LWW Trans/Vie 12-05-19

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LWers support Send a Marine home fund

All it takes is one die-hard patriot leader and the enduring commitment of fellow supporters to make miracles happen in the lives of Marine Special Forces troops stationed at Camp Pendleton. 

As of Christmas 2019, more than 1,100 Marines have been given free airfare home for the holidays, thanks to the efforts of Richard Stone, a 2017 recipient of the national Spirit of Hope Award given in recognition of excellent service provided to military personnel. 

Stone, a 23-year resident of Mutual 1 who served in the Marine Corps, works to provide Camp Pendleton Marines with a chance to decompress from extended training and deployments through the Special Forces Home for Christmas Fund. He was instrumental in founding the grassroots charity, and he has served at its helm since 2003.  

The U.S. military is now deployed in more than 150 countries around the world, with approximately 170,000 of its active-duty personnel serving outside the U.S. and its territories. These men and women are defending U.S. interests, and nearly 20 percent are on their fourth deployment or more, according to the U.S. Department of Defense.

Absence from home is the No. 1 concern of military personnel and their families, according to a 2019 survey fielded by Blue Star Families and Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families (IVMF). 

GRF Board members Susan Hopewell, Ronde Winkler, Paula Snowden and Paul Pratt are joined by Mutual 1 resident and longtime supporter Kathy Almeida among other LWers in addressing that concern through their participation in the Special Forces Home for Christmas Fund.

On Nov. 26, Stone acknowledged the commitment of his fellow LW residents at the GRF Board meeting. There he presented Hopewell, Winkler, Pratt and Snowden with pins commemorating their support in the home-going of more than 1,000 Special Ops Marines since 2004. That’s when the “Home for Christmas” fund started with a tiny group of Bahia Corinthian Yacht Club (BCYC) members, led by Stone. They decided to pool their money and buy a plane ticket to send a Camp Pendleton Marine home to Ohio for Christmas.

That one small seed has yielded a bountiful harvest.

The Special Forces Home for Christmas Fund officially started at the BCYC in Newport Beach, but its influence has rippled into Leisure World via the support of a few good men and women.

“I love my country,” said Paul Pratt, the GRF Board member representing Mutual 2. “These people run toward the bullets. They do what I can’t do so we can hold meetings and criticize and laugh and be with our families on Christmas.”

Susan Hopewell, vice president of the GRF Board from Mutual 6, is another longtime contributor: “My father was a World War II Marine. My family has always had service personnel so I’m happy to support any organization that supports our troops.”

GRF Treasurer Ronde Winkler from Mutual 10 agreed: “I really have sympathy for people fighting for our country and I want them to be home with their families for Christmas.”

Snowden donates because her family is thousands of miles away, and she understands how special it is to see them at the holidays.

“It is an honor having the opportunity to contribute to the Special Forces Home for Christmas Fund,” said Almeida. “I know how much time and effort Mr. Stone gives to helping these Marines, and I wanted to be a part of it.”

In recognition of this excellent standard of support, the U.S. Department of Defense bestowed the Special Forces Home for Christmas Fund with the prestigious Spirit of Hope award in 2017. The award was named after Bob Hope, who spent a lifetime entertaining troops, conducting his final USO tour in the Middle East in 1990.

Stone continues to work year round to send troops home. Last week, plane tickets were booked for about 152 more Christmas homecomings, and he’s already looking ahead to 2020.

“These are professional warriors who are willing to be killed for your rights, and I know we represent 99 percent of the country in our gratitude,” said Stone. For more information or to donate, call Stone at (562) 822-4236.

St. Hedwigs Christmas Dinner

St. Hedwig’s Catholic Church will host its 39th annual Christmas dinner for those without family or who may be alone on Christmas Day. This year’s event, titled Christmas Blessings, will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 25, at St. Hedwig’s Quinn Hall. Limited transportation is provided from Leisure World, Seal Beach, and nearby locations.

Every year, members of the parish provide a free holiday meal to over 200 people. Guests are warmly greeted by volunteers, entertained with live holiday music and sing carols. Delicious hand-carved turkey, ham, mashed potatoes, dessert and beverages are enjoyed by all.

There is no charge for dinner or transportation; however, reservations are required. Interested guests should contact Josephine Glaubensklee by phone or text at (562) 387-3057 to confirm. 

Due to popular demand, walk-in guests cannot be accommodated.

Pool demolition uncovers subsurface damage

The first residents of Leisure World started moving in June 6, 1962, and the original 6,608 units sold out by 1964. Leisure World, Seal Beach, opened with a swimming and hot pool facility, among other amenties built on the community’s 541 acres.

For the last five-plus decades, the Leisure World pool complex has been heavily used, with an average of 124 people per day taking dips. 

A much-needed facelift began last month after the GRF Board approved a $750,000 renovation of the pool facility at its Aug. 27 meeting.

The board appropriation was expected to cover an approved scope of work based on existing visual conditions.

As construction crews dug beneath the surface, they uncovered deteriorated gas lines, electrical wires in corroded conduits, degraded sewer lines, misaligned plumbing pipes, rotted wall studs in locker rooms, and severe cracks in the pool and spa shells. There were no footings under concrete block walls among other defects.

On Nov. 26, Golden Rain Foundation Executive Director Randy Ankeny shared this information with the GRF Board of Directors at its monthly meeting. 

After discussion, the board voted to continue  demolition of the locker rooms, pool and spa to determine the scope of repairs. The board also authorized staff to use available contingency funds within the approved project for a professional consultation. 

A full status report will be given at the January meeting of the GRF Physical Properties Committee, which is directed to review the scope of the approved project against defects uncovered during demolition and provide a recommendation to the GRF Board at its Jan. 28 meeting.

The board also directed staff to hold a general town hall meeting on the project and publish informational articles in LW Weekly to keep the community informed on the status of the project. For more information, a copy of the GRF Pool Project PowerPoint can be found at lwsb.com. 

Christmas Tree Lighting is today

The GRF Recreation Department will host the fifth annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. today, Dec. 5, at Veterans Plaza. This event was rescheduled due to expected rain.

Santa will be there with his elves (courtesy of the LW Theater Club), who will be collecting unwrapped toys for the annual Toys for Tots event on Dec. 13.

The Health Care Center will have cookies and hot cider, courtesy of OptumCare. Special guests will be the Korean American Chorale, who will entertain with a selection of Christmas carols. The KAC impressed over 800 people at the Amphitheater this summer with its talent and professionalism. 

GRF members, their families, and friends will be invited sing-along to certain songs. 

 Residents are invited to come and kick off the holiday season at Veterans Plaza. Bring a friend, grandchild or two and your neighbors.

Bathroom Grant Available

Leisure World residents who have taken advantage of the Seal Beach Bathroom Improvement Grant are not only satisfied with jobs well done, they are safer. 

The free bathroom improvements make it easier for people to get in and out of tub/showers. In fact, over 1,000 residents have already made similar improvements utilizing federal grant funds—no charge to the resident. Currently, there are funds to do 50 more and the city is requesting applications. 

The program is made through a possible grant from HUD, Orange County and Seal Beach. The OC Housing and Community Development Department allocates the federal grants from HUD every year to assist seniors in Leisure World Seal Beach. Specifically, the funds are used to cut the wall of the existing fiberglass tubs to a few inches. The tubs are refinished to look like new, and a new glass shower door enclosure is installed. The process converts the tub/shower combination into a shower only. The improvement eliminates the need for people to lift one leg up and over the tub wall, which is especially precarious when standing barefoot on a wet surface. 

Toilets can be replaced with high-boy models.  

The City of Seal Beach selects approved contractors to perform the work.

To qualify, applicants must be over 55 years of age and have a gross annual household income less than or equal to the Orange County levels as follows: One person, $66,500; two people, $76,000; and three people, $85,500.

A licensed medical doctor must complete the Doctor’s Analysis Form rating the physical condition of the applicant with respect to mobility problems, pain with movement or trouble with balance. This rating helps prioritize the most needy applicants until the funds are all spent. All information is kept confidential.

Applications and doctors forms are available online at sealbeachca.gov or people  can call  CivicStone at (909) 364-9000 to have one mailed.

CivicStone was hired by the City of Seal Beach 10 years ago to administer the city’s Bathroom Accessibility Program.

GAF Hospitality Center open at Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving morning was stormy and wet, but the Golden Age Foundation Hospitality Room was open with hot coffee and treats for a cozy and fun holiday celebration.

Diana Neal brought delicious homemade brownies, and Carl Kennedy brought pumpkin pies paid for by the GAF.  

LWer Ruby Johnson entertained with a few songs, including “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the national anthem of the United States. Everyone joined in singing the patriotic song, which is  based on a poem written in 1814 by a 35-year-old lawyer named Francis Scott Key. He was inspired to write the poem after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships in Baltimore Harbor in the War of 1812. 

Ruby swung her red, white and blue umbrella to the rhythm as everyone sang along. 

Hui O Hula dancer Carla Watson came all the way from Seal Beach just to play the piano for the group.  She was amazing and has always been willing to play anytime anywhere for her LW friends.

Jojo Weingart kicked off the Christmas season with “Twelve Days of Christmas” hula. Participants had a good laugh when Carl ran around as a French hen (third day), Martha Goossens tried to milk a cow (eighth day) and her husband, Bernie, tried to be a dancer (ninth day).

The GAF Hospitality Center in Clubhouse 6 is always open on holidays that fall on the weekdays. There is never a reason to spend them along. All are welcome to come out and celebrate with friends and neighbors.

Help stuff the Toys for Tots bus Dec. 13

On Dec. 13, the Golden Rain Foundation will host a Toys for Tots give-a-thon featuring Santa, the Elm Street Band and a visit from the U.S. Marines, who will be there to accept LW donations. For admission, residents need to bring one unwrapped toy per person to the benefit.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with live entertainment starting at 7 at Clubhouse 4. 

Complimentary cookies and hot beverages will be handed out by Santa and his elves. The Elm Street Band will perform. Roger Douglass on guitar and vocals fronts the band, which includes Roland Misajon on keyboards, John Navratil on drums and vocals, and Bob Hirschhorn, on bass and vocals.

U.S. Marines will help stuff the Minibus bus with toys and games  for under-privileged youth. 

Toys for Tots donation bins also have been placed at all LW entrance gates, in clubhouses and at Administration. 

“To make donating even easier, you don’t have to get out of your car,” said GRF Security Services Director Victor Rocha, this year’s Toys for Tots ambassador. “Just give your new, unwrapped toy to the security officer on duty (at entrance gates), and we will do the rest.” 

The Marine Corps’ 71st Toys for Tots campaign continues until  late December. Leisure World typically ranks in the top two contributors of toys collected in Orange County (vying with Farmers and Merchants Bank for the No. 1 spot).  

Toys will be collected until Dec. 20 in Leisure World.

Toys for Tots will not distribute realistic toy weapons, stuffed animals and food gifts. In addition to toys for young children, gifts are needed for preteens. 

Suggestions include sporting equipment, books, backpacks, cosmetics, purses, watches, wallets, bath gift sets, board games, remote control vehicles, hand-held electronics, curling irons, hair dryers and skateboards.

Golf Course opening delayed

Due to the heavy rain, the scheduled Dec. 2 opening of the recently renovated Leisure World Golf Course has changed. 

The course is now tentatively scheduled to open Monday, Dec. 16 (weather permitting).

CERT has fire extinguisher training

The Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) spent a recent afternoon learning how to operate fire extinguishers as part of its ongoing emergency training. 

During, and immediately following, a severe emergency, professional firefighters may be immediately unavailable.

Sixty-five people turned out with their portable fire extinguishers, some of which date back to 1970. 

Fire Master, a fire protection company located at 12728 Shoemaker Ave. in Santa Fe Springs,  sent fire suppression technician Alex Medina to train CERT members and inspect extinguishers.

Portable fire extinguishers are invaluable for putting out small fires. A well-prepared home will have at least two portable fire extinguishers of the appropriate type for the location. 

—Phil Mandeville

Abilene will perform New Year’s Eve

Abilene will ring in the new year with its annual boot-scootin’ dance at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 31, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 8:30. Reserving tables is prohibited, and a full house is expected.

Abilene is fronted by Terry Otte, whose talent covers everything from Elvis to Willie Nelson and beyond. Sharing center stage on lead vocals is the dynamic Tina Schaffer singing the songs of country legend Patsy Cline to Linda Ronstadt and Shania Twain. 

