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LWer remembers her day as Rose Queen

by Cathie Merz


Fifty-seven years ago Nancy Davis Maggio was running ragged with dinners, fittings, speaking engagements and an early morning wake-up call looming on New Year’s Day. 

Nancy was looking her finest at 4:30 a.m. when her day began, getting strapped onto the float as the 1963 Queen of the Tournament of Roses.

It was Nancy’s father who dream for her to be a beauty queen. “He lived his dreams through his children,” she said, which included a dream that Nancy would be crowned Miss America. 

Nancy was crowned Miss Altadena prior to her reign as the 45th  Queen of the Tournament of Roses. Her father was hoping for a title of Miss California and then Miss America. (In 1925 Fay Lanphier became the only reigning Miss America named Rose Queen. And in 1924 she had been Miss California.)

But after one year as Rose Queen, “I was done!,” she said.

Nancy says she struggles with paparazzi. “Over the years it has taken everything I’ve got to stand and smile,” she explains.

Nancy’s journey began in her gym class at Pasadena City College (PCC), where  it was mandatory that all female students try out to be Queen of the Tournament of Roses. It wasn’t until 1966 that tryouts became voluntary.

The official selection process and standards adopted in 1935 de-emphasized beauty and prominence in society and stressed interest in the Tournament. 

Try-outs were in the gym or the girls could write book reports. Nancy opted for the gym tryout.

Today, participation is open to all women ages 17-21, who live and attend school within the Pasadena City College district boundaries. Members of the Tournament’s Queen and Court Committee make their selections based on poise, personality, public speaking ability and scholastic achievement.

When the first queen was chosen, there were 17 contestants — considerably fewer than the 1,000-plus who currently try out. The competition is a monthlong process. 

When Nancy was queen, she was not interviewed until the 25 finalists were selected.

Today the interview is stressed more. After a first-round introduction, about 250 young women return for an interview. That group is pared to 75, then to 25 finalists.

Nancy’ said her biggest responsibility as queen was to represent the Tournament of Roses (TOR) at so many functions,where she was always interviewed. 

For about 30 years, the members of the court sewed their own dresses. They were given $10 for supplies. Nancy and her court were provided with all their clothes, including a formal gown, a suit, matching hats, a skirt, blouse, sweater, accessories, shoes and purses.

Today the court receives many more clothes, she says. The gowns are elaborate, and are created by a famed designer. 

Nancy still attends many TOR functions, and prior to the selection of the queen, she says that usually chooses correctly, the girl who is selected queen. “It is always the one who speaks the best.” 

The Rose Queens are like a sorority, she says. They attend the Royal Reception in September, then a Queen’s Luncheon honoring the past Queens in late November or early December. Both events are held at the Tournament House. In the early summer the Queens gather on their own and welcome the new Queen into the fold.

Nancy says that she was “the rebel queen. I was always  getting into trouble, doing something I shouldn’t.”

One of her more memorable escapades was following the Rose Bowl game that pitted USC against Wisconsin. It is the first No. 1 vs.  No. 2 match-up to occur in a bowl game.

She had  gotten to know and became friendly with the Wisconsin quarterback. She accepted a dinner invitation with him after the game. 

The quarterback, Ron Vander Kelen, broke several Rose Bowl records during the game, some of which still stand, and orchestrated a legendary fourth quarter comeback attempt against the USC Trojans. He was inducted into the Rose Bowl Hall of Fame in 1991.

She picked him up and drove them  to an out-of-the-way restaurant in Los Angeles for a nice dinner and to avoid being hounded by fans. About five minutes after arriving some man recognized them and soon after the restaurant was filled with paparazzi. 

The next morning her boyfriend asked her if there was something she needed to tell him, after seeing a photo and headline, “He didn’t get the win, but he got the queen.”

 She didn’t tell her boyfriend about the dinner, since she never planned to see the quarterback again. She knew the team was leaving early the next morning. She never saw Vander Kelen again, but they did exchange a couple of letters over the years. 

Experiences as Queen of the Tournament of Roses helped Nancy in many future endeavors. She has marched in two Rose Parades and ridden on a four Rose Parade floats. 

Nancy is an experienced speaker, teacher, writer and musician, and appreciates how the TOR experience helped make performing and public speaking easier. 

She started singing and dancing at a young age.  She has been an active member of Sweet Adelines International for 45 years, teaching, coaching, singing and competing with award winning  choruses and quartets. She sings with the Leisure World  Chorale and the Good News Singers and teaches and performs  barbershop harmony with the Spiritones. 

She is the mother of two daughters and has  six grandchildren and  six great-grandchildren.

Rose Parade 2019 Fast Facts

» The Rose Parade, hosted by the Pasadena Tournament of Roses,  marks the start of the Rose Bowl Game. It is held in Pasadena on New Year’s Day (or on Monday, Jan. 2 if New Year’s Day falls on a Sunday). Since 2011, Honda has sponsored the Rose Parade.

» The 2020 Rose Parade theme is ‘The Power of Hope. “With hope, we can aspire to do better and inspire others to reach higher; hope never quits; with hope anything, in fact everything is possible,” said Laura Farber, president of the 2020 Tournament of Roses.

» Typically 48-72 hours before parade day, people can view the floats being decorated with flowers in the “float barns” that dot the Arroyo Seco/Rose Bowl area in West Pasadena, not far from the start of the parade. It is a rule that all surfaces of the float framework must be covered in natural materials (such as flowers, plants, seaweeds, seeds, bark, vegetables or nuts); no artificial or artificially colored material is allowed.

» The Rose Parade travels five-and-a-half miles from the intersection of Orange Grove Boulevard and Green Street in Pasadena, traveling north on Orange Grove at a two-and-a-half-mile pace, then turns right on Colorado Boulevard, where most of the viewing takes place. Toward the end of the route, the parade will turn north on Sierra Madre Boulevard and end at Villa Street.  

» Grandstand tickets are available for purchase until Dec. 31. Everyone who sits in the grandstand must have a ticket (except for  children under two years of age who can sit on the lap of their parents or guardians. Prices vary between $55-$100 and are available for purchase at tournamentofroses.com.

» Beginning at noon on Dec. 31, curb side viewing is available on a first-come, first-served basis, mostly along Colorado Boulevard. Sleeping bags and folding chairs are allowed. At 11 p.m. the night of Dec. 31, curbside spectators are allowed to move to a blue “honor line” on the street. This is a popular event so if you plan to secure free, curbside viewing plan, come early! 

» The 2019 Rose Parade featured 44 floats, 18 equestrian units with over 400 horses and 20 marching bands. 

» The floats compete for one of 24 awards each year that awarded by three judges; Honda is ineligible from competing, as it is the parade’s sponsor

» In 1890, the first Tournament of Roses and Parade was held after Valley Hunt Club members decided to host one before the competition. Because of the abundance of blooms in January in Pasadena, it was decided to show off this “paradise” for the world to see. That year, people decorated their carriages with hundreds of colorful blooms.

Recycle LW Trees

Residents can recycle Christmas trees at the 1.8 lot/Mini Farm area. People who need assistance can contact the Service Maintenance Department at 431-6586, ext. 363, and place an order for their trees to be picked up at the  rate of $42 per hour, which is charged in 15-minute increments. 

GRF closes offices for holiday

In observance of New Year’s Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed 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. 

Taco Tuesday is canceled on Tuesday due to New Year’s Eve.

Editorial and classified deadlines for the Jan. 2 issue of LW Weekly will be strictly enforced, due to an early printing schedule. 

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

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

NOCE Learning Center

The Golden Rain Foundation is excited to be partnering with North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) to bring educational classes to the Leisure World community. Come meet the teachers from NOCE from 3-4:30 p.m. on Jan. 10 in Clubhouse 4. Dennis Davino, NOCE director of the Lifeskills Education Advancement Program, will introduce the accredited instructors who will conduct classes in clubhouses 3 and 4. 

Residents will be given time to speak to each teacher. The class list and registration information will be available. The state-funded classes are free.

New Year’s Eve dance is with 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.

The Velvetones will play Jan 5

The Velvetones will play at 6 p.m. on Jan. 5 in Clubhouse 4. The ballroom dance orchestra is Leisure World’s own professional big band, playing big band swing and jazz standards, music for dreaming and dancing.

