LWW Translate/Vie 11-25-21

 Nov 25, 2021

Thanksgiving 2021—Serving Up a Slice of Gratitude

It’s a perfect time of year to practice gratitude and even more powerful when you can do it in the wake (hopefully) of a pandemic. To that end, the LW Weekly would like to express gratitude to the cheerful, optimistic and altruistic residents who make this community such a great place to work. LW Weekly staffers thank you for making our jobs so fulfilling. Thank you for the stories, letters, columns, photos and other contributions that keep this weekly slice of LW life so vibrant. Thank you for your patience during trying times, like now, when the news office is closed to the public. Most of all, thank you for your smiles and encouraging words. May this holiday be the best ever for you and yours. Read on for more Thanksgiving lists from your friends and neighbors.

• Kenneth Glenn Koons, Mutual 15

In the last few months, I have been struck with prostate cancer and foolishly fell out of bed, crushing my hip socket. But many people, including my blessed wife, prayed, sent cards and encouraged me. Truly it will be a godly Thanksgiving for this 82-year-old person who loves Leisure World. Never tell me prayer and faith in the Lord are not reality. I am home working out my pain et al, but that truly is my Thanksgiving blessing. 

• Sylvia Schiada, Mutual 1

I am thankful to have taught beginning brush calligraphy on Zoom to OLLI University of Hawaii students. They learned a new skill and how to make greeting cards with flair. In a time when people were isolated, writing beautiful letters made a difference, especially for those who suffered loss and loneliness. It’s heartening to know that this was the perfect thing to learn online and that people derived joy by giving and receiving in the form of a beautifully calligraphed letter.  

• Lee Ann Warner, Mutual 2

I’m thankful for the beautiful tree next to my patio. It puts on a colorful show each fall and helps me to experience all the seasons as it changes from green to red/orange/yellow, then bare, and back to green again (see page 3). 

And I’m thankful for the beautification committee for planting many more trees throughout the Mutual.

And of course, it goes without saying, that I am forever thankful for my husband, adult kids and granddaughters.

• Linda and Fred Fenton, Mutual 12

Linda and I are thankful to be living in Leisure World. That has made getting through COVID-19 much easier than it would have been elsewhere. 

Why? Nearly everyone at LW has been vaccinated. The list of advantages to living here seems endless. In a noisy world, this is a place of peace and quiet, and safety.  There are so many recreational opportunities and social activities it would require a full page of LW Weekly just to list them.

Best of all is all the interesting and friendly people we meet at Leisure World. And that includes our volunteer board in Mutual 12 and all the professional staff we have met.

Thanksgiving is a season for giving thanks. We give thanks for Leisure World—for all of you!

• Mitch Cohen, Mutual 15   

I am thankful for having a beautiful family that lives close by. They are helpful and generous with their time. I am also grateful for my neighbors and the entire Leisure World family, my Mutual 15 Board of Directors and their assistance, and for the workman who, when needed, arrive quickly and are professional, neat and clean.

Thank you for this opportunity to give Leisure World five stars. 

• Garrett Noorigian, Mutual 12 

As I go on my morning walks, I take in all that is around me, breathing in the crisp ocean air, my neighbors’ beautiful plants and flowers, and the slight whisper of the morning sounds. I love watching the animals enjoying the small things in life. I am so grateful. I smile, looking forward to another day in Shangri-La.

• Glenda McNeil, Mutual 5

Beginning in 2020, I was part of a new Zentangle artist group, led by resident Cathie McCormick. Once a week, we gathered in the art room for an hour to learn and to draw. Then COVID hit, and everything closed down. But not with Cathie. Without hardly missing a week, she transitioned the group to Zoom, and we continued to meet and draw together twice a week. All through those months when we were cut off from the rest of the world, we met online. The group even expanded as others from outside Leisure World were added, and our friendships grew. 

It took a special leader to foster confidence and creativity. She modeled these characteristics and encouraged our friendships by being a friend. We lost Cathie in late summer, but our friendships remain, once a group of strangers, now friends.  

• Crystal Bushinsky, Mutual 15

 I got through most of the pandemic by tuning into livestream with Beth David on Friday evenings for Shabbat service, going to Pilates classes in Long Beach at LB piLAtes, as well as attending Zoom sessions on Friday and Saturday for several weeks with the late great Cathryn McCormick. I also got to meet and become friends with some really talented and exceptional women, and a couple of men also joined. 

We were all tutored in ZenTangle with Cathryn. 

She gave her greatest gift of time, expertise and nurturing us as we waited for our vaccines. With her encouragement and inspiration, I am still tangling, and I hope there is Zentangle in Heaven!

Other activities I have enjoyed during this time have been Zumba sessions with our awesome instructor, Stephanie Sullivan. We have a great time while raising our heartbeats. The vibe is great, and the music is too! It’s good to have so many friends to enjoy these sessions with. 

I am new to the Bunco group, but it’s always a great time with  more new friends. I’m looking forward to cribbage as soon as I can fit it in.

• Glenda Saunders, Mutual 15

I am thankful for my husband. Without him, it would have been very difficult through this COVID time. We don’t just stay home. We take little trips to break up the days. I am really thankful for FaceTime, which kept me close to my kids and grandkids. I have been so blessed with a loving husband, family and friends. I have this poem that I saw somewhere, but it keeps me thinking positively:

Somedays are better, 

Somedays are worse. 

Look for the blessing, 

instead of the curse. 

Be positive, stay strong, 

and get enough rest. 

You can’t do it all, 

but you can do your best! 

• Shirley Tam, Mutual 14

 We are very thankful for the good Lord, who provided blessings for the whole 2021. 

They include safety, warmth, joy and happiness thoughout Leisure World.  

And I am grateful for the abundance of orchids in bloom welcoming the holidays. They remind me of the beautiful and safe environment I have here with good neighbors and friends in Leisure World. Praise the Lord.

• Rose Rinaldi, Mutual 9

The people who get me through everything: My children and grandchildren, son-in-law, and his family.

• Cherry Hostler, Mutual 15 

An amazing thing happened right on the edge of my patio that went on for weeks: A hummingbird built its nest in a very precarious position, layed two tiny eggs, and then fed and fledged two big babies, who still come to visit. 

• Glenn T. Brazeal, Mutual 17

I’m gratified and thankful for the present—and also the past that brought me to Leisure World. It was around 1965 that I happened by LW and considered having my mom live here. However, she was living in Memphis at the time, and it just didn’t work out.

Before I moved here, I often enjoyed the Amphitheater programs, dances and other specials with a lady who lived here already.  It seemed as if everyone was on vacation.  

With my daughter in Denver and my son in Houston, I began to think of my long-range plan. LW was already on my mind, and I uprooted from Paramount and moved here in December 2017.

Miguel, a younger friend, shares my residence and helps me a lot. This gives me time to enjoy the gym and the many other amenities. I’m thankful for the friendly residents that I’ve met here, the management and the close-by businesses, all of which leave nothing to be desired. 

• Zsa-Zsa Kovats, Mutual 2

Hello, all! I’m fairly new to LW and am thankful for the many kind, considerate and caring residents here! I appreciate such a warm welcome. May the God of our Father and Lord, Jesus Christ, continue to bless you daily. Happy Thanksgiving.

• Bev Bender, Mutual 17

I have so many things to be thankful for, but the following are just a few of my top ones: Hot shower, plenty of food, friends who care about me, my sense of humor, own my home, and I am able to take advantage of continuing education. Also, my daughters are independent; I am a cancer survivor; and I don’t live in Texas or Afghanistan.

• Hazel Eileen Dohl, Mutual 11

I am thankful for every day. I am thankful for my heart. We all have a heart (if our heart did not beat, we would not be here). So let’s give thanks for every day of our life. 

Also thanks for my body, family, friends, for the sun, moon and stars, and for prayer, exercise and walking, which got me through COVID-19.

• Anna Derby, Mutual 5

Thanksgiving is the time to reflect on how fortunate we are to celebrate our lives with family we love unconditionally, friends who are like family and neighbors who take care of each other.

I am especially grateful for the COVID-19 vaccine that has saved hundreds of lives and given us the opportunity to see family after more than a year of lockdowns. And finally I can hug our grandchildren now that they have an opportunity to get vaccinated. 

This year, Thanksgiving means that we get to celebrate the day with our favorite dishes. We get to sit down at the table to catch up on those difficult two years that are now behind us, hopefully.  And we get to look forward to our grandchildren doing what they love to do.  After all, they are the ones we’re hoping will accomplish their dreams.

• Ruthie Nelson, Mutual 7  

I’m thankful to our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, for his faithfulness and many blessings especially through the pandemic.

We are still here. I’m grateful to the GRF administration and all the departments for protecting us and helping us, plus going the extra mile. I’m thankful for the LW Library (where we could call in our book orders), the food trucks that came in daily, the LW Weekly that kept us informed, plus Zoom and email. 

I’m glad that the Optum Health Care Center stayed open, and the COVID shots were made available to every one of us. 

The buses kept going around, and Security was always there for us. It was wonderful that we could have church services at the Amphitheater while the clubhouses were shut down. 

I am grateful for all of it.

•Jeanne Haislett Pontac, Mutual 10

I have a renewed appreciation for my relationships, both social and professional, and the creative ways we have been able to stay connected through the various seasons of the pandemic.  

I am able to work at home, via teleconference, and my husband, Tom, continues to take boxing classes via Zoom. 

This allows us to have more time with each other, as we rarely need to drive. I always wondered how we would do if I retired and spent more time at home. 

I treasure my extra time with Tom. Neighbors have had safe get-togethers that are more meaningful, for which I am thankful.

• Kaye Huff, Mutual 7

I have so much to be thankful for here in Leisure World, and my blessings have greatly increased now that my niece Cookie and her husband, Paul Bordinaro, have moved into Mutual 3. 

They enjoy so many activities here, discovering more and more as things are opening up. It’s possible you will see them biking around; you can wave at them. They are very friendly.

• Charlotte Cone, Mutual 6

 Gratitude is a powerful catalyst. When it comes to life, the critical thing is whether you take things for granted or are grateful for where you are, what you have experienced and what is yet to be.  With the passing of my husband, Ken, in 2021, I experienced a loss greater than any other, but I choose to be grateful for the 25 years of laughter, love, music and wine we shared together rather than the loss. Moving into  Mutual 6 in 2017 was truly a blessing because of the neighbors I met who have become friends. My family and friends (most have moved or are moving into LW) will always be the spark that lights joy in my life. 

There is always something to be grateful for.

Thankful to Celebrate Together

by Susan Hopewell

GRF president

Thanksgiving, the beginning of our holiday season, is always a special celebration. 

In my family, our tradition is to gather for a potluck turkey dinner, watch football and play cards. 

The house is filled with laughter. We have an open-door policy for those who do not have any place to go to celebrate. 

Last year, due to COVID, that just was not possible. Celebrating over Zoom was better than nothing but lacked the personal connections.

Gratefully, this year we can safely gather and celebrate. Whatever your traditions are, please consider extending an invitation to a neighbor who would welcome the company. 

May your Thanksgiving table be filled with family, friends and gratitude this season. Wishing you all a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

Hanukkah Celebration

Rabbi Aron David Berkowitz of the Chabad of West Orange County will share the story of Hanukkah at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 30, at Veterans Plaza. Musical entertainment will help celebrate the Festival of Lights prior to lighting the menorah.

It is an opportunity for this community, rich in culture and customs, to learn and share in the joy of this beautiful festival. Kosher refreshments will be provided, so everyone is welcome to stay and have a nosh.

For more information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com or call (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.

Christmas Tree Lighting

The GRF Recreation Department will host the annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at Veterans Plaza.  

Santa will be there with his elves (courtesy of the LW Theater Club), who will collect unwrapped toys for the annual Toys for Tots event on Dec. 10 in Clubhouse 4 at 7 p.m. 

Everyone is encouraged to bring a gift for the little ones and have a picture taken with Old St. Nick.

The Theater Club will perform its own version of the closing scene of the movie “Elf,” and there will be a chance to participate when the ensemble gives the casting call  for GRF residents, their families and friends. 

The Health Care Center will treat everyone to cookies and hot cider, courtesy of Optum. Come early and be sure to stop by its table. 

Everyone is invited to help kick off the holidays at Veterans Plaza. Bring a friend, grandchild or two, and neighbors for a festive start to the holiday season.

Candle Safety During the Holidays

by Eloy Gomez

safety/emergency coordinator

Decorative and fragranced wax candles are popular as an attractive addition to holiday home décor, but they are also a growing concern for the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) due to the increase of fires caused by unattended burning candles. 

The most recent candle-related fire call in Leisure World involved a medium-sized candle with multiple wicks that overheated, igniting the label on the container. That triggered an emergency response that included an OCFA engine, a ladder truck and four Seal Beach Police vehicles.

With the holidays nearly here, the OCFA is strongly recommending that LW residents decorate their homes with flameless flickering electric candles.

Flameless candles provide the same charming atmosphere and are completely safe to operate around children or pets. There is no risk of fire, smoke or wax damage. 

However, people who must use candles to mark special events in their home should be aware that open flames are potential fire hazards. According to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), the careless use of candles causes nearly 10,000 residential fires each year. Here are some helpful tips to avoid fires caused by candles.

Candle Fire Safety Tips To Keep 

Your Home Safe This Holiday Season

Candle Fire Safety Dos

• Burn candles in well-ventilated rooms.

• Keep candles at least 1 foot away from flammable objects, such as furniture, curtains, paper, plants or electronics.

• Burn candles in sturdy candle holders and place them on horizontal, stable and heat-resistant surfaces.

• Keep lit candles at least 3  inches apart to ensure that they don’t melt one another.

• Keep candles out of the reach of children and pets.

