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June 16 2022

LWer follows her heart, helps rescue 1,000 

by Ruth Osborn

managing editor

It’s been 113 days since Russian President Putin ordered his forces to invade Ukraine. The country’s courage and grit has transfixed the world.

The United States has provided more than $6.3 billion in security, humanitarian and economic assistance to help Ukraine prevail, according to the U.S. Department of State. 

At home here in Leisure World, there have been protests and fund raisers to send aid. One Mutual 1 resident took it a step further. Jane Nam made it her personal mission to stand with Ukraine—literally. 

It all started Feb. 24, the day Nam and her husband, Seon Cho, watched helplessly as images of Ukrainian women and children cowering from Russian invaders begin to unfold on television. 

Day after day, the disturbing news reports splashed across the screen—people struggling to escape the war-ravaged country, who have been lost or separated from loved ones, who are hungry and hurting because their towns, apartments, schools and hospitals have been bombed into oblivion, those who are now destitute and utterly dependent on the kindness of strangers.

“I was shocked,” said Nam, who is a Korean-American. “It was war, and I’ve lived through trauma like that.” 

War broke out between North Korea and South Korea on June 25, 1950, 10 days after Nam turned six. North Korea invaded South Korea, following clashes along the border and rebellions in South Korea. The war lasted three years, and when it was over, more civilians had died than soldiers. 

As a child, Nam watched her unarmed civilian parents struggle to survive in a world ruined by indiscriminate violence perpetrated by armed political forces on every side.

“I was so frightened then, and as I watched the TV, I relived it,” she said. “My heart was pounding. I was crying. I could not forget. I could not sleep.”

A woman of deep faith who spent more than 10 years working as a missionary in South Africa and Asia, she “prayed and prayed. And after 10 days, I got a vision, a dream. I saw Jesus looking at me with tears on his face. I called him and finally, I was running to Jesus, but he was gone. I knew I had to go.”

With the reluctant blessing of her husband, Seon, who knew it was useless to try and stop her, she left her cozy home on April 28. Thus began a month-long, 6,000-plus mile journey.

The only way in was through Poland, where her American passport secured passage, and refugees were still freely accepted. She booked the 13-hour flight into Warsaw, the country’s capital. She packed light, three pairs of pants, three sweaters, two hats, a pair of boots—and a bulletproof vest. 

She had no plan, other than to follow God’s leading. 

This petite 79-year-old who loves to line dance and paint had no doubt and a boatload of courage as she set off to points unknown.

She flew into Warsaw Airport, immediately hired a translater and set off to find ways to help. It wasn’t hard. 

An estimated 300,000 refugees are now sheltering in Warsaw. They are among the estimated 2.5 million who have run to Poland since Feb. 24. 

In one of the many large refugee camps, Nam was put to work chopping vegetables in big soup kitchens, watching children, registering people, keeping records, cleaning showers and bathrooms. Aid workers from all over the world had set up tents offering free food, medicine, SIM cards, whatever people might need. 

She worked there for five days before finding a way to get to Kyiv.

“I want to get into Ukraine, but everyone says ‘no.’ That is, 99 percent say no, but God is listening,” and she found a way in on a train. 

It was five hours to the border, where she waited for two days before Ukraine admitted her, thanks again to her American passport, one of only a handful of countries whose citizens are allowed in. 

She donned her bulletproof vest and camouflage, and climbed aboard another train to Kyiv. It was an arduous trip. It took 20 hours with progress hampered by frequent stops as officials checked documents.   

Upon arrival, she found a war-torn world. Ukrainians cannot even buy basics, like bread. There are few stores open, and not much to be had in Kyiv, so when Nam stumbled upon a bread factory, she bought a truckload. 

“It was a gold mine of bread,” said Nam. 

Wartime prices are steep, but “God provided every day, and every step seemed like a miracle. It made me cry as I saw how things unfolded.”

There were many extraordinary coincidences. For the two-and-a-half weeks that she was in Kyiv, there were no bombings. But even more amazing was that Nam, working with a network of local pastors, was able to help orchestrate a rescue operation that brought 1,000 Kyiv refugees to Poland.

As Russia invaded the surrounding area, scared people were crowding city centers, waiting for their chance to flee. She and Seon gave $50,000 themselves toward the exodus. 

It cost $70 to save one refugee: Russian soldiers demanded $40 a head, and it cost $20 each for transportation and $10, for gas and food, said Nam. 

The prices can fluctuate as local Ukraine pastors negotiate with Russian soldiers for the release of refugees.  

“I prayed and prayed, and realized I needed to get 1,000 people out,” said Nam. “How can I get 1,000 people out? There was no answer.”

So she called Seon “and he almost fainted. We sent out an SOS to many places to raise funds.”

Quickly, the money poured in, a total of $70,000, and once the refugees had escaped, Nam felt free to return home. It took her 20 hours of travel; she arrived in LW on May 24.

Responding sacrificially to a humanitarian crisis turned out to be a balm for Nam’s soul. 

She feels more at peace with her own past and is grateful she had the courage to take that first step into the unknown. She says she knows she was never truly alone; rather, she was guided by God, her father. And doing his bidding has always led her home.

Editor’s Note: Fund raising efforts are ongoing, and LW residents who would like to contribute can contact Jane or Seon at jane.nam51@gmail.com. Jane will be returning to Ukraine before year’s end.

Federal holiday commemorates the end of slavery in U.S. Juneteenth, short for “June Nineteenth,” is the annual commemoration marking the end of slavery in the United States after the Civil War. 

The holiday has long been celebrated by African Americans. 

And on June 15, 2021, the Senate unanimously passed the Juneteenth National Independence Day Act, establishing Juneteenth as a federal holiday. Legislators were spurred on by the Congressional Black Caucus among other advocates. The House of Representatives passed the act in a 415–14 vote on June 16. 

Juneteenth marks the day when federal troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, in 1865 to take control of the state and ensure that all enslaved people be freed. 

U.S. Gen. Gordon Granger stood on Texas soil and read General Orders No. 3: “The people of Texas are informed that, in accordance with a proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.” 

So wish someone a Happy Juneteenth on Monday, June 20, when the holiday will be observed.

GRF President gives a farewell message

by Susan Hopewell

GRF president

As I leave my role as GRF president, I go with equal parts of sadness and joy. I will miss my daily contact with GRF staff. The joy will come from being able to activate my original retirement plans of traveling more and attending meetings less. 

The challenge we all faced this year was the resignation of our executive director in early November 2021. This was certainly unexpected and could have been disastrous, but it was not. And the reason: the entire GRF team did not miss a beat in its duty and commitment to this community, to  co-workers and in support of other departments when needed. The saying I hear so often from GRF staff is “there is no I in team.” And please believe me, it is more than just a saying; it is an integral part of their work ethic, their commitment to each other and to this community. I witnessed it many times during the last seven months. 

These past seven months, I had the good fortune to work with Mark Weaver, Carolyn Miller, Jodi Hopkins and LeAnn Dillman on the interim Management Team leading our community while we searched for a new executive director. I thank them for showing up, stepping up and embracing this challenge. 

I am grateful for the encouragement they gave each other and to me. I am indebted to them for the grace and patience they showed me. It has been a privilege to have partnered with this “dream team.” 

The GRF Board has been committed to improving the benefits and wages for all GRF employees. We have succeeded in making significant changes in support of this objective. The Board’s goal is to retain our valued employees and improve our recruitment opportunities to attract new employees.

GRF has, with the collaboration of Mutual Directors, finalized a list of services provided to Mutuals by GRF. The current Management Agreement was written 60 years ago. A long overdue new Management Agreement was recently approved by the GRF Board and a majority of Mutuals. The goal is to have the agreement on all Mutual agendas in June or July for approval and to have a community signing and photo op event in August to memorialize this historic event. 

We begin the new term with a new GRF president. Jessica Sedgwick, our new executive director, will be on campus June 22. Jessica has the leadership, vision and experience to keep LWSB the best place to live and lead us into the future. 

The future offers exciting opportunities for this community to continue to thrive. 

Thank you all for support and words of encouragement. It has been an honor to serve as your GRF president.

LWers honored for heroic actions during Mutual 1 fire

On June 2, the Seal Beach Police League awarded Mutual 1 residents Jeong Kim and Willie Boudevin lifesaving awards for their heroic actions trying to hold a fire at bay and rescuing a neighbor on Jan. 14. 

The 2022 Annual Public Safety Awards Banquet was held at the Old Ranch Country Club to honor outstanding law enforcement, fire and public safety personnel and citizens.   

According to the Seal Beach Police League, OCFA Engine 48 and additional units responded to a reported residential structure fire at Building 47, a 16-unit building in Mutual 1. 

Upon arrival, the crew found a center unit with heavy black smoke coming out of the door and windows. Jeong  Kim and Willie Boudevin were working to hold the fire at bay with garden hoses. 

Bystanders informed the crew that the resident of the burning unit had been rescued from the building.

Once the fire was extinguished, OCFA learned that  Kim had heard the resident screaming for help. Upon entering the home, Kim found the man lying on a couch that was on fire. 

The man was unable to escape  on his own, so Kim helped  him to safety.  Boudevin arrived shortly after and he, along with Kim, continued get the resident outside.  The two neighbors then found garden hoses and sprayed them through the windows and front door until fire units arrived. 

“It is our belief that if not for the heroic efforts of these two individuals, the outcome for (the resident) and potentially the surrounding units would have been far more devastating.

—Heeja Alameida, LW contributor

North Gate Construction Alert

Crews were scheduled to begin installing piles for the sound wall along North Gate Road as early as Monday, June 13. The work is expected to occur from 7 a.m. -4 p.m. for approximately two weeks.

In addition, North Gate Road is scheduled to close as early as Monday, June 20, for approximately three months to allow crews to install a new 18-inch sewer line underneath I-405. 

The sewer line will connect to an existing sewer line under Old Ranch Parkway, across the freeway. Once construction begins, North Gate Road will be closed to all vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists. During the closure, people will be detoured to Golden Rain Road to enter and exit Leisure World. Access to the Seal Beach Rehabilitation Center and other businesses along North Gate Road will be maintained throughout the closure.

2022 Paving Project

Phase 1 of the 2022 GRF Paving Project started on June 13. Annadale Drive, Burning Tree Lane, St. John Road and south Del Monte Drive in Mutual 17 will be the first streets to undergo asphalt replacement. 

The work should be finished by June 30. Drivers and pedestrians should use caution in construction zones. 

 The GRF Board awarded a $2.6 million contract to MJ Jurado for resurfacing and slurry work on a total of 18 LW streets. 

LW Library Hours

The LW Library is open from Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

People can bring their own devices or browse shelves for reading material, sit down and relax in air-conditioned comfort.

Computers are available for use with no appointments required. 

New Cable TV Options

by Nick Massetti


Bulk TV Oversight Team

After 15 years of saving Leisure World residents at least 50% on their cable TV service costs as well as providing personal service to those residents, Superwire will no longer be providing the discount or the service. 

Superwire’s agreement that made it the exclusive provider of  Spectrum cable TV service to Leisure World will end Dec. 31. 

The good news is that there is no reason to get anxious, and nothing has to be done right now. Your Spectrum TV service and daytime TV shows are as safe as you are here in Leisure World. 

There certainly is no reason to call Superwire about this unless you need confirmation. 

The unfortunate news is that if you want to keep your basic Spectrum TV package after December, the cost will increase from Superwire’s $30 per month to Spectrum’s retail rate of $80 per month. 

Even though that is enough time to consider other alternatives, it seems some people who don’t want to continue with Spectrum are experiencing anxiety now. 

If you now have a Frontier TV package like I do or a DirecTV package, you are already paying almost that amount. Again, if you are like me, you are not so much anxious as you are unhappy about that. 

What are the alternatives to paying $80/month for basic TV? One might be to take one of Spectrum’s short term teaser rates that they give to new subscribers. That would buy some time, but eventually you’ll pay the retail amount. Fortunately, a GRF ad hoc committee researched five potential providers, and one stood out based on its customer service model and its advanced technology. 

That provider is Interact Solutions, and it has a website just for Leisure World residents at www.interactsolutions.net where you can get more information. 

Its service is not yet available so you cannot sign up for it right now. You can, however, add your name to a list indicating your interest, and the company will contact you when the service is ready later this year. 

It will offer TV packages similar to the ones you now have starting at $29 per month. They all also include free Showtime. You can also get blazing fast Internet that you can access on your devices in every building in Leisure World. You will be able to carry your own TV and Internet service with you anywhere inside our walls. More information will be provided soon in many ways and at many times so you won’t miss out. So let the anxiety go. You don’t need to pay attention to any rumors or speculation or social media nonsense because you’ll be getting “just the facts, ma’am,” as Joe Friday always said, right here.

LBCC Senior University classes offered

The Long Beach City College (LBCC) Lifetime Learning Center is offering in-person classes this summer.

Creative Calm starts Tuesday, June 21, at 10 a.m. Learn how to reduce stress while using artistic expression as a source of relaxation and inspiration ($40). How, When and What to Garden starts Monday, June 27, from 10 a.m. to noon for six weeks. Class instruction includes seasonal planting, plants, and their environment, culinary and medicinal uses, fertilizers and more ($55). 

Classes are available to everyone. 

 Register online at www.lbcc.edu/lifetime-learning-center or contact Theresa Brunella at (562) 930-3047.

Celebrating Centenarians—Pearl Anderson

This is one story in an occasional series profiling some of LW’s most long-lived residents, those who have reached the enviable age of 100 years or more. The series is running in connection with the Golden Age Foundation centenarian event held April 20. In most cases, a family member or friend has written the stories. 

by Nancy Miller

special to the LW Weekly

Pearl Anderson was born on Aug. 18, 1922, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She lived in the house her dad had built until she got married. Bancroft Elementary School was just across the street so she didn’t have far to go to school.  

