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Ebooks available through area libraries

Through the use of digital technology, the Orange County Public Library System offers eBooks and Audiobooks as a free, convenient, accessible and environmentally friendly addition to its book collection. 

An eBook is a book that’s been converted to digital format to be read on any digital device such as computer screens or mobile devices.

Audiobooks are voice recordings of the text of a book that you listen to rather than read. Audiobooks can be exact word-for-word versions of books or abridged versions. People can listen to audiobooks on portable music players, cell phones, computers, tablets, home speaker systems or in cars that support streaming audio.

Orange County libraries have thousands of ebooks and audiobooks that can be borrowed instantly for free, with the tap of an app on any device. 

Every loan and hold is in one place. 

Patrons can renew, return, tag, and send ebooks to Kindle and more; eBooks and audio books can be accessed at any time, even when the library is closed. 

With digital media, people don’t have to worry about losing or damaging books, or even about overdue fines. 

Books will automatically “return” to the library electronically.

People can check out eBooks and Audiobooks with their library card numbers and PINs (password); eBooks are compatible with a variety of devices, including Nook, Kindle and iPad among others. 

In addition to bestsellers, the collection includes encyclopedias and digital newspapers, with some issues dating back from the 1920s to the 1980s.

Audiobooks are compatible with iPods and MP3 players among others.

You can get a library card at any Orange County branch library. The closest ones to Leisure World are the Mary Wilson Library, 707 Electric Ave., in downtown Seal Beach, and the Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library, 12700 Montecito Road, behind the Shops at Rossmoor center on Seal Beach Boulevard. For more information on how to get the app for your  device, visit the library or log on to http://www.ocpl.org. 

Complimentary calendar is coming

Look for the 2020 Leisure World wall calendar delivered to your door between Dec. 12-19. The calendar is free of charge to LW residents and features photography by your neighbors and friends. The LW Weekly, which produces the annual calendar, wishes everyone a happy holiday season.

Christmas Tree Lighting draws a crowd

A holly jolly season kicked off Dec. 5 with the annual tree lighting at Veterans Plaza. Several hundred Leisure World residents turned out to usher in the holidays and listen to the melodious sounds of the Korean American Chorale, directed by Kyoung Hwan Paik. About 25 singers harmonized on familiar Christmas carols while residents sipped hot cider provided by cheerful OptumCare elves.

They were easily spotted in orange-and-white Santa hats handing out cookies and goodie bags to all comers.

Santa and Theater Club elves sat in front of the 20-foot Christmas tree posing for festive photo ops, and Toys for Tots collection boxes were set up to receive donations. 

The weather cooperated, with chilly temperatures but clear skies. Rain delayed the event by one day.

Toys for Tots event is at 5 p.m. Dec. 13

Everyone is welcome to come hear the rockin’ Elm Street Band play as a highlight of the annual GRF Toys for Tots holiday program at 5 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13, in Clubhouse 4. 

Bring one unwrapped toy per person for admission.

The event will include a visit from Santa and Theater Club elves.

Complimentary cookies and hot beverages will be available. 

All are welcome to bring family and friends to the Friday toy fest.

Christmas card connects lifelong friends

Connecting across milestones and moments, across space and time—it’s not easy to do. 

The days slide off the calendar, and life’s chapters recede into a hazy past. 

Given that reality, it’s hard to imagine a decades-long bond still going strong, and more amazingly, the bond is bridged by mere paper.

In this case, it’s a 61-year-old Christmas card that has been sent back and forth between LWer Cindy Gannon and her high school best-friend-forever Cassie Hill. 

In 1957, Cindy saw an article in McCall’s magazine about a couple of girls who sent a birthday card back and forth to each other for 50 years. 

Cindy was just out of high school, still in her teens but married with a baby, when she and Cassie decided to do the same thing.

The dog-eared card is a testament to the enduring nature of their friendship. 

It’s sweet and old-fashioned with cottages nestled in the snow near a steepled church. Cursive writing fills every scrap of space and a second page has been added to accommodate the spillover of annual tidings. 

“Cassie and I kept it up through marriages, moves, births and loss, and it always puts a smile on my face when the card shows up,” said Cindy. “As we age, we often forget who has it. I’ve got it this year,” she added with a big smile.

In 1999, Cindy retired and marveled that the card had been circulating for 42 years, writing “Retired! Need to tell Oprah about our card.”

Well, she never did alert Oprah, and it’s not clear how long the card will continue its seasonal journey. But one thing’s for sure: As the years accelerate, the old friends are the gold friends, and Cindy’s card is a treasure trove of BFF love.

Don’t forget to close skylights when it rains

Skylights are popular because they are a great source of free lighting. But there are also drawbacks, and one of them is rain. 

With the recent rains and more predicted, Leisure World residents are reminded to close skylights to prevent leaks and water damage.

There are different types of skylights. Sealed skylights that don’t open are safe in any weather, but those that can be manually or automatically opened can accidentally be left ajar in downpours. If you have a skylight that opens, make sure you close it at the first sign of wet weather or consider investing in the latest skylights  with rain sensors.

LW Dines Out

Finbars Italian Kitchen will be on hiatus from Leisure World’s Monday Night dinner service in Clubhouse 1 for December and January. 

Hometown Buffet will serve an all-you-can-eat buffet on Dec. 23. The $11 price is all inclusive. Dining starts at 4:30. It accepts checks, cash and credit cards.

Menus are published in the LW Weekly, on LW Live! or are available at the Recreation Office in Building 5. 

The Leisure World Transportation Department provides regular weekday or weekend bus service to the clubhouse as well as on-call service for the special needs access bus. 

For further information on the bus schedule, call 431-6586, ext. 372 or 379. For more information regarding restaurant services, contact events@lwsb.com or 431-6586, ext. 326.

Ring in the New Year with the Abilene Band

Abilene will ring in the new year at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 8:30, but reserving tables is prohibited, and a full house is expected. Abilene is fronted by Terry Otte, whose repertoire covers everything from Elvis to Willie Nelson and beyond. Sharing center stage on lead vocals is the dynamic Tina Schaffer singing the songs of country legend Patsy Cline, Linda Ronstadt and Shania Twain. 

Rounding out the band is guitarist Rod Anderson, bassist Mike Simpson and drummer Jim Greer. 

Abilene is co-sponsored by GRF, performing every fourth Saturday in Clubhouse 2, except in October and December when their holiday dances replace the regular schedule.

Celebrate the new year with friends and family. Guests must be accompanied by a GRF member. 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 bands.

Rollin’ Thunder changes Air & Water Day

The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club’s Air & Water Day has been postponed to Saturday, Dec. 14, due to rain. The event will be held at The Pit Stop from 9-10:30 a.m.  

The club’s Christmas parade  will begin and end at Clubhouse 6, starting at 4:30 p.m. today (see page 16 for map).

Call 431-6859 for more information.

OC Readers choose LW

Leisure World, Seal Beach, was ranked the best in the “Senior Leisure” category of The Los Angles Times Orange County Readers Choice special supplement published Nov. 10. 

Leisure World was recognized as a nationally acclaimed “active senior community located in Seal Beach, California, where sunny days are cooled by ocean breezes. Spread over 542 park-like acres, LWSB offers co-ops and condos for resort-style living for those 55 and over.”

Leisure World was also named a favorite in the Best Retirement Community category. 

Arts & Leisure pg 10-15

LW Dance Classes and Clubs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: West Coast swing is taught from 9-10 a.m.; the hustle, 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.

Friendship Club

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

Monday, Dec. 16, Clubhouse 6, Room B

11 a.m.—Prepare for CA DMV Test

(Includes information about REAL ID, Sacks)

Noon—Windows 7, 10 (Sacks)

Monday, Dec. 23: No class

On Tuesday, Dec. 24, there will be a Celebration of Life potluck for Craig Inglis from 1-3:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. To arrange what to bring and RSVP, call Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122. RSVP deadline is Dec. 20.

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.

Ballet Fitness Class

A ballet fitness class is offered upstairs in the mirrored dance room in Clubhouse 6 on Saturdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Ballet may sound intimidating but every dancer works to his or her own skill level, and it’s an effective and fun way to keep fit. 

The routines and barre exercises stay pretty much the same weekly. Floor work follows barre exercises.

The routines are designed for seniors to be gentle on the body. Working on the barre develops core strength and contributes to better balance. 

 Mel Lockett is a professional dancer who owns a dance studio. He has been teaching in LW for more than five years.

Students are advised to wear comfortable clothes and bring a pair of soft booties or ballet slippers. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call (562) 252-9676.

Community Sing

The Community Sing will meet Monday, Dec. 16, for a holiday treat night in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby at 6:30 p.m. Bring food (in disposable containers) and a large labeled spoon if necessary.

The Sing will be dark until Jan. 13. 

On Nov. 18, Rhonda Fischer was the leader. She and Pat Kogok alternated as pianists during opening acts. Ethel Carter started the opening acts by singing “You’re a Grand Old Flag.” Singers included Carmen Edwards, “On the Sunny Side of the Street”; Pat Kogok, “Don’t Call Me Trailer Trash!”; Chuck Zeman, “Blue Velvet”;  Byong Choi, “If You Love Me, Really Love Me”; Bruce DuPont, “So They Say”; Peter Innerbickler, “So in Love With You Am I”; and Ethel Carter, “I’d Like to Build the World a Home.”

Bob Barnum sang three numbers at half-time.

On Nov. 25, the leader was Bob Barnum, and opening Acts began with Richard Yokami on electric guitar who sang “Have You Seen the Rain?” Other performers included Ethel Carter singing “Over the River and Through the Woods”; Bruce Dupont, “ If”; Byong Choi, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?”; Bob Barnum, “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”; Essie Hicks, “Til There Was You”; Barb May, “Your Cheating Heart” and Leila Claudio, “Climb Every Mountain.” Pianist Rhonda Fischer accompanied four of the soloists. Vito Villamor and Bruce DuPont helped with the books.  

