LWW Trans/Vie 06-10-21

 June 10 2021

Haynes’ dismantling project is near an end

The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power is nearing the end of a project to dismantle four natural power generating units that are no longer in service at the Haynes Generating Station. The plant is adjacent to Leisure World. 

Units 3 and 4 are the last structures and stacks to be taken down. The Unit 4 stacks are gone. Next to go will be the metal structures and stacks of Units 3 and 4, including the control house and maintenance building.  

Considerable progress has been made in removing the older Haynes units for future renewable energy generation planning and to maintain plant and grid reliability. The project, including the decommissioning work, is nearly complete. The site should be fully restored by the end of the year.

As with other units, the metal framing and stacks will be cut into pieces moving from top to bottom, and each piece will be lifted by a crane and carefully lowered to the ground for removal. This work will involve the use of torches, excavators and a crane. Workers may be visible on metal frame structures and stacks during the dismantling activities. 

Monitoring instruments will continue to measure dust, noise and vibration levels during work to maintain levels below the required limits. Only a few trucks will enter and leave the plant during daytime hours. No traffic impacts are expected. 

The LADWP and its contractors use strict safety precautions to protect workers and the community, including compliance with CDC guidelines for COVID-19. The LADWP provides periodic updates on the dismantling work to Leisure World residents and appreciates their patience and cooperation. For more information, call the Project Information Line at (800) 531-6638. 

Classic car tour is June 12

Take a trip back in time as three antique car clubs meander through LWSB trust streets this Saturday, June 12, starting at 10:30 a.m. The parade will depart from Clubhouse 6 (see page 2 for the route map).

Participating in the “Happy Days Classic Car Tour” will be the Model T Club of America, Long Beach and Orange County chapters (cars from 1907-1927); the Model A Club of America, Orange County, Diamond Tread and  Harbor Area chapters (cars from 1928-1931); and the Early V8 Ford Club, Southern California Group No. 11, Palomar Mountain V8’s Group No. 143 and San Diego Group No. 19 (cars from 1932-1953).

The clubs have been touring various communities during the pandemic with their drive through car show.  Plan to joining your friends and neighbors lining the streets waving them along as the parade passes through your area.  If you plan to remove your car from a carport that is on the tour route, kindly wait until the parade has passed by.

Pool Update

The GRF has submitted revised plans to the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA) and the City of Seal Beach, with the anticipation of a full stamp of approval in about 20 days.

All required changes and modifications have been made by the multiple engineering firms now working on the project. The most recent was adding handicapped parking, which required regrading the curb near the pool and in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot.

Pool equipment has been ordered, and the locker room construction is underway as individual permits have been approved for that job.

A full construction schedule will be printed as soon as the main permit has been approved.

The pool was closed in late 2019 for a simple remodel that mushroomed into a complete redesign and rebuild after catastrophic infrastructure defects were uncovered when work began. Plans had to be redrawn and permits applied for amid  slow-downs triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.

405 Freeway Update

The Orange County Transportation Authority, in cooperation with Caltrans, is widening the San Diego Freeway (I-405) between SR-73 and I-605.The project is improving 16 miles of I-405 between the SR-73 freeway in Costa Mesa and I-605 near the Los Angeles County line. Construction updates are as follows:

Sidewalk Closures on SB Boulevard 

Crews will close the sidewalks at the intersection of Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson Avenue for permanent traffic signal construction.

Activities include the removal of existing sidewalk ramps, installation of new sidewalk ramps, and electrical and foundation work.

Permanent traffic signal construction began June 1 and will continue for approximately six weeks on weekdays. 

Daytime work hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson will be intermittently reduced to two lanes at the intersection for the duration of the work.

Nighttime temporary traffic signal removal and permanent pole installation are anticipated in early July.

Sign up for project-wide and bridge-specific construction alerts at bit.ly/405-signup.

 Bolsa Avenue Traffic Switch 

Crews will close Bolsa between Goldenwest and Chestnut for approximately one weekend to accomodate freeway widening in mid-June. 

The 405 Community Outreach Team will provide detailed schedule, closure and detour information in future alerts.

NB I-405 Loop Off-Ramp to Bolsa Avenue to Close 

Crews will close the northbound I-405 loop off-ramp to Bolsa for approximately three months to accommodate the freeway widening in mid-June. 

The 405 Community Outreach Team will provide detailed schedule, closure and detour information in future alerts.

 NB I-405 On-Ramp Closed

  Crews  closed the northbound I-405 on-ramp from Westminster Boulevard for approximately seven weeks on May 11 to accommodate freeway widening. Activities include removal of the existing ramp, excavation, placement and compaction of base material, rebar and concrete work, paving, drainage installation, electrical work and striping.

SR-22 On-Ramp from Old Ranch Parkway Closed

The Old Ranch Parkway on-ramp to the westbound SR-22 closed April 13 for 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.

NB I-405 and SR-73 Off-Ramps to Fairview Road Closed  

Crews closed the northbound I-405 and SR-73 off-ramps to Fairview on April 5 for approximately 100 days to accommodate the freeway widening. 

 SB I-405 Off-Ramp to Bolsa Chica Road Closed

Crews closed the southbound I-405 off-ramp to Bolsa Chica on Oct. 27 for approximately one year to advance construction on the Bolsa Chica bridge.

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. to 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.

Westminster Boulevard

Crews began working on the foundation of the retaining wall adjacent to Cascade Park along the southbound (SB) I-405 on-ramp from Westminster Boulevard. The foundation consists of approximately 80 cast-in-drilled-hole (CIDH) piles.

Work is ongoing from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays, for approximately one month.

Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m., and some activity may occur at night. Intermittent nighttime closures of the southbound I-405 on-ramp from Westminster may be required.

Additional construction activities including rebar, form and concrete activities are underway, and backfill and block wall installation is anticipated in July and August.

The 405 Community Outreach Team will provide detailed schedule information in future alerts.

Sign up for project-wide and bridge-specific construction alerts at bit.ly/405-signup. Email 405project@octa.net or call (888) 400-8994 for more information. The I-405 Improvement Project mobile app provides quick access to current traffic conditions, closures and detours, along with project updates and links to contact the project team. Download it from the Apple Store or Google Play.  

I-405 Improvement Project automated call and text alerts will now start coming to subscribers from the I-405 Project Helpline number (888-400-8994.) This will allow people to leave messages if they have  questions or concerns about the project.

Father’s Day Tribute

A father’s love is singular and precious and expressed in many ways. In honor of Father’s Day on June 20, the LW Weekly will run a tribute to dads. 

Readers are invited to send in a couple of paragraphs about what made their fathers or father figures stand out.  

High resolution jpgs are also welcome. Send stories and photos to rutho_news@lwsb.com. The submission deadline is Monday, June 14.

CalFresh Benefits

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

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 June 17.

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

Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,354 a month for one person; $1,832 for a two-person household; and $2,311 for a three-person household. 

