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Enroll in LW classes on Feb. 18 in CH 2

The North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) will offer a variety of classes in Clubhouses 3 and 4. Class registration will be available in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Read on for the registration procedure.

Leisure World

Registration and Enrollment

Read the following information completely to ensure a smooth registration and enrollment process for everybody.

» STEP 1: Pick up a NOCE Registration Form from the Leisure World Library before the Feb. 18 registration and enrollment date.

» STEP 2: Prior to registration and enrollment, fill out the highlighted fields on the NOCE Registration Form.

» STEP 3: Bring your Golden Rain Foundation ID card and the completed registration form to Clubhouse 2 at 9 a.m. on Feb. 18 to enroll in classes. These two items are required.

» STEP 4: Line up outside the south entrance of Clubhouse 2 with the back of the line headed toward Canoe Brook Drive. Do not attempt to enter the clubhouse from another entrance.

» STEP 5: At 9 a.m., the south doors will open and allow residents to enter Clubhouse 2 up to capacity. Inside the clubhouse will be seven tables, each marked with a number that corresponds to the following classes:

Table 1: Mature Driver

Table 2: Foods and Nutrition

Table 3: Senior Topics: Technology 

Table 4: Painting

Table 5: Ceramics

Table 6: Yoga

Table 7: Staying Mentally Sharp

» STEP 6: Go to the table that has the class you are most interested to enroll in and wait your turn. You will need to present your Golden Rain ID Card and turn in your NOCE registration form to the registration attendant at the table.

» STEP 7: If you are interested in enrolling in another class you must then head to the next table and wait your turn to enroll.

» STEP 8: Once you have enrolled in your desired classes, exit the clubhouse.

Space in each class is limited and not everybody will be able to attend every class they would like to. A small number of wait-list opportunities for each class will be available. Further information about wait-listed students will be provided to those who are wait-listed at the onsite registration and enrollment date.

Because the classes are free of any registration and enrollment fees, NOCE requires that each class have a minimum number of students for each class session. With that in mind, do not enroll in classes if you are not certain that you will be able to attend nearly every class session. Otherwise a class may be cancelled. It is also imperative that enrolled students to show up on the first day of class otherwise their spots may be forfeited.

Class Schedule

• Painting

March 3, Tuesdays, 1-2:50 p.m., Clubhouse 4 Art Studio, Yelena Hyatt-Somolina, instructor

•Food and Nutrition

March 5, Thursdays, 5-6:50 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 7, Janet Foust, instructor


March 5, Thursdays, 12:45-4:35 p.m., Clubhouse 4 Ceramics Studio, Cheryl Tripani, instructor

•Senior Topics Technology

March 6, Fridays, 9:30-11:20 a.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 3, Danielle Bloom, instructor

•Mature Driving

March 28, Saturday, 8-4:20 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 7, Bob Marlowe, instructor


April 4, Saturdays, 8-9:50 a.m., Clubhouse 3 Lobby, Dolly Lin, instructor

•Staying Mentally Sharp

March 14, Saturday, 2-3:50 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 3, Danielle Bloom

All classes are subject to change and cancellation. Registration and enrollment are free, but you may be asked to supply some materials for art-related classes.

GRF offices are closed Monday for holiday

In observance of Presidents’ Day,  all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed Monday, Feb. 17. 

The Leisure World Maintenance Department will be on call for emergencies only and may be reached at (562) 594-4754.  

The Golden Age Foundation Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 will be open from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

New Health Care Center is coming soon

There have been a lot of exciting changes at the HCC over the last two years, but the biggest one starts this month: a comprehensive renovation that will create a modern, patient-friendly center, a place for everyone to feel at home. Renovations start this month and will continue through the end of the year. The clinic will remain open the entire time. 

Some of the major updates include:

• Modern waiting rooms, work stations and patient exam rooms designed to improve your care experience

• State of the art digital X-ray, ultrasound and DexaScan (bone density)

• New wellness retreat, helping everyone achieve optimum health and wellness

• Internet stations

• Redesigned conference rooms for health care classes and support groups

“The renovations are part of OptumCare’s commitment to creating the HCC for everyone. The HCC has provided services to Leisure World residents for more than 30 years,” said Charity Kopp, practice manager. “We’re adding new features to help meet the needs of residents for decades to come.

“The HCC is for everyone in Leisure World, whether they are a patient here or not,” Kopp said. “Whether you see specialists here, get your meds at the pharmacy, go to therapy here, or attend the community classes, we want to make sure the doors are always open.”

The renovation will take place in phases. The first phase, starting in the next few weeks, will result in improved specialty care. “Better exam rooms, more diagnostic tools, and hallways that are easier to navigate,” Kopp explained. “We’re designing everything to deliver the best care possible in a safe, inviting atmosphere. It’s modern healthcare, but with heart.”

Some long-awaited updates should meet the needs of residents, including a new X-ray machine and a new DexaScan machine. “We know residents have wanted these for a long time, and we are excited to have these tools,” Kopp said. “The new X-ray machine has been installed and is fully functional. The DexaScan machine will be installed later in the renovation.”

Future phases include adding new primary care exam rooms, modernizing the overall look and feel, and updating the community spaces, including the lobby and conference rooms, to create a more social atmosphere. 

“This is such a vibrant, active community,” Kopp said. “We want to deliver your Health Care Center your way.”

As major changes are completed, information will be shared.-

-—Carson Blomquist, OptumCare

2 tanks near LW are being dismantled

LADWP will begin dismantling two large tanks at the neighboring Haynes Plant near Clubhouse 2 on Feb. 17. The dismantling work will continue for approximately five weeks, Monday-Friday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m., weather permitting.

The tanks will be carefully and systematically dissembled using special equipment. The process includes the use of torches to cut into the metal and a hydraulic shear mounted on an excavator machine to cut the metal into pieces. The pieces will be carefully removed and transported offsite for recycling. No traffic impacts to the surrounding community are expected.

During the dismantling, monitoring equipment will measure noise and air quality to ensure worker and community health and safety. Leisure World residents close to Mutual 3 and Clubhouse 2 can expect to see workers or hear some equipment noise. A flying drone may also be seen, periodically, taking aerial photos in the tank area as work progresses.

Dismantling work continues on Units 5 and 6 using a gantry crane to remove turbine-generator parts. During gantry crane movement a safety alarm is sounded to alert nearby personnel. The gantry crane alarm will operate intermittently over the next four weeks, between 7:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, as the crane is utilized. The alarm can be heard from parts of Leisure World.

For more information, call the Haynes Unit 3-6 Dismantling Project Information Line at 800-531-6638.

—from a prepared release

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The North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) will offer a variety of classes in Clubhouses 3 and 4. Class registration will be available in person on a first-come, first-served basis. Read on for the registration procedure.

Leisure World

Registration and Enrollment

Read the following information completely to ensure a smooth registration and enrollment process for everybody.

» STEP 1: Pick up a NOCE Registration Form from the Leisure World Library before the Feb. 18 registration and enrollment date.

» STEP 2: Prior to registration and enrollment, fill out the highlighted fields on the NOCE Registration Form.

» STEP 3: Bring your Golden Rain Foundation ID card and the completed registration form to Clubhouse 2 at 9 a.m. on Feb. 18 to enroll in classes. These two items are required.

» STEP 4: Line up outside the south entrance of Clubhouse 2 with the back of the line headed toward Canoe Brook Drive. Do not attempt to enter the clubhouse from another entrance.

» STEP 5: At 9 a.m., the south doors will open and allow residents to enter Clubhouse 2 up to capacity. Inside the clubhouse will be seven tables, each marked with a number that corresponds to the following classes:

Table 1: Mature Driver

Table 2: Foods and Nutrition

Table 3: Senior Topics: Technology 

Table 4: Painting

Table 5: Ceramics

Table 6: Yoga

Table 7: Staying Mentally Sharp

» STEP 6: Go to the table that has the class you are most interested to enroll in and wait your turn. You will need to present your Golden Rain ID Card and turn in your NOCE registration form to the registration attendant at the table.

» STEP 7: If you are interested in enrolling in another class you must then head to the next table and wait your turn to enroll.

» STEP 8: Once you have enrolled in your desired classes, exit the clubhouse.

Space in each class is limited and not everybody will be able to attend every class they would like to. A small number of wait-list opportunities for each class will be available. Further information about wait-listed students will be provided to those who are wait-listed at the onsite registration and enrollment date.

Because the classes are free of any registration and enrollment fees, NOCE requires that each class have a minimum number of students for each class session. With that in mind, do not enroll in classes if you are not certain that you will be able to attend nearly every class session. Otherwise a class may be cancelled. It is also imperative that enrolled students to show up on the first day of class otherwise their spots may be forfeited.

Class Schedule

• Painting

March 3, Tuesdays, 1-2:50 p.m., Clubhouse 4 Art Studio, Yelena Hyatt-Somolina, instructor

•Food and Nutrition

March 5, Thursdays, 5-6:50 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 7, Janet Foust, instructor


March 5, Thursdays, 12:45-4:35 p.m., Clubhouse 4 Ceramics Studio, Cheryl Tripani, instructor

•Senior Topics Technology

March 6, Fridays, 9:30-11:20 a.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 3, Danielle Bloom, instructor

•Mature Driving

March 28, Saturday, 8-4:20 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 7, Bob Marlowe, instructor


April 4, Saturdays, 8-9:50 a.m., Clubhouse 3 Lobby, Dolly Lin, instructor

•Staying Mentally Sharp

March 14, Saturday, 2-3:50 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 3, Danielle Bloom

All classes are subject to change and cancellation. Registration and enrollment are free, but you may be asked to supply some materials for art-related classes.

Crews to remove roof from Admin;

use caution in area

Howard Roofing Company will remove the roof from the GRF Administration Building on Sunday, Feb. 16, weather permitting. 

Roof construction is expected to be completed that week.

Residents are advised to use  caution in the work zone, as some areas will not be accessible.

Council will meet today at 10 a.m.

The Emergency Information Council will meet at 10 a.m., today, Feb. 13, in Conference Room B in Building 5. 

This is a new meeting day. From now on, the EIC will meet on the second Thursday.

Come  learn more about what is happening in the community to promote self-empowerment in emergency preparedness.

—Kathy Almeida

Office will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 18

The GRF Recreation Office will be closed on Tuesday, Feb. 18, because staff will be attending GRF meetings or helping register LW residents for NOCE classes.

The office will be open during normal business hours on Feb. 19.

Help beautify the National Wildlife Refuge

Everyone is welcome to help improve habitat at the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge inside the Seal Beach Naval Weapons Station on Saturday, Feb. 22, from 8 a.m.-noon. Volunteers will plant up to 1,300 California native flowers, shrubs and trees along an upland habitat area near the refuge’s salt marsh.

The event is hosted by the U.S. Navy, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the volunteer group Friends of the Seal Beach National Wildlife Refuge. 

Reservations are required by Monday, Feb. 17, and should be made by calling the refuge office at (562) 598-1024.  Names and additional information for each participant must be provided.

Participants are advised to bring picture ID, hats, sunblock, walking shoes (no sandals) and gloves. All ages are welcome. 

Commencing operations in 1944 as a U.S. Naval Ammunition and Net Depot, Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach is the Pacific Fleet’s premier munitions loading installation.  The base serves an average of 40 United States Navy warships annually. 

Recertification class is Feb. 17 at 1

An AARP Smart Driver recertification class will be held on Feb. 17 from 1-5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. People are due for a recertification if they have have taken AARP’s Smart Driver two-day certification class more than three years ago.

The eight-hour course must come first, and then people are eligible for the renewal class every three years.

The next two-day Smart Driver certification class will be on March 16-17 from 1-5 p.m. each day.  

The course covers:

• Research-based safe driving strategies.

• Information on the effects of medication on driving.

• Preventive measures to reduce driver distractions.

• Proper use of safety belts, air bags, anti-lock brakes and new technology found in cars today.

• Techniques for handling left turns, right-of-way, and roundabouts.

• California rules and regulations in 19 key areas, including construction zones, child safety seats, school buses, cellphone use and more.

• Easy-to-follow format incorporating adult-learning principles.

For more information, call instructor Ruth Bradley at (714) 401-2237. 

—Ruth Bradley

CAPOC Food Distributed Feb. 20

Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4. The next food distribution will be Feb. 20.

Every third Thursday from 9-11 a.m., qualified people receive 40 pounds of food, including  canned fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, juice, cereal and more.  

Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,354 a month for one person; $1,832 for a two-person household; and $2,311 for a three-person household. To sign up, bring a photo ID, and proof of income (Social Security/SSI Statement, letter or bank statement or paycheck stub).

People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the box of food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID. People who need help arranging a proxy can call GRF Member Resource Liaison Cindy Tostado at 431-6586, ext. 317.  


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crane to remove turbine-generator parts. During gantry crane movement a safety alarm is sounded to alert nearby personnel. The gantry crane alarm will operate intermittently over the next four weeks, between 7:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, as the crane is utilized. The alarm can be heard from parts of Leisure World.

For more information, call the Haynes Unit 3-6 Dismantling Project Information Line at (800) 531-6638.

—from a prepared release

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Get deliveries to your doorstep One of our most basic needs is access to healthy, nutritious food.  This becomes harder when people don’t have easy access to transportation to be able to go grocery shopping or out to eat. For many seniors who have had to give up driving, grocery shopping is a challenge.  

Fortunately, getting food delivered to your doorstep is within easy reach. If you have recently stopped driving or are finding it difficult to access fresh food, there are several businesses that have been created to combat this problem. However, many of these options may require that you have access to a computer/Internet or a smart phone.  

Grocery Delivery

For seniors who can’t get to the grocery store themselves, these grocery delivery services can be a lifesaver. If you’re interested in grocery delivery, these are some of your top options:

• Instacart—Instacart has a delivery fee each time, or the option to pay $99 a year fee for free delivery, https://www.instacart.com.

• Amazon Fresh—Amazon Fresh is available only to Prime members, at an extra monthly subscription fee, amazon.com.

• Shipt—For a monthly or annual subscription fee, you can use Shipt for grocery delivery as often as you please. Orders over $50 get free delivery, shipt.com.

Some grocery stores offer their own delivery service. Check with  local grocery stores to see what they have to offer.  Or if all else fails, people can post on NextDoor to find a neighbor happy to pick up a few items each week for a little extra cash.

Meal Kit Delivery Service

Meal kit delivery services deliver pre-portioned ingredients for recipes that you can then cook. 

If you like the idea of meal kit delivery, these are some of your options recommended by 2019 Buyer’s Guide:

• Blue Apron – Starts at $9.99 per serving

• Hello Fresh – Starts at $8.99 per serving

• Green Chef – Starts at $11.99 per serving

• Home Chef – Starts at $7.99 per serving

• Purple Carrot – Starts at $11.99 per serving

Some of these services offer a variety of special diets, such as vegetarian, gluten free, etc. 

Prepared Meals

If cooking meals isn’t for you, there are some services that can send prepared meals that only need to be warmed up and eaten. 

Some of your options for this type of service are:

• Macrobox Meals – Starts at $50 for a 5-meal plan, order online or by phone, (714) 812-3385.

• Prepped by Bec – Starts at $11 a meal for single or subscription-based orders, online ordering. 

• Mom’s Meals – Fully prepared, refrigerated meals delivered to homes nationwide, order by phone at (877) 508-6667 or online.

• Martha’s Senior Gourmet – Fully prepared meals delivered to homes; order by phone (949) 943-3888 or online.

Many of these services offer plans and meals that accommodate specific dietary requirements such as being gluten free, vegan, cardiac or diabetic, so if you have specific dietary restrictions you still have options.

Restaurant Delivery

There are several services offering food you love delivered from your favorite restaurant as an easy option that seniors can take advantage of. There may be delivery fees.

Lots of restaurants offer their own delivery services, but for those that don’t, you can often still get ahold of your favorite dishes with one of these delivery services:

• GrubHub

• DoorDash

• Postmates

Meals on Wheels

All of the options mentioned above can make seniors’ lives easier, but at a price. For seniors who aren’t sure they can afford those options for all their meals, a Meals on Wheels type of program can help fill in the gaps by providing some extra food each week. And you get the company of a friendly volunteer delivering your meal.

• Meals on Wheels LB – five days per week Monday-Friday, $41.25 per week. Order online or call (562) 439-5000, ext. 4 (see the Health section for more information and menus). Sponsorships are available for qualified residents.

• SeniorServ – five days per week Monday-Friday, donation or private pay starting at $5.25 per day.  Order by calling (714) 823-3294.

With all the resources available to Seniors today, there should never be a worry of where your next meal is coming from.

—adapted from SeniorAdvisor.com

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GRF Weekly Dance The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra is Leisure World’s own professional big band, playing Big Band Swing and jazz standards – music for Dreaming and Dancing.

The band will play at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 16, in Clubhouse 4.

Whether it be a well-known big band standard, contemporary jazz showcase, sentimental vocal ballad, or a hard-swinging brass feature, the Velvetones provides 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 acceptable and appreciated.

The Recreation Department requests that the following be observed:

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

• People must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m. to permit adequate time for the custodian to prepare the next day’s set-up.

• 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, in the proper spot. This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of bands. 

Black History Month Film Screenings

The Leisure World Library will host a community film screening in honor of Black History Month, the annual celebration in February of achievements by African Americans and a time for recognizing the central role of blacks in U.S. history.

The library will screen “Hidden Figures,” rated PG, from 2-4:30 p.m., today, Feb. 13, in Clubhouse 4  and “12 Years a Slave” from 2-4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 28, in Clubhouse 4. 

“Hidden Figures” is a 2016 American biographical drama film directed by Theodore Melfi and written by Melfi and Allison Schroeder. It is loosely based on the non-fiction book of the same name by Margot Lee Shetterly about black female mathematicians who worked at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) during the Space Race. 

These brilliant women—Katherine Johnson (Taraji P. Henson), Dorothy Vaughan (Octavia Spencer) and Mary Jackson (Janelle Monáe)—serve as the brains behind one of the greatest operations in history: the launch of astronaut John Glenn (Glen Powell) into orbit, a stunning achievement that restored the nation’s confidence, turned around the Space Race and galvanized the world.

“12 Years a Slave,” rated R, is a 2013 biographical period-drama and an adaptation of the 1853 slave memoir “Twelve Years a Slave,” by Solomon Northup. He was a New York State-born free African-American man who was kidnapped in Washington, D.C. by two conmen in 1841 and sold into slavery. Northup was put to work on plantations in the state of Louisiana for 12 years before being released.

This year’s Black History Month theme is “African Americans and the Vote.” This is an important general election year and the 150th anniversary of the Fifteenth Amendment (1870), which gave the right to vote to black men following the Civil War. It also marks the centennial of the Nineteenth Amendment and the culmination of the women’s suffrage movement.

This year’s theme recognizes the struggle for voting rights among  black men and women throughout American history.

Video Producers iPad classes are held Wednesdays Join iPad expert Fred Carpenter to learn new tips and tricks about the device and its camera and video capabilities. There will be time to discuss specific problems people have. Everyone is welcome.

Classes are sponsored by the Video Producers Club on Wednesdays from noon-2 p.m. in the Theater Club Room located in the upper deck of the Amphitheater. To locate the room, ascend the left ramp at the entrance to the Amphitheater. At the top of the ramp, the room is located on the left. 

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

Happy 96th to Hui O Hula Stand-out Hui O Hula wishes Leona Hasegawa a happy 96th birthday and many happy returns. She is revered for her wisdom and sunny disposition. After moving from Gardena 30 years ago, she has kept herself active by clogging, hula and line dancing at least four times a week. Anyone who wants to learn the art of hula is welcome classes upstairs in Clubhouse  6 on Monday at 10 a.m. or Tuesday a 1:15 p.m. For more class information call 252-9676.

Valentine’s Day

Dinner dance is tomorrow at 7 p.m. The GRF Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance will be held tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The dinner will feature chicken piccata, garlic mashed potatoes, green beans almandine, Sonoma salad and chocolate mousse for dessert, catered by Country Gardens Caterers.

Anthony and Doniele Bernasconi, whose repertoire features Frank Sinatra, Marvin Gaye, Billy Joel, James Brown and Michael Bublé, will perform. Their versatile and engaging style draws dancers onto the floor and gets the house rocking.

Tickets are available; seating is limited. Tables may be purchased by groups of eight, subject to availability. Tickets are $30 per person or $220 for a table and are available at the Recreation Office in Building 5. For information, contact Kathy Thayer or Andrew Delaney at 431-6586, ext. 326, or email events@lwsb.com.

Getty Villa excusion is March 19 

The Leisure World Library will host an excursion to the Getty Villa and its iconic collection of Greek and Roman antiquities on Thursday, March 19; tickets are $29 and include round-trip bus transportation.

 The Getty Villa on the Malibu coast in Pacific Palisades is an educational center and museum dedicated to the study of the arts and cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Etruria. 

The collection has 44,000 antiquities dating from 6,500 BC -400 AD, including the Lansdowne Heracles and the Victorious Youth. 

Purchase tickets from the Recreation Department in Building 5. For more information about the trip, call the Library at (562) 598-2431. For information regarding ticket availability call (562) 431-6586, ext. 326.

Bring contest photos to meeting today The Photo Arts group will meet Thursday, Feb. 13, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3 Room 9. Members will evaluate Main Street photos submitted for the photo contest.

There is a limit of three entries per person. Bring photos to the meeting. Everyone is welcome, even if they are not participating in the competition.  

page 12, Square dance class is starting March 2 in Garden Grove Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club invite people to join a beginners class starting March 2. The weekly class meets on Mondays from 7:30-9:30 p.m. at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove. Singles and couples are welcome. There is a singles rotation so everyone can dance.

Square dancing is a lot of fun and great exercise for both the mind and body. Square dances are called in English, and there are square dance clubs all over the world so no matter where people travel they can find a club to dance with.

The nine-month class will cover the 110 square dance steps that are used in regular square dances. People are encouraged to attend all the classes since each session builds on what was learned the week before. Experienced dancers are always needed to support the student dancers.

If you already know how to dance,  brush-up classes are currently being held. So if you want to brush up on your skills or just enjoy the fun of dancing, come and join us.

To sign up for the March 2 class or for more information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250. 

—Eleanor Thompson

Community Sing 

The Community Sing will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 24, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. People who want to participate in the first half-hour of three-minute Opening Acts should come at  6:15 to sign in with Bob Barnum, who will emcee of the evening. 

Bring music for pianist Pat Kogok if necessary. 

Bob will lead group singing until 7:15 when he will introduce the half-time guest, soprano singer Janet Ray.

On Feb. 3, Carmen Edwards was the leader.

Participatig in Opening Acts were as follows: Ethel Carter, “Happiness Is”; Chuck Zeman, “A Shanty in Old Shanty Town,” (a capella); Byong Choi, “First Time Ever I Saw Your Face,”; Bruce DuPont, “That’s My Desire”; and ending with Diane Wasserman singing “These Boots Are Made For Walking” (karaoke).  

Pianist Pat Kogok accompanied three of the singers.

Carmen led group singing until 7:30 when she introduced her half-time guest, karaoke artist Ric Dizon, who has an Elvis Presley-like singing technique. 

He sang “Endless Love,” “Indescribably Blue,” “Sentimental Me” and a duet with Chuck Zeman, “Are You Lonesome Tonight?” 

The audience responded with loud clapping and cheering after each song. 

After half-time Carmen led more group singing and ended the musical evening by leading “Kumbaya.” 

Many thanks to pianist Pat Kogok.  

—Ethel Carter

Computer classes are held weekly 

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

The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Feb. 17, No Class, Presidents Day

Monday, Feb. 24, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—Use Your Voice-Alexa, Siri, Google Assistant (Cohen)

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

Tuesday, Feb. 25, Clubhouse 3, Room 7

1-3 p.m.—How to Choose Your Next Computer (Sacks)

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

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

Ruby Johnson celebrated her birthday 

“One moment in time—when I’m more than I thought I could be,” that was a lyric from Ruby Johnson’s theme song as she celebrated her birthday at the Wednesday night Community Karaoke party.  

Everyone enjoyed the cupcakes and ice cream that she and her family provided.

First timer Nelly Aragon was appreciated for “I Can See Clearly Now,” and Bob Barnum received applause for “There’s Always Me.” Culley Eaby chose a popular hit “Summertime” from the musical “Porgy & Bess.” Other singers included Susan Kelleghan, “Dancin’ Queen”; Wayne Urban “Ahab the Arab”; Joe Tucky, with an Elvis trilogy; Ellen Brannigan, “I’ll Fly Away” and popular ballads from the Tupas brothers, Tino and Pete, Martin Rosendaal, Byong Choi, Richard Yokomi and Ric Dizon.  Thirty-two residents entertained during a lively evening.