Use your iPad like a pro

Learn to use your iPad like an ace with tips and tricks shared by iPad guru Fred Carpenter. He will cover how to navigate the device,  camera and video capabilities and discuss issues people have with them, like how to take a screen shot or access recent files.

The Video Producers Club meets from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, in Clubhouse 3, Room 12-A. The club meets every Tuesday from 2-4 p.m. (except Dec. 24). 

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

Photo Arts

The Photo Arts Club holiday party is at 1:30 p.m. today, Dec. 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

Members should bring a favorite photo to share. There will be no   competition at this meeting.

Community Karaoke 

With his strong voice, Byong Choi sang “Feelings” straight from the heart at the Community Karaoke party last week. It was a rainy night and thus, a smaller group but the singers were happy performing for the appreciative audience. 

Albert Comia, a newcomer, sang “My Way,” joining singers like Pete Tupas, Wayne Urban, Tino Tupas and Walt Bier, who got into the spirit with Christmas carols.

Top-tappin’ tunes were offered by Frank Carr, David Noble, Shannon Harrison, Richard Yokomi, Diane Wasserman, Mike Breen, Julie Nulad, Vito Villamor and Sue and Walter Piippo. Essie Hicks did a beautiful “Solitaire” and other nice hits came from Barbie May and Eileen Merritt.  

On Wednesday, Dec. 18, the club will host a Chili Christmas Party, featuring chili and hot dogs. Members are invited to bring anything else they’d like to go with it.  Everyone is welcome to join the karaoke party on Wednesdays beginning at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. 

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.

Stars in My Eyes

From the first time we met I saw Beauty, Desperation and Love in your face.

Beauty because God made you almost perfect,

Desperation because you wanted something better for your life

and Love because your girls meant everything to you.


We met under very peculiar circumstances 

in a bar low on light.

Not a likely place for romance

But everything felt just right


When I looked into your eyes, I saw Beauty

I had never felt this way before

I thought, Oh Lord I have a duty

To get to know this girl some more


When I looked into your eyes I saw Desperation

The kind that says I want more

A better life for you and your girls

Just what every Mother searches for


When I looked into your eyes I saw love

The kind that you wanted to share

I felt there were signs from above

That told me that I belonged there


From the night we met in August

I began to lay out my Plot

My love for you grew daily

Until the time we tied the knot


I loved you then, I love you now

And I will love your forever,


—J.B. Brahy

The author wrote this poem at a Legacy class about his marriage of over 50 years in tribute to their love. 

His wife passed away last year.  This poem was mined from a longer memoir shared with the group.

Take Out in LW

The GRF Recreation Department sponsors two options a week for takeout dinners that people can order inside Leisure World.

Taco Tuesday, hosted by Koffel’s Food Service, offers a wide variety of diner-style selections at reasonable prices. 

The truck is in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot at 5 p.m. every Tuesday. People can take their food to go, or eat inside or on the patio of Clubhouse 6.

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.  

Opera Club

Members of the Opera Club celebrated the club’s fifth anniversary with a delicious lunch at the El Dorado Golf Club Restaurant in El Dorado Park, Long Beach, on Dec. 4. 

The club has grown from five to 15 members when it started to an average of 25. 

In addition to meetings that feature popular and classic operas, the club also hosts bus trips to LA Opera performances. Member Jean Walker worked with GRF Assistant Recreation Manager Kathy Thayer and the Recreation Committee to organize annual trips for the last three years. 

Also LA Opera guest speakers and other opera experts occasionally visit the club to give talks or screen educational opera videos.

The club has formed a connection with the Long Beach Symphony and is involved with getting  LW members a generous discount on concert admission and bus tickets from Leisure World  to the Terrace Theater in downtown Long Beach; two club members help as bus hostesses.

 After a recess in December, the Opera Club will resume its regular schedule with a free showing of “Porgy and Bess” by Gershwin. 

Part I will be screened Jan 7 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 1:30 p.m. Part 2 is at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Everyone is invited.

Genealogy Club

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

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

The workshop schedule is:

•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. 

OLLI Cannabis Class

Holly Weber, RN, LCSW, will teach a “Healthy Not High” course at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at California State University, Long Beach, Room 101, on Tuesdays, Jan. 7-Feb. 11, from 8:30-10:30 a.m. Registration is underway.

Weber, a psychoanalyst and certified brain nutrition counselor, will use the solid research of Bonni Goldstein, M.D., Raphael Mechoulam, Ph.D., and others, in this six-week course. 

She will cover cannabis history, marijuana research, the endocannabinoid system, concerns about vaping cannabis and when cannabis should not be used.

She will also discuss specific conditions for which solid research demonstrates the beneficial effects of cannabis. 

To register, log on to www.csulb.edu/olli or call (562) 985-8237. Membership is open to adults 50 and older and is required.

Weber, a Leisure World resident, provides customized wellness consultations and counseling

To make an appointment, call (562) 430-8245.

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.

Friends of LW Library

The Friends of the Leisure World Library raises funds to support the library through the sale of donations at the Friends Bookstore located across the patio. 

There are bargains in books,  cards, puzzles and more.  A boutique that sells gently used collectibles and gifts is open for  holiday shopping.

The bookstore during operating hours from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Leisure Whirlers

The Leisure Whirlers square dance club will host a New Year’s Eve dinner and dance party on Monday, Dec. 31, from 5-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. There will be music, dancing and a buffet dinner. Doors open at 5 p.m. for socializing. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. Square and round dances will be alternated from 7-9:30 p.m.  Singles and couples are welcome.  Tickets are on sale for $12 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at (562) 799-9482.

The Graduation Party for this year’s students was held on Dec. 2. Classes will continue Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Come to brush up on dancing skills or just to have fun. Singles and couples are welcome. There is a singles rotation so everyone can dance. Classes are held at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove.

For more information call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250. 

LW Theater Club

The Leisure World Theater Club presented its Christmas show, “No Snow!!!” at the Christmas Tree Lighting on Dec. 5. For those who missed it, the feature is playing on youtube at https://youtu.be/SGNHXbQcEO4, or go to youtube.com and enter Janice Laine Leisure World in the search bar. All Laine’s videos will come up. 

The “No Snow!!!” video is also playing on Superwire and will be screened on SBTV-Channel 3 in January.

“No Snow!!!” was written and directed by Taylor White, Sally Glausser and Tosca Lies. It was filmed and produced by Janice Laine.

As the story unfolds, it’s Dec. 23 and there’s no snow because Father and Mother Winter (Ray Geierman and Dorothy Ferrington) are vacationing in the south of France and have lost track of time. The Grinch (Chris Russell) and Max (Jon Russell) discover they’re gone and must hop on their magic motorcycles to find them so that Father Winter can get back to the North Pole to make plenty of snow for Christmas. 

Rounding out the cast are Santa and Mrs. Claus (Charlie and Carol Guggino) and the Christmas elves (Adrianne Rosenfeld, Ruth Long, Judie Jacobus, Chuck Zeman, Linda Bolt, Connie Farrand, Claudio Gonzalez, Tillie Steihr, Roberta Lane and Donna O’Keefe). Eric Nelson makes a special appearance, singing “Christmas Time is Here” and an extra-special appearance is made by Nicholas Lees, Tosca Lies grandson.  

LBSO Pops!

The Long Beach Symphony Pops! will perform on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m.  at the Pacific Ballroom of the Long Beach Arena, 300 E. Ocean Blvd. It will ring in the holidays with The Copa Boys spreading holiday cheer by singing famous holiday tunes and Rat Pack standards. Taking their cue from the legends of generations past, this trio (Sonny Black, Jimmy Cargill, Tony Apicella) captures the essence of an era gone by while showing that they’re anything but out of style. 

Conductor Michael Berkowitz, no stranger to the Long Beach Symphony POPS! stage, will add his personal charisma and witty banter to the evening’s festivities. 

The program includes favorites popularized by Sinatra, Martin, Williams, Crosby, Cole, Sammy Davis, Jr., and others, as well as Christmas singalongs to “Joy to the World, “O Come All Ye Faithful, “Hark, The Herald Angels Sing” and “Silent Night.” The audience is urged to express its holiday exuberance in a sing-along of traditional Christmas melodies. 

The concert is suitable for people of all ages. Copa Boys founder, Anthony Apicella, grew up in New York with Frank, Dean and Sammy. He watched their movies, listened to their records and idolized them every step of the way. Today, Apicella is also a soloist with “Disney In Concert,” which tours to symphonies across the globe, celebrating the ‘magical music from the movies.  

Tickets to a Long Beach Symphony POPS! concert include options for seats at 10-top tables or bistro seating at 4-top tables. For the budget-conscious, loge seating is available for $30 (student tickets, $10 with ID). A three-concert Mini-Subscription is available for $120. Regardless of seating preference, jumbo screens on each side of the stage bring the action to life for everyone, and all patrons are invited to bring their own picnics and libations, to purchase dinner from a list of preferred local caterers (must be ordered in advance of concert night), or from concessionaries in the arena lobby. 

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. to allow time for dining and mingling with friends; the concert begins at 8 p.m.  

For more information or to purchase tickets and subscriptions, visit www.LongBeachSymphony.org or call (562) 436-3203, ext. 1. Tickets are also available on Ticketmaster. 

The POPS! Series is sponsored by Farmers & Merchants Bank. 

For Classical concert lovers, the season continues Feb. 8 in the Long Beach Terrace Theater with The Americas featuring music by American composer Aaron Copland alongside two works by Mexican composers: Marquez’s Concerto for Harp “Mascaras” and Chavez’s Symphony No. 2. 

The next Symphony POPS! concert will be Feb. 22, with fan favorite Matt Catingub conducting Mardi Gras Madness, a lively, fun-filled musical evening centered around the distinct style that makes New Orleans the city of jazz.

GRF Weekly Dance

Vinyl Rock, sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers, will play at 7 p.m. on Dec. 14 in Clubhouse 1. 

