LWW Translate/Vie 08-31-23


Experience ‘The Power of Love’ tonight

Tribute to Huey Lewis and the News

Aug. 31 | 7:30 p.m.

Amphitheater Stage

Sponsors: Optum Healthcare and 


“The Heart of Rock & Roll” is still beating with the nation’s premier Huey Lewis & the News tribute band. Originally formed in 2013, this tight, fun band has played to thousands of cheering and dancing fans all over the U.S.

Huey Lewis & the News dominated the airwaves and MTV, racking up an impressive list of top 10 hits throughout the ‘80s and this tribute includes them all—“Heart & Soul,” “Power of Love,” “If This Is It,” “Do You Believe in Love,” “Hip to be Square,” “I Want a New Drug,” and “Working for a Living.” In a concert experience that honors the band’s formidable legacy and its renowned a cappella and doo-wop sound, Hip To Be Square recreates all the sounds and energy of the original act in their heyday. With massive guitar hooks, blazing saxophone, and gorgeous vocal harmonies, their audiences are treated to an unforgettable evening reliving the memories and emotions linked to these classic songs.

See page 14 for the full season schedule.



 Board approves Optum lease, decides on RFID fee schedule

by Ruth Osborn


The GRF Board met Aug. 22 to tackle a full agenda that included updating governing documents, funding community improvements and approving a lease.

But first, it paid tribute to the late Tony Dodero, who died Aug. 13. He represented Mutual 9 on the GRF Board for more than six years and attended last month’s meeting.

GRF President Marsha Gerber called him “a beloved member of the board,” offering condolences to his wife, Marge. “There will never be another Tony Dodero,” she said.

 During the public comment period, six people took the podium to give their opinions on club instructor fees, whether a new rubberized path is needed at the golf course, transparency concerns and parking ticket enforcement in the Mutuals.

The GRF is enforcing parking violations on Trust streets, which include all named streets in LW. But Mutual streets are currently excluded from GRF enforcement protocols. Vehicles cannot be parked for more than 72 hours on Trust streets, among other restrictions.

In other highlights, the board took the following action.

Rubberized Golf Path

Upon the recommendation of the Facilities Committee, the GRF Board approved replacing the rubberized path leading to the bridge at Turtle Lake Golf Course. The cost will not exceed $14,195 plus a 10% contingency.

Staff ascertained the path, which has undergone patching in the past, should be replaced for safety reasons. 

Elevator Cab Remodel

Upon the recommendation of the Facilities Committee, the board voted to spend $20,427, which includes a 10% contingency, to rebuild the elevator cab in the Administration Building. The cab is now past its useful life.

The GRF Reserve Study has $38,000 earmarked for this project; the bid from Elite Elevator Service came in at $18,570, for a savings of about $17,500.

GRF Governing Docs

Upon the recommendation of various GRF committees, the board is amending several governing documents that are due for updates. 

Subjects include publication of board minutes, glossary of terms, temporary visitor and member RV parking and LW Weekly advertising. The amendments update job titles and improve policy organization and clarity.

Request for Proposal Requirements

Despite the recommendation of the Administration Committee, the board sent proposed amendments to the Request for Proposal Requirements back to committee for further review.

Among the amendments suggested were modifications related to the wording of bid solicitations and more precisely defined budget-level categories to clarify spending approval procedures.

Sparking the most debate was a recommendation to expand the spending authority of the executive director. The current policy allows the GRF executive director to authorize expenditures of up to $10,000 for budgeted items approved by the Board of Directors in the annual budget. 

That spending authorization has not been increased since December 2007. Inflation over the past 16 years has significantly diminished spending power, so the committee recommended adjusting it to about $20,000, which amounts to one-tenth-of-one-percent of the total GRF annual budget. 

That is the same percentage of authorization set in 2007. In that year’s budget, one-tenth of one percent totaled $9,141. For the 2023 budget, that same spending formula amounts to $20,386.

But several directors took issue with the proposal.

“I have a real problem with going up to $25,000 because there are tons of items under $25,000 that could be replaced without any input. Our job, our fiduciary duty, is oversight,” said GRF Director Carole Damoci who represents Mutual 12.

That limit would apply only to reserve expenditures. The executive’s director already has authority over the operating budget with a $20,000 cap.

GRF Vice President William Thompson of Mutual 5 questioned the wisdom of having separate authorization levels: “To an extent, it’s somewhat illogical to say that an operating budget can be spent up to $20,349, but a reserve that we have also approved has a different standard. We’re kind of putting a double standard on (this), saying that the operating budget is a greater expression of our intent than the reserve study is.”

GRF Director Susan Jacquelin representing Mutual 2 agreed: “I would suggest that all amounts be consistent,” she said, requesting that the committee restudy authorization amounts and levels.

GRF Director Pattricia Vienna representing Mutual 7  also supported reviewing the policy. “I think this moves the shareholders and the GRF further away from each other. I think the board has a big fiduciary duty to watch spending.”

The board voted to return the amendment to the committee. 

Purchasing Warehouse Guidelines

Upon the recommendation of the Administration Committee, the board voted to amend 40-3326-1, Purchasing Warehouse Guidelines for Mutual Inventory and Non-Inventory Purchases.

The new rule increases fees charged to Mutuals by 10% of the cost for special items that only that individual Mutual wants to buy, such as lamp posts. The intent is to recover shipping, storage and staff time spent searching for suppliers, placing purchase orders, tracking payment, receiving inventory, etc. 

The increased fee will enhance the GRF’s annual revenue, although exact amounts have not been determined.

Optum Lease

At its July 13 meeting, the Administration Committee recommended that the board approve renewing Optum’s lease at the Health Care Center for a five-year term beginning Oct. 1. The board rejected the contract, asking for additional assurances that Optum would place a pharmacy in the Health Care Center building.

The Optum lease for the community’s medical facility expires Sept. 30. The existing agreement requires Optum to pay GRF $60,000 per month to lease the building. 

Language in the current contract established a pre-agreed renewal amount of $65,000 per month for a new five-year term, which starts Oct. 1. That amounts to $780,000 per year to the GRF.

The board approved extending Optum’s lease at a rate of $65,000 per month for 60 months.

A new pharmacy will open at the HCC sometime this year. Watch the LW Weekly for updates.

RFID Transmitters

On the recommendation of the Administration Committee, the board voted to adopt a fee schedule for members’ gate-access identification tags. Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) tags will soon be required for gate access. Each GRF member will receive one free RFID tag. 

Extra RFID tags will cost $10.95. People can place tags on vehicles or golf carts. But rest assured, decaled golf carts without RFID tags will be waved in by Security personnel.

Both the Operations and the Administration committees recommended a progressively higher fee structure for people who want to equip additional vehicles with automated community access.

Free RFID tags will be issued to about 11,000 members, contractors, employees, lessee employees, care givers and real estate company personnel. These RFID tags cost approximately $120,000, which was appropriated at the Jan. 24 board meeting.

Because other GRF-issued documents authorize gate access—including window decals and LW identification cards—not all members are anticipated to purchase RFID tags for all their vehicles. 

The sale of additional RFID tags is expected to generate less than $10,000 in annual revenue.

Temporary Member RV Parking

The board adopted changes to 80-1937-1, Parking, which modifies authorized temporary parking for recreational vehicles for members and establishes a fee schedule for RV parking access. 

GRF Members who rent RVs for upcoming trips or who are temporarily transitioning to a new RV sometimes need temporary parking facilities. The proposed fees will recover costs associated with staff time for paperwork and registration checks. 

This policy will also help maintain oversight on non-member RVs that are temporarily in LW and help keep them off streets or illegally parked.

Mini Farm Report

A report on a proposal to build a mini farm at the 1.8-acre site will be on given at the October meeting of the GRF Board.


Beloved longtime GRF director Antonio ‘Tony’ Dodero dies

by Ruth Osborn


Longtime Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Director Antonio “Tony” Dodero, 84, representing Mutual 9, died Aug. 13, 2023, after a brief illness. He took his last breath as he held the hand of his wife, Marge, with his five children surrounding him. 

He leaves a legacy of excellence in his work life, family life and retirement life. He was a NASA engineer, a Navy veteran and, perhaps most precious to Tony, a devoted family man who led a life of service in his community. 

He served on the Mutual 9 Board of Directors for 17 years and then as a Golden Rain Foundation director for six years, up until the time of his death.

GRF President Marsha Gerber dedicated the Aug. 22 board meeting to his memory and called him a “beloved member of our board.”

“This is a significant loss to all of us,” said GRF Vice President William Thompson. “I was on the Security, Bus and Traffic Committee with Tony for several years. I was always delighted in his competing affections. One was for family, which manifested itself in his lobbying for enough annual entry passes to distribute to each of his score of grandchildren.” 

“His other affection was for the Cushman utility vehicles. As their service extends to 30 or 40 years, Tony often asked whether Cushman No. 340 had gotten its new transmission, or Cushman No. 329 been fitted with a new box, as if inquiring about a friend who had been in the hospital. He knew every Cushman by heart, and probably was instrumental in keeping them going so long.”

Dodero was elected to the GRF Board in the fall of 2017. In addition to Security, Bus and Traffic, he served on the Architectural Design and Review, Recreation, Finance, Communications and Mutual Administration committees.

In his last GRF campaign statement, he wrote: “I have really enjoyed working with this group of hard working GRF Directors. . . . and I promise to try to help preserve our wonderful way of living as an active senior residence.”

He came to every meeting prepared, not only reading the stacks of reports that give context to every issue confronting GRF leaders, but also giving them serious thought.

Apart from GRF service, Dodero was widely known in Leisure World for his exuberant leadership in the Italian-American Club, American Legion Post 326, and jazz, pinochle and cribbage clubs. He loved bingo and organizing trips for various clubs. He was also an Exalted Ruler of the Elks Club, Lakewood Lodge; in fact, he usually ended up presiding over every club he joined.

He was married to Marge for 63 years. The couple’s five children had 14 grandchildren, who span in age from 5 to 30. “They are all hard workers with good hearts,” said Marge, adding that the group includes two aspiring veterinarians among the other college-bound kids.

Dodero was an accomplished aerospace engineer and climate control specialist, working with NASA in the heyday of its space program. He was part of the team that helped the crew of Apollo 13 make it back to Earth in April 1970 after an oxygen tank failed two days into the mission. 

He was heartbroken on Jan. 28, 1986, when the Space Shuttle Challenger broke apart 73 seconds into its flight, killing all seven crew members aboard. “He knew every one of the crew members very well. That was a hard day,” Marge said. 

He was employed by all the aerospace giants—Hughes, Rockwell, Boeing—in a distinguished career that spanned decades.

His family lived in Cerritos among other Southern California locations, where he coached Little League and led camping clubs. He was a leader in his church and even in retirement went to church weekly.

Marge and Tony moved to Leisure World in 1998, and Tony retired in 1999. In addition to clubs and leadership service here, he volunteered his time with the Golden Age Foundation at the annual flu clinics and tax assistance programs. 

Marge attributes their long and happy marriage to divine intervention. Her mother set an example of prayer and told Marge that if she wanted something, pray! Marge was dating someone, but she was aware of Tony. They both attended the same Catholic high school. So, she began 30 days of prayer, asking God to help her choose well. On the thirtieth day, Marge was waiting for a bus, and Tony broke off a conversation with a girl, walked up to her and asked her to go out with him.

Later, Marge asked Tony why he approached her on that particular day: “I saw you, and I had the urge to ask you out, so I did,” he replied.

It’s one of the mysteries of life and love, of ties that bind forever, but both were sure that their marriage was blessed from the beginning, and the abundant fruit of this 63-year union bears that out. 

Perhaps GRF President Gerber summed it up best when she said: “Tony loved life and his adoring family. Tony was unique. There will never be another Tony Dodero.” 

Survivors include his wife, Marge; sons Tony Dodero (Beth), John Dodero (Esther), Brian Dodero (Leilani) and daughters Angelique Perkins (Greg) and Brandi Padilla (Santos) plus 14 grandchildren.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m., Dec. 16, at Holy Family Catholic Church in LW, followed by a Celebration of Life at Clubhouse 4.


Labor Day Closures

In observance of Labor Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed Monday, Sept. 4.

The Leisure World Maintenance Department will be on call for emergencies only and can be reached at 562-594-4754.


Golf carts can have RFID tags

Security will begin distributing RFID tags to the community in mid-September. To ensure that RFID tag issuance is completed in an efficient manner, Security will start issuing tags on a Mutual-by-Mutual basis, starting with Mutuals 16 and 17 on Tuesday, Sept. 12.

Any person who possesses a valid Leisure World identification card may receive one RFID tag for one vehicle with a valid GRF decal without charge. The GRF Board of Directors adopted a fee schedule for additional RFID tags on Aug. 22. Extra tags will cost $10.95. Residents are welcome to have their RFID tag placed on their golf cart instead of their vehicle. 

Even once the RFID tag system is implemented, people will still be able to enter the community by presenting their GRF decal to the security officer at the gate.

In order to get an RFID tag for a car, people must present the following: (1) a valid state issued driver’s license, (2) valid vehicle registration, (3) valid vehicle insurance, and (4) a valid GRF identification card.