Rounding out the band is guitarist Rod Anderson, bassist Mike Simpson and Jim Greer on drums. Check out Abilene and see why they are Leisure World’s No. 1 country rock band going strong for over 15 years.

Abilene is co-sponsored by GRF as one of its most popular weekend bands and performs every fourth Saturday in Clubhouse 2, except in October and December when their holiday dances replace those dances.

Celebrate the new year with friends and family.  Guests must be accompanied by a GRF member. Be sure to sign in, either as a resident or guest, in the proper spot.  This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of bands.

LW Dinner Service

Finbars Italian Kitchen will be on hiatus from Leisure World’s Monday Night dinner service in Clubhouse 1 for December and January.

Hometown Buffet will serve an all-you-can-eat buffet on Dec. 23. The $11 price is all inclusive. Dining starts at 4:30 p.m. It accepts checks, cash and credit cards.

Hometown Buffet also has a twice-a month “Sunday More Lunch than Brunch” buffet served with an omelet bar, $11 (no take-out). The next service is on Dec. 8 in Clubhouse 1 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. This is a time change.

Minibus and ACCESS service are available. For further information on the bus schedule, call 431-6586, ext. 372 or 379. For more information, contact events@lwsb.com or 431-6586, ext. 326 (see menu on page 26).

AAUW Luncheon is Dec. 7

Members of American Association of University Women (AAUW) will celebrate the season on Saturday, Dec. 7,  with its traditional Wassail, festive food and fun with fellow members, family and friends at the home of member Charlotte Joseph from 10 a.m.-noon. 

The tradition of wassailing is the practice of people going door-to-door, singing and offering a drink from the wassail bowl in exchange for gifts; this practice still exists, but has largely been displaced by caroling.

 AAUW Membership is open to those with an AA degree or higher. AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy and research. 

To learn more about membership in AAUW, go to www.aauw-longbeach.org.

GoGo Grandparents

GoGoGrandparent is a transportation company that allows older adults to utilize on demand transportation companies like Lyft while keeping family and loved ones notified. 

The service is like Lyft and can be accessed and monitored without a smartphone. 

Just visit the website GoGoGrandparent.com and call  (855) 464-6872. 

Listen for “thanks for calling GoGoGrandparent.” 

Then press 1 for a car to your home; press 2 for a car to where the company dropped you off last or press 3, 4, or 5 for a car to a custom pick-up location  (people need to register to set these destinations up in advance). 

Press 6 to order a ride with an operator; or press 0 to speak with an operator about anything else. 

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Community Karaoke

“We Gather Together,” sung by Ellen Brannigan, was a good selection for Thanksgiving Eve. Thirty people took the karaoke stage to entertain the audience. Tony Tupas sounded great with a doo wop number called “You Send Me,” and Amy Walker did fine with “Dancing Cheek to Cheek.” With their fine strong voices, Byong Choi did “If You Love Me” and David Noble did “My Happiness.” Vito Villamor got dancers going with “Let Me Be There,” and Erika Greenwood had fun with “Stand by Your Man.” 

Other enjoyable pop tunes were from Sue Piippo, Diane Wasserman and Shannon Harrison. A group sang “Amazing Grace” in honor of a favorite karaoke member, Audrey McKenzie.

Community Karaoke starts at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays  in Clubhouse 1. Christmas carols will be popular during the next few weeks. There is a big selection in the white artist song books under the heading “Christmas.” Everyone is welcome. 

Community Sing

The Monday Night Community Sing meets at 6:30 p.m. in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 on Dec. 9. People who want to participate in the first half hour of Opening Acts are encouraged to come at 6 to sign in with leader Carmen Edwards; bring music for the pianist, as needed. 

Carmen’s half-time guests will be the delightful and colorful Hui O Hula dancers.

The Recreation Department has requested that people wait until 6 before entering the lobby.    

On Dec. 16, the club will host treat night.  Betty Ballen will play for the group singers using the All-Christmas song book.  

Everyone is welcome to bring food in disposable containers and serving utensils with names attached for easy returns. There will be no half-time guest on this night to allow time after group singing for everyone to enjoy the food and visit.   

The Sing will be dark starting Dec. 23 and will resume on Jan. 13.

Mini Farm Holiday Luncheon

The Mini Farm Club will host a holiday party and meeting on Dec. 10 in Clubhouse 4 from 5:30-9 p.m. The club will provide turkey breast, roast beef, cheeses, mashed potatoes, gravy and dinner rolls. Members are asked to bring sides and/or a dessert and a beverage. Members cost $3; guests, $5. To get tickets, call Tom Dowd, 594-7549; Lynn Baidack, 296-5342; or Rod LaPlant, 715-8735.

LW Orchestra

The LW Orchestra will present a Christmas concert on Thursday, Dec. 12, in Cluhouse 4 at 6 p.m. Admission is free, and there will be treats after the concert.

The concert will feature  carols, Hanukkah music, traditional seasonal music and hymns played by a full orchestra. 

There will be fugues, marches, and classics all in the harmony of the season.

Genealogy Club

The Genealogy Club offers themed workshops on Thursdays from 1:30-2:30 p.m. in the Genealogy Library in Clubhouse 3, Room 10.

Everyone is welcome to attend workshops or visit the library to see what the club has to offer. 

The library is open Monday-Thursday from 1-4 p.m. except holidays.

The workshop schedule is:

•Dec. 12 – Must Do Genealogy Projects for December

•Dec. 19 – Photographs and the Holidays/Family Photo Sleuthing

•Dec. 26 – No workshop, library is closed.  

The workshops are free. 

GRF Movie

“The Bishop’s Wife,” not rated, will be shown Sunday, Dec. 8, in Clubhouse 4 at 2 p.m. 

Heavenly bells are ringing, jubilant choirs are singing, and Christmas joy is blanketing the world like freshly fallen snow. 

But the Yuletide spirit has yet to warm Bishop Henry Brougham’s Victorian home. 

Struggling to raise funds for a new cathedral, the preoccupied young clergyman has neglected his loving wife, Julia, and now only divine intervention can save their marriage.

LW Chorale Performance

The Leisure World Chorale will have a Christmas concert on Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon in Clubhouse 4. The Chorale will sing the joyous songs of Christmas and Hanukkah. There will be gifts,  surprises and a warm free meal.  

Many Christmas favorites will be sung, including the “Twelve Days of Christmas,” “Frosty the Snowman,” “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” and the lovely “Sabbath Prayer.” 

So put on a Christmas sweater and come dressed to enjoy this joyous holiday music and free food.

Friendship Computer Club

The Friendship Club offers free computer classes taught by Jeff Sacks and Miryam Fernandez. The club meets on the first, second and fourth Mondays in Clubhouse 3, Room 4; and on the third Monday, in Clubhouse 6, Room B. The schedule is as follows:

Monday, Dec. 9, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.—Chromebook (Sacks)

Noon—Email (Fernandez)

Monday, Dec. 16, Clubhouse 6, Room B

11 a.m.—Prepare for CA DMV Test

(Includes information about REAL ID, Sacks)

Noon—Windows 7, 10 (Sacks)

Monday, Dec. 23: No class

On Tuesday, Dec. 24, there will be a Celebration of Life potluck for Craig Inglis from 1-3:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. To arrange what to bring and RSVP, call Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122. RSVP deadline is Dec. 20.

LW Dance Classes and Clubs

The following is a partial list of dance classes and clubs available in Leisure World:

•Ballet Fitness: A one-hour class is held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 6, second floor; no experience required. 

•Dancing Feet Club: Ballroom and line dancing are held in Clubhouse 2 on the fourth Sunday of the month from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Doors open at 6. Admission is free. Guests may bring drinks and snacks. The club holds free line dance lessons and practices in Clubhouse 6 on Thursdays from 7-9 p.m., and on the first, third and fifth Sundays from 4:30-6 p.m. For more information, call Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223. 

•Dance Fitness: Move to energetic music and dance steps to improve balance and increase strength and stamina. Classes, $3, are held upstairs in Clubhouse 6 on Mondays at 5:30 p.m., Wednesdays at 5 p.m. and Thursdays at 8:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jim Blanchard at (714) 487-2446.

•Flowering Step Line Dance: Free classes are held at 10 a.m. on Mondays in Clubhouse 2 and the third Monday at 9:30 in Clubhouse 3. Young-ah Koh is the instructor. For more information, call 296-8068.

•Fun Exercise Line Dance Club: Intermediate line dance meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C; membership, $10 a year. For information, call Suzanne Ahn, 810-1614.

•Grapevine Line Dance: Free line dance classes Thursdays from 2-5 p.m. at Clubhouse 6, upstairs Room C; 2-3 p.m., advanced; 3-4 p.m., newcomer/beginner; 4-5 p.m., intermediate; 10-minute break between classes. For more information, inquire directly in class or email grapevinelinedance@gmail.com.

•Hui O Hula: Beginners meet on Mondays from 10-11:15 a.m., upstairs in Clubhouse 6, followed by an intermediate and advanced class. The Tuesday class starts at 1:15 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. All levels are welcome. For more information, call 252-9676 or email jojo@huiohula.com.

•Joyful Line Dance Club: Beginning and intermediate easy-to-follow line dance classes are from 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3; $2 per 90-minute class; Justin Manalad is the instructor. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

•Leisure Time Dancers: West Coast Swing will be taught at 2 p.m. and nightclub two-step at 3 p.m., Monday, in Clubhouse 6. Richard Sharrard is the instructor. Singles and couples are welcome; dancers rotate. Cost is $6 for one hour; $10 for two hours. For more information, call  434-6334.

•Leisure World Cloggers:Advanced and intermediate students meet at 8:30 a.m. and beginners at 10:30 a.m., Wednesdays, on the Amphitheater stage. For more information, call 598-9974.

•Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club: Themed dances and a potluck are held on the first Friday of the month at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Singles and couples are welcome. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at 799-9482. 

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: West Coast swing is taught from 9-10 a.m.; the hustle, from 10-11 a.m., Saturdays, in Clubhouse 1; Candi Davis; instructor; dancers rotate. Sessions are $5.

•Suede Sole Dancers: The group meets at 6 p.m. on Sundays  upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Pat Erickson is the instructor. 

•Zumba Club: Come join the party while dancing and exercising to different rhythms such as salsa, merengue, cha-cha,  hip-hop, Bollywood and jazz. Classes, $3, are held upstairs in Clubhouse 6 at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays, and at 11 a.m. on Saturdays. For more information, contact Mary Romero at 431-0082.

Photo Arts Club

Everyone is welcome to attend the Photo Arts Club holiday party at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

Members should bring a favorite photo to share. There will be no  judging or competition at this meeting.

Whirlers Christmas Party

The Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club will host a Christmas party tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 6, in Clubhouse 4 from 6:30-9:30 p.m.  

Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. with square and round dances  alternated from 7-9, followed by a potluck and socializing.

Singles and couples are welcome. There will be a singles rotation so everyone can dance. Cost is $7 per person. For more information, call Lenore Velky at (562) 799-9482.

New Year’s Eve Party

All are welcome to attend the New Year’s Eve dinner and dance party on Monday, Dec. 31, from 5-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. There will be music, dancing and a buffet dinner. 

Doors open at 5 p.m. for socializing. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. 

Tickets are now on sale. Cost is $12 per person. For more information, call Velky.

Square Dance Class

A graduation party for this year’s square dance students was held Dec. 2 and a good time was had by all. Classes will continue to be held every Monday night from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Come to brush up on   dancing skills or just to have fun. Singles and couples are welcome. There is a singles rotation so everyone can dance. Classes are held at the Garden Grove Women’s Club, 9501 Chapman Ave. in Garden Grove.  For more information, call Mel Branham at (714) 803-0250. 

—Eleanor Thompson 

Rancho Los Alamitos Holiday Open House

Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens will have a free holiday open house on Dec. 11-13 from 4-7 p.m. 

On the afternoon of Thursday, Dec. 12, the Long Beach Camerata Singers will perform prior to the evening tour. The presentation is a specially tailored holiday musical program for families with children ages 3-8 years old with stories about holiday parties and family traditions from the Rancho’s past. 

