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by Eloy Gomez

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Laugh for the Health of It

by Ruth Osborn


It’s a small world—and a funny one—for Beverley Bender and Janice Laine, Leisure World’s only two certified “laugh leaders.”

Small, because Bev and Janice lived their entire pre-retirement lives thousands of miles from each other and here they are in Leisure World, the only two people certifiably fluent in the universal language of laughter. 

And funny? Well, you just have to meet them one time to see they are positively rooted in humor. Like any true devotees, they seek to bring the big benefits of a good belly laugh to others. LW residents can partake of the fun in one of two classes: Laughing for the Health of It, led by Bev, and Make ’Em Laugh, an improv class led by Bev and Janice.

Think about it: There are thousands of languages, hundreds of thousands of dialects, but the only language everyone speaks is laughter. Even babies can laugh before they can talk. 

And it’s contagious.   

As Bev and Janice point out, everybody loves to laugh. Kids naturally laugh dozens of times a day. It feels good; it connects people; it lifts burdens. 

And it promotes good health.

A good, hearty laugh relieves physical tension by leaving your muscles relaxed for up to 45 minutes afterward, according to medical experts. Laughter boosts the immune system and increases infection-fighting antibodies, improving resistance to disease. It protects the heart, improves the function of blood vessels and increases blood flow, which can help protect against a heart attack.

There are emotional benefits as well. 

Nothing works faster or more dependably to bring the mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. It triggers the release of endorphins, the body’s natural feel-good chemicals.  

Endorphins promote an overall sense of well-being and can temporarily relieve pain.

Humor is strong medicine at every level, and Bev, MA, gerontology and socialogy, dispenses it from the Health Care Center on a monthly basis in her Laughing for the Health of It class. 

On a recent Wednesday, about a dozen Leisure residents showed up to spend 45 minutes devoted to laughter. 

A smiling Bev Bender in her newsboy cap conducted the class: “It’s not about a joke, no politics, no selling, it’s about being silly. It’s not about laughing at each other; it’s laughing with each other,” she said. The class is about the physical aspects of laughing, “how you feel when you come in and how you feel afterward. When we are here, we forget about everything.”

And you do. First of all, she instucts everyone to recite “ho, ho ho—ha, ha, ha—hee, hee, hee” on command. It may not sound funny, but when you stand in a circle with 12 other grown-ups who are ha-ha-ha-ing—it’s funny. You find yourself laughing. 

“You cannot laugh and feel pain,” she points out as she gives the next exercise: Pretend you won the lottery and laugh. It starts out as fake laughter, but everyone’s doing it, so people just go along with the group, but soon, it’s truly hilarious, just short of belly-clutching.

The class consists of a series of prompts—laughing in traffic, showering with laugh soap, conducting a train, dancing the ha-ha cha-cha—to act out. The exercises are interspersed with the “ho, ho ho—ha, ha, ha—hee, hee, hee” mantra.  

And 45 minutes later, you feel a whole lot lighter and connected to the crazy crew around you.

Some people take the class as a distraction from pain or illness, including cancer. 

In 2017, an institution in Japan conducted a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the effects of laughter on the quality of life in patients with cancer. The study used laughter yoga, comedy and jokes and found that laughter therapy helps people deal with depression, anxiety and stress. 

Some people take the class for emotional relief. 

Sigmund Freud found that laughter releases tension and can be used as a coping mechanism when people are upset, angry or sad.

Bev is by inspired Norman Cousins, who recovered from a painful collagen illness that rendered him immobile in his 50s. Only one in 500 people diagnosed with ankylosing spondylitis is fully cured.  

 In his novel, “Anatomy of an Illness,” Norman Cousins describes how he beat the odds by developing a recovery program incorporating megadoses of Vitamin C, which he read could combat the inflammation associated with his condition. And he focused on maintaining a positive attitude, characterized by love, faith, hope—and laughter. He induced it with Marx Brothers films, “Candid Camera” and selections from E.B. White’s “Subtreasury of American Humor.” Cousins quickly found that 10 minutes of hearty laughter would yield about two hours of painless sleep.

That was a “joyous discovery,” he said. The Saturday Review editor fully recovered and lived to the age of 75, a quarter century after battling the disease. 

Like Cousins, Bev and Janice are convinced that laugh therapy is a painless, free way to a better day.

Janice, a retired Huntington Beach Unified teacher, said she was inspired to “laugh herself well” during a midlife bout with depression. 

And she did.

These days, Janice and Bev team-lead the Make ’Em Laugh class. The two women met in a now-defunct LW club called Enter Laughing. When that club ended, the pair started the improvisational club. 

On a recent Thursday, a dozen LWers showed up for this live theater class, in which the plot, characters and dialogue of a scene or story are made up in the moment. Improvisers will often take a suggestion from the leader or fellow classmates to get started. The class defies description but it’s funny and entertaining to watch the twists and turns of imagination.

Even first-timers have no trouble improvising. As Janice said, we’re doing this all day, every day, as soon as we wake up. So why not come and laugh.

You may even live longer. A study in Norway found that people with a strong sense of humor outlived those who don’t laugh as much. The difference was particularly notable for those battling cancer.

This priceless medicine is fun, free, and easy to use. And it’s dispensed monthly through the Laughing for the Health of It class, led by Bev, on the second Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. at the Health Care Center and weekly,  at Make ’Em Laugh on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

Come check it out—as Bev says, it’s fun, free and non-fattening!

City of Seal Beach hires director of communications

After an extensive search, the City of Seal Beach has selected Les Johnson as the next director of community development.  

The director of community development is responsible for the administration and operation of three divisions:  Planning, Building and Safety, and Code Enforcement.  

The Department is responsible for providing services that promote the community’s short – and long-term development interests in maintaining Seal Beach’s high standards of development in its residential, commercial and industrial areas.  

Les Johnson has a professional career of more than 25 years in community development. 

A native of Washington State, Les graduated from Central Washington University in 1990.  

He served as community development director for the City of Enumclaw, Washington, for more than a decade until moving to California in 2005.  

Les spent 10 years with the City of La Quinta where he served as planning manager and community development director.  Les joined the City of Indio in 2015 where he served as development services director for three years.  

In 2018, Les assumed the role as development services director for the City of Los Alamitos, where he has also served as interim city manager since August.   

Les and his wife, Nga, have been married for 27 years.

LW Dines Out

Hometown Buffet will serve a Monday night all-you-can-eat buffet on Jan. 27 for $11 all inclusive, starting at 4:30 in Clubhouse 1. Checks, cash and credit cards are accepted.

Support for the Monday Night Restaurant program is on the decline and vendors are asking for suggestions on what would draw patrons back.  Send ideas to events@lwsb.com. The dinner service is of great benefit to those who no longer drive and the menus have been scaled down to make restaurant class cuisine more affordable.

The Leisure World Transportation Department provides regular weekday or weekend bus service to the clubhouse and on call-service via the ACCESS bus. For further information on the bus schedule, call 431-6586, ext. 372 or 379. For more information about restaurant services, email events@lwsb.com or call 431-6586, ext. 326.

Hometown Buffet Menu

Clam Chowder

Caesar Salad ala Hometown



Rotisserie Baked Chicken

Creamy Mashed Potatoes/Gravy

Veggie Rice

Steamed Cut Corn

Steamed Carrots

Freshly Baked Dinner rolls

Bread Pudding

Chocolate Pudding

Banana Pudding

JFTB training exercise may be noisy

A visiting U.S. Army aviation unit has been training, including night flight operations, at Los Alamitos Army Airfield (LAAAF) on Joint Forces Training Base since Jan. 17. The exercise will continue through Jan. 27.

The training is designed to maintain overall operational readiness and proficiency of the aviators and will include periods of increased air traffic.

Residents living near Joint Forces Training Base may hear aircraft arriving and departing outside of normal airfield operating hours and increased aircraft noise during the hours of darkness. 

Efforts will be taken to minimize inconvenience to base neighbors during the training.

For additional information,  contact Col. (CA) Richard Lalor at (562) 795-2096 or via email at richard.w.lalor2.nfg@mail.mil, or Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman at (805) 458-3825 or via email at crystal.c.housman.mil@mail.mil.

Free phone event is Jan. 24

Special California Phones are free to eligible Californians. Now, it’s easier to hear, dial and make calls. The next free phone event is Jan. 24 from 9-11 a.m.

Bring your completed CTAP application with a doctor’s signature and get your phone the same day.

CTAP applications can be picked up in the Optum Health Care Center, Member Resource Liaison Office in Bldg. 5, first floor, or by calling (800) 806-1191 or visit www.CaliforniaPhones.org. 

The Jan. 24 and Feb. 28 smart phone training classes are full.

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LW Library Trip

The Leisure World Library is sponsoring a bus trip to explore the Los Angeles County Arboretum’s 127 acres of plants, natural landscapes, wildlife and historic buildings on Thursday, Feb. 20; tickets: $20.

The LA County Arboretum was opened to the public in 1956 and features more than a dozen gardens and geographical plant collections including Africa, Australia, Madagascar and the Canary Islands. 

To purchase tickets, stop by the Recreation Department in Building 5. For more information about the trip, call the library at (562) 598-2431. For information regarding ticket availability, call (562) 431-3586, ext. 326.

GRF Weekly Dance

Terry Otte and Abilene will host its regular dance concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; saving tables is prohibited. All Leisure World residents and friends are welcome. Bring beverages and snacks. Abilene is Seal Beach Leisure World’s No. 1 country rock band. Terry Otte (standing, in cowboy hat) leads Abilene and shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer. Guitarist Rod Anderson, bassist Mike Simpson and drummer Jim Greer round out the group. Leisure World residents and friends can dance and party to the music of Abilene on the fourth Saturday of the month in Clubhouse 2. Sign in, either as a resident or guest, as this is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of your favorite bands.

LB Symphony Orchestra

The Long Beach Symphony will celebrate the rich heritage of folk melodies from the United States and Mexico on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 8 p.m. in the Terrace Theater of the Long Beach Performing Arts Center (300 E. Ocean Blvd.)

The program opens and closes with works by American Aaron Copland. The first, El Salón México, is named after a dance hall said to have played three kinds of music: one for the upper-class, a more vigorous working-class music and a foot-stomping music of the peasantry. As the music segues from one class to the other, audiences will hear drunkenness, twirling dancers, lots of brass and  memorable clarinet solos. 

Next, the audience will be taken south of the border to hear from Arturo Márquez (b. 1950), who captures the essence of his native Mexico in his charming Concerto for Harp “Mascaras” that will be delivered by internationally renowned harpist, Ina Zdorovetchi. She is noted for her compelling interpretations and unique tone. Hailed as “the harp whisperer” as well as “monster player,” she has appeared as soloist with orchestras around the world, has premiered several harp concertos by prominent composers and has received numerous competition awards.

Zdorovetchi resides in Boston, playing as principal harpist with the Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Portland (Maine) Symphony, and Boston Lyric Opera and teaching as the Associate Professor of Harp at Boston Conservatory at Berklee. 

Following intermission, the Symphony will present Carlos Chávez’s most popular composition, his Symphony No. 2, “Sinfonía india,” which is comprised of three melodies originating from native-American tribes of northern Mexico. 

The final work on the evening’s program is Copland’s captivating Appalachian Spring orchestral suite, perhaps best known for its “Simple Gifts” melody, which was taken from a collection of Shaker melodies. It is first presented by a solo clarinet, then majestically reiterated by orchestra and brass—real goose bump music. Bursting with the sounds of Americana, this moving composition by Copland will linger in listeners’ hearts long after the music stops playing.

Ticketholders are invited to attend a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m. by Maestro Eckart Preu and Zdorovetchi or to enjoy free live music in the lobby of the hall before the concert. 

