LWW Translate/Vie Ed. 02-23-23

 Feb. 23

Security Town Hall draws hundreds of residents

by Ruth Osborn


More than 400 Leisure World residents crammed into Clubhouse 4 on Feb. 15 for the first town hall presented by the GRF Security Department since pre-COVID days.

People were interested in finding out more about recent golf cart thefts, what to do about the propensity for unsafe driving here and, most of all, the new $400,000 vehicle gate access system that was recently approved by the GRF Board (see story below).

Security Director Victor Rocha presented an informative PowerPoint and answered scores of questions from the rapt LW audience.

He was supported by GRF Executive Director Jessica Sedgwick and Information Technology Director Marcelo Mario, who fielded a host of technical and finance-related questions.

Rocha kicked off the meeting talking about thefts, mostly golf carts and bikes dating from October 2022, when perpetrators broke into LW through an easement gate behind Clubhouse 1 that must remain accessible to Orange County. Locks were breached, and golf carts were driven into the culvert.

Security immediately enlisted the Seal Beach Police Department (SBPD), which began undercover night operations, deployed a drone to surveil the area, beefed up gate locks and set out bait bikes to entice thieves. 

A suspect apprehended in Downey has been charged in connection with a LW golf cart theft, according to Seal Beach Detective John Ainley, who was at the town hall to answer questions. 

Golf cart theft aside, most criminal activity in LW can be traced to residents, people with visitors’ passes and residents’ guests, according to Rocha, who emphasized that the LW crime rate is minuscule compared to surrounding areas.

As for traffic safety, it remains a volatile issue. With an estimated 9,500 older residents, driving can take on life and death proportions. Security is investigating 10-12 traffic accidents every month, with 40% categorized as hit and runs. Some of those involve property damage only, but Jan. 17, a LW resident was fatally injured in a hit and run. Most hit-and-run accidents investigated by SBPD are caused by residents, according to police reports.

GRF has worked to make LW streets safer for all, including installing extra stop signs, speedbumps and cushions and safety articles in the LW Weekly. But it’s not enough, acknowledged Rocha, who said the only path to change is to face the reality that there are likely hundreds of residents who should no longer be driving.

“There is not a person in here who can’t share a near-death experience that they have had driving or walking in LW,” he said.

He cited statistics from AAA and Kaiser Permanente that show:

•When seniors give up driving, they actually lost the ability to safely operate a car 7-10 years earlier.

•About 40% of seniors take medications that can hinder driving ability.

• The Security Decal Office rejects 3-5 LWers a day who do not have valid driver’s licenses. These residents get in their vehicles and drive home.

A multi-department effort is underway to find new strategies to deter unsafe driving, Rocha said.

In other topics:

• Security employs 45 GRF Security guards, 35 are full-time GRF employees and 15 are third-party vendors.  

• During COVID, Security lost 70 percent of its staff. 

• The goal is to have all guards working full time for the GRF as soon as possible. Staffing remains challenging even post-COVID.

•The Main Gate receives 300-500 visitors a day; that’s 2,000-3,500 visitors a week. There is more traffic on weekends, with Mother’s Day being the busiest visitor-entry day of the year with 1,200 entries.

After the presentation, dozens of LWers asked questions, all of which were answered. Topics ranged from gate runners, visitor pass misuse, speed cushion installation, which is planned for Del Monte Drive, El Dorado Drive, Golden Rain Road, St. Andrews Drive and Thunderbird Drive as soon as they arrive; parking, RFIDs, speed limit signs, SBPD enforcement in LW, guest access at all gates, delivery drivers impeding traffic and more.  

“We have robust security in LW,” Rocha told the crowd. “Security is pinging from one call to the next. We work closely with SBPD to make LW as safe as possible. 

“We know there are issues, but I invite anyone to find a residental area with 10,000 people that has a lower crime rate than Leisure World.”

People who want to view the town hall meeting can access it at lwsb.com.

LW is getting a new gate access system

A new gate access system is coming to Leisure World Seal Beach. After months of evaluation by GRF staff and the Security Bus and Traffic Committee, the GRF Board recently approved a comprehensive proposal that provides tighter controls and more efficient access at all three community entrances.

The new visitor management software includes:

• 10 License Plate Readers (LPR) to capture vehicle plates at the entry and exit lanes.

• Three resident entry lanes with “red/green” traffic signals for security officer use. 

• Four barrier gates: two at the Main Gate and one each at the North Gate and St. Andrews Gate.

• Three guard station computers/kiosks at each vehicle entry point (one kiosk at each gate).

• RFID tags for residents, staff and contractors. The tags will be will be used to electronically identify residents and employees as they enter through any gate.

• Electronic links that can cancel a vehicle’s access in seconds, creating tighter control when residents move out or want to prevent unwanted visitors from entering the community.

Residents will still be able to call in visitors, but the system will also allow them to register visitors online with their own customized logins and passwords. 

Residents will then have the ability to email or text guest passes to their visitors. Those passes can be printed or saved on a smart phone and then scanned for expedited entry.

Of particular note, visitors will be able to access all three gates. As of now, visitors can only come through the congested Main Gate, with traffic often backing up onto Seal Beach Boulevard. 

GRF has ordered 15,000 RFID windshield tags, which will be  applied to the lower driver’s side front windshield or headlight. The RFID tags are read by long-range readers, which will be installed at strategic locations at all three gates.

The project is now being implemented with a full roll-out of the system tentatively planned for late summer, Executive Director Jessica Sedgwick told the audience at the Feb. 15 Security Town Hall meeting. 

“We have, among all department heads, implemented a project management tool, Monday.com, to track all our big projects. Currently, we are fully fleshing out this project. This will be a phased program, starting with building a data base, getting RFID cards, installing cameras and barrier arms and testing with staff vehicles,” among other tasks. 

GRF has a project page under the “GRF” tab on its lwsb.com. This will include updates, including the Power Point presented at the Jan. 24 GRF Board meeting and a video of the Feb. 15 Security Town Hall. 

“This page will be updated so all residents can see where we are in project and how coming along,” Sedgwick said, to the applause of the audience.

There will also be in-person opportunities to learn about the system at town halls and information sessions. The planned events will explain the new visitor authorization process, including how residents can generate passes for their own guests. 

The system, which will cost about $1,600 a month in operating expense and about $400,000 to install, is a significant addition to Leisure World’s infrastructure and will provide certain authentication of vehicles at all three entrances. 

The gate access process will be managed by CG Systems, a 40-year veteran in the gate-and-entry industry. CG was one of the bidders in earlier calls for proposals, but lost out to the current gate access company, which was less expensive but failed to meet community needs.

When the new system launches, there will be RFID tag distribution events to affix tags to LW vehicles. When a vehicle’s RFID tag is read in the residents’ lane at the Main Gate, the North Gate or St. Andrews Gate, a green light will flash and the barrier arm will rise, allowing the vehicle into LW. 

A red light indicates that access is denied and follow up is required at the Security Office.

There will be a Security officer assigned to entry lanes at each gate to address any issues. For example, if the barrier malfunctions, a red light will immediately alert the Security officer. 

Security Director Victor Rocha praised the system for its ability to help officers prevent unauthorized access to LW.

“I want to know who is in here,” he said to audience approval. “I want safety, you want safety. This will make this place more secure.”

“We are excited to move forward with this new system,” said GRF Executive Director Jessica Sedgwick. “It’s a continuation of our goal to make the community safer.”

LW Pharmacy to close today

LW Pharmacy staff would like to thank the Leisure World community for supporting the Health Care Center pharmacy for the last 18-plus years. It has been an honor and a pleasure to be part of not only the health care of our patients but also their lives. The entire team will miss seeing them on a regular basis.

The pharmacy’s last day of business will be today, Feb. 23. 

All prescriptions will be confidentially transferred to CVS, 12490 Seal Beach Blvd., in Seal Beach. The LW pharmacy store number, 562-795-6202, will continue working for 90 days. That number will bypass CVS’s interactive voice response system, so the greeting will be personalized especially for LW Pharmacy customers. After the 90 days, customers can use 562-596-4533.

The Seal Beach CVS is also starting a delivery program just for Leisure World. Thirty-year pharmacy employee Heather Mooney will be delivering prescriptions, so residents will still be able to see her, and she is happy to be able to continue seeing them. 

 Once again, thank you for your loyalty. Thank you for entrusting us with your health and for allowing us to be part of your lives.


Leisure World Pharmacy Team

New pharmacy set to move in

With the closing of the Good Neighbor Pharmacy, the Health Care Center has been looking for a new pharmacy to move in. It is excited to announce the arrival of a company that provides the same hands-on care Leisure World residents have come to expect. 

The new pharmacy, Genoa Healthcare, has provided pharmacy services to patients throughout Southern California for more than 20 years. The pharmacists and techs are dedicated to personalized and efficient care for the people they serve. Their teams work closely with primary doctors and specialists as well, ensuring accurate prescriptions and putting the patients’ needs first.

Over the next few weeks, Genoa and the HCC will present a transition plan to the GRF leadership team. 

This will include information on how Genoa will provide next day in-home deliveries and additional support services. 

Optum will begin renovating the pharmacy to provide an elevated look and feel that welcomes all Leisure World residents. 

If you have questions about Genoa, stop by the front desk of the HCC. We have more information available.

