Jan 14 2021
COVID-19 vaccine plan in works
GRF management is working with the Orange County Health Care Agency to schedule a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic as soon as possible.
To keep residents safe amid an ongoing surge in COVID-19 cases, all GRF facilities are closed until futher notice.
In areas like Laguna Woods, where active outdoor venues are open, COVID-19 cases are on the rise, according to a news report in the Orange County Register on Monday.
Case counts had reached the 200s, according to a management report at a Laguna Woods GRF meeting Jan. 5. The active case count in Laguna Woods was 225, with 12 recorded deaths.
The GRF Board will consider reopening outdoor facilities at a special meeting set for Jan. 22 at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The meeting will also be livestreamed.
It will be the third time the board has looked at the issue.
The board has convened a COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee to map out safe reopening strategies when the time is right.
At the last special GRF Board meeting Dec. 30, members expressed empathy for LW golfers and exercisers, but the majority voted to keep facilities closed, citing an abundance of caution in the wake of potentially dire consequences.
Even with a vaccine on the near horizon, it’s important to stay vigilant, given the skyrocketing hospitalization numbers and the dwindling ICU beds in Orange County.
Countywide, 6 percent of ICU beds were available as of Monday, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Seal Beach has 828 COVID-19 cases. Leisure World makes up one-third of Seal Beach, however specific statistics are not available.
Health officials and the GRF cannot require residents to report on cases they know of in the community because of HIPAA health privacy laws and there is no way to verify information and avoid duplicate reporting.
But residents may anonymously and confidentially self-report if they or anyone in their household have had COVID or are in quarantine by calling (562) 431-6586, ext. 312.
While Leisure World’s exact COVID-19 count is unknown, it is clear that cases are on the rise everywhere, and people are urged to stay home except for essential needs.
GRF has put together a Point of Distribution (POD) team to work in concert with the county and Health Care Center to facilitate offering the vaccine to the LW community.
Preliminary work on this project began in November and while the logistics are still being addressed, meetings with the Orange County Health Care Agency have yielded positive information.
Distribution of the vaccine is phased according to risk level with medical personnel and other first responders being the first phase recipients.
The county will progressively move to other tiers as more vaccine becomes available (see page 19 for general vaccine tier information).
The GRF Vaccine Task Force is coordinating, through the county, with Laguna Woods Village to develop plans for the large-scale distribution of vaccinations within the respective communities and will be discussing options at an upcoming meeting.
In the meantime, GRF is developing a questionnaire to determine what percentage of the community would be interested in having a two-step inoculation here.
The larger the participation, both in Leisure World and the population in general, the sooner it is anticipated that indoor activities can resume.
—Kathy Thayer, assistant recreation manager
Vaccine Update from OCHCA
Given the limited initial supply of COVID-19 vaccines, distribution will be limited at first and increase over time, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency. Determinations will be based on reaching critical populations to reduce morbidity and mortality rates due to the transmission of COVID-19.
The tiers start with Phase 1A for critical and healthcare workers. The county is actively vaccinating the following:
•Acute care, psychiatric and correctional facility hospitals
•Skilled nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and similar settings for older or medically vulnerable individuals and residents in these settings
•Paramedics, Emergency Medical Technicians (EMTs) and others providing emergency medical services
•Intermediate care facilities for persons who need non-continuous nursing supervision and supportive care
•Home health care and in-home supportive services
•Community health workers, including promotoras
•Public health field staff
•Primary Care clinics, including federally qualified health centers, rural health centers, correctional facility clinics and urgent care clinics
•Dental and other oral health clinics
•Pharmacy staff not working in settings at higher tiers
Phase 1A Includes:
•People at risk for exposure to SARS-CoV-2 through their work in any role in direct health care or long-term care settings and includes people at direct risk of exposure in their non-clinical roles, such as, but not limited to, environmental services, patient transport or interpretation.
In addition, for Orange County, law enforcement who work in high positive COVID rate areas such as Anaheim and Santa Ana as well as correctional facilities and homeless shelters experiencing outbreaks can get vaccinated at this time.
Where Can I Go to Get my Vaccine?
If you fall into Phase 1A, contact your employer or long-term care facility for vaccination instructions.
•All who seek to be vaccinated must provide documentation indicating they are in the active categories listed above. Those who do not bring adequate documentation will be asked to reschedule at a later date when they can provide the necessary information.
Documentation includes a photo ID and any of the following:
• Professional license
• Employee badge with name
• Signed letter from employer on facility letterhead
• Payment stub with printed name
Phase 1-B is the next tier.
That tier includes people 75 and older, food and agriculture workers, education and childcare, and emergency services. OC mass vaccination sites will be available to these individuals. Small Points of Distribution (PODS) and/or mobile vaccination teams will also be deployed to reach individuals in their communities to increase ease of access.
The HCA will work with task force partners who serve older adults to reach out to these individuals. There will also be targeted communications to older adult communities.
The project start date is February.
HCA with its community partners seeks to make vaccine access fair and equitable, especially during the initial months of distribution when the amount of vaccine is very limited.
It is following the CDC and CDPH Playbook for vaccine distribution prioritization.
Both the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) and CDPH have specified which groups are high priority for vaccination.
For more information on vaccinations, visit https://coronavirus.egovoc.com/covid-19-vaccination-distribution.
Dr. Martin Luther King—Honoring the Legacy
In 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. famously said that riots are the “language of the unheard.” He also said, “There’s no practical or moral answer in the realm of violence,” and “there is no violent solution” to social injustices, and “riots are socially destructive and self-defeating.”
These words ring true today in the wake of the Jan. 7 tragedy that saw five fatalities after hundreds of Americans stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, will mark America’s 36th celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Honoring Dr. King with the sacred status of a federal holiday—of which there are only 10 and none named for a 20th-century person—is a testament to the unifying power of his legacy.
King’s most important work applied America’s founding ideals to the cause of civil rights. True racial progress, King taught, demanded solidarity, that people treat each other as equals. And for that to happen, a bond far stronger than either race or politics is needed. For King, that bond was America and the Constitution upon which America is grounded:
“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, ensure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
“We the People” unity is needed more than ever in these times of pandemic, and social and political unrest.
King loved America and realized that “civil rights” are rooted in the fair and equal participation of all citizens in the American community. For those rights to have any power, the bonds of community must be close-knit and resilient.
In the spirit of the King’s legacy, read on for some of the man’s greatest and most inspirational teachings, an enduring antidote to our times.
• “I criticize America because I love her,” King said in a speech about the Vietnam War, “and because I want to see her to stand as the moral example of the world.”
• “Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness.”
• “Science investigates; religion interprets. Science gives man knowledge, which is power; religion gives man wisdom, which is control. Science deals mainly with facts; religion deals mainly with values. The two are not rivals.”
• “The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”
• “All labor that uplifts humanity has dignity and importance and should be undertaken with painstaking excellence.”
• “An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity.”
• “Rarely do we find men who willingly engage in hard, solid thinking. There is an almost universal quest for easy answers and half-baked solutions. Nothing pains some people more than having to think.”
• “Every man lives in two realms: the internal and the external. The internal is that realm of spiritual ends expressed in art, literature, morals and religion. The external is that complex of devices, techniques, mechanisms and instrumentalities by means of which we live.”
• “Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will.”
• “There comes a time when people get tired of being pushed out of the glittering sunlight of life’s July and left standing amid the piercing chill of an alpine November.”
• “The past is prophetic in that it asserts loudly that wars are poor chisels for carving out peaceful tomorrows.”
• “The limitation of riots, moral questions aside, is that they cannot win, and their participants know it.
“Hence, rioting is not revolutionary but reactionary because it invites defeat. It involves an emotional catharsis, but it must be followed by a sense of futility.”
On-Site Sales brings revenue to LW
On-Site Home Sales, under the ownership of The Januszka Group, Inc., led by broker Dawn Januszka, opened one year ago, bringing a friendly team of trained professional agents who work exclusively in Leisure World.
And what a year it’s been.
Despite the rigors of implementing a new business and all that entails, a global pandemic struck just 10 weeks into the company’s first year.
“It’s been challenging,” said Dawn. She’s dealt with staff shortages, a two-month office shutdown, no more in-person open houses and rapidly changing market conditions. On-Site Home Sales, the only real estate office endorsed by the Golden Rain Foundation and the Mutual Corporations, nimbly adapted to the new normal and its accomplishments are laudable.
•Since January, it sold 176 units, the most sold since 2017, and this in 2020, a year that has flattened many businesses.
• On-Site Sales brought $554,841 in revenues to GRF. Those revenues offset shareholder assessments. Even more spectacular, On-Site Home Sales revenues exceeded the 2020 budget by $58,116.
“On behalf of the GRF Board, we want to thank On-Site Sales for a fantastic year,” said GRF Executive Director Randy Ankeny. “Dawn did a phenomenal job under very unique conditions. I know it has not been easy, but she has exceeded all expectations.”
Today, Dawn knows a lot more about virtual house tours, working remotely, Zoom meetings, acrylic barriers and desktop dividers.
She and her agents continue to offer virtual home tours and Zoom meetings, but safety protocols are in place, so serious buyers can get a first-hand look at available property.
And the outlook is bright, Dawn said. This year had a robust kick-off. On the first business day of 2021, On-Site Sales recorded seven transactions, and a lot more have come in the ensuing weeks.
“You don’t usually see that in January, maybe in August, but not January,” said Dawn. And there’s not a lot of inventory in Leisure World. As of Jan. 8, only 69 units-—out of 6,808—were available.
It just goes to show that when the world feels topsy-turvy, people look for that little oasis of safety—and Leisure World meets that need for many.
“Sales spike during unrest because people know it’s safe here,” said Dawn. “We see an influx during those times. People want to live in a place where you know your neighbors, packages are left undisturbed on patios, and Security is always on patrol.
“And I love making that kind of a place possible for people.”
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California LifeLine provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to qualified households. Only one California LifeLine discounted phone is allowed per household (except for teletypewriter users and for Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program participants). The California LifeLine discounts can only be for the individual’s primary residence.
Each household must choose to get the discount either on a home phone or on a cell phone, but not on both.
Households cannot get the discount from multiple phone companies.
Qualifiers must renew annually to receive their discount.
Free cell phones and service are provided through different carriers upon qualification. Cell phone providers have varying data packages.
How to Qualify:
Residents may qualify for California LifeLine in one of two ways; either program-based or income-based. Documentation of proof of eligibility is required. Submit copies of proof of eligibility with the completed and signed application.
Program-based qualification may include:
•Enrollment in Medi-Cal, LIHEAP, SSI, CalFresh, Federal Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit programs.
•Income-based qualifications for a household size of up to two people is $28,700 (annual income limit equals gross income before taxes, including Social Security payments, pensions, etc.).