The fun, interactive children’s concert explores the musical concepts of melody, tempo, dynamics and rhythm, as well as telling stories about family holiday traditions from the last century. Although the program is designed for young children, the whole family will be entertained and enlightened by the Long Beach Camerata Singers who are dedicated to excellence in choral music.

The Thursday afternoon musical program will begin promptly at 3:30 p.m. and will be followed by light refreshments, children’s craft activities in the barnyard, and memorable tours of the decorated Ranch House. Children must be accompanied by an adult and reservations (including a modest reservation fee) are required. More information is available at https://www.rancholosalamitos.org/events/2019_christmas_at_RLA.

During the annual three-night holiday open house, guests will visit the beautifully lit grounds of the ranch during evening hours and tour the authentically decorated ranch house. This year, the theme is A December to Remember featuring festive holiday music and light refreshments served under the brightly trimmed eaves of the barns – a splendid way to get into the holiday spirit. 

The Rancho Museum Gift Store will be open for your shopping pleasure. Tours are free to the public, but parking reservations are required. The Rancho is located at 6400 E. Bixby Hill, Long Beach, CA  90815. (Guests enter at the Bixby Hill residential security gate at Anaheim and Palo Verde.) Call the Rancho at (562) 431-3541 to reserve parking. See https://www.rancholosalamitos.org/events for more information. 

 Rancho Los Alamitos, the “Ranch of the Little Cottonwoods,” is a Long Beach City Landmark and is twice listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The Rancho has a continuous history that stretches back for more than 1,500 years and reflects the many people who have called it home – from the first people, the Tongva-Gabrielino settlers to the European colonists to the American ranchers and farmers of the 19th and 20th centuries. The site includes four acres of nationally significant historic gardens, a ranch house (1790-1933), and restored barnyard of the early 20th century working ranch.

Theater Club

The Theater Club, under the video direction of Janice Laine Productions, will host an original film “No Snow!” at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 5 in Veterans Plaza. Show times are at 3:30 p.m. and right after the tree lighting event.

This Christmas adventure shares what happens when a calendar mishap causes “No Snow!” all over the world. Mr. Grinch, who’s heart grew and grew last year, will take his dog, Max, for a trip half way round the world to try and solve the problem.

Santa’s elves will also be on hand in their workshop working and singing themselves threw the crisis.  This is a fun wholesome movie perfect for the whole family.


‘Secret Sister’ is holiday scam

by Cathie Merz


A “new” game, “Secret Sister,” is taking over social media. But “Secret Sister” is just a new version of an age-old scam. 

 The “Secret Sister” message is another chain letter pyramid scheme, where most of the participants will not receive what they were promised. The gift exchange promises participants 36 gifts in exchange for one $10 contribution if they follow the instructions in the gift exchange scheme. These gift exchanges, while they look like innocent fun, are really pyramid schemes – and are considered illegal. And like every pyramid scheme, most of the participants receive nothing. 

It should be noted that pyramid schemes are illegal in the U.S. and Canada. The U.S. Postal Inspection Services explains that these gift exchanges are considered a form of gambling and that participants could be subject to penalties such as jail time, fines or a lawsuit for mail fraud.

The persons behind the scheme may list their names numerous times, in various forms with different addresses, therefore, all the gifts in the chain go to them. The primary purpose of the scheme is to take as many gifts as possible and convert some to cash by selling them and keeping the rest. Recently, chain letters began surfacing, but this time, technology like the Internet is used instead of paper. Regardless of the technology used to distribute the chain letters, it is still illegal to request items of value or promise money in return for participating because it is a form of gambling.

 The scheme starts with a convincing invitation, either by email or social media to sign up for what seems like a great, fun program. All you must do is provide your name and address and personal information of a few additional friends, and tack this information on to a list that’s already started of people you’ve never met on the Internet. Next, it’s your turn to send an email or social media invitation to send a modest gift to a stranger along with their friends, family and contacts.

The cycle continues and you’re left with buying and shipping gifts for unknown individuals, in hopes that the favor is reciprocated by receiving the promised number of gifts in return. Unfortunately, it doesn’t happen. Just like any other pyramid scheme, it relies on the recruitment of individuals to keep the scam afloat. Once people stop participating in the gift exchange, the gift supply stops as well, and leaves hundreds of disappointed people without their promised gifts.

There is another layer of danger to participating in these schemes. When signing up, the alleged campaign organizer is asking for personal information such as a mailing address or an email. With just a few pieces of information, cyber thieves could expose you to future scams or commit identity theft.

The next time someone promises a bounty of gifts or cash by mail, email, or social media, BBB recommends the following: 

• Ignore it! Keep in mind that pyramid schemes are international. Chain letters involving money or valuable items and promise big returns are illegal. Stop and ask, is it worth breaking the law? Report it instead to the U.S. Postal Inspection Services. 

• Report social media posts. If you receive an invitation to join a pyramid scheme on social media, report it. You can report these Facebook posts by clicking in the upper righthand corner and selecting “Report post” or “report photo.”

• Never give your personal information to strangers. This will open you up to identity theft and other scams.

• Be wary of false claims. Some pyramid schemes try to win confidence by claiming they’re legal and endorsed by the government. These imposter schemes are false as the government will never endorse illegal activity. No matter what they claim, pyramid schemes will not make you rich. You will receive little to no money back on your “investment” or gift exchange.

“Secret Santa” around the office, with friends and family can be fun. A “Secret Sister” gift exchange among online people you haven’t met is different and can result in serious consequences.


Orange County Social Services is warning EBT cardholders of a scam that circulated Thanksgiving week. 

EBT cardholders were falsely being notified, via text, email, or phone call, that their EBT cards and case would be discontinued unless they verify their EBT card number.

This scam preys on some of the county’s most vulnerable residents, especially during the Thanksgiving holiday week. CalFresh benefits are deposited monthly into an individual account, accessible by swiping the card through a grocery store checkout stand and entering your PIN. 

Formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, the service assists the users with access to healthy food at grocery stores everywhere.

The card number verification scam is not the first to reach cardholders. Social Services has told Patch that text messages are often used to attempt to gain illegal access to other people’s benefits. 

“If you receive a text message or email asking for your personal EBT information, contact your county public assistance office and do not reply to the text or email message,” a spokesperson said. “Please do not respond with any information.”

—OC Patch

Letters to Editor


Music to me is “move to rhythm.”

I read Jim Greer’s member column in the (LW Weekly, Nov. 21)“Music in me relieves stress and pain.” 

Music has numerous benefits to people, particularly seniors like me. It makes us joyful, happy and bouncy. It connects us, the community in goodness of mankind.

It improves our immune system and brain function.

I will say one more thing on top of all. The music is definitely good reason to move my body.

To rock and roll, my legs, arms, whole body moves fast and fully.

To classical music, I can sway, dance and move all my joints according to rhythm and my mood.

A longevity specialist once talked to the group of physicians about how to live longer by shaking your body to the music from television or radio.

So why not to live music.

I like to stand in the back of the room and move to the music performed in LW. 

It makes my bones strong, lubricates my clicky joints and strengthens my flabby muscles.

I do not have to pay extra nor need to wear fancy gym clothes.

I get all these benefits just by enjoying the music with my whole body.

I wish it would be our culture to “move to music” in Leisure World community, which offers so many opportunities.

Let us get up from chairs and shake to music.

Chung Hur

Mutual 3



The letter that Beverley Bender sent in last week for the Nov. 28 publication date was excellent.  

It was very clearly stated why we do not want or should not have a restaurant in Leisure World.  

I’m sure there are many more people feel the same way but how do we count these votes rather then spend $2,300 dollars for a consultant? 

Janice Krehbiel

Mutual 9



It’s commendable to provide updates on current issues in Leisure World through my email. What a brilliant idea! Just a click of the mouse, and I’m delighted to read the news in my email before reading the weekly GRF news.

 There are some brilliant changes, which are very informative and helpful to shareholders. I’m enthusiastic and eager to acquire and learn more about new improvements in Leisure World through emails, a modern – exciting way!

 Lisa A. Dickson

Mutual 1



“I think that I shall never see a poem lovely as a tree.” Nevertheless I’d like to be sure that one won’t fall on me. I therefore hereby send a plea to my Mutual landscapers: Will you kindly trim the tree reaching to the sky in front of  me. So that  in case of a shakeup, my building will not breakup. I’m sure thanks from my neighbors will also be yours for your labors. 

Apologies for this  clumsy rhymin’ on my part.

Sally Diamond

Mutual 1

Making History 

Dec. 7, 1941- The U.S. Naval Base at Pearl Harbor was attacked by Japanese warplanes at 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time. “… a date which will live in infamy–the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan,” announced President Franklin D. Roosevelt the following day. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II. 

Dec. 8, 1980 – John Lennon, a former member of the Beatles, was shot and killed by an obsessed fan in New York City. The 40-year-old artist was entering his luxury Manhattan apartment building when Mark David Chapman shot him four times at close range with a .38-caliber revolver. The Beatles rock group transformed popular music in the 1960s.

Dec. 10, 1901 – The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in Stockholm, Sweden, in the fields of physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, and peace. The ceremony came on the fifth anniversary of the death of Alfred Nobel, the Swedish inventor of dynamite and other high explosives.

Dec, 11, 1936 – After ruling for less than one year, Edward VIII became the first English monarch to voluntarily abdicate the throne. He vacated the throne after the British government, public and the Church of England condemned his decision to marry the American divorcée Wallis Warfield Simpson.

Perspectives Policy

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

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

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

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

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



New payment coupons, guest passes will be mailed shortly Shareholders who pay monthly assessments by check should keep an eye on their mailboxes for two Golden Rain Foundation mail-outs. 

The first packet contains the 2020 carrying charge coupons that will be mailed directly from the coupon vendor to shareholders who pay their month assessments by check. Preprinted envelopes will be included in the mailing to send payments to the new lockbox service provider.

Shareholders are encouraged to mail their monthly payments via U.S. postal service; those who want to bring their payments to the Finance Office or use the white GRF payment boxes may continue to do so with the understanding that the payment is forwarded to a different processing center. Be sure to include the eight-digit account number on the check. The account number is included on the coupon.

The second packet contains 2019 property tax information and four bright orange 2020 guest passes. Both packets will be mailed at the end of December and arrive before Jan. 17. 

Guest passes are now handled by the GRF Security Department. “At this time there are no additional guest passes for sale” says Victor Rocha, GRF security services director. “The GRF Board voted that all residents will receive four passes.”

Guest passes for 2020 are printed on bright orange cardstock; property tax information is printed on the same sheet as the guest passes. 

Shareholders who pay their monthly assessments by direct debit will receive one packet containing their property tax information, guest passes and direct debit information. 

Those who maintain a forwarding address, guest passes and coupon packets will be mailed to the address on file.

Important to note: there are no late charges assessed for late January payments. The due date for January payments is extended to Jan. 31. Late payment assessments will not be charged until Feb. 10, to provide ample time for all shareholders to receive their 2020 packet with carrying charge information and payment coupons. 

Emergency contact forms are also enclosed in the year-end packet. Complete this form only if emergency contact information has not been updated recently. This form should be returned to the Stock Transfer office, or drop it in one of the white GRF mailboxes throughout the community. Do not include the emergency contact form with your monthly payment. 

Due to the large volume of mail-outs processed by the post office, your neighbors may receive their packets before or after you. Those who have not received their guest passes or payment coupons by Jan. 17, contact the Stock Transfer Office for assistance at (562) 431-6586, ext. 339, 348 or 400.

Pets must be licensed, registered in LW by Dec. 31

by Belinda Meacham 

Stock Transfer manager

Per Pet Policy 7501, Article II, pets must be registered with the Stock Transfer Office before they are brought onto the Mutual premises. Further, the pet registration and licensing must be updated on or before Dec. 31 of each year. The Mutual Pet Registration Form can be picked up at the Stock Transfer Office. To complete the registration, you will need to include the following: 

• Requirements for Dogs—City of Seal Beach Pet License, proof of spay or neuter, proof of dog’s inoculations, proof of liability insurance and proof of dog’s weight.

• Requirements for Cats—Proof of spay or neuter and proof of liability insurance.

To renew the registration of a currently-registered pet in the Stock Transfer Office, you do not need to complete a new form, but will need to provide current liability insurance documents and, for dogs only, a current City of Seal Beach Pet License. 

For more information about registering a pet, call Stock Transfer at (562) 431-6586, ext. 339, 348 or 400.


