LWW Translate/Vie Ed. 01-18-24

Pharmacy renovation started Jan. 15, with plans to expand grocery inventory

by Janet Isom

GRF Director

Optum has exciting news to share with the Leisure World community regarding its partnership with MedCare Medical Pharmacy, which will manage the on-site pharmacy here. 

Following a complete overhaul of the space to accommodate a new open layout and an expanded grocery area, the grand re-opening will be scheduled upon completion of the renovation. Demolition began Jan. 1, and renovation began Jan. 15. The new pharmacy offerings will range from prescription medications to over-the-counter drugs, fresh and prepared food and drinks, as well as durable medical equipment. Greeting cards and candy are planned to be added to the selection of goods at a future date. 

MedCare will have additional health services, such as immunizations and medication therapy as well, making this a one-stop-shop for medication needs.

“We believe in building strong relationships with our patients, taking the time to listen to your concerns, answer your questions, and provide you with the information and support you need,” said MedCare owners Vickie and Bryan Arthur.

The GRF Health Care Advisory Board (HCCAB) met with Optum on Dec. 15  for an update on the Health Care Center and Pharmacy.

Optum’s management team—Director of Group Operations Victoria Batistelli and Site Administrator Jayna Kling—joined three GRF board members to discuss what has been accomplished since the last meeting on Oct. 23. 

The board members representing GRF were President Marsha Gerber, Treasurer Camille Thompson and Mutual 16 representative Janet Isom.

For those who want to learn more about MedCare Medical Pharmacy, the Sunshine Club will host Terry Troung of MedCare on Friday, Jan. 26, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 , at 10 a.m.

Pharmacist Vickie Tsay is looking forward to building relationships with LW residents, meeting their needs and making their experience with MedCare easy and enjoyable.

LW residents will have an opportunity to meet her and the new pharmacy technicians at the grand re-opening, so watch for more details in an upcoming edition of the LW Weekly.

MedCare will be relocating its existing pharmacy operation of 10-plus years from the Optum Harbor Boulevard site in Santa Ana.

Thus, MedCare has the management team and experience to make LW’s on-site pharmacy a reality again. A delivery system created by its staff is also being modified to suit the community’s particular needs.

In the meantime, Leisure World residents (who are not Kaiser or VA patients) still have the option to have prescriptions delivered to their door. MedCare offers next-day and, in some situations, same-day delivery to Leisure World. 

It is also a SCAN preferred pharmacy, meaning SCAN patients will pay less for most medications than they would at other pharmacies.

To transfer prescriptions to MedCare Medical Pharmacy now, call 714-557-2982 or TTY 711. Be prepared to provide insurance information or the information of the patient’s previous pharmacy. 

Optum representatives will give a short presentation on the pharmacy at the Jan. 23 GRF Board meeting, which starts at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. All are welcome to attend.

 Janet Isom is on the GRF Board of Directors representing Mutual 16. She has served as a member of the GRF Health Care Advisory Board for two-and-a-half years and has been an Optum HCC patient for over three years.



New event will showcase LW amenities, clubs

by Kathy Thayer

Recreation Manager

The inaugural Great LW Discovery Tour, a daylong event showcasing LW amenities, clubs, supporters and new Minibuses, will be held from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Saturday, April 6. This is the biggest event that the GRF has hosted in more than a decade. 

It will be fun central with live music, food trucks, raffles, games, giveaways, grand prizes, club open houses, amenity tours, public service booths, a small business expo and a super sponsor center so residents learn more about trusted real estate, health and other service providers.

The event will give everyone—especially those who don’t typically take advantage of all LW’s amenities—an opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities. 

Every participant will receive a LW Discovery Tour passport, which will be marked at every destination visited, qualifying travelers for a host of prizes, including several grand prizes that will be raffled off at the closing ceremony at Veterans Plaza.

All clubhouses will be brimming with action. 

Clubhouse 3 and 4

At Clubhouse 3, the club expo will showcase the Genealogy Library and the Needle Arts Studio, where members will lead tours. 

More than 20 clubs will participate in open houses and demonstrations to give peope an idea of the range of interests available in LW.  

The adjacent Clubhouse 4 will feature the Great LW Super Sponsor Expo featuring diamond, platinum, gold and silver supporters. 

Super sponsors will have tables, raffle prizes and more. 

LW craft clubs, including the Lapidary and Ceramic rooms, will be open for touring, member demonstrations and giveaways.

There will be live music at Clubhouse 4 from the stage, as well as food trucks at Memorial Circle. 

Clubhouse 2

Clubhouse 2 will feature the Nonprofit Spotlight and Small Business Expo with more chances to win prizes. 

There will be live music and club demonstrations of pickleball, bocce and pool hosted by those clubs. 

Clubhouse 1

At Clubhouse 1, travelers can take a turn at the mic with Community Karaoke, check out the new state-of-the-art woodshop with demonstrations by skilled supervisors and enjoy a canine  contest at the picnic grounds.

Clubhouse 6, Turtle Lake Golf Course, 

LW Aquatic Center

This amenity hub includes Clubhouse 6 and the nearby pool and golf course. Here travelers can tour the fitness center in Clubhouse 6 and get a free table tennis lesson downstairs, then cross the street for tours of the Aquatic Center and 9-hole golf course. 

The Great Leisure World Discovery Tour starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, April 6. 

Residents can  get passports and begin their tours at any of the four clubhouse stops. 

Buses will run at 15-minute intervals from each of the stops, transporting travelers to the various venues, where they will get passports stamped ahead of the closing ceremony and grand prize raffle at Veterans Plaza between Clubhouses 3 and 4. 

The closing ceremony starts at 2 p.m. 

People who visit all venues on the passport will be eligible for the grand finale prize drawings. 

Those who only make it to some stops will still be eligible for a host of raffle prizes.

Minibuses will transport people to their vehicles at the end of the event. 

Tour guides, courtesy of the Theater Club, will be on every  bus to give travelers a complete rundown of each venue as they ride there in comfort. 

Also, each venue will have an ambassador to stamp passports and answer questions. 

The event is still in the planning stages, so watch for more information in the LW Weekly.  

Clubs who have not yet applied to participate should contact Recreation soon at kathyt@lwsb.com as space is filling up fast. 


RFID Gate Access system has begun

The new gate access system began Jan. 17, and months of data entry, staff and resident training and RFID distributions led to a mostly smooth launch, according to Security Director Victor Rocha. 

That’s saying something, since more than 20,000 vehicles a day pass in and out of LW. With the new system comes heightened security and new tools to ensure only authorized people are able to enter LW.

Drivers who have an RFID pass will now use the RFID ONLY lane; everyone else will use the ALL OTHERS lane at the Main Gate. Guests can now enter LW at all gates. This will alleviate pressure on the Main Gate, which often backs up to Seal Beach Boulevard. 

For more information, see page 3.



Go wild at San Diego Safari Park

San Diego Safari Park is offering free admission for seniors 65-plus during February, a savings of almost $70. This includes Africa Tram and all regularly scheduled experiences.

Take an exciting expedition on Africa Tram to spot herds of giraffes and rhinos, wander among kangaroos, and discover platypuses at Walkabout Australia, explore the bamboo forests of Tull Family Tiger Trail, take a stroll around Mombasa Lagoon, and relax with refreshments on the patio at Kijamii Overlook. 

There’s a wonderful world of sights to see at the Safari Park.Seniors can enter the Safari Park free every day during the month.

The San Diego Zoo Safari Park welcomes all guests. Special services are available for people with disabilities (see sdzsafaripark.org for detailed information).

The pathways are paved and sloping, so expect to walk about a mile or more to fully enjoy the various aspects of the park.  

Not all restroom location are open. So people should take note of facilities if needed as the trek between restrooms can exceed 150 yards. 

Inside the park are a variety of restaurants and refreshment kiosks. There is also an excellent gift shop where souvenirs are available.

Guests 65-plus must present a valid photo ID at turnstiles for free entry. Guests younger than age 65 require a valid form of admission or membership (daily fee). 

All other months, senior guests 65-plus receive a 10% discount on the one-day pass with a valid photo ID. Parking is not included. General parking is not free and is paid upon arrival.

–—Donna Gambol



Learn all about Proptia, the new online system

Proptia is the new guest-management software that Leisure World residents may use to manage their visitor lists now that the new gate access system is a reality. Or people can add guests the way they always have through the Security Department. But now there is an online option as well. 

The GRF is scheduling ongoing hands-on demonstrations of the Proptia system. The next one is set for today, Jan. 18, in the Clubhouse 3 Learning Center between 10 a.m.-1 p.m., with a new session every hour, first come, first served. Space is limited.  

Last month, residents whose email addresses were registered with the GRF received an emailed invitation with instructions on how to register and create accounts with Proptia. 

Do not attempt to directly contact Proptia; registration needs to occur through GRF.  Remember that Proptia is entirely optional and is intended only as a convenient tool for those who want it. 

Residents can always contact Security at 562-594-4754 to call in guests.



Dinner dance tickets on sale now

The popular GRF Valentine’s Day Dinner Dance, scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 14, is coming back, and tickets are on sale now. 

The romantic not-for-couples-only evening will begin at 6 p.m. in Clubhouse 2, with a sumptuous dinner of lemon herb chicken, garlic mashed potatoes, steamed vegetable medley, Sonoma salad and chocolate mousse for dessert, catered by Country Gardens Caterers.

Music and dancing will be provided by Anthony and Doniele Bernasconi, whose repertoire runs the gamut from Frank Sinatra and Marvin Gaye to Billy Joel, James Brown and Michael Bublé. Anthony wowed the Amphitheater audience last season with his Bublé tribute show, and Doniele is an artist in her own right with her country classics renditions.

Their versatile and engaging style draws the audience into the fun and gets the house rocking.

Book now as this event always sells out, and seating is limited. Tables may be purchased by groups of eight, subject to availability. Tickets are $40 per person or $300 for a table and are available at the Recreation office in Building 5. For information, contact Mayoka Bassell at 562-431-6586, ext. 476, or email mayokab@lwsb.com.





I find the location of the newly installed speed cushion on Del Monte to be ineffective and useless. With cars parked next to the hump, a driver is forced to put one wheel in the opening between the humps and one on the hump. This totally negates the effect the cushion in supposed to have, i.e. slow down traffic. 

I have hit the new “hump bump” at the speed limit—25 mph—and barely realized something was there.

Additionally, why was installation at that spot? Is Del Monte a speedway? No, it isn’t.

Why not put the cushion at the GRF road exit to Seal Beach Boulevard where it might do some good by preventing drivers from flying through stop signs to make green lights? In that spot (adjacent to the On-Site Home Sales office), fire engines are leaving the community and should not have to worry about getting somewhere quickly.

And it seems we ultimately bought the speed cushions from the same organization that “mistakenly underestimated the device cost” so we only got one when we should have gotten five, which means we rewarded bad behavior with money, our money!

