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Christmas Tree lighting is Dec. 4

The GRF Recreation Department is hosting the fifth annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Veterans Plaza. Santa and his elves (courtesy of the LW Theater Club) will attend. They will collect unwrapped toys for the upcoming annual Toys for Tots event, so bring a gift for the little ones and have a picture taken with Old St. Nick.

OptumCare at the Health Care Center will treat everyone to cookies and hot cider. Come early and stop by the table to say hello. 

Special guests will be the Korean American Chorale, who will entertain with a selection of Christmas carols.

The KAC impressed over 800 people at the Amphitheater this summer. 

GRF members, their families and friends are invited to come and kick off the holidays at Veterans Plaza.

Medicare enrollment ends Dec. 7

Medicare Open Enrollment began Oct. 15 and ends on Dec. 7. Until then, Medicare beneficiaries can compare coverage options like Original Medicare and Medicare Advantage and choose health and drug plans for 2020. 

Medicare health and drug plan costs and covered benefits can change from year to year, so people with Medicare should look at their coverage choices and decide on the options that best meet their health needs. They can visit Medicare.gov (https://www.medicare.gov), call 1-800-MEDICARE, or contact their State Health Insurance Assistance Program. People who want to keep their current Medicare coverage do not need to re-enroll.

Medicare in California

In California in 2020:

• The average monthly Medicare Advantage premium changed from $24.49 in 2019 to $22.16 in 2020.

• 372 Medicare Advantage plans are available.

• 98 percent of people with Medicare have access to a Medicare Advantage plan.

• $0 is the lowest monthly premium for a Medicare Advantage plan.

• 83 percent of people with Medicare will have access to a Medicare Advantage plan with a $0 monthly premium.

• 32 stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plans are available. •All Medicare beneficiaries have access to a Medicare prescription drug plan.

• 96 percent of people with a stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan have access to a plan with a lower premium than what they paid in 2019.

• 33 percent of people with a stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan get Extra Help (also called the low-income subsidy, or LIS).

• $12.80 is the lowest monthly premium for a stand-alone Medicare prescription drug plan.

The “2020 Medicare & You” Handbook can be accessed online at https://www.medicare.gov/forms-help-resources/medicare-you-handbook/download-medicare-you-in-different-formats.

Beneficiaries can shop and compare plans on Medicare.gov, which has Medicare health and drug plan 2020 Star Ratings. Medicare Open Enrollment ends Dec. 7. Changes must be made by then. Medicare health and drug plan coverage for 2020 begins Jan. 1.

Holiday Notice

In observance of Thanksgiving,  all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 28. 

The Leisure World Maintenance Dept. will be on call for emergencies only and may be reached by calling 594-4754. 

The Minibus and the Access bus will operate on the holiday D schedule.

LW Lifestories

77 years have not dimmed memories of Manzanar camp

by Ruth Osborn

news editor

It’s a place of stark beauty with wide desert skies and howling winds at the eastern base of the Sierra Nevada mountains; it’s a place that gave rise to 10,000 stories of struggle and heartbreak during World War II. 

Haruko Asari, 92, of Mutual 10 is one of them.

She and her family were ordered into the Manzanar War Relocation Center—one of 10 camps hastily built across the  western states—in 1942 after Japan bombed Pearl Harbor. 

The U.S. Government called it a Relocation Center, but the  barbed wire and watch towers with armed guards said otherwise.

It was a hard time in a hard place for Haruko. The high schooler endured pain and loss—her mother’s heartache at having to sell her new Pacoima home, growing hostility from from one-time friends, being loaded on buses to parts unknown, and fear and deprivation. 

Looking back over the expanse of her nine decades, Haruko also remembers the power of community fostered by camp life, the blessings of unexpected abundance and the forging of lifelong friendships, one of which led her to Leisure World. Hers is a remarkable story.

Its most challenging chapter began after Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. The bombing led the United States into World War II and radically changed the lives of every American. 

In February 1942, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066 to establish Military Areas and to remove from those areas anyone who might threaten the war effort. 

Without due process, the government gave everyone of Japanese ancestry living on the West Coast just days to decide what to do with their houses, farms, businesses and other possessions. 

“I was 15 years old,” said Haruko, whose family farmed land in Pacoima, one of the oldest neighborhoods in the northern San Fernando Valley. “It was hard on so many people, especially my mother. My father had built a house two years earlier, and they had to sell it for $150.” She remembers her family—her mother, twin sister and two brothers—hastily packing up the household and storing boxes in a neighbor’s shed. The FBI had picked up her father in March 1942, and confined him in Texas, and her oldest sister had just married and was living in Gardena. All around her, neighbors and friends were hastily renting their properties or just abandoning their homes and businesses. 

Like all Japanese Americans living in the West Coast in 1942, the family did not know where it was going or for how long. Haruko’s family was assigned an identification number. 

She and the other detainees were loaded into cars, buses, trucks and trains, taking only what they could carry. 

“We were only allowed to bring clothing,” said Haruko. Before the war, she was “a carefree teenager,” who loved to harvest strawberries with her brothers. She got to keep the profits. She played high school basketball with her Japanese teammates and was a member of a social club. The Nisei youth clubs offered hundreds of girls like Haruko a place of camaraderie and belonging where they could play sports and socialize. 

When the war began, “our friends all of a sudden ignored us,” but there were unexpected supporters too. Cowboy actors Tom Mix and William Boyd of Hopalong Cassidy fame lived nearby. 

“They were always riding horses by the houses,” said Haruko. “One day a whole group rode onto the driveway, and we were scared. I tried to get in the house, but they said, ‘don’t worry. If you need help, just come down to our house.’ Hopalong came to offer his help.” She smiles at the memory.

Haruko’s family ended up at Manzanar. It opened on March 21, 1942, as one of 16 Wartime Civil Control Administration camps housing nearly 10,000 people, most from the Los Angeles area. As with the other sites, Manzanar was hastily constructed and barely fit for family living, according to the Densho Encyclopedia, a website on many aspects of the Japanese American story during World War II. 

The relocation exodus that started in February 1942 was complete by November. 

For Haruko, life at Manzanar began in the summer of ’42. 

“I was too young to grasp the reality of moving to a camp, but I knew we had no choice. We didn’t know if there would be a school, my father was gone. I didn’t see him for two years, and it was very hard on my mother,” she said.

The family had to get used to communal outhouses and small living quarters that barely shielded them from the harsh elements in the Owens Valley. Summer temperatures can soar above 100 degrees. And in the winter, night-time lows can plummet 30 to 40 degrees. High winds often howl.

Camp life meant waiting in lines—for  meals, at latrines and at the laundry room. Each camp was intended to be self-sufficient; there was a camp newspaper, beauty and barber shops, shoe repair and more, according to Wikipedia. In addition, people raised chickens, hogs and vegetables, cultivated existing orchards for fruit and made their own soy sauce and tofu.

“The food was very good,” remembers Haruku, “better than the people on the outside were getting with rations.”

Haruko and her friends made life at Manzanar more tolerable through recreation. 

They participated in sports, including basketball, went to school and took music lessons. People made gardens, which often included pools, waterfalls and rock ornaments. There was even a nine-hole golf course.

Haruko remembers the organized club sports and dances boosted her morale and relieved boredom. 

Manzanar would become one of the best-known internment camps, largely because one of America’s best-known photographers, Ansel Adams, documented daily life there. 

In September 1942, there were 1,000 kids from 200 L.A. schools housed at Manzanar. One school opened in the Block 7 barracks. It had no chairs, books or other classroom equipment, but the students carried on. 

There were teachers, and a student body council. There was a Christmas Dance, an a capella choir, concerts, a senior play, pep rallies. Haruko remembers it fondly and prizes her “Our World—Manzanar High 1943-44” yearbook.     The book is priceless to her because it features the photography of Ansel Adams. 

Adams’ Manzanar work is a departure from his signature  landscape photography, according to the Library of Congress, which houses his collection of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar. 

He shot more than 200 photographs, mostly portraits, but there are also views of daily life, agricultural scenes, and sports and leisure activities. When offering the collection to the Library in 1965, Adams said in a letter, “The purpose of my work was to show how these people, suffering under a great injustice, and loss of property, businesses and professions, had overcome the sense of defeat and despair by building for themselves a vital community in an arid (but magnificent) environment.”

By 1945, the war and Haruko’s exclusion from the West Coast ended. 

Japanese-Americans returned to their communities. Haruko remembers that her family returned to nothing. Many of the detainees faced housing and job discrimination, vigilante violence and harassment, compounded by a housing shortage and a swelling labor force.

Haruko’s family perservered, and after a brief detour to Grand Junction, Colorado, returned to the San Fernando Valley, where they bought a home and leased farmland near the Hansen Damn. 

Haruko was later trained as an X-ray technician. She moved to Long Beach, where she met her husband, Moto Asari, and the couple had a daughter, Teri Iwaki.

Haruko was good with her hands, and got a job soldering circuit boards. “I was very fast and efficient.”

From a career in soldering, she found a beloved vocation: jewelry making. She took adult education classes in Long Beach. She learned how to work with turquoise and other gemstones and silver, creating beautiful works of art. 

Haruko came to Leisure World through a friendship that started in Manzanar. 

When her friend moved into Leisure World, Haruko visited her. 

“I liked it,” she said. “I was a widow, and it made me feel safe.”

Her life here is full.

She found her happy place at the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4 where she still makes striking silver-and-gemstone jewelry and has cultivated a community of steadfast friends. Her artwork  is almost a metaphor for her life—she takes the roughest of stone, mineral or gem and cuts, grinds and polishes it into a shiny cabochon—just like the grit of Manzanar refined her into a woman with an easy smile and a positive attitude, a person who  endured hardship and came out whole on the other side.

Toys for Tots Christmas show features Elm Street Band

Clubhouse 4 will once again be the site for the GRF Toys for Tots Christmas Show on Friday, Dec. 13.  

Doors open at 6 p.m., with live entertainment starting at 7, but only those who bring a toy will be invited in this year.

The festivities will include complimentary cookies and hot beverages. 

Santa and his elves, courtesy of the Theater Club, will be on hand to collect gifts for the kids.

The Elm Street Band has been referred to as “the world’s greatest garage/surf band.” 

The Long Beach Press-Telegram called the band “the soundtrack for the City of Long Beach, playing at events all over town.” 

The Elm Street Band has been performing for audiences all over Southern California since 1985. Elm Street band is fronted by Roger Douglass on guitar and vocals, lead vocals and keyboards is Roland Misajon, John Navratil on drums and vocals, and Bob Hirschhorn, bass and vocals.

The U.S. Marines will attend to help stuff a bus with toys and games for the kiddies. 

Admission is free, but everyone will need to bring an unwrapped toy to get in (no stuffed animals).

Toys may be dropped off also at the three Leisure World entry gates and Building 5 at any time prior to the event.

California Senior Medicare Patrol

The California Senior Medicare Patrol warns Medicare beneficiaries that people promoting genetic testing through cold calls, robo calls, in-person meetings and educational sessions could be using these tests to commit Medicare fraud and abuse. 

If you are approached by someone who offers “free” genetic testing or cancer screening in exchange for your Medicare number, turn it down. This is a scam.

Medicare only covers genetic testing if it is medically necessary and prescribed by your doctor.


• Don’t give your DNA away to a stranger. Beware of folks who call or visit you and offer free genetic testing and cancer screening. Check with your doctor first.

• Don’t become a victim of medical theft. Criminals and scammers can use your Medicare number to claim monies from Medicare and jeopardize your benefits. Do not give your Medicare number to strangers.

• Look for charges on your Medicare Summary Notice statements and other medical statements for unnecessary tests or screenings that you did not want or were not ordered by your doctor.

If you do come across such a scam, report it to the Senior Medicare Patrol at (855) 613-7080.

Hometown Buffet serves in LW

Hometown Buffet will serve a Monday night all-you-can-eat buffet on Nov. 25 for $11 all-inclusive, starting at 4:30. Hometome Buffet accepts checks, cash and credit cards; menus are published in the LW Weekly.  Finbars and Naples menus are also published in the newspaper as well as on LW Live!

Don’t feel like driving or walking? The GRF bus service is available on its normal schedule for pickup and drop off in front of the clubhouse.  

For more information about food services in Leisure World, contact the Recreation Coordinator at events@lwsb.com. 


Chicken Noodle Soup

Italian white Bean salad

Broccoli Salad

Garden Green Salad

Rotisserie Baked  Chicken

Carved Honey Glazed Ham

Creamy Mashed Potatoes, Gravy

Seasoned Green Beans

Steamed Carrots and Corn

HTB Macaroni and Cheese


Chocolate Pudding

Banana/Vanilla Pudding

Traditional Carrot Cake        

Golf Course and Pool Construction Update

The Golden Rain Foundation golf course, and pool and spa are closed for renovation. 