Whether it be a well-known big band standard, contemporary jazz showcase, sentimental vocal ballad or a hard-swinging brass feature, the Velvetones provide a unique and complete package of musical entertainment.

The band plays at Clubhouse 4 on the first and third Sundays  at 6 p.m. Their concerts are free, but tips are accepted and appreciated.

There will be:

• No table saving; doors open at 5:30 p.m.

  People must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m. 

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

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

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

Learn about phones to help people cope with disabilities

The California Telephone Access Program offers a range of free, specialized phones that make it easier for people to hear, dial and call. It also has phones that are designed for those with restricted mobility, speech impairments, or who are blind or deaf.

Applying is easy.  

1. Pick up an application form at the Health Care Center, Library, News Office or the Member Resource Office (Administration Building, 2nd floor). Fill out Part 1.

2. Have Part 2 of the application filled out and signed by a medical doctor or other authorized professional.

3. CTAP representatives will be in the LW Health Care Center on Friday, Dec. 27, from 10 a.m.-noon to answer questions about the free specialized equipment. They will have equipment on display. People who have fully completed application forms signed by their doctors may be able to receive equipment that day. 

CTAP will be able to process the first 10-12 people on a first-come, first-served basis. It will not exchange phones for existing customers at these events.  

Phone distributions will be on Jan. 24, Feb. 28 and March 27 from 9-11 a.m. in the Health Care Center Conference Room. Also available on those dates will be iPhone training from 2-4 p.m. and Android training from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. 

For more information or application forms, call 1-800-806-1191 or visit www.CaliforniaPhones.org (web chat available).

A local full-time service center is located at 681 South Parker St., Suite 210, in Orange; cross streets are Town and Country and South Parker

—Cindy Tostado LCSW, GRF Member Resource & Assistance Liaison

Bathroom grant is available

Leisure World residents who have taken advantage of the Seal Beach Bathroom Improvement Grant are satisfied with jobs well done, and they are safer. The free bathroom improvements make it easier for people to get in and out of tub/showers. In fact, over 1,000 residents have already made similar improvements utilizing federal grant funds—no charge to the resident. Currently, there are funds to do 50 more and the city is requesting applications. 

The program is made through a possible grant from HUD, Orange County and Seal Beach. The OC Housing and Community Development Department allocates the federal grants from HUD every year to assist seniors in Leisure World Seal Beach. Specifically, the funds are used to cut the wall of the existing fiberglass tubs to a few inches. The tubs are refinished to look like new, and a new glass shower door enclosure is installed. The process converts the tub/shower combination into a shower only. The improvement eliminates the need for people to lift one leg up and over the tub wall, which is especially precarious when standing barefoot on a wet surface. 

Toilets can be replaced with high-boy models.  

The City of Seal Beach selects approved contractors to perform the work.

To qualify, applicants must be over 55 years of age and have a gross annual household income less than or equal to the Orange County levels as follows: One person, $66,500; two people, $76,000; and three people, $85,500.

A licensed medical doctor must complete the Doctor’s Analysis Form rating the physical condition of the applicant with respect to mobility problems, pain with movement or trouble with balance. This rating helps prioritize the most needy applicants until the funds are all spent. All information is kept confidential.

Applications and doctors forms are available online at sealbeachca.gov or people  can call  CivicStone at (909) 364-9000 to have one mailed.

CivicStone was hired by the City of Seal Beach 10 years ago to administer the city’s Bathroom Accessibility Program.

Apply for CalFresh program

Qualified LW residents can get help applying for CalFresh, formerly known as food stamps, in person with Cindy Tostado, GRF Member Resource and Assistance Liaison, online or via phone. 

People who are over 55 and meet the following monthly income guidelines may qualify: One-person household: $2,010 per month; two-person household: $2,708 per month. 

Have access to the following required documents to assist in the application process:

• ID

• Green Card or Citizenship Certificate

• Social Security Card

• Proof of Income

• Rent Receipt and Bills

Ways to apply:

• By Appointment in LW: Call 431-6586, ext. 317

• Online: GetCalFresh.org

• Phone: (800) 281-9799

• Walk In: 1928 S. Grand Ave., Santa Ana, 92703

For more information, call Cindy Tostado, LCSW, GRF member resource and assistance liaison, 431-6586, ext. 317.

LW Dines Out

Finbars Italian Kitchen is on hiatus for December and January. Naples Rib Company will serve dinner in Clubhouse 1 on Jan. 13 instead of Jan. 6.

Hometown Buffet has canceled Sunday Brunch in LW because of declining patronage, but  will continue to serve dinner on the fourth Monday of the month, beginning in January.  

Resident support for the Monday night restaurant program has been on the decline overall. Restaurants are seeking suggestions on what would draw diners. 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 needs feedback

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.

Sign up for email alerts

Leisure World residents are invited to sign up for the GRF’s one-way, real time community notification system. LW Live is designed to keep people informed during emergencies and get the word out about safety, recreation and governance issues. 

All you need is an email address. 

To sign up online, log onto www.lwsb.com and click the “LW Live” icon to the right. 

People can also sign up at the News Office, Stock Transfer and the LW Library, and at GRF and Mutual meetings. 

Don’t be left in the dark; sign up today for LW Live.

LW Orchestra drew a full house

The LW Orchestra played a Christmas concert on Dec. 12 to a full house in Clubhouse 4. There were more than 200 people present, a record turnout. 

The growing orchestra is much improved over the last few years, with more than 1,000 years of cumulative experience among its members. 

The audience was so impressed that Conductor Rae Boeving and the orchestra got a standing ovation and played an encore–“Jingle Bells Forever.” 

Concert highlights included “Hansel and Gretel,” by Humperdinck and “Simple Gifts,” which is the basis for Aaron Copland’s “Appalachian Spring.” Traditional Christmas music, including “Frosty the Snow Man,” “White Christmas,” a fugue, march and carol festival rounded out the program.

After the concert there was a feast of homemade cookies, shrimp, meatballs, chicken bites, veggies, sandwiches and much more. 

The LW Orchestra’s next concert will be Thursday, May 14. Former musicians are welcome to join the fun on Mondays and Wednesdays  in the Amphitheater from noon-2:30 p.m. Call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669 for more information.

Matter of Balance

Leisure World’s popular workshop, A Matter of Balance, is coming in January. The free eight-week course is designed for people who have fallen or have a fear of falling. It 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 Health Care Center Conference Room. Registration is required by calling (562) 431-6586, ext. 317.

Arts and Leisure Pg 10-13

Leisure Whirlers Square Dance Club

The Leisure Whirlers square dance club will have 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, dancing and a buffet dinner. Doors open at 5 p.m. for socializing. The buffet dinner will be served starting at 6 p.m. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. Square and round dances will be alternated from 7-9:30 p.m.  Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation so everyone can dance. Tickets are now on sale. Cost is $12 per person. 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 to brush up on dancing skills or just 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.

Community Karaoke

“Silver Bells” was beautifully harmonized by Bev Adams and Susan Kelleghan during Community Karaoke’s Wednesday night  party last week.

“Jingle Bell Rock” was a jaunty number done by both Karen Morris and Vickie Van Ert. Santa delivered steaming bowls of chili and tasty hot dogs to everyone as they enjoyed the performers.  

Christmas music is special so people appreciated the selections from Kathy Swinger, Diane Kasperson, Martin Rosendaal, Shannon Harris, Rick Hering, Bob Barnum, Erika Greenwood, David Noble, Pete Tupas, Culley Eaby, Bobby Groncki, Walt Bier and Tony Tupas. 

The club looks forward to beginning another year of singing straight from the heart. Come and karaoke on Jan. 8 in Clubhouse  1 at 5 p.m.

GRF Movie

“The Russians Are Coming, the Russians Are Coming,” unrated, will be shown at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 5, in Clubhouse 4.

When a Soviet submarine gets stuck on a sandbar off the coast of a New England island, its commander (Theodore Bikel) orders his second-in-command, Lt. Rozanov (Alan Arkin), to get them moving again before there is an international incident. Rozanov seeks assistance from the island locals, including the police chief (Brian Keith) and a vacationing television writer (Carl Reiner), while trying to allay their fears of a Communist invasion by claiming he and his crew are Norwegian sailors. 

The 1966 movie was nominated for a Best Picture Oscar.

