LWW Translate/Vie Ed. 01-13-22

January 13, 2022

GRF offices to close for holiday

In observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, all Golden Rain Foundation offices except Security will be closed Monday, Jan. 17.

The Leisure World Maintenance Department will be on call for emergencies only and may be reached by calling (562) 594-4754. 

This year’s MLK holiday will mark the 27th anniversary of the national day of service. This day was established to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King, as well as to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities.

National Day of Service

Americans celebrated the first official Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is the only federal holiday commemorating an African-American, on Jan. 20, 1986. In 1994, Congress designated the holiday as a national day of service and marked the third Monday in January every year as the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service—a “Day On, Not a Day Off.”

Dr. King advocated for nonviolent resistance to overcome injustice as a means of lifting racial oppression. He created change with organized sit-ins, marches and peaceful demonstrations that highlighted issues of inequality. 

A Baptist minister, Dr. King was the youngest person to receive the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964. On April 4, 1968, at the age of 39, he was assassinated in Memphis, Tennessee, while standing on the balcony of his hotel. He had traveled there to lead a march in support of striking sanitation workers.

Part 2

LW was a test case for senior health care

As part of GRF’s online communication remake, the Communication/ITS committee has updated Leisure World’s entry in Wikipedia, the online encyclopedia whose pages are viewed billions of times annually. Former professor and current GRF Director William Thompson dug into 60 years of media accounts to document our community’s precedent-setting history. The series’ second installment details developers Ross and Alona Cortese’s “utopian” vision to provide complete medical care as part of senior housing.  Part 1, Building Leisure World, appeared Jan. 6. Part 3 will run in the Jan. 20 edition. 

by William Thompson

GRF Director



The Corteses’ health plan, launched amid a vigorous national debate over government involvement in social welfare measures, was frequently labeled “utopian.” (34) It was an important perk touted in the extensive advertising and public relations campaigns that drew attention from national magazines, local broadcasters and newspapers throughout the United States and Canada. 

The community’s initial executive director, Lewis M. Letson, formerly the top administrator at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, California, (35) said Leisure World’s health plan was explicit proof that the free enterprise could effectively meet older adults’ health care requirements: “It indicates that there are better solutions to the medical needs of the elderly than socialized medicine.” (36)

The Corteses made major investments in the medical plan. Cortese recruited a former medical director for the United States Public Health Service, surgeon Weldon A. Williamson, to be Leisure World’s medical director. (37) Leisure World was almost immediately recognized as a test bed for senior health. Within the clinic’s first year, two studies, on heart and vascular diseases, were being conducted among the community’s population. (38) 

Similarly, the concentration of seniors in one well-known community located in politically conservative Orange County made Leisure World a target for the John F. Kennedy administration’s push for its projected government-subsidized senior health care plan. In a 1963 visit to Leisure World, Kennedy’s under-secretary for Health, Education and Welfare, Ivan A. Nestingen, said the American Medical Association characterized medical professionals urging government elder health care as “quacks and charlatans.” (39) After Kennedy’s assassination, President Lyndon B. Johnson dispatched his and Kennedy’s press secretary, Pierre Salinger (40), to make another personal pitch for what would become known as Medicare.

Ironically, the Corteses’ health care plan precipitated their removal from direct involvement in Leisure World Seal Beach’s management. (41) Almost immediately after the first Leisure World residents settled in, their recognition of the value of free doctor visits, medical tests and prescriptions overwhelmed the 10 doctors and 26 nurses Leisure World had hired to manage the community’s health needs. (42) The Corteses’ projections dramatically underestimated the attraction of free health care. Instead of the predicted 6.2 doctor visits per year, Leisure World residents averaged 12 doctor visits annually. (43)  

In 1963, the GRF board coped with the unexpected costs by replacing free medical services with a 20% co-pay for all services and prescriptions. (44) In 1964, when the community’s governing board asked for an assessment increase, the medical care fee constituted 70% of the additional $10.50 requested. (43) The resulting resident revolt led to the 1965 GRF v. Leisure World Foundation lawsuit that effectively severed the Corteses’ continued involvement in Leisure World Seal Beach’s administration. (45)

The rollout of the federal Medicare program, enacted by the Johnson administration in 1965, caused Leisure World to abandon its community-run health plan. On March 7, 1966, the first Leisure World residents signed up for Medicare. (46) 


With the exception of the free medical plan, the Corteses’ concept of a comprehensive seniors’ community was largely fulfilled. The community operates a heated swimming pool and spa, a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, and a nine-hole, par-3 golf course. All were renovated or rebuilt between 2020 and 2022. Dedicated facilities are also provided for pickleball, bocce ball, ballet and dance classes, table tennis, shuffleboard, and billiards.

Its five clubhouses contain studios for art, woodworking, lapidary, ceramics and needle arts. Other spaces are provided for video production, theater events and the activities of over 150 clubs. 

In the wake of Orange County’s 2004 bankruptcy, GRF bought the building and collection of the Orange County Library branch adjacent to Leisure World (47) and enclosed it and its 40,000-volume collection (48) within the community’s security wall. In 2021, the community opened an internet-enabled learning center to host college courses and a fully equipped cooking classroom for instruction in cuisines and nutrition. Arts events and guest speakers appear in the clubhouse meeting rooms and two specially dedicated performance venues, a 2,500-seat outdoor amphitheater that hosts a summer-long series and a smaller stage adjoining the library. 

The community has an on-site medical center managed by a private company that provides resident doctors, X-rays, laboratory services, a physical therapy clinic, optometry services, acupuncture, specialist care, and an adjacent pharmacy. Leisure World also houses a credit union; weekly newspaper; copy center; three independent, free-standing churches, with scores of other congregations meeting in clubhouse facilities; a recycling collection facility; and a car wash. Leisure World is one of Seal Beach’s major employers, and its approximately 175 full- and part-time workers provide maintenance, infrastructure inspection, property transfer and financial services. The GRF’s security department provides patrol service, gate control and parking enforcement 24 hours a day. Scheduled minibus routes crisscrossing the community offer free transportation within Leisure World and connections to Orange County Transportation buses and commuter rail lines. (48)

Community volunteers provide other services. The Golden Age Foundation is a 501(c)3 charity that has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund Leisure World projects, (49), and scores of other community groups provide financial and volunteer help to residents and community projects. 

Next week:  In the News, Demographics, Attractions, In Popular Culture, Recognition and Notable People. For those who would like to know more, see the bibliography that follows. 

Works Cited: 

34. Washburn, Larry. Senior Project Looks Utopian. Independent Star-News. Aug. 20, 1961, p. B1.

35. Medical Care Offered by Beach Colony. Brawley News. July 1, 1963.

36. 6750 Homes Planned for Senior Citizens. The Tidings. July 28, 1961, p. 5.

37. Name Medical Head for Leisure World. Independent-Press-Telegram. Sept. 24, 1961, pp. R-1.

38. Zinser, Ben. Elderly Residents Aid Research. Long Beach Press-Telegram. April 1, 1963.

39. Head Speaks at Seal Beach. Seal Beach News. July 5, 1963.

40. Salinger Swings in County with Medicare Appeal. Register. April 27, 1964.

41. Sutton, Charles. Rossmoor’s New Chief Takes Over. Independent. Aug. 19, 1964, p. B1.

42. Moorman, Vera. Leisure World Offers Unusual Medical Plan. Examiner. June 30, 1963.

43. Sutton, Charles. ‘Leisure World’ Medical Aid Program Source of Worry. The Independent. Oct. 17, 1963, p. B3.

44. Leisure World Foundation. 1965 History of Leisure World. Seal Beach Leisure World History. [Online] April 5, 1965. [Cited: Feb. 26, 2021.] https://sealbeachleisureworldhistory.org/1965-budget-report/.

45. 2,500 Hit Leisure World Leaders. The Register. March 16, 1964, p. B1.

46. Barrett, Tom. Timeline. [ed.] Margaret Gillon. Seal Beach Leisure World History. Feb. 10, 2012.

47. Loar, Russ. $35,000 from Leisure World Caps Library Deal. Los Angeles Times. July 12, 1995.

48. Golden Rain Foundation. Annual Report 2019-2020. Golden Rain Foundation. Seal Beach, CA: Golden Rain Foundation, 2020. p. 113.

49. Golden Age Foundation. Golden Age Foundation. [Online] [Cited: May 5, 2021.] https://goldenagefdn.org/.


COVID restrictions expanding in LW and Seal Beach

In response to the current surge in COVID-19 cases, Seal Beach City Hall  temporarily closed on Jan. 4 and will remain shuttered through Friday, Jan. 14. 

The GRF also extended its mask mandate and issued new restrictions on clubhouses last week. 

The State of California has extended its previous mask mandate, which became effective Dec. 15, to at least Feb. 15. 

Masks are required for the interior use of all trust property until further notice.

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

This public safety action follows an order issued Jan. 5 by Gov. Newsom, which included Orange County. 

The order comes amid signs of a winter surge in COVID-19, with the advent of the omicron variant, as well as the seasonal flu.