The golf course is scheduled to reopen Dec. 2. 

The pool facilities are scheduled to reopen early in the new year. 

At the golf course, golf tee turf removal was underway on Monday. Crews are also importing sand and grading the site.

Pool demolition is near completion. The shower wall wood frame was rotten, and the attendants’ kiosk was found to have severe termite damage. 

The electrical conduit was severely corroded, and tree roots have damaged drains, according to GRF Physical Property Manager David Rudge.

Opening dates are subject to change due to unexpected delays in the project and rain.

 The Clubhouse 1 parking lot is being used as a staging area, limiting the number of spaces available for resident use.    

Tree trimmers needed

The GRF Recreation Department is seeking clubs that would like to participate in the fifth annual Christmas tree decorating effort at LW clubhouses. Clubs may apply by emailing kathyt@lwsb.com. The 2018 trees were spectacular, and this year’s effort is expected to be equally festive. 

The theme is “An Old-Fashioned Christmas.” Tree decorations should reflect holidays of years gone by. There are five clubhouses and six opportunities to participate, with two trees in Clubhouse 6.

If more than six clubs apply to decorate trees, the winners will be chosen at random. This year, all of the clubs who help to beautify the community will be featured in the LW Weekly and on the GRF website. Entries will not be ranked as they were in last year’s contest. Stop by Building 5 to apply, or email Kathy Thayer at the above address, and help Leisure World deck the halls.  

Religion, pg 7-8

Congregation Sholom will have a Friday night service at 7 on Nov. 22 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, with Rabbi Karen Isenberg. An oneg Shabbat will follow the service.

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the service starts at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, with Rabbi Isenberg. An hour of Torah study will began at 10:15. 

The service will continue until about noon and will be followed by a potluck lunch. 

The Congregation will meet with the Interfaith Council on Monday, Nov. 25, at 7 p.m. President Carol Levine will read a Psalm of Thanksgiving; RSVP to Ruth Hermann at 430-3107.

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

—Scott Simensky

Holy Family Catholic

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, on Sunday, Nov. 24. The First Reading is 2 Samuel 5:1-13, and the Second Reading is Colossians 1:12-20.

Thanksgiving Day Mass

On Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, Nov. 28, Mass will be at 9 a.m.  with the Blessing of the Bread and Wine that people can share with the family in their Thanksgiving meals. Bring a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine to be blessed. 

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day

For the fourth consecutive year, Holy Family will have a special celebration honoring the anniversary of the apparition of Our Blessed Mother in Tepeyac Hill, Mexico City, to Saint Juan Diego. Mass will be Thursday, Dec. 12, at 8:30 a.m. Mariachis, pan dulce, and chocolate caliente will follow. Donations are appreciated; bring them to the parish office.  

  Masses and Confessions Schedule

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

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

Redeemer Lutheran

“Joyful Thanksgiving” is the theme at Redeemer Lutheran Church the week of Nov. 24.  

The 10:30 a.m. worship service on Sunday will focus on “The Strength We Receive by Giving Thanks,” with the sermon given by Pastor Lisa Rotchford. Scripture readings and prayers will be led by Nancy Anderson and Alma Zamzow. The flowers will be given by Teresa Smith in celebration of Thanksgiving. Fellowship will follow the service.

The emphasis on Thanksgiving continues on Wednesday, Nov. 27, with the regular 11:30 a.m. midweek worship focusing on “Giving God Thanks Always, In All Ways.” A special fellowship will follow as we give God thanks as a community on Thanksgiving “Eve.” Call the church office to sign up at (562) 598-8697.

St. Theodore’s Episcopal

The Rev. Valerie Hart will celebrate and preach at St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church Communion worship cervice on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 12:15 p.m. in the sanctuary of Redeemer Lutheran Church, 13564 St. Andrews Drive. Fellowship with refreshments follows in the Conference Room. 

The combined Lutheran and Episcopal worship service with prayer, reflection and Holy Communion is on Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. and will focus on “Giving God Thanks Always in All Ways.” All are welcome.

Rock Church

The Rock Church, Seal Beach campus, welcomes everyone to weekly services at Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach. Sunday services are in English at 9 and 11:15 a.m. and in Spanish at 1:45 p.m. People can listen to Sunday’s message for free by going to www.gototheorck.com. Select Seal Beach campus and click the podcast.

 For more information call (714)562-8233.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church celebrated the 103rd birthday of Lois McMindes, who is affectionately known as “Mom” at First Christian Church on Nov. 10. Lois, who has been a member of the church for many years, was one of the first to welcome Pastor Gene Cherryholmes when he came to serve as senior pastor over 17 years ago.

The congregation gave thanks to the Lord for blessing it with Lois for so many years.

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

Sunday morning begins with Elder Jack Frost teaching Bible study at 9 a.m. from the book of Luke. At 9:30 a.m. the Hospitality Room opens for fellowship and light refreshments with Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski hosting.

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer  and Scripture, followed by Margaret Humes leading the congregation in these hymns of worship: “There is A Redeemer,” “My Jesus, I Love Thee” and “His Name Is Wonderful.” The Communion hymn will be “Jesus Paid It All.”

The church choir, under the direction of Margaret Humes, will sing “My Tribute.” Elder Larry Massey will present the Communion meditation and service today. For the offertory, the Praise Team will sing “Thy Word.” 

Pat Kogok will sing “Thank You Lord for Your Blessings on Me,” followed by Pauline Massey who will read Colossians 3:16-17.

Pastor Gene will give a message called “Giving Thanks,” based on Colossians 3:16-17. What’s God’s will for your life? It’s to be a thankful person, not a griper, a grumbler or a complainer. Count your blessings, name them one by one.

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

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

Community Church

Community Church, together with the generosity of many in the Leisure World community, exceeded every past record in the “Sock-It-To-Em!” sock campaign for veterans. The socks, cash and checks kept flowing, with a final count of 400 pair of socks delivered to the Long Beach VA Hospital on Nov. 13.

Special thanks go out to all in Leisure World who participated and to church member Marv Jahn. He and Missions Chair Joyce Reed went on a sock shopping spree at JC Pennys, where he applied his executive discount. The cash and checks were used to purchase socks in bulk using the tremendous discount.  

As part of the Mission Moment on Nov. 10, a blessing was prayed over the recipients of the socks. The Missions Team and the Community Church family are delighted to serve local veterans.   

Community Church is pleased to welcome church member Kelly Frankiewicz back to the pulpit on Sunday, Nov. 24.  Kelly, who holds a master’s of divinity in 2010 from Fuller Theological Seminary, preaches from a solid biblical perspective.  

The Leisure World community is also invited to visit the church for worship on Sunday, Nov. 24, to enjoy the beautiful cornucopia display provided by church member, Sandy Walker.  

The Sunday evening Bible study, led by Joy Reed, will meet on Nov. 24 at 5 p.m., and will not meet again over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.  

On Sunday, Nov. 24, Kelly Frankiewciz will give a Scripture-based message on “Christ the King” Sunday. The Scripture Lesson is Luke 23:33-43. Serving as lay liturgist on Nov. 24 will be Lois Han. Worship services are at 9:50 a.m., followed by coffee and refreshments in Edgar Hall. 

Faith Christian Assembly

Thanksgiving is a time to stop and reflect and give thanks to the Lord for the many blessings he gives. Psalm 107:1 says “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good; His love endures forever.”

Faith Christian Assembly will have a Thanksgiving Eve service, Wednesday, Nov. 27, at 11 a.m. in the Main Sanctuary. Everyone is invited to this one-hour service.

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

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

Buddha Circle

The Buddha Circle will meet from 9:30 -11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, in Clubhouse 4.

Ven. Vui Mung, also known as Joyful Heart, from Desert Zen Center will present Buddhism in a simple way—how to suffer less and become happier. It’s an interactive group; people are encouraged to ask questions. He will begin the session with a guided meditation.

Check the website at LWSB.com under Religion, Buddha Circle, for more information. There is no membership fees, just a gathering of like-minded people. All residents are welcome.

Donations are welcome and will support Ven. Joyful Heart in his teachings. For more information, call (714) 933-5122.

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev services led by Rabbi-Cantor Galit Shirah can be accessed online on Livestream.com/Galityomtov and Facebook.com/galityomtov and on YouTube.com (search for “Shabbat Shalom LIVE!). 

Services are every Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

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

The Torah reading this Shabbat morning is “Chayei Sarah,” which translates as the “Sarah Lived.” The Torah portion actually talks about her death at age 127; upon her death, Avraham purchases the “field of Machpeleh,” which includes a cave that served as the burial site for several of the patriarchs and matriarchs. Sarah is the only matriarch whose age at time of death was noted, but her cause of death is not. Avraham was perhaps not present at her death, and rabbinic speculation is that she died upon hearing of Avraham’s near sacrifice of her son, Isaac.

A beginner Hebrew class and beginner Modern Hebrew class have begun. 

Call Rabbi Galit Shirah to enroll at (562) 715-0888 or duets@icloud.com.

Christian Fun and Fellowship

The Christian Fun and Fellowship Club will meet Nov. 26 in Clubhouse 4 at 6 p.m. Bring a potluck dish to share and table service. Coffee and water will be provided. All are welcome.

LW Baptist Church

Leisure World Baptist Church will have a service of praise and thanksgiving on Sunday, Nov. 24.  Sunday School is from 8:40-9:10 a.m. followed by coffee and conversation with friends until 9:45.

The call to worship is “Let’s Just Praise the Lord”

Congregational hymns of Thanksgiving include “O For a Thousand Tongues,” “Come Ye thankful People” and “Now Thank We All Our God.” Soloist Jean Davidson will sing “I am His and He is Mine.”

Under the direction of Darlene Harris, the choir will sing “We Gather Together.”

Pianist Yvonne Leon will play for the offertory.

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s message from Romans 11:11-24 is titled “A Blessing to the Whole World.”

On Monday, Nov. 25, the Women’s Christian Fellowship and Bible Study will meet in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. 

The deacons and Energizers meetings have been canceled due to Thanksgiving.

For more information, call 430-2920.

Assembly of God

Thanksgiving to God is the theme for the 10:30 a.m. Assembly of God worship service in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Denise Smith will lead worship; Diana Mushagian will give announcements and direct the  offering.

Pastor Sam Pawlak’s message is titled “How Many Times Do I Have To Say Thanks?” Visitors are welcome to all Assembly of God services.

At the Hymn Sing at 6 p.m. Sunday in the lobby of Clubhouse 3, Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will lead songs selected by those present and sing “Bless This House.”

Thanksgiving will be the theme of the songs that Ruth Olson will lead. Pastor Sam will give the closing devotion after fellowship and sharing treats.

Prayer meetings are held each Sunday at 10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.  

On Wednesday, Nov. 27, Pastor Sam will continue the study from the book of Revelation at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.  

Worksheets are provided each week to aid in this study.

Life Changers

Life Changers are people who can bring the power, favor and light of heaven into circumstances encountered here on earth. The group meets on the first and third Fridays from 1:30-3 p.m., with the next meetings scheduled for Dec. 6 and 20. 

Men and women are welcome. 

For more information, call Joan Eisenhart at 343-8066.

Arts and Leisure, page 9-14

Friendship Club

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

Monday, Nov. 25, No class, Thanksgiving 

Monday, Dec. 2, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—How to Shop for Groceries Online-Vons (Sacks)

Noon—How to Shop Online-Amazon (Fernandez)

Monday, Dec. 9, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—Chromebook (Sacks)

Noon—Email (Fernandez)

Monday, Dec. 16, Clubhouse 6, Room B

11 a.m.—Prepare for CA DMV Test

(Includes information about REAL ID, Sacks)

Noon—Windows 7, 10 (Sacks)

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

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

Genalogy Club

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

The workshops are open to everyone and are free. The Genealogy Library is open from 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays.

Workshops include:

•Nov. 21: Building Trees on Ancestry (this is for volunteers who would like to get started). 

Only club members can access family trees on the club account. Bring in your name, date and place of birth; your parents’ names, dates and places of births and deaths; and grandparents names and as much as you know about their births and deaths.

•Nov. 28: No Workshop—Happy Thanksgiving  

SB Performing Arts

The Seal Beach Performing Arts Association and the Los Alamitos Education Foundation will sponsor a Christmas concert on Sunday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m. in the McGaugh Elementary School Auditorium.

Tickets, $10 (children and students, free), are available online at sealbeacharts.org or at the door. 

The concert will feature the West Coast Pops Orchestra with a performance by the McGaugh Children’s Choir, Christmas carols, a variety show, Santa Claus and elves and toys for the children.

