LWW Trans/Vie Ed. 06-17-21

 June 17 2021

Page 1, General News

Pandemic orders lifted

by Kathy Thayer

assistant recreation manager

The California Department of Health confirmed the Governor’s order to move “Beyond the Blueprint for a Safer Economy,” effective June 15.  

For Leisure World Seal Beach, which is a private community, that means all amenities may reopen without restrictions for residents and their guests:

• No capacity limitations

• No physical distancing limitation for attendees and guests

• No masks required indoors or outdoors (but are permitted, of course)

Everyone must still wear masks in the workplace, on public transit, and in medical facilities, K-12 schools, correctional facilities and shelters. 

But in general, as of Tuesday, people could—if the business allows it—go into a bar and sit at a stool right next to a stranger, take in a film in a packed movie theater and eat popcorn, and sing at a full church service or cheer at a baseball game.

It is important to note that the more restrictive workplace guidance is being reconsidered on June 17 by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health. Deliberations may lead to a modification of these requirements.

So GRF and Mutual directors and other residents can freely use LW conference rooms; however, GRF staff and contractors are still required to wear masks until advised otherwise.

GRF does not require proof of vaccinations to use trust property and reminds clubs that they cannot compel members to have been vaccinated.  

If attendees are uncomfortable being in a space where some participants may not be vaccinated, they are free to stay home or wear masks themselves.

All of these protocols apply to all amenities and the rules and policies under normal conditions apply once again.  

For more information, contact Recreation by emailing kathyt@lwsb.com.

Nearly 40 million vaccines have been administered in California, which has among the lowest case rates in the country, according to the Office of Governor. But there are still places in the state where fewer people are vaccinated, which means the virus could spread more easily through those areas.

Celebrating LW Dads

Jered Friedland, son of David Friedland of Mutual 4

The day after I was born was Father’s Day, June 19, 1977. Forty-four years later, we are still as close as peanut butter and jelly. If we  don’t get in our daily phone call, I don’t quite feel myself and may even start walking funny (like I didn’t drink my V8 juice in the morning). 

Over the years, I’ve given my dad more than a few gray hairs. And yet, every time I stumble, he steadies me. When I think I know better and end up with egg on my face, he never says, “I told ya so.” So here’s to a fascinating, kind, book smart, street smart, generous, hilarious, all around wonderful dad and my best friend. Happy Father’s Day, David Friedland!  

Sara Forney-Doan and Rebecca Forney, daughters of  Dave Forney of Mutual 2

We can say with certainty that we are blessed with the best dad to walk this earth. His care and support goes unmatched. Being the oldest of eight, our dad carries a lot of responsibility for our family-—yet he does so with grace and without complaint. 

We feel so honored to have such an admirable role model to lead us through life. He is always there to provide support  through both the good and tough times, while motivating us to never give up on our goals in life, no matter how crazy. Heck, he went on a storm-chasing trip this summer!  

We are so proud of all he has accomplished in his life and what’s to come—because he isn’t done yet! Happy Father’s Day to the best listener, role model and friend to everyone he meets-—Dave Forney.

Reggie, Katie and Max De Leon, children of Ricardo De Leon of Mutual 3

Ricardo De Leon is a wonderful father and the strongest man we know. Our dad taught us so many of life’s most important skills—how to walk, tie shoes, ride a bike and drive a car. He was an example of how to have a loving and enduring marriage. 

Our amazing parents celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in December, and they’re still going strong! 

We feel so blessed and grateful that he’s our dad today and every day! Happy Father’s Day, Dad! 

We love you.

Barbara Smith, Bev Morang and Susan Pullen, daughters of Gene Smith of Mutual 9

Our dad, Gene Smith of Mutual 9,  has always been there for everyone in his family and selflessly gives to others. Whether it’s family, friends, church, cribbage club, friends of the library or the GAF tax program, he loves helping people. 

First in Maine, and then in California, he was our softball coach, and all the kids loved him. He is a lifelong Dodgers fan, avid reader and enjoys challenging puzzles. He and his wife, Margaret, were childhood sweethearts, and we are so lucky to celebrate Father’s Day in Lake Arrowhead with them.

Donna Hernandez, Mutual 15

Happy Father’s Day to my husband, Santos Hernandez, a U.S. Navy veteran, who is extremely proud of his daughter, Teela Gomez, a nurse working in the time of a pandemic, and his new son-in-law, Nelson Gomez, both veterans of the U.S. Navy. Santos gave his heart and soul to his two children, Joey and Teela. His love and understanding make him a great father and the husband I dearly love. 

And a special Happy Father’s Day to my dear father, a veteran of the U.S. Army. “The best one in the world” is how I described my Father in 1966 in a letter I wrote when I was 10 years old. My Father is now 90, and all this still holds true.  

Betty Burrows of Mutual 14

My husband, Edward Burrows, used to say it’s easy to be a father but hard to be a dad, that is, someone who takes care of the people around him, teaches them well and fosters close relationships. Edward, who died nine years ago, grew up amid privation during World War II. He was evacuated during the bombing of London and raised by a foster family in Wales. He grew up without parents of his own, often hungry and with limited schooling. But he had the heart of a dad, doing the best he could with his two daughters and a son despite his own challenging childhood.  

Rosa Harmon, daughter of Domingo Contreras of Mutual 3

My father worked as a grocery store manager for over 30 years. 

He was a loyal employee and (along with my mother) taught me the value of working hard. With his hard-earned money, he bought his first home in Highland Park and began a family. 

After about 10 years, we moved to a shiny new home in La Verne. 

Thanks to my parents, my sister and I had an idyllic childhood. 

In October 2019, my dad accompanied me to Humboldt County, where I ran the Avenue of the Giants half-marathon. He captured a photo just as I crossed the finish line. 

Were it not for him, I would not have that accomplishment captured in a photograph.

Jeannie Park, Mimi Park and Lisa Park, daughters of Yoon Soo Park, Mutual 14

As far as we knew, our father never said a poetic thing in his life. He was a scientist to his core. We never talked about poems or literature or writing. We did get to read a lot of his papers about gallium arsenide and other semiconductors, though! 

It’s not that he was stern, withdrawn or overly serious. He loved to sing, entertained friends constantly, and could be silly and goofy. But poetic, no!

So it was a bit of a shock when he started writing poetry five years ago at the age of 86. And even more of a surprise when it started pouring out of him so fast that he is now publishing his third book of poems. 

We still don’t quite understand where it all came from, but he is living proof that you never know what life has in store for you and that you should be open to it, always. 

We only wish that we had learned Korean so that we could read his poems in their original language, as we’ve heard they’re better that way. Maybe when we are  86, we’ll finally learn! 

We’ve never been able to keep up with you, Dad—even at age 91, you’re light-years ahead. 

Congratulations on your latest book. We are looking forward to Volume 4! 

Don Frambach, Bruce Frambach, Julie Bigelow and Mary Tayal, children of Bill Frambach of Mutual 12

We love you for so many reasons. We feel so blessed to have you as our father, and we are thankful for the wonderful life you have given us. In honor of Father’s Day, we would like to celebrate you: a magnificent man, a loyal, loving husband, a devoted father, grandfather, great grandfather and a true friend. Please know that our list of gratitude is endless and continues to grow with each passing day.

Thank you for providing us with a never-ending sense of physical safety and emotional security; for stressing the importance of education; for loving and accepting us and always making us feel like we are good enough; and for showing us what it means to be a good man, a great teacher and mentor, and an outstanding father. We love you, Dad.

Pam Baker of Mutual 11

My father, Charles Wade, is the nicest and strongest man I know, with a heart of gold. He would do anything for me and my siblings. 

He is very supportive and positive. His faith gives him strength. He would work all day and was still able to give us love and attention.  

When we went on road trips, he would drive 10 hours and stop at a hotel, where we would swim until our fingers were pruny. 

He has no temper and only shows us love and laughter. 

I am so blessed to have such a wonderful role model in my life, and he is still alive, thank God. I can’t imagine life without my dad.

I love you, Dad. Happy Father’s Day to the World’s Best Dad! 

Jamie Shea, daughter of David LaCascia of Mutual 4 

 My dad, Dave LaCascia, is a father, grandpa and all-around good guy. My earliest memories are of  him protecting me, whether it be saving me from a horsefly at the age of 4, rescuing me after I took a hard fall off the swings, picking me up off the ground when I fell while using my crutches or when I was being harassed as an adult.  

He’s always been there for me and my sister, no matter what trouble we teenage girls gave him (my sister gave him way more than I did, obviously). He invented the “50-pound Kid Toss” and would launch me sky-high in the pool in a dazzling display of amateur gymnastics.  

He has two green thumbs and can grow just about anything (something he did not pass down to me). He has provided for us and given us opportunities that we will never forget.  He is a wonderful grandfather to my two children. He is my only surviving parent, and we have a deal that he is never allowed to leave us, right, Dad? 

Since he will live forever, I want to take the opportunity to say, Dad, I love you. You’re the best father a girl could ask for, and I don’t know what we would do without you.  Happy Father’s Day from your favorite youngest daughter.

Rita Farnsworth and Patti Hamm, daughters of Bob Lynch of Mutual 15

Truly blessed is what we are to be the daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren (four) and great-grandchildren (11) of Bob Lynch! Dad, also known as Gigo, has always been that kind, strong, understanding and, most of all, supportive dad that we all love and admire. He was born in Brockton, Maine, on Aug. 29, 1918, and married our mom, Rosalie, in 1941. 

Dad served in the U.S. Navy Pacific Fleet during WWII, and  then went to work for the USPS and retired in 1980 as director of customer service. Leisure World became home in 1999.

Always with a smile on his face and that positive attitude, Dad has been a role model for all of us. Never missing the birth of a grandchild or great-grandchild (no matter what time it was) shows that family means everything to him. We also always know that dad is always there to cheer us on and encourage us in whatever we are trying to achieve in our lives. Happy Father’s Day, Dad! We can’t wait to celebrate you on your 103rd birthday in August!   

Terry Thrift of Mutual 7

My father, Ralph Robert “Bob” Thrift, gave me three gifts: Reading, golf and the appreciation of a well-made martini. 

I adored him. 

Gloria Tyler, daughter of George Hess of Mutual 5

I would like to pay tribute to my father, George Hess. He was a baker all of his life, worked very hard six days a week. He and my mother had their own bakery in Burbank in the 1950s and worked hard, making a very good living for the three of us. He loved us so much! 

