Round trip bus tickets are available for $16, payable with cash (exact change) or personal check at the bus departure site. 

Meet the bus at the Amphitheater bus loading area on St. Andrews Drive no later than 5:45 p.m. on concert Saturdays. 

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

For further information on the concert schedule, visit LongBeachSymphony.org and for LW bus information, contact Bus Co-Hostess Beverly Emus at 296-5586 or bemus@socal.rr.com.

Concert tickets are available at the box office at 436-3203. 

Those buying remaining season tickets may inquire at the box office about discounts on the bus and concert tickets by joining with the Leisure World Opera Club group.

LW Library Tour of Huntington

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

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

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

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

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

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

• Rose Garden

• Shakespeare Garden

• Camellia paths

• Herb garden

• North Vista with garden sculptures

• Japanese Garden

• Chinese Garden

• Desert Garden

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

LW Dines Out

Finbars Italian Kitchen will provide dinner service on Monday, March 18, starting at 4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. 

Hometown Buffet will serve on March 25, and Naples Rib Company, on April 1.

Menus are published in the LW News and on LW Live! (See page 11).

Finbars 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 on Monday.

Finbars does not require reservations and serves on a first-come, first-served basis. People can come in and order any time between 4-6 p.m. and dining is allowed until 7 p.m. 

Hometown Buffet will offer a different menu each month for $11 plus tax for all you can eat. 

Take-out will also be available. 

Naples requires reservations. To RSVP, call 439-7427or log on to http://www.ribcompany.com/leisure-world-menu.asp before noon on the Monday of service.

AARP Smart Driver Class

The AARP Smart Driver class will be held on March 18 and 19 in Clubhouse 3, Classroom 6, from 1-5 p.m. each day. AARP members pay $15 (checks only) and non-members, $20. Bring a membership cards and a driver’s license. For more information and to RSVP, call Ruth Bradley at (714) 401-2237.

GAF selling tickets for Centenarian Lunch

The Golden Age Foundation will host a luncheon to honor Leisure World residents who have reached the venerable age of 100 years and beyond on April 9 in Clubhouse 4. 

Registration will begin at 11 a.m., and event will begin 11:30, with lunch and entertainment.

Admission is free for honorees who are 100 and above and those who will be turning 100 in 2019. 

Friends, guests and family are invited to come and celebrate this special milestone. Tickets—$25 each or $200 for a table of eight—will be on sale from 10-11 a.m. on Monday-Thursday  in the Hospitality Center of Clubhouse 6. 

People can also call Anna Derby at 301-5339; Nickie Weisel at (714) 318-2053; or Linda Johnson at 493-9898 to get tickets. 

Ticket sales will help fund the event. Seating is limited.

For more information, call Derby at 301-5339.

Children A Priority

The Children A Priority (CAP) Club invites everyone to a luncheon meeting today, March 7, at 11:45 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. 

Members and their guests, as well as interested Leisure World residents, are encouraged to attend.

The program is about one of the club’s most productive charity partners, Casa Youth Shelter and will include a professional presentation about the club’s current activities helping local disadvantaged youth. 

Leisure World support is needed to continue CAP’s  worthwhile efforts to improve the future for the area’s precious children in need.

The cost for a catered hot lunch is $12. 

Call Maria Swift at 493-1924 or Romy Brannon at (714) 345-5314 for information and reservations. 

The club is planning another of its popular potato bakes; date to be announded. A bus trip to see “Beauty and The Beast” is set for June 6 at 7 p.m. 

Watch for details from Juanita Townsend at 431-4026. 

American Legion selling tickets for Super Bingo

American Legion Post 327 is planning a Super Bingo on Sunday March 31 in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 1 p.m., and bingo starts at 1:30 p.m. For Super Bingo, tickets are pre sold for $15 each.

However, the regular Bingo jackpots will be a minimum of $100 per game. 

The Post is also planning special refreshments.  

Family and friends are invited. To purchase tickets, call Lee Esslinger at 430-2891.  


Security Corner 

Vehicle Safety

by Victor Rocha

Security Services Director

This week’s focus is on driving safety within the community.

Every comprehensive vehicle driving safety program starts with each individual driver knowing their own capabilities and limits:

• Avoid driving at night if you have trouble with your vision.

• Raise your seat high enough so you have a clear view of the road (sit on a small pillow if necessary).

• There are some medications that can impair your driving skills. Always be alert.

As always, follow these safety steps:

• Practice defensive driving in the community. Be aware that other vehicles and pedestrians may not always observe traffic rules or signals.

• Ensure your windshield wipers are in good condition.

• Allow for proper stopping distances, especially in rain or during hours of darkness.

• Use your seat belt.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding driving safety, please contact me at 431-6586, ext. 371, or by e-mail at victorr@lwsb.com.

Odd-Numbered Mutuals 

How to be a candidate for GRF Board of Directors

The campaign cycle for the GRF Board of Directors begins soon. During 2019, the Board seats representing the odd-numbered Mutuals are up for election. During even-numbered years, the Board seats representing even-numbered Mutuals are up for election. 

Any member in good standing is eligible to be a candidate for the Golden Rain Foundation Board of Directors representing their odd-numbered Mutual. A member in good standing is defined by the GRF By-laws as a Mutual shareholder/owner who is no more than 30 days in arrears of their carrying charge, or in arrears of any fines or fees.

Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by their Mutual’s Nominating Committee or Board of Directors. 

“Application for Candidacy” forms are available in the Stock Transfer Office in the Administration Building. Candidates who are self-nominated must complete an “Application for Candidacy” before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5.

Candidates who are nominated by their Mutual’s nominating committee or board of directors will have their names submitted to Stock Transfer by the Mutual’s secretary. Upon receipt of any submitted names, the GRF board office will contact each candidate and arrange for them to confirm their candidacy by receiving and completing an “Application for Candidacy” and candidate instructions. 

In accordance with Policy 5025-30, Election Procedures, each candidate shall submit a statement, or resume, of 300 words or less, single sided, to the Stock Transfer Office. Statements shall be written in compliance with the election rules, e.g., contain the background, qualifications and platform of the candidate, and shall not contain any disparaging or defamatory content. All statements are due before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5. 

When turning in the Application for Candidacy, Eligibility Disclaimer, and statement, members must show their current Leisure World photo identification card. Candidates will receive a receipt when turning in their application materials.

Article VI, Election of Directors, Section 1, Qualifications, of the GRF By-Laws sets forth that Directors of the GRF Board of Directors shall not be qualified to serve on the Board if they are a member, officer, or director of various organizations, entities, or governmental bodies. Examples include a Director of a Mutual Corporation, member of a City Council, Planning Commission, Board of Supervisors, etc. Further, to avoid any potential conflict of interest, no member of the GRF Board of Directors or their spouse may be employed by the Golden Rain Foundation. GRF Board Candidates shall sign an Eligibility Disclaimer stating that they are eligible to serve as a Director. 

Candidates who complete a timely Application for Candidacy (or are nominated by a Mutual’s nominating committee or board) will be listed on the Secret Mail-in Ballot. Ballot packets containing the Secret Mail-in Ballot, postage-paid envelopes, balloting instructions, and deadlines will be mailed to each household in the even-numbered Mutuals on Thursday, May 2. The GRF By-Laws have no provisions for write-in candidates on the ballots or for nominations from the floor. 

For further information on being a candidate for the GRF Board, call 431-6586, ext. 346, for Stock Transfer or ext. 303 for the Board of Directors Office.

Mutual Election Cycle Begins; Directors are needed

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

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

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

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

—Carol Weller, former Mutual Administration Director, updated by Stock Transfer Manager Nancy Ray)

GRF Board

Executive Session

9:00 a.m. March 12, 2019

Conference Room  B 

NOTE: This meeting is closed to Shareholders/Members per Civil Code §4935

A. Call to Order – President Stone

B. Roll Call

C. Contracts

D. Legal

E. Member Disciplinary Actions

F. Personnel

G. Adjournment

Tentative Agenda 

GRF Special Board Meeting — Election

March 18, 2019

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. Pledge of Allegiance

4. Announcements 

5. Shareholders/Member Comments

6. Election Counting Process

7. Announcement of Results of Election Process

8. Ratify  Committee Member Assignments

10. Approve Copier  Contact

11. Adjournment

GRF Committee Meetings 

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. Due to repairs to the elevator in the Administration Building, meetings will be held in Conference Room B, located downstairs in Building 5. The following is a tentative schedule of meetings on the Golden Rain Foundation master calendar, maintained by Administration:

Thursday, March 7 Pool Subcommittee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Friday, March 8 Executive Committee 

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Monday, March 11 Mutual Administration Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Tuesday, March 12 GRF Board Executive session

Conference Room B 9 a.m. 

Tuesday, March 12 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, March 13 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Thursday, March 14 Communications Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Friday, March 15 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Monday, March 18 Finance Committee

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Monday, March 18 GRF Board of Directors (special) Election

Clubhouse 4 2 p.m. 

Thursday, March 21 Information Technology Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

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

Thursday, March 7 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Friday, March 8 Mutual 3

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Monday, March 11 Mutual 9

Conference Room B 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, March 13 Mutual 4

Conference Room B 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, March 14 Mutual 12

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Friday, March 15 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Monday, March 18 Mutual 15

Conference Room B 1 p.m. 