This concert is sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Jon Masterson and Wallboard Tools Co., Inc.

 For more information, visit www.LongBeachSymphony.org or call (562) 436-3203.

Musical Theatre West presents Ragtime

Musical Theatre West (MTW) brings five-time Tony Award-winning musical Ragtime to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center Feb. 7-23. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed novel, the 13-time Tony-nominated musical tells the story of three families trying to find their way during the turn of the 20th century in New York City; each struggling with the changing cultural climate in America and each facing the promise of hope and new beginnings in the midst of prejudice and bigotry.

Showcasing music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally, “Ragtime” features a score with such memorable songs as “Your Daddy’s Son,” “Wheels of a Dream,” “Till We Reach That Day” and “Make Them Hear You.”

Ragtime paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of three diverse groups in the United States: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia.  

Many early 20th century historical figures are interwoven into the fabric of the story, from Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, and Booker T. Washington to J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White and Emma Goldman.

Musical Theatre West’s production stars Terron Brooks as Coalhouse Walker, Jr. A two-time NAACP Award nominee for supporting actor, Brooks won acclaim for his portrayal of Eddie Kendricks in the Emmy Award winning NBC mini-series “The Temptations” for which the Los Angeles Times described his voice as “smooth and soulful.”  In 2001, Terron starred opposite Debbie Allen and Hamilton’s Renee Elise Goldsberry in the film All About You, for which he also co-wrote the theme song and contributed original music to the soundtrack. Broadway credits include the roles of Simba in The Lion King and Seaweed in Hairspray. 

Brittany Anderson (Sarah) has starred in productions with the Cupcake Theatre: The Old Maid and the Thief (Laetitia), The Mikado (Yum-Yum), Fiddler on the Roof (Fruma-Sarah) and Dreamgirls (Charlene). Additional credits include Newsies (Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center) and The Music Man (5-Star Theatricals).  Anderson can also be seen on the PBS special “Josh Groban: Stages Live.”

Gary Patent (Tateh) is an award-winning actor and screenwriter. Theatre credits include Ragtime (3-D Theatricals – Ovation Award Nomination), Plunge (Sons of Semele Ensemble – Stage Raw Nomination), and The Immigrant (Pico Playhouse – Ovation Award Nomination). Patent also appeared in Awake and Sing (Odyssey Theatre), Hello Dolly! (3-D Theatricals), Soul Doctor (Lincoln Center), and Var Plays (La Jolla).  Audiences may also recognize Patent for his film and television credits including “Modern Family,” “Burning Dog,” “Undercovers,” and “Law & Order: CI.”

Jessica Bernard (Mother) recently took a break from the stage to serve as the Disney Ambassador, the official representative and spokesperson for The Disneyland Resort. Favorite credits include the title role in Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins (San Diego Theatre Critics Circle Best Actress nominee) and Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein (Moonlight Theatre); Book of Mormon in Concert with Josh Gad (Geffen Playhouse); Martha in 1776 (MTW); Eliza in My Fair Lady (Candlelight, Santa Barbara Symphony); Sarah Brown in Guys & Dolls (Cabrillo, Riverside, Candlelight), Jellylorum in CATS (Cabrillo); and Pocahontas in Mickey and the Magical Map (Disneyland Original Cast). 

Paul David Bryant directs MTW’s production of Ragtime. A member of Ragtime’s original national tour in 1998, he has since worked on almost two dozen different productions as an actor, choreographer and director. For Disneyland Resorts, Bryant serves as Show Director, staging productions from California to Hong Kong. His additional credits include directing productions of  The Full Monty (San Diego Musical Theatre and Norris Theatre),  Ragtime (San Diego Musical Theatre), Elton John and Tim Rice’s Aida (Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theatre), and Promises, Promises (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse). With Musical Theatre West, Bryant appeared in The Producers and the Reiner Reading Series performance of Anyone Can Whistle.

Music Director Brian Kennedy is a Drama Critics Circle Award nominee for his work with Carrie: The Musical with The Transfer Group (Los Angeles Theatre and La Mirada Theatre).  Additional credits include the second national tour of Something Rotten! (Associate Musical Director); Oklahoma! (Music Director – Cabrillo Musical Theatre); and the concert staging of Sweet Smell of Success (Music Director – Musical Theatre Guild)./

MTW’s production of Ragtime is made possible thanks to the support of the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles County Arts & Culture; Season Sponsors: Ackerman Family/Evalyn M Bauer Foundation, Kathy Baker Campbell and KC Wilson, Ken & Dottie Reiner, and Don & Marlene Temple; Honorary Producer: Mari Hooper; Associate Producer: Jon & Amanda Hall; and Youth Performance Underwriters: Don Black & Judy McNulty Black, Ron & Sylvia Hartman, and Edward Parker.  Paul Garman serves as Executive Producer/Director of Musical Theatre West. 

Tickets are now on sale for Musical Theatre West’s production of Ragtime.  For tickets, go to www.musical.org, call (562) 856-1999, or visit the Musical Theatre West Box Office.  Tickets start at $20 for select performances.

Community Karaoke

Lively Leila Claudio always makes people smile at the weekly Community Karaoke parties.  She performed Wednesday night  singing “I’ll Never Find Another You.”

Janice Chapman introduced her childhood friend as they harmonized on “Dream Dream.” Walter Piippo sang a cute number called “Spooky,” and Bob Groncki and Kathy Swinger did a fine “Sounds of Silence.”

Carolyn Mottola and Vito Villamar had fun with “Release Me.” Other joyful tunes were offered by Sue Piippo, Essie Hicks, Vicki Van Ert, Barbie May and Richard Yokomi. 

The audience also appreciate powerful ballads done by Tony Tupas, Bob Barnum, Ren Villaneauva, David Nobel, Mike Breen, Pete Tupas, Rick Hering, Ric Dizon, Ruby Johnson, Susan Kelleghan, Culley Eaby, Martin Rosendaal, Byong Choi and Wayne Urban.

Next week is the annual country-western jamboree. Dust off your cowboy hat and mosey on over to Clubhouse 1. Karaoke regulars are tuning up some old favorites of Willie Nelson, George Strait, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline and others that everyone will enjoy. The fun begins each Wednesday in Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m. Everyone is welcome to come and sing or cheer on  friends and neighbors.

LB Auxiliary of the LA Phil

The LA Philharmonic’s 2019-2020 concert season continues until May 22. Join the Long Beach Auxiliary of the LA Phil on its chartered bus to Friday matinee concerts at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For $25 round trip (eight-concert season cost, $160), people can board the bus at the Leisure World Amphitheater at 8:45 a.m., departing at 9 a.m. for a stop at the Los Altos Target parking lot on Bellflower Boulevard at 9:15 a.m.

Concert tickets (senior rates available) can be purchased from the Philharmonic ticket office by calling (323) 850-2000 or emailing information@LAPhil.org.

The remainder of the schedule is as follows:

• Jan. 31: All-Strauss

• Feb. 28: Ives 4 and Dvorak 9 with Dudamel

• March 20: Piatigorsky International Cello Festival: Haydn Concerto

• April 24: The Planets

• May 22: Dudamel Conducts Norman and Prokofiev

 Contact Laurie Gilmore, (949) 584-6267 or gilmore21@earthlink.net for bus service information and reservations.

Video Producers

The Video Producers Club offers free training weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 12-A. 

Get answers to video related questions and step-by-step demonstrations; no appointments needed. 

Drop in Mondays to learn more about creating and editing videos with Joe Osuna; Tuesdays, how to transfer VHS tapes to DVD or other media, Richard Houck; Wednesdays, general information about the club and its services, Irene Cistaro; Thursdays, using smartphones and tablets to take videos, Joseph Valentinetti; and Fridays, creating and editing videos, Janice Laine. 

For more information, stop by the club room in Clubhouse 3, Room 12, from Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-noon.

Community Sing

Leisure World residents are invited to attend the Community Sing Monday, Jan. 27, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 starting at 6:30 p.m. People who want to participate in Opening Acts should come at 6 to sign in, and bring music for pianist Pat Kogok if needed.  

After Opening Acts, Leila Claudio will lead the group singing and then introduce her half-time guests, singers Susan Kelleghan and Bev Adams.

Theater Club

The Leisure World Theater Club will meet on Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. in the Loft above the Amphitheater.

Members are encouraged to pay their $5 annual dues if they haven’t already. 

The club will discuss its plans for the April fund raiser. Bring  ideas to the meeting. 

Embroiderers Guild

The Long Beach Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America, Inc., will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24, at Long Beach City College’s  Lifetime Learning Center Building. The program begins at noon.

Meet at Room 122 in Building QQ. 

Parking is located in Lot 10. 

Parking permits are available at Room 122, $2 per day or $5 dollars per semester. 

Parking is free with a handicapped placard in any space.

The chapter meeting is the fourth Friday of the month. Guests are welcome.

Ad Hoc Sing-Along

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

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

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

Song sheets are furnished. Reading music is not required.

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

LW Dance Classes and Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•Joyful Line Dance Club: Beginning and intermediate easy-to-follow line dance classes are from 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Genealogy Club

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

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

The workshop schedule is:

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

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

 The workshops are free. 

Video Producers iPad Class

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

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

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

Photo Arts

The winners of the abstract photo competition at the January meeting were first-place Ben Benjamins with “Bean”; second, John Harper with “Roots”; and third, Esther Cummings, with “Windows.” 

The next meeting of the Photo Arts Club is Thursday, Feb. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

The highlight of the February meeting will be the judging of the entries in the Main Street Photo contest.

Entries are to be taken on Main Street  between Ocean Avenue and PCH.  Each photographer can submit up to three photos. Prizes are $100 for first, $50 for second and $25 for third. Everyone is welcome (for more information on the contest, see page 11).

GRF Saturday Night Dance Update

by Kathy Thayer

assistant recreation manager

In September, the contracts for Saturday Night Dances ended. Attendance had dropped off significantly and a large percentage of people attending those dances did not live here. The GRF Recreation Committee had even asked its booking agent to try some new bands to see if the numbers improved. They did not.

Subsequently, the Recreation Committee approved a three-month experiment to allow some band clubs to take over the weekend dances. While the previous Saturday Night Dances were under contract and paid for by all shareholders/members, these club bands, which have proved to be enormously popular in Leisure World, perform here for free, and offer a wider variety of music genres.

The numbers are in and are shown in the Recreation Department Activity report for 2019. As is clearly demonstrated in the chart below, the feedback on these bands has been very positive and the money saved is significant.

Be sure to check the LW Weekly to see who’s playing each week, and pick up a newsletter at Recreation, the LW Library, Administration or the Exercise Room with the full schedule.

Friendship Club

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

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

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Jan. 27: Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—iPhone/iPad App Store (Cohen)

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

Tuesday, Jan. 28, Clubhouse 3, Room 7

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

Monday, Feb. 3, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—Google Translate, How to be Fluent in 103 Languages (Cohen)

Noon—iPhone Basics Part 2 (Fernandez)

Monday, Feb. 10, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—Beginning Android (Sacks)

Noon—Beginning Chromebook (Sacks)

Monday, Feb. 17, No Class, Presidents Day

Monday, Feb. 24, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—Use Your Voice-Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant (Cohen)

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

Tuesday, Feb. 25, Clubhouse 3, Room 7

1-3 p.m.—How to Choose Your Next Computer (Sacks)

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

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



Fraudsters turning to email to steal Social Security benefits

by Cathie Merz


Inspector General of Social Security Gail S. Ennis issued a warning earlier this month that crooks are turning to email as a way to steal Social Security benefits. Scammers are sending faked documents by email to convince victims to comply with their demands. 

She received reports of victims who received emails with attached letters and reports that appeared to be from Social Security or Social Security OIG. The letters may use official letterhead and government “jargon” to convince victims they are legitimate; they may also contain misspellings and grammar mistakes.

