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Lockers in CH 4 must be emptied by May 24

In anticipation of improving resources in GRF amenities, all lockers currently held by clubs, organizations and Mutuals must be emptied in the near future. Immediate action is required for Clubhouse 4 locker users because a new locker system will soon be installed there.

Every locker must be completely cleaned out by May 24. 

Groups are asked to contact Consuelo Reyes in the Recreation Department at  431-6586, ext. 279, to confirm that lockers have been emptied and whether they want to continue locker service. 

As reconfiguration and upgrading of storage are just starting, clubs should plan on not having clubhouse storage available for an undetermined, extended time period, currently estimated at four to six weeks.

Notices will be published  in the LW Weekly and sent via email when the other clubhouses will be upgraded. 

There is no rush to clean out those lockers but starting now will alleviate last-minute stress of finding alternative storage space.

GRF thanks all affected for their cooperation in helping to us to improve our community.

For more information,  contact kathyt@lwsb.com.

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo on May 5

Come party at a Cinco de Mayo fiesta Sunday, May 5, featuring a Koffel’s Mexican food truck, and its famous virgin margaritas. 

There will be music and Mexican and American food. 

The El Mariachi Espectacular, one of the most popular such groups in Southern California, will be featured. The band, which played last year, has performed at Disney California Adventure among other well-known venues.

The party starts at 5 p.m. at Clubhouse 6, inside and out. 

The first floor of the clubhouse will be closed to normal activities, including table tennis. The second floor will remain open as normal.      

This is one of the most popular events of the year and is expected to be filled to capacity, so it’s residents only for this free festival.

No parking will be allowed on the east side of Clubhouse 6 from 10 p.m. May 4 through May 5.  Parking will be extremely limited in the area, so a free shuttle from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot will run continuously from 4:30 p.m. 

Residents are asked to make use of the park-and-ride service, provided by GRF Transportation.

LW Dine Out-Naples Rib Co. will be in CH 1

The Monday Night Restaurant will be hosted by Naples Rib Co. on May 6 from 4-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. 

To make reservations, call 439-7427 or via Naples’s website at http://www.ribcompany.com/leisure-world-menu.asp. Reservations are required and must be received before noon on the Mondays that they serve here. Those who book through the website will receive a special treat. See the menu on page 10.

Hometown Buffet will serve on May 13 this month because its usual fourth-Monday slot is Memorial Day. Hometown offers a different dinner menu for $11 for all you can eat on site. 

Take out is no longer available. Cash and checks only are accepted. 

Hometown Buffet also serves brunch for $11, all inclusive, and its menu will be published as dates are set.

Finbars Italian Kitchen will serve on Monday, May 20. Menus are published in the LW Weekly and via LW Live! Finbars does not require reservations; people may show up to dine anytime between 4 and 6 p.m.; the dining room is open until 7. 

Owner Joseph Barbara wants suggestions from residents for selections they would like to see offered on the menu. Send them to events@lwsb.com or drop them off at Clubhouse 1 while dining.

The normal Monday Night Dine-Out rotation is as follows: Naples serves on the first Monday; Finbars, the second; and Hometown Buffet, the fourth.

Drug Take Back Day

Leisure World Security in partnership with the Seal Beach Police Department and Ralph’s Grocery Store worked to collect surplus prescription drugs on National Take Back Day April 27 at the Main Gate. Scores of Leisure World residents filled 43 12-pound boxes with unused prescription drugs on Saturday. Now in its ninth year, the Drug Enforcement Ageny has collected nearly 11 million pounds of unwanted medicines nationwide.  

Children A Priority

Children A Priority (CAP) will host Cynthia Tostado,  GRF member resources and assistance liaison, at its meeting today, May 2, in Clubhouse 4. A luncheon will be served at noon; doors open at 11:45 a.m. 

Cynthia will discuss community resources and how residents can access them. She is a licensed clinical social worker who graduated from CSULB with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work. She has over 20 years experience working with older adult populations in the areas of hospice and active senior living.  

To make luncheon reservations, $12, call Maria Swift at 493-1924 or Rosemarie Brannon at (714) 345-5314.

Learn how Children A Priority helps local under-privileged kids through partnership with successful local charities and organizations.

“Beauty and the Beast” tickets are on sale for the June 6 show at La Mirada Theater; call Juanita Townsend, 431-4026, for tickets.

Y Service Club Pancake Breakfast

 The Y Service Club’s pancake breakfast originally scheduled for May 11 will be held May 18 from 8-10:30 a.m., in Clubhouse 2. A hearty breakfast of pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee and tea is on the menu.

Tickets are $5. Proceeds from the breakfast help fund the Kids-to-Camp program through the Los Altos YMCA and other community projects. 

Investment Forum

The Investment Forum will meet at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, May 14,  in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

As markets enter the second quarter of 2019, experts will  look at the current market performance and drivers of growth and what to expect going forward as the current economic expansion and bull market in equities continues.

Although optimistic about the U.S. markets in general, host Larry Pino of Stratos Wealth Management Group anticipates that growth and market performance will advance at a slower pace going forward.

Topics of discussion will be growth, profits, jobs, inflation, risks and opportunities for the remainder of the year. 

For over 30 years, the Investment Forum has been committed to informing and educating Leisure World residents by presenting monthly discussions on timely, critical financial topics and current economic trends. Forum is committed to providing residents the information, knowledge and confidence, essential to making more informed and effective financial decisions.  

Presentations are sponsored by Stratos Wealth Management Group, an independent RIA (Registered Investment Advisor) of LPL Financial. Presentations are hosted by Pino, CTFA, Partner and private wealth advisor.  Securities offered through LPL Financial Member FINRA/SIPC.

Senior Patriots

All are welcome to attend the Senior Patriots program on Tuesday, May 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 2:30 p.m. Carl Mariz will talk about the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and how they are related to the Global Goals of the United Nations.

Mariz is a retired chemical engineer having worked in that field for nearly 50 years after receiving a bachelor’s degree in engineering in 1957. He and his family moved to Whitter in 1968 to join the Fluor Corporation. As a result he spent seven years outside the U.S. 

These foreign assignments with Fluor included family assignments in the Netherlands, Abu Dhabi and Japan along with shorter assignments in England, South Africa and Arabia. His foreign travels led to his active involvement in the United Nations Association of the USA (UNA-USA). He has held several offices in the organization including the president of the local Coastline Chapter and later of the Orange County Chapter.

Mariz moved to Irvine in 1979 where he presently resides. He also served as president of the Southern California Division of UNA-USA from 2007-2009. His professional career involved extensive work on greenhouse gas abatement, and he attended the Climate Reality Project training in Los Angeles in August 2018. 

It will be interesting to see how he connects Human Rights with Global Goals. 

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights is a milestone document drafted by representatives from different backgrounds from all over the world. It was proclaimed by the General Assembly on Dec. 10, 1948, setting out for the first time a common standard of fundamental human rights to be universally protected.

Contact Dorothy Kemeny at 296-8554 for more information.

Y Service Club Rummage Sale

The Y Service Club rummage sale, canceled in March due to rain, has been rescheduled for Saturday, June 1. 

The sale runs from 8 a.m.-noon in Clubhouse 2. 

The postponement means there will be a huge selection of personal and household items, including jewelry, glassware, china, shoes, purses, linens, books, lamps, pictures, small appliances, and tools. 

Come early for the best selection. 

People are welcome to bring shopping bags to take their bargains home. Proceeds from the rummage sale will benefit the Los Altos YMCA Kids to Camp program and other Y Service Club projects. 

Passport Photos

Passport photos can be taken at the Copy & Supply Center in Building 5 from 8:30 a.m.- 4 p.m.; two photos, $10. For information, call 431-6586, ext. 345. 

Copy & Supply Center also provides notary public service by appointment. The cost is $15 per signature.

The center also carries small items, such as batteries, shower heads, fire extinguishers, emergency vests and other items, from the Purchasing Department.

Remembering Mama

In honor of Mother’s Day, the LW Weekly will share residents’ stories about the awesome moms who shaped their lives. 

Tributes should be no more than 250 words; deadline: tomorrow, May 3. Include your name, and mutual and telephone numbers. 

For more information, contact Ruth Osborn at 431-6586, ext. 388, or rutho_news@lwsb.com.

Earthquake Prep talk is May 9

The Emergency Information Council will host an earthquake presentation called “Earthquakes Threaten Southern California—Are You Prepared?” All are welcome to attend.

Speaker Margaret Vinci from the Caltech Office of Earthquake Programs will speak on May 9 from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

Vinci will share the latest information on earthquake hazards and potential losses, and provide earthquake preparedness resources for home, work and business.

All are invited to empower themselves to be ready for the next disaster.

With 22 million people living and working in Southern California, a major earthquake in the region could cause an unprecedented catastrophe. What people do now, before a big earthquake, can help mitigate the damage.

The presentation will be focused on the science of earthquakes,  and the risks and hazards particular to Southern California, including a scenario involving a 7.8 magnitude along the San Andreas fault. The presentation will include a realistic portrayal of what could happen in a major earthquake on the southern end of that fault.

Life Options Expo is June 1

The fourth annual Life Options Expo hosted by the Golden Rain Foundation will be held from 8 a.m.-noon on Saturday, June 1, in Clubhouse 4. 

The expo is co-hosted by California State Assemblyman Tyler Diep and Orange County Supervisor Michelle Steel. 

The community-wide event will provide residents and their families outreach and education on the wide variety of services and  resources available to enhance quality of life. 

Come and learn more about businesses and agencies that operate assisted living facilities, board and care facilities, and home care and elder care options.  

There will also be specialists in senior placement, long-term planning, home care and county resources.

The GRF does not endorse any particular agency. Participating vendors will provide information and referrals only.

In addition to the expo, the schedule includes an opening ceremony at 8:30 a.m., a Senior Scam Stopper Panel at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, and the California Highway Patrol Age Well Drive Smart Program in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 from 10:45 a.m.-noon.

For more information, call Cynthia Tostado at 431-6586, ext. 317.

Boeing and LW to work together on emergency prep

Representatives from Leisure World’s Emergency Information Council and the Boeing Company met to discuss emergency preparation and resources in the event of a local disaster. 

Both campuses will be dependent upon themselves and are relying on volunteers from each community. 

LW and Boeing will be working together to strengthen community services.

James McVicar, Boeing incident commander, Security and Fire Authority met with LW emergency volunteers and GRF Emergency/Safety Coordinator Eloy Gomez to discuss coordinating disaster resources. Combining resources could help mitigate its impact, as county and state resources will not be immediately available after a disaster.

Notary Service

Leisure World residents now have notary services, $15 per signature, available by appointment in the Copy & Supply Center in Building 5. For an appointment, call 431-6586, ext. 345. 

The Copy & Supply Center also carries small items, such as batteries, shower heads, fire extinguishers, emergency vests and other items, from the Purchasing Department.

Every year, the Golden Rain Foundation hosts a summer music festival on Thursday nights at the 2,500-seat Amphitheater. The season kicks off at 8 p.m. on  June 27 with the Texas Tenors, an Emmy Award-winning classical crossover with country roots. The trio vocal group was formed in 2009 by country singer JC Fisher, Broadway singer Marcus Collins and opera singer John Hagen. 

Amphitheater shows will start at 8 p.m. until September when they begin at 7:30 p.m. A special July 4 show will also begin at 7:30.

Residents must have GRF photo I.D. cards for admittance to Amphitheater shows. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident stockholder. 

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

The summer line-up includes:

• June 27: Texas Tenors

• July 4: Bruce Springsteen Tribute: The Rising  (starts at 7:30 p.m. due to 4th of July holiday)

•July 11: Harmony: Three Dog Night Tribute, opened by comic Scott Wood

•July 18: Tribute to Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton

•July 25: ABBA Fab

•Aug. 1: Billy Joel Tribute: The Stranger

•Aug. 8: Best of Doo Wop featuring The Diamonds, the Coasters and The Drifters

•Aug. 15: Mick Adams and The Stones: The World’s Most Authentic Tribute to The Rolling Stones

•Aug. 22: The Papas & The Mamas: Tribute to The Mamas & The Papas, opened by comic Mark Schiff

•Aug. 29: Gregory Wolfe as Rod Stewart

Shows begin at 7:30 p.m.

•Sept. 5: Tribute to Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder and Jackie Wilson 

• Sept. 12: America’s Diamond Live: Tribute to Neil Diamond 

Perspectives Policy  

Submissions in each of the following categories may be published at the discretion of the Publications Manager. 

 Letters to the Editor: Maximum number of words: 250. Letters should be typed and delivered to the Golden Rain News 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.

Letter to the Editor  


The April 9 Centenarian luncheon was a huge success- entertaining, enlightening,heartwarming and inspirational. The joyous smiles on the faces of these wonderful folks who have achieved the 100-year and plus milestone was priceless. Their well-deserved recognition was enjoyed by all. Living to that ripe old age has its challenges and there is much to be learned from their life experiences. My friends and I came away feeling blessed and proud to have shared in the event.

Thank you to the GAF and Ana Derby and her hard working crew for their efforts in putting it together The tables were nicely decorated with flowers donated by the City of Seal Beach and the entertainment was fun and lively. The 9-year old young man who very professional, sang “Rainbow Connections” that touched our hearts.

 Such an inspiring event and congratulations to the Centenarians.

To see the world’s longest longevity regions, Google “Blue Zones” on your computer. 

Judy Phillips

Mutual 5

Remember When

Editor’s note: Remember When is presented by the Leisure World Historical Society. Help make history live, tell your story, donate memorabilia, join the Historical Society. For more information, call Linda Johnson, vice president, at 594-9274, or visit the LW Museum in Clubhouse 1 from 2-4 p.m., Thursdays. 