Vinyl Rock is a nine-member band who perform classic rock, Motown and pop tunes primarily from the ‘60s, ‘70s, and ‘80s. 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 Rd. at the golf course, or on Burning Tree Lane. 

• No saving tables-first come, first served.

• 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.

• 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.



Financial scams committed by trusted pros are on rise

by Cathie Merz


Consumer and legal experts are warning seniors that financial crimes committed by trusted pros—lawyers, insurers, financial advisors and caregivers, are on the rise.

Financial elder abuse, commonly referred to as “senior fraud,” can be as simple as stealing money out of an elder’s wallet or as sophisticated as fraudulently taking control of an elder’s estate.

A recent study reported by Consumers Digest estimated that there are at least 5 million cases of financial elder abuse in United States each year, but law enforcement or government officials learn about only one in 25 cases. The National Council on Aging estimates that the annual cost of financial elder abuse is up to $36.5 billion.

American Association of Retired Persons’ (AARP) Public Policy Institute estimates that one-in-five seniors is a victim of financial exploitation and agrees that a majority of the attempts to scam seniors of their money goes unreported.

Perpetrators seek out and spend time with older people who are isolated and lonely. They know many of their targets won’t report what’s happening for fear of embarrassment or of having their children take control of their finances.

Financial scams perpetrated against older people include a broad range of conduct that includes taking money or property outright, using technology to get personal or financial information and getting paid for care, products or services and then not providing them. These scam artists often pose as trustworthy helpers. They can be strangers, such as telemarketers and tradespeople, or have a relationship with the targeted victim, such as friends, family members, doctors, lawyers, accountants and paid or volunteer caregivers. 

Abusers who are family members often have money troubles that may be made worse by unemployment, gambling or substance abuse problems. 

A survey conducted by Investment News found that 62 percent of the 591 financial advisors questioned, suspected or had seen financial abuse at least once to their older clients, and 39 percent of the abuse was done by another financial professional. Less than half of those surveyed reported their suspicions. Some of the scams done by professionals include selling ill-advised annuities, reverse mortgages, solar panels and veterans’ benefits. 

According to the FBI, people age 60 or older, especially older women living alone, may be a special target of people who sell bogus products and services by telephone. Telemarketing scams often involve offers of free prizes, low-cost vitamins and health care products and inexpensive vacations. 

Some traps used to lure trusting people are more aggressive than others. One such scheme is when unscrupulous individuals try to sell seniors questionable investments under the guise of estate or retirement planning at seminars offering free meals. 

The Minnesota attorney general’s website issued a warning about such con artists: “Once he obtains your financial information, he will usually try to get you to buy an annuity or other insurance product. He may have several meetings with you before he reveals his true intentions: to sell you insurance.”

According to the FBI’s Common Fraud Schemes web page, senior citizens should be especially aware of fraud schemes for the following reasons: 

• Senior citizens are most likely to have a “nest egg,” to own their home, and/or to have excellent credit—all of which make them attractive to con artists.

• People who grew up in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s were generally raised to be polite and trusting. Con artists exploit these traits,

Letters to Editor


I would like to correct some of the misstatements in the Nov. 28 Letter to the Editor regarding the possibility of a restaurant in Leisure World. First, it should be understood that no decision has been made.

Some of the comments attributed to the owner of Gourmet Pie are false. He said he would be interested in exploring the possibility of a restaurant in Leisure World. He never said it wasn’t feasible, and nothing was said about eliminating the other dining venues available to Leisure World. Further, the lessee would be responsible for the cost of the liquor license, not GRF.

Although he expressed interest in pursuing this opportunity further, the committee decided to recommend to the GRF Board a feasibility study by a professional consulting firm. Once the feasibility study is completed, there will an open session to discuss the pros and cons on whether to proceed.

In the survey conducted in the Leisure World Weekly, 1,694 residents responded with 64 percent of those responding yes in favor of a restaurant/bar in Leisure World.  

It should be noted that this project, if approved, may provide revenue through the leasing of a section of Trust Property, which in turn, may offset future GRF increases. 

Lee Melody

Mutual 14 



Here we go again; losing another privilege! Now we can’t buy extra guest passes. We’ve lived here 25 years. We have a large family. Of our nine children, there are seven who actually live within 1-½ hours. Who do we pick to give the four guest passes to?  We have older grandchildren living locally who come to help us. They also deserve passes. We have a loyal friend of more than 40 years who comes to visit. We have been able to manage the last several years with four extra passes.

We once had an RV club that controlled the RV lot. We did not have a budget for attorneys to stop members who would violate the rules. The majority of members were not affected. We once could pull our RV to the visitor’s lot when we needed an extra bedroom for out of town guests. Not now. Our own RV is now in our home campground lot in Riverside County. 

Sounds like the privilege of having our golf cart serviced here might disappear. And I’ve heard there may be more control needed for the gardens. I doubt that the majority even cared that one person had a lot for a long time. We were all told 25 years ago that there was a long waiting list.  Apparently all decisions are to benefit the majority. Does that mean the minority has to lose privileges?

Barbara Houck

Mutual 12



LWSB has a exceptional treasure in its community orchestra. When we were planning to move to Southern  California last spring, the only independent living community that had its own orchestra was LWSB. Since one of us is a devoted cellist, who is used to playing with community orchestras, there was no question that LWSB was where we wanted to be.

We are both musicians who love music and count on it to keep our spirits up and our brains functioning. It is alarming beyond words to think that this treasure may be disbanded because at the moment there are slightly less than 50 percent of its musicians come from LW. Obviously the LWSB community  orchestra not only serves LW musicians and the LW community with its concerts, but the wider community of musicians as well.

    So come and enjoy the concert tonight, Thursday, Dec. 12, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, and hope there will be many more to come.

Cynthia and Michael Stone

Mutual 14

Credits& Kudos

Credits & Kudos must include the writer’s name and mutual, and will be edited for brevity. Mention of a business or service is not an endorsement or recommendation by the LW News or Golden Rain Foundation.

Ruth Harrison, Mutual 14, thanks the GRF Maintenance Department Manager Ruben Gonzales and his staff and crew, for the outstanding support they have given. “In my opinion, the Maintenance Department is operating very efficiently and would pass any independent time and motion study.”


Laura Arnold, Mutual 14, is thankful for the article about organist Peter Bates, Mutual 7, and his concert on Dec. 1 at the Covenant Presbyterian Church in Long Beach. She and her husband went to the concert and thoroughly enjoyed it. “To me organ music is very restful and with all the stress in our lives, this was a welcome break,” she writes.


Make it a beautiful day for others

by Jim Greer

LW contributor

The holiday movie season kicked off the week before Thanksgiving with highly-anticipated action, animation and fantasy films. But, the gem among the blockbuster noise was “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.” 

Based on the 1998 Esquire magazine article “Can You Say… Hero?” by Tom Junod, “A Beautiful Day” depicts the emotional and spiritual journey of writer Lloyd Vogel, played by Matthew Rhys from the FX Networks series “The Americans.” Lloyd’s editor, hoping to help him overcome his reputation as a ruthless cynic, assigns him to write an upbeat article on children’s TV icon, Fred Rogers. From the moment that the misanthrope Vogel meets Fred Rogers, his years of pain begin to melt away amidst the positive and loving influence of Mister Rogers. 

This touching story is a testament to the influence that one good man can have on millions of people, one person at a time. Mr. Rogers always sought to speak directly to each child sitting in front of the TV and to help them feel safe, special and loved. The film skillfully portrays the emotional and spiritual reclamation of Lloyd Vogel, who had long been burdened by traumatic events from his childhood. Lloyd believed himself to be a “broken man.”

But, Fred Rogers didn’t see Lloyd as broken. He never saw anyone in the negative way we often see ourselves. Mr. Rogers loved and accepted everyone as they were. And Lloyd was no exception. In 1975 Mr. Rogers wrote, “I’m wary of people who insist on trying to make other people feel bad about themselves. The more I look around me, and within me, the more I notice that those who feel best about themselves have the greatest capacity to feel good about others.”

The holidays can remind us of eroded or lost relationships with neighbors and loved ones. The longing we feel is often rooted in relations that may have soured. Or we may be longing for loved ones who are no longer with us. Perhaps, what each of us should do is find others to lift and cheer by watching for those who struggle, or seem lonely, lost, or sad. 

Once we accept ourselves as we are, we are better able to accept others just the way they are. There isn’t anything they will need to do to win our acceptance or friendship. Making friends, one at a time, gradually convinces us that we can love just about anyone. That’s precisely what Mr. Rogers did every day, and he explained it this way, “When I think about heaven, it is a state in which we are so greatly loved that there is no fear and doubt and disillusionment and anxiety.”

This holiday season can become a heaven on Earth where kindness, love and acceptance can replace fear, doubt, disillusionment,and anxiety. We can see as Fred Rogers did and believe that heaven is where people look with eyes that see every one of us as good, valuable and lovable.



Breaking down the budget; how assessments are spent

by Cathie Merz


The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors is responsible for establishing a budget each year, per civil and corporate code, (Civ. Code §5600).

Total budgeted expenses for 2020 are $17,210,445. 

The Board has the duty to assess the Shareholders an amount sufficient to carry out the duties under the Mutuals’ governing documents and applicable sections of law. The Board may increase assessments by up to 20 percent over the previous year without membership approval. Each board member is responsible to act in accordance with the law and in the best interest and mutual benefit of a majority of the shareholders.

The 2020 the annual assessment will increase by $4.91 to $163.11 per month per apartment.

Increases include LW Weekly, due to a decrease in advertising revenue; higher minimum wages mandated by the state from $13.25 to $15; increases in insurance policies; janitorial costs, due to the minimum wage increase; and the inflationary index for Strategic Reserves Funding Plan.

GRF regular assessments are based on estimates of income and expenses associated with GRF operations, including serving as the Mutual services management company and as trustee for all property held in common by the 16 Mutuals. GRF staff and associated expenses are paid through the GRF assessment. 

