LW Weekly_Trans/Vie_Ed._05-09-19

May 9, 2019

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Earthquake Prep talk is today

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

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

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

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

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

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

People are welcome to take a Minibus to Clubhouse 2. Minibus service is the best and most environmentally friendly way to attend the event. Exact routes and time schedules are printed in the LW Minibus schedule book. Books are available from the LW Weekly office and the LW Library. Also, anyone can wave to a passing blue and white Minibus and the driver will stop and provide a LW Minibus schedule on request. For more information on Minibus transportation, call GRF Fleet Manager Grant Winford at 431-6586, ext. 372. 

Finbars Monday Night Restaurant

The Monday Night Restaurant will be hosted by Finbars Italian Kitchen on May 20 from 4-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Menus are published in the LW Weekly and via LW Live! Finbars does not require reservations; people may show up to dine anytime between 4 and 6 p.m.; the dining room is open until 7. 

Owner Joseph Barbara wants suggestions from residents for selections they would like to see offered on the menu. Send them to events@lwsb.com or drop them off at Clubhouse 1 while dining.

Hometown Buffet offers a different dinner menu each month for $11 for all you can eat on site. It will be serving in Clubhouse 1 on Memorial Day, May 27.  

Take out is no longer available. Cash and checks are the accepted payment.

The normal Monday Night Dine-Out rotation is as follows: Naples serves on the first Monday; Finbars, the second; and Hometown Buffet, the fourth.

Arms of Love—Mother’s Day Profiles

In honor of Mother’s Day, the LW Weekly presents the following stories about influential and exemplary mothers who shaped LWer’s lives. They hugged their children into feeling better, inspired them to reach for the stars and generally helped shape them into people of character and fortitude.

Cindy Gannon, Mutual 4

My Mother Geraldine Africa (photo above, holding Cindy as an infant) brought me into the world at age 30—I can still see her loving face and perfect smile, can almost hear her voice. 

She and Daddy decided the California climate was better than Newark, Ohio. In 1934, they settled into a lovely old home on 10th Street in Huntington Beach. During the war, I was allowed to carry the precious sugar up the walk. I almost made it but it slipped out of my hands. 

We spent time on our knees scooping up the sugar. That was the last time I was allowed to carry it.

Mother loved to golf and was very active in Beta Sigma Phi. She was an excellent cook, planning meals: Meatloaf on Mondays, on Thursdays, liver and onions, and  roast with the family every Sunday.

If our family branches began to fall and bend, Mother was always there to give us strength and love. I was 30 when Mom passed. Happy Mothers Day—I will see you again. 

Glenn Brazeal, Mutual 17

My mom made me laugh!

It was sometime in the 60s, and my mom was visiting us from Memphis. While she was here, “Hamlet,” starring Sir Lawrence Olivier, was to be shown on TV. The special showing was a big thing. People were talking about it. The bank had information brochures about it, and we made plans to watch it—with mom.

On that evening, we had dinner early, got the kids to bed and settled down to enjoy the show.

My mom watched attentively and silently. At the first commercial, I asked my mom how she was enjoying the show.

She replied, “Well, I haven’t understood a single word.”

Linda Johnson, Mutual 15

What is unconditional love?  For me it is Mary Agnes Faherty Johnson, otherwise known as Mom to her three children. None of us were a joy to raise, I’m sure, but Mom made it look so easy.  She had the solutions to all of our problems, and the solutions actually worked.

After school, ours was the house that the kids would come to just to “hang out.” It was a safe haven for them, and Mom welcomed all of them. Looking back now, I think that Mom was glad that we came to our house because then she knew where her kids were, and she could keep an eye on us. I never really thought about offering a safe haven to my classmates until years later at our class reunion when it all came spilling out. Not every kid had a safe haven like we did. At these reunions, many expressed gratitude for my Mom and Dad welcoming them into our house.

Mom was like magic to me.  When I was a freshman in high school, all of the girls automatically became a part of the pep club. The stumbling block was that we all had to have a special black sweater.  Dad said that it was too expensive, so the answer was no.  

I knew that money was tight, but at age 14, it was the end of the world. I cried for days because I wasn’t going to be a part of the pep club like the other girls in my class.  I finally came to terms with it. One day I came home from school, and there on my bed was the black sweater. It was Mom.  I don’t know how she did it or what she sold to get the money, but I will always remember that day being one of the happiest of my life. Her joy was in seeing me so happy….magic.

While Mom taught us how to pray, Dad taught us how to play.  We worshiped together, and we played games and laughed together all the way into our adult life. 

If our household sounds like a Norman Rockwall painting, it wasn’t. We didn’t have a lot of things, but we did have the important ingredients of a secure home—faith, hope and unconditional love, otherwise known as. . .Mom.

Kuzuko Monobe, Mutual 9

Twenty years ago, my mother passed away quietly in her sleep. She was 93 years old. Although it was the most tragic event in me and my three sisters’ lives, we almost couldn’t believe she was able to live that long.

One summer day right after the end of WW II, my mother felt dizzy and fell on the tatami floor. We laid her on the futon and hurried to get the only doctor available in town. All the other doctors were not back from the war yet. An elderly doctor told us that her blood pressure was more than 230, and the only thing he could do was to drain some blood from her arm to ease the pressure in the vein since he didn’t have high blood pressure medications.

After the doctor left, my older sister Nagako carefully carried out a small metal pan filled with the viscous, dark-red liquid to dispose of somewhere. I didn’t want to believe that it was my mother’s blood. I was 12 years old, and my mother, aunt and we sisters were living in a town in Yamaguchi prefecture, the western part of Honshuh.

After the doctor left, all four sisters sat around our mother’s futon and watched her pale and haggard face. Her eyes were closed. At that moment we heard the radio talking about caskets. We looked at each other in silence and tried to ignore what we had just heard. We were scared of the possibility of her dying. The room was dark and quiet. Our mother was 44 years old.

After that, we experienced many similar incidents. Moreover, she was handicapped since she was 30 years old. My father was the cause of it. Her left leg was permanently fixed straight, and she was often in pain.

I still can’t picture her without crutches under her arms. She was small, skinny and frail, but her four daughters’ lives were centered around her.

During a serious food shortage, many people, including a well-known Kabuki actor, died of malnutrition. Our mother managed to put some food on the table. The only food we had plenty of was our home-grown kabocha (Japanese pumpkins). She cooked pumpkin soup, stewed pumpkin, rice gruel with plenty of pumpkin, and similar dishes for us.

However, even though we were starving, we gradually became sick of pumpkins. We didn’t even want to look at them. Mother finally came up with the solutions to coax us to eat more food. She made cute little pumpkin dumplings, and piled them high on a large plate and left them on the dining table all day, so when we were really hungry, we would pop one in our mouth and swallow.

She would sit beside our futon watching us all night even when we had slight fevers, and when we failed at something, she would tell us, “It’s a good experience. Don’t blame yourself too harshly.”

We all felt safe as long as she was with us.

When she reached 80 years old, I made a point of visiting her in Japan once a year, staying for three weeks, dipping into our meager savings with the blessing of my good-natured husband.

A few days ago, while I was organizing a drawer, I opened a large brown envelope filled with her letters to me. They were all written on the blue international airmail called Aerogram stationary. The blue ink was slightly faded, but I was able to read her carefully written words.

She wrote, “…at Narita Airport when you disappeared into the departure gate, I wept because I felt your back seemed so fragile, so lost, and so forlorn going back to America all by yourself….”

Contrary to what she felt at that time, I now realize how lucky I was to have two families who cared for me, one in America and one in Japan. I wish I could have told her so, but somehow, I have the feeling that she still feels that way.  

Town Hall Alert

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will host a Town Hall at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 2 on Tuesday, May 21, to update the LW community on the Haynes project.  

Journalist Cathie Merz to speak

Cathie Merz, LW Weekly section and production editor, will be the speaker at the Y Service Club meeting on Wednesday, May 15, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Margaret Humes and Dianne Hart will host a continental breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m., followed by a business meeting conducted by President Margaret Humes. 

Merz will discuss notable personalities and events she has covered over the course of her 35-year career with the LW Weekly. 

All shareholders are invited to hear the speaker and to learn more about the services the Y Service Club offers to the community. 

Club volunteers are available to help residents with a variety of non-professional household tasks they are unable to do independently. 

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

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

Y Service Club Rummage Sale

The Y Service Club rummage sale, canceled in March due to rain, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1. The sale runs from 8 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 2. 

The postponement means there will be a huge selection of personal and household items, including jewelry, glassware, china, shoes, purses, linens, books, lamps, pictures, small appliances, and tools. 

Come early for the best selection. People are welcome to bring shopping bags to take their bargains home. 

Proceeds from the rummage sale will benefit the Los Altos YMCA Kids to Camp program and other Y Service club projects.

Senior Patriots

All are welcome to attend the Senior Patriots program on Tuesday, May 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 at 2:30 p.m. Carl Mariz will talk about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how they are related to the global Goals of the United Nations. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document drafted by representatives from different backgrounds from all over the world. It was proclaimed by the General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948, setting out for the first time a common standard of fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

Carl is a retired chemical engineer, who has been actively involved  in the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA). He has held several offices in the organization including the president of the local Coastline Chapter and later of the Orange County Chapter after retiring and moving to Irvine in 1979.

The Senior Patriots Board has positions available and meets regularly on the third Wednesday of every month in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, at 2 p.m. The meetings are open to all members and they last generally one hour. Guests are welcome to contribute to discussions. 

Lucille Martin, longtime member and chair of the (recently renamed)  Peace Demonstration, will announce the theme and time which will be published in the LW Weekly. Call Dorothy Kemeny for further information at 296-8554.

Bula Brothers play at Taco Tuesdays

Everyone loves Taco Tuesdays. The food is delicious, and now the weather is warm and inviting. The Bula Brothers—Mark, Frank, Don and Craig—will perform live starting at 5-7 p.m., Tuesdays, from May through October. 

They  perform their own genre of “Acoustic Roots” music for the taco crowd. Song arrangements will extend from acoustic reggae to nostalgic folk. All are welcome to come out and join the Bula Brothers on the patio outside Clubhouse 6 (next to the taco truck) on Tuesday evenings for some great food, music and fun. 

American Legion Auxiliary

May and June are very busy months for the American Legion Auxiliary. The Executive Board will meet on May 10 at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4. Important issues will be presented and all board members are expected to attend. General membership is welcome also.

The general meeting will be held on May 20 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The election of new officers will be held, and several changes discussed.  It is important that all members who are able attend.

Dues for the new year beginning in September will start being collected at this meeting. All those in elective positions must have  paid their dues before installation can take place. Dues are $30 and the installation of new officers will be held at the June 17 meeting.

Rosa Carrillo and her team are preparing a delicious luncheon to be enjoyed at the June 17 meeting. Tickets for the luncheon are $15 and will be available at the May meeting.

The District Meeting, hosted by the Laguna Woods Unit, will be held on May 11 in Santa Ana. Those who plan to attend should call Jean Sudbeck, 594-0209, to participate in the carpool leaving at 8 a.m. and returning about noon.

This is a very important meeting, and all unit members are encouraged to attend. An accumulation of reports will be read. These figures and reports are submitted to the national headquarters, which in turn reports to Congress, which governs The American Legion. 

It is the duty of the Legion and Auxiliary to work and lobby for the betterment of veterans through these reports. These meetings are very  informative and interesting. Guests are welcome to attend.

