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First COVID-19 fatality reported
Please be advised that notification has been received that a resident of Seal Beach Leisure World has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus and has subsequently passed away at the hospital.
There is currently no information as to the source that exposed the resident to the virus, but it is GRF’s understanding that the authorities will investigate further through contact tracing.
GRF considered whether or not to advise the residents of Leisure World out of concern that doing so could cause heightened anxiety.
This notice is provided with an abundance of caution. GRF has also elected (and is required) to maintain the confidentiality of the identity of the resident and to respect his/her family’s privacy.
GRF reminds all occupants of the community to practice social distancing and to comply with all local government and state mandates and recommendations, including those directing “all individuals living in the state of California to stay home or at their place of residence except as needed to maintain continuity of operations of the federal critical infrastructure sectors….”
Each person is responsible for ensuring his or her own safety through proper social distancing and sheltering at home, whenever possible.
Please maintain a safe distance from others, wear face masks when outside your home, be mindful of any surfaces you come into contact with, and practice good hand washing.
Additional information regarding COVID-19 may be found on the California Department of Public Health website: cdph.ca.gov/covid19.
GRF thanks the residents of Leisure World Seal Beach for their continuing cooperation during these trying times and wishes you all good health as our community works together to help stop the spread of the virus.
—from the Golden Rain Foundation
In observance of Independence Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed Friday, July 3.
The Leisure World Maintenance Department will be on call for emergencies only and may be reached by calling 594-4754.
Message to Community
by Linda Stone
Residents often tell me how much they value the peace of Leisure World. The lawns and landscaping, and the protection and affection of neighbors, often make us forget we live in one of the nation’s busiest, most densely populated spots.
We’ve now lost a bit of that sense of isolation from the world around us. In the last month we learned from an unauthorized source of positive cases of COVID-19 among our neighbors.
Then, last Wednesday, the GRF received word from a family member of a community resident that Leisure World Seal Beach had suffered its first known death from COVID-19.
Your collective strength in adhering to safety rules helped keep this scourge at bay.
However, after four months of the virus battering against our walls, it was unlikely we could have completely avoided any such tragedy.
Through the media, we know about the significant outbreak in the assisted living facility just outside our gates.
In comparison with Los Angeles County, our county has fared relatively well. Still, Orange County deaths from COVID-19 have risen each week for the last five weeks.
Whether we want to be isolated from the world or not, we find ourselves on the front lines in helping ourselves, our neighbors and our beleaguered health system battle this disease.
Now we must urge you to redouble these efforts to further minimize the disease’s spread.
After consulting with governmental and public health authorities concerning how to maximize the community’s health and welfare, we have determined to again close our golf course, as well as Veterans Plaza’s outdoor activities.
Our sole goal in these actions is to limit contact and to support necessary physical distancing.
We are ever mindful that our residents are in the greatest peril from COVID-19 as we make this decision.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, 80 percent of all Americans who have died from COVID have been over 65 years of age. So, what you may perceive as GRF’s over-caution, looks like realism as the board and staff assess our response.
Members and residents must continue to adhere to the precautions that have been effective in limiting COVID’s effects on our community. The GRF Board and staff, and each of the Mutuals have made the same commitment. We have implemented protocols to ensure near constant disinfecting of facilities and require staff members to employ masks and physical distancing to promote safety.
If a staff member suspects he or she may have encountered a person with a communicable disease, that employee must stay home for at least 14 days.
In addition to your continued adherence to the standards that public health authorities and the GRF have established for the community’s safety, we ask for one additional measure of your commitment to your neighbors’ security. All members and residents are encouraged to call or email GRF at COVID@LWSB.com if you have, or suspect you have, been infected by the COVID-19 virus. Within the extent possible, GRF will respect your privacy and identity, and will take steps to assist you and translate your experience into precautionary measures for the community as a whole.
We understand this is a rapidly changing environment of heightened anxiety and concern. We will keep you updated as new information arises and if protocols must be augmented or can be relaxed. At this point, when we are more exposed to the perils of the world than what we might prefer, let us find strength and safety in the collective efforts of our friends and neighbors who make up our precious community.
Remember the guidelines:
• Distance yourself at least six feet from individuals who are not members of your household.
• Wash hands with soap and water frequently for at least 20 seconds or use hand sanitizer containing at least 60 percent alcohol.
• Wear a cloth face covering, both indoors and outdoors, when you may possibly encounter others who do not live in your household, per the State’s June 18 mandate.
• Avoid all physical interaction with people outside your household if you get sick with a fever or cough, except to seek medical care.
To learn more about the coronavirus, including ongoing updates, prevention tips and frequently asked questions:
• Center for Disease Control: www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/index.html
• World Health Organization: www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019
With the Fourth of July holiday this weekend, small gatherings are sure to occur even though health officials are advising people to resist the urge to visit friends and family, even from a distance of six feet.
The Centers for Disease Control offers the following principles to increase protection against COVID-19 (these considerations are meant to supplement—not replace— state and local health and safety laws, rules, and regulations with which gatherings must comply).
The CDC defines a gathering as as a planned or spontaneous event, indoors or outdoors, with a small number of people participating.
The more people an individual interacts with at a gathering and the longer that interaction lasts, the higher the potential risk of becoming infected with COVID-19 and COVID-19 spreading.
Virtual get-togethers carry the lowest risk of COVID-19, followed by smaller, outdoor gatherings with members from different households spaced at least six feet apart and wearing cloth face coverings. People should not share objects, and come from the same community.
Risk increases as more people are added.
Questions To Ask Your Potential Guests Before They Arrive
• Do you feel sick?
Remind guests to stay home if they are sick especially if they have or recently had a fever, cough and shortness of breath.
• Have you been exposed to COVID-19 in the last 14 days or are showing COVID-19 symptoms?
Anyone who has had close contact with a person who has COVID-19 should also stay home and monitor their health. Invited guests who live with those at higher risk should also consider staying home to minimize the potential risk to their loved ones.
•Are you comfortable wearing a mask and maintaining a six-foot distance?
Communicate the ground rules in advance. Gatherings should be outdoors with tables arranged to allow for social distancing. People from the same household can be in groups together and don’t need to be six feet apart—just 6 feet away from other families. It’s easier to let people know what will be expected before they arrive. Consider having people bring their own everything, even utensils, have disposable towels in the bathroom and hand sanitizer readily available.
Celebrating the Fourth
Joint Forces Training Center
The cities of Seal Beach and Los Alamitos will host a Drive-Up 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular at the Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base. Similar to a drive-in movie of old, people will come to the base in cars to see one of the best fireworks shows in the area.
The show begins at about 9 p.m., Saturday, July 4.
People should enter the base at the Lexington Gate (Lexington and Katella) or the Orangewood Gate (Orangewood and Los Al Boulevard) as a high volume of vehicles is expected, and a check-in procedure will be in place.
The check-in procedure will include an I.D. check, temperature check and health screenings for all individuals inside each vehicle.
Gates will open at 7:15 p.m. for vehicle entrance only. No pedestrians and bicycles will be allowed onto the installation. Follow exact instructions from parking attendants as they will direct vehicles on where to park. When parked, everyone needs to stay inside their vehicles and not walk around the event area with the exception of walking to and from the portable restrooms.
All adults and youth must wear face coverings and practice social distancing at all times.
No food will be available for purchase at the event, and no alcohol is permitted.
During the duration of the fireworks show, it is encouraged that you stay inside your vehicle or directly in front of your vehicle to view the show.
For the safety of your family, ensure that your entire party is in your vehicle and accounted for once the show is complete.
People are asked to be patient upon entry and exiting of the event as a large number of vehicles will be arriving and leaving at the same time. Suggested time of arrival is at least one hour prior to the start of the fireworks display.
Pets are not allowed. RVs are not allowed.
For more information, visit www.cityoflosalamitos.org.
Watch fireworks on TV
Huntington Beach leaders have canceled the city’s annual Fourth of July celebration that includes fireworks and the pier festival. People can stay safe at home and watch fireworks. Here are some options:
• A Capitol Fourth
When: July 4, 8 p.m. ET
How to watch: A Capitol Fourth is broadcast on PBS and can also be heard on NPR member stations nationwide.
This 40th annual event features a star-studded concert event and fireworks that go off above the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The event is covered from 20 cameras positioned around D.C., ensuring viewers are front and center for the greatest display of fireworks in the nation.
• Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks
When: July 4, 8 p.m. ET
How to watch: This event is broadcast live on NBC. For those who don’t have a television or cable subscription, NBC can be streamed online.
This year’s event is slated to look a little different. Rather than a single 25-minute show on Independence Day, Macy’s will instead hold several unannounced, smaller fireworks displays across New York City’s five boroughs. The smaller displays, held June 29-July 4, are meant to reduce crowds and encourage social distancing.
The mini displays will build up to a televised finale July 4 featuring the Empire State Building.
• 94th Annual Virtual AmericaFest Celebration
The Rose Bowl will host a virtual celebration, and there’ll be a flyover of a Pasadena, but no fireworks show this year. It will host a virtual event on the afternoon of Saturday, July 4, so Pasadena locals and international fans alike can tune in to the 94th Annual Virtual AmericaFest Celebration on Rose Bowl LIVE.
Focused around legacy and community-building, the one-hour virtual event will feature celebrations of the United States Veterans and military personnel, messages from the local community thanking first responders, frontline workers and their personal heroes for their work during COVID-19, and a salute to America with a message for why we celebrate the 4th of July. At the culmination of the online-based event, there will be a flyover of Pasadena and its most historic landmarks. The flyover will be viewable from many Pasadena resident’s homes, as well as streamed online, providing equal access to this free event for all.
• Link to tickets – https://www.rosebowllive.tv/events/rose-bowl-july-4th
• Link to submit a video – https://www.rosebowllive.tv/submit-your-video
Fireworks are illegal in Seal Beach
The City of Seal Beach would like to remind the community that it is illegal to sell, possess or discharge fireworks anywhere within Seal Beach.
Seal Beach Municipal Code §7.20.065 prohibits fireworks in Seal Beach. This includes fireworks sold as “safe and sane” in neighboring cities. Those who violate this section may be issued a misdemeanor citation and/or administrative fine. Additionally, any person who violates this section shall be liable to the City for the actual costs of seizure, impoundment, and disposal of such fireworks, in addition to any and all other penalties available under the municipal code.
The Seal Beach Police Department has received several complaints of fireworks being lit in multiple areas throughout the city and has increased patrols to address these issues.
