LWW Trans/Vie

 Feb. 18 2021

What’s It Like to Retirement—What’s It Mean to You

by Steve Lopez

special to the LW Weekly

Happy 2021 to one and all at Seal Beach Leisure World. I hope it’s a better year than 2020, and that we begin to get past this horrible pandemic before much longer.

My name is Steve Lopez. I’m an author and an L.A. Times columnist. I’m 67, and who knows? I might be a neighbor of yours one day. I’ve been to Seal Beach Leisure World before, and it looks like a lovely place.

I am currently contemplating retirement and writing a book about it, scheduled for publication next year. I’m trying to figure out how to know when it’s time to begin the next chapter of my life, and Randy Ankeny, executive director of the Golden Rain Foundation, suggested I write a short column to explain my interest in chatting with you.

Of course there are financial considerations in deciding when to retire, but that’s not my focus. I’m looking at the spiritual side of retirement, the reinvention part of it, the challenge of creating a new identity and making the necessary adjustments.

I have felt privileged to work as a journalist for 47 years, but I wonder if it’s time to try something different, or to pursue travel and other interests while I’m still healthy enough to enjoy those things. I do wonder, however, if I’d be a fool to walk away from something I enjoy so much. Will I be able to create a new identity for myself, and will it be as fulfilling as my work is now?

I know it’s advisable to find a purpose in retirement, to take up hobbies, to volunteer, to socialize, to remain engaged and active. In retirement, I hope to do those very things. But even so, will it be harder to find contentment, will I regret my decision, and will I be scratching at the door, begging to have my job back?

Many of you have been down this road, and I’m interested in talking to you about lessons learned.

For those of you who are still working, are you hoping to retire soon?

For those of you who are retired, do you wish you had worked longer, or retired earlier?

I recently interviewed Mel Brooks about all of this. The famous movie producer is 94 and still working. His advice to me was to cut back on work, try some new things, and enjoy the best of both worlds.

I’m interested in any and all comments you may have, some of which I might like to include in my book. If you would like to comment but not be identified, we can work out a deal, maybe to use just a first name. You could email me your thoughts if you like, or I can call you if you prefer. If and when it’s safe and allowable, perhaps I can visit. I just got my second vaccination, so I have some protection.

Thanks for your consideration, and if you’d like to get in touch, email me at this address: Slope1015@gmail.com.  

AARP Tax Program opens March 8

The AARP Tax Program, sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation (GAF), will open on March 8, subject to GRF Board approval on Feb. 23. The AARP program will help LW residents file income tax returns. Appointments will be available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings through April 14. Appointments are required; no walk-ins are allowed due to COVID-19 restrictions. 

The program will work a little differently this year.

After an appointment is scheduled, the resident will be sent an intake/interview sheet and other documents to complete at home before his or her appointment. These interview sheets will not be available at the LW Library this year.  

At the appointment, residents will be interviewed using the Intake/Interview sheet. People are required to wear masks, and tables will be distanced, in keeping with COVID-19 protocols. Meetings will be held on the patio of Clubhouse 3, outside of the new Learning Center across from the LW Library.

An AARP volunteer will scan all your documents to a secure server. After the documents are scanned, they will be returned to you, and you will schedule an appointment to return the following week to pick up your completed federal and state returns. 

Your returns will be prepared and quality reviewed by IRS-certified tax-aide counselors working at home using the provided scanned documents.

Only the counselors assigned to your return will have access to your scanned documents.  The electronic files will be restricted to view only. The tax aide will be unable to copy, print, share or download the file. All returns will be prepared using Tax Slayer Pro Online software over a secure Internet connection.  

At the return appointments, a volunteer will review completed returns with each resident, who will then sign his or her documents so returns can be filed electronically. After the return is finalized, it will be e-filed that day, and residents’ scanned documents will be deleted within 48 hours of being accepted by IRS and the Franchise Tax Board.  

Some returns do not meet the Scope guidelines cannot be handled. The program will only prepare returns for full-year residents of California for 2020. If you are married, you must file a Married Filed Joint return. The program does not prepare returns involving rental property or sale of anything other than your California residence or stocks, bonds, and mutual funds.

New Scope restrictions: This program will not prepare Schedule C’s for Self-employed individuals. If you have a broker statement for the sale of stock or other commodities, it cannot exceed 15 pages.  Volunteers cannot prepare any amended returns for 2020 or prior years. If you received a distribution from an IRA or retirement plan and plan to include the amount in income over the next three years or plan to repay the amount in three years, your return cannot be filed through this program.

The appointment line will not be open until after GRF approval is granted Feb. 23. Watch the LW Weekly and LW Live for the telephone number to leave a message for a tax appointment.

Amenity Reopening Update

All LW outdoor amenities remain open under emergency operating procedures drafted by the GRF COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee. The GRF reopened amenities on Jan. 27, after  a vote of the GRF Board Jan. 26. Amenities had been closed for a second time as of Nov. 25, when COVID-19 cases began to surge.

 Except for Mission Park, all venues require reservations. Mission Park does not require reservations but is being monitored remotely and by the custodian.

At the golf course, a course marshal will monitor play to ensure golfers are abiding by the rules and COVID-19 restrictions. Even with restrictions in place, lots of golfers are enjoying the fresh air and sunshine while indulging in their favorite sport.

The Recreation Department, which coordinates the GRF Vaccine Taskforce, is focusing primarily on that project until completion. Since Clubhouse 6 is being utilized for those clin-ics, registration for the Fitness Center has been temporarily put on hold. 

Staff will update the community as the situation unfolds. 

In the meantime, check out https://www.lwsb.com/fitness-center-tutorials/ to learn how to use the new equipment via a series of tutorial videos, so you’ll be able to hit the ground running when the new Fitness Center opens. 

Once it does, you will be able to access complete instructions for all machines except the circuit training from your smartphone. 

The attendant will show you how to link the machine’s video presentation to your phone, or you’ll be able to check out an iPad to learn while you work out.

The COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee, which drafts emergency procedures for reopening amenities under COVID restrictions, will continue to look at opening other amenities according to CDC guidelines and regularly update the community. 

The next meeting is scheduled for Thursday, March 4.

Dance and exercise classes have resumed at Veterans Plaza on their previous schedules.

Contact the Recreation Department if you are interested in particular activities or contact information for clubs and their instructors. 

Updates to all amenity statuses will be published in the LW Weekly as well as on LW Live as they become available.

For more information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com.  

-—Kathy Thayer

Turtle Lake Golf Course was reopened  on Jan. 27.  Since then, there has been an escalation of violations and misunderstanding of the rules under COVID-19 restrictions. 

The following rules have been revised in order to address some issues that have developed and to inform all golfers of course etiquette and protocol. A copy may be obtained at the golf course in English and Korean.

COVID-19 Golf Course Rules


• All rounds will be booked through the golf starter by online reservation the day before play at www.lwsb.com/reserve. 

Hours of play are from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

• Golfers may call on the day of play to see if a tee time is still available.

• Walk-ins will be accepted at the discretion of the starter, but may be turned away at any time.

• Phone-in and walk-in golfers will be limited to one round at all hours of play.

• Cutting or playing out of sequence is strictly prohibited. Violators will be removed from the course.

• All players must have their own golf bag and clubs, no sharing.

• No tournament play will be allowed at this time.

• Only rounds of one or up to four golfers will be permitted, and the names of all golfers must be submitted at the time of booking with Mutual and apartment numbers.

• Golfers must state three tee times, in order of preference, in case their first choice is not available.

• Golfers may not arrive sooner than 10 minutes before their tee times, and all tee times will be spread 10 minutes apart.

• Masks and 6-foot distancing will always be required.

• No gathering will be permitted before or after rounds have been played.

• No golfer may touch any other golfer’s equipment, including golf balls.

• The Starter Shack will be closed to all gatherings and will only be available for restroom use.

• The starter can only be addressed through the protective window area. 

• The putting green will also be open with all required restrictions on a first come, first served basis (mask required).

• The golf starter will have the final say in all matters.

The following are additional restrictions on the course:

• No score cards will be provided

• No posting of scores  

• Ball washers have been removed from the course

• Shoe cleaning station is off limits due to touch surfaces 

• Flag sticks to remain in the hole with a suitable method to fill the cups so that golf balls are readily accessible

• No food or beverage services allowed

• Patio chairs and benches have been removed to prevent gathering of groups and to maintain social distancing.

Special Election Concludes March 9

A special election for an open seat on the Orange County Board of Supervisors will be held March 9. Voters will decide who will replace outgoing Michelle Steel on the Orange County Board of Supervisors, 2nd District. Steel resigned to be sworn into Congress. 

Candidates are Kevin Muldoon, a small businessman and councilman; John Moorlach, a former state senator who used to represent the 2nd District on the Board of Supervisors; Michael Vo, mayor and business owner; Katrina Foley, mayor and business owner; and Janet Rappaport, tax attorney, according to the Candidate Filing Log at the OC Registrar’s Office.

The registrar has opened 28 official voter drop boxes, including one in Leisure World, ahead of the March 9 election. 

Under the official schedule, voters can now cast mail-in ballots  at the LW box. 

It is located near the Administration Building next to the U.S. mail box in front of the Amphitheater bus hub. 

OC Registrar staff will pick up ballots Monday-Friday between Feb. 8-26. 

From Saturday, Feb. 27, to Tuesday, March 9, ballots will be picked up daily, including weekends.

On Election Day, March 9, two county employees will be assigned at each ballot drop box starting in the late afternoon to assist with traffic flow and receive dropped-off ballots. They will lock the ballot mail slots at 8 p.m. or after the last voter.

Tax Forms at LW Library

The Leisure World Library has received California 540 Personal Income Tax Booklets. 

To pick up a booklet, knock on the front door of the library between 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday-Friday, and ask for a booklet. Supplies are limited; limit of two booklets per person. 

The library has not yet received any Federal tax forms and it is unknown when, or if, federal forms will be  forthcoming.

COVID-19 Clinic Updates

The next second-dose COVID-19 vaccination clinics are scheduled for Feb. 20 and 21 and for Feb. 25 and 26. Recipients may have been told to return at the same time of day has their first round, but second-shot clinics are moving faster. Afternoon reservations have been asked to come in earlier.

OptumCare requests the following:

• If you are scheduled for your second shot before noon, keep that appointment.

• If you are scheduled between 3-4 p.m., come in between 9-10 a.m.

• If you are scheduled between 4-5 p.m., come in between 10-11 a.m.

• If you are scheduled between 5-6 p.m., come in between 11 a.m.-noon.

• If you are scheduled after 6 p.m., come in between 1-2:30 p.m.

You are required to present your paperwork from the first clinic or the appointment card in order to get your second shot. This is to prevent fraudulent attempts to obtain a first injection at a second shot clinic, as some have attempted to do. 

The quantities are carefully metered to accommodate the same number of people from each first-shot clinic.

In order to collect the most accurate data for future first shot clinics, the GRF Vaccine Taskforce is requesting all GRF members, co-occupants and renter/lessees to reregister at this time. This has become necessary due to the number of registrants who have gone elsewhere to have the vaccine, canceled appointments or failed to appear for their vaccination.

Reregistration will clarify the number of residents who still want to receive the vaccine. Although the GRF is still restricted to those over 65, all qualified residents should register, as soon all age groups will be permitted to receive the vaccine.

Registered caregivers, employees and service contractors should not register at this time but will be addressed at a later date. You do not need to register if you did so after Feb. 5 or if you have already had the first shot.  The confirmation will pop up after you hit “submit.” You will not receive a separate email confirmation.

• Residents may sign up at https://www.lwsb.com/vaccine/. They must have GRF ID cards.

• For faster registration, have the following information ready: name, a second name if living in same unit, Mutual number, unit number, email, phone number and date(s) of birth.

To help a friend or neighbor register, just sign up at lwsb.com. Any qualified LWSB resident can be signed up. Use your phone number and email address as the contact person for your friend or neighbor.

