Nak Soo Kim (l-r) and Elizabeth Kim move to “Come Dance With Me” during the class. On July 13, Joyful Line Dance will have a summer dance party from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Aside from dancing and fun, tickets include a sumptuous, authentic Korean lunch. People can sign up with Chong Hee Kim during the regular class times. Space is limited. The club meets on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. For more information, text 562-301-5339.
LW Bike Club members rode to Huntington Beach Wednesday for a brunch hosted by one of the bike riders, Martha Valenzuela. 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.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, Wa-Rite members met for weigh-ins and conversation in lieu of the May 26 meeting. The club returned to its full meeting format June 2.
Those interested in learning more about the club are welcome to attend June 9 meeting at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The guest speaker will be Judy Aprile, fitness instructor.
Through her work at Coastline Community College, Aprile teaches four classes a week in Leisure World, including seated exercise classes. Aprile has been an instructor of physical activity for older adults since 1999 and holds a master’s degree in gerontology from California State University, Fullerton. She was an adjunct faculty member at Saddleback College and served as the program coordinator at the Center for Successful Aging at CSU Fullerton. In addition to Coastline College, she teaches classes for the city of Newport Beach at the Oasis Senior Center and the Marina Park Community Center.
The Wa-Rite’s meeting times have changed: on June 9 the club will hold its last 10 a.m. meeting with weigh-ins from 9:15-9:45.
Beginning June 16, the club’s weigh-ins will be from 8:15-8:45 a.m.. and the meeting will start at 9.
The club will continue to meet on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The annual membership is $10. Weekly dues are 10 cents.
Master Your Squats with Fitness Fusion
According to Silver Sneakers, the squat is the single most important exercise that can be performed at home using a body weight or at the gym. Squats strengthen lower body and core and are used in standing up, sitting down and getting out of the car.
In yoga, 12 poses of sun salutation series are particularly beneficial for toning the legs, abs, shoulders, chest and arms.
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 Prepares for its Ninth Anniversary
Last Sunday, Dancing Feet Club members entertained the audience by performing “Reggae” and “Jambalaya” line dances in Clubhouse 2. Despite the holiday weekend, the class was well-attended. Club members also celebrated May birthdays and served cake to all in attendance.
The members are now rehearsing for June 25 event, the club’s ninth anniversary.
The club meets in Clubhouse 2 for line dance lessons and practice on Mondays from 7-9 p.m., and social (ballroom) dancing every fourth Sunday of the month 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 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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, June 8
Turkey white bean chili, mixed vegetables, peas and carrots, corn bread with Smart Balance and pineapple tidbits.
Friday, June 9
Black bean soup with sugar free crackers, Cobb salad with diced chicken, egg, swiss cheese, bell pepper, carrots, cucumbers and a homemade ranch dressing, lemony lentil salad and a mandarin orange.
Monday, June 12
Baked meatloaf wit savory tomato sauce, mashed potatoes, Capri vegetable blend, whole wheat dinner roll with Smart Balance and a sugar-free apple crisp.
Tuesday, June 13
Pork carnitas, cilantro lime rice, Oregon bean medley, tortilla, pico de gallo and a sugar-free gelatin.
Wednesday, June 14
Beef stew with sauce and vegetables, whole baby potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll with Smart Balance and a tropical fruit mix.
Laughing for the Health of It
Everyone is invited for an hour-long session of laughing for no reason with Bev Bender on June 14 at 1:30 p.m. at the Optum HCC Conference Room.
Bev Bender is a certified laugh leader who helps people improve their lives through laughter.
Participants will leave with smiles on their faces and a song in their hearts. Best of all, it’s fun, free and non-fattening.
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, June 8
Turkey chili with corn bread, green beans with pimentos, watermelon, roast beef and cheese sandwich with spinach, tomato and pickle, cucumber, red onion and a tomato salad.
Friday, June 9
Stuffed cabbage casserole, whole grain roll, seasoned corn, banana, kale chicken salad, shredded brussels sprouts with dried cranberries, pepitas, poppy seed dressing and crackers.
