April 22 2021
Coffee with a Cop is April 28
Seal Beach Mayor Joe Kalmick is inviting the community to meet with him and the Seal Beach Police Department at a virtual Coffee with a Cop event. The event will be held on Wednesday, April 28, at 5 p.m.
Often the community’s only interaction with the police is during a time of emergency or other crisis. The community can be left with questions about police practices and procedures.
Coffee with a Cop events are designed to provide an opportunity for the community to ask questions, voice concerns and get to know their police department.
The relaxed nature of this event is intended to allow the SBPD to get to know the community, and for community members to get to know the officers who serve Seal Beach.
The event is informal with no speeches, presentations or agendas. The goal is to strengthen the relationship between the City of Seal Beach, the SBPD and the community.
The event will be held on Facebook Live. Those interested in joining the Seal Beach Police Department for this event can visit the SBPD’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/SealBeachPoliceDepartment.
For more information about the Seal Beach Police Department or this virtual Coffee with a Cop event, contact Lt. Nick Nicholas at firstname.lastname@example.org or (562) 799-4100, ext. 1160.
WHAT || The GRF is considering adopting an emergency text alert system for Leisure World residents.
HOW || The survey is available online at lwsb.com and on page 19 of this issue. Residents are asked to fill out the survey and drop them in the mail slot at the LW Weekly or go online and take it.
Take Back Day is Saturday
The Seal Beach Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will host a Drug Take Back day on Saturday, April 24, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Residents can prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring pills for disposal to the front gate of Leisure World. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
People can scratch out identifying information on the prescription drug label to make it unreadable. This will help to protect personal health information.
People must not share prescription drugs.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash— pose potential safety and health hazards.
Visit the DEA’s website at www.deatakeback.com or call (800) 882-9539 for more information and to find an authorized collection center in your community.
The site also provides valuable information about DEA’s National Take-Back Initiative.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day event, visit https://takebackday.
—from the SB Police Department
Register at the Fitness Center
The Fitness Center opened April 12, and people need to register for their workouts. Here’s what you need to know:
• Reserve a 45-minute session the day before you want to work out online.
• Go to www.lwsb.com/reserve and click on the “Exercise Guy” icon.
• A screen will appear with the available time slots for the next day. The site becomes active on each day at 8 a.m.
• Choose a preferred time. Click it, and a form will appear. Fill out the form and hit “submit.” A confirmation will appear.
• A confirmation will also be emailed from Calendly. People can cancel reservations by clicking “cancel” at the bottom of that email.
• Phone reservations are only available on the actual day of the desired workout if any time slots are still available. Priority will be given to online reservations. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 401.
• Bring a GRF ID, a mask and a towel to the Fitness Center, but leave backpacks, purses, and valuables in your vehicle or at home.
8. If you arrive early, stay downstairs, socially distanced from other residents.
While you exercise, the attendant will register you, place a strip on your ID, then return it to you when you leave. Bring it with you each time you exercise.
Please leave the area immediately after your workout to allow time for disinfecting prior to the next group.
GRF reserves the right to disallow excessive reservations per week in order to allow equitable opportunities to everyone while attendance is restricted.
For complete rules under which the Fitness Center operates during Covid restrictions, click here: 1868071 (powerdms.com).
Earth Day at the Aquarium
The Aquarium of the Pacific, 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, will hold a virtual festival for its 21st annual Earth Day celebration.
The public aquarium on a 5-acre site on Rainbow Harbor is home to 11,000 animals and a 350,000-gallon shark tank.
In honor of Earth Day, it will do animal meet-and-greets and give everyday tips on how to protect the environment.
A virtual event will be held from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on April 24. Check the Aquarium of the Pacific social channels or website for more programing information.
Starting on Earth Day, today, April 22, the aquarium is asking the public to participate in an ongoing cleanup initiative through its newest community science program called T.R.A.S.H. Citizen scientists can also help by taking part in its local sea turtle monitoring project to help this threatened population of green sea turtles. For more information, call (562) 590-3100 or visit aquariumofpacific.org/events.
City of Seal Beach seeks input for 2021-22 budget
The City of Seal Beach is in the early stages of budget development for fiscal year 2021-22. In an ongoing effort to encourage community participation and expand community input, the city is introducing a Community Engagement Survey to gather feedback from residents on their budgetary spending priorities. These priorities will be considered during the development of the proposed fiscal year 2021-22 budget.
Community members will be able to communicate what activities, services and capital improvement projects are most important to them, and how the city is doing overall in providing services and programs to the community.
The survey can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SealBeach2021CommSurvey. In conjunction with the survey, the city has updated its budget website at https://www.sealbeachca.gov/Departments/Finance/Budget and created a new email where community members can send questions and comments related to the budget. The new email account is email@example.com.
In May, the City of Seal Beach will hold a budget town hall meeting and two city council budget workshops to solicit additional input from the community about the proposed annual budget. The town hall meeting will provide residents with an opportunity to give feedback and ask questions related to the city’s proposed fiscal year 2021-22 budget.
SBPD Crime Reports
A pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle while walking in a parking lot on Wednesday, April 14, at about 11:11 a.m., the Seal Beach Police Department has reported.
SBPD received a call of a traffic collision involving a vehicle and a pedestrian in the parking lot of the U.S. Postal Office located at 2929 Westminster Ave.
Upon arrival, officers discovered that a vehicle collided with an adult, female pedestrian. Orange County Fire Authority personnel responded; however, the pedestrian was pronounced deceased at the scene.
The preliminary investigation revealed that the pedestrian was walking near the building when she was struck by a vehicle driving through the parking lot. No other vehicles or pedestrians were involved, and the driver of the vehicle was uninjured.
This is an ongoing investigation, anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Officer Cory Montgomery at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1623 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
A vehicle theft suspect is in custody after leading police on a pursuit through Orange County.
On April 15, at about 6:22 a.m. while getting ready for work, a resident discovered that his vehicle was no longer parked in the driveway of his house.
Realizing that the vehicle theft had occurred within the previous few minutes, the resident called the police and began searching the neighborhood for the stolen vehicle. He located the stolen vehicle near the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Bolsa Avenue. Officers immediately responded to the area and located the vehicle driving on Westminster Avenue. When they attempted to stop the car, the driver fled at a high rate of speed. Officers pursued the vehicle as it drove through west Orange County.
The pursuing officers followed the vehicle into the city of Santa Ana, where the driver attempted to run away.
The suspect was taken into custody without incident moments later with the assistance of the Santa Ana Police Department, California Highway Patrol, an Orange County Sheriff’s Department helicopter and a Cypress Police Department canine officer. The driver was uninjured.
Officers later discovered that the suspect was a 17-year-old juvenile male from Anaheim.
He was later booked at Orange County Juvenile Hall.
This is an ongoing investigation. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact Detective Bruno Balderrama at (562) 799-4100, ext. 1109, or email@example.com.
Friends Bookstore to reopen
The Friends Bookstore, which benefits the LW Library, will reopen on Wednesday, May 5, with hours of operation on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday from noon-3 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the bookstore will be open by appointment only (no walk-ins) with a limit of three visitors at one time. Appointments are for 30 minutes. Call (562) 596-7735 starting Monday, April 26, or any Monday after that between noon-3 p.m. to make appointments.
During the past year, the Friends Bookstore offered a bag of books for $5. This service will be discontinued as of April 30. Thanks to everyone who participated, especially the volunteers who filled and delivered orders.
CAP Food Distribution
Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4. The next food distribution will be May 20. Every third Thursday from 9-11 a.m., qualified people receive 40 pounds of food, including canned fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, juice, cereal and more.
Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,354 a month for one person; $1,832 for a two-person household; and $2,311 for a three-person household. To sign up, bring a photo ID and proof of income (Social Security/SSI statement, letter or bank statement or paycheck stub).
Coyote sightings continue to blow up Leisure World’s Facebook and NextDoor pages, with coyotes spotted in almost every Mutual and in the flood channel along Golden Rain Road.
Residents are urged to be cautious and keep pets close by.
There have been no reports of threatening coyote behavior in LW.
Loud noises will scare off the animals, which are typically frightened of humans and run from conflict.
The best way to repel coyotes, which are common in the area this time of year, is to practice hazing, which tends to move them on to more hospitable locales, according to animal control.
Hazing techniques include:
•Yell and wave your arms while approaching a coyote.
•Use noisemakers such as whistles, air horns, bells or soda cans filled with pennies to scare the coyote.
•Throw sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls or rubber balls at the coyote.
•Use hoses, water guns or spray bottles.
Animal control experts recommend that residents follow these precautions to keep the coyotes away from neighborhoods:
•Close the lids of community garbage containers after trash is placed inside. This will eliminate a food source for the animal.
•Protect pets and do not leave any pet food or water in patio areas.
•Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
•Be aware of surroundings while walking dogs, especially in the evening and early morning hours.
•Don’t leave doors or windows open, and make sure vents are screened so there is no access to apartments.
Never approach a sick, injured or cornered coyote.
Animal control will only respond if the coyote is sick or injured or if it is threatening or attacking a person.
For more information from Seal Beach’s contracted provider, contact the Long Beach Animal Care Services, at (562) 570-7387.
It is a violation of state law to feed wildlife because it alters their natural behaviors.
405 Freeway Improvement Update
The Orange County Transportation Authority, in cooperation with Caltrans, is widening the San Diego Freeway (I-405) between SR-73 and I-605.The project is improving 16 miles of I-405 between the SR-73 freeway in Costa Mesa and I-605 near the Los Angeles County line. Construction updates are as follows:
SR-22 On-Ramp from Old Ranch Parkway to Close
The Old Ranch Parkway on-ramp to the westbound SR-22 is closed for about eight months to accommodate freeway widening.