Their name will be added to a database of those who want the vaccination. If they are under 65, they will be entered into a separate database for when the vaccine is made available to them. If one person in a couple is under 65, it is preferable to register together for the later date, or to register separately if the older person needs to be vaccinated sooner.

As clinics are scheduled, names will be taken from the list at random, and those selected will be contacted for appointments.

People who signed up by email will be notified of their appointment date and time by email.

If you signed up for someone else and they get an appointment,  inform him or her of the appointment. If necessary, Access transportation is available to bring people to the Clubhouse 6 clinics. For bus information, call 431-6586, ext 372.

People are assigned appointment dates and times because clinics are quickly scheduled as vaccine becomes available. With the short notice, people can’t choose appointment times. 

Of importance:

• You must be available to take the second dose three weeks after the first dose.

 • Couples will be scheduled together by completing the one form with both names.

• If you are unable to complete registration by email and do not have a friend or relative to assist you, contact Cindy Tostado at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317, or Eloy Gomez at ext. 356, for a copy of the form to register manually or for personal assistance. 

The GRF is often asked by individuals to be moved up the list. 

It is required to offer the vaccine to any GRF member, co-occupant or lessee over 65. To do this equitably, the computer randomly assigns appointments to registrants. 

Standbys are chosen the same way and are called when people don’t show up for their appointment. 

The GRF doesn’t choose nor reject anybody. It is a simple matter of mathematics: There are nearly 10,000 people living here, and so far, 4,200 have been inoculated. 

Residents are free to get their shots from another Point of Distribution center if they don’t feel they can wait. In that case, send an email to cancelv@lwsb.com to be removed from the registration list.

For more information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com.

Be water wise—water conservation can save money

Water usage in Leisure World was up 21 percent, according to the latest City of Seal Beach water bill. The GRF has asked the city to see if there are underlying causes, but in the meantime, residents are asked to implement water conservation measures.


• There’s nothing as refreshing as a cold drink of water, but don’t let the faucet run to get it. Chill a container of water in the refrigerator instead.

• Avoid running the faucet over frozen food to defrost it; put it in the refrigerator the night before or defrost in the microwave.

• Rethink any tasks you usually perform under running water—like washing vegetables or brushing your teeth. (A gallon of water is wasted if the faucet is half open for 1 minute.) Use a dishpan or bowl to catch the water instead of letting it run down the drain. Then pour the water from the bowl onto your house plants.


• Set the water level on your washing machine to match the size of your load. Try to avoid doing frequent small loads; whenever possible, run the machine only when you have a full load.

• You don’t need to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Hand rinsing dishes under the faucet uses up a lot of water. If your dishwasher has a pre-rinse cycle, try using it instead of hand rinsing. If a dish or two isn’t completely clean after the dishwasher cycle, finish the job by hand. 

• Like the washing machine, only run the dishwasher when it’s full. If you have only a few dishes, wash them by hand in a sink—not under a running faucet. Use a second basin or dishpan for rinsing.

The Bathroom

The bathroom offers the next biggest opportunity to save water.

• Make sure your toilets are all working properly. According to the American Water Works Association, the average American home loses 14 percent of all water used to leaks. If you think you have a problem, call your Mutual director. If you hear water running in an adjacent unit, call Security.

• Keep your showers as brief as possible, or turn the water off while shaving or scrubbing in the stall.

• If you have a bathtub, when taking a bath, close the drain while the water warms up, then adjust the temperature. Monitor the tub as it fills, and turn the water off at the half-way mark.

• Turn off tap water while brushing your teeth.

• Leak detection tablets, a dye tablet, can help people check for leaking toilet components. Up to 20 gallons of water a day can be lost this way.


• Sprinkler set-ups can be overwatering lawns and greenbelts. Residents should report standing water that could be attributed to sprinkler overwatering to their Mutual directors. These puddles also foster mosquitos, which can exacerbate the potential for West Nile Virus.

• Use a broom, not the garden hose, to wash off patios or side walks. 

• Use the carwash located at Clubhouse 2as it uses recycled water.

• Water gardens in the morning or later in the evening, when temperatures are cooler. 

Water conservation begins with each individual. If each member makes a few simple adjustments to his or her household routine, the community can conserve thousands of gallons of water and save thousands of dollars each year.  

In California’s Mediterranean climate, winter rains typically taper off and end in the spring. By November, rain usually arrives and wets down the landscape, dampening the fire danger.

OC Meals on Wheels

Experience restaurant-quality meals specially made for Orange County’s older adults, delivered safely to your home. Choose from favorite participating restaurants and caterers, and receive lunch and dinner for two, four or six days a week. Meals are affordably priced at $9.95 each (no additional delivery costs). Customers receive $15 off when they subscribe for two weeks. Use code 15OFF at checkout. There is a $7.50 discount for the first week and a $7.50 discount for the second week. Meal Providers for the Seal Beach area include: Blue Stone Kitchen, Jewish Community Services of OC, Norms and Zest in a Bowl. The provider will contact you to arrange delivery. No meal preparation is needed;, just heat and eat. Place your order online at https://seniorcuisinedelivered.mealsonwheelsoc.org/collections/resturaunts/seal-beach.

For help or more information, call (714) 823-3294.

CAP Food Distribution

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 today, Feb. 18.

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.

405 Freeway Update

The Orange County Transportation Authority, in cooperation with Caltrans, is widening the San Diego Freeway (I-405) between SR-73 and I-605.The project is improving 16 miles of I-405 between the SR-73 freeway in Costa Mesa and I-605 near the Los Angeles County line. Construction updates are as follows:

Beach Boulevard Lane Reductions 

Crews began construction of the traffic signal at the Beach/Edinger Avenue and Beach/Center Avenue intersections Feb. 8. 

Work will continue for approximately two months and entails intermittent lane reductions at the intersections of Beach between Stark Drive and Center.

Daytime work hours are 7 a.m.- 4 p.m. Nighttime work hours are 9 p.m.-5 a.m. on weekdays and 9 p.m.-8 a.m. on weekends.

Off-Ramp to Beach Boulevard is PERMANENTLY CLOSED 

The southbound I-405 loop off-ramp to northbound Beach Boulevard is permanently closed. Motorists will use the Beach Boulevard/Center Avenue off-ramp from now on to access north- and southbound Beach Boulevard.

The loop off-ramp was eliminated to accommodate the widening of Beach and of the freeway. The Beach/Center off-ramp and Center are being reconstructed to accommodate the change in traffic volume.

Email 405project@octa.net or call (888) 400-8994 for more information. The I-405 Improvement Project mobile app provides quick access to current traffic conditions, closures and detours, along with project updates and links to contact the project team. Download it from the Apple Store or Google Play. 

California LifeLine

California LifeLine provides discounted home phone and cell phone services to qualified households. Only one California LifeLine discounted phone is allowed per household (except for teletypewriter users and for Deaf and Disabled Telecommunications Program participants). 

The California LifeLine discounts can only be for the individual’s primary residence.  Each household must choose to get the discount either on a home phone or on a cell phone, but not on both. Households cannot get the discount from multiple phone companies.

People who qualify must renew annually to receive their discount. 

Free cell phones and service are provided through different carriers upon qualification. Cell phone providers  have varying data packages.

How to Qualify:

Residents may qualify for California LifeLine in one of two ways, either program-based or income-based. Documentation of proof of eligibility is required. Submit copies of proof of eligibility with the completed and signed application.


Program-based qualification may include:

•Enrollment in Medi-Cal, LIHEAP, SSI, CalFresh, Federal Veterans and Survivors Pension Benefit programs.

•Income-based qualifications for a household size of up to two people is $28,700 (annual income limit equals gross income before taxes, including Social Security payments, pensions, etc.).

 For more information and assistance, contact California LifeLine at (866) 272-0349.

People who do not qualify for the LifeLine Program may qualify for senior discounts with a phone/cable/Internet company. Call your provider directly to inquire about senior discounts and/or eligibility for reduced fees for these services.

For more information or assistance with this program or others, contact GRF Member Resource Liaison, Cindy Tostado, LCSW, at 431-6586, ext. 317.


CalFresh can help qualifying Leisure World residents receive healthy fruits and vegetables, among other groceries. Recipients receive a card similar to a debit card with money loaded every month to shop for more fruit, vegetables, protein and other healthy foods. 

CalFresh is funded by the USDA and administered through the Community Action Partnership in Leisure World to help improve the health and nutrition of people with lower incomes.

Requirements to Apply:

• You must have at least one citizen or legal permanent resident with a Social Security number living in your household (including children).

• Gross monthly income must be less than the amounts listed: One-person household, $2,128; two-person household, $2,874.

• Seniors, those on SSI or those with a disability can apply and may be eligible for CalFresh.

• Documents needed to apply: photo ID, Social Security card, proof of income and resident card (if applicable, receipt of rent and receipt of one utility bill).

Upon application, income and many other factors are taken into account to determine eligibility. For more information or to apply online, call 1-800-281-9799 or go to  https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/. 

Leisure World residents can get help by calling Cindy Tostado, LCSW, GRF member resource and assistance liaison, 431-6586, ext. 317.

Page 4—Perspectives

Member Column

SB to adjust water rates

by Nick Massetti

LW contributor

The City of Seal Beach held a virtual town hall on Feb. 10 to discuss proposed water and sewer rate increases that will affect Leisure World. I attended, and here is my personal takeaway as a resident. 

The city needs to immediately address capital improvements to the water system to keep it reliable. Previous water rates have not provided enough funds to cover these costs. So now there are $16 million worth of improvements needed over the next five years. The sewer rates, on the other hand, have actually provided an excess of funds and are in good shape. The proposed new rates are built with the assumption that $7 million of the needed capital will come from the rate increases while $9 million will come from revenue bond debt.

The proposed water and sewer rate structure affects the residents of Leisure World differently from the other city residents. For residents outside Leisure World, the increase in water rates are to be offset by a decrease in sewer rates. They will not see an increase in their expenses. But because Leisure World does not pay sewer-related fees to the city (we pay them to the county), there will be no offsetting rate reduction, and we will bear the full expense of the proposed rate increase. That increase was estimated by the city to be $2.60 per unit per month in May 2020 when it is first imposed. But there will be additional increases in January 2022, 2023, 2024 and 2025, each of which will be roughly $2 per unit per month. So put this in your expense planning; it will show up in your monthly mutual carrying charge.

One way to significantly reduce these increases to Leisure World residents would be to have the city borrow the remaining $7 million in capital funds just like they plan to do for the first $9 million. We could encourage our two City Council members to encourage this adjustment to the plan. Another way to reduce our water costs would be to conserve our water usage. The most impactful way to do that is to more carefully manage our landscape watering. That means not overwatering and no watering when we don’t need to. 

Another way would be to replace our lawns with native plant landscaping that uses hardly any water. Finally we could be sure our toilets are not slowly and silently leaking due to worn components that can waste 20 gallons per day. I checked mine the other day using a blue-dye leak-detection tablet, and sure enough, I needed to replace my old flapper valve. 

So let’s all do our part and support the city keeping our water supply reliable but use less water to keep it more affordable. The city sent every resident a notice that there will be a virtual Public Hearing held on Feb. 22 at 7 p.m. if you want to participate along with me.

Member Column

by Jim Greer

LW contributor

Congratulations, you’ve made it through 2020, the “peaceful” transfer of political power, and now with vaccines, you see the light at the end of the COVID tunnel. The real question is: Will we ever go back to normal?  

According to licensed clinical social worker and author Sara Van Tongeren, “There are things in our lives that are so indelibly changed that we will never be the same.”

Van Tongeren further explains, “It is important that we let go of those antiquated ways of understanding and instead learn about what our experience is teaching us. Most problems and difficulties that we have as humans circle around our difficulties with accepting reality.” 

I don’t want to burst anyone’s bubble, but Van Tongeren is right. We may feel that what we are experiencing now is not normal, and what we want is to get our old normal back. Our gut tells us that something is not right, and we’re not feeling safe about our current reality. 