Monday, June 12
Roast beef with mushroom gravy, au gratin potatoes, Mexicali corn, chocolate pudding, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato and a homemade macaroni salad.
Tuesday, June 13
Polish sausage with sauteed onions and bell peppers, baked beans, lemon pepper broccoli, cantaloupe, Chinese chicken salad with mandarin oranges, cabbage, carrots, Asian dressing and crackers.
Wednesday, June 14
Lemon pepper chicken, brown and wild rice green bean almandine, seasoned cauliflower, mandarin oranges, roast beef and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle and a tricolor pasta salad.
File of Life at Copy Center
In emergencies, readily available medical and contact information can make a life-and-death difference when paramedics arrive on the scene. Readily available updated File of Life form can provide peace of mind for individuals and their families.
The File of Life sleeve and the medical information form are available for purchase at Copy and Supply Center in Building 5 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at the cost of 73 cents, plus eight cents for the medical information form, and should be updated as needed. For more information, call 562-431-6586, ext. 345 or ext. 307.
The Leisure Leggers, a running and walking club in Leisure World for more than 20 years, meets every Monday at Clubhouse 6 at 8 a.m. for a brisk trot around the neighborhood, followed by coffee and camaraderie. Dues are 99 cents per year.
For more information, call club president Tom Pontac at 562-304-0880.
Medicare Basics: FAQs, coverage and more
When it comes to emergency, it is important to know the difference between the ER and urgent care and their nearest locations.
Urgent care centers are available when the primary care physician is not available, and ideal for non-emergency care such as cough, sore throat, body aches, colds, sinus infections, allergies, eye irritations, muscle sprains, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea.
Emergency rooms are for life threatening or disabling conditions such as stroke, heart attack, severe injuries from an accident, a loss of consciousness, uncontrolled bleeding, poisoning, or sudden severe abdominal pain.
Most Medicare Advantage plans cover ambulance services at a reduced rate. However, the original Medicare plan will only cover 80% of the Medicare approved ambulance charge. Medicare Part B covers the cost of an ambulance in emergency situations if the trip meets the following criteria:
Ambulance is medically necessary.
It’s the only safe way to transport the patient.
It’s going to a Medicare-approved location such as hospital, skilled nursing facility or back home after care.
The destination is the nearest qualifying facility available to provide the treatment.
The transportation company meets the Medicare standards.
Most Medicare plans include yearly routine annual eye exams that can detect heart disease, diabetes and more.
Most Medicare plans include some dental care, which is one of the most expensive healthcare items. Dental care can detect things like cancer, nutrition issues and osteoporosis, just to name a few. To confirm the coverage, people can call their preferred dentist and find out about their accepted dental plans.
People with certain disabilities and a licensed assistance dog may be eligible to receive $50 a month from the State of California. For more information, call 916-657-2628 or go to www.cdss.ca.goc/assistance-dogs.
When it comes to vaccinations, Medicare covers vaccinations against shingles, tetanus, diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), hepatitis A and B, flu shots, pneumococcal and covid and more. According to the Inflation Reduction Act, beginning in 2023, adult vaccines recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are free for Medicare beneficiaries with prescription drug coverage. Whereas people need to have a Medicare Advantage plan that includes Part D prescription drugs, or a stand alone Part D prescription drug plan to get free vaccines. However, one in 11 Medicare beneficiaries do not have a prescription drug plan therefore they will have to pay for certain vaccines.
Some may not see a need in a prescription drug plan right now because they don’t take any medications, but as mentioned above, Part D prescription drug plan covers more than just everyday medications. If people don’t sign up for a Part D prescription drug plan when you they first take Medicare, they’ll be subject to a late enrollment penalty if they decide to sign up for a plan later. Certain exceptions apply.
To learn more about Medicare, contact the insurance broker specializing in Medicare, Sandra Teel at 657-204-4224 or 909-856-9379.
Pickleball Club offers free beginner lesson June 13
On June 13, the LW Pickleball Club will offer free beginner lesson led by Jim Thomason at 10:30 a.m. on the pickleball courts behind Clubhouse 2. Paddles and balls will be loaned.