Tuesday, March 19 Mutual 14

Conference Room B canceled

Wednesday March 20 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, March 20 Mutual 7

Conference Room B 1 p.m.


Pickleball is fastest growing sport in United States

by Darlene Boyce

LW contributor

Congressmen Joel Pritchard,Barney McCallum and Bill Bell invented a paddle game, known as pickleball, on Bainbridge Island in the summer of 1965.

As McCallum remembers, Joel and Joan Pritchard invited friends to their summer cabin on Bainbridge Island for a picnic. It was a typical dreary, rainy afternoon when Joel and Bill Bell re-turned home from a game of golf to find the kids complaining about being bored and having nothing to do. Joel finally picked up a ping-pong paddle and a plastic softball-size fun ball and told the kids to go the badminton court and hit the ball around.

After a period of time, one of the parents became concerned about the kids. Joel and a neighbor, Dick Brown, walked to the court to find the kids totally involved in hitting the ball over the badminton net. That was the beginning of “pickleball.”

Through trial and error, and parental intervention, the net was lowered, changing the dynamics of the game. The ball bounced well on the asphalt court. Instead of softly volleying the ball over the net it could be hit harder using tennis-type strokes, but the harder strokes caused some paddles to break. By the end of that first day, everyone agreed the paddles were too small and they needed to be made of stronger material.

That night, Barney designed two paddles. Using the band saw in his basement, he cut out the paddles, the M1 and M2(McCallum).

Barney and Joel tried out the new paddles the next morning. The M2 stuck. Basically the shape of the M2 is the shape still used today.

Joel, Bill and Barney developed the rules on an as needed basis. For example: one foot was allowed inside the end line on the serve to avoid the server from hitting the huge Madrone tree. To avoid an argument the hand was agreed upon as part of the paddle, and the height of the net was established at 36 inches because that was the height of Joel’s waist.

By the end of summer the men agreed on the paddle, ball, scoring, and a variation of rules from badminton, ping-pong and tennis. But, they knew the game was still lacking balance. They didn’t want aggressive players to dominate the game. The initial rule had players stand behind the 3-foot wide short serve line (where players stood behind to hit the ball on the badminton court).The double bounce rule was created and the short serve line was moved back in 6-inch increments to the 7-foot width, the non-volley zone, as it is known today. The combinations of these two rules increased the volleys and techniques in shots. But most of all, they brought balance to the game.

Through the efforts of Joel and Barney, Pickleball continued to grow in popularity off Bainbridge Island.

Joel was running for Congress at this time. When his fundraisers and political events concluded, Joel would announce they were going to play Pickleball. Barney’s contribution came through family and friends playing on the court he set-up in front of his Seattle home. A pickleball night was established in Connolly Center at Seattle University. The president/publisher of the New York Times sent a “guy” to Seattle to see what Pickleball was all about. A couple of days after he returned to New York, Barney received a phone call. He agreed on making starter sets for $29.50.(Pickleball, Inc., had all ready been created by Joe, Bill and Barney to keep up with the paddle demand in the early 1970s). Barney knew there was no going back when he received mailbags filled with envelopes containing starter set orders and checks for $29.50.

Joan Pritchard named the paddle sport. The game reminded her of the Pickle Boa t crew where oarsmen were chosen from leftovers of other boats.The idea of the paddle sport being named after a dog was funnier, even though they got their dog a couple of years after the game was established. The Cocker Spaniel was named after the game, not the other way around.

Pickleball initially spread to schools in Washington,Oregon, Idaho and Missouri. Today every state in the United States, all Canadian provinces, India, Spain, Finland, France, Belgium, New Zealand and China have pickleball venues. Senior communities,recreation centers, schools, parks, colleges, and cruise ships are just some of the lo-cations where Pickleball is played. Last year a pilot program at Cook County Jail was such a success,correctional facilities in Washington State and the jail on Rikers Island are incorporating pickleball into the inmates activities. In 2010, an estimated 100,000 pickleball players played in the United States. By 2015,that number increased to 2.5 million.

Sports & Fitness Industry Association (SFIA) recognized Pickleball as “the fastest growing sport in the United States.”


Olympic tournaments get underway

The Leisure World Olympic tournaments are in the works for men’s and women’s golf, pickleball, bocce ball, billiards, bowling, table tennis, shuffleboard and more. 

Tournaments for bocce ball are underway at the court at Mission Park, Tuesdays, 10 a.m.-noon;  Thursdays,  3-5 p.m. and Sundays 1-5 p.m. Play-offs will be held on Sunday afternoons in late April. 

First, second and  third place tournament winners will receive medals at a GRF awards ceremony in June that will coincide with Special Olympics events planned in LW. 

The medals ceremony will include entertainment and refreshments. 

Shareholders are invited to participate in various games by contacting the groups conducting tournaments. All competitors must be members of the GRF. 

The top three participants in each tournament will receive a medal at the ceremony.


Round-robin tournament slated

The Pickleball Players’ Club will host a round robin tournament on Sunday, March 24, with warm ups at 9 a.m. at Mission Park. The tournament is open to all Leisure Worlders. There is no entry fee. The winners will receive LW Olympics medals in a ceremony in June.

Sign-up at the courts with name, phone number and skill level, beginners, 2.5; intermediate, 3.0; and advanced, 3.5-plus.

All games will be played to 11, win by one. Each players scores will be recorded by the scorekeeper. The winners will be determined by the highest combined scores. In case of a tie, there will be a three-game playoff.

For additional information, contact Darlene Boyce, (310) 713-6696; Jerry Wrenn, 439-6469; Lynn Baidack, 296-5342; or Tim Linhan, (714) 818-6404.


Get tickets for dinner/dance

The GRF second annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner/dance will be held in Clubhouse 4 on Sunday, March 17. The aroma of corned beef and cabbage, catered by Koffel’s Food Service, will fill the air, and there will be Irish music provided by The Bracken Band, an authentic Celtic group.

The Bracken Band features Marian Tomas Griffin on guitar and vocals and Chris Murphy on violin. They’re influenced by artists such as The Pogues, Van Morrison, Horslips, The Waterboys and Alison Krauss. The Bracken Band plays jigs, reels, romantic and drinking songs that will entertain anyone – from the rolling green hills of Ireland, to the stunning chaparral expanses of Southern California.

Tickets are available at the Recreation Office, located in Building 5. Dinner, dancing, green non-alcoholic beer, all included for $20 or $160 for a table of eight. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. The band plays from 5-8 p.m.

It’s sure to be a blast, so practice the jig, dig out some green duds from the closet and call all your fellow leprechauns. Tickets will be on sale soon and groups and clubs can also buy tables of eight. Save the date and watch LW Weekly for more information or contact events@lwsb.com.

Rollin’ Thunder

Air, Water Day moved to March 9

The Rollin’ Thunder’s Air and Water Day has been rescheduled for Saturday, March 9. The date was changed due to the forecast of heavy rain.


Make appointments now to have taxes prepared

There is still time to make tax appointments to have 2018 federal and state tax returns prepared and e-filed by the AARP Tax-Aide Program sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation. Call 596-1987 and leave a name and telephone number on the GAF answer machine. A volunteer will return the call to schedule a Monday, Tuesday or Wednesday morning appointment. 

Participants must have lived in California for the full year and qualify to file as single or married filing jointly. 

The following records should be brought to the appointment, when applicable:

• Social Security card, required

• Driver’s license, State issued ID or Leisure World photo ID

• Copy of 2017 Federal and State returns

• Forms 1099 for interest, dividends, pensions, social security benefits, sales of stocks

• Cost of stocks and bonds that were sold during 2018

• Form 1095-A if you purchased medical insurance through Covered California

• Forms W-2

• For itemized deductions, prepare and total a list of medical expenses, charitable contributions, taxes, interest and other deductions. Bring the list along with the organized receipts

• Copy of a check if you want a refund to be deposited into your checking account

Note that individuals with rental property, a net loss from self-employment or out-of-state tax returns are not in-scope for this program.

An Intake/Interview Sheet (Form 13614-C) must be completed for each return that is prepared. The form is available in the Leisure World Library. Pick up the form and complete it in advance.

Taxes are prepared in Clubhouse 6, Room A, on the second floor. The process will take at least an hour to have the documents input, reviewed and the return prepared.


Fraud protection is topic tomorrow

Rick Paap, retired 26-year veteran of the Seal Beach Police Department, will be the Sunshine Club’s guest speaker tomorrow, March 8, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. His topic will be “How Scammers Get Your Information.” 

Paap currently works in the fraud department for Talon Executive Protection. Talon is based in Orange County and is owned by Ron Williams a retired Secret Service agent. 

Paap has spoken at the Sunshine Club before and looks forward to his March 8 appearance.

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 begins at 10 a.m.

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. 

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

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

GRF Minibus orientation session is today

The Golden Rain Transportation Department will conduct an informational meeting on using the Minibus service from 10-11:30 a.m. today, March 7, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. 

The sessions are for shareholders who want to learn about Minibus system routes, timetables and other transportation options available in Leisure World. 

“Learn the Route,” previewing the “A” route, will follow the 10 a.m. session. The ride-along is limited to the first 17 participants and takes one hour. 

Bus service orientations are held on the first Thursday of every month. 

For more information, call Fleet Manager Grant Winford at 431-6586, ext. 372.

