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LW Gives Thanks

One aspect of the Thanksgiving season can actually lift the spirits, and it’s built right into the holiday — expressing gratitude. Gratitude is a thankful appreciation for the goodness in your life. In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity and build strong relationships. Read on for a litany of good things that your neighbors and friends are thankful for this holiday season. 

Renato “Ren” Villanueva, Mutual 5

Thanksgiving has a lot of meaning for me. Thank you God for the good health of family and friends, and for what I have and enjoy. Thanks for the people who make it possible for us to live in happiness and safety—servicemen and women who laid down their lives to keep us free; those who work 24/7, the policemen, firemen, doctors, nurses and caregivers, who try their best to keep everyone safe from harm. And lastly, to this country, the United States of America, for her gracious abundance of love and care to all  because “God has shed his grace on thee.” 

Ella Walton and Marvin Jahn, Mutual 2

We are thankful to the GRF Board for maintaining Leisure World in such an attractive manner. 

Kaye Huff, Mutual 7

I am so thankful to be in Leisure World, thankful for the pastors and dear friends at the First Christian Church who helped me through difficult times as well as my hula family.  Leisure World has been a blessing for me as it was for my mother, who spent many happy days  here years ago.  

Joan Shramek, Mutual 12

 I am thankful that God’s love outlasts differences in families, communities and the world. Having a supportive church family, and having lived many years to enjoy family and friends, for this I give thanks to my Lord. 

Taylor White, Mutual 1

My mother has been gone for over 25 years, and I am thankful that I can publicly give her the admiration she deserves but that she didn’t get from me. She came from a working class family but her “style” was ladylike with a sense of elegance. She had the knack to take nothing and make it something. Most of our furniture was second-hand, but I never knew. And I never realized that English muffin pizzas for dinner were a necessity and not just a “fun” dinner.  I am thankful that she taught me everything I know now, but didn’t know then.

Sunny Beech, Mutual 11

My Leisure World neighborhood has the kindest, most compassionate and selfless people. I’m grateful for them all and especially for my three besties. I believe we make each other’s loads lighter.

Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater, Mutual 4

I am grateful every day for my incredible husband, Bob Slater; for my blessed congregation, both here in Leisure World and online; for my parents who blessed me with the fantastic genes that keep me in (relatively) good health; for the entire community of Leisure World, the people, the beauty and the friends I have made.  

Pastor Kenneth  Koons, Mutual 15

Thanks to the Lord for a lifetime of adventures as a teacher, pastor and having a second chance at marriage with Katy. We celebrated our 39th anniversary on Nov. 22. While teaching a single’s group, I met her. God is good. He also directed her to this great place in LW for our retirement years. We found many church friends here, where I still teach. I’m giving thanks to God, Katy, Leisure World and for the fact I can still teach and still make sense at age 80.  

Ruthie Nelson, Mutual 7

Thanksgiving is a fabulous opportunity to give thanks. First, of course, to our wonderful Lord Jesus who has strengthened and kept me going even in old age. Leisure World is full of kind volunteers everywhere from our great library, mutual directors and food deliverers. Also, thanks to our Security team who help keep us safe day and night. I appreciate our great entertainment, sports, gym, bus system, weekly newspaper, our sales people at the estate sales. There is no end to the kindness given to us living here. I’m thankful that I can even worship in a church inside Leisure World. And I must give thanks for my fantastic neighbors. 

George and Peggy Tous, Mutual 1

We are thankful first of all for the very gift of life; thankful to God for faith in Him and the privilege to worship Him with our church family; thankful for health and strength to work out in the gym; thankful for the privilege to live in America, having come here as immigrants from the Netherlands; thankful for my wonderful partner in life, grateful to God for his grace all these 58 years; thankful for our children, grandchildren and extended family; thankful for Leisure World, for friends and neighbors who have made it a joy to live here.

Nancy Goldstein, Mutual 6

I’m thankful for memories from my childhood of family gatherings at my parents’ home throughout the year particularly at the holidays.  My mother was pretty much considered the best cook in the whole family, and my grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins loved to come to our house for festive meals of turkey, ham, scalloped potatoes, corn pudding and incredible pies. Sometimes my father would barbecue, his field of expertise, but my mother would prepare the rest of the meal. I loved to help her, particularly with dessert, and I was especially good at licking the remnants of cake batter or frosting off the egg beaters. That’s probably why I still love to cook and bake today. 

Phil Mandeville, Mutual 11

I’m thankful for my wife Rosie of 53 years and our dog Paula.  I’m so thankful for our two children, three grandchildren and one great granddaughter. I appreciate living in LW where you can do many activities—golf, swimming, dancing, singing, pickleball, bocce ball and join different clubs and meet new residents. I don’t know what I would do if I didn’t have my Thursday Happy Hour LW gang as well as my church family. They make all the difference. I’m proud and thankful of how LW residents care about safety and disaster preparation. They are joining clubs such as CERT, Radio Club, Rollin’ Thunder, Red Cross and other proactive organizations. 

David Harlow, Mutual 15

I’m thankful for Jesus Christ.

Barbara Anne Mahaffie, Mutual 5

I am thankful for my parents, who, by personal example and words of wisdom, provided a framework for navigation through the sunshine as well as the storms of life. This framework, shaped by love, understanding and age-appropriate experiences, encompassed religious beliefs, family customs and traditions, ethics, prudence, respect, responsibility, resourcefulness and so much more.

Maureen Habel, Mutual 3

I am most thankful for the innumerable God-given blessings I have received in my life: a wonderful husband and great family, good health, spectacular friends, and the opportunity to live in this country. These are the things I usually think about on Thanksgiving. However, this year, I’ve been thinking about all the things I take for granted as a Leisure World resident. Among these things are a library that always seems to have what I need, efficient and friendly service maintenance staff who can solve every problem, professional and capable security officers who keep us safe, fellow residents who contribute untold hours as GRF and Mutual directors to keep this village running smoothly, and neighbors who look out for each other. Last but not least on my list of taking things for granted, is the LW Weekly staff, who work so diligently to keep us informed and connected. In looking up the origins of the first Thanksgiving, I was reminded that this is a holiday that celebrates harmony, no matter who’s coming to dinner. No wonder it’s America’s favorite holiday.

Mara Williams, Mutual 11

I am grateful for my eyesight so I can read and learn. And for Google, so I don’t have to annoy people with my questions.

Barbara Houck, Mutual 10

We have so much to be thankful for. After we both had difficult relationships in the past, we merged a family of nine children. For that we are very thankful. The family has grown to be responsible adults, and have given us 25 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren with more on the way.  

Living in Leisure World after we retired, gave us the opportunity to lock up and travel.  We did some fun and exciting things like zip-lining over the jungles of Belize; touring China; cruising French Polynesia; chartering a sailboat with friends, from Florida to the Bahamas; traveling the U.S. in our RV, seeing our wonderful National Parks, and cruising our own boat to Catalina many times. 

We have wonderful friends who share our interests in sailing, RVing, genealogy, quilting, poker, making videos, wine tasting and just getting together to play Quiddler. But best of all I’m thankful for my Heavenly Father who has guided and protected us through  the ups and downs of our life. As our waning years continue, we continue to be thankful for every precious moment.

Brenda Hemry, Mutual 11

I am thankful every day for my family, friends, faith, health, that I had the good sense to marry Don Hemry 53 years ago, and that we moved to Leisure World. 

George Tous van Nijkerk, 

Mutual 1

Peggy and I have lived in Leisure World for almost six years. We have found it a blessing to live here and have had the opportunity to make new friends and also are able to be supportive to our neighbors. Peggy meets weekly with neighbors in our home to study the Bible. As a board member in Mutual 1 it has been a pleasure to be able to assist shareholders in a variety of ways, answering questions and concerns and serving the community via the New Member Orientations. We are very thankful! 

Dean Jacobus, Mutual 4

I am thankful for a healthy family and for the wonderful talented people in our community. I love the creativity and the camaraderie in the Lapidary Club!   

Niesjen Day, Mutual 4

 There are many things to be thankful for, including living in Leisure World and having lovely neighbors. I am thankful that my husband and I are here to celebrate Thanksgiving. I’m also thankful for our children; they keep in touch, and one daughter lives in Leisure World, which is pretty special. And I’m thankful for all the rain we had this morning (Nov. 20). 

Elaine Miller, Mutual 1

About 10 years ago my world stopped. All my plans came to a screeching halt. I laid on my couch, unable to move, so I prayed to my heavenly father and asked him to heal me so that I could honor  Jesus Christ. I still struggle with my injuries, but I’m alive because of my Lord. I spend my time helping neighbors who are sick or confused. I take time to listen to what’s troubling them. My promise is to make a difference at Community Church so that my resident friends and new friends feel welcome and loved by Jesus Christ.  

Margaret Humes, Mutual 15

There’s a multitude of things to be thankful for but there’s only One to Whom I am thankful to, worthy of all my praise. Life can be very challenging and depressing. There’s so much pain and despair all around us. I was at a point in my life when I was searching for answers, and I prayed, and the Lord heard my cry. He led me to a Bible-believing fellowship, and I’ve never looked back. That was 44 years ago. Jesus changed my life and continues to be a very present help each day. I love life but have no fear of the future, nor death. The best is yet to come! Thank You, Lord!

Ruth Bradley, Mutual 6

I am thankful for all the gifts that God gives me each and every day, especially new friends and the ability to meet lots of new people when I work at the Friends of the Library Bookstore and Boutique. 

It is also awesome that I am able to teach the Smart Driver Class and converse with those students. But I think most of all that I am thankful that I was able to move into Leisure World and have access to all the activities here. My thanks to all the people who help to make  activities available to Leisure World residents. 

Gail Morrison, Mutual 2

I have much to be thankful for today! I am thankful for my family and friends. My associates at Hearing Loss Association of America Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter have given me my life back by teaching me to accept my hearing loss and find solutions to hear better. I appreciate the people in Leisure World who support me as I advocate to help those with hearing loss so we can participate instead of staying home because we cannot hear. 

Gil Moore, Mutual 9

“O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth forever.” (Psalm 118:29 KJV). These words pop into my mind whenever I think of Thanksgiving and reflect on my life. How blessed I am with the parents I was given. And then thinking over the course of my life, 92 years – wow! The vocation I was blessed with which gave me opportunity to be of service to others; the places I have lived, including Leisure World. But topping the list would be people: parents, brothers, spouse, children, relatives, classmates, colleagues, parishioners, and the list goes on. How blessed I have been by the people who came into my life over these years, and continue to do so.

Glenna Hoff, Mutual 5

Thanksgiving is a special time for our family—to share our blessings, our strong faith, and memories we cherish of those who are no longer with us. It’s a time to be happy for all that we have and that we can help those less fortunate than us. It is a  time to give thanks for close friends and neighbors who we can always count on and to share our love with those who need a kind word, a special smile and a prayer! How lucky we are to live in a beautiful area and enjoy the beauty that God has provided for us all.

Richard Weaver, Mutual 3

Imagine Thanksgiving Day celebrated on the moon or on a space colony orbiting at the boundary of our solar system. Today or in 1,000 years, on distant planets, men and women might gather together in special remembrances of gratitude for their lives and the progress humankind had made. 

It’s not the distance, the centuries or the millennia but the immediacy of the eternal principles of gratitude, community and family that will endure. 

I honor those principles and remember those first gatherings of forefathers and native Americans who established a day of gratitude. 

That day became an ancient launchpad, where two different civilizations and peoples found harmony and created a primeval brotherhood that still carries us and our progeny to the same stars as witnessed at that profound table of bounty on a Massachusetts morn.

Christmas Donations will Stuff Minibus

Thanks to a generous outpouring from Leisure World residents, a Minibus should be stuffed with Toys for Tots in time to make Christmas bright for less fortunate Orange County youth.

If past years are any indicator, the thousands of toys collected here will ripple into holiday joy all over Orange County. 

On Dec. 13, the Golden Rain Foundation will host a Toys for Tots give-a-thon featuring Santa, the Elm Street Band and a visit from the U.S. Marines, who will be there to accept LW donations (for more on the event, see page 18). For admission, residents need to bring one unwrapped toy per person to the benefit. 

But for those who want to contribute early, Toys for Tots donation bins have been placed at all LW entrance gates, in clubhouses and at Administration. 

“To make donating even easier, you don’t have to get out of your car,” said GRF Security Services Director Victor Rocha, this year’s Toys for Tots ambassador. “Just give your new, unwrapped toy to the security officer on duty (at entrance gates), and we will do the rest.” 

The Marine Corps’ 71st Toys for Tots campaign continues until  late December. Leisure World typically ranks in the top two contributors of toys collected in Orange County (vying with Farmers and Merchants Bank for the No. 1 spot).  

Toys will be collected through Dec. 20 in Leisure World.

Toys for Tots will not distribute realistic toy weapons and food gifts. In addition to toys for young children, gifts are needed for preteens. 

Suggestions include sporting equipment, books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watches, wallets, bath gift sets, board games, remote control vehicles, hand-held electronics, curling irons, hair dryers and skateboards (no stuffed animals).

Acclaimed LW organist to give concert

Covenant Presbyterian Church Sanctuary in Long Beach will ring with the joyous sounds of music celebrating the holiday season at 3 p.m. on Dec. 1.

Peter Bates, Covenant’s longtime resident organist, will put the church’s famed Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ through its paces. The program will include familiar Christmas favorites as well as some not-so-familiar selections. The audience will be invited, from time to time, to join in singing some of the carols of the season. 

Covenant’s Sanctuary organ was a gift of the Lyman Lough family and built by the Aeolian-Skinner company of Boston. Installation of the organ began in the fall of 1966. It was played publicly for the first time on Christmas Eve of that year. The organ incorporates some of the pipes that were retained from the organ of the former church building. Those pipes are now 109 years old.  

