LWW Translate/Vie 12-16-21

  Dec 16 2021

Masks must be worn in GRF Trust property

Effective Wednesday, Dec. 15, masks are required for the interior use of all GRF Trust property.

This includes the Fitness Center, Table Tennis area, Woodshop, the LW Library, all clubhouses and all GRF offices.

This public safety action follows an order issued Dec. 13 by Gov. Gavin Newsom, which included Orange County. 

The order comes amid signs of a winter surge in COVID-19, with the number of new coronavirus cases spiking by about 50 percent over the last two weeks. 

The order will remain in effect until Jan. 15.

The GRF Board of Directors thanks you for spreading the word and for your cooperation in helping to keep our community safe.

Annual lights tour starts Dec. 20

The GRF Minibus service will conduct a special evening bus tour to view holiday light displays in Leisure World. 

Tours start at the Health Care Center at 5 p.m. Dec. 20-23 and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 20-22. 

Seating is first-come, first-served.  GRF Minibuses seat approximately 19 passengers.

At the conclusion of each tour, all passengers who need a ride will be taken home or to any other location inside Leisure World.

Masks are required to be worn by all passengers.

For information, contact Grant Winford at (562) 431-6586, ext. 372.

Labor dispute interrupts Seal Beach trash service; LW not impacted

City of Seal Beach waste collection is being disrupted by a work stoppage amid labor contract talks at Republic Services. 

The work stoppage will not affect Leisure World because its trash service is provided by CalMet Services Inc. CalMet provides a recycling program in addition to trash collection in LW.

According to a city press release, Seal Beach and other Republic Services clients, including Huntington Beach, Anaheim, Fullerton and Placentia, have been impacted by an interruption in trash collection due to a labor dispute at Republic.

Sanitation workers represented by Teamsters Local 396 went on strike Dec. 9 during contract negotiations. 

The City of Seal Beach stated that it is not involved in talks between Republic Services and its workers, but city officials are stressing the need for a swift resolution and contingency service. 

The city was initially informed that the strike would not have any material impact and that trash service would resume fairly quickly. 

Republic has since reported:

• All commercial and industrial routes for solid waste, recycling and organics have been delayed and will be rerouted for collection next week.

• There is no timeline as to when regular trash services will resume.

• Republic is working to have increased crews attempt to provide service.

Republic has provided a 40-yard roll-off container to the city to assist with the collection of Public Works trash and critical customers needing immediate unloading.

Minimizing household waste is always a good idea and can be helpful:

• Avoid using disposable plates, cups and silverware.

• Use refillable water bottles.

• Use cloths instead of paper towels.

• Reuse delivery boxes for wrapping Christmas gifts.

• Put off major yard work.

• Break down large boxes and bags with other paper goods.

Toys for Tots contributions exceed last year’s totals

LW residents turned out in droves Dec. 10 to drop off Toys for Tots donations and dance the night away to the music of Vinyl Rock, a nine-member band that plays the best of classic rock, Motown and pop. 

Before the band even began, Recreation Manager Thomas Fileto and Assistant Recreation Manager Kathy Thayer had to send out for more collection bins, as the ones on hand were overflowing with dolls, Play-Doh, Legos and balls. 

“This is way more than last year,” said Fileto, as people kept coming with bags full of toys. Once inside, people enjoyed cookies and beverages served by the Theater Club elves and photo ops with Santa. 

Soon, everyone was smiling, singing and swinging to “Pretty Women” and “Jingle Bell Rock” as the band played on in excellent style.

The show was sponsored by the GRF and co-sponsored by the U.S. Marines.

Office renovation for on-site social services underway

The GRF Physical Property Department has begun renovating the office in Building 5 that will soon house a new on-site collaboration team of social services, according to Member Resources and Assistance Liaison Robann Arshat.

“We are looking to open up in the later part of January,” she said. “In the meantime, we are working diligently to help all our shareholder residents with any resource need that arises. The most important aspect of this liaison position is to connect people with viable resources.”  

Among the many groups that will be based in LW to offer assistance is the Council on Aging—Southern California.  This nonprofit organization was founded in 1973 by  Lois Ellis, Shirley Cohen and Ann Sousa. They, along with local civic leaders and skilled professionals, recognized a need to advocate and protect older adults. From that humble beginning came an extensive array of programs, most of which will soon be available in LW.  

The Council on Aging will help with a variety of programs at no cost. They include:

• Friendly Visitor Program: Trained volunteers will visit by telephone or in person with isolated, older and/or disabled adults. 

• Reconnect: This program helps seniors with mental, emotional and other health barriers that aging can bring. 

• Senior Protection and Financial Abuse Specialist Team: The service helps seniors recognize and guard against financial abuse, scams and fraud.  

• Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy  (HICAP):  Volunteer experts help Medicare beneficiaries understand their benefits so they can choose the best options. HICAP can also provide advocacy when a senior’s health care benefits and rights are threatened or denied. 

• The Concierge Care Navigators program is the newest program offered by the Council on Aging. Led by a registered nurse and gerontologist team, it creates a personalized care plan of medical and non-medical goals that is accessible online to all family members who want to be involved with their loved one’s care. The three concierge care plans, which are provided for a fee, focus on wellness, crisis prevention and keeping seniors safe at home for as long as possible.

All of these programs from the Council on Aging offer supportive social structure from trained volunteers who can identify clients’ unmet needs and provide ongoing assistance.

The Council’s mission is “promoting the independence, health and dignity of older adults through compassion, education and advocacy.”  This trusted organization provides unbiased information, programs and services to all of Orange County. 

City of Seal Beach Holiday Schedule

Seal Beach City Hall will be closed from Thursday, Dec. 23-Dec. 31 or the Christmas holiday.  

Offices will re-open for public business on Monday, Jan. 3, with regular business hours from 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Building Division will  conduct inspections on Dec. 27, 28 and 29 during the closure. 

In case of emergency,  call the Seal Beach Police Department at (562) 799-4100 or dial 911.

LW Library Hours

The LW Library is open Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. People can bring their own devices or browse shelves for reading material, sit down and relax in air-conditioned comfort.

Four computers are available with no appointments required.

LW Profile-Fred Wind

Time folds accordion-like—

Every year another crease.

Life swells, compresses,

Let the music never cease. 

—Fred Wind, 

“Birthday Sonnet”


by Ruth Osborn


Words have been the compass of Fred Wind’s travels, mapping family life, work life and, now, LW life. 

He is a family man, an author, a teacher and, for 13 years, presided over the Creative Writers’ Club, one of LW’s oldest and more venerable groups.

His super power is the ability to tell stories that capture life in all its up-and-down adventure and teach others how to map their own word journeys.

He’s been a channel of encouragement to scores of fellow LWers through the years, teaching people about effective storytelling. His own work is funny and charming, ranging from a family history to a collection of stories inspired by—and dedicated to—the residents of LW. It’s called “Hilarious Tales of Leisure World.” 

His work also includes two volumes of poetry, “The Queen of Holland and Other Poems” and “From Minutes to Decades: Poems.”

In fact, LW poets can thank him for their platform in the LW Weekly. He was instrumental in initiating space dedicated to printing verse and rhyme in the paper.

Fred was born in 1942 and grew up on a farm in Friesland, the northernmost province of Holland. He was one of nine children. The house and barn were under one roof, and there was no electricity, so no TV, no radio. The farm included 18 cows, which were milked by hand twice a day.

In 1953, the Winds immigrated to Los Angeles County, where they continued to dairy farm. He met and married Wilma, and the couple had four children, starting with Henry, born in 1965, and Raymond, born in 1967. Then, after a 12-year gap, Maria and Sarah were born.

For 40 years, Fred taught grammar and writing to high school and elementary school scholars. Upon retirement, he and Wilma moved into Mutual 12 in 2005. 

He first joined the Theater Club and started writing variety shows, and then he moved to the Creative Writers’ Club. It was a perfect fit. He was president of the board from 2008-2021, just stepping down last month.

“There are  always people who have the impulse to write,” said Fred. “This club encourages them by giving them an audience. Just about everyone has a book in their bedside drawer, waiting to be finished, but no one to listen to it. The club is a venue where people  can comment on other’s work.” And that includes any genre, including poetry and non-fiction.

The club meets once a month. Feedback is upon request, so it’s a safe place for all manner of writers, from the novice to the most expert.

“Most people, true to human nature, like positive comments more than negative ones,” said Fred. “But everything is gently critiqued.”

As he got older, he found more pleasure in helping others find their voice. In one memorable example,  a woman came to him asking for advice, admitting she did not know how to start.

“I asked her to write a specific experience from her life,” so she came back with a short story about a family trip that veered off track, ending up with them being stuck on a remote road overnight in a snowstorm.

“I told her to take the story and to change every ‘I’ to ‘she.’ She did that, voila, a short story was born,” said Fred. “I love encourging people, and I like to be around creative people.” 

So the Creative Writers’ Club is a win-win for Fred, who credits it with enriching his LW years. 

He has advice for newcomers here: “Find a club or group that nurtures your spirit, something of interest and if there isn’t a club for you, start one.”

“The important thing is relationship to people. That’s the wonderful thing that old age gives us, a level playing field. We are all faced with mortality and vulnerability. That gives us a certain humility with each other. Joining clubs builds bridges that lead to great relationships. We need friends.”

The Creative Writers’ Club survived the COVID-19 shutdown and is emerging with a new board of directors to shepherd it through its next chapter. 

Of course, Fred will still be a member because, as every writer knows, the act of putting pen to paper is a compelling voyage into the unknown, and, like the ocean is to a sailor, the stuff of life itself.

Sign up for CERT disaster prep course

by Eloy Gomez

safety/emergency coordinator

Can you imagine surviving a disaster like Katrina in 2005 with little or no help from first responders for days after the disaster? 

