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March 16, 2023


LWers urged to fill out amenities survey

by Kathy Thayer

recreation manager

It’s been called an adult Disneyland. What sets LWSB from just another HOA are the amenities it offers. Looking toward the future, GRF wants your opinion on what new amenities you would favor being added to what we currently offer. Are more food services in our future? How about a full-service salon? What do you think about pop-up businesses offering services targeted to our residents?

Unlike a previous survey that was widely criticized a few years ago, this one was formulated with a professional program and includes the input of both staff and residents. There is, in addition to the questions, an opportunity to include your own suggestions.

Until March 31, you will have the opportunity to weigh in on these and other ideas by filling out the New Amenities Questionnaire on www.lwsb.com. Just go to the website and a popup will invite you to participate. After the results are tabulated, a printed questionnaire will be published in the LW Weekly for those unable to complete it online. It is critical that as many residents as possible voice their opinions as this data will help formulate GRF’s plans for your future. 

We think it is worth five minutes of your time to let our decision-makers know what direction the majority wants for our little slice of heaven. Please do it today.

For further information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com. 


It’s been 90 years but memories persist 

by Emma Dimaggio


On March 10, 1933, Jim Kaspar, a then 8-year-old in the throes of boyhood, was getting ready to celebrate his ninth birthday. Under the earth’s crust, the Newport-Inglewood Fault was also getting ready for a shift, one that would be remembered for generations. The ensuing 6.4-magnitude earthquake resulted in $40 million in property damage and over 100 fatalities in Long Beach. 

Kaspar, now 99, has lived in Mutual 15 for 32 years, and that particular birthday remains as clear in his mind as if it were yesterday. 

Kaspar was “sick” that day or at least “sick” enough to get him out of going to class. At 5:54 p.m., Kaspar was playing cops and robbers with a couple of friends when the ground started rumbling beneath him: “All of the sudden, I would take a giant step and then a little step, in my mind. It was that quick.”

Kaspar lived on Broadway and Long Beach Boulevard at the time. When the shaking stopped, his family gathered and went to an open field nearby to avoid any falling debris. 

“The cops came by and said, ‘Go to higher ground, there’s going to be a tidal wave,’” Kaspar said. “And then they took off. And here we are. What do we do now? They didn’t say where to go or what to do. We ended up on what was a landfill near Wilson High School, and that place would’ve gone out.” 

That night, Kaspar remembers having a barbecue with his neighbors, “which was the only way we had to get some warm food to eat.” 

He, his four siblings and his parents lived in his family’s one-car garage for the next few weeks: “You only went back in the house when you needed something.” The Kaspars joked that every time you entered the house, it would cause another tremor.

Despite the damage to the city, Kaspar said there were some benefits to the earthquake. As buildings across the city crumbled, so too did his school, Fremont Elementary. For the rest of the term, children had half days: one in the morning and one in the afternoon.

“I was fortunate because I got the first half so I got to play in the afternoon. The guys that had to go to school in the afternoon, in my mind, didn’t have as much freedom as we did,” Kaspar said.

On occasion, he and his friends would sneak into the “chow line” at Recreation Park, which had been set up to assist the homeless and those whose homes had been damaged in the earthquake. 

“The thing I remember most about the earthquake was afterwards,” Kaspar said. When the quake hit, walls facing a certain direction crashed to the ground. Kaspar said the buildings reminded him of dollhouses, the fallen walls leaving the interior of homes naked to passerbys. 

“A giant critter could come around and move the desk, that was the impression I got,” he said. 

Despite all the hubub about the earthquake, Kaspar never let the earthquake’s anniversary take away from the most important event of March 10: “My birthday is mine, and I don’t care if anybody knows it or what. It’s my day.”

Dispose of big junk for free March 18

The City of Seal Beach will host a Dump Day in partnership with Caltrans, Republic Services and Goodwill on Saturday, March 18. 

Residents may drop off bulky household waste at no cost. Staff will be onsite to collect household items such as mattresses, furniture, and toys that are too bulky for residential garbage bins. 

This event is organized to further Caltrans’ goal of keeping highways litter-free as part of the Clean California Initiative. 

This Saturday, dispose of bulky items at the city’s Public Works Yard, 1776 Adolfo Lopez Drive, Seal Beach, 90740, between 9 a.m. and noon or until intake capacity is reached. 

The following items will not be accepted at this event: 

• Hazardous materials (batteries, paints, oils, chemicals, pesticides, smoke detectors, fluorescent lights, etc.) 

• E-waste or universal waste (anything with a circuit board or battery) 

• Concrete, dirt, rocks, brick, asphalt or sand 

• Treated wood 

• Tires 

For additional information,  contact Lauren Barich in the City Manager’s Office at 562-338-3712 or lbarich@sealbeachca.gov.


SB channels grant money to LW to install catch basins

The City of Seal Beach has won nearly a half million dollars in grant funding to install 174 full-capture catch basins in Leisure World. The funds were allocated from OC Go, also known as the Measure M, Environmental Cleanup Program operated through the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). 

The goal is to help improve overall water quality in Orange County.

Every day, more than 70 million gallons of oily pollution, litter, and dirty contamination washes off streets, roads and freeways, and pours into Orange County waterways and beaches. 

When it rains, the transportation-generated pollution increases tenfold, contributing to the increasing number of beach closures and environmental hazards along the Orange County coast. 

This program allocates funds countywide to help jurisdictions like Leisure World meet Clean Water Act standards by installing catch basins to trap debris before it enters regional waterways. 

To date, $33 million has been awarded to 212 projects throughout Orange County, according to Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA).

To advance to LW project, the Seal Beach City Council on Feb. 27 adopted a resolution approving a cooperative agreement with the Golden Rain Foundation to install full-capture catch basin inserts in Leisure World. 

The cost will be mostly covered through the OCTA funding, which awarded the city $396,000 from the Environmental Cleanup Program (ECP Tier 1). 

The GRF has agreed to commit $99,000, a 20% matching fund requirement, to operate and maintain the basins. The GRF will reimburse the city once the project is completed. 

HCC Pharmacy

Genoa Healthcare Pharmacy is coming

The Genoa Healthcare team knows the closing of a longtime pharmacy can be stressful, especially when it comes to resident care. While it is working on updating the pharmacy, the team is providing support for LWers’ prescription needs.

Genoa pharmacists and pharmacy technicians are at the Health Care Center, Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. throughout March. 

They will be able to answer questions about the onsite pharmacy transition and are working with doctors and specialists to make sure residents’ medications will be ready when they need them.

Stop by the HCC or contact Genoa at  (424) 282-2035 or www.genoahealthcare.com/gettingstarted for more information or to sign up at the pharmacy. 

It looks forward to partnering with the LW community.

—from the Genoa Healthcare team

LB Airport

Southwest offers nonstop flights to Portland, Boise

Southwest Airlines will offer nonstop weekend flights to Portland, Oregon, and Boise, Idaho, out of the Long Beach Airport starting in October, the airport announced March 9. 

The news came a month after Long Beach Airport allocated another five flight slots to Southwest, which  were available because of surplus allowances in the city’s noise ordinance, further securing the airline’s status as Long Beach’s largest carrier.

Had Long Beach not awarded those additional slots, the grandfathered status of its noise ordinance allocations would have been nullified, and the airport would have had a smaller noise budget to work with during the current budget year, according to news reports.

Air carriers now offer service to 24 nonstop destinations around the nation, which is more nonstop service than at any time in LGB’s nearly 100-year history. Of the 58 daily flight slots currently held at Long Beach’s noise-controlled airport, Southwest holds 45; Delta Air Lines holds seven, Hawaiian Airlines has two, and UPS has one.   

1.8 ACre Ad HOC

All are welcome to community garden meeting on Friday

Interested residents are invited to the 1.8 Acre Ad Hoc Committee meeting from 10 a.m.-noon, Friday, March 17, in Conference Room A. 

The committee will be considering a new community garden at the 1.8 Acre site.

An erroneous note on the  online GRF calendar mislabeled the meeting as closed, but it is open to all residents.

Mother’s Day Eve Brunch

The GRF Recreation Department will host a special brunch to honor Leisure World mothers on Saturday, May 11, in Clubhouse 4 at 11 a.m. The event will be catered by Country Gardens Caterers.  This is always  a huge success and tickets are  expected to sell out, so now is the time to save the date. 

The elegant repast includes an egg and sausage strata, strawberry crepes, fresh fruit and pastry platters, sparkling cider and more.

Moms and guests will be serenaded by classical harpist Peggy Skomal. Mothers may want to treat daughters, and both are welcome so plan to join the fun on the day before Mother’s Day. 

Tickets are on sale for $34 and are available at the Recreation Office in Building 5. 

Those who want to buy a table of eight ($250) or sit with a group should inform the Events Coordinator when purchasing.  

All seating will be assigned by GRF if no request is made. Inquiries may be directed to Recreation at mayokab@lwsb.com or by calling 562-431-6586, ext. 476.

People who are buying individual tickets may pay online on lwsb.com.

St. Paddy’s Day

SBPD to patrol for impaired drivers

This St. Patrick’s Day, the Seal Beach Police Department will be on alert for suspected impaired drivers and reminds the community to celebrate responsibly by not driving under the influence.

Additional officers will be on patrol March 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. on March 18 looking for drivers suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs. 

“Leave your keys at home and plan ahead before you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day,” Chief Michael Henderson said. “Designate a sober driver, schedule a ride share or make other plans to get home safely if you plan to consume alcohol.”

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), St. Patrick’s Day is one of the deadliest times on the nation’s roads. 

The international celebration is often recognized by adults as a time for gatherings at bars and pubs.

In 2020, more than 11,000 people in the U.S. died in drunk-driving crashes. 

On average, one person was killed in a drunk driving crash every 45 minutes in 2020.

Chief Henderson wants to caution the community that alcohol is not the only substance that can cause impairment. 

Marijuana, prescription medications or over-the-counter drugs may also impair. 

Do your research and understand how certain drugs may affect your driving ability, he said.

Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.


Spring will bring a series of exciting authors to LW Library

The LW Library is excited to announce its upcoming slate of authors who visit the community to talk about their books, writing and all things literary. 

From May to September, the library will host an author each month at the adjacent Veterans Plaza.

The following is the schedule:

• Friday, May 5: New York Times bestselling mystery author Naomi Hirahara will  discuss some of her latest works, including her upcoming historical mystery “Evergreen,” the sequel to her hit book “Clark and Division” set in 1940s Chicago.