Activities include demolition, excavation, grading, drainage and electrical system installation, concrete pours, and asphalt paving.
Work hours are from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m. Nighttime work hours are 9 p.m.-6 a.m.
Partial Lane Closures on Seal Beach Boulevard
Crews have begun traffic signal construction at the intersection of Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson Avenue and the intersection of Seal Beach Boulevard and the NB I-405 freeway ramps.
Activities include the installation of temporary wooden poles, traffic signal heads and electrical work.
Temporary traffic signal construction is now underway.
Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson Avenue will be intermittently reduced to two lanes at the intersection for the duration of the job.
Nighttime work hours are 9 p.m.-6 a.m.
Bolsa Chica Road Closure
Crews closed the sidewalk at the intersection of Old Bolsa Chica Road and Bolsa Chica Road for sidewalk, curb, pedestrian ramp and traffic signal construction on April 6. The job is expected to last approximately two months.
Activities include k-rail placement, demolition and restriping on Old Bolsa Chica Road.
SB I-405 Off-Ramp to Bolsa Chica Road Closed
Crews have closed the southbound I-405 off-ramp to Bolsa Chica for approximately one year for Bolsa Chica bridge construction.
Almond Avenue Update
Demolition and reconstruction of the sound walls along Almond Avenue in College Park East are anticipated to start soon. Crews will install a temporary sound barrier prior to demolition.
Bolsa Chica Road
Continuation of pile driving for the Bolsa Chica bridge over I-405 along the center median and southbound I-405 at Bolsa Chica bridge. The work is ongoing 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays for approximately two months. Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m., and some activities may occur from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. as needed.
ID renewals at Stock Transfer
GRF members are required to have GRF photo identification cards for access to amenities, all transfers (membership, removing/adding someone to a title, replacing lost certificates, etc.) and to be a candidate for GRF and Mutual board representation.
The Stock Transfer Office issues IDs, which expire every five years, in a rotating schedule. In 2020, Mutuals 2, 10, 16 and 17 were up for ID renewals, but only 915 out of 1,326 residents did so.
In a year of unprecedented pandemic, which shut down amenities and GRF departments, and isolated people at home, it’s understandable that some did not get their IDs renewed.
The Stock Transfer Office is ready to issue new IDs to those in Mutuals 2, 10, 16 and 17 who still need them and reminds residents in Mutuals 3, 4 and 5 that they need to renew IDs in 2021.
No appointment is needed. People can stop at the Stock Transfer Office on the ground floor of the Administration Building during business hours. The office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. by window-service only. The office is closed to the public.
Residents will need to bring their expired ID cards. Expiration dates are located on the right side of ID cards.
Lost or stolen cards can be replaced by completing a Certificate of Lost ID form in the Stock Transfer Office. There is a $20 replacement fee, which can be waived if there is a police report that can be verified by the Stock Transfer Office.
CalFresh can help qualifying Leisure World residents receive healthy fruits and vegetables, among other groceries. Recipients receive a card similar to a debit card with money loaded every month to shop for more fruit, vegetables, protein and other healthy foods.
CalFresh is funded by the USDA and administered through the Community Action Partnership in Leisure World to help improve the health and nutrition of people with lower incomes.
Requirements to Apply:
• You must have at least one citizen or legal permanent resident with a Social Security number living in your household (including children).
• You may qualify for CalFresh even if you have a full- or part-time job.
• Gross monthly income must be less than the amounts listed: One-person household, $2,128; two-person household, $2,874.
• Seniors, those on SSI or those with a disability can apply and may be eligible for CalFresh.
• Documents needed to apply: photo ID, Social Security card, proof of income and resident card (if applicable, receipt of rent and receipt of one utility bill).
Upon application, income and many other factors are taken into account to determine eligibility. For more information or to apply online, call 1-800-281-9799 or go to https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/.
—from the California
Department of Social Services
Perspectives Page 4
Letters to the Editor
I want to express my great thanks to our LW Library. For an entire year, they supplied me with audiotapes.
I would order them by phone, and the reduced staff would gather them up and give me a phone call to pick them up at the door. All the while, they were very gracious—amazing service!
The article containing a “comprehensive overview” of the Leisure World pool upgrade (April 15) contains the same old information.
The timeline does not include that shareholders were told that there would be a pool opening in April 2019, then in September 2019, and then in April 2021.
I was a GRF officer for two years, and I was an officer for Mutual 9 for five years. Now I am a shareholder in Mutual 9.
Mutual director positions are all volunteer jobs. These residents are unpaid officers of Mutual corporations. Their job is to keep the buildings and common property of each mutual in good working condition so that each shareholder has the opportunity to have their share of stock increase in value.
There are rules that have been established, and the directors, on occasion, must inform shareholders if they are infringing on these rules.
I am concerned because lately I have been witness to shareholders taking their frustrations out on some of our directors. Our directors should be given heartfelt thanks for the hours they spend trying to do this job.
Changes in state law create new problems that directors have to manage with the aid of their lawyers.
I am noticing actions by some shareholders that made me think of a bully. You know the kind I mean, the belligerent kid who could always be counted on to pick on the smaller kid. I have learned bullies don’t change—they just grow older.
I hope other shareholders realize how childish and even cruel the bullies’ actions are toward our hardworking officers.
Take the time to thank your director for all the hard work he or she is doing.
Ralphs grocery store and Food 4 Less in Long Beach, both owned by Kroger, have closed. The Ralphs store will not be reopening, and this may also be the case with the Food 4 Less store.
The closings are due to the mandatory $4 per hour added wage during the COVID-19 pandemic.
We can help prevent more closings. Please, if you are able:
• Bag or box your own purchases. This will greatly help out the cashiers and box boys and girls
• When going into the store, take an abandoned shopping cart from the lot with you. After all, you are going that way anyway.
• When leaving, return the cart you have used to the place provided for ease of return by an employee.
I use bags that open with a fold-down bottom, which makes them as easy to use as filling a box. If you want more information, I’m in the directory.
I, for one, do not want to travel another 5-10 miles to get to another grocery store.
Thanking you in advance for your much needed help.
I would like to respond to a letter to the editor dated April 8, 2021, which was written by Donald Hodel. I agree with his first paragraph; racism is a scourge in our society. His letter turned political, and it became the very thing he objected to in racism. He used the word “dogma,” which means “the tendency to lay down principles as incontrovertibly true, without consideration of evidence or the opinions of others.” He condemned a whole group of people for supporting President Trump in the last election. This is wrong.
Personally, my approach to politics and candidates is based on right and wrong.
My guidance comes from the Bible, not the U.S. Constitution, not the Democrat Party, Republican Party or any other group. Of all the publications ever written, the Bible has proved to be perfect because it was inspired by our God. Whether the issue is abortion, marriage or how to deal with our fellow man, it is in the Bible.
I would suggest that people not group each of us based on how we vote, but instead consider that we give a lot of thought to the issue or candidate based on what is best for our fellow man in this United States.
Racism hurts everyone whether you are the victim or being wrongly accused of it.
What happened to our golf tee boxes?
In November and December 2019, GRF spent $67,000-plus to improve the tee boxes at the golf course. A company by the name of Eagle Golf Construction did the work. They raised and graded the boxes. Put in tee sand starter fertilizer, Tifway 419 hybrid Bermuda sod, watered and rolled.
This is not what we have today. Over the year, the tee boxes ended up muddy and dirty. What went wrong?
I called Eagle Golf. They told me no one from LW called them to come back out and see what happened.
This is totally unacceptable, totally incompentent, $67,000-plus wasted.
Editor’s Note: The following response was supplied by GRF Physical Property Manager David Rudge: We are grateful to residents who share information to raise awareness of conditions and work together for solutions and take action to correct conditions. Eagle Golf completed the project in a good and workmanlike manner. The question is asked, “What happened?” The tee soil temperature dropped below 55 degrees, and, as the warm season turf became dormant, Poa and weeds became dominant. The new golf course contractor, who is committed to improving the conditions, took over the course maintenance in January. Understanding spring warmth will bring an opportunity for growth, the tees were treated for Poa and weeds, which left dormant Tifway 419, that in areas were dirt and muddy. Fertilizer was applied and trees were trimmed to allow sun on the tees to increase soil temperature to 55 degrees, which will initiate growth (65-plus degrees is optimal).
What is being done so this never happens again? Tee conditions will be added to the Total Quality Checklist for the Golf Course as staff continues to monitor and improve conditions. The April 9 tee condition report sent to the Board has a photo of No. 33 tee from a different direction and shows improvement. Tifway 419 is growing, and as temperatures warm up, the tees will continue to improve.
The “Project Update” tab on the GRF drop down menu at LWSB.com is a new place to get updates on ongoing GRF projects.
Ribbons have come to symbolize many different causes. I was so distressed about the recent occurrence in Leisure World regarding one of our residents, that I wanted to find a way to express my opinion about the beautiful diversity we are so fortunate to have in Leisure World.
So, if you happen to walk down by my home in Mutual 2, you will see orange bows to let you know that no matter who you are, I’m glad you are here. If I’m sitting out on my porch, you are welcome to come sit a spell. I would love to get to know you.
Paula “Sandy” Hines
Thank you GRF for a wonderful remodel of the Fitness Center. The equipment is state of the art, and there are plenty options for all levels—job well done.
Now about that pool.