On the Fourth of July, the Seal Beach Police Department will deploy additional officers to patrol and enforce fireworks violations.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, about 180 people go to the emergency room every day with fireworks-related injuries in the month around the July 4 holiday. Even sparklers caused an estimated 500 emergency room visits in 2018 with the majority of injuries occurring on the hands, fingers and legs.
If you see or hear fireworks being used in Seal Beach, call the Seal Beach Police Department’s non-emergency line at (562) 594-7232.
Golf Cart Parade canceled
The Rollin’ Thunder Fourth of July Parade has been canceled. It was scheduled to start at 9:30 a.m. departing from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot this Saturday.
The parade was canceled in the wake of a COVID-19-related death in LWSB and as a precaution to help curb the spread of the virus here.
GAF Shredding Service
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) will sponsor a free shredding service in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot on Thursday, July 9, at from 10 a.m.-noon. Because of COVID-19 restrictions, the following requirements are in place:
• People must social distance and wear masks when dropping off materials to be shredded.
• Shareholders will drop their papers and go; there will be no waiting.
• No cardboard boxes can to dropped off; put papers in plastic or brown paper bags.
• There will be no chairs to sit on; no line will be allowed to form.
• GAF volunteers will monitor bags until truck arrives to pick them up.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Pathways and GAF provide masks
The Golden Age Foundation and Pathways, nonprofit community service organizations, are working together to give more services to shareholders, especially the homebound.
Pathways and GAF volunteers are partnering to make sure LW residents have what they need during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Pathways staff checks in weekly with clients and makes sure they have what they need to shelter in place.
In the last three months, volunteers have provided essential services such as getting prescriptions delivered and locating caregivers.
Being forced to stay at home has caused some residents to feel isolated and alone. Pathways’ weekly calls brighten their day and gives them a sense of peace simply by knowing someone is watching out for them.
This past week GAF contacted Pathways to assist it in delivering over 100 masks for their clients.
These masks were made by LW shareholders for their neighbors.
Pathways will distribute the masks to clients over the next few weeks. The collaboration is just one more way that the GAF builds partnerships to make sure LWers have what they need to be safe while sheltering at home.
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Fred and Linda Fenton of Mutual 12 have spent their time at safer-at-home by adding a hand-crafted stained glass window from the renowned Judson Studios, the oldest family-run stained glass studio in America, to their Interlachen Road home. The project exceeded their expectations and distracted the couple from COVID-19 concerns.
by Fred Fenton
My wife, Linda, and I decided to add a stained glass window to our Mutual 12 apartment after a tour of Judson Studios in Highland Park last fall.
Judson has been designing and fabricating art glass for churches and secular buildings around the globe since 1897. At the studios, we met David Judson, the fifth-generation family member to own and operate the company. Our tour covered the fascinating, age-old process by which stained glass windows are made.
Driving home to Leisure World, we began thinking about a stained glass window for our apartment. The question was, where could we put it? After looking around our home, as if for the first time, we decided on the short entrance wall which featured only the doorbell and a mail slot.
Next, we called Judson Studios, not sure they would consider doing a small job like ours. They seemed happy to oblige, especially when I told them we had already chosen a design for the window. Apparently, much of their time can be spent drawing something up for customers who are not quite sure what they want and can be difficult to satisfy.
Frank Lloyd Wright, our favorite architect, incorporated stained glass windows in his homes. I emailed a picture of his “Tree of Life” design to Judson. They were familiar with Wright’s work and said they would be happy to use it in creating a window for us.
Linda met with our contractor, John Bergkvist, who ordered a framed, clear glass window for the wall we had chosen. It would provide a wooden frame in which to insert the stained glass window and also provide the protection of a clear glass pane on the outside. By the time the window arrived, the COVID-19 virus had come to Orange County. The workmen and we ourselves were masked like bandits and kept our distance.
Some weeks later, the stained glass window arrived from Judson. We opened the package to see it for the first time. We were thrilled. It was just as we had imagined. In the lower right corner of the window it was signed “Judson Studios 2020.” The workman returned to install our beautiful window, adding a narrow strip of wood on four sides to hold it in place. We had our stained glass window to enjoy for years to come.
Letters to Editor
I would like to thank Maria Giegerich, a longtime member of our community who provided a service to my husband and me this week. Maria, whose ad is regularly in the LW Weekly, came to our home and provided tennis ball cushions for two of my husband’s walkers.
She did this as a service, refusing all payment. All of LW can be reminded of the goodness of people, by her unselfish act of kindness.
Astronaut Frank Borman wrote this December 1968:
“Give us, O God, the vision to see thy love in the world, in spite of human failure. Give us the faith to trust the goodness in spite of our ignorance and weakness. Give us the knowledge that we may continue to pray with understanding hearts , and show us what each us can do to set forth the coming of the day of universal peace. Amen.”
His words, while up there on the moon, are so remarkable in view of today’s situations and problems.
With the recent upsurge in cases and the fact the LW is filled with high-risk occupants, I highly recommend that we ensure the safety of our residents with one simple step: Since all guests have to stop at the gate for entry, it takes two seconds to shoot a temperature gun and if they have a temperature, access would be denied.
Residents and people with passes, of course, would not be subject to this process, but all guests and most delivery and workman would have to get a pass and thus have their temperature taken.
Just a thought.
Submissions in each of the following categories may be published at the discretion of the Communications and Technical Director.
Letters to the Editor: Maximum number of words: 250. Letters should be typed and delivered to LW Weekly by email preferred), regular mail, deposited in a white GRF drop box, or hand-delivered. Letters must be of general interest to the community and may contain opinions, suggestions, compliments and complaints without being scurrilous, libelous, defamatory, repetitive or otherwise inappropriate. The names of individual employees, titles and/or departments will not be permitted in letters that could adversely impact any Foundation employee directly or indirectly.
Member Column: At a maximum 500 words, columns may present an argument, opinion or information about pending issues of concern to the community. Priority to first-time or less frequent writers. Some names will be left out to protect privacy.
Setting It Straight
A June 18 article about free audiobooks through the Orange County Library System had an incorrect email address. The correct address is ocpl.org.
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ID renewals due in Mutuals 2, 10, 16, 17
Residents of Mutuals 2, 10, 16, 17 must renew ID cards during their birth months.
GRF ID cards expire in 2020 for members in Mutuals 2, 10, 16 and 17.
Residents in these Mutuals need to stop by Stock Transfer during the month of their birthday to obtain a replacement card.
The expiration date for all ID cards is in the right bottom corner of the ID card.
Shareholders in other Mutuals should look at their ID card to see what year their cards expire.
New ID cards will be replaced upon surrender of an old card.
If a member has lost his or her card there will be a $20 fee charged.
Per Policy 50-1201-1, GRF ID cards will be renewed every five years for all shareholders.
Physical distancing and wearing a face mask is required for service.
Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change).
Tues., July 7 Mutual 16
Zoom conference call 9:30 p.m.
Tues., July 7 Mutual 17
Zoom conference call 1:30 p.m.
Wed., July 8 Mutual 4 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)
Zoom conference call 9:30 a.m.
Thurs., July 9 Mutual 12
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Fri., July 10 Mutual 3
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Wed., July 15 Mutual 5
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Thurs., July 16 Mutual 2
Zoom conference call 9 a.m.
Mon., July 20 Mutual 15
Zoom conference call 1 p.m.
Tues., July 21 Mutual 14
Zoom conference call 1 p.m.
July 2, 2020
in accordance with
NOTE: This meeting is closed to Shareholders/Members per Civil Code §4935
A. Call to Order
President Linda Stone
B. Roll Call
GRF June 30 Board Meeting Recap
Agenda is subject to change.
General – Reserve and Capital Funding Requests – Replacement and Purchase of Fitness Center Equipment
MOVED and duly approved to accelerate Reserve funding, in the amount of $286,699, and authorize Capital funding, in the amount of $37,042, for a total funding authorization of $323,741, and authorize the Executive Director to initiate the purchase of fitness equipment, from Out-Fit fitness company, in the amount of $323,740.54.
General – Approve Sale of Existing Fitness Center Equipment
MOVED and duly approved a variance to Governing Document 40-3323-3, Disposition of Surplus Equipment, to dispose of surplus GRF property as Identified as the existing Fitness Equipment to K Allen Consulting, to seek the maximum financial return on the disposition of the property. K Allen Consulting shall provide a detailed inventory of all property consigned and shall provide to GRF a return of 30 % of the sale to GRF as a condition of the consignment of the property for sale.
MOVED and duly approved to open Mission Park, Stage 1, under the required guidelines and
protocols, as presented, for active outdoor activities (Pickleball, beginning Monday, June 29). GRF reserves the exclusive right to close Mission Park without notice for non-compliance to posted guidelines.
Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule (meetings are dependent on orders related to COVID-19; check schedules for latest information):
Thurs., July 2 GRF Board Executive Session
Virtual 1 p.m.
Mon., July 6 Recreation Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Wed., July 8 Security, Bus and Traffic
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Fri., July 10 Executive Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Mon., July 20 Finance Committee
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Tues., July 21 Website Ad Hoc Committee
Administration 1 p.m.
The Senior Shopping Shuttle to Ralphs, Target and Sprouts has been canceled until further notice.
Dial-A-Ride service is available for shopping rides to any location within the City of Seal Beach.
Service is available at no cost Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m.
Advance reservations are required by calling (877) 224-8294.
For eligibility information, call California Yellow Cab (714) 427-2555 and ask for Melissa Gomez or Cristina Valle.
For additional Information, contact Iris Lee at Seal Beach City Hall, (562) 431-2527, ext. 1322, firstname.lastname@example.org or AskCityHall@sealbeachca.gov.
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Grab n Go Meals
Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot
Special July 4 Barbecue: Berg Catering will offer barbecue beef and chicken and pulled pork dinners with sides and desserts to celebrate July 4 from 3:30-5:30 p.m.; pre-orders only at (562) 663-2038 or online at bergcatering.com (LW Menu). See menu below.
• Monday, July 6: Kabobaholic Food Truck – Chicken or meat kabobs, Gyros, Falafel, loaded fries, 4-6 p.m., www.kabobaholicft.com or text (949) 400-4696 for preorders or buy onsite. Mention LWSB, cash/cards.