Y Service Club

The Y Service Club’s rummage sale planned for March 2, was postponed due to predicted rain. The club was concerned about the safety of the workers and shoppers. The Y service Club is sorry for any inconvenience and hopes to reschedule at a later date.


‘The Marriage Proposal’ will be performed March 12

The Schmooze Club will present a performance of the one-act play “The Marriage Proposal” written by Anton Chekhov. The play begins at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, March 12, preceded by refreshments and “schmoozing” (socializing) at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. There is no charge to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. 

Chekhov is considered one of the world’s greatest playwrights. He was born in 1860 in the Russian Empire and is best known for the plays “The Cherry Orchard,” “Uncle Vanya” and “Three Sisters.” 

Written in 1890 “The Marriage Proposal” continues to delight modern audiences. 

The cast consists of Beverly Emus in the role of Natalya Stepanovna; Toby Richman plays Ivan Vassiliyitch; and Jan Berliner is Stepan Stepanovitch. Alice Lemon directs. 

Everyone who would like to make friends and enjoy a funny program is welcome. Donations are gratefully accepted.

The Schmooze Club wishes the Leisure World Jewish Community a “Good Purim” in this Hebrew month of Adar 2. To submit names for Main Gate entry, call Darlene Rose 562-347-8088. 

As always, “there are no dues to schmooze.”

Nikkei Club will honor its centenarians

The Nikkei Club will meet Saturday, March 9, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4, Rooms A and B. This will be a special gathering to celebrate the birthdays of Victor Kambe, 100, and Yoshi Oshiki, 101. 

Victor is a former president of the Nikkei Club. 

All former and current members of the Nikkei Club and guests are invited to attend this special day. Lunch will be ordered from Sango Restaurant. 

Anna Derby, president of the Sunshine Club, will be the guest speaker. She will share the history of the Sunshine Club in Leisure World.

The club is putting out feelers to inquire if any former and current members and their guests are interested in taking a tour of the Los Angeles Japantown in June. The bus rental for up to 27 people costs $583 or a larger bus carrying 47 people is $703. Individuals traveling on the bus will pay for the transportation cost. 

The Japanese-American National Museum admission is $5 for seniors and general admission is $9 for guided tours for groups of 10 or more; reservations are required in advance.


Magic comes to Hospitality Center

Joyce Basch, aka “ms.gician”, a fellow Leisure World resident and professional magician, will wow shareholders with her talent at Hospitality in Clubhouse 6 on Thursday morning, March 14 from 10-11. 

Joyce has a rich history of magical performances, including at the world famous Magic Castle, for celebrities and dignitaries, resorts and venues around the world and television audiences. LW is fortunate to have a talented performer living in the community, who is willing to share her talent. 

The Hospitality Center, provided by the Golden Age Foundation, is open every weekday from 9-11 in Clubhouse 6. Come for free coffee, cookies and a smile.


Evening class features Chromebook

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

• Monday, March 11, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11-11:30 a.m.- Intro to Windows 7-10 (Sacks)

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

Noon -Facebook for Beginners (Fernandez)

• Monday, March 18, Clubhouse 6, Room B

11 a.m. – Prepare for test such as CA DMV using computer (Sacks)Includes a discussion on REAL ID

Noon -Facebook for Beginners (Fernandez) 

• Tuesday, March 19, Clubhouse 3, Room 9

6:30-8 p.m. Chromebook for the Beginner. Is this the New Affordable Computer? (Sacks)

8 p.m. How to make a home version using an older PC and a USB      

RSVP (voice message or text), (714) 642-0122, to get the seating right. Classes are free, but donations to pay for a wireless hotspot and printing materials are welcome.

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


Play bingo on Sundays, CH 2

Bingo games, sponsored by different Leisure World clubs, are played at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays in Clubhouse 2. The doors open at 1. All LWers are welcome. Complimentary refreshments are served.

On March 10 the games will be hosted by the Gadabouts.

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


Pet first aid kits is topic on March 13

In the event of an emergency or accident, the ability to provide first aid for a pet can make all the difference in having a positive outcome in a pet’s recovery. 

Come learn basic first aid treatments such as stopping bleeding, treating bee strings and more at the Paws, Claws and Beaks Club meeting on Wednesday, March 13, at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. Information on putting together an inexpensive first aid kit will be provided, in case a pet needs help before getting to the vet. 

Water and snacks will be served. For information, call Jackie Hildebrant (714) 423-8279.

Grace Kim awarded ‘Well-Aging’ award for dedication

Grace S. Kim, Mutual 14, was awarded the second Well-Aging Award from the Somang Society in Cypress on Feb. 22, in Los Angeles.

About 200 guests from L.A. and Orange counties attended the event, including several friends from Leisure World. It was held at the Oxford Palace Hotel, a building that her architect brother-in-law Paul Kim designed.

Grace was nominated by Southern California Sookmyung Girls High School Alumnae Association and Rev. Jang Young Yong, pastor of the Leisure World Korean American Community Church.

Selection committee unanimously voted Grace for this year’s recipient from nine candidates. 

The committee was looking for a Southern California resident, over age 80, who is healthy, had a professional career, served as a community volunteer and led a successful/happy family life. 

The Somang Society was established 12 years ago by Boonja Yoo, board chair, who is a retired RN. This non-profit organization’s mission is “Well-Being, Well-Aging, and Well-Dying” for the Korean American retired senior citizens in Southern California.

Grace credits four mentors for her success in life, her parents, her pastor at Yungnak Presbyterian Church in South Korea, her ethics professor at Seoul University and her beloved husband, Luke Kim, M.D.

“Luke always helped me to grow and got me to do more work,” she said.

There are 155 life members and more than 100 general members in the society that sponsors many conferences and classes on health, aging, hospice programs, caregiver training, volunteer training, will writing, Alzheimer’s disease, advance healthcare directive, UC Irvine School of Medicine Willed Body Program, grief support group, Alzheimer’s support group and a preschool and helps builds wells and in Chad, Africa, for clean drinking water and the education of poor children. 

A Somang Society was established in Los Angeles County and San Diego last year.

Grace is a life member and Educational Advisor of the Somang Society.


New president will be installed at quarterly meeting on March 14

The Korean-American Association’s (KAA) quarterly meeting will be held on Thursday, March 14, at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. The new president will be installed for a two-year term that extends to December 2020.

Wook Jang Cho was elected as president in the general meeting in December. KAA members have hope for the new president. Other new officers who will conduct the activities will be introduced at the meeting. The previous president, Yong Pyon, was elected as chairman of Board of KAA.

  Orange County Supervisor Michelle Park Steel will present the letters of appreciation to Grace Kim and Yoon Soo Park for their dedication to the Leisure World community. 

  A catered dinner will be served and Grace Lee will lead a Korean traditional dance. 

For more information, call Wook Chang Jo at (714) 944-4998.

Yiddish Club

Meaning of Purim will be subject

The Yiddish Club of Leisure World will meet tonight, March 7, at 7 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

The topic will be the “Meaning of Purim and the Megila.”

After words and proverbs in Yiddish are presented, President Yakob Basner will talk about the topic and recite stories and humor about Purim.

Well-known Yiddish singer, Harriet Benesh will perform Purim songs. 

Refreshments will be served after the program.


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.


Box, Kenneth W.

1933 – 2018

Ken Box, 25 year resident of Mutual 11, passed away on Dec. 29, 2018, from complications from a fall.

He played and coached tennis for the city and college of Whittier for 42 years, and also coached at Schurr and Saddleback high schools. 

He was a trombonist in the Air Force Band during the Korean War, and continued playing in pick-up bands for another 50 years. Maybe you had the pleasure of him serenading you with a jazzy version of “The Happy Birthday Song” via the phone. 

He also worked for several travel agencies and used to do a weekly travel column for The News. Many of the ladies will remember him for his dancing skills, and many a friend saw him regularly at the gym or walking the perimeter of Leisure World after dinner. 

He is survived by five cousins and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Internment was at the Riverside National Cemetery. 

A farewell gathering will be held for his Leisure World and Whittier friends at the Seal Beach Tennis Center, 3900 Lampson Ave., at 1 p.m. on March 16. All are invited to attend, to share stories and memories and laughter. Call Kathy McKalip at (714) 309-7676, or Joan Marcum at 594-0402, of Leisure World, for further information.


Martin, Bee

Sept. 19, 1927-Feb. 19, 2019

Bee Martin passed peacefully from this life the morning of Feb. 19, 2019, after a gradual decline in health. She was surrounded and supported by her loving family and caregivers during the last days of her life. 

Bee was born in Shelley, Idaho, and moved to Southern California following graduation from high school in 1945. 

In 1948 she married William “Bill” Johnson and in 1951 they had Jeffrey William Johnson. Bee first worked at Bank of America in Los Angeles then later became the controller of Great Basin Petroleum in Century City. Living in Hollywood and later Beverly Hills, she spent her time following and participating in the Hollywood social scene and traveling the world.

Bee later relocated to Palm Springs and worked for the Palm Springs Visitor Bureau where she met her second husband, Harold Martin. Bee and Harold traveled the United States and settled into retirement. They purchased a place in Leisure World at Seal Beach to spend their summers, and winters were spent in the desert at La Quinta. 