I suppose the article about the pool titled, “Late Summer Opening Eyed” (April 15) was supposed to bring cheers and accolades for such a thorough and conscientious job well done. Especially knowing the “project is teeming with underlying activity.” Hardly. It was like being punched in the stomach. Two summers without a pool! I have two words for that, or maybe one compound word starting with a “B.”
Time and time again, I have read through these pool updates, and I wonder how many residents noticed the seven-month gap in the time line from July 13, 2020, to February 19, 2021, where there are absolutely no entries. On the one hand, I have to applaud the seeming “transparency.” On the other hand it seems quite obvious that a curtain has been drawn over this time period.
Frankly, heads should roll. This project is a disgrace, and I doubt it will be added to anyone’s resume as a job well done.
Mutual 9 Editor:
I was so impressed with the article “We Are the World,” by Randy Ankeny (April 7). I felt his sincere concern for our community over the racist problem that exists. I’m requesting that the article be repeated many times so everyone has an opportunity to be reminded of our duty to one another.
Thank you for your consideration in keeping us informed of the activities in the community and for your consideration in repeating “We are the World.”
GRF BOD Monthly Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, April 27, 10 a.m.
Clubhouse 4 and via Livestream
To view the live GRF Board meeting, go to www.lwsb.com. The live-streaming uses YouTube live and terminates at the close of the meeting.
1) Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance
2) Roll Call
3) President’s Comments
4) Seal Beach City Council Member’s Update
5) Health Care Advisory Board Update
6) Shareholder/Member Comments
a) Written, submitted prior to meeting
b) Verbal, via live streaming
Note: Foundation Shareholders/Members are permitted to make comments before the meeting business of the Board begins. The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Each speaker is limited to: four minutes when there are no more than 15 speakers; three minutes for 16-25; and two minutes for more than 26.
7) Consent Calendar
a) Committee/Board meetings for the Month of March
i) Minutes of the Recreation Committee Board Meeting, March 1
ii) Minutes of the Physical Property Committee Board Meeting, March 3
iii) Minutes of the Communications/IT Committee Board Meeting, March 11
iv) Minutes of the Executive Committee Board Meeting, March 12
b) GRF Board of Directors Minutes, March 23
c) GRF Special Board of Directors Minutes, April 5
d) GRF Special Board of Directors Minutes, April 13
e) March GRF Board Report, dated April 27
f) Accept Financial Statements, March, for Audit
g) Approve Reserve Funds Investment Purchase
h) Approve Capital Funds Investment Purchase
a) COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee
b) Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee
c) Website Ad Hoc Committee
9) New Business
a) AB 3182 Ad Hoc Committee
i) FINAL VOTE: Amend 70-1400-1, Use of GRF (Trust) Facilities
b) Communications/IT Committee
i) Consent Calendar
1. Adopt 20-5585-3, Advertising Procedures
2. Amend 20-5585-1, Advertising
3. Amend 20-5585-2, Advertising Policy—Fees
4. Amend 20-2806-1, Community Publications
5. Rescind 20-2806-2, Community Publications—Fees
6. Rescind 20-2850-3, Advertising Commissions
7. Rescind 20-2860-1, Establishing Advertising Rates
8. Rescind 20-2861-1, Advertising for Estate and Patio Sales
9. Rescind 20-2866-1, Bilingual Advertising
10. Rescind 20-5581-1, Communications Department Advertising
11. Rescind 20-5583-3, Minibus Advertising
c) COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee
i) Approve Reopening Table Tennis, Clubhouse 6
ii) Approve Reopening Picnic Area, Clubhouse 1
iii) Rescind 70-1448-3, Golf Course—Emergency Operational Procedure
iv) Rescind 70-1448-3F, Fitness Center—Emergency Operational Procedure
d) Executive Committee
i) Amend 50-1610-3, GRF Membership Eligibility Criteria
ii) Capital & Reserve Funding Requests—Administration Department Workstation Improvements, Phase II
e) Finance Committee
i) Approve Release of Spreadsheet of Services Provided to the Mutual Corporations
ii) Operating Funds Request—Prepaid Dynamic Support Hours
f) Mutual Administration
i) Amend 50-1023-1, GRF Pet Ownership Rules
ii) Amend 50-5165-3, Mutual Administration & Service Maintenance Charter
g) Physical Property Committee
i) Emergency Action: Replacement of HVAC Unit Four, Clubhouse 6
ii) Approve Cancellation of Contract—Storage Closet, Clubhouse 3
iii) Capital Funding Request—Fireplace Renovation, Clubhouse 3
iv) Approve Contract for Elevator Service, Building 5
h) Recreation Committee
i) Approval of Non-scheduled Amphitheater Events (Movies and Shows), Summer 2021
10) Board Member Comments
11) Next Meeting/Adjournment
The next regular GRF Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for May 25 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.
Submissions for the LW Weekly
The editorial deadline is 4 p.m. on Thursday for the following Thursday’s edition.
People may email articles or drop them into the letter slot at the front of the News Building, located on the east side of the Amphitheater. See page 4 of any edition for a list of section editors and their email addresses.
Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule. Public health and safety measures will be in place to protect membership and staff, with limited in-person seating at Clubhouse 4. Physical distancing and wearing a face mask are required.
Tues., April 27 GRF Board Monthly Meeting
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Mon., May 3 Recreation Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Wed., May 5 Physical Property Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Thurs., May 6 COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Fri., May 7 GRF Board Executive Session
virtual 1 p.m.
Mon., May 10 Mutual Administration Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change).
Thurs., April 22 Mutual 1
virtual 9 a.m.
Fri., April 23 Mutual 6
virtual 9:30 a.m.
Mon., April 26 Mutual 8 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)
virtual 9:30 a.m.
Wed., April 28 Mutual 10
virtual 9 a.m.
Tues., May 4 Mutual 16
virtual 9:30 a.m.
Tues., May 4 Mutual 17
virtual 1:30 p.m.
Mutual 3 Town
Mutual 3 Shareholders are invited to a Bylaws Town Hall Meeting on April 28 from 2-4 p.m. The presentation regarding the proposed bylaws for Mutual 3 will be via Zoom and conference call by Roseman Law APC.
Those who intend to attend or want to speak during the open forum should provide their name, unit number and telephone number to Mutual Administration via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (562) 431-6586, ext. 329, no later than 3 p.m. April 27.
GRF trust streets are swept on the fourth Thursday of the month. Parked vehicles must be removed from trust streets before midnight the night before.
Contact Mutual directors to find out when your carports are scheduled for sweeping.
LW Community Guide 2021
The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the production of the LW Community Guide in 2020. If there are any changes to your information for the White Pages from 2019, or if you weren’t included in 2019 but want to be in 2021, contact email@example.com with your name and address and/or phone number.
COMMENTS/QUESTIONS FROM THE MEMBERSHIP
April 27 GRF Board of Directors Meeting
Submit your request to the GRF Board Office, P.O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740, Mrs. Deanna Bennett, Executive Coordinator, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 23. You may also drop off your question/comment at the Stock Transfer Office, Attention Deanna Bennett or email your question/comment to firstname.lastname@example.org. Comments received after the deadline will not be read during the meeting.
Today’s Date: _____________
Your Name (please print): ________________________
Mutual #_____ Apt#______
My Subject is: _________________________________
The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Time limits per speaker are limited to: four minutes for 15 or fewer speakers; three minutes for 16-25 speakers; and two minutes for more than 26 speakers.
Health & Fitness
Getting a COVID shot is not the end of precautions
by Patty Marsters
Before life can return to the normalcy we remember of 2019, we need to reach herd immunity. Herd immunity occurs when enough people become immune to a disease to make its spread unlikely. As a result, the entire community is protected, even those who are not themselves immune. With COVID-19, herd immunity can be achieved through vaccination, and even though anyone 16 and older who wants to be vaccinated can now do so, it will still take time. Plus, no vaccine has yet been approved for a large part of the global population, children 15 and younger. So estimates for when we will reach herd immunity range from late summer to early 2022.
Even those who are fully vaccinated (people who are 14 days or more past the last dose) need to be cautious. Getting COVID-19 is still possible. In clinical trials, the Pfizer-BioNTech (administered at Leisure World’s vaccine clinics) and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines were about 95 percent effective in preventing symptomatic COVID-19 after two doses, and the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine was found to be between 66.1-72 percent effective. Though these vaccines are highly effective against severe disease and death from the virus, there’s a chance you could get infected—and that you can infect others, who can then infect other people.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other health experts recommend you keep wearing a mask and maintaining physical distance to help slow the spread of COVID-19 until we can reach herd immunity. This is especially important when you are in any public place.
But you can feel safe visiting with family and friends. According to the CDC, fully vaccinated people can gather indoors in small groups with other fully vaccinated people without masks or physical distancing with unvaccinated people who aren’t at high risk.
If you put off routine medical care such as dental checkups and visits to the optometrist until you felt safer or were vaccinated, it’s okay to start making those appointments. Stop putting off that colonoscopy or elective surgery. “Being vaccinated, now is the safest it has been to have surgery in well over a year,” says Beverly Philip, M.D., president of the American Society of Anesthesiologists. However, you may want to hold off on getting a mammogram until four to six weeks after you are fully vaccinated. Many women develop swelling in the lymph nodes in their underarm after vaccination, the CDC says, and while that swelling is a normal sign that your body is building protection to the coronavirus, it could cause a false mammogram reading.
As more things open and we get closer to herd immunity, keep your vaccine card handy. Researchers from Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, are studying how long the vaccines’ protective immunity will last. According to Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla, people are likely to need a third dose of a COVID-19 vaccine within a year of getting fully vaccinated, and they may subsequently need annual shots to protect against the virus and its variants. Your vaccine card will help confirm which vaccine you received and when you received it in the event that you need a booster.