For more information and assistance, contact California LifeLine at (866) 272-0349.
People who do not qualify for the LifeLine Program may qualify for senior discounts with a phone/cable/Internet company. Call your provider directly to inquire about senior discounts and/or eligibility for reduced fees for these services.
For more information or assistance with this program or others, contact GRF Member Resource Liaison Cindy Tostado, LCSW, at 431-6586, ext. 317.
Qualifying for CalFresh
CalFresh can help qualifying Leisure World residents receive healthy fruits and vegetables, among other groceries. Recipients receive a card similar to a debit card with money loaded every month to shop for more fruit, vegetables, protein and other healthy foods.
CalFresh is funded by the USDA and administered through the Community Action Partnership in Leisure World to help improve the health and nutrition of people with lower incomes.
Requirements to Apply:
• You must have at least one citizen or legal permanent resident with a Social Security number living in your household (including children).
• You may qualify for CalFresh even if you have a full- or part-time job.
• Gross monthly income must be less than the amounts listed: One-person household, $2,128; two-person household, $2,874.
• Seniors, those on SSI or those with a disability can apply and may be eligible for CalFresh.
• Documents needed to apply: photo ID, Social Security card, proof of income, resident card (if applicable, receipt of rent and receipt of one utility bill).
Upon application, income and many other factors are taken into account to determine eligibility. For more information or to apply online, call 1-800-281-9799 or go to https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/.
Leisure World residents can get help and more information by calling Cindy Tostado, LCSW, GRF member resource and assistance liaison, 431-6586, ext. 317.
—from the California
Department of Social Services
CAP Food Service
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. 21.
Every third Thursday from 9-11 a.m., qualified people receive 40 pounds of food, including canned fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, juice, cereal and more.
Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,354 a month for one person; $1,832 for a two-person household; and $2,311 for a three-person household.
To sign up, bring a photo ID, and proof of income.
For more information, call 431-6586, ext. 317.
405 Freeway Update
The Orange County Transportation Authority, in cooperation with Caltrans, is widening the San Diego Freeway (I-405) between SR-73 and I-605.The project is improving 16 miles of I-405 between the SR-73 freeway in Costa Mesa and I-605 near the Los Angeles County line. Construction updates are as follows:
Westminster Boulevard Traffic Shift
Crews will shift traffic to the new Westminster bridge over I-405. The shift will occur in three phases and will require lane reductions.
Eastbound Westminster was reduced to one lane between Springdale Street and Willow Lane, and eastbound traffic was shifted onto the new bridge Jan. 12.
Crews will be constructing the center median on weekdays and Saturdays for approximately two weeks.
Westminster will be then be reduced to one lane in each direction between Springdale Street and Willow Lane from 9:30 p.m., Monday, Jan. 25, to 6 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26. Westbound traffic will be shifted onto the new bridge at 6 a.m., Tuesday, Jan. 26.
Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m., and some activity may occur at night.
This work may be loud. Dates and times may change due to unforeseen operational factors or inclement weather.
Sign up for project-wide and bridge-specific construction alerts at bit.ly/405-signup.
Fairview Road Traffic Shift
Crews also will soon shift traffic to the new half of the Fairview bridge over I-405 and begin working on the second half of that bridge. The traffic shift is set for early-to-mid-February and will require bridge and ramp closures.
Demolition of the second half of the bridge will occur over two weekends, under full freeway closures and is set for late February.
The 405 Community Outreach Team will provide detailed schedule, closure and detour information in future alerts.
Bolsa Avenue Full Closure for Concrete Work
Crews will begin concrete work for a retaining wall along eastbound Bolsa Avenue. This work may require closures of Bolsa between Goldenwest Street and Chestnut Street.
The 405 Community Outreach Team will provide detailed schedule, closure and detour information in future alerts.
Off-Ramp to Beach Boulevard is PERMANENTLY CLOSED
The southbound I-405 loop off-ramp to northbound Beach Boulevard is permanently closed. Motorists will use the Beach Boulevard/Center Avenue off-ramp from now on to access north- and southbound Beach Boulevard.
The loop off-ramp was eliminated to accommodate the widening of Beach and of the freeway. The Beach/Center off-ramp and Center are being reconstructed to accommodate the change in traffic volume.
Email email@example.com or call (888) 400-8994 for more information. The I-405 Improvement Project mobile app provides quick access to current traffic conditions, closures and detours, along with project updates and links to contact the project team. Download it from the Apple Store or Google Play.
How to Request a Service Repair Order
The Service Maintenance Department performs maintenance on GRF trust property and Mutual property at the request of Mutuals or shareholders.
Here is how to request a service repair order (SRO).
For Priority/Emergency Service Requests
• Provide Service Maintenance staff with the following information:
»Nature and location of problem
»Key permission (yes or no)?
• All shareholders are authorized to call for service in the event of an EMERGENCY, such as:
»Kitchen/bathroom sink stoppages
»Water leaking onto floor (e.g. under sinks, water heater, refrigerator, etc.)
»Toilet bowl or tank slow to fill
»Toilet runs all the time
»No hot water
»No power (affecting refrigerator)
»Smoke alarm/water alarm chirping
NOTE: When calling for emergency service, ensure that a shareholder will be home and/or key permission is granted.
Non-Standard/Non-Emergency Service Request
All non-emergency service requests must be approved by the shareholder’s Mutual unless otherwise. Note that Mutual 14 shareholders are authorized to call for priority service through Security after-hours and are authorized to call for non-emergencies only if they are paying for the service.
For all Mutuals, if key permission is not granted, appointments for service can be scheduled based on the department’s earliest availability.
Service Maintenance does not service items that are non-standard to the Leisure World community; shareholders must contact an outside contractor in these situations. A list of approved contractors can be found through the Physical Property Department. For more information, call 431-6586, ext. 352.
For more information and to request a service repair order, call Service Maintenance at (562) 431-3548, Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Security can be reached during non-business hours at (562) 594-4754, Monday-Friday before 8 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday and Sunday.
—Aaron Hensley, service maintenance supervisor
Cardboard Creation Contest is Friday
The big unveiling of all of the Cool Cardboard Creations by resident artists and creative employees will be held tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 15.
The GRF Recreation Department will display the entries around the Veterans Memorial Circle, located between clubhouses 3 and 4.
Residents are invited to view them by driving around the circle as shown on the map between 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Members of the Recreation Committee will conduct the judging at the end of the drive-through event, and Security will be there to ensure safety protocols are met and to close off the circle promptly at 3.
Minibus service will be available for those who prefer not to drive.
Details and schedules can be obtained by contacting Transportation Department at (562) 431-6585, ext. 372, or 379 for the Access Bus.
All entries must be submitted to the LW Library no later than 3 p.m. today, Jan. 14, and must have an entry form attached (see page 13 for an entry form).
Winners will be contacted and photographed with their submissions and receive their prizes at a date to be announced by GRF.
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Federal agencies warn of COVID-19 vaccine scams
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (HHS-OIG) and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are warning the public about several emerging fraud schemes related to COVID-19 vaccines.
The FBI, HHS-OIG, and CMS have received complaints about scammers using the public’s interest in COVID-19 vaccines to obtain personally identifiable information and money through various schemes. Government officials continue to work diligently with law enforcement partners and the private sector to identify cyber threats and fraud in all forms.
The public should be aware of the following potential indicators of fraudulent activity:
• Advertisements or offers for early access to a vaccine upon payment of a deposit or fee.
• Requests asking you to pay out of pocket to obtain the vaccine or to put your name on a COVID-19 vaccine waiting list.
• Offers to undergo additional medical testing or procedures when obtaining a vaccine.
• Marketers offering to sell and/or ship doses of a vaccine, domestically or internationally, in exchange for payment of a deposit or fee.
• Unsolicited emails, telephone calls, or personal contact from someone claiming to be from a medical office, insurance company or COVID-19 vaccine center requesting personal and/or medical information to determine recipients’ eligibility to participate in clinical vaccine trials or obtain the vaccine.
• Claims of FDA approval for a vaccine that cannot be verified
• Advertisements for vaccines through social media platforms, email, telephone calls, online, or from unsolicited/unknown sources.
• Individuals contacting you in person, by phone or by email to tell you the government or government officials require you to receive a COVID-19 vaccine.
Tips to Avoid COVID-19 Vaccine-related Fraud:
• Consult your state’s health department website for up-to-date information about authorized vaccine distribution channels and only obtaining a vaccine through such channels. Watch the LW Weekly for routine updates on vaccine distribution.
• Check the FDA’s website (fda.gov) for current information about vaccine emergency use authorizations.
• Consult your primary care physician before undergoing any vaccination.
• Don’t share your personal or health information with anyone other than known and trusted medical professionals.
• Check your medical bills and insurance explanation of benefits (EOBs) for any suspicious claims and promptly reporting any errors to your health insurance provider.
• Follow guidance and recommendations from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other trusted medical professionals.
General Online/Cyber Fraud Prevention Techniques:
• Verify the spelling of web addresses, websites and email addresses that look trustworthy but may be imitations of legitimate websites.
• Ensure operating systems and applications are updated to the most current versions.
• Update anti-malware and anti-virus software and conduct regular network scans.
• Do not communicate with or open emails, attachments or links from unknown individuals.
• Never provide personal information of any sort via email. Be aware that many emails requesting your personal information may appear to be legitimate.
• Use strong two-factor authentication if possible, using biometrics or authentication apps.
If you believe you have been the victim of a COVID-19 fraud, report it to the FBI (ic3.gov, tips.fbi.gov, or 1-800-CALL-FBI) or HHS OIG (tips.hhs.gov or 1-800-HHS-TIPS).
OC Health Care Agency Hotline
The Orange County Health Care Agency, which offers current guidance and tracks COVID-19 cases and fatalities, has a COVID-19 Hotline, (714) 834-2000, and email address, ETeam@ochca.com, to answer questions about industry reopening and activity resumption.
Mini Farm Forum
Effective Jan. 1, the Golden Rain Foundation assumed management of the Mini Farm at 1.8 acres. Prior to this time, operations were overseen by the Mini Farmers Club, which still exists for those choosing to join, although it is no longer a requirement to be assigned a garden plot.
With so many changes, some confusion and many questions have arisen, so the GRF Recreation Committee has scheduled an informational forum at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21. Shareholder/members may participate via Zoom if they want to speak, or they may choose to watch the meeting online, which will be livestreamed at www.lwsb.com/livestream.
The Recreation Department is requesting questions be submitted via email no later than Jan. 20 to email@example.com. Those who want to participate via Zoom should send their requests to the same email address by the same date, as space will be limited.
After the meeting, the recorded version will be uploaded to lwsb.com for interested parties to view at their leisure.