The emails are the newest variation of Social Security phone scams, which continue to be widespread throughout the United States. Using robocalls or live callers, fraudsters pretend to be government employees and claim there is identity theft or another problem with one’s Social Security number, account, or benefits. 

They may threaten arrest or other legal action, or may offer to increase benefits, protect assets, or resolve identity theft. They often demand payment via retail gift card, cash, wire transfer, internet currency such as Bitcoin, or pre-paid debit card.

Social Security will never send an email asking to provide personal data, such as Social Security number, date of birth or other private information. 

As public awareness of phone scams increases, criminals come up with new ways to convince people of their legitimacy. 

Social Security will never:

• Threaten you with arrest or other legal action if you don’t immediately pay a fine

• Increase your benefit in exchange for a payment

• Require a specific means of debt repayment, like a prepaid debit card, gift card or cash, or demand an immediate payment

• Ask for your credit or debit card numbers

• Send official letters or reports with personally identifiable information in an email

• Say that your Social Security number has been suspended

If there is ever a problem with your Social Security number or record, in most cases Social Security will mail you a letter. If you do need to submit payments to Social Security, the agency will send a letter with instructions and payment options. You should never pay a government fee or fine using retail gift cards, cash, internet currency, wire transfers, or pre-paid debit cards. The scammers ask for payment this way because it is very difficult to trace and recover.

The Social Security Administration (SSA) says it received more than 450,000 impostor complaints, or 1,230-plus a day, during the year ending Sept. 30. The figure is a 2,856 percent increase over the prior year, when there were only 15,221 complaints.

The Federal Trade Commission logged an additional 138,548 Social Security impostor scams through the first nine months of 2019, up from 39,426 a year earlier.

If you receive a call or email that you believe to be suspicious, about a problem with your Social Security number or account, hang up or do not respond. 

If you think you’ve been the victim of a Social Security scam, contact the OIG online at oig.ssa.gov orthe OIG’s fraud hotline at (800) 269-0271. 

The Office of the Inspector General offers these tips to protect yourself from fraudsters.

Understand the threats—Fraudsters use several forms of impersonation, advance fee and phishing schemes. They might claim to be from SSA, the IRS or another government agency and request your information. They might claim that you have won the lottery or become eligible for an investment if you pay an upfront fee. They might design emails or text messages that look legitimate and request your immediate response. Be aware of these types of schemes, so you can identify them and guard against them. 

Exercise caution— In general, no government agency or reputable company will call or email you unexpectedly and request your personal information or request advance fees for services in the form of wire transfers or gift cards. Build a habit of verifying the identity of anyone who asks for your personal information over the phone, and say you will respond through the entity’s customer service channels. If anyone pressures you to provide information or money over the phone, it’s a scam and you should just hang up. 

Secure your information— Store your Social Security card in a secure location; avoid carrying it with you. Shred documents that list personal information such as your Social Security number and banking information. Avoid opening emails from unknown sources or clicking on suspicious hyperlinks. Equip your computing devices with strong anti-virus software and maintain strong passwords. Regularly check your credit reports for suspicious activity.

Letters to Editor

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


In the last year there have been changes in our community, both physical and emotional that I find disturbing. 

The first item is the vandalism of the Menorah. After reading the article it appears that the Jewish community over reacted to the situation. Not at all! It was an act of anti-semitism and has been reported as such to the anti-defamation league. The lights are symbolic of Hanukkah and the perpetrator knew that. It was not an act of petty thievery. It took place at the front gate, where were our security people? It would have been best for administration to say “There is never a place in our community for this kind of behavior.” 

Another thing is the restaurant. We are not a country club. We are tax paying residents of a community. With Taco Tuesdays, whatever else and Monday restaurant options, there are enough choices for all. And that is the magic word. Variety is what we have. Let it Be! 

My last gripe is the loss of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) program on premises. These classes are available in colleges across the country. Mr. Osher, our Daddy Warbucks, left this incredible grant, which funds the program. It is meant for those who want to learn new ideas, or perhaps while working you had no time for Shakespeare, music, art or current events. You name it—it’s there and only there. Classes are taught at a college level with instructors well versed in the subject. 

Syd Pomi

Mutual 17



The annual Martin Luther King Day of celebration, sponsored by the Leisure World Senior Patriots For Peace, was a special event not to be missed. Ninety-one year old Rev. James Lawson, a living legend, personal friend and confidant of King’s, was the guest speaker. He shared eloquently, to the assembled residents, his personal role and relationship with Dr. King. 

During his 40-minute presentation Dr. Larson went on to share many stories, spanning his years of involvement dating back with the Birmingham bus boycott in 1955. This boycott was the spark that ignited the Civil Rights Movement, and catapulted M.L.K. to a leadership role, and formation of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, the Nobel Prize award and the revered status he holds today as advocate for freedom, and equality for all. 

King was assassinated in 1968. 

Dr. Larson’s closing message, to standing applause from the assembly was, “ We have come a long way since Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus, but we, as a nation, still have a long way to go.”

Stevin Cohen

Mutual 14



Great information was inserted inside the LW newspaper regarding Thomas McKenzie’s free legal and financial workshops plus real estate update.

Mr. McKenzie is a lawyer and Realtor.

One good item to know about is a living trust. And provisions you must have in your living trust. Plus what it can cost if you have placed your unit in a living trust in Leisure World.

Golden Rain Foundation has Finance Policies. The policy numbered 5061-7, STOCK TRANSFER LEGAL REVIEW OF TRUST FEES 7.1.3. is very, very important to know about. In particular, Golden Rain Foundation’s attorney has a fee of $125 just to look at the Certification of Trust. And even if you are selling your unit that has been placed in a living trust, there are still the attorney’s fee.

Also, we are known as shareholders in Leisure World, Seal Beach. So one good idea is to find out what is other investment firms want to know. If you have assets at a brokerage firm such as  Fidelity or Schwab in stocks or even where you bank your checking account, do they need to have their attorney review your Certification of Trust? And then you have to pay their attorney for selling your assets?

It is very important to be informed! 


Carol Franz, Ph.D.

Mutual 2


Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

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


Thursday, Jan. 23 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 24 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 27 Mutual 8

Administration 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4 Mutual 16

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 4 Mutual 17

Administration 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 CFO Council

Conference Room B 10 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 10 Mutual 9

Administration 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 Mutual 4

Administration 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13 Mutual 12

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 Mutual 3

Administration 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 Mutual 15 (rescheduled)

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 Mutual 14

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday Feb. 19 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 Mutual 7

Administration 1 p.m. 

Thursday, Feb. 20 Mutual 2

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Feb. 20 Mutual 11

Conference Room B 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 21 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 24 Mutual 8

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26 Mutual 10

Administration 9 a.m. 

Thursday, Feb. 27 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 28 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

GRF Committee Meetings 

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

Thursday, Jan. 23 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

Administration canceled

Tuesday, Jan. 28 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Monday, Feb. 3 Recreation Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 Governing Document Committee

Administration 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 5 Physical Property Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 6 Architecture Design Review Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 7 GRF Board Executive Session 

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 10 Mutual Administration Committee

Administration 1 p.m. 

Tuesday, Feb. 11 Facilities and Amenities Review Ad Hoc

Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 12 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Feb. 13 Communications/ITS Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14 Finance Committee

Conference Room B 9 a.m. 

Friday, Feb. 14 Executive Committee 

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 18 Website Ad Hoc Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

Administration 10 a.m.

Friday, Feb. 21 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 25 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Feb. 27 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

Administration 1 p.m.

GRF Board of Directors Agenda

Clubhouse Four

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 10:00 a.m.

1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. President’s Comments

4. Announcements/Service Awards/Staff Commendation

5. Seal Beach City Council Member’s Update

6. Health Care Advisory Board Update (pp. 

7. Shareholder/Member Comments 

Note: Foundation Shareholder/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:

• 4 – minute limit per speaker, when there are no more than 15 speakers

• 3 – minute limit per speaker, 16 – 25 speakers

• 2 – minute limit per speaker, over 26 speakers 

8. Consent Calendar (Ms. Stone) 

a. Committee/Board meetings for the Month of December 

i. Minutes of the Recreation Committee Board Meeting of December 2, 2019

ii. Minutes of the Physical Property Committee Board Meeting of December 4, 2019

iii. Minutes of the Security, Bus & Traffic Committee Board Meeting of December 11, 2019

iv. Minutes of the Executive Committee Board Meeting of December 13, 2019

b. GRF Board of Directors Minutes, December 17, 2019 

c. January GRF Board Report 

d. Accept Month of December Financial Statements for Audit 

e. Approve Reserve Funds Investment Purchase 

9. Reports 

a. Facilities and Amenities Review (FAR) Ad hoc Committee

b. Management Services Review Ad hoc Committee

c. Strategic Planning Ad hoc Committee

d. Website Ad hoc Committee

10. New Business

a. General

i. Conceptual Approval – Orange County Registrar, Onsite Voting Drop Box

b. Communications and ITS Committee

i. FINAL VOTE: Adopt 20-2806-2, Service Fees 

c. Executive Committee

i. FINAL VOTE: Amend 30-5025-3, GRF Election Procedures

ii. Approve GRF Director’s Handbook 

d. Facilities and Amenities Review Ad hoc Committee

i. FINAL VOTE: Amend 70-1406-1, Limitations on Use

ii. FINAL VOTE: Adopt 70-1406-2, Limitations on Use, Fees 

e. Finance 

i. Amend 40-2230-3, Authorized Signatories

f. Physical Property Committee

i. Non-scheduled Reserve Funding – Replacement of Allen’s Alley Wall

g. Recreation Committee

i. Amend 70-1400-01, Co-occupants and Qualified Permanent Residents (QPR), Use of Clubhouses 

ii. FINAL VOTE: Adopt 70-2504-2, Library Fees

iii. FINAL VOTE: Adopt 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini-Farm – Rules

h. Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

i. Amend 80-5538-1, Bus Safety Rules

11. Staff Reports 

i. Director of Finance’s Report – Ms. Miller

ii. Executive Director’s Report – Mr. Ankeny

12. Board Member Comments

13. Next Meeting/Adjournment

Next regular GRF Board of Directors meeting, 

Tuesday, February 25, 10:00 a.m., Clubhouse Four

GOP Club 

48th Congressional District candidate was LW guest

Congressional candidate Brian Burley shared his life story and opinions on the issues with the LW Republican Club. 

He is running for California’s 48th Congressional District, now held by Harley Rouda. He is on the ballot in the primary election on March 3.

Burley has worked in the information technology field where he currently owns an information technology consulting and social media marketing company based in Huntington Beach. 

He told how he was raised in a small Midwest town in Michigan where his father was a forklift operator and his mother was both a waitress and an accountant. He first came to Huntington Beach in 2007 to visit his mother, who had moved to California to receive cancer treatment at the City of Hope. He fell ln love with the area. His mother passed away in 2011. 

Brian Burley first attended California State University, Fullerton, but quickly transferred to his dream school, University of Southern California, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in political economy. While at USC, Brian served as a funding delegate, where he voted on matters concerning the allocation of tuition funds to campus organizations and causes.  

Burley said that his most important issue as a congressman would be balancing the federal budget. “This could be done by freezing spending in most areas,” he said.

Burley also advocated requiring E-verify to be used by all companies to prevent the hiring of illegal aliens.

During the question-and-answer period he was asked what could be done about homelessness. He said that we do not need more tent cities and the camping laws should be enforced.

He also said he is pro-life and also supports the Second Amendment. 

The LW Republican Club meets every third Wednesday at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3 Room 2.