RFID tags will be distributed at the 1.8-Acre site on each Mutual’s assigned distribution date. The hours of distribution will be 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Cars may line up no earlier than 8:15 a.m. on Oak Hills Drive. 

Upon entering 1.8 Acre site, each person will complete a form that will include a list of the four permanent guests they want on his or her account, and provide a password for the account.

If people miss their assigned day for any reason (illness, vacation, etc.), there will be an opportunity to obtain an RFID tag on a make-up day. 

Be advised that the make-up day will be after regular distribution of all RFID tags is completed, so issuance of the make-up RFID tag will be in later October. Additional dates for RFID distribution will be noted in the LW Weekly newspaper and on LW Live.

The Security Department must distribute over 10,000 RFID tags. The process will take nearly two months to complete. Therefore, Security cannot offer any specific day or timed reservations for RFID distribution. Residents have all day to obtain an RFID tag on their assigned day. 

For more about RFID tags, see the GRF Board highlights on page 6.



Residents of 

Mutuals 16 and 17 are scheduled to pick up RFID

tags on Tuesday, Sept. 12.



Three streets will be paved in September

The 2023 GRF Paving Project will continue with the paving of five more streets, including Interlachen Road, Twin Hills Drive, South Fairfield Lane, St. Andrews (outside of the gate) and Kenwood Road.

Pedestrians and drivers should proceed with caution and adhere to traffic controls on and near streets that are being paved.

The upcoming schedule of work is as follows:

Interlachen Road

• Asphalt digouts: Aug. 30-Sept. 5

• 2-inch grind: Sept. 6-7

• Pave: Sept. 8

• Stripe: Sept. 12-13

Glenview Road

• Concrete Work: Sept. 11-15

•Asphalt digouts: Sept. 18-19

• 2-inch grind: Sept. 20

• Pave: Sept. 22

• Stripe: Sept. 26

St. Andrews Drive (outside of the gate)

• Concrete work and valve adjustment: Sept. 25-29

• Asphalt digouts: Oct. 2-3

• Slurry coat: Oct. 5-6

• Stripe: Oct. 10

Updates on the 2023 GRF Paving Project, including future work dates, will be published in the LW Weekly.


Minibus Orientation Meeting

A Minibus informational meeting will be held Thursday, Sept. 7, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, to assist LW residents with using the many transportation services available to the Leisure World community. No reservations are required.

The GRF Transportation Department provides information on the LW Minibus service as well as the GRF appointment-based Access bus service for people with mobility challenges. 

Information on other  bus and transportation services to nearby grocery and medical destinations is also presented. Anyone who has a valid pass to enter the community can ride on the LW buses.



COVID cases increasing in LA and OC

COVID-19 cases are increasing across the Southland. Local health agencies are encouraging residents to take precautions to remain safe and healthy. 

The OC Health Care Agency reported an increase in the percentage of positive COVID-19 tests in OC residents starting in July. 

Hospitalizations due to COVID-19 are not currently experiencing an increase, according to the health agency. 

“To reduce the potential for increased hospitalizations, the community is encouraged to take precautions to protect those at higher risks,” said County Health Officer Dr. Regina Chinsio-Kwong. “As people spend more time gathering with friends, there will be more opportunities for viruses to spread. If we all take precautions, we can keep each other safe.”

Los Angeles is seeing a similar trend. In an Aug. 17 news release, the Los Angeles Public Health reported that, even as hospitalizations from COVID-19 remain at near-record lows, older adults continue to be hospitalized at significantly higher rates than any other age group in Los Angeles County. 

LA Public Health data shows that adults ages 50-79 were four times as likely to be hospitalized from COVID-19 than people 30-49 years old during the 30-day period ending Aug. 5. 

Outbreaks at skilled nursing facilities are contributing to these increases. 

“Anyone who tests positive for COVID-19 should talk to their health care provider about treatment options, such as Paxlovid, as soon as possible,” LA Public Health recommended. 

The OC Public Health Agency recommended the following:

• People who recently attended a large gathering/event, traveled, or came into close contact with someone who has COVID-19, should self-monitor for symptoms and get tested as soon as possible.

• People who are  sick should stay home and get tested. 

• Wear a well-fitting mask in crowded indoor spaces, which has been shown to be an effective intervention at decreasing the risk of acquiring or spreading COVID-19.

• People should continue to practice good cough and hand hygiene.

• Everyone should stay up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations. To schedule a vaccine appointment, visit myturn.ca.gov/.

For more information on COVID-19, visit www.ochealthinfo.com/covid. The OCHCA responds to community inquiries through the Agency’s Health Referral Line at 1-800-564-8448, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Service Maintenance responds to tropical storm Hilary

by Ruth Osborn


Tropical Storm Hilary tossed debris on the shore in Seal Beach, downed tree limbs and flooded roads in Leisure World when she roared through Aug. 20, but all in all, she left a minimal mark here.

Hilary did break rainfall totals, and it was feared she would wreak havoc all around, but LW was spared heavy flooding and longterm damage. Thanks to the quick response of LW Security and Service Maintenance crews who worked during the torrential downpour, the aftereffects were minimal here.  

 “It was safety first,” said Service Maintenance Director Ruben Gonzalez. More than a dozen men volunteered to work throughout the weekend, clearing downed branches, monitoring storm drains, scrapping mud off sidewalks, closing skylights, spreading tarps across leaky roofs and and clearing lines and street gutters to minimize the chance of flooding,

“We were so short-handed, the dispatcher worked with who we had, and we answered every call,” said Gonzalez, giving special acknowledgment to Service Maintenance Manager Aaron Hensley and the team who volunteered to work in the storm:  Javier (Bear) Moreno, Nathan Skaggs, Gabe Quintanilla, Garrett Madrid, Oscar Muñoz, Neiko Skaggs, Alex Acebo, Alex Ramirez, Rafael Rodriguez, Steve Staley, Antonio Bretado, Lance Cannon and Don Johnson.

Seal Beach received almost 2 inches of rain during the storm.



GRF requires all pets be leashed

During the time of the year when adult coyotes are caring for young (May-September), they can be very aggressive, according to the U.S. Forest Service. Domestic dogs are especially vulnerable to attack during this time. 

People should be vigilant when walking their pets, especially late at night. Though coyotes are not strictly noctural, they are most active after sunset and at night. GRF rules state that all pets must be leashed, and that leashes must be no longer than 6 feet. 

In August, Security received reports of 21 coyote sightings. Despite rumors on social media, Security has not received any reports of coyotes injuring domestic animals or humans. 

People who claim to have witnessed a coyote attack should call Seal Beach Animal Control at 562-594-7232, and then call LW Security, Security Services Manager Larry Norlander said. 

During late summer while coyotes are caring for their pups, increased predation on all domestic pets can be expected around den sites. Whenever possible, coyotes should be harassed or scared to condition them to avoid humans.

Coyotes are smart adaptable canines that have learned to survive, and often thrive, in urban and residential areas. Coyotes play an important role in the ecosystem, helping to keep rodent populations under control. They are by nature fearful of humans.

Here are a few ways to reduce coyote interactions in urban areas:

• Always keep trash, recycling, and compost in secure bins.

• Wait to put out trash until the morning of collection.

• Clean garbage and recycling bins with bleach or ammonia.

• Remove unsecured trash, human or pet food, and strongly scented items from yards.

• Keep doors and windows closed and locked when unoccupied.

• Bring pets inside at night. 

• Install motion-activated lights, noise or alarms.

• Remove bird feeders from yard.

• Plant native flowers to attract birds instead.

• Pick ripe fruit off trees, and promptly collect fruit that falls.

• Trim ground-level shrubbery to reduce hiding places.

For more information about coyotes, visit https://wildlife.ca.gov/Keep-Me-Wild/Coyote.



Town hall will focus on City of SB updates

Seal Beach City Councilmember and LW resident Nathan Steele will host a town hall on Wednesday, Sept. 27, at 2 p.m.  in Clubhouse 4. Topics will include the city’s housing element and zoning changes, paid parking on Main Street, the results of a citywide poll and the city’s five-year financial forecast.  

Steele will be joined by Mayor Thomas Moore, City Manager Jill Ingram, Director of Planning and Development Alexa Smittle, Director of Public Works Iris Lee, Chief of Police Mike Henderson and city parking plan author and expert Julie Dixon, among others.

Steele represents the Seal Beach District 5, which encompasses Leisure World west of St. Andrews Drive. Moore, of College Park West, represents District 2, which encompasses the portion of Leisure World east of St. Andrews Drive, Rossmoor Center and College Park West. 

“The goal of the town hall is to help people understand the housing element and the connected changes to zoning in Seal Beach,” Steele said. “It is also to help folks understand the issue of paid parking on Main Street, which the city council has not yet passed but is considering in the ad hoc parking commission.” 


Bolsa Avenue Closures

Beginning as early as Wednesday, Sept. 6, crews will close the Bolsa Avenue braidge nightly so crews can conduct final paving and striping. 

People can sign up for project-wide and bridge-specific construction alerts by visiting bit.ly/405-signup.


Southern California Edison Work

Southern California Edison (SCE) will conduct service to the pole on the west side of Del Monte Drive just north of Interlachen Road on Friday, Sept. 1. The crew will be on site around 9 a.m. and be done by 3 p.m. No residences will be affected by a power outage. SCE will have traffic control.



Kudo and Credits

GRF Sound Technician Jesse Gonzalez stayed very late Saturday night to cover and protect the Amphitheater speakers from tropical storm Hilary. He waited until the Korean Night event concluded and then covered the hanging speakers, as well as moved the lower speakers off the ground to prevent water damage.   

He was one of dozens of GRF staff who went above and beyond the call of duty during last weekend’s storm. Many in Security and Service Maintenance volunteered to work all night during the storm to check sewer pumps, haul sandbags, tarp roofs and clear mud and debris from streets. “It was a challenge but there were no major mishaps,” said Service Maintenance Director Ruben Gonzalez.



First WNV-positive mosquito found in Seal Beach

The Orange County Mosquito and Vector Control District (OCMVCD) has confirmed mosquito samples infected with West Nile Virus (WNV) in the City of Seal Beach. 

The surveillance traps were set at the cross streets of Seal Beach Boulevard and Westminster Avenue. 

Inspectors will be in the area to check known sources of mosquito breeding and try to identify any unknown sources. 

WNV advisory posters will be placed in the affected areas, and continued positive mosquito samples may trigger  mosquito control in the future. OCMVCD will keep the public informed of WNV positive activity in the coming weeks.

The OCMVCD conducts county-wide mosquito control during the WNV season, which typically begins in early summer and tapers off in the fall, with the highest risk for disease occurring in mid-July through September.

In Leisure World, inspectors routinely check the flood control channel along Golden Rain Road for elevated mosquito breeding. When mosquito larvae are found, they are treated with larvicide, which prevents breeding for 120 days.

As OCMVCD continues to identify and treat for mosquito breeding sources, it is essential that residents do their part in eliminating standing water on their properties. Even a capful of water can produce hundreds of mosquitoes.

Residents must take charge of their yards to prevent mosquitoes from breeding on their property by making sure to:

• Tip out any standing water at least once a week.

• Toss out any unused containers.

• Clean and scrub bird baths and pet water bowls weekly.

• Do not transport or share plant clippings rooted in water.

• Drill a hole or puncture containers to eliminate standing water.

To prevent mosquito bites, take action, and follow these tips:

• Apply mosquito repellents to exposed skin before going outdoors; reapply as recommended.

• Wear repellent containing DEET®, Picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

• Close all unscreened doors and windows to prevent mosquitoes from entering your home or space; repair broken or damaged screens.

• Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and opt for lighter-colored clothing.

Residents are encouraged to sign up for District email notifications. For more information, visit www.ocvector.org.

Most often, WNV is spread by the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes are WNV carriers (“vectors”) that become infected when they feed on infected birds. 

Infected mosquitoes can then spread WNV to humans and other animals when they bite.

There are no vaccines to prevent WNV or medications to treat it. 

Fortunately, most people infected with WNV do not have symptoms. About 1 in 5 people who are infected develop a fever and other symptoms. About 1 in 150 infected people develop a serious, sometimes fatal, illness.

—from OCMVCD



Recap of Board Activity, Aug. 22

Approved consent agenda: MOVED and approved the minutes of the GRF Board of Directors Minutes, July 25, 2023; Accept the Interim Financial Statements May 2023 and June 2023; Accept the Reserve Funds Investment Purchase; and Audit and Transfers of Funds for GRF per Civil Code 5502.

General: Appointment to Community Rules Violation Panel: MOVED to appoint Director Damoci to replace the moderator for the Community Review Panel.

Reserve Funding: Rubberized Golf Walking Path: MOVED to award a contract to Robertson Recreational Surfaces for the replacement of the rubberized walking path to the Golf Course bridge for a cost not to exceed $14,195, including a 10% contingency, Reserve funding, and authorize the President to sign the contract.

Reserve Funding: Elevator Cab Remodel: MOVED to award a contract to Elite Elevator Services for remodeling the Administration Building elevator cab at a cost not to exceed $20,427, which includes 10% contingency, Reserve Funding, and authorize the President to sign the contract.

Governing Documents: Amend 20-5585-1 Advertising Policy: MOVED to amend 20-5585-1, Advertising Policy, updating verbiage throughout, as presented.

