LWW Tran/Vie 01-09-20

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City computers infected with malware

On Dec. 24, the City of Seal Beach was the victim of a ransomware attack. During this attack, hundreds of private businesses and government entities were also targeted. The City of Seal Beach and the Police Department reacted swiftly to the attack.  

Ransomware, or malware, are computer programs that attackers use to infect a computer network. Ransomware attackers gain entry into a computer system and lock all files and data thus prohibiting users from accessing them. Typically the victims are unable to use any of their files, emails or other data, effectively crippling the organization’s computers. Attackers require the victim to pay a ransom, usually in the form of cryptocurrency, to unlock the files and data on the victims’ computer systems.

The preliminary investigation into this incident revealed that the city’s information technology (IT) service provider was targeted.

The attackers were then able to encrypt the City of Seal Beach’s computers with the malware. The city’s IT service provider was able to restore some files and is actively working to return computer systems to normal.

At no time was public safety compromised as the result of this attack. The city’s ability to respond to emergencies and routine calls for service was not impacted. The 9-1-1 telephone, dispatch, and critical police systems continued to function as normal throughout the duration of the attack.  

However, city email and voicemails were affected. Emails and voicemails sent to city employees from around Dec. 18-30 were likely undelivered. People who contacted a city employee during this time and have not received a response should resend the email or call again.  

The Seal Beach Police Department is working closely with federal and state investigators to investigate this incident. The city will continue to work to bring the computer systems back online and regain full operations.  

The nature of ransomware attacks is that they block users from accessing their own information. There is no evidence that any personal identifying information was compromised or obtained by the ransomware attackers. As a matter of practice, the city and police department urge people to routinely monitor their credit and bank accounts for suspicious activity.  

City computer functions are being restored. However, as the restoration and investigation process continues, Seal Beach may continue to experience periods of limited functionality.

—from a City of Seal Beach press release

LW perimeter wall damaged

A 55-year-old Compton man was arrested Dec. 29 after crashing a car through a portion of Leisure World’s perimeter wall on Seal Beach Boulevard at about 1:50 a.m. on Dec. 29, according to a Seal Beach police report.

Franklin DeVille was arrested on an unrelated outstanding warrant and transported to the hospital for evaluation. No other injuries were reported. 

The cause of the crash is still under investigation, according to Sgt. Nick Nicholas, public information officer for the Seal Beach Police Department.

Just before the crash, Seal Beach police officers had observed DeVille traveling at a high speed in the southbound lanes of Seal Beach Boulevard, Nicholas said.

The car took out several feet of the perimeter wall near 13330 Del Monte Drive, Building 10, in Mutual 15 and a Southern California Edison pole. It also demolished a median tree, bent a street sign and damaged a walkway lightstand pole inside Leisure World.  

 “The telephone pole snapped and was hanging by the wires into the community,” said GRF Security Services Director Victor Rocha, who was called to Leisure World by the LW watch commander.  

The Seal Beach Police Department and fire department were immediately on scene to shut down southbound traffic on Seal Beach Boulevard at the 405 Freeway, Rocha reported. 

By 3 a.m., a Southern California Edison crew was repairing the damaged pole. Electrical service to the community was not interrupted. Seal Beach Boulevard was reopened at about 4:30 a.m.

Once the insurance claim has been settled, repairs will get underway. As of now, a temporary fence has been installed and the debris, cleared. 

—Ruth Osbornsaid GRF Security Services Director Victor Rocha, who was called to Leisure World by the LW watch commander.  

The Seal Beach Police Department and fire department were immediately on scene to shut down southbound traffic on Seal Beach Boulevard at the 405 Freeway, Rocha reported. 

By 3 a.m., a Southern California Edison crew was repairing the damaged pole. Electrical service to the community was not interrupted. Seal Beach Boulevard was reopened at about 4:30 a.m.

A temporary fence has been installed and repairs to the wall will get underway within the next few weeks. A claim has been filed with the vehicle owner’s insurance company.

—Ruth Osborn

GRF Mailouts should arrive by Jan. 17

Golden Rain Foundation mail-outs containing 2020 carrying charge coupons and a second packet with 2019 property tax information and four 2020 guest passes were mailed Dec. 31, with arrival by Jan. 17.

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

Late charges will not be assessed for January payments until  Jan. 31 to provide ample time for shareholders to receive 2020 packets with carrying charge information and payment coupons. Guests can continue to use their 2019 guest passes through January.   

The 2020 guest passes are printed on bright orange cardstock; property tax information is printed on the same sheet as the guest passes. 

Due to the large volume of mail-outs processed by the post office, neighbors may receive packets on different days.  Those who have not received their guest passes or payment coupons by Jan. 17 should contact the Stock Transfer Office.

Recycle trees at 1.8 Acres

Residents can recycle Christmas trees in the walk-in dumpsters at the 1.8 acres area  near the Mini Farms. People who need help can contact the Service Maintenance Department and create an order at the rate of $42 per hour, charged in 15-minute increments. 

LW Pool Update

An update on the status of the pool construction project has been postponed due to a delay in reports from consultants, engineers and contractors because of the holidays. The update was originally scheduled to be delivered at a GRF Physical Property Committee meeting on Jan. 7. A comprehensive report is expected to be ready in February. The exact date and time will be announced.

Mind Boosters Course

The Alzheimer’s Family Center’s (AFC) Mind Booster series is coming to Leisure World on Fridays, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14 and  21, from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3.

The series will help people understand how to activate their minds and unravel the mysteries of healthy brain aging. Mind Booster’s research-based classes take a proactive approach to understanding the causes and risk factors of memory loss.

This 4-week research-based series will cover step-by-step methods for maintaining cognitive skills; tricks and tips for improving memory; how to feed the brain with the right diet; the role of exercise and stress management in healthy brain aging; and legal issues and planning for the future.

The interactive series is taught by a  group of experts and memory care professionals. The workshop is not intended for those with a diagnosis of memory loss. Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25, payable to Alzheimer’s Family Center. To register,  mail a check to Alzheimer’s Family Center, 9451 Indianapolis Ave., Huntington Beach, CA, 92646, or contact Marie Oyegun at MOyegun@AFSCenter.org, (714) 593-9630.  For more information, call GRF Member Resource & Assistance Liaison Cindy Tostado, LCSW, at 431-6586, ext. 317.

Learning Center is coming

The Golden Rain Foundation is excited to be partnering with North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) to bring educational classes to the Leisure World community. Come and meet the teachers from NOCE from 3-4:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 in Clubhouse 4.

Dennis Davino, NOCE director of the Lifeskills Education Advancement Program, will introduce  the teachers who will be conducting classes in clubhouses 3 and 4. 

After short introductions, residents will be able to speak to each teacher. The class list and registration information will be available.  

The classes are state-funded, free and taught by accredited instructors.  

Community Action Partnership

Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4. The next food distribution will be Jan. 16. Note that  recipients were given slips with an incorrect distribution date; the date should read Jan. 16 from 9-11 a.m.

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

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

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

Learn how to use smartphones

The California Telephone Access Program will sponsor a free workshop to help people who are having difficulty hearing or seeing on their smartphones.

Learn how to: 

• Make your smartphone louder and easier to hear

• Send text messages

• Connect to Bluetooth devices

• Operate the basic functions and much more.

Free classes for iPhone and Android smartphones will be offered on Jan. 24, Feb. 28 or March 27 at the Health Care Center Conference Room. 

Android users meet from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.; iPhone users meet from 2-4 p.m.

Space is limited. Register now by calling (562) 431-6586, ext. 317, or (866) 271-1540 for other locations.

Meals on Wheels needs volunteers

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach is looking for volunteers to help deliver meals to Leisure World residents. 

Deliveries are Monday-Friday between 10:30 a.m.-noon.  Drivers and friendly visitors are needed in general and especially on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

For more information, contact Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 4, or go online to fill out a volunteer application at www.mowlb.org. 

LW Dines Out

Naples Rib Company will serve dinner in Clubhouse 1 on Jan. 13 with service from 4-6 p.m. The dining room is open until 7 p.m. 

Reservations are required—(562) 439-7427or http://www.ribcompany.com/leisure-world-menu.asp, and they must be received before noon on Jan. 13. Those who book through the website will receive a treat.  

Finbars Italian Kitchen will not offer LW dinner service until February. Hometown Buffet has stopped serving Sunday brunch but will serve dinner on the fourth Mondays of the month. 

Resident support for the Monday night restaurant program has been on the decline overall. Restaurants are seeking suggestions on what would draw diners. Email ideas to events@lwsb.com.

The Leisure World Transportation Department provides regular weekday or weekend bus service to the clubhouse. People can also schedule the ACCESS on-call bus. For more information on the bus schedule, call 431-6586, ext. 372 or 379. 

For information on restaurant services, email events@lwsb.com or call 431-6586, ext. 326.

Naples Rib Company Menu

Naples Rib Company, 5800 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, will bring dinner service to Clubhouse 1 on Jan. 13. Dinners include a mini loaf of cornbread with honeybutter, extra barbecue sauce, cole slaw and barbecued beans (tax included).  


Prime Rib (8 oz) $20

5 Rib Bones $16

Tri Tip (6 oz) $16

1/2 Chicken $15

Pasta Primavera $13


Ribs and ¼ Chicken $18

Ribs and Tri Tip $20

(5 Bones and 6 oz Tri Tip)

1/4 Chicken and Tri Tip (6 oz) $18


Add one Louisana hot sausage, $2

Add bottled water or a can of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, $1.50

Valentines Day Dance

The GRF will host the fourth annual Valentine’s Day dinner dance on Friday, Feb. 14, by popular demand. The romantic not-for-couples-only evening will begin at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, with a dinner catered by Country Gardens, served at 7:30 p.m. Music and dancing will be provided by Anthony and Doniele Bernasconi, whose repertoire includes Frank Sinatra,  Marvin Gaye, Billy Joel, James Brown and Michael Bublé among others.

This event typically sells out and seating is limited, so people are encouraged to buy tickets, $30, early. They are sold individually or in tables of eight for $220 and are available at the Recreation office in Building 5. For information, call 431-6586, ext. 326, or email events@lwsb.com.

AARP SmartDriver Class

A Smart Driver Review class will be held from 1-5 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. It is time to renew for people who took the two-day, eight-hour class three years ago.

The AARP course is the nation’s first refresher course specifically designed for drivers age 50 and older. In many states, drivers may benefit from a discount on their auto insurance premium upon completing the course. And participants will learn something new along the way. In fact, an evaluation of the course found that 97 percent of people changed at least one driving habit as a result of what they learned.

 To RSVP, call  (714) 401-2237.

A class will also be held on Feb. 17.

Menorah was vandalized

A menorah at the Main Gate to mark the Hanukkah holiday was vandalized on Dec. 5, according to LW Security reports. 

Wires were cut to several light bulbs. 

The damaged menorah was replaced within the hour, and there were no further incidents reported.

There were no witnesses or security video to help with the investigation so findings were inconclusive as to the motive for the damage.

Some people in Leisure World’s Jewish community expressed dismay that this might be an act of anti-Semitism, but officials noted that the vandalism of holiday symbols is not uncommon here, with past reports of ornaments taken from the community Christmas tree and figures removed from creche at Redeemer Church.

LW Poetry

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

Wild Life in Leisure World


There’s a lizard in my garden & it’s welcome as can be.

It keeps bug population in control.

It sun bathes on my walk & doesn’t mind my gaze

 To be a good neighbor is my goal.

There are cottontails, of course, I enjoy them too

as they snack on the clover in the grass.

Their big long ears signal my approach 

and they watch as I quietly stroll past.

