Page 1, General News
Pool Construction Update
by Ruth Osborn
From the outside, the LW Pool and Spa facility looks like a completely stalled construction project; there’s not a lot of discernible progress.
But like a fallow field, the project is teeming with underlying activity that will yield a first-class pool in the near future.
This foundational work between the GRF and the architect, SGE Consulting Structural Engineers, will ensure that once the shovel hits the dirt, construction will be streamlined because of the attention to detail spent getting the plans right.
Fewer mid-construction change orders will mean less unbudgeted money spent and a faster construction pace.
The pool is now fully designed, and plans have been returned for a final review by the City of Seal Beach and the Orange County Health Care Agency (OCHCA).
GRF Physical Property Manager David Rudge, who is overseeing the project, expects approvals and permits in the next couple of weeks, with construction set to begin immediately thereafter. The pool is expected to be ready for residents by late summer.
Rudge acknowledges project delays have been frustrating. He attributes much of the slowdown to a perfect storm of setbacks. Unforseen and catastrophic infrastructure deterioration required expanding the job amid an unfolding pandemic.
The COVID-19 crisis interrupted project schedules due to staff shortages and work changes to protect people from the spread of the virus.
This has been true of projects throughout the construction industry. Staggered shift schedules, limited number of workers on site and staff sickened by the virus have impacted project productivity, according to the Association of General Contractors of America.
Projects are now taking longer and costing more to complete.
But Rudge is confident that the end of this pool project is in sight.
It’s been a long road.
After surveying residents in 2018 and holding town halls to gauge LW support for either a renovation or replacement of the pool, the GRF Board voted in August 2019 for a renovation.
The original plan was simple, a pool replaster, new decking and a locker room overhaul with some work at the Golf Course, which has since been completed.
The project was originally estimated to cost about $750,000, but massive defects were uncovered during pool demolition in late 2019. Demolition exposed defective gas, electric, sewer and drainage lines; insufficient foundation supports; corroded conduits; broken plumbing pipes; rotted wall studs in locker rooms; severe cracks in the pool and spa shells; and missing footings under concrete block walls.
The project came to a halt as the GRF looked to hire an architect and engineers to design a whole new project.
Ultimately $1.5 million was earmarked to replace the pool and spa, and work on the Golf Course.
Rudge, who oversaw construction of a $62-million Clubhouse, Fitness Center and perimeter overflow pool in Newport Beach before joining the GRF team, spends time every day poring over intricate engineering and architectural plans to make sure they will seamlessly interweave into a beautiful new pool for LW.
Builders must abide by state and local health codes. The model pool code by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, which forms the basis for some local codes, is more than 660 pages. State codes will generally fill 50 or 60 at a minimum.
And Rudge is double-checking it all—chemical room detail; storage tank containment pits; door hinge placement in shower rooms; pool backwash capacity; pool main drains and pit pump capacities; roof fan locations; concrete and vapor barriers; locker room ventilation; gates, openings and sidewalk locations; pool deck slope and surfaces; filter and pipe sizes; recirculation pump flow for the spa, flow meters and disinfectant feeders among a thousand other details.
Even the pool finish color needs attention. Why? Because a light color will help lifeguards immediately spot swimmers in distress; so the OCHCA requires samples of the waterline tile for the swim pool and spa.
By late summer, all this behind-the-scenes work should pay off. The facility will boast a pool with five swimming lanes, a 30-by-30-foot activity area with a volleyball net, a 9-by-25-foot spa, new locker rooms and a lounge area in a reconfigured space to maximize potential.
In June 6,1962, Leisure World, Seal Beach, opened with a swimming and hot pool facility. Over the next five-plus decades, the pool complex had an average of 124 people per day taking dips.
While the wait to get poolside has been long, it will be well worth it once the new facility is open.
POOL CONSTRUCTION TIMELINE
• August 2019: the GRF Board approved renovation of the golf starter area, golf course tees, and pool and locker Rooms
• Nov. 4, 2019: Started golf project and pool
• Nov. 22, 2019: Engineer reports on condition of pool shell; project on hold.
• Feb. 25, 2020: GRF Board approves complete replacement of pool.
• Feb. 28, 2020: GRF signed architect’s contract for locker rooms.
• June 22, 2020: Pool engineer anticipates long COVID-19-related delay for hydraulic engineering. A new pool engineer is sought.
• June 2020: Crews pumped out salt water from the pool; it was caused by ocean encroachment due to a high-water table.
• July 13, 2020: Contract agreed to with new pool engineer
• Feb. 19, 2021: Plans submitted to plan check.
• March 15, 2021: Plan check comments back from City of Seal Beach and Orange County Health Care Agency.
• April 2021: Pool design complete, plans resubmitted to City of Seal Beach and Orange County Health Care Agency for final approval.
GRF/Mutual Financial Statements in this paper
The 2020 audited financial statements for the Golden Rain Foundation and your respective Mutual are inserted in this edition of the LW Weekly.
Fitness Center opened April 12
The newly renovated Fitness Center reopened for the first time in over a year April 12 to a full house, COVID-19 style—in 45-minute sessions with 15 exercisers per shift. Residents lined up outside Clubhouse 6 at 6 a.m., waiting for the doors to open. They were escorted upstairs, where they registered at the new check-in desk. Once on the floor, they had their choice of cardio machines, free weights, resistence training, stability balls and more. After 40 minutes, an attendant alerted everyone that it was time to cool down, as work outs would be ending. The schedule allows 15 minutes between every shift so gym attendants can disinfect the equipment.
The center is available by appointment only.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. Reserve a 45-minute session the day before you want to workout.
2. Go to www.lwsb.com/reserve and click on the exercise icon. Phone reservations are not available at this time.
3. A screen will appear with the available time slots for the next day (see the tutorial here on lwsb.com under the LW Community tab, Athletic Activities.
4. Click on the highlighted date and choose a time. When you click on it, a form will appear. Fill it out and hit “submit” and a confirmation will appear.
5. Exercisers must bring a GRF ID, mask and towel to the Fitness Center; backpacks, purses and valuables are not allowed.
6. People should stay downstairs, socially distanced from other residents; an attendant will escort groups to the second-floor gym.
7. People who have not preregistered will need to provide a GRF ID and photo upon entering at the first visit. While they exercise, an attendant will register them, place a strip on GRF IDs and return them as they exit. The card is required for future gym entry.
8. People who have not registered by April 19 should call (562) 431-6586, ext. 324 or 326, for an appointment to preregister at the Recreation Office weekdays between 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
9. Residents must leave the gym immediately after workouts to allow time for disinfecting prior to the next group.
The GRF reserves the right to manage reservations to ensure equitable exercise opportunities for everyone while attendance is restricted due to COVID-19 guidelines. For the complete set of guidelines governing the Fitness Center, type this link in your browser: 1868071 (powerdms.com)
For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Coyotes spotted in most Mutuals
by Ruth Osborn
Coyote sightings are on the rise in almost every Mutual in Leisure World. There is a reason why: it’s whelping season.
In California, coyotes breed mainly during January, February and March. The gestation period is about 60-63 days. Young are born March through May, with litter sizes averaging 5-6 pups. Coyotes produce one litter per year.
So coyotes are on the prowl for food and water.
It used to be that coyotes could mostly be seen at dusk and dawn slinking along in the shadows. But lately they are everywhere, at all hours and in almost all Mutuals., according to residents posting on Facebook and Nextdoor.
Coyotes typically skulk away at the first sign of a human but some LW residents are reporting more brazen behavior. They are posting pictures of coyotes making their way through carports, peering in patios and loping through greenbelts.
Coyotes typically winter in dens until spring when they emerge to hunt. Their primary food is rodents, squirrels and rabbits, but they will eat almost anything, including fruit, grass and vegetables. They take advantage of whatever is available, including garbage, pet food and domestic animals.
Animal control experts recommend that residents follow these precautions to keep the coyotes away from neighborhoods:
•Close the lids of community garbage containers after trash is placed inside. This will eliminate a food source for the animal.
•Protect pets and do not leave any pet food or water in patio areas.
•Put away bird feeders at night to avoid attracting rodents and other coyote prey.
•Be aware of surroundings while walking dogs in the evening and early morning hours. Loud noises will scare off the animals, which are typically frightened of humans and run from conflict.
•Don’t leave doors or windows open, and make sure vents and screened so there is no access to apartments.
If food and water are removed, and people haze coyotes, the animals will move on to more hospitable locales.
Hazing uses scare tactics to reinstill fear of humans. Hazing techniques include:
•Yell and wave your arms while approaching a coyote.
•Use noisemaker such as whistles, air horns, bells or soda cans filled with pennies to scare the coyote.
•Use projectiles such as sticks, small rocks, cans, tennis balls or rubber balls to throw at the coyote.
•Use hoses, water guns or spray bottles.
Never approach a sick, injured or cornered coyote.
Animal control will only respond if the coyote is sick or injured or if it is threatening or attacking a person. There have been no reports of threatening coyote behavior in LW.
For more information Seal Beach’s contracted provider, Long Beach Animal Care Services, at (562) 570-7387. It is a violation of state law to feed wildlife because it alters their natural behaviors.
GRF Employees of the Month
LW residents are asked to join the GRF in recognizing the following employees of the month for excellence in service to the community.
• January: Property Inspector Gerald “Jerry” Antisdel and Jesus “Jesse” Lopez, Service Maintenance
• February: Recreation Manager Thomas “Tommy” Fileto and Assistant Recreation Manager Katherine “Kathy” Thayer.
Free tax help available
The Golden Age Foundation is sponsoring a free tax program to help LW residents prepare and e-file tax returns.
Appointments are required and are available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings outside the Knowledge and Learning Center in Clubhouse 3.
Call (562)596-1987 and leave your name and telephone number. A volunteer will call you back.
At their appointments, residents will be interviewed and their tax documents scanned to a secure server. Certified IRS volunteers working from home will then prepare and quality review returns based on the scanned documents. Residents will return the following week to pick up completed returns. Returns will be e-filed and the scanned documents deleted.