Pet Licensing with City of Seal Beach

Note: The City of Seal Beach contracts with the City of Long Beach Animal Care Services for animal control and licensing purposes. 

To purchase a City of Seal Beach Pet License, you will need to provide the following:

• History of prior licenses; a permanent license tag is issued when a license is first purchased.

• Your name, address, and phone number.

• A current rabies inoculation certificate, good for the entire licensing period. 

• A Certificate of Sterility if your pet has been spayed or neutered (altered). This will reduce your dog license fee. The certificate must be shown at time of purchase to receive the reduced rate.

• Microchip information (if applicable).

• Pet license fee.

There are several ways to purchase your City of Seal Beach pet license:

• In person at the Long Beach Bureau of Animal Care Services located at 7700 E. Spring Street.

• Online at: http://www.longbeach.gov/acs/pet-laws-and-licensing/licensing/

• By mail: send copies (this paperwork will not be returned so do not send originals) of the above information along with the pet license application to the Animal Care Services Bureau at 7700 E. Spring Street, Long Beach, CA, 90815, along with a check or money order for the proper amount. The license will be processed, and a license tag will be mailed to you.

City of Seal Beach Pet License Fees:

• Dog Altered: $31; 

• Dog Altered – Senior Resident: $15; 

• Replacement Tag: $10;

For more information about pet licenses, call Long Beach Animal Care Services at (562) 570-8247 or email them at animalcare@longbeach.gov.

Residents of Mutuals 2, 10, 16, 17 need to renew GRF ID cards in 2020

GRF ID cards expire in 2020 for members in Mutuals 2, 10, 16 and 17. Residents in these Mutuals need to stop by Stock Transfer during the month of their birthday to obtain a replacement card.

Per Policy 1201-33 GRF ID cards will be renewed every five years.

The expiration date for all ID cards is in the right bottom corner of the ID card. Shareholders in other Mutuals should look at their ID card to see what year their cards expire.

New ID cards will be replaced upon surrender of an old card. If a member has lost his/her card there will be a $20 fee charged.

ID cards will be replaced every five years for all share holders.


The holiday carport cleaning schedule for 2019 is as follows:

Christmas Day   

Wednesday, Dec. 25

Mutual 11, Carports 132-133, Mutual 12, Carports 141-146,  and Mutual 15, Carports 4-5, will be cleaned Monday, Dec. 30. 

For Your Information

Residents may speak before the GRF Board at its regular monthly meetings on any subject on the agenda or any other subject, by submitting a form available in the Clubhouse 4 lobby before each meeting.

Schedule of Mutual Meetings 

Mutual meetings are listed below. Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards as follows:


Thursday, Dec. 5 Presidents’ Council

  Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 9 Mutual 9

  Administration 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 Mutual 4

  Administration 9:15 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12 Mutual 12

  Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, Dec. 13 Mutual 3

  Administration 9 a.m.

Monday, Dec. 16 Mutual 15

  Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 Mutual 10 (rescheduled)

  Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 Mutual 14

  Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday Dec. 18 Mutual 5

  Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 Mutual 7

  Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 19 Mutual 2

  Administration canceled

Thursday, Dec. 19 Mutual 11

  Clubhouse 3, Room 9 canceled

Friday, Dec. 20 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

  Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 23 Mutual 8

  Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Thursday, Dec. 26 Mutual 1

  Administration canceled

Friday, Dec. 27 Mutual 6

  Administration canceled

GRF Board of Directors Meetings

Golden Rain Foundation committee and board meetings are open to Leisure World residents. The Administration Conference Room is upstairs in the Administration Building. The following is a tentative schedule of meetings on the Golden Rain Foundation master calendar, maintained by Administration:

Thursday, Dec. 5 Architectural Design Review Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 9 Mutual Administration Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 10 Facilities Amenities Review Ad hoc

  Administration canceled

Wednesday, Dec. 11 Website Ad Hoc Committee

  Conference Room B 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 11 Security, Bus and Traffic Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, Dec. 12 Communications/ITS Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 13 Executive Committee

  Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, Dec. 16 Finance Committee

  Administration 9 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 17 GRF Board of Directors

  Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 18 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

  Administration canceled

Friday, Dec. 20 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

  Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 27 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

  Administration canceled


Get tickets now for Mutual 2’s holiday party

President Peggy Keller invites all Mutual 2 shareholders to the annual holiday party and dance on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 5-8 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. 

A lasagna dinner will be served by the committee members (no buffet line). The event is BYOB. Coffee, tea and water will be available. 

Tickets, $5 per person, are on sale until Dec. 7. No tickets will be sold at the door as this event sells out quickly. 

This year the band will play for the entire three hours. 

A Leisure World Minibus marked “Special Event” will pick up residents starting at 4:30 p.m. on the main Trust streets such as Merion, Monterey and El Dorado. It will not go in the parking areas. 

The return trips will begin about 7:30 p.m. so everyone will have plenty of time to eat and enjoy the music. 

Check the laundry room or read the flyer for a list of committee members who have tickets or call Chairwoman Myrna Baker at (562) 430-2313. 


Annual Simbang Gabi Mass is Dec. 18

The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) is preparing for its annual “Simbang Gabi” celebration on Wednesday, Dec. 18, in Clubhouse 2 at 5 p.m. This has become a traditional event among Filipinos residing in Leisure World. 

“Simbang Gabi” or night mass is a liturgical celebration to welcome the birth of Christ. This event rekindles the close bonding of families and friends especially those who are away from their native land.

“Simbang Gabi” was influenced by Spain who ruled the Philippines for more than 300 years and introduced Catholicism. It is the time when most families and friends are together to enjoy a happy occasion to greet the coming of Christ. During this time, most of the homes of the Filipinos are decorated with festive ornaments, the most popular display is the parol, a five-pointed star covered with beautiful colors of paper and strung with twinkling tiny lights representing the star of Bethlehem. Christmas trees were introduced by Americans after the Spanish-American War.

The Holy Mass will be celebrated by Rev. Juan Caboboy, pastor of the Holy Family Catholic Church of Leisure World and spiritual advisor of the FALW. 

After the Holy Mass, the faithful and guests will be feted with a free traditional Filipino dinner. There will be karaoke singing and dancing until 10 p.m.

Arthritis specialist  is Schmooze Club  guest  Dec. 10

The Schmooze Club invites all Leisure Worlders and guests to a unique Hanukkah program presented by Dr. James G. Gitlin on Tuesday, Dec. 10, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Refreshments and schmoozing(socializing) begin at 10 a.m., followed by  the Pledge of Allegiance/ welcome at 10:15 and the program from 10:30-11:30.

Dr. Gitlin, a rheumatology and arthritis specialist, will talk about “The Health Secrets of Hanukah.” The program will be both informational and inspirational as Dr. Gitlin is well versed in medicine and Jewish philosophy. 

Born in Argentina, Dr. Gitlin is fluent in Spanish and English. Having more than 52 years of diverse experiences, especially in rheumatology, Dr. Gitlin offers a unique perspective on health and happiness.

Join the club’s friendly members to make new acquaintances and enjoy the camaraderie. As always, “there are no dues to schmooze.” There is no cost to attend this program; donations are gratefully accepted.

 Call Darlene Rose, (562)347-8088, with names for Main Gate entry.



A gift to the Golden Age Foundation is a gift to your community – leaving a lasting legacy.

Consider including the Golden Age Foundation when planning your will or estate. 

Previous legacy contributions from generous shareholders have funded many projects that benefit our entire community, including major improvements to the exercise center and a mobility-impaired bus. 

The Golden Age Foundation is a non-profit, charitable organization – 501 (c) (3), tax ID # 23-7273105

For information on the Foundation’s services to the community, visit our website at www.goldenagefdn.org.

If you are interested in a legacy contribution, consult with your estate planning professional

For more information, call (562) 431-9589, and leave your name, phone number, and e-mail address.

Bingo, holiday luncheon keeps Legion busy

December is a busy month for the American Legion Post and Auxiliary.  

The Post will host bingo in Clubhouse 2 on Sunday, Dec. 8, 22 and 29. Post and Auxiliary members are needed to help with staffing.  Some of the jobs are only for one hour. Give Cmdr. Rich Carson a call if you can help.  

The Auxiliary is hosting the Christmas luncheon on Monday, Dec. 16, in Clubhouse 4 at noon. The cost is $15 per person. Members of the Post, Auxiliary, the Sons and their significant others are invited. Hometown Buffet will serve lemon chicken and meatloaf as entrees with all the fixings and dessert.  

For tickets call Eloise Knoll at (562) 533-0773 before Dec. 11.  

The Post has canceled the New Year’s Eve dinner for this year.  


Learn tips for decluttering tomorrow

The Sunshine Club will meet tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 6, from 10 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Sandy Park will be the guest speaker. 

Sandy is founder and owner of Tidy with SPARK, a home organization and decluttering service using the KonMari Method to create order and joy in the personal homes and lives of clients.

The KonMari Method was created by Marie Kondo, renowned tidying expert and author of the No. 1 New York Times Bestseller, “The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up.” Marie is also the star of the Netflix hit show, “Tidying Up with Marie Kondo,” which launched worldwide in over 190 countries in 2019.

The Sunshine Club has frequent guest speakers from outside Leisure World who speak on various topics that enhance living in LW. The club does not endorse the speakers or their businesses. It solely provides information. Any interaction with the business outside of the meeting is on-your-own. “

The Sunshine Club is designed to help people get along in the community, for neighbors to have better communications and to get the best out of living in Leisure World by learning how to use available information. 

The classes uses LW Weekly as a textbook to go over LW news, general columns, etc. 

The club encourages shareholders to arrive 10 to 15 minutes early to get a seat enjoy refreshments before the meeting. 

The club promotes saving the earth by asking participants to bring a mug whenever possible.

Parking is tight on Friday mornings around Clubhouse 3, so the club advises walking, riding bicycles, carpooling or riding the minibus to avoid being unable to find parking. 

The Sunshine Club meets on Fridays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, except the first Friday in Room 9, from 10 a.m.-noon. All shareholders are welcome to attend: no membership required. Refreshment are served. 

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


Tour of holiday lights will be Dec. 16-20

The GRF Transportation Department will conduct its annual tour of holiday lights Dec. 16-20.

All Leisure Worlders are encouraged to  decorate their homes for the holiday season and be included on the tour.

Two trips will depart from the Health Care Center each night at 5:15 and 6:45 p.m.

Shareholders can call the on-call bus, 431-6586, ext. 379, to arrange for a ride  to the Medical Center for the  5:15 tour.

ECC perform as finale for Fall

The English Conversation Club (ECC) gave a performance with a large audience on Nov. 21 to complete its fall session. 

They performed a skit,“Whose Hand Is This?” This is an old Korean story about two young boys, Ohseong and Haneum. Haneum picked persimmons off a branch that came from Ohseong’s yard into his. Ohseong tries to make Haneum understand that the persimmons were his. Ohseong explained it by putting his hand through a window and asked. “Whose hand is this?” Haneum answered “It is yours.” 

At last, understanding the fact,  Haneum promised to Ohseong not to pick any more persimmons. The two boys get close, pass the national exams and promoted to ministers.  

Jaetaik Yoo, the president of the club, recited the an address by President Donald Trump. The address emphasizes that socialism is a sad and discredited ideology that is outdated. It is for people to make sure “America will never be a socialist country.” It took about two minutes. 

During the last part of the program, all the members and attendees sang “Jingle Bells,” as if they were children in happy mood, and enjoyed a potluck party and friendly talk. 

The winter session will begin Jan. 16. New members are welcome. For more information, call (714)487-4046.


Christmas lunch planned Dec. 12

The Nikkei Club will meet for a Christmas holiday “all-you-can-eat” lunch at the East Buffet Restaurant on Dec. 12 at 11 a.m. There will be no business meeting. 

The restaurant is at located 12100 E. Carson St., Hawaiian Gardens, on the corner of Carson Street and Norwalk Boulevard.  

The cost is $12. Beverages are on-your-own. 

RSVP by Dec. 9 to a member of the telephone committee, Margie Kido, (562) 544-4463; Kazuko Monobe, (562) 280-4916; Sherie Vanek, (562)296-8074; or Alberta Karch, (562) 296-5567.

Membership dues, $10, for the year 2020 are also payable in December and January to Sybil Tanabe or Marjorie Kido.

