LWW Translate/Vie 9-15-22

General news, pages 1-3, 8


New guide is inserted in this week’s paper

The 2022-2023 LW Community Leadership Guide is inserted in this edition of the LW Weekly. An official GRF publication, this booklet features GRF and Mutual board  members who are leading LW this year. 

The book is meant to be inserted into the 2021  Community Guide and Telephone Directory that was delivered to each resident household in September 2021. 

It is designed to be kept as a handy companion to the Community Guide as it updates the new slate of GRF and Mutual board members. 

A LW Community Leadership booklet will be printed every year after new board members have been seated. The next delivery of the Community Guide and Telephone Directory will be in 2023.

Current copies of both publications are available at the News Office. 


‘Cyrano’ is the last movie of the season

The last open-air movie night will feature “Cyrano,” a drama rated PG-13, at 8:30 p.m., Friday, Sept. 16, at the Amphitheater. Sponsors are Optum and SCAN. 

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

Minibus service will be available to take people home after the show.

Walk Like a Man—Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons closes the season Walk Like a Man—A Tribute to Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons

Sept. 15  |  7:30 p.m.

Amphitheater Stage

Sponsors: MemorialCare

Optum and United Healthcare

Walk Like a Man—A Tribute to Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons will be featured at the Amphitheater tonight at 7:30 in the last show of the season. 

Dinner will be available for purchase from Lucille’s BBQ from 4:30-7 p.m. Admission is free. Guests must be accompanied by a LW resident. Minibus service is available before and after the show.

Walk Like a Man features colorful costumes, stylish choreography and beautifully arranged vocal harmonies. 

This dynamic tribute show captures the spirit of a jukebox musical, featuring the biggest hits such as “Walk Like a Man,” “Sherry,” “Take Good Care of My Baby,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Dec 63,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You” and “My Cherie Amour.”

This timeless, feel-good show will take audiences on a trip down memory lane, where they will clap their hands, sing along and dance. 

The four professional singers represent an amazing pool of world class talent. 

They have collectively worked in the record industry, performed internationally, acted in Broadway shows, and  been featured on television and in movies. This group truly loves performing the music of one of the greatest American groups of their time.

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


GRF is working to temper increase in annual assessments

by Marsha Gerber

GRF President

Last week, we talked only about the bad news driving what might be a significant assessment increase. Today, let’s discuss what GRF is trying to do about tempering those increases.  

The usual route for lowering assessments is to cut costs. That’s not very useful this year.  We’re still 13% below our pre-Covid staffing levels. Our 60-year-old infrastructure needs more frequent maintenance. Our extreme past frugality makes delaying purchases ill-advised. The two new buses entering service this fall? They replace 28-year-old predecessors. The Cushman utility cars used by our Service Maintenance workers?  We recently retired one after 40 years.   

While cutting present costs is difficult, I have asked each GRF standing committee to assess the priority of any spending requests they make. It’s vital to protect resident and employee safety, respond to governmental mandates and maintain the community’s facilities and infrastructure. However, in the coming year, the GRF Board of Directors may determine that enhancements to amenities and creating new amenities to be less vital.  

A more promising financial move may come from enhancing the Foundation’s earned income. GRF earns over $1 million annually from leases for the Health Care Center building and the On-Site Real Estate Sales office. This money offsets some of GRF assessment increases. 

Anticipating our budget difficulties, in July I commissioned a reformatted Strategic Planning Committee to investigate every revenue option: merchandise sales, fees for non-residents using amenities, advertising and sponsorship opportunities and leased access for vendors to offer resident services on GRF property.  While it’s unlikely any of these will dampen this year’s assessment increases, they may well start generating additional income before the end of 2023. 

In the tight job market, we are also examining how to use our staff members more efficiently. Here’s one: we’ve estimated that GRF spends over $50,000 annually to greatly exceed state meeting notification laws. For example, committee agendas and minutes do not have to be posted-—but GRF does it for 14 or 15 committees, most of which meet every month. GRF standards require board minutes to be posted within two days—state law gives us 30 days. During this time of financial stress, we’ll be assessing how we can best fulfill all legal requirements while using our personnel resources more effectively.  

We’re also exploring emergency procedures providing immediate relief in your 2023 assessment. The GRF board is considering a temporary shift in the foundation’s funding of reserves. If approved, GRF would devote a portion of an anticipated 2022 surplus to fund 2023 reserve contributions normally paid by residents’ assessments.  Such action could only be temporary, because the funding would have to be restored by residents in coming years. But it is a measure of the creativity your GRF directors may employ to soften the hit to your pocketbooks come Jan. 1. 

Next week, I’ll discuss what may be the surprising advantages your household budget possess to cope with disruptions caused by the worldwide financial environment.

Recycling Household Hazardous Waste

Leftover household products that contain corrosive, toxic, ignitable or reactive ingredients are considered household hazardous waste. Products such as paints, cleaners, oils, batteries and pesticides that contain potentially hazardous ingredients require special handling when residents dispose of them. Residents are prohibited from disposing of household hazardous waste at the 1.8-Acre Site.

Residents can dispose of their toxic waste at any of Orange County’s four Household Hazardous Waste Collection Centers. The closest one to LW is the Huntington Beach Collection Center, 17121 Nichols Lane, 92647, Gate 6.

Proof of county residence may be requested. E-waste such as televisions, tablets, cell phones and computers can also be taken to this collection center.

It is open from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday (closed on major holidays and during rainy weather).

People who need special assistance with household hazardous waste collection and are unable to bring it to a center should call (714) 834-4000 for more information about Orange County’s Door-to-Door service.

For more information, visit www.oclandfills.com/hazardous-waste.

Community action

Food distribution is today at CH 4

Free food is available in Leisure World to eligible residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4. The next food distribution is today, Sept. 15.

Every third Thursday from 9-11 a.m., qualified people receive 40 pounds of food, including canned fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, juice, cereal and more.  

Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years of age and meet income guidelines as follows: up to $1,354 a month for one person; $1,832 for a two-person household; and $2,311 for a three-person household. 

To sign up, bring a photo ID and proof of income (Social Security/SSI statement, letter or bank statement or paycheck stub). 

People who are unable to apply themselves or pick up the food may send a proxy to act on their behalf with appropriate ID. 

For more information, contact Roberta Arshat in GRF Member Resources at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317, or robertaa@lwsb.com. 

Senior resource focus

This is one in a series of monthly columns to familiarize LW residents with the vast array of resources available to them. Each article will focus on a topic of interest as researched by Member Resource Liaison Robann Arshat. This one is on elder care advocates. The goal is to help residents better manage the challenges often associated with aging and to keep people at home and healthy for as long as possible.  

Low Income Programs

According to federal guidelines, senior citizens are considered low income when they make less than $30,000 a year, which calculates to be about $2,450 a month. 

The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that nearly 40% of seniors who are 60 years old and up are low- to moderate-income; 46%  are worried that their monthly income will not meet monthly financial needs for the next five-10 years; and 32% are unprepared to pay for unexpected expenses. Most seniors have a fear of outliving their money.  

There are many benefits and programs available to seniors to  help make life more financially manageable.

Here is a list programs that can help: 

Social Security Programs

• Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI): This program is for seniors who suffer from disabilities but have worked in jobs covered by Social Security.

• Supplemental Security Income (SSI): This program is for seniors aged 65 or older but are disabled and have limited resources.

For more information about SSDI and SSI, or to apply online, visit the Social Security Administration’s website at www.cdss.ca.gov/ssdi-ssi.

• Social Security Administration Office, Fountain Valley,   1-800-772-1213 

• Social Security, Garden Grove,  1-877-669-3115 

• Social Security, Long Beach, 1-888-256-2631

• Survivor Benefits: These are benefits that are paid to senior widows or survivors of deceased workers who were on Social Security. A widow or widower at full retirement age or older can receive 100% of the deceased worker’s benefit amount. A widow or widower, age 60, full-retirement-age can receive 71.5-99% of the deceased worker’s basic amount. For more information about survivor benefits, call 1-800-772-1213 or visit www.ssa.gov/benefits/survivors/ifyou.html.

Energy & Utility 


• 211 for Essential Community Services—Dial 211 for help with housing expenses, paying bills, mental health resources, healthcare expenses, utility expenses, finding food or shelter, substance abuse, crisis and emergency issues and with COVID-19. 211 is the most comprehensive source of information about local resources and services.  For more information, visit www.211.org.

• Affordable Connectivity Program (replaces the EBB program)  is run by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help low-income households pay for Internet service and other connected devices. For more information and to apply, visit the website at www.affordableconnectivity.gov. 

• California Lifeline Program provides discounted home phone and cell phone service to eligible households. People qualify if they are enrolled in any of Medicaid/Medi-Cal’s qualifying public assistance programs. For information, visit www.californialifeline.com or the California LifeLine Eligibility website at www.cpuc.ca.gov.LifeLine.

• California Telephone Access Program (CTAP) provides free specialized phones and accessories for mobile phones to those who qualify.  People must have telephone service and written approval of need from a doctor. These devices make it easier to hear, dial and call. This is a program of the California Public Utilities Commission. For more information, visit www.Californiaphones.org.

• California Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (CALIHEAP Program) is a federally funded program that helps people pay for utility and heating bills. Eligible people who have received electric, gas, or heating disconnect notices can apply for emergency financial help. The program offers one-time-per-funding-year assistance on either electric or gas bills in Orange County. For more information or to apply, call (714) 839-6199 or apply online at www.caliheapapply.com.

• Energy Crisis Intervention Program (ECIP) is a federally funded program that provides assistance to low-income households in crisis; for example, if a household receiving a 24-48 hour disconnect notice or service termination by their utility company or if a household facing an energy-related crisis that could be deemed potentially life-threatening within the household, such as a combustible appliance. For more information or to apply, call (714) 839-6199 or apply online by visiting the website www.caliheapapply.com.