The IRS and Franchise Tax Board have both extended the filing deadline for 2020 tax returns to May 17.
405 Improvement 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:
SR-22 On-Ramp from Old Ranch Parkway to Close
The Old Ranch Parkway on-ramp to the westbound SR-22 will close for about eight months to accommodate freeway widening.
Activities include demolition, excavation, grading, drainage and electrical system installation, and concrete pours and asphalt paving.
The work was scheduled to begin Tuesday with work hours from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m.
Nighttime work hours are 9 p.m.-6 a.m.
Partial Lane Closures on Seal Beach Boulevard
Crews will begin traffic signal construction at the intersection of Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson Avenue and the intersection of Seal Beach Boulevard and the NB I-405 freeway ramps.
Activities include the installation of temporary wooden poles, traffic signal heads and electrical work.
Temporary traffic signal construction is now underway.
Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson Avenue will be intermittently reduced to two lanes at the intersection for the duration of the job.
Nighttime work hours are 9 p.m.-6 a.m.
Bolsa Chica Road Sidewalk Closure
Crews closed the sidewalk at the intersection of Old Bolsa Chica Road and Bolsa Chica Road for sidewalk, curb, pedestrian ramp and traffic signal construction on April 6. The job is expected to last approximately two months.
Activities include k-rail placement, demolition and restriping on Old Bolsa Chica Road.
SB I-405 Off-Ramp to Bolsa Chica Road Closed
Crews closed the southbound I-405 off-ramp to Bolsa Chica on Oct. 27 for approximately one year to advance construction on the Bolsa Chica bridge.
Almond Avenue Update
Demolition and reconstruction of the sound walls along Almond Avenue in College Park East are anticipated to start soon. Crews will install a temporary sound barrier prior to demolition.
I-405 near Bolsa
Crews will remove a portion of the I-405 bridge over the railroad, along the northbound and southbound I-405 between Bolsa Avenue and McFadden Avenue.
Activities include demolition, excavation, and hauling materials.The NB 1-405 work was completed earlier this week. SB I-405 work is set for today, April 15; Friday, April 16, and Monday, April 19.
Daytime work hours are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Nighttime work hours are 9 p.m.-6 a.m. Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m.
This work may be loud.
Crews will continue working on the foundation of the wall along southbound southbound I-405, south of Bolsa Avenue.
Bolsa Chica Road
Continuation of pile driving for the Bolsa Chica bridge over I-405 along the center median and southbound I-405 at Bolsa Chica bridge. The work is ongoing 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays for approximately two months.
Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m., and some activities may occur from 9 p.m.-5 a.m. as needed.
Crews began working on the foundation of the retaining wall adjacent to Cascade Park along the southbound (SB) I-405 on-ramp from Westminster Boulevard. The foundation consists of approximately 80 cast-in-drilled-hole (CIDH) piles.
Work is ongoing from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays, for approximately one month.
Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m., and some activity may occur at night. Intermittent nighttime closures of the southbound I-405 on-ramp from Westminster may be required.
Additional construction activities including rebar, form and concrete activities are anticipated in May and June, and backfill and block wall installation is anticipated in July and August.
The 405 Community Outreach Team will provide detailed schedule information in future alerts.
Concrete pours are anticipated in late March and early April.
This work may be loud.
Sign up for project-wide and bridge-specific construction alerts at bit.ly/405-signup. Email email@example.com 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.
I-405 Improvement Project automated call and text alerts will now start coming to subscribers from the I-405 Project Helpline number (888-400-8994.) This will allow people to leave messages if they have questions or concerns about the project.
by Eloy Gomez
As we grow older, our bodies change. Poor eyesight, loss of hearing, arthritis, dementia and side effects from medicine can make it more difficult to react to a fire. We need to consider these changes and how they may affect our abilities. In comparison to the population at large, people 65 and older are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires.
Fire Safety in the Kitchen
Cooking fires are the No. 1 cause of home fires. Many older adults also experience burn-related injuries during cooking. Prevent fires and burns by being watchful and alert while you cook.
• Stay in the kitchen when you are frying, grilling, boiling or broiling food. If you leave the kitchen for even a short period of time, turn off the stove.
• If you are simmering, baking or roasting food, check it regularly. Remain in the home while food is cooking, and use a timer to remind you that you’re cooking.
• Keep a pot lid nearby when you cook. If a fire starts in the pan, slide the lid over the pot and turn off the burner.
• Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove so the pots will not be knocked off.
• Clean oven and stove top after each use.
• Keep items such paper towels, plastic or wood utensils, decorations or anything that can burn away from the stove top.
• Don’t cook if you are sleepy, have consumed alcohol, or have taken medicine or drugs that cause drowsiness.
• Wear short, close-fitting or tightly rolled sleeves while cooking. Loose clothing can catch fire if it touches a gas flame or an electric burner.
• Check the kitchen after you finish cooking. Make sure the oven, burners and other appliances are off.
• If a fire starts, stay calm and get out. Once out, call 911 or the fire department from a cell phone or a neighbor’s telephone. Have an outside meeting place at a safe distance in front of your unit where first responders can see you.
For questions or comments on this article, contact me at (562) 431-6586, ext. 356.
Canine Companion joins SBPD
Motivation and support comes in many forms, including a cold nose and a warm heart. The Seal Beach Police Department welcomed its newest staff member, Yosa, a Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog.
Yosa will assist her handler, Lt. Nick Nicholas, during his work with victims, witnesses and community members exposed to traumatic events.
Since 1975, Canine Companions has bred, raised and expertly trained service dogs in over 40 commands designed to assist and motivate clients with special needs. Yosa, a 2-year-old Labrador/Golden Retriever mix, has been selected to work for the Seal Beach Police Department because of her unobtrusive and calm demeanor necessary in a criminal justice setting.
The Seal Beach Police Department will utilize Police Facility Dog Yosa to:
• aid in the investigation of crimes
• provide comfort to victims and witnesses during interviews and court proceedings
• help victims process grief and loss
• lower tension and stress of community members and staff after traumatic events
• work with children to build relationships
• conduct senior citizen visits and welfare checks
• engage with the public during community events
For nearly 46 years, Canine Companions has been enhancing the lives of people with disabilities by training and placing more than 6,700 service dogs with program graduates, including more than 230 dogs with military veterans and more than 2,000 dogs with children.
The estimated cost of a highly trained Canine Companions facility dog like Yosa, and all follow-
Letters to the Editor
I was outraged when I read last week’s letter to the editor (April 8) and flabbergasted that it would be printed by the LW Weekly.
Regarding holding a solidarity rally to oppose racism, the writer of the letter, Donald Hodel, stated that he was surprised that Republicans would be invited to speak at this event. Does he wish the majority of Leisure World be excluded from this event, including our Republican Asian-American brothers and sisters?
In regards to Don Hodel’s letter (April 8), I was deeply offended by it. He just had to bring in former President Donald J. Trump regarding the rally.
I would like to know if Mr. Hodel knows Mr. Trump personally to make such a blanket statement? I don’t think he does, of course. What I do think is that people who tune in to CNN, MSNBC, NPR, CNBC, etc., are listening to networks that are haters of Donald Trump and have lied about him constantly. They do not report truth; they make it up so it will fit their narrative.
Republicans had every right to be invited to speak at the rally.
I have been informed that a Koran man who lived in Leisure World recently died. This was regrettable as is the loss of any fellow resident of our wonderful community. What has brought this person’s death to my attention was the reaction it produced. Someone took it upon him- or herself to advise the surviving widow to “go home.”
I was stunned to hear about this and pondered for days just how cold, mean-spirited and, yes, uncivilized some people can be. To know that such a person may live in Leisure World is most disturbing and embarrassing.
I want the widow to know that, as far as I am concerned, she is as welcome to live here as any of us. I am a caucasian male who has lived here only eight months.
So far I have found folks to be congenial, kind and friendly. It is heartbreaking to know that there could be an individual among us who is so mean-spirited. I assume that person has had a rough life with little, if any, love in it.
The GRF needs to be more transparent about the pool replacement debacle. One question that has yet to be addressed is: Who screwed up, and what price have they paid?
To not foresee that a 60-year-old pool would not require a complete overhaul is not acceptable.
This lack of foresight has not been fully explained.
Even with all that, per a pool contractor, a complete pool installation from scratch usually takes 8-12 weeks. Where are we at, a year and half?
As shareholders, we deserve a more thorough explanation other than waiting for the upgraded permits to be approved.
What agency has not approved and why exactly? As citizens, we could assist by using our collective considerable policical clout and address this agency directly to get off the fence and get it done. I’m tired of looking at a dirt hole with no activity.
Editor’s Note: See story on Page 1 for a comprehensive overview of the pool construction project, its current status and a timeline that traces the project’s progression through an unprecedented pandemic that ultimately slowed the design and construction of jobs across the country.
In Letters to the Editor (April 8), there was a resident concerned about street sweeping on the trust streets not being done properly due to people parking their vehicles in the streets on sweeping day.
We all can appreciate the lack of vehicle parking spots in the carport areas of Leisure World. Back when Leisure World was built, most residents only owned one vehicle.
Fast forward to now, and many residents own two vehicles (two drivers in each household), and the trust streets are the only places to park.
The solution is to sweep alternate sides of each street on alternate days.
They have been doing this in East Long Beach where I previously lived for decade, and it allows for the proper sweeping of each side of the street as residents move their vehicles on alternate days.
Let’s not start issuing tickets for parking on the trust streets on sweeping days.
It appears that GRF already realizes there is a parking issue and that there is simply nowhere to park all the vehicles.
Going to alternate days for sweeping is a fair and easy way to accomodate all sides on this issue.
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.
Fri., April 16 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Mon., April 19 Finance Committee
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Tues., April 20 Executive Session of the Executive Committee
Admin Conference Room 10 a.m.
Tues., April 20 Website Ad Hoc Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Tues., April 27 GRF Board Monthly Meeting
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Mon., May 3 Recreation Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Wed., May 5 Physical Property Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Thurs., May 6 COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Fri., May 7 GRF Board Executive Session
virtual 1 p.m.
