LWW Trans/Vie 12-19-19

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Page 1, General News

Toys for Tots event draws a crowd

It was a festive evening Dec. 13 with hundreds of Leisure World residents arriving at the GRF’s Toys for Tots  event featuring Santa and his elves and the Elm Street Band, whose classic rock filled the floor with dancers. 

Theater Club elves served complimentary cookies and hot coffee and Santa posed for photo ops as he welcomed the crowd inside.

Residents exchanged toys for yellow wrist bands and admittance to Clubhouse 4, which was fully decked with Christmas cheer. 

As toy collection bins spilled over, GRF Recreation personnel carried them to a Minibus that filled quickly. 

U.S. Marines made the first toy pick-up yesterday but the drive will continue until Dec. 20.

Menorah lighting is today

The GRF Recreation Department will host the lighting of the Menorah, the Jewish symbol of Hanukkah, at Veterans Plaza today, Dec. 19, at 4 p.m. The holiday celebrates the Jews defeating Syrian-Greek oppressors and the miracle of a day’s worth of oil lasting eight nights, hence the name “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. 

A Klezmer band will entertain. Refreshments will be served, courtesy of GRF and Congregation Sholom. 

Community Band holiday concert is tonight

The Long Beach Community Band will perform a holiday concert today, Dec. 19, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. The 55-piece band, under the direction of Greg Flores, was featured at last year’s Tree Lighting Event.

The Leisure World holiday concert is an annual event that draws hundreds of residents ready to celebrate the festive season. Admission is free.

Christmas meal offered to those who will be alone

For those who will be alone on Christmas Day, St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church will host its 39th annual Christmas dinner. The event will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25, at St. Hedwig’s Quinn Hall. Limited transportation is provided from Leisure World, Seal Beach. Reservations are required. Contact Josephine Glaubensklee at (562) 387-3057 to confirm. For more information, see page 8.

A Matter of Balance class to start

Leisure World’s popular workshop, A Matter of Balance, is coming in January. The eight-week course is especially designed for people who have fallen or have a fear of falling. The free workshop emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls. It also teaches exercises that increase muscle strength, flexibility and balance, and includes a limited  exercise component. 

Three sessions will be offered: 

• Tuesdays starting Jan. 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. 

• Thursdays starting Jan. 9 from 9:30-11:30 a.m.  

Classes meet two hours per week for eight weeks with two trained volunteer facilitators in a small group setting. The workshop teaches participants to view falls as controllable, set goals for increasing activity, and make changes to reduce fall risks at home. It is sponsored by Orange County Office on Aging. 

Classes are held in the Leisure World Health Care Center’s main conference room. Workshops fill quickly; registration is required. There is no waitlist. Call and leave a message for Cindy Tostado, GRF member resource and assistance liaison, at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317.  Once registered, you will receive a confirmation phone call.

Holiday Closures and Deadlines

In observance of Christmas and New Year’s, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed Wednesday, Dec. 25, and Wednesday, Jan. 1. The Minibus and the Access bus will operate on the holiday D schedule. 

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

Editorial and classified deadlines for the Dec. 26 and Jan. 2 issues of LW Weekly will be strictly enforced, due to an early printing deadline. 

The classified deadline will be Friday, Dec. 20 and 27, at noon.

Editorial copy must be received today, Thursday, Dec. 19, for publication in the Dec. 26 issue, and Thursday, Dec. 26, for publication in the Jan. 2 edition.

Amateur Radio Emergency Service News

The newly formed Amateur Radio Emergency Service (ARES) of Seal Beach-Los Alamitos, headed by Midge Bash (W6LIK), has served in two recent events supporting the City of Seal Beach. On Nov. 23, the first Seal Beach Turkey Trot drew 1,500 runners to the 5K and 10K course along Main Street and Ocean Avenue; 14  ARES members were deployed to monitor the safety of participants and spectators.  

Using a network of radio communications covering the downtown area, exasperated athletes were tracked to ensure their safety. Midge, functioning as the emergency coordinator,  quickly established a communications plan between the ARES group, Seal Beach police, and standby ambulances, ready for all contingencies.  

Radio operators reported for duty at 5:30 a.m. to a central field radio station. They were dispersed to provide instant messaging covering over two square miles. When one runner fell, all were alerted to monitor his safe completion of the race. Fortunately, no other mishaps occurred.

“These public service exercises are real-world events, and no longer just practice drills,” said Bash. “The ARES group is a deployable, multi-purpose team filling a gap in radio communications.”

So successful was the exercise that City Manager Jill Ingram requested ARES support for the Seal Beach Christmas parade on Dec. 6. Over 105 floats traveled down Main Street, which was lined with 3,000 spectators.  

Marching bands, U.S. Navy, and local police and fire personnel  paraded along with Girl Scouts troops and other civic groups. ARES members remained in close contact with Seal Beach police. Lions Club members who oversaw the parade welcomed ARES as a new partner in the annual event.  

The fourteen members of ARES are dedicated to community service with several of its members from Leisure World and surrounding communities.

Ring in 2020 with Terry Otte and Abilene

Abilene will ring in the new year with its annual boot-scootin’ dance 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 talent covers everything from Elvis to Willie Nelson and beyond. Sharing center stage on lead vocals is the dynamic Tina Schaffer singing the songs of country legend Patsy Cline to Linda Ronstadt and Shania Twain. 

Rounding out the band is guitarist Rod Anderson, bassist Mike Simpson and Jim Greer on drums. Check out Abilene and see why they are Leisure World’s No. 1 country rock band going strong for over 15 years.

Abilene is co-sponsored by GRF as one of its most popular weekend bands and performs every fourth Saturday in Clubhouse 2, except in October and December when their holiday dances replace those dances.

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.

LW Dines Out

Finbars Italian Kitchen is on hiatus for December and January, and Hometown Buffet will not be in LW for its customary Monday Night buffet on Dec. 23. Naples Rib Company will serve dinner in Clubhouse 1 on Jan. 13 instead of Jan. 6.

Hometown Buffet has canceled Sunday Brunch for 2020 as the diners have been on the decline but it will continue to serve dinner on the fourth Monday of the month, beginning in January.  

Resident support for the Monday night restaurant program has continued to decline. Restaurants are seeking suggestions on what would draw patrons back. Email ideas to events@lwsb.com.

This service was designed to benefit those who no longer drive; menus have been scaled down to make restaurant-class cuisine more affordable.

OC Office on Aging class feedback sought

The Orange County Office on Aging is seeking people who attended an Aging Healthier Living Workshop for Managing Chronic Conditions or Diabetes who completed one of these workshops or tried it but didn’t come back. The Office on Aging will host a focus group at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 30 to evaluate the program.  

 The meeting will be held at the Health Care Center Conference Room. Light refreshments will be provided. 

To RSVP, email frank.hernandez@occr.ocgov.com or call (714) 480-6451.

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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.

Opera Club

Everybody is invited to come and watch the Opera Club’s presentation of “Porgy and Bess,” Part 1, at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7,  in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

George Gershwin composed this opera after studying Black History as well as ragtime, blues and jazz for more than 10 years. This San Francisco Opera production features Eric Owens and LaQuita Mitchell with JohnDeMain conducting. Club member Sylvan VonBurg will introduce this unique American opera with its hybrid Broadway/operatic history and memorable melodies.

Act  1 depicts life in Catfish Row, an African American community in Charleston, South Carolina, where Porgy, a crippled man leading a lonely life, dreams of the attractive Bess who soon arrives with her consort Crown who is drunk.  

When Crown loses in a game of craps, he gets angry, kills his opponent Robbins and is forced to flee before the police arrive. Left helpless, Bess nevertheless turns down the offer by the drug dealer, Sportin’ Life to go to New York City and accepts the offer from Porgy to give her shelter.

At the funeral for Robbins, Bess leads the community in a mourning ritual spiritual that leads to her acceptance in the community and the start of a new found romance with Porgy.  However at a church  picnic that Porgy misses, Bess is confronted by Crown who reappears from hiding and forces Bess to stay with him.

Act 2 will be shown Jan 13 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1:30 p.m. A brief synopsis of Act 1 will be provided for those who missed Part 1.

The opera is sung in English. Room 1 is open at 1 p.m. (but not before). No dues or fees are collected. For further information, contact Beverly Emus, Opera Club president at (562) 296-5586 or beverly90740@gmail.com.

GRF Recreation News

by Kathy Thayer

assistant recreation manager

I know it’s hard to believe, but the Recreation Department keeps getting reports of equipment disappearing from the clubhouses.  Everything from silverware to pitchers and coffeemakers to microphones have somehow developed legs and walked off almost as soon as supplies are replenished.

I don’t know about you, but I hate to see my assessment go up, especially for “shrinkage.” I know it is frustrating to not have equipment available when your club needs it and the temptation to squirrel away what you use can be overwhelming, but here’s the reality: The Recreation Department budget has been cut $80,000 for 2020, so we either have to take care of the equipment we already have or go without if the funds are not there to replace it.

Fair warning: We will give everyone a chance to check their lockers for items inadvertently stored in them that belong to GRF and return them to the clubhouse custodians and then we will start inspecting them within the next 15 to 30 days.  You do not need to be present unless you have not signed a new locker agreement and still have your own lock on your locker. 

Sometimes newer club members are just trying to be helpful and don’t realize the equipment isn’t theirs, so we’re not judging….we’re just asking for everyone’s help in locating our things, and we thank you for your cooperation.

Please direct any questions you may have to kathyt@lwsb.com.

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. 19 – Photographs and the Holidays/Family Photo Sleuthing

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

The workshops are free. 

OLLI Senior U

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. Topics include cannabis history, marijuana research, the endocannabinoid system, concerns about vaping cannabis and when cannabis should not be used. To register, log on to www.csulb.edu/olli or call (562) 985-8237.

Lapidary and Jewelry Club

The Lapidary and Jewelry Club annual meeting on Dec. 9 was a great success. Officers thanked members who have helped make the club the most fun place in Leisure World. A special thanks to its wonderful supervisors, instructors and helpers who work so hard at the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4. They are Bill Hayes, Yevette Louie, Aletta Stephen, Thomas Gann, LaVerne Christiansen, Carol Lavine, Thuy Do, Pat Spencer, Jovita Smith, John Robinson, Nelson Melville and Paul Polinski.  