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 invite everyone, including new members, to  join them 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 resume on 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.

Suede Sole Dancers

On Nov. 18, the Suede Sole Dancers performed a newly choreographed waltz and flower dance in elegant costumes to heartwarming  applause for the Salvation Army Home League. 

Pat Erickson made the costumes for the Suede Sole Dancers, whose guiding philosophy is to provide colorful entertainment and make happy memories for people. 

Each member shares a common passion, which is to entertain  audiences and leave them wanting more.

Suede Sole Dancers will perform for Leisure World clubs and organizations and at special events. For more information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

Video Producers 

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

Everyone is welcome to attend the meeting, hosted by the Video Producers Club from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, in Clubhouse 3, Room 12-A.

The club meets every Tuesday from 2-4 p.m.    

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

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

Friends of the Library

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

 The Friends group is in need of volunteers. To learn more or pick up an application, go to the bookstore during operating hours from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Ad Hoc Sing-Along

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

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

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

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. 30: Clubhouse 6, Room B

11 a.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)

Monday, Jan. 6: Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—Introduction to MAC (Apple) operating systems (Sacks)

Noon—Inroduction to iPhone,/iPad (Fernandez)

Monday, Jan. 13: Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—What’s App (Cohen)

Noon—Texting on the iPhone (Fernandez)

Monday, Jan. 20: No Class

Monday, Jan. 27: Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—iPhone/iPad App Store (Cohen)

Noon—Prepare for the CA DMV Test (includes Real ID  info) Sacks

Tuesday, Jan. 28, Clubhouse 3, Room 7

1-3 p.m.—Understanding the Cloud (Cohen)

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

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

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

OLLI University

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. 

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

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

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

To register, log on to www.csulb.edu/olli or call (562) 985-8237. Ms. Weber provides customized wellness consultations and counseling. 

She may be reached for an appointment at (562) 430-8245.

—Holly Weber

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. 26 – No workshop, library is closed.  

•Jan. 2—No workshop, library is closed.

•Jan. 9—Ancestry DNA

•Jan. 16—American Indians

• Jan. 23—Massachusetts (The First on a Series on States)

• Jan. 30—Black Sheep and Ne’er-do-wells

 The workshops are free. 

—Janet Lessin

Dancers and Mixers

LWer Linda Herman will provide live music to ring in the new year at Dancers & Mixers dance Tuesday, Jan. 7, in  Clubhouse 4 from 7-9:30 p.m. 

Bring favorite beverages. 

Kelly Sala from Ageless Assurance will supply light snacks. There will be a variety of music including a mixer and some line dancing. Everyone is welcome. 

Partners are not needed. Dancing is a great way to stay in shape.  Dues for the 2020 club year will be collected that night.

Joyful Line Dance Club

The Joyful Line Dance Club will be on a holiday break until Jan. 8. 

Classes are held on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Members learn new steps to new music and dance to popular oldies.

The club started in February 2014 to provide an opportunity for fun exercise and it’s different from other groups in that it encourages men to come and learn to line dance. 

The club has more than five male members.

Justin Manalad has taught classes since in May 1 but decided to leave after eight months of teaching. Currently Joyful Line Dance is looking for a volunteer for one week of the month or a full-time volunteer to teach students line dance.

English is spoken in the class.

For more information about teaching or try out to teach,  contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339. 

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. 

Huntington Beach Performing Arts

The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts will present eight showings of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” on Jan. 10-12 and Jan. 17-19 in the academy’s Studio Theater, 1905 Main St., Huntington Beach. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7 p.m., with Saturday and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Guests are invited to hors d’oeuvres and pre-show festivities one hour before show time. Tickets are $30 for general seating at hbapa.org/see. Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler’s suspenseful masterpiece tells the tale of an unjustly exiled barber who returns to 19th-century London seeking revenge against the judge who framed him.



FBI offers suggestions for protection from telemarketers

by Cathie Merz


Seniors are attractive to telemarketers because they generally have savings, own their home, and/or have excellent credit. Women over 60, who live alone, are a prime target for scammers. 

Financial scams can be difficult to prosecute, so they’re considered a “low-risk” crime for the con artist.  

Most scams against seniors are conducted through the phone, mail or Internet. With no face-to-face interaction and no paper trail, these scams are hard to trace. People from the older segment of the population were generally raised to be polite and trusting. Scammers exploit these traits, knowing that it is difficult for these individuals to say “no” or just hang up.

When sending money to people you do not know personally or by giving personal or financial information to unknown callers, you increase your chances of becoming a victim of telemarketing fraud. 

The FBI issued a list of warning signs that indicate telemarketing scams. If you hear these or similar lines from a telephone salesperson, say “no thank you” and hang up the phone. 

• You must act “now” or the offer won’t be good.

• You’ve won a “free’ gift, vacation, or prize,” but you have to pay for “postage and handling” or other charges.

• You must send money, give a credit card or bank account number, or have a check picked up by courier before you have a chance to consider the offer carefully.

• You don’t need to check out the company with anyone, including your family, lawyer, accountant, local Better Business Bureau or consumer protection agency.

• You can’t afford to miss this “high-profit, no-risk” offer.

Tips for Avoiding Telemarketing Fraud

It is very difficult to get your money back if you have been cheated over the telephone. In some scams, callers act friendly and helpful. In others, they might threaten or try to scare you.

Before you buy anything by telephone, remember:

• Don’t buy from an unfamiliar company. Legitimate businesses understand that you want more information about their company and are happy to comply.

•Always ask for and wait until you receive written material about any offer or charity. If you get brochures about costly investments, ask someone whose financial advice you trust to review them. But beware—not everything written down is true.

•Always check out unfamiliar companies with your local consumer protection agency, Better Business Bureau, state attorney general, the National Fraud Information Center, or other watchdog groups. However, not all bad businesses can be identified through these organizations.

• Don’t pay in advance for services; pay only after they are delivered.

• Be wary of companies that want to send a messenger to your home to pick up money, claiming it is part of their service to you.  In reality, they are taking your money without leaving any trace of who they are or where they can be reached.

 • Be sure to talk over big investments offered by telephone salespeople with a trusted friend, family member or financial advisor. It is never rude to wait and think about an offer.

• Never respond to an offer you don’t understand thoroughly. 

• Never send money or give out personal information such as credit card numbers and expiration dates, bank account numbers, dates of birth, or social security numbers to unfamiliar companies or unknown persons.

• If you have been victimized once, be wary of persons who call offering to help you recover your losses for a fee paid in advance.

If you’ve lost money to a phone scam or have information about the company or scammer who called you, report it at ftc.gov/complaint.

If you didn’t lose money and just want to report a call, you can use the Federal Trade Commission’s  (FTC) streamlined reporting form at donotcall.gov.

Report the number that appears on the caller ID — even if you think it might be fake — and any number you’re told to call back. The FTC analyzes complaint data and trends to identify illegal callers based on calling patterns. It also uses additional information reported, like names and numbers that are given to call back, to track down scammers.

The FTC takes phone numbers reported and releases them to the public each business day. This helps phone carriers and other partners that are working on call-blocking and call-labeling solutions. Reports also help law enforcement identify the people behind illegal calls.

Letters to Editor


The 12 (days) Trees of Christmas cutting in Mutual 9. Mature bottlebrush trees were removed to avoid the costly maintenance of rain gutter cleaning. Mutual 2 did it too. What a loss to our community.

Peter Meuter

Mutual 9


Mutual 9 removed 10 bottlebrush trees because they were located next to the new seven roofs we just installed.  Why did mutual remove these trees? Because the tree produces tiny sticky needles that blow into the new roof vents and clog them, not because of the expense of cleaning the gutters.   

Once the roof vent gets clogged with these tiny needles, the roofing contractor has to come out rip part of the roof and replace with new vents.  This will be expensive for the mutual to repair and counterproductive toinstalling new roofs.

Once the tree roots are depleted of their resources and begin decomposing, then the mutual will look into planting another type of tree.  It would be a financial loss to the mutual not to remove these bottlebrush trees.

Beth Mayer, 

President Mutual 9

Mutual 2 experienced the same problem with bottle brush trees potentially causing problems with our new roofs — the red spikes getting under the shingles, causing damage, therefore, negating our warranty. We were advised to remove the trees located near the buildings. Eventually, we will replace the trees but plant them in greenbelt areas, not by the unit buildings. Leaving the trees would have caused a major expense for Mutual 2 down the road.