Dave LaCascia

Mutual 4

Editor’s Note: GRF Security chose the locations of speed cushions based on accident and speeding statistics in the community. One cushion has been installed and four more are scheduled to be installed in the near future through a different company as the original order was delayed, and costs came in much higher than estimated. The GRF Board voted to proceed with the installation at Del Monte in the interest of traffic safety. 


It’s been about 10 days since the newly installed Del Monte speed cushions were installed. Here is some eyewitness feedback.

During the first few days, many cars sped/flew over them, and I even saw one fire truck with sirens and lights blazing that apparently paid no attention to the new hump and proceeded full speed over it. The truck’s back end bounced up off the ground, just like a Disneyland E-Ticket from many years past.

But then, orange construction cones appeared on both sides of the street, and drivers began taking heed and slowing down. I mean, they really slowed down. 

The results are amazingly quiet. I’ve lived on the “Del Monte freeway” for 19 years and heard many thousands of cars zoom by both day and night. But no more. Traffic is peaceful and calm now. I rarely hear any cars dashing to or from the front gate, and the numerous residents using the Sunningdale crosswalk are much safer since this installation.

Thanks to GRF Director Lee Melody from Mutual 14 for spending two years on this project.

Patti Ellsworth 

Mutual 14


Did R. Gene Vesely (Jan. 4) mean to imply that the Democratic Club members and other Americans not belonging to one or the other of our major political parties, do not support an allegiance to our great country? Can this be true? If any group seems intent on subverting our constitution, sowing distrust among our citizenry, and promoting divisive misinformation, among other ills, Mr. Vesely need look no further than to his own political movement. Who is clamoring for dissolution of our nation? Who is arguing for a one-world government?

The Republican Party would do better to focus on viable solutions regarding immigration, America’s involvement in the Middle East, disparities of wealth, suffering of those who are unable to afford their medications … and many other topics.

Jeff Colflesh

Mutual 6


I wrote a letter to the editor published Oct. 19, regarding the hazards of the intersection at Golden Rain and St. Andrews. The letter was written as a response to yet another article of an accident at this main intersection. My point was that a left-turn arrow was needed. My letter was rebuffed two weeks later by a LW resident who felt an additional 45 seconds at the light at this intersection (should a left turn arrow be installed) would hamper his commute to work. 

Upon turning the first page of the Jan. 11 edition of the LW Weekly, it was impossible not to see the picture of the cars involved in an accident involving a left-turning car at this main intersection. Case in point. 

The intersection is dangerous because of the extraordinarily wide divide between eastbound and westbound lanes due to the flood control channel, which hampers a driver’s view of oncoming traffic.

Can we please just err on the side of caution and install left turn arrows before one of these accidents results in a fatality?

Karen Oja

Mutual 9

Editor’s Note: The GRF Board has given the go-ahead to hire a traffic consultant to draft a plan for dedicated left-turn lanes with a pedestrian crossing component. Once the plan is finalized and approved by the board, bids will go out to begin construction.


Safeguarding Against Scams

by Steven D.  Nickens

special to the LW Weekly

As society becomes more digitally interconnected, the elderly population is increasingly vulnerable to scams and fraud. People can safeguard themselves from falling victim by understanding common scams. 

• Phishing Emails: Scammers often send emails disguised as legitimate messages from banks, government agencies or trusted organizations. These emails may contain links that lead to fake websites designed to steal login credentials or install malware on the victim’s computer.

• Lottery or Prize Scams: Seniors may receive notifications claiming they’ve won a lottery or prize, often accompanied by a request for payment or personal information to claim the supposed winnings. 

• Impersonation of Family Members: Scammers might impersonate a family member or friend in distress, claiming they need immediate financial assistance due to an emergency. This emotional manipulation preys on the victim’s concern for loved ones, leading them to send money without verification.

• Investment Schemes: Fraudulent investment opportunities promise high returns with low risk. Scammers may use pressure tactics, false testimonials, or even pose as financial advisors to convince seniors to invest their savings. Once the money is transferred, the scammer disappears.

• Tech Support Scams: Victims receive a call from someone claiming to be from a tech support company, stating that their computer has a virus. The scammer convinces the senior to grant remote access to their computer or purchase unnecessary software/services, allowing the scammer to steal sensitive information.

• Romance Scams: Scammers build romantic relationships with seniors through online platforms. After gaining trust, they fabricate a crisis or financial need, requesting money from their unsuspecting victims. These scams exploit emotions and the desire for companionship.

• Grandparent Scams: In this scam, a fraudster calls posing as a grandchild or a law enforcement official, claiming the grandchild is in legal trouble and needs immediate funds. The grandparent, often caught off guard, may wire money without verifying the situation.

• Medicare and Health Insurance Fraud: Scammers may pose as representatives of Medicare or health insurance companies, seeking personal information or offering fake services. Seniors should be cautious about sharing Medicare details or making health-related payments without verifying the legitimacy.

Tips to Safeguard Yourself

• Be Skeptical of Unsolicited Communication: Be cautious with unsolicited phone calls, emails or messages. Do not share personal information. 

•Secure Personal Information: Keep personal information, such as Social Security numbers and financial details, confidential. Use strong, unique passwords for online accounts.

• Monitor Financial Statements: Regularly monitor bank statements, credit reports and other financial documents for  suspicious activity. Report any unauthorized transactions to the relevant financial institutions.

• Use Technology Safely:  Seniors should learn how to use technology safely, including recognizing and avoiding malicious websites and emails. Install and update reliable antivirus software to protect against online threats.

• Consult Trusted Family or Friends:  A second opinion can provide valuable perspective and protection.

Through education and a commitment to vigilance, people can create a safer environment for everyone in an increasingly digital world.

Steven Nickens is the owner of  Senior Helpers in Seal Beach and Los Alamitos; 714-816-5069, snickens@seniorhelpers.com. Senior Helpers is a provider of in-home senior care.



GRF Meetings 

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

Tues., Jan. 23 GRF Board Meeting

Clubhouse 4/Zoom……………….10 a.m.

Thurs., Jan. 25 GRF Board Executive Session

Conference Room A………………..1 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 6 Facilities Committee Meeting

Conference Room A/Zoom…..10 a.m.

Thurs., Feb. 8 Operation Committee Meeting

Conference Room A/Zoom……..10 a.m.

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


Election Day is 54 Days Away. Vote Safe. Vote Secure. 

The presidential primary election is March 5. The State Legislature last updated the election calendar in 2020, setting the presidential primary elections for March and the gubernatorial primary elections for June.

Primary elections are generally conducted in polling places, and select candidates for a particular political party who will appear on the general election ballot.

Voters cast ballots for candidates, therefore selecting delegates for the party conventions. The top candidate in a state’s primary election can either get all of that state’s delegates (winner-take-all format), or they can be apportioned proportionally to the primary election results. Some states have thresholds where every candidate who gets over a certain amount of the vote may be entitled to delegates.

Democrats apportion all of their delegates proportionally. Republicans generally require that states with primaries before March 15 apportion delegates proportionally. States with primaries after March 15 may switch to a winner-take-all format.

California uses a top two primary format such as a common ballot, listing all candidates on the same ballot. In California, each candidate lists his or her party affiliation. The top two vote-getters in each race, regardless of party, advance to the general election. 

People can visit ocvote.gov/registration before Feb. 20 to check their registration status or to make any necessary updates.

—Bob Page, Registrar of Voters


Mutual Meetings Schedule

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

Thurs., Jan. 18 Mutual 2

Conference Room B/Zoom……..9 a.m.

Thurs., Jan. 18 Mutual 11

Conference Room B/Zoom…..1:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 19 Mutual 15

Conference Room B/Zoom……..9 a.m.

Mon., Jan. 22 Mutual 8 (open forum 9:15 a.m.)

Conference Room B/Zoom…….9:30 a.m.

Wed., Jan. 24 Mutual 10

Conference Room B/Zoom…….9 a.m.

Thurs., Jan. 25 Mutual 1

Conference Room B/Zoom…….9 a.m.

Fri., Jan. 26 Mutual 6

Conference Room B/Zoom……10 a.m.

Tues., Feb. 6 Mutual 17

Conference Room B/Zoom…..1:30 p.m.


Public Comments at GRF Meetings

California law requires the Board to establish reasonable time limits for members to speak at meetings. (Civ. Code Sec. 4925(b).) 

Time limits are four minutes per speaker for 15 or fewer speakers; three minutes per speaker for 16-25 speakers; and two minutes per speaker for more than 26 speakers. 

California law also places significant limitations on how the Board responds to questions or concerns; most often the Board is unable to respond. (Civ. Code Sec. 4930.) 

To address the Board, submit a comment card at the meeting prior to it being called to order. Members may email correspondence to the executive coordinator at grfboardaction@lwsb.com.



The Impaired Hearing and Vision Club

The Impaired Hearing and Vision Club will meet on Tuesday Jan. 23, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. 

The guest speaker dermatologist Lance Chapman will talk about the importance of getting checked every year for various skin problems. Dr. Chapman has made many achievements in his career and has an office outside the St. Andrews Gate.

—Sandy Esslinger


Fun Line Dance Club meets on Mondays in Clubhouse 6 from 10:15-11:40 a.m. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun. For more information or questions about the club, call Grace Ahn at 562-447-7273.


Fitness Fusion Club meets on Tuesdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 6, and on Thursdays and Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m. at veterans Plaza. Classes are focused on toning and strengthening muscles. For more information, call Marion Higgins at 562-296-8328.


Joyful Line Dance Club meets on Thursdays in Clubhouse 2 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with a special class for newbies from 10-10:30. Everyone is welcome to join with the minimal membership fee. Exercise or dancing shoes are recommended. For more information, call Anna Derby at 562-301-5339.


It’s not too late to get a flu shot

Flu season, which runs from November to May, is in full swing, so it is important to get vaccinated. The best time to get a flu shot is between September and the end of October. It takes two weeks to get full protection from the vaccine. 

Getting the flu shot is the best and safest way to build up defense against serious complications, hospitalization or even death.  Young children, older adults, pregnant women, and people with certain health conditions have the higher chances of getting sick.

Getting a flu shot can protect people from new variants and lower their chance of getting very sick if they do get the flu. Some side effects may include a low-grade fever that goes away within one or two days.

—Adrienne Flores



Wa-Rite meets on Friday mornings in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Weigh-ins are from 8:15-8:45. The meeting is from 9-10. Guests are encouraged to arrive by 8:40. Annual $10 dues are payable in January. Weekly member dues are ten cents.

Last December, Darlene Gardner earned two out of three top loser titles and was named  a queen of the month title. Gardner’s streak continued into January when she claimed the first top loser title of 2024.  She attributes her success to staying committed to the program and her goals.  

At the club’s Jan. 5 business meeting, members discussed the upcoming officers’ election meeting, among other topics. The nomination committee was formed, and elections will be on Feb. 2.