May is Poppy month.  Members who have not signed up to distribute the poppies at local stores or who would like to help in any other way should call Marge Murphy at (605) 660-0538.  

This is a mandatory program; donations  provide assistance to veterans and their families.

Poppy-making takes place every Wednesday in Clubhouse 1 from  10 a.m.-noon. All are welcome to come. You do not have to be a member of the American Legion.  

Membership enrollment is open all  year long.  Anyone is welcome to come as a guest and attend meetings.  For more information, call Roberta Lane at 594-5809 or Mary Carlson at 357-4214.

Woman’s Club Card Party

The Woman’s Club card party and luncheon will be held on Friday, May 17, in Clubhouse 2. Bridge and canasta are the usual games played. However, club members who want to play another type of table game and enjoy a catered lunch are welcome. Everyone should be seated by 11:45 a.m., and lunch will be served at noon.

Luncheon and cards are by reservation only. Non-club members may attend one time as a guest. Regularly attending card players who are current members have a standing reservation. Woman’s Club members who do not play regularly must make a reservation. Individual tickets are $12; a table of four is $48 and purchased by one person. As always, the opportunity tickets are three for $1.

To cancel, change, or make a new reservation, call Judy Belladella at 598-1784 no later than 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 14. Reservations not canceled must be paid for, and the member will be billed. If a substitute player is needed, call Joyce Bissell at 596-0148.

Y Service Club Triviamania

The Y Service Club will sponsor a new program, Triviamania, an exciting quiz game designed especially for seniors on Saturday, June 22, from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. 

Here’s how it works: teams of eight people compete in eight rounds of trivia questions to earn first-, second-, and third-place prizes. If you think you might not be a star, keep in mind that you have seven teammates to help answer questions. 

Here are a few sample questions (answers at the end of this article)

(a) What company uses the slogan “A diamond is forever?”

(b) What book was written in 1954 by science fiction author Ray Bradbury?

(c) What’s the name of a triangle with 3 uneven sides?

(d) Who directed the movie The Quiet Man?

The buy-in for this introductory event is $10 per person for an afternoon of brain exercise, socialization, lots of laughs, a chance to meet new friends, and the potential to win up to three times your buy-in. Bring own snacks and dollar bills to enter some fast and fun intermission games. Join along with friends or neighbors or decide to play with new pals. 

Research shows that activities that are intellectually stimulating and the ability to socialize with others are important health benefits for older adults. 

Seating for this first game is limited. People can buy tickets at the Y Service Club pancake breakfast on Saturday, May 18, from 8-10:30 a.m. and outside Clubhouse 6 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. on June, 10, 12, 14, 17, 19 and 21. 

Proceeds benefit the Los Altos YMCA kids programs and other projects that help the Leisure World community.  

(Answers: a. De Beers, b. Fahrenheit 451, c. scalene, d. John Ford)

Investment Forum

The Investment Forum will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

As markets enter the second quarter of 2019, experts will  look at the current market performance and drivers of growth and what to expect as the current economic expansion and bull market in equities continues.

Presentations are sponsored by Stratos Wealth Management Group and hosted by Larry Pino, CTFA, partner and wealth advisor.  


A special salute to all of the mothers on their special day 

by Jim Greer, Mutual 11

Leisure World Interfaith Council

“I want my children to have all the things I couldn’t afford. Then, I want to move in with them.” 

That joke from the late Phyllis Diller has probably crossed every mother’s mind at one time or another. Every mom would love to see a return on their investment and live in the style and comfort to which they want to become accustomed.

Like most mothers, my mom’s all-consuming daily effort was the care and feeding six messy, 

hungry, noisy boys. 

She had studied to be a concert pianist, but instead, ended up as a stay-at-home wife of a music professor. Her life was a 1960s version of the insightful 1993 film Groundhog Day – a constant, daily recurring exercise in frustration and exhaustion. 

Dad spent his days at the college, and his evenings at the music store teaching private trumpet lessons. Mom spent every day on her own, from sun up to sun down, wrangling the six sons of the apocalypse.

While we had very little of the high life in our home, but had a good life. Those childhood years taught me an important truth that a mother’s love endures forever. Although I lost my mother 24 years ago, I have felt her influence nearly every day, giving me the calm assurance that everything will work out, that I was doing a great job, and that she loved me no matter what.  

Mothers know that loving and raising a child is more of a covenant than a sacrifice. That bilateral promise made with God hopefully guarantees successful children in exchange for her undying devotion to her children. But, if one is not careful, a mother’s delightful doting can evolve into out-and-out meddling, often leading to well-intentioned interference in the lives of her children. 

That interference doesn’t always end when the kids leave the house. For some reason, mothers of means may feel an obligation to pay college tuition, finance a car, or provide a down payment on a home. And, even when the kids have become successful in their own right, some mothers insist on picking up the tab at the restaurant, stuffing extra cash into pockets, and sending checks in birthday cards. 

While it was funny, Phyllis Diller’s joke got it wrong. The real point of having children is to do all you can to make them able to live without you, and hopefully in better living conditions. 

In her writing about motherhood, Barbara Kingsolver said it best, “kids don’t stay with you if you do it right. It’s the one job where, the better you are, the more surely you won’t be needed in the long run.” And that is what moms fear the most. 

So, at this time of the year, we thank God for mothers. We attempt to make up for making their lives unbearable.  And if we think back far enough, we can remember looking up from her arms and seeing the light of heaven in that beautiful face. 

Or, as Samuel Taylor Coleridge said it, “The love of a mother is the veil of a softer light between the heart and the heavenly Father.”

Be careful of those police scams … and goodbye to all 

by Jim Breen


Solication of funds to help support fictitious law enforcement organizations is on the rise in Leisure World.

Joanne Hawn of Mutual 7 and another anonymous resident received a two-page letter from the California Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund seeking donations for its localized Seal Beach fund.

Thoughtfully, Craig W. Floyd, founding CEO of the organization, enclosed a free sticker for his intended victims to display proudly after making a donation.

The theme of the drive is to “stand up for law enforcement officers and back the men and women in blue so that they know that you are on your side of those who keep us safe.”

Mrs. Hawn is not against helping authentic law enforcement groups, just not that one.


For most of us, retirement is inevitable. So after nearly 18 years at LW Weekly, formerly the Golden Rain News, it’s time to say goodbye to spend the rest of my days with wife, Amanda, four siblings and seven grandchildren.

For the most part, it  will end a career in journalism dating back 56 years to my first newspaper job at the North Hollywood Valley Times.

On my first week on the job, the biggest news story of my life occurred on Nov. 22, 1963, when I was part of the localized coverage of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy.

Since then I have covered sports, business and finance and local news and spent time in corporate and agency public relations.

I always enjoyed writing about a local community, and where better to do that than in this tight-knit community of Leisure World.

It began for me here in 2001 when I was given the responsibility of writing this column, still titled “Watch Your Step.”

The only way it could have been done is with the help of you, the residents who call, write and mail your scam attempts on a regular basis.

In closing, my thanks to our team, headed by Nataly Chigireva along with Ruth Osborn, Cathie Merz,  Steve “The Good One” Bannon, Karen McElwain, Sylvia King and Katya Lukina.

As my friend Rabbi Galit-Levy Slater of HaLev said this week in her farewell:

 “In Yiddish, we say, ‘“Gey guzundte hey!”’ (Go in good health!)

Remember When

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

April 19, 1979 – Harbir “Bill” Narang became connected with Leisure World when First Columbia, the company he was employed by, became affiliated with the J.L. Moyer Company. First Columbia was a property management firm with projects in 17 states.

April 22, 1999 – The Physical Property Department will move from above the Amphitheater, and the Recreation Department will move from the Administration Building. Both will be on the second floor of Clubhouse 5. The Computer Club, Video Producers Club and Fitness Center will be on the first floor.

April 20, 1989 – A picture in The News showed Otis Martin of Mutual 2 with his collection of miniature model cars, engines and trucks to be displayed at the LW library. 

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

Perspectives Policy

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

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

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

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

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


Dog policies in Leisure World

by Victor Rocha

security services director 

Dogs are an important and welcomed family addition to many residents in Leisure World. However, it is important that those residents with animal family members review their Mutual’s policy regarding all pets (this may be found on the Leisure World Seal Beach website, www.lwsb.com.) 

In regards to Security, the two biggest complaints received in the Security Office in regards to dogs are:

• Owners not picking up dog waste.

• Barking dogs causing a noise issue at any time of the day or night when a resident is not home.

Be respectful of your neighbors and pick up after your dog and dispose of the waste immediately, and monitor the noise level your dog.

As a reminder, we ask all residents to advise their family and friends that visitors are not allowed to bring non-resident pets into Leisure World. 

If you have any questions, contact the Security Department at 431-6586, ext. 375.

Importance of voting in Mutual elections 

Election season is in full swing at Leisure World Seal Beach – but we need your help to make sure that we meet quorum. Voting is a fundamental right afforded to all shareholders so that you can influence the success of your investment. Cast your ballots now – it’s your chance to have your voice heard. If you are a shareholder of Mutual 2, Mutual 3, Mutual 7, Mutual 9, Mutual 10 or Mutual 15, your Mutual is having an opportunity drawing for all those that submit their ballots – reach out to your Board of Directors for additional details. 

Voting instructions are included on the ballot sent by Accurate Voting Services. If you have misplaced your ballot, or if you would like to request a proxy form, reach out to Courtney Knapp, election specialist, at (562) 431-6586, ext. 400, or courtneyk@lwsb.com for assistance. If your Mutual does not meet quorum, the Board can elect to extend the meeting date to a later time, in order to obtain the necessary votes.


May 2, 2019, Clubhouse 4

The regular monthly meeting of the Presidents’ Council of Seal Beach Leisure World was convened at 9 a.m. by President Jackie Dunagan on May 2, in Clubhouse 4, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

The following is a recap of the May 2, 2019, Council meeting:

• The regular monthly Council meeting minutes of April 4, 2019, were approved by general consent of the Council as printed.

• Kathy Rapp, GRF representative, discussed the Management Services Review Committee. Extensive reviews of departments have been completed, and a final review will take place on May 7, 2019, at 1 p.m. in Conference Room B. All are invited to attend.

• Julie Rodgers addressed concerns of what the typical waiting time is for delivery of parts, what contributes to the extended lead time, and what purchasing carries in stock for repair parts if needed.

• Randy Ankeny, executive director, discussed Policy 40-3326-1 – Purchasing Warehouse Guidelines for Inventory and Non-Inventory Purchases, this policy will be addressed at the May 28, 2019, GRF Monthly Board Meeting.

• The Council had no Unfinished Business to discuss 

•The Regular Presidents

Frequently asked questions about annual meetings, elections

by Courtney Knapp 

election specialist

The 2019 annual meeting season begins next week as Mutuals Ten, Fourteen and Seven hold the first annual meetings of the season. The fever-pitch of activity will continue for the next seven weeks as all sixteen mutuals and the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) host their annual meetings.  

The annual meeting and election season begins in February and concludes at the end of June. There are often many questions about this time of the year and why these activities are important. 

What is an annual meeting and how is it different from a regular board meeting?

The mutual corporations and the GRF are required to have annual meetings in order to report to the membership their activities during the past year. Directors read reports concerning finances, infrastructure, accomplishments, and goals for the future. An annual meeting is similar to a State of the Union speech as directors are limited to presenting reports whereas business is conducted at board meetings.