Investment Forum

Looking to 2020

The next LWSB Investment Forum will be held Tuesday, Dec. 10, at 2 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. 

 The presentation will be “Positioning your portfolios for the New Year, 2020”. 

The Investment Forum will focus on some of the key events impacting the markets during 2019 and briefly address some of the top questions and concerns facing investors heading into the New Year. 

KACMA will show holiday concert

Korean-American Classical Music Academy will show a music video concert celebrating the Christmas season on Thursday, Dec. 19, in Clubhouse 4. The video will last from 9:30 a.m.-noon.

The video is in two parts, about 55 minutes each, with a 15-minute intermission in between. Part 1 includes Bach, Haydn and Beethoven and the second part features Mozart, Tchaikovsky and Rachmaninoff. The highlights of the two presentations are Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Tchaikovsky’s “Nutcracker Suite.” 

Comments in Korean for each work, with screen narrations and audio sound, have been embedded to the videos. English-printed materials are also available for those who are not familiar with Korean.

All are invited to the gathering The club encourages good fellowship through appreciating classical music and sharing joyful holiday season.

For further information, contact Robert Chung, (562) 387-7377; Angel Joh, (562) 598-0313; or Ken Chong, (562) 362-8590.

LW Yiddish Club meets tonight at 7

The Yiddish Club of Leisure World will meet tonight, Dec. 5, at 7 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The topic will be “The Life and Creation of the Known Yiddish Writer Abraham Karpinovitch.”

After Yiddish vocabulary and proverbs are introduced, President Yakob Basner will share stories written by Karpinovitch about Jewish life in Vilna.

Refreshments will be served after the program.


Celebration produced by 8th Day

The GRF Recreation Department will host the lighting of the Menorah, the Jewish symbol of Hanukkah, at Veterans Plaza on Thursday, Dec. 19, starting at 4 p.m. One of the Marcus brothers, from the well-known “8th Day” band will produce this special live event.

The holiday celebrates the Jews defeating Syrian-Greek oppressors who tried forcing them to abandon their religion and adopt Greek culture. 

According to the story, Judah Maccabee led the recapture of  the holy temple in Jerusalem. Arriving there, they found only enough olive oil to light candles for one night. It lasted for eight nights.

Hanukkah commemorates the defeat of the oppressors and the miracle of the oil lasting eight nights. The oil had led to the holiday being referred to as “The Festival of Lights.”

The Chabad of Los Alamitos/Cypress will share with GRF members and their guests the story of the holiday and its meaning for Jew and Gentile alike. 

Musical entertainment with a Klezmer band will top off the event. It is an opportunity for the community, rich in culture and customs, to come together to learn and share in the joy of the beautiful festival.

Refreshments will be served, courtesy of GRF and Congregation Sholom.


Space is available for obituaries of residents and former residents.

• An “In Memoriam” column is available free of charge. Limited to name, mutual number and date of death.

• An obituary with or without photo is available free of charge for the first 250 words. Additional words will be charged at the rate of 25 cents per word. Notices written by the news staff will be free and no more than 250 words.

• Notices from mortuaries and non-GRF members will be printed exactly as submitted and charged at the non-member classified advertising rate, $12 for the first 12 words and 25 cents for each additional word. 

• Bordered, decorative obituaries and eulogies are available in any size at the prevailing display advertising rate.

• Obituaries may be published as news articles when the person has been a member of the GRF Board of Directors, or when, in the opinion of the managing editor, the passing of a person is newsworthy to a sufficiently large number of GRF members.

• A “Card of Thanks” section is available in the classified section of LW Weekly at the member classified advertising rate, $8 for the first 12 words and 25¢ per word thereafter, for persons wanting to express their thanks for help during bereavement, sickness, etc.


In Memoriam 

Allen Graves  72

Richard Butts  74

Michael Blanchard  42

Denny Manning  Jr. 70

Alvina Lawrence  47

Maria Ramirez  72

Michael  Fox  67

Michael Swinbank  65

Ronald Ericson  70Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary


Timberlake, Barbara Gail

1937 – 2019

A Celebration of Life will be held for Barbara Gail Timberlake, Mutual 3, on Dec. 8. Barbara died on Sept. 29, 2019.

An Episcopal service will be conducted by Rev. Lisa Rotchford of St. Theodore of Canterbury at 12:15 p.m., followed by fellowship downstairs at 1:15 p.m.

Holiday giving

Kamm Cares, a nonprofit established by Ken McKenzie of McKenzie Mortuary, is asking for generosity this holiday season by donating food, toys, gift cards and cash to underprivileged families in Long Beach. 

Kamm Cares makes donations to food and toy drives, food banks, donates money to hospice programs and sponsors estate sales to benefit various agencies. 

Bring donations to McKenzie Mortuary, 3843 E Anaheim St., Long Beach, 90804. McKenzie will match all donations (not to exceed $10,000) this holiday season. 

For those unable to make it to the location, call (562) 961-9301, and free pick-up can be arranged.


Assembly of God

The Christmas season is in full swing with services and activities at the Assembly of God.  Sunday at the 10:30 a.m. service in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, Pastor Sam Pawlak’s message will be “Making a Place for the Lord.”  Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger will open the service with praise and prayer after which Denise Smith will lead the worship hymns. Diana Mushagian will share the church family news and lead the offering.  

The service is preceded with a prayer meeting at 10 a.m. and another prayer time is at 5:15 p.m.

The Hymn sing in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 begins at 6 p.m. with chosen songs led by Associate Pastor Dan, accompanied by Marge McDonald at the organ, Norma Ballinger at the piano and Dean Brown playing banjo. Ruth Olson will lead some choruses from the youth. A special Christmas reading will be delivered by Marge Pozer and a vocal duet will be offered by Denise Smith and Carolyn VanAalst. Pastor Sam will close the Hymn Sing with a devotion.  Fellowship around the tables is a special time for those present, sharing treats they have brought and visiting with friends, both new and old.  This gathering includes people from many congregations throughout Leisure World and beyond.

There will be no Bible study on Wednesday as this is the date for the Assembly of God annual Christmas luncheon.  Those who have purchased tickets will meet at Mimi’s at 6670 Pacific Coast Highway at 11:30 a.m. for a meal and a fun time exchanging white elephant gifts they have brought. Assembly of God thanks Diana Mushagian and Cathy Lent for their hard work in planning the special event.

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev is now on YouTube. Look for its channel: Shabbat Shalom LIVE!

Rabbi-Cantor Galit Shirah conducts live, online (livestream) Shabbat services every Friday evening at 6 and Saturday morning at 10:30. Services can be accessed on Facebook.com/galityomtov and now on YouTube.com.  In addition, Rabbi Galit Shirah conducts weekday Ma’ariv (evening) services every Thursday at 4 p.m. for SimShalom.com.  There is a “chat” area where viewers can converse interactively with the rabbi and their global congregation.

The Torah portion this Shabbat is “Vayeitzei,” about  the departure of Jacob from his family due to his brother Esau’s anger for having tricked their father Isaac into bestowing a coveted blessing. On his journey to Haran, Jacob dreams of a ladder leading into the heavens with angels ascending and descending. Jacob falls in love with Rachel and agrees to work for her brother Lavan for seven years to marry her; on his wedding night he discovers that he has been tricked into marrying Leah, Rachel’s twin sister.

Rabbi-Cantor Galit offers lessons in Trope, chanting Torah and Haftarah, voice lessons and Hebrew lessons.  A Modern Hebrew class has started. Anyone interested in lessons should contact Rabbi-Cantor Galit Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email her at duets@icloud.com.

LW Baptist

Leisure World Baptist Church invites the community to join them in Clubhouse 4 on Sunday, Dec. 8, for a Sunday School class from 8:40 – 9:10 a.m. The worship service will begin at 9:45 a.m.

Flower DeLay has chosen as her solo “Away in the Manger.”

Congregational hymns include “Angels from the Realms of Glory,” “The First Noel” and “While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks.”

Under the direction of Darlene Harris, the choir sings, “Lo’ How a Rose E’er Blooming”

Pianist Yvonne Leon plays for the offertory.

Pastor Rolland Coburn’s morning message will come from Romans 11:33-36, titled “O’ the Unsearchable Riches.”

The closing hymn will be “O’ the Unsearchable Riches of Christ.”

LW Baptist’s prayer room will meet in section “C” following the service.

On Monday, Dec. 9, the Women’s Fellowship and Bible study  will meet in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. The Energizers meet in Clubhouse 4, Section A on Wednesday, Dec. 11.

Call 430-2920 for any questions.

First Christian Church

First Christian decorates sanctuary

First Christian Church gathered together last week to decorate its sanctuary for Christmas and there was no shortage of lights and laughter, tinsel and treats, decorations and doughnuts, carols and cocoa. FCC’s elves worked together, singing and making melody in their hearts as they prepared to celebrate Emmanuel (God with us). 

First Christian’s Saturday evening service begins at 5:15 p.m. with the Hospitality Room opening at 4:30 p.m.

Sunday morning begins with Elder Jack Frost teaching Bible study at 9 a.m. from the book of Luke. The Hospitality Room opens for fellowship and light refreshments at 9:30 a.m. with Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski hosting.

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the worship service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer, and Scripture, followed by Margaret Humes leading the congregation in hymns of worship. The Communion hymn will be “Grace Greater Than Our Sin.” 

 The church choir, under the direction of Margaret Humes, will sing “Oh Come Be Born Again.” Elder Jack Frost will present the Communion meditation and service today. For the offertory, Pat Kogok will play “We Three Kings.”

 Pastor Gene Cherryholmes will sing “Adeste Fideles,” followed by Barbara Frost reading scripture from the Gospel of Matthew 1:1-10.

 Pastor Gene’s message will be “Son of David” based on Matthew 1:1-17. Matthew takes great pains to establish the genealogy of Jesus to further prove that he is the long awaited Messiah. 

Service times are Saturday at 5:15 p.m. and Sunday at 10:15 a.m. The Hospitality Room opens 45 minutes before each service for fellowship and light refreshments. Prayer and Bible studies are held on Tuesdays with Pastor Humes and Thursdays with Pastor Cherryholmes. Both studies begin at 9:30 a.m.

 Call the church office at (562) 431-8810 for further information.  

Congregation Sholom

Friday night services will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6  in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, with Rabbi Rachel Axelrad.  The Oneg Shabbat, sponsored by the Michlin’s in honor of their 40th anniversary, will follow services.

Join Congregation Sholom on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 9:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, for services with Rabbi Axelrad. An hour of Torah study will begin at 10:15 a.m. The service will then continue until about noon.

Congregation Sholom is looking to create a Bat Mitzvah class for women who are interested. If interested, email Mel Chazen at melvin.chazen@yahoo.com. 

Congregation Sholom is seeking questions for their new  “Ask the Rabbi” column in News & Nachas. Email any questions for the column to Mel Chazen.

To get or offer a ride to services, contact Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122 or Maria Bogart at 594-4362.

Buddha Circle

Join Buddha Circle for Mindfulness Meditation every Wednesday from 2-4 p.m in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Call (714) 234- 8735 for more information.

The Salvation Army

The Home League of The Salvation Army will meet Dec. 9 at 7 p.m in Clubhouse 4. Captain Josh Sneed will open the meeting with prayer and Pledge of Allegiance, after which there will be door prizes. The Leisure World Baptist Choir will present a Christmas program under the direction of Darlene Harris. Refreshments will be  before the meeting. 

Faith Christian Assembly

Faith Christian Assembly will study “O Come Let Us Adore Him” in the mid-week Bible study. The study will take a closer look at what Jesus gave up when he came to earth and will also consider what the Christian response to his sacrifice should be. The Bible study meets each Wednesday at 11a.m. in Faith Christian Assembly’s main sanctuary.

 Every Tuesday is Faith Fellowship Time at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room. The Midweek Bible Study is taught by Pastor Sheri Leming on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room.

To receive a free newsletter and for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010 or visit www.FCAchurch.net.

Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living

The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Drive in Seal Beach, holds Sunday services at 9 and 11 a.m. The Center is a loving spiritual sanctuary where everyone is welcome and the abundance of life is celebrated through study, inspiration, gratitude and service. With open hearts and minds, self-transformation is promoted in the creation of a world that works for everyone.

The Center hosts various classes, workshops, meditation practices, support groups and local charity events. 