Van Tongeren provides five successive steps we can take to change how we perceive and react react to reality. 

• First, start by applying the uncertainty principle—the realization that we don’t and can’t know everything. “If we can start from this place, we can begin from a place of compassion, a place of love and a place of curiosity that exists without judgment.”

• Second, listen to what your body is telling you; it is your power. It has evolved to help you know when you are in danger. Learn to listen to your body’s signals before proceeding. While you listen and hold fast to the uncertainty principle, you will better understand what is being revealed to you.

• Third, acknowledge where you are now. Take a moment and explain to yourself the reality of the situation. Be assured, but state the facts honestly, such as “I know this new reality may seem frightening, but it is reality.”

• Fourth, pay attention to your self-talk. Realize that your culture or community may have defined your previous notion of normal. Your old normal may have been based on a perception of reality, not reality itself. Compassionately tell yourself the same things you would say to a friend: “I know you are anxious; it’s difficult to adapt to a changing world.”

• Fifth, allow yourself to adapt as you are—not as you want to be. As you face the reality of where you are and what you are feeling, you can better integrate yourself into the present. The present reality may hurt or not be something you want but once you are present in it, you are taking the first step toward normalizing your new reality. 

Ancient Chinese philosopher Lao Tzu wisely stated, “Life is a series of natural and spontaneous changes. Don’t resist them. That only creates sorrow. Let reality be reality. Let things flow naturally forward in whatever way they like.” 

So, whether you like it or not, reality should be your new normal; embrace it without fear.

Letters to the Editor


Finally I got a shot at the Feb. 4 COVID-19 vaccine clinic, after several weeks of anxious waiting. As they promised us, the GRF team emailed me the date and time to get shot. I went through the reception booth, then sat and waited for my name to be called through speaker.

When I was called, I walked into Clubhouse 6 and was guided to a desk where Dr. Christopher and three other OptumCare workers asked me questions to make sure I was symptom-free and did not have any other medical conditions. Then I was sent to a round table, where I got the shot. It was painless and brief; actually it felt pleasant and reassuring. After waiting 15 more minutes, I walked out with a date and time for my second shot.

I was able to take a deep breath and left Clubhouse 6 with a thankful heart to the GRF team, led by Kathy Thayer, and OptumCare workers, who have been working hard. They have done a splendid job, as the  process was seamless.

I also praise the scientists who came up with this vaccine in such a short time. The whole world  has been suffering during the COVID-19 pandemic, with people losing lives, jobs, human contact and, sometimes, sanity.

But it gave us an opportunity to plan communally, be creative and flexible, learn how to adapt, and be compassionate.

Chung Hur

Mutual 17


I’m so thankful to all the entities that made it possible for us, the residents, to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It was a very positive experience to be helped by everyone, from Security on the outside, to every person in the registration process and the very well-qualified personnel giving us the injections. 

Thanks, Leisure World, from the GRF to everyone who dedicated time and, with patience and compassion, took us through every step. 

And thank you to my sons, who found this community and helped me in the process of moving.

Miriam Salcedo de Gonzalez 

Mutual 15

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Letters to the Editor: Maximum number of words: 250. Letters should be typed and delivered to LW Weekly by email (preferred), regular mail or hand-delivered. 

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GRF Meetings 

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule. Public health and safety measures will be in place to protect membership and staff, with limited in-person seating at Clubhouse 4. Physical distancing and wearing a face mask are required.

Tues., Feb. 23 GRF Board Monthly Meeting

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Mon., March 1 Recreation Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Wed., March 3 Physical Property Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Thurs., March 4 COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Fri., March 5 GRF Board Executive Session

virtual 1 p.m.

Mon., March 8 Mutual Administration Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Wed., March 10 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Thurs., March 11 Communications/IT Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Fri., March 12 Executive Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Mon., March 15 Finance Committee

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Tues., March 16 Website Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Tues., March 23 GRF Board Monthly Meeting

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Thurs., April 1 COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Call for Candidates

Mutual and GRF election cycle begins

Since 1962, Leisure World, Seal Beach, has operated on a united community spirit. There is no one more interested in their home, Mutual and community than LWers and their fellow shareholders. Only they can truly understand the value of the LW life and lifestyle and have the motivation to see their Mutual, as well as the entire community, prosper.

Being part of a Mutual or GRF Board places shareholders in the middle of the decision-making process, with their voice and opinions heard as they represent their fellow shareholders for a collective benefit.

Pride in community, patience and motivation to help others are very important qualities for running for a seat on their Mutual or GRF Board. It is the strength of the vast and varied experience each director has, as well as the collective strength of the Board, that builds community and protects LW’s lifestyle and homes. The skills and knowledge a person has compiled through the years will be put to good use; everyone has the ability to do and be the change for the benefit of all.  

The duly elected Mutual and GRF Boards set into operation the day-to-day business of each mutual corporation and Trust property and all of its amenities. Directors address the issues of most importance to their electorate—that is, their fellow shareholders. Board directors find solutions to existing problems, large and small. It’s not an easy job; it takes time, effort and a willingness to donate a portion of everyday life to the community.

As a community of more than 9,000 highly qualified shareholders, there is so much expertise to offer. New ideas and perspectives are always needed, which means volunteers are needed. Everyone should consider becoming a candidate for a position on their Mutual or GRF Board of Directors.

The schedule below indicates the Mutuals’ and GRF elections schedule. Deadlines to apply for candidacy vary. Anyone interested in or who has questions relating to becoming a candidate for his or her Mutual or GRF Board of Directors should contact the Stock Transfer Office at (562) 431-6586, ext. 346. 

Carport Cleaning Schedule 2021

Since most of the holidays in 2021 fall on workdays for LWSB’s cleaning contractor, all carports will be cleaned this year on the actual holiday, with the exception of Thanksgiving (Nov. 25). 

The following carports will be cleaned the morning of Nov. 30:

Mutual 11: Carports 130 -131

Mutual 15: Carports 7-8, 10 and 13

Mutual 16: Carport 9

The following carports will be cleaned that afternoon:

Mutual 15: Carports 3, 6, 11-12

LW Community Guide 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic delayed the production of the LW Community Guide in 2020. If there are any changes to your information for the White Pages from 2019, or if you weren’t included in 2019 but want to be in 2021, contact pattym@lwsb.com with your name and address and/or phone number.

GRF BOD Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m.

Clubhouse 4 and via Livestream 

To view the live GRF Board meeting, go to www.lwsb.com. The livestreaming uses YouTube live and terminates at the close of the meeting.

1) Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

2) Roll Call

3) President’s Comments

a) Announcements

4) Seal Beach City Council Member’s Update 

5) Shareholder/Member Comments 

a) Written, submitted prior to meeting

b) Verbal, via live streaming

Note: Foundation Shareholders/Members are permitted to make comments before the meeting business of the Board begins. The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Time limits, per speaker, are limited to: four minutes when there are no more than 15 speakers; three minutes, 16-25 speakers; and two minutes, more than 26 speakers.

6) Consent Calendar

a) Committee/Board meetings for the month of January 

i) Minutes of the Recreation Committee Board Meeting of Jan. 4 

ii) Minutes of the Executive Committee Board Meeting of Jan. 8 

iii) Minutes of the Finance Committee Board Meeting of Jan. 15

b) GRF Board of Directors Minutes, Jan. 26

c) Special GRF Board of Directors Minutes, Jan. 29

d) February GRF Board Report, dated Feb. 23

e) Accept Financial Statements, January, for Audit

f) Approve Reserve Funds Investment Purchase

g) Approve Capital Funds Investment Purchase

7) Reports

a) AB 3182 Ad Hoc Committee

b) Bulk Cable Services Ad Hoc Committee

c) COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee

d) Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

e) Website Ad Hoc Committee

8) New Business

a) General

i) Assignment and Assumption of Lease, Monarch Care, a Division of Optum

b) Consent Calendar: AB 3182 

i) Amend 30-1022-3, Petitions

ii) TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend 70-1400-1, Use of GRF (Trust) Facilities

iii) TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend 70-1406-1, Limitations on Use of Trust Property—Rules

iv) TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend 70-1429.02-1, Golf Course Rules

v) TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend 70-1468-1, Swimming Pool Rules

vi) TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend 70-2504-1, The Library—Rules

c) Executive Committee

i) 401(k) Benefits Renewal

ii) Employee Health Benefits Renewal

iii) TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend 30-1220-1, Sub-committee Member/Owner (M/O) Specialist

iv) TENTATIVE VOTE: Amend 30-5093-2, Member/Owner (M/O) Renter/Lessee (R/L) Rules of Conduct, Non-compliance with Rules of Conduct—Fines and Penalties

d) Finance Committee

i) Capital Funding Request—Purchasing Office Improvements

e) Physical Property Committee

i) Capital Funding Request—Turtle Lake, Electric Power

ii) Reserve Funding Request—RV Lot, Entrance

iii) Reserve Funding Request—Service Maintenance, Entry Gate Replacement

f) Recreation Committee

i) Acceptance of GAF Donation, Clubhouse 4, Ice Machine

ii) Reserve and Capital Funding Requests—Clubhouse 2, Pool and Game, Renovation and Enhancement

iii) Capital Funding Request—Clubhouses 3 and 6, Outdoor Patio Areas

iv) Approve Temporary Use of Trust Property, Tax Preparation

g) Consent Calendar: Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

i) TENTATIVE VOTE: Adopt 80-5580-1, Entry Passes—Rules

ii) TENTATIVE VOTE: Adopt 80-5580-2, Entry Passes—Fees

iii) Adopt 80-5580-3, Entry Passes—Procedures

iv) TENTATIVE VOTE: Adopt 80-1930-1, Traffic—Rules

v) Adopt 80-1930-3, Traffic—Procedures

vi) TENTATIVE VOTE: Adopt 80-1937-1, Parking—Rules

vii) TENTATIVE VOTE: Adopt 80-1937-2, Parking—Fees

viii) Rescind 80-5536-1, Guest Passes

ix) Rescind 80-1920-1, Traffic Rules and Regulations

x) Rescind 80-1925-1, Traffic Rules and Regulations—Enforcement on Trust Property

xi) Rescind 80-1927-1, Parking Rules for Trust Property

xii) Rescind 80-1928-1, Golf Cart and Low Speed Vehicle Rules

9) Board Member Comments

10) Next Meeting/Adjournment

The next regular GRF Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for March 23 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.


Feb. 23 Special GRF Board of Directors Meeting

Submit your request to the GRF Board Office, P.O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740,  Mrs. Deanna Bennett, Executive Coordinator, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 19. You may also drop off your question/comment at the Stock Transfer Office, Attention Deanna Bennett or email your question/comment to grfboardaction@lwsb.com. Comments received after the deadline will not be read during the meeting.

Today’s Date: ______________________

Your Name (please print): ____________________________

Mutual #_____ Apt#______

My Subject is: ______________________________________

The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) Time limits per speaker are limited to: four minutes for 15 or fewer speakers; three minutes for 16-25 speakers; and two minutes for more than 26 speakers.

Red Cross Blood Drive

The next American Red Cross Blood Drive is April 2 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Make an appointment by calling Lisa Love at the Red Cross at (909) 282-6685. Or go online at RedCrossBlood.org; enter the sponsor code “leisure” in the box at the top right of your screen.

Street Sweeping

GRF trust streets are swept on the fourth Thursday of the month. Parked vehicles must be removed from trust streets before midnight the night before. Contact Mutual directors to find out when your carports are scheduled for sweeping.

Connecting with the LW Weekly

The Leisure World Weekly office is closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Editors can be reached by phone and email. See page 4 of any edition for editors’ addresses or send emails to rutho_news@lwsb.com. 

People may drop articles and classified ads into the letter slot at the front of the News Building. The editorial deadline is Thursday for the following Thursday’s edition. All classified and display advertising will be accepted by telephone at (562) 430-0534; deadline is Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Drive-Through COVID Testing

The Orange County Health Care Agency continues to offer free COVID-19 tests at two super sites: the Orange County Fairgrounds and the Anaheim Convention Center. The PCR tests are free, but appointments are required via 360clinic.