• California Public Utilities Commission Assistance

California Alternate Rates for Energy (CARE) offers offering low-income customers discounts on their electric and natural gas bills. Customers may also be eligible for CARE if they are enrolled in public assistance programs such as Medicaid/Medi-Cal, Cal-Fresh, CALIHEAP and SSI. To request an application and more information, contact your utility company: Edison, (866) 675-6623 or www.sce.com; SoCalGas, (800) 427-2200 or www.socalgas.com. 

• We Care of Los Alamitos is a nonprofit that pools the resources of the community to meet emergency needs , including utility assistance, therapy services, food, personal care items and more. For more information, call (562) 598-9790 or visit www.wecarelosalamitos.org.

Food Programs

• Senior Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program (SFMNP) is a federally funded food program. Sponsored by the USDA, this program gives low-income seniors coupon vouchers and booklets that they can use to buy fresh and organic produce. People can use them to buy fresh vegetables, fruit, herbs, honey and more from farmers’ markets, community-supported agriculture programs, and roadside stands. To eligible, a senior must be at least 60 years of age, have a maximum income $1,986 for a one-person household; $2686, two-person household; and $3,386, three-person household. For more information and to apply visit www.cdfa.ca.govseniorFarmersMrktNutritionPrgm.

• Meals on Wheels is a nonprofit organization that provides food for homebound seniors as well as assistance to low-income seniors. It delivers nutritious food and offers safety checks and friendly visits daily. Fees are from $5.25-$9.75 per day depending on which area supplier you choose. However, if you qualify as low-income, you maybe eligible for the free meal program. Each delivery includes lunch, dinner, dessert and beverage. The menu variety is posted online for each company.  For more information: Meals on Wheels-Orange County: (714) 220-0224 or  apply online at www.mealsonwheelsoc.org; Meals on Wheels-Long Beach, (562) 439-5000, ext. 1 or visit the website and apply online at www.mowlb.org.

• CalFresh is funded by the USDA and administered through the Community Action Partnership. The benefits assistance program helps low income seniors supplement food budgets. Qualifying seniors receive a debit card that is funded monthly to buy groceries. Food may be purchased at any grocery store or farmers market that accepts EBT cards. Requirements to apply: there must be at least one citizen or legal permanent resident with a social security number living within the household; a senior may qualify for CalFresh even if you have a full or part time job; seniors on SSI or with a disability can apply and may be eligible. To apply, supply a photo ID, Social Security card, proof of income and resident card (if applicable, receipt of rent, and receipt of one utility bill). Maximum monthly income cannot exceed $2,148 for a one-person household, $2,2094 for a two-person household or $3,660 for a three-person household. To apply with ease, go to  www.getcalfresh.org  and click on the green “apply now” button. Or contact LW’s CalFresh representative Daisy Diaz at (714) 733-8679.

• CAP Food provides free food is available to eligible Leisure World residents who are 60 years or older through Community Action Partnership of Orange County (CAPOC), which has a monthly distribution site by Clubhouse 4. Food distribution is every third Thursday of the month from 9-11 a.m. Qualified seniors receive 40 pounds of food, including canned fruit, vegetables, meat, rice, juice, cereal and more. Eligible seniors must live in Leisure World, be at least 60 years or older and meet income guidelines as follows: a maximum monthly income of $1,396 for a one-person household, $1,888 for a two-person household, and $2,370 for a three-person household.  To sign up bring a photo ID and proof of income (Social Security/SSI statement, letter or bank statement or pay stub) to the distribution site to sign up and take home a box of food the same day. For more information, visit www.capoc.org/oc-food-bank.

• Medi-Cal is California’s Medicaid health care program that is supported by federal and state taxes. It is a public health insurance benefit assistance program that provides medical services to low-income seniors. If you want to apply for Medi-Cal, you have to make sure you qualify and are eligible. There are strict eligibility requirements that must be followed. Qualified seniors can get help to pay for doctor’s visits, medication, dental screenings, rehabilitation, surgery, hospital visits and more. 

• Medi-Cal applications and general information, (800) 281-9799, www.ssa.ocgov.com.

• Orange County Social Services Agency to apply for benefits or Existing Clients, 1(855) 541-5411.

• Medi-Cal Providers, 1(800)-541-5555, www.medi-cal.ca.gov.

• Medi-Cal Customer Service, (888) 587-8088, www.ssa.ocgov.com.

• Medi-Cal Member Help, (800) 896-4042, www.dhcs.ca.gov.

• Cal Optima, (888) 587-8088, www.caloptima.org.

• Covered California, (800) 300-1506, www.coveredca.com.

• OneCare Connect Customer Service, (877) 412-2734. 

• Orange County Social Services Agency, (800) 281-9799. 

Other Medi-Cal Programs

• Assisted Living Waiver Program is a program under California Medi-Cal for eligible individuals who are enrolled in Medi-Cal. It can provide financial assistance for the monthly fee of an assisted living or board and care facility. For more information, visit www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/Itc/Pages/AssistedLivingWaiver.aspx.

• California Department of Health Care Services Office of the Ombudsman is a government office for assistance with questions or issues. It helps resolve problems to ensure that Medi-Cal members receive all medically necessary covered services without difficulty. For more information or help resolving an issue, call (888) 452-8609 or visit www.dhcs.ca.gov/services/mh/pages/mh-ombudsman.aspx.

• Medi-Cal Dental Program offers dental services. For more information, call 1(800) 322-6384 or visit www.Dental.dhcs.ca.gov.

• In-Home Supportive Services (Caregiver) is a Medi-Cal program that will help pay for caregiving services. To be eligible, the senior must be 65 years or older, or disabled, or blind. For more information, visit www.cdss.ca.gov/in-home-supportive-services.

• Medi-Cal Long Term Care provides benefits to cover medical expenses incurred by an individual who has been hospitalized, or in acute care or a skilled nursing facility for over 30 days and is expected to remain at least 30 more days.  A single senior with property/resources of $2,000 and under is eligible. A married individual whose spouse is living at home may keep a predetermined amount of community property/resources (CSRA). For CSRA financial guidelines, visit www.medicaidplanningassistance.org/community-spouse-resource-allowance/.  For general information and application information, visit www.ssa.ocgov.com/health-care-services/medi-cal-program-services/long-term-care.

• Medi-Cal Safety Net Program (MSN)-OC Health Care Agency provides necessary medical services through the County of Orange for low-income adults for urgent, emergent medical services and necessary follow-up care to protect a patient from the loss of life or limb, or to prevent significant disability and/or the serious deterioration of health. The MSN program does not cover preventive medical services. For more information, call (714) 834-6248 or visit www.ochealthinfo.com/about-hca/medical-health-services/medical-safety-net-program-msn/medical-safety-net-program-msn.

• PACE by CalOptima is all-inclusive care for the elderly. The community-based Medicare and Medi-Cal program  provides health care services, including preventative, primary, acute and long-term care to frail elders and adult day care for people with multiple chronic conditions to help them continue living independently. For more information, call (714) 468-1100 or 1(855) 785-2584 or visit www.caloptima.org.

Visit the display in Building 5 for more information. To book an appointment to learn more about the information here, call Robann Arshat at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317.

Seal Beach Fall Recreation Classes

Seal Beach Recreation Fall classes began the first week of September. The Recreation and Community Services Department is excited to offer over 40 classes this season, with multiple sessions available for registration. New classes include adult yoga, adult art and youth sports. 

Register online at https://register.sealbeachca.gov or in person at City Hall Monday-Friday from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. (closed from noon-1 p.m.). Early registration is encouraged to determine class enrollment. For more information, visit www.sealbeachca.gov or contact the Seal Beach Recreation and Community Services Department at (562) 431-2527, ext. 1307.

Seal Beach Senior Card Games

The Seal Beach Recreation and Community Services Department announces the start of Senior Card Games, a new program for older adults. The free program is available for adults ages 60 years and older. Everyone is welcome to come and play cards on Thursdays at the North Seal Beach Center located at 3333 St. Cloud Drive from 1-3 p.m. Card games include, but are not limited to bridge, cribbage, rummy, pinochle and more. 

For the convenience of participants, the Seal Beach Transportation Program regularly provides transportation to and from the North Seal Beach Center between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, with a lunch closure from noon-1 p.m. 

For more information, contact Anthony Nguyen via email at anguyen@sealbeachca.gov or by phone at (562) 431-2527, ext. 1344. 

Stock Transfer Office Hours

The Stock Transfer Office, located on the ground floor of the Administration building, is now open from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Monday-Friday. It was previously closed on Wednesdays.  No appointment is necessary. 

The Stock Transfer mail slot will continue to be available seven days a week, 24 hours a day. 

As a reminder, walk-up window service is no longer available.

For more information, call (562) 431-6586 ext. 346.

2022 Paving Project

Phases 3 and 4 of the 2022 GRF Paving Project will continue until the end of October.

Phase 3 work is as follows:

• El Dorado Drive: grind and overlay with curb work. 

• Northwood Road: grind and overlay with curb work.

Phase 4 work is as follows:

• McKinney Way

• Del Monte Drive

• Shawnee Lane

• North Fairfield Lane

• Prestwick Road

• Homewood Road

• Sunningdale Road

• Tam O’ Shanter Road

• Twin Hills Drive

Each phase takes about 4-6 weeks to complete. Drivers and pedestrians should use caution in construction zones. 

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

Decal Service

The GRF Security Decal Office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-4 p.m.

The office will be closed Wednesdays and Sundays, and on weekdays from noon-12:30 p.m. for lunch. The office is located in Building 5 near the Copy Center. 


COVID-19 fraud schemes on rise

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General is alerting the public about fraud schemes related to the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19.

Individuals are using testing sites, telemarketing calls, text messages, social media platforms and door-to-door visits to perpetrate COVID-19-related scams.