The budgetary process requires six months from start to finish and is reviewed by nine GRF standing committees, taking the staff over 500 hours.

The assessment charged to shareholders and residents each month is the accumulation of five factions: GRF regular assessments, the Mutual’s regular assessment, property taxes, Orange County user fees and cable charges if applicable.

Key expenses of the GRF and Mutual assessments include but are not limited to:

• Utilities – Electricity, water and trash

• Professional Fees – Legal, consultants and management

• General Services – Building and grounds repair and maintenance, landscaping, pest control and service maintenance

• Insurance – property and liability 

• Reserve Funding – replacement of trust property

Labor is a key component in the budget. The GRF has 231 employees, 134 full-time and 97 part-time, that work an estimated 354,650 hours a year.

Property taxes are included in the monthly assessments, except for Mutual 17.

GRF stock represents ownership of real property within Leisure World and is taxed by Orange County. Each unit is responsible for paying its individual share of secured property taxes and are collected by the Mutual from shareholders through the monthly assessment.

Property tax is billed to each Mutual and the number of tax bills the Mutual receives is equal to the number of parcels of land the Mutual owns. The Mutual accumulates these funds in a tax impound account and pays its secured property tax bills from this account.

Because Mutual 17 is a condominium complex, the owners are responsible for their own property tax bills.

Orange County user fees include bonded indebtedness, such as the Coastline Community College District and the Metropolitan Water District of Orange County, and special assessments, including mosquito and fire ant assessment, vector control charges, a Metropolitan Water standby charge, lighting maintenance for public streets and Orange County Sanitation District sewer user fees.

Because the GRF negotiates with Spectrum for a discounted group rate, cable charges are included on the GRF monthly assessment, for those who subscribe to Spectrum.

The Board must also maintain the integrity of the reserve account. Setting aside sufficient funds to repair and replace major components is one of those duties.

The current Reserve Fund balance is $10,264,378, which can only be used for repair, restoration, replacement, maintenance, or litigation involving the repair, restoration, replacement, or maintenance of, major components that the association is obligated to repair, restore, replace, or maintain. 

This fund is strictly controlled under provisions of the Civil Code, (Civ. Code §5510(b), and all expenditures must be approved by the Board of Directors. 

New assets and components are funded by capital funds, which are attained from membership fees. These funds are controlled by GRF policies and all expenditures must be approved by the Board of Directors. The current capital funds balance is $2,312,263.

The 2020 membership fee is 25 times the GRF monthly assessment, with 50 percent of the fee is designated for the Reserves, 50 percent for Capital funds.

Caregiver passes expire Dec. 31, registration begins Dec. 23

by Belinda Meacham 

Stock Transfer manager

Caregivers and the services they provide are vital to shareholders in need of assistance with daily living. Hiring a caregiver is a private matter between the shareholder and the caregiver agency or individual of your choice. 

The Mutual Corporations passed Policy 7557 in order to set guidelines by which a caregiver can obtain a pass to enter the community. Compliance with this policy’s provisions is mandatory. To obtain a caregiver pass, the shareholder or caregiver may pick up an application in Stock Transfer. 

General requirements include:

• Shareholders must provide a doctor’s note stating that a caregiver is needed for assistance with daily living. The note must be issued on medical office letterhead. Notes are valid for one year and are maintained on file.

• Some Mutual Corporations require caregivers to provide a City of Seal Beach Business License on an annual basis. Check with Stock Transfer or your Mutual Board of Directors to determine requirements.

• Family members providing assistance are required to register as caregivers, but are exempt from the City of Seal Beach Business License requirement. 

• Caregiver passes expire June 30 and December 31 each year.

• Caregivers must have their photo taken by a Stock Transfer employee.

• Caregivers must register for each shareholder they work for. 

• Guest passes will be confiscated if found in caregiver’s possession. 

• Caregivers are not allowed to park in the resident’s carport space without prior Mutual president approval.

Reregistration of current caregiver passes will begin in the Stock Transfer Office Dec. 23.

If you have any questions about caregiver registration, stop by the Stock Transfer Office of call (562) 431-6586, ext. 339, 348 or 400.

GRF Board of Directors Agenda

Clubhouse Four

Tuesday, December 17, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.

1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call

3. President’s Comments

4. Announcements/Service Awards/Staff Commendation

5. Seal Beach City Council Member’s Update

6. Health Care Advisory Board Update 

7. Shareholder/Member Comments 

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

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

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

• 2 – minute limit per speaker, over 26 speakers 

8. Consent Calendar (pp.9-46)

a. Committee/Board meetings for the Month of November 2019 (pp. )

i. Minutes of the Recreation Committee Board Meeting of November 4, 2019

ii. Minutes of the Executive Committee Board Meeting of November 8, 2019

iii. Minutes of the Finance Committee Board Meeting of November 18, 2019

b. GRF Board of Directors Minutes, November 26, 2019 (pp. )

c. December GRF Board Report (pp. )

d. Accept Month of November Financial Statements for Audit (pp. )

9. Reports 

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

b. Management Services Review Ad hoc Committee

c. Strategic Planning Ad hoc Committee

d. Website Ad hoc Committee

10. New Business

a. Communications and ITS Committee

i. Adopt 20-2806-2, Service Fees

ii. Amend 20-2841-2, Graphic Design Services

iii)   Capital Funding Request – Main Gate and Yard Internet Upgrades – Ubiquiti

b. Executive Committee

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

c. Finance Committee

i. Approve Exclusive Use of Trust Property 

1. Genealogy Club

2. Historical Society

3. Rolling Thunder

4. LW Theater Club

5. Video Producers Club

6. Mutual Eight

d. Mutual Administration Committee

i. Capital Funding Request – Custom Programming for Mutual SRO Reports

ii. Capital Funding Request – Micro Trenching Machine, Service Maintenance

e. Security, Bus &  Traffic Committee

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

ii. Amend 50-5536.01-1, Guest Passes

12. Staff Reports   

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

ii. Executive Director’s Report – Mr. Ankeny

13. Board Member Comments

14. Next Meeting/Adjournment

Next regular GRF Board of Directors meeting, 

Tuesday, January 28, 6:00 p.m., Clubhouse Four


Guest passes, monthly assessments mailed end of month

Shareholders that pay their monthly assessments by check should keep an eye on their mailboxes for two Golden Rain Foundation mail-outs toward the end of December. 

The first packet contains the 2020 carrying charge coupons. 

The second packet contains 2019 property tax information and four 2020 guest passes.

Shareholders who pay by check will receive the 2020 coupon books and payment envelopes directly from the coupon vendor. Shareholders are encouraged to mail their monthly payments via U.S. Postal Service.

Those who want to bring their payments to the Accounting Office or use the white GRF payment boxes may continue to do so with the understanding that their payment is forwarded to a different processing center.

Shareholders who pay their monthly assessments by direct debit will receive one packet containing their property tax information, guest passes and direct debit information.  

Those who maintain a forwarding address, guest passes and coupon packets will be mailed to the address on file. 

Important to note: No late charges will be assessed for late January payments. The date for January payments has been extended to Jan. 31, before assessments are considered late providing ample time for all shareholders to receive their 2020 packet with carrying charge information and payment coupons.  

The 2020 Guest Passes are printed on bright orange cardstock and are included in the mailing.  The property tax information is printed on the same sheet as the guest passes. 

“The GRF Board voted that all residents will receive only four passes,” says Victor Rocha, GRF security services director. Guest passes are now handled by the GRF Security Department. “At this time there are no additional guest passes for sale.” 

Emergency contact forms are also enclosed in the year-end packet. Complete this form only if you have not updated your emergency contact information recently. Turn the form in to Stock Transfer or drop it in one of the white GRF mailboxes throughout the community. Do not include the emergency contact form with your monthly payment. 

Due to the large volume of mail-outs processed by the post office, your neighbors may receive their packets before or after you. 

If you have not received your guest passes or payment coupons by Jan. 17, contact Stock Transfer at (562) 431-6586, ext. 339, 348 or 400.

Pets must be licensed, registered in LW by Dec. 31

by Belinda Meacham 

Stock Transfer manager

Per Pet Policy 7501, Article II, pets must be registered with the Stock Transfer Office before they are brought onto the Mutual premises. Further, the pet registration and licensing must be updated on or before Dec. 31 of each year. The Mutual Pet Registration Form can be picked up at the Stock Transfer Office. To complete the registration, you will need to include the following: 

• Requirements for Dogs—City of Seal Beach Pet License, proof of spay or neuter, proof of dog’s inoculations, proof of liability insurance and proof of dog’s weight.

• Requirements for Cats—Proof of spay or neuter and proof of liability insurance.

To renew the registration of a currently-registered pet in the Stock Transfer Office, you do not need to complete a new form, but will need to provide current liability insurance documents and, for dogs only, a current City of Seal Beach Pet License. 

For more information about registering a pet, call Stock Transfer at (562) 431-6586, ext. 339, 348 or 400.


Pet Licensing with City of Seal Beach

Note: The City of Seal Beach contracts with the City of Long Beach Animal Care Services for animal control and licensing purposes. 

To purchase a City of Seal Beach Pet License, you will need to provide the following:

• History of prior licenses; a permanent license tag is issued when a license is first purchased.

• Your name, address, and phone number.

• A current rabies inoculation certificate, good for the entire licensing period. 

• A Certificate of Sterility if your pet has been spayed or neutered (altered). This will reduce your dog license fee. The  certificate must be shown at time of purchase to receive the reduced rate.

• Microchip information (if applicable).

• Pet license fee.

There are several ways to purchase your City of Seal Beach pet license:

• In person at the Long Beach Bureau of Animal Care Services located at 7700 E. Spring Street.

• Online at: http://www.longbeach.gov/acs/pet-laws-and-licensing/licensing/

• By mail: send copies (this paperwork will not be returned so do not send originals) of the above information along with the pet license application to the Animal Care Services Bureau at 7700 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA, 90815, along with a check or money order for the proper amount. The license will be processed, and a license tag will be mailed to you.