The OC Fairgrounds site is open Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-3 p.m., and the convention center is open Tuesday-Friday, noon-7 p.m., and Saturday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

People will need to wear a mask and bring ID and confirmation of the appointment (printed out or via smartphone). Attendees may arrive up to 15 minutes prior or after, but after this window, they must reschedule. 

At the appointment, expect to complete a brief medical assessment prior to the test itself, which involves self-swabbing the inside of the nose. Results are emailed up to three days later. 

For more details, visit occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/supersite.

Mutual Meetings 

Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change). 

Thurs., Feb. 18 Mutual 2

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Feb. 18 Mutual 11

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Mon., Feb. 22 Mutual 8 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Wed., Feb. 24 Mutual 10

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Feb. 25 Mutual 1

virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., Feb. 26 Mutual 6

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Tues., March 2 Mutual 16

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Tues., March 2 Mutual 17

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Thurs., March 4 Presidents’ Council

virtual 9 a.m.

Mon., March 8 Mutual 9

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., March 10 Mutual 4 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Thurs., March 11 Mutual 12

virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., March 12 Mutual 3

virtual 9 a.m.

Mon., March 15 Mutual 15

virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., March 16 Mutual 14

virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., March 17 Mutual 5

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., March 17 Mutual 7

virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., March 18 Mutual 2

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., March 18 Mutual 11

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Mon., March 22 Mutual 8 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Wed., March 24 Mutual 10

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., March 25 Mutual 1

virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., March 26 Mutual 6

virtual 9:30 a.m.

Family Radio Service Users

Calling all Family Radio Service Users in Leisure World: The Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. 

The call-in time is 9:30-9:45 a.m. on Channel 13/0. Be sure to wait until the radio is clear, then call in stating your first name, last name initial and mutual number. Remember to press the side button to speak, then release when finished.

For more instruction on the use of the FRS radio, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson at rjerxn@yahoo.com, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.

Health & Fitness

CDC: Doubling up on masks increases protection 

Universal masking is recommended to slow the spread of COVID-19. And cloth masks and medical-procedure masks substantially reduce exposure from infected wearers, as well as reduce exposure of uninfected wearers. But now the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has stated that wearing a medical-procedure mask under a cloth mask can block 92.5 percent of potentially infectious particles. 

The agency conducted experiments to assess two ways of improving the fit of medical-procedure masks and found each modification substantially improved source control and reduced wearer exposure. 

For optimal protection, it’s now recommended to knot the ear loops of a medical-procedure mask, then tuck in and flatten the extra material close to the face before fitting a cloth mask over a that mask.

These experiments highlighted the importance of good fit to maximize mask performance. 

Two important ways to make sure your cloth mask works the best it can:

• Make sure your mask fits snugly against your face. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the mask.

• Pick a mask with layers to keep your respiratory droplets in and others’ out. A mask with layers will stop more respiratory droplets from getting inside your mask or escaping from your mask if you are sick.

Do consider the following when choosing a mask:

• Choose a mask with a nose wire. A nose wire is a metal strip along the top of the mask that will prevent air from leaking out of the top of the mask. Bend the nose wire over your nose to fit close to your face.

• Use a mask fitter or brace. Use a mask fitter or brace over a disposable mask or a cloth mask to prevent air from leaking around the edges of the mask.

• Check that it fits snugly over your nose, mouth and chin. Check for gaps by cupping your hands around the outside edges of the mask. Make sure no air is flowing from the area near your eyes or from the sides of the mask. If the mask has a good fit, you will feel warm air come through the front of the mask and may be able to see the mask material move in and out with each breath.

• Add layers of material. You can use a cloth mask that has multiple layers of fabric, or you can wear one disposable mask underneath a cloth mask. The second mask should push the edges of the inner mask against your face. 

• Make sure you can see and breathe easily.

Though more and more people are being inoculated against the virus, it remains a valuable precaution to wear masks, wash hands thoroughly and often, and to maintain social distance. 

—Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Balance &
Stability Class

A Landmark Balance & Stability class is offered on Saturdays, 11 a.m., on Zoom. Instructor Adrianne Rosenfeld teaches the free, 40-minute class that focuses on balance, shifting weight and cognizant activities. It broadcasts at around 4:20-4:40 p.m. every day on the Spectrum Cable Channel 1390 and is available on youtube.com.

Join the Zoom meeting by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530; the meeting ID is 849 8252 2530, and the password is practice.

Rosenfeld has certification from the Fitness Aging Institute and an ACE Group exercise certificate. For more information, email arosenfeld1@verizon.net.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 2, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice. 

Thursday, Feb. 18: Oven-roasted turkey with sage gravy, cornbread stuffing and Brussels sprouts; cheesecake; roast-beef-and-cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus creamy coleslaw. 

Friday, Feb. 19: Herb-roasted pork loin with honey-mustard sauce, oven-browned potatoes and zucchini with tomatoes; fresh orange; entrée chef’s salad with turkey, ham, egg, tomato, bacon and blue cheese dressing, plus crackers.

Monday, Feb. 22: Beef teriyaki, brown rice and Oriental vegetables; applesauce with cinnamon; chicken-salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, plus homemade macaroni salad.

Tuesday, Feb. 23: Barbecue chicken leg and thigh, mashed sweet potatoes, and seasoned broccoli; vanilla/chocolate pudding; taco salad with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro and salsa dressing, plus crackers.

Wednesday, Feb. 24: Stuffed bell peppers, garlic-and-chives mashed potatoes, and green beans with pimentos; fresh pear; ham, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus Asian coleslaw.

Upcoming events at the HCC

By CJ Blomquist


Looking to add some fun to your routine? Check out these upcoming virtual classes from the Health Care Center:

Laughter Yoga. We could all use a good laugh these days. Why not turn that laughter into some exercise? By combining laughter and yoga breathing, you can get more oxygen in your body, giving you more energy. All you need is a chair—no yoga mat required. This free Zoom class is sponsored by Monarch and SCAN’s Independence at Home. No RSVP required. Starting Feb. 19, classes will be held the first and third Friday of each month from 1-2 p.m. The Zoom meeting ID is 976 5589 4458.

Stability and Balance. Build up your muscles and help prevent falls with this free virtual class sponsored by Monarch and SCAN Health Plan. Every Saturday at 11 a.m., an instructor will demonstrate simple, safe, effective exercises you can do at home to build up your strength. The Zoom meeting ID is 849 82522530, and the passcode is practice.

Ballet Fitness 

The LW Ballet Fitness Club has been meeting without barre and pointy shoes for warm-ups, aerobics, isometrics, stretches, balance and cool down—all with music—Tuesdays at 1:30 p.m. at Veterans Plaza. (Ballet instructor Mel Lockett will return to teaching once Clubhouse 6 reopens.) Good gym shoes should be worn because the floor is cement; masks and social distancing are required. Anyone who has questions regarding the class during the current COVID-19 restrictions should call (562) 252-9676.

Arts & Leisure

Local club recognized for charitable efforts 

By Joan Palango

LW contributor

The Southern California Yachting Association (SCYA) bestowed upon the Seal Beach Yacht Club (SlBYC) its 2020 Club the Year and Pandemic Powerhouse awards. 

SCYA is a regional recreational-boating organization comprising more than 90 clubs from Santa Barbara to San Diego and inland to Nevada and Arizona. The purpose of the Club of the Year (COY) program is to promote the Corinthian Spirit in yachting, foster the exchange of information among yacht clubs, encourage civic involvement and reward participation in SCYA activities. There are 17 categories in the COY program. 

Last year was the 60th year of the SlBYC—its Diamond Jubilee—and it set winning the COY program as a goal. Under the direction of Commodore Laura Ellsworth, the club adopted a theme of “Every Member Matters,” setting out to give members a variety of activities and opportunities to engage with one another while also focusing on expanding existing programs. Another major part of the COY is charitable and community service, which are hallmarks of the SlBYC. 

Though the pandemic changed what the club could do, the SlBYC continued to focus on the COY, as many of its activities were outside and on the water, where it’s easier to safely distance and remain COVID-safe. 

The Pandemic Powerhouse Award was created by SCYA in June 2020 to recognize the extreme challenges brought about by COVID-19. At the time, the association’s members thought  the pandemic would be over by September. But the SIBYC pivoted, adjusting its sails, and powered through as best as it could to follow all health guidelines and keep its membership engaged. 

When the SIBYC couldn’t gather in person, members met via Zoom or YouTube and created fun trivia and scavenger hunts that could be done on the apps. Duffy and dinghy cruises were added, as well as what became known as YoYo (You’re On Your Own) cruises to Catalina and to the San Diego area. New events were added such as fishing and predicted log racing. 

When there were shortages in grocery stores, it worked with its vendors to secure provisions for SIBYC members. When members were not allowed to dine in the club, it started a takeout program. When allowed by local guidelines, the SIBYC hosted dinners on the club patio and offered additional dining opportunities in the new courtyard area. 

SIBYC’s sailing-race program was strong, safely completing 23 of the 34 planned races. Collections were taken every month for local charities including California State University, Long Beach’s Pantry Program; St. Luke’s Shower Power Program; WomenShelter Long Beach, and the American Red Cross blood-drive program. 

Ellsworth did not lead with what could not be done because of the virus; instead, she led with what could be done. 

The SIBYC is located at 255 N. Marina Drive, next to West Marine, about a five-minute drive from Leisure World. There are about 300 members in the club, representing a variety of ages and interests; more than 40 members live in Leisure World. 

Experienced mariners or those new to boating or who just want a social connection are invited to check out the club. If you are interested in learning more or touring the SIBYC, contact membership chairperson Rowanda Tucker at (562) 221-2627. 

LWer wins SIBYC award

Seal Beach Yacht Club (SIBYC) 2020 Commodore Laura Ellsworth presents Stephen Hollen of Mutual 4 the Member of the Year plaque. Hollen has been a member of SlBYC since 1995 and a resident of Leisure World since 2010. The highest honor given to a club member, the Member of the Year award honors commitment, service and countless volunteer hours. Over the years, Hollen has been a flag officer and mentored officers; served as a board member, as well as on many committees; and been SIBYC’s treasurer and IT/AV guru.

Where-We-Live Club

Learn about the concept of feng shui. “Let’s Put Our Affairs in Order and Organize!” will concentrate on the art of placement and how it may change lives. New and previous members, as well as any curious shareholders, are welcome to join. Email wherewelive@yahoo.com to be placed on a mailing list for future workshops, as well as updates to the club’s calendar of activities, Zoom meetings and HomeWorks.

Cardboard contest winners receive prizes

The winners of January’s Cool Creations Cardboard Contest were invited to the Recreation Department office on Feb. 11 to receive their prizes from Recreation Committee Chairwoman Leah Perrotti, Library Operations Supervisor Vanessa Morris and Recreation Director Terry De Leon. 

First-place winner Sal Herrera of Mutual 4 was awarded $1,000 in Amazon gift cards. His GRF maintenance vehicle was a spot-on re-creation of the real thing, thanks to covert close examinations. Herrera donated his cardboard cart to the Service Maintenance Department and  plans to give away some of his prize money; he indicated his wife, Melli, would benefit as well.

Sally Fowler of Mutual 8 received $500 in Amazon gift cards for her three-paneled farm. What started as a house grew to include a barn, a dilapidated truck, an orchard, a farm stand and more. She worked on her second-place-winning entry instead of watching TV, she says, and would come up with ideas as she was trying to fall asleep. 

There were three third-place winners. Susie Ralston of Mutual 15  accepted $250 in Visa gift cards for her reproduction of a picture frame, complete with an original painting. The painstaking process took two months, she says.

Mark Webb of Mutual 10 and Judy Sherratt of Mutual 9 each received a $50 gift card and a gift basket for their creations.

All were encouraged to enter the next creative contest, to be announced in LW Weekly soon.