Timothy Kim, son of Samuel Kim of Mutual 8

Thank you for all the love and guidance you have given me year after year. Your faith and patience inspire me every day to be a better man. I feel so blessed to call you “Dad,” and I hope you always remember how much you are loved and appreciated. Daniel Kim, son of the Rev. Samuel C. Kim, Mutual 8 

I can’t imagine my life or our family without my dad, or “Appa” in Korean. Only as I write this, however, do I realize that my dad has lived most of his life without a father. I wonder what my then-2-year-old dad would have done had he known that, on a cold winter day on Dec. 5, 1950, as my grandfather sent the family away without him, it would be the last time Appa would ever see his father again. My grandfather had told my uncle to lead the family across the Daedong River and wait for him by the coast, and that he would be arriving soon after securing their home and possessions. They would then find a boat in case they had to temporarily flee from the oncoming Communist invasion. After all, it would be perhaps two or three days before they would be reunited safely and go home again. And yet, somehow, two to three days has turned into 71 years.

I wonder if Appa called out for his father when he was so thirsty that he let go of his sister’s hand to search for fresh water and was swept away by the sea of fellow refugees, only to be hugged again by his by-then hysterical mother. I wonder if my dad cried out for his father as he climbed down the cliffs to wade through the Imjin River because the bridges were out, hearing the screams of strangers whose family members’ hands slipped all around them. I wonder if my dad prayed for his father as he walked down icy roads, dodging body after frozen body. And I wonder if my dad’s heart broke for his father after hearing the news from a former neighbor that my grandfather had been executed for his Christian faith.

Today I finally take time to appreciate the fact that my dad (who just turned 83 years old this week) had to learn how to become a good father on his own, guiding three sons through an often-tumultuous adolescence and adulthood in a strange, new country. And this in spite of losing his father before his teenage years, at a time when he must have needed his father the most. Thank you, Appa, and Happy Father’s Day from your son Daniel.

Cindy Gannon of Mutual 4

The mold was thrown away after my daddy, John Africa, was  born in 1903 in Newark, Ohio. He was a remarkable man with many talents. I only knew my dad for 17 years, as he died at age 51, but my memories of him persist. Dad was quite funny and never met a stranger. He would pack Mother, my little brother and myself in the old 49 Ford, and off we would go for the usual Sunday outing, often to Three Rivers, California, for the “breakfast run” cooked on an open fire. I can still smell the bacon. Daddy was so organized that we just sat back and watched. 

He came to Huntington Beach in 1928 and wrote a column, “The Downtown Coach” for the HB News. He was the first pro at the local  golf course in the early 1930s. During World War II, he was general manager for Tex Rankin’s flying academy in Tulare, California. He was an all-around amazing man. It has been 63 years since Dad and I said goodbye. We will meet again and take the Sunday ride.

Gina Sievert, daughter of Ronald Iannessa of Mutual 1

Ronald Iannessa is a dad of four and grandfather of seven. He has been a steady rock for my family since the beginning. We are thrilled to celebrate him this year through this LW platform!

Our dad is a lover of his family, classical music, relaxing with his cat, meditation and enjoying a good barbecue with his family.  He has strong faith and lives a life of gratitude and kindness to all. 

Happy Father’s Day, Pops!  We love you to the moon and back!!

Toni DeBenedictis, Cris DeBenedictis-Blum, Lani DeBenedictis and Leslie Miyahata, daughters of Tony DeBenedictis of Mutual 7

Happy Fathers’ Day to Tony DeBenedictis! Thank your for being such an inspirational, wise and loving man, husband and father (and so handsome)! 

We love you!

Conserving Water can save on assessments

California is now facing its most serious drought since the mid-2010s. The California drought, part of the most expansive western U.S. drought this century, is locked in place for awhile.  

According to the May 25 Drought Monitor analysis, the entire state of California is in drought, and 26 percent of the state is in “exceptional drought,” the highest category.

The last exceptional drought in California was January 2017, on the tail end of a multiyear drought. It was considered the worst in parts of the state in 450 years.

In view of the fact that the next widespread rain and mountain snow is months away, water conservation is an important commitment for all Leisure World residents.

Not only is it environmentally significant, it will help keep assessments as low as possible. Residents can reduce water consumption by 20-40 percent without purchasing expensive equipment. Reducing water use can mean substantial savings on water, sewage, and energy bills. The following suggestions will help you get in the habit of saving water. Here is how you can help:

Kitchen/Laundry Aid

Large appliances—washing machines and dishwashers—consume the most water, so they are important places to start any water-conservation efforts.

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

• You do not need to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. No, really, hand rinsing dishes under the faucet uses 15-18 gallons of water per load. If your dishwasher has a pre-rinse cycle, try using it instead of hand rinsing. If a dish or two isn’t completely clean after the dishwasher cycle, finish the job by hand. 

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

Conserving in the Bath

After these major appliances, the bathroom offers the next biggest opportunity to save water.

• Make sure your toilets are all working efficiently. According to the American Water Works Association, the average American home loses 14 percent of all water used to leaks. Remember, the toilet is not a waste basket. If you think you have a problem, call your Mutual director.

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

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

• Turn off tap water while brushing your teeth. 

Running Hot and Cold

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

• Avoid running hot tap water over frozen food to defrost it; put it in the refrigerator the night before.

• Rethink any tasks you usually perform under running water—like washing vegetables or brushing your teeth. (A gallon of water a minute flows through a tap that is only half-open.) Use a dishpan or bowl of water instead of letting the tap run. Then pour the water from the bowl on your house plants.


• Use a broom before you get the garden hose out to wash off the patio or sidewalk. If you notice sprinkler problems, alert your Mutual director. Use the car wash located at Clubhouse 2 instead of the hose to wash your car; water is recycled at the LW car wash.

• Do not water Mutual lawns yourself. If you notice a problem with the irrigation system, contact your Mutual director or contact Kevin Black at (562) 431-6586, ext. 359.

405 Freeway Update

The Orange County Transportation Authority, in cooperation with Caltrans, is widening the San Diego Freeway (I-405) between SR-73 and I-605. Construction updates are as follows:

Sidewalk Closures on 

SB Boulevard 

Crews will close the sidewalks at the intersection of Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson Avenue for permanent traffic signal construction. Activities include the removal of existing sidewalk ramps, installation of new sidewalk ramps and electrical and foundation work.

Permanent traffic signal construction began June 1 and will continue for approximately six weeks on weekdays. 

Daytime work hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson will be intermittently reduced to two lanes at the intersection for the duration of the work.

Nighttime temporary traffic signal removal and permanent pole installation are anticipated in early July.

Sign up for project-wide and bridge-specific construction alerts at bit.ly/405-signup.

 Bolsa Avenue Traffic Switch 

Crews are scheduled to switch traffic to the new portion of the Bolsa Avenue bridge. This work is in anticipation of the upcoming demolition of the old portion of the Bolsa bridge, and will require a full closure of Bolsa between Goldenwest Street and Chestnut Street. Activities include asphalt removal, excavation, pavement work, and striping and K-rail modifications.

The Bolsa closure is scheduled for 10 p.m., Friday, June 18, to 5 a.m., Monday, June 21.

Bolsa Avenue Full Closure 

Crews will close the northbound I-405 loop off-ramp to Bolsa for about three months as early as Friday, June 18, to accommodate the freeway widening.

Activities include removal of the existing ramp, excavation, placement and compaction of base material, rebar and concrete work, paving, drainage installation, electrical work and striping.

The 405 Community Outreach Team will provide detailed schedule information in future alerts. 

SR-22 On-Ramp from Old Ranch Parkway Closed

The Old Ranch Parkway on-ramp to the westbound SR-22 closed April 13 for eight months to accommodate freeway widening. Activities include demolition, excavation, grading, drainage and electrical system installation, concrete pours and asphalt paving. Work hours are 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.

NB I-405, SR-73 Off-Ramps to Fairview Road Closed  

Crews closed the northbound I-405 and SR-73 off-ramps to Fairview on April 5 for approximately 100 days to accommodate the freeway widening. 

 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.

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.-4 p.m. on weekdays for approximately two months. 

This work may be loud. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen operational issues.

DMV handbooks, tests are available at LW Library

Is your driver’s license renewal test coming up? Save yourself a trip to the DMV and come by the Leisure World Library to pick up a 2021 Driver’s Handbook to study up before your test. The handbook is yours to keep.

The library also have a selection of printed practice tests to help you know what to expect when you take your test. It can also provide you with a great online resource to take practice tests online.

The library is open Monday through Saturday, from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and ask a staff member for a copy. The library is located between clubhouses 3 and 4 near the North Gate entrance.

North Gate Road set to open June 25

North Gate Road is expected to reopen by Friday, June 25, as the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) has finished utility construction related to the I-405 Improvement Project. 

Crews anticipate returning to demolish and reconstruct the sound wall next to North Gate Road within the next year, according to Megan Abba, OCTA communications specialist. 

OCTA built the existing sound wall on the north edge of Leisure World bordering the 405/22 freeways in 1999 for $2 million. 

The I-405 Improvement Project team will update the community when construction of the new soundwall is scheduled.

North Gate Road has been closed since April 2020, when crews began building a sewer line underneath the 405 freeway. Unforeseen soil conditions halted the job in December and forced a project redesign.

The freeway sewer crossing is now complete.

The road provides the only access to LW’s North Gate and has been the site of several large construction projects, including a pipeline replacement completed by SoCalGas.

The $1.9 billion I-405 Improvement Project is adding one regular lane in each direction between Euclid Street and I-605, and a second lane in each direction in the center of the freeway from SR-73 to I-605 that will combine with the existing carpool lanes to form the 405 Express Lanes. 

This segment of I-405 is one of the most heavily traveled stretches of highway in the nation, and drivers routinely face severe congestion in both the regular lanes and carpool lanes. 

The project is critical to accommodate expected employment, population and housing growth throughout the region. 

Letters to the Editor


 Recently, a turquoise canvas wagon was stolen from our carport. 

We were disappointed and a little shocked. 

We didn’t expect that anyone in Leisure World would intentionally take something that didn’t belong to them.

It just happened to be a gift from our grandchildren when we first arrived four years ago in LW. They had great fun riding to the Dollar Store, the bank and library when they came to visit. If you happen to read this and know of the whereabouts of said wagon, please encourage whoever has possession to return it to the carport for 3K, no questions asked. And by the way, you are welcome to keep the bag of potting soil inside.

Kathryn Zajic

Mutual 15 


I just had to write to you about Nelson Plumbing and its excellent crew of plumbers that changed all the piping, hot water tanks and shower fixtures in Mutual 6, Building 61. 

My opinion, based on 35 years selling pipe valves and fittings, and before that, working with my dad in construction, is that this was the finest crew I’ve ever seen. 

They came in, introduced themselves and went right to work. 