Who can attend annual meetings?

Shareholders/owners are encouraged to attend their mutual annual meeting (see schedule below). All Foundation members are encouraged to attend the GRF Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 11, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in Clubhouse Four.

Are the elections and annual meetings held on the same day?

The ballot counting for your mutual’s election will be conducted at the annual meeting. The ballot counting for the GRF election will be conducted at a special GRF Board meeting at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 in Clubhouse Four, one week before the GRF Annual Meeting. 

How often are elections conducted?

The mutual boards of directors are elected annually. The GRF has elections every year but elects directors from even-numbered mutuals in even-numbered years and directors from odd-numbered mutuals in odd-numbered years. 

How many ballots will I receive?

Depending on your mutual, you may receive one or two ballots. Shareholders in mutuals 1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 15 and 17 are scheduled to receive two different ballots this season: a yellow ballot to elect your Mutual board of directors and a blue ballot to elect your GRF director(s). Shareholders in mutuals 2, 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 are scheduled to receive one mutual ballot.  

Should I separate the voting-portion of the ballot before mailing it in the envelope provided?

No, please return the full legal-sized ballot in the envelopes provided. Don’t forget to sign the outside return envelope!

Has my ballot been mailed?

Half the mutual ballots have already been mailed to households in Leisure World Seal Beach. Check the election schedule (below) to see when the mutual ballots were mailed. The GRF ballots were mailed May 2, 2019.

There are three people who live in my unit; do we each receive a ballot?

One ballot is mailed to each unit on file. The unit represents one share of stock/voting power. Per Mutual bylaws, if there are multiple owners of one membership (unit) in the corporation, despite the multiplicity of owners, they shall jointly have only one vote. 

My mutual ballot has a bylaw amendment; why should I vote to amend the bylaws?

More than half the mutual corporations have placed a proposed bylaw amendment on the ballot. The amendment includes, among other things, addressing cumulative voting, removing FHA provisions, and including provisions regarding the Open Meeting Act. The amendment was prepared by your Mutual’s legal counsel. Read the amendment information enclosed before casting your yes or no vote on the front of the ballot. 

Can I use a proxy or designate someone to vote on my behalf?

Proxies are not permissible in GRF elections but, depending on your Mutual’s election policy, proxies may be used in Mutual elections. To ensure the ballot’s integrity, ballot envelopes must be signed by the shareholder member connected to that household. Contact your Mutual Board of Directors for further information. 

Are write-in candidates permitted?

Foundation bylaws do not permit write-in candidates for GRF directors. However, there is a space on most mutual ballots for write-in candidates. For the vote to be properly cast for the write-in candidate, that candidate must be nominated at the annual meeting (called ‘nominated from the floor’) and must be present to accept the nomination.

My mail is forwarded to a post office box or an address outside the community. Will my ballot be forwarded to me?

No, the majority of the Mutual corporations prohibit forwarding of ballots to outside locations. As the voting rights are tied to the unit, ballots are all mailed to the units. Mutual Seventeen homeowners with outside addresses will receive a ballot at their mailing address. A replacement ballot can be mailed to you at the address of your choice. Call Accurate Voting Services toll free at (833) 861-6352 to request a replacement ballot. 

The candidates on my ballot are running unopposed; why should I vote?

Your participation in the election process is critical for the operation of this community. Every vote counts! Additionally, the return of your properly cast ballot ensures that your Mutual will obtain the necessary number of votes to produce the annual meeting and counting of ballots. 

I don’t know the candidates running for my mutual’s board of directors; why should I vote?

Read the candidate Statement of Qualifications (often referred to as a resume or biography) included with the ballot for information. Ask candidates questions on topics that are important to you. Attend meet-the-candidates events. Ask your friends and neighbors their opinion.

If you decide you still do not want to cast your votes for any of the mutual candidates, you are still strongly encouraged to check the box labeled “abstain from voting – ballot counted for quorum only” portion of the ballot. This lets you participate in the election process by returning a properly cast ballot. 

Some of the Mutual Candidate Statements of Qualification (resumes) were not included in my ballot packet. Why?

Mutual Board candidates are encouraged but not required to provide a Statement of Qualifications when they run for the Board. Policy 5025-30, GRF Election Procedures, requires GRF Board candidates to provide Statements of Qualification. 

I’ve heard a quorum is necessary before the ballots can be counted. What is a quorum?

A quorum is the minimum number of members that must be present to make mutual annual meeting proceedings valid. In the case of elections, your participation in the voting process, i.e. your properly cast ballot, counts as your attendance. Depending on the Mutual, a quorum of at least one-third (1/3) of the mutual corporation membership or at least a majority (more than 50%) of the eligible shareholders is required before the mutual ballots can be counted. 

I lost my ballot OR can’t remember if I mailed my ballot. What do I do?

Call Accurate Voting Services toll free at (833) 861-6352 to have a replacement ballot mailed to you or to confirm if your ballot was received. Once your ballot is cast, it is irrevocable. 

Where do I mail the ballot?

The yellow and blue mailing envelopes are postage-paid and pre-addressed to the Inspector of Elections, Accurate Voting Services, Inc., P.O. Box 6117, Laguna Niguel, CA 92607-6117. Drop the ballot in a U.S. Mailbox as soon as possible. Your ballot must be received before 12:00 noon on the business day BEFORE the annual meeting. You may also hand deliver your ballot to Clubhouse Four on the day of the annual meeting. See instructions on your ballot for further information. Don’t forget to sign the outside return envelope! 

I still have questions about annual meetings and elections. Who can help me?

Contact Belinda Meacham, stock transfer manager, at 431-6586, ext. 346, or belindam@lwsb.com, or Courtney Knapp, election specialist, at 431-6586, ext. 400, or courtneyk@lwsb.com for assistance.

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, May 9 Mutual 12

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, May 10 Mutual 3

Administration 9 a.m.

Wednesday May 15 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, May 15 Annual Meeting Mutual 10

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Thursday, May 16 Mutual 2

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 16 Annual Meeting Mutual 14

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Friday, May 17 Annual Meeting Mutual 7

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m. 

Friday, May 17 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, May 20 Mutual 15

Administration 1 p.m. 

Tuesday, May 21 Mutual 14

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22 Annual Meeting Mutual 4

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m. 

Wednesday, May 22 Annual Meeting Mutual 16

Administration 2 p.m. 

Thursday, May 23 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 23 Annual Meeting Mutual 11

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Friday, May 24 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Friday, May 24 Annual Meeting Mutual 9

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 28 Annual Meeting Mutual 8

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Mutuals 4, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 canceled regular meetings in May.

GRF Committee Meetings 

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

Thursday, May 9 Communications Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, May 10 Executive Committee 

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, May 13 Mutual Administration Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, May 17 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, May 20 Finance Committee

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 21 Information Technology Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22 Architectural Design Review Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 23 Service Maintenance Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m. 

Friday, May 24 Facilities and Amenities Review Ad Hoc

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 6 p.m.

GOP Club

Future candidate is guest May 15

The LW Republican Club is will have Amy West, candidate for a city council seat in the  Westminister election in 2020, as its guest speaker on May 15 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

The GOP club president met Amy at a protest in front of a Planned Parenthood clinic and invited her to come and speak. This will be an opportunity for members to hear a young Republican candidate and see what future leaders look like.  Members will find out what Amy thinks about issues and her values.  

As the next election season nears, this meeting will introduce what candidates need to be successful.


New board announced, seated

Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club, the members immediately began planning for the upcoming year at the new boards initial meeting on April 30. The discussion ranged from adopting new policies and procedures to approving plans for a number of special events in the coming months, including club participation in the Orange County Fair Democratic Party voter registration booth. 

Anyone who wants to participate should contact Mary Tromp at 412-0898. Volunteers for three-hour shifts will receive a free day-pass to the fair. Board members also agreed to host debate watching “parties” during the Democratic Presidential Candidates Debates on June 26, July 30 and 31. 

Newly elected members of the board are Assistant Treasurer Marylee Thomsen, Secretary Alyce Lubs, Nominating Committee Chair Bruce Anderson, Credentials and Membership Committee Chair Loni Gardette, Advocacy Information Committee Chair Pat Kruger, Publicity Committee Chair Joan Smith and Community Involvement Committee Chair Martha Warner. These newly elected persons are joining continuing board members President Mary Tromp, Treasurer Kathy Moran, who also assumes the role of vice president, Hospitality Committee Chair JoAnn Englund, Special Events Committee Chair Clara Wise, Member at Large Dolores Volpe and Immediate Past President Mary Larson, who also serves as chair of the Program Committee. President Tromp, with the Board’s approval, appointed Betty Kobata as a board member-at-large in charge of the club’s calling committee, and Rachel Lehmberg as co-chair of the Hospitality Committee. Tromp also appointed Kathy Moran as her alternate to the Orange County Central Committee, the governing body of the Democratic Party in Orange County, and Clara Wise as a member of the year-round nominating committee.

The Lunch Bunch will meet Wednesday, May 22, at Denny’s on Westminster at 11 a.m. Learn more about the club and its activities and get acquainted with new friends. Call (203) 520-4050 for reservations.

The next club general membership meeting is Wednesday, May 29, at noon in Clubhouse 4. Members will discuss the revival of efforts on behalf of the Equal Rights Amendment, led by LWer Mariann Klinger.  On April 30, the House Judicial Sub-Committee held its first hearing on the amendment in 36 years. Come early with your “brown bag” lunch for informal round table discussions before the formal meeting.

The club’s annual fundraiser brunch on Saturday, July 13, will be catered by Country Gardens. Net proceeds will supporting the club’s voter outreach. As a part of the program, the Democrat of the Year designation will be awarded.


The following carport cleaning day will be adjusted due to the upcoming holiday: 

Memorial Day, Monday,  May 27

Mutual 10, Carports 117-121  will be cleaned on Friday, May 31.

Health and Fitness

Health Classes and Clubs

Ageless Grace

An eight-week chair-based exercise program addressing 21 specific aging factors is held at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The exercises are practiced in a chair. Drop in anytime for $5 per session or pay $30 for all eight sessions. For more information, call Pam Turner, (760) 560-8161.

Chair Exercise

Classes are from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 1. Classes are people at all fitness levels. For more information, call 493-7063.

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; $3 per class; all fitness levels welcome. For more information, call Cathleen Walters at 598-9149.

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

Classes are from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 6, top floor; $4 per class by the month or $5 for occasional drop-ins. For more information, call Marion Higgins at 296-8328.

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, 304-0880.

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

Qigong practice sessions are held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. QiGong practitoner Dave Heilig instructs.  


Chair classes are from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6; $5 per class. Instruction includes seated and standing exercises. Mat classes are Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Bring a mat. All other equipment will be provided. For more information, call Susan Hopewell, 430-6044, or Linda Neer, 430-3214. 

Qigong, Tai Chi Club

Qigong and tai chi classes to increase mobility and balance are at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Beginners welcome. For more information, call Joann Mullens at 596-3936.

Yoga, Beginning

Classes are 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; $5 per class. For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

Classes are from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Paul Pridanonda instructs. For more information, call 430-7143.

Yoga, Monday

Classes are from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, Section C; $5  per class. For more information, call Pat Castaneda at 225-0273.


Classes are at 10 a.m., Tuesdays, in the Clubhouse 4 lobby; at 10 a.m., Thursdays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1; and at 10 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2; $5 per class. For more information, call Connie Adkins at 506-5063.