May 10, 1979 – “Stations Cut Hours; Gas Lines Continue” was the headline in The Golden Rain News. Because of the gasoline shortages, area stations reduced pumping hours by as much as 80 percent. 

May 11, 1989 – A picture in The News showed members of the LW Garden Club gathered around the LW globe. In honor of the club’s 25th anniversary, members made a donation to the Golden Rain Foundation for new landscaping around the globe.

May 11, 1999 – A sign at the north end of Del Monte Drive was removed. Erected in 1962, it was visible from the 405 Freeway. Over the years the sign deteriorated from the weather and salt air.

JUST A COMMENT: For more information on the Leisure World Historical Society, go to www.lwhistory.org.

Setting It Straight 

LW centenarians interviewed by Mary Apte for the  GAF  luncheon were born between 1915-1919. Mary Novak and Lois Campbell will be  104 this year.  Centenarian Victor Kambe was not born in California as printed. He was born in Seattle, Washington.


In the letter (LW Weekly April 25) about the Centenarian luncheon, the writer was misidentified. The correct name is Judy Phillips of Mutual 5. The corrected letter is reprinted at the top of this page

Weekly health, exercise classes 

Beginning Yoga

Classes are offered from 10:30-11:30 a.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, and at the same time on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. Bring mats. The fee is $5 a class.

      For more information, call Patti Endly at 430-7291.


Classes are offered Tuesdays at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse 4 Lobby,

Thursdays at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1; and Saturdays, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The fee is $5 per session.

       For more information, call Connie Adkins at 506-5063.

Yoga, Meditation, Tai Chi

Classes are offered from 9:30-11 a.m. on Saturdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Paul Pridanonda teaches students to free the mind and spirit using laughter and slow and steady flow of tai chi movements. 

      For more information, call 430-7143. 

Monday Yoga

Classes are offered each week from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4, Section C; fee: $5 per session. 

      For more information, call Pat Castaneda at 225-0273.

Movement for Health and Self-Healing Medical Qigong Club

     Qigong practice sessions classes are held from 9-10 a.m. on Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The session is led by Dave Heilig, QiGong practitoner. 


Chair classes meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Thursdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The cost is $5 a class. Instruction includes seated and standing exercises. 

Mat classes meet Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Those who attend should bring a mat. All other equipment will be provided.

For additional information, call Susan Hopewell, 430-6044, or Linda Neer, 430-3214. 

Fitness Fusion Upper/Lower Body Strength and Yoga

Classes are offered from 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in Clubhouse 6, top floor. Attendance both days is not necessary. The fee is $4 a class when paying by the month, or $5 for those who do not attend  on a regular basis. 

For more information, call Marion Higgins at 296-8328.

Chair Exercise

Classes are offered from 9:30-10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 1. Classes are for men and women at all fitness levels. 

For more information, call 493-7063.

Qigong, Tai Chi Club

Qigong and tai chi classes are offered at 9:20 a.m. on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. 

The classes increase mobility and balance. Beginners are welcome. 

For more information, call Joann Mullens at 596-3936.

Feeling Good Exercise

     Move to the music from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Mondays  in Clubhouse  1, with Sarah Grusmark and Thursdays with Katie Sellards.  The fee is $3 a class. People of all fitness levels are welcome. For more information, call Cathleen Walters at 598-9149.

Ageless Grace

The eight-week chair-based exercise program, which addresses 21 specific aging factors, has resumed weekly classes at 4:30 p.m. on Mondays, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The exercises are practiced in a chair. 

To participate, drop in anytime for $5 per session or pay $30 for all eight sessions.

 For more information, call Carol Costello at 596-3927.

Leisure Leggers

The Leisure Leggers, the walking and running club, meets at 8 a.m., Mondays, in front of Clubhouse 6 for a 30-to-60-minute walk. 

For more information, call Tom Pontac, president, at 304-0880.

Wa-Rite Club  

by Margaret Humes

LW contributor

Wa-rite members donned their Easter Bonnets for the April 26 meeting of the Wa-Rite Club and some brought their flowers presented previously for top losers or queen of the month. 

Top loser of the week was Eileen Kotecki for dropping three  pounds. She avoided sweets and salty snacks and enjoyed water aerobics and yoga.

It was share day at Wa-rite so members gave some encouraging weight loss stories.

• Connie Cassiadoro will be turning 90, earned three of the club’s  degrees, lost 25 pounds and no longer needs a walker. 

• Tanya Moffat lost 20 pounds and has kept it off thanks to three trips a week to the gym. She eats plenty of vegetables, chicken and fish, tries to stay with high fiber and low sugar and low salt foods. 

• Marshia Larsen attributes her losses to coming to the club’s meetings  and being accountable. 

• Kathy Rose mentioned the mind games in battling weight loss. 

• Danette McCloud added that her journal entries help her think twice about what to eat.

• Darlene Gardner loves to knit, which seems to keep her hands to busy to eat.

The food for thought: Chewing slowly allows you and your brain to register a feeling of being full. Chew every bite 20-30 times.

Members meet from  9-10  a.m. Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Weigh-ins are from 7:45-8-45 a.m. Dues are $10. To join or visit a meeting call or text Diana Goins at 760-1293.Those who want to join should  bring their LW ID card.


Bev Bender will bring her laughter program to the Health Care Center at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday,  May 8. 

Laughter is the best medicine with only positive side effects. 

Those who attend will do laughter exercises to make them more energetic. The program is guaranteed to be uplifting. 

“Its fun, free and non-fattening,” said Bender.

All residents are invited to attend and bring a friend.

For more information, call Bender at 594-9148.

Senior Meals  

Seal Beach Community Services, in cooperation with Community Senior Serv, offers a weekly hot meals program at the North Seal Beach Community Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr. The center is open from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Monday-Friday. Lunch is served weekdays at 11:15 a.m.  Arrive by 11 a.m. to check in at the front desk. Reservations not needed. Sugar-free desserts offered on request, including water packed fruit to accommodate diabetics. One percent milk served daily. Suggested donation, $3 for seniors 60 and older; $5 for all others. For more information, call 430-6079.

Monday, May 6: Beef bolognese pasta with Parmesan cheese, 50/50 salad with vinaigrette, orange juice, breadstick with Promise, salt-free  fruit crisp.

Tuesday, May 7: Pork tenderloin with apricot sauce, baby potatoes, carrot coins, wheat roll with Promise, ambrosia.

 Wednesday, May 8: Homemade vegetable soup with salt-free crackers, grilled chicken with lemongrass sauce, steamed rice, oriental vegetable blend, fruit cup.

Thursday,  May 9: Fish tacos with shredded red and white cabbage, pico de gallo and salsa, two soft corn tortillas with cilantro and  lime, rice pudding,  diet pudding.

Friday, May 10: Chicken Cordon Bleu, rice pilaf, chef’s cut vegetables, wheat  roll with promise, strawberry cheesecake, fresh fruit.

Diabetes Support Group  

The Diabetes Support group will meet at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, May 7, in the Health Care Center Conference Room 1.

The meeting is open to anyone who has been diagnosed with diabetes or is caring for someone with the condition. 

It’s a way to learn from others’ experiences and create new friendships.

– Carson J. Blomquist

holy family catholic  

Holy Family Catholic Church, located at 13900 Church Place next to the St. Andrews Gate, will celebrate the Third Sunday of Easter this week, May 5.

The readings: 

First Reading: Acts 5:27-32, 40B-41; Responsorial Psalm: 30:2, 4, 5-6, 11-12, 13; Second Reading: Revelation 5:11-14; Alleluia: Christ is rise, creator of all; he has shown pity on all people; Gospel: John 21:1-19 or John 21:1-14


The Anointing of the Sick Sacrament will be held during 8:30 a.m. Mass on Saturday, May 11.

 It can be received by baptized Catholics awaiting  major surgery, the chronically ill and elderly.  


A spiritual bouquet for all mothers, living and deceased, will be  available at a Novena of  Masses from May 12-20. 

It will offered  for all mothers whose names are submitted through the envelopes in the pews.   


The Day of Perpetual Adoration is set for Monday, May 6, concluding with Holy Hour from 4-5 p.m. All are invited to attend.


The church celebrates Sunday Mass at 8 and 10 a.m. and noon; the Vigil Mass is 5 p.m. Saturday; daily Mass, 8:30 a.m., Monday through Saturday.  

Confessions are Saturdays and the eves of Holy Days, 4-4:45 p.m; First Fridays: 9:15 a.m.


The Bible study group meets from 10-11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Parish rectory, and all are invited.


The Women and Men of Grace Prayer Group meets from 10:30- 11:45 a.m. Wednesdays at the rectory.


The Rosary and Divine Mercy is planned at 3 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at the church.

For more information, including the weekly bulletin, visit www.holyfamilysb.com

faith christian 

According to  Proverbs 3:27 “Do not withhold good from those who deserve it, when it is in your power to act.”  

Pastor Gwyn Vaughn,who has been pastoring at Faith Christian Assembly for over 27 years, is turning 80.

He will be honored  with a surprise  tribute and celebration at  the 5:30 p.m. service on Sunday  in the Main Sanctuary, and all are invited.

That will be followed by even more celebration in the Garden Room.

It will be a meaningful evening of love, laughter, pictures and memories to share.

Tuesday is Faith Fellowship at 11 a.m. in the Garden Room and Grief-Share meets at 2 p.m. Fridays, same location.

Pastor Sheri Leming will teach Bible study at 7 p.m. on Wednesdays in the Garden Room.

To receive a free newsletter and for more information, call 598-9010 or visit www.FCAchurch.net. 

community church

The Christian church, in its long tradition, observes the “Seven Sundays of Easter” beginning Easter Sunday.    

Community Church will join in that holy season and launch a new worship experience through the series titled, “Expect the Unexpected.”  

This worship lab will encourage the congregation to explore what it means to turn  focus away from ourselves and what we like, to listening to what God is doing in our lives and giving him thanks and praise.

Each of the seven  weeks will be a unique and different worship experience.  

On Sunday, May 5, Pastor Johan Dodge will provide the first message of the series, “Expect the Unexpected” from John 21:1-19.   

Mary Maness will be lay liturgist.

Services begin at 9:50 a.m., followed by refreshments and coffee in Edgar Hall. 

Assembly of God  

Worship on Sunday at Assembly of God Church will begin at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, with praise and prayer by Associate Pastor Dan Ballinger. 

Denise Smith will lead the worship songs, and Pastor Sam Pawlak’s message will be “The Sovereign Healer.”

Pastors Sam and Pat Pawlak will leave for Poland on May 6 where they served as missionaries for several years. 

 The interim pastor will be Dan Wilderman, a former leader of Second Half Ministries in Southern California.  He will share his sense of humor and depth of biblical truths for three Sundays.

Sunday prayer meetings will be at 10 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. and are open to everyone.

The hymn sing begins at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Associate Pastor Ballinger will lead the gospel songs and hymns selected by those attending. 

Ruth Olson will lead the popular segment of recalling choruses from the past.

Carol Darnell and daughter Valerie Buterbaugh will sing two duets, one with emphasis on the celebration of Mother’s Day on May 12.


Norma Ballinger will lead the Bible study from the book of Psalms at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, May 8, in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. It will be followed by the Romeo and Juliet lunch brunch at 11:30 at Denny’s Restaurant.


LW Korean Community Church, led by Senior Pastor Yong Jang Young, holds Sunday worship at noon each week in the main hall at Leisure World Community Church, 14000 Church Place.

Early services begin at 6 a.m. from Tuesdays-Saturdays. Many members participate in the early morning worships to pray for peace in the communal-society. 


On Sunday, May 26, Pastor Sun Tae Kim, director of the Korean Siloam Eye Hospital, will give a sermon. 

Last year, LWKCC hosted a charity concert to raise funds for eye surgeries for the blind, that benefitted 25 patients.

This year, LWKCC will participating in the a charity concert for the same purpose.

It will be hosted by Dong Yang Missionary Church on Sunday, Oct. 27, in the sanctuary.  All are  invited to attend.

The concert will feature several Korean choirs and orchestras in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

lw baptist  

Since May 5 is the first Sunday of the month, the Leisure World Baptist Church will observe the Lord’s Supper this week in Clubhouse 4. Sunday school is scheduled from 8:40-9:10 a.m.

Gather with friends at the round table for coffee and refreshments  until the morning worship service begins at 9:45.

Attendees will join in the Doxology and Scripture reading.

Soloist Joan Shramek will sings “Jesus Paid it All” as all remember his sacrifice on the cross.

Under the direction of Darlene Harris, the choir will present “Nothing But the Blood.”

Congregational hymns will include “There is a Fountain,” an anthem of God’s redeeming love, written by William Cowper.

Pianist Yvonne Leon will play the offertory selection

Pastor Roland Coburn’s message from Romans 4:1-8 will be  “Our  Believers Were Justified by Faith,” Hebrews. 11:6.

The closing hymn will be “Verily, Verily,” followed by Communion.

The prayer room, attended by friends from the congregation,will be open following the service. 

The Men’s Fellowship meets at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 6, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6.

On Wednesday, May 8, the Energizers meet at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

For more information, call 430-2920.

Aglow International  

Aglow International will hold a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. Thursday,  May 10, at Mimi’s Cafe, 6670 E. Pacific Coast Highway, Long Beach.

Men and women are welcome.

Reservations should be made by May 6 by calling 631-7291.


Gamechangers, an interactive Bible study for men and women, will meet from 1:30-3:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday,  in Leisure World.