Mon., May 10 Mutual Administration Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Wed., May 12 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Thurs., May 13 Communications/IT Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Mutual 3 Town Hall Meeting
Mutual 3 Shareholders are invited to a Bylaws Town Hall Meeting on April 28, from 2-4 p.m.
The presentation regarding the proposed bylaws for Mutual 3 will be via Zoom and conference call by Roseman Law APC.
Those who intend to attend or want to speak during the open forum should provide their name, unit number and telephone number to Mutual Administration via email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling (562) 431-6586, ext. 329, no later than 3 p.m. April 27.
Connecting with the LW Weekly
The Leisure World Weekly office remains 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 email@example.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.
Recap of Special GRF Board Activity, April 13
GENERAL—Storm Drain Catch Basins Improvement
MOVED to not approve the installation of storm-drain screens throughout the community, in an amount not to exceed $60,000, Capital Funding, and authorize the President to sign the Memorandum of Understanding.
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.
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. To verify your current listing in the White Pages, or to be included in the 2021 edition, contact firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, address and/or phone number.
Senior Cuisine Delivered
Experience restaurant-quality meals specially made for Orange County’s older adults, delivered safely to your home. Choose from among your favorite participating restaurants and caterers, and receive lunch and dinner for two for four or six days a week.
Meals are affordably priced at $9.95 each, with 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.
The provider will contact you to arrange delivery. No meal preparation is needed; just heat and eat. Sign up at seniorcuisinedelivered.mealsonwheelsoc.org/collections/resturaunts/seal-beach. For help or more information, call (714) 823-3294.
Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change).
Thurs., April 15 Mutual 2
virtual 9 a.m.
Thurs., April 15 Mutual 11
virtual 1:30 p.m.
Mon., April 19 Mutual 15
virtual 1 p.m.
Tues., April 20 Mutual 14
virtual 1 p.m.
Wed., April 21 Mutual 5
virtual 9 a.m.
Wed., April 21 Mutual 7
virtual 1 p.m.
Thurs., April 22 Mutual 1
virtual 9 a.m.
Fri., April 23 Mutual 6
virtual 9:30 a.m.
Mon., April 26 Mutual 8 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)
virtual 9:30 a.m.
Wed., April 28 Mutual 10
virtual 9 a.m.
How to Contact Your Government
Contacting your elected officials remains one of the most important civic responsibilities you can perform outside of voting. Here’s a guide to how to contact those elected to be your voice:
Seal Beach City Council Member, District 5, Sandra Massa-Lavitt
Phone: (562) 431-2527, ext. 1505
Mail: Seal Beach City Hall, 211 Eighth St., Seal Beach, CA 90740
Seal Beach Mayor Joe Kalmick
Phone: (562) 431-2527, ext. 1501
Mail: Seal Beach City Hall, 211 Eighth St., Seal Beach, CA 90740
Orange County Supervisor, District 2, Katrina Foley
Phone: (714) 834-3220
Mail: 10 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, CA 92701
State Assembly Member, District 72, Janet Nguyen
Phone: (714) 843-4966 or (916) 319-2072
Mail: 17011 Beach Blvd., Ste. 1120, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
State Senator, District 34, Thomas J. Umberg
Phone: (714) 558-3785 or (916) 651-4034
Mail: 1000 E. Santa Ana Blvd., Ste. 220B, Santa Ana, CA 92701
Governor Gavin Newsom
Phone: (916) 445-2841
Mail: 1303 10th St., Ste. 1173, Sacramento, CA 95814
U.S. Representative, 48th District, Michelle Steel
Phone: (714) 960-6483 or (202) 225-2415
Mail: 17011 Beach Blvd., Ste. 570, Huntington Beach, CA 92647
U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein
Phone: (310) 914-7300 or (202) 224-3841
Mail: 11111 Santa Monica Blvd., Ste. 915, Los Angeles, CA 90025
U.S. Senator Alex Padilla
Phone: (202) 224-3553
Mail: 11845 W. Olympic Blvd., Ste. 1250W, Los Angeles, CA 90064
Vice President Kamala Harris
Phone: (202) 456-1111
Mail: The White House, Office of the Vice President, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20500
President Joseph R. Biden
Phone: (202) 456-1111
Mail: The White House, Office of the President, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C. 20500
Health & Fitness
Improve how your mask protects you
Even with the vaccine, correct and consistent mask use is a critical step everyone can take to prevent getting and spreading COVID-19. It’s important to continue wearing masks while in public because it’s still possible to contract the virus, and even if you don’t feel sick, you could still spread the virus to others.
Masks work best when everyone is wearing them, but not all masks provide the same protection. When choosing a mask, look at how well it fits, how well it filters the air, and how many layers it has.
Two important ways to make sure your mask works the best it can:
• Make sure it fits snugly against your face. Gaps can let air with respiratory droplets leak in and out around the edges of the mask.
• Pick one 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.
Do not combine two disposable masks, which are not designed to fit tightly, or combine a KN95 mask with any other mask.
—National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, Division of Viral Diseases
Meals on Wheels, Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals for $8.25 per day 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, April 15: Baked turkey ziti, whole-grain roll and green beans with pimentos; jello with fruit; turkey, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus three-bean salad.
Friday, April 16: Rosemary chicken breast with creamy garlic sauce, brown and wild rice, and Brussels sprouts; fruit cocktail; chicken Caesar salad with lettuce, cheese, croutons and Caesar dressing, plus crackers.
Monday, April 19: Homemade meatloaf with mushroom gravy, garlic-and-chive mashed potatoes, and peas and carrots; oatmeal cookies; tuna-salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, plus homemade potato salad.
Tuesday, April 20: Curry chicken, brown and wild rice, and zucchini with tomatoes; pears with cinnamon; spinach salad with chicken, Mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, feta cheese and vinaigrette dressing, plus crackers.
Wednesday, April 21: Corned beef, au gratin potatoes and seasoned cabbage; fresh tangerine; roast beef-and-cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus Italian pasta salad.
Zumba and Dance Fitness Clubs
Get off the couch!
There are two low-impact dance clubs you can join, both of which meet at Veterans Park. Zumba Club meets on Mondays at 5 p.m., and the Dance Fitness Club comes together on Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. Both are free during the pandemic.
For more information, contact Jim Blanchard at (714) 487-2446.
Learn the ABCs of CBD
By CJ Blomquist
After all that 2020 brought, a lot of people are looking for new and healthy ways to ease their anxiety. Thus, there are more and more products containing cannabidiol (CBD), from skin lotions to sleeping aides to afternoon treats. But what is it exactly? And does it work?
Here’s the basic rundown on CBD—and what people should keep in mind if they decide to try a product (or two):
Active chemicals: CBD is a chemical compound found in hemp and marijuana plants, but it’s not psychoactive. CBD products don’t have THC, the chemical in marijuana that distorts perception. In other words, anyone using a CBD product won’t get high from it. However, there may be trace amounts of THC in some products, so it’s best to try a product while safe at home—just in case.
Budding business: There are a lot of new businesses selling CBD products, but as with any new industry, there aren’t a lot of laws and regulations in place. Manufacturers of these oils, infusions and beauty products don’t have to have their products tested.
Conditions: CBD-based products claim to treat everything from acne to insomnia to joint pain, but there hasn’t really been enough research to support such claims. In fact, the Food and Drug Administration has only approved CBD to treat very specific types of pain and seizures. This doesn’t necessarily mean such products are worthless, though. Thanks to the popularity of these items, more universities are studying the effects of CBD to help determine how and when it is most effective.
Travel safe: While most people are not yet traveling outside the state, anyone heading outside of Southern California should check the laws for their destination, as CBD products are not legal in every county or state.
There’s still a lot unknown about CBD. Some people swear by it, while others say it does nothing. Anyone who decides to try it should check with their primary care doctor first.
Happy Monday, Get Strong Kick-Start
Prevent age-related muscle loss, also known as sarcopenia, with strength training. Via Zoom, certified personal trainer and Leisure World resident Eunis “WildFire!” Christensen leads simple at-home workouts with dumbbells and stretch tubing/bands every Monday at 4 p.m. This free, interactive half-hour group class is designed to help people stay strong and healthy for years to come. Email email@example.com or call (562) 879-1954 for registration information.
Balance & Stability Class
A Landmark Balance & Stability class is now on Tuesdays, 10 a.m. via Zoom. Go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530; the meeting ID is 849 8252 2530, and the password is practice.
A certified instructor 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.
The instructor is certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, and Balance & Stability. She also has certification from the Fitness Aging Institute and an ACE Group exercise certificate. For more information, call (562) 397-1519.
Stress is a normal part of life, but how you deal with that stress makes a big difference to your health. Connect with others and learn tips on ways to better manage the stress in your life every Wednesday at 10 a.m. The free series sponsored by Monarch Healthcare & Scan Independence at Home continues until June 23.
To join the Zoom meeting, go to scanhealthplan.zoom.us/j/95741470401. The meeting ID is 957 4147 0401.
Help for COVID+ Alzheimer’s patients
If you have a family member with memory impairment who has recently tested positive for COVID-19, Alzheimer’s Orange County (AlzOC) COVID+ Memory Care Unit at Fairview Developmental Center in Costa Mesa may have beds available.
The no-cost unit is for short-term stays for COVID-positive patients with memory loss who are experiencing mild symptoms or are asymptomatic and do not require hospital-based care. It’s not for long-term placement, but rather to help free up hospital beds and assist in arresting the spread of COVID-19 in congregate living and home environments.
Staffed 24/7 by a Licensed Vocational Nursing team and caregivers with dementia training, the unit can house qualified seniors for a minimum of 10 days and up to 21 days, depending on symptoms and condition, past onset of symptoms or positive test result. All costs are covered by the county.
For more information, contact AlzOC Vice President of Advocacy and Outreach Patty Barnett Mouton at (714) 349-5517.