As an additional precaution, GRF is recommending that all clubs and private reservations temporarily suspend food service. 

Clubs and groups that choose to allow food should ensure it is consumed in a separate, designated area and not at tables where other activities are being conducted (card or game playing, for example).

The GRF Board of Directors thanks residents for spreading the word and for their cooperation in helping to keep the community safe.

For further information, contact kathyt@lwsb.com. 

In the City of Seal Beach,  services are continuing despite the closure of City Hall. Some are being conducted only through virtual and drop-off services. 

City residents and businesses are encouraged to make use of online services and tools during this period. 

For general inquiries regarding city services, call (562) 431-2527, ext. 1350, or email AskCityHall@sealbeachca.gov.

For the most updated information, visit the City of Seal Beach website at www.sealbeachca.gov.

GRF and Seal Beach are carefully monitoring the COVID (omicron) outbreak in consultation with Orange County public health officials and will adjust their strategies as necessary.

Copy & Supply Office Closed

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Copy & Supply Office is closed until further notice. 

Anyone wanting  to purchase an item can email their request to copies@lwsb.com; a staff member will contact them when the office reopens.

CAP Food Distribution is Jan. 20

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 will be Jan. 20.

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 Robann Arshat in GRF Member Resources at (562) 431-6586, ext. 317, or robertaa@lwsb.com. 

CalFresh Benefits

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

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

Requirements to Apply:

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

• Applicants may qualify for CalFresh even if they have a job. 

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

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

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

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

Protecting pipes is everybody’s job

GRF Service Maintenance has seen an increase in blocked pipes in the community. Residents can help prevent stoppages by:

• Never flushing diapers, feminine hygiene products, paper towels or cleaning wipes down the toilet. 

The only things that should be flushed are the three Ps: poo, pee and toilet paper.

• Never pouring fats, oil or grease into your kitchen sink. Grease adheres to the inside of sewer pipes. It can build up and block the pipe, causing an overflow. Fats, lard, oil, butter, food scraps, sauce and dairy products should be disposed of in the trash. 

Tips for proper disposal:

• Save cooking grease in an old coffee can or cardboard milk container. Once cooled, dispose of it in the trash.

• Throw coffee grounds away in the garbage or add them to your mulch pile.

• Use a screen or drain-grate to cover the drain’s opening.  

 To keep pipes clean, pour one cup of vinegar down the drain and let it sit for 30 minutes; then chase it down with very hot water. Vinegar is a wonder cleaner. It contains acetic acid, which acts as an excellent organic solvent in removing organic buildup of crud in pipes.

Sink strainers are available through the GRF Purchasing Department at the Copy and Supply Center in Building 5.


Letter to the Editor


The article on disposal of flags (Jan. 6) was an interesting reminder of those rules we learned years ago. It is time, clearly, that at least one more rule of flag etiquette is needed, something on the order of: “No flag, or its staff, shall be used as a weapon in attacking a duly constituted organization or its defenders.”

A side issue, though also flag-related, is the pledge we are asked to renew at the at the start of all official community gatherings. Shouldn’t the final phrase, “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” be amended to reflect the truth of our current situation? Perhaps just add “at times” to the end.

Lee Hoyt

Mutual 11

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.

Renew Photo IDs

GRF members are required to have GRF photo identification cards for access to amenities, all transfers (membership, removing/adding someone on a title, replacing lost certificates, etc.) and to be a candidate for GRF and Mutual board representation. 

The Stock Transfer Office issues IDs, which expire every five years, in a rotating schedule. Residents will need to bring their expired ID cards. Expiration dates are located on the right side of ID cards.

No appointment is needed. People can stop at the Stock Transfer Office on the ground floor of the Administration Building. It’s open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Masks are required.

Lost or stolen cards can be replaced by completing a Certificate of Lost ID form in the Stock Transfer Office. 

There is a $20 replacement fee, which can be waived if there is a police report that can be verified by the Stock Transfer Office.

Setting It Straight

The Jan. 25 GRF Board meeting was incorrectly listed as starting at 1 p.m. in the Jan. 6 edition of LW Weekly. That meeting will begin at 10 a.m.

Obtaining a GRF Building Permit

In order for a shareholder to make any modifications to his or her residence, building permits need to be obtained. The process begins with the shareholder selecting an approved (vetted) contractor. 

Contractors are approved after they provide the Physical Property Department with the required insurance documentation and other items listed on the contractor requirements form. The form can be obtained at Physical Property, located upstairs in Building 5. 

Once the contractor has provided all the requested items on the form, an orientation meeting is scheduled with Facilities Director Mark Weaver. After the contractor has met with Weaver, he or she can then submit paperwork to Physical Property for a permit. 

Once a shareholder selects a contractor, the contractor will submit the GRF Proposal and Contract that has been signed by the shareholder and the contractor to Physical Property. The submission also includes the scope of work to be done.

The permit clerk then types up the GRF permit, which is forwarded to the Mutual inspector for review and approval. Once it’s approved, the permit is forwarded to a Mutual director for his or her review and approval. 

After the GRF permit has been approved by the Mutual inspector and Mutual director, the contractor is notified that the GRF permit is ready to be picked up and paid for. The GRF permit fee is 1 percent  of the job cost or $25 minimum. If a City of Seal Beach permit is required, the contractor will need to obtain that from the city. 

Next, the approved GRF permit will need to be signed by the shareholder and contractor. Once signed, the contractor will submit the copy on white paper to the Physical Property office along with a copy of the City of Seal Beach permit, where it will then be kept and filed. The white copy must be returned to Physical Property prior to any work commencing. 

The yellow copy should be posted by the contractor on the jobsite while the work is being performed for inspections. During the work process, the contractor will contact the permit clerk to schedule all inspections throughout the project.  

After the final inspection has been performed and the job has passed, the permit package is then filed within the Physical Property office.

—from the Physical Property Department

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New year means new changes to Medicare

by Sandra Teel

Medicare insurance broker

Welcome to 2022! It’s a new year, with new changes. And when it comes to Medicare, there are some changes worth noting.

For 2022, Såocial Security beneficiaries will see a 5.9 percent increase to their benefits. This cost-of-living adjustment started this month.

One area most people are not prepared for is how much Medicare Part B will cost. Social Security looks at your income taxes from two years prior to determine your Part B and Part D costs. 

The income-related monthly adjustment amounts for Part B are as follows: Those who file tax returns with a modified adjusted gross income of $91,000 or less (single) or $182,000 or less (joint) will pay $170.10 per month. But people who file returns with an income from $91,000-$114,000 (single) or $182,000-$228,000 (joint) will pay $238.10 per month. Participants with an income of $114,000-$142,000 (single) or $228,000-$284,000 (joint) will pay between $340.20 per month. Those who file with $142,000-$170,000 (single) or $284,000-$340,000 (joint) will pay $442.30 per month, while those who file with $170,000-$500,000 (single) or $340,000-$750,000 (joint) will pay $544.30. The premiums for those who file with incomes more than that is $578.30 per month.

For Part D coverage, the income-related monthly adjustment amounts for beneficiaries who file tax returns with a modified adjusted gross income of $91,000-$114,000 (single) or $182,000-$228,000 (joint) will see a monthly adjustment of $12.40. For those with an income of $114,000-$142,000 (single) or $228,000-$284,000 (joint), the adjustment amounts to $32.10. Participants with an income of $142,000-$170,000 (single) or $284,000-$340,000 (joint) will note an adjustment of $51.70, while those with $170,000-$500,000 (single) or $340,000-$750,000 (joint) will see an adjustment of $71.30. Anyone who files with more than that has an adjustment of $77.90. 

To review: Part B covers your doctors and services outside of a hospitalization (covered by the Part A). Medicare drug coverage, Part D, helps pay for prescription drugs; most HMO plans include Part D.

Those with a Medicare Supplemental policy that is not an F plan will notice the Part B deductible has increased to $233 per year.

People who have a “Giveback” Medicare HMO plan should see a credit by April, if not sooner.

For those who have the Original Medicare without an HMO or PPO plan, there’s an increase in all of the Part A deductibles and co-payments.

Anyone still struggling to make sense of it all should contact a licensed Medicare insurance specialist for help.

Sandra Teel is a Medicare insurance broker. She can be reached at (657) 204-4224 or steelmedagent@gmail.com. For more information, visit www.steelmedicareins.com.

NOCE Spring 2022 Registration

The Leisure World NOCE Spring Semester Class Registration Event will be on Friday, Jan. 14, in Clubhouse 2 from 9 a.m.-noon or until classes are full. 

New students have the option of filling out an application to become a student at www.tinyurl.com/NOCEapply; paper applications will be available at the library on Jan. 14. Returning students need to bring their Student ID (Banner ID) to the registration event. People unsure of their Banner ID should call NOCE Star Help at (714) 808-4679 to retrieve it. Both new and returning students need to bring their COVID Vaccine Card with them to registration. 

