LWW Trans/Vie Ed. 09-02-21

Booster shots are coming but flu shots first

COVID-19 booster shots will be coming to Leisure World, but the timing is unclear as protocols trickle down from national to state to the local health agencies that will be administering clinics.

Meanwhile, residents can protect themselves from another potentially deadly virus, the seasonal flu. 

In recent years,  the Centers for Disease Control (CDC)bestimates  that between 70 percent and 85 percent of seasonal flu-related deaths have occurred in people 65 years and older, and between 50 percent and 70 percent of seasonal flu-related hospitalizations have occurred among people in this age group.

To help protect residents, Optum HCC will hold its annual flu shot clinic from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. on Oct. 14. 

It will be free to any resident with any kind of health insurance and will be a drive-through clinic by Clubhouse 4, similar to the one held last year. 

Clinic protocols are now being finalized. Watch the LW Weekly for specific Mutual-by-Mutual schedules.

The CDC is urging everyone 65 years and older to get a flu shot. They are at higher risk of developing serious flu complications compared with younger, healthy adults. This increased risk is due in part to changes in immune defenses with increasing age. 

A Flu Vaccine is the 

Best Protection

Flu vaccination has many benefits. It has been shown to reduce flu illnesses and also to reduce the risk of more serious flu outcomes that can result in hospitalization or even death in older people. 

CDC recommends that almost everyone 6 months and older get a seasonal flu vaccine ideally by the end of October. 

Flu vaccines are updated each season to keep up with changing viruses. Also, immunity wanes over a year, so annual vaccination is needed to ensure the best possible protection against flu. 

Because immunity may decrease more quickly in older people, it is especially important that this group is not vaccinated too early (in July or August). 

September and October are generally the best times to be vaccinated for people 65 years and older.

A flu vaccine protects against the flu viruses that research indicates will be most common during the upcoming season.

Flu Vaccines are 

Updated Annually

Accordingly, flu vaccines for 2021-2022 have been adjusted from last season’s vaccine to better match currently circulating viruses. Immunity from vaccination fully sets in after about two weeks.

Because of age-related changes in their immune systems, people 65 years and older may not respond as well to vaccination as younger people. Although immune responses may be lower in older people, studies have consistently found that flu vaccine is effective in reducing the risk of medical visits and hospitalizations commonly associated with flu. 

People 65 years and older should get the flu shot, not a nasal spray vaccine. They can get any flu vaccine approved for use in their age group with no preference for any one vaccine over another. 

Flood control channel to be cleaned

Orange County Public Works will remove vegetation and sediment from Golden Rain County Flood Control Channel starting Sept. 7. Work is expected to be completed by Sept. 24.

The hours of operation will be Monday-Friday from 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Heavy equipment will be used to remove material from each intersection along Golden Rain Road, starting at Del Monte Drive and finishing at El Dorado Drive.  

LW streets will remain open with traffic control for the safety of  residents, pedestrians and work crews. Drivers are urged to drive cautiously in the work zone.

Westminster Blvd offramp still closed

The closure of the southbound I-405 loop off-ramp to eastbound Westminster Boulevard has been extended for an additional two months to allow crews to complete bridge construction that was delayed due to nesting owls.

The new ramp is now set to open in late October. Sign up for project-wide and bridge-specific construction alerts at bit.ly/405-signup.

American Legion hosts 9/11 service

Patriot Day on Sept. 11 honors the memory of the nearly 3,000 innocent victims who died on that day in 2001 during terrorist attacks on the U.S.

The American Legion Post 327 and Auxiliary will hold a service to remember those who died and the first responders who risked their lives to save others.

The short ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 11, at Veterans Plaza. Legion Cmdr. Rich Carson will emcee the service.

All are welcome to attend. Seating will be provided. Masks are strongly recommended.

GRF offices to close for Labor Day

In observance of Labor Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed Monday, Sept. 6.

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

Scam Alert

LW residents need to be on the watch for an elaborate scam involving couriers delivering surprise gifts, only to steal the unsuspecting victims’ hard-earned cash as the scammers go on a shopping spree at their expense.

While this recent case did not happen in LW, Better Business Bureaus across the country are warning consumers to be wary of phone calls from courier services asking if the victim is going to be home for a package delivery that requires a signature.

The caller says that the delivery will arrive in an hour. 

About an hour later, a uniformed delivery man arrives with a package that the victim wasn’t expecting. 

According to one consumer’s account, her trouble began with a phone call from a man who said he worked for “Express Couriers” and asked to arrange a time to deliver a package that required a signature.

Within one hour from the telephone call, a legitimate-looking delivery person holding a gift basket showed up at her door. There was no accompanying card or other information as to the identity of the sender.

The imposter then charged the woman a $3.50 “delivery/verification” charge because the basket contained liquor. 

The fee is supposedly required to prove that the package was received by an adult of drinking age, instead of being left outside where a minor would have access to it. 

In one reported case, the consumer wanted to pay with cash, but the delivery man said he could only accept payment by credit card.

The courier swiped the credit card on a mobile terminal and asked that the consumer enter the card’s Personal Identification Number (PIN), and then handed her a receipt for the payment.

Over the course of five days, $4,000 was withdrawn from her bank account at several ATMs or charged to the card. 

It turns out that the criminal used the mobile pin pad to copy the card.

The victim promptly called her bank, which closed the debit/credit account and issued a new card. 

When she called her local police department in Yorkville, Illnois, they told her that a number of people in other local households had fallen victim to the same scam.

The Better Business Bureau has advice for consumers to protect themselves from similar fraud:

• Who sent it?-

Be wary of any “surprise” gifts or packages, especially if you did not order or expect them. Don’t accept any delivery unless the package identifies the sender or if it comes from someone you don’t know.

• A delivery fee is a red flag.

Delivery companies do not require payment of fees as a condition of delivery.

• Be stingy with information.

As a general rule, you should never give out financial or personal information to anyone over the telephone, online or at the front door unless you initiated the transaction.

Golf Cart Air and Water Day

The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club will hold its quarterly Air & Water Day on Saturday, Sept. 11, from 8:30-10 a.m. (this is a time change) at Clubhouse 4. This change in schedule is due to the Labor Day weekend.

As usual, Rollin’ Thunder volunteers will check and adjust water in golf cart batteries and air pressure on cart tires. Driving carts with factory-recommended air pressure is important because under-inflated tires can cause a loss of control, and will lead to premature tread loss and tire failure.

The North Gate is now open, increasing vehicle traffic in the cart line-up area. Security will be at the event for traffic control. As usual, there will be no charge for this club-sponsored event.

Due to Centers for Disease Control and Leisure World health restrictions, masks must be worn at all times. Carts cannot be serviced if drivers do not wear masks. 

For further information, contact club President Tom Davis at (562) 431-6859. 

—Mike Levitt, LW contributor

Renew Photo IDs at Stock Transfer

GRF members are required to have GRF photo identification cards for access to amenities, all transfers (membership, removing/ adding someone on title, replacing lost certificates, etc.) and to be a candidate for GRF and Mutual board representation. 

The Stock Transfer Office issues IDs , which expire every five years, in a rotating schedule. Residents will need to bring their expired ID cards. Expiration dates are located on the right side of ID cards.

No appointment is needed. People can stop at the Stock Transfer Office on the ground floor of the Administration Building. It’s open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday (closed Wednesdays) from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Masks are required.

Lost or stolen cards can be replaced by completing a Certificate of Lost ID form in the Stock Transfer Office. 

There is a $20 replacement fee, which can be waived if there is a police report that can be verified by the Stock Transfer Office.

Decal Office is open

The GRF Security Decal Office is open for service Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. in Building 5 near the Copy Center.

No appointment is required. Decal issuance is on a first-come, first-served basis. The office’s busiest times are when it first opens, at lunch time and just before closing. People who arrive at those times may have an extended wait to receive decals.

To receive a vehicle decal, residents must present the following documents: proof of vehicle insurance, DMV vehicle registration,  DMV driver’s license and a GRF ID card. 

Decals are valid for up to two years after the date of issuance. If a resident’s driver’s license expires before the end of the two-year period, the decal will expire in the same month the driver’s license expires.

Anonymously report COVID cases

The GRF has set up an anonymous phone line for residents to report confirmed cases of COVID-19 in an effort to track the spread of the virus in LW. If you or a member of your household tests positive, call (562) 296-4161 and state the number of confirmed cases and your Mutual number. No other identifying information should be given.

COVID-19 Updates


Vaccination is one of the most important tools to end the COVID-19 pandemic. Orange County is equitably distributing a safe and effective vaccine to everyone seeking vaccination, ages 12 and older, through a variety of distribution locations. To see where vaccines are available, visit https://occovid19.ochealthinfo.com/covid-19-vaccine-distribution-channels.

All people who want to receive the COVID-19 vaccine must meet the minimum age requirement and show proof of age at the time of appointment. 


The OC COVID-19 Hotline is available to answer questions about vaccine-related issues, including booking appointments, location selection or assistance with transportation. 

Live operators are available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at (714) 834-2000.

Individuals with medical or developmental conditions who are unable to leave their homes to obtain vaccination in a community setting or clinic can request at-home vaccination by calling the OC COVID-19 Hotline at (714) 834-2000.


With more social gatherings occurring, COVID-19 testing can help prevent the risk of spread. Plan to get a viral COVID-19 test at least 1-3 days before and 3-5 days after trips, or following exposure or showing symptoms. Visit www.ochealthinfo.com/covidtest to order an at-home, self-collection testing kit. 


With more evidence showing that the immunity offered by coronavirus vaccines diminishes over time, booster shots are now on the way. Government health officials are prescribing a third dose, and officials are working out plans to make shots available this fall/winter for people. Boosters will be given to people who are eight months out from their full vaccination date. 

Boosters already are available for the immunocompromised. 

According to the CDC, the data behind the booster plan includes studies that found decreasing vaccine effectiveness against COVID-19 infection in people who received either the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna two-dose shots. 


Be advised that the Transportation Security Administration has extended its mask requirement for passengers until January. The federal mask mandate requires airline, bus and train passengers to wear face coverings until Jan. 18, 2022.


At your first vaccination appointment, you  received a vaccination card that tells you what COVID-19 vaccine you received, the date you received it and where you received it. This card is proof that you were vaccinated. If you have lost your vaccination card or don’t have a copy, contact your vaccination provider directly to access your vaccination record. Cards will be needed to receive a booster shot when the time comes.


