LWW Translate/Vie 05-25-23

LWers make 34,000 poppies to honor vets 

by Emma DiMaggio


On any given Wednesday, a troupe of dedicated Leisure Worlders are hard at work in Clubhouse 1 creating small, delicate tissue-paper poppies.

The mostly female team is not part of a craft group. They make up LW’s American Legion Auxiliary. The bright red poppies they fashion year-round will be proudly displayed on the chests of veterans and their supporters on and around May 26: National Poppy Day.

The poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for the United States in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifices made by its veterans while protecting our freedoms.

LW poppies have been distributed to American Legion chapters across the state, with locations as close as Orange County and as far as Northern California. On May 26, a little piece of Leisure World will sit on 34,000 chests across California. The poppies are given with the expectation of a corresponding donation to support veterans, their families and the military community. 

Remembrance Day, also known as Poppy Day, has been observed since 1919. The red poppy is a symbol of both remembrance and hope for a peaceful future.

The Auxiliary promotes the poppy as a symbol of the sacrifices our military have made, a symbol to open people’s hearts and inspire them to donate.

 Shortly after losing a friend in Ypres in 1915, a Canadian doctor, Lt. Colonel John McCrae, was inspired by the sight of poppies growing in battle-scarred fields to write his now famous poem title “In Flanders Fields.”

“In Flanders fields the poppies blow / Between the crosses, row on row, / That mark our place; and in the sky / The larks, still bravely singing, fly / Scarce amid the guns below. 

“We are the dead. Short days ago / We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow, / Loved, and were loved, and now we lie / In Flanders fields.

“Take up our quarrel with the foe / To you from failing hands we throw / The torch; be yours to bear it high. / If ye break faith with us who die / We shall not sleep, though poppies grow / In Flanders fields..”

The American Legion brought National Poppy Day to the United States by asking Congress to designate the Friday before Memorial Day as National Poppy Day. On May 26, people wear red poppies to honor the fallen and support those who have worn the nation’s uniform.

The group is always looking for new members. The process of making a poppy isn’t complicated: a fold here, a twist there, and a small flower blooms in hand. GRF Executive Director Jessica Sedgwick tried her hand at poppy-making in early May, and experienced poppy-crafters declared it a resounding success. 

Anyone is welcome to join in poppy-making on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 1.

Community Guide

The 2023-24 Community Guide has been delivered to the homes of all residents. Anyone who did not receive his or her Community Guide can drop by the LW Weekly office, located next to the Amphitheater, between 8 a.m-5 p.m. to pick one up.

American Legion

The American Legion Post 327 will hold a Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 29, in Clubhouse 2 at 10 a.m.

Memorial Day is a U. S. federal holiday for honoring and mourning the military personnel who died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. 

The one-hour ceremony will feature music by the Velvetones. Everyone is welcome. Regular and on-call bus service will be provided by GRF Transportation.

Memorial Day closures

The American Legion Post 327 will hold a Memorial Day observance on Monday, May 29, in Clubhouse 2 at 10 a.m.

Memorial Day is a U. S. federal holiday for honoring and mourning the military personnel who died in the performance of their military duties while serving in the United States Armed Forces. 

The one-hour ceremony will feature music by the Velvetones. Everyone is welcome. Regular and on-call bus service will be provided by GRF Transportation.

Gate hours extended at St. Andrews and North Gates

GRF Security Director Victor Rocha has implemented changes to the Security Department that will enhance safety and bring a stronger focus on service. Those changes are as follows:

Extended gate hours at St. Andrews and North Gates starting Monday, May 22

Currently, GRF’s two side gates open at 6 a.m. and close at 10 p.m. In observing early morning traffic, bicycle and pedestrian patterns, along with input from received from residents, Security will begin opening the gates at 5:45 a.m. and closing the gates at 10:45 p.m. This extra 15 minutes in the morning will especially be appreciated by the early birds, according to Security Director Victor Rocha. The extra 45 minutes at night will also allow residents to quickly access the community while easing traffic at the front gate.

Through strategic deployment and staggering employee breaks and lunches, Security is able able to put this program into place without adding any further hours or cost to the Security budget.

New Decal Office hours starting Monday, May 22

Currently the decal office is closed on Sunday and Wednesday, along with being open for a half-day on Saturday. After reviewing traffic patterns of those using the decal office, feedback from residents, and consultation with the executive director, starting Monday, May 22, the Decal Office hours will change. The office will be closed on Sundays and Mondays, and open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Reduced hours of the third party security vendor starting Monday, June 5

The Security Department has been working diligently to phase out the third party security vendor and replace these positions with GRF employees. As expressed in past meetings, hiring and retention has been an ongoing issue for the last three years. It does, however, appear that the last round of hiring has delivered officers that are here for the long haul, along with the slowing of officers leaving due to retirement, medical issues, etc, according to Rocha.

Because of this, Security will be able to cut its third party security vendor by three full time shifts per day, replacing them with GRF employees. This will result in a significant reduction in expenditures that will reflect positively on the bottom line.

Seal Beach City Council honors LW centenarian and WWII vet

The Seal Beach City Council honored World War II veteran and Mutual 12 resident Alfred Arrieta at its May 22 meeting. He turned 100 on May 23. 

The crowd errupted into applause as he received recognitions from the offices of First District Supervisor Andrew Do, Assemblymember Diane Dixon, Senator Janet Wynn, Congresswoman Katie Porter and the City of Seal Beach, each of whom presented him with certificates of recognition. From Porter, Arrieta received an American flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol. “I was proud to serve my country,” Arrieta said. 

During his time in combat, he completed 32 missions over enemy-occupied Europe as a waist gunner in a B-17 bomber. In mission No. 29, he survived a Christmas Eve crash and rendered aid to his seriously wounded crewmates. By war’s end, he was awarded an Air Medal with Four Oak Leaf Clusters.

LW Library still open during FOTL Bookstore repairs

The Leisure World Library is open and serve residents with its many offerings. The LW Library was not affected by the recent closure of the Friends of the Library Bookstore, which is undergoing repairs related to water damage from the recent rains. An announcement will be made when the bookstore reopens.

The library offers nearly 40,000 items to borrow such as hardcover, paperback, audio and large print books, DVDs, Blu-rays, puzzles, board games, magazines and daily newspapers. The library also has eight computers for resident use; fax, copy, and scanning services are also available.

The LW Library is open Monday through Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Residents can contact the library with questions by calling 562-598-2431.

Surviving a Power Outage

Residents are invited to learn how to prepare for and survive a power outage at the next CERT meeting, Friday, May 26, at 10 a.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

When the electricity goes out, people have to figure out how to respond without lights or the ability to recharge their phone. Some medical devices won’t work and stores and banks may be closed. People can learn how to prepare and survive in these scenarios.

All are welcome to attend.

Memorial Day at Naval Weapons Station

On Monday, May 29, a Memorial Day ceremony will be held at the United States National Submarine Memorial West, located at Naval Weapons Station Seal Beach.

The 11 a.m. observance will include speeches by local community leaders, as well as the unique “tolling the boats” ceremony, during which each of the 52 U.S. submarines lost during World War II is honored as a bell is tolled. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. John Sison, plans and engagements officer for Submarine Squadron Eleven, based in San Diego. 

The free event is open to the public and no advance reservations are needed. 

The submarine memorial is located aboard the naval weapons station at 800 Seal Beach Blvd., between Westminster Avenue and Pacific Coast Highway, in the city of Seal Beach.

For more information, contact the Naval Weapons Station Public Affairs Officer Gregg Smith at 562-626-7215 or nwssbpao@us.navy.mil. 

GRF announces All-Department Town Hall: July 12

There will be an All-Department Town Hall on Wednesday, July 12, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.  Directors will give updates and residents are encouraged to ask questions during the public forum.

Car Sale

Each fourth Saturday, authorized residents have the opportunity to sell any used motorized vehicle in the Administration Parking Lot from 8a.m.-4 p.m.

Vehicles must have current DMV registrations and GRF decals, as well as be insured. In addition to cars, motorhomes, motorcycles, golf carts, bikes, trikes, and scooters may be sold. 

The owner or representative does not need to be present but is allowed to display a single “for sale” sign no larger than 18” by 24” on the vehicle, to include a phone number.

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

Art and Leisure Pages 10-13

Art League competition winners announced

The LW Art League met May 9 in Clubhouse 4. The guest demonstration artist and judge was mixed media artist Juan M. Gomez. He began the demonstration with a slide presentation of his artistic rope knot creations. Shortly after, he gave a brief demonstration on how he designs his creations. 

Rita Hughes won best of show. Terese Smith won the popular vote. In the masters category, Alice Sioson won first place; Rosie Grogan, second; and Carol Levine, third. In the intermediate/advanced category, Pamela Lynne Farnell won first place; Linda Frysinger, second; and David Vogel, third. 

In the 3D/multimedia/digital category, Linda Frysinger won first place; Alice Sioson, second; and Diana Harrison, third. Two new members, Yolanda Blanco and Tania Allee, joined at the meeting. The Art League will meet on June 13.

—Larry Sioson

The Clay Crafters Club has elected new club officers: Brenda Hemry (l-r), secretary; Sue Villaverde, assistant treasurer; Ramayana Baba, president; and Sue Worthington, treasurer. The Clay Crafters Club meets Monday and Friday from noon -4 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. There is a display case of club members’ recent ceramics in the hallway of Clubhouse 4.

Leisure Time Dancers

The Leisure Time Dancers have begun the first of a six-week lesson series. Cha-Cha is at 2 p.m., followed by East Coast Swing at 3 p.m. There were new members, so each class began with an introduction to the basics. In Cha-Cha, a sequence was started which included fifth position breaks and promenade back breaks. 

In East Coast Swing the “Leader’s Behind the Back Pass” was introduced.

Classes are every Monday in the dance studio, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. No partner is necessary; classes will rotate so everyone dances. The cost is $7 per person for one class, $11 per person for two classes in a single day. 

For more information, contact Leisure Time Dancers President Jackie Theis at 310-743-9373.

New food trucks coming to LW

Several food trucks have just been added to a monthly rotation at the Clubhouse 6 parking lot. Of all of the requests on the New Amenities Questionnaire, more food options was No. 1. If the community supports these businesses, Recreation can count on them coming back and, if not, they will require that Recreation guarantees a certain level of sales to return. 

If residents have a favorite truck, Recreation is open to more suggestions.

The weekly lineup will be emailed in a LW Live. The LW Weekly publishes the weekly Grab N’ Go schedule. Old favorites like Taco Tuesday and Domino’s Pizza will continue to come weekly. Other vendors will typically come monthly.