After Harold’s death in 1998, Bee continued to bounce back and forth between the desert and the beach until 2003 when she made Seal Beach her full time home. 

Activities in Seal Beach that she enjoyed included the Leisure World Bridge Club, the Red Hat Society and the Rossmoor Woman’s Club.

Some of Bee’s favorite things were the color pink, Almond Roca, creme brulee, crab legs, roasted lamb with mint jelly, the Hallmark Channel, People Magazine, reading biographies and her annual birthday trip to Las Vegas where she snuggled up to a piano bar, video poker and a vodka dry martini with blue cheese stuffed olives.

—paid obituary


Burgess, Dorothy


Dorothy Burgess, Mutual 9, died Feb. 20, 2019.

Dorothy was born Feb. 11, 1921, in Oregon.

She is a retired police officer. She moved to Leisure World from Orange, California in 1977.

She was preceded in death by her husband in 1991.

Dorothy is survived by her daughter, five grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. 

A casual celebration of life will be held on Saturday, March 9, at 1123 Northwood Drive, 236-K, from noon- 3 p.m. Food will be served.


In Memoriam 

Grace Mas 81

Maria Godinez 60

William Pechstedt 72

Kak Mao 75

Jim Pilkenton 70

Ronald Merrill 70

Cheryl Scott 59

Kenneth Gee 65

James Walker 78

Beverly Silvers 91

Grace Mas 81

Stephen Henry 71

Edythe Keon 92

Barbara Norcia  101

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary


On the Go

Day Trips 

Beverly O’Neill Theater, “Life Could Be a Dream” – Thursday, March 7, $70, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

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

Mission San Juan Capistrano – Tuesday, March 19, $30, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

Anaheim Ducks, Honda Center -Wednesday, March 20, $80, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

Pala Casino -March 29, $6, $10 back, American Legion Post 327, Gail Levitt, 596-1346.

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

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

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

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

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 

Death Valley Splendor – March 17-19, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Desert Bloom – March 17-18, 2019, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

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

California Eight Missions – June 4-9, motorcoach tour, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

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

Palm Springs, Death Valley, Joshua Tree & Las Vegas—Nov. 4-7; motorcoach sightseeing, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

Hearst Castle at Christmas Time —Dec. 16-18, Motorcoach sightseeing, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

Traveling Tigers

Month in Vietnam will be Hickman’s topic on March 20

by Edward Hickman

LW Contributor

LW resident Edward Hickman will be the speaker at the Traveling Tigers Club on March 20, at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The presentation will begin at approximately 1:15 p.m.

Hickman has had a lifelong love of seeking new countries and cultures to explore. He counts among his friends residents of the nearby community of Little Saigon and had a chance to spend time with three brothers as they returned to Vietnam to reconnect with family still living there. While the brothers flew directly to Vietnam, Edward flew to Hong Kong for a few days and took various local day tours. After taking the ferry to Macau for a short visit, he flew to Hanoi to begin a two week guided tour of Vietnam with a group of 14 people. After the tour was completed, he met the three brothers and accompanied them as they went around to various areas visiting their families for the remainder of the month.

He had a chance to enjoy an in-depth look at a very beautiful country, traveling from Hanoi down to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), with stays in Halong Bay, Hoi An, Dalat, Hue and the Mekong Delta. After the tour ended, he joined the three brothers and returned to some of the same places, but this time he saw them as a local would. He dined with their extended families, saw ancestral homes and enjoyed the company of the family as they showed their visitors around, seeing all their favorite places.

The Traveling Tigers Club meets on the third Wednesday at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The meeting will begin with a potluck at noon. Call Edward Hickman, president, for details at 598-9297.

Bus departs LW for Pauma

The bus to Pauma will return to Leisure World on Wednesday, March 13. 

Pick up is at Clubhouse 4 at 7:30 a.m. and at the Amphitheater bus stop at 7:45 a.m.


Tickets on sale to see Angels vs. Yankees

The Recreation Department has scheduled three Leisure World Days at Angel Stadium for residents and their guests during the 2019 baseball season. 

The first game will be against the New York Yankees on April 24 at 7 p.m. The Yankees are always a big draw at Angel Stadium, so purchase tickets, $40, soon at the Recreation Office, located in Building 5, lower level. 

Tickets include 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 promptly at 5 p.m. from the Amphitheater parking lot, but passengers must arrive by 4:30 to be processed. 

Accessible seating is available if requested at the time of ticket purchase. The tickets are non-refundable.

Two more excursions are planned June 27 and July 21.

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

Letters to the Editor  


Like an old book with pages deteriorating and turning a hazy yellow, I too, had to admit the lenses of my eyes had aged and needed cataract surgery and lens replacement.  

It’s great that I have 20/20 vision but now what do I do with seven pairs of designer prescription eye glasses?  Seal Beach Lions Club member Scott Newton informed me of the club’s bright yellow mailbox-shaped receptacle just inside the large glass door of Clubhouse 5 and to the right of the Security entrance door. 

Club members collect them, scan the prescriptions, then donate them to facilities for the needy who cannot afford the glasses. The collection and free distribution of used eyeglasses is the Lions Club‘s lifelong community endeavor.

I urge  post-cataract surgery patients to donate their old and useless eyeglasses to the club’s receptacle.  

March right down to Clubhouse 5 and dump them. It’s one more thing you can get rid of.  I did.

Joanna Matos 

Mutual 2

Editor :

The Leisure World Jolly Jills Red Hat Society recent meeting was delightful. Everyone had a great time socializing.

The birthday girls were myself and Julia Troise. Enthusiastic hostesses Lucy Fralix, Darlene Ross and Pat Miller served nutritious, delicious refreshments. Everyone had fun feasting.

Princess Carmen Leslie notified the members of some changes of the Jolly Jill’s phone list roster 2019 and discussed some issues. Pat presented interesting games that were were full of fun, enjoyable and kept members alert.

What a wonderful way to spend socializing with  awesome friends .

Lisa A. Dickson

Mutual 1

Remember When

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

Feb. 22, 1979 – St. Theodore of Canterbury Parish received a new lectern-pulpit and oriental rug to use in front of the altar. The gifts are used at the Wednesday morning communion service.

Feb. 23, 1989 – Construction continued on the Friends of the Library Building. The project’s $100,000 cost was shared by the Friends of the Library and County of Orange. Completion was expected by mid-year.

Feb. 25, 1999 – Rumors about computer problems with the turn of the century were beginning to circulate. The concern was that computers were programmed only for years beginning with 19 and would not recognize years beginning with 20. The problem was not as serious as many expected.

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

watch your step  

by Jim Breen


According to a new study, California was the 14th most targeted state in the country for phone scams over the last three tax seasons. 

After analyzing 15 million consumer complaints released by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) from 2016-18, California reported 1,891 FTC complaints per 100,000 residents.  

The study by allareacodes.com ranked Anaheim No. 26 and Los Angeles County, No. 81

The analysis revealed that phone scams increase by 20 percent in March and April compared to January so they will probably begin ramping up again soon.

The allareacodes.com site provides a complete list of every area code in the country. 


A Mutual 8 resident  has received as many as 10 robo calls a day from the same number. When she answered, there was only silence on the other end. When she called the number, there was no answer.

The best advice is to note the phone number, call the Do Not Call List (1-888-382-1222) and report it by following the prompts.

The FTC encourages consumers to file complaints online at www.ftc.org, or by calling the FTC’s Consumer Response Center at 1-877-FTC-HELP (1-877-382-4357).


Irma Pazmino wasted no time dispatching a nosy scammer looking for personal information. When he called last week, the man asked some unusual questions.

“Do you have a bank account and checking account?” 

When she replied affirmatively, he asked:

“Do you have a minimum of $5,000 in one of them?”

Instead of answering, Ms. Pazmino ended the conversation with a click.

“He expected me to give him one of those numbers, but I didn’t,” she said.

Wise decision.

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.

beit halev  

The reading for Saturday’s Shabbat Torah service is Pekudei (records of).

The third Triennial Cycle details the completion of the building of the Tabernacle and the special adornments worn by the Kohein Gadol (High Priest).  

The reading of Pekudei ends the Book of Exodus with the preparations for the Israelites to leave Mount Sinai and begin the journey to the Promised Land.

Services are accessed online at Livestream.com/Galityomtov and Facebook.com/galityomtov.

In addition to the Sabbath services, Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater  conducts a short weekday Ma’ariv  service on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on SimShalom.com.


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

community church  

The Lenten season is an important observation at Community Church.  

The invitation to participate with members is open to everyone in Leisure World.  

All are welcome to gather around the tables in Edgar Hall on Thursdays at 5 p.m.  and enjoy an evening of friendship, food and helpful information.

Beginning this evening, March 7, the church will host the Lenten “Bowl and a Roll” series.  

At 5 p.m. each Thursday for six weeks, a relevant topic will be presented and soup and bread will be served. There is no charge.

Invite friends and neighbors.

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

Pastor Johan Dodge will present tonight’s first session,  “Planning  Your Memorial and a Spiritual Biography.”  

The topic the following Thursday, March 14 will be “Estate Planning Q & A.”  Avoiding probate through mindful estate planning will be discussed among other relevant estate issues. 


Remember to set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night.  


On Sunday, March 10, Pastor Dodge will give the message, “Walking in the Wilderness” from   Luke 4:1-13. 