• Tuesday, July 7: Taco Tuesday—Mexican favorites plus hot dogs, burgers and fries, 5-7 p.m., cash/cards, no pre-orders
• Wednesday, July 8: Special Day: Lucille’s Smokehouse – barbecue, salads, sandwiches – no pre-orders, just show up between 4-6 p.m., cash/cards (Gourmet Renee returns next week)
• Thursday, July 9: Domino’s Pizza – Call ahead for special orders; wings and salads offered; 3-7 p.m., cash/cards, (562) 493-2212; Mandi’s Candies Ice Cream Truck, 4-7 p.m.
• Friday: July 10: NEW DAY! Katella Deli, extensive menu—appetizers, salads, hot entrees, 4-6 p.m. Call ahead at (562) 594-8611 or order online www.katellabakery.com, specials of the day available onsite, cash/cards.
• Saturday, July 11: Naples Rib Company, barbecue, salads, sandwiches —order ahead online for faster service, www.ribcompany.com/LW or (562) 439-RIBS; cash/cards; new hours: 3:30-5 p.m.
•Sunday, July 12: Berg Catering – Freshly prepared meals with a healthy gourmet touch, 3:30-5:30 p.m., pre-order at (562) 663-2038 or online at www.bergcatering.com (LW Menu) or buy onsite, PayPal, checks, cash, cards.
All Grab ‘n’ Go events will take place, rain or shine. If it rains or is too hot, people line up inside Clubhouse 6. People should keep a six-foot distance and wear a mask. For information, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.
On-call bus service available from 4:30 p.m. when regular service ends. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379.
For more information or to make a suggestion, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379.
Watch for LW Live! alerts for daily menus. Sign up for LW Live at https://www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/.
4th of July Menu
Grab n Go
To place orders, call (562) 663-2038
Clubhouse 6, 3:30-5:30 p.m.
• Barbecue Beef Sandwich
choice of coleslaw or potato salad, chips
• Pulled pork sandwich
choice of coleslaw or potato salad, chips
Diet Coke, Coke, Dr. Pepper, lemondade, bottled water
Apple crisp, triple chocolate brownie, lemon poppy seed cake
Cash and credit cards accepted.
View the menu online, www.bergcatering.com
OC Library System has e-library
The Orange County Library System has an entire electronic library to offer digitized resources to its patrons and that includes Leisure World residents.
All you need is a library card.
Go to ocpl.org and complete the online library card application or download the application.
Once you have a library card, there are ebooks and audiobooks galore to choose from.
Golf Club Scores
The Men’s Friday Golf played at David L. Baker Executive Golf Course in Fountain Valley on June 26. Eleven men and two women challenged the par 62, 3800-yard course. The weather was cool and overcast but when the sun came it became hot and humid. The course was in fairly good shape and was a challenge to the competitors. Even with the tee boxes all the way back there were many low scores and 5 birdies for this round.
All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).
First Place: Bill McKusky, 8 under 54; second: Fujio Norihiro, 1 under 61 plus a birdie and closest to the pin on the 120-yard par 3 hole No. 3; third: Paul Cose, 1 under 61; fourth: tie between Jim Goltra, Ron Jackson and Dave LaCascia, 2 over 64; fifth: Sam Choi and two birdies.
Bill and Ron tied for fewest putts and Fujio was closest to the pin on the par 3—150-yard third hole.
First Place: Bob Munn, an exceptional 12 under 50; second: Lowell Goltra, 3 under 59; third: tie between John Meyer and Jerry Hore at 1 under 61; fourth Liz Meripol. Bob had fewest putts and a birdie plus closest to the pin on the 120-yard, par 3 No. 15. Jerry Hore also had a birdie.
Men’s Monday Golf
The Men’s Monday Golf League continued on June 22 at the Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. Eleven men, including our newest member, and one woman challenged the par 70, 5,600-yard 18-hole course. A cool, overcast start turned into a lovely late morning. The course, which parallels and crosses the Santa Ana River several times, is in excellent shape and there were several low scores plus a few birdies.
First Place: Fujio Norihiro, 4 under 66, plus a birdie, closest to the pin on the 150-yard par 3 #2, and fewest putts; second: Bill McKusky, 3 under 67 and a birdie; third: Sam Choi: par 70; fourth: Dave LaCascia; fifth: Jerry Hore.
First Place: Tom Ross: 6 under 64; second: tie between Bill Zurn and Bob Munn, one over 71; third: John Meyer, 2 over 72; fourth: Lowell Goltra plus closest to the pin on the 100-yard par 3 #9; fifth: Liz Meripol.
Both the Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting between 7-7:30 a.m., except holidays. The courses are David L. Baker in Fountain Valley, Meadowlark in Huntington Beach, Riverview in Santa Ana and Willowick in Garden Grove. Membership is not required. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in each flight; two prizes for closest to the pin on par threes; and a prize for the lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-One, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact, Bill McKusky (562) 430-8618 or Dave LaCascia (801) 674-5975.
The Men’s Monday/Friday League is looking for golfers (men and women) to join the league during the local course shutdown. Handicaps can be determined using our local course handicap numbers and adjusted for the longer and more difficult courses outside Leisure World. Contact Dave for more information.
Rancho Los Alamitos is open
The historic barnyard and gardens at Rancho Los Alamitos are a peaceful place of respite during challenging times. The volunteers and staff at the Rancho will welcome visitors back to these outdoor spaces beginning on Saturday, June 20. Guests are invited to take a leisurely stroll through the green open spaces of the Rancho, enjoying the seasonal blooms in the gardens and communing with the livestock in the barnyard. Admission is free-of-charge.
Reservations to visit the Rancho are organized by time and date so that distancing protocols may be observed, ensuring a relaxed experience for all visitors. Reservations may be made at the Rancho’s website at https://www.rancholosalamitos.com or via email at info@RanchoLosAlamitos.org. All visitors over 2 years of age must wear a face covering.
Rancho Los Alamitos is located at 6400 East Bixby Hill Road in Long Beach. Enter the Rancho via the Bixby Hill residential guard gate located at the intersection of Palo Verde Avenue and East Anaheim Road. As the health and safety of the Rancho’s visitors, volunteers, and staff are a top priority, the site will reopen with new protocols. For
Rancho Los Alamitos, the “Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods,” is a Long Beach City Landmark and is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
The Rancho has a continuous history that stretches back for more than 1,500 years and reflects the many people who have called it home – from the first people, the Tongva-Gabrielino, to the European colonists to the American ranchers and farmers of the 19th and 20th centuries.
The 75-acre historic site includes four acres of nationally significant historic gardens, a ranch house (1790-1933), and restored barnyard of the early 20th-century working ranch. In 1968, the children of Fred and Florence Bixby, the last private owners, donated the family ranch to the City of Long Beach, transforming what had been a working ranch to a public oasis and setting the stage for what Rancho Los Alamitos is today—a place for all time and for everyone.
People can tour the spacious historic site and gardens and visiting with the farm animals (horses, sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and rabbits) in the barns area. The Rancho is open to the public by reservation from Wednesday-Sunday, 1-5 p.m. Admission and parking are free. For more information, call (562) 431-3541. The not-for-profit Rancho Los Alamitos Foundation operates the facility.
Video Producers Club
The Video Producers Club is offering free Zoom classes at 10 a.m., Monday-Friday, and a Zoom Party Social on Saturday at 5 p.m.
Classes are as follows:
•Monday, 10 a.m., intermediate Zoom class for Windows and Android users with Joe Osuna, host. For an invite to his class, email email@example.com.
•Monday, 2 p.m., Zoom class for iPad and Mac users with Fred Carpenter, host. For an invite to his class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Tuesday, 10 a.m., Zoom on Windows with guest lecturer Miryam Fernandez with Bonnie Cooper. Email email@example.com for an invitation.
•Wednesday, 10 a.m., beginners Zoom class Windows and Android users with Joe Osuna, host. For an invite to his class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Thursday, 10 a.m., beginner’s Zoom class for Windows and Android users and for beginning Video Producers with Joseph Valentinetti, host. For an invite to his clas, email email@example.com.
•Friday, 10 a.m., guest lecturer Bob Cohen in Friday Morning Tech Talk; learn more about technology each week. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for an invite or visit the calendar at www.bobology.com.
• Saturdays, 5 p.m., Zoom Party Social, hour open to all residents, hosted by Joseph Valentinetti. For an invite to the party, email email@example.com.
LW Bike Club
Bored at home? Not getting enough exercise?
Join the Leisure Bicyclists Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 9 a.m. at the North Gate for a ride to Long Beach, Huntington Beach or Eldorado Park.
Ride at your own safe speed and use any make of bicycle: Treks, recumbents and electric bicycles, etc., are all welcome.
Helmets and safe shoes are a must.
Safe distancing and masks are required. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for further details.
No More Donations to Bookstore
The Friends of the Library Bookstore has been closed since mid-March.
This week, it suspended donations as it is at capacity and has no more space.
Residents are asked to hold onto their donations until the Bookstore reopens.
OLLI Zoom Class
Holly Weber, RN, LCSW, psychoanalyst and certified brain nutrition counselor, will teach the course “Healthy Not High” through the Osher Life Long Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, Long Beach, on Wednesdays, July l0 -Aug. 12, from 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. (six weeks).
Using the solid research of Bonni Goldstein, M.D., Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D., and many others, this course will highlight the details of cannabis history and cover marijuana research that has been done in the U.S. and throughout the world.
Historically, recorded as early as 2350 B.C., cannabis (marijuana) was used to successfully treat a myriad of medical and psychological conditions.
Unfortunately it became illegal in the United States in the 1930s.
Class topics include the endocannabinoid system present in your body; demystifying the plant, anti-viral properties of cannabis (especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic); and vaping cannabis.
Weber will also discuss when cannabis should not be used and give specific conditions for which research demonstrates cannabis to be beneficial.
Weber provides customized wellness consultations and counseling. She may be reached for an appointment at (562) 430-8245.
Gentle Flow Yoga
Join Monarch Healthcare and Alignment Healthcare for a virtual Gentle Flow Yoga series via Zoom. Certified yoga instructor Holly Robinson will guide participants through a series of poses and stretches to help feel more at ease. This class is suitable for all levels and abilities. All you need is a mat and an open mind.
Classes will be held from 2-3 p.m. on Mondays, July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27.
All Leisure World residents are welcome to attend at no cost.
RSVP for Gentle Flow Yoga by emailing Grecia Nunez, senior ambassador at the Health Care Center, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the day you would like to attend and we will send you your Zoom link.
Family Radio Service Drills
Calling all Family Radio Service Users in Leisure World—the Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. Use the following guidelines.
• Call-in time is from 9:30-9:45 a.m.
• Use Channel 13/0.