HCC Talk

Dr. Greg Kimura,who specializes in advanced care, will  lead a class on how to protect your health care decisions at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 13, at the Health Care Center Conference Room 1. All residents are welcome.

“We all have our own preferences for receiving care,” Dr. Kimura said. “But we don’t always think about telling others.”

“The problem is when you can’t tell people your preferences, due to an unexpected health issue. That is when families struggle with a decision.”

The class includes the basics on documenting your choices: how to decide what’s right for you, who else to involve, and when to update choices. 

“Most importantly, this class is about starting the conversation,” Dr. Kimura said. “It’s a conversation we should all have with our loved ones.”

Senior Meals

Seal Beach Community Services, in cooperation with Community Senior Serv, offers a 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 at 11:15 a.m. Reservations are not needed. Suggested donation: $3 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079.

Monday, May 13: Grilled chicken breast with chipotle barbecue sauce, pinto beans, flour tortilla, Mexican corn and zucchini mix, orange juice, diet custard.

Tuesday, May 14: Beef meatballs with Swedish sauce on egg noodles, beet and orange salad, fruited gelatin.

 Wednesday, May 15: Homemade Mexican corn soup with salt-free crackers, chicken torta (shredded chicken, pinto beans, lettuce, tomato), French roll, melon.

Thursday,  May 16: White fish with sweet and sour sauce, green beans, brown rice, wheat bread with Promise,  tropical fruit mix.

Friday, May 17: Turkey pot roast with brown gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli, diet cake.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., delivers freshly prepared meals to homebound and active Leisure World shareholders. The discounted daily fee of $8.25 includes a hot dinner, lunch, dessert and low-fat milk. Meals are delivered weekdays between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. For more information, call Caron Adler at 433-0232.

Monday,  May 13: Beef stew with potatoes, onions and celery, carrots, biscuit, pear with mango, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, creamy coleslaw.

Tuesday,  May 14:  Smothered pork in a mushroom sauce, au gratin potatoes, zucchini medley, carrot cake, chopped chicken pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onions, garbanzo beans and feta cheese.

 Wednesday, May 15: Turkey tetrazzini, biscuit, green beans with pimentos, peaches and strawberries with yogurt, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and pickle, tri- color cole slaw.

Thursday, May 16: Beef lasagna, dinner roll, mixed vegetables, fresh plum or peach, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, beet salad with onions.

Friday, May 17: Barbecue  chicken leg and thigh, mashed sweet potatoes, peas and carrots, chocolate pudding, turkey and ham Cobb salad with egg, tomato, bacon with blue cheese dressing, crackersdressing and crackers.


Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev’s Torah reading week will be “K’doshim,” Leviticus 19:15-20:27, which  focuses on holiness.  

The Parashah stands at the physical center of the five Books of Moses, and contains one of the most inspiring passages in the Torah: “You shall be holy, for I, your God, am holy.”

 Women figure prominently, with laws of protection for mothers, daughters, wives and slaves, who are in vulnerable positions. It also allows women unique avenues of holiness, something that was not allowed in other cultures at that time.

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

Shabbat Ma’ariv (evening) services are at 6 and Saturday morning services are at 10:30.

In addition to the Sabbath services, Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater  conducts a short weekday Ma’ariv service on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on SimShalom.com. It includes a Torah reading, a D’var Torah, a prayer for healing and the Mourners Kaddish. A beginners Hebrew class is held Wednesdays. To learn Prayerbook Hebrew or Modern (conversational) Hebrew, contact the Rabbi at 715-0888 or duets@icloud.com for more information.

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold Friday night services at 7 on May 10 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, led by Rabbi Rachel Axelrad.

Carol Levine will  discuss her recent trip to Israel and describe life on the West Bank surrounded by Arab towns. An Oneg shabbat featuring falafel will follow services.

All are invited to Saturday services at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 with Rabbi Axelrad.

A potluck dairy lunch will follow services at noon. During lunch the Rabbi will discuss this week’s Torah portion.

The Lag B’Omer picnic will be held on May 19 at 11 a.m. in the picnic area near Clubhouse 1.

The short story book club will meet on Tuesday, May 21, at 1:30 p.m. at the home of Mort and Helene Goldberg. “For Whom the Shofar Blows” will be discussed.

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

Assembly of God

“Triple Ripple for Daily Discipleship” is the overall theme for  visiting pastor Dan Wilderman Sunday while Assembly of God Pastors Sam and Pat Pawlak are ministering in Poland.  

Members meet at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. A prayer meeting at 10 a.m. will precede the morning service.

Pastor Wilderman will use Scripture from Luke and Romans for his message, “Prayer According to Jesus.” 

Mothers in the congregation will be honored, and church family news will be announced.   Denise Smith will lead the worship songs.

Pastor Wilderman studied at Westmont College, earning a bachelor’s of science degree from Drake University. He and his wife, Carolinda, have pastored churches in California and Illinois.

Many people at Assembly of God are friends of the Wildermans, who were the first full-time senior adult ministry directors in the nation.

There will be no hymn sing on Mother’s Day since many people will be spending the day with their families.

On Wednesday, May 15, Norma Ballinger will continue teaching from the book of Psalms at the 10 a.m. Bible study in Clubhouse  3, Room 7.  

All are welcome.

Faith Christian

Celebrate Mother’s Day at Faith Christian Assembly during the 10:30 a.m. service. 

Invite family to the special occasion where all mothers will be honored.

Pastor Sheri Leming will deliver a special message. 

Join members and invite a friend.

There will be no evening service.

To say that mothers are important is more than an understatement. 

They shape and have great influence on our lives.  

Abraham Lincoln once said,  “I remember my mother’s prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life.”  

George Washington once remarked, “My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. 

“All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my success in life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her.”   

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room. The Grief-Share group meets at 2 p.m. on Fridays, same location.

Pastor Leming teaches Bible study at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Garden Room.

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

Community Church

Community Church prioritizes and encourages the sense of family within the congregation. 

Each Sunday after worship, coffee and fellowship connect friends, old and new. 

 On Sunday, May 12, the team, along with Sandy Walker, will serve an old-fashioned Mother’s Day tea with sandwiches and refreshments.

People are asked to bring a favorite photo of their mothers for display and wear something that belonged to her (jewelry, scarf, sweater, etc.).  

Coffee is served in Edgar Hall. All are welcome.

Worship services begin at 9:50 a.m. Pastor Johan Dodge will provide the second message of the Season of Easter series, titled “Expect the Unexpected.”  

The Scripture lesson is John, 10:22-30. Mary Granger is the lay liturgist. 

HCC Celebration

A Yom Ha’Atzmaut community celebration of Israel is planned at 5:30 p.m. today, Thursday, at the Alpert Jewish Community Center in Long Beach.  

Bus pick-up for Leisure World residents will be at 4 p.m. at Clubhouse 4.

 All are invited to join the celebration of Israel’s Independence Day. 

An Israeli-style vegetarian dinner will be available for purchase.

There is no cost to attend, but the dinner is $10 per person.

To attend, contact Leisure World resident Dr. Susan Mathieu at 426-7601, ext.1721 or smathieu@alpertjcc.org.

For more information, call Dr.  Mathieu at (310) 995- 8237.

Redeemer Lutheran

Pastor Lisa Rotchford will lead the Mother’s Day worship service at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Sunday, May 12.  

Her message is titled “The Lord is Our Shepherd,” based on Psalm 23 and Jesus’ image as a shepherd guiding followers in every way.

The Sunday worship begins at 10:30 a.m.

All are welcome for coffee and treats in Fellowship Hall following the service.

In keeping with Mother’s Day tradition, flowers will be distributed to all women in the congregation. 

Terry Durham will be the greeter and Maria Swift, the usher.  

Redeemer’s Outreach to the wider community continues with the Ingathering of Food on the second Sunday of the month.

Those who attend are requested to bring a non-perishable item for distribution to those in need in the community.


The Wednesday Bible class will meet on May 15 in Fellowship Hall from 10:30-11:30 a.m. under the leadership of Pastor Lynda Elmer. Members are currently studying Paul’s letter to the Romans.  All are welcome.


The Navigating through Grief group, led by Chaplain David Berg, meets at 10-11 a.m. today in the upstairs conference room.


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

For more information on the congregation and activities, log on to www.redeemerlutheransealbeach.com.


LW Baptist Church

Leisure World Baptist Church will honor mothers on Sunday in Clubhouse 4. 

Sunday school is scheduled from 8:40-9:10 a.m. 

Then gather with friends at the round table for coffee and refreshments until the morning worship service begins at 9:45.

All will sing “He is Lord” as the Call to Worship.

Soloist Magda Bellis will sing  “Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know,” inspired by Philippians Chapter 2, Verse 9. 

Under the direction of Darlene Harris, the choir will present “Spirit Song.” 

Congregational hymns include “All Hail the Power of Jesus Name,” “Come Thou Almighty King” and “Whiter Than Snow.”

Pianist Yvonne Leon will play the offertory.

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s morning message will be “Abraham’s Righteouness and Ours by Faith.”

The closing hymn will be “My Sins are Blotted Out.”

The prayer room, attended by friends from the congregation, will be open following the service. 

On Monday, May 13, the Women’s Bible Study and worship group will meet at 10:10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

On Wednesday, May 15, the Energizers will meet for study and fellowship at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. For more information, call 430-2920.

—Joan Shramek

Holy Family Catholic

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the Fourth Sunday of Easter May 12. The First Reading is Acts 13:14, 43-52, followed by the Responsorial Psalm: 100:1-2, 3, 5; Second Reading: Revelations 7:9, 14B-17; Alleluia: John 10:14; and the Gospel: John  10:27-3.

The Anointing of the Sick Sacrament will be held during 8:30 a.m. Mass on Saturday, May 11. It can be received by baptized Catholics awaiting  major surgery, the chronically ill and elderly. 

A sacrament is an outward sign established by Jesus Christ to confer inward grace. 

It is a rite that is performed to convey God’s grace to the recipient, through the power of the Holy Spirit. 

A spiritual bouquet for all mothers, living and deceased, will be  available at a Novena of  Masses from May 12-20. It will offered for all mothers whose names are submitted through the envelopes in the pews.   

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

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

A Bible study group meets from 10-11 a.m. on Tuesdays at the Parish rectory; all are invited.

The Women and Men of Grace Prayer Group meets from 10:30- 11:45 a.m., Wednesdays, at the rectory.

The Rosary and Divine Mercy is planned at 3 p.m., Mondays and Thursdays, at the church.

For more information, including the weekly bulletin, visit www.holyfamilysb.com.

LW Korean Community Church

The Leisure World Korean Community Church, led by Senior Pastor Yong Jang Young, holds a Sunday worship service at noon each week in the main hall at Leisure World Community Church, 14000 Church Place.

Early services begin at 6 a.m., Tuesdays-Saturdays. 

Many members participate in the early morning worships to pray for peace in the communal-society. 

On Sunday, May 26, Pastor Sun Tae Kim, director of the Korean Siloam Eye Hospital, will give a sermon. 

Last year, LWKCC hosted a charity concert to raise funds for eye surgeries for the blind.

Proceeds from the concert  benefitted 25 patients.

This year, it will participate in a similar charity concert hosted by Dong Yang Missionary Church. 

The concert will be held on Sunday, Oct. 27, in the sanctuary.  All are invited to attend.

