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SBPD report scam attemps
Seal Beach Police Public Information Officer Nick Nicholas reports that he was recently contacted by the branch manager at a local bank who has noticed an increase in residents coming in and asking to withdraw or transfer large amounts of money to unknown people.
The manager and his employees quickly realized that these customers were actually victims of scams and reported it to the SBPD.
The Federal Trade Commission recommends the following things to avoid becoming a victim of fraud:
• Spot imposters. These criminals will often pretend to be someone you know or trust. They may say they are government officials, a family member, charity, utility company, or other organization. Do not give out your personal information or send money unless you can confirm through an outside source.
• Do online searches. Type in a company or product and include the words “review” or “complaint” or “scam.” You’ll likely find out that others have been victimized and may be able to avoid becoming a victim yourself.
• Don’t believe your caller ID. Scammers can spoof caller ID systems and make it so their numbers show up as one you know or recognize.
• Don’t pay upfront for a promise. If someone asks you to give them money for debt relief, credit or offers, payment for jobs, or fees for awards or prizes, don’t give them any money. They will likely take your money and disappear.
• Consider how you pay. Credit cards have built in fraud protection, but some other payment methods do not. Wiring money through Western Union or MoneyGram is risky because it nearly impossible to get your money back. This is the same with gift cards.
• Talk to someone. Before you give up your money, talk to someone you trust like an adult child, friend, the bank or even call the Seal Beach Police Department.
Officers may recognize scams faster than others because they have received training on this topic.
• Hang up on robocalls-. If you answer the phone and hear a recorded sales pitch or other message, hang up. The vast majority of these calls are completely bogus.
• Be skeptical about free trial offers. Some companies will give you a “free trial” but bill you each month if you forget to cancel within a certain time period. Review your bank statements regularly to make sure you aren’t being charged for something you didn’t sign up for.
• Don’t deposit a check and wire money back—If you are given a check, asked to deposit it, then wire money back, simply do not do it. This is often a way that scammers will get money. They will give you a bad check, but by the time the bank notices it, you are already out of your own money.
• Read about and sign up for free alerts from the FTC at www.ftc.com/scams.
The next time you are contacted by phone or online by someone who is asking for your personal identifying information or money, try to keep these things in mind. When in doubt, just call the SBPD.
The non-emergency line is (562) 594-7232.
public information officer, SBPD
In observance of Presidents Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed Monday, Feb. 15.
The Leisure World Maintenance Dept. will be on call for emergencies only and may be reached by calling 594-4754.
The Mini Bus will run on-call from 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
To make an appointment for a ride, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379, and request a bus to be dispatched to pick you up and take you to any of the locations serviced by the Mini Bus.
Call only when you are ready for a ride. The bus will pick you up within 10 minutes of your call.
Access/wheelchair bus service will be available by appointment only. This service will operate from 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Reservations can be made up to three days in advance by calling (562) 431-6586, ext. 379, and requesting an appointment.
Access bus pick-ups are made on the half-hour.
Access passengers may be accompanied by caregivers or companions. The driver cannot enter residents’ homes to pick up or drop off Access passengers. When making reservations, people must clearly state where they will meet the Access bus.
Love is in the air—Happy Valentine’s Day
Las Vegas has offered mixed odds on 2021 so far. On Feb. 2, Punxsutawney Phil predicted six more weeks of winter, and COVID-19 surges and recedes around us. But in Leisure World, there are a few bright spots on the horizon—nearly half of the community has been vaccinated against COVID-19 and Valentine’s Day, that little oasis of hearts and flowers, is almost here.
It’s clear that LWers (rightly) are way more focused on getting themselves and their neighbors registered and vaccinated against COVID-19. After the LW Weekly put out a call for Valentines last week, it got only a couple of responses. Even so, a day dedicated to love deserves a salute, especially in this roller-coaster year.
So, in a toast to Valentine’s Day on Feb. 14, your LW neighbors and friends bring you a potpourri of sweet sentiment, a couple of love stories and a little verse. This simple offering celebrates one of the greatest of human truths—love covers, prevails and outlasts.
True Love Never Dies
A special Valentine for an exceptional man. My beautiful Milo, my life was forever changed when you asked if you could call me sometime. I can’t find the words to describe our chemistry. You are the smile to my face. You are my shining star.
Although death parted us, life was so very wonderful with you. True love never dies.
Your Beloved, Julia
Editor’s note: Julia Howell of Mutual 9 told us that her Milo “was a confirmed bachelor and left this world a married man at 67. “We were married in ICU one day before he died,” she said, acknowledging that this Feb. 14 will be rough for her, as it will for many who have lost loved ones. The cost of love is sorrow, but the joy of love endures beyond the pain.
Be Mine, Valentine
Over morning coffee, rainy days, crimson sunsets and nights of a thousand stars.
For with you
Ordinary moments dawn extraordinary.
52 Years of Valentines
Wishing my honey Roman a very Happy Valentine’s Day. Looking forward to celebrating our 2021 Valentine’s Day together, marking our 52nd one, four as dating sweethearts and 48 as husband and wife. You have always been such a romantic, from flowers to candies, sweet cards and gifts.
After raising two beautiful kids together (from whom we were granted the precious gifts of five beautiful grandchildren along with a dear daughter-in-law and gracious son-in-law), our decision to move to Leisure World has been one of our best.
Although we did not move far—from La Mirada—we now feel as if we are living the dream. Moving here in December 2019, pre-pandemic, we were just starting to enjoy the amenities and our travel plans.
During the pandemic, we have made some truly wonderful friends within our Mutual, enjoying socially distanced outdoor happy hours on the beautiful green- belts and many walks within the safety of our LW neighborhood. I am so grateful that the Good Lord placed us in such beautiful surroundings. And especially grateful for you. You always make make me feel so loved and special. I look forward to our next chapter together.
With All My Love and Valentine wishes, Sylvia
Sylvia Zavala, Mutual 11
To My Man in Uniform
Let me take you back 20 years to 1998. No Internet dating yet, I put an ad in the Register: “Looking for smart, gentle, fun- loving, dancer, non-smoker who snorkels.” A few weeks later, I got a call from Keith Kelsay, arranging a meeting at Borders bookstore in Brea after his senior softball game. Right on time, a man in uniform walks in. Wow! I love a man in uniform.
After chatting and covering the last 30 years of our lives in an hour, we walked to the cars. He opened his trunk, and there lay two dozen droopy but lovely pink roses. Remember “You’ve Got Mail?”
Our first cruise was on the Windjammer Flying Cloud around the Virgin Islands. There were 51 shipmates and upper and lower cabins as big as our bathroom. It was then we decided that if we could survive that, we could live together. I retired, and we moved into our beach bungalow. We unpacked a few boxes, then took off for a Tahiti-Hawaii cruise. Fast forward all these years, and Keith is still my “Valentine in Uniform,” gentle and kind (but I did have to teach him to dance and snorkel).
Cindy Gannon, Mutual 4
My Valentine—Forever Yours
(dedicated to those who grieve)
On Valentine’s Day every desk was covered
with heart-shaped candies proclaiming
Love, Kisses, You’re #1, Hugs, Be Mine, Forever Yours…
Our inclusive-minded 5th grade teacher told us,
Yes, you may hand out valentines,
but only if to all.
That was 60 years ago…
My heart became exclusive
In its love for only you.
If I could,
I’d give you the largest candy heart
in the universe. (All in the realm of oh-if-only…)
With tearful eyes I raise my hands to heaven,
I offer my heart, not candied,
but alive and beating.
My dearest, my heart, look down and smile
and read the simple words:
Love…My Love…Be Mine…
Fred Wind, Mutual 12
COVID 19 Vaccine Update
4,200 Residents Vaccinated
OptumCare held the latest clinics on Feb. 4 and 5, with 1,700 residents over 65 receiving their first doses of Pfizer vaccine. This means approximately 4,200 seniors have received their first shots. On Feb. 8 and 9, 1,100 residents were expected to receive their final doses. As of Monday, clinics were reportedly running smoothly and ahead of schedule.
Next Second-Dose Clinics are Feb. 20, 21, 25 and 26
The next second-dose clinics are scheduled for Feb. 20 and 21 and for Feb. 25 and 26, respectively. Although recipients may have been told to return at the same time of day as their first round, second shot clinics are moving faster. Watch for emails sent by LW Live for updates, as afternoon appointments may be moved up.
The GRF is concentrating on culling registered names of people who have had the vaccine, not shown up for their appointments or have asked to be removed from the rolls. Once that is done, no-shows will need to re-register but not until told to do so.
Big Brothers and Sisters
The GRF is seeking the help of good-hearted Leisure Worlders to register friends and neighbors who are uninformed about the vaccination clinics.
Do you have an elderly friend or neighbor who may need assistance in registering for their vaccination? GRF needs you.
Join the “Big Brother and Big Sister” effort to locate neighbors who are unable to register on the Internet.
Mutual directors, building captains, churches and clubs have been asked to reach out to members to sign up those who are unable to do it for themselves and did not take advantage of the telephone registrations.
The sooner the GRF can complete vaccinations for the majority, the sooner it can reopen amenities.
The process is simple: Visit lwsb.com and click on “COVID-19 Vaccine Registration Form.”
Follow the simple prompts to register people.
Those registering others should insert their phone numbers and email addresses as the contact friends and neighbors. People must have GRF ID cards.
For faster registration, have the following information ready:
•Name (living in same unit)
•Date of birth
Once registered, names are added to a database of those who want the vaccination. People who are under 65 will be entered into a separate database for when the vaccine is made available to them. If one person in a couple is under 65, it is preferable to register together for the later date, or to register separately if the older person needs to be vaccinated sooner.
As clinics are scheduled, names are randomly taken from the registered list for appointments. People will be notified of appointment times by email if that is how they registered.
If you registered for someone else, inform him or her of the appointment. If transportation is needed, there is an Access bus to Clubhouse 6.
The vaccine is supplied on short notice, so people must show for the vaccinations on the date and time specified. There are no choices of times or dates as of yet.
• A family member may submit a LW registration for a resident who is unable to do so.
• Residents must be available to take the second dose three weeks after the first dose.
• Couples will be scheduled together by completing the one form with both names.
• If you are unable to complete registration by email and do not have a friend or relative to assist you, contact Cindy Tostado at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317, for a copy of the form to register manually or for personal assistance.
A number of people who had appointments Feb. 4 and 5 either canceled or did not show up. When this happens, registrants are called from the standby list, also chosen randomly, to replace them. To cancel an appointment, email email@example.com. At the last clinic, about 200 standbys were accommodated after people canceled their appointments.
The GRF has been asked by some people to be moved up the list for various reasons. It is required to offer the vaccine, without special consideration, to any GRF member, co-occupant or lessee over 65. To do this equitably, the computer randomly picks from all registrants. Standbys are chosen the same way.