Free classes are offered on second Tuesday of each month. The Pickleball Club also holds follow-up beginner’s play and pointers every Wednesday at 10 a.m. For more information, email email@example.com or call President Linda Evenson at 561-577-3283.
On July 8, the club will have a Jerry Wrenn memorial ladder tournament followed by a barbecue. Tickets are $5. For more information or to reserve a spot, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On May 30, 55 members of the Cribbage Club enjoyed cake and ice cream provided by Julie Milburn. Candy Meyers and Carrie Kistner served refreshments in honor of Memorial Day.
Two members, Terry Thrift and Potsy Frank, each won all seven games and earned another star with a total score of 847. Adair Paul placed second with a score of 835; Rose Mary Wu, third, with 828; and Margaret Smith, fourth, with 818. Meyers lost all seven of the games played.
To learn more about the club, call and leave a message with Terry Thrift at 714-394-5885. Annual dues are $5; $1 is collected from each member when play begins. Members who come by 12:15 p.m. are guaranteed a place at the table. Play begins at 12:30 p.m. and is usually finished by 4.
Saturday Social Bunco
The Saturday Social Bunco Club meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. The next meeting is June 10 in the Clubhouse 3 lobby. Sign-ups start at 1 p.m. and the play begins at 1:30.
May 27 winners: Marilyn Moody, most wins; Susan Rose, most buncos; Stella Kaiser, most babies; and Susan Hopewell, most losses. The door prize went to Helen Sponsler. For more information, call club president Doris Dack at 714-356-0443.
The Leisure World Scrabble Club met on all five Wednesdays in May. There were 72 scores above 300, eight of which were higher than 400, and 51 bingos (the use of all seven tiles in one move).
Diane Seeger and Larry Edgar each topped 300 thirteen times. Seeger had six bingos and two scores above 400 with her best score of 494. Edgar had four bingos and a top score of 436.
Bob Ruderman had 11 scores above 300, 18 bingos, and a best score of 458. Myrna Loscuadro posted seven totals higher than 300, with 306 in a three-way game (equivalent to a 459 in a two-way game), eight bingos and a best score of 376.
Wanda Bemben had six scores above 300, one bingo, and a high game of 370. Sylvia Makus topped 300 three times and had one bingo. Outgoing club president Maria Giegerich had two scores above 300, the better of which was a 355, and two bingos.
Donna Perkins had two totals higher than 300. Her best was a 340. Jim Schneiderman, Marilyn Moody, and Sue Ann Gass each topped 300 once, with respective scores of 345, 316 and 302. Schneiderman had two bingos.
The club meets on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 5, from 1-4 p.m. New members, including beginners, are welcome. Lunch will be served on June 28.
Men’s Golf League
On Friday, May 26, 10 golfers endured the 4,000-yard, par 62 David L. Baker Executive Golf Course in Fountain Valley.
Sam Choi had the fewest putts for the A flight, and Fujio Norihiro had fewest for the B. Lowell Goltra and Gary Stivers were closest to the pins on the par three third and 12th holes respectivally. Two birdies were carded by Larry Hillhouse and Clay Fischer. Bob Munn, Ron Jackson, and Goltra had one each.
A flight winners: Hillhouse, first place, 12 under 50; Choi and Stivers tied for a second place, eight under 54; Fischer, third, six under 56; Dave LaCascia, fourth, four under 58; and Bill McKusky, fifth, at even par 62.
B flight winners: Bob Munn, first place, 11 under 51; Norihiro, second, 10 under 52; and Jackson and Goltra tied for a third place at five under 57.
There were no plays on Monday, May 29, due to holiday.
The Monday and Friday golf leagues play at four local courses near Leisure World. Advance league reservations are required with a sign-up sheet available at each round. There is a prize pool for each round. 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) are generously rewarded.
For more information, contact Gary Stivers at 714-313-3697 or Dave LaCascia at 801-674-5975.
Guys and Gals Tournament
The second Guys and Gals Tournament of May was played on May 31. 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 Turtle Lake Golf Course is a 1,658-yard, 18 hole-par 54 course. A total of 29 teams (58 players) teed off and played 18 holes.