Sessions are held on the first and third Fridays of the month.

Course topics include what identifies people as followers of Jesus and how to live a Christian life. The workbook has independent units, so a session can be missed and made up later.

For the location and more information, call Joan Eisenhart at 343-8066.

congregation sholom  

Friday services at Congregation Sholom will be held at 7 p.m. tomorrow in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, led by Rabbi Chaim Singer-Frankes. 

Guest speaker Sharon Kenigsberg will discuss her experience visiting several concentration camps. 

Kenigsberg is director of endowments in Community Development for the Jewish Federation.


All are invited at  9:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 4, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, for services with Rabbi Singer-Frankes.

A potluck dairy lunch will follow services at noon. 

During lunch the Rabbi will discuss the Torah portion.


On May 10, Carol Levine will make a presentation,  “Israel Through Jewish Eyes.” She will discuss her recent trip to Israel.


The Lag B’Omer picnic will be on May 19 at 11 a.m. in the picnic area near Clubhouse 1. 


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

– Scott Simensky

rock church

The Rock Church, Seal Beach will begin Level 1 classes in Operation Solid Lives (OSL) on May 19 at Marina Community Center, 151 Marina Dr.  OSL is an effective proven system of discipleship for those who hunger for God’s Word. 

Sign-ups can be made by attending a church service at 9 and 11:15 a.m. on Sundays.

Spanish services begin at 1:45 p.m. 

Fore more information, call (714) 526-8233.

Rock Church welcomes everyone of all ages.

The motto is “Give us a year, your life will be changed forever.”


Rev. Nicole Von Atzingen will present an eight-week course in self-mastery at 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesdays from May 7-July 9 at the Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, (SBCSL), 500 Marina Dr., Seal Beach. 

The course will focus on healing the perceived separation between personality and spirit. The text for the class will be “Living the Science of Mind” by Ernest Holmes. Class fee is $145.

Sunday services are held at 9 and 11 a.m. at SBCSL, where all faith traditions are welcome.

– Annemarie Lovdahl

first christian   

First Christian Church (FCC) is making big plans for May by remembering its women, mothers and veterans. The church will play host to the annual FCC Ladies Tea on Mothers’ Day, May 12, then honor the heroes of military service on Memorial Day weekend.

The Hospitality Room opens at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, followed by the service at 5:15 p.m. 

Sunday begins with Elder Jack Frost teaching Bible study at 9 a.m. in the book of Exodus.

At 9:30 a.m., the Hospitality Room opens for fellowship and light refreshments with co-hosts Carol Speake and Sue Kaminski.

Pastor Bruce Humes begins the service at 10:15 a.m. with praise, prayer and Scripture.

Margaret Humes will lead the hymns, “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus,” “It is Well With My Soul” and “Come, Holy Spirit.” 

The Communion hymn will be “My Tribute.”   

The choir, under the direction of Anita Ragole, will sing “He Lives!”

Elder Frost will present the Communion meditation and service.

For the offertory, the Praise Team will sing, “I Surrender All”.

Jerry Tester will sing “It’s Real,” followed by Jeanette Reker who will read from the Gospel of Matthew 23:1-7.

Pastor Gene Cherryholmes’ message will be “Turn Or Burn” based on Matthew 23:1-15. 

The Hospitality Room opens 45 minutes before each service for fellowship and light refreshments.

 Prayer and verse-by-verse Bible studies during the week are held on Tuesdays with Pastor Humes and on Thursdays with Pastor Cherryholmes both at 9:30 a.m. 

beit halev  

Beit HaLev’s Torah reading for Shabbat on Friday will be  “Acherei Mot” (After the death of . . . ). 

Following the death of Aaron’s sons who died because they entered God’s presence “inappropriately,” Moshe and Aaron are instructed about the safety of entering the Holy of Holies, the establishment of a day of atonement and laws concerning sexual limitations.

Beit HaLev’s services are accessed online at Livestream.com/Galityomtov and Facebook.com/galityomtov.

Shabbat Ma’ariv (evening) services are at 6 and Shacharit (Saturday morning) services are at 10:30.

In addition to the Sabbath services, Rabbi Galit Levy-Slater  conducts a short weekday Ma’ariv  service on Thursdays at 4 p.m. on SimShalom.com. It includes a Torah reading, a D’var Torah, a prayer for healing and the Mourners Kaddish.


Beginners Hebrew class continues on Wednesday afternoons. To learn Prayerbook Hebrew or Modern (conversational) Hebrew, contact Rabbi-Cantor Galit at  715-0888 /or  duets@icloud.com for information regarding day and time.

Arts and Leisure 05/02/19

GRF Weekly Dance

The Golden Rain Foundation sponsors a weekly dance on Saturdays from 7-10 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. 

Stardust Sounds will play ballroom dance music May 4.

The Recreation Department asks residents and their guests attending the GRF Saturday Dances in Clubhouse 1 to cooperate in adhering to a few, simple rules:

• Do not park on the east side of Clubhouse 1. Parking for the clubhouse is across Golden Rain Road at the golf course or on Burning Tree Lane. 

• People must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m. to permit adequate time for the custodian to set up for the next group.

• No announcements are permitted from the stage, except by the bands.

• Clubhouse lighting and audiovisual equipment can only be adjusted by the custodian according to the instructions they have been given

• Be sure to sign in, either as a resident or guest. This is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of bands.

• Guests must be accompanied by the GRF member who invites them as all passes and ID’s are subject to inspection.

Dancers and Mixers

Everyone is welcome to the Dancers & Mixers dance Tuesday, May 7, in Clubhouse 4 from 7-9 p.m. 

The theme for the night is Cinco de Mayo. Linda Herman will play music with a Latin flair.  

Partners are not needed as there always is a mixer and some line dancing. 

The big advantage to having live music is that if there is a song from your past that you haven’t heard in a while, you can request it.

The musician travels with a suitcase of sheet music, so there’s a good chance that it can be performed.

The theme for last month was spring time and the abundance of wildflowers.

Thanks to volunteers John Hlavac, Margie Thompson and Walt Bier for greeting dancers at the entrance. 

For more information, call 431-1257.

Quilting Bees

The Leisure World Quilting Bees will host its annual spring luncheon fund raiser on Wednesday, May 15, at 11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 2.  Tickets are $20 and include six door prize tickets. Call (949) 584-2884 or 493-3645 for luncheon tickets.

Naples Rib Co Menu

Naples Rib Company, 5800 E. 2nd St., Long Beach, will bring dinner service to Clubhouse 1 on May 6. Dinners include a mini loaf of cornbread with honeybutter, extra barbecue sauce, cole slaw and barbecued beans (tax included). Reservations are required by phone  at 439-7427 or online at www.ribcompany.com/leisure-world-menu.asp. Those who book through the website will receive a special treat. Reservations must be made by Monday at noon.

May 6


Prime Rib (8 oz) $20

5 Rib Bones $16

Tri Tip (6 oz) $16

1/2 Chicken $15

Pasta Primavera $13


Ribs and ¼ Chicken $18

Ribs and Tri Tip $20

(5 Bones and 6 oz Tri Tip)

1/4 Chicken and Tri Tip (6 oz) $18


Add one Louisana hot sausage, $2

Add bottled water or a can of Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, $1.50

LW Opera Club

Everyone is invited to the Leisure World Opera Club meeting on Tuesday, May 7, at 1:30 p.m. at Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Popular LA Opera guest speaker Larry Verdugo will give a talk and show a video presentation on “La Traviata,” found in some polls to be the world’s favorite opera. 

This is timely as the GRF Recreation Dept has organized a bus trip to the LA Opera’s performance of “La Traviata” in June. All LW opera lovers are encouraged to visit or call Recreation to sign up on the waiting list for a chance to win the lottery May 16 to be able to participate in that bus trip. 

The Opera Club will also show a classic performance of the entire “La Traviata” in two parts at the June meetings.

On Monday, May 13, everyone is invited to come and watch “L’heure Espagnol” or “The Spanish Hour.” The short comic opera composed by Maurice Ravel will be shown at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. It concerns a clockmaker whose task is to wind the municipal clocks in Toledo, Spain—a task which requires him to leave his home/shop for  a full hour to make the appointed rounds.  

During his absence his wife, Concepcion, likes to receive the attentions of a bevy of men, namely a poet and banker. However on this day, a muleteer stops by for a repair of his timepiece and is told by the watchmaker he must wait an hour for his return, much to the wife’s dismay.  

For more information, contact  bemus@socal.rr.com.

Video Producers

For over 25 years, the Video Producers Club has showcased Leisure World on community television, primarily SBTV-Channel 3, among other stations. From concerts to club close ups, dances to conferences—and everything in between—the Video Producers Club ensures that the LW community has a place in the local spotlight of television programming.

People can view Leisure World segments on the following channels: SBTV Channel 3, Superwire Channel 1390 (for Spectrum cable customers) and Channel 37 for Frontier customers. 

TV listings (with Prime time beginning at 4 p.m.) are generally posted weekly in the LW Weekly. In addition, people can view programming online at SBTV3.org.

Dance Classes and Clubs

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

•A Time to Dance Club by Joseph: Ballroom dance group lessons are held the second and fourth Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Rumba is taught from 6:30-7:30 p.m.; nightclub two-step, 7:30-8:30 p.m.; $5 per session. Singles and couple are welcome. For information, call (559) 403-8974.

•Ballet: A one-hour class is held at 1:30 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 6, second floor; no experience required. Classes are $3. 

•Dance Club: Ballroom and social dance classes are held on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6, Room C. Beginning/intermediate cha cha is taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate fox trot is taught from 8:15-9:15 p.m. In March, beginning waltz will be taught from 7:15-8:15 p.m. and intermediate cha cha will be taught from 8:15-9:15 p.m. The cost is $6 per class or $10 for both classes. Singles and couples are welcome. Dancers rotate. For information, call dance instructor Jeremy Pierson, 999-1269, who has 20-plus years of professional dance experience.

•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. 

•Flowering Step Line Dance: Free classes are held at 10 a.m. on Mondays and the third Tuesday of the month in Clubhouse 2. Young-Ah Ko is the instructor. For more information, call (310) 658-0379 or 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 3-5 p.m. (beginners, first hour, advanced, second hour) at Clubhouse 6, Room C; and beginner level only on Fridays, 2:30-4 p.m., Clubhouse 3, lobby. Newcomers should have general knowledge of line dance and basic dance steps. For more information, e-mail grapevinelinedance@gmail.com or inquire in classes.

•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: Get exercise and learn line dances from 3-4:30 p.m., Wednesdays, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.  Members dance to popular favorites at the beginning and learn newer dances in the last hour; $2 per class; Justin Manalad is the instructor. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.

•Leisure Time Dancers: The waltz will be taught at 2 p.m. and big band swing 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: The club hosts themed dances with a potluck 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 237-2682. 

•Line Dance, beginning: Fridays except the first Friday of the month, 10 a.m., Clubhouse 3 lobby and 1 p.m. on Wednesdays, Clubhouse 3, Room 6. Classes are free. For more information, call Barbara Magie, 858-8485.

•Saturday Morning Dance Club: Bolero is taught from 9-10 a.m.; quick step, 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 for a class upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Pat Erickson is the instructor. 

•Velvetones Jazz Club Dance: The big band plays dance music at 6 p.m. on the first and third Sundays of the month in Clubhouse 4. 

•Zumba Club: Stef Sullivan teaches the class with dance steps inspired by salsa, merengue, cha-cha, raggaeton, Cumbia, Bollywood, jazz, hip-hop and disco. 

Classes, $3, are held at 5:30 p.m. on Mondays, 8:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, 8:30 a.m. on Thursdays and Fridays, 11 a.m. on Saturdays and 2:30 p.m. on Sundays. 

Classes are held in Clubhouse 6, except the Thursday class, which meets in Clubhouse 3.

Joyful Line Dance

Justin Manalad will be the new dance instructor for the Joyful Line Dance Club, beginning on Wednesday, May 1.

Last week, dancers paid tribute to departing instructor Takako Mitchell, who has taught  the class for two years years with patience, enthusiasm and passion.

Due to a summer travel schedule visiting family and friends, she will be unable to continue teaching.

The class held a potluck to say good-bye and wish her well.  

Manalad will bring  a new style and songs.

He has taught ballroom and line dance since 2000. 

He is well known through the Filipino Association’s Valentine and luau parties.

GRF Movie

“Crooked House,” will be shown on Sunday, May 5, in Clubhouse 4 at 2 p.m.

The British mystery directed by Gilles Paquet-Brenner is based on Agatha Christie’s 1949 novel of the same name. The film stars Max Irons, Terence Stamp, Glenn Close, Gillian Anderson and Stefanie Martini. Young Sophia returns after the war to find her grandfather poisoned, and a family filled with suspects. Luckily her fiancé, Charles, is the son of the assistant commissioner of Scotland Yard.

Can’t make the movie?  Borrow it from the LW Library for free any time.

Radio Club members honored

Last week the Queen Mary hosted ham radio operators who have volunteered their time to oversee operations of the radio room aboard the craft. Cmdr. Everette Hoard of the Royal Majesty’s Ship the Queen Mary, presented a certificate of commendation to Mike Johnson, K6MSJ, and Midge Bash, W6LIK, for their dedication and work in the ship’s wireless radio room. The Queen Mary Radio Room W6RO site is considered one of the world’s most recognized call signs.

Bash and Johnson are members of the Leisure World Amateur Radio Service Club.