Members are asked to check  clubhouse lockers, which will have to be cleared out for an upcoming remodel in January and February.

In other news, the club has canceled copper enameling classes until further notice.

The potluck usually held on the third Thursday of the month is canceled in December. Instead there will be a potluck on Dec. 31. A sign-up sheet is in the Lapidary Room in Clubhouse 4. 

Flowering Dance Club

The Flowering Step Line Dance Club recently celebrated its fifth anniversary in Clubhouse 2 with a musical program, led by instructor Young Ah Ko of Mutual 14, and a special luncheon. Ms. Ko studied journalism in her native South Korea and attended the performing arts program at New York University. The club is the largest and most well-attended line dance group in Leisure World and meets Mondays at 10 a.m. The dances performed at the event included “Wild Rose,” “Love in a Dream,” “At the Andong Station,” “That Time, That Person,” “Because of Jesus Christ” and “A Flower in My Hometown.”

LWSB Book Club

The LWSB Book Club will meet today, Thursday, Dec. 19, at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. This is a new time.

The Dec. 19 selection is a duo:  One book to be read by everyone and the other a book of their own choosing to share with the club.  

“The Little Guide to Your Well-Read Life: How to Get more Books in Your Life and More Life from Your Books,” by Steve LeVeen, is the club’s December read. Covered in 123 pages such topics as regaining a love for books, uncovering books that will change your life, seizing more from your reading, reading with your ears and more.

The club has no dues or fees. Books may often be borrowed from the local library or ordered online from Abebooks.com for around $3.46 for shipping. 

LW TakeOut

The GRF Recreation Department sponsors Taco Tuesday by Koffel’s Food Service, which 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.  

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.  

Leisure Whirlers

Come and join the Leisure Whirlers square dance club for a  New Year’s Eve dinner and dance party on Tuesday, Dec. 31, from 5-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. There will be music and dancing. A buffet dinner will start at 6 p.m. 

Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7  p.m. Square and round dances are alternated from 7-9:30 p.m.  Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation so everyone can dance. 

Tickets, $12,  are now on sale.  For more information, call Lenore Velky at (562) 799-9482.

Square dance classes are held every Monday from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Come brush up on your dancing skills or to have fun and enjoy dancing.

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. 

Leisure Time Dancers

The Leisure Time Dancers will take a two-week break over the holidays, resuming on Jan. 6. The cha cha will be taught at 2 p.m., Monday, and tango, at 3, in Clubhouse 6. 

The Leisure Time Dancers invites everyone, including new members, to join it on Mondays  for ballroom dance classes in Clubhouse 6. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate.

Richard N. Sharrard is the teacher.

Cost is $6 for one hour or $10 for two hours. For more information, call (562) 434-6334.

Community Sing

The Community Sing will be dark until Monday, Jan. 13, at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.  People who want to participate in the Opening Acts should come at 6 p.m. to sign up with the song leader.

Community Karaoke

Community Karaoke hosts Walt Bier and Margie Thompson Bier are grateful for the friendship of karaoke singers and the audience, and appreciate the good times the club has shared through music in 2019.

Last week, Walt, wearing his jaunty hat, had audience members smiling while he sang “Christmas in Dixie.”  

In keeping with the season, a variety of Christmas carols sung during the evening by such notables as Tony Tupas, Ed Vilensky, Mike Breen, Essie Hicks, Bob Barnum, Pat Kogak, David Noble, Karen Morris, Janice Chapman, Bev Adams, Gerald Schwind, Ric Dizon and Vickie Van Ert. 

Community Karaoke parties will be on hiatus for Dec. 25, Christmas Day, and Jan. 1, 2020, New Year’s Day.

But the Biers look forward to a fun 2020 of Leisure World entertainment in Clubhouse 1. The Karaoke parties are held on Wednesdays, starting at 5 p.m.

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.

Radio Club

Midge Bash (W6LIK) of Mutual 14 attended the annual Disaster Amateur Radio Network (DARN) Holiday Brunch at Alpine Village in Torrance, meeting Dick McKay (K6VGP) and Diana Feinberg (AI6DF).

Dick is a trustee of over 43 linked radio repeaters throughout Southern California, which enable ham radio operators in this area to converse with others from Palm Springs to Ventura County and South to the Mexican border.

In a disaster, this ability to broadcast bulletins and emergency message traffic simultaneously throughout the region will be vital. Such communication is much more efficient than cell phones.

Diana Feinberg is the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) section manager for Los Angeles and oversees about 1,000 licensed hams promoting the radio discipline.  

In her role as a uniformed educator with the Los Angeles County Sheriff Disaster Communications Service, she trains new volunteers in supporting the LA County Emergency Operations Center.

Midge is the new emergency coordinator for the Amateur Radio Emergency Service for Seal Beach-Los Alamitos and heads a group of 14 FCC licensed members providing public service to the community.  

Recently, her group  supported the City of Seal Beach Turkey Trot 5k/10K race and the Christmas Parade.  

Using her communication skills, she oversees a weekly Sunday evening DARN Chat radio event, using the extensive DARN repeater network to pass important information and discuss interesting topics among participants throughout Southern California. 

For more information, contact Midge at bashgambol7@gmail.com. 

Friendship Computer Club

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

Instructors Jeff Sacks and Miryam Fernandez will be joined by new instructor, Bob Cohen, who has taught adults how to use technology for fun and profit at over a dozen community and adult education venues. 

He is a master on iPhones, Internet marketing, blogging and apps. Drawing on his career as a technology professional and entrepreneur, his expert training classes for all levels will help others become more familiar with using and making money using technology.  

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Dec. 23: No class

Monday, Dec. 30: 11 a.m.-1 p.m., What Is It?—Bring in the unindentified device or a photo of it and instructors will try to solve the mystery (Sacks and Cohen)

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.



Stay safe while completing last-minute shopping

by Cathie Merz


The busiest shopping season is winding to a close, which means crowded malls, stressed shoppers and occupied minds. These conditions make some people easy targets and bring criminals out of the woodwork. 

Thieves love the holiday season because people can let their guard down and become vulnerable to otherwise avoidable theft. Whether it’s pick-pocketing, shoplifting, credit card fraud or other petty crimes, it’s important to know how to minimize risk and protect yourself. Police say you can avoid problems by being attentive. Watch for people who are watching you.

If you get any kind of weird feelings about things, or see something that seems odd, call the police. 

It recommended that if you are approached by someone demanding your things, the best thing you can do is just hand over whatever they want without question. The goal is to not let the situation escalate, get away from them as quickly as possible and then call the police.

Here are some shopping safety tips that are good to follow year-round.

Try Not to Carry a Lot of Cash— Stealing someone’s debit or credit card takes extra work. That’s why cash is so attractive to thieves. Travel light in terms of your personal and financial information. Bring your identification, one credit/debit card, and no more than two checks. Carry those in a neck wallet, bi-fold wallet in a front pocket, or a fanny pack worn in the front.

Dress Down — Dress comfortably and leave the jewelry at home. This will take a thief’s focus off of you.

Avoid Using ATMs —Try and choose one or the other – cards or cash. Using ATMs can put you in a vulnerable position, not to mention the risk of card skimmers.

Don’t Shop Alone (Especially at Night)—Not only is shopping with someone safer, but it makes the adventure much more enjoyable. If you must shop alone, try to do so during the day, or park in a well-lit area close to the mall entrance. Note where your car is parked so that you can walk directly back to your car, without wandering, when you return.

Walk with Your Head High —It seems that everyone’s head is down staring at their phones. Lift it up. This will help you have better awareness of your surroundings and keep you safer. Be particularly aware in the busier areas of a store or mall. Crowded aisles, food courts and restrooms create a great opportunity and a quick getaway plan for thieves.

Keep Your Purse Close—If you’re carrying a purse, keep in front of you instead of behind. If you’re keeping it in a cart, make sure the purse is closest to you, zipped or buttoned closed, and attached to the cart itself. You can use a carabiner or the buckle straps found on most carts. 

Put Purchases in the Trunk— Don’t get overloaded with too many packages. If you are focused on your packages, you are more vulnerable to purse or wallet theft. When you have a few packages it’s a good idea to take them back to your car, put them in the trunk, and then drive to another part of the mall to continue shopping. Leaving purchases visible in the passenger seats can increase the risk of theft. 

Find Your Keys Before Walking to Your Car—Find and hold your keys at the ready, with your thumb on the panic button, when walking to the car. Looking down and fumbling through a purse makes you an easy and distracted target for someone trying to commit a crime with minimal resistance.

Lock Your Car Doors the Moment You Get Inside — Once you’ve successfully finished your shopping and made it back to your car safely, lock your car doors before you buckle up and put the keys in the ignition. 

If You’re Missing a Credit Card, Notify Your Bank Immediately — If your debit or credit card is missing, notify your bank before doing any more shopping. Given that it’s the holiday season, chances are it’s misplaced in a purse or jacket pocket. But, if it’s a worst-case scenario, minimize the damage as much as possible (if not completely).


According to AARP, older adults lose billions of dollars each year to scammers, who ramp up their efforts to steal consumers’ money and personal information during the busy holiday season. Learning how to recognize the red flags of a scam will help you protect your older loved one from becoming a victim.

Here are some common holiday scams targeted at older adults:

 Online Shopping Scams—Shopping online is a quick and convenient way to order holiday gifts, but it also opens the door to the risk of fraud or identity theft. If you enjoy online shopping, remember to use a credit card instead of a debit card to deter fraud. Only shop from well-known and trusted online retailers. If a website looks unprofessional or suspicious or offers deals that appear too good to


Beware of space heater dangers as winter approaches

by Eloy Gomez

GRF safety/emergency coordinator

The overnight temperatures will be dropping to the mid 40s by the beginning of winter next week. With the colder weather comes the need to stay warm, but if you use a space heater, do not plug it into an extension cord or a power strip. Doing so is a fire hazard, according to the fire authorities.

Power strips and extension cords are not equipped to handle the extra current flow needed to power a space heater and can overheat and even catch fire.