City of Seal Beach Pet License Fees:

• Dog Altered: $31; 

• Dog Altered – Senior Resident: $15; 

• Replacement Tag: $10;

For more information about pet licenses, call Long Beach Animal Care Services at (562) 570-8247 or email them at animalcare@longbeach.gov.


December 5, 2019

Clubhouse 4

The regular monthly meeting of the Presidents’ Council of Seal Beach Leisure World was convened at 9:00 a.m., by President Jackie Dunagan, on Thursday, December 5, 2019, in Clubhouse Four, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

The following is a recap of the December 5, 2019, Council meeting:

• The regular monthly Council meeting minutes of November 7, 2019 were approved, by general consent of the Council, as written.

• Ms. Dawn Januszka of the Januszka Group, Inc. discussed the role of the new Onsite Homes Sales office.

• Messrs. Dana Dowers and Michael Perry, Mmes. Jill Clark and Skylar Romines, Insurance Brokers, Inc., provided an overview of the Golden Rain Foundation and Mutual corporations insurance packages. 

• Mr. Mark Weaver reported on the discontinuance of the Calmat green waste bins, the appropriate type of light bulbs to be used for heating appliances, and reiterated the procedures for water emergencies after hours. 

• Ms. Jodi Hopkins presented Mutual Administration and Stock Transfer office reports.

• Mr. Randy Ankeny presented a printed copy of the Power Point presentation of the pool project and reminded the Presidents’ Council of GRF’s gift policy to staff: value not to exceed $25 and no alcohol may be accepted by staff.

• The Council had no unfinished business to discuss.

• The Council had no new business to discuss.

• Next Council meeting: Thursday, Jan. 2, at 9 a.m., Clubhouse 4.

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, 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.

Thursday, Dec. 26 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

  Administration canceled

Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

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


Thursday, 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 canceled

Thursday, Dec. 19 Mutual 11

  Clubhouse 3, Room 9 canceled

Friday, Dec. 20 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

  Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 23 Mutual 8

  Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 26 Mutual 1

  Administration canceled

Friday, Dec. 27 Mutual 6

  Administration canceled


The holiday carport cleaning schedule for 2019 is as follows:

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.

For Your Information

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

Replace expired decals at CH 5

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

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


Driver safety is topic at Sunshine Club tomorrow

Duane Graham, California Highway Patrol officer from Westminster Office, will be the Sunshine Club’s guest speaker tomorrow, Dec. 13, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

His presentation will be “Drive Safer, Drive Longer.” 

The presentation helps equip senior drivers with the necessary tools to remain safe and confident on the road. It will cover various topics ranging from California driving laws, safe driving practices and the effects of aging on a person’s ability to drive safely. 

It is not uncommon for senior drivers to be unaware or deny changes in their physical or mental conditions, which negatively affect their ability to drive safely. Therefore the Drive Safer, Drive Longer program was designed with a self-assessment component to assist senior drivers with identifying these changes and providing possible corrective options.

This presentation is an excellent opportunity for senior drivers to refresh their knowledge of California driving laws, evaluate their driving abilities and improve their driving skills.

Officer Graham has been employed by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) for eight years. Currently, Officer Graham is assigned to the Westminster CHP office where he works as the public information officer. Some of his duties include conducting media interviews, composing press releases, coordinating community outreach events, managing area-specific social media accounts and conducting traffic safety programs.

Join Sunshine Club members for this rare opportunity for neighbors and friends to learn how to drive safer and drive longer.

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.” 

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 and 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. Refreshments are served. 

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


RMD can help the LW community

• If you are 70-½ years or over and have an Individual Retirement Account (IRA), you are required to take part of your income via a yearly Required Minimum Distribution (RMD)

• This withdrawal is taxed as ordinary income in the year of withdrawal. However, if the distribution goes directly to charity, you pay no tax.

• Allocating part of your RMD to the Golden Age Foundation is a simple way to help support many Leisure World programs.

• Ask your tax or investment advisor about how to distribute funds to a non-profit organization.

The Golden Age Foundation is a 501 (c) (3) organization (Tax ID # 23-7273105). Distributions should be sent to the Golden Age Foundation, P.O. Box 2369, Seal Beach, CA, 90740. 

For more information on the foundation’s community services, visit the GAF website at www.goldenagefdn.org, or call (562) 431-9589.

Concerned Shareholders

Meeting moved to Dec. 19, 1 p.m.

Concerned Shareholders will meet Thursday, Dec. 19, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Randy Ankeny, GRF executive director, and Victor Rocha, GRF security services director, will be the guest speakers.

The meeting was moved from the fourth Thursday, due to the holiday.

Ankeny will review the swimming pool and other improvements and repairs. There will be a question-and-answer period. 

Rocha will give an update on the new “Visitors Active System” for the Main Gate and discuss the merits of the Seal Beach Police Department in Leisure World. A question-and-answer period will follow his presentation. 

There will be an open discussion and comments time for members on any item not on the agenda. 

Minibus holiday light tour is Dec. 16-20

The Christmas light display “Santa and His Elves,” from Dorothy Schwartz, 1671 Interlachen Road, 285-E, is in loving memory of her husband Bob Schwartz, who passed away in 2015.  Her grandson, Jesse Salazar, and granddaughter, Jenny Salazar, helped her put the display together. The display will be included on the Minibus Christmas light tour Dec. 16-20, departing from the Health Care Center at 5:15 and 6:45 p.m., or on-your own daily, between 5-10 p.m. Shareholders can call the on-call bus, 431-6586, ext. 379, to arrange for a ride to the Health Care Center for the 5:15 tour.

Golf Cart Holiday Parade Route

The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club’ holiday parade will roll through the streets of Leisure World today, Thursday, Dec. 12. The golf carts will line up at the Clubhouse 6 parking lot at 4:30 p.m. The parade departs at 5 p.m. and concludes back at Clubhouse 6 at 5 p.m., where participants can enjoy refreshments. All residents are encouraged to line the streets and cheer the participants along.

All invited to GRF ‘Festival of Lights’

The GRF Recreation Department will host the lighting of the Menorah, the Jewish symbol of Hanukkah, at Veterans Plaza on Thursday, Dec. 19, starting at 4 p.m. One of the Marcus brothers, from the well-known “8th Day” band will produce this special live event.

The holiday celebrates the Jews defeating Syrian-Greek oppressors who tried forcing them to abandon their religion and adopt Greek culture. 

According to the story, Judah Maccabee led the recapture of 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 the beautiful festival.

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


Members send out voter mailing

In preparation for an end of the month mailing of letters to Leisure World’s No Preferred Party and American Independence Party registered voters, Democratic Club volunteers gathered in Clubhouse 3 on Dec. 2 and 3 for “envelope addressing work parties.” 

The letters to the potential voters provide information on changes that are afoot in Orange County for voters in the upcoming March 3 Primary Election and suggest what can be done to insure these voters will be able to vote for the presidential candidate of their choice as well as voting for most partisan and nonpartisan seats.

For more information about this effort, readers are invited to email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com. Club members who want to help in the mailing of these letters, should phone Clara Wise at (909) 957-9886.


Club members are reminded that there will be no meeting of the Voter Awareness Series or the monthly “Lunch Bunch” in December.


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

LW ‘Party Bridge’ classes forming

It is a fact that keeping the brain active is a way to delay dementia, and playing cards, such as bridge, is a good way to improve brain health. This gives people a chance to socialize with other seniors in Leisure World. 

During the first part of January a new class for “party bridge” will begin. It is relaxed and social. It will be taught in accordance to American Standard, in Kathy Kearney’s home. Those who use to play, but are out of practice, this is a good way to brush up on skills. Those who have never played, but would like to learn, here is the opportunity. Call Kathy at (714) 801-0738. She will provide all the details and answer questions. 

Pass the word around to friends and neighbors. Everyone in LW is invited to participate. Make this a New Year’s resolution to do something for yourself and to meet new people.


Supervisor Steel kicks off campaign at LW meeting

by Brian Harmon

LW contributor

Congressional candidate and OC Supervisor Michelle Steel spoke to an overflow crowd at the LW Republican Club on Nov. 20 and was interviewed by Chris Jansing, senior national correspondent and anchor for MSNBC for a segment to be shown next week.

Supervisor Steel, a Seal Beach resident, is running in Congressional District 48, which includes LW and is currently held by first-term Congressman Harley Rouda.

After the invocation and flag salute, Club President David Harlow said, “It is an honor to attend this special event as she (Steel) kicks off her campaign in the 48th Congressional District.”

Mayor Tom Moore introduced former Council Member and Mayor Ellery Deaton who said she knows and respects the supervisor through their work on the same committees and commissions in the past.

Mayor Moore is also the Seal Beach Council member representing the area of LW east of Saint Andrews Drive.

The mayor later said, “Michelle Steel has always had my respect as a consistent tax fighter who has made taxpayer advocacy her highest concern.”

The supervisor began her talk by saying a few words in her native language welcoming a group of Korean visitors.

Michelle’s talk was short and to the point, focusing on implications of high taxes for LW residents and the Seal Beach community. She said she watches government spending as if it were her own and she feels taxpayers appreciate this gesture. She also stressed the importance of winning back the 48th Congressional District for the Republicans.

After a standing ovation she spent time talking with the crowd and listening to taxpayer’s concerns. T-shirts and posters were grabbed up quickly by her fans.

Steel said, “All of the T-shirts are extra large, but you can’t wear them for jammies until after I have won!”

When almost everyone was gone, Harlow went to the back of the room to remove the sign saying “God is welcome here.” A few young people asked that he allow them to get their pictures taken with the sign before he took it down.

“I was so thankful that these teens appreciate the words that I believe in so deeply,” he said.

Pete Amunson, a former candidate for Seal Beach City Council, said, “I was most impressed with her statement that she was rated by the National Republican Congressional Committee as one of the top 11 rising stars of the Republican Party.”