Yes, you can survive natural and man-made disasters, especially if you learn how to respond to the unexpected emergency. 

The Leisure World Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) is inviting residents to learn how to help themselves and others in the community after a disaster. 

The CERT program educates people about disaster preparedness for hazards that may impact their area and trains them in basic disaster response skills, such as fire safety, light search and rescue, team organization, and disaster medical operations. 

Using the training learned in the classroom and during exercises, CERT members can assist others in their neighborhood or workplace following an event when professional responders are not immediately available to help. 

CERT members also are encouraged to support emergency response agencies by taking a more active role in emergency preparedness projects in their communities.

The first in-person training since the pandemic began and first ever evening training is set to begin in two weeks. 

It will be held every Tuesday and Thursday in January and February from 6-8 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. 

Students must attend all class dates listed to become CERT certified. 

 The dates are as follows:

• Tuesdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18 and 25

• Thursdays, Jan. 6, 13, 20, and 27

• Tuesdays, Feb. 1, 8, 15, and 22 

• Thursdays, Feb. 3, 10, 17, and 24 

 To register for this important training, contact Eloy Gomez at (562) 431-6586, ext. 356.  

Copy and Supply Center

The Copy and Supply Center in Building 5 offers copy, notary and passport photo services for a nominal fee. Copy service costs 13 cents per color page; 8 cents, black-and-white; passport photos, $10 for two photos; and notary, $15 per signature (by appointment). 

Letters to the Editor


I find so many informative articles in the LW news very helpful. When I found this article (on how to use closed captioning) last week,  I was so grateful because I am not real computer-and-television handy, but this was written so clearly that I was able to turn on closed captions on the first attempt. Thank you, Leisure World Weekly. 

Midge Bash

Mutual 14 


I would like to express my appreciation to all the Leisure World residents who take the time, effort and expense to decorate their homes for the holiday season. 

It is so uplifting to walk around the different Mutuals and see festive decorations everywhere. You bring cheer to our community with all the bright lights and displays. 

Thank you for bringing smiles to our faces and warmth in our hearts. Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

Joanne Locnikar

Mutual 8


Job well done! Thanks, Randy.

Stevin Cohen

Mutual 14


A recent yuletide shopping spree in Seal Beach was delightful.Enthusiastic shoppers, colorful decorations and the joyful Christmas caroling make the season bright. 

My friend and I decided to shop in Seal Beach and discovered lovely sweaters, tops, dresses and jewelry. We had fun selecting from the array of offerings.

The holiday atmosphere made everything more fun. Stores had long lines and restaurants were jammed, but everyone was patient. Business is booming.

Glad tidings to everyone.

Lisa A. Dickson

Mutual 1

Perspectives Policy

Submissions in the following categories may be published at the discretion of the managing editor. 

Letters to the Editor: The maximum number of words is 250. Letters should be typed and delivered to LW Weekly by email (preferred), regular mail or hand-delivered. Letters must be of general interest to the community and may contain opinions, suggestions, compliments and complaints without being scurrilous, libelous, defamatory, repetitive or otherwise inappropriate. The names of individual employees, titles and/or departments that could adversely impact any GRF employee will not be printed.

Member Column: At a maximum 500 words, columns may present an argument or opinion or information about pending issues of concern to the community. Priority is given to first-time or less frequent writers. Some names will be left out to protect privacy.

Contributor: Restaurant reviews, theater reviews or travel journal submissions are welcome, subject to terms and conditions in the policy unless otherwise noted.

Political: Submissions concerning political issues outside  Leisure World and the City of Seal Beach will not be published.

Opt in for LW white page listings 

Residents who are not in the 2021 Community Guide and Telephone Directory and want to be listed in the white pages next year should fill out a form and turn it in to the LW Weekly office. Forms are available on page 55 of the directory or at the office.

 If you do not want your listing to appear in upcoming editions of the directory, fill out the form on page 55 of the white pages and submit it to the LW Weekly Office. Forms are also If you are currently listed in the white pages, you don’t need to do anything. Your listing will appear as is unless you specify otherwise. 

The LW Weekly office is closed to the public, but staff is working inside. 

People can put forms through the letter slot or knock on the door for a form, and changes will be made for the 2022 Community Guide.

The annual directory is intended for the personal use of LW residents and is not circulated outside the community.

Weather Watch in SB

In anticipation of upcoming storms, the City of Seal Beach Marine Safety Department, Public Works Department and Police Department will be monitoring conditions throughout the winter season and will respond appropriately as issues arise. 

Residents are encouraged to monitor the surf and weather conditions and take steps to protect themselves and their property.

• People in flood-prone areas should have pre-filled sandbags available for immediate use.

• If possible, park cars in such a way as to protect its engine and electronics. 

• Wait to drive in areas with flooding until floodwaters recede. 

Driving on flooded streets causes wakes to form (even at fairly low speeds) and pushes water up onto parked cars and into garages.

• Monitor the Seal Beach Police Department social media outlets (Facebook, Instagram and Twitter) for information updates.

• If you see fallen trees or tree branches, call Security or the Seal Beach Police Department non-emergency line at (562) 594-7232.

Charitable Giving in LW
The world is full of people in need year-round, and no time is that more apparent than during the holiday season. Submit information about ways to give back to the community or your favorite charity (email preferred) at rutho_news@lwsb.com. Include the name of the charity and its contact information, plus your name and Mutual number. 

Read on for your neighbors’ favorite charities: 

• Christian Outreach in Action

We feel so very blessed to be able donate 2,000-plus knit/crochet caps with fleece scarves yearly to Christian Outreach in Action, Long Beach, for  the last 10 years. This charity helps the homeless and accepts all donations. For pick-up, call (562) 326-6760. 

Yvette Perdue, Mutual 10 

• Long Beach Rescue Mission 

Each $2.20 provided to this Long Beach nonprofit buys a plate of food and gives an opportunity for people to change lives: To end their hunger and to put homelessness behind them. To give, visit https://give.lbrm.org. The Long Beach Rescue Mission is located at 1430 Pacific Ave., Long Beach, CA, 90813, (562) 591-1292, info@lbrm.org. 

Lynne Lafleur, Mutual 6

• Helping the Homeless

Fill Trader Joe’s paper bags with items such as new socks, jars of peanut butter, loaves of bread, crackers, protein bars, bananas, a couple of bottles of water, plastic utensils, and a card with $5. Keep the bags in your car to give to homeless people living on the streets. 

Susan Hopewell, Mutual 6

• Partners in Health 

This Boston-based charity is dedicated to improving health care. Tracy Kidder wrote the inspiring story of its founder, Dr. Paul Farmer, in “Mountains Beyond Mountains,” which became a popular best-seller. 

Partners in Health received a top, four-star rating from Charity Navigator. To learn more, visit https://www.pih.org.

Linda and Fred Fenton, Mutual 12

• Mouth & Foot Painting Artists

 Mouth & Foot Painting Artists is a self-help association created by a small group of disabled artists more than 60 years ago. They were hoping to be able to earn a living through their artistic abilities to foster financial security. It is now an international organization.

Whether from birth defects or injuries resulting in paralysis, these artists create amazing work by holding a paintbrush with their teeth or between their toes.Visit https://mfpausa.com for information on how to give.

Laura Arnold, Mutual 14

• Mary’s Kitchen

Mary’s Kitchen feeds, clothes and provides services that support and enhance the quality of life for the hungry and homeless. On a daily basis, it serves meals to 200-plus homeless men, women and families. It was started by an Irish woman who fed the homeless at a local park. I know first-hand all the good they do, as I was a volunteer there for several years. Visit MarysKitchen.Org or call (714) 633-0444.

Andree O’Brien, Mutual 17

• Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG) 

HHUG is a small, local nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless in the community. It accepts donations of clean, used towels; new, unopened, travel-size shampoos, soaps and lotions; and disposable razors.  

The only clothing accepted is new socks and new underwear for men and women. To donate any of these items, contact Susan Hopewell at (562) 430-6044 for pick up, or leave donations on her patio in Mutual 6, 62-A. These donations are delivered to the Long Beach Beach Multi-Service Center, which provides a variety of services to homeless individuals and families, including showers. 

To make a financial donation and to learn more about HHUG, visit hhug.org.

Linda Neer, Mutual 2; Susan Hopewell, Mutual 6

• Precious Life Shelter

Precious Life Shelter, 3622 Florista St., Los Alamitos, (562) 431-5025, supports homeless pregnant women of all ages. It is supported by the Precious Life Thrift Store, where I have been volunteering for the last five  years. We accept all  types of donations, except furniture, and are always looking for volunteers to assist with the donations. 

Nancy L. Lopez, Mutual 15

• Golden Age Foundation

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is staffed and run by volunteers. The GAF, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1973 to enhance the quality of life in LW.  GAF relies on donations of time, talent and funding from  residents, groups and organizations. People can support the GAF by sending checks to: Golden Age Foundation, P.O. Box 2369, Seal Beach, CA, 90740; tax ID: 23-7273105. To learn more about the GAF, visit www.goldenagefdn.org.

Anna Derby, Mutual 5 

405 Freeway Improvement Update

The Orange County Transportation Authority, in cooperation with Caltrans, is widening the San Diego Freeway (I-405) between SR-73 and I-605.The project is improving 16 miles of I-405 between the SR-73 freeway in Costa Mesa and I-605 near the Los Angeles County line. Construction updates are as follows:

Southbound (SB) I-405 Loop On-Ramp 

from Bolsa Chica Road Closed for One Month

Crews closed the southbound (SB) I-405 loop on-ramp from Bolsa Chica Road to accommodate the freeway widening. 

The ramp closed Nov. 8 and is anticipated to reopen soon. 

North Gate Road

Crews are working on the foundation of two walls along southbound I-405 adjacent to North Gate Road, which remains open. 