The W6RO site was established through the efforts of Nate Brightman, who also was influential in convincing Long Beach city officials to purchase the ship. He and a team of others established the amateur radio room and had it operable during the ship’s last cross Atlantic cruise. Its call letters for that event were GB5QM, and every operator who contacted the ship during its crossing was sent a “QSL” which is a confirmation of contact. One of those certificates is on display in the radio room.

Batemen established an operating radio room with equipment donated by the Swan Radio Company of Oceanside. The new radio room was opened for operations on April 22, 1979, with the call letters W6RO.

From that date forward, volunteer radio amateurs from the local ham radio club, the Associated Radio Amateurs of Long Beach, Leisure World, and others have staffed the Wireless Room making radio contact with hams across the U.S. and around the world. They demonstrate ham radio to the ship’s tourists.

Brightman served as manager of the station from 1979 until his retirement in 2013, nearly 35 years. The station was rededicated as “The Nate Brightman Wireless Room” in 2007 in his honor. 

Amateurs who make an on-air contact with the station are sent the very popular W6RO “QSL” card commemorating their exchange with the Queen Mary.

Leisure Whirlers

The Leisure Whirlers Square and Round Dance Club will have a party from 6:30-9:30 p.m. tomorrow, Friday, May 3, in Clubhouse 4. The theme will be “Cinco de Mayo.” 

There will be music, dancing and a finger-food potluck. Pre-rounds are from 6:30-7 p.m. Square and round dances are alternated from 7-9 p.m., when a potluck and socializing start. 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 237-2682.

 Experienced dancers are always needed to help support the new students in a nine-month class that ends in December.

Singles and couples are welcome. 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. 

Ad Hoc Sing-Along

The LW Ad Hoc Sing-Along Club meets at 4 p.m. on Tuesdays in the lobby of Clubhouse 3. Come and sing the old “Hit Parade” favorites, Broadway tunes and songs made famous in movies. 

Helen Onu is the song leader;  Barbara McIlhaney, pianist. For information, call 493-0176.

Community Sing

Leisure World residents are invited to the Community Sing at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 6, in the lobby of Clubhouse 3 at 6:30 p.m. People who want to participate in Opening Acts should come in at 6 to sign in with the emcee, Nancy Maggio.  She will lead group singing until she announces her half-time guest, singer and pianist extraordinaire, “Mr. Hank” Barto.  

On April 22 Leila Claudio was the leader. Opening Acts began with Ethel Carter singing “Chickery Chick.” Then Gwen Preston sang “You Light Up My Life,” followed by Byong Choi, “Santa Lucia”; Bruce DuPont, “Somebody Loves Me” (a capella); and lastly, Bob Barnum sang “Love Me Tender,” after sharing an experience he and his wife had meeting Elvis live at one of his concerts. 

Pianist Pat Kogok accompanied four of the opening acts.

At 7:15, Leila introduced her half-time guest, Don Horning who plays a variety of instruments. He sang and played an amplified guitar, a harmonica, a ukulele and a banjo. He also composes and plays his own songs, which he did for his first two numbers: “That’s Me” and “Here To There.” Then he performed “Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right”; “California, Here I Come”; and “You Gotta Walk That Lonely Valley.”     

The audience was mesmerized by Don’s talent, and applauded and cheered loudly. Some gave him a standing ovation when he finished.

After Don’s performances, Leila wrapped up group singing and everyone sang “Kumbaya” to end the musical evening.

Thanks to pianist Pat Kogok  and book transporter, Vito Villamor.

Treat night will be held May 20, the last meeting of Community Sing until Sept. 9.

People are encouraged to bring treats to share. The emcee that evening will not have a half-time guest; the singing will end at 7:15 p.m., so everyone will have time to visit and enjoy the food. (Bring food in disposable containers and label serving utensils.)

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.

There is no charge for these workshops. and everyone is welcome. Upcoming workshop topics are:

• May 2: Ancestry.Com 101, Learn how to use Ancestry Part I (Bring questions)

• May 9: Ancestry.Com 101, Learn how to use Ancestry Part II (Bring questions)

• May 16: Ancestry.Com 101 Learn how to use Ancestry Part III (Bring questions)

• May 23: How to Use Google & Google Alerts for Genealogy Research

• May 30: Daughters of the American Revolution: Are you eligible?

The genealogy library is staffed every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 1-4 p.m. 

Members may come in during these hours to work on the computers, and visitors are welcome to take a tour of the library and learn what the club has to offer.

Friends of the LW Library

The Friends of the Leisure World Library raises funds to support the library through the sale of donations at the Friends Bookstore next to the Leisure World Library. People are welcome to browse for bargains in books, including children’s books, cards, puzzles and more. A boutique sells gently used collectibles and gift items. 

People are asked to bring their own shopping bags when they visit. 

The Bookstore welcomes donations. The Friends of the Library does not accept clothing, shoes or large electronics for resale in the boutique. Volunteers will pick up larger donations if needed. The bookstore is in need of volunteers. Interested persons should go to the store and fill out an application. 

The Bookstore is open from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, and 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Lapidary Club

The LW Lapidary Club is offering an Introduction to Glass Fusing class from 9 a.m.-noon on May 6 in the Lapidary Room of Clubhouse 4. 

The cost is $10 per person, which includes material to make a large decorative piece.

Yevette Louis is the instructor of this class, which used to be taught by  Kelly Johnson. Sign up in Lapidary, Clubhouse 4.

Community Karaoke

Fifty-five years of marriage was celebrated at the Community Karaoke party for Ruby and Reggie Johnson. Ruby, the classy soprano who likes to hit the high notes, and her husband, Reggie,  served special cookies and ice cream. Ruby sang “Love is a Many Splendored Thing” and their granddaughter, Brittany, did an energetic “Jolene.”

Love songs seemed to be the theme of the night. They were  sung by Helen Schultz, Ric Dizon, Anna Le, Rick Hering, David Noble, Byong Choi, Pete Tupas, Shannon Harrison and Tino Tupas. Newcomers Pam Krug sang “Walkin’ after Midnight” and Rick Riley, “What a Wonderful World.” Vito Vilamor had folks dancing with “Bossa Nova.”  Ren Villanueva, Jerry Tester, Tommy Williams, Ray Barnum and Pat Kogok sang several gospel songs in a tribute to popular member Clayton Rhodes. 

Members relished the hot coffee and treats. It’s a good time to get out of the house and enjoy social time. The club meets at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday in Clubhouse 1.

The Entertainers

The Entertainers will present a show at Club “Ooh La La” on Saturday, May 4, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Come to an intimate Paris nightclub and sit at tables lit by soft candlelight and be entertained.

Talented vocalists and instrumentalists will perform  a medley of French cabaret songs, and a medley of “April in Paris, I Love Paris.” 

The show will include singing and dancing to live music. 

The talented cast includes Vickie Van Ert, Sandra Nelson, Eric Nelson, Paul Shivers and Jeanine Greb. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. Bring  favorite snacks and refreshments. Admission is free.

Stamp and Collectors Club

The LW Stamp and Collectors Club met in April to share a wide variety of collections in Clubhouse 3.

More new and interesting items were shared at the April Stamp and Collectors Club.  

Club President Edward Hickman shared his 1906 edition of “Mars and Its Canals.”  

Dennis Nesteby shared souvenirs of Chile and Mexico, various minerals and works of art.

Other club members shared a Project Apollo coffee cup and newspaper from 1969, a book of Olympic stamps and covers from 1984, silk pictures and an arcade card picturing an actress, a collection of casino member cards from around the U.S., a Jim Bowie knife (made in Japan), woodworking and ceramic book, a Scott National Stamp Album, a newspaper clipping of Marilyn Gaye, perfume bottles and  a radio program decoder ring.

The Stamp and Collectors Club meets every first Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. 

All are welcome to come and share their collections or just watch and appreciate the wide variety of interests in LW. 

AuthorSpeak welcomes Donna Todd to LW Library

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, the Leisure World Library will host author Donna Todd, who will speak about her book, “Mommalogues: Tales of Humor between Generations.” 

All are welcome to attend at 11 a.m. today, May 2, at Veterans Plaza, located next to the library, to hear Donna discuss her book and the writing process. Complimentary refreshments will be provided.

“Mommalogues” is a witty collection of short stories that follow the dynamic duo of a mother and daughter through relatable, everyday situations. 

The daughter, wrestling with the concept of middle-age onset, sometimes finds herself at odds with her energetic and outspoken mother while the humorous moments of life are revealed through their adventures.

 Donna Todd, a native of Southern California, says the idea for this book came from having a mom, sisters and a handful of aunts in her life as inspiration. A mother of two boys, she’s found that a hefty dose of humor goes a long way. She is currently at work on the second book in the “Mommalogue” series.

Photo Arts Club Contest

by Esther Cummings

LW contributor 

 All photo club members and Leisure World residents are invited to enter the Photo Arts Club Photo Contest. Prizes will be awarded; first place wins $100; second, $50; and third,  $25. 

Non-members will pay a $10 entry fee.

In keeping with subject matter covered in current club meetings, the photo for entry into the contest must be a creative portrait of one individual. This might be a spouse, a neighbor, a friend, adult or child. A portrait is defined as a “head and shoulders” image from the top of the head to no-lower than the waist. Landscapes, travel pictures, or snapshots will not be accepted.

All entries must be submitted at the June 13 meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 9,  at 1:30 p.m. Entry format shall be a minimum print size of 8×10 and no larger than 11×14 mounted on a 16×20 mount board. Photos must be recent creations. A “model release” may be required for publication of the winning photographs in the LW Weekly.

 For specific instruction on lighting, camera techniques and modeling the subject, come to the May 9 photo club meeting in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 1:30 p.m. to learn how to create award winning portraits. 

Bring cell phones or cameras for hands-on training. 

For more information, call 430-7978.  

Everyone is welcome.

Good News Singers Concert

The Leisure World Good News Singers will present a concert called “Keep On Praying” at noon (this is a new time), Saturday, May 4, in Clubhouse 4.

A free lunch will be served to everyone in attendance. Come and be prepared to be blessed with music presented by the Good News Singers  to encourage everyone to “Keep On Praying.”  

Favorite songs such as “I am a Friend of God,” “Sweet Hour of Prayer,” “I Am What God Says I Am” and “Let This Be Our Prayer” will be sung to warm hearts and lift spirits. 

The Messengers quartet will offer its rendition of “Where Could I Go,”  and the Spiritones will share the familiar “In the Garden” in four-part harmony, barbershop-style.   

Come share in the music, food and fun on Saturday, May 4, in Clubhouse 4. 

—Nancy Maggio

Fun Time Pinochle Club winners April 29: Marilyn Allred, 14,030; Joyce Pfingston, 11,350; Richard Van Wasshnova, 11,110; Peg Kaspar, 10,890.The club meets from noon-4 p.m. Mondays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Joan Taylor at 240-5416. 

 –Bert Sellers


Monday Bridge Club winners April 29: Marion Standish, Carol Olsen, Jan Craven. Games begin at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Pauline Fitzsimmons at 296-8363.


Saturday Social Bunco Club winners April 27: Most buncos: Tie between Ann Ell and Bobbie Straley. Most wins: Tie between Lois True and Kathe Repasi. Most babies: Joyce Ingram. Most losses: Tie between Nicole Kluever and Nancy Brown. Door prize winner: Mary Milhone. The next meeting is May 11 in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Signups begin at 1 p.m. Due to the demand for tables, a 1:30 p.m. arrival is advised. Play begins at 2 p.m. The club meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. For more information, call Doris Dack, president, (714) 356-0443.


Burning Tree Duplicate Bridge Club winners April 27: N/S: Hanefi Erten-Mike Nielsen; Robert and Pat Adam; Alan Olschwang-Pamela Cole; Cooie Dampman-Howard Smith; Russ Gray-Mark Singer.  E/W: Gary Paugh-Marilyn McClintock; Ellen Kice-Al Appel; Chie Wickham – Kar-Yee Nelson; Bud Parish-Sue Fardette.  Apr 26: N/S: Gary Paugh-Bill Linskey; Mark Singer-Judy Carter-Johnson; Fred Reker-Bob Mault; Jane and Jerry Reid.  E/W: Ellen Kice-Russ Gray; Louise Seifert-Stan Johnson; Al Appel-Judy Jones; Claudette Barrack-Sharon Beran,  The club meets Fridays and Saturdays in CH 1 at 12:15. For information on how to join the fun and play, call or text Fred Reker at 615-898-0669. The next special event is the club championship on Friday, May 17.  

        – Fred Reker 


Jolly Time Pinochle Club winners April 27: Bev Adams, 13,240; Richard Van Wasshnova, 12,770; Sylvia Clinton, 11,780; Bert Sellers, 11,070. Games are played from noon-4 p.m. on Saturdays in Clubhouse 1. For more information, call Peg Kaspar at 799-0433. 