The West Coast Pops Orchestra is dedicated to sharing its art with the community. Like the famed Boston Pops Orchestra, members are devoted to enlightening, educating and delighting people with the orchestra’s repertoire, which encompasses everything from light classics, TV and movie themes to Broadway shows, pop and jazz tunes and patriotic selections.

The mission of the Seal Beach Community Performing Arts Association is to promote numerous cultural activities.

Musical Theater West offers Holiday Inn

Musical Theatre West celebrates the holiday season with  Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” Dec. 6-15 at the Carpenter Performing Arts Center in Long Beach. Tickets are on sale now at www.musical.org, by calling (562) 856-1999, or at the Musical Theatre West Box Office.  Tickets start at $20.

The 2017 Broadway musical features music and lyrics by Irving Berlin and a new book by Gordon Greenberg and Chad Hodge, in an adaptation of the1942 Oscar-winning film starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire.  

Irving Berlin’s “Holiday Inn” features show-stopping dance numbers, laugh-out-loud comedy and a parade of hit Irving Berlin songs, including “Blue Skies,” “Steppin’ Out With My Baby,” “Heat Wave” and “White Christmas.”

The story follows Jim (Cameron Bond), who leaves the bright lights of show business behind to settle down on his farmhouse in Connecticut. He quickly discovers life isn’t the same without a bit of song and dance. Jim’s luck takes a spectacular turn when he meets Linda (Natalie Storrs), a spirited schoolteacher with talent to spare. Together they turn the farmhouse into a fabulous inn with dazzling performances to celebrate each holiday, from Thanksgiving to the Fourth of July. But when Jim’s best friend Ted (Jeffrey Scott Parsons) tries to lure Linda away to be his new dance partner in Hollywood, will Jim be able to salvage his latest chance at love?  

Cameron Bond (Jim Hardy) most recently appeared on Broadway in the musical sensation “Be More Chill” and “Finding Neverland.”

Natalie Storrs (Linda Mason) credits include the National Tour of “Sister Act,” and Off-Broadway productions of “Red Roses,” “Green Gold” and “Urinetown.”

Jeffrey Scott Parsons (Ted Hanover) returns to Musical Theatre West, where he has starred in a number of  productions, including “White Christmas,” “Catch Me if You Can” and “West Side Story.” 

“Holiday Inn” is under the direction of Daniel Pelzig, an acclaimed choreographer who has worked on Broadway, Off-Broadway and with numerous performances at the Metropolitan Opera and Los 

Music Director Dennis Castellano is an accomplished conductor, accompanist, and vocal coach specializing in music theater. In additional to serving as the musical director for UCI’s musical theater department, he has waved the baton for such personalities as Carol Burnett, Donna McKechnie, John Cullum and Kaye Ballard.

MTW’s production “Holiday Inn” is made possible thanks to the support of the Port of Long Beach and Los Angeles County Arts and Culture.

The Carpenter Center for the Performing Art is located at 6200 E. Atherton St., in Long Beach on the campus of California State University,  Long Beach.

Community Church, together with the generosity of many in the Leisure World community, exceeded every past record in the “Sock-It-To-Em!” sock campaign for veterans. The socks, cash and checks kept flowing, with a final count of 400 pair of socks delivered to the Long Beach VA Hospital on Nov. 13.

Special thanks go out to all in Leisure World who participated and to church member Marv Jahn. He and Missions Chair Joyce Reed went on a sock shopping spree at JC Pennys, where he applied his executive discount. The cash and checks were used to purchase socks in bulk using the tremendous discount.  

As part of the Mission Moment on Nov. 10, a blessing was prayed over the recipients of the socks. The Missions Team and the Community Church family are delighted to serve local veterans.   

Community Church is pleased to welcome church member Kelly Frankiewicz back to the pulpit on Sunday, Nov. 24.  Kelly, who holds a master’s of divinity in 2010 from Fuller Theological Seminary, preaches from a solid biblical perspective.  

The Leisure World community is also invited to visit the church for worship on Sunday, Nov. 24, to enjoy the beautiful cornucopia display provided by church member, Sandy Walker.  

The Sunday evening Bible study, led by Joy Reed, will meet on Nov. 24 at 5 p.m., and will not meet again over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday season.  

On Sunday, Nov. 24, Kelly Frankiewciz will give a Scripture-based message on “Christ the King” Sunday. The Scripture Lesson is Luke 23:33-43. Serving as lay liturgist on Nov. 24 will be Lois Han. Worship services are at 9:50 a.m., followed by coffee and refreshments in Edgar Hall. 

LW Dance Classes and Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•Leisure Time Dancers: West Coast Swing will be taught at 2 p.m. and nightclub two-step at 3 p.m., Monday, in Clubhouse 6. Richard Sharrard is the instructor. Singles and couples are welcome; dancers rotate. Cost is $6 for one hour; $10 for two hours. For more information, call  434-6334.

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

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

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: Cha cha is taught from 9-10 a.m.; Argentine tango, from 10-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 1; Candi Davis; instructor; dancers rotate. Sessions are $5.

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

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

LWSB Book Club

The LWSB Book Club will meet on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, to discuss the non-fiction selection “An Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexie. This first-person narrative is written from the perspective of a Native American Indian  teenager, Arnold Spirit Jr. , also known as “Junior.” He is a 14 year-old boy growing up on the Spokane Indian Reservation, where frustration with his poverty-stricken school district leads him to attend high school at an all-white school 22 miles away. A promising cartoonist, the graphic novel includes 65 illustrations that help further the plot of the story.

Controversy of the novel stems from the novel’s discussion of alcohol, poverty, bullying, violence, sexuality, profanity and slurs related to homosexuality and mental disability. As a result, some schools have banned the book from school libraries or inclusion in curricula.

Rick Archbold of Hearing Now USA will give a short demonstration of technology that helps people who have trouble hearing at the beginning of the meeting.

The LWSB Book Club meets on the third Thursday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, at 1 p.m. There are no dues or fees. Books may often be borrowed from the local library or ordered online from Abebooks.com for around $3.46 for shipping.

LW Orchestra preps for Christmas concert

LW Orchestra members rehearse for the up-and-coming Christmas Concert at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 4 on Thursday, Dec. 12. 

The concert will feature favorite carols, Hanukkah music, traditional seasonal music and hymns played by a full orchestra. 

No other musical group can match the overall range of sound that an orchestra produces. 

The harmony is magnificent and brings out the full splendor of holiday music.  

The “Simple Gifts” will help you “Deck the Hall(s)” with “Frosty the Snowman” getting ready for a “White Christmas” and much more.  

There will be fugues, marches, and classics all in the harmony of Christmas.

Admission is free, and all are welcome.

Friends of the LW Library

The Friends of the Leisure World Library raises funds to support the library through the sale of donations at the Friends Bookstore located adjacent to the library. People are welcome to browse for bargains in books, including children’s books, cards, puzzles and more. 

A boutique that sells gently used collectibles and gifts is open now for pre-holiday browsing, and donations are welcome (no clothing, shoes or large electronics can be accepted). Volunteers will pick up larger donations if needed.

The bookstore is open from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Ad Hoc Sing-Along

The LW Ad Hoc Sing-Along Club meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 for one hour to sing the old songs. All are welcome to come and sing songs from movies, Broadway hits and other classic tunes. Helen Uno is the song leader, with pianist Eric Nelson. Song sheets are furnished. Reading music is not required.

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

Community Karaoke

“For The Good Times” sung by Vilma Taguloa, is what the Community Karaoke Club is all about. 

Each Wednesday evening, members show up to sing for a wonderful audience.  

Gerry Taguloa performed a nice “Just the Way You Are,” and Richard Yokomi had everyone humming along with “I Can See Clearly Now.”

“The Last Waltz with You” was fun for Diane Wasserman, Tilly Stiehr and Martin Rosendaal. Another catchy tune was Karen Morris’ “Tossin and Turnin.” Culley Eaby saluted veterans with “God Bless the USA.”  Other singers included Bob Barnum, Bev Adams, Ed Valenski, David Nobel, Charlie Guggino, Ric Dizon, Mila Cruz, Vicki Van Ert, Barbie May, Janice Chapman, Mike Breen and lots of others. 

The group will meet the eve before Thanksgiving, Nov. 27, so  join us for a social evening with neighbors and friends in Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m.  

Community Sing

Leisure World residents are invited to the Community Sing Monday, Nov. 25, in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby at 6:30 p.m.  

People who want to participate in Opening Acts should come at 6 to sign in with emcee Bob Barnum and bring piano music for pianist Rhonda Fischer if needed. After leading group singing, Bob will be introducing his half-time guest, singer and guitarist, Willy Mirales. 

On Oct. 28 Ethel Carter was the emcee. She introduced Rhonda Fischer, the new piano accompanist, who shared a little about herself with the audience.   

Opening acts began with Byong Choi singing “Beautiful Dreamer,” followed by Bruce DuPont, “Bewitched” (accompanied on the piano by Betty Ballen); Carmen Edwards, “Maria Elena”;  Clarence Hoffman, “The Marines Hymn”; and Bob Barnum, “Make the World Go Away.”
Rhonda Fischer accompanied four of the Opening Acts.

Ethel then led group singing until 7:15 when she introduced her half-time guest, Pat Kogok.

Pat performed used a CD player to accompany herself in “Allegheny Moon,” “Johnny Angel,” “You Can’t Get a Man With a Gun” and “Sky Full of Angels.” The audience cheered and applauded loudly in appreciation of Pat’s talents and humor.

After her performance, Ethel led more group singing then ended the musical evening with “Kumbaya.” Thanks to Rhonda Fischer and  Bob Barnum for helping with the book collection. 

SBTV Listings

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, Nov. 21

4 pm Blessing of the Animals

Community Church

4:35 pm Blessing of the Animals

Holy Family Church

4:50 pm Hot Air Balloons—


5 pm Wild Wild West Chorale

6  pm Velvetones Oct 2019 

6:50 pm Hot Air Balloons/Triviamania

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts 9 pm Cerritos Center-

Drumline Spectacular

10:30 pm Sea Inside

11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Friday, Nov. 22

4 pm Hot Air Balloons-


4:10 pm Triviamania PSA

Video Producers Halloween

5 pm Tina and Tommy Velvetones

5:50 pm FALW Luau

7 pm McGaugh Go West!

8 pm Studio Cafe

9 pm Cerritos Center-

Bronx Wanderers

10:45 pm Aquarium of the Pacific

11 pm Vintage Vehicles

Saturday, Nov. 23

4 pm Hot Air Balloons/Triviamania

4:10 pm Blessing of the Animals

Holy Family Church

4:25 pm Blessing of the Animals

Community Church 

5 pm Wild Wild West Chorale

6 pm Video Producers Halloween

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm LAUSD

10 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

11 pm SB City Limits: 

Charles Tentindo

Sunday, Nov. 24

4 pm Shakespeare in the Park

6 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

7:15 pm FALW Luau

8:30 pm Ocean Perspectives

9 pm Studio Cafe

10 pm Cerritos Center Voodoo Daddy

Monday, Nov. 25

4 pm Triviamania/Hot Air Balloons

4:10 pm Blessing of the Animals

Holy Family Church

4:25 pm Blessing of the Animals

Community Church

5 pm Video Producers Halloween

6 pm Studio Cafe

7 pm FALW Luau

8:10 pm Velvetones Band

9 pm Cerritos Center-

Barrage 8 String Concert

10:30 pm Vintage Vehicles

11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Tuesday, Nov. 26

4 pm Wild Wild West Chorale

5 pm Velvetones Band 

6 pm Calvary Chapel

6:30 pm Sea Inside

7 pm McGaugh 4th Grade 

Go West 2019

8 pm McGaugh 3rd Grade 

Sing of America

9 pm Studio Cafe

10 pm Cerritos Center, 

Bronx Wanderers

Wednesday, Nov. 27

4 pm Tina and Tommy 

with the Velvetones

5 pm Blessing of the Animals

Community Church 

5:36 pm Blessing of the Animals

Holy Family Church

5:50 pm Hot Air Balloons/Triviamania 

6 pm Video Producers Halloween

6:50 pm FALW Luau

8 pm Studio Cafe

9 pm On Q – 8bit Jazz Heroes

10 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

LW Poetry

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

American Exploration

We sent the American ‘Spirit’ to Mars

‘Opportunity’ followed after.

As bagpipes skirled tears of joy

mingled with tears of laughter.

Seven months gestation

as these creations roamed.

Then joy and tears erupted again

as ‘Spirit’ phoned home.

Sputnik, Vanguard, Explorer,

Pioneer, Mercury, Ranger, 

Mariner, Gemini, Apollo,

5,000 launches so far.

Walking on the moon

mapping Venus, Jupiter and Mars.

Like the explorers of old

man still reaches for the stars.