New additions to the schedule include Lucille’s Smokehouse BBQ, Burning Buns, Berlin Food Truck and Italian Burger and Grill. Cousins Maine Lobster will continue their semi-monthly visits. 

For more information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com.

Get ready for huge Independence Day celebration

The GRF Recreation Department will host an annual Independence Day event with a classic car show, the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Parade, a craft club show and a Ray Orbison tribute band on Monday, July 4, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Clubhouse 6 and the parking lot.

The GRF Transportation Department will run a continuous shuttle to Clubhouse 6 from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. from Clubhouse 4. Residents are encouraged to take advantage of park-and- ride.

Mark Barnett performs the best loved songs of the legendary Roy Orbison, plus popular music of the ‘50s and ‘60s with his band, The Black & White Knights.

Residents, their families and friends are welcome. Koffel’s will bring the Taco Truck and Lucille’s BBQ Truck will join the refreshment options for purchase this year.

The Silver Fox Car Club is seeking club members and nonmember residents who own a classic or unusual car to participate in the show. 

Non-residents will also be welcomed to make the show a success. Contact information is available through the Recreation Department.

The Theater Club will offer its popular free face painting to kids of all ages, whether they are a GRF member or not.

The clubhouse table tennis and fitness center will be closed for the day for the arts and crafts show. 

Selected clubs should contact Recreation at 562-431-6586, ext. 476 or 398, or email kathyt@lwsb.com to confirm the equipment needed for their displays. Some space may still be available, and any GRF craft club can apply.

Photo Arts Club

At the May 11 meeting of the Photo Arts Club, Ben Benjamins reviewed the many photos taken at the club’s field trip to Rancho Los Alamitos. He mentioned how impressed he was with the photos sent to him and called them very artistic. He commented on how light plays such a strong role in the making of a photo. 

Light can play a major part in the composition. The contrast between the photos taken with an overcast sky vs. those taken in bright sunlight could be seen in the photos (members experienced both during their afternoon at the Rancho). 

Both situations created different, not necessarily better, results, which were observed and discussed during the presentation.

The Photo Arts Club will meet Thursday, June 8, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

The assignment is to submit photos of a building or buildings. Members should consider taking a photo at dusk when the lights have been turned on in the building. 

Think about the play of light on the building. Members should send three photos to Ben at benbenjamins@hotmail.com to be shown at the meeting. 

Hooks and labels will be available to hang framed photos in the hall of Clubhouse 3.

Individuals with technical or other questions will be paired with someone who can help them for individual discussion after the meeting. Everyone is welcome.

For information about the club, call Regine Schumacher at 562-430-7978.

Restaurant Review

Ngu Binh

14092 Magnolia St., 

Westminster, CA, 92683



Open Tuesday-Sunday 

9 a.m.-7 p.m., closed 


by Kathy Nadeau

LW contributor

There is a reason why the Los Angeles Times (Jan. 9, 2023) once again recognized Ngu Binh as one of LA’s 101 best restaurants. It’s been around for a long time. An easy drive down Westminster Boulevard from Leisure World, Ngu Binh is located in a small mall at the Magnolia Street intersection.

There are 12 specialty items on the menu, spicy noodle soups with several cuts of pork, beef or shrimp, tapioca rice cakes and stuffed dumplings. The beef soup was delicious. 

I felt so healthy afterward, and this family-run restaurant will be one of my regular favorites for years to come. It is very spacious and perfectly sized, sparklingly clean with wonderful nostalgic decor and paintings. 

A must-try restaurant, I highly reccomend it to those of us who love LA and all it has to offer.

Weekend Dance

Abilene will host its monthly dance this Saturday, May 27, in Clubhouse 2 starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30, but reserving tables is prohibited.

Abilene is Seal Beach Leisure World’s No. 1 country rock band going strong for nearly 20 years. 

Last year, they opened the Amphitheater season with a rockabilly show that drew nearly 2,000 fans. They will play again this year by popular demand. Terry Otte leads Abilene and shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer. 

Guitarist Rod Anderson, bassist Doug Decker and drummer Jim Greer round out the group. 

All concerts are free, but tips are accepted and greatly appreciated. For more information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com.

Coin Club

The Coin Club will meet June 14 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1:30 p.m. Members can participate in door prizes, refreshments, coin auctions, coin raffles and group discussions regarding currency and coins. Refreshments will be provided. LW residents can have coins evaluated at no cost.

GRF Swap Meet

The GRF Recreation Department will host a swap meet on Saturday, June 17, in the Administration parking lot from 8 a.m.-noon. 

For more information, contact thomasf@lwsb.com or call 562-431-6586, ext. 476 or 324. 

Ivy Kung

The Garden Club swore in several elected officers recently: Lorna Lass (l-r), treasurer, Nancy Goldstein, first vice president, “T” Smith and Sherri Blixstein, co-vice presidents, Peggy Keller, president, and Karena Skoug (not pictured) as secretary.

Upcoming Bus Excursions

Recreation continues to bring residents a variety of enjoyable experiences outside of the community throughout the year. Stars on Ice and Otello sold out but more opportunities are coming up.

On May 26, tickets for two new bus trips will go on sale at the Recreation Department in Building 5 on a first-come, first-served basis. The first cultural trip of the year will take place on the morning of July 7 as LWers visit Pacific Palisades to enjoy the Getty Villa. 

Lunch will not be provided but residents will have the opportunity to buy lunch at the museum as they tour the historic villa. Tickets are $25. Space is limited.

Additionally, the Pageant of the Masters excursion will be Wednesday, Aug. 30, in the evening. Tickets, $94, are expected to go fast.

This year’s theme is titled “In the Company of Artist Art Colony,” which, according to its website, acknowledges the deep connections of the festival and pageant to early artists who arrived in Laguna Beach. This intoxicating blend of music, storytelling, and drama is a must-see that is guaranteed to be memorable.

For more information, contact Mayoka Bassell at 562-431-6586, ext. 476, or via email at mayokab@lwsb.com.

Doo Wop show postponed

The Doo Wop Let the Good Times Roll’s Woodstock-themed show has been postponed until Saturday, July 15. All Leisure World residents and their guests are invited to dance and sing along to hippy, folk, country, rock music and more.

Those interested in auditioning or joining the club should leave a comment on the club’s Facebook fan page or stop by one of the rehearsals. The club rehearses in Clubhouse 2 every Tuesday at 7 p.m.

—Lu DeSantis

Hula classes offered twice a week; beginners welcome

Hui O Hula offers hula lessons twice a week. All are welcome regardless of skill level. Having fun dancing together is key. 

In class, dancers are friendly and ready to help each other improve. Last week, close to 20 dancers showed up to root for the patients and staff at Alamitos West Healthcare Center. All dancers dressed in pastel. They started with “My Orchid Lei” to welcome springtime and followed by dancing “Blue Lei” to celebrate the month of May. Everyone, including those who were chairbound, had fun dancing “Tiny Bubbles” together. 

For class information, call 562-431-2242.

Grab ‘N Go Schedule May 30-June 5

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday—This truck offers Mexican favorites plus hot dogs, burgers, and fries from 5-7 p.m.; no preorders. Cash and cards are accepted. 

Wednesday: Burning Buns Food Truck (New)—See the full menu at http://burningbuns.com/menu/. Cards and cash are accepted. Order from 4-6 p.m.

Thursday: Domino’s Pizza—Call ahead at 562-493-2212 for special orders, wings and salads, available from 3:30 p.m.- 7 p.m. Cash and cards are accepted.

Monday: Italian Burger Food Truck (New)—This truck offers burgers, chicken, steak, and loaded fries with an Italian accent. To see the full menu, visit rb.gy/vuspg. Preorders are accepted online at info@italianburgergrill.com or by text to 424-299-6291. This truck is available from 4-6 p.m. Cash and cards are accepted.

All trucks are located in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot. For questions or feedback about food trucks, call 562-431-6586, ext. 398. 

On call bus service is available from 4:30 p.m. on; regular service before 4:30 p.m.; weekends on-call any time. Call 562-431-6586, ext. 379.

Any changes will be published on LW Live. To sign up, visit www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/.

Community Karaoke

It was a busy karaoke night feasting on pizza and fruit during the singing session on May 17. Richard Yokomi opened the evening with a rousing “You Got It.” A hearty applause welcomed Janice Chapman’s return to karaoke as she sang “She’s Not You.” 

Anna Le and Kenny Notorleva did a nice “Moonlight Serenade.” Essie Hicks always makes a song her own singing “A Woman in Love.” 

Shannon Harrison likes doo-wop hits from the past. Karen Morris also likes singing songs with a top-tappin’ beat. Gospel tunes are Helen Schultz’s favorites. 

Anna Le captured the audience with her dramatic “Everything I Own.” Sherie Vanek had fun with “Proud Mary.” The busy karaoke night had 30 energetic performers.

Everyone is welcome to relax in Clubhouse 1 each Wednesday evening to enjoy a variety of music performed by neighbors and friends. People can practice during one of the club’s sessions on Mondays in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m.

—Margie Thompson

Genealogy Club

The Genealogy Club Workshop, which meets in the east end of Clubhouse 3, welcomes visitors and new members. The genealogy room is open Monday-Thursday from 1-4 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m-2 p.m. Each Thursday afternoon at 1:30, the club has a short class on a variety of subjects. On May 25, the topic will be the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Saturday Morning Dance Class

Two dance classes are held every Saturday in Clubhouse 6, Section C, at 9 and 10 a.m. In May, Candice Davis will teach West Coast Swing on Saturdays at 9 a.m. and rhumba at 10 a.m.

New topics are voted on each month. Each class is $7 per person. Partners are not needed. For more information, contact club President William Young at 408-858-3560.

May 25 2023 Pages 4-5


Letters to the Editor


I was elated to claim my expensive and much-needed right ear hearing aid from the GRF lost and found department in Building 5 on May 17. 

I had eaten from the Taco Tuesday truck the night before. When I got home and discovered my hearing aid was missing, I searched the house. 

Nothing to be had, so I took a big chance next morning and  went to lost and found. When I got there, I pointed to my right ear, the Security employee smiled and asked, “Is this what your looking for?” I could have kissed him I was so happy. 

Thank you to the thoughtful kind person who turned it in.

Joanna Matos 

Mutual 2


I read the letter (May 11) about all the roadblocks to have a restaurant here. The survey results in the May 4 LW Weekly shows there is a strong interest in having one. 