Friends of the Library
Bag of Books Program

The Friends of the Library offers a Bag of Books Program. Call (714) 350-7682 and request a specific genre or author, and volunteers will do their best to fill a bag, for which you pay just $5.  The bookstore itself remains closed until further notice. Donations are not currently being accepted.

Grab ’n’ Go Meals

Feb. 18-27 

Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot

• Thursday: Domino’s Pizza—call ahead for special orders, wings and salads offered, 3:30-7 p.m., cash/cards, (562) 493-2212.  

• Friday: Katella Deli—deli favorites, appetizers, salads, hot entrées; specials of the day available onsite, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. Call ahead at (562) 594-8611, or order online at www.katellabakery.com. 

• Saturday: Naples Rib Co.—barbecue, salads, sandwiches; 2-4 p.m., cash/cards,  (562) 439-RIBS. Order ahead at www.ribcompany.com/LW for faster service.

• Sunday: Closed.  

• Monday: Kabobaholic Food Truck—chicken or meat kabobs, gyros, falafel, loaded fries, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. To preorder, go to www.kabobaholicft.com or text (949) 400-4696; mention LWSB when ordering.

• Tuesday: Taco Tuesday—Mexican favorites, plus hot dogs, burgers and fries, 5-7 p.m., cash/cards, no preorders.

• Wednesday: Messi Burgers—burgers, sausage, chicken, wings, fries and more, 4-6 p.m., cash/cards. For a full menu, go to messiburgers.com. Preorder online or via text at (714) 793-7369; be sure to indicate you are ordering for LW.


 All Grab ’n’ Go events take place rain or shine. Masks and 6-foot social distancing required and strictly enforced. For more information or to offer feedback, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.

On-call bus service is available weekdays from 4:30 p.m., when regular service ends; weekends are on-call at any time. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379. 

Watch for LW Live! alerts for daily menus. Vendors are subject to change. Sign up for LW Live at https://www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/. 

The members of the Joyful Line Dance Club faced one another to perform a fun line dance to Frank Sinatra’s “New York, New York.” The club meets again this Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Veterans Plaza. (Except for the fourth Wednesday of the month, class starts at 2 p.m.) All shareholders are welcome to join. Led by Jojo Weingart, members are given the opportunity to share their favorite dances. Everyone should wear exercise shoes (no flip-flops or sandals); face masks and social distancing are required. For more information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

Casting Call 

Director Joe Osuna seeks eight Leisure World actors to perform in four skits. No experience is necessary, and any sex or age is okay, but everyone must be able to use the Zoom video-conferencing software.

For each skit, two actors will face each other in a Zoom meeting using a virtual green background (to be provided by the director). The actors will compliment each other on what they are wearing or politely talk about their woes or how their day went. 

In post-production, the Zoom grid lines separating the actors will be removed, so that each skit’s two actors will appear as if they’re in the same room at the same time. Special effects will be used to insert thought bubbles expressing the characters’ real thoughts, which do not reflect what the actors are saying.

The video is recorded with two actors at a time. When the first skit is done, the Zoom meeting for the next skit (featuring two different actors) will start, and so on. 

If you and a friend want to be paired together, let Osuna know. For more details or to sign up, contact Osuna at joosuna29a@gmail.com, or text him at (562) 822-8216.

LW Weekly Deadlines

The deadline for editorial subsmissions is Thursday for the following week’s edition. The classified and display advertising deadline is Monday at 2:30 p.m.

Book Review

Redefining American history

“A Black Women’s History of the United States” by Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross

Nonfiction, February 2020

By Fred Fenton

LW contributor

Black history should no doubt be taught and celebrated all year, but at least during February, which has been designated for that purpose, in part because the birthdays of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglas are celebrated then.

President Gerald Ford made the observance of Black History Month official in 1976, asking the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often-neglected accomplishments of Black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.”

That recognition of Black contributions to our history as a people has been advanced by the engrossing and inspiring “A Black Women’s History of the United States,” written by history professors Daina Ramey Berry and Kali Nicole Gross.

The 2020 book, published by Beacon Press as the latest addition to its Revisioning American History Series, is filled with the stories of remarkable women of color in each period of American history. Its 217 pages make an absorbing read that enriches our understanding of the accomplishments of Black women who rose through difficulties of every kind to claim their place and make their unique contributions to American life.

Did you know Maria Stewart gave the first public speech by an American woman of any race in 1832, challenging a Boston audience of Black and white women to accept “the vast field of useful and scientific knowledge”? It’s a message as important today as it was when a brave, gifted Black woman first gave it. “A Black Women’s History of the United States” delivers the goods.


All LW residents are invited to submit book reviews for publication in the LW Weekly. Email them to pattym@lwsb.com with your name, mutual and telephone numbers. Reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows.

Hui O Hula’s birthday buddies

On Feb. 19, Hui O Hula VIP Leona Hasegawa will celebrate her 97th birthday. She is also the oldest dancer in LW’s Joyful Line Dance Club—and if it were not for the pandemic lockdown, she would be the oldest among LW’s cloggers and tappers, too. 

Born just a day and some years later was hula dancer/artist extraordinaire Insook Kim. During the past 12 years, Kim has volunteered most of her time to the club’s demanding hula performance schedule while also giving weekly Asian brush-painting lessons. Before COVID-19, there were more than 100 hula performances annually, and Kim showed up happily to every one. 

While some people grow more stubborn and become grumpier with age, both Kim and Hasegawa get wiser and more optimistic; they continue to touch the lives of everyone around them. Their fellow dancers adore them and are looking forward to making more good memories together. 

Join Hasegawa and Kim for free hula classes at Veterans Plaza every Thursday from 1:30 p.m. All are welcome. Traditional hula is usually done barefoot, but dancers should bring comfortable, soft shoes because of the cement floor. Masks and social distancing are required. Call (562) 431-2242 for more information.

—Jojo Weingart

Video Producers Zoom Meetings

The Video Producers Club offers free, weekly Zoom classes, as well as a social opportunity. 

Classes are as follows:

• Monday, 2 p.m.: Zoom class for iPad and Mac users hosted by Fred Carpenter. For an invite to his class, email sail1942@gmail.com.

• Wednesday, 10 a.m.: Beginners’ Zoom class for Windows and Android users with Charlie Guggino. For an invite to this class, email joosuna29a@gmail.com.

• Thursday, 10 a.m.: Beginners’ and Intermediate Zoom class for Windows and Android users and for beginning Video Producers with host Joseph Valentinetti. For an invite to his class, email 0501042@gmail.com.

• Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: The one-hour Zoom Party Social, hosted by Valentinetti, is open to all residents. For an invite, email 0501042@gmail.com.

• Monday, March 1, 10 a.m.: Bob Cohen hosts a monthly Tech Talk, focusing on a variety of topics. Email bob@bobology.com for a Zoom invitation. Subscribe to his free newsletter, which features links to videos, articles and free live meetings, at http://bit.ly/bobologynewsletter.

—Joe Osuna

Technology Classes by Miryam

Miryam Fernandez’s technology classes are held every other Tuesday at 2 p.m. Topics change each session, all of which are closed captioned. For an invitation, email Fernandez at mzzmimm@gmail.com. If you need help setting up a microphone and/or video or have other connectivity issues, call Bonnie Cooper at (562) 822-6358 before class begins. Registration is required at least 24 hours prior.

March 2: Beginning Zoom and Closed Captions

March 16: Basic Privacy and Security on the Internet

March 30: Facebook


Important Reminder: Apple, Microsoft, IRS, Social Security, etc., will never contact you by phone, text or email. If there’s a problem with your account, they will shut you down until you contact them.

Genealogy Club

Civil War researcher and presenter Charles Beal gives a virtual presentation on World War I soldiers from Orange County who were killed during the war to the Leisure World Genealogy Club on Feb. 24 at 10 a.m. For a Zoom invite, email lwgenealogy@gmail.com. Club members may send $10 annual dues to Betty Hacke, treasurer, at 13741 Annandale 18-K, Seal Beach, CA 90740. Contact Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for more information.

Golf League Results

On Feb. 8, a raw, cool morning greeted 13 men of the Golf League at the par-70, 6,000-yard Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana. Conditions were not conducive to good scores. Only two of the scores were at or under par, but surprisingly, there were seven birdies were posted. (Three guest players accounted for five of them.)

A Flight Winners: First place: Larry Hillhouse, 1 under 69, plus tie for fewest putts; second: Dave LaCascia, even par 70, plus tie for fewest putts and a birdie; third: tie between Gary Stivers and Bill McKusky, plus McKusky was closest to the pin on the 130-yard, par-3 12th hole; fourth: Sam Choi, including a birdie; fifth: tie between Fujio Norihiro and John Petersen. Guest Sean C. had three birdies and was closest to the pin on the 150-yard, par-3 fourth hole. Guest Jeff S. had two birdies.

B Flight Winners: First place: Bob Munn, 2 over 72, plus fewest putts; second: Tom Ross; third: John Meyer.

It was a very misty morning when seven men and one woman hit the Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach on Feb. 12. After a few holes, the golfers were met with on-and-off rain, but the sun came out two-thirds of the way through the round. These conditions led to only one round under par and one birdie. The par-70, 5,600-yard course has narrow, tree-lined fairways, elevated greens and many water hazards.

A Flight Winners: First place: McKusky, 3 under 67; second: Jim Goltra, plus fewest putts; third: Choi; fourth: Norihiro, plus a birdie.

B Flight Winners: First place: Bill Zurn, 2 over 72; second: Keiko Sekino; third: Meyer, plus fewest putts; fourth: Munn, plus closest to the pin on the 130-yard, all-over-water, par-3 seventh hole.

Both the Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting between 7-7:30 a.m., except holidays. The courses are David L. Baker in Fountain Valley, Meadowlark in Huntington Beach, Riverview in Santa Ana, and Willowick in Garden Grove. In general, masks are required at the pro shops, but optional while waiting to tee off. No masks are required on the putting greens, driving range or the course itself. Golfers are respectful of one other’s personal space, social distancing is observed, and there is no contact with others’ equipment. Golf carts are single person only unless riders are from the same household. 

LW Men’s Club membership is not required, and friends, spouses and family are all welcome to play and/or join. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in each flight, birdies, closest to the pin on two par-3s, and lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-One and eagles, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact McKusky (562) 430-8618 or LaCascia (801) 674-5975.

Handicaps can be determined using local course handicap numbers and adjusted for the longer, more difficult courses outside Leisure World. Contact LaCascia for more information. 

—Dave LaCascia

Ebooks available at OC Public Libraries

The Orange County Public Libraries has an extensive catalog of ebooks available for readers with smartphones and tablets. Anyone with an OC Public Libraries card can check out audio and ebooks through the online app Libby by OverDrive. (To get a card, go to https://catalog.ocpl.org/client/en_US/default/search/registration/$N/TEST/true.) Through this app on your cellphone or tablet, you can find audiobooks and ebooks, check them out, download them, and access them. You can keep track of your reading history, and all your loans and holds are consolidated in a single place, with positions and notes synced across all your devices. Libby can also send books to Kindle for people who like to read on that device. (Older devices that are not compatible with Libby should be able to run the OverDrive app.)

Libby is available for download from either the Apple App Store for iPhones or Google Play for androids; for laptops, go to libbyapp.com. 

Any title on a reader’s virtual bookshelf is available at any time, even when the device is not connected to Wi-Fi.  Books are automatically returned to the library unless an additional hold is requested or the reader finishes early and submits a return.

If you need help getting set up, there are a number of helpful videos posted at https://ocpl.org/elibrary/virtual-programs/how-videos.

religion 10-13

First Christian Church

By Bruce Humes


Luke wrote in Acts 7:59-60, “And they stoned Stephen as he was calling on God and saying, ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’ Then he knelt down and cried out with a loud voice, ‘Lord, do not charge them with this sin.’ And when he said this, he fell asleep.” Stephen, even as he was being murdered by an unlawful mob, found it in himself to ask the Lord to forgive them for their sin. 