While we know the closing of Good Neighbor Pharmacy was unexpected, we believe Genoa will be able meet the unique needs of Leisure World. We are grateful to the many years of work the Good Neighbor team gave to residents, and we wish their employees the best in their future.

Stay tuned for more updates about Genoa’s arrival.

St. Pat’s Dinner Dance is March 17

by Kathy Thayer

recreation manager

The GRF’s third annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on Friday, March 17 will fill Clubhouse 4 with the aroma of corned beef and cabbage, with baby carrots and roasted red potatoes, a Sonoma salad dressed with a raspberry vinaigrette and yummy brownies catered by Country Gardens. Strains of Irish music, provided by  Sportive Tricks, an authentic Celtic band with a kick, will entertain. Sing along to timeless traditional songs and sea shanties. The seven-member band also performs original songs, bringing its unique sound, instrumental talents, experience and energy for a toe-tapping good time.

Tickets are now available at the Recreation Office in Building 5. Dinner and dancing are all included for $35 or $250 for a table of eight. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. The band performs from 6-8 p.m.

It’s sure to be a blast, so practice the jig, dig some green duds out of the closet, and call all your fellow leprechauns.

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

CERT Training Session

Leisure World residents are invited to learn how to prepare for an earthquake at the Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) monthly informational meeting on Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

This 45-minute meeting will discuss steps to take before, during and after an earthquake. This will be followed by further training for those who have taken the classes to become CERT members.

Gate Closure Alert

St. Andrews Gate, exit lane only, will be closed at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 28. 

Southern California Edison will shut off power to the guard house so that the new electric vehicle charging stations can be energized.

The gate is expected to reopen at 2:30 p.m.

SBPD Crime Report

The driver of the vehicle who allegedly caused a hit-and-run collision that injured five people on Feb. 11 has been arrested.

The crash happened at about  about 7:11 p.m., according to a Seal Beach police report.

Two vehicles collided at the intersection of Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street in Seal Beach. 

The driver of the vehicle that reportedly caused the collision fled on foot and was not immediately located.

Investigators from the Seal Beach Police Department Serious Traffic Accident Response (STAR) Team responded to the scene and worked with the Orange County Sheriff’s Crime Lab to process physical evidence from the suspect vehicle. 

In the days following the collision, SBPD officers, with the assistance of West County Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) volunteers, canvassed the neighborhood to gather surveillance footage and additional witness statements. 

The subsequent investigation by the SBPD Detective Bureau led to the identification of a person of interest, Jahson Imgrund, 23, of Lake Forest, California.

On Feb. 19, Imgrund surrendered himself to Seal Beach police. 

He was taken into custody and booked for a felony hit and run with serious bodily injury.

“I commend the STAR team, the traffic unit and the detective bureau for their diligence in this investigation and persistence in pursuing this suspect to keep the community safe,” said Seal Beach Chief of Police Michael Henderson. “We want to thank the community for their support and assistance during this investigation. 

The assistance of volunteers canvassing the neighborhood, residents searching for additional video evidence, and the ongoing concern for the victims and their families illustrates how tight knit the Seal Beach community is.”

This is an ongoing investigation. 

Anyone with information is asked to contact Traffic Investigator Officer James Dowdell at 562-799-4100, ext. 1627, or jdowdell@sealbeachca.gov. 

—from the SBPD

Weather Alert

Despite the recent sunshine and relatively balmy weather, winter is predicted to return this week. 

Residents should get ready for another bout of rain  that will persist through the weekend, with another storm potentially brewing next week.

Southern California is about to get wind-whipped and soaked with two systems on the horizon, though major flooding like that seen during January’s bomb cyclone storms isn’t expected, according to the National Weather Service. 

Much of the nation is expecting wintry weather this week.

This region will see high intensity, southwest winds that peaked Wednesday. Winds were expected to reach 30 mph at the coast, with gusts up to 40 mph or 50 mph and even stronger in the mountain regions. 

Riverside County areas could see wind speeds between 75 mph and 85 mph.

In addition to high winds across Southern California, weather forecasters predict a strong low-pressure system  that was expected to race down the West Coast this week. 

Temperatures will be 10-20 degrees colder than normal.

Snow will reach low levels, even to about 1,000 feet to 1,500 feet above sea level with the first system. For reference, the Grapevine pass is at 4,500 feet, where forecasters are expecting a foot or two of snow.

Other areas, including the Cajon Pass, San Gorgonio Pass and eastern Inland Empire could also see snowfall,  so drivers should use caution.

The coldest day is expected to be Thursday, where no area in the region will get above 60 degrees. 

Areas of the Inland Empire will see the upper 40s and low 50s.

Coastal areas can expect highs in the low- to mid-50s.

Along with the wild wind, the ocean will see strong swells that will bring big waves. 

A 5.5 foot high tide expected by midweek threatened to bring flooding for some low-lying areas. People are warned to stay off rock jetties or tide pools. 

As the region re-enters the stormy pattern it saw in January, there could be another system coming next week.

The rain isn’t expected to eradicate the region’s drought deficit, but but everything helps.

For those looking to head to the mountains with the new shot of snow, check conditions and plan ahead.

Strong winds and heavy snowfall could impact ski trips.  Mountain High expected 6 inches of snow today, Feb. 23, and on Friday,  there could be up to 2 feet of new snow fall.

Weather typically warms up in March and April but if the cold winter systems continue, there’s potential for a longer-than-normal season at local resorts, which typically close their slopes mid-April.

The winter weather pattern is expected to persist for a couple weeks.

Unauthorized Locker Use: Final Notice

Despite posting notices on lockers several times in the clubhouses, unassigned lockers have been taken over by individuals or clubs. 

This will serve as final notice:

The locks will be cut without further notice and the contents disposed of on lockers designated as unassigned. That means that people or clubs who are using lockers that have not been officially assigned to them or are not leased to them by the Recreation department could lose the contents of the lockers.

Clubs should advise members in case they are inadvertently using an empty locker, not realizing that, according to GRF policy, all lockers must be annually leased through Recreation  during club renewals.

People who are unsure of their status may contact Recreation Coordinator Melissa Gomez at 562-431-6586, ext. 326.

For more information, contact the Reservations Office by email at melissag@lwsb.com.

Middle Class Tax Refund Update

The Middle Class Tax Refund (MCTR) has benefitted 31 million California taxpayers and their dependents. The majority of MCTR payments have been issued. Payments requiring additional review are still being processed. 

The Middle Class Tax Refund (MCTR) is a one-time payment to provide relief to Californians. Eligible LWers automatically received their payments, which were mostly issued between October and January. Some taxpayers received the credit on debit cards.

For questions or to activate card, visit www.ftb.ca.gov/. 

The Internal Revenue Service has determined that in the interest of sound tax administration and other factors, taxpayers in many states, including California, will not need to report these payments on their 2022 tax returns.

The IRS recently decided not to challenge the taxability of payments related to general welfare and disaster relief. This means that people in the following states do not need to report these state payments on their 2022 tax return: California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Maine, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island.


Letters to the Editor


I would like to thank Beverly Emus for the untold number of hours she has spent on bus coordination so residents could attend the Feb. 4 Long Beach Symphony concert “The Four Seasons.”

 Starting the process, Beverly had each of us email her to make a bus reservation. Can anyone even imagine how many extra emails Beverly received, read and responded to? 

Next, she oversaw the bus boarding check-in procedures at the Amphitheater. She was thorough and even included a handout sheet “in the event of an emergency.”

Then after the concert, she was there for the bus reboarding and another check-in to make sure no one was left behind.  What a grand evening from start to finish.

Thank you, Beverly Emus.

Debbi Fudge

Mutual 1


Kudos to the Recreation Department for a stellar job hosting the Valentine’s Dinner Dance on Feb. 14. The food was delicious; the entertainment was superb, and dance floor was packed.

Many thanks to Recreation Director Jessie Cripps and his crew.

Bob Berry

Mutual 4


Government, page 5

GRF Board of Directors


Meeting Agenda 

Tuesday, Feb. 28 – 10 a.m.

Clubhouse 4/Virtual

This meeting may also be live streamed at www.lwsb.com. The tab will be active 15 minutes prior to the start of the meeting. The live streaming uses YouTube Live and terminates at the close of the meeting.

1. Call to Order/Pledge of Allegiance

2. Roll Call/Notice of Quorum

3. President’s Announcement

4. Member Comments/Correspondence 

5. Consent Calendar

a. GRF Board of Directors Minutes, January 24 

b. Accept the Interim Financial Statements, December 2022 and January 2023, for Audit 

c. Approve Expenditure over $10,000

d. Ratify Postage and Folder Inserts Lease 

e.  Ratify Group Benefits

6. New Business

a. Capital Funding

i. 1.8 Acre Design Proposal

ii. Holiday Tree 

iii. Resale Office Sign

iv. Robot Cleaner

b. Reserve Funding

i. New Buses 

ii. Facilities Pickup Trucks

iii. Service Maintenance Utility Vehicles

iv. Clubhouse Two Refrigerator Replacement

c. Cost Recovery

i. Approve Lynn Wealth Management

ii. Amend 70-1406-2, Limitations on Use of Trust Property -Fee

iii. Amend 70-1411-1, Facility Reservations

d. Administration

i. Amend 30-1001-5, Glossary of Terms

ii. Amend 30-5167-3, Strategic Planning Committee Charter

iii. Adopt 30-5700-3, GRF Mutual Associates Panel Charter

7. Ad Hoc Reports

a. Governing Document Ad Hoc Committee – Discussion

b. Website Ad Hoc Committee – Discussion

8. Next Meeting Date

    Tuesday, March 28 at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4

9. Adjournment

GRF Board

Executive Session

Thursday, March 2, 

1 p.m.