• Friday, June 2: Veteran, artist and memoirist Robert Richert will discuss his experience during the Vietnam War as a drafted civilian. He will cover the mental and physical health struggles that he endured while in Vietnam and the years-long healing process that he documented in his book “Open Wound.”

• Friday, July 14: USA Today bestselling author Kaira Rouda joins us to talk about her career as the author of thrillers and her upcoming book, “Beneath the Surface,” which follows two sons and their families as they try to curry favor with their billionaire father who invited them to spend a week on Catalina Island.

• Friday, Aug, 11: Nicola Harrison, the author of “Montauk and The Show Girl,”  will discuss her new historical fiction novel, “Hotel Laguna.” The novel follows trailblazer Hazel Francis from the factories of World War II to the sun-splashed beaches of Southern California on a daring journey to demand more for herself.

•Friday Sept. 8: Rachel Howzell Hall, a New York Times bestselling mystery thriller author and James Patterson collaborator, will speak about her experience writing books that keep readers guessing until the very end. Her talk will include her recent titles “These Toxic Things” and “We Lie Here.”

A selection of books from each author is available to borrow from the library for patrons who would like to read them before authors’ upcoming visits.

All events will be held at Veterans Plaza and run from 11 a.m.-noon. 

Following the author’s presentation, a short question-and-answer session will be held, and then the author will be available to sign books.

Refreshments will be provided.

Mike Banfield does a head-to-toe assessment of Mike Ross during a recent training session of Leisure World’s Community Emergency Response Team (CERT). All residents are welcome to learn how to help themselves and others safe during an earthquake or other disaster. Periodic training sessions are routinely scheduled. For more information, contact GRF Safety Manager Eloy Gomez at eloyg@lwsb.com.

Letter to the Editor


I moved to LW last July away from home where I lived for almost 40 years. Now I am barely oriented to this place. 

When I moved here, the houses were located with various directions and angles where the addresses were placed out of order. These conditions didn’t help much for my failing memory and orientation, but now I can hardly get over this. 

Sometimes when I come home from long travels, I feel like a foreigner. Surprisingly, when I go through the security gate, the guard directs traffic and his hand motion and directions are given with a welcoming smile. I wonder if they know how this makes me feel so warmly welcomed to this place. 

Sometimes in the late evening when I feel alone, I go to the gym to play ping pong with the machine, and the guys working there welcome me with a big smile. This makes me feel like I’m happily home. 

Man Chul Cho, MD 

Mutual 4

Perspectives Policy

Letters to the Editor: Letters must be no longer than 250 words and should be typed and delivered to LW Weekly by email at rutho@lwsb.com (preferred), regular mail or hand-delivered. Letters must be of general interest to the community and may contain opinions, suggestions, compliments, and complaints without being scurrilous, libelous, defamatory, repetitive or otherwise inappropriate. 

The names of individual employees, titles and/or departments will not be permitted in letters that could adversely impact any GRF employee directly or indirectly.

Member Columns: At a maximum 500 words, columns may present an argument or opinion or information about pending issues of concern to the community. 

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

Priority is given to first-time or less frequent writers. Sometimes names are omitted to protect privacy.

Free CSULB Tax Preparation Service

College of Business students from Cal State Long Beach are providing free in-person tax preparation assistance to families who make $60,000 or less, low-income students, elderly, non-residents and individuals with limited English proficiency. All volunteer students are certified by the IRS.

The free service is part of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance clinic (VITA), an IRS-sponsored program.

Last year student volunteers filed state and federal tax returns that resulted in more than $1 million in refunds.

“VITA benefits both our business students and the local community,” said Professor Sudha Krishnan, faculty advisor for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program. “The students get hands-on experience while also helping those in the community who may not have the disposable income to pay for a professional tax preparer.”

The VITA service offers both in-person or Zoom (virtual) services. 

An appointment is recommended, but not required. Walk-ins and those dropping off documents should go to room 243 in the College of Business Building. There is a fee to park.

Masks are required for in-person assistance.

The hours of service are Monday through Thursday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. 

The preparation service will be closed March 27 through March 31 for spring break.

For additional information and to determine documents necessary to complete returns,  contact VITA coordinator Heather Anne Eusebio at vita.csulb@gmail.com or 562-354-0805. Visit www.csulb.edu/college-of-business for more information on the program.

GRF Services

RV Lot Hours

The RV Lot office is now open seven days a week. Residents may stop by Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 

People may also call 562-431-6586, ext. 373, and leave a message any time.

For further information, contact kyleb@lwsb.com. 

Stock Transfer Mail Slot Available

To provide timelier service, the Stock Transfer office has a mail slot on its exterior wall near the LW Administration sign. Residents won’t have to wait in line or until the office is open to conduct business. The drop-off slot allows residents to get documents to GRF staff faster and provides safe, convenient office access. Dropped off documents must be in sealed envelopes and include the resident’s name and phone, and Mutual and unit numbers, along with a brief explanation of the business action. No postage is needed.

Setting It Straight

The caption under a photo in the March 9 issue was incorrect. The correct names of the shuffleboard players are Donna Gorman (l-r), Robert Ponegalek and Dolores Cook. The photo ran on page 27.


The telephone number for the City of Seal Beach Senior Transportation Dial-a-Ride service was incorrect in the March 9 edition. To make reservations, call 877-224-8294 toll free. Only registered eligible riders can partake in this service. To be eligible, the rider must be a Seal Beach resident 60 years and older. To confirm whether you are already registered, call 714-427-2555.

PAGE 5 Government


Continued call for candidates Shareholders who live in odd-numbered Mutuals are eligible to submit a candidate application to serve on the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors. 

The deadline to submit applications is Friday, March 31, 4:30 p.m. 

A candidate may be a member who is an officer or director of a Mutual Corporation; any City Council; Orange County Board of Supervisors; the City of Seal Beach or the County of Orange Planning Commission. However, a member of any entity or partnership or an officer or director of any corporation engaged in supplying material or labor to GRF is strongly discouraged from running. This may cause a potential conflict of interest, causing unnecessary liability including, but not limited to, breaching fiduciary duties.

Candidates must be members of GRF for at least one year. Therefore, renters/lessees of a unit within a Mutual are not eligible to run for the GRF Board of Directors.

Application for Candidacy forms and GRF Directors Handbooks are available in the Stock Transfer Office in the Administration Building. 

The current GRF Board thanks all candidates for the willingness to participate in the continued success of Leisure World.



Before filling out the application read the following information on board candidate requirements:   

The campaign cycle for the Golden Rain Foundation (GRF) Board of Directors is underway. In 2023, GRF Board seats representing odd-numbered Mutuals are up for election.

1. The candidate cannot be convicted of a crime that would either prevent GRF from purchasing fidelity bond coverage or terminate GRF’s existing coverage, be current in the payment of carrying charges that does not include non-payment of collection charges, late charges, fines, fines rename assessments, costs levied by a third party, or if the member has (1) paid under protest per Civil Code Section 5658, (2) has entered into and is currently on a payment plan, or (3) if the member has not been provided the opportunity to engage in Internal Dispute Resolution (IDR). The candidate must be a member of GRF for at least one year.

2. Candidates may self-nominate or be nominated by their GRF Nominating Committee or Board of Directors.

3.  50-1631-4 Application for Candidacy forms are available in the Stock Transfer Office on the bottom floor of the Administration Building. Candidates who are self-nominated must complete a 50-1631-4 Application for Candidacy before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31.

4. Candidates who are nominated by their GRF Nominating Committee or Board of Directors will have their names submitted to Stock Transfer by the GRF Secretary. Upon receipt of any submitted names, the GRF Board Office will contact each candidate and arrange for them to confirm their candidacy by receiving and completing an “Application for Candidacy” and candidate instructions.

5. In accordance with 30-5025-3 GRF Election Procedures, each candidate shall submit a statement, or resume, of no more than 300 words, single sided, to the Stock Transfer Office. Statements shall be written in compliance with the election rules, e.g., contain the background, qualifications, and platform of the candidate, and shall not contain any disparaging or defamatory content. All statements are due before 4:30 p.m. on Friday, March 31.

6. Per Foundation by-laws, 30-5025-3 GRF Election Procedures, section 3.1.2. , candidates shall complete a 50-1632-4 Candidate Eligibility Disclaimer to set forth that they are qualified to serve on the GRF Board of Directors.

7. When turning in the 50-1631-4 Application for Candidacy, 50-1632-4 Candidate Eligibility Disclaimer, and statement, members must show GRF ID. Candidates will receive a receipt when turning in their application materials.

8. To avoid any potential conflict of interest, no member of the GRF Board of Directors or his or her spouse may be employed by the Foundation. GRF Board Candidates must sign a 50-1632-4 Candidate Eligibility Disclaimer, stating that they are eligible to serve as a director and a member for one year.

9. Candidates who complete a timely 50-1632-4 Application for Candidacy (or are nominated by the GRF nominating committee or Board) will be listed on the Secret Mail-in Ballot. Ballot packets containing the Secret Mail-in Ballot, postage-paid envelopes, balloting instructions, and deadlines will be mailed to each household in odd-numbered Mutuals on Friday, May 5. The GRF By-Laws have no provisions for write-in candidates on the ballots or for nominations from the floor.

The GRF board looks forward to shareholders participation in the election process as shareholders will also be asked to vote on proposed changes to GRF bylaws. 

For more information on being a candidate for the GRF Board, call 562-431-6586, ext. 346 for Stock Transfer, or ext. 303 for the Board of Directors Office.

Mutual Board Candidate Application Deadlines The candidate application period for the Mutual elections is half way done.  If you are interested or know someone who is interested in getting involved in the governing at the Mutual level, and live in Mutual 1, 2, 3, 12, 15, or 17, pick up an application at the Stock Transfer Office.  

The chart above lists important dates regarding each Mutual election. Mutuals are listed in order of annual meeting date. All shareholders are invited to attend their Mutual annual meeting and watch the vote count.  

One of the best ways to sustain a thriving community like Leisure World is to volunteer to serve on the Mutual board. It is local governance at its’ best. 

For more information,  call the election specialist at 562-431-6586, ext. 329.



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

Mutual residents are invited to attend the open meetings of their mutual boards. The meetings listed are a tentative schedule. 

GRF Meetings 

1.8 Ad Hoc Committee

Fri., March 17, 10 a.m.

Conf. Rm A

Finance Committee

Mon., March 20, 10 a.m.

Conf. Rm A



Thur., March 23, 1 p.m.