Governing Documents: Amend 30-5604-3, Publication of Board Minutes: MOVED to amend 30-5604-3, Publication of Board Minutes, making minor language changes, and assigning it the number 13-5604-3.

Governing Documents: Amend 30-1001-5, Glossary of Terms: MOVED to amend 30-1001-5, Glossary of Terms, incorporating the new term, “Permanent Guest,” and renumber the glossary rule as 13-1001-5.

Governing Documents: Amend 40-5506-3, Request for Proposal (RFP) Requirements: After discussion, policy 40-5506-3, Request for Proposal (RFP) Requirements will be returned to the Administration Committee for further review. 

Governing Documents: Amend 40-3326-1, Purchasing Warehouse Guidelines for Mutual Inventory and Non-Inventory Purchases: MOVED to amend 40-3326-1, Purchasing Warehouse Guidelines for Mutual Inventory and Non-Inventory Purchases, modifying language throughout and consolidating it within rule 40-3325-1, Purchase of Non-Standard Items; further moved to change 40-3326-1 title to Purchasing Warehouse Guidelines and designate it as 14-3326-1.

Governing Documents: RESCIND 40-3324-2, Purchasing Fees; 40-3324-1, Purchasing Fees and 40-3325-1, Purchase of Non-Standard Items: MOVED to rescind 40-3324-2, Purchasing Fees; and 40-3325-1, Purchase of Non-Standard Items.

Cost Recovery: Optum Lease Renewal: MOVED to approve the amended language in the Optum lease contract for the Leisure World healthcare facility, extending Optum’s lease at a rate of $65,000 per month for 60 months, with the lease’s five-year term commencing October 1, 2023.

Cost Recovery: FINAL VOTE: Adopt Section 2.4, RFID Transmitters, Within 10-2000-2, Consolidated Fee Schedule: MOVED to ratify 10-2000-2, Consolidated Fee Schedule, and section 2.4 of the rule, approving fees for multiple RFID tags..

Cost Recovery: FINAL VOTE: Adopt Section 1.2., Temporary Member RV Parking, Within 10-2000-2, Consolidated Fee Schedule: MOVED to ratify section 1.2. of Rule 10-2000-2, Consolidated Fee Schedule, approving fees for temporary Recreational Vehicle parking for Members.


Public Comments at GRF Meetings

The Open Meeting Act requires boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for speakers to address the GRF Board of Directors. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) 

Time limits are four minutes per speaker for 15 or fewer speakers; three minutes per speaker for 16-25 speakers; and two minutes per speaker, more than 26 speakers.

To address the board, submit a comment card at the meeting prior to it being called to order. You may email correspondence to executive coordinator at grfboardaction@lwsb.com.


Family Radio Service Users

The Radio Club provides an opportunity for a Family Radio Service (FRS) practice drill every Wednesday morning. Anyone who has an FRS radio is invited to participate. The call-in time is from 9:30-9:45 a.m. on Channel 13/0. 

Be sure to wait until the radio is clear, then press the side button before stating your first name, last name initial and Mutual number. Release when finished.

For more information or instruction on the use of the FRS radio, contact Leisure World Radio Club President Rich Erickson at rjerxn@yahoo.com, or call 562-431-6586, ext. 409, to leave a message.


Expanded Hours at LW Gates

Hours of operation have been extended at the St. Andrews and North Gates. 

The gates now open at 5:45 a.m. and close at 10:45 p.m.  The extra 15 minutes in the morning is especially appreciated by early birds leaving for work or the gym, and the extra 45 minutes at night allow residents to quickly access the community while easing traffic at the front gate.


Mutual special election meeting

The GRF special election for a Mutual 9 representative is on Monday, Oct. 2, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. 

Every vote counts.




What’s up with Recreation?

by Kathy Thayer

Recreation Manager

It’s been a busy summer for Recreation producing the Amphitheater shows and open-air movies. This year has drawn capacity audiences most weeks and rave reviews. 

Soon, the Entertainment Subcommittee will be formed to choose next year’s performances. Be sure to submit the survey in LW Weekly, which will be published after the last show. Your opinion matters.

September’s Grab ‘n’ Go schedule welcomes two new food trucks—Streets of Vietnam, which debuted this week, and Onpointttt Jerk Chicken, offering Caribbean fare. LW Live notices include links to the vendors’ menus. There are food services Monday through Thursday at Clubhouse 6 and on Thursdays before the Amphitheater shows.

Fall Festival is scheduled for Oct. 14. Initially, a complex-wide event was under consideration, but it has been moved to April 6 to allow more time to plan and prepare. The October event will include the Emergency Preparedness Expo, a band, and food service and is well-attended every year.

The April mega-event will include a club expo, vendor expo, entertainment, food, raffles and prizes throughout all of the amenities. Each clubhouse will have different programs and our new fleet of minibuses will be a central attraction, shuttling residents to each venue.

All clubs are invited to participate. Several have already signed up already. To get on the list, email kathyt@lwsb.com. This will be an opportunity to engage residents who typically don’t participate in our clubs and amenities to see what they are missing.

Recently, we were tasked with notifying clubs with paid instructors that, under policy 60-5504-1, which was passed last January, all independent contractors operating in LWSB are required to pay an insurance review fee. Recreation does maintain records on all paid instructors who must provide their business license, liability insurance, credentials in their discipline, and a waiver of liability declaration. 

Tracking, reviewing, and renewing these documents does take significant staff time and the fee is designed to offset this. While it is understandable that some members may take exception to this policy, cost recovery from contractors who make a living using our facilities with no overhead of their own is not unusual nor punitive. The wear and tear on GRF equipment, exclusive use of space on a regular basis, staff and custodial time must be considered also.

We welcome residents’ respectful input and inquiries on all things Recreation. Let us know what is on your mind.

For more information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com.


Weekend Dances in September

The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra is Leisure World’s own professional big band, playing big band swing and jazz standards. The orchestra will perform Sunday, Sept. 3 from 6-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. The Velvetones play regularly at Clubhouse 4 on the first and third Sunday evenings of the month. 

Cabaret Entertainers presents “Vinyl Rock” on Saturday, Sept. 9, in Clubhouse 4 at 7 p.m. All are welcome but guests must be accompanied by the resident who invites them. 

Vinyl Rock is an Orange County-based band consisting of eight members who passionately perform classic rock, pop and Motown tunes primarily from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. They’ll have everyone smiling, singing, swinging and swaying to the songs they grew up listening to and easily recognize. The show is is free to GRF members and their guests (over 18).  Leisure suits, Fu Manchu ‘staches, mullets and big hair are welcome, but not required.

On Saturday, Sept. 23, Abilene returns to Clubhouse 2 at 7 p.m. Abilene is Seal Beach Leisure World’s No. 1 country rock band going strong for 20 years. Terry Otte leads Abilene and shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer.  Guitarist Rod Anderson, drummer Jim Greer and bassist Doug Decker round out the group. Doors open at 6:30 and the music goes until 9.

Several GRF clubs are sponsoring performances and dances. Check out the digital bulletin boards in the clubhouses and the LW Weekly for more information about upcoming performances. 


Saturday Morning Dance Class

Two dance classes are held every Saturday in Clubhouse 6, Section C. In August, Candice Davis will teach cha-cha at 9 a.m. and waltz at 10 a.m.

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

 —William Young


Community Karaoke

On Aug. 23, Ray Geierman captured the karaoke audience while singing “When I Fall in Love.” Gerry Tagaloa engaged the audience with “Only the Lonely.” “Little Sister” is a catchy tune done with enthusiasm by William Young. A joyful “Welcome to My World” was Dorothy Ferrington’s choice.  Vita Villamor sang the catchy country tune “Jealous Heart.” Donald Horning chose a 1950s hit, “Love Letters in the Sand.” “Everybody’s Talking” is a folk-rock hit refreshingly sung by Sue Piippo. Beautiful ballads and toe-tapping tunes entertained the full house. 

Singers are reminded to turn in their first song before 7 p.m. to be in the first session of singers. Singers submitting their song after 7 p.m. will have their song put in rotation for the second session.

The club thanks David Noble for delivering the hot dogs and fresh fruit that members feasted on during the evening.

Monday practice sessions from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 6 can help people perfect their next favorite song.  Karaoke parties are each Wednesday night beginning at 5:30 in Clubhouse 1.  Everyone is welcome.

—Margie Thompson


Video Producers

On Aug. 24, the Video Producers Club invited GRF Security Director Victor Rocha to the meeting to explain the new gate security control system that GRF is implementing, including information about  the upcoming RFID (Radio Frequency ID) tags. Afterwards, Rocha answered participant questions about the new system. 

—Ivy Kung



Photographers will focus on close-ups

The Photo Arts Club will meet Thursday, Sept. 14, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

The assignment is to take close-up photos. People are encouraged to use the editing software on their phones.  

A Facebook page has been created for all LW residents interested in photography.  On Facebook, look for “Photographic Arts Club of Leisure World.” This is a private page to avoid outside ads or comments. To join, hit the “Join” button, and LW residents will be approved.  People can feel free to post their favorite photos. In the “comments” section, people can ask questions about cameras, iPhones, or photography in general.  A quick response will be provided.

People should bring photos of their choice to be displayed and to be commented on at the meeting.

Hooks and labels are available for members who wish to hang framed photos in the hall of Clubhouse 3.

Individuals with technical or other questions will be paired with someone who can help them for individual discussion after the meeting. Everyone is welcome. For information about the club, call Regine Schumacher at 562-430-7978.



Enjoy close-up magic in September

A unique close-up and stage magic show will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 27, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and close-up magic begins at 1 p.m., followed by stage magic at 2 p.m.—both of which will amaze and dazzle viewers. 

The show will feature eight magicians, including the mystifying, entertaining and world-famous magician Tom Odgen. He was voted “Parlour Magician of the Year” at the Magic Castle in Hollywood.  In addition, he was honored eleven times as “Close Up Magician of the Year.”

People may be familiar with him from cruise ships, or from his time as the opening act for such celebrities as Billy Crystal and Robin Williams.  He has entertained many others, including Steve Martin, Johnny Depp and “Seinfeld” actor Jason Alexander.   

His television work includes “The World’s Greatest Magic!”  (NBC) and “The Great Magic of Las Vegas” (FOX).

 The magic show is sponsored by Congregation Sholom.  Tickets are $15 and can be purchased by calling  562-331-3949  or emailing joycebasch@verizon.net. 


Leisure Time Dancers

The Leisure Time Dancers hold classes on Monday afternoons in the dance studio, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. Foxtrot is at 2 p.m., followed by Nightclub Two-Step at 3 p.m.

No partner is necessary. The class will rotate so everyone dances. Beginners are welcome. A review of basics will be included. 

 The cost is $7 per person for one class and $11 per person for two classes in a single day. For more information, contact Leisure Time Dancers President Jackie Theis at 310-743-9373.


Amphitheater Movie Schedule

Movies will be shown on the gigantic screen at the Amphitheater on Friday nights starting at 8 p.m. The last show is Sept. 8. 

LW residents are invited to bring friends and family for a free movie night. The Minibus has “on call” service to movies beginning at 7:15 p.m. 

Call 562-431-6586, ext. 379, and a bus will arrive within 10 minutes. A bus is available to take residents home after the movie.

Sept. 8—Elvis: The life of music icon Elvis Presley, from his childhood to becoming a rock and movie star in the 1950s while maintaining a complex relationship with his manager.

PG-13 | 2h 39min | biography, drama, music


Grab ‘n’ Go Menu Aug. 31-Sept. 6

Thursday: Domino’s Pizza at Clubhouse 6—Call ahead at 562-493-2212 for special orders, wings and salads from 3:30-7 p.m. Cash and cards are accepted. 

Thursday Nights: Koffel’s Taco Truck and Mandi’s Candies at the Amphitheater—Dine al fresco before the Hip 2 Be Square Amphitheater show from 5-7 p.m.

Monday: Kabobaholic Food Truck at Clubhouse 6—Enjoy chicken or meat kabobs, gyros, falafel and loaded fries. For preorders, visit www.kabobaholicft.com or text 949-400-4696 and mention Leisure World, or order onsite from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Cash and cards are accepted.

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday at Clubhouse 6—Enjoy Mexican favorites plus hot dogs, burgers and fries from 5-7 p.m. Cash and cards are accepted. No preorders are allowed. 

Wednesday: Onpointttt Jerk Chicken Food Truck (New) at Clubhouse 6—
Try Carribean favorites that will transport eaters to the islands, available from 3:30-7 p.m. For menu options, visit www.onpointttt.com/menu-flyer. Cash and cards are accepted. 

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

Vendors are subject to change. Watch LW Live for updates.  Sign up for notifications at www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/. To ask questions or give feedback, email kathyt@lwsb.com.



Get free golf cart maintenance on Air & Water Day

The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club will hold its quarterly Air & Water Day on Saturday, Sept. 2. 

The popular maintenance event will be in the Clubhouse 4 parking lot from 8:30-10 a.m. Entrance to the cart line-up will be on the exit/alley roadway that connects North Gate Road on the east side of Clubhouse 3. Club volunteers and Security staff will post directional signs and help maintain order. 