LW Demo Club supports Prop 13

The LW Democratic Club board has announced its support for Proposition 13, which will be on the March 3 Primary ballot. This measure, originally passed as AB 48 by the 2019 California legislature, would supplement local bond funds for California’s schools and colleges. It prioritizes aid to districts with lower local resources and greater need. It should be noted that both members of the legislature representing Leisure World, Democrat Tom Umberg and Republican Tyler Diep, voted for AB 48.

In its support of Proposition 13, the California League of Women Voters has pointed out that public education is of fundamental interest to California and is a state constitutional guarantee. They emphasize that a safe, secure and modern learning environment can be a powerful foundation for a child’s education. However, California’s schools are aging and need critical upgrades to meet current health and safety standards. LW’s Democratic Club agrees with the League that chronic underfunding has left most public-school communities unable to adequately address their needs, increasing the danger of greater disparities among them.

More information about Proposition 13 can be found on the internet at https://calmatters.org/projects/california-2020-primary-proposition-13-school-facilities-election-voter-guide/ 


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


Readers are invited to email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or go to the newly updated website sblwdems.wordpress.com to find out more about the Democratic Club. A calendar of both club and related events is included on the website. All LW Democrats and their supporters are invited to the club’s next membership meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Clubhouse 4 at noon.

Replace expired decals at CH 5

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

Decals are issued 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., unless the weather is damp.

Animal control

Long Beach Animal Care Services provides animal control services to Seal Beach. To report  coyote activities or other animal  control services, call the 24-hour  animal services line, (562) 570-7387 or online at www.longbeach.gov/acs/wildlife/coyote-report.

The office is open Tuesday-Friday.

For Your Information

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



Time to make tax appointment

The AARP Tax-Aide Program sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation begins Monday, Feb. 3. Volunteers will prepare and e-file returns on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings. Call (562) 596-1987 and leave your name and telephone number on the GAF answering machine. A volunteer will return the call to schedule an appointment. 

To participate, you must be a full-year California resident and qualify to file as single or married filing jointly. The following records should be brought to the appointment, if they are applicable to you:

• Social Security card, required

• Driver’s license, State issued ID, Passport or Leisure World photo ID

• Copy of 2018 Federal and State returns

• Forms 1099 for interest, dividends, pensions, social security benefits, sales of stocks

• Cost of stocks and bonds that were sold during 2019

• Form 1095-A if you purchased medical insurance through Covered California

• Forms W-2

• For itemized deductions, prepare and total a list of medical expenses, charitable contributions, taxes, interest and other deductions. Bring the list along with the organized receipts

• Copy of a check if you want a refund to be deposited into your checking account

Note that individuals with rental property, a net loss from self-employment or out-of-state tax returns are not in-scope for this program.

An Intake/Interview Sheet (Form 13614-C) must be completed for each return that is prepared. For your convenience, the form is available in the Leisure World Library. Pick up the form and complete it in advance.

The Tax preparation room is in Clubhouse 6, Room A, on the second floor. The process will take at least an hour to have the documents input, reviewed and the return prepared.

Aqua therapy is topic tomorrow at Sunshine Club

John Davies, MSPT, will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club tomorrow, Friday, Jan. 24, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

His presentation will be about the benefits of the water and how rehabilitation works with aquatic therapy.

Davies received his master’s of science, from Children’s Hospital School of Physical Therapy in 1985. He has practiced physical therapy for over 30 years and is one of the few therapists who has a certificate in aquatic therapy through the American Physical Therapy Association. 

He is also a certified manual therapist, and has developed his own technique in aquatic therapy. John’s extensive experience includes treating patients with neurological conditions, orthopedic injuries, chronic pain, and developmental disabilities. John implemented the aquatic therapy and pediatric programs at a clinic in Huntington Beach, where he worked for over 10 years. He worked with professional athletes and celebrities at the prestigious Kerlan-Jobe Orthopedic Clinic for seven years. John has also worked as a physical therapy instructor at American Career College, and he continues to mentor many students.

The Sunshine Club has frequent guest speakers from outside Leisure World who speak on various topics that enhance living in LW. The club does not endorse the speakers or their businesses. They are invited solely to provide information. Any interaction with the business outside of the meeting is “on-your-own.” 

The club encourages shareholders to arrive 10-15 minutes early to get a seat and enjoy refreshments before the meeting. 

The club promotes saving the earth by asking participants to bring a mug whenever possible.

The Sunshine Club meets on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, except the first Friday in Room 9, from 10 a.m.-noon. All shareholders are welcome to attend; no membership required. For more information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.


Buy tickets for pancake breakfast

The American Legion Post 327 will host the first Pancake Breakfast for 2020 on Feb. 22 in Clubhouse 2. 

The breakfast will run from 8-10:30 a.m. All are invited. It’s a great way to share a meal with friends and neighbors.  

All members of the Post and Auxiliary have been mailed tickets. Tickets will also be sold at the door for $5 per person. 

All members should call Lee Esslinger for job assignments. 

The Post continues to sponsor bingo on Sundays in Clubhouse 2. This is a great way to support local veterans. The men are also planning special lobby games before the bingo registration begins at 1 p.m.

Senior Patriots for Peace 

MLK will be remembered at vigil

Senior Patriots for Peace will resume its “Last-Wednesday-of-the-Month” peace vigils beginning Jan. 29 from 4-5:30 p.m. on the sidewalk along Seal Beach Boulevard at the Main Gate of Leisure World.

Senior Patriots for Peace will continue the remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life by dedicating the peace vigil to the legacy of the Civil Rights activist and Nobel Peace Prize awardee.

Dr. King dedicated his life to peace and nonviolence. The recent escalation of hostilities between the United States and Iran is completely against his message for world peace.

Following King’s assassination in 1968, his widow, Coretta Scott King, reinforced his message when she said, “We must never stop trying to push back the barriers of discrimination, hatred and suffering. We must always strive to make change in a forceful, but nonviolent manner. To do otherwise would be to turn our backs on the principles for which Martin Luther King Jr. stood.”

The principles which King stood for are reflected in the Senior Patriots for Peace Mission Statement, “to call attention to the need for a return to peace in our cities and our world with a renewed tolerance of others.” To that end, the club additionally focuses on issues of social justice and the environment to nurture a world where people can live healthy and peaceful lives for generations to come. Without justice, there can be no peace.

Signs reflecting Dr. King’s message of “nonviolence, peace, equality and justice for all,” in addition to “no war with Iran,” will be provided.

All are invited to take action, and pay tribute to the legacy of Dr. King, by participating in the peace vigil for any block of time between 4-5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Rain will cancel. 

For further information, call Lucille Martin at (562) 430-1047, or Jacquie Clarke at (562) 494-6304.


Shredding, donation trucks coming

The Golden Age Foundation will sponsor free shredding and donation trucks in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot on Thursday, Feb. 6, from 10 a.m.-noon to help shareholders get rid of unwanted papers and items and get a jump-start on Spring cleaning. 

Shareholders are reminded to remove staples and paper clips from papers for shredding. Contaminated bags will be turned away.

The Salvation Army is looking for donations of clothing, small household items, things that can be carried into the truck, and small e-waste items, note pads, cell phones. All items should be clean. Large pieces of furniture will not be accepted.

Golden Age Foundation will also collect small batteries for disposal during the event. 

The service lines close at 11:30 a.m. 

The next shredding and Salvation Army truck service will be in June, every 4 months. The exact date will be announced in May.

 The Golden Age Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c) (3) charitable organization dedicated to serving the special needs of Leisure World shareholders. The Foundation was established in 1973 by members of the Board of Directors of the Golden Rain Foundation.

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

Concerned Shareholders

The Concerned Shareholders will meet at 1 p.m. today, Jan. 23, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, to elect its board of directors. The meeting will include a discussion on the new Bill SB-323, the elections for Mutual and GRF boards of directors and GRF club policy. Dues of $3 are payable this month.GRF

Valentine’s Day dinner/dance set

The GRF Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance, slated for Friday, Feb. 14, is just around the corner, and tickets are selling quickly. The romantic not-for-couples-only evening will begin at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, with a dinner of Chicken Piccata, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, Sonoma salad and chocolate mousse for dessert, catered by Country Gardens Caterers.

Music and dancing will be provided by Anthony and Doniele Bernasconi, whose repertoire runs the gamut from Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye to Billy Joel, James Brown, and Michael Bublé.  Their versatile and engaging style draws the audience into the fun and gets the house rocking.

Book early as this event sells out and seating is limited.  Tables may be purchased by groups of eight, subject to availability.  Tickets are $30 per person or $220 for a table and are available at the Recreation office in Building 5. 

For information, contact Kathy Thayer or Andrew Delaney at 431-6586 ext. 326 or email events@lwsb.com.


Purchase tickets to Valentine dance

The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) held its monthly meeting on Jan. 12 to discuss the upcoming Valentine’s Dinner-Dance on Saturday, Feb. 8, in Clubhouse 4 at 5:30 p.m. This is a buffet dinner and guests can BYOB. 

Tickets are available for purchase for $30 per person. This is one of the best FALW events and is always a sold-out affair. 

The event will highlight the selection for the “muse” of the night through random drawing of door stubs of every lady in attendance. Whoever is selected as “Muse” chooses her escort for the evening. This adds to the joyous celebration of Valentines’ Day.

The menu for the evening will be a combination of Pacific and Western cuisine. There will be freshly cut fruit, cakes and cookies for dessert, fresh green salad and refreshments.

Music will be provided by a famous Los Angeles band, “The Midnight Motion Band.” This band plays music for most FALW events and celebrations. Guests always look forward to their music because they play all genres.

For tickets, call Eileen Merritt, (562) 486-1252; Ren Villanueva,(323) 854-6209; Ric Dizon,(714) 225-3597; or Myrrha Villanueva, (562) 493-1406.

Rollin’ Thunder’s Buy-and-Drive Day was success

The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club in cooperation with the GRF Recreation Department sponsored Buy-and-Drive Day at the Pit Stop adjacent to the Mini Farms on Jan. 15. Shareholders brought their golf carts to purchase new tires. Seventeen carts received new tires at the event. A lot of the tires were completely bald said member Pat Davis. The club was very satisfied with the outcome and hopes to sponsor another Buy-and-Drive in the future to promote golf cart safety. “You can’t just throw the golf cart in the trunk to go get them replaced like a bicycle,” said Pat.Watch the Big Game with friends

The GRF Recreation Department will host the Big Game Sunday, Feb. 2, in Clubhouse 4 on the big screens, starting at 3:30 p.m. This year, there will be multiple monitors to enhance the viewing experience. Plan to join friends and enjoy complimentary snacks. For more information, call the Recreation Department at (562) 431-6586, ext 324.

Vietnamese-American Club

Lunar New Year begins Jan. 25

Saturday, Jan. 25, is Chinese New Year, the Year of the Rat, or Lunar New Year is celebrated in many Asian countries.

Chinese New Year is a major holiday in Greater China and strongly influences lunar new year celebrations of China’s neighboring cultures, including the Korean New Year, seol; T?t of Vietnam, and the Losar in Tibet.

To celebrate Lunar New Year the Vietnamese-American Club will host a T?t celebration  in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby from 5-9 p.m.

T?t is considered the biggest and most popular festival of the year in Vietnam. It is celebrated on the first day of the first month in the Lunar calendar. T?t is the occasion when Vietnamese family members show respect and remember their ancestors as well as welcome the New Year. Families get together to have big meals, decorate T?t trees and eat T?t food to welcome the new year. 

During the first day of T?t, most people begin the act of visiting and greeting families and friends in their homes and offering good wishes; this is called Bai Nian. In the Vietnamese culture, close relatives and the elderly are typically afforded more respect, and as such are visited on the first day of the new year. Traditionally, younger people visit older relatives and friends, while married couples tend to visit the husband’s family. This activity promotes opportunities to pass out the money-filled red envelopes, called Hong Bao. People also like to pass out food, wine and other assorted gifts.