To sign up, bring a photo ID and proof of income (Social Security/SSI statement, letter or bank statement or paycheck stub).

People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

Vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA). 

Orange County will equitably distribute a safe and effective vaccine to everyone ages 12 years and older who lives or works in Orange County as supply is available.’]

The OCHCA is scheduling vaccines through the Othena.com platform.

Other resources include:

Orange County Over the Phone Vaccine Information 

& Appointments

(714) 480-6450

Long Beach Helpline/Vaccine Appointments

(562) 570-4636

My Turn 



•Albertsons, Safeway, Vons and Pavilions: https://www.mhealthappointments.com/covidappt

•Costco Pharmacies: https://www.costco.com/covid-vaccine.html

•CVS: (800) 746-7287, https://www.cvs.com/immunizations/covid-19-vaccine

•Health Mart Pharmacies: http://www.healthmartcovidvaccine.com

•Kroger: https://www.ralphs.com/rx/covid-eligibility

•Rite Aid: https://www.riteaid.com/pharmacy/covid-qualifier

•Walgreens: https://www.walgreens.com/topic/promotion/covid-vaccine.jsp

•Walmart: https://www.walmart.com/cp/1228302 

The arrival of COVID-19 vaccines marked a big step toward a return to normal life. Medical experts know the vaccines are safe and effective because they were held to the same safety standards as any other vaccine—and rigorous clinical trials have proven that they’re safe and effective.   

More than 48 percent of the U.S. population has received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And roughly 38.1 percent of the population is fully vaccinated, the data shows.

So far, studies have shown that mRNA vaccines—Pfizer and Moderna—maintain more than 90 percent efficacy after six months. And scientists believe it’s likely much longer, but more data is needed.

A vaccine is our best shot at returning to a more normal life. Until then, wear masks and stay socially distant from others.

OLLI Senior U is open for registration

The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, Long Beach. will begin its 2021 summer session, with registration starting June 14. This year, CSULB is celebrating its 25th year offering educational and social opportunities to OLLI members.

OLLI publishes OLLI registration and other information in The SUN. It contains a class schedule and interesting articles about its classes, people and activities. 

All classes are currently offered via Zoom. 

OLLI offers a wide variety of subjects and provides training for those unfamiliar with how to use Zoom technology. 

The membership fee for the summer session is $20 (unless already a member), and classes are $15 each for the entire eight-week session.  

There is no better time for seniors to learn more and age less—all safely in the comfort of their home.

LWers are welcome to join hundreds of others, aged 50 and over, already enjoying the benefits of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Founded in 1996, OLLI’s mission is to provide educational opportunities and social connections to enhance personal development and quality of life for its membership of about 2,000.

It was called Senior University in 1996 and renamed OLLI in 2006 after receiving its first $1 million endowment from the Bernard Osher Foundation. OLLI received its second $1 million endowment from the foundation in 2012, allowing for even more expansion and support of the institute. 

In addition to the Osher Foundation, OLLI is supported through endowments, membership fees, fundraising and grants. In turn, OLLI supports CSULB students through scholarships to students studying aging. 

More information can be obtained by checking the website at www.csulb.edu/olli (click on registration link) or by calling the OLLI office, (562) 985-8237.

JFTB resumes tours

The Los Alamitos Joint Forces Training Base (JFTB) is pleased to announce the return of its popular public base tour program following a 16-month suspension due to the pandemic. 

This year’s tour dates include June 17, Aug. 19 and Nov. 18.  Tours are scheduled on Thursday afternoons and participants should plan for approximately three hours. 

The fully guided bus tour includes an introduction and historical overview of the base—highlighting its current state and federal missions. 

The JFTB is a busy center of military training and ground zero for emergency management and disaster support for Southern California. 

The sprawling base, which includes the Los Alamitos Army Airfield, is fewer than 5 miles from Leisure World. Eight miles of perimeter fencing surround the base. 

The base is perhaps best known for the Los Alamitos Army Airfield with two all-weather runways that measure 8,000 and 6,000 feet long. 

The JFTB is gated and patrolled 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and strategically located near the junction of the 605 and 405 freeways. It contains more than 160 buildings—1.5 million square feet of space—with 45 tenant organizations, most of them  military. 

During normal times, the base opens its gates for public tours, patriotic fireworks displays, swimming in an Olympic-grade pool, golfing, theater-going and more. 

It is the oldest military base in Orange County and the only disaster support center in Southern California. 

As part of the tour, featured stops include the 40th Infantry Division Headquarters, Los Alamitos Army Airfield (including an upclose look at a Cal Guard UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter) and JFTB’s engagement skills trainer. 

Space is limited to 45 pre-registered participants. Admission is free. Everyone will receive a group photo as a souvenir of their visit.  

To register for a tour, send an e-mail to the JFTB Public Affairs Officer at richard.w.lalor2.nfg@mail.mil. 

Emails must include full name, address (including ZIP code), phone number, email address and California driver’s license number for each participant. 

Due to enhanced force protection requirements and COVID-19 protocols, all participants are required to show current government-issued photo identification at the main gate for access to the installation. 

Masks are required for everyone taking the tour. For more information, contact Col. (CA) Richard Lalor at (562) 795-2096 or via email at richard.w.lalor2.nfg@mail.mil, or Staff Sgt. Crystal Housman at (805) 458-3825 or via email at crystal.c.housman.mil@mail.mil.

Cert classes to resume

A new cycle of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes will be scheduled once LW clubhouses are fully reopened for meetings. This will include a session taught in Korean. Interested residents are asked to sign up now by calling Sonji Friedman at (562) 243-1894 and leave their names, addresses, phone numbers and emails.

Class dates and times have not been set, but organizers are asking for Wednesdays from 8 a.m.-noon. The course is held one day a week for five weeks. CERT provides each trainee with a backpack containing a helmet, goggles, gloves, a hammer tool, tourniquets and other life-saving equipment.

The CERT training is limited to the first 25 people registered. The next series will be held in October. A Korean translation of this information follows.

LW Cloggers

The Leisure World Clogging Club will resume at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, on the Ampitheater stage.

All old and new cloggers are invited. This is a type of folk dance practiced in the United States, in which the dancer’s footwear is used percussively by striking the heel, the toe, or both against a floor or each other to create audible rhythms, usually to the downbeat, with the heel keeping the rhythm. Everyone is welcome to try clogging,  Tap dancers will especially like this form of dance.

For more information, call (562) 598-9974.

—Dolorie Thurner

Club Registration Underway

The GRF Recreation Department is registering LW clubs after an 18-month hiatus in activity due to the COVID-19 shutdowns. Clubs that want to resume a routine schedule in GRF facilities need to renew their status and secure reservations. To do that, a club officer must submit a Club Officers Renewal Form to the Recreation Department. Clubs that want to disband should notify the Recreation Office at (562) 431-6586, ext. 398. For more information on the status of trust property facilities, check the Amenity Reopening Chart on page 11 or contact Recreation for more information by emailing kathyt@lwsb.com.