Zumba and Dance Fitness Clubs
There are two low-impact dance clubs you can join, both of which meet at Veterans Park.
Zumba Club meets on Mondays at 5 p.m., and the Dance Fitness Club comes together on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Both are free during the pandemic.
For more information, contact Jim Blanchard at (714) 487-2446.
COVID-19 Test Kits
Saliva and nostril test kits are available at no cost for people who live in Orange County and are asymptomatic or have exposure concerns. The kits include prepaid return shipping.
Register online via occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-testing; orders will be fulfilled within 24-48 hours.
Meals on Wheels, Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals for $8.25 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 2, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice.
Thursday, April 22: Hawaiian chicken with pineapple, brown rice and Oriental vegetables; vanilla pudding; ham, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus Asian coleslaw.
Friday, April 23: Beef stew with potatoes, celery and carrots and onions, and biscuit; fresh orange; entrée Greek chicken salad with tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese and vinaigrette dressing, plus crackers.
Monday, April 26: Oven-baked chicken breast with lemon-pepper sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and seasoned cauliflower; jello with fruit; egg-salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, plus marinated beet-and-onion salad.
Tuesday, April 27: Pork loin with apple-berry sauce, creamy noodles, and peas and onions; vanilla pudding; Chinese chicken salad with Mandarin oranges, cabbage, carrots, onion and Asian dressing, plus crackers.
Wednesday, April 28: Polish sausage with sautéed onions and red bell peppers, baked beans, and broccoli and cauliflower; fresh tangerine; ham-and-cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus macaroni salad.
Events at the HCC
by CJ Blomquist
Spring is finally here, and though we can’t yet meet in person, we can enjoy one another’s company virtually. Open the windows and enjoy a fresh breeze while learning some new skills and having a little fun at the same time. The following classes are free and open to everyone in Leisure World.
Stability and Balance. Balance is important for everyone, especially as we get older. Strengthen your balance and stability with these online classes taught by an instructor certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, and Balance & Stability. She also has a certification from the Fitness Aging Group and an ACE Group exercise certificate. Join us every Tuesday from 10-11 a.m. on Zoom: us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530.
Laughter Yoga. Do you have enough laughter in your life? Did you know that you can turn laughing into exercise? Combine laughter with yoga breathing to bring more oxygen to the body and brain, which will make you feel healthier and more energetic. Yoga mats are not required, as exercises are conducted in chairs. No RSVP is necessary. Join us every other Friday, starting May 7, from 1-2 p.m. on Zoom: scanhealthplan.zoom.us/j/97655894458.
Let’s De-stress. Stress is a normal part of life, but how you deal with that stress makes a big difference in your health. Connect with others and learn tips to better manage the stress in your life. Each session ends with a gratitude meditation. Join us the fourth Wednesday of every month from 10-11 a.m. on Zoom: scanhealthplan.zoom.us/j/95741470401.
If you have any questions, contact Grecia Nunez, the HCC’s senior ambassador, via email at email@example.com.
Arts & Leisure
Literary Art Contest winners honor love of classics
by Patty Marsters
Winners of the Leisure World Library’s Literature Art Contest were announced on April 16 at the conclusion of the public display of entries in Veterans Plaza. LWers were asked to re-create a scene or pay tribute to a suggested famous work of fiction using any artistic medium.
A painting of the main characters from “The Hobbit” gazing at the Ring won Susie Ralston of Mutual 15 first place honors. Annette Canale of Mutual 6 used a double knitting technique to create a reversible scarf featuring imagery from “Alice in Wonderland”; her efforts earned her second place. And the prolific Alfredo Martinez of Mutual 9 took third place with his portrait of Frankenstein. All received Visa gift cards as prizes.
Among the 14 official entries were works depicting “The Wizard of Oz,” “To Kill a Mockingbird,” “The Old Man and the Sea,” “Pride and Prejudice,” “Little Women,” “Gone With the Wind,” “Huckleberry Finn” and “The Call of the Wild” using wood, needlework, paint and felt. The Recreation Committee served as judges for the contest.
“I read ‘The Hobbit’ eons ago, and loved it,” Ralston said. “Then, when the movie came out, I was so enamored by it, it just stuck in my mind. I thought about it from the time I heard about the contest at a GRF meeting, but I just couldn’t come up with an idea for how to paint the story. Then, last week, I was thinking about it and thought, ‘The whole story is about the ring.’ Finally, I came up with how to tell the story, with the major players on the inside, and the dangers and horrors on the edge.”
Ralston said she tried to devote about eight or nine hours a day to her painting. “I still have more work to do on it, and I might make a cardboard frame for it,” she added, referencing her award-winning piece for the recent Cool Creations Cardboard Contest.
Canale is a fan of “Alice in Wonderland” who cites several timeless quotes as inspiration. She learned to knit as a child but didn’t really take up the needlecraft until after she’d retired. She said she spent about 200 hours creating her award-winning scarf. “I went to work on it the day the contest was announced,” she said. “It was the first time I did double knitting, so it was several days of practice and ripping out and watching countless YouTube videos before I understood what to do. Understanding is one thing—then comes doing it!”
Martinez created three separate works, all of which were on display, but “Frankenstein” was inspired by “the miserable condition that exists on this earth. We all matter—no matter what color we are. Even ‘Frankenstein’ wanted to be human,” he explained.
The first-place winner received $200, and second place got $100. Martinez, who won $50 for third-place, said he usually gives extra money to charity. “This time, I give it to my favorite charity—my grandson,” he said.
The Lapidary Club is beginning to resume its activities in Clubhouse 4.
Classes are now being organized, and members who want to set up their lockers should come by this week to do so.
Anyone interested in receiving notifications on what’s happening and/or in joining the Lapidary Club should send their email address to Janice Friedland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Master Gardener Zoom Workshops
The GRF Mini Farm’s Master Gardeners are giving monthly workshops on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Zoom links can be found on the mini farm website at www.lwsb.com/mini-farm/ on the morning of each workshop. All are welcome to attend, but current and prospective mini farmers are especially encouraged to join.
The dates and topics are:
May 13: Terrific Tomatoes
June 10: Insect Pest Management
Is your club resuming its activities? Want to publish meeting/class times and more information? Send your club news to email@example.com by the Thursday prior to publication.
International City Theatre
No eating, drinking or being merry for this couple?
As people return to dining inside eateries, International City Theatre (ICT) brings a reminder of a scenario some maybe don’t miss: a long wait for food. Streaming Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays starting April 29, “Slow Food” shows a couple celebrating their anniversary in a Greek restaurant in Palm Springs. But as Irene and Peter wait interminably for their neurotic waiter to serve them something, they examine their 30-year marriage.
“The play was inspired by a real evening I spent with my family,” playwright Wendy MacLeod explained in an interview. “Everybody was tired and hungry, and it was Sunday night, and we found one restaurant still open, and we sat down to order our meal, and we encountered the most extraordinary waiter that I’ve ever met. And by that, I mean bad—the worst waiter I have ever, ever had. And he seemed to kind of thrill to his power to control whether or not we got our food and drinks and when we got them and who got them first. It was just a fascinating character study.”
The virtual presentation was directed by Marya Mazor and stars Stu James and Meredith Thomas as the hangry couple and Perry Ojeda as their tormentor. MacLeod is best known as the author of “Women in Jeopardy!” and “The House of Yes,” the latter of which was adapted for a 1997 film of the same name.
“We all need to laugh—now more than ever,” says ICT artistic director caryn desai. “Of course there’s no substitute for live, human communication and connection. But, in the meantime, we must find ways to keep connected and engaged until we can once again come together safely.”
The Long Beach theater hopes to open Wendy Graf’s “Closely Related Keys” to in-person audiences in late August.
Tickets to “Slow Food” are $30 per household and are available via www.InternationalCityTheatre.org until May 16.
Technology Classes by Miryam
After this month’s classes, Miryam Fernandez will take a hiatus from teaching on Zoom until further notice. She thanks everyone for their interest and hopes to see everyone soon on Zoom or in person.
Registration, which is required at least six hours prior, is still open for the remaining class:
April 27, 2 p.m.: Beginner’s Guide to Gmail
The technology classes are closed captioned. For an invitation, email Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need help setting up a microphone and/or video or have other connectivity issues, call Bonnie Cooper at (562) 822-6358 before class begins.
• It’s been reported that fraudsters are using telemarketing calls, emails, text messages, social-media platforms and even door-to-door visits to collect personal information and finances from individuals while promising to provide a vaccination. Be careful!
• Apple, Microsoft, IRS, Social Security, etc., will never contact you by phone, text or email. If there’s a problem with your account, they will shut you down until you contact them.
Family Radio Service Users
The Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. The call-in time is 9:30-9:45 a.m. on Channel 13/0. Be sure to wait until the radio is clear, then press the side button before stating your first name, last name initial and Mutual number. Release when finished. For more information, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson at email@example.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.
Join the Leisure Bikers on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. at the North Gate. Sunday’s ride often includes breakfast and a 2-mile nature hike. Helmets, safe shoes and masks are a must. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for more details.
Grab ’n’ Go Meals
Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot
• Thursday: Domino’s Pizza—call ahead for special orders, wings and salads offered, 3:30-7 p.m., cash/cards, (562) 493-2212.
• Friday: Katella Deli—deli favorites, appetizers, salads, hot entrées; specials of the day available onsite, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. Call ahead at (562) 594-8611, or order online at www.katellabakery.com.