Vaccine verification is becoming even more common throughout Orange County following a state mandate last week requiring residents to show proof of vaccinations for indoor events with more than 1,000 people.  State public health officials have so far resisted bringing back a mask mandate. Cases began to increase shortly after the statewide reopening, when nearly all pandemic measures were dropped.

Minibus Orientation is today

The Golden Rain Transportation department will conduct a Minibus informational meeting today, Sept. 2, from 10-11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3.

These orientation meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month. Preregistration is not required. 

The GRF Transportation Department will provide information on how to use the Leisure World Minibus service.

The meeting will also cover   information on the GRF appointment-based Access service, which is LW’s wheelchair bus service.

Information on local  bus and transportation services to nearby grocery shopping and medical service destinations will also be presented. 

Today’s meeting will include information and updates on the City of Seal Beach Senior Shopping Shuttle to Rossmoor and Old Ranch shopping centers and the Seal Beach Old Town Pier shuttle.

These monthly informational sessions are for new or current shareholders who would like to learn about the Minibus service routes and timetables.

—Grant Winford  

GRF fleet manager

OC Registrar’s Ballot Box is open

The OC Registrar’s Ballot Drop Box in Leisure World is located at the Amphitheater bus hub next to the U.S. Post Box near the Admininstration Building on Golden Rain Road. It is now open to receive ballots for the California Gubernatorial Recall Election.

The ballot box is open 24/7 through Election Day on Sept. 14. Ballots are picked up daily

On Election Day, two county employees will be assigned at the Ballot Drop Box in the afternoon and evening to assist with traffic flow and to lock the ballot mail slots at 8 p.m. or after the last voter.

To view a map or list of all Ballot Drop Box locations in Orange County, visit www.ocvote.com/locate. 

Stamp prices have gone up

Last weekend, the United States Postal Service (USPS) raised the cost of its Forever First-Class stamp and other items.

Here’s what you need to know about the increased pricing.

First-class mail prices increased by 6.9 percent to offset declining revenue due to first-class mail volume declines. 

In the past 10 years, mail volume has declined by 46 billion pieces, or 28 percent, and is continuing to decline. Over the same period, first-class mail volume has dropped 32 percent, and single piece first-class mail volume—including letters bearing postage stamps—has declined 47 percent.

The new rates went into on Aug. 28. Below are the price increases:

• Forever stamps or mailing a 1-ounce letter will increase from 55 cents to 58 cents each.

• Additional ounces for letters will remain at 20 cents.

• A book of 20 stamps will increase from $11 to $11.60.

• A metered 1-ounce letter will increase from 51 cents to 53 cents.

• Postcards will increase from 36 cents to 40 cents.

• First-class single-piece flat mail will increase from $1 to $1.16.

• Outbound internal letters will increase from $1.20 to $1.30.

• Certified mail will increase from $3.60 to $3.75.

• Registered mail will increase from $12.90 to $13.75.

Marketing mail, periodicals, package services and special services also had postage rate increases on Sunday.

10-Year Plan

The increase in rates is part of USPS’s “Delivering for America” plan, a 10-year plan to achieve financial sustainability and service excellence.  “For the past 14 years, the Postal Service has had limited pricing authority to respond to changing market realities,” said Postmaster General and CEO Louis DeJoy. 

With full implementation, this 10-year plan is designed to reverse a projected $160 billion in operating losses over the next 10 years. 

The Postal Service receives no tax dollars for operating expenses, and relies on the sale of postage, products and services to fund its operations.

ToneChime class has openings

A ToneChime class meets on Thursdays from 10-11:50 a.m. The NOCE class is free and has space available.

The class will focus on reading and playing music written for handbells. The ToneChime is an alternate instrument for the handbell. Experience reading music and rhythm will help enhance this class. People who have played instruments independently or sung in a choir by reading music will enjoy this class, which exercises both the brain and the body. Students will work toward sharing the music by performing in the community.

To register, stop by the LW Library.

Free doughnuts for vaccinated LWers

As part of an effort to boost COVID-19 vaccinations, Krispy Kreme wanted to find a way to show its support for those who are protecting themselves and others by getting vaccinated. Through Sept. 5, anyone who shows their Covid-19 Vaccination Record Card will receive two free doughnuts, an Original Glazed doughnut and an Original Glazed Heart doughnut. 

Qualified guests include anyone who has received at least one of the two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine or one shot of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine. People must  show their COVID-19 Vaccination Record Card to redeem the COVID-19 vaccine offer.

This offer can be redeemed while in shop or drive-thru. This offer is not available through online ordering nor delivery.

The closest Krispy Kreme to Leisure World is located in Long Beach at 4760 Los Coyotes Diagonal.

Make your bathroom more accessible

The City of Seal Beach Bathroom Accessibility Program has been approved for another cycle of funding. 

Starting in July, the city has nearly $200,000 in grants to give Leisure World residents for the Bathroom Accessibility Program.

For over 15 years, Seal Beach has offered the Bathroom Accessibility Program to help residents make their bathrooms safer and more accessible. 

As of 2020, LWers with more than one bathroom are eligible. Furthermore, in special circumstances, a bench can be added to the fiberglass unit.

Due to COVID-19, there will be no in-person workshops.  Instead, individual appointments can be made via phone, FaceTime, Zoom or Google Hangouts to ask questions and get advice on how to complete an application. 

Simply email monique@civicstone.com for an appointment. People can also call (909) 364-9000, but email is preferred. All information is kept strictly confidential. 

Any Leisure World resident who has trouble stepping into the shower for any reason is likely eligible for a free bathroom upgrade. The Leisure World Bathroom Accessibility Grant converts the tub/shower combination into a shower-only for safer access. 

The fiberglass is refinished to look like new, and a custom glass shower door enclosure is installed. Toilets can be replaced with high-boy models, and grab bars may be added as needed.

The program is made possible through a grant from HUD, Orange County and the City of Seal Beach. To qualify, applicants must be over 55 years of age and have an annual income below $75,300 if you live alone, or the limit is $86,050 per year for a two-person household. Savings do not disqualify you.

“Many residents get confused about the application process,” said Monique Miner of CivicStone, which administers the program. “Residents don’t realize you can have substantial savings and still qualify for the free upgrade. We are just a phone call away and can help residents apply for the completely free upgrade.  But don’t delay completing your application because funds are limited.” For more information, email monique@civicstone.com or call (909) 364-9000. 

Connect with the LW Weekly

The LW Weekly office is closed to the public in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19 in the community. Staff is working on-site and remotely to produce the LW Weekly.  See page 4 of any edition for editors’ addresses or send emails to rutho_news@lwsb.com, and submissions will be directed to the appropriate editor. People may drop hard copy into the letter slot at the front of the News Building. The deadline is Thursday for the following Thursday’s edition.

For more information, call (562) 430-0534.

Smartphone Training

Let the expert trainers at California Phones help you make the most of your smartphone. Android and iPhone webinar trainings are offered free from the comfort of your own home. 

Space is limited. 

Learn how to operate basic functions, send text messages, make text larger, connect Bluetooth devices, make smartphones louder and easier to hear, and more.

This is a two-part online training. To participate, you will need a computer, Internet service and a valid email address.

For more information or to sign up, call 1-866-271-1540 or email smartphonetraining@ddtp.org.

Check out new online edition

In May, the LW Weekly launched a new, enhanced online edition of the community newspaper. Readers can find it at LWWeekly.com or simply click the link near the familiar PDF version of the paper at lwsb.com.

The new E-Edition offers interactive content, search capabilities and other fun features to check out.

Users can access the LWWeekly.com edition through a browser on any device that has an Internet connection. Connect with your laptop, tablet, e-reader, smartphone or desktop. All major web browsers support the e-edition, including Explorer, Firefox, Chrome and more.

To access the edition, type www.lwweekly.com in your browser bar.

Mutual 3 meetings are remote only

Mutual 3 will conduct its board of directors meetings via Zoom until further notice. The link information will be on the agendas, which are posted on the website as well as in the laundry rooms.

—Carol Ginthner, Mutual 3 president


Letters to the Editor


I feel GRF should require masks at all indoor functions in Leisure World. 

The delta variant of COVID-19 is quite transmissible through vaccinated individuals, even if they are asymptomatic.

Leisure World is not limited to the loose standards of Orange County and is legally permitted to set stricter regulations for mask wearing. 

Given the vulnerability of the population here and the fact that COVID is now active in our community, it makes sense to set higher standards to protect us all. 

I am fully vaccinated, as is my spouse, but we wish to interact with our granddaughters who are too young to receive the vaccine. I have just been to the gym and was dismayed to see people working out maskless. 

I am being forced to choose between staying physically fit and seeing my grandchildren. 

I know it is harder to exercise with a mask on, but I would like to know why the rights of anti-maskers are more important than those whom are trying to keep our community safe.

 Elizabeth Winslow

Mutual  8


I would like to thank the GRF Board of Directors for having two trees removed from the median on St. Andrews Drive. It is helping some when making a left tum into Oakmont from St. Andrews. 

So here is another problem: When making a right turn onto St. Andrews from Oakmont, you cannot see until you’re half way into the intersection because of parked cars. (A neighbor told me she turns into the parking space to the right so she can look back to see if cars are coming.) We sometimes go the back way, left on Fairfield to El Dorado, because it is the safest way. I would not like to take two parking spaces out and neither would the residents. I think it warrants one stop sign. All we need is a stop sign. Most people do not understand our problem, but the people in Mutuals 6, 7 and 8 do. 

I hope this request doesn’t take a year to get approved. We need it now. 

I also like to thank all of our volunteers who give their time. We appreciate them and cannot thank them enough. 

Most of all I would like to thank our friend John Hlavac for all the work and time he spent during the COVID-19 helping the the Golden Age Foundation Mobility Program. He spent many hours making sure all the walkers, wheelchairs, etc., were sanitized. He delivered them no matter what time they were needed. 

We were some of the people who had to use his services, and we were more than satisfied. Thank you, John. 

Grace Gate-Lesher 

Mutual 7


It’s been a long 11 years at Leisure World. My neighbors have allowed me to enjoy hilarious moments that can’t be shared without being insanely committed. 

We’ve shared parties on the green belt, greeting the new and sadly missing those who left us.