No chitchat among themselves, no slacking and very polite. I truly could not believe how they worked like a fine military unit. When the job was done, they came in with brooms, a vacuum cleaner and rags and cleaned up everything. Also, I counted at least four assorted nationalities, and they got along like a band of brothers.

Tony Laspada 

Mutual 6 


In August (with any good luck), I will celebrate my 90th birthday.  

In all those years, I have suffered theft a mere five times.  Noteworthy, however, is that four of those times have been here in Leisure World. 

This time, it was a ladder. It’s a sad commentary. 

I (perhaps, we) would appear to be an easy mark. 

I think I need a comfort dog—a big one with a commanding presence.

Stan Verdi

Mutual  2

Perspectives Policy

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

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

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

Contributor: Restaurant review, theater review or travel journal submissions welcome subject to terms and conditions in the policy unless otherwise noted.

Political: Submissions concerning political issues outside of Leisure World and the City of Seal Beach will not be published.


GRF Meetings 

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

Tues., June 29 Special GRF Board Meeting

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Thurs., July 1 Recreation Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

Recap of Special GRF Board Action, June 11


MOVED to approve, in accordance with the bylaws of the Golden Rain Foundation of Seal Beach, the following standing committee appointments, per the distributed handout.

Submission Deadlines for the LW Weekly

The editorial deadline is 4 p.m. on Thursday for the following Thursday’s edition. People may email articles or drop them into the letter slot at the front of the News Building, located on the east side of the Amphitheater. See page 4 of any edition for a list of section editors and their email addresses. 

Street Sweeping

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

Community Guide White Pages

Resident names and phone numbers are not automatically placed in the LW Community Guide’s White Pages. To be included, shareholders may submit their information to LW Weekly by filling out the form placed in previous editions of the Community Guide and returning it to the LW Weekly Office or by emailing pattym@lwsb.com. 

Those whose information may have changed since the 2019 edition of the White Pages may also submit new information via email.

Resident names are deleted from the White Pages by request or after LW Weekly receives a report of sale and escrow closing from the Stock Transfer Office. Anyone who moves within LW will be deleted unless a form with the new address is submitted to LW Weekly.

Residents who think they know a name that should be removed may notify LW Weekly via email at pattym@lwsb.com.

Mutual Meetings 

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

Thurs., June 17 Mutual 11

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Fri., June 18 Mutual 15 Annual Meeting

virtual 10 a.m.

Mon., June 21 Mutual 15

virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., June 22 Mutual 17 Annual Meeting

virtual 10 a.m.

Wed., June 23 Mutual 10

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., June 24 Mutual 1

virtual 9 a.m.

Mon., June 28 Mutual 8

virtual 9 a.m.

Free food available for LWers

Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4. The next food distribution will be today, June 17.

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

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

People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID.

Arts & Leisure

2021 Amphitheater Movie Nights

Open-air movie nights at the Amphitheater will begin June 25. Six movies will be shown on the gigantic screen on Friday nights, starting at 8:30 p.m. (start times and schedule are subject to change). Friends and family are welcome at this free weekly event. 

The Minibus has on-call service to the open-air cinema beginning at 7:15 p.m.; call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379, and a bus will arrive within 10 minutes. A bus is available to take shareholders home after the show.

• June 25: “Knives Out.” A detective investigates the death of a patriarch of an eccentric, combative family. PG-13 | 2h 10min | Comedy, Crime, Drama 

• July 9: “Greenland.” A family struggles for survival in the face of a cataclysmic natural disaster. PG-13 | 1h 59min | Action, Thriller 

• July 23: “Jumanji, The Next Level.” The gang is back, but the game has changed. As they return to rescue one of their own, the players will have to brave parts unknown—from arid deserts to snowy mountains—to escape the world’s most dangerous game. PG-13 | 2h 3min | Action, Adventure, Comedy

Sponsor: MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center 

• Aug. 13: “Wonder Woman.” When a pilot crashes and tells of conflict in the outside world, Diana, an Amazonian warrior in training, leaves home to fight a war, discovering her full powers and true destiny. PG-13 | 2h 21min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

Sponsor: MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center 

• Aug. 27: “Nomandland.” After losing everything in the Great Recession, a woman in her sixties embarks on a journey through the American West, living as a van-dwelling modern-day nomad. R | 1h 47min | Drama 

• Sept. 3: “Coming to America 2.” African monarch Akeem learns he has a long-lost son in the United States and must return to America to meet and build a relationship with this unexpected heir. PG-13 | 1h 50min | Comedy

2021 Amphitheater Show Season

A shortened summer music festival will start on June 24 at the 2,500-seat Leisure World Amphitheater. Each of the five open-air concerts starts at 7:30 p.m. (Schedule and start times are subject to change; updates will be printed in LW Weekly.) 

Residents must present GRF photo ID cards for admission; non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident shareholder. 

Smoking is not permitted at the Amphitheater, which is located in the GRF Administration complex.

No parking is allowed in front of the Amphitheater on St. Andrews Drive along the southbound lanes. This is a tow-away zone on Thursdays during the Amphitheater season. 

Minibus transportation will be available before and after shows. Koffel’s food trucks and Mandie’s Candies will provide options for pre-event dining.

Summer Concerts

• June 24: Terry Otte and Abilene

Sponsor: On-Site Home Sales 

• July 29: Revisiting the Orbison Years

Sponsor: MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center 

• Aug. 19: Ronstadt Revival

Sponsor: MemorialCare Long Beach Medical Center 

• Sept. 2: Petty Breakers  

Community 4th of July Weekend Show

• July 3: Springsteen Experience

Sponsor: Home Instead

Amphitheater Rules

To ensure an enjoyable season, show-goers are asked to adhere to the following rules:

• There is no video- or audiotaping of performers.

• Do not save seats. Amphitheater seating is first-come, first-served.

• Do not sing along with performers unless asked to do so by the performer onstage.

• Residents must have LW IDs to enter Amphitheater. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident.

• No one is allowed to sit or stand in the aisles. 

• No smoking is permitted in the Amphitheater area.

• Flags on scooters should be lowered, so everyone can see the stage (see LW Security for assistance).

• Leave walkers in the aisle.

• Handicap seating is at street level, at the handrails in the middle of the Amphitheater. 

• No pets are allowed.

• The audience is not permitted to enter the Amphitheater earlier than 1.5 hours before the program begins, as requested by performers, who will be doing sound checks.

• Dancing is allowed only on the two side-wing patios flanking the Amphitheater stage.

• No flash photography.

• Do not climb over seats.

Social Club 

The Social Club will meet on June 25 at noon in Clubhouse 1. Lunch will not be served, but there will be snacks and drinks. Members should call their table players to remind them to bring a card showing they are fully vaccinated. Dues paid for 2020 will carry over to this year. 

Anyone planning to attend the June 25 gathering should call Joan Taylor at (562) 240-5416 or Marj Earls at (562) 275-1778.

Lapidary Club

The Lapidary Club announces two new classes. The cost for each class is $5, which includes supplies. Sign-ups are in the Lapidary room in Clubhouse 4 any time between 9 a.m.-noon or from 1-3 p.m.

Pat Spencer will teach the art of Kumihimo (Japanese braiding) on June 28, from 9 a.m.-noon. The class will be limited to seven participants, but anyone who wants to observe may do so.  

An introduction to cutting, grinding and polishing stones suitable for display or jewelry will be taught by Greg Myers on July 2 from 9-11 a.m. The class is open to the first six participants to enroll.

Grab ’n’ Go Meals

June 17-23 

Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot

Please note: Now that the economy has reopened, most food trucks have gone back to their regular routes and will no longer be available to serve LWSB.

• 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. 

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


 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 www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/.

Genealogy Club 

Learn about Colonial research

All Genealogy Club members are invited to tune in via Zoom at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, June 23, to participate in the monthly membership meeting, during which Hal Horrocks will speak on “Colonial Research.” Horrocks is a native of Long Beach and a 45-year Orange County resident currently living in Huntington Beach. The professional genealogist, teacher, author and lecturer has been doing family research for more than 25 years.  

Horrocks is a member of several professional genealogical associations and is the current immediate past president of the Orange County California Genealogical Society, headquartered at the Huntington Beach Central Library. A graduate of California State University, Long Beach, he has been lecturing to genealogical and other societies for the past 16 years on a range of subjects, from why people get involved in genealogy to conducting research in early England. For a link to the Zoom conference, email lwgenealogy@gmail.com or call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266.

The Genealogy Library will open soon for members to utilize the club’s subscriptions to Ancestry, Fold 3, newspapers, etc. Volunteers are needed to oversee the operations.  

Members are required to pay dues to enjoy such benefits as the annual picnic, which is slated for July 28 at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area, and the Christmas Party, which will be Dec. 8 in Clubhouse 3. Volunteer committees are needed to make these events successful; if interested, call Romero at the phone number above.

LW Book Club

The LW Book Club will meet today, June 17, from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, to discuss “The Leopard” by Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa.

For the July 15 meeting, the group plans to choose a book of its own to discuss. Anyone with questions or suggestions should contact Thomas Gan at gltjiook@gmail.com.

LW Saturday Bunco

LWers can play Bunco on Saturdays again. Play will begin on June 26 from 1-4 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby, then continue on the second and fourth Saturdays. All current members and new residents are invited. Masks are not required. For more information, call Doris Dack at (714) 356-0443.

Chess Club

For this week’s puzzle, White moves first. The White rook moves from a1 to a6, then Black pawn b7 to a6. White queen moves d5 to c6. Any answer by Black, and the next move by White is checkmate.

Starting Friday, June 18, the Chess Club will meet weekly from 1:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Beginners are welcome for a free lesson.

Hui O Hula

Dancers, musicians to celebrate Hula Week

Hui O Hula recently celebrated Lavon DeMott’s 90th birthday with her. She has lived in LW for 25 years and says her hobbies, including genealogy, keep her young at heart—and looking beautiful. DeMott is well taken care of by her loving sons, Marlon and Wally.  

Dancers who enjoy bringing the hula to the homebound, outside or inside the gate, are ready to kick off Luau Week at Stanton’s Rowntree Gardens Assisted Living and Healthcare Center with a 60-minute program on June 21 at 1:30 p.m. 

The club offers a mahalo to Mutual 16’s Board of Directors for the invitation to its annual picnic on June 26. There, Hui musician Fortunato Revilla will entertain with hula dancers. And on June 28 at 1 p.m., hula dancers will perform on the green by Building 165 in Mutual 7. All are invited but will need to bring their own chairs. 