She grew up in the house with her six brothers and three sisters. Her older sister, Hazel, died when she was three months old due to pneumonia, so Pearl never really knew her.

Pearl was the second to the youngest of the family and is the only one left. The rest died in their 80s due to heart failure. Her younger sister, Eleanor, died in her 50s of breast cancer, and her older brother Floyd died in his 20s in a construction accident. 

Pearl remembers riding a tricycle down a hill, and her dad calling her his little princess. She remembers going with her siblings to the store across the street to buy treats and just saying “put it on my dad’s tab,” as the store owner owed her dad money and that is how he got paid back.  

Her childhood was marked by loss. At 50, her dad died of heart failure when Pearl was 8 years old. She also remembers her brother Paul accidentally stepping on her cat when walking out the door and killing it. 

Pearl played the cello as a young student and remembers luggging the ungainly instrument when she walked to school. She attended a vocational high school where she took business courses and bookkeeping, and became a comptometer operator. A comptometer is a mechanical calculator that was like using a keyboard on a computer. She got a job at Sterling Electric in Minneapolis.  

In June 1944, she met her husband, Harlan, through her Sunday school teacher, Marie. Harlan had come home to visit his family in Minneapolis before he was inducted into the army at Fort Snelling near Minneapolis. Marie arranged for them to go to a Youth for Christ Meeting on a Saturday, but Harlan was being transferred to Camp Fannim, Texas, so he could not be there. He called Pearl and asked if he could write her, and Pearl agreed.  That is how it all started. 

When he was done with basic training, he came home on furlough at Thanksgiving. Their first date was for lunch at Nankin, a Chinese restaurant in Minneapolis. 

Marie told Pearl she was going to visit Harlan’s parents and relatives home in Wolverton, Minnesota, and asked if Pearl wanted to go with her. They took the train to Wolverton, and Harlan and his cousin, Carrold, were there to meet them.  

Carrold took Marie to his home, and Harlan took Pearl to his parents’ home. They had Thanksgiving together with all the relatives. After Thanksgiving, he left for overseas. 

On Pearl’s 24th birthday, Aug. 18, 1946, they got engaged and had a party with all the relatives. Harlan’s uncle married the couple on June 21, 1947, at Elim Covenant Church in Minneapolis. 

After they were married for a couple of years, they took a trip to California to see if Harlan could get a job at Douglas Aircraft in Long Beach. (He had been working there before he got drafted into the army.)

Pearl agreed to move if he landed it. The company hired him, and the couple had 10 days to make the move. Pearl quit her job at Sterling Electric, and the couple packed up and drove from Minneapolis. They rented an apartment in Lynwood, choosing the city for its central location between the Los Angeles Free Church and Harlan’s work.

A year later, Harlan’s uncle, who was a contractor, helped the couple build a home in Lynwood, where they lived for 68 years. Harlan passed away in 2016, and Pearl moved to Leisure World in 2018.

In October 1953, the couple had a daughter Nancy and then a son Mark, in January 1956. 

Pearl has four grandchildren—Erin, Cathy, Clara and Mathew—and two great-granddaughters, Nora, 3; and Wynifred Jane, born on Feb. 15.

She enjoys traveling. She and Harlan took a memorable cruise to Mexico and visited Hawaii. As a family, they made many summer road trips back and forth to Minnesota and North Dakota. They had a trailer on the Colorado River near Parker, Arizona. The family enjoyed water skiing. Harlan skiied until he was 88 years old and Pearl, until she was 94. 

She even rode a horse on her 98th birthday. But on her 99th birthday, she had a mild case of COVID-19 that curtailed energetic pursuits. 

Pearl now enjoys playing the piano, singing, reading, baking chocolate chip cookies, sewing, and taking one-hour walks. She never drove a car, so she depended on Harlan to take her everywhere.

She is now involved with the Leisure World Baptist Church that meets in Clubhouse 4 on Sundays and Clubhouse 3 on Wednesdays for Energizers (a bible study). She plays the piano for the Bible study and likes to sing in the choir on Sunday.  She also enjoys going out to eat afterward.

To celebrate Pearl’s 100th birthday, she will be in the Minneapolis area  with her relatives. 

She is also planning to have a get-together with her LW Baptist Church friends and family. 

Pearl says that the Lord has been with her for the past 100 years and has given her a manifold of blessings for which she is very grateful. 

She loves God, prays to him every day, knows he takes care of her and saved her. Pearl is ready for heaven and is enjoying every day on earth. 


Letter to the Editor


This is in response to Lee Hoyt’s opinion (June 2), which he has every right to express. However, I would remind him that “taste” and “aesthetics” are subjective. What might be “very tasteful” to him could be “rural, kitschy Rockwellian” to another. I don’t believe the outcry was over the execution of the sculpture (of a couple reading) itself as much as the jarring juxtaposition of its placement on the busiest corner of Leisure World.

It was as inconsistent with the active Leisure World lifestyle as a life-sized Inuit in anorak reflecting coastal California would be.

Now in its new placement at the LW Library, the statue depicts a charming couple sharing the contents of a book.

What is disturbing to me was the implication that the Mutuals should have volunteer committees that adjudicate what is “taste appropriate” for the small frontage allowed shareholders outside their units. I have seen everything from austere to “junky.” Such a suggestion smacks of Big Brother conformity and is the antithesis of the diversity we celebrate in America and Leisure World, and the liberty of expression we constitutionally uphold.

Mutuals should ban anything that is a safety hazard. That is in their province, and they should see that these regulations are not violated. But, whether it is a pagan tiki god, a Zen Buddha, a Roman-Greco Eros hovering over a bird bath, a pagoda, a cross draped with rosary beads, pet rocks, flamingos or a Christian cross is immaterial. We don’t have to agree with anyone’s choice or political and religious sentiments. It’s called tolerance.

Mitzi Winks

Mutual 6

Remember When—Celebrating 60 Years

This month marks the 60th Anniversary of Leisure World Seal Beach. On June 18, 1962, the first people moved in to Mutual 1, Wheel E, Block 1. This installment will celebrate LW’s anniversary. Remember When is presented by the LW Historial Society, an educational foundation dedicated to preserving community history. 

•June 1, 1962: The grant deed was signed for Mutual 3 land purchased from the GRF. 

• June 1, 1964: The outgoing Golden Rain Board, (non-residents seated by developer Ross Cortese before the Mutuals were occupied) voted 9-4, with one abstention, for the management contract with the Leisure World Foundation (owned by Ross Cortese) and authorized its execution even though the outgoing board knew that the incoming board – made up of newly elected residents from each Mutual – opposed hiring the Leisure World Foundation as the management company. 

with the Leisure World Foundation (owned by Ross Cortese) and authorized its execution even though the outgoing board knew that the incoming board—made up of newly elected residents from each Mutual—opposed hiring the Leisure World Foundation as the management company. 

• June 1,1978: Members of the American Legion Auxiliary raised over $1,000 this week through the sale of poppies. The money is used to support  veterans needs. A large percentage of the amount was to be used by the Long Beach Veterans Hospital.

• June 2, 1966: The Social Security Administration announced that only 91% of eligible Californians had signed up for Medicare, which was scheduled to begin July 1. In Leisure World, 98% of those eligible had signed the required forms. Under the plan, $3 a month would be deducted from Social Security payments.

• June 3, 1965: The Northwood Shuffleboard Club had more that 60 people attend its initial meeting May 28 in  Clubhouse 3. William L. Cummings was elected president for the coming year.

• June 3, 1976: With the retirement of Carl Brooks, Robert “Bob” Harris took the top spot in Security. Harris, a former member of the Seal Beach Reserve Police and two-year resident of Mutual 15, was appointed chief of security in Leisure World. He helped to organize the Seal Beach Reserve Police in 1958, and was an active member of the group for 15 years.

• June 4,1970: The Leisure World community was raising money to establish a flag pole at the Beverly Manor Convalescent Hospital (now called the Seal Beach Health and Rehabilitaton Center). Many Leisure World clubs took part in the effort.

• June 4, 1986: The Security, Bus and Traffic Committee’s annual report had some interesting statistics. During 1985, the Security force made 2,367 resident investigations requested by relatives and 977 trips to residents’ apartments to unlock doors. Staff issued 546 parking violations and 362 moving violations. In 1985, Minibuses traveled a total of 37,246 miles and carried 130,574 passengers.

• June 5, 1975:  Golden Rain Foundation directors  found a way for all Leisure Worlders to share in contributions to the GRF through trading stamps. Albert J. Todd, president, said that the foundation was collecting either books or loose Blue Chip and S&H Green stamps. The goal was 126 books. The books were converted to cash to finance many worthwhile projects.

• June 5, 1985: The Seal Beach City Council approved plans for the Bixby Old Ranch Business Park at the intersection of the San Diego Freeway and Seal Boulevard. The business park included three four-story buildings and two restaurants.

• June 6, 1966: The Leisure World Pharmacy opened. 

• June 6, 1968: “Award Given To Postman For Service” recounted how a Leisure World mail carrier in Mutual 2 saved the life of a resident. While he was delivering the mail, the mailman saw a man lying on the floor of his apartment. It turned out the man had suffered a stroke. The mailman called the clinic for help.

•June 7,1990: Tours of Leisure World were being conducted for Seal Beach residents. The tours were organized as part of the celebration for Seal Beach’s 75th anniversary. A number of events were planned through October.

• June 9, 1966: A busy day with approximately 660 prescriptions filled marked the opening of the new Leisure World Pharmacy. It was located adjacent to the Leisure World Medical Center and covered 2,000 square feet. One of the busiest pharmacies in Southern California, the Leisure World facility filled an average of 10,500 prescriptions per month.

• June 10, 1965: Nearly 1,100 LW residents enjoyed an outdoor breakfast of pancakes and sausage to help the Rancho-Alamitos Rotary Club earn funds. 

The pancakes were made by club member and Leisure World resident Larry Duff from a recipe developed when he operated a chain of restaurants.

• June 10, 1987: Proceeds from a LW Garden Club sale benefited a LW beautification project. The club had landscaping installed in front of the clinic.

• June 10, 2008: In the case of Golden Rain vs. Franz, et al., Judge Raymond J. Ikola, Court of Appeal of The State of California Fourth Appellate District Division Three, upheld the 2007 ruling of Judge Ronald L. Bauer. It found that the Golden Rain Foundation is an association as defined by the Davis-Stirling Act and is, therefore, subject to complying with the provisions of the act. This lawsuit became case law for the State of California. 

• June 12, 1975: Leisure World launched its bicentennial celebration June 18 with a Town Meeting ’76  in Clubhouse 4. The daylong event commemorated  America’s 200th birthday. It was  one of two pilot programs  held in California as a prelude to those scheduled for 5,000 communities across America in 1976.

• June 12, 1985: The report of the Security, Bus and Traffic Committee showed some interesting statistics for the period July 1, 1984-April 30, 1985. There were 75 traffic accidents,  371 parking violation citations issued and 74 drivers cited for moving violations. Also, 895 trips were made to residents’ apartments to assist people who had locked themselves out.

• June 13, 1965: H. Dean Campbell became first president of the resident-elected Golden Rain Foundation Board of Trustees. 

• June 14, 1990: Gordon Lungren of Mutual 10 was elected to a second term as president of the Golden Rain Foundation Board. He had served on the Board since 1986.

• June 14, 2007: Golden Rain Foundation filed a Notice of Appeal for the Golden Rain vs. Franz, et al., lawsuit.

• June 15, 1967: A new Minibus, pride of the Leisure World fleet, went into service over that weekend. The Minibus  was specially designed for Leisure World and had many features designed for safety and comfort. The interior was custom built to fill the specific needs of LW riders.

• June 15, 1989: Leisure World shook during a 4.5 earthquake. While there was no major impact in LW, there were reports of damage in surrounding areas.

• June 16, 1966: All GRF departments finished moving into a new two-story administration building adjacent to the Leisure World Medical Center (the “new” two-story building is now the former Administration building). 

For many years, the building was occupied by GRF Administration offices, the GRF board of Directors, the LW Pharmacy, the GRF Recreation Department, GRF accounting offices and the addressograph.

Health, page 8

Join the Joyful Line Dance party on July 7

The Joyful Line Dance Club will hold a special Summer Line Dance party  to celebrate seven years of dancing on July 7 in Clubhouse 2. 

The event will be a non-stop line dance  with a Korean buffet lunch. Members and guests can purchase tickets for $50 per person. Sign ups for the event is on a first-come, first-serve basis for 50 people.  

The lunch will include the choice between Korean Bulgogi, Japchae glass noodles with scallion, pan-fried fish jeon and Chopsuey with shrimp, plus kimchi, salad and fruit. 

The Joyful Line Dance Club strives to help improve the emotional and physical condition of its club members so they can live healthy, enjoyable and happy lives. 

The club encourages men to come out of their units and put on their dancing shoes. Currently, the club has more than five men who regularly participate in the classes.

 The  Joyful Line Dance Club has eight class leaders in rotation including, Albert Comia, Chung Cha Lewis, George Pinada, Carmel Atkinson, Sunny Kim, Caryn Lynn Stel, Kelly Johnson and Anna Derby.  

The club meets every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Each class gives LWers the opportunity participate in a fun exercise class while learning new dances to current popular music. 

All residents are welcome to join with no membership fees required. People can volunteer to bring light refreshments to the meetings

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

People can contact Lucy Cyza at (818) 209-5075  for more information about the bike riding schedule with Group B. This group is for slower riders and meets at the North Gate at 9 a.m. Helmets and safe shoes are required.