My thanks to Service Maintenance for very reasonable rates for items repaired swiftly before selling. 

Thanks to the GRF Board of Directors for a thankless job.

Goodbye to all my four-legged friends that will stop by and wonder where I am. 

Last note: Do your homework; my condo in Laguna Woods is a few dollars more than my corner unit in Leisure World. 

Wish the best of health and pleasant memories to you all.

Pam McDougal

Mutual 1


I don’t read Jim Greer’s member column too often (I will now). The one in the Aug. 19 paper hit the nail on the head, as my friend said. FUD—fear, uncertainty and doubt—about COVID-19 and variants keep people upset all the time. Thank you Jim for that article.

Thelma Kieffer

Mutual 4

Member Column

by Grace S. Kim

LW contributor

When I was teaching at Davis Senior High School (1972-1996) “random acts of kindness” were happening everywhere. We all tried to be kind to one another. 

I recently had lunch with four of my good friends at Hof’s Hut in Seal Beach. We were chatting, laughing, enjoying our lunch and delighting in our time together.

A young gentleman passed by our table and said, “Have a wonderful day!” One of my friends smiled at him and said, “Same to you.” 

After lunch, we were ready to leave. My friend asked the waitress for the bill. The waitress told us that a gentleman had already paid for this table and that he had just left.

We were so surprised at this unexpected gesture of kindness and generosity. 

I asked the waitress whether she knew his name and if he was a regular customer. She said he is one of their frequent guests. I asked her to please tell him how surprised and deeply moved we were by his uncommon kindness and generosity and that we are truly grateful. 

It was such a heartwarming experience. 

This unexpected delightful experience made us decide that we, too, will start doing the same thing the next time we go to a restaurant. This is what random acts of kindness are about—I wish we all could live with this kind, compassionate and beautiful heart toward one another, regardless of who they may be.

When I lived in Northern California, I often attended committee meetings for Presbyterian Church, USA, in San Francisco. One day I was driving through the toll gate and had my money ready to pay. The toll taker smiled and said that the driver in front of me had already paid for me. 

I was naturally surprised at the person’s kind act, kindness he did not even expect to be thanked for. I was deeply touched. 

After the experience, I often remembered and celebrated his kindness by paying the toll for the car behind me. 

That is the rewarding essence of such random acts of kindness: Celebration of who we are!

Now, we are living in unprecendented times, with a climate crisis, the darkness of the COVID-19 pandemic, the uncertainty of economic recovery, floods, wildfires all over the globe, earthquakes, a politically divided country, racism and hate crimes against “the others,” including Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; violence and mass shootings, sexual crimes, domestic violence, growing homelessness, the crisis in Afghanistan, conflicts with Taliban, Al-Qaeda, Isis. . . and the list keeps growing. 

I often struggle with the sense of helplessness. I have to hang on to the goodness of humanity and hope for a better future for us and our future generations.  

Although we don’t always have choices in every issue and crisis, I am grateful that we always have one choice, the choice to do small things from our hearts, to show our love, care and encouragement to our fellow human family. 

Random acts of kindness—their effect may not be so small.

Member Column

by Gloria Beech

LW contributor

I’ve often heard it said that hindsight is 20-20. In this case, I think it’s 2020, and part of ’21! 

In terms of time, it’s like those months never happened. I can only liken it to what I think it might be like waking from a coma, months of missed life. The world rotated and went on without me. 

Of course, the political upheaval was there alongside COVID’s horrifying statistics. It was too much for me. To remain as mentally and emotionally safe as I could, I stopped watching all of it. 

Truth be told, my life continues to be void of such things (used to be it was only sports I boycotted!). Not that I was a big-time newshound. I wasn’t. But the small, curious part of me that was never went through withdrawals. I’m fine in my self-protected space. But now it’s time to transition back into society. 

Is it a relief to be able to be “free” again? Not for me, it isn’t. 

I’m self-entertaining, so isolation/quarantine has not really been a hardship. As a matter of fact, being mandated to do what I like, yet striving to avoid it, is pretty ironic. Isolating—it played right into my hand. 

I know some people will have used the time to be constructive and productive. 

I’m sure many have come out with pristine closets and drawers, newly painted walls and freshly shampooed carpets, otherwise known as “pandemic binge-cleaning and isolation organizing.”

Not me, though. I went into unproductivity mode. 

I took it upon myself to catch up on all the TV series that I’d missed in my pre-COVID life. On any given day, at any given time, I could be found with Netflix or Amazon Prime as my companion. I believe watching TV became my full-time job. 

Now some of you may think that was a profound waste of time. All those hours never to be lived again. 

Well, you’re right. The hours are gone, but I got to meet new folks and get to know them a bit. I guess you could say they all became my community. 

For example, I was allowed to see the many sides of Bruce Willis’ personality. His fierceness as well as his playfulness. The strong authoritarian strength of Sandra Bullock.  The charm and determination with which she reached her goal. 

And “Downton Abbey?” 

Don’t get me started on that household full of rascals and scoundrels. Connivers, along with the company of wealthy, elite entitlement. And loyalty? I want a Mr. Carson in my life! Personally, though, I’m pretty sure I would tire of getting all dressed up for dinner with nowhere to go but downstairs! 

During all these months, I really have thought about writing something. I lacked the focus. Oh, I had ideas. I just couldn’t concentrate to flesh them out. 

My thoughts were so fleeting. 

I thought to write about how I missed physical touch—especially hugs. About my generous, kind neighbors, my family, the plague itself. And trying to wrap my head around the whole big world being affected? That’s still difficult for me to comprehend. I mean, come on—the whole globe? 

I considered writing about my car, the number of miles I haven’t driven and the money for fuel I haven’t spent, the places I haven’t been and the questions I have. Will I still be confident enough to hit the freeways again? 

During the time it was declared unsafe to be anywhere, I would take my dog with me to my car. I’d open all the windows, kick the seat back a bit and pretend we’d just gotten back from somewhere. Kinda nutty, but you do whatya gotta do. 

So with all the thoughts running rogue in my head, I found nothing to write about. 

At least nothing that took up more than a few sentences. 

And now this, writing about not writing anything. 

I’m sure it’s a sign of these crazy COVID times.

Margaret Humes—1954-2021

An Appreciation

Editor’s note: Margaret Humes, a well-known and active leader in Leisure World, died Aug. 25, 2021. She touched many lives through her participation in the Golden Age Foundation, the Y Service Club, various dance clubs, Wa-Rite, the Good News Singers and at First Christian Church, where her husband, Bruce, is the pastor. She will be greatly missed by many. This tribute to Margaret was submitted by her dear friend, Rhonda Sandberg. 


The Bright Light of Leisure World went out on August 25th, 2021, certainly the brightest light I have personally ever known. 

That light is Margaret Humes, my friend and sister in Christ, my Spiritual mentor by example, and one of the greatest joys of my life.

I met Miss Margaret at First Christian Church of Leisure World when I began attending there. My first encounter with Margaret was when the pastor at the time asked me to dance a Jewish dance with her to a song he was singing. 

She and I practiced outside before the service, and I quickly learned then that she was a wonderful, vibrant person and a great dancer! 

A few months later, I was hired as a  pianist at the church, and that was when my Spiritual friendship with Margaret began. Margaret led worship every Sunday, and I played piano as she led. We connected musically and Spiritually on a level that was so astounding that I think it surprised us both in a delightful way. 

When I started the Good News Singers, I immediately knew that she had to become my first assistant director at the time as well as my Scripture reader for our concerts because her Spirit was so strong and edifying for our choir members as well as our audiences. She was a blessing in every way.

Not only was Margaret a strong leader, but she also had a servant’s heart. She led worship in church, then turned around and cleaned the church, the bathrooms, planted flowers, decorated for holidays—doing it all for the Lord with great dignity, grace, skill, and joy. 

Margaret reminds me of the Centurion in Matthew 8 in the Bible who knew how to be in authority and under authority. I could ask her to lead songs in our Good News Singers and explain to her basically what I wanted, to which she always complied; and then she would step up and lead the group with great authority and skill. I had fun reversing these authority roles when I worked under her leadership at church. 

The Spiritual bond we shared was unspoken, yet with a knowing in our hearts that we understood exactly what the other person felt and wanted at the time. It was a bond that was deep, lovely, and God-ordained—unforgettable to me and, I believe, to her as well. 

One month before my sister Karen’s passing in 2016, she and I attended the Filipino Luau where we enjoyed trying to do a line dance. We were struggling to learn it, so Margaret came by and danced in front of us so we could follow her and not continue to make complete fools of ourselves. 

She had much more flare than we did, but she succeeded in getting us to do the steps correctly. That was Margaret! 

Whatever the need, big or small, she would help anyone with anything wherever she went. At one of our rehearsals, one of our members fell down. We all stood a bit stunned, but Margaret ran immediately to his side, knelt down, prayed for him, and then instructed someone to call his wife and 911. What a woman!

When I heard that Margaret was in the hospital, I managed, with God’s help, to contact her in CCU through her nurse. We talked a bit and then sang together a song about faith in God that she had directed in our choir. 

Then, the day before she passed, she took a selfie, smiling in spite of her mask and her condition, and then called me! We chatted about a lot of different things, and then I asked her how she was doing, and in a strong voice, she said, “I am resting. The battle is the Lord’s.” That’s my dear Margaret: Ever faithful, even through her own personal adversity. 

After I heard of Margaret’s transition to Heaven, I told my pastor/friend about it, and he gave me some verses of Scripture in Thessalonians 5. To my mind, they speak of Margaret perfectly:

“Ye are the children of Light and the children of the Day…Know them which labor among you…esteem them highly in love for their work’s sake.”  

My friend also gave me Psalm 116:5, which reads: 

“Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints.”

Not only is Margaret precious in God’s sight, but as she used to say with the exuberant confidence of a child who knows she is loved by her father, “I’m one of His favorites!” And I believe she’s right, which reminds me of some excerpts from a poem by Henry Van Dyke that, to my mind, depicts what happened when this Bright Light of Leisure World began her journey to her new address:

 I stood upon the seashore

A ship at my side

Spreads her white sails

To the moving breeze

She is an object of beauty and strength


I stand and watch her

Until she becomes a speck of white cloud

Just where the sea and sky come

To mingle with each other


Then, someone sadly says:

“There she goes. There she goes.”