Fraudsters are offering COVID-19 services in exchange for personal details, including Medicare information. However, these services are unapproved and illegitimate.

These scammers use the coronavirus pandemic to benefit themselves, and beneficiaries face potential harm. 

The personal information collected can be used to fraudulently bill federal health care programs and commit medical identity theft.

Protect Yourself

• Be cautious of any COVID-19 testing site that requires your financial or medical information to receive a free test.

• Be mindful of advertisements for COVID-19 testing or treatments on social media platforms. If you make an appointment for a COVID-19 test online, make sure the location is an approved testing site. Check official government websites for a list of approved COVID-19 testing sites.

• Scammers are selling fake and unauthorized at-home COVID-19 test kits in exchange for your personal or medical information. Make sure to purchase FDA-approved COVID-19 test kits from legitimate providers.

• Do not purchase or reproduce fake COVID-19 proof of vaccination cards, and do not fill in blank vaccination cards with false information.

• Offers to purchase COVID-19 vaccination cards are scams. Valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination can only be provided to individuals by legitimate providers administering vaccines.

• Photos of COVID-19 vaccination cards should not be shared on social media. Posting content that includes your date of birth, health care details or other identifiable information can be used to steal your identity.

• Be cautious of COVID-19 survey scams. Do not give your personal, medical or financial information to anyone claiming to offer money or gifts in exchange for your participation in a COVID-19 vaccine survey.

• Be mindful of how you dispose of COVID-19 materials such as syringes, vials, vial container boxes, vaccination record cards, and shipment or tracking records. Improper disposal of these items could be used by bad actors to commit fraud.

• Beneficiaries should be cautious of unsolicited requests for their personal, medical, and financial information. Medicare will not call beneficiaries to offer COVID-19-related products, services or benefit review.

• Be suspicious of any unexpected calls or visitors offering COVID-19 tests or supplies. If you receive a suspicious call, hang up immediately.

• Do not respond to, or open links in, text messages about COVID-19 from unknown individuals.

• Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone claiming to offer HHS grants related to COVID-19.

• Be aware of scammers pretending to be COVID-19 contact tracers. Legitimate contact tracers will never ask for your medical or financial information or attempt to set up a COVID-19 test.

If you suspect COVID-19 health care fraud, report it immediately online or call 800-HHS-TIPS (800-447-8477).

—from the Department of Human and Health Services

New Member Bus Tours

Starting Oct. 4, the monthly orientation tours hosted by the GRF Transportation Department will offer new and recently moved-in residents the opportunity to learn more about LW amenities and where they are located. 

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

Historical and trivia information will be included in the tour presentation as well as an overview of the community’s Minibus system.

 The monthly bus tours will begin at the Amphitheater Bus Hub, located on the east side of the GRF Amphitheater, just north of the GRF Administration Building. They will last about an hour and a half. 

Stock Transfer can book tours when new buyers check in, or people can schedule a tour themselves at https://outlook.office365.com/owa/calendar/NewMemberBusTours@lwsb.com/bookings/.

For more information, contact Melissa Gomez at melissag@lwsb.com or (562) 431-6586, ext. 326, or Kathy Thayer at kathyt@lwsb.com or (562) 431-6586, ext. 398.

Perspectives, page 4

Letters to the Editor


The Theater Club performed on Sept. 5, and if you missed this fantastic production, you missed a Broadway show. It was clean, well-done and sincere.

From beginning to end, the talent was a blessing to behold.  Each and every person involved gave 100%, and I want to thank them for sharing with us.

We could tell their desire to please, and the many hours of practice they spent. Thank you! The audience was so receptive and enjoyed each and every minute.  

Glenna Hoff

Mutual 6 


It is sad to say that there are vast differences in how watering restrictions are being complied with among the various Mutuals in Leisure World. I spoke to the Seal Beach Public Works Department about this last week. The truth is that the overwhelming majority are continuing to water their non-functional turf areas. 

When a team of employees from the Public Works Department came out several weeks ago to meet up with directors and walk the Mutuals, the mandated watering restrictions were reiterated and made perfectly clear. In fact, the water in Mutual 9 was actually turned off for non-functional turf weeks before the team came to visit. 

I asked what sort of enforcement measures are in force and was told there were none, due to budget restrictions, etc. 

I’m sure the Public Works Department believed that LW would honorably comply and do the right thing. Concerned shareholders need to know what resources or courses of action are available if Seal Beach is unable to put any pressure on the Mutuals that have decided to waste water during this unprecedented drought.

My neighbor and I have walked through various Mutuals and were shocked to see how many personal lawns have remained green. It’s abundantly clear that these Mutuals are not taking any of the state, county, or city messages seriously at all. It’s very disheartening and disturbing, to say the least!

It’s unfortunate that Leisure World is not working together to implement the common good on an issue of such epic proportions. There is a megadrought gripping the western United States. According to NASA, it’s the worst drought in 1,200 years.

Janie von Seggern

Mutual 9

Perspectives Policy

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

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

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

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

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

Setting It Straight

An editing error in the Sept. 8 issue reported that Finance Director Carolyn Miller’s last day is Sept. 26. Her actual last day will be Sept. 20, when she will begin her retirement.

religion, page 9-10

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family pastoral council members met on Aug. 24 for the regular quarterly meeting with Father Joseph Son Nguyen (l) to report on the progress of the different ministries in the parish. Everyone is working very hard to make the parish a home in Christ, the Lord and savior.  At the end of the meeting, the group sang happy birthday to  member Tina Lindl (center). 

Community Church

There is a song about love that says “Love is like a magic penny. Lend it, spend it and you’ll have so many.”  This week, Community Church will study   the divine economy that Jesus established and how different it is from the economy of the Empire. Those who see a world that needs a new direction are invited to join the service.   

Community Church is often called “the friendly church” and welcomes people of all backgrounds. Due to COVID safety concerns, people who want to attend the in-person worship service must provide proof of vaccination, but masking is optional. The church also offers online services for those who do not want to risk exposure.   

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

LW Baptist Church

LW Baptist will focus on Christian unity at its service on Sunday, Sept. 18 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.

Believers experience oneness  in Jesus when  they say “Jesus is Lord.” Other core features of God’s family arise from this faith. Believers can celebrate the love and quiet understanding God and the Holy Spirit brings into people’s hearts during this week’s sermon. 

The men’s fellowship group meets on Mondays at 10 a.m.  This week, the group will learn what it means to live by faith by studying Gideon’s story. The Energizers group will meet directly after choir rehearsal on Wednesday, Sept. 20, at 3 p.m. The group will meet to pray for missionaries and be instructed by David’s prayer of dedication in Psalm 30. 

For more information, call the church office at (562) 430-8598.

Assembly of God

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

Sermon for this week:  Isaiah 43:10 is the Scripture for this week’s installment of Pastor Chuck’s Franco’s series, “What is Truth?” 

Secular contemporary thought asserts that truth is variable, and that allowances should be made for each person’s perception of truth.  Christians understand that truth is unwavering and eternal, established by a holy God, set forth in his word, the Bible.  To flip a familiar movie quote, “You can handle the truth.”  LW Assembly of God invites LWers  to investigate the truth of the one true God on Sunday, Sept. 18.

Bible Study: Pastor Chuck will lead the next session of the series, “Whisper,” by Mark Batterson. This study trains the spiritual ear to hear God speaking. A short teaching video clip is followed by a focused discussion and student participation. 

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

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

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

Buddha Circle

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

Ven. Kusala is well-known in the Buddhist community and  presents Buddhism in a simple way. He teaches people how to suffer less and become happier. 

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

Christian Fun and Fellowship Club

The Christian Fun and Fellowship Club will meet for a potluck on Tuesday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. People are asked to bring their favorite food to share, personal cutlery, and their own drink. 

The group is now meeting on the third Tuesday of the month instead of the fouth Tuesday. All residents are welcome to attend.For more information, call (562) 455-6218.

Faith Christian Assembly

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord. For he shall be like a tree planted by the waters, which spreads out its roots by the river, and will not fear when heat comes; but its leaf will be green. And will not be anxious in the year of drought, nor will cease from yielding fruit” Jeremiah 17:7-8, NKJV.

Being in the midst of a heat wave brings awareness of the widespread effects of extreme temperatures. When the heat comes, it puts a strain on electrical power, water supplies, and even personal health for those who are susceptible or don’t stay hydrated. In these verses in Jeremiah, God uses the metaphor of heat to illustrate the pressures of life. It can create stress and put pressure on a person’s mental and physical health. When the outside temperatures are brutal, people are limited in what they can do in response.  But when the heat comes in a believer’s personal life, there is available an unlimited, ultimate solution. 

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord…”  Believers can trust in the Lord through the trials of life because this is what God tells believers throughout his word. A believer’s own power can never be enough, and ultimately, humans weren’t created to bear the load alone. Believers were created to trust in the Lord, follow his ways, seek first his kingdom (Matthew 

6:33) as the antidote against fear, anxiety and lack. Believers learn of God’s  promises and care for people in his word, the Bible. 

At Faith Christian Assembly, the teaching is straight from God’s word and full of the instruction, hope and the trust believers can confidently place in him, which is evident throughout the scriptures. 

Residents are invited to visit one of the services this Sunday, Sept. 18, to recieve encouragement.

Faith Christian Assembly’s Sunday Service times are at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Pre-service prayer on Sundays begins at 5 p.m. and is open to all who plan to be in attendance. 

To receive a copy of Faith Christian Assembly’s free monthly newsletter or to receive  more information on the church, contact our office  during business hours Tuesday-Friday by calling (562) 598-9010 or by emailing  contact@fcachurch.net. 

People can read past newsletters by going to www.FCAchurch.net.

Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev will livestream the Selichot service on Saturday, Sept. 17, at 5 p.m. The interactive Zoomagogue link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704.