Mary Pompi was crowned Wa-Rite’s Queen for the month of May for her 7.5  pound loss. The Wa-Rite group record a total loss of  52 pounds for May.

Debbie Martinez was this week’s biggest loser with  a four-pound loss. As a whole, the group recorded a loss of 29.5  pounds on June 3.

During the meeting, the club members discussed what worked for the month of May, and also discussed how they can grant permission to be themselves.

Club members are encouraged to  keep up the good work by eating smaller portions of fresh food and finding ways to include exercise into their routines.

–Carol Chambers

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% 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. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice. 

Thursday, June 16: Beef goulash, whole-grain dinner roll and zucchini medley; chocolate cake; ham-and-cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus carrot and raisin salad.

Friday, June 17: Chicken enchilada casserole with red sauce, pinto beans and seasoned cauliflower; sugar cookies; Caesar chicken salad with romaine lettuce, shredded cheese, croutons and Caesar dressing, plus crackers.

Monday, June 20: Closed in observance of Juneteenth.

Tuesday, June 21: Turkey à la king, biscuit and green beans with pimentos; yogurt with berries; turkey and ham Cobb salad with egg, tomato, bacon and blue cheese dressing, plus crackers. 

Wednesday, June 22: Beef lasagna, whole-grain dinner roll, and broccoli and cauliflower;  watermelon; turkey-and-cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus potato salad.

Ballet Fitness Club

The Ballet Fitness club meets twice a week on Saturdays beginning at 1:30 p.m.  upstairs in Clubhouse 6, and on Thursdays at Veterans Plaza, beginning at 3:30 p.m. 

Saturday’s class is taught by Mel Locket. He makes the one-hour class fun and educational with traditional ballet movements and classical music, which promises to relax and tone at the same time.  People should wear soft shoes such as ballet slippers or soft booties and dress comfortably. 

Thursday’s workout is informal and led by Jojo Weingart.  This 45-minute workout is focused on strength and flexibility. People are encouraged to wear gym shoes and dress for the outdoors for this class.

All are welcome to join regardless of skill level. Call (562) 252-9676 for more class information.

Sports, page 9

Golf League June 3 and 6 Results

On June 3, 11 golfers from the Leisure World Golf League encountered overcast, cold and damp weather at the 5,600-yard, par 70 Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach. 

The sun never made an appearance and the weather seemed to get cooler, damper and more windy with each hole.  The continuing dampness made fairway’s speed inconsistent and the greens unpredictable. With the course’s numerous water hazards, deep sand traps and sloping greens only three of the 11 scores were at or under par, yet four birdies were yielded.

All scores are net (gross minus handicap). A Flight handicaps are 0-19, while B Flight handicaps are 20 and over.

A Flight: First place: Tim Looney, a spectacular 7 under 63, plus fewest putts for the round, two birdies, and closest to the pin on the 140-yard par 3 seventh hole; second: Sam Choi, a well-played 2 under 68, and closest to the pin on the 140-yard par 3 sixteenth hole; third: Clay Fischer at 1 over 71, plus two birdies; fourth: Larry Hillhouse; fifth: Dave LaCascia.

B Flight: First place: Gene Vesely, a hard earned 3 under 67; second: tie between Tom Ross and Pat Paternoster, at 3 over 73; third: Bob Munn, and tied for fewest putts; fourth: Digna Vesely, and tied for fewest putts; fifth: Fujio Norihiro.

Thirteen golfers joined the LW Golf League on June 6 to   play through the cool and continuing overcast June Gloom conditions at the 4,000-yard par 62 David L. Baker Executive Golf Course in Fountain Valley. There was no sun for the most of the round and the weather conditions changed frequently. Nighttime watering made putting surfaces sluggish and the fairways slow. Even with numerous water hazards, yawning sand traps and narrow fairways, the course saw 10 of the 13 scores at or under par but allowed only five birdies.

A Flight: First place: Sam Choi, a remarkable 10 under 62, plus fewest putts for the round, and two birdies; second: three-way tie between Gary Stivers, Dave LaCascia, and Jim Goltra who also had a birdie, at a well-played 3 under 59; third: Clay Fischer at 1 under 61, plus closest to the pin on the 100-yard par 3 third hole; fourth: Bill McKusky at even par 62.

B Flight: First place: Pat Paternoster, a spectacular 10 under 52, plus two birdies, and tied for fewest putts; second: Gene Vesely, a really good 9 under 53, plus tied for fewest putts, and closest to the pin on the 130-yard par 3 twelfth hole; third: Liz Meripol, a super 7 under 55; fourth: Fujio Norihiro, a nice 6 under 56; sixth: tie between Lowell Goltra, Bob Munn and Digna Vesely.

The Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15–20 minutes of Leisure World. The courses the group plays are  often full, so advance reservations are available via sign-up sheet at each round.

There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given for low net and fewest putts in each flight, birdies and closest to the pin on two par-3 holes. Holes-in-one and eagles (2 under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. 

Those who are interested in joining the league can  contact Gary Stivers at (714) 313-3697 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.

– Dave LaCascia

Women’s Golf

Forty-seven women competed on June 7 in the Leisure World Women’s Golf Club Tournament for low gross, low net, and circle hole No. 6. 

The winners were:

Flight A:  Low Gross: Devora Kim, 26;  Low Net: Janice Turner, 22.

Flight B: Low Gross: tie between Sang An and Jane Song, 28; Low Net: tie between Marilyn Hewitt and Nina DeRosa, 24; Circle Hole No. 6: Nina DeRosa.

Flight C: Low Gross: Hae Lee, 27; Low Net: Hai Lee Yang, 21; Circle Hole No. 6: Cecilia Han Circle and Anne Walshe.

Flight D: Low Gross: Mary Devlin, 35; Low Net: tie between Kum Delias and Sue Elliott, 24.

– Dale Quinn

Calling all Chicago sports fans

Marla Hamblin is looking for anyone from Chicago or the Midwest who is interested in meeting and talking about their  favorite team: the Chicago Bears. The group meets  on June 25 in Clubhouse 6 at noon. 

For more information, call Hamblin  at (714) 401-9973

Men’s Golf Tournament

The first Leisure World Men’s Golf Club Tournament of month was held on June 8. Two groups of three flights of variously skilled golfers 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 1658-yard 18 hole-par 54 course, that has challenges for all who play.

A total of 47 golfers teed off and played 18 holes. The morning was cool and overcast with a little wind. The sun did not make an appearance until the late morning and a slight breeze picked up. The greens still have numerous weed patches causing some erratic surfaces. The fairways remain well maintained, but the tee boxes are getting to look used. All golfers are responsible for their tee box divots and ball marks on the greens. Golfers are asked to repair their own divots plus one more to keep the golf course in shape 

Overnight watering made the greens very slow initially and the fairways unfriendly to rolling type shots. The later rounds saw an improvement in the conditions, and scores were better for those who played late.

Thirty-two of the golfers were net at or under par, plus there were 23 circle holes and new tournament record with 69 birdies. Closest to the pin on the seventh hole was Roger Bennett, and on the 16th hole Bill Zurn.

All scores below are net  (gross score minus handicap). The A Flight encompasses golfers with handicaps of 0–6, B Flight encompasses handicaps 7–10, and C Flight handicaps are 11-18. 

A Flight: First place: Richard Jun, an excellent 6 under 48; second: tie between Kyoo Choi and Bill Lyons, a very good 3 under 51; third: a six-way tie between Dave LaCascia, John Kolthoff, Pat Paternoster, Dong Kim, Jae H. Lee and Young Lee, a hard-earned 2 under 52; fourth: Bob Barnum, a well-played 1 under 53.

B Flight: First place: Won Song, a super 3 under 51; second: tie between Paul Alloway and Bill Zurn, a good 2 under 52; third: 4-way tie between Bill McKusky, Ryan Hong, Terry Thrift, and Bob Johnston a sweet 1 under 53; fourth: Jong Lee, at even par 54.

C Flight: First place; Roger Bennett, a terrific 8 under 46; second: Won G. Park, an outstanding 7 under 47; third: tie between Dennis Jensen, Rolando Ramirez, and Trai Nguyen, an excellent 5 under 49; fourth: tie between James Farr and Manny Miranda, a nice 3 under 51; fifth: Ben Benjamins, a fine 2 under 52; sixth: 3-way tie between Joe DiDonato, Jack Haskins, and Gary Newhall, at 1 under 53.

The next Men’s Tournament will be held on June 22 and then every second and fourth Wednesday of the following months. Those planning to play in any tournament or need to drop out can contact Alan Sewell at (541) 324-8558 or Dave LaCascia  at (801) 674-5975 as soon as possible. Golfers are asked to arrive 10-15 minutes prior to their scheduled tee time and be ready to play.

There will be a second Guys and Gals Tournament on  June 29. 

-Dave LaCascia

Religion, Pages 11-12

Beit HaLev

Rabbi-Cantor Galit-Shirah will conduct a Prayer and Blessings Class every Monday at 5 p.m.  The class is free to join, and people can register by calling (562) 715-0888 or emailing duets@icloud.com.  This is a continuation of the class held last fall to learn the meanings of the prayers and blessings as well as the melodies for the Shabbat morning service.  The Zoom link for the class is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09.

Beit HaLev has livestream services on Facebook.com/galityomtov, YouTube.com (Beit HaLev LIVE! Channel) and Zoom.  

Thee Shabbat evening service is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85149315811?pwd=T3hOUkx5NUorR1M3UldWNS84d3RKQT09. The meeting ID is 851 4931 5811, and the passcode is RavGalit.

For the Shabbat morning service, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87999429979?pwd=eml5L09HL0d0Y3c2MUNFRGZZM05KUT09. The meeting ID is 879 9942 9979, and the passcode is RavGalit.

“B’ha’alot’cha,” which means “when you mount the lamps” is the final preparation prior to leaving Mt. Sinai. The Third Triennial Cycle reading  this week is from Numbers 10:35-12:16, where the Israelites begin their journey, complaining that they are tired of the manna and they miss the foods they had in Egypt. HaShem sends them quail in such huge quantities that their gluttony results in a plague. Miriam and Aaron grumble about Moses’ marriage to a “dark-skinned” woman, and Miriam is stricken with a white scaly condition and the journey must be delayed for seven days while she is quarantined.

All Beit HaLev services use special prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” which include excerpts from the Reform Siddur, “Mishkan HaT’filah.”  Printed versions of the prayerbooks will be available for sale at in-person services.

Beit HaLev and Rabbi Galit-Shirah are a part of the Union of Jewish Universalist Clergy and Communities. It is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy. Everyone who seeks a path to the Divine is welcome, and Beit Halev doesn’t believe in labels.  

To request a membership form, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email duets@icloud.com. Contributions in the name of Robert Slater can be sent to Beit HaLev, P.O. Box 2279, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

LW Baptist

LW Baptist will celebrate Father’s Day on Sunday, June 19,  at  10 a.m. 

The  focus of Sunday’s message will be on God’s love for his redeemed children. The apostle Peter showed Christ’s love in Acts 9 by restoring a man who had been paralyzed for 18 years. God raising Tabitha to life through Peter anticipates the future bodily resurrection for those who believe in God. 

The same Lord who heals all diseases also forgives all sins, and on Father’s Day, LW Baptist will celebrate God’s redeeming love. 

The Men’s Fellowship Bible study will meet on Monday at  10 a.m.  The group will study the mysterious war hero Shamgar in Judges 3 and how God provided deliverance for Israel through him, pointing ultimately to the savior and Messiah, Jesus. 

The Wednesday Energizer’s Group will meet at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. This week’s guests are Pan-American missionaries Carlos and Miriam Cook from Mexico, who will talk  about their work. All LWers are  welcome to attend. 

For more information, call (562) 430-8598.

Assembly of God

Service/Gathering Times:  Assembly of God meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  The Wednesday morning Bible study is on recess until July 6.  The next Hymn Sing will be held on June 26 at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 2 Lobby.

Sermon for this week: Pastor Chuck Franco’s message this week is titled “The Blessed Father,” from Psalm 112:1-8. This psalm is in praise of the virtuous and celebrates the blessedness of the person who fears the Lord. The psalm shows the deeds the Lord has done for his people and it also gives instruction for right living. All fathers who attend this service will be honored.

Contact: More information 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 to receive prayer requests at (562) 343-8424.

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

Buddha Circle

Buddha Circle will meet on Saturday, July 2, with Venerable Kusala in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9:30-11 a.m.

Ven. Kusala, who is well known in the Buddhist community, teaches Buddhism in a simple way. 

Donations are welcome and will support Kusala in his teachings. For more information about his teachings, go to www.urbandharma.org or call (714) 468-6887.

Redeemer Lutheran

The theme for Redeemer Lutheran’s Sunday service is “What God Has Done For All of Us.” on June 19. 

Residents are invited to reflect, join the celebration and share  the word and Communion at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive, across from the Administration building.   Dee Sessa, Teresa Smith and Anne Walshe are this week’s greeters.   

Redeemer thanks everyone who brought a can of  nonperishable food to distribute to those in need. For more information about the service or the work of the church, call (562) 598-8697. 

First Christian Church

First Christian Church of Leisure World teaches from God’s word, the Holy Bible, most often verse by verse. It is a friendly church that welcomes all visitors. People are welcome to 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).

Message From the Pastor

In 2 Thessalonians 2:1 the apostle Paul writes, “Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him,” 

The purpose Paul’s letter  was to address the false teaching that was circulating among the brethren that had them concerned that they had missed the Rapture (the return of the Lord Jesus) and had entered the seven years of tribulation. The church had been under severe persecution, which made it possible for them to be misled by false teachings.  Paul continues to say that they should not be so quickly shaken or disturbed by a spirit, message or letter regarding the day of the Lord’s return.  