In the interim, many questions can be answered by viewing the Mini Farm website. The new policy, as well as the new lease, can be accessed at https://www.lwsb.com/mini-farm/.
The Recreation Department looks forward to helping mini farmers navigate the new rules and relieving any concerns.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Kathy Thayer, assistant recreation manager
Perspectives, Page 4
Letters to Editor
This is being written to praise two longtime workers in LWSB.
First, I am very grateful for Ruben Gonzalez, Service Maintenance facilities manager.
He is very helpful and has been working in LWSB for many years. He has helped many, many shareholders with their needs and difficulties. My hope is that he stays in LWSB forever. Thanks again, Mr. Gonzalez.
Next is Mark Weaver, director of Physical Property. He also has worked here many years helping the shareholders with their needs and difficulties. Again, my hope is that he stays in LWSB forever.
Thank you very much, Mr. Weaver.
Carol Franz, Ph.D
In response to the Republican Club article (Dec. 17), I think as long as our politics are defined by either/or choices, no progress can be made to understand the opinions of others and find answers to problems that affect us all.
I do not classify myself as Republican or Democrat, rather as an Independent. There are good suggestions from both political parties, but neither one has all the answers when dealing with crucial issues facing our country.
I disagree that for conservatives, the biggest question is determining a balance between freedom and order.
Instead, it seems to be to tip the scales of justice in favor of unrestrained freedom to do as one chooses, and to suppress basic human rights in the name of order. Republicans have stood in the way of most programs to assist the less fortunate: Medicare, MediCal and Social Security, and agencies that protect consumers from banking malfeasance, support endangered species, clean air and drinking water, and the list goes on.
To me, the Republican party has been opposed to discussing real and provable facts. It seems easier for it to construct a bumper sticker, placard or phrase to condemn others and arouse shallow thinkers.
Walking is my main daily exercise. I usually wear ear buds and listen to music, podcasts, news or Ted talks. I am proud to be efficient with my time.
I was recently talking with a friend about retirement and how to spend time productively. He mentioned Bishop Richard Barron’s podcast, “Distraction and Useless Things.”
Bishop Barron says that we are all distracted by social media, texts and alerts. We’d rather plug in digitally for light and trivial things than wrestle with the most difficult questions, such as the meaning of life, God and more.
Barron says that our souls like to go slow and savor things. So I decided to walk with no distractions.
I felt the warmth of sun, saw the blue sky smudged with white soft cotton balls. I noticed trees of different shapes, with dancing leaves and flowers, a symphony in nature.
Bright orange rose bushes enticed me to stop, smell and touch. Birds flew over tall trees, making loud sounds: kak-kwak. It sounded like “hello” to me. So I answered with smile.
After I wasted 30 minutes, I was thirsty and sweaty. As I drank ice water, I hummed, “This is My Father’s World.”
Letters to the Editor should include your name, Mutual number and phone number, and be emailed to email@example.com or typed and delivered to the LW Weekly office.
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.
Religion, page 10-11, 16
Rabbi Karen Isenberg will stream services on Friday, Jan. 15, at 6:30 p.m via Zoom and Saturday on Jan. 16, at at 9:30 a.m.
New Congregation Sholom members who want to watch the livestream should contact Jeff Sacks to receive the Zoom invitation. Text Jeff at (714) 642-0122, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The link will have the meeting ID and password embedded. Those who want more details or need to practice beforehand can call Jeff ahead of time.
To join the Zoom meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752519429?pwd=UDREWTA1N21jaXVUZUhyQmY1U01JQT09. The meeting ID is 375 251 9429, and the passcode is 8ZYy69. For audio only, call 1-669-900-9128; the meeting ID is 375 251 9429.
Congregation Sholom will have a Bingo night hosted by Susan Michlin on Saturday, Jan. 17, at 4 p.m.
Tu Bishvat, the New Year for Trees, is Jan. 28. It is tradition to plant a tree on this holiday and eat fruit such as dates, grapes and figs. If you want to plant a tree in Israel, contact Michele Vallens.
Those who want to participate in the livestreamed services on Zoom should call Ron Yaffee at (562) 430-7040.
Faith Christian Assembly
Faith Christian Assembly believes it is important for men and women to have ministries devoted to them.
The women’s ministry, Touch of Love, will meet under the direction of Linda Hernandez on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. in the Garden Room. The men’s ministry will meet under the direction of Gary Leming at the same time.
Out of an abundance of caution, all who attend services or events at Faith Christian Assembly will have their temperature taken at the door, be required to wear a mask before and after service, and have to sit socially distant from others. Those who are ill should remain at home.
Due to COVID-19, Faith Christian Assembly is not currently having all of its regular ministries at this time, but will resume as soon as possible. Call the church office for the most updated information on midweek Bible study, which is taught by Pastor Sheri Leming on Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and the weekly Grief Share meeting.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or visit the website at www.FCAchurch.net.
By Rolland Coburn
Luke’s Gospel begins with the births and upbringings of John the Baptizer and Jesus. John announced Jesus as Israel’s rescuer, the Messiah. Luke places John’s proclaimation in first century Israel around 26 A.D. He names well-known political leaders like Caesar, Pilate, Herod, and the Jewish high priests Annas and Caiaphas, along with six population centers such as the Jordan River valley (3:1-2).
Luke cites Old Testament prophecy foretelling the Messiah’s coming, transforming Israel’s land and people’s hearts. When God’s word came upon him, John went preaching in the river country. Isaiah the prophet wrote that there would be a voice (John’s) that will call out in the wilderness. It calls people to prepare their hearts for the Lord’s coming and be ready to see and receive God’s salvation; otherwise their hearts would reject and miss this great salvation (Luke 3:3-6).
John called sinners to repent for sinning against God. Repentant hearts move us to help those in need, be honest in business, take advantage of no one, and be content with what we have. This is the good fruit of having a new heart (7-14).
John focused on the coming savior, and saw himself in need of the Messiah’s work. John made no claim of exemption due to his priestly descent, his call as God’s prophet, nor his exemplary life. These qualities have no ability to attain salvation. Our strength, John says, is in Christ alone, the mighty one, whose sandal strap John says he is unworthy to even to touch.
The Messiah, who takes away the sin of the world (John 3:29), would save sinners by the Holy Spirit’s inward work and would judge his people. The harvest is the Messiah’s, the final judge, to gather the wheat into his barn and to burn the chaff with fire unquenchable (Luke 3:15-17).
As John’s words spread, not everyone accepted the message (18-20). His enemies tried to eliminate his influence. However his gospel was not silenced. Herod the ruler, convicted by John for taking his own brother’s wife Herodias, and for all the evil things Herod had done, added this to them all: he imprisioned John. Yet 25 years later, John’s followers in far-away Ephesus learn of John’s witness to Jesus the Messiah and become followers of themselves.
A hymn summarizes John’s mission and ours in a few lines: “Tell them of Jesus the Mighty to save/Though they are slighting Him, still He is waiting/waiting the penitent child to receive/Speak to them earnestly, speak to them gently/He will forgive if they only believe.”
Redeemer Lutheran & St. Theodore’s
By Lisa Rotchford
As children, we might have been encouraged to memorize and recite Bible verses. As adults (but still children of God), we may or may not remember them, but it’s never too late to hang on to the word of God. As we get older, the deeper meanings of Bible verses take hold in our lives.
In honor of the new year, try to memorize Scripture each week. At the end of 2021, we will see how our faith is aided by simple, yet powerful sayings that will see us through anything.
I recommend memorizing Lamentations 3:22-23 for the first two weeks of 2021:
“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
the Lord’s mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.”
These verses remind us we are loved by God every day, his mercies and compassion never cease, and as each day awakens anew, God’s faith in us is sure. May our faith in God be seen by the love we share with one another, the mercy and compassion we exhibit to one another, and the knowledge that we are faithfully loved by the one who created, holds and strengthens us for each day.
Though our congregations are unable to hold services (inside or outside) at this time, know you are never alone. Don’t hesitate to call the church if you need someone to talk to or pray with. Call (562) 598-8697 and or visit www.redeemerlutheransealbeach.com.
Assembly of God
By Sheryl Franco
Nothing about New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day was “normal.” But we had become familiar with the “abnormal” in 2020, so we just rolled with it.
We awoke on Jan. 1, with optimistic expectation that this year would be better than the last. There is somehow an implied promise of better things ahead when we have just come through an especially difficult season, and the year in front of us seems full of hope and possibility. And then we wake up day after day, and the confidence in future good things begins to dim as we continue to deal with the struggles from last year.
God’s promises are more than implied. His promises and intentions don’t appear on an inspirational Facebook post or temporary billboard. His promises are true, steadfast, reliable, and personal. They are contained in his word, the Bible, for us to discover and apply daily.
What promise do you need to hear from God today? Do you need peace? Isaiah 32:17 says, “And the effect of righteousness will be peace, and the result of righteousness, quietness and trust forever.” Do you need rest? Look at Psalm 4:8: “In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” Do you need peace that the world around you can’t supply? See John 14:27: “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.” If what is written here doesn’t speak to you, a quick Google search can reveal lists of encouraging Scriptures to bring peace to your mind and soul. Search “The promises of God in Scripture” or “Scriptures on peace.”
Keep relying on his promises and quote them to yourself. When you pray, remind him of his promises. Build that faith muscle by watching as God fulfills his promises day in and day out. God wants you to know his promises and claim his promises. Make a promise to yourself to dig into those promises this year.
First Christian Church
By Bruce Humes
The apostle Paul in his second epistle to Timothy wrote in chapter 4, verses 17-18: “But the Lord stood with me and strengthened me, so that the message might be preached fully through me, and that the Gentiles might hear. Also, I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord will deliver me from every evil work and preserve me for his heavenly kingdom. To him be glory forever and ever.”
This epistle was written in Rome, where the apostle Paul was imprisoned for preaching the Gospel. He was fully aware that his execution could come at any time. The word “strengthened” used in the Scripture means “empowered,” so even while awaiting his execution, Paul was empowered to preach the message of good news to the Gentiles. This is what God called Paul to do: “But the Lord said to him, (Ananias) Go, for he (Paul ) is a chosen vessel of mine to bear my name before the Gentiles, kings, and the children of Israel. For I will show him how many things he must suffer for my name’s sake” (Acts 9:15-16).
Paul was a new creation in Christ after his conversion, and he suffered much throughout his ministry for the cause. He was eventually martyred for his ministry.
The same strength that empowered Paul through all his suffering and delivered him from the mouth of the lion (meaning mortal dangers) and all other evil works is the same strength that believers have today. In Philippians 4:13, the apostle Paul wrote, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
The Greek “through” behind the statement “I can do all things” is “to have strength” in all that the Lord wills me to do. And it is Christ who gives strength to do those things. Christ is the one who will strengthen believers today through suffering, testing and the mouth of the lion, just as he did with Paul while he sat in that Roman prison awaiting execution.