Firefighters said heating elements in a space heater can get up to more than 500-600F. They are reminding residents that a space heater should only be plugged directly into the wall, keep heaters at least three feet away from any flammable materials including drapes, blankets, and waste baskets. Make sure to turn the heater off before leaving your home or before going to bed, and always keep an eye on it when it’s in use.

From 2009-2013, heating equipment was involved in an estimated 56,000 reported U.S. home fires — accounting for 16 percent of the total, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFP). In those fires, 470 people died, 1,490 were injured and $1 billion in property damage was reported.

“Nearly half of all home heating fires occurred in December, January and February,” the NFP said. “Space heaters, whether portable or stationary, accounted for two of every five of home heating fires.”

Keep your unit cozy this winter by using only approved heating devices such as central air units, mini splits, portable heaters or space heaters that include automatic shutoff. Never use your stovetop or oven for room heating purposes.

If your unit is not equipped with a heating device or if the device is inoperable, consider visiting any of the clubhouses in Leisure World on cool mornings or evenings to warm up a little.

Contact me, for comment or with questions regarding this article, at (562) 431-6586, ext. 356.

Letter to Editor


In a recent conversation with the GRF president, a resident with an admirable reputation was told that a restaurant is forthcoming, but the problem is that the restaurant wants exclusive rights, which means no more Finbars, Hometown Buffet, etc., coming in monthly or weekly.

What LW/GRF needs to do is contact a firm like ClubCorp that specializes in golf/country clubs, private clubs, arenas, etc. It knows how to gauge the audience and how to handle the money. Search ClubCorp for contact information.

Leisure World, Seal Beach, has no amenities like Leisure World, Maryland. 

Restaurant amenities are needed for progress and growth. It’s 2020, there are enough clubs.I’m surprised we don’t have basket weaving.

We are getting older, not dead.

Debra Lipton

Mutual 11

Making History

Dec. 19, 1998 – Bill Clinton was impeached for lying under oath to the Federal Grand Jury and obstruction of justice. He was the first sitting president to testify before a grand jury investigating his own conduct. Impeachment doesn’t refer to the removal of an elected official from office, it is the first of a two-step process in potentially removing that official. Clinton vowed to finished his term.

Dec. 20, 1957 – Elvis Presley received his draft notice for the United States Army while celebrating the holidays at his home, Graceland. The rock-n-roll star served in Company D, 32nd Tank Battalion, 3rd Armor Division in Friedberg, Germany, where he attained the rank of sergeant.

Dec. 21, 1988 – Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York exploded in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland, killing 243 passengers and 16 crew members aboard, as well as 11 Lockerbie residents on the ground. Islamic terrorists were accused of planting the bomb inside an audio cassette player detonated in the cargo area.


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.

Setting It Straight

Barbara and Richard Houck are shareholders in Mutual 10, not 12 as printed on their Letter to the Editor in the Dec. 12 issue.

Perspectives Policy

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

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

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

Contributor: Restaurant review, theater review or travel journal submissions welcome


GRF assessments have increased

Jan. 1 starts the new year, and the monthly amount Leisure World shareholders are assessed will change. 

Shareholders will receive a letter containing new assessment amounts soon. For people who have signed up for ACH/direct debit with their Mutuals through the GRF Accounting office, the amounts will automatically be updated.

Some shareholders pay their monthly assessments through their bank’s bill-pay service, and some pay manually by check or cash.

People who use any of those methods must manually change the amounts they are remitting for monthly assessments. 

Late fees are waived in January. But people who continue to remit the 2019 monthly amounts will accrue an unpaid balance on their accounts, which will result in late fees after Feb. 10.

At the end of December, a year-end letter will be sent out with information on (1) the amount of 2019 property tax incurred, and (2) the amount of your 2020 assessments.

People who are not signed up for direct debit will also receive a new coupon book in a separate mailing in December or early January. 

Those who make January payments before receiving coupon books or letters with the 2020 monthly assessment amount may need to make an additional payment to cover the increase. 

This may take a little extra time but it can prevent a late fee from being posted to their accounts.

—Finance Departmen

Mutuals 2, 10, 16, 17 residents must renew ID cards

GRF ID cards expire in 2020 for members in Mutuals 2, 10, 16 and 17. Residents in these Mutuals need to stop by Stock Transfer during the month of their birthday to obtain a replacement card.

The expiration date for all ID cards is in the right bottom corner of the ID card. Shareholders in other Mutuals should look at their ID cards to see what year they expire.

New ID cards will be replaced upon surrender of an old card. If a member has lost his/her card there will be a $20 fee charged.

Per Policy 50-1201-1 GRF ID cards will be renewed every five years for all shareholders.


Important letter emailed to shareholders

Beginning Jan. 1, the GRF will use a new lockbox provider, ClickPay, to collect monthly carrying charges. 

As part of the changeover process, all shareholders who provided Stock Transfer with an email address will receive an email from GRF about the changes. However the email address will show that it’s from support@clickpay.com, not lwsb.com. This email is not spam, so do not delete it or send it to the junk mail folder. It contains important information for shareholders, especially those who pay their monthly carrying charges by cash, check or their bank’s bill-pay.

More information about what to do to make the service provider change is included in the annual GRF mailing that will be mailed at the end of the month. 

The lockbox provider changeover will not affect shareholders who have set up direct debit with GRF.

Below is an example of information that will be included in the email.

Recap of Golden Rain Foundation Board Activity 

of December 16, 2019 

President’s Comments

MOVED and duly approved the placement of the Workers’ Compensation Insurance,  for the term of December 31, 2019 to December 31, 2020, on the December 17, 2019 Board agenda, as allowed within provisions of Civil Code §4930.

Approved Consent Agenda

MOVED and duly approved to adopt the Consent Agenda:  Committee/Board meeting minutes for the month of November, as presented; minutes of the November 26, 2019 Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors (BOD), as amended; the December GRF Board Report as presented; and the financial statements, November 2019, for audit.

Communications/IT Committee – TENTATIVE VOTE: Adopt 20-2806-2, Community Publications – Fees

MOVED and duly approved to adopt 20-2806-2, Community Publications –  Fees, which sets forth fees and guidelines for obituary submissions and articles from religious organizations, pending a 28-day notification to the members, and a final decision by the GRF Board of Directors on January 28, 2020.

Communications/IT Committee – Capital Funding Request – Main Gate and Yard Internet Upgrades – Ubiquiti

MOVED and duly approved internet upgrades for the main gate and yard, in an amount not to exceed $16,500, Capital Funds, and authorize the President to sign any applicable contracts.  

Executive Committee – TENTATIVE  VOTE: Amend 30-5025-3, GRF Election Procedures 

MOVED and duly approved to amend  30-5025-3, GRF Election Procedures, accepting the amendments recommended by corporate counsel and with the Executive Committee, as presented, pending a 28-day notification to the members, and a final decision by the GRF Board of Directors on January 28, 2020.

Executive Committee – EMERGENCY ACTION: Approve Renewal of Workers’ Compensation Insurance

MOVED and duly approved renewal of our contract for Workers’ Compensation Coverage, with Berkshire Hathaway Homestate Companies (BHHC), for the 2020 policy year, in the amount of $225,812 and authorize the GRF President to sign the renewal.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mutual Administration Committee – Capital Funding Request –  Custom Programming for Mutual SRO Reports

MOVED and duly approved Capital funding, not to exceed $5,000, for custom programming necessary to generate the Mutual monthly SRO reports (SROs by Bill Code), in an Excel sortable format, if a reasonable solution cannot be identified.

Mutual Administration Committee – Micro Trenching Machine, Service Maintenance

MOVED and duly approved to authorize the Executive Director to purchase the Barreto Micro Trencher for the Service Maintenance Department, from B & M Lawn and Garden Center, for a cost of $9,007.15 plus $500 for any contingencies, with a total cost not to exceed $9,507.15, Capital funding.

Security, Bus & Traffic Committee – Amend 80-5538-1, Bus Safety Rules

MOVED and duly approved to refer 80-5538-1, Bus Safety Rules, back to the Security, Bus & Traffic Committee for further review.

Reregister LW pets 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.

Renew caregiver passes beginning 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 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 Dec. 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 is available in Stock Transfer starting Dec. 23.

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

GRF Board of Directors Meetings

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

Friday, Dec. 20 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

  Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 26 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

  Administration canceled

Wednesday, Jan. 1 Governing Documents Committee

Administration canceled

Thursday, Jan. 2 Architecture Design Review Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 3 GRF Board Executive Session

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 6 Recreation Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m. 

Tuesday, Jan. 7 Physical Property Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 9 Communications/ITS Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 10 Executive Committee 

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 13 Mutual Administration Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 14 Facilities and Amenities Review Ad Hoc

Administration 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

Administration 10 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 16 Finance Committee (rescheduled)

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 17 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 Website Ad Hoc Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 23 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 28 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 6 p.m.

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. 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

Wednesday, Jan. 1 CFO Council

Conference Room 8 canceled

Thursday, Jan. 2 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 Mutual 16

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 7 Mutual 17

Administration 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 Mutual 4

Administration 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 9 Mutual 12

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 10 Mutual 3

Administration 9 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 13 Mutual 9

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday Jan. 15 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 15 Mutual 7

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 16 Mutual 2

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 16 Mutual 11

Conference Room B 1:30 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 17 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 Mutual 15 (rescheduled)

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 21 Mutual 14

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 22 Mutual 10

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 23 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Jan. 24 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Monday, Jan. 27 Mutual 8

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Notice of Tentative Approval of Amendment of 30-5025-3, 

GRF Election Procedures 

Per the action of the GRF Board on December 17, 2019, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Tentative Approval of Amendment of 30-5025-3, GRF Election Procedures, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of proposed amendment.

30-5025-3, GRF Election Procedures

The following will be in effect for the election of directors to the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors (BOD):



The election of directors for odd-numbered Mutuals will occur during odd- numbered years and the election of directors for even-numbered Mutuals will occur during even-numbered years. Each director shall serve a two-year term.

One (1) director will be elected from each Mutual except for Mutuals One (1) and two (2) where there will be two (2) Directors.