Hui O Hula offers Hawaiian dance lessons every Tuesday upstairs in Clubhouse 6. At 1 p.m., basic hula steps are taught for 30 minutes or so. Afterward, the house band, led by Larry Yamashiro, will begin playing Hawaiian hula favorites, and all are welcome to “Walk In, Hula Out.” There will not be much teaching during this session because it is intended for the dancers who just want to enjoy the hula by following class leaders. 

For more studious dancers, hula lessons will begin after 3 p.m., when new subjects will be introduced and old favorites reviewed. 

All dancers, including newcomers, are welcome.

Call (562) 431-2242 for class and performance information.

Men’s Golf League

On June 7, the Men’s Golf League played at the David L. Baker Golf Club in Fountain Valley. Eleven  men, one woman and a guest teed off into a beautiful morning that became a spectacular day to play golf. Baker is a par-62, 4,000-yard executive golf course that is fairly flat, but with diabolical sand traps and strategically placed water hazards. The greens and fairways were in excellent condition, and with the wonderful course conditions and little wind, 12 of the 13 rounds were under par, and the golfers produced 10 birdies—a new record for the league.

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: Larry Hillhouse, a spectacular 10 under 54; second: Fujio Norihiro, a terrific 7 under 57; third: Sam Choi, a nice 6 under 58; fourth: Bill McKusky, 5 under 59; fifth: tie between Clay Fischer and Jim Goltra, 3 under 61; sixth: Dave LaCascia, 2 under 62; seventh: Gary Stivers, 1 over 65.  Norihiro had three birdies, while Hillhouse, Goltra, Choi, LaCascia, Fischer and guest Brian had one each. McKusky had the fewest putts. Norihiro was closest to the pin on both the 110-yard, par-3 third hole and 120-yard 12th hole.

B Flight Winners: First place: Marv Ballard, a remarkable 14 under 50; second: Bob Munn, a sensational 11 under 53; third: Bill Zurn, a notable 9 under 55; fourth: Liz Meripol, a fantastic 8 under 56. Ballard had fewest putts, and Munn had a birdie.

On June 11, the Riverview Golf Club in Santa Ana hosted 11 men and one woman of the league. Riverview is  a par-70, 5,800-yard course with fairways that parallel the Santa Ana River, tricky elevation changes, deliberately placed sand traps and challenging water hazards. The greens and fairways were in good condition, and at tee time, the day was sunny with no wind. Eight of the 12 rounds were under par or slightly over par, and the golfers produced four birdies.

A Flight Winners: First place: Goltra, a terrific 8 under 62; second: Fischer, a very nice 6 under 64; third: Stivers, 2 under 68; fourth: Hillhouse, even par 70; fifth: Choi, 1 over 71; sixth: tie between LaCascia, Norihiro and McKusky, 3 over 73. Goltra, Stivers and Fischer had birdies, and Goltra had the fewest putts. LaCascia was closest to the pin on the 100-yard (all over water), par-3 ninth hole, while Goltra was closest on the 140-yard, par-3 second hole.

B Flight Winners: First place: tie between Liz Meripol and Tom Ross, 3 under 67; second: Munn, even par 70; third: Ballard. Munn also had fewest putts and a birdie.

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. 

—Dave LaCascia

Yahtzee Club

The Yahtzee Club will resume meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, on the first and third Fridays of every month from 12:30-4 p.m. beginning tomorrow, June 18. 

The cost to play is $5 per meeting. The money is divided into three categories, as follows: 45 percent to most yahtzees, 45 percent to highest total scores, and 10 percent to the door prize. 

Attendees are invited to bring a store-bought snack that is prepackaged in individual servings to share. All beverages should be in spill proof containers, each clearly labeled with the owner’s name. Existing members’ dues will be applied to this year; new members can pay dues of $3 at the meeting. 

Anyone with questions about the club or who doesn’t know how to play but is interested should contact Kathy Rose at (714) 309-6873 (phone calls and text messages okay).

Women’s Golf Club

On the beautiful, sunny morning of June 6, 52 members of the Leisure World Women’s Golf Club competed for low gross, low net and birdies (of which there were 14). Three women each had two birdies. The flight winners were:

Flight A: Low gross: Linda Herman, 26; low net: tie between GeeGee Kwak and Mimi Lee, 23; birdies: Linda Herman (holes 2 and 7), GeeGee Kwak (holes 3 and 6), Mimi Lee (Hole 6), Jane Song (Hole 2), Grace Choi (Hole 3) and Sandy Derouin (Hole 7).

Flight B: Low gross: Hi J Lee, 29; low net: tie between Young Sil Yoon, Joann Lim and Pam Krug, 23; birdies: Hi J Lee (Hole 3), Young Sil Yoon (holes 6 and 8), Laura Garcia (Hole 1) and Sally Park (Hole 2).

Flight C: Low gross: Donna Cooper, 36; low net: Liz Meripol, 27; birdies: Soo Kim (Hole 8).

Flight D: Low gross: Kyung Bak, 35; low net, Patty Littrell, 21.

—Anne Walshe

Community Karaoke

Community Karaoke welcomes its members back to karaoke parties in Clubhouse 1 on Wednesdays starting at 5:30 p.m.

On June 9, the karaoke folks were singing their hearts out and having a good time in Veterans Plaza. Bev Adams and Susan Kelleghan got rave reviews for “Waterloo,” while Don Sunday had a fine voice on “Stardust.”

“Margaritaville” was a good choice for Margie Stewart, and everyone liked Julie Nulad’s “Bye Bye Love.” Erica Greenwood sang a good version of “Crazy,” as did Tony Tupas with “Stand by Me.” And newcomer Duane Owens performed “Girl Crush.” 

Casual practice sessions for those looking to perfect their songs are open on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. inside the Amphitheater stage (enter through in the back door).

Welcome Back, Creative Writers

COVID’s in the rearview mirror,

The shots are in your arm . . .

We’ll meet again as literati

And will not come to harm!

It’s been a year and a half or so

Since we’ve heard our fellow writer . . .

We long to share our written gems,

And now the future’s brighter!

Returning veterans, new recruits,

We’re very eager to see ‘em . . .

Friday, June 25, 2021,

Room 1, Clubhouse 3, at 1:30 p.m.!

—Fred Wind

Men’s Golf Club 

The most recent Leisure World Men’s Golf Club Tournament was played on June 9. Three flights of variously skilled golfers vied for best net scores (gross score minus handicap), plus four circle holes (shots within a 5-foot circle rewarded) and two closest-to-the-pin challenges. A total of 51 golfers teed off and played 18 holes through the early morning and into the afternoon. The weather was initially partly cloudy, but the sun came out with a vengeance by 8:30 a.m. 

The early morning front nine rounds were met with damp, “slow” greens and wet fairways. As has been the case, during the back nine, the greens become much drier and quicker, plus the late wind began to really play a role in trying to hold the harder greens.

The tee boxes are slowly improving from their “dormant” period, and the greens are still bumpy from their aeration many weeks back. These conditions certainly led to only 21 of 51 rounds being under par.

A Flight encompasses golfers with handicaps of 0-7; B Flight is handicaps of 8-12; and C Flight is handicaps of 13-18. All scores below are net (gross score minus handicap).

A Flight Winners: First place: tie between John Kolthoff and Dong Kim, 2 under 52; second: Steve Walker, 1 under 53; third: Seung Lee, even par 54; fourth: Bill Long, 1 over 55; fifth: Steve Ro, 2 over 56.

B Flight Winners: First place: Jae H. Lee, a terrific 7 under 47; second: Gary Stivers, very nice 6 under 48; third: Ryan Hong, 4 under 50; fourth: Kap Son, 3 under 51; fifth: Daniel Do, 2 under 52; sixth: tie between Paul Alloway and Trai Nguyen, even par 54.

C Flight Winners: First place: Dave Winn, a well-played 6 under 48; second: Bill Zurn, 3 under 51; third: tie between Dennis Jensen, Sang H. Kim and Mike Carlson, 2 under 52; fourth: tie between Roger Bennett, Ben Benjamins and Manny Miranda, 1 under 53; fifth: Marvin Jones, 1 over 55; sixth: Chang Choi, 2 over 56;

Closest to the pin on the 85-yard, par-3 eighth hole was John Kolthoff at 6 feet, 6 inches, and on the par-3 17th hole, it was Jun Um at 5 feet,11 inches. There were also six circle hole winners. 

The next Men’s Tournament will be on June 23, and the next Guys and Gals Tournament will be on June 30. If you are signed up to play a tournament but cannot, contact Alan Sewell (541) 324-8558 or Dave LaCascia (801) 674-5975 as soon as possible.

The Men’s Club is sponsoring a picnic after the Guys and Gals Tournament on June 30 at approximately 2 p.m. at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. Sign up during the Men’s or Ladies Tournaments each Tuesday and Wednesday; the last day to sign up will be June 28. Initially, there was to be no charge, but investigations into cost for upward of 80 people revealed it would be outside the club budget. So there will be a $5 charge, and the club is looking into catering or providing the typical summer fare (hamburgers, hot dogs, salads, beer, wine and water). The picnic is open to Men’s and Ladies Club members, plus spouses and significant others.

—Dave LaCascia

Duplicate bridge is back

The first in-person duplicate bridge game in 15 months will be held Friday, June 18, in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 12 noon. Players are urged to make reservations as soon as possible with Sharon Beran at (562) 308-7838 or hbsharonb@gmail.com. 

The Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club and Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club have merged and will play two games per week. The director for the Monday games will be Mike Ullman, and on Friday afternoons, it’s Emma Trepinski. Reservations are required. 

Players are asked to arrive by 11:30 a.m. on the day of their reservations. Game fees are $4 for LW residents and $5 for invited guests. 

There will be no snacks or beverages provided for the first few weeks, however, players may bring their own. Sharing is not currently allowed. 

Masks are required to enter the clubhouse, and players’ temperatures will be taken using a no-touch tester at the sign-in table.

The GRF Board has clarified the ruling that clubs cannot compel members to have been vaccinated in order to play. 

For further information, call Ted Wieber at (562) 596-8661.

—Gene Yaffee

Leisure Time Dancers

Led by instructor Richard Sharrard, the Leisure Time Dancers will resume classes from 2-4 p.m. on Monday, June 21. All skill levels are welcome; previous dance experience is not necessary. Masks are optional.

The first meeting will include time to get acquainted. The first hour is devoted to big band swing, and the second to rumba, a Latin favorite. Because of Leisure World requirements for licensing and insurance, fees are $7 for the first hour or $11 for both hours of instruction.

For more information, contact Sharrard at (562) 434-6334 or Richard@DanceFactoryOnline.com.