Perspectives, Page 4

Letters to the Editor


 In regard to water usage being up, has anybody wondered why we need to water our lawns every day? The weather is not that hot. When mushrooms start growing in our lawns, that should tell us we are watering too much. 

I don’t know who sets the watering timers, but they should be changed. We cannot afford to waste as much water as is put on our lawns.

In my opinion, as a community, we need to be more aware of our natural resources. 

Clarence A. Hoffman

Mutual 7


The cautious reopening of LW amenities has lifted my spirits. Reprogramming my daily routine and anticipating activities I have been missing for over a year is exhilarating.

The energetic golfers are back to enjoying their sport, and dancers at Veterans Plaza are observing social distancing while enjoying their exercise.

The GRF Board, Mutual directors and GRF Executive Director have done their best to safeguard the community, and the enthusiastic GRF news staff did an excellent job updating and featuring enchanting events.

Together with cooperation, sharing responsibility, adhering to CDC guidelines, slowly but surely, everything is returning to normal, and that’s just fine with me.

Lisa Dickson

Mutual 1


Cars and trucks emit carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases, which contribute one-fifth of the United States’ total global warming pollution. Greenhouse gases trap heat in the atmosphere, which causes worldwide temperatures to rise. One way to respond to this issue is to contribute toward efforts to eradicate this problem. 

On April 22, 2021, President Biden opened a two-day virtual climate summit, saying “the cost of inaction keeps mounting.”

Again, on May 18, President Biden spoke at the Ford Electric Vehicle Center in Dearborn, Michigan, saying, “The future of the auto industry is electric.” Furthermore, the average cost to operate an electric car in the United States is $485 per year, while the average for a gasoline-powered car is $1,117. A lot of new people who came to LW with EVs (electric cars) were forced to sell their vehicles due to rules and regulations, as well as the nonexistent charge stations for residents. 

Leisure World could help this community by adding a charge station and issuing permits at our homes and carports. It would be greatly appreciated, especially in this era of EVs becoming more popular. We never thought that Ford, the creator of the automobile, was going to make a Mustang EV and the Ford 150 EV pickup.

Julio C. Torres

Mutual 10

 COVID Chronicles—Gift Horses

Member Column

by Joan Rose

LW contributor

We were recently told by the CDC that we could remove our masks if we were going to be around vaccinated people but must still wear them if we are shopping in stores or if we will be exposed to a crowd of people.

By Mother’s Day, my kids and their spouses and significant others were all vaccinated, and we rejoiced by gathering at my house for lunch. Oh, what bliss to talk to them without masks! I have missed their faces and their smiles and laughter so much.  

Of course, Mother’s Day always means “get a gift for Mom” to my kids, and I realize that it is getting harder and harder for them to think of gifts for me, since I am bordering on ancient. I have told them that I would be happy with just a greeting card, but each year, they must spend countless hours worrying about this. Some of the gifts they come up with are wonderful, and some are, well, a little outside the box.

My son always tries to find something wonderful for me, and for Mother’s Day, he gave me an instant pot pressure cooker. If I had six kids to feed, this would be something I would use, but it’s just little old me rattling around this house now, and I am getting so that I hate to cook. Sometimes soup and a sandwich constitutes a big dinner for me, and after cooking for a crowd most of my life, I am happy to simplify my cooking habits.

But the instant pot looked intriguing. I opened the huge box and tried to take it out, but it was so heavy that I had to ask my kids to help. They wrestled it out of the box and put it on my cabinet, and there it sat, big and very intimidating. There were approximately 25 bright orange stickers attached to it at various points, informing the owner of the pot that there was great danger from escaping steam, beginning with the words “Never (do this)” and “Be careful (when you do this),” etc.  The more I read the stickers, the more I realized that I would probably never use this pot, being overly worried about certain injury or death.  

A few days went by and when I glanced at the big black pot residing on my cabinet, it seemed to glare back at me.  Finally, I called my son and explained my reluctance to use it and asked if he could take it back.  I was hoping that he could return it and get a refund, but he chose to keep it and so he picked it up the next day.  

 I recently had a birthday and my grandson got me what he thought was a wonderful gift. It was an online subscription to a company that would ask me questions throughout the year by e-mail (personal questions), and they would compile my answers and then put them into a book which they would send to me at the end of the year. 

I have to tell you that I am a little paranoid when it comes to online scams, and I thought this was very invasive. I am not going to answer personal questions by e-mail because who knows what the recipients are going to do with the answers? So I deleted the app and told my grandson about my feelings. He was good-natured about it, but I am sure he was not happy that I rejected his gift.

So I hope my kids have learned a lesson this year about giving me gifts. I am advising my family that just a card or a box of chocolates would be very welcome, and they can bet I wouldn’t return them.  

On thinking about it, I realized that my mom was the same way at the end of her life. So maybe it is an aging thing, and this reluctance to accept strange gifts comes to us all eventually, along with arthritis and fallen arches.

I know I should be grateful that I have kids who think of me in this way, and I probably shouldn’t reject their gifts. But being practical, I tend to look the gift horse in the mouth and this indulgent tendency seems to grow worse as I grow older.  However, I am really looking forward to those chocolates. 

Setting It Straight

The 1977 car featured in “Smokey and the Bandit” was not a Chevrolet Camaro, as reported in the June 3 edition of the LW Weekly. It was a 1976 Pontiac Firebird Trans Am, according to LWer David Drew and several other callers, who would never forget the iconic special-edition model once owned by the late actor Burt Reynolds.

Watch Your Step Scam Alerts

Social Security Administration Impostor Scam

Social Security Administration imposters contact prospective victims by telephone and falsely claim that the victim’s Social Security number has been suspended because of suspicious activity or because it has been involved in a crime. They ask to confirm the victim’s Social Security number, or they may say they need to withdraw money from the victim’s bank and to store it on gift cards or in other unusual ways for “safekeeping.” Victims may be told their accounts will be seized or frozen if they fail to act quickly.

Perpetrators often use robocalls to reach victims. 

Victims may be told to “press 1” to speak to a government “support representative” for help reactivating their Social Security number. 

They also use caller ID spoofing to make it look like the Social Security Administration is calling. 

With such trickery, perpetrators convince victims to give up their Social Security numbers and other personal information. Social Security Administration imposters operating from abroad often use U.S.-based money mules to receive victim payments and transmit proceeds to perpetrators.

—from the Social Security Administration Office of the Inspector General


Tech Support Scam

Fraudsters make telephone calls and claim to be computer technicians associated with a well-known company or they may use Internet pop-up messages to warn about non-existent computer problems. 

Scammers claim they have detected viruses, other malware, or hacking attempts on the victim’s computer. 

They pretend to be “tech support” and ask that the victim give them remote access to his or her computer. 

Eventually, they diagnose a nonexistent problem and ask the victim to pay large sums of money for unnecessary—or even harmful—services. 