Verse 3 admonishes them with an appeal  “to not let anyone deceive them, for the Rapture of the church will not come unless the falling away and the man of lawlessness is revealed.”  This good counsel is beneficial today.  If a teaching does not line up with the truths of God’s Word, it should be ignored and rejected. 

Weekend Services

Sunday services from 9:30-10:45 a.m. are traditional, with hymnal music led by Pat Kogak at the piano. This Sunday, Sherry Parmenter and Janet Ray will be singing a beautiful hymn, “Bow the Knee.”

 Saturday services, from 9:20-10:45 a.m., are more contemporary, with Gregory Black leading in worship with guitar accompaniment.

Midweek Studies

Pastor Gary Whitlach leads the Bible study held on Tuesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Thursday’s Bible study, led by Elder Jack Frost, is held from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Friday’s prayer and Bible Study, led by Pastor Bruce Humes, is held from 6-7 p.m.

All Leisure World residents are welcome to attend.

 Scripture of the Week

“And do not neglect doing good and sharing, for with such sacrifices God is pleased” Hebrews 13:16 (NASB).


The church is located on Northwood Road behind Carport 125. Those who have a need or want more information can call (562) 431-8810.

Faith Christian Assembly

Faith Christian Assembly will dedicate the month of June to celebrate fathers. The evangelist Billy Graham once said about fathers that “A good father is one of the most unsung, unpraised, unnoticed, and yet one of the most valuable assets in our society.”

Anxiety about families is natural, but believers would be wise to turn their concerns into care about their own character. If believers walk before the Lord in integrity, then they will do more to bless our descendants and communities than handing down large fortunes.  

Proverbs 20:7 (NKJ) says that “The righteous man walks in his integrity. His children are blessed after him.” Specifically, a father’s holy life is a rich legacy for his children. 

Faith Christian Assembly thanks all the fathers who are unsung heroes. May God continue to bless the fathers as they serve their families for God.

Faith Christian Assembly will pay special tribute to fathers this Sunday, June 19, at 10:30 a.m. All men in attendance will receive a gift at the service.

Weekly Sunday service times are at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.  (note there will not be a 5:30 p.m. service this week in observance of Father’s Day). The Wednesday Bible study is at 11 a.m. The Grief Share meets on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Garden Room. Call the church office for the most updated schedule information.

People can receive a free newsletter and more information on the church by calling (562) 598-9010, emailing contact@fcachurch.net or by visiting the website at www.FCAchurch.net. 

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. Sacrament service is held every Sunday at 9 a.m. This is followed in the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays; Relief Society and Elders Quorum meetings 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 service in person can request a link from Bishop Jonathan Brimley at (562) 716-8309.

The course of study is the Old Testament; personal reading should be those chapters not covered in the study. The reading should be those chapters in 2 Samuel and 1 Kings not covered in the study. The study for the week of June 20-26 covers 2 Samuel chapters 5-7, and 11-12 and 1 Kings chapters 3, 8 and 11.

This week’s reading of the scriptures brings two men onto the stage of life and human history; one the father, the other the son. Both are kings. Both will disappoint God. David is the father, and Solomon is the son. Each started their reigns with promise, but ended them in sorrow.  

What can believers learn from these tragic stories? The “Come, Follow Me,” handbook says “Perhaps one lesson is that regardless of our past experiences, our spiritual strength depends on the choices we make today.” 

LW Korean Community Church celebrates 12th anniversary

On June 5, Leisure World Korean Community Church (LWKCC) under senior pastor Rev. Dr. Jang Young Yong, celebrated its 12th anniversary.

 LWKCC was established in Feb. 21 by Pastor Jang Young Yong’s family, including  Ae Na Jun, Min Jung Kim, Won Il Lim and others. It was established within the Orange County area and became a nesting church in Leisure World Community Church on the first Sunday of June 2017. It is a Korean diaspora church.

At the church’s anniversary service, Pastor Sang Gu Kim, who is the former president of the Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad, an elder pastor at Dongshin Church, and a Mutual 8 resident, delivered the sermon.

After the sermon, Hyo Soo Kim, Jung Hoon Yoo, Sa Young Chi, Michael Han and Jae Moon Suh, were appointed elders, and Ho Il Park was appointed as a deacon. During the appointment ceremony, Pastor Hee Min Park, who is the former president of the Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad and is a retired pastor at Youngnak Church of Los Angeles, gave a sermon, and Pastor Myung Sung Suh, vice president of the Korean Presbyterian Church Abroad and senior pastor of the Palomar Korean Church, gave the exhortation.

The LWKCC choir, led by  the musical pastor Rev. Dr. Gyu Sam Kim sang “Hallelujah,” by George Frideric Handel, and Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Hallelujah” Chorus. The choir was accompanied by pianist deacon Min Jung Kim, and Orgen Lee Hanna.

LWKCC holds Sunday worship every week at 11:50 a.m. and early morning worship at 6 a.m. Tuesdays-Saturday, led by Rev. Jang Young Yong in the sanctuary.

Meals are served after Sunday worship and Saturday morning worship in the cafeteria.

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold services on Friday, June 17,with  Rabbi Eric Dangott at 6:30 p.m.  via Zoom. Rabbi Mike Mymon will hold a Hybrid service on Saturday, June 18, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and via Zoom at 10 a.m. To receive a Zoom invitation call or text Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122.

 This week’s Torah portion is Behaalotecha (When you raise the lamps) from the book of Numbers.  In this portion, the Israelites receive instructions regarding Passover.  They journey forth from Sinai and complain to God on several occasions, provoking God’s anger. Miriam and Aaron speak against Moses.  

Those who want to become a member of Congregation Sholom can call Howard Brass at (714) 396-0121 for a membership packet.  

Community Church

Father’s Day was established by Sonora Smart Dodd in honor of her father, who was a civil war veteran and father of 14 children. While attending one of the first Mother’s Day services in 1909 at her church in Spokane, Washington, Dodd, who lost her mother at the age of 16, decided to dedicate her life to the creation of Father’s Day.  Dodd wanted to honor her father, who was both mother and father to her and her siblings. 

Not everyone has had such a loving relationship with their father, which is why in worship, people tend to shy away from referring to God as father. However, Father’s Day is a reminder that models loving fatherhood from God that exists for all people.

  Every Sunday, Pastor Johan Dodge reminds the congregation that all are welcome in the church. Community Church welcomes everyone who doesn’t have a church background. Those who have not joined a service before are welcome to come for a cup of coffee before worship and stay for award-winning music and a powerful message. 

Community Church is a friendly church, and everyone is welcome to join in-person worship on Sunday, June 19, at  9:50 a.m. and via Zoom or Facebook. 

Due to COVID cases rising, people who want to attend the in-person worship service must provide proof of vaccination and wear masks.  

Entrances to the church may be found both at the front of the church and the pedestrian gate between the church and the shops.  

Those who are in need without another way to address it  can call (562) 431-2503.

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church is operating on a regular Mass schedule. Father Joseph Son Nguyen suggests that people wear masks while inside the church. Saturday (Vigil Mass) is at 5 p.m., and Sunday Masses are at 8 a.m., 10 a.m. and noon. Weekday Masses are Monday-Saturday at 8:30 a.m., and confessions are on Saturdays from 4-4:45 p.m.

For more information, visit www.holyfamilysb.com.

Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study

The Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study Group will meet on Monday, June 27, in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. The group will go over  Chapter 14  the book “Loving  God with All Your Heart.”  All are welcome to attend. 

For more information about the group, call Jean Davidson at (562) 431-0597 or Margie Singleton at (562)-594-8100.

COMMUNITY, pages 13-16

Sunshine Club

Learn about the benefits of exercise

Dr. Ayla Donlin,  director of the LifeFit Center at California State University of Long Beach (CSULB), will speak at the Sunshine Club’s meeting on Friday, June 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m. 

Donlin’s speech is titled “Exercise is Medicine: Staying Active through our Golden Years.” Whether people have been lifelong exercisers or are just starting, exercise serves as medicine to improve quality of life. During the meeting, Donlin will discuss specific “dosages” of exercise recommended for maintaining a lifestyle of health and wellness. 

Donlin is the director of the LifeFit Center at CSULB, an educational laboratory that serves as a fitness facility for community members age 49 and above.  

The club does not require membership dues to join the meetings, but donations are welcome. 

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

Rollin’ Thunder

Record number of people were serviced at Air&Water Day

The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club’s Air&Water golf cart maintenance event on June 4 set a new record for number of carts serviced. The event attracted 105 LW residents, despite   lingering COVID-19 precautions and a heavy drizzle of rain throughout the event.

“We are so happy to have had the opportunity to serve our fellow Leisure World cart owners,” said Club President Tom Davis when presented with the final tally for the day.  “The work our volunteer club members  do can actually save lives.”

By checking tire pressure and battery water levels, the volunteers also helped prevent premature tire wear and expensive battery replacement for many residents.

As always, Leisure World Security staff was on hand to control traffic and maintain a safe zone for the participants.

The next Air&Water Day will be held on Sept. 3 from 8:30-10 a.m.

American Legion Auxiliary

American Legion Auxiliary will meet for lunch at Fiddlers Three on the Joint Forces Training Base for the installation ceremony on June 20 at noon. Call Carolyn van Aalst at (562) 343-8424 for more information.  The driver of the car is required to show ID at the gate of the Los Alamitos base.

Flags are available for purchase for $12. To purchase, call Geri McNulty at (562)  673-1725 or van Aalst at (562) 343-8424. 

The flags are designed to hang as a tribute to the country and for those who fought the freedom of the United States.

MiraFiber cloths from the Y Service Club are available for purchase

The Y Service Club is selling MiraFiber cloths to raise funds to send kids to camp. The cloth plus water will clean any surface without chemicals. The cost is $6 each or five for $25. This is an ongoing fundraiser for the Y Service Club. To purchase a cloth, call Glenna Hoff at (562) 296-5040.

Nikkei Club

The Nikkei Club will meet on Saturday, June 18, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, from noon–3 p.m.  All LWers are welcome.

The meeting will feature a potluck luncheon. Club members are asked to bring a Japanese, Chinese or Asian salad or desserts. Those who are not able to bring a dish are asked to pay $8 per person toward the purchase of  takeout dishes. 

Kazuko  Monobe will be a speaker at the meeting.

To join the potluck or receive more information,  call Michie Kimura at (714) 317-1102.

Concerned Shareholders

Next meeting will be on June 23

The Concerned Shareholders Club will meet on Thursday, June 23, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 1 p.m.

During the meeting, the club will welcome the new Recreation Department Director  Jesse Cripps as the guest speaker.  He comes to Leisure Word, Seal Beach, from Laguna Woods with many years of experience as a recreation manager. Time permitting, the club will continue to discuss the Davis Stirling Act.  

The Concerned Shareholders is a service club formed for all shareholders, on a non-partisan and a non-sectarian basis to work with GRF, Mutual Boards and the City of Seal Beach.  This meeting is not a GRF or a Mutual function or affiliation.  

Annual Dues remain at $3 per year. 


Shredding Service will be held on July 5

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) will hold a shredding  event for residents on Tuesday, July 5, in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot from 10 a.m.-noon. 

The GAF is now asking residents to leave plastic or paper bags open and not tie the handles so that it is easier for volunteers to empty them. 

The GAF reminds  residents  of the following rules to have the best shredding service possible:

• Do not arrive earlier than 10 a.m., no one will be there to guard the bags of documents.

• All residents are asked to drop off their documents and leave once the truck arrives. There will not be seating or lines allowed at the event. 

• No cardboard boxes will be accepted. Documents must be in plastic or brown paper bags with handles opened. 

• Do not bring magazines or newspaper to be shredded.

• Remove staples and paper clips.

• No electronic devices will be accepted. 

• Contaminated bags will be turned away.

• No x-ray film copies. 

All GAF programs are provided free to Leisure World residents. GAF  is entirely staffed by volunteers, so all contributions go directly to meeting community needs. The generous support of residents, clubs, organizations and businesses is the GAF’s main source of income. 

Donations are welcome at the event. 

For more information about the shredding service or the GAF, go to www.GoldenAgeFdn.org or text Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

FALW’s Veterans Picnic will be held on July 2

Young American men and women volunteered to serve their beloved country despite the fear to uphold what was close to their hearts. These young people gave it all without reservation to preserve what they hold dear: freedom. 

In gratitude to all veterans residing in Leisure World, the Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) will hold its annual Veterans Picnic on Saturday, July 2, at the Clubhouse 1 picnic grounds at 11:30 a.m. 

This event is a tradition by FALW to recognize the selfless sacrifices of the men and women who dedicated their lives to preserve American freedom. The beneficiaries of these unselfish deeds can never repay these service members  but hold them up on the highest pedestal. 

FALW will serve hot dogs, hamburgers, Filipino noodles, egg rolls, home-cooked chili beans, green salad, fruit, cakes for the July birthdays of club members, soda and water. People can bring their own alcohol. 

There will be a short program before lunch presented by some members of FALW and a performance by the Hui O Hula club. People will sing the individual military branch’s hymns. Father Juan Caboboy, FALW’s spiritual adviser, will do the invocation. FALW President Eilleen Merritt will give a short address, and “Taps” will be played. 

Gifts will be presented to the veterans who registered for the event. Due to the club’s financial strain, only the first 75 callers will be given a gift. 