—Phyllis Poper

Video Producers Club

The Video Producers Club offers free training weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 12-A. Get answers to video related questions and step-by-step demonstrations; no appointments needed. Drop in Mondays to learn more about creating and editing videos with Joe Osuna; Tuesdays, how to transfer VHS tapes to DVD or other media, Richard Houck; Wednesdays, general information about the club and its services, Irene Cistaro; Thursdays, using smartphones and tablets to take videos, Joseph Valentinetti; and Fridays, creating and editing videos, Janice Laine. For more information, stop by the club room in Clubhouse 3, Room 12, from Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-noon.

Theater Club

The Leisure World Theater Club will meet at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, in the Loft at the Amphitheater. 

Topics for discussion will include the club participation in the Christmas tree lighting on Dec. 4 at Veterans Plaza and plans for the use of the Loft. 

Everyone is welcome. 

Lapidary Club

The Lapidary Club has a new display case in Clubhouse 4 on the west side entrance to exhibit members’ creations. Each month club committee members Diane Harrison and Jan Friedland will highlight a new artist featuring their creations under the umbrella of the Lapidary Club (several artists are involved in multiple media). 

This month, the work of Thuy Do is on display. She makes  jewelry and works with glass fusion, clocks and polished natural stones. 

All are welcome to stop by the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4 on Tuesday and Saturday mornings or Thursday evenings to see what the Beading Club is all about. People can join the beading group (for $10 a year) or participate in any of the glass fusion or copper enameling classes ($10 a class). Stop by the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4 to sign up for any of the classes – beginners are welcome.

Embroiderers Guild

The Long Beach Chapter of the Embroiderers Guild of America, Inc., will meet  for a social hour at 10 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 22, at Long Beach City College’s Lifetime Learning Center.

The program—Finishing Chottie’s Plaid Halloween Spider Project— starts at noon.

The chapter meets at Building QQ, Room 122; park in Lot 10.

 Parking permits are available inside the room; cost is $2 per day or $5 per semester; free parking with a handicapped placard in any space.

Guests are always welcome.

Dancing Feet Club cancels dance

The Dancing Feet Club ballroom dance on Nov. 24 has been canceled. 

The club will resume with the Dec. 22 dance. 

For more information, call Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223. 

GRF Weekly Dances

Abilene will host its regular monthly boot scootin’ dance Saturday, Nov. 25, in Clubhouse 2, starting at 7 p.m.  The doors open at 6:30, but reserving tables is prohibited.

Abilene is fronted by Terry Otte, whose talent covers everything from Elvis to Willie Nelson and beyond. Sharing center stage on lead vocals is the dynamic Tina Schaffer singing the songs of country legend Patsy Cline to Linda Ronstadt and Shania Twain. Rounding out the band is guitarist Rod Anderson, bassist Mike Simpson and Jim Greer on drums. Check out Abilene and see why they are Leisure World’s No. 1 country rock band going strong for over 15 years.

Abilene is co-sponsored by GRF as one of its most popular weekend bands and performs every fourth Saturday in Clubhouse 2.

Be sure to sign in, either as a resident or guest, in the proper spot.  This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of your favorite bands.

LW Chorale Christmas Concert

by Nancy Maggio

LW contributor

It’s December—the Christmas season is finally here, and the Leisure World Chorale will have its Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon in Clubhouse 4. 

Besides the music, a free meal will be served following the concert.

Many Christmas favorites will be sung, including “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas.” 

Soloist Pat Kogok will sing “Animal Crackers,” with Ethel Carter sharing her rendition of “The Animals Christmas Song,” and Ruby Johnson singing the beautiful “Mary Did You Know.” Sandra Nelson will present her arrangement on viola of “Merry Christmas Darling,” and Nancy Maggio will offer her voice to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas.”


Watch Your Step

AARP offers holiday safety tips

The holiday season brings the blessings of gift-giving, good cheer and time with family and friends. It also brings plenty of opportunities for cybercrooks to spoil celebrations. A few scams are specific to the holidays, but most are variations on everyday frauds, ramped up to match seasonal spikes in spending and web traffic. With a little preparation and vigilance, you can lessen your chances of being victimized.

Not surprisingly, holiday scams often center on shopping, especially online. Sixty percent of consumers take to the internet to buy holiday gifts, according to a Deloitte survey. As real retailers roll out their seasonal deals, cybersecurity company ZeroFOX says, scammers seek to snare bargain-hunting shoppers with bogus websites and, increasingly, social media campaigns that impersonate major brands, especially in fashion, tech and sporting goods.

These “spoofing” sites and fake posts entice you to spend money for products you’ll never receive. Further, many are vehicles for harvesting credit card numbers and other personal data that fraudsters use to commit identity theft or sell on the dark web. Scammers may distribute malware-loaded links or attachments via supposed coupon offers or “order confirmation” emails asking you to verify an order you never placed. Frauds involving gift cards — the No. 1 item on holiday wish lists, according to National Retail Federation research — also shift into high gear during the holidays.

• Charity scams: 30 percent of giving to nonprofits is done from the Tuesday after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve, fundraising software company Network for Good reports. That means more sham charities exploiting Americans’ goodwill via fake websites and pushy telemarketers.

• Delivery scams: As holiday packages crisscross the country, scammers send out phishing emails disguised as UPS, FedEx or U.S. Postal Service notifications of incoming or missed deliveries. Links lead to phony sign-in pages asking for personal information, or to sites infested with malware.

•Travel scams: Going home for the holidays carries risks other than family feuding. Spoof booking sites and email offers proliferate, with travel deals that look too good to be true and probably are.

• Letter from Santa scams: A custom letter from the jolly old elf makes a holiday treat for the little ones on your list, and many legitimate businesses offer them. But so do many scammers looking to scavenge personal information about you or, worse, your kids or grandkids, who may not learn until many years later that their identity was stolen and their credit compromised.

Warning Signs

•Huge discounts on hot gift items, especially when touted on social media posts or unfamiliar websites.

• Spelling errors or shoddy grammar on a shopping website or in an email.

• A shopping or travel site does not list a phone number or street address for the business and offers only an email address or a fill-in contact form.

• A site does not have a privacy policy.

•An unsolicited email asks you to click on a link or download an app to access a deal or arrange a delivery.

Steps to take to protect from scams

• Mouse over links in emails and social media ads to display the true destination URL, and click through only if you’re certain it’s a legitimate site.

•Don’t conduct financial transactions on a site unless the URL begins with “https://” or there’s a padlock or unbroken key icon in the address bar or at the bottom of the browser window. These indicate a secure connection.

 • Don’t buy anything online while using a public Wi-Fi network. It might not be secure.

• Pay by credit card. That way you can dispute charges and limit the damage if it turns out you were scammed.

• Don’t make a purchase or donation if a website or caller seeks payment by wire transfer, gift card or prepaid card. These are like forking over cash.

• Research unfamiliar retail, travel and charity sites online. Search for their names with terms like “scam,” “complaints” or “reviews,” and look them up on evaluation and information sites like those listed below under “More Resources.”

• Look for return and refund policies when shopping on an unfamiliar or suspicious site, and make sure they are clear.

• Carefully examine gift cards at the point of purchase. Signs of tampering could mean a thief has accessed the card’s PIN code and can drain its value as soon as someone buys and loads it.

—AARP Fraud Watch


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued a warning letter to Dollar Tree for receiving over-the-counter drugs produced by foreign manufacturers that have been found to be adulterated, including acne treatment pads and Assured brand drugs.

The letter outlines “multiple violations” of manufacturing practices used to produce Dollar Tree’s Assured Brand over-the-counter drugs as well as other drug products sold at Dollar Tree and Family Dollar stores by contract manufacturers.

Each of the items referenced in the report are topical, and not ingestible, products. 

Greenbrier was notified by the FDA about violations by two Chinese companies as early as 2017. The FDA’s Nov. 6 warning to Greenbrier International says that the company continued to receive products from companies on “import alert,” even after the company agreed not to.

The letter states that the Chinese companies have shown a pattern of serious violations of the law, such as not testing raw materials or testing drugs for pathogens and quality.

A spokesman for the Chesapeake, Virginia-based Dollar Tree said the company is cooperating with the FDA.

Letters to the Editor


Do you know Susie Flynn? She is the pool attendant who has been assigned to pedestrian traffic safety while the pool and golf course renovations commence.

One day recently Susie rescued a dog who had escaped its harness and was running into traffic.

Every day Susie is helping shareholders cross St. Andrews Drive while the bobcats dump concrete and trees into dumpsters near the crosswalk.

Not everyone complies with Susie’s direction. One shareholder came back to apologize for his inappropriate behavior. Too bad more do not do that.

Susie is only trying to help us. Please be respectful and thank Susie for her dedication to our safety.

Anne Walshe

Mutual 9



View from the ground—The second or third most used facility in LW (gym is No. 1) is the library. It has approximately 60,000 visits and 60,000 items checked out annually. It’s a fantastic benefit to LW residents. Over the last few years, the library was reconfigured to hold more books, reorganized its offerings for better presentation, and improved/updated the layout.

GRF wastes money all over on “pretty” things, but when it comes to benefits to the residents, they stink. Over 2014-2018, the library ended the years $53,000 below the budgeted amount. So what does the GRF Board do? They decrease its 2020 budget by more than 8 percent compared to 2019.

In 2019, eBooks was in the Board-approved budget. However, the Board has prevented the library from spending that money. As of Sept. 30, the library is $28K better than budget, but not allowed to spend the approved $5-6K for eBooks.

The eBooks are especially attractive to those who like to read on their tablets/computers. It allows the library to expand its offerings without needing additional space. Win-win right? Guess not. Residents have asked about them, but they won’t get them in 2020 either because the Board wouldn’t allow it in its 2020 budget!

The Board is supposed to represent the residents. Will they start doing that soon?

Susan (Sam) Jones

Mutual 12


Music in me relieves stress, pain

by Jim Greer

LW contributor

For those who attended the Halloween dance party in Clubhouse 2, it was evident that everyone responds well to music. Some couldn’t get to the dance floor fast enough. Others brightened up just sitting with friends throughout the clubhouse. As in every Abilene performance, just watching the crowd from the bandstand, I see the joyful faces and happy dancing from the moment the music starts. 

These immediate reactions to music remind me of the film “The Music Never Stopped.” Based on a true story and an essay titled “The Last Hippie” by neurologist Oliver Sacks, an estranged father and son reunite through their love of music. Since the early 70s, Gabriel Sawyer suffering from anterograde amnesia due to a brain tumor is unable able to build or retain any new memories. Henry, Gabriel’s father, discovers that Gabriel will openly engage with him as they listen to Gabriel’s favorite music. With the help of a music therapist, and willingness to venture into Gabriel’s musical tastes, father and son successfully re-established a sincere and loving relationship. 

As illustrated in the film, listening to familiar music can better connect us with others and take our minds back decades in an instant. Our favorite music triggers vivid recall of events and feelings. Scientists have found that pleasant music triggers opioids—the body’s natural pain relievers. The influence of music lowers cortisol levels, the hormone released in response to stress. Listening to relaxing music reduces pain and increases functional mobility significantly for people living with fibromyalgia. 

In a 2013 University of Alberta study with 42 children, ages 3 to 11, patients who listened to relaxing music while getting an IV inserted reported significantly less pain. In another 2014 study, 89 patients with dementia were provided with music listening or singing coaching, or their usual care. Compared with the usual care, those who received singing and music listening coaching improved mood, orientation, attention, executive function, and general cognition. Those who received singing coaching also experienced enhanced short-term and working memory, and even their caregiver’s well-being improved.

People living with Epilepsy can reduce stress, which contributes to the intensity and number of seizures, by listening to music. Stroke patients who listen to music in the early stages after a stroke have an improvement in recovery. Three months after a stroke, verbal memory improves from the first week post-stroke by 60 percent.

 A music-based treatment called Melodic Intonation Therapy was developed in 1973 to help stroke survivors or people who suffer from aphasia to be able to communicate again. The therapy enables patients who can’t speak to sing sometimes with the same fluency and clarity they had before the onset of illness.

There are so many musical opportunities around us. Join a choir, a band, or an orchestra. Get together with friends and dance or sing along with your favorite songs. Come to the dances and concerts in our clubhouses scheduled regularly. Remember, it’s not just a matter of hearing the music. It’s all about how the music makes you feel.

Animal control

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

The office is open Tuesday-Friday.


Deadline is near for listings in 2020 Community Guide

The deadline for submitting names for the 2020 Community Guide is Monday, Dec. 2. A form is available in the LW Weekly Office, or email name, address, unit number and phone number to cathiem_news@lwsb.com.

Names are not automatically placed in the phone book. To be included shareholders must submit telephone book information to LW Weekly in writing. 