Could a new club serve food to its members for a fee? Could all Leisure Worlders with IDs become members of the club? Could the club hire a chef or two? Would this process eliminate many of the hurdles mentioned in the May 4 article? Probably.

The Long Beach Bridge Club had dinners for its bridge players before the pandemic hit. Since it was a private club, the rules for a public restaurant were not applicable.

W.H. Smith

Mutual 15

Letters Policy

Letters must be no longer than 250 words and should be typed and delivered to LW Weekly by email at rutho@lwsb.com (preferred), regular mail 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.

Setting It Straight

In the May 18 LW Weekly, an article erroneously stated that the Hui O’Hula Club was offering beginners lessons in June for $25.

The classes are actually free; $25 represents reimbursement for the class materials.


LW resident named to OC council

The Orange County Board of Supervisors appointed Mariann Klinger of Mutual 9 to serve on the county’s Senior Citizen’s Advisory Council. 

Upon the recommendation of OC District 1 Supervisor Andrew Do, the board appointed her to the council on May 9, with immediate effect.

The council advises the board on all matters affecting older adults in Orange County and assists in strategic planning, program oversight and evaluation of the Area Agency on Aging. The council will study, review, evaluate and inventory services available to older adults. It also promotes effective outcomes consistent with statewide goals, objectives and local performance measures.

Since joining the council, Klinger was named to the Senior Citizens Engagement Committee. Members are advocates on topics impacting senior citizens at the county and state level. They make recommendations on proposed short-term and long-term priorities, and track the status of legislative items that affect seniors.

Klinger most recently served as planning commissioner for the City of Seal Beach, District 5. She was appointed by former council woman Sandra Massa-Lavitt and served for seven years. She was a daily newspapaer reporter covering municipal governments for 20 years and has a master’s in political science. 

GRF Bylaws Ballot Update

The GRF mailed a bylaw amendments ballot to every household on May 5. 

Member participation is very important as 3,305 ballots must be returned with a “yes” majority for the amendments to pass.

Mailed ballots must be received before noon on Monday, June 5, so mail them as soon as possible for a chance to win a $50 gift card. Allow 4-5 days for delivery. 

LWers can also return ballots in person between 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6, in Clubhouse 4. 

Accurate Voting will begin counting ballots at 10 a.m.

Each Mutual will have one or more winners depending on its number of units as follows: Mutual 1, 844 units, eight cards; Mutual 2, 864 units, eight cards; Mutual 3, 432 units, four cards; Mutual 4, 396 units, three cards; Mutual 5, 492 units, four cards; Mutual 6, 408 units, four cards; Mutual 7, 384 units, three cards; Mutual 8, 348 units, three cards; Mutual 9, 384 units, three cards; Mutual 10, 276 units, two cards; Mutual 11, 312 units, three cards; Mutual 12, 452 units, four cards; Mutual 14, 328 units, three cards; Mutual 15, 502 units, five cards; Mutual 16, 60 units, one card; and Mutual 17, 126 units, one card.

Cast GRF ballots as soon as possible

Every year, the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) conducts an election to seat representatives from Mutuals on the GRF Board of Directors. This year, odd-numbered Mutuals will elect directors as follows: two representatives from Mutual 1 (because of its larger size) and one each from the other odd-numbered Mutuals. Accurate Voting Services will conduct the vote-by-mail 2023 election. 

Here’s how to cast a ballot:

1. After you have voted, insert the ballot into Envelope A. 

2. Seal Envelope A and insert it into Envelope B, which is pre-addressed and postage-paid. 

3. In the upper left corner of Envelope B, print your name and address (including unit number) and sign your name on the signature line. 

4. Mail pre-addressed Envelope B to:

Inspectors of Election 

Accurate Voting Services

P.O. Box 80477

Rancho Santa Margarita,

CA 92688

Allow 4-5 days for delivery. 

The Inspectors of Election must receive your mailed ballot on or before noon on Monday, June 5, 2023, for your ballot to be counted.

People can bring their sealed ballots to Clubhouse 4 between 9-10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 6. 

The polls will close at 10 a.m., and the counting process will begin.  

For a replacement ballot, call Accurate Voting Services toll free at 949-556-3936. 

GRF Meeting Schedule

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

Tues., June 6 GRF Ballot Counting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 10  a.m.

Tues., June 13 GRF Annual Meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 1 p.m.

(board organization follows annual meeting)

A quorum or more of the directors may be present, only to listen and observe, and no formal board action will be taken at committee meetings.

Sign up for CINC

The GRF is transitioning to a software system called CINC, which includes a new payment processing tool for residents. Welcome letters with important registration information were sent to every household and should have been received by now.

People who have direct debit through the GRF don’t need to do anything but others will have to register for the new community portal. To register for the CINC Community Portal, visit https://lwsb.cincwebaxis.com. Member information must match CINC’s account information, so use the information provided in the welcome letter that was sent each LW household. 

Mutual Meeting Schedule

Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their Mutual boards. The following is a tentative schedule.  

Thurs., May 25 Mutual 1

Admin/Zoom 9 a.m.

Thurs., May 25 Mutual 11, annual meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 10 a.m.

Fri., May 26 Mutual 9, annual meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 10 a.m.

Wed., May 31 Mutual 10

Admin/Zoom 9 a.m. 

Fri., June 2 Mutual 6, annual meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 10 a.m.

Thur., June 8 Mutual 12, annual meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 10 a.m.

Fri., June 9 Mutual 2, annual meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 10 a.m.

Mon., June 12 Mutual 9

Admin/Zoom 9 a.m.

Mon., June 12 Mutual 1, annual meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 10 a.m.

Tues., June 13 Mutual 5, annual meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 10 a.m.

Tues., June 13 Mutual 16

Admin/Zoom 1 p.m.

Wed., June 14 Mutual 4 (9 a.m., open forum)

Admin/Zoom 9:15 a.m.

Wed., June 14 Mutual 3, annual meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 10 a.m.

Thurs., June 15 Mutual 11

Admin/Zoom 1:30 p.m.

Fri., June 16 Mutual 15, annual meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 10 a.m.

religion, pages 8-9

Faith Christian Assembly

Luke 10 tells the story of the well-known sisters and followers of Jesus, Mary and Martha:

“Now it happened as they went that he [Jesus] entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard his word. But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached him and said, ‘Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me.’ And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her.’”

Many people can relate to the sisters: busy with the task at hand, or sitting at the feet of Jesus. Jesus loved them both equally but was firm to point out that in this case, Mary had made the better choice. Faith Christian Assembly encourages members to endeavor to make the better choice each day.  

Residents are welcome to join Faith Christian Assembly at one of its services on Sunday, May 28. Members join together to  sing hymns, hear a message from the word of God, and enjoy great fellowship. Sunday service  times are held at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., with pre-service prayer beginning at 5 p.m. 

In addition to Sunday services, Faith Christian Assembly holds Wednesday morning Bible study at 11 a.m. each week. The men’s and women’s ministries meet on the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. The church is located 13820 Seal Beach Blvd., Seal Beach.

To receive more information about the church or to receive the free monthly newsletter , call the office at 562-598-9010, email contact@fcachurch.net or visit www.FCAchurch.net.   

The Sisterhood of Congregation held its spring meeting at the home of Carol Levine last week.

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton St., in Long Beach. The sacrament service is held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., followed in the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays, Relief Society and Elders Quorum on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary classes for children are held every Sunday during the second hour. Members who are unable to attend Sacrament services in person can request a link from Bishop Mike Gravley at 562-212-8641.

The reading source for this year is the New Testament. The reading assignment for the week of May 29-June 4 is Matthew 26, Mark 14, and John 13. 

The “Come, Follow Me” devotional says “The day before he died, Jesus gave his disciples something to remember him by. He took bread, and blessed it and broke it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, ‘Take, eat; this is my body.’ And he took the cup, and gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, ‘Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood.’”

First Christian Church

First Christian Church of Leisure World teaches from God’s word, the Holy Bible verse by verse. It is a friendly church that welcomes all visitors to join in worship and explore God’s word together, “That we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” Romans 1:12.

Pastor’s Message

Pastor Gary Whitlatch has a two-fold message this week.  Returning to Colossians 1, the apostle Paul speaks of a mystery which has been hidden from past generations. Paul discusses the labor and striving he has done to proclaim Jesus and teach wisdom to every man. The results of his labor is a true knowledge of Christ himself, wherein lie hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge.

After his conversion, Paul endured many years of trials, persecutions, imprisonment, and shipwrecks in his travels.  He never ceased preaching the kingdom of God and the Lord Jesus Christ with all openness, unhindered.  Revelations to the Jews and Gentiles of his age and ultimately to the churches today, resulting in the knowledge of God’s mystery: salvation to all who believe in God’s son, Jesus Christ.  

The second part of the message will acknowledge and commemorate Pentecost Sunday, which takes place seven weeks after Resurrection Sunday each year. Jesus promised his followers that they would “receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you.” Forty days after that promise, followers gathered in a house and were all filled with the Holy Spirit.  The results of that event instrumental in spreading the Gospel throughout the world.

Weekend Services

Sunday services are traditional services from 9:30 a.m.-10:45 p.m. with hymnal music led by Janet Ray and Pat Kogak at the piano. This week, Al and Sherry Parmenter will sing a special song.   

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

Midweek Studies

Melli Herrera leads the Women’s Bible Study on Mondays from 10:30-11:45 a.m. 

Pastor Gary Whitlatch leads 

the Tuesday Bible study group from 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

The Thursday Bible study group, led by Elder Jack Frost,  meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Pastor Bruce Humes leads the prayer and Bible study group on Fridays from 6-7 p.m.

All residents are welcome to join any of the studies.

Scripture of the Week

“Now may the Lord of peace himself continually grant you peace in every circumstance.  The Lord be with you all” 2 Thessalonians 3:16.


First Christian Church is located on Northwood Road behind Carport 125. Those who would like more information can call 562-431-8810.

LW Baptist

Pascal said that the human heart has a God-shaped vacuum fillable only by God revealed in his son, the Lord Jesus Christ. Loving God is relational, not merely intellectual, and it involves loving other people. The apostle John said, “This is the commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.” 

Personal friendship with God transforms worship, as the LW Baptist congregation testifies on Sunday, May 28, in  Clubhouse 4 at 10 a.m. The choir will sing “Love Lifted Me.” 

The Energizers group will meet on Wednesday, May 31, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 3 p.m.  to continue studying the topic, “God is my helper,” from Psalm 54. 

For more information about the church call 562-430-8598.

Community Church

After a season of Easter spanning the last seven weeks, Christians have arrived at Pentecost, which is often described as the birth of the Christian Church.  

