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New Year, New Laws

New 2019 California laws will raise the minimum age to buy a rifle, determine custody of a pet during divorce and make life easier for home cooks.  These are among the hundreds of new California state laws that went into effect on Jan. 1. Here are a few of the ones that people may immediately notice:

• AB 1884: Plastic Straws

Plastic straws are going the way of plastic bags. Dine-in restaurants in the state will be prohibited from giving out single-use plastic straws unless they are requested by a customer. Businesses that don’t comply will be fined $25 a day and up to $300 a year.

• SB 1192: Children’s Meals

Restaurants with children’s meals can no longer offer sugary drinks, such as juice and soda, as the primary choice in their menus. The default option will be milk, water or flavored water with no added sweeteners.

•SB 946: Street Food Vendors

Street vendors will have more freedom to sell food. Cities and counties will not be able to ban sidewalk vendors, but they can set up licensing systems to regulate them. Vendors who violate local laws can only be punished with a fine or citation, not criminal charges.

• SB 1164: Craft Distillers

Craft distillers will be able to operate more like wineries. Starting in 2019, small-batch craft distilleries can sell whiskey, vodka and other spirits directly to customers. Right now, consumers must first take a tour or sign up for a tasting to buy alcohol.

• SB 1138: Vegetarian Meals

There will be more meal options for people in hospitals. Healthcare facilities will now have to offer plant-based meals to patients. 

• AB 626: Home Food Businesses

Anyone who can cook can start a business under this new law. It allows people to sell food they make in their home kitchens to the public. They can also prepare dinners in their homes for paying guests. The home kitchens must undergo food safety inspections. Food must be sold directly to consumers, not as part of a delivery service.

• Minimum Wage

The state minimum wage gets another boost to $11 an hour for people working at companies with 25 or fewer employees, and to $12 an hour for those working at companies with 26 or more employees.

• SB 1252: Work Personnel File

Employees who want to check their employment records will be able to do more than just see them at their human resources office. They will be able to request a personal copy of their employment file.

• SB 826: Women on Board of Directors

Publicly traded companies are being put on notice. They must have at least one woman on their boards of directors by the end of 2019 and two or more women on their board of directors by 2021.

• AB 2274: Divorce and Pets

Judges will be able to decide who gets custody of a family pet during a divorce. The judge will consider factors like who takes care or feeds the pet.

• AB 485: Pet Stores

Pet stores will be prohibited from selling live animals like dogs, cats or rabbits that come from breeders. The animals must be obtained from an animal shelter and the store must post the name of the agency where it got the animal.

• AB 2989: Electric Scooters

Adults 18 or older will be allowed to ride electric scooters without a helmet. The new law also increases the speed limit for scooters from 25 to 35 mph. It would still be illegal to ride a motorized scooter on a sidewalk.

• AB 1755: Bicycling Crashes

Bicyclists could face felony hit-and-run charges if they leave the scene of an accident where someone was injured or died.

• SB 1014: Ride-hailing Vehicles

Uber rides will have to be a cleaner. Ride-hailing companies will have to meet higher emission standards. Companies like Uber and Lyft will have to increase the number of zero-emission vehicles and do more to encourage passengers to pool their rides.

• AB 2886: Ride-hailing Drivers

Ride-hailing apps will be required to provide passengers with the driver’s name, picture, image of the vehicle and license plate number.

• AB 516: License Plates

Auto dealers will now be required to place a temporary license plate on newly purchased vehicles. It is estimated the state loses out on collecting $19 million a year on tolls from recently purchased vehicles that don’t have a license plate.

• SB 1046: DUI Offenders

Repeat and first-time DUI offenders will be required to install an ignition interlock device to prevent a person who has been drinking alcohol from driving a vehicle. The device must be installed for 12 to 48 months to restore driving privileges, but the driver will no longer face restrictions to where they can drive.

 • HOV Lane Decals

Green and white decals that allow low-emission vehicles to use HOV lanes will expire. Vehicles issued green or white decals after January 1, 2017, must apply for a red decal. The DMV will issue purple decals in 2019.

 •SB 1421: Police Officer Records

The new law allows inspection of an officer’s record during investigations of police shootings, use of force, sexual misconduct, dishonesty or misconduct by an officer.

• AB 2020: Cannabis Events

California is loosening its rules on where people can smoke cannabis. Festivals, museums, nightclubs and other venues will be able to host special events where people can purchase and consume cannabis. Currently, only county fairgrounds are allowed to host these special events.

• AB 2215: Pets & Cannabis

Veterinarians will be allowed to discuss the use of cannabis with their clients, but vets will not be allowed to administer cannabis to animals.

• SB 179: Gender of Driver’s License

A person applying for a driver’s license or an identification card can choose a gender category of male, female or non-binary. An appointment is needed to change gender.

• SB 822: Net Neutrality

The new law guarantees equal access to streaming services and websites that require higher bandwidths and prohibits ISPs from exempting their own services from data caps. This is all great for consumers, but it is on hold for now. California has agreed not to enforce the law until a lawsuit challenging the FCC’s decision to reverse Obama era net neutrality rules is resolved in federal court.

• SB 100: Green Energy

Under this new law, public utilities must implement a plan to incorporate renewable energy resources. The goal is to generate 60 percent of the state’s electricity from sources like wind and solar by 2030, and 100 percent from climate-friendly resources by 2045. (SB 100)

• AB 1775 and SB 834: Offshore Oil Production

The law prohibits the California State Lands Commission from approving or renewing leases for the construction of pipelines and docks that could be used to increase the production of oil and natural gas in federal waters.

• AB 1974: High School Diplomas

Public schools can’t withhold high school diplomas for students with past-due bus fares, overdue library books or unpaid uniforms.

• AB 3922: Deported Students

Retroactively grants high school diplomas to seniors who have been deported.

• AB 216: Mail-in Ballots

Election departments must now include a return envelope with prepaid postage for vote-by-mail ballots.

• SB 568: Presidential Primary

Moves up California’s 2020 primary to the first Tuesday in March to have more influence in the presidential primaries.

 •AB 2103: Concealed Weapons

Consumers who want a license to carry a concealed weapon in public must undergo eight hours of firearms training.

• AB 1525: Firearms Warning Labels

Firearms will come with warning labels that state, “Firearms must be handled responsibly and securely stored to prevent access by children and unauthorized users.” The warnings will also be posted at gun stores.

Reward Offered for Christmas hit-and-run

The Golden Rain Foundation is offering a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the hit-and-run driver who struck a Leisure World resident walking across St. Andrews Drive at about 8:35 p.m. on Dec. 25. The victim had just parked his vehicle on southbound St. Andrews Drive just past the speed bump before Golden Rain Road. As he began to walk across the roadway, a southbound car struck the man, who was thrown about 30 feet, according to Security. After a few moments, the vehicle drove around the victim and fled the scene.

The victim, who has not been identified, is in stable condition and expected to survive, according to Security.

Seal Beach police investigators believe the hit-and-run car may have been a Fiat (or similar-sized car). There would be damage on the driver’s side light and bumper. 

Anyone with information is asked to call Security Services Director Victor Rocha at 431-6586, ext. 371. People can leave messages 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Elevator repairs to begin 

The elevator in the GRF Administration building will be out of service beginning Monday, Jan. 7, until a date to be determined in March to undergo essential repairs.

During this time, people who are unable to use the stairs should to go to the Stock Transfer Office on the ground floor of the Administration Building, where the receptionist will help them connect with staff on the second floor.

All public meetings usually held in the Administration Conference Room have been moved to either Conference Room B in Building 5 or to Clubhouse 3.

People can check the calendar or contact Administration or Mutual Administration staff for more information. The GRF apologizes for any inconvenience this may cause. Updates will be publicized in the LW Weekly and via LW Live!.

Food bank, benefits available

Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4. The next food distribution will be Jan. 17.

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

Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,287 a month for one person; $1,736 for a two-person household; $2,184 for a three-person household. To sign up, bring a photo ID, and proof of income (Social Security/SSI Statement or paycheck stub).

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

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

People over 55 who don’t receive SSI will qualify if they meet the following income guidelines: $2,010 per month for one person; $2,708 for a two-person household. Bring an ID, Social Security card, proof of income and rent receipt to apply for food stamps.

Investment Forum

The Investment Forum will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

January’s presentation will be Outlook 2019—Fundamentals: How to Focus on What Really Matters in the Markets.”   

Several factors are weighing on investor sentiment right now, including policy uncertainty regarding trade, weaker oil prices, the path of interest rates and the geopolitical environment. 

Despite these pressures, the fundamental backdrop supporting growth in the economy and corporate profits remain sound, suggesting that this recent market weakness may not lead to a recession in 2019. Market volatility can be alarming for investors, yet a combination of high employment, solid consumer spending, improved trends for business investment and mild inflation should result in a firm, fundamental foundation supporting growth in the economy and corporate profits in the year ahead.

All are welcome to the presentation. Questions and comments are encouraged.     

For over 30 years, the Investment Forum has been committed to informing and educating Leisure World residents by presenting monthly discussions on timely and important financial topics and current economic trends.  The Forum provides information residents  can use to make more informed and effective financial decisions.  Presentations are sponsored by Stratos Wealth Management Group, an independent RIA (Registered Investment Advisor) of LPL Financial.  Presentations are hosted by Larry Pino, CTFA, partner and private wealth advisor. 

Children-A-Priority meets Jan. 3

Children-A-Priority will meet at noon today, Jan. 3, in Clubhouse 4.   Guest speaker Jeanne Reinhardt, RN, will discuss the wide range of benefits provided for children through the Orange County Children and Families Commission.  

LW residents, and CAP members and their guests are welcome to enjoy a catered luncheon for the new price of $12. The price increase was necessary because caterer expenses have gone up.

Also on the agenda is an update on the club’s partnering with local children’s charities and collaborating with resources to help underprivileged  youth.

CAP thanks LW residents and members who gave so generously to the club’s December toy drive for children of deployed soldiers from the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. 

Chris Moore will serve as president in 2019. The club is excited to welcome her enthusiasm and willingness to lead the club into the future. For more information, call (714) 345-5314 or 493-1924.

Pathways volunteers needed

Many people have had to deal with issues related to safety and their sense of vulnerability. This can lead to isolation, which increases the challenges that come with living alone. 

Pathways, a local non-profit that works with clients in Leisure World, is looking for volunteers who want to befriend a neighbor and help them to stay independent in their home. 

A “Friendly Visitor” is someone who visits weekly, giving an hour or two of their time for conversation, social support and/or assistance with errands.  

Pathways will host a one-hour informational session on Jan. 16,  at 10 a.m. in Building 5 (Room C) to go over the organization and share about what it would be like to help someone in the neighborhood feel supported and safe. 

For more information, contact Tammie Ottenad at Pathways 531-3031 or Cynthia Tostado, LCSW, at 431-6586, ext. 317.

Take-Out food available in LW

The GRF Recreation Department sponsors two options a week for takeout dinners that people can order inside Leisure World.

Taco Tuesday, hosted by Koffel’s Food Service, offers a wide variety of diner-style selections at reasonable prices. 

The truck is in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot at 5 p.m. every Tuesday. 

People can take their food to go, eat inside or eat on the patio of Clubhouse 6.

Pizza Thursday starts at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Clubhouse 6. Dominos Pizza is there until 8 p.m. 

Special orders can be called in to 493-2212 between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for pickup at the truck in Leisure World.  

Tea meeting is Jan. 8

The Woman’s Club will have a tea meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Clubhouse 2, at 1:30 p.m. Usually the meeting is held on the first Tuesday of the month, but that date falls on New Year’s Day. 