But just at that moment 

On the other side

That speck of white cloud

Grows larger and larger


There are other eyes

Excitedly watching her coming

And their glad shouts of joy 

Grow louder and louder

As they happily exclaim


“Here she comes! Here she comes!”


I know that God and all of Heaven are rejoicing at your arrival, Dear Margaret. When I get there, I expect to visit you in your treehouse that God made ready for you at your request! Thank you for lighting up my life, Dear sister. You’re the top in my book!

Shine on, Margaret!

With love in Jesus,Rhonda Sandberg


GRF Meetings 

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule.  

Thurs., Sept. 2 GRF Executive Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 3 GRF Board Executive Session

Admin Conf Rm/virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 8 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 9 Communications/IT Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

Fri., Sept. 10 Architechtural Design Review Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 13 Mutual Administration Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 15 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 20 Finance Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Tues., Sept. 21 Website Ad Hoc Committee

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 23 Management Services/Contract Ad Hoc

Clubhouse 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Tues., Sept. 28 GRF Board Monthly Meeting

Clubhouse 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Carport Cleaning

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

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

Mutual 11: Carports 130-131

Mutual 15: Carports 7-8, 10 and 13

Mutual 16: Carport 9

The following carports will be cleaned that afternoon:

Mutual 15: Carports 3, 6, 11-12

GRF BOD Executive Session Agenda

Friday, Sept. 3, 1 p.m.

Administration Conference Room A/Zoom 

NOTE: This meeting is closed to Shareholders/Members per Civil Code §4935.

Executive session meetings are held in the strictest confidence. Every Board member has a fiduciary duty to maintain the confidentiality of all topics deliberated and discussed in executive session. Failure to do so could expose GRF and its Board members to liability. In light of the global pandemic, executive meetings will be held telephonically or through web-based applications until further notice. Therefore, all Board members should ensure they participate in a manner that will preserve the privacy and confidentiality of such meetings. Board members should be in a location that is secure with no other persons present or in hearing range of the Board’s discussions.

1. Call to Order

President Susan Hopewell

2. Roll Call

3. Legal

4. Contracts

5. Pending and/or Litigation Updates

6. Member Disciplinary Actions

7. Personnel

a. Harassment Training

8. Adjournment

Agenda is subject to change.

Mutual Meetings 

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

Thurs., Sept. 2 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4/virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., Sept. 7 Mutual 17

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 8 Mutual 4 (open forum, 9 a.m.) 

virtual 9:15 a.m.

Thurs., Sept. 9 Mutual 12

virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., Sept. 10 Mutual 3

virtual 9 a.m.

Mon., Sept. 13 Mutual 9

virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., Sept. 14 Mutual 16

virtual 2 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 15 Mutual 5

virtual 9 a.m.

Wed., Sept. 15 Mutual 7

virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 16 Mutual 2

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Sept. 16 Mutual 11

virtual 1:30 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 20 Mutual 15

virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 21 Mutual 14

virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 22 Mutual 10

virtual 9 a.m.

Thurs., Sept. 23 Mutual 1

virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., Sept. 24 Mutual 6

virtual 10 a.m.

Mon., Sept. 27 Mutual 8 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)

virtual 9:30 a.m.

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.

News Deadlines

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. 

Health & Fitness

If you bike to eat, join the Leisure World Bicyclists Club on Sunday for a ride up the San Gabriel River to the El Dorado Golf Course for a great breakfast. The group meets at 9 a.m. at the North Gate; helmets and safe shoes are a must. Other bike rides are scheduled for Monday, Wednesday and Friday to Huntington Beach, Long Beach and other destinations. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for further details.

CDC advises not backing down from protections

To maximize protection from the delta variant and prevent possibly spreading it to others, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that those who have yet to do so get vaccinated as soon as they can. And everyone, vaccinated or not, should wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

Though adults and many adolescents are able to get vaccinated, those younger than 12 and people with weakened immune systems or underlying medical conditions need the community’s help to protect them. People who have a condition or are taking medications that weaken their immune system may not be fully protected even if they are fully vaccinated. They should continue to take all precautions recommended for unvaccinated people, including wearing a well-fitted mask, until advised otherwise by their healthcare provider. The CDC cautions people to continue to be vigilant and do what they can to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Get Vaccinated. Authorized COVID-19 vaccines can help protect people from the more severe effects of the virus. Those who are fully vaccinated are at a substantially lower risk of death or long-term complications.

Wear a Mask. Those who are fully vaccinated do not generally need to wear a mask in outdoor settings where social distancing is maintainable. In areas with high numbers of COVID-19 cases, the fully vaccinated should consider wearing a mask in crowded outdoor settings and for activities with close contact with others who are not fully vaccinated. They should also wear a mask indoors in public if they are in an area of substantial or high transmission.

Those who are not fully vaccinated should wear a mask in outdoor and indoor public places. 

Regardless of vaccination status, wearing a mask over one’s nose and mouth is required on planes, buses, trains and other forms of public transportation traveling into, within, or out of the United States and while indoors at U.S. transportation hubs such as airports and stations. 

Stay 6 Feet Away from Others. Keeping distance from others is especially important for people who are at higher risk of getting very sick. For people who are in unavoidable contact with someone who is sick, it is important that they maintain 6 feet (about 2 arm lengths) between the person who is sick and other household members, including themselves. They should keep the same distance from anyone outside their household, as well.

Avoid Crowds and Poorly Ventilated Spaces. People should be aware that being in crowds such as in restaurants, bars, fitness centers or movie theaters puts them at a higher risk for contracting COVID-19. They should also avoid indoor spaces that do not offer fresh air from the outdoors as much as possible.

Wash Hands Often. It’s important for everyone to wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after they have been in a public place; after blowing their nose, coughing or sneezing, before eating or preparing food; after using the restroom; and after caring for someone who is sick. If soap and water are not readily available, it’s recommended that people use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60 percent alcohol.

Cover Coughs and Sneezes. Anyone wearing a mask can?cough or sneeze into the mask, but they should then put on a new, clean mask as soon as possible and wash their hands. If they are not wearing a mask, they should cover their mouth and nose with a tissue or use the inside of their elbow and do not spit. Immediately after, used tissues should be disposed of and hands should be washed.

Clean and Disinfect. Highly touched surfaces such as tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, toilets and faucets should be cleaned daily. If someone is sick or has tested positive for COVID-19, use a household disinfectant product from the EPA’s List N: Disinfectants for Coronavirus (COVID-19) according to the manufacturer’s labeled directions.

Monitor Health Daily. Be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath or other symptoms of COVID-19. If symptoms develop, people should contact their healthcare provider and follow all guidance to protect others.

HCC offers events for body, mind

The newly remodeled Health Care Center hosts events every month. Face masks are required for all in-person options, and seating is limited. Register for the events below by emailing RSVPOptumHCC@mhealth.com; include your name, phone number and the name of the event.

Meet and Greet with Dr. Martinez: Get to know the new ophthalmologist at the HCC. This in-person event on Sept. 7 at 8 a.m. gives you an opportunity to welcome Dr. Carlos Martinez to the community and discover some healthy tips and tricks to keep your eyes in shape. Name of event: Dr. Martinez Intro.

Relaxation Through Art: Everyone needs a way to decompress these days, and what better way than through art? This free hybrid (in person and via Zoom) class on Sept. 9 is open to all Leisure World residents, no matter their artistic skill level. There are limited in-person seats available, but there’s unlimited seating on Zoom. The fun starts at 10 a.m. Name of event: Relaxation Through Art.

UHC Medicare Meeting: Learn more about your Medicare options with UnitedHealthcare. A licensed agent will be on site from 2-3 p.m. on Sept. 9 to walk LWers through the basics of Medicare and Medicare Advantage. Have your questions ready—the annual enrollment period is just around the corner. Name of event: UHC Medicare Meeting.

—CJ Blomquist

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals for $8.75 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. Menu is subject to change without notice. 

Thursday, Sept. 2: Roasted turkey with sage gravy, cornbread stuffing and Brussels sprouts; fresh banana; roast beef and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus homemade potato salad.

Friday, Sept. 3: Polish sausage with sautéed onions and red bell peppers, baked beans and lemon-pepper broccoli; watermelon; spinach salad, with chicken, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, feta cheese and vinaigrette dressing, plus crackers. 

Monday, Sept. 6: Closed for Labor Day. No deliveries.

Tuesday, Sept. 7: Oven-baked chicken breast with lemon-caper sauce, mashed sweet potatoes and green bean almandine; chocolate pudding; chicken salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus marinated beet-and-onion salad.

Wednesday, Sept. 8: Stuffed bell peppers, garlic-and-chive mashed potatoes, and peas with onions and pimentos; fresh pear; turkey-and-cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus tricolor pasta salad.


The Wa-Rite Club has canceled meetings until further notice. Even though members are not gathering together, everyone is encouraged to take control of their food intake and keep exercising. Muscle strength, flexibility and balance are very important to maintain as people age. Walking, stretching, biking and dancing will keep circulation strong.

Club updates will be printed in the LW Weekly.

—Carol Chambers


The Zumba Club meets at Veterans Plaza on Wednesdays from 4:30-5:30 p.m. and on Fridays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jim Blanchard at (714) 487-2446.

Arts & Leisure


LWers cross off bucket list items in Quebec City

by Fred Fenton

LW contributor


Vaccine records and COVID-19 test results in hand, we flew to Quebec City on Aug. 9, the first day Americans were allowed to cross the Canadian border. My wife, Linda, and I were on our way to fulfill a bucket list item to walk the cobbled streets of one of North America’s most enchanting cities.

Quebec did not disappoint. We stayed four nights at the iconic Le Chateau Frontenac, a world-class, 600-room hotel that towers over the old city and resembles a castle. Our suite afforded breathtaking views of the mighty Saint Lawrence River, which connects the Great Lakes with the Atlantic Ocean. And we enjoyed room service for breakfast and dinners in the hotel’s two restaurants, where we ate too much and had wine with every course.

Our driver knew the history of his city and showed us all the sites. As a retired Episcopal priest, I wanted to see the the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity. Located near the Chateau, the Anglican cathedral opened in 1804, becoming the first of its kind built outside the British Isles.

The narrow streets of the Old City section of Quebec were filled with shops, restaurants and historic monuments. Nearby was a grassy meadow called the Plains of Abraham, where the Battle of Quebec was fought in 1759 and led to British control of Canada. 