• Saturday: Naples Rib Co.—barbecue, salads, sandwiches; 2-4 p.m., cash/cards, (562) 439-RIBS. Order ahead at www.ribcompany.com/LW for faster service.
• Sunday: Salt ’n’ Pepper—hoagies, hot dogs, melts and loaded fries, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. For a full menu, go to www.saltandpeppertruck.com/menu. Call in orders at (949) 899-0719.
• Monday: Kabobaholic Food Truck—chicken or meat kabobs, gyros, falafel, loaded fries, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. To preorder, go to www.kabobaholicft.com or text (949) 400-4696; mention LWSB when ordering.
• Tuesday: Taco Tuesday—Mexican favorites, plus hot dogs, burgers and fries, 5-7 p.m., cash/cards, no preorders.
• Wednesday: The Skewer—Middle Eastern and Mediterranean fare, shawarma, falafel, fries, hummus, and salads, 2-4 p.m., cash/cards, (310) 606-1861. View all options at skewerstruck.com/menu.
All Grab ’n’ Go events take place rain or shine. Masks and 6-foot social distancing required. For more information or to offer feedback, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.
On-call bus service is available weekdays from 4:30 p.m., when regular service ends; weekends are on-call at any time. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379.
Watch for LW Live! alerts for daily menus. Vendors are subject to change. Sign up for LW Live at https://www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/.
Men’s Golf League Results
On April 12, the Men’s League played at the David L. Baker Executive Golf Course in Fountain Valley. A cool morning greeted nine golfers; the day never got warmer nor did the sun come out. The fairways were well-watered, the greens and fairways in great condition, and the scores showed it with some spectacularly low totals. Baker is relatively flat at 4,000 yards, par 62, with no par 5s and shorter-than-usual par 4s. It’s designed to be played in a much shorter time than a standard 5,800-6,000-yard, par 70-72 course.
All scores are net (actual score minus handicap). A flight handicaps range from 0-20; B flight is higher than 20.
A Flight Winners: First place: tie between Fujio Norihiro and Bill McKusky, a well-done 10 under 52; second: Sam Choi, 1 under 61; third: Dave LaCascia, 1 over 63; Fourth: John Petersen. Norihiro had two birdies, and LaCascia had one. McKusky also had fewest putts with 28, plus closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 12th hole. Choi was closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 third hole.
B Flight Winners: First place: Mike Looney, with a memorable 18 under 44, plus a birdie; second place: Tom Ross, a sensational 9 under 53, plus a birdie and fewest putts with 31; third: Marv Ballard, a well-done 7 under 55; fourth: Bob Munn, a terrific 6 under 56.
April 16 at the Riverview Golf Club in Santa Ana was a pleasant morning, with 13 men and one woman playing a round in bright sun, though it stayed cool until the last third of the round.
Riverview is a par-70, 5,800-yard course, with the Santa Ana River running alongside eight holes and a pond in front of a short par 3. Three of the holes actually cross the river and are then uphill to elevated greens. There are many tricky elevation changes and strategically placed sand traps. Finding fairways with drives are a must here. With a nicely manicured greens and fairways, the players accepted the challenges, and more than half the rounds were under par, including three birdies.
A Flight Winners: First place: McKusky, 5 under 65, plus fewest putts; second: LaCascia, 1 under 69; third: tie between Norihiro and Ron Jackson, even par 70; fourth: Larry Hillhouse, 2 over 72; fifth: Choi; sixth: Jim Goltra; seventh: Tim Looney. Jackson had a birdie and was closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 ninth hole. Tim Looney had a birdie and was closest to the pin on the 150-yard, par-3 second hole. Hillhouse had a birdie, and McKusky had fewest putts with 27. Jim Goltra carded a “greenie” on the difficult, over a chasm, 140-yard, par-3 seventh hole.
B Flight Winners: First place: Ross, a terrific 9 under 61; second: Mike Looney, 1 under 69; third: tie between Bob Munn and Lowell Goltra, even par 70; fourth: Ballard, 2 over 72; fifth: Dale Quinn. Jackson had a birdie. Lowell Goltra also had fewest putts with 28.
In general, masks are required at the pro shops, but are optional while waiting to tee off. No masks are required on the putting greens, driving range or the course itself. Golf carts are single person only unless riders are from the same household.
LW Men’s Club membership is not required, and friends, ladies, spouses and family are all welcome to play and/or join. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter.
The Chess Club publishes weekly puzzles to keep the love of the game alive until its members meet to play in person again.
This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. White moves first. Any answer by Black, and White’s third move is checkmate.
The solution to this week’s puzzle’s first move is: Qe6. The White Queen moves from c4 to e6. Black pawn takes Q. White Bishop B3 to e6.
Video Producers Zoom Meetings
The Video Producers Club offers free, weekly Zoom classes, as well as a social opportunity.
Classes are as follows:
• Monday, 2 p.m.: Zoom class for iPad and Mac users hosted by Fred Carpenter. For an invite to his class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Wednesday, 10 a.m.: Beginners’ Zoom class for Windows and Android users with Charlie Guggino. For an invite to this class, email email@example.com.
• Thursday, 10 a.m.: Beginners’ and Intermediate Zoom class for Windows and Android users and for beginning Video Producers with host Joseph Valentinetti. For an invite to this class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: The one-hour Zoom Party Social, hosted by Valentinetti, is open to all residents. For an invite, email email@example.com.
Hui O Hula
Happily dancing through April
April has been keeping Hui O Hula dancers busy. Among the hula they’ve done recently are old favorites “Blue Lei” and “Lili’u E.”
“Blue Lei” was composed for the 1937 Paramount movie “Waikiki Wedding,” starring Bing Crosby. The song describes how a romance started in May while she was wearing a blue lei.
“Lili’u E,” also known as the Queen’s Hula, was dedicated to Queen Lili’uokalani (1838-1917), the last monarch of the Kingdom of Hawai’i. Famous chanter Antone Kao’o expressed his loyalty and aloha by describing her eyes, cheeks, shoulders, bosom, knees and feet. Dancers enjoy expressing the Queen’s beautiful body parts via hand motions.
The month is also busy with birthdays. The group celebrated hula sisters Pat Fellers, Essie Hicks, Renee Castillo, Louise Hering and Kyoko Ogita.
Anyone can tell a story in hula; the dancing is gentle for the body, and the lyrics motivate both the mind and memory. Free classes are given at Veterans Plaza every Thursday at 1:30 p.m. For more information on the classes or hula performances, call Jojo Weingart at (562) 252-9676.
Led by Jojo Weingart (center), members of the Joyful Line Dance class move to a mix of popular songs in ways that are both new and familiar. All shareholders are welcome to join the fun at Veterans Plaza every Wednesday at 2 p.m., except for the fourth Wednesday, when it starts at 3 p.m. Participants are required to wear face masks, follow the rules of social distancing, and wear exercise shoes—no flip-flops or sandals. For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Happy Monday, Get Strong Kick-Start
Prevent age-related muscle loss, also known as sarcopenia, with strength training. Via Zoom, certified personal trainer/Leisure World resident Eunis “WildFire!” Christensen leads simple at-home workouts with dumbbells and stretch tubing/bands every Monday at 4 p.m. This free, interactive half-hour group class is designed to help people stay strong and healthy for years to come. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (562) 879-1954 for registration information.
It was chilly and breezy the afternoon of April 15, but the karaoke singers waited for their turn to sing. Always anxious to take the microphone was Essie Hicks, who did the Linda Ronstadt number “Long Long Time.” Some country ballads were performed by Carmen Edwards, David Noble, Wayne Urban, Barbie May, Rick Riley and Ellen Brannigan. A variety of pop hits were sung by Ruby Johnson, Bob Barnum, Tino Tupas, Carolyn Mottola, Julie Nulad, Margie Stewart, Richard Yokomi, and Gerry and Vilma Taggaloa. And gospel songs were a favorite for Pat Kogak.
Chairs are set up by GRF custodians under the awning of Veterans Plaza for each Thursday’s gathering at 4 p.m. Everyone is welcome, whether to sing or just enjoy the voices of others. Masks are worn, and toes tap to the music; the applause shows the audience’s appreciation for all performers.
Ladies Golf Club
Since March 2020, the LW Golf Course had been closed for tournament play because of COVID-19, but it has now reopened, and 48 members of the Ladies Golf Club competed on April 13 for low gross, low net and birdies. Six golfers made seven birdies during the tournament rounds.
The Flight winners were:
Flight A: Low gross: Devora Kim, 28; low net: GeeGee Kwak, 24; birdies: Devora Kim (hole 6) and Mary Ann Moore (hole 8).
Flight B: Low gross: Theresa Lim, 33; low net: Hai Lee Yang, 26; birdies: Hai Lee Yang (hole 4).
Flight C: Low gross: Judy Kim. 32; low net: Patti Smith: 22; birdies: Judy Kim (hole 1) and Smith (hole 2).
Flight D: Low gross: Betty Regalado, 34; low net: Evelyn Scherber, 23; birdies: Regalado (holes 3 and 8).
The Ladies Golf Club plays a nine-hole tournament every Tuesday. Anyone interested in joining the club can contact Margie Thompson at (562) 403-0484.
Men’s Golf Club
After a 13-month hiatus, the LW Men’s Golf Club resumed Tournament play at the Turtle Lake Golf Course on April 14. Three flights vied for best net scores, including four circle holes and two closest-to-the-pin challenges.
The first foursome of the year teed off at 8 a.m. They were followed by 38 other golfers over a period of more than five hours. The weather was cool and initially damp; the morning warmed up with some on-and-off sun, which also brought some wind later in the morning. Players were happy to get back to tournament play, renew friendships and meet some new people.