Performer Anthony Bernasconi will provide high-energy entertainment singing 1950s and 60s rock and roll in addition to rhythm and blues songs. The club’s philanthropic gift for January will be given to the Leisure World Golden Age Foundation. 

All LW women are welcome to join the club. The meetings include a monetary donation to a charitable organization and professional entertainment. Membership is $20 per year. 

CERT study group meets Jan. 4

The CERT study group will meet from 1-3 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 4,  in Clubhouse 5, Room B.

The topic will be a review of light search and rescue from the Community Emergency Response Team book. All CERT-certified responders are welcome.

 Instructors are Eloy Gomez, Phil Mandeville and Midge Bash. 

Finbars Italian Kitchen serves in LW

Naples Rib Company will be on hiatus in January, but Finbars Italian Kitchen will bring dinner service to Leisure World on Monday, Jan. 21. No reservations are required, just stop by Clubhouse 1 between 4:30-6 p.m.

Menu—Jan. 21

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

Aug. 13



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


Spaghetti with Meatball or Sausage, $13

Authentic slow-simmered “Sunday gravy” tomato sauce.

Chicken Parmigiana, $14

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

Poached Salmon, $15

Served with pasta and vegetables or rice

safety First

by Eloy Gomez

Safety and Emergency Coordinator


Walking near a road or intersection can be dangerous. Motorists need to be vigilant of pedestrians, and pedestrians need to be vigilant of motorists. Although drivers have more responsibility under the law when operating a motor vehicle, pedestrians have more at stake. 

Pedestrians must ensure their own safety when

sharing the roadway with vehicles. 

     Traveling on foot along the road requires careful observation, sound judgment and care. 

Walk defensively and be ready for unexpected events. Know what’s going on around you and don’t allow your vision to be blocked by clothing, hats or items you are carrying. 

Most important, never assume you are safe when crossing a street using a crosswalk.  

Walk on the sidewalk whenever possible.

Make youself visible to drivers  and make eye contact with them whenever possible. This is especially important at night, in low-light conditions such as dusk or dawn or in inclement weather.

Wear lightly colored or reflective clothing at night and brightly colored clothing during the day.

Carry a flashlight when walking in the dark.  

Pedestrians should pay attention to the surrounding roadway and the behavior of an approaching driver. Many motorists may be distracted while driving, and often do not consider whether a pedestrian may be in the area.

Pedestrians should be especially careful at intersections, where drivers may fail to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians while turning onto another street. 

Always look left, right, and left again before crossing a street, and keep watching as you cross. Be aware that drivers have differing levels of eyesight and skill in operating motor vehicles.

 If possible, make eye contact with drivers in stopped vehicles to ensure they see you before crossing in front of them. Using the orange flags located at many crosswalks in the community is highly encouraged for improved visibility. 

Cross streets at a corner, using traffic signals where available and crosswalks. Watch the pedestrian signals, not the traffic signal, and follow the “Walk/Don’t Walk” lights.

Look for pedestrian push buttons for crossing protection at signalized intersections. If a crosswalk is unavailable, be sure to cross the road in a well-lit area and wait long enough for gap in traffic.

Use caution when crossing driveways and alley entrances. Drivers may not expect you to be there or see you. 

Parking lots can be as dangerous as streets. Pedestrians should avoid walking through parking lots if possible. It can be difficult for a motorist to see a pedestrian walking behind their vehicle due to blind spots.  

Pedestrians should avoid items or behavior that could cause them to become distracted while traveling next to the roadway, including listening to music with headphones, texting or talking on cellphones, reading while walking or engaging in inappropriate behavior.

For more information on community operations vehicle and pedestrian code 1920.37 visit the LW website at www.lwsb.com click on GRF,  click on GRF polices, click on Policy 1000 series then next scroll down and click on policy 1920.37. 

Letter to the Editor 


Being resilient is one of my New Year’s resolutions. I find it to be very rewarding in my daily life aside from having reliable good friends and associates that make life wonderful.

I enjoy attending the seminars at  St. Mary’s Medical Center in Long Beach and various club meetings in Leisure World. I will take it easy on red meat, sweets, sodium and shortening and eat more  fruit and vegetables. 

Shopping sprees and daily exercise with friends help keep me alert and enthusiastic. I wish everybody’s resolution is to be in the best of health in 2019.

Lisa A. Dickson

Mutual 1

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.

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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.


By Jim Greer, Mutual 11

Leisure World Interfaith Council

Someone once said, “a New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.” 

Let’s face it, most  resolutions are abandoned just weeks after they are adopted. So, before we get any further into 2019 let’s consider some sound advice on how to succeed at keeping our resolutions.

In the Jan. 12 edition of Fast Company, Stephanie Vozza provided seven simple steps to establish and

 achieve reasonable New Year’s resolutions:  

• Focus on goals instead of activities. Activities can change, but goals stay constant. So, stay focused on your goals, and be flexible with the activities that help achieve  goals. 

• The steps to success should be small. Larger goals are best addressed one small step at a time. Rename those small steps “little successes,” and let them bring you closer to the big target. 

• Find a quick win. Select a simple, achievable goal and meet it right out of the gate. Let small victories propel you to greater success throughout the year.

  Educate yourself around your goal. Get to know everything you can about your goal and how to achieve it. The more you know, the less likely you are to fail.

• Fight boredom with variety. Attacking a resolution the same way every day can wear you down. Mix it up. Find more interesting paths to your destination. 

  Change your language. “Modify your statements with gratitude for what already is,” says May McCarthy, author of “The Path to Wealth.” The positivity of acknowledging blessings you have already received will lead to even more.

  Expect to make mistakes. Seventy-one percent of people who were successful in keeping their resolutions slipped in the first month, the same rate as did people who were not successful.” So, plan a way to deal with your mistakes positively, and success will come.

In the grand scheme of things, what we’re trying to accomplish through our resolutions is to change and improve. As seniors, we needn’t have change thrust upon us unprepared. If we adopt a regular habit of anticipating change and preparing for it, we can grasp and maintain control over our lives. 

Albert Einstein observed, “The measure of intelligence is the ability to change.”

 So, the intelligent thing to do is to undertake new activities and interests that enhance our outlook and improve our quality of life. Our age need not be a barrier to achievement. 

Those who have achieved the extraordinary in their senior years include John Glenn, who at age 77 returned to space and circled the globe 134 times, 131 more orbits than his first Mercury mission in 1962. 

Gladys Burrill, at age 92 became the oldest woman to run a marathon, after beginning a running hobby at age 86. 

“It’s so important to think positive. It’s easy to get discouraged and be negative,” she said. 

“It makes such a difference in how you feel and your outlook on everything.”

Weekly health, exercise classes  


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

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

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

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

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

      For more information, call 430-7143. 

Beginning Yoga

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

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

Monday Intermediate Yoga

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

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


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

Mat classes meet Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Those who attend should bring a mat. All other equipment will be provided.

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

Ageless Grace

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

The exercises are practiced in a chair. 

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

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

Feeling Good Exercise

     Move to the music from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays  in Clubhouse  1, with Sarah Grusmark and Thursdays with Katie Sellards.  The fee is $3 a class. 

     People of all fitness levels are welcome. For more information, call Cathleen Walters at 598-9149.

Stick, Qigong, Tai Chi Club

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

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

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

      Qigong practice sessions classes are held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

     The session is led by Dave Heilig, QiGong practitoner.

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

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

Classes are offered from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 6, top floor. 

Attendance both days is not necessary.

 The fee is $4 a class when paying by the month, or $5 for those who do not attend  on a regular basis. 

The trainer leads warm-ups, light weight-lifting and standing yoga poses for improved balance.

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

Chair Exercise

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

For more information, call 493-7063.

Senior’s Choice

Seniors’ Choice Physical Therapy (SCPT) has been serving the Leisure World community since 2008. 

Located in the Health Care Center, the program provides patient-focused care for stroke, post-surgical conditions, arthritis, sports injuries, chronic pain, sprains, strains and balance issues.  

Staffed with three licensed physical therapists and a certified hand specialist, the service offers more than 75 years of combined experience. The fully equipped gym has two private treatment rooms and nutrition counseling is available.. 

Owner Jeremy Matteson, Physical Therapist, described the program in a question-and-answer session.

Q: What brought you to Leisure World in 2008?

A:  I was invited after several local orthopaedic surgeons endorsed my services. In addition to being a licensed physical therapist, I am certified in strength and conditioning. However, all of our therapists are experts in the care of the senior population. We have extensive experience in balance training, strengthening and the rehabilitation of all musculoskeletal injuries and surgeries. 

Q: Is Seniors’ Choice Physical Therapy available to all Leisure World residents? 

A: Absolutely. In fact, we book about 500 appointments every month. 

Q: What do you think of the OptumCare transition at the HCC?

A: It has gone quickly and smoothly from our perspective. 

Q: .What do you like about working here?

A: It’s the residents who make this community so special.  

Q. What’s your advice for staying healthy?

A: Active or not, movement is a key component to health. Walking, gardening, swimming and yoga are examples. There’s something for everyone, they just have to figure out what it is. 

Q: Do you have any holiday safety and travel tips?

A: Be safe, don’t rush. Bring a cane or walker if you need one. Avoid carrying heavy items. Get help when you can. Enjoy yourself. 

SCPT  accepts all major health plans, including traditional Medicare, Medicare Advantage, AARP and commercial plans, as well as cash. Patients should have a referral from their primary care doctor for physical therapy. 

Appointments are available weekdays between 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. For more information, call  795-6217. 

Wa-Rite Club  

by Margaret Humes

LW contributor

You may not want to be a loser in life but that’s what members of the Wa-Rite Club want to be. 

After the Christmas festivities, quite a few put on some pounds.And,  one of the hardest things to do is show up at the meeting and be accountable. 

I’m happy to report that there were losers, led by Kathy Rose, who dropped three pounds.

The club did not meet for a couple of weeks so she said she got her festive eating in early, then got serious. 

She kept a journal, drank plenty of water, raised her walking steps and tried to stay balanced with fruit, vegetables, protein and carbs. She makes sure there’s plenty of color on her plate. 

Kathy assured members that she struggles like everyone else. If she’s having a hard day she writes, “day off” in her journal, then starts fresh the next day. 

Kathy thinks of her co-members as her support group and they say she’s their inspiration.

 Her goal is one day at a time.

Thought of the week  is “ It’s not what you eat between Christmas and the New Year, it’s what you eat between the New Year and Christmas.”

“For many of us we ate like there’s no tomorrow, well tomorrow is here today. We’ll get serious, tomorrow,” said one member, a “gainer.”

Wa-Rite is a support group for women who need to lose 10 pounds or more. Meetings are from 9-10 a.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room. 1. 

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

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

Senior Meals  

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

Monday, Jan. 7: Homemade Mexican corn soup with salt-free crackers, chicken torta on French roll with shredded chicken, pinto beans, lettuce and tomato, mayonnaise, melon.

Tuesday, Jan. 8: Turkey pot roast with gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, broccoli florets, diet yellow cake.

Wednesday, Jan. 9: White fish topped with sweet and sour sauce, brown rice, green beans, wheat bread, tropical fruit mix.

Thursday, Jan. 10: Swedish meatballs with gravy, butter noodles, beet and orange salad, fruited gelatin.

Friday, Jan. 11: Hot dog on a bun with coleslaw, baked chips, relish, catsup and mustard, salt-free popsicles.

Community Church  

The end of the Christmas season or Christmastide is on Jan. 6.

In  western churches, Epiphany Day marks the observance of the arrival of the wise men.