• Be sure to wait until the radio is clear and call in stating your first name, last name initial and mutual, example “John S., Mutual 13, checking in.” Remember to press the side button to speak and release when finished.
If you are not sure how to call in and would like additional instruction on use of the FRS radio, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson, email@example.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.
Senior Shopping Shuttle
The Senior Shopping Shuttle to Ralphs, Target and Sprouts has been canceled until further notice. Dial-A-Ride service is available for shopping rides to any location within the City of Seal Beach.
Service is available at no cost Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. -2:30 p.m. Advance reservations are required by calling (877) 224-8294. For eligibility information, call California Yellow Cab (714) 427-2555 and ask for Melissa Gomez or Cristina Valle.
For additional Information, contact Iris Lee at Seal Beach City Hall, (562) 431-2527, ext. 1322, firstname.lastname@example.org or AskCityHall@sealbeachca.gov.
JFTB hosts fire prevention drills
With the 2020 California wildfire season fast approaching, the Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) hosted the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) for a full day of battalion-level wildland firefighting drills and training exercises on May 28.
The agenda included practice filling the 360-gallon belly tank of the OCFA’s Bell 412 EP water dropping helicopter when the only available “water point” is a fire engine or water tender.
Progressive hose-laying drills prepared responders to create their own water pipeline in the wildland by progressively adding 100-foot intervals of hose to attack a fire at its perimeter when natural water sources are lacking. Drills included rehearsing communication plans, radio procedures and fire shelter deployment.
“OCFA conducts wildland refresher training annually to remind our staff of the dangers and threats that come with the season” said Joe Smith, OCFA fire captain and assistant fire training officer. “Conducting these exercises at JFTB provided an opportunity for our responders in the northern part of the county to receive this critical training near their stations, and avoid service interruptions to the community.”
The training marked the latest building block in a growing partnership between OCFA and the California National Guard. In September, OCFA initiated a 150-day pilot program for Fire Integrated Real-Time Intelligence System (FIRIS) and installed in a turboprop aircraft that was based at Los Alamitos Army Airfield during the program duration.
Equipped with infrared and radar sensors, the aircraft generates accurate, real-time, wildfire perimeter mapping of the size and scope of developing fires. Negotiations are in progress to permanently base the aircraft at JFTB.
—from a JFTB release
Food Resources during COVID-19
The Leisure World Recreation Department has compiled the following information to help residents stay home as much as possible during the COVID-19 crisis.
Grocery Store Hours for Seniors
• Gelson’s Market is open from 7-8 a.m. for seniors 65 and older. One caregiver per shopper is permitted, proof of age required.
• Ralph’s is open from 6-7 a.m. for seniors. Traffic is restricted to 50 people at a time so occasionally there are lines. People can order online for store pickup.
•Trader Joes is open from 8-9 a.m. for people aged 60 and older. The store limits the number of shoppers inside to 50. Lines move quickly and the wait is usually only a few minutes. It is well stocked but limits eggs, milk and paper products; ask if shelves are not stocked.
• Costco is open from 9-10 a.m., Monday-Friday, for members ages 60 and older, and people with disabilities. Guests will not be admitted. Costco delivers through Instacart with store hours from 10 a.m.-6:30 p.m.
•Target is open on Wednesdays from 8-9 a.m. for seniors only. The store has reduced hours and closes by 9 p.m. daily to deeply clean stores.
• Smart & Final stores are open 30 minutes early, from 7:30-8 a.m. to accommodate seniors 65 and older, those with disabilities and pregnant women. ID may be requested.
• Stater Bros. Market is open from 7-8 a.m. for people 65-plus.
Other Local Food Options
The Farmer’s Market is open at 9 a.m. on Tuesdays at Seal Beach Village parking lot.
The Primrose Restaurant in the same shopping center offers a pop-up mini market daily in the parking lot from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. It offers dairy products, eggs, fresh produce, paper goods and a few sundry items.
The Downtown Café in Building 5 has vending machines that are restocked daily with food and drinks for take-out. Due to social distancing rules, the tables and chairs have been removed to discourage lingering.
Grab n Go Meals
A variety of mobile restaurants are in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot providing to-go meals every evening. For the weekly schedule, see page 11.
Volunteers have offered to assist residents with their shopping and errand needs. Contact the Recreation office for more information on this or other food options by emailing email@example.com or calling (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.
Bathroom Accessibility Program
The City of Seal Beach Bathroom Accessibility Program has been approved for another cycle of funding. This means that from July 2020-June 2021, the City can spend $145,000 on grants to Leisure World residents to continue the Bathroom Accessibility Program.
For over 14 years, the City of Seal Beach has offered the Seal Beach Bathroom Accessibility Program to help residents in Leisure World modify their bathrooms for safer access.
For the 2020-2023 funding cycle there have been some exciting changes. Residents who have more than one bathroom are now eligible. Furthermore, in special circumstances, a bench can be added to the fiberglass unit.
Due to the threats of COVID-19, CivicStone, the administration of the program, will be changing the way it operates. It will not hold a workshop in any clubhouse for Leisure World residents this year. Instead, individual appointments can be made via phone, FaceTime, Zoom or Google Hangouts to ask questions and get individualized advice on how to complete applications. Simply email firstname.lastname@example.org for an appointment. Residents can also call (909) 364-9000, but email is preferred. All information is kept strictly confidential.
Any Leisure World resident who has trouble stepping into the shower for any reason is likely eligible for a free bathroom upgrade.
The Leisure World Bathroom Accessibility Grant converts the tub/shower combination into a shower-only unit for safer access. The fiberglass is refinished to look like new, and a new glass shower door enclosure is installed. Toilets can be replaced with high-boy models and grab bars may be added as needed.
The program is made possible through a grant from HUD, Orange County and the City of Seal Beach. To qualify, applicants must be over 55 years of age and have an annual income as follows: One person, $71,750; two people, $82,000; and three people, $92,920.
The City of Seal Beach hired CivicStone 14 years ago to administer this program.
“Many residents get confused on the application process,” said Monique Miner, program administrator. “Others don’t realize you can have substantial savings and still qualify for the free upgrade. We are just a phone call away and can help residents apply for the completely free upgrade. But don’t delay completing your application, because funds are limited.”
For more information, email email@example.com or call (909) 364-9000.
How to maintain infrequently driven cars
As more people are sheltering at home, residents may find that their vehicles being driven far more infrequently than usual. Leaving cars parked for long periods of time can have unforeseen consequences that can impact both the reliability and potentially safety of the vehicles.
To make sure your car will be ready to get moving again when the time comes, follow these tips from AAA, the Automobile Club of Southern California. This advice pertains to cars that have been idle for less than 45 days.
• Add a fuel stabilizer and preservative such as STA-BIL® – this can be done by anyone and is as simple as fueling up a vehicle. Also, make sure to fill the gas tank to help minimize condensation. Drive the car for five to 10 miles to ensure that the stabilized fuel is circulated throughout the fuel system.
• Make sure the battery terminals are clean, tight and free of corrosion. People can take vehicles to a AAA-Approved Auto Repair facility for this service. To find one near you, visit aaa.com/autorepair. Be sure to call ahead to your mechanic to make sure they are open.
• If possible, use a Battery Tender or other maintenance-type battery charger to keep the battery at a full state of charge and prevent deterioration. The Battery Tender should remain connected to the vehicle while it is being stored.
• Add an additional 10 psi of pressure to each tire to help prevent flat spots from forming on the tires. This occurs when the area of the tire touching the ground becomes rigid due to sitting in one position for an extended period. You can also move the vehicle periodically, or if you have the appropriate equipment, place the car on jack stands with the tires off the ground. Storage pads with semi-circular shapes that support the tire over a wider area are also available.
• If the car is due for an oil change, have it done to remove any acids and contaminants. Be sure to call ahead to your mechanic to make sure they are open.
• Prop up the wiper arms so the blades are off the windshield and won’t get stuck to the glass.
• Don’t use the parking brake when storing the vehicle. Depending on the vehicle and storage conditions the brake could become frozen, brake pads could rust to the rotors, or brake shoes could distort the drums. With an automatic transmission simply place the vehicle in park. If the car has a manual transmission, place it in first or reverse gear and use wheel chocks to help hold the vehicle in place.
• Keep your vehicle insured. This protects against claims due to unforeseen circumstances and can also prevent increases in premiums if there is a lapse in coverage.
• Make a list of everything you did to prep the vehicle for storage so you will be sure to undo all of the appropriate steps when putting the vehicle back on the road. Leave the list in the car to prevent it from being lost.
Other common trouble spots:
• Rats and other pests can damage vehicles in long-term storage. Take reasonable steps to protect your parking area from common pests, and if your car has been parked for more than a few weeks, we recommend popping the hood and taking a look for any evidence that wires or belts have been chewed on. Also keep an eye out for furry stowaways in your engine compartment and around the top of your tires in your wheelwells.
• Your local car wash may not be open, and if your vehicle is parked outside it’s likely to accumulate dust, bird droppings and other contaminants such as tree sap or water spots from nearby sprinklers. Over time, exposure to the elements can damage your vehicle’s paint. If you can, we recommend parking under cover or using a weatherproof car cover. If droppings or other localized contaminants do get on your paint, you can use a spot cleaner and a soft cloth.
•The simple solution to almost all of the troubles facing your car as it languishes in its parking spot is to drive it. Experts recommend driving your car for at least 20 minutes once every two weeks. That’s enough time to warm up your tires and protect from flat spots, return some charge to your battery, wear surface rust off your brake disks, and keep the fluids in your car moving and everything properly lubricated. It’s a simple solution, but it works. Cars are designed to be driven, so it’s easier to keep them healthy by putting them to regular use.
Make sure to call your service shop or dealership. It may have limited hours during the pandemic, and you should set an appointment rather than just walking in to cut down on the time you’ll need to spend checking your vehicle in.
There’s also a chance that if you need scheduled maintenance, it may be worth postponing until after social-distancing measures are no longer necessary. If you’re not driving much, or if the maintenance is relatively minor, it might be able to wait. Your service associate can help you make that decision.
Once service has been completed, sterilize your vehicle after pickup.
Your car may be returned to you clean, and extra attention may have been paid to the interior by conscientious service people, but for your own safety and peace of mind we recommend sterilizing common touch points inside your vehicle.
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 July 16.
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 $1,354 a month for one person; $1,832 for a two-person household; and $2,311 for a three-person household. To sign up, bring a photo ID, and proof of income (Social Security/SSI Statement, letter or bank statement or paycheck stub).