The apostle Peter writing to believers of the dispersion in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia, wrote in 1 Peter 5:10, “But may the God of all grace, who called us to his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.”
We can read this as if he were talking to us today, trusting that after we suffer for a while, we will be perfected, established in our faith and strengthened to the point we are capable of doing all that Christ wills us to do for him. We can say what both Paul and Peter said: “To him be the glory and dominion forever and ever.”
If you want to speak to someone at the church or if you have a need, call the church office at (562) 431-8810.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
By Jim Greer
“For I was in prison, and ye came unto me. Verily I say unto you, inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25).
Victor Robinson was 13 years old when he was remanded to a juvenile detention center. Victor felt responsible for providing for his brothers and sisters any way he could. “We didn’t have food,” Victor said. “My older brother and I would go steal at a grocery store, and we would get caught.”
At 18, he entered an adult prison, where his negativity only increased. After learning of his older brother’s murder, Victor was driven to more violence, further lowering his self-worth. Speaking of himself, he admitted, “There was nothing there—just an empty vessel full of hate.”
Finding the good still inside him, Victor assisted a collapsing female officer patrolling the prison. By doing so, fellow gang members ostracized him for breaking their code. But Victor was determined to turn his life around.
Victor was contacted by Ashley Park, a local Latter-day Saint who knew Danilo Caraan; Victor’s murdered older brother. Ashley’s letter was the first communication received since being incarcerated as a teen. “I couldn’t believe there was somebody who actually cared enough about me to see how I was doing,” Victor said.
Knowing the gospel would bless Victor, Ashley encouraged him to attend Sunday meetings at the prison’s LDS branch. “Once I had this enlightenment from the Lord, I began to see everything differently,” recalled Victor, “It’s changed me in a way that I could never go back to the person that I was.”
Victor absorbed the teachings, feeling a spiritual change while reading the Book of Mormon and teaching Sunday school lessons.
With a testimony of the Gospel’s truthfulness, he witnessed changes in himself that allowed him to imagine a better future. Those changes helped shorten his incarceration and led to his marriage to Ashley.
Victor will be baptized once parole expires. He’s anxious to make covenants with the Lord, then be baptized in the temple on behalf of his brother. “I continue to thank God for the second chance that I was given and for Ashley’s example to me,” Victor said.
Doug Humble, former president of the Soledad, California, Correctional Branch, has “witnessed mighty changes of heart as they start to understand that God loves them.” In branch meetings, “every single testimony is about the Atonement and Jesus Christ,” Humble said. The Savior and the Church’s connection gives greater light, life and hope for their future.
The Atonement applies to everyone, even adults in custody. When members like Ashley reach out and understand the worth of souls, it’s incredible to see them find hope, faith and repentance.
Beit HaLev’s Coffee Chavurah on Zoom will celebrate the Sabbath evening on Friday, Jan. 8, at 5:30, followed by the evening service at 6. The morning service on Saturday, Jan. 9, begins at 10:30, followed by the Coffee Chavurah.
To join on Zoom, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704 , and the passcode is RavGalit.
Beit HaLev continues to livestream on Facebook as well. To attend, go to Rabbi Galit Shirah’s website at Facebook.com/galityomtov.
Beit HaLev’s prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” are shared onscreen on both Zoom and Facebook.
“Va’era” (I [HaShem] appeared) begins with God explaining that the patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, knew HaShem as “El Shaddai.” According to “The Torah: A Woman’s Commentary,” El Shaddai is a complex title loosely meaning “God of the Mountain.” The root of the word also is shared by the root of the word for “breast,” expressing a more nurturing aspect of the Omnipotent. In this week’s Torah reading, Moses and Aaron begin their plea for Pharaoh to allow the Israelite slaves to go free, and each time Pharaoh rejects them, and a series of plagues befall Egypt, each one more devastating than the next.
Rabbi Galit Shirah conducts a Ma’ariv service every Thursday for Sim Shalom, the online synagogue. Sim Shalom presents livestream services Monday-Thursday, with a different rabbi each day. To say Kaddish, pray for healing and to hear a spiritual message, go to SimShalom.com.
Zoom classes for Beginning Hebrew and Pirke Avot will begin soon. For information, contact the Rabbi at (562) 715-0888 or email@example.com.
By Johan Dodge
Palm Sunday this year will be on March 28. It is when we will celebrate Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem not in a chariot pulled by war horses with a legion of soldiers at his side, but rather on a donkey, the prophetic sign that God was and is doing something new. In many ways, we are still in the Epiphany, which was on Jan. 6 this year. We are still learning what it means to live by God’s way instead of our own way.
This week, we are given an example of how different God’s way is from ours as Jesus choses his first disciples–not from the graduates of the rabbinical school, but rather from the rabbinical school dropouts who have already gone back to work with their fathers. Jesus calls these fishermen with the simple words “Come and see.” Come and see are the words I long to share. Come and see what God is doing in our midst. But for now, the invitation to come and see is still virtual in Leisure World as Community Church and the rest of the communityl, is doing its best to not contribute to the spread of the virus.
Join Community Church on Sundays for worship at 9:50 a.m. by tuning in to the Facebook live service @communitychurchleisureworld.
Those who want to join the virtual fellowship need to call the church office or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who don’t have a computer or Facebook can call (562) 431-2503 and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening.
As always, if you are in need without another way to address it, call the church office to leave a direct message at (562) 431-2503.
Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Second Sunday of Ordinary Time on Sunday, Jan. 17.
The First Reading is from 1 Samuel 3:3b-10, 19 and the Second Reading is 1 Corinthians 6:13c-15a, 17-20. The Gospel reading will be from John 1:35-42.
To receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe.
The church is now open to public entry and can return to its regular Mass schedule. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 4 p.m. and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.
Those who attend must a wear a mask or face shield and sit socially distanced, and use hand sanitizer upon entry into building.
Community, pages 14-16
Get updated on the new visitor access system and more from security services
GRF Security Services Director Victor Rocha will be the speaker for the Sunshine Club’s next meeting on Friday, Jan. 8, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. Rocha will updae everyone on the new visitor access system that will be operative soon, along with a traffic citation review from SBPD.
After his presentation, Rocha will open the meeting for discussion and answer questions about security, the new visitor access system, or other related concerns.
To join the Zoom meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82119904568?pwd=dkVmOVowRU1uQXRNb2QveFdFSHp4Zz09; the meeting ID is 821 1990 4568
All shareholders are welcome to join this Zoom meeting.
Those who would like to receive the Zoom link by email need to text their name, Mutual number, and email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than Thursday, Jan. 7, at 5 p.m.
Rocha has over 30 years of law enforcement, security and safety experience. He worked as a police officer and detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. In addition, he has provided security assessments for businesses, schools, and HOA’s throughout the United States.
Victor is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and graduated with a Bachelor of Art Degree in Criminal Justice from California State University, Fullerton.
The Sunshine Club often has LW leaders come to meetings to introduce their organizations to the group. It also invites a wide variety of specialists from outside to share their experiences and ideas with club members.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.
Thursday, Jan. 14
4 pm A COVID Christmas
4:17 pm Christmas in Quarantine-
5:01 pm Spider and Snakey
5:08 pm Cabaret Music Around
6 pm LW Tree Lighting Ceremony
6:30 pm Dixieland Jazz Band
7:35 pm Special Delivery
8 pm Terry Otte’s 75th Birthday
8:15 pm Cabaret Variety Show 9/2020
9 pm Ocean Perspectives
10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Friday, Jan. 15
4 pm LW Menorah Lighting
4:13 pm COVID Christmas
4:30 pm Special Delivery
5:15 pm Golf Cart Christmas
5:30 pm SB Lions Club Veterans Day
5:39 pm Fortunado Revilla
5:50 pm LW Yoga
6 pm LW Tree Lighting Ceremony
6:30 pm Los Al Jazz Band 2018
7 pm Seal Beach Christmas Parade
8 pm Dove Sonza’s 75th Birthday
9 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
10:30 pm Cerritos Center-
Golden Dragon Acrobats
Saturday, Jan. 16
4 pm Seal Beach Christmas Parade
5 pm Special Delivery
5:30 pm LW Menorah Lighting
5:43 pm COVID Christmas
6 pm Christmas in Quarantine:
6:45 pm Spider and Snakey Save
6:53 pm LW Yoga
7 pm LW Tree Lighting Ceremony
7:30 pm Ocean Perspectives
8 pm LAUSD
11 pm Cerritos Center–
Sunday, Jan. 17
4 pm Seal Beach City Council
Meeting 1/11 Replay
5 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012
5:45 pm Fortunado Revilla
6 pm Dixieland Jazz Band
7 pm Spider and Snakey
7:07 pm Dove Sonza’s 75th Birthday
8 pm Life and Times in SB:
9 pm Cabaret Music Around
10:20 pm LW Yoga
10:30 pm LW Menorah Lighting
10:45 pm Los Al Jazz band
11:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Monday, Jan. 18
4 pm Spidey and Snakey
4:07 pm LW Menorah Lighting
4:30 pm Dove Sonza’s 75th Birthday
5:30 pm LW Tree Lighting Ceremony
6 pm Dixieland Jazz Band
7 pm Seal Beach Christmas
8 pm Golf Cart Christmas Caravan
8:15 pm LW Menorah Lighting
8:30 pm LW Special Delivery
9 pm Terry Otte’s 75th Birthday
9:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Taming of the Shrew
Tuesday, Jan. 19
4 pm Golf Cart Christmas Parade
4:15 pm Christmas Quarantine Show:
5 pm Tree Lighting Ceremony
5:30 pm Special Delivery/LW Yoga
6 pm Fortunado Revilla
6:15 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012
7 pm SB Planning Committee
8 pm Ocean Perspectives
8:30 pm Seal Beach Christmas Parade
9:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
10 pm Cerritos Center–
Wednesday, Jan. 20
4 pm Spider and Snakey
4:07 pm LW Yoga
4:15 pm Christmas Quarantine Show:
5 pm Dove Sonza’s 75th Birthday
6 pm Christmas Story Song
6:24 pm Spidey and Snakey
6:32 pm Fortunado Revilla
6:45 pm Golf Cart Parade
7 pm Terry Otte’s 75th Birthday
8 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Merry Wives of Windsor
10 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
*All programming is subject to change.
Donate to the GAF while you shop at no additional cost
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to making Leisure World a better place to live.
The GAF must fundraise throughtout the year to continue providing services to the community. There are now two simple ways for LWers to donate to the GAF without any additional cost.
Stay-at-home orders have been in place since March 2020 and has made cooking at home a way of life, causing some to go grocery shopping more than ever before. Shareholders can now donate to the GAF during their weekly grocery shopping trip without having to spend more money, thanks to the Ralphs Rewards Program.