To RSVP, call and state your name, branch of service and number of guests to Eilleen Merritt at (562) 486-1252; Essie Hicks at (714) 488-6149; Jane Haas at (714) 423-9689; Harry Varnas at (323) 791-1141;  Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223; Ric Dizon at (714) 225-3597; or Ren Villanueva at (323) 854-6209.

Celebrate LW’s 60th anniversary with The Emperors

The Sunshine Club will  celebrate Leisure World’s 60th anniversary at its dinner and dance party on Friday, June 24, in Clubhouse 2 at 5 p.m. People will dance to ’60s and ’70s music by The Emperors and enjoy an Asian-tropical buffet dinner that will be served at 5:30 p.m. 

This will be the only official event for the 60th anniversary. GRF is sponsoring The Emperors, a classic rock band that is also celebrating its 60th anniversary. The band has been a favorite in the Long Beach/Orange County area since it started, when the members were in high school.

The Asian-tropical buffet dinner will include a Korean signature dish bulgogi, Sotanghon glass noodle, chicken afritada, a vegetable medley with shrimp, mapo tofu, pan-fried minced vegetable and kimchi, plus a  salad and sliced fruits. Coffee and water will also be supplied. 

Tickets are currently sold out. People who have purchased tickets and have questions can text Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

SBTV-3 Listings

SBTV-3 airs on TWC-Spectrum Channel 3, Frontier Fios Channel 37 and online streaming at sbtv3.org/schedule. Have Roku? Go to http://roku.streamsource.tv/add/sbtv. The playback schedule is available at SBTV3.org.

Thursday, June 16

4 pm LW 50th Anniversary

4:45 pm SBNWS Wally Shirra

5 pm Ocean Perspectives

5:30 pm LW Aquatic Center 


6:30 pm SB Classic Car Show

7 pm Beginning of LW/ Special


7:20 pm LW Rollin’ Thunder 2022

7:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

8 pm McGaugh Pageant of 

the Arts

9 pm Living the Good Life

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Taming of the Shrew

Friday, June 17

4 pm Cinco De Mayo 2022:

Alas De Angel

4:40 pm Drones and Herons

5 pm LW Easter Parade

5:40 pm Beginning of LW/Special 


6 pm LW Aquatic Center 


6:50 pm LW Hula

7 pm Life and Times in SB:
Lawhead Brothers

8 pm LW GRF 50th Celebration

8:35 pm Cabaret: Love is in the Air

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Taming of the Shrew

Saturday, June 18

4 pm Beginning of LW

4:20 pm Cinco De Mayo 2022:

Alas De Angel

5 pm LW Aquatic Center 


5:50 pm LW Hula 2021

6:15 pm Drones and Herons

6:30 pm Seal Beach Classic 

Car Show 2022

7 pm McGaugh Pageant of 

the Arts

8 pm LAUSD

Sunday, June 19

4 pm SB Government 


5:30 pm LW Easter Parade/

Drones and Herons

6 pm Rough Seas Ahead

6:55 pm LW Drone Club

7 pm Livin’ the Good Life

8 pm Seal Beach Classic 

Car Show 2022

8:30 pm Studio Cafe

9 pm Life and Times in Seal Beach:

Lawhead Brothers

10 pm Cerritos Center:

Matt Mauser

Monday, June 20

4 pm LW GRF 50th Celebration

4:35 pm Fire Department Training in LW March 2022

5 pm LW Karaoke: 

Friendship and Memories

6 pm LW 50th Anniversary

6:38 pm Rough Seas Ahead

7 pm McGaugh Pageant of 

the Arts

8 pm Seal Beach City Limits:

Richard Hastings

9 pm Life and Times in Seal Beach:

Lawhead Brothers

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Taming of the Shrew 

Tuesday, June 21

4 pm LW 50th Anniversary

4:40 pm Great Lakes and Beyond

5 pm Beginning of LW and the Special Olympics

5:30 pm Livin’ the Good Life

6:30 pm SB Classic Car Show

7 pm Studio Cafe

7:30 pm McGaugh Pageant of 

the Arts

8:30 pm Cerritos Center:

Barrage 8

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:


Wednesday, June 22

4 pm LW Aquatic Center 


4:50 pm LW Hula 2021

5 pm Livin’ the Good Life

6 pm Cinco De Mayo 2022:

Alas De Angel

6:40 pm Rough Seas Ahead

7 pm Studio Cafe April 2022

7:30 pm Life and Times in Seal Beach:

Lawhead Brothers

8:30 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

9 pm LW 50th Anniversary

9:45 pm Wally Shirra/


10 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

10:30 pm Cerritos Center–

Riders in the Sky

May Security Report

The following is the security report for May. It has been edited for length and clarity.


May 10, 2 p.m., Mutual 11

A resident left stove burner on. There was no fire or damage at the scene.


May 16,  3:15 a.m.,  Golden Rain Road/Mutual 17

A coyote was seen heading in the direction of Mutual 17. The animal was not a threat to any person.

May 18,  2:07 a.m., Front Gate

A coyote was reported, but  not a threat to any person.

May 18, 4 a.m.,  Mutual 2 near Building 2

The coyote reported was not a threat to any person.


May 2, 2:02 p.m., Health Care Center

A resident left a canvas bag with food in the women’s restroom. When she returned two hours later, the bag was missing.

May 10, 3:10 p.m., Mutual 15

An unknown person removed a sign belonging to a  resident.

May 15, 4:18 p.m., Mutual 2

An unknown person removed gardening equipment on resident’s porch

May 19, 1:05 p.m., Mutual 2

An unknown person removed a cane from a resident’s porch.

May 20, 12:03 p.m., Mutual 2

An unknown person removed a resident’s wallet from his bathroom counter.

May 25, 1:36 p.m., Mutual 12

An unknown person removed an unlocked bicycle.

May 30, 6:39 p.m., Mutual 17

An unknown person removed an unsecured wagon. 


May 6, 5:57 p.m., Mutual 14

An unknown person damaged a resident’s vehicle. No damage was observed at the scene.

May 7, 5:35 p.m., Mutual 15

A spike strip was damaged by an unknown person.

May 10, 9:33 a.m., Mutual 2

A resident stated an unknown person spit on his vehicle.

May 18, 9:20 a.m., 1.8 Acres

An unknown person tore down a sign at the entrance to 1.8 Acres.


May 1, 12:34 p.m., Mutual 2

A resident reported an unleashed dog. The owner of the dog was advised of the rules and complied.

May 6, 10:15 a.m., Mutual 8

A resident was bitten by another resident’s dog. Transportation was not required.

May 18, 7:30 a.m., Mutual 15

An unleashed dog ran up to another resident’s dog. The dog did not suffer any injuries.

May 20, 7:10 p.m., Mutual 4

A resident’s dog bit another resident. An argument ensued, and SB police were called to keep the peace.

May 24, 11:16 a.m., Mutual 6

A resident reported a barking dog. No noise was detected at the scene.

May 24, 10:20 a.m., Mutual 1

A resident reported a barking dog.  Security heard the dog bark and advised the owner, who stopped the barking.

May 27, 12:17 p.m., Mutual 4

A resident complained of dog waste near his unit.

May 28, 2:47 p.m., Mutual 4

Ongoing complaint regarding barking dog. No noise detected at the scene.

May 16, 5:25 p.m., Mutual 12

A resident reported another resident not picking up dog waste. Resident with dog was advised and cleaned up the area.


May 10, 6 a.m., Mutual 12

Resident stated vendor possibly damaged his parked vehicle.

May 16, 2:45 p.m., Tam O’Shanter and St. Andrews Drive

A tricycle struck the side of a moving vehicle. No injuries reported.

May 17,  11:10 a.m., Foxburg and Northwood Road

A moving vehicle was struck by another vehicle while making a U-turn.

May 17, 11:37 a.m., Oakmont Road

A moving vehicle struck a parked vehicle, damaging parked vehicle’s side-view mirror.

May 18, 11:35 a.m., Post Office Parking Lot

A resident on a bicycle struck a parked vehicle.

May 31, 2:40 p.m.,Clubhouse 6 Parking Lot

A moving vehicle struck a parked vehicle while driving in reverse.


May 4,  12:15 p.m., Mutual 15

Ongoing complaint of noise coming from a neighboring unit.

May 5, 10:54 p.m., Mutual 9

A resident complained of noise from a neighboring unit. No noise detected at the scene.

May 13, 1:28 p.m., Mutual 12

Complaint regarding construction noise. Resident was   advised that construction may take place until 4:30 p.m.

May 14, 10:28 a.m., Mutual 17

Residents were involved in a verbal altercation regarding noise. Security kept the peace.

May 15, 1:15 p.m., Mutual 17

Ongoing resident dispute over noise. No noise was detected at the scene.

May 19, 5:20 p.m., Mutual 15

Construction work continued past curfew. Workers were advised and complied with curfew.

May 20, 7 a.m., Mutual 6

Ongoing issue with noise from neighboring unit. No noise was detected at the scene.

May 21, 3:41 p.m., Mutual 11

Resident reported noise coming from the attic. No noise was detected.

May 22, 2:40 p.m., Mutual 15

Ongoing neighbor dispute regarding noise. No noise was detected.

May 30, 3:20 a.m., Mutual 9

A resident complained of noise from neighboring unit. No noise was detected. 


May 1, 4:28 p.m., Mutual 1

Two residents were found on the ground. Paramedics arrived and assisted residents home.  Neither resident required  transportation to hospital. 

May 2, 8:25 a.m., Mutual 1

A resident fell off a bike and was transported to the hospital.

May 3, 8:40 a.m., Mutual 15

A resident fell while walking and was transported to the hospital.

May 5, 3:05 p.m., Mutual 6

A resident on scooter struck a pedestrian. The pedestrian was taken to the hospital.

May 5, 7:30 p.m., Mutual 8

A resident fell and w as taken to the hospital.

May 7, 7:30 p.m., Mutual 2

A resident fell while walking and was transported to the hospital.

May 9, 6:57 p.m., Mutual 3

A resident fell while exiting his vehicle but did not require transportation to the hospital.

May 9, 9:18 p.m., Front Gate

A resident walked to the front gate and reported trouble breathing. The resident was transported to the hospital.

May 9, 4:18 p.m., Mutual 5

Resident fell while gardening

May 10,  6:30 p.m., Pickleball Court

A resident fell while playing pickleball and was transported to the hospital.

May 12, noon, Amphitheater

A vendor was injured when the wind pushed the door into his face.

May 12, 4:25 p.m., Mutual 10

A resident fell out of her wheelchair and was  transported to the hospital.

May 12, 3:07 p.m., Mutual 3

A resident fell while walking but did not require transportation.

May 21, 7 p.m., Mutual 12

A resident fell while walking but did not require transportation to the hospital.

May 28,  5:30 p.m., Mutual 4 

A resident tripped over a cane but did not require transportation.

May 30, 4:40 p.m., Mutual 6

A resident fell while walking and was taken to the hospital.

May 30, 7:11 p.m., Mutual 15

A resident fell while walking  but did not require transportation.


May 3, 11:45 a.m. Mutual 3

A resident was found by SB police and escorted home.

May 4, 9:45 p.m., Mutual 14

A resident was temporarily “turned around” but found his residence without assistance.

May 7,  7:31 p.m., Main Gate

A resident walked to Main Gate stating he was lost and was  escorted home.

May 21, 11:09 a.m., Mutual 7

A resident was found and escorted home safely.

May 31, 11:16 a.m., Mutual 1

A resident was found and returned home safely.


May 1, 12:02 p.m., Mutual 3

A person who was illegally dumping was advised of dumping regulations and complied with Security’s request to stop.

May 2, 6 a.m., Mutual 3

A resident entered a nearby residence without permission and was escorted home.

May 4, 2 p.m., Mutual 10

Ongoing complaints from resident regarding GRF personnel.

May 6, 1:28 p.m., Mutual 1

A resident complained of people inside her unit. No one was found in the unit.

May 8, 4:52 p.m., Mutual 9

A resident stated another resident was harassing him.

May 8, 1:13 p.m., Mutual 1

A resident committed an assault with a baseball bat against another resident. The resident was arrested by the SB police.

May 10, 12:34 p.m., Mutual 2

Ongoing resident dispute involving a variety of issues.

May 11, 12:01 p.m., Mutual 3

A resident was having issues with a caretaker. SB police was called to keep the peace.

May 16, 1:39 p.m., Mutual 14

A resident stated a golf ball shattered her window.

May 16, 11 p.m., Mutual 10

A resident reported the smell of marijuana from one unit.

May 19, 11:15 a.m., St. Andrews Gate

A resident verbally abused staff at entry gate.

May 19, 11:07 a.m., Mutual 2

A resident reported an unknown person rings her doorbell or knocks on her door on a continuous basis.

May 21, 8:46 a.m., Mutual 9

Ongoing issue with resident complaining of odors coming from a neighboring unit

May 25, 10:45 a.m., Mutual 15

A resident reported a suspicious person walking around. No person was found.

May 25, 6:12 p.m., Mutual 15

Residents were involved in verbal altercation over an animal. Security kept the peace.

May 25, 9:30 a.m., Main Gate

A person ran past the gate at the entry. The person was found and  escorted out of the community.

May 26,  5:48 p.m., Mutual 5

The son of a resident was painting near his van. The son ceased activity when asked.

May 27, 2:24 p.m., Mutual 1

A resident reported a vendor using Mutual dumpsters.

May 28, 12:37 a.m., Mutual 2

A resident stated someone knocked on her door. No one was observed in the area.

May 28, 10:02 p.m. Mutual 9

A family dispute was reported. SB police arrived at scene but did not find a dispute or issue.

May 30, 9:45 a.m., Amphitheater

An unauthorized person entered the Amphitheater for a concert. The person left without incident.