Upon the occurrence of a vacancy on the BOD representing an odd- or even- numbered Mutuals, the process for a special election will begin within ten (10) days after the Secretary of the Board is notified of the vacancy.



Members may vote only by using the mail-in secret ballot. Members may cast one (1) vote, except on the ballots of Mutuals One (1) and Two (2), members may cast two (2) votes, but they may not be cast cumulatively. Members may obtain replacement ballots by contacting the Inspector of Elections.


There is no provision in the GRF By-Laws for cumulative voting, i.e., stacking votes for one candidate. Pursuant to the Bylaws, cumulative voting is not permitted.

2.3 Voting by Acclamation

To the extent permitted by law, in the event the number of candidates at the close of nominations is the same as the number of open positions on the Board, those candidates shall be automatically elected, by acclamation, without further action, and the results shall be announced as required by these Rules and applicable law.



All member of the GRF  “in good standing” are eligible to run for election to the BOD representing the Mutual in which they reside. “In good standing” is defined as a member who is no more than 30 days in arrears of his or her carrying charge to the Mutual, or in arrears in any fine or fee set forth in the GRF By-Laws of policies. All candidates must be members of GRF at the time of nomination.

3.1.1. Only members who meet the following criteria are qualified to be elected to the BOD: Candidates and Directors may not have been convicted of a crime that would either prevent GRF from purchasing fidelity bond coverage or terminate GRF’s existing coverage. Candidates and Directors must be current in the payment of carrying charges.  Note, this does not include non-payment of collection charges, late charges, fines, fines renamed as assessments, costs levied by a third party, or if the member has (1) paid under protest per Civil Code Section 5658; (2) has entered into and is current in a payment plan (defined as a signed written agreement between the Board and the Owner) per Section 5665, and is current and in compliance will all terms thereof; or (3) if the member has not been provided the opportunity to engage in Internal Dispute Resolution (“IDR”).

All members of GRF have the right to engage in Internal Dispute Resolution (“IDR”) and/or Alternative Dispute Resolution (“ADR”), pursuant to the Civil Code. A member may contact the Board, in writing, to initiate IDR/ADR. Note, if IDR/ADR is not scheduled and completed prior to the nomination deadline, candidates may be disqualified for non-payment of carrying charges. Candidates must have been a member of GRF for at least one (1) year.

3.1.2. In addition to the foregoing qualifications, any member who is (a) an officer or director of a Mutual Corporation at Seal Beach Leisure World; (b) a member of any City Council; (c) a member of the Board of Supervisors of the County of Orange, California; (d) a member of the Planning Commission for the City of Seal Beach, California,  or the County of Orange, California; (e) an elected official of any city, county, governmental body or political subdivision thereof; (f) an individual, a member of any entity or partnership, or an officer or director of any other corporation engaged in supplying material, services or labor to the Golden Rain Foundation, is strongly discouraged from running for the BOD, as such action creates a substantial time commitment and causes a potential conflict of interest. Further, such action may expose any individual member and/or the Board to unnecessary liability, including, but not limited to, breaching fiduciary duties. 

The Corporate Secretary is authorized to determine the qualifications of a Director, pursuant to the terms of the GRF By-Laws or policies.


Candidates shall turn in the following materials prior to the deadline set by the GRF.

3.2.1. Application for Candidacy as a GRF Director

3.2.2. Signed Candidate Eligibility Disclaimer (set forth below)

3.2.3. Signed Candidate Statement (set forth below)

At the time of turning in candidate materials, candidates must present current GRF identification card. Candidates will receive a receipt for their application.


Refer to GRF By-laws, Article Six, Section 1. Candidates shall complete an Eligibility Disclaimer to set forth that they are qualified to serve on the GRF Board of Directors.


Prior to the deadline established by the GRF, each candidate shall submit a Statement containing up to 300 words (no less than 12-point type, single sided). The statement shall be mailed with the ballot.

3.4.1. The statement shall contain the candidate’s background, qualifications and platform, and shall not contain any disparaging or defamatory content.


As prescribed by law, at least thirty (30) days before the close of nominations, GRF will provide individual notice of the election and the procedure for nominating candidates.

Additionally, the GRF shall place a notice in the Community newspaper not less than ninety (90) days prior to the election counting meeting that any member may place his or her name into nomination for the director position representing the Mutual in which they reside. The notice shall be published in the Community newspaper every week thereafter until the closure of the nominating period.


Members who wish to nominate themselves as a candidate for election to the BOD must do so in writing to the Stock Transfer Office prior to the closing of the nomination process. not more than ninety (90) days or less than sixty (60) days prior to the election counting meeting.

3.6.1. All candidates shall be provided candidate instructions upon submitting their name for nomination.

3.7. A Mutual BOD may appoint a nominating committee for the purpose of recommending a candidate for the election. Any candidates who are recommended by their Mutual BOD or nominating committee will be given candidate instructions by the Stock Transfer Office.

3.8. Nominations from the floor or write-ins.

3.8.1. Nominations from the floor and  or write-ins are prohibited.

3.9. Campaign Cycle

3.9.1. The campaign cycle shall begin mid-April in February and end with the closing of the polls.

3.10. Equal Access to GRF Media

3.10.1. Candidates and other members advocating a point of view for purposes reasonably related to the election shall be provided a one-time access to the GRF’s website (LWSB website) during the campaign cycle as follows: Submissions shall be posted on the election bulletin board  on the LWSB website during the campaign cycle. Submissions shall be limited to 300 words and shall not contain disparaging or defamatory content. One submission shall be accepted from each candidate for posting on the LWSB website.

3.10.2. Candidates advocating a point of view for purposes reasonably related to the election may purchase, subject to space availability and advertising guidelines established by the News Office, a maximum of a half-page of space in an edition of the Community newspaper at regular advertising rates during the campaign cycle. No other access to the Community newspaper will be granted.

3.10.3. Equal access to clubhouses shall be provided at no cost to all candidates, including those who are not incumbents, and to all members advocating a point of view for purposes reasonably related to the election. The clubhouses are subject to availability by reservation only on a first-come, first-serve basis.

3.10.4. In the event that an incumbent director makes any statements or takes any actions, solely in the context of that directors’ performance of his/her duties as a director, any and all such statements or actions shall not constitute provision by the GRF of access to its media for campaign purposes.

3.10.5. In the event that  GRF’s media reports any candidates’ statements or actions that are reasonably unrelated to the election, the reporting of such shall not constitute provision by  GRF to its media for campaign purposes.

3.10.6. In accordance with Civil Code 5135, no GRF funds shall be used for campaign purposes, except to the extent necessary for the GRF to comply with the duties imposed upon it by law.

3.10.7. Provision of Mailing Labels Candidates are entitled to purchase labels for the addresses in their Mutual at a flat rate of $10 per request, plus $0.25 per sheet cost which is to be paid at the time the labels are ordered. Labels can be ordered by completing an “Access to Documents” form in the Accounting Department.

3.10.8. Non-Responsibility for Statements and Actions

Neither GRF or its officers, directors or employees shall be responsible for any claims, damages, injuries, judgments, orders or settlements, including attorney’s fees, arising from a candidate’s statement or actions made in connection with an election.


The GRF BOD will convene a special meeting one week prior to the Annual Meeting for the purpose of the Inspector of Election counting secret ballots. All members are welcome to attend the special meeting.

In the case of a special election, the GRF BOD will convene a special meeting approximately thirty (30) days after the ballots are mailed for the purpose of the Inspector of Election counting ballots. All members are welcome to attend the special meeting.


5.1. The Executive Committee shall review the election materials and the election process and recommend their approval to the GRF BOD. for their approval.

5.2. The GRF shall contract with an independent third-party vendor to perform all election services as Inspector(s) of Election. The vendor will be directed to conduct the election and be accountable for the conduct of the election in accordance with this policy, all applicable codes, GRF By-Laws, and state laws.

5.3. During its meeting in February, the Executive Committee of the GRF BOD will recommend that the Board appoint the election services company as its Inspector(s) of Election.

5.4. During its meeting in February, the BOD will appoint the election services company as its Inspector of Election.


6.1 Notice of Election

At least thirty (30) days before the ballots are distributed, GRF will provide general notice of (1) the date and time by which, and address where, ballots are to be returned; (2) the date, time and location of the meeting to tabulate the ballots; and (3) the list of all candidates’ names that will appear on the ballot.

6.2 Verification of Election Material

GRF shall permit members to verify the accuracy of their individual information on the Election Material at least thirty (30) days before the ballots are distributed. GRF or any member shall report any errors or omissions for either list to the inspector(s) of election who shall make the corrections within two (2) business days.

“Election Material” means the following documents: returned ballots, signed voter envelopes, Candidate Registration List and the Voter List. The Candidate Registration List means the list of qualified candidates existing as of the close of nominations. The Voter List may include: the name, voting power and either the physical address of the member’s separate interest or the parcel number, or both; and the mailing address of the member (if different from the physical address or if the parcel number is used)

6.3. Ballot Packet

The ballot packet will consist only of a mail-in secret ballot, voting instructions, any candidate Statements/resumes, a copy of the election rules, two return envelopes, and mailing instructions for the election. The ballot packet will be mailed no less than thirty (30) days prior to the ballot counting meeting. Note, the election rules may be provided by individual delivery or by posting same on an internet site and providing the corresponding internet. 

6.4. Secret Ballots Returned by Mail

6.4.1.  The mail-in secret ballot is required to be mailed to the Inspector(s) of the Election for proper verification and validation and must be received before noon on the date established on the ballot.

6.4.2. The mail-in secret ballot is irrevocable once received by the Inspector(s) of the Election.

6.4.3. The denial of a ballot to a person with general power of attorney for a member is prohibited. (Civil Code Section 5105(g)(2).) A ballot submitted for a member by an individual with general power of attorney is valid so long as it is submitted in a timely fashion.

6.4.4. The Inspectors of Election will open and process, in public view, the mail-in secret ballots on the day of the special meeting held for the purpose of counting ballots as outlined under Section 7.   If a mail-in secret ballot is compromised or improperly sealed or addressed, or has any identifying marks, it will be invalidated by the Inspector(s) of the Election.