Conf. Rm B/virtual

GRF Board Meeting

Tue., March 28, 10 a.m.

Clubhouse 4/virtual

A quorum or more of the directors may be present, only to listen and observe, and no formal board action will be taken at committee meetings. Attendees will be provided an opportunity to address the committee.

Mutual Meetings 

Mutual 2

Thur., March 16, 9 a.m.

Conf. Rm A/Zoom

Mutual 11

Thur., March 16, 1:30 p.m.

Conf. Rm B/Zoom

Mutual 15

Mon., March 20, 1 p.m.

Conf. Rm A/Zoom

Mutual 14

Tue., March 21, 1 p.m.

Conf. Rm B/Zoom

Mutual 10

Wed., March 22, 9 a.m.

Conf. Rm A/Zoom

Mutual 1

Thur., March 23, 9 a.m.

Conf. Rm A/Zoom

Mutual 6

Fri., March 24, 10 a.m.

Conf. Rm A/Zoom

Mutual 8

Mon., March 27, 9:30 a.m.

(9:15 open forum)

Conf. Rm A/Zoom

PAGE 8-9, 17-20, 23 Sports, Arts & Leisure

Women’s Golf Club honors retiring starters

Forty-seven women participated in the weekly golf tournament held on March 7. They competed for low gross, low net and circle hole No. 6.

Two golfers, Sun Lee and Chong Hee Kim, hit the golf ball from the tee box directly into the circle surrounding Hole No. 6. The club also congratulates Dale Quinn who scored a hole-in-one on Hole 8. This was Dale’s second hole-in-one in Leisure World since she joined the club seven years ago.

The flight winners were:

Flight A—Low Gross: Devora Kim, 27; Low Net: A tie between Janice Turner and Yasmin Merali, 25.

Flight B—Low Gross: Sandy Derouin, 31; Low Net: Theresa Lim; Circle Hole No. 6: Sun Lee and Chong Hee Kim.

 Flight C—Low Gross: A tie between Sue Yokomi and Dale Quinn, 32; Low Net; Sue Elliot, 23.

Flight D—Low Gross: Betty Regalado, 36; Low Net: Emiko Uchiyama, 25.

After the tournament, the women gathered for a general meeting. Members of the Men’s Golf Club joined them in honoring Carl Wiggins and Anne Walshe for their many years as starters at the Turtle Lake Golf Course. They were honored with gifts, tributes and well wishes as they both look forward to retirement.

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

—Dale Quinn

Dale Snyder Quinn holds the ball that landed her a hole-in-one at Hole 8.

Ladies “Q” Pool Club

The Ladies’ “Q” Pool Club president, Susan Shafer, is stepping down due to her many activities. 

Susan has been president of the club since 2015;  its members thank her for her years of excellent service. Susan Dodson, who became a club member in spring 2022, will step in as the club’s new president.

The Ladies’ “Q” Pool Club meets Mondays at 9:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse 1 pool room. The club welcomes all residents, even if they have no experience, a little experience or have been playing for years. 

The club holds luncheons in August and December. 

Yearly dues are $5 per person. Membership dues for 2023 are being collected now. 

—Kathy Engelhardt


St. Paddy’s potluck is coming up

The Shuffleboard Club will host its annual St. Patrick’s Day Potluck on Thursday, March 16, at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. Members and guests are welcome as long as they bring a potluck offering to share with all.

The club’s third and final league season for its regular calendar year starts tomorrow, March 17, with four teams filling every lane. Friday morning and Tuesday evening leagues will last nine weeks, ending before Memorial Day. New teams have been assigned and seven captains will be organizing each league day: Tuesdays at 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Visitors are welcome to enjoy a coffee and watch the masters at work.

During spring leagues, the Shuffleboard Club sponsors a Ham Shoot—a game of luck where each lane is assigned an obstacle and each player shoots the lane only once before moving to the next lane.

 The Ham Shoot will be open to club members and guests on Wednesday, April 4, at 5 p.m. A final competitive tournament will be held Wednesday, May 24, sponsored by Dave LaCascia in honor of his mom who enjoyed LW shuffleboard. First prize is $100, second prize is $75 and third prize is $50.

The newcomer training sessions will continue on Tuesday afternoon from 2-3:30. Current members are invited to come for specific skills practice. Open-play/pick-up  games will continue Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-11, free for any interested LW residents. For those who want to practice in the evenings, the courts are open Tuesdays from 6-8. Call Kay Mount at 775-527-0426 for more information.

The Tuesday evening league played on March 7 with the Hot Shots, captained by Jack O’Brien, and the Night Shufflers, captained by Karen Mendon, splitting the 12 games, 6-6. Anita Giroud, Norb Walsh and Fred Carpenter were all-game winners for the Night Shufflers, while Jack O’Brien and Sal LaScala won all their games for the Hot Shots.

The Friday morning league played on March 10, with the Smashers, captained by Millie Larsen, winning seven out of 12 games over the Flying Discs, captained by Chandra Patel. The all-game winner for the Smashers was veteran player Red Ryals. New member Dolores Cook was an all-game winner for the Flying Discs.

In the second competition, the Bumpers, captained by Sally Fowler, fell to the Hot Rods, captained by Rod Osgood, with the Hot Rods taking eight of 12 games. All-game winners for the Hot Rods were Roger Bennett and Rod Osgood, while new member Fred Carpenter earned the all-game winner’s recognition.

—Kay Mount

Pool Club

On March 6, PPJ’s beat the Rail Runners 9-4 by winning the last three games. John Barth had a big night for PPJ, winning all seven of his matches.

In the Money, the league leader on Monday, continued its winning ways, 8-5 over Right on Cue. Ken Harpham led In the Money with six wins. However, it was Wildfire! Christensen who made the big shot in the final game. With the eight ball by the side pocket and the cue ball near the opposite end rail, she made the long cut shot in the corner pocket.

In the closest match of the night, the Cue Crew edged the Renegades 7-6. It was a team effort for the Cue Crew, with each member winning four games.

On Wednesday U3 won over The Ruffians 8-5. Gary Snow and Sal LaScala each won five for U3. In the final game Sal LaScala made a long bank on the eight off an opponent’s ball to win the game. Gary Snow won his nine ball game against Ruffy Ramos. That was the first singles loss for Ruffy this season.

Bank It got past Milly’s Boys 7-6. Zelma Berkenkamp won five games for Bank It, including both of her singles matches.

—Dave Silva

Pickleball Players Club

The Pickleball Players Club Tournament is taking part over two Saturdays in March. The advanced players in the 3.5 and 4.0 skill levels played on March 4.

All four courts were going with two teams of six players for each skill level. The score was calculated using five points for each win plus all the points the player won by. 

In the 4.0 group the winners were (out of a 96 possible score): JB Burnett, first place with 73 points; Chinh Ngo, second place with 60 points; and Bob Magie, third place with 53 points. In the 3.5 group the winners were (out of a 96 possible score): Jesus Sosa, first place with 62 points; Sue Burscab, second place with 51 points; Andy Probert and Sandy Mitchell tie for third place with 41 points.

“I want to thank all those that volunteered and the spectators who suffered the cold wind. Next Saturday will be our tournament for the 2.5 and 3.0 skill levels,” said club President Linda Evenson. For more information, contact Evenson at 561-577-3283 or email lwsbpickleball@gmail.com.

Good News Singers

The Leisure World Good News Singers will present “Precious Memories” on Saturday, March 25, at 2 p.m.in Clubhouse 4. Along with their songs of praise, they will also have longtime favorites as singalongs, which will be sure to bring back memories. 

LWer wants to form Ski Club

Dr. Man Chul Cho, a ski enthusiast and certified Professional Ski Instructor of America (PSIA), wants to meet with other interested parties to discuss the possibility of creating a ski club in Leisure World. 

On Thursday, March 23 from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 5, there will be a discussion on safety issues, advanced ski techniques, and other topics—such as free lift tickets for people 70 years and older at Mountain High Ski Resort and Snow Valley in Big Bear. 

Cho will also discuss the physical, mental and emotional benefits he receives from skiing. For more information, contact Cho at 310-713-8382.

This colorful planter belongs to Jeanne McCoy. She has continued this theme throughout her garden area, located in Mutual 5, 1500 Homewood, 94-B.

Art History Club

The Art History Club began offering sessions of classical music appreciation in January 2023. The club is now giving combined lectures with art history and classical music.

Recently the club set up a program for the classical music to be presented throughout the year. It encompasses symphonies, piano works including piano concertos and piano sonatas, violin works including violin concertos and violin sonatas, opera arias, chamber music, masses and requiems, and German lieder. The repertoire was carefully chosen from the greatest music videos already viewed at the Korean American Classical Music Appreciation classes before the breakout of the pandemic. 

The goal of classical music appreciation is to provide senior people with hours of peace of mind and for a social time with friends through great music.

The classes are on the second Thursday at 9:30 a.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Learning Center, and the fourth Thursday at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Everyone is welcome.

For more information, contact Yun Han Choi at 847-708-4790 or Susan Yai at 213-321-6135.

—Ken Chong

Friends of the Library Bookstore

With St. Patrick’s Day and Easter around the corner, there’s still time to peruse the Friends of the Library boutique tables. The boutique has a number of charming items for dining tables or for grandkid’s Easter baskets, including lots of small bunnies urgently in need of children to cuddle them.

And there are holiday cards for grown-ups, close or distant, who appreciate being remembered.

March is also Women’s History month and the bookstore has a wide range of books about women and books written by women, both classics and newer books. Whether you’ve been meaning to get around to reading Jane Austen, the Bronte Sister, Elizabeth Wharton, JD Robb or Janet Evanovich mysteries, Louise Penny or the grand mistress Agatha Christie, the library has plenty to choose from. If romance is on your mind, check out our large collection of Harlequin stories. 

The Bookstore doesn’t usually take large items, but a folding table, sturdy, 7’x30” is needed. Call Joyce Brannon, 562-480-3700, if you have one to donate. 


Community Karaoke

An enthusiastic karaoke crowd of 37 singers entertained the audience March 8. A happy group joined their voices singing the Beatles hit “All My Loving.” Mariza Joaquin had Elena Aroz on her feet dancing to “Red River Valley,” sung by Nina Todorov. Susan Kelleghan sang a beautiful “When I Fall in Love,” as did Elizabeth Butterfield singing “Summer Song” and Essie Hicks “Never Never Never.” A dramatic “World We Knew” was done by Anna Le. With his deep voice, Vitaly Telishevsky did fine with the love song “Where Do I Begin.” Ric Dizon was energetic while singing “Love is All.” The line dancers in the room loved Vito Villamor’s “Achy Breaky Heart.”