• Always supervise rooms with lit candles; blow them out if you leave the room or go to bed.

Candle Fire Safety Don’ts

• Don’t burn too many candles in a small room where air exchange is limited.

• Don’t burn candles in rooms with vents, drafts, fans or air currents to avoid rapid, uneven burning, flame flare-ups and soot formation.

• Don’t use candles in bedrooms or other sleeping areas. Statistically, most fires started by candles occur in the bedroom.

• Avoid burning candles all the way down. Douse candle flames when there are at least 2 inches of wax left (one-half inch if they are in a container).

NOCE Holiday Concert

The North Orange Continuing Education (NOCE) Choir & Tone Chime will perform at a holiday concert at 10:30 a.m. on Dec. 13 in the lobby of Clubhouse 3.

The choir focuses on choral singing with soprano, alto, tenor and bass parts singing in harmony. 

Choir members will perform holiday music. 

The Tone Chime Choir will perform a short holiday concert immediately following the chorus. 

Vinyl Rock Band to play at Toys for Tots event

The GRF Toys for Tots Christmas Show will be held on Friday, Dec. 10, at Clubhouse 4. Doors open at 6 p.m., with live entertainment starting at 7. 

All residents and their guests are invited. 

Admission is free, but everyone is asked to bring a new, unwrapped toy for the annual Toys for Tots toy drive.

Vinyl Rock will entertain. The nine-member, Orange County-based band features  classic rock, Motown and pop tunes primarily from the ‘60s, ‘70s and ‘80s. 

The band keeps the audience engaged, inviting them to participate in sing-alongs and mingling with dancers on the floor. 

In additon to the songs everyone grew up with, there will be holiday  favorites added to the mix. 

Vinyl Rock is sponsored by Cabaret Entertainers and has monthly gigs in Clubhouse 1 as part of the GRF Weekend Dance lineup.

The festivities will include complimentary cookies and hot beverages. Santa and his elves will be there to collect toys for the kids. 

People can also drop off unwrapped toys in collection boxes at the Main Gate, North Gate, St. Andrews Gate and the Security Satellite Office in Building 5 or just bring them to the show.

Decal Office Hours

In an effort to serve all the residents of the community while using the current available  Security team in the most efficient way possible, the GRF Security Decal Office will have new hours starting Monday, Nov. 29. The office will be open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-4 p.m.

The office will be closed Wednesdays and Sundays, and on weekdays from noon-12:30 p.m. for lunch.

The office is located in Building 5 near the Copy Center.

Appointments are not required. 

Decal issuance is on a first-come, first-served process. 

To receive a vehicle decal, residents must present the following documents: Proof of vehicle insurance, DMV vehicle registration (vehicle must be registered to the LWSB resident); DMV driver’s license; and a GRF ID card.

Decals are valid for up to two years after the date of issuance. If a resident’s driver’s license expires before the end of the two-year period, a decal will expire in the same month the resident’s drivers license expires. Expired insurance, registration and/or driver’s licenses are not valid documents, and no decal will be issued. 

A DMV identification card is not a valid driver’s license, and no decal will be issued.

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Millions nationwide will tune in to NBC today, Nov. 25, at 9 a.m. to watch the Macy’s Parade in New York City. It’s the world’s largest parade and the second oldest in the U.S., behind the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, which debuted in 1924.

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:

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

• You may qualify for CalFresh even if you 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 Roberta Arshat in Member Resources at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317, or Robertaa@lwsb.com. 

Charitable Giving—Your Neighbors’ Favorites

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, and your name and Mutual number. 

Read on for your neighbors’ favorite charities: 

• Golden Age Foundation

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is staffed and run by volunteers who live in Seal Beach Leisure World. GAF’s goal is to make the community a better place to live through charitable works and free community service programs. The GAF, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, was established in 1973 to enhance the quality of LW life for LW residents. In supporting the community, GAF relies on donations of time, talent and funding from individual 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 

• Long Beach Rescue Mission 

The Long Beach nonprofit is working to provide 18,000 meals by Thanksgiving. Each $2.20 provided 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 Thanksgiving card with $5. Keep the bags in your car to give to homeless people living on the streets. 

Susan Hopewell, Mutual 6

•Chrisian Outreach Appeal

This charity helps the homeless. It’s located at 515 E. Third St., Long Beach, CA, 90802; (562) 590-8984, www.coalongbeach.org.

Yvette Purdue, Mutual 10

• 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 and 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

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 I-405 loop on-ramp from Bolsa Chica Road to accommodate the freeway widening. 

The ramp closed Nov. 8 and is anticipated to reopen in approximately one month. 

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, which is anticipated early next month.

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

Westbound SR-22 On-Ramp 

from Old Ranch Parkway Remains 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 


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 the ramp will be closed for approximately three more months to advance construction on the Bolsa Chica bridge.  

Southbound I-405 Loop Off-Ramp to 

Westminster Boulevard Closed 

 The closure of the southbound I-405 loop off-ramp to eastbound Westminster Boulevard has been extended for an additional two months to allow crews to complete bridge construction that was delayed due to nesting owls.

This work may be loud. The schedule is subject to change due to inclement weather or unforeseen operational issues.

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,  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 through November. 

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.

Sign up for project-wide and bridge-specific construction alerts at bit.ly/405-signup. Email 405project@octa.net or call (888) 400-8994 for more information. 


Letters to the Editor


This spring brought me to my new LW home. I’m a “walker,” and I find these neighborhoods to be such pleasant areas in which to walk. I also still drive a vehicle. 

Now to my point: It is so easy for people to obtain reflective vests to wear at twilight or sunrise when enjoying a walk. This will help those of us who still drive to avoid colliding with someone we cannot see on the street. My vest is one-size-fits-all and cost less than $4. I purchased it in Building 5 at the GRF Copy and Supply Office.

Linda Lomma

Mutual 10


A few weeks back, there was a yellow insert in the LW newspaper that read free “CDs for Seniors.” I, being of a suspicious nature, paid no attention to someone who claimed to give out free stuff to anyone who replies. 

A neighbor friend of mine called the number in the insert  and made a request for a CD player. She got one with no strings attached. Wow!  

I wondered if the woman, who I learned is named Candice Miller, could find a cassette player for me. I called, and two days later, I found one on my patio. The next day, I saw a young lady walking around looking lost. It turns out she was Candice, there to make another delivery. 

We spoke awhile, and she is the nicest, sweetest person. I expressed my thanks and offered her a donation to the cause, which she refused. This woman is an angel, I thought.

A few days later, she called and said she had a box of cassettes and did I want them. 

She delivered them to me last week. 

Tony Laspada

Mutual 6


Kudos to the American Legion Post 327 for the great program members put on in Clubhouse 2 on Veterans Day.  The Velvetones were the frosting on the cake!

Bob Berry

Mutual 4

Member Column

by Jim Greer

LW contributor

On Nov. 25, we will pause to express gratitude for blessings we received before we enjoy our feast of Thanksgiving.

Originally, this holiday celebrated the grace the Plymouth Plantation colonists and indigenous people received in the form of a successful harvest. 

As a show of gratitude for their blessings, the children of Israel were commanded to not harvest the outer edges of their fields. This was so they could leave overlooked grain, produce, grapes or olives for the poor, strangers, widows and orphans, so they could receive their portion. 

This was an inspired, ancient supply chain solution that ensured that these blessings reached all who lived near the blessed fields.

Today, most of us are fortunate that we don’t have to farm to survive. For us, it’s a difficult year when we can’t get what we want when we want it for the price we want to pay. 

The global supply chain efficiently and affordably meets our needs and wants. Except when imported commodities sit just offshore, waiting to offload in the LA/Long Beach docks. It’s merely a small temporary inconvenience, not a biblical calamity.

Modern capitalists believe in the law of the harvest. But sometimes, we all fail to recognize that the blessings we reap far outweigh the seeds we have sown. 

Living in the most blessed country the world has known has spoiled us with recurring bumper crops of blessings we have not earned. This abundance, to some is viewed as evidence of God’s grace, blessings showered on us without our having to put forth any additional effort. 

Scholar, educator and religious leader Neal A. Maxwell wisely recommended that “we should certainly count our blessings, but we should also make our blessings count.” 

The abundance we enjoy is more of a stewardship than a gift. We are part of a modern-day blessings supply chain, and we bear the responsibility of distributing such to the poor, strangers, widows and orphans in our midst. 

During the pandemic, we have become aware of those among us who suffer emotionally, spiritually and physically. Knowing this, we would do well to adopt an attitude of gratitude and graciously distribute our unearned blessings to those in need with love, compassion, caring and consideration. 

This will be our attempt at gracious living. 

Such graciousness can be seen in friendly greetings and pleasant smiles shared with passing strangers. 

It is evident when we assist our neighbors through doors, down stairways, and in and out of vehicles. 

These gracious expressions are a way of paying forward our blessings to the poor, the strangers, the widows and orphans among us. 

Those that are poor in spirit and resources often live right next door to us, seemingly hidden from us in their apartments. 

There are strangers in our Mutuals just waiting for a friendly knock and greeting at their door. 

Many among us are currently widows and widowers, and when children and grandchildren are unable to visit during the holidays, many of us become “elderly orphans.” 

As stewards of the harvest and as living links in the blessings supply chain, it is our duty to show our gratitude and act graciously toward one another. 

Maya Angelou explained best it: “When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” 

Thanksgiving Column

by Rev. Fr. Joseph Nguyen

pastor, Holy Family Church


As the holiday season arrives, we strive to live in a spirit of festivity and joy, doused with tremendous thankfulness. 

But let us not forget that many people in our community are finding it difficult to survive on many different levels. 

Social and emotional distresses are exacerbated by the ongoing pandemic. Recently, Pope Francis called our attention to the stress, anxiety and depression affecting many people around the world. 

For millions of people, mental health forms a central issue in their lives. Pope Francis asks that they be adequately accompanied, that we pray for them and that Our Lord’s closeness not be forgotten.

About one in 10 people (some 792 million) worldwide have a mental health disorder. Among them, depression and anxiety constitute two of the most common, especially in industrialized countries. 

On top of that, spiritual weariness ends up dominating people’s already overloaded lives, making it difficult for them to get help from communities of faith. 

Yet, the irony is that faith-filled and church-going people tend to be more resilient toward mental disorders.

During many years teaching and ministering in the medical field, I have seen first-hand the devastating effects of the mental health crisis. 

My daily rounds in the psychiatric units continually reminded me of my own human frailty. 

Even mild depression can become a serious health condition during situations of crisis like the pandemic or during times of loneliness like the holidays. 

In the worst-case scenario, it can lead to all kinds of self-destructive behavior. 

For example, suicide takes the lives of more than 700,000 people every year and is the fourth leading cause of premature deaths in the United States.

 Recently, I learned about the Association for Catholic Mental Health Ministers. 

According to its webpage, ACMHM is “a lay association of the Christian faithful whose members are called to be a healing presence in the lives of people with mental illness. The association works to make mental health ministry an integral and common ministry in the Church.” 

Mental health ministry provides spiritual support to people living with a mental illness and informs their churches about the issues, struggles and joys that can be found in people living with a mental illness. The association provides the tools, methods and insights that allow leaders to confidently minister to people with a mental illness without fear or prejudice. You can learn more by visiting catholicmhm.org.

As a people of God, we are called to build not just a spiritual castle in the air or some future heavenly kingdom, but a community of warmth and affection right where we are. 

While being steadfast to our creed, we find no contradiction in the hope of carving out a space in time where people stigmatized by mental health issues can find healing. Our Lord’s words have special meaning these days: “Come to me, all you who are heavy laden.”


Mutual Meetings 

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

Tues., Nov. 30 Mutual 6

Conference Rm A/virtual 10 a.m.

Thurs., Dec. 2 Presidents’ Council

Clubhouse 4/virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., Dec. 7 Mutual 17

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

Wed., Dec. 8 Mutual 4 (open forum, 9 a.m.)

Conference Rm A/virtual 9:15 a.m.

Thurs., Dec. 9 Mutual 12

Conference Rm A/virtual 9 a.m.

Fri., Dec. 10 Mutual 3

Conference Rm A/virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., Dec. 14 Mutual 10

Conference Rm A/virtual 9 a.m.

Tues., Dec. 14 Mutual 16

Conference Rm A/virtual 2 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 15 Mutual 7

Conference Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 16 Mutual 2

Conference Rm A/virtual 9 a.m.

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.

Thurs., Dec. 23 Mutual 1

virtual 9 a.m.

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

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

Notification of Proposed Changes to GRF Governing Documents

Per the action of the GRF Board on Nov. 23, in accordance with Civil Code §4360, Notice of Approval, the Board hereby provides general notice to all Shareholders/Members of the following proposed changes to GRF Governing Documents. All Shareholders wishing to comment on the proposed changes may submit comments by either emailing them to the attention of the GRF Board Executive Coordinator at grfboardaction@lwsb.com or sending them via mail to: Golden Rain Foundation, P.O. Box 2069, Seal Beal, CA 90740, Attn: Proposed Document Revisions. The name of the governing document must be referenced on all correspondence. All comments will be copied to the Board for review and consideration. The Board will take final action relative to the following at its regular Jan. 25, 2022, meeting.


40-5580-2, Entry Passes—Fees


1.1. Initial issuance of annual entry passes for Members/Owners in residence in the unit and Mutual 17 Member/Owners eligible for entry passes under the provisions of 80-5580-3.

1.2. Passes issued to contract workers, vendors and caregivers.

1.3. Renter/Lessees will not be issued annual entry passes.

1.4. Quarterly passes for Real Estate or Escrow Firm Representatives.  


2.1. Caregiver: A lost Caregiver pass may be replaced for a $20 fee, per occurrence.  

2.2. Real Estate or Escrow Firm Representatives: A lost pass may be replaced for $50.  If the pass is lost a second time, a $75 fee is charged.  