7.1.  Inspector(s) of the Elections shall perform the following:

7.1.1. Determine the number of shareholders entitled to vote and the voting power of each.

7.1.2. Establish a mailing address for mail-in ballots, and the contact phone number for members’ questions.

7.1.3. Prepare and mail to all members in the odd- or even-numbered Mutuals, no later than thirty (30) days prior to the election meeting, the notice letter, mail-in secret ballot, any candidate Statements/resumes, voting instructions, the election rules, two envelopes, and mailing instructions for the GRF election, in a manner consistent with providing and ensuring that the member’s vote will be by “secret ballot.”

7.1.4. Receive mail-in secret ballots.

7.1.5. Open mail-in secret ballots at the special meeting for the purpose of counting ballots.

7.1.6. Count and tabulate all votes.

7.1.7. Determine the results of the election.

7.1.8. Certify, in writing, that the election was held in accordance with this policy and Section 5110 of the Davis-Stirling Common Interest Development Act (the Act).

7.1.9. Consult with  GRF’s legal counsel, if necessary, to fulfill the Inspector(s)’ obligations under the law.


Any candidate or member of the GRF may witness the counting and tabulation of the votes. However, the Inspector(s) of Election may establish reasonable guidelines for candidates and members for the observing of the counting and tabulation of ballots, including guidelines on distance from which observers may stand.


9.1. The sealed ballots at all times shall be in the custody of the Inspector or Inspectors of election or at a location designated by the inspector or inspectors until after the tabulation of the vote, and until the time allowed by Section 5145 of the Civil Code (twelve months) for challenging the election has expired, at which time custody transferred to the GRF.

9.2. After the transfer of the ballots to the GRF, the ballots shall be stored by the GRF in a secure place for no less than one year after the date of the election.

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

• Emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at deannab@lwsb.com; please include in the subject line “30-5025-3, GRF Election Procedures” or

• Mailing comments to:

Golden Rain Foundation

P. O. Box 2069

Seal Beach, CA 90740

Attn: Proposed Document Revisions, or

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

Please reference 30-5025-3, GRF Election Procedures on any correspondence you submit.  

All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration.  The Board will take final action relative to 30-5025-3, GRF Election Procedures at its January 28, 2020 meeting.

Notice of Tentative Approval of Adoption of 20-2806-2, 

Community Publications – Fees

Per the action of the GRF Board on December 17, 2019, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Tentative Approval of Adoption of 20-2806-2, Community Publications – Fees, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of proposed amendment.

Adoption of 20-2806-2, Community Publications – Fees

The following will be in effect for the election of directors to the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors (BOD):


1.1. First 250 words (may include photo): free of charge;

1.2 Additional words: Current Obituary Rate*;

1.3 Bordered, decorative obituaries, eulogies and photos: Current Display Rate; 

1.4 A “Card of Thanks” section is available in the LW Weekly Classified section:

1.4.1 GRF Shareholder Rate: Current Classifieds Rate*;

1.4.2 Non-Shareholder Rate: Current Classifieds Rate*.


2.1 Service Note: Content is limited to the topic of service, date, place / address and name of the speaker. 

2.1.1 First Column inch (approximately 33 words): free of charge;

2.1.2 Additional column inches: $5 per column inch.

2.2 An article: One article per month per religious organization.

2.2.1 Up to 7 column inches (250 words) with or without photo: free of charge.

2.2.2 Additional column inches: $5 per column inch. 

*Contact LW Weekly Office for details.

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

Emailing comments to the attention of the GRF Board at deannab@lwsb.com; please include in the subject line “20-2806-2, Community Publications – Fees,” or

Mailing comments to:

Golden Rain Foundation

P. O. Box 2069

Seal Beal, CA 90740

Attn: Proposed Document Revisions, or

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

Please reference 20-2806-2, Community Publications – Fees, on any correspondence you submit. 

All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration. The Board will take final action relative to 20-2806-2, Community Publications – Fees, at its January 28, 2020 meeting.



Give Where You Live

Celebrate friends and family on special occasions by making a contribution in their names to the Golden Age Foundation. Your gift will help those recognized share in the knowledge that they are helping provide important services to our community 

Consider expressing condolences on the death of a loved one by making a memorial donation to the Foundation. An acknowledgement will be sent to the person honored by your commemorative donation or to the family for a memorial donation.

Donors will receive acknowledgements with the necessary information to assist in reporting these donations on their tax forms. 

The Golden Age Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization (tax ID # 23-7273105) that has made a positive impact in the Leisure World community since 1973. For information on our services, visit our website at www.goldenagefdn.org. You can also reach the foundation at (562) 431-9589.

Send commemorative or memorial contributions to: The Golden Age Foundation, P.O. Box 2369. Seal Beach, CA 90740.


Year-end holiday party is tomorrow

The Sunshine Club will host its year-end party tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 20, beginning at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. This will be the last meeting of the year. Catered Korean/American food, side dishes and other favorite ethnic dishes will be served. 

Admission is by prepaid ticket only. There will be no tickets at the door. Those who prepaid, should check in at the door with Sunny Lee or Barbara Ziemke.

The party will begin with a brief update of community affairs and questions and answers, followed by social time with food and entertainment.

A holiday sing-along will be directed by Michael Harada.

It is a Sunshine Club tradition to take holiday group photo for souvenir before the party is over. 

During the year, the Sunshine Club invited many community leaders and administrative supervisors to be guest speakers, providing an opportunity for shareholders to get educational and beneficial information. 

The Sunshine Club of SBLW is designed to help all ethnic groups get along in the community, and to have better communication with neighbors. 

 The classes use the LW Weekly as a textbook to get the best out of living in Leisure World. 

The club hosts classes to help with everyday living 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.

The club will take a holiday break so members can spend time with family and friends. The next meeting is Jan. 8 at 10 a.m.

Y’s Service celebrates Christmas

Members and guests of the Y Service Club gathered for a Christmas celebration on Dec. 11 in Clubhouse 4. 

After enjoying a wonderful meal, Margaret Humes led the group in singing both traditional and modern Christmas carols. Two fellow Marines, Gene Vesely and Dan Habel, provided the entertainment. Gene delivered a moving rendition of the hymn “How Great Though Art,” followed by a magic program provided by “Magic Dano” Habel. Dan enlisted the aid of Dianne Hart, Eileen Kotecki and Margaret Humes to demonstrate some truly magical effects for the evening. 

The Y Service Club offers complimentary assistance to shareholders who need help doing non-professional household tasks. To request Y Service Club services, look at the “Leisure World Helping Leisure World” section of the LW Weekly for numbers to call.

AJCC hosting New Year’s Day party

A New Year’s Day party and dance will be held at the Alpert Jewish Community Center, Long Beach, on Jan. 1 from 1-3:30 p.m. A free bus will pick up at Clubhouse 4 at 12:30 p.m. RSVP is required.

Admission is $10 and includes fresh and hot “Pops Bagels,” prizes, champagne, and live music by “Martini Zing.” Bring a friend. 

For more information and to RSVP, call Susan Mathieu, Mutual 6, at (562) 426-7601, ext. 1721 or email, smathieu@alpertjcc.org.


Used vehicle sale is Saturday, CH 6

Each fourth Saturday shareholders/members have the opportunity to sell used motorized vehicles in the Administration Parking Lot from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. The next sale is Saturday, Oct. 26.

Vehicles must have current DMV registrations and GRF decals as well as be insured. In addition to cars, motorhomes, motorcycles, golf carts, bikes, trikes and scooters may be sold. The owner or representative does not need to be present but is allowed to display a single “for sale” sign no larger than 18 inches by 24 inches on the vehicle, to include a phone number.

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

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

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.


Christmas concert video will be shown

A music video concert celebrating the Christmas season will be presented by the Korean-American Classical Music Academy on Thursday, Dec. 19. The video showing will be from 9:30 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 4.

It consists of two parts, each about 55 minutes. There will be a 15-minute intermission in between. 

The first part includes Bach, Haydn and Beethoven and the second part with Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. 

However, the highlights of the presentations are Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 in Part I, and Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker” for the second part.

Korean-language comments for each work, with screen narrations and audio sound, have been embedded into the videos. English-printed materials are also available for those who are not familiar with Korean.

All are invited to the gathering. The club encourages good fellowship through appreciating classical music and sharing joyful holiday season.

For further information, contact Robert Chung (562) 387-7377; Angel Joh (562) 598-0313; or Ken Chong, (562) 362-8590.


Member resource office is in Building 5

Cynthia Tostado, LCSW, GRF member resource and assistance liaison is a helpful resource for LW shareholders and their families. 

Cynthia is dedicated to improving the quality of life for shareholders. She is available for crisis intervention and linkages to community resources and support. 

To take advantage of the confidential and free services, visit Cynthia in the Building 5 Security Office or call her at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317.

FALW will sponsor bingo games

The Filipino Association of Leisure World held its monthly meeting on Dec. 8 in Clubhouse 3 to discuss its year-end events. It was attended by a capacity crowd. 

President Ren Villanueva expressed his gratitude to all the members for their faithful support of the programs of the association. 

The FALW was awarded the Sunday “Bingo games” by the GRF Recreation Department. This bingo fundraising event will help FALW improve its community involvement. 

The “Simbang Gabi” and New Year’s Eve food preparations were planned. It was a lively discussions joined by most of the members. Fr. Juan Caboboy, parish priest of Leisure World Holy Family Church, will officiate the celebration of the Holy Mass.

LW ‘Party Bridge’ classes forming

It is a known 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. For 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, 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.

Envelope stuffers needed by SBLW Democratic Club

SBLW Democratic Club Vice-President Kathy Moran is asking for volunteers to participate in “Envelope Stuffing Work Parties” on Dec. 20 and/or 27 from 9 a.m.-noon. Anyone who wants to help should call Clara Wise at (909) 957-9886, for more information. Club members are also reminded that there will be no meeting of the Voter Awareness session or the “Lunch Bunch” in December. The Jan. 27 and Feb. 24 Voter Awareness sessions will be devoted to “Get Out the Vote” efforts. 


LW Democrats continue to follow the impending reorganization of the way trustees will be elected to the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Trustees, as well as the role and history of charter schools in California.  