Tech support scams operating from abroad often use U.S.-based money mules (including legitimate-seeming businesses registered in the U.S.) to receive victim payments and transmit proceeds to perpetrators.

After victims make payments, perpetrators often call back and offer refunds to victims, claiming their tech support services are no longer available. 

Perpetrators claim to send refund money to the victim’s bank account but falsely claim that too much money was refunded. Perpetrators then induce victims to send payments (often through stored-value cards such as gift cards), purportedly to reimburse the tech support company for its “over-refund.” Victims have lost hundreds or thousands of dollars to this refund scheme.

—from the Federal Trade Commission

 Lottery Scam

Fraudulent telemarketers based in Jamaica and other countries call people in the U.S., telling them that they have won a sweepstakes or foreign lottery. The fake telemarketers typically identify themselves as lawyers, customs officials or lottery representatives. They tell people they have won vacations, cars or thousands—even millions—of dollars. 

“Winners” need only pay fees for shipping, insurance, customs duties, or taxes before they can claim their prizes. 

Victims pay hundreds or thousands of dollars and receive nothing in return, and often are revictimized until they have no money left. 

Lottery scams operating from abroad often use U.S.-based money mules to receive victim payments and transmit proceeds to perpetrators.

—from the U.S. Embassy in Jamaica

IRS Imposter Scam

IRS imposter scams are aggressive and sophisticated phone scams targeting taxpayers. 

Callers claim to be employees of the IRS. They use fake names and bogus IRS identification badge numbers. 

Victims are told they owe money to the IRS, and it must be paid promptly through a wire transfer or stored value card such as a gift card. 

Victims who refuse to cooperate are threatened with arrest, deportation, or suspension of a business or driver’s license. 

IRS imposter scams operating from abroad often use U.S.-based money mules to receive victim payments and transmit proceeds to perpetrators.

 New Variations of IRS Scams

Taxpayers should be on the lookout for new variations of tax-related scams. In the latest twist on a scam related to Social Security numbers, scammers claim to be able to suspend or cancel the victim’s SSN. It’s yet another attempt by con artists to frighten people into returning “robocall” voicemails.

Scammers may mention overdue taxes in addition to threatening to cancel the person’s SSN. 

If taxpayers receive a call threatening to suspend their SSN for an unpaid tax bill, they should just hang up.

Taxpayers should not give out sensitive information over the phone unless they are positive they know the caller is legitimate. When in doubt, hang up. Here are some telltale signs of this scam. The IRS and its authorized private collection agencies will never:

• Call to demand immediate payment using a specific payment method such as a prepaid debit card, iTunes gift card or wire transfer. The IRS does not use these methods for tax payments.

• Ask a taxpayer to make a payment to a person or organization other than the U.S. Treasury.

• Threaten to immediately bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have the taxpayer arrested for not paying.

• Demand taxes be paid without giving the taxpayer the opportunity to question or appeal the amount owed.

Taxpayers who don’t owe taxes and have no reason to think they do should:

• Report the caller ID and callback number to the IRS by sending it to phishing@irs.gov. The taxpayer should write “IRS Phone Scam” in the subject line.

Taxpayers who owe taxes or think they do should:

• View tax account information online at IRS.gov to see the actual amount owed and review their payment options.

• Call the number on the billing notice.

• Call the IRS at 800-829-1040.

—from the Internal Revenue Service

Romance Scam

Millions of Americans use dating sites, social networking sites and chat rooms to meet people. 

And many forge successful relationships. But scammers also use these sites to meet potential victims. 

They create fake profiles to build online relationships and eventually convince people to send money in the name of love. Some even make wedding plans before disappearing with the money. 

An online love interest who asks for money is almost certainly a scam artist. Romance scams operating from abroad often use U.S.-based money mules to receive victim payments and transmit proceeds to perpetrators. 

Sometimes, perpetrators of romance scams convince victims to serve as money mules, receiving illegal proceeds of crime and forwarding those proceeds to perpetrators. 

For example, romance scam victims often are induced to receive payments and/or goods such as technology equipment procured through fraud and to forward those payments and goods directly or indirectly to perpetrators.

—from the Federal Trade Commission


GRF Meetings 

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.

Fri., June 11 Special GRF Board Meeting

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Tues., June 29 Special GRF Board Meeting

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Annual Meeting Minutes

Golden Rain Foundation

Aug. 4, 2020

Call to Order

The 57th Annual Meeting of Members of the Golden Rain Foundation was held in Clubhouse 4 on Aug. 4, 2020, called to order by President Linda Stone.

President Stone stated that today’s meeting had been convened in compliance with Article III, Sections 2 and 3, of the Foundation’s By-Laws and, following Corporate Secretary Suzanne Fekjar’s statement that all members were sent notice of such meeting, she declared it to be in session at 11:15 a.m.

Pledge of Allegiance

GRF Corporate Secretary Fekjar led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Roll Call 

The Corporate Secretary reported that Board Members Perrotti, St. Aubin, Snowden, L. Stone, Hopewell, Rapp, Fekjar, Dodero, Winkler, Heinrichs, Friedman, Isom and Massetti were present. Directors Findlay, Gerber, Pratt and Thompson participated via Zoom. Executive Director Ankeny and Director of Finance Miller were also present. Seventeen members were present, constituting a majority of the voting quorum. Director Lukoff was absent.

Membership Participation 

President Stone stated that by prearrangement, through a notice published for three consecutive weeks in the LW Weekly, members wishing to do so were invited to participate in the Annual Meeting. Six written questions/comments were received and referred to the appropriate department/GRF Committee.

Approval of 2019 Annual Meeting Minutes

BY REQUEST of Mutual 6, shareholder Lynn Baidack, the reading of the minutes of the Annual Meeting, held on June 11, 2019, was dispensed with, and the minutes were approved and ordered to be filed in the corporate records as heretofore published. Fekjar seconded the motion; the Board members present unanimously indicated their favor of the motion. 

Introduction of Present Directors

The present Board members were introduced by President Stone:

Leah Perrotti, Mutual 1; JoAnn St. Aubin, Mutual 1; Paula Snowden, Mutual 2; Paul Pratt, Mutual 2; Linda Stone, Mutual 3; Marsha Gerber, Mutual 4; William Thompson, Mutual 5; Susan Hopewell, Mutual 6; Kathy Rapp, Mutual 7; Suzanne Fekjar, Mutual 8; Tony Dodero, Mutual 9; Ronde Winkler, Mutual 10; Irma Heinrichs, Mutual 11; Lucille Findlay, Mutual 12; Phil Friedman, Mutual 15; Janet Isom, Mutual 16; and Nick Massetti, Mutual 17.

President Stone recognized retiring Mutual 10 and 12 GRF Representatives for their service on the Board. On behalf of the community, President Stone thanked these Board members for their hard work and dedication and shared a brief history of their GRF activities. 