          –Bert Sellers


Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club winners April 25: N/S: First in Strat A: Janet Wagner-LaVonne McQuilkin; second in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Fern Dunbar; third in Strat A, first in Strat B: Sylvia Kaprelyan-George Alemshah; fourth in Strat A: Betty Jackson-Fay Beckerman; fifth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Cooie Dampman-Sue Boswell; sixth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Bud Parish-Sharon Beran; fourth in Strat B: Winnie Warga-John Hagman; first in Strat C: Cookie Pham-Elaine Dovgard; second in Strat C; Miriam Kelley-Judy Mathias. E/W: First in Strat A: Jeanette Estill-Diane Schmitz; second in Strat A: Judy Jones-Al Appel; third in Strat A, first in Strat B: Jerry and Melanie Smith; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B, first in Strat C: Rai Scime-Mark Singer; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Chie Wickham-Lynn Danielson; sixth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B: Barbara Wallace-Bill Dilks; second in Strat C; Joyce Roberts-Don Vallens. Winners April 22: N/S: First in Strat A: Bill Linskey-Gary Paugh; second in Strat A, first in Strat B: Lynn Danielson-Chie Wickham; third in Strat A: Sibyl Smith-Joan Tschirki; fourth in Strat A, second in Strat B: Ted and Joan Wieber; fifth in Strat A, third in Strat B: Sharon Beran-Claudette Barrack; fourth in Strat B; Jane Reid-Joyce Shuford; first in Strat C: Bill Power-Julie Cunningham. E/W: First in Strats A and B: LaVonne McQuilkin-Melanie Smith; second in Strats A and B: Howard Smith-Sue Boswell; third in Strats A and B, first in Strat C: Cookie Pham-Ellen Kice; fourth in Strat A: Marilyn McClintock-Fern Dunbar; fifth in Strat A, fourth in Strat B: Nancy Lichter-Norma Kruger. Reservations are requested to play in the Monday and Thursday afternoon games in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Players are asked to arrive by 12:15 p.m. to confirm their reservation. To make or cancel a reservation for Mondays call Midge Dunagan at 594-9698; for Thursdays call Sharon Beran at 308-7838 or email her by 10:30 a.m. on the day of game, or at hbsharonb@gmail.com. To cancel a reservation on game day or to report running late, call 636-579-1357 between noon-1 p.m. 

                                                  – Gene Yaffee


Friendly Pinochle Club winners April 25:  Jim Kaspar, 11,790;  Pat Bulm, 10,860; Jerry Hore, 10,560; LaVerne LaShum, 10,120. The club meets on Thursdays from noon-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. For more information,call (310) 968-9509.


Monday Night  Bunco Club winners April 22: Most buncos: Susie Ralston. Most wins: Marilyn Moody. Most babies: Tie between Rita Fuejo and Bill Zurn.Most losses: Tie between Bert Sellers and Audrey Hutchings. Door prize winner: Jackie Walters. The next meeting is May 13 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The club meets on the second and fourth Monday of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Play begins at 6 p.m.  For more information call Gail Levitt at 596-1346.

men’s pool club  

The qualifying tournament for the Leisure World Olympics for men’s pool featured 14 competitors playing 8-ball in a double elimination tournament to decide three medalists.

   After 10 players were eliminated, Dave Silva and Kurt Bourhenne reached the winners’ bracket without a loss. That left Kurt’s brother, Allan, playing Bill Clawson in the loser’s bracket. 

Allan beat Bill and Kurt beat Dave, which sent Dave to play Allan. Dave won a close match, giving Allan  the bronze medal.That meant Dave would need to beat Kurt Bourhenne twice to take the gold.

 Dave won the first game to bring the gold medal match to a final game.  Dave cleared his solid ball and had a medium cut shot on the 8-ball, while Kurt still had one striped ball on the table.  

Dave rimmed the 8 in the corner and went across the table to barely creep into the far corner pocket.  

Making the eight in the wrong pocket is loss of game, so Kurt won the gold and Dave settled for silver..

ladies golf club  

Forty-three members of the Ladies Golf Club played for low gross, low net, and chip-ins in weekly play on April 23. 

Thirteen players chipped the ball from off the green into the hole.

Bert Thompson hit a hole-in-one on No. 7.

Flight winners:

A: Low gross: Soo Choi, 27. Low net: Tie among  Devora Kim, Bert Thompson and  Sandy Derouin, 25. Chip-ins/hole: Devora Kim, 6; Bert Thompson, 7; Ann Tran, 2; Mary Ann Moore, 9; Helen Yoon, 5.

B:  Low gross:  Tie between Grace Choi and Yvonne Yim, 32. Low net: Tie between Sang An and Joann Lim, 25. Chip-ins/hole: Sang An, 2; Joann Lim, 4;  Hailee Yang, 2.

C:  Low gross: Cecilia Han, 31. Low net: Kay Hong, 24. Chip-in/hole: Liz Meripol, 5.

D:  Low gross: Donna Cooper, 33. Low net: Tie between Bertha Berrigan andEvelyn Scherber, 24. Chip-ins/hole: Jean Cose, 2; Dorothy Favre, 7; Ock Im, 1. 

– Dale Quinn

scrabble club  

by Maria Giegerich

LW contributor

The month of April was filled with numerous high scores by members of the Leisure World Scrabble Club. There was also  and abundance of  “bingo” games, when all seven tiles are used in one turn. In both categories, Larry Edgar outplayed all competitors with six games between 360-420,including six bingo games. 

His variety of words in-

cluded “roasted,” “hogging,”

“incited,” “emanate,” “bitters,” and “alerter.” 

Sylvia Makus tied Edgar with a high score of 420. Suthy Chhoeuy played the word “remotes” and had high scores of 405 and 351. 

Ruth Depuy had two bingos with “rosette” and “trainee” as well as a game high of 398. Pam Smithson won her bingo with “goalies” good for 374 points. Flo Nesland scored 363 points. 

Monthly attendance was above average but new players are always welcome. 

Members meet at 1 p.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 5 for three one-on-one games. 

Newcomers are asked to arrive early for a quick review of rules. If an odd number of players appear, one table will play three competitors. 

For more information, call Flo Nesland at 598-1384.

Chess Club Puzzle  

This week’s puzzle: White moves first and for any answer by black, the white’s next move is checkmate. 


Chess partners are available in Leisure World when the LW Chess Club meets from 2-6:30 p.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.  Beginners are welcome for free lessons.


Solution to this week’s puzzle:  Qe6.The white queen  moves from g8 to e6 .  Any answer by black, the white’s next move is check mate.

Shuffleboard Club  

Shuffleboard Club League play on April 26 featured a 9-9 tie between the Classics and Puckmasters and an 11-7 win by the Sliders over Girl Power.

Classics’ all-game winners were Kathleen Morrison, Roger Bennett, Bill Hamilton. 

Puckmasters’ all-game winner was Anita Giroud.

The Sliders’ all-game winners were Norb Walsh and Sally Fowler.

In the current standings,The Puckmasters are in first place with 15-/2 points, followed by The Classics, 14-1/2; Sliders, 8-1/2 and Girl Power,  6- 1/2 points.

Only six more weeks until the champion is crowned.

Play resumes tomorrow, Friday, at the Clubhouse 1 courts when The Classics play the Puckmasters and Girl Power do battle with take on  the  Sliders. 


The next luncheon will be on May 31, following league play.

‘For those who want to join the club or try out the game, practices during league play are held at 10 a.m. Mondays and Wednesday at the courts behind Clubhouse 1. 

Foe more information,Call Carrie Kistner, club president,  at (949) 300-0285.

MEN’S GOLF club  

by Dave LaCascia

LW contributor

The Men’s Golf Club  tournament was held April 24 at the local course. It was an overcast and damp morning start that turned into a great day for golf. 

Forty-two players competed in four flights over 18 holes.

There were seven circle hole winners.

Flight winners:

A: Steven Ro, 47; Bill Long, 49; tie for place between Bob Barnum and Steve Walker, 52.

B: Ron Steele, 46; Paul Alloway, 49; Hyon Shin, 52.

C: Bill Zurn, 47; Ben Benjamins, 52; Walt Bier, 53; Gary Stiver, 54.

D: Tie among Steve Moody, Lee Broadbent and Dennis Jensen, 54; tie between Bob Marselle and Bruce Bowles, 56.

Closest to the pin winners were Bill Lyons on the eight hole and Jae H. Lee on No. 17.

Men’s Club tournaments are held on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month.


The club has embarked on a race to crown the 2019 champion. Competition started with last month’s tournament and will proceed until a champion is crowned in mid-December. 

Only members can may participate and must have competed in at least eight tournaments by Nov 13.


To join the club contact President Bill Zurn or Membership chair Dave LaCascia through the golf starter shop. 

To join, new members must play three 18-hole rounds on the local course to get a valid handicap. 

Rounds must be played with a current member and scorecards left with the starter. That qualifies the golfer to play in the Men’s and Guys and Gals Tournaments throughout the year.

cribbage club  

Bea Lissow and Patti Smith tied for high game at 844 in Cribbage Club play on April 23 in Clubhouse 1.

They were followed by Ann Simons, 843; Gary Jantzen, 840 and Marie McGuire and Julie Milburn, tied at 831. Bert Selllers, Bob Berry, Jack Hawn and Joyce Pfingston had six games of 121.

Jean Wilson celebrated her grandchildren, a girl born in March and one grandson. Members enjoyed cake and strawberry swirl ice cream. 

Jean Wilson and Connie Deady served.  

Members meet at noon on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 1. 

Play usually ends by 3:30. Residents are invited to join the club, there’s always room for mores.

Partners are not required. Players are requested to arrive by  noon to be assured of a table. 

To  learn to play cribbage, call Patti Smith at 242-4674 and she will arrange for lessons for one hour before the games begin.

– Bobbie Straley

Ladies Q Pool Club   

The Ladies’ Q Pool Club meets at 10 a.m.  Mondays in Clubhouse  1 to play pool. 

Tournaments are held at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of the month in Clubhouse 1.

– Kathy Engelhardt



Honor LW vets with banners

Golden Rain Foundation, in conjunction with the Recreation Department, will offer Veterans Honor Banners for sale again. 

Banners will be posted throughout the community on trust streets and may honor current or former GRF members in good standing. 

The name used will be the full legal name, used on the stock certificate of Golden Rain Foundation or deed, in the case of Mutual 17. GRF membership will be verified by the Stock Transfer and Recreation offices. The banner will also include the mutual and military branch under which they served. The cost is $150 and orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis while the limited supply lasts. 

The banners will be displayed for Memorial Day. If you have previously purchased a banner you can opt to pick it up from Recreation or donate it and have it redisplayed, subject to space available. All sales are final, and no refunds will be given. 

For more information, call 431-6586, ext. 324, or email to thomasf@lwsb.com or www.lwsb.com/veteranbanners.

Payment Boxes

Located throughout the community are light tan-colored payment boxes provided as a convenient method of dropping off monthly assessment payments, checks only, no cash, as well as utility payments for Edison, Verizon, Frontier and Spectrum without having to use a postage stamp. 

GRF has established strict procedures relating to the collection and delivery of payments deposited in these payment boxes. Payments are collected daily Monday-Friday from all boxes, and the higher volume boxes have several daily collections. Sealed payments are delivered to the Finance office where they are sorted and mailed in parcels as batches to their respective payment processing centers. Monthly assessment payments are forwarded to the lockbox payment processing center via UPS and contain a tracking number used to confirm the package was delivered.

Be sure to include your name and address on the outside of all payment envelopes deposited in the light tan-colored payment boxes. Doing so allows staff to add an additional step of tracking and recording payments before they are forwarded to their respective payment processing center. Failure to place your name and address on the payment envelopes will make it difficult for staff to track a payment once it leaves the office.

Note that postage stamps are required on all mail deposited in the blue U.S. postal boxes. Further, it is always a good practice to place a return address on all U.S. mail in the event the postmaster is unable to deliver your mail.

—Finance Department

GRF Board Executive Session

1 p.m., May 3, 2019

Administration Conference Room

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

A. Call to Order – President Stone

B. Roll Call

C. Legal

D. Contracts

E. Member Disciplinary Actions

F. Personnel

G. Adjournment

“Agenda is Subject to Change”


The following carport cleaning day will be adjusted due to the upcoming holiday: 

Memorial Day, Monday,  May 27

Mutual 10, Carports 117-121  will be cleaned on Friday, May 31.

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, May 2 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4 9 a.m.

Tuesday, May 7 Mutual 16

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Tuesday, May 7 Mutual 17

Administration 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 9 Mutual 12

Administration 9 a.m.

Friday, May 10 Mutual 3

Administration 9 a.m.

Wednesday May 15 Mutual 5

Conference Room B 9 a.m.

Wednesday, May 15 Annual Meeting Mutual 10

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Thursday, May 16 Mutual 2

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 16 Annual Meeting Mutual 14

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Friday, May 17 Annual Meeting Mutual 7

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m. 

Friday, May 17 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, May 20 Mutual 15

Administration 1 p.m. 

Tuesday, May 21 Mutual 14

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22 Annual Meeting Mutual 4

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m. 

Wednesday, May 22 Annual Meeting Mutual 16

Administration 2 p.m. 

Thursday, May 23 Mutual 1

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 23 Annual Meeting Mutual 11

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Friday, May 24 Mutual 6

Administration 9:30 a.m.

Friday, May 24 Annual Meeting Mutual 9

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 28 Annual Meeting Mutual 8

Clubhouse 4 10 a.m.

Mutuals 4, 7, 8, 9 and 11 have canceled regular meetings in May.

GRF Committee 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:

Friday, May 3 GRF Board Executive Session 

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, May 6 Recreation Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, May 7 Management Services Review Ad Hoc

Conference Room B (rescheduled) 1 p.m. 

Wednesday, May 8 Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 9 Communications Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, May 10 Executive Committee 

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, May 13 Mutual Administration Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 14 Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Friday, May 17 Roundtable with Mutuals/GRF

Administration 1 p.m.

Monday, May 20 Finance Committee

Administration 9 a.m.

Thursday, May 21 Information Technology Committee

Conference Room B 1 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22 Architectural Design Review Committee

Administration 1 p.m.

Thursday, May 23 Service Maintenance Committee

Administration 1 p.m. 

Friday, May 24 Facilities and Amenities Review Ad Hoc

Clubhouse 4 1 p.m.

Tuesday, May 28 GRF Board of Directors

Clubhouse 4 6 p.m.