COVID Testing in Orange County
The Orange County Health Care Agency continues to offer free COVID-19 tests, including at drive-through sites at the Orange County Fairgrounds and the Anaheim Convention Center. The PCR tests are free, but appointments are required via 360clinic.fulgentgenetics.com/. The 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.
Additional testing sites include: Anaheim City Hall, East Anaheim Gymnasium; Brookhurst Community Center, Anaheim; Buena Park Senior Center; Costa Mesa Senior Center; Fountain Valley Sports Park; Garden Grove Magnolia Park; H. Louis Lake Senior Center, Garden Grove; Laguna Woods City Hall; Serra High School, San Juan Capistrano; Stanton Park and Westminster City Hall.
For more details, visit occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/supersite.
Arts & Leisure
Step out on local nature walks
Spring has arrived, as has its warmer weather and bounty of beautiful sights. You can get out into nature just about anywhere, but here are a few local spaces worth exploring:
Bolsa Chica Ecological Reserve: At 1,449 acres, the Bolsa Chica Wetlands is reportedly the largest saltwater marsh between Monterey Bay and the Tijuana River Estuary. Year-round, salt water enters the wetlands through Anaheim Bay in Seal Beach as well as via a tidal inlet just north of Seapoint Avenue along PCH. During the rainy season, fresh water flows into the wetlands from the Wintersburg Flood Control Channel and creates brackish conditions typical of an estuary. There are approximately 5 miles of trails here, open to walkers, joggers, disabled visitors, photographers, and birders and other nature-lovers (but not dogs or bicycles). In addition to rare and endangered species, be aware that the wetlands are also home to rattlesnakes, black widows, poison oak and other less-friendly species, so be sure to stay on designated trails. For more information and directions, visit wildlife.ca.gov/Lands/Places-to-Visit/Bolsa-Chica-ER.
El Dorado Nature Center: The Long Beach wildlife habitat is home to a wide variety of grasses, shrubs and trees, most of them native to California. Follow 2 miles of dirt trails around two lakes, a stream and forested areas in this 105-acre sanctuary for local wildlife. The center staff recommend you walk the trails—no pets or bikes allowed—and leave everything as you found it so that the animals and plants continue to thrive. Get more details at www.longbeach.gov/park/park-and-facilities/parks-centers-pier/el-dorado-nature-center/.
Ralph B. Clark Regional Park: The 104-acre park in Buena Park offers hiking trails through Camel and Elephant hills and along sheer sandstone cliffs. For less steady walkers, there are also paved trails from which to view wildflowers and other native plants. A map and more details are available at www.ocparks.com/parks/ralph.
Family Radio Service Users
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 information, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.
The LW Ballet Fitness Club sponsors a workout/movement class. Though gym-goers are thrilled the LW Fitness Center in Clubhouse 6 has reopened, the class has not yet returned to its regular schedule and location in Clubhouse 6. In the meantime, anyone who wants to enjoy a free workout without ballet barres or pointy shoes is welcome at Veterans Plaza every Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Gym shoes and masks are required. For more information, call Jojo Weingart at (562) 252-9676.
The Chess Club publishes weekly puzzles to keep the love of the game alive until its members meet to play in person again.
This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. White moves first. Any answer by Black, and the white’s third move is checkmate The solution to this week’s puzzle’s first move is Bf7. The white Bishop moves from c4 to f7; Knight takes Bishop.
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 email@example.com.
• Wednesday, 10 a.m.: Beginners’ Zoom class for Windows and Android users with Charlie Guggino. For an invite to this class, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• 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 this class, email email@example.com.
• Thursday, 5:30 p.m.: The one-hour Zoom Party Social, hosted by Valentinetti, is open to all residents. For an invite, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Send your club’s reopening news and upcoming meeting dates to email@example.com.
Golf League Results
On April 5, the Men’s League played at the Willowick Golf Club in Santa Ana. A cool morning greeted 12 golfers. The course was not in great shape, and the subsequent scoring showed that. Willowick is a relatively flat, 5,800-yard, par-70 course with long par 5s and elevated greens.
All scores are net (actual score minus handicap). A Flight handicaps range from 0-20; B flight is higher than 20.
A Flight Winners: First place: tie between Larry Hillhouse and Bill McKusky, 1 under 69; second: Sam Choi, even par 70; third: tie between Dave LaCascia and Glenn Barry, 2 over 72; fourth: Fujio Norihiro. McKusky had a birdie; was closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 fourth hole; and had fewest putts.
B Flight Winners: First place: Gene Vesely, 2 under 68, plus fewest putts; second: tie between Marv Ballard and Lowell Goltra, 2 over 72; third: Mike Looney, 3 over 73; fourth: Bob Munn; fifth: Tom Ross.
A pleasant morning welcomed 10 men, one woman and a guest at the Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach on April 9. The round was played in on-and-off brilliant sunshine, but it stayed cool throughout. Meadowlark is a par-70, 5,600-yard course, with lots of sand traps, abundant water hazards and tricky elevation changes. The players attacked the nicely manicured course, and half the rounds were under par, with six birdies.
A Flight Winners: First place: Jim Goltra, 7 under 63; second: Tim Looney, 6 under 64; third: Norihiro, 2 under 68; fourth: tie between McKusky and Choi, even par 70; fifth: LaCascia, 1 over 71. Two birdies were carded by Jim Goltra and Tim Looney. Jim Goltra was also closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 seventh hole and had fewest putts.
B Flight Winners: First place: Mike Looney, a nice 11 under 59; second: Ballard, 3 over 73; third: Liz Meripol, 4 under 74; fourth: Munn. Mike Looney and Ballard each had a birdie. Mike Looney also had fewest putts and was closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 16th 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, ladies, 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.
This feature showcases original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members.
April in Spring
April is welcome of its fabled showers
Baron trees are suddenly green.
Buds are bursting into flowers
the season now is officially spring.
Nests are cradling speckled eggs
some with nestlings learning to sing.
Others starting to beg for food
that parents are sure to bring.
Babbling brooks are running full.
All kinds of creatures are being born.
Mother nature is producing
delicious fruit and tasty corn.
Breathless beauty, endless joy
reminding us to take the time
from busy lives to stop and share
these lovely gifts so rich and fine.
—Phyllis Poper, Mutual 14
Grab ’n’ Go Meals
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: Salt ’n’ Pepper—hoagies, hot dogs, melts and loaded fries, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. For a full menu, go to www.saltandpeppertruck.com/menu. Call in orders at (949) 899-0719.
• Sunday: Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que—barbecue, salads, sandwiches, 3-5 p.m., no preorders, cash/cards.
• 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: Gourmet Renee—American cuisine, homemade soups and desserts, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. Preorder by calling (323) 833-1213.
All Grab ’n’ Go events take place rain or shine. Masks and 6-foot social distancing required. 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/.
Join the Leisure Bikers on Sundays, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. at the North Gate. Sunday’s ride often includes breakfast and a 2-mile nature hike.
Helmets, safe shoes and masks are a must. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for more details.
Members of the Leisure World Orchestra were recently spotted practicing by the Mini Farms. The group reportedly hopes to re-form now that COVID conditions are improving.
Joyful Line Dance Class
Under Jojo Weingart’s leadership, members of the Joyful Line take the lead to display their favorite dances in various styles. The class is held at Veterans Plaza every Wednesday at 2 p.m., except for the fourth Wednesday, when it starts at 3 p.m.
All shareholders are welcome; participants are required to wear face masks, follow the rules of social distancing, and wear exercise shoes—no flip-flops or sandals.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
The pool cues held in lockers in the Pool Room had to be removed because renovations in Clubhouse 2. Pool Club president Dave Silva is looking for the owners of the two-piece cues so that they may be returned.
If you are an owner or are a relative of one of the owners and can identify the cue, contact Silva at (562) 209-3183.
Pool cues that are unclaimed by April 20 will be sold at a blind-bid auction on a later date.
Master Gardener Zoom Workshops
The GRF Mini Farm’s Master Gardeners are giving monthly workshops on Thursdays at 10 a.m. Zoom links can be found on the mini farm website at www.lwsb.com/mini-farm/ on the morning of each workshop.
All are welcome to attend, but current and prospective mini farmers are especially encouraged to join.
The dates and topics are:
May 13: Terrific Tomatoes
June 10: Insect Pest Management
More workshops will be offered later in the year, potentially
Becoming ‘Beloved Community’
“The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community” by Stephanie Spellers
Nonfiction, March 2021
by Fred Fenton
Stephanie Spellers’ new book “The Church Cracked Open: Disruption, Decline, and New Hope for Beloved Community” explores the role of religion in supporting white supremacy and racism. But it doesn’t stop there. It outlines the steps individuals and congregations can take to move church and society toward what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called the “Beloved Community.”
A small book of 136 pages, it outlines an appealing approach to human relationships based on the teachings of Jesus rather than political convictions, psychological theories, or church discipline. Spellers presents self-surrender, solidarity with the oppressed, and acts of love as the way to a better world for us all.
“As individuals, we can choose to turn after something wakes us to reality or simply breaks our hearts,” Spellers writes. “Once you begin to learn and feel more fully, and [you] experience your reality and consciousness shifting, you can start to ask yourself questions like: What are the true loves and concerns around which I’ve organized my life?”
This is a book worth reading and pondering.
All LW residents are invited to submit book reviews for publication in the LW Weekly. Email them to firstname.lastname@example.org with your name, mutual and telephone numbers. Reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows.
Literature Art Contest
The Leisure World Library’s Literature Art Contest, for which LWers are asked to re-create a scene or pay tribute to a suggested famous work of fiction, comes to a close this week, with entries available for viewing Friday, April 16, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Veterans Plaza. Winners will be announced promptly at 2 p.m. First place receives $200, second place receives $100, and third place receives $50 in Visa gift cards.
Technology Classes by Miryam
After this month’s classes, Miryam Fernandez will take a hiatus from teaching on Zoom until further notice. Registration, which is required at least six hours prior, is still open for the following:
April 27, 2 p.m.: Beginner’s Guide to Gmail
The technology classes are closed captioned. For an invitation, email Fernandez at email@example.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.