Squirrels play hide & seek 

up in the trees nearby.   

Their daring tricks are fun to watch,

and I marvel at their games up so high.

I haven’t seen the coyote reported in the news.

We know that they are very sly 

but  strangely,  I  haven’t heard 

their signature yelping cry.

I saw a red-tailed hawk on top the Norfolk pine

it looked huge even at such height.

Then it took to wing and I watched in awe

as it soared and soared in graceful flight.

An old  possum strolled in the canal one day

ignoring traffic rushing along

I wondered if it would roll up & play dead

or if that was a rumor & quite wrong.

The hooded phoebe birds are fun to watch.

They run & fly to catch bugs in mid-air.

You can hear their beaks snap as they have success

then go for another without a care.

The mocking birds return each spring

and work to build a cozy nest.

They don’t welcome visitors to view their eggs

and will drive you away as a pest.

The crows are not welcome in my neighborhood

although, I know they have to eat.

but they kill baby bunnies & that is not acceptable 

so I scare them away from my street.


  There may be other wildlife in Leisure World but   

with the usual hours that I keep,

after Jeopardy and Wheel on the TV each night

I don’t know what goes on while I am asleep. 

 —Phyllis Poper

Photo Arts Club

The Photo Arts Club celebrated the holidays with a lunch and sharing of members’ favorite photos. The next meeting will be at 1:30 p.m., today, Jan. 9, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

The assignment is to make a photograph of an item in an abstract manner so that the object may not be recognizable; photos may be in color or black and white. 

GRF Movie

“The Diary of Anne Frank” will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday,   Jan. 12, in Clubhouse 4.

In Nazi-occupied Holland in World War II, shopkeeper Kraler hides two Jewish families in his attic. Young Anne Frank (Millie Perkins) keeps a diary of everyday life for the Franks and the Van Daans, chronicling the Nazi threat as well as family dynamics. A romance with Peter Van Daan causes jealousy between Anne and her sister, Margot. Otto Frank (Joseph Schildkraut) returns to the attic many years after the eventual capture of both families and finds his late daughter’s diary.

iPad Classes

Join iPad expert Fred Carpenter to learn new tips and tricks about the iPad and its camera and video capabilities. There will be time to discuss specific problems people may have. Everyone is welcome.

Classes are sponsored by the Video Producers Club on Tuesdays from 2-4 p.m. The location is pending due to the relocation of the Video Producers Club.

For more information, call Carpenter at (310) 755-5925 or email sail1942@gmail.com.

Ad Hoc Sing-Along

The LW Ad Hoc Sing-Along Club meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 for one hour to sing the old songs. 

All are welcome to come and sing songs from movies, Broadway hits and other classic tunes. 

Helen Uno is the song leader, with pianist Eric Nelson.

Song sheets are furnished. Reading music is not required.

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

Community Sing

Leisure World residents are invited to come to the Community Sing on Monday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.  Those who want to be part of the Opening Acts should come at 6 to sign in with the leader, Ethel Carter; bring music for the pianist as needed. 

Ethel’s half-time guest will be pianist, “Mr. Hank” Barto.  

On Dec. 16, Opening Acts featured accompaniment from pianists Pat Kogok and Betty Ballen for singers Richard Yokomi, “Georgia on My Mind”; Leila Claudio, “Let it Snow”; Betty Ballen played “Mo-ocsur,” a Hannukah piece on the piano; Bruce DuPont and Diane Wasserman sang “Santa Claus is Coming to Town”; Byong Choi, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”; and Vito Villamor, “Feliz Navidad.” 

A special thanks to the volunteers who helped with the table setting and clean-up on treat night.    

On Dec. 9, opening acts were Richard Yokmi, “Sunday Morning Coming Down”; Bruce DuPont, “Sentimental Journey”; and Byong Choi, “Red River Valley.” Pianist Pat Kogok accompanied two of the performers.  

Half-time guests were the colorful dancers of the Hui O Hula Club with pianist Pat Kogok and song leader Carmen Edwards. Dancers showcased routines to “Silent Night,” “White Christmas,” “Melekelikemaka,” “Hallelujah” and  the Hawaiian version of “Twelve Days of Christmas.” 

On Dec. 2, the song leader was Leila Claudio. 

Opening Acts featured Richard Yokomi, “Lying Eyes”; Chuck Zeman, “I’m Making Believe”; Ethel Carter, “We Need a Little Christmas”; Bruce Dupont, “Bye Bye Blackbird”; Byong Choi, “Don’t Forget to Remember”; and Vito Villamor, “You Are My Sunshine.”  Pianist Rhonda Fischer accompanied four of the acts.  The half-time guest was pianist Amang Liamzon. 

Many thanks to the leaders, pianists and other helpers who contributed their time and talents to the Community Sing during 2019.  

There will be no Community Sing on Jan. 20 because its the Martin Luther King Jr. national holiday.  

Genealogy Club

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

Everyone is welcome to attend workshops or visit the library to see what the club has to offer. The library is open Monday-Thursday from 1-4 p.m. except holidays.

The workshop schedule is:

•Jan. 9—Ancestry DNA

•Jan. 16—American Indians

• Jan. 23—Massachusetts (The First on a Series on States)

• Jan. 30—Black Sheep and Ne’er-do-wells

 The workshops are free. 

Musical Theater West

Musical Theatre West (MTW) returns for its 66th season with a line-up of West Coast regional premieres, Tony Award-winning classics and family favorites, opening with Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s bluegrass musical, “Bright Star” (Oct. 19-Nov. 24).  

The musical theater company performs at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center, 6200 E. Atherton St., Long Beach, 90815; parking is in Lot 12.

The season will continue with the award-winning masterpiece “Oliver!” (Feb. 8-24); the high-flying musical adaptation of “Catch Me If You Can” (March 29-April 14); and the beloved Broadway musical, Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” (July 12-28).

Back by popular demand, MTW has an added holiday bonus show, the musical adaptation of the Will Ferrell holiday movie  “Elf” (Nov. 30-Dec. 9).

Season subscriptions are available at www.musical.org or by calling 856-1999, ext. 4. Select-Your-Own Seat subscriptions begin July 5 at noon. Both subscription packages offer the best seats available and early access to purchase “Elf: The Musical.”   

• “Bright Star”

From Grammy, Emmy and Academy award-winning Steve Martin and Grammy Award winning Edie Brickell comes a five-time Tony nominated musical that The New York Times called “a shining achievement.” Inspired by a real event, this original musical tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and 1940s. Propelled by an ensemble of onstage musicians and dancers, the story unfolds as a rich tapestry of deep emotion, beautiful melodies, and powerfully moving performances. 

• “Oliver”

Lionel Bart’s classic musical based on Charles Dickens’ novel, “Oliver Twist.” 

The streets of Victorian England come to life as orphaned Oliver goes from mistreatment in the London workhouses and falls in with a gang of pickpockets led by the roguish Fagin, the kindhearted Nancy and the menacing Bill Sykes, before finally finding a home. This Tony and Olivier Award-winning show is one of the few musicals to win an Academy Award for “Best Picture.”

• “Catch Me If You Can” 

Based on the hit film and the incredible true story, the high-flying musical comedy is about chasing your dreams and not getting caught.  Teenager Frank Abignale, Jr., runs away from home to begin an unforgettable adventure. 

With nothing more than his boyish charm, a big imagination and millions of dollars in forged checks, he successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer—living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when his lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, the chase is on to make Frank pay for his crimes. 

The play was nominated for four Tony awards, including “Best Musical.”

• “The Little Mermaid”

Based on one of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories, the musical adaptation of Disney’s classic film starts in a magical kingdom beneath the sea, and then to a palace in the human world as the beautiful young mermaid, Ariel, searches for love.  

With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Glenn Slater, and a compelling book by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winner Doug Wright, this fishy fable boasts irresistible songs, including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl” and “Part of Your World.”

• “ELF: The Musical”

Based on the 2003 hit film starring Will Ferrell, this musical adaptation of the hilarious fish-out-of-water comedy follows Buddy the Elf in his quest to find his true identity. As a young orphan, Buddy mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. Unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth, Buddy leaves Santa and embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. The modern-day classic features songs by Tony Award nominees Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award winners Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin.

International City Theatre

International City Theatre celebrates its 35th Anniversary in 2020 with a five-play season, which opens in February with “The Andrews Brothers,” a madcap musical salute to the swinging 1940s created by Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wondrettes, Life Could Be A Dream). A USO show is threatened with cancellation when a certain famous trio of singing sisters fails to show, and it’s up to three earnest and determined stagehands to go on with the show.  Featuring over 25 songs made famous by the Andrews Sisters, including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” “Slow Boat to China,” “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree” and “Ac-Cent-Tchu-Ate the Positive.” The play runs Feb. 21-March 8; previews begin Feb. 19.

The California premiere of “Daisy,” a compelling historical drama by Sean Devine exploring the moment in TV history that the political attack ad was born, is up May 1-17. During the 1964 U.S. presidential campaign, as turmoil raged over Civil Rights and the Vietnam War, a group of Madison Avenue ad men working for Lyndon B. Johnson unleashed the most powerful political commercial ever conceived: the “Daisy” ad. 

ICT will present “Slow Food,” by Wendy MacLeod from June 12-28.

A hard-hitting drama about family conflict and clashing cultures debuts Aug. 28-Sept. 13. In “Closely Related Keys,” by award-winning playwright Wendy Graf, an African-American attorney with a career on the rise is shocked to discover she has an Iraqi half-sister. Julia Dolan’s carefully constructed life begins to crumble when Neyla, a devout Muslim, arrives in the U.S. with plans to audition for Julliard. 

The season will conclude with Ken Ludwig’s two-time Tony-nominated screwball comedy “Lend Me A Tenor” Oct. 23-Nov. 8.  When world-famous tenor Tito Morelli arrives for a fundraiser at the Cleveland Grand Opera Company, a chain-reaction of mistaken identity and mixed signals spirals out of control, leading to mayhem, high-jinx and hilarity—and leaving audiences giddy and teary-eyed with laughter 

Performances are held Thursdays-Saturdays at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. For more information, call (562) 436-4610.

LW Dance Classes and Clubs

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

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

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

•Dance Fitness: Move to energetic music and dance steps to improve balance and increase strength and stamina. Classes, $3, are held upstairs in Clubhouse 6 on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jim Blanchard at (714) 487-2446.

•Flowering Step Line Dance: Free classes are held at 10 a.m. on Mondays in Clubhouse 2 and the third Monday at 9:30 in Clubhouse 3. Young-ah Koh is the instructor. For more information, call 296-8068.

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

•Grapevine Line Dance: Free line dance classes Thursdays from 2-5 p.m. at Clubhouse 6, upstairs Room C; 2-3 p.m., advanced; 3-4 p.m., newcomer/beginner; 4-5 p.m., intermediate; 10-minute break between classes. For more information, inquire directly in class or email grapevinelinedance@gmail.com.

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

•Joyful Line Dance Club: Beginning and intermediate easy-to-follow line dance classes are from 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3; $2 per 90-minute class; Justin Manalad is the instructor. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

•Leisure Time Dancers: The Leisure Time Dancers will have classes in the cha cha at 2 p.m. and tango at 3, in Clubhouse 6 on Mondays Richard Sharrard is the instructor. Singles and couples are welcome; dancers rotate. Cost is $6 for one hour; $10 for two hours. For more information, call  434-6334.

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

•Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club: Themed dances and a potluck are held on the first Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Singles and couples are welcome. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at 799-9482. 

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

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

•Zumba Club: Come join the party while dancing and exercising to different rhythms such as salsa, merengue, cha-cha,  hip-hop, Bollywood and jazz. Classes, $3, are held upstairs in Clubhouse 6 at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, and at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. For more information, contact Mary Romero at 431-0082.