Peggy Keller,

President Mutual 2



My neighbors and a guest from Laguna Woods joined me on the first Holiday Shuttle touring Leisure World this season. I attend this yearly and looked forward to the camaraderie of my neighbors.  Boarding the small shuttle seating about 20 people were two infants about 3 and 5 years of age with their great grandmother. They (adult and 2 children) secured seating on a over crowded shuttle as the elderly residents were left to stand. We ventured in the moving shuttle to view the lighted residences. Unfortunately my guests were positioned next to the great grandmother and her two small grandchildren. The children were VERY active as the driver explained the history of Leisure World, riddles and other informative tidbits. One child stood while the bus was moving bus, climbed the seats, accidentally hitting the bell to disembark while the guardian wrestled with both.

The Leisure World community enjoys the freedom of retirement and contentment. One should consider the environment before including children in a 55+ community. It’s similar when boarding a long flight on a plane and hoping the children boarding are not seated near you. It isn’t being mean to children. I’ve raised my child and would not be inconsiderate to impose them on the elderly who chose a quiet environment. We have earned and deserve a relaxing evening while the guardian should have taken the children to activities that the children could enjoy more. 

 Pam McDougal

Mutual 1



There are problems that come with the building of a restaurant in Leisure World. One is that the restaurant wants exclusive rights. Another problem is whether this proposed restaurant is based on charity or would it become profitable, and if it did, would that affect GRF’s status as a non-profit. That could lead to residents paying more, either in taxes or by subsidizing the restaurant.

In the early 2000s, GRF administrator Habir Narang looked at building a small restaurant in Leisure World and research found that it would create tax problems in view of Leisure World’s status as a non-profit housing entity.

Is the present CEO bamboozling Leisure World with future projects in order to justify his pay?

The GRF is a trust, a collective name for service departments that was not ever intended to have a community management component.

In order to shield themselves from liability, LW founders created the GRF to oversee services and the LW Foundation for management. A property management company called J.L. Moyers (and later First Columbia) later replaced the LW Foundation. 

The GRF lacks oversight and control and failed in its fiduciary duty/due diligence. Its time Mutual 1 takes back control, and reinstates 18 instead of nine directors,which was manipulated ‘from outside, in my opinion

Tom Waterham 

Mutual 1

Making History

Dec. 26, 1946 – Bugsy Siegel opened Flamingo Hotel in Las Vegas. Jimmy Durante was the headliner with music by Cuban band leader Xavier Cugat and it was a flop. Bad weather kept many Hollywood guests from arriving. And because gamblers had no rooms at the hotel, they took their winnings and gambled elsewhere. The casino lost $300,000 in the first week of operation. 

Dec.  27, 1932 – Radio City Music Hall opened  in New York City during the height of the Great Depression. It was built as a place where ordinary people  could see high-quality entertainment. 

Dec. 30, 1922 – The Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) was established, comprising a confederation of Russia, Belorussia, Ukraine, and the Transcaucasian Federation (divided in 1936 into the Georgian, Azerbaijan, and Armenian republics).The new communist state was the successor to the Russian Empire and the first country in the world to be based on Marxist socialism.

Setting It Straight

The strikeouts in the Notice of Tentative Approval of Amendment 30-5025-3 in the Dec. 19 edition of LW Weekly were inadvertently omitted during production. The complete amendment is reprinted on pages 6 and 30. 


Security Corner

Guest passes limited to four

by Victor Rocha

security services director

To provide clarification, I wanted to inform all residents again regarding the 2020 guest pass program.

 The 2020 guest passes will be mailed by Dec. 31.

 All 2019 guest passes will be valid for the month of January 2020 to ensure everyone has received their passes.  All 2019 passes will be not be accepted for entry as of Feb. 1.

 There is a limit of four passes per household.  Extra passes are not available for distribution or purchase.

 There has been some feedback regarding the limit of four passes per household and not offering additional passes. Security of the community is of upmost importance, and, with 6,608 units, just distributing four passes per household equals over 26,000 passes in circulation.  Adding four more to this number would mean over 50,000 passes would be distributed.  Unfortunately, we have had significant issues of fraud and abuse with the guest pass system.  These have been bartered and sold to non-residents that give unknown people unlimited access to your community.  We are currently installing a new visitor access system that will allow all residents to permanently add

or delete names, so the actual pass would not be required. It will be a few months before the full operation of the new system, but be assured we will be notifying residents through the newspaper and Town Hall meetings about the enhanced secure guest access program.

If you have any questions or concerns, call me at (562) 431-6586, ext. 371.

Carport Cleaning Schedule 2020

The holiday carport cleaning schedule for 2020 is as follows:

New Year’s Day – Wednesday, Jan. 1

Mutual 1, Carports 17-20; Mutual 2, Carports 21-24, and Mutual 17, Building 2, will be cleaned Tuesday, Dec. 31. 

President’s Day – Monday, Feb. 17

Mutual 6, Carports 72-73, 81-82; Mutual 7, Carports 83-84, 86-89, carports will be cleaned on the holiday.

Memorial Day – Monday, May 25

Mutual 10, Carports 117-121, 123-124, will be cleaned on Friday, May  29. 

Independence Day – Saturday, July 4

No carports are affected

Labor Day – Monday, Sept. 7

Mutual 1, Carports 1-6, 9-10, and Mutual 17, Building 3, will be cleaned Monday, Aug. 31. 

Veterans Day – Wednesday, Nov. 11

Mutual 3, Carports 39-42, and Mutual 4, Carports 54-56, will be cleaned Friday, Oct. 30.

Thanksgiving Day – Thursday, Nov. 26

Mutual 11, Carports 130-131; Mutual 15, Carports 3, 6-8, 10-13; and Mutual 16, Carport 9, will be cleaned Monday, Nov. 30. 

Christmas Day – Friday, Dec. 25

Mutual 14, Carports 150-157; Mutual 15, Carports 1-2, will be cleaned Thursday, Dec. 31.


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.

GRF Board of Directors Meetings

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

Thursday, Dec. 26 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

  Administration canceled

Wednesday, Jan. 1 Governing Documents Committee

Administration canceled

Thursday, Jan. 2 Architecture Design Review Committee

Administration canceled

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)

Administration 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.

Thursday, 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. 26 Mutual 1

  Administration canceled

Friday, Dec. 27 Mutual 6

  Administration canceled

Wednesday, Jan. 1 CFO Council

Conference Room B 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

Administration 9 a.m.

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.

Caregiver passes must be renewed

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. 

• 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.


Pet registrations must be renewed

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.

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.     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.


New Year’s Day Rose Bowl events 

The Tournament of Roses has produced the Rose Parade and Rose Bowl Game in Pasadena since 1890.

The 2020 Royal Court will attend nearly 100 community and media functions, serving as ambassadors of the Tournament of Roses, the Pasadena community, and the greater Los Angeles area. The grand finale for the Royal Court will be riding on the Royal Court float in the 131st Rose Parade presented by Honda and attending the 106th Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual.

Rita Moreno, Gina Torres and Laurie Hernandez are the 2020 Grand Marshals for the Tournament of Roses. 

The 106th Rose Bowl Game will follow the parade at the Rose Bowl at 1 p.m. No. 6 Oregon Ducks, champions of the Pac-12 Conference, will take on No. 8 Wisconsin Badgers. 

Tournament House 

Tournament House was built between 1906-1914. It  was once owned by chewing-gum tycoon William Wrigley, Jr. After the death of Mrs. Wrigley in 1958, the house was donated to the city of Pasadena, provided they used it as a home for the Tournament of Roses Association. 

It is built in an Italian Renaissance style and has beautiful wood paneling, marble fireplaces, and crystal chandeliers. 

Free tours are available from February-August on Thursdays. From September on, the house is closed to tourists for staff to prepare for the Rose Parade.


Sell used vehicles on Dec. 28 in Clubhouse 6 parking lot 

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, Dec. 28.

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.


Orientation sessions set Jan. 2

The Golden Rain Transportation Department will conduct informational meetings on using the Minibus service from 10-11:30 a.m. and 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 2, in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. 

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

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

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

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


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.