Introduction of Newly Elected Directors

President Stone then introduced the newly elected directors of the Board: 

Lawrence Slutsky, Mutual 8; Carol Levine, Mutual 10; and Lee Melody, Mutual 14. (Carole Damoci, Mutual 12, was unable to attend)


In accordance with Article V, Section 2, of the GRF By-Laws, the Annual Meeting of members is the time and place for receiving reports from chairpersons. President Stone offered the opportunity for the committee chairs to offer comments regarding their Committees. The Chairs thanked the members of their committees and staff members individually.

Executive Director’s Comments 

The Executive Director thanked the Board and staff for another excellent year.

Board Member Comments

Four Board members offered comments.

Installation of Newly Elected Directors

President Stone announced that Lawrence Slutsky, Carol Levine, Carole Damoci and Lee Melody were officially installed as Directors of the Golden Rain Foundation. 


The meeting was adjourned at 12:33 p.m.

—Suzanne Fekjar, Corporate Secretary

Special GRF
BOD Meeting

Friday, June 11, 1 p.m.

Clubhouse 4 and via Livestream 

To view the meeting online, go to www.lwsb.com. The live-streaming uses YouTube live and terminates at the close of the meeting.

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. Pledge of Allegiance

4. Announcements

5. Shareholder/Member Comments 

Note: Foundation Shareholders/Members are permitted to make comments before the business of the Board begins. Requests must be registered in advance of the meeting, and comments are limited to four minutes.

6. New Business

a. General

i. Ratify Committee Assignments, Ad Hoc Committee Assignments

7. Adjournment

Street Sweeping

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.

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. 

Community Guide White Pages

Resident names and phone numbers are not automatically placed in the LW Community Guide’s White Pages. To be included, shareholders may submit their information to LW Weekly by filling out the form placed in previous editions of the Community Guide and returning it to the LW Weekly Office or by emailing pattym@lwsb.com. 

Those whose information may have changed since the 2019 edition of the White Pages may also submit new information via email.

Resident names are deleted from the White Pages by request or after LW Weekly receives a report of sale and escrow closing from the Stock Transfer Office. Anyone who moves within LW will be deleted unless a form with the new address is submitted to LW Weekly.

Residents who think they know a name that should be removed may notify LW Weekly via email at pattym@lwsb.com.

Mutual Meetings 

Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change). 

Thurs., June 10 Mutual 12 Annual Meeting

virtual 10 a.m.

Fri., June 11 Mutual 2 Annual Meeting

virtual 10 a.m.

Mon., June 14 Mutual 9

virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., June 15 Mutual 14

virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., June 16 Mutual 7

virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., June 17 Mutual 11

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Fri., June 18 Mutual 15 Annual Meeting

virtual 10 a.m.

Mon., June 21 Mutual 15

virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., June 22 Mutual 17 Annual Meeting

virtual 10 a.m.

Wed., June 23 Mutual 10

virtual 9 a.m.

Carport Cleaning Schedule 2021

Since most of the holidays in 2021 fall on workdays for LWSB’s cleaning contractor, all carports will be cleaned this year on the actual holiday, with the exception of Thanksgiving (Nov. 25). The following carports will be cleaned the morning of Nov. 30:

Mutual 11: Carports 130 -131

Mutual 15: Carports 7-8, 10 and 13

Mutual 16: Carport 9

The following carports will be cleaned that afternoon:

Mutual 15: Carports 3, 6, 11-12

Health & Fitness

Help for those with limited means

by Sandra Teel

Medicare Insurance Agent


If you have found yourself in a situation where you have to choose between buying necessities or paying for your prescription drugs, there may be help available for you. Social Security has extra help benefits you might qualify for, including:

LIS (Low Income Subsidy) Extra Help: This is a program to help people with limited income and resources pay such Medicare prescription-drug-program costs as premiums, deductibles and coinsurance. In 2021, you may qualify if you have up to $19,320 in yearly income ($26,130 for a married couple) and up to $14,790 in resources ($29,520 for a married couple). For a complete list of qualifications, go to www.ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp.

Part D late enrollment penalty: If you delayed your enrollment in Medicare Part D and are under the penalty for late enrollment, LIS may reduce or eliminate the penalty. The assistance would remain in effect as long as you remain eligible for LIS.

If you believe you qualify, call Social Security at 1 (800) 772-1213 to apply over the phone or to make an appointment to go into the Social Security office. Or you can log on to www.ssa.gov/prescriptionhelp.com.

After Social Security reviews your application, they will send you a letter letting you know if you qualify.

Sandra Teel is a licensed independent broker who can be contacted via www.steelmedicareins.com, by calling (657) 204-4224 or by emailing steelmedagent@gmail.com.

Balance & Stability Class

The Landmark Balance & Stability class is available on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. via Zoom. Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530; the meeting ID is 849 8252 2530, and the password is practice. 

A certified instructor teaches the free, 40-minute class that focuses on balance, shifting weight and cognizant activities. It broadcasts around 4:20-4:40 p.m. every day on the Spectrum Cable Channel 1390 and is available on youtube.com. For more information, call (562) 397-1519.

Leisure Bikers

Join the Leisure Bikers on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. at the North Gate. Helmets, safe shoes and masks are a must. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for more details.


All members are welcome to the Wa-Rite meeting on June 25 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Weigh-ins start at 8 a.m. and end around 8:45, then the meeting will begin at 9. 

“We are granting amnesty for Goal Members for three months from first weigh-in,” said club president Carol Chambers. “It’s time to get inspired for our health.”

There will be no COVID-related restrictions regarding mask-wearing, vaccines or social distancing. Those who feel uncomfortable should consider not attending. 

For more information contact Chambers at carol.chambers60@yahoo.com.

SBTV Classes

The following excercise classes air online at sbtv3.org/schedule every week.



5:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hour)

6:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga (4.5 hours)  


6:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hour)

8:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga (4.5 hours)

Noon: Silver Age Yoga (2.5 hours)


7:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hour)

11 a.m.: Yoga for All Ages (0.5 hours)


5:30 a.m.: Yoga for All Ages (0.5 hours)

6 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hour)

7:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga (3.5 hours)


6:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga (4.5 hours)

8:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hour)

Noon: Feeling Fit (1 hour)


6:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga (4.5 hours)

8:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hour) 


6:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga (4.5 hours)

8:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hour)

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 Client Manager Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 1, 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, June 10: Turkey chili, cornbread, and green beans with pimentos; applesauce; roast beef and cheese sandwich, with spinach, tomato and pickle, plus quinoa-and-veggie salad.

Friday, June 11: Salmon with caper and garlic sauce, barley pilaf, and mixed vegetables; fresh banana; entrée Greek chicken salad, with tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese and vinaigrette dressing, plus crackers. 

Monday, June 14: Roast beef with mushroom gravy, au gratin potatoes, and peas with onions; Waldorf salad; tuna salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus marinated beet-and-onion salad.