A flight encompasses golfers with handicaps of 0-6; B flight is 7-12; and C flight is 13-18. All scores are net (gross score minus handicap).
A Flight Winners: First place: Steve Ro, 5 under 49; second: Bob Turner, 3 under 51; third: Bob Barnum: 1 under 53; fourth: tie between Bill Lyons and Glenn Barry, 1 over 55; fifth: tie between Bill Long, tournament director Alan Sewell and David Kwan, 2 over 56.
B Flight Winners: First place: John Haley, 6 under 48; second: Dave LaCascia, 5 under 49; third: tie between Dale Williamson, Trai Nguyen and Ron Jackson, 2 over 56; fourth: tie between Ron Steele and Jay Kim, 4 over 58; fifth: tie between Ryan Hung and Jong Lee, 5 over 59.
C Flight Winners: First place: tie between Sang H. Kim and Hyon Shin, 2 under 52; second: tie between Kap Son, Youn Lee, Suk Im and Roger Bennett, even par 54; third: Joe DiDonato, 2 over 56; fourth: tie between Bill Zurn and Lee Broadbent, 3 over 57; fifth: James Choi, 4 over 58.
The next Men’s Tournament will be on April 28, then every second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The first Guys and Gals Tournament of 2021 will be on May 19, then every third (and fifth, if there is one) Wednesday.
Marion Higgins (l) and Linda Frysinger (r) participated in the Virtual Run Seal Beach 2021. The 5k walking course started at the pier, continued through Old Town and finished back at the pier. They are both looking forward to completing the 2022 walk with others.
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Faith Christian Assembly
Pastors retire after 29 faithful years
by Sheri Leming
Romans 13:7 says to “give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor.” This month, the members at Faith Christian Assembly join together to give Pastor Gwyn and Ginny Vaughn honor and respect.
The Vaughns recently celebrated 29 years of pastoring and leadership at Faith Christian Assembly and the church has been blessed by their ministry. They have modeled a genuine love for God and his people. The church gives its thanks to Pastor Gwyn and Ginny for their love and faithfulness to God and for sharing their lives with the community.
Out of an abundance of caution, all who attend services or events at Faith Christian Assembly will have their temperature taken at the door, be required to wear a mask before and after service, and sit socially distant from others. Those who are ill should remain at home.
Due to COVID-19, Faith Christian Assembly is not having all of its regular ministries at this time. Midweek Bible study taught by Pastor Sheri Leming is on Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and Grief Share’s weekly meetings are Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010, visit the website at www.FCAchurch.net or email email@example.com.
Rabbi Eric Dangott will livestream services on Friday, April 23, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 24, at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
New members who want to watch the livestream should contact Jeff Sacks to receive a Zoom invitation. Text Jeff at (714) 642-0122, or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. The link will have the meeting ID and password embedded. Those who want more details or need to practice can call Jeff ahead of time. The phone number to call for those who do not have Internet service is (669) 900-9128.
To join the Zoom meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752519429?pwd=UDREWTA1N21jaXVUZUhyQmY1U01JQT09. The meeting ID is 375 251 9429, and the passcode is 8ZYy69.
Join Susan Michlin on Sunday, April 25, for Bingo at 4 p.m. via Zoom.
Congregation Sholom has silk-screened, reusable Congregation Sholom of Leisure World masks for sale for $5 each or four masks for $18, shipping included.
Email Murray Pollack at email@example.com or call (562) 331-3949. All proceeds will go to the general fund.
If you know of someone who needs to be added or removed from the misheberach list, let the rabbi know by Wednesday.
Those who want to participate in the games, book club or other Congregation Sholom services that are livestreamed should contact Jeff Sacks to receive an invitation.
Anyone who wants to participate in Congregation Sholom’s services on Zoom should call Howard Brass at (562) 764-9090.
First Christian Church
First Christian Church of Leisure World teaches from God’s word, the Holy Bible, verse by verse. It is a friendly church that welcomes all visitors.
Message of the week:
Hebrews 9:27 says, “It’s appointed for all men to die once, but after this, the judgement.” The church has looked at the judgement of the cross, the seven years of tribulation, and the judgement of the nations over the past few weeks. This week, the message will look at the final judgement that will befall all mankind as God prepares for a new heaven and new earth and the eternal state. Scripture calls it the “Great White Throne” judgement (Revelation 20:11-15).
Scripture of the Week
“But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge
That I may tell of all your works” (Psalm 73:28, NASB)
Saturday and Sunday services have the same message. Sunday is a traditional service, with hymnal music provided by Pat Kogok at the piano. This week, Rudy and Lita Fernando will provide a special musical number for the congregation. Sunday service times are from 9:30-10:45 a.m. (note that this is a different service time than before the pandemic).
Saturday services are more contemporary, with Gregory Black leading worship with guitar accompaniment. Saturday service time is 9:30-10:45 a.m. (also a new time).
The Friday evening prayer meeting is from 6-7.
First Christian Church is concerned about the health and safety of all attending the worship services. It asks that those who are experiencing any coronavirus, flu or common cold symptoms stay home. If you have been in contact with anyone testing positive for the virus within the last 14 days, stay home.
For more information, call (562) 431-8810 and leave a message.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
The 2021 BYU Women’s Conference, co-sponsored by Brigham Young University and the Relief Society, will be available online beginning Thursday, April 29, and Friday, April 30.
Celebrating its 45th anniversary, the conference is considered one of the largest gatherings of Latter-day Saint women in the world.
This year’s theme is “I am a Child of God. His Promises are Sure.” Elder Ronald A. Rasband of the Quorum of the 12 Apostles and his wife, Melanie Rasband, will be featured speakers at one of the seven free sessions.
The free sessions include the Sister to Sister event and six other sessions with presidency members from organizations of the church. These sessions will be available in English with closed captioning and translation in Spanish and Portuguese. No registration is required for the free sessions.
Watch the free sessions live on the Church satellite system, broadcasts.ChurchofJesusChrist.org or BYUtv.org. The seven free sessions will be archived in the BYU Women’s Conference section of Gospel Media and Gospel Library. Find more information at womensconference.byu.edu/registration.
Community Church will begin studying John’s Gospel with a message about Jesus as the “Good Shepherd.” This will be the fourht week of the seven Sundays of Easter. Pastor Johan Dodge will speak about the admission from Jesus that he has more sheep than those in the current sheep fold.
Community Church is open for limited in-person worship following CDC guidelines for those who have been vaccinated. Worship and fellowship via Zoom and Facebook is also available.
Those who don’t have a computer or Facebook can call (562) 431-2503 and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening.
If you are in need without another way to address it, you can call the church office to leave a direct message at (562) 431-2503 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Fouth Sunday of Easter on April 25.
Following the procession, the First Reading is from Acts 4:8-12, and the Second Reading is 1 John 3:1-2. The Gospel reading will be from John 10:11-18.
Feast Day, May 1
This feast was given to the church to sanctify and give dignity to all work.
“Joseph, by the work of your hands and the sweat of your brow, you supported Jesus and Mary, and had the Son of God as your fellow worker. Teach me to work as you did, with patience and perseverance, for God and for those whom God has given me to support. Teach me to see in my fellow workers the Christ who desires to be in them, that I may always be charitable and forbearing towards all. Grant me to look upon work with the eyes of faith, so that I shall recognize in it my share in God’s own creative activity and in Christ’s work of our redemption, and so take pride in it. When it is pleasant and productive, remind me to give thanks to God for it. And when it is burdensome, teach me to offer it to God, in reparation for my sins and the sins of the world.”
To receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe.
The church is now open to public entry and can return to its regular Mass schedule. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 5 p.m. and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.
Those who attend must a wear a mask or face shield, sit socially distanced, and use hand sanitizer upon entry into the building.
Beit HaLev’s Zoomagogue community is growing, and Rabbi Galit Shirah invites all Leisure Worlders to join Beit HaLev for the Coffee Chavurah on Friday, April 23, at 5:30 p.m. before the Shabbat Ma’ariv services, which begin at 6. Shabbat Shacharit (morning) services begin at 10:30 a.m. and the Coffee Chavurah will follow the service at 11:45.
Beit HaLev members are from across the country and even around the world, and would be delighted to welcome LWers to the weekly livestream.
This week the Torah reading is from “Acharei Mot-K’doshim” in Leviticus 17:8-19:14. This double parashah lists the rituals proscribed for the Day of Atonement, prohibitions for consuming blood and forbidden sexual practices—specifically those done by the Canaanites.
To join the Beit HaLev Zoomagogue community, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit.
To worship with on Facebook, go to https://www.facebook.com/galityomtov. To view the service on YouTube, go to https://www.youtube.com and search for “Shabbat Shalom LIVE!”
Beit HaLev’s Festival prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” are shared onscreen on Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.
Rabbi Galit Shirah conducts a weekday Ma’ariv service every Thursday for Sim Shalom, the online synagogue. Sim Shalom presents livestream services Monday-Thursday, with a different rabbi each day. To say Kaddish, pray for healing and to hear a spiritual message, go to SimShalom.com.
LW Baptist Church invites everyone to come to its weekly service on Sunday, April 25, at 9:30 a.m. in the Amphitheater.
Pastor Rolland Coburn continues leading the congregation in study of Luke’s Gospel.
This week’s Sunday morning Scripture reading is from Luke 7:36-8:3.
Pastor Coburn’s sermon is titled, “Why Love and Worship Jesus?”
The questions for discussion this week are:
How did a visitor show Jesus more hospitality than his host?