Ralphs announced that it is committed to giving over $2 million through its Community Contributions program. By simply signing up and doing your regular grocery shopping, you can help GAF recieve a portion of those funds.
Those interested can sign up for the Ralphs Rewards program by phone or through the Ralphs website. To sign up online, go to www.ralphs.com. You will need your Ralphs Reward card number or the phone number associated with the account to sign up.
To register over the phone, call (800) 443-4438. Make sure to say GAF’s non-profit organization (NPO) number, FS 519, during registration.
Another way LWers can help GAF while they shop is through www.smile.amazon.com. Amazon Smile is a unique, charitable award program funded through Amazon for qualified non-profit organizations like the GAF. Every time you buy something from Amazon, a small percentage of your purchase will go to the GAF at no additonal cost.
When enrolling in Amazon Smile, make sure to choose your charitable organization as the Golden Age Foundation Seal Beach. Below are step-by-step instructions on how to get started with Amazon Smile:
Sign in to your existing Amazon account. If you don’t have an Amazon account, you can create mone for free.
Type Golden Age Foundation Inc. as the charity you want to support. Make sure the location is set in Seal Beach, California.
Don’t forget to start at www.smileamazon.com when you shop.
For more information, go to www.GoldenAgeFdn.Org or call club president Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
The Chess Club publishes weekly puzzles to keep the love of the game alive since members can no longer meet to play in person.
This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves.
White moves first. Any answer by black, the white’s third move is checkmate.
Solution to this week’s puzzle is first move: NE5
The white Knight moves from C6 to E5.
Yvonne Vostry of Mutual 9 snapped this picture of the bottom half of an electric recliner that was left beside the carport dumpsters. The dumpsters are not the correct place to dispose furniture or other large items. If shareholders have a piece of furniture or something similiar that is broken and cannot be sold or donated, they must dispose of it themselves or bring the item to the dumpers behind the Mini Farm plots, which does allow for that type of disposal. This will ensure that the area around the carports remains clean and hazard free and is a great way to look out for your fellow neighbors.
By Mary Larson
The Democratic Club Board unanimously voted to endorse Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley for election to the Orange County Board of Supervisors during its Jan. 6 meeting. This election in District 2 to replace outgoing board member Michelle Steel will take place on March 9. Vote-by-mail will begin on Feb. 8, with vote centers opening on Feb. 27. For more information about this election, email email@example.com.
The Board of Supervisors impacts all of Orange County, including Leisure World. It manages a $7 billion budget including, among other things, oversight of the county’s COVID-19 response. Foley is well qualified to provide leadership in administering this budget. She has established lasting relationships at the city, county, state and federal level, and will bring these attributes to bear at the county level.
As a longtime local official, Foley knows that ensuring family and neighborhoods’ safety is of the utmost importance. She believes that the only way to achieve this is by providing our local law enforcement and emergency response agencies the necessary resources and modern equipment to do their jobs.
Foley is also committed to protecting the OC coastline from irreparable damage. If elected as a member of the Board of Supervisors, she will do so, while also supporting economic growth through investing more in clean, green and renewable energy, such as wind and solar.
Leisure World Democrats are reminded that their next club membership meeting, originally scheduled for Jan. 20, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Jan. 27, at noon. The meeting will be held via Zoom and will feature a presentation by Foley. For more information about the meeting, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Democrats are also reminded to vote in the California Democratic Party-run election for the state party leadership body known as the California State Central Committee. This election, usually held via Assembly-based caucus meetings, will be exclusively by mail ballot. All Democrats who registered with the party for a mail-in ballot by Jan. 11 are eligible to vote in this election. Potential voters are invited to email email@example.com for more information about candidates running in this election.
If you are a Democrat or a supporter of its principles and want to know more about the club, subscribe to the free electronic newsletter. Email the editor, Mary Larson, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (562) 296-8521. Remember to include your full contact information.
The Leisure World Democratic Club welcomes new members and friends. LW voters who are registered as Democrats are eligible for full voting membership. Those registered as No Preferred Party voters may join as “associate” members. All club memberships are now calculated on a calendar basis. Members must join or renew their membership before the end of January if possible. Both new and renewal 2021 membership forms are available by calling (562) 431-7275 or online at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/democratic-club-membership-2/.
By Brian Harmon
At the next regular Republican Club meeting, members will share thoughts and feelings on what happened that day.
The meeting will be held this coming Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 7 p.m. on Zoom.
One of the few things that psychologists appear to be in agreement about is that the first step in the mourning process is denial. The second step, of course, is anger.
The response of the leaders of The LW Republican club to the disaster that occurred last week in the United States Capitol fit the profile.
How can we explain how Republicans, supporters of law and order, the constitution, and the rule of law, could storm and occupy the Capitol building, arguably the center of America’s democratic republic?
The mayor of Washington D.C. is correct in saying that all the facts are not yet in. However, what we know so far makes those who are Republicans very sad. We want the residents of LW to know that we do not support what was done by that mob in, and to, our nation’s Capitol.
Fortunately, there is a great deal of photographic evidence to allow the FBI and other law enforcement agencies to identify many of those who were responsible. The Republican Club supports these efforts and hope that the culprits will be punished to the full extent of the law. Nothing excuses the type of behavior that the U.S. saw on Jan. 6.
Everyone agrees that this past year was the worst, with the most dreadful pandemic of the past 100 years. The other bad news for Republicans during 2020 was having the party’s candidate for president lose.
Locally, however, the news was much better for OC and LW Repbulicans. The Republican Club’s candidate for Congress, Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel, was elected and will be serving alongside Young Kim as two of the first three Korean-American women elected to Congress, all of whom were elected in the 2020 elections.
State Sen.Janet Nguyen will be returning to Sacramento as its new Assemblywoman, replacing Republican Tyler Diep. He had upset his fellow party members by being the only Republican in the Assembly to support AB5, which required most independent contractors to be hired as regular employees or laid off.
One of the most celebrated political development for Republicans in Leisusure World was the re-election of Seal Beach City Councilman Thomas Moore.
During the year 2020, the LW GOP booth’s efforts were an overwhelming success, raising over $8,000, registering over 250 voters, adding over 100 new members (to 230) and gathering approximately 150 signatures for the recall of Gov.Gavin Newsom.
The Republican Club’s current project is helping to elect State Sen. John Moorlach to the OC Board of Supervisors. He has served as the OC Treasurer and County Supervisor, as well as State Senator, so he will be able to “hit the ground running.”
Moorlach has worked effectively with Democrats in the state senate to deal with the exploding cost of government employee pension plans, as well as the dual problems of homelessness and mental illness.
Obituaries, page 15
John Jacob Vanderhorst
John began his life on earth in Venice, California, on May 11, 1932. Mary Louise Ryckebosch and John Jacob Vanderhorst were his parents. His paternal ancestry came from the Netherlands, and his maternal ancestry came from Belgium.
When young “Johnny” was 6 years old, the family moved to a cute two-bedroom home on Jasmine Avenue in Culver City. In 1941, the family purchased a double lot on Braddock Drive and built a home and small store, Cottage Grocery. John’s dad ran the butcher shop, and his mother ran the grocery part of the business. John attended St. Augustine Elementary School and then Loyola High School, in Los Angeles. After graduating high school in 1950, he began his studies in business administration at Loyola University in Westchester.
John’s dad, John Jacob, died in August 1952. John took over the butcher shop while continuing his education at Loyola University, graduating in June 1955.
It was June 13, 1953, when John married his high school sweetheart, Kathryn Kirchen. The newlyweds settled in their home on Jasmine Avenue in Culver City, just a block from John’s childhood home. Their family started with the birth of a daughter in July 1954. The family grew to have 10 wonderful children: Stephanie (Dean), Matthew (Judy), Joseph (Kristi), Paul, Kathryn “Katie” (Kees), Walter, twins Mark and Philip (Esther), Ann (John), and Mary Susan. John was very proud of his children. They have grown to be successful, caring adults. The family now includes 11 grandchildren–Charles, James (Hannah), Brian, Nicholas, Rebecca, Jonathan, Jacob, Stanley, Evelyn, Jackson and Miranda–and one great-grandson, Austin.
After his college graduation, John left the Cottage Grocery butcher shop and began his banking career at Security First National Bank. He started as a teller and worked his way up to vice president, managing loans to the oil and gas industry. But John’s real love was farming, and he moved the family to a 10-acre farm in Fallbrook in 1974, while he continued to work in banking in Los Angeles.
When Security Pacific National Bank was merged with Bank of America, John was offered and accepted an early retirement and devoted himself to developing a new farm on 10 acres of raw land in Temecula. This became his hobby farm. He had a barn built to live in while he worked the land. He planted orchards of limes and avocados and experimented with fruit trees. The farm became known to family and friends as the “Darn Barn,” and it provided years of enjoyment and memories. A perfect place to gather for games of horseshoes, barbecues, bird watching and star-gazing.
John continued to enjoy his farming life until a tumble down the barn stairs at the age of 84 forced a retirement. He sold the Darn Barn Farm in 2016 and began living full-time in Leisure World, Seal Beach. He shared this new retirement life with his longtime friend and companion Cathy Wells.
John enjoyed the simple pleasures in life. He never missed an opportunity to pitch a horseshoe or play a competitive game of dominoes. Bird watching was a true love that had him traveling across the southwestern United States. In his quiet time, he would often dig into a good non-fiction book; he loved history. The cursive writing he learned as a child remained elegant and beautiful, and was always written with one of his collection of prized fountain pens. Classical music brought him pure enjoyment, both at home and at the Long Beach Symphony and Opera.
John completed his life on earth peacefully on Dec. 29, 2020 after a brief illness. He was 88 years old. He leaves behind his children, grandchildren, great grandson and his sister, Mary Louise Hinshaw.
Nelson Gene Melville
Nelson Gene Melville succumbed to COVID-19 on Dec. 10, 2020, at 83 years old. Nelson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Wanda and Nelson Melville, on Feb. 16, 1937. He had one sister, Dorothy Hartshorn, who was 16 years older. His family moved to Los Angeles when he was a teenager and he graduated from John Marshall High School and enlisted and served in the United States Army. He was stationed in Albuquerque, New Mexico. He learned culinary skills after his service and went to work as a chef in Clifton’s Cafeteria in downtown Los Angeles and Lakewood, California.
Nelson never married.After the death of his father, he purchased a home in Leisure World,Seal Beach, at the age of 55 and lived in Mutual 11, apartment 264-J, for 28 years.
Nelson was active in the Garden Club and grew awesome tomatoes. Traveling was another pastime, in his early years, he would often go to Laughlin, Nevada, for a weekend of gambling with his friend, Pat.