The magi followed a different belief system from that of the family of  Jesus, or even the people of Herod’s empire. But the signs they saw through the window of their own religious world view compelled them to respond to the beliefs of this other faith tradition.

Seeing Jesus for themselves not only confirmed that he is indeed the one of whom the prophets spoke, but that the sign they read in the sky led them to something real and joyful. 

They experienced the divine presence and power personally, kneeling before Him in worship.

All are invited at 9:50 a.m. Sunday when members of Community Church worship Jesus as the magi did so long ago.

Pastor Johan Dodge will give a message titled, “Made Known” from Ephesians 3:1-12 and Matthew 2:1-12. Lois Han will be lay liturgist.

Refreshments and coffee follow in Edgar Hall.

first christian   

First Christian Church’s Calvary Chapel Bible study with Pastor Phil O’Malley will resume at 6 p.m. today, Thursday.

Pastor Phil will continue his teaching in the Minor Prophets in the eighth chapter of the book of Hosea.

The Saturday service begins at 5:15 p.m. The Hospitality Room opens at 4:30 p.m. 

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

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

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer and Scripture. Margaret Humes will lead the hymns  “Cleanse Me,” “I’d Rather Have Jesus” and “Jesus Loves Me.” 

The Communion hymn will be “My Saviors Love.”   

 Directed by Anita Ragole, the choir will sing “Morning Has Broken.” 

Elder Frost will present the Communion meditation and service.

For the offertory, the Praise Team will sing, “I Have Set The Lord Always Before Me.”

Jerry Tester will sing, “I Don’t Know About Tomorrow,” followed by Barbara Frost, who will read Matthew 18:1-4.

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message will be “Who Is Greatest?” based on Matthew 17:24–18:14.

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 beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

Call the church office at  431-8810 for further information.

Faith Christian assembly  

A good way to spend the first Sunday of 2019 is to attend services at Faith Christian Assembly.

All are welcome and will find  friendly people and hear the music at the 10:30 a.m. service.

“Where the Hymns are Sung,’ under the direction of musician, Ginny Vaughn will be presented, along with Pastor Gwynn Vaughn’s message from God’s Word.

Studies have shown that people who attend church and worship regularly tend to be happier than those who do not.

Church attendance has also been known to decrease the risk of Alzheimer’s disease.  

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

Assembly of God  

The holidays are past, but the “holy days” continue for Assembly of God Church.

Pastor Sam Pawlak will introduce a new sermon series this Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

The title is “God’s Wardrobe for the New Year.”  

Visitors are welcome to begin a resolution to be in worship each Lord’s Day.  

Denise Smith will lead the worship songs, Diana Mushagian will disscuss church activities and Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger opens the hour service with a  prayer.  A prayer meeting at 10 a.m. precedes worship.

The hymn sing in the Clubhouse 3 lobby  at 6 p.m. attracts people from various denominations throughout and beyond Leisure World. 

Pastor Dan will lead the  hymns, Elaine Price will share a solo and Pastor Sam will close with a devotion.  

Fellowship with snacks will follow.

A prayer meeting is planned at 5:15p.m.


On Wednesday, Jan. 9, Bible study will continue at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Pastor Sam will teach and lead discussion from the fourth and last chapter of Colossians.

“Romeo’s and Juliet’s” will meet at 11:30 a.m. on Jan. 9 at Denny’s Restaurant for lunch and fellowship. All are invited. 

Redeemer Lutheran   

The Festival of Epiphany will be celebrated at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Sunday.  Pastor Gil Moore will speak on the theme of “Epiphany for All People” with Matthew 2:1-12 as his text.  

The greeters will be Al Hayes and Lucy Fitch. The choir will sing “The Virgin Mary Had a Baby Boy.” 

The service with Holy Communion begins at 10:30 a.m., followed by a coffee hour in Fellowship Hall.

A memorial service for Jane Inglis will be held at 11:30 a.m. on  Saturday, Jan. 5.

Pastor Lynda Elmer conducted the service and preached at the  Dec. 30 service, not Pastor  Moore  as reported in LW Weekly.


Pastor Elmer’s Wednesday Bible group,which is studying the Book of Ezekiel, will meet at 10:30 a.m. on Jan. 9 in Fellowship Hall.


On weekdays at 6 a.m. the Seal Beach Union Evangelical Church holds prayer services in the Fellowship Hall.

The Respite Center meets on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays in Fellowship Hall. 

Call  596-1209 for information about registration and volunteering.

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

LW Baptist  

Members of Leisure World Baptist Church begin the new year this week with the traditional observance of the Lord’s Supper on the first Sunday of the month in Clubhouse 4.

Sunday School begins at 8:40  a.m. Fellowship and coffee with friends at the round table is planned until 9:45, when the worship service begins.

All will join in the Doxology and reading of Psalm 104.

A solo titled “Stranger of Galilee” that was written by Lelia Morris in 1862,  will be performed by Em Schoonhoven.  

When the Methodist hymn writer’s vision began to fail, her son built a 28-foot blackboard with over sized staff lines so she could continue to write hymns.

The choir selection, under the direction of Darlene Harris, will perform “Come Christians Join to Sing.”

Congregational hymns include “Stand up for Jesus,” “Make Me a Blessing” and “Something for Thee.”

Pianist Yvonne Leon will play the offertory selection

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s morning message from Joshua, Chapter 23, is titled “Occupy Until I Come.”

The closing hymn will be  “Spirit  of God Descend Upon My Heart.” Communion will follow.


Men’s Fellowship meets at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.


The Energizers meet at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 9, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call 430-2920.

holy family catholic  

Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the Epiphany of the Lord on Sunday, Jan 6.

The readings: 

First Reading: Isaiah 60:1-6; Responsorial Psalm: 72:1-2, 7-8, 10-11, 12-13; Second Reading: Ephesians, 3:2-3A, 5-6; Alleluia: Matthew, 2:2; Gospel: Matthew 2:1-12.

The Day of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament is planned at noon on Sunday after noon Mass, concluding with Holy Hour from 4-5 p.m. 


The St. Therese card party will be held at noon today, Thursday,  in Clubhouse 2.

Support is appreciated since this is a fund-raiser for the church organization.

Refreshments will be served.   


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

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


All are invited to say the Rosary and Divine Mercy at 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. 

For more information, visit the church website at www.holyfamilysb.com.  


A Bible study group meets Tuesdays from 10-11 a.m. at the Parish rectory.


Gamechangers, an interactive Bible study for men and women,will meet from 1:30-3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday,  Jan 4, in Leisure World.

Sessions are held on the first and third Fridays of he month.

Course topics include what identifies people as followers of Jesus and how to live a Christian life.

The workbook has independent units, so a session can be missed and made up later.

For the location and more information, call Joan Eisenhart at 343-8066.

salvation army  

The Salvation Army Home League will welcome back Noreen Kirschhoff at 7 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7, in Clubhouse 4.

She will discuss  the story of the Chicago World’s Fair. 

She has a vast knowledge and  love of U. S. history, which she taught at the middle school level for 30 years. She will also provide pictures.

Fellowship and refreshments are planned, and everyone is welcome.

christian women   

The Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible study group will meet at 10 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

All residents are welcome to attend.

Members meet on the second and fourth Mondays of the month.

For more information, call Jean Davidson at 431-0597 or Margie Robertson at 594-8100.


Aglow International will hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 10, at Mimi’s Cafe, 6670 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach.

Men and women are welcome.

Reservations should be made by Jan. 6 by calling 631-7291.

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will conduct services at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, in Clubhouse 3 room 9.  

An Oneg Shabbat will follow the services. 

On Saturday, Jan. 5,  a bagel and cream cheese breakfast is planned at 9 a.m. in  Clubhouse 3, Room 9. 

It will be followed by Shabbat Services from 9:30- noon and then a dairy/potluck Kiddush lunch and study from noon-about 1:15 p.m.


All are invited to attend the  Tu Bishvat luncheon on  Jan. 19. Details are forthcoming.  


The walking group leaves Clubhouse 3 (in front of the lobby) at 6:30 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays.


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

Cards and Games Scoreboard 

Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners Dec. 29: Joe Capra, 13,370; Amy Kasuyama, 12,620; Joan Taylor, 12,180; Jim Kaspar, 11,520.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 Dec. 29: Congratulations to Gary Paugh, who made gold life master, (2,500 MPs).N/S: Jeanette Estill-Sibyl Smith; Robert and Pat Adam; Jack Dampman-Ellen Kice; Howard Smith-Sharon Beran. E/W: Judy Jones-Al Appel; Gary Paugh-Marilyn McClintock; Russ Gray-Mark Singer; Chie Wickham-Kar-Yee Nelson. Winners Dec. 28: N/S: Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz; Sylvia Kaprelyan-Emma Trepinski; Fred Reker-Gary Paugh; Russ Gray-Ellen Kice. E/W: Judy Jones-Al Appel; Eileen Kotecki-Jeanette Estill; Lavonne McQuilkin-Carol Murakoshi; Joyce Basch-Nancy Lichter; Mark Singer-Judy Carter-Johnson. The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 at 12:15 p.m. For information on how to play or join, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is club championships on Saturday, Jan. 26.

– Fred Reker


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club winners Dec. 27: N/S: First in Strat A: Karen and Dave Johnston; second in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Fern Dunbar; third in Strat A: Janet Wagner-LaVonne McQuilkin; fourth in Strat A, first in Strat B: Mark Singer-Emma Trepinski; fifth in Strat A: Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz; second in Strat B: Judy Carter-Johnson-Harshad Vora; third in Strat B, first in Strat C: Ron and Gene Yaffee; second in Strat C: Sharon Beran-Shirley Spink. E/W: Tied for first in Strat A: Judith Jones-Al Appel and Fred Reker-Russ Gray (first in Strat B); third in Strat A, second in Strat B: Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; fourth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Tim Cole-Bonny Walsh; fifth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B, first in Strat C: Priscilla and Glynn Sisson; second in Strat C: Joyce Roberts-Joanne Berg. Winners Dec. 24: N/S: First in Strats A and B: Sibyl Smith-Jeanette Estill; second in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Gary Paugh; third in Strat A: Linda and Dick Stein; second in Strat B: Midge Dunagan-Dorothy Favre. E/W: First in Strats A and B: Linda Nye-Alan Olschwang; second in Strat A: Marilyn McClintock-Fern Dunbar; third in Strat A, second in Strat B: Monica Gettis-Mike Ullman. Games are played Mondays and Thursdays beginning at 12:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Players are asked to arrive by 12:15 p.m. to confirm their reservations. To make or cancel a reservation for Mondays, call Midge Dunagan at 594-9698; for Thursdays, call Sharon Beran at 308-7838 or email her, no later than 10:30 a.m. on day of game, at hbsharonb@gmail.com. With a maximum of 18 tables available, players without reservations should arrive by noon and check in with the director of the day; they will be accommodated on a first-come- first served basis if there is space. Players needing a partner should arrive by noon and check with the club manager; every effort will be made to find a partner. To cancel a reservation on game day or to report running late, call (636) 576-1357 between noon-1 p.m. 

– Gene Yaffee


 Friendly Pinochle Club winners Dec. 27: Marilyn Allred, 12,210; Amy Kasuyama, 11,210; Charlie Miller, 10,890;  Richard Van Wasshnova, 10,460. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For  more information, call (310) 968-9509.


Saturday Social Bunco Club winners Dec. 22:  Most buncos: Tie between Joyce Ingram and Cheryll Saba. Most wins: Tie between Joanne Lester and Kathe Repasi. Most babies: Kathy Rose. Most losses: Tie between Lois True and Betty Morgan. Door prize winner: Suzanne Murphy. The next meeting is Jan. 12 in the Clubhouse 3 lobby. Signups begin at 1 p.m. Due to the demand for tables, a 1:30 p.m. arrival is advised. Play begins at 2 p.m. The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. For more information, call Doris Dack, president, (714) 356-0443.