For more information, visit the website at www.sbcsl.org or contact the church office at (562) 598-3325.

Rock Church

The Rock Church, Seal Beach campus, welcomes everyone to weekly services at Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Drive, Seal Beach.

Sunday services are in English at 9 and 11:15 a.m. and in Spanish at 1:45 p.m. People can listen to Sunday’s message for free by going to www.gototheorck.com. Select Seal Beach campus and click the podcast.

 For more information call (714)562-8233. 

Aglow International

Aglow International will hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m., Thursday, Dec. 12, at Mimi’s Cafe, 6670 E Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach. Men and women are welcome. Reservations should be made by Dec. 9. Call 631-7291. There will be a white elephant gift exhange in December.


On Nov. 24, the Leisure World Korean Community Church (LWKCC) had a Thanksgiving Sunday service. Dr. Cho Sun Hyung and Mrs. Shin Jun provided the turkey for the lunch party. There was a  praise singing contest in the cafeteria. Senior Pastor Rev. Jang Young Yong emceed the contest of seven teams and five special teams. Pastor Samuel Park led the residents of Mutuals 6-10 with the song “I like Jesus so much!” to win the contest. The winning team sang a special song during the Sunday worship on Dec. 1.

On Dec. 12, LWKCC will have Rev. Kang In Duk, the elder Pastor of Chicago Korean Church and Mutual 1 resident, deliver the Christmas sermon.

There will be an end of the year celebration after lunch along with gift exchange and a game of Yut on Dec. 29.

Pastor Rev. Jang Young Yong will preach a sermon series titled  “The Ways We’ve Traveled, and the Way We Must Go,” from Dec. 30 – Jan 4. 

On Tuesday, Dec. 31, at 11 p.m., there will be a New Year’s Eve worship service.

LWKCC has Sunday worship at noon and early morning worship at 6 a.m. Tuesday–Saturday in the main sanctuary. Breakfast is provided on Saturdays and members regularly go on hikes to the park or the beach afterward. Rev. Yong Jang Young is preaching from the book of Revelation.

For questions, call (714) 323-0897 or email revyong@hanmail.net

LW Community Church

Community Church will host the Long Beach City College Symphony Orchestra for its “A Winter Festival” concert on Saturday, Dec. 7, at 2:30 pm.  The free concert will be held in the sanctuary.  The free concert offers a way for friends and family to get into the holiday spirit. A free-will offering will be received. 

It’s not too late to attend an important informational seminar on Thursday, Dec. 5, at 1 p.m.  Community Church invites the Leisure World community to attend an informational seminar with healthcare specialist Carla Ibarra. Ibarra will speak on Medicare benefits and open enrollment information. Medicare options will be discussed with side-by-side comparison of plans. RSVP to Mara Williams at (562) 596-2800 or the hotline at (562)342-8178.

 Alternative Christmas, the annual giving event sponsored by the Missions Team, is underway. The Heifer Project, Habitat for Humanity, Doctors without Borders, and Long Beach Rescue Mission will be the beneficiaries. See the missions table in Edgar Hall after worship on Dec. 8 and 15. Those who are interested in participating can contact Joyce Reed at (562) 596-8656.

 On Sunday, Dec. 8, Pastor Johan Dodge will give a Scripture-based message on the second Sunday of Advent. The lesson is on Matthew 3:1-12. Serving as lay liturgist on Dec. 8 will be Mary Maness. 

Worship services are at 9:50 a.m., followed by coffee and refreshments in Edgar Hall. Community Church members are invited to come decked out in their favorite “ugliest or prettiest” sweater for a fun fellowship time after service.


Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe The Solemnity of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe on Sunday, Dec. 8. The First Reading is  Isaiah 11:1-10, and the Second Reading is Romans 15:4-9.

Our Lady of Guadalupe Feast Day

For the fourth consecutive year, Holy Family will have a special celebration honoring the anniversary of the apparition of Our Blessed Mother in Tepeyac Hill, Mexico City, to Saint Juan Diego. Mass will be Thursday, Dec. 12, at 8:30 a.m. Mariachis, pan dulce, and chocolate caliente will follow. Donations are appreciated; bring them to the parish office.  

  Masses and Confessions Schedule

Holy Family Church celebrates Sunday Mass at 8 and 10 a.m., and noon; the Vigil Mass is at 5 p.m., Saturday; daily Mass is at 8:30 a.m., Monday-Saturday.  

Confessions are Saturdays and eves of Holy Days from 4-4:45 p.m. and on the first Fridays at 9:15 a.m.

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Reznick is Top Loser of the week

Ruby Reznick is Wa-Rite’s most recent Top Loser with a 2 1/2 pound loss. To lose the weight she got rid of all her sugar snacks. After she gathered them all, she put them in a bag, then she bypassed her kitchen trash can and walked it to the dumpster outside, avoiding the possibility of the future temptation of eating them.

Ruby and Mary Kelly both have reached their short term goal to lose 10 pounds since joining.

Food For Thought: Be thankful and thoughtful when choosing your calories, take smaller portions of everything.

This time of year is the hardest to stay away from all the holiday goodies. Judy Chambers gave a program on healthy snacking to avoid binge eating. She recommends a three meal plan interspersed with two to three snacks. Stay away from chips, cookies and other simple carbs that will boost blood sugar quickly and then lead to a sugar crash. Instead, reach for the fruits, nuts, vegetables with hummus, Greek yogurt with berries, a hard boiled egg or an avocado.

Wa-Rite is a support group of women needing to lose 10 pounds or more. Members meet on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9-10 a.m. Weighing begins at 7:45. Annual dues are $10. Members must be LW shareholders.

On Dec. 6 Wa-Rite will have a “funny money auction” where members donate items that are new or in almost new condition.

Call Carol Chambers with questions at (562) 822-4641 or Bev Bender at (562) 594-9148.

—Bev Bender

Hearing Loss Association of America

The Long Beach/Lakewood Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) will celebrate the season with a holiday party on Dec. 12, at the Weingart Center, 5220 Oliva Avenue, Lakewood, at 6:30 p.m. David Walker of the Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation will present funding for eye surgery such as cataracts and hearing aids followed by games, socializing and holiday treats. 

No reservations are necessary and admission is free. All meetings are captioned. For more information, visit www.hlaa-lb-lakewood.org or call (562) 438-0597.

Laughing for the Health of It

Bev Bender brings her laughter program to the Health Center on Dec. 11 at 1:30 p.m. Laugh your way to better health. Laughter is the best medicine with only positive side effects. You will be shown how easy it is to have fun in a not so funny world. You will leave with a smile on your face. It’s fun, free and non-fattening. For more information, call Bev at (562) 594-9148.

weekly health and fitness classes

Chair Exercise

Classes for people at all fitness levels are from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call 493-7063.

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

Classes are from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 6, top floor; $4 per class by the month or $5 for occasional drop-ins. For more information, call Marion Higgins at (562) 296-8328.

Leisure Leggers

The walking and running club meets at 8 a.m., Mondays, in front of Clubhouse 6 for a 30-60-minute walk. For more information, call Tom Pontac, (562) 304-0880.

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

 Qigong practice sessions are held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. QiGong practitoner Dave Heilig instructs. 

Tai Chi Chaun

Tai chi classes increase mobility and balance at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Beginners welcome. For more information, call Joann Mullens at (562) 596-3936.

LW Yoga Club

Monday – Clubhouse 4, Section C, 5:30-6:30 p.m. (formerly Yoga with Sally)

Tuesday – Clubhouse 4, Section C, 8:30-9:30 a.m. with Travis; 10-11 a.m. with Jenny

Thursday – Clubhouse 3, Room 1, 8:30-9:30 a.m. with Travis; 10-11 a.m. with Jenny. For more information, contact Connie Adkins, (562) 506-5063


Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., is a nonprofit community service organization that delivers a variety of freshly prepared meals to homebound and active Leisure World shareholders. The discounted daily fee is $8.25 for a hot dinner and lunch consisting of a large salad or sandwich with a small side salad, dessert and carton of low-fat milk. Meals with a “friendly visit” are delivered weekdays between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Start a new client application online at www.mowlb. org or call Caron Adler at 433-0232. For cancelations please call your site manager at (562) 439-5000 before noon to cancel a meal for the next weekday.

Thursday, Dec. 5 — Beef stew with potatoes, carrots, celery, and onions, biscuit, Waldorf salad, tuna salad sandwich with lettuce and tomato, carrot and pineapple salad

Friday, Dec. 6 — Baked chicken breast with mole sauce, flour tortilla, pinto beans, lemon pepper broccoli, orange, taco salad with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro, salsa dressing and crackers

Monday, Dec. 9 — Herb rubbed pork loin with honey and garlic sauce, barley and mushroom pilaf, seasoned carrots, cantaloupe chunks, egg salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, cucumber, onion and dill salad

Tuesday, Dec. 10 — Chili relleno casserole with tomato sauce, Spanish rice, black beans, carrot cake, Greek chicken salad, tomatoes, olives, cucumber, feta cheese, vinaigrette dressing and crackers

Wednesday, Dec. 11 — Vegetarian lasagna with marinara sauce, whole grain dinner roll, Tuscan beans, tapioca pudding, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, beet and onion salad

Thursday, Dec. 12 — Sweet and sour chicken, brown rice, seasoned broccoli, fresh banana, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, homemade potato salad

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cards and games scoreboard

Saturday Social Bunco winners Nov. 23: Most buncos, Kathy Repasi. Most wins, Lois True. Most babies, Sue Holbrook. Most loses, Rose Sprague and Dorene Youngs. Door prize winner, Shelley Middleton. The Saturday Social Bunco’s next meeting is on Saturday, Dec. 14, in Clubhouse 3 Lobby at 2 p.m. Sign-ups begin at 1 p.m. Due to  the demand for tables, a 1:30  arrival is advised. The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month in Clubhouse 3 lobby. For more information, call Doris Dack, (714) 356-0443.


Best Time Bunco Club, Nov. 25: Most Buncos, Suzanne Frank; most wins, . Bob Zumita, Bert Sellers and Bill McLean; most babies, Belinda Sanders; most loses Susie Ralston, Rita Fueyo, Cindy Zurn, Rosann MacGregor, Joyce Ingram and Audrey Hutchings; door prize winner, Nancy Floyd.

The Best Time Bunco’s next meeting will be Monday Dec. 9. Best Time Bunco club meets the second and fourth Monday of each month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Bunco begins at 6 p.m. sharp. All are welcome to play, it’s an easy dice game that can be learned in minutes. For more information, call Gail Levitt, (562) 596-1346. 

—Gail Levitt


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners, Nov. 23: N/S: Sue Fardette-Priscilla Caillouette; Miriam Kelley-Judy Mathias; Marty Lipman-Joyce Roberts. E/W: Linda Nye-Mike Nielsen; Ellen Kice-Al Appel; Fred Reker-Larry Slutsky. 

Nov. 22: N/S: Fred Reker-Mark Singer; Jeanette Estill-Eileen Kotecki; Betty Jackson-Norma Krueger; Howard Smith-Dorothy Favre; Stan Johnson-Louise Seifert. E/W: Bob Santen-Dale Rensing; Peter Yao-Paul Chen; Judy Jones-Al Appel; Linda Stein-Sue Fardette; Ted Cooper-Sue Boswell; Paul and Monica Honey. 

Nov. 30: N/S: Linda Nye-Joyce Basch; Ellen Kice-Joan Tschirki; Jerry and Melanie Smith. E/W: Joyce Henderson-Howard Smith; Alan Olschwang-Kiyo Nagaishi; Al Appel-Judy Jones; Sylvia Kaprelyan-Sue Boswell. Nov.29: N/S: Sibyl Smith-Diane Schmitz; Russ Gray-Linda Nye; Carol Murakoshi-Lavonne McQuilkin. E/W: Jeanette Estill-Marilyn McClintock; Ellen Goodwin-Emma Trepinski; Dorothy Favre-Janet Gibbons; Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson.

The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1, at 12:15 p.m. For information on how to join the fun and play, call or text Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669. The next special event is Friday, Dec. 13, Club Championship and Holiday Party.

—Fred Reker


Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners, Nov. 23: Tony Dodero, 12,140; Diana Lambert, 11,730; Nancy Wheeler, 10,890; Jim Dix, 10,550. 