There were nine circle hole winners and 53 birdies. Closest to the pin on the second hole were Glenn Barry and Devora Kim; and Mike Mayfield and Sandy Derouin on the 11th hole. The lowest gross score was recorded by Bruce Bowles and Linda Herman, and Bill Lyons and Yasmin Merali at four under 50. Bowles and Herman had the lowest net score at 14 under 40. Two other teams had net scores of 42 or 12 under par. Twenty-eight teams had net scores at or under par. All scores below are net—gross score minus handicap.
A flight winners (has handicaps of 0–9): Bob Barnum and Kyung Ju, first place, 12 under 42; Glenn Barry and Karen Mendon, Richard Jun and Nina DeRosa, Bob and Janice Turner, Steve Walker and Jassca Choi, and Lyons and Merali tied for fifth place at nine under 45.
B flight winners (has handicaps of 10-12): Bowles and Herman, first place, 14 under 40; Mayfield and Alison Kim, second, 12 under 42; Jae H. and Sun Lee, and Ken Notorleva and Pam Krug tied for third at 11 under 43; and Paul Alloway and Ann Tran, fourth, at 10 under 44.
C flight winners (has handicaps of 13-18): Steve and Connie Kang, and Brian Tivnan and Patty Littrell, tied for a first place at 10 under 45; and Fujio Norihiro and Keiko Sekino, second, at eight under 46.
On June 21, the Men’s Golf Club will sponsor a spring/summer picnic at 1 p.m. at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. Tickets, $5, include hot dogs, hamburgers, chips, salads, water, beer and raffle prizes of donated merchandise from local vendors. Tickets are sold at all tournaments through June 21. Entertainment will be provided by the Greenbelt Singers and fellow golfers.
The next Guys and Gals Tournament is June 21. The Men’s Tournament is played every third and fifth Wednesday of the month. Those who had planned to play but can’t make it, should contact Alan Sewell 541-324-8558 or Dave LaCascia 801-674-5975 as soon as possible. Players need to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their scheduled tee time and be ready to play.
Shuffleboard courts to undergo much needed repairs
All current and prospective Shuffleboard Club members are invited to attend an important general membership meeting today, June 8, at the courts building at 10 a.m. The agenda includes debriefing the recent memorial tournament, discussing the upcoming grand reopening of the courts, the club’s 60th anniversary celebration and the fall league play guidelines.
The club also thanks the LW Weekly staff for the coverage of GRF Board’s funding approval on the shuffleboard building courts’ repair. The use of the shuffleboard courts building has grown dramatically, as many people enjoy this amenity throughout the week.
Assistance with learning the basics of shuffleboard is available all month in June. The shuffleboard courts (behind Clubhouse 1 on Burning Tree Lane) and mentors are available for instruction, practice, and pick-up games Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-11.
With enough interest in pick-up games on Wednesdays from 1:30-3:30 p.m., the mentors will be available through July 6. All needed equipment is available at the courts building. Closed toe shoes are required.
Organized leagues will resume plays mid-September. Everyone is invited to the summer practice times to learn the basics of shuffleboard to enjoy the league play.
For more information, call or text Kay Mount at 775-527-0426.
LW Pool Club
On May 27, 12 players competed in the second annual pool-a-thon at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Players drew numbers to determine their opponents.
The contest consisted of two rounds of four different pool games. The first game was eight ball, the second was nine ball, call shot to fifteen points and one pocket. In one pocket, the goal is to make majority of the balls all in one down table corner pocket. The opponent must make the balls in the other down table corner pocket. To make the game shorter, only nine balls were used instead of traditional 15.
After the first round of four games there were five players tied at three wins and one loss. Going into the final game of the second round, Tom Zimmerman needed to win his one pocket match to score seven wins and take first place, but he lost it. Ruffy Ramos won his final game of one pocket to tie Zimmerman at six wins and two losses, and beat Zimmerman in the eight ball playoff match and took the first place.