Golden Age Foundation

The Golden Age Foundation will have its next  board meeting  on Wednesday, Jan.  22, at  1 p.m., in Conference Room  B, located in Building 5 behind Recreation Department Office and GRF Security Decal Office.

All members of the Golden Age Foundation and all shareholders  are welcome to observe monthly board meetings. 

This is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest news and  get a preview of coming Golden Age Foundation attractions.  

Recreation Dept. newsletter

The GRF Recreation Department, in conjunction with the LW Library, now has its January-February newsletter available for pick up.  See all the upcoming events for the month at a glance.  Be sure to stop by the Library or the Recreation Office in Building 5 for a free copy. They are also available at Administration’s front desk and in the Exercise Room.

Early Deadline

The deadline for the Jan. 2 issue  of LW Weekly will be strictly enforced, due to an early printing deadline. 

The classified deadline is Friday, Dec. 27, at noon.

All copy must be received today, Thursday, Dec. 26, for publication in the Jan. 2 edition.

American Legion

Cmdr. Rich Carson  and Mike Levitt, American Legion Post 327, surprised Gail Levitt with a plaque that reads, “In recognition to your commitment and service before self to the American Legion Post 327” during the Garden Club luncheon she was chairing. Since Gail was unable to attend the American Legion and Auxiliary luncheon the plaque was brought to her. “I was speechless, and that never happens,” she said.

Toys for Tots

LW residents donated hundreds of toys to benefit the U.S. Marines Toys for Tots program this year. Marine Sgt. DeLeon Powell (l-r), Cpl. Jeremy Morales, Sgt. Brian Moran and Staff Sgt. Kenny Chang were in LW Dec. 18 to take the first load of toys to a distribution point in Fullerton; the final LW pick-up was Dec. 20.

Golden Age Foundation

Anna Derby, Golden Age Foundation publicity chair, graciously accepted a donation from Seal Beach Sa-Rang Church Senior Pastor Kyo Min So and Assistant Pastor Young K. Lee. Seal Beach Sa-Rang Church has Sunday services at 11 a.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. The church began services in 2004.

Sunshine Club ends year with party

The Sunshine Club had its year-end party on Dec. 20, celebrating the club’s progress in its eight years of existence. The party was held at Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Sunshine Club members enjoyed socializing over abundant of foods, including  a catered “East meets West” lunch with a Korean buffet and baked chicken. The Korean buffet included teriyaki bulgoki, Japchae, fish pancake, special sandwiches made with cucumber/egg and spring salad.

It was nice gathering where members shared similar interests in the community and thanked each other for loving and caring for the place they live. The members decorated the room in red, green and bright beautiful colors for a jolly holiday feel. 

Michael Harada led a holiday sing-along and Ruby Johnson sang “ O’ Holy Night.” 

The party ended with a traditional group photo of everyone by Michael Oh, information and technology director. 

The Sunshine Club will take a holiday break from weekly meetings. Meetings will resume Jan. 10  in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m.   

Special thanks to those continuously supported the club by attending its 50 meetings  and special events such as  a summer picnic in July and the holiday party in December. 

A day-trip to the Getty Center provided an opportunity for shareholders to enjoy precious art works on display.

The  Sunshine Club meets from 10 a.m.-noon Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, (except on the first Friday of the month, in Room 9). There are no membership dues. Everyone is welcome to join. For more information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.


January meeting is canceled

The Italian-American Club, which meets every first Wednesday of the month, is canceled for January, New Year’s Day. Regular meeting will resume in February. 

The Christmas meeting on Dec. 4 was a huge success. The food was exceptional and the entertainment lively. Attendees were also surprised by a visit from Santa’s elf and Mrs. Claus. Christmas cards and cookies were delivered. It was lovely and all table center pieces were gifted to birthday people. 

The Italian American Club welcomes all Leisure World residents. Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month in Clubhouse 4 at noon. Yearly membership is $10. 

Already a member? Bring a neighbor. See you in February.

American Legion hosting Sunday bingo games

The American Legion Post and Auxiliary will host bingo most Sundays starting now.  

Bingo is held in Clubhouse 2.  The doors open at 1 p.m. and the games start at 1:30.  The buy- in is $3 per person for 10 games.  Extra cards and other games are also available for purchase.  

Desserts and coffee are complimentary.  Proceeds are used to help needy Veterans in the immediate area.  Everyone is invited to join us.  If you have questions, call Rich Carson at (714) 719-6872.


Hospitality Center closed New Year’s

The Golden Age Foundation Hospitality center in Clubhouse 6  will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Diana Carey was guest speaker at LW Democratic Club

Diana Carey, long term activist in Orange County and a former member of Westminster City Council, was the keynote speaker at the Dec. 18 SBLW Democratic Club membership meeting.  She began her presentation about the past, present and future political situation in California 72nd Assembly District with a review of statistics relating to the county as a whole, as well as to the district itself.

With 3.1 million residents, Orange County is the sixth most populous county in the nation.  15.6 percent of Orange County registered voters live in the 72nd Assembly District.  These potential voters are fairly evenly split with 32 percent being Democrats, 35 percent Republicans and 29 percent No Party Preferred.  Equally divided demographically, the population of the district is 39 percent white, 26 percent Latino, and 33 percent Asian.

Carey identified the primary issue in the county, as well in the district, as being homelessness.  She pointed out that, contrary to current stereotypes, 68 percent of the county’s homeless have lived in the area 10 years or longer; 90 percent are U.S. born citizens.  

Carey ended her presentation talking about the four candidates that will be running against each other in the March 3 Primary Election. Three of the four are of Vietnamese descent, Tyler Diep, Janet Nguyen and Diedre (Thu Ha) Nguyen.  Diedre is the Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for the 72nd. The fourth person in that race is a second generation American of Iranian descent named Bigan Mohseni.  He is also running as a Democrat. More of Diana’s presentation can be found on the club’s website.


SBLW Democratic Club Vice-President Kathy Moran is asking for volunteers to participate in an “Envelope Stuffing Work Party” on Dec. 27 from 9 a.m. -noon.  Anyone who wants to help should phone Clara Wise at (909) 957-9886, for more information.   


LW residents continuing to follow the impending reorganization of the way trustees are to be elected to the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Trustees are urged to attend a Jan. 7 or 21 public hearing on the matter.  Call Mary Tromp at (562) 412-0898, for information. 


Members of HB Huddle have invited SBLW Democrats to join them on their chartered buses on Jan. 18 to the OC Women’s March 2020.  For bus tickets, go to Eventbrite.com and type in “HB Huddle Bus to OC Women’s March.”  Call (909) 957-9886, for more information.


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

Nikkei Club celebrates holidays at East Buffet

The Nikkei Club will have its next meeting  on Jan. 11  at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.  

Michelle Steel, vice chair of the Orange County Supervisors, will be the guest speaker at 11 a.m.  Ms. Steel will give a presentation of the Presidential Advisory Committee on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. She was appointed to this position by President Trump in 2019. She will stress the importance of voting. Ms. Steel was  born in Korea but raised in Japan,  so she speaks Japanese fluently. 

A bento box lunch, plus miso soup, will follow her talk at approximately 11:45 a.m. for those who pre-ordered their lunch at $10.  RSVP for the bento box lunch by Jan. 4 to one of the following telephone committee members: Sherie Vanek, (562) 296-8074; Margie Kido, (562) 544-4463; Kazuko Monobe, (562) 280-4916; or Alberta Karch, (562) 296-5567.

The Nikkei Club is open to all residents of LW.  We will have 2020 membership, $10,  forms available.  Contact Sybil Tanabe at (714) 496-5012, or Margie Kido for help.


Aleichem story will be recited

The Yiddish Club will meet Thursday, Jan. 2, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The topic will be  “Motl, Peisy the Cantor’s Son,” by Sholem Aleichem.

It is the story about a Jewish family’s experience traveling from Russia to the U.S.  and how they adjusted to their new life in America.

After new words and proverbs in Yiddish are introduced, President Yakob Basner will discuss the topic and  recite excerpts from the story. 

Refreshments will be served after the program.


Wedding bells rang for Kelly Harmon

Dee and Brian Harmon, Mutual 12, celebrated their daughter’s wedding last month in Bakersfield, California.  Their only daughter Kelly relocated to Bakersfield two years ago after accepting a fourth grade teaching position with the Lakeside School District. 