All fees are reviewed on an annual basis. 

Carport Cleaning

Since most of the holidays in 2021 fall on workdays for LWSB’s cleaning contractor, all carports will be cleaned this year on the actual holiday, with the exception of Thanksgiving (Nov. 25). The following carports will be cleaned the morning of Nov. 30:

Mutual 11: Carports 130-131

Mutual 15: Carports 7-8, 10 and 13

Mutual 16: Carport 9

The following carports will be cleaned that afternoon:

Mutual 15: Carports 3, 6, 11-12

Street Sweeping

GRF trust streets are swept on the fourth Thursday of the month. Parked vehicles must be removed from trust streets before midnight the night before. Contact Mutual directors to find out when your carports are scheduled for sweeping.

GRF Meetings 

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

Mon., Nov. 29 Recreation Committee

Conference Rm B/virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 1 Physical Property Committee

Conference Rm B/virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Dec. 2 GRF Admin Committee

Conference Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Fri., Dec. 3 GRF Board Executive Session

Conference Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Wed., Dec. 8 Safety, Bus & Traffic Committee

Conference Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Mon., Dec. 13 Mutual Administration Committee

Conference Rm A/virtual 9 a.m.

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.

Family Radio Service Users

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

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

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

Health & Fitness

Instructor Milton “Mel” Locket (r) brings the joy of dance to Clubhouse 6 every Saturday at 1:30 p.m. Anyone, experienced or not, is welcome to join. Dress comfortably and bring a pair of ballet slippers or soft shoes—or just wear socks.

Turn a lonely holiday into a happy day

by CJ Blomquist

Optum Healthcare

It’s been a strange two years, and for some, getting festive can be a bit challenging, especially when a person is spending these days alone. Here are a few tips to finding that holiday spirit.

Make it a day for you. The great thing about having the holiday to yourself is that you can do what you want: Go for a stroll around the neighborhood and enjoy your neighbors’ holiday decorations, stay home and binge-watch your favorite festive movies, or prepare your favorite foods and indulge-—in moderation, of course.

Celebrate traditions—or don’t. Are there things you used to do with family and friends during the holiday season? Are they what make the season magical? Singing traditional songs or carols, having hot chocolate and decorating for the holidays are all things you can do alone. And if you enjoyed exchanging gifts, you can still indulge in a special gift for yourself.

If you’re just not in the mood for the holidays, then don’t celebrate. It’s not a requirement. You can spend time on yourself by doing things that would take your mind off your holiday blues. Make it a productive day and catch up on chores around the house, or catch up on some of your favorite (non-holiday) shows and movies.

Do some good for others. It’s the season for giving, and there are plenty of ways to do so. Many nonprofits need volunteers, whether at a food bank, a pet shelter, or other place that means something to you. 

Giving to others can also bring people closer. If you have a neighbor who is also alone during this time, stop by with light treats and chat—or even just say hi. Share a few memories with others on Facebook, or call friends to let them know you’re thinking of them. It’s a simple but effective way of saying they matter to you.

Whether you enjoy a quiet holiday by yourself or dread it, you can make the most of the day by making it your own.

Leisure Bikers

For good healthy, outdoor, physical activity, join the LW Bicyclists Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays (includes breakfast) at 9 a.m. at the North Gate. Helmets and safe shoes are a must. 

Call Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for 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, Nov. 25: Closed for Thanksgiving—no delivery.

Friday, Nov. 26: Closed—no delivery.

Monday, Nov. 29: Chicken tetrazzini, rice pilaf and green beans with pimentos; vanilla pudding; egg salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, cucumber and onion, plus tomato salad.

Tuesday, Nov. 30: Curry chicken, brown and wild rice, and zucchini with tomatoes; maple baked pears; turkey and ham Cobb salad, with egg, tomato, bacon and blue cheese dressing, plus crackers.

Wednesday, Dec. 1: Visit www.mowlb.org for the December menu.

Arts & Leisure

Holiday entertainment

It’s a season of joyful times in OC

Anyone interested in the events listed below should visit the websites or call the phone numbers provided for more information, such as ticket pricing. Additional events will be listed weekly throughout the holiday season.  

Sawdust Winter Fantasy: Through Dec. 19, shop handcrafted wares from 150 artists and makers in an enchanting winter wonderland, featuring twinkling lights, falling snow, live music and daily visits with Santa Claus. Tickets cost $7 for seniors, or get a season pass for $20. Sawdust Art & Craft Festival, 935 Laguna Canyon Rd., Laguna Beach, (949) 494-3030; sawdustartfestival.org.

Night of Lights OC: People can enjoy the more than 1 million lights in this interactive holiday display from the comfort of their own vehicles from Nov. 26 to Jan. 2, 2022. Tickets and treats must be purchased in advance at nightoflightsoc.com. OC Fair & Event Center, 88 Fair Dr, Costa Mesa. 

Hikari—A Festival of Lights: Loosely translated, Hikari means shine in Japanese, and Tanaka Farms shines with more than a million twinkling lights starting tomorrow, Nov. 26. Revelers can take a ride in a tractor-pulled wagon though the festively lit, working farm to the Land of a Thousand Lanterns, which features even more light displays and photo opportunities. The Gingerbread Forest offers more photo ops, plus arts-and-crafts activities, visits with barnyard animals, live music, and food booths. There’s also a chance for a photo with Santa. Tanaka Farms, 5380 3/4 University Dr., Irvine, (949) 653-2100; www.tanakafarms.com/hikari.

Menorah Lighting Ceremony: Chabad Jewish Center of Dana Point lights the 12-foot menorah on the Fishing Pier at Baby Beach in Dana Point Harbor. At this event marking the first night of Hanukkah, there will be hot latkes, doughnuts, music, coffee, dreidels, chocolate gelt, crafts for kids and more, starting at 4 p.m. on Nov. 28.

Holiday Open House at Rancho Los Alamitos: This Long Beach City Landmark was where the Bixby family would host Christmas parties for the ranch’s workers, families and friends in the early 1900s. On Dec. 3-5, the public is invited to tour the historic grounds, get creative with festive crafts, enjoy holiday-themed music and partake in light refreshments. The open house is free, but reservations are required.  Rancho Los Alamitos Historic Ranch and Gardens, 6400 E Bixby Hill Rd, Long Beach, (562) 431-3541; www.rancholosalamitos.org.

La Habra Tamale Festival: Get lessons in making your own delicious tamales or just indulge in the efforts of others on Dec. 4. In addition to the contest, you can expect dance and mariachi performances from local groups, activities for kids, and opportunities to support local vendors at this 12-hour festival. Euclid Street between La Habra Boulevard and Bridenbecker Avenue, La Habra; www.lahabratamalefestival.com.

Candy Caneland & Craft Faire: On Dec. 4, celebrate holidays around the world at this annual event that also features artisan goods, snow slides, free raffles, games and more. Ehlers Event Center, 8150 Knott Ave., Buena Park; www.buenapark.com/city-departments/community-services/special-events/candy-caneland-craft-faire.

Winter in the Grove: Village Green Park turns into a winter wonderland on Dec. 4, with Snowtopia, featuring nine snow slides created from 50 tons of snow; a holiday boutique filled with goods made by local crafters; Frosty’s Photo Shop, offering photo ops for that Instagram-worthy selfie or family portrait; crafts such as ornament decorating; and holiday-themed foods, including “chilly” dogs and hot cocoa. Village Green Park, 12732 Main St., Garden Grove; ggcity.org/community-services/winter-in-the-grove.

Winter Wonderland at the Plaza: The magic of the season comes to St. Isidore Historical Plaza, with snow play and sledding, Santa’s Village, a tree lighting ceremony, musical entertainment, and a toy drive for local charities (bring a new, unwrapped toy). The fun starts at 4 p.m. on Dec. 4. St. Isidore Historical Plaza, 10961 Reagan St, Los Alamitos; stisidorehistoricalplaza.org/2015/12/05/winter-wonderland-at-the-plaza/. 

Santa’s Village By the Sea: Holly Jolly Hoopla and the Glitz on Del Mar combine on Dec. 4 for an evening of cookie decorating, train rides, snow play, photos with Santa and one big tree lighting. Avenida Del Mar, San Clemente; www.san-clemente.org/Home/Components/Calendar/Event/7437/71.

Women’s Golf Club

Turkey Shoot winners honored

The second and final week of the Turkey Shoot tournament was played on Nov. 16. The tournament was divided into three flights, and the overall winners were: 

Flight 1: Low gross: Devora Kim, 53; low net: Susie Kim, 46.

Flight 2: Low gross: Theresa Lim, 56; low net: Karen Mendon, 42.

Flight 3: Low gross: Kay Hong, 60; low net: Neva Senske, 43.

Awards will be presented to the Turkey Shoot winners at the Women’s Golf Club’s annual Christmas luncheon on Dec. 27 at 11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Those who want to attend can purchase a $10 ticket at the golf course starter shack any time prior to Dec. 3.

For the regular nine-hole tournament on Nov. 16, 47 members were challenged to score lowest gross, lowest net and fewest putts. The flight winners were:

Flight A: Low gross: tie between Susie Kim and Devora Kim, 27; low net: Hae Lee, 23; fewest putts: tie between Susie Kim and Hae Lee, 13.

Flight B: Low gross: tie between Sally Park and Karen Mendon, 29; low net: tie between Yvonne Yim and Alison Kim, 22; fewest putts: Theresa Lim, 10.

Flight C: Low gross: Marilyn Hewitt, 30; low net: tie between Elizabeth Butterfield and Anne Walshe, 21; fewest putts: Liz Meripol, 11.

Flight D: Low gross: Neva Senske, 33; low net: tie between Joyce Basch, Dorothy Favre and Sandra DeDubovay, 22.

—Dale Quinn

Frank Destra (l-r), Lu DeSantis, Vinny Correnti, Josie DelPino and Kenny Notorleva pose in front of the Let the Good Times Roll Doo Wop Club’s tree in Clubhouse 2, which was decorated by members Irene Chapnick, Carmen Edwards, Claudio Gonzalez, Tosca Lies, Erika Greenwood, Josie DelPino, Ric Dizon, Martha Destra and Terry Humphrey.

Community Karaoke

Pumpkin pie and whipped cream were gobbled up during the Community Karaoke singing session on Nov. 17. Everyone loves the holidays, and singing Christmas tunes is always a highlight.  

Terry Humphrey, Carmen Edwards and Wayne Urban chose to kick off the holiday season with some beautiful carols. Vito Villamor got the line dancers swaying with “Elvira,” while Margie Stewart, Essie Hicks, Karen Morris, Pat Paternostra, Barbie May, Bob Barnum and Anna Le all performed with lots of emotion. And the audience can often expect a variety of tunes from David Noble, Tony Tupas, Eileen Merritt, Tino Tupas, Don Sunday, Bev Adams, Kyung Ju, Richard Yokomi, Gerry and Vilma Tagaloa, Pat Kogok, and Erika Greenwood. 

Anyone who wants a little practice is welcome to join the group on Mondays in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m. Karaoke performers take the spotlight beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 1.

—Margie Thompson

Astonomy Club talks black holes 

The Leisure World Astronomy Club will meet on Dec. 8 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. On the agenda are discussions of the club’s officers and bylaws, as well as a telescope inventory. The group will also view a 30-minute video titled “Black Holes Explained, Part 1: General Introduction to Black Holes,” by Dr. Alex Filippenko. A question-and-answer session, plus a discussion on escape velocity, will follow.

Black holes are regions of space in which gravity is so strong that nothing, not even light, can escape. References to black holes abound in popular culture, but few truly understand what they are. They are far from being the figments of the fertile imaginations of theoretical physicists and science-fiction writers, as observational evidence for the presence of black holes is now quite compelling.

Filippenko begins his video with a broad overview of black holes, explaining some of the main concepts and defining terms. Newtonian plausibility arguments for the existence of what was then called “dark stars” were first made several centuries ago, but a complete understanding requires Einstein’s general theory of relativity and the realization that matter warps both space and time. 

All who are interested are invited; if viewing conditions are favorable, the evening will conclude with a star party featuring two or more telescopes. Everyone is welcome to bring telescopes and/or binoculars.

—John Rogers

LW Poetry

This feature showcases original poems by members of the Creative Writers Club of Leisure World and other GRF members. 

At Thanksgiving

Our lives are rich with promises

that open to us each day.

Cool breezes and bright sunshine

bless the paths we travel

all along the way.

Fragrant and colorful flowers

charm our senses too.

Smiles and warm greetings

cheer all we plan or do.

Natures gift of food, 

choice never ceases

nourish and sustain us

always sure to please.

As we gather at Thanksgiving,

joyfully we pray.

Our gratitude overflows

for this precious day.

—Phyllis Poper, Mutual 14

Hui O Hula shines its spotlight on Mel Blake (front), who has been truly admirable in how she deals with adversity. The Mutual 9 resident recently traveled to Honolulu—her first time there. Anyone interested in learning a new dance (currently, Christmas hula such as “Mele Kalikimaka” and “Po La’e E/Silent Night” are being taught) or who appreciates Hawaiian music is welcome to join the class on Tuesdays in Clubhouse 6 and Thursdays at Veterans Plaza; both classes start at 1 p.m. Call (562) 431-2242 for more class information or performance schedules.

Leisure Time Dancers 

Starting Monday, Nov. 29, the Leisure Time Dancers will learn a festive Latin combination in Clubhouse 6. 

From 2-3 p.m., the group will practice mambo and salsa, with a gaucho tango, featuring Argentine styling, taking over from 3-4. One hour costs $7, while two is $11. All are welcome, regardless of dance experience. Masks are optional. 