Bates has been minister of music and resident organist at Covenant since June 1997. The church is located on the northeast corner of Atlantic Avenue at 607 Third Street in downtown Long Beach. Parking is behind the church; enter on the Atlantic Avenue side.  

In April, Bates moved to Mutual 7, where the sound of practice on his pipe organ and piano can frequently be heard by his friendly neighbors. 

Golf Course 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. 

Rain last week postponed laying the sod on the tees but work was finished at the end of last week, and equipment was scheduled to be moved off the course on Monday. 

Play on the new tees is contingent on warm weather and turf growth, which is estimated to take about four weeks.

St. Hedwig’s hosts Christmas dinner

St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church will host its 39th annual Christmas dinner for those without family or who may be alone on Christmas Day. This year’s event, titled Christmas Blessings, will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25, at St. Hedwig’s Quinn Hall. Limited transportation is provided from Leisure World, Seal Beach, and nearby locations.

“Our community comes together in the Spirit of Christmas to bring joy and happiness to those who might otherwise be alone,” said Deacon Henry Eagar.

Every year, members of the parish provide a free holiday meal to over 200 people. Guests are warmly greeted by volunteers, entertained with live holiday music and sing carols.

Delicious hand-carved turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, dessert and beverages are enjoyed by all.

There is no charge for dinner or transportation; however, reservations are required. Interested guests should contact Josephine Glaubensklee by phone or text at (562) 387-3057 to confirm. Due to popular demand, walk-in guests cannot be accommodated.

Saint Hedwig Church, located in Los Alamitos, serves over 2,000 families in the local area. Under the pastoral leadership of Rev. Christopher Heath, the church offers Holy Mass, Faith Formation, Sacrament Preparation and award-winning Catholic education grades TK-8th grade.

American Cancer Society Shops

American Cancer Society Discovery Shops help support the fight against cancer through the sale of high quality, gently used, donated merchandise. For over 50 years, the Society has owned and operated these specialty resale stores, featuring items such as clothing, accessories, jewelry, furniture, artwork, antiques, collectibles, and other household items. The closest one to Leisure World is the Belmont Shore Discovery Shop, 5235 East 2nd Street, Long Beach; (565) 621-6787.

Volunteers are always needed for a variety of meaningful opportunities. Your desire and a little time are all it takes to make a difference and help save lives. For more information, contact LW resident Nancy Lewis at 208-3353.

Bathroom Improvement Grant

Leisure World residents who have taken advantage of the Seal Beach Bathroom Improvement Grant are not only satisfied with jobs well done, they are safer. 

The free bathroom improvements make it easier for people to get in and out of tub/showers. Over 1,000 residents have already made similar improvements utilizing federal grant funds—no charge to the resident. 

Currently, there are funds to do 50 more and the city is requesting applications.

Monday Night Restaurant

The Monday Night Restaurant will be hosted by Naples Rib Co. Dec. 2. Reservations are required. People may call (562) 439-7427 or make them at Naples’ website at http://www.ribcompany.com/leisure-world-menu.asp. Reservations must be received before noon on the Mondays that they serve here. Those who book through the website will receive a special treat. 

Hometown Buffet will host a buffet-style Sunday lunch and omelet bar on Dec. 8 in Clubhouse 1 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cost is $11, all-inclusive. The buffet is all-you-can-eat on site (no takeout). Menu changes have been made, based on diner preference, which expand choices to a full lunch menu while still offering the omelet station.

Finbars Italian Kitchen will be in Clubhouse 1 on Dec. 16. Finbars serves on a first-come, first-served basis, and diners are welcome to come in any time between 4-6 p.m.; the dining room is open until 7 p.m.

Hometown Buffet will serve an all-you-can-eat buffet on Dec. 23 for $11 all inclusive, starting at 4:30. It accept checks, cash and credit cards.

Menus are printed in the LW Weekly.

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, contact events@lwsb.com.

Arts and Leisure, pg 12-17

Dixieland Jazz Club

It is with regret that President Walter “Dutch” Vankerckhoven announced that the last Leisure World Dixieland Jazz Band concert will be Wednesday, Dec. 4 as the club will be disbanded. The concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. People are welcome to dress up in holiday attire. There will be a sing-a-long of holiday music.

The concert commences with an hour of Dixieland Jazz music before a short intermission.  Decaf coffee and other refreshments will be available. People are invited to make a party of it by decorating their tables and bringing their own refreshments and beverages.  The concert is usually over by 8 p.m.

Donna O’Keefe will head the traditional Parasol Parade for the last time. She says that anyone who has ever had an urge to join the parade but has been hesitant to do so “this is your last chance.”  They can pick up one of her personally decorated parasols or bring their own and join in the fun.

The LW Dixieland Jazz Band was founded by Luis Schillaci and Don Hodges in 2003. 

This band has been entertaining Leisure World residents for over 16 years. All residents are invited to bring family and friends to give the band a roaring appreciation for the years it has been bringing  fun upbeat music to Leisure World; admission is free.

Friends of the 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 the bookstore and at a special holiday boutique from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

GRF Weekly Dance

Come dance to Vinyl Rock, sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers,  on Nov. 30 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. The concert is free to GRF members and their guests (over 18). The band normally performs on the second Saturday of the month at Clubhouse 1 at 7 p.m. but will be here on Nov. 30 for a special performance. Leisure suits, Fu Manchu ‘staches, mullets and big hair are welcome, but not required.

Vinyl Rock is an Orange County-based band consisting of nine members who passionately perform classic rock, Motown and pop tunes primarily from the ‘60’s, ‘70’s, and ‘80’s. The band keeps the audience engaged, inviting people to participate in sing-alongs and by mingling with them on the dance floor. They’ll have everyone smiling, singing, swinging and swaying to the songs they grew up listening to and easily recognize.  

The Recreation Department asks residents and their guests attending the GRF Saturday Dances in Clubhouse 1 to cooperate in adhering to a few, simple rules:

• Do not park on the east side of Clubhouse 1. Parking for the clubhouse is across Golden Rain Road at the golf course, or on Burning Tree Lane. 

• No saving tables-first come, first served;  Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

• Attendees must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m.  to permit adequate time for the custodian to tear down the setup and arrange the setup for the following day

• No announcements are permitted from the stage, except by the bands

• Doors open at 6 p.m. – no reserving tables except for the band.  Others will be removed.

• Clubhouse lighting and audio-visual equipment can only be adjusted by the custodian according to the instructions they have been given

• 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 Garden Club

The Leisure World Garden Club has tickets to its annual Christmas luncheon on sale now. The lunch will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 16, in Clubhouse 2. 

A festive meal provided by Howell’s Catering will include chicken, baked potato, vegetable and salad with pie and ice cream for dessert. 

There will be door prizes and opportunity drawings for a large and varied assortment of gift baskets. 

Club member Albert von Seggern will provide holiday music on his saxophone with full electronic accompaniment. Tickets, $20, are available from Gail Levitt at 596-1346 and can be hand-delivered to your door at no extra charge. 

LW Chorale

The Leisure World Chorale will have a Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon in Clubhouse 4. And yes, once again, there will be a free meal afterward for all in attendance.

Favorite Christmas songs will be presented along with a little comedy to make the spirits bright.

“Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and “It’s Beginning to Look like Christmas” will have characters telling the stories. Chuck Zeeman outdid himself with “Frosty the Snowman.” 

There will be an audience sing-along to a medley of songs. 

All are welcome for an afternoon of music and good food.

Community Sing

Leisure World residents are invited to come to the Community Sing on Monday, Dec. 2, in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby at 6:30 p.m. People who want to participate in Opening Acts are encouraged to come at 6 to sign in with Leila Claudio. Bring music for the pianist as needed.

Leila’s half-time guest will be pianist Amang Liamzon.

On Nov. 4, Betty Ballen was the emcee/pianist. The Opening Acts began with Richard Yokomi, who sang “For the Good Times” (accompanying himself on electric guitar). He was followed by Bob Barnum, who sang “Desperado” (a capella); Ethel Carter, “Happiness” (a capella); Mark Gilbert, “You Make Me Feel So Young” (a capella); Bruce DuPont, “The Nearness of You” (accompanied by Betty Ballen); and ending with Byong Choi singing “Moonlight on the Colorado” (a capella).   

After opening acts Betty played the piano for group singing until she introduced her half-time guest, Sam Calderon.

He accompanied himself on his banjo to “Sunday,” “Twilight Time,” “You’re Nobody ‘Til Somebody Loves You,” “Beyond the Reef” and “Me and My Gal.”  The audience cheered and applauded loudly.    

After Sam’s performance, Betty played for more group singing and everyone sang  “Kumbaya” to end the musical evening.

Community Karaoke

Karen Morris, the birthday girl at Community Karaoke night, shined on stage last week the catchy tune “Try a Little Kindness.” Everyone snacked on yummy pie and ice cream bars to celebrate her special day.  

“Satisfaction,” another lively number, was done by Bob Barnum and Vickie Van Ert. Ruby Johnson and Richard Yokomi sang a duet and Ed Vilensky sang “You Don’t Know Me,” a Mickey Gilley hit.  

Susan Kelleghan awed the audience with her vocal range and expression while she sang “When I Fall in Love.” Rich Riley chose to sing a show tune “Some Enchanted Evening.” Another show tune, “Impossible Dream,” was Martin Rosendaal’s choice.  Wayne Urban had an easy, smooth style with “Easy Loving.”

Thanks to Ruby Johnson and Susan Kelleghan for dishing out the apple and pumpkin pie with ice cream bars provided by Karen Morris.  

It was a rainy, cold November karaoke night but singing makes people happy and so they appear each Wednesday night at 5:30 in Clubhouse 1.  Singers love their audience who always show encouragement to karaoke singers. Everyone is welcome.

Trimming Clubhouse Trees 

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.

Friendship Computer 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, Dec. 2, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

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

Noon—How to Shop Online-Amazon (Fernandez)

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.

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.


Thanksgiving brings autumn leaves and so many emotions;

We find that if we’re not careful it can cause quite an explosion.

Family memories rise to the surface making our hearts smile,

While others may have memories to make them cry like a child.

There’s a reason to be thankful when we have things we call our own.

The simple things that come from God that feed the flesh and bone.

It makes our time on earth seem special and just a little better,

And gives us cause to then reflect and soon forgive the debtor.

It seems there is always a reason for unhappiness to show and bear;

But then all of us would need to feel the joy of when we share.

For no matter what we may have or where we may live,

The thanksgiving of happiness comes every time we give.

So as the leaves begin to fall and bring a glimpse of winter’s storm,

It offers the opportunity to help others feel safe and oh so warm.

We offer thanks for our blessings plus the friends we’ve made as well;

Being grateful we have so much, able to share and a place to dwell.

—Nancy Maggio

Dancers and Mixers

The Dancers & Mixers Club will dance in the holiday season on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Clubhouse 4 from 7-9 p.m. Linda Herman will provide the live music. Kellie Sala will provide refreshments. Bring favorite beverages and snacks. All are welcome.

Membership dues will be collected for 2020. An election for club officers and a vote on new club bylaws will be held.    

The club that enjoys monthly evening of dancing, and there is always a mixer dance to get everyone involved and some line dancing. For more information, call 431-1257.

Genealogy Club

The Genealogy Club offers themed workshops on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Library in Clubhouse 3, Room 10. Everyone is welcome to attend workshops or visit the library, which is open Monday-Thursday from 1-4 p.m. except holidays. The workshop schedule is:

•Dec. 5 – DNA

•Dec. 12 – Must Do Genealogy Projects for December

•Dec. 19 – Photographs and the Holidays/Family Photo Sleuthing

•Dec. 26 – No workshop, library is closed.  

The workshops are free. 


The Whirlers square dance party will be held Friday, Dec. 6, in Clubhouse 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The theme will be “Christmas.” There will be music, dancing and a finger-food potluck. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. Square and round dances will be alternated from 7-9 p.m. Potluck and socializing starts at 9 p.m. Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation so everyone can dance. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at (562) 799-9482.

The club will hold a New Year’s Eve Dance on Dec. 31 in Clubhouse 1 from 5-9:30 p.m.  

A Square Dance graduation party for this year’s class will be held Dec. 2. Students have been working hard since March to master the art of square dancing. They will now be able to dance at regular square dances all over the world. Square dances are called in English all around the world. 

Technology Club

The Technology Club will meet at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 10 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Meeting topics include home Voice command devices, the latest in cell phone technology and smart home technology. See a demonstration of new features on the Apple 11 and Samsung Galaxy S10s. The latest mid-range priced cell phones from Motorola will also be reviewed. The new Amazon Echo and Google home hub will be compared  with a look at the basic features of each, along with voice, video and display capability. There will be plenty of time for questions and answers.

GRF Dance

“November Christmas” will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 1, in Clubhouse 4. Imagine how special it made Vanessa, a sick little girl feel, when the holidays were magically moved forward, just for her. Her dad Tom was determined to bring joy to the family when he stopped by a nearby farm stand in the summer to inquire about pumpkins and Christmas trees. Jess, his perceptive neighbor caught on that he was trying to move the holidays forward and engaged others to help with this heartfelt cause, and in the process, mended his own bridges of friendship.

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.

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.

Theater Club

The Theater Club, under the video direction of Janice Laine Productions, will host an original film “No Snow!” as part of the GRF Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 4 in Veterans Plaza. The movie will be shown at 3:30 p.m. and right after the event in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

This Christmas adventure shares what happens when a calendar mishap causes “No Snow!” all over the world. Mr. Grinch, who’s heart grew and grew last year, will take his dog, Max, for a trip half way round the world to try and solve the problem.

Santa’s elves will also be on hand in their workshop working and singing themselves through the crisis.  This is a fun wholesome movie perfect for the whole family.

Pizza Thursday

Pizza Thursday starts at 4 p.m. in the parking lot of Clubhouse 6. Dominos Pizza is there until 8 p.m. Special orders can be called in to 493-2212 between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. for pickup at the truck in Leisure World.  