As Community Church has moved through the season of Easter, especially this year—Year “A” in a three year cycle—it has seen the birth of the church beginning in week two of Easter. 

From the first day of the empty tomb—the Holy Spirit has been given to the followers of Jesus and from the first day, the followers of Jesus have tried to put on the brakes. As believers look around at the world today, it is easy to see the result of people not living in the gift of the Holy Spirit. Instead, people have made personal salvation and superiority the goal rather than human solidarity. But it doesn’t have to stay this way. People don’t have to choose division.  

People are welcome to join the service on Sunday, May 28, at 9:50 a.m. in person or online on Zoom and on Facebook @CommunityChurchLeisureWorld. People can contact the church office to receive the Zoom link. The in-person service is followed by food and fellowship.

For more information, call the church office and leave a message at 562-431-2503.

Redeemer Lutheran Church

Psalm 104:31 says “You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth.”

“Happy Birthday, Living Church”  is the theme for Redeemer Church’s Pentecost Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. on May 28.  Residents are invited to join the community, wearing a touch of red if they would like to, and share the word and Communion  in the sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive, across from the administration building where ample parking is provided. 

Dee Sessa and Teresa Smith are this week’s greeters and Sharon Heck will play the organ and accompany the choir as the church also remembers those in service to the country this Memorial Day.  

Redeemer Lutheran thanks those who have contributed generously to its continuous food drive. People are welcome to bring non-perishable food to the church office any time. The food is distributed to those in need in the broader community.  

The outdoor chapel that reflects God’s light on sunny days is available to residents 24/7 for prayer and contemplation. People are welcome to enter on the north side of the church, near the golf course, to pause, sit on the bench or at the patio table, rest and pray.   

For more information about the service or work within the church community, call 562-598-8697. 

LW Korean Community Church celebrates 13 years

On Sunday, June 4, Leisure World Korean Community Church (LWKCC), led by Rev. Dr. Jang-Young Yong, will  celebrate its 13th anniversary as a church and five years as a church established in Leisure World.

Before moving to Leisure World, the church was established on Feb. 21, 2010, in Orange County, with the great love of God by Senior Pastor Jang Young Yong and his family, Elder Jeon Yewon, Deaconess Ana Jeon, Minjeong Kim, Im Wonil, etc. On June 5, 2017, it was settled as a nest church of Leisure World Community Church.

“We give thanks and praise to our Heavenly Father for leading us this far, said Pastor Jang-Young Yong. “Thank you [Leisure World] for welcoming our church as a family of faith and for deeply caring about it. I am also deeply grateful to the members who have devoted themselves to the healthy growth of LWKCC as a church loved by LW neighbors for the past 13 years with great love.”

In commemoration of its anniversary, a thanksgiving service will be held at the sanctuary on June 4 at 11:50 a.m.  Pastor Chun-Man Hong will provide a  the message from Matthew 7:7-12, showing how prayers are answered. Lee Yeon and Kim Ji-sun are also appointed as kwonsa of ministry.

On  Oct. 17, the church plans to visit the Holy Land (Israel and Jordan) .

LWKCC holds Sunday Worship every week at 11:50 a.m. in the parish to “plant God’s will in the ground” and has an early morning prayer meeting at 6 a.m. from Tuesday through Saturday in the parish. 

For more information, call 714-323-0897.

Assembly of God

Service/Gathering Times:  Sunday morning at 10:30 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The  Wednesday Bible study is at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The Hymn Sing will be held Sunday, May 28, in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby at 6 p.m. 

This week’s sermon:   Hearts melt when witnessing kindness. Kindness is disarming.  Kindness can defuse a volatile situation. It is therefore not surprising that kindness is one of the fruits of the spirit to be evidenced in a Christian’s life. Pastor Chuck Franco will deliver a sermon titled “Kindness:  Power Under Control,” at the Sunday morning service.  

The popular Hymn Sing will be held on Sunday, May 28 at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. All LWers are welcome to join.

Bible Study: “The Book of Acts,” a study by Louie Giglio, continues to challenge and inform students about the way the early church, just after Jesus’s resurrection and ascension, spread the Gospel as a result of persecution. This study is an interactive class with a teaching video and guided discussion. 

Contact: More information about the church can be found at www.lwassemblyofgod.com. Those who would like prayer, personal contact from a pastor or a DVD of the Sunday morning sermon can contact pastors Chuck and Sheryl Franco by calling 562-357-4360 or emailing pastorchuck@lwassemblyofgod.com. Carolyn van Aalst is also available at 562-343-8424.

Pastor Chuck’s sermons can be accessed on the Faithlife app under “Leisure World Assembly of God,” where people can also give online.

Redeemer Lutheran Church

Psalm 104:31 says “You send forth your Spirit, and they are created; and so you renew the face of the earth.”

“Happy Birthday, Living Church”  is the theme for Redeemer Church’s Pentecost Sunday worship service at 10:30 a.m. on May 28.  Residents are invited to join the community, wearing a touch of red if they would like to, and share the word and Communion  in the sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive, across from the administration building where ample parking is provided. 

Dee Sessa and Teresa Smith are this week’s greeters and Sharon Heck will play the organ and accompany the choir as the church also remembers those in service to the country this Memorial Day.  

Redeemer Lutheran thanks those who have contributed generously to its continuous food drive. People are welcome to bring non-perishable food to the church office any time. The food is distributed to those in need in the broader community.  

The outdoor chapel that reflects God’s light on sunny days is available to residents 24/7 for prayer and contemplation. People are welcome to enter on the north side of the church, near the golf course, to pause, sit on the bench or at the patio table, rest and pray.   

For more information about the service or work within the church community, call 562-598-8697. 

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will have a potluck dinner prior to service on Friday, May 26, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 5 p.m. A sign-up sheet has been sent to members. Services led by Rabbi Mike Mymon will begin following the dinner at 6:30 p.m. The service will also be available on Zoom. Rabbi Mymon will also led the hybrid services for Shavuot on Saturday, May 27, in Clubhouse 3 Room 9, and via Zoom at 10 a.m. Yizkhor will be recited at this service. 

Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah and the Ten Commandments to Israelites at Mount Sinai over 3,000 years ago. Shavuot means “weeks” as the Torah was given seven weeks after the Exodus from Egypt.   

To receive a Zoom invitation, contact Jeff Sacks at 714-642-0122.

Congregation Sholom  has been serving Leisure World since 1962. It offers a traditional Jewish service in person and online.

Those who want to join Congregation Sholom should call Howard Brass at 714-396-0121 for a membership packet.

Buddha Circle

Buddha Circle will meet with Ven. Kusala on Saturday, June 3, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9:30-11 a.m. Ven. Kusala is well known in the Buddhist community and presents Buddhism in a simple way. 

The group is interactive and those who attend are encouraged to ask questions. Donations are welcome and will support Ven. Kusala in his teachings. 

For more information, call 562-431-7275.

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seniors for peace

‘12 Angry Men’ to be screened

The next Seniors For Peace Club meeting will be held Thursday, June 1, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The classic 1957 film “12 Angry Men” will be screened. The Academy Award-nominated film starring Henry Fonda was written by Reginald Rose and directed by Sidney Lumet.

Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate.

The club is screening this film as a follow-up to the March meeting’s topic on the death penalty and the documentary film Lindy Lou, “Juror No. 2,” which was shown then. “12 Angry Men” relates to and highlights many of the issues brought up in the documentary and the discussion that followed that screening. 

All LW residents and guests are invited to attend. For more information, call Pat Kruger at 562-357-4040.

Mother’s day lunch

The GRF Recreation Department hosted a special brunch to honor LW mothers on May 13 in Clubhouse 4. LW resident Grace Kim (second from right) invited seven Korean-American friends and asked them to wear traditional Korean dresses for the brunch. The group enjoyed the food and beautiful music provided by harpist Peggy Skomal.

LW Anniversary

Donna and Lee Melody of Mutual 14 are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary today, May 25. The couple says, “We are blessed with love and good health, and we thank God!”

seniors for peace

‘12 Angry Men’ to be screened

The next Seniors For Peace Club meeting will be held Thursday, June 1, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The classic 1957 film “12 Angry Men” will be screened. The Academy Award-nominated film starring Henry Fonda was written by Reginald Rose and directed by Sidney Lumet.

Following the closing arguments in a murder trial, the 12 members of the jury must deliberate, with a guilty verdict meaning death for the accused, an inner-city teen. As the dozen men try to reach a unanimous decision while sequestered in a room, one juror (Henry Fonda) casts considerable doubt on elements of the case. Personal issues soon rise to the surface, and conflict threatens to derail the delicate process that will decide one boy’s fate.

The club is screening this film as a follow-up to the March meeting’s topic on the death penalty and the documentary film Lindy Lou, “Juror No. 2,” which was shown then. “12 Angry Men” relates to and highlights many of the issues brought up in the documentary and the discussion that followed that screening. 

All LW residents and guests are invited to attend. For more information, call Pat Kruger at 562-357-4040.

Humanist Association

The LW Humanist  Association will meet on Sunday, June 4, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 at  10:20 a.m.

The club will watch a YouTube video of Steven Pinker talking about his best selling book, “Enlightenment Now,” which Bill Gates said was his “new favorite book of all time.”

Writer, teacher and humanist Steven Pinker is best known for his books, “The Blank Slate,” and “The Better Angels of Our Nature.” In “Enlightenment Now,” Pinker makes the case for reason, science, Humanism and progress as the best path forward in improving the human condition.  He shows that despite all the negative news, life, health, property, peace, knowledge and happiness worldwide are on the rise.

After the video the club will discuss Pinker’s speech and whether he makes a convincing argument. People do not have to be a humanist to attend the meetings.

—Dave Silva

GAF and Ralph’s Rewards Program

In an effort to increase participation in the Ralphs Community Contribution Program, volunteers from the Golden Age Foundation (GAF) will be available every Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. in the Hospitality Room in Clubhouse 6 to assist residents in signing up for the program or to answer any questions.

For more information about the program or the GAF, text 562-301-5339. 

Sunshine Club

Orange County Mosquito Vector Control’s Public Information Officer Heather Hyland will speak at the Sunshine Club’s meeting on Friday, May 26 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m.

Hyland is a seasoned professional with over 15 years of experience working for various cities and agencies in Southern California with expertise in executing public health outreach programs. 

Hyland’s fervor for enlightening the community about the science of vector control and public health has enabled her to create public health education programs that have received national recognition. She firmly believes that outreach and education are pivotal in fostering a sustainable relationship with the community she serves.