Lay Liturgist will be Mary Maness.  Worship services are at 9:50 a.m., followed by refreshments and coffee in in Edgar Hall. 

Assembly of God  

Bill and Heylee Jeynes will minister at the Assembly of God Church this Sunday.  They established “God’s Love Ministries” in 1978,  which began as a ministry to people on the streets. 

Now it is primarily a missionary/evangelistic ministry that  has taken Bill to about 20 countries around the world. 

The Jeynes believe in the value of every individual before God and have an active counseling ministry with special emphasis on family counseling.  

Bill is currently a professor at California State University, Long Beach, and Senior Fellow at the Witherspoon Institute at Princeton University.

He is very involved in getting the Bible as literature courses in public schools and prayer in the schools.

The 10:30 a.m. service in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, will include worship songs led by Denise Smith.  Visitors are welcome.

The  6 p.m. hymn sing in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby will  also feature “God’s Love Ministries” and will include hymns selected by those who attend. Special music will be added by Wally and Fran Johnson.  

Fellowship time concludes the day.

The  Sunday prayer meetings begin at 10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.


A Bible study at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, on March 13 continues in the book of Hebrews. 

The Romeos and Juliets will meet at 11:30 a.m. on March 13 at Denny’s  Restaurant.

It’s a  monthly gathering for a no-host lunch and  fellowship.

Your Memorial and a Spiritual Biography.”  

holy family catholic  

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

The readings: 

First Reading: Deuteronomy 26:4-10; Responsorial Psalm: 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15; Second Reading: Romans 10:8-13; Verse before Gospel: Luke,  4:1-13.


Stations of the Cross start tomorrow, Friday, and every other Friday during Lent immediately after 8:30 a.m. Mass.


Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick sacrament will be administered  during Mass at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, March 9.

It is administered and received by baptized Catholics to bring spiritual and physical strength during an illness. 


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

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

faith christian assembly  

This month at Faith Christian Assembly, members will study the Book of Philippians. 

Apostle Paul said that true joy comes only through humble faith in the saving work of Jesus Christ, joining ourselves in harmony with his followers, and serving others in the name of Christ.  

All are invited to attend the mid-week Bible Study beginning Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m.

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

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

first christian  

First Christian Church is a missions oriented church that highlights various missions throughout the year.

The month of March is dedicated to Child Evangelism Fellowship (CEF) in west Orange County. 

The great work of bringing good news to elementary-age children in this voluntary, after-school program is a blessing to children, parents, teachers and aides.  

The Saturday service begins at 5:15 with the Hospitality Room opening 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:“Blessed Assurance,” “The Solid Rock” and “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” 

The Communion hymn will be “How Great Thou Art.”   

The choir, directed by Anita Ragole, will sing “Wonderful Words of Life.”

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

For the offertory, Pastor Bruce Humes and his wife, Margaret, will sing, “Freely, Freely.”

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will sing, “Through It All” followed by Pam O’Malley who will read from the Gospel of Matthew 21:17-22.

Pastor Gene’s message will be “Ask And Receive” based on Matthew 21:17-27. 

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. 

Today’s 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. 

lw baptIst 

All are invited to join members of 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 the service begins with singing the call to worship “O For a Thousand Tongues to Sing.”

The choir’s musical presentation will be “In This Very Room.”

Soloist Jean Davidson has chosen a hymn inspired by Luke 21:28 “Redemption Draweth Nigh.”

Congregation hymns will include “Crown Him with Many Crowns,” “I Will Sing of My Redeemer” and “Satisfied.”

Yvonne Leon will play a piano selection for the offertory.

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s message from Romans 2:17-24 is titled “Self-Righteousness.”

“Cleanse Me” will be the closing hymn.

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


At 10 a.m. on Monday, March 11,  the Women’s Christian Fellowship and Bible study will meet in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.


The Energizers meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in Clubhouse 4, Room A.

Phil Wagner, with Set Free Ministries, has worked with  prison ministries in Chicago, and established prison programs in Russia. Several members of LW Baptist Church assist in that  ministry.

For more information, call 430-2920.

Redeemer Lutheran  

 Rev. Carole Parameter Dyer will be guest presider and preacher Sunday at Redeemer Lutheran Church.

The greeter will be Bernie Gerard and the choir will sing “Lord Jesus, You Shall Be My Song.” 

Altar flowers are from Pastor Lynda and Cedric Elmer in honor of Lynda’s March15 birthday.

The Sunday service, which includes the dedication of food items for those in need in Orange County, begins at 10:30 a.m. It will be followed by a coffee hour in Fellowship Hall featuring  homemade cookies.

The annual spring bazaar in Fellowship Hall is from10 a.m.-4 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13.

It will include  imported crafts from Thailand, photo note cards, paintings and various  handmade crafts. The Lenten soup supper devotions follow at 4 p.m. with singing, a dialogue message and soup meal by Michele Abbott.

The Wednesday Bible class meets in Fellowship Hall from 10:30-11:30 a.m. under the leadership of Pastor Lynda Elmer. The class is beginning a study of Timothy’s Letters. All are welcome.

The Interfaith Council meets at 4 p.m.on Tuesday, March 12, in the conference room.

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

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

congregation sholom  

by Scott Simensky

LW contributor

Congregation Sholom will celebrate Friday night services at 7 p.m. tomorrow, March 8, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. An Oneg shabbat will follow. 

Marla Barugel will lead the services.

Bagels will be served on Saturday, March 9 at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

A potluck dairy lunch will follow services at noon followed by services with Rabbi Eric Dangott.  During lunch the Rabbi will discuss this week’s Torah portion of the service. 


The walking group leaves Clubhouse 3 at the bus stop across from the Clubhouse 3 lobby.


The book club will meet from 1-3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 19 at the home of Mort and Helene Goldberg. 

Chapter 9 of “For Whom the Shofar Blows” will be discussed. Members will convene from 4-6 p.m at Carol Levine’s home for hamantashen baking.


Purim will be celebrated at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Cantor Marla Barugel will lead the reading of the Magillah.

 Dressing in costume is encouraged. Crowns and noise makers (graggers) will be provided.


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

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

A vegetarian menu will also be available. 

The cost will be $50 for members,$60 for non-members, and $18 for children under 13. 

The address to send payment is: Congregation Sholom, P.O. Box 2901, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

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

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

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

Chair Exercise

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

For more information, call 493-7063.

Stick, Qigong, Tai Chi Club

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

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

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. 

Leisure Leggers

The Leisure Leggers, the walking and running club, meets at 8 a.m., Mondays, in front of Clubhouse 6 for a 30-to-60-minute walk. 

For more information, call Tom Pontac, president, at 304-0880.

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 11: Turkey lasagna, wheat dinner roll, seasoned broccoli, tropical fruit cocktail cup, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, creamy cole slaw.

Tuesday, March 12: Chicken chop suey, brown rice, Oriental vegetables, strawberry and peaches with yogurt, chef’s salad with turkey, ham, egg, tomato, cheese, ranch dressing and crackers.

Wednesday, March 13: Beef stew with potatoes, onions, and celery, biscuit, chocolate cake, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and pickle, tri-color cole slaw.

Thursday, March 14: Corned beef, boiled new potatoes, seasoned cabbage, vanilla swirl pudding, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, beet salad with onions.

Friday, March 15: Barbecue chicken leg and  thigh, mashed sweet potatoes, peas and carrots, pears with cinnamon, turkey and ham Cobb salad with egg, tomato, bacon with blue cheese dressing, crackers.

Wa-Rite Club  

The Wa-Rite Club’s top loser of  the week award went to Judi Hileman with a five-pound loss.

Her sugar level had spiked to 500 so she replaced sugar  with Monk Fruit, a natural fruit sweetener. 

Judi also lost weight because she reduced her trips to the refrigerator while recovering from a broken foot.

Queen for the month for  February was Dorene Youngs with a  6-1/2 pound loss.

Dorene has now dropped 57-1/2 pounds  since joining Wa-Rite a year ago.

She exercises at the pool, walks each evening, drinks a lot of water, eats two meals a day and eliminated candy. She is an inspiration to all members.


The Food for Thought:  Goal: What do you want?Reality: What’s happening now?

 Options: What can you do,what will you do?

 Whether you think you can or can’t, you’re right.”

                             -Henry Ford


Wa-Rite is a support group for women needing to lose 10 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.

– Margaret Humes


March is Kidney Disease Awareness Month, focusing on a disease that affects 14 percent of Americans. 

To help raise awareness and understanding of the disease, the Health Care Center will hold a special class on kidney disease  at 10 a.m. on March 13 at HCC conference room 1. It is is class is open to all residents.

The class will be led by Jodi Mainwal, a registered nurse who is certified in kidney disease management. 

“Kidney disease is called a silent disease, because the symptoms don’t show for a long time,” Jodi said. “By the time someone sees the symptoms, the disease is harder to treat.” Symptoms include nausea, vomiting, unexplained weight loss and more. 

Since these don’t show up until later, Jodi encourages people to get screened regularly. 

“This is an important screening. These screenings are done with simple blood and urine tests. If things don’t look normal, then your doctor knows to investigate more.” 

“People who have other chronic diseases, like diabetes and or high blood pressure, are at greater risk for kidney disease,” Jodi said. “If you have one of these conditions, your doctor may screen you more often for kidney disease.”