Residents may choose to wait until vaccines are available to them in Leisure World or they can try to find a faster route at other Orange County outlets. To find out more about outside options, visit https://occovid19.ochealthinfo. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
—Kathy Thayer, assistant recreation manager
Keep dogs on 6-foot leashes
Dog trainers agree that keeping your pets on a 4 to 6 foot leash is ideal for walking pets in populated areas, like Leisure World, where pedestrians, cyclists, runners and dog walkers often jockey for position on the community’s sidewalks.
A short leash keeps your pet from getting too close to others, and it prevents your pet from getting tangled up around poles and lampposts.
But most important, it’s the mandated maximum leash length on all GRF trust property, and it will protect smaller pets from coyotes.
GRF policy states: While traversing the common area of the GRF Trust property, the pet must be on a leash not longer than 6 feet and under the control of, and accompanied by, the pet owner and/or responsible adult at all times, and (the adult) must have in evidence and in plain view a plastic bag and/or a poop scoop device.”
Recently, there have been reports of unleashed dogs and dogs on long leashes, some extending 10 feet. Dog experts say long leashes are best used for training purposes and can be dangerous because they require constant attention to avoid dragging and tangling.
And in Leisure World, dogs, especially small breeds, allowed to wander too far from owners are susceptible to coyote attack.
Dogs need to be on leashes no longer than 6 feet at all times for their safety and the safety of others.
A resident reported being snapped at by two unleashed dogs and having a dog at the end of a 30-foot leash get caught under her golf cart when it rounded a corner.
For the safety of pets and people alike, residents are asked to keep their dogs on a 6-foot leash.
The Alzheimer’s Family Center (AFC) is offering its popular Mind Booster series every Tuesday for five weeks from 1-3 p.m. starting Feb. 16. The AFC offered this series at a cost last year, and the program filled to capacity. Now it is offering it for free over Zoom. The series includes a variety of experts giving information on how to stay cognitively healthy despite the rigors of stay-at-home orders and the isolation they bring.
The schedules is as follows:
• Feb. 16–—Week 1: Dr. Joey Gee, neurologist
•Feb. 23—Week 2: Dr. Nasira Burkeholder-Cooley, nutritionist
•March 2—Week 3: Dr. Cheryl Alvarez, psychologist
•March 9—Week 4: Fay Blix, elder law attorney
•March 16—Week 5: Patrick Wallis, AFC activities director
Register by emailing email@example.com or call (714) 593-9630.
GRF Construction Update
GRF projects are underway around the community despite slowdowns attributed to COVID-19. This column will update residents on the progress of various construction projects. The information is provided by GRF Facilities Director Mark Weaver and Physical Property Manager David Rudge.
Physical Property staff share the community’s frustrations on the delays associated with the repair of the pool and spa. The project was originally planned as a renovation, but as underlying foundational defects were uncovered, it quickly became a complete replacement requiring extensive new plans that must be compliant to all new codes. That complication was compounded by the COVID-19 crisis, which has heavily impacted response times, even with major utilities.
The architect has completed the set of stamped plans and a permit application for the City of Seal Beach and the Orange County Health Care Agency. The packet was submitted on Feb. 5. When the plans are approved and a permit is issued, an updated construction schedule will be completed and shared.
MJ Jurado has started the process to install a 6-foot sewer line for the pool backwash system, with the capacity to receive 185 gallons per minute for five minutes. This will require a northbound lane closure on St. Andrews as crews dig up the street to connect the line to existing pipe.
The pricing of pool equipment from multiple vendors is nearing completion; once it’s finalized, orders will be placed.
SCE has approved the installation of a 100-amp pedestal on the golf course to relocate the power from the pool equipment room.
SoCal Gas has relocated the gas meter.
LEARNING CENTER KITCHEN
The Learning Center kitchen designed to host cooking classes and a dining space is complete and ready for use once it is safe to reopen the facility.
How to get a GRF permit for a remodel
There’s a light at the end of the tunnel with regard to the COVID-19 shutdown, so it’s likely that residents will soon be thinking about getting started on delayed remodels and projects.
With that in mind, here is a step-by-step review of how to obtain a building permit from the GRF.
In order for a shareholder to make any modifications to his or her residence, building permits need to be obtained. The process begins with the shareholder selecting an approved (vetted) contractor. Contractors are approved after they provide the Physical Property Department with the required insurance documentation and other items listed on the contractor requirements form. The form can be obtained at Physical Property, located upstairs in Building 5.
Once the contractor has provided all the requested items on the form, an orientation meeting is scheduled with Facilities Director Mark Weaver. After the contractor has met with the facilities director, he or she can then submit paperwork to Physical Property for a permit.
Once a shareholder selects a contractor, the contractor will submit the GRF Proposal and Contract that has been signed by the shareholder and the contractor to Physical Property. The submission also includes the scope of work to be done.
The permit clerk then types up the GRF permit, which is forwarded to the Mutual inspector for review and approval. Once it’s approved, the permit is forwarded to a Mutual director for his or her review and approval.
After the GRF permit has been approved by the Mutual inspector and Mutual director, the contractor is notified that the GRF permit is ready to be picked up and paid for.
The GRF permit fee is 1 percent of the job cost or $25 minimum. If a City of Seal Beach permit is required, the contractor will need to obtain that from the city.
Next, the approved GRF permit will need to be signed by the shareholder and contractor. Once signed, the contractor will submit the white copy to the Physical Property office along with a copy of the City of Seal Beach permit, where it will then be kept and filed. The white copy must be returned to Physical Property prior to any work commencing.
The yellow copy should be posted by the contractor on the jobsite while the work is being performed for inspections.
During the work process, the contractor will contact the permit clerk to schedule all inspections throughout the project.
After the final inspection has been performed and the job has passed, the permit package is then filed within the Physical Property office.
—from the GRF Physical Property Department
405 Freeway Improvement Project
The first half of the Westminster Boulevard bridge opened on Jan. 28, and the first half of Fairview Road is scheduled to open Feb. 12
The I-405 Improvement Project is reaching the first of many milestones scheduled for 2021, with the opening of the first halves of the Westminster Boulevard and Fairview Road bridges.
The first half of the new Westminster Boulevard bridge in Westminster opened to traffic on Jan. 28, and the first half of the Fairview Road bridge in Costa Mesa is expected to open on Friday, Feb. 12. The two bridges are among 18 to be built, widened or replaced as part of the project, which aims to speed up travel times on I-405 between Costa Mesa and the Los Angeles County line.
Both Westminster Boulevard and Fairview Road are being demolished and reconstructed in two stages, one half at a time, allowing them to remain open to traffic in both directions during construction.
Demolition of the second half of the bridges will require overnight closures of I-405. The freeway near Westminster Boulevard closed overnight on Feb. 6. Closures near Fairview Road are scheduled for Saturday, Feb. 20, and Saturday, Feb. 27.
Construction of the I-405 Improvement Project will continue in full swing throughout 2021. Half of the 18 bridges being rebuilt as part of the project are anticipated to be completed by the end of the year.
The Talbert Avenue and Magnolia Street bridges, along with the first half of the Bolsa Avenue bridge, are expected to open in the first half of 2021. Later in the year, the Heil Avenue pedestrian overcrossing, along with the Edwards Street, Bolsa Chica Road and Goldenwest Street bridges are scheduled to open.
For the latest construction schedule, as well as closure and detour information, visit the project’s interactive map at octa.net/405map or download the free 405 Improvement mobile app in the App Store or in Google Play.
The I-405 Improvement Project, now more than halfway complete, will add one regular lane in each direction between Euclid Street and I-605, and a second lane in each direction in the center of the freeway from SR-73 to I-605 that will combine with the existing carpool lanes to form the 405 Express Lanes.
This 16-mile segment of I-405 is one of the most heavily traveled stretches of highway in the nation, and drivers routinely face severe congestion in both the regular lanes and carpool lanes. The project is critical to accommodate expected employment, population and housing growth throughout the region.
The speed limit on I-405 has been reduced to 55 mph between SR-73 and I-605 for the safety of drivers and construction crews for the duration of the project, which is expected to be completed in 2023. Drivers are advised to slow down and proceed with caution whenever signs of highway work are present.
For more information, visit octa.net/405improvement.
In My Own Words
Editor’s note: The GRF is working to get every LW resident vaccinated against COVID-19. To that end, six clinics have been held, with nearly half the population receiving a first dose. A weekend call center was organized to connect with residents who don’t have computer access so they could register for a vaccine clinic. Liz Tabares was one of a team of GRF staffers who worked the weekend of Jan. 30-31 to register those people. She listened and heard, and was moved to write the following.
by Liz Tabares
Physical Property secretary
In our modern age, the Internet gets most of the attention, but in Leisure World, the telephone is the only way to connect with some shareholders.
In staffing a call center Jan. 30-31, I saw firsthand how a personal touch can calm fears and help people know that they are not forgotten. Call team members were also able to quell rumors, answer questions and even wish people a happy birthday but most important, we were able to hand out hope with every registration. That’s because everyone who registers—by phone or by email—will eventually get a COVID-19 vaccination.
Most of the calls were from people in their 80s, 90s and 100s. Many of them said they felt ignored or left behind because they are not online. But calling and speaking to a person lifted and calmed their spirits, a much-needed boost during the long wait for this pandemic to be over.
It felt good to convey how much we care over the phone.
One 90-something resident was so grateful to be vaccinated because it meant she could see her great grandbaby again.
Others had so many questions about the vaccine clinics: Can we hang out in the parking lot in case there are left over doses? (no, it’s not safe and extra doses are assigned to a random standby list); are there same day appointments after registration? (no, people are randomly selected from all registrants); why are you prioritizing people 65 and older? (county guidelines); is registering by phone giving me lower priority? (no, everyone is in the same database, equally eligible for random selection); I can’t remember if I already registered (we can check for that).
The questions are often accompanied by fear and anxiety as our older residents work to navigate this strange time in our lives.
Often shareholders called back for reassurance that they were, in fact, registered and to reaffirm the next steps of the process.
As I talked to shareholders and their adult children over the past few weeks, I realized we have some pretty awesome, caring, appreciative and very scared people in the community.
In our regular jobs, we are not usually able to reach out and “touch” another person in this way. And it’s been a great privilege for me to be able to connect with those on the other end of the line. I was reminded again and again how powerful a voice can be in conveying feelings of warmth, reassurance and closeness.
Shareholders know that receiving the vaccine is a big step toward restoring a sense of normalcy to their lives.
And through working at the call center, I got to be there for some very special people.
Efficiency is important for a business, but sometimes the lower tech and longer conversations are essential for all of us who have been isolated during these unprecedented times.
Most of all, we don’t want any LW member to feel forgotten. We are here for each and every one of you.
Sign up for LW Live
Leisure World residents are urged to sign up for the GRF’s one-way, real-time community notification system via email.