Completed forms can be delivered to the LW Weekly office or dropped in the white GRF boxes throughout the community, Attention: LW Weekly Community Guide.

Resident names are deleted from the LW Community Guide 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.

GRF Board Executive Session

1:00 p.m., Friday, November 22, 2019

Administration Conference Room

NOTE: This meeting is closed to Shareholders/Members per Civil Code §4935

A. Call to Order – President Stone

B. Roll Call

C. Legal

D. Contracts

E. Member Disciplinary Actions

F. Personnel

G. Adjournment

“Agenda is Subject to Change”

Carport Cleaning 2019

The holiday carport cleaning schedule for 2019 is as follows:

Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov. 28

Mutual 11, Carports 130-131, Mutual 15, Carports 3, 6-8, 10-13, and Mutual 16, Carport 9, will be cleaned on Friday, Nov. 29.

Christmas Day – Wednesday, Dec. 25

Mutual 11, Carports 132-133, Mutual 12, Carports 141-146, and Mutual 15, Carports 4-5, will be cleaned Monday, Dec. 30.

Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

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


Thursday, Nov. 21  Mutual 2

  Administration  9 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 21  Mutual 11

  Clubhouse 3, Room 9  1:30 p.m. 

Friday, Nov. 22  Mutual 6

  Administration  9:30 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 25  Mutual 8

  Administration  9 a.m.

Monday, Nov. 25  Mutual 1 (rescheduled)

  Administration  1 p.m. 

Wednesday, Nov. 27  Mutual 10

  Administration  canceled 

Tuesday, Dec. 3 Mutual 16 

  Administration 9:30 a.m. 

Tuesday, Dec. 3 Mutual 17 

  Administration 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 CFO Council

  Conference Room B 10 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5 Presidents’ Council

  Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 9 Mutual 9

  Administration 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 Mutual 4

  Administration 9:15 a.m.

GRF Board of Directors Meetings

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

Friday, Nov. 22 GRF Board Executive Session

  Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 26  GRF Board of Directors

  Clubhouse 4  10 a.m.

Thursday, Nov. 28  Management Services Review Ad Hoc

  Administration canceled

Monday, Dec. 2 Recreation Committee

  Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 Governing Document Committee

  Administration 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 4  Physical Property Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 5 Architectural Design Review Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 6 Executive Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 9 Mutual Administration Committee

  Administration  1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10  Facilities Amenities Review Ad hoc

  Administration  1 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 Website Ad Hoc Committee

  Conference Room B 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 Security, Bus and Traffic Committee

  Administration  1 p.m.

For Your Information

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

GRF Board of Directors Agenda

Clubhouse Four

Tuesday, November 26, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.

1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. President’s Comments

4. Announcements/Service Awards/Staff Commendation

5. Seal Beach City Council Member’s Update

6. Health Care Advisory Board Update 

7. Shareholder/Member Comments 

Note: Foundation Shareholder/Members are permitted to make comments before the meeting business of the Board begins. The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b ).) Time limits, per speaker, are limited to:

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

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

• 2 – minute limit per speaker, over 26 speakers  

8. Consent Calendar  

a. Committee/Board meetings for the Month of October 

i. Minutes of the Recreation Committee Board Meeting of October 7, 2019

ii. Minutes of the Facilities and Amenities Ad hoc Committee Board Meeting of October 8, 2019

iii. Minutes of the Security, Bus & Traffic Committee Board Meeting of October 9, 2019

iv. Minutes of the Executive Committee Board Meeting of October 11, 2019

v. Minutes of the Mutual Administration Board Meeting of October 14, 2019

b. GRF Board of Directors Minutes, October 22, 2019 

c. November GRF Board Report 

d. Accept Month of October Financial Statements for Audit 

e. Approve Capital Funds Investment Purchase 

9. Reports 

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

b. Management Services Review Ad hoc Committee

c. Strategic Planning Ad hoc Committee

d. Website Ad hoc Committee

10. New Business

a. General

i. Pool Renovation

b. Communications and ITS Committee

i. Amend 20-5050-4, Digital Billboards and 20-5050.01-4,  

   Request to Display on Digital Billboards

ii. Adopt 28-2806-1, Community Publications

iii. Rescind:

1. 2810-36, Community Submissions

2. 2811-36, News Coverage of Candidates

3. 2825-36, Special Columns

4. 2840.02-36, Deadlines

5. 2840.04-36, News Stories

6. 2840.06-36, Obituaries

7. 2840.07-36, News Photos

8. 2840.08-36, News Coverage

9. 2840.09-36, Collection Point

10. 2869-36, LW Live

c. Executive Committee

i. FINAL VOTE: Adopt 30-5093-1, Member Rules of Conduct 

ii. FINAL VOTE: Adopt 30-5093-2, Member Rules of Conduct, 

     Non-compliance with Rules of Conduct – Fines and Penalties

iii. Adopt 30-5093-3, Member Rules of Conduct, Procedure 

     for Notification of Violation and Right to Hearing document

iv. Amend 30-5101-1, Limitation of Terms

d. Facilities and Amenities Ad hoc Committee

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

ii. TENTATIVE VOTE: Adopt 70-1406-2, Limitation of Use, Fees 

e. Finance Committee

i. Approve Master Insurance Policy Renewal

ii. Resales Building

iii. Approve Exclusive Use of Trust Property

1. Genealogy Club

2. Historical Society

3. Rolling Thunder

4. LW Theater Club

5. Video Producers Club

6. Mutual Eight

f. Physical Property Committee

i. Amend 60-5350-3, Construction Bids and Contracts

ii.  Approve SCE Street Light Head Replacement (to LED)

iii. Reserve Funding Request – Main Gate, LED Lights

iv. Reserve Funding Request – Clubhouse Three, Lobby Door 


g. Recreation Committee

i. Adopt 70-2504-1, Library Rules and 70-2504-3, Library Procedures 

ii. Rescind 70-2501-1, Library, General Information

iii. TENTATIVE VOTE: Adopt 70-2504-2, Library Fees 

iv. TENTATIVE VOTE: Adopt 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facili-

     ties, Mini-Farm – Rules 

v. Amend 70-1400-1, Co-Occupants and Qualified Permanent 

    Residents (QPR) Use of Clubhouses 

vi. Capital Funding Request – Approve Feasibility Study, Savory

      Hospitality Consulting 

vii. Capital Funding Request – Fitness Center Improvements  

viii. Capital Funding Request – RV Lot Aisle and End Marker 


ix. Rescind Previous GRF BOD Motion re: Locker Agreement 

     Invoicing Cycle 

x. Approve Exclusive Use of Trust Property

12.  Staff Reports   

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

ii. Executive Director’s Report – Mr. Ankeny

13.  Board Member Comments

14.  Next Meeting/Adjournment

Next regular GRF Board of Directors meeting, Tuesday,

December 17, 10:00 a.m., Clubhouse Four


Shop at Smile.Amazon to return money to Golden Age Foundation

A small percentage of every purchase made at Amazon by people who designate the Golden Age Foundation as their non-profit charity at Amazon Smile results in a rebate to the Golden Age Foundation – at no cost to the purchaser.

It is easy, to join. 

• Sign in at Amazon with an existing account. Those who don’t have an Amazon account can create one.

• Type in Golden Age Foundation, Inc., as the charity to support. Make sure the location is Seal Beach, California.

• Start shopping at www.smile.amazon.com. 

• Encourage family, friends and neighbors to support the work of the Golden Age Foundation in Leisure World by using Amazon Smile.

For information on the foundation’s services to the Leisure World community, visit our website at www.goldenagefdn.org. GAF can also be reached at (562 . 431-9589.

Lighting of menorah will take place at Veterans Plaza

On Thursday, Dec. 19, starting at 4 p.m. the GRF Recreation Department will host the lighting of the menorah, the Jewish symbol of Hanukkah, at Veterans Plaza.

The holiday celebrates the Jews defeating Syrian-Greek oppressors who had tried forcing them to abandon their religion and adopt Greek culture. The story has it that, led by Judah Maccabee, they recaptured the holy temple in Jerusalem. Arriving there, they found only enough olive oil to light candles for one night. It lasted for eight nights.

Hanukkah commemorates the defeat of the oppressors and the miracle of the oil lasting eight nights. The oil had led to the holiday being referred to as “The Festival of Lights.”

The Chabad of Los Alamitos/Cypress will share with GRF members and their guests the story of the holiday and its meaning for Jew and Gentile alike. 

Musical entertainment with a Klezmer band will top off the event. It is an opportunity for the community, rich in culture and customs, to come together to learn and share in the joy of this beautiful festival.

Refreshments will be served, courtesy of GRF and Congregation Sholom.


2020 GRF Budget is topic today

A special meeting of the Concerned Shareholders will be at 1 p.m. today, Nov. 21, in Clubhouse 4. All shareholders are welcome. 

Randy Ankeny, executive director of the Golden Rain Foundation, will be the guest speaker. Ankeny will review the 2020 Golden Rain Foundation Budget and future projects. There will be a question-and-answer period regarding the 2020 Budget. 

There will also be an open discussion for members to comment on any item not on the agenda. 

Victor Rocha, GRF security services director, will be the special guest on Dec. 19.

Rollin’ Thunder will be busy in month ahead

The final months of 2019 promise to be unusually busy for members of the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club.

The club’s Thanksgiving luncheon takes place Tuesday, Nov. 26, in Clubhouse 2. Lunch and the meeting get underway at noon. And, for once, no side dishes are requested. This will be a fully catered luncheon for all club members.

The popular Air&Water Day, in which club members volunteer to check golf cart tire pressure and battery water levels for all Leisure World cart owners, is the first December event.  It will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9-10:30 a.m. at the Pit Stop cart maintenance area adjacent to the Mini-Farms. At the September event, more than 60 carts and scooters were inspected and brought up to spec.  There is never a charge for this vital community service.  

The annual Golf Cart Club Holiday Parade will take place Thursday, Dec. 12. The route, begins and ends at Clubhouse 6. It will cover most of Leisure World’s main thoroughfares and largest residential streets.  Parade line-up will be at 4:30 p.m. to add last-minute seasonal decorations; carts will roll at 5.  

Club member volunteers will set up refreshments and hot beverages at the parade’s conclusion.  All parade participants are urged to drop off their contributions, including desserts and other finger foods,for the post-parade goodies prior to the parade’s start.  In case of rain, snow, sleet or hail, the parade will be postponed to Dec. 19, same time, same place.  If it drizzles, however, the parade will roll on Dec. 12.

For further information on any of these activities, contact President Tom Davis at 431-6859.

—Mike Levitt


Used vehicle sale is Saturday, CH 6

Each fourth Saturday Shareholders/Members have the opportunity to sell used motorized vehicles in the Administration Parking Lot from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The next sale is Saturday, Nov. 23.

Vehicles must have current DMV registrations and GRF decals as well as be insured. In addition to cars, motorhomes, motorcycles, golf carts, bikes, trikes and scooters may be sold. 

The owner or representative does not need to be present but is allowed to display a single “for sale” sign no larger than 18 inches by 24 inches on the vehicle, to include a phone number.

The sale is open to Leisure World residents only and the guests they call in. The public will not be able to sell at the events. 

For more information, contact Recreation at 431-6586 ext., 398.


GRF safety is topic tomorrow

Eloy Gomez, GRF safety and emergency coordinator, will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club meeting on Friday Nov. 22, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from 10 a.m.-noon. 

Eloy’s responsibilities include working with shareholders, Mutuals, Seal Beach Police Department and other county and state agencies for emergency preparedness purposes. He is responsible for the safety of the GRF staff, compliance with the California Occupational Safety and Health Agency (Cal-OSHA) as well as the safety in GRF facilities.

He is a certified Cal-OSHA instructor, Red Cross certified instructor, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Instructor and a certified Emergency Management Specialist by the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI). 

He will speak in detail about emergency alert and warning systems available to the general public as well as emergency preparedness. 

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

 The club meets on Fridays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 (except the first Friday in Room 9), from 10 a.m.-noon. All shareholders are welcome to attend, no membership required. It is recommended to arrive 5-10 minutes before the meeting to enjoy refreshments.

Be sure to sign the attendance book with mutual and unit number after your name to comply with GRF Recreation Committee policy. 

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

Get tickets to Young Americans’ Christmas show in La Mirada

The Woman’s Club of Leisure World is sponsoring a trip to the La Mirada Theater to enjoy the Young Americans’ performance, “Magic of Christmas” on Dec. 12. The show is now in its 54th year of production.  The Young Americans is a college based program for young artists who hope to continue to hone their talents for a career in the performance arts.

The Woman’s Club is selling tickets, $71, which includes the performance ticket, bus trip from the LW Amphitheater parking lot and the driver’s tip.   Call Jan Kuhl at (562) 446-0082 for reservations. All participants must board the bus at 6:45 p.m.  