Proposed changes in the method of voting for Los Alamitos Unified School District Trustees are being instigated in order to be in compliance with the California Voting Rights Act. A major question yet to be resolved is whether or not all of Leisure World will be included in a single voting area or divided among three or four other areas when it comes to voting for trustees in the November 2020 General Election.

Assembly bill 1505, recently signed into law by Gov. Newsom, gives pubic school districts, such as the one which includes Leisure World, more authority to reject petitions for new charter campuses, phases in stricter credentialing requirements for charter school teachers and places a two-year moratorium on new virtual charter schools. 

More information about both of these issues is available on the club’s website. (see address below). 

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



Griep, Darrel


Darrel Griep, 94, Mutual 10, died Dec. 4, 2019.

 Darrel was born to parents, Levi and Angeline Griep, April 13, 1925, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, the second youngest of 13 siblings.

 After graduating high school Darrel went on to serve in the Marine Corps during WWII.

 Darrel married Theresa Halligan Sept. 11, 1948. Their first home in Fort Dodge was built by Darrel. In 1958 they moved to Des Moines, Iowa, where their family grew to include eight children. They moved to Leisure World in 2000.

 Darrel worked for Meredith Publishing — Better Homes and Gardens as a master carpenter. He retired in 1987. An active parishioner at Visitation he built the church altar and did maintenance carpentry for the grade school.

 Retirement was spent at their cabin in Twin Lakes, Iowa, a trip to Ireland and a number of holidays in Hawaii.

 Darrel enjoyed playing cards. He was an entertaining storyteller. He never forgot a birthday, anniversary or holiday, sending out hundreds of greeting cards a year.

 Darrel is survived by his wife Theresa, their children Sheila (Paul) Haggas, Sharon (Robert) King, Mary (Steve) Bailey, Patricia Littrell, Thomas (Victoria) Griep, Martha (Doug) Reuter, LeAnne (Michael) Vaux, his sister Marjorie, 26 grandchildren and 31 great-grandchildren.

 Darrel was preceded in death by his parents, son John, grandson Adam, granddaughter Angela, as well as 11 siblings.

A “Celebration of Life” funeral Mass will be held for Darrel at Holy Family Church on Jan. 18 at 10 a.m. A reception at Theresa’s will follow Mass.


In Memoriam 

Laura Nunez 61

Edna Saretzki 87

Aurelia Vasquez 91

Robert Hintz 74

Manuel Navarro 79

Sheila Rakestraw 87

Walter Buehler 100

Frank Tang 55

Michael Cervantes 93

Frances Yee 91

Derek Stockwell 31

Deborah Reyes 61

Marcos Ramirez 69

Antoinette Janssen 91

Barbara Lockwood  72

Ward Deon 72

Miguel Canchola 61

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary

Religion 7-8

LW Baptist

The Leisure World Baptist Church will continue celebrating the birth of Jesus with music and a message from the Bible on Sunday, Dec. 22. 

 Bob Simons will lead the Sunday school class from  8:40 – 9:10 a.m. There will be a chance for coffee and treats until service at 9:45 a.m.

All sing the call to worship, “In His Time.” Sandy Munson and Terry Harrington, daughters of LW Baptist member Lottie Reece, will sing “Mary Did You Know?” Yvonne Leon will play piano for the offertory.

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s morning message is titled “Jesus Speaks of His Birth” from John 12:45-46.

Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study meets on Monday, Dec. 23  in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m.

Call 430-2920 for more information

Leisure World Korean Church

Yongkuk Han named the new pastor

Leisure World Korean Church welcomes and rejoices in having Pastor Yongkuk Han join its community as the new pastor. He has been serving as the assistant pastor since Dec. 1. His wife Sunhee is the pianist. Pastor Han completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Seoul National University in South Korea. Upon completion of his military service in Korean Army, he made his way to the United States in 1991 to further advance his studies at Pennsylvania State University. In the midst of his studies, he was called by God to transfer into Calvin Seminary in Michigan, where he studied theology and obtained a Master’s of Divinity degree. 

Upon his initial visit to Leisure World Korean Church, Pastor Han expressed the following as he greeted the congregation. 

“I thank God for guiding and allowing me and my wife to serve in Leisure World Korean Church. It is our greatest pleasure to best serve the seniors of Leisure World Korean Church and this community as a whole by cooperating with Senior Pastor Paul Junn and all the members including the three elders. Please pray for my wife and two children, Samuel and Esther.”

Leisure World Korean Church gathers together to worship God at Clubhouse 3, Room 3 at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday. For more information, call  (714) 767-1806 or (310) 748-2595.

St. Theodore’s

The Rev. Reese Riley will preach “The Gift of Jesus” at St. Theodore’s Episcopal Church Communion worship service on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 12:15 p.m. in the sanctuary of Redeemer Lutheran Church, 13564 St. Andrews Dr.. Refreshments follow in the conference room adjacent to the sanctuary. 

holy family Catholic Church

Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe on the fourth Sunday of Advent, Dec. 22.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Celebration

Our Lady of Gaudalupe feast day was celebrated on Dec. 12. The feast started with a procession before Holy Mass. Afterward there was a vivid and joyful reception with Mexican mariachis. 

Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord (Christmas)

Christmas Masses will be Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. and Wednesday ,Dec. 25, at 8 a.m.

Solemnity of Mary, The Holy Mother of God

Mass will be Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 5 p.m. and Wednesday, Jan. 1 at 8:30 a.m 

  Masses and Confessions Schedule

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

Confessions are Saturdays and eves of Holy Days from 4-4:45 p.m. and on the first Fridays at 9:15 a.m. There will be no confessions on Christmas Eve.

First Christian Church

First Christian Church celebrated Christmas with a monthly potluck. Those who attended the potluck heard the deeply moving testimonies of a few a members who, by God’s grace, lived through the occupation of Holland during WWII, and their whole family’s escape from Cuba, these people have experienced first hand what so many can’t begin to imagine.

The Saturday evening service begins at 5:15 p.m. with the hospitality room opening at 4:30 p.m.

Elder Jack Frost will lead the Bible study, which is currently reading from the book of Luke, at 9 a.m. Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski will be hosts in the hospitality room before the service starting at 9:30 a.m.

The service begins at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer, and scripture. Margaret Humes will lead the congregation in “Joy To The World,” “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The Communion hymn will be “My Jesus, I Love Thee.”  

Elder Larry Massey will present the Communion meditation and service. For the offertory, Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski will sing “Glory to Christ the New Born King.”

Anita Ragole will sing, “Mary Did You Know?” Diane Kindberg will read Luke 2:8-14.

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message will be “God With Us,” from Luke 2:1-20. 

Service times are Saturday at 5:15 p.m. and Sunday at 10:15 a.m. The hospitality room opens 45 minutes before each service for fellowship and light refreshments. Prayer and Bible studies are held on Tuesdays with Pastor Bruce Humes and on Thursdays with Pastor Cherryholmes. Both studies begin at 9:30 a.m.

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

Redeemer Lutheran

“Emmanuel:  God With All of Us” is the theme at Redeemer Lutheran Church on Dec. 22.  Pastor Lisa Rotchford will preach on “Making a Home for Jesus” at the 10:30 Sunday morning worship service located at 13564 St. Andrew’s Drive. The sanctuary will be adorned with a large poinsettia display and Christmas tree. Berny Gerard and Maria Swift will be this week’s  greeters. Carol Costello and Chris Moore will lead Scripture readings and prayer. Fellowship with food and drink following the service.

Come celebrate with Redeemer Lutheran on Wednesday, Dec. 25, at 10:30 a.m. — to celebrate our Lord’s birth with lessons and carols.  A light brunch and Christmas celebration with free door prizes will add to the Christmas festivities.   


Congregation Sholom

Friday night services will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 20  in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, with Rabbi Karen Isenberg. An Oneg Shabbat will follow services.

Join us on Saturday, Dec. 21,  at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, room 9,  for services with Rabbi Isenberg. An hour of Torah study will begin at 10:15. The service will be followed by a potluck lunch.

On Friday, Dec. 27, there will be a Shabbat dinner following  services. It will be a dairy potluck with latkes provided by the Temple. Last names beginning from A-L should bring a salad, J-S a dessert or appetizer, and T-Z a side dish. RSVP to Susan at susanmichlinrsvps@gmail.com by Dec. 20.

Congregation Sholom is trying to set up a Bat Mitzvah class women who are interested should email Mel Chazen at melvin.chazen@yahoo.com.

Congregation Sholom is setting up an “Ask the Rabbi” column in News and Nachas. Send any questions to email to Mel Chazen.

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

Buddha Circle

The Buddha Circle will meet from 9:30 – 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 28, in Clubhouse 4.

Another lesson in Buddhism will be discussed by Ven.Vui Mung  (Joyful Heart) from Desert Zen Center. He presents Buddhism in a simple way, how to suffer less and become happier. It’s an interactive group so those who attend are encouraged to ask questions. Venerable Vui Mung (Joyful Heart) will begin the session in a guided meditation.

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

Donations are welcomed and will support Ven. Vui Mung in his teachings. Call (714) 933-5122 for any questions. 

Faith Christian Assembly

Faith Christian Assembly is ready for the celebration of the birth of Christ. The church is beautifully decorated; the Christmas hymns are ready to be sung, and people are waiting to  hear the life-changing word of God, which is always ready to meet someone in his or her deepest time of need.

Faith Christian Assembly is inviting everyone to come Sunday, Dec. 22, to its 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. services to celebrate the Savior’s birth in the same way the wise men did, by worshiping him. Let every heart prepare Him room. There will not be Wednesday morning Bible study on Dec. 25 or Jan. 1.  Faith Fellowship will be taking a break on Dec. 24 and 31.

Faith fellowship time is Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room. Midweek Bible Study is taught by Pastor Sheri Leming on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room.

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

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev is now on YouTube. Check out the channel: Shabbat Shalom LIVE.

Rabbi-Cantor Galit Shirah conducts live, online (livestream) Shabbat services every Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Services can be accessed on Facebook.com/galityomtov and on YouTube.com. Rabbi Galit Shirah also conducts weekday Ma’ariv (evening) services every Thursday at 4 p.m. for SimShalom.com. There is a “chat” area where viewers can converse interactively with the rabbi and the global congregation.