Conference Room A

This GRF meeting is closed to Shareholders/Members per Civil Code §4935.

1. Call to Order

2. Roll Call

3. Approve Minutes

4. Legal

5. Contracts

6. Pending and/or 

Litigation Updates

7. Member Code of 


8. Personnel

9. Adjournment 

Agenda is subject to change.

Addressing Board at Meetings

The Open Meeting Act allows boards of directors to establish reasonable time limits for the open forum and for speakers to address the board. (Civ. Code §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, more than 26 speakers.

To address the GRF Board of Directors, submit a request to the GRF Board Office, P.O. Box 2069, Seal Beach, CA 90740, Attention: Executive Coordinator, no later than 4:30 p.m. on the Friday prior to the meeting. You may also drop off your question/comment at the Stock Transfer Office, Attention: Executive Coordinator, or email your question/comment to grfboardaction@lwsb.com.

GRF Meetings 

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

GRF Administration 


Thur., Feb. 23, 1 p.m.

Conf. Rm A/virtual

GRF Board of Directors Meeting

Tue., Feb. 28, 10 a.m.

Clubhouse 4/virtual

Physical Property 


Wed., March 1, 1 p.m.

Conf. Rm B/virtual

GRF Board Exec. Session Thur., March 2, 1 p.m.

Conf. Rm A

Recreation Committee 

Mon., March 6, 1 p.m.

Conf. Rm B/virtual

Information Technology   Committee

Tue., March 7, 10 a.m.

Conf. Rm A/virtual

Security Bus & Traffic   Committee

Wed., March 8, 1 p.m.

Conf. Rm A/virtual

Architectural Design 

Review  Committee

Fri., March 10, 1 p.m.

Conf. Rm A/virtual

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



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

Mutual 1

Thur., Feb. 23, 9 a.m.

Conf. Rm A/Zoom

Mutual 15 *

Thur., Feb. 23, 9 a.m.

Conf. Rm B/Zoom

Mutual 6

Fri., Feb. 24, 10 a.m.

Conf. Rm A/Zoom

Mutual 8 

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

Open forum 9:15 a.m.

Conf. Rm A/Zoom

Presidents’ Council

Thur., March 2, 9 a.m.

Clubhouse 4/virtual

Mutual 17

Tue., March 7, 1:30 p.m.

Conf. Rm A/Zoom

Mutual 4

Wed., March 8, 8:45 a.m.

Conf. Rm A/Zoom

Mutual 12

Thur., March 9, 9 a.m.

Conf. Rm A/Zoom

Meetings with an (*) indicate a change in meeting time due to the Presidents Day holiday.

Last Call for Changes to White Pages 

The News Department is currently updating the 2023-24 Community Guide. People who are not already included in the 2021 LW Community Guide’s White Pages, or who want to make changes to information for the 2023-24, must submit completed form to the LW Weekly  office or via email debbiek@lwsb.com by tomorrow Friday, Feb. 24, at 4:30 p.m.  A form can be found in the 2021 Community Guide on page 55 or can be picked up from the LW Weekly office.   

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

Candidates needed for Mutual Board of Directors elections

One of the best ways to create and sustain a community like Leisure World is to volunteer for the governance of this incredible lifestyle Leisure World shareholders enjoy.

This community was founded on the premise that the Mutual Boards’ elected directors  set into operation the day-to-day business of each Mutual corporation. Directors address important issues to shareholders and Mutuals. This is not an easy job. It takes time, effort, and a willingness to dedicate time to the community where they live.

Leisure World Seal Beach is full of highly qualified shareholders who can offer expertise and knowledge to their Mutual. New ideas and perspectives are needed. Consider becoming a candidate.

If interested in running or have any questions  do not hesitate to call the election specialist at 562-431-6586, ext. 329, as election cycles have started.  Check the 2023 election schedule for specific Mutual election dates.

Mutual 12 shareholders encouraged to run for board seats

All seven board of director seats of the Mutual 12 Board are open. Shareholders in good standing are encouraged to run for a director’s seat.  The application period begins today, Thursday, Feb. 23, and ends Monday, March 27, 4:30 p.m.  Applications are available at the Stock Transfer office on the bottom floor of the administration building. Completed applications must be submitted to the Stock Transfer office by 4:30 p.m. March 27.

Ballots will be mailed to shareholders of Mutual 12 on Tuesday, May 9.  The election comes to a close at the shareholders annual meeting held on Thursday, June 8, 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 4.  Shareholders are invited to attend, observe the ballot count and hear the results of the election as well as the organization of the board.

Health & Fitness

Start the weekend strong with the Fitness Fusion full body workout

Fitness Fusion Club added a Saturday class in Veterans Plaza at 10:30 a.m.  The class incorporates 18 types of exercises, including stretching. Stretching upward helps to maintain a good posture with a proper body alignment and promotes spine flexibility. 

People can bring their own free weights for additional resistance. First class is free. Donations of $5 per class are accepted thereafter. All are welcome.

—Debbi Fudge


Impaired Vision and Hearing Club

At its last meeting, Hard of Hearing Support Group was fortunate to have a volunteer guest speaker—Dr. Bruce Vircks, who spoke from his experience as an audiologist. 

Dr. Vircks, Au.D., retired to Leisure World in April 2018 after practicing as the director of audiology for 35 years at Wolfe Clinic in Marshalltown and West Des Moines, Iowa. He completed his fellowship in audiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, served on the board of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and was elected as president in 2011. Vircks lobbied in Washington DC for expansion of hearing services for Medicare recipients and presented at national meetings on hearing conservation and amplification topics.

The Hard of Hearing Support Group meets on second Thursdays, in Clubhouse 3, Room 7, at 10 a.m. 

The Impaired Vision and Hearing Club meets every fourth Tuesday in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, at 1:30 p.m. (except July, Aug., Nov.). 

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

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



Wa-Rite’s total loss for the week was 7.5 pounds. Judy Chambers was the biggest loser of the week with 2 pounds loss. The club will announce its new board members next week.

Shirley LaBrecque gave a presentation on recipes for healthy eating, and how to love yourself to get and stay healthy.

The club meets on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Weigh-ins are from 9-9:45 a.m. The meeting is from 10-11 a.m. Annual membership fee is $10. Must present GRF ID.


News Deadlines for the LW Weekly

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


Leisure Leggers 

The Leisure Leggers, a running and walking club in Leisure World for more than 20 years, meets every Monday at Clubhouse 6 at 8 a.m. for a brisk trot around the neighborhood, followed by coffee and camaraderie. 

Dues are 99 cents per year. For more information, call club president Tom Pontac at 562-304-0880.


Dancing Feet

Dancing Feet Club hosts two free events in Clubhouse 2—line dance class every Monday from 7-9 p.m. and ballroom and line dancing every fourth Sunday from 6-9:30 p.m. 

Westernwear is encouraged for a cowboy night themed social dance on Feb. 26. People can bring snacks and drinks. Alcohol is not allowed.  

For more information, text 551-998-4223 or email edbolos@comcast.net. 


Meals on Wheels Long Beach

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

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

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

Thursday, Feb. 23

Beef picado, Spanish rice, black beans, mandarin oranges, turkey and cheese sandwich with lettuce, tomato and pickle, and homemade potato salad.

Friday, Feb. 24

Beef goulash, whole grain dinner roll, zucchini medley, cantaloupe, spinach salad with chicken, mandarin oranges, dried cranberries, feta cheese, vinaigrette and crackers.

Monday, Feb. 27

Oven-baked chicken mole (leg and thigh), pinto beans, seasoned broccoli, fresh orange, chicken salad sandwich with spinach and tomato, and marinated beet and onion salad.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Rosemary chicken with creamy garlic sauce, rice pilaf, peas and carrots, fresh pear, Chinese chicken salad with mandarin oranges, cabbage, carrots, onions, Asian dressing and crackers.


Improve physical, emotional and social health with Joyful Line Dance

Joyful Line Dance Club meets on Thursdays in Clubhouse 6 upstairs, from 10:30 a.m.-12:30p.m. 

It has multiple leaders who take turns leading the class. They are Albert and Gladys Comia, Jojo Weingart, Kelly Johnson, David Powell, Carmel Atkinson, Anna Derby, Chung Cha Lewis, George Pinada, Gina Baik, Jinna Yoon and Sunny Kim.

 For safety, classes are limited to 35 people on a first-come, first-served basis. Face masks and exercise shoes are strongly recommended. No membership or fees are required, but donations are welcome. For more information, text 562-301-5339.


SB Senior Lunch Program

Meals on Wheels Orange County partnered with the city of Seal Beach to host a senior lunch program at the North Seal Beach Center, 3333 St. Cloud Drive, Seal Beach, from 11 a.m.-noon, Monday-Friday. 

Sugar free desserts and water-packed fruits are used throughout the menu to accommodate diabetics. 1% milk served daily. 

The voluntary contribution is $5.25 per day. 