The full list of classes for Spring 2022 can be found below. Anyone with questions or concerns should visit the library or call (562) 598-2431; ask for Taylor Greene.

Library Reopens

The LW Library is closed for inventory until Saturday, Jan. 15, when it will reopen for regular business hours, which are Monday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. 

People can bring their own devices or browse shelves for reading material, sit down and relax in air-conditioned comfort.

Four computers are available for use with no appointments required. 

The Orange County Register, Long Beach Press Telegram, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today and more are available to readers.

The library continues to offer fax, copy and printing services along with nearly 40,000 different items to check out at the library.

For more information, call (562) 598-2431 or email LWLibrary@lwsb.com. LWers can also contact the library online at www.lwsb.com/lwcommunity/library/.


Presidents’ Council Recap, January 6

The regular monthly meeting of the Presidents’ Council was convened at 9:02 a.m. by President Jackie Dunagan on Jan. 6 in Clubhouse 4 and via Zoom. 

The following is a recap of that meeting.

  The regular monthly meeting minutes of Dec. 2, 2021 were approved by the Council, as printed.

• Facilities Director Mark Weaver provided an update on Fenn Pest Control.

  Purchasing Manager Julie Rodgers provided an update on appliance availability.

• Security Services Director Victor Rocha and Member Resources & Assistance Liaison Robann Arshat presented information on how to handle shareholder issues.

• The president of the Presidents’ Council provided comments on elections on behalf of Mutual Administration Director Jodi Hopkins, who was absent.

• The presidents offered comments during the proceedings of the meeting. 

The next meeting of the Presidents’ Council is scheduled for Feb. 3 at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 4 and via Zoom.

News Deadlines

The editorial deadline is 4 p.m. on Thursday for the following Thursday’s edition. People may email articles or drop them into the letter slot at the front of the News Building, located on the east side of the Amphitheater. See page 4 of any edition for a list of section editors and their email addresses.

Carport Cleaning

Since most of the holidays in 2022 fall on workdays for LWSB’s cleaning contractor, some carports will be cleaned this year on the actual holiday, with the exception of President’s Day (Feb. 21). 

The following carports will be cleaned on Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and Jan. 31.

In the morning: Mutual 6, Carports 72-73, 81-82.

In the afternoon: Mutual 7, Carports 83-84, 86-89.

Street Sweeping

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

Seal Beach is Now Part of District 1

As of Jan. 6, Seal Beach has moved into a new OrangeCounty supervisorial district 1.

First District cities, represented by Andrew Do,  include: Cypress, Fountain Valley, Garden Grove, Huntington Beach, Los Alamitos, La Palma, Seal Beach, Westminster, and the unincorporated communities of Midway City and Rossmoor.

Interactive supervisorial maps are available to the public at the Orange County Redistricting Website, cob.ocgov.com

The redistricting process is done every 10 years for local, state and federal governmental bodies using updated Census data. The 2021 County of Orange redistricting process used data from the 2020 Census.

Community Guide White Pages

Resident names and phone numbers are not automatically placed in the LW Community Guide’s White Pages. To be included, shareholders may submit their information to LW Weekly by filling out the form placed in previous editions of the Community Guide and returning it to the LW Weekly Office or by emailing pattym@lwsb.com. 

Those whose information may have changed since the 2021 edition of the White Pages may also submit new information via email.

Resident names are deleted from the White Pages by request or after LW Weekly receives a report of sale and escrow closing from the Stock Transfer Office. Anyone who moves within LW may be deleted unless a form with the new address is submitted to LW Weekly.

Residents who think they know a name that should be removed may notify LW Weekly via email at pattym@lwsb.com.

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Sunshine CLub

Victor Rocha of Security Services will speak at the club’s  Zoom meeting on Jan. 14

GRF Security Services Director Victor Rocha will be the Sunshine Club’s next speaker on Friday, Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. via Zoom. He will give an overview  presentation on the Security Department, including what it does, and a glimpse into its operation. All residents are welcome to join this Zoom meeting.

To join the Zoom meeting, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87427954280?pwd=dExQR2dDblZSbUNkQlVoclhrajFhUT09. The meeting ID is 874 2795 4280, and the passcode is 080651.

Those who would like to get the Zoom link by email should  text their name, Mutual  number and email address to (562) 301-5339 no later than today, Jan.8, at 5 p.m. (text only, no phone calls).

Rocha has over 30 years of law enforcement, security and safety experience. Rocha worked as a police officer and detective with the Los Angeles Police Department. He has also provided security assessments for businesses, schools and HOAs throughout the United States.

he is a member of the Association of Threat Assessment Professionals and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice from California State University, Fullerton.

At the end of the presentation, Rocha will answer questions regarding any aspect of security .

The Sunshine Club frequently invites speakers from inside and outside Leisure World to share their experiences and ideas with club members.

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

rollin’ Thunder

First meeting will be on Jan. 25

The Rollin’ Thunder Golf Cart Club’s first general meeting will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 25, at noon in Clubhouse 2.  Club members are asked to provide generous portions of their favorite pot uck meals. 

Air & Water Day, one of Leisure World’s most popular activities, will be held on March 5a at Clubhouse 4 from 8:30-10 a.m. All golf cart owners are invited to have their vehicles’ batteries and tires checked for proper water and air pressure levels.  All work is performed by the Rollin’ Thunder Club volunteers at no charge. 

March’s golf cart servicing event is especially important, as the Club will hold its annual Golf Cart Easter Parade on April 16, with line-up starting at 1:30 p.m. The route is approximately 1-mile long, begining and ending at Clubhouse 6.  Parade participants are encouraged to decorate their carts in spring colors with lots of bonnets and bunnies. Refreshments, sponsored by Rollin’ Thunder, will be served at the parade’s conclusion. Cart owners are reminded to have their batteries fully charged or with full gas tanks at the start of the parade.

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

American Legion Post

The American Legion Post will hold its Executive Board meeting on Friday, Jan. 14, in Clubhouse 3, Room 4, at 1 p.m. All committee chairmen and elected members should attend. All other members are also welcome. 

The DEC convention will be held Jan. 14-16 at the Marriott Hotel in Long Beach.  The Post encourages all members to attend.  For more information call Jean Sudbeck at (562) 594-0209.

On Monday, Jan. 17, the Post will host speakers from the Orange County Rescue Mission.  During the meeting, the representatives will talk about the Veterans Wing of the Mission.  District officers will also be in attendance.  For the program, the Post and guests will meet with the Auxiliary in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Members are encouraged to come to the meeting to  hear about this new exciting program.


Centennials to be recognized with small gift at their door on April 20

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is calling upon all LW residents who have reached the age of 100 or will achieve that fantastic milestone in 2022 to sign up for a special day to honor them.  

The GAF, along with GRF, wants to recognize LW’s long-lived residents who have been witness to world events since 1922.

Help is needed in identifying and contacting LW centenarians in time for the April 20 celebration. On that day, friendly GAF volunteers will visit them with a warm smile and a special gift. 

To participate, people need to call no later than Feb. 11 so plans can be finalized. Contact GAF President Anna Derby at (562) 301-5339 or GAF Centenarian Event Coordinator Jan Kuhl at (562) 446-0082 for more information and to sign up.

Nikkei Club

The Nikkei Club’s meeting on Saturday, Jan. 15, has been canceled due to the severe rise in COVID delta and omicron variants.

Korean American Classical Music Association

The Korean American Classical Music Association will meet from 9:30-11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 2 on Jan. 20 and 27. For more information, contact Grace S. Kim at (562) 431-3039

Paws, Claws and Beaks Club

The Paws, Claws and Beaks Club’s next meeting will be on Wednesday, Jan. 19, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 4 p.m.   Phil Mandeville will lead the club in its annual Disaster Emergencay Preparedness for pets. Other LW pet issues will be discussed. All residents are welcome to attend. Nutritious snacks are encouraged, due to the meeting time. For more information, contact Bonnie Kaplan at craft.kaplan029@gmail.com or (714) 930-5314.

Where We Live Club

Jan. 17 meeting now at 6 p.m.

The next meeting of the Where We Live Club will be held on Monday, Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The meeting will not be on Zoom, as an important hand-out will be distributed. 

The club invites everyone to take this opportunity to be proactive in the future of Leisure World. 

LW Birthdays

Being born on Christmas day was always a honor to Margot Matheson (l). Raising five children, while owning and being chef in a small San Francisco restaurant left little time to think about celebrating her birthday. In 2003, Margot moved to Mutual 2,  to get away from the Bay Area’s wet weather. Not until 2015 was she was given her first birthday party, a luncheon for her 90th thrown by her good neighbor Joanna Matos. In 2018, Susanna Mayorga entered Margot’s life as a caregiver and each birthday is remembered by Joanna and Susanna. The three ladies have formed an endearing friendship. They encourage everyone to say hi to Margot as she rides her three-wheeled bike 2 miles or more each week about Leisure World with Susanna running beside her.