Married couples often visit the wife’s family the second day. More distant family members and friends are greeted until the 15th day, which is the official end of the holiday.

Celebrations continue throughout the holiday. Lion dances and performing troupes are commonly seen in public places, along with operas and dragon dances. Dragon dances are similar to lion dances but with distinct dragon costumes instead. Lunar New Year begins on the day that the new moon appears between Jan. 21 and Feb. 20 and celebrations continue for up to 15 days.

According to legend, the beginning of Lunar New Year started with the fight against a mythical beast called “Year.”  “Year” looked like an ox with the head of a lion, and was believed to inhabit the sea. On the night of New Year’s Eve,  “Year” would come out to harm animals, people and their property. Eventually, people discovered that “Year” feared the color red, fire and loud sounds. Therefore, for self-protection, people formed the habits of posting red Dui Lian in front of their houses, launching fireworks, and hanging lanterns at year end.


Annual fashion show/luncheon is on March 28

The American Legion Auxiliary will hold its annual fashion show/luncheon on Saturday, March 28. 

This year the fashions will be from Soft Surroundings in the Rossmoor Shopping Center. 

The chairwoman of the event, Labrenda Carson, has a lot of new surprises for the fashion show so secure tickets early. 

Tickets will remain $25 per person or $200 for a table of eight. 

To purchase tickets, call Cathy Boufford at (562) 598-9361. 

The ladies continue to make poppies in Clubhouse 1 at 10 a.m. on Wednesdays. Any crafty ladies are welcome to attend.


Clubs invited to sponsor flea markets

The GRF Recreation Committee has approved three open flea market reservations a year, subject to clubhouse availability.  Any LW club or organization may apply to sponsor a flea market or rummage sale as an organization fundraiser at the Recreation Office in Building 5. 

Club sponsors will be drawn at random on Jan. 31.  Dates will be assigned by the Reservations Office according to the space available, but clubs may express a preference for the month or months they would prefer.

Applicant clubs must run the event exclusively with club members. Clubs that did not hold a flea market last year will be given preference in this lottery, but all clubs are welcome to apply.

For more information, contact the Reservations Office by email at kathyt@lwsb.com.

y service club

Triviamania returns Feb. 15

The Y Service Club (YSC) is sponsoring the first Triviamania game of 2020 on Saturday, Feb. 15, from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. 

Singles, couples and groups are all welcome to join and compete for cash prizes. The winning table will take home three times its buy in; second place two times its by in; and third place receives the registration fee back. Proceeds are shared among all table members. 

 Tickets are $10 each, payable by cash or check.

 To purchase tickets and to arrange for home delivery, call Bill Denton at (562) 209-0816. Tickets can also be purchased at the door on Saturday, Feb. 15.


Ravel’s ‘Bolero’ will be featured

The Korean American Classical Music Association will have a program today, Jan. 23 at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 4, featuring Maurice Ravel’s “Daphnis and Chloe,” Suite No. 2 and “Bolero.” Ken Chong will lead an appreciation of the classical music, following Robert Chung’s presentation of favorite songs selected by the members. 

All are invited. The program is presented in Korean. 

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

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


Author is guest at Feb. 7 luncheon

Division 56 of the California Retired Teachers Association will have its luncheon meeting on Feb. 7 at noon in Clubhouse 2.  Reservations are required to attend and the cost is $15 to be paid at the door.  This covers the lunch and program.  Reservations can be made by calling Sue Grimsley at (562) 431-3083. Payment is required unless cancellations are made no later than Feb. 5.

The lunch will be catered by The Loft restaurant.  The meal will consist of mac and cheese, short ribs, bacon fried rice, dessert and beverages.

Ron McDonald will be the speaker. He is the author of a book titled, “Arlington Anthology–Field of Honor.”  He will speak about those buried in Arlington Cemetery.  

A portion of the profits from his book is donated to the Gary Sineise Veterans Foundation.

HHUG collecting items for homeless

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

HHUG makes two deliveries every month.

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


Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

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

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

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

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

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

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


Price-Arle, Velma Arlene


Our beloved mother, grandma, great-grandma and great-great grandma, Velma Arlene Price-Arle, went home to heaven on Jan. 5, 2020.

She was born on March 5, 1931, to her parents Harold and Thelma Archuletta in Denver, Colorado. 

Her family moved to Southern California, where she met her husband Gordon Price. The two love birds married on July 10, 1947, and together raised five children. They served in ministry at several Southern Baptist churches, where Gordon pastored after his time in the Navy.

Velma became a widow at the age of 42, and then earned her real estate broker’s license. 

Velma and her mother moved to Paso Robles, California, upon purchasing a motel. They spent their time traveling to Hawaii, where Velma met her second husband Gene Arle. They married on July 17, 1987, and made their home in Paso Robles, then Kona, Hawaii, and lastly in Seal Beach.

Velma’s passions were spending time with her family and friends, mission trips and traveling the world.

Velma is survived by her children, Gemma Krumland, Tama (Gene) Alexander, Eric (Dorothy) Price, Katrina Merson, and Devin (Maxine) Price, along with her 13 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild. 

Velma loved the Lord and her family rejoices in knowing they will one day see her again in heaven. 

Services were held on Jan. 19 in Leisure World, Clubhouse 4. 


Kiklowicz, Cecelia


Services for Cecelia Kiklowicz, 96, who died Jan. 1, 2020, will be held at the Holy Family Church on Jan. 29 at 11 a.m. with a luncheon to follow.


In Memoriam 

Charles Sudolsky  82

Ervin  Richard  90

Pedro Blanco  103

Milda Black  99

Melba Washington  75

Herman Hampton  81

David  Schullerr  74

Perry Taylor  55

Alinda Wright  71

Scott Green  63

Robert Hibbing  80

Bill Rollins  44

Helen Anyiam  81

David Troy Sr.  56

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary

Page 9, health and fitness

meals on wheels long beach

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

Thursday, Jan. 23 — Sweet and sour chicken, brown and wild rice, seasoned broccoli, fresh banana, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, marinated confetti salad

Friday, Jan. 24 — Homemade meatloaf with brown gravy, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, ambrosia salad, entrée Caesar chicken salad with romaine lettuce shredded cheese, croutons, Caesar dressing, crackers

Monday, Jan. 27 — Barbeque chicken leg and thigh, barley and mushroom pilaf, California blended vegetables, pears with cinnamon, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, German potato salad

Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Roasted pork with honey and garlic sauce, Macaroni and cheese, broccoli, tropical fruit cup, entrée Greek chicken salad, tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese, vinaigrette dressing and crackers

Wednesday, Jan. 29 — Hawaiian chicken with pineapple, brown rice, Oriental vegetables, cantaloupe chunks, turkey, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato, and pickle, tri-color slaw.

Thursday, Jan. 30 — Beef stew with potatoes, celery, carrots and onions, biscuit, pineapple upside down cake, egg salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, quinoa salad

Friday, Jan. 31 — Breaded baked fish with tartar sauce mixed vegetables, peaches and strawberries with yogurt, taco salad with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn, blackbeans, cheese, cilantro, salsa dressing and crackers

Mind booster 

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

This four-week research-based series includes:

• Step-by-step methods for maintaining cognitive skills

• Tricks and tips for improving memory

• How to feed your brain with the right diet

Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25, payable to Alzheimer’s Family Center. To register, mail a check to Alzheimer’s Family Center, 9451 Indianapolis Ave., Huntington Beach, CA, 92646, or contact Marie Oyegun at MOyegun@AFSCenter.org (714)593-9630.

For more information, call GRF Member Resource and Assistance Liaison Cindy Tostado, LCSW, at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317.

senior meals

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

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

Thursday, Jan. 23 — Potato and leek soup, crackers, Cobb salad with shredded chicken, eggs, cheese, tomato and red onions, salad mix ranch dressing, apple crisp and orange pineapple juice

Friday, Jan. 24 — Cream of spinach soup with crackers, Vietnamese coconut chicken breast, pineapple fried rice, broccoli spears, tropical fruit mix 

Monday, Jan. 27 — Macaroni and cheese stewed tomatoes, broccoli spears, fresh melon 

Tuesday, Jan. 28 — Split pea soup, crackers, Vietnamese caramel chicken breast, brown rice, california blend vegetables, Ambrosia 

Wednesday, Jan. 29 — Tilapia topped with savory tomato sauce, wild rice pilaf, peas and carrots, whole wheat dinner roll, Promise, orange juice, custard

Thursday, Jan. 30 — Beef taco salad with seasoned ground beef, chopped lettuce, cheese, tomatoes, beans, sour cream, tortilla strips, salsa, corn and bean salad, orange juice, vanilla ice cream, fresh fruit 

Friday, Jan. 31 — French onion soup with crackers, open face hot turkey sandwich with gravy mashed potatoes, bread, cranberry sauce, Mandarin oranges

Optumcare at the hcc

Setting goals to accomplish this year

By Carson Bloomquist

LW contributor

You’ve probably heard “new year, new you” a lot this year. Everyone has come up with their resolution and is committed to it – for a few more days, anyway. 

If you have diabetes and made some resolutions about your health, you’re in luck: we sat down with Maureen Ngo, a clinical pharmacist and certified diabetes educator. She has put together some helpful tips on keeping resolutions, which she will be presenting on Jan. 27 at the Health Care Center.

“The best way to keep a resolution is to make it SMART,” Maureen said. “It means creating a goal that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.”

So how does that work? “It may sound complicated, but it’s quite simple,” she said. “Here’s an example. If you want to eat better, add two vegetable servings to your dinner by the end of the month.”

“One of the most important letters is R, for realistic,” Maureen said. “Instead of trying to do everything at once, break it down into manageable goals. If you want to lose 15 pounds, for example, plan on losing the pounds over time. Have a goal of losing one or two pounds each week. This makes it easier to make achievable results.” 

Another thing that can help: technology. “There are a lot of easy-to-use devices to keep you on track,” Maureen said. “There are some that measure your exercise, some that keep a log of your food, and others that help you with sleep.”

Weekly Health, exercise and fitness classes

Chair Exercise

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

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

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

Leisure Leggers

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

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

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

Tai Chi Chaun

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

LW Yoga Club

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

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

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

page 20, Travel

On the go

Day Trips

Harrah’s Rincon — Thursday-Monday, no Tuesdays or Wednesdays, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457

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

Valley View Casino — Sunday-Monday, Amphitheater, 7 a.m., free

Pala Casino — Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday, Amphitheater 8 a.m. (713) 623-4643

Overnight Trips 

Dublin and Ireland’s Wild Atlantic Way — Features Dublin, Giant’s Causeway, Kylemore Abbey, Belfast, Irish Farm Visit, Sheepdog Demonstration and more. March 23-April 1, Meridian Guided Travel (714) 871-8520

Windy City Getaway — Features Chicago River Cruise, Willis Tower Skydeck, Frank Lloyd Wright’s Home & Studio and more. April 26-May 1, Meridian Guided Travel (714) 871-8520

Coastal New England — Features Boston, Cape Cod, Martha’s Vineyard, Mystic Seaport, Plymouth Plantation and more. May 12-19, Meridian Guided Travel (714) 871-8520

Alaska Cruise — May 16-30 Roundtrip from San Pedro, Incredible Golden Princess amenities till Feb. 29, Joanna Matos, Traveling Tigers Club, (562) 598-1849

Baseball Games and Hall of Fame — July 22-29, six teams, four ballparks, four games, motor coach 

sightseeing tour from Newark, NJ of four states, Joanna Matos, Traveling Tigers Club, (562) 598-1849

Mayor Steve Jones selected as new OCTA chairman

ORANGE – Garden Grove Mayor Steven R. Jones was unanimously selected today as the new chairman of the Orange County Transportation Authority Board of Directors, which guides transportation-improvement projects and public transit for all of Orange County.