People who are unable to apply themselves may send a proxy with appropriate ID. For more information, call GRF Member Resource Liaison Cindy Tostado at 431-6586, ext. 317.
LA Beaches Closed
Los Angeles County beaches will be closed to the public for the Fourth of July holiday weekend in an effort to prevent gatherings and crowds that may spread COVID-19, County officials announced Monday evening. Under the modified order from the Health Officer, all beaches, beach parking lots, beach bike paths, beach facilities and beach accessways will be closed from 12:01 a.m., Friday, July 3, until 5 a.m., Monday, July 6.
By Rolland Coburn
What controls your thinking these days? “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks,” Jesus said in Luke 6:45. The Bible applies this truth to believers’ lives, “Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another” (Malachi 3:16). God’s people can have precious fellowship with each other, wonderful sharing in the midst of a fallen world.
The apostle Paul says that is what believers need to be doing all the time, esteeming the Lord’s name. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, noble, right, pure, admirable, any excellence, anything praiseworthy, think on these things” (Phillippians 4:8).
Colossians 3:1-2 explains, “If you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God, not on the things that are on earth.”
The reason is that the Lord “is the only one worth meditating on and focusing on as the reference point for our life and our thinking.” Christ alone has all these wonderful qualities.
Colossians 4:6 says that followers of the Lord are to reproduce his example in their thinking and speaking. “Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned with salt, so that you will know how you should respond to each person,” Yes,“let no unwholesome word proceed from your mouth, but only such as is good for building up according to the need, so that it will give grace to those who hear” Eph 4:29.
What does our Lord do for such people? “And the Lord gave attention and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before Him for those who fear the Lord and who esteem His name,” Malachi 3:16. “Like the stars of the morning, his bright crown adorning, they shall shine in their beauty, bright gems for his crown.”
Faith Christian Assembly
Faith Christian Assembly is thrilled to announce that after more than three months, it is reinstating the Sunday Evening Celebration service at 5:30 p.m., beginning July 5. This one-hour service is a more informal time of worship, teaching and fellowship. Due to a drop-off in attendance over the past several years, many churches have cancelled their Sunday evening services. But Faith Christian Assembly is finding out more and more people who value this special time. It’s a great way to end the weekend and begin a new week. People can join the prayer time before the service at 5 p.m.
Out of an abundance of caution, as Faith Christian Assembly meets in person, all who attend will have their temperature taken at the door and asked to wear a mask and sit socially distant from others. Anyone who is uncomfortable venturing out can participate in the conference call during service times. To participate call (425) 436-6371 and dial access code 576671#.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Faith Christian Assembly is not currently having its regular ministries, but will resume as soon as possible.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or visit the website at www.FCAchurch.net.
St. Theodore’s Episcopal would like to share a prayer for the country this Fourth of July weekend from the Book of Common Prayer:
“Almighty God, who has given us this good land for our heritage: We humbly ask that we may always prove ourselves a people mindful of your favor and glad to to do your will. Bless our land with honorable industry, sound learning, and pure manners.
“Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance, and from every evil way. Defend our liberties, and fashion into one united people the multitudes brought from many lands and languages.
“O Lord, our Governor, bless the leaders of our land, that we may be a people at peace among ourselves and a blessing to other nations on earth. May we have justice and peace at home, and through obedience to your law, may we show forth your praise.
“In times of prosperity, fill our hearts with thankfulness, and in days of trouble, may our trust in you never fail; all which we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Assembly of God
By Norma Ballinger
“[Independence Day] ought to be commemorated as the Day of Deliverance by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty.” This is a quote from John Adams, the first vice president of the United States. Oh, that we might be that devoted to the Lord who gives us such peace and grace!
Americans celebrate Independence Day and the birth of the United States on the Fourth of July with parties, family gatherings as permitted and fireworks – having been freed from the rule of England. This day means we should be taking care of our own needs, and that we assume responsibility for our own decisions while considering both the people around you and your environment. What a change would come over our country if everyone assumed that responsibility rather than demand it from others and then go our own way.
In Galatians 5:13-14 Paul tells the listeners that “it is to freedom that you have been called, my brothers. Only be careful that freedom does not become a mere opportunity for your lower nature. You should be free to serve each other in love. For after all, the whole Law toward others is summed up by this one command, ‘Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.’”
There are great similarities between our national freedom and our spiritual freedom. We invite you to think about these things over this holiday weekend.
Pastor Sam Pawlak will bring the videotaped message this Sunday for the congregation and will lead in sharing the Lord’s supper, the ultimate celebration of our freedom in Christ. He gave his all, and therefore we can participate with him in giving to others. The DVD’s will be distributed to church members during the week and the packets will include the emblems for communion.
Church of Latter day saints
Experiencing God’s love
By Jim Greer
As a former physician, Elder Dale G. Renlund explained in a BYU devotional that “There is a type of receptor dysfunction that is eternally consequential: the inability to sense God’s love and feel his spirit. God’s love is infinite and perfect. There has never been, nor will there ever be, a deficiency of God’s love. The problem is with your receptors for his love. If you experience dysfunction of these receptors, God’s influence in your life is minimized.”
The prophet Mormon described a similar condition in his people. “For behold, they are without Christ and God in the world. They were once a delightsome people, and they had Christ for their shepherd; yea, they were led even by God the Father. But now, behold, they are led about by Satan, even as chaff is driven before the wind, or as a vessel is tossed about upon the waves, without sail or anchor, or without anything wherewith to steer her.”
Without the influence of Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in our lives, there is no sail—meaning there is no power. There is no anchor—meaning there is no stability, especially in times of storm. Without their influence, there is nothing with which to steer—meaning there is no direction. No power, no stability, and no direction are all consequences of dysfunctional receptors for their love.
The inability to sense God’s love can stem from sin or from not pressing forward on the covenant path. Elder Renlund prescribes a three-fold prescription for dysfunctional receptors for God’s love.
The first is increased purity, exact obedience. This means repentance. Repentance is a joyful process. As President Russell M. Nelson has said, “repentance is not punishment: The feeling of being penalized is engendered by Satan. If you feel that you have done something unredeemable, that feeling is not coming from the Holy Ghost. It is engendered by faulty thinking or by Satan.”
The second portion of the prescription is “earnest seeking, daily feasting on the words of Christ. Feasting, not nibbling, on the words of Christ,” especially in the Book of Mormon, has the power to dramatically change receptors for God’s love. Studying the words of Christ will put you “in a position to begin having experiences with God.” All scripture is given by inspiration of God and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.
Third, make sure you never miss an opportunity to partake of the sacrament so that you can have the Holy Ghost with you. The Savior said, “And if ye shall always do these things blessed are ye, for ye are built upon my rock. If you do not,” then you “are built upon a sandy foundation; and when the rain descends, and the floods come, and the winds blow, and beat upon you, you shall fall.” Remember that he said when the rain, wind, and floods come, not if. If we have partaken of the sacrament conscientiously and worthily, then the blessings come so that we won’t fall.
If we approach the sacrament with a broken heart and contrite spirit, God renews the blessings of baptism for us, including the cleansing effect.
Through the partaking of the sacrament, we will always have his spirit to be with us.
This three-part prescription for dysfunctional receptors for God’s love restores power, stability, and direction in our lives. As we apply repentance, scripture study, and partaking of the sacrament to have the Holy Ghost with us, the prognosis when this receptor dysfunction is treated is excellent.
If you wish to receive the sacrament, contact me at (562) 344-5083.
Rabbi Karen Isenberg is streaming Friday night services at 6:30 on July 3 on The Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Facebook page. To join, select the “Rooms” tab, then click on “Jewish Activities” and “Join to Restart.” Rabbi Isenberg will be on Facebook for Saturday morning services at 9:30 on July 4.
On Sunday, July 5, Congregation Sholom will host an online game night organized by Sandy Gefner at 4 p.m. To join, go to Facebook and search for Congregation Sholom, click on rooms and click on Bingo.
The book club is reading “The Weight of Ink,” by Rachel Kadish. It is a very long book, which is a perfect way to spend time while sheltering in place. The book club will virtually meet on July 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the “book club” room on Congregation Sholom’s Facebook page to discuss this book.
Congregation Sholom will have a membership drive in August. There will be masks and hand sanitizers handed out for those who join.
Anyone who wants to become a member so they can participate in the live steam services on the Congregation Sholom of Leisure World Group Facebook page should call Ron Yaffee at (562) 430-7040.
Beit HaLev is now conducting services on Zoom. The coronavirus has opened up a new method of communication for those of us who are sheltering in place. Anyone interested in joining the Beit HaLev Zoom community for services and Hebrew lessons, contact the rabbi at (562) 715-0888 for access and instructions on how to use Zoom.
Beit HaLev is continuing to livestream on Facebook and YouTube as well. To attend, go to Facebook.com/galityomtov or YouTube.com (Shabbat Shalom LIVE! channel). Evening services begin at 6 and morning services begin at 10:30. A link to the PDF version of each prayerbook is provided at each service.
This week, Shabbat and Independence Day are colliding. However, Shabbat doesn’t “pause” for national holidays. This week’s reading is a double parashah, “Chukat-Balak.” “Chukat” (law) describes the ritual for purification following contact with a corpse, “Parah Adumah,” the ritual of the Red Cow. The ritual has bewildered Jewish sages because it involves a seemingly endless process: the Kohein, who performs the purification process on the one who is impure then becomes impure and must therefore be purified by another Kohein, and so on, and so on. In the same reading we learn of the deaths of Miriam and Aaron.
In the reading of Balak, we read about the King of Moab, Balak, who hires the prophet Bilaam to curse the Israelites in order to demoralize them so that the Moabites can attack; the highlight of this reading is Bilaam’s interaction with his talking she-donkey.
Rabbi Galit Shirah conducts a weekday Ma’ariv service every Thursday for Sim Shalom, the online synagogue. Sim Shalom presents livestream services Monday-Thursday, with a different rabbi each day. To count the Omer, say Kaddish, pray for healing or to hear a spiritual message, go to: SimShalom.com.