Video Producers iPad Class

Everyone is welcome to join iPad guru Fred Carpenter who will review tips and tricks to make the most of their iPads and its camera and video capabilities. There will be time to discuss specific issues people are having with their iPads.

The Video Producers Club is sponsoring the talk from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 3, in Clubhouse 3, Room 12-A. 

The club meets from 2-4 p.m. every Tuesday (except Dec. 24).    

For more information, contact Fred Carpenter, (310) 755-5925 or sail1942@gmail.com.


It’s the most wonderful time of year… for the unscrupulous

by Cathie Merz


Tomorrow, Black Friday, marks the beginning of the holiday shopping season … a busy time of year when many people are stressed and let their guard down, resulting in misfortune. Don’t become a victim of unscrupulous people and play it safe by following these shopping safety tips.

Holiday shopping habits have changed drastically in recent years with more and more people turning to online shopping rather than venturing out to “brick and mortar” stores.

Just as caution must be exercised while in a crowded store, remember to be as vigilant in the “World Wide Mall.” Keep cyber information secure while enjoying safe holiday shopping online and follow precautions. 

• Be cautious on public Wi-Fi networks. Public Wi-Fi can be hacked by someone with the right tools, exposing passwords, billing information and other sensitive data. A secure network connection – like in most homes or workplaces is best. When in stores or restaurants, avoid using banking or other apps that access sensitive personal information and limit browsing to window-shopping and price comparing, rather than buying.

• Before making a purchase online, be sure the site is secure. Look for a small lock icon in the website’s URL and that there is an extra “s” (https) as part of the address. The “s” indicates it is a secure site. 

• Make sure apps are downloaded from a trusted source, such as the Android Market, Apple App Store or the Amazon App Store. When downloading the app, it will ask for various “permissions.” Be sure to read through them and note whether they make sense… for example, does a shopping app need access to your contact list? Another way to check on the safety of apps is to read through the feedback in the comments section of the market and choose apps with a high ratings.

• Beware of clicking on links received from unfamiliar websites. It could be a “phishing” scheme, where shoppers who click through are led to a false site developed to steal their data. If the deal is too good to pass up, enter the website name by hand into your browser.

• Use a credit card for online shopping. Credit cards have more fraud protections than debit cards.

• The number one way to protect devices and data is to install mobile anti-virus software and make sure it is up to date. 

If gift giving includes donations to charities watch out for look-alike websites that mimic famous brands but may be scams, and be on the lookout for name similarities. 

Dubious charities and websites often pick names that sound like a familiar charities and companies. Before giving or purchasing, be sure it is the exact name of the charity or company.

Visit Better Business Bureau (BBB) accredited charities that have fully disclosed information to the BBB. Although participation is voluntary, be cautious of charities that don’t disclose requested information to BBB.

 If a scam is suspected, check out the BBB Scam Tips, bbb.org/scamtips. Report scams to the BBB Scam Tracker at bbb.org/scamtracker.

Beware of Email phishing. With all the promotional emails sent during the holidays, scammers will be out in full force. It’s best not to click on links from senders you don’t recognize. Don’t forget to hover the mouse over links without clicking to see if the address is really taking you to where it says it is. Also, check the reply email address. The address should be on a company domain.

Read product reviews, and read past customers’ comments on products and experiences with the business that are readily available online. Check to see how the business responds to complaints. 

Look at the sales flyers and ads, compare prices, and look for early promotions and “flash sales.”

When making a purchase online as with making purchases in a store, inquire about the return policy and warranty information before purchasing. Also, be sure to pass along any information about returns, exchanges, repairs and warranties to the person who will use the item.

Always ask for a gift receipt. This way the recipient can return or exchange a gift if necessary.


The holiday season is a time when busy people become careless and vulnerable to theft and other holiday crime.

Shoppers can never be too careful, too prepared or too aware says law enforcement personnel. 

Here are some helpful shopping safety tips to stay safe during the holiday season. 

• Avoid shopping alone if possible.

• Shop during daylight hours whenever possible. If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member.

• Park in well-lit areas.

• Have keys ready before getting to your vehicle.

• Dress casually and comfortably.

• Avoid wearing expensive jewelry.

• Do not carry a purse or wallet, if possible.

• Always carry a driver’s license or a state issued identification card along with minimal cash. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible.

• Keep cash in your front pocket.

• Notify the credit card issuer immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen or misused.

•Keep a record of all of your credit card numbers in a safe place at home.

• Be extra careful if you do carry a wallet or purse. They are the prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas, transportation terminals, bus stops, on buses and other rapid transit.

• Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.

• Ask store security to walk you to your car if you are uncomfortable.

• Do not leave new purchases or valuables in plain view in your vehicle.

• Relocate your vehicle after dropping off a load of purchases if you have more shopping to do.

• Even though you are rushed and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings. Beware of strangers approaching you for any reason. At this time of year, “con-artists” may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of taking your money or belongings.

Letter to the Editor


View from the ground: I attended October’s Restaurant Committee meeting. The committee clearly wants a restaurant regardless of how residents (who they supposedly represent) feel, so disappointing.

At the meeting, I counted only three of the 49 present favoring a restaurant. 

A board member contacted the owner of Gourmet Cafe/Pies and asked his perspective/interest in having a restaurant here. He came, took a tour of LW and spoke at the meeting. He owns two restaurants and has around 35 years experience. He said he wouldn’t be interested and gave thorough and objective reasons why:

• 9,000 residents would not provide a big enough base, especially when only 1,600 bothered to return the survey and over one-third said no.

• He needs to gross $5,700 daily to be profitable. It wouldn’t be economically feasible (most restaurants fail within five years).

• A liquor license costs $75K.

• A new kitchen, restrooms, walls to separate the restaurant from the clubhouse and other code requirements would be costly.

•Parking and direct restaurant access would be an issue.

• A new place would likely want exclusivity for two-10 years (this might eliminate Koffels, Dominos, Finbars, Naples, and Hometown Buffet).

Despite a strong presentation against, the board approved hiring a consultant for $2,300 to get a second opinion. 

I wish they had to pay out of their own pockets instead of wasting our money!

Beverley Bender

Mutual 17

Making History

Nov. 28, 1520 -After sailing through the dangerous straits below South America that now bear his name, Portuguese navigator Ferdinand Magellan entered the Pacific Ocean with three ships, becoming the first European explorer to reach the Pacific from the Atlantic.

Dec. 1, 1990 – Workers drilled an opening the size of a car through a wall of rock 132 feet below the English Channel that connected the two ends of an underwater tunnel, the “Chunnel” linking Great Britain with the European mainland for the first time in more than 8,000 years.

Dec. 4, 1991 – American journalist Terry Anderson was released by Islamic militants in Lebanon after 2,454 days in captivity. Anderson was the chief Middle East correspondent for the Associated Press, covering the long-running civil war in Lebanon 1975-1990. He was kidnapped on March 16, 1985, in Beirut while leaving a tennis court. His captors held him prisoner in an underground dungeon for six-and-a-half years.

Perspectives Policy

Submissions in each of the following categories may be published at the discretion of the Communications and Technical Director. 

Letters to the Editor: Maximum number of words: 250. Letters should be typed and delivered to LW Weekly by email preferred), regular mail, deposited in a white GRF drop box, or hand-delivered. Letters must be of general interest to the community and may contain opinions, suggestions, compliments and complaints without being scurrilous, libelous, defamatory, repetitive or otherwise inappropriate. The names of individual employees, titles and/or departments will not be permitted in letters that could adversely impact any Foundation employee directly or indirectly.

Member Column: At a maximum 500 words, columns may present an argument or opinion or information about pending issues of concern to the community. Priority to first-time or less frequent writers. Some names will be left out to protect privacy.

Contributor: Restaurant review, theater review or travel journal submissions welcome subject to terms and conditions in the policy unless otherwise noted.

Political: Submissions concerning political issues outside of Leisure World and the City of Seal Beach will not be published.


Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

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

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.

Thursday, Dec. 12 Mutual 12

  Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 13 Mutual 3

  Administration 9 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 16 Mutual 15

  Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 Mutual 10 rescheduled)

  Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 Mutual 14

  Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday Dec. 18 Mutual 5

  Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 Mutual 7

  Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 19 Mutual 2

  Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 19 Mutual 11

  Clubhouse 3, Room 9 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 20 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

  Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 23 Mutual 8

  Conference Room B 9 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:

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 GRF Board Executive Session

  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.

Thursday, Dec. 12 Communications/ITS Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13 Executive Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 16 Finance Committee

  Administration 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 GRF Board of Directors

  Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

  Administration canceled

Friday, Dec. 20 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

  Administration 1 p.m.

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.

Recap of Golden Rain Foundation Board Activity of November 26, 2019 

Approved Consent Agenda

MOVED and duly approved to adopt the Consent Agenda:  Committee/Board meeting minutes for the month of October, as presented; minutes of the October 22, 2019 Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors (BOD) as presented; the November GRF Board Report as presented; the financial statements October 2019, for audit; and the purchase of brokered CDs, from US Bancorp, totaling $250,000 of Capital Improvement funds, with a  term not to exceed eighteen (18) months at the broker’s discretion, at the prevailing rates at the time of purchase.

General – Pool Area Renovation Project

MOVED and duly approved an additional $15,000 of funding ($12,500 Reserves Funds and $2,500 Capital Funds) for the golf patio portion of the project, as approved at the August 27, 2019 meeting of the GRF Board, for the replacement of the area drainage pipes, underground electrical, associated area irrigation and the building awning and the installation of a retaining wall around the Magnolia tree and authorize the President to sign any associated agreements and/or authorize the Executive Director to initiate the purchases as required for the completion of these noted additional projects.

MOVED and duly approved to continue the demolition and discovery portions of the locker rooms and pool and spa section of the project and authorize staff to use available contingency funds within the approved project for such discovery and professional consolation.

MOVED and duly approved to place any replacements of the locker rooms, pool and spa section of the approved project on hold, pending final discovery, and direct staff to provide a full report at the January meeting of the Physical Properties Committee. The Physical Proprieties Committee is directed to review the scope of the approved project against all items discovered under the demolition phase of the project and provide a recommendation to the GRF Board at the January meeting.   

MOVED and duly approved to direct staff to hold a general town hall meeting on the project, as well as publish informational articles in LW Weekly, to keep the community informed on the delay of the project noting the unknown conditions discovered during the demolition phase of the approved project.

Communications/IT Committee – Amend 20-5050-1, Billboards and 20-5050-4, Request to Display on Billboards

MOVED and duly approved to amend 20-5050-1, Billboards, updating the document language and amend 20-5050-4, Request to Display on Billboards, updating the types of documents that may be displayed and restating the instructions to complete the request.

Communications/IT Committee – Adopt 20-2806-1, Community Publications

MOVED and duly approved to adopt 20-2806-1, Community Publications, consolidating multiple documents pertaining to the use of print (LW Weekly), digital (LW Live), and other communications media with the community.

Communications/IT Committee – Rescind Communications/IT Committee Documents

MOVED and duly approved to rescind 2811-36, News Coverage of Candidates, 2825-36, Special Columns, 2840.02-36, Deadlines, 2840.04-36, News Stories, 2840.06-36, Obituaries, 2840.07-36, News Photos, 2840.08-36, News Coverage, 2840.09-36, Collection Point, 2869-36, LW Live, as presented.

Executive Committee – FINAL VOTE: Amend 30-5093-1, Member Rules of Conduct 

MOVED and duly approved to adopt 30-5093-1, Member Rules of Conduct, as amended, which sets forth the members’ rules of conduct, fulfilling GRF’s duty and fiduciary responsibility to enforce its governing documents and protect GRF Trust Property and assets, GRF staff and GRF-contracted service providers, as presented.

Executive Committee – FINAL VOTE: Amend 30-5093-2, Member Rules of Conduct, Non-compliance with Rules of Conduct – Fines and Penalties

MOVED and duly approved to adopt 30-5093-2, Member Rules of Conduct, Non-compliance with Rules of Conduct – Fines and Penalties, as presented, which sets forth the fines, penalties and legal action that may result from non-compliance with the Member Rules of Conduct, as presented.

Executive Committee – Adopt 30-5093-3, Member Rules of Conduct, Procedure for Notification of Violation and Right to Hearing

MOVED and duly approved to adopt 30-5093-3, Member Rules of Conduct, Procedure for Notification of Violation and Right to Hearing, as presented.

Executive Committee – Amend 30-5101-1 Limitation of Terms

MOVED and duly approved to amend 30-5101-1, Limitation of Term – GRF Officers & Chairs, removing the restriction of Chairs of the GRF standing committees not being permitted to succeed themselves in office for more than two (2) terms, as presented.

Facilities and Amenities Review (FAR) Ad hoc Committee – TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend 70-1406-1, Limitations on Use.

MOVED and duly approved to amend 70-1406-1, Limitations on Use, as amended (establishing criteria for who may use specified Trust Property, the addition of the Multi-use Court and Bocce Ball Court, updates of various Clubhouse Rules, an update of criteria for use of Clubhouse Facilities by outside organizations,  a reference to 70-1406-2, Limitations on Use, Fees, for fee information, and authorization for the Golden Age Foundation to use the hospitality area in any Clubhouse, on any holiday, for the benefit of the Members),  pending a 28-day notification to the members, and a final decision by the GRF Board of Directors on January 28, 2020.

Facilities and Amenities Review (FAR) Ad hoc Committee – TENTATIVE VOTE: Adopt 70-1406-2, Limitations on Use, Fees

MOVED and duly approved to adopt 70-1406-2, Limitations on Use, Fee, establishing fees for organizations using Trust Property, as presented, pending a 28-day notification to the members, and a final decision by the GRF Board of Directors on January 28, 2020.

Finance Committee – Approve 2019/2020 Master Insurance Policy Renewal

MOVED and duly approved the master insurance policy proposal, dated November 2, 2018, as submitted, in the amount of $1,938,352, for the policy period of December 1, 2019 to November 30, 2020, and authorize the President to sign the required renewal documents pursuant to the related proposal as prepared and submitted by DLD Insurance Brokers, Inc.