 Hyland will deliver a presentation regarding the services and resources offered by the district to residents, helpful tips and tricks for safeguarding against mosquitoes during the biting season, and the latest technologies being developed to combat the pesky ankle-biting Aedes mosquito.  For more information, go to  www.ocvector.org.

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

GAF Board Meeting

The Golden Age Foundation will  hold its monthly board meeting on Wednesday, May 31, in the GRF Conference Room B at 1 p.m.

All GAF members to observe the  meeting. This is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest news and get a preview of coming GAF projects.  

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

Concerned Shareholders

The Concerned Shareholders meeting for May 25 meeting has been cancelled.  The club will meet on June 22 with Security Director Victor Rocha as the guest speaker.

Retired Teachers Association

Guest speaker Linda Quemda will be the guest speaker at the CRTA luncheon on Friday, June 2, in Clubhouse 3 at 12:30 p.m.

FALW preps for Veterans Picnic, celebrates Mother’s Day

The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) celebrated Mother’s Day on May 14  in Clubhouse 3. 

FALW President Ren Villanueva  informed the members the FALW was a recipient of $3,500 donation from the Golden Age Foundation to augment the Veterans Picnic on Saturday, July 1. 

Members also  planned the menu for the picnic. Aside from the regular hot dog and hamburger, special Pacific Islander cuisines has been added with freshly cut fruits, sweets and sodas. 

Villanueva discussed the forthcoming elections of new officers for the 2023-2025 a week after the Veterans Picnic. He reminded the members to elect officers who are dedicated for the advancement of the association. 

Villanueva reiterated each member has the responsibility to support the sale of tickets for fundraising event on Sept. 2.

The success of the luau dinner and dance depends on the cooperation of every member. The number of guests will be limited to provide a larger space for dancing. Music will be provided by a live band with a special Pacific Islander dance performance by Mahana Dance Group for entertainment.

American Latino Club

The American Latino Club will meet on Thursday, June 8,  in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 11:30 a.m. 

The lunch menu will consist of two Argentinian empanadas per person with a choice of beef, chicken or ham and cheese, plus a green salad, and apple pie for dessert.

The cost for the lunch is $13 per person, $15 for guests, payable to Treasurer Carmen Edwards, either by U.S. mail or dropping it off at 1240 Oakmont Road., 52-K, Seal Beach, CA 90740. Make checks payable to American Latino Club. Payment must reach Carmen by Wednesday, May 31. People must adhere to this deadline so there is enough time to place the order.  

Members will be contacted by email or phone for details. Members and guests may bring their own lunch/drink if they have dietary restrictions.

Amy Walker will perform at the meeting.

 For more information, call Carmen at 562 431-4257.

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

The SBLW Democratic Club continues to focus its efforts on preparing for next year’s elections after its recent meeting on May 24. 

Official Party endorsement of candidates will not take place until after the California State Democratic Convention held on Nov. 17-19. In the meantime, the LW Democratic Club’s monthly membership meetings will feature presentations by Democratic candidates who are already on the March 5 primary ballot.

The club’s program committee is currently in communication with various staff members to schedule their candidate’s availability to speak at a meeting in person or via Zoom. Hopefully, Adam Schiff will be able to schedule a meeting with our members by Zoom as early as our June 28 gathering.  Schiff, Katie Porter and Barbra Lee are candidates running in 2024 to represent California in the U.S. Senate. Porter and Lee have also been asked to speak at a future club meeting.

Due to several recent developments, there is renewed interest in the campaign to replace Katie Porter as the representative in the House. Democratic activist Joanna Weiss is a candidate who has already raised considerable financial support.  

As in past years, the LW Democratic Club will select representatives to vote in the first step in the California Democratic Party’s 2024 election endorsement process. During the pre-endorsing conference on Oct. 21-22, 2023, members will vote in two races, the California 72nd Assembly District and the U.S. House of Representatives.  

It is anticipated that voting in this pre-endorsing conference will take place both in person and by Zoom.  The name of any candidate getting 70% of the vote will be forwarded for placement on the consent calendar at the Nov. 17-19 State Party Convention. Club members interested in being selected as a voting delegate or alternate to this important conference should call 562-296-8521 or email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com.

All club members are also invited to participate in the club’s “Neighbor to Neighbor Get out the Vote in 2024” initiative. There is a role to play for everyone willing and able.  People can call 562-296-8521 or 562-596-0450 for more details.


The SBLW Democratic Club’s information and registration booth, located outside Clubhouse 6, is now open on the first Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.  Democrats and potential supporters are invited to stop by the booth to support, get more information about club activities or register to vote.

For more in-depth reporting on issues and candidates, Democrats and supporters can subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter. Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  or call 562-296-8521. Include all of full contact information, as well as party affiliation.

Members of the American Legion Auxiliary participated in the Strong Families, Strong Children event held at Cottonwood Church on April 29. Approximately 300 were in attendance including 125 children. Children of military parents gave strong and moving presentations of what being a military child means to them. They discussed their challenges of moving, new schools, making new friends, and having one or sometimes two parents serving and being away from home. They all said how proud they were to belong in a military family and shared their stories of the sacrifices each of them have made. The LW Auxiliary was recognized on a large screen as a supporter of the event and presented a plaque. The Auxiliary helped serve  over 45 dozen homemade cookies and brownies. $250 in Target gift cards and $250 in Arco gas cards were also presented to military families. The Sons of the American Legion of Los Alamitos, Post 716 served burgers and hotdogs fresh off the grill. 

LW Woman’s Club 

VIP members-only luncheon June 6 

The LW Woman’s Club will meet on  Tuesday, June 6, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 11:30 a.m.

This is the club’s annual “thank you” luncheon for current Woman’s Club members only, however, those who have been planning to join can still attend by signing up for membership. 

The Woman’s Club will enroll  new members and renewing current memberships at 11:30. The meeting will officially begin at noon, with the installation of the officers for 2023-2024, followed by lunch and beverages.

Dues are $25 a year. These dues help the club fulfill its commitment to raise money and donate to organizations and charities that help others. It also provides live entertainment at meetings.

Most entertainers scheduled for the upcoming year are new faces and with a couple of surprise shows featuring an “Average Magician” and a quick change artist. The club has also scheduled Anthony and Doniele Bernasconi, a club favorite, to perform at the Christmas show.

For more information about the Woman’s Club, contact Kathy Russell at 949-293-7517.

-—Beth Greeley

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Jacklyn “Jackie” Love


Jacklyn “Jackie” Love was born in Long Beach, California, on July 21, 1959, to parents Jack and Patricia Kogok. Jackie had two children, Timothy and Amber.

Jackie graduated from Brethren High School and worked as a phlebotomist at the V.A.  before attending California State University Long Beach, where she obtained her master’s degree. She taught for 30 years in the Long Beach Unified School District, ending her career in 2023 at Millie Gant Elementary School. She was beloved by staff, students, and parents.

She was passionate about traveling and making new memories. She never wanted to go to the same place twice. She had the unique privilege of having been to all seven continents, 80 different countries and all 50 states.

When she wasn’t teaching or traveling, she enjoyed dancing, baking and spending time with her family. She loved Jesus and fellowship with others.

Jackie was a proud daughter, mother and grandmother. She leaves behind her mother, her two children, Timothy Lesen and Amber Hogate; their spouses Lisa and Josh; and five grandsons: Landon, Benjamin, Beau, Beckett, and Colt. 

She was preceded in death by her brother David in 1986 and her father Jack in 2016.

Jackie Bravely fought pancreatic cancer and was called home to heaven on March 31, 2023, with her mother, children and special family friends Sharon Norfles and Marilyn Jensen by her side. 

Jackie was a member of First Christian Church in Leisure World. Her family offers thanks to Long Beach Memorial Hospital staff and Hollywood Hospice for their valiant efforts, comfort and care. 

Jackie’s celebration of life will be held on June 3, 2023, in Clubhouse 4, 1419 Northwood Road, Seal Beach, CA, 90740 at 1 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that you donate to the Pancreatic Action Network at www.pancan.org.


In Memoriam

Mary Reiter 91

Steven Fallon 72

James Havness 73

Sumie Hill 94

Hilda Johnson 97

Anderson Jordan 80

Amy Lawrence 82

Ofelia Moreno 94

Kathleen Dawson 81

Jensy Meyers 75

John Wright 81

Charles Edwards 93

Procesa Samson 76

Bun Mam 66

Carole Bassett 81

Max Seven 60

Phyllis Smith 87

Sally Viets 88

James Shirley 93

Carlton Milliman 72

Jorge Moy 93

Mary McEntee 79

Timothy Rattell 55

John Ramos 58

Thomas Valdespino 75

Mark Piper 70

Ferris Smith 69

Karen Herbener 62

Sonia Ayala 71

Raymond Allen 81

Gregory Bird 63

Families assisted by 

McKenzie Mortuary,


— paid obituary

Guys and Gals Tournament

On May 17, the first Guys and Gals Tournament of the month, Nina DeRosa scored a hole-in-one on the very first hole. She will share her prize with her playing partner Richard Jun. Teams of various skilled golfers of one man and one woman vied for best net scores (gross score minus handicap), plus two circle holes (shots within a 5-foot radius are rewarded), and two closest to the pin challenges. The Leisure World’s Turtle Lake Golf Course is a 1,658-yard, 18 hole-par 54 course, that tests all who play. 

Players are advised to remember to tee off no more than two club lengths from the markers.

A total of 30 teams (60 players) teed off and played 18 holes. 

There were 10 circle hole winners and 69 birdies-—a new tournament record. The lowest gross score was recorded by Glenn Barry and Karen Mendon, and Fujio Norihiro and Keiko Sekino at one under 53. Fujio and Keiko had the lowest net score at 15 under 39. Two other teams had net scores of 43 or 11 under par. Twenty-eight teams had net scores at or under par, plus 25 teams were under 50 net. Closest to the pin on the second hole were Pat Paternoster and Jane Song; on the 11th hole—Jae H. Lee and Devora Kim.

A flight winners (has handicaps of 0-9; all scores below are net, which is a gross score minus handicap): Glenn Barry and Karen Mendon, first place, 10 under 44; Won and Jane Song, second, nine under 45; Mike Mayfield and Alison Kim, and Dong and Devora Kim tied for third place at eight under 46.

B flight winners (has handicaps of 10-12): Paul Alloway and Ann Tran, and Ken Notorleva and Pam Krug tied for first place at 11 under 43; James Farr and Sandy Derouin, second, nine under 45; Walt Bier and Margie Thompson, and Jae H. and Sun Lee tied for third place at eight under 46.