Club member volunteers will check tire pressure and battery levels and fill them as needed. Many LW residents find these important activities difficult to accomplish. 

However, ignoring these two maintenance items can lead to blow-outs, premature tire wear, steering accidents and golf carts not starting, or stalling in traffic. There is never a charge for this valuable service, and all LW cart owners are urged to participate. Club membership is not required.

  For more information, call President Tom Davis, at 562-431-6859.

—Roger Bennett



Memoir and legacy-writing class begins Sept. 14

Back by popular demand, LW resident Doris Sandrick will host a six-week legacy-writing class starting Thursday, Sept.14, from 1-3 p.m. Space is limited. Classes are free and refreshments are served. 

The memoir writing class will cover how to begin writing about one’s legacy. The class will cover a new theme each week. Members will share their work for constructive feedback, support and encouragement. Writing one’s legacy, memoirs or an ethical will (a personal document to communicate one’s values, experiences and life lessons to their family) is a great adventure. 

The class will help people capture memories and get to know their neighbors and friends better. “Everyone has a story to tell,” Sandrick said. For more information, call Sandrick at 562-296-8435.



Club will celebrate 41st anniversary

The Dancers & Mixers will hold a dance on Tuesday, Sept. 5, from 7-9 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. September marks the 41st anniversary of the club’s founding in 1982.  None of the original dancers are around anymore, but dancing to ballroom music is an amazing age-appropriate exercise that keeps people young.   

Everyone is welcome to attend.  There is never a charge, although donations are welcome. Partners are not needed as there is a mixer and some line dancing. The club has a strong tradition of welcoming newcomers.  The Dancers & Mixers dance features live music by Linda Herman that has a strong danceable beat. The dances are a fun time and a chance to meet new people.  People are encourage to bring their favorite beverages and snacks. For more information call 562-431-1257.



Club will perform original play

The Theater Club will present an original play, “The Spawn Family Reunion” or “Who’s Your Daddy,” on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4, in Clubhouse 2 at 7 p.m. Cousin Magnolia from the Southern branch of the family and Cousin Myra Slova from the Ukraine will meet for the first time at the family reunion and discover a huge secret about each other.



Harvest Moon, a guitar/vocal harmony duo featuring Vickie Van Ert of Mutual 16 and Mike Simpson of Mutual 6, will perform a free concert at Veterans Plaza tomorrow, Sept. 1, from 6:30-8 p.m. The performance is sponsored by The Entertainers Club. The duo performs classic rock songs from the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s, as well as current hits. Tables and chairs will be provided. People should bring their own refreshments. There is no charge but tips are appreciated.



Thriller author to speak at library

The Leisure World Library will hold its final AuthorSpeak event of 2023 on Friday, Sept. 8, at 11 a.m.  next to the Library at Veterans Plaza.

New York Times best-selling author Rachel Howzell Hall will discuss her latest thriller novel, “What Never Happened.”

The novel follows Colette Weber, who has relocated to her Catalina Island home where, 20 years before, she was the sole survivor of a deadly home invasion. All Colette wants is to get back to her craft: writing obituaries. 

Her college best friend, Maddy, owns the local paper and has a job sure to keep Colette busy, considering the number of elderly folks who are dying on the island.

But as Colette learns more about these deaths, she realizes that the circumstances surrounding them are remarkably similr, and not natural. As she begins to draw connections between a serial killer’s crimes and her own family tragedy, she fears that the secrets on Catalina Island might be too deep to survive.

The presentation begins promptly at 11 a.m. People can arrive as early as 10:30 to enjoy refreshments provided by the library.


Travel Diary: A trip along the Trans-Siberian Railroad

by Sherry Thomas

LW contributor

At least 10 times. That is how many times I saw the movie “Dr. Zhivago.” I was so impressed with his country. I was especially impressed with the Siberian winter. So when I decided to take the Trans-Siberian Railroad trip it had to be in the winter or late fall. In 2017, I found a trip with Lupine. It was 21 days and had stops in Mongolia, Irkutsk, and Moscow, ending in St. Petersburg. The cost was $1,200.

We started in Beijing. We went north through Mongolia. I went with three Australian friends. We all upgraded for our stays off the train. My friend, Sharon, and I decided to not upgrade on the train. We thought it would be fun to meet Russians, and share our cabin. We did meet Russians. We did meet Russians at all hours of the day and night because the train had many stops along the way. The dining car had a very extensive menu, probably 10 pages. But when you try to order most answers were “Nyet.” We had read about this. Once we started tipping heavily many items on the menu became available.

So we now had way more “Da’s.” The sleeping quarters were quite nice—four beds, dorm style, with soft down duvets. The attendants come around selling trinkets, and at first I didn’t buy anything. But we found out that once we purchased a few postcards or refrigerator magnets, our hot water supply now came with tea, coffee and biscuits. The military got on the train from time to time for passport checks. They were a little over the top about checking our passports—“one more time”—but mostly professional. 

The local army was another matter. They were mostly drunk and made a few scenes in the dining car. They were mostly controlled by the the Babushka. She literally would grab them by the ear and put their head on the table.

We spent three days in Mongolia and absolutely loved the culture and the people . We had a homestay in a yurt. The son of the couple hosting us was getting ready to be in the army and go patrol the Chinese border. They try and stop the Chinese who come over and take their livestock. Army service is compulsory and I think the young man was excited; his parents, not so much. We left Mongolia and headed into Siberia. 

We spent  two nights at Lake Baikal in a very cozy home run by a woman named Olga. If you could find a mother who you just wanted to return to, it would be Olga. She just made sure we had wonderful meals and constantly served us tea. We did see a former gulag. The whole island actually feels a little bit haunted. We then went to Irkutsk for a couple of nights. Our host was very generous and we took several walking tours of the city. We had to go to the train station at two in the morning and our host took us there. He said he would stay with us but we said we were fine for the short wait. The train was very late and no buildings were open. I decided one way to make sure we didn’t freeze was to play and perform YMCA using my phone. At first my friends were perhaps a little hesitant but within a few minutes all of us, including the Russians, were singing “YMCA.” It is a universal song. Moscow is a very modern and wealthy city. 

We also happened to be there for the 100 year celebration of the 1917 revolution. All the museums we went to had exhibits around the revolution. Whenever possible, I take a walking tour of the city I am in. Moscow had several choices but we went with an artist who had tours in English, twice a day. 

We got to ask people what they though of the government and Putin in particular. It is almost universal that the younger people don’t particularly like the current government but their parents are fans. This seemed to be the case in most former Soviet countries.

The older people had ties with Russia, schools and language, but the younger mostly want something different for the country. Our final stop was St. Petersburg, a beautiful city.


2023 Amphitheater Season Schedule

The 2023 Amphitheater music festival will run until Sept.14, with a 12-show lineup promising an eclectic mix of country, rock, pop, soul and blues tribute performers at the 2,500-seat Amphitheater. 

Shows start at 7:30 p.m. The schedule is subject to change. 

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 be available pre-event dining.

Aug. 31 Hip To Be Square—

Huey Lewis & The News Tribute

Sponsors: Optum Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare

Sept. 7 Stone Soul

Sponsor: Optum Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare

Seal Beach Animal Care Supply Drive, 6-8 p.m.

Sept. 14 Mark Wood & The Parrot Head Band

Sponsor: Optum Healthcare and UnitedHealthcare


Travel: Festa do Tabuleiros, Portugal

by Leila Claudio

LW contributor

How lucky am I that my fabulous sister, Eva Claudio, had arranged to include me in an outing with her Lisbon Supper Club to the city of Tomar in central Portugal. The Knights Templar ruled Tomar in 1162 to defend it against Moorish attacks. It was the last stronghold of the Templars. In 1314, Philip IV of France, owing huge debts to the order, imprisoned the Pope and coerced him to suppress the order on forced confessions. In 1834, all religious orders were disbanded.

Once every four years, the Festa dos Tabuleiros (Trays Festival) is celebrated, attracting people from around the globe. It stemmed from before Roman times celebrating the cult of spring, when young girls took an oath of purity. Thirty-eight streets are filled with flowers.

We started our journey at 8 a.m. When we got to Tomar, of course we had to have our breakfast of ham sandwiches with coffee. At 10 a.m., the parades started. The local population parades in pairs, with girls carrying the tabuleiros on their heads. The tabuleiros are made up of 30 pieces of bread (signifying the king giving bread to his subjects) with flowers. At the top is either a dove (signifying the Holy Spirit) or the esfera armillar (armillary sphere), a symbol of historical Portuguese maritime expansion.

I cannot describe the feeling of celebration, joy and camaraderie. How blessed that I was able to participate in this festa (party) that only comes once every four years!


Hui O Hula

Every Thursday, Los Alamitos Community Center on Oak Street comes alive with seniors and bingo.  Last Thursday’s theme was “A Day in Paradise” with Hawaiian entertainment and lunch. The club gives mahalo/thanks to Trini Zenovka and the Los Alamitos Recreation and Community Services Department for inviting Hui O Hula dancers to an encore performance.  Not only did the dancers enjoy entertaining the welcomg audience, it was also delightful to see the familiar faces there.  For those who enjoy dancing, give the Hawaiian hula a try. Friendly dancers meet twice a week, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, at 1 p.m. for hula dancing. Tuesday’s class is given upstairs in Clubhouse 6; and Thursday’s class is held at Veterans Plaza or inside Clubhouse 3 when it’s too hot or windy.  For more information call 562-431-2242 or email Jojo@huiohula.com.


Garden Club speaker will discuss native plants

The club will meet Monday, Sept. 18 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. The guest speaker will be Kathie Moriarty, Ph.D., who will discuss area native plants. 

The Garden Club has a great lineup of tours for its 2023/24 calendar, plus exciting guest speakers. 

In October, the club will visit the Sherman Library and Gardens in Corona Del Mar. Members will participate in a docent-led tour, followed by a lunch in the 608 Dahlia restaurant. Upcoming events include a December trip to the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library to view its exquisite display of Christmas trees, a February trip to Dodger Stadium to see its botanical garden, and a final April trip to the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana.  The cost for each tour covers transportation, entrance fee and, in many cases, lunch.

Those interested in going to the Sherman Library and Gardens should be sure to attend the September meeting where they can buy a ticket for the tour and join the Leisure World Garden Club.

—Peggy Keller



LW Baptist

The Bible says, “If I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing.” That is the rigor of the life of Christian love, and it is the focus of LW Baptist’s  Sunday worship service on Sept. 3 in Clubhouse 4 at 10 a.m. 

Jesus set the highest standard: “Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friend.” In other words, Christian love is not kind sentiments, but personal sacrifice for others.

Even the atheist Bertrand Russell understood the reality of Christian love. He said, “despite the smiles of cynics, what the world needs is Christian love.”

The choir will sing, “Open My Eyes that I May See.”

For more information, call 562-430-8598.


Community Church

Community Church Pastor Johan Dodge says the summer months of scripture can be  some of the most challenging and difficult scriptures to hear. The teachings of Jesus challenge believers to grow beyond personal preferences to become a part of something that is far greater than anyone can ever be alone.
  Believers currently live in a time of immense personal choice and while Americans   celebrate that freedom and those who fought to keep the country free, if all people are doing is raising their voices without listening to the voices of others, they are participating in cacophony—no hearing aids required. 

 The way of Jesus is a way of ending the cacophony; it is the way of harmony—the way of lifting voices together. Those who would like to be part of the harmony are welcome to join Community Church in person or online this Sunday, Sept. 3.

The worship service is held at 9:50 a.m. every Sunday and is followed by a time of food and fellowship. Come early for a cup of coffee.  All are welcome here. 

People may also look for watch the service on Facebook @CommunityChurchLeisureWorld and Zoom. Contact the church office for the Zoom link.  

Those who are in need without another way to address it, may call the church office and leave a message at 562-431-2503.


Assembly of God

One of the most successful tools in Satan’s arsenal is fear. Nothing must happen or change. The mere idea that a negative outcome is possible can stop people from pursuing goals or making good changes.  Many things in this world warrant careful consideration, but very few things justify fear.  Disciples of Christ have even fewer things to fear, as they have the power and promises of God working on their behalf.

Assembly of God Pastor Chuck Franco presents the last sermon in this series titled, “Emotions that Blind Us: Fear,”  from Judges 6:11-16 on Sunday, Sept. 3.

“The Ten Commandments,” a Bible study by Albert Tate, focuses on God’s love letter to His people.  The 10 commandments set forth how Christians can best express their love for God by obeying his design for life. This dynamic study is held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. 

Leisure World Assembly of God meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The Wednesday Bible study is at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  The Hymn Sing is at 6 p.m. on the fourth Sunday night of each month in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. 

For more information visit, lwassemblyofgod.com, or on Facebook at the Leisure World Assembly of God Church page, where people can catch up on past sermons. 

Contact the church office at 562-357-4360 or pastorchuck@lwassemblyofgod.com.


Seal Beach Union Evangelical Church

Seal Beach Union Evangelical Church meets at 1 p.m. on Sundays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Pastor Timothy Joo leads the service. His sermons are passionate and faithful to the exposition of the biblical text.

Fellowship time for seniors is held at 1 p.m. every Thursday in Clubhouse 3, Room 4. 

All residents are invited to join a joyous service and fellowship. For more information, contact 714-520-1877 or email to drchoo1014@gamail.com.