The foundation consists of 130 cast-in-drilled-hole (CIDH) piles. Crews will use an auger to drill large holes, install forms and steel cages, and pour concrete into the holes to form the piles. The work is set to begin on the north end of the wall and will proceed south. 

The job began Oct. 26 and is expected to take more than six weeks to complete. Work hours are from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. 

Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m., and some activity may occur at night. 

This work may be loud. 

Southbound I-405 Loop Off-Ramp to 

Westminster Boulevard Extended Closure Continues 

 The closure of the southbound I-405 loop off-ramp to eastbound Westminster Boulevard has been extended for an additional three months.

This closure will keep traffic flowing on both lanes of the existing adjacent SB on-ramp and accommodate the detour needed for the extended closure of the SB I-405 loop on-ramp from Bolsa Chica Road.

The new ramp is now set to open in mid-January.

Westbound SR-22 On-Ramp 

from Old Ranch Parkway Closed 

Crews closed the Old Ranch Parkway on-ramp to the westbound  SR-22 on April 13 to accommodate the freeway widening. 

Activities include demolition, excavation, grading, drainage and electrical system installation, and concrete pours and asphalt paving.

 Daytime work hours are 7 a.m.-4 p.m. Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m. Nighttime work hours are 9 p.m.-6 a.m.

Northbound I-405 Loop Off-Ramp 

to Bolsa Avenue Closed 

Crews closed the northbound I-405 loop off-ramp to Bolsa on June 18 to accommodate freeway widening. The ramp is anticipated to reopen soon. 

I-405 Lane Reductions for Center Median Work 

Crews will continue to perform work in the center median on the I-405 at the Bolsa Avenue bridge. This work will require north- and southbound I-405 HOV lane reductions between Bolsa Avenue and Goldenwest.

Lane reductions will continue from 5 a.m.-noon, for approximately two more months. 

Sidewalk Closures on Seal Beach Boulevard for Signal Work 

Crews closed the sidewalks at the intersection of Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson Avenue for permanent traffic signal construction.

Activities include the removal of existing sidewalk ramps, installation of new sidewalk ramps, and electrical and foundation work.

Permanent traffic signal construction and the sidewalk closure will continue through December. Daytime work hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Seal Beach Boulevard and Lampson will be intermittently reduced to two lanes at the intersection for the duration of the work.

SB I-405 Off-Ramp to Bolsa Chica Road Closed 

Crews closed the SB I-405 off-ramp to Bolsa Chica on Oct. 27 and it will be closed for approximately three more months to advance construction on the Bolsa Chica bridge.  

Almond Avenue 

 Crews are working on the foundation of a wall along Almond Avenue between Dahlia Circle and Jasmin Circle in College Park East adjacent to the northbound I-405. The foundation consists of approximately 250 cast-in-drilled-hole (CIDH) piles.

This activity includes augering large holes, and installing forms and steel cages, and pouring concrete into the holes to form the piles.

Once this work is complete, crews will begin placing rebar, constructing forms and pouring concrete to construct the wall.

The work is ongoing from 7 a.m.-4 p.m. on weekdays and Saturdays, as needed. 

Nighttime activities may also occur between 9 p.m.-6 a.m. 

Crews may mobilize equipment as early as 6 a.m., and some activity may occur at night. This work may be loud.

CalFresh Benefits

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

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

Requirements to Apply:

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

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

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

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

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

Upon application, income and many other factors are taken into account to determine eligibility. 

For more information or to apply online, call 1-800-281-9799 or go to  https://www.mybenefitscalwin.org/. Residents who need assistance applying for CalFresh should contact Robann Arshat in Member Resources at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317, or Robertaa@lwsb.com. 

Tentative GRF Board of Directors Monthly Meeting Agenda

Tuesday, Dec. 21, 10 a.m.

Clubhouse 4 and via Livestream 

To view the live GRF Board meeting, go to www.lwsb.com. The tab will be active at 9:45 a.m. on the day of the meeting. The live-streaming uses YouTube live and terminates at the close of the meeting.


1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance  

2. Roll Call 

3. President’s Announcements

4. Seal Beach City Council Member’s Update

5. Shareholder/Member Comments 

Note: Foundation Shareholders/Members are permitted to make comments before the meeting business of the Board begins. The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §4925(b).) 

6. Consent Calendar

a. Committee/Board meetings for November

i. Minutes of the Recreation Committee, Nov. 1  

ii. Minutes of the Physical Property Committee, Nov. 3

iii. Minutes of the GRF Administration Committee, Nov. 4

b. Minutes of the GRF Board of Directors meeting, Nov. 23 

c. December GRF Board Report, dated Dec. 23

d. Accept Financial Statements for Audit, November

7. Ad Hoc Reports 

a. Governing Document Ad Hoc Committee

b. Management Services and Contract Ad Hoc Committee

c. Strategic Planning Ad Hoc Committee

d. Website Ad Hoc Committee

8. New Business 

a. General

i. Face Masks

ii. Workers’ Compensation Policy Renewal

b. Finance Committee

c. GRF Administration Committee

i. Capital Funding Request—Emergency Supply

ii. Approval for Background Screening Service

iii. Amend Policy 30-5092-3, BOD Censure Procedure

d. Physical Property Committee

i. Reserve Funding Request—HVAC in Clubhouse 6, Upstairs

ii. Capital Funding Request—Aquatic Center

e. Recreation Committee

i. FINAL VOTE: Amend Policy 70-1429.02-1, Golf Course Rules

f. Security, Bus & Traffic Committee

i. Capital Funding Request—Speed Cushions

9. Board Member Comments

10. Next Meeting 

The next regular GRF Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for Jan. 25 in Clubhouse 4 and via Zoom.

11. Adjournment

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.

GRF Meetings 

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

Mon., Dec. 20 Finance Committee

Conference Rm A/virtual 10 a.m.

Tues., Dec. 21 GRF Board Monthly Meeting

Clubhouse 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Mon., Jan. 3 Recreation Committee

Conference Rm B/virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Jan. 5 Physical Property Committee

Conference Rm B/virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 6 Administration Committee

Conference Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 7 GRF BoardExecutive Session

Conference Rm A 1 p.m.

Mon., Jan. 10 Mutual Administration Committee

Conference Rm A/virtual 1 p.m

Mutual Meetings 

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

Thurs., Dec. 16 Mutual 11

Conference Rm B/virtual 1:30 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 20 Mutual 15

Conference Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., Dec. 21 Mutual 14

Conference Rm B/virtual 1 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 27 Mutual 8 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)

Conference Rm A/virtual 9:30 a.m.

Tues., Jan. 4 Mutual 17

Conference Rm A/virtual 1:30 p.m.

Health & Fitness

Combat caregiver burnout with the ABCs

by CJ Blomquist


Caregiver burnout is a serious concern. It affects people in different ways: They might become very impatient, overwhelmed by anxiety or hopelessness, or they may feel isolated because they’re not seeing family or friends as much. They may also feel constantly tired. Maybe they gain or lose weight without trying. And sleep is a whole different challenge.

But they aren’t alone. According to Pew Research Center, there are more than 40 million adults caring for someone. Although 88 percent of them feel caregiving is rewarding, nearly one-third also feel it’s stressful. 

Caring for someone else means caring for oneself, too. If a caregiver is starting to feel burnt out, they should remember the ABCs of caregiving:

Ask for help. No one can do it all on his or her own, nor should anyone. If a friend loves to cook, they can see if that person is willing to make a few extra dinners for them and their loved ones. If a neighbor gets groceries every Monday, a caregiver can ask if he or she can pick some up for them, too—and be sure to pay the neighbor back. 

Be honest. A caregiver’s loved one depends on them for a lot, and that can feel like a lot for them. Caregivers should let loved ones know if they’re feeling overwhelmed. If they need a friend or family member to help, they can have a conversation with the person receiving care and find someone both can trust while the caregiver takes some time for his- or herself.

Care for oneself. Taking medications, eating well, exercising—these are all important for not only those receiving care, but also those giving care. That includes taking some “me time.” Caregivers should take breaks to watch a favorite movie, read a new book, take a long bath—whatever helps them relax and unwind. 

By following these ABCs, caregivers can hopefully focus on the meaningful aspects of what they do and reduce stress.

The Leisure Bikers were invited by the Rossmoor Bike Club to a fun harbor cruise in Newport Beach. Join the group on Sundays (includes breakfast), Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the North Gate at 9 a.m. for a healthy ride. Helmets and safe shoes are required. Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for more details.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach Inc. delivers freshly cooked meals for $8.75 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. Contact Client Manager Caron Adler at (562) 439-5000, ext. 1, or visit www.mowlb.org to complete an online application. To cancel a meal for the following day, you must contact Adler before 9 a.m. the prior business day. Menu is subject to change without notice. 

Thursday, Dec. 16: Hawaiian chicken with pineapple, brown rice and Oriental vegetables; applesauce; ham, turkey and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus Asian coleslaw.

Friday, Dec. 17: Roast beef with mushroom gravy, garlic-and-chive mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables; cake; taco salad, with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro and salsa dressing, plus crackers.

Monday, Dec. 20: Herb-roasted chicken leg and thigh, oven-browned potatoes, and seasoned carrots; peaches; tuna salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus homemade macaroni salad.

Tuesday, Dec. 21: Pork loin with apple-berry sauce, macaroni and cheese, and zuccini medley; chocolate pudding; entrée Greek chicken salad, with tomato, olives, cucumber, feta cheese and vinaigrette dressing, plus crackers.

Wednesday, Dec. 22: Salsbury steak with mushroom gravy, garlic-and-chive mashed potatoes, and mixed vegetables; apple pie; ham, turkey and cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus homemade potato salad.