He spent his most rewarding hours in the Lapidary Room, creating and repairing jewelry, pressing glass pieces and designing amazing clocks.
If you knew Gene (as his family called him) then you know he was a collector of Coke bottles, Campbell Kid soup ornaments, rocks and other odds and ends.
He spent many hours on his front porch with neighbors and friends, and listening to the police and fire scanners. He watched nature shows, the History Channel and UCLA football.
But last year, with the closing of the Lapidary Room for remodeling and the coronavirus, his front porch time became even more important.
Survived by nephews David and Terry Hartshorn, two great- nieces, a great-nephew, and 11 great-great-neices and -nephews, Nelson will be missed by family, especially Terry and his wife, Sharon, who loved hearing his family stories over lunch, his neighbors in Mutual 11 and Lapidary Room partners.
Antonio Mendoza Tabora
Antonio Mendoza Tabora, a.k.a. Tony, passed away with his family by his side on Dec. 8, 2020. He was born on Jan. 5, 1939, in Manila, Philippines, and immigrated to Los Angeles at the age of 10. He joined the Army at the age of 16 and proudly served for eight years in Okinawa and Germany. He worked as an electronic engineer for companies like Northrop and Hughes Aircraft and is survived by his wife of more than 56 years, Felisa; their five daughters; and three grandsons.
He moved to Leisure World in 2006 and was a proud member of the Filipino Association of Leisure World and the Filipino American Association. He was an usher at Holy Family Church, and was often seen on karaoke nights performing his favorite Elvis songs or on the dance floor during parties. He loved going to the summer concerts at the Amphitheater and visiting the food trucks, especially on Taco Tuesday. He will be remembered for his love of telling jokes, his Elvis impersonations and his performance as a hula girl.
The family welcomes any fun memories with Tony; please send them to his daughter, Angela, at email@example.com.
William Jackson 50
Luis Rangel 69
Sadie Smith 84
Sally Koehen 66
Linda Meader 73
Maty Dulay Andes 70
Sheila Caron 66
Gerardo Rangel 39
Clay Pinto 59
Imogene Resh 102
Beverly Anderson 82
John Vanderhorst 88
Alberto Ku Montejo 90
Armando Padilla 50
Margarito Valles 91
Candida Xavier 91
Cynthia Sandoval Doss 63
Paulino Padin 92
Eugenio Ruiz 67
Johnny Foster 75
Lee Porter 68
Jose Lemus 73
Charles Barnett 88
Elizabeth Wallace 102
Thomas David 60
Ramiro Zapata Jimenez 60
Families assisted by
GRF Special BOD Meeting Agenda
Friday, Jan. 22, 1 p.m.
Clubhouse 4 and via Livestream
To view the live GRF Board meeting: Go to www.lwsb.com and click on the “Live GRF Board” meeting tab. The livestreaming uses YouTube live and terminates at the close of the meeting.
1) Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance
2) Roll Call
3) President’s Comments
4) Shareholder/Member Comments
a) Written, submitted prior to meeting
b) Verbal, via live streaming
Note: Foundation Shareholders/Members are permitted to make comments before the meeting business of the Board begins. The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Time limits, per speaker, are limited to: four minutes when there are no more than 15 speakers; three minutes, 16-25 speakers; and two minutes, more than 26 speakers.
5) New Business
i) Reopening—Amphitheater (for religious purposes)
ii) Reopening—Bocce Ball Court
iii) Reopening—Golf Course
iv) Reopening—Multi-Use Court
v) Reopening—Veterans Plaza
6) Board Member Comments
The next regular GRF Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Jan. 26 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.
Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule. Public health and safety measures will be in place to protect membership and staff, with limited in-person seating at Clubhouse 4. Physical distancing and wearing a face mask are required.
Thurs., Jan. 14 Communications/IT Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 15 Finance Committee
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Tues., Jan. 19 AB 3182 Ad Hoc Committee
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Tues., Jan. 19 Website Ad Hoc Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 22 GRF Board Special Session
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Tues., Jan. 26 GRF Board Monthly Meeting
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Fri., Jan. 29 GRF Board Special Session
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 1 Recreation Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
COMMENTS/QUESTIONS FROM THE MEMBERSHIP
Jan. 22 Special GRF Board of Directors Meeting
Submit your request to the GRF Board Office, P.O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740, Mrs. Deanna Bennett, Executive Coordinator, no later than 12 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 19. You may also drop off your question/comment at the Stock Transfer Office, Attention Deanna Bennett or email your question/comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments received after the deadline will not be read during the meeting.
Today’s Date: ____________
Your Name (please print):
Mutual #_____ Apt#______
My Subject is: ____________
The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Time limits per speaker are limited to: four minutes for 15 or fewer speakers; three minutes for 16-25 speakers; and two minutes for more than 26 speakers.
Recap of the Presidents’ Council, Jan. 7
The regular monthly meeting of the Presidents’ Council of Leisure World Seal Beach was convened at 9:011 a.m. by President Jackie Dunagan on Jan. 7 via video-telephone conference. The following is a recap of that meeting:
• The regular monthly Council meeting minutes of Nov. 5, 2020, were approved by general consent of the Council, as printed.
• Michael Perry and Jill Chavez with DLD Insurance presented their Leisure World of Seal Beach—Commercial Insurance Structure as of January 2021 graph. The insurance representatives discussed the coverages for the Golden Rain Foundation and Mutuals combined, solely the Mutuals, and solely the Golden Rain Foundation. They mentioned the policy had pandemic exclusions, i.e., formidable diseases. Congress right now is reviewing a pandemic risk type insurance for the near future. According to Perry, the cost is $2.5 million combined for the year.
• Executive Director Randy Ankeny spoke briefly on behalf of Security Services Director Victor Rocha’s access system.
• Facilities Director Mark Weaver provided an update for the Fire Safety and Health Sanitation inspections. It is currently at a halt and will resume when able. Per Weaver, if any president would like to move forward with a Fire Safety & Health Sanitation inspection, they will accommodate.
• Mutual Admin Director Jodi Hopkins provided an update for Mutual Administration with monthly reports.
• Terri Johnson with Stock Transfer presented a schedule for GRF and Mutual Elections.
• Ankeny briefly spoke on LW’s state Assembly representatives.
• Ankeny provided an update on getting COVID testing and vaccinations in the community. He has been working with the county since October 2020 to prove to them we have the facility and space to have these services inside the community. We are working our way up the tier system. The timeline that the county has set for the release of the vaccine is between February and March. This is a logistical issue, and we will do anything possible to get this to happen. When it does, the health care center will be involved. GRF will formulate a survey that states how many people want to be vaccinated for a better understanding of the amount of people they need to service.
• Ankeny provided an update on COVID-19 cases inside the community.
• Ankeny provided an update on the report from the Ad Hoc Cable Committee.
• Ankeny provided some insight on the incident that occurred inside the community with a shareholder and an employee/personnel.
The next Presidents’ Council meeting is scheduled for Feb. 4 at 9 a.m. via Zoom video-telephone conference.
Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change).
Thurs., Jan. 14 Mutual 12
virtual 9 a.m.
Tues., Jan. 19 Mutual 15
virtual 9 a.m.
Tues., Jan. 19 Mutual 14
virtual 1 p.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 Mutual 5
virtual 9 a.m.
Wed., Jan. 20 Mutual 7
virtual 1 p.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21 Mutual 2
virtual 9 a.m.
Thurs., Jan. 21 Mutual 11
virtual 1:30 p.m.
Fri., Jan. 22 Mutual 6
virtual 9:30 a.m.
Health & Fitness
Eat well and save money
By CJ Blomquist
It seems the healthier the food, the higher the cost. But that isn’t the case. There are many ways you can enjoy nutritious meals without breaking the bank.
A savvy shopper can get plenty of affordable foods. One of the main areas to focus is on fruits and vegetables. As you gear up for a new year, consider making some of these healthy and inexpensive options part of your new you.
Avoid pre-prepared foods. Pre-sliced fruits and vegetables can be far more expensive. For example, a recent trip to the grocery store showed a bag of pre-sliced apples for $4.29, while a bag of uncut apples was just $1.69. That’s almost a third the price!
Look for cheaper alternatives. Though some farmers markets may not be running now, they often offer lower costs and more seasonal options. If you do visit a farmers market—such as the Seal Beach Farmers Market and the nearby Long Beach Southeast Farmers Market—be sure to wear a face mask, maintain at least 6 feet of distance from your fellow shoppers and bring hand sanitizer.
So why the push on eating well? Your body is what you put into it: If you eat well and get exercise, you’re keeping all your organs as healthy as possible. If you eat a lot of highly processed foods, you are depriving your organs of the nutrients they need. In the long run, that can cause significant health issues.
This is especially true if you have a chronic condition. A balanced diet can help you manage your health. If you have a chronic condition, like diabetes or heart disease, your diet makes a big difference in how well you control them.
Sur la Table
Online Cooking Classes
Take your healthy-eating resolutions to the next level by learning to make gourmet-quality, good-for-you meals. Cookware purveyor Sur la Table offers a number of online cooking classes, with some tailored to more mindful eating habits.
Each class lasts 1.5-2 hours and is conducted live via Zoom, with an expert chef leading you through recipes. You can download the prep packet, which includes a list of ingredients and the tools needed, beforehand, so you’re ready to cook along—and you can ask questions and get feedback in real time. The classes are geared toward beginners, but experienced home chefs can expect to learn something, too.
Among this month’s seasonal options are: “Winter Vegetarian Favorites,” which features stuffed acorn squash and shaved Brussels sprouts with pecans and cheese; “Greek Night,” with a menu of lemon chicken souvlaki, tzatziki sauce and Greek village salad; and “Roast Chicken Dinner,” for which you’ll make a classic herb-roasted chicken, sautéed Brussels sprouts and roasted fingerling potatoes.
Most courses cost $29 per household. For more information and to register, go to https://www.surlatable.com/cooking-classes-1/.
Meals on Wheels, Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 2, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice.
Thursday, Jan. 14: Beef Stroganoff, seasoned egg noodles, zucchini medley and seasoned carrots; Mandarin oranges; turkey-and-cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus cucumber, red onion and dill salad.
Friday, Jan. 15: Oven-baked breaded fish with tarter sauce, barley pilaf and mixed vegetables; cantaloupe; chicken Caesar salad, with lettuce, cheese, croutons and Caesar dressing, plus crackers.
Monday, Jan. 18: Closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Tuesday, Jan. 19: Spaghetti and meatballs with marinara sauce, whole-grain roll and seasoned broccoli; cheesecake; egg salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus marinated beet-and-onion salad.
Wednesday, Jan. 20: Beef picado, Spanish rice and black beans; chef’s special cake; ham-and-cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus carrot-and-raisin salad.