LW Live is designed to keep people informed during emergencies and get the word out about safety, recreation and governance issues.
It has been used to keep residents apprised of hastily scheduled COVID-19 vaccination clinics, registration procedures, standby vaccine availability and other important information. The same information is in the LW Weekly for people who do not have Internet access, but LW Live emails provide immediate information during this fast-moving process.
To get this valuable information, all you need is an email address.
To sign up online, log onto www.lwsb.com and click the “LW Live” icon to the right.
A simple form will pop up. Fill out the form and make sure to hit the “submit” button at the bottom.
If you signed up for LW Live and are not receiving them, check your spam or junk email folders.
Letters to the Editor
If I may, I would like to add my opinion to those of Peter Meuter and Joan Rose (both letters ran Jan. 21).
A budget was set aside in 2019 for 2020. Unfortunately the coronavirus took us all by surprise. From March 2020 till just this week, Feb. 4, all our amenities were closed.
I’m not talking about security, electric, water, street sweeping, etc. Where did all the 2020 budgeted money go that Leisure World had to raise my HOA dues again this year?
What was the Amphitheater budget spent on? What about the clubhouse maintenance budget when the clubhouses were closed? Just inquiring and hoping for some kind of an answer. Seems to me also, my dues should have stayed the same.
Editor’s note: The annual operating budget for administering the GRF Trust for the 2021 calendar year is $13,088,036, or $165 per apartment per month. That is a $1.94 increase over the 2020 budget. According to the 2021 budget document, the primary reasons for the increase are a restructure of staffing, California minimum wage increases, outsourced janitorial services and a general decline in newspaper advertising revenues. This was offset by decreases in community entertainment expenses and reserve contributions.
Won Ryu of Mutual 14 kindly translated our trash/recycling information into Korean for the benefit of our shareholders and to assist us in compliance. A big thank you to Won.
With the cooperation of our president, Lee Melody, we made copies of the flyers for each of our shareholders. They have all been distributed.
As a community service and in the spirit of cooperation, Mutual 14 would like to share these flyers with the Leisure World community. Mutual directors, who would like access to the flyer, can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, and please put your Mutual number and “Trash Flyer” in the subject line, so I don’t accidentally delete the email.
Susan D. Simon
Mutual 14 director
Zooming with family, friends and associates is a new trend. It tremendously enhances the spirit of love and strong support while I am coping with the coronavirus pandemic.
For protection, I wear a mask religiously and observe distancing guidelines everywhere I go. The people I see mostly wear masks, but on my early morning walks, some don’t. I tried to change my route to avoid these people, especially since the virus has been surging globally.
Usually a spirit of cooperation and kindness is manifested, like when the Access and Mini Bus bus drivers carefully check people’s masks, making the ride enjoyable and safe. It’s imperative to maintain safety guidelines so we can all make it together.
Lisa A. Dickson
My husband and I want to express our gratitude and appreciation to GRF, the Recreation Department, OptumCare and everyone involved in bringing the COVID-19 vaccines to Leisure World.
Vaccine rollout is a complex operation, and you have helped residents immensely by making vaccinations so easily available. Thank you!
Mary Jo and Bel Murthy
I would like to congratulate the whole team that is working on the COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Leisure World.
Everyone is working so hard to keep us safe, great job!
Kudos to Leisure World residents. You have given more than 400 2021 calendars to the patients at the Veterans Administration Medical Center.
I am overwhelmed with your generosity, both with the calendars and your taking time to bring them to my unit.
This is a year-round need, so people are welcome to bring their 2021 calendars to 1601 Golden Rain Road, 117-E, Seal Beach, 90740.
Community, pages 9-10
Learn about managing chronic pain without opiod treatment
Three physicians from the Boston Scientific Neuromodulation Division/Pain Management department will be at the Sunshine Club’s next Zoom meeting on Friday, Feb. 12, at 10 a.m. All shareholders are welcome.
To join the Zoom meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982089743?pwd=UGR3RlZRaUJmWmlSNE9KdTdNMUh3QT09. The meeting ID is 849 8208 9743, and the passcode is 508742.
Those who would like to get a Zoom link by email should text their name, Mutual number and email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than Thursday, Feb. 11, at 5 p.m.
The presentation will provide an overview of chronic pain and non-opioid treatment options for leg and back pain. It will also feature interventional pain management procedures including radiofrequency ablation (RFA), the vertiflex procedure and spinal cord stimulation (SCS). These are minimally invasive treatment options that can provide lasting relief for people suffering from chronic pain. They are FDA-approved and covered by most insurance companies, including Medicare.
The presentation will be run by three experienced pain management physicians: Dr. Medhat Mikhael, Dr. Afzaal Mohammed Iqbal and Dr. Ashley Wong.
Mikhael is the medical director of Pain Medicine Associates and is double-board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is the chief of the pain medicine department at Hoag Memorial Hospital and Orange Coast Medical Center, and as well as the medical director of the non-operative spine program at Orange Coast Medical Center. Mikhael has a special interest in complicated aspects of chronic pain including neuropathic and cancer pain and is an active member on the cancer committee at Hoag Memorial, Long Beach Memorial and Orange Coast Medical Centers.
Iqbal is double-board-certified in anesthesiology and pain medicine. He is a strong believer in treating chronic pain with a multimodal approach combining the latest interventional techniques, with effective medical, psychological, behavioral and exercise therapies. He has an avid interest in complex regional pain syndrome as well as cancer pain.
Wong is a double board certified, fellowship-trained physiatrist and pain management physician. Bridging her training in physical medicine and rehabilitation and pain management, Wong’s main goal is to provide individualized, multidisciplinary treatment that allows her patients to maximize function and restore quality of life.
The Sunshine Club often has LW leaders come to meetings to introduce their organizations to the group. It also invites a wide variety of specialists from outside Leisure World to share their experiences and ideas with club members.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
Drop off shredding service is happening March 4
The Golden Age Foundation’s shredding service event in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot will be on Thursday, March 4, from 10 a.m.–noon. The event will be a drop-and-go service only, so residents will not have to wait in line to have their items shredded.
GAF sponsors this free service and will be at the event to help shareholders if needed. Social distancing will be strictly enforced, and shareholders must wear face masks when dropping off materials to be shredded.
The following rules and regulations will be in effect during the event:
All shareholders are asked to drop off their supplies and leave to encourage social distancing.
There will be no chairs at the event for people to sit and no line will be allowed to form.
Cardboard boxes will not be accepted. Plastic or paper bags are allowed.
GAF volunteers will guard the bags residents drop off until a truck arrives to shred at onsite.
For better shredding service, shareholder should remember:
Remove all staples and paper clips.
No electronic devices will be accepted.
Contaminated bags will be turned away.
GAF also sponsors small battery disposal. Shareholders may bring used batteries to be disposed of.
Printer cartridges, and hearing aids batteries will not be accepted.
The next event will be in July.
The GAF is an independent nonprofit, 501(c)3 charitable organization dedicated to serving the residents of Leisure World Seal Beach. Its purpose is to help make the community a better place to live. It was established in 1973 and is not affiliated with the Golden Rain Foundation.
All GAF programs are provided free to Leisure World shareholders. The Foundation is entirely staffed by volunteers, so all contributions go directly to meeting community needs. The generous support of shareholders, residents, clubs, organizations and businesses is the main source of income. The foundation’s programs and projects are made possible by the volunteer efforts of many members.
Contact Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339 for more information.
Remembering the life of Charles Darwin
By Dave Silva
Feb. 12, 1809, is a special date in history because both Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin were born on that day. For Humanists, Charles Darwin’s theory of evolution, as explained in his landmark book “The Origin of Species,” published on Nov. 24, 1859, laid the foundation for a naturalistic view of life.
Darwin knew the publication of his book would come under severe criticism. The theory of evolution by natural selection wasn’t entirely original to Darwin. British naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace and Darwin came to the same conclusions about how animals adapted to their environment, and they jointly published a paper on evolution in 1858. Realizing he couldn’t put off revealing his controversial theory any longer, Darwin published his book the following year.
Before the theory of evolution, there was no clear idea about how life on Earth began. Consequently, the “god of the gaps” argument was invoked as a default explanation, since there wasn’t any competing scientific theory. The two problems with the God-created-life explanation are which God did it and how did that God do it. There have been many creation stories, many of them interesting, but they all rely on other worldy means to explain the diversity of life. Darwin’s theory of evolution is based on observation and science. For 162 years, it has stood up against all criticisms and alleged flaws. It explains how life-forms change over time. It even explains how the COVID-19 virus mutated into different strains. Although 98 precent of American scientists believe in evolution, 18 percent of the public does not. Advocates of Intelligent Design, who sought equal time in the classroom for religious explanations, have argued that because evolution doesn’t explain all the intermediate transitions between species, it isn’t valid. They lost that case in court, and science is gradually solving that puzzle, piece by piece. Young- Earth creationists believe that the Earth is only 6,000 years old. Although Darwin didn’t know it, scientists have calculated that the Earth is 4.5 billion years old and life began 4 billion years ago.
In 1950, the Catholic Church accepted evolution as a scientific fact, but claimed that God created evolution as his method of change. Humanists embrace evolution because it explains how things work without resorting to miracles, which by definition have no explanation. There are still things humans don’t understand, and that’s okay, because it gives them something to work on.
SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.
Thursday, Feb. 11
4 pm Vinyl Rock Valentine
6:15 pm Nova Scotia Road Trip
6:30 pm Tommy Williams:
7 pm LW Season of Love
8 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes
9:10 pm Aquarium of the Pacific
9:30 pm Ocean Perspectives
10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Friday, Feb. 12
4 pm Christmas in Quarantine:
4:15 pm Golf Cart Christmas Parade
4:30 pm Season of Love
5:30 pm SB Lions Club Veterans Day
5:39 pm Aquarium of the Pacific
5:50 pm Nova Scotia Road Trip
6 pm Los Al Jazz Band 2018
6:35 pm Sea Inside
7 pm Seal Beach Christmas Parade
8 pm Tommy Williams
9 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
10:30 pm Cerritos Center-
Golden Dragon Acrobats
Saturday, Feb. 13
4 pm Seal Beach Christmas Parade
5 pm Season of Love
6 pm Christmas in Quarantine:
6:45 pm McGaugh Third Grade Show
7:30 pm Ocean Perspectives
8 pm LAUSD
11 pm Cerritos Center–
Sunday, Feb. 14
4 pm Seal Beach City Council
6:15 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012
7 pm Life and Times in SB:
The Lawhead Brothers
8 pm Life and Times in SB:
9 pm Cabaret Music Around
10:20 pm Nova Scotia Road Trip
10:30 pm Oceanscapes
11 pm Sea Inside
11:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
Monday, Feb. 15
4 pm McGaugh First Grade Concert
4:45 pm Nova Scotia Road Trip
5 pm Tommy Williams
5:30 pm Season of Love
6:30 pm Ocean Perspectives
7 pm Seal Beach City Council
8 pm Golf Cart Christmas Caravan
8:15 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes
9:30 pm Oceanscapes
10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Taming of the Shrew
Tuesday, Feb. 16
4 pm Golf Cart Christmas Parade
4:15 pm Christmas Quarantine Show:
5 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes
6:15 pm LW 50th Anniversary 2012
7 pm Seal Beach Planning
Committee Meeting– LIVE
8 pm Ocean Perspectives
8:30 pm Seal Beach Christmas Parade
9:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy
10 pm Cerritos Center–
Wednesday, Feb. 17
4 pm LW Yoga
4:07 pm Nova Scotia Road Trip
4:15 pm A Tribute to Ole’ Blue Eyes
5:30 pm Oceanscapes
6 pm Life and Times in SB:
The Lawhead Brothers
7 pm Ocean Perspectives
8 pm Shakespeare in the Park:
Merry Wives of Windsor
10 pm Cerritos Center-
The Four Tenors
*All programming is subject to change.