Paramedic calls: 140 (Average 4.5 per day)

Theft: 7

Vandalism: 4

Traffic Incidents: 6

Death Investigations: 7

Lost Residents: 5

Injury: 17

Noise Complaints: 10

Fire Reports: 1

Pet Complaints: 8

Coyote Sightings: 3

Grand Totals: 208

Donate to the GAF while shopping

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to making Leisure World a better place to live. 

The GAF fundraises throughout the year to continue providing services to the community. 

Residents can now donate to the GAF during their weekly grocery shopping trip without having to spend more money, thanks to the Ralphs Rewards Program. By simply signing up and doing their regular grocery shopping, residents can help GAF receive a portion of those funds.

Those interested can sign up for the Ralphs Rewards program by phone or through the Ralphs website. To sign up online, go to www.ralphs.com. You will need your Ralphs Reward card number or the phone number associated with the account to sign up. 

To register over the phone, call (800) 443-4438. Make sure to say GAF’s non-profit organization (NPO) number,  FS 519, during registration. 

Another way LWers can help GAF while they shop is through www.smile.amazon.com. With every purchase from Amazon, a small percentage goes to the GAF at no additional cost.

When enrolling  in Amazon Smile, make sure to set the charitable organization as the Golden Age Foundation, Seal Beach. Below are step-by-step instructions on how to get started with Amazon Smile:

Sign in to an existing Amazon account. If you don’t have an Amazon account, you can create one for free. 

 Choose Golden Age Foundation Inc. as the charity you want  to support. Make sure the location is set in Seal Beach.

 Don’t forget to start at www.smileamazon.com when you shop.

For more information, go to www.GoldenAgeFdn.Org.

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

Democratic Party of Orange County Chair Ada Briceño was the speaker for the LW Democratic Club’s meeting on June 15. People can sign up to join the next meet meeting by emailing lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com.

Orange County’s Primary Election results will not be finalized until they are certified on July 15 by the county’s election officials. However, a number of results are already obvious.  

In early returns, Representative Katie Porter (D), who is running in the newly constituted 47th district, received more than 50% of the votes. She will run against Scott Baugh (R) in November. Incumbent Mike Levin (D) had just less than half the votes in his district.  Challenger Asif Mahmood (D) remained solidly in first place in early returns against incumbent Young Kim (R). Challenger Jay Chen (D) is expected to face Representative Michelle Steel (R) in November. Incumbent OC District Attorney Todd Spitzer has collected enough votes to avoid a November runoff.

The Democratic Party of Orange County endorsed three candidates for Board of Supervisors, including incumbent Katrina Foley (District 5), Buena Park Mayor Sunny Park (District 4) and Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento (District 2).  All three appear to have secured the votes needed to run for election in November.

An immediate victory appears likely for the three conservative incumbents on the OC Board of Education, Mari Barke, Tim Shaw, and Lisa Sparks.  County Superintendent of Schools Al Mijares has been re-elected in the Primary.

In early returns, Democrat Kim Karr was running in second place in her race to be elected to the California Senate. Democrat Judie Mancuso was leading in the Assembly race.

Prosecutors have surpassed the 50% mark needed to avoid a runoff in nearly all but one of the judicial races to fill nine seats on the OC Superior Court bench.  Michele Bell is in a tight race with Dept. State Attorney Gen. Peggy Huang for seat No. 30.

A small percentage of eligible voters actually voted in the primary. Through June 7, 34% of the eligible voters in Seal Beach had voted, 74% of those who had voted were 50 or more years old, thanks in large part to LW.

LW Democrats and supporters can subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter for more information about November candidates, plus news about other issues. Email editor Mary Larson at democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  and include all contact information.

American Latino Club Secretary Amy Walker (l); president Maria Rodriguez, and  Treasurer Carmen Edwards at the club’s previous meeting on June 9.

Republican Club

by Brian Harmon

LW contributor

Although the final results will not be certified until July, LW Republican Club President David Harlow has collected the most recent information available on all of the offices listed on the ballot.A runoff election will be held in November for each Federal and State office.


•United States Senator  Full Term: Mark P. Meuser (R); Alex Padilla (D)  

•United States Senator Partial Term: Mark P. Meuser  (R); Alex Padilla  (D)

•U.S. Representative 47th District: Scott Baugh (R); Katie Porter (D)                               


• Governor: Brian Dahle (R); Gavin Newsom (D) 

•Lt. Governor: Angela E. Underwood Jacobs  (R); Eleni Kounalakis  (D)

• Secretary of State: Rob Bernosky (R); Shirley N. Weber (D)

•Controller: Lanhee Chen  (R); Malia Cohen (D)

•Treasurer: Fiona Ma (D); Andrew Do (R)

•Attorney General: Nathan Hochman (R); Rob Bonta (D)

•Insurance Commissioner: Ricardo Lara (D); Robert Howell (R) 

•State Senator 36 DistrictL Janet Nguyen  (R); Kim Carr  (D)

•State Assemblyman 72nd District: Diane Dixon  (R); Judie Mancuso  (D)

In the following races, candidates getting over 50% of the vote are the winners; they do not need to have a runoff election:

Orange County

•Superintendent of Schools: Al Mijares

•County Board of Education District 2: Mari Barke 

•Accessor: Claude Parrish  

•Auditor Controller: Andrew N. Hamilton

•Clerk Recorder: Hugh Nguyen

•District Attorney of Public Administration: Todd Spitzer  

•Sheriff/Corner: Don Barnes 

•Treasure Tax Collector: Shari L. Freidenrich

OC Judicial Office – Superior Court

•Seat No. 5: Claudia Alvarez  

•Seat No. 9: Christopher Duff

•Seat No. 11:  Shawn Nelson

•Seat No. 21:  Erin Beltran Rowe

•Seat No.  22: Brahim Baytieh 

•Seat No. 28: Eric Scarbrough

•Seat No. 33: Steve McGreevy  

•Seat No. 45:  Israel Claustro  

•Seat No. 30: Runoff between Michelle Bell and Peggy Huang


Eight of the Republican Club’s endorsed judicial candidates were victorious. Republicans see this, along with the 62% win that District Attorney Todd Spitzer received, as a triumph for public safety and the rule of law.

OC School Board President Mari Barke’s 58% win is viewed by Republican voters as a gain for school choice.

The Republican Club booth will not be set up for the next few months. The club will continue to meet on the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The club will soon elect new officers and discuss a future reorganization of the duties of each officer.

The Filipipino Association of LW celebrated the June birthdays of Sam Williamson (l), Shirley Tan, Harry Varnas, and Donna McIntyer (not pictured).


Larry Vandeventer

It is with profound sadness we report the unexpected passing of Roland Lawrence “Larry” Vandeventer, 82, on Monday, June 6, at his home in Seal Beach.  Larry was born in Olympia, Washington, to Verble LeRoy Vandeventer and Myrtle Ella (Swezey) Vandeventer. He spent his childhood in Washington and Minnesota, and then settled in the Minneapolis, Minnesota, area to raise his family until he retired. Larry loved the opportunity to fish as well as hunt deer with his bow and arrow.

Larry spent his working years with The Bureau of Engraving and worked there for more than 38 years.

In retirement, he traveled between his homes in Minnesota, Arizona and California where he maintained his love of hunting, fishing and his new passion of three-wheeling.  For 21 years, he loved his home at Leisure World, Seal Beach, as he was provided the opportunity to make numerous friends and join multiple groups, including his most recent connection with the lapidary community.  He was an incredibly kind, patient, and supportive man, always looking for ways to help others.

Larry is preceded in death by his parents, his brother Leonard Dennis Vandeventer, and his sister Amy Thornton (Dick Thornton).  

He is survived by his three daughters, Terri Fodness (Brad Fodness) and her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren to include Taylor, Malorie (Estep) and their son Carter, Dylan Fodness, Ally Fodness, Tracy Vandeventer (Jeri Helland) with their daughter Bliss, and Tanya Vandeventer along with his older brother Gilyard Vandeventer and family, and Amy’s family. Due to Larry’s large extended family, there are numerous others not included. 

A Celebration of Life Open House will be held on Thursday, June 16 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 ,from 1:30-3:30 p.m.


In Memoriam 

Geraldine Krezan 98

Elizabeth Miller 83

George Havel 77

Phyllis Lesser 76

Helen Cool 55

Catherine Mangrum 79

Antoinette Petrosian 87

Jean Collacott 71

Ida Rossi 89

Richard Klink Jr. 85

Janic Culver 73

Lottie Roberts 111

Jessie Harris 85

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,

(562) 961-9301

—Paid obituary

Arts & Leisure

NOCE invites the LWers to attend a free summer concert on June 27 in Clubhouse 4 at 10 a.m. Instructor Lee Lassetter and the students from the Choir and Tone Chime classes have been preparing for this moment all year and will put on a 90-minute performance. Arrive early for best seating and to support the talents of friends and neighbors.


This month Hui O Hula dancers geared up for entertaining outside the gate for Alpert Jewish Center in Long Beach and Rowntree Garden Assisted Living at Stanton. In class, they practice old favorites for the upcoming performances while learning a new hula, Nani Venuse (means Beautiful Venice in Hawaiian). This hula is enjoyed by many dancers who are romantic at heart. Dance lessons are offered twice a week on Tuesday and Thursday at Veterans Plaza from 1 p.m. Beginners may come to Clubhouse 6 on Tuesday at 1 p.m., and basic steps are given before the dance-along. All are invited regardless of their skill level. Bring soft booties or dance without shoes. For information, call (562) 431-2242 or email: Jojo@huiohula.com. Pictured are hula dancers saying faewell to LW Weekly editor Patty Marsters with “I’ll Remember You” and “Aloha ‘Oe.”

Tournament Poker

The Tournament Poker Club will hold a Texas Hold’em casino style game on Saturday, June 25, at noon in Clubhouse 6. Tickets are $20 in advance and $25 on game day. A light lunch will be served, and prizes will be awarded to the final nine players. For more information, contact Debbie Barner at (325) 721-0687.

At the June 4 tournament, the winner was Erika Greenwood. She beat Jan Klein with a full house. Erika is a retired security officer whose been a LW resident for 26 years and a member of the club since the beginning. Her hobbies include Doo-Wop, Mexican train, poker and karaoke. 

The third-place final table finisher was Guta Basner, and Donna Hernandez finished fourth. Jon Jones was the dealer. Lem Hall won high hand with aces full of kings, full house, and Bob Konier won second highest hand with aces full of jacks. Dan Gialliani won the promo hand of 9-2. 

The club plays a Texas Hold’em tournament on the first three Saturdays of the month in Clubhouse 6 at noon. Texas Hold’em lessons are offered at 11 a.m. No late seating is permitted. Membership is $10 per year and $5 per game.

—Judy Jasmin

Community Karaoke

The Karaoke club had a lovely group of singers at its weekly gathering on June 8. Helen Schultz sang one of her favorite tunes, “Blueberry Hill,” and a first-time singer Don Hamasaki sang a Perry Como hit, “And I Love You So.”

The club welcomed the return of Sherie Vanek as she did “Tennessee Waltz.” Pat Paternoster did his impersonation of Buck Owen singing “Together Again” and Ellen Brannigan invited everyone to sing along with “I’ll Fly Away.” The audience clapped during “Pretty Little Angel Eyes,” sang by Shannon Harrison.  

Gerry Tagaloa performed  “El Mondo” and “California Dreaming” was well done by Eileen Merritt and Bob Barnum. 

“Who’s Sorry Now” was sung by Amy Walker as 30 members performed for an appreciative audience.

The Karaoke Club meets on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Anyone who wants  to practice should go to Clubhouse 6 on Mondays from 1-3 p.m.

—Margie Thompson

Garden Club

Tickets to the Garden Club’s annual June luncheon are still available. The “Buckets of Love”-themed event, featuring entertainment and opportunity drawings for a variety of gift baskets will be held on June 20 at 11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 2. 

Country Garden Catering will provide a meal of chicken, veggies, salad and dessert. 

The ticket price is $30, and membership in the club is not required. To purchase tickets or obtain more information, call Nancy Goldstein at (562) 896-8604.

The club is also looking for team members to be on the Tour Committee, which arranges day trips to nearby points of interest. 

Anyone interested should call Dee Steinbrecher at (562) 430-2400.

—Nancy Goldstein

Silver Fox Classic Car Club

This July 4th marks the return of the annual Leisure World Seal Beach Classic Car Show, at Clubhouse 6 parking lot from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Residents with specialty vehicles are encouraged to participate.

For more information, contact the Recreation Department by calling (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.

—Ron Lee

Chess Club

This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. White moves first; any answer by Black, the White’s third move is checkmate. The first move in solving this week’s puzzle is Ra6. The white Queen moves from f7 to g8, black King g8, white Pawn d8 becomes a Queen. The next white move by black Queen e8  is check mate. The Chess Club meets every Friday from 1:30-6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.


The new Yahtzee Club  starts July 1 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 1 p.m. on the first, third and fifth Fridays of the month.  

For more information, contact Diane Seeger at (562) 533-5997.  

—Joyce Ingram

2022 Amphitheater Movies

Open-air movie nights at the Amphitheater begin June 24. Six new movies will be shown on the gigantic screen on Friday nights through Sept. 16. Bring friends and family, and enjoy free movies in your own back yard. Movies start at dusk.

• June 24—Knives Out

The circumstances surrounding the death of crime novelist Harlan Thrombey are mysterious, but there’s one thing that renowned Detective Benoit Blanc knows for sure—everyone in the wildly dysfunctional Thrombey family is a suspect. Now, Blanc must sift through a web of lies and red herrings to uncover the truth.