For more information, call Richard Sharrard at (562) 434-6334.

LW’s Holiday Lights

LW Weekly is seeking photos and addresses for its guide to LW’s holiday displays. People are encouraged to send high-resolution jpgs with an address and brief description of their notable displays to pattym@lwsb.com. 

Submissions may be included in the annual holiday lights feature scheduled for the Dec. 23 issue.

Cribbage Club

Julie Milburn gets perfect score

Julie Milburn added the first star to her name badge by winning all seven cribbage games on Nov. 16. With her perfect score of 847, she won first place that day.

Norm Martin secured second place with a score of 830, Jorge Moy took third with 826, and tied for fourth were Linda Smith and Wanda Bemben, each scoring 828. Jack Hawn and Candy Meyers both won six out of seven games without a winning total, and Howard Bleakley had no wins for the day.

Margaret Smith served ice cream while Donna Gorman handed out slices of her homemade cake, a real treat, to 54 players. The club thanks them both.

Cribbage Club meets every Tuesday in Clubhouse 1. Snacks are served at noon, and play begins at 12:30 p.m. Seven games are played, with players rotating at the end of each game. New members are always welcome. Anyone who would like to learn the game or brush up on their skills should leave a message for Patti Smith at (562) 242-4674. 

—Marilyn Chelsvig

Dancing Feet Club 

The Dancing Feet Club meets in Clubhouse 2 every Monday from 7-9 p.m. for line dance lessons. Masks are required. For more information, text Ed Bolos at (551) 998-4223.

Weekend Night Dance

Abilene, starring Terry Otte, regrets the cancelation of its Nov. 27 performance. The band will be ready to rock on New Year’s Eve.

Members of the Joyful Line Dance class face one another as they kick to “New York, New York” in Veterans Plaza. Starting Dec. 2, the group moves back to the upstairs classroom in Clubhouse 6 every Wednesday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Classes are currently limited to 32 people on a first come, first served basis. Face masks and exercise shoes are mandatory. For more information, send a text to (562) 301-5339.

Bob Barnum Aces Hole No. 7 at Guys & Gals Tournament

This month’s Leisure World Guys & Gals Tournament was played on the Turtle Lake Golf Course on Nov. 17. Three flights of one-man-and-one-woman teams participated for best net scores, four circle holes (within a 5-foot circle) and two closest-to-the-pin challenges.

A total of 34 teams played throughout the early morning and into the afternoon. The fairways are in very good shape, but temporary tees have made the course about a third shorter than normal, with no holes over 95 yards, resulting in some extremely low scores. Every team was net below par, and there were a record number of 20 circle hole winners. One hole-in-one was carded by Bob Barnum on hole No. 7.

All scores below are net (gross score minus handicap). A Flight encompasses golfers with handicaps of 0-10; B Flight is 11-13; and C Flight is 14-18.

A Flight: First place: Bill Lyons and Pam Krug, a terrific 15 under 39; second: Walt Bier and Margie Thompson, a really nice 13 under 41; third: Jae H. Lee and Sun Lee, a superb 10 under 44; fourth: Terry Thrift and Mary Ann Moore, a really good 9 under 45.

B Flight: First place: Kyoo Choi and Bong Choi, an incredible 17 under 37; second: Gene Archambault and Sally Park, a remarkable 15 under 39; third: Tom Owens and Helen Yoon, a sweet 12 under 42; fourth: Steve Ro and Elizabeth Butterfield, a very well-played 11 under 43.

C Flight: First place: Ryan Hong and Kay Hong, a fabulous 17 under 37; second: Dale Williamson and Mary Grieg, an excellent 16 under 38; third: Bill Zurn and Neva Senske, a sensational 13 under 41; fourth: tie between Youn Lee and Melinda Lee, Marv Jones and Marilyn Hewitt, and Bill McKusky and Joyce Basch, an outstanding 12 under 42.

Closest to the pin on the par-3 seventh hole were Barnum and Thompson, while on the par-3 16th hole, it was Zurn and Joyce Basch.

The next Guys & Gals Tournament will be on Dec. 15, plus one on Dec. 29. Anyone scheduled to play (check the clubhouse bulletin board) who cannot should contact Alan Sewell at (541) 324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975 as soon as possible.

—Dave LaCascia

Men’s Golf Club Tournament

On Nov. 10, the Leisure World Men’s Golf Club Tournament was played at Turtle Lake Golf Course, a 1,658-yard, 18-hole, par-54 course with great fairways and greens. Two groups of three flights of variously skilled golfers, 44 in all, vied for best net scores, plus four circle holes (shots within a 5-foot circle rewarded) and two closest-to-the-pin challenges. 

With temporary tees, the course played very short, leading to 29 rounds that were net at or under par and a season-high 15 circle hole winners. 

A Flight encompasses golfers with handicaps of 0-7; B Flight is 8-11; and C Flight 12-18.  All scores below are net (gross score minus handicap).

A Flight: First place: tie between Tom Owens and Richard Jun, a very nice 7 under 47; second: tie between Bill McKusky, Jae H. Lee and Dong Kim, a well-played 3 under 51; third: tie between Paul Alloway, Bill Lyons and Seung Lee, 2 under 52.

B Flight: First place: tie between Joon Sup Yoon and Ryan Hong, a very nice 7 under 47; second: Bill Zurn, a really good 6 under 48; third: tie between Dale Williamson and Stephen Kang, a great 5 under 49; fourth: tie between Hyon Shin and Trai Nguyen, a sweet 4 under 50.

C Flight: First place: Sang H. Kim, a tournament best 8 under 46; second: Paul Shellenberger, an excellent 7 under 47; third: Sam Williamson, an excellent 5 under 49; fourth: tie between James Choi, Jack Haskins and Brian Tivnan, a fine 4 under 50; fifth: tie between Joe DiDonato and Pater Paternoster, 3 under 51.

Closest to the pin on the par-3 seventh hole was Bob Barnum, and at the par-3 16th hole, it was Richard Jun.

Men’s Tournaments are the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month. Guys & Gals Tournaments are played every third Wednesday, plus the fifth Wednesday, if there is one. If you had planned to play and cannot, contact Alan Sewell at (541) 324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975 as soon as you know. Golfers are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to their scheduled tee time and be ready to play.

—Dave LaCascia

Bocce Ball

It is time to dust off those lucky court shoes, find that spirited T-shirt, and get ready for some fun, energetic play, as the team bocce competition games are about to begin.

Beginning Dec. 2 and ending Dec. 14, pre-season team competitions will take place. Team lineups and schedules are posted in the glass bulletin board case in front of the bocce court, as well as above the white sign-in box. Players should make sure their team partners are available to play as scheduled. No one needs a substitute to play; any amenities-registered Leisure World resident qualifies and can play as a substitute.

The Winter Tournament Season officially begins Jan. 8, 2022. Team schedules for that competition will be sent by email to all players, as well as posted in the glass case.

For further information, call (562) 230-5302.

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 solution to this week’s puzzle: The first move is Qh8.

The White queen moves from c3 to h8, then Black king to h8, followed by White bishop to f6 and Black king to g8. The next move by White is checkmate.

The Chess Club currently meets from 1:30-6 p.m. on Fridays under the umbrella behind Clubhouse 3, weather permitting, or Clubhouse 3, Room 7.


At the Nov. 12 meeting of the Yahtzee Club, Barbara Robarge won for Most Yahtzees (five), Marilyn Moody had the Highest Total Score (1,816), and Pat Wilson 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 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.

Men’s Golf League Results

All scores reported below are net (gross score minus handicap). A Flight handicap is 0-20; B Flight is over 20.

On Oct. 29, the Men’s Golf League played the Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. 

A Flight: First place: Clay Fisher, 2 under 68, plus 3 birdies; second: Fujio Norihiro, even par 70 and fewest putts; third: Bill McKusky.

B Flight: First place: Bob Munn, 4 under 66, plus closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 second hole; second: Chris Lankford, 2 under 68, plus two birdies; third: tie between Liz Meripol and Gene Vesely, even par 70; fourth: tie between Lowell Goltra and Bob Meripol, 2 over 72; fifth: Tom Ross, plus closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 ninth hole. Liz Meripol had fewest putts, and Vesely had a birdie.

On Nov. 5, the golfers attacked the course at Willowick in Santa Ana.

A Flight: First place: tie between Sam Choi, Norihiro and Jim Goltra, 1 over 71; second: tie between Gary Stivers and Vesely, 3 over 73. Jim Goltra was closest to the pin on the 140-yard fourth hole and 130-yard 12 hole, both of which are par 3s, plus he had fewest putts and two birdies.

B Flight: First place: Ron Sommer, 3 under 67, plus fewest putts; second: Lankford, 2 under 68, plus a birdie; third: McKusky; fourth: Lowell Goltra; fifth: tie between Tom Ross and Bob Munn.

On Nov. 8, the action returned to Riverview.

A Flight: First place: Choi, 5 under 65, plus two birdies and fewest putts; second: Stivers, 3 under 67, as well as closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 ninth hole; third: Larry Hillhouse, 2 under 68; fourth: Vesely, even par 70, plus a birdie, fifth: tie between Norihiro and Jim Goltra. Norihiro also had a birdie.

B Flight: First place: McKusky, 8 under 62, plus a birdie; second: Lankford, 7 under 63, as well as a birdie and closest to the pin on the 140-yard, par-3 second hole; third: Lowell Goltra, 6 under 64; fourth Munn, 2 under 68, plus two birdies and fewest putts. 

The golfers traveled to the David L. Baker executive course in Fountain Valley on Nov. 12. The extremely short tees because of the overseeding of tee areas led to some incredibly low scores.

A Flight: First place: Vesely, 13 under 49, plus closest to the pin on the 100-yard, par-3 third hole and two birdies; second: Norihiro, 11 under 51, plus three birdies; third: tie between Tim Looney and Jim Goltra; fourth: Choi, plus a birdie; fifth: tie between Stivers and Fisher. Tim Looney had a birdie, while Jim Goltra had four, and Vesely and Norihiro tied for fewest putts.

B Flight: First place: Lowell Goltra, 15 under 47, plus closest to the pin on the 130-yard, par-3 12th hole; second: Munn, 13 under 49, plus four birdies; third: Bill Zurn, 11 under 51, plus a birdie; fourth: Bill McKusky, 10 under 52. Munn and McKusky tied for fewest putts. 

On Nov. 15, the golfers were once again at Willowick.

A Flight: First place: Jim Goltra, a really nice 6 under 64, plus four birdies and fewest putts; second: Stivers, a terrific 5 under 65; third: McKusky, 2 under 68; fourth: Fischer, 2 over 72; fifth: tie between Choi, Dave La Cascia, Norihiro and Vesely.

B Flight: First place: Bob Munn, plus a birdie; second: Lowell Goltra. 

Friends, ladies, spouses and family are all welcome to play and/or join. The league plays at four local courses, all within 15 minutes of Leisure World. The courses are always quite full, so advance reservations can be made via a sign-up sheet available at each round.

There is a prize pool for each round that players are not obligated to enter. Rewards are given for low net, birdies, closest to the pin on two par-3s, and the lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-one and eagles (2 under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. If interested, contact Gary Stivers at (714) 313-3697 or LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia

Pool Tournament

There were 24 players at the pool tournament held on Nov. 18. This month’s game was eight ball, and to make the play more competitive, players were divided into three skill levels. C-level players had an A-level player as their partner, while B-level players were paired with another immediate player. 

Every two-person team played six games, each with a different opponent. After four rounds, Rusty Aquino and Guta Bassner were the only undefeated team. But in the fifth round, Aquino and Bassner lost their first game, while Connie Adkins and Dave Silva won four games in a row after losing their first game.

In the final round, the two teams were pitted against each other. With two solid balls on the table, Aquino made a ball and left Bassner a long shot in the corner on the final solid. She made it and played good position for Aquino to make the eight in the side pocket to clinch first place.

Three teams tied for second place with four wins apiece: Adkins and Silva; Ray Fredrickson and George Gordon; and Sal LaScala and Steve Mitchell.

The next tournament will be held on Dec. 15 at 6:15 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. It will be six rounds of 369, with alternating shots for players. Players must sign up in advance with club Secretary and Treasurer Eunis “WildFire!” Christensen at cashfit8@icloud.com or (562) 879-1954.

—Dave Silva

Shufflers Beat Hot Shots

After a 20-month hiatus because of COVID restrictions, Shuffleboard League restarted play on Nov. 12 at the Clubhouse 1 courts. 

The Hot Shots (captained by Carrie Kistner) played the Shufflers (captained by past president Anita Giroud). The Shufflers won 11-7. All-game winners for the Shufflers were Red Ryals and Kelly Johnson.

The Nov. 19 game was between the Shufflers and the Sliders (captained by Sally Fowler), while the Dec. 3 game will pit the Sliders versus the Hot Shots. 

Kistner returns as club president, and Fowler continues as treasurer. Advertising and communication chair is Dave LaCascia, and vice president is Ellie West. Taking over membership duties from Geri McNulty will be Kay Mount, and Mary Milhone turns over the secretary reins to Maureen “Mo” Habel. Several dinners, BYOB practice nights, tournaments and other social events are being planned for Shuffleboard members and their guests.

Shuffleboard is a low-impact sport that gets people off the couch, is easy to learn and is fun exercise. Join the group for fraternization and socialization. For more information, contact Dave LaCascia at (801) 674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia

Monday Combined Bridge

At the Nov. 15 gathering of the Monday Combined Bridge Group, the winners were: 

First place: Paul Chang

Second place: Nancy Meader

Third place: Carol Olsen

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

Bingo Sundays

Join bingo players every Sunday afternoon 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.