By Mary Larson
Newly designated Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC) Executive Director Ajay Mohan and Vice President Libby Frolichman will join club members for its Wednesday, Feb. 17, Zoom meeting, beginning at noon. Together, they will lead a brainstorming session about how best to use the rest of 2021 to prepare for supporting Democratic campaigns in the 2022 Primary Election, which are now already underway.
The DPOC is committed to working closely with local clubs such as the Democratic Club here in Leisure World. Frolichman is responsible for that effort in the Leisure World area. A lifelong Democrat from a Democratic household, Frolichman first voted in an Ohio primary at the age of 17. She is one of the founding members of HB Huddle and is a 72nd Assembly District Delegate to the California Democratic Party. Frolichman continues to inspire those at the local club level with her enthusiasm and energy.
Mohan is also well-suited to lead this effort as Democrats go into the 2021-2022 election cycle. Even before attending Irvine Valley College, where he majored in economics, Mohan had worked on a number of Orange County political campaigns, including Dave Min for Congress and Josh Newman for State Senate.
In 2019, Mohan was selected by the Washington, D.C.-based Blue Leadership Collaborative as one of 20 fellows in a competitive pool of more than 500 applicants to receive comprehensive campaign manager training, with an emphasis on developing both hard campaign skills and soft leadership development.
Club members will receive the Zoom log-in information for the meeting directly by email. Those who are not members of the LW Democratic Club or one of its supporters who are interested in attending should email their full contact information to email@example.com.
LW Democrats should be aware that yard signs supporting Katrina Foley for election to the Orange County Board of Supervisors are now available. For information about this upcoming special election, including how to get the signs, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include all of your contact information.
If you are a Democrat or a supporter of Democratic principles, and want to know more about the Democratic Club, subscribe to the free electronic newsletter. Email the editor, Mary Larson, at email@example.com or call (562) 296-8521. Remember to include your full contact information. The Democratic Club always welcomes new members and friends.
Make sure to join or renew your membership before the end of this month because the club needs to list its current member number when re-chartering with the DPOC in March. Even if you are unable to pay the $10 annual dues at this time, your membership is still important. Both new and renewal 2021 membership forms are available by calling (562) 431-7275 or by going online at https://sblwdems.wordpress.com/democratic-club-membership-2/.
Although it is not always possible, the leadership team of the LW GOP club prefers to focus on good things rather than bad, and happy things rather than sad. At the top of the list for many people is the vaccine program here in LW. The members of the Republican Club want to take this opportunity to honor the Golden Rain Foundation, volunteers and OPTUM Care staff, whose efforts make this program so painless for those getting the COVID-19 vaccine. We encourage all LWers to take advantage of this opportunity and get vaccinated, unless otherwise advised by your primary care doctor.
For the first time this year, the GOP booth was up and running on Feb. 1 from 11a.m.–2 p.m. in the parking lot by Clubhouse 6. It will be open every Wednesday at the same time and place from now until March 9, when the special election is held to fill Michelle Steel’s seat on the OC Board of Supervisors. The club supports Republican state Sen. John Moorlach. Club President David Harlow announced that the Republican Club collected over 30 signatures on the petitions to recall Gov. Gavin Newsom on the first day the booth was open. The recall effort is one of the two top priorities of the club for the next month or two. The other priority is getting Moorlach elected. One of the factors helping the recall’s momentum, according to the LA Times, was a party held by Newsom for big donors where masks were not worn during a lockdown. Inside dining, was prohibited throughout the state at the time. Californians, for the most part, have been reasonably compliant with the rules during this crisis, although there has been some grumbling. But to see the governor violate his own rules so flagrantly, angered many voters, according to the Times.
On a lighter note, a would-be significant case of alleged voter fraud was found in 2020 in California. According to the LA Times, an individual running for mayor of Hawthorne, a city between Torrance and Inglewood in Los Angeles County, was accused of fraudulently registering about 8,000 “voters.” Unfortunately for him, this individual put his own name and address on many, if not most, of the forms. According to the Times, the California Secretary of State’s office cited this as an example of how difficult it is to cast fraudulent votes without getting caught.
The Republican Club position is that this might be another example of the negative consequences of having a one-party state. A state that leans heavily on one specific party may have more trouble with accountability compared to a state whose representation is a little more even between political parties.
The LW Republican Club leadership requests that you come to the GOP booth in the parking lot of Clubhouse 6 on Wednesdays between 11 a.m. –2 p.m. to sign a petition to recall Gov. Newsom and replace him with the Republican candidate of your choice.
Those who cannot get to the booth can call (714) 928-1950 to have one delivered to your door.
Charles “Chuck” Burnett
1930 – 2021
Chuck Burnett joined his beloved wife, Diane, on Feb. 2, in his home.
Born Sept. 14, 1930, in Chicago, Illinois, Chuck spent his youth on the streets of the Windy City. Fishing, wandering and causing minor mischief were his favorite pastimes until he met Diane, who straightened him out considerably. They moved to Houston, Texas, in 1956, where they raised four remarkably brilliant and attractive children. (!) Active in his church, community and the Boy Scouts organization, Chuck was always busy educating, entertaining and enjoying life to its fullest.
Chuck and Diane moved to Leisure World in 1997 to retire in luxury. They immediately got busy with all the clubs and fun stuff this community has to offer and found performing to their liking. The Theater Club was filled with talented and interesting characters and they fit right in. Who knew they would be able to sing and dance and act? Well, the jury is still out on some of that, but they won their audiences over with their charisma and enthusiasm. They also jumped into the Sunday Night Ballroom Club, Ad Hoc Singing Club, The Writer’s Club (Chuck), The Slavic Club (Diane) and the Poker Club, where Chuck contributed his Social Security check regularly.
Chuck leaves behind wonderful LW friends, notably Bill and Ann Frambach, Bob Slater, Melinda Nicolet, Marge Archibald, Jose and Oralia Osuna, and of course, the Poker Gang. Chuck’s lucky family includes four children, Mary LaSala (Fran); Mike Burnett (Diana); Jane Clancy (Kevin) and last but not least, the most wonderful daughter of all time, Amy Carlson (Chris). Chuck and Diane also left behind 11 above-average beautiful grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren who are too young to know yet how they are going to turn out.
Chuck loved life. He saw only the good in people and was able to bring out the best in all he knew. He loved a great party, so a Celebration of Life is planned for a future date. In lieu of flowers or cards, Chuck would like for you to enjoy a shot of Royal Crown and sing a song out loud–don’t worry, your neighbors are probably hard-of- hearing.
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Lory Villegas 91
Juanita Salazar 77
Andres Pulido 57
Ana Mejia 84
Charles Crockett 57
Randy Mikes 59
Jesus Ontiveros-Santos 94
Alvin Shinn 94
Sheldon Young 60
Guillermo Garcia 87
Guadalupe Soriano-Nava 66
Remedious DeGarcia 87
Dolores Estrada 85
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Mary Nauroth 82
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Beit HaLev’s Coffee Chavurah on Zoom will celebrate the Sabbath evening on Friday, Feb. 12, at 5:30, followed by the evening service at 6. On Saturday, Feb. 13, the morning service begins at 10:30, followed by the Coffee Chavurah. To join on Zoom, go to:https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit.
Beit HaLev continues to livestream on Facebook as well. To attend, go to Rabbi Galit Shirah’s website at Facebook.com/galityomtov.
Beit HaLev’s prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” are shared onscreen on both Zoom and Facebook.
The Torah reading for Shabbat is from Exodus 22:4-23:19, “Mishpatim” (rules). Following last week’s reading of the Decalogue (the 10 Commandments), HaShem delivers specific Laws regarding both civil and criminal matters. Unlike the previous Laws of Hammurabi, the Israelite Laws were to be publicly read. These are considered “Covenantal” Laws, making Judaic legal decisions unique among the near Eastern cultures. Many of the principles apply to women, another difference.
Shirah conducts a weekday Ma’ariv service every Thursday for Sim Shalom, the online synagogue. Sim Shalom presents livestream services Monday-Thursday, with a different rabbi each day. To say Kaddish, pray for healing and to hear a spiritual message, go to SimShalom.com.
Zoom classes for beginning Hebrew and Pirke Avot will begin this month. Classes have been delayed due to the postponement of Shirah’s cataract surgery. For information, contact the rabbi at (562) 715-0888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
By Rolland Coburn
Luke 4:31-5:11 underlines Jesus’ authority over every area of life, including human hearts and consciences. Jesus went to Capernaum in Galilee and taught on the Sabbath, astounding listeners with his words and authority.
In synagogue, a man with an evil spirit burst out, “What have we to do with you, Jesus of Nazareth. You’ve come to destroy us. I know you are God’s Holy One.” Jesus rebuked him, saying, “Hush, come out.” The demon threw the man down uninjured and left. Astonishment set everybody discussing, “What teaching this is? With authority and power he orders evil spirits and they depart.” News echoed everywhere of Jesus’ overruling the powers of darkness.
Leaving the synagogue, Jesus entered Simon’s house, whose mother-in-law was suffering a high fever. They asked his help. Standing over her, he rebuked the fever, which vanished. She arose immediately and began serving. Someday Jesus will end all human suffering, including death, and wipe away every tear. A taste of that future appears here.
At sundown, everyone who knew people with various diseases brought them to him. Placing his hands on each, he healed them. Demons also left many, shouting, “You are God’s Son!” He rebuked them, forbidding their speech, because they knew he was the messiah. At dawn, he sought solitude. The seeking crowds came, but he said, “I must preach God’s kingdom good news to other cities too; for this I was sent.” Jesus, God’s representative on Earth, exercises sovereignty over every malady. And he preached in Judea’s synagogues.