Friends of the Library

Starting June 21, the Friends of the Library Bookstore, located adjacent to the LW Library, will be open Mondays and Fridays, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., and Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. There are no restrictions as to masks or number of people in the store.

The store is looking to increase its staff of volunteers so that it may be open more days a week. Anyone who is interested should fill out an application in the store. Questions about the store or the volunteer positions should be directed to (562) 596-7735.

A Course in Miracles

This book study group will resume its weekly meetings starting Friday, June18, at 4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 8. For more information, email Abby Stevens at abbystevens2@hotmail.com.

Ballet Fitness relaxes, invigorates

Every Saturday at 1:30 p.m., instructor Milton “Mel” Lockett happily leads an hour of simple ballet to anyone who is interested in a fully equipped dance room upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Dancers leave reportedly feeling both relaxed and invigorated.

Barre none, ballet dancing is among the best ways to achieve good posture, a strong core, balance and grace. Lockett warms up the class with port de bras, an exercise designed to develop graceful movement and disposition of the arms, then moves to such classic barre exercises as plies/bends, tendu/stretch, rond de jambe/round of the leg, etc. After the barre, Lockett and dancers continue the exercises in the center. At the end of the class, dancers thank Lockett and their fellow dancers with bows and curtsies.  All routines are accompanied by classical ballet music.

There is no dress code. If one feels uncomfortable wearing tights or leotards, a comfortable T-shirt and sweatpants will do. Ballet slippers are typically made of either canvas or leather. The dance floor upstairs in Clubhouse 6 is smooth, so beginners may bring socks or soft booties or even dance barefoot in their first classes. For more class information, call (562) 252-9676 or email Jojo@JojoJoe.com.

Theater Club

The Theater Club will hold its first meeting on June 25 at 10 a.m. in the Performing Arts Center above the Amphitheater (formerly known as the loft). The club welcomes everyone who has an interest in any aspect of theater. Behind-the-scenes people are just as important as performers.

There are various performances during the year, as well as social activities; the club’s next performance will be on Labor Day. For more information, contact President Taylor White at Njcataylor@yahoo.com or (562) 208-3359.

Dancing Feet Club 

The Dancing Feet Club (DFC) will host ballroom and line dancing every fourth Sunday of the month, commencing on June 27, from 6-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. DFC will also hold line dance class and practice every Monday, starting Monday, June 21, from 7:15-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 6. Admission to all events and classes are free, and anyone with a passion for dancing is welcome.

In compliance with the new GRF directives and because of space limitations, DFC will require preregistration. LWers should text or email their first and last names, Mutual number and unit, email address, and cell phone number to Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223 or edbolos@comcast.net or Ric Dizon at (714) 225-3597 or mrdeeviana38@gmail.com. Guests must also be preregistered, with  their full names, email  addresses and cell phone numbers.

DFC will process registrations on a first-come, first-served basis.


The first Panhellenic card party of 2021 will be at 1 p.m. on July 2 in Clubhouse 1. This new meeting place gives the group a lot more space.  

All party bridge players or any woman living in Leisure World is invited; they do not need to be a Panhellenic member. For this first gathering, there will not be a lunch, but the group will vote whether to have future lunches catered.

Since this is the first  time Panhellenic has gathered  in more than 16 months, bridge players may feel a little rusty. Everyone is welcome to change partners or stay with the previous group. This is a good time for anyone who is learning to join. Those who want to play canasta or other card game are invited to do that as well. Bridge cards will be provided, but people are welcome to bring their own cards. There will not be any competition or prizes at the July 2 meeting.

Contact Jan Krehbiel at (562) 431-8240 with any questions.   

—Jan Krehbiel

Leisure World Bunco

Leisure World Bunco will meet on the second and fourth Mondays of each month, starting on June 28 at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Interested shareholders should arrive a little early so everyone can check in. The game usually ends around 8 p.m.

There will be a halftime break, with socializing and treats. Players are asked to consider contributing a selection of snacks.

All LW residents are welcome. For futher information, call Gail Levitt at (562) 596-1346.

Ladies “Q” Pool Club 

The Ladies “Q” Pool Club happily announces it will be opening on Monday, June 21, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 1. Everyone is welcome to come by and see what it’s all about; for those without their own cue stick, one will be provided. All residents are welcome, regardless of experience. Yearly dues are $5, but there will be no dues collected for 2021; dues for 2022 will be collected at the club’s annual Christmas luncheon. 

“A good time is had by all,” says club secretary Kathy Engelhardt. “We hope to see anyone interested in playing this timeless game.”

Health & Fitness

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 Client Manager Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 1, 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.  

Thursday, June 17: Swedish meatballs with garlic cream sauce, seasoned egg noodles, broccoli, and seasoned carrots; maple baked pears; turkey-and-cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus cucumber, red onion and dill salad.

Friday, June 18: Chicken enchilada casserole with red sauce, black beans, and seasoned cauliflower; sugar cookies; taco salad, with shredded chicken and salsa dressing, plus crackers. 

Monday, June 21: Herb-roasted pork loin with honey-mustard sauce, mashed sweet potatoes, and zucchini medley; pineapple with mango; egg salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus macaroni salad.

Tuesday, June 22: Turkey Tetrazzini, rice pilaf, and green beans with pimentos; yogurt with berries; spinach salad, with chicken, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, feta cheese and vinaigrette dressing, plus crackers.

Wednesday, June 23: Beef lasagna, whole-grain roll and seasoned broccoli; baked apple with granola; turkey, ham and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus confetti slaw.

Don’t throw out those masks yet

by Patty Marsters


Though Gov. Gavin Newsom lifted the statewide mask mandate on June 15, don’t trash those masks yet. There are still a few places where face coverings are required.

California is now following broader CDC guidance, released last month, on mask wearing. Fully vaccinated people—those who received the Johnson & Johnson shot or their second shot of the Pfizer or Modena vaccine two or more weeks prior—can forgo masks while outdoors, as well as while indoors grocery shopping, exercising at the gym, at a restaurant or bar, watching a movie, or going to church. 

It remains recommended that unvaccinated people only take off their masks in public when they’re outside and can maintain 6 feet of distance from others. In pretty much every other scenario, however, it’s safest to wear a face covering.

There are just a few places where vaccinated people will still need to wear masks, including in health care settings (such as doctors’ offices and hospitals), prisons, homeless shelters and during travel (i.e., while on planes, buses and trains and their respective hubs). 

And the state requires organizers of indoor events with more than 5,000 people to verify that attendees are either vaccinated or have recently tested negative. The same is recommended for outdoor events with more than 10,000 people, though organizers have the option of allowing unvaccinated and/or untested attendees if they wear masks.

Though the GRF has does not require masks or proof of vaccination, outside businesses may do so.

Workplace guidance has not yet been released, but GRF staff and contractors are expected to continue wearing masks and social distancing until further notice. GRF offices will also remain closed to the public for the time being. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), people who have been vaccinated can still contract COVID-19. The agency reports that out of the 135 million Americans who were fully vaccinated as of June 1, 2,274 were either hospitalized or died because of COVID-19. That means it’s very unlikely a vaccinated person will get very sick. Studies are still in progress over whether a fully vaccinated person who does get the virus can then spread it to those younger than 12 who are currently ineligible for vaccination.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that children ages 2-11 or 12-18 who are unvaccinated continue to wear a mask when out in public or around anyone who may have been exposed to COVID-19. Those who live with younger children or the immuno-compromised should also consider wearing face coverings while in public.

So don’t throw out those masks just yet. And assess the risks to you and others when you go out.


All members are welcome to the Wa-Rite meeting on June 25 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Weigh-ins start at 8 a.m. and end around 8:45, then the meeting will begin at 9. 

“We are granting amnesty for Goal Members for three months from first weigh-in,” said club president Carol Chambers. “It’s time to get inspired for our health.”

There will be no COVID-related restrictions regarding mask-wearing, vaccines or social distancing. Those who feel uncomfortable should consider not attending. 

Coffee and water will not be provided, so members are encouraged to bring their own beverages in spill-proof containers.

For more information contact Chambers at carol.chambers60@yahoo.com.

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Mobility Aids chair position available

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is searching for someone who would be interested in charing of the Mobility Aids program. This is one of GAF’s longest running programs, and it has been beneficial to the community.  

People should apply for the position if they enjoy helping others when they need it most. The job includes record-keeping for the wheelchairs and walkers, along with training new volunteers and leading a team. The Mobility Aids program has an office in Clubhouse 6, where it keeps inventory that the Mobility Aids chairperson will be in charge of maintaining. 

The new chair would be on the GAF’s Board of Directors and attend its monthly meeting, which usually lasts around two hours. Along with the other program chairs, a monthly report is also prepared.  If more than one person is interested, there is the possibility for this position to be co-chaired.

The GAF would like to thank the current Mobility Aids Chair, John Hlavac, for his dedication and commitment to the program.  He will be leaving by the end of the year and is willing to train his replacement.  

For more information or to meet to discuss the position, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

sunshine club

Learn the ins and outs of life, home and property insurance

Keegan Ferraro from State Farm Insurance will be the speaker at the next Sunshine Club meeting on Friday, June 18, at 10 a.m.

All shareholders are welcome to join this Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982089743?pwd=UGR3RlZRaUJmWmlSNE9KdTdNMUh3QT09. The meeting ID is 849 8208 9743, and the passcode is 508742. 

Those who want the Zoom link via email should text their name, Mutual number and email address to (562) 301-5339 by no later than today, June 17, at 5 p.m. (text only, no phone calls). 

During the presentation, Ferraro will go over: 

•The importance of life insurance and providing tax-free benefits to benificiaries.  

•Homeowners insurance within Leisure World  (HO-6). 

•Protecting personal belongings and highly valued items.  

•Protecting  assets from potential lawsuits and personal liability claims. 

Ferraro has  been an Orange County resident his entire life and  is grateful to have his agency in Seal Beach. His family has been involved with State Farm for  over 60 years, which sparked his passion for insurance and helping people started at a young age. 

After  graduating from San Francisco State, Ferraro helped his brother open his State Farm agency in Newport Beach. It was there that he  found inspiration teaching customers everything they need to know  about their auto, home, business, renter’s and life insurances. 

Ferraro and his team are looking forward to helping LWers with their insurance and financial service needs. They offer services in Spanish as well.  

The Sunshine Club brings LW leaders to meetings to introduce their organizations to the group. 

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

SBTV-3 Listings

SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.