The LW Republican club meets on the third Monday of the month (except in December) in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The voter registration table will be open Monday, Wednesday and Friday through December, except Christmas Day.

Partyline Plus

Garnet Vyduna, Mutual 5, is collecting 2020 calendars for patients at the Veterans Hospital in Long Beach. Anyone who would like to contribute calendars they receive throughout the year may drop them off at the LW Weekly office.


 The Y Service Club sells MiraFiber Cloths to raise funds to send kids to camp. The MiraFiber Cloth plus water will clean any surface without chemicals. They make great stocking stuffers or gifts. The cost is $6 each or five for $25. Call Glenna Hoff, 296-5040. This is an ongoing project.

Mutual 2 holiday party is Saturday

The Mutual 2 holiday party and dinner is Saturday, Dec. 14, at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. 

Check to see if there are tickets available by calling Myrna Baker at (562) 430-2313. 

The band will start playing at 5. Dinner will be served by the committee. 

The Leisure World Minibus will start picking up passengers at 4:30 p.m. and will make return trips starting at 8 p.m. The Minibus will be labeled “Special Events.”


Traditional ‘Simbang Gabi’ Mass set

The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) is preparing for its annual “Simbang Gabi” celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 18, in Clubhouse 2 at 5 p.m. This has become a traditional event among Filipinos residing in Leisure World. 

“Simbang Gabi” or night mass is a liturgical celebration to welcome the birth of Christ. This event rekindles the close bonding of families and friends especially those who are away from their native land.

“Simbang Gabi” was influenced by Spain who ruled the Philippines for more than 300 years and introduced Catholicism. It is the time when most families and friends are together to enjoy a happy occasion to greet the coming of Christ. During this time, most of the homes of the Filipinos are decorated with festive ornaments, the most popular display is the parol, a five-pointed star covered with beautiful colors of paper and strung with twinkling tiny lights representing the star of Bethlehem. Christmas trees were introduced by Americans after the Spanish-American War.

The Holy Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Juan Caboboy, pastor of the Holy Family Catholic Church of Leisure World and spiritual advisor of the FALW. 

After the Holy Mass, the faithful and guests will be feted with a free traditional Filipino dinner. There will be karaoke singing and dancing until 10 p.m.


Christmas lunch is today, 11 a.m.

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

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

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

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

American Legion will have party Dec. 16

The American Legion Post, Auxiliary and Squadron will have its annual Christmas dinner on Monday, Dec. 16 in Clubhouse 4 at noon. All members and significant others are invited to attend. 

The cost is $15 per person. For tickets, call Eloise Knoll at (562) 533-0773 no later than Friday, Dec. 13. 

Hometown Buffet will serve lemon chicken, meatloaf, vegetables, potatoes, red velvet cake and bread pudding. 

Just a reminder, the Post is hosting Bingo on Sunday Dec. 22 and 29. Bring a friend and come play with us.


Rachmaninoff’s compositions will be featured

The Korean American Classic Music Academy program, today, Dec. 12, will feature Sergei Rachmaninoff’s Sonata for Cello and Piano, Op. 19, Movements I, III, Symphony No. 2, Op. 27, Movement III Adagio, and 24 Preludes, Op. 3-2, Op. 23-4 and 5, Op. 32-5

Ken Chong will conduct the appreciation of classical music and Robert Chung will present Christmas songs and others selected by the members. 

All are invited to KACMA class at 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.  The class is conducted in Korean. 

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

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


Annual potluck will be held Dec. 16

The Where We Live thanks shareholders who attended the last two meetings and contributed great ideas on future projects. Discussion has been generated on at least two projects related to enhancing where we live— covering the Golden Rain channel and developing a master plan for the future. 

In the spirit of the season the Where We Live Club extends a warm welcome to newcomers and all shareholders interested in learning more about the club and its goals. The next meeting will be primarily social with time to meet new neighbors.

Vice President Leslie Parker will lead the discussion. This will be a casual potluck and the club asks those attending to bring finger foods, suitable for a snack or dessert to share. Beverages will be provided.

All are welcome. Invite new shareholders and bring neighbors Monday at 6:30 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 3. 

For more information contact the club at wherewelive@yahoo.com.

It’s Birthday Party Time…

Harry Varnas, photo

Dividica “Dove” Sonza (purple dress), Mutual 7, celebrated her 75th birthday on Nov. 30, in Clubhouse 4 with some of her relatives, friends and a special guest, Byron Scott, former coach and player of the Los Angeles Lakers during the “Showtime Era” of the ‘80s, and his friend, Cecilia Gutierrez.

Connie Wessels celebrated her 94th birthday with family and friends. She reached the highest year so far in her family’s history, so that was worth the festivities. Connie has lived in Leisure World for 17 years and loves the community. She gives credit to God for the joy she has. She also shared that in order to have peace, you have to forgive those who have hurt and abused you. Unforgiveness is like a cancer that will destroy you. Each day is a gift from God. Happy Birthday to a wonderful mom, oma, aunt and friend.

HHUG collects items for homeless

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

HHUG makes two deliveries every month.

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

Mutual 9 hosts  holiday dinner

Mutual 9 will host a holiday dinner on Friday, Dec. 20, from 5-8 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Everyone is asked to bring an appetizer, salad or dessert to share. Call a director by Dec. 13 to let organizers know what you are bringing. Attendees may bring drinks of choice.  Raffle tickets will be available at the door.


101 on the wireless ‘Gs’

With 5G networks now rolling out across the country, cellular service has reached the next generation of wireless technology. Each predecessor – 4G, 3G, 2G, etc. – has redefined what can be done with cell phones. 

“G” stands for generation, and new generations of mobile service have tended to appear every 10 years or so. Each new one brings faster network speeds, better wireless service and phones that can do a lot more. 

0G: Predecessor to Cell Phones

Launched after World War II, pre-cellular 0G service was a large radio system that required an operator to patch calls through to the recipient. Since 0G mobile radio telephones weighed a lot and were not very portable, they were usually in cars and trucks (and sometimes briefcases).

1G: The Cell Phone Arrives

By the mid-1980s, a new wireless service had spread across the world. 1G was the first generation of wireless technology, first launched in Japan by Nippon Telegraph and Telephone. 1G service was voice-only and used a standardized analog technology that transmitted a constant radio wave from device-to-device. 1G no longer required an operator to patch calls through, but call quality was not very good and many calls were dropped.

2G: Analog Turns Digital

2G was a huge leap forward because it used digital radio waves instead of analog radio waves. This means that rather than transmitting a constant radio wave, phone conversations were converted to binary code and encrypted so that data could be more reliably transferred and only the intended recipient could listen to the call. 2G also allowed people to use SMS text messages for the first time. The first 2G network was launched in Finland in 1991.

3G: Voice Meets Data

The first commercial 3G networks went live in the late 1990s and early 2000s, bringing high-speed data to phones. Along with calling and texting, people could now surf the web on their phones. But 3G data speeds were not very fast and downloads could take a long time.

These new capabilities needed new phones that could take advantage of them – thus the age of the smartphone came into view.

4G and LTE: Modern Wireless

Today, 4G LTE phones are the most prevalent. They provide faster data speeds than 3G—around 10 times more megabits per second. As with the jump from 2G to 3G, this has enabled a whole new set of applications such as mobile gaming, ride-sharing apps and HD video streaming. According to the Pew Research Center, about 81 percent of Americans now have smartphones, up from 35 percent in 2011.

5G: Future of Wireless 


Promising speeds in the gigabit range, 5G is expected to completely change the wireless landscape in the next few years. Besides faster speeds, the biggest benefit of 5G is lower latency—that is, the time it takes for your device to realize it’s sending or receiving data. Reducing the time between data transfers is essential for the next wave of augmented and virtual reality, as well as things like self-driving cars and virtual concerts where any amount of lag can have big consequences.

T-Mobile has launched 5G nationwide and Verizon, AT&T and Sprint have launched 5G in select cities across the United States. A 5G-capable phone is needed to get the service.



Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

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

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

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

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

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

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


In Memoriam 

Janette McGowen  75

Christopher Carthew  33

Gail Weinstein  85

Dolores Hodkinson  87

Carol Forbes  66

Ilsa Witte  75

Marcillina Attah  77

Michael Cervantes  93

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary

Holiday Giving

Kamm Cares, a nonprofit established by Ken McKenzie of McKenzie Mortuary, is asking for generosity this holiday season by donating food, toys, gift cards and cash to underprivileged families in Long Beach. 

Kamm Cares makes donations to food and toy drives, food banks, donates money to hospice programs and sponsors estate sales to benefit various agencies. 

Bring donations to McKenzie Mortuary, 3843 E Anaheim St., Long Beach, 90804. McKenzie will match all donations (not to exceed $10,000) this holiday season. 

For those unable to make it to the location, call (562) 961-9301, and free pick-up can be arranged.

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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.

Thursday, Dec. 12 — Breaded fish tacos with shredded cabbage, salsa and Pico de Gallo on soft flour tortillas, cilantro lime rice and canned pineapple chunks

Friday, Dec. 13 — Chicken cordon bleu rice pilaf, chef’s cut, vegetables, parker house roll with promise cheesecake 

Monday, Dec. 16 — Tomato Florentine soup with sugar free crackers, Mediterranean tuna salad (chopped bell peppers, olives, cucumber, and egg) on spring mix whole wheat bread with Promise and ambrosia

Tuesday, Dec. 17 — Sweet and sour cubed pork, broccoli spears, sliced carrots, steamed rice and fresh melon

Wednesday, Dec. 18 — Vegetarian lasagna, spring mix salad with garbanzo and dressing, orange pineapple juice, Italian ice and diet canned apricots

Thursday, Dec. 19 — Baked meatloaf with mushroom gravy, sweet mashed potatoes, five way mixed vegetables and Mandarin oranges

Friday, Dec. 20 — Cream of pumpkin soup, pot roast smothered with onions and gravy, mashed potatoes, winter cut vegetables, whole wheat dinner roll with Promise, red velvet cake

Monday, Dec. 23 — Veggie chili with onions and shredded cheese, green salad with vinaigrette, corn muffin with Promise, mandarin oranges


Annual Christmas auction was held at CH 3

Mixing business with pleasure, the Wa-Rite members got ready to do some serious shopping at their annual Christmas auction. Shirley Lebreque, the Top Loser of the week was recognized with a 2 1/2 pound loss. She was surprised and wasn’t sure how that happened.  Members congratulated her, most members tend to gain after the Thanksgiving holiday.