C flight winners (has handicaps of 13-18): Fujio Norihiro and Keiko Sekino, first place, 15 under 39; Rolando Ramirez and Mary Ann Moore, and Marv Jones and Marilyn Hewitt tied for second place at 10 under 44; Joon Sup and Young Yoon, thrid, eight under 46.

The Men’s Golf Club will sponsor a spring/summer picnic on Wednesday, June 21, at 1 p.m. at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. Tickets are $5 and sold at all the tournaments through June 21. The price includes hot dogs and hamburgers, chips and salads, water and beer, plus raffles of donated merchandise from local vendors. Ken Notorleva and the Greenbelt Singers will provide the entertainment.

The next Guys and Gals tournament is on Wednesday, May 31. The Men’s Tournament is played every second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Those who planned for but cannot make it to a tournament need to call Alan Sewell at 541-324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at 801-674-5975 as soon as possible. Players must arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their scheduled tee time and be ready to play.

—Dave LaCascia


Shuffleboard Club opens for summer practice

Following the Memorial Day weekend, the shuffleboard courts (behind Clubhouse 1 on Burning Tree Lane) will be available for practice and pick-up games on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9– 11 a.m. throughout the month of June. In addition, the spring madness league invites everyone to join its Wednesday afternoon pickup games from 1:30-3:30 p.m. Additional events are in the plans and will be announced soon. The equipment needed for the games is available at the courts building. Closed toe shoes are required. 

For more information on the Shuffleboard Club summer schedule, call or text Kay Mount at 775-527-0426.

The Tuesday evening league completed its nine-game spring tournament on May 16. Out of 21 players competing throughout the spring league, 17 of them were the all-game winners at least for one week. Elizabeth Martinez and Karen Mendon were the all-game winners in four out of nine games.

 On May 16, the Flying Discs dominated the Night Shufflers winning 10 of the 12 games played. The all-game winners for the Flying Discs were Chandra Patel, Bob Peterson, Carol Johnson, and Bob Ponegalek.  The Night Shufflers’ all-game winner was Fred Carpenter.

 On May 19, The Friday Morning completed the last of three separate seasons with four teams playing a total of 24 games. Out of the 30 players completing the spring league, 29 of them were all-game winners for at least one week. John Mount and Milly Larsen were the all-game winners six out of nine weeks of the spring competitions and were presented small trophies.

During the morning competition, the Hot Rods ran past the Bumpers winning eight games out of 12. The all-game winners for the Hot Rods were Ellie West, Sal LaScala, and Harshad Patel. The all-game winner for the Bumpers was Donna Gorman.

The Smashers and the Shooters played and split 12 games, 6-6, during the second competiton. The all-game winners for the Shooters were Carol Schubeck, Patty Peterson, and Shel Magnuson.  The all-game winner for the Smashers were Milly Larsen, Kay Mount, Mo Habel, and Bob Ponegalek.

—Kay Mount

Pickleball brings community together after the loss of their own

The Leisure World Pickleball community mourns the loss of itsown—Gerald “Jerry” Wrenn, who recently passed away unexpectantly. 

Wrenn was one of the founding members of the Pickleball Club that started indoors in Clubhouse 1 in 2016. He was a former president of the club and the current treasurer.

The Pickleball Club is grateful for Wrenn’s dedication and years of leadership and commitment to the sport of pickleball. He was a great advocate for this sport, and the club would not be the way it is today without him. 

In Wrenn’s honor, the club invites everyone to come learn the game of pickleball. The club offers beginners’ play and pointers on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. at the courts behind Clubhouse 2. Free beginner lessons are also available and held on the second Tuesday of every month at 10:30 am. Jim Thomason provides the instructions to new players and the club loans paddles and balls. 

For more information on the lessons, email lwsbpickleball@gmail.com or contact the club president Linda Evenson at 562-577-3283.

On Saturday, July 8, the club will have the Jerry Wrenn ladder tournament in honor of Jerry, Wrenn, followed by a barbecue.  The entry fee, including the barbecue, is $5. For more information and to reserve a spot for both the tournament and the barbecue, email lwsbpickleball@gmail.com.

The tournament will be split into three levels with 16 players in each set: 10 a.m.-noon for levels 2.5-3.0; noon-2 p.m. for level 3.5; and 2-4 p.m. for Level 4+. 

“There will be no winners and no losers, just fun play. Let’s do Jerry proud,”  said Linda Evenson.

—Peggy Beste


Free Table Tennis clinic May 27

On Saturday, May 27, the Table Tennis Club will host a table tennis clinic in Clubhouse 6. Everyone is welcome. The club’s two coaches will field questions about table tennis. Coach Jin Kim’s clinic is from 10-11 a.m. and coach Alex Heske’s from 1-2 p.m. 

Skills training will focus on forehand stroke, backhand stroke, forehand drive, backhand drive, chopping, serve and more. An interpreter will be present for the Korean-English and English-Korean translation. 

The club will also provide the updates on the club’s robot usage and the upcoming lunch social. 

For more information, contact K.C. Park at 714-204-2848 or e-mail park.keechul@sbcglobal.net.

—K.C. Park, Table Tennis Club president


Cribbage Club

Last Tuesday, in celebration of her birthday, Joyce Basch served chocolate cake and strawberry ice cream to members of the Cribbage Club. She thanks everyone who helped to make the day special. Donna Gorman helped with serving, and Melinda Cowan added chocolate, mixed nuts and refreshments. Melinda Cowan treated everyone to candy and mixed nuts. The club thanks everyone who provided refreshments.

Kent Davidson and Melinda Cowan won six out of seven games played, but ended with total points lower than 832. The winners were: Margaret Smith, first place, 839; Lynne Sorum, second, 836; Julie Milburn, club Treasurer, third, 835; and Linda Evenson, fourth, 832. The club also welcomed Suzanne Tester as a new member. 

To learn how to play cribbage, brush up on the game, or learn more about the club, call and leave a message with Terry Thrift at 714-394-588. New members are welcome. This year’s dues are $5;  $1 is collected from each member when play begins.

To join, see the club’s officers at the check-in desk before play begins on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Members who come by 12:15 are guaranteed a place at the table.

—Marilyn Chelsvig


Tournament Poker

The Leisure World Tournament Poker Club is growing and now has 63 members. 

Last Saturday, four tables of eight players enjoyed a great time at the tournament.  The two players with the highest hands of the day were Donna Hernandez (AAAAQ) and John Burns  (AAA55). The promotional hand was also won by Donna Hernandez. 

The final table players were: Guta Basner, Harry Sera, Richard Jones and Valerie Jorgenson.  There was plenty of action at the table, with Basner going out first in fourth place, and Jones following in third. Sera and Jorgenson battled for first place. In the winning hand, the flop came K,K,K.  Jorgenson (K-10) went all in and Sera called.  The turn was a 10, and the river was another 10, which gave Jorgenson  the winning hand of KKK1010.  

Jorgenson has lived in Leisure World for 15 years and been a member of the club for 14 years.  This was her first final table win. Besides poker, she also enjoys Bingo.  

The club meets on first three Saturdays of the month in the lobby of Clubhouse 6.  

Beginning June 3, the club will have a new schedule: registration will begin at 10 a.m.  and cards are in the air at 10:30.

—Deborah Barner


LW Women’s Golf

On May 2, 34 women golfers played in a shotgun scramble tournament for low gross, low net and circle holes on No’s. 2 and 7.

Flight A winners were: Jane Song, low gross, 27; Sandy Derouin, low net, 25; Jessica Choi made the circle on No. 7 and Ann Tran made the circle on No. 2.

Flight B winners: Nina De Rosa, low gross, 28; Young Yoon, low net, 22, and circle No. 2.

Flight C winners: Marilyn Hewitt, low gross, 34; Patty Littrell, low net, 25.  

Flight D winners: Betty Regalado and Connie Kang, low gross, 37. Kang also made the circle on No. 7; and Elizabeth Butterfield, low net, 29.

Following the tournament, the women gathered at Clubhouse 1 picnic area for a brief monthly meeting and reception. The club thanks Elizabeth Butterfield for the refreshments and fabulous decorations.

The second week of the Women’s Golf Club championship tournament had 37 women golfers playing for low gross, low net and putts. 

Flight A winners were: Devora Kim, low gross, 27; Linda Herman and Jane Song, low net, 23; and Janice Turner who had 11 putts.

Flight B winners: Lisa Kim, low gross, 29; Mary Greig, Nina DeRosa and Young Yoon, low net, 24; and Young Yoon who also had 11 putts. 

Flight C winners: Marilyn Hewitt, low gross, 31; Sue Yokomi, low net, 22; and Dale Quinn who had 10 putts.

Flight D winners: Angela Han, low gross, 32; Patti Smith, Neva Senske and Joyce Basch, low net, 24; and Joyce Basch had 13 putts.

The club’s June luncheon is on Tuesday, June 6, at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. For tickets, $10, call Liz Meripol at 562-537-0318.

Anyone interested in joining the Women’s Golf Club can obtain an application from the golf course starter or contact the club treasurer Margie Thompson at 562-493-0484 for more information. 

—Liz Meripol


Men’s Golf League

Friday Golf: On May 12, 10 golfers endured damp and cool conditions at the 5,800-yard, par 70 Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. Heavy rains destroyed a number of holes along the river, but the course is back to normal with one exception: one par five on the back nine has been turned into a par three due to significant damage to that fairway.

Scores were well below normal; every player scored net under par which is unusual. Gary Stivers had the fewest putts for A flight, and Gene Vesely had fewest for the B flight. Sam Choi was closest to the pin on the par three, second hole, and Bill McKusky was closest on the par three, ninth. Birdies were carded by Chris Lankford, Stivers, Bob Munn and Fujio Norihiro.

A flight winners: Dave LaCascia, first place, 10 under 60; Choi, second, nine under 61; Lankford, third, eight under 62; Stivers, fourth, six under 64; Jim Goltra, fifth, five under 65; and McKusky, sixth, two under 68.

B flight winners: Vesely, first place, six under 64; Bob Munn, second, five under 65; Norihiro, third, two under 68; and Lowell Goltra, fourth, at even par 70. 

Monday Golf: On May 15, 13 golfers challenged the 5,600-yard, par 71 Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach. Fairways are still recovering from the heavy rains, but the greens are still in great shape and have remained so all year. All the golfers played well with nine of the 13 net under par. Additionally, there were a season high 12 birdies.