Jones served as the OCTA board’s vice chairman for the last year. He replaces outgoing Chairman Tim Shaw.

“OCTA’s mission to keep Orange County moving is vital to the quality of life here in our county and it’s a true honor to be chosen by my colleagues to help deliver a balanced and sustainable transportation system,” Jones said. “We are underway on several major transportation improvements, including on I-405 and, in my backyard, I’m excited to see progress on building the OC Streetcar. I’m eager to work with my colleagues and with the public to ensure these important projects efficiently move forward.”

Jones was born in Garden Grove and is a lifelong resident. He graduated in 1986 from Rancho Alamitos High School before continuing his education abroad at Kings College, Cambridge University, England in 1988. He then returned to the states and earned a bachelor’s degree and a Master of Business Administration degree from the USC, with a dual emphasis in finance and real estate.

The OCTA board is composed of 18 members including the five county supervisors, two members from city councils in each of the five supervisorial districts, two public members and the Caltrans District Director serves in a non-voting ex-officio capacity.

—Eric Carpenter, OCTA

Using apps as a travel assistant

Five free apps to help make traveling easier and more enjoyable. Some are for entertainment and some are technical apps that assist users to find the best route to get to the final destination. Here is a short list of the best apps to use this year.

• Glympse: This app allows you to share your location with fellow travelers, which can be handy if you’re driving caravan-style or have family or friends eager for your arrival. You can select contacts and give them permission to view your location for a set amount of time.

• GasBuddy: Use this not only to locate the closest gas stations, with customer reviews, but to find out the gas prices at each. It’s billed as the worlds largest community-based fuel app, with 60 million downloads worldwide.

• HotelTonight: Use this hugely popular app to search for last-minute hotel deals while you’re on the road or still at home (you can search as early as a week ahead). Hotels want heads in beds, so they’re willing to slash rates rather than leave a room empty.

• Roadtrippers: A handy route-planning app, it enables you to mark your beginning and end points, then figure out how you want to noodle around in between. You can search for all the places to eat and stay, as well as top-rated attractions along the way, and note them on your personalized map.

• Waze: This app is super useful for both commuters and vacationers, allowing drivers to steer clear of traffic tie-ups. It aggregates user-generated traffic and road-condition information to identify the fastest route, and it sends alerts about accidents or other snags down the road. 

• RepairPal: Use this one at home as well as on the road if car trouble hits. You plug in the make of your car and the problem (or your best guess), and the app provides you with area mechanics and an estimate for repair.

• Podcast Addict (Android) and Podcasts (Apple): The hours can fly by when you’re listening to a wonderful story, and there are plenty these days in the form of podcasts — about sports, politics, true crime, even old-school-style dramas. These apps connect you to thousands of options, as well as to your favorite radio shows.

Other app suggestions: AirBnB, Google Maps, Google Translator, AirHelp, Hopper, TripIt and FlightAware.

Los Angeles County Arboretum

The Leisure World Library is sponsoring a bus trip to explore the Los Angeles County Arboretum’s 127 acres of plants, natural landscapes, wildlife and historic buildings on Feb. 20; tickets: $20.

The LA County Arboretum was opened to the public in 1956 and features more than a dozen gardens and geographical plant collections including Africa, Australia, Madagascar and the Canary Islands. 

To purchase tickets, stop by the Recreation Department in Building 5. For more information about the trip, call the library at (562) 598-2431. For information regarding ticket availability, call (562) 431-3586, ext. 326.

Earlene Sutherland and her grandson enjoy there birthdays together in Temecula on a hot air balloon ride.

Traveling tigers

Reserve your spot today

The Traveling Tigers Club is planning three different trips for the first half of 2020.

A 14-day Alaska Inside Passage with Glacier Bay and Victoria Canada cruise on the Golden Princess ship May 16 – May 30, roundtrip from San Pedro (Los Angeles Cruise Terminal). Fantastic amenities included are unlimited Beverage Package, unlimited WI-FI, Gratituties and only $100 deposit for those that reserve by Feb. 29. Cabins start at $1899 plus taxes, fees and port expenses of $255. It is one of the most desired seasons to see Alaska, the wildlife animal babies will be stretching their legs, wild flowers are blooming, whales are surfacing and bald eagles can be seen.

A four-day, three-night motor coach tour from Leisure World, June 9-12, Paso Robles. The traveling Tigers will be visiting three award winning wineries, going on a Hearst Castle tour, visiting Clydesdale horse ranch, making stops in the towns of Harmony, Morro Bay, Lake Cachuma, Solvang, Cambria and Santa Barbara. The trip consists of three night accommodations, three breakfasts and two lunches. Reserve your spot for $999 per person.

An eight day Baseball Tour and More, motorcoach tour beginning in Newark, New Jersey on July 22-July 29. Fans will enjoy six MLB teams (NY Yankees, Washington Nationals, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, NY Mets) play four games in four baseball stadiums in four major cities and a tour of Cooperstown Hall of Fame museum. Traveling Tigers will witness this year’s Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the Parade of Legends. Sightseeing tours are included in New York City, historic Philadelphia, Boston and a guided tour of Yale University. Daily breakfast is included. Tour is $1,845 for doubles and $2,395 for singles, airfare not included.

The Traveling Tigers and friends invite anyone who has a desire to cruise Alaska, see East Coast major league baseball games, visit historic cities and experience Southern California’s unique wonders. Contact Joanna at (562) 598-1849 for details and flyers. Participants do not have to be a member of Traveling Tigers to be a part of the group.

—Joanna Matos

Page 22, Sports and games


Maggie take’s first place

The new 4.0 winners from first to third place is Bob Maggie, Phil Nguyen and Barry Chittem.

The Pickleball club is hosting an all-Leisure World tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8 on the courts behind Clubhouse 2. Sign-ups can be done at the registration table.  Just find the tournament notebook and register according to ratings 2.5, 3.0, 3.5, and 4.0.

Warm-ups will begin at 9 a.m., competition at 9:30. As usual, President Tim Linehan needs volunteers to help with organization and level management. Contact Tim at (714) 818-6404.

—Susan Dodson

mens golf

Williamson aces hole No. 7 in January tournament

After a two-month hiatus while the golf course was being renovated, the Men’s Golf Club first tournament of the year was held on Jan. 8 at the local course. Forty-three golfers assembled and competed in three flights over 18 holes. It was an overcast and damp morning that didn’t improve even after the sun came out. Even so, the round was very competitive. Congratulations to Dale Williamson who had a hole-in-one on the 90-yard seventh hole and also to the five circle hole winners.

A flight has golfers with handicaps of 0–6, B flight 7–12, C flight 13-18. All scores are net: 

A flight — First, Steven Ro, 47; second, tie between John Kolthoff and Ron Steele, 54; tie for third, Dave LaCascia and Bob Turner, 55; tie for fourth, June Um, Bob Barnum, Bill Lyons and Bill Long, 56.

B flight — First, Gene Archambault, 47; second, June Yoon, 49; third, Young Jeun, 54; fourth, Ben Benjamins, 54; tie for fifth, Young Lee and Hyon Shin, 56. 

C flight — First, David Song, 50; second, Fred Edgeworthy, 53; tie for third, James Farr and Sang H. Kim, 54; tie for fourth, Dennis Kotecki, Lee Broadbent, and Joe DiDonato, 55.

Closest to the pin on hole No. 8 was Steve Walker and Joon Yoon on hole No. 17.

There will be two Men’s Club tournaments each month, one on the second Wednesday and another on the fourth Wednesday. The next Men’s tournament will be Jan. 29.

To join the Men’s Golf League, contact Marv Jones or Dave LaCascia, at the Golf Starter Shop. New Men’s Golf League members must join the Men’s Club and play three 18-hole rounds on the local course in order to get a valid handicap. Two rounds must be played with a current club member and one round with the Qualifying Committee Chairman Ryan Hong if available. Scorecards are then left with the starter. This qualifies the individual to play in the Men’s and Guys & Gals Tournaments played each month throughout the year.

—David LaCascia

Guy and Gals golf

LW Tournament resumes Jan. 15

The first Guys & Gals golf tournament of the year was played on Jan. 15 at the local LW course.

All the players were glad to restart the competition after a three-month closure for renovations to the Golf Clubhouse and tee boxes. The transformation was significant and mostly well received. With some finish work still left to be completed, thirty-two teams of one man and one woman contended over 18 holes in three Flights. ‘A’ flight has teams with combined handicaps of 0–8. ‘B’ flight 9-13, and ‘C’ flight 14-18.

All scores are net:

Flight winners:

A flight – First place, Won Song – Jane Song, 11 under par, 43; tie for second place between Young Lee – Hae Lee and Walt Bier – Margie Thompson at 5 under 49; tie for third between Dave LaCascia  – Liz Meripol, John Kolthoff – Anne Walshe, and Steve Walker – Yvonne Kim with four under 50; fourth place, Dong Kim – Devora Kim, three under 51.

B flight – First place, Steve Ro – Judy Ro with eight under 46; second, Byron Sweitzer – Bert Thompson, seven under 47; tie for third between Steve Moody – Sandy Derouin and Byong Choi – Gee Gee Kwak, six under 48; fourth, Gary Stivers – Mary Ann Moore, four under 50.

C flight – First place, David Song – Angela Song, a sensational 13 under 41; second, James Farr – Soon Ja Min at nine under 45; tie for third between Dennis Jensen – Marilyn Hewitt and James- Grace Choi, seven under 47; tie for fourth between Bill Zurn – Neva Senske and Bill McKusky – Sue Yokomi at five under 49.

There were no holes-in-one in this tournament, but 10 golfers landed inside the Circle on holes two and five. Closest to the pin on hole No. 8 was Bill Lyons and Bert Thompson, and on hole No. 17 it was Dong Kim and Patti Smith.

Guys and Gals Tournament is held on the third Wednesday of each month, and on the fifth Wednesday of months that contain five Wednesdays. January has a fifth Wednesday and the next tournament is scheduled for Jan. 29. Participants must be members of the Men’s or Ladies Golf Club to play in the tournament and have a handicap.

Both the Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting between 7-7:30 a.m., except holidays. Friends, ladies, spouses and family are all welcome to play or join. The courses are David L. Baker in Fountain Valley, Meadowlark in Huntington Beach, Riverview in Santa Ana and Willowick in Garden Grove. LW Men’s Club membership is not required. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in

LW Ladies Golf

Ace of The Year Tournament

The Ace of The Year tournament was held on Jan. 14. The 18 lady golfers competing had each won either low gross or low net of the month during the past year. At the final competition Devora Kim won low gross with a score of 26. Helen Yoon won low net with her score of 26.

The ladies annual holiday golf luncheon is set for Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. Tickets are $10, some are still available for purchase. For more information, contact Margie Thompson, (562) 493-0484.

The Ladies Golf Club played for low gross, low net and birdies. Seven golfers hit a total of 11 birdies during the Jan. 14 weekly tournament.

A flight – Low gross, Devora Kim, 26; low net, Helen Yoon, 26; birdies/hole, Devora Kim, No. 3, 7 and 8. Helen Yoon, No. 7 and 8. Susie Kim, No. 3. Bert Thompson, No. 7.

B flight – Low gross, tie between Joann Lim and Young Yoon, 31; low net, Dana McElrath, 25; birdies/hole, Joann Lim, No. 2 and 9; Mary Ann Moore, No. 3.

C flight – Low gross, tie between Chang Hee Kim and Jee Choi, 34; low net, Patti Smith, 25; birdie/hole, Dale Quinn, No. 3.

Flight D – low gross, Mary Lancaster, 34; low net, Kim Delias, 25.