The concert will feature several Korean choirs and orchestras in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church will  honor all mothers and grandmothers this weekend at the Saturday and Sunday services. 

Earlier this month, the church  honored mothers-to-be by donating to Focus on the Family’s “Operation Ultrasound.” 

The program provides free ultrasounds to all women awaiting the birth of their child and  grants to qualifying pregnancy medical clinics for 80 percent of the cost of an ultrasound machine or sonography training for  medical personnel.

The Hospitality Room opening at 4:30 p.m on Saturday, followed by the service at 5:15 p.m. 

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

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

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

Margaret Humes will lead the hymns, “In The Garden,” “No One Ever Cared For Me Like Jesus” and “Redeemed.”

The Communion hymn will be “Jesus Paid It All.”

The church choir, under the direction of Anita Ragole, will sing “Faith of Our Mothers.”

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

For the offertory, Pastor Bruce  Humes and his wife, Margaret, will sing, “Nothing is too Difficult for Thee” and “What a Mighty God We Serve.”

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will sing, “I’d Rather Have Jesus”, followed by Ann Davis, who will read from the Book of Acts 16:14-15.

Pastor Gene’s Mother’s Day message will be “Faith In The Home” based on Acts 16:14-15. 

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

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

Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions. 

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

Arts and Leisure

Dance Classes and Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•Joyful Line Dance Club: Get exercise and learn line dances from 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.  Members dance to popular favorites at the beginning and learn newer dances in the last hour; $2 per class; Justin Manalad is the instructor. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

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

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

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

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

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: Bolero is taught from 9-10 a.m.; quick step, 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.

LW Orchestra Summer Concert

The LW Orchestra will present its spring concert at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 23, in Clubhouse 4 (this is a change for the usual Saturday afternoon show). Admission is free. 

The orchestra will perform the music of the masters: Handel, Richard Rogers, Brahms, Breval, Bach, Gershwin, Schubert, Offenbach, Chopin, Hoagy Carmichael and others.

The 30-plus piece orchestra has a big sound and full of wonderful harmony. Pianist Esther Chun, who is also the club’s vice president, will be showcased in “Little” Rhapsody in Blue,” a piece made famous by the Paul Whitman Orchestra in the 1920s. It turned out to be a wonderful crossover between classical and jazz. 

In a much different vein, the orchestra will feature Baroque music from the 1500s-1600s with selections from Francois Couperin, Henry Purcell and Michael Praetorius. 

After the concert there will be refreshments and a chance to mingle with orchestra members and Conductor Rae Boeving. 

The orchestra is always trying to improve its musical balance and could use some new members, especially brass players.  Contact Fred Reker, (615) 898-0669, if you have played a musical instrument in the past and want to revive your skill. Players can help people regain their proficiency. 

Community Karaoke

You can never celebrate too many birthdays—especially in Leisure World. Last week, Vito Villomar donated sub sandwiches and ice cream cups to his Community Karaoke friends in honor of his birthday. Julie Nulad and friends had fun serving these treats to  the group. 

Several times the line dancers got on their feet to the tunes of Vito Villomar, Culley Eaby, Martin Rosendaal and Wayne Urban. “Mockingbird Hill” was a nice duet done by Myrrha and Ren Villanueva. Karen Morris did a rockin’ Elvis number. Eva Doroia did well with “Hero.” Byong Choi sang a smooth “Anything That’s Part of You.” Tony, Pete and Tino Tupas are family members with pleasant singing voices.  

Audrey McKenzie had fun singing her song from “old England”—“The Last Farewell.” Some popular, well-known hits were nicely done by Gwen Preston, Bev Adams, Donna Burr, Ric Dizon, Carolyn Mottola, Anna Le and Bob Barnum.  

It was a full house for the Wednesday night karaoke party starting at 5:30 p.m. More than 30 performers entertained and enjoyed hot coffee and treats. Everyone is welcome.

Coin Club

The Leisure World Coin Club will meet May 8 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1:30 p.m. Member and coin expert Andy Kmita will discuss commemorative coins. 

These are coins issued by the U.S. Mint and private mints recognizing special events and public figures important to the nation’s history, not intended for circulation, but for collectors. 

A good example are the Olympic coins issued for fund raising purposes. Andy will tell members how to pick the winners from all of the coins issued every year. The meeting is open to all Leisure World residents and anyone interested in coins is welcome.

Lapidary Luncheon

The Lapidary Club will hold a luncheon to honor members who have been routinely volunteering for the many day-to-day tasks necessary to run the club. The luncheon will be held May 29 at 11 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. Members and their friends who plan to attend are encouraged to sign up in Lapidary Clubhouse 4. Cost is $10 per member and $15 for non-members.

Club lockers need to be cleared out

In anticipation of improving resources in GRF amenities, all lockers currently held by clubs, organizations and Mutuals must be emptied of all contents in the near future. Only those in Clubhouse 4 are required be cleared immediately. A new locker system will be installed there soon, and lockers must be vacated and cleaned out  by May 24. 

Groups are asked to contact Consuelo Reyes in the Recreation Department at 431-6586, ext. 279, to confirm the locker has been emptied and whether they want to continue having locker service. 

Lockers will be unavailable for 4-6 weeks.

Other clubs should start looking for new storage because the lockers in all the clubhouses will eventually be ungraded. 

Notice will be provided in the LW Weekly and via LW Live, GRF’s email alert system.  

GRF Movie

“The Happy Prince,” rated R, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 12, at Clubhouse 4. This is the untold story of the last days of Oscar Wilde.  As he lays on his deathbed in Paris, memories of his life come to him in flashes. He recounts his fame in London and how he fell from grace in the same city. He looks back at his past lovers including his wife, his affair with a lord, and the love of someone who tried saving him in the end.

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. 

Helen 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.

LW Art League Meeting

The Leisure World Art League is proud to host a demonstration by one of Southern California’s most acclaimed watercolorists, Moira Hahn, on the evening of Tuesday, May 14.

The monthly meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4 and, as always, people who want to attend are encouraged to arrive early to get good seats. The Art League demos continue to draw a large turnout from the community.  

Hahn’s demonstration promises to be entertaining and educational, and people will surely be impressed by her amazing talent at using brilliant colors as well as by the extent to which she draws on diverse cultural themes in her work. 

Moira is descended from artists on both sides of the family. Her father’s parents met in a landscape painting class in upstate New York. Despite naming her for a famous British ballerina, her parents encouraged her from an early age to pursue her interest in drawing. 

Hahn received her BFA in Drawing and Painting at the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) in Baltimore, through which she took advantage of a mobility program to attend California College of Arts and Crafts (now California College of the Arts) in Oakland. Ms. Hahn later studied printmaking at Otis Art Institute, and other art curricula at California State University, Fullerton, where she earned an MFA in 2000.

In her 20s, Moira studied experimental animation at CalArts in Valencia with Jules Engel, and later worked in the animation industry and illustrated books and magazines for The Pushpin Group, an artists’ agency in New York. She also studied Japanese art in Hawaii and Japan for several years in the 1980s, and later taught studio art at colleges and universities in Southern California.

In Asian art, she’s been inspired by Persian miniatures, Tibetan Thanka paintings, Japanese Ukiyo-e prints, Indian animal drawings and Chinese guardian figures. In Western art, the documentary art of Explorer/Scientist painters including Martin Johnson Heade, John James Audubon and Karl Bodmer has informed her work. Ms. Hahn has also traveled throughout the Southwest to study petroglyphs, pictographs and Native American visual culture.

Contemporary artists Moira admires include Hilary Brace, Henry Darger, Daniel Du Plessis, Tim Hawkinson, Jess, William Kentridge, Tom Knechtel, Sarah Perry, Ken Price, Hisashi Tenmyouya and Thomas Woodruff. 

Moira has exhibited her fine art throughout the U.S., with several shows in Japan and Canada, for over two decades.  In addition, she has done several paintings and illustrations for Time Magazine and other publications, including a cover for Time’s International Edition.

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

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

Good Times Roll Concert

Dust off those Hippie peace signs and beads. Don your most colorful t-shirt from the sixties and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the rock concert known as “Woodstock” in Clubhouse 2 on Saturday, May 18.

The Let the Good Times Roll Club will present a selection of songs sung by some of the 32 artists who performed during the three-day Woodstock festival in 1969. The show and dance will be held in Clubhouse 2 with the doors opening at 5:30 and the show starting at 6 p.m.

The club members have chosen songs celebrating the music of the Woodstock era. Some of the 32 different artists who appeared at the event were Joan Baez, Sha Na Na, Credence Clearwater Revival, Janis Joplin, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Jefferson Airplane, and Joe Cocker. Many of the songs were of the folk song genre and contained the messages of peace and freedom.

Performers include Diane Reed, Tosca Lies, Bev Adams, Lu DeSantis, Susan Kelleghan, Ray Grierman ,Josie DelPino, Sally Glauser, Connie Ferrand, announcer Jackie Hilderbrant and Frank Destra. 

The Ben Berg Rhythm Rockers will provide rock and roll music for dancing to complete the nights performance.   

The club will furnish snacks, ice, cups and water. There is no admission and guests are welcome to bring their own beverages. “Join us for a fun evening of music and dancing and meeting friends,” invites Frank Destra, club president.

Genealogy Club

The Genealogy Club offers themed workshops on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Library in Clubhouse 3, Room 10.

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

• May 9: Ancestry.Com 101, Learn how to use Ancestry Part II (Bring questions)

• May 16: Ancestry.Com 101 Learn how to use Ancestry Part III (Bring questions)

• May 23: How to Use Google & Google Alerts for Genealogy Research

• May 30: Daughters of the American Revolution: Are you eligible?

The genealogy library is staffed every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m. Visitors are welcome to take a tour of the library and learn what the club has to offer.

Community Sing

Leisure World residents are invited to come to the Community Sing next Monday, May 13, in the lobby of Clubhouse  at 6:30 p.m. People interested in being part of the Opening Acts are encouraged to come at 6 p.m. to sign in with the emcee of the evening, Leila Claudio. Bring music for the pianist as needed. Leila will lead group singing until she introduces her half-time guest, singer and guitarist Andre duSomme. 

On April 29, Nancy Maggio was the emcee. Opening Acts began with Clarence Hoffman singing “The Great Speckled Bird,” followed by a duet with Nancy Maggio and Ethel Carter, “Little April Shower.”;  Byong Choi, “When I Dream”; Bruce DuPont, “I’ve Been to Town” (a capella); Vito Villamor, “South of the Border” and ending with Nancy Maggio, “I Found You Just in Time” (a capella). Pianist Pat Kogok accompanied four of the Opening Acts.

Nancy led the audience in group singing until 7:15 when she introduced the half-time guest, popular soprano singer, Anita Ragole and her accompanist, Pat Kogok. Anita performed three numbers:  “Mary, Did You Know?”; “Autumn Leaves” and “His Eye is on the Sparrow.”   

The audience cheered and applauded loudly in appreciation of Anita’s singing skills and her enthusiasm.

Nancy then wrapped up with another session of group singing and joined the audience in singing, “Kumbaya” to end the musical evening.

Many thanks to pianist, Pat Kogok, who did triple duty playing for Opening Acts, the group singing and for the half-time guest. Also, thanks to Vito Villamor for book transporting.    

Andy will tell members how to pick the winners from all of the coins issued every year. The meeting is open to all Leisure World residents and anyone interested in coins is welcome.