Beit HaLev is conducting in-person services this year, led by Rabbi-Cantor Galit-Shirah. All services will be held in Clubhouse 3, Room 4.  There is no charge for attending Beit HaLev services, but donations are welcome and needed.

 The High Holy Day schedule is:

•Erev Rosh HaShanah: Sunday, Sept. 25, at 5 p.m. 

•The First Day of Rosh Hashanah: Monday, Sept. 26, at 10 a.m.

•Kol Nidre: Tuesday, Oct. 4, at 5 p.m.

•Yom Kippur: Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 10 a.m.

• Erev Sukkot: Sunday, Oct. 9, at 5 p.m.

•First Day of Sukkot: Monday, Oct. 10, at 10 a.m.

•Erev Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: Sunday, Oct. 16, at 5 p.m.

• Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah: Monday, Oct. 17,  at 10 a.m.

The Second Days of Rosh Hashanah and Sukkot services will be livestreamed  at Facebook.com/galityomtov, YouTube.com (Beit HaLev LIVE! Channel); and via Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit.

Live, in-person Shabbat services will begin on Friday, Nov. 4, at 5 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 4. Services will also be livestreamed for both Friday Shabbat evening and Saturday morning service at the above links.

“Kee Tavo” (When you enter) from Deuteronomy 27:11-29:8 recounts the blessings and the curses ceremonially recited from the Mountains of Gerezim and Ebal; the declaration between HaShem and the Israelites the obey the Covenant; the commencement of Moses’ final discourse.

All Beit HaLev services use special prayer books, “Lev L’Lev,” which include excerpts from the Reform Siddurim, “Mishkan HaT’filah.” and “Mishkan HaNefesh.”  Printed versions of the prayer books will be available for sale when in-person services resume.

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

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

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

Rabbi Galit-Shirah will need some assistance preparing for services. Those who can help should let her know beforehand.

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold services via Zoom with Rabbi Eric Dangott on Friday, Sept. 16, at 6:30 p.m.  Rabbi Mike Mymon will hold hybrid services on Saturday, Sept. 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and via Zoom at 10 a.m.  Selichot services will be held on Saturday, Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. with Cantor Fran Chalin. 

To receive a Zoom invitation to these services, call or text Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122. 

This Saturday’s Torah portion is Ki Tavo from the book of Deuteronomy. In this Torah portion, Moses instructs the Israelites regarding the first fruit offering. Moses then lists the blessings the people will enjoy if they keep the commandments, and the punishments they will suffer for disobeying them.  

Congregation Sholom’s High Holiday schedule is set. Rabbi Mymon  will lead the services for Congregation Sholom’s High Holidays services along with Cantor Chalin, who is a new member of the clergy.  Services will be held via Zoom as well as in Clubhouse 3, Room 9. To receive a Zoom invitation, contact Sacks.

The schedule for the High Holidays is as follows:

• Saturday, Sept. 17: Cantor Chalin will lead Selichot services at 7 p.m.

• Sunday,  Sept. 25: Rabbi Mymon and Cantor Chalin will lead Erev Rosh Hashanah services at 7 p.m. 

• Monday, Sept. 26: Rabbi Mymon and Cantor Chalin will lead Rosh Hashanah Day One services, with Shofar by Mel Chazen, at 9:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, Sept. 27: Rabbi Mymon will lead Rosh Hashanah Day Two services with Shofar by Mel Chazen at 9:30 a.m.

• Tuesday, Oct. 4: Rabbi Mymon and Cantor Chalin will lead Kol Nidre Services beginning at 6:30 p.m. 

• Wednesday, Oct. 5: Rabbi Mymon and Cantor Chalin will lead Yom Kippur Services starting at 9:30 a.m. Yizkor will begin between 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

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

Redeemer Lutheran Church

“Doing All Things by Faith” is the theme for Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Sunday worship service on Sept. 18 at 10:30 a.m. The Scriptural readings for this week emphasize that doing all things in faith of the Lord is a calling for all.  

LWers are invited to reflect, join the celebration and share the word and Communion in Redeemer Lutheran’s sanctuary  at 13564 St. Andrews Drive, across from the Administration building where ample parking is provided.  

People are asked to bring a few cans of nonperishable food to the sanctuary to distribute to neighbors in need. 

Those who have questions about the service or the work of the church can call (562) 598-8697. 

First Christian Church

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

People are welcome to worship and explore God’s word together “that we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” (Romans 1:12).

Message From the Pastor

Pastor Gary Whitlach will deliver the message this week. The theme of his message is how believers can learn the practical applications when studying God’s word. 

The message will be a fascinating and encouraging message from the book of 2 Chronicles, Chapters 14-16, which include the life of Asa, who was the king of Judah. King Asa is known for good things and wrong things he did during his reign.  These actions serve as examples for today’s Christians to learn what this king did right and where he failed, and how to apply the good and how to avoid the wrong choices he made.  

Weekend Services

 Sunday services from 9:30-10:45 a.m. are traditional, with hymnal music led by Pat Kogak at the piano. 

 This week, church members Al and Sherry Parmenter will bring the special music to the service.   

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

Midweek Studies

Melli Herrera leads the new Women’s Bible Study on Mondays from 10:30-10:45 a.m.

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

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

Friday’s prayer and Bible study is from 6-7 p.m.

Scripture of the Week

“O God, You have taught me from my youth, and I still declare Your wondrous deeds.  And even when I am old and gray, O God, do not forsake me, until I declare your strength to this generation, your power to all who are to come. For your righteousness, O God, reaches to the heavens, you have done great things; O God, who is like you?” Psalm 71:17-19 (NASB).


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

For more information about the church or its services, call (562) 431-8810. The call will be returned as soon as possible.

Church of Jesus Christ of latter-Day Saints

Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. Sacrament service is held every Sunday at 9 a.m. This is followed in the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays. Relief Society and Elders Quorum meetings  are 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) 212-8681.

The course of study is the Old Testament. Personal reading should be those chapters in Isaiah not covered in this study. The study for the week of  Sept. 19–25 covers Isaiah, Chapters 40-49. 

The book “Come, Follow Me” says that “Comfort is the first word of Isaiah, Chapter 40. It marks the beginning of a different tone, a different emphasis in the prophet’s message. Where Isaiah’s earlier writings warned Israel and Judah about destruction and captivity that would come because of their sins, these later prophies were meant to comfort the Jews over 150 years in the future–after Jerusalem was destroyed, the temple was desecrated and the people were taken captive by Babylon.” 

Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study

The Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study group will meet on Sept. 26 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. The group is studying the book “Loving God with All Your Mind.”  All LWers are invited to attend.

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

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Interact Solutions’ TV/Internet service is topic today at 10 a.m.

The contract that provides TV and Internet in Leisure World will end in December, so LW Mutuals are seeking a bulk service provider to bring discounted services to the community. To that end, a town hall will be held from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., today, Sept. 15, in Clubhouse 2. 

Interact Solutions CEO Chuck Siemonsma will be there to answer questions and review the company’s proposal to provide TV and Internet service to LW residents. Everyone is welcome to attend.

For more information, call Jackie Dunagan at (562) 431-7479.

FALW members make luau a success from start to finish

By Ren Villanueva

LW contributor 

The Filipino Association of Leisure World (FALW) held its annual luau and dinner  party on Sept. 3 in Clubhouse 2. The packed full house of guests dressed in their best South Pacific Island dresses and shirts gave the venue a real Islanders atmosphere.

The party started with the American National Anthem and the Pledge of Allegiance lead by FALW Vice President Essie Hicks, followed with a welcome address by FALW President Eileen Merritt. Father James Hartnett, Pastor Emeritus of Holy Family Church in Leisure World, gave the invocation and blessing of the food.

The food was delicious with  specialty islander food that everyone enjoyed. The guests were  amazed by the authenticity of the event. The food served  at the event included noodles, egg rolls, chicken, beef, green salads, cut fresh fruits and the infamous whole-roasted pig.

The performance of the dancers from Kahula Voyage Dance Troupe gave the guests a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The women showed their talents dancing in traditional style movements along with their counterpart, a young man who  showed the audience  his agility during his showcase of the warrior dance of the South Pacific Islands. 

Midnight Motion Band, headed by Willie Manacsa, provided the music for the the guests to dance with each other. 

The real success of the event was due to the unselfish volunteerism of the FALW members who helped prepare, decorate and set up the venue. Members cut  fruits and served the food like a well-oiled machine without complaint. The FALW is thankful for all of them.

Everybody had a wonderful time. The club will host another luau and dinner party next year.

Fall Festival returns Oct. 15

After a two-year absence, the 2022 GRF Fall Festival will be held on Oct. 15 from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in Clubhouse 6.

The LW Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) Club, in conjunction with the GRF Security Department and several safety groups and vendors, will be there to demonstrate what is new in emergency preparedness.

Stone Soul, an eight-piece, horn-blowing, foot-stomping classic soul and Motown tribute band, will perform.

The band received rave reviews after a recent Amphitheater appearance and has built a reputation as one of the most entertaining bands in the tribute genre. 

In their snazzy suits, band members belt out authentic renditions of memorable soul and Motown hits.

Stone Soul will have people  dancing The Jerk, The Mashed Potato and The Twist to smash hits from Smokey Robinson, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, The Four Tops, Otis Redding, James Brown and more.

People will be able to purchase a variety of refreshing food and beverages from Koffel’s food truck at modest prices.

Theater Club members will offer complimentary face painting for everyone.

The Minibus will provide shuttle service from the Clubhouse 4 parking lot, so people can park and ride. Limited parking is available at the event.

For more information, contact events@lwsb.com.

Sunshine Club

Trip to Griffith Observatory will meet at the Amphitheater

The Sunshine Club is hosting a day trip to the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles on Friday, Sept. 23.

Those who signed up for the day trip and received an email regarding necessary documents are asked to turn in the paperwork on or before Friday, Sept.16.