The Bible says that Jesus governs all creation, overcoming at will his fallen creatures’ resistance. One day Jesus, teaching God’s word by Lake Gennesaret, sees two boats at shore. Entering Simon’s, he asked him to put out from shore, where he sat and taught. Afterward, he said, “Row out deep and lower your nets for fish.” Simon answered, “Master, we worked hard all night, catching nothing. But at your word, I will.” In doing so, they captured such great abundance of fishes the nets began breaking. Signalling their partners’ help, they filled both boats, which began sinking. Peter seeing this, fell at Jesus’ knees saying, “Depart from me, Lord; I am a sinner!” Amazement gripped him and all with him at their catch, even Zebedee’s sons James and John. Jesus answered Simon, “Fear not; from now on, you fish for people.” Once ashore, they left everything and followed him.
Only Jesus has such power and authority. “All power is given unto me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18). That is why we pray in his name. “All hail the power of Jesus’ name, let angels prostrate fall/ Bring forth the royal diadem and crown him Lord of all.”
Holy Family Catholic Church
Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Sixth Sunday of Ordinary Time on Sunday, Feb. 14.
The First Reading is from Leviticus 13:1-2, 44-46, and the Second Reading is 1 Corinthians 10:31-11:1. The Gospel reading will be from Mark 1:40-45.
Anointing of the Sick Mass
The sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick will be administered by Father Juan during this coming Saturday, Feb. 13, Mass at 8:30 a.m. It can be received by those who are going to have major surgery, those who are chronically ill and the elderly.
To receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe.
The church is now open to public entry and can return to its regular Mass schedule. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 4 p.m., and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon.
Those who attend must a wear a mask or face shield, sit socially distanced, and use hand sanitizer upon entry into the building.
Rabbi Rachel Axelrad will stream services at 6:30 p.m on Friday, Feb. 12, and Saturday, Feb. 13, at 9:30 a.m. via Zoom.
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 email@example.com. The link will have the meeting ID and password embedded. Those who want more details or need to practice beforehand can call Jeff ahead of time. The phone number to call for those who do not have Internet service is (669) 900-9128; the meeting ID is 375 251 9429.
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.
Join Congregation Sholom on Zoom Sunday, Feb. 14, at 4 p.m. for Bingo, hosted by Susan Michlin.
Congregation Sholom is making Hamantaschen online this year. Kits of dough and filling that are ready to shape, fill and bake are available to those interested. You can deliver some to your Jewish neighbors or have a volunteer pick up what you do not eat to use as Mishloach manot to the rest of Congregation Sholom. The recipe is Pareve. You will need to make an egg wash and have baking trays available. Pick up your kit at Carol Levine’s house on Tuesday, Feb. 23, or request it to be delivered.
Participants will learn how to roll out the dough; cut with a glass; and fill, shape and seal them so they do not leak out while baking.Make sure to wear the gloves in the kit and a mask while baking.
Learn the tricks of shaping and sealing Hamantaschen on Wednesday, Feb. 24. Use the same Zoom code that is used for weekly services.
Purim starts at sundown on Thursday, Feb. 25. Congregation Sholom will join the Orange County congregations for a special Megillah reading on Zoom. Paticipants will recieve containers (from the Kosher meal deliveries) to store their cookies.
RSVP to Ruth Hermann at (562) 430-3107 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in baking for Purim. Register as soon as possible so Congregation Sholom can figure out how much dough and fillings are needed. Gluten-free requests will be taken at time of RSVP.
The recipes, including the dairy-, gluten- and sugar-free variations, will be in the News & Nachas for those who want to make more and go through the whole process.
Congregation Sholom has been invited to participate in a Purim Celebration with the Jewish Collaborative of Orange County. The event will be held on Thursday, Feb. 25, starting at at 5:30 p.m. The Family Fun event begins at 5:30, Ma’Arivis at 6:15, followed by Megillah reading and virtual Shpiel and singing starting at 6:45. Be sure to bring your own Hamantaschen and Groggers. The Zoom Link for the Purim Celebration is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83488552085#success. You can also join via Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/JewishCollaborativeOC.
Call Ron Yaffee at (562) 430-7040 to participate in the weekly livestreamed services.
First Christian Church
By Bruce Humes
In 1 John 4:16, the apostle John writes, “And we have known and believed the love God has for us. God is love, and he who abides in love abides in God, and God in Him.” God is the personification of love, mercy and grace; the Scriptures clearly reveal this truth to us. 1 John 4:8-9 says, “He who does not love does not know God, for God is love. In this, the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent his only begotten son into the world, that we might live through him.”
In that familiar verse, John 3:16, we read, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only, begotten son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have everlasting life.” It’s a verse we read often but perhaps do not spend enough time meditating on and/or pondering the content. In those verses, John reveals just how much God loves each one of us. We also see that message in 1 John 4:10: “In this is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his son to be a propitiation for our sins.” The word propitiation means atonement, or to exchange. We can see that God sent his son to the cross instead of us to pay for our sins.
In Romans 3:23, the apostle Paul writes, “For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Paul goes on to tell us in Romans 6:23 that “The wages of sin is death,” but, Paul continues, “the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” The just punishment for our sins is death, but because God loves us so much, he sent his son to be crucified on the cross instead of us.
But God’s love for us is manifested in another way also, as Paul writes in Romans 15:5: “Now may the God of patience and comfort grant you to be like-minded toward one another, according to Christ Jesus.” He is the God of patience, and comfort, as we read in 2 Peter 3:9: “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some count slackness, but is long-suffering (patient) toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”
God is patiently waiting, not wanting any to perish; his desire is for all to come to repentance and believe in him. That is God’s love.
To speak to someone at the church, call the church office at (562) 431-8810.
By Johan Dodge
Some of the deepest questions, the ones we hold at the core of our being and that we fear to ask out loud for fear of judgement, are centered on the nature and existence of God. Does God exist? If God exists, how can God let things like the pandemic rage through humanity, killing so many? The story of Jesus is always good news—the word “Gospel” means good news. But just because we are being offered good news, doesn’t mean we are understanding that good news. The life and teachings of Jesus are the reminder over and over again that we as humans are prone to adventures in missing the point.
The Gospel lesson this week is perhaps one of the best examples of those closest to Jesus missing the point and trying to worship their understanding of God, instead of actually worshipping God. If you have been wrestling with the deep questions recently, join Community Chuch virtually on Zoom on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 9:50 a.m. for worship and fellowship. Call the church office or email email@example.com to receive the zoom links. Those who don’t have a computer or Facebook can call (562) 431-2503 and listen to the weekly message beginning Sunday evening.
The worship service for Ash Wednesday will be on Feb. 17 at 10 a.m. on Zoom and Facebook.
There is a Lenten resource available in the church office with daily Scripture and weekly prayers. Contact the church office to have one sent to you, or come to the church to pick up a copy.
As always, if you are in need without another way to address it, you may call the church office to leave me a direct message at(562) 431-2503.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
By Jim Greer
In the October 2020 General Conference, Sister Sharon Eubank of the Relief Society described how we can come to a feeling of union and power with God. She recalled how the saints worked to build the Nauvoo Temple, as the prophet Joseph preached mercy to the Relief Society. He was preparing the sisters for the unifying covenants of the temple.
“Supposing that Jesus Christ and the angels should object to us on frivolous things, what would become of us? We must be merciful and overlook small things.” Joseph continued, “It grieves me that there is no fuller fellowship—if one member suffers, all feel it—by union of feeling we obtain power with God,”
Eubank says she asks herself, “How can I understand people around me better? How will I create that ‘union of feeling’ when all are so different? What power from God might I access if I am just a little bit more unified with others?”
In answer to her questions, she offered three suggestions.
First, she quoted Jacob 2:17: “Be familiar with all and free with your substance, that they may be rich like unto you.” She recommended that we emphasize mercy over substance. “Be free with your mercy that they may be rich like unto you.”
Joseph’s instruction continued, “The nearer we get to our heavenly father, the more are we disposed to look with compassion on perishing souls—to take them upon our shoulders and cast their sins behind our back. If you would have God have mercy on you, have mercy on one another.”
Eubank challenges that we not judge one another and “keep each other’s names safe and give the gift of mercy.”
Second, Eubank spoke of how in the sport of rowing, there is something called “swing,” which occurs when all row in perfect unison and every movement is in sync. As the rowers sacrifice their independence, they combine their capabilities with their teammates and coalesce as one. In these instances, differences turn into advantages. The boat seems to move on its own, as pain gives way to exultation.
Third, the allegory of the olive tree tells how the tree became corrupted and produced wild fruit. His servants begged the Lord to spare the tree a bit longer. He instructed them, “Clear away the bad according as the good shall grow.” The servants did go and labor with their mights; and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them. Although establishing unity is messy and uncomfortable, with the help of the Lord, we clear away the bad as the good grows.
We all may be somewhat bruised in the pruning process. But Christ’s mercy is always available. He lovingly gives it, asking that we share it with others, that we may be one.
Faith Christian Assembly
Grief Share is starting up again at Faith Christian Assembly. Grief Share is a friendly, caring group of people who will walk alongside you through one of life’s most difficult experiences. The program is designed to help you go from sadness to finding your joy. Rupert and Addie Penner host this wonderful ministry which begins on Wednesday, Feb. 17, at 5:30 p.m. in FCA’s Garden Room. Anyone who is grieving the loss of a loved one, or even those who know someone going through the grieving process, are welcome to attend. Rupert and Addie have both been through the loss of a spouse and are eager to help anyone who has suffered a loss.
Out of an abundance of caution, all who attend services or events at Faith Christian Assembly will have their temperature taken at the door, be required to wear a mask before and after service, and have to sit socially distant from others. Those who are ill should remain at home.
Due to COVID-19, Faith Christian Assembly is not having all of its regular ministries at this time. Call the church office for the most updated information on midweek Bible study, which is taught by Pastor Sheri Leming on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. Grief Share’sweekly meetings begin Feb. 17 at 5:30 p.m. Call church office for the most updated information.
To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or visit the website at www.FCAchurch.net.
Assembly of God
By Sheryl Franco
There are two kinds of people: planners and those who show up to party. You can identify a female planner by the lists on her refrigerator and the weight of her purse. A male planner usually has a well-organized garage or office, with lots of measuring tools and labels on containers and shelves. I think you’re either born to be a planner or you’re not. When visiting out-of-state friends in 1999, my friend led us to the room where we would stay. Her teenage son had graciously given up his room for us. She opened the closet door to show us where to hang our things, rolled her eyes, and pointed to 21- gallon containers of water her son was storing in his closet just in case something catastrophic happened at mightnight on Jan. 1, 2000. He’s a planner. He grew up to be an airline pilot, so I’m really glad he’s a planner.