Rabbi Galit Shirah also teaches (currently) online Hebrew (Prayerbook and Conversational) and Cantillation (Torah chanting) for anyone who wants to learn something new. Contact the Rabbi at (562) 715-0888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
First Christian Church
A Prayer for Our Nation from 1774
By Bruce Humes
This Saturday, July 4, our nation will celebrate America’s “Independence Day.” A day set aside to celebrate independence from the British. The Founding Fathers delivered a “Constitutional Republic” system of government that has been successful for 244 years. Not perfect by any means, for we certainly have had difficulties over those years, but successful. For most of those years, it was understood by most that the system of government was founded on Judeo-Christian principles. However, today many would argue differently. But, if one was to look closely at the writings of the founding fathers we would understand just how dependent they were on God. As an example the following is the first prayer offered in Congress on Sept. 7, 1774, by Rev. Jacob Duche, the first chaplain to the Continental Congress.
“O Lord, our Heavenly Father, high and mighty King of kings and Lord of Lords, who dost from Thy throne behold all the dwellers on earth and reignest with power supreme and uncontrolled over all the kingdoms, empires and governments; look down in mercy, we beseech Thee, on these American States, who have fled to Thee from the rod of the oppressor and thrown themselves on Thy gracious protection, desiring henceforth dependent only on Thee. To Thee have they appealed for righteousness of their cause; to Thee do they now look up for that countenance and support, which Thou alone canst give. Take them, therefore, Heavenly Father, under Thy nurturing care; give them wisdom in counsel and valor in the field; to defeat the malicious designs of our cruel adversaries; convince them of the unrighteousness of their cause and if they persist in their sanguinary purposes, of own unerring justice, sounding in their hearts, constrain them to drop their weapons of war from their unnerved bands in the battle!
“Be Thou present, O God of wisdom, and direct the councils of this honorable assembly; enable them to settle things on the best and surest foundation. That the scene of blood may be speedily closed; that order, harmony, and peace may effectively be restored, and truth and justice, religion and piety, prevail and flourish amongst the people. Preserve the health of their bodies and vigor of their minds; shower down on them and the millions they represent, such temporal blessings as Thou seest expedient for them in this world and crown them with everlasting glory in the world to come. All this we ask in the name and through the merits of Jesus Christ, Thy Son and our Savior. Amen.”
This prayer clearly points to a people dependent on God for his divine intervention in their affairs. A prayer that I would offer up for our nation as we celebrate our independence on Saturday. I encourage you to also take a time this weekend to pray for our nation.
If you wish to speak to someone at the church or if you have a need, call the First Christian Church office at (562) 431-8810. Leave a recorded message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.
Holy Family Catholic Church
Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe The 14th Sunday in Ordinary Time on Sunday, July 5.
The First Reading is Zechariah 9:9-10 and the Second Reading is Romans 8-9, 11-13 . The Gospel reading will be from Matthew 11-25.
Holy Family Church celebrates Sunday Mass at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon; the Vigil Mass is 5 p.m. Saturday; daily Mass is 8:30 a.m., Monday–Saturday.
Confessions are Saturdays and eves of Holy Days: 4–4:45 p.m. First Fridays start at 9:15 a.m.
By Johan Dodge
The Welsh have a word for the unattainable yearning you feel for a place that no longer exists, or to which you can never return. “Hiraeth” is a homesickness you feel when home is years ago and far away, if it ever existed at all. For many of us, COVID-19 has been going on for so long we feel homesick for the way things were. In the Hebrew Scriptures, God’s people turn to Moses while they are journeying in the Exodus and complain that their lives suffering as slaves in Egypt were better than their current reality. For us, our previous reality, the “home” that we remember from March —it too seems like a lifetime ago–was better than our current reality; except that it also wasn’t.
The way we were living our lives—the consumption of fossil fuels and the production of greenhouse gasses has helped to propel the earth to a place where it is now 104 degrees in the Arctic. ‘The Great Pause” has shown us that we can live differently and make different choices. We can drive less, work from home, and we can even think about where we live differently if we’re not physically commuting to an office.
Now, I know many of us in Leisure World have retired, but that isn’t everyone; and I know that of those who are still working or trying to work, not everyone can work from home. All I am suggesting is that there is good that is coming from our current reality as well as a great deal of bad. There are 137 cases of COVID-19 at Seal Beach Health and Rehabilitation as of June 24. We may know someone inside, and some of us live just on the other side of the wall from the center. I know, because I deliver meals on Wheels around the North Gate. Clearly this is the bad side of our current reality. Wearing a mask outside of Leisure World has become a political statement — as if pretending the virus isn’t knocking at our gates will make it magically go away. Here’s a hint, it won’t and you should be wearing a mask and doing everything you can to not expose yourself to other people, especially those who refuse to wear a mask. . The good is that with less driving we have been producing less greenhouse gasses. Fewer flights mean less fuel being burned in the atmosphere as well. All of these measures have given the earth a chance to catch its breath and to breathe anew. We are still living in the “Great Pause.” We are still in the first wave of the virus — and we continue to need to live our lives differently even as we experience Hiraeth.
As the Pastor of Community Church it is my responsibility to share the good news of God’s love and to boldly claim that while we cannot safely gather in person, we can continue to be the love of God in the world. In fact, we can use this time to become even more creative in how we share love and create community with those around us.
As always, if you are in need without another way to address that need, call the church office to leave me a message (562) 431-2503.
Tune into worship Sunday morning at 9:50 on the Facebook live page, @communitychurchleisureworld. Those who don’t have a computer or Facebook can still call in to our phone system at (562) 431-2503 and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening.
Celebrate the Fourth of July with “Pick-up Prayers and Communion” with patriotic hymns on Sunday, July 5, from 10 a.m.–noon at Redeemer Lutheran (13564 St. Andrews Drive, across from the Administration building).
Organist Sharon Heck will play favorite hymns on Redeemer Lutheran’s restored organ makes it sound like Leisure World has a musical cathedral for the community’s spiritual enrichment. Anyone can stop by for socially distanced prayer and celebration of the Lord’s day.
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Understanding caregiver burnout
HCC Senior Ambassador
Caregiver burnout is a serious concern, but it affects people in different ways. You might become very impatient, overwhelmed by anxiety or hopelessness, or isolated – not seeing family or friends as much. You may also feel constantly tired. Maybe you gain or lose weight without trying. And sleep – that’s a whole different challenge.
You aren’t alone. There are more than 40 million adults caring for someone, according to Pew Research Center. Almost all feel caregiving is rewarding (88 percent), but nearly a third (32 percent) also feel it is stressful.
Caring for someone else means caring for yourself, too. If you’re starting to feel burnt out, remember the ABCs of caregiving:
Ask for help. We can’t do it all on our own, nor should we. Your friend loves to cook. See if he’s willing to make a few extra dinners for you and your loved one. Your neighbor gets her groceries every Monday. Ask if she can pick yours up, too. Just be sure to pay her back!
Be honest. Your loved one depends on you for a lot, and that can feel like a lot for you. Let them know if you’re feeling overwhelmed. If you need a friend or family member to help, have a conversation with your loved one to find someone they can trust while you take some time for yourself.
Care for yourself. Taking medications, eating well, exercising – these are all important for you and your loved one. But caring for yourself includes having some “me time”: breaks from caregiving that you can spend on you. Watch a favorite movie, read a favorite book, take a long bath – whatever helps you relax and unwind.
By following these ABCs, you can hopefully focus on the meaningful aspects of caregiving and reduce the stress.
How to get the most out of your doctor’s appointment
Have you ever left your doctor’s office realizing you forgot to ask an important question? Or were you frustrated because you didn’t fully understand the doctor’s instructions? These tips may help.
Decide What Questions Are Most Important
Before your appointment, pick three or four questions or concerns that you most want to talk about with the doctor. You can address the questions at the beginning of the appointment, and then discuss each in turn.
Stay Focused on Why
You Are There
Although your doctor might like to talk with you at length, each patient is given a limited amount of time. To make the best use of your time, stick to the point. For instance, give the doctor a brief description of the symptom, when it started, how often it happens, and if it is getting worse or better.
Be Honest with
It is tempting to say what you think the doctor wants to hear, such as saying that you smoke less or eat a more balanced diet than you actually do. While this is natural, it’s not in your best interest. Your doctor can suggest the best treatment only if you say what is really going on. For instance, you might say: “I have been trying to quit smoking, as you recommended, but I am not making much headway.”
Share Your Point of View About the Visit
Tell the doctor if you feel rushed, worried, or uncomfortable. If necessary, you can offer to return for a second visit to discuss your concerns. Try to voice your feelings in a positive way. For example, you could say something like: “I know you have many patients to see, but I’m really worried about this. I’d feel much better if we could talk about it a little more.”
The Doctor May Not Be Able to Answer All of
Even the best doctor may be unable to answer some questions. Most doctors will tell you when they don’t have answers. They also may help you find the information you need or refer you to a specialist. If a doctor regularly brushes off your questions or symptoms as simply a part of aging, think about looking for another doctor.
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Kosher Meals on Wheels
Pirchei Kosher is serving through Orange County’s Great Plates program Kosher meal delivery for those who qualify. This is a meal delivery service providing three meals a day for the duration of the program. To enroll, call Pirchei at (949) 215-9995.
Other programs may be available for those who may not be able to qualify for this program. Contact us for more information or visit www.ypsshul.com/kosher.
Those who are over 65 may qualify for the Kosher meal service. This is a limited time program and to enroll you must contact us as soon as possible. Those who are 60-64 and have exposure to COVID-19, you may qualify under potential other categories.
This program is funded in part through a grant from the California Office of Emergency Services, as allocated by the Orange County Board of Supervisors and administered by the office of aging.
Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG) is a small, local non-profit dedicated to helping the homeless in our community.
HHUG accepts donations of clean used towels, new, unopened travel size shampoo, soap or lotion. New socks are the only clothing donation that HHUG accepts.
Those who wish to donate can contact Linda Neer at (562) 430-3214 for pick up. Donations can also be left on her patio at Mutual 2-48A.
The donations are delivered to the Long Beach Beach Multi-Service Center, which provides a variety of services to homeless individuals and families, including shower services.
To learn more about HHUG, visit www.hhug.org.
Meals on Wheels, Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc. (MOWLB), delivers freshly cooked meals daily, Monday thru Friday, between 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Deliveries include a hot dinner, cold lunch, dessert and 8oz. carton of one percent milk. The cold lunch may be an entree salad or a sandwich with a small side salad. A diabetic dessert is available for those in need. Contact Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 2 or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Caron before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice.
Thursday, July 2: Chicken breast with capers in cream sauce, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, lemon pepper broccoli, watermelon, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, homemade potato salad
Friday, July 3: Closed for Fourth of July holiday.
Monday, July 6: Oven baked herb chicken, penne pasta with marinara, seasoned cauliflower, tropical fruit cup, egg salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, marinated beet sald.