For those who signed up for the trip but haven’t received a reply from the club should contact Anna Derby on or before Friday, Sept. 16. 

Due to the overwhelming popularity on this trip, there is no waiting list for the trip this time. 

 All visitors must wear a face mask at all times while inside the Observatory and on the roof. People will  also need to show proof of COVID-19 vaccination to enter. 

The fees for the trip cover the transportation, lunch, snacks, water, admission to the Samuel Orchin Theater, and the driver’s gratuity. People may also visit the Cafe at the End of the World to enjoy the area’s spectacular views from their seats. 

The tour bus will leave  at 1 p.m in front of the Amphitheater bus hub, or as soon as all required registration processes are finished. All parking restrictions will be enforced. Do not park in any restricted parking areas/spots in or around the Amphitheater parking lot. The tour bus will return to Leisure World by 10 p.m. 

The Sunshine Club asks everyone to consider walking to the tour bus departure location, if reasonable, or carpool with friends and neighbors to avoid congestion and impacting the parking of employees and vendors as well as the local USPS office.

For more information, text  Derby at (562) 301-5339, or stop by at the Sunshine Club meeting on Sept.16.

Find gently used treasures at Mutual 12’s yard sale on Sept. 19

Residents are welcome to attend Mutual 12’s neighborhood yard sale on Sept. 29, 30, and Oct. 1 at 13430 St. Andrews Dr. between buildings 72 and 73. There will be over eight sellers on one block.

The group is  doing their part to keep gently used items from ending up in the dumpsters and into the landfill. Part of the proceeds from the yard sale will go to the Orange County Rescue Mission to help veterans re-establish themselves into civilian life.

For more information on the Orange County Rescue Mission in Tustin, contact Rich Carson at (714) 719-6872.

American Legion Post 327

On Monday, Sept. 19, the American Legion Post 327 members will come together after the summer break.  Cmdr.Rich Carson will convene the board meeting at noon and the general meeting at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 3. All veterans are invited to attend.  

Plans for the pancake breakfast on Oct. 22 will be discussed at the meeting. 

 For more information,  call Carson at (714) 719-6872.

Impaired Vision and Hearing Club

The Impaired Vision and Hearing Club will resume its meetings on Tuesday, Sept. 27, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Note the change in room number.  

This month the speaker will be a well-respected audiologist in the area. All residents who have any kind of vision or hearing issues is invited to attend. Members help each other by sharing similar concerns and sugggesting solutions.

In addition, the Vision Support Group will meet on Friday, Sept. 16 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6 at 10  a.m. During the meeting club members will help discuss vision issues and provide valuable resources to those who attend. 

 For more information on either of these meetings, call Sharon Kohn at (562) 596-1969.

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

An overflow crowd of Leisure World supporters greeted Congresswoman Katie Porter with a standing ovation when she arrived in Clubhouse 4 on Sept. 2. She was there to receive an award as the first member of Congress to be named a 2022 Social Security Champion by Social Security Works PAC.

In making the award, the organization’s president Jon Bauman—better known as Sha Na Na’s “Bowzer”—called Porter “an invaluable leader.” 

After a rendition on the piano by Bauman, that he dedicated to his mother, and   the formal presentation of the award, Porter and Bauman engaged in an informative question and answer dialogue. They talked primarily about her efforts to expand Social Security, lower drug prices and protect Medicare from privatization.

As the dialogue progressed, it became obvious why Porter received the award. Among other things, she is a co-sponsor of the Social Security 2100 Act, which would increase Social Security benefits, improve adjustments for inflation, and make more Americans eligible for critical support.  

Porter is committed to protecting the resources that help older adults age with dignity in Orange County.  People interested in learning more about what she is doing can check out her Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/repkatieporter.

The LW Democratic Club thanks the club’s vice president Kathy Moran and the volunteers who helped her plan and carry out this gathering to honor Porter. The club is especially  grateful for the help of the ICS staff and the Recreation Department’s technical staff. Their efforts, both before and during the event, were critical to making this such a successful experience.


Featured speakers at the Democratic Club’s Sept. 28 membership meeting will be Stephanie Campbell, who is the chair of the Speakers Bureau of the local League of Women Voters, and Los Alamitos Unified School District Board Trustee Marlys Davidson. 

Campbell will present information about the seven ballot measures that will be on the General Election ballots. Ma Davidson will speak about the situation facing local school boards as well as school boards from throughout the U.S.

The meeting will be held on  Sept. 28 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 1 p.m. Club members and supporters can also join the meeting in person or via Zoom.


Weather permitting, the club’s Information and Hospitality Booth will be open in the parking lot outside Clubhouse 6 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. every Tuesday. In October, the booth will be open on Tuesdays and Thursdays.  Yard signs and other material supporting the club’s endorsed candidates will be available, plus club membership information. 

For more in-depth reporting about plans for the upcoming General Election, and the club’s upcoming programs, LW Democrats and no preferred party supporters can subscribe to the club’s newsletter by emailing democraticclubsblw@gmail.com. People are asked to include include their full name, address and phone number, as well as party affiliation.

American Latino Club

The American Latino Club will celebrate Mexican Independence Day with mariachi music, featuring Amy Walker’s dancing, and Mexican food on Sept. 23 in Clubhouse 4. The doors will open at 11:30 a.m. 

Tickets are $20 per person. People should RSVP to club Treasurer Carmen Edwards at (562) 431-4257.

The menu for the evening will be a combination plate with rice, beans and corn tortillas with a choice of carne asada or al pastor (pork meat), carnitas (chile verde salsa with pork meat), cabeza (pork meat), and/or chicken for the main dish. There will be pineapple empanadas for dessert and coffee, hibiscus drink and lemonade served for drinks. 

– Amy Walker

Humanist Association

By Dave Silva

LW contributor

The LW Humanist Assocation recently hosted Stephanie Campbell as a guest speaker at its meeting. Campbell spoke on the recent changes to the “End of Life Option Act,” commonly called the “Death with Dignity Law,” that went into effect on June 9, 2016. It was re-drafted on Jan. 1 before the sunset clause, which would have caused the act to expire.

The Humanist Assocciation has been discussing “End of Life Option Act” for years now. In 2015, the LW Humanist Association first presented a program on the “End of Life Option Act” that Gov. Jerry Brown had signed. The  speaker was a lawyer who helped write the Oregon “Death with Dignity” law, which was the model for the California law. This law allowed adult California residents, who had a diagnosed terminal illness within six months, to apply for life-ending medication without being legally charged with suicide.

Only eight states and Washington, D.C., have “Death with Dignity” laws. New Mexico was the last to join in 2021. 

 There is the “slippery slope” argument that people might be killed so that others may profit. However, due to proper safeguards, the slippery slope argument hasn’t caused a single state to repeal their Death with Dignity Law. The palliative care argument says, “why end a life when we can control pain?” Not everyone who lives with a pain that has to be constantly suppressed values that existence.  Humanists believe such an important and personal issue should be decided by the individual, not by a religion or politician.

The major changes in SB380, which went into effect on Jan. 1 and was discussed at the Humanist Association’s recent meeting include reducing the waiting period between the first and second oral request from 15 days to 48 hours. It eliminates the final attestation form, which a terminally ill person may not be capable of signing. It requires physicians who cannot, or will not, support patient requests to tell the patient they will not support them, or document the patient’s request and provider’s notice of rejection in the patient’s medical record. It prohibits a health care provider from engaging in false, misleading or deceptive practices related to their willingness to qualify an individual, or provide a prescription for aid-in-dying medication. The changes also requires health care entities to post their current policy regarding medical aid in dying on their website.

Republican Club

by Brian Harmon

LW contributor

LW Republican Club beat the heat on Labor Day with a social at its booth featuring ice cream sandwiches, bars, and cones. Conversation centered around how best to reach out to voters for the upcoming election.

The information and hospitality booth is open every Monday and Wednesday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the parking lot near Clubhouse 6. Campaign signs are available for GOP-endorsed candidates. 

The club will host a candidate “Meet the Candidates” forum on Friday, Sept. 16 at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 4

The following candidates are scheduled to attend:

• Rona Goldberg for the Los Alamitos Unified District School Board

• Nathan Steele for Seal Beach City Council

• Diane Dixon for State Assembly

• Scott Baugh for U.S. Congress.

The club’s regular monthly meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The main speaker will be California State Senate candidate Assemblywoman Janet Nguyen.

The LW Republican Club’s book of the month for September is “Love Your Enemies: How Decent People Can Save America from the Culture of Contempt” by Arthur C. Brooks.  He writes that people need to listen thoughtfully with love and respect, even when it is difficult.

Brooks is president of the American Enterprise Institute, the largest conservative public policy institute in the U.S.  

The book is available on Amazon and other outlets.

American Legion Bingo

Sunday Bingo hosted  by the American Legion in Clubhouse 2 has been suspended from Sept. 25 until mid- to late-October. The group will make an announcement when Bingo starts again.

LW Birthdays

Lewis Parker (center) celebrated his 100th birthday on Sept. 3 at Clubhouse 3 with family, friends, and neighbors from Mutual 10. Joining in the celebration were his son David Parker, who flew in from Nijmegen, in the Netherlands, his friend Kathy Fulton, from Corvallis, Oregon, his nephew John Faris and his wife Lynn. Lewis’ advice for friends and neighbors who want to make it to their 100th birthday like him? “Stay upright.” 

Happy 98th birthday to Dick O’Brien, from Virginia and  the O’Brien family.

American Legion Auxiliary

The American Legion Auxiliary joined with the American Legion Post 327 to celebrate Labor Day at its annual picnic to honor American veterans. Barbecued chicken and many delicious side dishes and desserts, provided by the Auxiliary, made for a lovely lunch. The weather cooperated and provided a cooler day and a soft breeze under the trees 

The Auxiliary will begin its fall calendar of meetings on Monday, Sept.19, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 1:30 p.m. 