For third place money there was a four-way tie between Bruce Pettys, Rusty Aquino, Russell Black and Dave Silva at five wins each. Pettys beat Silva, and Black beat Aquino to set up an eight ball match between Pettys and Aquino. Black made a nice shot on the eight ball and took third place.
The tournament lasted almost four hours, but the players enjoyed the level of competition and playing four different games.
LW Women’s Golf
On May 30, the LW Women’s Golf Club (LWWGC) had a special tournament with 14 women playing the round from the blue tees (women play from the red tees, which are closer).
The winners were: Linda Herman, low gross, 28, and Judi Ornoff, low net, 23, first place; and Patti Smith and Patty Littrell with a low net tie of 25, second place. The club congratulates Jane Song, 2023 club champion.
Club championship tournament scores:
Flight A: Jane Song, low gross, 84; Nina DeRosa, low net, 74.
Flight B: Lisa Kim, low gross, 93; Judy Kim, low net, 75.
Flight C: Marilyn Hewitt, low gross, 94; Sue Yokomi, low net, 78.
Flight D: Angela Han, low gross, 102; Connie Kang, low net, 81.
Anyone interested in joining the Women’s Golf Club can obtain an application from the golf course starter.
For more information, contact club treasurer Margie Thompson at 562-493-0484.
The following weekly excercise classes air 24/7 on SBTV-3 via TWC Spectrum CH3, Frontier Fios CH37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule.
5:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hr)
6:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga (4.5 hrs)
6:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hr)
8:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga (4.5 hrs)
Noon: Silver Age Yoga (2.5 hrs)
7:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hr)
11 a.m.: Yoga for All Ages (30 mins)
5:30 a.m.: Yoga for All Ages (30 mins)
6 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hr)
7:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga (3.5 hrs)
6:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga (4.5 hrs)
8:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hr)
Noon: Feeling Fit (1 hr)
6:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga (4.5 hrs)
8:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hr)
6:30 a.m.: Silver Age Yoga (4.5 hrs)
8:30 a.m.: Feeling Fit (1 hr)
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Registration opens June 12
On June 12, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University, Long Beach will begin registration for its summer session. Classes will be held on campus, at satellite community locations, and online using Zoom.
A wide variety of classes will be offered including personal finance, computer skills, music, art, crafting, fitness/wellness, yoga, Spanish, writing, current events, cooking, movies, retirement planning and more.
The seven-week session begins on July 10, and is open to all adults aged 50 and over. There are no tests or homework, just learning for the joy of it.
For 26 years, OLLI has been dedicated to enriching the lives of older adults throughout the greater Long Beach community through educational opportunities and social engagement.
For more information including registration, visit the OLLI website at www.csulb.edu/olli.
Today is the last day to RSVP for kosher pickle event
All Leisure World residents and guests are invited to the Schmooze Club’s annual kosher pickle event on Tuesday, June 13, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The group will gather at 10 a.m. for “schmoozing” (socializing) and refreshments. The event will begin at 10:30 under the expertise of “Rabbi Pickle” (aka Rabbi Shmuel Marcus), who will bring the supplies.
RSVPs are required for those making pickles in order to provide enough supplies for the event. Call Darlene Rose 562-347-8088 no later than end of the day on Thursday, June 8.
Pickle makers may make as many containers as are requested in the RSVP and will receive instructions on how to let the cucumbers continue to pickle in the brine at home.
The cost to cover materials is $5 for each container of pickles being made by the same person. Those who want to come but not make pickles are asked to donate toward refreshments.
This is a very popular event every year and will be the club’s last event before summer.
Guests are welcome. People must call Rose with the names of any guests for Main Gate entry.
Plan to attend and make kosher pickles the “old fashioned” way to enjoy at a picnic or barbecue in June, share with neighbors and friends, or “relish” at home.
As always, “There are no dues to schmooze.”
— Darlene Rose
American Legion Auxiliary
The American Legion Auxiliary would like to thank residents for their support as it continues to serve veterans, military and their families.