To help prevent it, the best thing is a healthy diet. 

“Your body needs a lot of different nutrients, and it gets those from good food,” Jodi explained. “Depending on how healthy your kidneys are, you might need to change your diet. Everyone can benefit from eating healthy protein, watching their salt intake, and exercising regularly.”

Mindfulness Meditation 

The Mindfulness Meditation Practice Group will meet from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.

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

The sessions are presented by Buddha Circle.

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

Laughter to HCC  

Bev Bender will bring her laughter program to the Health Care Center at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday,  March 13. 

Laughter is the best medicine with only positive side effects. 

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

All residents are invited to attend and bring a friend.

For more information, call Bender at 594-9148.

braille institute  

The Braille Institute will present an outreach course at 9:30 a.m. tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6 to help people cope with low vision.

No reservations are needed. The workshops are helpful for people with low vision issues.

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

The course continues through March 22 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, from 9:30 a.m.-noon.

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

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 11: Grilled hamburger with shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and  onion on wheat bun, baked chips, mayonnaise and relish, melon.

Tuesday,  March 12: Chicken fajitas with vegetables, pinto beans, garden green vegetable salad with Italian dressing, flour tortilla, tropical fruit mix.

 Wednesday, March 13: Tomato florentine soup with salt-free crackers, open face turkey sandwich on wheat bread with turkey, gravy and mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce, salt-free cookie.

Thursday, March 14: Coconut chicken curry with peas and potato curry sauce, brown rice, Oriental vegetable blend, pineapple chunks.

Friday, March 15:  Corned beef and cabbage, whole baby potatoes, carrot coins, wheat dinner roll, pistachio pudding,  fresh fruit.

Cards and Games Scoreboard  

Fun Time Pinochle Club winners March 4: Peggy Kaspar, 10,980; Ruth Bonnema, 10,950; Oscar Moya 10,620; Jim Kaspar. 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 4: Nancy Meader, Dale Quinn, Howard Bleakley. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Mary Nell Clark, 296-8570.


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners March 2: N/S: Russ Gray-Mark Singer; Howard Smith-Dorothy Favre; Larry Topper-Sylvia Kaprelyan; Alan and Barbara Olschwang. E/W: Linda Stein-Fred Reker; Diane Sachs-Marilyn McClintock; Larry Slutsky-Sue Fardette; Judy Jones-Al Appel; Paul and Monica Honey; Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson. Winners March 1: N/S: Jack Dampman-George Koehm; Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz; Betty Jackson-Diane Sachs; Jean Kato-Barbara Harris; Janet Gibbons-Julia Cunningham.  E/W: Larry Slutsky-Carol Murakoshi; Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; Al Appel-Joan Tschirki; Mike Nielsen-Hanefi Erten; Judy Carter-Johnson-Mark Singer; Michael Rainer-Dale Rensing. 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 an A unit game on Friday, March 8.  


Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners March 2: Sylvia Clinton, 10,690; Richard Van Wasshnova, 8,990; Joan Taylor, 8,860; Diana Lambert, 7,780. 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 Feb. 28: N/S: First in Strat A: Eileen Kotecki-Sue Fardette; second in Strat A: Larry Topper-Shirley Knopf; third in Strat A: Linda and Dick Stein; fourth in Strat A: Larry Slutsky-Verna Baccus; first in Strat B: Judy Carter-Johnson-Harshad Vora; second in Strat B: Miriam Kelley-Judy Mathias. E/W: First in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Diane Sachs; second in Strat A: Joyce Basch-Dorothy Favre; third in Strat A, first in Strat B: Fred Reker-Russ Gray; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Bobbi Vann-Paul Chen; third in Strat B: Joan Berg-Joyce Roberts. Winners Feb. 25: N/S: First in Strat A: Judy Carter-Johnson-Rob Preece; second in Strat A: Larry Topper-Frances Gross; third in Strat A, first in Strat B: Midge Dunagan-Dorothy Favre; fourth in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Gary Paugh; fifth in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Gene Yaffee-Nancy Lichter; sixth in Strat A: Betty Jackson-Fay Beckerman; third in Strat B: Sharon Beran-Claudette Barrack; fourth in Strat B: Marty Lipman-George Alemshah; second in Strat C: Shirley Knopf-Bettyanne Houts. E/W: First in Strats A and B: Norma Krueger-Sue Fardette; tied for second place in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Ann Croul and Marilyn McClintock-Fern Dunbar; fourth in Strat A: Karen and Dave Johnston; fifth in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Monica and Paul Honey; sixth in Strat A: Larry Slutsky-Mark Singer; third in Strat B, second in Strat C: Sylvia Kaprelyan-Russ Gray; fourth in Strat B: Harriet Weiss-Bea Aron. 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 the 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 Feb. 28: Howard Bleakley,  11,760; Grace Buster, 11,620; Bert Sellers, 11,440; Al Bonnema, 10,830. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For  more information, call (310) 968-9509.

– Bert Sellers

Shuffleboard Club  

The Shuffleboard Club’s league play continued into Week 18 on March 1 with spirited games that saw the top two teams exchange positions in the standings.

In the first game, the Puckmasters beat the Classics, 10-8. The Puckmasters all-game winners were Harshad Patel and John Gustaves. 

The Classics all game winners were Bill Hamilton and Roger Bennett.

Girl Power downed the Sliders, 11-7 in the other game.

Girl Power’s all-game winner was Peggy Hamilton. 


No games will be played tomorrow, Friday  due to the Olympics shuffleboard tournament.

The next league game is on March 15 at the Clubhouse 1 courts when the Sliders play the Puckmasters and Girl Power battles  The Classics.


The Puckmasters  are in first place with 12 points, followed by the Classics, 11-1/2; Girl Power,  6-1/2 and Sliders.


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


The St. Patrick’s dinner pot-luck has been cancelled, so the next social event will be a happy hour  at 5 p.m. on March 13. 

BYOB and bring Irish finger foods to share.  Shuffleboard will be played after the meal.

tournament poker club   

by Susan Dodson

LW contributor

Guta Basner won the Tournament Poker Club’s final table on Feb. 9 at Clubhouse 6 with a queen and eight of diamonds. It  became a flush on the river, ending the game.  

Second was Glenda Saunders, followed by her husband, Don; Valerie Jorgenson, Drew Sargent, Rick Riley, and Nancy Park.

It was the second tournament win for Guta, a retired  business consultant who lives in Mutual 11.

She is active on the board of directors and enjoys pool and pickleball.

Ken Reddy won the featured hand, the so-called Michael Jackson, jack and 5.  

Virginia Crane won the first high hand with four nines and  Erika Greenwood won second with four fours.


Monthly poker lessons will begin on Saturday, March 9, at 10:30 a.m. All newcomers are welcome and will receive two free raffle tickets for that day’s game.

For more club information, contact President Wendy Wu at (714) 366-0940.

men’s golf club  

The Men’s Golf Club held its second tournament of the month on Feb. 27 at the local course. It was a sunny start that turned into an exceptionally nice golf day. 

Thirty-five golfers competed in four flights over 18 holes.

Highlight of the day was a hole-in-one by Steve Walker on the 15th hole, an 83-yard par 3. 

All scores are net, actual score minus handicap.

A: Alan Sewell, 45; Steve Walker, 53; Bob Barnum, 54.

B: Ira Barenblatt, 52; Chang Choi, 53; Dave LaCascia, 54.

C: Kyoung Kim, 48; Jim John, 51; Paul Alloway, 53.

D: Lee Broadbent, 52; tie between H. Kim and Suk Im, 54; Roger Bennett, 55.

Closest to the pin on the eighth hole was Fujio Nirihiro. On the 17th hole, it was  Jay Kim. There was only one circle hole winner.

Tournaments are played on the second and fourth Wednesdays  of the month.


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. 

Rounds must be played with a current member and scorecards left with the starter. That qualifies the golfer to play in the monthly Men’s and Guys and Gals Tournaments throughout the year.

– Dave LaCascia

Bowling Club  

Spares Are Good, second place team in the Leisure World Bowling League, lost the first game against D Hustlers as Ren Villenueva rolled a 212, but came back to win the next two to earn total pins.  

Danny Bigelow of Spares Are Good had a 597 series and teammate Gracie Hasting finished with a 175.

 Very Striking won the first two games against Strikes Are Better by narrow margins, but lost game three and total pins by eight.  

Bill Lesher had a 179 and a turkey late in game three to pull it out for Strikes Are Better.

    Maybe Next Tuesday continued to move up in the standings by winning three games from Nameless.  

Tom Kaczmarek led Maybe Next Tuesday with a 204, 171 and 199 for a 574 series.  

                             – 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. 


Solution to this week’s puzzle  Rh3. The white Rook moves from ha4 to h3.  Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.

Ladies Q Pool Club

The Ladies’ Q Pool Club meets at 10 a.m.  Mondays in Clubhouse  1 to play pool.  Tournaments are held at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in Clubhouse 1.

– Kathy Engelhardt

guys,gals golf

Thirty-one co-ed teams competed over 18 holes in three flights on Feb. 20 at the monthly Guys and Gals golf tournament on the local course.

All scores are net. 

Flight winners: 

A: Tie between Fujio Nirohiro-Keiko Sekino and Terry Thrift-Bert Thompson, 49; Bill Lyons-Pam Krug, 51; Bob Turner- Janice Turner, 52.