All are welcome to come and enjoy friends and neighbors each Wednesday night in Clubhouse 1 at 5:30. 

Practice sessions are held on Tuesdays upstairs in  Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m.

—Margie Thompson

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 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. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

•Leisure Time Dancers: Texas two-step starts at 2 p.m. and country waltz, at 3, in Clubhouse 6 on Mondays 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: Bolero is taught from 9-10 a.m.; the waltz, 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.

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Mary Casdorph will demonstrate the art of making fairy gardens 

Mary Casdorph will be the speaker for Leisure World Garden Club on Feb. 17 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.  

She will talk about her fascination with fairy gardens. Casdorph admits she is obsessed by fairy gardens. 

About 15 years ago she wandered into M&M Nursery in Orange and found the answer to all her retirement dreams. In a shaded area of the nursery was a huge display of fairy gardens, and she was hooked. 

She has dedicated her patio into a showcase for holiday-themed fairy gardens.

Since California has been in drought mode for some time now, she has been using succulents as landscape inasmuch as they are hardy and can look so much like many other plants. She loves all the fairy accessories and gnomes and is also considering expanding to mermaid gardens.

Casdorph will create a fairy garden during her presentation, which she will donate as a door prize.

The WE CARE table will be in the lobby for donations of non-perishable food items, gift cards and cash. 

Coffee, tea and cookies will be served after the meeting. 

—Nancy Goldstein

‘Ragtime’ is in Long Beach until Feb. 23 

Musical Theatre West (MTW) brings five-time Tony Award-winning musical “Ragtime” to the Carpenter Performing Arts Center through Feb. 23. Based on E.L. Doctorow’s acclaimed novel, the 13-time Tony-nominated musical tells the story of three families trying to find their way during the turn of the 20th century in New York City, each struggling with the changing cultural climate in America and  facing the promise of hope and new beginnings in the midst of prejudice and bigotry. 

Showcasing music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens and a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally, “Ragtime” features a score with such memorable songs as “Your Daddy’s Son,” “Wheels of a Dream,” “Till We Reach That Day” and “Make Them Hear You.”

“Ragtime” paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of three diverse groups in the United States: African Americans, represented by Coalhouse Walker Jr., a Harlem musician; upper-class suburbanites, represented by Mother, the matriarch of a white upper-class family in New Rochelle, New York; and Eastern European immigrants, represented by Tateh, a Jewish immigrant from Latvia. Many early 20th century historical figures are interwoven into the fabric of the story, from Harry Houdini, Evelyn Nesbit, and Booker T. Washington to J. P. Morgan, Henry Ford, Stanford White, and Emma Goldman.

For tickets, go to www.musical.org, call (562) 856-1999 or visit the Musical Theatre West Box Office. Tickets start at $20 for select performances. The Carpenter Center for the Performing Art is located at 6200 E Atherton St., Long Beach, on the campus of California State University, Long Beach.

Video Producers Club 

The Video Producers Club offers free training weekdays from 10 a.m.-noon at a room marked Video Producers Club at the upper deck of the Amphitheater. Get answers to video related questions and step-by-step demonstrations; no appointments needed. On 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 at the Amphitheater’s upper deck from Monday-Friday from 10 a.m.-noon.

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.

‘Playlist 2020’ is Feb. 14-15

The Huntington Beach Academy for the Performing Arts (HB APA) will present three showings of “Playlist 2020,” a contemporary rock concert, from Feb. 14-15 in the Huntington Beach Union High School District Auditorium. Friday and Saturday evening performances begin at 7, with a Saturday matinee at 2. Tickets are $22 for general admission; $16 for students and seniors at hbapa.org/see.

HB APA’s innovative Music, Media and Entertainment Technology Department will hold the eighth installment of the contemporary rock concert “Playlist.” Known as Southern California’s “School of Rock,” the department encourages pop music students to write and perform original songs of their own: culminating in a performance of these songs at the annual “Playlist” concert.

The concert also showcases work from the media majors. The students tackle filmmaking and live TV directing throughout the year, and create music videos for the pop music majors’ original show. 

 For the sixth year in a row, each of the original songs performed at the concert will be featured on one album: “Playlist 2020: The Originals.” Produced by MMET instructor Michael Simmons, the album boasts 21 tracks written and performed entirely by students from HB APA’s media department.

Library is now open five days a week

The Genealogy Club Library is now open five days a week. New hours are Monday-Friday from 1-4 p.m.

The club is hoping to offer some weekend hours soon. 

The Genealogy Library is located in Clubhouse 3, Room 10.

The club offers free workshops every Thursday from 1:30-2:30.  Everyone is welcome to attend. 

Upcoming workshops are:

Feb. 13 – Marriage Traditions

Feb. 20 – Ancestry DNA

Feb. 27 – The State of Virginia

 The workshops are free. 

—Janet Lessin 

Pizza Thursday 

Pizza Thursday hosted by Dominos Pizza is from 4-8 p.m. in the parking lot of Clubhouse 6. Special orders can be called in to 493-2212 between 10 a.m.-1 p.m. 

LW Poetry 

This poetry feature showcase original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. The Creative Writers meet on the fourth Friday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room1, for poetry, fiction and non-fiction; business meeting follows.

High School Classmates

my memories of our high school times are keen

cheeks blushing like ripe apples

eyes shining like stars….

now I search my albums

to find pictures of classmates

there’s frost on the roof too

our steps are waddling like ducks

when people greet me “grandma”

I turn around to see where she is

carved within our hearts is 

a motto from a very famous school:

be honest, be good, be beautiful in spirit

may these words still flow in our hearts

and through our lives everlasting

we gather and share our precious memories

forgetting our pains and sorrows

and look forward to meeting again

with lighter hearts and joys

                 -—Cho Heah Lee

SBTV-Channel 3 Listings 

SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule.Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. 

The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.

Thursday, Feb. 13

4 pm No Snow

4:21 pm LW Yoga

4:30 pm Harmonizing Humanity

5 pm Chorale December 2019

6  pm 2019 Simbang Gabi 

7 pm McGaugh First Grade

8 pm Velvetones

9 pm Studio Cafe

10 pm Vinyl Rock 

Friday, Feb. 14

4 pm LW Tree Lighting

4:10 pm Doo Wop Christmas

5 pm Dove Sonza’s 75th

6 pm Dixieland Jazz Band

7 pm Studio Cafe 

8 pm Ocean Perspectives

8:30 pm Sea Inside

9 pm Cerritos Center-

Bronx Wanderers

10:45 pm Aquarium of the Pacific

11 pm Vintage Vehicles

Saturday, Feb. 15

4 pm LW Yoga

4:07 pm No Snow

4:30 pm Harmonizing Humanity 

5 pm McGaugh 4th Grade Go West!

5:45 pm LW Tree Lighting

6 pm 2019 Simbang Gabi

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm LAUSD

10 pm Cerritos Center

Sunday, Feb. 16

4 pm SB City Council 2/10 Replay

4:30 pm McGaught 1st Grade 2019

5:15 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

6:30 pm McGaugh Go West!

7:30 pm Velvetones December 2019

8:20 pm LW Yoga

8:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

10 pm Cerritos Center Voodoo Daddy

Monday, Feb. 17

4 pm No Snow

4:30 pm Aquarium of the Pacific

5 pm Vintage Vehicles

6 pm Studio Cafe

7 pm Cerritos Center-Big Bad 

Voodoo Daddy

8:30 pm Ocean Perspectives

9 pm Vinyl Rock

11 pm Vintage Vehicles

Tuesday, Feb. 18

4 pm Harmonizing Humanity

4:30 pm LW Yoga

4:37 pm LW Tree Lighting Event

5 pm Dove Sonza’s 75th 

6 pm Velvetones

7 pm Seal Beach Planning 

Commission Live

8 pm 2019 Simbang Gabi

9 pm Studio Cafe

Wednesday, Feb. 19

4 pm LW Yoga

4:07 pm No Snow

4:30 pm 2019 Simbang Gabi

5:30 pm Vintage Vehicles 

6:30 pm Ocean Perspectives

7 pm Studio Cafe

8 pm Aquarium of the Pacific

9 pm Vinyl Rock

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GRF Services 

Notary service, $15 per signature, is available by appointment at the Copy and Supply Center in Clubhouse 5. For an appointment, call 431-6586, ext. 345. Passport photos can be taken at the Copy and Supply Center in Building 5 from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.; two photos, $10.

Training classes will begin soon 

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area. 

The CERT training program is a 20-hour course, delivered over a five-week period. Training sessions cover disaster preparedness, disaster fire suppression, basic disaster medical operations, and light search and rescue. 

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their community. Students must attend all sessions.

All classes meet on Mondays from 8 a.m.-noon. The schedule is as follows (locations and topics may be changed):

• March 2: Disaster Prep., Unit 1, CERT Organization, Unit 2, Clubhouse 3, Room 1

• March 9: Medical Operations I, Unit 3; Medical Operations II, Unit 4, Clubhouse 4, Section A

• March 16:  Disaster Psychology, Unit 5; Fire/Utility Safety, Unit 6, Clubhouse 4, Section A

• March 23: Light Search & Rescue, Unit 7; Terrorism/CERT, Unit 8; Clubhouse 4, Section A

• March 30: Course Review/Disaster Simulation, Unit 9, Clubhouse 4, Section A

To register, call Eloy Gomez at (562) 431-6586, ext. 356.

In An Earthquake:

If an earthquake happens, protect yourself: 

• If you are in a vehicle, pull over and stop. Set your parking brake.

• If you are in bed, turn face down and cover your head and neck with a pillow.

• Do not shelter in a doorway.

• Do not run outside.

Coffee with a Cop 

Seal Beach City Council Member Thomas Moore invites the community to meet with him and the Seal Beach Police Department for Coffee with a Cop on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Peet’s Coffee, 12203 Seal Beach Blvd. in Seal Beach. 

The relaxed nature of this event is intended to allow the public to get to know the officers who serve Seal Beach and vice versa. 

For more information, contact Sgt. Nick Nicholas at nnicholas@sealbeachca.gov or (562) 799-4100, ext. 1160. District 2 residents who have city-related questions can contact Council member Thomas Moore at tmoore@sealbeachca.gov or (562) 431-2527, ext. 1502.


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• Martha’s Senior Gourmet – Fully prepared meals delivered to homes; order by phone (949) 943-3888 or online.

Many of these services offer plans and meals that accommodate specific dietary requirements such as being gluten free, vegan, cardiac or diabetic, so if you have specific dietary restrictions you still have options.

Restaurant Delivery

There are several services offering food you love delivered from your favorite restaurant as an easy option that seniors can take advantage of. There may be delivery fees.

Lots of restaurants offer their own delivery services, but for those that don’t, you can often still get ahold of your favorite dishes with one of these delivery services:

• GrubHub

• DoorDash

• Postmates

Meals on Wheels

All of the options mentioned above can make seniors’ lives easier, but at a price. For seniors who aren’t sure they can afford those options for all their meals, a Meals on Wheels type of program can help fill in the gaps by providing some extra food each week. And you get the company of a friendly volunteer delivering your meal.

• Meals on Wheels LB – five days per week Monday-Friday, $41.25 per week. Order online or call (562) 439-5000, ext. 4 (see the Health section for more information and menus). Sponsorships are available for qualified residents.

• SeniorServ – five days per week Monday-Friday, donation or private pay starting at $5.25 per day.  Order by calling (714) 823-3294.

With all the resources available to Seniors today, there should never be a worry of where your next meal is coming from.

—adapted from



from page 2

paycheck stub).

People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the box of food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID. People who need help arranging a proxy can call GRF Member Resource Liaison Cindy Tostado at 431-6586, ext. 317.  

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If it seems too good to be true, 

it probably is — just hang up

by Cathie Merz


Did a caller ask for personal or financial information? Just hang up! Is the caller threatening you or your family if you don’t pay up now? Just hang up! Does a prize package or offer sound too good to be true? Just hang up!

Scams keep becoming more sophisticated and the culprits behind the scams are smarter. Consumers need to keep abreast of the latest and greatest scams. It is estimated that financial fraud costs $45 billion annually.

While everyone is at risk of being vulnerable to scams, the numbers are staggering when it comes to senior victims. It is estimated that 20 percent of Americans who are over 65 have been financially taken advantage of and over 80 percent of telemarketing scams prey on victims over the age of 60.