Tuesday, June 15: Tuna noodle casserole, seasoned carrots and Brussels sprouts; chocolate cake; Chinese chicken salad, with mandarin oranges, cabbage, carrots, onion and Asian dressing, plus crackers.

Wednesday, June 16: Oven-baked chicken breast with lemon-pepper sauce, oven-browned potatoes, and green bean almandine; mandarin orange; turkey, ham and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus homemade potato salad.

Medical Qi Gong Club 

The Medical Qi Gong Club will meet at 10 a.m. on June 19 at Clubhouse 3, Room 3, under the leadership of George Stemmann. 

Stemmann began his tai chi studies at the Long Beach Senior Center in 2014; since then, he studied with Dave Heilig, the club’s former teacher. The key to teaching medical qi gong, according to Stemmann, lays in good care of self. From there, he added, “it pushes me to share good health with others.”

The Chinese medicine practitioner uses movement to promote wellness, longevity and self-healing. He offers instruction on how to maintain health, reduce pain and relieve stress through prescribed movements.

The club will meet every Saturday.

Senior Cuisine Delivered

Experience restaurant-quality meals specially made for Orange County’s older adults, delivered safely to your home. Choose from among your favorite participating restaurants and caterers, and receive lunch and dinner for two for four or six days a week. Meals are affordably priced at $9.95 each, with no additional delivery costs. Customers receive $15 off when they subscribe for two weeks. Use code 15OFF at checkout. There is a $7.50 discount for the first week, and a $7.50 discount for the second week. 

Meal providers for the Seal Beach area include Blue Stone Kitchen, Jewish Community Services of OC, Norms and Zest in a Bowl. The provider will contact you to arrange delivery. No meal preparation is needed; just heat and eat. Place your order online at seniorcuisinedelivered.mealsonwheelsoc.org/collections/resturaunts/seal-beach. For more information, call (714) 823-3294.

Arts & Leisure

2021 Amphitheater Show Season

A shortened summer music festival will start on Thursday, June 24, at the 2,500-seat Leisure World Amphitheater. Residents are invited to celebrate summer at five open-air concerts. Shows start at 8 p.m. until September, when they begin at 7:30 p.m. (schedule is subject to change). 

Residents must have GRF photo ID cards for admission to Amphitheater shows. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident shareholder. 

Smoking is not permitted at the Amphitheater, which is located behind the LW News Office in the GRF Administration complex.

No parking is allowed in front of the Amphitheater on St. Andrews Drive along the southbound lanes. This is a tow-away zone on Thursdays during the Amphitheater season. 

Minibus transportation will be available before and after shows. Koffel’s food trucks and Mandie’s Candies will provide options for pre-event dining.

Summer Concerts

• June 24: Terry Otte and Abilene

• July 29: Revisiting the Orbison Years

• Aug. 19: Ronstadt Revival

• Sept. 2: Petty Breakers 

Community 4th of July Weekend Show

• July 3: 4th of July Weekend Show: Springsteen Experience, 8 p.m., Amphitheater

Amphitheater Rules

The Golden Rain Foundation is proud to present an abbreviated 2021 Amphitheater Season as the COVID-19 emergency subsides and people are allowed to gather in groups. To ensure an enjoyable season, show-goers are asked to adhere to the following rules:

• There is no video- or audiotaping of performers.

• Do not save seats. Amphitheater seating is first-come, first-served.

• Do not sing along with performers unless asked to do so by the performer onstage.

• Residents must have LW IDs to enter Amphitheater. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident.

• No one is allowed to sit or stand in the aisles. 

• No smoking is permitted in the Amphitheater area.

• Flags on scooters should be lowered, so everyone can see the stage (see LW Security for assistance).

• Leave walkers in the aisle.

• Handicap seating is at street level, at the handrails in the middle of the Amphitheater. 

• No pets are allowed.

• The audience is not permitted to enter the Amphitheater earlier than 1.5 hours before the program begins, as requested by performers, who will be doing sound checks.

• Dancing is allowed only on the two side-wing patios flanking the Amphitheater stage.

• No flash photography.

• Do not climb over seats.

2021 Amphitheater Movie Nights 

Open-air movie nights at the Amphitheater will begin June 25 (schedule is subject to change). Six movies will be shown on the gigantic screen on Friday nights, starting at 8 p.m. (start times will be adjusted as days get shorter). Bring your friends and family to this a free weekly event. The Minibus has on-call service to this open-air cinema beginning at 7:15 p.m.; call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379, and a bus will arrive within 10 minutes. A bus is available to take shareholders home after the show.

• June 25—Knives Out: A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. PG-13 | 2h 10min | Comedy, Crime, Drama 

• July 9—Greenland: A family struggles for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster. PG-13 | 1h 59min | Action, Thriller

• July 23—Jumanji, The Next Level: The gang is back, but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown—from arid deserts to snowy mountains—to escape the world’s most dangerous game. PG-13 | 2h 3min | Action, Adventure, Comedy 

• Aug. 13—Wonder Woman: When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. PG-13 | 2h 21min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy 

• Aug. 27—Nomandland: After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman in her sixties embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. R | 1h 47min | Drama

• Sept. 3—Death on the Nile: Detective Hercule Poirot investigates the murder of a young heiress aboard a cruise ship on the Nile River. PG-13 | 2h 14min | Mystery Thriller 

Opera Club

The LW Opera Club is gearing up for a new season, choosing good versions of popular and lesser-known works. Knowledge of plots and composers may spark interest for opera newcomers and experts, both of whom are welcome at the meetings. The group focuses on one opera each month, with a complete performance accompanied by information and discussion in two sessions; there are also occasional potluck extravaganzas.

Transport to and from performances may be available through a partnership with the LA Opera and the LW Recreation Department, as well as discounts from the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra.

Members and those interested are invited to the club’s monthly meetings, details for which will appear in advance in LW Weekly. No fees or dues are collected. To receive emails with meeting information and more, to join the free email tree, or for answers to any questions involving the LW Opera Club, contact Beverly Emus at Beverly90740@gmail.com.

Creative Writers Club

The Creative Writers Club will resume its meetings, starting June 25 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 and continuing the fourth Friday of every month. For more information, email club president Fred Wind at fredwilmawind@gmail.com.

Master Gardener Zoom Workshops

The GRF Mini Farm’s Master Gardeners’ workshop this month is “Insect Pest Management.” It will start at 10 a.m. today, June 10, via Zoom. The link  can be found on the Mini Farm website at www.lwsb.com/mini-farm/. All are welcome to attend, but current and prospective mini farmers are especially encouraged to join.

Leisure World Orchestra

The Leisure World Orchestra will restart rehearsals on Wednesday, June 16, at noon in the Amphitheater. Those who have an interest in classical music and talent, whether dormant or not, are encouraged to join, especially if they play drums or brass instruments. 

The orchestra rehearses for a few hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, performing two concerts a year, with a hiatus in summer. For more information, call or text club president Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669 or drop by during rehearsals.