Finance Committee – Exclusive Use of Trust Property, Onsite Resales Building

MOVED and duly approved the exclusive lease of Trust Property, commonly identified as the On-Site Resales Building, with the Januszka Group, Inc., per the stipulated terms and conditions of the lease agreement and upon the Januszka Group, Inc. providing all documentation as required by the agreement, and authorize the President to sign the agreement.

Finance Committee – Exclusive Use of Trust Property, Annual Lease Agreements

MOVED and duly approved exclusive use of Trust Property, per the terms and conditions of the attached agreements, and authorize the President to sign the agreements conditioned upon: Club/Organization Boards approval of the agreement, as provided, Annual lease payment, and Any documentation required under the terms and condition of the agreement.

1. Approximately 543 sq. ft., within CH3, for one dollar ($1.00) per year, paid in advance, under the terms and conditions per the attached agreement, for use by the Genealogy Club, from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

2. Send notice of non-renewal of the exclusive use of Trust Property, within CH3, by the Video Producers Club.

3. Exclusive use of approximately 320 sq. ft., within the upper amphitheater, for one dollar ($1.00) per year, paid in advance, under the terms and conditions per the attached agreement, for use by the Video Producers Club, from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

4. Exclusive use of approximately 239 sq. ft., within the upper amphitheater, for one dollar ($1.00) per year, paid in advance, under the terms and conditions per the attached agreement, for use by the Theater Club, from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

5. Exclusive use of approximately 434 sq. ft., within CH1, for one dollar ($1.00) per year, paid in advance, under the terms and conditions per the attached agreement, for use by the Historical Society, from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

6. Exclusive use of approximately 910 sq. ft., within the 1.8 acres, for one dollar ($1.00) per year, paid in advance, under the terms and conditions per the attached agreement, for use by Rolling Thunder, from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

7. Exclusive use of approximately 8,800 sq. ft., of exterior Trust Property located adjacent to the North/West perimeter wall off El Dorado, for one dollar ($1.00) per year, paid in advance, under the terms and conditions per the attached agreement, for use by Mutual Eight, from January 1, 2020, to December 31, 2020.

Physical Property Committee – Amend 60-5350-3, Construction Bids and Contracts

MOVED and duly approved to amend 60-5350-3, Construction Bids and Contracts, updating the document language, as presented.

Physical Property Committee – Approve SCE Street Light Head Replacements to LED

MOVED and duly approved the replacement of an estimated 281  SCE Street light heads with energy efficient LED 4000K lights, for the cost of $326.40, each, or $91,718 total.  The expense to replace the lights is to be collected within a 20-year period tariff, and authorize the President sign the agreement.

Physical Property Committee – Reserve Funding Request – Main Gate, LED Lights

MOVED and duly approved the Service Maintenance Department to replace the existing lighting at the Security Offices with LED light panels and replace the ceiling tiles, for a cost not to exceed $3,550, Reserve funding.

Physical Property Committee – Reserve Funding Request – Clubhouse Three, Lobby Door Replacement

MOVED and duly approved to award a contract to Axxess Door to replace the automatic doors at Clubhouse Three Lobby, for a cost not to exceed $9,978,  Reserve funding, and authorize the President sign the contract.

Recreation Committee – Adopt 70-2504-1, Library Rules and Adopt 70-2501-3, Library Procedures

MOVED and duly approved to adopt 70-2504-1, The Library, Rules and 70-2504-3, The Library, Procedures, which set forth the rules and procedures for the Leisure World Library, as presented.

Recreation Committee –Rescind 70-2501-1, Library, General Information

MOVED and duly approved to rescind 70-2501-1, Library, General Information, as presented.

Recreation Committee – TENTATIVE VOTE:  Adopt 70-2504-2, Library Fees 

MOVED and duly approved to adopt 70-2504-2, The Library, Fees, which sets forth the fees associated with late charges, lost or damaged materials, and library services, pending a 28-day notification to the members, and a final decision by the GRF Board of Directors on January 28, 2020.

Recreation Committee – TENTATIVE VOTE: Adopt 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini-Farm 

MOVED and duly approved to adopt 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities – Mini Farm – Rules, setting forth the rules for fair and equitable use of the Mini Farm area, as presented.

Recreation Committee – Amend 70-1400-1, Co-Occupants and Qualified Permanent Residents (QPR) Use of Clubhouses 

MOVED and duly approved to amend 70-1400-1, Use of GRF (Trust) Facilities, changing the name of the document, updating the document language, and eliminating the monthly report of health care providers residing in the Mutual to each Mutual, as presented.

Recreation Committee – Capital Funding Request – Approve Feasibility Study, Savory Hospitality

MOVED and duly approved the professional consolations services by Savory Hospitality, per the attached proposal dated September 11, 2019, in the amount of $2,300, Capital Funding, and approve the President to sign the agreement.   

Recreation Committee – Capital Funding Request – Fitness Center Improvements

MOVED and duly approved consulting services from K Allan Consulting for the Fitness Center improvements, in an amount not to exceed $3,000, Capital funds, and to approve the President to sign the contract.

Recreation Committee – Capital Funding Request – RV Lot Aisle and End Marker Replacement

MOVED and duly approved the replacement of all aisle and end cap markers throughout the RV lot, Capital funding, in an amount not to exceed $3,330, and to the authorize Recreation Department to complete this task.

Recreation Committee – Rescind Previous GRF BOD Motion re: Locker Agreement Invoice Cycle

MOVED and duly approved to rescind the GRF Board of Directors’ action of August 27,2019, pertaining to Locker Agreement/Invoicing Cycle, and recommend the Recreation Department collect payment, at the time of renewal.

Final Approval of Amendment of 70-2504-2, Library Fees

Per the action of the GRF Board on October 22, 2019, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of Final Approval of Amendment of 70-2504-2, Library Fees.

70-2504-2, Library Fees.


At the time a library patron borrows materials from the library collection, the patron assumes the responsibility for the care and timely return of the materials.

1.1.1. Late books and audio $.25 per day with a maximum fine of $10.00.

1.1.2. Late media $.50 per day with a maximum fine of $10.00.

1.1.3. Late Launchpad $1.00 per day with a maximum fine of $15.00.

1.1.4. Late paperback $.25 per day with a maximum fine of $5.00.

1.1.5. Late magazines and DMV handbooks $.25 per day with a maximum fine of $3.00.


1.2.1. If materials are so damaged as to be judged by the library as being unsuitable for the collection, the patron must pay the current replacement cost. Patron will be allowed to have those materials once payment has been received.

1.2.2. If material is lost, the patron must pay the current replacement cost. 

1.2.3. All fines and fees shall be collected at the library.


1.3.1. A photocopy machine is available to patrons who wish to copy materials at the rate of $.10 per page. 

1.3.2. Faxes sent within the USA at a rate of $1.00 per page. Faxes sent outside the USA at a rate of $3.00 per page. Faxes received at a rate of $.50 per page.

1.3.3. A printer is available to patrons who wish to print material at the rate of $.10 per page

All Shareholders wishing to comment on the proposed changes may submit your comments by either:

• Emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at deannab@lwsb.com; please include in the subject line “70-2504-2”, or

• Mailing comments to:

Golden Rain Foundation

P. O. Box 2069

Seal Beach, CA 90740

Attn: Proposed Policy Revisions, or

• Dropping off written comments to the receptionist located on the second floor of the Administration Building. 

Please reference 70-2504-2 Library Fees, on any correspondence you submit. 

All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration. The Board will take final action relative to 70-2504-2 at its January 28, 2020 meeting.

Notice of Tentative Approval of Adoption of 70-1406-1, Limitations on Use

Per the action of the GRF Board on September 24, 2019, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Tentative Approval of Adoption of 70-1406-1, Limitations on Use, Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of proposed amendment.

70-1406-1, Limitations on Use of Trust Property – Rule 

Limitations have been placed on certain Golden Rain Foundation GRF) Trust facilities. The Recreation Department RD) is authorized to verify the status of any user and may enlist the Security Department SD) and/or other agencies to enforce this policy.


1.1. Car wash;

1.2. Exercise room Policy 70-1466-1);

1.3. Golf course Policy 70-1429.01-1 & 70-1429.2-1);

1.4. Lapidary room;

1.5. Swimming pool Policy 70-1468-1); 

1.6. Woodshops;

1.7. Multi-use Court;

1.8. Bocce Ball Court.

All other Trust facilities are provided for the use of GRF Members in good standing and their guests who are at least eighteen 18) years old except for private functions. Members must be present at all times when guests are using these facilities.

Caregivers may assist Members who use the facilities and remain with them, but they may not use the above facilities themselves.

Special events take precedence when approved by the RD.


2.1. Power equipment, such as the equipment used in the lapidary room, woodshop or exercise room, shall not be used except under the supervision of a RD approved attendant or supervisor;

2.2. Football, baseball, soccer, hockey, basketball and other contact sports may not be played on GRF Trust property due to the possibility of injury to Members and/or guests;

2.3. Risers may not be stacked upon one another for any activity in a clubhouse; and

2.4. Use of skateboards, razor-type scooters, roller skates, hoverboards, a Segway or roller blades is prohibited on all Trust property.


3.1. Amphitheater;

3.2. Art room;

3.3. Billiards rooms;

3.4. Card room;

3.5. Ceramics room;

3.6. Sewing room;

3.7. Shuffleboard court; and

3.8. Table Tennis area Policy 1463-50).


3.1. Will not be allowed for a four-week period prior to the GRF Arts and Crafts Festival;

3.2. The maximum number of tables allowed shall be approved by the RD;

3.3. All items for sale must be sold by GRF Members; and

3.4. Operations will be monitored by the RD to ensure that all policies are followed.


The following rules are to be posted in all clubhouses for the information and guidance of all concerned:

4.1. Clubhouse lobbies will be available for reservations with RD heads’ approval. Lobby furniture may only be moved by custodial staff;

4.2. Dining and kitchen facilities shall be cleaned by the reserving member after being used. Policy 70-1411-1);

4.3. Clubhouse One 1) and Clubhouse Two 2) Picnic Area shall be cleaned by the reserving member after being used, except for the BBQ, which shall be cleaned by the custodian after it has cooled down;

4.4. Clubhouse Three 3) BBQ’s will be cleaned by the custodians after it has cooled down;

4.5. The regulation of the thermostats shall only be controlled by the custodian on duty; 

4.6. Malfunctioning and/or damaged equipment shall be reported to the custodian or the RD;

4.7. Items shall not be hung on window coverings or partitions at any time;

4.8. Only masking blue low tack painters tape shall be used to attach items to the walls – no other type of adhesive is authorized. Push pins or tacks may be used to attach items to the soundproofing panels. No push pins or tacks can be used on walls. Any cost to repair will be charged to reserving party;

4.9. No push pins or tacks can be used on walls. Any cost to repair will be charged to reserving party;

4.9 Items shall not be stored in any area of any Clubhouse behind the stage drapes in Clubhouse Four 4), or in any other area of any clubhouse without RD approval; 

4.10. Decibel sound levels inside clubhouses and outdoor entertainment areas should not exceed eighty 80) decibels and will be monitored by staff on duty;

4.11. Children under the age of eighteen 18) years shall remain under the constant visual supervision of an adult;

4.12. No Smoking Policy 70-1412.02-1);

4.13. Only licensed Service or Emotional Support Animals’, duly registered with Stock Transfer, are permitted in or on Trust property. Policy 50-1023-1);

4.14. Power-driven mobility devices operated inside the clubhouses shall display an authorized handicap decal issued by the SD. The vehicle shall be operated at the lowest possible speed at all times within a clubhouse. Electric wheelchairs are exempted;

4.15. Any person, persons or activities which disturb an event shall be brought to the attention of the custodian or the SD;

4.16. All damages, repairs or unusual cleaning costs shall be the responsibility of the reserving Member;

4.17. Members shall notify the RD when a caterer will be used. Policy 70-1431-1);

4.18. Candles shall only be used in Trust facilities without carpeting; and 

4.19. GRF reserves the right to disallow the use of Trust property to any Member at any time;

4.20. GRF and custodial staff meal and break periods must be adhered to without interruption California Labor Laws).


Any club or organization using Trust property cannot make rules or regulations that conflict with the established rules and regulations of the GRF.

Neither the GRF, nor staff employed by the GRF, may become involved with enforcement of club or organization rules or regulations.


GRF Trust facilities shall be maintained and preserved for the social, cultural and recreational benefit of all GRF Members. Policies of control Rules shall be reasonable, and yet not allow for exploitation of Members by individuals, groups, clubs or organizations. Standard practices to be followed by clubs or organizations using GRF Trust facilities shall include the following:

6.1. The club or organization shall have a defined purpose. A current annual application, with bylaws attached, must be filed with the RD.

6.2. There shall be an annual business meeting, including election of at least three 3) officers, and financial accounting to Members of the club or organization of all funds.

6.3. The club or organization shall specify a regularly scheduled meeting time and place.

6.4. The RD shall be kept informed of any change of officers, By-laws or purpose of the club.

6.5. Although Members are allowed to invite guests, no club may advertise or publicize its activities so as to infer its membership or events are open to non-GRF Members.

6.6. Caregivers cannot belong to any club.

6.7. Should a complaint be lodged by a member of a club for any reason, the RD can require all pertinent detailed documentation needed to resolve the complaint: 

6.7.1. If a club refuses to comply with the request, they can have their use of Trust property suspended until they do;

6.7.2. If the complaint is found to be valid, the club will be given 30 days to remedy;

6.7.3. If the club fails to comply, the club’s status as a recognized club in LW may be terminated, and all further use of Trust property will cease;

6.7.4. The Club has the right to appeal the RDs’ decision to the Recreation Committee. Appeal must be in writing to the Recreation Committee Chair; and 

6.7.5. A final appeal to the GRF Board, must be requested in writing to either the Executive Director or GRF President.

6.8. GRF reserves the right to disallow the use of any Trust property to any club or organization at any time.


GRF Members in good standing that belong to an organization outside of the community may be permitted to reserve a clubhouse facility once each calendar year for an event by that organization if space is available. Members are responsible for the organizations’ activities and shall ensure that the organization follows all established rules relating to Trust property use. In the event that more than one Member belongs to the same outside organization, that organization is still limited to one invitation per calendar year.