B: Wong and Jane Song,  47; tie between Steve Walker-Yvonne Kim and Joon and Young Yoon, 49; Byong Choi-Mark Park, 51.

C: Ryan and Kay Hong, 43; Youn and Malinda Lee, 46; tie for third place between Merle McGee-Mary Lancaster and  Mike Carlon-Sue Yokomi, 49.

Chang Choi, 9 ft. 9 in.  and Sang An, 8-0; were closest to the pin on the eighth hole.

On the 17th hole, it was  Merle McGee, 5-3 and Yvon Yim, 11-6. There were five circle hole winners.

Guys and Gals tournaments are held on the third and fifth Wednesdays of the month.

cribbage club

Julie Milburn had the high score of 840 in Cribbage Club play on Feb. 26 at the Clubhouse 1 courts. She was followed by Cathy Boufford and Rosemary Wu tied at 830; Sylvia Clinton, 826 and Dolores Cook, 824. 

Wanda Bemben and Norm Martin had six games of 121.

On “Happy Cribbage Day,” the club provided pastries and ice cream. 

Margaret Smith and Pat Blum 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.

Ladies Golf Club  

Forty-eight members of the Ladies Golf Club played for low gross, low net, and chip-ins in weekly play on Feb. 26 at the local course.

Nine golfers hit chip-ins, balls from off the green into the hole.

A: Low gross: Zoe Pickell, 29. Low net: Tie between Susie Kim and Marge Thompson, 27. Chip-ins/hole: Teresa Lim, Sun Lee, 1.

B: Low gross: Young Yoon, 32. Low net: Hailee Yang, 25. Chip-ins/hole: Pam Krug, 2; Young Yoon, 5.

C: Low gross: Mary Grieg, 30. Low net: Yvonne Yim, 22. Chip ins/hole: Keiko Sekino, 3; Laura Garcia, 2; Mary Grieg, 2; Betty Regalado, 3.

D: Low gross: Patti Smith, 33. Low net: Neva Senske, 24. Chip-ins/hole: Patti Smith, 1, 9.

– Dale Quinn


Breaker! Breaker!, the last-place team in the Leisure World Pool League standings, upset the first-place Patriots, 7-5. It shows that any team can beat any other one on a given night.

Breaker! Breaker! won five of six singles matches, with Jerry Wrenn and Zelma Berkenkamp winning in 8-and 9-ball.

 The Three Amigos gained on third place CPR by winning, 7-5.

 Bill Clawson won both his singles matches for The Three Amigos and three of  four doubles matches.  

The race is  getting close  with four weeks before the sweepstakes.

Arts & Leisure 03-07-19

LW Chorale

Are you ready for an afternoon of fun, frolic, music and good food? The Leisure World Chorale is doing a “Tribute to Dean Martin” with many of the songs Dean made popular with his entertaining personality on Saturday, March 16, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. 

The flair of Italy will be apparent in the dance numbers and the aroma of Italian food will fill the air in anticipation of the free full meal to be enjoyed after the concert. 

There will also be a free goody bag at every seat in the house. If you have the inclination to arrive in clothes and the colors of Italy, (red, green and white), you will help to enrich the atmosphere.  

Singing one of Dean’s favorite ballads “All I Do is Dream of You” will be Connie Young. Getting into the fun mode, the Spiritones will offer its rendition of “Ain’t We Got Fun?” Other popular songs will be “Just in Time,” “You Made Me Love You” and “Volare.” Some members will portray Dean’s Gold Diggers and the joyful voice of Dean’s sidekick, Jerry Lewis will also be heard.

Finbars Italian Kitchen is in LW March 18

March 18

Finbars Italian Kitchen will be in Clubhouse 1 on March 18 to serve dinners that include the appetizer of the day, a green salad with a choice of dressings and three entrée options, ranging from $13-$15 (tax included). Dessert and soft drinks are available for an additional charge. Dinner service is from 4:30-6 p.m.; dining allowed until 7 p.m. Reservations are not required.



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


Spaghetti with Meatball or sausage, $13

Authentic slow-simmered “Sunday gravy” tomato sauce.

Chicken Parmigiana, $14

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

Poached Salmon, $15

Served with pasta and vegetables or rice.

GRF Movie

“Jimmy’s Hall,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, in Clubhouse 4.

In 1921, Jimmy Gralton’s sin was to build a dance hall on a rural crossroads in an Ireland on the brink of civil war. 

The Pearse-Connolly Hall was a place where young people could come to learn, to argue, to dream, but above all to dance and have fun. As the hall grew in popularity, its socialist and free-spirited reputation brought it to the attention of the church and politicians, who forced Jimmy to flee and the hall to close.

Some scenes and language may offend some viewers.

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

Lapidary Club

The Lapidary Club will meet at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 20, in the Lapidary Room of Clubhouse 4.  Club President Dean Jacobus has called the membership meeting to discuss the future of the club.

Dancing Feet Club

Dancing Feet Club line dance stars entertained an enthusiastic audience at a dance event on Feb. 24 in Clubhouse 2.  

Dancers performed two newly learned line dances, “Red Hot Salsa” and “Corazon Salvaje.” 

Ed Bolos, dance instructor-choreographer, and the club host a free ballroom and line dance event starting at 6 p.m. every fourth Sunday of the month. Just dress to impress, and bring snacks and drinks.  For more information, call Bolos at (551) 998-4223.

LW Coin Club

The Leisure World Coin Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13,  in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

The meeting will feature a member show-and-tell. 

As collectors of metal and paper money, members may bring in a part of their collections to show and explain the history of, or the story behind, the piece. 

These programs are interesting and informative. 

A coin auction will conclude the meeting.

Even people who are not yet collectors are welcome to these educational and fun meetings. All are welcome to attend. New members are presented with a gift of a coin.

LWSO invites musicians to play

The Leisure World Orchestra is a vibrant group of musicians who take great delight at weekly practice sessions and occasional concents for the LW community.

It welcomes people who have classical music interest and talent that has been dormant since high school or college. Now is the time to rehabilitate that talent and relive the fun of playing classical music. 

Conductor Rae Boeving is a gifted music teacher who can help people develop their musical talent during rehearsals.

“I had not played my cello in over 40 years and thought why not?  I was scared to death to join the group,” said Donna Chavez of Mutual 11. She picked up her cello about three years ago and has been playing ever since. With Rae’s help, she improved her playing to become first cello.

Fred Reker played the string bass back in the 50s and filled in with some local orchestras in the 70s and 80s but had not played for 30 years when he moved to Mutual 6 in 2016. 

Fortunately, he still had his bass and joined the orchestra. 

“I picked up my former skills to become first “baseman” and later president of the orchestra,” he said.  “My grandchildren have enjoyed several concerts, and I can leave them the legacy of music. 

“Remember you are never too old to enjoy playing great music.  We have several members in their 90s,” he said.

Another benefit is learning to play in tune which helps sharpens hearing and mitigates the typical loss of hearing that comes with age.  

Many members wear hearing aids and playing in tune improves their hearing. 

The LW Orchestra meets Monday and Wednesday afternoons in the Amphitheater. Mondays are like getting a music lesson as musicians do section practice starting at 10 a.m. for those who are interested. The orchestra plays two concerts a year: one at Christmas and the other in the spring. The next concert is set for May 23 at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

For more information, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669 or drop by on Mondays or Wednesdays from 12:30-2:30 p.m. to see the orchestra in action at the Amphitheater.  

—Fred Reker, president LW Orchestra

Community Sing

Leisure World residents are invited to attend the Community Sing Monday, March 11, at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.

To participate in the first half hour of Opening Acts, people should come at 6 to sign in with the emcee, Ethel Carter, bringing sheet music for the pianist. Ethel will lead group singing until 7:15 when she will introduce her half-time guest, the popular singer, Donna Burr.  

On Feb. 25, Byong Choi was the leader.  The Opening Acts started with Ethel Carter singing “Let Us All Sing,” followed by Chuck Zeman who sang “Because of You” (a capella); Bruce Dupont, “Yesterday”; Clarence Hoffman, “Little Church in the Wildwood”; and Bob Barnum, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Pianist Barbara McIlhaney accompanied four of the opening acts.

Byong’s half-time guests were members of the Korean Guitar Group, leader Sang Hyun Kim, Samuale Yim, Changsung Oh, Jyunz Young Hak, Unsoo Lee and Gyung Un Lee.  They played and sang  “Eidelweiss,” “My Darling Clementine” and “Whispering Hope.”

The two women in the group sang in lovely harmony. Byong joined in “O Solo Mia,” singing in different languages, accompanied by Sang Hyun Kim.  

Byong then wrapped up group singing and everyone sang “Kumbaya” to end the musical evening.

Thanks to pianist Barbara McIlhaney and book transporter, Vita Villamor. 

Glass Fusion Class

The Lapidary and Jewelry Club will offer a class called an Introduction to Glass Fusion on March 28 from 9:30 a.m.-noon in the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4. Sign up in the Lapidary Room. The class is limited to six students

It will cover the basics of glass fusion. Beginners are welcome, and people with experience can expand their skills in glass cutting and shaping to create more intricate designs.

A materials fee of $10 is payable at the class. It covers enough glass to make two squares, decorative pieces included. Fused pieces can be picked up the following day. 