The club holds its karaoke nights on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m. Both singers and audience members are welcome.

—Margie Thompson

cabaret entertainers

Club will perform ‘On Broadway’ April 1

The Cabaret Entertainers will present its next show “On Broadway” on Saturday, April 1, in Clubhouse 2. It will feature songs from notable shows such as “Les Mis,” “West Side Story,” “Jesus Christ Super Star” and many more. The show will start at a new time: 6:30 p.m. instead of 7, and the doors will open at 5:30. People are encouraged to bring their favorite beverages and snacks and come early to snag the best seats.


The LW Genealogy Club will meet Wednesday, March 22, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Social hour starts at 9:30 a.m. and the meeting starts at 10 a.m. 

Featured speaker Len Enlow will present “The Orphan Train Movement”—a supervised welfare program that transported approximately 200,000  children from crowded Eastern cities of the United States between 1854 and 1929. The co-founder of the Orphan Train Movement claimed that these children were orphaned, abandoned, abused or homeless, but this was not always true. Len Enlow is one of the founding members of the Corona Genealogical Society, where he has been president for five years. He also prepares and publishes the Society’s bi-monthly newsletter. 

Len retired from Boeing (formerly Rockwell International) in January 1999, after 33 years of service, received his bachelor’s in electrical engineering from Pennsylvania State University and his master’s in electrical engineering from California State University, Long Beach. 

He is the author of a technical book and holder of two patents. Len is an experienced and accomplished speaker in various electronic and genealogical fields; he became interested in family history about 50 years ago when he received memorabilia on his family from a first cousin once removed. From that point on, he was hooked on genealogy and sought every fact, photo, letter, and family history he could get from his family.


U.S. Naval Glee Club returns to LB

The U.S. Naval Academy Glee Club from Annapolis, Maryland, will perform a free concert on Friday, March 17, at 7 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 607 E. 3rd St. (at the corner of Atlantic Avenue), Long Beach. The 75 singers represent Midshipmen from all three vocal performing organizations at the Academy. 

Parking in the church lots is very limited. Carpooling and early arrival are recommended. For additional information, contact Peter Bates at 562-437-0958, ext. 130.

—Peter Bates

garden club

Resident will demonstrate floral design

The Garden Club will meet on Monday, March 20, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Mutual 8 resident Elizabeth Butterfield will share her creative knowledge with members and take the mystery out of floral design. 

Under the direction of an inspirational art instructor in Monterey, Butterfield found her niche and successfully developed her own individual style by layering art materials and mediums. Her passion for mixed media art transcends her love for floral design. Her understanding of color, composition and form is evident in her work.

The We Care table will be set up in the lobby for donations of nonperishable food items, gift cards and cash to provide resources to families in need. All are welcome to attend. Coffee, tea and cookies will be served after the meeting.

LW Woman’s Club Tabletop Games

The Woman’s Club will hold  tabletop games on March 17. 

Members will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by playing games from noon-4 p.m.

The club will have a 50/50 drawing at the beginning of the games. Members and friends are welcome to bring and/or join any game they enjoy. New members of Leisure World are encouraged to come and make friends. 

Members are encouraged to say hello and introduce themselves to new faces. 

Sweet treats as well as coffee and hot water for tea and hot cocoa are served. Some gamers like to bring their own lunch. 

Any questions or concerns regarding the tabletop games can be directed to Jan Krehbiel at 562-431-8240. 

Everyone is asked to donate $1 to help support the Woman’s Club philanthropies. This month, at the Woman’s Club meeting, the group presented a check to Interval House, which provides domestic violence services and housing programs to individuals and families in Los Angeles County and Orange County. 

The theme was “Wearing the Green.” Members enjoyed live entertainment provided by John Cosgriff. 

Those interested in learning more about the Woman’s Club of Leisure World should contact Kathy Russell at 949-293-7517.

—Beth Greeley


Postponed Richie Freedman and Yuri Lotakov concert rescheduled

Richie Freedman and Yuri Lotakov will perform Sunday, March 26, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. 

Residents may remember Yuri Lotakov from his wonderful standing-room-only Chopin concert last October. Lotakov will be joined in this concert by Richie Freedman. Freedman was musically talented at a very young age and began his music studies at age 8. He was performing professionally in New York by the age of 12. By the time he enrolled at UCLA, he was already performing with Della Reese, The Impressions, and Ike and Tina Turner. But after attending undergraduate and graduate schools, he went in a completely different direction: law enforcement, and did that for 35 years. After retiring, he went back to music, performing as a jazz trumpeter for several big bands and performing with several major-name artists.

Lotakov achieved very early success in the Ukraine, beginning his training in piano at the age of 5 and playing his first public performance at the age of 9. He graduated from the prestigious Kiev Conservatory with a Ph.D. in 1971 and started performing with major orchestras in Ukraine, Russia, and Eastern Europe.

In 1976, Lotakov tried to get out of the Soviet Union, but it wasn’t easy. When he applied for permission to leave, he was punished by losing his teaching position plus having all his music appearances cancelled. This went on for two years but finally he was free. He started performing in Europe, South Africa, and the United States. Now Lotakov and his wife, Luba, are happy members of the Leisure World community.

It’s interesting how things happen unexpectedly in life, just six months ago Freedman met Lotakov at the LW Bicycle Club. Realizing they both had a love of music, Freedman asked Lotakov to play Hummel’s trumpet concerto together and viola: they decided to prepare for a full concert. LW residents will be the lucky listeners of their musical connection in March.

—Jan Friedland

Velvetones return this weekend

The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra is Leisure World’s own professional big band, playing big band swing and jazz standards—music for dreaming and dancing— under the direction of Jeff Plum. 

The Velvetones play in Clubhouse 4 on the first and third Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. Grab your dancing shoes and join the fun this Sunday.

The big band sound—that uniquely American combination of reeds, brass and rhythm which defined the nation’s popular music for more than three decades, and which still pervades our public consciousness, is the Velvetones signature.

They vividly bring this classic music to life for a new generation of audiences, authentically recreating the style, musicality and essence of swing era band music. They pepper their repertoire with contemporary pop hits to broaden their audience. 

Whether it be a well-known big band standard, contemporary jazz showcase, sentimental vocal ballad or a hard swinging brass feature, the Velvetones provides a unique and complete package of musical entertainment.

—Kathy Thayer

Silver Fox Classic Car Club

The club is open to all Leisure World residents interested in cars. For the club’s March meeting, members will visit the Lions Automobilia Foundation and Museum on March 25. The museum is located at 2790 Del Amo Blvd., Rancho Dominguez, 90221. Senior admission is $14. The museum opens at 10 a.m. Featured at the museum will be the Tri Five Car Club (55, 56, 57 Chevrolets).

Duplicate Bridge

Larry Slutsky and Gene Yaffee were the North/South winners in the five-table game on March 2; Russ Gray and Fred Reker were the East/Winners.

In the 8.5-table game on March 3, North/South winners were Sibyl Smith and Al Appel; second Priscilla Caillouette and Joan Tschirki; third were Sue Fardette and Fred Reker. East/West winners were Howard Small and Beth Matheny; second were Kathy Jervik and Aarlyn Glenn; third were Sue Boswell and Marilyn McClintock.

Tim Cole and Joyce Roberts were the East/Winners in the eight-table game on March 6; second were Judy Jones and Al Appel. Priscilla Caillouette and Larry Topper were the North/South winners; second were Larry Slutsky and Fred Reker.

Games are played on Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday afternoons in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 12:30. Players are asked to arrive no later than 12:15 p.m. to confirm their reservations. Reservations can be made at any game using the sign-up sheets or by calling Linda Nye at 562-453-6678 or emailing yuelingnye@yahoo.com no later than 10 a.m. on game day.

—Gene Yaffee

Saturday Bunco

The Saturday Social Bunco Club will meet on March 25 in the Clubhouse 3 lobby. The club meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month. Sign-up starts at 1; play begins at 1:30. The Feb. 25 winners were: Mary Milhone, most wins; a tie between Dina Navarro and Peggy Clewett for most buncos; and Marianne Matheis with the most babies. 

Five players tied for most losses: Helen Sponsler, Pat Wilson, Susan Rose, Dolores Ruiz and Micki Aiello. The door prize went to Kathy Russell. For more information, call Doris Dack at 562-356-0443.

—Doris Dack

Yahtzee Club

The Yahtzee Club will meet on March 17 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 1 p.m. There will be a halftime time social. The club meets the first, third and fifth Fridays of each month.

 On March 3, the winner for most Yahtzees was Doris Dack. The winner for the highest score was Susie Ralston. The winner for the lowest score was Sandy Weisenstein. The door prize went to Mary Milhone. For more information, contact Diane Seeger at (562)-533-5997.

Saturday Morning Dance Class

In March, Candi Davis will teach rumba at 9 a.m. and then waltz at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 6.

 Each class is $7. For more information, call Debbie DeGrazia at 562-296-3393.

Doo Wop show is Saturday in CH2

The next Doo Wop show is this Saturday, March 18, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7. All LW residents and their guests are welcome to join the fun on the dance floor. Guests are also encouraged to bring their own refreshments.

The musical lineup includes favorites from Elvis, The Shirelles, The Temptations, Crystal Gayle, Cubby Checker and more. Club dancers Josie Del Pino, Sherie Vanek, Amy Walker and others will be on the dance floor encouraging guests to get up and join the fun. Ben Berg will perform his favorite piano boogie music.

Donations will be graciously accepted at the front door during sign-in and throughout the show. 

The club is getting ready for its annual summer Woodstock show. Those interested in joining the cast can look for more information about future auditions in early April.

Spring Jam with Coconut Breeze

The Coconut Breeze Band will play coastal acoustic tunes on the evening of March 24 in Clubhouse 4 from 6-8 p.m. The band’s coastal acoustic tunes will inspire the audience to listen, dance and relax with your friends. 

Coconut Breeze’s music spans various styles from Bob Marley, Otis Redding, Kenny Chesney, Linda Ronstadt, Tom Petty, Jimmy Buffett, Bob Dylan and others.

The all-Leisure World member band has entertained residents seasonally outdoors on Taco Tuesdays and special events but is now venturing into an inside venue. People can bring their own refreshments and enjoy the music with their friends and neighbors.

cribbage club

Members celebrate birthday with cake

Candy Meyers celebrated her birthday at Cribbage Club last Tuesday by providing cake and ice cream to all 59 members present. 