In December the Stop Senior Scams Act (S.149 — 116th Congress)  was introduced in the U.S. Senate. The bill establishes a Senior Scams Prevention Advisory Group, which is designed to create model educational materials to educate employees of retailers, financial-services companies and wire-transfer companies on how to identify and prevent scams that affect seniors.

The most common type of phone financial scams are calls from IRS, Social Security or Medicare impersonators. If someone calls, claiming to be calling from the IRS, Social Security or Medicare and asks for personal information, it is most likely a scam. 

IRS, Social Security and Medicare do not initiate contact with taxpayers by email, text messages or social media channels to request personal or financial information.

Thousands of people have lost millions of dollars and their personal information to tax scams. These scammers use regular mail, telephone and email to set up individuals, businesses, payroll and tax professionals by claiming to be calling about unpaid back taxes and proceed to threaten senior citizens with arrest, lawsuits, suspension of their driver’s license and more.

In the latest twist on a scam related to Social Security numbers, scammers claim to be able to suspend or cancel the victim’s SSN. It’s another attempt by con artists to frighten people into returning “robocall” voicemails. 

Here are some ways to spot a Medicare scam:

• Scammers may mention overdue taxes in addition to threatening to cancel the person’s SSN. If taxpayers receive a call threatening to suspend their SSN for an unpaid tax bill, they should just hang up.

• Being told you need a new Medicare card and have to divulge your Social Security number.

• Being told you need new supplemental policies.

If the IRS, Social Security or Medicare wants to get in touch with an individual, a letter will be sent through the mail and will not threaten a fine for not giving up information. 

Government agencies will not request payment using prepaid debit cards, gift cards or wire transfers, or ask a taxpayer to make a payment to a person or organization other than the U.S. Treasury.

When in doubt, hang up the phone and never call back an unknown number. 

The counterfeit prescription drug scam is directed at seniors looking for cheaper drug alternatives as a way to save money on a fixed income. But these drugs can be counterfeit, making this scam extremely dangerous, or the fraudsters just take the money without delivering the drugs. The Internet is the most common way criminals operate these scams, offering “better prices” on specialized medication.

The same goes with some anti-aging products. Whether it’s fake Botox or bogus homeopathic remedies, seniors are being targeted by fraudsters offering anti-aging products. 

If it’s too good to be true, it probably is. Be very cautious when ordering medications online. 

Another scam directed at seniors is the obituary scam, where con artists read obituaries in local papers and call the deceased relative’s family demanding money for a supposed outstanding debt that the deceased left behind.

If someone calls unsolicited, stating they are from the bank and that there is a problem with the account, hang up and then call the bank using the telephone number from a bank statement to find out if there is really an issue with the account.

Another version of this scam is when fraudsters read the obituaries to pinpoint recent widows as targets. After identifying their next victim, a messenger arrives at the home of the recent widow with a cash-on-delivery package, claiming the recently deceased spouse ordered something and then demands immediate payment. After taking the money, the messengers are long gone before the victim realizes the box contains old magazines or newspapers that are worthless.

To prevent this kind of scam, pay attention to the information you put in the obituary. Everything you publish will be public.

letters to the editor

Letters to the Editor should include name, Mutual number and phone number, and be emailed to rutho_news@lwsb.com or typed and delivered to the LW Weekly office in the Amphitheater Building.


I would like to thank the  GRF executive director for his announcement on Jan. 28 to the group of protestors gathered outside Clubhouse 4 prior to the GRF Board of Directors’ meeting. He (as I summarize) guarantees that from now on every shareholder’s Letter to the Editor that is received with content within the guidelines listed in the Perspectives Policy will be printed in LW Weekly, the official publication of the Golden Rain Foundation.

Debra Fudge

Mutual 1

Editors note: Policy 20-2806-1

2.3. Community Submissions Categories —The LW weekly will consider submissions for publication as qualified within the following categories:

2.3.1. Letters to the Editor The maximum number of words allowed for submissions is 250. Submissions must be of general interest to the community and may contain opinions, suggestions, compliments and complaints. Submissions may be edited for purposes of grammar, clarity or number of words without notifying the writer. Submissions with the stipulation that they may not be edited shall not be published. Submissions addressed to third parties or have been published elsewhere shall not be published. Submissions that refer to a published article, column, or submissions in the LW Weekly or another newspaper must identify that article, column, or submission by name, page and date of publication. Submissions will generally be limited to no more than one letter per month per member. Letters must include the writer’s name and Mutual number and phone number for the editor’s reference, but only the name and Mutual number will be published.



During the past holiday season we heard so much about packages that had been delivered to homes and were stolen off porches.  Here in Leisure World I was pleased to get a phone call from one of my neighbors saying he had found a package with my name on it but an incorrect address.

He called to say he would bring it to me shortly. He did so and would not give me his name and would not accept a gift for returning a miss-delivered Christmas gift.

So, there are good people all around and especially in Leisure World, Seal Beach. If you read this, thank you again.

Phyllis Mackey

 Mutual 15


I assume because we were a “large” club, that was a factor in being able to use the large room in Clubhouse 4. That is great, as we monthly serve food (noon meeting) so having a kitchen available is a huge benefit. The club had been allotted two sizable cupboards in the corridor behind the meeting room itself. (On the back side of the hall are ceramics and lapidary rooms, and their doors are usually closed.) 

To my knowledge the only people using the hall are the ones who use the restrooms.

In compliance, our club’s cupboards were emptied. Three members divvied up the contents. Each stored—as well as they could—in limited personal space in anticipation of getting our storage place back. Since July all supplies needed monthly have had to be brought in and taken back. I think the “powers” have overlooked (disregarded) the age, stamina, strength and dexterity of the people they have been employed to serve and provide ease of life here in Leisure World, a retirement community. 

Now finally is the time we are able to regain our storage. Our two ample cupboards have been reduced to one gym-sized locker with coat hooks!  Really? 

Or perhaps one sized to maybe  hold  a basketball.  

This is absurd. Who comes up with this stuff and thinks it’s a super idea as well as a worthwhile expenditure of our money?   Terminate them! 

                               Gloria Beech

                               Mutual 11


Living with plastic bottles is detrimental

Nick Massetti 

LW contributor

I decided to reduce my plastics footprint on the environment recently and stopped drinking water from plastic bottles in favor of filtered tap water. After all I did spend a few hundred dollars last year to have my Mutual 17 tap water tested by an environmental lab and it came back as good as mountain spring water. 

Now University of Victoria Researcher Kieran Cox published in the June 2019 Journal of Environmental Science that people who drink water only from plastic bottles ingest about 90,000 microplastic particles every year from that water. People who drink only tap water get about 4,000 of such particles a year. This likely swamps all the microplastics I ingest from occasionally eating fish from the ocean who eat microplastics after the bottles break down. 

Researcher Cox noted that these estimates are conservative and that it is completely unknown what happens once these particles enter the human body. So for me this small lifestyle choice can make a big impact on me personally as well as for plastic environmental pollution.

Government, page 5

Mutual Election Cycle Begins; Directors are needed

The community unity we display in Leisure World Seal Beach is a direct result of all the unpaid volunteer Mutual and GRF board members duly elected to serve their mutuals and the shareholders over many years. What better way to create and sustain a community such as Leisure World then by volunteering time toward the governance of the incredible lifestyle shareholders enjoy?

This community was founded on the premise that the Mutual Boards and the elected board directors would set into operation the day-to-day business of each mutual corporation. Directors address the issues of most importance to their electorate, that is, the shareholders. Board directors find solutions to existing problems, large and small. This is not an easy job. It takes time, effort and a willingness to unselfishly donate a portion of a person’s everyday life to the community in which they live.

Leisure World Seal Beach is full of highly qualified shareholders who have so much expertise to offer, such as knowledge of construction, plumbing and accounting. New ideas and perspectives are always needed and that means volunteers are needed. Consider becoming a candidate for a director’s position on your mutual’s board of directors. 

The schedule below indicates each mutual’s annual meeting date and election. Note the deadlines to apply for candidacy. If you are interested or have any questions relating to becoming a candidate for election to your Mutual’s Board of Directors, contact the Stock Transfer Office at 431-6586, ext. 346.

EVEN-Numbered Mutuals 

How to be a candidate for 

GRF Board of Directors

The campaign cycle for the GRF Board of Directors (BOD) begins in February. 

During 2020, the Board seats representing the even-numbered Mutuals are up for election. 

Candidacy is subject to all applicable state laws and accordance to GRF policy 5025-30. All candidates must be members of GRF for at least a year at the time of nomination and cannot have been convicted of a crime that would either prevent GRF from purchasing fidelity bond coverage or terminate existing coverage. 

A Mutual BOD may appoint a nominating committee for the purpose of recommending a candidate for election. 

All candidates recommended by a Mutual BOD or nominating committee will be given candidate instructions by the Stock Transfer Office. 

Candidates must be current in payment of carrying charges. This does not include non-payment of collection charges, late charges, fines cost levied by a third party or if member has paid under protest. 

All members have the right to engage in Internal Dispute Resolution (IDR) and/or Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) pursuant to Civil Code 5658. A member may contact the Board in writing to initiate an IDR/ADR. If an IDR/ADR is not scheduled and completed prior to the nomination deadline the candidates may be disqualified for non-payment of monthly assessments. 

A candidate may be a member who is an officer or director of a Mutual Corporation, a member of any City Council, Board of Supervisors of the County of Orange, Planning Commission for the City of Seal Beach or County of Orange. 

In addition a member of any entity or partnership or an officer or director of any other corporation engaged in supplying material series or labor to GRF is strongly discouraged from running for the Board. Such actions may cause a potential conflict of interest, causing unnecessary liability, including but not limited to breaching fiduciary duties. 

Each candidate may submit a statement of 300 words or less in 12-point or larger font, single-sided, to the Stock Transfer Office. 

Statements shall be written in compliance with the election rules, e.g., contain the background, qualifications and platform of the candidate, and shall not contain any disparaging or defamatory content. 

The statements will be mailed out with ballots. 

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

Application for Candidacy forms and GRF Directors Handbooks are available in the Stock Transfer Office in the Administration Building beginning Wednesday, March 4, and must be submitted before the deadline, 4:30 p.m., Friday, April 3. 

Members are invited to attend a Question-and-Answer Forum with current GRF Directors on Wednesday, March 25, from 1- 2 p.m. or Thursday, March 26, from 2-3 p.m., at the Administration Building, Conference Room A. 

Candidates must show a photo ID when turning in the Application for Candidacy, Eligibility Disclaimer and Statement. Candidates will receive a receipt when turning in their application materials.

Candidates who complete an Application for Candidacy (or who are nominated by a Mutual’s nominating committee or Board) will be listed on the Secret Mail-in Ballot. 

Three packets containing the Secret Mail-in Ballot, postage-paid envelopes, balloting instructions and deadlines will be mailed to each household in the even-numbered Mutuals on Sunday, May 3. 

Nominations from the floor and write-ins are prohibited. 

For further information on being a candidate for the GRF Board, call 431-6586, ext. 346, for Stock Transfer, or ext. 303 for the Board of Directors Office. 

Notary Service

Notary service, $15 per signature, is available by appointment at the Copy and Supply Center in Building 5. For an appointment, call 431-6586, ext. 345. 

Passport photos can be taken at the Copy & Supply Center from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.; two photos, $10. 

perspectives policy

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

Letters to the Editor: Maximum number of words: 250. Letters

POLICY, page 19

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Stop by Starbucks, say ‘thank you’

Starbucks Coffee, located in the Ralph’s at the Old Ranch Town Center, has donated coffee to the Golden Age Foundation Hospitality Center since March 2019. The GAF Hospitality Center patrons have enjoyed  over 250 pounds of Starbucks coffee during the last 11 months, and the donations continue.

Starbucks Coffee Supervisor Bianca Solis  contacts Anna Derby on Monday mornings when she has coffee to donate. Bianca grinds five-to-ten pounds of beans before Anna arrives for the pick up, since the Golden Age Foundation doesn’t own a coffee grinder.

The Golden Age Foundation asks shareholders who shop at Ralph’s to stop by at Starbucks and say “thank you” for its generous donation to Leisure World.

Y Service CLUB

Osteoporosis will be topic on Feb. 19

Preventing and slowing down osteoporosis will be the topic at the Y Service Club meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

Rehabilitation nurse Maureen Habel will present information about how lifestyle choices can prevent and slow down the process of osteoporosis. 