It was at an after-church lunch where Kelly met Levi Dickey. Both became active in the Valley Baptist Young Professional group where they had numerous opportunities to hang out. They discovered a mutual love of movies, reading, and silly puns. As their relationship progressed, the two took many adventures. They went to Jim Henson’s Muppet exhibit at the Skirball Cultural Center. Kelly took Levi to old town Orange for the annual International Street Fair to meet some of her Orange County friends. Levi took Kelly to see the monarch butterfly migration in Pismo Beach, including a special lunch of clam chowder at Brad’s.  

On June 14, 2019, Levi invited Kelly to a picnic lunch at Hart Park along the Kern River. He left early, making sure that the ring he bought for her was in his pocket, and stopped by the barber shop for a haircut before picking up Kelly. She had a feeling something special was planned, so she made sure her nails and hair were done. They enjoyed lunch along the river under the shade of an old tree. After lunch, Levi made Kelly stand up so he could get down on one knee. He proposed, taking a handkerchief-wrapped ring out of his pocket. She excitedly waited for him to finish talking before exclaiming “Yes!”

Kelly’s grandmother Mary Greytak, Mutual 6, was an honored wedding guest as the only surviving grandparent on either side. Twenty-five family members attended from various locations such as Pennsylvania, Kansas, Texas, Oregon, Sacramento, San Diego, Crestline  and Orange County.


Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

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

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

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

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

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

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


In Memoriam 

Elsa-Karen Braden  78  

Fred Plyler Jr. 84

Nathaniel Williams  85

Jon Tessier  71

Patricia Anderson  79

William Barnes  89

Bill Satterfield  83

Nanette Cone  92

William Pay  83

Richard Everett  73

Jean-Pierre Mira  68

Jan Leonard  72

Margaret Ford   77

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary



Humes step into senior pastor role

First Christian Church will welcome in the new year with new leadership. Pastor Bruce Humes will become the new senior pastor of the church on Jan. 2. Pastor Bruce and his wife, Margaret, have served the church faithfully and dynamically for the past 11 years. First Christian bid a reluctant farewell to Pastor Gene Cherryholmes, who begins his retirement at the end of 2019. He and his late wife, Gypsy ,served the church faithfully and effectively for over 17 years.

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

Sunday morning begins with Elder Jack Frost teaching from the book of Luke for the Bible study at 9 a.m. Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski will host the hospitality room for fellowship and light refreshments starting at 9:30 a.m. 

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer, and Scripture. Margaret Humes will lead the congregation in  hymns of worship, “A New Name In Glory,” “In My Heart There Rings a Melody” and “Blessed Assurance.” The Communion hymn will be “Redeemed.”

The church choir, under the direction of Margaret Humes, will sing “I Want To Praise You Lord.” Tony Davis will present the Communion meditation and service today. For the offertory, the praise team will sing, “There’s A Song In The Air.”

Janice Chapman will sing, “Sweet Little Jesus Boy.” Linda Benevento will read 2 Corinthians 5:16-21.

Pastor Gene’s message for today will be “A New Creation” based on 2 Corinthians 5:16-21. The Bible says, “the new has come!!” but it’s up to God’s followers to claim it and live in it.  

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

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

Community Church

Community Church will close the 2019 Sunday worship year with an encouragement to continue in discipleship with intentionality in the New Year. Discipleship refers to following Christ as the master teacher in word, thought and deed. It is the process of transforming into a person who reflects God’s character. 

Mary Maness, long time member and chairperson on the leadership board, will preach on the topic of discipleship on Sunday, Dec. 29. For over 12 years Maness has led a Bible study,  teaching her way through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation. She has also served to bring the Sunday message on numerous occasions. 

Maness will present the message “A Clean Slate.” The Scripture lesson is Colossians 3:1-17. Kelly Frankiewicz will be serving as lay liturgist on Jan. 5. 

Worship services are on Sundays at 9:50 a.m. followed by coffee and refreshments in Edgar Hall.    

 The church office will be closed on New Year’s Day.

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev’s online synagogue is now on YouTube. Anyone who does not want to join Facebook, can now join the live, interactive service on the YouTube.com 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. In addition, Rabbi Galit Shirah 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.

“Mikketz” is the name of the Torah portion this Shabbat. Joseph has been in Pharaoh’s prison following Mrs. Potiphar’s false rape accusation. He has accurately interpreted other prisoners’ dreams and now has become known to Pharaoh who has had some troubling dreams.  Because of Joseph’s ability to predict a future famine, he is elevated to be Pharaoh’s “right-hand man.”  The famine strikes Canaan where Joseph’s brothers decide to go to Egypt for food — and where Joseph recognizes them and devises a test to see if they have changed.

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.

Happy Kwanzaa

 Kwanzaa is a week-long annual celebration held in the United States to honor African heritage in African-American culture. It is observed from Dec. 26- Jan. 1, culminating in gift-giving and a feast. Each day of Kwanzaa celebrates one of the seven core principles. It was first celebrated in 1966.

Congregation Sholom

Rabbi Rachel Axelrad will lead Friday’s service on Dec. 27 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 5:30 p.m. A Shabbat dinner will follow the service. It will be a dairy potluck with latkes provided by the temple. Last names beginning from A-L should bring a salad,  J-S an appetizer, and T-Z a side dish. RSVP to Susan at susanmichlinrsvps@gmail.com as soon as possible.

Join Congregation Sholom on Saturday, Dec. 28, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 9:30 a.m. for services with Rabbi Axelrad.  An hour of Torah study will begin at 10:15 a.m. The service will be followed by a potluck lunch at noon.

Congregation Sholom wants to set up a Bat Mitzvah class for women who are interested. Email Mel Chazen at melvin.chazen@yahoo.com for more information.

Send  questions for  the “Ask the Rabbi” column in News & Nachas to Mel Chazen.

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


Astronaut Yi So-yeon speaks Dec.28

On Dec. 28, Dr. Yi So-Yeon will lecture on “Experiences in Space” at the Leisure World Korean Community Church (LWKCC). In April 2008, Dr. Lee was Korea’s first space flight participant, and she stayed in the International Space Station for 11 days. She is the 49th woman and the fourth Asian American to go into space. She is the daughter-in-law to Deacon Jung Gwi Chul of Mutual 1.

Yi So-Yeon is an astronaut and biotechnologist who became the first Korean to fly in space. Upon return from her mission aboard the ISS, Yi continued as a KARI researcher attending the International Space University before retiring from the agency to pursue an MBA at the University of California, Berkeley Haas School of Business, and joining commercial astronaut corps, the Association of Spaceflight Professionals.

On Dec. 29, Deacon Jung, Dr. Lee and their families will sing a special praise, and also provide a special lunch after worship.

Beginning Dec. 30, there will be a weeklong special early morning prayer for the new year. Senior Pastor Yong Jang Young will deliver a sermon titled “The Ways We’ve Travelled and the Way We Must Go” from Philippians 3:12-16.

There will be an end of the year worship service on Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 11 p.m.

Faith Christian Assembly

Faith Christian Assembly wants to ask its congregation and the rest of the community what place has God’s Word had in their life in 2019? Is the Bible going to have that same place in 2020? 

Pastor Sheri Leming will speak Sunday, Dec. 29, at the 10:30 a.m. service. It will be a message straight from God’s holy word. As 2020 begins, the real question is: What place does the Bible have in determining our life decisions? Faith Christian Assembly invites you to come this Sunday to worship God.  

Faith Christian Assembly will be giving away free Bible reading schedules for 2020 to everyone in attendance. 

Tuesday is faith fellowship time  in the Garden Room at  11 a.m. 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 more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or visit www.FCAchurch.net. 

Assembly of God

On the last Sunday of 2019, Pastor Sam Pawlak’s message will be “Medicine Aplenty in Twenty-Twenty (2020).” The service will be in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10:30 a.m. Denise Smith will lead worship and Diana Mushagian will give church announcements and direct the offering time. The offertory music will be played by Marge McDonald and Norma Ballinger, “Rise and Be Healed.”

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

The hymn sing is a joyous time of singing and fellowship that is held in the Lobby of Clubhouse 3 at 6 p.m. Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will lead songs that are selected by those present and Pastor Sam will close with a devotion. 