Lapidary Club

Lapidary Club President Dean Jacobus thanks club officers and employees of the GRF for contributing to an excellent year in 2019.

Members who have belongings in the Lapidary Room need to remove them so the room can be painted. All lockers need to be emptied and locks need to be removed by Jan. 15.

Renovations are expected to continue until February and will affect the club schedule, but some activities are still planned. For example, a beading class is available on Tuesdays and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-noon.

All members are encouraged to pay 2020 dues, which are $10 for the year.

Joyful Line Dance Club

The Joyful Line Dance Club resumes on Jan. 8 from 3-4:30 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 to learn the latest line dances. There are no fees.

The Joyful Line Dance Club of Leisure World Club, now in its seventh year, offers people the opportunity to improve emotional and physical health so they can have a healthy and happy retirement.

The club invites men and women to come and line dance with members throughout the year.

All shareholders are welcome, no membership required. 

For more information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339. 

Opera Club

Everyone is invited to come and watch the conclusion of “Porgy and Bess,” Part 2, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, on Monday, Jan. 13, at 1:30 p.m. 

This San Francisco Opera production features Eric Owens and LaQuita Mitchell in Gershwin’s portrayal of life in the south. Sylvan VonBurg will summarize Part 1 for people who missed it last Tuesday.

Act 2 sees a distraught Bess returning to Catfish Row after  escaping from Crown. 

She tells Porgy she wants to stay with him, but when Crown returns she will be forced to go with him. As Crown enters, a hurricane bell sounds, and he is enlisted to help save the endangered fishermen in the open sea. However, when he returns, he demands that Bess go with him. Instead Porgy confronts Crown. They fight and Porgy kills him, the man who murdered Robbins. Porgy gets arraigned and is detained in  jail for a week.  On his return, he finds Bess gone to New York with Sportin’ Life who drugged her. As the opera ends, Porgy follows his love and goes to New York  to find her.

The opera is sung in English. Room 2 is open at 1 p.m.  No dues or fees are collected.  

For further information, contact Beverly Emus at (562) 296-5586 or Beverly 90740@gmail.com.

Community Karaoke

Community Karaoke vocalists and loyal guests met for another night of song yesteday, Jan. 8. 

Many singers had karaoke withdrawals because of the holidays and Clubhouse 1 being closed. 

Everyone was ready to kick off a fun-filled new year.  

Every week, members learn songs, practice them and then take the stage to sing for an enthusiastic audience. 

Many people have never sung except in the privacy of their showers or automobiles.  

Some are persuaded to take the stage and sing as part of a duet for the first time to get over their fear. The karaoke audience is faithful and shows its appreciation by applauding for everyone.  

The club has two song books that alphabetically list songs by titles and artists. 

It provides music for all occasions and in all genres.  

All are welcome each Wednesday beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Practice sessions are on Tuesdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m.  

Friendship Computer Club

The Friendship Club offers free computer classes taught by Jeff Sacks and Miryam Fernandez. The club meets on the first, second and fourth Mondays in Clubhouse 3, Room 4; and on the third Monday, in Clubhouse 6, Room B. 

Instructors Jeff Sacks and Miryam Fernandez will be joined by new instructor, Bob Cohen, who has taught adults how to use technology for fun and profit at over a dozen community and adult education venues. He is a master on iPhones, Internet marketing, blogging and apps. Drawing on his career as a technology professional and entrepreneur, his expert training classes for all levels will help others become more familiar with using and making money using technology.  

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Jan. 13: Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—WhatsApp (Cohen)

Noon—Texting on the iPhone (Fernandez)

Monday, Jan. 20: No Class

Monday, Jan. 27: Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—iPhone/iPad App Store (Cohen)

Noon—Prepare for the CA DMV Test (includes Real ID  info) Sacks

Tuesday, Jan. 28, Clubhouse 3, Room 7

1-3 p.m.—Understanding the Cloud (Cohen)

For expert computer and smartphone information and advice, DMV, to suggest topics and questions, or to join the email list, contact Jeff Sacks (714) 642-0122. 

For basic computer information, iPhone/iPad, social media, Google Calendar questions, contact Miryam Fernandez at 884-7460.

Art League

The Leisure World Art League is honored to host a demonstration by one of California’s top potters and Stoneware designers on  Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. People should arrive early to ensure getting a good seat, as Art League demos consistently draw large turnouts.                                                                                                                         

Master potters Barry Hage and Rosalind Hage have worked in clay for over 45 years. Their work combines the techniques of wheel throwing and hand building. Pieces are hand decorated and fired multiple times with ceramic stains and glazes. Platinum or gold luster is often applied in the final firing.

The Hages were commissioned in the spring of 2013 to build 50 one-of-a-kind teapots to be displayed as table centerpieces for the Bellevue Museum of Arts Auction. Four months of intense artistic labor not only pushed their creativity into new forms and techniques but resulted in the largest output of pieces in a number of years. The Hages are pleased to note that the auction was a huge success.

Barry and Rosalind have committed to exhibit their intricate Hage Stoneware ceramic designs at all Art Under the Umbrellas events this season, as well as La Quinta Arts Festival on March 6-9.

Art League members are encouraged to enter their paintings into the art show by 6:30 p.m. Popular vote subject will be “Winter.”

Members of the pottery classes are encouraged to attend and submit their work to the art show competition.

—Jay Young


Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor should include name, Mutual number and phone number, and be emailed to cathiem_news@lwsb.com or typed and delivered to the LW Weekly office.


This is in regards to walkers, drivers after the sun starts to go down:

1. Walkers: wear light colored clothes or a safety vest (can be purchased at Harbor Freight) or carry a flash light. I don’t know how many times I see walkers cross the street in dark clothes and it came to a close call because either they were not in proper clothing or in a crosswalk.

2. Drivers: When driving and you see a car stopped in a lane, slow down, the other car just might be stopped for people crossing the street. 

3. To all drivers: You cannot make a left turn from a “right” lane, especially if a car in the left lane is going straight and same goes for the left lane making right hand turns in front of left lanes.

D. Moll

Mutual 10



View from the ground: If members of the Restaurant Subcommittee, which includes Lee Melody, heard something totally different than what I and other observers heard at the last meeting, there’s an easy resolution that addresses shareholder concerns.

First, run a proper survey giving residents a true choice:

• Restaurant – Yes/No

• Bar – Yes/No

• Restaurant/Bar – Yes/No

• Clubhouse 1 – Yes/No

• Clubhouse 2 – Yes/No

• Any Clubhouse – Yes/No

• How many times a year would you go ____?

Then, publish a signed commitment from GRF to protect the shareholders:

• No agreement will be signed that restricts Koffels, Dominos, Finbars, Naples, Hometown Buffet or future replacements for them.

• Whoever runs the restaurant must purchase insurance that covers the entire cost of restoring facilities back to what they were before the restaurant if at any time during the lease, the restaurant fails or ceases operation for any reason.

• No GRF funds (shareholder, reserves, amenities, etc.) will be used anywhere in the process of establishing a restaurant.

If GRF truly believes a restaurant is viable, they should have no qualms doing all this, and neither should a restaurateur who is convinced this is a valuable opportunity.

Somehow I doubt this will occur because the restaurant is high risk and is likely to cost our shareholders a considerable amount of lost money. I will be holding my breath waiting for GRF to meet the terms of this letter.

Beverley Bender

Mutual 17



As many Leisure World shareholders are aware, a vehicle crashed through the wall on Seal Beach Boulevard into Mutual 15 on Sunday, Dec. 29, at 2:15 a.m. (see page 1 for story).On behalf of Mutual 15 (in particular the residents of Building 10) I would like to commend and thank the quick response of Victor Rocha, Mark Weaver and Aaron Hensley. They came into the community at 3 a.m., contacted Edison, had a temporary fence constructed around the area and replaced a street light that had fallen. All before Sunday afternoon. None of this work needed to be requested. It just happened thanks to Victor, Mark and Aaron. What terrific efficiency and concern they exhibited.

I, as president and representative of Mutual 15, would like them to know how thankful we are to have these stellar GRF employees working on our behalf. 

Also, thank you to GRF for giving us such outstanding support and finding these dedicated employees.

Thank you.

Jackie Dunagan

President, Mutual 15

President, Presidents Council


Tips for holiday recovery

by Jim Greer

LW contributor

In my house, holiday decorations come down as soon as possible. I’m not sure if they’re no longer necessary, or if putting them away gives us closure after the disappointments of the season. Don’t get me wrong. We love to celebrate sacred events and reunite with family and friends. But, the ideal gatherings depicted on everyone else’s Facebook or Instagram postings don’t seem to materialize for us.

The holidays are just too stressful. With all the events, the shopping, the anxiety of preparing to visit or be visited, it’s sometimes more than we can handle. All of this pressure builds on top of our expectations for the perfect holiday. And when it doesn’t happen, we feel depressed. 

According to licensed psychologist and marriage and family counselor Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker, “some studies show as many as 25 percent of Americans suffer from low-grade to full-blown depression after the holidays. The hype and excitement and, yes, expectation, for jolliness buoy up many in the buildup to the Big Day. But then expectations hit reality, and the weeks after a holiday can feel like the emotional rug has been “pulled out” from under us. 

If you’re dealing with holiday letdown, here’s a few things Dr. Hartwell-Walker suggests you do to enter the new year with a happier mindset.

• If you are taking antidepressants, this is not the time to stop.

• If you are in therapy, make sure you talk with your therapist about what is bothering you.

• Take care of yourself. Get back to a healthy diet with reasonable portions. Get out and walk at least once a day and resume your regular bedtime. 

• Take a meditative few minutes a couple of times a day. Focus on what did go right over the holidays. Counting your blessings is an antidote to the blues.

• Call a friend. Steer the conversations to what has been going well and share a laugh or two. 

• Make a pact with yourself to do something small but positive for yourself at least five times a day. 

• Give yourself the gift of giving to someone else. Focusing on someone else’s needs has the paradoxical effect of helping the giver.

• Resume doing what you enjoy. It’s time to shift the focus to the everyday things that give us pleasure. 

• Give yourself an attitude transplant. Take charge of your life by doing or adding to any of the ideas listed above.

You have a new year in which you can enjoy whatever comes along. Realize that every minute of your life needn’t be planned. Let it be a surprise. As Deepak Chopra wisely stated, “The coincidences or little miracles that happen every day of your life are hints that the universe has much bigger plans for you than you ever dreamed of for yourself.”

The year 2020 will be a unique and exciting time in your life. Look at the past in realistic terms. Set aside your expectation of perfection, and happily accept what gifts the Creator sends your way.


Feds take aim at robocalls

by Cathie Merz


President Donald Trump signed legislation on Dec. 30 that aims to take an aggressive stance on robocalls plaguing phone consumers.

The Pallone-Thune Telephone Robocall Abuse Criminal Enforcement and Deterrence Act passed the House of Representatives by a 417-3 vote on Dec. 14. The legislation was introduced in the Senate and passed with a 97-1 voice vote on May 23.

Americans were bombarded by 5 billion robocalls in November alone last year, according to data from YouMail, a company that makes robocall blocking software. That works out to over 15 calls per person during that month.

According to some estimates, consumers lose billions a year when they fall for these scams. YouMail estimates at least 40 percent of robocalls, or more, involve some kind of spoofing.

Spoofing is a fraudulent or malicious practice in which communication, email or robocalls, is sent from an unknown source disguised as a source known to the receiver, such as the IRS, Social Security Administration or from a nearby location, to trick Americans into answering their phones when they shouldn’t. 