• It’s been reported that fraudsters are using telemarketing calls, emails, text messages, social-media platforms and even door-to-door visits to collect personal information and finances from individuals while promising to provide a vaccination. Please be careful!
• 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.
The Lapidary Club is beginning to resume its activities in Clubhouse 4. Classes are currently being organized, and members who want to set up their lockers should come by this week to do so. Anyone interested in receiving notifications on what’s happening and/or in joining the Lapidary Club should send their email address to Janice Friedland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Orange County Public Libraries has an extensive catalog of ebooks available for anyone holding an OC Public Libraries card who has a smartphone and/or tablet. Readers can check out audio and ebooks through the online app Libby by OverDrive. Any title on a reader’s virtual bookshelf is available at any time, even when the device is not connected to Wi-Fi; they are automatically returned to the library unless an additional hold is requested. If you need help getting set up, go to ocpl.org/elibrary/virtual-programs/how-videos.
Religion, pages 9-10
Faith Christian Assembly
Pastoral installation of Gary and Sheri Leming is this weekend
Faith Christian Assembly has been blessed for the past 29 years to have Rev. Gwyn and Ginny Vaughn as its pastors. The Vaughns recently announced their retirement from pastoring. On Sunday, April 18, directly following the 10:30 a.m. service, there will be a time of celebration to honor them for their past 29 years of serving Faith Christian Assembly as well as this community. The service will feature the formal installation of Gary and Sheri Leming, who will be the new lead pastors of Faith Christian Assembly. They have been serving in ministry at the church for nearly 15 years. Sheri will serve as the executive pastor, and Gary as the business administrator. Join Faith Christian Assembly on this very special day. There will be no Sunday evening service on April 18.
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 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. Midweek Bible study taught by Pastor Sheri Leming is on Wednesdays at 11 a.m., and Grief Share’s weekly meetings are Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010, visit the website at www.FCAchurch.net or email email@example.com.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
by Jim Greer
In his most recent April General Conference address, President Russell M. Nelson challenges people to “Start today to increase your faith.” He encouraged people to become better through repentance, keeping temple covenants, and remembering the pandemic’s lessons.
The prophet went on to encourage us by stating, “The Lord does not require perfect faith for us to have access to His perfect power. But He does ask us to believe.” He said that “faith in Jesus Christ is the greatest power available to us in this life.”
He offered these five suggestions to increase faith:
1. Study the gospel.
2. Choose to believe.
3. Act in faith.
4. Partake of sacred ordinances.
5. Ask God to help you.
“Your growing faith in him will move mountains—not the mountains of rock that beautify the Earth—but the mountains of misery in your lives,” he said. “Your flourishing faith will help you turn challenges into unparalleled growth and opportunity.”
Review all of the inspiring addresses from April General Conference at churchofjesuschrist.org.
Rabbi Karen Isenberg will stream service on Friday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, April 17, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The link will have the meeting ID and password embedded. Those who want more details or need to practice can call Jeff ahead of time. The phone number to call for those who do not have Internet service is (669) 900-9128.
To join the Zoom meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752519429?pwd=UDREWTA1N21jaXVUZUhyQmY1U01JQT09. The meeting ID is 375 251 9429, and the passcode is 8ZYy69.
With more things opening up in Leisure World and the expansion of vaccinations, Congregation Sholom’s game afternoon held via Zoom will end soon. The next game afternoon will be on Sunday, April 18, at 4. Sandy Geffner will host a game of Scattergories. Jeff Sacks will set up the Zoom session. Those interested must email Jeff AHEAD of time. It will be helpful if you have a pencil and piece of paper ready.
The book club is reading “To Be a Man,” by Nicole Krauss. It can be purchased online as a paperback or downloaded on Kindle. It is a book of short stories, so the group will read one story from it each meeting. Jeff will share his screen so the reading can be seen by all. The group will meet to discuss the book via Zoom on Tuesday, April 20, at 1:30 p.m
Congregation Sholom has silk-screened, reusable Congregation Sholom of Leisure World masks for sale for $5 each or four masks for $18, shipping included.
Email Murray Pollack at email@example.com or call (562) 331-3949. All proceeds will go to the general fund.
Those who want to be added or removed from the misheberach list should let the rabbi know by Wednesday.
Those who want to participate in the games, book club or other Congregation Sholom services that are live streamed should contact Jeff Sacks to receive an invitation.
Anyone who wants to participate in Congregation Sholom’s livestreamed services on Zoom should call Ron Yaffee at (562) 430-7040.
This week Community Church will move out of John’s Gospel and into Luke’s for a week to look at the message of Jesus given to his disciples after his resurrection. This will be the third of the seven Sundays of Easter.
Community Church plans to open for in-person worship with a reservation for those who have been fully vaccinated. The worship and sermon will be onscreen, as the pastor and music team are not yet fully vaccinated. Those who cannot get a reservation or are not yet fully vaccinated can still join the live Zoom service and are welcome to sing in their own home. The services will be held at limited capacity ,and seats will likely go fast. Contact the church office to sign up by calling (562) 431-2503 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Those who don’t have a computer or Facebook can call (562) 431-2503 and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening.
If you are in need without another way to address it, you can call the church office to leave a direct message at (562) 431-2503.
As the local community begins to open up again, Pastor Lisa Rotchford will preach a message titled “Opening Up Our Eyes to a Living Faith” on Sunday, April 18.
Sunday worship services are held at 9:30 a.m. in the courtyard for the outside service, and 10:30 for the service inside the sanctuary, 13564 Saint Andrews Drive. Sharon Heck accompanies the service with hymns on the organ.
Join Redeemer Lutheran Church as it continues to live into Jesus’ resurrected life during the Easter season.
First Christian Church
Indoor and outdoor services to resume, following guidelines
First Christian Church of Leisure World has resumed its indoor worship services. First Christian asks people to adhere to COVID-19 safety criteria, including wearing masks and observing social distancing.
This week’s Sunday message will be a continuation of “The Judgement of God” message from last week. After the glorious return of the Lord Jesus Christ at the end of the seven-year tribulation period, the judgement of nations will take place. This judgement led by Christ himself will identify those who will enter into the millennium or thousand-year reign of Christ and those who will not. The text comes from Matthew 25:31-46.
The Scripture of the week is Psalm 67:1-2, “God be gracious to us and bless us, cause his face to shine upon us,
“That your way may be known on the earth, your salvation among all nations.”
When God bestows gracious blessings on his people, it is an opportunity for bystanders throughout the earth to be drawn to him and know the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ.
Saturday and Sunday services have the same message. Sunday is a traditional service with hymnal music provided by Pat Kogok at the piano. This week, Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski will sing a special duet. Sunday service times are from 9:30-10:45 a.m. (note that this is a different service time than before the pandemic).
Saturday services are more contemporary, with Gregory Black leading worship with guitar accompaniment. Saturday service time is 9:30-10:45 a.m. (also a new time). The Friday evening prayer meeting is from 6-7. The church location is on Northwood Road, behind Carport 125.
First Christian Church is concerned about the health and safety of all attending the worship services. It asks that those who are experiencing any coronavirus, flu or common cold symptoms stay home. If you have been in contact with anyone testing positive for the virus within the last 14 days, stay home.
For more information, call (562) 431-8810 and leave a message.
Rabbi Galit Shirah and Beit HaLev are delighted that many of the activities are beginning to return, including religious activities, which have been sorely missed for the past year. Beit HaLev’s services have been livestreamed for the past five years and will continue be; but it hopes to conduct in-person services in the future.
To join the Beit HaLev Zoomagogue community, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode isRavGalit.
To worship with Beit HaLev on Facebook, click on: https://www.facebook.com/galityomtov, or watch on YouTube by going to https://www/youtube.com and searching for “Shabbat Shalom LIVE!”
Beit HaLev’s Coffee Chavurah on Zoom will celebrate the Sabbath evening on Friday, April 16, at 5:30, followed by the evening service at 6. On Saturday, April 17, the morning service begins at 10:30, followed by the Coffee Chavurah.
Beit HaLev’s Festival prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” are shared onscreen on Zoom, Facebook and YouTube.
This week’s Torah reading is a double Parashah, “Tazria-Metzora,” from Leviticus 13:0-14:32. In it, Moses instructs his brother, Aaron the High Priest, about the treatment of certain skin diseases, often described as leprosy, but more likely something more like eczema or psoriasis. This reading, while not for the squeamish, is seen as a way for the infected person to become “pure” again and be able to rejoin a loving, welcoming community.
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.
Leisure World’s St. Theodore’s of Canterbury Episcopal church will celebrate the Holy Eucharist on Sunday, April 18, at 12:15 p.m. in the sanctuary of Redeemer Lutheran at 13564 St. Andrews Drive.
Betty Hobbs of Mutual 2 and a member of St. Theodore for 40 years will celebrate her 100th birthday on Wednesday, April 21. A birthday celebration for Betty will follow at 1 p.m. in the courtyard.
LW Baptist Church invites everyone to its weekly service on Sunday, April 18, at 9:30 a.m. in the Amphitheater.
Pastor Rolland Coburn will lead the congregation in a study of the first-century historian Luke, the Beloved Physician’s account of the life of Christ. His account is found in the Gospel according to Luke, which is the longest book in the New Testament.The book of Luke and the book of the Acts of the Apostles makes Luke the writer with the most words to the New Testament, even more than the apostle Paul.
The Scripture passage for the morning service is Luke 7:1-3, and the sermon title is “What is Faith?”
Questions that will be discussed during the message include: Why did Jesus marvel at a soldier’s faith? Why did Jesus interrupt rather than join a funeral? Why didn’t Jesus intervene to free his imprisoned follower? Why is faith necessary?
Among the morning’s gospel songs will be “Only Trust Him.”
The church schedule will resume once the clubhouses reopen, and include the adult Sunday school class, Monday Women’s Christian Fellowship and Men’s Fellowship and Bible study, Midweek Energizers, and special events.
Call (562) 430-2920 for more information.