The Torah portion this Shabbat is “Vayeishev,” the beginning of the story of Joseph, the dreamer. Once again, favoritism plays a role in the stories of the patriarchs and matriarchs. Although Leah and the secondary wives, Bilhah and Zilpah, bore Jacob many sons, Rachel, the woman with whom Jacob first fell in love, only gave birth to one — Joseph. According to the Torah, “Jacob loved Joseph better than his other sons.”  

The result was that Joseph, the teenage “dreamer,” was so spoiled that his brothers plotted to rid themselves of him.

Rabbi-Cantor Galit offers lessons in Trope (chanting Torah and Haftarah), voice lessons and Hebrew lessons. A Modern Hebrew class has just started. Anyone interested in lessons should contact Rabbi-Cantor Galit Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email her at duets@icloud.com.

Leisure world Community church

Potluck and gift exchange is today

Leisure World Community Church is buzzing with activity as Christmas nears. The church Christmas party and potluck is sure to be a highlight today at 4 p.m. The party will be the first of the “Third Thursday Monthly Potluck” with a program. 

The Planning Team will lead a white elephant gift exchange and a festive dramatic production created by Taylor White, with costumes by Sandy Walker, which will delight the crowd. Bring a potluck dish and a white elephant gift to participate. 

Christmas will be celebrated at the all-church lunch following the worship service on Sunday, Dec. 22. Holiday favorites, prepared by Rodney Quinones and Sandy Walker, will be served.  There is no charge for the special lunch. Come dressed in holiday attire.

Community Church will offer a Leisure World community-wide Christmas Eve service, “A Service of Lessons and Carols” on Tuesday, Dec. 24, at 5 p.m. Friends, family and neighbors are all invited to attend. Favorite Christmas carols and hymns will be sung. The service will end with lighted candles and voices raised to sing, “Silent Night.” Hot cocoa and home-baked cookies will be served following the service.

On Sunday, Dec. 22, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Pastor Johan Dodge will present the message on trust from Matthew 1:18-25. Prince Pierson will serve as lay liturgist on Dec. 22. Worship services are at 9:50 a.m., followed by coffee and a Christmas lunch in Edgar Hall.   


Assembly of God

Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will open this Christmas service with a solo, followed by praise and prayer on Sunday, Dec. 22. Denise Smith will lead worship and Pastor Sam Pawlak will bring the message, “The Best Christmas Mail Ever.” Visitors are welcome to this special service celebrating the birth of Jesus. A prayer meeting will be held on Sunday at 10 a.m. and  5:15 p.m.

Those attending the hymn sing have the opportunity to select their favorite Christmas hymn in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby on Sunday at 6 p.m. The mother-daughter duo, Carol Darnell and Valerie Buterbaugh, will put on a special show. Carol plays guitar as they sing words Carol has written to popular old songs. There will be time to visit and share food after the hymn sing.

There will be no Bible study on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day.

St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church

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

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

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

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

Rock Church

English-speaking Christmas services are on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. The Spanish service is at 1:45 p.m.

Enjoy an inspiring message of hope and joy, delicious treats and specialty hot drinks. The Rock is located at 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach. For more information email sealbeach@solidlives.com. 

Page 9, health and fitness

The Early risers

Holiday workout at 6 a.m., Jan 2

The Early Risers would like to invite all those who have been indulging during the holidays to come workout on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Club members will be taking a break for Christmas and New Year’s, but will be back in action Jan. 2, at 6 a.m. upstairs next to the gym in Clubhouse 6. We’d also like to wish you a safe and healthy holiday season.

—Margaret Humes

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. 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

Tuesday, Dec. 24 — No meal served

Wednesday, Dec. 25 — No meal served

Thursday, Dec. 26 — Chicken breast with lemon herb sauce, baked potato with sour cream, sliced carrots, sugar free custard

Mind booster series at AFC

The Alzheimer’s Family Center’s (AFC) Mind Booster series is coming to Leisure World on Friday’s, Jan. 31, Feb. 7, 14 and  21 from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3.

AFC’s Mind Booster Series will activate your mind and unravel the mysteries of healthy brain aging. Mind Booster’s research-based classes take a proactive approach to understanding the causes and risk factors of memory loss.

This four-week research-based series includes:

• Step-by-step methods for maintaining cognitive skills

• Tricks and tips for improving memory

• How to feed your brain with the right diet

• The role of exercise and stress management in healthy brain aging

The interactive series is taught by a prestigious group of experts and memory care professionals. This workshop is not intended for those with a diagnosis of memory loss.

Pre-registration is required. Cost is $25, payable to Alzheimer’s Family Center. To register,  mail a check to Alzheimer’s Family Center, 9451 Indianapolis Avenue., Huntington Beach, CA, 92646, or contact Marie Oyegun at MOyegun@AFSCenter.org (714)593-9630.

For more information, call GRF Member Resource and Assistance Liaison, Cindy Tostado, LCSW, at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317.

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. 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

Monday, Dec. 23 — Roast beef with mushroom gravy, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, petite green peas, gingerbread cake, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, red cabbage coleslaw

Tuesday, Dec. 24 — MOWLB closed for Christmas eve

Wednesday, Dec. 25 — MOWLB closed for Christmas day

Thursday, Dec. 26 — Breaded baked fish with tartar sauce, macaroni and cheese, seasoned broccoli, fresh banana, tuna salad sandwich with spinach and tomato carrot-raisin salad

weekly health 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

sports and games, page 10

Men’s friday Golf 

LaCascia and Ballard conquer David L. Baker golf course


The Men’s Friday Golf League played on Friday, Dec. 13 at the par 61, 3,800-yard David L. Baker Executive Golf Course in Fountain Valley. With strategically placed water hazards and diabolical sand traps, this course is always a challenge. Twelve men and one woman teed off at 7 a.m. on a very foggy morning. The participants could not see the greens from the tees until more than half-way through the round. Even following ball flights was a challenge off the tees. Remarkably, the scores were very low for the conditions. The next Friday round will be at Meadowlark in Huntington Beach on December 20. Come join us.

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).

A flight:

First place, Dave LaCascia, eleven under 50, plus 2 birdies and closest to the pin on the 140-yard par three 12 hole; second, John Meyer (who is recently back from a minor hand surgery), 54; third, tie between Gary Stivers and Sam Choi, seven under 54; fourth, tie between Jerry Hore (one birdie) and Fujio Norihiro fewest putts), one under 60;

PS: Please keep it quiet but Dave was on born the 13th (not December), his lucky number is 13, and all his sports jerseys were number 13. So, the rest of the field never had a chance.)

B flight: 

First place, Marv Ballard, 11 under 50, plus fewest putts; second, Dennis Kotecki, 6 under 55; third, Lowell Goltra, 4 under 57 plus closest to the pin on the 100-yard par three, third hole; fourth, tie between Bob Munn and Bill Zurn, at par 61. Rounding out the field was Liz Meripol, 2 over 63. Both Bill and Liz were playing for the first time after their recent hip surgery. They both played extremely well considering the two to three months off needed to recover back to full health.

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. Ladies, friends, spouses and family are all welcome. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in each flight; two prizes for closest to the pin on par threes; and a prize for the lowest number of putts. Holes-in-One, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact, Bill McKusky (562) 430-8618 or Gary Stivers, (714) 313-3697.

—Dave LaCascia

The longest game of chess that is possible is 5,949 moves. 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.

CHESS, page 11 shuffleboard

Puckmasters defeat Sliders

After a brief Thanksgiving break and the Turkey Shoot tournament, the Shuffleboard season continued into week nine on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Clubhouse 1 courts. The Puckmasters beat the Sliders 11–7. Hot Shots are currently in first place followed closely by the Puckmasters.

Puckmasters all game winners were Red Ryals, Bob Peterson, and Carol Johnson. Sliders all game winners were Peggy Hamilton and Kathleen Morrison.

The next game – week 10 – will be Hot Shots versus Slider.

The next BYOB/appetizer practice is in planning stages for January. February 8 is the tentate date for the annual Valentine’s party.

Shuffleboard season continued into week ten on Friday Dec. 13 at the Clubhouse 1 Courts. The Hot Shots beat the Sliders 10–8 and remain in first place. Puckmasters are in second and Sliders in third.

All game winners for Hot Shots were Sal LaScala and Harshad Patel. All game winners for Sliders were Fred Carpenter and Larry Shulman.

The next game, week 11, will be Hot Shots vs Puckmasters on Dec. 20. There will then be a week off for the Christmas holiday. Play will resume on Jan. 3, with the Sliders vs the Puckmasters.

The Christmas Potluck was a big success. There was a large turnout and the attendees brought great homemade food, from pasta to enchiladas to a turkey platter plus veggies and salads to match. Desserts were delicious and ranged from pumpkin pie to cookies and cakes. Thanks to everyone who attended and supported the Club.

The next BYOB/appetizer practice will be on January 15 at 5 p.m. February 8 is the date scheduled for the Valentine’s potluck dinner party at Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 5 p.m. We will play Left-Center-Right. The next last Friday of the month luncheon will be at noon, on Jan. 31 at Ruby’s.

sports and games, page 11

Terry Thrift (l) and Bob Berry (r) proudly display their first-place award after winning the fall Bocce tournament on Nov. 17. More than 120 spectators watched the final four games and most stayed for the traditional pizza party to celebrate the completion of the fall season. The winter season will begin on Saturday, Jan. 11. 

cards and games scoreboard

LW Pinochle Club winners Dec. 9: Marilyn Allred, 11,630; Doug Thyberg; 10,980; Joe Capra, 10,770; Amy Kasuyama, 9,870. 

Dec. 12:  Bert Sellers, 12,250; Jim Dix, 11,670; Gene Smith, 11,550; Sylvia Clinton, 11,390. 

Dec. 14: Irene Perkins, 12,210; Sylvia Clinton, 11,380; Jim Kaspar, 11,350; Charlotte Westcott, 10,810.

The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at 240-5416. 

 –Bert Sellers


Monday Bridge Club winners Dec. 9: First place, Ben Watada; second place, Dale Quinn; third place, Jen Biernbaum. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Marion Standish at (562) 493-1236.