PG-13 | 2h 10min | mystery-comedy | 2019 |  

• July 8: No Time To Die  

Sponsor: Home Instead Senior Care

James Bond is enjoying a tranquil life in Jamaica after leaving active service. However, his peace is short-lived as his old CIA friend, Felix Leiter, shows up and asks for help. The mission to rescue a kidnapped scientist turns out to be far more treacherous than expected, leading Bond on the trail of a mysterious villain who’s armed with a dangerous new technology. 

PG-13 | 2h 10min | action-thriller | 2021 |  

• July 15: Disney’s Encanto

 The Madrigals are an extraordinary family who live hidden in the mountains of Colombia in a charmed place called the Encanto. The magic of the Encanto has blessed every child in the family with a unique gift—every child except Mirabel. However, she soon may be the Madrigals last hope when she discovers that the magic surrounding the Encanto is now in danger.

PG | 1h 49min | animation-comedy | 2021 |  

• July 29: TBD

• Aug. 5: Ghostbusters: Afterlife 

When a single mother and her two children move to a new town, they soon discover they have a connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

PG-13 | 2h 4min | adventure-comedy | 2021 |

• Aug. 19: Dog

Sponsor: Sandra Teel Medicare Insurance 

With a dog named Lulu by his side, Army Ranger Briggs races down the Pacific Coast to make it to a soldier’s funeral on time. Along the way, Briggs and Lulu drive each other completely crazy, break a handful of laws, narrowly evade death, and learn to let down their guards to have a fighting chance of finding happiness.  

PG-13 | 1h 41min | comedy-drama | 2022 |

• Sept. 2: Respect

Sponsors: Optum and SCAN

Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career—from a child singing in her father’s church choir to her international superstardom—it’s the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.

PG-13 | 2h 25min |  musical-drama | 2021 |

• Sept. 15: Cyrano

Sponsors: Optum and SCAN 

Cyrano de Bergerac dazzles everyone with his ferocious wordplay and brilliant swordplay. However, he’s convinced his appearance renders him unworthy of the affections of the luminous Roxanne, a devoted friend who’s in love with someone else.

PG-13 | 2h 4min | drama-melodrama | 2021 |

Golf cart parade, Roy Oribison Tribute, classic cars featured

The GRF Recreation Department will host the annual Independence Day event with a Classic Car Show, the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Parade, a Craft Club show, and the ever-popular Black & White Knights 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, so take advantage of this park-and-ride service.

Singer Mark Barnett will perform the best-loved and challenging songs of the legendary Roy Orbison, plus the most popular music of the 50s and 60s with his band The Black & White Knights.  Barnett started out on his musical journey at the age of 13 singing in his father’s band, The Johnny Barnett Show. In 1991, he struck out on his own with his Roy Orbison tribute show. Over the years, he and his group have performed at venues such as the Golden Nugget in Las Vegas, The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano and the Elks Opera House in Prescott, Arizona, to name a few. 

Barnett has an authentic Orbison style and vocal range that captures the singer with such classic hits as “Crying,” “Oh, Pretty Woman,” “Running Scared” and more. The master musicians who make up The Black & White Knights bring all the ingredients of an actual Roy Orbison concert.

Activities will start at 10 a.m. in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot, with more to see inside, and will continue until 2 p.m. Residents, their families and friends are all welcome. Koffel’s Taco and Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que trucks will be available for refreshments.

The Silver Fox Club is seeking residents who own classic or unusual cars to participate; club membership is not required. Non-residents are also welcome to make the show a success. Contact information is available through the Recreation Department by calling (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.

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

Arts and craft clubs will display and sell their handmade wares in the table tennis area in Clubhouse 6. The clubhouse, including the fitness center, will be closed. 

Participating clubs should contact Kathy Thayer at (562) 431-6586, ext. 398, or email kathyt@lwsb.com to confirm the equipment needed for their display. Some space may still be available, and any GRF craft club may apply. 

—Kathy Thayer, 

recreation manager

2022 Amphitheater Music Shows

The 2022 Amphitheater music festival will start June 30 with a 12-show lineup at the 2,500-seat Amphitheater. Non-resident guests must be accompanied by a resident. Smoking is not permitted at the Amphitheater, which is located behind the LW News Office in the GRF Administration complex.

No parking is allowed in front of the Amphitheater on St. Andrews Drive along the southbound lanes. This is a tow-away zone on Thursdays during Amphitheater season. Minibus transportation will be available before and after shows. Food trucks will provide options for pre-event dining. The free weekly concerts start at 7:30 p.m. (schedule is subject to change). 

June 30 Vegas Country—A Tribute to Tim McGraw and Shania Twain

Sponsors: On-Site Home Sales

Home Instead Senior Care

July 7 Terry Otte & Abilene

July 14 ABBA L.A.

Sponsor: Gasper Monteer Real Estate

July 21 Ronstadt Revival

July 28 Michael Bublé Tribute with Anthony Bernasconi  

Sponsor: Tandem Careplanning

Aug. 4 Elvis Tribute with Matt Lewis

Aug. 11 Paul McCartney Tribute, Live and Let Die 

Sponsor: Athens Services

Aug. 18 Stone Soul 

Aug. 25 Neil Diamond Tribute

Sponsor: Tandem Careplanning

Sept. 1 Gregory Wolfe as Rod Stewart 

Sponsors: Optum and United Healthcare

Cannon Legal Firm

Sept. 8 The Long Run, Experience the Eagles 

Sponsors: Optum and United Healthcare


Sept. 15 Walk Like a Man, a Tribute to Frankie Valli 

  and the Four Seasons 

Sponsors: Optum and United Healthcare

Geneaology Club

Leisure World residents are invited to attend the Genealogy Club’s monthly meeting on June 22 at 10 a.m.  in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Christine Cohen will present “Grand Army of the Republic—Researching your Union Civil War Veterans.” Social hour begins at 9 with coffee and treats. People can find out if they have a Union Civil War veteran in their family history. In 1890, there were over 400,000 veterans who belonged to the Grand Army of the Republic.  This organization existed from 1866-1956 and generated records noting Civil War service, birth, marriage, death, residences, occupations, detailed biographies and photographs. Cohen will show people where and how to fine these hidden gems.  

Cohen is a long-time member of the Whittier Area Genealogical Society, and has served in many capacities, including president; She is also a member of the El Redondo Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, The Society of Daughters of Holland Dames, and the Association of Professional Genealogists.  

Her interest in genealogy began in 1977 with the airing of the TV mini-series Roots and was piqued when she found a typed pedigree chart of her Dutch heritage from the New Netherlands in the 1660s. She is a native Californian, a graduate of UCLA in political science, and worked for Vitol Aviation Company since 1993.  

For more information, call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266.

The club also offers Theme Thursday workshops: half-hour classes and/or discussions on topics and occasionally holds help groups with brick walls or other crowdsourcing geneaology questions. Library hours may vary due to volunteers’ availability. 

The club is still in search of substitute volunteers and a library volunteer coordinator. For more information, contact the Genealogy Club at lwgenealogy@gmail.com.

—Mary Romero

Cribbage Club

Gene and Margaret Smith began their 67th anniversary celebration by treating 46 members of the Cribbage club to a cake and ice cream on June 7. Myrna Baker assisted with refreshments at noon. Sandra deDubovay captured her 24th star for her badge by winning all seven games played with a final score of 847. Second Place went to Bobbie Straley with a score of 842.  Donna Gorman came in thrid with 840 and Bea Lissow got the fourth place with a score of 825.

Seven games of cribbage are played each Tuesday in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 12:30 p.m. with refreshments served at noon.  

Players should arrive by 12:15 p.m. to get a spot at the table. New members are always welcome.  Dues for the year are $5 with $1 weekly contribution at the playing table. 

Anyone interested in learning or brushing up on the game or for more information can leave a message with Terry Thrift at (714) 394-5885.

—Marilyn Chelsvig

Book Club

Leisure World Book Club will meet on June 16 at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 7. The topic of discussion will be “A Woman of No Importance,” by Sonia Purnell.

The book chosen for July is titled “Caravans,” by James Michener.

—Thomas Gan 

Weekend Night Dances

The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra, Leisure World’s own professional big band, will play on June 19. It plays regularly on the first and third Sundays in Clubhouse 4 featuring Big Band swing and jazz standards under the direction of Jeff Plum.

The Big Band Sound is a unique American combination of reeds, brass, and rhythm that defined the nation’s popular music for more than three decades. Whether it be a well-known big band standard, contemporary jazz showcase or a sentimental vocal ballad, the Velvetones provide a unique and complete package of musical entertainment.

Abilene, Leisure World’s country rock band, is back by popular demand on Saturday, June 25, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2 and on Thursday, July 7 at the Amphitheater. Doors open at 5:30.

Going strong for nearly 20 years, Abilene opened last year’s Amphitheater season with a rockabilly show that drew nearly 2,000 fans. 

Terry Otte leads Abilene and shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer, guitarist Rod Anderson, guitar Synthesizer and pianist Jim Long, bassist Doug Decker and drummer Jim Greer, round out the group. 

• Masks are no longer required regardless of vaccination status but are strongly recommended. 

• No table saving. You may bring your own snacks.

• Attendees must be out of the clubhouse no later than 10 p.m.  to permit adequate time for the custodian to tear down and arrange the setup for the following day (except New Year’s Eve).

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

• Clubhouse lighting and audio-visual equipment can only be adjusted by the custodian according to the instructions they have been given.

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


Play Review

Leisure World residents are welcome to submit play reviews. Include your name, and mutual and telephone numbers; where the play is being performed; run dates and ticket information. The reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows. 

For more information, contact Arts editor Katya Lukina at (562) 431-6586, ext. 266, or katyal@lwsb.com.

Get Inspired at the Long Beach 


by Maureen Habel

Perhaps your faith in human nature is a little shaky because you haven’t met Ms. Esther Mills, the protagonist of “Intimate Apparel,” now playing at the Long Beach Playhouse. Esther is a skilled seamstress hoping for a better life in 1905 in Lower Manhattan. 

Playwright Lynn Nottage, the only woman to have won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama twice, often focuses on the experience of working class African-Americans. Although set over a century ago, the themes will resound with seniors: preserving integrity; honoring values; overcoming adversity; rising above disappointments; and remaining optimistic in the face of uncertainty. 

Esther rents a room where she earns her living sewing fine intimate apparel for women. Her small social circle includes her motherly and pragmatic landlady Mrs. Dixon, party girl, saloon singer and friend Mayme, and Mrs. Van Buren, a wealthy and lonely client. Esther becomes involved in a long distance courtship and eventual marriage with the charming Bahamian George Armstrong. The one relationship that offers intimacy on a soul level but is forbidden by religious, cultural and racial barriers is between Esther and Jewish fabric vendor Mr. Marks.

Director Brooke Aston Harper has created an engaging and well-paced production, combining the talents of the cast with creative staging and costuming. 

The Long Beach Playhouse is staging this play on Friday, June 17 and Staurday, June 18, at 8 p.m. Senior tickets are priced at $18. For more information, call (562) 494-1014.


Scrabble Club

The Leisure World Scrabble Club met on all four Wednesdays in May. The club recorded 51 scores above 300 and 27 bingos (i.e., the use of all seven tiles in one move).

New member Dave Crandall posted the highest score of 403 and 10 bingos. He is one of three members who had seven totals higher than 300. The other two were Diane Seeger with six bingos; Bob Ruderman had five.

Larry Edgar exceeded 300 points six times and posted one bingo. Suthy Edgar had five scores above 300 and two bingos. Club President Maria Giegerich, along with Sylvia Makus and Marilyn Moody, each recorded four totals above 300. Giegerich had two bingos; Moody had one.

Others who exceeded 300 points are Wanda Bemben, three times, new member Kay Pushman, twice, and Sue Ann Gass and Denise Scott, one time each.

The club meets every Wednesday from 1-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5. New members are welcome.

—Larry Edgar

Duplcate Bridge

Winners in the 8-table game on June 2 were: Howard Smith and Glenn Barry, north/south, with a 61.61% game; and Jeanette Estill and Bill Brooks, east/west, with a 60.12% game.

In the 10-table game on June 3 east/west players Ellen Kice and Russ Gray with a 67.33% game were first; Alan Olschwang and Kay Tsing with a 62.53% game came in second. 

North/south winners were Sibyl Smith and Diane Schmitz with a 53.76% game; and Joan Tschirki and Frances Gross with a 53.01% game were second.

In the 11-table game on June 6 Linda Nye and Alan Olschwang came in first with a score 72.92% east/west; Judy Jones and Al Appel were second with a 65.07% game; third were Kay Tseng and Carol Murakoski with a 60.42% game.  

North/south winners were Larry Slutsky and Fred Reker with a 59.03% game; second were Paul Chen and Mike Ullman with a 57.41% game.  

Games are played on Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. Players are asked to arrive no later than noon to confirm their reservations. Reservations can be made at any game using the sign-up sheets or by contacting Sharon Beran at (562) 308-7838 hbsharonb@gmail.com no later than 10 a.m. on game day.

The last lesson of Basic Bridge for LW residents by Rob Preece and Larry Slutsky will be on June 17, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. For more information call Slutsky at (562) 253-7119. 

—Gene Yaffee


Pinochle is played in Clubhouse 1 every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The warmup game starts at 11:30 a.m., with the regular game beginning at 12:30 p.m. The club provides cards, score cards, pens, tablets and other equipment. It costs $2 per person to play, and the top four scorers of each day win cash prizes.

The following are the winning scores from the game on May 23. First place: Marilyn Allred, 11,630; second: Tony Dodero, 11,530; third: Margaret Smith, 11,000; fourth: Charlotte Westcott, 10,690.