One thing we have learned in the past year is that our plans don’t mean very much when the unexpected arises. One plan after another fell apart last year as restrictions were imposed, we or family members became ill, jobs were lost, incomes vanished and resources were scarce. Planners felt completely out of control, and most planners are extremely uncomfortable when they feel out of control. But as we all faced one unexpected calamity after another, we could feel secure knowing that none of this was a surprise to God, our heavenly father, who has good plans for us.
The promise of God Pastor Chuck will preach about this week is found in Jeremiah 29:11. The title of the sermon will be “The Promise of a Plan for You.” God promises to prosper us, not to harm us, to give us hope and a future. Throughout Scripture, there are examples of people who were threatened, pursued, lied about, destitute, ill, outcast, imprisoned and left for dead, but God had other plans. And God’s plans cannot be prevented by a pandemic, canceled by kings, revoked by rulers or derailed by disease. God has good plans for you.
Rest in the fact that as a child of God, if your plans get blown apart, God has something better for you. The eternal God, who knows the end from the beginning, is working all things together for your good. Will everything always look like it’s going according to plan? Probably not. Joseph probably didn’t think God’s plan was at work when his brothers threw him into an empty cistern and then sold him off as a slave. God’s plan may not have been apparent to Daniel when he was thrown to the lions. And when Noah was ridiculed by his neighbors for building that huge boat, he might have questioned God’s plan. But take heart. Trust God’s plan. Stay the course. Keep moving ahead. God’s plan proves better than anything we can imagine every time.
Join Assemby of God this coming Sunday in the Amphitheater at 11 a.m. Wear a face covering and practice physical distancing. God will recognize you, even behind your mask, and He is never distant.
Redeemer Lutheran & St. Theodore’s By Lisa Rotchford
Weary is a popular description of how we all are feeling at this point of the pandemic. Remember what Philippians 4:12-13 says: “In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Lean into God’s strength, and God will sustain you in peace and safety.
Safety is our utmost priority as the coronavirus continues to dictate how and when we are able to worship. Redeemer Lutheran and St. Theodore’s services will resume as soon as the COVID-19 case numbers move Orange County out of the most restrictive purple tier.
This Sunday, Feb. 14, from 10 a.m.–noon, members can pick up their copy of the 2020 Annual Report at the entrance to the church.
Call for Candidates
Mutual and GRF election cycle begins
Since 1962, Leisure World, Seal Beach, has operated on a united community spirit. There is no one more interested in their home, Mutual and community than LWers and their fellow shareholders. Only they can truly understand the value of the LW life and lifestyle and have the motivation to see their Mutual, as well as the entire community, prosper.
Being part of a Mutual or GRF Board places shareholders in the middle of the decision-making process, with their voice and opinions heard as they represent their fellow shareholders for a collective benefit.
Pride in community, patience and motivation to help others are very important qualities for running for a seat on their Mutual or GRF Board. It is the strength of the vast and varied experience each director has, as well as the collective strength of the Board, that builds community and protects LW’s lifestyle and homes. The skills and knowledge a person has compiled through the years will be put to good use; everyone has the ability to do and be the change for the benefit of all.
The duly elected Mutual and GRF Boards set into operation the day-to-day business of each mutual corporation and Trust property and all of its amenities. Directors address the issues of most importance to their electorate—that is, their fellow shareholders. Board directors find solutions to existing problems, large and small. It’s not an easy job; it takes time, effort and a willingness to donate a portion of everyday life to the community.
As a community of more than 9,000 highly qualified shareholders, there is so much expertise to offer. New ideas and perspectives are always needed, which means volunteers are needed. Everyone should consider becoming a candidate for a position on their Mutual or GRF Board of Directors.
The schedule above indicates the Mutuals’ and GRF elections schedule. Deadlines to apply for candidacy vary. Anyone interested in or who has questions relating to becoming a candidate for his or her Mutual or GRF Board of Directors should contact the Stock Transfer Office at (562) 431-6586, ext. 346.
Recap of the Presidents’ Council, Feb. 4
The regular monthly meeting of the Presidents’ Council of Leisure World, Seal Beach, was convened at 9:04 a.m. by President Jackie Dunagan on Feb. 4 via video-telephone conference. The following is a recap of that meeting:
• The regular monthly Council meeting minutes of Jan. 7 were approved by general consent of the Council, as printed.
• Security Services Director Victor Rocha provided an update on the new access system for the front gate.
• Facilities Director Mark Weaver spoke briefly on the shower cut-down program managed by Civic Stone.
• Mutual Administration Director Jodi Hopkins provided an update for Mutual Administration with monthly reports.
• Stock Transfer Manager Terri Johnson provided an update for Stock Transfer with monthly reports.
• Executive Director Randy Ankeny briefly spoke on the report from the Ad Hoc Cable Committee. He stated that it will be delayed until March and released for executive sessions. This is a highly confidential report, and the Mutuals should be reminded that it is proprietary information.
• Ankeny provided an update on the water consumption of the community and how it has gone up 21 percent. Weaver and Ankeny will start working with the city of Seal Beach to run a water-leak test.
• Ankeny gave an update on the vaccinations in the Leisure World community. As of Feb. 5, the Golden Rain Foundation will have given 4,160 vaccines to the community. The GRF will continue to work with the county on continuing to receive allocations of the vaccines.
• Human Resources Director LeAnn Dillman briefly spoke about interactions with GRF employees, about being mindful of interactions during high-stress situations.
• Ankeny provided some insight on the major trainings in the summer.
• Members of the Presidents’ Council discussed the possibility of creating a Mutual Communications Committee to promote inclusivity and relay important information in the language that shareholders are familiar with. The goal is to increase participation in all Mutual events. The Council would like to figure out how to get the various ethnic communities involved.
• Hopkins reviewed the 2021 GRF and Mutual Elections Calendar.
• Hopkins provided each Mutual president with individualized packets containing all pertinent information.
• Hopkins provided each Mutual its Annual Report; included was last year’s submission.
The next Presidents’ Council meeting is scheduled for March 4 at 9 a.m. via Zoom video-telephone conference.
Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The following is a tentative schedule. Public health and safety measures will be in place to protect membership and staff, with limited in-person seating at Clubhouse 4. Physical distancing and wearing a face mask are required.
Thurs., Feb. 11 Communications/IT Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Fri., Feb. 12 Finance Committee
Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 12 Executive Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 16 Website Ad Hoc Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Tues., Feb. 23 GRF Board Monthly Meeting
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Mon., March 1 Recreation Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Wed., March 3 Physical Property Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Thurs., March 4 COVID-19 Ad Hoc Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Fri., March 5 GRF Board Executive Session
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Mon., March 8 Mutual Administration Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Wed., March 10 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Thurs., March 11 Communications/IT Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Fri., March 12 Executive Committee
Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.
Mon., March 15 Finance Committee
Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.
Carport Cleaning Schedule 2021
Since most of the holidays in 2021 fall on workdays for LWSB’s cleaning contractor, all carports will be cleaned this year on the actual holiday, with the exception of Thanksgiving (Nov. 25).
The following carports will be cleaned the morning of Nov. 30:
Mutual 11: Carports 130 -131
Mutual 15: Carports 7-8, 10 and 13
Mutual 16: Carport 9
The following carports will be cleaned that afternoon:
Mutual 15: Carports 3, 6, 11-12
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.
Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change).
Thurs., Feb. 11 Mutual 12
virtual 9 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 12 Mutual 3
virtual 9 a.m.
Tues., Feb. 16 Mutual 15
virtual 9 a.m.
Tues., Feb. 16 Mutual 14
virtual 1 p.m.
Wed., Feb. 17 Mutual 5
virtual 9 a.m.
Wed., Feb. 17 Mutual 7
virtual 1 p.m.
Thurs., Feb. 18 Mutual 2
virtual 9 a.m.
Thurs., Feb. 18 Mutual 11
virtual 1:30 p.m.
Mon., Feb. 22 Mutual 8 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)
virtual 9:30 a.m.
Wed., Feb. 24 Mutual 10
virtual 9 a.m.
Thurs., Feb. 25 Mutual 1
virtual 9 a.m.
Fri., Feb. 26 Mutual 6
virtual 9:30 a.m.
Tues., March 2 Mutual 16
virtual 9:30 a.m.
Tues., March 2 Mutual 17
virtual 1:30 p.m.
Arts & Leisure
Celebrate Valentine’s Day while cozy at home
For some, Valentine’s Day means a night out on the town with their loved ones. But, as with other holidays lately, it’s safer to stay home this year. That doesn’t mean it can’t be special. Below are some ways to still celebrate love without leaving your cozy home. (And if you’re proudly single, consider making this holiday your own, one in which you celebrate how wonderful you are by treating yourself.)
“Expressions of love for beauty, nature, culture and loved ones have been present ever since the beginning of the Bowers Museum,” according to the “Expressions of Love” event’s press release. Docents guide viewers through a tour focusing on people who convey their love for one another in a variety of ways. Maybe you’ll be inspired to show love in new ways, too. Tickets are $10 ($5 for members) and available at www.bowers.org/index.php/programs/talks/event/2735-virtual-public-tour-valentine-s-day. You can view the tour at any time during the 24 hours after its posted at 2 p.m.
You can make your own expression of love by painting a version of the Van Gogh-inspired “Love Blossoms” under the guidance of Huntington Beach’s Pinot’s Palette. Two cherry blossom trees intertwine to form a heart against a red background in the diptych you’ll be creating. The instructions were prerecorded, so you can download, play and pause when you please. You can purchase your own supplies (a list is available when you click on the event), or for $9 more, you can pick up a kit that includes everything you need—even a disposable apron. Go to www.pinotspalette.com/huntingtonbeach or call (657) 227-9499 for more details and to reserve your spot.
What’s Valentine’s Day without a fancy dinner? You can still enjoy a chef-prepared meal while safe at home with your loved one, thanks to Pelican Hill. “Love at First Bite” starts with a Maine lobster bisque and the “Two Hearts as One Salad,” then moves on to truffle-braised short ribs and diver scallops. It finished with the luxurious black forest cake dubbed the “Queen of Hearts.” For a more detailed menu, go to www.pelicanhill.com/images/PH_Caffe_Carryout_Menu_Valentines2021.pdf. The sumptuous meal costs $95 per person (including tax and service charge) and must be reserved by Friday, Feb. 12 via www.eventbrite.com/e/pelican-hill-valentines-day-dinner-tickets-136349820985 or by calling (949) 467-6808. The Newport Beach resort offers curbside pickup for the refrigerated meals, which come with heating and serving instructions.
Want to cook your own meal, but also want to make it kind of gourmet? Sur La Table hosts several classes that day, so you can cook along with a pro. And since the registration cost is per household, your loved one can learn along with you. “Sushi at Home” guides you through making sushi rice so you can roll it California- and veggie-style. Discover the rewards of cooking with wine as you prepare seared scallops with prosecco-butter sauce, chardonnay and pecorino pea risotto, and prosecco chocolate truffles. Or serve pan-roasted chicken breasts with a white wine-herb sauce, brown-buttered mashed potatoes and blistered broccolini. Each class is $29, and you get a shopping list, prep instructions and recipes beforehand. Register at www.surlatable.com/cooking-classes/online-cooking-classes/.