The death of Stephen by a mob reminds us of the death of another that was falsely accused, found guilty and crucified for crimes he did not commit. Luke recorded it in chapter 23, verses 33-34 of his gospel: “And when they had come to the place called Calvary, there they crucified him, and the criminals, one on the right hand and the other on the left. Then Jesus said, ‘Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they do.’”

Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit,” and Jesus had prayed, “Father, into your hand I commit my spirit.” Stephen prayed, “Lord, do not charge them with this sin,” and Jesus prayed, “Father, forgive them, they do not know what they do.” It suggests that Stephen, through his fellowship with the Lord, had been transformed in his spirit to the point of being able to forgive those who wronged him, even those who took his life.

Matthew 6:12, also known as the Lord’s prayer, says, “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” In our prayers, we call out to God to forgive us our debts, meaning those things we have done against him, our sins, and we are also called to forgive others for the things they have done against us. Stephen was able to do that as he was being stoned to death.

In Matthew 5:43, Jesus spoke these words: “You have heard that it was said, ‘you shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy,’ but I say to you to love your enemies, bless those who curse you, do good to those who hate you, and pray for those who spitefully use you.” Isn’t that what Christ did on the cross? Didn’t he show an unconditional love for his enemies? Didn’t he bless those who had cursed him? Wasn’t it all good that he died on the cross for those who had nothing but hate for him? And what was he doing when he asked “Father forgive them, for they do not know what they do” while on the cross? He was praying for those who spitefully used him as he died for the sins of mankind.

I believe this is a clear message to those who profess to be “born again” believers. Just as Stephen was able to forgive, we too are called to this kind of forgiveness.

If you want to speak to someone at the church or have a need, call First Christian Church office at (562) 431-8810.  Leave a message and someone will return your call as soon as possible.

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev’s Coffee Chavurah on Zoom will celebrate the Sabbath evening, Friday, Feb. 19, at 5:30, followed by the evening service at 6. On Saturday, Feb. 20, the morning service begins at 10:30, followed by the Coffee Chavurah. To Join on Zoom, go to: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit.

Beit HaLev continues to livestream on Facebook as well.  To attend, go to Rabbi Galit Shirah’s website at Facebook.com/galityomtov.

Beit HaLev’s prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” are shared onscreen on both Zoom and Facebook.

Exodus 2:1-30 and Deuteronomy 25:17-19, “T’rumah,” is the Torah reading for Shabbat morning, Feb. 20.  The first part of the reading describes the instructions given to the Israelites in the building of the portable Mishkan, the Tabernacle housing the 10 Statements, that would accompany the people in their journey to the Promised Land.

This is Shabbat Zachor, the Sabbath preceding the Festival of Purim, which begins on the evening of Feb. 25.  “Shabbat Zachor, the Sabbath of Remembering, reminds the Jewish world to remember Amalek, who attacked our people, who were the most vulnerable.  It precedes Purim, the holiday where we commemorate our deliverance from near-annihilation plotted against us by Haman in our exile in Persia. Haman, the viceroy to the King, was a descendant of Amalek. Our people were saved by the courage of the Jewish queen, Esther, and her cousin, Mordechai, who discovered the plot.”

Rabbi Galit Shirah conducts a weekday Ma’ariv service every Thursday for Sim Shalom, the online synagogue. Sim Shalom presents livestream services Monday-Thursday, with a different rabbi each day. To say Kaddish, pray for healing and to hear a spiritual message, go to SimShalom.com.

Zoom classes for beginning Hebrew and Pirke Avot will begin soon. For information, contact the rabbi at (562) 715-0888 or duets@icloud.com.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints

By Jim Greer

LW contributor 

An article in Liahona’s February online issue, David Dickson of Church Magazines juxtaposed the expression of love on Valentine’s Day with Christlike love. Valentine’s Day can be wonderful or miserable, depending on one’s life experiences and current relationships. But Christ-like love – which has little to do with chocolates or flowers – can be shared and felt by everyone every day regardless of their circumstances. 

A perfect example of Christlike love was on display during a general conference address given by Elder Joseph B. Wirthlin on the topic of the “pure love of Christ.” In his presentation, Wirthlin described the experience of an elderly couple who had been married for many years. As the wife became less capable, she could not do the one simple thing that brought a smile to her face, painting her fingernails. As a show of Christ-like love, her husband cheerfully assumed the duty of regularly painting her nails. “That is an example of the pure love of Christ,” Wirthlin declared.

He continued, “Sometimes the greatest love is not found in the dramatic scenes that poets and writers immortalize. Often, the greatest manifestations of love are the simple acts of kindness and caring we extend to those we meet along the path of life.”

Halfway through his conference address, those seated in the audience and the dais observed Wirthlin losing his stability. He breathed in short gasps as his body began to tremble. At that moment, President Russell M. Nelson (then Elder Nelson) got up from his seat, walked toward the pulpit, lovingly stood behind Wirthlin, and firmly but gently supported his arm and lower back. Nelson’s calming presence remained until Wirthlin concluded his speech. 

Note that Nelson didn’t miraculously take away Wirthlin’s struggles. Nor did he remove the physical challenges that are incident to aging. Instead, he quietly and lovingly supported a fellow quorum member during a difficult moment. These actions taken by Nelson are a perfect example of Christ-like love, powerfully underscoring the topic of Wirthlin’s conference talk. 

Valentine’s Day limits its expression of true love to simple cards, flowers, and gifts given one day a year. But Christlike love is extended to everyone every day of the year. Our capacity and opportunity to show love, whether or not we’re in a romantic relationship, should be given to all of God’s children. And receiving that kind of love is as essential to spiritual well-being as food and air are to the body.

Nelson’s example of Christlike love provides a marvelous template for each of us. We can watch closely for the struggles of others and quickly perform supportive acts of love.

We demonstrate Christ-like love in expressing genuine concern and appreciation and by weaving kindness into greetings of genuine caring. Simply smiling and saying hello to a fellow child of God is the simplest form of ministering and the hallmark of followers of Christ.

Community Church

By Johan Dodge


Yesterday was Ash Wednesday, and given the state of things and out of an abundance of caution, Community Church elected to pass on the imposition of ashes on Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday begins a season of 40 days, not counting Sundays, in which we are invited to reflect upon our mortality and the ways in which we have fallen short of the invitation to be caught up in God’s divine love for all of creation. 

This year, even more than last year—when we are all still shell-shocked from the coronavirus—I think we have spent enough time thinking about our mortality and the ways we have fallen short.  So instead of ashes this year, we are focusing on hope. 

 There is a hymn that we often sing in the church called “The Hymn of Promise,” which says: “In the bulb there is a flower, in the seed an apple tree, in cocoons a hidden promise—butterflies will soon be free.” We have all spent many days in lockdown during this pandemic but for many of us, this wasn’t our first time of trial or season of suffering. Some have lost a spouse or a child; some never found a spouse or had a spouse who was abusive and had to flee for their life. Maybe you offered your life in service to your country, and though you came home from war, the war still haunts you. We have all endured times of trial in some capacity and those times of trial, if they didn’t break us, made us stronger. 

You have a story to tell of overcoming adversity. You have stories of hope to draw upon in this time of trial as well. Let us join together to share our stories this week.  

If you have been wrestling with the deep questions recently, join Community Church virtually on Zoom on  Sunday, Feb. 21, at 9:50 a.m. for worship and fellowship.  Call the church office or email leisurewccsue@yahoo.com to receive the Zoom link. Those who don’t have a computer or Facebook can call (562) 431-2503 and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening.

We have a Lenten resource available in the church office with 

daily Scripture and weekly prayer, Contact the church to have one sent to you, or come by and we will give you a copy.  

As always, if you are in need without another way to address it,  call the church office to leave me a direct message at (562) 431-2503.

LW Baptist

By Rolland Coburn

LW contributor

God’s love is no speculation; we have God’s living word, Jesus, who met people’s needs with compassion (Luke 5:12-39).

In a Galilean city, a man was ill with leprosy. Seeing Jesus, he begged face-down, “Lord, if you will, you can cure me.” Jesus touched him, saying, “I will; be clean.” Immediately the leprosy disappeared. Jesus forbade him to tell others, but “go have the priest examine you, make the cleansing offering Moses commanded, and be a living testimony.” Jesus’ reputation spread more. Multitudes gathered to hear him and be healed. So he’d find places alone to pray.

On a day he was teaching, Bible teachers came from every Galilean village and Judea and Jerusalem. The Lord’s power was for their healing. Men came carrying a paralytic on a stretcher to Jesus. Finding no opening, they lowered him and his stretcher through the roof before Jesus. Seeing their faith, Jesus said, “Man, your sins are forgiven you.” The scribes and Pharisees questioned, “Who is this blasphemer? Only God can forgive sins.” Jesus, perceiving their thoughts, answered, “Why question in your hearts? What’s easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or ‘Rise and walk?’ But so you may know that I, the son of man, have authority on Earth to forgive sins.”  He told the paralytic, “Rise, take your stretcher and go home.” Immediately rising, taking his sickbed, he went home, “glorifying God.” Astonishment and awe moved everyone to praise God: “We’ve seen wonders today.”

Departing, he observed Levi the tax collector working. He called to him, “Be my follower.” Leaving everything, Levi rose and followed him. At home, Levi made him a feast, and many tax collectors and others came. The Pharisees and their scribes grumbled, “Why eat and drink with sinners?” Jesus replied, “The healthy need no physician, only the sick. I’ve come to call to repentance sinners, not the righteous.”

They said to him, “John’s disciples fast often and offer prayers, also the Pharisees’, but yours eat and drink.” Jesus responded, “You cannot make wedding guests fast with the bridegroom. When the bridegroom’s taken from them, they’ll fast.” He told this parable: “No one tears a patch from new clothing to put on old, or he’ll tear the new, and it won’t match the old. Nor is new wine put into old wineskins, or they’ll burst, spill and be destroyed. New wine requires fresh wineskins. Nor does one drinking old wine desire new, saying, ‘The old is good.’”

We too had to see we needed cleansing, our sins forgiven, our smugness countered. So he saved us, calling us to point others to his pardon.

LW Baptist Church meets on Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in the Amphitheater.

Congregation Sholom

Rabbi Karen Isenberg will be streaming  services on Friday, Feb. 19, at 6:30 p.m on Zoom and Saturday, Feb. 20,  at 9:30 a.m. 

New members who want to watch the livestream should contact Jeff Sacks to receive a Zoom invitation. Text Jeff at (714) 642-0122, or email him at jfsacks@gmail.com. The link will have the meeting ID and password embedded. Those who want more details or need to practice beforehand can call Jeff ahead of time. The phone number to call for those who do not have Internet service is (669) 900-9128; the meeting ID is 375 251 9429.

Join the Zoom meeting  at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752519429?pwd=UDREWTA1N21jaXVUZUhyQmY1U01JQT09. The meeting ID is 375 251 9429, and the passcode is 8ZYy69.

Members of Congregation Sholom are invited to participate in the virtual game afternoon  hosted by Sandy Geffner this Sunday, Feb. 21, at 4 p.m. The group will play Scattergories. Jeff  will set up the Zoom session. Those who want to play need to email Jeff (jfsacks@gmail.com) ahead of time so he can send a Zoom  link. Sandy will provide the game rules once everyone is logged on at 4 p.m. It will be helpful if you have a pencil and a piece of paper ready.

Congregation Sholom is making Hamantaschen online this year. Kits of dough and filling that are ready to shape, fill and bake are available to those interested. You can deliver some to your Jewish neighbors or have a volunteer pick up what you do not eat to use as Mishloach manot to the rest of Congregation Sholom. The recipe is Pareve. You will need to make an egg wash and have baking trays available. Pick up your kit at Carol Levine’s house on Tuesday, Feb. 23, or request it to be delivered. 

Participants will learn how to roll out the dough; cut it with a glass;  and fill, shape and seal them so they do not leak out while baking.Make sure to wear the gloves in the kit and a mask while baking. 