The fundraiser will assist the Leisure World Amateur Radio Club and the Vision and Hearing Impaired Club of Leisure World.


Christmas lunch planned Dec. 12

The Nikkei Club will meet for a Christmas holiday “all-you-can-eat” lunch at the East Buffet Restaurant on Dec. 12 at 11:30 a.m. There will be no business meeting. 

The restaurant is located on the corner of Carson Street and Norwalk Boulevard on the inside corner of the parking lot.  

Note that the  earlier reservations are confirmed, the better to determine which room can be reserved for the club. Organizers are hoping to reserve the room that will accommodate 40-50 people. The club is hoping to have a  Christmas program if it can get the room. The price per person will be announced at a later date. 

Volunteers are needed for ride-sharing. Let the Telephone Committee know if you can offer ride(s . to the restaurant. Many seniors no longer drive, so all ride offers will be greatly appreciated.  What better way of  getting to know other people.


Get tickets now for holiday dinner

Several committee members and directors are selling tickets for the upcoming Mutual 2 holiday dinner on Dec. 14 in Clubhouse 2. The tickets are $5 per person for shareholders and caregivers only. 

The dinner will be served at 5 p.m., while listening to a live band. The menu is lasagna, salad and roll from Ameci’s in Los Alamitos. Dessert, coffee and water will also be served.

When buying a ticket, specify meat or vegetable lasagna. As usual, spirits are BYOB. The Board of Directors is arranging transportation on the Leisure World Minibus. There will be a later pickup so everyone can enjoy the evening. 

Tickets will go fast so get yours soon. No tickets will be available at the door. Come and have some fun and holiday cheer with all your friends and neighbors. If you have questions, call Myrna Baker at (562) 430-2313. 

ECC session closes with special event

The English Conversation Club (ECC ., Jaetaik Yoo, president, has a special event planned for the last class to celebrate the completion of the sessions this year today, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. 

The event will include a skit and members will recite a president’s address, followed by a sing along. 

After the presentation, members will share at a potluck party. 

The club members are proud of their progress and will produce a pamphlet about the event with colored pictures. 

ECC will take a winter break in December and reopen the new session on Jan. 16. Everybody is welcome to the event. 

For more information, call (714 . 487-4046.


Club will have Christmas party Dec. 6, CH 4

The American Latino Club will have its Christmas party on Friday, Dec. 6, at 11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. 

There will be mariachi music; Carmen Edwards will  sing; Amy Walker will do a Christmas dance; and magician Joyce Bash will perform some magic tricks.

The cost is $12 per member and $15 per guest. The club will provide roast beef with potatoes and steamed vegetables, fruit salad, lemonade, coffee and a variety of desserts.  

Members are asked to bring “white elephant” presents of no less than $10 in value. 

To make reservations, write a check payable to Carmen Edwards before Nov. 30. For more information, call Carmen at (562) 431-4257.

Dues, $5, for 2020 will be collected. Bring correct change.

LWSB Democrats

Registration table set up outside CH 6

The SBLW Democratic Club continues to register voters on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3 p.m. outside Clubhouse 6. Volunteers wanting to assist in this effort should email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com. Training will be provided.


The Democratic Club’s Monday, Nov. 25, Voter Awareness Series meeting will center on the potential for new infringement of religion in the Orange County public school system and the enhanced powers of California school boards to block new charter schools from opening in their districts under a sweeping piece of legislation signed into law on Oct. 3 by Gov. Gavin Newsom. 

All club members and their supporters are invited to participate in these fourth Monday-of-the-month Voter Awareness Series gatherings. Because of limited space availability, advance reservations are required by emailing the club.


The SBLW Democratic Club Board announces upcoming dates of interest. 

• The annual Women’s March will be held on Jan. 18. The board voted to accept the invitation extended by HB Huddle for club members to join its group on its buses. 

• The Democratic Club is involved in helping to organize a Leisure World town hall with Representative Harley Rouda in February. Stay tuned for details about both events.


The California Democratic Party allows No Party Preference voters (NPPs) to participate in its primary if they want. Along with their ballots, these NPP voters will receive a postcard that they can mail back to the Orange County Registrar requesting a crossover ballot that will allow them to vote for the Democratic presidential candidate of their choice. Also, NPPs can request a new ballot at one of the 188 vote centers where people can cast ballots, in person, days before the election by filling out a printed paper ballot with a pen. 


 For more information about this or other club events, readers are invited to email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or go to the club’s website at http://sblwdems.wordpress.com. There is also an up-to-date calendar of both club and related events on the website.


Christmas lunch is planned Dec. 4

The Italian-American Club meets the first Wednesday of the month in Clubhouse 4 at noon. All Leisure World residents are welcome. 

Dec. 4 will be the Christmas celebration. The catered luncheon is $12 and includes baked mostaccioli with meatballs, gourmet salad, garlic bread and spumoni ice cream cake. There may also be a surprise or two. 

A limited number of tickets are available and all must be prepaid. There will be no tickets at the door. The cut-off is Black Friday, Nov. 29. 

Fro more information and tickets, call Sunny Beech, 355-2918. 


Music by Siblius will be studied today

The Korean American Classical Music Association will appreciate the pieces by Jean Sibelius, including “Karelia Suite,” Op. 11, “Finlandia,” Op. 26, “String Quartet in D minor” “Voces intimae”, Op. 56, Mov. III “Vittorio Monti” and “Csardas” today, Nov. 21, at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. Ken Chong is the commentator for the classical music. 

Robert Chung follows, presenting favorite ballads selected by the members.

All are invited to KACMA. The program is presented in Korean. 

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

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

Volunteers needed to work with pets

Adopt & Shop Lakewood, a small pet shop/rescue located at the Lakewood Mall, is looking for volunteers to help with pet care, spending time with our cats and dogs. To volunteer, send an email to s.acevedo@foundanimals.org. 

Adopt & Shop Lakewood is part of the larger non-profit organization Michelson Found Animals.


Nelson, Thomas Eugene

April 26, 1926 – Oct. 31, 2019

Dr. Thomas E. Nelson was born in Leigh, Nebraska, to Florence Elizabeth (Wuamett) and Hans Christian Nelson. He had four siblings, Robert, Kris, Luana and Glenn. Tom married Juanita Mae Hollenbeck and they had four children, Holly, Thomas, Laura, and Daniel; four granddaughters, Hannah, Taylor, Paige, and Lindsey; and two great-grandchildren, Ryder and Rowynn.  

Tom loved his family dearly and was so proud of every one of them, including nieces, nephews, cousins, etc. He also loved and appreciated his many friends and all people. 

A proud veteran, Tom loved telling stories of his time in the Army serving in World War II, and earned a Purple Heart. He also enjoyed Costa Mesa Water Board, Kiwanis, elder hostels, the American Legion, AF and AM, 32°, and Old Guys Rule. He was a retired optometrist, local politician and lifelong liberal Republican. 

Tom had a simple but full life in Leisure World, Seal Beach, for the last 30-plus years enjoying music, dancing, singing, theater, golf, bridge and popcorn. His cheery smile and laughter brightened the days of many. He attended church and numerous lectures and classes, believing one should continuously learn and stay active in mind, body and soul. He was a giving person and reached out with weekly phone calls. He appreciated visits to and from anyone; his CSULB nurses, Meals on Wheels, neighbors, friends and especially family.  He said he liked his life to be like the state of Nebraska, flat.

Tom loved life and his family and friends. He did his best to have only good, positive thoughts for a wonderful life full of love and was happy to have the chance to serve his God whom he loved.

—paid obituary


Piangerelli, Gloria



Gloria Piangerelli, 85, born on Dec. 5, 1933, in Buenos Aires, Argentina, passed away Nov. 10, 2019. She resided in Seal Beach, California, at the time of her passing. 

On Feb. 2, 1956, she married Ricardo Piangerelli. They raised two sons, Gustavo and Daniel. Ricardo and Gloria moved from Argentina to the United States in April 1965. They worked hard to build a new life for their family in California. Gloria enjoyed working as a teacher’s aide for 30 years for the L.A. Unified School District and raising her two sons.

Gloria delighted in cooking for her family, gardening and taking care of her home. She took time each afternoon to relax and enjoy Yerba Mate (Argentinian herbal tea) with her husband and family. Gloria was known for her quick wit, humor, selflessness, and caring heart toward others. Her family was always her top priority.

Gloria is preceded in death by her father Hilario, her mother Teresa, her brother Julio and her sister Lidia. 

She is survived by her husband Ricardo, her two children Gustavo and Daniel, her daughter-in-law Carolyn, and five grandchildren, Graciela, Isabella, Samuel, Emilia and Santiago.

Arrangements are under the direction of Forest Lawn, Cypress, California.


In Memoriam 

Harold Nishina 75

Lucila Roman 98

Michael Strand 61

Virginia Keller 94

Ralph Barnard 93

Joyce Ward 90

Raymond Jordan 86

Christopher Ezeokoli 65

Juan Ruiz Mora 66

Mary Jorgensen 61

Edward Chicots 97

Gregory Faulkner 62

Miriam Howard 89

Luigi Rossetti 80

Peter Lipschultz 69

Sara Salerno 94

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary

page 6, health and fitness

weekly health and fitness classes

Ageless Grace

An eight-week chair-based exercise program addressing 21 specific aging factors is held at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The exercises are practiced in a chair. Drop in anytime for $5 per session or pay $30 for all eight sessions. For more information, call Pam Turner, (760) 560-8161.

Chair Exercise

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

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

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

Leisure Leggers

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

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

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

Tai Chi Chaun

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

LW Yoga club

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

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

Thursday – Clubhouse 3, Room 1, 8:30-9:30 a.m. with Travis; 10-11 a.m. with Jenny

Free Lip Reading classes offered through the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter at the Weingart Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood Wednesday Nov. 27 from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Classes are Wednesdays, Dec. 4, 11 and 18. Classes will resume on Jan. 8. All are welcome. 

HLAA meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. For more information, call (562) 438-0597 or visit www.hlaa-lb-lakewood.org.t

Dr. Barsamian gives back

Los Alamitos dentist Dr. Seza Barsamian’s office hosted it’s annual Veteran’s Day free service for retired veterans on Nov. 11. It was the sixth year that Dr. Barsamian hosted the annual event at her location, 4022 Katella Ave., suite 206 in Los Alamitos.

Dr. Barsamian and her staff worked from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. to accommodate all who made appointments. This year they were able to accommodate around 20 veterans, many did not have their teeth checked in years, some are returning veterans from previous years, while others are regular patients at the office. All veterans were very grateful and were thrilled to have their dental checkup and cleaning. The services totaled to over $500 worth of dental work.

Dr. Barsamian’s office has been doing this service annually since 2014. Since then they have been able to accommodate over 100 veterans over the years, all complimentary.

Last year, Dr. Barsamian was recognized by Los Alamitos City Council members and former Mayor Troy Edgar for her continued support of Veterans. She also supports local public schools and foundations. She volunteers her time once or twice a year to serve local charities by performing free dentistry for kids and adults.


McCullough receives Master

of Goal Weight Certificate

We love to celebrate success at Wa-Rite. Congratulations to all the Wa-Rite ladies. One day at a time, stay focused, take control, plan your meals and eat healthy in moderation.

Patty McCullough received her Master of Goal Weight Certificate. She’s lost about 26 pounds since joining six years ago and has been steady with her commitment by adhering to Wa-Rite suggestions. Geri Seaton was Top Loser this week with a 2-1/2 pound loss, she wasn’t sure how it happened, but she is glad that it did. Another Top Loser with a three-pound loss is Lillian Silva. Journaling helped her reduce food portions, knowing that when you write everything down, it makes you think twice about that other piece of bread or cup of juice. She also tried to chew more and eat more slowly. Erna Durano received the Bachelor of Goal Weight Certificate by achieving her short term goal. When asked how she was able to obtain her weight she shared that her meals were prepared by a professional nutritionist when she had a fall and was in rehab for six weeks. That’ll do it but we don’t suggest it.

An informative program was given by Judy Crimmins on Your Cold and Flu Survival Plan, a few highlights were to boost your immunity by getting your rest, eat plenty of fruits and vegetables, drink plenty of fluids, lessen your stress by prayer or meditation, exercise, take supplements and reduce the risk of flu by more than 40 percent by getting the flu shot. There were also many good suggestions on how to dodge germs.

Wa-Rite is a support group for women needing to lose 10 pounds or more. Members meet on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 from 9-10 a.m. Weighing begins at 7:45 a.m., annual dues are $10. You must be a LW resident to join. Call Carol Chambers at (562) 822-4641 or Bev Bender at (562) 594-9148 with any questions you may have.