Weekly average meals provide more than 1,600 calories. Sodium is analyzed on a daily basis to not exceed 2,300 mg per day (excluding condiments). Any meals that exceed 2,300 mg of sodium are indicated with ***. 

The menus are available online at https://www.mealsonwheelsoc.org/wp-content/uploads/2023/01/C2-February-Menu-2023.pdf

Thursday, Feb. 23

Hard boiled egg, 2% milk, orange pineapple juice, whole wheat bread with fat free spread (Promise) and sugar free jelly, farro salad with walnuts, feta cheese and cucumbers, black bean lentil salad, sugar free custard, chicken strips with lemongrass sauce, Jasmine rice, oriental vegetable blend, whole wheat dinner roll with fat free spread (Promise), and a mandarin orange.

Friday, Feb. 24

Oatmeal, 2% milk, orange juice, mini blueberry muffin, low fat yogurt, creamy pesto chicken salad, lemon orzo pasta, cucumber and tomato salad, individually wrapped peach cup, salisbury steak with mushrooms and brown gravy, mashed potatoes, mixed vegetables, whole wheat dinner roll wit fat free spread (Promise), raisins, and a sugar free cookie.

Monday, Feb. 27

Whole grain waffle, 2% milk, orange pineapple juice, low fat yogurt, winter chicken salad with citrus and celery, lima beans, corn and tomato salad, whole wheat dinner roll with fat free spread (Promise) and sugar free syrup, fresh apple, baked tilapia with savory tomato, braised green peas, and a fig bar.

Tuesday, Feb. 28

Cottage cheese, 2% milk, fruit cocktail, whole wheat bread with peanut butter and sugar free jelly, pasta with butternut squash and feta cheese, quinoa chickpea salad with hummus dressing, whole wheat dinner roll with fat free spread (Promise), mandarin orange, chicken breast with sweet and sour sauce, Jasmine rice, spinach, and a sugar free cookie.


Bicycle Club

Join the LW Bicycle Club for a healthy ride on Sundays (with breakfast) to  El Dorado Park, Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.  The group meets at the North Gate at 9 a.m. Everyone must be wearing a bicycle helmet and safe shoes. 

For more information, call Mary Romero at 562-810-4266 or Lucy Czra at 818-209-5075.

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American Legion Auxiliary

The women of the American Legion Auxiliary meet every Wednesday to make poppies in preparation for National Poppy Day on May 26 and Memorial Day on May 29.

This year, the  women have a goal to finish  making 30,000 poppies to distribute. The poppies will be distributed to Leisure World’s American Legion Unit as well as several other surrounding units. The distribution of poppies has been a national program of The American Legion since 1924.

All donations the Auxiliary receive are used for programs that support veterans,their families and  the military community.

The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for their country in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifices made by veterans while protecting the nation’s freedoms. People are encouraged to wear a poppy to honor those who have served. 

The American Legion Auxiliary meets every third Monday at 1 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.

— Dianne Hart

CH 1 Woodshop hours extended

The newly remodeled woodshop in Clubhouse 1 is open and gaining in popularity. In hopes of extending the hours to accommodate more residents, the Recreation Department is looking for a few good woodworkers to join the roster of volunteer supervisors. One supervisor has now committed to working two Saturday mornings a month.

Woodworkers can now enjoy the shop from 8:30 a.m.-noon on the first and third Saturdays of the month.

Those who are interested in becoming a volunteer supervisor at the woodshop can call Recreation Manager Kathy Thayer at 562-431-6586, ext. 398, to set up an appointment. Typically, experienced woodworker hobbyists should be available for one or two 4-hour shifts a week. 

For more information, contact Recreation at 562-431-6586 ext. 398.

Vehicle Sale is on Feb. 26

Every fourth Saturday authorized residents have the opportunity to sell any used motorized vehicle in the Administration parking lot from 8 a.m-4p.m. Vehicles must have current DMV registrations and GRF decals as well as be insured. In addition to cars, motorhomes, motorcycles, golf carts, bikes, trikes, and scooters may be sold.  The owner or representative does not need to be present but is allowed to display a single “for sale” sign no larger than “18×24” on the vehicle, to include a phone number.

The sale is open to Leisure World residents only and the guests they call in. The public will not be able to sell at the events.  For more information, contact Recreation at 562-431-6586, ext. 398.

Woman’s Club of Seal Beach

There is still space available to go on the Woman’s Club of Seal Beach annual bus trip to Laughlin, Nevada, on April 24-26.  This fundraising event is one of many the club sponsors during the year to support local organizations, student and civic activities.  The fun-filled adventure includes the charter bus to and from Laughlin, two nights at the Edgewater Hotel and two free meals at the hotel.  Rooms are $140 single and $230 for a double.  The bus leaves from the Seal Beach Community Center at 151 Marina Drive at 8 a.m., April 24, and returns about 5 p.m., April 26.  Parking passes are available for those who want to leave their cars at the center.  

Registration information is available by calling Marilyn Van Dyke at 562-434-7113.

Sign up for the Huntington Library and Gardens trip

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF)  and Sunshine Club will hold a joint day trip to the Huntington Library on April 6. People are encouraged to sign up early before it sells out. Tickets are limited and are $60 per person. Checks are to be made to the  Sunshine Club. People can bring the check to one of the Sunshine Club’s meeting on Fridays in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, either before 9:30 a.m. or after 11:30 a.m. to avoid interrupting the speaker’s presentation.

The trip includes transportation, lunch, snacks, water and driver’s gratuity.  

The bus will depart from Amphitheater at 9 a.m. sharp. People are asked to be at the Amphitheater by 8:30 so everyone has time to be checked in. People are asked  to  carpool or walk to share parking spaces for other club events .

Everyone who signs up for a trip must fill out a waiver of liability and turn it in. Any cancellation after 5 p.m. on March 2 will not have their fees refunded and will go to the Sunshine Club’s fund for weekly refreshments. 

The Huntington Library, Art Museum and Botanical Gardens is a collections-based educational and research institution established by Henry E. Huntington (1850–1927) and Arabella Huntington (1851–1924) in San Marino, California. In addition to the library, the institution houses an extensive art collection with a focus on 18th- and 19th-century European art and 17th- to mid-20th-century American art. 

Huntington’s botanical gardens cover 120 acres and showcase plants from around the world.

For more information about the trip, text 562-301-5339.

Return unused mobility aids to Clubhouse 6

The Mobility Aids Program, sponsored by the Golden Age Foundation (GAF), has been loaning rollators, wheelchairs, transport chairs and walkers to Leisure World residents for many years at no charge. 

In December, the GAF provided mobility aids to over 100 Leisure World residents.  

Now, the GAF is in short supply of transport chairs.  Those who have chairs on loan and are no longer using or need are asked to  return them to the Mobility Aids Office in Clubhouse 6. The office is open Monday through Friday from 9-11 a.m.  

Those who have a mobility aid they are not using it are asked to consider donating it the GAF.

Call 562-431-9589 for more information or to pick up a mobility aid. 

Sunshine Club

Adventures in open water swimming

Delrie Hobbs of Mutual 2 will encourage LWers to get out of the swimming pool and into the ocean at the Sunshine Club’s next meeting on Friday, Feb. 24, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. 

Hobbs will talk about the joys, benefits and adventures of open water swimming. She will share her own experiences, the health benefits (especially of cold winter water) and how to get started and be properly equipped.  

Hobbs has been a LW resident for seven years and is an avid swimmer and surfer.  She is a transplant from the East Coast (Maryland, 35 years) where she also indulged in aquatic activities. Hobbs moved to LW to be with her mother,  Betty Hobbs in Mutual 2.

As a lifelong swimmer and sometimes lifeguard, Hobbs is well positioned to talk about open water swimming.  Besides the pool, she has swum in different bodies of water including oceans, bays and lakes. She is a U.S. Masters Swimmer and has competed in various local, regional and national events—both in the pool and in open water including Alcatraz, Lake Tahoe, U.S. Masters Spring and Summer Nationals, Santa Barbara, La Jolla, and the National Senior Games.

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

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

Ralphs community rewards number has changed

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to making Leisure World a better place to live.  The GAF must fundraise throughout the year to continue providing services to the community. LWers can donate to the GAF without any additional cost. 

Ralphs Community Reward program is a way to donate to the GAF. Sign up on www.ralphs.com/community rewards.  People will need their Ralphs Reward Card number to register or the phone number associated with the account. 

Phone registration for Ralphs Community Reward program is back. Call 800-576-4377, wait  through the menu to choose the number 8, and choose 3 to get through the Community Reward customer service representatives. 

Ralphs has announced that they are committed to giving $2 million during the next year through the community rewards program. Those who shop at Ralphs using the Community Reward Program help the GAF receive funding. 

For more information, go to www.goldenagefdn.org or text 562-301-5339.

Concerned Shareholders

The Concerned Shareholder’s meeting for February has been cancelled. The club will resume meeting next month.

LW Birthdays

Mutual 17 resident Ruby Johnson (above, l) celebrated her 80th birthday with her husband, Reggie, and 16 other family members on Feb. 5. Everyone gathered for a special celebration that included cupcakes and a sign with candy-inspired sentiments. The couple is looking forward to their 59th wedding anniversary in April. RIGHT: Ruby Johnson’s children, Champ Johnson (l) and Maria Johnson Williams.