Returning members will welcome their newly-initiated members and all LW residents who want to join the Auxiliary. 

– Carolyn van Aalst

Nikkei Club

Club will play Bingo rounds

The Nikkei Club will meet on Saturday, Sept. 17, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 11:30 a.m. Bingo will be the activity for this month.

The club will provide  bento boxes for lunch for $10. Each box  includes one bingo card. Members are welcome to bring their own desserts to share.  

Members will receive  calls from the club to secure their reservations for the meeting. 

For more information, call Michie Kimura at (714) 317-1102. 

Concerned Shareholders

The Concerned Shareholders Club will host an open discussion regarding the new TV and Internet services coming to Leisure world. Residents are encouraged to bring their questions to the meeting and be prepared to learn more.  

The group will meet on Thursday, Sept. 22, in  Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1 p.m.  

In Memorium

It is with great sadness I announce the passing of my precious dog, QT (Cutie) at the age of 16. He was a wonderful companion and made me laugh every day. He had many human and canine friends and loved any treats they shared. His prancing was enjoyed by many. He especially liked younger female dogs. I called him the Hugh Hefner of Leisure World.

I want to thank all who showed him love, attention or a smile when passing us on our walks, especially our friends who were there when needed. It means so much to me, and I will always be grateful. He was a rescue and deserved all the wonderful attention. He really rescued me, and I am a better, happier person for enjoying his company for 4.5 years.

– Kathy Peale, Mutual 10

Paid Memorial

Sunshine Club

Dr. Eugene Kahn will speak in CH 3

Dr. Eugene Kahn, MD, a board certified general surgeon will speak at the Sunshine Club’s next meeting on Friday, Sept. 16, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m. 

Kahn is a general, laparoscopic and robot-assisted surgeon. He will speak on the symptoms, causes and treatments associated with hernias, gallstones and hemorrhoids.His comprehensive presentation will cover what foods aggravate these ailments, when to seek medical care and a look behind the scenes at what happens in the body when one is afflicted by a common surgical disease. 

Dr. Kahn will also allow time for a question and answer period.

All residents are welcome to join this meeting. Sunshine Club requires no membership fees, but donations are welcome. Refreshments will be served at the meeting.

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

On a hot afternoon, 28 amazing women assembled on Sept. 1 in Clubhouse 4 for a Senior Peace Club postcard party.Together, the women completed 500 “get-out-the-vote” cards to California voters in less than two hours.

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In Memoriam

Joseph Constantino 78

Brenda Knepper 67

Matthew Larson 78

Margarita Bincent 71

Carolina Linares 80

Peni Faletotasi 76

Vincent Amucha 75

Steven Fisher 76

Monica Anderson 72

Lilly Buenafe79

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,

(562) 961-9301

—Paid obituary

Government Page

GRF Meetings 

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

Mon., Sept. 19 Finance Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 10 a.m.

Tues., Sept. 20 Website Redesign Ad Hoc Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 22 GRF Administration Committee

Conf. Rm A/virtual 1 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 27 GRF Board of Directors Meeting

Clubhouse 4/virtual 10 a.m.

Thurs., Sept. 29 Special Budget Meeting

Clubhouse 4/virtual 1 p.m.

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

Thurs., Sept. 15 Mutual 2

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.

Thurs., Sept. 15 Mutual 11

Conf. Rm B/Zoom 1:30 p.m.

Mon., Sept. 19 Mutual 15

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  1 p.m.

Tues., Sept. 20 Mutual 14

Conf. Rm B/Zoom 1 p.m.

Wed., Sept. 21 Mutual 5

Conf. Rm B/Zoom  9 a.m.

Wed., Sept. 21 Mutual 7

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 1 p.m.

Thurs., Sept. 22 Mutual 1

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  9 a.m.

Fri., Sept. 23 Mutual 6

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 10 a.m.

Mon., Sept. 26 Mutual  8 (open forum, 9:15 a.m.)

Conf. Rm A/Zoom  9:30 a.m.

Wed., Sept. 28 Mutual 10

Conf. Rm A/Zoom 9 a.m.

Recap of the Presidents’ Council Monthly Meeting

Sept. 1, 2022

Clubhouse 4 /Zoom Video – Telephone Conference 

The regular monthly meeting of the Presidents’ Council of Leisure World Seal Beach was convened at 9 a.m. by President Dolch, on Sept. 1 in Clubhouse 4 and via Zoom Tele-Video Conference.

The following is a recap of the Sept. 1 Presidents’ Council meeting:

The regular monthly council meeting minutes of Aug. 4 were approved, by the council, as written.  

Ruben Gonzalez, facilities manager, discussed replacement of Kennedy valves and how it affects the mutuals. 

Mark Weaver, facilities director, discussed recent inspection with Philadelphia Insurance Company, which strongly recommends replacing electrical panels (Zinsco Circuit Breaker) in all mutual units. Weaver also provided an update on water consumption and organic composting.

Lou Lipshsultz and Mike Heil, Superwire Telecom representatives, discussed highlights and pricing of their cable/internet contract.

Ripa Barua, portfolio specialist, presented the mutual administration monthly reports. Rosie Estrada, stock transfer manager, presented stock transfer monthly reports. 

President Dolch adjourned the meeting at 11:01 a.m.

The next Presidents’ Council meeting will be held on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 9 a.m., in Clubhouse 4, via Zoom Tele-Video Conference and YouTube LIVE.

Decal Office Hours

The GRF Security Decal Office is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon-4 p.m.

The office is closed Wednesdays and Sundays, and on weekdays from noon-12:30 p.m.

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

Appointments are not needed. Decal issuance is on a first-come, first-served basis. 

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

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Traveling Tigers Club

The Traveling Tigers will meet Wednesday, Sept. 21 in Clubhouse 3, Room 9 from noon to 3 p.m. The presentation will be by Ricardo Flores. Flores is a longtime member of the Los Angeles Adventurers’ Club and an avid photography enthusiast. He has traveled around the world but found his artistic muse in the beautiful, stark, sandstone-filled deserts and canyon landscapes of the Colorado Plateau (the four-corner area of the country that includes parts of Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico). He has given travel and photography presentations at the Los Angeles Adventurers’ Club, the All Valley Professional Photographers Association and the American Society of Non-destructive Testing. Recently widowed and retired from the aerospace industry, he spends his now abundant free time reading, traveling, cooking, and looking for interesting things to photograph. 

The meeting will begin with the members’ potluck. A short business meeting will follow at 1 p.m. and the presentation approximately 1:15 p.m. Residents are invited to bring a dish to share and their own plate, utensils and coffee cup. Guests are requested to call Susan Shaver at (562) 795-9151.

Silver Fox Classic Car Club

Silver Fox Classic Car Club President Ted Green and his wife Patti attended the Glory Days Car Show, with their TESLA Model S. The car club meets on the second Tuesday of each the month in Clubhouse 3, Room 5, at 6 p.m. Residents don’t have to own a classic vehicle to join the club, just a passion for cars. 

‘Cyrano’ will be screened at Amphitheater

The final open-air movie night at the Amphitheater will be held on Sept. 16, starting at 8:30 p.m. 

Friends and family welcome. Minibus service will be available to take people home after the show.

Sept. 16: Cyrano

Sponsors: Optum and SCAN 

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

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

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Producers Club

The Producers Club’s new comedy murder mystery, “Bombs Away!” will be performed on Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. and Friday, Oct. 7 at 7 p.m.

A cozy mansion houses an assortment of congenial roommates, but how well do they all get along? Will their idiosycrasies lead to murder?

Find out in Clubhouse 4. Doors open 45 minutes before performance. Admission is $5 at the door.

Yahtzee Club

On Sept. 2, the Yahtzee winner for most Yahtzee’s was Pat Wilson. The winner for the highest  score was  Nancy Mora.  The winner for the lowest score was Joyce Ingram. Door prize winner was Mary Milhone.  

The next meeting will be held Sept. 16 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 1 p.m. There will be a halftime social. The club meets the first, third and fifth Friday of each month. 

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

Cribbage Club

Margaret Smith earned her third star last Tuesday by winning all seven games played with a high score of 847. The club congraduates Margaret. 

Other high scores for the day were 844 by Bea Lissow, second place; Rosemary Wu, 840, third place; and Patti Smith, 828, fourth place.  Mary Holder lost all seven games. Julie Milburn celebrated her birthday by treating members to cake and ice cream. Carrie Kistner and Candy Meyers assisted her in serving refreshments.

Donated refreshments are served at noon each Tuesday in Clubhouse 1.  Members are encouraged to arrive by 12:15 p.m. to be guaranteed a place at the table. Partners are not needed. Those interested in learning how to play cribbage,  brushing up on the game or  learning more about the club can call and leave a message with Terry Thrift at (714) 394-5885.

Chorale and Entertainment Club

All LW residents and guests are invited to “Show Tunes Americana” on Sept. 24 at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4. Refreshments will be served. 

South Coast Orchid Society

South Coast Orchid Society will host a program by Jose Carlos Lopez on “Habenarias and Their Hybrids” at Whaley Park Community Center, 5620 E. Atherton St. in Long Beach from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 26.  

Lopez is currently working as a greenhouse specialist at Sunset Valley Orchids in Vista, California.  He has been serious about orchids for about a decade, since he first started following his father to work at the nursery. He has developed expertise in all phases of orchid growing. Habenaria is a large, world-wide genus of terrestrial orchids, some of which are very showy.  Once their life cycle and cultural requirements are understood, they can become large specimen plants. Lopez will share his experiences and tips for success with Habenaria and its hybrids and relatives. Orchids grown by society members and guests will also be on display. The event is free and open to the public.

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Karaoke Club

Despite the heatwave, 30 karaoke singers anxiously awaited their turn to entertain the club. While feasting on crunchy ice cream bars, vocalists engaged the audience with their talent. A first-time singer, Ed Jablonski, gave the club a robust show tune from The Wiz. Bob Barnum sang a dramatic show tune from Sound of Music “Climb Every Mountain.” Sally Glausser chose her show tune from South Pacific. 