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. 6: First place: Amy Kasuyama, 10,330; second: Gayle Colden, 9,980; third: Nancy Wheeler, 9,220; fourth: Julia Troise, 8.340.

Nov. 8: First place: Grace Buster, 11,716; second: Gene Smith, 11,030; third: Chung He Scharschmidt, 10,320; fourth: tie between Marilyn Allred and Ruth Bonnema, 10, 210.

Nov. 11: First place: Bev Adams, 12,066; second: Grace Buster, 11,490; third: Julia Troise, 10,450; fourth: Ron Olsen, 10,170.

Nov. 13: First place: Joan Taylor, 11,590; second: Curt Rogers, 10,140; third: Irene Perkins, 9,910; fourth: Peggy Kaspar, 9,370. 

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

Tournament Poker Club

The Tournament Poker Club played on Nov. 13. The final table winner was John Burns, who beat Ken Reddy with a full house. Burns is a tax consultant and a Brazilian jiujitsu enthusiast. He has lived in Mutual 9 for six months and has been a member of the poker club for three months. 

The third through fifth final table players were Richard Houck, Jack Pfeiffer and Marianne Conte. The dealer was Jon Jones. 

High hands were won by Lem Hall, with 8888K, and Reddy, whose hand was 777KK. The promotional hand of 7-2 was won by Donna Hernandez.

The next tournament is Dec. 4 in Clubhouse 6. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., and players must be seated by noon. There is no late seating. 

Contact Judy Jasmin at (562) 626-8179 with any questions.

Monday Bunco

The LW Monday Bunco Club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Play starts at 6 p.m. sharp and usually ends around 8 p.m. There is a halftime social, so players can get to know their new best friends and neighbors over goodies. 

All are welcome to join the group. Contact Gail Levitt at (562) 596-1346 with any questions.

Pickleball Club

The LW Pickleball Club’s Holiday Celebration, complete with an Italian-themed dinner, will be held Dec. 5 at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Any member who wants to contribute a dish should email Linda Evenson at lwsbpickleballclub@gmail.com for suggestions of food that will complement the meal. 

The club meets on the first Sunday of every month at 5 p.m. at Clubhouse 2. All LW residents are invited to join; there is no membership fee. Email lwsbpickleballclub@gmail.com for more information.

Saturday Bunco

Saturday Bunco meets the second and fourth Saturdays of the month from 1-4 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Sign-ups begin at 1 p.m., and play begins at 1:30.

The winners at the Nov. 13 meeting include:

Most Buncos: Karen Riner

Most Wins: Doris Dack

Most Babies: Lyn Doyle, Joanne Lester, Betty Morgan and Sandy Weisenstein 

Most Losses: Pam Kelly, Shelly Miller and Kathe Repasi

Door Prize: Franca Yeske 

The next meeting is Nov. 27. For more information, contact club President Doris Dack at (714) 356-0443.


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 LW Weekly recommends verifying meeting information with each club before heading out, as information may have changed. Additional information may be available on the LW website at www.lwsb.com.


Art League, CH 4, Art Rm., Wed., 9 a.m.-noon; Fri., 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

Arts & Crafts Guild, CH 4, Art Rm., Thurs., Mon., 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Ceramics—Bisque-It, CH 4, Ceramics Rm., Wed., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Ceramics—Clay Crafters, CH 4, Ceramics Rm., Mon., Fri., noon-4 p.m.

Chinese Brush Painting, CH 4, Art Rm., Mon., 1-4 p.m. 

Korean Traditional Painting, CH 3, Rm. 5, Tues., 9 a.m.-noon

Lapidary/Beading, CH 4, Lapidary Rm., Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Love Weaving Baskets, CH 3, Rm. 6, 4th Sat., 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (does not meet Nov., Dec.)

Photographic Arts Club, CH 3, Rm. 5, 2nd Thurs., 1-4 p.m. 562-430-7978

Quilting Bees, CH 3, Lobby, Wed., 9-11:30 a.m.


Bridge—Combined Party Bridge, CH 1, Mon., noon-4 p.m.; 1st & 2nd Fri., noon-4 p.m.

Bridge—LW Duplicate Bridge, CH 1, Mon., Fri., Sat., 12:30 p.m. (arrive by noon) 562-308-7838

Cribbage Club, CH 1, Tues., noon- 4 p.m. 

Diamond Poker Club, CH 3, Rm. 3, 4-8 p.m.

Hold ’em -N- Squeeze ’em (poker), CH 3, Rm. 6, Sat., Wed., 6-9:30 p.m.

Leisure World Pinochle Club, CH 1, Mon., Thurs., noon-4 p.m.

Liars R Us (poker), CH 3, Rm. 4, 6-10 p.m.

Social Club of Leisure World, CH 1, Fri., noon-4 p.m.

Tournament Poker Club, CH 6 Hospitality Center, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Sat., 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

WA Train, CH 3, Rm. 4, Thurs., 5:30-9 p.m. 


Ballet Fitness, CH 6, Rm. C, 1:30-2:30 p.m. 

Dance Fitness, Vets Plaza, Mon., 4:30-5:30 p.m.; CH 6, Sec. C, Tues., 8:30-9:30 a.m. 

Dancers & Mixers, CH 4, 1st Tues., 5-10 p.m.

Dancing Feet, CH 2, Mon., 7-9 p.m., 4th Sun., 5:30-10 p.m.

Flowering Step Line Dance Club, CH 2, 1st, 4th Mon., 10 a.m.-noon; CH 3, Lobby, 3rd Mon., 10 a.m.-noon

Grapevine Line Dance, CH 6, Sec. C, Thurs., 3-5 p.m.

Hello Line Dance, CH 3, Rm. 6, Wed., 1-3 p.m.

Hui O Hula, CH 6, Sec. C, Tues., 1-5:30 p.m.

Joyful Line Dance of Leisure World, CH 6, Sec. C, Thurs., 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Korean Folk Dance Club, CH 6, Sec. C, Sat., 8-10 p.m.

Leisure Time Dance Club, CH 6, Sec. C, Mon., 2-4 p.m.

LW Cloggers, Amphitheater, Wed., 8:30-11:30 a.m. 562-598-9974

Saturday Morning Dance Class, CH 6, Sec. C, Sat., 9-11 a.m.

Suede Sole Dancers, CH 6, Sec. C, Fri., 5:30-8:30 p.m. 

Zumba Club, CH 6, Sec. C, Wed., 4:30-5:30 p.m.; Vets Plaza, Thurs., 4:30-5:30 p.m.


Abilene Club, CH 2, Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; 4th Sat., 4-10 p.m.

Cabaret Entertainers, schedule to be determined

The Entertainers, schedule to be determined

Doo Wop Club (Let the Good Times Roll), CH 2, 3rd Sat. in odd months, 4-10 p.m.

Producers, schedule to be determined

Theater Club, CH 4, 3rd Thurs, 5:30-10 p.m.

Velvetones Jazz Club, CH 4, 1st, 3rd Sun., 2-10 p.m.


Bunco, LW, CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd, 4th Mon., 6-10 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 7, 3rd Tues., 5-10 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 5, Wed., 6-10 p.m.; CH 3, Lobby, 2nd, 4th Sat., 1-4 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd Sat., 11 a.m.-5 p.m. 

Chess Club, CH3, Rm. 7, Fri., 2-6 p.m.

LW Woman’s Club Table Games, CH 2, 3rd Fri., 1 p.m. 562-431-8240

Scrabble, CH 3, Rm. 5, Wed., 1-5 p.m.

Yahtzee Club, CH 3, Rm. 6, Fri., 12:30-4 p.m.


California Retired Teachers, CH 3, Rm. 5, 1st Fri., 10 a.m.-noon

English Conversation Club, CH 3, Rm. 9, Thurs., 5-10 p.m. (no meetings in Aug.) 

Impaired Vision & Hearing, regular meeting, CH 3, Rm. 1, 4th Tues., 1-4 p.m. (except July, Aug., Nov.); board meeting, CH 3, Rm. 4, 2nd Wed., 9:30-10:30 a.m.; support group, CH 3, Rm. 6, 3rd Fri., 10-11:30 a.m. 562-431-4026 

Korean English Class, CH 3, Rm. 4, Wed. (except 2nd Wed.), 9:30 a.m.-noon; 2nd Wed., CH 3, Rm. 9 

Movement for Health Medical Qi Gong, CH 3, Lobby, Sat., 10-11:30 a.m. 562-596-0450

Qi Gong Club, CH 3, Rm. 1 or 2, Tues., 9-11 a.m.


Astronomy Club, CH 3, Rm. 3, 1st Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Carving Club, CH 1, Tues., 1-4 p.m.

Coin Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 2nd Wed., 12:30-4 p.m.

Creative Writers, CH 3, Rm. 1, 4th Fri., 1-4 p.m.

Garden Club, CH 2, 3rd Mon., 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Genealogy Workshop, CH 3, Rm. 1, 4th Wed., 9 a.m.-noon

Historical Society, LW, CH 1, Historical Society Rm., Thurs., 2-4 p.m.

Korean American Computer Forum, CH 3, Rm. 2, 1st, 3rd Tues., 9 a.m.-noon; CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd Tues., noon-4 p.m. 

Korean Literature, CH 3, Rm 7, 2nd, 4th Mon., 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Leisure World Seal Beach Book Club, CH 3, Rm. 7, 3rd Thurs., 1-3 p.m.

LW Technology Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 2nd Tues. in March, May, September, 1-3 p.m.

Mini Farmers, scheduled as needed

Paws, Claws & Beaks, CH 3, Rm. 9, 3rd Wed., 4-7:30 p.m. (no meetings from June-Sept.)

Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club, CH 2, 4th Tues., noon-4 p.m. (except June, July, Aug., Sept. when meetings are in CH 1 picnic area)

Shodo Kai Poetry Club, schedule to be determined

Silver Fox Classic Car Club, CH 3, Rm. 5, 2nd Tues., 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Stamp and Collectibles Club, CH 3, Rm. 9, 1st Wed., 1-4 p.m. (no meetings in July, Aug.)

Traveling Tigers, CH 3, Rm. 9, 3rd Wed., 11 a.m.-3 p.m. (no meeting in Aug.)

Video Producers, CH 3, Rm. 9, 4th Thurs., 9:30-11:30 a.m. 


Chorale Club, LW, CH 3, Rm. 2, Mon., 9-11 a.m.

Community Karaoke, CH 1, Wed., 4:30-10 p.m.

Evergreen Chorale, CH 3, Rm. 8, Mon., 9 a.m.-noon

Good News Singers, CH 3, Rm. 1, Thurs., 9-11 a.m.

Korean American Chorale, CH 3,  Lobby, Fri., 9 a.m.-noon

Korean American Classical Music, CH 2, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Thurs., 9:30-11:30 a.m.

Korean American Guitar Club, CH 3, Rm. 6, Thurs., 9:30 a.m.-noon

Leisure World Orchestra, Amphitheater, Tues., noon-4 p.m.; Wed., noon-2:30 p.m.

Leisure World Women’s Sing Along, CH 2, 1st, 2nd, 4th, 5th Wed., 1-4 p.m.

LW Opera Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 1st Mon., Tues., 1-4 p.m.

Ukulele Guitar Club, CH 3, Lobby, Thurs., 1-4 p.m. 

Vibratones, scheduled as needed 


American Latino, CH3, Rm. 2, 2nd Thurs., 11 a.m.-3:30 p.m.; CH3, Rm. 8, Wed., 3-5 p.m.

Britannia Club, CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd Thurs., 1-6 p.m.; 4th Thurs., noon-4 p.m.

Chinese Friendship Club, CH 3, Rm. 1, Thurs. (except 2nd Thurs.), 1-5 p.m.; 2nd Wed., 1-5 p.m. 

Filipino Association of Leisure World, CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd Sun., 2:30-8 p.m.; CH 1, 3rd Sun., bingo

German American Club, CH 3, Rm. 7, Tues. (except 4th Tues.), 12:30-4 p.m.

Italian American Club, CH 3, Rm. 2 or 8, 3rd Wed., 2-4 p.m. 

Korean American Association of LWSB, CH 2, 2nd Thurs., 4-10 p.m. 

Nikkei Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 3rd Sat., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Vietnamese American Club, scheduled as needed 

Yiddish Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 1st Thurs., 7-10 p.m. (no meetings July, Aug.)


Democratic Club, CH 2, 3rd Wed., 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Leisure World Republican Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 3rd Wed., 6-9 p.m.

Seniors for Peace, CH 3, Rm. 9, 2nd Tues., 2-6 p.m.


A Course in Miracles, CH 3, Rm. 8, Fri., 4-5:30 p.m.

Assembly of God, CH 3, Rm. 2, Wed., 9:30-11:30 a.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; CH 3, Lobby, Sun., 4:30-8 p.m.

Baptist Church, CH 4, Sun., 8 a.m.-noon; CH 3, Rm. 9, 2nd Wed., 1-4 p.m.

Beit Halev—House of the Heart, CH 3, Rm. 4, 1st Fri., 4-8 p.m.

Buddha Circle, CH 3, Rm. 3, Sat., 10 a.m.-noon

Chinese Bible Study Fellowship, CH 3, Rm. 5, 2nd Tues., 1-5 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 9, Tues. (except 2nd Tues.), noon-5 p.m. 

Congregation Sholom, CH 3, Rm. 9, Fri., Sat., 6-10 p.m.

Dongbu Pyunkang Church, CH 3, Rm. 2, Sun. (except last Sun.), 3-9 p.m.

Interfaith Council, scheduled as needed

KCRC Bible Study, CH 3, Rm. 1, 3rd Fri., 4:30-8 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 6, Tues., 10 a.m.-noon

Korean Bible Study, CH 3, Rm. 5, Thurs., 6-9 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 7, 2nd Sun., 5-9 p.m.