Assembly of God
Assembly of God enjoyed a wonderful Easter Sunday, celebrating the resurrection of Jesus, the defining event of Christianity and the source of believers’ hope for this life and eternal life. This celebration of new life in Christ is not meant to be confined to just one Sunday a year. It is meant to be celebrated each new day, as people awaken to new mercies from God.
Pastor Chuck Franco will bring the second message in his current series about new beginnings on Sunday, April 18, at 11 a.m. in the Amphitheater. Join Assembly of God as it celebrates with live worship in song.
Assembly of God is greatful for the nice weather as it conducts services at the Amphitheater. The congregation looks forward to returning to meeting inside. Once it is safe to gather inside Clubhouse 3 again, Assembly of God will reinstate its Sunday night Hymn Sing.
Holy Family Catholic Church
Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Third Sunday of Easter on April 18.
Following the procession, the First Reading is from Acts 3:13-15, 17-19, and the Second Reading is 1 John 2:1-5a. The Gospel reading will be fromLuke 24:35-48.
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 5 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.
Editors note: The religion directory is to help LWers find out information about their church during the ongoing coronavirus situation. Pastors and religious leaders can email email@example.com to submit contact updates or service livestream website addresses.
Assembly of God
Sunday service, 11 a.m.
LW Baptist Church
Sunday service, 9:30 a.m.
Friday, 6 p.m.,
Saturday, 10:30 a.m.
Coffee Chavurah, Friday, 5:30 p.m.; Saturday, after service
Ma’ariv service, Monday-Thursday
Livestream on Zoom, YouTube, Facebook and simshalom.com
LW Community Church
Sunday worship, 9:50 a.m.
Call-in Sunday message, after 5:30 p.m.
Livestream available on
14000 Church Place,
Friday service, 7 p.m.,
Saturday service, 9:30 a.m.
Livesteam and Zoom
Faith Christian Assembly
Sunday service, 10:30 a.m., 5 p.m.
Midweek Bible Study,
Wednesday, 11 a.m.
Griefshare, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m.
13820 Seal Beach Blvd.,
First Christian Church
Friday Prayer Meeting,
Saturday Service, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday Service, 9:30 a.m.
Chapel on Northwood Road,
Holy Family Catholic Church
Mass, Mon.-Sat., 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, 5 p.m.
Sunday, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon
13900 Church Place
Outside service, Sunday, 9:30 a.m.
Sunday, 10:30 p.m.
13564 St. Andrews Drive,
St. Theodore’s Episcopal
Sunday service, 12:15 p.m.
13564 St Andrews Drive
Community, pages 15-17
Volunteers help at GRF’s “Raise Your Hands” event
The Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) held the Raise Your Hands event in front of Clubhouse 6 for three days. LWers could paint their hands and stick their handprints on a banner to show their commitment to stand against racism.
Thanks to overwhelming community support, the solidarity banner was filled with colorful handprints by shareholders, OptumCare staff and GRF employees.
Golden Age Foundation (GAF) volunteers helped participants paint their hands with green, blue, red, yellow or orange paint. Some chose to mix colors to show the richness of all the cultures the Leisure World community represents.
GAF thanks all of the volunteers who helped the event run smoothly.
For more information, go to www.goldenagefdn.org.
National Healthcare Decisions Day is on Friday, April 16
Patty Barnett Mouton, vice president of Alzheimer’s Orange County and program director for community education for Hoag Palliative Care, will speak at the Sunshine Club’s Zoom meeting on Friday, April 16, at 10 a.m. Mouton will talk about how advanced healthcare decision-making is much more than making living wills; it is a process that should focus on conversations with loved ones and healthcare providers, as well as choosing the person will would speak for as a healthcare agent or proxy.
All shareholders are welcome to join the Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982089743?pwd=UGR3RlZRaUJmWmlSNE9KdTdNMUh3QT09. The meeting ID is 849 8208 9743, and the passcode is 508742.
The California Master Plan for Aging includes initiatives to improve access to palliative care as well as encourage the completion of advance healthcare directives and when appropriate, hysician’s Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms.
The COVID-19 crisis has taught many people about the critical nature of knowing their wishes for care and communicating those wishes to those who love and care for them.
A key goal of National Healthcare Decisions Week is to demystify healthcare decision-making and make the topic of advanced care planning understandable and inescapable.
The Sunshine Club brings LW leaders to meetings to introduce their organizations to the group. It also invites specialists from outside Leisure World to share their experiences and ideas with club members.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Karaoke Club returns to the stage
Many singers were anxiously waiting for the Karaoke Club’s meeting on April 8 in Veterans Plaza.
Wayne Urban gave the group a robust “Swinging Doors.” Carolyn Mottola did a fine “After the Lovin’,” as did Vilma Tagalo with “Imagine.” Paul Haut performed “Vincent;” and Rick Riley sang “Amarillo by Morning.” Julie Nulad sang “You Don’t Know Me,” and Ruby Johnson sang the popular ballad “I Will Always Love You.” Vito Villamor shared “Texas When I Die;” Ric Dizon “Still;” and Tony Tupas performed “Don’t Close Your Eyes.” Karen Morris sang “Kick in the Head;” Gerry Tagalo seranaded the group with “Love on the Rocks.” Bev Adams shared the classic“You are My Sunshine,” and Richard Yokomi sang “Desperado.” Ellen Brannigan’s song was “Under the Boardwalk,” followed by Bob Barnum with “Impossible Dream” and Essie Hicks with “I Started a Joke.” Barbie May sang “Spanish Eyes” and Margie Stewart finished off the night with “Dock of the Bay.”
The audience enjoyed the fresh air and the club’s music. Wearing masks prevented the singers from seeing everyone’s smiling faces, but it was clear the smiles were there when the singers finished their performances to applause.
Everyone is welcome to sing and join the group. Attendees will hear a variety of melodies from country western to show tunes and love songs. Join the Karaoke Club every Thursday in Veteran’s Plaza beginning at 4 p.m.
Animal Care Services
Long Beach Animal Care Services provides animal control services to Seal Beach. To report coyote activities or other animal control issues, call the 24-hour animal services line, (562) 570-7387, or go online at www.longbeach.gov/acs/wildlife/coyote-report. Remember to not enagage and give space to wild animals, strays and any sick or agressive looking animal you come across.
SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.
Thursday, April 15
4 pm MCC Summer Evening
5:20 pm National Parks 2021
5:30 pm Thoughts About You
5:50 pm Rollin’ Thunder March 2021
6 pm McGaugh Fouth Grade Show
7 pm Life and Times in SB:
8 pm TO & Abilene Ranch
9:40 pm Sea Inside
10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Friday, April 16
4 pm Thoughts About You
4:20 pm Rollin’ Thunder March 2021
4:30 pm Oceanscapes #2
5 pm McGaugh Third Grade Show
5:50 pm Nova Scotia Road Trip
6 pm Los Al Jazz Band 2018
6:35 pm Sea Inside
7 pm Cerritos Center–
8:37 pm Sea Inside
9 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
10:30 pm Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Saturday, April 17
4 pm TO & Abilene Ranch
5:40 pm MCC Summer Evening
7 pm McGaugh First Grade Show
8 pm LAUSD
11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Sunday, April 18
4 pm Seal Beach City Council
Meeting Replay 4/12
5:15 pm See Inside
5:40 pm Thoughts About You
6 pm Life and Times in SB:
7 pm Live at the Ford:
8:30 pm McGaugh Pagent of the Arts
10 pm Cerritos Center-
Monday, April 19
4 pm McGaugh First Grade Concert
4:45 pm National Parks 2021
5 pm Life and Times in SB:
6 pm Ocean Perspectives
7 pm Seal Beach Planning
8 pm Rollin’ Thunder March 2021
8:08 pm Nova Scotia Road Trip
8:15 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes
9:30 pm Oceanscapes #2
10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Taming of the Shrew
Tuesday, April 20
4 pm Oceanscapes #2
4:30 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes
5:40 pm Thoughts About You
6 pm Life and Times in SB:
7 pm Life and Times in SB:
8 pm Ocean Perspectives
8:30 pm Ford Theater:
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
10 pm Cerritos Center-
Wednesday, April 21
4 pm National Parks 2021
4:15 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes
5:30 pm TO & Abilene Ranch
7:10 pm Sea Inside
8 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Merry Wives of Windsor
10 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
*All programming is subject to change.
by Mary Larson
The Democratic Club board announced that only two more membership meetings (in April and May) will be held via Zoom. There will be no Zoom meetings in June or July, with the hope that face-to-face meetings can resume no later than Aug. 18.
The program for the club’s April 21 membership meeting that originally had been scheduled to focus on the theme “Stop the Recall of Gov. Newsom” has been rescheduled to the May 19 meeting. In its place, the meeting on April 21 will feature a presentation by Pete Hardin, the Democratic candidate running to replace the current Orange County District Attorney. All Leisure World Democrats and supporters are invited to attend.
Members or supporters who are not already on the contact list to receive the club’s electronic newsletter should email firstname.lastname@example.org for the login information for the April 21 meeting. Club members without email addresses who want to join the meeting should call (562) 412-0898 for information on how to participate by phone. The meeting will begin promptly at noon with the speaker first on the agenda.
Hardin is a former judge advocate in the U.S. Marine Corps, a deputy district Attorney, special assistant United States attorney, and one of Southern California’s leading litigators. He is running a campaign to enhance safety, heal victims, and to restore integrity and professionalism to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.
The Democratic Club board continues to make plans to open a booth outside Clubhouse 6 on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. The booth’s opening day will depend on the recruitment of volunteers. Anyone interested in participating in this effort should contact board member Rachael Lehmberg at (562) 340-9816 for details.
LW Democrats and supporters are invited to subscribe to the club’s electronic newsletter. Email email@example.com or call (562) 296-8521. Remember to include your full contact information. For membership information, call (562) 431-7275.
Club looks to next steps in governor recall process
by Brian Harmon
The leadership team of the LW Republican Club wants to reiterate the club’s support for the anti-racism campaign in Leisure World. Racism is an issue that concerns everyone. The club believes in neighborliness, cooperation, unity and respect for everyone, even those with whom it may strongly disagree.