Dianna Ritmire turns 90 on Friday

Diana Ritmire  will turn 90 years old on Friday, Jan. 14. She was born Diana Mulberger on Jan. 14, 1932, and grew up in Hollywood. She later became a public school teacher. Dianna raised her four kids in Palos Verdes and was a long-time Long Beach resident before moving into Leisure World last year. She is married to the love of her life, Ken Ritmire.

Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

The Democratic Club is pleased to announce that its Jan. 19 membership meeting will feature presentations by two candidates whose names will appear on all Leisure World voters’ June 2022 Primary Election ballots. The guest speakers are Rick Foster, candidate for Orange County assessor, and David Dobson, candidate for the Board of Equalization in District 4. 

Both races will be listed on the ballots as nonpartisan. However, both candidates are Democrats and both have websites club members can visit to learn more. 

Foster lives in Seal Beach and has extensive experience in the housing and mortgage industries. He works to provide housing for seniors, disabled vets and battered women. Orange County Supervisor Katrina Foley recently appointed him to serve on the OC Development Process Review Board. 

Dobson has been a member of the staff of the California Board of Equalization for a number of years. He is now running to be a member of the governing board of that agency.

All LW Democrats and supporters are invited to attend this meeting  on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at noon via Zoom. To receive login information via computer or phone, email lwsbdemocraticclub@gmail.com. Those interested in joining should include their full name, address and phone number, as well as their party affiliation.


The club is concerned because editing in last week’s column could lead readers to think the organization supports non-public school education through what is currently being identified by supporters as “School Choice,”  or it supports efforts to put the Education Savings Accounts (ESA) voucher programs, on the November 2022 California ballot.  The Leisure World Democratic Club does not support either of these concepts, both of which would take financial support away from public schools in California.  

For more information about these and other issues, LW Democrats and supporters are invited to subscribe to the club’s free electronic newsletter by emailing democraticclubsblw@gmail.com or calling editor Mary Larson at (562) 296-8521. Those  interested must include their full name, address, phone number and party affiliation.

Republican Club

by Brian Harmon

LW contributor 

Justin Chang, one of Congresswoman Michelle Steel’s aides, will speak at the next Republican Club meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 19, followed by a discussion of basic Republican Club principles.

Chang will discuss the legislative efforts of the congresswoman, along with the services and assistance available at her district office.

The congresswoman serves on the Education Committee, where she advocates for school and parental rights. She is also deeply involved in environmental issues, especially dealing with protection of the coastline.

Steel recently held a senior services fair with representatives from the Seal Beach Police Department, a Medicare/Medicaid expert, health care insurance groups, and senior care specialists.

Her office also provides tickets to the U.S. Capitol, Bureau of Engraving and Printing, and the White House. 


Every Monday from 11 a.m. -2 p.m., volunteers collect signatures for the School Choice petition. This initiative would give parents a voucher for $14,000 per year to send their children to the school of their choice whether it is a private, religious or charter school. There is also a provision for homeschoolers to receive financial assistance.

On Monday, Jan. 17, the club will celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This is a national holiday celebrated on the third Monday in January to honor a great man who led a great effort to bring about equal rights for all. This effort resulted in the passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act which prohibits racial discrimination in all public services, such as stores, restaurants, theaters, motels, hotels, restrooms and drinking fountains.

A meeting was held on Jan. 7 to plan club strategies for the coming year. Members agreed that the club should focus on the basic principles the club has approved. These principles include limited government, equal rights for all, a strong defense, free enterprise, secure borders, low taxes, School Choice, support for the military and police, honest elections, and God and the Bible.

Social CLub

Club returns Friday, Jan. 28

The Social Club will reopen on Friday, Jan. 28, in Clubhouse 1 at noon to play cards or games. The club will serve lunch and snacks, plus coffee and tea. The cost to join is $4 per person. 

Those who are interested in registering a new table should call Marj Earls at (562) 275-1778 or Joan Taylor at (562) 240-5416.

obituaries, page 10

Thelma Ahmid  


Thelma Ahmid was    born on Dec. 21, 1926, and  died Dec. 8, 2021. She was born in Boone County, Missouri, and was one of five children.

Thelma married Joe Ahmid in 1947 in Clay County, Arkansas, and honeymooned in the Ozarks. Several years after the birth of her daughter, Marcia, the family moved to Southern California. After 30 years of marriage, she and Joe divorced. 

 Thelma lived and worked in Southern California until moving to the Oregon coast in 1987 with her new husband, Carl Forsbeck, and grandson Michael. Never afraid to do the hard work, she would buy a home and fix it up by painting and repairing it, then moving and starting over again.  Thelma had a long career in the banking industry working in many capacities.    

In the 1990s, she returned to California and retired from banking. She eventually moved to Leisure World and lived there for over 20 years.  Accustomed to not staying in one place too long, she lived in three different units there. She participated in many activities including sewing and crafting, plus many dance groups. She attended church all her life. She joined First Christian Church of Leisure World and served as a member of the church board.  

Thelma leaves a legacy of her many gifts and talents including quilts, needlepoint, knitting, crocheting and oil paintings that all have the look of a professional. She was always very  modest about her abilities.   

Thelma is survived by her daughter, Marcia Brena; grandchildren, Michael and Lisa; great-granddaughters, Megan and Ivy; and devoted nephew David, who upon hearing of her passing happily commented,  “Well, she and my mom are shopping together again.” 


Joseph William Chavez


 Joseph Chavez was the only son among five sisters born to Felicita Rafaela Iglesias and Joseph Nieva Chavez on Jan. 30, 1938, in Brooklyn, New York. When he  went peacefully home to be with the Lord, he was surrounded by his family.

Joseph spent his younger years living and working on the East Coast as an engineer for both ITT and the U.S. Postal Service.  In September 2010, he decided to relocate to Leisure World, where “the women outnumbered the men 10-1.”  Joseph met the love of his life, Shirlene Wallis, at karaoke in 2011. They started dating and were wed on the Sapphire Princess Nov. 19, 2012. During their nine years of marriage, they loved to cruise, entertain, sing and dance. They were lovers and best friends and loved holding hands just as they were when Joseph went to his heavenly home.

Joseph enjoyed being with people and was a member of many clubs in Leisure World including the American Legion, Phil-AM Social Club, Theater Club, Good News Singers, Video Producers Club, AD-HOC, Y Service Club and Let the Good Times Roll, for which Joseph and Shirlene did their famous rendition of “The Blues Brothers.” 

Joseph was proud to be an Army veteran, having served in Korea and Turkey. He loved wearing his veteran cap and always sang and stood tall when the National Anthem was played. He was proud to be an American.

Joseph is survived by his loving wife, Shirlene; step-daughter, Debbie Casper (Wayne); grandchildren Harry (Sterling), Michael (Hannah) and Hannah Ward (Dean); great granddaughter Kinsley Grace; sisters Priscila, Gloria, Alice, Victoria and Eleanor; sister-in-law Edna;  niece Bess, nephew Winston; and his special angel Rosario, who has taken care of him for the past five years and is one of the family.


Albert Lievense


Albert Lievense,  born on Dec. 12,1927, passed away on June 13, 2021 at the age of 93.

Albert was born in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.   He survived his teenage years under German occupation.  He was a veteran of the Dutch army, serving two years in Indonesia.

 After returning to the Netherlands, he became a firefighter and in 1950, he married Annie and had three children. 

After serving in the Amsterdam fire department until 1960, an opportunity arose to emigrate to the United States. The family of five with three kids under the age of 9 and not speaking English, settled in Gardena, California.

Both Albert and Annie stayed active in the Dutch community  and never regretted moving  to the U.S.

Albert served on the board of the Holland Soccer Club for many years. He loved camping and spent most vacations on family camping trips.

They moved to Torrance in 1973, and after Albert retired as a finish carpenter in 1989,  they moved to Leisure World.  They spent a lot of time traveling the world, seeing friends and family. They loved going back to the Netherlands to visit family. They discovered cruising in 1990 and took many trips cruising the world.

One of Albert’s hobbies was going to garage sales and looking for treasures.  In Leisure World, he joined the woodworking club, the stamp club and the Touch of Dutch club.

He lived in Leisure World for 31 years and was very lucky to have such great neighbors. 

His greatest passion the past six years, after Annie passed away from Alzheimer’s, was to keep in touch with old friends on Facebook. He still communicated with school friends from 85 years ago.

He is survived by his three children, Pete and Lisa Lievense,  Nico and Andrea Lievense, and Carla and Gerardo Rodriguez;  his three granddaughters,  Nicole ( Ben), Ashley (Alfredo), and Alexis (Ray);  his two great grandsons, Kaleb and Luke.  He was preceded in death by his grandson Brent.


Marion Evelyn 

 Hutcheson Carvell


Marion Evelyn  Hutcheson Carvell of Seal Beach, California, passed away on the evening of Dec. 29, 2021,1 at the age of 97. Named after her grandfather, Marion Walker Pritchett, Marion was born in Eureka, California, on Nov. 8, 1924, to William and Edith Hutcheson. Her mother was a member of the pioneer Pritchett family of Arcata, California. In 1942, Marion graduated from Eureka High School, where her nickname was “Hutch,” and soon got a job at the local USO. While working at the USO, she met Navy man James Carvell of Fargo, North Dakota. They were married in July 194 and spent 65 wonderful years together playing golf, dancing and traveling.