Her sister-in-law, Carrie Kistner, assisted in serving, and Melinda Cowan added chocolates and mixed nuts to refreshments.

First place honors went to Terry Thrift with a winning total of 837. Linda Evenson took second place with 836. Julie Milburn and Kent Davidson each scored 832 for third place while Lyn Doyle placed fourth with 831. 

Four members each won six out of seven games played without a winning total: Potsy Frank, Hoppy Hopkins, Sharon Rutigliano and Gene Smith. Richard McCarty and Grace Holdaway each lost all seven of the games played.

Those who want to learn how to play cribbage, to brush up on the game or to learn more about the club should call and leave a message with Terry Thrift at 714-394-5885. 

The dues for 2023 are $5. See any of the officers at the check-in desk before play begins next Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 1. 

New members are always welcome.

—Marilyn Chelsvig


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Speaker will discuss Asian Cymbidiums

The South Coast Orchid Society of Long Beach will host a program by Jack Zhu on “Asian Cymbidiums: Forms and Colors” at Whaley Park Community Center, 5620 E. Atherton St. in Long Beach, at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 27.

An orchid hobbyist in the Los Angeles area and an American Orchid Society judge, Jack has specialized in “Asian” Cymbidiums, which, although little known here, have been appreciated and cultivated in China, Korea and Japan for millennia. 

For his program, Jack will concentrate on the forms and colors of this group, as well as how he grows them and how to repot them. The potting demonstration and cultural hints will highlight the differences and similarities with the “standard” Cymbidiums that many grow outdoors in Long Beach. 

Orchids grown by society members and guests will also be on display—expect to see some wonderful Cymbidiums at this time of year. The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact southcoastorchidsociety@gmail.com.

—John McCoy

Tickets going fast for upcoming excursions

Tickets are now available for the first time online and at the Recreation office in Building 5. 

All prices include transportation and gratuity. Sales have been brisk so don’t delay.

The first excursion of the season will be Sunday, April 30, to see “Under the Skin” at the Long Beach International City Theater. Protagonist Lou is in need of a kidney. Yesterday. His estranged daughter Raina has one to spare, but does he deserve it? Tickets are $61, including transportation.

The LA Opera is back in business and the Recreation Department was lucky to secure enough tickets for two evening performances of Othello. 

Hailed as the pinnacle of the Italian operatic repertoire, Verdi’s transformation of the original Shakespeare play is a powerful drama of uncontrolled human emotion at its most extreme.  

The operatic performances are on May 17 and June 1. Due to the special low pricing and limited seating, residents may submit their names for a drawing and will be randomly chosen for either date. 

Tickets including transportation are $34. The drawing will be held after April 14, which is the last day to submit a name.

Stars on Ice is on the agenda for May 20 at the Honda Center. The 2023 Stars on Ice tour will boast an international cast of Olympic, World and National Champion skaters sure to entertain all ages. People can  purchase tickets now at $45, all inclusive.

On June 9, the Angels will take on the Mariners and one bus load will be there to see the action. Tickets are now available at the Recreation Office or on www.lwsb.com for $65.

For more information, contact mayokab@lwsb.com 

—Kathy Thayer

Opera Club will screen ‘The Daughter of the Regiment’

The Opera Club will screen Donizetti’s two-act comic opera “The Daughter of the Regiment,” composed in French as “La Fille du Regiment,” on Tuesday, March 21, at 2:30 p.m. (a new start time) in the Learning Center of Clubhouse 3. 

Club member Jan Berliner will introduce this delightful tale of youthful love and overcoming unexpected obstacles to get married. 

The opera opens with a stirring overture featuring trumpets and drums in a military tone, setting the stage for the 21st Regiment of the French Army to announce its presence  and intention to restore peace and order for villagers in the Tyrolean Alps. 

A young woman, Marie, enters, telling the military leader that she fell into a precipice while gathering flowers but was caught by a local farm boy, Tonio. 

The leader reminds her that, having been found by the 91st Regiment as an orphan on the battlefield, she is destined one day to marry one of them. 

When troops show up with Tonio as a suspected spy, Marie defends him for her rescue and he resolves to join the Regiment, as he’s fallen in love with her. It also turns out that Marie is the niece of a wealthy marchioness who secretly harbors a plan to marry her to the son of a duchess.

In Act 2, Marie and Tonio develop a loving bond and, despite the revelation that Marie may actually be the abandoned daughter of the marchioness, the two lovebirds succeed in getting everyone’s approval to marry.

The production is in French with English subtitles. People are invited to wear masks indoors, if desired. No dues or fees are required. 

For more information, contact Opera Club President Margaret Gillon at MargaretG@yahoo.com or call her at 562-370-3844.

—Sylvan Von Burg

Tournament Poker

John Burns wons the March 4 tournament with a spade flush. This is his seventh tournament win. He’s lived in LW for less then two years and has been a poker club member for a year and a half. He spends his time  playing poker, shooting pool and playing bocce ball. He also enjoys working out and jiu-jitsu. 

Second place was Kirk Bromberg, third John Berton (who joined the club that day) and Maryanne Conte came in fourth place. Tony Canfora dealt the final table. High hand was a full house (QQQ99) held by Donna Hernandez; second high hand was a full house (QQQ77) held by Wendy Wu. The promo hand was 9-2 held by Terry.

The club is looking for new players. For more information, call Carole Damoci at 562-405-4965. Tournaments are the first three Saturdays of the month starting at noon. Arrive at least 30 minutes early.

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Mary Narcisse (l-r) and Mary Soloman of the Zumba Dance Club celebrated St. Patrick’s Day dressed for occasion. The club will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with an Irish jig added to its March dance lineup and 12 years of Zumba in Leisure World with an “I Love Zumba” party on Monday, March 20. The Zumba Club meets on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 6 at 4:30 p.m. and Fridays in Veterans Plaza at 8:30 a.m. Everyone is welcome.


The Wa-Rite Club meets on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Weigh-ins are from 9-9:45 a.m. The meeting begins at 10. The annual fee is $10. Everyone must present a GRF ID.

Joyful Line Dance classes have become a weekly exercise routine for many LWers, which keeps their brains and bodies healthy. The club meets on Thursdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Face masks and exercise shoes are recommended. No  membership fees are required, but donations are welcome. For information, text 562-301-5339.

Impaired Vision and Hearing Club

The Impaired Vision and Hearing Club will meet on Tuesday, March 28, at 1:30 p.m., in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, featuring the guest speaker, former District Gov. John Schroeder. All are welcome.

Schroeder has been a proud member of Lions International since 1977, the organization serving those in need, including disaster relief, pediatric cancer, hearing and environmental causes. After serving as an attorney in private practice for 18 years followed by 18 years with the Santa Clara County Superior Court, Schroeder was selected as the executive director of the Lions Eye Foundation of California-Nevada until he moved to Southern California and joined the Seal Beach Lions Club in 2017. In 2021 he was elected as the governor of District 4-L4.

Schroeder’s wife, Silvia, has supported her husband since he joined the Lions in 1977. From the weekly bingo at the Santa Clara Blind Center to the Arts and Crafts Fair in Seal Beach, she has been an ever-present helper, companion and confidant to John. The Schroeders have been married for over 48 years and have two adult children, Michael and Steven.

The Hard of Hearing Support Group meets on second Thursdays in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, at 10 a.m. The Impaired Vision and Hearing Club meets every fourth Tuesday in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 1:30 p.m. (except July, August, November). 

The Impaired Vision Support Group meets every third Friday in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. 

For more information about the club, call Sharon Kohn at 562-596-1969.

Lunch Cafe – Meals on Wheels OC

Meals on Wheels Orange County partnered with the city of Seal Beach to host a senior lunch program—The Lunch Cafe, at the North Seal Beach Center, 3333 St. Cloud Drive, Seal Beach, Monday-Friday, starting at 11 a.m. It is open to anyone 60 or older. Suggested contribution is $3, but everyone is welcome, even if a contribution is not possible. Guests under 60 can enjoy lunch for $5. Every contribution goes directly to help keep this vital program going.

Sugar free desserts and water packed fruits are used throughout the menu to accommodate diabetics. 1% milk served daily. ** indicates sodium content over 1,000 mg.     indicates a special event or holiday and the menu may exceed 1,000 mg. of sodium.        indicates a meatless meal. Low Cholesterol, 0% trans-fat buttery spread served with bread and rolls. Weekly average lunch meal provides over 550 calories. Condiments are not analyzed and may increase sodium. https://www.mealsonwheelsoc.org/senior-services/senior-lunch/

Thursday, March 16 **

Corned beef and cabbbage, whole baby potatoes, carrots, whole wheat dinner roll with buttery spread (Promise), and a sugar free pistachio pudding.

Friday, March 17

Breaded fish tacos with cilantro lime coleslaw, black beans and lentil salad, two tortillas, pico de gallo, and a sugar free custard.

Monday, March 20

Baked meatloaf with savory tomato sauce, mashed potatoes, Capri vegetable blend, whole wheat dinner roll with buttery spread (Promise), and a sugar free apple crisp.

Tuesday, March 21 

Pork carnitas, cilantro lime rice, Oregon bean medley, tortilla, pico de gallo, and a sugar free fruit gelatin.

Wednesday, March 22

Beef stew with vegetable sauce, whole baby potatoes, whole wheat dinner roll with buttery spread (Promise), and a tropical fruit mix.

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., delivers freshly cooked meals for $9.75 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. 

Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. An alternate dessert is available for those on a diabetic diet. 

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

Thursday, March 16

Curry chicken, brown and wild rice, oriental vegetables, chocolate pudding, ham and cheese deli sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, and a creamy coleslaw. 

Friday, March 17

Corned beef, oven-roasted potatoes, seasoned cabbage, fresh apple, spinach salad with chicken, mandarin oranges, cranberries, feta cheese, balsamic vinaigrette, and crackers.

Monday, March 20

Roast beef with mushroom gravy, potatoes au gratin, seasoned broccoli, fruit cocktail, egg salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, and homemade potato salad. 

Tuesday, March 21

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

Wednesday, March 22

Sweet and sour pork, sticky white rice, green bean almandine, mandarin oranges, ham and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, and Asian coleslaw. 

On Sunday, LW Bike Club rode to breakfast at El Dorado Golf Course in Long Beach, and got caught in the rain on the way home. The club meets on Sundays (with breakfast), Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the North Gate at 9 a.m. Everyone must wear a bicycle helmet and safe shoes. For more information, call Mary Romero at 562-810-4266 or Lucy Czra at 818-209-5075.