Dance Fitness

Enjoy moving to fun, energetic music, including oldies, current tunes and different rhythms, while working muscles, improving balance, and increasing strength and stamina. 

Classes are held at Veterans Plaza on Mondays from 4-5 p.m. and upstairs in Clubhouse 6 on Tuesdays from 8:30-9:30 a.m. For more information, contact Jim Blanchard at (714) 487-2446.

Arts & Leisure

Weekend Night Dances

Expect rockin’ good times this month

GRF’s Weekend Night Dances features Vinyl Rock on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. All are welcome, but guests must be accompanied by the resident who invites them. Everyone is asked to sign in, either as a resident or guest, in the proper spot, as this is the only way GRF can judge the popularity of the bands.

Vinyl Rock is a nine-member Orange County-based outfit that passionately performs classic rock, Motown, and pop tunes primarily from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s. Sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers, the band will keep the audience engaged, inviting them to participate in sing-alongs and mingling on the dance floor. Everyone will be smiling, singing, swinging and swaying to the songs they grew up listening to and easily recognize. 

The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra returns to its normal venue at Clubhouse 4 on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 6 p.m. Leisure World’s own professional big band plays big band, swing and jazz standards—music for dreaming and dancing. 

Leisure Worlders can also trip the light fantastic to their mellow sounds on New Year’s Eve, when the Velvetones perform as a special treat to its fans from 6-9 p.m. 

If 9 p.m. is too early to ring in the new year, LWers can saunter over to Clubhouse 2, where Abilene will play starting at 9 p.m. The fun will continue until midnight—and maybe a bit beyond. 

Abilene has been Leisure World’s No. 1 country rock band for nearly 20 years. This year, the group opened the Amphitheater season with a rockabilly show that drew nearly 2,000 fans. Led by Terry Otte, who shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer, the band includes guitarist Rod Anderson, guitar synthesizer player Jim Long, bassist Mike Simpson and drummer Jim Greer.

The regular Weekend Night Dance lineup has the Velvetones playing at Clubhouse 4 on the first and third Sundays of each month at 6 p.m. Abilene normally performs on the fourth Saturdays, except in October and December when they play on Halloween and New Year’s Eve. Vinyl Rock performances vary; dates are published in the LW Weekly. All concerts are free, but tips are acceptable and appreciated.

Table saving is not permitted. No announcements are permitted from the stage, except by the bands. Clubhouse lighting and audio-visual equipment can only be adjusted by the custodian, according to the instructions they have been given. 

All guests must be out of the clubhouses no later than 10 p.m. (except New Year’s Eve) to allow adequate time for the custodian to tear down the setup and arrange things for the following day.

Monday Combined Bridge

At the Dec. 6 gathering of the Monday Combined Bridge Group, the winners were: 

First place: Evelyn Scherber

Second place: Dotty Kemper

Third place: Sue Yokomi

The group meets every Monday at noon in Clubhouse 1. For more information, contact Marion Standish at (562) 493-1236.


The Scrabble Club meets every Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5. Three successive games are offered. Members are asked to wear masks and arrive early so play can begin on time.

—Nancy Barber

The Joyful Line Dance Holiday Party is today, Dec. 16, from 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Lunch will be catered from Kampai Sushi House in Los Alamitos and will include teriyaki chicken, mixed tempura, rice and salad. Sign up and pay $15 to Lyn Stel or Daisy Ramos; the party is limited to 25-30 people. Everyone should dress up to dance and take a group photo at the end; the party will be videoed by Michael Oh to show through Superwire TV. Anyone with questions should text Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339.

Pickleball Club celebrates the holidays

The LW Pickleball Club held its holiday celebration on Dec. 5, with club President Linda Evenson welcoming more than 60 members to feast on an Italian dinner and play games. 

The “Pickle Toes” sang holiday songs with a pickleball spin, accompanied by Sue Burkschab on the ukulele, and everyone in the audience joined the sing-along. 

All photos from the party are posted on the Pickleball Club website at philsden.com/pickleball/.  

The club plans to offer free beginners’ lessons in January. 

Anyone who is interested should contact Linda Evenson at lwsbpickleball@gmail.com or (561) 577-3283.

Despite the rain, hula dancers geared up for the holiday season on Dec. 9. The dancers enjoyed entertaining at Los Alamitos Medical Center recently, and they’ll soon return to perform at Katella Senior Living Community. Today, Dec. 16, they are looking forward to bringing their Christmas aloha to the hard-working staff at the maintenance yard, LW Weekly and Recreation Department. Free hula dance lessons are offered twice a week. For more information, call (562) 431-2242.

Organ recital set for Dec. 19

Concert organist Peter Bates of Mutual 7 will perform a Christmas recital on the magnificent Aeolian-Skinner pipe organ in the main sanctuary of Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. Third St., Long Beach, on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 2 p.m. 

The audience will be invited to sing along to holiday carols.

Bates has been the church’s minister of music and resident organist since 1997. Last year, the annual Christmas concert was canceled because of COVID-19 concerns, but with the church returning to public services, the concert can again take place. 

Audience members are asked to wear masks while in the sanctuary and walk through a temperature checkpoint. Admission is free.

LWers light up holiday nights with good cheer

While LWers wait for Santa, they’re hanging their stockings with care and decking their halls. And the exteriors of homes are illuminated for all to see. 

LW Weekly will run photos of residents’ spectacular holiday decorations in the Dec. 23 issue, but people can take a sneak peek by visiting the following locations:

• 13730 Annandale Drive, 31-B

• 13201 El Dorado Drive, 207-L

• 1541 Homewood Road, 112-B

• 1671 Interlachen Road, 285-E

• 1720 Interlachen Road, 41-G

• 1720 Interlachen Road, 41-H

• 1300 Knollwood Road, 41-B

• 1371 Pellham Road, 66-G

• 1411 Pelham Road, 64-H

• 1710 Tam O’Shanter Road, 12-D

• Mutual 9, Building 215

Today, Dec. 16, is the last day for LWers to submit high-resolution jpgs of their holiday displays to pattym@lwsb.com.

Leisure Time Dancers

The last class of 2021 will be on Monday, Dec. 20. From 2-3 p.m., the featured dance will be salsa; that’s followed by an hour of gaucho tango, with Argentine styling. 

There will be no class on Dec. 27; classes will continue on Jan. 3.

One hour of class costs $7; two is $11. All are welcome, whether or not they’ve danced before. Masks are optional. For more information, call Richard Sharrard at (562) 434-6334.


LW Weekly is seeking high-resolution photos of your New Year’s Eve celebrations. Send jpgs and  a brief description to pattym@lwsb.com by Jan. 2 for possible inclusion in a future issue.

The Ladies’ Q Club celebrated the end of the year with its annual holiday luncheon on Dec. 6; the food was provided by Hof’s Hut in Seal Beach, with members also contributing to the table. “It was a wonderfully festive afternoon,” said club Secretary Kathy Engelhardt. “There was good company, good food and a great time had by all.”


Pinochle is played in Clubhouse 1 every Monday, Thursday and Saturday. The warmup game starts at 11:30 a.m., with the regular game beginning at 12:30 p.m.  

The following are the winning scores from recent games.

Nov. 22: First place: Gene Smith, 12,130; second: Sylvia Clinton, 11,490; third: Carole Damocie, 11,370; fourth: Irene Perkins, 11,350.

Nov. 27: First place: Jim Kaspar, 12,940; second: Nancy Wheeler, 12,610; third: Donna Gorman, 9,770; fourth: Joan Taylor, 9,690.

Nov. 29: First place: Marilyn Allred, 13,790; second: Margaret Smith, 12,660; third: Joan Taylor, 11,170; fourth: Keith Clausen, 10,990.

Dec. 2: First place: Jim Kasper, 12,060; second: Grace Buster, 11,110; third: Marilyn Allred, 10,680; fourth: Tony Dodero, 10,430.

Dec. 4: First place: Keith Clausen, 10,680; second: Curt Rogers, 10,610; third: Diana Lambert, 10,410; fourth: Peggy Kaspar, 9,950.

Dec. 6: First place: Joan Taylor, 11,440; second: Ron Jackson, 11,340; third: Marge Dodero, 11,020; fourth: Charlotte Westcott, 10,900.

Anyone interested in playing pinochle should call Marge Dodero at (310) 968-9509.

Dancing Feet Club 

The Dancing Feet Club hosts two regular events in Clubhouse 2. 

Line dance lessons and practice are every Monday from 7-9 p.m., and social (ballroom) dancing happens the fourth Sunday of every month from 6- 9:30 p.m.

The club will celebrate Christmas on Dec. 26. Members are invited to dress festively for  the occasion. 

Members may bring their favorite snacks and drinks, but liquor is not allowed.

Entrance to all events is free. Masks are required. 

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

Long Beach Symphony to play special concert Jan. 8

Rescheduled because of the pandemic and not included in the 2021-2022 subscription series, the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra (LBSO) will perform the “Violins of Hope” concert on Jan. 8 at 8 p.m. with special guests. “Songs and Stories of Hope” will be held the next day.

The instruments used in both evenings’ programs were rescued from World War II concentration camps and meticulously restored by father and son Amnon and Avshalom Weinstein. 

Soloists for “Violins of Hope” include Israeli violinist Niv Ashkenazi and LBSO principal cellist Cécilia Tsan; guest singers will join the Long Beach Camerata Singers. The evening’s program features John Williams’ compositions of “Hatikvah” (Israel’s National Anthem) from the film “Munich” and his moving theme from “Schindler’s List.” The finale is Mozart’s emotionally stirring Requiem in D minor.

Dr. James A. Grymes, author of the book “Violins of Hope,” brings “Songs and Stories of Hope” to the stage on Jan. 9. The intimate, mixed-media performance features the stories behind these special instruments from Avshalom Weinstein, Barber’s Adagio, Vivaldi’s Concerto for Four Violins, and rarely heard pieces by Jewish composers who survived the Holocaust or perished at the hand of the Nazis.