Judy Chambers, Carol Chambers  and Margaret Humes played Santa’s elves, gearing up for the shopping spree otherwise known as the Funny Money Christmas auction’. The members earn money during the last contest, by attending meetings and losing or maintaining weight. Everyone gets an envelope with their amount of play money according to the points earned. The prizes are on the table and clothes are hanging up. The ladies set their sights on what they want to bid for and the fun begins. Thirty-two ladies and about 58 items were sold in one hour, that’s serious shopping and it kept the elves hopping. Many were thrilled with their new treasures.

The members won’t be meeting at the clubhouse this Friday since they’ll be having their Christmas party.

The next Wa-Rite meeting will be Dec. 20. Wa-Rite is a support group for women needing to lose 10 pounds or more. Members meet on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 from 9-10 a.m. Weighing begins at 7:45 and ends at 8:45 a.m. Annual dues are $10. First time visitors should arrive at 8:30. You must be a LW resident to join. For information, call Carol Chambers at 822-4641.

—Margaret Humes

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

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RV Club

Holiday potluck dinner is Dec. 17

The RV club’s holiday potluck dinner will be Dec. 17 in Clubhouse 4. Dinner will begin at 5 p.m. The club will provide the ham and turkey, plates, flatware and water. Members are asked to bring a side dish or dessert. The general meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Next years 2020 club dues can be collected at that time. Dues are $10 per RV. 

Beginning next year, the meeting time will be changed to 6 p.m. and the potluck dinner will be 7 p.m. Save the date for Feb. 18, we will have a presentation by RV-Adventure-USA, a company that helps RV owners with various travel plans. More information to follow.

—Barb Ponegalek

Traveling Tigers

Holiday luncheon will be Dec. 19

The Traveling Tigers Club will host a members only, 39th holiday luncheon on Dec. 18, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 at 11:30 a.m. Members who did not sign up may contact Joan Schwichtenberg at (562) 446-0731 by Dec. 16 to sign up. President Ed Hickman will officially welcome his 2020 board of officers and committee teams to the general membership. Joanna Matos will bring the mind-bending game of Christmas Trivia to play. The proverbial white elephant gift (wrapped in brown paper) exchange game led by Mrs. Santa Claus, aka Susan Shaver, will highlight the festive afternoon. Secretary Jeanne Berro and CFO Elaine Miller reminds the club to wear an ugly Christmas sweater or similar apparel to make the atmosphere colorful. Elizabeth Daniels, the table set-up coordinator says, “don’t forget your place setting, especially the coffee cup.”

—Joanna Matos

Sunshine club

Fifty-five club members visit the Getty Museum

As always the Sunshine Club excursions begin with smiles and morning greetings, roll call, and a cheery round up of all 55 passengers, with Ben Hwang, the Club’s favorite bus driver at the wheel.

Sunshine Club’s last bus trip of the year was a lovely excursion to The Getty Center’s world-famous art museum well known for its architecture, gardens, priceless art, and breathtaking views overlooking Los Angeles. Though the climate of the day displayed a marine layer which shrouded the normal panoramic view of the City there was still enough of a view to enjoy the gardens and landscape. Of particular interest was an up close and personal testament to how near the recent fires traveled.

Before we began our Getty Center experience, we enjoyed a nice lunch at a convenient picnic area.

The Center branch of the Museum features pre-20th-century European paintings, drawings, illuminated manuscripts, sculpture, and decorative arts; and photographs from the 1830s through present day from all over the world. The Museum’s collection at The Center includes outdoor sculptures displayed on terraces, in gardens and in the large Central Garden.

On the “don’t’ miss” list is the Galle Chandelier, Brought to Light, which is housed in a gallery solely devoted to this 18th century chandelier shaped like a hot-air balloon. It was awesome.

Many club members toured with a museum docent for additional information on the displayed artwork while others chose to venture in groups or on their own. Of particular joy was the artwork of Vincent Van Gogh’s Irises. Up close it is even more beautiful than can be shown through photographs.

To our delight club members viewed the current exhibitions of Manet and Modern Beauty, Peasants in Pastel: Millet and the Pastel Revival; True Grit: American Prints and Photographs, 1900-1950. There was something for everyone.

Before we boarded our bus to return home we grouped to take a photo. “OK, Ben, we had enough for today. Bring us home” I said.

—Loni Gardette

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Men’s Monday Golf 

Cindi Cooper sweeps honors 

Friends, ladies, spouses, and family are all welcome to play and/or join The Men’s Monday Golf League. Nov. 25 at the David L. Baker Golf Course in Fountain Valley seven men and one woman challenged the par 62 executive golf course. With Ten par threes and eight par fours, plus plenty of water and diabolically placed sand traps make this course a challenge for golfers at all skill levels.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).

A Flight:

First place, Cindi Cooper, with a sensational 11 under par plus 2 birdies, fewest putts, 29, closest to the pin on the 114 yard par 3 third hole; second, Fujio Norihiro, 7 under 54 with 1 birdie, closest to the pin on the 132 yard par 3 12 hole; third, a tie between John Meyer and Bill McKusky, at one under 61; fifth, Larry Hillhouse, par 62.

B Flight:

First place, Marv Ballard, with a fantastic 48 and one birdie; second, Bob Mun, 7 under 55, fewest puts, 32, and 2 birdies; third, Lowell Goltra, 65.

On Dec. 2 at the Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach eight men challenged the 5,600 yard-par 70 golf course. With lots of elevation changes, tricky/undulating greens, and sneaky sand traps, this Meadowlark presents challenges the other courses do not.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).

A Flight:

First place, Larry Hillhouse, at 3 over 73, plus 1 birdie, closest to the pin on the 150 yard par 3-16 hole, fewest putts, 29; second, Fujio Norihiro, 75, plus 1 birdie; third, Sam Choi, 78; fourth, John Meyer, 79, also closest to the pin on the 140 yard (waterhole) par 3-7; fifth, Gary Stivers, 80.

B Flight:

First place, Bob Munn, 78; second, Lowell Goltra, 80. Bob and Lowell tie for fewest putts with 30.

Both the Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting at 7 a.m., except holidays. The courses are David L. Baker in Fountain Valley, Meadowlark in Huntington Beach, Riverview and Willowick in Santa Ana. LW Men’s Club membership is not required. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in each flight; two prizes for closest to the pin on par threes; and a prize for the lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-one, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact, Bill McKusky (562) 430-8618 or Gary Stivers, (714) 313-3697

—David LaCascia

cards and games scoreboard

Leisure World Pinochle Club winners Dec. 1: Jim Dix 11,820; Richard Van Wasshnova, 11,290; Maria Xenos, 11,270; Irene Perkins 10,930. 

Dec. 5 winners:  Marilyn Allred, 13,450; Gracie Finnegan, 12,850; Peg Kaspar, 12,170; Jim Kaspar, 11,560. 

Dec. 7 winners: Bert Sellers, 11,820; Jim Kaspar, 10,410; Tony Dodero, 10,020; Charlotte Westcott, 9,500. 

The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433. 

 –Bert Sellers


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners Dec. 7: N/S: Bud Parrish-Joan Tschirki; Linda Nye-Mike Nielsen; Alan and Barbara Olschwang.  E/W: Al Appel-Judy Jones; Sue Fardette-Larry Slutsky; Ken and Lee Miller.  Dec. 6: N/S: Stan Johnson-Louise Seifert; Sibyl Smith-Harriet Weiss; Ernie Ross-Roy Tomooka. E/W: Sue Fardette-Fred Reker; Ellen Kice-Russ Gray; Lavonne McQuilkin-Carol Murakoshi; Rosemary Ford-Sue Boswell. The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1, at 12:15 p.m. For information on how to join the fun and play, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is Friday, Dec 13, Club Championship and holiday party.

-Fred Reker 


Yahtzee Club winners Dec. 6: Lyn Doylefor Most Yahtzees, 5; Lois True for highest score, 1,625; Donna Wenrick for Door Prize.  The club meets on the first and third Friday of each month 12:30-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.  Play begins at 12:45.  All Leisure World residents are welcome to join in the fun.  If you have a question or want a Yahtzee lesson prior to joining, call Kathy Rose at (562) 596-7237.

—Kathy Rose


Cook wins game

Dec. 3 winner Dolores Cook had the high score of 840, Paula Louck was next at 837, Pat Fellers at 834 and Bobbie Straley at 831. Gene Smith, Gary Jantzen, Mary Greytak and Kathleen Morrison each had six games of 121. There were 57 players on Dec. 3.

Gene Smith celebrated his birthday and Gene and Margaret delighted the club with homemade apple crisp and vanilla ice cream. The club also enjoyed sandwiches and veggies in memory of Keith Thomas, provided by Barbara Thomas. Margaret Smith and Irvene Bernstein served.

The cribbage club meets Tuesday’s at noon in Clubhouse 1. New players are always welcome.  If you do not know how to play cribbage, or just need a brush up, call Patti Smith at (562) 242-4674, leave your name and number, and she will arrange for lessons. Partners are not required and games finish at 3:30 p.m. Players should arrive by noon to be assured of a table. No Cribbage Club on Dec. 24 and 31. 

—Bobbie Straley

chess club puzzle

The word “checkmate” comes from the Arabic word “shah mat” which translates to “The king is dead” in English. 