Fitness Fusion

Fitness Fusion celebrated member Jan Friedland March birthday last week. 

The club meets on Tuesdays upstairs in Clubhouse 6 at 10:30 a.m., and Thursdays and Saturdays in Veterans Plaza at 10:30 a.m.  

Each class incorporates 18 different exercises to improve balance and strength, making it a full body workout to motivating music. Having a good balance can prevent falls and is important in daily activities. 

Free weights can be brought to Veterans Plaza classes for additional resistance. Everyone is welcome. 

Myasthenia Gravis Support Group

A Mutual 1 resident is interested in forming a group to support people (and their caregivers) diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis. 

The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity for people to share personal experiences, feelings, coping strategies and firsthand information about the disease and treatments. 

For more information call Mike Stabile at 562-505-5807.

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Second Wind will be one of three bands to play at GAF’s 50th anniversary party on April 22

Second Wind is one of three entertainers that will be at the Golden Age Foundation’s (GAF) 50th anniversary celebration event on Saturday, April 22, inside and outside Clubhouse 6 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

Second Wind is an acoustical band from Long Beach, California. The band is composed of husband-wife Marc and Pattie Davidson, LWer Dave Noferi and Tom Gallo. The blending of acoustic guitar, banjo, bass, mandolin and accordion provides a diverse musical repertoire. Along with original material from singer-songwriter Marc N. Davidson, its playlist includes American songbook jazz and pop standards, folk, bluegrass, country, and unique ‘30s and ‘40s French standards. The tagline for the band is, “Songs Your Mother Should Know,” based on the classic Beatles tune. The band has played events and venues in Southern California and other parts of the United States.  Second Wind has been a frequent performer for the Santa Barbara French Festival, Make Music Long Beach, as well as entertaining international guests at Le Cosy Montparnasse in Paris and other community venues in France.

For more information about Second Wind, go to www.secondwindplaysforyou.com or https://www.facebook.com/secondwindmusic.longbeach/photos

The GAF’s 50th anniversary 

GAF, page 14


from page 12

celebration will display its rich history with artifacts, photos and data its  committee has been working to collect.

The event will feature three entertainment groups lined up to perform during the celebration: LW’s Hui O Hula, Coconut Breeze led by Craig Wilson, and Second Wind.

All residents are welcome.

For more information, visit www.GoldenAgefdn.org

—Anna Derby

LW Birthdays

Rosa Carrillo celebrated 80 years Feb. 18

On Feb. 18  Rosa Carrillo celebrated her 80th birthday in grand, Mexican style: South of the Border food, all kinds of drinks, a gigantic birthday cake, plus music provided by the Mariachis San Jose of Andres Hernandez. 

The  food was catered by Koffel taco truck, which was provided by Rosa’s daughter Priscilla and son-in-law Steve Rodriguez. Her dear friend Bob provided for her celebration, while the Rodriguez/Lanaris grandchildren Jacob, Lucas and Wyatt played and sang a beautiful tribute to their Nana, which was loved by all. 

Rosa’s most honored guests were the priests from Holy Family Church: Pastor Rev. Joseph Nguyen and emeritus Pastors Rev. Juan Caboboy and Rev. James Hartnett.“I was lucky to be blessed by these three wonderful priests,” Rosa said. 

The 80 party attendees included loved ones, family, friends, LW neighbors, church community members and many more.  

“It was wonderful to see everyone enjoying themselves and being so happy, Rosa said. “I felt very special and loved, but mostly blessed at this important life milestone. We ate, we danced, we sang, and most important, we were happy for that one evening.” 

Rosa thanks everyone who attended the party: “Thank you. Thank you. Thank you everyone for being there to celebrate with me; for the wonderful gifts and cards and special moments of love together. It was a night to remember.”

Retired Teachers Luncheon

Division 56 of the CalRTA will have its spring meeting on Friday, April 7, at noon in Clubhouse 3, Room 5.  Although lunch is complimentary, reservations are still needed. Contact Anne Stone at 714-600-6956 to reserve. Active members  of Division 56 will be contacted by a board  member via phone or email.

 The guest speaker will be JoAnn Copp, Area X government Representative. She will provide highlights of the Advocacy Days at the Washington, D.C., conference, which was held earlier this month. Of particular interest to  teachers is a status report on two pieces of legislation:  Windfall Elimination Provision (WEP) and Government Pension Offset (GPO) legislation.

Seniors for Peace

Club to host letter writing party

The Seniors For Peace Club invites residents to join it on Friday, March 17, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4, to write letters to Wisconsin voters encouraging them to vote in their state’s April 4 election to select the fifth member of their five-member Supreme Court. The Wisconsin Supreme Court is poised  to decide on major cases covering issues ranging from gerrymandering to women’s rights, including an 1849 law prohibiting abortion. Though the position is non-partisan, there are major differences between the two candidates.

Participants can drop in at any convenient time during the event.  There will be pre-printed letters providing an informational link, fwd.vote/wi, for the recipients. Basically all letter-writers need to do is add a name to the salutation, write from one to three sentences about why voting is important to them personally and sign the letters with first name and initial. No partisan language is allowed. Then they will address the provided envelope and place the letter in it.  The envelopes will be stamped at a later date and mailed on March 28. The club would much appreciate donations for stamps.  

Refreshments will be served. Some might even be green since it will be St. Patrick’s Day.

All LW residents and their guests are invited to attend. For more information, call Pat Kruger at 562-357-4040.

GAF Board Meeting

The Golden Age Foundation Board  will meet  on Wednesday, March 22,  at 2 p.m. in the GRF Conference Room B. All GAF members are welcome to observe the meeting. 

This is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest news and  get a preview of coming Golden Age Foundation events.   

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

Concerned Shareholders

The Concerned Shareholders meeting for this month has been cancelled. The club will meet next month.

Huntington Library trip is fully booked

The Sunshine Club’s Huntington Gardens and Library day trip on April 6 is now fully booked. 

Those who signed up for the trip must fill out a mandatory  liability waiver by Friday, March 17. People can pick up the form   in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, either before 9:30 a.m. or after 11:30 to avoid interrupting the presentation.

On April 6, people must arrive at the Amphitheater parking lot to check in at  8:30  a.m. The bus will leave the Amphitheater at 9.  People are reminded to bring their cell phones and wear comfortable shoes as it will require lots of walking to see everything. 

All cancellations after March 2 will be donated to the Sunshine Club’s refreshment budget. 

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

Recycle batteries on March 21

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) will hold a battery recycling service on Tuesday, March 21, in the Clubhouse 2 parking  lot from 10 a.m.-noon. GRF ID is required.  

Approved batteries for recycling include: 

• Alkaline

• Carbon Zinc

• Nickel Cadmium  

• Nickel Metal-Hydride 

• Lithium Ion

• Lithium Metal

• Silver Oxide

• Button cell batteries and all other dry cell batteries

Basically this includes all household batteries, cell phone and laptop batteries, and small, button-type batteries. People should place each lithium battery in a separate bag  as part of the recycling requirements. 

It is very important to recycle batteries instead of throwing  them in the dumpster to keep waste fees low and keep the planet clean. 

This service is for Leisure World shareholders’ personal household batteries only; no business batteries. 

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

—Anna Derby

Sign up for free tax filing aid

IRS-certified volunteers are preparing and e-filing tax returns for full-year California residents. This AARP tax service is sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation and is provided every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday mornings in the Knowledge and Learning Center in Clubhouse 3.  

LWers can pick up the intake/interview sheet at the Leisure World Library.  This should be completed prior to the appointment.  Note that individuals with rental property or a net loss from self-employment are out of scope for this program.  

LWers can make the tax appointment now by calling 562-596-1987 and leaving their name and telephone number. 

Heidi Cortese on the importance of community in LW

by Maria Wong and Loni Gardette

LW Contributors

“What is Community? A group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.  This is the foundation of senior housing.”

This began Heidi Cortese’s tale of what Leisure World is and how it got here, Cortese style at a special Sunshine Club meeting on Feb. 17.  

From a life expectancy of 47 years in 1900 to 69 years of age in the late ‘50s/early ‘60s, Heidi opened her lesson of post-WWII population changes. With modern medical highlights, penicillin, emergency room technique improvements, food preparation and refrigeration largely due to the lessons learned in WWII,  there became a population of people over age 55 with no place to gather. 

Ross Cortese began selling fruits and vegetables from a cart and Heidi’s mother worked as a contract dancer at MGM.  Presented with a chance opportunity to help fix up and sell a house brought an epiphany: a person could make more money at this than  selling fruits and vegetables.

Ross Cortese decided to take a course in real estate at Hollywood High where he met his future wife and at the time became the youngest person in California to get his real estate license. His wife’s real estate interest was sparked after meeting Harry Culver, the original developer of Culver City. She was an integral part of their entire process.

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Now their vision and interest expanded and soon they were involved in Lakewood ranch style homes that later inspired them to build Rossmoor.

Ranch-style homes were the first version of real model homes.  The homes were tricked out with every modern convenience and showcased the latest and greatest appliances.  No detail was spared.

The homes were highly prized with one even being given away by a popular TV show, “Queen for a Day,” which ended in 1964.  The ranch house design (also referred to as mid-century modern) is still highly coveted.

The Corteses studied and learned  lessons from others before them, including Del Webb and his work creating Sun City in Arizona.

Moving forward, the Corteses decided to buy the tract of land  in Seal Beach and that would  become Leisure World. It is also the place where the playbook was written for all the other locations: location, safety, walls, maturely landscaped communities (trees, sod, flowering plants, etc), which allow beautiful living with serpentine pathways, and no overcrowding. 

 Ross Cortese passed away in 1991.  Heidi Cortese, along with IDI International Builders finished Leisure World Maryland in 2012.

 Ross Cortese’s legacy in retirement housing is huge, and the buildings are but the tip of the iceberg.

Heidi Cortese says she  is most proud of the great gift her father gave to the USC School of Gerontology. It is the largest school of its kind worldwide and provides control groups for people to study gerontology all over the world.

 Ross Cortese was ahead of his time.  Leisure World Seal Beach is the jewel in the crown that he assembled.

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

LW Democrats and supporters are invited to the LW Democratic Club’s meeting on March 22 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 1 p.m.  The meeting will include a presentation by Los Alamitos Unified School District Board Trustee Scott Fayette, who represents the board’s Area 4, which covers a portion of Leisure World.  Fayette will be up for re-election in 2024.