The club thanks all the members who signed up to present various topics this year, and looks forward to informative and entertaining presentations. The first presentation is on Jan. 12 and will cover inflammation, its negative effects on the body, and foods that may cause or ease inflammation. 

—Denise Stabile


Meals on Wheels Orange County

Meals on Wheels Orange County in partnership with the city of Seal Beach is hosting The Lunch Cafe at the North Seal Beach Center, 3333 St. Cloud Dr., Seal Beach, Monday-Friday, from 11 a.m.-noon. It is open to anyone 60 or older. Suggested contribution is $3. Guests under 60 can enjoy lunch for $5. 

LW Minibus service is available for a pick up at 10:25 a.m. at the Amphitheater bus stop on St. Andrews Drive, with a drop off at the Community Center, and a return to the Amphitheater at 11:40 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 18

Chicken meatballs, sweet citrus glazed sweet potatoes, oriental vegetable blend, whole wheat dinner roll, and mandarin orange.

Friday, Jan. 19

Tortilla soup with sugar-free crackers, chicken Tinga, cilantro lime rice, California vegetable blend, tortilla, and sugar-free ambrosia. 

Monday, Jan. 22

Chicken breast with Parmesan and sun-dried tomato sauce, tri-color pasta, mixed vegetable blend, whole wheat dinner roll with Smart Balance, and mandarin orange. 

Tuesday, Jan. 23

Barbacoa beef, cilantro lime rice, Oregon bean medley, tortilla, sugar-free custard, and orange juice.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

Split pea soup with sugar-free crackers, Provencal tuna salad, sunshine gelatin salad, whole wheat dinner roll, and fresh apple.


Joyful Line Dance Club meets on Thursdays in Clubhouse 2 from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. with a special class for newbies from 10-10:30. Everyone is welcome to join with the minimal membership fee. Exercise or dancing shoes are recommended. For more information, call Anna Derby at 562-301-5339.


LW Bike Group members rode to Bolsa Chica State Beach and stopped on the return trip at Pelican Isle in Sunset Beach for breakfast. The group meets on Sundays (with breakfast) to El Dorado Park, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the North Gate at 9 a.m. Everyone must wear a bicycle helmet and safe shoes. For more information, call Mary Romero at 562-509-8475.


Meals on Wheels Long Beach

Meals on Wheels of Long Beach, Inc., delivers freshly cooked meals for $10.50 per day Monday-Friday, between 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Deliveries include an 8-ounce carton of 1 percent milk. 

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

Thursday, Jan. 18

Stuffed bell peppers, garlic and chives mashed potatoes, green beans with pimentos, pineapple with mango, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato, pickle, and marinated beet and onion salad. 

Friday, Jan. 19

Beef Picado, Spanish rice, black beans, tangerine, taco salad with shredded chicken, diced tomato, corn, black beans, cheese, cilantro, salsa dressing and crackers.

Monday, Jan. 22

Turkey chili, cornbread, green beans with pimentos, cantaloupe, egg salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, and homemade macaroni salad.

Tuesday, Jan. 23

Curry chicken, brown and wild rice, zucchini with tomatoes, seasoned corn, kiwi, spinach salad with chicken, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, Feta cheese, vinaigrette dressing and crackers.

Wednesday, Jan. 24

Polish sausage with sauteed onions and red bell peppers, baked beans, lemon pepper broccoli, banana, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, and creamy coleslaw.



Leisure World Korean Community Church

Leisure World Korean Community Church (LWKCC)  held its first service of the new year with the hope of becoming a church that fulfills God’s will.

The senior pastor’s message for the service was titled “Delighting in the Lord,” which centered the message of blessing: “Commit your way to the Lord, if you believe in him, he will do it and guide you,” as written in Psalm 37:5.

After the service, church members took the holy Communion and spent time living as one body of Jesus, and the first service of the new year was a time of promise.

Twelve missionaries and pastors gathered to sing hymns “in the new land” and give glory to God. After the service, members and pastors fellowshipped  together with the saints.

Sunday services are held at the sanctuary every week at 11:50 a.m., and a morning prayer meeting led by the senior pastor is held every Tuesday through Saturday at 6 a.m. 

Breakfast is served after the morning service every Saturday, in the fellowship room.

LWKCC is located in LW next to South Gate at 1400 Church Place. For more informtion, call 714-323-0897 or email  revyong@hanmail.net.


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 to join in worship and explore God’s word together, “That we may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith, both yours and mine” Romans 1:1.

Pastor’s Message

When people ask, “Why am I here?” a great answer is, “Because you are a part of Gods magnificent plan for His children.”  Pastor Bruce Humes’ message this week will show how there are many example throughout scripture of God’s plans for his people. 

God gives directives for people to accomplish certain tasks and only afterward can it be seen that God was working on a magnificent outcome.  Only God knows the all details beforehand. 

In Genesis 24:32-52, Abraham’s obedient servant had been tasked to go and find a wife for his son Isaac. It was required that the wife come from Abraham’s ancestral people. The servant follows the instruction and because his prayer was specific regarding this matter, he was quickly successful. A woman appears by the water where the servant had prayed. 

The woman’s  name was Rebekah, daughter of Bethuel, Nahor’s son, whom Milcah bore to him. Rebekah takes the servant to her family and shows a great  display of hospitality to the servant and those traveling with him by inviting them all to eat. 

Before eating, the servant asks to recount the purpose of his visit. Upon explaining that Rebekah was the fulfillment of a prayer, the father said, “This matter comes from the Lord, here is Rebekah, take her and go, and let her be the wife of your master’s son.”

Contained within this story is the very reason for the specifics of the instructions given to the servant. When all is revealed, an incredible picture of the triune Godhead and God’s establishment of His church is shown. Abraham and Isaac are a picture of the father, and his son Jesus, and the servant represents the Holy Spirit. Rebekah being the bride for the son is a picture of God’s church, the called-out ones, who one day will be the bride of Christ. 

Weekend Services

Sunday services, held from 9:30-10:45 a.m., are traditional with hymnal music led by Janet Ray with Pat Kogak at the piano. This week, Ray will sing special music.

Saturday services are held from 9:30-10:45 a.m. and feature contemporary songs of worship led by Gregory Black with guitar and vocal accompaniment.  

Midweek Studies

Mellie Herrera leads the Women’s Bible study on Mondays from 9:30-10:30 a.m.

Pastor Gary Whitlach leds the Tuesday  Bible study from 9:30-10:30 a.m.                        

 Pastor Humes leads the Thursday morning Bible study from  10:30-11:30.                                                

Pastor Humes also leads prayer and Bible study every Friday  from 6-7 p.m.

All Leisure World residents are welcome to attend any of the services and Bible studies.  

Scripture of the Week

“A joyful heart makes a cheerful face, but when the heart is sad, the spirit is broken,” Proberbs 15:13.


First Christian Church is located on Northwood Road behind Carport 125. For more information, call 562-431-8810 and leave a message.


Community Church

 Any given afternoon, there is no shortage of opportunities to join a club in Leisure World. At the time of Jesus, there were fewer choices. All young boys went to rabbinical school until they couldn’t cut it anymore and then they would return home to follow in their father’s footsteps learning whatever trade he did.  

This was the reality when Jesus came calling and gave Simon, Andrew, James and John a choice to leave their nets and become his disciples. The idea of disciples wasn’t new, all rabbis had disciples who followed them until they were ready to call their own disciples. What was so radical about Jesus was he gave those who had dropped out a second chance. Those who are looking for a second chance or even a third, fourth, or fifth, are welcome to join Community Church on any Sunday morning. Many people have called Community Church the friendly church, but it’s more than friendliness, it’s a passion for being the love of God in the world. 

Community Church meets for worship every Sunday at 9:50 a.m. followed by a time fellowship and light refreshment. People are welcome to arrive early for a cup of coffee in the narthex.  The church is located inside Leisure World at 14000 Church Place.  

People may also watch the weekly services live on Facebook, @CommunityChurchLeisureWorld, and on Zoom. People can contact the church office for the Zoom link.  

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


Beit HaLev

Beit HaLev’s community prays for Israel, the Israel Defense Forces, the safe return of all hostages and a swift end to the Israel-Hamas War.

The name of this week’s Torah reading is “Bo” (Come).  HaShem instructs Moshe and Aharon that they must “come” to Pharaoh because “I have hardened Pharaoh’s heart.”  The eighth, ninth and 10th plagues (locusts, darkness and death of the firstborn) are recounted before Pharaoh finally relents and tells Moshe and Aharon that the Israelites are free.

To join the Beit HaLev Zoomagogue and interactive service, go to http://bit.ly/3qwK6U9. Beit HaLev is also on Facebook at www.facebook.com/galityomtov and YouTube, https://www.youtube.com/@beithalevlive8816/streams. Services are held on Fridays at 5 p.m.

All Beit HaLev services share new special prayerbooks on the screen, “Lev L’Lev,” which include excerpts from the Reform Siddur, “Mishkan HaT’filah.”

Beit HaLev and Rabbi Galit-Shirah are affiliated with the Union of Jewish Universalist Communities and Clergy (UJUC) and the International Federation of Rabbis (IFR). It is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy.  Beit HaLev’s services are joyous, meaningful and musical.  It  welcomes everyone who seeks a path to the divine and doesn’t believe in labels. It considers all religions holy and valid.

To join the Beit HaLev Zoomagogue mailing list, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at 562-715-0888 or email duets@icloud.com. Beit HaLev does not require a fee for membership, however contributions to Beit HaLev are welcome and may be sent to: Beit HaLev, P.O. Box 2279, Seal Beach, CA 90740.


Faith Christian Assembly

Faith Christian Assembly continues to rejoice and be grateful for what the Lord has done in and through the church in 2023, which gives members confidence to march boldly in faith into 2024.  

As church members move forward into the new year, Faith Christian Assembly encourages believers to renew their commitment to God’s word in 2024. One great way to dig into the word is by joining church members for Bible study every Wednesday at 11 a.m. God’s word shows believers his plan for the way they should walk around this world as he draws others to himself.  Psalm 119:24 says, “Your testimonies also are my delight and my counselors.” 

Faith Christian Assembly also has tools to help people with their own personal study time, available at the church for free. 

LW residents are encouraged to visit Faith Christian Assembly  on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and/or Sundays at 10:30 a.m. where they can find a welcoming crowd, sing hymns and be inspired by a Biblical message.  

Faith Christian Assembly is located on the corner of Seal Beach Boulevard  and St. Andrews Drive at 13820 Seal Beach Blvd.. To receive a free copy of the church’s newsletter or more information on church, visit www.fcachurch.net or call 562-598-9010. 


Buddha Circle

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

Kusala is well known in the Buddhist community. He presents Buddhism in simple ways. His teachings focus on how to help people suffer less and become happier.  

For more information, call 714-468-6887.