A two hundred dollar $200) refundable fee is required at time of reservation from reserving Member.

There will also be a non-refundable usage fee depending on the number of attendees. See policy 70-1406-2.

A charge will be made for the organization to use Trust property. All money must be paid at least ten 1) business days before the event.

7.1. Up to two hundred 200) people: $200.00 non -refundable fee

7.2. Up to three hundred 300) people: $300.00 non -refundable fee

7.3. Up to four hundred 400) people: $400.00 non -refundable fee

7.4. Up to five hundred 500) people: $500.00 non -refundable fee

7.5. Over five hundred and one 501) people: $1,000.00 non -refundable fee

Members are responsible for the organization’s activities and shall ensure that the organization follows all established policies relating to Trust property use.

In the event that more than one Member belongs to the same outside organization, that organization is still limited to one invitation per calendar year.


Members are able to invite guests as long as the number of guests does not comprise a majority of the attendees.


9.1. The clubhouses will be open for the use of Members and guests accompanying them from 7:30 am to 10:00 pm.

9.2. Hours of operation for the Exercise Room. Golf Course, and Swimming Pool will be determined administratively;

9.3. The Exercise Room. Golf Course, and Swimming Pool will be limited to Members. Caregivers or guests are not permitted to use these areas;

9.4. The Exercise Room. Golf Course, and Swimming Pool will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day;

9.5. Any Trust facility may be closed at any time for maintenance; 

9.6. No personal trainers are allowed in the Exercise Room;

9.7. The Amphitheater will be available for use by recognized clubs and organizations by reservation only. Policy 70-1412.02-1);

9.8 The Golden Age Foundation can use the hospitality area in Clubhouse Six 6) any Clubhouse on any holiday, for the benefit of the Members;

9.9. Clubhouses One 1), Two 2), Four 4), Six 6), and building Five 5) will be closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Exceptions are at the discretion of the RD;

9.10. Clubhouses One 1), Two 2), Six 6), and building Five 5) will be closed Thanksgiving Day. Exceptions are at the discretion of the RD;

9.10. Any permanent operational time changes) must be approved by the Recreation Committee.


Whenever it may become necessary to close down or limit the use of any Trust facility for a non-emergency reason, advance notice of up to one month is to be given to the RD, who, will give proper notification to all concerned.


11.1. Charges will be assessed for clubs and/or private parties using Trust facilities when the scheduled or actual use extends beyond the official hours, or when additional help or special accommodations are is required. The rate to be used is the lowest established billing rate currently in effect as determined and published by the Accounting Office. In the event of overtime, a minimum of one hour will be charged;

11.2. Parties requesting the use of meeting rooms will be required to pay all charges for damages, repairs or unusual cleaning costs.

11.3. See 70-1406-2, Limitation on Use, Fees.

All Shareholders wishing to comment on the proposed changes may submit your comments by either:

• Emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at deannab@lwsb.com; please include in the subject line “70-1406-1, Limitations on Use” or

• Mailing comments to:

Golden Rain Foundation

P. O. Box 2069

Seal Beal, CA 90740

Attn: Proposed Document Revisions, or

• Dropping off written comments to the receptionist located on the second floor of the Administration Building. 

Please reference 70-1406-1, Limitations on Use on any correspondence you submit. 

All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration. The Board will take final action relative to 70-1406-1, Limitations on Use at its January 28, 2020 meeting.

Final Approval of Adoption of 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini-Farm – Rules

Per the action of the GRF Board on November 26, 2019, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of Final Approval of Adoption of 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini-Farm – Rules.

70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini-Farm – Rules


The Recreation Department is responsible for the fair and equitable use of the Mini Farm area also known as the 1.8 acres. The Recreation Department will also be responsible to ensure that all of the conditions of this policy are followed in its entirety.

1.1. The Mini Farm plots are for Leisure World Residents/Members only. Only one plot shall be assigned per household.

1.2. Spaces shall be leased for a period of five years and upon the completion of a five year lease the Shareholder/Member can go back on the waiting list after a period of one year. 

1.3. Plots shall not be traded or given up to another Shareholder/Member by the Lessee. If you choose to relinquish your space, you must notify the Recreation Department and your space will be reassigned to the next Shareholder/Member on the waiting list. 

1.4. Plots must be worked by the Shareholder/Member only. Exception: In case of an injury or temporary illness, other arrangements may be made with the approval of the Recreation Department. 

1.5. If a Shareholder/Member will be absent from the community for an extended period of time, the Recreation Department must be notified and if that time will extend for longer than four weeks the plot will be forfeited. 

1.6. Shareholders/Members and their Guest may not enter or harvest fruits or vegetables in plots assigned to other Shareholders/members without permission from that plots lessee. 

1.7. The pathway along the wall bordering Nassau Drive and all walkways must always be kept clear of gardening tools and plant materials from the plots. 

1.8. Storage containers must be the type approved by the Recreation Committee and the storage container and tools must be kept within the boundaries of the designated plot.

1.9. Neither trellises nor fences may exceed 6 feet in height to avoid shading a neighbor’s plot. Structures or decorations shall not be unsightly.

1.10. One faucet and hose are set up for up to four plots for watering. The plots that are assigned to that area have exclusive use of the water fixture when the plot is being worked.

1.11. Automatic sprinklers are forbidden. Shareholders/Member must disconnect from the water faucet and/or water outlet before leaving the plot. 

1.12. Crushed rock or gravel is not permitted inside the plots. Any existing crushed rock or gravel must be removed from the plot upon vacating.

1.13. No wood treated with wood preservative shall be used in any plot. 

1.14. No trees, miniature trees or shrubs or bush type fruit trees, shall be allowed. Existing trees or shrubs cannot extend over walkways or exceed 6 feet in height during any month of the year. Any existing tree shall be cut down when a lot is vacated before being assigned to a new Shareholder/Member.  

1.15. The Recreation Department may order the forfeiture of a plot when any Mini Farmer does not maintain His/her plot as described in the Policy. Failure to plant at least 60% of a plot for three 3) of the four seasons, spring, summer, fall and winter, shall be sufficient cause to forfeit the plot.

1.16. Shareholders/Members shall park in designated parking spaces only.

1.17. Dumpsters are available for the disposal of green waste and regular trash. The removal of discarded items will not be permitted at any time.  

1.18. Plots must be cleared of all vegetation and weeds before vacating plot. Failure to clean plot will result in loss of future privileges. 


7:00 a.m. to dusk seven 7) days a week.


3.1. To prevent the breeding of flies, harboring of rats, or air contamination, all decaying compost or newly delivered fertilizer shall be properly cared for by effectively sealing in plastic bags, tightly covered pits, or by turning it under in the plot within 48 hours.

3.2. Remove all garden trash from the plot daily in the provided green waste bins.

3.3. Keep all plots, including the area to the center of the adjacent pathways, free from all grass and weeds through the year, whether or not the garden is planted or fallow.

3.4. Use care and caution while watering in order to keep from flooding neighboring plots and pathways.

3.5. Use care when spraying or dusting for bugs, snails, and other garden pests. Members must make every effort to ensure there is no drifting of pesticides from their adjoining plots.

3.6. Store only the garden material necessary of supporting, staking or containing the plantings, neatly within the perimeter of one’s assigned garden plot. No plants or vines shall be allowed to grow past a fence or property line, over walkways or sidewalks. No exterior fence will be used as a trellis on which to grow plants or vines.


4.1. The Recreation Committee may order the forfeiture of any plot when the Shareholder/Member fails to comply with this policy. 

All Shareholders wishing to comment on the proposed changes may submit your comments by either:

• Emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at deannab@lwsb.com; please include in the subject line “70-1447-1 or

• Mailing comments to:

Golden Rain Foundation

P. O. Box 2069

Seal Beach, CA 90740

Attn: Proposed Policy Revisions, or

• Dropping off written comments to the receptionist located on the second floor of the Administration Building. 

Please reference 70-1447-1, Use of Community Facilities, Mini-Farm – Rules, on any correspondence you submit. 

All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration. The Board will take final action relative to 70-1447-1 at its January 28, 2020 meeting.

Notice of Tentative Approval of Adoption of 70-1406-2, Limitations on Use, Fees

Per the action of the GRF Board on November 26, 2019, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Tentative Approval of Adoption of 70-1406-2, Limitations on Use, Fees, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of proposed amendment.

70-1406-2, Limitations on Use, Fees


A charge will be made for the outside organizations to use Trust property. All money must be paid at least ten 10) business days before the date of the event.

1.1. Under one hundred 100) people: $200.00 non-refundable fee. 

1.2. Up to two hundred 200) people: $400.00 non-refundable fee.

1.3. Up to three hundred 300) people: $500.00 non-refundable fee.

1.4. Up to four hundred 400) people: $600.00 non-refundable fee.

1.5. Up to 500 hundred 500) people: $800.00 non-refundable fee.

1.6. Over 501 hundred 501) people: $1,000.00 non-refundable fee.

All Shareholders wishing to comment on the proposed changes may submit your comments by either:

• Emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at deannab@lwsb.com; please include in the subject line “70-1406-2, Limitations on Use, Fees,” or

• Mailing comments to:

Golden Rain Foundation

P. O. Box 2069

Seal Beal, CA 90740

Attn: Proposed Document Revisions, or

• Dropping off written comments to the receptionist located on the second floor of the Administration Building. 

Please reference 70-1406-2, Limitations on Use, Fees, on any correspondence you submit. 

All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration. The Board will take final action relative to 70-1406-2, Limitations on Use, Fees, at its January 28, 2020 meeting.



Tomorrow’s meeting canceled for Thanksgiving holiday

The Sunshine Club will not meet Friday, Nov. 29, the day after Thanksgiving.

The next meeting will be on Friday, Dec. 6, when Sandy Park will be the guest speaker. The club will meet from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

Sandy is founder and owner of Tidy with SPARK, a home organization and decluttering service using the KonMari Method to create order and joy in the personal homes and lives of clients.

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

On Dec. 13, CHP officer Duane Graham from Westminster Office will talk about safe drivers and driving longer. 

The Sunshine Club is designed to help people get along in the community, for neighbors to have better communications and to get the best out of living in Leisure World by learning how to use available information. 

The classes uses LW Weekly as a textbook to go over LW news, general columns, etc. 

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

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

Parking is tight on Friday mornings around Clubhouse 3, so the club advises walking, riding bicycles, carpooling or riding the minibus to avoid being unable to find parking. 

The Sunshine Club meets on Fridays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, except the first Friday in Room 9, from 10 a.m.-noon. All shareholders are welcome to attend, no membership required. Refreshment are served. 

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


Rollin’ Thunder gives donation to Fisher House

Thanks in part to two Leisure World organizations, the American Legion Post 327 and the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club, families of military veterans receiving extended care at the Long Beach VA Hospital can find convenient temporary housing at a communal living facility. 

A comfortable and relaxed “home away from home,” Fisher House allows loved ones who live more than 50 miles away to remain close to hospitalized vets at no cost to the family.

Helping to support this Southern California program are several fraternal and charitable organizations. Leisure World’s American Legion, Post 327, is one of the organizations with a long history of personal visits and financial contributions.

Recently, the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club joined with Post 327 in bolstering Fisher House resources. 

“Two of our golf cart club’s founding members were veterans receiving VA treatment,” explained Club President Tom Davis. “We felt a need to help veterans such as these by combining a small but significant portion of our financial resources with those of Post 327 whose members regularly raise funds for this worthy charity.”

Post 327’s Cmdr. Rich Carson, echoed Davis’ thoughts, adding, “The government provides for veterans’ needs. But, by joining with the Rollin’ Thunder Club, we can fill in where the federal aid stops. We are helping to keep families together, at a truly crucial time.”

— Mike Levitt

Deadline to submit names, numbers for 2020 Community Guide is Dec. 2

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 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.


Help stuff bus, enjoy holiday cheer

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 featuring the Elm Street Band 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 will be on hand to collect the loot for the kids.

U.S. Marines will be on hand to help stuff a bus with toys and games for the kids. Admission is free, but this year everyone will need to bring an unwrapped toy to get in (no stuffed animals).

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

 The Elm Street Band has been performing for audiences all over Southern California since 1985.


Orientation sessions set Dec. 5

The Golden Rain Transportation Department will conduct informational meetings on using the Minibus service from 10-11:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. 

The sessions are for shareholders who want to learn about Minibus system routes and timetables and other transportation options available in Leisure World. 

“Learn the Route,” previewing the “A” route, will follow the 10 a.m. session. The ride-along is limited to the first 17 participants and takes one hour. 

Bus service orientations are held on the first Thursday of every month. 

For more information, call Fleet Manager Grant Winford at 431-6586, ext. 372.

Minibus operates holiday schedule

In observance of Thanksgiving Day, the LW Minibus will operate on the Holiday D schedule today, Thursday, Nov. 28. The Minibus will return to its regular weekday schedule tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 29. 

The Access Bus will operate from 7:30 a.m.-2 p.m. on Thursday. 

There will be no Seal Beach Senior Shopping Shuttle (Ralph’s, Target) service or Seal Beach Dial-A-Ride on Thanksgiving Day or Friday.


Meeting featured State Party Endorsing Convention panel

LW Democrats braved inclement weather on Nov. 20 to join in a festive pre-Thanksgiving potluck lunch, followed by a panel presentation on the recently completed State Party Endorsing Convention. 