Y-Yahtzee Rollers Club winners Dec. 14: Most Yahtzees: Ann Ell, 8. Highest point total: Lois True, 1,805. Door prize winner: Doris Dack. The club meets from 12:30 -4 p.m. on the first and third Fridays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. The next games will be played tomorrow, Friday.  To learn the game or play a refresher game, call Kathy Rose at 596-7237, and she will set up a lesson.

Chess Club Puzzle  

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


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


Solution to this week’s puzzle Kh6. The white King moves from g5 to h6.  Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mae.

scrabble club  

by Maria Giegerich

LW contributor

Closing out the year with a flourish, members of the Leisure World Scrabble Club made their presence felt with numerous creations and high scores during December.

Top bingo player was Larry Edgar, with four words formed using all seven tiles in one play, a 50-point bonus added to the score.

His words were “harried,” “luggers,” “hurling”  and “greases.”

Edgar was high scorer for the month with games of 427, 425, 310 and 359 twice.

Ruth Depu played “remained” and “burnished” while Flo Thompson used “railings” and squared.”

Suthy Chhoeuy played “singer” and “sunrise.”

“Tweeters” was Maria Giegerich’s word.

Pam Smithson had scores of 362 and 367; Giegerich, a 367 Depu, 375; Chhoeuy, 416 and 350; Flo Nesland, 416 and Flo Thompson, 422 and 374.

Non-members who enjoy the game are welcome to play Wednesdays for one or more games.

Three successive  games of one-on-one play alternating partners begin  at 1 p.m.  in Clubhouse 3, Room 5.

 For more information, call Nesland, club president, at 598-1384 or arrive early to meet members.

cribbage club   

Following a break for the holidays, Cribbage Club play  resumes Jan. 8 at Clubhouse 1. 

Members will 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.

friday Golf  

by Dave LaCascia

LW contributor

Twelve men and one woman competed over 18 holes in Friday Golf League play on Dec. 21 at  Meadowlark Golf Club (par 71) in Huntington Beach. 

Only Bill McKusky and Merle McGee recorded birdies. 

 Lowell Goltra was closest to the pin on hole 16. 

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).


Flight 1: Paul Cose, 72; tie between Dave LaCascia and Bill McKusky, 74; tie between Gary Stivers and Sam Choi, 77; tie between John Mayer and Merle McGee, 79.

Flight 2: Liz Meripol, 68; Dennis Kotecki, 69; Lowell Goltra,  72; Bob Munn, a 78.


New player John Kolthoff is playing to get his handicap. The requirement is to play three rounds with league players to get a handicap.

To join, contact Dave LaCascia or Merle McGee at a the Golf Starter shop.


The group’s next game is tomorrow, Friday, at the Willowick course.

Bowling Club  

Last year, Spares Are Good won the Bowling Club League title by one game after sweeping Very Striking on the final day of the season.

This year, Very Striking swept the D Hustlers behind Ron Marcus’ games of 257, 220 and 206 for a 683 series.  

Although eight games out of first place, Spares are Good swept the Pinbusters.  Gracie Hasting bowled a series 181, 202 and 217 for a 600 series and teammate Danny Bigelow opened with a 222.

   OSIMA remained in contention for the title by sweeping We Can Do It.  James Doris almost had a triplicate bowling 170, 170 and 167. 

Strikes Are Better took three from Nameless as Janet Schnyders rolled  a 199 game and Bill Lesher opened with a 200 game. 

                            – Dave Silva


Approved GRF Policy Revisions

Per the action of the GRF Board on December 18, 2018, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of Final Approval of Amendment of Policy 5061-31, Fees.

Policy 5061-31, Fees

The following schedule of fees is established by the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF).

1. Facilities and Amenities (Amenities) Fee:

1.1 Each owner, co-owner, co-occupant non-owner, or qualified permanent resident is required to pay a one-time, non-refundable Amenities fee.

1.2 The Amenities fee for an owner, co-owner, co-occupant non-owner or qualified permanent resident represents a use fee for access and use of the Trust facilities, amenities, and participation in GRF activities.

1.3 Non-resident co-owners do not pay an Amenities fee and have no right to use any of the facilities or amenities except as a guest of a Member.

1.4 The Amenities fee is calculated as twenty (20) twenty-four (24) times the monthly GRF assessment and rounded up to the nearest dollar. The Amenities fee is reviewed annually and is implemented on January 1st of each year.

1.5 Existing GRF Member (owner & co-owner), co-occupant non-owner(s) and qualified permanent resident(s) may transfer from one unit to another without having to pay the Amenities fee again. They have thirty (30) days to complete the transfer.

1.6 If they are out of the community for more than thirty (30) days, a new Amenities fee will need to be paid.

1.7 The Amenities fee shall be allocated as follows:

1.7.1 Fifty percent (50%) into the GRF Capital Improvement Fund.

1.7.2 Fifty percent (50%) into the GRF Reserve Fund.

2. Payment of Amenities Fee:

2.1. New Members are encouraged to pay the Amenities fee in full at the close of the purchase escrow. By California statute, GRF has established a finance plan to pay the Amenities fee over a seven-year period for those Members who wish to finance the fee.

2.2. Members who opt to finance the payment of their Amenities fee must complete a Promissory Installment Note and agree to the terms of the Note.

2.2.1. If a Member opts to finance the Amenities fee, the Member shall pay a one-time upfront payment of twenty-

five percent (25%) of the total Amenities fee at the close of Escrow, and make seven (7) equal annual installment payments of the remaining balance. Each annual payment will be due and payable on the anniversary of the date of purchase until the principal amount, including the finance charge, is paid in full.

2.2.2. The annual finance charge on matured, unpaid amounts shall be one percent (1%) per month (APR of 12%) paid annually on the outstanding balance.

2.2.3. In the event that a unit changes ownership before the Amenities fee is paid in full, the balance due must be paid before transfer is complete.

2.2.4. All co-occupant non-owners and qualified permanent residents must pay the Amenities fee in advance without an option to finance.

3. Membership Certificate and Mutual Stock Certificate Processing Fee:

3.1. GRF shall issue one membership and one stock certificate per unit. They may contain one or more names.

3.2. A certificate processing fee of two hundred fifty dollars ($250) will be charged in advance each time the certificates are changed or altered to cover the cost of preparing, recording and/or replacing either or both certificates.

3.3. The certificate processing fee will be waived when a shareholder/member elects to remove a deceased co-owner from the title and have new certificates issued. The fee will be waived only within one (1) year of the owner’s death, and will not be waived for other transfer requests such as the replacement of lost certificates, or the addition or removal of Member owners or non-resident co-owner(s).

3.4. The Certificate processing fee shall be allocated to Cost Center 33 (Stock Transfer).

4. Transfer Fee – In Escrow:

The seller of a Mutual share of stock shall pay a transfer fee of five hundred dollars ($500) to cover the cost of transferring ownership(s). The fee shall be allocated to Cost Center 33 (Stock Transfer).

5. Non – Owner, Co-Occupant Processing Fee

Non – Owner, Co-Occupant Processing fee of one hundred dollars ($100) shall be charged to cover the actual set up and processing costs and shall be allocated to Cost Center 33 (Stock Transfer).

6. Mutual Corporation Fees

Each Mutual represents a fully independent corporation and as such may establish fees applicable to the Mutual. GRF operates as the management company for the Mutuals and will, as part of its duties, apply Mutual Fees in accordance with established Mutual policies (See the 7000 Policy Series).

7. Stock Transfer Legal Review of Trust Fees

7.1. Upon a requested transfer of stock ownership by a Trust, either by the sale of a unit or an in-house ownership transfer, Probate Code §18100.5 delegates to the GRF the right to request the current acting trustee or successor trustee to provide either a certification of trust, or a copy of the trust. The following procedures will be is implemented.

7.1.1. Any trustee or successor trustee seeking to transfer the ownership of a mutual unit, either by the sale of the unit through escrow or an in-house ownership transfer, will be required to provide the Stock Transfer Office a Certification of Trust, or, a copy of the Trust document for the GRF attorney to review prior to any completed transfer of ownership.

7.1.2. The Stock Transfer Office shall not proceed with any sale or transfer of ownership via a trust document prior to the GRF attorney reviewing the trust and providing in writing a letter of release allowing the Stock Transfer Office to proceed.

7.1.3. In an effort to offset the cost of the required GRF attorney review, there shall be assessed to the trustee or successor trustee, a fee of one hundred twenty-five dollars ($125) representing the attorney’s fee and GRF’s pro-rated staff time, to be collected at the time of the trust review.

7.1.4. Legal Review of Trust Fees shall be allocated to Cost Center 33 (Stock Transfer).

8. Lessee Annual Amenities Fee – Mutual 17 Only

8.1. The GRF annual Lessee Amenities fee is a required use fee for access to the Trust facilities, amenities, and participation in GRF activities. The Lessee fee is calculated at twenty-five percent (25%) of the GRF annual assessment rounded up to the nearest dollar for each occupant.

8.2. The required annual Lessee Amenities fee payment is due and payable in full on the date of the lease agreement. No monthly payments can be made.

8.3. If delinquent, the Lessee shall pay damages to reimburse GRF for its expense and overhead in collecting the payment as follows:

8.3.1. A twenty-five dollar ($25) late fee, and

8.3.2. Interest at one percent (1%) per month (APR of 12%) from the original date due until the date the full payment is received.

8.4. In addition to late fees, for each check from a Lessee that a bank returns for any reason, the Lessee must pay a twenty-five dollar ($25) late payment returned check fee, and all bank charges assessed against the association.

8.5. If a Lessee becomes more than ninety (90) days delinquent, the Lessee will receive a 30-day notice of GRF’s intent to suspend the right to use GRF amenities and Trust facilities, including driving privileges upon GRF Trust streets. GRF may also refer the Lessee account to an attorney or collection agency for appropriate action. All fees incurred by an attorney or collection agency to recover the delinquent amounts will be assessed to the Lessee.

8.6. GRF reserves the right to collect the delinquent account for the Amenities fee from Lessor.

8.7. Lessee Amenities fees shall be allocated as stated in Section 1.7.

9. The fee for verifying Powers of Attorney and Court Orders will be seventy-five dollars ($75) per document, per review, and shall be allocated to Cost Center 33 (Stock Transfer).

10. The fee for additional Leisure World maps will be five ($5) per map (shareholders excluded).

11. All Fees are subject to annual review and are subject to change.

GRF Board Executive Session

1 p.m., January 4

Administration Conference Room

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

A. Call to Order – President Stone

B. Roll Call

C. Legal

D. Contracts

E. Member Disciplinary Actions

F. Personnel

G. Adjournment

The agenda is subject to change.


Guest Passes, 2018 Property Tax Information, Payment Coupons

by Nancy Ray

Stock Transfer Manager

General Information:

There were two Golden Rain Foundation mail-outs. Both were mailed out at the end of December. The first packet contains the 2019 carrying charge coupons. The second packet contains 2018 property tax information and four 2019 guest passes. Both mail-outs should arrive (independently) by Jan. 15.

The 2019 guest passes are printed on bright blue cardstock; property tax information is printed on the same sheet as the guest passes. 

Important to note: There are no late charges assessed for late January payments. The due date for January payments is extended to Jan. 31, before assessments are considered late to provide ample time for all shareholders to receive their 2019 packet with carrying charge information and payment coupons.

Shareholders who pay their monthly assessments by direct debit will receive one packet containing their property tax information, guest passes, and direct debit information. 