Christian Women’s Fellowship & Bible Study

The Christian Women’s Fellowship and Bible Study group will meet on Jan. 22 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6, at 10 a.m. All residents are welcome to attend. The group is currently studying the book of John. 

For more information, call Jean Davidson at 562-431-0597.


Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold services via Zoom with Rabbi Eric Dangott on Friday, Jan. 19, at 6:30 p.m.  Services continue with Rabbi Mike Mymon  on Saturday, Jan. 20, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and on Zoom at 10 a.m. Saturday’s Torah reading will be Vaera from the book of Exodus.  Vaera (I appeared) opens as God promises to redeem the enslaved Israelites and bring them to the Promised Land. When Pharaoh repeatedly refuses to let the Israelites go, God sends a series of plagues: water turning to blood, frogs, lice, wild animals, death of livestock, boils, and hail. To receive a Zoom invitation contact Jeff Sacks at 714-642-0122.

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

To become a member of Congregation Sholom,  call Howard Brass at 714-396-0121 for a membership packet.  


LW Baptist

“Make me a blessing” is the LW Baptist’s  prayer this Sunday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4. 

Even though believers know all that they are and have is to be used for God’s glory, it is still a daily challenge to express gratitude and dedicate their bodies, behaviors, relationships and all things to God. No one knew better than the apostle Peter that good intentions do not always materialize in practice. Peter reminded his readers, “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.” For more information, call 562-430-8598.


Assembly of God

Hands are wonderful things, an amazing collection of bone, muscle, tissue and nerves, capable of both extraordinary kindness and heart-wrenching evil.  They can produce works of breathtaking beauty and devastating destruction. The difference in the outcome is the intent of the one attached to those hands.

 God instructed the prophet Jeremiah to go to the potter’s house and watch the craftsman at work. What he observed about the craftsman’s hands and then described in Jeremiah 18:1-6 is the basis for part 1 of a two-part series titled, “What Kind of Hands Do You Have?” that Pastor Chuck Franco will begin Sunday, Jan. 21. This question should motivate Christians to reflect on those marvelous instruments at the end of their arms and the opportunity for blessing or cursing with them.

The Wednesday Bible study will go through session five of “The Rock, The Road and The Rabbi” series. Students have learned about the symbolism of specific words and numbers used in scripture that lend layers of meaning to familiar passages. This week, follow Jesus through the last days of his life as the video, titled “Jerusalem: Crucifixion and Resurrection,” takes learners into the garden, the courtyard, the cell, the hill of crucifixion, and finally the tomb of resurrection.  

Leisure World Assembly of God meets Sundays at 10:30 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2.  The Wednesday Bible study is at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. More information about the church can be found at www.lwassemblyofgod.com, and on Facebook at the Leisure World Assembly of God Church page, where people can catch up on past sermons.  People can contact the church office at 562-357-4360, or pastorchuck@lwassemblyofgod.com.


Redeemer Lutheran & St. Theodore

On Sunday, Jan. 21, the congregations of Redeemer Lutheran Church and St. Theodore of Canterbury Episcopal Church will celebrate the third Sunday after Epiphany.  Bishop Murray Finck will return to the pulpit.  

The churches meet every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at 13564 St. Andrews Drive in Leisure World.

This week, Carol Costello will be the reader and prayer leader.  All are welcome.  

The congegations continue to collect donations of canned and boxed foods for the hungry in the church sanctuary.

The first declaration of the Kingdom of God happens on the third Sunday after Epiphany “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near, repent, and believe in the good news.” Another version of the calling of the disciples from the Gospel of Mark will also be studied this Sunday.  

Jesus’ message is the same as John the Baptist’s: repent and believe. Again, people are just dropping their lives and following Jesus. There’s no hesitation in the thought process for any of these people. Maybe it was time for a change for them.  Maybe they were tired of fishing. Maybe they were ready for a new adventure. 

The point is, Jesus calls each person in a unique way, at different points in their lives, for different reasons.  Each of person answers that call in their own way. Some are called to change their lives completely. Some are called to live their lives more completely. Others are called to simply live lives of faithful devotion where they are and as they are. Believers cannot and should not judge which are better or worse; that’s God’s job. What believers can and should do is live their lives answering God’s call every day and helping others to do the same.


Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Meetings for the Atherton Ward are held at 6500 E. Atherton St., Long Beach. Sacrament service is held every Sunday at 9 a.m., followed in the second hour by Sunday School on the first and third Sundays, and Relief Society and Elders Quorum on the second and fourth Sundays. Primary classes for children are held every Sunday during the second hour.

Members who are unable to attend Sacrament services in person can request a link from Bishop Mike Gravley at 562-212-8641.  

The reading source for this year is The Book of Mormon. The reading assignment for the week of Jan. 22–28 is 1 Nephi 11-15.                                                                                                                                                                                                

The “Come, Follow Me” lesson manual says “When God has a monumental work for his prophet to do, he often gives that prophet a monumental vision. Moses, John and Lehi all had visions like that—visions that expanded their minds and helped them see just how grand and awe-inspiring God’s work really is.” 



Shuffleboard Club offers two Saturday open plays

The Shuffleboard Club invites anyone interested in learning the sport of shuffleboard to attend an open play/initial training for the next two Saturdays, Jan. 20 and 27, at the courts building on Burning Tree Lane, adjacent to the back side of Clubhouse 1. The courts building will be open from 10 a.m. to noon. 

Current league members attend open play dates to practice skills and to spend time with good friends. The club provides all equipment needed; however, closed-toe shoes with rubber soles are required to play.

Winter league has begun and is scheduled to run until mid-March. All nine teams have seven members, ensuring the six positions needed for each competition. Each scheduled date to play league games requires a minimum of six players for each team. Four teams go head-to-head when the Friday morning league plays from 8:30-11 and the Tuesday evening league plays from 5:30-8. Guests are invited to stop by to watch teams in friendly competition and enjoy the lively banter between courts.

Jan. 5 winners: Team Shel slipped by Team Carol winning seven games out of 12. Doris Morton and Sue Burkschab earned all-game winner status for Team Shel while Carol Johnson and Jack O’Brien were all-game winners for Team Carol. 

Team Sally took the upper hand over Team Milly winning seven of 12 games. All-game winners for Team Sally included Donna Perkins and Donna Gorman. Sal LaScala was the all-game winner for Team Milly.

Scores for the Jan. 12 morning league games will be published in next week’s paper.

Jan. 9 winners: Team Chandra and Team Elizabeth evenly split the 12 games of the new winter season. Chandra Patel was the all-game winner for Team Chandra while Karen Mendon and Sue Burkschab were the all-game winners for Team Elizabeth.

Team Rod had its first scheduled bye Jan. 9.

For more information, call Membership Coordinator Patty Peterson at 562-714-7072.


Woman’s Club Tabletop Games

The Woman’s Club will host tabletop games on Friday, Jan. 19, in Clubhouse 2 from noon to 4 p.m. A lot of people play cards at the event. Bridge was really popular last month, and there was room at some of the tables for more players. Cribbage, Canasta, Yahtzee, dominos and mahjong, to name a few, are also popular. Those who don’t belong to a group can come and start their own table or join one looking for players. It’s a great way to make new friends and have fun at the same time. 

Tabletoppers play is from noon to 4 p.m. in Clubhouse 2 every third Friday of the month. Men are welcome also. Members and friends can bring or join any game they enjoy. Everyone is asked to donate $1 to help support the Woman’s Club philanthropies. This month, the Woman’s Club of Leisure World recognized the Leisure World Orchestra with a donation.

Refreshments are served, sweet treats as well as coffee and hot water for tea and hot cocoa. Some of the gamers like to bring their lunch. 

For more information,
call Jan Krehbiel at 562-431-8240.

—Beth Greeley


Cribbage Club

Cribbage is a card game, the objective of which is to be the first player to get 121 points. The Cribbage Club meets every Tuesday at noon in Clubhouse 1. Refreshments are served from noon to 12:15 and anyone arriving by 12:15 is assured a place to play. A total of seven games are play beginning at 12:30. Yearly dues are $5 and $1 is collected each week to play.

Donna Gorman and Helen Elich provided and served homemade cake, ice cream and cookies to everyone. The club thanks them.

The winners for the week include: Joan Berg, 844, first place; Pat Blum, 842, second; Sandra DeDubovay, 824, third; Jim Schneiderman, 823, fourth. Bobbie Straley finished with no wins.

New members are always welcome to join. For more information, call Marilyn Chelsvig at 562-279-5665.

—Mary Holder


Play more pickleball with the Pickleball Player’s Club

Jim Thomason will give beginner lessons on Tuesday, Jan. 23 at 10:30 a.m. on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Follow-up lessons for skill development are offered every Wednesday at 10 a.m.

The Pickleball Players’ Club monthly meetings are held on the second Sunday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. 

For more information about the club or lessons, send an email to: lwsbpickleballclub@gmail.com.


Duplicate Bridge Club

The Leisure World Duplicate Bridge Club meets on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays in Clubhouse 1 at 12:30 p.m. Reservations can be made at any game using the sign-up sheets. Players can call Linda Nye at 562-453-6678 or email her at yuelingnye@yahoo.com no later than 10 a.m. on game day. Arrive by 12:15 to confirm reservations.

Jan. 5 winners (six tables): Shmuel Fisher and Joan Tschirki, and Sibyl Smith and Diane Schmitz, north/south; Bill Brooks and April Berg, and Kathy Jervik and Priscilla Caillouette, east/west.

The club congratulates the winners and thanks all the players who participate and support the club. 

For complete results, including a list of all players and scores, go to the Long Beach Bridge Center results page at www.acblunit557.org and click on Leisure World Results. For club information contact Howard Small at 516-659-3314 or howard.small@outlook.com. 

—Sue Fardette


Yahtzee Club to meet Jan. 19

The objective of Yahtzee is to score points by rolling five dice to make certain combinations. The Yahtzee Club will meet Jan. 19 in Clubhouse 3, Room 6 at 1 p.m. There will be a halftime social. The club meets the first, third and fifth Fridays of each month. 

Dec. 29 winners: Mary Newport, most Yahtzees; Louise Hinkle, high score; Lillian Munoz, low score; Sandy Weisenstein, door prize. 

Jan. 5 winners: Trish Moyer, most Yahtzees; Louise Hinkle, high score; Beverly Pernaud, low score; Lillian Munoz , door prize.

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

—Diane Seeger


LW Monday Night Bunco Club

Evening bunco play is Jan. 22

Bunco is an easy dice game and a lot of fun. The Monday Night Bunco Club meets the second and fourth Mondays of every month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Play begins at 6 p.m. sharp. All residents and their guests are welcome. There will be a halftime social to meet your friends and neighbors. The next meeting is Jan. 22.

Jan. 8 winners: Barbara Gardner, most buncos; Michie Kimura, Marianne Matheis, Diane Seeger, most wins; Lillian Munoz, most babies; Pat Wilson, most losses; Sandy Weisenstein, door prize winner.