Nov. 30: Joan Taylor, 11,410; Richard Van Wasshova, 10,320; Julia Troise, 10,650; Bert Sellers, 10,080. 

Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433. 

—Bert Sellers


Monday Bridge Club winners Nov. 18: First place, Gail Barrena; second place, Jan Craven; third place, Jeanette Jones. Nov. 25: First place, Ben Watada; second place, Maxine LaFleur; third place, Jeanette Jones.  Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Howard Bleakley, (562) 430-9670.

—Marion Standish


Silva scores game high

Many of you have had your Thanksgiving turkey and may have wondered why three strikes in a row in bowling is called a turkey. In the early 1900’s prizes were often in the form of food and around Thanksgiving turkeys were sometimes given for high game or series. one bowling establishment decided to give a turkey to anyone who could bowl three strikes in a row, which wasn’t so easy years ago. The idea spread and the name for three consecutive strikes has stuck ever since.

In LW play, Pindiculous maintained it’s league lead by taking three from Phyl’s Guys. Gary Wood of Pindiculous had a 201 second game and finished with a 182. They lost the first game by only two pins. Phyllis Fairchild of Phyl’s Guys had her season high game with a 170. Phyllis was without her two guys, which meant they each were entered as blinds at 10 points under their average, which is a big disadvantage to overcome.

 Elcisne moved into second place, taking three from Strikingly Different, despite Tom Kaczmaker having the high series of 583 with games of 206 and 226. Ed Cisneros of Elcisne had his season high with a 203.

Very Striking split with Splits Happen, winning two close games but losing total pins. Eric Dodd of Splits Happen had a 188 and a turkey to win the second game. Dave Silva of Very Striking had a turkey and the high game of the day, with a 234 to win game three by six pins.

—David Silva


Stivers wins

The Men’s Monday Golf League played on Nov.18 at the Willowick Golf Course. 

A Flight:

First place: Gary Stivers, par 72 plus fewest putts for the round; second, Fujio Norihiro, plus two birdies and closest to the pin on the 150-yard par 3 fourth hole; third, Cindi Cooper, 75; fourth, Bill McKusky, 76; fifth, Sam Choi, 83.

B Flight: 

First place, Lowell Goltra, three under 69 plus fewest putts; second, Bob Mun, 74.

Prizes are awarded for low gross in each flight; two prizes for closest to the pin on par threes; and a prize for the lowest number of putts. Holes-in-one, although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact Gary Stivers, (714) 313-3697.

The Men’s Monday and Friday league is inquiring if men and women golfers would like to join the league during the local course shutdown. Handicaps will be determined using our local handicap numbers and adjusted for the longer and more difficult courses outside Leisure World. Contact Gary for more information.

— Dave LaCascia


The Hustlers continue to lead, beating Hot Mess Express 10-2

The Hustlers continued their hot streak defeating the Hot Mess Express, 10 games to two and extending their lead over The Favorites to five games. Boon Buntra of The Hustlers scored a perfect six game wins, while teammates Barry Chittem and Gary Poling each won five games, losing only their nine-ball singles match.

The Hot Shots edged The Spoilers seven to five with Kurt Bourhenne and Jerry Wrenn both winning four games. Kurt won has singles nine-ball game to avoid a tie.

The Favorites took the Three Amigos seven to five to stay within shooting distance of The Hustlers. Dave Makinder of The Favorites won five of his six games losing only a partners nine-ball game. Most of the games went down to the eight or nine. Kent Wells of the Three Amigos made several amazing shots to win games for his team.

—David Silva


Bonnema wins with high score

Ruth Bonnema had the high score of 844 followed by Joan Berg at 836, Fred Reker at 834 with Lyn Doyle and Joanne Lester tied at 829. Terry Thrift and Howard Bleakley each had six games of 121. Pat Fellers had no wins. A total of 57 players participated on Nov. 26.

The club provided a pre-Thanksgiving lunch of sandwiches, salad and an assortment of cookies. Margaret Smith and Carrie Kistner served.

The Cribbage Club meets Tuesday at noon in Clubhouse 1. All shareholders are invited to join. We always have room for more players. Partners are not required and play usually finishes by 3:30 p.m. Don’t know how to play, call Patti Smith at (562) 242-4674, leave your name and number, and she will arrange for lessons for beginners and anyone who needs a brush up. Players should arrive by noon to be assured of a table.

—Bobbie Straley

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Ryals and Myers triumph in turkey shoot

The Shuffleboard league took a break for Thanksgiving and competed in the Turkey Shoot tournament on Nov. 22 at the Clubhouse 1 courts. The tournament involves six individual lanes of shuffleboard challenges, scoring is done by avoiding or hitting barriers or obstructions, squeezing through narrow openings, or making blind shots plus a luck of the draw opportunity. High score wins the round and a previously drawn number matching the winner’s starting position secures the lucky chance.

Thirteen participants competed in this fun competition. 

Richard “Red” Ryals won the first and third games with Darlene Meyers and Carol Johnson having the matching lucky draw number. The second game winner was Darlene with Chandra Patel having the lucky number.

The next league game will be Puckmasters vs. Sliders today, Dec. 5. The next BYOB/appetizer practice is in planning stages for January.

Due to the GRF Tree Lighting activities at Clubhouse 3 and 4, the Christmas potluck dinner has been changed to Thursday, Dec. 12, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Those wishing to attend should sign up at the courts. There will be a gift exchange after dinner. If you wish to participate, bring a wrapped gift of $10 or less to the party.

—David LaCascia

The Leisure World Scrabble Club was especially busy in November. There were 52 scores above 300. There were 14 bingos (i.e. moves in which a player uses all seven tiles).

 There were several rare events: Diane Seeger had bingos on two straight moves, and former club president Flo Nesland and Ruby Reznick played to a tie. Club secretary Larry Edgar had the highest score, 430, and the most games above 300, 11. Seeger’s top score was a 412. She had five other 300-plus games. Pam Smithson, had 101 points on one move and had seven games above 300, one of which was a 407. Suthy Chhoeuy recorded a 405 and bested 300 six other times. 

Club president Maria Giegerich exceeded 300 seven times, with a high of 378. Nesland had four high-scoring games, topped by a 344. Ruth Depuy was above 300 four times, with a high of 325.

 Vice president Sylvia Makus had a 316, along with two other scores above 300. Wanda Bemben had two such games, with a high of 306. Marilyn Moody and Reznick both had 304s.

The club meets on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5. There will be a Christmas luncheon at noon on Dec. 18.

—Larry Edgar

Scrabble Club

Edgar gets highest score, most games over 300

The Leisure World Scrabble Club was especially busy in November. There were 52 scores above 300. There were 14 bingos (i.e. moves in which a player uses all seven tiles).

 There were several rare events: Diane Seeger had bingos on two straight moves, and former club president Flo Nesland and Ruby Reznick played to a tie. Club secretary Larry Edgar had the highest score, 430, and the most games above 300, 11. Seeger’s top score was a 412. She had five other 300-plus games. Pam Smithson, had 101 points on one move and had seven games above 300, one of which was a 407. Suthy Chhoeuy recorded a 405 and bested 300 six other times. 

Club president Maria Giegerich exceeded 300 seven times, with a high of 378. Nesland had four high-scoring games, topped by a 344. Ruth Depuy was above 300 four times, with a high of 325.

 Vice president Sylvia Makus had a 316, along with two other scores above 300. Wanda Bemben had two such games, with a high of 306. Marilyn Moody and Reznick both had 304s.

The club meets on Wednesdays at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5. There will be a Christmas luncheon at noon on Dec. 18.

—Larry Edgar

Bocce Ball

Berry and Thrift beat 47 teams, winning first place

It took 48 Bocce Ball teams playing in four leagues with 96 players playing 168 games over eight weeks to determine the winner of the fall LW Bocce Ball playoffs.

The road to the championship games played on Nov. 17, was not easy as three of the final four teams had to win playoff games within their own league to make the championship. Only the Sunday team of Bob Berry and Terry Thrift went undefeated, winning nine consecutive games to win the overall Fall Championship. 

The winners of the four divisions were Bob Berry and Terry Thrift  for first place, Sunday champions second place Beth Mayer and Marti Parker, Thursday champions; third place Jerry Wrenn and Connie Terry, Saturday champions; fourth place, Bob and Mary Dominick, Tuesday Champions.

More than 120 spectators watched the final four games and most stayed for the traditional pizza party to celebrate the completion of the fall season. The winter season will begin on Saturday, Jan. 11. 

—Terry Thrift

Men’s friday Golf

LaCascia ties with McKusky

The Men’s Friday Golf League played on Nov. 22 at par 70 Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach. 

All scores are net (actual score minus handicap).

A flight:

First place, Dave LaCascia, net 4 under 66, plus 2 birdies and tie for fewest putts; second, Bill McKusky, 72 and tie for fewest putts; third, Cindy Cooper, 73 plus a birdie; fourth, Gary Stivers, 77; fifth, Fujio Norihiro who also had closest to the pin on the 140 yard par 3 16th hole. 

B flight:

First place, Dennis Kotecki, 72, plus fewest putts; second, Bob Munn, 76 plus closest to the pin on the 7-140 yard par 3 waterhole; third, Lowell Goltra, 80.

—David LaCascia

Travel, page 21

How to find the lowest airline fare

by Chris Walker


Finding a flight is easier than ever with sites like Expedia, Travelocity and Google available at the tap of a finger. What is still challenging is finding the best fare for flights. There are a few easy solutions that you can do to find the best price for a flight.

Time of travel is one of the biggest indicators of how much a plane ticket will be. Holidays will always be the most expensive. Figure out where your destination is and find out what time of the year is the off-season and if you’re willing, travel on those dates. Typically, the best time of the week to depart is Tuesday. Weekends will always be the most expensive day to leave.

Technology is going to be one of the best assistants when searching for the best deal. Some of the most useful apps that I have used are Skiplagged and Hopper. Both of these applications allow for a Flight Alert to be set for a preferred day that you would like to travel. As the prices of those flights on the pre-selected dates changes weekly and sometimes daily your phone will get a notification for when there is a decrease or increase in price and will suggest if you should buy now or wait for a better price. Google offers a similar service called Price Alert.

Ultimately, being flexible with dates of travel will get you the lowest fare.

spare change left at airports

In 2017, more than $869,000 was left by passengers at TSA checkpoints.

While TSA makes an effort to reunite passengers with items left at the checkpoint, unclaimed money is deposited into a special account to be tracked and subsequently disbursed. Ultimately, TSA uses the money to maintain and improve security operations. 

Travel Tip: To keep from leaving your money behind at the checkpoint, place it in a zip top plastic bag, pouch or favorite fanny-pack and store in your carry-on bag for X-ray screening.

If you ever leave something behind at the checkpoint, visit the TSA lost and found information page at TSA.gov.

TSA tips:

Traveling with medication can be confusing and traveling through a federal checkpoint can be intimidating when the rules are not clear. Traveling with personal medication is legal and here are a few tips that can help you travel with your necessary items with confidence. 

• It is not necessary to present your medication to, or notify an officer about any medication you are traveling with unless it is in liquid form (See next bullet).

• Medication in liquid form is allowed in carry-on bags in excess of 3.4 ounces in reasonable quantities for the flight. It is not necessary to place medically required liquids in a zip-top bag. However, you must tell the officer that you have medically necessary liquids at the start of the screening checkpoint process. Medically required liquids will be subject to additional screening that could include being asked to open the container.

• Bring your medication in pill or solid form in unlimited amounts as long as it is screened.

• You can travel with your medication in both carry-on and checked baggage. It’s highly recommended you place these items in your carry-on in the event that you need immediate access.

• TSA does not require passengers to have medications in prescription bottles, but states have individual laws regarding the labeling of prescription medication with which passengers need to comply.

• Medication is usually screened by X-ray; however, if a passenger does not want a medication X-rayed, he or she may ask for a visual inspection instead. This request must be made before any items are sent through the X-ray tunnel.

• Nitroglycerin tablets and spray (used to treat episodes of angina in people who have coronary artery disease) are permitted and have never been prohibited.

museum of tolerance trip

By Chung Hur

LW contributor

When I saw the article in the LW weekly about a trip to the Museum of Tolerance, I signed up right away.