Y Service Pancake Breakfast

The Y Service Club pancake breakfast will be held May 18 from 8-10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 2. A hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee and tea is one the menu. Tickets are $5. Proceeds help fund the Kids-to-Camp program, among others.

Joyful Line Dance Club

Justin Manalad, the new dance instructor for Joyful Line Dance taught his first class on May 1 in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. He taught  fun line dances, which will be mostly for beginners to intermediate with some occasional low intermediate level dances. 

All are welcome to come and have fun.

He started with “Achy Breaky Heart New Style,” “Ah Si,” “Bahama Mama,” “Balikbayan Slide” and more. 

Justin has been teaching ballroom and line dance since 2000.                           He has over 60 songs he would like to teach the group. 

Dancers should sign their names and provide mutual and unit numbers in keeping with a new GRF new policy. 

Joyful Line Dance meets from 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. There is a $2 fee for the 90-minutes class.

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

Glass Fusion Class

The Lapidary and Jewery Club is offering the class “Introduction to Glass Fusion” from 9:30 a.m.-noon on Monday, May 13, in the Lapidary Room of Clubhouse 4.

This class will give instructions on the basics of glass fusion with the opportunity to create various designs. 

Students with prior experience can expand their skills in glass cutting and shaping to create more intricate designs. 

Materials provided include the glass to make two three-inch or four-inch squares and decorative glass pieces for designs. A materials fee of $10 is payable at the class. 

Fused pieces may be picked up the following day. Sign up in the Lapidary Room; limit 6 students per class.

GRF Weekly Dance

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

The Robin Fellows Group will play 1940s-60s ballroom and pop dance music May 11. Hal Willis of the Robin Fellows Group says, “Robin Fellows performed worldwide on major cruise lines as a headliner doing shows that featured her singing and playing several instruments. 

“Her group is made up of musicians who have worked in the recording industry and performed at Disneyland, the Hollywood Bowl and many more.  We look forward to playing dance music from the 40s, 50s and 60s.”

The group will take song requests and loves to interact with the audience.

The Recreation Department asks residents and their guests attending the GRF Saturday Dances in Clubhouse 1 to cooperate in adhering to a few, simple rules:

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

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

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

Opera Club

Everyone is invited to come and watch “L’heure Espagnole” in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, on Monday, May 13, at 1:30 p.m.

This work composed by Maurice Ravel is in the humorous style of opera buffa or opera-comique. It concerns a clockmaker whose task is to wind the municipal clocks in Toledo—a task which requires him to leave his shop for a full hour to make the appointed rounds.  

During his absence, his wife, Concepcion, likes to receive the attentions of a bevy of men, namely a poet and a banker to while away her time and her boredom.  

However, on this one day, a muleteer stops by for a repair of his timepiece and is told by the clock maker he must wait an hour for his return.  To ensure her privacy, Concepcion asks the muleteer to transport a heavy clock upstairs to her bedroom, but when he returns too soon, she changes her request asking him to carry another clock (with the poet hidden inside) to her bedroom.  Also she asks the banker to enclose himself in yet a third clock which is destined to be delivered upstairs.  

Of course, the muleteer catches on to the hi-jinks and audience enjoys a surprise before all five singers take a bow for their entertaining musical tale.

The opera is sung is French with English subtitles. Room 2 is open at 1 p.m. (but not before). No dues or fees are collected. For further information,  ontact Beverly Emus, LW Opera Club president, at 296-5596 or bemus@socal.rr.com.

Photo Arts Contest

All photo club members and Leisure World residents are invited to enter the Photo Arts Club Photo Contest. Prizes will be awarded; first place wins $100; second, $50; and third,  $25. 

Non-members will pay a $10 entry fee.

In keeping with subject matter covered in current club meetings, the photo for entry into the contest must be a creative portrait of one individual. This might be a spouse, a neighbor, a friend, adult or child. A portrait is defined as a “head and shoulders” image from the top of the head to no-lower than the waist. Landscapes, travel pictures, or snapshots will not be accepted.

All entries must be submitted at the June 13 meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 9,  at 1:30 p.m. Entry format shall be a minimum print size of 8×10 and no larger than 11×14 mounted on a 16×20 mount board. Photos must be recent creations. A “model release” may be required for publication of the winning photographs in the LW Weekly.

For specific instruction on lighting, camera techniques and modeling the subject, come to the  photo club meeting today, May 9, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 1:30 p.m. to learn how to create award winning portraits.  For more information, call 430-7978.  

Everyone is welcome.



104-year-old spent many years living abroad

Marge Novak’s fulfilled, illustrious, unique and adventurous life began as Marguerite M. Sailer in Helena, Montana, on June 20, 1915. She grew up in Helena and received her nursing degree in 1938. 

She met Joseph “Joe” Novak and they were married in 1940. They settled for a few years in Butte, Montana, where their first child, Joan, was born in 1942, just before Joe joined the U.S. Army Air Force. 

He served as a navigator on a B-24 bomber in the European Theater. 

After the war, he earned a mining engineering degree and they had two more children, Jean in 1946 and Stephen in 1948.

Then their lives really took an unorthodox, challenging and adventurous turn. Joe took a position as a mining engineer with Anaconda Copper Mining Co., in the Atacama Desert, a very remote part of northern Chile. During this time, following World War II, most Americans were settling in suburbs throughout the U.S. 

Their fourth child, Mary, was born in Chile a few months after they arrived in 1953.

Life for Marge, Joe, and their four children was a courageous undertaking, and a pioneering experience in Chile for the next 18 years.

They spent their yearly vacations traveling around the United States visiting family and friends. They made frequent trips to other parts of South and Central America and enjoyed traveling throughout Europe.

Marge was an accomplished seamstress, making most of her outfits and clothes for her daughters. She also was very adept at knitting and crocheting.

Marge developed a keen interest in bridge and other card games. She enjoyed golf and gardening. They built a homemade smoker and grill to cook and smoke various cuts of meat and homemade sausages.

Marge taught Catechism to the children in the community in preparation to receive their First Communion and Confirmation. She was also a Camp Fire Girls leader. 

Joe and Marge loved going to the beach during long weekends. They started out setting up a tent on a sandy beach in Northern Chile. Later, along with a few other families from the mining community, they built small beach homes on a beautiful and isolated part of the Northern Chilean coast. Marge specialized in making homemade cinnamon rolls and Cornish pasties, while Joe harvested bounties of shellfish for all to enjoy.

In 1971, after the new president, Salvador Allende, nationalized all foreign enterprise in Chile, Marge and Joe transferred, through Anaconda, to British Columbia, Canada, to work and enjoy life on the Howe Sound. They bought a boat and cruised with family and friends to Vancouver Island, set crab pots, fished for ling cod and trolled for salmon. It was a very special time for them.

Joe’s job then took them to Western Australia and the Philippines before retiring to Stockton, California, in 1978.

In Stockton, Marge promptly volunteered at the Cardiac Rehab Center at St. Joseph’s Hospital.

Marge and Joe signed up for the “Swim for Health Program” at San Joaquin Delta College and kept in shape by swimming three times a week and walking two miles every day for close to two decades.

Marge volunteered at the Seifert Center, a senior center. She was an avid bridge player at the center. 

Early in 1997, they moved into their current home in Leisure World. 

Marge joined knitting, travel and garden clubs.

She took courses at the Braille Institute when she became sight impaired, but never gave up on activities she enjoyed doing so much. 

She still goes to the gym at least three times a week. She has listened to over 2,900 Braille books, and has recorded each and every one in her log book.

Sadly, Joe died in 2011 and is buried at Riverside National Cemetery. Marge visits him, with her children, at every opportunity.

She still loves to travel, visiting her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She never passes up an invitation to go on an outing. This passion and zeal for life has kept her very much alive. 

Her positive attitude and quest to exercise has made her “the ever ready battery bunny”; she keeps “going and going and going!” 

Great for you Marge, Mom and Gommie, from all who are so close to you and love you; our steadfast, loving and true Matriarch.


Tickets available to see ‘Phantom’

The Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Segerstrom Center for the Arts, will host a matinee performance of “The Phantom of the Opera” on Thursday, July 11, at 2 p.m.

Tickets to the performance are $72, including transportation and gratuity. Accessible seating may be available upon request, but cannot be guaranteed.

The Segerstrom Center for the Arts describes the production as a “brilliant reinvention is dazzling and haunting, with epic scenes and an unforgettable score.” 

Cameron MacKintosh’s spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “The Phantom of the Opera” makes a triumphant return to Orange County as part of its North American Tour. Critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before.” 

The beloved story and thrilling score with songs like “Music of the Night,” “All I Ask Of You,” and “Masquerade” will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.

For more information, contact the Recreation Office at 431-6586 ext. 326 or email events@lwsb.com.

Special Olympics

LWers invited to games as Honored Guests

Special Olympics, Southern California, invites all Leisure World residents to come to the Summer Games on Saturday, June 8, at California State University, Long Beach, as an Honored Guest. Enjoy an uplifting, personal and up close experience with athletes, volunteers and staff members that make up the Special Olympics. 

Honored Guests will be escorted to the Opening Ceremonies and then to the sports venues to watch the athletes compete with spirit and bravery. Cheer for the athletes from the stands and enjoy their excitement when they win their medals. You may be one of the lucky LW residents chosen to join the athletes at the awards stand to place the winning medal around their necks.

LWers Gene Vesely, Michael Chang, Margaret Humes and Behroze Irani were Honored Guests at last year’s games and could not say enough about the wonderful experiences they had. 

“It was awesome,” said Vesely. “So high energy, you get caught up in it.”

Gene and Michael attended the summer games at Long Beach State, while Margaret and Behroze attended the fall games in Fountain Valley.

Michael said that the experience is “rewarding and made me feel so good.”

Honored Guests receive reserved seating at the opening ceremonies, a tour of the sports venues and festival and free breakfast. 

This event requires a lot of walking from venue to venue. Be sure to bring water, hats and sunscreen. 

Upon arrival, the Honored Guests were escorted into the volunteers area where they were offered “as much food as we could eat,” said Michael. 

After filling up on goodies, Honored Guests attended the Opening Ceremonies and watched the arrival of the torch and parade athletes.

“You can feel the energy,” says Margaret.

Then it was on to the games. 

Margaret was first introduced to the games when her son participated in them when he was 9.

Behroze was first exposed to Special Olympics while working at Kaiser Permanente, a sponsor of the World Games. “It is just a rewarding experience,” she said.

A free shuttle from LW to CSULB will be provided on Saturday. Admission is free. Free parking is also available in the parking structure and lots located off Atherton Street next to the Pyramid.

To take part in the special experience, email events@lwsb.com, or call 431-6586, ext. 326.


Hospitality volunteers sought

Monday-Friday of each week, the Golden Age Foundation sponsors the Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 between the hours of 9-11 a.m. Coffee, tea and cookies are served to residents who drop by after their morning walk, bike ride or just for sociability. New residents are especially urged to come, make friends and be welcomed by the Golden Age Foundation hostesses who staff this project.

GAF needs substitutes and regular volunteers to help with this service for guests. A friendly attitude is the only requirement — male and female applicants are welcome. Call Carl Kennedy, (661) 810-9410, and leave a message.


Depression, anxiety is topic

Dr. John Timberlake will focus on depression and anxiety in seniors at the Sunshine Club tomorrow, May 10, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

Dr. Timberlake is a licensed clinical psychologist and provides private therapy services in Los Alamitos. He is well-versed in treating adults and seniors with a variety of clinical diagnoses, and has effectively treated persons experiencing difficulties with major life changes. 