For more information, call Katie Carmagnola at 925-413-7583.


LW Men’s Golf League

On Jan. 5, the first Friday of the new year, 11 golfers from the Leisure World Men’s Golf League challenged the par-62 David L. Baker Executive Golf Course in Fountain Valley. Executive courses are designed to be played in a shorter amount of time (three hours vs. four and a half) and at a much shortage yardage (4,000 yards. vs. 5,800). Typically, there are no par 5s, and an equal amount of par 3s and par 4s.

With good playing conditions, and tee boxes set mid-range, seven of the 11 scores were net at or below par, and there were seven birdies—three by Clay Fischer, and one each by Sam Choi, Jim Goltra, Chris Lankford and Gene Vesely. Choi also had fewest putts in the A flight, and Bill McKusky in the B. Fischer was closest to the pin on the 100-yard par-3 third hole, and Vesely was closest on the 110-yard par-3 15th hole. 

A flight winners (handicaps 0-19): Fischer, 8 under 54, first place; Choi, 5 under 57, second; Fujio Norihiro, 3 under 59, third; Jim Goltra, 2 under 60, fourth; tie between Lankford and Gary Stivers, fifth.

 B flight winners (handicaps 20 and over): McKusky, 11 under 51, first place; tie between Vesely and Bob Munn, 4 under 59, second; tie between Lowell Goltra and Tom Ross, third.

On Monday, Jan. 8, 13 bundled up golfers defied the chill at the Willowick Golf Course in Santa Ana. Willowick is a 6,000-yard par-71 course that, surprisingly, has no water hazards. Instead, it substitutes several 520-plus yard par 5s, and very long par 3s, creating additional challenges for the average golfer. 

Even with decent playing conditions, only four of the 11 scores were net at or below par, and there was just one birdie by Sam Choi. Choi also had fewest putts in the A flight, and Bill Zurn in the B. Daniel Mahoney was closest to the pin on the 140-yard par-3 12th hole. The always frustrating par-3 fourth hole had no one capture the closest to the pin this round.

A flight winners (handicaps 0-19): Choi, at even par 71, first place; Jim Goltra, 1 over 72, second; Norihiro, 2 over 73, third; tie between Lankford, Fischer and Stivers, fourth.

B flight winners (handicaps 20 and over): Vesely, 3 under 68, first place; McKusky, 2 under 69, second; Lowell Goltra, 1 under 70, third; tie between Mahoney, Zurn, Digna Vesely and Bob Munn, fourth.

The Monday and Friday golf leagues play at four local courses, all within 15-20 minutes of Leisure World. The courses the group plays are always quite full, so advance league reservations are required 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 threes, and for the lowest number of putts in each flight. Holes-in-one
and eagles (2 under par), although infrequent, are generously rewarded. Those interested in playing can contact Gary Stivers at 714-313-3697 or Dave LaCascia at 801-674-5975.

—Dave LaCascia


LW Men’s Golf Club


Men’s Golf Club dues
for 2024 are due. See Dave LaCascia at club tournaments or the next general meeting on March 6, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Meeting dates have changed to the first Wednesday of January, March, June, September and November.

The first Men’s Golf Club tournament of the year was held Jan. 10 at the Turtle Lake Golf Course. Three flights of variously skilled golfers vied for best net scores (gross score minus handicap), plus four circle holes (shots within a 5-foot circle rewarded) and two closest to the pin challenges. 

The course was in good condition save for weedy spots on several greens. Accordingly, it was peculiar that only 18 of the 50 rounds were net at or under par, but there were 43 birdies, and 11 circle hole winners. 

The low gross competition was a tie by Mark Rice and Mike (the Kid) Mayfield, followed by Rolando Ramirez and John Kolthoff. Best net score was Darry Holtzen, then a tie between Jack Haskins, Marv Jones and Richard Yokomi. Lowest gross score was also Holtzen at 4 under 50. Closest to the pin on the eighth hole was Ron Steele seven feet six inches, and Jun Um at two feet ten inches on the 17th hole. 

All scores below are net (gross score minus handicap).

A flight winners (handicaps of 0-5): Tie between Rice, Ramirez and Mayfield, 2 under 52, first place; tie between Dave LaCascia and Kolthoff, 1 under 53, second; Alan Sewell, 1 over 55, third.

B flight winners (handicaps of 6-13): Richard Yokomi, 4 under 50 first place; Tom Owens, 1 under 53, second; tie between Steve Walker and Bill Long, even par 54, third; tie between John Rudosky and Jun Um, 1 over 55, fourth.

C flight winners (handicaps of 14-18): Holten, 6 under 48, first place; Haskins, 4 under 50, second; Mark Tal, 3 under 51, third; Marv Jones, 1 under 53, fourth; tie between Mike Carlson, Bill Zurn and Jon Russell, even par 54. fifth.

The next men’s tournament will be on Jan. 24 and every second and fourth Wednesday of each month. The Guys and Gals tournament will take place on Jan. 31. Those who had planned to play and cannot should contact Alan Sewell at 541-324-8558 or Dave LaCascia at 801-674-5975 as soon as possible. Arrive 15 minutes prior to tee time.

—Dave LaCascia


LW Women’s Golf Club

Thirty-nine women turned out for the weekly tournament on a brisk and cold day Jan. 29. Play for the day was low gross, low net and birdies. There were a total of 12 birdies. 

A flight winners: Low gross: Hae Lee, 28; low net: Lisa Kim and Veronica Chang, 26; birdies: Lisa Kim, holes No. 2 and 6, Susie Kim, No. 3 and 5.

B flight winners: Low gross: Karen Mendon, 29; low net: Bert Thompson and Clara Suh, 24; birdie: Sang An, hole No. 1.

C flight winners: Low gross: Nancy Tye; low net: Keiko Sekino, 24; birdies: Nancy Tye, holes No. 3 and 6, Keiko Sekino, No. 7, Patty Littrell, No. 2, Sun Lee, No. 6.

D flight winners: Low gross: Sue Elliot, 35; Low net: Emiko Uchiyama, 23; birdies: Liz Meripol, hole No. 9, Michelle McMonigle, No. 7.

—Linda Herman



LWer helps create beauty for Rose Parade

GRF Board Member Donna Gambol from Mutual 1 spent two days in Pasadena helping to prepare the Rotary International float for the Rose  Parade.  

“It was a great experience, from cleaning out little tubes and preparing them for roses to clipping the petals off of status to sprinkle on the float. There’s so much detail to this art-form,” said Gambol. 

Her tasks during her time volunteering included wrapping support sticks and clipping bits of baby’s breath, and gluing the tops of mums and carnations to the float. 

Thousands of volunteers work on the floats that are primarily constructed in three large warehouse like facilities until the day of the parade.  

Gambol plans to return  to volunteer again next year.

-—Donna Gambol


LW Anniversary

Roger and Sue Elliott will celebrate their 60th anniversary today, Jan. 18, while on a Caribbean cruise.  

Roger and Sue met at Long Beach Jordan High School in 1961. They married three years later in 1964 and were blessed with four children, two boys and two girls. They have five grandchildren and three great-granddaughters.  

Roger and Sue lived in Thailand where Roger was working and their oldest daughter was born. Their time there was very special and allowed them to visit other Asian countries. They lived in Lakewood for 48 years before moving to Leisure World five-and-a-half years ago.  

Both continue to lead busy, productive lives. Roger runs Specialty Tires, and Sue works as a golf starter here in Leisure World. They enjoy golfing in their spare time and even played at Pebble Beach once.  Their favorite destinations are Hawaii and Las Vegas. They are looking forward to more special times together making new memories.


Emergency Information Council sets agenda for the new year

The Emergency Information Council (EIC) met on Jan. 11 to kick off the new year by planning activities to promote emergency preparedness in the community. 

Twenty-one members representing 11 mutuals attended both in person and virtually. The group decided to regularly host meetings with speakers who can educate LW residents on topics such as managing medicines, pets, medical equipment and power outages associated with a disaster. 

As an activity, the EIC decided to provide to residents a document scanning service periodically throughout the year for the purpose of copying one’s most critical documents on a USB  drive ( also called a “thumb” or memory stick). Vital documents include birth certificates, wills, owners certificates or any other document that one might need to access after a disaster.  A USB drive can be kept in one’s emergency grab-and-go bag and be used to access the most essential personal information. 

Those interested in getting involved in EIC activities are welcomed to join and share related ideas. Contact EIC President Jackie Dunagan at jackie919@gmail.com. 

—Nick Massetti


Sunshine Club

GRF Safety Manager Eloy Gomez, will speak at the Sunshine Club meeting on Friday, Jan. 19, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 10 a.m. 

 Gomez will speak in detail about home fire safety, fire prevention, fire suppression with the use of portable fire extinguishers and other resources.    

He is a certified Cal-OSHA instructor, Red Cross certified instructor, Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) instructor and a certified Emergency Management specialist by the California Specialized Training Institute (CSTI). 

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

The Sunshine Club is open to all people regardless of religion or politics. The club began on Jan. 12, 2012, with the mission to “build bridges for brighter Leisure World,” and help people get get the best out of living in Leisure World and have better communication with their neighbors. 

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


 Golden Age Foundation board meeting

The Golden Age Foundation  (GAF) will have its monthly  board meeting on Wednesday,  Jan. 24, at 1 p.m. in the GRF Conference Room B. 

During GAF’s tax assistance program, board meetings will be held at 2 p.m. 

All members of the GAF are welcome to observe the meeting. This is a great opportunity to catch up on the latest news and get a preview of upcoming projects.  

The GAF board meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month. 

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


American Legion Auxiliary fashion show, luncheon and raffle: March 9

The women of the American Legion Auxiliary are excited to once again present their annual fashion show and luncheon fundraiser. The event will be held on March 9 in Clubhouse 2 at 11 a.m.

Carol’s in Old Town Seal Beach will provide the fashions. Lunch will be served, and people can try to win one of the many raffle prizes. Last year, the Auxiliary supported 12 different projects including nursing scholarships to three young women and a young man, several families with children at Christmas, companion dogs, assistance to veterans assimilating back in the workforce, education, and food for homeless veterans through the food pantry at the VA Hospital, plus 63 jackets were given to veterans and their families, to name a few. 

It is rewarding to work with these organizations and meet the dedicated staff that works with veterans who have served the country, away from their families and many who come home with physical injuries and/or mental challenges. This event makes it possible for the Auxiliary to make a difference in the lives of many and all LWers are welcome  to attend and be part of  the Auxiliary’s purpose of “Service, not self.”  

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased for $40 or a table of eight for $300. People can call Rose Marie Sprague at 714-742-8362 to purchase tickets and they will be on sale in Clubhouse 2 at Bingo the first, second and fourth Sundays in January and February.  

Tickets sell fast; call and reserve early.