A sightseeing cruise on the Saint Lawrence River was great fun. We saw the mighty Montmorency Falls, which are higher than Niagara Falls.

Back on land, we enjoyed the uncrowded streets and shops. Visitors from the rest of the world were not allowed in until later in the month, so we Americans had the city to ourselves. We found our high school French inadequate and were relieved to discover many French-speaking Canadians also spoke English. Without exception, the Canadians were warm and welcoming, though a bit more formal and reserved than Americans—but that, to us, was a pleasant surprise.

Before returning, we had to repeat costly COVID tests. U.S. Customs surprised us by not asking to see the documentation. Was it respect for seniors, or a desire to move things along? Your guess is as good as ours.

Quebec exceeded expectations. We had a glorious time, but, as always, we were happy to drive up to the Leisure World gates and know we were home.


The Shuffleboard Club is looking for new members as it plans its return in late September or early October. To encourage individuals unfamiliar with or considering playing the game, the club will have a board member at the Clubhouse 1 courts every Tuesday in September from 9-10 a.m. to answer questions, supervise practice and train anyone wishing to learn. This is a fun way to get low-impact exercise.

The club requires new players receive 30-45 minutes of training on the rules, etiquette during play and scoring. Closed-toed shoes are required. For more information, contact Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.

Dancers & Mixers Club 

Tuesday, Sept. 7, will find the Dancers & Mixers Club under the stars at Veterans Plaza from 7-9 p.m. Live music will be performed by Linda Herman, and LWers are encouraged to line dance. 

Only chairs will be set up, and attendees are invited to bring their own comfy lawn chairs, as well as a favorite beverage and snack. Everyone should sign in and provide a phone number or email address. There is no admission charge nor dues. Guests must be accompanied by a resident. Masks are suggested. 

—John Hlavac


Has anyone seen this dog?

My chia pet Nancy has been missing for several days now. Early Sunday morning, after she nosed me out of bed, we went for our usual walk, even though I was still half way between sleeping and dreaming. We decided to go to the community gardens. She knows many of the plants there, going all the way back to her seed packet days. 

After a chat with Okra and Arugula, we stepped out of the gardens, and I soon noticed we were surrounded by a pack of feral rabbits. Their little noses were twitching in a friendly yet ominous way, and I could detect the sound of growling.

Suddenly, all I could see were tiny rabbits’ feet flying toward my face. I was knocked down and almost out. Two rabbits had grabbed poor Nancy by the ears, and a third had her by the tail. They bum-rushed her into a hedge, and that was the last time I saw her. 

A few days later, a fellow chia pet owner sent me this photo, taken on his patio. As you can see, Nancy has been replanted with carrots. I can only imagine what her fate will be come harvest time. If you see Nancy, please contact the chia pet hotline. 

—Jim Schneiderman, Mutual 3

Men’s Golf League

On Aug. 20, 14 men of Leisure World’s Monday-Friday Men’s Golf League braved heat and humidity at the David L. Baker Golf Course, a 4,000-yard, par-62, 18-hole course in Fountain Valley that is fairly flat but has numerous water hazards and diabolical sand traps. The course is well-maintained, and the golf club has several large practice areas, including two large putting/chipping greens and a grass/mat tee box driving range.

At tee time, the morning was sunny and humid with no wind. Though temperatures remained constant, humidity was an issue. The golfers hammered the course, which has narrow fairways and large greens, and generated nine at- or under-par rounds and seven birdies.

All scores are net. A Flight handicap is 0-20; B Flight, over 20.

A Flight Winners: First place: tie between Dave LaCascia and Larry Hillhouse, a well-played 7 under 55; second: Clay Fischer, a nice 4 under 58; third: Bill McKusky, 3 under 59; fourth: Sam Choi, 1 under 61; fifth: tie between Tim Looney, Gary Stivers and Fujio Norihiro. Choi had fewest putts, a birdie and was closest on the 140-yard, par-3 12th hole. LaCascia was closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 third hole and had two birdies. Hillhouse, Looney and McKusky also had birdies.

B Flight Winners: First place: Chris Lankford, an excellent 9 under 53, plus fewest putts; second: Ron Sommer, a sweet 8 under 54 and a birdie; third: Lowell Goltra, a terrific 6 under 56; fourth: Bob Meripol, a nice 2 under 60, plus a birdie; fifth: tie between Gene Vesely and Bob Munn.

Ten Leisure Men’s League golfers competed on Aug. 23 at the par-70, 6,000-yard Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana. It’s the oldest golf course in Orange County, as well as one of the longest. The greens were once again in excellent shape, but the tee boxes and fairways were not well-manicured.

It was an overcast, humid morning, with cool temps. The course had been well-watered overnight, but with no sun and high humidity, the fairways and greens were wet, plus there was standing water and muddy spots on nearly every hole. The wetness usually translates to receptive greens, but only three players were under par, and there were just two birdies.

A Flight Winners: First place: Fischer, a superb 8 under 62; second: Stivers, even par 70; third: Norihiro, 2 over 72; fourth: LaCascia, 3 over 73, plus a birdie; fifth: tie between Choi and McKusky. Choi also had a birdie, and Norihiro and Fischer tied for fewest putts.

B Flight Winners: First place: Bob Munn, a marvelous 9 under 61, plus closest to the pin on the 150-yard, par-3 12th hole; second: Lankford; third: Vesely, plus fewest putts; fourth: Bill Zurn.

Friends, ladies, spouses and family are all welcome to play and/or join. The league plays at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World. The courses the group play are always quite full, so advance reservations with the league have become the norm, with a sign-up sheet available at each round.

There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given for low net, birdies, closest to the pin on two par-3s, and the lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-one and eagles (2 under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact Gary Stivers at (714) 313-3697 or LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia

A Guide to Common Golf Etiquette

Show up before your tee time.

Turn off cell phones before your round starts.

No talking while players are putting or hitting balls. Do not give instructions.

Stay up with group ahead.

Be prepared to hit. Keep the game moving. Putt out on greens. Next to last player putting should replace flagstick while other players move to next tee and tee off if next green is open.

Don’t look longer than three minutes for a lost ball.

Do not stand behind someone as they putt.

Do not walk or step in a player’s putting or sight line. Walk around a ball or marker to reach your own.

Park carts and clubs toward the next tee, not in front of the green being played. Never place bag or cart on a tee box or green.  

Replace fairway divots and step on them firmly. Do not replace tee box divots (greenskeepers seed them). 

Repair ball marks on the greens (see below).

Rake bunkers; leave rakes in bunker with rake head toward green.

All golfers should refer to the USGA Rules of Golf, available in the clubhouse, and be aware of all local rules. 

Yell, “FORE!” quickly and loudly if you hit an errant shot that may endanger other players.

Never lose your temper.

Don’t scuff greens or tamper with the hole.

Lift flag straight up and place it down away from the line of any ball to the hole.

Correct Way to Repair Ball Marks

Close the gap/hole with the putter by patting down the ball mark. Insert tool/tee on the high side, behind the ball mark, and push toward the center. Do not pull up, twist or lift with tool. Push both sides of the ball mark toward the center. Gently tap the surface down with the putter. Do not use loosened turf for repair. Never pull up or lift the center or sides of a ball mark, as it will tear the grass roots and result in a brown spot that takes weeks to heal.

—Dave LaCascia

Chess Club

This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. White moves first. Any answer by Black, and White’s third move is checkmate. The first move is Nf6. The White knight moves from d5 to f6.

Chess partners are available when the LW Chess Club meets on Fridays from 1-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Beginners are welcome for a free lesson.

Men’s Golf Club Tournament

At the Aug. 25 Men’s Golf Club Tournament, two groups of 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 45 golfers teed off. At the 7:30 a.m. tee time, the weather was humid and warm, with little wind, but temps and humidity both rose quickly, making it uncomfortable by late morning. 

Leisure World’s Turtle Lake Golf Course is a 1,658-yard, 18-hole, par-54 course that has great fairways and greens. The tee boxes have still not recovered from their dormant period and several appear to be heading downhill. Since there is actually a backward change in conditions, only 19 of the 45 rounds were net under par, vs. 26 for the last tournament.

All scores below are net (gross score minus handicap). A Flight encompasses golfers with handicaps of 0-7; B Flight, 8-11; and C Flight, 12-18.

A Flight Winners: First place: Bill Long, an excellent 6 under 48; second: Ron Steele, a nice 5 under 49; third: tie between Dave LaCascia, Alan Sewell and Glenn Berry, 2 under 52; fourth: Bob Turner, even par 54; fifth: tie between Mike Mayfield and Seung Lee, 1 over 55.

B Flight Winners: First place: tie between June Um, Kap Son, Trai Nguyen and Roland Phillips, a well-played 3 under 51; second: Ken Notorleva, even par 54; third: tie between Jae Kim and Ryan Hong, 1 over 55.

C Flight Winners: First place: Pat Paternoster, an excellent 8 under 46; second: Dave Winn, 7 under 47; third: Hyon Shin, a super 6 under 48; fourth: tie between Joe DiDonato, Suk Im and James Choi, a very good 5 under 49; fifth: Steven Kang, 1 under 53; sixth: Dennis Jensen, even par 54.

Closest to the pin on the 80-yard, par-3 eighth hole was Berry and at the par-3 17th hole was DiDonato. There were seven circle hole winners, but no holes-in-one.

The next Men’s Tournament will be on Sept. 8. If you had planned to play and cannot, contact Alan Sewell at (541) 324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975 as soon as you know. Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled tee time and be ready to play.

—Dave LaCascia

Women’s Golf Club

On Aug. 24, 48 members of the Leisure World Women’s Golf Club competed for low gross, low net, and chip-ins. The winners were:

A Flight: Low gross: Devora Kim, 27; low net: tie between Mary Ann Moore and Jane Song, 24; chip-ins: Jane Song (hole 1), Grace Choi (hole 4) and Margie Thompson (hole 1).

B flight: Low gross: tie between Marilyn Hewitt and Stella Yoon, 30; low net: tie between Sang An, Young Suk and Judy Kim, 24; chip-ins: Stella Yoon (hole 1), Young Suk (hole 5), Judy Kim (hole 9), Sally Park (hole 9) and Jee Choi (hole 8).

C Flight: Low gross: Veronica Chang, 34; low net: Sue Elliott, 26.