Thursday, June 17

4 pm Rough Seas Ahead

4:22 pm LW Art/Cardboard Contest

4:30 pm LW Special Olympics 2021

4:38 pm Sea Inside

5 pm Vintage Car Cruise 2021

6:15 pm Molokai Trip 2018

7 pm Life and Times in SB:

Virginia Haley

8 pm The Street Where I Live

8:13 pm Beginning of Leisure World

8:30 pm Cerritos Center-

Lady Jazz

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:


Friday, June 18

4 pm Beginning of Leisure World

4:18 pm The Street Where I live

4:30 pm Mother’s Day 2021

5:12 pm Maui Swap Meet 2018

5:30 pm Easter Quarantine Concert 2021

5:35 pm Marine Protected Areas

5:50 pm Vintage Car Cruise 2021

7 pm Cerritos Center–

Golden Acrobats

8:37 pm Sea Inside

9 pm Shakespeare in the Park:


10:30 pm  Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Saturday, June 19

4 pm Mother’s Day 2021

4:30 pm Rough Seas Ahead

4:32 pm LW Art/Cardboard Contest

5:30 pm The Street Where I Live

5:42 pm Beginning of Leisure World

6 pm McGaugh First Grade Show

7 pm McGaugh Third Grade Show

8 pm LAUSD

11 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Sunday, June 20

4 pm Seal Beach City Council 

Replay 6/14

5 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

6 pm Life and Times in SB:

Paula Thomas

7 pm Live at the Ford:

Lady Jazz

8:30 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

10 pm Vintage Car Cruise 2021

11:15 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Monday, June 21

4 pm LW Molokai Trip 

4:42 pm Maui Swap Meet 2018

5 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

6 pm Mother’s Day 2021

6:22 pm LW Special Olympics 2021

6:30 pm Sea Inside

7 pm SB Planning Commitee 

Meeting- LIVE

8 pm Oceanscapes #2 

8:30 pm Life and Times in SB:

Lawhead Brothers

9:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Taming of the Shrew 

Tuesday, June 22

4 pm Mother’s Day 2021

4:30 pm Easter Quarantine Concert 2021

5:05 pm The Beginning of Leisure World

5:30 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Merry Wives of Windsor

7:30 pm Ocean Perspectives

8 pm Life and Times in SB:

Virginia Haley

8:30 pm Ford Theater:

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

10 pm Cerritos Center-

Matt Mauser

Wednesday, June 23

4 pm LW Special Olympics 2021

4:08 pm LW Art/Cardboard Contest

4:16 pm The Street Where I Live

4:30 pm Rough Seas Ahead

5 pm McGaugh Fourth Grade Show

6 pm Sea Inside

6:30 pm Vintage Car Cruise

7:40 pm Sea Inside

8 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Merry Wives of Windsor

10 pm Cerritos Center-

The Four Tenors

Concerned shareholders 

Meetings kick off with Randy Ankeny

The Concerned Shareholders Club is back with its  first in-person meeting on Thursday, June 24, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, starting at 1 p.m. There will not be a Zoom viewing option for this meeting.  

Golden Rain Foundation Executive Director Randy Ankeny will  go over and examine everything that has happened in  Leisure World over the past 15 months since the pandemic began. He will also discuss the present and the future of the GRF, including upcoming changes and ideas.  Everyone who atends the meeting  will have an opportunity to ask questions. 

All shareholders are encouraged to attend this informative secession. The meeting will be within a two-hour range.  


paws, claws and beaks

The club’s first in-person meeting is a success

The Paws, Claws and Beaks  Club came together for the first time since the pandemic with a picnic for all LW pet owners.

Over 40 people and their pets gathered outside on a beautiful day with lots of food and a chance to meet other pet owners. The dogs and birds that were brought to the picnic all got along as well. 

Kathy Almeida and Eloy Gomez, along with the Leisure World Emergency Information Council Subcommittee, gave a short presentation at the picnic on the importance of emergency preparedness in LW and how the club could be involved.   

For more information about Paws, Claws and Beaks Club, call Bonnie Kaplan at (714) 930-5314 .


New procedures for the Mobility Aids Program in place

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) Mobility Aids loans wheelchairs, transporters and walkers to Leisure World shareholders and other eligible residents. The service is free of charge and run entirely by GAF volunteers. The program implemented two procedural changes on May 10. 

The first change involved  how long a mobility aid device will be loaned out. 

In the past, the program would loan mobility aids for an  indefinite period of time. The process has the cost the GAF thousands in replacement and repairs, as well as caused a shortage of mobility aids. To help rein in costs and ensure an adequate supply, the GAF will loan mobility aids for six months at a time. If someone anticipates needing a mobility aid  for a longer period of time, GAF recommends  getting a prescription from his or her  primary care provider to help cover the expense.

Volunteers will be available at the Mobility Aids Office Monday-Friday from 12:30-2:30 p.m. The office is located in Clubouse 6, on the first floor, west end. A request form, which is available at the Mobility Aids Office, should be completed to secure a device. Shareholders who are physically unable to get to the office can authorize a family member, close friend or caregiver to complete the form. GAF will have a modified rental agreement to pick up items and modified assets disposition form to be signed before receiving the device. 

If something happens outside of the Mobility Aids service office hours, call GRF Security at (562) 594-4754 for help. GAF asks those who borrow aids to return them during regular office hours. 

Those who are interested in volunteering for the Mobility Aids service should leave a message at (562) 431-9589. 

For more information, go to www.GoldenAgeFdn.org.


Annual veterans picnic is on July 3

The annual picnic to honor all U.S. veterans living in Leisure World was cancelled last year because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Filipino Association of Leisure World, in gratitude for veterans and their unselfish service and sacrifice to preserve freedom, will honor them with its annual picnic. Every veteran living in Leisure World is invited. 

The picnic will be on Saturday, July 3, at the picnic grounds in Clubhouse 1 starting at 11:30 a.m. Those who want to attend should  call and register his or her  name, phone number, service branch and number of guests to be eligible to receive a token gift. 

Call Ren Villanueva at (562) 493-1406 or (323) 854-6209; Ric Dizon at (714) 225-3597; or  Eilleen Merritt at (562) 486-1252 to RSVP.

recreation department

Next car lot is on June 19

The pandemic forced the cancellation of the monthly self-managed car sales near Clubhouse 6, but relaxed restrictions will allow GRF to begin offering trust property for this purpose beginning this month.

The car sale lot is held on the fourth Saturday of the month in the Administration parking lot from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. LW residents can sell  any used motorized vehicle as long as it is insured and has a current DMV registration and GRF decal.v

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

The sale is open to Leisure World residents and the guests they call in. The public will not be able to sell at the events.  For more information, contact Recreation at (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.

Cindy Gannon (center) and Keith Kelsay (not pictured)  hosted friends Dan and Robin De Lozier from Scottsdale, Arizona. Cindy had not seen in her friends in 44 years. Christmas cards kept them in close contact throughout the years apart. The group enjoyed a picnic lunch, memories and nonstop laughter throughout Dan and Robin’s visit.

Republican Club

After reunion picnic, club focuses on upcoming recall election

by Brian Harmon

LW contributor 


A crowd of more than 70 Republicans gathered for a picnic on June 11 outside Clubhouse 1 to celebrate their first opportunity to meet together in over a year.

Republican Club President David Harlow opened the festivities by thanking the volunteers for their countless hours of service.

Club Treasurer Elsa Gildner, while passing out hotdogs at the serving table, said she was delighted to see so many old and new friends, especially on such a perfect sunny but comfortably cool day. 

“I really appreciate that so many people took the time to celebrate with us,” she said.

Gildner supervised the selling  of campaign merchandise over the past year, raising over $8,000 for the club in purchases and donations.

Braden Ellis was the scheduled speaker at the June 15 meeting. Ellis is the student featured in a widely seen video showing a discussion with a Cypress College professor. Ellis said that he looked at the police as heroes, but some individual officers commit crimes, for which they should be punished.

In the video, the professor repeatedly interrupted Ellis. Each time, Ellis stopped, and then respectfully responded. When Ellis asked her who she would call if a gun-wielding intruder were in her house, she responded that she would not call anyone because she does not trust the police.

The other speaker, Detective Jon Ainley of the Seal Beach Police Department, was not able to attend due to a last-minute emergency. He will hopefully be rescheduled to speak in August.   

The Election Integrity Project will be featured at the next meeting on July 21 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 7 p.m.

A special Republican Club meeting will be held for members only to discuss the recall and midterm election strategy on Tuesday, June 22, at 11:15  a.m.

The voter registration and Republican Club information booth will be open July 7, from 11 a.m-2 p.m. outside Clubhouse 6. Merchandise will also be on sale.

The Republican 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 merchandise during election season. Club funds are used to support endorsed candidates, pay for speakers at club meetings and cover miscellaneous expenses.

Anyone who wants be added to the club membership roster or receive more information can send an email to dharlow50@aol.com or call (714) 928-1950. 

Members will also be sent by email an agenda and minutes for each meeting and other information deemed necessary and/or appropriate by the president.

Club members are encouraged to send in 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, write “GOP club” on the first line. Those who do not want their name, ideas or opinions to be made public should so indicate. 

Democratic Club

Visit the club booth every Tuesday at CH6

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

Plans are still underway to resume  the Democratic Club membership meetings on Aug 18. The club’s leadership continues to discuss  the decision to hold this meeting face-to-face or continue to hold meetings via Zoom. The club leadership hopes the decision will be resolved in the coming weeks.

The club’s leadership is mainly concerned about the conflicting advice from various government agencies and political leaders.  Even though California’s overall guidance will align with that of the federal CDC, the “overriding or primary guidance” for workplaces in California will continue to be whatever standards the Cal-Occupational Safety and Health Standards (Cal-OSHA) board finalizes.

As of the date of this report, Cal-OSHA regulations will continue to require that unvaccinated people must wear masks in indoor public settings and businesses. The Democratic Club membership meetings are neither public settings nor businesses. Nevertheless, given the number of members who normally attend the club’s meetings, such gatherings could easily fall under a category very similar to that of a public setting.

 Democratic Club leaders want to ensure that everyone who attends membership meetings feels safe and welcome in doing so.  They do not want an individual’s choice as to whether or not to “mask up” to become the latest controversy in this politically charged and emotionally draining pandemic.

Club members are invited to share their thoughts about the criteria for deciding whether or not, as well as when, to begin, in- person meetings by calling (562) 296-8521 or emailing democraticclubsblw@gmail.com. 

The club’s leadership is also closely monitoring what is happening in Sacramento.  The deadline for legislation to make it out of the house where it originated was June 4. This meant bills by state senators had to get approved by the Senate while bills by Assembly members had to get the green light from the Assembly. These bills now all face committee hearings and floor votes in the other chamber. This has to be done before the Oct. 10 deadline for Gov. Gavin Newsom to sign approved legislation into law.