The centerpiece of the new law is a mandate for phone companies to try and at least identify theses calls correctly.

The Federal Communication Commission (FCC) is leading a push for the industry to adopt Caller ID Authentication to help consumers as quickly as possible.

Caller ID authentication, also called SHAKEN/STIR, is a system designed to create transparency about where a call is actually coming from and aims to erode the ability of callers to illegally spoof a caller ID. 

The large carriers are already adopting the SHAKEN/STIR standards and expect to be done by 2020. The legislation aims to ensure that all phone companies, large and small, eventually implement these standards.

 SHAKEN/STIR are acronyms for Signature-based Handling of Asserted Information Using toKENs (SHAKEN) and the Secure Telephone Identity Revisited (STIR) standards. 

“SHAKEN/STIR involves what’s essentially a digital fingerprint for each phone call,” explains Ajit Pai, chairman of the FCC. He added that “this framework will be critical in informing consumers whether the Caller ID information they see is real or spoofed. And it can be used to assist with blocking spoofed calls.” 

With SHAKEN/STIR, calls that travel through interconnected phone networks would have their caller IDs “signed” as legitimate by originating carriers and validated by other carriers before reaching consumers. SHAKEN/STIR digitally validates the handoff of the handoff of phone calls passing through the complex web of networks, allowing the consumer’s phone company receiving the call to verify that a call is from the person making it. 

With SHAKEN/STIR , consumers and law enforcement alike will be more likely to identify the source of illegal robocalls and reduce their frequency and impact. 

The new law also has provisions to encourage blocking illegal calls. However, blocking is a significantly more challenging undertaking. 

Some legitimate calls might be blocked like, say, a robocall from a doctor’s office confirming an appointment. Businesses like Uber use “call spoofing” for a variety of reasons, including to protect the identity of its riders and drivers.

The new law has a provision to insure carriers offer call-blocking services at no additional charge. This is an attempt to answer one of the critiques levied against some of the previous attempts to crack down on the practice.

Former FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel says the new law “will give the FCC new tools to crack down on robocalls and help fix this mess for consumers.”

The act implements a forfeiture penalty for violations (with or without intent) of the prohibition on certain robocalls and makes it clear that a general forfeiture penalty is “in addition to any other penalty provided for under the Communications Act.”

The FCC has been allowed to make rules and take civil actions against robocall scammers, but within certain limits. The new law expands those limits along with the powers of the FCC. The new rules also extends to four years the window of time the FCC has to take action against “violations with intent” when a robocall is placed.

Fines and civil penalties issued by the FCC has not netted great results in the past. A March investigation by the Wall Street Journal found that the FCC issued $208.4 million in fines against robocallers since 2015, but collected only $6,790. The FCC lacks authority to enforce its penalties and refers unpaid fines to the Justice Department.

This act also requires the Department of Justice and the FCC to assemble an interagency working group to study and report to Congress on the enforcement of the prohibition of certain robocalls. The interagency working group will be comprised of the Department of Commerce, the Department of State, the Department of Homeland Security, the FCC, the FTC and the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. The group, convened by the Attorney General, will examine issues like the types of laws, policies or constraints that could be inhibiting enforcement. Criminal penalties are likely to have more teeth compared to civil actions.

Federal, state and local authorities have been working to curb illegal robocalls. Early in 2019, the FCC voted to allow phone companies to block suspicious calls by default, and in November, attorneys general from all 50 states and Washington, D.C., joined 12 phone companies in announcing an effort to combat robocalls by implementing call-blocking technology at no extra cost to customers.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) plays a role in stopping robocalls by maintaining the do-not-call registry. In June (with law enforcement partners), the FTC announced a crackdown on marketing calls.

Credits & Kudos

Credits & Kudos must include the writer’s name and mutual, and will be edited for brevity. Mention of a business or service is not an endorsement or recommendation by the LW News or Golden Rain Foundation.

Garnet Vyduna, Mutual 5, sends kudos to everyone who donated 2020 calendars that will be used by patients at the Veterans Hospital. She will continue to collect them throughout the year. She also thanks to the LW Weekly staff who offered their office as the collection point. 


Today I had a really bad day, a letter from the IRS and other issues. After shopping at the Dollar Tree I saw some lovely crocheted flowers on the benches outside with a sweet note asking people to take them home as a random act of crochet kindness. It was from “PB.”

I would like this wonderful person to know how much the little gift meant to me; it brightened my day, and I will treasure the present always and smile when I see it.

Thank you who ever you are and have a really great New Year!

Christa Shackleford

Seal Beach

Perspectives Policy

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.

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Contributor: Restaurant review, theater review or travel journal submissions welcome


Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

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


Thursday, Jan. 9 Mutual 12

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 10 Mutual 3

Administration 9 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 13 Mutual 9

Administration 9 a.m.

Wednesday Jan. 15 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 Mutual 7

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 16 Mutual 2

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 16 Mutual 11

Conference Room B 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 Mutual 15 (rescheduled)

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 Mutual 14

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 Mutual 10

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 23 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 24 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 27 Mutual 8

Administration 9 a.m.

GRF Board of Directors Meetings

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

Thursday, Jan. 9 Communications/ITS Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 10 Executive Committee 

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 13 Mutual Administration Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 14 Facilities and Amenities Review Ad Hoc

Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

Administration 10 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 16 Finance Committee (rescheduled)

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 17 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 Website Ad Hoc Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 23 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 6 p.m.

MUTUALS 2, 10, 16, 17

GRF ID cards expire for those born in January

GRF ID cards expire in 2020 for members in Mutuals 2, 10, 16 and 17. Residents in these Mutuals who have birthdays in January need to stop by Stock Transfer 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 cards to see what year they expire.

New ID cards will be replaced upon surrender of an old card. If a member has lost his/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.

Presidents’ Council

Summary Report

Thursday, January 2, 2020

The regular monthly meeting of the Presidents’ Council of Seal Beach Leisure World was convened at 9:00 a.m., by President Jackie Dunagan, on Jan. 2, in Clubhouse 4, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

The following is a recap of the Jan. 2, 2020, Council meeting:

? The regular monthly Council meeting minutes of Dec. 5, 2019, were approved, by general consent of the Council, as written.

? Mr. Victor Rocha, security services director, discussed the guest passes and provided an update on the Gate Access System.

? Ms. Jodi Hopkins presented Mutual Administration and Stock Transfer office reports and provided an update on elections.

? The Council discussed Fenn traps for mosquitos; an update will be provided at the February meeting.

? The Council had no new business to discuss.

? Next Council meeting: Thursday, Feb. 6, 9 a.m., Clubhouse 4.

For Your Information

Residents may speak before the GRF Board at its regular monthly meetings on any subject on the agenda or any other subject, by submitting a form available in the Clubhouse 4 lobby before each meeting.


LWSB Seniors for Peace Club 

Rev. James Lawson is guest speaker at Martin Luther King, Jr. celebration

All are invited to join a celebration in recognition of Martin Luther King, Jr., presented by LWSB Seniors for Peace Club (formerly Senior Patriots for Peace)on Jan. 14 at 2:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The Rev. James Lawson, who worked with Rev. King to end segregation and knew him well, will share his experience and answer questions.         

Lawson was born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, in 1928. He earned an BA in ’51 and was jailed in ’51 as a draft resister. In ’52 he went to India to learn Gandhi’s non-violence then returned to the states in ’56 and met King in ’57. He went on to Oberlin School of Theology and to Vanderbilt from ’58-60 where he earned his Sacred Theology Bachelor’s(STB) degree even though he was threatened with expulsion because of his involvement in the sit-ins that took place in the South in ’59-’60 where he went to conduct workshops on non-violence.

Lawson was also influential in the founding of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee. He co-authored the statement of purpose of the SNCC, which emphasized religious and philosophical foundations of non-violent direct action. Along with his involvement in SNCC he held workshops on non-violent methods of protest with Fellowship of Reconciliation (’57-’69) and Southern Christian Leadership Conference (’60-’67), often in preparation for campaigns. In ’68 he took part in the third wave of the “61 Freedom Rides.” He requested King’s participation and that was the place King was shot and killed.

Lawson continued the resistance movement by becoming a board member then president of the LA Chapter, ’79-’93, during which time he became pastor of the Hohman United Methodist Church (’74-’99), the oldest church in LA. He will honor the club with his presence and share his experience and knowledge with members.

Sign in at the door when entering. All LW residents are invited to become members and to partake in voting. Dues are $10 for the year. 

For further information, call Jacquie Clarke, (562) 494-6304, or Dorothy Kemeny, (562) 296-8554. 


48th Congressional candidate is GOP guest on Jan. 15

The LW Republican Club will host Brian Burley, a candidate in the 48th Congressional District, which includes Leisure World, on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Republican Michelle Steel and Democrat Harley Rouda are also running in the district.

When asked to list “the three key messages” of his campaign Burley listed two. “My campaign is for our country and for our future,” he said.

“This is the start of a new conservative movement in California,” he said. “I will fight on behalf of the factory workers, the business owners, the teachers, our servicemen, our families, our children and the generations that came before us.”

Listing the areas of public policy he was most concerned about, he said he would: “advocate for tax relief to families and business owners; take a stand against illegal immigration; work to save, protect and restore Social Security; and fight to restore American family values.” 

Burley cited as his political experience the work he did as a “funding delegate” for the student government in college.

The LW Republican Club meets on the third Monday of the month at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

The club has a voter registration booth by Clubhouse 6, in front of the exercise and table tennis areas from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, weather permitting. LW residents will also be able to sign a petition to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom at the booth.


January speakers are announced

The first Sunshine Club meeting of the year will be tomorrow, Jan. 10, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m.

Vice President Rose Marie Sprague will conduct the meeting to update members on the community. Officers will share information they have for members and neighbors.

In January, the club has scheduled three guest speakers. Victor Rocha, GRF security services director, will be the speaker on Jan. 17; John Davies, aqua therapist, is Jan. 24; and LW Weekly editor Cathie Merz will be the guest on Jan. 31.

The Sunshine Club is designed to help ethnic people to get along in the community, for neighbors to have better communication and to get the best out of living in Leisure World by learning how to use available information. The classes use LW Weekly as a textbook to go over LW news, general columns, etc. 

This is the club’s ninth year. It began in January 2012.

The club invites community leaders and club representatives to introduce their organizations. 

A wide variety of specialists from “outside the wall” are also invited to share experiences and ideas with club members. .

Shareholders are encouraged to bring their own coffee mugs and participate in the “Save The Earth” program that the club began about seven years ago. Arrive a few minutes early to enjoy refreshments before the meeting begins at 10 a.m.

The club meets on Fridays. All shareholders are welcome to attend; membership is not required. 

For more information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.


Buy-and-Drive Day is Jan. 15

If new golf cart tires were on your holiday wish list, but all you got were a few lumps of coal, then the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club has good news. The club will host a Buy-and-Drive Day, when all Leisure World cart owners will have the opportunity to have one or more new wheels and tires installed while they wait.

This will take place on Wednesday, Jan. 15, at the club’s Pit Stop cart maintenance area adjacent to the Mini Farms, beginning at 10:30 a.m. and running through noon.

Through cooperation with GRF Recreation Department and the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club, the well-known Mars Cars Company of Huntington Beach will be on hand to sell and install the new equipment. Prices will be affordable, at $40 per wheel.

Advance reservations are required and can be made by calling Club President Tom Davis at (562) 431-6859.


Annual Valentine’s dance is Feb. 8

The annual Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) Valentine’s Day dinner/dance will be held on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

The dinner/dance is a major fundraiser for FALW to support activities of the Golden Age Foundation and other charitable clubs of Leisure World. It is a popular event with lots of food and a live band, Midnight Motion, for an evening of dancing. A queen is chosen by a random drawing and crowned.