A Course in Miracles

A Course in Miracles book study group will resume its weekly meetings starting June18 at 4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 8.  Everyone is welcome to attend. For further information, email Abby Stevens at abbystevens2@hotmail.com.

The Joyful Line Dance class is moving onto Clubhouse 6’s upstairs dance floor on Thursday, June 17, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. All shareholders are welcome to come learn fun moves to a mix of popular songs, both old and new, with guest instructors Albert Comia (pictured), Anna Derby, Chung Cha Lewis, Connie Peck and Daisy Ramos. 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.


On a ‘Wild Goose’ cruise

Sandra deDubovay and Joe DiDonato recently took an outing to Newport Bay that included a champagne brunch cruise aboard John Wayne’s yacht, “Wild Goose.” DeDubovay and Joe DiDonato were joined by fellow LWers Ann Frambach and Marina Tesla, as well as friends Cheryl and Claus Marx.

“Wild Goose” was built in 1941 as a  Yard Mine Sweeper for the U.S. Navy; of the 481 made, only four remain today.  Wayne purchased the 136-foot, converted vessel  for $116,000 in 1965.  It was one of “the Duke’s” most prized possessions, and he traveled extensively aboard the  yacht while entertaining such luminaries as Dean Martin, Bob Hope, Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon.

After boarding “Wild Goose,” deDubovay, DiDonato and friends enjoyed unlimited champagne and a delicious extensive brunch on the third deck. As the boat passed multimillion-dollar waterfront mansions, yachts and historic sites, a crew member pointed out the former, now-renovated John Wayne family estate that overlooks the bay.  

Following dessert, they took a self-guided tour of the library, card room and staterooms, and even got to lay on the Duke’s bed and take photos.  In the salon, they viewed some of his movie posters and paintings by his former wife. The TV in the library showed some of Wayne’s many movies, including “True Grit,” for which he won the Oscar for Best Actor in l970.

Wayne’s last trip aboard the yacht was to Santa Catalina (reportedly his favorite destination) in 1979, just two months before his death. He sold “Wild Goose” for $750,000, and in 1991, the Wild Goose Yacht Corp. purchased it for an undisclosed sum. 

After extensive repairs and renovations totaling $3.5 million, the historic ship was sold again in 1997 to Hornblower Cruises & Events.

DeDubovay, DiDonato and their friends thoroughly enjoyed their first official outing since the pandemic. “We had a lovely, sunny day to appreciate sailing,” said deDubovay. “It couldn’t have been better.”

Dancing Feet Club 

The Dancing Feet Club (DFC) will host ballroom and line dancing every fourth Sunday of the month, commencing on June 27 (the group’s seventh anniversary), from 6-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. DFC will also hold line dance class and practice every Monday, starting June 21, from 7:15-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 6. Admission to all events and classes are free, and anyone with a passion for dancing is welcome.

In compliance with the new GRF directives and because of space limitations, DFC will require preregistration. LWers should text or email their first and last names, Mutual number and unit, email address, and cell phone number to Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223 or edbolos@comcast.net or Ric Dizon at (714) 225-3597 or mrdeeviana38@gmail.com. Guests must also be preregistered, with  their full names, email  addresses and cell phone numbers.

DFC will process registrations on a first-come, first-served basis.

Traveling Tigers

The Traveling Tigers hosts its first meeting on Wednesday, June 16, at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Joyce Basch will give a presentation on her trip to Antarctica. If the governor lifts restrictions in mid-June, as is expected, whether or not to wear a mask will be up to the individual.

As the kitchen is no longer available to the group, and there is no locker assignment, coffee will not be provided nor will there be a potluck. Members should pack a lunch and bring a thermos before coming to socialize and enjoy the presentation.

Ladies Golf Club

On June 1, 51 members of the Ladies Golf Club played for low gross, low net and circle hole on No. 6. Two players, Linda Herman and Mimi Lee, hit the golf ball from the tee box directly inside the circle surrounding Hole 6.

The flight winners were:

Flight A: Low gross: Devora Kim, 26; low net: Ann Tran, 22. 

Flight B: Low gross: tie between Hi Lee and Margie Thompson, 29; low net: tie between Jee Choi and Young Sil Yoon, 24.

Flight C: Low gross: Betty Regalado, 35; low net: three-way tie between Neva Senske, Anne Walshe and Soo Kim, 27.

Flight D: Low gross: Cecilia Han, 32; low net: Patty Latrell, 22.

—Dale Quinn

Leisure World Bunco

All Bunco-playing groups have been combined under a new name: Leisure World Bunco. The club will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, starting on June 28 at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Interested shareholders should arrive a little early so everyone can check in. The game usually ends around 8 p.m.

There will be a halftime break, with socializing and treats. Players are asked to consider contributing a selection of snacks.

All LW residents are welcome. For futher information, call Gail Levitt at (562) 596-1346.

Grab ’n’ Go Meals

June 10-16 

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; 3-5 p.m., cash/cards, (562) 439-RIBS. Order ahead at www.ribcompany.com/LW for faster service.

• Sunday: Closed.  

• 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: Closed.


 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 www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/.

Get ready: ‘Let’s play Cribbage!’

by Terry Thrift

LW contributor

Members of the LW Cribbage Club have not heard the words “Let’s play Cribbage” from president Patti Smith for 66 consecutive weeks. But they will hear them again on Tuesday, June 15, at 12:30 p.m., when the club returns to play in Clubhouse 1.

Four-handed Cribbage is played weekly, with each participant randomly assigned a partner. For the first game, players may start with the partner of their choice, but after that, partners will be randomized. At the end of the day, each player will have played seven games with seven different partners. 

Before play, each player puts $1 into the kitty, which often totals between $65 and $75. The money is used as prizes for the four highest scores of the day, plus those who have won six games or no games. 

Annual dues of $3 are paid in January or whenever one joins the club. 

The schedule is as follows:

11:30 a.m.: Clubhouse 1 doors open.

Noon: Birthday cake and ice cream are served (see below), plus general announcements. 

12:30 p.m.: Cribbage Tournament begins.

3:45 p.m.: Tallying of scores.

4 p.m.: Doors close.

The Cribbage Club has a tradition in which players provide ice cream and cake to celebrate their own birthdays. Most members reportedly enjoy serving their special dessert to the other players themselves. 

For anyone a little shy or afraid the game may be too complicated, the club arranges for a volunteer to assist them. Each hand in Cribbage has only four cards, so it should be easy to pick up—and there will always be a partner to help, too. 

The Cribbage Club encourages all shareholders to give the game a try.

Donna Cooper of Mutual 15 performed “God Bless America” in sign language as others sang at  a recent Hui O Hula show. The dancers and musicians look forward to her next invitation to entertain residents and friends.