The weekly Bible Study will resume on Jan. 15 as Pastor Sam continues the study of Revelation 16.

holy family Catholic Church

50th anniversary celebration to commence on Dec. 29

St. Therese of Holy Family Organization had a Christmas luncheon this year. A group of 70 parishioners got together on Dec. 19 to celebrate the birthday of Jesus. Fr. Juan Caboboy, Holy Family’s pastor, started the meeting with a Christmas blessing. The luncheon was delicious;the music was enjoyable, and everyone  sang Christmas carols.  

Gretchen Dinger, the president of the organization, announced new projects for next year and the continuation of serving the community through two pro-life organizations, Precious Life and the Santa Ana Shelter.  

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 Dec. 29. The First Reading is  Sirach 3:2-6, 12-14 and the Second Reading is Colossians 3:12-21.

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. 

 50th Anniversary of Parish Celebration

On the Feast day of the Holy Family, Sunday, Dec. 29, the church will celebrate its 50th Anniversary. The Parish was founded in 1969. Fr. Juan Caboboy will be lead the celebration  at the 8 a.m. Mass  in commemoration of the 50th anniversary. There will be a reception after Mass in the rectory. Join Holy Family for thanksgiving to the Lord for all the years of worship and service to the community. 

  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.

Leisure World Baptist

Join Leisure World Baptist Church as 2019 draws to a close and it prepares for the upcoming year.  Bob Simons will lead the Sunday school class on Dec. 29, in Clubhouse 4 from 8:40-9:10 a.m. Coffee and refreshments are served until service at 9:45 a.m.

Soloist Joan Shramek has chosen “It Took a Miracle” for her selection. This hymn was written by John Peterson during WWII while he served as pilot. The hymn was inspired from the view from his plane during one of his missions. Darlene Harris will lead the choir in “Go Tell it on the Mountain.” The congregational hymns will be “Joy to the World,” “Hark the Herald Angels Sing,” and “Silent Night.” Yvonne Leon will play for the offertory.

Pastor Coburn’s message is titled “New Years Eve: Supreme Worship” from Romans 12:1-2.

The closing hymn will be “Take My Life and Let It Be.”

Call 430-2920 for more information.



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. 


       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. 1/27


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 




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

Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus. License #CIP0001 12/05/19


Computer Repair


Set-up computers, Tablets, TV.’s Phones.

John LW Resident SB Lic FUH001 3/18/2020

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. 1/1/20


Rides by Russ, with the 

personal touch

For over 4 years I have been giving all types of rides to Leisure World residents. Rides to the airports, doctors, cruise ports, shopping and errands I also enjoy helping my neighbors with chores and maintenance around their homes. Russ 714-655-1544. 1/27


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 1/27


Inexpensive shuttle, airports,

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

SB License #ABL0001. 11/23


Carport needed in Mutual 12. 

Call 562-244-8024 12/26


Paws-To-Share, a growing start up organization that brings pets to seniors and students to brighten their days, is looking for  part-time accounting and finance support.

Responsiblities include:

Managing financial packages

Processing payroll and invoicing

Generating financial analysis

This position will work closely with our president and director of opporations. Wage rate is negotiable.

Please contact Jamie Goldfarb, president of Paws-To-Share at jgoldfarb@paws-to-share.com or call 562-209-7875 12/31

Autos/Boats/RV’s 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 12/26

page 9, health and fitness

Optumcare at the hcc 

Making friends as an adult

By Carson Bloomquist

LW contributor

Some people have a way with making friends: they can talk to anyone anywhere and develop a kinship. They make friends everywhere: with their neighbors, at clubs, even standing in line at the grocery store. 

But for most people, author included, making friends is not nearly that easy. Connecting with other people has gotten harder with age, it seems. That’s normal for most adults: a study from the American Psychological Association found people have a harder time finding and keeping friends as they get older.

That doesn’t mean it is impossible to make friends. It just means finding new friends requires some extra CARE:

Consistency. You probably won’t make a friend the first time you talk to someone. It takes time and patience to get to know someone. If you start going to a new club or workout class, go on a regular basis. Being a familiar face can help your peers become more comfortable with you.

Adventuring out. As you get to know someone, you’ll find they have interests outside yours. Try exploring their interests a bit, whether it’s a new club, a different type of food, or a hobby you’ve never tried. Getting to know a new friend means understanding more about them.

Realistic expectations. We all want different things from a friend. You may find yourself with very close friends and others whom you see on occasion. That’s normal. Don’t expect everyone to be your best friend. Instead, let the friendship develop naturally over time.

Engaging. It’s hard to share things about yourself with new friends. That’s fine: keep engaging with them on topics that you are comfortable with. As your friendship grows, it may be easier to talk about more personal things.

One other thing to keep in mind: not everyone wants a new friend. And that’s okay. You might find yourself trying to get to know someone who just isn’t interested. They’ll know you mean well, and if they decide to find a friend one day, they might just call you.

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 cancellations please call your site manager at (562) 439-5000 before noon to cancel a meal for the next weekday.

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

Friday, Dec. 27 — Honey glazed ham, mashed sweet potatoes, seasoned carrots, apple pie, entrée caesar chicken salad with romaine lettuce, grated cheese, croutons, caesar dressing and crackers

Monday, Dec. 30 — Chicken curry, brown and wild rice, oriental vegetables, fresh cantaloupe cubes, egg salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, cucumber, creamy cole slaw

Tuesday, Dec. 31 — Beef stroganoff, brown and wild rice, green beans with pimentos, carrot cake, entrée cobb salad with turkey, ham, egg, cheese, bacon tomato with blue cheese dressing and crackers

HLAA 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 Avenue, 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 help 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.


New members are welcome to join in January

Wa-Rite members send their greetings and wishes to you for a safe and healthy holiday season. If your celebrating has caused a big weight gain, you might want to join the club in January. 

Wa-rite is a support group for women needing to lose ten pounds or more. Members meet on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9-10 a.m. Weighing begins at 7:45. Annual dues are $10. 

For more information call Carol Chambers at 822-4641 or Bev Bender at 594-9148.

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 take a break for Christmas and will take a break on New Year’s, but will be back in action Jan. 2, at 6 a.m. upstairs next to the gym in Clubhouse 6. 

—Margaret Humes

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.

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

• Legal issues and planning for the future

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.

Page 18, travel

TSA tips

Traveling with medication can be confusing and traveling through a federal checkpoint can be intimidating when the rules are not clear. Traveling with personal medication is legal and here are a few tips that can help you travel with your necessary items with confidence. 

• It is not necessary to present your medication to, or notify an officer about any medication you are traveling with unless it is in liquid form (See next bullet).

• Medication in liquid form is allowed in carry-on bags in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the screening checkpoint process. Medically required liquids will be subject to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container.

• TSA does not require passengers to have medications in prescription bottles, but states have individual laws regarding the labeling of prescription medication with which passengers need to comply.

• Medication is usually screened by X-ray; however, if a passenger does not want a medication X-rayed, he or she may ask for a visual inspection instead. 

• Nitroglycerin tablets and spray (used to treat episodes of angina in people who have coronary artery disease) are permitted and have never been prohibited.

National Geographic Journeys to Oaxaca, Mexico

By Debra Fudge,

LW contributor

The last days of October and the first days of November mark the dates for the festival; El Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).  It was an amazing experience for me. This week-long Festival in Mexico is to honor and pray for loved ones who have died. In Mexican  culture, honoring the dead is a time of festive celebrations rather than a somber gathering.

The adventure tour included exploring the culture, the spirituality and the festivities. Cemeteries in both Xoxocotlan and Atzompa were visited at dusk and candles were placed around family alters and graves. Dia de los Muertos parades were attended in both Oaxaca and Etla Valley. Participants in these parades dressed in elaborate costumes, and many walked on stilts. In Oaxaca around 50 large street bands and costumed street-band supporters paraded constantly throughout the streets. All of the Oaxaca street bands included extended music sessions with their followers dancing at the zocalo (main square) where this adventure tour’s hotel was located. 

Two ancient ruins sites were visited as options. The Monte Alban ancient ruins site is a Zapotec site dating back 500 years. The Valley of Milta ancient ruins site is a UNESCO World Heritage site. This ancient site was occupied by the Zapotec dating back to 900 BC and later by the Mixtecs.

Number of travelers increase with holiday season

The number of passengers expected to fly this holiday is high. Travelers are advised to arrive early at security checkpoints because terminals will be active and congested.