For further information or to buy tickets for the concert and the bus the LBSO supplies for round trips between Leisure World Seal Beach and the Long Beach Terrace Theater, contact the LBSO box office at (562) 436-3203, ext. 1, or visit Longbeachsymphonyorchestra.org.

Tickets may also be purchased the night of the concert at the bus loading area in front of the Amphitheater between 5-6 p.m. The cost is $20, payable with cash or a personal check to LBSO. They are also available at the box office. 

Everyone must bring a photo ID, evidence of COVID-19 vaccinations and a cellphone; masks are required to enter the bus and the concert hall.

Information about the remaining subscription series can be found via the above contact information; for discounted group prices, email Frieda Davis from the Leisure World Opera Club at GEOH.Davis@gmail.com.

—Beverly Emus

Women’s Golf Club

Because of the inclement weather, just 24 brave women participated in Dec. 7’s nine-hole tournament round. They competed for low gross, low net and one circle hole. Grace Choi was the only golfer to hit the ball from the tee box directly into the circle surrounding hole No. 6.

The winners were:

Flight A: Low gross: tie between Mary Ann Moore and Jane Song, 28; low net: Stella Yoon, 28.

Flight B: Low gross: Young Yoon, 29; low net: Sun Lee, 23.

Flight C: Low gross: tie between Liz Meripol and Helen Yoon, 29; low net: Elizabeth Butterfield, 27.

Flight D: Low gross: Sandra deDuBovay, 35; low net: Dorothy Favre, 22.

—Dale Quinn

Bingo Sundays

Join bingo players every Sunday afternoon, except Dec. 26, in Clubhouse 2. The buy-in line opens at 1 p.m. and costs $5, with additional cards at $1 each. Calling begins at 1:30 p.m. sharp. 

Games on the first Sunday of the month are sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary; those on the second and fourth Sundays are sponsored by American Legion, Post 327. The Filipino Association of Leisure World hosts on the third and fifth Sundays. After prizes are distributed, all proceeds support Leisure World charitable organizations, benefiting the community’s residents and veterans.

Questions should be directed to Rich Carson, Post 327 commander, at (714) 719-6872.

Community Karaoke

The Christmas spirit was not only in the air, but also in the songs that were sung during the karaoke party on Dec. 8. Traditional carols were beautifully done by Tony Tupas, David Noble, Carolyn Mottola, Pat Kogok, Rick Riley, Gerry Tagaloa, Erika Greenwood, Anna Le, Vito Villamar and Bob Barnum. 

Ric Dizon has been the club’s “in-house Elvis” for several years, as he favors the King’s hits from the past. And new resident Mike Woo shared his pleasant voice with the group when he sang “What a Wonderful World.”

The audience also appreciated popular tunes such as “Downtown,” as performed by Ellen Brannigan, and “Let it be Me,” by Vilma Tagaloa, as well as catchy numbers from Richard Yokomi, Pete Tupas, Susan Kelleghan, Kenny Nortorleva, Eileen Merrit, Nina DeRosa and Walt Bier.

Everyone is welcome to practice songs on Mondays from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 6, then join the group on Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m. for karaoke parties in Clubhouse 1.

—Margie Thompson

Hot Shots Down Sliders

Shuffleboard League continued on Dec. 3, with the Hot Shots defeating the Sliders 11-7 on the Clubhouse 1 courts. The Sliders’ all-game winner was Linda Peters.

After three weeks of league play, the Hot Shots remain in first place, with Sliders in second and Shufflers in third.

Shuffleboard is a low-impact sport that gets you off the couch, is easy to learn and is fun exercise. Regularly scheduled practices are Tuesdays at 5 p.m. Starting time for league play is 8:30 a.m. on Fridays; players should arrive on time to get a starting position.

BYOB practice nights, tournaments and other social events are being planned for Shuffleboard members and their guests. New members are welcome to join for the fraternization and socialization. Contact Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975 for more information.

It’s a great time to put on your dressy Christmas glad rags for some “dreamin’ and dancin’” when Leisure World’s own Velvetones takes the Clubhouse 4 stage on Dec. 19 at 6 p.m. The Golden Rain Foundation requests all residents and guests sign in as they arrive; anyone not fully vaccinated against COVID should wear a face mask.

Yahtzee Club

At the Dec. 3 meeting of the Yahtzee Club, Karen Riner won for Most Yahtzees (10), Kathy Rose had the Highest Total Score (1,664), and Dorothy Hill won the Door Prize.

The Yahtzee Club meets every Friday from 12:30-4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. The cost to play is $2 per meeting. 

The club is currently at maximum capacity, but new members will be accepted in January. Anyone who wants to be on a waiting list to join or would like a lesson in the game should call or text Kathy Rose at (714) 309-6873.

Orchestra Concert on Saturday in CH 4

Leisure World Orchestra invites all LWers to its Holiday Concert on Saturday, Dec. 18, at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Refreshments will be served after the free show. 

The orchestra has grown this year, and under new conductor Dr. Samuel Kim, a wonderful program has been planned that includes “Scheherazade” by Rimsky Korsakov; Irving Berlin’s “White Christmas”; the “Hallelujah” chorus by Handel; the Radetzky March by Strauss; Humperdinck’s “Hansel and Gretel”; Strauss’ “Blue Danube” waltz; “Argonaise” from Bizet’s “Carmen”; the Christmas Fugue; “Festive Sounds of Hanukah”; Christmas MarchLeroy Anderson’s “A Trumpeters Lullaby”; Canticle of Praise (accompanied by the LW Korean Community Church choir); Mexican Overture; and more. 

The orchestra encourages all Leisure World musicians to join rehearsals in the Amphitheater on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays at noon. Anyone interested should contact Fred Reker at (615) 898-0669 or fredreker326@gmail.com.

Poker Tournament Club 

At the Poker Tournament Club played on Dec. 1, Roy Mittelsteadt won the final table for the second time in a row, beating Amy Mangravito with a pair of AAs against K9. Finishing in third through sixth place were Linda Stone, Glenn Evenson, Tom Pappas and Dan Galliani. The table was dealt by Jon Jones. 

Mittelsteadt, a member of the Pool Club and a Mini Farmer, is a retired construction worker whose hobbies include fishing and gardening. 

The promotional hand of 8-3 was won by Mike Gass, and the Ken Reddy raffle of $50 was won by Debbie Barber. High hand was won by Joyce Smith with a straight flush. The second highest hand was 77778, won by Hank Lincourt.

—Judy Jasmin

Entertainment Reviews

Seen any good movies, read a great book or attended a local theater production? LW residents are invited to submit reviews—including all pertinent information, such as author names, location information, movie ratings, etc. , as well as your name, Mutual and telephone numbers—to pattym@lwsb.com. All reviews are subject to editing for content and clarity and will run as space allows.

Pool League

Pot Luck was the big winner in the Monday-night Pool League, winning 11-2 over Hot Stix on Dec. 6. Paul Snellenberger of Pot Luck won six of seven matches, while teammates Barry Chittem and Dennis Bedford each won five.

Break ’em and Make ’em edged out Ace in the Hole 7-6. Steve Edrich won four games for Make ’em and Break ’em.

The team 4-20 took the Favorites by a 7-6 margin. Glen Evenson won five matches for 4-20. 

The Fantastics beat Go for Broke 9-4. Rusty Aquino won five games for the Fantastics, including both of his singles matches. Although the Fantastics picked up two games on league leader 4-20, they are still 12 games behind with only two weeks remaining to play.

—Dave Silva

Chess Club

This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. White moves first; any answer by Black, and White’s third move is checkmate.

The White queen moves from a4 to d7, then Black rook to d7, followed by White rook to c8 and Black rook to d8. The next move by White is checkmate.

The Chess Club meets from 1:30-6 p.m. on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7.

Cribbage Club

Taking first place in cribbage on Dec. 7 was Marie McGuire, with a score of 841 of a possible 847. Second place went to Kent Davidson with 828, and Howard Bleakley came in third with 823. Placing fourth with a score of 817 was Irvene Bernstein.

With the help of Margaret Smith, Marcy Locy served apple pie topped with whipped cream to all 48 players. 

Cribbage Club meets each Tuesday in Clubhouse 1; $1 each week provides players the opportunity for at least three hours of card-playing fun, coffee and dessert. Snacks are served at noon, with play beginning at 12:30 p.m. Seven games are played, with members rotating at the end of each game. New members are always welcome. Dues of $3 for 2022 will be accepted at the next meeting.

Anyone wanting to learn to play cribbage or brush up on their skills can leave a message with Patti Smith at (562) 242-4674. 

—Marilyn Chelsvig

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First Christian Church

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


Saturday and Sunday services have the same message by Pastor Bruce Humes.   

Sunday is a traditional service, with hymnal music provided by Pat Kogok at the piano from 9:30-10:45 a.m. Christmas carols will be sung throughout December, and Iris Munchie will sing “A Hallelujah Christmas” this Sunday. 

The Saturday service is contemporary, with Gregory Black leading in worship and guitar accompaniment from 9:30-10:45 a.m.

Friday prayer meetings are from 6-7 p.m. 

The weekly Bible study led by Jack Frost is on Wednesday mornings from 9:30-10:30. They are open to all interested.  

The Message

 1 Thessalonians 2:13 says, “For this reason we also thank God without ceasing, because when you received the word of God which you heard from us, you welcomed it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which also effectively works in you who believe.” 

These believers received  not the words of man, but the words of God, and as such it was the truth. The truth of God’s word is effective in the lives of believers, and it changed their lives in such a way that they turned from worshipping their idols to worshipping the one and only creator God. They put all their trust in the Lord Jesus Christ.