June 2 winners are: first place: Marilyn Allred, 13,690; second: Marge Dodero, 12,660; third: Suzane Parks, 12,170; fourth: Gene Smith, 11,650.

June 4 winners are: first place: nancy Wheeler, 11,550; second: Gayle Golden, 10,680; third: Julia Troise, 9,910; fourth: Irene Perkins, 9,730.

June 6 winners are: first place: Marilyn Allred, 12,740; second: Gene Smith, 11,260; third: Oscar Moya, 11,040 and fourth: Suzanne Parks, 10,660.

Lessons to learn how to play or to brush up on the game are available by appointment. Call Joan Taylor at (562) 240-5416 for more information. Anyone interested in playing pinochle should call Marge Dodero at (310) 968-9509.

Producers Club

The Producers Club is looking for readers to be a part of the murder mystery comedy “Bombs Away” and for helpers with  backstage production. 

A reader is someone who stands in for an actor who  cannot make a rehearsal, reading their lines. No memorization is required. Rehearsals are on Mondays and Fridays.

For more information, call (562) 598-0880 or (562) 598-5242.


Book Review

LW residents are invited to submit reviews of their favorite books for publication in the LW Weekly. Include your name and mutual and telephone numbers. The reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows. 

For more information, contact arts editor Katya Lukina at (562) 431-6586, ext. 266, or katyal@lwsb.com

by Dorothy Hill

“Chickenhawk” is Robert Mason’s narrative of his experience as a helicopter pilot during the Vietnam War, as one critic put it: “It’s better than any war movie,” another said, “Maybe Vietnam is best seen through a shattered windshield of a helicopter.”

“Chickenhawk” is one honest and courageous book and a true experience written by the man that was there.

Another book that was hard to put down and I didn’t want to end is “Light It Up,” by Nick Petrie. 



Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License BRN000.   Exp 7/06


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

License 699080 Serving LW since 1999.   Exp 7/27


562-596-0559, LW DECOR INC.

Vinyl Plank/Laminate/Wall-to-Wall Carpeting. Patio Carpet-and-Tile. 40+/Years in LW. License 723262.  Exp 8/17



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 7/06


JR HOME REPAIRS.  Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License JRH0001. Exp 7/13




Kitchen/Bathroom-Remodeling. Install Microwave/Dishwasher/Recessed-Lights/Fans/Light-Fixtures/Entry-Doors/Closets Redesigned/Cabinets-Refaced/New Windows.  Exp 8/17

40+/Years in LW

License 723262


Painting/FREE Estimates. 1-room or entire-house and refinish kitchen cabinets. (714)-826-8636. Call Jerry. CA State License 675336.   Exp 6/22


Affordable – Professional, Licensed-and-Insured. Interior/Exterior Drywall Repairs/Texturing/Pressure-Washing/Cabinets. Senior discounts. Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. License 1049257.   Exp 8/24


562-596-0559,  LW DECOR INC.

Premium-Paints. Interiors/Cabinets/Ceilings/Exterior-Windows/Frames. Our Own Painting-Crew. 40+/Years in LW. Business License 723262.  Exp 8/17


Bel-Rich Painting.   Small-Jobs, Bathrooms, Walls, Gates & More! Call Bret 714-220-9702. Business License 705131.  7/27



Cindy Beatteay 714-356-1539. Interior paint,  specialty-finishes, cabinets, murals and MORE! License 1033927.  Exp 8/04



CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE. Licensed and insured. Dan (562) 841-3787. Seal Beach License BRA0002.  Exp 8/10


SKYLIGHT Cleaning & Repairs, Contact Eugene (714) 774-4385. Contractor License 634613-B.   Exp 1/04/2023

UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841. State Contractors License 578194.   Exp 6/22


562-596-0559, Leisure World Decorators. Shutters/Blinds/Roll-Up Shades/Custom Drapes/New Sound Suppression Windows.  Exp 8/17

Window Washing


I clean Inside/Outside OR Clean Outside only and SAVE $$$. LW-Resident/Rich Livitski. (562)-600-0014. Seal Beach Business License LIV0004.  Exp 8/24



Leisure World Helping Leisure World

Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm. (562) 822-6655, (714) 955-2885.


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


West Memorial Park. Garden of Remembrance. 1-Plot/$4,500. Seller will pay transfer-fee. Call between10:00am-2:00pm ONLY. 714-222-6741.


I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands. 949-899-7770. Available 24×7. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006.   Exp 6/22



Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License BCS0002. Bonded/insured.   Exp 1/04/2023


MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with optimum service, 30-years  LW experience, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24-hours, part-time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English.  Ann 714-624-1911, 562-277-3650 – Heidi. Seal Beach License HYC0001.  Exp 8/31



Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet/562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003   Exp 8/17


Elderly care. Live-in, Live-out. 30+ years experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Gloria 949-371-7425.  Licensed by the state Seal Beach RAZ0002.   Exp 9/07


Maria’s experienced caregivers. Run errands, Doctor appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562)-230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License CAM0006.   Exp 8/24


Anthony Caregivers. Light-Cleaning/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Cooking/Laundry. Anthony Camacho College Student 714-605-6869. Business License 14206319.  Exp 6/29


CTC Home Care Inc. Caregivers are Trained/Licensed/Bonded/Insured/Honest and speak good English. Available to work Full-Time/Part-Time. Licensed to drive for Doctor-Appointments/Groceries. Contact Person Consuelo/714-820-0294. Seal Beach Business License 14206475.  Exp 6/29


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. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard,  #116. (714)-425-4198.   Exp 8/03


In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36-years. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 6/22


CINDIE O. Haircuts, Color, Perms. Seal Beach Phenix Salon 562-277-2271. Business License OSM001.  Exp 7/13


Experienced housekeeper providing weekly-and-monthly cleaning. Call/949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License 

HEL0006.  Exp 6/22



WINDOWS, HOUSECLEANING. CALL PHIL  AT 562-881-2093 Over 30 years Experience! Seal Beach Business License AB0001. Exp 7/20



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

Seal Beach Business License GRA0006.   Exp 8/03


General housekeeping, 30+ years experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Call Gloria 949-371-7425.  Seal Beach License RAZ002.  Exp 9/07


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 9/07


MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE. We make your home sparkle! 7-days/Call anytime! Complete-cleaning. Call/562-505-1613. Seal Beach Business License M0001A.  Exp 8/24


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC-or-Mac), Cellphone, TV, Stereo, any Electronic-Device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Business License CIP0001   Exp 8/24


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

Virus-Removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet Security. LW-Resident  SB License FUH0001.   Exp 9/07



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.  Exp 8/03


Golf Cars SELL, BUY, TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124.  Exp 1/04/2023


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258   Exp 7/06


Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093.   Exp 7/20

autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462.   Exp 7/06



No job too small! Fast/Reliable/Great Prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787/Dan.  Exp 8/10



Your moving service, any size job.  Business License RO263644. Call/310-387-2618.   Exp 8/17


LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE. Looking to buy Mid-Century Furniture/“ETC”/Men-Women Sterling-Silver-Rings/Old-Jewelry/Men-Women Vintage Clothing. 562-243-7229.  Exp 7/20



Grab your sneakers, bikes and scooters, and come out to the first EVER M8 Community Yard/Patio sales! Sales will be held throughout the mutual with a total of 32-participating units! Maps will be available a week prior to the sale and sale day at 179E, off Oakmont and N Fairfield. The map will contain a list of units and highlights of what they are selling. Pick up a map, get a FREE cup of coffee-and-cookie, and start shopping. Furniture/Collectibles-of-all-kinds/Home-decor/Housewares/Clothes, and MUCH more. Hope to see you there!


Furniture Sale. Dining-Table & 6-Chairs, 3-Glass Tables, Credenza, Thomasville Oak-Hutch, Curio-Cabinet. Electric-Fireplace/Desk/Mirror and MORE!  562-822-9947


Appliance and Furniture Sale! Saturday/June-18th (12-4pm). Kitchen-goods, beautiful-plates, silverware and cutlery. Chaise Lounge-Chairs, Love-Seats. Small-Tables & Entertainment-Center. 1442 Merion Way/Apartment-29F.


Electric LIFT Recliner-Chair/2years-old/Great Condition. Custom Comfort Queen ELECTRIC Wireless-Bed/2years-old/Includes sheets etc. China-Hutch/Great Condition. Call/Text 714-345-0056 for details.


Estate Sale – Thursday, June 16 and Friday, June 17 8:30-2pm. Mutual 1-Apt. 63D on St. Andrews at Church. Sofa, queen bed, dresser, mosaic tables, fabulous white kitchen island, industrial desk. Costume jewelry, ladies clothing (S/M), shoes (size 7/8) designer purses, dress form, construction tools, collapsible utility wagon, and lots of “stuff”. Estate Sales by Docia Drake 714-514-8232, PO Box 427, Seal Beach Bus. Lic. ESD0001


2-Desks, Bookcase, Electric Professional Facial Chair. Everything in good condition! 562-296-5328.


Whirlpool Portable Dishwasher. Rarely used, full Size. Price reduced $200/OBO 562-760-0181


I would love to rent a 1 or 2 bedroom apartment.  Roberta/714-307-4705

FRee Item

Beautiful Cedarwood chest by Lane. (Same item on Ebay for $700). Call or email paul@crownmaintenancecompany.com for photos or in-person visit at Mutual-10. Paul (562) 277-4750

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Mutual Meetings 

Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards (schedule subject to change). 

Thurs., June 16 Mutual 11

Conf. Rm B/Zoom  1:30 p.m.

Fri., June 17 Mutual 15 Annual Meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 10 a.m.

Mon., June 20 Mutual 15

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 1 p.m.

Tues., June 21 Mutual 14

Conf. Rm B/Zoom 1 p.m.

Wed., June 22 Mutual 10

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.

Thurs., June 23 Mutual 1

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.

Fri., June 24 Mutual 6

 Conf. Rm A/Zoom 10 a.m.

Mon., June 27 Mutual 8 Open Forum

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9:15 a.m.

Mon., June 27 Mutual 8

 Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9:30 a.m.

Tues., June 28 Mutual 17 Annual Meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom 10 a.m.

GRF Meetings 

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

Fri., June 17 GRF Board Special Meeting Committee ratification

Clubhouse 4/virtual1 p.m.

Fri., July 1 GRF Board Executive Session

Conf. Rm A 2 p.m.

Wed., July 6 GRF Physical Property

Conf. Rm B/virtual, 1 p.m.

Thurs., July 7 GRF Administrative 

Conf. Rm A/virtual, 1 p.m.

GRF Raffle WinnersThe GRF Voter Participation award winners were chosen June 7 at a special meeting of the  GRF Board of Directors in Clubhouse 4 to count ballots. Winners received $50 Ralphs gift cards.  The winners are:

Mutual 2 

Lydia Solis

Judith Jacobus

Robert Ishii

Marcia Morrow

Margaret Keller

Barbara Glass

Thomas Davis

Gregory Moore 

Anne Purucker

Mutual 4

Mary Kilby

Audrey Hutchings

Louise Seifert

Patrick Mccoy

Mutual 6

Patricia Singer

Donna Smith

Christobel Morgan

Barbara Reed

Patricia McKane

Mutual 8

Bert Van Der Veer

Gary Hutton

Cynthia Blacketor

Kenneth Naversen

Mutual 10

Victory Young

Reiko Nakamura

Shane Andre

Mutual 12

Jerald Atkins

Robert Wood

Quang T. Pham

Jy Shin Shun

Lenora Browning

Mutual 14

Audrey Goff

Grace Audette

Sam C. Kim

Jack Faucett

Cal Fresh BenefitsCalFresh can help qualifying Leisure World residents receive healthy fruits and vegetables, among other groceries. Recipients receive a card similar to a debit card with money loaded every month to shop for more fruit, vegetables, protein and other healthy foods. 

CalFresh is funded by the USDA and administered through the Community Action Partnership in Leisure World to help improve the health and nutrition of people with lower incomes.

Requirements to Apply:

• Applicants must have at least one citizen or legal permanent resident with a Social Security number living in their household (including children).

• Applicants may qualify for CalFresh even if they have a full- or part-time job. 

• Gross monthly income must be less than the amounts listed: One-person household, $2,128; two-person household, $2,874.

• Seniors, those on SSI or those with a disability can apply and may be eligible for CalFresh.

• Documents needed to apply: photo ID, Social Security card, proof of income and resident card (if applicable, receipt of rent and receipt of one utility bill).

Upon application, income and many other factors are taken into account to determine eligibility. For more information or to apply online, call 1-800-281-9799 or go to  https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/. Residents who need assistance applying for Cal-Fresh should contact Robann Arshat in Member Resources at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317, or Robertaa@lwsb.com. 

Stock Transfer Mail Slot

In order to provide timelier service, the Stock Transfer office has installed an external mail slot on its outside wall near the LW Administration sign. Residents won’t have to wait in line or until the office is open to conduct business.

The drop-off slot will allow residents to get documents to GRF staff faster and provide safe, convenient office access.

 Drop-off documents must be in sealed envelopes and include resident’s name, and phone, Mutual and unit numbers, along with a brief explanation of the business action. No postage is needed.

Fax Service

The LW Library offers fax service for $1 per page to send a fax domestically, $3 per page to send a fax internationally and 50 cents per page to receive a fax.

To receive a fax via the library, residents should ask the sender to include his or her name and phone number on the fax and provide the sender with the library’s fax number: (562) 431-4143.

The library is open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Faxes are not sent past 3:15 p.m. to allow time for closing procedures.

Faxes can be received by the machine 24 hours a day, seven days a week but only picked up during regular hours of operation.

For more information, call the library at (562) 598-2431.