— Margaret Humes

Consider all your Medicare options

It’s annual enrollment period, a time when Medicare beneficiaries can sign up for different Medicare options. A lot of people choose to stick with what they have, but since this is the only time of the year you can change your coverage, it’s a good idea to look around.

Dr. Au-Co Nguyen, or Dr. Au-Co, as her patients call her, is a doctor at OptumCare Seal Beach Village, just outside the gates. AEP patients ask her what they should do. Here’s what she advises them on.

Compare your options with what you have. “You may be happy with your current plan, and that’s great,” Dr. Au-Co said. “But it’s worth doing a little homework to make sure it’s the right plan for you.” That doesn’t mean checking if you like what you see. It also means looking at what else is available from other companies.

“If you have a chronic condition, there may be a Medicare Advantage plan just for it,” she added. “Some companies offer plans for diabetes, heart disease, and others. It’s worth looking into those to see if they are a better fit.”

Life changes are another big factor. “Maybe you’re not driving as much, or at all. Or you’ve lost your spouse and need more help around the house,” Dr. Au-Co said. “There are some plans that offer non-medical benefits to cover these things. Depending on what’s important to you, these benefits may be more meaningful than a plan with just medical benefits.”

“At the end of the day, it’s all about what you need,” she said. “Get the most out of your benefits. If you aren’t sure where to start, consider working with an independent insurance agent, who can help you compare all your options. You can also contact the health plans directly for information, or visit Medicare’s website to compare options.”

page 20, travel


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

The Rossmoor Senior Shopping Shuttle provides weekday service to Senior Meals from Leisure World. For more information, see page 22 of the 2019 Minibus Guide.

Thursday, Nov. 21 — Cheese omelet, tater tots with ketchup, apple chicken sausage, garden green salad with dressing, whole wheat bread with Promise, fresh melon

Friday, Nov. 22 — Thanksgiving celebration roast turkey with gravy, cornbread, stuffed yams with marshmallows, Parker roll with Promise, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie with whip topping, diet fresh fruit

Monday, Nov. 25 — Tortilla soup with sugar free crackers, Mexican chicken bowl, filled with rice, corn, black beans, spring mix, tomatoes, shredded cheese, tortilla strips and cilantro lime dressing served with a banana 

Tuesday, Nov. 26 — Savory tomato braised tilapia, wild pilaf rice, peas and carrots, ambrosia 

Wednesday, Nov. 27 —Ham and broccoli quiche, redskin potatoes, romaine salad topped with cranberries, mandarin oranges and dressing pecan pie, diet fresh fruit 

Thursday, Nov. 28 — Thanksgiving, no Meal will be served.

Friday, Nov. 28 — No meal will be served.

holiday travel: san francisco

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair is a one-of-a-kind holiday adventure into Victorian London –  an elaborate party with hundreds of costumed players performing and interacting with patrons in over 120,000 square feet of theatrically-lit music halls, pubs, dance floors, and Christmas shops. 

Running from Nov. 23-Dec. 22, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Located in San Francisco’s historic Cow Palace. The Dickens Christmas Fair is a treasured Bay Area tradition since 1970 and a splendid way to celebrate the holidays. Adults, $32; Children ages five-12, $14

Attendees will explore the London lanes and pubs, dance halls, theaters and more than 100 shops offering crafts, ceramics, antiquarian books and more. At least 800 performers appear as characters from Dickens’ novels, including, A Christmas Carol’s Ebenezer Scrooge. Entertainment ranges from plays to fencing lessons, but to really engage in some Dickensian role playing, head to Fezziwig’s Warehouse. Mr. Fezziwig was young Scrooge’s employer, and he’ll invite you to join his holiday party. Go to www.dickensfair.com for more information.

—AARP, Travel

ON the go

Day Trips

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

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

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

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

Overnight Trips 

Country Christmas – Four nights at the Opryland Resort, Grand Ole Opry, Country Music Hall of Fame, Belle Meade Plantation and more. Dec. 11-15, Meridian Guided Travel (714) 871-8520

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

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

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

Meals on wheels long beach

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

Thursday, Nov. 21 — Chicken enchilada with red sauce, pinto beans, seasoned cauliflower, peaches with yogurt, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, creamy coleslaw

Friday, Nov. 22 — Chicken cheddar mac casserole, lima beans, mixed vegetables, apple turnover, entrée chicken pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, black olives, red onions, garbanzo beans and feta cheese

Monday, Nov. 25 — Turkey a la king, garlic roasted potatoes, green beans, mango and strawberries with yogurt, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, german potato salad.

Tuesday, Nov. 26 — Beef lasagna with tomato sauce, dinner roll, broccoli and cauliflower, fresh banana, entrée Greek chicken salad, tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese, vinaigrette dressing and crackers

Wednesday, Nov. 27 — Roasted turkey with sage gravy, cornbread stuffing, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, peas, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, turkey, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, tri-color slaw

Thursday, Nov. 28 — No meal will be served.

Friday, Nov. 29 — No meal will be served.


stone has fifth win

Linda Stone won the final table on Nov. 9. Her hole cards of jack and five resulted in two pair, defeating second place Drew Sargent. Third place was Roy Mittelsteadt followed by Carole Damoci, Bill Clawson and Richard Grodt.

High hand was also Linda Stone with aces full of queens. Second was Valerie Jorgenson with aces full of tens. The promotional hand of two and six were won by both Ms. Jorgenson, again, and Drew Sargent. Drew’s win in this category was particularly interesting. Late in the game he won a pot, holding the two and six and making a full house on the river, for a total of $17,600 in chips, becoming the table leader. He eventually won the whole table and earned the right to attend the final table.

Linda has won the final table five times since joining the club four years ago. She has lived in Mutual 3 for 20 years and currently serves all of LW as the GRF president. Her other interests include reading, cooking and she belongs to the Rolling Thunder Club.

The club will host another all LW poker tournament on Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m. Clubhouse 4. Tickets are $15 for club members, family members, or LW shareholders, and include a continental breakfast and final table prizes. Tickets are available at all tournaments through Dec. 7, to a maximum of 90 players, on a first-come, first-serve basis. Last June’s tournament turned away potential players, so purchase tickets early, if possible. No additional players will be allowed to purchase a seat on Dec. 14. Contact Cleo Looney at (562) 342-9400 for more information.

Barry Brideau gives private individual or group lessons. Call him at (714) 401-7622. Call President Wendy Wu for other club information at (714) 366-0940.

—Susan Dodson

page 21, sports and games

Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club  annual Meeting was held Friday Nov. 15, the following board members were elected: Fred Reker, Russ Gray, Louise Seifert, Eileen Kotecki and Joan Tschirki. Stan Johnson will continue as club manager. Winners: Nov. 16: N/S: Linda Nye-Mike Nielsen; Joyce Basch-Dorothy Favre; Tom and Bill Dilks; Ted Cooper-Sylvia Kaprelyan. E/W: Marilyn McClintock-Sue Fardette; Joyce Henderson-Howard Smith; Mark Singer-Larry Slutsky; Ellen Kice-Russ Gray; Paul and Monica Honey. Nov. 15, unit game: N/S: Fred Reker-Joan Tschirki; Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz; Stan Johnson-Louise Seifert; Larry Topper-Priscilla Caillouette. E/W: Judy Jones-Al Appel; Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; Ted Cooper-Sue Boswell; Ellen Kice-Russ Gray. The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 at 12:15. For information on how to join the fun and play, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is Friday, Dec. 13, club championship and holiday party.

—Ted Wieber


Friendly Pinochle Club winners, Nov. 14: Jerry Hore, 14,790; Tony Dodero, 11,660; Gene Smith, 11,300; Marilyn Allred, 11,180. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call (310) 968-9509.

—Bert Sellers


Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners, Nov. 16: Nancy Wheeler, 10,780; Julia Togie, 10,030; Richard Van Wasshnova, 9,980; Joan Taylor, 9,900. Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at (562) 799-0433. 

—Bert Sellers


Monday Bridge Club Club winners, Nov. 11: first place, Jan Craven; second place, Marion Standish; third place, Sue Yokomi.  Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Howard Bleakley, (562) 430-9670.

—Howard Bleakley


Y-Yahtzee Rollers Club winners, Nov. 15: Kathy Russell for most Yahtzees, 6; Susie Ralston for highest score, 1,674; Karen Riner won the door prize.  The club meets on the first and third Friday of each month from 12:30-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.  Play begins at 12:45. Players may enter the room at 12:30 p.m.  All Leisure World residents are welcome to join in the fun.  For questions or Yahtzee lessons prior to joining, call Kathy Rose at (562) 596-7237. 

—Kathy Rose


Bird makes bank shot 

The Favorites moved to within one game of first place, edging the Hot Shots seven games to five. The way we play nine ball is we count the three, six and nine as point balls, so if a team makes any two of those three balls they win the game. Sandy Bird of The Favorites was faced with a long bank shot on the six ball and had made the three. She asked me how I would play the shot and I told her it was too difficult a bank and that I would try to play it safe. She ignored my advice and banked it straight in to win the game.

 A similar shot was made by Gary Monahan of the Ballers as he banked in the six ball to win his nine ball doubles match against The Hustlers. The Hustlers took that match nine games to three to move within two games of The Three Amigos, who had a bye week.

Boon Buntra won five of his six games, including both his singles matches. Boon plays a lot of pool and it shows in his consistency.

The Spoilers moved up by winning their match against The Hot Mess Express, 9-3. Kent Wells of The Spoilers won all his games except for one nine ball doubles match.

—David Silva

Men’s Golf

Goltra and Ballard triumph at Willowick golf course Nov. 8

The Men’s Friday Golf League played on Nov. 8 at Willowick Golf Course in Garden Grove. This golf club is the longest the league plays and surprisingly has no water hazards. Sloping greens and long holes make this a fun and challenging course. Eight players teed off at 7 a.m. on a cool and dry morning. The sun came out mid-round making for a great day to golf. The next Friday round will be at the David L. Baker, par 62, executive course, Nov. 15.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).

 A flight:

First place, Jim Goltra, net 3 under 68 and a birdie; second, tie between Dave LaCascia and Fujio Norihiro, 73. Dave also had the closest to the pin on the 145-yard par three fourth hole and Fujio had an amazing 23 putts over 18 holes to capture fewest putts. Fourth, Sam Choi, 78 and a birdie; fifth, John Meyer, 80.

B flight:

First place, Marv Ballard, 1 under 70; second, Bob Munn, 74 plus fewest putts with 29; third, Lowell Goltra, 75.

The Men’s Monday Golf League played on Nov. 4 at the Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach. Narrow fairways and sloping greens make this a fun and challenging course. Eight men tackled the par 70 course. Scores were kept down by the cool, foggy and later overcast morning.

There were only two birdies this week – one each by Gary Stivers and Sam Choi. Fewest putts for A flight was Sam with 29. B flight fewest putts was a tie between Lowell Goltra and Bob Munn with 33. There were no holes-in-one. Closest to the pin on the 140-yard par three 7 hole was Fujio Norihiro. None of the golfers were closest to the pin (requires hitting the green) on the 150-yard par three 15 hole which will be carried over.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).

A Flight: 

First place, tie between John Meyer, Sam Choi and Gary Stivers with 2 over 72; fourth, Jerry Hore, 77; fifth, Fujio Norihiro, 80.

B Flight:

First place, Lowell Goltra, 72; second place, Bob Mun, 88.

Both the Monday and Friday Golf Clubs play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting between 7-7:30 a.m., except holidays. The courses are David L. Baker in Fountain Valley, Meadowlark in Huntington Beach, Riverview in Santa Ana and Willowick in Garden Grove. LW Men’s Club membership is not required. Ladies, friends, spouses and family are all welcome. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in each flight; two prizes for closest to the pin on par threes; and a prize for the lowest number of putts. Holes-in-one, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact Gary Stivers for more information, (714) 313-3697.

— Dave LaCascia


New all time high game score

A new high game of 265 was achieved by Danny Bigelow,  coming within one strike of a perfect game. Danny had an open frame in the fifth with eleven strikes. He also had a 201 for a 646 scratch series as his team Elcisne swept Mutual Busters. Of course people asked Danny, “What happened in the fifth?”

Pindilicious took three from Very Striking to replace them at the top of the standings. Gary Wood opened with a 211 for Pindilicious.

 Strikingly Different took three and a half points from Phyl’s Guys as they won the first two games but tied game three. Tom Kaczmarek had a 221 followed by a 192 for Strikingly Different. Phyl’s Guys were previously know as Arny’s Gals, but changed the name since Irv Hart replaced one of the gals. 

—David Silva


Darlene Meyers scores a 28 hand

During the play on Nov. 5 Darlene Meyers scored a 28 hand. The hand must be played to collect the prize money. This is a difficult score to get. 