Jim was school superintendent in Fountain Valley.  After his retirement, they bought a home in Rancho Mirage and subsequently built a summer home in Willow Creek on the golf course. As Jim and Marion aged, they found the annual trip to Willow Creek difficult, and soon after sold the house and moved into Leisure World. Marion kept the Rancho Mirage home until 2018, when she moved full time to Seal Beach.  

She developed many new friends at Leisure World and enjoyed her time walking around the neighborhood or sitting out on her front porch, which faced a green in Mutual 1. She loved the sound of the big jets that flew by, especially those at the air show in October.

Marion often said that she was “glad she lived in the era that she did.” 

Marion is survived by her daughter Cynthia Carvell of Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. A celebration of life is tentatively planned for the spring.


In Memoriam

Juan Lafarga 82

Billie Veloni 91

Daniel Blick 64

Donald Younger 81

Matio Navarro 76

Maria Rosales 62

Sonja Mnich 91

Nicholas Donisi 63

Patricia Wybyrany 84

Edward Shaw 84

Tony Torres 77

Dorothy Stubblefield 77

Gary Buchanan 64

Michael Fortune Sr. 70

Families assisted by

McKenzie Mortuary,

(562) 961-9301

—Paid obituary


The obituaries deadline is Monday at 1 p.m., prior to the desired Thursday publication date. 

Obituaries that are received later than Monday will go in the following week’s issue.

Email obituary notices to laurieb@lwsb.com with photos attached as jpg files.

The first 250 words, plus one picture, are free to publish in the newspaper; each additional word is 25 cents. 

For more information, call (562) 430-0534, ext. 801, or email laurieb@lwsb.com.

Religion, pages 11-12

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Despite previous announcements, Sunday service times will not change for 2022. The weekly Sacrament Meeting will continue to be held at 9 a.m. each Sunday, followed by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays. Relief Society and Quorum meetings are on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary meetings for children will be held every Sunday during the second hour. Months with a fifth Sunday will have a second hour meeting defined specifically by the Bishopric. Weekly meetings are held at the Atherton Chapel at 6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. 

The Long Beach California East Stake Semi-Annual Conference will be held on Saturday, Jan. 15, and Sunday, Jan. 16 at the Stake Center located at 4142 Cerritos Ave., Los Alamitos. The Saturday evening session will commence at 7 p.m. and Sunday morning session will begin at 10 a.m. All members and guests are invited to attend both sessions.

The Atherton Ward will hold a “Linger Longer” social gathering on Jan. 23 following the second hour meeting. This will be a wonderful opportunity to mingle with one another in a relaxed and open area. Remember to gather in the Cultural Hall following the conclusion of the second hour meetings. 

Reminder: The Newport Beach Temple will be closed from Jan.10-March 7 for cleaning and refurbishment. Those wishing to perform ordinances before or after these dates must schedule appointments in advance via the church website at www.churchofjesuschrist.org or by calling the Temple at (949) 644-1820. People are encouraged to bring their own family names or use names provided by the temple for ordinances. 

First Christian Church

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


Saturday and Sunday services have the same message given by Pastor Bruce Humes. Sunday services are from 9:30-10:45 a.m. and are traditional, with hymnal music featuring Pat Kogok at the piano. Iris Muncie will sing a special solo this week. 

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

Friday evening prayer meetings are from 6-7, and weekly Bible study, led by Jack Frost, meets on Wednesdays from 9:30-10:30 a.m. 

All events are open to anyone interested. 

The Message

The apostle Paul, after being abruptly sent on his way from Thessalonica, had arrived in Athens. Concerned for those new believers in Thessalonica and being hindered himself from returning, he sent Timothy back “to establish them and encourage them concerning their faith.” Paul sent this message: “Therefore, when we could no longer endure it, we thought it good to be left in Athens alone, and sent Timothy, our brother and minister of God, and our fellow laborer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you and encourage you concerning your faith, that no one should be shaken by these afflictions; for you yourselves know that we are appointed to this” (1 Thessalonians 3:1-3).

Paul identifies Timothy as a minister of God, a co-laborer in the Gospel of Christ, and as such, he  was called to establish them in the faith, as well as to encourage them in their newfound faith in Christ.

That is what ministers and laborers for Christ do, and it’s no different for those of the Christian faith today. All believers are ministers for him and are called to share the good news with others and to strengthen and encourage those of the Christian faith. 

Scripture of the Week

“Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and ye God feeds them; how much more valuable your are than the birds!”  (Luke 12:24, NASB).


Those who want to speak to someone at the church about being baptized can call Pastor Bruce Humes at the church at (562) 431-8810. 

Out of an abundance of caution, First Christian Church  asks that anyone who feels ill in any capacity to not attend service. 

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

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold services via Zoom with Rabbi Eric Dangott on Friday, Jan. 14, at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 15, at 9:30 a.m.

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

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

The walking group walks 6 feet apart while wearing masks every Monday and Wednesday at 6 p.m. meet at the bus stop across from Clubhouse 3. 

Lisa Brass is crocheting double-thick pot holders as a fund raiser for $18 a pair. Call (562) 794-9090 to order.

Congregation Sholom has silk-screened, reusable Congregation Sholom of Leisure World masks for sale at $5 each or four masks for $18, including shipping. All proceeds will go to the general fund. Email Murray Pollack at  murrjet@yahoo.com or call (562) 331-3949 to place an order.

Congregation Sholom’s  book club is reading, “Here I Am: A Book of Contemporary Jewish Short Stories From Around The World.” The group will meet on Wednesday, Jan. 19,  at 7 p.m. to read the sixth short story in the book, “Madagascar.”

Those who want to plant a tree in Israel for any occasion can contact Michele Vallens at (562) 230-7464 for more information.

Those who need to be added the yahrzeit list should call Lisa Brass at (562) 794-9090 so she can inform the clergy.

Those who need to be added or removed from the misheberach list should call Darlene Rose at (562) 347-8088 by Wednesday, so she can inform the clergy.

Those who want to join the congregation should let Howard Brass know at (562) 794-9090.

To receive Zoom invitations to all Congregation Sholom events, call Jeff Sacks at (714) 642-0122.

Monthly Hymn Sing

The Hymn Sing will be held on Sunday, Jan. 16, at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. All are welcome to attend and sing their favorite hymns.

Community Church

Pastor Johan Dodge will return to the pulpit on Sunday, Jan. 16,  after a time of refreshment with his family. He will speak on the topic “Fruit of the Vine/Fruit of the Spirit.” He offers the following reflection to guide church members’ prayers and devotions throughout the week:

“The Holy Spirit enlivens each person with unique gifts that nurture faith and serve the common good. To identify those gifts, believers can ask questions such as: ‘When do I feel most alive?’ ‘What do I love to do?’ ‘What things, tasks or actions fill me with a sense of purpose?’ ‘What am I doing when time seems to stand still?’ These questions help discern the Spirit’s movement in a believer’s life. Created in the image of God, everyone is uniquely gifted to reveal divine likeness. When deep joy is united with meaning and purpose, vocation is birthed.” 

Community Church has  a new heating and air system with filtration and rapid air exchange to make in-person worship safer. The church continues to ask that people who want to attend be vaccinated and wear a mask. 

People can watch livestreamed services on Facebook at @communitychurchleisureworld. Those who don’t have  Facebook can join via Zoom by calling the church office or emailing leisurewccsue@yahoo.com.  

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

Assembly of God

Service/Gathering Times:  Assembly of God meets Sunday at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. Wednesday morning Bible study is at 10 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The Hymn Sing is held on the third Sunday of each month at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.

Sermon for this week:  Missionary Troy Taylor will be the guest speaker at the Sunday morning service. He ministers in the Philippines and will bring an uplifting account of how God is moving among Filipino people. Joan Shramek will share the missions focus for this month.  

Bible Study: There was so much good material in the “Kingdom Heroes,” it had to be extended one week.  A new study will begin on Jan. 19. 1 Peter and 2 Peter illustrate how to live a victorious Christian life, even when challenged by society, family and other outside pressures.  This series is particularly relevant in today’s culture.  Explore with other students fresh insight from God’s word.

Contact:   More information about LW Assembly of God can be found at www.lwassemblyofgod.com. Those who want prayer, personal contact from a pastor, or have not received a DVD of the Sunday morning sermon can contact Pastors Chuck and Sheryl Franco at (562) 357-4360, or pastorchuck@lwassemblyofgod.com. Carolyn van Aalst is available for prayer requests at  (562) 343-8424. Pastor Chuck’s sermons can be accessed on Facebook (Chuck Franco) and the Faithlife app under the group “Leisure World Assembly of God,” where people can also give online.