God’s word has the power to change and transform anyone’s life who will seek him. In the Gospel of Luke, Jesus tells us in 11:10, “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Those are promises from Jesus himself.

Scripture of the Week

This prophetic word came through the prophet Isaiah, who lived at least 700 years before the birth of Christ.

“For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us: And the government will rest on his shoulders; And his name will be called wonderful counselor, mighty God, eternal father, prince of peace” (Isaiah 9:6).  


Those who want to speak to someone at the church or have a need can call (562) 431-8810 and leave a message.

Faith Christian Assembly

There are many studies that reveal the sad fact that many seniors are plagued by loneliness, especially during the holidays. Faith Christian Assembly is a welcoming place that has many people who are excited to welcome new people.  

To learn about events and meetings at Faith Christian Assembly, visit the website at www.fcachurch.net or the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/fcachurch or call (562)598-9010.  

People can start their week off right by worshiping God and enjoying a powerful message from Pastor Sheri Leming at the 10:30 a.m. service on Sunday as well as the celebration service at 5:30 p.m.  

Those who need prayer or want to join Faith Christian Assembly in prayer to touch God’s heart for needs near and far can come early for the pre-service prayer on Sunday at 5 p.m. 

The midweek Bible Study happens every Wednesday at 7 p.m.  The men’s and women’s groups will start meeting again in February after a January hiatus. 

To receive a free newsletter or for more information on the church, call (562) 598-9010, email contact@fcachurch.net or visit the website at www.FCAchurch.net.

Beit HaLev

All livestream Shabbat services, both evening and morning, will begin 30 minutes earlier than usual.  Services for Erev Shabbat will now begin at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday morning services start at 10.

Beit HaLev will have live, in-person services beginning in January  in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.  Masks are required to attend.  There will be complimentary Beit HaLev masks available.

Beit HaLev livestream services are on Facebook.com/galityomtov and Zoom.  To join the Zoomagogue community, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit.

The Torah reading this week is “Vay’chi,” “and he lived,” from Genesis 49:27-50:26. As Jacob Avinu reaches the end of his life, he gathers his children and grandchildren around his bedside and bestows on each of his progeny a blessing. The sons and grandchildren of Jacob are to become the 12 tribes of Israel.  Each blessing contains within it a rebuke and a prophecy. Jacob then asks that his bones be buried next to his wife and ancestors in the Cave of Machpelah in Canaan. Following the burial, Joseph and his brothers return to Egypt, and at the end of the reading, as Joseph’s life is about to end, he asks that his bones also be taken to the land of his ancestors to be buried.  This chapter ends the Book of Genesis, “Chazak!”

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

Beit HaLev and Rabbi Galit-Shirah are a part of the Union of Jewish Universalist Clergy and Communities. It is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy. The services are joyous, meaningful and musical. Beit HaLev welcomes everyone who seeks a path to the divine and does not believe in labels. It considers all religions holy and valid.

To request a membership form for Beit HaLev, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at (562) 715-0888 or email her at duets@icloud.com.

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will host hybrid services  in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and on Zoom on Friday, Dec. 17, at 6:30 p.m. with Rabbi Eric Dangott  and Saturday, Dec. 18,  at 9:30 a.m. with Rabbi Mymon.

New members who want to watch the livestream should contact Jeff Sacks by texting  (714) 642-0122 or emailing jfsacks@gmail.com. The link will have the meeting ID and password embedded. Those who want more details or need to practice can call Jeff ahead of time. The phone number to call for those who do not have Internet service is (669) 900-9128.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/3752519429?pwd=UDREWTA1N21jaXVUZUhyQmY1U01JQT09. The meeting ID is 375 251 9429, and the passcode is 8ZYy69.

The walking group meets Mondays and Wednesdays at 6 p.m. at Clubhouse 3, Bus Stop A.

Those who need to be added or removed from the misheberach list should let Darlene Rose know by Wednesday at (562) 347-8088. Contact Jeff to participate in games, the book club or livestream services.

Anyone who wants to join the congregation should call Howard Brass at (562) 794-9090.

LW Baptist

LW Baptist Church’s service is on Sunday, Dec. 19, in Clubhouse 4 at 10 a.m. This week’s service celebrates the savior’s birth, God’s most precious gift to the world, recorded in Luke 2. God arranged presentation and registration of his most precious gift, then put the gift under the tree, brought his children to see and receive the gift, and watched them respond to their gift. Christmas carols will be part of the service. 

Sunday school precedes worship at 9:15. Men’s Bible Study is at 10 a.m. on Monday. For more information, call (562) 430-8598.

Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living

The Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living’s Winter Holidays and Solstice Taizé Celebration of Light will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 21, at 6:30 p.m. at the Seal Beach Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Drive, Seal Beach.

This will be a solemn candlelight service honoring many cultural and faith traditions, as well as the Winter Solstice and the seasonal coming of the light.

The evening will feature Taizé and holiday music, meditative readings, and time for deep contemplative connection. A sacred candlelight ritual will also highlight the occasion. All community members, friends and family are welcome to attend. Light refreshments will be served afterward.

Pre-registration is encouraged by visiting the church website at www.sbcsl.org or by contacting the office at (562) 598-3325. Tickets cost $20. 

Redeemer Lutheran

“Our Souls Proclaim the Greatness of the Lord” is Pastor Lisa Rotchford’s sermon title for worship on Sunday, Dec. 19.

The main service is held inside the stained-glass sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive at 10:30 a.m. Organist Sharon Heck will share the Advent and Christmas hymns, while the Advent candle is completed with the fourth light of love.  

 In order to care for one another’s safety, Redeemer Lutheran  continues to follow healthcare guidelines by wearing masks and socially distancing.

Assembly of God

In “Romeo and Juliet,” William Shakespeare asks, “What’s in a name?” He goes on to say “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” But believers know that names are important, not to be given without great consideration.  Children are named carefully and thoughtfully, so as not to link them with wicked or unpleasant people or events. Would the scent of a rose truly be perceived as sweet if it were called a skunk flower?  

A passage of Scripture that illustrates a glorious consistency between name, character and purpose is Isaiah 9:6-7.  In these two brief verses in the NLT version, the breadth of Jesus’ role and purpose as the Messiah is proclaimed.  

Pastor Chuck Franco will bring his message, “Jesus the Messiah,” on Sunday, Dec. 19, at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, as Assembly of God continues to prepare for Christmas with Christ at the center of the celebration. The name above every name brings restoration, joy, hope and healing. 

A Christmas-themed hymn sign will be held on Sunday at 6 p.m., in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. All Leisure World residents and friends are welcome to enjoy fellowship with cookies and coffee following the hymn sing.  

 Bible study is held on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  This week is session 4 of the series “Kingdom Heroes,” by Tony Evans, which  is a study highlighting the people listed in the “Hall of Faith” in Hebrews, Chapter 11.  

More information about Leisure World Assembly of God can be found at  lwassemblyofgod.com.  Those who want prayer, personal contact from a pastor, or a DVD of the Sunday morning sermon can  contact Pastors Chuck and Sheryl Franco by calling (562) 357-4360 or emailing pastorchuck@lwassemblyofgod.com. Pastor Chuck’s sermons can be accessed on Facebook (Chuck Franco) and the Faithlife app under the group “Leisure World Assembly of God,” where people can also give online.

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Fourth Sunday of Advent on Dec. 19. The first reading is from Micah 5:1-4a, and the second reading is from Hebrews 10:5-10. The Gospel reading is from Luke 1:39-45.

Merry Christmas from Holy Family Church

Dear Saints Alive of Holy Family Church,

As the Christmas celebration approaches, I write to wish you a joyous Christmas and a blessed New Year, and to inform you of the special Advent-Christmas schedule.

The Season of Advent starts with a beautiful day of retreat and outdoor Nativity scene decoration. Joyful celebrations of the immaculate conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe follow. In the remaining days of the Advent Season, take time to attend Holy Family’s daily Mass and other scheduled celebrations, especially the Novena of Masses in preparation for Christmas. Holy Family will continue to offer more opportunities for the Sacrament of Penance.

Christmas is special this year because it falls on a Saturday, so the next day celebrate our church’s Feast Day—The Holy Family. This feast marks the 60th anniversary as a mission church. 

The children’s choir will help celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

Thank you for the support you have shown to our precious faith community. You have been more than generous during these hard times. May God pour abundant blessings upon you and all your loved ones. 

In the Christ Child and Our Blessed Mother,

Rev. Joseph Son Nguyen and retired priests Rev. Juan Caboboy and Rev. Jim Hartnett

Christmas Schedule

Friday, Dec. 24: Children’s Choir Concert at 4 p.m.; Christmas Eve Mass at 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 25: . Christmas Day Mass at 8 a.m.; Christmas Day Mass with the  Children’s Choir at 10 a.m. There will be no confessions on Christmas. Saturday Vigil Mass at 5 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 26: Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph at 8 a.m.; Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. and noon.


To receive a copy of the weekly parish bulletin, sign up at https://ebulletin.jspaluch.com or https://www.jspaluch.com/Subscribe. Visit the website for more information at  www.holyfamilysb.com. 

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

Buddha Circle

Buddha Circle’s meditation drop-in sessions meet via Zoom every Tuesday and Saturday from 10-11:30 a.m. Each session will include guided meditations and instruction on simple meditation techniques that, when practiced regularly, can reduce unnecessary suffering and improve general health and happiness. All experience levels are welcome, and questions are encouraged.

The sessions will be led by Bill Conn, an experienced meditation practitioner and teacher. He has been trained at UCLA’s Mindful Awareness Research Center and is a Unified Mindfulness Level 2 Coach.

Those who are interested in joining can email Conn at whconn@toast.net to be added to the Zoom meeting. To receive more information, call (714) 468-6887.