The ladies annual holiday golf luncheon is Feb. 3 at 11 a.m. Tickets are still available for $10. Contact Margie Thompson to purchase tickets, (562) 493-0484.

—Dale Quinn


Pindiculous remains in first place

Pindiculous leads the league by six games, but how they did in the most recent game is unclear since they are doing a make up against Very Striking. As a team Very Striking bowled below their team average in all three games; all Pindiculous has to do to earn a sweep is bowl its average every game. However, that isn’t always easy to do.

The Mutual Busters took three from Elcisne as Maureen Habel bowled 148 and 143. Strikingly Different moved over the 500 mark and into third place by sweeping Phyl’s Guys. Fred Garcia opened with a 209 for Strikingly Different and teammate Tom Kaczmarek finished with a 193.

Charlie’s Angels swept Split Happens, winning three close games. Charlie Guggino had a 171 and Shannon Brennan a 137.

—David Silva

Chess club puzzle

The Persians were the first to introduce the concept of checkmate, warning your opponent when you are attacking his king. Players would shout “Sh?h!”, Persian for “king”, when threatening their opponent’s king. The idea was to prevent games from ending too early because of major oversights or lack of attention from an opponent.

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

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

Solution to this week’s puzzle: Nb6

The white Night moves from b6 to a4. Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.

The LW Chess Club meets from 1-6:30 p.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. 

Beginners are welcome.

Page 23, sports continued


Evelyn Ingram wins her first star

Evelyn Ingram started 2020 with a bang by winning her first star. Darlene Meyers was a very close second at 846 followed by Julie Milburn at 841 and Candy Meyers at 838. Mary Woods had six games of 121. There were 56 players on Jan. 7.

Joanne Lester provided chocolate ripple ice cream and an assortment of cookies. Margaret Smith served.

Cribbage Club meets on Tuesday at noon in Clubhouse 1. Partners are not required, and play finishes at 3:30 p.m. Lessons are available for those that don’t know how to play or for anyone just needing a brush up, call Patti Smith at (562) 242-4674, to arrange for lessons. The club is open to all LW residents. Players should arrive by noon.

—Bobbie Straley

Social Bunco Schedule

The Saturday Social Bunco Club’s next meeting will be Jan. 25 in the Clubhouse 3 lobby. Sign-ups begin at noon. Due to the demand for tables, a 12:30 arrival time is advised. Play begins at 1 p.m. The club meets to the second and fourth Saturday of the month. For more information, call Doris Dack at (714) 356-0443.


From page 22

C flight — First, David Song, 50; second, Fred Edgeworthy, 53; tie for third, James Farr and Sang H. Kim, 54; tie for fourth, Dennis Kotecki, Lee Broadbent, and Joe DiDonato, 55.

Closest to the pin on hole No. 8 was Steve Walker and Joon Yoon on hole No. 17.

There will be two Men’s Club tournaments each month, one on the second Wednesday and another on the fourth Wednesday. The next Men’s tournament will be Jan. 29.

To join the Men’s Golf League, contact Marv Jones or Dave LaCascia, at the Golf Starter Shop. New Men’s Golf League members must join the Men’s Club and play three 18-hole rounds on the local course in order to get a valid handicap. Two rounds must be played with a current club member and one round with the Qualifying Committee Chairman Ryan Hong if available. Scorecards are then left with the starter. This qualifies the individual to play in the Men’s and Guys & Gals Tournaments played each month throughout the year.

—David LaCascia

Cards and games scoreboard

LW Pinochle Club

Jan. 13 — Marge Dodero, 11,460; Joan Taylor, 11,450; Tony Dodero, 11,030; Jim Kaspar, 11,040.

Jan. 16 — Tony Dodero, 14,290; Jerry Hore, 12,770; Bev Adams, 11,810; Dolores Cook, 11,010.

Jan. 20 — Richard Van Wasshnova, 13,390; Marilyn Allred, 12,950; Tony Dodero, 11,340; Jim Kaspar 10,880.

Jan. 18 — Julia Troise, 12,260; Bev Adams, 11,760; Irene Perkins, 11,470; Richard Van Wasshnova, 11,180.

The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at (562)240-5416. 

 —Bert Sellers


Monday Bridge Club

Jan. 20 — First place, Howard Bleakley; second place, Anna Hore; third place, Donna Cooper. 

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

—Marion Standish


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club

Jan. 18 — N/S: Alan Olschwang – Kar-Yee Nelson; Sibyl Smith-Jeanette Estill.  E/W:  Miriam Kelley-Judy Mathias; Judy Jones-Al Appel.  Jan 17:  N/S: Larry Topper-Thad Mikols; Ernie Ross-Roy Tomooka; George Alemshah-Sylvia Kaprelyan; Linda Stein-Sue Fardette. E/W: Lavonne McQuilkin-Carol Murakoshi; Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson; Dale Rensing-Bob Santen; Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; Nancy Lichter-Julie Mills.  The club meets Friday’s and Saturday’s in Clubhouse 1 at 12:15. For information on how to join the fun and play, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The Club Championship is Saturday, Jan. 25.

—Fred Reker

Religion 6,8

Faith Christian assembly

Guest from Amazing Grace Assembly

Pastor Sam and Maggie Rios will minister at Faith Christian Assembly on Sunday, Jan. 26, at the 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. services. Pastor Sam preaches at Amazing Grace Assembly of God in Anaheim. He is gifted in preaching God’s Word, and his wife, Maggie, is gifted in singing. Sam and Maggie used to be in Pastor Gwyn Vaughn’s youth group at Faith Tabernacle in Los Angeles back in the 1960s. It will be a special reunion and a wonderful time to enjoy their ministry.

Faith Fellowship Time is on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room. The Midweek Bible Study is taught by Pastor Sheri Leming on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room. the GriefShare begins Feb. 7, at 2 p.m.

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

LW Baptist

Leisure World Baptist Church continues its services on Sunday, Jan. 26, with a warm welcome in Clubhouse 4. Bob Simons will teach the Sunday school lesson from 8:40-9:10 a.m. Coffee and conversation will be held in the kitchen before service starts at 9:45 a.m.

Congregational hymns include “Love Lifted Me,” “Down at the Cross” and “Why do I Sing about Jesus.” The choir will sing, “Come Christians, Join to Sing.” Offertory selection played by pianist Yvonne Leon and soloist Connie Lee will sing “There Is Sunshine In My Soul Today.”

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s message is titled, “Victory in Living” from Romans 12:14-21.

The prayer room is open following the service, where members of the congregation will meet with people and pray over their needs with them.

The women’s Christian fellowship and Bible study group will meet on Monday, Jan. 27, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6,  at 10 a.m. The Energizers meeting will be Wednesday, Jan. 29, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 1 p.m. The deacons meeting is in the same room at 2 p.m. 

For more information call 430-2920.

First Christian Church

“Overcomer” screening on Jan. 24

First Christian Church will screen the movie “Overcomer” on Friday, Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. and again at 5:30 p.m. This movie details the inspiring story about an unlikely runner who pushes herself to the limits. She trains for the biggest race of her young life encouraged by words and prayers of a friend.

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

Elder Jack Frost will lead the Bible study on Sunday at 9 a.m. The group is currently in the Book of Luke. Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski will open up the hospitality room for refreshments and fellowship at 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Bruce  Humes begins the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer, and Scripture, followed by Margaret Humes leading the congregation in hymns of worship,  “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” “I Am Thine, O Lord” and “It is Well with My Soul.” The Communion hymn will be “The Blood will Never Lose its Power.”  

The church choir, under the direction of Margaret Humes, will sing “Friend Of God.” Elder Larry Massey will present the Communion meditation and service today.

Anita Ragole will sing “I Walked Today Where Jesus Walked.” Pauline Massey will read Scripture from the Book of James followed by Pastor Bruce’s in-depth teaching of the passage.

Service times are Saturday at 5:15 p.m. and Sunday at 10:15 a.m. The Hospitality Room opens 45 minutes before each service for fellowship and light refreshments. Pastor Bruce leads the prayer and verse-by-verse Bible studies that are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays; both beginning at 9:30 a.m.

Hearing enhancements are available at all church functions. Call the church office at (562) 431-8810 for further information. 

Redeemer Lutheran

“Come, See and Follow Me” is Jesus’ call to the world and is Pastor Lisa Rotchford’s sermon for Redeemer Lutheran’s Sunday worship service on Jan. 26 at 10:30 a.m. Nancy Anderson and Maria Swift are greeters. Scripture readings and prayers will be led by Juanita Townsend and Carol Costello. Fellowship with refreshments will be held after the service.

The midweek worship service for prayer, reflection and Communion is every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. The Wednesday Bible class is still reading from the Book of Proverbs. The next meeting is Wednesday, Jan. 29, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the easily accessible conference room inside the main entrance.

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom’s Friday night services will take place at 7 on Jan. 24  in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, with Rabbi Karen Isenberg. An Oneg will follow services.

Saturday services will be on Jan. 25, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9,  at 9:30 a.m. An hour of Torah study will begin at 10:15. The service will be followed by a potluck lunch at noon. 

There will be a Shabbat dinner of chicken and rice on Friday, Jan. 31. The dinner will follow the 5:30 p.m. service in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Congregation Sholom asks for families with last names beginning A-I to bring a salad; J-S, a dessert or appetizer; and T-Z, a side dish. RSVP to Susan at susanmichlindesigner@gmail.com by Monday, Jan 27.

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

St. Theodore’s

The Rev. Reese Riley will celebrate and preach at St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church Communion worship service on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 12:15 p.m. in the sanctuary of Redeemer Lutheran Church. Fellowship with refreshments follows in the easily accessible first floor conference room. 

Join St. Theodore for its combined Lutheran and Episcopal worship service with prayer, reflection and Holy Communion held every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in its sanctuary chapel.

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev’s online synagogue is now on YouTube! People can join the live, interactive service on the YouTube.com channel, “Shabbat Shalom LIVE.”

Rabbi-Cantor Galit Shirah conducts live, online (livestream) Shabbat services every Friday evening at 6 and Saturday morning at 10:30. Services can be accessed on Facebook.com/galityomtov and on YouTube.com. In addition, Rabbi Galit Shirah conducts weekday Ma’ariv (evening) services every Thursday at 4 p.m. for SimShalom.com.  There is a “chat” area where viewers can converse interactively with the rabbi and the global congregation.

The Torah portion this week is “Va’eira,” which begins with the revelation of the Divine Name, continues with the abuse of the Hebrew slaves by Pharaoh, the listing of the names of the leaders of each tribe and the first seven Plagues thrust upon Egypt. As each Plague becomes more and more disastrous, Pharaoh becomes more and more “hard-hearted.”  The Hebrews become disheartened by Pharaoh’s stony reaction to the distress of the Egyptian people, but it all follows God’s plan.

Rabbi-Cantor Galit offers lessons in chanting Torah and Haftarah, Voice lessons and Hebrew lessons. A Modern Hebrew class has started. Anyone interested in lessons should contact Rabbi-Cantor Galit Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email her at duets@icloud.com.

Assembly of God

The hymn sing will feature a dynamic speaker who is recognized globally for her expertise in combating human trafficking and working to end violence against women. The event will start  at 6 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. 

Dr. Sandi Morgan is an ordained pastor with the Assembly of God, earned her PhD degree in Philosophy Intercultural Studies from Biola University and is currently the director of the Global Center for Women and Justice at Vanguard University. She was recently appointed to the White House Private Partnership Advisory Council to End Human Trafficking. In addition to this work, Dr. Morgan is also a pediatric nurse and volunteers with Doctors of the World Athens, Greece.  

The topic of human trafficking is prevalent in the world today and the presentation by Dr. Morgan will be a time for everyone to become more aware of the situation and how to help. The public is welcome.

Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will lead songs selected by those present and Cliff Vanderwal will bring special music. The fellowship time concludes the evening with visiting with friends and sharing treats brought by members.

Associate Pastor Dan will open with praise and prayer and then lead the congregation in worship at the 10:30 a.m. service. Pastor Sam Pawlak will then continue the sermon series on the Ten Commandments, “Man, This Is Living” with a message titled, “God’s Sabbatical.”

The Wednesday Bible study will continue in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, at 10 a.m. as Pastor Sam directs the study from the book of Revelation.

Sa-Rang Church

Inter-faith church celebrates 16 years

The Sa-rang Church is observing its 16th anniversary of the founding of the church on Sunday, Jan. 26, at 11 a.m. The congregation of about 100 members is served by the team of five retired pastors of diverse backgrounds including the Assembly of God, Methodists and Presbyterian. The inter-denominational church is lead by Rev. Kyo Min Soh. The pastors are voluntary and not compensated for their care and services. Each takes turns in preaching, Bible studies and presiding.

Christian Women’s Fellowship Bible Study

Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible study group will meet on Monday, Jan 27, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. The group is studying the book “Women in the Bible.” All residents are welcome. For further information, call  (562) 431-0597 or (562)594-8100.


The Spiritual Living Center, 500 Marina Drive in Seal Beach, is a loving spiritual sanctuary where everyone is welcome and the abundance of life is celebrated through study, inspiration, gratitude and service. Sunday services are held at 9 and 11 a.m., and inspirational music is included.

Ongoing events at the Center include A Course in Miracles discussion group on Mondays from noon-1:30 p.m.; Living and Thriving Through Life After a Loss support group, 10 a.m., the third Saturday of the month; and a Native American Drum Circle Meditation, 6:30 p.m. on the third Wednesdays.

 For more information on classes, workshops and other events, visit the Center’s website at www.sbcsl.org or call the office at 598-3325. 

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, on the third Sunday in Ordinary Time. The First Reading is  Isaiah 8:23-9:3 and the Second Reading is 1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 17.

  Masses and Confessions Schedule

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

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

Mindfulness Meditation

The Buddha Circle will meet for a Mindfulness Meditation session from 2-4 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22 and 30, in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. The sessions are facilitated. Donations are welcome; admission is free. For more information, call (714) 234-8735 or email rebeccagad71954@gmail.com.

The Rock Church

The Rock Church, Seal Beach campus, welcomes everyone to weekly service for all ages at Marina Community Center, Marina Drive, Seal Beach. 

Sunday services are at 9 and 11:15 a.m. in English. Spanish service is at 1:45 p.m. Listen to Sunday messages for free by going to www.gototherock.com. 

For more information call (714)526-8233.

Interfaith Council

The Interfaith Council promotes, facilitates and coordinates the work of the member faiths in our community. It develops spiritual awareness and supports worthwhile enterprises. It meets at 4 p.m. the second Tuesday of each month in Redeemer Lutheran Church. Each religious group that meets in our community may have two representatives, with one vote per group.

The Council sponsors a community Thanksgiving service the Monday before Thanksgiving. All retired clergy in our community.are invited to the Council’s annual dinner in January. For more information call  (562) 598-8697.

The Salvation Army

The  Salvation Army will host a speaker a representative from Wells Fargo Bank on Monday, Jan. 27, at 7 p.m.

The subject will be on Consumer Fraud. Questions and answers will be addressed. This event is open for anyone to attend.


Missed Connection:

Met a woman named Eve or Eva at the library bus stop. Please text Clair at 562-666-6063 1/23



Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000 6/17/20



by Helen

LW Resident 562-421-5811


Business License #WEL0015

Great holiday gift items available!


Piano Lessons for the young and young at heart. Call Ms. Patience at 619-871-3617 3/04



In six weeks I’ll transform you into a Fabulous Singer. I know how it’s done. I have the formula.

I am Valentino.

Many concerts in Clubhouse 1. Many concerts in Clubhouse 4. Many concerts in Orange County. Studied with Robert Goulet. Former Big band singer. 

My fee for six weeks is $450. $350 Cash start, $100- fifth week. 

If your voice is dead, sorry, can’t help you. 

Six weeks is all I need.

Limited two singers.

Make an impression when you sing…or don’t.

Call 562-240-7396 1/15


Photo note cards. Will deliver. Call Gil 562-430-7999 2/7



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.  



General Contractor

Specializing  in  remodeling, Additions, Reconstruction, Window replacement and more! Call for a free estimate. 


License #954725. 1/9


JC Handyman Services

Professional and reliable. specializing in remodeling, plumbing and electrical. . Work warranty. Lic. #BU21900024. 310-951-1403. 2/2020





New triple pane windows, laminate flooring, carpet patio tile/carpet. Painting ceilings made smooth, ceiling lights. Exterior windows, refaced kitchen cabinets, refaced granite quartz countertops.. Lic. #723262. 1/29




Bersi & Sons Furniture Finishers

– In Home Furniture–


Specializing in antiques. 

50 years experience.



We make your SHOWER/TUB brand new and/or convert it to a WALK IN SHOWER serving L.W. since 1999. Nu Kote 562-833-3911 liscense #699080. 2/21




Licensed and insured.

Dan (562) 841-3787.

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 4/9



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


       562-596-0559. 1/29




(562) 600-0014

LW resident, Rich Livitsky.

Seal Beach Business License

#LIV0004. 1/24

Leisure World 

Helping Leisure World

Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call week days between 9 am-5 pm, 714-955-2885, 562-296-5834.




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



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


Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Maria Giegerich 562-596-9983. Free of charge.


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

(714) 855-8465. Seal Beach Business

License MOR0008. 1/15


In home hair care, serving the men 

and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 1/27


Hair and Nail Salon

Hair Stylist, 25 years experience. Shampoo and roller set, cut, perm, color, manicure/pedicure. Warm and friendly service. Available for in-house appointments for special occasion, $100+. Tammy Nguyen, 714-425-4198. Phenix Salon. 1/23




Electrologist w/25+ yrs Experience

Marlyn Palmquist, CPE.



The Sanctuary Salon,

12800 Seal Beach Blvd., D

Seal Beach Business License



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



Retired License Esthetician from Medical Spa. LW Resident. EYE BROW, EYELINE, LIP. Facial Waxing, Kim. 904-716-9933 Leave message or email beautiface@gmail.com 1/23



Just Like Your Daughter

Personal Assistant/

Girl Friday

Available for: 

errands, scheduling and 

transportation for medical


patient advocate, shopping, domestic organization, 

paperwork, bill pay

All with compassion 

and care.

Just Like Your Daughter

Call Janice, 714-313-4450

SB Lic. #JUS0006/Bonded 1/15


Affordable Caregiver. Assist with showers, Dr. Appointments, medications, light house-keeping, etc. Live in Long Beach #ROD0003

Elizabeth 951-867-1275 1/15



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. 1/15


Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part time, full time, live-in (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business Lic #CAM0006.



Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 3/19



Referral Agency. Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License #BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 6/10/20


Experienced Personal Assistant Available. I can help with:

Grocery shopping

Home organization

Walking Dogs

Watering Plants

House Sitting

Holiday Cards

And more!

I would love to help you out with day to day errands. I’m a local resident in seal beach. Call Ashley 

949-216-0457 1/15/20







Over 30 years Experience!

Seal Beach Business

License #AB0001. 1/29



We make your home sparkle! 7 days – call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001a

Call  562-505-1613 1/30



Windows 10% off first cleaning

General housecleaning

Excellent referrals in LW

(562) 307-3861. 

20 years experience.

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 1/30/19


General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach Business license RAZ0002. Gloria 949-371-7425 1/15


Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal Beach License LUC0001.3/20


Computer Repair


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

 SB License FUH0001. 3/18/2020




Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. 

Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.   

   License #CIP0001 2/27

Health & fitness

Helping Seniors Improve 

their Quality of Life.  

Look Good – Feel Good – Move Better

Mobility / Flexibility / Balance / Strength / Nutrition

Call Coach Justen (714) 943-0205


Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale

Golf Cart, Sales, parts and services 714-292-9124 1/30


Mobility Chairs, Espree Atlas, Pride Jazzy Air, Quantum Edge.

All 3 years old. Each at 20% of sale price. Will provide photos and specs.

714-856-6117 1/23


Victory Pride Scooter for sale – like new, had it for four months. Brand new batteries for $250. $900 Firm. 714-271-1370 1/23 



Boat, 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. 1/08/20


A PERSONAL DRIVER IS WITHIN YOUR REACH Conscientious, Dependable, Professional. Providing locals trustworthy affordable transportation. perfect for patients, professionals, and anyone who needs regular or sporadic transportation.

 CALL 562-537-1298. James. 1/15


Rides by Russ, with the personal touch

For over 4 years I have been giving all types of rides to Leisure World residents. Rides to the airports, doctors, cruise ports, shopping and errands I also enjoy helping my neighbors with chores and maintenance around their homes. Russ 714-655-1544. 2/29. 


Personal driver. LW resident. Goes

to airports, hospitals, doctors offices,

stores. Drives by Gary. 

714-658-9457. 01/22


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 1/16


Inexpensive shuttle, airports,

markets, doctors, etc. 562-881-2093.

SB License #ABL0001. 1/23


Wanted: Small and growing company needs a marketing, advertising and sales specialist? We will provide training. You will work from your home. For more info: Jamesbkent@gmail.com 1/23

Autos/Boats/RV’s Trailers FOR SALE


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



No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 4/9



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


Hi, My name is Pepper. My owner can no longer take care of me. I need  a new forever home. I am an older cat but I can be sweet. If you are interested, please call Pamela at 562-443-8262 1/22


Nail cutting, Bathing, in home for cats and small dogs. Call or message

562-544-9555 SBlicense#Jen0006 1/23


T.V. stand with small electric fireplace,  $50. Dark wood, 42 & 1/2” W x 30- & 1/2” H x 15 “ deep. 562-594-7549. 1/23


For Sale: Imogen 3 portable okygen with 30+ Kannulas, carrying case and two batteries, $500. Call 562-240-5273 1/23


Beautiful Brown leather recliner. Great condition. Can’t deliver, must pick up. $100. 562-431-1520.


1930s Waterfall four piece bedroom set. Very good condition, $500. Must be able to pick up. 404-964-1158 1/23Red scooter “Phantom” 3 wheels -indoor/outdoor with battery. $350 good. Electric bed single raises/lowers $90. End table-file $15. Call 562-596-4888. 1/15


Companion Lawn Crypt (double) for sale at Forest Lawn, Cypress. Space 1 AB Lot 5916.Located in the Garden of Protection section.Situated adjacent to the Ascension Mausoleum. Forest Lawn has valued this Companion Crypt at $12,000. Our asking price is $9,5000 plus Forest awn’s $250 transfer fee. If interested, please call Juliet at 714-767-1439 or 562-296-8802.  2/7


Estate sale by owner

January 25, 9-3 13461 S. Fairfield #60B. Living, dining, bedroom furniture, kitchen items, clothes and more. 1/23


Patio Sale 1651 Tam O’Shanter 9J


Estate Sale – 1461 Pelham Rd., Mutual 6 – Apt. 132E. Thursday, Jan. 23 and Friday, Jan 24, from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. La-Z-Boy sofa bed, loveseat, antique hutch, drop leaf tables, bookcases, dressers, queen bed. Francisca, Mikasa, Fenton Carnival glass. Costume jewelry, microwave, safe, patio furniture, exercise equipment. Estate Sales by Docia Drake, 714-514-8232. P.O. Box 427, Seal Beach Bus. License ESD0001. 


Patio Sale

1710 Interlachen Rd #40C, Mutual 12

1/23 and 1/24, 9 to 2. Metal shelf, tools, clothes, household and camping stuff