A continental breakfast will be served at 7:30 a.m., hosted by Betty Hacke and Diane Neal.  President Dianne Hart will conduct a short business meeting at 8 a.m., followed by the speaker’s presentation at 8:30 a.m. 

All shareholders are invited to attend the meeting to learn more about the Y Service Club of Leisure World and its role in making the community a better place to live.

Community bingo is played sunday

Community Bingo, hosted by the American Legion, the Legion Auxiliary and the Filipino Association of Leisure World, is played on Sundays in Clubhouse 2. The doors open at 1 p.m. with the first call at 1:30 p.m.

Complimentary refreshments are served.


Telephone Access Program devices shared tomorrow

Andie Squires from the California Telephone Access Program will be the guest speaker at the Sunshine Club tomorrow, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

Squires brings 17 years of experience working for the Deaf and Disabled Telecommunication’s Program (DDTP) and the California Telephone Access Program. She specializes in iPhone and Android training. She has experience working with assistive device manufacturers through presentations, training and informational booths.  

Squires has a BA in deaf studies and in psychology from Cal State Northridge. 

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

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

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

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

The Sunshine Club meets on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, except the first Friday in Room 9, from 10 a.m.-noon. All shareholders are welcome to attend; no membership required. For more information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

Y Service Club

Exercise brain at Triviamania games on Saturday

The Y Service Club will sponsor Triviamania on  Saturday, Feb. 15, from 1- 4 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. All are invited to come an exercise their brains.

 Research on aging continues to show the importance of challenging the brain to achieve optimum physical, mental and cognitive health. 

Triviamania provides an afternoon of stimulating fun as teams compete in eight rounds of trivia. Some people come as a group, and many others come and form a team, meet new friends and collaborate together to come up with the right answers. Tables are assigned on a first-come, first- saved basis. Beverages and snacks are available for purchase. 

  Tickets are $10 per person and can be delivered to your door. To purchase tickets and arrange for home delivery, call Bill Denton at (562) 209-0816. Tickets will also be available at the door of  Clubhouse 2 at 12:30 p.m. 

The winning team will take home three times the buy in; second place,  two times the buy in; and third place gets their registration fee back. Proceeds are shared among all team members. 

Proceeds help support local YMCA programs and Leisure World projects. 

Come have fun while exercising your brain and showing how much seniors know. The percentage of questions answered correctly is amazing.


Call to make  appointments

Free income tax service is provided by AARP Tax-Aide program volunteers and sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation. Trained volunteers prepare and e-file tax returns for fulltime California residents.

This tax service is provided Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in Clubhouse 6. Appointments are required. 

Call (562) 596-1987 and leave your name and telephone number.  A volunteer will call back to schedule an appointment. The Intake/Interview sheet required for every appointment can be picked up at the Leisure World Library and should be filled out prior to the appointment.  People  with rental property or a net loss from self-employment are out of the scope of this program. 

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Benefits of merging mutuals discussed

Should merging the mutuals become part of the Leisure World  community master plan? Is your will/trust in order? These are  topics that will be discussed at the Where We Live Club meeting on Monday, Feb. 17, at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. President Greg Moore will direct the meeting

Former Vice President Anne Walshe will lead an open discussion to examine the benefits of merging in the 16 mutuals into a single administrative body instead of 16 separate boards, making sure to consider both sides of the concept, and hear your views. 

The club has decided to focus on topics relevant to an overall master plan for LWSB, and this is one of the first discussions in this series.

Former President Leslie Parker will present an Introductory Workshop on the subject of wills and trusts. This presentation is part of the club’s continuing series of mini-workshops on “Putting Your Life in Order” to give practical advice for all shareholders

All are welcome. Feel free to bring a beverage and snacks to share.  The January meeting was packed so arrive early to get a good seat. Contact the club at wherewelive@yahoo.com.

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Pet safety during emergencies is topic

Paws, Claws and Beaks will have a special presentation on LW’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 4 p.m in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

Phillip Mandeville will give the presentation on animal safety in case of a disaster in LW. This will be part one of a  disaster preparedness program for members.  

For more information, contact Bonnie Kaplan, (714) 930-5314, or Jackie Hildebrandt, (714) 423-8279.


from page 5

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

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

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


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Recently I attended the Google Translate-How to be Fluent in 103 Languages class. It was very educational and informative. Bob Cohen’s instruction enriched my understanding of smartphones. 

I’m a teacher and now, I’m  back to being a student. 

A good instructor who imparts new smartphone features helps my goal of learning.

I was excited to improve my knowledge of Google Translate. 

Leisure World is fortunate to have volunteer experts Bob Cohen, Miryam  Fernandez and Jeff Sachs providing free classes on smartphones and computers.

Lisa A. Dickson

Mutual 1

LWer seeks yarn, donations to knit for the homeless

For the past six years, Kay Matthews, Mutual 2, has knitted 100-plus caps and scarves for the homeless in the Long Beach area.  Kay needs yarn or cash donations to help with her ongoing charitable work.  Kay knits for Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG), a non-profit organization, which includes several other Leisure World members.  Kay can be reached and (562) 598-1079.

Page 20, obituaries

Democratic Club

Candidates for OC Central Committee will be guests

Leisure World Democratic Club members will host several of the candidates running for election to the Party’s Orange County Central Committee on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at noon in Clubhouse 4.  

Leisure World Democrats will be able to vote for up to six candidates to represent the 72nd Assembly District on this committee, which is the governing body of the Orange County Democratic Party.

Under the leadership of Chair Ada Briceño, the committee conducts the party’s general business, approves its budget, coordinates campaign activity and endorses candidates for local offices throughout the county.  A list of the club’s endorsed candidates, along with information about each one, can be found on the club’s website (see address below).


On Feb. 1, Club President Mary Tromp and Congressman Harley Rhoda joined other Democrats from throughout the county at the kickoff celebration for the opening of the State Party’s campaign office located at 18700 Main Street, Units 201 and 209, Huntington Beach.  For more information or to volunteer to help, contact Mary at (562) 412-0898.


The Democratic Party of Orange County and the LW Democratic Club leadership has taken a position in opposition to County Measure A on the Primary Election 2020 Ballot.  This proposition would require a yes vote of at least four of the five members of the Orange County Board of Supervisors (a 2/3 vote rather than a majority) to propose taxes to voters for approval.  Voters are also reminded that the Democratic Club has joined organizations such as the League of Women Voters in supporting Proposition 13, the School and College Facilities Bond which has nothing to do with the landmark measure of the same number 13 passed four decades ago.


All LW voters should have received their California and Orange County’s official voter information guides, as well as their vote by mail ballots.  In addition, Democratic and No Preferred Party voters received letters from the SBLW Democratic Club designed to help further clarify changes relating to the upcoming election as well as a list of the club’s endorsed candidates.  Voters who still have questions, want help with their ballot or assistance in delivering it to a vote center should call Mary Tromp at (562) 412-0898 or Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521.


Readers should email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com  or go to the newly updated website sblwdems.wordpress.com to learn more about the Democratic Club.  A calendar of club and related events is included on the website.  

All LW Democrats and their supporters are invited to participate in the club’s activities.


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.


Shambaugh, Dorothy Jean


A memorial service will be held for Dorothy Jean (Morgan) Shambaugh, Mutual 15, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Studebaker Road Church of Christ in Long Beach. (3433 N. Studebaker Road, Long Beach, CA, 90808).

All are welcome to attend. 

Dorothy died Jan. 23, 2020, at the age of 87.


In Memoriam 

Patsy Barnett  86

Margaret Belcher  80

Randall Laster  67

Maria Alcantara  68

Akira Kawano  95

Robert Seiger  86

Lee Helire Jr  54

Roselind Killeen  80

Dale Longenecker  74

Elizabeth Murphy  71

Dorothy Zinman  100

Shirley Strevell  70

Te Yung Chang  98

Roxanne Drake  71

Eloise Ephriam  87

Carolyn Stewart  67

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary

Bus provided to LA Phil

The LA Philharmonic’s 2019-2020 concert season continues until May 22. Join the Long Beach Auxiliary of the LA Phil on its chartered bus to Friday matinee concerts at the Walt Disney Concert Hall.

For $25 round trip people can board the bus at the Leisure World Amphitheater at 8:45 a.m., departing at 9 a.m. Concert tickets (senior rates available) can be purchased from the Philharmonic ticket office by calling (323) 850-2000 or emailing information@LAPhil.org. The remainder of the schedule is as follows:

• Feb. 28: Ives 4 and Dvorak 9 with Dudamel

• March 20: Piatigorsky International Cello Festival: Haydn Concerto

•April 24: The Planets

•May 22: Dudamel Conducts Norman and Prokofiev

Contact Laurie Gilmore, (949) 584-6267 for bus RSVP.


Music by Stravinsk, Gershwin featured

Highlights of the Korean-American Classic Music Academy (KACMA) program on Feb. 13 will be pieces by Igor Stravinsky, including  “The Firebird,” “1919 Suite, III,” “Infernal Dance, IV”  and “Berceuse, V. Finale,” and  George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.” 

Ken Chong conducts the appreciation of classical music and Robert Chung presents a golden oldie and favorite songs selected by the members. 

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

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

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

Free tax service offered to qualified LWers

More than 90 English- and Spanish-speaking California State University, Long Beach, accounting students, who are Internal Revenue Service certified, will provide free tax preparation assistance. Help is offered to families who make $54,000 or less, disabled people, the elderly, students, non-residents and individuals with limited English proficiency. 

The free service is part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance clinic (VITA), which is an IRS-sponsored program.

 “VITA is win-win for our students and the community,” said Sudha Krishnan, faculty advisor for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. 

“The students get hands-on experience while giving back to community members who often do not have the disposable income to pay for a professional tax preparer.”

Last year, student-volunteers filed 1,809 state and federal tax returns, which, combined, totaled to more than $1 million in refunds. 

No appointments are required. 

Individuals will be served on a first come, first served basis. 

Participants must bring the following original documents—no photocopies or pictures of these documents will be accepted:

• Government issued photo ID or driver’s license.

• Original Social Security card or documents of individual taxpayer identification number.

• All W-2’s and 1099’s (if any)

• Other income and expense information

• Students or parents of students bring total tuition fees and expenses paid (form 1098-T)

• Parents bring total expenses paid for child’s daycare if any.

• Daycare or dependent care provider’s address, phone and SSN or EIN.

• Bank account and routing number (voided check) for direct deposit of refund.

• Last year’s tax return is helpful, but not required.

• To file taxes electronically on a married-filing-joint tax return, both spouses must be present to sign the required forms.

The program started Feb. 8  and the regular schedule is Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; and Friday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at the College of Business Computer Lab, California State University, Long Beach, 1250 Bellflower Blvd., Long Beach. Park in Lot E-1. 

VITA clients must pay for parking.

Decals in Bldg 5

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

Decals are issued 8 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday and Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Page 8, health and fitness


Canale is Top Loser of the week

The Wa-Rite Club celebrates every milestone and this week members recognize a beautiful member who turned 90 years old and doesn’t look a day over 70. Happy birthday to Lorraine James, may many more years of good health follow.

Top Loser of the week is Annette Canale with a 3 ½-pound loss. She shared how she had worked hard during the month of January. She cut down on her portions, exercised more, wrote down what she was eating and yet the scale showed a two-pound gain. That was very disheartening and disappointing. Remember, the human body tries to hang onto fat, and when you exercise you build up muscle which weighs more than fat, so don’t give up. 

It took three weeks for the scale to show weight loss, but the body was already sculpting on the inside. Again, don’t give up. That testimony encouraged a lot of Wa-Rite members because they want to see a big loss after sacrificing junk food and eating right.

Wa-Rite is a support group for women needing to lose 10 pounds or more. Members meet on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9-10 a.m.

Weighing begins at 7:45 and ends promptly at 8:45 a.m. Annual dues are $10. You must be a LW resident to join. For questions, call Carol Chambers at 822-4641 or Bev Bender at 594-9148

—Margaret Humes

Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Hear what research has shown in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement on March 24 at 2-3:30 p.m. at the Los Alamitos-Rossmoor Library. Learn how to make lifestyle choices that may help keep your brain and body healthy as you age. 

All programs are free and open to the public. To register or find out more information, call (800) 272-3900 or email kjschuppe@alz.org.