Due to the large volume of mail-outs processed by the post office, neighbors may receive their packets before or after. Those who have not received their guest passes or payment coupons by Jan. 15 should contact the Stock Transfer Office.

Frequent Questions:

I haven’t received my coupons. What do I do?

• Please wait until Jan. 15. If you have not received your coupons by that time, come to the Stock Transfer office and we will check the returned mail. We will reorder coupon books as needed.

I received my property tax information, and not my guest passes, what do I do?

• The guest passes are printed on the same page as the 2018 property tax information, the 2019 carrying cost monthly breakdown and the mailing address. This is bright blue cardstock. If you have the property tax information, the guest passes were included on that same page.

I haven’t received my passes packet, what do I do? 

• Wait until Jan. 15. If you have not received your passes packet by that time, come to the Stock Transfer office and we will check the returned mail. We will reissue passes and reorder property tax information as needed.

My neighbor received their guest passes and their coupons. I have not received either packet yet. Do I need to reorder them?

• Please wait until Jan. 15. If you have not received your passes packet by that time, come to the Stock Transfer office and we will check the returned mail. We will reissue passes and reorder property tax information and coupons as needed.


President’s Day

Monday, Feb. 18

Mutual 6, Carports 72-73, 81-82 and Mutual 7, Carports, 83-84, 86-89 will be cleaned on the holiday, Monday, Feb. 18.

Memorial Day

Monday, May 27

Mutual 10, Carports 117-121 ( 123-124 – PM) will be cleaned on Friday, May 31.

Independence Day

Thursday, July 4

Mutual 2, Carports 25-26, 30-35 will be cleaned on the holiday, Thursday, July 4.

Labor Day

Monday, Sept. 2

Mutual 1, Carports 1-6, 9-10 and Mutual 17, Building 3, will be cleaned on Friday, Aug. 30.

Veteran’s Day

Friday, Nov. 11

Mutual 3, Carports 39-42 and Mutual 4, Carports 54-56, will be cleaned on Monday, Oct. 30.

Thanksgiving Day

Thursday, Nov. 28

Mutual 11, Carports 130-131, Mutual 15, Carports 3, 6-8, 10-13, and Mutual 16, Carport 9, will be cleaned on Friday, Nov. 29.

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, Jan. 3 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 5 CFO Council

Conference Room B 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 Mutual 4

Conference Room B 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 10 Mutual 12

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 11 Mutual 3

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 14 Mutual 9

Clubhouse 3, Room 2 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 14 Mutual 10 (special)

Clubhouse 3, Room 2 2:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 15 Mutual 14

Conference Room B 1 p.m. 

Wednesday Jan. 16 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 16 Mutual 7

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Mutual 2

Clubhouse 3, Room 2 9 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Mutual 11

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

Friday, Jan. 18 Roundtable with GRF & Mutuals

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 22 Mutual 15

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 Mutual 10

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 24 Mutual 1

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 25 Mutual 6

Conference Room B 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 28 Mutual 8

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

GRF Board of Directors Meetings

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. Conference Room B is located downstairs in Building 5. 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:

Friday, Jan. 4 GRF Board Executive Session 

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 7 Recreation Committee 

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 8 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 9 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Thurs. Jan. 10 Communications Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m. 

Friday, Jan. 11 Executive Committee 

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 14 Mutual Administration Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Information Technology Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 17 Finance Committee

Conference Room B 10 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 18 Roundtable with Mutuals & GRF

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 23 Architectural Design Review Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 24 Service Maintenance Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 25 Facilities and Amenities Review Ad Hoc

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 28 Management Services Review Ad hoc

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 29 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 6 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 31 Torch Run Subcommittee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Replace expired decals at CH 5

Expiring resident decals are replaced in the satellite Security Office, downstairs in Clubhouse 5. Bring a resident ID card, valid driver’s license, current car registration and insurance card when applying. 

Decals are issued 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Saturday, unless the weather is damp.

HHUG collecting items for homeless

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

HHUG makes two deliveries every month.

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


GRF Olympics coming to LW this spring

Ever dreamed of standing on top of the podium with a medal around your neck and the national anthem playing? Now is an opportunity to make your dreams come true… the Golden Rain Foundation will host the first Leisure World Olympics in 2019.

Don’t worry if you are no longer in prime athletic shape, others won’t be either. Mind-over-matter will be beneficial in many of the events. The events are regular activities that are played in LW regularly, including card and board games and team and individual sports such as bowling, shuffleboard, bocce ball and shuffleboard or individual events such as walking and swimming. Or for basketball fans, there will be a the free-throw competition at the new basketball court in Mission Park.

Tournaments will be organized by clubs to determine the top three participants in various games and sports. The tournaments will culminate with an awards ceremony in May. All competitors must be members of the GRF. 

Sports and games clubs within LW are encouraged to participate by organizing tournaments. Individuals who participate in events and athletic skills, such as swimming, freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke and relay teams, that are not organized by clubs are also invited to take part in the LW Olympics. 

Suggested events include bridge, Mexican Train dominoes, golf, tennis, table tennis, Bunco, pinochle, bocce ball, chess, Scrabble, pickle ball, shuffleboard, cribbage, Yahtzee, billiards, poker, bowling, bicycling, walking, swimming, Mah Jongg, Pan, Go and basketball free throws.

Clubs and competitors will conduct tournaments from March to April and an awards ceremony with medals will be held in the Amphitheater in May. 

Genres with multiple clubs must work together to participate in one tournament resulting in a first, second and third place winner for each game or sport. 

To participate in the LW Olympics, email the club name, activity, contact name and contact phone number to events@lwsb.

Catch GRF shuttle to Old Town

The Leisure World Minibus will provide Friday service to the Old Town Seal Beach and the 99 Cents Only Store on Valley View Street in Garden Grove beginning Jan. 11. 

The Golden Rain Foundation is offering the service to replace the Thursday Senior Shopper that was recently eliminated by the city.

The Minibus will depart from the Amphitheater Hub at 9:30 a.m., 10:15 a.m., 11 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. departing from Old Town at 9:45 a.m., 10:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m., noon, 12:45 p.m., 1:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. 

Pick-ups at the 99 Cents Only Store will be at 10 a.m., 10:45 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:15 a.m., 1 p.m., 1:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m.

The shuttle will go to the 99 Cents Only Store after dropping off passengers at Von’s Pavilion, Pacific Coast Highway at Main Street, and at Eisenhower Park at the SB Pier, Main Street and Ocean Avenue.

Those who take the shuttle to Main Street and want to extend their trip past 2:30 can return to Leisure World on the OCTA Bus 42A that picks up on Electric Street at Main Street, across from the Red Car Museum and SB Senior Center. The senior, one-way fare is 75 cents.


Globetrotters tickets on sale

The Recreation Department will sponsor a GRF bus trip to the Honda Center in Anaheim on Feb. 23 to see the Harlem Globetrotters. 

The bus will leave at 12:15 p.m., to arrive in plenty of time for a 2 p.m. event.

Seats will be on the lower bowl of the arena; tickets are $55 and include bus fare and gratuity for the driver. 

The Harlem Globetrotters are an exhibition basketball team. They combine athleticism, theater and comedy in their style of play. 

Over the years they have played more than 26,000 exhibition games in 123 countries and territories. 

The team’s signature song is Brother Bones’ whistled version of “Sweet Georgia Brown.”

Past line-ups have included some of the greatest players ever, including Wilt Chamberlain, Marques Haynes, Curly Neal and Connie Hawkins, to name a few.


Serving Others

by Maureen Habel 

LW contributor

Y Service Club Membership Chair Bill Denton has deep roots in California. He’s a fourth generation Californian, born and raised in what he describes as the then sleepy little town of San Ysidro, just this side of the Mexican border. Bill has Hispanic descendants on both sides of his family and grew up speaking English and Spanish. Casa Machado, a historic house in the Old Town area of San Diego, housed some of his family and Rosarito, Baja California, was named for his Machado great-grandmother. His great-great grandfather, an Englishman named Denton, was responsible for surveying the Baja California peninsula. 

 Bill was drafted in 1969, spending two years in the Army, including 14 months in Germany. He married his first wife in 1974 and they moved to her hometown of Omaha, Nebraska, in 1978, where Bill worked in the restaurant industry for 18 years. He has five children, 11 grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren. 

While living in Omaha, Bill answered an ad for the Ford Motor Credit Company seeking Spanish-speaking representatives, beginning a 16-year career that took him to Las Vegas, Sacramento and Long Beach. Now divorced from his first wife and a widower when his second wife died, Bill met his current wife, Shirley, while walking on the Seal Beach pier. They have been married and residents of Leisure World for six years. Bill and Shirley are avid travelers and their home is filled with beautiful memories of trips to Alaska, China, Africa and Hawaii. The Dentons are also Disneyland enthusiasts and frequently visit the Magic Kingdom with their annual passes. Bill loves listening to music and is a wonderful gardener. In addition to growing gorgeous plants in front of his home in Mutual 16, Bill selected, planted, and cares for scores of plants surrounding the Mutual laundry room. 

 Bill joined the Y Service Club after attending one of the club’s pancake breakfasts. He is grateful to fellow club member Michael Breen for showing him how to do many of the services club members provide to individual shareholders. Bill is impressed by how grateful residents are for the help he and others provide and sees his involvement as a way of giving back to the California community he was away from for 18 years. 

Y Service Club members are available to help with many non-professional household tasks, including putting air in bicycle tires, changing light bulbs, opening jars, turning mattresses, hanging small pictures and mirrors, hooking up electronic equipment, making minor repairs to cabinets and furniture, taking down high items from closets and carports, changing smoke alarm batteries and ceiling lights and changing filters for heat pumps.

 The Y Service Club always needs more volunteer members to meet shareholder needs. There is no better guy to call about becoming a member than Membership Chair Bill Denton who can be reached at 209-0816.


Facebook for beginners taught

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

• Monday, Jan. 7, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m. – Prepare for a test (DMV or Real Estate) using technology (Sacks)

Noon- Facebook for Beginners (Fernandez)

This is an introduction to Facebook for the beginner.

• Monday, Jan. 14, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.-1 p.m. – Let’s Talk eBay (Smith)

• Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Day— No class

• Monday Jan. 28, Clubhouse 6, Room B

11 a.m. – Windows 7 and 10 for Beginner. (Sacks)

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

Noon – Facebook for Beginners (Fernandez)

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

For eBay information, contact Maxine Smith maxla@aol.com; for Facebook information contact Miryam Fernandez, 884-7460; for computer information, contact Jeff Sacks (714) 642-0122.

To suggest questions for Q & A, or to join the email list, email to jfsacks@gmail.com.Yiddish Club learns about I.B. Singer

The Yiddish Club of Leisure World will meet today, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

The topic will be the life and creation of one of the most famous Jewish writers, Nobel Prize winner, I.B. Singer. 

After new words and proverbs in Yiddish are introduced, President Yakob Basner will discuss the topic and stories by Singer will be recited. 

Refreshments will be served after the program.

Schmooze Club 

Klezmer musician is guest Jan. 8

Join the Schmooze Club for an entertaining morning of music with renowned clarinetist Leo Chelyapov in “A Klezmer Performance”, Tuesday, Jan. 8, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Refreshments and “schmoozing” (socializing) are at 10 a.m. followed by the program at 10:30. There is no cost to attend; donations are gratefully accepted.

Leo received his musical training in Russia and achieved the status of solo artist, conductor and composer. He brought his talents and expertise on many other instruments to America where has become a much sought after performer and composer.