Tickets, $30, can be purchased from Ric Dizon, (714) 225-3597; Ren Villanueva, (323) 854-6209; or Myrrha Villanueva, 493-1406. 

The dinner will include a varied menu of Pacific Island/Asian influenced items, fruit and dessert.

American Legion’s calendar set

American Legion Post 327 continues to be busy in 2020. 

Sunday Bingo is played in Clubhouse 2 at 1:30 p.m. Doors open at 1. Buy in is $3 for 10 games. Call Lee Esslinger at (562) 430-2891 with questions. 

The Post board meeting will be Monday, Jan. 20, at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 4, followed by the general meeting at 1:30 in the same room. This is a permanent change. The pancake breakfast on Feb. 22 will be discussed.

The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 will hold its board meeting on Friday, Jan. 10, in Clubhouse 3, Room 4, at 1 p.m. The general meeting will be on Monday, Jan. 20, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 1:30 p.m. This, also, is a permanent change. Tickets for the upcoming fashion show luncheon in March will be distributed. 

All veterans and spouses are welcome to attend these meetings.

Paws, Claws and Beaks

Meeting day, location changed for 2020

Paws, Claws and Beaks has a new meeting date for 2020. The club will meet on the third Wednesday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 4 p.m.

The Jan. 15 meeting will be a “team effort” to pull together an outstanding 2020 event schedule. Everyone’s input is welcomeand needed. Come and join members for a fun and exciting Leisure World pet lover’s adventure. 

For information, call Bonnie Kaplan, (714) 930-5314, or Jackie Hildebrandt, (714) 423-8279. 


Nutrition, health will be topics for guest speaker

With the Tu b’Shevat holiday approaching (New Year of the Trees), thoughts turn to relationships with the land, to nature and to planting trees. People are awed by the transformation of winter into spring, new growth and vibrant life.

At the next Schmooze Club meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, the program will focus on how nature can transform inner environments for renewed health, vigor and vitality at any age.

In “3 Steps to Incredible Health”, Dr. Joel Furhman, M.D., brings nutritional science to members in a lively, empowering presentation with simple, affordable, motivating and delicious ways to prevent, counteract and reverse diseases and conditions resulting from the standard American diet and misinformation.

Dr. Furhman is a board-certified family physician and internationally recognized expert on nutrition and natural healing. He is the President of the Nutritional Research Foundation, is involved with multiple nutritional studies with major research institutions across America and is the author of six New York Times bestsellers

All Leisure Worlders and guests are welcome to this empowering, informative and motivating program, in which Dr. Fuhrman will explain why cancer, heart disease, strokes, asthma, high blood pressure, food addictions, and diabetes are not a normal part of aging nor one’s destiny. The most immunity building, energy creating, anti-cancer, anti-inflammatory, brain and heart healthy foods are built into nature and readily available to all. 

There is no cost to attend; donations are gratefully accepted. To submit names for Main Gate entry, call Darlene Rose at (562) 347-8088.

Investment Forum

‘Outlook 2020, A new decade’ is topic

The first Investment Forum presentation of the new year will take place on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.  

As people look forward to the year 2020 and a new decade, some key trends and market signals will be important to watch.  Key among them will be continued progress on U.S./China trade discussions, an encouraging outlook from corporate America, and continued strength in consumer spending. Trade risk, slower global growth, and the impeachment inquiry have generated a lot of headlines recently, but behind the scenes the U.S. economy has remained resilient. 

Join members of the Investment Forum as Larry Pino, CTFA, provides a brief update of the U.S. and global economies, geopolitical risks and late cycle opportunities and positioning.  Questions, curiosity and suggestions for future topics and presentations are enjoyed and encouraged.

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


Club will focus on living space, Jan. 20

The Where We Live Club finished 2019 with a social potluck discussing topics ranging from the club’s historical effort to change the community name; to possessing firearms in the home; to developing a master plan for the entire community. All agreed that there was a need for shareholders with expertise to provide input and serve on appropriate governing committees.

The new year starts with an emphasis on improving “where we live,” literally. The next meeting will focus on actual living space, organization of that space and beautification of the surroundings. 

Club founder Anne Seifert will address the question of “What is a Community Master Plan?” Large scale plans can be made for the community, and sub-plans to target specific projects. Do we have a master plan?

In addition, Vice President Leslie Parker, an architect and environmental designer, will explain how to create one’s own personal master plan for his/her home and create a supportive and pleasing living space. Many shareholders are in the midst of remodeling projects or want to remodel, and others are looking for ways to eliminate possessions crowding their homes. Start with getting rid of “stuff.”

Hear what Leslie has to say about how to lighten personal space.

All are invited to attend, Monday, Jan. 20, at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. Bring a beverage and if you’d like, a snack to share. For more information, contact wherewelive@yahoo.com.

Big game viewing party planned Feb. 2

The GRF Recreation Department will host a viewing party of the Big Game on the big screens, on Sunday, Feb. 2, in Clubhouse 4 starting at 3:30 p.m. This year, multiple monitors will be added to enhance the viewing experience. Plan to join friends and enjoy complimentary snacks. 

For more information, call the Recreation Department at (562) 431-6586, ext. 324.


LW Weekly editor will recount years

The Traveling Tigers Club will meet Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 at noon to greet the honored guest speaker, Cathie Merz. 

Traveling Tigers snagged Cathie for its New Year’s January travel program before her retirement from the LW Weekly newspaper. Did you know that she received a BA in Home Economics, Housing Design from California State University, Long Beach? Did you know that she was also a sports reporter for football on local radio stations? Some 40 years at Leisure World newspaper, give or take a couple of years to have children, holding almost every position, Traveling Tigers is honored to have worked with Cathie as its incomparable travel editor. 

Any shareholders who would like to sit in for the 1:15 p.m. program, contact Vice President Susan Shaver for limited seating at (562)795-9151. 

Edward Hickman, president, will preside over the traditional noon potluck and short business meeting before members and guests will learn what it takes to earn your way around the newspaper business from Cathie.


March 3 Primary Election discussion planned

The LW Democratic Club will begin 2020 appropriately with a discussion about the upcoming March 3 Primary Election. The Wednesday, Jan. 15, membership meeting in Clubhouse 4 will be called to order at noon by President Mary Tromp who is one of six board endorsed candidates for election to the Orange County Democratic Party Central Committee. Members are urged to arrive at 11:30 a.m. with their “bag lunch” in order to participate in round table discussions with board members and other attendees.

The meeting will also feature a presentation by Garden Grove City Councilwoman Diedre Nguyen, the party’s endorsed candidate for election to the California Assembly, District 72.  

Candidate Nguyen was born in Saigon five months after the city fell. Her father, a major in the South Vietnamese Marines, was imprisoned and her mother, a fourth generation literature teacher, was forced to raise her daughter alone. In 1983, her father escaped to the United States. He established himself in Orange County and began building a life for his family. In 1986, Diedre and her mother were reunited with her father. She has been a resident of Garden Grove since 1995 and was first elected to the city council there in 2016. She ran for reelection against Duy Nguyen in 2018, winning with 71.6 percent of the votes. She has a bachelor’s degree in biological sciences from the University of California, Irvine, and a master’s degree in clinical genetics from California State University, Dominguez Hills. In the 17 years Diedre has worked in medical research, she has led teams that pioneered new detection methods for skin cancer and melanoma.


SBLW Democratic Club Vice President Kathy Moran has announced additional “Letter Writing Work Parties” for Jan. 13, 17, 27 and 28. Anyone able to help in this effort to reach fellow Leisure World Democrats and No Party Preferred should phone Clara Wise at (909) 957-9886, for more information.  


Leisure World residents continuing to follow the impending reorganization of the way trustees are to be elected to the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Trustees are urged to attend a Jan. 21 public hearing on the matter. Call Mary Tromp at (562) 412-0898, for information. 


It’s not too late to sign up to join Huntington Beach Huddle on its chartered buses to the Jan. 18 OC Women’s March 2020. For more information, call (909) 957-9886.


Email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or go to the website sblwdems.wordpress.com to find out more about the SBLW Democratic Club. There is also an up-to-date calendar of both club and related events on the website.

Y Service Club 

Speaker is from Grateful Hearts

Blair Pietrini, director of the Grateful Hearts Storehouse, will speak at the Y Service Club meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 15. The meeting is held in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, starting at 7:30 a.m. with a continental breakfast hosted by Bruce Humes and Gene Vesely. President Dianne Hart will conduct a business meeting at 8 a.m., followed by Ms. Pietrini’s presentation. 

Grateful Hearts is an organization that serves the families and children of the working poor, veterans, and the elderly and infirm. The organization helps those in need through contributions of food, money, and volunteer time. 

All Leisure World shareholders are invited to come hear the speaker and to learn more about Grateful Hearts and the role of the Y Service Club in Leisure World. 

To request volunteers from the club to help with non-professional household tasks, look in the classified section of the LW Weekly under “Leisure World Helping Leisure World” for the numbers to call for assistance.

Community bingo is played Sunday

Community bingo, hosted by the American Legion, the Legion Auxiliary and the Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW), is played on Sundays in Clubhouse 2. The doors open at 1 p.m. with the first call at 1:30 p.m.

Complimentary refreshments are served.


Rachmaninoff is featured composer

The Korean American Classical Music Association will meet Jan. 9 at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. The day’s highlights of the class will include Sergei Rachmaninoff, “The Bells,” a choral symphony, first and second movement, and “Piano Sonata No. 2,” first movement. 

Ken Chong conducts the appreciation of classical music. Yun Han Choi will present a 15 minute video of ambient music, “Angkor Wat.” 

Robert Chung follows with golden oldies and favorite songs selected by the members. The class is conducted in Korean. 

The club encourages fellowship through appreciation of classical music and by attending concerts.

For further information, contact President Angel Joh, (562) 598-0313; Vice President Kyungok Huh, hanandkay@gmail; or Program Chair Robert Chung (562) 387-7377, robertschung@hotmail.com.

LW Community Church is hosting a low cost pet clinic on Jan. 23 from 9-11 a.m. The Vet Care Clinic will offer $25 exams with Dr. Fong as well as annual vaccinations. Other services include nail clipping, glands express and teeth and gum checks. Come with dogs on leashes and cats in crates. This is for the safety of the animals.

Special offer to cheer on Beach basketball this week 

Students are out for winter break, so it is a perfect time to snag great seats and cheer on The Beach at the Pyramid, located a few miles away on the campus of Long Beach State. Bring a friend and take advantage of a special offer for Leisure Worlders for men’s game on Thursday, Jan. 16, and the women’s basketball game on Saturday, Jan. 18.

Both teams begin league play this week, after ending the preseason on a high note with big wins.

The Beach women will open conference play at the Pyramid, tonight at 7 p.m. The women’s team has 10 returning players, three new faces, and leads the Big West Conference in steals. Tickets start at $7.

The team has two seniors, forwards, Cydnee Kinslow and Aaryon Green.

On Saturday, Jan. 18, the women will take on Cal State Northridge at 2 p.m., prior to the men’s game against Cal State Fullerton at 4:30 p.m. Tickets for LWers are $6 and ticket holders are invited to stay for the men’s game that follows.

The men open league play on the road and return home Thursday, Jan. 16, to face UC, Davis, at 7 p.m. Tickets for LWers are $10.

The half time will feature a game pitting the Long Beach Fire Department against the Long Beach Police Department.

The men’s team has many new faces, with only three returning to the court from last year, sophomore Jordon Roberts, junior Drew Cobb and senior Jordon Griffin. 