Eating healthy on a budget

By Grecia Nunez

Optum Care

It seems the healthier the food, the higher the cost. But that isn’t the case. There are many ways you can enjoy nutritious meals without breaking the bank.

Diane Scott works for SCAN Health Plan. She will lead a class on this topic on Feb. 19 from 2-4 p.m. in Conference Room 1 at the Health Care Center. All residents are invited to attend.

“We need to eat well, but it can be tough when money is tight,” Diane said. “Fruits and vegetables are vital to our health. A savvy shopper can get plenty of affordable food, and that’s what this class is about.”

One thing Diane encourages is to avoid pre-prepared items, if you can. “Pre-sliced fruits and vegetables can be far more expensive,” she warned. “For example, I found a bag of pre-sliced apples for $4.29. A bag of uncut apples was just $1.69. That’s almost a third the price!”

You can also find cheaper options at the local farmer’s market. “Farmers bring their fruits and vegetables right to you,” Diane said. “That means no packaging, supermarket costs, etc. You can get delicious seasonal options for a lot less than you would find at the grocery store.”

So why the push on eating well? “Your body is what you put into it,” Diane said. “If you eat well and get exercise, you’re keeping all your organs as healthy as possible. If you eat a lot of highly processed foods, you are depriving your organs of the nutrients they need. In the long run, that can cause significant health issues.”

This is especially true if you have a chronic condition. “A balanced diet can help you manage your health,” Diane said. “If you have a chronic condition, like diabetes or heart disease, your diet makes a big difference in how well you control those.”

To RSVP, call (562) 493-9581 and leave your name, phone number, and the name of the class: Eating Healthy on a Budget.

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, Feb.13 — Bran muffin, milk, orange juice, low fat yogurt, Mexican chicken bowl with chicken strips, rice, corn, and beans, tortilla strips and salsa, custard, beef goulash, mashed potatoes with Promise, spinach, ambrosia

Friday, Feb. 14 — Oatmeal, milk, bread with peanut butter and jelly, butternut squash pasta with chicken strips, California salad, orange juice, cookies, stuffed cabbage, mashed potatoes, chef vegetable blend, dinner roll with Promise cake, fresh fruit

Monday, Feb. 17 — President’s Day, closed

Tuesday, Feb. 18 — Mini muffin, milk, orange-pineapple juice, low fat yogurt, Provençal tuna salad, corn, lima bean and tomato salad, dinner roll with Promise, cookies, roast beef with mushroom gravy, baked potato with sour cream, chef’s cut vegetables

Wednesday, Feb. 19 — Cottage cheese, milk, pineapple chunks, string cheese, beef, barley and mango salad, tomato and red onion salad, dinner roll with Promise, mandarin oranges, baked fish with pesto sauce, rice pilaf, sliced carrots, dinner roll with Promise, custard

Thursday, Feb. 20 — Oatmeal, milk, orange juice, low fat yogurt, bread with Promise, Chinese chicken salad with chicken, shredded carrots, shredded cabbage, mandarin oranges and sesame dressing, dinner roll, tropical fruit mix, cubed beef with stroganoff sauce on pasta noodles, spinach, fruit crisp

Friday, Feb.21 — Hardboiled eggs, milk, orange juice, bread with Promise and jelly, ham sandwich with hamburger bun, carrot raisin salad, mayonnaise, Ambrosia, baked potato with vegetarian chili, shredded cheese and sour cream, California vegetable blend, apple


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

Thursday, Feb. 13 — Roast turkey with sage gravy, corn bread stuffing, creamed spinach, sliced peaches with yogurt, chicken salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, tricolor slaw

Friday, Feb. 14 — Chicken with capers in cream sauce, potatoes wedges, petite peas, red velvet cake, Mediterranean salad with chicken, red bell pepper, red onion, black olives, cucumber, cherry tomatoes, vinaigrette dressing and crackers

Monday, Feb. 17 — President’s Day, closed

Tuesday, Feb. 18 — Swedish meatballs with garlic cream sauce, oven browned potatoes, broccoli and cauliflower, apple turnover, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, German potato salad

Wednesday, Feb. 19 — Breaded baked fish with tartar sauce, mashed sweet potatoes, green beans with pimento, tapioca pudding, turkey, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, tricolor slaw

Thursday, Feb. 20 — Roasted pork with honey mustard sauce, macaroni and cheese, mixed vegetables, chocolate cake, tuna salad sandwich with spinach and tomato carrot and raisin salad

Friday, Feb. 21 — Beef teriyaki, brown and wild rice, oriental vegetables, pear with mango, entrée Caesar chicken salad with romaine lettuce, grated cheese, croutons, Caesar dressing and crackers

The Wellness Club

Speaking on healing pain

Dr. Stewart Edrich, DC, is the next presenter on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 2 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Dr. Edrich will speak on healing pain through frequency and detox, and comes highly recommended by a Wellness Club member. For more information, contact Charla Gae at (562) 446-0005 or Mark Harrington at (562) 889-9101.

—Charla Song

Page 9 sports and games

Yahtzee Club

Repasi has most Yahtzees Feb. 7

The Yahtzee Club winners on Feb. 7 were Kathy Repasi for most Yahtzees, 7; Marilyn Moody for highest score, 1,745; and Karen Riner, door prize. 

Yahtzee Club meets on the first and third Fridays of each month from 12:30-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. Play begins at 12:45. Do not enter the room before 12:30.

All Leisure World residents are welcome to join in the fun. If you have questions or want a Yahtzee lesson prior to joining, call Kathy Rose at (562) 596-7237.

—Kathy Rose


Hot Shots triumph Sliders

The Shuffleboard league continued into week 16 on Jan. 31 at the Clubhouse 1 courts. The league is now into the second half of the season.

The Hot Shots beat the Sliders 11-8. Hot Shots all game winners were John Mount and Milly Larsen. Sliders all game winners were Bill Hamilton and Prince Pierson.

Hot Shots are currently first in the standings. Puckmasters are in second and Sliders are in third.

High averages as of Jan. 24 for each team are listed below. Congratulations to these players and all participants for a great season so far.

Puckmasters — Red Ryals has 13 wins, six losses, .684 average; Bob Peterson, 13-10, .565; John Gustaves, 11-9, .550.

Sliders — Sally Fowler is17-7, .708 average; Bill Hamilton, 8-5, .615; Peggy Hamilton, 6-4, .600.

Hot Shots — Sal LaScala is 15-5, .750 average; Howard Bolten, is 15-7, .682; John Mount, 8-4, .667.

The St. Patrick’s Day potluck dinner is scheduled for March 14 at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

—Dave LaCascia


A good return of the serve

If the server hit a deep, slow lob – a similar return may be in order. You can do that by getting beneath the ball and scooping it up, holding your paddle down to hit the ball as it rises off the bounce. 

The player should aim for an arc which peaks ten to twelve feet above the kitchen line of the opponent and lands about two to three feet from their baseline. Others advise hitting back strong and deep, keeping your opponent’s away from the net.

The next Pickleball Club tournament is coming soon. Register in the notebook located outside by the courts.

The club has a monthly meeting/potluck on the first Sunday of each month in Clubhouse 2, at 5 p.m. 

For more information about the club, contact Tim Linehan at (714) 818-6404.

—Susan Dodson


Pindilicious wins Jan. 28 game

Jan. 28 Pindilicious continued their hot streak by sweeping Phyl’s Guys to take a 12-game lead, making this the second week in a row Pindilicious has won four, raising the record to 43 wins and only 17 losses. Gary Wood had a 199, Leena Schulman, a 177 and Joyce Ingram, a 161.

Charlie’s Angels split with the Mutual Busters after losing the first two games. Charlie’s Angels bowled a 721 with Charlie Guggino bowling a 199, Linda Temple a 197 and Shannon Brennan a 188.

Split Happens took three from Very Striking as Eric Dodd opened with a 184. Strikingly Different took three from Elcisne as Larry Lobue opened with a 171.

Guys and Gals Golf

Kim hits an 80 yard hole-in-one

The second January Guys and Gals Golf Tournament of the year was played on Jan. 29 at the local LW course. Devora Kim had a rare hole-in-one on the 80-yard par three 16 hole.

The morning was beautiful with lots of sun. All low scores reflected the excellent conditions.

Twenty-nine teams of one man and one woman challenged the course over 18 holes in three flights. A flight has teams with combined handicaps of 0-9. B flight 10-13 and C flight 14-18.

Flight winners:

A flight — First place, Bob Turner – Janice Turner, 7 under 47; tie for second place between Alan Sewell – Laura Garcia and Steve Walker – Yvonne Yim, 5 under 49; tie for third between Walt Bier – Margie Thompson and Dong Kim – Devora Kim, 3 under 51.

B flight — First place, Steve Moody – Sandy Derouin with a sensational 10 under 44; second, Steve Ro – Judy Ro, seven under 47; third, Jae H. Lee – Sun Lee, seven under 47; fourth, tie between Won Song – Jane Song, James Choi – Grace Choi, and Joon Yoon – Young Yoon, six under 48.

C flight — First place, David Song – Angela Song, a fantastic nine under 45; second, Bill McKusky – Sue Yokomi, seven under 47; third Gene Archambault – Stella Yoon, six under 48; fourth, Dennis Jensen – Marilyn Hewitt, two under 52.

There were 10 golfers who landed inside the circle on holes two, five, 10 and 14. Closest to the pin on hole No. 8 was Bob Turner and Stella Yoon, and on hole No. 17 was Steven Walker and Marilyn Hewitt.

The Guys and Gals Tournament is held on the third Wednesday of each month, and on the fifth Wednesday of months that contain five Wednesdays. The next Guys and Gals Tournament will be on Feb. 19. Participants must be a member of the Men’s or Ladies Golf Club to play in this tournament and have a handicap.

—Dave LaCascia

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LW Ladies Golf

Song hits a hole-in-one

 The Ladies annual golf holiday luncheon was held Monday, Feb. 3. Club President, Liz Meripol played the violin and was accompanied by her two friends, who played the cello and piano.

Sally Park and her committee served Korean barbecue.

Carl Wiggins, the ladies club golf starter, was praised for his hard work and presented with an award. The Gross Ace of the year, Devora Kim, and the Net Ace of the year, Helen Yoon, were presented with their names engraved on plaques.

On Feb. 4, the ladies played for low gross,, low net, and circle hole No. 8. No players hit the ball from the tee directly into the circle surrounding hole eight. Congratulations to Jane Song who had a hole-in-one on hole No. 6

A flight — Low gross, Jane Song, 29; low net; tie between Helen Yoon and Janice Turner, 28.

B Flight — Low gross, Sun Lee, 34; low net, Sally Jacobs, 27.

C Flight — Low gross, Theresa Lim, 33; low net, Neva Senske, 23.

D Flight — Low gross, Patti Smith, 35; low net, Betty Regalado, 25.

—Dale Quinn

Mens monday golf

Meadowlark game is Feb. 24

The Men’s Monday Golf League played on Jan. 27 at the Meadowlark Golf Club in Huntington Beach, and on Feb. 3 at Riverview in Santa Ana. Both courses are par 70 and about 5,900 yards. The golfers challenged these two very different facilities over 18 holes. The scores at Meadowlark were very competitive with good weather and sun.


A flight — First place, Gary Stivers; second, John Meyer, three under 67; tie for third between Bill McKusky and Fujio Norihiro; fourth, Sam Choi; honorable mention, Cindy Cooper and Larry Hillhouse. Gary had fewest putts and Fujio had a birdie.

B Flight — First place; Lowell Goltra, 71; second, Bob Munn, 79. Lowell had the fewest putts and Bob was closest to the pin on the par 3-140 yard hole No. 7.


A Flight — First place, Bill McKusky, with a two under 68; tie for second between Fujio Norihiro and Larry Hillhouse, 3 over 73; third, Ron Jackson, 75; fourth, Sam Choi, 76; fifth, Gary Stivers. Gary had fewest putts, Bill had a birdie, and Fujio was closest to the pin on the par three-100 yard hole No. 9.

B Flight — First place, Marv Ballard, 74; second Bob Munn, 78. Bob had the fewest putts and was also closest to the pin on the par three-150 yard second hole.

Both the Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World.

The next Monday Golf will be on Feb. 24 at Meadowlark. If interested, contact Bill McKusky (562) 430-8618 or Dave LaCascia (801) 674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia


Garcia scores a 617 series Feb. 4

Pindilicious, who had been on a roll came back to earth on Feb. 4 as Strikingly Different swept them. Still, they retain a ten and a half game lead over second place Strikingly Different. Fred Garcia led Strikingly Different with 171 and 211, finishing with a 235, for a 617 series. Teammate Tom Kaczmarek had two 190 games.