Bill McKusky had fewest putts in the A flight; Fujio Norihiro tied for fewest in the B flight. Dave LaCascia was closest to the pin on the par three seventh hole.  Dave LaCascia and Sam Choi had three birdies each; Bill McKusky and Jim Goltra had two; Bob Munn and Larry Hillhouse had one each.

A flight winners: LaCascia, first place, eight under 63 ; McKusky and Chris Lankford tied for a second place, five under 66; Jim Goltra, third, four under 67; Sam Choi, fourth, three under 68; Gary Stivers and Hillhouse tied for fifth place at even par 71.

B flight winners: Munn, first place, three under 68; Gene Vesely, second, two under 69; Bill Zurn, third, even par 71; Digna Vesely, fourth, one over 72; Tom Ross and Lowell Goltra tied for fifth place.

The Monday and Friday golf leagues play at four local courses within 15-20 minutes of Leisure World. The courses are usually full, so advance league reservations are required with a sign-up sheet available at each round.

There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given for low net in each flight, birdies, closest to the pin on two par threes, and for the lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-one and eagles (two under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. 

Those interested can contact Gary Stivers at 714-313-3697 or Dave LaCascia at 801-674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia


Saturday Social Bunco

The Saturday Social Bunco Club meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. The next meeting is on May 27  in Clubhouse 3 lobby. Sign-ups start at 1 p.m. and the play begins at 1:30. 

May 13 winners were: Darlene Brideau and Kathe Repasi tied for most wins; Joanne Lester, Pat Wilson, Arleen Cullison and Linda Payne tied for most buncos; Sandy Weisenstein, most babies; and Doris Dack, most losses. The door prize went to Kathy Russell. 

For more information, call club president Doris Dack at 714-356-0443.

—Doris Dack

Bocce Ball

The Bocce Ball Club will complete its spring season with the final games and pizza party on Saturday, June 10, at 11 a.m.  Members can sign up with their league coordinator. Any necessary play-off games will be held immediately after the regularly scheduled games are completed. One team from each day of play will compete during the finals on June 10.

The bocce ball league will take a break during July and August and will return to league play in September.  The club hopes to complete some much needed work on the court during that time. Those interested in playing in the fall league can sign up at the June 6 party. 

The club will announce the start of the new season via email and the LW Weekly.

The Bocce Ball Clinic is held every Wednesday at 10 a.m. for anyone interested in learning to play bocce or improving his or her skills. New players are welcome.

—Rhonda Cox 


LW Pinochle Club

Pinochle Club’s May 4 winners were: Marge Dodero, first place, 11,640; Peggy Kaspar, second place, 10,810; Rogell Van Wyke, third, 10,460; and Gene Smith, fourth, 10,160.

May 6 winners: Don Walton, first place, 10,880; Suzanne Tester, second, 10,110; Curt Rodgers, third, 10,020; and Brian Dodero, fourth, 9,860.

May 8 winners: Suzzane Tester, first place, 11,800; Donna Gorman, second, 11,690; Marge Cady, third, 10,980; and Julia Troise, fourth, 10,660.

May 11 winners: Nancy Wheeler, first place, 11,500; Howard Bleakley, second, 11,070; Diana Lambert, third, 10,990; Antonia Zupancich, fourth, 10,490.


Pool Playoffs

On May 15, two LW pool leagues met in a playoff to determine the spring league championship. The goal is to have the second- and third-place teams in each league play two out of three series of eight ball games.  The winner of that match would meet the first-place team in a race to two games. 

The break was determined by the teams lagging a ball closest to the end rail. All three players on each team  played one shot only in rotation.

In the Monday league the second place team, Right on Cue beat the third place team, PJJ, to meet the league champions In the Money. In the Money beat Right on Cue two straight games to advance to the championship match. 

On another table, the second place team from Wednesday, The Favorites, beat Triple Threat two straight games. In their match against the Ruffians The Favorites won the first game, but lost the second. In the final game the Ruffians scratched the cue ball and that gave the Favorites’ Connie Adkins ball in hand on the eighth ball in the side pocket for the win.

The championship came down to Monday league winners of In the Money: Kurt Bourhenne, Ken Harpham and WildFire! Christensen against The Favorites’ Wednesday winners: Dave Silva, Dave Mackinder and Connie Adkins.

In the Money’s Kurt Bourhenne won the lag and broke.  In the Money won the first game, but The Favorites tied it up by taking game two. Game three came down to The Favorites having one solid ball and In the Money having three stripes on the table.  In the Money made the last three balls and Ken Harpham was left a straight in shot on the eighth ball in the corner, with the cue ball nearly frozen to the eight. Bourhenne made the shot and In the Money won the spring league championship.

On May 22, the club we will have its final game of the season with the sweepstakes event. The sweepstakes will consist of six games where each Monday night team will play each Wednesday night team one game of eight ball.  The top four teams will receive cash prizes.

—Dave Silva


Duplicate Bridge

The Duplicate Bridge Club meets on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays in Clubhouse 1 at 12:30 p.m. Reservations can be made at any game using the sign-up sheets or by calling Linda Nye at 562-453-6678 or emailing  yuelingnye@yahoo.com no later than 10 a.m. on game day. Arrive by 12:15 p.m. to confirm reservations. 

May 8: Seven table winners were: Alan Olschwang and Linda Nye, north/south; Ellen Kice and Aarlyn Glen, east/west.

May 11: Howell Movement winners were: Sibyl Smith and Al Appel, first pair; and Joan Tschirki and Ellen Kice, second pair. 

May 12: Eight table winners: Carol Murakoshi and Lavonne McQuilkin, north/south; Larry Topper and Sheri Held, east/west. 

The club congratulates all winners and thanks the players for participation and support. 

For complete results, including a list of all players and scores, go to the Long Beach Bridge Center results page at http://www.acblunit557.org and click on Leisure World Results.

The club offers lessons and supervised play on Fridays starting at 9:30 a.m. Supervised play is an informal game where players have the opportunity to ask an experienced player questions about bidding and card play, which is a great way to learn how to play duplicate bridge. All games are informative and fun.

For more information on joining the club,  call John Markovich at 562-661-0502 or email cdrjjm@yahoo.com.

-—John Markovich


The Leisure World Bicycle Club rode to Glory Days on Mother’s Day and was pleasantly surprised to learn that meals for mothers were free for that day. The club meets on Sundays with breakfast to El Dorado Golf Course in Long Beach and on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the North Gate at 9 a.m. Bicycle helmets and safe shoes are required. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Mary Romero at 562-810-4266 or Lucy Cyza at 818-209-3075.


Young Lee (l) and Lynne Burt-Jenkins lift weights as part of the 18 exercises practiced by Fitness Fusion Club members. Statistics show that older adults who lift weights increase the neurons and transmitters in their brains, which further increases learning, helps with memory loss and promotes higher levels of thinking. Fitness Fusion meets on Tuesdays at 10:30 a.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6 and on Thursdays and Saturdays at Veterans Plaza. Bring weights to Veterans Plaza for additional resistance. Everyone is welcome.


Dancing Feet

Dancing Feet Club invites everyone who has the passion for dancing to dance the night away on Sunday, May 28, from 6-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. The club’s line dancers will also entertain the group with a couple of dances: “Reggae” and “Jambalaya.”

The club hosts two events in Clubhouse 2:  a line dance lesson and practice every Monday from 7-9 p.m., and social (ballroom) dancing every fourth Sunday from 6-9:30 p.m. Come dressed to impress and bring favorite snacks and drinks. Alcohol is  not allowed. There is no fee to participate.

For more information, text Ed Bolos at 551-998-4223.

—Ed Bolos



The Wa-Rite Club’s total loss for the week was 18.5 pounds. Karen Green was the top loser with 2 pounds. As a new member who’s been losing weight  for two consecutive weeks since joining Wa-Rite, Green is a good example of what it takes to achieve the weight goal by making the right food choices and exercising.

 The club’s member Marina Tesla introduced a guest speaker, Ron Kellett, who has been teaching a beginning exercise class in Clubhouse 6, on Mondays from 9-10 a.m.  The first half hour of the class is focused on stretching and breathing; the second half is focused on more advanced movements including Tai Chi and yoga positions with a long stick for balance. Kellett recommends to start slow and be patient with gaining strength, balance, coordination, range of motion and flexibility. The message of the week is: “Exercise is one important step to our vitality.”

The club’s current six-week contest April showers bring May flowers is ending on May 19. Those who decorated their spring bonnets, which adds up in weight losses, will be given first, second and third place monetary awards.  It pays to lose.

 Wa-Rite meets on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Weigh-ins are from 9-9:45 a.m. The meeting is from 10-11 a.m.  The annual membership fee is $10. People must present GRF ID to attend the meeting.

 —Judy Chambers


GRF presents 6th annual Health Options Expo June 30 in CH 4

The Golden Rain Foundation has partnered with Sunrise of Seal Beach Assisted Living and 80 other vendors to present the Leisure World Seal Beach sixth annual Health Options Expo on June 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

This free expo will provide information on resources and services provided by residential care facilities, home care agencies, placement specialists, elder care agencies, county organizations and more.

A virtual dementia tour, assisted living presentation and eye evaluations will be available to all attendees. The Lions Club will provide free glasses.

The Veterans Plaza stage will be surrounded by over 30 booths and food trucks, including The Berlin Truck—Gourmet Sausage and Grilled Cheese and ice cream. The LW Orchestra will play from 11 a.m.-noon.

Everyone is invited to this free, fun community event. Watch for more updates in LW Weekly and via LW Live.


Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., delivers freshly cooked meals for $9.75 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Client Manager Caron Adler at 562-439-5000, ext. 1, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application or cancel a meal for the following day, before 9 a.m. the prior business day. 

Thursday, May 25

Baked ziti with turkey, whole grain roll, green beans with pimentos, pineapple with mango, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, cucumber, red onion and dill salad. 

Friday, May 26

Baked beans with hot dogs, whole grain dinner roll, seasoned broccoli, watermelon, spinach salad with chicken, mandarin oranges, cranberries, feta cheese, vinaigrette dressing and crackers.

Monday, May 29

No service. Closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 30

Barbecue chicken leg and thigh, mashed sweet potatoes, seasoned broccoli, pears with cinnamon, egg salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, and a homemade potato salad.

Wednesday, May 31

Homemade meatloaf with mushroom gravy, garlic and chive mashed potatoes, creamy spinach, banana, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, and a homemade macaroni salad.