GRF Weekly Dance

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

The American Gold Band will play rock and roll on March 9.

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

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

• People must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m.  

• Only the bands can make announcements from the stage.

• Everyone should sign in, either as a resident or guest.

OLLI Wellness Class

Leisure World resident Annemarie Lovdahl will teach the course “Eastern Practices for Wellness” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI), CSULB main campus, Room 101, on Wednesdays, April 3-May 22, from 10:15-11:45 a.m.

The class will explore ancient Eastern wellness techniques that promote relaxation, healing for the body and peace for the mind along with the scientific evidence for the effectiveness of these practices. Discover free and easy-to-use methods that reduce pain, lower blood pressure, strengthen the immune system, improve cardiovascular and cognitive functioning, relieve insomnia, increase creativity and restore an overall sense of well-being and joy.  

The class will cover various forms of meditation, right vs. left brain access to wellness, mindfulness, healing forms of movement such as tao yin and t’ai chi, and the restorative practices of sound healing and laughter as medicine.

The classes will combine lectures, demonstrations and active student participation in the practice of tools that tap into the body’s natural wellspring of relaxation, harmony and vibrant health.  

Ms. Lovdahl holds degrees in psychology, sociology and philosophy from UCI and is a certified teacher in t’ai chi chih, seijaku, reiki, Hasya yoga and longevity stick art.

To register, visit the OLLI website, csulb.edu/colleges/chhs/centers/olli/ or call 985-8237.

Good Times Roll

The Good Times Roll Club will have an Irish Wake Party with a classic rock band for a night of non-stop music starting at 5 p.m., March 16, in Clubhouse 2. The Let The Good Times Roll Club performers will entertain during the band breaks.

The show starts at 5:45; the band will play from 6-9 p.m. All Leisure World residents and their guests are welcome.

The Let the Good Times Roll Club sponsors a show and dance on the third Saturday evening of the odd-numbered months. Over the club’s eight years of providing free entertainment, it has hosted great rock and roll music from bands like Ray and the Idols, Sam Morrison playing Bob Seger, the Rock-its, and LW’s own Ben Berg and the Rhythm Rockers.

Following in that tradition, the club will introduce Sugar Lips, a classic rock band that recreates the music of Journey, Tom Petty, Steppenwolf, Aerosmith, ZZ-Top and others.

To get a head start on St. Paddy’s Day, the theme is an Irish wake party. Expect lots of green shirts, hats, socks, signs, beads, ties and hair. Everyone is welcome to bring snacks and beverages. Tablecloths, snacks, cups, coffee and water will be available. No admission fee. To be on the marquee, the club can only receive donations for refreshments. 

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.

Copper Class

The Lapidary and Jewelry Club will offer a class in copper enameling on March 8 and 27 in Clubhouse 4 from 9 a.m.-noon. Cost is $10 for materials. A sign up sheet is available in Clubhouse 4. Everyone is welcome.

Community Karaoke

The Community Karaoke Club welcomed 33 singers in a night highlighted by several duets, which featured friends and spouses in beautiful harmony. Betty and Virgil Bagstad did an unusual song “Spiders & Snakes” while Sue and Walter Piippo sang “Listen to What the Man Said.” Tony Tupas and Ruby Johnson chose “Endless Love,” followed by Janice Chapman and Rosemary Freman, “Sincerely”; and the Barnum brothers Bob and Ray, who sang a few songs. 

Pete Tupas did a smooth Platters tune called “Only You.” Jerry Schwin surprised the audience with a robust acapella version of  “Lucky Old Sun,” in a night that included David Noble singing Elvis’ “Trying to Get to You”; Anna Le, “Yesterday When I was Young”; Diane Kasperson, “You Light up My Life” and Rick Hering, “My Heart Cries for You.” 

Thanks to Tony Tupas and Bev Adams for being substitute KJ’s last week. They did a fine job.  

New York cheese steak sandwiches will be the party fare next week, March 13, as the club celebrates St. Patrick’s Day at the Wednesday night karaoke party.  Wearin’ of the green is the color of the day. Singers can find Irish tunes in the Artist songbook starting on page 127.  

Everyone is welcome to join the fun at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Enjoy the friendly atmosphere and encourage friends and neighbors to sing favorite tunes. Practice sessions are held from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 6 on Tuesdays.

Dance Classes and Clubs

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

•A Time to Dance Club by Joseph: Ballroom dance group lessons are held the second and fourth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Fox trot is taught from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; tango, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; $5 per session. Singles and couple are welcome. For information, call (559) 403-8974.

•Ballet: A one-hour class is held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 6, second floor; no experience required. Classes are $3. 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•Leisure Time Dancers: The fox trot and salsa will be taught on Mondays at 2 and 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 6. 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.

Theater Club hosts Chuck Wagon Chili Night 

It will be Chuck Wagon Chili Night on Saturday, March 9, when the Leisure World Theater Club holds its annual spring fund raiser in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 4:15 p.m. The chuck wagon picnic supper starts at 5.

The evening will feature a menu of hot dogs, chili dogs,  vegetable plate, fruit plate, chips, ice cream and lemonade. BYOB favorite beverages. 

A cowboy show with favorite performers starts at 6, followed by dancing from 7-9 p.m. with Terry Otte and Abilene.

The cost for the entire evening is $20.

Tickets will be available every Monday, Wednesday and Friday in the Little Theater (on top of the Amphitheater steps) from 10 a.m.-noon.  To reserve tickets by mail/phone, contact Taylor White at 596-6358. Reservations are a must; no tickets will be sold at the door.

LW Art League

by Steve Moore

LW contributor

The Leisure World Art League has planned an especially fun and exciting evening March 12 with a demonstration by widely acclaimed caricaturist Justin Galloway. 

The monthly meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4 and people are urged to arrive early to get good seats.

The Art League demos always draw a large turnout. 

In this instance, raffle tickets will be sold in advance of the demonstration to select those who would like the opportunity to become models for Justin’s impressive talent at capturing faces and personalities. 

The demonstration promises to be entertaining and educational, as Justin not only shows off his impressive artistic skills but also explains how he has translated his gifts into commercial success.

Justin has been making a living as a professional caricaturist since 1994 when he graduated from the University of Tulsa with a BFA in painting and began working for a caricature concessionaire at Six Flags over Texas. After several years of working 12-hour days and honing his craft on the theme park patrons, he accepted a management position within the company and spent the next seven years training and supervising the caricature artists at Six Flags over Georgia. 

Justin developed enough of a freelance client base that in 2004 he began working independently, owning and operating caricature concessions in Georgia, Florida, Texas and Southern California and doing humorous illustrations for individual and corporate clients alike. Some of his clients have included Coca-Cola, Delta Airlines, Warner Bros. Studios, Porsche Cars and the NFL. 

He draws live at parties and events, fairs and festivals and also works at home in his studio from photographs submitted by clients all over the world. 

Justin still enjoys drawing and caricaturing faces as much as he did as a child when he would copy pages from MAD Magazine and create his own comics. 

“I’m still doing what I did in First Grade,” he says. “I just get paid to do it now.”

Those interested in previewing Justin’s work and learning more about this talented artist are encouraged to visit his Instagram page at @studiogalloway.

Members are reminded to submit their art work for display by 6:30 p.m. 

The popular choice theme this month is “Portrait.” 

As always, refreshments will be available and art supplies donated by members will be on sale. 

LW Coin Club

The Leisure World Coin Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The meeting will feature a member show-and-tell. 

As coin collectors, both metal and paper money, members may bring in a part of their collections to show and explain the history of, or the story behind, the piece. 

These programs are interesting and informative. 

A coin auction will conclude the meeting.

Even people who are not yet collectors are welcome to these educational and fun meetings. 

All are welcome to attend. 

New members are presented with a gift of a coin.

LW Opera Club

Everyone is invited to attend the Opera Club meeting at 1:30 p.m. on Monday, March 11, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Speaker Rebecca Browne from the LA Opera will  give a talk and show a video on a little known Mozart opera. LA Opera speaker Larry Verdugo, who has twice given presentations to club members, will be back in May with a program Verdi’s “La Traviata,” which some call the most popular opera in the world.

Browne will focus on Mozart’s last opera, which has not been among his most poular. It is mostly unknown even to opera fans. “La Clemenza di Tito,” the original Italian name, also known as “The Clemency of Titus,” is enjoying a rebirth, being performed at the LA Opera this month.

The story concerns the Roman emperor Titus and the politics and romantic intrigues in his upper circle. Mozart’s music is as beautiful and heartfelt as always.

It is hoped Browne’s presentation will pave the way for some members to arrange to see the live performance in Los Angeles and see a full classic version at the club’s April 6 and 10 meetings. 

Club member Gary Hart will give a brief introduction about the opera before it is shown.  

The club is grateful to the LA Opera for providing enjoyable speakers and annually enabling Leisure World opera-loving residents to enjoy the treat of a live opera performance each year via a bus  arranged by the GRF Recreation Department. For more information, contact Beverly Emus, Opera Club president, at 296-5586 or bemus@socal.rr.com.

Genealogy Club

The Genealogy Club offers Thursday Theme Workshops 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.

Workshop topics are:

• March 7: DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) 

• March 14: Census Records

• March 21: World Cat/Google Books

• March 28: Researching German History

• April 4: Ancestry.com