Faith Christian Assembly

Many people like to make resolutions in the New Year; it’s symbolic of this time as a new beginning when people can attempt to reset and make improvements. Often the focus, energy and time that is put into those goals loses steam as the days, weeks and months go by. Change, especially sustained change, can be difficult. But Jesus modeled a better way.

In Mark, Chapter 4, Jesus is teaching a very large crowd that had gathered around him. He tells them, “The Kingdom of God is like a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Night and day, while he’s asleep or awake, the seed sprouts and grows, but he does not understand how it happens. The earth produces the crops on its own. First a leaf blade pushes through, then the heads of wheat are formed, and finally the grain ripens. And as soon as the grain is ready, the farmer comes and harvests it with a sickle, for the harvest time has come” (verses 26-29).

Jesus was using the seed as a metaphor for the Word of God. The Word of God is planted and produces a crop, starting out small, but then eventually becoming a great harvest. When believers plant the Word of God in their hearts by regularly reading the Bible,  it produces great results. The best resolution believers can make is to commit to a regular Bible-reading plan. Faith Christian Assembly has several different printed reading plans available at the church to help people get started. People can also attend the midweek Bible Study every Wednesday at 11 a.m. or stop by one of the Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m.

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

Beit Halev

Rabbi-Cantor Galit-Shirah has decided to postpone Beit HaLev’s return to live, in-person services until March. The omicron surge will hopefully have ebbed and the extension of the mask mandate will hopefully be lifted by then.  Until then, Beit HaLev livestream services are on Facebook at Facebook.com/galityomtov and Zoom. To join the Zoomagogue community, go to https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9152434704?pwd=THJGTE1OUXI5VXFDTWtuZHF4K3VxUT09. The meeting ID is 915 243 4704, and the passcode is RavGalit.

This Shabbat is Shabbat Shirah, the Sabbath of Song.  The Torah reading, “Beshalach,” Exodus 14:26-17:16, includes the “Song at the Sea,” the crossing of the Red Sea on dry land by the Israelites, followed by the entire pursuing Egyptian army being drowned. The Israelite men broke into song praising HaShem for their redemption; the women, led by the Prophet Mirian, Moses’ sister, took their timbrels and sang and danced as well.  As the newly freed people began their journey to Mount Sinai, they began to complain about the lack of food and water, saying they never should have left the comfort of their Egyptian enslavement.

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

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

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

Redeemer Lutheran

“Water into Wine, Bread into Life” is the theme for Redeemer Lutheran’s worship service on Sunday, Jan. 16. The Communion service, accompanied by  organ and song, is held inside the  stained-glass sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive at 10:30 a.m. Dee Sessa and Maria Swift are greeters, and Anne Walsh is the prayer leader and reader.  Everyone is welcome to attend. 

To care for one another’s safety and follow Leisure World’s healthcare guidelines, everyone is asked to wear a mask and social distance.

LW Baptist

The Upper Room is the focal point in Luke 22, as Jesus makes plans for  Passover and the first Communion. LW Baptist’s Sunday service on Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. will include singing “Lamb of Glory” and celebrates the Lord’s instituting the bread and cup to picture his atoning sacrifice as Passover lamb. 

Sunday school at 9:15 precedes worship. The Men’s Bible Fellowship concludes the Sermon on the Mount on Monday, Jan. 17, at 10 a.m., and The Wednesday Energizers group will meet at 3 p.m. to study Psalm 5. 

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

Christian Woman’s Fellowship Group

The Christian Woman’s Fellowship Group will meet Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, to discuss Elizabeth George’s book “Loving God With All Your Heart.” All LWers are welcome. For more information, call Jean Davidson at (562) 431-0597 or Margie Singleton at (562) 594-8100.

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church, 13900 Church Place, next to the St. Andrews Gate, will observe the Second Sunday in Ordinary Time on Jan. 16. The first reading is from Isaiah 62:1-5, and the second reading is from 1 Corinthians 12:4-11. The Gospel reading is from John 2:1-11.

Pilgrim Virgin Program

Holy Family invites prayer groups, families and individuals to take its Fatima Pilgrim Statue home to pray for peace, world consecration and vocations for one week durations as often as possible throughout the year. Sign ups and instructions are available in the office. 


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

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

Arts & Leisure

Traveling Tigers

An authentic adventure 

On Jan. 19, the Traveling Tigers will welcome Diane Wood and Gerald Gaughen, a couple who re-created Wood’s family’s adventure from Michigan to California along Route 66. Everyone is invited to bring their own lunches to Clubhouse 3, Room 9. The room will be called to order by club President Ed Hickman at noon, and the presentation will begin at 1 p.m. All attendees must wear masks, except while eating. To guarantee a seat, members and guests should RSVP to Susan Shaver at (562) 795-9151.

Wood shared the following as a preview of the program:

When Mom and Grandpa were leaving on their trip from Grandville, Michigan, to Rialto, California, to visit Grandpa’s brother, the first entry in my mother’s journal read: ‘10-28-34-Sunday Mileage 49901. Left home 9:50 A.M.’ Their trip would be 2,825 miles, mostly on Route 66, included 11 states and lasted 16 days.

When I suggested a few years ago to my husband, Gerald, that we should follow in their tire tracks for the ultimate nostalgia trip, his now-famous response was, ‘But it’s not authentic unless we do it in a Model A!’ So we bought a Model A to do just that and set off on Oct. 21, 2017. We named her Betsy after my late sister-in-law, who would have loved our trip.

We shipped Betsy to Grand Rapids and flew there to pick her up—then found out she wouldn’t start. Fortunately, we got in touch with a local Ford Model A expert and, with the help of a AAA tow, got to his place, where he fixed up Betsy better than new—and he didn’t charge us anything.

After that, our trip was fairly uneventful, except for the rainstorm we drove through all the way to Chicago with a leaking windshield and a wiper that didn’t work. But the best part was that Betsy was the star; we were merely her escorts. She attracted attention wherever she went.

The two experiences Mom and Grandpa had that we could not duplicate, however, were crossing the Colorado River and viewing the construction of Boulder (now Hoover) Dam. They left Route 66 at Kingman and headed north to cross the Colorado River.

But how do you cross the Colorado River to see the dam when there is no bridge across the river? Simple: You take the aerial ferry. Eight cables and a Model T engine on top will carry you putt-putting across the river. Just drive aboard the platform, and off you go.

They arrived safely at Boulder Dam, and as part of their tour, Mom told me many years later that she and Grandpa stood on the bottom of what is now Lake Mead. That must have been a real high—or low—point of their trip. From there, it was mostly downhill to Rialto, their final destination.

They—and we—truly had an ordinary adventure.

Wood and Gaughen also detailed their journey in the book “An Ordinary Adventure: Retracing Mom and Grandpa’s 1934 Trip on Route 66—in a Model A,” published in 2018 and available via Amazon.

Weekend GRF Dances Canceled

The recently GRF Weekend Dances in January have been canceled. The performers at those dances were to have been  the Velvetones (Sunday, Jan. 16) and Terry Otte & Abilene (Jan. 22). Updates on future events will appear in LW Weekly.

Hui O Hula reconnected with Christian Tragico (front row) at Alamitos West Health and Rehabilitation Center after nearly two years when the hula dancers brought music and dance to its residents and staff during the holiday season. Spotted among the festive group was LW resident Mary Tromp (middle, standing, in red), who was there in support of her friend Cyd Pomi (in front of Tromp). Hui O Hula will next work with the New Daybreak Ministry to bring Hawaiian entertainment to Brookdale Healthcare Centers in Garden Grove and Anaheim. LWers are welcome to join Hawaiian dance lessons on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6. For more information, call (562) 431-2242.

Genealogy Club names new president

The Leisure World Genealogy Club ushers in a new president in 2022. Janet Lessin has lived in Leisure World for five years and has been working on her genealogy for 40 years, going back 10 generations. 

The first general membership meeting of the year is Jan. 27 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. The group will play Genealogy Bingo, with delicious prizes. All members and guests must be masked. 

The $10 dues are a great value; members receive free, full access to the world version of Ancestry, Fold3 for military records and Newspapers Plus edition in the Genealogy Library, plus books and computer use. Located in Clubhouse 3, adjacent to the reception area, the Genealogy Library is open Monday-Friday from 1-4 p.m.  

The club runs on volunteers and is requesting assistance. A volunteer is needed for Saturdays at the library, which is temporarily closed on Sundays. People are also needed for setting up and cleaning up for meetings, as well as donations of refreshments. 

Vice President Cynthia MacFarland has lined up some exciting speakers for future gatherings. Contact Mary Romero at (562) 810-4266 for more information.

Super Bingo

American Legion Post 327 hosts Super Bingo on Jan. 23 at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. The buy-in is $15 for a six-pack; additional six-packs cost $15 apiece. 

Jackpots will be $100 or higher, while other games’ prizes will remain the same. There will also be door prizes and desserts. 

Regular Sunday Bingo starts at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 16. The buy-in line opens at 1 p.m. and costs $5, with additional cards at $1 each. Calling begins at 1:30 p.m. 