Meals on Wheels orange County

Meals on Wheels Orange County in partnership with the city of Seal Beach is hosting The Lunch Cafe at the North Seal Beach Center, 3333 St. Cloud Drive, Seal Beach, Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m.-noon. It is open to anyone 60 or older. Suggested contribution is $3, but everyone is welcome. Guests under 60 can enjoy lunch for $5. Arrive 10 minutes before the start time as meals are served on a first-come, first-served basis. Sugar free desserts and water packed fruits are used throughout the menu to accommodate diabetics; 1% milk served daily. LW Minibus service is available for a pick up at 10:25 a.m. at the Amphitheater bus stop on St. Andrews Drive, with a drop off at the Community Center. The Minibus returns to the Amphitheater at 11:40 a.m.

Thursday, May 25

Cream of carrot soup with sugar free crackers, Mexican tuna salad, barley mango salad, whole wheat dinner roll with Smart Balance, and pineapple chunks.

Friday, May 26

Barbecue McRib, mashed potatoes, carrots, cornbread with Smart Balance, and an apple pie or fresh fruit.

Monday, May 29

No service. Closed in observance of Memorial Day.

Tuesday, May 30 

Crumbled beef with bolognese sauce, penne pasta, Italian vegetable blend, whole wheat dinner roll with Smart Balance, orange juice, and a sugar free custard.

Wednesday, May 31

Spinach mushroom quiche, sweet potatoes, winter vegetable blend, blueberry muffin with Smart Balance, and canned peas.


Balance and Stability Club

Leisure World residents who have a fear of falling or trouble with balance are invited to check out the new Balance and Stability Club beginning June 6. The club meets on first and third Tuesdays of each month at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Routine balance exercises can help improve the overall health, strengthen muscles and bones, and improve cardiovascular function and self-confidence.

Adrianne Rosenfeld, the instructor, is a functional Aging Institute consultant and is certified in teaching balance and stability in various locations. Everyone is welcome. Bring water and a smile. 

For more information, call the club president Chris Russell at 562-794-9334 or Adrianne Rosenfeld at 562-397-1519.


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

Serving LW since 1999.   SB Business License 699080.  Exp 7/19



Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure-World since 1978. Planting/Clean-Ups/Fertilization. New Lawns, etc. Offering my services to every Mutual. Honest and Reliable. State Contractor’s License 779462. Call 562-863-7739, 

562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.   Exp 6/07


JR HOME REPAIRS.  Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License JRH0001. Exp 7/12




Kitchen/Bathroom-Remodeling. Install Microwave/Dishwasher/Recessed-Lights/Closets Redesigned/Cabinets-Refaced/New-Windows/Patio-Storage and Enclosures.  Exp 7/26

40+/Years in LW

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Painting/FREE Estimates. 1-room or entire-house and refinish kitchen cabinets. (714)-826-8636. Call Jerry. CA State License 675336.   Exp 8/16


Cory Gee Painting. Affordable – Professional, Licensed-and-Insured. Interior/Exterior Drywall Repairs/Texturing/Pressure-Washing/Cabinets. Senior discounts 714-308-9931. License 1049257.  Exp 7/26


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Premium-Paints. Interiors/Cabinets/Ceilings/Exterior-Windows/Frames. Our Own Painting-Crew. 40+/Years in LW. Business License 723262.  Exp 7/26


Bel-Rich Painting.  Small-Jobs, Bathrooms, Walls, Gates & More! Call Bret 714-220-9702. Business License 705131.

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Painting service for exterior or interior repairs, texture/drywall/cabinets/skylights/gates/frames. Joshua 714-267-6756. State Contractor License 1081798.  Exp 11/22/2023



CLEAN AND REPAIR. Licensed and insured. Dan (562)-841-3787. SB Business License BRA0002.  Exp 7/12


SKYLIGHT Cleaning & Repairs, Contact Eugene (714) 774-4385. Contractor License 634613-B.   Exp 11/29/2023

UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Tito/562-658-9841. State Contractors License 578194.  Exp 8/16

Window Washing


I clean Inside/Outside OR Clean Outside only and SAVE $$$. LW-Resident/Rich Livitski. (562)-600-0014. SB Business License LIV0004.  Exp 8/02


BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS. 40+ YEARS EXPERIENCE.  PHIL (562)-881-2093.  SB Business License  AB0001.

Exp 6/21

Leisure World Helping Leisure World

Does your walker need new tennis balls? Delivery and installation provided. Please provide your name and phone number. Free of charge.  Diane Hart 714-955-2885.



Offering FREE advice on buying/selling of your golf cart. Also batteries and Safety Flags. 562-431-6859


Experienced Caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Available_24/7. 949-899-7770.SB Business License HEL0006.  Exp 7/05



Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers. Honest/Assertive/Fluent-English. Hourly/Full-Time, doctor-appointments, errands. Bernadine/562-310-0280. Bonded/Insured.  SB Business License BCS0002. Exp 6/21


MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with/optimum service, 30-years LW experience. Licensed Reliable, Honest Caregivers. 24-hours/Part-Time/Doctor-Appointments. References, Fluent English.  Ann/714-624-1911 and 562-277-3650/Heide.  SB Business License HYC0001.  Exp 8/02



Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet/562-371-4895. SB License PAN0003.   Exp 7/19


Elderly care. Live-in, Live-out. 30+ years experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Gloria 949-371-7425.  SB Business License RAZ0002.   Exp 8/09


Maria’s experienced caregivers. Run errands, Doctor appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562)-230-4648. SB Business License CAM0006.   Exp 7/26


Anthony Caregivers. Light-Cleaning/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Cooking/Laundry. Anthony Camacho College Student/Available-Evening-and-Nights-ONLY. 714-605-6869. SB Business License 14206319.  Exp 6/21


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard,  #116. Tammy Nguyen (714)-425-4198.   Exp 7/05


In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36Years+. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. SB Business License #KC75538.  Exp 6/14


Experienced Korean-Barber at Dal Je’s Salon. 562-626-8122, 562-431-4603. 5-minutes from Leisure-World! Cannot-WAIT -to-Serve-You!  PLEASE ask for Sun/Thank-You!  SB Business License 14203016.  Exp 5/31


Experienced Housekeeper providing Weekly-and-Monthly cleaning. Call/949-899-7770. SB Business License HEL0006 

Exp 7/05


BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS. 40+ YEARS EXPERIENCE.  PHIL (562)-881-2093.  Seal Beach Business License  AB0001.

Exp 6/21



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

SB Business License GRA0006.   Exp 7/12


General housekeeping, 30+ years experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Gloria 949-371-7425.  SB Business License RAZ002.  Exp 8/09


Maria House-Cleaning. We’ll make your house look NICE-as-Possible! 15+/years experience. We can work with/your schedule. Bi-weekly/Monthly. Deep-Cleaning. Call/Text/714-496-2885. Business License HER0008.   Exp 8/09


MAGALY’S CLEANING  SERVICE. We make your home sparkle! 7-days/call anytime! Complete-cleaning. 562-505-1613

SB Business License M0001A.  Exp 6/28


Albert & Patricia House-Cleaning.  Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. (562)-397-4659,  (323)-413-0830.  SB Business  License14206409. Exp 6/28


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC-or-Mac), Cellphone, TV, Stereo, any Electronic-Device. Tina Schaffer. SB Business License CIP0001   Exp 7/26


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

Virus-Removal/Internet Security Repair, Training, Wireless and Smart-TV Setup. LW Resident.  SB License FUH0001.

Exp 8/09



Cars/Motorcycle/Truck, running-or-not. We are local, call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly! We do DMV and Release-of-Liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us 562-684-0901, we can come out and give you a quote.   CA Business License 046854. Exp 7/05


Golf Cars SELL, BUY, TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124.  Exp 1/03/2024


Golf Cart Tires in Leisure-World with “SPECIALTY TIRES”.  All-Standard-Sizes and MORE!  1-800-847-9593. SB Business License SPE0007.  Exp 6/07


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258   Exp 6/07


Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093.  Exp 6/07

autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462.   Exp 6/07


2003 Southwind 32.  54,000 miles, 8.1 Chevy Workhorse motor, Banks Exhaust System, Onan Generator, Solar Charging, 2 slides, EXCELLENT CONDITION, 1 year Warranty. In LW lot, 949-742-8669. Exp 6/07



No job too small! Fast/Reliable/Great-Prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787/Dan.  Exp 7/12



Your Moving-AND-Hauling service. Any size job!  Call/310-387-2618.  Business License RO263644. Exp 7/19


LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE Buying Mid-Century Modern Furniture/Antiques/Chinese-Collectibles/Old-Toys/Vintage-Clothing/14K-Jewelry-and-Sterling/ETC. 562-243-7229 Exp 8/09


Coins, Comic Books, First Day Stamps, Miscellaneous. Nikon Camera. Appointment 9:00am-to-3:00pm. 1-562-594-3975 Exp 6/21


Yard Sale. 13480 Wentworth Lane, Mutual-5/Unit-125F, 9:00am-2:00pm. Thursday/May-25th and Friday/May-26th. Scroll-Saw/Some-Furniture/Tools/VCRs/Movies/CDs/DVDs/TV.


40” Flat-Screen (J.V.C.) Works Great. $75.00/OBO. Call/562-537-5123.


Adult 3-Wheel Bicycle/$125. Sewing-Machine/$60. Call/415-218-4635.


Green Women’s Bicycle. Medium Size, Low Mileage, 26″Wheels, $50.00  Call/562-438-9620.


E-Trike $1,800, 3-Speed with after factory electric motor modified by Richard Cyclery. Margaret 360-485-8458.


Electric Wheelchair/Like-New. All-Trac M3, Amy-Systems, Multiple-Settings/$1,000. Call/417-230-5415.


“Stressless” Brown Leather Chair-and-Ottoman. Swivel, Manual/Recliner, Classic Base. Great Condition/$300. Call 562-896-6500


Estate Sale by Jennifer and Denise.  Thursday/May25th and Friday/May-26th, 9:00am-2:00pm. 1881 McKinney Way, Mutual-15/Unit-28A. This Atrium home with a full-front patio is filled with lots of Furniture. King-Size-Mattress-Set/Rectangle-Dining-Room-Table with/6-Chairs. Sofa/Loveseat/Glass-Top/Metal-Patio-Table with/4-chairs and Bar-Cart. Corningware/Corelle/Oak-Roll-Top-Desk/Deacons-Bench/Electric-Fireplace and MUCH MORE! POB 427, Seal Beach, 90740. Seal Beach Business License 14206514. For entry through Leisure-World main-gate, call/text Denise 714-234-8842 with your name by Wednesday.


Cuisinart Toaster Oven and NEW Corsori Air Fryer. 714-697-2563.