This year’s team is taller than previous years with two “seven-footers,” sophomore Trevor Irish and freshman Joshua Morgan.

To purchase tickets, call (562) 985-4833 or email benny.garcia@csulb.edu.

The GRF Recreation Department is looking into sponsoring a game to the Pyramid later in the season.


The Beach, the reigning NCAA men’s volleyball champions, will play its first home game in the Pyramid on Friday, Jan. 17, at 7 p.m. against USC. Tickets for the volleyball matches are available by calling the Beach ticket office at (562) 985-4949.

Census Bureau needs census takers for LW

The U.S. Census Bureau is recruiting hundreds of temporary census takers in Orange County, for its Nonresponse Followup Operation for the 2020 Census.

The pay rate is approximately $21 per hour.

 Apply online at 2020census.gov/jobs.

 The primary purpose of the Nonresponse Followup Operation is to count people in person at housing units who have not self-responded to the decennial census questionnaire. Census Takers visit and enumerate those households. This operation requires more field workers than any other operation for the national population count which occurs every 10 years. 

Nonresponse Followup is an integral part of the 2020 Census program that ensures a complete and accurate count.

 The decennial count influences how more than $675 billion from more than 100 federal programs are distributed to states and localities each year.


Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

• An “In Memoriam” column is available free of charge. Limited to name, mutual number and date of death.

• An obituary with or without photo is available free of charge for the first 250 words. Additional words will be charged at the rate of 25 cents per word. Notices written by the news staff will be free and no more than 250 words.

• Notices from mortuaries and non-GRF members will be printed exactly as submitted and charged at the non-member classified advertising rate, $12 for the first 12 words and 25 cents for each additional word. 

• Bordered, decorative obituaries and eulogies are available in any size at the prevailing display advertising rate.

• Obituaries may be published as news articles when the person has been a member of the GRF Board of Directors, or when, in the opinion of the managing editor, the passing of a person is newsworthy to a sufficiently large number of GRF members.

• A “Card of Thanks” section is available in the classified section of LW Weekly at the member classified advertising rate, $8 for the first 12 words and 25¢ per word thereafter, for persons wanting to express their thanks for help during bereavement, sickness, etc.


Mary Constance Saunders 


Mary Constance Saunders was born on Aug. 23, 1928, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Marwin Saunders and Frances (Sapienza) Saunders. She grew up in Sioux City and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1946. 

On Oct. 30, 1948, she married B. L. (Pat) Mustard. The couple moved to Long Beach, California, where they raised their family of two sons and one daughter. After the kids had grown, they moved to Garden Grove, California, where Pat passed away in 1997. 

Mary moved to McKinney Way in Leisure World,  Seal Beach, shortly thereafter. She lived in Mutual 15 until moving to Bradford Square, Placentia, in 2016, where she stayed until her passing Dec. 10, 2019. 

She will be missed by all who knew her and loved her. 

She is survived by two sons, one daughter and their spouses; James and Joann of Portland, Oregon; Thomas and Kathy of Medford, Oregon; and Constance and Chris of Newport Beach; and five grandchildren, Michelle, Cristen, Clarice, Shane and Liz. She was also blessed with seven great-grandchildren; Majerle, Bailey, Braydon Nigatu, Christian, Benjamin and Grace. 

A memorial will be held Jan. 18 at 12:30 p.m. at Holy Family Church, Leisure World.


Healy, Joseph John 

Aug. 24, 1926 – Dec. 28, 2019

On Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019, former Leisure World resident, Joseph John Healy passed away at his home in Seal Beach at the age of 93.

Joe was born in Verona, New Jersey, to Thomas and Agnes Healy, and raised with his beloved sisters, Mary and Agnes Healy. 

Joe served as a signalman on the U.S.S. Dayton in the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign from August 1944 until the end of WWII. 

After marrying his sweetheart, Audrey Barton, the two moved to California to raise their six children, John, Bridget, Patrick, Timothy, James and Shaun, eventually settling in Playa Del Rey, California.

“Papa Joe” as he is lovingly known by his family, worked his way up to president of Flying Tigers Air Cargo and he will be remembered for his dedication to family and community. 

Joe served as foreman of the Los Angeles County Grand Jury 1982-1983. He volunteered with Catholic Charities, Volunteers of America, St. Anastasia Catholic Church, St. Mary’s School, St. Andrew’s Abbey and St. Hillary’s Parish. 

Papa Joe is survived by his wife of 67 years, Audrey Healy of Seal Beach, California; his sons, John Healy of Denver, Colorado, Patrick (Maggie) Healy of Redondo Beach, California, Timothy Healy of San Pedro, California, James (Laure) Healy of Westchester, California, and Shaun (Jamie) Healy of Long Beach, California; his sister, Mary Healy of Denver, Colorado; 15 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a niece, nephew and their children.

Papa Joe wrote extensively about his life’s journey and enjoyed sharing his stories with friends and family. Some of his stories can be found at www.papajoehealy.com.

Services were held at St. Anastasia Catholic Church on Jan. 4. 

Please go to www.LAfuneral.com, Lighthouse Memorials and Receptions Website to send the family messages or share memories.

—paid obituary


LaBoyteaux, Barbara 

1918– 2019

Barbara Ellen LaBoyteaux, 101, passed away on Dec. 30, 2019, at her home in Leisure World, where she had resided since 1992.

Barbara was born in Henry County, Indiana, to Clyde S. LaBoyteaux and Beatrice Yauky LaBoyteaux on July 22, 1918. She graduated from New Castle High School, New Castle, Indiana, completed secretarial courses, and held numerous secretarial positions throughout her career. Barbara eventually retired, after 31 years with the City of Glendale, California, as Engineering Department secretary and supervisor of the permit section.

Barbara was baptized at St. Jacob’s Lutheran Church, and confirmed at Holy Trinity, New Castle. She was a member of Redeemer Lutheran, Leisure World, Seal Beach, where she was a member since 1992.

The Lord and the Lutheran Church were an important part of Barbara’s life. She was very active in church activities, holding numerous board positions, committee chairmanships and serving on the Interfaith Council for 15 years, some as treasurer. Barbara seldom missed a Sunday service, soup supper, Bible study, fundraiser, meeting or other activity her church held.

Barbara also actively participated in Daughters of the American Revolution, Western Shores Chapter, California State Huguenot Society and Daughters of Founders and Patriots. 

In Leisure World Barbara was a member of Woman’s Club, Democratic Club, and Kiwanis Club. She was also a world traveler.

Barbara will be remembered as a compassionate, kindhearted, extremely loving person. Her positive attitude and sense of humor were exemplary. She could tell funny stories like no other, and enjoyed laughing at herself. A very special angel now resides in Heaven.

Private interment will take place at Grand View Memorial Park, Glendale, California. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Redeemer Lutheran Church, Leisure World, Building Fund.

—paid obituary


In Memoriam 

Rene Anderson 67

Glenda Walls 95

Lyudmila Lukyanova 88

Hilario Navas 75

Anthony Potter 31

Karen Bass 76

Mitchell Martin 56

Deidran Bowen 31

Heinz Knolauch 78

Patricia Soultanakis  83 

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary

Religion, Pages 6-7

Leisure world korean community church

Isreal, Jordan trip set for April 20-29

Leisure World Korean Community Church invited Korean astronaut Dr. So-Yeon Yi to the Saturday early morning prayer worship to give a lecture of her experiences in space on Dec. 28,. She is the third astronaut from Asia, and the first astronaut from Korea to travel to space. In 2008, she spent 11 days in space and conducted research. She says she finds renewed appreciation and purpose each time she is in space looking out toward earth. On one trip she traveled around the world 16 times a day, or once every 90 minutes. 

Dr. So-Yeon Yi sang with her whole family during Sunday worship. After the worship, Elder Hee Ja Jung’s family provided a meal for lunch.

 LWKCC will travel to Israel and Jordan for pilgrimage on April 20-29. There will be lecture sessions regarding the pilgrimage for 10 weeks beginning Jan 13.

LWKCC has Sunday worship every week at noon in the main sanctuary. There are early morning prayer services Tuesdays-Saturdays at 6 a.m. On Saturdays breakfast is served after the morning worship.There is also a morning walk every Saturday after service for those who would like to join.

Faith Christian Assembly

Faith Christian Assembly invites Leisure World to come to its Wednesday Bible study at 11 a.m. Pastor Sheri Lemming will help people to develop a better devotional life in 2020. The study will be held each Wednesday in Faith Christian Assembly’s Main Sanctuary at 11 a.m.

Faith Fellowship Time is Tuesday in the Garden Room at 11 a.m. A midweek Bible study is taught by Pastor Sheri on  Wednesdays in the Garden Room at 11 a.m. 

To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call 562-598-9010 or www.FCAchurch.net. 

Community Church

Community Church is pleased to have in its membership individuals who are gifted in presenting the Sunday morning message. Pastor Johan Dodge welcomes the additional biblical perspectives to be presented at times when he is out of town. On Sunday, Jan. 12, Community Church will once again welcome certified lay minister Prince Pierson to the pulpit. 

Prince and his wife, Lorna, were received into membership in 2019 after they relocated to Leisure World from Indian Wells. Prince also serves on the care team, visiting people who are unable to come to worship or are in skilled nursing. He is happy to administer Communion and offer prayers. 

Prince will deliver a scripture based-message on the baptism of the Lord on Sunday, Jan. 12. The Scripture lesson is from Acts 10:34-43. Virginia Olejnik will serve as lay liturgist. Worship services are at 9:50 a.m. followed by coffee and refreshments in Edgar Hall.   

Redeemer Lutheran

Redeemer Lutheran Church is extending its “An Invitation to New Light and Life” series into the new year. Worship begins on Sunday, Jan. 12, at 10:30 a.m. Nancy Anderson and Maria Swift are greeters. Juanita Townsend and Carol Costello will lead the Scripture reading and prayer. Food and warm drinks will be served after the service. 

On the second Sunday of the month Redeemer Lutheran will collect non-perishable food items for the Orange County Food Bank. The needs are great and every donation helps.

Join Redeemer Lutheran for a midweek worship service every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. Pastor Lynda Elmer will continue reading from the Book of Proverbs for the weekly Bible class. The next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 15, in the conference room from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church is beginning 2020 with Senior Pastor Bruce Humes and his wife, Margaret, at the helm. All service times will remain the same. FCC is currently studying the Epistle of James. The verse-by-verse Bible studies on Tuesdays and Thursdays have resumed.

Saturday service begins at 5:15 p.m. with the hospitality room opening at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday morning begins with Elder Jack Frost teaching from the book of Luke during Bible study at 9 a.m. Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski will host the hospitality at 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Bruce begins the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer, and Scripture, followed by Margaret Humes leading the congregation in hymns of worship, “Pass Me Not,” “Sweet Hour of Prayer” and “No, Not One.” The communion hymn will be “The Old Rugged Cross.”

The church choir, under the direction of Margaret Humes, will sing “This World Is Not My Home.” Elder Jack Frost will present the Communion meditation and service today.

Pat Kogok and Rhonda Sandberg will play an organ and piano duet, “The Lord’s Prayer” for the offertory. Janice Chapman will sing “10,000 Angels,” followed by Jeanette Reker, who will read Scripture from the Book of James, followed by Pastor Bruce’s in depth teaching of them.

Service times are Saturday at 5:15 p.m. and Sunday at 10:15 a.m. The hospitality room opens 45 minutes before each service for fellowship and light refreshments. Prayer and verse-by-verse Bible studies during the week are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays with Pastor Bruce, both beginning at 9:30 a.m.