D Flight: Low gross: Angela Song, 35; low net: Donna Cooper, 23.

—Anne Walshe

Grab ’n’ Go Meals

All Grab ’n’ Go events take place rain or shine in the Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot.Masks are highly recommended. Vendors are subject to change; watch for LW Live! alerts. (To sign up for LW Live, go to www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up.) 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. The schedule below is for Sept. 2-8.

• 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.

• Wednesday: Cousins Maine Lobster Truck—lobster rolls, seafood chowders and bisques, plus other specialties, 3-7 p.m., cards/cash. View the menu at www.cousinsmainelobster.com/locations/orange-county-ca/.

It’s all poodle skirts, scarves and smiles as Martha Destra (l) leads backup dancers Sally Glausser and Josie Del Pino during Let the Good Times Roll’s rehearsal on Aug. 24. The doo wop club will present its “American Bandstand”-themed show on Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Check their Facebook page, which can be found by searching for “Leisure World Seal Beach – Let the Good Times Roll, Official Doo Wop Club,”  for updates, photos and videos.

Dances are temporarily on hold, but as soon as it is deemed safe, the Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra will resume performing on the first and third Sundays of every month at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Leisure World’s own professional big band plays swing and jazz music for dreaming and dancing.

Friends of the Library 

Friends of the Leisure World Library Bookstore will host a BIG Book Sale Sept. 9-10 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Shoppers need to bring their own bag(s); for $2 per bag, they can fill them with any books from inside the store—hardbacks, paperbacks, children’s books, coffee table books, nonfiction, books on CD, etc.

Masks are required. The number of customers inside the store will be limited as necessary. LWers are asked to hold all donations until the bookstore reopens, possibly in early October.

Opera Club

The Opera Club has decided to postpone its screening of a filmed concert by Luciano Pavarotti, scheduled for Sept. 7. For more information, contact club president Beverly Emus at (562) 296-5586 or beverly90740@gmail.com.

Bunco Club

The LW Bunco Club continues to play on the second and fourth Mondays of the month. Anyone who wants to play is welcome to join the group on Sept. 13 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, starting at 6 p.m. sharp. Contact Gail Levitt at (562) 596-1346 with any questions.

The winners from the Aug. 23 meeting are as follows:

Most Buncos: Gail Levitt

Most Wins: Barb Robargh

Most Babies: Cheryl Richardson

Most Losses: Bev Friedman

Door Prize: Sandy Bird

Hui O Hula was honored to entertain Lyndell Phillips of Mutual 12, as well as her son, Roland, and her friends and neighbors, on her 99th birthday. For two decades, Phillips was LW HCC’s beloved phone operator; she enjoyed square dancing and stayed active.  Nowadays, she plays words and numbers games daily and passionately watches sporting events. To commemorate any occasion with music and dance, contact Kaye Huff at (562) 431-2242. And all are welome to join LW’s Hawaiian dance group on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Veterans Plaza starting at 1 p.m. Learn basic steps, follow along to hulas or just to watch—it’s about having fun and enjoying friendship.

Community Karaoke

Though recent health concerns have kept some folks home, the sparse audience at the Aug. 25 karaoke party enjoyed many enthusiastic singers. Those who came early and stayed late included Bob Barnum, Ellen Brannigan, Erika Greenwood, Susan Kelleghan, Pat Kogok, Anna Le, Carolyn Mottola, David Noble, Julie Nulad, Rick Riley, Don Sunday, Pete Tupas, Tino Tupas, Wayne Urban, Vito Villomar and Richard Yokomi. Bee Santos chose to sing severaltunes from “The Sound of Music.” Carolyn Mottola dedicated her song to her friends who helped her during her recovery from surgery. 

Later in the evening, another group of folks that love to sing arrived: Kyung Choi, Vinny Correnti, Sally Glausser, Tosca Lies and Kenny Nortorleva. 

Karaoke parties are held every Wednesday in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Attendees are asked to wear masks, and the microphones are sanitized for everyone’s protection. Practice sessions have returned to Clubhouse 6 on Mondays from 1-3 p.m.; this is an opportunity for performers to perfect an unfamiliar tune before the party.

—Margie Thompson

Religion, pages 8-9

Interfaith Council

As of Aug. 26, the LW Interfaith Council has raised $640 for its backpack drive and will continue to collect donations through Labor Day, Sept. 6. Every $20 collected will provide a student with a fully stocked backpack including  papers, pens, notebooks and folders. People can drop off a donation of any amount in the locked LWIC prayer request box at 13564 St. Andrews Drive. Checks can be made out to LWIC and will be added to the grand total  that will be sent to the Backpacks for Success Program.

LW Baptist

The theme for LW Baptist’s Sept. 5 Sunday worship service is “Total Devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.” 

Luke 14 pictures this type of devotion in various ways. It is like family devotion, yet higher. It compares to the cross, where Jesus laid down his life for the world. It is like building a tower or lighthouse on a rock. The Lord’s people are like pure salt, devoted only and entirely to his use. During the service, the congregation will sing “Now I Belong to Jesus.” 

Sunday school begins at 9:15 a.m. and worship begins at 10. The men’s Bible study is on Mondays  at 10 a.m., The midweek Energizers group meets at 3 p.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Masks are required at meetings. Call (562) 430-2920 for information.

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.


All services, Bible studies and prayer meetings are suspended at this time due to the rise in COVID-19 and delta variant cases.   

The Message 

The message for this week is “Lord, to whom shall we go?” 

Prior to the death of Christ, many of his followers were starting to withdraw and stopped walking with him. They had difficulty understanding and accepting the lessons Jesus was teaching them. 

One day Simon Peter, one of the 12 disciples of Jesus , was asked directly by Jesus if he wanted to go away too.  Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

Another conversation a short time after his question to Peter was with the Pharisees in the temple in Jerusalem.  He said to them,  “‘I will go away, and you will seek me, and will die in your sins. Where I am going you cannot come.’ They asked ‘Who are you?’ Jesus said to them, ‘What have I been saying to you from the beginning.’ After this, many came to believe in Him.  He then said to them, ‘If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine: and you will Know the truth, and the truth will make you free”  (John 8:32).

Jesus allows everyone to answer the same question he asked of Peter and the people at the temple: “Do you want to follow me or not?”  For many, it can be an easy answer: yes.  For others, it is a lifetime of uncertainty and questions.  

Scripture of the Week

“Whatever you do, do your work heartily, as for the Lord rather than for me, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward.” 


Those who want to speak to someone at the church or have a need can call (562) 431-8810 and leave a message.

Redeemer Lutheran & St. Theodore’s Episcopal

Redeemer Lutheran and St. Theodore’s Episcopal churches have students, parents, teachers, janitors, administrators, lunch program servers, bus drivers-all who are a part of schools and education at every level in their daily prayers in addition to the LW community.   

As LW community members and in solidarity with the members of the Lesiure World Interfaith Council members, both Redeemer Lutheran and St. Theodore’s Episcopal have decided to cancel services out of caution due to the rising numbers of COVID-19 cases in Leisure World. Both churches hope to resume in-person services sometime this month.  

In the meantime, Pastor Lisa Rotchford encourages people to remember God’s promises of faithfulness to believers.  

People can stop by Redeemer Lutheran and pick up a “Don’t Worry Clock” and a “Packet of Prayers,” accompanied by Holy Scripture to help guide their days, from the outdoor box.  God has and will bless, sustain, guide  and hold everyone as the world faces this pandemic together, loving and protecting one another.

“May the Lord bless you and keep you, May the Lord make His face shine upon you, And be gracious to you;  The Lord lift up His countenance upon you, And give you peace” (Numbers 6:24-26).

Faith Christian Asssembly

One of the great resources people  will encounter when first connecting with Faith Christian Assembly is the monthly newsletter.  Each month, Pastor Sheri Leming writes an encouraging and inspirational Bible-based message that is sent by mail or email for free to those who have requested it. The teaching is new each month and may have insight into current events or just about the current season of life.   Sometimes all that a person needs  is to just reach out for great resources like FCA’s newsletter. 

People are invited to check out this month’s issue, where Pastor Sheri teaches from Matthew 11:29 and poses the question, “From whom are we learning?” 

 Find the newsletter on FCA’s website at www.fcachurch.net or on the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/FCAChurch.net.  Those who would prefer to receive the free  newsletter by mail can sign up by calling the church at (562) 598-9010 or by emailing contact@fcachurch.net.

Sunday morning worship service begins at 10:30  and the Sunday evening celebration begins at 5:30. The midweek Bible study, taught by Pastor Sheri, is on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. The pre-service prayer meeting is each Sunday at 5 p.m.  The next Grief Share session will begin on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 5:30 p.m. and continue meeting weekly at the same time.

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will conduct services via Zoom on Friday, Sept. 3, with Rabbi Mike Mymon beginning at 6:30 p.m., as well as on Saturday, Sept. 4, at 9:30 a.m.

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

The Zoom link is below. If not clear, call Jeff (714) 642-0122 well in advance.

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.

High Holiday services will be conducted by Rabbi Mike Mymon and Cantor Marla Barugel on Zoom. Services for Erev Rosh Hashanah will take place on Monday, Sept. 6, at 7 p.m. Rosh Hashanah services begin Sept. 7-8. at 9:30 a.m. Kol Nidre will be recited  on Wednesday, Sept. 15, at 6:30 p.m. Morning services for Yom Kippur will be on Thursday, Sept. 16, at 9:30 with an afternoon service at 5:30.

The walking group meets every Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. at Clubhouse 3, bus stop A.

If you know of someone who needs to be added or removed from the misheberach list, let Darlene Rose know by Wednesday at (562) 347-8088.

Those  who want to participate in Congregation Sholom’s games, book club or livestream services on Zoom should call Jeff to receive an invitation. 

Anyone who wants to join Congregation Sholom should let Howard Brass know at (562) 794-9090.

Assembly of God

“A Strange Holiday,” based on Thessalonians 3:10-13, is the title of Pastor Chuck Franco’s sermon for the Sunday, Sept. 5, service beginning at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  

LW Assembly of God  continues to meet for Sunday morning worship and Wednesday morning Bible study while wearing masks, distancing, sanitizing and exercising as much caution  as possible. 

Those who are more comfortable remaining at home can sign up to receive a  DVD of the Sunday service by emailing pastorchuck@lwassemblyofgod.com or call (562) 357-4360. 