What did Jesus’ dinner host think Jesus did not know?
Why did Jesus forgive the woman’s sins?
The morning’s gospel songs will follow the sermon theme and include the song “O How I Love Jesus,” which is a Sunday school favorite ever since camp meeting days and its original publication in leaflet form, found today in numerous languages and still appearing in most hymnals.
Once the clubhouses reopen, the adult Sunday school class will resume, as well as Monday’s Women’s Christian Fellowship and the Men’s Fellowship and Bible study, Midweek Energizers and special events.
For more information, call (562) 430-2920.
Assembly of God
Pastor Chuck Franco will share the third message in the “New Beginnings” series on Sunday, April 25, at 11 a.m. in the Amphitheater.
God is doing a good thing among believers as they look to him for the answers to life’s questions and trust him to direct them in new ways, while honoring and preserving the things that should be held.
Assembly of God believes it is important for believers to not fall into the trap of doing everything the same way they did before the pandemic without evaluating what they have learned. Doing so will mean missing a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to reboot, to renew and achieve new growth and closeness with father God. LWers can learn how to do this by attending this week’s service.
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Redeemer Lutheran Church will celebrate Good Shepherd Sunday on April 25. The outdoor worship service is at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel courtyard; the service inside the sanctuary will be at 10:30 at 13564 St. Andrew’s Drive.
Jerry Brady will lead worship with Sharon Heck accompaning the service on the organ. Pastor Lisa Rotchford will preach. Join Redeemer Lutheran as it follows Jesus, the good shepherd, into a resurrected life this Easter season.
Community, pages 17-18
Golden age foundation
Drop off used batteries at CH 5
The Golden Age Foundation’s (GAF) battery collection service will opperate separately from its quarterly shredding service. Shareholders can now drop off used batteries at any time behind Clubhouse 5.
Before the pandemic, the LW Weekly office and the Hospitality Room in Clubhouse 6 had buckets for shareholders to drop off used batteries at their convenience.The program was put on hold to follow COVID-19 restrictions. GAF started collecting batteries at its shredding service to help shareholders safely dispose of old batteries.
The GAF board decided to have a separate battery collection program from the shredding service to avoid the risk of accidently mixing batteries with documents to be shredded, which could cause damage to the shredding truck.
Residents can now drop off small batteries in the alley behind Clubhouse 5 for Golden Rain Foundation employees will take them the maintenance yard to be properly recycled. Printer cartridges and hearing aids batteries will not be accepted.
GAF sponsors several programs to enhance the quality of life for shareholders. Its environmental program also collects fluorescent light bulbs to promote proper disposal and recycling.
GAF is an independent nonprofit, 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to serving the residents of Seal Beach Leisure World. Its purpose is to make Leisure World a better place. GAF was established in 1973 and is not affiliated with the Golden Rain Foundation.
All GAF programs are free to Leisure World shareholders. GAF is entirely staffed by volunteers, so all contributions go directly to meeting community needs. Support from shareholders, residents, clubs, organizations and businesses is GAF’s main source of income.
Donations are welcome. For more information, go to www.GoldenAgefdn.org.
watch your step
What to do if your email has been hacked
Scammers hack email accounts so they can send fake messages from a trusted email address in hopes of getting recipients to take immediate action. The ultimate goal could be to get email contacts to send money, turn over personal information, or click a link that installs malware, spyware, or a virus on the victim’s device.
This could happen to anyone. It’s important to know the signs of a hacked email account so the scammers can be stopped quickly.Before panicking, look for these three indicators that your email account has likely been hacked:
You can’t log into your email account: When you try to log in, you may get a message that your username or password is incorrect. This could mean the hacker changed your credentials to lock you out of your account.
Your sent-messages folder looks odd: Your sent messages folder may hold scammy messages or the folder may be sitting empty when you never deleted your sent messages.
Strange messages appear on your social media accounts: If your latest Instagram post or tweet is touting some product you’ve never used, a hacker may have gained access to both your email and social media accounts. Your email can act as a gateway into other accounts. The hacker can simply click “forgot password” at login and have a password reset link sent right to your email inbox, which they now control.
Your email also may contain a wealth of information about your bank account, credit cards and other financial accounts. A hacked email can put you and your email contacts at risk for identity theft or credit card fraud. If you think your email has been hacked, take quick action to minimize the damage:
1. Change your credentials.
The first step is to take control of your account. If the hacker has locked you out, you may have to contact your email service provider for help. You will probably have
to provide an array of information to prove your identity and regain control of your email.
If you do still have access to your account, make these changes right away:
Get a new username and strong password: Secure passwords should contain at least 12 characters, including numbers, symbols, and a mix of capital and lowercase letters. Use a unique password for every account.
Change your security questions: The hacker may have gotten access to your account by guessing the answers to security questions. Avoid choosing questions with answers that can easily be guessed or found online such as your or your mother’s maiden name.
Turn on two-step verification: This extra security measure typically requires you to enter your username and password along with a temporary passcode to get into an account. For example, the service provider may send the one-time passcode to your phone each time you try to log in. Without your phone, a hacker will be much less likely to gain entry into an account that has two-step verification turned on.
2. Warn your contacts
Tell the colleagues, friends, and family in your email contact list that your email has been hacked. Warn them to delete any suspicious messages that come from your account and not to open applications or links, or share credit card information.
3. Look for signs of trouble.Hackers may make changes to allow them to get into your account again or even to continue to scam people after you’ve taken back control of the account. To prevent this, you should take these steps:
Check your settings: Hackers may change settings to further compromise your email security. Check your email signature to make sure it doesn’t contain any unfamiliar links. Look to make sure your emails aren’t being auto-forwarded to someone else.
Scan for trouble: Look for signs of a computer virus on your computer, phone or tablet. This includes strange pop-up windows, slowness, problems shutting down or restarting, and unfamiliar applications on your device.
4. Protect yourself for the future.
Make sure to put a few simple measures in place to make it less likely that your email account gets hacked again:
Update frequently: Make sure you are running the latest versions of your apps, browser, operating system and software. The newest versions often contain patches to fix security flaws hackers can exploit. You may also want to delete any apps you don’t use or that aren’t being updated regularly by their developers.
Add security software: Get security software from a reputable company and install it on all of your devices. If you already have security software, make sure you’ve got the latest version and run it to check for malware, spyware and viruses.
Now that you know what to do, you can put a plan of action in place in case you ever do get the dreaded “you’ve been hacked” message from a friend. That will allow you to regain your account and your peace of mind more quickly.
–from Norton LifeLock 360,
Triumph over Technology class will be held on Friday, April 23
The Sunshine Club will sponsor an hour-long workshop featuring Leisure World’s technology experts, Tina Schaffer and Jeff Plum of Computer Images Plus. The free class will be held on Friday, April 23, at 10 a.m. via Zoom.
All shareholders are welcome to join this Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982089743?pwd=UGR3RlZRaUJmWmlSNE9KdTdNMUh3QT09. The meeting ID is 849 8208 9743, and the passcode is 508742.
Those who want to receive the Zoom link via email should text their name, Mutual number and email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than today, April 22 at 5 p.m. Text only, no phone calls.
This user-friendly workshop is for anyone who is interested in growing his or her understanding of navigating through the often confusing world of home computers. Operating systems Apple and Microsoft will be covered during this meeting. People will leave with helpful handouts and rewarding insights from war stories and phishing tales that have befallen others.
Enjoy a sense of mastery after learning about the following subjects:
How smart is your TV:
• What is a Smart TV?
• Do you need Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire, etc.?
• Hot new apps for Smart TVs
Insider secrets for your computer, cell phone and other devices:
• How to restart your computer or router/modem correctly.
• Should you update routinely or not?
• What to do if your computer will not start.
How to stay safe on your computer:
• New scams everyone should be aware of.
• Amazon Scams
• What to do if you get scammed.
• How to know you are calling the correct phone number for tech support.
The Sunshine Club brings LW leaders to meetings to introduce their organizations to the group. It also invites specialists from outside Leisure World to share their experiences and ideas with club members.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Find fresh eggs and fruit at G Farms
by Ellen Brannigan
Look for Jair Sanchez at the G Farms booth, where he sells fresh eggs, ripe citrus and other fruits as well as almonds and raisins.
G Farms sells Henry’s Eggs at its booth, which come from “happy chickens.” The chickens are cage-free and walk around the yard like farm birds used to do. The chickens are not fed hormones or chemicals, which Sanchez says makes the eggs taste better. He brings the eggs in fresh from Yucaipa, California every week.
Sanchez shares his space with “Shipley,” who sells local organic apples, tangerines, lemons, grapes, pomelos and seasonal fruit. Throughout the spring and summer, G Farms carries stone fruits and makes sure to only sell the best of whatever is in season.
Purchase fresh eggs and fruits under the G Farms canopy at the Farmers Market every Tuesday from 9 a.m.-1 p.m., near Carl’s Jr.
SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.