During the Zoom meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 24, participants will learn the tricks of shaping and sealing Hamantaschen. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, so the Hamataschen are ready to be distributed before sundown on Thursday, Feb. 25. The meeting can be accessed by using the same Zoom codes for services. 

Purim starts at sundown on Thursday, Feb.  25,  and Congregation Sholom will join all of the Orange County congregations for a special Megillah reading on Zoom.  You will be given the other things to be included in the bag for deliveries. Participants will be given containers (from the Kosher meal deliveries) to put their cookies in after they are baked and cooled for delivery.

RSVP to Ruth Hermann at (562) 430-3107 or susanmichlindesigner@gmail.com now to let her know who is interested in baking for Purim.  RSVP as soon as possible so there will be enough dough and fillings for everyone who wants to participate. Requests for gluten-free cookies will be taken at time of RSVP.

The recipe will be in the News & Nachas for those who want to make more or go through the whole process themselves. There will be dairy-, gluten- and sugar-free recipes in the newsletter as well. 

Congregation Sholom has been invited to participate in a Purim celebration with the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, starting at at 5:30 p.m. The Family Fun event begins at 5:30, Ma’Arivis at 6:15, followed by Megillah reading and virtual Shpiel and singing starting at 6:45. Be sure to bring your own Hamantaschen and groggers. The Zoom Link for the Purim celebration is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83488552085#success. You can also join via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JewishCollaborativeOC.

Call Ron Yaffee at (562) 430-7040 to participate in the weekly livestreamed services. 

Faith Christian Assembly

Did you know that Faith Christian Assembly has a celebration service every Sunday evening at 5:30 p.m.?  This one-hour service is an informal time of worship, teaching and fellowship. It also takes time to enjoy the great hymns of the church each week. Sadly, many churches have cancelled Sunday evening services, but  Faith Christian Assembly has a congregation that deeply values and regularly attends this special time. It’s a great way to end the weekend and begin a new week. Members are also welcome to join Faith Christian Assembly before the celebration service for a time of prayer at 5 p.m.

Out of an abundance of caution, all who attend services or events at Faith Christian Assembly will have their temperature taken at the door, be required to wear a mask before and after service, and have to sit socially distant from others. Those who are ill should remain at home.  

Due to COVID-19, Faith Christian Assembly is not having all of its regular ministries at this time. Call the church office for the most updated information on midweek Bible study, which is taught by Pastor Sheri Leming on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Grief Share’s weekly meetings are Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. Call church office for the most updated information.

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

Sheryl Franco


After a particularly harrowing day of work in Los Angeles, leaving for home later than usual, I was attempting to merge onto the downtown slot of the 101 freeway. Traffic was jamming up just where I needed to enter the freeway lanes. If someone didn’t let me over soon, I would have to remain in the lane that would take me off at Los Angeles Street and cross town through an unfamiliar industrial area. Nobody was being nice that day, and I was forced to get off the freeway.  I was not happy with my fellow man at that moment. 

 As I followed the off-ramp, blinking red and blue lights caught my eye just on the other side  of the overcrossing at Alameda, where the cars had bottle necked. My car radio was always tuned to news and traffic in those days. Just as I passed the emergency lights, the anchor reported that an armed, impaired person had been running in traffic lanes on the freeway and was now in a standoff with law enforcement. The freeway had been shut down indefinitely.  On the news that night, I learned that the freeway had remained closed for three hours.  Had someone been nice and allowed me to merge onto the freeway, I would have been trapped. The Los Angeles Street exit was the last exit prior to where the standoff was taking place. Unbeknownst to me, I had been forced to take the only way out at the last possible opportunity. 

Some might call that fate, chance  or a stroke of good luck.  I choose to thankfully acknowledge that God is working all things together for my good (Rom. 8:28), even in situations where I don’t immediately recognize his presence or his hand. We have all experienced disappointments, roadblocks, diversions, rerouting and delays. Our typical response is “Why, God, why?” Maybe it was a job offer that didn’t work out, a house deal that fell through, or a relationship that ended unexpectedly.  We get angry, pout, or blame God or others for our apparent misfortune. But God promises that he is working all things together to benefit those who love him. The Passion translation says, “Every detail of our lives is continually woven together to fit into God’s perfect plan of bringing good into our lives…for we have been called to fulfill his designed purpose.”  

People who love God and carry out his purpose are not magically immune from hardship. Believers are persecuted around the world.  You or someone you care about may be afflicted with illness or a disability. However, we are encouraged to know that God uses the adversity we go through to bring about good things. Gold is refined by heat. Iron is shaped in fire. Butterflies struggle out of the cocoon to develop the strength in their wings to fly. God can use the thing that is most worrisome to you right now to bring blessing greater than you can imagine. His plans are perfect. His will is always for your ultimate good. We may not see it when the waves of adversity are high, when doubt and fear cloud our spiritual vision. That is the exact moment we need to claim the promise of Romans 8:28 in faith over fear. Child of God, stand on that promise! 

We invite you to join Assembly of God on Sunday, Feb. 21, at 11 a.m. in the Amphitheater. You will be encouraged by Pastor Chuck’s message from God’s word while in community with people who love Jesus.  

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the First Sunday of Lent on Sunday, Feb.  21. 

The First Reading is from Genesis 9:8-15,  and the Second Reading is 1 Peter 3:18-22. The Gospel reading will be from Mark 1:12-15. 


To receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe.

The church is now open to public entry and can return to its regular Mass schedule. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 4 p.m., and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.

Those who attend must a wear a mask or face shield, sit socially distanced, and use hand sanitizer upon entry into the building. 

Redeemer Lutheran & St. Theodore’s

By Lisa Rotchford


God is with us, wherever we are.

God loves us, however we are.

God redeems us, whomever we are.

As we continue to be limited physically by our COVID-19  safety measures, we can spiritually journey toward Easter on Sunday, April 4.  This year, Lent forces us to slow down and examine biblically what it means to be physically limited but free in God, through Christ and the strength of the Holy Spirit.   

It is not how we worship, but who we worship. No matter our physical state, do we worship God in everything we do? Do we reflect his love for us in our love for one another?  Do we face each day confidently, knowing our futures rests in our redeemer?

The first sentence — God is with us, wherever we are — reminds us the prophet Isaiah (7:14) foretold a messiah would be born called Emmanuel, which means “God with us.” God, who formed the world at creation and creates each and everyone of us, remains with us always.  

In the Christian tradition, we are called on Ash Wednesday to remember human life was formed as God breathed into the dust from the ground. We are called to remember as ashes mark our foreheads that “we are dust, and to dust we shall return.” From our very beginning through every step of our life and into eternal life, God is with us.  Remember, you are never alone and know you are loved by the one who created you, loves you and redeems you forever.

Community, pages 18-19, 22

Generous donation provides GRF workers with 24,000 face masks

By Anna Derby

GAF President

The Golden Age Foundation received another generous donation of disposable face masks from Global Specialty Services. GSS, located in Dallas, Texas, is a rapid-response contractor specializing in environmental response and disaster recovery, assisting all levels of government.  

So far, GSS has donated  24,000 disposable face masks to the Leisure World community. GAF has continued to work with the Golden Rain Foundation to distribute the masks to those shareholders who have been unable to obtain masks as well as the employees who work behind the scenes in Leisure World, providing much needed services to our community. 

 With this donation, GAF has been able to provide masks to the clubhouse custodial staff and their families, as well as the landscaping companies and gardeners.

GAF is grateful it can help ensure the safety of the community by providing masks to Leisure World employees.

The GAF extends its deep gratitude to Larry Dunn, CEO of Global Specialty Services, who generously donated the masks, and Michael Rettig, who facilitated the donation.

Morton Goldberg (center, seated) of Mutual 14 celebrated his 97th birthday on Feb. 12 with a spirited round of “Happy Birthday” from the staff of OptumCare at the HCC. Mort was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. When he was 18 years old, the bombing of Pearl Harbor happened. He enlisted in the Army, serving as an infantryman in the Pacific Theater, helping liberate the city of Manila. He has been married to Helene (in purple) since 1950 and has resided in LW for 30 years. The couple have three children and nine grandchildren. 

Security Recap January 2021

Paramedic calls – 168

Thefts – 7

Vandalism – 1

Traffic Accidents – 7

Death Investigations – 14

Lost Residents –2

Injury – 8

Noise Complaints – 9

Fire – 1

Miscellaneous Incidents – 38

Total Reports – 255

The Chess Club publishes weekly puzzles to keep the love of the game alive since members can no longer meet to play in person.

This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. 

White moves first. Any answer by black, the white’s third move is checkmate.

Solution to this week’s puzzle is: first move is; Ne7. The white knight moves from D5 to E7.

Democratic Club

By Mary Larson

LW contributor

Leisure World Democratic Club President Mary Tromp, Seal Beach Democratic Club President Nathan Searles and 72nd Democratic Alliance Club President Mai Khanh Tran have been elected for two-year terms as members of the party’s State Central Committee.  Thanks to all members of our club who voted for these three local leaders.

The Democratic State Central Committee (DSCC) is the governing body for the California Democratic Party (CDP).  Members are responsible for voting on behalf of the community they represent at regional meetings, as well as at the party’s state conventions. They also vote for the California Democratic Party’s endorsements for partisan legislative and statewide offices, positions on ballot propositions, establishment of the official Democratic State Party Platform, and CDP Resolutions.  

Democrats in the 72nd Assembly District elected 11 other people to the state central committee in addition to the three club presidents.  Five of the winners – Tracy La, Niki Nguyen, Vincent Tran, Dan Ma and Gina Tiffany – had run on a Party of the People slate. La, by way of receiving the most votes, was also elected to the Party’s Executive Committee. 

La is the founder of VietRISE, an immigrant and social justice nonprofit organization dedicated to organizing Vietnamese communities in Orange County to advance social and economic equity in OC’s immigrant communities. In 2018, she co-developed a countywide electoral campaign that engaged 24,000 youth of color for OC’s three major congressional races, including LW’s own District 48.


Costa Mesa Mayor Katrina Foley is the only Democratic Party endorsed candidate running in the current election for the Orange County Board of Supervisors. To more get information about this election, email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com.


If you are a Democrat or a supporter of Democratic principles and want to know more about the club, subscribe to the electronic newsletter at no cost by emailing democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or calling  (562) 296-8521.  Remember to include your full contact information.

If you have not already joined or renewed your membership for 2021,  do so before the end of February if at all possible. Even if you are unable to pay the annual dues at this time or unable to attend our Zoom meetings, your membership is still important. Numbers matter, especially when re-chartering our club with the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC).   Both new and renewal 2021 membership forms are available by calling (562) 431-7275 or online at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/democratic-club-membership-2/.  

Sunshine Club

Lean all about gait and blance

Dr. Sophie Chun from OptumCare will talk about gait and balance at the next Sunshine Club meeting on Friday, Feb. 19, at 10 a.m.

Gait and balance disorders are common in older adults and are a major cause of falls. This often leads to injury, disability, loss of independence and limited quality of life. Being evaluated for gait and balance can help  prevent falls.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982089743?pwd=UGR3RlZRaUJmWmlSNE9KdTdNMUh3QT09.The meeting ID is 849 8208 9743 and the passcode is 508742. 

Those who would like to get a Zoom link by email should text their name, Mutual number and email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than Thursday, Feb. 18, at 5 p.m.

The Sunshine Club often has LW leaders come to meetings to introduce their organizations to the group. It also invites a wide variety of specialists from outside Leisure World to share their experiences and ideas with club members. 

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

Republican Club

Brian Harmon, the second vice president of the Leisure World Republican Club and his wife, Dee Harmon, are delivering petitions for the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom to LWers who want to sign but are unable to get to the Republican booth on Wednesdays from 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. in front of Clubhouse 6. 

One recipient was Mary Greytak, 98, who shared a few minutes of her time to be interviewed. 

Greytak said she is voting for John Moorlach for OC supervisor in the special election. “There will not be a run-off,” she said, “so it is important for everyone to vote for him this time.”