The 12 state lawmakers who represent portions of Orange County wrote 81 bills that advanced through this critical deadline. Twelve of these bills came from the 34th District senator, Democrat Tom Umberg, and one came from the 72nd Assembly District representative, Republican Janet Ngyuen. Umberg already had a bill signed into law that requires that ballots be mailed to all voters for any elections that take place through the end of this year.

More information about these bills will be included in future Democratic Club articles in the LW Weekly. 

Club members are reminded that the club’s voter service center booth outside Clubhouse 6 is open every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Voter registration forms, membership applications, club newsletters, brochures and other resource material are available at the booth.

Club members who had not yet renewed their membership for 2021 recently received a letter from the Membership Committee requesting that they do so. To check renewal status, call (562) 431-7275.

CERT Classes to Resume

A new cycle of Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) classes has been scheduled to start Wednesday, July 7, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 8 a.m.-noon.

This will include a session taught in Korean. Interested residents are asked to sign up now by calling Sonji Friedman at (562) 243-1894 and leave their names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

The course will be held one day a week for five weeks. CERT provides each trainee with a backpack containing a helmet, goggles, gloves, a hammer tool, tourniquets and other life-saving equipment.

The CERT training is limited to the first 25 people registered. The next series will be held in October. A Korean translation of this information follows.


The Korean American Classical Music Academy is very happy to announce the reopening of its regular club meetings starting Thursday, July 8, at 9:30 a.m. The meetings will be held in Clubhouse 2, instead of its original location in Clubhouse 4.

Keep animals safe in hot weather

As the summer months rapidly approach, its important to remember about the dangers of leaving a pet in a hot car. A parked vehicle can become deadly to a pet, and it is against the law. 

Most people know that leaving their pet inside a parked vehicle on a hot, summer day could be dangerous after an extended period of time. But people don’t realize that the temperature in a car can skyrocket after just a few minutes. Parking in the shade or leaving the windows cracked does little to alleviate this pressure cooker.

Windows collect light and trap heat inside the vehicle, pushing the temperature inside to dangerous levels. On an 85-degree Fahrenheit day the temperature inside a car with the windows opened slightly can reach 102 degrees in 10 minutes. After 30 minutes, the temperature will reach 120 degrees. At 110 degrees, pets are in danger of heatstroke. 

Pets, more so than humans, are susceptible to overheating by being less efficient at cooling themselves than people are. Pet owners should  sure that they are going to dog-friendly places that will allow pets inside so they don’t have to worry about leaving their dog in the hot car.  It’s always safer for a dog to not be left in the car, and it will give pet owners a peace of mind knowing that their beloved friend won’t suffer from heatstroke or other heat-related illnesses over the summer.


Shredding service date changed to Tuesday, July 13

The next Golden Age Foundation (GAF) shredding service  event will be on on Tuesday, July 13, in the Clubhouse 2 parking   lot from 10 a.m.-noon. 

This event will once again be  drop-and-go only, with no waiting in line. The GAF is asking people to observe  social distancing and to consider wearing a face mask when they drop off their shredding materials.

The GAF would like to remind LWers of the following rules for the shredding service: 

• Shareholders are asked to drop off their shredding materials and leave.

• Materials should be dropped off in a plastic or brown paper bag, cardboard boxes will not be accepted.

• Lines will not be allowed to form, and there will be no chairs for people to sit and wait for their documents to be shredded.

• GAF volunteers will guard bags until the shredding truck arrives to shred on-site. 

• Remove staples and paper clips from all documents. 

• No electronic devices will be accepted. 

• Contaminated bags will be turned away. 

The GAF is an independent nonprofit, 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to serving the residents of Leisure World Seal Beach. Its purpose is to make the community a better place to live. The GAF was established in 1973 and is not affiliated with the Golden Rain Foundation. 

GAF programs are provided free to Leisure World shareholders. It is entirely staffed by volunteers, so all contributions go directly to meeting community needs. The generous support of shareholders, residents, clubs organizations and businesses is the GAF’s  main source of income. The programs and projects are made possible by the volunteer efforts of so many LWers. 

Donations are welcome. 

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


Mutual 9 Memorial Day Block Party

Bob Walz and other residents of Mutual 9 gathered together to enjoy a Memorial Day party complete with delicious barbecue, live music, and the opportunity gather and catch up with neighbors and friends for the first time since the pandemic. It’s Walz’s 32nd Memorial Day picnic with Mutual 9 and also helps with the Mutual’s yearly Labor Day picnic

obituaries, page 17

Joseph Kaspar


Joseph (Joe) Kaspar was born June 18, 1920, and passed on Dec. 20, 2020.

Joe was a loving son, father, brother and grandfather. He was born to Charles and Margaret Kaspar, one of six children. He loved nothing more than a beautiful song, a corny joke and spending time with the people he loved. 

He was a proud soldier who served bravely in WWII, including 48 missions in his B-26 medium–sized bomber, supporting the ground troops fighting the Germans. He was awarded the French Medal of Honor for his outstanding service. He returned stateside and was married. His son, Robin, was his pride and joy and was at Joe’s side when he passed away. 

Joe was  happy as a resident of Leisure World in Mutual 8. He loved the music, square dancing, golf and all of the wonderful friendships he embraced. It was not an easy decision to leave Leisure World, but he wanted to be near his beloved son and grandson. 

Joe spent his final years in the Rifle Colorado Veterans Home, where he sang and joked his way into the hearts of the employees and residents. He was visited often by family and friends and was loved by all who knew him. He is survived by son Robin, grandson Derek; his brother Jim and Jim’s wife, Peggy of Leisure World; brother Frank of Corona Del Mar; and too many nieces and nephews to count. We all know that heaven has gained a talented new singer, wonderful joke teller, and kind and loving new angel. We will all miss him and know that he is watching over all of us.

Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, June 19, at 10 a.m. at Holy Family Catholic Church in Leisure World.


In Memoriam

Alice Rudolph 83

Paul Bokor 89

Rachel Hernandez 82

Diane Hickman 70

Ike Ugochukwu 88

Sally Sands 74

John Cosley 72

Humberto Tovar Chavira 58

Jack Chacon 88

Tryphina Peterson 88

Janet Van Emon 93

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—Paid obituary

religion pages 19, 23

Congregation Sholom

On Friday, June 18, Congregation Sholom will hold hybrid services in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, as well as via Zoom with Rabbi Eric Dangott at 6:30 p.m. This will be a joint service with The Collaborative of Orange County. Cantor Marla Baugel will be the in-person cantor, and Rabbi Marsha Tilton will lead the online service. Baugel will be seen on-screen by congregants in Room 9 as well as on Zoom. Saturday, June 19, will also be a hybrid service, with Barugel starting at 9:30 a.m. Boxed Onegs to-go will be distributed at the conclusion of services.

Those who attend services in Room 9 must bring their own siddur, tallit and yarmulka, then take them home when they leave. Congregants must also stand at their seats for Aliya,h and there will be no kissing religious objects. Social distancing will be enforced at the service except for members of the same household. Members should bring their own sanitizer and not make physical contact between other congregants who are not family. RSVP to Mel Chasen, as only a small percentage of the room capacity will be allowed.

New members who want to watch the livestream should contact Jeff Sacks to receive a Zoom invitation. Text Jeff at (714) 642-0122, or email him at jfsacks@gmail.com. The link will have the meeting ID and password embedded. Those who want more details or need to practice 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.

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 murrjet@yahoo.com or call (562) 331-3949. All proceeds will go to the general fund.

Those who need 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 services should contact Jeff to receive an invitation. 

Anyone who wants to participate in Congregation Sholom’s services on Zoom should call Howard Brass at (562) 764-9090.

Faith Christian Assembly

Billy Graham once said, “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.” Sunday, June 20, is Father’s Day, and Faith Christian Assembly wants to make this an exceptional day for every father.  Members will hear a special message this week that will honor and inspire each father. All fathers in attendance will receive a special gift as well. Invite friends  and family for the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday, June 20.  There will be no Sunday evening service this week.

Out of an abundance of caution, all who attend services or events at Faith Christian Assembly will have their temperatures 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. 

Midweek Bible Study is taught by Pastor Sheri Leming every Wednesday at 11a.m., and Grief Share’s weeky meetings are on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. 

For more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010, email contact@fcachurch.net or visit www.FCAchurch.net. 

Christian Fellowship and Fun Club

Join the Christian Fellowship and Fun Club for its potluck on Tuesday, June 22, in Clubhouse 4 at 6 p.m. Those who are interested are encouraged to bring their favorite food dish and table service to share. Coffee and water will be provided for everyone.

Call Cliff and Betty Vanderwal at (562) 455-6218 for more information.

Leisure World Korean Community Church

On June 6, LW Korean Community Church (LWKCC) with the Rev. Dr. Jang Young Yong, presiding as senior pastor, celebrated its 11th anniversary during Sunday worship. LWKCC was established in February 2010 in Orange County with the purpose of “fulfilling God’s will on the Earth.” In June 2017, it became a nesting church within Community Church in Leisure World. It is a Korean diaspora church.

Pastor Jang Young Yong delivered the sermon “Only the God’s will” for the anniversary service, followed by a short video reviewing the last 11 years. Elder Anna Jun, deacon Won Il Lim and deacon Min Jung Kim were awarded for their contributions. The LWKCC choir lead worship with the song “God’s Church,” written by Doo Wan Kim.

Pianist  Jung Kang Han played a special piano performance from the songs “The World that God Created,” “Love Medley” and “Love Always Endures.” 

After graduating from Yee Hwa Women’s high school and college, Jung Kang Han received PEO scholarship, then finished her master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music. She taught at Mok Won University and Baptist Seminary as professor. She was awarded by Yee Hwa Women’s high school for her contributions as well. Her husband, Doo Young Jung, is a pastor and composer. He was the first Korean to work as a music professor at UC Davis. He also composed the songs “Corinthian 13” and “Love Always Endures.”

After the anniversary worship service, lunchboxes and 11th anniversary pens were given out, and the entire congregation stood outside to snap a quick photo in front of the church.

LWKCC has weekly Sunday worship services  staring at 11:50 a.m., and early morning services starting at 6 on Tuesdays-Saturdays.

Community Church

On Father’s Day, June 20, Community Church will look at one of life’s great questions found in Mark’s Gospel: “Why are you afraid?” 

For many people, that question came from their fathers, who gave them the courage to tackle any fear. For others, their father was the greatest source of  fear. The rest will likely fall somewhere in between. 

Community Church is a place designed with the first-time participant in mind. Those have not felt welcome in church or have never participated in church before are welcome. 