Recycle Batteries on March 21 in Clubhouse 2

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

Approved batteries for recycling include: 

• Alkaline

• Carbon Zinc

• Nickel Cadmium  

• Nickel Metal-Hydride 

• Lithium Ion

• Lithium Metal

• Silver Oxide

• Button cell batteries and all other dry cell batteries

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

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

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

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

LWers can bring documents to shred to CH 2 on March 14

The Golden Age Foundation (GAF) will hold a paper shredding service for LWers on Tuesday, March 14, in the Clubhouse 2 parking lot from 10 a.m.-noon. 

For a more efficient service:

• Do not arrive earlier than 10 a.m.; no one will be there to guard the bags.

• All residents are asked to drop and go once truck arrives. 

• Cardboard boxes will not be accepted. Put documents in  plastic or paper bags. Do not tie the handles together. 

• No line will be allowed to form. This service is drop and go only.

• No magazines or newspapers.

• Remove staples and paper clips from documents.

• No electronic devices or batteries will be accepted. 

• Contaminated bags will not be accepted.

• No X-Ray gilm will be accepted. 

All GAF programs are provided free to Leisure World residents. The GAF is entirely staffed by volunteers, so all contributions go directly to meeting community needs. Donations are welcome. 

More information, go to www.GoldenAgeFdn.org or text Anna Derby at 562-301-5339. 

Girl Scout cookies are coming to Leisure World on Feb. 26

The Seal Beach Girl Scouts will have cookie booths on select days in February and March in Leisure World:  

On Saturday, Feb. 26, the Girl Scouts will be in Clubhouses 3 and 4  from 10 a.m.-noon.

There will be another opportunity to buy cookies on Wednesday, March 1, from 4 -5 p.m. at Clubhouse 6.

Those who can’t buy the cookies on-site at Leisure World can find the Girl Scouts at the Ralphs in Seal Beach almost every day from Feb.10-March 12.  Online ordering and delivery is also available by contacting shannonpollock@verizon.net, who will connect residents with one of the local troops.

All of the classic cookies will be available including Thin Mints, Caramel deLites (otherwise referred to as Samoas), Shortbread (now called Trefoils), Peanut Butter Patties, Lemonades and Peanut Butter Sandwiches. Cookies are $6 per box.

The Girl Scout Cookie Program prepares girls with the business smarts they need.  Everything girls do in Girl Scouting is designed to help them grow into leaders of courage, confidence and character. 

When buying Girl Scout cookies you are creating opportunities for Girl Scouts to learn, grow, and thrive. From learning how to interact with customers to creating budgets and taking orders, the Girl Scout Cookie Program teaches Girl Scouts invaluable skills that they’ll need to succeed throughout their lives. Plus, Girl Scout Cookie proceeds stay in the community to support local councils and troops.

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Nathan J. Nemnich


Nathan J. Nemnich, 92, died Jan. 9, 2023, at Los Alamitos Medical Center. He and his wife, Patricia, of Mutual 7 enjoyed the Seal Beach area and especially living in Leisure World. He was a World War II veteran, serving in underwater demolition. 

In 2007, Nathan wrote the following poem to his family:

“If I had only one more day, I would tell my wife I loved her very much and always have. I sincerely have appreciated the good and accepted the bad days.

“That is what I would say if I had one more day.

“If I had only one more day, I would tell all my children I loved each one—when they were born and still love them all.

“That is what I would say if I had one more day.

“If I had only one more day, I would look back on my life, think about my friendships and friends, old and new. I would think back on my successes and failures—both as a husband, father, friend and tell them all—I did the best to be an example helping others.

“That is what I would say if I had one more day.

“If I had only one more day, I would say, I have had a good life with all the ups and downs. I loved the arts, learning to be better by reading, searching for life’s truisms and history of the worlds to know with each sunrise life begins anew.

“That is what I would say if I had one more day.

“If I had only one more day, I would remember all my days in the wilderness of nature’s wonders, my times hunting, fishing, enjoying the wildlife of our land and trying to teach my children, all of them, to not only enjoy these things but to respect them and preserve them the best they can.

“That is what I would say if I had one more day.

“If I had only one more day, I would thank God and Jesus Christ for allowing me to be on this earth to enjoy the sunrises and sunsets, to remember my World War II comrades who are gone now and remember what they sacrificed, their lives, for freedom!!!

“That is what I would say if I had one more day.

“If I had only one more day, I would remember on that last day with each and every sunrise that the loved ones I leave behind, their lives begin anew, as all mankind awake on another glorious day. That peace in this world is the only way every single day. That is what I would say as I leave on that one more day. May God bless and keep you all, that is my prayer for you.

“That is what I would say if I had one more day.”

Nathan is survived by his wife, Patricia, of 37 years; children Rink Nemnich (Linda); Terrell Nemnich (Lory); Nathan Nemnich (Suzi Roca); Sherry Perales and Kelly Neubecker (John); grandchildren Tess Nemnich, Hannah Nemnich, Andrew Nemnich, Katelyn Nemnich, Sadie Whittington and Regina Ortiz (Frank); great-grandchildren Lexi Herrera, Nathan Polanco and Kaleb Ortiz.

His love of family ran deep and returning to California provided a special time for sharing. 

He leaves behind a legacy of love and giving. His heart will go on.

-—paid obituary


Lewis Egbert Parker 

1922 -2023

My grandfather, Lewis E. Parker,was  a 20-year resident of Mutual 10, a brother to three sisters, and a husband of nearly 70 years. He was also a father to three and grandfather to four, including me, his “favorite (and only) granddaughter.” 

During World War II, Lewis Parker was a meteorologist for the Army/Air Force. After the war, he was a chemical engineer and a print shop owner. He built his own computers, traveled the world with his beloved wife, Alma, and liked to drink wine on his porch in the afternoon. 

He enjoyed making friends, and people enjoyed him. He was an activist and a leader in his community and sincerely cared about leaving the world a better place for young people. A lifelong learner, he was open-minded and took the time to understand things and people. 

My grandfather was soft-spoken and clever. He could make a room full of people burst out laughing with one quietly delivered punchline. He gave a quality speech at the pandemic-style wedding reception we had in my aunt’s backyard in 2020. 

Lewis was gentle on the surface and extremely sturdy on the inside. How else could he have lived for 100 years, still able to joke and talk about the news and tell people he appreciated them? He was aware and intelligent and funny and kind all the way until the very last day of his life. 

I know he must have complained about the pain that comes with age and loss, but I myself only heard him talk about being glad to be here. “How are you today, grandpa?” I’d ask. “I’m still upright,” he’d always say. 

On Feb. 13, his body slowed to a stop, but to me he is still here. It’s hard to explain the sensation of intense richness that I feel as time passes, being part of a family of people who are able to care for each other…enjoy each other… for years and years on end. I will be thankful to him for that for as long as I am still upright. 

I love you, Grandpa Parker.

—Katy Parker

Photo and painting by Don Parker, son of Lewis Parker and father of Katy Parker

How to place an obituary

The obituaries deadline is Monday at 1 p.m., prior to the desired Thursday publication date. Obituaries that are received later than Monday will go in the following week’s issue.

Email obituary notices to laurieb@lwsb.com with photos attached as jpg files. The first 250 words, plus one picture, are free to publish in the newspaper; each additional word is 25 cents. 

For more information, call 562-430-0534, ext. 801.

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First Christian Church

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

Message from the Pastor

The great storm begins to subside in Genesis 8:1-2:“Then God remembered Noah, and every living thing, and all the animals that were with him in the Ark. And God made a wind to pass over the earth, and the waters subsided. The fountains of the deep and the windows of heaven were also stopped, and the rain from heaven was restrained.” 

Genesis 8:20 records what transpired after Noah departed, “Then Noah built an alter to the Lord and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird and offered burnt offering on the alter.” Noah worshiped God for saving him and his family from judgement. 

The ark is a picture of Christ. Born again believers have put their faith, trust and hope in him. In doing so, they have entered the Ark and will be saved from any and all judgement that will come upon the world. Followers of Christ worship God the creator and his son Jesus, the one who was sacrificed, and paid the debt of the world’s sin.  

Weekend Services

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

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

Midweek Studies                                          

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

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

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

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

Scripture of the Week

“It is good to give thanks to the Lord And to sing praises to your name, O Most High. To declare your loving kindness in the morning and your faithfulness by night with instruments.  For you, O Lord have made me glad by what you have done, I will sing for joy at the works of your hands” Psalm 92:1-4. 


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

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold a Purim Spiel on Monday, March 6, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1.  The play is based on the story of Purim but spoofed using a Harry Potter theme titled “Mordy Potter and the Philosopher’s Bagel.” After the Spiel, the Purim Megillah will be read with Hamantaschen for dessert. 

Those who would like to help with baking the Hamantaschen on Sunday, March 5, at 1 p.m. can contact Murray at 562-331-3949.

Redeemer Lutheran Church

“40 Days to Freedom” is Redeemer Lutheran Church’s Lenten theme and worship service on Feb. 26  at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary at 13564 St. Andrews Drive, across from the Administration building.  The Lenten study program titled “Finding Jesus in the Psalms” begins on Wednesday, March ,1 at 10:30 a.m. and will meet every Wednesday in March until the resurrection of the Lord on Easter Sunday, April 9.  