About one-in-four seniors will experience a mental health concern that needs treatment at some point. The most common, depression and anxiety, are not just a normal part of growing older. Additionally, depression and anxiety can be triggered by common chronic medical conditions that older people often experience, such as diabetes, chronic pain, Parkinson’s disease, arthritis, cancer, heart attack or stroke. Older adults are more likely to improve their medical condition if mental health is properly managed.   

Dr. Timberlake is a Medicare provider and his area of expertise is seniors 55-plus. 

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

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

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

Jax’s Bicycles took 34 bikes to be repaired

Golden Age Foundation hosts Jax Bike Shop service on the first Wednesday of the month in the Clubhouse 6 parking. This service helps shareholders who don’t have way to get their bicycles serviced.

Dave Hanson is in Leisure World from 1-4 p.m. with his bicycle expertise and tools to provide minor adjustments/repairs on site for free. 

Dave provides residents with a quote for bikes requiring extensive repair/service and takes the bikes back to his shop to fix. He brings the bikes back on “Drop Off” day, which is three weeks after the pickup date.

Dave looked at 34 bikes on May 1 and took 18 bikes to the shop for service. He will bring them back for pick-up on Wednesday, May 22, at the Clubhouse 6 parking lot.

For information, call Dave Hansen at 421-4646.

PEO card party, lunch is on May 22

The PEO will host its card party and luncheon on Wednesday, May 22, in Clubhouse 2 at 11:45 p.m.

Everyone in Leisure World is invited. The cost is $12 for lunch and games. Call Jan Krehbiel, 431-8240,  with any questions or to make or change reservations by May 18.

Participants do not need to be a member of PEO to play.


Multi-carport sale is May 23

Mutual 9 is planning a multi-carport sale on Thursday, May 23. For more information and reservations, call 431-4796.


Rose Marie Baker drops glasses in the Lions Club eyeglass collection box that was recently moved back to the Health Care Center near the optometry office. The Lions Clubs International’s Lions Recycle for Sight program collects, sorts and distributes donations of used eyeglasses to people in need in developing countries. Used eyeglasses collected in community collection boxes are delivered to Lions Eyeglass Recycling Centers for sorting and distribution.


Live concert will be given by pianist today, CH 4

The Korean-American Classic Music Academy will meet today, May 9, at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 4 for a class featuring the works of Franz Schubert and Hector Berlioz. The lessons will be followed by a live piano concert by Aria Chung.

Ken Chong will present Schubert’s string quintet, “II-Adagio” and Berlioz’s “Grandes messe des Morts, II-Dies Irae” and “Le Carnaval Romain, Ouverture Caractéristique.”

The piano performance, arranged by Grace Kim and Robert Chung, will include “Prelude in C Major” by J.S. Bach; “Moonlight Sonata 2nd mov.” and “Fur Elese” by L.V. Beethoven; “Ah, vous dirai-je maman” by W.A. Mozart; “Traumerei” by R. Schumann; “Fantasie Impromtu op. 66” by  F. Chopin; and “Widmung (Dedication)” by R. Scgumann

Aria Chung (aka Jungkang Hahn) graduated from Ehwa Girl’s High School and Ehwa Woman’s University in Seoul, S. Korea, majoring the piano. She continued the study at Manhattan School of Music, New York. She performed many piano recitals and has been invited by major symphony orchestras in the U.S. and S. Korea. Her husband was a professor of music at University of California, Davis, and composer and symphony orchestra conductor as well. Both of them returned to Korea as the professors of music at Daejun Baptist University and founded the university symphony orchestra. They served the homeless people, prisoners, patients in hospital and residents in nursing facilities, bearing witness to personal faith until her husband passed away.

The class is conducted in Korean. The objective of the KACMA is to promote fellowship through interpretation and appreciation of classical music, including symphonies and operas and by attending concerts.

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


Bingo canceled Sunday, CH 2

Bingo games hosted by the Gadabouts on May 8 are canceled due to Mother’s Day.

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

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


Computer class schedule announced

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

• Monday, May 13, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

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

Noon – iPhone Magic – Tips and Shortcuts (Fernandez)

• Monday, May 20, Clubhouse 6, Room B

11 a.m. – Computer Questions (computers, iPhones, iPads, etc (Fernandez)

Noon – How to Set Up Google Calendar (Fernandez)

• Monday, May 20

No class, Memorial Day 

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 jfsacks@gmail.com.


May 14 is pickle time

The Schmooze Club invites Leisure Worlders and guests to participate in its popular annual Kosher Pickle Event on Tuesday, May 14, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The cost at the door to cover supplies is $5 per container. 

RSVP to Darlene Rose 347-8088, voice mail or text, by Friday, May 10. Each participant will prepare dill pickles to take home for themselves or to give as a gift.

This fun event is held each year when pickling cucumbers are at their best and is led by Rabbi Shmuel Marcus aka “Rabbi Pickle.” He provides all the supplies and containers with a lively, educational, step-by-step presentation.

The event begins with sign-in, refreshments and “schmoozing” (socializing), which includes honoring the Chabad of Poway with a tribute to Lori Gilbert Kay, who was killed during the shooting at the end of Passover, and those including Rabbi Goldstein who bravely protected as many children and congregants as possible despite being wounded themselves. 

Call Darlene for further information on how to help.


Pizza party set for June 5, noon

The Italian-American Club celebrated Mother’s Day on May 1 with a tea. It was lovely and attendance exceeded expectations. Thank you to all for attending and relaying such heartfelt appreciation. It was a loving presentation to all the beautiful ladies of Leisure World. 

Next month, Wednesday, June 5, the Italian-American Club will meet in Clubhouse 4 at noon for a pizza party. There will be a choice of three pizza toppings, so get reservations and preferences in soon. The cost is $5 for members, $8 for non-members. 

Call Sunny Beech at 355-2918 for more information. No tickets will be sold at the door. 

Nikkei Club will eat pizza, play bingo

Nikkei Club members and friends who would like pizza for lunch and to play bingo are invited Saturday, May 18, in Clubhouse 4 from 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.   The cost is $5 per person to cover the cost of pizza and prizes for the bingo games. Members and guests who want pizza should let a member of  the phone committee know ahead of the lunch date so that plenty of pizza is ordered.  

Other dishes, salads, side dishes and desserts are welcome and appreciated.

Lunch is at noon.

To order pizza, call Kazuko Monobe, 280-4916; Alberta Karch, 296-5567; or  Midori Shroyer, 430-4586. 

One bingo card per game is  free, additional cards are $1.


On the Go

Day Trips 

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

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

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

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

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

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

Cathedral Cultural Center, Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel Exhibit – Thursday, May 30, $50, Holy Family Parish, 430-8170

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

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

L.A. Opera, “La Traviata” – Sunday, June 16, $33 ticket lottery, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326 

Plaza Mexico, La Huasteca Restaurant – Sunday, June 23, $30, American Latino Club, Carmen Edwards, 431-4257

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

Harrah’s Rincon – Thursday-Monday, no Tuesdays or Wednesdays, 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 

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

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

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

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

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


Learn about Monarch butterfly migration May 15

The Traveling Tigers will meet on May 15 at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 for a potluck lunch, meeting and presentation.

The guest speaker will tdiscuss one of the most astounding natural events to occur in North America—the Monarch Butterfly migration. 

She watched in awe as millions of Monarchs congregated in a forest in the volcanic mountains of central Mexico, the completion of their 3,000 mile migration. 

They approached the ridge of the forest and entered a grove of evergreen trees. The air was very still on this mountaintop in Mexico’s central highlands. 

From a distance, the trunks and branches of the trees appear to be blanketed with rusty, autumn leaves. A closer look reveals that they are quivering. And then, as the sun emerges from behind a cloud to warm the air, tens of thousands of Monarch butterflies take to the sky in a flutter of orange—so many butterflies that she could hear the beating of their wings, which glow translucent orange and are backlit by the magnificent, blue sky. The Monarchs even floated down to alight on her hat and shoulders.

To attend the program come at 1:15 p.m. 

For information, call Susan Shaver, 795-9151.

Pala trip is on May 30

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

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

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

Call Gail Levitt, 596-1346, for reservations.


Trip set to Sistine Chapel Exhibit

Holy Family Church will escort a parish field trip on Thursday, May 30, to the Cathedral Cultural Center to see an exhibit of 34 of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes. Everyone is invited.

Tickets, $50 per person, include entrance, motor coach bus service and lunch at Hometown Buffet Restaurant.

The trip departs at 10 a.m. from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot.

Included in the exhibit are the iconic “The Creation of Man” and the “Last Judgement.” 

Purchase tickets as soon as possible at the parish office or by calling 430-8170.


Enjoy trip for lunch, mariachis

The American Latino Club will escort a trip to Plaza Mexico, on Sunday, June 23 for lunch at La Huasteca Restaurant and shopping afterward. 

The cost is $30 for members, non-members, $40 each and includes transportation, buffet, drink and Mariachi entertainment.

The departure from LW will be from Clubhouse 4, at 10 a.m. returning to LW at 3 p.m. the same day.

Call Carmen Edwards, 431-4257, for reservations. Payment is by check, addressed to the American Latino Club.

The Bowers Guo Pei exhibit enthralls LWers

by Leila Claudio

LW contributor 

We were supposed to go for appetizers for Jane Haass’ birthday celebration, but the weather was gloomy, and it rained the previous night, preventing us from walking at the El Dorado Nature Center. So Jane suggested that we go see Guo Pei’s couture collection at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana. 

Boy, what a revelation.

Guo Pei grew up in China during the Cultural Revolution when everyone dressed in gray jackets and pajama style pants. Her grandmother used to tell her of colorful dresses of silk and intricate floral embroidery worn by her generation.

Her creations mix modern fashion with Asian influences, utilizing ancient myths of dragons and Phoenix-like beasts, Buddhist and Christian forms, a gown that evokes the era of Queen Elizabeth I of England. Her clothes are made of silk and taffeta, embroidered with gold or silver thread, sequins, feathers and Swarovski crystals that have taken thousands of hours by skilled embroiderers. Even the undersides of the dresses were masterpieces of engineering design.

I couldn’t believe the ingenuity of each dress following another, complete with high platform shoes (court shoes worn by Chinese imperial women), neck, ear and headwear.

By the time Jane and I finished going over the show to our hearts’ content, I was stunned into immobility. I had to mentally digest what I had seen. If I live to be 1,000, I don’t think I’ll ever see anything so glorious, magical and unique as the genius of Guo Pei’s designs.

Bowers Museum

Guo Pei: Couture Beyond through July 14, showcases the iconic work of world renowned couturière designer Guo Pei. Featuring more than 40 breathtaking pieces from her most bold runway shows.

Bowers Museum, 2002 N. Main St., Santa Ana. Hours: 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. Admission, Tuesday-Friday, adult/child 12-17 years and seniors $13/10, Saturday and Sunday, $15/12, special exhibit surcharge varies.


Tickets for ‘La Traviata’ will be distributed through lottery drawing

The Recreation Department, in conjunction with the L.A. Opera will host a matinee performance of Verdi’s La Traviata on Sunday, June 16.

Tickets to the performance are normally $105, not including transportation, however the GRF Recreation Department has been able to secure tickets with transportation for only $33 per person. Since only 38 tickets were made available for this bargain, the Recreation Department will hold a lottery. 