Redeemer Lutheran Church

Redeemer Lutheran Church will celebrate its 60th anniversary on Oct. 15 at 10:30 a.m. 

The church will also honor Pastor Gilbert Moore’s 60 years of ordination and his 96th birthday on Sept. 17 at 10:30 a.m. All are welcome to join in celebrating the two special events. 

The church is located at the corner of Golden Rain Road and St. Andrews Drive. Services start at 10:30 a.m. every Sunday with a coffee hour immediately following. Kelly Frankiewicz will serve as the guest pastor this Sunday.


Religion Directory

Assembly of God

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m. Clubhouse 3, Room 2


LW Baptist Church

Sunday service, 9:45 a.m.

Clubhouse 4


Beit HaLev

Friday, 5 p.m.

Ma’ariv service, Monday-Thursday

Livestream on Zoom, YouTube, Facebook and simshalom.com

LW Community Church

Sunday worship, 9:50 a.m.

Call-in Sunday message, after 5:30 p.m.

Livestream available on


14000 Church Place,


Congregation Sholom

Friday service, 7 p.m.

Saturday service, 9:30 a.m. Clubhouse 3, Room 9

Livestream and Zoom 

Faith Christian Assembly 

Sunday service, 10:30 a.m., 5 p.m.

Midweek Bible Study, 

Wednesday, 11 a.m.

Griefshare, Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.

13820 Seal Beach Blvd.,


First Christian Church

Friday Prayer Meeting, 6 p.m.

Saturday Service, 9:30 a.m.

Sunday Service, 9:30 a.m.

Chapel on Northwood Road,


Holy Family Catholic Church

Mass, Mon.-Sat., 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, 5 p.m.

Sunday, 8 a.m., 10 a.m., noon

13900 Church Place,


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Sacrament Mtg., Sunday, 9 a.m. 

Sunday School, 1st and 3rd 

Sundays, 10 a.m.

Elders & Relief Society, 2nd and 4th Sundays, 10 a.m.

6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach

Redeemer Lutheran 

Outside service, Sunday, 

9:30 a.m. 

Sanctuary service, 

Sunday, 10:30 a.m.

13564 St. Andrews Drive,


SB Union Evangelical Church 

Sunday service, 1 p.m.

Clubhouse 3, Room 2

Fellowship time, 1 p.m.

Thursday, 1 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 4

Sa-Rang Church 

Sunday service, 11 a.m.,

Clubhouse 3 Lobby 

Bible Study, Wednesday, 

6:30 p.m., Clubhouse 3, Room 2

SB Conerstone Church 

Sunday service, 9:25 a.m.,

Clubhouse 2

St. Theodore’s Episcopal 

13564 St. Andrews Drive 

9:30 a.m.



Faith Christian Assembly

by Pastor Sheri Leming

Special to the LW Weekly

Most of people know by now that a few days ago my precious mother, Ginny Vaughn, passed away. We have received so much love as we walk through this difficult time, and we are grateful to feel the comfort of our Lord through his people.  But there is a part of me that understands what others have said about grief. When your loved one passes, the first time you walk outside, or into a business, you see strangers going about their normal lives, and it feels remarkable that the whole world hasn’t come to a grinding halt, because that is what you are experiencing in your own heart.  Once again, we must go to our heavenly Father, “the God of all comfort” and allow his word to sooth us.

Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

What truly stood out about my mother was  her relationship with her savior, and the way that impacted the way she walked around this world.  She faithfully served the Lord lavishly all her life in humility, in excellence and with great love.

Proverbs 31:25 says, “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come.”

This scripture beautifully describes her life. She was serious about many things in life-—the important things that she imparted to my brother and me. She had a really fun sense of humor, which we all loved so much. We loved her jokes, even when they made us groan.

While we know that hard things happen to all of us, we can also know that we are not alone.

Isaiah 66:13 says “As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you…”

Comfort from God comes into greater clarity as we choose to embrace gratitude for his blessing us with her all these years.

Join Faith Christian Assembly this Sunday for a biblical message.  Service times are 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., with the pre-service prayer meeting at 5 p.m. The GriefShare meets each week at 6 p.m. in the Garden Room.

 The church is located on the corner of St. Andrews Drive and Seal Beach Boulevard. `To receive a free newsletter or more information on the church, call 562-598-9010 or visit www.FCAchurch.net


First Christian Church

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

Pastors Message 

It is only on rare occasions that people are forced to make decisions about situations at a moment’s notice. Yet, at times people be in compromising positions when they seek after the things of the world, which the apostle John clearly instructs believers to avoid. Decisions can have consequential effects on relationship with others and the heavenly Father.  

In this week’s message Pastor Bruce Humes will discuss the risks of compromising situations. 

In Genesis 19, Lot, a citizen of Sodom and the nephew of Abraham, is in a position of choosing between two evils.  Lot had put himself in a place where immorality abounded, resulting in him being in a position where any decision he made would be devastatingly consequential to people in his own household. He did not make good choices.

As Christians in today’s world, people need to be on guard against being in compromising positions. The apostle John in 1 John 2:15-17 writes, “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life—is not of the Father but is of the world. And the world is passing away, and the lusts of it; but he who does the will of God abides forever.”

 Weekend Services

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

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

Midweek Studies 

The women’s Bible study, led by Melli Herrera is held on Mondays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. It will not meet Sept. 4.  

Pastor Gary Whitlatch leads the Tuesday Bible study group from 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

The Thursday Bible study group, led by Pastor Bruce Humes, meets from 10:30-11:30 a.m.

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

All Leisure World residents are welcome to attend the above services and Bible studies.   

Scripture of the Week

“The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger and great in lovingkindness. The Lord is good to all, and his mercies are over all His works. All your words shall give thanks to You, O Lord, and Your godly ones shall bless you”  Psalm 145 8-10  NASB.


First Christian Church is located on Northwood Road behind Carport 125. For more information, call 562-431-8810. The call will be returned at the earliest opportunity.


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton St., in Long Beach.  The sacrament service is held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m., followed in the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays, and Relief Society and Elders Quorum on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary classes for children are held every Sunday during the second hour. 

Members who are unable to attend Sacrament services in person can request a link from Bishop Mike Gravley at 562-212-8641.  

The reading source for this year is the New Testament. The reading assignment for the week of Sept. 4-10 is 1 Corinthians 14-16. 

The devotional “Come, Follow Me” says “Because the Church and its doctrines were relatively new in Corinth, it’s   understandable that Corinthian Saints encountered confusion.  Paul had previously taught them the fundamental truth of the gospel: ‘That Christ died for our sins…and that he was buried and rose again the third day.’ But some members soon began teaching that ‘there is no resurrection of the dead.’ Paul implored them to ‘keep in memory’ the truths they had been taught. Listening to the Lord’s appointed servants and holding to the simple truths they repeatedly teach can help us find peace and ‘stand fast in the faith.’”


Buddha Circle

Buddha Circle will meet on Saturday, Sept. 2, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, with Ven. Kusala from 9:30-11 a.m. Ven. Kusala is well known in the Buddhist community. He presents Buddhism in simple ways, teaching people how to suffer less and become happier.  

For more information, call 714-468-6887.



Meals on Wheels Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., delivers freshly cooked meals for $10.50 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. 

Contact Client Manager Caron Adler at 562-439-5000, ext. 1, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application or cancel a meal for the following day, before 9 a.m. the prior business day. 

Thursday, Aug. 31

Herb-roasted chicken breast with honey mustard sauce, barley pilaf, carrots, green bean almandine, tangerine, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, and a creamy coleslaw. 

Friday, Sept. 1

Hot dogs in baked beans, whole grain dinner roll, seasoned broccoli, watermelon, taco salad with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro, salsa dressing, and crackers.

Monday, Sept. 4

No service. Closed in observance of Labor Day.

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Swedish meatballs with garlic cream sauce, egg noodles, seasoned broccoli, carrots, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, marinated beet and onion salad, and vanilla chocolate swirl pudding.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Vegetable frittata, whole grain roll, seasoned carrots, tangerine, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, and a homemade macaroni salad.


Joyful Line Dance celebrates one month anniversary in new location

Joyful Line Dance meets on Thursdays in Clubhouse 2 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. It’s been almost a month since the club moved to Clubhouse 2 to accommodate a growing membership

and provide extra space for dancing.

Joyful Line Dance strives to help improve the emotional and physical health of its members so they can live healthy and happy lives. The club encourages men to come out and put on their dancing shoes. Currently, there are a few men who participate on a regular basis.

Joyful Line Dance has many leaders who take turns teaching. They are Albert and Gladys Comia, Chung Cha Lewis, George Pinada, Carmel Atkinson, Sunny Kim, Ginna Paik, Elizabeth Kim, Nak Soo Kim and Anna Derby. Each leader steps on stage to demonstrate the dance for beginners to learn before the music goes on. The club offers LWers the opportunity to have fun and meet new people while exercising and learning new dances. Everyone is welcome. Membership fees apply. Dancing or exercise shoes are required. 

For more information about the club, text Anna Derby at 562-301-5339.


New resident bus tours are first Tuesday of the month

The GRF Transportation Department conducts monthly bus tours of Leisure World on the first Tuesdays for new and recently moved-in residents.

On Tuesday, Sept. 5, Optum’s Dr. David Park, Dr. Steven Becker and Practice Manager Jayna Kling will join residents on the tour. The three look forward to learning more about the community and how they can best serve LW residents.

Included in the tour will be GRF clubhouses, Turtle Lake Golf Course, Mission Park and its activity courts and gaming rooms, the 1.8-Acre disposal and recycling area, as well as the Leisure World Library and the Main Gate bus station.

The 1.5-hour tours will begin at the bus hub on the east side of the Amphitheater, north of the Administration Building.

The tour will end in front of the Health Care Center, where riders will have the option of continuing their excursion with a guided tour of the Health Care Center, which is located next to the Administration Building. An Optum team member will be there to meet and greet residents, discuss offered services and other HCC information, plus hand out giveaways. Riders who are not interested in the HCC tour will be taken back to the parking lot at the Amphitheater hub.

Approximately 20 minutes later, the bus will return to the HCC to pick up people who opted for the meet-and-greet tour and need a ride back to the Amphitheater hub parking lot.

Stock Transfer can book tours when new buyers check in. People can also schedule a tour by visiting https://outlook. office365.com/owa/calendar/NewMemberBusTours@lwsb. com/bookings/.

For more information, contact Recreation Coordinator Melissa Gomez by emailing melissag@lwsb.com or calling 562-431-6586, ext. 326, or email Recreation Manager Kathy Thayer at kathyt@lwsb.com or call 562-431-6586, ext. 398.


Optum HCC Events, Sept. 5-15

SCAN Medicare 101

Come by and learn about SCAN and its benefits. No RSVP required.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 5

Where: Large Conference Room

Time: 10 a.m.-noon


Physical Literacy Health Seminar

Christal Mitrovich from Reneu Health will speak about the importance of listening to the body to identify warning signs and improve health. RSVP by calling 562-493-9581.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 6

Where: Large Conference Room

Time: 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

UnitedHealthcare Formal Sales Meeting

Don’t miss Sherry Vandervoort’s benefits sales meeting and learn more about UnitedHealthcare. Come by or call 949-702-9488 to RSVP.

When: Thursday, Sept. 7

Where: Boardwalk Conference Room

Time: 10-11 a.m.

SCAN Medicare 101

Learn about SCAN and its benefits. No RSVP required.

When: Tuesday, Sept. 12

Where: Large Conference Room

Time: 10-11 a.m.

Laughing for the Health of It

Laughter is scientifically proven to improve the emotional state of mind and can turn a frown upside down. No RSVP required.

When: Wednesday, Sept. 13

Where: Large Conference Room

Time: 1:30-2:30 p.m.


Skin Infection Prevention with Dr. Park

Dr. David Park will speak about the importance of sun protection when it comes to skin health. Q&A session to follow. No RSVP required. Arrive early, seating is limited.

When: Friday, Sept. 15

Where: Clubhouse 3, Room 2

Time: 10-11 a.m.


Alzheimer’s OC is seeking an Adult Day Program manager in LW

Alzheimer’s Orange County (AlzOC) is looking for a candidate to fill a position for its planned Adult Day Program (ADP) manager here in Leisure World Seal Beach (LWSB).

With financial support from the Golden Age Foundation, The Administration for Community Living and encouragement from the Golden Rain Foundation, Leisure World Community Church, and others, AlzOC is in the process of developing and producing a state-licensed, two day-per-week respite program for LWSB shareholders caring for a loved one with dementia.  

Per the AlzOC posting, the ADP Manager will be a core member of the LWSB Memory Support Team, a program of AlzOC that formally started serving LW residents in June.  

AlzOC is a community-based, nonprofit organization assisting individuals living with cognitive decline and their family care-partners here in Orange County for over 40 years.

The exact location within LWSB and additional details about the Adult Day Program will be announced soon. The program will be exclusive to LWSB residents.  

The essential job responsibilities for the ADP program manager include:

• Administer, implement, and coordinate the program in accordance with state regulations and the needs of the participants.

• Oversee the recruitment, hiring, training, supervision and evaluation of staff and volunteers. 