Family and friends are welcome. Masks are required inside the clubhouse. 

Anyone with questions should call Lee Esslinger at (310) 491-8990.

Yahtzee Club

At the Dec. 31 meeting of the Yahtzee Club, Joann Lester won for Most Yahtzees (three), Kathy Rose had the Highest Total Score (1,501), and Suzanne Parks won the Door Prize.

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

The club is currently accepting new members. Members must know how to play the game and keep their own scores. Lessons can be arranged for those who want to learn. 

Dues of $3 for 2022 will be collected from all existing and new members in January and February. 

Call Kathy Rose at (562) 596-7237 with any questions or to schedule a practice session.

Community Karaoke

Elvis was in the building on his birthday, Jan. 5, when the Community Karaoke singers celebrated in song.

Anna Le did a strong rendition of the popular hit “Surrender,” and Vito Villamor sang the catchy “Kiss Me Quick.” “It’s Now or Never” was Gerry Tagaloa’s selection, while Karen Morris chose “Good Luck Charm.”

Also performing that night were Tony Tupas and Richard Yokomi, who did a fine duet of “Sound of Silence.” Barbie May and Pat Paternostra had fun with “Seven Spanish Angels,” and Ruby Johnson and Yokomi harmonized on the show tune “Beauty and the Beast.”

Chocolate cake was enjoyed by all in honor of the King. 

The club thanks Allana Eaby for being helpful. 

Wednesday-night karaoke parties are for everyone, singers and audience members alike, starting at 5:30 in Clubhouse 1. Those who want to fine-tune their song choices are welcome to join the practice sessions every Monday from 1-3 p.m. in Clubhouse 6.

—Margie Thompson

Joyful Line Dance reconvened after a two-week hiatus on Jan. 6. Classes are every Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. upstairs in Clubhouse 6 and are limited to 30 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Face masks are mandatory, and exercise shoes are recommended. For more information, send a text to (562) 301-5339.

Women’s Golf Club

The 41 golfers who participated in the Jan. 4 weekly tournament for the Women’s Golf Club were able to play from the tee boxes, which have been under repair over the the past several weeks but are now in pristine condition. The women played for low gross, low net and circle hole No. 2. The club congratulates Jane Song, who was the only golfer to hit the ball from the tee box directly into the circle surrounding Hole 2.

The winners were:

Flight A: Low gross: Devora Kim, 28; low net: tie between Linda Herman, Theresa Lim and Jane Song, 26.

Flight B: Low gross: Sue Yokomi, 31; low net: Yvonne Kim, 25.

Flight C: Low gross: tie between Neva Senske and Cecelia Han, 34; low net: tie between Mary Devlin and Dale Quinn, 26.

Flight D: Low gross: Sue Elliott, 31; low net: tie between Pattie Littrell and Joyce Basch, 27.

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

—Dale Quinn


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

The following are the winning scores from recent games.

Dec. 27: First place: Jim Dix, 10,750; second: Donna Gorman, 9,800; third: Keith Clausen, 9,640; fourth: Irene Perkins, 9,450.

Jan. 3: First place: Peggy Kasper, 11,440; second: Margaret Smith, 11,430; third: Sylvia Clinton, 10,240; fourth: Gracie Finnegan, 9,770.

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

Monday Combined Bridge Group

At the Jan. 3 gathering of the Monday Combined Bridge Group, the winners were: 

First place: Ben Watada

Second place: Howard Bleakley

Third place: Lorna Binger

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

Pool Tournament 

The LW Pool Club hosts its first monthly tournament of 2022 on Wednesday, Jan. 19, at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. It will be six rounds of eight ball, and partners will alternate shots. The entry fee is $3 for club members and $5 for nonmembers who are residents. Club membership costs $10 and is good until November. The tournament is limited to 24 players; to reserve a spot, contact Eunis “WildFire!” Christensen at cashfit8@icloud.com or (562) 879-1954.


The LW Pickleball Players Club offer free beginner lessons starting Jan. 18. Classes are Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Thursdays at 6 p.m. through Feb. 3. 

For more information, contact Linda Evenson at lwsbpickleballclub@gmail.com or (561) 577-3283.

Cribbage Club

Sharon Rutigliano won her first star Jan. 4 by winning all seven games that day and achieving a perfect score of 847. Second place went to Howard Bleakley with a score of 839. Liz Meripol took third with 835, while Jorge Moy placed fourth with 832. Rosemary Wu and Ron Jackson each won six out of seven games without a winning total.

One club member celebrated her birthday by treating the 49 members present to homemade bread pudding and vanilla ice cream topped with caramel sauce. 

Cribbage Club meets every Tuesday in Clubhouse 1. Desserts and coffee are served at noon, with play beginning at 12:30 p.m. Partners are not needed to play. Seven games are played, with players rotating to the next table at the end of each game; play usually concludes by 4 p.m. Dues for 2022 are $5 and can be paid before play begins. 

—Marilyn Chelsvig

Golf League Results

New player Pat Paternoster joined 12 men of the Leisure World Golf League on Jan. 3 at the Riverview Golf Course in Santa Ana. Since the Santa Ana River runs through the middle of the course, the recent heavy rains made crossing it dangerous and the back nine unreachable because of high water levels. During such times, the course is reconfigured to only nine holes, dropping the length from 5,600 yards to 4,000 yards and par from 70 to 60.

It was a very cold yet sunny morning that warmed up nicely by round’s end, and the players tackled the course twice to complete the 18 holes. Scores were quite good, with eight birdies and half the participants net under par. All the players were grouped into one flight using appropriate handicaps for everyone.

First place: Dave LaCascia, a well-played 10 under 50, plus five birdies and closest to the pin on the par-3 second, ninth and 16th holes; second: tie between Fujio Norihiro and Larry Hillhouse, a nice 3 under 57; third: Gary Stivers, a good 2 under 58, plus a birdie; fourth: tie between Clay Fischer, Lowell Goltra and Bob Munn, 1 over 61; fifth: tie between Bill McKusky, Sam Choi, Gene Vesely, Jim Goltra and Chris Lankford. Fischer and Choi each had a birdie, while Norihiro and McKusky tied for fewest putts.

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

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

—Dave LaCascia

Amy Walker performs “That’s Entertainment” for the LW Entertainment & Video Club’s “After Christmas With Love” program on Jan. 29 at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.

Chess Club

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

The solution to this week’s puzzle: The first move is Ra8.

The White rook moves from c8 to a8, then Black king to a8, followed by White queen to c8 and Black king to a7. The next move by White is checkmate.

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

Good News Singers 

Calling all lovers of Gospel music! The Good News Singers  performs a variety of Gospel songs and hymns, both old and new, every Thursday at 9 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. All skill levels and abilities are welcome. For more information, contact Janet Ray, director, at (562) 506-5894 or jsoverton@roadrunner.com.

The Leisure World Korean American Women’s Sing Along Club meets on the first, second and third Wednesdays of the month at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. The group invites anyone interested to join in at the next sing-along on Jan. 19. For more information, email jhr92833@yahoo.com.

Dancing Feet Club line dancers recently gathered to celebrate Christmas as well as its members with December birthdays. The club looks forward to performing “Tango With the Sheriff” and “Cowboy Cumbia” at its upcoming Cowboy Night social event on Jan. 23 at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 2.

Women’s Club Table Top Games

The next Women’s Club Table Top Games is scheduled for Jan. 21 in Clubhouse 2. Doors will open at noon; play begins whenever a table’s party has gathered and is ready. All games must be finished by 4 p.m. Members and their guests can play any game they want. The club recommends members set up their own tables and bring the items required for their preferred games. Those needing help filling a table should call Jan Krehbiel at (562) 431-8240. 

Lunch will not be served, but the Women’s Club will provide coffee and hot water for tea or hot cocoa, as well as sweet treats.

The club requests each person that plays pay $1, to be used as a donation toward the LW philanthropies the club supports.

Everyone is invited. 

All pandemic-related mandates and guidelines will be followed.

Bridge Party 

Combined Bridge Party has been canceled for Jan. 14 because of the rapid spread of the omicron variant of COVID-19. The club encourages everyone to stay home and safe. Meetings will resume in February. The group generally meets the first and second Fridays. Contact Jan Krehbiel at (562) 431-8240 for additional information.

Frank and Martha Destra (center and right) and the Let the Good Times Roll Doo Wop Club look forward to welcoming back vocalist Gianna Carter (l) and her band Sugarlips for a live performance, perhaps in March. The group has canceled its scheduled dance on Saturday, Jan. 15, and encourages LWers to join its Facebook group page to view video coverage of the band’s last performance at LW.

Saturday Morning Dance Class

Candi Davis resumes the Saturday Morning Dance Class Jan. 16 in Clubhouse 6. The first class session is from 9-10 a.m., while the second session is from 10-11 a.m. The sessions focus on different styles of dance, and each is $7. 

For more information, call Debbie Degrazia at (562) 296-3393.