It is a treat to hear Leo perform as he masterfully blends klezmer, the lively music of Jewish celebrations from eastern Europe, with American jazz, Israeli and other middle eastern melodies. Klezmer was brought by Yiddish speaking immigrants to America, where it has enjoyed a revival and increasing popularity since the 1970s.

Everyone is welcome to enjoy a morning of camaraderie with the Schmooze Club, which meets at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. 

As always, “there are no dues to schmooze.” Call Darlene Rose, 347-8088, for more information.

Partyline Plus

Hats for the Homeless-Lynette Gin, Mutual 12, crochets warm hats for the homeless. She is seeking donations of yarn for the project. To donate, call or text her at (818) 219-7572. She will pick it up.


Members taking break until Jan. 11

The Sunshine Club is taking a break for the holidays. The next meeting is Jan. 11 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

The club had a year end party on Dec. 21, celebrating the club’s seventh anniversary. A catered Korean buffet and other dishes were served.

Eighty-one guests signed up to attended and enjoy a brief overview of 2018 club meetings. 

Joyful Line Dance Club members entertained in the holiday spirit before the lunch bringing applause. Michael Harada lead a sing-along between dances. 

 It was a nice gathering to share similar interest in the community and to thank each other for loving and caring for the place they live. The members coordinated to decorate the place with red, green and bright beautiful colors bringing the holiday spirit to everyone in the room. 

The party ended with audience participation line dance led by Takako Mitchell. The party was beautifully harmonized and well organized. The event ended with a traditional annual group photo by Michael Oh, the club’s information and technology director. 

Special thanks to those who continuously support the club by attending meetings each week. On most Fridays there are guest speakers, in addition to the summer picnic in July and holiday party in December. 

The Sunshine Club of SBLW is designed to help shareholders to get along in the community, and to have better communication with neighbors. The club has frequent guest speakers and uses information in LW Weekly as a textbook to get the best out of living in Leisure World. The class reviews news, general columns, the minutes of monthly mutual meetings, the minutes of monthly Board of Directors meetings, etc. in the paper each week. 

Club continues to invite guest speakers on Fridays to bring useful information for shareholders. The club calendar is filled to October 2019. 

The club meets to discuss everyday living in Leisure World from 10 a.m.-noon every Friday in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, except on the first Friday of the month, in Room 9. 

There are no membership dues. Everyone in LW is welcome to join. For more information, call Anna Derby at 301-5339.


‘Introduction to Humanism’ will be shown

The Jan. 6, Leisure World Humanist meeting at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, will feature a 41-minute film titled “An Introduction to Humanism,” written and narrated by Jennifer Hancock.

The film from the American Humanist Association defines humanism, presents a short history and compares humanism’s relation to religion. It also presents the central values of the philosophy, talks about famous humanists and answers frequently asked questions.

Humanism has arisen in every culture and every time, and yet many people don’t understand what it is and why it has been so influential.

There will be a discussion after the film and humanists are free to disagree with its conclusions. For more information, visit www.jen-hancock.com.


Register for Ralph’s rewards by phone

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is a non profit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to making the Leisure World, Seal Beach, a better and happier place in which to live. 

In order to provide services, GAF needs to raise funds, there are two easy ways to donate funds to GAF without any cost to the donor. People can enroll in Smile.Amazon.com and the Ralph’s Reward program.

Ralph’s is committed to giving $2 million during a 12-month period through its Community Contributions program. It is easy to contribute to the GAF, at no cost to the shareholder, by signing up and doing normal Ralph’s shopping. 

To sign up, visit www.ralphs.com or call (800) 443-4438 or (800) 660-9003, Monday-Friday, between 5 a.m.-9 p.m. and choose Community Reward program option to be connected with a customer service person to help. 

A Ralph’s Reward Card number is needed to register or the phone number associated with an account. 

The Golden Age Foundation non-profit organization number is FS519. Be sure to specify GAF, Seal Beach Leisure World when signing up.

A GAF board member volunteer will be in the Clubhouse 6 Hospitality Center on Tuesdays, from 9-11 a.m. to help shareholders register for the Ralph’s Reward program on-line.

Once signed up, be sure to check the bottom of the receipt and make sure it indicates the Golden Age Foundation as the charitable organization for the rewards program. 

The other program offering donations for shopping is Smile.Amazon.com that gives a percentage of purchases to GAF without any additional cost to the purchaser.

To register, visit Smile.Amazon.com and indicate the charitable organization as the Golden Age Foundation, Seal Beach.


Bingo played Sundays, CH 2

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

On Jan. 6 the games will be hosted by the New York Club.

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


Animal rescue in emergencies is topic of talk

Paws, Claws and Beaks will have its first meeting for 2019 on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. There will be a guest speaker from a local animal rescue talking about the various ways to find and rescue, pets during an emergency (earthquake, etc).

There will be a question-and-answer session after the talk.

All animal lovers are welcome to attend.

Light refreshments and drinks will be served.

—Jackie Hildebrant


Spring semester senior classes, tours announced

The 2019 spring semester for the Senior Studies Program at the Lifetime Learning Center at Long Beach City College starts Jan. 28. Registration for the classes and day tours is Jan. 22-23 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Pacific Coast Campus (PCC) in the Lifetime Learning Center Building QQ, Room 122. All classes are held in Building QQ. 

• Music Appreciation and Musical Theatre Lovers, Mondays, Jan. 28-May 6, 1-3 p.m., with Lucy Daggett and Sidney Hopson. 

• World Affairs with Mary Thoits and guest speakers, Wednesdays, Jan. 30-May 8, from 1-3 p.m. 

• Tai Chi for Better Balance, Fridays, 10:30-11:30 a.m. beginning Feb. 1. 

• Artist Workshop with Mori, Drawing & Watercolor Techniques, Wednesdays, Feb. 6-March 27, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. 

• Writing Your Memoirs with Dr. Ginny Baxter, Mondays, Jan. 29-Feb. 19.

• New, Murder, Sex & Betrayal-Tales from the Underbelly of Classical Music, taught by Angela Romero Anderson, Tuesdays, March 5-April 30, 1-3 p.m. 

Classes range from $30-$55.

Day Tours 

•West Side Story (Arman Hammer Museum, Annenberg Space for Photography and EATALY) 

• Secret Gardens (LA Police Academy Rocky Garden, Arlington, Children’s Gardens) with guide Curtis Tucker 

• Route 66 Museum

• Huntington Library and Gardens

• The Getty Center

• Frank Sinatra Tribute 

• Edwards Air Force Base

Tours range from $75-$93 per person. All tours leave from LBCC Foundation Building on Conant Street at Clark Avenue in Long Beach. Transportation is on luxury coaches.

Long Beach Transit will be at PCC, Building QQ, Room 122, on Jan. 22 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. to take photos and applications for the Senior Transportation TAP cards. Bring proof of age.

The Lifetime Learning Program is a non-profit organization and operates under the LBCC Foundation. For more information, call Theresa Brunella at 938-3047 or Carol Conley at 938-3048.


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.


Schmidt, Gweneth Jean


Gweneth Jean Schmidt was born May 2, 1925, in Iowa, she entered the kingdom of Heaven on Dec. 9, 2108.

She was preceded in death by the love of her life Percy Schmidt in 1985; and her brother and sister-in-law, Morris and Hedy Adkins also of Leisure World, in 2012.

As a 17-year resident of Mutual 5, she was a member of the Leisure World Community Church, Bible study, Garden Club and Canasta Club. 

She is survived by her daughters, Glenda Schmidt of Hendersonville, North Carolina; Ginger (Jim) Wallace of Mission Viejo, California; Gayle (Dave) Theophilus of Huntington Beach, California; Marilyn (Jim) Humke of Newton, Iowa; three beloved grandchildren, Grant and Melissa Theophilus of Irvine and Sara Theophifus of Huntington Beach; step-grandchildren, David and Gina Wallace, Brian Wallace; and great-grandchildren Ryan and Katie, and her special grand-pet, Joanie. 

A celebration of life party will be held on Jan. 12 at the Huntington Beach home of her daughter Gayle. For further information, call (714) 767-3189.


Inglis, Jane Bell

1934 – 2018

Jane Bell Inglis, 84, Mutual 2, died Nov. 30, 2018. She was born on July 20, 1934, in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. She had four brothers and three sisters; Johnie, Cathie, Betty, Alec, Robert, Tommy and Rae. All have passed except Tommy and Rae. 

She is survived by her loving daughter, Carlin Bell Warner, her husband Steve, their daughter Cara Jane and son Steven George; son, David Bell Inglis, his wife Sara and their sons David, Anthony and Johnny, and daughters Leanna and Jamie; and son Thomas Templeman Inglis, his wife Vickie and their sons Thomas Jr. and Christopher; as well as 16 great-grandchildren.

Jane liked to travel. She had been to Scotland numerous times,and to England, France, Ireland, Mexico, Alaska, Caribbean Islands, Washington, Oregon and Nevada. She also enjoyed attending the theater and going to concerts. 

She loved her grandchildren dearly and participated in all their activities: soccer, baseball, track meets, Highland dancing competitions, presentations, banquets, and all of the National Charity League fund raisers.

Jane worked for Kaiser in the Environmental Service Department for 20 years. 

And after retirement, she moved to Leisure World in 2004. She enjoyed attending the many clubs and valued the many friendships she made. Jane loved taking care of others. She provided invaluable love and service to her friends and neighbors, driving them to the grocery stores, church services and the various clubs and luncheons.

Jane was a selfless person, always giving, always caring, always lovingand always kind.

She had unconditional love for her family. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She will be so deeply missed by all.

A celebration of life for Jane will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church of Leisure World on Jan. 5 at 11:30 a.m. Reception to follow. 

—paid obituary


Einstein, Pauline


Pauline Einstein, Mutual 14, passed away on Dec. 20, 2018, at the age of 95. 

Born on Nov. 18, 1923, in St. Paul, Minnesota, she moved with her family to sunny Southern California at the age of 10. 

A seasoned professional at a young age, she met her husband, Judge Robert Einstein, both in their 20s at the time, and was the sole breadwinner financially as he studied law and began his practice. The two raised three children in Montebello, California, eventually moving to Huntington Beach and then Long Beach, cherishing their time with their seven grandchildren. 

An avid traveler, Pauline and Robert visited dozens of countries across four continents. 

Upon Robert’s passing in 2008, she moved into Leisure World with her three sisters, Eileen, Ruth, and Shirley, and was active in a variety of clubs including CAP and CalRTA. She loved painting, with dozens of her creations adorning the walls of her kids and grandkids houses. 

Beloved by all she met, she remained active until the end, and will be missed, not only for her patio wine nights, but her spirit and one-of-a-kind personality. 

She leaves behind her sister Ruth; three children, Gary, Wendy, and Marlene; seven grandkids, one great-grandchild on the way, and lots of nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grandnephews.


Young, Ruth 

1927 – 2018

Ruth Young, a 30-year resident of Leisure World, passed away Dec. 21, 2018. 

She was preceded in death by her husband of 65 years, William Young, in 2013.

Ruth is survived by her four children, Jeanene Smith, Richard Young, Stephen Young and Michael Young; 18 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. 

She was an angel here on earth and her family will miss her dearly.