Jackie McReynolds of Very Striking had her high game of the season in game three as she had five strikes in a row for a 219 scratch game. That’s a big 282 with handicap. 

Phyl’s Guys and Very Striking split that match with Phyl’s Guys winning total pins by 12. 

The Mutual Busters swept Split Happens and Charlies Angels Swept Elcisne.

—David Silva


Kaspar and Chelsvig tie for first place

Cribbage Club had 58 players in attendance on Feb. 4. Kent Davidson brought cake and ice cream to celebrate his birthday. Margaret Smith and Pat Fellers served.

Marilyn Chelsvig and Jim Kaspar had scores of 842 to tie for first place. Carrie Kistner and Terry Thrift tied for second place with 831. In third was Cathy Boufford with 826. Fourth place was Gene Smith with a score of 824. Joe DiDonato won the consolation prize of $1. 

Cribbage meets every Tuesday in Clubhouse 1 at noon. Partners are not required. Seven games are played usually ending by 3:30 p.m. 

If you would like to learn to play or just need a brush up, call Patti Smith at (562) 242-4674 and she will arrange for lessons one hour before the games begin. All are welcome.

—Liz Meripol

cards and games scoreboard

LW Pinochle Club winners

Feb. 3 — Grace Buster, 11,510; Bert Sellers, 11,440; Ruth Bonnema, 11,380; Richard Van Wasshnova, 11,280.

Feb. 6 — Jim Kaspar, 12,190; Marilyn Allred, 12,190; Diana lambert, 11,020; Jim Dix, 10,580; Antonia Zupancich, 10,380.

Feb. 8 — Peggy Kaspar, 12,650; Charlotte Westcott, 12,640; Nancy Wheeler, 11,970; Richard Van Wasshnova, 11,660.

The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at (562)240-5416. 

 —Bert Sellers


Monday Bridge Club

Feb. 3 — First place, Marion Standish; second place, Maxine LeFleur; third place, Paul Chang.

Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Marion Standish at (562) 493-1236.

—Marion Standish


Bruning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club

Feb. 1 — N/S: Larry Topper-Harriet Weiss; Joan Tschirki-Bud Parish; Russ Gray-Cookie Pham; Miriam Kelley-Judy Mathias. E/W: Marilyn McClintock-Fred Reker; Ellen Kice-Sue Boswell; Howard Smith-Dorothy Favre; Chie Wickham – Kar-YeeNelson. 

Jan. 31 — N/S: Larry Topper-Lynn Danielson; Sharon Beran-Sylvia Kaprelyan; Jean Kato-Barbara Harris; Priscilla Caillouette-Cookie Pham. E/W: Sue Fardette-Linda Stein; Mony Barrkol-Herb Glaz; Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson.

The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 at 12:15 p.m. 

For information on how to join the fun and play, call or text Fred Reker at 615-898-0669. The Club Championship is Friday, Feb. 21.

–Fred Reker


Saturday Social Bunco Club

Feb. 8 — Most buncos, Pam Kelly, Sandy Weisenstein and Jean Hayes; most wins, Wilma Rojo; most babies, Marge Bradley, Joyce Ingram and Louise Damron; most losses, Rose Marie Sprague; door prize winner, Doris Dack.

The clubs next meeting will be Feb. 22 in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Sign-ups begin at noon. Due to the demand for tables, a 11:30 a.m. arrival is advised. Play begins at 1 p.m. The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month.

For more information, call Doris Dack at (714) 356-0443.

Pool Tournament

Eight teams play at tournament


On Monday, Feb. 3, the first partners eight ball tournament of the year was held. There was a very good turnout for the event with 24 players. In the past there were only two players on a team, but having only four pool tables and so many players the tournament had eight teams of three players each.

The success of the pool league has led to players wanting to compete and socialize on a regular basis. Players played eight ball using alternate shot so each player would get a turn to shoot. This makes it more of a team game and prevents good players from dominating the action.

 Each team played five games against a different opponent. After the first four rounds the team of Sal LaScala, Ken Harpham and Zelma Berkenkamp were undefeated with four wins. The only team with three wins that could catch Sal, Ken and Zelma was Russell Black, Bob Gronski and Kathy Swinger. Sal, Ken and Zelma lost their final game and Russ, Bob and Kathy won their game to set up a one game playoff for first place. 

Russ, Bob and Kathy cleared their striped balls first and Kathy Swinger got the eight ball close to the lower right hand corner pocket leaving his opponents with a difficult bank. Bob Gronski was able to make the eight and take first place for his team.

The next tournament will be on the third Monday of the month, Feb. 17, in Clubhouse 2, at 6:15 p.m.; play will start at 6:30 p.m. The entry fee is $3, and all the money is given to the winning teams.

The format, until the league starts up again on Aug. 24, will be eight ball on the first Monday of the month and nine ball on the third Monday of the month.

—David Silva

page 20, travel

Derby and Oh travel to Maui

Aloha says Anna Derby and Michael Oh who began the New Year in Maui attending the 2020 Sentry Tournament of Champions at the Plantation Course in Kapalua, Hawaii, Jan. 1-5. Thirty four of the 37 2019 PGA champions competed. 

Attending the tournament is an annual event for Anna and Michael.

They arrived on Jan. 2, missing the Pro-Am Tourney, a casual meet and greet with the players and the grand opening ceremonies. But they were there for the next three days in the first tee box to watch all the golfers tee off.

Later in the day they moved to the ninth hole gallery and then the 18th hole to watch the finishing rounds. Between holes they walked some great distances. 

Attending the tourney for the three days was “beyond expectations,” said Anna.  It was a grueling experience with lots of walking. One day they got soaked and had to escape to the clubhouse to get out of the rain 

The Plantation Course had just under gone an extensive restoration to bring it back to the standard characteristics of the course for the past 28 years.

Since 1999 the Sentry Tournament of Champions has stood as a celebration of excellent experiences. There are over 500 volunteers that help make the tournament run smoothly. Anna and Michael were grateful to the volunteers who made their experience so wonderful. “We learned once agin that volunteers are the heart and soul to make the difference in everything,” she said. That helped make the tournament run smoothly.

They stayed at Anna’s niece’s condo in Lahaina during the tournament while her niece was in Los Angeles. After the tournament they moved to South Kihei for the rest of the trip. 

—Anna Derby

Pala trip is feb. 21

The American Legion, Post 327, will escort a day-trip to Pala Casino on Friday Feb. 21.

The $6 fee goes to the American Legion Post 327 in Leisure World. 

Bingo is played on the bus. It is a straight run to the casino with no there are no stop overs. All are welcome.

The bus leaves at 8:30 a.m. from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot. It returns about 5:30 p.m. Call Phyllis Pierce, 598-3743, or Chee Chee Porr, 430-5949, for reservations.

Laughlin trip set for April

The Womans Club of Seal Beach annual bus trip to Laughlin, Nevada, is scheduled for April 20-22. 

The fund raising event is one of many that the club sponsors during the year, supporting local organizations, student and civic activities.

The fun-filled event includes the charter bus to and from Laughlin, two nights at the Edgewater Hotel and two free meals at the hotel. $150 single; $120 per person double occupancy. The bus leaves from the Seal Beach Community Center at 151 Marina Dr., at 8 a.m., April 20, and returns about 5 p.m., April 22. Parking passes are available for those who want to leave their cars at the center.

Registration information is available by calling Marilyn Bittle at (562) 434-7113.

—Marilyn Van Dyke

Traveling tigers

Galapagos trip

meeting Feb. 19

On Feb. 19 the Traveling Tigers will be meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 at noon. All are welcome. Attendees will hear and see wonderful tales of adventure, exploration, science, mystery and beauty.

Join the Traveling Tigers as Donn Maryott presents Galapagos, the land where Charles Darwin observed evolution first hand, up close and very personal. See elderly turtles, giant lizards, young sea lions and blue footed boobies as they have adapted to their unique environments and continue to evolve to this day. Penguins in the northern hemisphere? Yes, they are there, sporting their black and white tuxedos for all to admire.

The presentation follows the business meeting and luncheon. Those who want to experience Galapagos, should call Susan Shaver at (562) 795-9151 for an invitation and details.

DeDubovay and DiDonato visit UAE 

By Sandra DeDubovay

LW contributor

Sandra DeDubovay and Joe DiDonato took an eight-day cruise on the MSC Bellissima in Dubai. They had been there 10 years ago and enjoyed it so much that they decided to do the trip one more time.

The first excursion was a tour of the Sheikh Zayed Mosque in Abu Dhabi. Its the third largest Mosque in the world and although some Mosques only allow Muslims in the interior, this was open for all visitors to tour. Sandra wasnt dressed properly so her tour guide loaned her a black abaya and head scarf to cover her clothing and hair. She would have hated to miss out. 

Sandra and Joe were impressed with the wonder of the design. The construction took 11 years from 1996 to 2007, with over 3,000 workers a day. It is over four football fields in size. The exterior white marble is from Macedonia. Key features include 1,000 columns, surrounded by pools reflecting the stunning arched walkways and 82 domes.

The next tour stop was Doha, the major city in the country of Qatar. The revenue generated from oil and natural gas makes Qatar residents the second highest earners in the world. 

The skyscrapers are a credit to the wonderful architecture of the city and its creativity. The tour ended with a visit to Souq, a vast inner-city bazaar that dates to the 19th century. It burned down several years ago and the new ruler had it rebuilt to an exact recreation of the old marketplace with the traditional Middle Eastern style and ambience including the smell and sounds.

On the last day of the cruise Sandra and Joe arrived back in Abu Dhabi, one of the seven Emirates that make up the country of the UAE. It is a must-see destination and that is the reason for their second visit there. This Middle Eastern city mixes modern, luxury and traditional elements. In just 150 years the small Bedouin village of Dubai in the Arabian desert has turned into a very modern city. 

It’s hard to imagine that in the 1960s the city did not have electricity. The discovery of black gold (oil) in 1966 enabled its lightening speed development. As of 1970 concrete buildings began to replace tents, but in the early 2000’s this desert state became the playground for the unbridled imagination of international architects.

On the go

Day Trips

Harrah’s Rincon — Seven days a week, free, Amphitheater, 7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457 ext. 4704

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

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

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

Overnight Trips 

Danny Stewart’s Bluegrass Cruise — Feb. 24-28, Long Beach, Catalina, Ensenada, day at sea, Long Beach. Danny Stewarts Bluegrass Cruise by Carnival Inspiration. Contact Ellen Brannigan, (310) 890-2368.

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

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

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

Alaska Cruise — May 16-30 Roundtrip from San Pedro, Golden Princess amenities included until Feb. 29, Joanna Matos, Traveling Tigers Club, (562) 598-1849

Baseball Games and Hall of Fame — July 22-29, six teams, four ballparks, four games, motor coach sightseeing tour from Newark, NJ, of four states, Joanna Matos, Traveling Tigers Club, (562) 598-1849

religion, 6-7 

FAITH CHRistian assembly

Men’s and women’s group meet at 6:30

Faith Christian Assembly believes it is important for men to have a ministry devoted to them just as much as women should have their own ministry. Both groups will meet this week. 

The Women’s Ministry, Touch of Love, under the direction of Linda Hernandez, will meet in the garden room on Thursday, Feb. 20, at 6:30 p.m. The Men’s Ministry, under the direction of Gary Leming, will meet during this time as well.

Faith Fellowship Time is on Tuesday at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room. The midweek Bible study is taught by Pastor Sheri Leming on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room. GriefShare is on Fridays at 2 p.m.

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

Assembly of God

“When God Won’t Have It” is the title of Pastor Sam Pawlak’s message this Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will open the service with praise and prayer. Denise Smith will lead worship and Diana Mushagian lead the congregation in announcements and the time of offering. Marge McDonald is the organist and Norma Ballinger will be at the piano.

The 6 p.m. hymn sing in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 continues to attract people from various congregations in LW. Favorite hymns are selected by those present and led by Associate Pastor Dan. This week’s features will be Denise Smith playing a piano solo and Pastor Sam closing with an inspirational devotion. The night will close with fellowship and sharing treats brought by those who attend.

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

This is the last week the Bible study group led by Pastor Sam will be in the Book of Revelation. This group meets in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, at 10 a.m.