Now that the recall of Gov. Gavin Newsom is reasonably sure to be on the ballot, the Republican Club is starting to plan a campaign.
Gov. Newsom’s closing and severely restricting churches is probably the biggest issue for the club. For nearly a year, the rule has been that a church could have 25 percent of its capacity in attendance, or 250 people, whichever is lowest. So, if a church has room for 2,000 people, they are only allowed to have 250 present.
The GOP club does not charge membership dues or impose any other financial obligation on members. The club raises money primarily through donations and selling political campaign memorabilia during election season. Roughly $8,000 was raised in the past year.
The club endorses candidates for partisan and non-partisan races; funds are used to support club-endorsed candidates, pay for speakers at club meetings and cover miscellaneous expenses.
The club is looking forward to meeting in person soon, but for now, its regular club meetings are held via Zoom on the third Wednesday at 7 p.m. Anyone who wants to be added to the club membership roster or get more information about the club can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call (714) 928-1950. Everyone on the email list will be sent a link to the next meeting.
Members will also be sent via email the agenda and minutes for each meeting and other necessary information by the club president.
Club leadership encourages anyone, especially club members, to send their opinions on public issues or ideas about what the club should be doing. To do so, call or text (714) 928-1950. If sending a text, say “GOP club” on the first line. Those who do not want their name, ideas, or opinions to be made public should so indicate.
Find local, unfiltered, raw honey at the Seal Beach Farmers Market
by Ellen Brannigan
One of the sweetest booths at the Seal Beach Farmers Market is Bennett’s Local Honey. Rafael Chavez sells natural, local, raw unfiltered honey that comes from happy bees in Fillmore 50 miles away.
To fight spring allergies, Chavez recommends using wildflower or eucalyptus honey. He also sells sage, cactus, avocado and other natural flavors in assorted sizes.
Honey is recommended as a natural healthy sweetener instead of artificial sweeteners. Honey sticks can be used in as a sweetener tea or as a healthy snack.
Beeswax can be used in lotions and to make candles. Look for the bee finger puppets, honey spoons and natural honey at Bennett’s Local Honey Booth every Tuesday at the Farmers Market from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. near Roger Dunn’s Golf Shop.
The history and current projects of the Golden Age Foundation
by Anna Derby
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) has served the Leisure World community for over 45 years. GAF is a nonprofit 501 (c) (3) organization established in 1973 to help enhance the qualityog life for shareholders. Through the support of volunteers, individuals and organizations, GAF has organized and implemented many programs that have benefitted the community at no cost to shareholders.
• The Hospitality Center, located in Clubhouse 6, serves morning coffee and snacks to of residents and provides an opportunity for shareholders to socialize and meet their neighbors (currently closed due to COVID-19)
• Income Tax Preparation program in partnership with AARP provides resources for shareholders to filing their yearly taxes.
• Free rentals of walkers and wheelchairs through Mobility Aids Program.
• Document Shredding Service to support recycling efforts and protect shareholders from identity theft.
• Battery and flourescent bulbs recycling programs to support environmental efforts.
Donations made to the community:
• Handicapped Accessible Buses
• Equipment for the hearing impaired at the new Learning Center
• Upgrading ice machines in the clubhouses so they are automated and safer to use
• $75,000 donation to help support the newly renovated gym at Clubhouse 6
• Bus benches and shelters
• Audio-Alert Traffic Signal
In response to the COVID-19 crisis, the GAF worked with the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) and the City of Seal Beach to distribute approximately 40,000 face masks to shareholders and essential workers in Leisure World. To secure the masks, GAF worked with a volunteer shareholder sewing brigade to make over 5,000 cotton masks; Seal Beach businessman Frank Teng, who donated 10,000 masks; and Global Security, a Texas-based company that provided close to 24,000 disposable masks.
GAF contributed over $100,000 to support Meals on Wheels of Orange County and Meals on Wheels of Long Beach. The programs help feed shareholders who are unable to cook or shop on their own.
The GAF also provided volunteers to help facilitate the Optum/GRF COVID-19 vaccine program.
In order to continue to support the community, GAF relies on donations from individual shareholders, groups and organizations. To help support GAF programs, send a donation to the Golden Age Foundation, P.O. Box 2369, Seal Beach, CA, 90740 (Tax ID 23-7273105).
To learn more about GAF, visit www.GoldenAgefdn.org.
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March 2, 3:53 p.m., Mutual 2
A resident stated pieces of metal found on her patio were from her front doors lock.
March 2, 4:20 p.m., Mutual 2
The passengers side window of a vechile was broken.
March 2, 12:42 p.m., Mutual 2
A resident found damage to three tires on her vehicle
March 14, 3:48 p.m., Mutual 15
Cabinet locks were cut off in the carport.
March 20, 3:15 p.m., Mutual 3
Resident stated someone “keyed” (purposefully scratched) her vehicle while parked on a Trust street.
March 20, 9 a.m., Mutual 6
Vandalism issues regarding a vehicle parked in a carport remain ongoing.
DOG/PET COMPLAINTS: 1
March 23, 4:10 p.m., Mutual 11
Resident’s dog bit another resident. Resident who was bit declined medical treatment, stated it was not intended and only made a report believing that this type of incident required a report
TRAFFIC INCIDENTS: 7
March 2, 12:10 p.m., Golden Rain Rd./St. Andrews Drive
Traffic collision in intersection, no injuries
March 4, 2:15 p.m., Mutual 6
Resident vehicle collided with lawnmower; no injuries reported.
March 8,11:55 p.m., 1600 Block Northwood Road
Unknown vehicle sideswiped a parked vehicle
March 14, 5:12 p.m., Golden Rain Rd./St. Andrews Drive
Vehihcle swerving on roadway. Resident stated she took medication, and will no longer drive.
March 19, 2:50 p.m., Golden Rain Rd./St. Andrews Drive
A vehicle was struck while attempting a U-turn in the intersection.
March 19, 3:35 p.m., Oakmont/St. Andrews Drive
A vehicle struck another vehicle while going in reverse.
March 27. 2:56, Golden Rain Rd./St. Andrews Drive
Vehicle No. 1 struck vehicle No. 2’s mirror at the intersection.
NOISE COMPLAINTS: 14
March 1, 12:42 a.m., Mutual 4
Resident complained of loud music, seventh incident of this type reported in the last 35 days, no issue was discovered at the scene.
March 1, 1:25 p.m., Mutual 4
Resident complained of loudmusic, eighth incident of this type reported in the last 35 days; no issue was discovered at the scene.
March 2, 12:35 a.m., Mutual 9
Resident stated the freeway noise is louder than usual, annoying the granddaughter.
March 6, 8:42 p.m., Mutual 3,
Ongoing complaint of resident stating they hear noises in the attic. No issue was discovered at the scene.
March 8, 11:08 a.m., Mutual 3
Resident reported noise outside her unit.No issue was discovered at the scene.
March 11, 9:18 p.m., Mutual 2
Resident complained about hearing hammering noises in the unit next door. No issue was discovered at the scene.
March 12, 4:25 a.m., Mutual 2
Resident reported hearing hammering next door. No issue was discovered at the scene.
March 12, 6:40 a.m., Mutual 3
Continuing complaint from resident regarding noises in the attic. No issue was discovered at the scene.
March 14, 10:41 p.m., Mutual 3
Complaints about a loud television. After several attempts to contact resident, the volume was turned down.
March 22, 9:15 a.m., Mutual 4
A resident complained about hearing noises in another residence. There was no one home at the residence reported, and no issue was discovered at the scene.
March 23, 6 p.m., Mutual 3
Resident complained about hearing a sledgehammer. No issue was discovered at the scene.
March 24, 4:30 a.m., Mutual 5
Resident stated that Security is constantly ringing her doorbell. Security was not near her residence during the shift.
March 29, 11:06 p.m., Mutual 14
A resident heard talking outside her unit. No issue was discovered at the scene.
March 31, 10:12 p.m., Mutual 4
Continued complaint of a resident hearing noises. No issue was discovered at the scene.
March 1, 11:50 a.m., Mutual 8
A resident fell in front of the Stock Transfer office.
March 2, 12:46 p.m., HCC
A resident fell out of his wheelchair.
March 3, 9:28 a.m., Mutual 9
A resident fell while walking to her vehicle and was taken to LAMC.
March 4, 4:30 p.m., Mutual 8
A resident could not walk from her vehicle to her residence.
March 5, 3:59 p.m., Mutual 12
A resident fell out of his car in the carport and was transported to the hospital.
March 6, 10 a.m., Mutual 15
Patrol found a man lying on the sidewalk and escorted him back to his residence.
March 6, 10:44 a.m., Mutual 15
A woman fell out of her wheelchair; no transport necessary.
March 8, 1:05 p.m., Mutual 3
A resident fell off a scooter while trying to make a turn. The resident was uninjured.
March 10, 8:16 a.m., Mutual 1
A resident felt light-headed and fell to the ground. The resident was taken to LAMC.
March 15, 3:47 p.m., Mutual 5
A resident stated they suffered an injury at the hands of a vendor.
March 20, 11:24 a.m.,CH 6
A resident lost her footing while checking in for her vaccination. Her neighbor transported her for medical treatment.
March 20, 5 p.m., Bus 95
A resident fell on the stairs while entering the bus. No transport was required.
March 21, 5 p.m. Mutual 5
A resident fell near the laundry room. No transport was required.
March 27, 1:43 p.m, Mutual 10
A resident lost footing while talking a walk, no transport was required.
LOST RESIDENT: 5
March 6, 1:34 p.m., Mutual 1,
A resident was found in the laundry room and safely escorted home.
March 8, 2:20 p.m., Mutual 3
A resident walked to the front gate and was unable to find her residence. SBPD assisted in escorting her home.
March 14, 3:37 a.m., Mutual 1
A resident could not find their unit (first of three incidences) and was escorted safely home.
March 14, 5:14 a.m., Mutual 1
Resident could not find their unit (second of three incidences) and was escorted safely home.