GRF Guest Guidelines

by Kathy Thayer


One of the most attractive reasons people choose to live in Leisure World Seal Beach is for the wealth of amenities that are offered for Shareholder/Members to enjoy with their friends and families.

In addition to reserving clubhouse space and picnic areas for family get-togethers, certain activities can be shared with residents’ guests.

The following Trust facilities are provided for the use of GRF Members in good standing and their guests who are at least 18 years old. Members must be present at all times when guests are using these facilities, as well as in the clubhouses: 

a. Amphitheater (Policy 1412-50);

b. Art room; 

c. Billiards rooms;

d. Card room; 

e. Ceramics room; 

f. Sewing room; 

g. Shuffleboard court; 

h. Table tennis area (Policy 1463-50)

The key for this working for the benefit of all Shareholder/Members is that the resident who invites the guest, or issues a guest pass to an individual, accompany those guests at all times while using the facilities. It is important that we ensure that our amenities are available primarily for resident use, and therefore the Recreation Department, in conjunction with the Security Department, will be regularly checking IDs at these amenities to verify that any non-residents are with their Shareholder hosts. A guest using a facility on a pass must be with the Member whose unit corresponds to the pass.  If staff cannot verify this, the guest will not be permitted to remain at the facility.

GRF and the Recreation Department thank the community for helping to keep the amenities available for all by sharing this information with their families and friends.


Love updated members on lawsuit

filed by ALCU against Orange County

Attorney Brandon Love was warmly welcomed by members of the Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club at the club’s popular Voter Awareness Series meeting on April 23.

The meeting centered on Love’s review of a recent lawsuit alleging violation of the First Amendment, the California Constitution, the Brown Act and the Public Records Act by the Orange County Board of Supervisors. Titled Peoples Homeless Task Force versus the County of Orange, the suit filed by the ACLU on behalf of the homeless task force is based on recent attempts by the Board to impose limits on those who want to speak at its meetings.

The suit maintains that this effort has been made by deploying Rules of Procedure that “actively attempted to silence the people, stifle debate, and shield its members from criticism by erecting barriers to the people’s participation in board.”  During the course of the meeting, Love outlined examples of this behavior, which included reducing the time allotted to each speaker, moving public comments to the end of the meeting, inability to address specific supervisors, disallowing applause and unlawfully requiring individual identity.

In addition to the Board’s actions at meetings, the suit charges that supervisors unlawfully refuse to produce public records and have re-categorized records in such a way that gives the Board license to destroy them.

Love also provided additional examples of what he considered poor judgment by individual Board members which have unnecessarily cost the taxpayers money. 

Diana Carey, who also spoke at the meeting, pointed out that Orange County has reportedly missed out on millions of state and federal taxpayer dollars to address its growing homelessness by not being assertive enough in preparing for and seeking the funds.

Next month’s Democratic Club general membership meeting has been moved to Wednesday, May 29, in Clubhouse 4 at noon. 

The program scheduled for the meeting will center on the recent revival of the Equal Rights Amendment. All Leisure World Democrats and their supporters are invited to attend.

For more information about the Leisure World Democratic Club, email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com or phone 296-8521.


Special Olympic athletes come to CSULB June 8-9

by Cathie Merz


“They fuel me. They get me inspired,” says Joy Kolesky, Mutual 2, about the athletes who participate in Special Olympics, the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities.

Special Olympics comes to Cal State University, Long Beach (CSULB), on Saturday-Sunday, June 8-9, culminating the organization’s spring season. 

Joy invites all Leisure Worlders to join in the excitement. Leisure World will provide a free shuttle bus to the venue on Saturday. Admission is free and free parking is available for those who want to drive themselves.

Fifteen years ago Joy stopped by the games at CSULB and was amazed at the uplifting vibration she experienced. There were twice as many volunteers as athletes. As she stood and took it all in, she cried.

She was very comfortable talking to the athletes and they were excited to interact and compete. They love being recognized. 

“It is the simple things that really matter to them,” she says.

More than 1,100 Special Olympics Southern California athletes will bring their passion and compete for gold in swimming, athletics, (track and field), basketball, bocce, flag football and swimming during the two-day event. 

Joy is a volunteer coach for a Special Olympics bocce team.

She was introduced to Special Olympics in its infancy. Her brother was in a state developmental center, and she witnessed first-hand how kids and adults alike sent nasty vibrations to those with special needs. 

Special Olympics brought programs to the hospital, and she saw how the program ignited the young people and she became a supporter.

Special Olympics was founded by Eunice Kennedy Shriver in 1968. Shriver believed that individuals with intellectual disabilities could excel through involvement in sports. She inspired Olympic Gold Medalist Rafer Johnson to establish the California chapter in 1969.

The organization enriches the lives of more than 31,000 of the states’ most vulnerable and under-served population, children and adults with intellectual disabilities, through sports, education and athlete health. 

When Joy retired she immediately followed her heart and threw herself into volunteering at Special Olympics, coaching and fundraising. 

“Special Olympics enriches the lives of all who participate, the athlete, the coaches, the volunteers and the donors. As a coach of five sports, I have had the privilege and the joy of interacting with positive thinking individuals who are fun loving, purpose driven and accepting of all,” says Joy.

She never played bocce before she began coaching, but now she loves it. She is a mainstay at the new bocce court in LW’s new Mission Park, and organized LW bocce tournaments for the GRF Olympics.

She coaches two teams that practice on Saturday mornings. The teams compete in three tournaments prior to the Southern California games. 

One of the big events and fund raisers for Special Olympics is the Torch Run, a four-day relay that begins in San Diego and travels thorughout cities in Orange County, culminating at the opening ceremonies. The relay is a major fund raiser by law enforcement organizations, including the Sheriff’s Department, local police, SWAT, FBI and the CHP. Law enforcement officers from municipalities along the route participate with athletes carrying the torch from one city to the next.

Seal Beach Police get the torch at Seal Beach Boulevard at PCH in the late afternoon on Friday, June 7. The relay team will travel north on PCH to 12th Street and turn south to Ocean Avenue, then onto Main Street heading north back to PCH toward First Street before handing it off for the last leg into CSULB. The run through Seal Beach will last about 30 minutes.

Law enforcement officers are critical to Special Olympics fund raising. Their participation brings attention to the organization through events associated with the Torch Run, including “Tip-A-Cop,” where officers visit local restaurants and go from table to table talking to patrons and collect donations. They also conduct silent auctions and raffles that bring in millions of dollars. 

Become a fan in the stands and help support Special Olympics. Visit the sponsor and law enforcement booths offering games and live entertainment. 

For more information on the event, volunteering, fundraising or sponsoring, visit www.sosc.org/summergames.


Special experience offered

Joy Kolesky wants to share her exuberance with Leisure World neighbors and friends, so she has arranged for a special LW honored guest experience for residents who attend the Southern California Special Olympics on Saturday, June 8, on the campus of California State University, Long Beach. 

The experience includes reserved seating for opening ceremonies at 9:30 a.m.,  a tour of the sports venues and festival, free breakfast and possibly handing out medals to the athletes. This event requires a lot of walking for venue to venue. Be sure to bring water, hats and sunscreen. 

A free shuttle from LW to CSULB will be provided on Saturday. Admission is free. Free parking is also available in the parking structure and lots located off Atherton Street next to the Pyramid.

To take part in the special experience, email events@lwsb.com, or call 431-6586, ext. 326.

Today is Maria Castro’s 100th birthday

by Maria Moretti

special to LW Weekly

Maria Castro is an energetic, happy, and full of life centenarian turning 100 years young today.

She is the best mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother any family can hope to have. All of those who love her affectionately call her “Ita”, which is short for “Abuelita,” little grandmother in Spanish. 

She and her husband moved to Leisure World 12 years ago from New Orleans, Louisiana. 

Maria is known for her ever present smile and her positive and cheerful disposition. Standing at only 4 feet, 7 inches, she is a strong woman who has survived many unexpected upheavals in her life. Her mottos to live by are, “Accept life and those situations of which we have no control” and “Always look forward, never look back.”

Maria was born on May 2, 1919, in Los Palacios, a town in the Pinar del Rio Province in Cuba. She was one of nine siblings who were all very close. Her father passed away of typhoid fever when she was a young child leaving her mother to care for Maria and her eight siblings alone. They grew up together working on the family farm with cows, chickens, vegetables, fruit and coffee beans. While it was hard, it was a simple and beautiful way of life. 

She and all of her siblings attended school in a small school house with one teacher. Maria loved reading poems and can recite many poems from her childhood by heart to this day word for word. Maria yearned for higher education but that was not acceptable for women of that day. 

So when she was a teenager she talked her mother into letting her move in with her older sister who lived in a nearby town. Her sister was married and had to help tend to her husband’s business, so she offered to pay for Maria to study to be a seamstress in return for helping take care of her home and children. 

Maria snatched up the opportunity and within three years she graduated as a master seamstress from Academia Cientifico Moderno de Maria Teresa Bello. Maria became a true master of her craft. She ended up sharing her talent of sewing and designing clothes by teaching other aspiring seamstresses.

In her home town in Cuba, dances and music were major events that were celebrated by all. Maria has dancing in her blood. Even today at 100 years of age, she still loves to dance and says it keeps her young. Her favorite music to dance to is salsa. 

It was at one of these infamous dances where she met the love of her life, Fernando Castro. They danced the night away and were inseparable ever since. It was love at first sight. They got married on March 1, 1952, moved to Havana and built their first home together. Four years later they had a daughter named Maria Elena.

Fernando was a butcher and they owned a small butcher shop while Maria taught sewing. They had a wonderful life. But in 1960, the volatile political situation in Cuba prompted them to uproot and move to the United States. They left everything behind and moved to the United States with only $60 U.S. dollars hidden in their daughter’s doll. They set tled in New Orleans, Louisiana, and became proud U.S. citizens.

They both had a strong work ethic. Maria started out as a seamstress in a curtain factory, and Fernando as a butcher in a grocery store. Eventually Maria was able to acquire a seamstress job at the famous Roosevelt Hotel in the New Orleans French Quarter. Her first job there was sewing for the restaurants and designing different outfits for various themes of the hotel during specific seasons. 

It didn’t take long for her talents to be recognized. She was then put in charge of designing all the employee uniforms and elaborates costumes for major events. 

Soon after, Maria became the “go to” seamstress for the stars who performed at the famous Blue Room. This job changed her life. She met many stars including Lilly Tomlin, Marlene Dietrich, Carol Channing, Michael Jackson and others.

Maria and Fernando’s hard work allowed them to raise a beautiful and successful daughter. They became proud grandparents to Charlotte and Nicholas and later became great-grandparents to Caden who is now 13 years old.

Maria and Fernando expected to stay in New Orleans for the rest of their lives, but that was not to be. In August 2005, Hurricane Katrina, a Category 5 hurricane, hit New Orleans with a vengeance. 

Maria, Fernando and the rest of their family barely escaped with their lives. As dangerous and frightening as this situation was, Maria remained true to her nature and was happy and grateful to be surrounded by family during this difficult time. That has always been a priority in her life. According to Maria, “material possessions are just stuff, but family is everything.”

Their home was flooded but reparable; however, after that ordeal Maria and Fernando decided to sell their house and make another major move to California to be closer to their daughter. 

In 2007 they moved to Leisure World. One would think that after having lived in New Orleans for over 30 years, a move half way across the country to an unfamiliar state would be tough and a very difficult adjustment, but not for these two. They were near their daughter, and Leisure World immediately felt like home to them. They commonly referred to their new home as paradise. 

Maria and Fernando loved Leisure World and made many friends. And they were thrilled when their beloved grandchildren and great-grandchild also decided to move to California and were close by. They were surrounded by love and were in bliss. 

But sadly Maria’s husband became ill, and in October 2018 Maria lost the love of her life. They were together for an incredible 66-½ years until his very last breath. They truly were in love and were such an inspiration to all who knew them. They treasured their daily walks around the beautiful gardens of Leisure World, and Maria was well cared for and treated like a queen by her husband. Maria misses her husband dearly, but she feels fortunate that she is enveloped by her family’s love and support which has helped to uplift her. And as she has done her entire life, accepted what she has no control over. She is a strong woman and a true survivor, and continues looking forward.

As Maria celebrates a century of a life well lived, she is incredibly grateful to be blessed with great health. She still exercises every single day and goes for long walks. She is surrounded by friends and family. Her humor and wit are intoxicating bringing joy to all those around her, even to those who are the brunt of her jokes. 

When asked of her secret to longevity, Maria said, “It’s very simple. Accept, love, stay active, dance, and most importantly, don’t forget to laugh.” Love of family has been at the center of her life, as well as a strong faith in God. 

In her long and fruitful 100 years Maria has had such a positive impact and has touched so many lives. She is a true matriarch. She cannot wait to celebrate her special day with all her family and friends, many of whom are traveling from out of town to share this special event with her. Even the Mayor will be there to honor her. And of course salsa music will be playing. Keep on dancing Ita.


David S. Kim named secretary of 

California State Transportation Agency

by Cathie Merz


Gov. Gavin Newsom recently announced the appointment of David S. Kim, son of Grace Kim, Mutual 14, as secretary of the California State Transportation Agency.

Grace is happy to have him back in California after spending the past 20 years in Washington, D.C. 

“I’m so glad that I will get to see him more often,” she said.

This position requires Senate confirmation. 

David is currently vice president of governmental affairs for Hyundai Motor Company. He begins his new position in June.