• Evaluate participants’ eligibility and changing needs and make necessary program adjustments.

• Work with Site Advisory Committee and community partners to coordinate staff recruitment and training, facility use, community outreach, public relations, and organize fund raising events.

• Maintain program within budget.

• Prepare reports for various committees and board meetings, funding and licensing agencies.

• Perform other related tasks as required.

Minimum qualifications for the position include:

• BA or BS from an accredited college or university in one of the following fields: health, nursing, social work, psychology, recreation, gerontology, or related field.

• Knowledge of principles and methods of administration and management.

• Demonstrated competence in working with frail older adults and/or disabled populations.

• Knowledge of physical, social and mental health programs operating within a licensed health facility, clinic or adult day program.

• Knowledge of principles and practices of individual and group counseling.

• Current Medical/Health screening including TB clearance.

  First aid and CPR training (within six months of hire).

• Computer literacy.

• Demonstrated sensitivity to cultural diversity.

• Demonstrated verbal and written communication skills.

To view the complete job description, visit www.alzoc.org/employment. For additional information, call Tarah McNulty, project manager, at 949-757-3759.  Interested individuals are encouraged to review the full job description and submit a cover letter and resume to alzoc.hr@gmail.com.   

This employment opportunity is exclusively with Alzheimer’s Orange County.


Hearing and Vision Support Groups

The Vision Support Group will meet on Sept. 13, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. It is intended for anyone who has partial or total vision loss. Meetings are on the second Wednesday.

The hard-of-hearing support group will meet on Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Meetings are on the third Tuesday of the month. Both groups are free to all. 

For more information, call Sharon Kohn at 562-596-9069.  Everyone is welcome to one or both groups.  

—Sandy Esslinger

Bicycle Group B riders enjoyed breakfast at Nicks Deli in Seal Beach after returning from a ride to Bolsa Chica led by Lucy Cyza. Groups A and B meet on Sundays for breakfast, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the North Gate at 9 a.m.  Bicycle helmets and safe shoes are required.  Everyone is welcome. For more information, contact Mary Romero at 562-509-8475 or Lucy Cyza at 818-209-5075.


Meals on Wheels Orange County

Meals on Wheels Orange County in partnership with the city of Seal Beach is hosting The Lunch Cafe at the North Seal Beach Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr., Seal Beach, Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m.-noon. It is open to anyone 60 or older. Suggested contribution is $3, but everyone is welcome. Guests under 60 can enjoy lunch for $5. Arrive 10 minutes before the start time as meals are served on a first-come, first-served basis. 

LW Minibus service is available for a pick up at 10:25 a.m. at the Amphitheater bus stop on St. Andrews Drive, with a drop off at the Community Center. The Minibus returns to the Amphitheater at 11:40 a.m.

Thursday, Aug. 31

Breaded fish tacos, black beans, three-way cabbage, corn tortillas (two), Pico de Gallo, and pineapple chunks.

Friday, Sept. 1

Hot dog on a whole wheat bun with coleslaw, ketchup, mustard, relish, macaroni salad, coleslaw, and a sugar-free ice cream.

Monday, Sept. 4

No service. Closed in observance of Labor Day.

Tuesday, Sept. 5

Chicken meatballs with sweet citrus glaze, mashed potatoes, Oriental vegetable blend, whole wheat dinner roll with Smart Balance, and mandarin oranges.

Wednesday, Sept. 6

Tortilla soup, chicken tinga, cilantro lime rice, California vegetable blend, whole grain tortilla, and a sugar-free ambrosia.


Ballet Fitness Club meets on Saturdays in Clubhouse 6, upstairs in a mirror room, at 1:30 p.m. Instructor Mel Lockett demonstrates a classic dance movement. All dancers from beginners to advanced are welcome to join Ballet Fitness for fun classes with great music and full body exercise.

Balance and Stability Club


Balance and Stability Club has canceled its Sept. 5 class. The next class is on Tuesday, Sept. 19, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3 Lobby.


Health Tip

As people age, they naturally lose muscle mass. If there’s only time for one exercise, do a set set of squats, experts say. Squats strengthen all of the muscle groups in legs and glutes, as well as muscles in the lower back and core. Those muscles provide the foundation for climbing a set of stairs and simply standing up from a chair.


Leisure Leggers 

The Leisure Leggers, a running and walking club in Leisure World for more than 20 years, meets every Monday at Clubhouse 6 at 8 a.m. for a brisk trot around the neighborhood, followed by coffee and camaraderie. Dues are 99 cents per year. For more information, call President Tom Pontac at 562-304-0880.



Phil Mandeville dedication

Mututal 11 memorial garden finishes 

construction; dedication will be Sept. 6

The dedication of the Phil Mandeville Memorial Garden will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 6, at 10 a.m. at 13081 Del Monte near Building 278 in Mutual 11. 

“This is the first anniversary of his passing, and we want to honor Phil for his many years of service,” said Mutual 11 President Peggy Beste. “He will be remembered for his infectious smile and amazing positive energy.” 

The building of the garden was approved by the Mutual 11 Board of Directors as a way to honor Mandeville, who was a former president of Mutual 11. Its design involved cutting a heart shaped spot near where Mandeville  held a weekly meet up for Mutual 11 residents. 

The arrival and placement of the 1,200-pound boulder by semi-trailer was facilitated by Service Maintenance. Surrounding the boulder are  plants to fill the garden.

A plaque was affixed to the boulder which reads: “This garden is dedicated to Phil Mandeville. He is being honored for his many years of service to emergency preparedness and leadership to our community.”


Sunshine Club

Learn about the Colorado River Aqueduct Sept. 1

Karl W. Seckel from the Municipal Water District of Orange County (MWDOC) will speak at the Sunshine Club on Friday, Sept. 1, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.

Seckel has 45 years of professional water industry expertise. In December 2020, he completed a 37-year tenure at MWDOC, where he was responsible for planning, engineering, emergency preparedness management and special studies to improve and enhance water supply reliability. 

In the November 2020 general election, Seckel was elected to the MWDOC Board of Directors to represent Division 4.

During the meeting, Seckel will cover the The Colorado River Aqueduct (CRA). The CRA is a 242-mile water conveyance system built and maintained by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California. Transporting water from Lake Havasu on the California/Arizona border to Lake Mathews in Riverside County, the CRA began delivering water in 1941 and was the largest public works project in southern California during the Great Depression. The CRA took eight years to finish and provided jobs for 30,000 workers. Today, capable of moving more than 1 billion gallons of water each day, the CRA provides water to 19 million Californians. Southern California’s growth can be largely attributed to the success of the CRA. 

However, the Colorado River is suffering from extreme drought. The river has been drying up for decades, with the major reservoirs recently falling to dangerously low levels. This has prompted the federal government to call for unprecedented cuts in water usage among seven states in the US and Mexico, which rely on the river. 

The MWDOC is a wholesale water provider and resource planning agency whose efforts focus on sound planning and appropriate investments in water supply, water use efficiency and conservation, public information and outreach, legislative advocacy, water education for all ages, and emergency preparedness.

MWDOC’s 27 retail water agencies, comprised of city water departments and water districts, provide water services to the public. MWDOC is the third largest of The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California’s member agencies.

In September, there will be five speakers including Seckel on Sept. 1: David Rubinstein, an expert on exercise science and kinesiology, Sept. 8; Dr. David Park, family physician from Optum, Sept. 15; Monica Cousins, 24 hour nurse from Optum, Sept. 22; and audiologist Lori Hallett, Sept. 29. The topic of each guest speaker’s presentation, plus meeting information, will be announced the week before. 

All residents are welcome to join. The Sunshine Club requires no membership fees, but donations are welcome.

People are asked to arrive to the meetings promptly, those who are late are asked to use the back door not to disturb the presentation.

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


Donate to the SB Animal Shelter on Sept. 7 at the Amphitheater

The Seal Beach Animal Care Center (SBACC) will have three tables available at the Thursday, Sept. 7, Stone Soul Amphitheater show to collect cash and materials for the shelter.

Volunteers from both the SBACC and LW’s Paws, Claws, and Beaks Club will be at the entrances from 6-8 p.m. collecting donations. All those who contribute a donation will be eligible to win a $25 gift card to Target, Home Goods or California Pizza Kitchen.

Volunteers will accept cash that will go toward vet bills or specific dog, cat and shelter items, such as:

Animal-related: Bedding, blankets, quilts, comforters, and throws.

Office: Ziplock food storage bags (quart and gallon size) 8-ounce disposable drinking cups,  trash bags ( 45-, 39-, 33- and 13-gallon), paper towels, bathroom tissue, hand sanitizer, photo paper (Canon SELPHY #KP108IN) 4X6 inch photo paper for ink jet printers,toner cartridges (TN 880), copy paper (white and bright colors)  and postage stamps.

Gift cards: Pet supply and home improvement stores.

Towels: Bath, wash cloths, and dish cloths.

Adult wet cat food: Friskies shreds or pate (all flavors).  

Adult dry cat food: Purina sensitive skin and stomach. 

Kitten wet food: Fancy Feast kitten.

Kitten dry food: Purina One Kitten.

Adult dog wet food: Science Diet (chicken flavor). 

Adult dog dry food: Science Diet (small and large bites).

Cat and dog toys: Any toys without pellets or other small particles inside.

General cat items: Litter boxes, cat carriers, crates, cat trees, and pee pads for kittens.

General Dog items: dog beds (all sizes), pee pads.

All proceeds go toward feeding, housing, and caring for the dogs and cats at this no kill, nonprofit shelter.


American Latino Club

Celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Sept. 20 in Clubhouse 2

The American Latino Club will celebrate Mexican Independence Day on Wednesday, Sept. 20, in Clubhouse 2 from 11:30 a.m.-3 p.m. A mariachi band will play during the event. The club will not meet at its regular day and time on Sept. 14.

The lunch menu will include rice, beans and a choice of chicken or beef protein. A Mexican dessert will also be included. No extra meals will be ordered. Cost will be $15 for members and $17 for guests. Those attending  may bring their own lunch/drink if they have dietary restrictions but need to notify the club.

Payments must be made to Treasurer Carmen Edwards by Sept. 13, either by U.S. mail or dropping it off at 1240 Oakmont Road, 52-K, Seal Beach, CA 90740. Checks can be made out to the American Latino Club. 

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

—Miryam Fernandez


American Legion Post 327

The American Legion Post 327 will resume its full activities in September. Upcoming events are as follows:

Monday, Sept. 4:  Join the Post and Auxiliary’s annual picnic at noon in the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. LWers are invited to kick off the club year with some fun. The Post will provide meat and drinks and Auxiliary will bring salads, sides and dessert.

Sunday, Sept. 10: All are welcome to join community bingo at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

Monday, Sept. 18: The club will hold a general meeting with guest speakers at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. All veterans are welcome to attend

Sunday, Sept. 24: The Post will host community bingo at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. All are welcome.


LW Humanist Association

Silva to talk Artificial Intelligence

The Leisure World Humanist Association will meet on Sunday, Sept. 3, from 10:20 a.m.-noon, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Dave Silva will present a speech title “Artificial Intelligence in Fact and Fiction.”  

Artificial Intelligence, commonly referred to as AI, is a rapidly expanding field that is also rapidly changing technology. AI will greatly impact life in the near future. As computing technology becomes more powerful, robotics will become more commonplace, including in daily life. Governments and society as a whole will face many challenges in dealing effectively with these changes.

Silva approaches the subject of AI from a unique perspective: science fiction. He has been involved in the sci-fi genre for decades, and has read extensively on the subject. He taught a course at California State, University of Long Beach titled, “A Brief History of Science Fiction.”  Silva is the author of “Searching for Utopia,” available through Amazon Books.

With the aid of PowerPoint, Silva will discuss how AI has been presented in science fiction books and movies. He will also talk about how AI is changing the way people live, and offer a vision of its possible future.  Everyone is invited to attend this fascinating, thought provoking talk.  

—Robert Richert


OLLI announces fall registration

On Sept. 11, the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at California State University of Long Beach will open registration for the fall session. Classes will be held on campus, at satellite community locations, and online using Zoom. 

Over 85 classes will be offered covering a wide variety of subjects including personal finance, computer skills, music, art, crafting, fitness and wellness, Spanish, writing, history, current events, and food and movie discussion groups. The eight-week session begins on Oct. 2, and is open to all adults 50 plus. Annual membership is $40, and classes are $15 each. For more information including registration, visit the OLLI website www.csulb.edu/olli.

For over 26 years OLLI has been dedicated to enriching the lives of older adults throughout Greater Long Beach and Orange County by providing educational opportunities and social engagement. 


Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

Members of the Democratic Club’s “Get Out the Vote in 2024” taskforce are preparing for the launch of a “Neighbor to Neighbor” program that will begin in September. The immediate goal is to establish a visible, friendly and helpful presence in every Leisure World neighborhood.  The long-range goal is to increase the number of voters in the March 5 Primary Election.

Training sessions for club members who will reach out to neighbors are scheduled for Sept. 24 and Oct. 4 . Call Taskforce Chair Kathy Moran at 805-588-5141 or email  kmoran97@yahoo.com for information.