March 14, 11:08 p.m., Mutual 1
Resident could not find their unit (third of three incidences) and was escorted safely home.
March 1, 5:43 a.m., Amphitheater
Resident dispute: Residents involved in a verbal altercation over wearing a mask during exercise.
March 2, 10:33 a.m., CH 2
Car wash violation: A non-resident was told that they were not authorized to use the car wash.
March 3, 3:50 p.m., Golf Course
A resident verbally abused GRF employees by yelling and refusing to follow golf course rules.
March 9, 2:30 p.m., Mutual 11
Resident Complaint: On -going complaint from resident stating various issues with neighbors.
March 10, 10:10 a.m., Golf Course
A resident verbally abused GRF employees by yelling and refusing to follow golf course rules.
March 11, 3:25 a.m., Mutual 1
Assault and Battery: A resident assaulted another resident with his fist. SBPD were called to the scene, but the victim refused to prosecute.
March 11, 11:44 p.m., Mutual 2
Resident reported flashing lights resembling lightning in the sky.
March 12, 8:25 p.m., Mutual 3
Unauthorized work: Workers in unit advised of hours of construction and complied with the request to stop working.
March 13, 11:51 a.m., Mutual 2
Unauthorized work: Worker in unit advised of days of construction and complied with request to stop using electric saw.
March 15, 8:35 a.m., Mutual 3
Family Dispute: Stepson of resident voluntarily gave up guest pass to Security. No crime was committed at the scene.
March 15, 5:54 p.m., Mutal 11
Parking Dispute: A resident called to alert Security of an on-going problem with vehicles parking in the red zone.
March 18, 11:51 a.m., Mutual 10
Occupancy Agreement Issue: An unauthorized person was residing at a unit. Person went to the Stock Transfer Office for information.
March 18, 3:34 p.m., Mutual 9
A resident stated her neighbor moved her property without her consent.
March 19, 12:20 a.m., Front Gate
Gate Runner: A vehicle drove past the security officer without identifying themselves. Security followed vehicle to verify that the person was a resident.
March 23, 7:58 p.m., Mutual 6
A resident claimed another neighbor has a camera facing her unit. There was no camera detected at the scene.
March 25, 2:15 p.m., Mutual 12
A resident complained that lawn service employees invited themselves into her residence and removed food from her refrigerator.
March 25, 9:20 p.m., Mutual 9
A resident stated her patio chair was moved while she was away from her residence; nothing was stolen.
March 26, 12:20 p.m., Mutual 7
A resident and landscaping vendor were involved in a dispute.
March 28, 1:40 p.m., CH 2
GRF Violation: The person completing auto repair in the clubhouse parking lot was in violation of GRF policy.
March 29, 9:10 p.m., Mutal 5
HazMat Dumping Issue: A gallon of acid and a spray bottle were discovered near dumpsters.
March 30, 2 p.m., Mutual 11,
On-going resident complaint regarding activity inside her unit.
March 30, 1 p.m., Mutual 6
A resident threatened a vendor with bodily harm; SBPD was called.
March 30, 12:35 p.m., Mutual 5
Resident Harassment: A resident attempted to involve another resident in a verbal altercation.
March 31, 2:50 p.m., Mutual 1
A resident stated someone left nail polish on her stove. There was no sign of forced entry.
March 31, 4 p.m., Mutual 3
A resident was involved in a verbal altercation with others regarding leaving non-U.S. Mail in a mail slot.
March 31, 4:22 p.m., Mutual 2
An on-going resident dispute regarding possible vandalism was reported.
Security Report Totals:
Paramedic calls: 151
Traffic Incidents: 7
Death Investigations: 8
Lost Residents: 5
Noise Complaints :14
Dog/Pet Complaints: 1
Grand Total: 224
Funeral services for Philip Vlaic will be held on Thursday, April 22, at Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, Seal Beach. In consideration of everyone’s well-being, all attendees are required to wear a face mask.
The Rosary Prayer Service will begin at 9:30 a.m. inside the church, where the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary will be led by Rosa Carrillo.
The Funeral Mass, co-celebrated by Rev. Juan Caboboy, pastor, and Rev. James Hartnett, pastor emeritus, is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.
Military Honors will be presented at the church entrance following the Liturgy.
All Souls Mortuary and Cemetery of Long Beach are coordinating all details of the service, which will conclude with a private Rite of Committal.
There will not be a reception following the services, but a celebration of life is being planned for a future date when pandemic restrictions will safely allow.
Agnes Soto 94
Lane Fletcher 70
Misty Gorman 56
Azel Crawford 67
Shirley Kirksey 77
Pauline Birge 68
Jack Estes 72
Albert Goldfarb 72
Stanley Yarbrough 74
Frederico Marques 70
Joseph Merino 59
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Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 07/01/21
Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutuals. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739,
562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172. 06/24
Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071.
OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
(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
Specializing in remodeling, Additions, Reconstruction, Window replacement and more! Call for a free estimate.
License #954725. 04/22/21
LW DECOR INC – LIC 723262
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.
LW DECOR INC
BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING
We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new.
Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat.
Nu Kote 562-833-3911
Serving LW since 1999. 05/27/21
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. 06/24
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.
LW DECOR INC.
40+ yrs in LW. Vinyl plank, laminate, tile indoor and outdoor patio carpet. License 723262.
CARPET & UPHOLSTERY
CLEANING & REPAIR
All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988.
Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.
State Contractors Lic. #578194.04/15
CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE.
Licensed and insured.
Dan (562) 841-3787.
Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 06/03
LEISURE WORLD DECORATORS
Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes.
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.
Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Free of charge.
Diane Hart 714-955-2885.
GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart.
Also batteries. 562-431-6859.
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
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. 06/17
Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 06/17
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
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. 05/20
In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 04/22
Yvonne from Phenix Salon is coming to your home for perms, color & cut. 714-855-8465. License K336138. 04/15
CALL PHIL AT
Over 30 years Experience!
Seal Beach Business
License #AB0001. 05/27
GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.
Windows 10% off first cleaning
Excellent referrals in LW
20 years experience.
Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 06/03
MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE
We make your home sparkle! 7 days-call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001A. Call 562-505-1613. 04/22
Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal Beach License LUC0001. 04/15
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.
Call or text 714-496-2885.
Bus. Lic #HER0008. 04/15
ELLY’S HOUSECLEANING SERVICES
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. 07/08
ANY KIND OF CAR
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
Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale
Golf Cars BUY SELL TRADE and REPAIRS. Call: 714-292-9124. 05/13/21
FOR SALE: Go-Go XL 3 Wheel Scooter – only used a few times – excellent condition – $350. Never used wheelchair – $20. Walker – $10. ALL Items OR BEST OFFER! Call Bob at (818) 926-1870 to see. 04/15
Need a lift? Pam Miller.
LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 04/15
Rides by Russ with a personal touch.
Airports, doctors, shopping and errands. 714-655-1544. 04/15
Trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462. 06/24
MOVING, HAULING &
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License
BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 06/03
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 06/03
LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE
Looking to buy all kind of vintage items. Furniture, lamps, art, jewelry, vintage clothing, etc.
Call Leslie 562-243-7229. 04/29
Off-white drapes w/rods. 1 set – 52” wide. 2 sets – 52” wide. Asking $100. (225) 892-3579. 04/15
Private Sale by Docia Drake. Thursday, April 15, and Friday, April 16, 8:30 to 12:30.
Call or text 714-514-8232 to schedule an appointment and receive address. Leather reclining sofa and chair, floor lamps, rocker/recliner chair. Dining set, hutch. Murphy bed, desk/matching bookcases, lateral file cabinet, office chair. Queen tempurpedic adjustable bed. Costume jewelry, scarves, purses, ladies clothing (size M/L), and shoes (size 11). NEW tricycle, Brother sewing machines, luggage. Microwave, NuWave oven, upright 5.8 cu ft freezer, and lots more. Covid-19 restrictions apply, masks required. 04/15
Automatic recliner/lift chair. Works great!. $75. 562-493-1702. 04/15
13580 Medinac Lane – 101i, Friday, April 16, 1:00-4:00 p.m. Few items left from my dad’s Estate. ‘Golf clubs’ and cart, exercise equipment, men’s clothing, printer & other items. Swing on by! 951-235-1992. 04/15
Vitamix electric mixer, excellent condition, $40. Purses, large & small, luggage & lots more. 562-588-3862. Mutual 12-78B. 04/15
White marble kitchen table & 6 chairs, brand new, $700 OBO. Piano, excellent condition, $500 OBO. German cookware, brand new, 17 pieces, $700 OBO. 310-504-4346. 04/15
Samsung Blue Bird tablet, brand new. Paid $620, sell for best offer. 562-240-5270. 04/15
Furniture Sale – living room, dining room, bedroom, teak bookshelves, glass dispaly cabinets & artwork. Thursday & Friday, April 15-16, 10:00 am-3 pm. (562) 307-3426.
13681 Cedarcrest, 93F. 04/15
Perfect for camping – 30 Volt solar panel that connects to battery to keep RV charged while in storage, $20. Sump pump, $20. Coleman tool large ice chest, brand new, $15. 714-469-7519. 04/15
New Schwinn adult trike, red, 3-speed, for sale. 562-343-3263. 04/15
3-wheel bike, almost new, paid for $460, asking $340. 562-296-5401. 04/15
Beautiful Mid-century Bohemian/farmhouse tall hutch China cabinet. Solid wood, has glass doors. Must pick up. $250 OBO. 13681 St. Andrews Dr., 27B, Mutual 1. 04/22
FREE Kodak 35 mm Slide Viewer for 35 mm slides and film negatives. Located in Mutual 6. Call 650.704.2947. Amazon ASIN B07JJ46TLM. 04/15
FREE! Matching upholstered love seat and swivel rocker. Very good condition. Mutual 5.
Call Randy 818-481-2557. 04/15
CEMETERY PLOTS FOR SALE
4 grave sites together. Rose Hills, Whittier. Garden of Affection. $11,000 OBO. Call: 626-484-5575 or text. 04/15