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

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

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Jackson and Ballard triumph 

The Men’s Friday Golf League played on Dec. 6 at the par 71, 6,000-yard Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana. Ladies, friends, spouses and family are always welcome. Nine men teed off at 7 a.m. on a back and forth overcast, sunny and cloudy morning. The participants finished the round just before the rain came. The next Friday round will be at David L. Baker Golf Course in Fountain Valley on Dec. 13, followed by the last round for this year at Meadowlark in Huntington Beach on Dec. 20. Come join us, all are welcome.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).

A flight:

First place, Ron Jackson, with a 3 over 74; second, Gary Stivers, 76; third, tie between Jerry Hore and John Meyer, 78; fifth, Fujio Norihiro. Closest to the pin on 140-yard par 3 fourth hole was John Meyer and on the 150-yard, par 3, twelfth hole, was Gary Stivers. There were no birdies and Fujio had the fewest putts for the round.

B flight: 

First place, Marv Ballard, 4 under 67, plus fewest putts; second, Bob Munn.

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 and Willowick in Santa Ana. LW Men’s Club membership is not required. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in 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 Bill McKusky (562) 430-8618 or Gary Stivers, (714) 313-3697.

—David LaCascia

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Pool League

The Hustlers remain in the lead

The Pool League is taking a holiday until Jan. 6 and will wrap up the Sweepstakes on Jan. 13.

Congratulations to The Hustlers players Boon Buntra, Barry Chittem and Gary Poling. They wrapped up first place in the fall Pool League by winning their match against The Spoilers with a 10-2 score. Barry Chittem won all six of his matches and teammate Boon Buntra won five games, losing only an eight-ball doubles contest. The Hustlers were clearly the best team, really showing it in the final weeks of the season. They have a bye on the final week of the regular season on Jan. 6, but are too far in front to be caught.

The Hot Shots won over the Hot Mess Express, 8-4. Kurt Bourhenne won five games including his singles matches in eight-ball and nine-ball.

 The Ballers split with the Three Amigos 6-6. Paul Snellenberger was on a roll for the Three Amigos winning five and losing only a nine-ball match.

 The one rule in nine-ball that a lot of players have trouble remembering is the push out rule. Right after the break in nine ball a player can push out. That means he, or she, can shoot the cue ball anywhere on the table without giving his opponent ball in hand. However, if the opponent doesn’t like the shot, they can have the player shoot again. So, if you push out you want to be able to hit the lowest number ball on the table, but not give your opponent an easy shot. The push out can only happen right after the break.

—David Silva


From page 21

Solution to this week’s puzzle: Rf8

The white rook moves from d8 to f8 .  Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate. Chess partners are available in Leisure World when the LW Chess Club meets from 1-6:30 p.m. on Fridays in Clubhhouse 3, Room 7. Beginners are welcome.

Pappas, Basner and Clawson win

Tom Pappas won the final table on Dec. 7. He and the second place winner, Guta Basner both had a pair of nines on the final hand, but Tom won with his ace kicker. Third place was Bill Clawson, followed by Dan Galliani, Glenn Evenson, Glenda Saunders and Lee Pfeifer.

Drew Sargent and Evelyn Cacioppo shared the high hand for the day, both getting a straight flush. Roy Mittelsteadt and Bill Clawson both won the featured hand prize by holding a deuce and three, and winning.

Winner Pappas has been a club member for two years, but this is his first final table win.  He is both a poker and golf enthusiast, and spends many months each year traveling.

For more club information, contact the new president, Linda Stone, who begins her term in January.

meals on wheels, long beach

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

Thursday, Dec. 12 — Sweet and sour chicken, brown rice, seasoned broccoli, fresh banana, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, homemade potato salad

Friday, Dec. 13 — Homemade meatloaf with gravy, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, peas and carrots, ambrosia salad, entrée Caesar chicken salad with romaine lettuce, grated cheese, croutons, Caesar dressing and crackers

Monday, Dec. 16 — Chicken enchilada casserole with Verde sauce, mashed sweet potatoes, seasoned cauliflower, pears with cinnamon, tuna salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, creamy coleslaw

Tuesday, Dec. 17 — Tuna noodle casserole, dinner roll, brussels sprouts, tropical fruit cup, entrée chef’s salad with turkey, ham, egg, tomato, bacon and blue cheese dressing and crackers

Wednesday, Dec. 18 — Chicken chop suey, brown and wild rice, oriental vegetables, chocolate and vanilla swirl pudding, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, three bean salad

Thursday, Dec. 19 — Roast turkey with sage gravy, cornbread stuffing, corn, Jell-O with pineapple chunks, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, tri-color slaw

Friday, Dec. 20 — Pork loin adobo, au gratin potatoes, mixed vegetables, vanilla pudding with cookie, Mediterranean salad with chicken, red bell pepper, red onion, black olives, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, vinaigrette dressing and crackers



lost cat

orange and white Tabby

Please call: (C):62-597-5299 or 

(H): 562-596-8061.


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. Please drop off calendars at newspaper offices or Call 562-296-5559 for more info


The Nativity House is open again this year. Please come Monday, Wednesday, or Friday. Call 562-481-2290 to see at other times. Open until the end of January. M4, 41B


I am forming a new creative writer’s workshop, focusing on novels and short stories collections. Meeting in private residence in LW. Please call

 Shoal for details at 714-747-2146.



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



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.  


MP CONSTRUCTION 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. 2/2020





New triple pane windows, laminate flooring, carpet patio tile/carpet. Painting ceilings made smooth, ceiling lights. Exterior windows, refaced kitchen cabinets, refaced granite quartz countertops.. Lic. #723262. 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 #699080.1/9/20



Cindy Beatteay 714-356-1539.

Interior paint and specialty

finishes, cabinets, murals

and more.

Lic. #1033927.

Cindy Beatteay 714-356-153

Bel-Rich Painting – Free estimates, Apartments, room by room, small jobs, colored walls. Contractor’s License #705131. 714-220-9702. 2/2020




Only premium paints,  Ceilings made smooth. New handles-hindges

Cown moulding installed.

License #723262. 


 40 years in LW. 

562-596-0559. 12/17


Painting – Free estimates. 1 room

or entire house & refinish kitchen

cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.

CA State License #675336. 12/19




 Laminate, vinyl plank, patio tile and patio carpet. 

License #723262.

40 years in Leisure World. 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, 562-430-9966,





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



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


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


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

(714) 855-8465. Seal Beach Business

License MOR0008. 12/12


In home hair care, serving the men 

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


Hair and Nail Salon

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




Electrologist w/25+ yrs Experience

Marlyn Palmquist, CPE.



The Sanctuary Salon,

12800 Seal Beach Blvd., D

Seal Beach Business License



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


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


Just Like Your Daughter

Personal Assistant/

Girl Friday

Available for: 

errands, scheduling and 

transportation for medical


patient advocate, shopping, domestic organization, 

paperwork, bill pay

All with compassion 

and care.

Just Like Your Daughter

Call Janice, 714-313-4450

SB Lic. #JUS0006/Bonded 10/31


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

Elizabeth 951-867-1275 11/14



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

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



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



Afternoons and some weekends needed. Occasional Fridays p.m.   

Also, may need extra coverage certain days before the Holidays!  

If you are the right fit, could expand hours in near future. 

Assist an overall healthy and happy 89-year old female with meals and safely getting around home. Spanish speaker a bonus 

but not required. (She is bilingual)

Hours perfect for a retired person or student.  Pay DOE.  Ask for Christy or Chris at (714) 330-5802 or send us a text! 



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

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


For Sale: Brand new 4 wheel Pride Electric scooter, purchased for 1,800 will sell for 1,000. 949-584-3252.


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


For Sale: Rascall Electric Scooter. $395 OBO

Mike Herman, 562-522-0003. 12/12



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. 12/20


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


Carport space needed in Mutual 15. No storage needed. Call Royer at (562)896-1785


Leisure world auto mechanic needed. Problem with a veteran’s car window. Call Gene, Mutual 5, at 562-240-7396


Are you looking to work a few extra hours at L.W? We are looking for a nice caregiver to work a couple of hours at night and on weekends. Call now at 562-712-0218

Autos/Boats/RV’s Trailers FOR SALE

2002 Chevrolet Silverado 25000 Crew Cab long bed diesel truck. Original owner with all maintence records. Very clean exterior and interior. 245,000 miles. $7,500 OBO. Call 562-896-1785 12/12



Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462.12/26  



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. 



Two power chairs for sale one is five years old completely redone brand new batteries, battery charger, seat, back, and motor. Asking $400 obo.

Second Power chair is brand new less than two months old. Asking $900 obo. Must sell A.S.A.P. Both have original paperwork.Jennifer 714-864-7355 Janglin226@att.net


For Sale: small box freezer, top opening, $75. 562-446-0270


Two extra nice golf carts, 1 easy go and one club car. Call 562-431-6859


Yard sale, M15 Dec. 12,13. 1950 Mckinney Way, 11C. Gently used Christmas Decorations, lights, shower chair, pictures, small tables, candle sticks, nice clothes, jewelry, watches, adult diapers, candles, twin inflatable mattress with built-in electric pump, two queen comforters adn sheets. table cloths, unused dog leashes,toys.


Yard Sale Friday and Saturday from 8-2 p.m. Mutual 1 #32C. Lots of Christmas decorations, and globes, three wheel golf cart and clubs, tools, antiques, misc. household items, surfboard w/cover, wet suit, etc, bowling ball and bag, men’s clothing.


Estate Sale

13140 Nassau Drive

Carport 20

Mutual 9 

Dec. 12, 13, 9:00 am to 2 pm

Glinda Davis carport Sale 2007 Ford Ranger STX $1900, MacBook 13”, security safe, gun safe, tools, fishing rods, card

tables, fashion jewelry, ladies clothing, household items, Christmas decorations. See pictures at https://www.flickr.com/photos/120349245@N07/albums


Patio sale: women’s clothes, etc. 13461 S. Fairfield. Saturday, Dec. 14.