Those who want to go may submit their names, phone numbers, Mutual and apartment numbers to the Recreation Department to enter. If going as a couple, both names must be submitted as one unit. The drawing will be held on May 15, and winners notified by phone. Due to the limited number of tickets, only GRF members may enter the lottery.

Experience the glamour and romance of Verdi’s essential opera in the L.A. Opera production.

 Running time: approximately two hours and 55 minutes, including two intermissions.

For more information, contact the Recreation Office at 431-6586, ext. 326, or email events@lwsb.com.


Tickets on sale to see Angles vs A’s

The Recreation Department is planning the second of three Leisure World Days at Angel Stadium for residents and their guests during the 2019 baseball season. The Angels will take on the Oakland Athletics on June 27 at 7:07. Interested parties should come to the Recreation Office, located in Building 5, lower level to make their purchase. The first game sold out quickly, so don’t put it off.

The Recreation Department opted to choose this game over the Reds, which was originally published, to take advantage of the free giveaway of Mike Trout Cooler Backpacks.

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

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

For more information, contact the Recreation Coordinator at 431-6586 ext. 326 or email events@lwsb.com.

LW RV Club spring picnic is May 21

The Leisure World RV Club will have its spring picnic on Tuesday, May 21,  at 5 p.m. in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area.  Hamburgers and hot dogs with all the condiments, plates and flatware, etc. will be provided by the club.  Members are asked to being a salad or dessert.  The general meeting will follow at 6 p.m.

All residents are welcome.  New members are welcome; dues $10 per year per RV. The club meets in Clubhouse 4 on the third Tuesday of the month from January-April and October-December. 


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.


In Memoriam 

Diana Polsky 78

Terry Mills 66

Julia Sabate 78

Octavio Castillo 88

Dolores Kerr 90

Eugene Richards 86

Patricia Hobelman 83

Frances Henke 95

Edward Tichy 81

Raymond Hokans 77

Annette Resnik 96

Bernard Berlyn 89

Timothy Carey 70

Guadalupe Gomez 84

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary

Sport & Games


GRF Olympic medalists determined in tournament

The final games of the inaugural bocce tournament were played on April 28 to determine the medal winners in the LW Olympics competition. 

Congratulations to gold medal winners Roger and Carolyn Bennett from the Tuesday league who won two games against their highly motivated competitors to win the gold. 

Coming in second place and winning the silver medal were Richard “Red” Ryals and Milly Larsen from the Thursday league. And in the race for the third place bronze medal Dennis Jensen and Tommy Vu from the Sunday league narrowly pulled out the win to beat Robert Berry and Terry Thrift also from the Sunday league.

Winners will receive their respective medals in the LW Olympics Medal Ceremony sponsored by GRF on Wednesday, June 5, at 11 a.m. in Clubhouse 2. All bocce players are encouraged to attend the ceremony to congratulate and support their friends. Medal winners from the other LW sports clubs will also be receiving medals.

Over 50 people gathered around the bocce court to watch and cheer on the four teams as they competed for the medals. 

Bocce, a new sport in Leisure World, has become a favorite game of many LW residents and participation is growing. Bocce is an easy game to learn, exciting to play, and suitable for all ages and skill levels. Currently there are several players in their 80s and a few players who overcome physical challenges to play each week. The one thing they all have in common is their love of the game and the social connections they’ve made.

Upcoming plans for bocce include a seven-week round robin tournament beginning the week of May 19 and culminating in early July. 

The Sunday league will continue to play from 1-3:30 p.m.; Tuesday games are played from 10 a.m. -12:30 p.m.; and Thursday from 3-5:30 p.m. at the bocce court in Mission Park behind Clubhouse 2. 

Ten teams are signed up to play in each league, an increase of six new two person teams, evidence of the popularity of the game.

Bocce organizers Dennis and Diane Jensen, Gene Vesely, Joy Kolesky, Tommy Vu and Behroze Irani offer coaching and game strategy for all those interested in learning the game or who want to improve their skills. Clinics are scheduled Sunday, May 5, 1-3 p.m.; Tuesdays, May 7 and 14, from 10 a.m. – noon; and Thursdays, May 9 and 16, from 3-5 p.m.

Practice and coaching is open to all LW residents. If you are new to the game this is an ideal time to come out and try it for yourself. 

A one day tournament is currently being organized for Saturday, June 15, and is primarily for first time bocce players or people who are unable to commit to a weekly tournament schedule.

Cards and Games Scoreboard 

Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners May 4:  Joan Taylor, 13,610; Gayle Colden; 11,540; Tami Reupert; 10,730; Jim Kaspar, 10,580. Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433. 

–Bert Sellers


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners: May 4: N/S — Bud Parish-Joan Tschirki; Dalia Hernandez-Joyce Henderson; Alan Olschwang-Linda Nye; Russ Gray-Mark Singer.  E/W—Judy Jones-Al Appel; Howard Smith-Fred Reker; Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson; Chie Wickham-Mike Nielson. May 3: N/S—Jane Reid-Bob Mault; Al Appel-Joan Tschirki: Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz; Mark Singer – Judy Carter-Johnson; Sylvia Kaprelyan-George Alemshah.  E/W—Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson; Howard Smith-Dorothy Favre; Jeanette Estill-Ann Croul; Ellen Kice-Russ Gray.  The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 at 12:15 pm. For information on how to join, call or text Fred Reker at (615)898-0669. The next special event is Friday, May 17, the club championship. 

– Fred Reker


Y-Yahtzee Club winners May 3: Most Yahtzees , Susie Ralston and Doris Dack, 3. Highest Score: Joanne Lester,1488. Door Prize: Kathy Rose.  The club meets on the first and third Friday of each month from 12:30-4 p.m.  in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. All Leisure World residents are welcome to join in the fun.  If you have a question or want a Yahtzee lesson prior to joining, call Kathy at 596-7237. 

–Kathy Rose


Friendly Pinochle Club winners May 2: Marilyn Allred, 14,610; Peg Kaspar, 11,610; Margaret Smith, 11,420; Irene Perkins, 11,100. The club meets on Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call (310) 968-9509.

–Bert Sellers


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club winners in the game on May 2, were: N/S: First in Strat A, B and C: Bill Dilks-Barbara Wallace; second in Strat A: Sibyl Smith-Judy Carter-Johnson; third in Strat A: Betty Jackson-Judy Jones; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Winnie Warga-John Hagman; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Joan and Ted Wieber; fourth in Strat B: Bettyanne Houts-Annette Sincock; second in Strat C: Stan Johnson-Louise Seifert. E/W: First in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-LaVonne McQuilkin; second in Strat A: Alan Olschwang-Kiyo Nagaishi; third in Strat A, first in Strat B: Nancy Lichter-Julie Mills; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Chie Wickham-Shirley Knopf; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Fred Reker-Russ Gray; second in Strat C: Midge Dunagan-Jane Gibbons. Winners on April 29, were: N/S: First in Strat A with a whopping 74.6% game: Bill Linskey-Gary Paugh; second in Strat A, first in Strat B: Kay Hyland-Jane Reid; third in Strat A: Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz; fourth in Strat A: Betty Jackson-Larry Slutsky; fifth in Strat A: Karen Johnston-Norma Krueger; second in Strat B: Mike Ullman-Fay Beckerman; third in Strat B: Ted Wieber-George Alemshah; fourth in Strat B: Judy Carter-Johnson-Bea Aron; first in Strat C: Russ Gray-Sylvia Kaprelyan; second in Strat C: Ron Yaffee-Nikki Stept. E/W: First in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; second in Strat A, first in Strat B: Howard Smith-Sue Boswell; third in Strat A: Fern Dunbar-Rob Preece; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Hank Dunbar-Katharine Seibert; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B, first in Strat C: Louise Seifert; second in Strat C: Jan Klein-Mark Singer.  Reservations are requested to play in the Monday and Thursday afternoon games 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, no later than 10:30 a.m. on day of game, at hbsharonb@gmail.com. To cancel a reservation on game day or to report running late, call (636)579-1357 between noon-1 p.m.  It’s time to form teams for the annual “8 is Enough” team tournament game on Monday, May 20. Up-to-date master points and entry forms are available at the Monday and Thursday games. For more information contact Ted Wieber at 596-8861 or tjw2453969@aol.com.

– Gene Yaffee


Monday Bridge Club winners May 6: Nancy Meader, Jan Craven and Emily Moubassaly. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Pauline Fitzsimmons at 296-8363.

– Pauline Fitzsimmons


Fun Time Pinochle Club winners May 6: Joan Taylor, 13,040; Amy Kasuyama, 13,000; Marilyn Allred, 11,690; Richard Van Wasshnova, 10,480. The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at 240-5416. 

 –Bert Sellers

ladies golf club 

Mulligans was tourney challenge

Thirty members of the Ladies Golf Club played in a fifth Tuesday Tournament Challenge on Mulligans on April 30. 

Flight winners:

A: Low gross: Devora Kim, 27.  Low net: Bert Thompson, 22. 

B: Low gross: Mary Park, 30. Low net: Sun Lee, 23. 

C: Low gross: Tie between Keiko Sekino and Cecilia Han, 33. Low net: Sue Yokomi, 25. 

D: Low gross: Tie between Donna Cooper and Dorothy Favre, 36. Low net:  Ev Scherber, 22.

Low gross winners were paid  $10 and low net winners received $6 each.

The next Fifth Tuesday Tournament will be on July 30.

cribbage club 

Bob Berry tops in scoring at 834

Bob Berry led the way in Cribbage Club play on May 1 at Clubhouse 1.

He was followed by Silvia Clinton, 832; Jean Wilson, Dave LaCasia and Bob Marselle, tied at 826 and Evelyn Ingram, 825.  

Ethel Freitas had six games of 121.  

Patti Smith celebrated a birthday by providing members with chocolate cake and vanilla ice cream.  

Marcy Locy brought popcorn.  Patti Smith and Margaret Smith served. 

Members meet at noon on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 1. Play usually ends by 3:30. Residents are invited to join the club, there’s always room for more. Partners are not required. 

Players are requested to arrive by  noon to be assured of a table. 

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

– Bobbie Straley


Standings remain static after 24 weeks

The 2018/2019 Shuffleboard Club’s league play continued into Week 24 on May 3. The standings did not change and it’s still competitive at the top. Only six more weeks until the champions are crowned and it’s still neck and neck.

This week the Classics and Puckmasters tied again 9-9. All game winner for Classics was Bill Hamilton. All game winner for Puckmasters was John Gustaves.

Girl Power beat the Sliders 11-7. All game winner for Girl Power was Milly Larsen.

Currently the Puck Masters are alone in first place with 16-1/2 points; The Classics close behind in second with 15-1/2; Sliders are in third with 8-1/2 points and Girl Power trailing with 7-1/2 points.

Next league game, week 25, is May 10 at the Clubhouse 1 Courts with The Classics versus Girl Power and Puck Masters versus Sliders. 

The next last Friday luncheon is May 31, after league play.

For those who want to join or try out the game, practices during League play are at 10 a.m., Monday and Wednesday, at the shuffleboard courts behind Clubhouse 1. Call president Carrie Kistner (949)300-0285 for information.

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 2:00-6:30 p.m. on Fridays in CH-3, Room 7.      Beginners are welcome for free lesson.


Solution to this week’s puzzle: Bg2 The white Bishop moves from f1 to g2. Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.