Korean Catholic Fellowship, CH 3, Rm. 9, 3rd Sat., 4-10 p.m.; 1st, 2nd Wed., 5-9 p.m.

Latter-Day Saints, CH 3, Rm. 1, 3rd Mon., 4:30-9 p.m.; 3rd Sun., CH 3, Rm. 6, 2-3:30 p.m.

LW Han In Church, CH 3, Rm. 4, Sun., 8 a.m.-1 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 8, Wed., 9 a.m.-noon 

LW Humanist Association, CH 3, Rm. 1, 1st Sun., 10 a.m.-noon

Seal Beach Cornerstone Fellowship, CH 2, Sun., 9 a.m.-noon; CH 3, Rm. 3, Fri., 2:30-5:30 p.m.

Seal Beach Sa-Rang Church, CH 3, Lobby and Rm. 9, Sun., 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 1, Wed., 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Women’s Christian Fellowship, CH 3, Rm. 6, 2nd, 4th Mon., 10-11:30 a.m.

Young Nak Presbyterian Bible Study & Fellowship, CH 3, Rm. 3, 3rd Sun., 5-7:30 p.m.


AA Friends, CH 3, Rm. 4, Wed., 3:30 p.m.; Sat., 8:30 a.m. 562-209-0816, 213-248-0539

Early Risers, CH 6, Sec. C, Tues., Thurs., 6-7 a.m.

Fitness Fusion, CH 6, Sec. C, Tues., 10:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m.; Vets Plaza, Thurs., 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Fun Exercise Club, CH 6, Sec. C, Mon., 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Joy Walking & Jogging, Amphitheater, Sat., 7:30-11:30 a.m. 

Leisure Leggers, CH 6, Mon., 8 a.m.

LW Yoga Club, CH 6, Sec. C, Wed., 9-10 a.m. ; 10:15-11:15 a.m. 

Wa-Rite Club, CH 3, Rm. 1, Fri., 8-10:30 a.m.


Amateur Radio Club, CH 3, Rm. 9, 1st Wed., 10-11:30 a.m.

American Legion Auxiliary, CH 3, Rm. 1, 3rd Mon., 1:30-3:30 p.m.

American Legion Post 327, CH 3, Rm. 3, 3rd Mon., 11 a.m.-4 p.m.; CH 2, 2nd, 4th, 5th Mon., 1-4:30 p.m.

Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Study Group, Bldg. 5, Conference Rm. C, Fri., 6-8 p.m.

Concerned Shareholders, CH 3, Rm. 2, 4th Thurs., 1-3 p.m. 

Drone Service Club, CH 3, Rm. 7, 4th Thurs., 1-4 p.m.

Friends of the LW Library, scheduled as needed 

Golden Age Foundation, CH 6, Hospitality, Mon.-Fri., 9-11 a.m.

LW Woman’s Club, CH 2, 1st Tues., 1:30 p.m. (no meetings July, Aug.)

Y Service Club, CH 3, Rm. 3, 2nd Wed., 8-10 a.m.; CH 3, Rm. 2, 3rd Wed., 7-9 a.m.


Christian Fellowship and Fun Club, CH 4, 4th Tues., 5-9 p.m. (no meetings in July-Aug., Dec.) 

Friendly Couples Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 2nd Wed., 5-9 p.m.

LW Noon Spoons Lunch Club, scheduled as needed

Neighbor to Neighbor Club (Mutual 14), scheduled as needed

RV Club, CH 4, 3rd Tues., 6-9 p.m., (no meetings in May-Sept.)

Rainbow Sisters, CH 3, Rm. 6, 1st, 3rd Tues., 6-9 p.m.

Rat Pack, scheduled as needed

Red Hat Society, CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd Mon., noon-4 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 2, 4th Wed., 1-4 p.m.; CH 3, Rm. 5, 1st Mon., 9:30 a.m.-noon

Schmooze Club, CH 3, Rm. 9, 2nd Tues., 9 a.m.-1 p.m. (no meetings in Aug.) 

Social Club of LW, CH 1, 4th Fri., noon-4 p.m. (no meetings in Nov.-Dec.)

Social Club Seventeen (Mutual 17), CH 1, picnic area, 2nd Sun. in Aug., 10 a.m.-3 p.m.

Sunshine Club, CH 3, Rm. 2, 2nd, 3rd, 4th Fri., 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Where We Live, CH 3, Rm. 6, 3rd Mon., 6:30-8 p.m.

Wine Lovers Club, CH 4, 1st Mon., 5-10 p.m.

Woman’s Club, LW, CH 2, 1st Tues., 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; 3rd Fri. (games), 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Golf—Men’s Club, CH 3, Rm. 1, 2nd Tues., 9-11 a.m. (only Jan., March, June, Sept., Nov.)

Golf—Women’s Club, CH 3, Rm. 5, 1st, 3rd Tues., 2-5:30 p.m

Ladies “Q” Club, CH 1, Pool Room, 1st Mon., 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Pickleball Players Club, CH 2, 1st Sun., 6-8 p.m.

Pool Club, LW, CH 2, Pool Room, 3rd Mon., 6-9 p.m. (starting Sept. 13, Mon. 3rd Wed., 6-9 p.m.)

Shuffleboard Club, CH 1, 1st Wed., 8:30-11:30 a.m. (no meetings June-Aug.)

Table Tennis Club, scheduled as needed


Changes must be made in writing at the LW Weekly office or via email to: pattym@lwsb.com

For more information, call (562) 431-6586, ext. 387. The office is open Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 

LW club information is provided by the clubs’ representatives and GRF Recreation. Club representatives can add new listings or change the information provided here. This list is subject to change. The LW Weekly recommends people confirm meeting information with the individual clubs before heading out.

Religion, pages 9-10

Assembly of God

After the seemingly endless monotony of  stay at home orders in 2020 and into 2021, this year has flown by surprisingly fast as the world resumes more and more normal activities. 

Rumors of shortages on traditional Thanksgiving food and the unavailability of Christmas gifts, along with rising prices on everything, can cause anxiety and dread in people when looking ahead to what should create joyful anticipation of the season ahead.  When that spark of worry starts to flicker, before it becomes a consuming inferno, look to Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; I trust in him with all my heart.   He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving” (NLT).   

God  is the source of provision and help.  Believers can trust him.  When people are convinced of that, their hearts are filled with joy and burst with thankfulness. So if Thanksgiving looks different this year, don’t fret. It will look different next year too.  God will provide when believers put their trust in him. 

 Missionary J.J. Ferrell will speak on Sunday, Nov. 28, at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  J.J., his wife, Nelia, and their children are missionaries to youth. They have served in Romania and are currently moving their base to Spain.  LWAG has had a long relationship supporting J.J. Members will want to hear what their prayers and giving have helped accomplish at this week’s service.  

On Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, Assembly of God will begin a new study authored by Tony Evans, called “Kingdom Heroes.”  People will discover how to incorporate life-changing faith in their daily walk with the Lord.  This is an interactive class. 

Masks are no longer required during services, studies or meetings. However,  people can still wear masks if it makes them more comfortable.

More information about Assembly of God can be found at www.lwassemblyofgod.com.  Its core values are to love people unconditionally, worship God wholeheartedly, act compassionately and grow continuously.  

Those who would like prayer or to contact a pastor, or want a DVD of the Sunday morning sermon can contact Pastors Chuck and Sheryl Franco at (562) 357-4360 or pastorchuck@lwassemblyofgod.com. 

Pastor Chuck’s sermons can be accessed on Facebook (Chuck Franco) and the Faithlife App under “Leisure World Assembly of God.”

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will have  services via Zoom  with Rabbi Mike Mymon at on Friday, Nov. 26, at 6:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 27, at 9:30 a.m.

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 every Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m at Clubhouse 3, Bus Stop A.

The menorah lighting will be on Tuesday, Nov. 30 in Veteran’s Plaza. Those who are interested in volunteering during the event should contact Lisa Brass.

Congregation Sholom will hold a  hybrid, in-person service on Dec. 3. to welcome new members.

The annual meeting will be on Monday, Dec. 6  at 5 p.m. During the meeting, Congregation Sholom will celebrate the birthday of the outgoing president and vote for new officers.

The Sisterhood is having its Hanukkah luncheon at Katella Deli on Nov. 28. Those who are interested in attending can RSVP to Karen Sands.

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, book club or livestream services.

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

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. 

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 5:14-18 reads, “Now we exhort you, brethren, warn those who are unruly, comfort the fainthearted, uphold the weak, be patient with all. See that no one renders evil for evil to anyone, but always pursue what is good both for yourselves and for all. Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Believers are instructed to “In everything give thanks.” No long to do lists,  but in everything give thanks, why? Because it’s God’s will. It doesn’t speak of being thankful for a day, or for a season, but always, and in all circumstances. 

The “Thanksgiving Day” National Holiday is one we certainly look forward to each year for its a great time for family and friends to get together, reminisce and eat, but the Lord tells us to take that attitude with us each day. Let’s enjoy this “Thanksgiving Day, but let’s strive to carry our giving of thanks all year round.

Scripture of the Week

Even though the United States does not think of Thanksgiving as a religious holiday, many believers do. The origin of the holiday was to commemorate the pilgrims that were enduring hard times in the new land and despite the difficulties they had a feast and thanked God for the provisions that the natives were bringing to them.  This Psalm was might habe been  one that came to mind on that day long ago: 

“Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation.  Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song”  (Psalm 95:2). 


Faith Christian Church will be welcome its guest Gary Whitlatch as  the speaker for the Saturday, Nov. 27, and Sunday, Nov. 28, services. He is from Calvary Chapel of Downey.

Those who want to speak to someone at the church or have a need, call (562) 431-8810 and leave a message. Your call will be returned at earliest opportunity. 

Community Church

This week, Community Church will look at a rather ominous passage from Luke 21:25-36. It is a description of an apocalypse—the breaking in of the kingdom of God. It sounds awful, and it sounds like last Tuesday. The world has been living in a time of unprecedented change and transformation such that the description of the apocalypse in Luke’s Gospel may sound easier than vaccines, masks and COVID. 

This week will be the first of four weeks in a season of preparation for the birth of Christ. That experience, the experience of living for that which is greater than yourself, is part of the process of breaking in the Kingdom of God and the call for followers of Jesus. At times it seems scary but then, as believers lean into the change and transformation it becomes a new normal. Perhaps the pandemic is teaching everyone that there is no such thing as normal.  Imagine how freeing that realization can be.  

In an effort to make in-person worship safer, Community Church has installed a new heating and air system with filtration and rapid air exchange. The church continues to ask that people who attend in-person to be vaccinated and masked.

Find Community Church on Facebook for live streamed worship @communitychurchleisureworld.  Those who  don’t have Facebook and can watch the service via Zoom by calling the  church office or emailing leisurewccsue@yahoo.com.  

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

Redeemer Lutheran

“Emmauel:  Being alert to God being with us always”  begins Redeemer Lutheran’s Advent season celebration  on Sunday, Nov. 28.  

The main service is held inside the stained-glass sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive, beginning at 10:30 a.m. 

Dee Sessa and Maria Swift are greeters and Jerry Brady will lead the prayer and readings this week. 

In order to continue caring for one another’s safety and following healthcare guidance, masks and social distancing are required.

Beit HaLev

Beit Halev want to remind its members that all livestream Shabbat services, 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 a.m.

Beit HaLev livestream services are on Facebook at www.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.

There will be no Shabbat services on Dec. 3, 4, 10 and 11.  Beit HaLev will begin live, in-person services after the first of the year.  Masks must be worn and complimentary Beit HaLev masks will be offered to those who need one.

Nearly every generation in the Book of Genesis is fraught with cases of sibling rivalry.  “Vayeishev” (he settled), begins the story of Joseph, Jacob’s firstborn son of his beloved Rachel.  His other half-brothers resented the favoritism lauded upon Joseph, particularly a colorful robe that signified his status, that they ambushed him and sold him to an Ishmaelite caravan that was bound for Egypt,  In the Triennial Cycle reading, Joseph is an overseer in the house of Potiphar, an official to Pharaoh.  Potiphar’s wife, whose name is never given, repeatedly attempts to seduce Joseph, ultimately tearing away his robe.  Spurned and angry, she shows the robe to her husband and tells him that she was assaulted by Joseph, leaving his master no choice but to incarcerate him in Pharaoh’s prison. Joseph’s gift of prophecy is brought to the forefront when he predicts the fate of two other prisoners, one who will be exonerated and the other to be hanged.

All Beit HaLev services use our 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 live, in-person services resume.

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 doesn’t 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 duets@icloud.com.

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.

Interfaith Council of Lesiure World On behalf of the Interfaith Council of Leisure World (ICLW), the following poems and prayers are offered for reflection this Thanksgiving Day. Grateful blessings and prayers for healing and good health this holy-day season.

We Thank Thee, by Ralph Waldo Emerson

“For flowers that bloom about our feet,

Father, we thank Thee.

For tender grass so fresh, so sweet,

Father, we thank Thee.

For the song of bird and hum of bee,

For all things fair we hear or see,

Faher in heaven, we thank Thee.

For blue of stream and blue of sky,

Father, we thank Thee.

For pleasant shade of branches high,

Father, we thank Thee.

For fragrant air and cooling breeze,

For beauty of the blooming trees,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

For this new morning with its light,

Father, we thank Thee.

For rest and shelter of the night,

Father, we thank Thee

For health and food, for love and friends,

For everything Thy goodness sends,

Father in heaven, we thank Thee.

O Heavenly God:

We thank Thee for food and remember the hungry.

We thank Thee for health and remember the sick.