Community Church

Last week, Community Church looked at what it means to be planted in darkness. This entire year, which begins with the Christian season of Advent, looks at how believers grow.  

Community Church will look at the first hints of new life springing forth as the baby John the Baptist is leaping and kicking in Elizabeth’s womb.  

Pastor Johan Dodge has been using the metaphor of seeds planted in darkness because this has seemed like such a time of darkness. But the truth is, even if the world was not living in a pandemic, this would still be a time of transition. Community Church has been pleased to welcome many new people into worship over the last several weeks, many of whom have moved into Leisure World in the midst of the pandemic.  

Life at every stage is about letting go of what was and embracing what now is.  Sometimes that is easy and enjoyable and other times it is burdensome and worrying; through it all, people continue to grow and transition.  

Those who find themselves at a new transition point and are looking for some support to continue their growth can join Community Church for worship.

Community Church has a new heating and air system with filtration and rapid air exchange to make in-person worship safer.  Masks must be worn to attend in person worship.  

People can watch the service on Facebook @communitychurchleisureworld. Those who don’t have Facebook can call the church office or email leisurewccsue@yahoo.com for the Zoom link.  

Those who are in need without another way to address that need can call the church office to leave a message at (562) 431-2503.

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Sunshine Club

Holiday party will be held on Friday, Dec. 17, in CH 3, Room 2

The Sunshine Club will hold its second  in-person gathering of the year this Friday, Dec. 17, at 10 a.m., in celebration of the club’s 10 -ear anniversary. The gathering will be held at Clubhouse 3, Room 2, for those who have RSVP’ed, with catered Japanese foods from the local restaurant Kampai and dessert donated by members.

Tickets to the holiday party are sold out. Due to the staff shortage from the restaurant, only 50 members were allowed to sign up.

After a brief catch-up session on community affairs, with time for questions and answers. Sunshine Club members will enjoy social time over teriyaki chicken, mixed tempura, salad and rice in individualized boxes in an effort to adhere to safe practices regarding COVID-19.

Each person who attends will leave with a group photo of all the members as a souvenir. 

Over the course of this  year, the Sunshine Club invited many community leaders and administrative supervisors. Each guest speaker provided residents with educational and beneficial information. 

The club will resume Zoom meetings in January and will evaluate each month whether  it is safe to meet in person.  The club doesn’t charge the membership fees and welcomes new members.

The Sunshine Club is taking a break after the holiday party so members will have time with family and friends over the holidays. 

The club will have the first meeting on Jan. 14, and will welcome  Director of the GRF Security Department, Victor Rocha.

Where We Live Club

LWers are welcome to join the next Where We Live Club meeting on Monday, Dec. 20, at 4 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The meeting provides an  opportunity to come together to influence the future direction of the LW community. Many residents have expressed an interest in exploring the benefit of professional management. LWers are invited to bring  ideas and work together to save money and improve retirement living.

Y Service Club

The Y Service Club sells MiraFiber Cloths to raise funds to send kids to camp.  A great fit idea for the holidays, the MiraFiber Cloths, plus water, will clean any surface without chemicals. They are guaranteed to last a long time, if directions are followed .  The cost is $6 each or five for $25.  

For more information, call Glenna Hoff at (562) 296-5040. 

Retirement Party

Erika Akiyama (left, yellow sweater) celebrated her retirement with the Mutual 4 Mahjong  group. She worked 19 years as a office worker. Now, she’s happy because she can play Mahjong up to three times a week.

Friendly Couples Club enjoy simply getting together, sharing a potluck dinner and laughing the second Wednesday of the month at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. At the Dec. 8 meeting, Harriet Kader-Speth and Bud Parrish entertained the group with card bingo. New members are welcome to join. The next meeting is Jan. 12. Contact Jeanette Williams at (818) 358-9185 or jnw7491@gmail.com. Seated counter clockwise around the table: Harriet Kader Speth (holding cards), Bud Parrish, Mary Talentino, Lu Talentino, Jim Kaspar, Peg Kaspar, Bobbie Olsen and Ron Olsen. Standing row: Fred Reker (l), Cindy Levy, Terry Howey, Laura Freedman, Judi Possnack and Dave Possnack.

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

Lw contributor

Democratic Club leaders are concerned about organizing now underway for a number of proposed recall elections and propositions for the 2022 ballots.  

To date, the only statewide proposition that has qualified for the November ballot is one challenging a 2020 law prohibiting the retail sale of certain flavored tobacco products.  However, Californians may also be asked to vote on a number of issues such as if taxpayers should fund parochial (i.e., religious) and other private schools and if taxpayers have a right to medical freedom (i.e., a right to not be vaccinated, not to wear a mask, etc.). 

The primary backer of a proposed ballot measure that would establish a program to allow state tax money to be diverted to students attending non-public schools is David Welch. He is a wealthy Silicon Valley entrepreneur and founder of an organization called Students Matter. 

The measure, titled “Constitutional Right to a High-Quality Education Act,” would amend the Constitution to authorize the program and exempt it from the sections prohibiting funding for private schools and religious organizations. Backers have been quoted as saying they hope language in the measure will make it easier to challenge teacher tenure and other laws. A similar measure was defeated in the Legislature earlier this year.  

William Koski, founder and director of Stanford Law School’s Youth and Education Law Project, has expressed his concern. “At first blush, the initiative looks promising. Who could be against a high-quality education?” he wrote in an email. “But any right is only as good as its remedy. The ‘right’ to a high-quality education created by this initiative may not be realized because the remedy is so limited. It not only allows children, families and their communities to attack educational laws, policies and regulations, but explicitly prohibits them from seeking funding to improve their schools.”

For an extensive analysis of this proposed constitutional and statutory initiative by the California Legislative Analyst’s Office, members are encouraged to Google “funding for students attending private schools (ballot).”

Another proposed ballot measure would amend the California Constitution to—among other things—end the possibility of mandating masks and vaccinations to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Members can Google “the rights of individuals to make fully free and informed health decisions (ballot)” for the official California Legislative Analyst’s Office report.

For a report on all ballot measures currently being processed by the CA Secretary of State, Google “ballot measures California Secretary of State.”


The club urges all Leisure World voters—regardless of party affiliation—to refuse to sign the petitions to recall Los Alamitos School District Trustees, when and if they are certified for distribution in the community.  If certified, vote no on the recall.  


LW Democrats and supporters can subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter. Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or call editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521.  

American Legion Auxiliary 

Holiday luncheon is on Dec. 20

The American Legion Auxiliary holiday luncheon for members and guests will be held on Monday, Dec. 20, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The regular American Legion Auxiliary monthly meeting will start at noon, with lunch to follow.. 

The Auxiliary is starting preparations for its annual fashion show fundraiser, scheduled for the end of March.  Tickets will be $25 and will  include a lunch, fashion show and raffles with great prizes.  

All LWers are invited to the hymn sing

All residents are invited to participate in singing their favorite Christmas songs in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 19.  Those present will be able to choose their favorites from the hymn book, with singing led by Dan Ballinger with Marge McDonald at the keyboard and Norma Ballinger at the piano.  

Special music will include the mother/daughter team of Carol Darnell and Valerie Buterbaugh.  Along with their vocal talent, Carol writes new words to melodies of favorite secular songs.  Also, during this one-hour period, Dan Ballinger will sing, “O Holy Night,” and Assembly of God Pastor Chuck Franco will bring a brief message of encouragement and hope. 

A time of fellowship will conclude the evening.  Coffee will be provided; people are welcome to bring Christmas cookies to share.

Hearts and Hands United in Giving

Hearts and Hands United in Giving (HHUG) is a small, local nonprofit dedicated to helping the homeless in the community. It accepts donations of clean, used towels; new, unopened travel size shampoo, soap and lotion; and disposable razors.  The only clothing accepted is new socks and new underwear for men and women. 

To donate any of these items, contact Susan Hopewell at (562) 430-6044 or Linda Neer at (562) 430-3214 for pick up. People may also leave donations on the patio in Mutual 6, Unit 62A, or Mutual 2, Unit 48A. 

Donations are delivered to the Long Beach Multi-Service Center, which provides a variety of services to homeless individuals and families.

Anna Derby from Mutual 5 enjoyed watching her trees being pruned. Jose Arquiano and J & J Landscaping Company employees prune trees for Mutual 5. She says it was quite a scene to watch Rolando Vazquez gracefully climb the large Brazilian pepper tree to beautifully prune it. The bottle brush tree in front of her unit was pruned nicely, and became a thin, good-looking tree that lets two squirrels play freely. In 2021, Arquiano and his team pruned over 60 trees in the Mutual 5 property.

LW residents David Harlow and Debbie Salling are now offering free God Bless America crosses to LW residents. Donations, which are used to buy materials, are appreciated but not required. To order a cross, call (562) 843-6963 and leave a message that includes your name and phone number.

gaf & Rollin’ Thunder

Orange safety flags available for mobility devices

Orange safety flags for mobility devices will be handed out on Jan. 8 in the Clubhouse 6 parking lot from 9 a.m.-noon. The event is co-sponsored by the  Golden Age Foundation (GAF) and the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club. 

The brightly colored pennants flying in the breeze from the tops of many golf carts and mobility devices will be available without charge to all LWers in need of them. 

Serving as an extra measure of safety, these highly visible flags will be given to cart and scooter drivers, bike and tricicle riders, and those in motorized wheelchairs. Recognizing the important role the safety flag plays in preventing serious accidents, the GAF, along with Mutual 17 resident Andree O’Brien, have purchased 300 pennants for residents who need them. Volunteer members of the Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club will install the flags at the event 

To receive more information about the event, call Jan Kuhl from the GAF at (562) 446-0082 or Pat Davis from Rollin’ Thunder at (562) 431-6859.