As Orange County continues to emerge from the pandemic, Community Church offers services virtually on Zoom and Facebook, as well as in-person service for those who are vaccinated. As a reminder, full vaccination happens two weeks after the second shot from Pfizer or Moderna, or one shot from Johnson & Johnson. Community Church plans to be open for everyone beginning in July, in line with national guidance.  

The Prayer Chapel is now open. Pastor Johan Dodge welcomes all Leisure World residents back to enjoy the serenity of the Prayer Chapel. It is currently open on a limited basis, with the goal of  opening for 24 hours in the near future. Masks are required inside the chapel at this time.

Those who are in need of asssitance or who would like more information on the church can call (562) 431-2503 or email leisurewccsue@yahoo.com

First Christian Church

First Christian Church of Leisure World teaches from God’s word, the Holy Bible.  Most often verse by verse. It is a friendly church that welcomes all visitors.  


Leadership is a necessity within any organization, but it really comes to the forefront when that organization is going through rough times. As apostle Peter prepares to end his first epistle in chapter 5:1-4, he lays out some requirements for elders, who are the spiritual leaders of the church. He exhorts them to shepherd the flock of God until the chief shepherd appears. This call for leadership continues to this day and will continue until Christ, the chief shepherd,  returns.

Scripture of the Week 

“Let the word of Christ richly dwell in your hearts, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with thankfulness in your hearts” (Colossians 3:16, NASB).


Saturday and Sunday services have the same message given by Pastor Bruce Humes. Sunday is a traditional service, with hymnal music provided by Pat Kogok at the piano.  This week, Iris Muncie will sing. Sunday service times are from 9:30-10:45 a.m.  

Saturday services are more contemporary, with Gregory Black leading worship with guitar accompaniment. Saturday service time is 9:30-10:45 a.m. 

 The Friday evening prayer meeting is from 6-7. 


First Christian Church is concerned about the health and safety of its members as well as everyone in Leisure World. Anyone experiencing coronavirus, flu or common cold symptoms should stay home.Those who have been in contact with anyone testing positive for the virus within the last 14 days are also asked to stay home.  

To receive more information on the church, call (562) 431-8810. The church location is on Northwood Road, behind Carport 125.

Assembly of God

Sunday, June 20, is a day of celebration for LW Assembly of God as it will resume meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10:30 a.m. 

This marks the end of a long 16 months away from LW Assembly of God’s original meeting place, as conditions and recommendations were constantly changing. During that time, members have lost friends and loved ones, not just to COVID-19, but to other causes as well. Some have left for heaven, others have moved residences and some new people have also joined the congregation as well.  Pastors Chuck and Sheryl Franco applaud and thank each person who has been flexible and stayed faithful in attendance, whether in person, by DVD or on Facebook.

Father’s Day is a great time to come together again in person and remember “The Father’s Love,” which is Pastor Chuck’s sermon title for the week, from 2 Corinthians 13:14. Each man who  attends will receive a special gift.  

Midweek Bible Study will begin on Wednesday, June 23, at 10 a.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The series is titled “A Journey Into Hope When Life Is Tough,” a study based in 1 Peter.  

The interfaith hymn sing will start again on July 18  in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby at 6 p.m.  

Those who would like more information regarding the church or would like prayer can contact Pastors Chuck and Sheryl at the church office at (562) 357-4360, or by emailing lwagpas-torc@gmail.com.  Prayer requests can also be directed to prayer team leader Carolyn Van Aalst at (562) 343-8424. 

Redeemer Lutheran

Join Redeemer Lutheran for worship and fellowship at 13564 St. Andrews Drive  on Sunday, June 20.  

“Peace Amidst the Storm” is this week’s theme.  The main service, with Communion and choir, is held inside the sanctuary at 10:30 a.m.  Organist Sharon Heck and choir will offer inspirational music and hymns. The  30-minute outdoor communion service begins at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel courtyard.  

The mid-week Bible study, led by Pastor Lynda Elmer, is held Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m.

A prayer-filled service with reflection and Communion is held at 11:30 a.m. in the chapel.

Those who want more information or have a  pastoral need can call the church at (562) 598-8697.

LW Baptist

LW Baptist Church will meet for worship in Clubhouse 4 on Sunday, June 20, at 9:45 a.m. 

Father’s Day is this Sunday, and the theme for this week’s message is “What is life’s all-important question?”

The  main Bible passage is from Luke 10:25-37. Reflection questions include: Where is the answer to be found? Why is simply knowing the answer inadequate? What makes people’s questions about the Bible sincere or not? What does Jesus imply about the story’s hero? Why would Jesus’ hero create tension for a Jewish lawyer?

Each Sunday service  begins with praise songs, Scripture reading, and the pastoral prayer and message. The LW Baptist Church family welcomes all  LWers. 

Call (562) 430-2920 for more information.



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


A Memorial Service Mass for Joseph Capra will be held on Friday, June 18th 10:00am at Holy Family Catholic Church in Leisure World. Joseph passed away on May 22nd, 2020.  This was delayed due to COVID restrictions.


In memory of Karol Meyer Quinn. October 10, 1945 – June 15, 2020. You are dearly MISSED!


Lost Solid Gold Band Man’s Ring. Contains Black Onyx Stone. Call 714-313-9831.



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. 


(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


562-596-0559 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 562-596-0559. 08/19


We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new. Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat. Nu Kote 562-833-3911  

License #699080 Serving LW since 1999. 08/19


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

CA State License #675336. 07/15


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.562-596-0559. 08/19




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

562-596-0559. 08/19




Licensed and insured.

Dan (562) 841-3787.

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 09/02


All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841. State Contractors Lic. #578194. 07/08




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

562-596-0559. 08/12

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) 596-1741, (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. 




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

Also batteries. 562-431-6859.


Citadel Security Now Hiring. Pay $15-$16 an hour.  Unarmed Security Guards. Full and Part-Time Positions. Grave and Swing Shifts. No Experience Needed. Call 562-248-2300.  07/01


I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with daily care, doctor’s appointments and errands. Available 24/7. 

949-899-7770. 07/15



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. 12/30


MOST 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. Licensed by the state. Gloria 949-371-7425. 07/08


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. 8/26


In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 07/01


Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. Call 949-899-7770. 07/15


MOVE-IN, MOVE-OUT. WINDOWS, HOUSECLEANING. CALL PHIL AT 562-881-2093. Over 30 years Experience!

Seal Beach Business License #AB0001. 08/19



Windows 10% off first cleaning. General housecleaning. Excellent referrals in LW. (562) 307-3861. 20 years experience.

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 08/26



We make your home sparkle! 7 days-call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001A.  

Call 562-505-1613. 07/15


Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal Beach License LUC0001. 07/08


General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 07/08


Maria House Cleaning

We’ll make your house look as nice as possible! 15 years of experience, We can work with your schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly.

Deep cleaning. Call or text 714-496-2885. Bus. Lic #HER0008. 07/08


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus. License License #CIP0001 08/26


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

Virus removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet Security. LW Resident  SB License FUH0001. 07/08


My name is Blake and I’d love to be your concierge for computer repairs! I drive to you and fix your computer on-location. 

I specialize in both MAC and PC systems and can also help with/other technology related issues. 10+ years of experience! Rate is $75/hour but for all LW Residents; I am offering a $25 discount for the first hour. License COM0018.

Call (949) 228-1425. 06/24 



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. 08/26



Thinking about selling or trading in your car? Call us for a quote first! Our appraisers will come to you. Fast, Clean, & Secure

We handle DMV for you! (714) 712 – 0204 The Car Buying Company Licensed & Bonded Business #066647 07/08


Golf Cars BUY SELL TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124. 12/30


LEXUS 2010 ES-350, Like NEW! 77K-miles, 4-door, fully equpped, sun-roof, ALWAYS garaged &  ALWAYS serviced, $12,200 562-900-4228.


Need a lift? Pam Miller.

LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 06/17


Rides by Russ with a personal touch. Airports, doctors, shopping and errands. 714-655-1544. 06/17

autos/boats/rv’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License #779462. 07/08


LEXUS 2010 ES-350, Like NEW! 77K-miles, 4-door, fully equpped, sun-roof, ALWAYS garaged &  ALWAYS serviced, $12,200 562-900-4228.



No job too small! Fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787.  06/17



Your moving service, any size job.  Business License RO263644. Call 310-387-2618 06/17


Looking to purchase vintage patio furniture and wrought iron items! Call Connie at 562-241-9417. 07/01


Looking to rent storage for boxes (carport/home). Remainder of Jun-through-Sep. Pricing-to-be-determined. 562-431-4221.


ESTATE SALE, June 17th & 18th (Thurs-Fri), 9:00am-2:00pm. 13401 St. Andrews Drive, Mutual-6, Apt-128J. Blue Modern Sofa, Recliner, Small Roll-Top Desk, 2-Full Size Beds, Wicker Furniture, Large Bird Cage, Plants, 66-piece Noritake Ivory China, Sterling-Silver Flatware, Kitchen Items, Decorative Items, Phillips Small Flat-Screen TV, and TV stands. Glinda Davis 714-943-1818. 13531 St. Andrews Drive, Seal Beach Business License GDD0001.


Garage Sale, Mutual-11, Carport 133-19 between Del Monte Drive & Interlachen Road. Sale date June 17th ONLY (9am-2pm). Household and miscellaneous items available.


Private Sale June 17th-18th. Something for everyone and plenty to choose from!  Kitchen items, leather recliner, patio and other furniture, sewing items, sports memorbilia, collectibles, clothing and so much more! Call Laura for appointment 310-444-1111. 1800 Sunningdale Road, Mutual-14,  Apt-18D.


Moving Sale. June-17th (9am-1pm). Complete living-room set, table-top dishwasher AND much more!  714-595-8315.


Multi-Unit Carport Sale coming June 24th. Mutual-11 Interlachen Road. More details next week.


For Sale. La-Z-Boy-Sofa, excellent condition $350. Yamaha-Electric Player Piano & bench, like-new with/playing-cards, $400.  Brand new beautiful pet strollers, blue & pink, $50/each. 714-814-4325


Town-and-Country Schwin Trike. Asking $400  OBO. Hardly used,  in good condition. 562-431-7240.


Bissell Steam Sweeper, never used, $50. Samsonite Suitcase, like new $50. 562-430-3097.


Men’s Skis and Miscellaneous Items Available For Sale. Leave voicemail 951-235-1992.


Call for free couch 7-feet, 3-inches long, 39-width. 573-692-1277.


Mutual-7 Carport for Rent. Call me for details 562-446-0232. 

leisure world apts/ want to rent

Interested to rent 2-bedroom unit for all of Aug. Pricing negotiable 562-508-7675.