The club continues to provide a venue for residents to learn more about candidates and issues involved in the down-ballot races. The third session of the voter education series is scheduled for Sept. 20. It is designed to help potential voters understand key issues of importance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) people, whether or not they are running for public offices. Email Bev Bender at Beverleybender@gmail.com or call 562-594-9148 for information.

Leisure World residents will have the opportunity to vote for whomever they want as their representative on the county’s board of supervisors in the March 5 primary. Democrats currently hold three seats on the board, while Republicans hold two. Republican Andrew Do, LW’s current District 1 representative, will be termed-out of office at the end of 2024.

The issues involved in this race will be the topic for discussion during the club’s next meeting on Sept. 27. Cypress City Council member Frances Marquez, a candidate for District 1, will lead a discussion.

In addition to Marquez, three Republicans are also vying for the position.  

There are a limited number of free tickets available for anyone who wants to attend the first annual Democratic Party of Orange County Convention. This event has been rescheduled to take place in October. The convention will include a number of workshops related to the 2024 elections. Email mlarson.telfords@gmail.com or call 562-296-8521 for more information or to reserve a ticket.

The club’s information and registration booth is open on the first Tuesday of each month from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot.  Democrats and potential supporters are invited to stop by the booth to get more information about the club or to register to vote.

The Seal Beach Leisure World Democratic Club believes health care is a right, diversity is a strength, the economy should work for everyone, and that facts and truth matter.

All Leisure World Democrats and supporters are invited to subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter. This semi-monthly publication covers more in-depth reporting on issues and candidates. Email  mlarson.telfords@gmail.com or call 562-296-8521 to sign up.   It is important to include full contact information. 


Korean Night: A Cultural Delight

by Kathy Thayer

Recreation Manager   

The Korean American Association (KAA)presented its ever-popular Korean Night production at the Amphitheater on Aug. 19 to an audience of 800, showcasing talent from various Korean performing arts clubs.  

From traditional folk dancing to modern line dancing, their moves and costumes dazzled the audience. Anna Derby from Mutual 5 was the emcee and introduced the nine acts in English and Korean. All performances were conducted by GRF clubs as part of the community event.

The Korean Drum Club, founded and led by Professor Don Kim, gave a rousing rendition of “Samul Nori, the Sound of Drums” highlighted by a solo dance featuring 11th grade student guest, Joseph Whang, who deftly streamed a long ribbon attached to a swivel on his head, much like a lasso at a rodeo, mesmerizing the audience.

Chung Ran “Connie” Kang, Mutual 5, sang a soulful solo, followed by Flowering Step Line Dance, choreographed by Young Ah Ko. Ko’s popular club meets in Clubhouse 2 on Mondays.

Steve Chung, Mutual 6, led the LW Saxophone Club in two numbers and later wowed the crowd with his solo, “I Left My Heart In San Francisco.” More talented musicians from the Gloria Autoharp Club under Monica Yoo’s direction blurred cultural lines with “Sounds of Silence.”

Grace Lee, Mutual 3, led the Korean Traditional Dance Club in a striking fan dance with exquisite costumes, imported from Korea, then performed a solo.

The Women’s Sing Along brought a bit of nostalgia with four Korean songs, lifting the audience back to their beginnings.

 Not to be outdone, the Korean American Chorale (conducted by Kyung Hwan Paik, Mutual 3), which has performed at GRF Tree Lighting ceremonies, sang a sentimental “Barley Fields,” followed by a hymn. The entire ensemble joined them on stage to close the show with, “Sing Together in Spring In My Hometown,” inviting the audience to join in.

The audience members sported colored fairy lights, provided by the KAA. Several sponsors offset the cost of the event, which has become an annual Amphitheater treat, drawing all cross sections of the community together.  

It was my privilege to attend backstage and an honor to see some of our most talented and enthusiastic clubs in action.


Korean Veterans Association

Scholarship opportunities for Korean War veterans available

Scholarship opportunities are available for descendants of U.S. soldiers who served and fought in the Korean War. In partnership with local Korean communities, the Orange County Korean War Committee provides financial assistance ranging from $2,000 -$3,000 per student to help offset the cost of education.

To qualify for this scholarship, applicants must submit documentary evidence verifying their status as a descendant of a U.S. veteran who participated in the Korean War. Each year, a maximum of 30 students will be awarded this scholarship.

The deadline to apply for this scholarship is Oct. 15, and the celebration event will be held on Nov. 11 (Veterans Day) at Orange County Korean War Memorial Park. All eligible candidates should take advantage of this opportunity.

For more information, contact Paul Lee from the Korean Veterans Association at 310-710-3114 or stop by Clubhouse 6 from Monday-Friday between 9-11 a.m.


Grab free pizza with friends in the Hospitality Room on Sept. 7

In an effort to expand awareness of the Hospitality Room, the Golden Age Foundation will serve pizza along with its  regular menu of coffee, tea and cookies in Clubhouse 6 on Thursday, Sept. 7, from 9-11 a.m. 

Hank Barto “Mr. Hank” will entertain on the piano. 

Golden Age Foundation volunteers serve free coffee and cookies along with a smile Monday-Friday from 9-11 a.m. in Clubhouse 6. 

For more information about the event, call Carl Kennedy at 661-810-9410.


Japanese American Club

On Aug. 18, the Japanese American Club announced its newly elected officials at the club’s summer picnic. The officials are  Emiko Uchiyama, assistant; Sue Yokomi, secretary; Sherie Vanek, president; Erica Akiyama, treasurer; and Sybil Tanabe, vice president.

 LW residents who are interested in Japanese culture, art and traditions are welcome to join the club. The club often provides bento boxes or snacks for everyone to learn about Japanese food and “cultural background sources.”

The club holds meetings every other month. Sometimes professionals are invited to give speeches, and other times the club watches Japanese movies or dances, or sings Japanese folk songs. The club also hosts Bingo games and pot lucks. 

For more information on the club, call Vanek at 562-296-8074.           

—Ivy Kung


How to turn on closed captions

Loud televisions make up the majority of noise complaints in LW each month. As people age and their hearing begins to change or diminish, watching TV and movies can become more difficult without turning the volume to its loudest setting. Satellite television, streaming services and more offer closed captions and subtitles to make watching television easier. 

XFinity: First, turn on the program you want to watch, then  press the Down arrow or OK button on the remote. Next, press the Left arrow to move to the “Closed Captioning CC” option and press OK with the remote. Choose to turn captions On, then you can customize the font size, color and formatting of your subtitles in the “Closed Captioning Options” menu.

Spectrum: Press the Menu button on the remote control, then scroll to “Settings & Support” and press OK/Select. Next, click on the Accessibility tab. Choose between Closed Captioning  or Descriptive Video Service to turn captions on. 

DirecTV: Press the Info button on the remote control, then  press the Right Arrow button to get to Closed Captioning (CC). Select CC, and captions will turn on. You can personalize caption options with the following steps: Press the Menu button, click on the Settings option, then press the Right Arrow button to get to the Accessibility option and press Select. Navigate using the Up and Down arrow buttons to the make the changes you need.




LW Pool Club league begins

On Monday, Sept. 11 and Wednesday, Sept. 13, the LW Pool Club will start the fall pool league in Clubhouse 2. Six three-person teams will play on each day.
Each team will consist of an A, B and C level player. 

There were 12 two-person teams for the Aug. 18 tournament. A 3-6-9 game was played. A variation of nine-ball, the three ball counts for one point, the six ball is two points and the nine ball is three points. Instead of wins and losses, the winning team is the one with the most points.

After the first three rounds, Gary Monahan and John Burns led with 14 points, making the three and nine in round one, and the six and nine in the next two rounds.

After five rounds, Ruffy Ramos and Dave Mackinder had 19 points, holding a slim one-point lead over two other teams. In the sixth and seventh rounds, Milly Larsen and Dave Silva made the three, six, and nine in both games for a total of 28 points and a come-from-behind win.

Monahan and Burns made the three, six, and nine in their last game to finish with 27 points, second place; Tom Zimmerman and Frank Sablan, 25, third.

For more information, contact Steve Edrich at 714-980-3665.


Snooker league ends season

The Leisure World Pool Club plays many types of billiard games including eight-ball, nine-ball and snooker. Snooker league is open to all members of the club. The next snooker league will begin Sept. 19, with play on Tuesday mornings. 

The league concluded its first regular season of weekly play  on Aug. 15. At the end of 10 weeks two players, Steve
Edrich and George Gordon tied for first with a record of 8-2. Four players (Barry Brideau, Ray Friedrichsen, Gary Snow and Bruce Pettys) tied at 7-3. A tiebreaker round was played Aug. 22 to determine the top three seeds for the final playoff game, resulting in Edrich taking the No. 1 seed spot, Gordon, second; and Snow, third.

The final championship game resulted in Snow taking the grand prize from Edrich after Gordon was eliminated.

For league information, contact Steve Edrich at 714-980-3665.



The Bocce Club starts fall league play on Tuesday, Sept. 5, beginning at 9 a.m. at the Clubhouse 2 court. Contact Rhonda Cox at 714-904-6458 for more information.


Duplicate Bridge Club

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

Aug. 14 winners (nine tables): Paul Chen and Barbara Vann, and Mark Singer and Ellen Kice, north/south; Jeannette Estill and Melanie Smith, and Trudi Lamendola and John Hagman, east/west.

Aug. 17 (eight tables): A Howell movement was played. Russ Gray and Fred Reker,
first pair; Mark Singer and
Ellen Kice, second pair; Sue Fardette and Joan Tschirik, third pair. 

Aug. 18 (14 tables): Melanie Smith and Jerome Smith, and Larry Topper and Thad Mikols, north/south; Ken Miller and Alan Olschwang, and Bill Brooks and April Berg, east/west.

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

There is a break in the lessons and supervised play offered on Friday mornings. They will resume in a few weeks.

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

—John Markovich


Tournament Poker Club

The Tournament Poker Club plays a fun and friendly game of Texas Hold ‘Em, with a $5 buy-in. The club will meet on Saturday, Sept. 2. Regular tournaments are on the first three Saturdays of every month in the lobby of Clubhouse 6.
Registration begins at 10 a.m., along with treats and coffee. Cards are in the air at 10:30. There is no late seating.

The last game of the month was held on Aug. 19. Out of the 42 players who registered, the two players with the highest hands of the day were Mike Gass (7-7-7-7-J), and close behind was Marilyn Haines with a full house (Q-Q-Q-5-5). Joyce Smith won the promotional hand with 7-3.

The final table players were: Jack (Lee) Pfeifer, first; Cheryl Enge, second; Susan Dodson, third; Bert Covington, fourth; Donna Hernandez, fifth; and Roger Montero, sixth. There was plenty of action right up until the head’s up play between Enge and Pfeifer. In the winning hand, the flop came 6-J-A, giving both players a pair of aces. Holding A-4, Enge bet, and Pfeifer called with A-10. Neither the turn card (eight) nor the river card (five) were any help for Enge, and Pfeifer won the hand with a pair of aces and a 10 kicker.

Pfeifer has lived in Leisure World for 10 years and has been a member of the club for nine. This was her 11th final table win. In addition to tournament poker, Pfeifer plays cribbage and bocce ball.

For more information, email Deborah Barner at deborahbarner7@gmail.com.

—Deborah Barner


Cribbage Club

Cribbage Club meets each Tuesday in Clubhouse 1. A dollar is collected from each member at the table before play begins. Members who come by 12:15 p.m. are assured a place to play. Announcements are shared at 12:25, with games beginning at 12:30. Yearly dues are $5. 

Adair Paul treated all 53 members of the club to cake and ice cream in celebration of Cribbage Day. Candy Meyers and Carrie Kistner served the delicious treat.

Members earn a star on their name badge when they win all seven of the games played with a perfect total of 847 points. This week Darlene Meyers celebrated earning her first star while Hoppy Hopkins earned his third. Other members who won prize money were Dale Quinn with a score of 842, second; Jim Schneiderman, 837, third; Bea Lissow, 835, fourth. Mike Rosu and Mary Holder each won six out of the seven games played.

To learn to play cribbage or hear more about the club, call Marilyn Chelsvig at 562-279-5665.

—Marilyn Chelsvig


The Ladies “Q” Pool Club

The Ladies “Q” Pool Club is a place for women in Leisure World to get together to play pool. The club meets every Monday from 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. In addition, a meeting is held on the first Monday of the month to discuss issues that concern the club, followed by a game of pool. 

The pool room is open from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. daily. Members are encouraged to practice at their leisure.

The goal of the club is to have fun. Beginners are encouraged and welcome. Members are happy to teach beginners how
to play. Yearly dues are $5. 

For more information, contact Susan Dodson at 562-279-5282.


First Friday meeting canceled

The Yahtzee Club will meet Sept. 15 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6 at 1 p.m. There will be a halftime social. The club meets the first, third, and fifth Fridays of each month. There will not be a meeting on the first Friday of September,
due to room remodeling. 

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


LW Women’s Golf Club

The Leisure Word Women’s Golf Club weekly Tuesday tournament on Aug. 15 had 40 golfers participating. The women played for low gross, low net and “chip-ins,” which means the player gets the
ball in the hole from off the green.

A flight winners: Low gross: Devora Kim and Soo Choi, 29; low net: Sang An and Jassica Choi, 25. Choi and Janice Turner each had a chip-in on hole No. 2.