We thank Thee for friends and remember the friendless.

We thank Thee for freedom and remember the enslaved.

May these remembrances stir us to service.

That Thy gifts to us may be used for others. Amen.”


“Enveloped in Your Light, may I be a beacon to those in search of Light.

Sheltered in Your Peace, may I offer shelter to those in need of peace.

Embraced by Your Presence, so may I be present to others.”

 – Rabbi Rami Shapiro 


“One more day to serve.

One more hour to love.

One more minute to praise.

For this day I am grateful.

If I awaken to the morning sun,

I am grateful”. 

– Mary Lou Kownacki, OSB


Thanksgiving Prayers from the Psalms in Holy Scripture:

• Psalm 95:  “Come, let us sing for joy to the Lord; let us shout aloud to the rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song. For the Lord is the great God, the great king above all gods.”

• Psalm 103: 1-5 : “Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy name. Praise the Lord, my soul, and forget not all his benefits–who forgives all your sins and heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit and crowns you with love and compassion, who satisfies your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.”

• Psalm 136:1-5:  “Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the God of gods. His love endures forever. Give thanks to the Lord of lords: His love endures forever. to him who alone does great wonders, His love endures forever. who by his understanding made the heavens, His love endures forever. who spread out the earth upon the waters, His love endures forever.”


Almighty and gracious God, we give you thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we pray, faithful stewards of your great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of your Name.

— A Prayer from the Book of Common Prayer

Faith Christian Assembly

There are a lot of great things happening at Faith Christian Assembly.  The church has exciting plans for its members in addition to its regularly scheduled events and services, such as the men’s and women’s ministries that meet each month. 

One thing to look forward to is Faith Christian Assembly’s Happy Birthday Jesus celebration and a not-so-secret special guest speaker/worshipper coming in from a far away tropical island. Stay tuned for more details. 

Faith Christian Assembly want to invite everyone to come and visit one of its services. The holidays are a great time to get back into church and meet new friends.  The two Sunday services provide a great opportunity to meet new people, enjoy great hymns, as well as hear an inspirational message from Pastor Sheri Leming delivered straight from God’s word.

Sunday service times are 10:30 a.m and 5:30 p.m. The pre-service prayer on Sunday begins at 5 p.m. The midweek Bible Study is on Wednesdays at 11 a.m and Grief Share meets every Wednesday at 4:30 p.m. in the Garden Room. 

For more information, call (562) 598-9010, or visit www.FCAchurch.net.

LW Baptist

Sunday school  at LW Baptist begins at 9:15 a.m., followed by  worship at 10 a.m., featuring the song, “Jesus is the Cornerstone.”

The Scripture passage for this week is Luke 20, where religious leaders question Jesus’ authority. “Tell us by what authority you are doing these things,” they said. “Who gave you this authority?” 

Jesus answers by telling a parable and quoting the prophecy from Psalms 118, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief corner stone. This is the Lord’s doing; it is marvelous in our eyes.” 

The religious leaders’ interaction with Jesus discloses why people do not believe. To believe would change their lives, because to accept part of Scripture calls for accepting it all. If they believe, people fear they will lose their position. So they really do not want to know the truth. They refuse to face the Jesus God appointed their judge. 

On Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 3 p.m.  in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, Energizers group will  explore a similar theme, with the lesson titled “God’s Matchless Book,” from Malachi 3. 

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

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family 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.

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.

Sewing Volunteers Needed

Holy Family is undertaking an Advent project to benefit the Santa Ana Life Center. Sewing volunteers are needed to make simple baby blankets for moms to be. Sewing skills are not required.

Volunteers will meet in the rectory on Dec. 3 at 10 a.m. People are encouraged to bring their own sewing machines, but one will be provided for those who do not have one. Call Becky Maffucci at (562) 631-4718 for more information.

Thanksgiving Mass

Thanksgiving Day Mass will be held at 10 a.m. People can bring bread, wine, juice or other cold food items that they want to be blessed to use for their Thanksgiving meal.

Advent Day of Prayer

The Advent day of prayer will be held on Saturday, Dec. 4. The day begins with Mass at 8:30 a.m., with refreshments at 11 a.m, followed by an outdoor Nativity scene decoration time. People can bring strings of LED Christmas lights, poinsettias and lightly used,green, artificial Christmas trees for decorations.

community, 11-16

LW Birthday

LWers celebrate their birthdays with family

Lucille Martin of Mutual 15 and members of her family were able to gather for lunch to celebrate her 94th birthday at California Pizza Kitchen. Pictured are granddaughter Kristin Johns (left,front); grand-daughter-in-law Jorene Martin; son Shane Martin; son Mark Martin; Lucille Martin; son-in-law Bill Koenig; daughter Maureen Koenig; and grandson Patrick Martin. Lucille’s other children, who unable to be present but wished her a happy birthday were Sharon Raggio, Kathleen Franceschini and Kenneth Martin.

Mutual 5 resident Marion Standish (center) turned 90 years old while visiting her daughter Maria and son-in-law George Emerson.

Woman’s Club

Next meeting will be on Dec. 7

The next Leisure World Woman’s Club meeting will be held in Clubhouse 2 on December 7. Doors will open at 1 p.m. with the meeting starting at 1:30. 

This month, instead of an opportunity drawing for cash, the drawing will be for gifts on the Christmas tree. Those who  have a winning ticket will be able to choose their gift from the tree. 

The LW Woman’s  Club will be donate a check to On the Day You Were Born, a charitable organization that provides a small birthday for children who would not otherwise have a celebration. Members are encouraged to donate clothing items for children age 2-12 years old, educational items, backpacks or other age-appropriate gifts.

The entertainer for this meeting will be the millennial crooner Ryan Christopher, who has performed for the club in previous years. Ryan is a classical vocalist and performs the elegant standards interpreting the styling of Frank Sinatra, Mel Torme and other famous crooners.      

LWer knits blankets for children

by Chris Abel

LW contributor

Karen and Kenny Zwibel from Mutual 2 moved to Leisure World part-time 11 years ago so they could be near their oldest son and his family. Originally from New York, they bought a retirement home in Florida to be close to their youngest son and his family in West Palm Beach. They switch between the two states about every six months (except during the pandemic).

In Florida, Karen joined the knitting club in their community and started knitting blankets. The club donates their blankets to the local police to keep in the trunks of their police cars. Whenever officers must remove an abused child from their home, they would give the child one of the blankets.

Although the Leisure World Knitting Club is no longer active, Karen still takes time to enjoy knitting. Last month, Karen contacted the local Seal Beach police station and asked if they would like these blankets for abused children. According to Karen, the officers were thrilled. She delivered two blankets she had finished to the station. The officers were very appreciative.

The station is just down the road at 911 Seal Beach Blvd. The station’s main number is (562) 799-4100. Do not call 911 to inquire about dropping off blankets.

For more information, call Karen at (561) 827-8335. She would love to help.

Schmooze Club

Muscian Leo Cheyapov will play at Dec. 14 meeting

The Schmooze Club will be meeting in person as well as on Zoom, on Tuesday, Dec. 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. 

 Individually wrapped refreshments, schmoozing (socializing) and sign-ins begin at 10 a.m. Renowned musician Leo Cheyapov will entertain the group from 10:30-11:30 a.m., and Rabbi Shmuel Marcus of Chabad of Cypress will  greet everyone after the long COVID-19 hiatus.

Cheyapov, educated in Russia, is known for mastering several instruments. He mixes jazz with the Jewish klezmer music of Eastern Europe and melodies of Israel and the Middle East. He performs with jazz groups as a soloist and often with Rabbi Marcus at Jewish events. Cheyapov is one of the club’s favorite guests, and it  looks forward to his performance once again. 

For everyone’s safety, masks are required. 

People can RSVP for both Zoom and in-person attendance to Darlene Rose at (562) 347-8088 or at darlenearose@gmail.com as soon as possible and or Sunday, Dec. 12, at the latest. 

All Leisure Worlders and guests are welcome to attend. Make sure to  provide names for Main Gate admission if guests do not live in Leisure World. 

There is no charge to attend. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Sunshine Club

Next meeting will be Dec. 3

The Sunshine Club will not meet the Friday following Thanksgiving on Nov. 26. 

The club will resume its regular Zoom meetings on Friday, Dec. 3, with Dr. Susan Sleep, who will give a presentation about skin cancer. More details will be published in the next issue of the LW Weekly.

The Sunshine Club will continue to meet via Zoom in December, and any changes will be published ahead of time. The club meets every Friday from 10 a.m.-noon, unless there is a holiday. There are no membership dues; everyone in LW is welcome to join.

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

The LW Democratic Club welcomed Pete Hardin as their keynote speaker at its last meeting. Hardin is running for election as Orange County District Attorney. His campaign is centered around implementing modern criminal justice policies that will enhance safety while reducing costly overreliance on incarceration. Democrats from throughout the County are already actively working to support his election in the upcoming June 2022 Primary. He will be running against the incumbent Republican Todd Spitzer.

One of the club’s immediate goals is to continue countering misinformation about the potential recall of three members of the Los Alamitos Unified School District Board of Trustees. Leisure World voters are encouraged not to sign petitions to recall Chris Forehan (District 2), Scott Fayette (District 4) or Meg Cutuli (District 5).  

All three of these boardmembers were elected in 2020. The club believes that the three boardmembers, along with the two who will be running for reelection in the 2022 General Election, have been doing an outstanding job of governing our school district in these troubled times. 

 There are many reasons why the LW Democratic Club believes the potential recall should be rejected, including the need to continue wearing masks. The elective Ethnic Studies course, now being successfully implemented at Los Alamitos with 25 students enrolled, is not  Critical Race Theory  (CRT). CRT is not being taught in high schools across the country.  The Los Alamitos school district was one of the first in Orange County to get students back to in-person learning under the state guidelines.  

The club is also closely following the Orange County Board of Supervisors’ redistricting efforts.  At their last meeting, Democratic Board member Katrina Foley registered serious questions about the process to date. Formal adoption of new voting districts for election to the Board of Supervisors will have taken place at a special meeting by the time this article appears in the LW weekly.   Club leaders have been monitoring these meetings by phone and will include a report on the outcome in an upcoming article.  

The Club is also monitoring attempts to put propositions on the 2022 ballots. To date, only three measures have received the required number of signatures and have been verified by the county elections officials.  An attempt to qualify a proposition to divert taxpayer funding away from public schools in order to fund parochial and other private schools is currently underway.  The club will be opposing this effort and will also have more to say about it in upcoming columns.


LW Democrats and their supporters interested in more in-depth, up to date reporting on the issues are invited to subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter. Email democraticclubsblw@gmail.com  or call editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521.  

Republican Club

by Brian Harmon

LW contributor

As Americans celebrate the 400th anniversary of the first Thanksgiving, the Republican Club’s leaders and members want to wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. 

Whether one’s family celebrates by feasting on a traditional turkey meal or favors In-N-Out, it would also be nice to think about the meaning and history of Thanksgiving.

The Pilgrims celebrated what we call the first Thanksgiving to give thanks to God for allowing them to survive through their first year in America for the bountiful crop of the following year.

But the story does not begin there.

The Pilgrims were Christians in England who wanted to separate from the Church of England. They believed that being right with God was not a matter of conforming to the rules and participating in the rituals of a particular church. They felt that being a Christian meant choosing to follow Jesus and believing that he was the Son of God who died for the sins of all mankind and was raised from the dead three days later. They gathered together in homes or churches to learn what the Bible says, to worship God together, to pray, and to fellowship with one another.

Due to persecution from the ruling Anglican Church, the Pilgrims moved to Holland in 1607-08. Eventually settling in the city of Leiden, they had the religious freedom that they sought but were not comfortable adjusting to the different cultural environment. 

In 1620, they traveled back to England on a ship called the Speedwell, planning to join others of their faith who were sailing out on the Mayflower. When the Speedwell was found to be taking on water, they decided to all go together on the Mayflower.

Although they were headed for what is now New York Harbor, ferocious storms blew them off course and they ended up 66 days later in Cape Cod, during an especially cold winter. Most of them spent that first winter on the ship. Roughly half died that first year of exposure, scurvy and other diseases.

After that first devastating winter, they were surprised to meet an English-speaking Native American called Squanto. He had many years earlier been kidnapped and taken to Spain where he studied with monks. He returned to America with an exploratory expedition to Cape Cod where his tribe had lived and found that they had all died of disease. That is where he met the Pilgrims, taught them the survival skills that they needed and introduced them to the local Native American tribes.

    The first Thanksgiving, in 1621, probably did not feature mainly turkey, but rather fish. However, the purpose of the celebration was for the Pilgrims to thank God for allowing them to survive that first horrible winter and to thank him for a bountiful harvest.


The Republican Club booth will be up in the parking lot outside building 6 each Monday, featuring School Choice Initiative petitions to be signed.

There will be no Republican club meetings in December.

Three popular holiday scams to avoid

Everyone is beginning to get in the holiday season, especially now that COVID restrictions have loosened up. As you begin to make plans to see loved ones, make sure to look out for these three popular holiday scams. 

Charity Scams

Unfortunately, many scammers will take advantage of  the kindness and generosity that flourishes this time of year by asking you to make a donation to a charity that does not actually exist. It’s important to verify the authenticity of any charity you’d like to donate to by checking it out on www.CharityNavigator.org. It’s also recommened to   contact a charity on your own instead of following a website link from an email or social media post.

If you receive a phone call from someone claiming to be a represenative calling from a charity, consumer.ftc.com recommends asking questions about the charity’s exact name, website, mailing address, and how how the donation will be spent. Some scammers use names that sound like large well-known charities to confuse people. Asking questions and writing down information will help you confirm information before you donate.