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

Buddha Circle

Buddha Circle will meet on Saturday, March 4, in Clubhouse 3, Room 1, from 9:30-11 a.m. with Ven. Kusala  The group is interactive and people are encouraged to ask questions. Donations are welcome. For more information, go to www.urbandharma.org or call 714-468-6887.

Assembly of God

Service/Gathering Times: Sunday morning at 10:30 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2. The Hymn Sing  will be held Sunday Feb. 26,  at 6 p.m. in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby.

Sermon for this week:  The Assemblies of God movement has been missions-minded since it was established in 1914.  One of its foundational principles is to spread the Gospel everywhere. LW Assembly of God is honored to welcome Juan and Colette Gonzalez, career missionaries to Japan, at the Sunday morning service and the evening Hymn Sing this week.  They have faithfully performed ministry and developed relationships in the community.  Juan and Colette will share exciting recent developments they have prayed and worked toward for decades.  Join LWAG as we celebrate with them the great things God has done.

Bible Study:  Pastor Chuck Franco  will begin a new series on Wednesday, March 1. The Bible study is a place for discovering, sharing and reflecting in a smaller, interpersonal setting.  Participants will be encouraged, educated and empowered in their faith walk.  There is no better time to start attending than the beginning of a new series, but all are welcome any time.  

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

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

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

Holy Family Catholic Church

Holy Family Catholic Church will hold Stations of the Cross at 11 a.m. on Fridays followed by fish fry lunch. Sign-ups for each fish fry lunch will be  available after the Sunday mass or on Fridays after 8:30 a.m. Mass in the parish office. The suggested donation is $10 per person.  Call 562-430-8170 for reservations.

 The church will hold a Lenten Retreat on Friday, March 3, starting at  8:30 a.m. with Mass, Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, meditation and ending with lunch. Suggested donation is $10 per person. The day will continue with Adoration,  Holy Hour and Benediction at 4 p.m. People can sign up in the vestibule of the church or parish office.  

The church will hold a diaper drive for the life centers of Orange County. Donations of baby wipes, baby shampoo, and baby bottles are needed. People are asked to bring their donation to the parish office or leave it on the Our Lady of Guadalupe donation table in the vestibule of the church. More information can be found on the church bulletin board.

Congregation Sholom

Congregation Sholom will hold a potluck dinner prior to services  on Friday, Feb. 24, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, at 5 p.m. A sign-up sheet has been sent to members. The service, which will also be available via Zoom, will be conducted by Rabbi Eric Dangott will follow the dinner at 6:30 p.m. Rabbi Mike Mymon will lead the hybrid service on Saturday, Feb. 25, in Clubhouse 3, Room 9, and  via Zoom at 10 a.m.  To receive a Zoom invitation, call or text Jeff Sacks at 714-642-0122.

This week’s Torah portion is Terumah from the book of Exodus.  Terumah (Donation) opens as God tells Moses to collect donated materials in order to build a dwelling place for God called the Mishkan (Tabernacle). God describes how to build the vessels that will fill the Mishkan—including the ark, table, menorah, and sacrificial altar—as well as the Mishkan’s walls and curtains. 

The Purim spiel, entitled “Marty Potter and the Philosopher’s Bagel,” will take place on March 6 at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 3 Room 1. The Megillah reading will follow as well as homemade Hamantaschen for dessert. 

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

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

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

Faith Christian Assembly

Psalm 92:13 says, “Those who are planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.” It is a promise  from the Bible that states church attendance isn’t about ritual or obligation; it’s a part of God’s plan for believers. It brings  intentional blessings  and helps people flourish in this life. These blessings come from the growth of being planted in a church that teaches God’s word.

Growth comes from hearing the word of God: “Every part of Scripture is God-breathed and useful one way or another—showing us truth, exposing our rebellion, correcting our mistakes, training us to live God’s way. Through the Word we are put together and shaped up for the tasks God has for us” 2 Timothy 3:16.  Growth also comes from community. “As iron sharpens iron, so one person sharpens another,” Proverbs 3:27. 

There’s so much to discover in a healthy church community like the one at Faith Christian Assembly.

Those who are looking for a friendly, Bible-based church are welcome to join one of the services this Sunday at 10:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Attendees are also  welcome to join the pre-service prayer at 5 p.m. 

Grief Share meets each week on Thursdays at 5:30 p.m. in the Garden Room. The men’s and women’s ministries meet on the third Thursday of month at 1:30 p.m. in the main sanctuary and the Garden Room, respectively. 

To receive a free newsletter and more information on the church, call 562-598-9010 and leave a message or visit www.FCAchurch.net. 

Beit HaLev

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

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

The First Triennial Cycle Torah reading this week is “Terumah,” Exodus 25:1-25:40, (“Gifts”).  Before the Israelites could receive HaShem’s Laws, they needed to build a place of worship and an “Aron Kodesh” (a special, holy cabinet or Ark) to carry the Tablets with the Decalogue (Ten Statements), both the whole and the broken during their journey to the Promised Land.  Because some of the chapters of the Book of Exodus are a bit jumbled, the exact order of events that took place at the base of Har Sinai is unknown. Unlike the incident of the Golden Calf, where people were ordered to bring their gold and precious metals to create the idol, the people were asked to bring what their hearts moved them to create the Tabernacle.  The people were so overwhelmingly generous in their gifts that Moses and Aaron had to ask the people to stop bringing gifts, that they had more than they needed.

All Beit HaLev services use the special prayerbooks, “Lev L’Lev,” which include excerpts from the Reform Siddur, “Mishkan HaT’filah.” Beit HaLev and Rabbi Galit-Shirah are a part of the Union of Jewish Universalist Clergy and Communities. It is progressive in thought and traditional in liturgy. The services are joyous, meaningful and musical.  

Beit Halev welcomes everyone who seeks a path to the Divine and doesn’t believe in labels.  It considers all religions holy and valid. To join Beit HaLev, call Rabbi Galit-Shirah at 562-715-0888 or email duets@icloud.com. Contributions to Beit HaLev are welcome and may be sent to: Beit HaLev, P.O. Box 2279, Seal Beach, CA 90740.

Community Church

This week is the first Sunday of the Christian season of Lent.  In years past, the season of Lent has been a time of reflection and sacrifice. Amid the pandemic, Community Church has downplayed the Lenten focus on mortality and have instead focused on the transformative power of God in the life of a believer. 

This year, the Lenten series is titled “From Ashes to Glory” and  Community Church will look at “Children as the Hands of a Loving God.” 

The Church will  also offer a Lenten Study on Wednesdays beginning March 1, using Max Lucado’s new book, “In the Footsteps of the Savior.” 

Community Church will present the Long Beach City College Orchestra, featuring its own pianist, Hannah Yi, on March 5 at 3 p.m. The concert is free, but donations will gladly be accepted.

As always, the word Gospel means “good news” and those who are in need of some good news are welcome to join the service on Sundays at 9:50 a.m. in person or online on Zoom and on Facebook at @CommunityChurchLeisureWorld. People can contact the church office to receive  the Zoom  link.  

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

LW Baptist

Both Christian and Jewish Bible teachers have noted Job’s prophetic faith that a heavenly kinsman-redeemer will arise for him in the distant future. LW Baptist’s service on Sunday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. will celebrates the kinsman-redeemer by singing “Before the throne absolved we stand/Thy love has met Thy law’s demand.” 

The Women’s Bible study meets on Monday, Feb. 27, at 10 a.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 6. The Energizers group will meet on Wednesday, March 1, at 3 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 1,  to explore the question presented in Psalm 44 “Why do good people suffer?” Call 562-430-8598 for more information.

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Pickleball Players Club

A new fence was installed, replacing a temporary one dividing the pickleball courts. The planned improvement by the Recreation Committee came after requests from the Pickleball Club. “We are appreciative of the GRF providing this fence that will provide a safer environment for our players and improve our beautiful courts,” club President Linda Evenson said.

Women’s Golf Tournament

It was a chilly and breezy Tuesday morning for the 37 women participating in the Feb. 14 weekly golf tournament. The women played for low gross, low net and birdies. The winners were:

Flight A—Low Gross: Karen Mendon, 28 with two birdies on Hole No. 1 and 3; Low Net: Linda Herman, 26  with a birdie on Hole No. 2; Grace Choi made a birdie on Hole No. 8 and Jane Song made birdies on holes No. 2 and 7.

Flight B—Low Gross:  Bert Thompson, 32; Low Net: Alison Kim, 25; MaryAnn Moore made a birdie on Hole No. 2, Judy Kim on Hole No. 3 and Chong Hee Kim on Hole No. 3. 

Flight C—Low Gross: Kyung Ju, 37; Low Net: Kay Hong, 27 and Sun Lee with a birdie on Hole No. 6. 

Flight D—Low Gross: Betty Regalado, 34; Low Net: Connie Kang, 23 and a birdie on Hole No. 1.

LWWGC has weekly tournaments on Tuesdays. The sign-up sheet is posted in the golf clubhouse. 

The LWWGC meets the first Tuesday of each month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1,  at 3:30 p.m. Elizabeth Butterfield is the social chair and she always provides a festive array of snacks and entertainment. Anyone interested in joining the Women’s Golf Club can obtain an application from the golf course starter or contact club Treasurer Margie Thompson at 562-493-0484.

—Liz Meripol

Pool Club

The Monday and Wednesday pool league games on Feb. 7 and 9 were cancelled due to two cases of COVID-19. The safety of club members always comes first. The cancelled games will be played at the end of the season so the players can continue the schedule as printed.