Greytak grew up in Jeffersonville, Indiana, where she started her first job at age 18 as the society editor of her hometown newspaper. “It was a very small paper,” she said. She later was promoted to proofreader for paper, then to classified ad manager.  

Greytak first registered to vote at 21 as a Republican, and has remained loyal to the party all of her life. She said that, previously, her favorite political figure was Dana Rohrabacher, who is no longer in public office. “I think Dana is the first congressman I have ever known personally,” she said, “He never went against his conscience, and he never backed down from a fight, politically speaking.” 

“He was such a wonderful person,” she continued. “I thought of him almost as a member of the family.”

In addition to her involvement with the Republican Club,Greytak has been a GRF director, Mutual director, building captain, and proud president of the LW Cribbage Club. She still plays the game, if she can find someone brave enough to challenge her.


If you want to sign a petition to recall Gov. Newsom but cannot go to the booth, call (714) 928-1950 and leave a message, and someone will deliver a petition to your house. The club’s next Zoom meeting will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 24, with John Moorlach.

If you want  to become a member of the club or to receive more information, call (714) 928-1950 or email yfci@hotmail,com.

OBITUARIES,  page 22


Rudolph (Rudy) Von Burg

1939– 2021

Rudolph (Rudy) Von Burg, 81, was born in Biel, Switzerland, on Feb. 26, 1939, and passed away in Santa Ana, California, on Jan. 18.  He was a retired scientist, professor and toxicological consultant.  Having travelled as a youngster with his mother and two brothers during the war years, he arrived in the U.S. in May 1942 and settled in Manhasset, New York.  He played basketball for Boston College, and after earning a bachelor’s and two master’s degrees, he received a Ph.D. from Fordham University.

He is remembered for living his life actively and hard. He travelled across the United States by motorcycle and bicycled across the Canadian Rockies. He sailed in Long Island Sound, the San Francisco Bay  and the Caribbean, and he skied throughout North America and Europe. He contributed his scientific knowledge to the poison-control line in the U.S. and helped find the source of methylmercury poisoning in Iraq to save lives there. In his spare time as artist, carpenter and wood worker, he produced sculptures and furniture. He was caring and welcomed family members, relatives and friends under his roof, ever ready to lend a helping hand. In the end, his huge heart gave way.

He was a husband, a dad, a brother, an uncle and a friend.  He is survived by his wife/partner, Karin Von Burg, his children and their spouses; Philip and Valerie Von Burg, Alexandra “Sondra” and Andrew Davis, Andrea and Scott Hall, and  Jill and Albert Oppedisano, his eight grandchildren; his brothers Fred and Loretta and Sylvan Von Burg; his nephew, Freddy and Paula Von Burg; and his niece Ingrid and Rod Greene.

A commemoration will be held at Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury, New York, when the pandemic is expected to be less virulent. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his honor to your local animal shelter.

paid obituary


Audrey Jean McArthur 

Parr Fairfield


Audrey Fairfield was born in India during the peak of British colonial rule, the daughter of English and Scottish parents. She fondly remembered her home, Markleigh, and the many family and friends of her childhood. When world war came once again to the realm, Audrey served the British Royal Navy in “codes and cyphers” and later as a courier, carrying dispatches the length and breadth of India; as a lady ambulance officer; and as an officer in the Women’s Auxiliary Corps (India). Audrey then taught school until she married and moved to the United States. A faith-filled Christian, she raised two daughters in Southern California and instilled in them a faith in God.

After years as a beloved and respected executive secretary, Audrey served her new country as a member of the U.S. Red Cross. An active member of her Presbyterian church, Audrey volunteered with several groups, served as a Deacon and wrote letters of support to a young cancer patient. Audrey was respected for her strength, resilience,  her devotion and service, and was valued for her humor, kindness and love.

In Leisure World Audrey enjoyed walking, tai chi, and the RAP program that joined young adults with seniors to promote understanding between generations. Audrey especially appreciated Leisure World’s quiet mornings and loved sitting on her patio in the warmth of the sun. 

Audrey accomplished many things in her life, but her greatest accomplishment was the love she gave to her family and others. She celebrated her 100th birthday with family and friends, cake, gifts, music, and song. On Nov. 17, 2020 she passed from this world through the gates of heaven to freedom and eternal peace. Audrey is survived by her daughters Katherine and Julie, and many family and friends who love and miss her. To the many people who knew her, Audrey sends her love and the assurance that she is watching over us all, even now.

paid obituary •••

In Memoriam: 

Susa Evans 66

Roberto Garcia 74

Faamitr Liio 63

Welcome Haywood Reams 94

Vicki Hodges 68

Joyce Harrell 82

Mary Peterson 89

Alonzel Thompson 64

Joe Ige 89

Cheryl Kennedy Rice 77

Guadalupe Padilla 77

Jose Petalta 79

Candelario Santana 82

Sylvester Taylor 69

Robert Foster 76

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—Paid obituary



Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 07/01/21



Delivered to your door. 

LW daughter 

Sandy Vander Woudefikse.

(562) 618-8731. 03/04/21



By Helen

LW Resident. (562) 419-3557


Gifts for Valentine’s Day

Business License #WEL0015. 02/25


Wanted female companion – Christian, warm and tender-hearted, affectionate, conservative, well-educated. Loves Tony Bennett & Frand Sinatra. Good conversationalist. Fine sense of humor. Please call 562-370-5656. 02/18


Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071. 


(562) 596-7757. 03/31/22


JR HOME REPAIRS.  Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License #JRH0001. 07/08/2021



General Contractor

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


License #954725. 04/22/21




Install doors, new windows, recessed lights, fans, light fixtures. Cabinet refacing & refinishing, paint exterior window frames, ceilings made smooth, closets redone, misc. repairs. Kitchen/bathroom remodeling. 

40+ yrs in LW.


562-596-0559. 02/25/21



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


We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new.

Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat.

Nu Kote 562-833-3911  

License #699080 

Serving LW since 1999. 03/04/20


Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.

CA State License #675336. 04/22


Affordable – Professional, 

Licensed and Insured. 

Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing, 

cabinets. Senior discounts. 

Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. 

License #1049257. 04/01





Lic 723262. 40+ yrs in LW. Interiors, cabinets, exterior window frames, kitchen, bath, doors, trim, primered only premium paints. Ceilings made smooth, crown moulding & baseboards installed. 

LW Decor Inc.

562-596-0559. 02/25/21




40+ yrs in LW. Vinyl plank, laminate, tile indoor and outdoor patio carpet. License 723262. 

562-596-0559. 02/25/21




All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988.

Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.

State Contractors Lic. #578194.04/15




Licensed and insured.

Dan (562) 841-3787.

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 03/11



I Clean Inside & Outside Or…

Clean Outside Only and Save $$$.

(562) 600-0014. LW Resident,

Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach

Business License #LIV0004. 12/03




Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes. 

562-596-0559. 02/25/21

Leisure World 

Helping Leisure World

Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm, (562) 596-9906.




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

Also batteries. 562-431-6859.



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. 06/10/21


MOST AFFORDABLE RATE affordable rates with optimum service, 23 years experience LW, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24 hour, part time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English. Ann 714-624-1911, Heidi 562-277-3650. Seal Beach License #HYC0001. 07/01


Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. 

(562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License #CAM0006. 03/25


Blue Horizon Private Home Care and Assisted Living. A trusted team of experienced homecare providers. Here at Blue Horizon we provide COVID Care, which includes picking up prescriptions, dropping clothes off at the cleaners, housekeeping and grocery shopping. Also we help with special needs, disability injury, assistance medication management and escorting to appointments. We have an affordable hourly rate, or flat fee rate for 24-Hour care.  Contact us today at 323-548-0708 to provide the personal care that’s needed to fit your needs. License #BU22020391. 03/11



Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 03/25


Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Liensed by the state. 

Gloria 949-371-7425. 04/15


Are you looking to make some extra cash while working one to two weeks per month for 6 hour shifts per day? Do you love meeting new people and talking? If you answered yes, please call us for details 714.632.7744. 02/25


Cats/dogs, nail cutting, bathing. COVD-19 PPE safe. 

Cell 562-544-9555 Karen. SB License #Jen0006. 02/18


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One customer, one hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men & women, shampoo, set, color, highlights, perm, nails & toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Blvd,  #116. (714) 425-4198. 02/25/20


In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 03/18


Stylish haircut at home. Countless clients w/referrals.  

Gabriel 562-708-3170. License #B50551. 02/18


Yvonne from Phenix Salon is coming to your home for perms, color & cut. 714-855-8465. License K336138. 02/18







Over 30 years Experience!

Seal Beach Business

License #AB0001. 03/04



Windows 10% off first cleaning

General housecleaning

Excellent referrals in LW

(562) 307-3861. 

20 years experience.

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 03/11


House cleaning/Eco-Friendly products. I’ve been working in Leisure World since 2004 and can provide references. 

Lori 949-275- 8165. Seal Beach Business License SAG0003. 02/25


Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal Beach License LUC0001. 04/15



We make your home sparkle! 7 days-call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001A. Call 562-505-1613. 04/22


General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 04/15


Maria House Cleaning

We’ll make your house look as

nice as possible! 15 years of

experience, We can work with your

schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly.

Deep cleaning.

Call or text 714-496-2885.

Bus. Lic #HER0008. 04/15



We do the work – you relax & take it easy. You get the best job in town at rates you can afford. 20 years of experience working in Leisure World. 714-476-2100. 04/29




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

Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.   

License #CIP0001 05/20/21


John’s Computer Services


Virus removal, Repair, Training,

Software, Wireless, Internet

Security. LW Resident

 SB License FUH0001. 04/15



Cars, 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. 06/03



Cars. Trucks. Vans. SUVs.

Text or Call


Polite & Generous.

Very Fair Pricing.

OC Since 1987. 04/01


We Bring You

$1,500 to $6,500 Cash

Cars Trucks Vans. SUVs

Text or Call


Polite Safe Local Since 1975

Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale

Golf Cars BUY SELL TRADE and REPAIRS. Call: 714-292-9124. 05/13/21


Like new, Club Car Precedent, brand new batteries, fairly new brakes, extended top, installed rain cover, and all weather cover. Flip down rear seat for cargo. Upgraded control module for higher speed, 18-20 mph. Asking $4995. Call Greg 909-615-4351. 02/18


BLUE PRIDE 3W SCOOTER w/ Charger & 2 storage baskets, swivel seat for easy access. $600 or offers

714-553-7104. 02/18



Runs great, new battery. Cost $3,500 new. Sacrifice for $800. 

562-296-8088. 02/18


Need a lift? Pam Miller. 

LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 02/18


Rides by Russ with a personal touch.

Airports, doctors, shopping and errands. 714-655-1544. 02/18




Dependable, Professional,

Trustworthy Transportation for 

Airport Travelers, Medical Patients

Covid Safety, Limted Scheduling.

Call Jim 562-537-1298. 02/18


Trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462.




No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License

BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 03/11



Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 03/11


Looking to rent carport 7, Mutual 15 preferred. 562-509-5887. 02/25


Carport to rent  – Mutual 3, 49-29. Please call 714-356-7056. 02/18


Up-Walker Lite. Almost new. $100. Call 562-296-8501. 02/18 


Jackie, John Kennedy and Marilyn Monroe Franklin Mint dolls. $150.00. 562-552-5935. 02/18


Manhattan tricycle 3-speed, steel frame, barely used, mirror, helmet, padded bontrager seat. $500. 

562-296-5364. 02/18


Mutual 15, 1860 McKinney Way, 21A. Call for appointment: 

562-843-6963. Puzzles, candles, crock pot, several wooden shelves, food processor, lamps and lamp shades, doggie steps & dog carrier, bar stool, clocks, bathroom rugs, beautiful tea cart, small step stools, bed pads, butter dishes, pictures & frames. Trundle bed. 02/18


Clean sofa bed, leather, beige, extra long premium mattress. Excellent condition. Call 562-296-5427. 02/18


Metal daybed & trundle frame. No mattresses. Free. 562-446-0282. Please leave message. 02/18