The FTC requires charities to do these (###) things when calling a potential donater: 

•They can only call between  8 a.m.-9 p.m.

• They have to disclose their name and purpose. They say the name of the charity, and clearly say the reason they’re calling is to seek a donation.

• They can’t deceive you or lie about the fundraiser’s connection to the charity, the mission or purpose of the charity, whether a donation is tax deductible, how much of the donation actually goes to the charity’s programs, and the charity’s affiliation with the government.

• They can’t use a robocall or prerecorded message to reach you unless you are a member of the charity or a prior donor 

• They must provide a way to opt out of future calls.

• The caller ID has to be truthful. The caller ID on your phone has to show the name of the charity, along with a number that you can call to ask to be placed on the charity’s do not call list.

If someone calls you from a charity and refuses to do one or many of these things, hang up the phone and block the number. 

Delivery Scams

Many people turned to online shopping during the pandemic. Because of this, most people are used to receiving shipping information about the incoming packages via email or text messaging, but some scammers taking advantage of shopper’s reliance on email notifications.

As holiday packages are sent out throughout the country, scammers send out phishing emails disguised as UPS, FedEx or U.S. Postal Service notifications of incoming or missed deliveries. Links lead to fake sign-in pages asking for personal information, or to sites infested with viruses. 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC)  also warns of delivery notification scam calls and texts. These text messages and calls look like they’re from a legitimate mail or package courier and include a fake tracking link. The link will lead to a website to enter personal information, or it will install malware, and the scammer will be able to take valuable information such as a credit card number or ID number.

If you receive a message about an unexpected package delivery, or delay in delivery, be cautious before moving forward. Identify harmful links by checking to see if there are any misspelled words, such as “fedx.com.” When in doubt, contact the courier directly for accurate information about your deliveries.

Gift Cards

Gift cards are popular items to give and receive during the holidays. Many scammers sell expired or empty gift cards this time of year, hoping to make a profit on a card that isn’t worth more than the plastic used to make it. 

Ask to inspect any gift card you purchase before you finalize the sale. Check to see if the activation code is exposed.  If it is, the scammer has probably already used the card or has copied the information and will use it soon.

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, including shower services.

SBTV-3 Listings

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

Thursday, Nov. 25

Happy Thanksgiving

4 pm Doo Wop Oct. 2021

5 pm Captain Joe Disappears

5:15 pm Mary Apte Interview Oct. 2021

5:31 pm Studio Cafe

6 pm Cabaret Music Around

the World

7:30 pm Canadian Rockies/

LW Pickleball 2021

7:45 pm Bulalife Band 2021

8:30 pm Cerritos Center-

Lady Jazz

10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:


Friday, Nov. 26

4 pm Lewis and Clark’s

  Expedition 2021

4:35 pm St. Augustine Road Trip

4:45 pm Canadian Rockies/

LW Pickleball 2021

5 pm Cabaret Around the World

6:05 pm Halloween Clowns/

Cowboy Silent Movie

6:20 pm St. Augustine Road Trip

6:30 pm Cabaret Around the World

7:50 pm Albuquerque Hot Air Balloons

8 pm Studio Cafe

8:30 pm Ocean Perspectives

9 pm Shakespeare in the Park:


10:30 pm Big Bad Voodoo Daddy

Saturday, Nov. 27

4 pm Doo Wop Oct. 2021

5 pm History of Seal Beach

5:30 pm Spirit of Seal Beach

6 pm Cabaret Around the World

7:20 pm Canadian Rockies 2021

8:30 pm LAUSD

11:30 pm Studio Cafe

Sunday, Nov. 28

4 pm Cerritos Center:

In the Mood

6:05 pm Cabaret Around the World

7:30 pm Life and Times in SB:

Rich Harbour/Kurt Augsburger

8:45 pm Wally Shirra at SBNWS

9 pm Studio Cafe

9:30 pm Mystery at the Theater

10 pm Live at the Ford:

Vaud and the Villains

Monday, Nov. 29

4 pm Canadian Rockies 2021

4:08 pm LW Pickelball 2021

4:15 pm Halloween Clowns/Doo 

Wop 2021

5:15 pm Scary Stories with Bill & Ethel

5:45 pm Alaska/LW Radio Club

6 pm Spirit of Seal Beach

6:30 pm History of Seal Beach

7 pm Ocean Perspectives

8 pm Studio Cafe

8:30 pm Terry Otte & Abilene 2021***

10:10 pm Shakespeare in the Park:

Taming of the Shrew 

Tuesday, Nov. 30

4 pm Doo Wop 2021

4:55 pm Halloween Clowns

5 pm Beginning of Leisure World

5:20 pm LW Pickleball 2021

5:30 pm Mary Apte Interview

6:15 pm Lewis & Clark Expedition

6:50 pm Cowboy Silent Movie

7 pm Bulalife Band 2021

7:45 pm Wally Shirra at SBNWS

8 pm History of Seal Beach

8:30 pm Spirit of Seal Beach

9 pm Studio Cafe

9:30 pm Ford Theater:

Vaud and the Villains

10 pm Bob Cole Conservancy

Wednesday, Dec. 1

4 pm LW Emergency Preparedness 

Expo 2021

4:45 pm Christmas Story by 

Joe Osuna/Lizard Hunter

5 pm Christmas in Quarantine:

Pops Show 2020

6 pm McGaugh Pageant of the Arts

7:15 pm The Street Where I Live

7:30 pm Wonderelle’s First and 

Second Sets

9:11 pm Vinyl Band at the Expo

9:30 pm Live at the Ford:

Vaud and the Villians

11:30 pm Studio Cafe

*All programming is subject to change.

*** May preempt following scheduled programming

Can’t hear your television? Here’s how to turn on closed captions

Loud televisions make up the majority of noise complaints in Leisure World each month. As people age and their hearing begins to change or diminish, activities that they enjoy—like watching TV and movies—can become more difficult without turning the volume to its loudest setting, which then disturbs neighbors. For deaf individuals or people who are hard of hearing, cable boxes, satellite television, streaming services, and more offer closed captions and subtitles to make watching television more acceptable. 

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

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

gaf thanks donors

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is a nonprofit organization that provides programs and events that help LWers including the Mobility Aids Program, the  quarterly shredding service, Hospitality Room and multiple face mask donation drives in 2020. 

The GAF is able to operate thanks to the help of donors and volunteers. During this  holiday season, the GAF would like to thank those who generously donated during July 1, 2020-September 30, 2021. Some donors have asked to remain annonymous and some have asked for only their first or last name to be published.

Al Reid

Alicia DeAnda

Ana O’Brien

Andree O’Brien

Anh Solan

Anita Giroud

Ann Frambach


Barbara Keenoy

Bette Sargent

Bette Smirnoff

Betty Mitchell 

Betty VanderWal

Beverly Bender

Beverly Friedman

Billy Holden


Bob/Joan Fitzpatrick

Bonnie Freund

Borissa DuPont

Carina Rowuin

Carol Hesse

Carol Karn

Carol Orgill

Catherine Milliot

Catherine Wells

Cathy Gillespie

Chiarra Alvarez

Christine Cisneros

Christine Hamilton

Claudette Kestener

Cristina Kim

Cristina Rodriguerz/Steven 


Dee Sassa

Dolores Cook

Donald Roswurn

Donna Blubaugh

Doreen Walters

Dorothy Keswick

Dr. M. Jacob

Edward Cisneros

Eileen Davis

Eileen Kotecki

Eileen Monahan

Elinore Petoletti

Elizabeth Daniels

Elizabeth Hocke

Ella Walton

Ellen Larsen

Erika Greenwood

Erna Durando

Fenton Gilmer

Florence Dartt

Garnet Vyduna

Gary/Rose Marie Sprague

Gene May Gill

Gilbert Moore

Gloria Curry

Harry Varnas/Mel Blake

Helene Goldberg

Helga Houston

Howard Jarvis

Isabelita Fernando

Jacklyn Taylor

Jane Rothrock

Janet Kuhl

Janet Peterson

Janice Krehbiel

Jean Enkhorn

Jeanine Greb

Jimmy/Deanna Lee

JoAnn Matos

John Bratis

John Hlavac

Jon Steven/Anita Schulz

Jose Calvo

Joseph Didonato

Joyce Crockett

Judy Traver

Julie Ford

Julie Kirst

Jung Mente

Karen Sheffield

Karl Jonasson

Katherine Oldstedst

Kathleen Rapp

Kathleen Togie

Kathryn Mavar

Ken/Marilyn Goettsch

Korean American 



Kyoko Ogita/Richard


Lenore Neubauer

Leonard/Mary Laird

Linda Seligman

Linda Temple

Lita Lewis

Lou Pass

Lucille Martin

Lucy Erdman

Lucy Lee

LW Korean Community 


Madolyn Lacy

Margie Thompson

Maria Kavanaugh

Maria Theresa Solms

Mariann Klinger

Marilyn Lester

Marlene Brown

Marvin Jahn

Mary Dominick

Mary Maness 

Mary Nell Clark

Maxine Nagel

Michael Chang

Michael Oh

Michael/Pauline Breen


Nancy Hayden

Patricia Kruger

Paul/Linda Pridanonda

Peter/Myung Hyon

Phyllis Mitchell

Richard Houck

Richard/Laura Miller

Rita Johnson

Robert Muenzer

Roberta Lane

Rogell Van Wyk

Rosemarie Da Roza

Ruby Johnson

S Schacht

Saadia Bishara

Sandra Dedubovay

Sandra Eckhardt

Sandra Haney

Sandra Post

Seal Beach Cornerstone 


Seal Beach Sa-Rang Church

Seung Kang

Sheryl/John Gills III

Shirlene Walles

Shirley French

Shirley Wills

Siriporn Higgins

Sophie Jin 

Stan Alameida

Sue Rotter

Sue Yokomi

Susan Cucci

Sylvia Rios

Takako Mitchell

Ted/Jen Howell

Teresa Danton

Teresa Subia

Terry Ewart

Thelma Kieffer

Thomas Ninh/Helen Tran

Toby Richman

Tom/Jean Worden

Valerie Jorgenson

Violet Schwabenland

Vitor Villamor

William Hultquist 

William Thompson

William Wooten

Tina Furey

Global Specialty Services

Gotama Temple in 

Long Beach

Alan Hunter

Marilyn Schatz

Smile.Amazon.com Reward 


Frank Zeng

LW residents David Harlow and Debbie Salling 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.

Mini Farm

Anna Derby from Mutual 5 loves growing various fresh vegetables all year long. Among those vegetables, she noticed Yeolmu grows so well without any special care or any fertilizer, and it become one of her favorite items to grow. This year, she decided to leave it past its usual harvest time, so it could become large enough to be make Kkadugi.

Kkakdugi goes well with noodle dishes, bean sprout soup, or hot steamed white rice.  Kkakdugi has totally different flavor and texture, it carries its own place even though Napa Cabbage Kimchi can be the number one among the most people who would eat Kimchi dish. 

The name originates from kkakduk sseolgi  in Korean. It describes the motion of cutting food in cubes.

american latino club

Christmas celebration will be held Tuesday, Dec. 7

The American Latino Club will have its Christmas celebration party with Mariachis and lunch on Tuesday, Dec. 7, in Clubhouse 4 from 11:30 a.m.-4 p.m. 

The club is currently accepting reservations from now until Tuesday, Nov. 30. 

Tickets are $20 per person, which will include a lunch that  will include tamales, rice, salad and cake, plus refreshments. People can bring their own bottle if they want.

Members can make reservations for groups of up to eight people by calling Carmen at (562) 431-4257. You will be given the tickets  for entry. Those who do not have a ticket will not be allowed to enter 

The club will have the same Board of Directors for 2022.



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



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.  03/31/22


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


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.  02/10/22


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. 12/09



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. 11/25


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.   02/10/22

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) 794-9377, (562) 221-5903.


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 12/02


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, cooking, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License #CAM0006. 12/09


Leisure World Caregiver with/experience. Has car and can provide references. Maria 562-257-7631. Seal Beach Business License LOP0007. 11/25


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


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. 02/10/2022


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. 12/09


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 02/10/2022


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. 02/10/2022


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


Easy Transport Tzora Folding Travel-Scooter. Like-New, #1 in USA. Heaviest of three components. Weight capacity 250lbs. Folds and rolls like a suitcase, APPROVED  by airlines and cruise ships. $700  OBO. For more details, call Linda 562-296-5619.


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. 12/02

autos/boats/rv’s trailers FOR SALE


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



No job too small! Fast, reliable, great prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787: Dan. 11/25



Your moving service, any size job.  Business License RO263644. Call 310-387-2618. 12/02


Yard Sale. Sunday/November-28th & Monday/November-29th (9:00am-2:00pm). 13681 St. Andrews Drive, Mutual-1/Apartment-25C.  LOTS of items, cookware, rocking-chair, miscellaneous, etc.


26” Beach Cruiser $95.00 OBO. 26” Trike $325.00 OBO. Call at 562-209-0816.


La-Z-Boy Colby Duo Recline-Sofa, purchased new 10/20 with/electric control/USB-ports @ both arms.

Excellent Condition/$1,050  310-717-3619.


Brown Leather La-Z-Boy Sofa and Loveseat. LIKE-NEW, $800/OBO. 509-671-2689 call for appointment.


Excellent sofabed, armchair, keyboard, bamboo curtain, bicycle, ladies-clothes/large, brand name shoes/size-7.  818-486-2992.


3-White Floating Wall Shelves, 3”x4” $10/each. Black Metal Wall Sconce, plug-in with/Amber Vase & Edison-Bulb, like-new $15.  Retro Kidney Shaped Coffee-Table,  like-new,  light blue top/$45. 2-small purple table-lamps with/mosaic base $10/each.



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.