 Call the church office at (562) 431-8810 for further information.

LW Baptist

Residents are invited to worship with the Leisure World Baptist Church on Sunday, Jan. 12, in Clubhouse 4.  Bob Simons teaches Sunday school from 8:40-9:10 and at this time all are invited to coffee until the morning service begins at 9:45.

Choir member Ruben Garcia will sing a special musical solo. The congregational hymns include “O for a Thousand Tongues to Sing,” “He Keeps Me Singing” and “Take Time to Be Holy.”

Under the direction of Darlene Harris, the choir presents “Let others see Jesus in You.”

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s message is titled “Gifts and Service” from Romans 12:6-8.

Women’s Bible study and fellowship meet on Monday, Jan.13, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. This is a friendly informal group participation class, and all are welcome to attend.

The Energizers meet on Wednesday, Jan. 15, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, for fellowship and Bible study.

Call 430-2920 for more information.

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord on Jan. 12. The First Reading is Isaiah42:1-4, 6-7 and the Second Reading is Acts 10:34-38.

Sacrement of the Anointing of the Sick

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be administered this coming Saturday, Jan. 11, at 8:30 a.m.  It can be received by baptized Catholics who are in an elderly age, sick or prompt to have a surgery or physical procedure. 

  Masses and Confessions Schedule

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

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

Congregation Sholom

Friday night services with Rabbi Karen Isenberg will be held on Jan. 10  in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 7 p.m. An Oneg will follow services.

Rabbi Eric Dangott will lead the Saturday service on Jan. 11 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 9:30 a.m. An hour of Torah study will begin at 10:15 a.m. The service will continue until noon and is followed by a potluck lunch.

Tryouts for the Purim play will be held on Sunday, Jan.12, at 11 a.m. For more information, call Alice Lemon at 493-1702.

The book club will meet on Jan 21. The reading is “The Weight of Ink” by Rachel Kadish. For additional details, contact Ruth Hermann at 430-3107.

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

Assembly of God

Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will open the second Sunday of the year with an inspiring and exciting welcome to the congregation at Leisure World Assembly of God Church in Clubhouse 3, Room 2,  at 10:30 a.m. 

Afterward a meaningful invocation delivered from Pastor Dan. Denise Smith will lead the congregation in serval songs from the hymnal. 

Pastor Sam Pawak will continue his New Year Series about the 10 Commandments given to Moses on Mt. Sinai in the book of Exodus. Pastor Sam’s message this week will be titled “Images and Idolatry.”

Diana Mushagian will lead church announcements and make remarks in preparation of the weekly collection.

Pastor Sam and his wife, Patricia, will sing a duet written by Mosie Lister called “Still Feelin’ Fine” at the weekly hymn sing that gathers in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 on Sunday at 6 p.m. Pastor Dan Ballinger gives the attendees an opportunity to call out their favorite hymn number for the entire gathering to sing. Refreshments and fellowship will follow service.

Pastor Pawlak will resume his Bible study in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, on Wednesday, Jan.15, at 10 a.m. This week’s study will be from the book of Revelation, Chapter 16.  The lunch group called Romeos and Juliettes will meet following the class for its monthly luncheon at Denny’s Restaurant.  

Beit Halev

Beit HaLev services led by Rabbi-Cantor Galit Shirah can be accessed online on Livestream.com/Galityomtov and Facebook.com/galityomtov and on YouTube.com (search for “Shabbat Shalom LIVE!). Services are every Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

 In addition to the Sabbath services, the rabbi also conducts a weekday service every Thursday at 4 p.m. on SimShalom.com.

The Torah reading this Shabbat morning is “And Jacob lived . . .” in the land of Egypt for 17 years. He was 147 when he died, surrounded by his sons and Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. He “blesses” each of his sons and makes special provisions for his two grandsons, allowing each of them a leader of their own tribe. He requests to be buried in Canaan, in the Cave of Machpelah where his parents and grandparents are buried.  This Torah portion, named “Vay’chi,” ends the Book of Genesis with Joseph’s request to be brought back to Canaan when the Israelites eventually return to their land.

Rabbi-Cantor Galit offers lessons in Trope, chanting Torah and Haftarah, voice lessons and Hebrew lessons. A beginner Hebrew class and beginner Modern Hebrew class have begun. Call Rabbi Galit Shirah to enroll at (562) 715-0888 or duets@icloud.com.

Filipino Federation of the Rosary

Visitation of Our Lady of the Rosary

The Filipino Federation of the Rosary Group in Leisure World (FFRC) sponsors a visitation of the image of Our Lady of the Rosary for one week in the homes of those who request the honor. A daily rosary is said by anyone invited to the home during that week. For information or to sign up, call chairperson Pat Erickson at (562) 552-4844 or overall coordinator Sol Solorano at (714)882-9912.

St. Theodore’s

The Rev. Lisa Rotchford will celebrate and preach at the Communion worship service at St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, Jan. 12, in the sanctuary of Redeemer Lutheran Church at 12:15 p.m. Fellowship with refreshments follows in the conference room. 

The Lutheran and Episcopal worship service with prayer, reflection and holy Communion is held every Wednesday in the St.Theodore’s Sanctuary Chapel  at 11:30 a.m.

Page 8, Health and fitness

Senior Meals

Seal Beach Community Services, in cooperation with Meals on Wheels Orange County, offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:15 a.m. Reservations are not needed. Arrive by 11 a.m. to check in at the front desk. Sugar-free desserts are offered on request. One-percent milk is served daily. Suggested donation: $3 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for all others. For more information, call (562) 430-6079.

The Rossmoor Senior Shopping Shuttle provides weekday service to Senior Meals from Leisure World. 

Thursday, Jan. 9 — Salisbury steak with gravy, sweet mashed potatoes, green beans and almonds, sugar free lemon cookies

Friday, Jan. 10 — Baked fish topped with pesto sauce, rice pilaf, sliced carrots, whole wheat dinner roll, Promise, Mandarin oranges

Monday, Jan. 13 — Moroccan lentil soup, crackers, turkey wrap with hummus, spread red peppers, diced tomato, mixed whole wheat flour tortilla, ranch dressing, fruited gelatin 

Tuesday, Jan. 14 — Thai chicken salad with chicken strips, shredded cabbage and carrots, red peppers, cucumbers, Thai dressing, whole wheat dinner roll, Promise, fruit crisp

Wednesday, Jan. 15 — Vegetarian lasagna spring mix with garbanzo beans, vinaigrette dressing, orange juice, Italian ice, apricots 

Thursday, Jan. 16 — Farmers soup, crackers, homemade chicken drumstick, baked sweet potato, mixed vegetables, pineapple chunks

Tips to avoid the flu this year

The flu can be a very dangerous disease, and it’s up to everyone to keep it at bay. The good news is you don’t need to change your routine too much to stay healthy. Follow these simple steps to help avoid the flu. 

• Wash your hands. People come in contact with germs on a daily basis, from door handles to the fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator. Most germs are harmless, but during flu season it’s important to be extra careful. When away from home, bring an alcohol-based hand sanitizer. 

• Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables. The vitamins help the immune system stay strong.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., is a nonprofit community service organization that delivers a variety of freshly prepared meals to homebound and active Leisure World shareholders. The discounted daily fee is $8.25 for a hot dinner and lunch consisting of a large salad or sandwich with a small side salad, dessert and carton of low-fat milk. Meals with a “friendly visit” are delivered weekdays between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Start a new client application online at www.mowlb.org or call Caron Adler at 433-0232. For cancellations call your site manager at (562) 439-5000 before noon to cancel a meal for the next weekday.

Thursday, Jan. 9 — Roasted pork loin with mushroom gravy, au gratin potatoes, succotash, fresh orange, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, homemade potato salad

Friday, Jan. 10 — Beef teriyaki, brown and wild rice, oriental vegetables, chocolate chip cookies, entrée chef’s salad with turkey, ham, egg, tomato, bacon and blue cheese dressing and crackers

Monday, Jan. 13 — Oven baked chicken leg and thigh, mashed sweet potatoes, seasoned green beans, vanilla and chocolate swirl pudding, tuna salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, orzo pasta salad

Tuesday, Jan. 14 — Stuffed bell pepper, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, steamed carrots, tropical fruit cocktail cup, entrée pasta and veggie salad with cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onions, dressing and crackers

Wednesday, Jan. 15 — Swiss steak patty with mushroom and onion cream sauce, barley with herbs, zucchini medley, peaches, turkey, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, carrot and pineapple slaw

Thursday, Jan. 16 — Roasted turkey with sage gravy, cornbread stuffing, green beans with pimentos, Jell-O with pineapple, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, German potato salad

Walking for your health

Walking is the most popular form of exercise among older adults and it’s a great choice.Walking can help with:

• muscle strength

• weight gain prevention

• lower risks of heart disease

• improve balance

• lower the likelihood of falling

If it’s been a long time since you exercised, start out slowly. You can start with just five minutes and build up to the recommended 30 minutes a day. Your goal should be to get up to taking 100 steps a minute. Remember, the most important thing is to just get started.


Top Loser of the week is LeBreque

Shirley LeBreque came in with a three-pound loss after the holidays to win Top Loser of the week at the Jan. 3 meeting. There were other members who lost or maintained their weight, a very hard feat for many during all the festivities and celebrations of the holiday season. When Shirley was asked how she was able to take the weight off she said “I was able to eat whatever I wanted, and stop when I was full.” That just shows how different we all are, for many Wa-Rite members, that would be a disaster because we overeat before we get full. Shirley has learned to chew her food slowly and she eats the right kind of foods. For example, no sugar, three healthy meals a day and an apple for dessert at night.

Food For Thought: Making small changes with diet and exercise will reap big rewards.

For many Wa-Rite members it was very hard to come into the meeting to face the music, knowing that the scale would not be in our favor, but Wa-Rite is a place where there’s encouragement and no condemnation. Wa-Rite understands that it’s not easy to lose or keep weight off. We don’t give up, we don’t give in and we cheer each other on.

It’s a new year, time to detox our bodies from all the sugar and fat sludge, time to get serious. Here’s to a healthy and proactive change with your eating choices.

Wa-Rite is a support group of women needing to lose 10 pounds or more. Members meet on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9-10 a.m. Weighing is from 7:45-8:45 a.m. Annual dues are $10. You must be a Leisure World resident to join. For any questions, call Carol Chambers at 822-4641 or Bev Bender at 594-9148.

—Margaret Humes

Weekly  Health and Exercise classes

Chair Exercise

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

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

Classes are from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 6, top floor; $4 per class by the month or $5 for occasional drop-ins. For more information, call Marion Higgins at (562) 296-8328.

Leisure Leggers

The walking and running club meets at 8 a.m., Mondays, in front of Clubhouse 6 for a 30-60-minute walk. For more information, call Tom Pontac, (562) 304-0880.

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

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

Tai Chi Chaun

Tai chi classes increase mobility and balance at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Beginners welcome. For more information, call Joann Mullens at (562) 596-3936.

LW Yoga Club

Monday – Clubhouse 4, Section C, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (formerly Yoga with Sally)

Tuesday – Clubhouse 4, Section C, 8:30-9:30 a.m. with Travis; 10-11 a.m. with Jenny

Thursday – Clubhouse 3, Room 1, 8:30-9:30 a.m. with Travis; 10-11 a.m. with Jenny. For more information, contact Connie Adkins, (562) 506-5063

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Ladies golf

New officer installation was held on Jan. 6

The first general meeting and installation of officers was held on Jan. 6.

The officers this year are President Liz Meripol, Vice President Sandra DeDubovay, Secretary Neva Senske, Treasurer Margie Thompson.