Now that the Long Beach Municipal Golf Course has reopened for breakfast, 12 Leisure Bicyclists rode up the river Jan. 31 to Eldorado Regional Park, then down to the golf course to enjoy a delicious breakfast in the large tent. They were sure the staff was just as happy to see them as they were to see the staff. All are invited to join the group next Sunday for breakfast or to ride Monday, Wednesday and Friday; meet at 9 a.m. at the North Gate equipped with helmets, safe shoes and masks. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for more information.
Grab ’n’ Go Meals
Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot
• Thursday: Domino’s Pizza—call ahead for special orders, wings and salads offered, 3:30-7 p.m., cash/cards, (562) 493-2212.
• Friday: Katella Deli—deli favorites, appetizers, salads, hot entrées; specials of the day available onsite, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. Call ahead at (562) 594-8611, or order online at www.katellabakery.com.
• Saturday: Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que—barbecue, salads, sandwiches, 3-5 p.m., no preorders, cash/cards.
• Sunday: Closed.
• Monday: Kabobaholic Food Truck—chicken or meat kabobs, gyros, falafel, loaded fries, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. To preorder, go to www.kabobaholicft.com or text (949) 400-4696; mention LWSB when ordering.
• Tuesday: Taco Tuesday—Mexican favorites, plus hot dogs, burgers and fries, 5-7 p.m., cash/cards, no preorders.
• Wednesday: Gourmet Renee—American cuisine, homemade soups and desserts, 3:30-5:30 p.m., cash/cards. Preorder by calling (323) 833-1213.
All Grab ’n’ Go events take place rain or shine. Masks and 6-foot social distancing required and strictly enforced. For more information or to offer feedback, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.
On-call bus service is available weekdays from 4:30 p.m., when regular service ends; weekends are on-call at any time. Call (562) 431-6586, ext. 379.
Watch for LW Live! alerts for daily menus. Vendors are subject to change. Sign up for LW Live at https://www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/.
International City Theatre
How much is ‘Art’ worth?
Yasmina Reza’s Tony Award-winning, 1994 play “Art” asks its audience how much it would pay for a white-on-white painted canvas as a finished work of art. But it also asks its characters how much their friendship is worth.
And Long Beach’s International City Theatre (ICT) begins its 36th season with this question: How much would you pay to watch a virtual production of “Art”? With theaters still unable to host patrons because of COVID-19 restrictions, the theater company pivoted, moving its choice for a season ender to the opening and presenting it as a streamable broadcast. Starting Feb. 18, theater and art enthusiasts can watch the show on demand for $30 per household.
Familiar faces to the ICT, Brent Schindele, Michael Uribes and Brian Stanton star as the chums in the caryn desai-directed production of playwright/screenwriter Christopher Hampton’s translation of Reza’s play. Serge (Schindele) purchases the canvas for €200,000, setting off a confrontation between himself and Marc (Uribes) that puts Yvan (Stanton) in the middle.
The virtual performance is available via www.InternationalCityTheatre.org every Thursday-Sunday until March 7.
Technology Classes by Miryam
Miryam Fernandez’s technology classes are held every other Tuesday at 2 p.m. Topics change each session, all of which are closed captioned. For an invitation, email Fernandez at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need help setting up a microphone and/or video or have other connectivity issues, call Bonnie Cooper at (562) 822-6358 before class begins. Registration is required at least 24 hours prior.
Feb. 16: How to Clean Up Your Gmail Inbox
March 2: Beginning Zoom and Closed Captions
March 16: Basic Privacy and Security on the Internet
March 30: Facebook (Continued)
Remembering the good old days
Hui O Hula remembers the good old days. This photo above was taken 10 Valentine’s Days ago, in 2011, with the dancers wishing LW the sweetest, happiest day. Now, in 2021, LW’s hula dancers practice in masks 6 feet apart from one another. Even in these challenging times, staying active and having fun are vital to everyone’s health and well-being. Hui O Hula is grateful to be active and safe here in LW. Anyone who wants to dance along is welcome. This week, Hui O Hula dancers—both new and old-timers—wish their fellow LWers a Happy Lunar New Year (the year of the ox begins Friday, Feb. 12) and Valentine’s Day. Call (562) 431-2242 or email Jojo@HuiOHula.com for class and performance schedules.
As the GRF Board approved the reopening of Veterans Plaza and Mission Park on Jan. 26, the Joyful Line Dance Club will resume its weekly classes at Veterans Plaza. All shareholders are welcome to join the group, led by Jojo Weingart, on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. (except on the fourth Wednesday of the month, when class starts at 3 p.m.). Everyone must wear face masks and employ social distancing during the session. For more information, call Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.
The topic will be “Show and Tell” when the Leisure World Coin Club meets at 1:30 p.m. on Feb. 17 at the greenbelt adjacent to Unit 103-L in Mutual 5. There will be no auctions, but the bourse will be open. Attendees are to follow COVID precautions such as masks and social distancing.
Learn about the concept of feng shui. “Let’s Put Our Affairs in Order and Organize!” will concentrate on the art of placement and how it may change lives. New and previous members, as well as any curious shareholders, are welcome to join. Email email@example.com to be placed on a mailing list for future workshops, as well as updates to the club’s calendar of activities, Zoom meetings and HomeWorks.
Bill and Ann Frambach of Mutual 12 remember their courtship in 1949 at UCLA in the Leisure World Theater Club’s new production, “A Valentine Card to Leisure World.” Presented in association with Janice Laine Productions, this short film explores the many aspects of love in LW—from long-married couples to newlyweds, from a grandmother and a grandson to beloved pets. It’s viewable on Superwire 1390, Spectrum Channel 3 or online at Janice Laine YouTube.
Golf League Results
Jan. 25 was a rainout, but it was a very bright but cool morning on Feb. 1, when 13 men of the Monday Golf League met at the par-70, 5,800-yard Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. With the overflowing Santa Ana River running down the middle of the course, conditions were not conducive to good scores. Five of the overall scores were at or under par, and only three birdies were posted.
All scores are net (actual score minus handicap). A Flight handicaps range from 0-20; B flight is higher than 20.
A Flight Winners: First place: Jim Goltra, with a sensational 10 under and a birdie; second: Gary Stivers, 3 under 67; third: Dave LaCascia, even par 70, plus fewest putts and closest to the pin on the 100-yard, over-water, par-3 ninth hole; fourth: Sam Choi, plus a birdie; fifth: Fujio Norihiro, plus a birdie; sixth: Larry Hillhouse, plus closest to the pin on the 150-yard, all-downhill, par-3 second hole.
B Flight Winners: First place: Tom Ross, an outstanding 9 under 61; second: Marv Ballard, 2 under 68; third: Bob Munn, even par 70; fourth: tie between Bill Zurn and John Meyer at 2 over 72; fifth: Gene Vesely. Ballard, Munn and Vesely tied for fewest outs.
After not playing on Jan. 29 because of a major rainstorm, 10 men and two women of the Friday League teed off at David L. Baker Executive Golf Club in Fountain Valley on Feb. 5. The golfers were greeted with ground fog and dampness on the par-62, 4,000-yard course. Such conditions led to only five rounds at or under par and surrendered only two birdies. The fairways and greens are in excellent condition for this time of year.
A Flight Winners: First place: Hillhouse, a superb 7 under par 55; second: LaCascia, an excellent 5 under 57; third: Choi, 2 under 60; fourth: Stivers, even par 62; fifth: Norihiro, 2 over 62; sixth: Bill McKusky; seventh: Glenn Barry. Hillhouse had a birdie, fewest putts and was closest to the pin on the 120-yard, par-3 15th hole. Norihiro was closest to the pin on the 100-yard, all-over-water, par-3 third hole. Choi also had a birdie.
B Flight Winners: First place: Liz Meripol, a nice even par 62; second: tie between Meyer and Ross, 1 over 63; third: Munn, 2 over 64; fourth: Keiko Sekino, plus fewest putts.
Both the Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World, starting between 7-7:30 a.m., except holidays. The courses are David L. Baker in Fountain Valley, Meadowlark in Huntington Beach, Riverview in Santa Ana, and Willowick in Garden Grove. In general, masks are required at the pro shops, but optional while waiting to tee off. No masks are required on the putting greens, driving range or the course itself. Golfers are respectful of one other’s personal space, social distancing is observed, and there is no contact with others’ equipment. Golf carts are single person only unless riders are from the same household.
LW Men’s Club membership is not required, and friends, ladies, spouses and family are all welcome to play and/or join. There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Prizes are awarded for low gross in each flight, birdies, closest to the pin on two par-3s, and lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-One and eagles, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact McKusky (562) 430-8618 or LaCascia (801) 674-5975.
Handicaps can be determined using local course handicap numbers and adjusted for the longer, more difficult courses outside Leisure World. Contact LaCascia for more information.
Bernie at the Seal Beach pier
Marilyn Moody of Mutual 17 sent in this image of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders relaxing at the Seal Beach Pier that she found on the Internet. Send your favorite memes, plus a brief description, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Help your community at the upcoming blood drive
By CJ Blomquist
Pandemic or not, there is still a need for blood donations to serve patients in critical need, such as those in surgery or in need of a transfusion. Each quarter, the Health Care Center hosts an American Red Cross blood drive, including one on Friday, Feb. 12, from 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Appointment required. It used to be easy to walk in and donate blood. But now a few extra precautions are necessary to keep you, your neighbors and the Red Cross employees safe. This year, everyone who wants to donate must make an appointment. This not only lets staff limit the number of people in the room at a time, but it also means no one will be kept waiting. You’ll be in, out and on your way quickly!
You can make a donation appointment by calling Lisa Love at the Red Cross at (909) 282-6685. Or you can schedule one via RedCrossBlood.org/RapidPass; you can also fill out your pre-donation paperwork through the website. Enter sponsor code “leisure.”
Standard precautions apply. A face mask or covering is required. This is for everyone’s safety, including yours. Also, the doors to Conference Room 1 will be open, so you won’t need to walk through the entire clinic.
Antibody testing. The Red Cross will now be testing each donor’s blood to see if it has antibodies to COVID-19. Not everyone with the virus has symptoms, so antibody testing an important new feature of the blood drive. If your donation is negative for antibodies, it can be used for patients in need. There is no cost to you for the testing, and the Red Cross will send you the test results through its online portal.
And remember: The Red Cross looks forward to seeing you next on Oct. 16.
Will Medicare pay for nursing-home care?