The exhibits are in chronologic history of the United States of America. Early 1900s has only three different races; African American slaves, white owners, and Native Americans, all living totally different lives. The next exhibit was about 1940s segregation in schools, churches, and restaurants. After the Rosa Park and Martin Luther King exhibit were pictures from the 1990s. These pictures were filled with happy faces, showing togetherness everywhere, depicting how far America has come.

Toward the end of the exhibit were two doors, one for people who think they are not prejudice, the other door was for the ones who think they are prejudice. Most people in the group stood in front of the non-prejudice door. I stood on the side of the prejudice door. 

I honestly believe I am in someway prejudice and I experienced enough of it in my life to recognize that.

What an awful tragedy the human race has not only created, but also endured. This museum educated me about to the tragic history of the human race, and also my own prejudice.

Seal Beach pool available during LW pool closing

The City of Seal Beach offers daily swimming at McGaugh Middle School. Open swimming is from 5:30-7 a.m.; 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; and 6:30-8 p.m., Monday-Thursday. The pool is also available Friday-Sunday from 8-11 a.m.

Passes may be purchased in bulk at City Hall, 211 Eighth Street, Seal Beach. They cost $80 for 16 swims or $136 for 34.

Carpooling would be best, but for those who don’t drive, Dial-a-Ride provides round trip transportation for free.

The Dial-A-Ride program is available to drive senior residents to any location within city limits. 

Dial-A-Ride service is available Monday-Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call (562) 439-3699 at least 24 hours in advance to schedule the date, time, and location. Residents are picked up at their units and taken home after their appointments. Registration is free at City Hall with I.D. verifying Seal Beach residency.

For more information, contact the City of Seal Beach Recreation Department at (562) 431-2527, extension 3.

winter is becoming more popular

Almost one in four Americans prefer to go on vacation during the winter.

New research has found that as many as 23 percent of Americans prefer to go on vacation during the winter, rather than summer. The top reasons found to be the lack of tourists, to get away from the bad weather and the lower costs. Two fifths are not planning on going on a summer vacation next year, and more than half would rather vacation within the United States than go abroad.

A study by www.us.jetcost.com found that almost one quarter of Americans who go on vacation regularly prefer to go away during the winter. When asked why this was the case, the most popular reason are that there are less tourists, to get away from cold weather at home, and the often reduced price of travel tickets.

One third of respondents also complained that they are often unable to book vacations off work in the summer because their colleagues have already done so, and are therefore forced to take time off at other times of the year.



Calendars for Veterans at the VA Hospital 

I collect calendars to take to the patients at the Vetrans Hospital in Long Beach and wonder if anyone would like to add any extra calendars they receive. Please drop off calendars at newspaper offices or Call 562-296-5559 for more info



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



by Helen

LW Resident 562-421-5811


Business License #WEL0015

Great holiday gift items available! 



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.  



General Contractor

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


License #954725. 12/19


JC Handyman Services

Professional and reliable. specializing in remodeling, plumbing and electrical. . Work warranty. Lic. #BU21900024. 310-951-1403. 11/07




Sound proof walls. Triple pane windows. Ceiling made smooth. Recessed lights, tile, laminate installation, crown molding, window frames painted whited. Lic. #723262. 11/27




JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. 10/03



Big or small, I do it all. Car detailing to all home improvements. 

Call 562-387-5187 10/24


Bersi & Sons Furniture Finishers

– In Home Furniture–


Specializing in antiques. 

50 years experience.



We make your SHOWER/TUB brand new and/or convert it to a WALK IN SHOWER serving L.W. since 1999. Nu Kote 562-833-3911 liscense #699080.1/9/20



Cindy Beatteay 714-356-1539.

Interior paint and specialty

finishes, cabinets, murals

and more.

Lic. #1033927.




Premium paints,  primer all wood. 40 years in LW. 

Contr. license #723262. 


562-596-0559. 11/27

Bel-Rich Painting – Free estimates, Apartments, room by room, small jobs, colored walls. Contractor’s License #705131. 714-220-9702. 12/05


Painting – Free estimates. 1 room

or entire house & refinish kitchen

cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.

CA State License #675336. 12/19





Tile, laminate, vinyl plank, patio carpet. 40 years in Leisure World. Contractor License 723262. 11/27




Interior Flooring Solutions

Hardwood floors, carpet, 

laminate, vinyl planks. 

25 years experience. 

Contractor License 1043763. 12/05


All Year Carpet Cleaning

We just cleaned your neighbor’s house in Leisre World…

Would you like yours cleaned too?

Call Tito 562 658 9841. 1/8/20




Licensed and insured. 

Dan (562) 841-3787. 

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 11/14



New screens, re-screening, screen doors, retractable screens, new and repair. Call today. (562) 493-8720. Since 1988. State Contractors Lic. #578194.




(562) 600-0014

LW resident, Rich Livitsky.

Seal Beach Business License

#LIV0004. 1024



Blinds, shutters, shades, 40 years serving Leisure World. Contractor’s License #723262. 

LW DECOR INC. 562-596-0559. 11/27

Leisure World Helping Leisure World

Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call week days between 9 am-5 pm, 562-430-9966,





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



Let’s lower your ears – I’ll make you look your best! Call 562-565-3683


Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please give your name and phone number. Maria Giegerich 562-596-9983. Free of charge.


Yvonne with 25 years experience, will do shampoo/sets, perms, hair cuts and tints at Phenix Salon. 

(714) 855-8465. Seal Beach Business

License MOR0008. 12/12


In home hair care, serving the men 

and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 12/19


Hair and Nail Salon

Hair Stylist, 25 years experience. Shampoo and roller set, cut, perm, color, manicure/pedicure. Warm and friendly service. Available for in-house appointments for special occasion, $100+. Tammy Nguyen, 714-425-4198. Phenix Salon. 12/26




Electrologist w/25+ yrs Experience

Marlyn Palmquist, CPE.



The Sanctuary Salon,

12800 Seal Beach Blvd., D

Seal Beach Business License



PERMANENT MAKEUP for Eyebrows, eyeline, lip line. 27 years experience, 10 years in LW with references. Loann: (310) 938-8808. Cosmetology license #KK5976. 12/26


Hair stylist, 35 years experience at ABC Extension Salon. Rollerset, perm, color, and more. In-home appointments available. Call Mavis 714-757-0187. License #KK203303.10/31


Just Like Your Daughter

Personal Assistant/

Girl Friday

Available for: 

errands, scheduling and 

transportation for medical


patient advocate, shopping, domestic organization, 

paperwork, bill pay

All with compassion 

and care.

Just Like Your Daughter

Call Janice, 714-313-4450

SB Lic. #JUS0006/Bonded 10/31


Affordable Caregiver. Assist with showers, Dr. Appointments, medications, light house-keeping, etc. Live in Long Beach #ROD0003

Elizabeth 951-867-1275 11/14



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. 12/19/19


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



Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 12/26



Afternoons and some weekends needed. Occasional Fridays p.m.   

Also, may need extra coverage certain days before the Holidays!  

If you are the right fit, could expand hours in near future. 

Assist an overall healthy and happy 89-year old female with meals and safely getting around home. Spanish speaker a bonus 

but not required. (She is bilingual)

Hours perfect for a retired person or student.  Pay DOE.  Ask for Christy or Chris at (714) 330-5802 or send us a text! 



Referral Agency. 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. 


Experienced Personal Assistant Available. I can help with:

Grocery shopping

Home organization

Walking Dogs

Watering Plants

House Sitting

Holiday Cards

And more!

I would love to help you out with day to day errands. I’m a local resident in seal beach. Call Ashley 

949-216-0457 11/21







Over 30 years Experience!

Seal Beach Business

License #AB0001. 11/23



We make your home sparkle! 7 days – call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001a

Call  562-505-1613 11/28



Windows 10% off first cleaning

General housecleaning

Excellent referrals in LW

(562) 307-3861. 

20 years experience.

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 1/30/19


General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach Business license RAZ0002. Gloria 949-371-7425 11/14


Patricia House Cleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659 Seal Beach License LUC0001. 12/19




Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device.  Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus.  License #CIP0001 12/05/19


$30.00 Computer Tune-Up


Computer Running Slow! Call John LW Resident. SB License FUH0001. 12/26

Health & fitness

Helping Seniors Improve 

their Quality of Life.  

Look Good – Feel Good – Move Better

Mobility / Flexibility / Balance / Strength / Nutrition

Call Coach Justen (714) 943-0205


Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale

GoGo Elite Mobility scooter, dissessembly quick and easy into four parts for easy transportation. Three wheels, one front, two back. New batteries, comes with charger $1,000 new, slightly used, now $600 used. 562-756-0332 12/12


Golf Cart, Sales, parts and services 714-292-9124 1/30


For Sale: Rascall Electric Scooter. $495 

Mike Herman, 562-522-0003. 12/12



Boat, 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. 1/08/20


A PERSONAL DRIVER IS WITHIN YOUR REACH Conscientious, Dependable, Professional. Providing locals trustworthy affordable transportation. perfect for patients, professionals, and anyone who needs regular or sporadic transportation.

 CALL 562-537-1298. James. 1114


Rides by Russ, with the 

personal touch

For over 4 years I have been giving all types of rides to Leisure World residents. Rides to the airports, doctors, cruise ports, shopping and errands I also enjoy helping my neighbors with chores and maintenance around their homes. Russ 714-655-1544.12/12


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 12/19


Inexpensive shuttle, airports,

markets, doctors, etc. 562-881-2093.

SB License #ABL0001. 11/23


Everything is for sale…just not the owner! 13330 Del Monte 10D Call 562-598-0715

Estate Sale– 1860 St. John Rd., Mutual 15 – Apt 32K. Thursday, Dec. 5 and Friday, Dec. 6 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Beautiful fine traditional furnishings by Thomasville, Henredon, Ethan Allen. Sofa, tea table, carved side chairs, piecrust tables, breakfront, burlwood desk, 4 poster full sized bed, Chippendale style dresser. Wedgewood, Delft, Beleek, Fostoria. Gorgeous costume and semi-precious jewelry. Five piece patio table/chairs, cute game table, walker. Estate Sales by Docia Drake, 714-514-8232. P.O. Box 427, Seal Beach Bus. License ESD001 


ESTATE SALE, MUTUAL 3, 15-F, 13822 Canoe Brook, Dec 5th and 6th, Thursday and Friday from 9am to 2pm. A House full of everything. Nice Bedroom Set, Table and chairs, curios, cabinets, TV, New 3 wheel bike and so much more..Please come by and say Hi! Kristi Martin, P.O. Box 1351, Seal Beach, 714-655-5473, Seal Beach Business License MAR0016. 


Leisure world auto mechanic needed. Problem with a veteran’s car window. Call Gene, Mutual 5, at 562-240-7396.

Autos/Boats/RV’sTrailers FOR SALE

2005 GMC Sierra 3500 extended cab. One owner, good condition, dually diesel, includes rack, $18,000. Also available with 24’, three axle toy hauler for additional 8,000. Call David (573)692-1288 11/21



Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462. 11/14  



No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787 11/14



Your moving service, any size job. Call 310-387-2618. Business License RO263644. 12/26


Small 20 inch tires folding trike. very good condition. $275. 



Christmas lights, unused gift suggestions, pillows, adult care products, candles, table cloths, costume jewelry. 562-843-6963.


Two power chairs for sale one is five years old completely redone brand new batteries, battery charger, seat, back, and motor. Asking $750.00 obo.

Second Power chair is brand new less than two months old. Asking $1600.09 obo. Must sell A.S.A.P. Both have original paperwork.Jennifer 714-864-7355 Janglin226@att.net


Salvador Dali “Three Graces” Covie D’or. Highly empossed etching, hand signed artwork. 31w X 23h in frame. Ebay estimated 4 to 7 thousand. Best offer 562-343-6393


Lift Chair/Recliner in Like-New Condition, $800 – Golden Technologies Cloud, electric, brown, very clean, superior comfort. 

 Purchased new from Alpine Medical next door for $1,600 about a year ago; they will transport and set it up (for $100), as well as service it for life should any issues arise.  Used by my father for less than a year; looks and operates like new. Matching, waterproof coverings included. Located in Huntington Harbour. Please call 949-500-8912.


For Sale: small box freezer, top opening, $75. 562-446-0270


adustable full sized bed with electric control for head, foot, and massage: $475. Queen tan sofa bed: $275. Rod Iron Base with glass top dining table (72L x 36Wx 30H): $325.  Call 954-296-0457.