Weekly tournament club play resumed on Jan. 7. As a reminder, anyone wishing to join the club must submit the membership forms and $25 yearly dues to the golf starters by Jan. 31 in order to participate in club play beginning Feb. 4.

The tournament for low gross and low net Ace of the Year will be held on Jan. 14. Tournament chairman Sue Yokomi has posted the list in the LW clubhouse of those eligible to play. Players are not eligible to win low gross and low net within the same month. Players are not able to win low gross and low net more than once in a calendar year. Winners will be announced at the end of the competition.

Tickets to the annual luncheon are still available for $10. Those wishing to attend the annual luncheon should contact Margie Thompson at (562) 493-0484 by Jan. 28.

—Dale Quinn

Men’s Pool

Membership meeting, Jan. 13

The annual membership meeting for the Leisure World Men’s Pool Club will take place in the Card Room, next to the Pool Room, in Clubhouse 2, at 5:30 p.m., on Jan. 13.

The Pool Club will have an election of officers followed by pizza, salad and drinks. Yearly membership is $5 and this allows members to play in the monthly tournaments held on the third Monday of the month, in Clubhouse 2, at 6:30 p.m., and also participate in the pool league that will start on Monday, Aug. 24. By starting earlier than last year so members can finish the pool league without taking a break for the holidays.

 At 6:30 p.m., Jan. 13, the pool league will finish the sweepstakes with each team playing every other team in one game of eight ball, and one game of nine ball.

Chess club puzzle

Chess has a very long and distinguished history. It is believed to originate out of India during the Gupta Empire, and subsequently made its way to the West in the ninth century. Of course there have been many different advancements between the time periods of then and now, which has made chess what it is today.

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

Chess partners are available in Leisure World when the LW Chess Club meets from 1-6:30 p.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Beginners are welcome for a free lesson.

CHESS, page 19

Cards Games and Scoreboards

LW Pinochle Club winners

Dec. 30 — Julia Troise, 11,910; Grace Finnegan, 11,660; Ruth Bonnema, 10,890; Tony Dodero, 10,790.

Jan. 4 — Peg Kaspar, 10,280; Tony Dodero, 9,570; Joan Taylor, 9,530; Julia Troise, 8,980.

The club meets from noon-4 p.m., Mondays, Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at 240-5416. 

 –Bert Sellers


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club

Jan. 4 — N/S: Alan and Barbara Olschwang; George Alemshah-Sylvia Kaprelyan; Bob and Pat Adam; Stan Johnson-Louise Seifert. E/W: Al Appel-Judy Jones; Chie Wickham – Kar-Yee Nelson; Ellen Kice-Russ Gray. 

Jan. 3 — N/S: Joan Tschirki-Al Appel; Russ Gray-Ellen Kice; Stan Johnson-Louise Seifert. E/W: Fred Reker-Larry Slutsky; Judy Carter-Johnson – Mark Singer. 

The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 at 12:15. For information on how to join the fun and play, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is the Club Championship on Jan. 25. 

– Fred Reker


Yahtzee Club

Jan. 3 — Marilyn Moody for most Yahtzees, 8; Kathy Russell for highest score, 1,638; Donna Wenrick for door prize.

Yahtzee Club meets on the first and third Fridays of each month from 12:30-4 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 6. Play begins at 12:45. All Leisure World residents are welcome to join. If you have questions or want a Yahtzee lesson prior to joining, call Kathy Rose at (562) 596-7237.


Monday Bridge Club winners

Dec. 30 — First place, Ben Watada; second place, Jeanette Jones; third place, Carol Burgener. 

Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Marion Standish at (562) 493-1236.

—Marion Standish


Saturday Social Bunco Club 

Dec. 28 — Most buncos, Helen Sponsler; most wins, Nancy Floyd; most babies, Darlene Brideau; most losses, Jeff Sacks and Rita Keller; door prize winner, Joyce Ingram.

The next club meeting is Jan. 11, Clubhouse 3 lobby at 1:30 p.m.


Wade Carmen wins Tournament

 The first Poker Tournament of 2020 was won by Wade Carmen on Jan. 4. Tom Pappas came in second place. This was Wade’s first final table win. Wade is retired from marketing and has lived in LW for one year. Wade’s interests include pickleball and poker.

The remaining final table players in order from third to last place were Bill Clawson, Nancy Jordan, Jack Pfeiffer, Judy Jasmin, Harry Sera and Guta Basner. The table was dealt by Susan Rose. 

 High hand was held by Evelyn Caciopo with four sixes; second high hand was won by Bill Clawson with four fives. The special promotion hand was nine and four, won by Donna Hernandez and Nancy Jordan. 

 The next tournament is Saturday, Jan. 11 at Clubhouse 6. Doors open at 11 a.m. The tournament begins at noon. There is no late seating. Contact Guta Basner, at (619) 850-6052 for more information.


Sliders glide past Puckmasters

Shuffleboard season began the new year on Jan. 3 at the Clubhouse 1 courts. The Sliders beat the Puckmasters 12–6. Sliders all game winners were Sally Fowler, Bill Hamilton and Linda Peters. Puckmasters all game winners were Bob Peterson and John Gustaves.

The next league game will be when the Sliders play the Hotshots on Friday Jan. 10. Current standings are Hot Shots in first place, Puckmasters in second second and Sliders in third place.

The next BYOB/appetizer practice will be on Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 is the date scheduled for the Valentine’s Day potluck dinner party at 5 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Members will play Left-Center-Right. The Saint Patrick’s Day potluck dinner is scheduled for March 14 at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.


A short lesson in Pickleball


What makes a good serve? For many beginner players the answer is “one the opponents can’t return,” causing them to believe that hard, fast and low serves are the best. 

However others theorize that the best serve is one which allows the serving side more time to get into position to receive the return. Thus, a deep, slow lob may do the job. The reasoning is that with a hard shot, the opponent needs only to block the ball and momentum will carry it back over the net. With a slow lob the ball often bounces above the waist, causing the receiver to hit it back awkwardly.

Did you know: more than 2.5 million Americans play pickleball

The club has a monthly meeting and potluck on the first Sunday of each month, Clubhouse 2, 5 p.m. 

For more information about the club contact Tim Linehan, (714) 818-6404.

—Susan Dodson

Page 19, sports and Games continued


Meyer and Goltra win game


The Men’s Friday Golf League played its first round of the New Year on Friday, Jan. 3, at the par 71-6,500-yard Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana. Eleven men braved the chilly and damp start of the round and teed off at 7 a.m. By 10 a.m. the weather had warmed up, although the wetness did not dissipate. The course is in excellent condition and scores were competitive. The next Friday round will be at David L. Baker Golf Course in Fountain Valley on Jan. 10.

A flight:

First place, John Meyer, 71; second, tie between Dave LaCascia, Fujio Norihiro and Bill McKusky, 72; third, Gary Stivers, 73; fourth, Jim Goltra, 74; fifth, Sam Choi, 77. There was a three-way tie for fewest putts between Gary, Fujio and Bill, 28.

B flight: 

First place, Lowell Goltra, 73; second, Bob Munn, 77; third, Dennis Kotecki, 78; fourth, Marv Ballard, 84. Bob and Lowell tied for fewest putts, 32.

Closest to the pin on the par three 140-yard fourth hole was Bill McKusky. On the par-three 150-yard 12 hole was Sam Choi.

Both the Monday and Friday Golf Clubs play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting between 7-7:30 a.m., excluding holidays. The courses are David L. Baker in Fountain Valley, Meadowlark in Huntington Beach, Riverview and Willowick in Santa Ana. LW Men’s Club membership is not required. Remember that ladies, friends, spouses and family are welcome and encouraged to join. 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. Holes-in-one, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact, Bill McKusky (562) 430-8618 or Gary Stivers, (714) 313-3697.

—David LaCascia

LW Men’s Golf

LW golf tournaments have started

The LW Men’s Golf Club tournaments have restarted. Last week was the first tournament of the New Year after a nearly two month hiatus due to the course construction. These bi-monthly tournaments are held on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Additionally, the first Guys and Gals event of the year will be held on the third Wednesday, Jan. 15, and again on Jan. 29 since this month has five Wednesdays.

Men’s Golf Club meetings will be the second Tuesday in January, March, June, September and November. Meetings are held in Clubhouse 3, at 9 p.m. The next Men’s Club meeting will be held on Jan. 14. The club does not run by itself, join a committee and make a contribution. The purpose of club meetings is to socialize, conduct business and keep members informed on what is going on in the golf community. Come and meet the new board members plus have a complimentary donut and coffee.

Annual dues are $10 and are payable before the end of February at any of the tournaments or at the next Men’s Golf Club meeting. Dues can be paid to Membership Chair Dave LaCascia, any of the starters or Golf Club board members. Be sure to fill out a payment envelope and include your phone number and email address, this information will go into the Club Directory to be published at the end of February. If you have not paid your dues by the end of February, you will not be allowed to participate in club tournaments.

—David LaCascia


From page 18

Solution to this week’s puzzle: Ba6

The white Bishop moves from a6 to c8. Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate. The LW Chess Club meets from 1-6:30 p.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Beginners are welcome.


Singing lessons $20 per hour. 

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Business License #WEL0015

Great holiday gift items available!


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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.  



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 Laminate, vinyl plank, patio tile and patio carpet. 

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Hardwood floors, carpet, 

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25 years experience. 

Contractor License 1043763. 12/05


All Year Carpet Cleaning

We just cleaned your neighbor’s house in Leisre World…

Would you like yours cleaned too?

Call Tito 562 658 9841. 

Since 1988. State Contractors Lic. #578194. 1/8/20




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Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 12/19




New screens, re-screening, screen doors, retractable screens, new and repair. Call today. (562) 493-8720.



Blinds, shutters, shades, 40 years serving Leisure World. Contractor’s License #723262. 


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LW resident, Rich Livitsky.

Seal Beach Business License

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Leisure World 

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 week days between 9 am-5 pm, 714-955-2885





Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart. 



Let’s lower your ears – I’ll make you look your best! Call 562-565-3683


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.


Yvonne with 25 years experience, will do shampoo/sets, perms, hair cuts and tints at Phenix Salon. 

(714) 855-8465. Seal Beach Business

License MOR0008. 12/12


In home hair care, serving the men 

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Hair and Nail Salon

Hair Stylist, 25 years experience. Shampoo and roller set, cut, perm, color, manicure/pedicure. Warm and friendly service. Available for in-house appointments for special occasion, $100+. Tammy Nguyen, 714-425-4198. Phenix Salon. 12/26




Electrologist w/25+ yrs Experience

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The Sanctuary Salon,

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Seal Beach Business License



PERMANENT MAKEUP for Eyebrows, eyeline, lip line. 27 years experience, 10 years in LW with references. Loann: (310) 938-8808. Cosmetology license #KK5976. 1/16



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Just Like Your Daughter

Personal Assistant/

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Available for: 

errands, scheduling and 

transportation for medical


patient advocate, shopping, domestic organization, 

paperwork, bill pay

All with compassion 

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Just Like Your Daughter

Call Janice, 714-313-4450

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I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with daily care, doctor’s appointments, and errands. Available 24/7. 949-899-7770 1/9



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I am a professional housekeeper for 10 years. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. Call 949-899-77701/9


Computer Repair


Set-up Computers, Tablets, TV’s Phones. John LW Resident

 SB License FUH0001. 3/18/2020




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Look Good – Feel Good – Move Better

Mobility / Flexibility / Balance / Strength / Nutrition

Call Coach Justen (714) 943-0205


Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale

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Golf Cart

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Autos/Boats/RV’s Trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462.2/12/20 


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Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 3/25


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