—Dianne Hart


LW Birthday

Mutual 1 resident Debbi Fudge celebrated her 79th birthday on Dec. 28 with a tamale dinner, board games and birthday cake hosted by residents Juan Melendez and Kristi Martin.

Another 79th birthday celebration for Fudge was gosted by her Long Beach friend of  40 years, Cesario Galindo, at Hof’s Hut on Dec. 29.


Celebrating a birthday, anniversary or retirement?

Let the LW Weekly celebrate with you. Email submissions and high resolution jpgs to: laurieb@lwsb.com

The deadline is the Thursday before the desired publication date.


Democratic Club

by Mary Larson

LW contributor

The Democratic Club’s first membership meeting of the year will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 24, in Clubhouse 3, Room 2 at 1:30 p.m.  Note the meetings will now be held at a new location and time.

In order to have time to socialize with one another before the meeting begins, members are invited to bring their own bag lunch and arrive as early as 12:45 for the 1:30 meeting.  Coffee, water and individually wrapped snacks will be available.  

Members can also join the meeting via Zoom by emailing sblwdemocraticclub@gmail.com  for the login information.

Dom Jones, the Democratic Party endorsed candidate for the California Assembly in the March Primary Election, will be the featured speaker at the meeting.  She will attend the meeting in person.

In a recently completed Ballotpedia’s Candidate Connection survey, Jones indicated that—if elected— she would be a strong advocate in the Assembly for equitable access to healthcare, fair tax laws, empowering women and unwavering support for LGBTQIA+ rights.  She is also committed to preserving the natural beauty of coastal Orange County, while also understanding the interconnectedness between economic prosperity and ecological well-being.

Gun safety laws will be the topic of the Feb. 21 Democratic Club sponsored voter education session in Clubhouse 3, Room 3, at 1 p.m. 

 These sessions have been relaunched in 2024 as a component of the club’s efforts to help voters better understand the importance of down-ballot races. All LW Democrats and supporters are welcome to attend.  People can register in advance for this session by calling 562-594-9148 or emailing Beverleybender@gmail.com.

Weather permitting, the club’s Hospitality and Information Booth will be open every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. outside Clubhouse 6 until the March Primary Election.  

The Leisure World Democratic Club believes that facts and truth matter. Everything appearing in the press releases and semi-monthly newsletters has been fact checked for accuracy to the fullest extent possible.

All Democrats and supporters are invited to subscribe to the club’s semi-monthly electronic newsletter. Email mlarson.telfords@gmail.com to sign up.  It is important to include complete contact information—address, phone number and political party registration—in the request. 

If a request has not been answered or a person has signed up but is not receiving the newsletter, the person is asked to send another  email request or call editor Mary Larson at 562-296-8521.


Chinese Friendship Club

The Chinese Friendship Club will celebrate the Chinese New Year, the Year of the Dragon, on  Feb. 8 in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at noon.

The club will have a potluck luncheon to celebrate the new year. All are welcome to join. 

For more information about the event, call Stella Huang at 562-588-6060.


December Security Incident Report

The following is the security incident report for the month of December. It has been edited for brevity and clarity.


Dec. 12, 6:55 p.m., Health Care Center

False alarm; no fire ocurred.

Dec. 27, 12:58 a.m., Mutual 1

A resident left a microwave on, which burned the food inside. No fire or injury occured, only smoke.


28 sightings reported.


Dec. 1, 5:43 p.m., Mutual 2

An unknown person removed a stepladder from the carport area.

Dec. 4, 1:47 p.m., Clubhouse 2

An unknown person removed a chair in the game room.

Dec. 6, 5:31 p.m., Mutual 12

An unknown person removed a package from a resident’s porch.

Dec. 7, 10:45 a.m., Mutual 15

An unknown person removed a resident’s jacket from the basket of a scooter.

Dec. 9, 4:50 p.m., Mutual 9

An unknown suspect removed a resident’s flowers.

Dec. 11, 3:15 p.m., Mutual 9

An unknown person removed a resident’s clothes from a laundry basket.

Dec. 11, 11:51 a.m., Mutual 6

An unknown person removed a license plate sticker from a vehicle.

Dec. 29, 11 a.m., Mutual 12

A resident stated she placed her property in a box in November and one month later found it missing.


Dec. 2, 11:35 a.m., Mutual 2

An unknown person damaged a chair in front of a resident’s unit.

Dec. 6, 6:38 a.m. Clubhouse 1

An unknown person tampered with an electrical panel lock.

Dec. 6, 10:04 p.m., Mutual 7

An unknown person cut zip ties on a golf cart cover. No other damage was noted.

Dec. 25, 1:46 p.m., Electrical Shop

A locked padlock was tampered with, but nothing was removed.

Dec. 28, 4:32 p.m., Mutual 2

A resident reported scratches on his vehicle.


Dec. 1, 12:21 p.m., Mutual 8

A resident reported a dog running without a leash.

Dec. 2, 1:40 p.m., Mutual 6

Security responded to a barking dog complaint. The barking dog was found, and the owner advised.

Dec. 18, 2:24 p.m., Mutual 6

Security responded to a barking dog complaint. The barking dog was found and the owner advised.

Dec. 30, 1:17 p.m., Mutual 10

A resident stated a coyote bit her dog five days earlier.


Dec. 2, 1:13 p.m., Mutual 11

A resident backing out of a carport struck a parked vehicle.

Dec. 3, 1:47 p.m., Mutual 7

An unknown driver struck a retaining wall with their vehicle and fled the scene.

Dec. 3, 12:10 p.m., Mutual 3

A resident struck a storage cabinet in the carport.

Dec. 5, 1 p.m., St. Andrews Drive/Northwood Road

A resident’s vehicle and an ambulance collided. Seal Beach police were at the scene.

Dec. 11, 1:30 p.m., St. Andrews Drive/Golden Rain Road

An unknown vehicle almost struck a pedestrian in the crosswalk; no injuries reported.

Dec. 15, 9:51 p.m.,  Glenview Road

A resident struck a parked vehicle while driving.

Dec. 20, 12:55 p.m., St. Andrews Gate

A resident drove a vehicle over sprinkler valves and sprinklers.

Dec. 21, 1:01 p.m., Mutual 4

A resident  backing out of a carport struck a parked vehicle.

Dec. 22, 1:51 p.m., Amphitheater

A resident drove a vehicle into a metal pole.

Dec. 23, 5:35 p.m., Main Gate

Two vehicles collided while exiting the community.

Dec. 30, 10:30 p.m., Mutual 6

A resident’s guest drove his vehicle into a light pole.


Dec. 20, 3:43 p.m., Mutual 14

A resident complained of loud voices coming from the neighboring unit.


Dec. 2, 4:50 p.m., Mutual 15

A lost resident was found and returned home safely.

Dec. 10, 5:40 p.m., Mutual 4

A lost resident  was found returned home safely.

Dec. 11, 12:15 p.m., Mutual 3

Ongoing issue with missing resident. Security returned  the resident home safely.

Dec. 24, 2:30 p.m., Mutual 6

A resident could not find their unit and was safely returned home by Security.


Dec. 1, 10:21 a.m., Mutual 6

Security assisted the Mutual president with addressing a non-resident living in a unit.

Dec. 3, 11:24 a.m., Mutual 3

Ongoing resident dispute involving a variety of issues.

Dec. 4, 7:14 p.m., Mutual 8

A resident verbally abused  Security officers at the gate.

Dec. 4, 9:08 a.m., Decal Office

A resident physically and verbally abused a Decal Office employee.

Dec. 6, 1:34 p.m., Mutual 1

A resident complained of neighbor using an offensive air freshener.

Dec. 11, 11 p.m., Mutual 14

Security advised a resident  of the car wash policies.

Dec. 18, 10:20 a.m., Mutual 2

Security advised a resident regarding harassing wildlife with a water hose.

Dec. 19, 1:09 p.m., Main Gate

Security observed an unauthorized person enter through the exit gate. SBPD was called, and the person was escorted out of the community.

Dec. 20, 8:42 p.m., Pool Area

An unauthorized person was  observed near the Aquatic Center and escorted out of the community.

Dec. 26, 9:43 a.m., Mutual 7

A vendor using electricity from a neighboring unit ceased after speaking with Security.

Dec. 26, 2:25 p.m., Mutual 4

Security advised a resident against feeding wildlife.

Dec. 29, 8:21 and 8:31 p.m., Mutual 4

Ongoing resident dispute involving a variety of issues.

Dec. 30, 6:40 p.m., Mutual 4

A resident engaged Mutual president in a verbal altercation over parking.


Paramedic calls: 176

Theft: 8

Vandalism: 5

Traffic Incidents: 11

Death Investigations: 17

Lost Residents: 4

Injury: 10

Noise Complaints: 1

Fire Reports: 2

Pet Complaints: 4

Coyote Sightings: 28

Grand Total: 266


Golden Age Foundation & Ralphs Rewards

Golden Age Foundation (GAF) volunteers will be in the Hospitality Room in Clubhouse 6 every third Wednesday of the month to help residents sign up for the Ralphs Community Rewards Program. The GAF will ask for a resident’s full name, email and phone number connected to their Ralphs membership to complete the process. It will take at least a few minutes, so allow a few minutes to complete the process. The information will be shredded once the sign up process is complete

The Ralphs Community Rewards program is the GAF’s only ongoing fundraising project. By signing up and shopping at Ralphs grocery stores, residents can donate to the GAF without adding additional costs to their grocery trip.



GAF seeks LW centenarians for annual milestone celebration

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) will host its fourth Leisure World Centenarian Celebration on Tuesday, April 23. GAF’s goal is to recognize and celebrate every shareholder in LW who has reached this extraordinary point in life to be recognized and celebrated. 

People who know a LW shareholder who is or will be turning 99.5 years young in 2024 should call or text one of the numbers below. People should provide their long-lived friend, neighbor or family member’s name, mutual and unit number, and contact information to include them in the celebration. The GAF hopes to feature some LW centenarians’ stories in the LW Weekly.

People can provide information on centenarians to any of the following: Carl Kennedy at 661-810-9410;  Beth Greeley at 714-329-3621;  Cheryl Falconer at 714-904-1984;  Fara McCartney at 714-625-5141 or Anna Derby at 562-301-5339. 


America First Republican Club

The America First Republican Club held its Family Today-Family Tomorrow, an informational event covering issues of concern to many parents and grandparents, on Jan. 13. The event was sponsored by the American Legion Post.

The Leisure World America First Republican Club supports legal immigration and secure borders, peace through strength, lower taxes, cutting government spending, free enterprise capitalism, family values, parental control of education, public safety through well-funded law-enforcement and an America first foreign policy.

Monthly meetings are held in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, on the third Wednesday of each month at 5  p.m. for socializing and 5:30 for the speaker.  

The club booth, located near Clubhouse 6, will be open each Monday, Wednesday and Friday in January from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. At the booth, residents can register to vote, change their party affiliation or just enjoy pleasant conversation. 