A “Ladies Time Out” is being planned for Thursday, Feb. 20. The specific place and time will be announced Sunday.

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev’s online synagogue is on YouTube. The live, interactive service is on the YouTube.com channel, “Shabbat Shalom LIVE.”

Rabbi-Cantor Galit Shirah conducts live, online (livestream) Shabbat services every Friday evening at 6 and Saturday morning at 10:30. Services can be accessed on Facebook.com/galityomtov  and on YouTube.com. 

Rabbi Galit Shirah also conducts weekday Ma’ariv (evening) services every Thursday at 4 p.m. for SimShalom.com. There is a “chat” area where viewers can converse interactively with the rabbi and the global congregation.

“Yitro” (Jethro) arrives at Mt. Sinai with Moses’ wife and sons. Moses welcomes his father-in-law, who observes how Moses tries to judge all the people by himself. Jethro advises Moses to appoint tribal chiefs to deal with all the minor issues and for Moses to only deal with the major problems that arise. The Torah portion continues with the Decalogue, the “Ten Statements” and the Revelation.

Rabbi-Cantor Galit offers lessons in 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.

The Salvation Army

The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet at 7 p.m. on Feb. 17 in Clubhouse 4. Refreshments will be served before the meeting. Captain Joshua Sneed will preside.

The guest speaker will be Noreen Kirchhoff, a retired middle school history teacher. Her talk will be on Kate Marsden, a subject that is an offshoot of her previous presentation on the Colombian Expo of 1893. Kate was a nurse who traveled across Russia in 1891. She might have been as famous as Florence Nightingale, but jealously, hate and scandal ruined her.

Congregation Sholom

 Friday night services with Cantor Marla Barugel will be held on Feb. 14  in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 7 p.m. An Oneg will follow services.

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

Rehearsals for the Purim Shpiel continue through February. For more information, call Alice Lemon at  493-1702.

A cantor’s concert will be held on Feb. 16 at Temple Beth Shalom, 3635 Elm St., Long Beach, at 5 p.m. The cost is $36 per person. Call 426-6413 for transportation assistance.

The book club will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18, at Ruth Hermann’s house.

The monthly Friday night Shabbat dinner will be on Feb,  28., More details coming next week.

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

first christian church

Celebrating member’s centennial year

The family at First Christian Church joyously celebrated its beloved member Helen Scott as she turned 100 on Feb. 9. Helen was born in Canada, married a handsome New Zealander, and came to Leisure World in 1991. Her great-granddaughter Brooke joined in the celebration of this amazing centenarian who gives real meaning to the term “100 years young.” 

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

Sunday morning begins with Elder Jack Frost teaching Bible study at 9 a.m. The group is currently reading the Book of Luke. Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski will host the hospitality room for fellowship and light refreshments at 9:30 a.m.

Pastor Bruce begins the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer and Scripture, followed by Margaret Humes leading the congregation in hymns of worship, “Without Him,” “His Name Is Wonderful,” and “Heaven Came Down.” The Communion hymn will be “Wonderful Grace Of Jesus.”

The church choir, under the direction of Margaret Humes, will sing “Have A Little Talk With Jesus.” Elder Larry Massey will present the Communion meditation and service.

Pat Kogok and Rhonda Sandberg will play, “Love Was When” for the offertory. Pat Kogok will also sing “God Loves You” as a solo. Carol Speake will read Scripture from the Book of James followed by Pastor Bruce’s in depth teaching of the reading.

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

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

Redeemer Lutheran

Pastor Gil Moore of Redeemer Lutheran church will preach and Pastor Lynda Elmer will preside on Feb.16 at 10:30 a.m. 

The Rt. Rev. Andrew Taylor, Bishop of the Pacific Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America, and The Rt. Rev. John Taylor, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles, will install Pastor Lisa Rotchford at 3 p.m., in a special Lutheran-Episcopal combined Communion service.  Everyone is invited to the service and a special tea fellowship that follows.

The midweek worship service every Wednesday offers prayer, reflection and Communion at 11:30 a.m. The Book of Proverbs continues to be the focus of the weekly Wednesday Bible class which meets on Wednesday, Feb. 19, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the easily accessible first floor conference room.

Community church

Third Thursday Potluck is next week

Community Church opens its doors for a fun and friendly evening of food and entertainment every third Thursday evening of the month. The “Third Thursday” potlucks take place in Edgar Hall from 4-6 p.m. The potlucks provide an environment where people can break the ice and really get to know one another.  Anyone desiring to be a part of an active and engaged community is welcome to visit. Bring a potluck dish to share and personal own plate and cutlery.

On Sunday, Feb. 16, Pastor Johan Dodge will deliver a Scripturebased message from 1 Corinthians 3:1-9. Lois Han will serve as lay liturgist. Worship services are at 9:50 a.m., followed by a celebration of February birthdays with coffee and refreshments in Edgar Hall.   

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time on Sunday, Feb. 16. The First Reading is Sirach 15:15-20 and the Second Reading is 1 Corinthians 2:6-10. The Gospel reading will be from  Matthew 5:5:17-37.

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26

 The 2020 Lenten season begins on Ash Wednesday, Feb. 26, for Latin-rite Catholics with Easter Sunday on April 12. There will be two Masses at Holy Family Church, 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m.  Ashes will be distributed during Mass.  

 Stations of the Cross

 LWers are invited to participate in the Stations of the Cross held every Friday during Lent immediately after 8:30 a.m. Mass.  First day of the devotion will be Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

Renew and refresh your faith 2020

People feeling urged by the Holy Spirit to revive their connection with Jesus Christ and the church, Holy Family would love to help restore what it believes to be the most important relationship of a believer’s life.

Holy Family Parish is presenting Bishop Barron’s Series.  Sessions will be on Fridays in the Parish rectory starting Feb. 28 from 10–11:30 a.m.. The first episode is titled “Amazed and Afraid.”

 These sessions are open for people who have been away from the church, who have questions about the church or for those who attend Mass every Sunday and just want to be better informed. People can attend one session or attend all of them.  For more information, contact the Parish office at (562) 430-8170, Monday–Friday from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. 


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

Confessions are Saturdays and eves of Holy Days: 4–4:45 p.m. First Fridays start at 9:15 a.m.

LW Baptist

Leisure World Baptist Church invites the LW community to its worship service on Sunday, Feb.16, in Clubhouse 4. Sunday school is from 8:30-9:10 a.m. Coffee and refreshments are available until the service begins at 9:45.

The call to worship is “Jesus is Lord of All.” Kip Watkins will sing a favorite written by Bill Gaither, “Through it All.”The congregation will come to sing the hymns, “Higher Ground,” “Under His Wings” and “I would be like Jesus.”

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s message is titled “Clothe Yourself With Christ” from Romans 13:11-14. The closing hymn will be “The Sands of Time are Sinking.”

Men’s Fellowship meets on Monday, Feb. 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 8, at 10 a.m. The Energizers meet on Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 3 p.m.

Call 430-2920 for more information.

The Rock Church

The Rock Church, Seal Beach campus, welcomes everyone to weekly service for all ages at Marina Community Center, Marina Drive, Seal Beach. 

Sunday services are at 9 and 11:15 a.m. in English. Spanish service is at 1:45 p.m. Listen to Sunday messages for free by going to www.gototherock.com. 

For more information call (714)526-8233.

LW korean community church

New choir conductor is Samuel Kyu Kim

On Feb. 2, Korean Community Church (LWKCC) Senior Pastor Rev. Jang Young Yong introduced Pastor Samuel Kyu Kim as the choir conductor. 

Pastor Samuel Kyu Kim was the first Korean to receive a doctoral degree in Musical Arts with a major in Choral Conducting at University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Over the course of his career, he conducted for many churches including the Korean Baptist Church of San Jose, the Global Mission Church in Korea and the Oriental Mission Church. He also directed choirs for the Korean Marine Corps Headquarters Band, American Choral Directors Association, Music Teachers National Association, USA, and the American Symphony League. 

Buddha Circle

The Buddha Circle will meet from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturday, Feb. 22, in Clubhouse 4.

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

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

For more information, call (714) 933-5122.




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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 1/15


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 3/19


Caring, Mature, Christian woman. Offering help wiht house keeping, yard/plant watering, cooking, etc. Great references, live minutes away, $15/hr, experienced. (805) 703-8641


I am an experienced caregiver

available to assist with daily care,

doctor’s appointments, and errands.

Available 24/7. 949-899-7770 4/2



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. 6/10/20







Over 30 years Experience!

Seal Beach Business

License #AB0001.4/23



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

Call  562-505-1613 1/30



Windows 10% off first cleaning

General housecleaning

Excellent referrals in LW

(562) 307-3861. 

20 years experience.

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 4/23/20


General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach Business license RAZ0002. Gloria 949-371-7425 1/15


Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal Beach License LUC0001.3/20


Maria House Cleaning

We’ll make your house look as nice as possible! 15 years of experience, We can work with your scehdule. Bi-weekly or monthly. Deep cleaning. Call or text 714-496-2885. Bus. Lic #HER0008


I have been a  housekeeper for

10 years. I do weekly and monthly

cleaning. Call 949-899-7770 4/2




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

Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.   

   License #CIP0001 2/27


John’s Computer Services


Virus removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet 

Security. LW Resident

 SB License FUH0001. 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

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


Electric scooter for sale. Purchased refurbished and rarely used, comes equipped with a walker holder. Asking for $800 and includes a walker. Purchase receipt from 2019 available. Please call Ms. Miller at 714-264-6362 and leave a message or email me at aeiouvd@mac.com.


“Franklin Corporation” oversized blue fabric upholstered ELECTRIC POWERED LIFT RECLINER. Excellent condition. $400 (originally $1,200). Call 763-227-4303 and ask for Sharon. 2/13


For Sale: Electric Adustable Bed. Deluxe Ortho. Excellent. $90. (562) 596-4888 2/13


Red scooter- Excellent. 3 wheels. Good battery $350 OBO. 562-430-0345 2/13


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. 1/30


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. 2/29. 


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 2/27


Inexpensive shuttle, airports,

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

SB License #ABL0001. 4/23

Autos/Boats/RV’s Trailers FOR SALE


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


2011 Ford Fiesta Hatchback AT/AC Power Windows/Doors, new tires, clean ext/int, current reg, runs great. Miles 106K, $4,700. LW Resident 213-265-5568 2/13



No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 4/9



Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 3/25


Nail cutting, Bathing, in home for cats and small dogs. Call or message

562-544-9555 SBlicense#Jen0006 2/6


FREE Beautiful, sweet, Jack Russell–Pedigree.

Owner had to go to a facility. Kissey is very healthy, Vet verified–all shots and papers. She is well trained and smart. Even though she is middled-aged (12 years). She is happy, obedient, so lovely and sweet. Call 562-896-6500 to meet her. 2/13


Free moving boxes. Patti 562-240-5360


I am a happy, handsome male cat looking for a forever home. Healthy, neutered, and ready to meet you – Vincent

Call Troy at 714-615-7785. 


Vintage schwinn bicycle with hemet, basket, and locks. Close to original wiht new wheel and tire. This is a Hollywood style bike. $100.00 Call Dale 562-386-6156 LW Resident 2/13


Schwinn Bike, 7 speed, U.S.A. Women’s beach cruiser. Red. Good condition. 2/13


For Sale: Delsey luggage wiht exterior approximately measuring 28”H x 11” D x 17.75” W. Interior is lined, tie-down straps, large mesh pocket on lid, Wheels: Dual Density, double-spinner wheels. Handles: ergonomic multi-position, trolley handle with soft soft grip for two or four wheel use, top, bottom, and side handles. Excellent condition. $90  $75. Contact Suzanne: 562-240-5273 


Clothing sale – Denim and hooded jackets, pants, purses, misc. clothes. Twin bed. 1540 Northwood road. 270-A (562) 430-1927 2/6 


Patio Sale: Paintings, vases, bedding, cherry blossoms, lusterware tea set, dishes, and more. Thursday/Friday M2, 65B.


Companion Lawn Crypt (double) for sale at Forest Lawn, Cypress. Space 1 AB Lot 5916.Located in the Garden of Protection section.Situated adjacent to the Ascension Mausoleum. Forest Lawn has valued this Companion Crypt at $12,000. Our asking price is $9,500 plus Forest awn’s $250 transfer fee. If interested, please call Juliet at 714-767-1439 or 562-296-8802.  2/7