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Barbara Joyce 



Barbara Joyce Charlwood was born on Aug. 10, 1924, in Taunton, Massachusetts, to Oswald Thomas and Edith Hayward Charlwood. She died peacefully at home on Oct. 5 in Seal Beach.

Barbara was proud to be a graduate of Pratt School (a one room school for all grades) and Taunton High School. She moved to California in 1952 and worked for 32 years at Bell Telephone Company. After retiring, she moved to Leisure World, Seal Beach. She stayed busy traveling, reading, writing, baking cookies and staying active at her church. 

Barbara is survived by her sister in law Jackie Charlwood, six nieces, three nephews, many grand and great-grand-nephews and -nieces. She is also survived by many friends of all ages.

There will be a celebration of her life on Jan. 15 at 1 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, 500 Marina Drive, Seal Beach.


Leland Stanford Spencer


Leland Stanford Spencer passed away peacefully at the age of 90 on Dec. 8. Lee was born on March 22, 1931, in Palo Alto, California, to Leland and Valentina Spencer. Lee was preceded in death by his sister Joanne, son Aron and his daughter Jill. He is survived by his wife, Bonny; sons George, John and Christian; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Lee joined the Air Force in 1951 because he liked planes, and he later purchased his father’s business, which became Trailer Hitch Inc. Lee successfully operated Trailer Hitch for many years in Palo Alto. He had a lifetime love of British sports cars, especially his beloved Morgans, restoring and building several by hand. 

Lee and Bonny were married for 35 years. Together, they enjoyed traveling to Europe, Australia and Asia. They loved to camp, especially in their favorite place, Big Sur. They lived in Cambria, California; Port Townsend, Washington; and finally in Seal Beach. He was dearly loved by many and will be greatly missed by all his friends and family.



Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 12/30



LW-Resident  562-419-3557 www.jafra.com/hwells  Celebrating 51-Year Career, Call for Specials!  Business License WEL0015 12/23


Please help a beautiful grey and white long-haired cat find its way back home. This cat has been hanging around the 76 gas-station on the corner of Westminster-Boulevard and Seal Beach-Boulevard in Seal Beach. I saw the cat peeking out from under a car in the parking-lot adjacent to the 76 gas-station and Dollar Tree a few days ago.  In speaking with/the 76 gas-station attendants and construction workers there, they told me the cat might be living in the bushes behind the gas station near where a large motorhome is parked. There are no homes in the area other than Leisure-World so I hope this information will reach the owner and they can be reunited! Marcia/562-810-3000.



Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure World since 1978. Planting, clean-ups, fertilization. New lawns, etc. Offering my services to all Mutuals. Honest and reliable. State Contractor’s License #779462. Call 562-863-7739, 

562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172. 12/30


Additions & Remodeling, Kitchen & Bath Remodeling, Windows, Tile & Stonework. State Contractor’s License #393071. 

OGAN CONSTRUCTION, INC. (562) 596-7757.  3/31/22


JR HOME REPAIRS.  Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License #JRH0001. 7/07/2022


562-596-0559 LW DECOR INC – LIC 723262

Install doors, new windows, recessed lights, fans, light fixtures. Cabinet refacing & refinishing, paint exterior window frames, ceilings made smooth, closets redone, misc. repairs. Kitchen/bathroom remodeling. 40+ yrs in LW.

LW DECOR INC 562-596-0559.  2/10/22


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

License #699080 Serving LW since 1999. 2/03/2022


Painting – Free estimates. 1 room or entire house & refinish kitchen cabinets. Call Jerry (714) 826-8636.

CA State License #675336. 12/30


Affordable – Professional, Licensed and Insured. Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing, cabinets. Senior discounts. Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. License #1049257. 03/03/2022



Lic 723262. 40+ yrs in LW. Interiors, cabinets, exterior window frames, kitchen, bath, doors, trim, primered only premium paints. Ceilings made smooth, crown moulding & baseboards installed. LW Decor Inc.562-596-0559.  02/10/22




40+ yrs in LW. Vinyl plank, laminate, tile indoor and outdoor patio carpet. License 723262. 562-596-0559.  02/10/22

UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841. State Contractors Lic. #578194. 12/30



CLEAN, REPAIR, REPLACE. Licensed and insured. Dan (562) 841-3787. Seal Beach License #BRA0002. 2/17/22


SKYLIGHT Cleaning and Repairs Contact Eugene at (714) 774-4385. Contractor State License 634613-B. 1/13/22




Shutters, blinds, roll-up shades, custom drapes. 562-596-0559.   2/10/22

Leisure World Helping Leisure World

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


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



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


I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with daily care, doctor’s appointments and errands. Available 24/7. 

949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 12/30



Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers, honest, assertive, fluent English. Hourly/full-time, doctor’s appointments, errands. Bernadine 562-310-0280. Seal Beach Business License #BCS0002. Bonded/insured. 12/30


MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with optimum service, 23-years  LW experience, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24-hours, part-time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English.  Ann 714-624-1911, 562-277-3650 – Heidi. Seal Beach License #HYC0001. 12/16



Over 25+ years in Leisure World with Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet: 562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003  2/24/2022


Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Licensed by the state. Gloria 949-371-7425. 12/23


Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License #CAM0006. 05/26/2022


Leisure World Caregiver with/experience. Has car &  can provide references.Maria/562-257-7631. Seal Beach Business License LOP007. 1/06/22


Do you need Hospice, Rehab or Long-Term Care? Yearly Board & Care in Cerritos. We provide  24-hour care. We accept short or long-term stays. We have more than 20years experience in the Healthcare Industry. Our experienced Care Staff provide home-like, safe, caring, and loving environment. We offer affordable rates, call us for a FREE consultation. We care for Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Hospice, Home-Health, Rehab, Diabetes, Gastroenterology-Tube, C-Pap or Bi-Pap Use. Isabel  Tangonan/RN, 562-307-7668. State License  198603276. 1/06/22


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon – Service in private suite. One customer, one hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men & women, shampoo, set, color, highlights, perm, nails & toenails. In-house service available. Tammy Nguyen. 13944 Seal Beach Blvd,  #116. (714) 425-4198. 2/10/2022


In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 12/23


Yvonne-Is-Back! Haircuts, Color, Perms, Pedicure/Manicure in your home. Call 714-855-8465 for appointment. License KK336138. 12/23



Give a long-lasting gift. EYEBROW, EYELINE, LIP  from $99 up. LW-Resident, Retired License Esthetician Medical Spa. Leave message Kim/904-716-9933. License Z103890.  12/30


Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. Call 949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 12/30



WINDOWS, HOUSECLEANING  CALL PHIL AT 562-881-2093 Over 30 years Experience! Seal Beach Business License #AB0001. 12/30



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

Seal Beach Business License gra0006. 2/10/2022


General housekeeping, 30 years of experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Seal Beach License RAZ0002. Call Gloria 

949-371-7425. 12/23


Maria House Cleaning

We’ll make your house look as nice as possible! 15 years of experience, We can work with your schedule. Bi-weekly or monthly.

Deep cleaning. Call or text 714-496-2885. Bus. Lic #HER0008. 12/23



We make your home sparkle! 7-days call anytime! Complete cleaning. Seal Beach Business License #M0001A.  

Call 562-505-1613.   03/03/2022


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC or Mac), cell phone, TV, stereo, any electronic device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Bus. License License #CIP0001  2/17/2022


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

Virus removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet Security. LW Resident  SB License FUH0001. 12/23



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 so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 2/10/2022


Golf Cars BUY SELL TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124. 12/30


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258 12/16


Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093. 12/30


Rides by Russ 714-655-1544. 12/30

autos/boats/rv’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License #779462. 12/30


2022 Toyota 4-Runner Limited 4WD/Fully-Loaded. Recently Purchased/Not the Car for Me/$57K. 714-815-6475.



No job too small! Fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787: Dan.  2/17/2022



Your moving service, any size job.  Business License RO263644. Call 310-387-2618.  2/24/2022


Roman Coins. Agrippa (Time of Jesus), Faustina II, Hedrian 1904 Silver Dollar, Kennedy Half. All for $350 FIRM. Will NOT sell coins separately. 562-240-7396.


Huge Patio Sale. 1660 Glenview Road/Mutual-12/Apartment-78B. 12.16/Thursday-12.19/Sunday/(9:00am-5:00pm). 12×16 foot maroon rug/like-new. 10×12 Oriental rug/like-new. Champagne double bedspread was $500. Brown print linen spread was $359/like-new. Rice-Maker $7, Crockpot $7, Joy Cook Oven $7, Broiler $7, Live Art. Multi Roaster $10, Ultrex Fryer $8, Chairs, lounge, ladies blouses size/6-8, shoes/size-7, bathrobe, new rugs. LOTS LOTS MORE!


3-Floating Wall Shelves, White, $10/each. Hanging Wall Sconce Light, plug-in, Industrial Style,  Edison-Bulb/$15. Electric Fireplace with/heater, pot-belly style, black cast iron, never-used/$65. Mid-Century Kidney Shaped Coffee-Table, like-new/$45. Presto Heater Dish 22-inch  like-new/$65.



Schwinn Meridian Yellow 3-Wheeler Adult Tricycle $255. Sedentary-Owner too lazy to ride. Has cover. 562-430-5802.


Thursday/December-16 and Friday/December-17 (9am-3pm).Many  Christmas-Lights, Christmas Decorations, Small Christmas Statute, Variety-Clothing, Many Kitchenware & Much More!  Across from CH2 (714-356-7056).


2-bedroom/2-bath condo for rent, Mutual-17/Apartment-67B. View of Greenbelt and covered parking. $2,500/month with/one-year lease. Call/Text 323-440-8375.


2-bedroom/1-bath condo. Sherrill 661-393-9255 or send an email to dmyers5@bak.rr.com   12/30