Tuesday, July 7: Roasted pork loin with apple berry sauce, brown rice, zuccini medley, chocolate pudding, veggie pasta salad with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onions, dressing and crackers.
Wednesday, July 8: Swedish meatballs with garlic cream sauce, oven-browned potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, ham, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, macaroni salad.
Mindful breathing exercises can help relieve stress
News surrounding the cornavirus has brought on a multitude of new worries and anxiety. It’s important to try to take a moment to work on mindful breathwork when you find yourself feeling stressed or anxious. It’s simple, effective, and you can do it anywhere. Here’s how to implement this practice into your daily life:
Start with a few cleansing breaths with eyes closed, if you feel comfortable. Then, inhale deeply through the nose, and exhale through the mouth. Repeat until you’ve found the rhythm of your breathing and feel in-tune with your body.
Next, place your hands on your belly, rolling your shoulders back and down. Feel yourself fill with air from the lower belly to the shoulders as you inhale deeply.
On your next exhale, try to relax your shoulders, loosen your jaw and empty the air by pulling your navel inward toward the spine.As your abdominal muscles relax, you’ll feel your stomache round with each inhalation.
When exhaling, try drawing your belly inward and up towards your heart. Continue these breathing techniques with a four-count inhale and a matching four-count exhale. With each exhale, your body gets more relaxed. Be mindful of how you feel as you continue breathing, paying attention to your body and relaxing your muscles.
You can also try to avoid stress with good posture. If you are unable to tame your tension on your own or you continue to experience stress symptoms, talk to your doctor about intervention strategies like therapy.
Practice these deep breathing techniques every day and see how you feel. If you feel awkward or stuck your deep breathing exercises, websites and apps like Headspace.com and silversneakers.com can help you with guided meditations or general advice to make mindfulness come more naturally to you.
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Paws Claws and Beaks
What you need to know about dogs and mushroom toxicity
What is mushroom toxicity in dogs? When you think of items that are toxic to your furry friends outdoors, there is an unlimited amount of poisons to keep in mind. Veterinarian Caroline Wilde explains mushroom toxicity in dogs and answers a key question:
“Certain types of mushrooms that grow in the wild can be toxic to dogs. There are many different species of mushrooms, and toxicity and their effects vary between mushrooms and species. They depend on the specific toxin consumed. The mushroom associated most with toxicity in dogs is the Amanita species, commonly known as the Death Cap.”
If your pet has ingested any type of mushroom while out in nature, seek medical care immediately. Naturally, as a seasoned or new pet owner, it may be hard to know which mushrooms are toxic.
How does mushroom toxicity occur? As we all know, pets have a way of getting into things they shouldn’t. It’s critical to note that, ingestion of a substance like mushrooms doesn’t always occur at your campsite or on your hiking trail. For instance, “mushroom toxicity occurs when a dog eats a mushroom that contains a substance that is toxic to dogs. These mushrooms can grow in the backyard and in the wild and have a strong smell that attracts dogs. Most mushrooms that grow in the wild are not toxic, but those that are can have serious and life-threatening effects on dogs, and ingestion of just one mushroom can be fatal,” states Wilde. Consider looking out for mushrooms next time you are playing in the yard or walking the dog.
Common signs of mushroom toxicity:
While ingestion can occur at any time, how do you know if your furry friend is in jeopardy? Consider the following indications if something more is going on with your pup:
Your dog stops eating
In addition, “clinical signs depend on the specific mushroom ingested, and generally occur 6-12 hours after ingestion,” says Wilde. Because of this, if your pet is experiencing gastrointestinal issues, please seek veterinary care immediately.
Treatment plans are essential for the health of your dog.
Wilde weighs in on the importance of treatment and the best course of action when dealing with mushroom ingestion.
“If your dog eats a mushroom, assume that it is toxic until informed otherwise by your veterinarian. Don’t wait for clinical signs to occur, because clinical signs indicate that absorption has already occurred, and the more time has passed between ingestion and treatment, the more difficult treatment becomes. For example, try to get a sample of the mushroom that was ingested, or at least take a picture of it so that the mushroom can be identified, and take your dog to the veterinarian immediately. Also, if ingestion was recent, the veterinarian will likely induce vomiting and may pump the stomach. Further, the
veterinarian may administer activated charcoal to help prevent further absorption of the toxin.”
The reality of mushroom toxicity in dogs The scary reality to pet owners is the after-effects of the toxicity on your furry family members. Most importantly, “there is no cure for mushroom toxicity, so after attempts to minimize absorption of the toxin, treatment consists of supportive care, with monitoring, fluid therapy, and management of symptoms such as GI signs, low blood pressure, low blood sugar, and treatment to minimize and prevent further liver toxicity,” says Wilde.
CARE Ambulance contract renewed
The Golden Rain Foundation entered into a five year contract from June 1, 2020– May 31, 2025 with CARE Ambulance. CARE will continue to provide basic life suport and ambulance response and transportation services to the Leisure World Community.
As part of the agreement, CARE will continue to lease the apartment area on the first floor of Clubhouse 6 and have two dedicated ambulance parking spaces adjacent to its main office.
CARE’s presence in Clubhouse 6 allows for its EMTs and ambulance services to provide quick responce times to the Leisure World community. The room CARE is renting in Clubhouse 6 provides basic living accommodations for on-duty CARE staff.
Marge Novak turns 105 years old
On June 20, Marge Novak of Mutual 15 and six of her immediate neighbors celebrated Marge turning 105 years old. Her neighbors and canine accompaniment got together outside her apartment to sing a chorus of “Happy Birthday” to her while maintaining social distance except when taking a quick photo. Marge is center, and looking at her dog, who is happily barking in excitement.
July 4 picnic canceled indefinitely
Due to the recent death related to COVID-19 in the community, the Filipino Association of Leisure World has had to cancel its annual Veterans Fourth of July picnic that had been rescheduled to take place in Veterans Plaza. The plaza is now closed to the public to ensure safety for all of the LW Community.
For Your Information:
When there is doubt about LW policy or rules and regulations, residents should refer to their Occupancy Agreement, or direct questions to their mutual directors or GRF representatives.
SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.
Thursday, July 2
4 pm K9 Corner
4:15 pm LW Hula Dance Club
4:30 pm LW Entertainment
4:41 pm Lyon Air Musuem
5 pm Life and Times:
Seal Beach Police Department
6:30 pm The History of Seal Beach
7 pm The Spirit of Seal Beach
7:30 pm World’s Fair Newsreel
7:45 pm Wally Schirra
8 pm On Q—8bit Jazz Heroes
9 pm Cerritos Center-
Friday, July 3
4 pm Beginning of Leisure World
4:30 pm Lyon Air Museum
4:45 pm Wally Schirra
5 pm Beginning of Leisure World
5:15 pm LW Hula Dance Club
6 pm LW Mystery at the Theater
6:40 pm Abilene Ampitheater
8 pm Life and Times:
Seal Beach Police Department
9 pm Cerritos Center-
Golden Dragon Acrobats
10:37 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
Saturday, July 4
4 pm Wally Schirra
4:15 pm Lyon Air Museum
4:30 pm K9 Corner
5 pm McGaugh Patriotic Show
5:45 pm McGaugh 1st Grade Show
6:30 pm McGaugh Go West!
7:17 pm LW Shelter at Home
7: 30 pm OCean Perspectives
7 pm LAUSD
10 pm Cerritos Center–
Sunday, July 5
4 pm History of Las Vegas Part 1
5 pm History of Las Vegas Part 2
6 pm Aquarium of the Pacific
7 pm Spirit of Seal Beach
7:30 pm History of Seal Beach
8 pm Wally Shirra/Newsreel 1964
8:30 pm Cerritos Center:
Riders in the Sky
10:15 pm Abilene Ampitheater
11:35 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Monday, July 6
4 pm LW Entertainment
4:15 pm LW Hula Dance Club
5 pm Vintage Vehicles
6 pm McGaugh’s 3rd Grade Show
7 pm History of Seal Beach
7:30 pm Spirit of Seal Beach
8:15 pm Beginning of LW
8:30 pm Life and Times:
Seal Beach Police Department
9:30 pm Cerritos Center-
In the Mood
11:40 pm National Parks/Drone Club
Tuesday, July 7
4 pm Beginning of Leisure World
4:15 pm World’s Fair Newsreel 1964
4:30 pm Shelter at Home Entertainment
5:15 pm McGaugh – Go West!
4:45 pm LW Hula Dance Club
5 pm LW Entertainment
7 pm Abilene Ampthitheater
8:30 pm Cerritos Center:
10:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Wednesday, July 8
4 pm LW’s Special Olmpics
4:15 pm Beginning of Leisure World
4:30 pm World’s Fair Newsreel
4:45 pm McGaugh’s 1st Grade Show
5 pm History of Las Vegas Part 1
6 pm History of Las Vegas Part 2
6:30 pm Spirit of Seal Beach
7 pm Seal Beach City Limits:
Seal Beach Police department
8 pm Cerritos Center:
Golden Dragon Acrobatics
9:37 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
By Brian Harmon
What does the flying of the American flag, fireworks, parades, barbecues, hot dogs, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions and political speeches all have in common?
The Fourth of July, Independence Day, of course!
On July 4, 1776, the Continental Congress declared the United States were free and independent from Great Britain and no longer subject to the rule of the British King George III.
Most people don’t know that two days earlier, the Congress had actually “voted” to declare Independence, although Independence was not officially “declared” until two days later.
John Adams predicted fairly accurately how Independence Day would be celebrated, although his prediction missed by two days. Writing to his wife, Abigail, on July 3 of that year, he said, “July second, 1776, will be the most memorable epoch in the history of America. I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated by succeeding generations as the great anniversary festival. It ought to be commemorated as the day of deliverance, by solemn acts of devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with pomp and parade, with shows, games, sports, guns, bells, bonfires, and illuminations, from one end of this continent to the other, from this time forward forever more.”
The most contentious issue debated in Independence Hall at the Continental Congress in Philadelphia were federalism and slavery.The problem of slavery and equal rights for all were not easily solved. The southern states refused to support independence if it included the abolition of slavery. The representatives of the central and northern states, although they were committed to abolishing slavery, they felt that defeating the British was not possible without the south. So they voted for an independence that allowed slavery to continue.
The issue of slavery was finally solved by the Civil War, in which over 600,000 Americans died. That death total is greater than all of the other wars combined. That war was followed by the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments to the Constitution guaranteeing, in theory, equal rights of all Americans. The Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Voting Rights Act of 1965 brought the U.S. closer to reaching the ideal of equal rights for all.