The club will hold its installation luncheon on June 19 in Clubhouse 4 at noon. There will be a special meal prepared by Hong Raubolt. RSVPs are required to attend. Call Rose Sprague at 714-742-8362. .
The club will take a break in July and August. It will return on Sept. 18 to its regular schedule, meeting on the third Monday of each month, in Clubhouse 3 at 1 p.m.
Japanese American Club
The Japanese American Club will meet on Saturday, June 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 11:30 a.m.
There will be Bingo games. Members may purchase a card for $1.
The meeting will feature a potluck luncheon, and members are asked to bring an Asian dish to share.
Those who are not able to able to bring a dish will be asked to pay $8 toward the purchase of takeout food. There will be birthday cake at the meeting.
The phone ladies will be contacting only paid members. All residents of LW are welcome to attend.
For more information about the club or the meeting, call Michie Kimura at 714-317-1102.
For Your Information
When there is doubt about LW policy or rules and regulations, residents should refer to their Occupancy Agreement, or direct questions to their Mutual directors or GRF representatives.
FALW will hold annual Veterans Picnic on July 1
The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW)’s annual Veterans Picnic will be held on Saturday, July 1, at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. The event is open for all U.S. veterans residing in Leisure World and their guests. It is a way for the FALW to express its gratitude to veterans for selfless service to a great nation.
The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) donated $3,500 to the FALW for the event. The FALW is grateful for the assistance.
The FALW started the event 11 years ago but, due to COVID-19, it was cancelled for two years. The event came back last year, stronger and bigger than ever.
Last year, close to 250 veterans and their guests attended the picnic. Guests enjoyed delicious food, desserts, fresh-cut fruit and sodas, and sang all the military branch songs to uplift spirits. “Taps” was played for departed comrades.
The Hui O Hula Club and the Hawaiian Band will entertain during the picnic this year.
Registration is required to attend the event. To register, call Ren Villanueva, 323-854-6209; Ric Dizon, 714-225-3597; Ed Bolos, 551-998-4223; or Harry Varnas, 323-791-1141, and state your name, phone number, branch of service and number of guests. A gift will be distributed to first 100 veterans who registered for the event.
Registration is open to veterans until June 25.
Patty Barnett Mouton, vice president of outreach for Alzheimer’s Orange County will be back at Sunshine Club to share the exciting new programming that will be available soon. The meeting will be held Friday, June 9, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m.
Alzheimer’s Orange County (AlzOC), with the support of numerous community partners, will be providing the Leisure World Memory Support Team (MST).
This specialized team will provide a variety of memory support programs and services to Leisure World residents and families concerned about memory loss and/or cognitive decline.
The development of this project was greatly influenced by the thoughtful and persistent advocacy of the Golden Age Foundation.
The Memory Support Team programs and services will include:
• Brain health classes.
• Memory and cognitive screenings.
• Memory training programs.
• Early memory loss workshops.
• Individual and family dementia care consultation and care options counseling.
• Medication reviews and reconciliation.
LW residents will experience an innovative approach to dementia care and management with a goal of helping people remain as independent and productive as possible.
All shareholders are welcome to join this meeting. Sunshine Club requires no membership fees, but donations are welcome.
For more information, contact Anna Derby at 562-301-5339.
by Mary Larson
The LW Democratic Club will meet on Wednesday, June 28, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and via Zoom at 1 p.m. The meeting will feature a 30-minute conversation via Zoom with candidate for the U.S. Senate Adam Schiff. Leisure World Democrats are invited to participate in-person, online or by phone. Zoom login information is available by calling 562-412-0898 or emailing email@example.com.
Plans are also underway to invite two other U.S. Senate candidates—Katie Porter and Barbara Lee—to participate in the club’s August and September membership meetings.
Due to several recent developments, there is renewed interest in the campaign to replace Katie Porter who is the current representative in Congress from our District 47. One of the Democratic candidates for this position, Joanna Weiss, is scheduled to speak at the club’s membership meeting in July.
The club has once again designated July as its Virtual Candidate and voter outreach fundraising month. The club’s newest program is designed to increase the number of Leisure World voters in the 2024 elections. To receive more details about how to participate in this “Neighbor to Neighbor” project, call 562-296-8521 or 562-596-0450.