Saturday Social Bunco Club winners Dec. 14: Most buncos: Wilma Rojo; most wins, Louise Damron; most babies; Yvonne Vostry; most losses, Kathy Russell; door prize winner, Sue Holbrook. The next meeting is December 28, in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Signups begin at 1 p.m. Due to the demand for tables, a 1:30 p.m. arrival is advised. Play begins at 2 p.m. The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. For more information, call Doris Dack, (714) 356-0443.


LW Bunco Club winners Dec. 9: Most buncos, Dolorie Thurner and Gino Pelegrino; most wins, Gail Levitt; most babies; Marilyn Moody; most losses, Peggy Szumita. Door prize winner, Bill Zurn.

                                            —Mike Levitt


Three-way tie for high game

The Dec. 10 cribbage club had a three-way tie for the high game between Bea Lissow, Darlene Meyers and Mary Greytak, each had 826. Pat Fellers was next with 824, followed by Bill Nichols with 820. Candy Meyers and Jorge Moy tied with 818. There were 59 players on Dec. 10.

Sandra Holt shared her birthday cake and an assortment of cookies. Margaret Smith served. The Cribbage Club meets Tuesday at noon in Clubhouse 1. All shareholders are invited to join. There is always room for more players. Partners are not required and play usually finishes by 3:30 p.m. Don’t know how to play, call Patti Smith at (562) 242-4674, leave your name and number, and she will arrange for lessons for beginners and anyone who needs a brush up. Players should arrive by noon to be assured of a table. Cribbage Club will be dark on Dec. 24 and 31.

—Bobbie Straley

free lip reading classes offered

Free Lip Reading classes offered through the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter at the Weingart Center, 5220 Oliva Ave., Lakewood. The next class will be on Jan. 8. No formal registration or sign-up. All are welcome. 

HLAA is a volunteer support group offering education on coping skills and resources to people with hearing loss to help survive in a hearing world. HLAA meets at 6:30 p.m. on the second Thursday of the month. For more information, call (562) 438-0597 or visit www.hlaa-lb-lakewood.org.

The story of Pickleball

In the 1960s pickleball was invented to supply entertainment for a family gathering in the state of Washington. Originally played with ping pong paddles, a Wiffle ball and an old badminton net, the game has now gone international. 

 The Pickleball Club in LW started out playing in Clubhouse 1 in 2016, then moved to the Mission Park area behind Clubhouse 2 in 2018. There are four courts there, each court spans 44 feet long and 20 feet wide, the same size as a doubles Badminton court. Seven feet from the net on both sides of the court is marked with lines  to create an area called the non-volley zone, also known as the kitchen. Players cannot volley within that zone but may step in the area to return a shot that has bounced in that area.

The pickleball courts are open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.


From page 10

Solution to this week’s puzzle: Ra1

The white rook moves from b1 to a1. 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.


Nguyen is a natural athlete

By any standard, Trai Nguyen is one of the strongest players on the courts. He plays most mornings and is known for teaming up with, and encouraging newer players. He has played in all tournaments, taking the gold at his 4.0 level in June.

Trai has played since the courts opened at Mission Park in September 2018. He comes from an athletic background, having played tennis for 10 years. He also golfs, plays table tennis, and swims laps. Additionally, he is a skilled card player, playing and winning a final table in the LW Tournament Poker Club in April.

He has lived in LW for three years, but retired just one year ago from a career as a software engineer. He lives in Mutual 3 with his wife Thanh Tuyen.

The club has a monthly meeting/potluck on the first Sunday of each month, in Clubhouse 2, at 5 p.m.  For more information about the club contact President Tim Linehan, at (714) 818-6404.

—Susan Dodson

page 23, Travel

on the go

Day Trips

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

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

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

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

Overnight Trips 

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

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

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

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

How to get around town

by Chris Walker


Mandarin Chinese is the most popular language spoken in the world, English is the most widely used in different places throughout the world and Spanish is the language spoken by our neighbors south of the border and is the fourth most widely spoken language in the world after Hindi. 

Spain, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Mexico, Guatemala, Venezuela and 11 more countries speak Spanish as their National language. Spanish is spoken in variations in each country and region, just like Americans have different dialects, slang terms and accents throughout the United States, these countries and their respective regions have their own way of speaking Spanish. If you plan on visiting any of these places in the future there are a few common phrases that are important to getting around and having a comfortable and fun trip overall.

Tips for pet owners traveling with a pet

As family and friends travel home for the holidays, it is important to remember the comfort and safety of the furry member of the family. Today, there are more pet-friendly travel options than ever before, and with the right preparation, pet owners can happily bring pets along by car, plane, or train.

Expert veterinarians at BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital recommend following these tips to ensure a safe and low-stress trip.

Traveling by car

• Don’t allow pets to roam in the car. Not only can pets injure themselves while loose the car, but they can be a distraction to the driver, and even become a projectile that hits human occupants in an accident. Keep pets in a crate or carrier and anchor it to the vehicle using a seat belt or other secure means. The carrier or crate must have enough room for your pet to stand and turn around.

• Keep your pet in the back seat. Whether your pet is harnessed or kept in a carrier or crate, it is best to keep them in backseat because, like small children, they can be injured by front-seat airbags.

• Don’t allow pets to stick their heads out of the window. Dogs and cats should be kept inside the car. Pets who stick their heads out the window are exposed to dangerous debris that can cause injury, and in colder climates, air can be forced into their lungs, causing illness. Also, never transport a pet in the back of an open pickup truck.

• Plan rest stops ahead of time. Plan rest stops ahead of traveling to allow your pet to stretch, eliminate, and hydrate. Pets can easily become dehydrated on long road trips, bring along a portable bowl.

• Never leave your pet alone in a car. Excessively cold or hot temperatures can pose serious health hazards for pets, including hypothermia or heat stroke. Be sure to keep your pet supervised at all times while traveling (even if that means taking turns with a friend or family member at a rest stop).

• Stick to their normal diet. Changes in diet can cause GI distress in pets. Bring bottled water and your pet’s food from home to avoid digestive upset.

Traveling by Air

There are certain dog and cat breeds that are particularly susceptible to the hazards that air travel can bring, such as bulldogs, pugs, Boston terriers, and Himalayan and Persian cats. These brachycephalic animals have short nasal passages and more narrow airways, which puts them at higher risk for breathing difficulty and heat stroke, especially in poorly ventilated or temperature controlled areas.

• Opt for cabin over cargo, if possible. Most airlines allow cats or small dogs in the cabin for an additional fee. Make reservations well in advance. 

• Use direct flights. For example, in summer months, early morning or late evening flights are best; in the winter, choose mid-afternoon flights.

• Acclimate your pet to the carrier. Give your pet several weeks to become familiar with the travel carrier. Hard carriers usually come in two pieces, so try placing your pet’s bedding in the bottom piece—with the top detached—to make your pet feel comfortable.

• Refrain from feeding before the flight. However, you should give your pet water right up to your travel time.

Seal Beach pool available during LW pool closing

The City of Seal Beach offers daily swimming at McGaugh Middle School. Open swimming is from 5:30-7 a.m.; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; and 6:30-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday. The pool is also available Friday-Sunday from 8-11 a.m.

Passes may be purchased in bulk at City Hall, 211 Eighth Street, Seal Beach. They cost $80 for 16 swims or $136 for 34.

Carpooling would be best, but for those who don’t drive, Dial-a-Ride provides round trip transportation for free.

The Dial-A-Ride program is available to drive senior residents to any location within city limits. 

Dial-A-Ride service is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (562) 439-3699 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule the date, time, and location. Residents are picked up at their units and taken home after their appointments. Registration is free at City Hall with I.D. verifying Seal Beach residency.

For more information, contact the City of Seal Beach Recreation Department at (562) 431-2527, extension 3.



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


Singing lessons $20 per hour. Call Carl at 310-740-2409 1/15/2020


I am forming a new creative writer’s workshop, focusing on novels and short stories collections. Meeting in private residence in LW. Please call1

 Shoal for details at 714-747-2146.12/31



Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000 6/17/20



by Helen

LW Resident 562-421-5811


Business License #WEL0015

Great holiday gift items available!


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

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




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



General Contractor

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


License #954725. 12/19


JC Handyman Services

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





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


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

Since 1988. State Contractors Lic. #578194.




Licensed and insured. 

Dan (562) 841-3787. 

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 12/19


New screens, re-screening, screen doors, retractable screens, new and repair. Call today. (562) 493-8720. 



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

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




(562) 600-0014

LW resident, Rich Livitsky.

Seal Beach Business License

#LIV0004. 1024

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


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 12/19


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

Elizabeth 951-867-1275 11/14


I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with daily care, doctor’s appointments, and errands. Available 24/7. 949-899-7770 1/15.20



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


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



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



Referral Agency. Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License #BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 6/10/2020


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 1/15/20


Need help with shopping, various errands, meal prep, light household duties, transportation or scheduling appointments? I have four years experience and excellent refrences. I don’t do housecleaning $20/hr-3hr min required. Call or text: Debbie Macleod. 949-370-8578 1/12/20







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


I am a professional housekeeper for 10 years. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. Call 949-899-7770 


$30.00 Computer Tune-Up


Computer Running Slow! Call John

LW Resident. SB License FUH0001. 3/18/2020



Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. 

Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.   

   License #CIP0001 12/05/19

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

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



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/f20


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 12/19


Trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462.2/12/20 




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


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 12/19


“I am homeless. My owner died without providing for my care. I am a 12 year old gray spayed feamle cat named baby. I am an indoor cat who is pleasingly plump who loves soft laps and being stroked. I want to find a loving home and someone who will recieve my love and affection in return.” If you are interested, please call 562-760-1939



Estate Sale  M15, Carport 4 and 1860 Mckinney way 21M. Dec. 19 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and Dec. 20 from 9 a.m.-12  p.m. Small appliances, blender, coffee pots, toaster oven, Dishes, flatware, two kitchen tables and chairs, linens, clothing, bed pads, plants, canes, coffee tables, christmas decorations, clocks, lamps, pictures and frames.