In memory of Phil Mandeville, several gospel songs were sang by Helen Schultz, Vito Villamor and Ellen Brannigan. Don Sunday wooed club members with the “September Song.” Rose Mary Trujillo had fun singing a Freddy Fender hit. The catchy tune “Ruby” was sung by Pat Paternoster. Wayne Urban always gives a robust selection like “Oh Lonesome Me.” Margie Stewart and Ron Belben lit up the room with “Oh La Di, Oh La Da.” Singing duets is so much fun and enjoyed by the club’s audience.

Karaoke practice sessions are each Monday upstairs in Clubhouse 6 from 1-3 p.m. The club holds karaoke parties on Wednesdays in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 5:30 p.m. Residents can join the group to sing or come to just enjoy the evening. 

-—Margie Thompson

Restaurant Review


by Elesha and Victor Wadel

My husband and I heard about a place in Long Beach that serves great hamburgers and we decided to try it. 

“Crack,” as it’s called, is part of the pro shop on the Bixby Village Golf Course. The restaurant area is small with only three tables inside and three tables out on the deck. 

Dave Trepanier, the owner, greeted us as we walked in and we seated ourselves at a table outside overlooking the golf course. 

The menu is limited, with the stars being the three hamburger offerings, The Dirty, The Ortega and The Bacon/Jam. 

He does have some other food items and sides which change according to what he wants to cook that day.  We had the Dirty (chipotle) and the Bacon/Jam. We also ordered two sides of white bean chili and a corn/asparagus salad, both served in plastic cups. 

There are a few drink options and the draft root beer I had was perfect with the burgers. The meat patties are smashed and cooked outside on the patio grill till they are crispy charred and juicy and served on a toasted bun. They are so delicious, as were the two sides. 

Dave was also our server and his humor and personality made our experience even more fun.  So when you get that craving for a real backyard hamburger, check out Crack for some good food in a relaxing atmosphere. 

Crack is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday at 6180 Bixby Village Drive, Long Beach. Residents can Google LA Eater, Bixby Burgers for their article and pictures.

Doo Wop Club will hold show Sept. 17

Let the Good Times Roll as summer ends and the autumn season begins. The Doo Wop Club members are ready to greet LW guests with entertainment on Saturday, Sept. 17 in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the show begins at 7 p.m.

There is no cover charge but the group appreciates donations from guests. The dance floor will be open during the entire show. Residents should bring their own snacks and drinks and get ready to party.

The song list includes favorites from 50 years ago. Residents are invited to  dance and sing along to hits made famous by artists such as Donny Osmond, Neil Sedaka, the Carpenters, John Lennon, The Bee Gees and Gloria Gaynor. No Doo Wop show would be complete without a live performance by Ben Berg.

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Hui O Hula

Hui O Hula, the LW Hawaiian Dance Club, offers hula lessons twice a week: upstairs in Clubhouse 6 on Tuesday and in Veteran Plaza on Thursday.  Both classes start at 1 p.m. All are welcome regardless of skill level. For those who are interested, basic steps will be given by Susan Cucci and Keiko Kawamoto on Tuesday in Clubhouse 6 from 12:30 p.m. Once one understands the simple basic steps, the rest is learning how to use the hands to express the lyrics of the songs. Hawaiian music is melodic and soothing.  Hula is like taking a mini Hawaiian vacation each time a song is played and danced.  

Seal Beach Symphony returns with ‘Patriots in the Park’ event

On Sept. 18, the Seal Beach Symphony will present its first major performance titled “Patriots in the Park.”

It will be an evening of classical Americana featuring orchestra, soloists and both an adult and a youth choir. Artistic Director Chad Berlinghieri said that they have been working with City Hall on the project since October 2021. 

The Seal Beach Lions have agreed to support the event with concessions and will use the proceeds to support the Los Alamitos Youth Center. Lions will also volunteer as ushers.

The caliber of artists coming to perform will by definition categorize the event as international mainstream entertainment. 

Currently in France, artist in residence and recent Grammy winner Teresa Mai will return to sing “Summertime” from “Porgy and Bess” as well as “America the Beautiful” and the duet “If I Loved You” from “Carousel” with tenor Chad Berlinghieri.

Coming out of New York, Soprano Katie Dixon will honor a local Special Forces Vietnam veteran (who has a very special story) with the singing of “Hero,” as well as the favorite “Color Me America!”

Ben Lowe, a Los Angeles resident, will bring his booming baritone. He will dazzle the crowd with his version of “The Impossible Dream” from “Man of Lamancha” as well as lead in “God Bless America” after Pastor Bob Wriedt of Grace Community Church provides everyone with an invocation. An old favorite, the All-American Boys chorus, will march their way into people’s hearts with a patriotic medley including their arrangement of “Let Freedom Ring” and “Route 66.”

The Swing Kittens will perform “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Hometown superstar Corday will sit in with the orchestra on her cello as well as perform an all-American classic rock set as a high-energy send-off. 

Returning from an early production, Conductor Scott Melvin will lead this all-star cast from start to finish.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit sealbeachsymphony.com or call  (562) 509-8640. Tax deductible sponsorship opportunities are available.

Duplicate Bridge Club

East/West winners in a seven-table game on Sept. 1 with a 57.74% game were Lynn Danielson and Jane Reid; second were Jeanette Estill and Mike Ullman with a 55.65% game. 

North/South winners were Russ Gray and Fred Reker with a 56.85% game; second were Joan Tschirki and Sue Fardette with a 52.98% game.

With a 63.66% game Jeanette Estill and Melanie Smith were first East/West winners in the 10-table game on Sept. 2. Tied for second with a 59.26% game were Judy Jones and Al Appel and Bill Brooks and April Berg. Tied for first place North/South winners were Larry Topper and Lynn Danielson and Shmuel Fisher and Larry Slutsky with a 59.03% game; third were Sibyl Smith and Diane Schmitz with a 56.94% game.

North/South winners in a five-table game on Sept.  3 were Fred Reker and Linda Stein with a 56% game. East/West winners were Ellen Kice and Sue Boswell with a 59% game.

In the nine-table game on Labor Day, Sept. 5, North/South winners were Linda Nye and Alan Olschwang with a 57.41% game; second were Paul Chen and Sue Boswell with a 53.01% game. Jeanette Estill and Melanie Smith were first East/West winners with a 57.18% game; second were Priscilla Caillouette and Larry Topper with a 56.25% game. 

Games are played on Monday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday afternoons in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 12:30 p.m. Players are asked to arrive no later than noon to confirm their reservations. Reservations can be made at any game using the sign-up sheets and/or by calling Dan Frank at (562) 739-6441 or emailing him  at danfrankcpa@gmail.com no later than 10 a.m. on game day.

Opera Club

Residents are invited to watch the film adaptation of Victor Hugo’s play “Les Miserables” at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept 18, at the Opera Club’s new location—the Learning Center—located off the main meeting space of Clubhouse 3. Club secretary Joyce Bachner, who is a research expert of all things musical, will introduce this Hollywood take on Claude-Michel Schoenberg’s heart -gripping music that focuses on courage, love, heartbreak, resilience and redemption.

It is a tale of Jean Valjean, who stole a loaf of bread to feed his starving sister’s child and served 19 years in prison for his theft. As an ex-convict, he is shunned by everyone except Bishop Myriel who gives him food and shelter, but from whom Valjean nevertheless steals silver only to be caught by a policeman named Javert and pardoned when the pastor claims he had given the silver to him. 

Valjean vows to amend his life and succeeds in a new identity by becoming a wealthy business owner and mayor of his town. When he discovers that one of his former employees, a young woman named Fantine, has failed her young daughter Cosette, he applies all his efforts in making things right for the child despite being pursued by the police inspector Javert who continues to regard Valjean as a criminal.

Much of the action takes place against a revolutionary background of young adults fighting the armed forces for liberation in Paris of 1830.  Teen Cosette falls in love with a young activist, Marius, as other young people falling to the bullets of the military guard. 

The resolution of the story evokes both tears and satisfaction. Attendees are invited to participate in a brief discussion following the film after which the succeeding month’s presentation will be announced.  

The musical is presented in English with English subtitles for easy comprehension.  People are cautioned to wear masks while indoors for safety. No dues or fees will be collected.  For more information contact club President Beverly Emus (562) 296-5586 or email Beverly90740@gmail.com.

Chess Club

This week’s puzzle is checkmate in three moves. 

White moves first and when any answer by black moves, the white’s third move is checkmate.

Solution to this week’s puzzle is first move knight g5. The white knight moves from f3 to g5, black rook to g5, white rook to f6, black king to f6. The next move by white is checkmate.

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

Last Weekend Night Dance: Abilene

Abilene is Seal Beach Leisure World’s No. 1 country rock band going strong for nearly 20 years. Last year, they opened the Amphitheater season with a rockabilly show that drew nearly 2,000 fans and will play again this year by popular demand. Terry Otte leads Abilene and shares singing duties with Tina Schaffer. Rounding out the group are guitarist Rod Anderson, guitar synthesizer and pianist Jim Long, bassist Doug Decker and drummer Jim Greer. They will be rocking Clubhouse 2 at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Sept.  24. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

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Pickleball Players Club

The LW Pickleball Players Club meeting on Sept. 4 featured an Indian food themed potluck with 75 pickleballers in attendance. The winners of the summer dinking tournament were awarded  prizes. President Linda Evenson announced that the next pickleball tournament will be held in December.

Bocce Ball: Report from the Court

As of Sept. 8, with 147 games played and 49 g games remaining, there are only four teams that are undefeated and they each come from separate leagues.