Upcoming events at the HCC
By CJ Blomquist
Here are some ways to get your year off to a fun start:
Laughter yoga. We could all use a good laugh these days. Why not turn that laughter into some exercise? By combining laughter and yoga breathing, you can get more oxygen in your body, giving you more energy. All you need is a chair—no yoga mat required. One participant will get a raffle prize. This free Zoom class on Jan. 26 at 2 p.m. is sponsored by Monarch and SCAN’s Independence at Home. No RSVP required. The Zoom meeting ID is 993 4902 4692, and the passcode is Monarch.
COVID safety kit. The pandemic isn’t going away any time soon, so take some extra precautions with the help of Monarch and Aetna. The Health Care Center will be handing out free COVID safety kits to all residents outside Conference Room 1 on Jan. 18 from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. And to sweeten the deal, they’re also including a dessert with each kit. To RSVP, email Grecia at email@example.com or call (949) 923-3334. Leave your name, phone number and the event name: “COVID safety kit.” RSVP no later than Jan. 15. Masks are required at pickup.
HCC tours. Get a look at the new HCC. Open to all residents, each tour has limited spots available. They will begin outside the front entrance of the HCC at 1 and 3 p.m. on Jan. 20, Feb. 3 and Feb. 17. RSVP by calling Grecia at the number above and leaving your name, phone number, desired time slot and the event name (“HCC tour”). Masks are required.
Arts & Leisure
Check out ebooks at OC Public Libraries
By Patty Marsters
The Orange County Public Libraries has an extensive catalog of ebooks available for readers with smartphones and tablets.
Anyone with an OC Public Libraries card can check out audio and ebooks through the online app Libby by OverDrive. (To get a card, go to https://catalog.ocpl.org/client/en_US/default/search/registration/$N/TEST/true.) Through this app on your cellphone or tablet, you can find audiobooks and ebooks, check them out, download them, and access them. You can keep track of your reading history, and all your loans and holds are consolidated in a single place, with positions and notes synced across all your devices. Libby can also send books to Kindle for people who like to read on that device. (Older devices that are not compatible with Libby should be able to run the OverDrive app.)
Libby is available for download from either the Apple App Store for iPhones or Google Play for androids; for laptops, go to libbyapp.com.
Any title on a reader’s virtual bookshelf is available at any time, even when the device is not connected to Wi-Fi.
Books are automatically returned to the library unless an additional hold is requested or the reader finishes early and submits a return.
If you need help getting set up, there are a number of helpful videos posted at https://ocpl.org/elibrary/virtual-programs/how-videos.
Virtual Book Groups
The Seal Beach Library’s Thursday Adult Book Club meets the fourth Thursday of every month at 10 a.m. Contact Amy Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and the link to access online meetings.
LW Library Curbside Pick-up
Though the building is closed to residents because of COVID-19 precautions, LW Library staff continues its curbside pick-up program.
You may request materials from the library collection via email at LWLibrary@lwsb.com or by calling (562) 598-2431, Tuesday-Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Emails should include your name, library card number, phone number, and what kinds of materials you like to read and/or watch.
You will receive a call when your material is ready for curbside pick-up. Upon notification, you can come to the library from 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, and retrieve the materials either by coming to the main entrance door or by parking in a curbside spot and calling the library to let staff know you have arrived. Remain in your vehicle, and a staff member will place a paper bag filled with your items in your trunk for you.
Patrons can return materials to the library book drop at any time.
If you need a LW library card, you can call the library for help.
Bag of Books Program
The Friends of the Library offers a Bag of Books Program. Call (714) 350-7682 and request a specific genre or author, and volunteers will do their best to fill a bag, for which you pay just $5.
The bookstore itself remains closed until further notice. Donations are not currently being accepted, so residents are asked to hold onto them until it is safe to reopen.
LWSB Book Club
The Book Club will meet virtually via Zoom at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, to discuss Kathryn Stockett’s novel “The Help.”
Both a novel and a movie, the story centers on the maids and white people in 1960s Mississippi. Southern society girl Skeeter (played in the film by Emma Stone) returns from college with dreams of being a writer. She turns her small town on its ear by choosing to interview the black women who have spent their lives taking care of prominent white families. Only Aibileen (Viola Davis), the housekeeper of Skeeter’s best friend, will talk at first. But as the pair continue the collaboration, more women decide to come forward, including Minnie (Octavia Spenser), and as it turns out, they have quite a lot to say.
Those interested in attending may contact club president Thomas Gan at email@example.com for the link. There are no dues or fees. Books may often be borrowed from the local library or ordered online from Abebooks.com for around $3.46, with free shipping. “The Help” is also available as an ebook through the Orange County Public Libraries.
LW residents are invited to submit reviews of their favorite books for publication in the LW Weekly. Include your name and mutual and telephone numbers. The reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows. Email submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Learn about the concept of feng shui! “Let’s Put Our Affairs in Order and Organize!” will concentrate on the art of placement and how it may change lives. New and previous members, as well as all curious shareholders, are welcome to join. Email email@example.com to be placed on a mailing list for future workshops, as well as updates to the club’s calendar of activities, Zoom meetings and HomeWorks.
Grab ’n’ Go Meals
Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot
• Thursday: Domino’s Pizza—call ahead for special orders, wings and salads offered, 3:30-7 p.m., cash/cards, (562) 493-2212.
• Friday: Katella Deli—deli favorites, appetizers, salads, hot entrées; specials of the day available onsite, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. Call ahead at (562) 594-8611, or order online at www.katellabakery.com.
• Saturday: Naples Rib Co.—barbecue, salads, sandwiches; 2-4 p.m., cash/cards, (562) 439-RIBS. Order ahead at www.ribcompany.com/LW for faster service.
• Sunday: The Skewer—Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare, shawarma, falafel, fries, hummus, and salads, 2-4 p.m. View all options at https://skewerstruck.com/menu.
• Monday: Kabobaholic Food Truck—chicken or meat kabobs, gyros, falafel, loaded fries, 4-6 p.m., cash/cards. To preorder, go to www.kabobaholicft.com or text (949) 400-4696; mention LWSB when ordering.
• Tuesday: Taco Tuesday—Mexican favorites, plus hot dogs, burgers and fries, 5-7 p.m., cash/cards, no preorders.
• Wednesday: Gourmet Renee—American cuisine, homemade soups and desserts, 2:30-4:30 p.m., cash/cards. Preorder by calling (323) 833-1213.
All Grab ’n’ Go events take place rain or shine. Masks and 6-foot social distancing required and strictly enforced. For more information or to offer feedback, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.
On-call bus service is available weekdays from 4:30 p.m., when regular service ends; weekends are on-call at any time. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379.
Watch for LW Live! alerts for daily menus. Vendors are subject to change. Sign up for LW Live at https://www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/.
Escape with these characters
Looking for an escape? Open one of these tomes, all of which are available as ebooks, and lose yourself in their worlds.
“The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared.” Jonas Jonasson’s two-book series starts on the 100th birthday of Allan Karlsson. Instead of going to the party he didn’t want, Allan climbs out the window of his bedroom in a nursing home and begins a strange journey involving a stolen identity, a large amount of cash, unsavory criminals and an elephant named Sonya—as well as his own amazing history. The Sunday Times described it as “a mordantly funny and loopily freewheeling debut novel about aging disgracefully.”
“The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry.” After getting a letter in the mail from a woman he hadn’t heard from in two decades, recently retired Harold Fry decides to travel 600 miles to deliver his reply in person. Along the way, he experiences profound insight into the thoughts and feelings buried deep within his heart. In her review for The New York Times, Janet Maslin writes, “It is [a book] about all the wonderful everyday things Harold discovers through the mere process of putting one foot in front of the other.” Rachel Joyce continues the story in the parallel novel “The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy.”
“Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk.” On the last evening of 1984, the titular 85-year-old strolls to a party along the streets of Manhattan, reminiscing about life as an ad woman, wife, mother, divorcée and more. According to The New York Times’ review of Kathleen Rooney’s novel, “Lillian’s wide-ranging meditations are reason enough to read this charming novel, but it’s also like taking a street-level tour through six decades of New York.”
“Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand.” Helen Simonson weaves a tale of friendship between the retired Major Ernest Pettigrew and Mrs. Jasmina Ali, the Pakistani shopkeeper in the small English village of Edgecombe St. Mary, with threads of social hierarchy, spousal loss, culture, tradition and romance. Library Journal calls it “irresistibly delightful.”
“A Man Called Ove.” In Fredrik Backman’s debut novel, Ove is the stereotypical curmudgeon next door: strict, principled, quick tempered, downright cranky. But that begins to change after the new neighbors accidentally flatten his mailbox with their moving truck. “In turns moving and funny. . . I wager that you’ll soon fall in love with Ove and be deeply moved by his situation, and after spending time with him, may perhaps gaze at the world around you with a little more empathy than when you turned the first page,” says author Eric Larson.
While out on a foggy morning walk, Jim Schneiderman of Mutual 3 came upon an unusual animal in Mutual 2. He writes, “World travelers will recognize this photo as the ‘Shiela Monster.’ Normally only found in the Australian outback, this one is likely an escaped pet or had outgrown the owner’s bathtub. The male of the species is called a Bruce. Larger and noisier than Shiela, Bruce is usually seen drinking beer and bragging about Aussie football. If you come across Bruce or Shiela on your walkabout, not to worry, mate; just throw another shrimp on the barbie.”
Join Bob Cohen in a free, one-hour live Zoom class on technology every Monday at 10 a.m. Topics are different each week and include iPhones, apps, computers, websites and Internet marketing. A question-and-answer period is held during each session, and all you need to know in advance is how to join using Zoom.
Registration information is sent out in the Bobology newsletter every Wednesday morning for the upcoming Tech Talk. To register for the newsletter, sign up at https://bit.ly/bobologynewsletter or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.’’
Family Radio Service Users
Calling all Family Radio Service Users in Leisure World: The Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate.
The call-in time is 9:30-9:45 a.m. on Channel 13/0. Be sure to wait until the radio is clear, then call in stating your first name, last name initial and mutual number. Remember to press the side button to speak, then release when finished.
For more instruction on the use of the FRS radio, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson at email@example.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.
Balance & Stability Class
A Landmark Balance & Stability class is offered on Saturdays, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., on Zoom. Instructor Adrianne Rosenfeld teaches the free, 40-minute class that focuses on balance, shifting weight and cognizant activities. It broadcasts at around 4:20-4:40 p.m. every day on the Spectrum Cable Channel 1390 and is available on youtube.com.
Rosenfeld is certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, and Balance & Stability. She also has certification from the Fitness Aging Institute and an ACE Group exercise certificate. Join the Zoom meeting by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530; the Meeting ID is 849 8252 2530.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Leisure Bikers ride to Long Beach Municipal Golf Course and have breakfast, then continue to El Dorado park for a 2-mile hike at the Nature Center. There are also rides on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.