Cribbage had 62 players on Nov. 12. In regular play Mary Greytak had the high hand of 839 followed by Joanne Lester at 838 with a tie for Myrna Baker and Sandra DeDubovay scoring 829 and Joyce Pfsingston scored 828. Sylvia Clinton had six games of 121. Evelyn Ingram had no wins.

Cribbage Club meets every Tuesday at noon in Clubhouse 1. All residents are invited to play. Partners are not required and everyone usually finishes by 3:30 p.m. Lessons are available for beginners and for those needing a brush up. Call Patti Smith at (562) 242-4674 and she will arrange for lessons. Players should arrive by noon to be assured of a table.

— Bobbie Straley

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sibert learns new sport

The Pickleball Club welcomes Janice Sibert, one of it’s newest pickleball players, beginning in August of this year. She lives in Mutual 17 with her husband, Andy Sibert, and has had an adventure-filled life. She has circumnavigated the world in a 43-foot sailboat, and actually lived on board for 10 years. She has been quite the athlete, enjoying water skiing, snow skiing, tennis and recently become a bocce ball player. She gets down to the pickleball courts several times each week, and although she is a beginner, always can pick up a few games each session.

 “Getting my feet to work as fast as my brain,was the most difficult part of learning pickleball” Janice said.

 At the start of the game the serving side must make the first point to continue by alternating service to opposite sides. If it does not, the serve is passed to the receiving side. From then on, each player on a team is allowed to serve until they lose the serve. A game is 11 points, or more, until a team has a two point advantage.

The club will host its annual Christmas party on Dec. 7, at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. A catered meal will be offered as well as an opportunity drawing, music, dancing and door prizes. The cost is $15, payable in advance to any board member. Payments should be in by Dec. 1.

 For more information contact club President Tim Linehan at (714) 818-6404. 

—Susan Dodson


Hot Shots move into first place

The Shuffleboard season continued into week seven on Nov. 8 at the Clubhouse 1 courts.

This week the Hot Shots beat the Sliders 14-4, taking a one-point lead over the Puckmasters who did not play this time. Hot Shots all game winners were Milly Larsen, Howard Bolten, Harshad Patel, Sal LaScala and John Mount. Sliders all game winner was Darlene Meyers

Current standings after seven weeks has the Hot Shots in first place with 4 points and Puck Masters second, with 3 points. Sliders are third. The next game, week eight, will be Puckmasters versus Hot Shots on Nov. 15.

The first tournament of the year will be the Turkey Shoot scheduled Nov. 22. This is always a fun competition and many participants are expected. No sign up required. Tournament starts at 9 a.m. Arrive by 8:30 to get starting positions.

—Dave LaCascia



May the sacred heart of Jesus be adored and glorified, loved honored, praised and preserved now and forever. Sacred heart of Jesus, pray for us. St. Jude, worker of miracles, pray for us. St. Jude, helper of the hopless, pray for us: Please help Katie.

Say this prayer nine times of day for nine days and your petition will be granted. Must promise publication 


Friendship Club Thanksgiving Potluck–All are welcome to join us

Tuesday, Nov 26, 2019 1:00-3:30 pm at CH 3 room 7.

To arrange what to bring (to avoid duplicates) and RSVP by Nov 22,

please call Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122.  Hope to see you there.


Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN0001. 12/26



by Helen

LW Resident 562-421-5811


Business License #WEL0015

Great holiday gift items available! 



Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutual’s. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.  




General Contractor

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


License #954725. 12/19


JC Handyman Services

Professional and reliable. specializing in remodeling, plumbing and electrical. . Work warranty. Lic. #BU21900024. 310-951-1403. 11/07




Sound proof walls. Triple pane windows. Ceiling made smooth. Recessed lights, tile, laminate installation, crown molding, window frames painted whited. Lic. #723262. 11/27




JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. 10/03



Big or small, I do it all. Car detailing to all home improvements. 

Call 562-387-5187 10/24


Bersi & Sons Furniture Finishers

– In Home Furniture–


Specializing in antiques. 

50 years experience. 11/27


We make your SHOWER/TUB brand new and or convert it to a WALK IN SHOWER serving L.W. since 1999. Nu Kote 562-833-3911 liscense #699080.12/12



Cindy Beatteay 714-356-1539.

Interior paint and specialty

finishes, cabinets, murals

and more.

Lic. #1033927. 12/17




Premium paints,  primer all wood. 40 years in LW. 

Contr. license #723262. 


562-596-0559. 11/27


Bel-Rich Painting – Free estimates, Apartments, room by room, small jobs, colored walls. Contractor’s License #705131. 714-220-9702. 12/05


Painting – Free estimates. 1 room

or entire house & refinish kitchen

cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.

CA State License #675336. 12/19





Tile, laminate, vinyl plank, patio carpet. 40 years in Leisure World. Contractor License 723262. 11/27




Interior Flooring Solutions

Hardwood floors, carpet, 

laminate, vinyl planks. 

25 years experience. 

Contractor License 1043763. 12/05


All Year Carpet Cleaning

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

Would you like yours cleaned too?

Call Tito 562 658 9841. 1/8/20




Licensed and insured. 

Dan (562) 841-3787. 

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 11/14




New screens, re-screening, screen doors, retractable screens, new and repair. Call today. (562) 493-8720. Since 1988. State Contractors Lic. #578194.




(562) 600-0014

LW resident, Rich Livitsky.

Seal Beach Business License

#LIV0004. 1024



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

LW DECOR INC. 562-596-0559. 11/27


Leisure World 

Helping Leisure World

Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call week days between 9 am-5 pm,  562-431-3182,





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



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


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


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

(714) 855-8465. Seal Beach Business

License MOR0008. 12/12


In home hair care, serving the men 

and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 12/19


Hair and Nail Salon

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




Electrologist w/25+ yrs Experience

Marlyn Palmquist, CPE.



The Sanctuary Salon,

12800 Seal Beach Blvd., D

Seal Beach Business License



PERMANENT MAKEUP for Eyebrows, eyeline, lip line. 27 years experience, 10 years in LW with references. Loann: (310) 938-8808. Cosmetology license #KK5976. 12/26


Hair stylist, 35 years experience at ABC Extension Salon. Rollerset, perm, color, and more. In-home appointments available. Call Mavis 714-757-0187. License #KK203303.10/31


Just Like Your Daughter

Personal Assistant/

Girl Friday

Available for: 

errands, scheduling and 

transportation for medical


patient advocate, shopping, domestic organization, 

paperwork, bill pay

All with compassion 

and care.

Just Like Your Daughter

Call Janice, 714-313-4450

SB Lic. #JUS0006/Bonded 10/31


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

Elizabeth 951-867-1275 11/14



Affordable rates with optimum service, 23 years experience LW, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24 hour, part time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English. Ann 714-624-1911, Heidi 562-277-3650. Seal Beach License #HYC0001. 12/19/19


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



Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 12/26



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


Experienced Personal Assistant Available. I can help with:

Grocery shopping

Home organization

Walking Dogs

Watering Plants

House Sitting

Holiday Cards

And more!

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

949-216-0457 11/21







Over 30 years Experience!

Seal Beach Business

License #AB0001. 11/23



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

Call  562-505-1613 11/28



Windows 10% off first cleaning

General housecleaning

Excellent referrals in LW

(562) 307-3861. 

20 years experience.

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 1/30/19


General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach Business license RAZ0002. Gloria 949-371-7425 11/14


Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal Beach License LUC0001. 12/19




Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.   

License #CIP0001 12/05/19


$30.00 Computer Tune-Up


Computer Running Slow! Call John LW Resident. SB License FUH0001. 12/26

Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale

Two power chairs for sale one is 5 years old completely redone brand new batteries, battery charger, seat, back, and motor. Asking $750.00 obo.

Second Power chair is brand new less than two months old. Asking $1600.09 obo. Must sell A.S.A.P. Both have original paperwork.Jennifer 714-864-7355 Janglin226@att.net


GoGo Elite Mobility scooter, dissessembly quick and easy into four parts for easy transportation. Three wheels, one front, two back. New batteries, comes with charger $1,000 new, slightly used, now $600 used. 562-756-0332 12/12

Golf Cart $700 or make an offer. 

714-287-6065 11/21


Spiffy candy appple red electric scooter. Excellent condition. Popular pride victory 10. 4-wheel mobility scooter, two baskets, weather-proof cover, two brand new batteries. 15.5 mile range. $950 OBO 714-878-5054


Small 20 inch tires folding trike. very good condition. $275. 562-446-0029


For Sale, Jazzy electric wheelchair, new, $2,750 OBO. 714-856-5010


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


2018 Pride Victory Scooter with detachable canopy.  Excellent condition. $1,000 

Call (714) 264-6198


For Sale: Rascall Electric Scooter. $595 

Mike Herman, 562-522-0003. 11/28



Boat, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly!We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 1/08/20


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

 CALL 562-537-1298. James. 1114


Rides by Russ, with the personal touch

For over 4 years I have been giving all types of rides to Leisure World residents. Rides to the airports, doctors, cruise ports, shopping and errands I also enjoy helping my neighbors with chores and maintenance around their homes. Russ 714-655-1544.12/12


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 12/19


Inexpensive shuttle, airports,

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

SB License #ABL0001. 11/23

Autos/Boats/RV’sTrailers FOR SALE

2005 GMC Sierra 3500 extended cab. One owner, good condition, dually diesel, includes rack, $18,000. Also available with 24’, three axle toy hauler for additional 8,000. Call David (573)692-1288 11/21



Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462. 11/14  




No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 11/14



Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 12/26


Carports/Carport Lockers For sale

Mutual 1, Garage space 30, 

562-453-8813 or 562-296-5635 11/21


Crosswalk Caliber Elite Treadmill

multiple inclines/speeds

possible hook-up with computer

measures your distance/heart rate/speed. 

Excellent condition. $250

Call Bob: 562-342-7343 11/21


8′ brown leather sofa bed, like new, three years old, queen size. $300. Call 562-420-5977 11/21


Christmas lights, unused gift suggestions, pillows, adult care products, candles, table cloths, costume jewelry. 562-843-6963.


Two power chairs for sale one is 5 years old completely redone brand new batteries, battery charger, seat, back, and motor. Asking $750.00 obo.

Second Power chair is brand new less than two months old. Asking $1600.09 obo. Must sell A.S.A.P. Both have original paperwork.Jennifer 714-864-7355 Janglin226@att.net


Salvador Dali “Three Graces” Covie D’or. Highly empossed etching, hand signed artwork. 31w X 23h in frame. Ebay estimated 4 to 7 thousand. Best offer 562-343-6393


Lift Chair/Recliner in Like-New Condition, $800 – Golden Technologies Cloud, electric, brown, very clean, superior comfort. 

 Purchased new from Alpine Medical next door for $1,600 about a year ago; they will transport and set it up (for $100), as well as service it for life should any issues arise.  Used by my father for less than a year; looks and operates like new. Matching, waterproof coverings included. Located in Huntington Harbour. Please call 949-500-8912.


Estate Sale – 1560 Homewood Rd., Mutual 5-114K. Thursday, Nov. 21 and Friday, Nov. 22 from 8:30-2 p.m. Expanded home with sofa, swivel rocker recliner, glass dining table,  glass front hutch, desk and bookcases. Dresser, cedar chest, dvd cabinet. Sewing supplies and fabric. Therapeutic exercisers, cold therapy system. Vintage costume jewelry, ladies clothing, and men’s jackets. Garden bench, plants and pots. Estate Sales by Docia Drake. 

714-514-8232. PO Box 427, Seal Beach bus. License: ESD0001 


Final Estate Sale 

Prices Reduced. Everything must go! Additional items for sale, some Free! Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019. 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 1460 Pelham Road. #106E (Mutual 5). 


Estate Sale

1582 Golden Rain Rd

Apt. 43K

Mutual 2

Nov. 21,22

9:00 am to 2 pm

Parking is available on Thunderbird

Disney framed posters, Japanese teak; lamp tables, coffee table, side cabinet, china hutch, round dining table w/chairs. green faux suede Queen sofa-bed near new, brass lamps. Vintage Dixie Danish modern; nightstands, dresser w/mirror, lamp tables. Rare dual-sided desk, Stearns & Foster queen bed, vintage Singer sewing machine, Smith Corona electric typewriter, bookshelf, books, flat screenTV, radios, China dishes, crystal beverage glasses, microwave, toaster oven, coffee makers, name brand ladies shoes size 5, handbags, clothing, linens, blankets, Christmas tins, household tools, new camping stove, cabinets for storage.Glinda Davis 714 943-1818  Seal Beach license GDD0001 13101 Nassau Dr, Seal Beach, CA 90740. See pictures at https://www.flickr.com/photos/120349245@N07/albums