In Memoriam 

Eiko Tolley  91

Joan McKay  76

John Paluka  86

Earlene Smith  67

Erlina David  58

Luanne Phillips  65

Helena Gatov  78

Mildred Hulburt  101

Margo Martinez  64

Helen Flagg 78

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary


On the Go

Day Trips 

Pala Casino – Jan. 18, $6, $10 back, American Legion Post 327, Gail Levitt, 596-1346

Glendale Centre Theatre “A Bundle of Trouble”–  Jan. 19, $99, includes lunch at Tam O’Shanter Inn,  David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Cachuma Lake Eagle & Wildlife Cruise – Feb. 2, $89, includes boxed lunch picnic, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Segerstrom Center, “Come From Away” – Feb. 7, $92, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586. ext. 326

Coachella Valley: Covered Wagon Tour & Cookout – Feb. 10, $119, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

The Pantages Theatre, “Hello Dolly!”The Broadway Musical  – Feb. 17, $139, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

The Living Desert Zoo & Gardens With Tram Tour  – Feb. 23, $89 includes lunch, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Harlem Globetrotters, Honda Center -Saturday, Feb. 23, $55, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586. ext. 326

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

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

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

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

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

Overnight Trips 

Nature’s Bounty & Wonder Valley    four-day tour featuring Fresno’s Blossom Trail, Farm Visits with Tastings and Wonder Valley Ranch. Feb. 24-27, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Central Coast Whales, Rails & Dunes    three-day tour featuring Morro Bay Hotel, Guadalupe Dunes, Whale Watching, Coast Startlight Train. March 6-8, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Death Valley Splendor  – Three-day tour featuring a Ranch at Death Valley Stay, Furnace Creek Inn lunch, Badwater, Local-Guide. March 17-19, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Desert Bloom  – Two-day tour featuring Anza-Borrego Desert State Park, Pala Resort Stay, Temecula Valley, Julian, Local Guide. March 17-18, 2019, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Bluegrass Cruise – Feb. 18-22, four days, Carnival Inspiration, Long Beach, Catalina, Ensenada, Long Beach, Ellen Brannigan, (310) 890-2368.

Jan. 9 Pauma trip is canceled

The New York Club’s monthly day-trip to Pauma Casino on Jan. 9 has been canceled due to unforeseen circumstances. Future trips will be announce at a later date.  

For information, call Phyllis Pierce, 598?3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949.

GRF Recreation

Outing to ‘Life Could Be a Dream’ planned

The Golden Rain Foundation Recreation Department will escort a trip to see “Life Could Be a Dream” at the Beverly O’Neill Theater in Long Beach on Thursday, March 7, at 8 p.m. Tickets are  $70 and includes ticket, bus fare and gratuity for the driver.

The bus will leave from the Amphitheater at 6:15 p.m. Be at the loading area no later than 5:45 p.m. 

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

Cruise dress codes are more relaxed

Cruising dress codes have become much more relaxed over the years. You really can wear what you want with only a few limitations, so if fashion isn’t your thing there’s no need to stress out about your wardrobe, say the cruise experts at CruiseCompete.

But if it’s important to you to be impeccably dressed for every occasion, let’s start by understanding the different terms the cruise lines use to describe attire, and what their expectations are for every situation.

• Casual – Sport shirts for men and anything casual, not cutoff jeans, for women anything resort-like.

• Business casual, resort casual, cruise casual, smart casual, country club casual – all mean similar things: slacks and shirts for men. Polo shirts are OK on most lines, though some like to see button-down shirts. For ladies, skirts/dresses, slacks and sweaters.

It’s a good idea for women to plan to mix and match separates to create different outfits to avoid over-packing. A simple black dress can also be dressed up with a jacket, jewelry and accessories. Sandals with a casual skirt and a white blouse easily transform into cocktail attire with jewels on the sandals and a fancy blouse or top and more jewelry, so do bring your sparkly jewelry.

• Elegant casual, cruise elegant, evening chic, semiformal – f                                                                             or men, dress slacks, dress shirts, jackets, preferred, yet optional exception semiformal. For women, elegant clothing of any type.

• Black tie, gala attire and formal – formal attire for men refers to a tuxedo; a suit and tie; or sport coat, tie and slacks. For women, formal attire means evening gowns, cocktail dresses and dressy resort wear-at a minimum, think a sparkly top and black pants.

Some guests wear tuxedos and evening gowns on formal nights, though most guests wear suits and cocktail attire. Others will do the minimum required-slacks, a sport coat and a dress shirt.

Arts and Leisure Jan 3 2019

LW Dance Classes and Clubs

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

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

•Ballet: A one-hour class is held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 6, second floor. No experience is necessary. Men and women, including beginners, are welcome. Classes, $3, are taught by Mel Lockett. For more information, call Lynn R. Heath, 296-5588.

•Dance Club: Ballroom and social dance classes are held on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Beginning/intermediate rumba is taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate rumba is 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. 

Tap dance classes are held on Thursdays in the Theater Club studio. Beginner tap dance class is from 8:30-9:30 a.m.; advanced, 9:30-10:30 a.m. Joyce Basch instructs. All levels are welcome; no experience is necessary; $5 per class. For more information, contact Basch, 598-1988 or joycebasch@verizon.net. Write “tap” in the subject line.

•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 for all levels on Thursdays from 3-5 p.m., Clubhouse 6, Room C; more advanced dancers attend the Friday class (taught at a faster pace) from 1-3 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Newcomers need general knowledge of line dance and basic dance steps. For more information, inquire in classes.

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

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

•Leisure Time Dancers: Texas two step and Latin cha cha will be taught on Mondays in Clubhouse 6. The two-step, a casual, easy country dance, starts at 2 p.m.; and the upbeat cha cha, at 3 p.m. On Jan. 21, the dances will change to fox trot and salsa, and Mitch Tannen will take over teaching for two weeks, until instructor Richard Sharrard is back on Feb. 4. 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. 

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: Waltz is taught from 9-10 a.m.; the samba, from 10-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 1; Candi Davis; instructor; dancers rotate. Sessions are $5.

•Suede Sole Dancers: The group meets at 6 p.m. on Sundays for a class upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Pat Erickson is the instructor. 

•Velvetones Jazz Club Dance: The big band plays dance music at 6 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month in Clubhouse 4. 

•Zumba Club: Stef Sullivan teaches the class with dance steps inspired by salsa, merengue, cha-cha, raggaeton, Cumbia, Bollywood, jazz, hip-hop and disco. Classes, $3, are held at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. Classes are held in Clubhouse 6, except the Thursday class, which meets in Clubhouse 3.

Joyful Line Dance Club

The Joyful Line Dance Club will resume Jan. 9 from 3-4:30 p.m., which is a new time for classes.

The Joyful Line Dance Club had its last class on Dec. 19 with nicely planned refreshments  provided by instructor Takako Mitchell. Members enjoyed socializing with classmates.

The Joyful Line Dance Club of Leisure World Club began classes five years ago in March. 

The purpose of club is to maintain emotional and physical conditioning to be able to live healthy, enjoyable and happy lives after retirement. 

Joyful Line Dance class is keeping the original purpose of offering everybody, including men, a chance to exercise through line dancing throughout the new year. 

At the same time, the club adds more recent choreographed dances to enjoy and expand its repertoire.

Takako Mitchell brings a wide variety of the latest line dances to the club.

In 2019, the classes will be on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. 

The class will focus on popular favorites for the first 30 minutes, then learn newer dances the next hour. 

Dances will be mostly for intermediate to advanced students with some low intermediate level ones occasionally.

All shareholders are welcome to join. 

No membership is required but people should sign names and provide mutual and unit numbers in keeping with a new GRF policy. 

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

Community Karaoke

On the Wednesday before Christmas, Community Karaoke Club singers were filled with the spirit, enjoying the carols of the season.

Susan Kelleghan received lots of applause for her “All I Want for Christmas is You.” 

Singing is about feelings and emotions. Conveying emotions is the basic element that will move an audience. Many karaoke members do just that.  

Lee Rickerson, a country-western singer from Texas, celebrated his birthday with the club. Jeannie McPharlin brought his favorite carrot cake for everyone to enjoy.

It was fun to have some group singing on stage with the popular carols like “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire,” “Little Saint Nick” by Culley Eaby and  David Noble and “White Christmas” by Janice Chapman and Rosemary Freman.  From the audience, Karen Morris joined a group doing “Frosty the Snowman.”   

Hosts Walt Bier and Margie Thompson hope to see the faithful karaoke members and wonderful audience in Clubhouse 1 on Wednesday nights for the karaoke parties.

GRF Weekly Dance

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

The Jim Gilman Band will play Jan. 5. Gilman has been a regular performer at the GRF Saturday Night and New Year’s Eve for dances many years, bringing ballroom dancing favorites from 1940s swing to 1950s ballroom. 

Jim says, “I got started in music at the age of 7 with six weeks of free accordion lessons. While in college, I played at Knott’s Berry Farm after my father saw an ad in the newspaper, ‘Wanted-Accordion Player.’ 

After graduating, I added electronic keyboards. I met Tony Carinio through an index card on a bulletin board. 

“We toured as Free and Easy for several years throughout the midwest.  

“I formed The Associates with Gordon Powers and Paul Reed in 1976.  Gordon has retired and Mick Waller joined the band in 2010. We’ve played for cruise ships, hotels, country clubs and private parties all over Southern California.

“Adrian Tapia joined us a few years ago and has been a tremendous asset to the band. He’s a huge talent and we’re very lucky to have him,” said Gilman.

Residents can enjoy the band the first Saturday of every month at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 1.  Guests must be accompanied by the GRF member who invites them.

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

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

• People must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m.  to permit adequate time for the custodian to prepare the space for the following day.

• Only the bands can make announcements from the stage.

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

• Everyone should sign in, either as a resident or guest. This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of bands.

Velvetones play Jan. 6

The Velvetones Ballroom Orchestra with Marcia Ford and Manee Valentine will perform in Clubhouse 4 on Sunday, Jan. 6, beginning at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and all are welcome.

Dancers and Mixers

The Dancers & Mixers Club will ring in the new year today, Jan. 3, with an evening of dancing from 7-9 in Clubhouse 4. Everyone is invited. This is a change of day due to the holidays. Live music will be by Linda Herman.  There were will be a variety of music, including a mixer and some line dancing. Kellie Sala will provide light snacks. Bring favorite beverages. 

Membership dues will be collected. Membership for the year is $20. Members must reside in Leisure World 

New officers for 2019 are John Hlavac, president; Karen Morris, vice president; and Linda Herman, secretary/treasurer. 

For more information, call 431-1257.

Whirlers plan Sweetheart Ball

by Eleanor Thompson

LW contributor

The Whirlers New Years’ Eve dinner and dance was held in lieu of the club’s regular dance, on Jan. 4.

So the next dance party will be Friday, Feb. 1, in Clubhouse 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The theme will be “Sweetheart Ball.” There will be music, dancing and a finger-food potluck. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. Square and round dances will be alternated from 7-9 p.m., when potluck and socializing start. Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation, so everyone can dance. Cost is $7 per person. For more information call Lenore Velky at 237-2682.

Square Dance brush-up classes are held on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. All dancers are welcome, including those who want to brush up on their skills or just enjoy the fun of dancing. Singles and couples are welcome. There is a singles rotation so everyone can dance. The class is held at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove. For more information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250. 

Ad Hoc Chorus

The Ad Hoc Chorus 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, show tunes and some humorous novelty ditties. Helene Onu is the song leader and piano accompaniment is provided by Barbara McIlhaney. Everyone has an opportunity to try their hand at being a song leader. You do not have to be able to read music. Song sheets are supplied.

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

Recycle Christmas Trees

Residents can recycle Christmas tree at the 1.8 lot/Mini Farm area. 

People who need assistance can contact the Service Maintenance Department and create an order for their trees to be picked up at the current rate of $42 per hour, which is charged in 15 minute increments. 

Acclaimed Watercolor artist to demonstrate

The Leisure World Art League will start off the new year with a bang, hosting a demonstration by widely acclaimed watercolorist Joseph Stoddard on Tuesday, Jan. 8. 