On Feb. 13, PJJ’s beat the Renegades 9-4. While the Renegades split their doubles matches, PJJ won five of the six singles games. John Barth of PJJ won six games and teammate John Burns won five.

In the Money beat the Railrunners 11-2. It was a real team effort for the Railrunners. Kurt Bourhenne, Ken Harpham and “Wildfire!” Christensen each won six of their seven games.

In the closest match of the night, Right on Cue edged the Cue Crew 7-6. The difference in the match was the final game where all three players on each team played and Right on Cue made the eight ball.

On Wednesday, Triple Threat beat Bank It to take a two game lead over the Ruffians. Steve Edrich and Jerry Wrenn each scored five wins and won both their singles matches for Triple Threat. Milly’s Boys won over U3 9-4. Roy Middlesteat and Barry Brideau each scored five points for Milly’s Boys.

The Ruffians edged The Favorites 7-6. Ruffy Ramos won both of his singles matches and won four games. In the final game of eight ball, where all three players compete, Ruffy Ramos broke but didn’t make a ball. The Favorites ran the table, with Dave Mackinder making a long straight in shot on the eight ball. This was the first time this season a team has run the table in eight ball.  

—Dave Silva

Shuffleboard Club: Afternoons bring open court practice

Beginning Tuesday, Feb. 28, the Shuffleboard Club will open the courts building (located behind Clubhouse 1 on Burning Tree Lane) on Tuesday afternoons from 2-3:30 for training in the art of shuffleboard. 

The afternoon open courts practice will continue until March 28 to assess interest. Any LW resident is welcome to visit and find out what the low-impact sport is all about.  The only requirement is closed toe shoes.

The club celebrated Valentine’s with a party on Feb. 10 at the courts building with 31 members attending. Partners were assigned and “On the Line” was played.  The top three teams won small cash prizes and the bottom three teams won hand-decorated rocks as a memento.

Open-play/pick-up games will continue Monday and Wednesday mornings from 9-11 a.m., free for all club members and any interested LW residents. For those wanting to practice in the evenings, the courts are open Tuesday evenings from 6-8. All equipment is provided. For questions, call or text Kay Mount at 775-527-0426.

The Friday Morning League played on Feb. 17 with the Smashers winning the contest  8-4 over the Flying Discs, The all-game winners for the Smasherswere:  Kay Mount, Sal LaScala, Eliie West, and Mick O’Connell. For the Flying Discs, Mo Habel was the all-game winner. 

In the second competition, the Bumpers edged past  the Hot Rods, winning seven games out of 12.  The all-game winners for the Bumpers were Dan Habel, Carol Schubeck, and Harshad Patel. For the Hot Rods, Rod Osgood was the all-game winner. 

—Kay Mount

Men’s Golf Club: Golfers visit Meadowlark Golf Course

On Feb. 10, 12 golfers, including new member Scott Tuchfarber, challenged the 5600-yard par 70, Meadowlark Golf Course in Huntington Beach. 


A Flight: First place: Norihiro, a terrific 2 under 68; second: Gary Stivers, a well-played even par 70; third: Choi; fourth: Larry Hillhouse; fifth: tie between Clay Fischer, Jim Goltra and Dave LaCascia.

B Flight: First place: McKusky, very nice even par 70; second: Tom Ross, a hard-earned 2 over 72; third: Bob Munn; fourth: Gene Vesely; fifth: Scott Tuchfarber.

On Feb. 13, 13 golfers attacked the 4000-yard par 62 David L. Baker Golf Course in Fountain. The course was very wet with temps in the upper 40’s, sunny skies and no wind. Fairways and tee boxes are still undergoing maintenance and the greens excellent condition.


A Flight: First place: Stivers, at a nice 4 under 58; second: Chris Lankford, a sweet 3 under 59; third: tie between and Goltra and Larry Hillhouse, at even par 62; fourth: Sam Choi; fifth: tie between Dave LaCascia and Clay Fischer.

B Flight: First place: Fujio Norihiro, a terrific 8 under 54; second: Digna Vesely, a well-played 7 under 55; third: Ron Jackson, an excellent 5 under 57; fourth: tie between Bob Munn and McKusky, a terrific 3 under 59; fifth: Gene Vesely, at 2 under 60.

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.

—Dave LaCascia

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Theater Club will hold show in March

The Theater Club will hold its first show of the new year on Saturday, March 4, at 7 p.m. in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The premise of the show is as follows: the Count of Torrenzio died peacefully one year ago, or so it was thought. An anonymous tip is received and the world famous Detective Columbo and his sidekick Miss Smart have been brought in to investigate the death. Every person who was at the original reading of the Count’s will has been summoned to “Return to Torrenzio.” 

The play welcomes back the former staff of the manor and some relatives. Most of the guests at the manor received some sort of inheritance. The evening will share how much of the inheritance was used by each person. Detective Columbo will also use this time to ask some questions and discover who the murderer was. 

—Taylor White

Doo Wop Club: Show is March 18 in CH2

The Doo Wop club will perform a “Member’s Favorites” themed show and dance Saturday, March 18, in Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 6:30; showtime is 7 p.m.

Singers will bring back their favorite party and dance songs from the 1950s and ‘60s. All residents and their guests are welcome to dance and sing along to the oldies like “My Guy,” “Treat Me Nice,” “It’s Now or Never,” and more. Ben Berg will entertain with a live piano performance.

For those interested in joining the Doo Wop club as a performer, auditions—especially for male vocalists—will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, in Clubhouse 2 at 7 p.m. Auditions are open to Leisure World residents. For more information, join the Facebook fan page at “Leisure World Seal Beach Let the Good Times Roll official fan page.”

—Lu DeSantis

Photo Arts Club

At the Jan. 12 meeting, Ben Benjamins began a review of the many photos that members had sent to him. They were displayed on the large screen TV. This was followed by some sample photos Ben had printed, showing various techniques to enhance the portrait. 

Ben then showed three photos taken of the same person using a very fancy camera, a quick shot small camera and a cell phone. He stressed the importance of holding the cell phone or camera still and demonstrated various ways to stabilize a cell phone. The group then practiced using some of the cell phone features to enhance their photos. The group also saw how an application called Portrait Pro 21 could be used to further fine-tune a photo after it has been taken. Costco has closed their photo printing business; other options are CVS and Amazon. 

Members presented sample prints they had brought, including a photo print on glass by a company called Fracture. Regine Schumacher showed shots of mushrooms she took by using the side buttons on her iPhone instead of the button on the screen. Barbara shared travel photos which they post in their home to remind them of trips they have taken.

The next meeting of the Photo Arts Club will be on Thursday, March 9, at 1:30 p.m. in Clubhouse 3, Room 9.

The assignment is to take artistic photos of the Seal Beach Pier. Be creative. Members will send three photos to Ben at benbenjamins@hotmail.com to be shown at the meeting.

Hooks and labels are available for members who want to hang framed photos in the hall of Clubhouse 3.

Individuals with technical or other questions will be paired with someone who can help them for individual discussion after the meeting.

Everyone is welcome. For information about the club, call Regine Schumacher at 562-430-7978.

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Art League announces monthly winners on V-Day

The LW Art League held its monthly meeting on Valentine’s Day, Feb. 14, in Clubhouse 4. The guest demonstration artist was art teacher and motivational speaker Janet Roberts. 

She began her demo by showing the audience a Powerpoint presentation of her creative journals, which are actually colored pencil drawings that tell stories. She invited everyone to view and participate in her journal on her Facebook page which is “Creative Journal Challenge.” 

The complete list of winners at the competition are: Barbara Simunda, best of show; Carmen Leslie, first place; MariAnn McGrath, second place; Vicky Mayhew, third place. In the masters category, winners were: Susan Pierce, first place; Lynne Farnell, second place; Marion Higgins, third place; Judy Sherratt, honorable mention. 

In the intermediate category, winners were: Linda Frysinger, first place; Ramayana Baba, second place. In the 3D/multimedia category, Ida Bruce won the popular vote award. 

There were two new members, Ann Mears and MariAnn McGrath, who joined at the meeting. The next Art League meeting is on March 14. —Larry Sioson

Restaurant Review

Leisure World residents are welcome to submit reviews of their favorite restaurants. Include your name, and Mutual and telephone numbers. Make sure the restaurant’s full name, telephone number, address and operating hours are provided. People may submit takeout menus with the information. The reviews are subject to editing and will run as space allows. Email them to emmad@lwsb.com. For more information, call 562-431-6586, ext. 387.

Din Tai Fung

3333 Bristol St. 

Costa Mesa, CA, 92626


by Dorothy Ferrington

LW contributor

Warmup Wednesday in our household is the day Ray and I warm up leftovers from the restaurants we visit. We recently visited Din Tai Fung, a dim sum restaurant at South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa. It was delicious and is the focus of a YouTube video I made to showcase it.

Dim sum is a Chinese tradition of eating snacks. In ancient China, as travelers journeyed along the Silk Road, they stopped by tea houses to rest. Along with the tea, chefs created and served small pieces of food and the tradition of dim sum began.

Our first experience with dim sum was in Chinatown in San Francisco. Clang, clang, clang was the sound of the dim sum carts as they moved up and down aisles of cafeteria-grouped tables, where people shared seating with other patrons.