Celebration of Life

Rick Dizon honored by club

The Filipino Association (FALW) honored Rick Dizon with a celebration of his life on Jan. 6.  No words can adequately express the enormity of his kind, generous and talented personality. Former president of the FALW, Dizon also served in many other clubs, working and performing. He was also an American Navy veteran.

 The luncheon event was attended by 200 people who danced and sang Elvis karaoke songs, which Dizon loved to sing. His family members and friends who lived  in and outside the Leisure World community joined to celebrate and honor his extraordinary life. He will be greatly missed.

-—Carolyn Mottola

How to place an obituary

The obituaries deadline is Friday at 4 p.m., prior to the desired Thursday publication date. 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.




Antarctica holiday adventure thrills M15 residents

Kay and John Mount of Mutual 15 celebrated a white Christmas aboard the Viking Polaris expedition ship on the seas around Antarctica. The 16-day trip required seven days traveling to and from the southernmost town in the world, Ushuaia, Argentina, to reach the forgotten continent. The Mounts enjoyed seven excursions from the ship onboard a Zodiac, a common landing craft used by military and expeditions, to reach land where countless penguins nested and rear their young during the Southern Hemisphere summer months. The various stops included the chance to see three penguin species: Gentoo (the most common penguin in Antarctica), Chin Strap and Adelie. 

Also seen on the excursions were historical sites and beautiful icebergs, some as large as the eight-deck ship. Three hundred and eight passengers made the sailing with a crew of approximately 125, headed up by a half dozen Ph.D. scientists. There were data collection research projects conducted throughout the voyage, with passengers snapping photos of clouds, wildlife, and icebergs. The science staff downloaded the photos and sent them to a variety of university and private institutions from Australia to England, to assist their research staffs studying the Antarctic region.

The trip thrilled the Mounts from start to finish and exceeded their high expectations at every turn.


Art League names monthly winners at meeting

The LW Art League held its monthly meeting on Jan. 9 in Clubhouse 4. The guest demo artist and judge was John “Jim” Salchak. There was no live painting demonstration but Salchak made a slideshow presentation/lecture on the works of an American painter, John Singer Sargent. 

The complete list of winners at the competition are: Carol Levine, Best of Show; Marilyn Jonas, Popular Vote award. In the Masters category, Kelly Frankiewicz, first place; Intermediate category: Ida Bruce, first place; Judy Sherratt, second; Marion Higgins, third. In the 3D/Craft category, Brenda Hemry, first place; Nina De Rosa, second; John Robinson, third. 

There were six new members who joined at the meeting including Brenda Hemry, Nancy Pittman, Norma Kolb, Carol Friedland, Gay Gould and Avonnia Asbury. Member Mari McGrath was honored with a Lifetime Member designation for reaching 90 years of age. The next Art League meeting is on Feb. 13.

—Larry Sioson


Temporary Library

Located in Clubhouse 3, Room 8, the temporary library offers a selection of new and popular books, audio and
visual materials available for checkout. Many of the library’s magazines and all of its newspapers are also available for reading.

Library materials checked out prior to the closure of the main library will continue to
be due at their regular due
dates. Residents can either
return the items in the same book drops as they have
always used or visit inside the temporary location in Clubhouse 3.

This temporary library location will operate Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Some of the library’s regular services such as faxing, copying and patron computers, will be unavailable at the temporary location.

Grab ‘n’ Go Food: Jan. 24-31

Thursday: Domino’s Pizza at Clubhouse 6—Call ahead at 562-493-2212 for special orders, wings and salads. The truck is on site from 3:30-7 p.m. Cash and cards are accepted. 

Monday: Italian Burger Truck at Clubhouse 6—Burgers, chicken, steak and loaded fries with an Italian accent. Menu: www.bestfoodtrucks.com/truck/italian-burger-grill-b64e1deb-43df-4669-9fb8-8ccb1ac81430/menu. Preorders accepted online at info@italianburgergrill.com or text 424-299-6291. Cash and cards are accepted. 4-6 p.m.

Tuesday: Taco Tuesday at Clubhouse 6—Enjoy Mexican favorites plus hot dogs, burgers and fries from 5-7 p.m. Cash and cards are accepted. No preorders are allowed. 

Wednesday: NEW Kiki’s Cuban Food at Clubhouse 6—
Offering a variety of Cuban specialties, from slow roasted pork to sweet plantains to vegan dishes. www.canva.com/design/DAF0u9GczdU/wS68pltbDPjTesrFhHiO_Q/view?utm_content=DAF0u9GczdU&utm_campaign=designshare&utm_medium=link&utm_source=editor

On-call bus service is available from 4:30 p.m.; regular service before 4:30; and weekends on-call any time. Call a ride at 562-431-6586, ext. 379.

Vendors are subject to change. Watch LW Live for updates. Sign up for email notifications at www.lwsb.com/lw-live-sign-up/. To ask questions or give feedback, call 562-431-6586, ext. 398, or email kathyt@lwsb.com.


A reading option while the library undergoes renovations is the Little Free Library, where one can give or take a book. It is located on El Dorado Drive, across the street from the large parking lot adjacent to Clubhouse 2.



Rock and roll this Saturday evening 

Forget the winter cold and rain. Come out for a rock and roll dance to be held this Saturday evening, Jan. 20, in Clubhouse 2. Doors will open at 5:30 and the dance is from 6-9. 

The Legends of Rock Dance band, lead by Jon Pearlstone, will keep the party going with all the best dancing music. 

The Let the Good Time Roll Club will provide cider, coffee, and cookies for refreshments during the band break. Attendees can bring their own refreshments, ice will be available. There is no admission charge for this live music event, but donations are appreciated to keep offering great live entertainment for the music and party lovers of Leisure World.

—Martha Destra


Velvetones set to play Sunday

The Velvetones Ballroom Dance Orchestra is Leisure World’s own professional big band, playing Big Band Swing and jazz standards—music for dreaming and dancing under the direction of Jeff Plum. The Velvetones play at Clubhouse 4 on the first and third Sunday evenings at 6 p.m. Grab your dancing shoes and join us this Sunday.

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

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

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


Community Karaoke

Country Western karaoke hits the stage on Jan. 24

The annual Country Western Karaoke Jamboree is coming Wednesday, Jan. 24, to Clubhouse 1 at 5:30 p.m. Don those cowboy hats and boots and get ready for folk, bluegrass and blues music sung by energetic karaoke folks. It’s always a fun night as feet tap and hands clap to the beat. Everyone is welcome for a lively evening.

Richard Yokomi began last week’s evening with a jumpin’ tune that set the pace for other lively hits sung by Frank Miller, Karen Morris, Donald Horning, David Noble, Dotti Brooks, David Noble, Bobby Groncki and Ray Geierman. Kathy Swinger was a hit singing “I Started a Joke.” Rob Illingworth did a fine Broadway hit from “Camelot.” Capturing the audience and expressing the music were Galit Stater, Susan Kelleghan, Bob Barnum, Essie Hicks, Flo Lee and Sally Glausser among several other talented singers. 

—Margie Thompson


Hui O Hula

Everyone is welcome to Hui O Hula, LW’s Hawaiian dance club. Hula classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday at 1 p.m. Tuesday’s class is held upstairs, in the mirror room, at Clubhouse 6, and Thursday’s class meets at Veterans Plaza or inside Clubhouse 3 if the weather is unfavorable. 

 Hula should be performed without shoes. Bring a pair of socks or booties because the floor can be cold during the winter months.

 In class, He Aloha No O Honolulu is the current hula dance subject. This song, composed by Lot Kauwe (ca. 1877-1922), tells of his boat ride from Honolulu on the island of ‘Oahu to Kona, on the Big Island. Lot was known for using na kaona/hidden meanings in his many songs. In He Aloha No O Honolulu, He uses the kole and manini fish as terms of endearment; and ‘ho’okomo Ho‘okena’ (meaning entering Ho’okena—a place near Kona) as returning home to his lover. 

 A big mahalo/thanks to dancers Keiko Kawamoto, Yo Kishi and Miyuki Okura. They have been dancing with Hui O Hula for at least 15 years. Personas personified, their dedication to the hula and the LW hula hui/group is inspiring. Besides being outstanding dancers, they are kind-hearted and always welcoming to other dancers in class. Since all three were born in January, here’s to wishing them a happy birthday and a year filled with joy, aloha, good health, and hula galore. 

—Jojo Weingart


GRF bus trips to The Lion King and Michael Jackson Musical 

Recreation will kick off 2024 with two highly anticipated GRF bus trips to The Lion King, and Michael Jackson Musical at Segerstrom Costa Mesa. Both trips are expected to sell out when tickets become available at the Recreation Department on Jan. 19.

The Lion King has been experienced by over 100 million people around the globe and is known for its theatrical, visual artistry with Tony winning award music by Elton John and Tim Rice. Tickets will be sold at $88 each and include Amphitheater pickup at 5:30 p.m. The show is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, at 7:30 p.m., so mark the calendar and visit the Recreation department early to secure tickets. Residents and their loved ones are welcomed, and tickets will be sold on a first-come first-served basis. 

Michael Jackson’s legendary hits will play at the Segerstrom on Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m. The musical is choreographed by the star’s original choreographer and the moves have debuted to audiences across the globe. Amphitheater pickup is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and transportation is included in the $100 ticket cost. Note that shows are attended early so that attendees can grab a bite and have a seat without urgency. 

 For more information, contact Mayoka at 562-431-6586 ext.476 or email her at mayokab@lwsb.com.

Video Producers Club hours scheduled

Joe Osuna, vice president of the Video Producers Club, is conducting a video editing class on Mondays that is now closed to new students. If anyone has a pressing video matter, he is available by appointment via email at joosuna29a@gmail.com.

Jack Haskins volunteers Tuesdays to answer questions about the club and will be available from 10 a.m.-noon at the loft room at the top of the Amphitheater.

Cristina Vegas volunteers Wednesdays starting Jan. 24 from noon-2 p.m. to help iPhone and iPad users. Make a one hour appointment by texting her at 562-279-4657 or via email at cvegas2017@gmail.com. 

Owen Hughes volunteers Fridays from 10 a.m.-noon for help with video editing. Make an appointment via email at Cre8Vid@yahoo.com. 

—Ivy Kung


LW Genealogy Club

The regular monthly meeting of the LW Genealogy Club is scheduled for Jan. 24 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. This is the annual Bingo Game Day—lots of fun is guaranteed and possibly new genealogy terminology will be learned. Come join the fun and bring items to use for prizes—it’s a great way to unload those unwanted gifts or do some after-Christmas cleaning. 

Resolve to get more involved in the club this year. The club is only as strong as the members make it. The members who stepped up in 2023 to do Theme Thursdays have brought some great new ideas to the library which have been enjoyed. To keep the library, it must keep increasing the number of people using it. To do this, volunteers and backup volunteers are needed to open and staff the library each week. The library will be closed on Sundays until there is a new volunteer. The library is currently open: Monday-Thursday, 1-4 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.; closed Friday and Sunday.