Participants in the panel were Bethany Webb, a founding member of the Huntington Beach Huddle; Laura Oatman, district director for Congressman Harley Rouda; 72nd Assembly District activist Libby Frolichman; and LW Democratic Club president Mary Tromp. All of the participants were voting members at the Convention.

Panel moderator Diana Carey opened the program by reviewing the highlights from the convention as she understood them from her longtime position as both an elected official and an Orange County Party leader. She indicated that the questions to be asked of the panelists would be divided into five sections: introductions and opening remarks, reflections on the presidential candidate forum, the endorsement of candidates, reports from the caucus meetings, and issues raised in relationship to the Party platform. 

After indicating that the three primary issues discussed by the presidential candidates during their forum were immigration, health care, and gun safety, with immigration being the issue that revealed the strongest differences among the eight who took part, Carey asked the panelists to talk about what new information they had gained from the presentations. Oatman and Frolichman spoke about Marianne Williamson’s emphasis on the need to address peace issues. Webb, whose sister had been killed, talked about the issue of gun safety. Tromp was surprised by the degree of emotion expressed by Tom Steyer.

On the issue of candidate endorsement, moderator Carey pointed out that the only contested contest in Orange County was in the California Senate District 37, where there are two Democrats running. Because neither Dave Min nor Katrina Foley received 60 percent of the votes, there was “no consensus” as to who the Party should endorse. Carey indicated that, as a result, local clubs are free to endorse either candidate. She also emphasized that Harley Rouda, the incumbent who represents Leisure World in Congress, was automatically endorsed by the Convention, as were all other incumbents running for re-election.

Diana Carey then turned to describing the State Party’s 13 caucuses, all of which met during the Convention. All of the panelists had taken part in at least one other caucus meeting, in addition to the Women’s Caucus. More information about the caucuses will be included in future articles.

The Convention’s adoption of an updated Party Platform was the last section covered in the panelists’ presentations. Moderator Carey emphasized that the platform is a statement of values seeking a consensus for the future, not legislation or resolutions. She said that the Platform Committee held three meetings throughout the state before the convention in order to get input from the grass roots of the Party. Discussion of the proposed platform on the convention floor was limited to two issues: health care and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. A copy of the full platform will be available in the near future on the State Democratic Party’s website.


On other issues coming before the Nov. 20 club meeting, members received recommendations for the 2020-2021 Board of Directors from the Nominating Committee. There were no further nominations from the floor, and the formal election will take place during the Dec. 18 meeting. Vice President Kathy Moran asked for volunteers to participate in “Envelope Addressing Work Parties” on Dec. 2 and 3. Members who want to help should email claramwise@msn.com for more information. Club members were also reminded that there would be no meeting of the Voter Awareness Session or the “Lunch Bunch” in December. 


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

Y Service makes donation to YMCA program for culturally diverse students

The Y Service Club of Leisure World recently made a contribution of $2,000 to support the YMCA of Greater Long Beach Youth Institute. Although many associate the YMCA with learning to swim and summer camping, the YMCA offers many programs that help at-risk youth. 

Les Peterson, executive director of the youth institute and curriculum development of the YMCA of Greater Long Beach, discussed this free unique year-round program. The program’s goal is to promote positive youth development and to develop pathways for post-secondary education and career readiness for low-income culturally diverse urban middle and high school youth. The results over the past 18 years are impressive. The program has a proven track record of providing educational and social support while teaching academic and workforce skills. 

 The Y Service Club offers services to Leisure World shareholders who need assistance with non-professional household tasks. To access services, look in the LW Weekly in the classifieds under “Leisure World Helping Leisure World.” 

Contributions from these services, together with proceeds from pancake breakfasts and Triviamania, allow the Y Service Club to support worthy causes such as the Greater Long Beach Youth Institute, and Leisure World projects.

Menorah lighting is on Dec. 19

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.

Purchase tickets to Mutual 2’s annual dinner

Mutual 2 will host its annual holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Clubhouse 2 from 5-8 p.m. The party is for Mutual 2 shareholders and caregivers only because of the limited seating. The tickets, $5 per person, may be purchased from committee members. No tickets will be sold at the door. 

The Leisure World Minibus will make special runs around Mutual 2 starting at 4:30 p.m. Be out on the main streets for pickup. The bus will begin the return trips at 8 p.m.

 During dinner a live band will play. 

Dinner is meat or vegetable lasagna, salad, garlic bread, cake and coffee. The event is BYOB. 

The committee will serve the dinner to each table. 

For more information or tickets, call Myrna Baker at (562) 430-2313 before Dec. 7.

Starbucks donates coffee to GAF

Starbucks Coffee, located in the Seal Beach Ralph’s, has donated coffee to the Golden Age Foundation Hospitality Center since March that has been enjoyed by many patrons in last 9 months. 

Anna Derby contacts Bianca Solis, Starbucks supervisor, each Monday morning to see if any coffee is available to pick up. When there is coffee available, Bianca grinds the 10-pound bags of coffee for the Golden Age Foundation because GAF doesn’t have coffee grinder.

Make shopping count for GAF

In order to provide services to the Leisure World community, the Golden Age Foundation needs to raise funds. There are two easy ways shareholders can help donate to the GAF without any cost to them.

One way is by enrolling in Smile.Amazon.com and indicate the Golden Age Foundation Seal Beach as your charitable organization. Then every time you shop on Amazon a percentage of the purchase will be donated to GAF without any additional cost.

The Ralph’s Community Rewards program is another way to donate to the GAF. Sign up on www.ralphs.com. Participants will need a Ralph’s Reward Card number to register or the phone number associated with an account. 

For one year, the GAF board manned a table at the Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 to help shareholders to sign up for the Ralph’s program. Thanks to shareholders, GAF went from 200 shareholders participating to close to 400, doubling the number of those participating. The Ralph’s Community Rewards program currently brings in close to $6,000 per year.

Shareholders can still sign up to participate by calling (800)443-4438 between 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. Provide Ralph’s Reward Card number or your phone number used to open Ralph’s Reward Card. The GAF NPO number is FS519. Or go to www.ralphs.com to sign up. Encourage family, friends and neighbors to support the Golden Age Foundation.

The bottom of your Ralph’s receipt will reference Golden Age Foundation. 

Make reservations for CalTRA luncheon on Dec. 6

Division 56 of the California Retired Teachers Association will have its luncheon-meeting on Dec. 6 at noon in Clubhouse 2.  Reservations are required to attend. The cost is $15 to be paid at the door.  This covers the lunch and the program. Reservations can be made by calling Sue Grimsley at 562) 431-3083.  Payment is required unless cancellations are made by Dec. 4.  

The lunch will be catered by Stone Fire Grill and consists of boneless chicken and tri-tip, barbecued chopped salad, garlic mashed potatoes, bread sticks, dessert and beverages.

Rachel Lorenzetti will be the featured entertainer. She has been singing professionally in L.A. and Orange counties for the past 10 years. 

She began her singing career as a cantor at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church in Downey. She sings for weddings, corporate events, and in many senior communities. In 2017 she was a featured soloist for the Downey Symphony Orchestra’s Concert in the Park. Rachael studied theater at Cal State Fullerton, and discovered a second passion for design. She graduated with a MFA in theatrical costume design and designs costumes for local colleges, universities and theaters in Orange County. She is the resident costume designer for The Wayward Artist Theater in Santa Ana.


Club will have Christmas party on 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” gifts not 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.

FALW makes plans for holidays

The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) had an early Thanksgiving dinner on Nov. 10 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 combined with its monthly meeting. 

The main food courses were financed by the club, two honey baked turkeys and a honey baked ham with all the trimmings. The rest were equally delicious Filipino dishes, brought by members. It was very joyous event. Members had fun dancing and singing karaoke.

 During the meeting, President Renato Villanueva discussed the annual celebration of Simbang Gabi in December. The association decided on the menu to serve guests after Mass. The dishes will be a potluck-style. Members will bring a dish from their assigned food group.

Simbang Gabi is a traditional celebration in the Philippines. It was brought to the U.S. by Filipinos to welcome the birth of Christ. It is the most celebrated holiday in the Philippines. 

The New Year’s Eve celebration will be a finger food potluck. Members should get in touch with their respective group leaders to find out what food they are supposed to bring to avoid duplications.


Purchase tickets for Christmas luncheon Dec. 16

The American Legion Post 327, the Auxiliary and the Sons are invited to the Christmas luncheon hosted by the Auxiliary on Monday, Dec. 16, at noon in Clubhouse 4. 

The lunch will be catered by Hometown Buffet. Tickets are $15 per person and may be purchased by calling Eloise Knoll at (562) 533-0773 before Dec. 10. The menu includes lemon chicken, meatloaf, two kinds of potatoes, salads, red velvet cake and bread pudding. 

The Auxiliary will host Sunday bingo on Dec. 1 and the Post will host Bingo on Dec. 8 in Clubhouse 2 at 1 p.m. All members are urged to sign up to do a small job. Lots of hands makes for little work. Call Rich Carson or Jean Sudbeck to volunteer.


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 Nov. 29. 

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

Philanthropist will entertain at Woman’s Club

The next Woman’s Club tea meeting will be held in Clubhouse 2 on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at 1:30 p.m. 

The entertainment will be offered by singer, philanthropist Ray Grossman. His favorites include Doo wop, Rat Pack standards, Broadway and folk music. The twist for Ray is that he runs a non profit, 501(c) 3 charity to which he donates 100 percent of his performance fees. The mission of the nonprofit, Singawaycancer, is to support finding cures and treatments for children’s cancers.

The Woman’s Club of Leisure World is also a 501(c) 3 charity. It donates funds raised to Leisure World and community needs. Monthly the group holds a card party on the third Wednesday in Clubhouse 2. 

Every September it organizes a large luncheon fundraiser, and this year is leading the trip to La Mirada Theater to enjoy “The Magic of Christmas.”

For more information about the club call Rose Marie Sprague at (714) 742-8362.


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 a.m. There will be no business meeting. 

The restaurant is at located 12100 E. Carson St., Hawaiian Gardens, on the corner of Carson Street and Norwalk Boulevard.  

The cost is $12. Beverages are on-your-own. 

RSVP by Dec. 9 to a member of the telephone committee, Margie Kido, (562) 544-4463; Kazuko Monobe, (562) 280-4916; Sherie Vanek, (562)296-8074; or Alberta Karch, (562) 296-5567.

Membership dues, $10, for the year 2020 are also payable in December and January to Sybil Tanabe or Marjorie Kido.

Yiddish Club meets Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.

The Yiddish Club of Leisure World will meet on Dec. 5 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The topic will be “The Life and Creation of the Yiddish Writer Abraham Karpinovitch.”

 After Yiddish vocabulary and proverbs are introduced, President Yakob Basner will share stories written by Karpinovitch about Jewish life in Vilna.

Refreshments will be served after the program.


‘Do we have free will?’ is Dec. 1 topic

by Dave Silva

LW contributor

Do we have free will? Juan Bernal will lead an interactive discussion of this question at the Leisure World Humanist Association meeting on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

There are two views of the world that seem in conflict. When we take a scientific view of our world we assume that every process we view in the natural world happens under conditions of cause and effect.  On the other hand, we think that human beings are capable of acting freely and are responsible for their actions.  

Given our scientific, naturalistic view of the world, there seems to be no room for free will. Or is this true?

Dr. Juan Bernal has been a member of the Humanist Association of Orange County since 1998. His formal education consists of graduate studies in philosophy with a Ph.D. in 1979.  Juan has taught at local colleges and has worked as a computer programmer for several companies.  

He will explore what science has discovered about thought processes and how they relate to free will.

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 cats and dogs. To volunteer, send an email to s.acevedo@foundanimals.org.


Silver Fox 

Car club will host Christmas dinner Dec. 10

The Silver Fox Car Club will host a Christmas party for its members on Dec. 10, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. All members and Leisure World car enthusiasts are welcome.

A catered dinner will be served that includes stuffed chicken breast with mozzarella and pesto and a white wine and butter sauce; greens with cranberries, apples, and walnuts and cranberry vinaigrette dressing; scalloped potatoes; green beans with bacon; roll with butter; chocolate mousse cups; and assorted cheesecakes.         

 The cost for non-members, including non-member spouses, is $12.

RSVP by Dec. 4, by calling (626) 991-2091, or by email at coolee350@yahoo.com.

Expect a great evening with good food, pictures, a lot of “car talk” and event planning ideas for 2020.

The Silver Fox Car Club general meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.



McKenzie, Audrey Eveline


Audrey took her last earthly breath on Oct. 25, 2019, and then took her first heavenly breath. Rest in peace.

Audrey E. (Oldfield) McKenzie was born April 23, 1931, in Blackpool England, the youngest of five children.

Audrey came to California in May 1955. She traveled on the Queen Mary to New York , and then took a bus cross-country to Santa Monica, where James McKenzie was waiting for her. They met while he was in the service in England. They married and had four sons. They raised their sons in San Pedro and later in Palos Verde. 

Audrey worked for British Airways in Santa Monica. She then worked at Marine Land until it closed in 1986. Eventually Audrey moved to Las Vegas, Nevada. She worked for the chairman and CEO of the MGM Grand Hotel as an administrative assistant. 

She retired and moved back to California to help with family and to be close to her grandchildren. 

Audrey enjoyed traveling. She has been to Hawaii, France, Canada, New Zealand, Italy and of course she went to England to visit almost every year. 

Audrey was active in many activities in Leisure World, including singing in many shows. She felt very good on stage. She formerly had a Hollywood agent and auditioned for TV commercials.

Services were held on Nov. 27 in Clubhouse 1 at 1 p.m.


Coultrup, John Alfred


John Alfred Coultrup passed away on Oct. 9, 2019, after 90 years of a full life. 

He was born on Aug. 29, 1929, in Long Beach, California. John graduated in 1947 from Wilson High School. He excelled in track and field and volleyball, where he played for the L.B. Pacific Coast Club.