Members who are unable to attend the meeting in person can participate online or by phone. For the Zoom login information, contact democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or call 562-296-8521.

Fayette will speak on a number of topics during the meeting, including:

• The importance to support public education even if a person doesn’t have children in local schools.

• How the growing “Parents’ Rights” movement affects the school district, as well as other districts throughout the county and the nation.

• What the board is doing about the attempt of charter schools to operate in the district.

• How the board relates to the Orange County Board of Education.

• What Fayette’s plans for running for re-election are in 2024.  

• If there is any anticipation the board will be called on to finance another costly recall election.

Fayette was the target of two unsuccessful recall attempts in 2021 and 2022. The grounds listed on the recall supporters’ website in the 2022 attempt included the district’s mask requirement policy and sex education curriculum.

The effort to recall school board members has not been limited to this area.  It is currently allowed in 23 states. Between 2009-2022, Ballotpedia tracked recall efforts against an average of 66 school board members each year.

Fayette currently lives in Seal Beach. He moved to California from upstate New York in 2002. He has a clear multiple subject teaching credential and has taught in various school districts as a substitute and/or an intervention teacher. He has also been a room parent as well as a PTA president, executive vice president, auditor and parliamentarian.

Club members who are able to attend the March meeting in person are invited to bring documents for the newly re-instated advocacy information table.  All documents on this advocacy table represent the views of individual club members. They do not necessarily represent those of the LW club itself or the Democratic Party .


Readers are reminded that the LW Democratic Club is chartered by the Democratic Party of Orange County (DPOC).  DPOC and the California party have rules and regulations related to making official candidate endorsements. Club members speaking as individuals are free to endorse candidates such as Scott Fayette at any time.

For more in-depth reporting on issues and candidates, Democrats and supporters can subscribe to the  LW Democratic Club’s free electronic newsletter by emailing democraticclubsblw@gmail.com. Be sure to include full contact information, as well as party affiliation when signing up.

Sunshine Club

Chefs for Seniors will be in CH3, Room 9, Friday

David Hernandez from Chefs for Seniors will speak at the Sunshine Club’s meeting on Friday, March 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 10 a.m.

Hernandez will speak about senior nutrition and healthy living. He believes people shouldn’t have to sacrifice taste to eat healthy.

Because of limited seating in the room with kitchen equipment, this meeting was by reservation only and  all seats have been filled. The club will try to record the presentation to share with the community at a later date. 

Due to the nature of the presentation, club members are asked arrive promptly so as not to disturb the presentation.

Chefs for Seniors was started in 2013 by Barrett Allman and his son, Nathan Allman, who were inspired by the needs of an older family member who couldn’t cook meals for themselves and ultimately had to enter assisted living. The Allmans were the first to provide this type of service, specializing in helping seniors thrive at home. And now their compassion and culinary skills are reaching hundreds throughout the Golden State. 

A native of the greater Los Angeles area, Hernandez is the youngest of six children. After spending many years serving his country in the U.S. Army, he went on to own and operate a successful French wine business in Los Angeles. Always an entrepreneur, he has started and operated several successful businesses before deciding on a career as a chef. 

Hernandez is a graduate of the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone and completed apprenticeships in New Orleans and San Francisco. He was fortunate to cook in one of San Francisco’s five star restaurants under well-respected Chef Marc Zimmerman. With over a decade of experience in the food service industry, Hernandez moved back to Southern California to help open a five star restaurant in Pasadena. 

It was after this time that he had to leave the professional kitchen to help care for his aging mother full time. The time spent caring for his mother solidified his desire to help seniors remain as independent as possible and blend with his love for cooking. Becoming a part of the Chefs for Seniors family was the perfect match for his passion as a chef and his desire to be of service.

The benefits of Chefs for Seniors are tremendous, including: 

• Offering customized in-home meals developed by the chef and client to ensure the dietary requirements are met.

• All the grocery shopping, cooking and kitchen cleanup is taken care of by the chef.

  The chef cooks what the senior wishes to eat (following the restrictions) and will help  to maintain body weight and helping to reduce re-hospitalization. 

The Sunshine Club has frequent speakers from outside the walls who speak on various topics. The club does not endorse the speakers or their businesses. It solely provides information. 

Sunshine Club requires  no membership fees, but donations are welcome. Refreshment will be served at the meeting. 

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

Mutual 12 Luncheon

Join fellow Mutual 12 neighbors at its annual shareholder luncheon on Thursday, April 27, at noon in Clubhouse 2. 

People can enjoy the “Island Delight” menu of Kahlua Pork Lau Lau, teriyaki chicken skewers, tiki stir fry vegetables, jasmine rice, sesame mandarin almond salad and Hawaiian rolls.

Last year drew a big crowd, so don’t miss the chance to relax with neighbors and friends in an sunny island atmosphere.  Tickets available from building captains or directors after April 3.  Cost is $10 for shareholders, $20 for guests or caregivers.  


Ann Cutts

On Feb. 20, 2023, our beloved mother, Ann Cutts, left us to join our father, Gordon in the hereafter. She passed away peacefully at the age of 99 years old with loving family at her side comforting her, talking to her, holding her hand and reminiscing. 

Ann was born in San Diego and remained a southern California resident for life. She was a longtime resident in the city of Oceanside before moving to Leisure World for ten years. She enjoyed bowling, playing golf, sewing, making dolls and was a dedicated mother. 

She will be remembered by her loving family that included one daughter, two sons, five grandsons, three great-grandsons, one great-granddaughter and two very loving daughters-in-law. We will all miss her dearly; may she rest in peace. 

— Robert Cutts

In Memoriam

Ignacio Iba 81

Susan Cook 71

Cynthia Barns 86

Vera Kennedy 87

Philip Young 88

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,


Assembly of God

Service/Gathering Times: Sunday morning at 10:30 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The  Wednesday morning Bible study is at 10  in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The Hymn Sing  is held on fourth Sunday at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.

Sermon for this Week: Many parents have a goal of teaching their children “instant obedience.”  If a car is speeding down the street, and a child is about to dart into its path to chase a loose ball, instant obedience to an urgent call to “Stop!” could save the child’s life.  The child’s response to the command is the result of trust in the one issuing the command, built through experience.  This is a picture of the Christian’s trust relationship with God, developed through times of instant obedience, hesitant obedience, or flagrant disobedience, and facing the consequences.  It is when one is fully convinced of God’s absolute love that they can trust enough to obey instantly, knowing God’s plan is for their good, even when it doesn’t make perfect sense now.  Pastor Chuck will preach “Trust and Obey,” taken from Revelation 1:3, in the Sunday morning worship service.  Discover the peace instant obedience to a loving heavenly Father provides.

Bible Study:  “Jesus’s Farewell Message,” by Francis Chan, takes learners into the intimate setting of the Last Supper and the last words and actions of Jesus before his arrest and crucifixion.  The truths illustrated are profound and weighty.  This is no study for the faint of heart.  Prepare to be challenged and changed as Jesus shares the lessons that will carry the disciples through the impending sorrow, unfathomable joy, and ultimate “Until I return” farewell.

Contact: More information about the church can be found at www.lwassemblyofgod.com.

Those who would like prayer, personal contact from a pastor or a DVD of the Sunday morning sermon can contact pastors Chuck and Sheryl Franco by calling 562-357-4360 or emailing pastorchuck@lwassemblyofgod.com.  Carolyn van Aalst is also available to add to the prayer chain at 562-343-8424.

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

Faith Christian Assembly

“For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast,” Ephesians 2:8-9.

Believers have been offered the most generous gift of all: the sacrifice of Jesus, who died on a cross and rose from the grave in order to pay the price for all sins. Whether a person accepted this gift long ago, just recently, or never have but want to learn more, are invited to attend a service at Faith Christian Assembly  this weekend. 

Sunday service times are at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.; a preservice prayer begins at 5. Faith Christian Assembly is located at 13820 Seal Beach Blvd. 

To receive a free monthly newsletter, or more information on the church, call 562-598-9010, email contact@fcachurch.net, or visit www.fcachurch.net.

LW Baptist

Long before Moses, the prophet Job voiced his daily dependence on God’s word: “I have not departed from the command of his lips; I have treasured the words of his mouth more than my necessary food,” Job 23:12. The word of God and prayer are channels of blessing to God’s children. Job’s words anticipate Jesus’s answer to the world’s need: “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” 

LW Baptist’s Sunday worship service will focus on God’s word meeting people’s every need on Sunday, March 19, in Clubhouse 4, at 10 a.m.

The Men’s Bible Study group will compare Samson to Jonah on Monday, March 20. Both men compromised and complained before eventually coming under God’s care and control. The Energizers group will look at Psalms 46 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, on Wednesday, March 22. 

For more information, call 562-430-8598.

Holy Family Catholic Church

The heavy rainfall last week didn’t deter people from coming out to pray the Stations of the Cross and share in a delicious hot clam chowder soup lunch and fellowship  at Holy Family Catholic Church afterwards. 

Join Holy Family every Friday to pray the Stations of the Cross at 11 a.m. and another delicious fish lunch and fellowship starting at 11:30. The  menu changes weekly. There is always room at the table. 

Contact the Parish Office to reserve a place for lunch at  562-430-8170 or sign up after Mass; suggested donation for the lunch is $10 per person.

Beit HaLev

Rabbi-Cantor Galit-Shirah conducts online services for Friday night and Saturday morning Shabbat services. The Friday, March 24, service will begin at 5 p.m. and the Saturday, March 25, service will begin at 10 a.m. Note that the Friday evening service begins earlier than last year, at 5 p.m.

Beit HaLev LIVE! Interactive livestream services are on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit. People can also view on Facebook at www.facebook.com/galityomtov or YouTube at www.youtube.com/beithalev8816.

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The First Triennial Cycle Torah reading this week is a double Parashah: “Vayakhel-Pekudei” and is also Shabbat HaChodesh, the third special Shabbat preceding Passover.  The reading is from Exodus 35:1-37:16.  The Israelites are given the procedures for Sabbath observance, donations for the Tabernacle and the appointments of the artisans who will create  the Ark of the Covenant, the Altar and the Golden Menorah.

All Beit HaLev services use our special prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” which include excerpts from the Reform Siddur, “Mishkan HaT’filah.”

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 join Beit HaLev, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at 562-715-0888 or email duets@icloud.com. 