LW Assembly of God expresses its sorrow and condolences at the loss of Margaret Humes, dearly loved pastor’s wife at First Christian Church.  Pastors Sheryl and Chuck Franco continue to  pray for the recovery of all those still suffering from COVID.  

As a community of believers, Galatians 6:2 instructs Christians to bear one another’s burdens, and Romans 12:15 says to “weep with those who weep and rejoice with those who rejoice.”  Take time to do both this week.  Comfort those who are mourning and rejoice with those who are rejoicing.  In a wedding ceremony the phrase “with two, the burden is halved, and the joy is doubled,” is often shared.  Assembly of God encourages people to let that be the principle that guides their actions.  Keep in mind that these current troubles are temporary.  Circumstances will get better. Restrictions will be lifted. People will once again be able to see friends’ full faces, without masks.  

Those who need prayer or want more information about LW Assembly of God can  contact Pastor Chuck Franco at pastorchuck@lwassemblyofgod.com, or call the church office at (562) 357-4360.  

Prayer requests can also be directed tothe prayer team leader, Carolyn van Aalst, at (562) 343-8424.

Community Church

This week, Community Church will continue its series in the “scandalous” message of James. 

 The message of James was scandalous because it challenged that faith without works is dead.Many people have grown up to be influenced by Martin Luther’s protest against the teaching of James—whether they knew it or not.  The idea of just having faith comes from Luther. But where Luther was worried about works as an implication that people have to earn their way into heaven, James is more focused on the immediate needs of those around in need.  

The works that James invites people to engage in are not for the purpose of earning  a spot in heaven, but rather, it is the response to the love of God that is unearned. 

Community Church will look at what it means to serve those in need.  Every week, Pastor Johan Dodge reminds all who are present that the word Gospel means “good news,” and if the word of God is being used in a way that isn’t good news, then it isn’t the true good news.  

As the pandemic continues to evolve, Community Church has returned to virtual worship on Zoom and Facebook. People can watch the service on Facebook  @CommunityChurchLeisureWorld.  Those who are not on Facebook can contact the church office at (562) 431-2503 or leisurewccsue@yahoo.com to receive the Zoom link.

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

Those who are in need of assistance can call the church office at (562) 431-2503 or email leisurewccsue@yahoo.com.

Beit HaLev

Due to the increase of COVID-19 in Leisure World, Beit HaLev will livestream the High Holy Day services. The schedule will be as follows:

First Erev Rosh Hashanah:  Monday, Sept. 6, at 6 p.m.

First Day Rosh Hashanah: Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m. 

Second Erev Rosh Hashanah: Tuesday, Sept. 7, at 6 p.m.

Second Day Rosh Hashanah: Wednesday, Sept. 8, at 10:30 a.m.

Kol Nidrei: Wednesday, Sept. 16, at 6 p.m.

Yom Kippur Day: Thursday, Sept. 17, at 10:30 a.m.

Ne’ilah: Thursday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m.

The schedule for Sukkot and Simchat Torah will be as follows:

Erev Sukkot: Monday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m.

Sukkot Day: Tuesday, Sept. 21, at 10:30 a.m.

Sh’mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: Sept. 28, at 10:30 a.m.

The Sim Shalom Ma’ariv livestream service with Rabbi Galit-Shirah is every Thursday at 4 p.m. Beit HaLev/Shabbat Shalom LIVE! livestream services are every Friday at 6 p.m. and Saturday at 10:30 a.m.

“N’tzavim/Vayelech” (Deuteronomy 30:1-31:6), a double Torah portion, is the Shabbat reading for Saturday, Sept. 4 at 10:30 a.m.  Some of the most profound instructions are contained in the verses of this Parashah: “It is not in the heavens” teaches that the Torah is within reach, that it is “in your mouth and in your heart to observe it.” 

Moses also presents the “blessing and the curse” and encourages people to “choose life.” By following the Laws of the Divine, we will choose the path we live.

All services use Beit HaLev’s special prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” which were adapted and abridged for the online services from the Reform Machzorim, “Mishkan HaNefesh,” and the Reform Siddur, “Mishkan HaT’filah.”  Printed versions of the prayerbooks will be available at the in-person Shabbat services.

Live, in-person Shabbat services will be held once a month (to start) on the first Friday of the month, beginning Oct. 1 at 6 p.m. The services  will be held in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.

Beit HaLev is a Jewish Universalist community. The community is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy. The services are joyous, meaningful and musical. Beit HaLev welcomes everyone who seeks a path to the divine and doesn’t believe in labels.

To request a membership form, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email duets@icloud.com.

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the 23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time on Sept. 3. The first reading is from Isaiah 35:4-7a, and the second reading is fromJames 2:1-5. The Gospel reading is from Mark 7:31-37. 

 Exposition of the  Blessed Sacrament 

The Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be on Monday, Sept. 6,  concluding with Holy Hour from 4-5 p.m.   


To receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe. Visit the website for more information at  www.holyfamilysb.com. 

The church is still operating at its regular Mass schedule. Father Joseph Son Nguyen suggests that people wear masks while inside the church. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 5 p.m., and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Weekday Masses are Monday-Saturday at 8:30 a.m., and confessions are on Saturdays from 4-4:45 p.m.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

When believers took upon the name of Jesus Christ at baptism, they promised to “mourn with those that mourn; yea, and comfort those that stand in need of comfort, and to stand as witnesses of God at all times and in all things, and in all places”  (Mosiah 18:9).

Recent events in Afghanistan have produced thousands who mourn. Afghan refugees arriving in Qatar received relief in the form of clothing, hygiene supplies and infant care items including baby formula, diapers and wipes, and small toys for the children provided by Latter-day Saints and friends in the region. The supplies filled the equivalent of 90 passenger vans, and volunteers worked tirelessly to distribute life-saving supplies to newly arriving refugees.  

Over the past six years, Latter-day Saints and those who donated to Latter-day Saint charities provided $19 million to the nine U.S. agencies providing refugee resettlement. 

The Church of  Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints encourages people who pray for those who suffer to remember that tithes and generous offerings can also provide needed relief to people around the world. 

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Sunshine Club

Learn about over-the-counter medications

OptumCare pharmacist  Maureen Ngo will talk to the Sunshine Club about over-the-counter medications on Friday, Sept. 3, at 10 a.m. via Zoom. During the meeting Ngo will highlight the  benefits and side effects of common over-the-counter medications.

All shareholders are welcome to join this Zoom meeting at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87427954280?pwd=dExQR2dDblZSbUNkQlVoclhrajFhUT09. The meeting ID is 874 2795 4280, and the passcode is 080651.

Those who would like to receive the  Zoom link by email should text their name, Mutual and email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than today, Sept. 2, at 5 p.m. (text only, no phone calls).

There will be four speakers at the Sunshine Club this month, including Ngo on Sept. 3. Margaret Gillon, Mutual 12 resident and president of the Historical Society of LW, will be on Sept. 10;  Dr. Charles Metzger of the Orange County Prostate Cancer Support Group in Fullerton will be on Sept. 17; and Micki Nozaki from California Health Advocates will be on Sept. 24.

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

LW Birthdays

They say the first century is the hardest, and Lynn Phillips (left)  is almost there. She celebrated her 99th birthday with friends and neighbors on Aug. 20 in front of her home in Mutual 12. Hui O Hula was there to entertain. Among the songs danced was “Young at Heart,” as Lynn has always been just that.

A big cake was enjoyed by all. Lynn has been a LW resident since March 1988 after the passing of her husband of 45 years. She loved square dancing and was on the women’s bowling league. Lynn was also the HCC’s switchboard operator for 20 years, receiving several employee awards during that time. She handed over her headset in 2009, but she continued to do volunteer worked at the library and HCC until 2013.

Seena Friedland (center) celebrated her 99th birthday in her Mutual 4 home with her relatives on Aug. 25. She worked at Temple Beth Shalom in Long Beach for over 40 years and retired in her mid-80s. 

Ed Lindell (front, left) celebrated his 90th birthday with friends on Aug. 26.

Mobility Aid Volunteers Needed

Calling all kind-hearted souls who want to lend a hand to their Leisure World neighbors. The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is looking for volunteers to help run the Mobility Aids office on Tuesdays or Thursdays from 9-11 a.m.   

The Mobility Aids Program loans out walkers and wheelchairs from its office as well as transports mobility aids to LWers in need. It is located in Clubhouse 6 and open Monday-Friday from 9-11 a.m. 

Marilyn Long, a recent addition to the volunteer team, has this to share about her experience: “I have several years of volunteering experience; however, helping people as a Mobility Aids volunteer is the most rewarding job I have ever had.”

To sign up for an inspiring and satisfying volunteer opportunity as a member of the Mobility Aids volunteer team, call Brenda Thomason at (626) 833-6641. 

FALW luau postponed until Oct.23

The executive officers and members of the Filipino Association  of Leisure World have decided to join other club organizations in the voluntary suspension of all activities to safeguard the health of the community. This decision includes postponing the luau.

The COVID-19 pandemic is a deadly enemy that should be taken seriously by all in Leisure World. The Recreation Office agreed to the postponement and rescheduled the luau for Oct. 23, at the same time and venue. There will be a meeting on Sunday, Sept. 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 2:30 p.m. For more information call Renato Villanueva at (323) 854-6209.

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

Marlys Davidson, president of the Los Alamitos USD School Board  will be the next speaker at the LW Democratic Club membership meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 15. Davidson was elected to the board in 2018 after being a teacher in the district for 25 years.  

The meeting will be held via Zoom, beginning at noon. Log in information will be sent to the club’s newsletter subscribers. Other LW Democrats who want to join should call (562) 412-0898 well in advance.

It is fitting that Leisure World Democrats and supporters hear from Davidson. Nearly all of the major issues dividing the country today have dropped like an anvil on U.S. schools. School boards, teachers and students have all found themselves in the crosshairs of the debate over mask/vaccination/testing mandates, teaching about race and white privilege (often identified as critical race theory), freedom of expression and religion, charter schools, and more. 

Davidson will bring club members and supporters up to date on the controversies swirling around the Orange County Board of Education. She will also cover what has happened and what is currently happening in the local school district. 