In his resignation letter to his colleagues at Hyundai, David wrote, “This move represents a return on two fronts. First it’s a return to public service, where I spent my entire career before coming to Hyundai. And second, it’s a homecoming of sorts — returning to my native California after living in the D.C. area for the past 20-plus years.”

Prior to working for Hyundai, David was deputy administrator of the U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Highway Administration, for the Barack Obama Administration. He also served as associate administrator of policy and governmental affairs from 2011-2016; and deputy assistant secretary for governmental affairs at the U.S. Department of Transportation from 2009-2011. 

Kim was the deputy executive officer of federal advocacy and governmental relations for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority from 2004-2009 and deputy director of the Washington, D.C., Office of Gov. Gray Davis from 1999-2003. 

Before departing for Washington, D.C., Kim was a legislative representative for the City of Los Angeles; a senior legislative assistant in the Office of Congressman Xavier Becerra; an administrative assistant for Becerra when he was an assemblyman; and a field deputy in the Office of California State Senator David Roberti. 

David earned a master’s of public administration degree from the University of Southern California.

LWer celebrates 90th birthday

Connie Cassiadoro, Mutual 5, turned 90 yesterday, May 1. 

She will have a birthday celebration hosted by her granddaughter Becca on Saturday, May 4, from 1-3 p.m. on her patio at 13521 Wentworth Lane, 107-G. 

All are invited to stop by.

Connie was born May 1, 1929, in Steubenville, Ohio.

She and her husband owned a bakery in Compton and she decorated cakes. Her favorite is white cake, but she was fond of Italian rum cake and the bakery’s specialty, strawberry/banana. 

Connie has one son, Robert, in addition to  her granddaughter, Rebecca.

“I have a wonderful family,” she said.


Get tickets to ‘Beauty and the Beast’

Children-A-Priority will escort a trip to see “Beauty and the Beast” at the La Mirada Theater on Thursday, June 6.

“Beauty and the Beast” is a musical with music by Alan Menken, lyrics by Howard Ashman and Tim Rice, and book by Linda Woolverton. The play is adapted from Walt Disney Pictures’ Academy Award-winning 1991 animated musical film of the same name, based on the classic French fairy tale by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont.

“Beauty and the Beast” tells the story of a cold-blooded prince who has been magically transformed into an unsightly creature as punishment for his selfish ways. To revert into his true human form, the Beast must first learn to love a bright, beautiful young woman whom he has imprisoned in his enchanted castle before it is too late.

All eight songs from the animated film are in the musical.

The bus will leave the Amphitheater at 7 p.m.

The cost for the play and transportation is $85.

For tickets and information, call Juanita Townsend, 431-4026.

Today is National Day of Prayer

Today, May 2, is The National Day of Prayer.

The National Day of Prayer is an annual observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked “to turn to God in prayer and meditation.” It was created in 1952 by a joint resolution of the United States Congress, and signed into law by President Harry S. Truman.

Purchase Mother’s Day brunch tickets before event is sold out

The GRF Recreation Department will host a special brunch to honor Leisure World mothers at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 11, in Clubhouse 4. 

A limited number of reservations are on sale for $26 at the Recreation Office in Building 5. People who want to sit with a group should inform the events coordinator when purchasing tickets. Seating will be assigned if no request is made.

Country Gardens Caterers will provide an elegant repast of egg and sausage strata, strawberry crepes, fresh fruit, pastry platters, sparkling cider and more. 

Moms and guests will be serenaded by classical harpist Peggy Skomal, who will play Irish, Scottish and Welsh songs. 

For more information, contact the Recreation Department at events@lwsb.com or call 431-6586, ext. 326.

Sunshine Club speakers are announced for May

The Sunshine Club has weekly guest speakers from inside and outside Leisure World to enhance living in LW. 

In May the speakers will be GRF Board Member Ronde Winkler, Mutual 10, on May 8; Dr. Leyla Ali, pharmacist and author of “Off Balance, The American Way of Health, A Pharmacist’s Perspective on Why Drugs Don’t Work,” will be the guest on May 15; Rick Paap, retired Seal Beach Police Department, will be the guest speaker May 22; and Victor Rocha, GRF security services director, May 29. 

The topic of each guest speaker’s presentation will be announced in LW Weekly prior to the meeting.

The club appreciates shareholders bringing their own coffee mugs to participate in the “Save The Earth” program the club began about five years ago. Arrive 5-10 minutes early to enjoy refreshments before the meeting begins at 10 a.m.

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 is required. Refreshments are served. For more information, call Anna Derby, 301-5339.


‘Unintended Consequences’ is topic

The Leisure World Humanists will meet in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 10:30 am, Sunday, May 5.

The guest speaker will be Craig Hendricks, Ph.D. in history from State University of New York, Stony Brook. His talk is titled “Unintended Consequences.” Dr. Hendricks will talk about how the course and direction of the United States has been shaped and directed by court cases, policy decisions, migration patterns, foreign relations and many other factors.

For three decades he taught a wide variety of history classes at Long Beach City College and CSU, Long Beach. A recipient of both Fulbright and Ford Foundation research grants his interests have focused on topics in Latin America and the United States. Dr. Hendricks is the joint author of several textbooks.

 In the coming months the Leisure World Humanists will be examining a number of important social problems.


Moishe Strugatch is tonight’s topic

The Yiddish Club of Leisure World meets tonight, May 2, at 7 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

The topic will be “The Life and Creation of Yiddish Writer and Poet Moishe Strugatch.” 

After words and proverbs in Yiddish are presented, President Yakob Basner will tell about Strugatch’s life and read his stories and poems.

Refreshments will be served after the program.


Today marks 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci on May 2, 1519. He was a man whose breadth of thinking had a lasting impact on understanding of the body, science and humanity.

Leonardo’s approach to life was built upon a vision of unity. The singular lens he used contrasts with modern dichotomous ways of seeing and thinking that separate the arts and sciences, and underlies Leonardo’s diverse body of work spanning anatomy, neurology, optics, embryology, cardiology, medical education, architecture, engineering and fine art. 

He perceived art and science as complementary dimensions of human experience, also believing that people and animals were inextricably entwined and interdependent on each other for survival. This was manifested in his (then radical) transition to a vegetarian diet, and through his appreciation of nature—in biodiversity and geology, and particularly through his use of the analogy of the microcosm of the human body reflecting the macrocosm of the Earth. His proposed application of this analogy was that we should respect and live in harmony with our planet and all its natural systems. Leonardo’s vision and interest in the patterns of Earth—manifested in both the detail of his most familiar paintings, such as the Mona Lisa, and in his prolific notebooks and sketches—provide an elaborate and early documentation of the natural world at a time when scientific understanding was limited. Leonardo’s approach and understanding of our unity with nature give him the credentials to be described as truly visionary.


Multi-carport sale planned

Mutual 9 is planning a  multi-carport sale on Thursday, May 23.  For more information and reservations, call 431-4796.


Computer class schedule announced

The Friendship Club offers computer classes taught by Jeff Sacks, and Miryam Fernandez.

• Monday, May 6, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m.- Learn how to search the internet; LW newspaper online (substitute)

Noon – iPhone, iPads (Fernandez)

• Monday, May 13, Clubhouse 3, Room 4

11 a.m. – Prepare for test like Calif DMV. (Includes information about REAL ID) (substitute)

Noon – iPhone Magic – Tips and Shortcuts (Fernandez)

• Monday, May 20, Clubhouse 6, Room B

11 a.m. – Computer Questions (computers, iPhones, iPads, etc (Fernandez)

Noon – How to Set Up Google Calendar (Fernandez)

• Monday, May 20

No class, Memorial Day 

Classes are free, but donations to pay for a wireless hotspot and printing materials are welcome.

For eBay information, contact Maxine Smith maxla@aol.com; for Facebook information contact Miryam Fernandez, 884-7460; for computer information, contact Jeff Sacks (714) 642-0122. To suggest questions for Q & A, or to join the email list, email to jfsacks@gmail.com.


Bingo played Sundays, CH 2

Bingo games, sponsored by different Leisure World clubs, are played at 1:30 p.m. on Sundays in Clubhouse 2. The doors open at 1. All LWers are welcome. Complimentary refreshments are served.

On May 5, the games will be hosted by the New York Club.

The New York Club hosts the first Sunday; Gadabouts, second Sunday; St. Therese of Holy Family Parish, third Sunday; and the American Legion the fourth and fifth Sundays. 

Bingo hosted by the Gadabouts on May 8 is canceled due to Mother’s Day.


Tickets for ‘La Traviata’ will be distributed through lottery drawing 

The Recreation Department, in conjunction with the L.A. Opera will host a matinee performance of Verdi’s La Traviata on Sunday, June 16.

Tickets to the performance are normally $105, not including transportation, however the GRF Recreation Department has been able to secure tickets with transportation for only $33 per person. Since only 38 tickets were made available for this bargain, the Recreation Department will hold a lottery. 

Those who want to go may submit their name, phone number, Mutual and apartment number to the Recreation Department to enter. If going as a couple, both names must be submitted as one unit. The drawing will be held on May 15, and winners notified by phone. Due to the limited number of tickets, only GRF members may enter the lottery.

Experience the glamour and romance of Verdi’s essential opera in the L. A. Opera production.

 In the face of certain death, a beautiful courtesan dedicates her remaining days to decadent pleasures, dazzling parties and wealthy admirers. But when a devoted suitor declares his true love, she must pay for the sins of her past with a heart-breaking sacrifice. 

With soaring arias and passionate duets performed against a beautiful background updated to the Art Deco era, this Verdi work is emotionally devastating and deeply and unforgettably human. 

Soprano Adela Zaharia, the 2017 winner of Operalia, stars as Violetta.

Running time: approximately two hours and 55 minutes, including two intermissions.

For more information, contact the Recreation Office at 431-6586, ext. 326, or email events@lwsb.com.


The GAF Tax Program Chair reported that over 750 tax returns were prepared and e-filed during this tax season including 150 joint returns. Another 114 residents received answers to their tax questions. This was accomplished with the efforts of 18 tax preparers and reviewers, seven greeters, and seven telephone assistants who fielded over 1,000 calls. With the support of Golden Age Foundation and GRF, over 1000 residents were served. All of the volunteers should be commended for their service and dedication to the program.


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.


Rutigliano, Dominic


Dominic Rutigliano, 76, Mutual 4, took his last breath on April 27, 2019, at 12:05 a.m., at home with his wife, Sharon, and dear friend Terry Murphy, after struggling with different illnesses for many years.

Dominic was born in Niagara Falls, New York, Dec. 1, 1942, moved to California with his parents when he was 7 and was raised in Long Beach/Dominguez.

Dominic was in the U.S. Army as an MP and after joined the Compton Police Department where he served for many years.  He was also with the Inglewood Police Department from 1981-1985. 

Dominic got into the heavy machinery moving business, moving freight weighing up to 200-300 thousand pounds-plus over the road to new destinations. He also coordinated HVAC (Air conditioning units) on top of and into small openings of buildings until he became ill and retired in 2010.

Dominic was an avid motorcycle rider and had many Harley Davidson motorcycles. Horses were also a love of Dominic’s. He had many horses on his property when living in Pedley (Riverside County).

Dominic met his wife, Sharon, in high school but never dated. They crossed paths after 38 years and were together until his death. They enjoyed motorcycling to many different places. They had a fifth-wheel trailer, which they enjoyed traveling with friends to many different destinations.  The most enjoyed was Florida where they made many stops along the way. They unloaded the motorcycle and rode around and enjoyed many beautiful country surroundings. The most beautiful ride was down the Florida Keys.

Dominic’s father preceded him in death in 2014. 

He is survived by mother, Margaret; wife, Sharon; sisters, Diane Thomas, Patricia Gil; brother Joey; children, Deborah (Chris) Perez, Patrick (Kim) Rutigliano; four  grandchildren, cousins and nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at All Souls Mortuary and Cemetery, 4400 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, CA, 424-8601. Visitation is on May 5 , 4-8p.m. A Mass and graveside service is May 6,  11 a.m. followed by a reception.

Donations if inclined can be sent  in Dominic’s name to PIH Health Foundation or American Diabetes Association.

—paid obituary


Bissell, Pearl Helen


Pearl Helen Bissell was born in Freedom, Pennsylvania, the eighth child in a family of 10.

She married Thomas Bissell in 1957. They moved to Orange County a year later.  She had one  dear son, Jeffery Thomas Bissell, who proceeded her in death to be with our Lord Jesus. She moved to Leisure World in 2012. She loved it here. 

She was a member  of the Blind Association in LW and attended the First Christian Church, which was the love of her life. She was loved by all.

A celebration of life will be held on May 31 at 1 p.m. in First Christian Church.


In Memoriam 

Barry Barber 68

Kathy Watts 64

Patricia Dietrich 74

Thomas Moore 80

Steve Rocha  70

Samuel Marlowe 92

Thelma Berwick 80

William Lorbeer 59

Charles Dupee 66

Titus Stubblefield 30

Carrie Adams 57

Elizabeth Salzberg 82

Thomas Winn 63

Gregory Moyer 53

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary, 


—paid obituary 



Learn about Monarch butterfly migration May 15

The Traveling Tigers will meet on May 15 at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 for a potluck lunch, meeting and presentation.

The guest speaker will tdiscuss one of the most astounding natural events to occur in North America—the Monarch Butterfly migration. 

She watched in awe as millions of Monarchs congregated in a forest in the volcanic mountains of central Mexico, the completion of their 3,000 mile migration. 

They approached the ridge of the forest and entered a grove of evergreen trees. The air was very still on this mountaintop in Mexico’s central highlands. 