The club’s information and registration booth outside Clubhouse 6 is open from 10:30 a.m-12:30 p.m. on the first Tuesday of each month.
Club members are also urged to save the date for the Democratic Party of Orange County Gala on July 11. Attorney General Rob Bonta will be the featured speaker.
For more in-depth reporting on issues and candidates, Democrats and supporters can subscribe to the free electronic newsletter by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 562-296-8521. Include all full contact information, as well as party affiliation.
The LW Democratic Club believes that facts and the truth matter. Everything appearing in this weekly column and newsletter has been fact-checked to the fullest extent possible.
Mutual 2 Emergency Buddy System
The Emergency Buddy System (EBS) of Mutual 2 honored Joanna Matos with an honorary tea on May 18 in Clubhouse 3.
Matos has been a part of EBS since its inception beginning with Mutual President Margarita Barr. She will relinquish her parcel coordinator status to new Community Emergency Response Team members Dave and Angie Forney. However, Joanna will retain her Building Buddy position and will remain the secretary of EBS.
The group wanted to show Matos how much they appreciate her volunteering to be a part of this emergency preparedness group.
Gun Soo Lee (l-r) and Bob Groncki signed up with the Ralphs Community Reward program by visiting Clubhouse 6. GAF Board member Beth Greeley assisted in signing them up. The GAF board will be in Clubhouse 6 every Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. For more information, text 562-301-5339.
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Susan D. Simon
Susan Simon passed away comfortably on May 21, 2023 at her home in Seal Beach, California surrounded by her loving family.
Susan grew up in New Jersey and following high school she continued her education at the Maryland Medical Center in Newark, New Jersey, where she became a registered nurse (RN). Susan would consider herself a nurse for the remainder of her life. It wasn’t just her job, it was who she was.
Susan and her husband Marvin began their family in Elizabeth, New Jersey, and eventually moved to Cranford, New Jersey, where they raised their two sons Andrew and Richard. Susan never lost any of the connections with her family regardless of where they moved. As she grew older and generations passed, she took on the role of matriarch of the family with ease and created family reunions, large holiday gatherings, and built out a family tree that spanned decades, countries, and continents.
Susan was an extremely giving person and it was impossible not to immediately feel her eagerness to help those who needed her. When anyone was sick, she was there. When family, friends or friends of friends were diagnosed with cancer, she became their advocate and in some cases their caregiver. She trained and mentored nurses throughout her life and career. Her drive to advocate for the best possible care and medical outcomes never waned and continued to her last breath.
Susan and Marvin retired to Boca Raton, Florida, where they both became certified as first responders and enjoyed the warmer climate with family and friends.
Following Marvin’s passing, Susan moved to Leisure World, where she continued to provide help and support to local friends and neighbors by maintaining her licensing, administrating flu shots, and becoming a go-to source of care and advice. She quickly developed friendships in Seal Beach. She enjoyed playing pickelball, dancing, card games and loved to get together with friends. She kept busy by being a board member of her mutual within Leisure World. She enjoyed a full life surrounded by family and grandchildren. She never turned down an opportunity to take her grandchildren to the movies, Catalina or join in family vacations.
Susan was pre-deceased by her husband Marvin and is survived by her two sons, two daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren: Richard, his wife Lauri, and their sons Zane and Eli and Andrew, his wife Liz and their children Jake, Téa and Nathan.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center. https://donate.cityofhope.org/Main/CardsForHope.aspx. Please include her name and select Bladder Cancer in the drop down.
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Last week, during Trinity Sunday, Pastor Johan Dodge shared how the concept of the trinity is difficult to understand. The trinity is one God in three expressions: God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Centuries ago, there were church arguments over the nature of God and the ability of God to change (or not change) and thus there were arguments over what became the doctrine of the trinity.
This week, Community Church will look at an equally vexing word—mercy. In Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus says: “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have come to call not the righteous but sinners.” The group will look at the command of Jesus for mercy this week.
People are welcome to join the service on Sunday, June 11, 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.