Health & Fitness

The Leisure Bikers enjoyed spending a recent rainy evening at happy hour at Finbars Restaurant on PCH in Seal Beach. Inclement weather does not keep this club from socializing—and great hors d’oeuvres. The club meets on Sundays (with breakfast), Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9 a.m. at the North Gate.

Happy Monday Get Strong 

Prevent age-related muscle loss, also known as sarcopenia, with strength training. Via Zoom, certified personal trainer and Leisure World resident Eunis “WildFire!” Christensen leads simple at-home workouts with dumbbells and stretch tubing/bands every Monday at 4 p.m. This free, interactive half-hour group class is designed to help people stay strong and healthy for years to come. 

One 86-year-old student commented, “I have had two hip-replacements and two knee-replacement surgeries; the latter did not go well so I have balance issues. [Christensen’s] Monday class is the only one I can do. I am trying hard to keep my quadriceps, so the Monday class is very helpful.”

Christensen has certifications and education from National Academy of Sports Medicine, National Exercise Trainers Association, American Council on Exercise, Functional Aging Institute, Zumba®, Titleist Performance Institute, and more. Email wildfire1@truetomybody.com or call (562) 879-1954 for more information.

Yoga Club

Steady yoga movements warm up muscles, and deep breathing increases blood flow. Classes are held in Clubhouse 6 on Wednesdays at 9 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. The cost is $8 per class.

Outdoor yoga classes cost $8 each and are held at Veterans Plaza on Tuesdays at 10:15 a.m.

Longtime local instructor Jenny Ahn leads classes via Zoom on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. for $5 per class.

For more information, contact Connie Adkins at (562) 506 5063 (texts ok).

Meals on Wheels, Long Beach

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

Thursday, Jan. 13: Beef stroganoff, seasoned egg noodles, zucchini medley and seasoned carrots; mandarin oranges; turkey-and-cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus cucumber, red onion and dill salad.

Friday, Jan. 14: Oven-baked breaded fish with tarter sauce, barley pilaf and mixed vegetables; cantaloupe; chicken Caesar salad, with lettuce, cheese, croutons and Caesar dressing, plus crackers. 

Monday, Jan. 17: Closed—no delivery.

Tuesday, Jan. 18: Turkey vegetable stew, with potatoes, onions, celery and carrots, plus a biscuit; cheesecake; egg salad sandwich, with spinach and tomato, plus marinated beet-and-onion salad.

Wednesday, Jan. 19: Beef picado, Spanish rice and black beans; chef’s special cake; ham-and-cheese sandwich, with lettuce, tomato and pickle, plus tomato with cucumber and red onion salad.


At the Jan. 7 meeting, the group voted to postpone meetings until April 1 over concerns related to COVID. 

The next meeting will start at 9 a.m. and will be for existing members only; the club is not accepting new members at this time.

Those interested in connecting online can visit the group’s Facebook page at www.facebook.com/groups/620008769222043.



Lenora Browning, LW Resident. Phone 562-493-5457. Seal Beach Business License #BRN000. 6/30


Leisure-World Resident lost cell phone somewhere in Mutual-3, 4 or 5. It is an  Android with black case and blue border. If found, please call Ray 562-296-8791.



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

562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.  3/24


Want to beautify your GARDEN?  ALC has installed many lovely gardens in LW.  Call Estee 562-208-2540  1/27


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

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


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


562-596-0559 LW DECOR INC – LIC 723262

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

LW DECOR INC 562-596-0559.  2/10


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

License #699080 Serving LW since 1999.  2/03


Affordable – Professional, Licensed and Insured. Interior – exterior drywall repair, texturing, pressure washing, cabinets. Senior discounts. Cory Gee Painting 714-308-9931. License #1049257. 3/03



Lic 723262. 40+ yrs in LW. Interiors, cabinets, exterior window frames, kitchen, bath, doors, trim, primered only premium paints. Ceilings made smooth, crown moulding & baseboards installed. LW Decor Inc.562-596-0559.  2/10




40+ yrs in LW. Vinyl plank, laminate, tile indoor and outdoor patio carpet. License 723262. 562-596-0559.   2/10

UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Call Tito (562) 658 – 9841. State Contractors Lic. #578194. 3/24



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


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




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

Leisure World Helping Leisure World

Y’s Service Club of the YMCA will assist residents with small non-professional jobs. We change light bulbs, clean air conditioner filters, hang a small picture or mirror, remove or place items on a high shelf, air bicycle tires, etc. Donations gladly accepted. Call weekdays between 9 am-5 pm. (714) 955-2885.


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



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


IS THERE A RETIRED LEGAL SECRETARY HERE ? Slightly Retired Lawyer, LW resident, looking for a Legal Secretary for a few hours a week.  Purely transactional practice (i.e. no litigation). Knowledge of Computers, email and Microsoft Word is important. If you know Quickbooks that would be a plus but not a requirement..    528west@gmail.com  1/20


Procrastinating Gentleman wants to employ Reminder-Gentleman an hour or so a day. Preference to someone needing employment, could be home-bound. Reply:  retiredinlw@yahoo.com


I am an experienced housekeeper providing weekly-and-monthly cleaning. Call/949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 3/24



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. 6/16


MOST AFFORDABLE  RATES with optimum service, 30-years  LW experience, reliable, honest caregivers. Licensed, 24-hours, part-time, doctors, appointments, references, fluent English.  Ann 714-624-1911, 562-277-3650 – Heidi. Seal Beach License #HYC0001. 6/02



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


Elderly care. Live-in, live-out. 30 years of experience. Cooking, cleaning, medications, companions, doctors. Experience with dementia. Licensed by the state. Gloria 949-371-7425.  3/17


Maria’s experienced caregivers, run errands, Dr’s appointments, cleaning, part-time, full-time, live-in. (562) 230-4648. Seal Beach Business License License #CAM0006. 5/26


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


In home hair care, serving the men and women of Leisure World for 36 years. Mel, cell: 562-480-9341. License #KC75538. 1/27


Experienced housekeeper. I do weekly and monthly cleaning. Call 949-899-7770. Seal Beach Business License HEL0006. 3/24



WINDOWS, HOUSECLEANING  CALL PHIL AT 562-881-2093 Over 30 years Experience! Seal Beach Business License #AB0001. 3/24



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

Seal Beach Business License gra0006.  2/10


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

949-371-7425.  3/17


Maria House Cleaning

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

Deep cleaning. Call or text 714-496-2885. Bus. Lic #HER0008.  3/17



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

Call 562-505-1613.   3/03


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

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


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

Virus removal, Repair, Training, Software, Wireless, Internet Security. LW Resident  SB License FUH0001. 3/17



Cars, motorcycle, truck – running or not. We are local – call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly! We do DMV and Release of liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us so we can come out and give you a quote. 562-684-0901. 2/10


USCG-Veteran looking for sedan 2015-or-Newer, 105K/miles or less for reasonable price. 760-713-1411


Golf Cars SELL, BUY, TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124. 12/29/2022


Extra Nice EZ-Go  Golf-Cart. New Batteries/Wheels/Tires. Call for Details 562-431-6859.


Need a GOLF CART PAD? Look no further! We have installed many cart pads in LW and handle everything from start to finish. Call Estee 562-208-2540  1/27

Golf Cart Tires

Golf Cart Tires in Leisure-World with “Specialty Tires”.  All Standard Sizes and MORE! 1-800-847-9593   2/03


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258  1/13


Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093.  3/24


Rides by Russ 714-655-1544.  1/27

autos/boats/rv’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License #779462.  3/24



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



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


Cemetery-plots at Westminster Memorial Park in Garden of Olive. Six-plots $10,000/each, seller will pay transfer-fee. Gary/951-490-1174.  2/03


Private Sale. Thursday/Friday/Saturday. January 13th,14th,15th (10am-12pm). Ethan Allen computer desk, Vintage orange sofa, side chairs, glass patio table, wood kitchen table, lamps, lamp tables, collectible reference books, bookshelves. Call Glinda Davis at 714-943-1818 for appointment.


Big, Solid Teak, Charcuterie Board, 23×23, brand new $45. Huge, Solid Wood Cutting Board, 23×17, $35. Tripod Floor Lamp, Wood, with Drum Shade, New $45. Men’s Nike Athletic Shoes Grey or Black Size-10, Like New $15/each. Elvis Souvenir Concert Booklets, $10/each or all for $50. Queen Comforter Set with/pillow Shams, Pinkish, $15. Elvis Salt-n-Pepper Shakers $20/each. Assorted Glass Mixing Bowls $5/each. Elvis “Love Me Tender” Train set, Never Used $50. Assorted Chenille Sofa Pillows, Like New $10 each 714-469-7519.


“Beautiful 4-drawer solid oak filing cabinet.”  Graced our home office and well looked after so it is like new. We no longer have a need. $450   818-694-0588”


Tall, Industrial Book Case with/4- Glass-Shelves, Expresso $45. Glass Rectangle Coffee-Table with unique Flower base/stand, $75. Joe/562-766-8424.


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