 It’s time to renew membership for the year. There are white slips in the library for returning members. Fill in the contact information so information is current and correct. The cost for 2024 dues has gone up to $15 for the year to help cover rising expenses. The membership funds the library, library subscriptions to Ancestry, Fold3, Newspapers, monthly speakers, supplies for the coffee hour each month and for the summer picnic. 

There are some changes in the calendar this year. The annual summer picnic will be in June. Due to low attendance in the summer, there will be no club meetings in July and August. The library will be open as usual during the summer as long as there are volunteers to keep it open. Club meetings will resume in September after the summer break.

Theme Thursdays: 1:30-2ish in the library (mini learning sessions and/or discussions.)

Jan 18: Richard Dean: Settlements in Western Virginia, Forts, Indian Raids and more – George Washington may also come up.

Jan 25: Researching with Liz and Janet for the “Most Wanted.”

Consider coming in and talk about making a presentation on Theme Thursdays.

 Anyone seeking a lost ancestor may submit his or her information for future newsletters. Club members love to hear about genealogy discoveries, family stories and see old family photos. Submit newsletter articles or photos to lwgenealogy@gmail.com.

—Mary M Romero


Gardening Event

South Coast Orchid Society, Inc. will present a program by Scott McGregor on “Searching for Blue”, the story of the quest for blue orchids, on Monday, Jan. 22, at 7 p.m. in the Whaley Park Community Center, 5620 E. Atherton St. in Long Beach. 

Blue orchids have a mystique—exotic, rare and unobtainable. They are an object of desire for books, movies, perfumes and much more. 

McGregor will explore the lore of blue orchids, delve into the biology of human color perception, expose many “blue orchids” as fakes, share a few that are actually blue, and talk about breeding possibilities with DNA modification for blue pigments. Orchids grown by our members and visitors will be on display. 

The event is free and open to the public.


LW Art League

Digital art is taking over many aspects of art in general and the LW Art League is joining in the action.

The league is seeking Leisure World residents interested in investigating this new aspect of digital imaging via the computer. Because this is new and the league is at the beginning
of this method of computer generated imaging, it will be using the inexpensive Corel’s Painter Essentials, an intro version of Painter. All attendees will need is a computer and the willingness to learn new tricks. No art degree necessary.
For more information, call John Harper at 714-222-4342.


Saturday Morning Dance Class 

There are two dance classes every Saturday morning in Clubhouse 6 (second floor). In January the classes are cha-cha at 9 a.m., followed by Foxtrot at 10. Each class is $7 per person. The class participants vote on new dance topics every month. Prior dance experience is not necessary and partners are not required. For more information, contact Howard Small at 516-659-3314.


Leisure Time Dancers

The Leisure Time Dancers hold classes on Monday afternoons in the dance studio, upstairs in Clubhouse 6. The Hustle will be the new dance at 2 p.m., followed by a continuation of the Rumba at 3. Beginners are welcome. 

 No partner is necessary. The class will rotate so everyone dances. A review of basics is included. The cost is $8 per person for one class; $12 per person for two classes in a single day. For more information, contact Nancy Lyons at nhlyons@icloud.com.




7-month old Maltipoo Female puppy needs Active New Parents. Spayed & Neutered. Text/562-252-5236 for more information.


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

Serving LW since 1999.  SB Business License 699080. Exp 3/27/24



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

562-743-3832 or 714-527-1172.   Exp 2/14/24


JR HOME REPAIRS.  Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License JRH0001. Exp 7/24/24


Painting/FREE Estimates. 1-room or entire-house and refinish kitchen cabinets. (714)-826-8636. Call Jerry. CA State License 675336.   Exp 1/31/24


CORY GEE PAINTING. State Contractor License 1049257 (Bonded and Insured). Interior and Exterior, Cabinets/Drywall/Texturing/Acoustic-Ceilings, Senior-Discounts. (714)-308-9931.  Exp 4/03/24


Call/562-596-0559,  LW DECOR INC.

Premium-Paints. Interiors/Cabinets/Ceilings/Exterior-Windows/Frames. Our Own Painting-Crew. 40+/Years in LW. Business License 723262.  Exp 4/03/24


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

Exp 1/24/24



Cindy Beatteay 714-356-1539. Interior Paint, Speciality-Finishes, Cabinets, Murals and MORE! State Contractor License 1033927.  Exp 1/31/24


SKYLIGHTS CLEAN AND REPAIR  Licensed and insured  Dan (562) 841-3787 SB Business License BRA0002.  Exp 3/20/24

Window Washing


I clean Inside/Outside OR Clean Outside only and SAVE $$$. LW-Resident/Rich Livitski. (562)-600-0014. SB Business License LIV0004.  Exp 3/06/24


BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS. 40+ YEARS EXPERIENCE.  PHIL (562)-881-2093.  SB Business License  AB0001.  Exp 2/07/24

Leisure World Helping Leisure World

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



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


Help the Emergency Information Council bring disaster preparedness information to Leisure World by donating your unwanted vehicle. Call (855) 500-7433 or visit www.careasy.org/nonprofit/emergency-information-council.


EXPERIENCED Caregiver available to assist with/Daily-Care/Doctor-Appointments/Errands/Available_24/7. 949-899-7770.SB Business License HEL0006. Exp 3/13/24



Experienced, knowledgeable caregivers. Honest/Assertive/Fluent-English. Hourly/Full-Time, doctor-appointments, errands. Bernadine/562-310-0280. Bonded/Insured.  SB Business License BCS0002. Exp 1/31/24


MOST AFFORDABLE RATES with optimum service, 30-years+ Leisure-World Experience. Licensed/Reliable/Honest-Caregivers. 24-hours/Part-Time/Doctor-Appointments. References-available/Fluent-English. Ann/714-624-1911 and Heide/562-277-3650.  SB Business License HYC0001.  Exp 11/06/24



Over 25+/years in Leisure-World with/Excellent References.  Hourly or Live-in. Please-Call/Pampet/562-371-4895. SB License PAN0003.   Exp 3/27/24


Elderly care. Live-In/Live-Out. 30+/years experience. Cooking/Cleaning/Medications/Doctors/Companions. Experience with Dementia. Gloria/949-371-7425.  SB Business License RAZ0002.   Exp 1/24/24


Tammy Nguyen Phenix Salon. Service in private suite. One-customer, one-hairstylist. Sanitized & professional. Haircut for men-and-women. Shampoo/Set/Color/Highlights/Perms, Nails/Toenails. In-house service available. 13944 Seal Beach Boulevard,  #116. Tammy Nguyen (714)-425-4198.   Exp 3/13/24


Yvonne-Is-Back! Doing Haircuts ONLY in your home. Call 714-855-8465 for appointment. License KK336138. Exp 2/14/24


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

Exp 3/13/24


MOVE-IN, MOVE-OUT. Walls, Floors, WINDOWS. PHIL 562-881-2093. Over 30 Years Experience! SB Business License AB0001. Exp 2/07/24


GENERAL HOUSEKEEPING, 30+/years experience. Bi-weekly or monthly. Gloria/949-371-7425.  SB Business License RAZ002.  Exp 1/24/24


Maria House-Cleaning. We’ll make your house look NICE-as-Possible! 15+/years-experience. We can work with/your schedule. Bi-weekly/Monthly. Deep-Cleaning. Call/Text/714-496-2885. Business License HER0008.   Exp 1/24/24


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

SB Business License M0001A.  Exp 3/06/24


Albert & Patricia House-Cleaning.  Weekly/Bi-Weekly/Monthly. (562)-397-4659,  (323)-413-0830.  SB Business  License14206409. Exp 3/06/24


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

Everything for your computer (PC-or-Mac), Cellphone, TV, Stereo, any Electronic-Device. Tina Schaffer. SB Business License CIP0001   Exp 1/22/2025



All things computer related. LW-Resident.  SB Business License FUH0001 Exp 1/24/24



All things TV related. LW-Resident.  SB Business License FUH0001 Exp 1/24/24



Cars/Motorcycle/Truck, running-or-not. We are local, call anytime! We pay cash and remove promptly! We do DMV and Release-of-Liability for you! Bonded/Licensed, since 1985! Call us 562-684-0901, we can come out and give you a quote.   CA Business License 046854. Exp 3/13/24


Class-C Motorhome: 2008-or-Newer, 80,000/miles or less, 27’ or less. Please call Linda/310 629-7065.


Golf Cars SELL, BUY, TRADE and REPAIRS. Call 714-292-9124.  Exp 1/29/2025


Pride Victory LX Sport 4-Wheel/Scooter. Red, used 8-months, paperwork/manual available. $1,500/OBO. 562-676-6878.


Red Mobility Scooter. Like-new, barely-used, in perfect condition! Paid/$2,500. Asking/$1,250. Call/949-599-8645


INEXPENSIVE SHUTTLE. AIRPORTS/SHOPPING/DOCTORS, etc. 562-881-2093. SB License  ABL0001. Exp 2/07/24

autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank/562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462.   Exp 2/14/24



No job too small! Fast/Reliable/Great-Prices. Seal Beach Business License BRA0002. 562-841-3787 Dan.  Exp 3/20/24



Your-Friendly-MOVERS. We-offer-Hauling-Service-too. ANY size job!  Call (310)-387-2618.  Business License RO263644. Exp 3/27/24


New Purple, adjustable single-bed, 3/months-old. Aking/$1,500 comes with/sheets and mattress cover. 562-412-4071.


GOOD CELLO (4/4 size). Beautiful sound. Good condition/price. Bow/case/wooden-stand-included. Life-is-the-Sound-of-Joy!  Never-too-late-for-NEW-Challenge. PLEASE-give-us-a-call/626-362-4963.


ESTATE SALE. 13240 Twin Hills Drive/Mutual-12/Apartment-44F, Friday/January-19th and Saturday/January-20th, 9:00am-3:00pm.  Furniture/Dining-Table/Couch/Bedroom/Household-Items-including-Appliances/Clothes. 562-256-6005.  Exp 1/24


Estate Sale. Thursday/January-18th and Friday/January-19th. 9:00am-3:00pm. 1841 McKinney Way/Mutual-15/Apartment-24A. Cliff/562-412-4340.

leisure world apartment want to rent

Would like to rent-AND-live (1-bedroom/1-bath) apartment in Leisure-World. 714-655-1544. Exp 2/07/24

leisure world apartment FOR SALE

For sale by owner, End-Unit on Greenbelt. 2-Bedroom/1.5-Baths/Wood-Flooring/Forced-Air/Washer-and-Dryer.  Mutual-14, 562-760-5875.

FRee item

Attorney bookcase, 5-shelves with/glass-front. U-MUST-PICKUP. Call for appointment 562-341-6782.