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 is held on the fourth Sunday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.
This week’s sermon: After issues with an unresponsive iPad prevented Pastor Chuck Franco from sharing the intended sermon last week, he preached on remembering how God transformed the lives of those who come to him by relating it to Memorial Day. The response to the sermon demonstrated again that there are no accidents in God’s schedule. The scheduled sermon, titled “God’s Goodness Vs. Man’s Goodness,” will be presented this week. In today’s culture of shifting values, the standard by which goodness is determined shifts with the value set of the individual. Pastor Chuck will share the only reliable, absolutely true standard for goodness.
Bible Study: “The Book of Acts,” by Louie Giglio, continues to challenge contemporary believers to discover and apply the truths displayed by the early church. If the growth and reach of the early church is not seen today, the Book of Acts explains why. This encouraging and motivating study is enjoyed by both students new to Bible study and those familiar with the Bible.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
“Who Follows You?” is the title of Council President Jerry Brady’s sermon for Redeemer Lutheran and St. Theodore’s Church’s worship service on Sunday, June 11.
LWers are invited to reflect, join the celebration and share the scripture and Communion feast at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive, across from the Administration building where ample parking is provided.
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.
For more information about the service or work within the church community, call 562-598-8697.
Congregation Sholom will hold services via Zoom on Friday, June 9, with Rabbi Mike Mymon at 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Mymon will also lead services on Saturday, June 10, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and via Zoom at 10 a.m.
Saturday’s Torah reading will be Beha’alotekha from the book of Numbers. Beha’alotekha (when you raise) opens with God instructing Moses to inaugurate the Levites for service in the Mishkan (Tabernacle). It recounts the stories of people who request a second chance to offer the Passover sacrifice, complaints of the Israelites and their punishments, and a disease that affects Miriam.
To receive a Zoom invitation, contact Jeff Sacks at 714-642-0122.
Congregation Sholom offers a traditional Jewish service in person and online.Those who want to join Congregation Sholom should call Howard Brass at 714-396-0121.
Faith Christian Assembly
“All of you together are Christ’s body, and each of you is a part of it” 1 Corinthians 12:27 .
The apostle Paul explains earlier in the same letter, “But now indeed there are many members, yet one body. And the eye cannot say to the hand, ‘I have no need of you’ nor again the head to the feet, ‘I have no need of you.’ No, much rather, those members of the body which seem to be weaker are necessary,” 1 Corinthians 12:20-22.
It takes many unique parts to make a whole, and the whole is just not the same without each person in the church. The whole cannot function completely without all the parts. Each person has unique gifts and abilities, and all are equally important. But it’s the differences in those gifts that make everything come together so beautifully. Everyone has something special to offer, and Faith Christian Assembly invites LWers to visit to bring another unique piece to the whole.
Sunday service times are at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Those who are interested in growing through community are welcome to join the men’s or women’s ministries. The groups meet the third Thursday of each month at 1 p.m. To receive more information about the church or to receive the free monthly newsletter, call the office at 562-598-9010, email email@example.com or visit www.FCAchurch.net.
LW Baptist worship service is on Sunday, June 11, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. The message will be about God and his loving provision for all his creatures.
“Do you know when the mountain goats give birth? Do you observe the calving of the does?” God asks Job. The Bible urges, “Casting all your care upon him, for he cares for you,” in 1 Peter 5:7.
The Christian Women’s Fellowship Group will meet Monday, June 12, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. The Energizers group will meet on Wednesday, June 14, at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The current topic is Psalm 56, “When I am afraid I will trust in Thee.”
For more information, call 562-430-8598.
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 June 12-18 is Luke 22 and John 18.
Christian Women’s Fellowship & Bible Study
The Woman’s Fellowship and Bible study group will meet on Monday, June 12 and 26, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. The group will go over chapter 9 in the book “A Woman’s Walk With God.” All are welcome.
For more information, contact Margie Singleton at 562-594-8100 or Jean Davidson at 562-431-0597.
Buddha Circle will meet with Ven. Kusala on Saturday, July 1, 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.