John and his brother Tom started Coultrup Electric in the 50s and the company grew into Coultrup Construction. In 1983, two of his sons joined the business. 

John retired in 1992 when he and his wife, Deane moved to PGA West, La Quinta, California where he enjoyed golfing. In 1993, they bought Sunset Motel in St. Ignatius, Montana. While in Montana John’s passion became fly fishing. John was an avid outdoors man and loved ocean fishing, hunting big game in Montana and birds in Mexico. 

Of course, his first love was his family and friends. He was the ultimate host at their many parties. They moved back to Seal Beach in 2002 to be closer to family.

John married Deane Marie, the love of his life in 1969 and they had 50 wonderful years together.

John is survived by his wife, Deane; sons, Jon, KC, Kelly and Jeff; his daughter, Lisa; 12 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A service was held on Nov. 2.


Knebel , Kenneth J.


Services for Kenneth J. Knebel, Mutual 2, will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 11 a.m., at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Leisure World

Ken grew up in Pomona, California, and was raised with his sister, Barbara, and older brother, Frank. He graduated from Pomona Catholic High School in 1955 and attended Claremont Men’s College. He then went to work for Safeway where he advanced to the position of manager, working in Hawaii and San Francisco. After Safeway he joined his brother-in-law, George Armstrong, in Santa Barbara where he managed George’s real estate firm. His last employment was inventory management in the aerospace industry.  

Ken was a lifelong Episcopalian, singing in the choir and serving as an acolyte, usually the crucifer—standing tall and straight. His youth activities included YPF (Young People’s Fellowship), summer camp at Big Bear Lake and Camp Stevens. After moving to Leisure World from Long Beach, he joined St. Theodore of Canterbury Episcopal Church, where he was Bishop’s Warden and member of the Bishop’s Committee. 

He enjoyed living at Leisure World and was secretary of Mutual 2 for eight years. He also worked with the Emergency Meals Program and was secretary of the Theater Club. 

Ken was conscientious in every endeavor that he undertook from his position of employment to his services to his church. He was a perfectionist in every aspect of his life and a true model for those of us who had the privilege of knowing this special man. 

Ken enjoyed traveling and had a special relationship with his cousin, Dorothy, in Garden City, New York. They went to many plays together on Broadway. They also took trips down the east coast to Washington, D.C., and Florida.  

Ken moved to Rowntree Gardens where he was most comfortable and felt immediately at home by joining the theater group, where he was to be a part of the Christmas pageant. He also discovered he had a talent for writing when he joined the creative writing class. His family was surprised by his ability to craft needlepoint pillows and hooked rugs. He did the needlepoint kneeler for St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church in memory of his brother, The Rev. Frank Knebel. His most whimsical craft was a brick door stop covered with a needlepoint cat for St. Mary’s Chapel in Santa Barbara. 

Ken was centered in faith, family, and friends. He had an abiding faith in our Lord and served us all as a servant of Christ. He was affectionately called Uncle Kenny by his three nephews and six grand nieces and nephews. He always remembered their birthdays, Christmas, and all special occasions. His family was very dear to his heart as evidenced by the many pictures that were displayed at his apartment at Rowntree Gardens. A special reflection is that of the one with his sister, Barbara. Their weekly phone conversations precisely at 8 p.m. every Sunday were an enduring, loving example of their brother-sister relationship that they shared over the years. 

As to the legion of friends that Ken had over his lifetime, there can be no better description of Ken than once you were befriended by him, it was a forever commitment of him to you, helping whenever anyone needed help. He was always there for all of us who knew and loved him, as he loved us. This special, warm, dutiful man who lived among us is truly missed. He will always be remembered and kept in our hearts. 

As he ended all his correspondence: Peace and love, Ken! 

Services will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Leisure World on Dec. 7 at 11 a.m. with lunch following. 

—paid obituary


In Memoriam 

Marsha Hatchett 67

Bruce Ford Sr. 59

Sylvia Typaldos 66

John Guiles Jr. 65

Alonzo Le Fever 91

Howard Hellman 77

Charlotte Fowks 91

Shirley Pollock 75

Richard Hershberger 89

Luis Avila 48

Dionne Zimmerman 50

Barbara Fowler 87

James Myles 65

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary


Congregation Sholom

Friday night services will take place at 7 p.m. on Nov. 29 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, with Rabbi Rachel Axelrad. An Oneg Shabbat will follow services.

Join Congregation Sholom on Saturday morning, Nov. 30, at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, for services with Rabbi Axelrad. An hour of Torah study will begin at 10:15 a.m. The service will then continue until noon and will be followed by a potluck lunch.

The annual meeting of Congregation Sholom will be held Monday, Dec. 2, at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The Temple Beth David preschoolers will entertain with Hanukkah songs.

The business meeting will follow, which will include adopting changes to the Constitution as being presented by the Board of Directors (most of these changes are being required by GRF Policy 1203-1 of all organizations in Leisure World) and election of the 2020-2021 Board of Directors – Officers and Trustees.

To get a copy of the proposed changes to Constitution prior to the meeting contact Gene Yaffee, Parliamentarian, at (562) 430-7040 or email at grandmagene83@gmail.com.

 Life Changers

Life Changers are people who can bring the power, facor and light of heaven into circumstances here on earth. Learn how to do this at 1:30-3 p.m. every first and third Friday, Dec 6 and 20. Men and women are welcome. For more information, call Joan Elsenhart at 343-8066.

Redeemer Lutheran 

“24 Days of Naming our Lord” is the focus of Pastor Lisa Rotchford’s first Advent sermon at Redeemer Lutheran Church 10:30 worship service on Sunday, Dec.1. Berny Gerard and Maria Swift are the official greeters and ushers this month. Carol Costello and Chris Moore will lead the congregation in Scripture reading and prayers, and Jerry Brady will assist in Communion. The altar flowers are given in honor of Cloven’s birthday by Leslie Parker. Fellowship will follow in the large undercroft downstairs. The church is near the intersection of Golden Rain Road and St. Andrews Drive.

Wednesdays in December are busy days at Redeemer. A Bible Study is held at 10:30 a.m. worship is at 11:30 a.m. and the Advent study with Soup Supper  is at 3 p.m. 

The study of the Book of Proverbs will be the focus of the weekly Wednesday Bible class on Dec. 4 from 10:30–11:30 a.m. in the upstairs Conference Room. The midweek Lutheran/Episcopal combined worship service for prayer, reflection and Communion is held at 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday in the small chapel in the sanctuary. Advent study with Soup Supper begins at 3 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall.

There is still space for a few more vendors at the annual Christmas Bazaar this coming Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. If anyone is interested in having a table and joining the collection of artists who sell great gift items – homemade jams and jellies, paintings, photographic cards and specially-made international items – contact Carmen Leslie at (562) 430-6950.

Orange County Care Connections provides respite care for persons diagnosed with memory impairment and their caregivers. This ministry of Redeemer is open to everyone in the Leisure World community. The program runs from 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call (562) 596-1209 for more information on the program and visit Redeemer Lutheran’s website at: www.redeemerlutheransealbeach.com for more information on happenings at the church. 

The Salvation Army

The meeting of the Home League of the Salvation Army will meet Dec. 2 in Clubhouse 4 at 7 p.m. Captain Josh Sneed will open the meeting with prayer and pledge of allegiance, afterwards there will be door prizes. Pastor Hume from First Christian Church will be in charge of the program which will have a Christmas theme. Visitors are welcome and come early to enjoy refreshments before the meeting. 

Faith Christian Assembly 

FCA donates goods for Thanksgiving

For several years now, the generous men and women of Faith Christian Assembly have been making contributions of turkeys, hams, trimmings and financial donations for Thanksgiving and Christmas to the needy in their community. Faith Christian Assembly believes that they have been blessed by God in order to be a blessing to others. Faith Christian Assembly wants to thank Tom and Pat Davis, and Patty Desmond, for giving of their time in delivering these donations. Jesus lived his life this way as it says in Acts 20:35, “…remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’”

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship Time at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room. Pastor Sheri Leming teaches Midweek Bible Studies 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 our website at www.FCAchurch.net. 

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe on Sunday, Dec. 1. The First Reading is  Malachi 3:19-20A, and the Second Reading is 2 Thessalonians 3:7-12.

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, 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.  

Assembly of God

Pastor Sam Pawlak has some intriguing sermon titles for the month of December. His message is for the  10:30 a.m. service this Sunday is “The No-Heat Fireplace.” The service will take place in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, Included in this service will be a celebration of the Lord’s Supper, worship songs led by Denise Smith with church family news and directing the offering by Diana Mushagian. The “lunch bunch” will gather after the service, this is a first Sunday of the month happening.

Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will lead the hymn sing in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 at 6 p.m. Several congregations from Leisure World and beyond are represented and welcomed to sing hymns and gospel songs selected by those present. Kip Watkins will bring the solo, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy,” back by popular demand and Pastor Sam will close with a devotion. Fellowship time is a good time to visit with friends and make new ones and those attending are welcome to bring a treat to share.

Prayer meetings of the day are at 10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m.

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

First Christian

First Christian’s Saturday evening 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. FCC is currently in the book of Luke. The Hospitality Room will open for fellowship and light refreshments at 9:30 a.m. with Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski hosting.

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: “The First Noel,” “Come, Thou Long Expected Jesus” and “Freely, Freely.” The communion hymn will be “Heaven Came Down”.   

Pastor Gene’s message will be “The Great Light” based on Isaiah 9:2-9. The mystery of salvation was revealed in Isaiah’s prophecy 700 years before the shepherds came to see the Christ child.

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 Bible studies during the week are held on Tuesdays with Pastor Humes and on Thursdays with Pastor Cherry Holmes beginning at 9:30 a.m. 

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

St. Theodore’s

The Rev. Lisa Rotchford will celebrate and preach on “Advent’s 24 Ways of Naming our Lord” at St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church Communion Worship Service on Sunday, Dec. 1, at 12:15 p.m. in the sanctuary of Redeemer Lutheran Church, 13564 St. Andrews Dr. Fellowship with refreshments follows in the conference room. 

The combined Lutheran and Episcopal Worship Service with prayer, reflection and Holy Communion is held every Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. in St. Theodore’s Sanctuary Chapel. The Advent Study and Soup Supper with Redeemer Lutheran brothers and sisters is from 3 – 4:30 p.m. 

LW Community Church

The Season of Advent begins on Sunday, Dec. 1. Community Church is preparing for a season of worship and festivity. An energetic crafting team has been meeting weekly, working to restore and create “Chrismons”, ornaments reflecting symbols of the Christian faith. 

On Sunday, Dec. 1, the symbolism behind each of the ornaments will be read as they are placed on the Sanctuary tree, as part of the “Hanging of the Greens.” The Leisure World community is invited to join us in worship this holy season of Advent. All are welcome here.

Pastor Johan Dodge will give a scripture-based message on the First Sunday of Advent. Open Communion will be served. Serving as Lay Liturgist on Dec.1 will be Chris Kim. Worship services are at 9:50 a.m. followed by coffee and refreshments in Edgar Hall. 

On Thursday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m. Community Church invites the Leisure World community to attend an informational seminar. Carla Ibarra, healthcare specialist, will speak on Medicare benefits and Open Enrollment Information. Medicare options will be discussed with side by side comparison of plans.

The meeting will take place in the Fellowship Hall. A free Hoff’s Hut pie (choice of apple, pumpkin or sugar free pie) will be given to all attendees who RSVP. To RSVP, call Mara Williams at (562) 596-2800 or the hotline at (562) 342-8178.

LW Baptist

Sunday, Dec.1, Leisure World Baptist Church enters into the Christmas season in Clubhouse 4. Sunday School is from 8:40 – 9:10 a.m.. The observance of the Lord’s Supper, will be held the first Sunday of the month. All are welcome to partake.

Morning Worship begins at 9:45 a.m.with the singing of the doxology and reading from Luke, Chapter 9, as printed in the bulletin.

Under the direction of Darlene Harris, the choir will sing; “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear.”

Congregational hymns include, “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “O Little Town of Bethlehem” and “Love Has Come”

Pianist Yvonne Leon plays for the offertory.

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s morning message, “Israel’s Future Salvation”  is from the book of Isaiah 40:9

Communion will be served.

The prayer room is open in Section C and is attended by members of the church.

Monday, Dec. 2, the Men’s Fellowship meets in Clubhouse 3, Room 8, at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 4, Energizers meet in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 3 p.m.

Call 430-2920 for more information.

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev is now on YouTube. For those who want to join an online Shabbat service but do not want to join Facebook, Beit HaLev offers a new alternative: YouTube.com. Services will continue to stream on Facebook.com/galityomtov. 

This week is the account of the Jewish Matriarch, Sarah’s death. The ironic title of the Torah portion “Chayei Sarah,” (Sarah lived), teachers her age at the time of her death and the details of the land purchased (including the burial cave). Upon Sarah’s death, Avraham’s servant, Eliezer, is sent to find Yitzchak a wife. The Parashah ends with Avraham’s death at the age of 175 and he is buried next to Sarah by his two sons, Ishmael and Yitzchak.

The Modern Hebrew class has started. Anyone interested in learning conversational Hebrew or prayerbook Hebrew should contact Rabbi-Cantor Galit Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email her at duets@icloud.com.

Aglow International

Aglow International will hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, at Mimi’s Cafe, 6670 E Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach. Men and women are welcome. Reservations should be made by Dec. 9. Call 631-7291. There will be an white elephant gift exhange in December.

page 8, Health and fitness


First ever five-way tie for Top Loser of the week

For the first time ever at Wa-Rite, there was a five way tie for Top Loser of the week. The tie was  between Virginia Olejnik, Marina Tesla, Mary Dominik, Judy Crimmins and Bea Quintana. They each lost two pounds, and they have their bouquet of flowers and beautiful smiles to prove it. When asked how they did it, they shared how they concentrated on what they were eating and ate a lot less food overall. Also, some said that not eating after dinner helped a lot.