After five weeks of play:

• Saturday League Undefeated—Team 10: Valerie Strong and Rod Osgood

• Sunday League Undefeated—Team 11: Kristi Martin and Juan Melendez

• Thursday League Undefeated—Team 9: Marilyn Hewitt and Marv Jones

After six weeks of play: 

• Tuesday League Undefeated—Team 2: Chandra and Harshad Patel

Playoffs and championship matches are scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 1. Current players, prospective players and fans are invited to cheer on the teams. Those planning to attend should bring a folding chair if they can.

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Pinochle Club

The pinochle winners on Aug. 20 were Curt Rogers, first, 13,310; Peggy Kasper, second, 11,040; Marge Dodero, third, 10,200; and Ruth Bonnema, fourth, 10,020.

The pinochle winners on Aug. 25 were Ron Olsen, first, 11,080; Peggy Kasper, second, 11,030; Dinana Sambert, third, 10,700; and Suzanne Tester, fourth, 10,390.

The winners on Aug. 27 were Curt Rogers, first, 11,240; Chung He Scharschmidt, second, 10,970; Diana Sambert, third, 10,490; and Ruth Bonnema, fourth, 10,010.

The winners on Aug. 29 were Marge Dodero, first, 11,720; Marilyn Allred, second, 11,570; Alma Zamzow, third, 11,320; and Amy Kasuyama, fourth, 10,360. 

Women’s Golf Club

Despite the unusually hot summer temperatures, 48 members of the Women’s Golf Club came to participate in the weekly nine-hole tournament on Sept. 6.

The group competed for low gross, low net, and at hole six they were challenged to try and hit the golf ball from the tee box directly into the circle surrounding the hole. 

The club congratulates Young Sak as she was the only golfer whose golf ball landed within the circle.

The flight winners were:

Flight A—-Low Gross: Linda Herman, 29; Low Net: tie between Sandy Derouin and Veronica Chang, 27; Circle hole No. 6: Young Sak.

Flight B—Low Gross: Grace Choi, 29; Low Net: tie between Hae Lee and Sally Park, 24.

Flight C—Low Gross: Helen Yoon, 34; Low Net: tie between Sue Yokomi and Hailee Yang, 26.

Flight D—Low Gross: Vivian Ceballus, 35; Low Net: tie between Neva Senske and Dale Quinn, 26.

Men’s Golf League Results Sept. 2

Friday Golf

Ten golfers and a new member (Matthew Paek) from the Leisure World Men’s Golf League played Sept. 2 at the challenging 5,800-yard par 70 Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. Riverview is a full-size course with significant elevation changes, doglegs, numerous Santa Ana River crossings, and sloping fairways (always toward the riverbed). The temperature was in the 70s at the 7 a.m. tee time and there was bright sun for the entire round with high humidity. Temperatures rose all morning until it reached the mid-90s by 11:30 a.m. when it was becoming very uncomfortable to be out in the sun and heat.

Tee boxes, fairways and greens continue to be well maintained making for a fun round. The golf ball was travelling well leading to some great shot making and a few really low scores. Considering the terrific playing conditions the course allowed some great results yet permitted only six of the 12 rounds to be at or under par while yielding seven birdies. With the back nine over 500 yards longer than the front, scores often balloon five or six strokes over the last nine.


A Flight (handicaps 0-19): First place: Dave LaCascia, a splendid 8 under 62, plus two birdies and closest to the pin on the par 3 second hole; second: Clay Fischer, a nicely played 7 over 63, plus a birdie; third: Fujio Norihiro, a nice 4 over 66; fourth: Gary Stivers, a sweet 3 under 67; and fifth: Sam Choi, at 2 over 72, plus a birdie and fewest putts.

B Flight (handicaps 20 and over): First place: Gene Vesely, a terrific 5 under 65, plus three birdies and fewest putts; second: Bob Munn, a very respectable even par 70; third: Digna Vesely, a fine 1 over 71, plus closest to the pin on the par 3 ninth hole; fourth: Ron Jackson; and fifth: Liz Meripol.

Monday Golf

Due to the Labor Day Holiday there was no golf on Sept.5.

The Monday and Friday Golf Leagues play at four local courses, all within 15-20 minutes of Leisure World. The courses the group plays are always quite full, so advance League reservations are becoming the norm with a sign-up sheet available at each round.

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



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Vinyl Plank/Carpeting. Patio Carpet Tile. 40+/Years in LW. License 723262.  Exp 11/16



Complete maintenance and landscape. Serving Leisure-World since 1978. Planting/Clean-Ups/Fertilization. New Lawns, etc. Offering my services to every Mutual. Honest and Reliable. State Contractor’s License 779462. Call 562-863-7739, 

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License 723262


Painting/FREE Estimates. 1-room or entire-house and refinish kitchen cabinets. (714)-826-8636. Call Jerry. CA State License 675336.   Exp 12/07


Cory Gee Painting. Affordable – Professional, Licensed-and-Insured. Interior/Exterior Drywall Repairs/Texturing/Pressure-Washing/Cabinets. Senior discounts 714-308-9931. License 1049257.   Exp 11/16


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Premium-Paints. Interiors/Cabinets/Ceilings/Exterior-Windows/Frames. Our Own Painting-Crew. 40+/Years in LW. Business License 723262.  Exp 11/16


Bel-Rich Painting.   Small-Jobs, Bathrooms, Walls, Gates & More! Call Bret 714-220-9702. Business License 705131.  10/19


Painting service for exterior or interior repairs, texture, drywall, cabinets, skylights, gates, frames. Joshua 714-267-6756. Contractor License 1081798.  Exp 11/16



CLEAN AND REPAIR. Licensed and insured. Dan (562) 841-3787. Seal Beach License BRA0002.  Exp 11/02


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

UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Tito/562-658-9841. State Contractors License 578194.   Exp 12/07


562-596-0559, Leisure World Decorators. Shutters/Blinds/Shades/Drapes/New Windows.  Exp 11/16

Window Washing


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


Computer Drafter WANTED for Spec-Sheets and Drawings. MAKE-YOUR-OWN-HOURS!   Raycon Technology/714-799-4100


I am an experienced caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands. 949-899-7770. Available 24×7. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006.   Exp 12/07



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


MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with/optimum service, 30-years LW experience. 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 11/23



Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please Call Pampet/562-371-4895. Seal Beach License PAN0003   Exp 11/09


Elderly care. Live-in, Live-out. 30+ years experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Gloria 949-371-7425.  Licensed by the state Seal Beach RAZ0002.   Exp 11/30


Maria’s experienced caregivers. Run errands, Doctor appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562)-230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License CAM0006.   Exp 11/16


Anthony Caregivers. Light-Cleaning/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Cooking/Laundry. Anthony Camacho College Student 714-605-6869. Business License 14206319.  Exp 9/21


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Albert & Patricia Caregiver Services.  Daily Care, Errands/Medication/Doctor-Appointments.  (562)-397-4659,(323)-413-0830  Seal Beach License14206409.  Exp 10/19


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 10/26


In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36-years. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. SB Business License #KC75538. Exp 10/12


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

HEL0006.  Exp 12/07



CALL PHIL at 562-881-2093.  Over 30 Years Experience!  SB Business License AB0001





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

Seal Beach Business License GRA0006.   Exp 10/26


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


Maria House-Cleaning. We’ll make your house look NICE-as-Possible! 15+/years experience. We can work with/your schedule. Bi-weekly/Monthly. Deep-Cleaning. Call/Text/714-496-2885. Business License HER0008.   Exp 11/30


MAGALY’S CLEANING SERVICE. We make your home sparkle! 7-days/Call anytime! Complete-cleaning. Call/562-505-1613. Seal Beach Business License M0001A.  Exp 11/16


Albert & Patricia House-Cleaning.  Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. (562)-397-4659, (323)-413-0830.  Seal Beach License14206409. Exp 10/19


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 11/16


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

Virus-Removal/Internet Security Repair, Training, Wireless and Smart-TV Setup. LW Resident.  SB License FUH0001. Exp 11/30



Cars/Motorcycle/Truck, running-or-not. We are local, call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly! We do DMV and Release-of-Liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us 562-684-0901, we can come out and give you a quote.  Exp 10/26


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


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258   Exp 9/28


Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB Business License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093.   Exp 10/12

autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462.   Exp 9/28



No job too small! Fast/Reliable/Great Prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787/Dan.  Exp 11/02



Your moving service, any size job.  Business License RO263644. Call/310-387-2618.   Exp 11/09


LESLIE’S VINTAGE STORE. Looking to buy Mid-Century Furniture/“ETC”/Men-Women Sterling-Silver-Rings/Old-Jewelry/Men-Women Vintage Clothing. 562-243-7229.  Exp 10/12


New High-Chair and Table (21″x21″). Used 3-times, excellent condition. Assembled/Photo Available. 562-795-6162.


Used Paws and Pals Dog Carrier $30.00, Contact 562-296-5245.


House full of Quality Furniture &Miscellaneous. Couch, Coffee and End-Tables. 8-piece Bedroom-Set includes Queen-Bed, Bookshelves/TVs/TV-Stand/Video/DVD-Cabinets, Pictures/Lamps & much more!  Please call 714-402-1955.


New NEVER Used Carex 3-Wheel Walker for $151.  714-803-4308


Succulents Galore! Potted Varieties plus lots of Clippings from $1.00 and up to $8.00. 13860 St. Andrews Drive, Mutual-1/Apartment-62G (across from Community Chuch). Friday/September-16th & Saturday/September-17th (8am-3pm). 714-767-1439.

LEISURE WORLD Carport/Storage Wanted

Looking to rent a Carport Spot OR Carport-and-Storage in Mutual-12. Call 562-716-1547.  Exp 9/21

Free items

Supplies for Kenmore Canister Vacuum: (6) C/Q Bags, (2) CF-1 Filters, (1) EF-1 Hepa Filter. Leave name/number at 562-493-2831.