Servers stopped at every table to offer their treats, shrimp and pork dumplings, pork xiao, long bao, shrimp and pork shao mai, shrimp and pork potstickers and pork and mushroom buns, to name a few. There are over 1,000 dim sum dishes in existence today.

As the carts passed your table with their inviting aromas, you have to be quick in making selections. Yes? No? Then the carts were gone, on to the next table.

Din Tai Fung is different. No aromas, no clanging carts from which to make a selection. We ordered off a menu that was written in Chinese. Lucky for us, the menu showed pictures of the menu items, along with an English description. Everything was delicious. 

To learn more about this great restaurant and the Leisure World Kitchen Warm Up Wednesdays, visit youtube.com and search R&DVideoProductions6276 (click on dark green clapperboard icon) that should appear at the top of the results. 

Dorothy Ferrington is a member of Creative Writers’ Club, and Ray Geierman and Dorothy Ferrington are members of Video Producers Club.

Yahtzee Club

On Feb. 17, the winner for most Yahtzees was Margaret DesRochers. The winner for the highest score was Chuck Nugent.  The winner for the lowest score was Julie Milburn.  The door prize went to Diane Seeger. The next meeting will be held March 3 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. For more information, contact Diane Seeger at 562-533-5997. 

—Joyce Ingram

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Bunco Club

The Monday Night Bunco Club winners on Feb. 13 were: Signe Kaleel, most buncos; a tie between Nicole Kluever and Gail Levitt for most wins; Joanne Lester with most babies; a tie between Kathy Wilcox and Chuck Jegent for most losses. Rosie Pikus was the door prize winner. The club will meet again on Feb. 27.

The club meets on the second and fourth Mondays of each month in Clubhouse 3, Room 1. Play begins at 6 p.m. sharp. All LW residents and their guests are welcome. Bunco is an easy dice game and a lot of fun. People are encouraged to come meet their friends and neighbors; a halftime social is held for all attending. For more information, call Gail Levitt at 562-596-1346.

Coin Club

The Coin Club will meet on March 8 in Clubhouse 3, Room 2, at 1:30 p.m. Members can participate in door prizes, a coin auction, coin raffles and group discussions about currency. LW residents can also have coins evaluated at no cost.

Duplicate Bridge

In the five-table game on Feb. 9, North/South winners were Sharon Beran and Gene Yaffee. East/West winners were Judy Jones and Alan Olschwang.

Larry Topper and Lynn Danielson were first North/South in the 8.5-table game on Feb. 10. Second were Joan Tschirki and Dave Carman; third were Shmuel Fisher and Jodi Pedri. Miranda and Tony Reddy were East/West winners; second were Fred Reker and Sue Fardette; third were Judy Jones and Al Appel.

Dan Frank and Sally Baker were the East/Winners in the four-table game on Feb. 11. North/South winners were Joan Tschirki and Mark Singer.

In the eight-table championship game on Feb. 13, the overall winners were Judy Jones and Al Appel; second were Linda Nye and Alan Olschwang; third were Mark Singer and Marilyn McClintock; fourth were Fred Reker and Harriet Weiss; and fifth were Sharon Beran and Gene Yaffee.

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

—Gene Yaffee

Saturday Bunco

The Saturday Social Bunco Club meets on the second and fourth Saturdays of every month.  The next meeting will be held Feb. 25 in the Clubhouse 3 Lobby. Sign-up starts at 1 p.m. Play begins at 1:30 sharp. The winners from the Feb. 11 meeting were: Marianne Matheis, most buncos; a tie for most wins between Rita Fueyo and Patti Goughary; Susie Ralston, most babies; Marilyn Moody, most losses. The door prize winner was Nancy Floyd. For more information, call Doris Dack at 562-356-0443.

—Joyce Ingram

Cribbage Club

Sixty-two members of Cribbage Club, including four new members, turned out for the semi-annual meeting last Tuesday. Everyone enjoyed an Arby’s sandwich and chips before play began. Terry Thrift made the arrangements for the meal. Hostesses for the day were Margaret Smith, Candy Meyers and Carrie Kistner. A special welcome went to Howard Bleakley, a longtime member, returning for the first time after a long absence.

During a brief meeting, statistics from the last year were presented by the president, Terry Thrift, along with a financial report given by Julie Milburn.

Hoppy Hopkins won all seven games and earned his second star with a perfect score of 847. Tied for second place were Linda Evenson, Dave LaCascia and Sandra deDubovay with 835. Third place went to Lyn Doyle with 829 while Helen Elich took fourth place with 826.  Winning six out of seven games but out of the prize money were Jim Kaspar, Candy Meyers and Cleo Looney.

Games of cribbage are played each Tuesday in Clubhouse 1 beginning at 12:30 p.m. and ending by 4 p.m. Refreshments to celebrate birthdays or other special occasions are donated by members and served at noon.

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

Dues of $5 are accepted for 2023. Stop at the check-in desk before play begins next Tuesday.


FREE Domestic short hair (mix). 1-year old Male, Black & White Tuxedo needs a forever home. House-trained, neutered and vaccinated. In-door cat. Call for details 626-617-9256.


Nu Kote 562-833-3911.  SB Business License 699080. Exp 4/26



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 3/15


JR HOME REPAIRS.  Quality work. Perfectionist, honest & reliable. Call JR 562-519-2764. SB Business License JRH0001. Exp 7/12




Kitchen/Bathroom-Remodeling. Install Microwave/Dishwasher/Recessed-Lights/Closets Redesigned/Cabinets-Refaced/New-Windows/Patio-Storage and Enclosures.  Exp 5/03

40+/Years in LW

License 723262



Clean Windows, Screens, Skylights and Heat Pump Filters. Small Paint Jobs Reasonably Priced. Call 714-365-6179. Exp 3/22  SB Business License TON0001.


Painting/FREE Estimates. 1-room or entire-house and refinish kitchen cabinets. (714)-826-8636. Call Jerry. CA State License 675336.   Exp 3/01


Cory Gee Painting. Affordable – Professional, Licensed-and-Insured. Interior/Exterior Drywall Repairs/Texturing/Pressure-Washing/Cabinets. Senior discounts 714-308-9931. License 1049257.  Exp 5/03


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 5/03


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

Exp 5/17


Painting service for exterior or interior repairs, texture/drywall/cabinets/skylights/gates/frames. Joshua 714-267-6756. State Contractor License 1081798.  Exp 11/22/2023



CLEAN AND REPAIR. Licensed and insured. Dan (562) 841-3787. Seal Beach License BRA0002.  Exp 4/19


SKYLIGHT Cleaning & Repairs, Contact Eugene (714) 774-4385. Contractor License 634613-B.   Exp 11/29/2023

UPHOLSTERY/Carpet cleaning and tile & grout

All Year Carpet Cleaning since 1988. Tile & Grout. Tito/562-658-9841. State Contractors License 578194.  Exp 3/01

Window Washing

BEAUTIFUL WINDOWS. 40+ YEARS EXPERIENCE.  PHIL (562)-881-2093.  Seal Beach Business License  AB0001.

Exp 3/01

Leisure World Helping Leisure World

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



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


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



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


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



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


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


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


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


In home haircare, serving the men-and-women of Leisure-World for 36Years+. Mel Cell/562-480-9341. SB Business License #KC75538.  Exp 3/01


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

Exp  4/12



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

Seal Beach Business License GRA0006.   Exp 4/19


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


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


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

SB Business License M0001A.  Exp 4/05


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


FRUSTRATED (562)755-6199

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


John’s Computer Services 562-733-9193

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

Exp 5/17



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


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


Need a lift? Pam Miller. LW Residents ONLY. 310-227-1258   Exp 3/15


Inexpensive Shuttle. Airports, Shopping, Doctors, etc. SB Business License  ABL0001. 562-881-2093.  Exp 3/01

autos/boats/RV’s trailers FOR SALE


Installed at your residence. Call Frank 562-743-3832. Contractor’s License 779462.   Exp 3/15



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



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


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


Fabric for Sale in Leisure-World. Lots of Yardage, Cotton/Flannel/Knit/Specialty and Sewing/Quilting-Books/Supplies. Call -for-Appointment/503-559-3080.


MOVING SALE. Many Electrical, Mechanical Household Tools. Kitchen-Toasters/Presto-Cooker/Appliances. Table-Lamps/Wall-Clocks/Dollies/Portable-Ham-Radios/Small-Statutes/Table-Decorations/Chotskies/Holiday-Items/Gift-Items/Vacuum-Cleaners/Jewelry-Collectibles/Much-More! 13680 El Dorado Drive/Unit-33E across from CH-2. EVERYTHING MUST GO!  714-356-7056.


Yard Sale. 13141 Del Monte Drive, Mutual-11/Unit-284J. Thursday ONLY February-23rd from 9:00am-2:00pm. House-hold miscellaneous-items. Lots of Precious-Moments, Cabbage-Dolls, Artificial Flowers.


Round solid-table with/4-padded high-back chairs. Fits in LW-kitchen or outside-patio/$50-for-all. Instant-Pot/used-twice/$25. Adult-diapers/pull-ups/2-packages of 100-diapers/$20-each. Sue/714-469-7519.


I specialize in improving strength, balance, posture, flexibility, and mobility • shoulders • back • hips • legs • core muscles. Call Howard • 516-659-3314.  SB Business License 14206682  Exp 3/01