B flight winners: Low gross: Hae Lee and Alison Kim, 32; low net: Karen Mendon and Veronica Choi, 27. 

C flight winners: Low gross: Mary Ann Moore, 30 with a chip-in on hole No. 7; low net: Patty Littrell, Joann Lim and Sue Yokomi, 23. Pam Krug had a chip-in on hole No. 9.

D flight winners: Low gross: Cecilia Han, 33; low net: Sanghi Kim, 24.

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

—Liz Meripol


Shuffleboard Club wraps 60th anniversary events

The two final Shuffleboard Club 60th anniversary celebration events were amazingly successful. 

On Aug. 19, a shuffleboard fast-track training clinic was held with 10 prospective new members and 13 veteran members available for mentoring. All 10 of the prospective members joined the club and paid their dues.

On Aug. 23, the final anniversary celebration event–a summer cookout–was hosted at the Clubhouse 1 picnic area. Fifty-two meals were served. Sally Fowler was the chairperson for the event, with many members assisting in the various aspects necessary for a grand evening. Carol Johnson, Doris Morton, Jean Cochran, Dennis and Eileen Kotecki were all busy getting everything in place before the scheduled start time.

The Greenbelt Singers helped to kick-off the event singing songs from the ‘50s and ‘60s. Members voiced their reactions with comments like, “the music made it special,” “all of the singers had such great voices,” and “let’s have them entertain us again.”

Roger Bennett and Jack O’Brien were the chefs managing the blazing grill, with Dolores Cook, Doris Morton and John Mount trying to stay even as the bun stuffers. Shuffleboard members are generous with their pot luck contributions, with the unanimous agreement being that members are great cooks.

Veteran and devoted club member Dave LaCascia gave a historical retrospective of both Leisure World life and Shuffleboard Club membership over the last 60 years. He made numerous comparisons, including the cost of units in Leisure World in the early 1960s versus now, as well as the realization that in the club’s beginning years, the members were playing only on outdoor courts, and most of the men wore coats and ties to play. LaCascia and Maureen Habel worked together to provide a 13-page handout of photos showcasing examples of the stories LaCasica shared. Copies of the handout are available at the Courts Building.

The shuffleboard courts are available for open play on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9-11 a.m., except for Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4. The next general membership business meeting will be Thursday, Sept. 14 at 10 a.m., when team assignments for the fall will be available. The Tuesday evening league play starts Sept. 19 and the Friday morning league play begins Sept. 22. 

For more shuffleboard information, please call or text Patty Peterson at 562-714-7072.

—Kay Mount


Men’s Golf League Results

On Aug. 11, 12 golfers and guest David Hernandez competed at the 6,000-yard par-71 Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana. 

With so-so playing conditions there were only three rounds net under par, two at even par and there were no birdies. Fujio Norihiro, and Jim Goltra tied for fewest putts for the “A” flight and Bob Munn had fewest for the “B”. Closest to the pin on both the par-3 fourth and par-3 twelfth holes was Gary Stivers. 

A flight winners: Bill McKusky, 7 under 63, first place; tie between LaCascia, Norihiro, Goltra, and Clay Fischer, 3 under 67, second; Stivers, 1 under 69, third.

B flight winners: Tom Ross, 5 under 65, first place; Lowell Goltra, second; tie between Bob Munn and Ron Jackson, third.

On Aug. 14, 12 golfers attacked the 5,800-yard par-70 Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. With good course conditions and comfortable weather, scores were good but there were just two birdies both by Jim Goltra. Goltra was closest to the pins on the par-3 ninth hole, and Clay Fischer was closest on the par-3 second. 

Fujio Norihiro had fewest putts in the “A” flight, and Gene Vesely had fewest in the “B”. A special challenge of “greenies” on the par-3 ninth hole was offered, and Norihiro, Goltra, Gary Stivers, Tom Ross, and Bob Munn responded.

A flight winners: Goltra, first place; tie between Bill McKusky and Larry Hillhouse, second; Norihiro, third; Sam Choi, fourth; tie between Stivers, Dave LaCascia, and Chris Lankford, fifth.

B flight winners: Munn, first place; Ross, second; tie between Vesely and Lowell Goltra, third.

On Aug. 18, 11 golfers plus two guests competed at the 4,000-yard par-62 David L. Baker Golf Course in Fountain Valley. The weather was overcast at the 7 a.m. tee time and remained that way until the 13th hole. The course was damp from overnight watering but caused no issues. Tee boxes are again becoming chewed up and require some work.

With good playing conditions there were 10 rounds net under par, and two birdies each by Sam Choi and Jim Goltra, plus one each by Dave LaCascia. Fujio Norihiro, Bill McKusky, and Clay Fischer. Closest to the pin on the par-3 third hole was Choi, and on the par-3 fifteenth hole was Norihrio.

A flight winners: Choi, first place; McKusky, second; tie between Norihiro and Chris Lankford, third; Fischer, fourth; tie between LaCascia, Gary Stivers, and Goltra. fifth. 

B flight winners: Gene Vesely, first place; Ron Jackson, second; Lowell Goltra, third.

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 always quite full, so advance league reservations are required with a sign-up sheet available at each round.

There is a prize pool for each round. Players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given for low net in each flight, birdies, closest-to-the pin on two par threes, and for the fewest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-one and eagles (2 under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested contact Gary Stivers at 714-313-3697 or Dave LaCascia at 801-674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia


LW Men’s Golf Club

The next LW Men’s Golf Club general meeting will be held in Clubhouse 3, Room 1 at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Coffee and donuts will be available.

The Aug. 23 tournament was at the Turtle Lake Golf Course. A total of 57 golfers challenged the course, and 13 golfers signed up for the low gross contest. Mike Mayfield took first place with 2 under 52; Bob Barnum, 1 under 53, second; and Bill Lyons, 1 over 55, third.

With good weather and minimum wind there were 56 birdies and seven circle hole winners. Additionally, 23 of 57 golfers were net at or under par. Closest to the pin on both the seventh and 16th holes was sharp-shooter Hyon Shin. Low net score was Peter Bae at 7 under 47, followed by Jon Russell at 6 under 48, then Mayfield and Seung Lee at 5 under 49.

A flight winners (handicaps of 0-7): Mayfield, first place; tie between Gene Archambault and Trai Nguyen, second; tie between Fujio Norihiro, Won Song, Bob Barnum, and Rolando Ramirez, third; tie between Dave LaCascia and Don Newhall, fourth; tie between Dennis McMonigle, Pat Paternoster, Thomas Kim, Bill Lyons, and Mark Rice, fifth.

B flight winners (handicaps of 8-12): Seung Lee, first place; tie between Bruce Bowles, Hyon Shin, Chang Ho Choi, and Byron Schweitzer, second; tie between Brian Tivnan, Roland Phillips, and Steve Kang, third; tie between Paul Alloway, Young Lee, and Ken Notorleva, fourth.

C flight winners (handicaps of 13-18): Peter Bae, first place; Jon Russell, second; Jack Haskins, third; Bob Boyle, fourth; John Sorenson, fifth; James Choi, sixth.

The next men’s tournament will be on Sept. 13, and every second and fourth Wednesday of the following months. Those who had planned to play in any tournament and cannot should contact Alan Sewell at 541-324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at 801-674-5975 as soon as possible. Arrive 10-15 minutes prior to scheduled tee time and be ready to play. 

—Dave LaCascia




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

Serving LW since 1999.   SB Business License 699080.  Exp 10/11



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 11/22


JR HOME REPAIRS.  Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License JRH0001. Exp 7/10/2024




Kitchen/Bathroom-Remodeling. Install Microwave/Dishwasher/Recessed-Lights/Closets Redesigned/Cabinets-Refaced/New-Windows/Patio-Storage and Enclosures.  Exp 10/18

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 11/08


CORY GEE PAINTING. State Contractor License 1049257.  Bonded and Insured. Interior and Exterior, Cabinets/Drywall/Texturing/Acoustic-Ceilings, Senior-Discounts. (714)-308-9931.  Exp 10/18


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 10/18


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

Exp 11/01


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


LADY PAINTER. Cindy Beatteay 714-356-1539. Interior Paint, Speciality-Finishes, Cabinets, Murals and MORE! State Contractor License 1033927.  Exp 10/18



CLEAN AND REPAIR. Licensed and insured. Dan (562)-841-3787. SB Business License BRA0002.  Exp 10/04


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

Window Washing

BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS. 40+ YEARS EXPERIENCE.  PHIL (562)-881-2093.  SB Business License  AB0001.  Exp 10/11

Leisure World Helping Leisure World

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



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


Experienced Caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Available_24/7. 949-899-7770.SB Business License HEL0006.  Exp 9/27



Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers. Honest/Assertive/Fluent-English. Hourly/Full-Time, doctor-appointments, errands. Bernadine/562-310-0280. Bonded/Insured.  SB Business License BCS0002. Exp 1/31/2024


MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with/optimum service, 30-years LW experience. Licensed Reliable, Honest Caregivers. 24-hours/Part-Time/Doctor-Appointments. References, Fluent English.  Ann/714-624-1911 and 562-277-3650/Heide.  SB Business License HYC0001.  Exp 10/25



Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet/562-371-4895. SB License PAN0003.   Exp 10/11


Elderly care. Live-in, Live-out. 30+ years experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Gloria 949-371-7425.  SB Business License RAZ0002.   Exp 11/01


Maria’s experienced caregivers. Run errands, Doctor appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562)-230-4648. SB Business License CAM0006.   Exp 10/18


Experienced caregiver. 20-years in Leisure World. References available. Maria Lopez. (562)-257-7631. Seal Beach Business License LOP00007. Exp 9/13/23


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard,  #116. Tammy Nguyen (714)-425-4198.   Exp 9/27


In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36Years+. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. SB Business License #KC75538.  Exp 9/27


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

Exp 9/27


MOVE-IN, MOVE-OUT. Walls, Floors, WINDOWS. CALL PHIL 562-881-2093. Over 30 Years Experience! SB Business License AB0001. Exp 10/11



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

SB Business License GRA0006.   Exp 10/04


General housekeeping, 30+ years experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Gloria 949-371-7425.  SB Business License RAZ002.  Exp 11/01


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 11/01


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

SB Business License M0001A.  Exp 9/20


Albert & Patricia House-Cleaning.  Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. (562)-397-4659,  (323)-413-0830.  SB Business  License14206409. Exp 9/20


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC-or-Mac), Cellphone, TV, Stereo, any Electronic-Device. Tina Schaffer. SB Business License CIP0001   Exp 1/10/2024


COMPUTER SERVICES (562)-733-9193

All things computer related. Phones, TV’s, Tablets, Electronic gadgets. Call John LW Resident.  SB License FUH0001.

Exp 11/01



Cars/Motorcycle/Truck, running-or-not. We are local, call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly! We do DMV and Release-of-Liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us 562-684-0901, we can come out and give you a quote.   CA Business License 046854. Exp 9/27


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


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258   Exp 9/27


Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093. Exp 10/11

autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462.   Exp 11/22


2001 GEM 4-Passenger Golf-Cart. 6-New/Batteries. Restored in 2021 with <500miles. Painted with high-quality paint and has updated steering-wheel, radio with/blue-tooth. Registered and is Street Legal. Contains new seat-belts and updated DISC/brakes. Pink Slip available. Contact my son for appointment_(714)-773-2106. Picture-available-upon-request_Price-Drop/$9,500/OBO.



No job too small! Fast/Reliable/Great-Prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787/Dan.  Exp 10/04



Your-Friendly-MOVERS. We-offer-Hauling-Service-too. ANY size job!  Call (310)-387-2618.  Business License RO263644. Exp 10/11


LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE Buying Furnishings/Wrought-Iron/Rattan/1960s-Modern/Artwork/Rugs/Statutes/Tiki/Jewelry/Vintage-Clothing/Miscellaneous-Collectibles, ETC. Call/562-243-7229  Exp 11/08


CELLO 4/4-size. Good-condition/price. Bow/case/wooden-stand-included. Life is the Sound of Joy!  Never-too-late-for-New-Challenge. Call-for-details/626-362-4963.


Emotion Electric Bike. Like New. $875  Bill/562-375-8370


Estate Sales by Jennifer and  Denise. Thursday/August-31st & Friday/September-1st/from-9:00am-to-2:00pm. 13480 Wentworth Lane, Mutual-5/Unit-125F. You will find MANY beautiful things in this home. Three-piece-Bistro-set/BBQ/Dresser(s)/Oak-Oval-Dining-Table-with-4-Chairs/Blue-Lift-Chair/|Blue-Loveseat-with-Reclining-Seats/China-Cabinet/Men-Women-Clothing/Vintage-Records/Christmas/Lamps/Lots-of-Tools/Full-Mattress/Full-White-Metal-Bed-Frame/Quilt-Rack/Vintage-Quilts/Sewing-Machine/Bread-Maker/Toaster-Oven/Costume-Jewelry and so much more! For entry through Leisure-World main-gate, call/text Denise/714-234-8842 with your name by Wednesday evening. POB 427, Seal Beach, 90740. Seal Beach Business License 14206514.


Mutual-2, Building-26, Carport-46 space available for rent. $45/Month. Call/562-784-1555. Exp 9/13