By Sandra Teel
Steel Medicare Insurance Agency
There are limited circumstances when Medicare will pay for nursing-home care. If you have been admitted to the hospital for at least three days, after hospitalization, Medicare will cover 100 percent of care at a skilled nursing facility for the first 20 days. Starting on day 21, you would have a coinsurance of up to $185.50 per day until day 101.
Many Medicare Advantage plans and Supplemental plans help to cover at least a portion of the coinsurance. Many will also help to pay for limited in-home, intermittent nursing services and or physical/occupational therapy. Some even offer home-delivered meals after hospitalization. It’s important to know what Medicare Advantage and the Supplemental plans offer so you can make the right choice.
But Medicare does not pay for “custodial care,” which is considered long-term support for daily activities of living such as bathing, dressing, food shopping, housekeeping, etc. Custodial care can be at home or in a long-term assisted-living facility.
If you or a loved one needs long-term care, you’re on your own financially. If you are facing long-term care needs, you can contact Social Security to see if you qualify for financial assistance such as Medicaid. You can also look into qualifying for a private, long-term-care insurance policy.
The General Enrollment Period for Medicare runs Jan. 1-March 31. During this time, people can enroll in Medicare Parts A and B for coverage that will begin July 1.
Sandra Teel is a licensed independent broker who can be contacted via www.steelmedicareins.com or by calling (657) 204-4224.
Leisure World Walking Trails Brochure Available
Regular brisk walking can help people maintain a healthy weight; prevent or manage various conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes; strengthen bones and muscles; and improve mood, balance and coordination. The Recreation Department has a Leisure World Walking Trails brochure featuring seven measured trails throughout the community. Stop by the Downtown Café and pick one up. For more information, contact email@example.com.
Meals on Wheels, Long Beach
Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 2, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice.
Thursday, Feb. 11: Spaghetti and meatballs with marinara sauce, whole-grain roll, and seasoned broccoli; maple baked pears; ham, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus marinated beet salad.
Friday, Feb. 12: Chicken enchilada casserole with red sauce, pinto beans and seasoned cauliflower; sugar cookies; entrée Caesar chicken salad with romaine lettuce, shredded cheese, croutons and Caesar dressing, plus crackers.
Monday, Feb. 15: Closed for Presidents’ Day—no delivery.
Tuesday, Feb. 16: Turkey à la king, biscuit and green beans with pimentos; yogurt with berries; egg-salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, plus Italian pasta salad.
Wednesday, Feb. 17: Polish sausage with sauted onions and red bell peppers, baked beans, and broccoli and cauliflower; baked apple with granola; ham-and-cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus carrot-and-raisin salad.
Balance & Stability Class
A Landmark Balance & Stability class is offered on Saturdays, 11 a.m., on Zoom. Instructor Adrianne Rosenfeld teaches the free, 40-minute class that focuses on balance, shifting weight and cognizant activities. It broadcasts at around 4:20-4:40 p.m. every day on the Spectrum Cable Channel 1390 and is available on youtube.com.
Join the Zoom meeting by visiting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84982522530; the meeting ID is 849 8252 2530, and the password is practice.
Rosenfeld is certified in Zumba, Zumba Gold, Silver Sneakers, and Balance & Stability. She also has certification from the Fitness Aging Institute and an ACE Group exercise certificate. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 07/01/21
Delivered to your door.
Sandy Vander Woudefikse.
(562) 618-8731. 03/04/21
LW Resident. (562) 419-3557
Gifts for Valentine’s Day
Business License #WEL0015. 02/25
Wanted female companion – Christian, warm and tender-hearted, affectionate, conservative, well-educated. Loves Tony Bennett & Frand Sinatra. Good conversationalist. Fine sense of humor. Please call 562-370-5656. 02/18
Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071.
OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC.
(562) 596-7757. 03/31/22
JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License #JRH0001. 07/08/2021
Specializing in remodeling, Additions, Reconstruction, Window replacement and more! Call for a free estimate.
License #954725. 04/22/21
LW DECOR INC – LIC 723262
Install doors, new windows, recessed lights, fans, light fixtures. Cabinet refacing & refinishing, paint exterior window frames, ceilings made smooth, closets redone, misc. repairs. Kitchen/bathroom remodeling.
40+ yrs in LW.
LW DECOR INC
FRANK’S GARDENING SERVICE
Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutual’s. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.
BATHTUB & SHOWER REFINISHING
We refinish your TUB/SHOWER to look brand new.
Convert to a WALK-IN SHOWER and/or raise seat.
Nu Kote 562-833-3911
Serving LW since 1999. 03/04/20
Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.
CA State License #675336. 04/22
Affordable – Professional,
Licensed and Insured.
Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing,
cabinets. Senior discounts.
Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931.
License #1049257. 04/01
Lic 723262. 40+ yrs in LW. Interiors, cabinets, exterior window frames, kitchen, bath, doors, trim, primered only premium paints. Ceilings made smooth, crown moulding & baseboards installed.
LW Decor Inc.
LW DECOR INC.
40+ yrs in LW. Vinyl plank, laminate, tile indoor and outdoor patio carpet. License 723262.
CARPET & UPHOLSTERY
CLEANING & REPAIR
All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988.
Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841.
State Contractors Lic. #578194.04/15
CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE.
Licensed and insured.
Dan (562) 841-3787.
Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 03/11
WANT CLEAN WINDOWS?
I Clean Inside & Outside Or…
Clean Outside Only and Save $$$.
(562) 600-0014. LW Resident,
Rich Livitsky. Seal Beach
Business License #LIV0004. 12/03
LEISURE WORLD DECORATORS
Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes.
Helping Leisure World
Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm, (562) 596-9906.
GOLF CART CLUB
Offers FREE advice on buying and selling of your golf cart.
Also batteries. 562-431-6859.
CHRISTIAN HOME CARE
Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License #BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 06/10/21
MOST AFFORDABLE RATE affordable rates with optimum service, 23 years experience LW, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24 hour, part time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English. Ann 714-624-1911, Heidi 562-277-3650. Seal Beach License #HYC0001. 07/01
Caregiver/live-in, 10+ years. Companionship, shopping/food prep., aid & bathing/dressing. Medication reminder, transportation needs. Registered w/the state. Lind 949-402-2319. License #7517105068. 02/11
Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License #CAM0006. 03/25
Blue Horizon Private Home Care and Assisted Living. A trusted team of experienced homecare providers. Here at Blue Horizon we provide COVID Care, which includes picking up prescriptions, dropping clothes off at the cleaners, housekeeping and grocery shopping. Also we help with special needs, disability injury, assistance medication management and escorting to appointments. We have an affordable hourly rate, or flat fee rate for 24-Hour care. Contact us today at 323-548-0708 to provide the personal care that’s needed to fit your needs. License #BU22020391. 02/11
Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References. Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 03/25
Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Liensed by the state.
Gloria 949-371-7425. 04/15
Looking for a caregiver for independent, 81 yr.old female.
4 hours per day. Easy to care for. Call Gary 949-532-8850. 02/11
Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One customer, one hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men & women, shampoo, set, color, highlights, perm, nails & toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Blvd, #116. (714) 425-4198. 02/25/20
In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 02/11
Stylish haircut at home. Countless clients w/referrals.
Gabriel 562-708-3170. License #B50551. 02/18
Yvonne from Phenix Salon is coming to your home for perms, color & cut. 714-855-8465. License K336138. 02/18
CALL PHIL AT
Over 30 years Experience!
Seal Beach Business
License #AB0001. 03/04
GRACIAN’S HOUSECLEANING & WINDOWS.
Windows 10% off first cleaning
Excellent referrals in LW
20 years experience.
Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 03/11
Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal Beach License LUC0001. 04/15
MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE
We make your home sparkle! 7 days-call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001A. Call 562-505-1613. 04/22
General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 04/15
Maria House Cleaning
We’ll make your house look as
nice as possible! 15 years of
experience, We can work with your
schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly.
Call or text 714-496-2885.
Bus. Lic #HER0008. 04/15
ELLY’S HOUSECLEANING SERVICES
We do the work – you relax & take it easy. You get the best job in town at rates you can afford. 20 years of experience working in Leisure World. 714-476-2100. 04/29
Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device.
Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.
License #CIP0001 05/20/21
John’s Computer Services
Virus removal, Repair, Training,
Software, Wireless, Internet
Security. LW Resident
SB License FUH0001. 04/15
ANY KIND OF CAR
Cars, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly!We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 06/03
Cars. Trucks. Vans. SUVs.
Text or Call
Polite & Generous.
Very Fair Pricing.
OC Since 1987. 04/01
Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale
Golf Cars BUY SELL TRADE and REPAIRS. Call: 714-292-9124. 05/13/21
Jazzy scooter. Runs great. New battery. Cost $3,500 new. Sacrifice for $800. 562-296-8088. 02/11
Pride Go-Go Elite Traveler electric scooter. 4-wheel, low mileage, perfect condition. $800. 562-243-4873. 02/11
Need a lift? Pam Miller.
LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 02/18
Rides by Russ with a personal touch.
Airports, doctors, shopping and errands. 714-655-1544. 02/18
A PERSONAL DRIVER IS
WITHIN YOUR REACH
Trustworthy transportation for
airport travelers, medical patients
Covid safety, limted scheduling.
Call Jim 562-537-1298. 02/11
Trailers FOR SALE
ELECTRIC CAR PADS
Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462.
2008 Ford Focus, 4-dr, auto, 4-cylinder, SE model, very clean, 105,000 miles, new tires, smog. $4,800.
MOVING, HAULING &
J&D HAUL AWAY AND CLEAN-UP SERVICE
No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License
BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 03/11
A FRIEND AND A TRUCK
Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 03/11
Wanted someone with a 3D printer or knows someone who has one. email@example.com 02/11
Looking to rent carport 7, Mutual 15 preferred. 562-509-5887. 02/25
MISCELLANEOUS FOR SALE
VX-Power Slimplate $225, almost new. Artist Loft wood easel, brand new $65. 949-735-6811. 02/11
Grey trundle bed, new, M/O. Cubii seated trainer, M/O. Toilet seat booster. 513-490-6250. 02/11
For sale: Like new: leather sofa, glass coffee table, side chair, twin bed w/stand, queen comforter w/shams & matching lamp, antique round table, rolling suitcase, paino bench, vanity bench, microwave, plant table, 2 end tables; call 562-341-0167 for appointment. 02/11
Patio sale – Mutual 12, 78B. Thursday & Friday, Feb. 11th & 12th. 5’x7’ wool rug tan & green, excellent condition $50, lots of appliances, luggage, lots more stuff.
CEMETERY PLOTS FOR SALE
For sale – 2 cemetery plots in Costa Mesa at Temple Beth Emet.
Metal day bed & trundle frame. No mattresses. Free. 562-446-0282. Please leave message. 02/18
Free doll making supplies. Including 20 wigs, 3 stands & miscellaneous. 714-856-8450. 02/11