From a distance, the trunks and branches of the trees appear to be blanketed with rusty, autumn leaves. A closer look reveals that they are quivering. And then, as the sun emerges from behind a cloud to warm the air, tens of thousands of Monarch butterflies take to the sky in a flutter of orange—so many butterflies that she could hear the beating of their wings, which glow translucent orange and are backlit by the magnificent, blue sky. The Monarchs even floated down to alight on her hat and shoulders.

To attend the program come at 1:15 p.m.  

For information, call Susan Shaver, 795-9151.


Purchase tickets to Angels vs A’s on June 27

The Recreation Department has tickets on sale for the Angels vs. Oakland A’s game on June 27 at 7:07 p.m. All fans in attendance will receive a Mike Trout No. 27 backpack cooler.

The Recreation Department opted to choose this game over the Reds, which was originally published, to take advantage of the free giveaway. 

Tickets will be pre-sold at the Recreation Office for $40, which includes transportation. A hot dog and beverage may be purchased for an additional $6.50, and a ball cap may be added for $3. 

Interested parties should come to the Recreation Office, in Building 5, lower level to make their purchase. The first game sold out quickly, so don’t put it off.

Participants need to complete a release form, also available at the Recreation Office. The bus leaves at 5 p.m. from the Amphitheater parking lot, but those going must arrive by 4:30 to be processed. Accessible seating is available if requested at the time of ticket purchase. The tickets are non-refundable.

For more information, contact the Recreation coordinator at 431-6586, ext. 326, or email events@lwsb.com

On the Go

Day Trips 

The Colorful Songs Revue, Come Fly With Me: A Sinatra Tribute- May 9, $109 with, wine, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

Stars on Ice, Honda Center – Saturday, May 11, $40, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

The Huntington Library & Gardens – May 15, $69, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287 

Huntington Library – May 22, $58, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326

Solvang – Thursday, May 23, $26, LW Garden Club, Dee Neri 431-5889 or Gail Levitt 596-1346

Pala Casino —Thursday, May 30, $6, $10 back, American Legion Post 327, Gail Levitt, 596-1346

Beauty and the Beast, La Mirada Theater – Thursday, June 6, $85, Children-A-Priority, Juanita Townsend, 431-4026

Tibbies Cabaret Theatre, Rockin’ the Keys: Music of Icons – June 9, $109 with dinner, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287

L.A. Opera, “La Traviata” – Sunday, June 16, $33 ticket lottery, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326 

Plaza Mexico, La Huasteca Restaurant – Sunday, June 23, $30, American Latino Club, Carmen Edwards, 431-4257

Anaheim Angels vs. A’s – June 27, $40, GRF Recreation, events@lwsb.com, 431-6586, ext. 326 

Harrah’s Rincon – Thursday-Monday, no Tuesdays or Wednesdays, free, Amphitheater, 7:15-7:30 a.m., (877) 777-2457

Pala Casino – Daily, free, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., (714) 985-9555

Pechanga Casino – Daily, Amphitheater, 8 a.m., free, $10 in EZ Play upon arrival, (951) 770-2579

Valley View Casino – Sunday-Tuesday, Amphitheater, 7 a.m., free

Overnight Trips 

California Eight Missions – May 14, motorcoach tour, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

San Francisco…By The Bay – Five days, May 27-31, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287 

Boston, Cape Cod & Newport – Seven days, June 7-13, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287 

Historic Cities of Eastern Canada – seven days, July 12-18, David Nell/Good Times Travel, (888) 488-2287 

Canadian Rockies & Glacier Park–Sept. 8-14, Traveling Tigers Club, Joanna Matos, 598-1849

Bus departs LW for Pauma

The bus to Pauma will return to Leisure World on Wednesday, May 8. 

Pick up is at Clubhouse 4 at 7:30 a.m. and at the Amphitheater bus stop at 7:45 a.m.

Around Town

The Temple Beth David Brotherhood will host Mother’s Day brunch on May 12 at 10:30 a.m. at Temple Beth David, 6100 Hefley St., Westminster. All are invited. The Junior Choir will perform and all mothers will receive a rose. Mothers are free for temple members. Others are $15 if reserved prior to May 7, or $18 at the door. Children 5-13 are $5, under 5, free. RSVP to Lee Netzer, (714) 963-7583, or email leenetzer@gmail.com.


The Cars N’ Copters on the Coast Show will take place on May 5 at Huntington City Beach, Huntington Street and PCH, in Huntington Beach from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. The show features unique hypercars such as Koenigseggs, Bugattis, Paganis, Mclarens, Lamborghinis, Aston Martins and many more. This is a unique opportunity to see these rare hypercars up close. The free event is a family-friendly fundraiser with over 400 cars in addition to helicopters expected. Cars N’ Copters on the Coast, benefits the Huntington Beach Police and Community Foundation.


Come aboard and experience John Wayne’s former yacht, Wild Goose through June 15. Celebrate his life and the legend during a brunch, dinner or a cocktail cruise featuring all things John Wayne. Learn the history of Wild Goose with informal tours of the family’s staterooms, the library, and the famous card room, and explore the art gallery of movie posters and the priceless paintings by Wayne’s wife while cruising around Newport Beach Harbor. A portion of all proceeds from the celebration cruises will be donated to the John Wayne Cancer Foundation to help fulfill John Wayne’s last wish— to find a cure for cancer. The Sunday brunch cruises board at 11 a.m., cruising from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m., $79 per person; Friday and Saturday dinner cruises board at 7 p.m., cruising from 7:30–10:30 p.m., $105 per person; cocktail cruises Wednesdays and Thursdays boards at 5:30 p.m., cruising from 6-8 p.m., $40 per person. Taxes, service charges and landing fees may apply. Cruises depart from the Hornblower Event Center, 2431 W. Coast Highway, Suite 101, Newport Beach. For information and reservations, call (949) 631-2469.



SHAKLEE delivered to your door. LW daughter Sandy (Vandewoude) Fikse. 562-618-8731. 05/16/19


Meet active female, love pets, activities, humor. Jim – 562-596-0097, 562-400-9444. 

losa@verizon.net. 05/16



Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN0001. 06/13



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. 



Handyman Rick – Assembly/ Installation TV wall mounts, carpentry, painting. Seal Beach Business License #RIL0001. 

Messages (562) 598-1000. 05/10



General Contractor

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


License #954725. 08/29/19




Sound proof walls. Triple pane wndows. Ceiling made smooth. Recessed lights, tile, laminate installation, crown molding, window frames painted whited. Lic. #723262. 05/02




JR HOME REPAIRS. Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. 

Call JR 562-519-2764. 07/04



Windows-house cleaning. Reasonable price. Excellent work. (714) 534-1824. 06/27


Bel-Rich Painting – Free estimates, small/large jobs, entry doors, skylight wells. Contractor’s License #705131. 714-220-9702. 06/20


Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636. CA State License #675336. 05/16




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

Contr. license #723262. 


562-596-0559. 04/11




Tile, laminate, vinyl plank, patio carpet. 40 years in Leisure World. Contractor License 723262. 04/11






Carpet cleaning $40 per room

minimum 2 rooms.

Upholstery/Tile & Grout, 

and much more cleaning.

Tito 562-658-9841. 05/16







(562) 833-3911. 

State License #699080. 05/09




Licensed and insured. 

Dan (562) 841-3787. 

Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 05/23




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



Blinds, shutters, shades, 40 years serving Leisure World. Contractor’s License #723262. 04/11






(562) 600-0014

LW resident, Rich Livitski.

Seal Beach Business 

License #LIV0004. 06/13

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, 562-430-2836





Offers FREE inspections and advice on buying and repairs of your golf cart. 562- 431-6859.


Let’s raise 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.


In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562- 480-9341 License #KC75538.  05/23


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. 07/11


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. 10/03/19


Looking for energetic person with general hardware knowledge to work at a local Ace Hardware Store. 

Call Tyler 562-400-4450.



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. 05/02



Personal assistant needs

Assistance after surgery care

Run errands

Shop for you, take you shopping, to salon or nail appts

Accompany you to Dr appts


Uber and Lyft approved driver

Young LW Resident. 

Reference and licensed. 

CALL Susie @ 828-537-0437. 05/02



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. 06/20/19


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. 07/25



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. 10/17/19



Over 20 years in Leisure World with Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003 06/06


Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Licensed by the state. 

Gloria 949-371-7425. 05/23


Need Caring Caregiver? 

Live-in or live-out. Meal preparation, baths, shopping, laundry, doctors. Pierre’s Caring Heart 714-337-6152. Seal Beach Business License RAZ0002. 05/23


I will care for male or female. I do light housekeping, grocery shopping, laundry, doctor’s appointments and all other needs. 562-370-4544. Seal Beach License #MAD0010. 05/30






Over 35 years Experience! 

Seal Beach Business 

License #AB0001. 07/18




(562) 600-0014

LW resident, Rich Livitski.

Seal Beach Business 

License #LIV0004. 06/13


Patricia Housecleaning, weekly or monthly. Excellent referrals in Leisure World. 562-397-4659. Seal Beach License LUC0001. 05/23



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

Call 562-505-1613. 04/25


General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach Business license RAZ0002.

Call Gloria 949-371-7425. 05/23



Windows 10% off first cleaning

General housecleaning

Excellent referrals in LW

(562) 307-3861. 

20 years experience.

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 04/18




Virus removal. Expert in all computer systems. John Fuhrer, LW Resident. Seal Beach License FUH0001. 06/06




Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. 

Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus. License #CIP0001 12/05/19

Electric CarTs/ Scooters/Mobile Chairs for sale

Golf Carts, Sales, Parts, Service (714) 292-9124. 09/26


Shoprider three wheel electric scooter. Good shape. Newer batteries. $500 OBO. 661-810-9410. 05/02


Golden maxicomfort power lift and recline chair. Like new. Askng $800. 661-810-9410. 05/02



Consientious, dependable,

Professional… and your Neighbor.

Providing locals trustworthy

affordable transportation. perfect for patients, professionals, and anyone who needs regular or sporadic transportation. Interested?

CALL 562-537-1298. James. 05/09


Personal driver. LW resident. Goes to airports, hospitals, doctors offices, stores, blood tests, etc. 

Drives by Gary. 714-658-9457. 04/25


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Resident. 310-227-1258. 05/02


Inexpensive shuttle, airports, markets, doctors, etc. 562-881-2093. SB License #ABL0001. 07/04


Personal driver. LW Resident. Hospitals, doctors, stores. Please call Jim anytime.  562-760-1722. 05/09


Trailers Wanted


Don’t trade-in your car just yet!

We pay premium prices 

above trade-in.

Our appraisers will come to you. Simple, Fast & Secure.

Call us today

(714) 712-0204

The Car Buying Company

Licensed & Bonded. 05/16



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. 05/02


Trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. State Contractor’s License #779462. 05/30 


Honda Civic 2009, 122K mi. Pay $2.00/gal. for gas. $4,600. 

714-403-9539. 05/02





No job too small, fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. Dan: 562-841-3787.  05/23



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



LW CARPORTS STORAGE (ONLY) Mutual 2 near bldg. 7-2 lockers $50 per month. 

Contact 562-596-1013. 05/02

Estate/Moving/Patio/Carport Sales

Spring Cleaning Sale by owner- May 2, 3, 4, Mutual 12, 72E, 9 – 3 p.m. Furniture, tools, jewelry, clothes, lamps… More. 05/02 


May Day sale by owner – Designer clothes, shoes, hats, pictures, furniture, baby, grand electric piano, plants, misc. Bargain prices. 1540 Northwood Rd. #270A. May 2 & 3, 9-3 p.m. 562-430-1927. 05/02


Estate Sale – 13190 Seaview Ln, Mutual 10-Apt. 249A. Thursday, May 2 and Friday, May 3 from 8:30-2 p.m. Leather soaf bed, red leather chair/ottoman, La-Z-Boy recliner, maple dining set with hutch, day bed, dressers, 2 roll top desks. Costume jewelry, Drapers ladies clothing (size M/petite), shoes (size 8-9). NEW USC golf bag, Dyson vacuum, Bavarian china, Apple iBook, beer steins, card table/chairs, typewriter. Estate Sales by Docia Drake, 

714-514-8232. PO Box 427, Seal Beach Bus. License ESD0001. 


Patio Sale by owner – Mutual 4, Apt. 51K, 1180 Oakmont Rd., May 2 & 3, from 9-1 p.m. Dining set, kitchen items, purses, jewelry, blankets & misc. items. 05/02


For Sale MUT 1 Fully Expanded 2 BDR Corner 13751 St. Andrews #34A. Excellent location w/greenbelt view. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, close to laundry, Extended living room with 3 large windows, 1 bedroom w/walk-in closet. 940 sq ft Living space. Offered at $244,000. Motivated Seller Contact 562-626-8079 or 714-654-8643. 05/02



Selling Vintage Martin Tenor guitar with case. Retooled for left hand. $1,200 or BO. Margie. 

562-537-3100. 05/02


Gun safe for sale – perfect for your valuables, long guns, pistols, gold, documents. LibertySafe.com – Liberty Premium 20. 2 years old. 75 minute 1200* fire protection. Fits all L.W. sliding door closets with cover. Moving. Must sell. Invested $2,000+. Asking $1,400 or best offer. Call (562) 431-2584. 05/02


Patio Sale – Mutual 11,159-I, Interlachen Rd, Unit 262G. Thurs. 5/2 and Friday 5/3, 9 am-3 pm. Jewelry, perfumes, purses, crystal, CD’s, household items, and collectibles etc. 05/02


FREE Inversion Table Ironman Fitness Brand Assembled. New. Large. Must be able to pick up and take away. 562-370-6376