Instructor Milton Lockett hopes all dancers will “belly up to the barre” and give ballet a try on June 19 at 1:30 p.m. on the dance floor in Clubhouse 6. The session is a workout good for the entire body, as it strengthens muscles, promotes healthy bones and burns calories. And since ballet uses the full range of muscles, it’s also wonderful for cognitive functions such as coordination and concentration. Participants should dress comfortably and wear soft-soled shoes similar to ballet shoes but without the pointes. For more information, call (562) 252-9676.

It’s time for duplicate bridge

by Gene Yaffee

LW contributor

After a 15-month hiatus, duplicate bridge will resume in-person play beginning on June 18 at noon in Clubhouse 1. GRF has required that Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club and Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club merge into one; it has allowed the combined club to play two games a week, on Monday and Friday afternoons. 

Players must make reservations and are urged to do so as soon as possible for the June 18 game. Contact Sharon Beran at (562) 308-7838 or hbsharonb@gmail.com. Players should arrive by 11:30 a.m. on the day of their reservations. 

Masks are required to enter the clubhouse. Players’ temperatures will be taken using a no-touch tester at the sign-in table.

Game fees are $4 for Leisure World residents and $5 for invited quests. The director on Mondays will be Mike Ullman, and on Fridays, it will be Emma Trepinski. 

No refreshments will be provided for the first few weeks; however, players may bring their own snacks or beverages. Sharing is not currently allowed.

The GRF Board has clarified the ruling that clubs cannot compel members to have been vaccinated in order to play.  

For further information, call Ted Wieber at (562) 596-8661.

Yahtzee Club

The Yahtzee Club will resume meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, on the first and third Fridays of every month from 12:30-4 p.m. beginning June 18. 

The cost to play is $5 per meeting, with the money going toward prizes for: most yahtzees, 45 percent; highest total scores, 45 percent; and door prize, 10 percent. 

Attendees are invited to bring a store-bought snack that is prepackaged in individual servings to share. Beverages should be in a spillproof container labled with a name. Existing members’ dues will be applied to this year; new members can pay dues of $3 at the meeting. 

Anyone with questions about the club or who doesn’t know how to play but is interested should contact Kathy Rose at (714) 309-6873 (phone calls and text messages okay).

Quilting Club

The LW Quilting Club will resume its meetings at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 16, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Members and interested shareholders are welcome to bring a current project, as the sewing room will be open. Experienced quilters are ready to assist those who need a little guidance. For more information, contact Susan Rose at (562) 666-6720 or Marcella Campbell at (562) 588-5062. 

Chess Club

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: Ne6. The White knight moves from d6 to e6. Then Black pawn to e6, White rook to d8, and Black to Kf7. 

The next move by White is checkmate.

Drone Service Club 

The Drone Service Club promotes the positive image of the remote-controlled aerial vehicles and their users. The group, which fosters their safe and responsible use, seeks to train and establish a pool of volunteer first-responder drone operators. 

Anyone interested in keeping abreast of the rapidly evolving technology or using drones as a hobby should contact Joseph Valentinetti at 0501042@gmail.com for an invitation to the club’s next meeting.

Community Karaoke

LW’s karaoke club is preparing for its own “Karaoke D-Day” on Wednesday, June 16, when the group will resume its weekly indoor parties in Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m. 

At the June 3 gathering in Veterans Plaza, a crowd enjoyed the setting sun, as well as the country and soft rock tunes performed by newcomer Vinnie Correnti. Martin Rosendaal had the crowd rockin’ with “In the Midnight Hour.” Susan Kelleghan wowed everyone with “Mamma Mia,” as did Ruby Johnson’s performance of “Smile.” 

Wayne Urban, Ellen Brannigan, Pat Kogok, Rick Riley, Margie Stewart and Shannon Harrison sang some rousing songs. Smoother tunes were done by Ric Dizon, Ren Villaneauva, Tony Tupas, Carmen Edwards, Bob Barnum and Michelle Potter.

—Margie Thompson

Teaching manners with rhymes

by Patty Marsters


LW Theater Club president Taylor White took her creative skills to a new level, publishing “Grandma’s Guide to Good Manners” in April. 

With a catchy rhyme scheme that’s perfect for early readers, White teaches young children the importance of manners and kindness, as well as hygiene. Everyday concepts such as waiting your turn, sharing and being careful with your words are lessons well-suited for any age. And the simple, bright illustrations on each page are sure to engage the attention of little ones. 

White wrote the book as a gift for her now-18-year-old granddaughter, Kate, “to remember to always use her manners and be polite and kind.” 

“I wrote the book for her ages ago and didn’t have the confidence to do anything with it,” White explains. “However, with her going off to college and with me having nothing to contribute to her (college fund), I wanted to do something. My daughter convinced me to just do it. And so I did—with her help. Now, if or when I sell some copies, I will be able to contribute to Kate’s college education.”

“Grandma’s Guide to Good Manners” is available as a paperback or as a digital file for an e-reader for $6.99 via amazon.com.

Men’s Golf League Results

The Men’s Golf League did not venture out May 30 because of Memorial Day, but the players expressed their deepest gratitude to the servicemen around the world, especially to those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

On June 4, the Meadowlark Golf Club in Huntington Beach welcomed 11 men and one woman. Meadowlark clocks in as a par-70, 5,800-yard course with narrow, tree-lined fairways; tricky elevation changes; strategically placed sand traps; and ominous water hazards. The greens and fairways were in good condition, and at tee time, the weather was overcast with no wind, but by mid-round, the sun was out and the wind came up, which made the last four or five holes challenging. There were only six rounds under par and only three birdies.

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: Clay Fischer, a very nice 6 under 64; second: tie between Sam Choi and Jim Goltra, 3 under 67; third: Fujio Norihiro, 2 under 68; fourth: Gary Stivers, even par 70; fifth: tie between Bill McKusky and Larry Hillhouse, 1 over 71; sixth: Dave LaCascia. Goltra and Hillhouse had birdies, and Stivers had the fewest putts.

B Flight Winners: First place: tie between Bob Munn and new member Ron Sommer, 3 under 67; second: Liz Meripol, 1 under 69; third: Tom Ross, 3 over 73. Munn had fewest putts and a birdie.

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. Social distancing is observed, and there is no contact with others’ equipment. 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. 

—Dave LaCascia

Good News Singers 

The Good News Singers will meet under the direction of Janet Ray on Thursday, June 17, at 9:15 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. All singers, regardless of ability, are welcome; the only requirement is a desire to sing gospel songs, both old and new. It’s also a wonderful opportunity to make new friends and share fellowship with people who love to sing.

LW Book Club

The LW Book Club will meet on Thursday, June 17, from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, to discuss “The Leopard” by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

For July, the group plans to choose a book of its own to be discussed on July 15. Anyone with questions or suggestions should contact Thomas Gan at gltjiook@gmail.com.

Book Reviews

LW residents are invited to submit reviews of their favorite books for publication in the LW Weekly. Include your name and mutual and telephone numbers. The reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows. Email submissions to pattym@lwsb.com.