Thursday, April 22
4 pm MCC Summer Evening
5:20 pm National Parks 2021
5:30 pm Thoughts About You
5:50 pm Rollin’ Thunder March 2021
6 pm McGaugh Fouth Grade Show
7 pm Life and Times in SB:
8 pm TO & Abilene Ranch
9:40 pm Sea Inside
10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Friday, April 23
4 pm Thoughts About You
4:20 pm Rollin’ Thunder March 2021
4:30 pm Oceanscapes #2
5 pm McGaugh Third Grade Show
5:50 pm Nova Scotia Road Trip
6 pm Los Al Jazz Band 2018
6:35 pm Sea Inside
7 pm Cerritos Center–
8:37 pm Sea Inside
9 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
10:30 pm Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Saturday, April 24
4 pm TO & Abilene Ranch
5:40 pm MCC Summer Evening
7 pm McGaugh First Grade Show
8 pm LAUSD
11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Sunday, April 25
4 pm Seal Beach City Council
Meeting Replay 4/19
4:30 pm Town Hall Pandemic
5:30 pm Porshch Club
5:40 pm Thoughts About You
6 pm Life and Times in SB:
7 pm Live at the Ford:
8:30 pm McGaugh Pagent of the Arts
10 pm Cerritos Center-
Monday, April 26
4 pm McGaugh First Grade Concert
4:45 pm National Parks 2021
5 pm Life and Times in SB:
6 pm Ocean Perspectives
7 pm Seal Beach City Council
8 pm Rollin’ Thunder March 2021
8:08 pm Nova Scotia Road Trip
8:15 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes
9:30 pm Oceanscapes #2
10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Taming of the Shrew
Tuesday, April 27
4 pm Oceanscapes #2
4:30 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes
5:40 pm Thoughts About You
6 pm Life and Times in SB:
7 pm Life and Times in SB:
8 pm Ocean Perspectives
8:30 pm Ford Theater:
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
10 pm Cerritos Center–
Wednesday, April 28
4 pm National Parks 2021
4:15 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes
5:30 pm TO & Abilene Ranch
7:10 pm Sea Inside
8 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Merry Wives of Windsor
10 pm Cerritos Center–
The Four Tenors
*All programming is subject to change.
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by Brian Harmon
The Republican Club does not charge membership dues or impose any other financial obligation on members. The club raises money primarily through donations and selling political campaign memorabilia during election season. The club raised roughly $8,000 in the past year. Club funds are used to support our endorsed candidates, pay for speakers at club meetings, and cover miscellaneous expenses.
The Republican Club is looking forward to meeting in person soon, but for now its regular club meetings are held via Zoom on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m.
Anyone who wants to be added to the club membership roster, or wants more information about the club, can send an email to email@example.com or call (714) 928-1950. Members will also be sent via email the agenda and minutes for each meeting and other necessary information by the club president.
Los Alamitos Low-Cost Veterinary Clinic
The Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department in partnership with Vet Care is offering a monthly drive-up, low-cost veterinary clinic at the Los Alamitos Community Center, 10911 Oak St., on various Sundays from 4-6 p.m. The next date for the clinic will be on May 9.
Services include dog and cat vaccinations, fecal exams, de-worming, physical exams, microchipping, nail trimming, prescription flea control and diagnostic testing. Individual vaccinations, cost saving vaccination packs and vaccination series are also available. A vehicle and face covering are required to participate. For a full list of services, visit www.vetcarepetclinic.com or call (800) 988-8387.
Volunteers needed to help with opening weekly booth at CH6
by Mary Larson
The Democratic Club board has announced that only one more membership meeting will be held via Zoom. The theme of the Wednesday, May 19, meeting is “Defeat the Recall of Gov. Newsom.” The club hopes to meet face-to-face resume no later than Aug. 18.
The club’s membership meeting on April 21 featured a presentation by Peter Hardin, who is running for Orange County District Attorney in the June 2022 Primary Election. Members should remember that, unless a bill currently before the California legislature passes, any candidate who receives more than 50 percent of the votes in that election will win the seat outright. There would be no run-off in the November General Election between the top two candidates
Club members and supporters who want to be informed about the current California legislative bills, as well as about other news of interest to Democrats, can subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (562) 296-8521. Remember to include your full contact information.
The club board continues to make plans to open a booth outside Clubhouse 6 on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. Voter registration material, yard and window signs, club brochures, membership forms, and information about upcoming elections will be available. The booth’s opening date will depend on the recruitment of volunteers. Anyone interested in participating in this effort should contact board member Rachael Lehmberg at (562) 340-9816 for details.
For club membership information, call (562) 431-7275.
Mobility Aid Volunteers needed
by John Hlavac
The Mobility Aids program of the Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is looking for a few people to volunteer once a week to help residents get mobility aids.
The job requires sitting in the storeroom from 12:30-2:30 p.m. During that time, the volunteer will help LWers who need assistance to select the most appropriate mobility aid, fit the aid to the resident and complete the paperwork.
It is important for the volunteer to ejnoy meeting a wide variety of people while being patient with those who need assistance. The ability to write clearly is a plus because the Mobility Aids program uses a paper-based system. Reliability is very important, because people are depending on the volunteer to show up on time and assist them properly. The room is staffed by only one person at a time. Being a good listener is a strong asset because people sometimes come in with an idea of what they want, and a good volunteer will know when something else is maybe more appropriate. Having a good sense of humor helps a lot, especially when a number of people show up at the same time.
Finally, having used a mobility aid yourself in the past is a natural advantage.
Those who are interested in volunteering should call the GAF voicemail at (562) 431-9589 and leave their contact information.
The GAF is the nonprofit, charitable organization dedicated to serving the special needs of Leisure World shareholders, including mobility aids free of charge to residents.
obituaries, page 18
Olive Dugas passed away peacefully and went home to God on April 11 at Candleberry Care in Seal Beach at the age of 99.
Olive was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 14, 1921. Growing up, Olive was an excellent student, and in addition to her studies, worked at her father’s bakery.
She met the love of her life, Edward Dugas, while ice skating at Schenley Park in Pittsburgh. Olive and Ed were married on Nov. 27, 1941, just 10 days prior to Pearl Harbor, and they shared a life of more than 50 years together before his passing in 2000. She was a mother to two loving daughters, Carol and Mary. Besides being a devoted homemaker, she enjoyed a long career as an executive secretary at U.S. Steel, from which she retired after 25 years.
In 2000 Olive moved from Pittsburgh to Leisure World, where she lived for 17 years until she moved to Brookdale Senior Living. Olive was very social and loved Leisure World. She was involved in playing bridge and golf and enjoyed dancing, playing her organ and spending time with her many friends and neighbors. She was a member of Community Church in Leisure World.
Olive was preceded by her loving husband, and daughter, Mary Illson, who passed away in 2019. Olive is survived by her daughter Carol Kern of Leisure World; granddaughter Marra Boada (husband Robert) of Manhattan Beach; and great-grandchildren Dillan and Ryan Boada. Olive was cremated per her wishes and will be interred at sea in a private family service.
Richard Van Wasshnova
Funeral services for Richard Van Wasshnova will be held on Saturday, May 1, at 11 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, Seal Beach. All are welcome. An outdoor celebration of life will follow at a residence in Cerritos. The Rite of Committal at Riverside National Cemetery will be held at a later date.
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Gifts for Mother’s Day
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Lost hearing aid along the sidewalk off St. Andrews, between Glenview and Golden Rain Rd.
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GARDENING & LANDSCAPING
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CARPET & UPHOLSTERY
CLEANING & REPAIR
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LEISURE WORLD DECORATORS
Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes.
Helping Leisure World
Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm, (562) 596-9906.
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Free of charge.
Diane Hart 714-955-2885.
GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart.
Also batteries. 562-431-6859.
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
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ELLY’S HOUSECLEANING SERVICES
We do the work – you relax & take it easy. You get the best job in town at rates you can afford. 20 years of experience working in Leisure World. 714-476-2100. 04/29
Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device.
Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.
License #CIP0001 05/20/21
John’s Computer Services
Virus removal, Repair, Training,
Software, Wireless, Internet
Security. LW Resident
SB License FUH0001. 07/08
ANY KIND OF CAR
Cars, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly!We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 06/03
Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale
Golf Cars BUY SELL TRADE and REPAIRS. Call: 714-292-9124. 05/13/21
For Sale – Golf cart. New canvas enclosure. $2,000.
Jim 714-393-8023. 04/22
Club car golf cart, runs good, needs paint. $1,800 OBO. 562-795-9151. 04/22
Need a lift? Pam Miller.
LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 05/13
Rides by Russ with a personal touch.
Airports, doctors, shopping and errands. 714-655-1544. 05/13
Trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462. 06/24
MOVING, HAULING &
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License
BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 06/03
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 06/03
LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE
Looking to buy all kind of vintage items. Furniture, lamps, art, jewelry, vintage clothing, etc.
Call Leslie 562-243-7229. 04/29
Private Sale by Docia Drake. Friday, April 23, 8:30 to 12:30. Call or text 714-514-8232 for appointment and address. Gorgeous furniture, decor and accessories. Dual king adjustable bed, ladies clothing (small), St. John knits (4/6), shoes (6.5-7.5). Costume jewelry, purses, ceramic pots, faux trees and more. 04/22
Electric guitar, AMP, stand and carrying case, $65. Ceramic water crock, $8. 714-469-7519. 04/22
Two new 24” bar chairs, 3-wheel adult bike, rode 2x.
Samsung Blue Bird tablet, brand new. Paid $620, sell for best offer. 562-240-5270. 04/22
Kimball upright piano, $300.
Selling Personal Care Items: Vinyl Exam Gloves Medium/Large 100/Box, $12/Box. Disposable Washcloths 12.5 X 7.5” 100/Package, $10. Wings Underpads Plus 30” X 30” Heavy 10/Pkg, $15. Depends Fit-Flex Large 13/Pkg, $10.
Mutual 14. (360) 852-6131. 04/22
Beautiful Mid-century Bohemian/farmhouse tall hutch China cabinet. Solid wood, has glass doors. Must pick up. $250 OBO. 13681 St. Andrews Dr., 27B, Mutual 1. 04/22
Looking for an old three wheeler bike. Please call Michelle