In compliance with the California Voting Rights Act,  the Los Alamitos school board has moved to a trustee-area voting system.  Leisure World residents live in and are eligible to vote in four of the five new school districts. However, only those who reside within District 3 will vote for a board member in 2022.  Republican Diana Hill will be running for re-election in District 3. No other candidates have filed for the position to date.


The club believes that every vote on every issue on every level from Democrats and supporters is important. Because of this belief, volunteers have been working diligently to get out the Leisure World “No on the Recall” vote in the Sept. 14 special election. The response these volunteers are getting has been gratifying.

Voters should visit the club’s booth outside Clubhouse 6 on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. or call (562) 296-8521 if they want a “Vote No on the Recall” window sign or need assistance in getting their ballot to the official LW ballot drop box. Those who want to track their vote can do so on their computer by going to https://california.ballottrax.net/voter.”


LW Democrats and supporters interested in more in-depth, up-to-date reporting on the issues can subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter. Readers are also encouraged to join the club if they are not already members.  Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or call the editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521 to subscribe. Information is also available every Tuesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the club’s booth located just outside Clubhouse 6.

Republican Club

by Brian Harmon

LW contributor

The recall election is currently a race between current Gov. Gavin Newsom and conservative radio talk show host Larry Elder, who is endorsed by the LW Republican Club. The final date to vote is Tuesday, Sept. 14. The outcome of the election will be determined by who gets the most votes.

Elder was an honors student who took advanced courses at Fairfax High School and graduated from Crenshaw High School in 1970. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science in 1974 from Brown University, an Ivy League school. He then earned a Juris Doctor degree from University of Michigan Law School in 1977.


The Republican Club will present book reviews related to public policy, primarily those written from a conservative perspective.

The first book the club will look at is “Plus: A Self-Help Book for Those who Hate Self-Help” by Greg Gutfeld. 

The author claims that he grew tired of talking about problems and decided to try to solve one, even though he claims to hate self-help books.

Gutfeld, a New York Times best-selling author and commentator for Fox News, observes that social media makes people less happy by causing them to compare our lives to the amazing adventures and achievements that others post about.

“We can never compete with the image that others present of themselves,” according to Gutfeld.

He concludes that people can make themselves and the world better by deciding to respond to bad behavior with forgiveness; criticize goofy politicians with humor, rather than anger; not criticize others until they know the whole story; steal the good things from other people, like great advice and wisdom; and be around people nicer than themselves.


The GOP Club booth outside Building 6 will be open Monday, Sept. 6, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. It will then be open every day from Friday, Sept. 10, through election day, Tuesday, Sept.14. Visitors can drop off their ballots at the booth.

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Last summer picnic is Sept. 9

The next Paws, Claws and Beaks Club meeting will be on Thursday,  Sept. 9, in the picnic area of Clubhouse 1 at noon. There will  not be a potluck of homemade or shareable dishes. The club will create a prepackaged sack lunch for members only, so an RSVP is required. This will be the last summer picnic of the year. The club will also begin planning for its upcoming members-only Halloween party and pet parade.

The club will send text and email reminders for this event. To RSVP, call Bonnie Kaplan at (714) 930-5314 or Craft.kaplan029@gmail.com. 


John “Sean” Homan


John “Sean” Homan was born in Dublin, Ireland, nearly 100 years ago on Dec. 7, 1921.  He passed away on Aug. 20, surrounded by his family and local priest who was also from Ireland. His journey has been remarkable and filled with many adventures, unwavering faith, and surprising twists and turns.

John was the middle child of five boys and one girl. He grew up playing soccer and loving all things physical.  Throughout his life, his mantra was “keep moving.”  He followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather and became a meat cutter. 

When Sean met Maureen at a dance at the Crystal Ballroom in Dublin, it was love at first sight.  As a young married couple with a family, times were tough in Ireland and Sean got the opportunity to emigrate to America. As Dad often said about California,  “The streets were paved with gold!” And were they ever! The family arrived in California in 1960, the perfect time to take advantage of all the opportunities in the Golden State.

John worked as a butcher for Safeway for many years. He later became a state meat inspector, eventually moving on to be a USDA Federal meat inspector.  A man of vision with a good head for business, he purchased several rental properties to ensure a comfortable retirement.

Dad taught us the value of money:  give first to God, second to yourself by saving, and use the rest carefully. He always had a special savings account for travel, which he considered a necessity. While growing up, if we wanted to buy something extra, we would save half the money and then he would match it.

True to his Irish heritage, John never met a stranger and was loved by all who crossed his path. He had a kind word and a smile for everyone.  On occasion, John would find himself in a dicey situation, but the way he treated people ensured that things always ended well and he had made a new friend.

Mom and Dad loved to travel and have been all over the world. They loved cruising and spending time in Hawaii, having visited the islands over 20 times. Dad returned to Ireland often and several of his brothers and other family members regularly visited us in California.

After retiring, John took up lawn bowling at Long Beach Recreation Park. With his athletic ability, he quickly became a favorite and won many trophies and championships. His picture is on the wall of fame at the Long Beach Bowling Club.

Dad’s charmed life included remarkably great health for well over 98 years, and he outlived all his siblings. He is survived by his wife of 69 years, Maureen, his son and daughter-in-law Barry and Anne Homan; daughter and son-in-law Gerri and Gary Mansdorfer; grandchildren Barry and Lisa Homan and Tori Overby; and great-grandchildren Tyler and Grace Homan.  Oh, how we loved our dad and grandfather, and we will miss him immensely.   Godspeed and enjoy your reward!

-paid obituary


In Memoriam

Michael Salai 72

Tracy Odell Jr. 73

Ronald Barrett 73

Firipele Leomiti Jr. 58

Victor Hudson 63

Bobby Isbell Jr. 66

Howard Stephenson 83

Sidney Mendlovitz 91

Juan Figueroa 81

Anthony Miller 71

Norma Hicok 75

Antonio Entiguez 97

Frank Iazzetta 87

Brenda Sinatra 88

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


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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.  11/11


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. 11/11


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

CA State License #675336. 10/07


Affordable – Professional, Licensed and Insured. Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing, cabinets. Senior discounts. Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. License #1049257. 09/16



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.  11/11




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

562-596-0559.  11/11


All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841. State Contractors Lic. #578194. 10/07




Licensed and insured.

Dan (562) 841-3787.

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 09/02




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

562-596-0559.   11/11

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) 430-2836, (714) 955-2885.


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.


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

949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 10/07



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  LW experience, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24-hours, part-time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English.  Ann 714-624-1911, Heidi 562-277-3650. Seal Beach License #HYC0001. 12/16



Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 09/09


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. 09/30


Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License #CAM0006. 12/09


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. 11/18


In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 09/09


Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. Call 949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 10/07


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

Seal Beach Business License #AB0001. 11/11



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

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 11/18


Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal Beach License LUC0001. 10/07


General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 09/30


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. 09/30


House-Cleaning/Eco-Friendly products. Available to help with gardening, windows, declutter, errands, etc. Working in Leisure World since 2004 and can provide references. Lori Sage  949-275-8165. Seal Beach License SAG0003. 09/02


14-Years Housekeeping Experience in Leisure-World.  Available Weekly, Bi-Weekly or Monthly.  Cindy 714-251-7195. Business License CCM001. 09/16


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 11/18


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

Virus removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet Security. LW Resident  SB License FUH0001. 09/30


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  09/30 



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


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


2-Person Large Golf Cart (rarely used). Attached Cover, Lambs-Wool front seat, large storage in back. $1,750 FIRM price. 562-588-3036


4-Wheel Red Scooter in Very Good Condition. Call 562-598-7702 for details.


Need a lift? Pam Miller.

LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258. 09/09


A PERSONAL DRIVER IS WITHIN YOUR REACH! Personal, Dependable. Transportation for Airport Travelers, Medical Patients. Vaccinated/Covid Safe. Call James: 562-537-1298

autos/boats/rv’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License #779462. 10/07



No job too small! Fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787.  09/02



Your moving service, any size job.  Business License RO263644. Call 310-387-2618  09/09


VINTAGE STORE. Looking to  buy Vintage-Clothing/Jewelry, Rocks/Crystal-Stones, Furniture, Hanging Lamps, Rugs, etc. 562-243-7229. 09/09


Thursday/September-2nd, end-tables, some new shoes, clothes, Vintage toys, miscellaneous items. Mutual-15/Apartment 19D.


Estate Sale. September 2nd-4th Thursday/Friday/Saturday (9am-3pm). 1682 Monterey Road, Mutual-2/Apartment-11j. Sofa/Loveseat Combination, China-Cabinet, White Distressed-Look  Kitchen-Table with/chairs, Grandfather Clock, Shelving-Units, Bedroom-Set, Patio Wrought Iron Table with/chairs, Computer with/Printer and Monitor, Linens/Towels, Dishes, Pots/Pans. 847-970-1320.  Approved by Mutual/Teri Nugent.


3-Wheel Schwin (Made in the USA), Good Condition! $200 OBO.  Call 419-934-3798.


4-Family Carport Sale. GIVEAWAY PRIZES! 13 Del Monte Drive, Mutual-15/Carport Building-13. Thursday/Friday  (9/02-9/03). Antique Jewelry, Purses/2 for $5.00, large pictures, 2-lamp tables, clothes $1.00/each, clothes-rack, laundry-cart, lamps, mirrors, bookshelf, toaster-oven, adult diapers/pads. Approved by Mutual-15/Ron Giloner


6-Panels, 6-Sheers and Curtain  Rods for sale. Call 951-306-5002 for details.


Estate Sale. Apartment/163-B, Mutual-7. 1271 Kenwood Road, September 2nd, 3rd (9:00am-12:00pm). Jewelry, electric lift-chair, flat-screen TV, 60’s formica table with/chairs, 4-drawer metal filing-cabinet with/key. Hope chest, wood dresser & armoire set, pots, pans and dishes. Glinda Davis 714-943-1818. Seal Beach License GDD0001 PO Box 333, Long Beach.

leisure world apts/FOR rent

Unit available for lease $2,200/month (MINIMUM Yearly Rental) at 13240 Fairfield Lane. Mutual-7/Apartment-172G, Fully-Extended 2-Bedrooms, 1-Bath, Corner-Unit facing Greenbelt. Close to Parking/Carport. Inform Relatives/Friends.  Delia 310-339-9808. 09/23


Play chair for a small child. For restoration enthusiats (chair is 50+ years old). Call 562-799-6079 AFTER 10am.