Food for Thought this week; Do not eat two hours before going to sleep. Your body doesn’t need much fuel at that time of night. Shift calorie consumption to earlier in your day. Your metabolism will thank you.

 Virginia Olejnik also gave a program on the ketogenic diet. In summary the keto diet is a low carb, high fat diet that shares many similarities with the Atkins diet. It lowers blood sugar and insulin levels, shifting the body’s metabolism away from carbs and towards fat and ketones, providing many health benefits. 

Two sisters Anna and Samantha Martin made Shark Tank history when the entire panel decided to invest over a million dollars each on the sister’s company. Their miracle product is a pill that promises to do many wonderful things. They launched the products for sale through their website and sold out within five minutes.

One club member wisely said, “Any diet works if you stick with it.” Everyone is different, find what works for you and work at it. We know there is no magic pill and if it sounds to good to be true, it is. Nothing comes easy, especially when it comes to keeping weight off.” At Wa-Rite we don’t endorse any particular diet. We’re here for encouragement, information and friendship.

Wa-Rite is a support group of women needing to lose 10 pounds or more. Members meet on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 from 9-10 a.m. Weighing is from at 7:45-8:45. Annual dues are $10. You must be a LW resident to join. For questions, call Carol Chambers at 822-4641 or Bev Bender at (562) 594-9148.

—Margaret Humes

Optumcare at the hcc

Identifying fraud

By Carson Bloomquist

LW contributor

The letter looked authentic: it had the correct name and address. It was on nice paper. The tear-away slip for payment indicated several credit cards were accepted, as well as personal check. The only thing wrong? The letter claimed to be from Social Security, asking for payment to renew membership.

The best way to respond to these scams is by ignoring them. Not sure if the letter or email is legitimate? Don’t respond. Don’t recognize the phone number calling you? Don’t answer it. And don’t call back, either. Even if the number comes up as Social Security, ignore it. Many scammers are able to use technology to hide their real phone numbers.

If you are worried about your Social Security, or you think a letter or call is legitimate, contact Social Security at SocialSecurity.gov or (800) 772-1213 (TTY: 800-325-0778). You can also report scams by contacting the Social Security Fraud Hotline at (800) 269-0271 (online: oig.ssa.gov/report) or by contacting the Orange County Sheriff’s Department at (714) 647-7000.

weekly health and exercise classes

Chair Exercise

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

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

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

Leisure Leggers

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

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

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

Tai Chi Chaun

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

LW Yoga club

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

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

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

senior meals

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

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

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.

Monday, Dec. 2 — Grilled cheeseburger on whole wheat bun with shredded lettuce, sliced tomato and red onion, baked chips, mayo, ketchup, mustard and relish, fruited gelatin

Tuesday, Dec 3 — Chicken drumstick, baked sweet potato with Promise, winter blend vegetables (cauliflower and broccoli), sugar free chocolate pudding 

Wednesday, Dec. 4 — Cream of spinach soup with sugar free crackers, open face turkey sandwich with mashed potatoes, turkey gravy on whole wheat bread, cranberry sauce, sugar free cookie

Thursday, Dec. 5 — Black bean soup with sugar free crackers, zucchini, corn and egg casserole, tomato and onion salad, biscuit with Promise, tropical fruit mix

Friday, Dec. 6 — Chicken meatballs with Hawaiian sauce, rice pilaf, oriental vegetable blend, whole wheat bread with Promise, fresh melon

page 9, sports and games


The Hustlers are now in the lead

A new leader in the LW Pool Club; The Hustlers won 8-4 over the Three Amigos. Gary Poling of The Hustlers was on his game for the Hustlers winning five games including both his singles matches. That victory put The Hustlers two games ahead of the Three Amigos and three games ahead of The Favorites.

 The Spoilers won 8-4 against The Favorites as The Favorites lost two eight ball matches by making the eight ball and scratching the cue ball. If you scratch on the eight ball, but the eight doesn’t go in a pocket the opponent can put the cue ball anywhere on the table. It isn’t loss of game. Jerry Wrenn of the Spoilers had a big day winning all six of his matches.

 The Ballers and the Hot Shots battled into a six-game tie. Eunis “Wildfire” Christensen keeps improving as she took four for the Ballers. Allen Bourhenne scored four points to lead the Hot Shots.

 Monday the club started using Magic Racks for eight ball and nine ball. The Magic Rack is a thin, flat plastic frame with small holes for each ball to fit in. It can be used for 8 ball, 9 ball and for 10 ball. In professional tournaments they are using these racks instead of the wooden racks, because it gives the breaker the exact same rack every time. So far, some players like the new racks and some don’t.

—David Silva


Clawson wins final table

Bill Clawson won his 11th final table on Nov. 16. He held a four and five which turned into a trips by the river, the last card dealt, to end the game. He defeated second place, Drew Sargent. Third place was Lee Pfeifer, followed by Nancy Floyd, Tony Canfora, Grace Buster and Wade Carmen.

 High hands were won by Lee Pfeifer with kings full of jacks and Tony Canfora with jacks full of sixes. The featured hand winners were Evelyn Cacioppo and Steve Edrich.

Clawson lives in Mutual 1, he retired as a clerk from the city of Long Beach. His two passions are poker and pool. He also enjoys watching golf on TV.

The club will again host an all LW poker tournament on Dec. 14, 9:30 a.m. Clubhouse4. Tickets are $15 for club members, family members, or LW shareholders, and include a continental breakfast and final table prizes. Only eight seats remain, and must be purchased by Dec. 7. No additional players will be allowed to purchase a seat on or after Dec. 14. Contact Cleo Looney at (562) 342-9400 for more information.

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

—Susan Dodson

cards and games scoreboard

Fun Time Pinochle winners,  Nov. 18: Charlotte Westcott, 12,120; Ruth Bonnema, 11,530; Jim Kaspar, 10,900; Maureen Marsh, 10,330. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call (310) 968-9509.

–Bert Sellers


Friendly Pinochle Club winners, Nov. 21: Ron Olsen, 13,080; Marilyn Allred,  12,840; Tony Dodero, 12,600; Joe Capra, 12,210. The club meets Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call (310) 968-9509.

—Bert Sellers



White moves first and for any answer by black, the white’s next move is checkmate.

Chess partners are available in Leisure World when the LW Chess Club meets from 2-6:30 p.m. on Fridays in Clubhhouse 3, Room 7. Beginners are welcome for a free lesson.

CHESS, page 23

Ladies pool club

All are invited

The Ladies’ “Q” Pool Club meets every Monday, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 1, for its regular pool playing session. Everyone is welcome to come by and see what its all about. All residents are welcome, even if you have no experience, very little experience or have been playing for years. Yearly dues are $5 each and we have a pot luck luncheon in August and a Holiday luncheon in December.


DeDubovay wins, beats 59 players

Sandra deDubovay came in with the high score of 844 followed by Gene Smith at 838, Dale Quinn at 835 and Janet Wade at 834. Fred Reker, Alice Buckle, and Marilyn Chelsvig each had six games of 121. Unfortunately, Julie Millburn and Norm Martin had no wins. There were 60 players on Nov. 19.

It was a special day for Alice Buckle. Alice will be leaving the Cribbage Club and Leisure World for new surroundings. We hope she will come back for a visit sometime. We all wished her well as everyone enjoyed cake and ice cream. Joanne Lester and Marie McGuire served.

The Cribbage Club meets on Tuesday at noon in Clubhouse 1. There are always room for more players. Lessons for beginners and for those who need a brush up are available. Partners are not required and everyone usually finishes by 3:30 p.m. Call Patti Smith at (562) 242-4674, leave your name and phone number, and she will arrange for lessons. Players should arrive by noon to be assured of a table.

—Bobbie Straley


Pindilicious is in first place

Pindilicious took three games from Charlie’s Angels to move into first place on three good games from their anchor, Gary Wood. Gary had 174, 198 and a 192. They are a game and a half ahead of Strikingly Different who took three from Very Striking. Danny Bigelow put together a turkey late in game one, scoring a 204 for Very Striking, but Tom Kacmarek of Strikingly Different finished with a 219 and Teammate Susan Flesch bowled 25 pins over her average. Like many seniors Susan is getting back into bowling after a long absence and is improving rapidly.

 Phyl’s Guys took three from The Mutual Busters as Anchor Arnold Bakker opened with a 204. Split Happens took three as Bill Lesher had a 191 in game three and teammate Janet Schnyders a 137 to pull away in what was a close match.

—David Silva


The Hot Shots remain in first place

Shuffleboard season continued into week eight on Nov. 15 at the Clubhouse 1 Courts. The Hot Shots beat the Puck Masters 11–7 taking a two-point lead over the second place team Puck Masters. Sliders are third. Hot Shots all game winners were Sal LaScala and Milly Larsen. Puck Masters all game winner was Bob Peterson.

The next game will be Puckmasters vs. Sliders on Dec 6. The next BYOB/appetizer practice is in the planning stages for January.

Several bylaw changes were voted on and approved: The social director will no longer be a member of the board; the requirement to have a court open on game days has been removed; installation dates of new officers has been changed to June from May.

There will be no last Friday luncheon this month. December and January monthly meetings are canceled. The monthly meetings will be held at the Courts rather than in Clubhouse 1 in the future. Due to GRF Tree Lighting activities at Clubhouse 3 and 4, the Christmas Potluck Dinner has been changed from Dec. 4, to Dec. 12 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Sign up at the courts for dishes to bring. There will be a gift exchange after dinner. If you wish to participate bring a wrapped gift of $10 or less to the party.

—David LaCascia

page 23, 


LaCascia and Munn triumph

The Men’s Friday Golf League played on Nov. 15 at par 61, David L. Baker Golf Course, Fountain Valley. It is the shortest course that the league plays and has many par three’s but no par five’s. Lots of water and strategically placed sand traps make this course fun and challenging. Seven players teed off at 7 a.m. on an initially sunny morning that was overtaken early by the marine layer before the sun came back out late.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).

A flight:

First place, Dave LaCascia, with a net 3, under 58, plus a birdie, fewest putts; second, tie between Bill McKusky and Fujio Norihiro, 63. Fujio was closest to the pin on the 140 yard par three 12 hole; fourth, Jerry Hore, 65, plus a birdie; fifth, Gary Stivers, 71, closest to the pin on 110 yard par three, third hole. 

B flight:

First place, Bob Munn, 63, fewest putts; second, Lowell Goltra, 67.

The Men’s Monday Golf League played on Nov. 11 at the Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. Ten golfers challenged the par 71 golf course that winds along and across the Santa Ana River. All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).


A Flight:

First Place, Sam Choi, 67, 2 birdies; second, Bill McKusky, 68; third, Jerry Hore, 70, plus a birdie and closest to the pin on the par three nine hole; fourth, tie between John Meyers and Gary Stivers, 71. John also had closest to the pin on the par three second hole. Dave LaCascia and Fujio Norihiro rounded out the A flight participants.

B Flight:

First Place, Lowell Goltra, 69; second place, Bob Mun, 79, plus a birdie; third, Marv Ballard, 82.

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. Remember 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, (714) 313-3697.

The Men’s Monday and Friday league is inquiring if men and women golfers would like to join the league during the local course shutdown. Handicaps will be determined using our local handicap numbers and adjusted for the longer and more difficult courses outside Leisure World. Contact Gary for more information.

— Dave LaCascia


A quick lesson in pickleball 

In a doubles match, to start the game, one player serves from the right service court diagonally to the opposing side’s right service court. The receiving player must allow the ball to bounce before hitting it back. On the serving side the ball must bounce again before being hit. After that balls may be hit with or without bouncing until one side fails to return the ball or the ball is hit out of bounds. Only the serving side can make a point. 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, beginning 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 must be in by Dec. 1. For more information contact club President Tim Linehan at (714) 818-6404.

—Susan Dodson

page 23, Travel

moonlight festival

On Nov. 20, the Fine Arts Affiliates at California State University of Long Beach College of the Arts sponsored a bus trip to the Los Angeles County Arboretum to view the current exhibit Moonlight Forest. The exhibit of lantern art is open until January 12. Moonlight Forest features 57 large Chinese lantern art displays covering 57 topics, ranging from a block long two-story tall Chinese dragon, numerous exotic animals and a pumpkin carriage. On the stage is seven Chinese acrobats that performed three shows during the evening.  The show finale was one of the Chinese acrobats performing an amazing Face Changer dance.

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


From page 9

Solution to this week’s puzzle: Ne6

The white Knight moves from  g7 to e6 .  Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.

In June, Carol Hull went for a month and brought her LW paper along. This was her eleventh trip to Kenya with stops in Nairobi, Amboseli Game Reserve, Lake Nakuru Game Reserve, Lake Naivasha and Masai Mara Game Reserve.



Craft Bazar at 

Redeemer Lutheran Church

13564 St. Andrews Dr. (across from HCC) Jewelry, soaps, jams, breads, photo cards, African and Thailand gifts and much, much more!

9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Wednesday, December 4th/


Calendars for Veterans at the VA Hospital 

I collect calendars to take to the patients at the Vetrans Hospital in Long Beach and wonder if anyone would like to add any extra calendars they receive. At this time I have no collection point other than my unit. Call 562-296-5559.



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.



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. 


       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,  562-822-6655,





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.


Licensed Barber in your home. 

Sheer/clipper cuts, ears, nose, eyebrows, trim. $10.

562-565-3683 11/28


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

Health & fitness

Helping Seniors Improve their Quality of Life.  

Look Good – Feel Good – Move Better

Mobility / Flexibility / Balance / Strength / Nutrition

Call Coach Justen (714) 943-0205


Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale

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


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’s Trailers 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


Small 20 inch tires folding trike. very good condition. $275. 



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.


Orange pumkin heads adn white snowman heads used on our sidewalk light globes. 562-489-5761