The struggle to achieve the goal of a fair and just society a reality has continued over the past 55 years, with many bumps along the road. It obviously took a major step backward this year when a police officer in Minneapolis killed George Floyd, an unarmed black man, by pressing his knee to the innocent man’s throat for nearly nine minutes while three other officers looked on and did nothing.
Unfortunately, the outrage that led to lawful and peaceful demonstrations also led to violent demonstrations, rioting, and calls for defunding the police and reducing their ability to fight crime. In my opinion, doing so would result in increases in crime including murder, which has been falling since the 1990s. The challenge now is to push forward together, working for a fairer and more just society, without significantly reducing the power of the police to fight crime.
The Republican Club booth will reopen from 11-2, Monday, July 6, in the parking lot near Building 6 (the gym and table tennis place) every Monday though August. We hope to be open three days a week in September. Every Monday will be Red, White and Blue Hat Day. If you don’t have any hats of one of those colors, any patriotic, Republican or conservative hat will do.
Hats and other election paraphernalia will be available for sale, and 600 masks will also be available.
Free reading glasses available for those in need
The Lions Club of Seal Beach has been distributing free reading glasses in Leisure World for the past several weeks. Over 200 pairs of glasses have been handed out to 50 plus residents so far.
There are still readers available with various strengths and an eye chart available in the Leisure World Health Care Center.
The Lions Club also has a collections box in the Health Care Center for any old/used prescription glasses that are no longer needed. The Lions Club recycles these and they are given to folks in need at the Vision Screenings in Southern California and Mexico.
Deliveries are still available by emailing Frank Brown, email@example.com or Steve Hollen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Music books available July 3
During this difficult COVID-19 period, many people continue to worry. The world is still uncertain when things go back to normal.
On the bright side, The Korean American Classical Music Academy received the new books they have been expecting.
KACMA music illustrator Ken Chong made the book with great deal of effort and energy. Compared to the other previous books that many of older members have, this new one is packed with more pages, improved color photo inserts, better quality over all.
“I personally feel very lucky to have it, and want to recommend to every classical music lovers to get one,” said member Angel Joh, “I am sure that they will love it.”
Since COVID-19 restrictions still discourage meeting in person, the books will be distributed on July 3 from 2–4 p.m. at 1791 St. John Road, Mutual 16, 50-A.
Books will be given to the registered members only. There will be one book per a household, with a minimum $10. Masks will also be given out with each book.
To pick up the book, maintain social distancing and wear a mask. For more information, call Angel Joh at (714) 873-6774.
By Mary Larson
The Democratic Club joins other residents in expressing appreciation to GRF for its ongoing efforts to ensure that our Leisure World community is as safe as possible from the spread of the COVID-19 virus. It would also like to thank Gov. Newsom for his new order mandating the use of masks throughout the state, with few exceptions.
Unfortunately, the Orange County Sheriff, Republican Don Barnes has issued a statement saying ,he will not enforce the Governor’s order. County Board of Supervisor Michelle Steel, who has questioned the effectiveness of wearing masks in the past.
Congressman Rouda, , has issued a statement saying that “masks are a proven way to drastically reduce the chances of spreading coronavirus, allowing people to stay safe and our economy to reopen sustainably.”
Rouda has also been working t to assist local health care workers to get the protective equipment they need. He urged his supporters to donate money to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund as one small step in addressing deeply embedded and challenging societal issues like systemic racism and police brutality that still exist in society. He also hosted a blood drive in Costa Mesa to help ensure that the American Red Cross had enough blood to support patients across the country.
Congressman Rouda has also been reaching “across the aisle” to lead on commonsense, business-friendly policies. As a result, the US Chamber of Commerce is awarding him the Abraham Lincoln Leaders for America Award. At the federal level, the Congressman has called on the Senate to pass the Natural Disaster and Emergency Ballot Act of 2020 in order to make sure all Americans can vote safely.
Leisure World residents can be thankful that, due to the forward thinking on the part of the State’s political leadership, none of us will need to expose ourselves to the virus by having to stand in long lines and enduring extended delays in order to vote in November.
The Democratic Club stands ready to assist anyone who needs help in this process of casting their mail-in ballot. As soon as it is safe to do so, Club members will also be available at Clubhouse 6 to assist would be voters to register or reregister to a different party. In the meantime, you can email email@example.com or call Vice President Kathy Moran at 5(62) 596-0450 for assistance.
If you want to stay informed and are interested in receiving the Democratic Club’s electronic newsletter on a regular basis, email the editor, Mary Larson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (562) 296-8521 with your contact information.
Charles Henry Jr.
Families assisted by
Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 12/31/20
FRANK’S GARDENING SERVICE
Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutual’s. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.
Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071.
OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
(562) 596-7757. 03/31/22
LW DECOR INC.
New triple pane windows,
laminate flooring, carpet patio
tile/carpet. Painting ceilings
made smooth, ceiling lights.
refaced kitchen cabinets,
refaced granite quartz countertops.
Lic. #723262. 07/02
LW DECOR INC.
JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License #JRH0001. 07/02
Specializing in remodeling, Additions, Reconstruction, Window replacement and more! Call for a free estimate.
License #954725. 04/22/21
BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING
We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new.
Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat.
Nu Kote 562-833-3911
Serving LW since 1999. 09/17
Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.
CA State License #675336. 08/06
LW DECOR INC.
Only premium paints,
Ceilings made smooth.
Cown moulding installed.
LW DECOR INC
40 years in LW.
LW Decor Inc.
Laminate, Vinyl, Plank, Patio tile and Patio carpet.
40 years in Leisure World.
Interior Flooring Solutions
Hardwood floors, carpet,
laminate, vinyl planks.
25 years experience.
Contractor License 1043763. 12/24
CARPET & UPHOLSTERY
CLEANING & REPAIR
All Year Carpet Cleaning
We just cleaned your neighbor’s house in Leisure World…
Would you like yours cleaned too?
Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.
State Contractors Lic. #578194.07/30
CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE.
Licensed and insured.
Dan (562) 841-3787.
Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 07/02
LW DECOR INC.
Blinds, shutters, shades, 40 years serving Leisure World. Contractor’s License #723262.
LW DECOR INC.
WANT CLEAN WINDOWS?
I Clean Inside & Outside Or…
Clean Outside Only and Save $$$.
(562) 600-0014. LW Resident,
Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach
Business License #LIV0004. 07/23
Helping Leisure World
Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm, (562) 596-9906.
GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart.
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Maria Giegerich 562-596-9983. Free of charge.
Maria’s experieced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License #CAM0006. 12/31/20
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
Referral Agency. Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License #BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 12/10/20
Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 09/24
Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Licensed by the state.
Gloria 949-371-7425. 09/17
Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One customer, one hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men & women, shampoo, set, color, highlights, perm, nails & toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Blvd, #116. (714) 425-4198. 09/03
In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 07/16
Get the beautiful hair at home. Countless happy clients with good referrals. Gabriel (562)708-3170 License #B50551. 08/06
CALL PHIL AT
Over 30 years Experience!
Seal Beach Business
License #AB0001. 07/02
Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal
Beach License LUC0001.07/16
General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 09/17
Maria House Cleaning
We’ll make your house look as nice as possible! 15 years of experience, We can work with your schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly. Deep cleaning.
Call or text 714-496-2885.
Bus. Lic #HER0008. 07/16
GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.
Windows 10% off first cleaning
Excellent referrals in LW
20 years experience.
Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 06/25
Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device.
Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.
License #CIP0001 08/20
ANY KIND OF CAR
Cars, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly!We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 07/30
Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale
Golf Cart, Sales, parts and services. 714-292-9124. 05/13/2021
For sale Classic Car like Golf Car by Western Town & Country, runs great recent batteries. Price just lowered to $1,975. (714) 292-9124. 07/02
Titan Raptor 3-wheel scooter. Like new, 2 yrs old. $1,800 OBO. Located in Seal Beach Leisure World.
Inexpensive shuttle, airports,
markets, doctors, etc. 562-881-2093.
SB License #ABL0001. 07/02
Need a lift? Pam Miller.
LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 07/23
Rides by Russ,
With the personal touch.
For over 4 years I have been giving all types of rides to Leisure World residents. Rides to the airports, doctors, cruise ports, shopping and errands I also enjoy helping my neighbors with chores and maintenance around their homes. Russ 714-655-1544. 07/16
Trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462. 07/09
1994 Savanna 5th wheel trailer. New refrigerator, new tires, has battery, 3 yr. old roof. Excellent condition. $5,000 OBO. (562) 714-4648. 07/02
2004 Pontiac Vibe. Great condition, one owner. 901-335-1649. $2,000 OBO. 07/02
MOVING, HAULING &
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License
BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 07/02
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 06/25
AUTO REPAIR SERVICES
Semi-retired mechanic doing small jobs – oil change, alternators, water pumps, starters & maintenance, air conditioning work done. Will not recommend work that is not needed. CA BAR #0262439. After 9: 00 a.m. Local. (562) 306-2686. 07/02
Looking for a man’s bicycle. Hybrid or mountain bike style. Contact Jim (562) 537-1298. 07/02
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
White shell shaped counter size bar stools, two lamps gold base, TV table with pull out shelf. Small George Foreman grill, various sizes of vases, 3 drawer plastic storage chest. 2 lane cedar chests, adult diapers.
Call (562) 843-6963. 07/02
For sale Jazzy Elite power chair, original price $5,750, must sacrifice, never used $850. Twin size extra long electric bed w/frame Tempur-pedic – medium firm, must sell $500, sheets & electric blanket also available. Call 714-745-1687. 07/02
One bicycle, ladies’ beach cruiser & one tricycle, Schwinn Meridian for sale. (213) 248-0539. 07/02
Jim Beam Decanter Collection. 20+ decanters. Make me an offer.
Beautiful oak hutch & dining room table. Hutch 6.5’ x 6.5’ feet w/etched glass doors. Table 14’ feet w/5 leaves & 10 chairs. $995.00 OBO.
(714) 615-0072. 07/02
I would like to rent a carport in Mutual 15. (714) 552-6631. 07/02
LW REAL ESTATE FOR LEASE
Condo for Lease, Mutual 17, 2 Bedroom/2 Bath, 1160 SF. Top Floor w/ AC, Full Kitchen. Deck/Balcony, Storage & Parking. $2100/month, Call 562-714-4790. 07/02