All are invited to join; helmets, safe shoes and masks are a must. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for more information.
Hot Meals Drive Through Program
The Hot Meals Drive Through program is available for residents of Orange County’s District 2, which includes Leisure World Seal Beach. Participants must be aged 60 and older, single parents or unemployed individuals or have disabilities. There are three sites open one day per week at which people may pick up two dinner meals. Qualified applicants must register in advance at www.ocmeals.com.
Hearts and Hands United in Giving
Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG) is a small, local nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless. HHUG accepts donations of clean, used towels, plus new, unopened, travel-size shampoo, soap or lotion. New socks are the only clothing donation that HHUG accepts. To donate, contact Linda Neer at (562) 430-3214 for pick up. Donations can also be left on her patio at Mutual 2, 48-A. To learn more about HHUG, visit www.hhug.org.
Technology Classes by Miryam
Miryam Fernandez’s technology classes are taught every other Tuesday at 2 p.m. Topics change each session, which will be closed captioned. For an invitation, email Fernandez at email@example.com. If you need help setting up a microphone and/or video or have other connectivity issues, call Bonnie Cooper at (562) 822-6358 before class begins.
Jan. 19: Facebook
Feb. 2: Beginning iPhone
Important Reminder: Apple, Microsoft, IRS, Social Security, etc., will never contact you by phone, text or email. If there’s a problem with your account, they will shut you down until you contact them.
Video Producers Zoom Meetings
The Video Producers Club offers free, weekly Zoom classes, as well as a social opportunity.
Classes are as follows:
• Monday, 10 a.m.: Bob Cohen hosts Tech Talk, focusing on a variety of topics. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for a Zoom invitation. Subscribe to his free newsletter, which features links to videos, articles and free live meetings, at http://bit.ly/bobologynewsletter.
• Monday, 2 p.m.: Zoom class for iPad and Mac users hosted by Fred Carpenter. For an invite to his class, email email@example.com.
• Wednesday, 10 a.m.: Beginners’ Zoom class for Windows and Android users with Charlie Guggino. For an invite to this class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Thursday, 10 a.m.: Beginners’ and Intermediate Zoom class for Windows and Android users and for beginning Video Producers with host Joseph Valentinetti. For an invite to his class, email email@example.com.
• Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: The one-hour Zoom Party Social, hosted by Valentinetti, is open to all residents. For an invite, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spring semester begins Jan. 19
North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) and the Golden Rain Foundation announced exclusive-to-Leisure World online courses, which begin with the spring semester on Jan. 19. The classes include:
• “Senior Topics—Mobile Devices” (CRN 60725), which meets Fridays at 10 a.m. with Danielle Bloom (email@example.com).
• “Staying Mentally Sharp” (CRN 60726), also with Bloom, meets Fridays at noon.
• “Painting” (CRN 60765) with Yelena Hyatt (firstname.lastname@example.org) meets Tuesdays at 1 p.m.
• “Ceramics” (CRN 60570 and 60572), which meets Tuesdays at 3 p.m. with Cheryl Trapani (email@example.com).
If you have been previously enrolled in online classes in Leisure World and would like to continue, contact your instructor.
To enroll in classes for the first time, you will need to set up an account with NOCE. Go to https://nocccd.az1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_8kWbEWg1rr2ylDL to obtain your Banner ID. Once you have your ID, you may register for classes at https://sso.nocccd.edu/login. You will need the CRN to add each class.
For step-by-step instructions on how to register, visit https://noce.edu/admission-registration/starting/new-students/.
Alternately, you may contact instructors via email; with your Banner ID, they can add you to the roster manually.
If you are still having trouble registering for a Banner ID or courses and would like assistance, call (714) 808-4679 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For additional free classes offered by NOCE, visit https://noce.edu/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/202035-Spring-Virual-Schedule-v5b_Final_compressed.pdf. The Emeritus Program starts on page 56.
Lifetime Learning Center
New classes start this week
Starting Jan. 19, these new classes will be offered via Zoom through Long Beach City College’s Lifetime Learning Center:
• “Amazing Americans,” presented by Dr. Ginny Baxter, explores the way America is great because of her people, not necessarily her leaders. Learn about individuals who have made an impact on the success of the United States.
• “A Journey Through Jazz.” Dr. Robyn Frey-Monell leads you through the discovery of the roots of ragtime, Dixieland, big band, blues, be-bop, swing and jazz-rock fusion.
• “State of the Union,” presented by Craig Hendricks, looks at 30 days into the new administration.
Also offered are “Tai Chi for Better Balance” with David Hennage and “Strength Training” with Jessi McMaster.
Classes are available to all ages and range from $20-$60. Register online at www.lbcc.edu/lifetime-learning-center. For more information, contact Theresa Brunella at (562) 930-3047.
Cool Cardboard Creations Contest
Today, Jan. 14, is the last chance for LWers to enter the Cool Cardboard Creations Contest. Individual entries, as well as collaborative efforts made by GRF clubs or departments, should be brought with an entry form (below; also available at https://www.lwsb.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Cardboard-Contest-Entry-Form.pdf) to the LW Library between 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
The maximum size allowable for tabletop displays is 24 inches wide, 24 inches deep and 36 inches high. For floor displays, it’s 36 inches wide, 36 inches deep and 72 inches high. And for hanging displays, it’s 36 inches by 36 inches.
Projects will be judged based on originality and the use of cardboard. The first-place winner will receive $1,000, second place gets $500, and third place $250. Special category winners will be awarded prizes valued between $50-$100.
Creations will be featured in a drive-through display on Friday, Jan. 15, between 10 a.m.-3 p.m., around the Veterans Memorial Circle near Clubhouses 3 and 4.
For more information, contact Kathy Thayer at email@example.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.
GRF Cool Cardboard Creations Contest
Bring entry and this form to LW Library today, Jan. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Entries will be displayed Jan. 15. No early drop-offs accepted.
Mutual and Apartment ________________________________
Email Address ______________________________________
Phone number ______________________________________
Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 07/01/21
Delivered to your door.
Sandy Vander Woudefikse.
(562) 618-8731. 03/04/21
Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071.
OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
(562) 596-7757. 03/31/22
JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License #JRH0001. 07/08/2021
Specializing in remodeling, Additions, Reconstruction, Window replacement and more! Call for a free estimate.
License #954725. 04/22/21
LW DECOR INC – LIC 723262
Install doors, new windows, recessed lights, fans, light fixtures. Cabinet refacing & refinishing, paint exterior window frames, ceilings made smooth, closets redone, misc. repairs. Kitchen/bathroom remodeling. 40+ yrs in LW.
LW DECOR INC
FRANK’S GARDENING SERVICE
Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutual’s. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.
BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING
We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new.
Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat.
Nu Kote 562-833-3911
Serving LW since 1999. 03/04/20
Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.
CA State License #675336. 01/21
Affordable – Professional,
Licensed and Insured.
Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing,
cabinets. Senior discounts.
Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931.
License #1049257. 04/01
Lic 723262. 40+ yrs in LW. Interiors, cabinets, exterior window frames, kitchen, bath, doors, trim, primered only premium paints. Ceilings made smooth, crown moulding & baseboards installed.
LW Decor Inc.
LW DECOR INC.
40+ yrs in LW. Vinyl plank, laminate, tile indoor and outdoor patio carpet. License 723262.
CARPET & UPHOLSTERY
CLEANING & REPAIR
All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988.
Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.
State Contractors Lic. #578194.01/21
CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE.
Licensed and insured.
Dan (562) 841-3787.
Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 03/11
WANT CLEAN WINDOWS?
I Clean Inside & Outside Or…
Clean Outside Only and Save $$$.
(562) 600-0014. LW Resident,
Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach
Business License #LIV0004. 01/14
LEISURE WORLD DECORATORS
Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes.
Helping Leisure World
Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm, (562) 596-9906.
GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart.
Also batteries. 562-431-6859.
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License #BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 06/10/21
Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License #CAM0006. 03/25
MOST AFFORDABLE RATE affordable rates with optimum service, 23 years experience LW, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24 hour, part time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English. Ann 714-624-1911, Heidi 562-277-3650. Seal Beach License #HYC0001. 07/01
Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 03/25
Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Liensed by the state.
Gloria 949-371-7425. 01/14/21
Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One customer, one hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men & women, shampoo, set, color, highlights, perm, nails & toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Blvd, #116. (714) 425-4198. 02/25/20
In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 02/11
Stylish haircut at home. Countless clients w/referrals.
Gabriel 562-708-3170. License #B50551. 02/18
Yvonne from Phenix Salon is coming to your home for perms, color & cut. 714-855-8465. License K336138. 01/21
CALL PHIL AT
Over 30 years Experience!
Seal Beach Business
License #AB0001. 03/04
GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.
Windows 10% off first cleaning
Excellent referrals in LW
20 years experience.
Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 12/17
MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE
We make your home sparkle! 7 days-call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001A. Call 562-505-1613. 01/28
General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 01/14/21
Maria House Cleaning
We’ll make your house look as
nice as possible! 15 years of
experience, We can work with your
schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly.
Call or text 714-496-2885.
Bus. Lic #HER0008. 01/21
Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device.
Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.
License #CIP0001 05/20/21
John’s Computer Services
Virus removal, Repair, Training,
Software, Wireless, Internet
Security. LW Resident
SB License FUH0001. 01/21/21
ANY KIND OF CAR
Cars, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly!We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 01/14/21
Cars. Trucks. Vans. SUVs.
Text or Call
Polite & Generous.
Very Fair Pricing.
OC Since 1987. 04/01
Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale
Golf Cars BUY SELL TRADE and REPAIRS. Call: 714-292-9124. 05/13/21
Need a lift? Pam Miller.
LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 01/14
Rides by Russ with a personal touch.
Airports, doctors, shopping and errands. 714-655-1544. 01/14
Trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462.
MOVING, HAULING &
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License
BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 03/11
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 03/11
Looking to buy a reading machine, enhanced vision magnifier –
Merlin or generic brand.
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
Mask required. Many miscellaneous items plus. Occasional chairs $50 each. Guitar, music and stand $100. Over 100 VHS movies $1.00 each. 1910 McKinney Way, 19-D.
New power love seat, 3 months old. Paid $950. Would liek to sell it for $600. Call 714-240-8712 or leave a message.
For sale – light portable wheelchair. Excellent condition. $50.
Wheelchair for sale, almost brand new. 714-732-0417.
Free Sony TV. Works great!
Mutual 6. (360) 301-5940.
Looking for forever home for a healthy, older, companion cat. Call (562) 443-8262 for picture and more details. Ask for Pamela. 01/21