The monthly meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. People should arrive early to get good seats, as the Art League demos draw  large turnouts from the community.

The demonstration promises to be entertaining and educational, as Joseph is a talented painter who is gifted with a special talent in explaining his work and techniques to longtime artists, novices and everybody in between. While Joseph’s work concentrates primarily on watercolors, the demo will provide insights that will be useful across a broad range of artistic styles.

Despite full-time employment as a partner at SKA Design (an environmental graphics design office) in South Pasadena, Joseph finds time in the evenings and on weekends to pursue his lifelong passion for watercolors. Much of his work centers on Southern California venues, including Pasadena and the greater Los Angeles area, San Diego, Santa Barbara and Death Valley. He is currently working on a sketchbook featuring Colorado, his boyhood home.

 Joseph has produced paintings for a number of Pasadena events, including the annual Bungalow Heaven Tour, the Colorado Street Bridge Party, the Pasadena Showcase House of Design, the California Art Club Artists for Architecture Painting Project, the Pasadena Symphony and the Pasadena Pops Orchestra. His work was recently featured in the latest issue of “The Art of Watercolor,” a French art magazine, as well as “Studios” magazine and “Watercolor Artist” magazine. His studio was featured in “The Man Cave Book.” 

His work has also been on the covers of a variety of publications, including “Westways” magazine, “Pasadena Magazine,” a book series published by the Historical Society of Southern California, and the “Lost and Found Series” by Many Moons Press. In 2001 a book of his sketches titled “Pasadena Sketchbook” was published. The second edition was published in October 2008. A collection of sketches of the University of Redlands titled “Redlands Sketchbook” was published in 2007. Walter Foster Publishing published “Expressive Color,” a painting instruction book, in August 2008.

In 2012, Azusa Pacific University purchased a series of 10 original sketchbooks for its permanent collection, and a print of his painting of Maranatha High School was given to Laura Bush by the school. In 2013, he was invited to submit art for the Bright Side of the City art event Jyvaskyla, Finland. 

His painting of the Pasadena Train Station is in the permanent collection of the Pasadena Museum of History. He developed the theme paintings for the Pasadena Showcase House of Design for  2012 and 2014. 

He is currently working on a sketchbook about Los Angeles.

Those interested in previewing Joseph’s work and learning more about this talented artist are encouraged to visit his website, www.josephstoddard.com.

Members must submit their art work for display by 6:30 p.m. The popular choice theme this month is “Winter.” 

Refreshments will be available, and one of the artist’s pieces will be the prize in the raffle.

GRF Movie

“Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again,” rated PG-13, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 6, in Clubhouse 4.

Five years after the events of Mamma Mia! (2008), Sophie prepares for the grand reopening of the Hotel Bella Donna as she learns more about her mother’s past. 

Her mother, Donna (Meryl Streep), now an independent hotelier in the Greek islands, is preparing for her daughter’s wedding with the help of two old friends. 

Meanwhile Sophie, the spirited bride, has a plan. 

She secretly invites three men from her mother’s past in hope of meeting her real father and having him escort her down the aisle on her big day.

This story of a bride-to-be trying to find her real father is told using hit songs by the popular 1970s group ABBA.

SBTV Listings

SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Thursday, Jan. 3

4 pm Harmonizing Humanity

4:30 pm American Latino 

Christmas Party

5:25 pm Yoga/Doo Wop 

Christmas Show 

6:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm Festival of Lights

8:10 pm Acapella Holiday SBTV-3

8:36 pm Abilene Band Concert 2018

9:30 pm Long Beach Community Band

10:40 pm Sea Inside

11 pm Cerritos Center

Friday, Jan. 4

4 pm Yoga/Retired CHP 

Officer – Hamid

5:02 pm Doo Wop Christmas Show

6:30 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts 

5:40 pm Acapella Holiday SBTV-3

7:40 pm  Abilene Band Concert 2018 

with Rob Roy

8:30 pm Concert for the Blind

10:05 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

10:30 pm Cerritos Center

Saturday, Jan. 5

4 pm Harmonizing Humanity

4:30 pm American Latino Club 

Christmas Party

5:30 pm Festival of Lights

6:06 pm Sea Inside

8 pm Long Beach Community Band

9:10 pm  Bob Cole Conservancy

10 pm Doo Wop Christmas Show

11 pm Live at the Ford

Sunday, Jan. 6

4 pm Yoga/Festival of Lights

4:42 pm Abilene Band Concert 2018

5:30 pm  McGaugh 1st Grade Concert 

6:10 pm McGaugh Go West 

7 pm Long Beach Community Band

8:10 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

9 pm Studio Cafe

10:30 pm Shakespeare in the Park

Monday, Jan. 7

4 pm Yoga/Retired CHP 

Officer Hamid

5:07 pm Abilene Band Concert

6 pm Studio Cafe

7 pm Shakespeare in the Park

9 pm Concert for the Blind

10:35 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Tuesday, Jan. 8

4 pm Harmonizing Humanity

4:30 pm Festival of Lights

5:06 pm American Latino Club

Christmas Party

6 pm Calvary Chapel

6:30 pm McGaugh Go West 2018

7:20 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

8:30 pm Studio Cafe

9:30 pm Abilene Band Concert

10:20 pm Concert for the Blind

Wednesday, Jan. 9

4 pm Doo Wop Christmas Show

5 pm Yoga/Abilene Band Concert

6 pm Acapella Holiday SBTV-3

6 pm McGaugh 1st Grade Concert

7 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

8 pm Studio Cafe

9 pm Long Beach Community Band

10:10 pm Festival of Lights

11 pm Cerritos Center

*All programming is subject to change.

Photo Arts Club

The Photo Arts Club will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 10, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. All are invited. The program has not been determined, but people are welcome to bring cameras to get help with special settings. 

Lapidary Club

The Lapidary and Jewelry Club invites everyone to use its facilities in Clubhouse 4. People do not need to be members of the club but members definitely have more fun.

The Lapidary Room is open more hours then most other clubs in LW. Supervisors are standing by and classes are held to make sure everyone follows safety guidelines and knows how to use the machines in the Lapidary Room.

In addition to periodic classes, the club holds social get-togethers that are not always announced in the LW Weekly due to time constraints. Everyone is welcome to visit the Lapidary Room to check out the lastest announcements on the billboard.

Four classes are scheduled for January:

• Copper Enameling, Fridays, Jan. 11 and 25, instructor Carol Levine

• Glass Fusion, ornamental large pieces, Tuesday, Jan. 15, instructor Kelly Johnson

• Glass Fusion, jewelry, pendants and small pieces, Wednesday, Jan. 16, instructor LaVerne Christenson

Samples of finished pieces can be viewed at the Lapidary Room, where all classes are held. The room is located to the rear of  Clubhouse 4. Classes are from 9 a.m.-noon.

The cost is $10 per person per class for materials and tools; fees are payable at the class.

Sign-up sheets are available in the Lapidary Room. The classes fill up fast so people are advised to register early.

Senior University Class

Leisure World resident Holly Weber will teach the course “Healthy Not High” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, CSULB main campus, Room 101. 

The six-week course will be held on Fridays from 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m., from Jan. 4-Feb. 8.

Using the research of Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D., Bonni Goldstein, M.D., and others, the class will highlight details of cannabis history. It will cover marijuana research done throughout the world. 

The course will demystify the plant and cover when cannabis should not be used and possible medication reactions with it.

To register, call 985-8237 or visit www.csulb.edu/centers/olli.

The book “Cannabis Revealed,” (available at Amazon.com) by Dr.  Goldstein, will be used as a text.

Weber is a registered nurse, certified brain nutritional counselor and psychotherapist, who provides customized wellness consultations and counseling. 

She may be reached for an appointment at  430-8245.

LW Poetry 

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

Heaven’s Gate?

Joe was waitin’

By this funny lookin’ gate,

He said “I’m sure glad you’re here 

But what made you so durn late?”

“Well, the kids asked about money 

And really started to squall

When they finally figgered out 

Medical bills ‘most took it all.”

“They let me know that they was sure 

We wuz both some kind of fool, 

For sellin’ off most of our land

To put ‘em all through school.”

“Each girl wanted Grandma’s china, 

And stirred up a turrible fuss,

I just cain’t hardly believe them four 

Really come from us!

When the boys got all lathered up 

And fought over your old chevy,

I had to run ‘em all away 

‘Cause my old heart was gettin’ heavy.

But then I felt almighty good 

After I figgered out what to do, 

So I made a new will leavin’ 

What’s left to the ACLU.”

Well, Joe fell over laughin’ 

And o’ course I joined right in,

And it’s none of your durn business 

What we did then!”

—Julie Ford

Opera Club

Everyone is invited to come and watch Leoncavallo’s “Pagliacci” at Clubhouse 3, Room 1, on Tuesday, Jan. 8, at 1:30 p.m. 

This is not the usual meeting date and will be the club’s only meeting in January. 

Opera club member Sylvan Von Burg will introduce the opera.

The virtuoso production is under the baton of Christian Thielemann at the Staatskapelle Dresden. 

It features the popular tenor Jonas Kaufmann in the title role and Maria Agresto as his wife. The story, which consists of a play within a play, focuses on the real life dilemma of love, attraction, jealousy and rage.

In Act I, Canio, a theater manager and actor, is promoting his upcoming comedy about a circus clown named Pagliacci. During the preparations he learns from a fellow actor that his wife Nedda is being courted by a local villager who plans to elope with her after the evening’s show. As Canio dresses for his role, he sings the celebrated “vesti la giubba” commiserating his predicament as the spurned husband.

Act II opens as the audience is watching the clown’s wife rejecting a suitor but reacting to the attentions of another man played by Harlequin. The similarity of the plot to Canio’s real life problem forces Canio to drop all defenses and demand of Nedda the identity of her real life suitor. 

As she refuses he grabs a knife and chases her off the stage into the audience, where he kills her along with her real life suitor and announces “the comedy is finished.”

The opera is sung in the original Italian with English subtitles, Room 1 is open at 1 (but not before). No dues are collected. For further information, contact Beverly Emus at 296-5586 or bemus@socal.rr.com.   

Video Producers

The Video Producers Club offers free training weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 12-A. Get answers to video-related questions and step-by-step demonstrations; no appointments needed. Drop in Mondays to learn more about creating and editing videos with Joe Osuna; Tuesdays, how to transfer VHS tapes to DVD or other media, Richard Houck; Wednesdays, general information about the club and its services, Irene Cistaro; Thursdays, using smartphones and tablets to take videos, Joseph Valentinetti; and Fridays, creating and editing videos, Janice Laine. For more information, call the VPC Room at 431-6586, ext. 287.

Check out Playaway Launchpads

The Leisure World Library has a new addition to the collection: Playaway Launchpads. 

Playaway Launchpads are the first-ever secure, pre-loaded learning tablet. 

Each Launchpad is pre-loaded with over a dozen high-quality, ad-free games for learning and fun. 

Games include Ultimate Hangman, Hidden Objects, Mahjong, Sudoku and many more. Library patrons may checkout one Launchpad for three weeks of non-stop fun. Everyone is invited to try them out. 

For more information on the Playaway Launchpads, stop by the LW Library adjacent to Clubhouse 3 or call 598-2431. 

Hui O Hula

Hui O Hula’s Walk In-Hula Out class resumes on Monday, Jan. 7, at 10 a.m. There will be live music and new hula. Hula lessons are also offered every Tuesday at 1:15 p.m.  All are welcome to spend an hour or so upstairs in Clubhouse 6 learning the dances of Hawaii. Classes are free. Jojo Weingart is the instructor.