Contributions to Beit HaLev are welcome and may be sent to: Beit HaLev, P.O. Box 2279, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

Join the Passover Seder April 5

Congregation Sholom and Passover Across America will hold its annual Passover Seder on April 5, at 5:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

 Passover is a Jewish holiday that honors the freedom and exodus of the Israelites (Jewish slaves) from Egypt during the reign of the Pharaoh Ramses II. Before the ancient Jews fled Egypt, their firstborn children were “passed over” and spared from death, therefore resulting in this holiday being called “Passover.”  

The food will be catered by Blueberry Hill and the Seder will be conducted by Rabbi Mike Mymon. The menu consists of a choice of mango chutney brisket, roast chicken, or a vegetarian plate, plus, matzo ball soup, Gefilte fish, salad and potatoes.  In addition, the lunch  will have lemonade, dessert, and Passover wine. The cost is $36 per person for members and $54 for non-members.  

Those who are interested in joing must  RSVP to Murray Pollack by emailing murrjet@yahoo.com or calling at 562-331-3949 no later than April 1.  

— Jan Friedland

Redeemer Lutheran

“Following the Good Shepherd by Faith, With Grace” will the theme  for Redeemer Church’s  Sunday worship service on March 19 at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. All are invited to join the community and share the word with Communion and hymns at  13564 St. Andrews Drive, across from the administration building where ample parking is provided.  

Redeemer Lutheran’s Lenten Bible Study,  “Finding Jesus in the Psalms,”  continues on Wednesday, March 22 at 10:30 a.m. 

LWer Greg Moore took a picture of the church at sunset last week, remind all to “reflect the light.”  

As part of its mission and ongoing service to the community, the church encourages residents to bring a few cans of non-perishable food to the church to distribute to neighbors in need. 

For more information about the service or the work of the church, call 562-598-8697.

First Christian Church

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

Weekend Services                                                                                                                    

Sunday services are held from 9:30-10:45 a.m. The service is traditional with hymnal music led by Janet Ray and Pat Kogok at the piano. 

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

Elli Herrera leads the  women’s Bible study on Mondays from 10:30-11:45 a.m.

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

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

Pastor Bruce Humes leads Friday’s prayer and Bible study from 6-7 p.m.

All are welcome to attend.


First Christian Church is located on Northwood Road behind Carport 125. 

For more information, call 562-431-8810. The call will be returned at the earliest opportunity.

LW Korean Community Church

Leisure World Korean Community Church (LWKCC) held a revival meeting with Senior Pastor Lee Yongnam. 

“Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever,” Psalm 23:7.

On March 3-5, LWKCC celebrated its 13th anniversary with the theme of “My cup overflows” from Psalm 23.

Throughout the  meetings, Pastor Yongnam gave words of encouragement to the health of the body, peace of mind, assurance of salvation, and life of faith filled with the Holy Spirit.

The LWKCC choir, female choir, male choir and praise ministry teams as well as the Southern California Elders Choir recital team and the Seal Beach Korean Choir sang praises during the two events.

LWKCC holds Sunday worship every week at 11:50 a.m. and early morning prayer meeting in the sanctuary on Tuesdays-Saturdays at 6. LWKCC is next to the South Gate. For more information call 714-323-0897.

Community Church

Community Church’s “Bowl and a Roll” lunch follows the viewing of the video “In the Steps of the Savior” by Max Lucado on Sunday, March 18.

The Lenten series is open to all on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

As the church continues in the season of Lent,  it is time to also begin to lift up Holy Week including Palm Sunday on April 2, and Easter on April 9.  The church will celebrate Maundy Thursday on April 6 with a lunch and worship around the table. 

This week is the fourth Sunday in the Lenten Season.  This week, Community Church will look at Ephesians 5:8-14 and John 9:1-41.  The passage from John’s Gospel covers the story of a man born blind and reveals the new world view that Jesus ushered in. Believers are still striving to live in a “new world”  because the old world view still seeks to trap them. Those who are interested in stepping into a “new world” are welcome to join Community Church in person or online this Sunday, March 18, at 9:50 a.m. 

As always, the word Gospel means “good news” and those who are in need of some good news are welcome to join the 

service on Sundays at 9:50 a.m. in person or online on Zoom and on Facebook at @CommunityChurchLeisureWorld. People can contact the church office to receive the Zoom link.  

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

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton Street in Long Beach. Sacrament service is held every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. This is followed in the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays, Relief Society and Elders Quorum meetings on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary classes for children are held every Sunday during the second hour. Members who are unable to attend Sacrament services in person can request a link from Bishop Mike Gravley at 562-212-8641. 

The reading source for this year is the New Testament. The reading assignment for the week of March 20-26 is Matthew 13, and Luke 8, 11 and 13. The devotional, “Come, Follow Me” says  “Some of the Savior’s most memorable teachings were in the form of simple stories called parables. These were more than just interesting anecdotes about ordinary objects or events. They contained profound truths about the kingdom of God for those who were spiritually prepared.”

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold services via Zoom with Rabbi Eric Dangott on Friday, March 17, at 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Dangott will also lead the hybrid service on Saturday, March 18, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and via Zoom at 10 a.m. 

Saturday’s Torah portion will be Vayakhel from the book of Exodus.  Vayakhel (He Assembled) opens as God commands the Israelites to observe the Sabbath. Moses asks for material donations for the building of the Mishkan (Tabernacle), and the people donate. A group of artisans designated by God begin building the Mishkan and its vessels.

To receive a Zoom invitation, contact Jeff Sacks at 714-642-0122

The Passover Seder will be held on April 5 at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The cost is $36 for members and $54 for non members.  

Congregation Sholom  has been serving Leisure World since 1962. It offers a traditional Jewish service  in person and online.

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

Buddha Circle

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

Ven. Kusala is well known in the Buddhist community and presents Buddhism in a simple way.  The group is interactive and  those who attend are encouraged to ask questions. 

Donations are welcome and will support Ven. Kusala in his teachings. For more information, call 714-468-6887.



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Exp 5/24

Leisure World Helping Leisure World

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



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


Experienced Caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Available_24/7. 949-899-7770.SB Business License HEL0006.  Exp 4/12



Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers. Honest/Assertive/Fluent-English. Hourly/Full-Time, doctor-appointments, errands. Bernadine/562-310-0280. Bonded/Insured.  Seal Beach Business License BCS0002. Exp 6/21


MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with/optimum service, 30-years LW experience. Licensed Reliable, Honest Caregivers. 24-hours/Part-Time/Doctor-Appointments. References, Fluent English.  Ann/714-624-1911 and 562-277-3650/Heide.  SB Business License HYC0001.  Exp 5/10



Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet/562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003.   Exp 4/26


Elderly care. Live-in, Live-out. 30+ years experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Gloria 949-371-7425.  Seal Beach Business License RAZ0002.   Exp 5/17


Maria’s experienced caregivers. Run errands, Doctor appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562)-230-4648. SB Business License License CAM0006.   Exp 5/03


Anthony Caregivers. Light-Cleaning/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Cooking/Laundry. Anthony Camacho College Student 714-605-6869. SB Business License 14206319.  Exp 3/29


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard,  #116. Tammy Nguyen (714)-425-4198.   Exp 4/12


In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36Years+. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. SB Business License #KC75538.  Exp 4/05


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

Exp  4/12


MOVE-IN, MOVE-OUT, WINDOWS, FLOORS.  CALL PHIL at 562-881-2093.  Over 30 Years Experience! SB Business License AB0001.  Exp 5/24



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

Seal Beach Business License GRA0006.   Exp 4/19


General housekeeping, 30+ years experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Gloria 949-371-7425.  Seal Beach License RAZ002.  Exp 5/17


Maria House-Cleaning. We’ll make your house look NICE-as-Possible! 15+/years experience. We can work with/your schedule. Bi-weekly/Monthly. Deep-Cleaning. Call/Text/714-496-2885. Business License HER0008.   Exp 5/17


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

SB Business License M0001A.  Exp 4/05


Albert & Patricia House-Cleaning.  Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. (562)-397-4659 ,  (323)-413-0830.  Seal Beach License14206409. Exp 4/05


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC-or-Mac), Cellphone, TV, Stereo, any Electronic-Device. Tina Schaffer. Seal Beach Business License CIP0001   Exp 5/03


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

Virus-Removal/Internet Security Repair, Training, Wireless and Smart-TV Setup. LW Resident.  SB License FUH0001.

Exp 5/17



Cars/Motorcycle/Truck, running-or-not. We are local, call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly! We do DMV and Release-of-Liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us 562-684-0901, we can come out and give you a quote.   CA Business License 046854. Exp 4/12


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


Pride Mobility Scooter. UNUSED, GREAT CONDITION. 4-wheel with accessories. $1,799. Joe 562-343-8034.


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258   Exp 4/12

autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462.   Exp 6/07



No job too small! Fast/Reliable/Great Prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787/Dan.  Exp 4/19



Your moving service, any size job.  Call/310-387-2618.  Business License RO263644. Exp 4/26


LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE Buying Mid-Century Modern Furniture/Antiques/Stain-Glass Windows and Lamps/Miscellaneous-Collectibles/Vintage-Clothing/Jewelry/ETC. 562-243-7229  Exp 5/10


5-Piece Bedroom-Set. Near- new-condition. Queen-Size-Bed/9-Drawer-Dresser/Large-Mirror-over-Dresser/2-Night-Stands. $100/OBO. You-Take-It-Away!   661-319-5589/Mutual-17.


2-Couches and 1-Lift Chair. 661-319-5589


Estate Sales by Jennifer and Denise. Call Denise Garduno 714-234-8842. Seal Beach Business License 14206514.


Estate Sale – 13320 McKinney Way, Mutual 15 – 9G. Thursday, March 16 and Friday, March 17 from 8:30-2:00. Don’t miss this sale if you want potted plants and garden figurines. Full house with sofa, recliners, curio cabinet, tea cart, wine rack decor items. Desk, tv/media cabinet. Costume jewelry. King bedroom set, GE washer and upright freezer. Safe, tea pots, roosters and lots more. Too much to list. Estate Sales by Docia Drake, 714-514-8232, POB 427, Seal Beach. Business License ESD0001


Selling Disney Stamp Collection. Call 562-380-8935.


EZ-3 Trike/$350.  518-810-1192/Mutual-5/Resident.


Revive Adjustable Full-Size Bed Base/$100 and Like-New Mattress/$250. 518-810-1192/Mutual-5/Resident.


Dark green recliner electric chair with lift in good condition. Call 562-841-9206.  You Must Pick Up.