Typically, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) says its busiest days are leading up to and immediately after Christmas and New Year’s, which is why it is important for passengers to arrive at least 90 minutes before their flights to ensure that they have ample time to account for traffic, parking and navigating through the terminal. It is advisable to check-in for a flight ahead of time, either on the air carrier’s website or mobile app, to allow even more time to get through security and relax at the gate.

TSA checkpoints across the country will be fully staffed and TSA officers will continue to deploy layers of security, both seen and unseen, to ensure the safety of the traveling public.

The TSA Modernization Act, enacted by Congress, requires TSA to limit the use of TSA Pre?® lanes to only individuals with “known traveler numbers.” As such, passengers who are not enrolled in TSA Pre?® are less likely to have a TSA Pre?® indication on their boarding pass and will not receive the benefits of the program.

While TSA concentrates on aviation security, passengers can assist by coming to the airport prepared. Below are some travel tips to make the security checkpoint experience go smoothly during the holidays – and throughout the year:

• Unpack your bag before you pack it – at home. By unpacking your bag fully and re-packing it before coming to the airport, travelers will avoid bringing items to the airport that are prohibited past the security checkpoint. This includes knives, power tools and tools more than seven inches in length; stun guns; martial arts weapons and more. 

• Make sure electronics are accessible. Travelers can organize their carry-on bag so electronics larger than a cell phone can be quickly and easily accessed when at the security checkpoint. All personal electronic devices larger than a cell phone should be placed in bins for X-ray screening with nothing on top or below, to allow for a clear X-ray image, similar to how laptops have been screened for several years.

• Passengers traveling with gifts should use gift bags or plan to wrap the gifts upon arrival instead of traveling with pre-wrapped gifts. If TSA officials are unable to determine that the contents of a wrapped gift are safe for a flight, the wrapping paper will need to be removed. Placing presents in gift bags make it much easier to peek inside to ensure that there is nothing prohibited being brought onto an airplane.

• Contact TSA Cares. Travelers or families of travelers with disabilities and/or medical conditions may call the TSA Cares helpline toll free at 855-787-2227 with any questions about screening policies, procedures and what to expect at the security checkpoint as well as to arrange for assistance at the checkpoint. It is recommended to call at least 72 hours prior to traveling.

Travelers are encouraged to get their REAL ID before the end of the year, because next year people are more likely to be caught up in the rush to get a REAL ID that could result in long lines at the Department of Motor Vehicles offices.

To get the REAL ID-compliant license, individuals will need to visit their local Department of Motor Vehicles office in person and bring certain documents to prove U.S. citizenship. Required documents include one proof of identity, one proof of legal presence, two proofs of Connecticut residency, a social security card and a current driver’s license if you are applying to exchange one issued by another U.S. state. The state has a REAL ID page of answers to frequently asked questions and a list of motor vehicle office locations, hours and phone numbers to help residents get their REAL IDs.

TSA has posted signs at airports nationwide to remind people that REAL ID-compliant licenses or other acceptable forms of ID, such as a valid passport, federal government PIV card or U.S. military ID, will be mandatory for air travel beginning on October 1, 2020. Critically important, on October 1, 2020, individuals who are unable to verify their identity will not be permitted to enter the TSA checkpoint and will not be allowed to fly.


page 19, sports and games

Ladies golf

Weekly play begins Jan. 7

The Ladies Golf  Club will resume weekly play on Jan. 7. The golf clubhouse has been remodeled and the golf Tee boxes have been refurbished.

Those wishing to join the club for the year can obtain membership forms from the golf starters. They must submit their $25 dues and completed forms to the golf starter no later than Jan. 31 in order to be eligible for club play beginning Feb. 4.

The Ladies Golf Club first general meeting of 2020 will be held in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, on Jan. 6, at 10 a.m. All members are encouraged to attend.

The club’s annual holiday luncheon is scheduled for Feb. 3, at 11 a.m. To purchase tickets for $10, contact Margie Thompson at (562) 493-0484 by Jan. 28. The first general meeting and installation of officers for the new year will be held on Jan. 6.

—Dale Quinn


Rose scores most Yahtzees

The Yahtzee Club winners on Dec. 20, were Kathy Rose for most Yahtzees, 6, Joann Lester for highest score, 1677, and Susie Ralston for door prize. The club meets on the first and third Friday of each month from 12:30 to 4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. Play begins at 12:45. All Leisure World residents are welcome to join. If you have a question or want a Yahtzee lesson prior to joining, call Kathy at (562) 596-7237.

—Kathy Rose

chess club puzzle

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 23

page 23, sports continued 


Seegar leads game with high score

Scrabble club meets on Wednesdays, the day on which Christmas falls this year, and so there were just three sessions for this month. There were 34 scores above 300 and one “bingo” (i.e. the use of all seven tiles in one move).

Diane Seeger led with six scores above 300 and had the only bingo – “reining”. Her high score was a 408. Club President Maria Giegerich had the best game, a 413, along with one other above 300.  Secretary Larry Edgar exceeded 300 four times with a best of 374.

Former club president Flo Nesland was above 300 in four games. Her best was a 336. Three other members each had three scores above 300: Marilyn Moody, whose top score was a 353, Pam Smithson, whose best was a 338, and Treasurer Zoe Pickell, who’s high score was a 333. Three other members and one visitor each topped 300 twice: Troy Marino, who recorded a 371 during a visit, Wanda Bember, who’s best was a 358, Vice President Sylvia Makus, who posted a 348, and Ruth Depuy, who scored a 326. Suthy Chhoeuy had a 343 in her one game above 300.

 The club will resume meeting on Wednesdays beginning Jan. 8. Games begin at 1, 2, and 3 p.m. If you have questions about the club, call Edgar at (310) 927-3785.

— Lawrence Edgar


Hot Shots win to keep first place

Shuffleboard season marches into week 11. On Dec. 13, at the Clubhouse 1 Courts, the Hot Shots beat the Puckmasters 10–8.

All game winners for Hot Shots were Sal LaScala, John Mount, and Lorna Pierson. All game winners for the Puckmasters were Red Ryals, Anita Giroud, and Mo Habel. With this win the Hot Shots remain in first place with Puckmasters in second and Sliders in third.

The next league game will be after the Christmas and New Year’s holiday break when the Sliders play the Hot shots on Jan. 3.

The next BYOB/appetizer practice will be on Jan. 15 at 5 p.m. Feb. 8 is the date scheduled for the Valentine’s potluck dinner party at 5 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

—Dave LaCascia

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. 

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

Friday, Dec. 27 — Beef taco salad (ground beef, lettuce, pinto beans, diced tomatoes, shredded cheese, tortilla strips, cilantro lime dressing and sour cream) orange juice, sugar free ice cream

Monday, Dec. 30 — Beef chunks with burgundy sauce, mashed potatoes, brussel sprouts, sugar free fruited gelatin

Tuesday, Dec. 31 — Colorful brunch frittata, tater tots, sausages, warm croissant, fruit parfait topped with granola

Wednesday, Jan. 1 — No meal served

Thursday, Jan. 2 — Lemongrass chicken breast, brown rice oriental blend, canned apricots

weekly health

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


Wade leads 58 players

Janet Wade led the way with the high score of 844 followed by Margaret Smith at 842, Jim Kaspar at 838 with a tie at 823 for Candy Meyers and Gene Smith. There were 59 players on Dec. 17.

Dale Quinn and Dennis Saylor each celebrated a birthday. Dale brought the cake and Dennis brought the ice cream. Alma Zamzow donated a large container of trail mix. Dale Quinn and Margaret Smith served.

The Cribbage Club meets on Tuesdays at noon in Clubhouse 1. The next game is Jan. 7. Partners are not required, and everyone usually finishes by 3:30 p.m. There is always room for more players. Lessons are offered – call Patti Smith at (562) 242-4674, leave your name and phone number, and she will arrange for lessons for beginners or for those who need a brush up. Players should arrive by noon to be assured of a table.

— Bobbie Straley

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 Pickelball 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 now 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.


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Solution to this week’s puzzle: Nc6

The white Knight moves from b8 to c6. Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate. The LW Chess Club meets from 1-6:30 p.m. on Fridays in Clubhhouse 3, Room 7. Beginners are welcome.